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Published Friday, March 11, 2016 at 10:59 am

KAMPN’s Annual Fish Dinner Set for Friday, March 18

No need to cook dinner on March 18! That Friday night, dine-in or take-out at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic CHurch in Boone for the annual fish dinner to support KAMPN 4 Autism. Adult plates are $12 and kids’ plates are $6 for ages 10 and under. Call 828-264-8338 for tickets or get them at the door. Visit for more information.

KAMPN: Kids with Autism Making Progress in Nature

CCC&TI to Screen “Not My Life” in Lenoir March 21

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Global Diversity Committee and Student Government Association are hosting a film screening this spring focusing on the issue of human trafficking.

On Monday, March 21, the film “Not My Life” will be shown at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir. The event will begin with special guest speaker, bestselling author Kimberly Rae at 6 p.m. with the film screening to follow at 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Rae lived in Bangladesh, Uganda, Kosovo and Indonesia before beginning her work writing and training on how to fight human trafficking both in the United States and worldwide. She has been published more than 200 times and has work in five languages. Her novels on international human trafficking set in India (Stolen Woman, Stolen Child, and Stolen Future) are all Amazon bestsellers, and her newest novel, Shredded, deals with trafficking in small-town North Carolina.

Filmed on five continents, in a dozen countries, “Not My Life” takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited, every day, through an astonishing array of practices including forced labor, domestic servitude, begging, sex tourism, sexual violence and child soldiering. The film was directed by Academy Award nominee Robert Bilheimer and features Glenn Close as narrator.

For more information, call 828-726-2301 or visit

Republican Women to Meet March 30 in Boone

The Watauga County Republican Women’s Club (WCRWC) will have its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 30th at the Sagebrush Steakhouse in Boone, NC. The meeting will begin at noon. All interested in furthering the Republican cause in The High Country are welcome to attend and are invited to join. Call 828-295-9020 for more information. The WCRWC meets the last Wednesday of each month. (There is no meeting if schools are cancelled due to weather.)

Blacksmith Exhibition Opens April 2 in Spruce Pine

On Saturday, April 2, the Toe River Arts Council opens its 10th anniversary exhibition of metal work from blacksmiths participating in downtown Spruce Pine’s Fire on the Mountain Festival. Held in conjunction with Fire, the exhibition will give visitors an opportunity to view iron arts and crafts in a gallery setting and to learn more about the nationally acclaimed smiths. With seemingly unmovable floor pieces to hold-in-your hand pedestal work to 3-dimensional “how did they hang that” wall pieces, the gallery will be filled with forged, welded, pounded, and pinged copper, iron, steel, bronze. An always-fun free pizza and beer reception will be held at the gallery on the eve of the Festival on Friday, April 29th, from 5 to 7pm. The public is invited to share in the evening and meet these talented artists.

TRAC has been displaying blacksmith work for a decade and recognizing one master blacksmith each year. This year’s Master Blacksmith is Jay Burnham Kidwell. Kidwell is a recognizable face in Mitchell County as he has returned to Penland more than nine times over the past couple of decades as an instructor. He considers himself a teacher and an expounder of knowledge of metals. He received a MFA in metalworking from the University of Georgia and a BA in studio art from the University of Delaware. In addition, he received a post-graduate diploma with Distinction from West Dean College and the University of Sussex both in the UK. Not only at Penland, Kidwell has taught at

Appalachian Center for Craft, Peter’s Valley Craft Center, Mendocino Center for the Arts and Touchstone Center for Crafts, and led over 100 workshops around the globe.

He will be demonstrating during the festival day, April 30, on lower street. With some of his best work on display at the TRAC gallery, Kidwell will be among the dozens of other blacksmiths who are participating in Fire, including Jeff McDowell, Bill Brown, Elizabeth Brim, Paige Davis, Aaron Deshields, and Gail Beavers Wall.

New to the exhibition this year, Klingspor Abrasives, with U.S. headquarters in Hickory, NC, is sponsoring several awards. In addition to an award for the most outstanding tool, two awards will recognize innovation and craftsmanship, a third for the best crafted tool. And a fourth will be a special People’s Choice Award. Throughout the exhibition, visitors will vote for their favorite work; the artists will win a handcrafted blacksmith tool by Seth Gould. Voting will end on Friday, April 29, at 5pm and awards made during the reception. Klingspor, based in Germany, has been manufacturing the highest quality industrial sanding and grinding products for over 100 years.

The pieces showcased during the Blacksmith exhibition are of the highest aesthetic caliber, inviting profound artistic contemplation from viewers. Other works bring back to life the hand-made uniqueness of the utilitarian items of past centuries: candlesticks, andirons, tongs, skewers. All the smiths have taken a concept and brought it to completion with unparalled artistry.

The Annual Blacksmith Exhibition will run from April 2 through April 30, ending the evening of the Fire on the Mountain Festival. For more information about the Toe River Arts Council exhibition, please call 828.765.0520, or visit the Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, from 10:30am to 5pm. The Fire on the Mountain Festival takes place on Saturday, April 30, from 10am to 4pm in downtown Spruce Pine. Please visit for information.

The Toe River Arts Council is a not for profit organization promoting the arts in Mitchell and Yancey Counties, and supported by donations, memberships, local government, grants (including the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, a state agency), and supporters who understand the benefit of art in our community.

LMC to Host Polomik Artwork, Opens March 28

Lees-McRae College will host a selection of artwork by Michael Polomik throughout March, with the opening reception and artist talk scheduled for March 28 from 5-6 p.m. in King-Shivell Gallery. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

“Golden Hound” references the ideas of glory (“golden”) and analysis (“hound”) and includes pieces that resemble the work of William Blake and Rembrandt. “The ultimate goal in my work is to create romanticized environments that incorporate patterning and diagrammatic markings, as though analyzed by the eye,” says Polomik. “For me, this image glorifies the process of understanding our world based upon studying and experiencing it; processes which I find provide both wonder and contentment.”

Polomik was born in Silicon Valley and raised in North Carolina, where he began practicing art at a young age; “My early drawings were created atop old diagrams of my father’s that he gave me as scrap paper,” he says. “I manipulated these diagrams while drawing, and my imagery gradually evolved to integrate my interests in geometric abstraction and classical realism.”

Since earning his MFA at Western Carolina University, Polomik has had his work exhibited in Chicago, Atlanta, Brooklyn and Los Angeles, and has gained recognition for his use of dramatic landscapes and diagrammatic markings around the human form. Polomik currently lives and works in Raleigh.

For more information, please contact Jason Sabbides at [email protected].

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Lees-McRae College is a private, four-year college offering diverse baccalaureate degrees, strong athletic programs and outstanding faculty. With 1,000 students hailing from 31 states and more than 8 countries, Lees-McRae’s broad core curriculum is enhanced by field-specific career preparation and experiential learning. For more information, please visit or call 828-898-5241.

Free Fibromyalgia Talk at Wellness Center March 15

Is joint or muscle pain on your mind? If so, join us for a free Health Talk featuring Dr. Martina Ziegenbein discussing fibromyalgia and pain management. The Health Talk will take place on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in the classroom at the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Ziegenbein completed medical school in Slovakia, where she was born and raised. She moved to the United States in 2001 to pursue her Internal Medicine residency at Marshfield Clinic/St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, Wisconsin. She completed a Rheumatology fellowship at Boston University Medical Center and a fellowship specializing in lupus at the Johns Hopkins University Lupus Center. Dr. Ziegenbein joined Appalachian Regional Internal Medicine Specialists in December 2015 and is currently accepting new patients.

Physical Therapist, Alicia Debord, PT, CLT of The Rehabilitation Center in Boone, will join Dr. Ziegenbein at the Health Talk to answer questions and discuss physical therapy options designed to help patients manage fibromyalgia.

Space is limited. Interested participants should call 828-268-8969 or send an email to[email protected] to reserve a seat.

To learn more about Dr. Ziegenbein or Appalachian Regional Internal Medicine Specialists, call 828-386-2746. To learn more about The Rehabilitation Center, call 828-268-904

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