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Today’s Email Announcements

Walk MS in Winston April 30

Walk MS connects people living with MS and those who care about them. It is an experience unlike any other – a day to come together, to celebrate the progress we’ve made and to show the power of our connections. When you participate in Walk MS, the funds you raise give hope to the more than 18,000 people living with MS in North and South Carolina. The dollars raised support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research. Every connection counts. Register now, connect with others and start fundraising today at www.walkMScarolinas.org<http://www.walkMScarolinas.org> or by calling 855-372-1331. Check-in opens at 8:00 AM. The walk starts at 10:00 AM. Modern Automotive and Biogen are the local presenting sponsors.
Contact Information:  www.walkMScarolinas.org<http://www.walkMScarolinas.org>, 855-372-1331,Emily.Conner@nmss.org

Brookshire Greenway Ribbon Cutting April 18

A dedication ceremony will be held to celebrate the formal opening of Watauga County’s latest recreational asset – a greenway connecting Brookshire Park, traveling under U.S. 421, to the adjacent paddle access for the South Fork of the New River.
The ceremony is sponsored by Watauga County and the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce.

The public is invited to attend the celebration.
Parking is available at Brookshire Park. Refreshments will be provided by High Country Pathways and the Blue Ridge Conservancy.
The project was initiated by the Watauga County Tourism Development Authority, and carried out by the County with assistance from Vaughn & Melton Consulting Engineers. Engineering design was done by McGill Associates and construction was completed by Greene Construction. The bulk of the funds were provided by the Federal Highway Administration with matching funds from the NC Department of Transportation. Additional funds were provided by Watauga County. The greenway will be part of the New River Headwaters Trail being developed from Blowing Rock to Todd. Currently it will provide a connection from Brookshire Park to the Boone Greenway, via New River Hills Rd. Through Brookshire Park, hikers and cyclists can connect to the existing paths through the Park, into the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex and onto the adjacent pathways. Eventually the connection will be made to the anticipated South Fork Greenway to Todd.  Future plans include a more formal connection to the Boone Greenway, which in turn will connect to the Middle Fork Greenway, in progress providing a path to Blowing Rock.
Any questions should be directed to Joe Furman, 828-265-8043, Joe.Furman@watgov.org.

Baha’i Devotional Meeting April 10

There will be a Baha’i devotional meeting in Stony Fork at 11am on Sunday 10 April.   The theme will be “Keys to overcoming prejudice.”   Baha’is believe that all the world’s great faiths are divine in origin.  All are welcome.   For more information and directions call 268 2191.

Avery Business After Hours at Linville Falls Winery April 12

Chamber Members or prospective members

please join

Avery County Chamber of Commerce

on Tuesday, April 12, (5:30 – 7:30) for the
Business “After Hours”


hosted by Linville Falls Winery,

located at 9557 Linville Falls Hwy., Linville Falls.

This fun filled networking event will also have horses to ride on the beautiful grounds of the winery provided by

Elk Mountain Riding Company.
Call the chamber for more information
and visit the website for upcoming events.

String Chamber Music at ASU on April 14

Prepare for an evening of string chamber music on Thursday, April 14, at 6 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Recital Hall on the Appalachian State University campus.

The faculty and guest recital will feature Nancy Bargerstock and Margaret Bragg on the violin, Eric Koontz on the viola, Kenneth Lurie on the cello and Jonathan Asbell on the piano.

The recital will begin with “Fratres,” the Latin word for brothers, composed by Arvo Pärt. Then, the audience will hear “Terzetto for Two Violins in C Major, Op. 74” by Antonin Dvořák.

The program will conclude with “String Quartet No. 6, Sz. 114” by Béla Bartók.

Appalachian Treble Choir, Higher Grounds to Perform April 15

Appalachian State University’s Treble Choir and music group Higher Ground will perform on Friday, April 15, at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.
The Treble Choir will begin the program with movements three and four of “Four Sacred Songs for the Night” by Houston Bright. Then, “Holy, Holy” arranged by Carolyn Kellert will be performed. Third, the Treble Choir will perform “Holy, Holy, Holy” by John Bacchus Dykes.

“Jesu, dulcis memoria” will then be performed, followed by “How the Flowers Came” by Eleanor Daley. Movements one, two and five of Emma Lou Diemer’s “Hope is the Thing: An Emily Dickinson Suite” will be performed.

The Treble Choir will end their performance with two traditional spiritual selections, “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me” arranged by Richard Nance and “Ezekiel Saw de Wheel” arranged by Harry Burleigh.

Appalachian’s Higher Ground will then perform “Come Ready and See Me” by Richard Hundley and arranged by Kelly Turner. “Here’s that Rainy Day” by Jimmy Van Heusen and arranged by Carl Alexius is next on the program. Higher Ground will conclude the program with “You Raise Me Up” by R. Lovland and B. Graham.

Woodwind Chamber Music with ASU Students April 14

Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music will perform a concert of woodwind chamber music April 14 at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall.

Performers will be coached by Jon Beebe, Scott Kallestad and Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham.

The program begins with “Jour D’Été à La Montagne,” or summer day in the mountains, by Eugène Bozza, performed by a flute quartet.

Another flute quartet will then perform “Victoria’s Secret Gift” by Ben Boone. “Polonaise” by Julius Weissenborn will be performed by Blazing Bassoons. A flute trio will perform “Flutes in the Garden” by Gary Schocker, followed by “Three Pieces” performed on flute, clarinet and bassoon. Then, “Salvation is Created” by Pavel Tchesnokov and Paquito D’Rivera’s “Wapango” will be performed by four saxophonists.

Jazz Ensembles to Perform April 13

Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music students will perform in two jazz ensembles on Wednesday, April 13, at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall.

Jazz Ensemble I will be directed by Todd Wright. This ensemble will begin their performance with “The Kid from Redbank” by Neal Hefti. The ensemble will then perform “Burbank Sackbut Brigade” by Roger Myers, “Carmelo’s By the Freeway” by Bob Florence and “Who Can I Turn To?” by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newly.

Jazz Ensemble I will conclude their portion of the concert with “Time Check” by Don Menza.

Jazz Ensemble II will be directed by Rod Berry. The ensemble will begin their performance with “One O’Clock Jump” by Count Basie. Then, Jazz Ensemble II will perform “The Queen Bee” by Sammy Nestico, “Vierd Blues” by Miles Davis and “Full Count” by Don Sebeseky.

Jazz Ensemble II will conclude their performance with “Come On, Come Over” by Jaco Pastorius and Bob Herzog.

Project Healing Waters to Kick Off April 16

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing an international non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active duty military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings has partnered with Appalachian Mountain Brewery and Trout Unlimited to create a special four(4) day camp (Camp Healing Waters) in the beautiful mountain settings around Blowing Rock North Carolina.  Camp Healing Waters is designed to address not only the physical and emotional healing needs of its participating veterans and their spouses but also introduce training on life skills necessary to deal with the long term challenges that these disabled heroes and their families face.  Special topics like, nutrition, personal finance, stress management, and communication skills, will be integrated into a curriculum that capitalizes on the depth and experience of the local volunteer and professional community, all while emphasizing the formidable impact of the area’s pristine outdoor landscape and blue ribbon trout waters. 

Jeremy Barnes, CFO of Appalachian Mountain Brewery, and Army Airborne veteran knows all too well how quickly challenges for these disabled soldiers can mount up. “Camp Healing Waters is more than just a fishing outing.  It’s a chance for these men and women to spend some time with people that understand the challenges they face and learn more about certain skills that can help them in their day to day lives.  We want it to be more than just about fishing we want it to be about family.”

There will be a Camp Kickoff event on April 16th at Camp Sky Ranch in Blowing Rock NC.  The event will start at 6pm.  Music by HandleBar Betty and food and drink provided by Farm to Flame Woodfired Street Food and Appalachian Mountain Brewery.  No cover charge but donations much appreciated. 

The inaugural Camp Healing Waters will be held May 19th-22nd.  For additional help please contact:

Ryan Harman – wncphw@gmail.com  or

Jeremy Barnes – jeremy@appalachianmountainbrewery.com

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Torch Discussion: “Questioning Christianity” on April 11

The local chapter of Torch: A Forum for Reasoned Discussion will resume its annual series of luncheon meeting presentations on the second Monday of the month this April 11th at the Sagebrush restaurant in Boone.  Those attending may choose from a $10 menu at 11:30 am and enjoy the presentation at noon.

The topic this month is “Questioning Christianity” featuring Wayne Clawson raising issues frequently posed such as those concerning creationism and internal scriptural consistency, and Herbert Hash offering a response from a ministerial perspective.
Wayne Clawson is a graduate from Appalachian State University where he worked for 33 years in the Development Department and retired in 2004 as an Associate Vice Chancellor.  Herbert Hash has Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, is an ordained minister serving as pastor and staff member for 18 years in Southern Baptist Churches, and now retired after serving as an adjunct in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at ASU for 24 years.  After their presentations questions from those present should make for an interesting and enlightening exchange.  Visitors are welcome.