Today’s Email Announcements

Published Friday, November 6, 2015 at 9:46 am

1) Apply Now for the 2016 Watauga Leadership Challenge

The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the 2016 Watauga Leadership Challenge.  This program provides a comprehensive overview of the community and introduces participants to leaders in the fields of government, education, health care and business and industry.

Larry Byerly of Johnson Price Sprinkle said, “Participants gain a realistic understanding of how our community works.  They learn from the movers and shakers – the people who have a vision for the future.”  Jonathan Allen of Allen Wealth Management comments that “the program benefits the community as well, because Watauga Leadership identifies potential leaders and gives them the encouragement needed to spur them on to local action and involvement.”  JPS and Allen Wealth Management believe in the Watauga Leadership Challenge so strongly that they have committed to be the Signature Sponsors of this leadership development program.

“Because of the intensity of the program, Watauga Leadership participants and their employers are asked to make a major time commitment,” said Dan Meyer, the Chamber’s President/CEO.  “We begin with a two day retreat in January, designed to build a sense of teamwork among the participants. It also sets the stage for the program’s six full-day sessions scheduled monthly until graduation in July 2016.”

Topics include: Tourism & Cultural Resources, Economy & Leadership, Environment & Sustainability, Education, Government & Public Safety, Health Care & Human Services and Lessons in Leadership.

The 2016 Leadership class is limited to 24 participants with preference given to Watauga County residents.  Tuition is $595, which includes all program materials, lunches, refreshments and graduation celebration.

For more information or to receive an application for enrollment, click on the link below.  The deadline to apply is Monday, January 5, 2016.

Click here for an application.

2) Samaritan’s Purse Hosting Local Collections for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

This month, locations in the Boone area will serve as collection sites for Operation Christmas Child—the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. The annual Samaritan’s Purse project is a favorite of many Boone residents, families, churches and groups who spread joy to millions of children around the world by filling shoeboxes with a “Wow!” item—like a doll or soccer ball—other fun toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

Through the simple act of filling a shoebox, someone in Boone can make a tangible difference in the life of a child halfway around the world. Anyone can participate and bring joy to a child facing difficult circumstances,” said Regional Director Keith Burney.

During National Collection Week, Nov. 16 – 23, Boone and surrounding area residents hope to contribute more than 65,000 gift-filled shoeboxes to the 2015 global goal of reaching 11 million children in need.

LOCAL COLLECTION SITES:

Boone, NC – Three Forks Baptist Church
1922 US Highway 421 S
Boone, NC 28607

Mon, Nov. 16: 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 17: 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18: 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 19: 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 20: 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 21: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 22: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 23: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Boone, NC – Boone Processing Center
801 Bamboo Road
Boone, NC 28607

Mon, Nov. 16: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 17: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 19: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 20: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 21: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 22: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 23: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Burnsville, NC – Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church
101 N Main Street
Burnsville, NC 28714

Mon, Nov. 16: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 17: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 19: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 20: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 21: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 22: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 23: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

North Wilkesboro, NC – North American Ministries
411 Elkin Highway
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

Mon, Nov. 16: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 17: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 19: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 20: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 21: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 22: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 23: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

North Wilkesboro, NC – Specialty Car Company, Inc.
119 Old Brickyard Road
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

Mon, Nov. 16: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 17: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 19: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 20: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 21: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 22: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 23: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

North Wilkesboro, NC – Baptist Home Baptist Church
2367 Sparta Road
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

Mon, Nov. 16: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 17: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 19: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 20: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 21: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Sun, Nov. 22: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 23: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

West Jefferson, NC – West Jefferson First Baptist Church
8 E Second Street
West Jefferson, NC 28694

Mon, Nov. 16: 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 17: 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18: 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 19: 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 20: 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 21: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 22: 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 23: 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Spruce Pine, NC – First Baptist Church
125 Tappan Street
Spruce Pine, NC 28777

Mon, Nov. 16: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 17: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 19: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 20: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 21: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 22: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 23: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sparta, NC – Sparta United Methodist Church
190 N Main Street
Sparta, NC 28675

Mon, Nov. 16: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 17: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 19: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 20: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 21: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 22: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 23: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Hours subject to change. A full list of area collection locations can be found online.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 124 million children in more than 150 countries and territories. For many of these children, a gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.

For more information about how to participate in Operation Christmas Child call (704) 583-1763. With a computer or mobile device, anyone can conveniently pack a personalized Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift on the Samaritan’s Purse website. Go tosamaritanspurse.org/occ to select toys and gift items, write a note of encouragement and “pack” them in a shoebox. These gifts of hope will go to children in some of the hardest-to-reach countries.

Using special tracking technology, participants can follow their box to discover where in the world their gift is delivered by using the donation form found atsamaritanspurse.org/occ.

3) Public Meeting for Input on Middle Fork Greenway Set for Nov. 18

Watauga County, in partnership with Blue Ridge Conservancy & High Country Pathways, is holding a public meeting to inform and seek input on the Middle Fork Greenway.

Where: American Legion Building, Blowing Rock

When: Wednesday, November 18, 4:00-6:00 pm

Format: Drop-in with presentation at 5:00

~Find out about the latest developments~

~Help provide support for grant applications~

~Provide your thoughts and ideas~

 We hope to see you there!

4) Veterans Day Celebration at Boone Mall Set for 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 11

ATTENTION ALL CITIZENS AND VETERANS!

Join us at the annual Boone Veterans Day Celebration at the Boone Mall on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m. This is an event for all veterans to get together and for the public to show their appreciation to all the veterans who have served the country. Please invite all veterans to attend!

5) See “A Christmas Carol” Nov. 14, 16-21 at Wilkes Community College

Tickets are now on sale for Bleu Moon Productions’ performances of “A Christmas Carol”.  The show will be presented November 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 & 21 at 7:00 p.m. and November 15 & 22 at 2:00 p.m.   Tickets are $10 for Adults and $8 for students and seniors and may be purchased in advance online atwww.bleumoonproductions.com or by calling 336-838-4278.  Tickets may also be purchased at the door one hour prior to each performance.  “A Christmas Carol” will be performed in the Mayes “Pit” Auditorium on the Wilkes Community College Campus located in Thompson Hall.  Audience can receive $2 off the adult ticket price by donating 2 cans of food for Samaritan’s Kitchen at the door.

The play is adapted for the stage from the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol”.  One of the greatest writers of the Victorian period, Dickens other classic works include The Pickwick PapersOliver Twist,Nicholas NicklebyDavid CopperfieldA Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations.  Yet still, A ChristmasCarol is his most famous and beloved story – read by millions since its publication in 1843, making his name synonymous with the spirit of Christmas itself.  Each year all across the world, Ebenezer Scrooge, the main character in the story is seen in different interpretations on stage and screen.

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