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Today’s Email Announcements

CCC&TI Graduates Truck Driver Students, Program Registration Ongoing

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute celebrated the graduation of 20 students from the Caldwell Campus Truck Driver Training program day class during a ceremony on Friday, Dec. 18 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir. The graduates (listed in alphabetical order) include: Adrian Arp, Glen Blair, Johnathan Bowman, Martin Brinkley, James Campbell, Zachary Davis, Derrick Forney, Margaret Hogan, Robert Hord Jr., Roy Hudson, Kellie Kivett, Paul Miller, William Murphy, Brendan O’Malley Jr., Jerry Parson, Andre Pavon, Ethan Sams, Jerry Stevenson, Tyler Talbert and Joel Trivette.

Registration for upcoming Truck Driver Training classes is ongoing. Tuition assistance is available for those who qualify. For more info about Truck Driver Training at CCC&TI, call 828-726-2380.

Free Admission at BRAHM on Dec. 26

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

Our gift to you is free admission for you and your guests

on Saturday, December 26, 10 am – 5 pm.

Click here to see our current exhibitions.

Please note, the Museum will be closed on:

Christmas Eve, December 24

Christmas Day, December 25

Social Work Field Education Orientation at ASU Set for Jan. 11

NASW Members and Friends,  You are invited to our Spring Field Education Orientation.  We will be meeting on January 11th from 1:00 to 5:00 (1:00-3:30 for NASW members that do not have an intern) in Parkway Ballroom Room 420 in the Plemmons Student Union.  Please park in Rivers Street Parking Deck and walk over to the Student Union.  You will be given a parking pass that you can use to “pay” when you leave the parking garage. Please allow yourself some time to walk from the parking garage to the union.  Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by1/6/2016. Please note the time and date change from our regular meeting.


1:00-1:30 Welcome/ Introductions/ Networking (students, field instructors, seminar            Instructors and NASW members)

1:30-3:30 Social Work in the Real World presentation (CE’s available)

3:30-3:45 Break

3:45-4:15 Frequently Asked Questions

4:15-5:00 New Field instructors meet with Field Director

                Students meet with Seminar Instructors

See the First Sunrise of 2016 at Grandfather Mountain

There are sunrises, and then there are Grandfather Mountain sunrises.

And then there are Grandfather Mountain New Year’s Day sunrises.

Ring in an epic New Year on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, for Grandfather Mountain’s first sunrise opportunity of 2016.

Sunrise opportunities allow guests the rare chance to visit the popular Linville attraction before regular operating hours.

“These events are popular among photographers of all skill levels, as well as nature lovers hoping to see the Blue Ridge Mountains in a new light,” said Frank Ruggiero, director of marketing and communications for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the nonprofit organization that oversees the attraction. “Sunrise on Grandfather Mountain is nothing short of magnificent.”

Sunrise is at 7:38 a.m. Jan. 1, and Grandfather’s gates will open at 6:30 a.m. Due to safety regulations, participants may only visit the Mile High Swinging Bridge area during the event.

Guests are encouraged to bring a flashlight and to wear heavy winter jackets, hats, gloves and rubber-soled shoes, as there may be slick surfaces on the mountain. The event may be cancelled upon short in notice in case of inclement weather.

Admission to the New Year’s sunrise opportunity costs $10, in addition to general admission. Guests are free to remain in the park all day, but those who leave before the mountain’s 9 a.m. opening time will have their general admission charge refunded. Bridge Club members, who receive free admission to the mountain, will only pay $5 for the sunrise.

The event is open to no more than 30 participants, and registration is required. To register, contact Mickey Shortt, director of Grandfather Mountain’s Department of Education and Natural Resources, at (828) 733-4326 or mickey@grandfather.com.

The not-for-profit Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation strives to inspire conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, understand and value the wonders of Grandfather Mountain. For more information, call (800) 468-7325, or visit www.grandfather.com.

Boone Community Network to Host Talent Showcase at The Local on Jan. 23

As Boone grows, more organizations dedicated to the arts are established. On Saturday January 23rd, BCN and The Local on W. Howard Street will team up again to host a night to help new and long-standing performing arts groups promote their craft.

12 acts will compete for the Showcase Title and $200 cash prize. The community is invited to come watch the acts and vote for their favorites every hour. An array of dancers from many disciplines, comedians, musicians, poets, actors, and other styles will be in high profile! Last year, a daring duo of acro yogists took the crown. We’ll see if anyone can take their crown this time around!

There is still space for interested groups. The sign up form is online here, and also atwww.boonecommunitynetwork.com or on our Facebook. You can also contact ben@boonecommunitynetwork.com.

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