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Published Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 3:22 pm

Winterfest Parade Puppet Workshop at BRAHM Jan. 4

Monday, Jan 4, 2016, 3:30pm to 5:00pm

10 / members, $15 / nonmembers

Create a wonderful puppet in this two day workshop (second date January 11) with Julie DelRosso and be part of the Winterfest Snowflake parade!

Puppets are an aspect of our history, from marionettes to the Muppets. In their many forms they have represented different customs and traditions and are valuable educational tools. Children can believe and relate to them, and puppets can provide an essential link between learning and play, which makes them wonderful teaching tools. They are also an interactive way to introduce narrative to even the most reluctant reader.

In this class, children will choose a character from a chosen folk tale, and construct their own, largescale puppets. They will get to breathe life into the puppets they build by animating their puppets in the Winterfest Snowflake Parade on January 30 2016 at 3 p.m.

Preregistration is required for this class, and participants ideally should be available to walk in the Snowflake Parade. For more information, phone: 828.295.9099.

Julie DelRosso is a local artist and mother who has worked in puppet and set design for stop motion animation in film and television productions. She earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and she has worked on many art projects with children in a variety of media – from clay to animation. She believes in the power of art to inspire and affect young lives!

Miami Artist Quinlivan to Paint Live at Studio 140 Dec. 29-Jan. 3

Miami-based artist Brian Quinlivan will be painting live at Studio 140 in downtown Banner Elk from Dec. 29 through Jan. 3.  Influenced by artists such as Salvador Dali and M.C. Escher, he incorporates surreal, realistic and abstract elements to create his work.  Each piece is a combination of media- including watercolor, ink, graphite, acrylic, crayon, pastels and airbrush- to achieve the desired results.

After exhibiting earlier this month in Miami during Art Basel week, Brian painted with the young patients at the Nicklaus/Miami Children’s Hospital.  Brian along with others including NBA Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning and disco/R&B legend Gloria Gaynor volunteered on behalf of the Michael Fux Foundation.  The following weekend his “Star Wars” painting that he created in Banner Elk during the Wooly Worm festival was raffled off to benefit the Miami Children’s Museum.

Using a technique known as anamorphic drawing, Brian draws and paints images that appear to leap off the canvas, floor or wall, creating an optical illusion fooling the viewer.  He will be unveiling his latest anamorphic shark painting this week.  Come by for a unique photograph opportunity with it.

Studio 140 is located at 140 Azalea Circle in downtown Banner Elk. More info atwww.facebook.com/Studio140 or (828) 352-8853.

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.

ASU Rec Management’s 10th Anniversary Outdoor Jobs Fair Set for Feb. 17

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

10am – 2pm

Grandfather Mountain Ballroom, Plemmons Student

Over 60 of the top camps, conference centers, outfitters, and resorts throughout the U.S. will be represented. Great opportunity to secure both summer and year round employment. Internships also available. Spend your summer in the great outdoors while gaining skills in teaching, counseling, leading, climbing, boating, and more! All majors encouraged to attend.

Small Businesses: Apply for Scale UP WNC by Jan. 31

Looking to scale up your small business? Mountain BizWorks announces call for applications for the 2016 ScaleUp WNC program Helping entrepreneurs take their ventures to new heights; Deadline to apply is January 31 (Asheville, NC): Starting a business is hard work. Scaling a business is equally hard, and often requires different strategy and skills than used in the startup phase. The ScaleUp WNC program works with existing entrepreneurs and small businesses owners from across western North Carolina that have demonstrated initial success and have potential for significant growth. Using a cohort based approach, with 15 businesses accepted into each group, ScaleUp WNC provides mentorship, management training, growth capital connections and other critical resources to help companies achieve breakthrough growth and contribute to the small business‐led economic development of western North Carolina. Cohort members also gain a strong peer CEO network within their cohort and with ScaleUp WNC alumni (listed below). Applications are now being accepted for the third and fourth ScaleUp WNC cohorts. The deadline to apply is January 31. Visit ScaleUpWNC.com for more information and to apply. Cohort 3 will begin in March, and Cohort 4 will start in June. Based on previous interest, Mountain BizWorks may fill both cohorts from applications received during this application window. “Spending the time and energy to develop and refine our ‘pitch’ was worth its time investment ten‐fold.” – Adam Charnack, Hi‐Wire Brewing (Cohort 1) In addition to the caliber of companies selected, a strength of ScaleUp WNC is the diversity of companies participating. Industries represented in the first two cohorts ranged from food & beverage to outdoor industry, and from manufacturing to professional services. Accepted companies hailed from Boone to Asheville to Bryson City and places in between. Mountain BizWorks also strongly encourages applications from women‐owned, minority‐owned, veteran‐owned and rural‐based businesses. Half of the 2015 participants met one or more of these criteria. “The community of like‐minded entrepreneurs and small business owners created by ScaleUp is one of the most valuable and ongoing outcomes of being part of the program.” – Nikki Holder, Outrider USA (Cohort 1) Fifteen founders or executive managers of growth‐oriented small businesses will be selected through a competitive, merit‐based application process for each ScaleUp WNC cohort. Businesses must be based in Western North Carolina, have at least one full‐time employee, and have identified opportunities for business expansion. Additionally, accepted businesses typically have been in for business for at least 2 years and have annual revenues between $150,000 and $750,000.

This unique program is offered at nocost thanks to funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration,

however companies chosen are expected to make a firm commitment of time to participate in the

program. Western North Carolina has been selected as one of the first eight places nationally to launch

an SBA ScaleUp America program, a recognition of the vibrant entrepreneurial community in WNC.

“We are thrilled to be launching the next round of the ScaleUp WNC program,” said Bill Carrington, chair

of the Mountain BizWorks board of directors. “In the first year, we had the honor of assisting 30 great

small business owners from across the region, many of whom are already creating new jobs, raising

funding, and reaching new milestones. We expect another excellent and diverse class of entrepreneurial

leaders in 2016.”

Mountain BizWorks also thanks our collaborating training partners which have included Asheville

Buncombe Technical Community College, Ascent Business Network, Sequoyah Fund, Small Town

Ventures, 1×1 Media, LenoirRhyne University and AdvantageWest.

Additional program details, dates and the online application form are available at ScaleUpWNC.com.

ScaleUp WNC alumni companies include: Cohort 1: Brightfield Transportation Solutions, Carolina Native

Nursery, Dieseljobs.com, Dolci di Maria, Equinox, Farm to Home Milk, HiWire Brewing, Lusty Monk,

Mother Earth Produce, New Appalachia, Outrider USA, SimpleShot Shooting Sports, Strivven

Media/Virtual Job Shadow, The Filling Station Deli And Sub Shop, Ultimate Ice Cream. Cohort 2: APEX

Brain Centers, Appalachia Cookie Company, BearWaters Brewing Company, Cab Hound, Covenant

Health Products, Destination by Design, Dog Door Canine Services, eCBiz Solutions, Go Yoga, GoWorx,

Heurista, Odyssey ClayWorks, Sherpa Hunting, Spectra3D Technologies, The Regeneration Station

About Mountain BizWorks

Mountain BizWorks has been developing small businesses in Western North Carolina for 25 years. Our

primary platforms are lending and learning, specifically designed to grow small businesses and create

economic opportunity for all. We proudly create access to capital for startups and existing businesses in

spite of barriers to traditional lending sources. We support the entrepreneurial spirit by offering

individualized coaching and training. Most importantly, we turn the dream of business ownership and

success into a reality. Learn more about Mountain BizWorks at mountainbizworks.org.

Tai Chi for Arthritis Begins at the Senior Center in January

The Lois E. Harrill Senior Center is offering a Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention Class on Thursdays starting in January.  This class is an evidence based health promotion class.  The class is provided at no cost and will be offered on Thursdays starting January 14th and running through March 31st .  The class will be held at 11am.  The benefits of this class can include increased range of motion, strength, flexibility, improved balance, better breathing and more energy.  We hope you will join us!  Call 265-8090 to register today!

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