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Today’s Email Announcements

1) Holiday Craft Sale at Senior Center Nov. 16-18

Please join us for our annual Holiday Craft Sale on Monday November 16-Wednesday November 18 from 10am-3pm. each day at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center.  Crafts are handmade by local seniors who get 100% of their asking price.  Please call 265-8090 for more information.

2) Tai Chi Classes at Senior Center

Two 12-week sessions of Tai Chi (Beginner and Intermediate) will begin on Thursday, November 19, at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center, instructed by Tim Winecoff.  The intermediate class will be held on Thursday afternoons from 4:30-5:30pm and will be followed by a 5:30-6:30pm class for beginner students. The deadline for registration is 4:30pm on first day of class.  Any age may join but priority will be given to persons aged sixty and older. The cost is $50.00 per person for either 12-week series.  The Senior Center is located in the Human Services Building at 132 Poplar Grove Connector in Boone.  Call the center at 265-8090 with any questions.

3) Adult Financial Literacy Program in Boone Set for Nov. 20

The Watauga County Public Library and Hospitality House would

like to invite you to join us for the third in a series of Financial Literacy

Workshops for adults on November 20th from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

at the Hospitality House of Boone, 338 Brook Hollow Rd, Boone,

NC 28607.


Dr. Don Cox, Chair, Department of Finance, Banking & Insurance at Appalachian State University.

This workshop will be on credit. Specifically,

we will focus on credit basics such as what a

credit score is and how to get yours as well

as what a credit report tells landlords and


Snacks will be served at the event!

To RSVP or for more information please call

(828) 264-1237 ext. 114.

4) Entrepreneur Summit to be Held Nov. 13 at ASU

Students or community members interested in owning their own business can learn from the experts at the 12th annual Carole Moore McLeod Entrepreneur Summit Friday, Nov. 13, at Appalachian State University.

The annual event allows students and community members interested in owning their own businesses the opportunity to hear advice and lessons learned from successful business owners.

The summit is sponsored by the Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship and the Walker College of Business and will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union. Light breakfast will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Grandfather Mountain Ballroom in the student union.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by Nov. 10: summit.appstate.edu. For more information, contact Jonathan Carpenter at carpenterjd@appstate.edu or 828-262-8325.

Brandon Adcock, a 2006 graduate of Appalachian’s Walker College of Business and co-founder and CEO of Digital Direct LLC, will deliver a keynote address titled “Entrepreneurial Success in an Increasingly Digital World” at 9 a.m. Direct Digital is a pioneer in health and wellness and owns many of the leading wellness and nutritional supplements on the market. Adcock has been a member of the Appalachian State University Foundation Board of Directors since November 2011 and chairs the Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship’s Advisory Board.

At 10 a.m., participants will choose one of three focus sessions to attend: “How to Think Like an Angel Investor” with Inception Micro Angel Fund founder Timothy Janke; “You’ve Got a Great Idea, What Next?” with Edison Nation CEO Louis Foreman; and “Tales from the Shark Tank” with Frill Clothing founder Kate Steadman.

Participants will work in small group breakout sessions beginning at 11 a.m. with entrepreneurs from successful regional businesses, including Appalachia Cookie Company, Ole Mason Jar, Big Boom Design, MobRocket, Global Fashion Group, Stonegate Developers, Appalachian Mountain Brewery and Center45.

Donald Thompson Jr. will deliver comments at the noon luncheon and advise attendees how to “Break Down Barriers and Reach New Heights in Business.” Thompson is an author, advisor and serial entrepreneur who has served as CEO of I-Cubed, a leader in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software and consulting and supply chain analytics. He grew the organization from 16 to 130 employees until it was purchased in 2014 by global technology enterprise KPIT. Thompson was recently appointed to the N.C. Board of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The entrepreneur summit is named for Carole Moore McLeod in recognition of a gift that provides ongoing support of the entrepreneurship program. McLeod is a 1981 business graduate of the Walker College of Business and owner of Advantage Waste Recycling.

5) “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” on Nov. 17 at ASU

The Global Film Series, a cooperative campus effort to provide a blend of cinema from around the world, will present “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in I.G. Greer Auditorium. Admission is free.

The film is the first Iranian vampire western ever made. Director and writer Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut is a joyful mash-up of genre, archetype and iconography. Its influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels and horror films. Filmed in black and white, the movie was called “a new vampire classic” by critics and “one of the best films of the year.” It is presented in Farsi with English subtitles.

It depicts a skateboarding vampire who roams the streets of a small, Iranian town stalking men who disrespect women.

The film is co-sponsored by iPALS, Office of International Education and Development, and Belk Library and Information Commons and is part of International Education Week. For more information about the series, visit http://guides.library.appstate.edu/globalfilmseries or contact Beth Cramer at crameree@appstate.edu or 828-262-4967.

6) Opera Performances to be Held at ASU Nov. 13-14

Well-known opera scenes will be presented Nov. 13-14 by the Appalachian State University Opera Theatre. Performances begin at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.

The opera theatre is directed by John Fowler from the Hayes School of Music. The theme of the evening, “A Woman Scorned and Other Clichés,” features scenes from 10 well-known operas, from “Don Giovanni” to “Falstaff” and “La Boheme.”

The evening opens with the sextet “Chi mi frena in tal momento” from Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.” The opera follows the story of a young woman forced to marry a man she does not love. The vocalists are Bree Jordan, Ashlynn Doyle, Jason Nichols, Ethan Garner, Eli English and Rhyle Duran.

A scene from Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte,” also known as The Magic Flute, features vocalists Madeline Hamrick, Gretchen Struckmeyer, Mary Robert McGrath and Gina Patalano. The scene features three spirits who encounter a young woman who fears her love, Prince Tamino, has abandoned her.

“Ola Pang, Ola Pong” from Puccini’s “Turandot” will be sung by Ethan Garner, Matt Moore and Morgan Prince. The scene features three characters – Ping, Pang and Pong, who lament their role as ministers of the palace and their longing for their former life and their hope that love will end Princess Turandot’s bloody reign.

Gretchen Struckmeyer, Ashlynn Doyle, Mary Robert McGrath and Madeline Hille will sing the letter quartet from Verdi’s “Falstaff.” in which two characters vow revenge after both receive love letters from Falstaff.

Remy Martin sings the famous solo “La donna è Mobile” from Verdi’s “Rigoletto, in which the Duke of Mantua sings of women’s fickle nature.

Another scene from “Rigoletto,” the quartet “Bella figlia dell’amore,” will be performed Remy Martin, Kimberly Hilton, Bree Jordan and Evan Adair. The scene depicts Rigoletto planning vengeance against the Duke for seducing his daughter.

“Three Little Maids” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s popular “The Mikado” will be sung by Gretchen Struckmeyer, Gina Patalano and Madeline Hille and “Were You Not to Ko-Ko- Plighted” will be performed by Gretchen Struckmeyer, Matt Moore. The scenes are about joy, love and being promised to another.

“Their Spinning Wheel Unwinds…Listen! I heard a knock” from Benjamin Britten’s “The Rape of Lucretia” will be sung by Kimberly Hilton, Elizabeth Chapa, Mary Robert McGrath and Ashlynn Doyle. In it, Lucretia and her servants await her husband’s return from war.

Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni” is represented by the scene “Non ti figar, o misera,” in which the characters Ottavio and Anna plot vengeance for the murder of Anna’s father. The scene will be performed by Bree Jordan, Madeline Hamrick, Coburn Jones and Ethan Garner. Also performed from “Don Giovanni” is “La ci darem la mano” sung by Ashlynn Doyle and Evan Grey. In this scene, Don Giovanni attempts to woe Zerlina who is betrothed to another.

Two scenes will be presented from Puccini’s “La Boheme.” Bree Jordan and Jason Nichols will sing “O Soave Fanciulla.” Remy Martin and Coburn Jones will sing “O Mimi, tu piu non torni.”

“Tu ne chanteras plus?” from Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffmann” will be sung by Elizabeth Chapa, Kimberly Hilton and Evan Adair. The scene is about forbidden love.

7) Carolina Farm Credit Chair and Vice Chair Nominated

In an organizational meeting on October 29, 2015, the Carolina Farm Credit Board of Directors elected L. Kim Starnes as the new Chairman.  W. Rex Bell was elected to serve as Vice-Chairman.

L. Kim Starnes, 60, of Salisbury, N.C. is a full time farmer whose operation consists of row crops, beef cattle, and poultry.  Mr. Starnes has been a member of the Carolina Farm Credit board for 8 years, and currently serves as vice-chairman.  He is a member of the Rowan County Cattlemen’s Association where he currently serves as President, Rowan County Ag Advisory Board, North Carolina Angus Association, and Miller Ferry Volunteer Fire Department, where he serves as Secretary and Treasurer.  He is also an active member at Trading Ford Baptist Church where he serves as a Deacon and Sunday school teacher, and is a member of the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association and Gideon’s International.

W. Rex Bell, 68, of Statesville, N.C. is a full time farmer whose operation consists of corn, soybeans, hay, and wheat.  He has been a member of the Carolina Farm Credit board for 8 years.  Mr. Bell is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science.  Mr. Bell is an active member of Oakdale Baptist Church where he serves as a Deacon and Sunday school teacher.

Carolina Farm Credit is a stockholder-owned cooperative providing financing to full and part-time farmers and agricultural-related businesses and also provides financing for the construction and purchase of homes in 54 counties through 36 branch offices. Other financial services available are credit life insurance, crop insurance, appraisal services, leasing programs and financial planning.

Carolina Farm Credit serves over 9,200 members with loans outstanding totaling more than $1.4 billion. The association’s territory covers the western half of North Carolina, with branch offices located in Albemarle, Asheboro, Asheville, Boone, Browns Summit, Burnsville, Carthage, Concord, Conover, Ellerbe, Graham, Hendersonville, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Lenoir, Lexington, Lincolnton, Marshall, Mocksville, Monroe, Murphy, Pilot Mountain, Roxboro, Rural Hall, Salisbury, Shelby, Siler City, Sparta, Spindale, Statesville, Taylorsville, Wadesboro, Waynesville, Wilkesboro, Yadkinville, and Yanceyville.

Carolina Farm Credit was recognized as a 2015 Best Employer in North Carolina. The list of the Best Employers in North Carolina was created by Business North Carolina, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – NC State Council and Best Companies Group.

Directors for Carolina Farm Credit are Mark A. Bray, Chairman, Lawsonville; L. Kim Starnes, Vice-Chairman, Salisbury; John M. Barnard, Statesville; E. Bernard Beck, Seagrove; W. Rex Bell, Statesville; David M. Coltrane, Pleasant Garden; Susie J. Gambill, Sparta; Joseph A. Lail, Shelby; Clark M. Newlin, Haw River; Thomas E. Porter, Jr., Concord; Tony L. Ragan, Sanford; D. Kaleb Rathbone, Waynesville; Lewis E. Smith, Lincolnton; Vickie N. Smitherman, East Bend; Dr. Alton Thompson, Summerfield.

8) Winter Jazz at Chetola Resort with Maureen Renihan & Friends

Saturday nights at Chetola will feature Maureen Renihan & Friends Jazz Band performing in the lounge of Timberlake’s Restaurant. Music is from 6-9 pm. There is no cover charge and the resort and restaurant are family friendly and open to the public.

Maureen & Friends Jazz Band has been performing at Chetola since the Summer of 2014 and jazz night has been a regular event at the resort since that time. The Boone-based vocalist was the opening act at The Symphony by the Lake hosted at Chetola this past summer. Throughout the winter months, the band will perform in the lounge which offers an intimate listening experience by the warmth of the fireplace.

As usual, the vocalist will be accompanied by varying musicians weekly, many of whom are ASU School of Music faculty and others are accomplished professionals from Asheville and Charlotte. The group performs standards, popular selections from the Great American Songbook, and seasonal favorites throughout the holidays.

For more information: www.maureenrenihanmusic.com