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Get a Signed Copy of Glenn Bruce’s ‘The Maples’ on Saturday

Local author Glenn Bruce will sign copies of his latest novel The Maples and his other books at the Watauga County Arts Council’s Second Saturday event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on March 12.

The Maples is a comic novel with several ongoing family mysteries that are mostly solved when the four siblings and their partners join their parents for a family-related funeral.

About the Author Glenn A. Bruce has an MFA in Writing and was associate editor for The Lindenwood Review. He has published five novels, two collections of original short stories, and one political opinion book (which cost him a few friends who later went on to support Donald Trump—so, it all worked out). His short stories have been published in Brilliant Flash Fiction, Shotgun Honey, Blue Crow, RedFez, Defenestration, Alfie Dog, LLR, Oval, Loud Zoo (Bedlam Publishing), The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society, and Green Silk Journal. He was a finalist in the Defenestrationism short story contest and judged the Brilliant Flash Fiction Fall 2015 writing contest. His poetry and nonfiction have appeared in Flights (Sinclair College Literary Journal), Lost Coast Review, Beat Poets of the Forever Generation, Carolina Mountain Life, and the Earthen Lamp Journal. He has published five novels and two short story collections. Glenn also wrote the hit film Kickboxer as well as for television shows Walker: Texas Ranger, Baywatch, and Assaulted Nuts. Many of his other feature film screenplays and television series concepts have been optioned and almost saw the light of a screen. He currently has several more in development.

AMY Wee Trade Sale April 7-9 in Spruce Pine

All proceeds will benefit the Imagination Library.

Featuring the best in gently used and new children’s spring and summer clothing. Also toys, furniture, bedding, equipment, maternity clothing and more.

Cross Street Commerce Center in Spruce Pine

Preview: April 7, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., $5 to shop early

April 8, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

April 9, 8 a.m. to noon

Many items will be half off.

Like AMY Wee Trade on Facebook, send an email to mytrade@gmail.com or call 682-0047 for more information.

Barter Brings Back Late Night Performances

The Barter Players Encore Company is set to host Late Night Improv performances with a “Saturday Night Live” sense of humor at Barter Theatre Stage II on March 18-19 at 11:00 PM.

For one weekend only, audiences will have the chance to find out what happens when actors perform without a script. Improv, or improvisational theatre, is a style of performance that does not employ a script or other written plan for the show. During improv shows, most of the material audiences see is made up on the spot. This means no two shows will ever be the same.

The Barter Players Encore Company will also include some sketch comedy in their performances. These parts of the performance are designed to be similar to the popular television show “Saturday Night Live.”

Tickets for Late Night Improv can be purchased for $10 through the Barter Theatre box office, but are recommended for adults only.

Last spring, The Barter Players Encore Company gave six Late Night Improv performances to sold-out crowds. Terrance Jackson, who appeared in last year’s performances, said, “I’m really looking forward to doing the improv shows again because you never know what is going to happen, but it will be fun and that’s guaranteed. I hope people come ready to laugh.”

Natalie Riegel, who is also a returning member of The Barter Players Encore Company, said, “Last year improv brought out a whole new crop of people to Barter and they were there to have a great time. Our goal is to go out on stage, take some risks, and have a good time. It’s thrilling!”

The Barter Players Encore Company includes: Sean Michael Flattery, Terrance Jackson, Sam McCalla, Natalie Riegel, Julie Scroll and Kelly Strand.

For tickets to an improv event visit www.bartertheatre.com or call the box office at 276-628-3991.

Coming Up at BRAHM: TAC Talks March 10 at 6 p.m.

BRAHM events will include engaging lectures on “Thursday Art and Culture Talks,” which last about 45 minutes and feature a Q-and-A session with wine and cheese reception following.

This month’s lecture will discuss “The State of the Arts in North Carolina” and led by Frank Stasio, the host of “The State of Things” on WUNC.

“The talks are all either linked to exhibits that we have in the museum or to something of regional- or state-wide importance, so a lot of the talks are linked to culture in the mountains or events that are going on in North Carolina,” Weinstein said.

The museum welcomes you to look through the exhibitions before the talk begins.

“The talks are education in an entertaining way,” Weinstein said.

Learn something new and talk to other people who share your interests.

Free for members and $5 for nonmembers.

For more information, visit the event page.

Apply for Boone Service League Grants by March 27, Scholarships by April 21


The Boone Service League is currently accepting applications for 2016 scholarships and grants from students and nonprofit organizations in Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties.

Grants will be awarded only to nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) tax status operating within the High Country and serving in Ashe, Avery and/or Watauga counties. No award in excess of $1,000 will be made to any single organization. Monies granted must be used for a project or special program.

Visit www.booneserviceleague.org/grantson.html to submit applications by Sunday, March 27. For more information, contact Kelli Haas at kh51845@yahoo.com.

Scholarships will be awarded to senior high school students in Ashe, Avery and/or Watauga counties who plan to pursue undergraduate degrees beginning in fall 2016.

Applicants must select one of two essay prompts and prepare an essay not to exceed 500 words. Applications for scholarships are due by Tuesday, April 21. Only online applications will be accepted.

Visit www.booneserviceleague.org/scholarshipson.html to submit applications. For more information, contact Stephanie Allen at sallen628@hotmail.com.

Established in 1957 as an auxiliary women’s organization to the Boone Jaycees, the Boone Service League is open to women ages 21 and older living in the High Country area, including Watauga, Ashe and Avery counties.

For more information, visit www.booneserviceleague.org.