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Today’s Email Announcements

1) Spooky Duke Race Set for Oct. 24 on ASU Campus

Runners, walkers, and families:  Parent to Parent invites you to the Spooky Duke Race Saturday, October 24, 2015 to begin and end at the Raley/Peacock Parking Lot on the ASU campus in Boone. Activities include:  a certified 10K run, a certified 5K run, a Costume March for all ages, supervised children’s activities, and a costume contest for people of all ages plus pets.

The route of the races begins at the Raley Parking lot, continues through downtown Boone, and ends at Raley Parking lot.  The Costume March, a leisurely ½ mile stroll, also begins and ends at the Raley Parking lot.  Be ready for Spooky Surprises along the routes!

Free childcare is available for race participants.  The supervised activities for children are also open to the public from 8 am to 10 am.  Participating children will receive a gift bag.  Parent to Parent especially welcomes children and families not participating in the races to join us for this morning of fun and spookiness.  Come in costume, if you’d like to take part in the Costume March, children, adults, and pets alike, especially non racers. In the event of rain, the childrens’ activities will be held indoors in Edwin-Duncan Hall adjacent to the Raley/Peacock Parking Lot.

Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female winners of both the 10K and 5K run.  Awards include gift certificates to the ASU bookstore and mugs crafted by Patti Carmen, local potter, plus prizes from many area businesses.   Awards will also be given to the winners of the Costume March by age category, as well as to costumed groups and to pets in costume. In addition, many door prizes will be given away.  Race participants will receive T-shirts on a first come, first served basis.

The Spooky Duke Race, is the 5th Annual Charles R. Duke Race for Families, sponsored by and benefitting Parent-to-Parent FSN-HC, a local non-profit organization that serves our 7 county mountain area by providing resources and support to families with children who face special needs challenges. 

Registration begins at 8am at Raley/Peacock Parking Lot, Appalachian State University, 416 Howard St Boone, NC US 28608. The runs start at 9am.  The Costume March starts at 10am.

To register in advance or for more information, visit: http://parent2parent.appstate.edu/spooky-duke-race  or phone Parent to Parent director Kaaren Hayes at 828 262 6089.

2) Appalachian Trail Conservancy Accepting Grant Applications for Trail Projects

Applications for the 2016 Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Specialty License Plate grant program, managed by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), are currently being accepted until Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. The ATC will award a total of $30,000 for a broad range of A.T.-related projects in North Carolina. These funds are generated from the sales and renewals of North Carolina A.T. specialty license plates.

The ATC encourages individuals and partner organizations, including Trail clubs, schools, botanists, ecologists, environmental and conservation groups as well as civic organizations, to submit applications to the grant program. Projects can be related to the physical Trail and its facilities; the enhancement of Trail clubs’ long-term A.T. management abilities; natural heritage and environmental monitoring; education and outreach; Appalachian Trail Community™ partnerships; and major public-service projects.

Grant funds must be spent in North Carolina. Individual grant requests may not exceed $5,000.

Specialty license plates for the A.T. are a way to support the ATC in its work to sustain the Trail into the future. Twenty dollars from each North Carolina license plate is returned to the ATC to support its work in the state. Last year, A.T. license plate sales in North Carolina generated approximately $115,000, which supported the Specialty License Plate grant program, the ATC’s land acquisition efforts and the work of its Southern Regional Office located in Asheville.

To view the grant guidelines or to apply, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/plates.


About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,190 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.

3) NCSECU Awards Continuing Ed Scholarship to CCC&TI Truck Driver Grad Alfred Pivec

The North Carolina State Employees Credit Union has awarded a $750 Continuing Education Scholarship to Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Truck Driver Training graduate Alfred Pivec. CCC&TI Vice President of Continuing Education and Workforce Development and NCSECU Advisory Board Member Elaine Lockhart presented the scholarship to Pivec during his graduation. The NCSECU Foundation Scholarship was established in 2012 and focuses on assisting unemployed and underemployed adults, military veterans and members of the National Guard attain marketable job skills for future employment. CCC&TI’s Basic Law Enforcement Training, Electrical Lineman and Truck Driver Training programs are eligible for the scholarship. For more information about enrolling in CCC&TI Continuing Education classes or receiving financial assistance, call 828-726-2242 (Caldwell) or 297-3811 (Watauga).

4) Exclusive One-Night “Forbidden Barter” Performance Set for Oct. 21 in Abingdon

Community leaders partner with Barter Theatre actors for an exclusive, one night only performance of mayhem, laughter, and the unexpected. This evening of events, known as Forbidden Barter, will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.

For only the second time in its 82-year history, Barter Theatre is hosting Forbidden Barter. The evening of events will be capped off with performances mocking recent Barter productions. Catherine Bush, Playwright in Residence for Barter, is writing spoofs of recent Barter hits in a Forbidden Broadway style.

“Nothing gives me more joy than taking a well-known, beloved melody and writing lyrics for it that make people laugh. Forbidden Barter is an evening of doing what Barter folks do best – making fun of ourselves,” said Bush. “When you get community members onboard with that endeavor, it just makes it that much more fun.”

No recordings or photos will be made at this event, which means you must be in attendance to witness this spectacle. A few of the community members participating include: CEO of Food City Steve Smith, Abingdon businessman Mike Quillen, local artist Jan Hurt, and Kathy Gibian with The William King Museum of Art.

This is a black-tie optional, fundraising event for Barter Theatre, and hosted at The Martha Washington Inn & Spa. Tickets to this event are available through Barter Theatre’s Advancement office for $150 per person, and include all evening events. To reserve your tickets, call Katherine Foreman at 276-619-3304.

Schedule of Events:

  • 6:00 PM Champagne reception in the East Parlor
  • 6:30 PM Stroll the red carpet, have your souvenir photo taken, and be seated for dinner with a Barter actor in the Ballroom
  • 7:45 PM Forbidden Barter performance
  • 9:00 PM Dessert & Live Auction by Kimball Sterling featuring 20 favorite items from Barter productions