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Today’s Email Announcements

Weekly Events at Lost Province Brewing Co.

Monday April 11

Family Night-Buy any regularly priced pizza and receive one free kid’s meal.

Tuesday April12

Get LOST for a Cause with KAMPN and Folk and Dagger

Live Music at 6:30-Folk and Dagger. Lost Province and Folk and Dagger are teaming up to help raise funds for KAMPN. We will be donating 10% of proceeds from the day so come grab a pint, listen to some awesome tunes and support this great organization!
KAMPN (Kids with Autism Making Progress in Nature) is a 501-(c)3 organization located in Deep Gap, NC. KAMPN was started in 2011 as a nature-based, cost-free, summer camping program for children with autism and their families- this camping program was named KAMPN’s Camp Cogger. After 4 summers, KAMPN’s Camp Cogger is going strong and the organization has begun to develop plans for KAMPN’s newest undertaking- the LIFE Village. KAMPN’s LIFE (Living Innovations For the Exceptional) Village will be a supported housing community for adults with autism and related disorders in the local Boone area. The overall mission of both KAMPN’s Camp Cogger and KAMPN’s LIFE Village stems from the simple belief that we are all here to live in a community of joy and that with acceptance and support this belief will become a reality for all.  For more information on KAMPN’ Camp Cogger or LIFE Village check out our website at www.KAMPN4autism.appstate.edu.

Wednesday April 13

½ Off Beer and Wine Specials.

7pm-9pm Trivia Night: Beginning at 7pm, Lost Province will be hosting Trivia Night with John Fortenberry. Compete on your own or on a team! The competition gets started at 7pm so come a little early for a pizza and a pint and get your seat!

Thursday April 14

$3.00 Thursday-$3.00 pints on all Lost Province brewed beers (except high gravity).

College Night 7:00pm-Live Music with Dylan Pinkerton. Dylan Pinkerton is an Australian singer-songwriter having recently made his way to Boone, North Carolina. Dylan’s sound can best be described as the love child of John Mayer and Allen Stone, which embodies lush melodies, relatable lyrics and interesting stories all rolled up into a contemporary Pop, Folk fondue. Since taking up the guitar at age 15 Dylan has performed at nationally acclaimed festivals such as Blues Festival (2012, 2013) and performed around the country at venues like the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Currently Dylan is continuing his studies at Appalachian State University whilst completing his debut EP at the Robert F Gilley recording studio.

Friday April 15

Tapped at 5pm, we feature something fun and new every Friday. Get it while it lasts; there is only a limited amount!

7:30pm-Closing Live Music: Handlebar Betty. Laced with elements of southern rock, folk, blues, soul and rockabilly, Handlebar Betty creates a unique sound that is dark, driving, earthy bringing forth a genuine, soulful and eclectic approach to acoustic/electric music.
Meris Gantt – Guitar, Stand Up Bass, Vocals
Anna Huffman – Guitar, Stand Up Bass, Vocals, Ukulele
Chad Berry – Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Jordan Lamb – Electric Guitar, Vocals

Saturday April 16

7:30pm-Closing Live Music: Face the Music with Don Story. Classic soul and R&B from the 1960’s

Sunday April 17

Lost Province Sunday: Residents of “The Lost Province” (Watauga, Ashe, Avery and Alleghany) receive 10% off food with verification of residency.

Midnight at the OASIS Set for May 6

OASIS, Inc. (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information, and Shelter) is the local non-profit serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence. All of their services are free and confidential, and last year the agency received over 1,900 crisis and information calls from this very community. This spring, the agency’s 13th annual fundraiser “Midnight at the OASIS” will take place Friday, May 6th at the Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock from 7 to 11 PM. The Asheville-based band, Laditude, will be back by popular demand! As in years past, there will be heavy hors d’oeuvres with Middle Eastern themed food and a cash bar. Tickets are $35 per person; proceeds raised at the event are used to operate OASIS’s confidential, emergency shelter for women and children currently fleeing intimate partner violence. Secure online ticket purchase available at www.oasisinc.org, or you may mail a check to P.O. Box 1591, Boone, NC 28607. We hope to see you there!

Community Care Clinic Board Retreat: April 16

Community Care Clinic Board of Directors Retreat:  Come for coffee and muffins to learn more about the Community Care Clinic and our accomplishments as we celebrate 10 years of service to our community. Saturday, April 16, 8:00 – 10:00 am at the Boone Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 381 E. King Street.

BRWIA Farm Transition & Estate Planning Workshop April 18

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture is pleased to announce a Farm Transition and Estate Planning Workshop with attorney Andrew Branan. This FREE workshop will occur on April 18th at the Watauga County Agricultural Conference Center, beginning at 5:30 PM.

Andrew Branan has spent his legal career providing business and estate planning support to farmers and landowners intent on keeping their farms, forests, and other natural resource concerns growing and productive as they pass to the next generation. He’s worked for the American Farmland Trust and been the Director of The North Carolina Farm Transition Network. Branan has also authored several workbooks for landowners and support professionals on this topic.

As Branan says, “The process of planning the orderly distribution of family land is indeed a challenge. If your goal is to keep the land in a designated use, the challenge is greater. Planning a future for your farm and land requires communicating your goals, gathering information, and understanding risk and how to manage it. The planning process also requires the help of professional advisers.”

“Part of my role as lawyer in working with private clients is that of a trainer, responsible for ensuring the client and their family really understand their planning architecture and can navigate the ongoing process of estate transfer,” Branan says.

Other organizations that will be involved in sponsoring or supporting this workshop are Blue Ridge Conservancy, Carolina Farm Credit, Watauga County Cooperative Extension, and WNC Farm Link.

Blue Ridge Conservancy’s Communications and Outreach Associate Nikki Bauman says, “Keeping land in agricultural production provides many community benefits such as access to healthy foods, scenic views, native bird habitat, carbon sequestration, and greatly supports the local economy. It also holds significant cultural values by maintaining the rural character and traditions that are unique to the High Country of North Carolina. At Blue Ridge Conservancy, we work with willing landowners to conserve their farmland through a legal agreement called a conservation easement. This contract protects the land from pressures of development or subdivision while maintaining its agricultural value.”

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture decided to invite Branan for this workshop after being approached by several established farmers, who are interested in learning more about how to transition their farmland in a way that retains its agricultural productivity and serves as capital for their retirement. This workshop is a part of Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture’s efforts to provide educational resources for farmers and landowners. The workshop complements Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture’s CRAFT program, which cultivates meaningful mentor relationships between aspiring and experienced farmers in the High Country.

CRAFT stands for Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training. The program connects aspiring farmers with experienced farmers, encourages innovative on-farm educational and professional experiences, and provides tools to established farmers that will enhance their mentorship abilities. The program does this through an Apprenticeship Opportunities webpage, summer on-farm peer-to-peer workshops for aspiring and established farmers, and winter farmer-driven gatherings.

Workshop Details

Location: Watauga Agricultural Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Rd, Boone, NC 28607

Partners: Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, Blue Ridge Conservancy, Carolina Farm Credit

Supporters: WNC Farm Link and NC Cooperative Extension

Cost: FREE

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Website: craft.brwia.org

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture is dedicated to strengthening the High Country’s local food system by supporting women and their families with resources, education, and skills related to sustainable food and agriculture. We do this by providing opportunities for women farmers to share knowledge, hosting a Farm Tour, providing opportunities for consumers to learn about self-sufficiency and connecting everyone to our local agricultural heritage and landscape. Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture currently serves:Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Mitchell, Wilkes, Watauga, and Yancey Counties in North Carolina as well as Johnson County, Tennessee.

For more information about this workshop, please contact Dave Walker at craft@brwia.org

Women’s Basketball Elite Camp in June at LMC

The Lees-McRae women’s basketball staff would like to extend a personal invitation for you to attend the second annual Women’s Basketball Elite Camp at Lees-McRae College. Participants will have the opportunity to see our beautiful campus in the North Carolina mountains, to learn and be taught by a college coaching staff and players, and compete against college caliber completion.

The camp will take place June 21-23.

The Lees-McRae Women’s Basketball Elite Camp is designed for those who have collegiate basketball aspirations.  Participating in the Women’s Basketball Elite Camp is an excellent way for the serious basketball player to develop their skill set with intense instruction by NCAA Division II coaches.  The on-court sessions will be similar to the individual skill position workouts provided to college athletes.

“I am really excited about hosting another Elite Camp on our campus,” commented head coach Michele Williams. “There were a lot of talented players last summer and I enjoyed working and getting to know each one of them. I’m looking forward to working with more talented and dedicated players this summer.”

The camp will offer one-on-one instruction, innovative and challenging drills, station work, a competitive training environment and multiple daily scrimmages.

Only a limited number of players will be accepted and reservations are on a first come, first serve basis, so please register early.

To be a part of this Elite Camp, please mail the registration form back as soon as possible or you may email your registration to dublem@lmc.edu. Your registration fee includes all lodging, food and camp T-shirt!

If you would like to ELEVATE your game, it’s time to visit the highest elevated campus in the south!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office at (828) 898-3431 or via email atdublem@lmc.edu.

Sax Chamber Recital Sunday at App State

Appalachian State University professor Scott Kallestad will direct a
saxophone chamber music recital on Sunday, April 17, at 8 p.m. in Broyhill
Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.

The recital will begin with “Children’s Prayer” by Englebert Humperdinck.
Then, four saxophonists will perform Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro,”
followed by Duke Ellington’s “Satin Doll.”

Next on the program is “Introduction et variations” by Gabriel Pierné.
Then, Bach’s “Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 (the ‘Little’ Fugue)” will be
performed. Four saxophonists also will perform “Scherzo” by Warren Barker
and “Wapango” by Paquito D’Rivera.

Ralph Vaughn Williams’ “Rhosymedre” will then be performed. The recital
will conclude with “Celluloid” by Randall Snyder.

Mountain Thunder Singing at FIBC in BR May 1

Mountain Thunder, a group of singing men, will be in concert at 6:00pm on the first Sunday of May, May 1, 2016, at First Independent Baptist Church, on the left on Possum Hollow Rd [across from Shoppes on the Parkway], Blowing Rock, NC.  Preaching at the service will be Dr Larry Young, pastor of Brookside Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Boone.  Pastor Gary Shew is the pastor of First Independent Baptist Church.

Creeksong Farm Expands CSA Membership

Creeksong Farm, a local sustainable family farm that has been in operation since 1979, is expanding its CSA membership for the first time since 2011. Creeksong’s CSA program was one of the first to be offered in the Boone area and has been around since 2007. Membership steadily increased until 2011 when sixty-five shares were offered. This year, Creeksong Farm is offering eighty CSA memberships, giving new members a chance to receive twenty weeks of fresh vegetables, eggs, and beef from a local family farm.

The concept of a CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, began in Japan in the 1960’s. Members purchase a “share” of a farm’s harvest at the beginning of the season and receive a weekly allotment of produce during the growing season. In the late 1980s CSAs began to be seen in the northeastern United States and came to the High Country by the mid 2000’s. The CSA model works very well for the farmer because most farm inputs are purchased in the spring, but no profit is realized until the produce is harvested. With a CSA, the farmer receives money at the time when it is needed most, making for a more financially sustainable farm model.

Jeff and Bettie Thomas started Creeksong Farm in 1979 and have been selling vegetables at the Watauga County Farmers’ Market since that time. In 2003, their son, Will Thomas, returned from UNC-Chapel Hill and began farming full time, expanding the farm’s offerings to include free range eggs and grass fed beef. The appeal of the CSA model was obvious to a young farmer and, in 2007, Creeksong began offering CSA shares to High Country residents.

Creeksong Farm has been committed to sustainable growing long before it was a mainstream idea and there have never been any chemical herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers applied to Creeksong’s products. Creeksong Farm also does not receive any outside money to run its farm or CSA program, making it a financially sustainable operation as well.

According to Jeff Thomas, the key to running a successful CSA year after year is a strong commitment to the CSA membership. “Our members keep our farm running at a time of year when there isn’t much money coming in.” says Jeff. “We recognize that commitment by guaranteeing that our members will get a weekly produce share that contains food at or below our market price every single week of the season. It’s the least we can do for people that show such strong support for our farm.”

The public can learn more about the CSA model, and Creeksong Farm, by visiting http://www.creeksongfarm.com/csa-farm-fresh-food-shares.html or emailing creeksongfarm@gmail.com.

CCC&TI Partners with Bemis for Leadership Training

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Corporate and Continuing Education Division recently partnered with Bemis Manufacturing’s Lenoir location to offer the Total Responsible Leader Training Program to employees.

Bemis Manufacturing Company is a family-owned business headquartered in Sheboygan Falls, Wisc. The company markets products under its own brands and provides expertise to others, producing private-label products and component parts for a wide variety of industries. Bemis acquired the Lenoir, N.C. facility in 1998 where it offers a full range of injection technologies to its customers located in the Southeastern United States. The company makes products ranging from toilet seats to tractor parts to shopping carts for consumer, commercial, medical and industrial markets on a global scale.

CCC&TI’s Total Responsible Leader Training program utilizes the trademarked “Totally Responsible Person” curriculum developed by Winston-Salem based TRP Enterprises, Inc. The training emphasizes the benefits of maintaining a “positive, productive and effective attitude, no matter what the circumstances.” In total, 24 Bemis employees were selected to go through the training based on their leadership potential and job performance.

Bemis officials see the training and the partnership with CCC&TI as a sound investment in both their current and future employees. “The classes offered, both on and off site, allow us to provide training and development to our employees.  By partnering with CCC&TI we are able to promote Bemis and the career and job opportunities within the organization,” said Krista Bridgwood, Human Resource Director for Bemis Manufacturing’s Lenoir location. “We are constantly seeking new and innovative ways to develop our current employees and to feed the pipeline by employing new talent; CCC&TI offers opportunities to meet both goals.”

The employees who completed the training say they’ve already had opportunities to put it into practice. Carina Tester is a Sector Leader who has been with the company for six years. “I’ve learned how to think first before reacting to a situation in a negative way,” said Tester. “There are better ways to handle a problem than just getting upset. This training has taught me that if I just stop and think, I can get different and better results.”

Quality Auditor Anthony Cline has been with the company for eight years and says that his training has not only affected how he responds to situations but can also affect how those around him react. “If I’m trying to help someone solve a problem, I’ve learned steps for handling the situation in a positive way,” said Cline. “If I’m in a situation where there’s the potential to panic or get upset, I can use this training to help diffuse the situation and turn it into a learning experience.”

CCC&TI Instructor Ann Edwards says that these classes are also a rewarding experience for her, as a trainer. “I felt a close connection to these participants because they were eager to engage in class and participate fully in their personal growth and development,” said Edwards. “As participants moved through the training, they reported using skills to move from negative thinking as a victim toward becoming a Totally Responsible Person. They are workforce leaders who will set positive examples for others in the workplace. ”

For more information on Corporate and Continuing Education or customized business and industry training through CCC&TI, call 828-726-2242 or visit www.cccti.edu.

TRP Training Participants:

Mandy Arney

Shane Baldridge

Rodney Biddix

Carmen Bolick

John Bradford

Tiffany Bumgarner

Bruce Campbell

Holli Carlton

Anthony Cline

Tommy Greer

Tammy Harper

Shaun Helton

Stuart Justice

Thong Khang

Helen McCorkle

Alice McGalliard

Louis Mitchell

Susan Pipes

Alicia Poteet

Denny Sanchez

Carina Tester

Shana Tramble

Bridgette Waters

Veronica Whittington