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Today’s Email Announcements

Opening for Kent Paulette at Studio 140 May 14

On Saturday, May 14th from 6 to 10 p.m., Studio 140 will host an opening for artist Kent Paulette.  Paulette will be painting live inside the gallery and will also be unveiling his newest painting, The Antler Dimension.

“Sometimes when I’m painting, I’ll get stuck in a loop where I can’t get a certain part right, and I just keep changing it over and over again,” Paulette says.  “In this painting, I found myself using one of my magical White Star brushstrokes to help me break out of that loop.  It had the intended effect, but it also had the side effect of creating a certain type of balance in the painting which makes me feel like I’m entering a different dimension when I look at it, hence the title The Antler Dimension.”

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

LMC Cycling Releases Dates for Gravity Camp

The Lees-McRae cycling program has released the dates for the mountain gravity camp, announced director and head coach of cycling Tim Hall.

The camp will run from June 9-12 and is intended for men and women from the ages of 14-24.

Click HERE to register. 

The cost is $499 prior to June 5 at 9 p.m. ET or $549 from June 6-8. Parents may attend for $599.

The camp will focus on skills, knowledge, development and strength, and also identify future collegiate riders. The camp is open to riders who have at least one year of training and competition experience. Beginner riders are encouraged to gain more experience prior to attending a Lees-McRae camp due to the technical and difficult terrain in Banner Elk.

Riders must bring their own mountain bike, helmet, shoes and clothing. A suitable trail bike/dirt jumper and minimum six inch travel gravity oriented bike will be required for the camp. A good fitting full face helmet, knee pads, gloves and suitable footwear will be required as well. We recommend bringing extra tubes, a pump or CO2 cartridges. Bikes will be inspected to ensure rider safety, but riders will be expected to provide their own replacement parts in the event of mechanical issues. Please ensure your bicycle is in good working order before arriving on campus. Riders will have access to our mechanic shop with a full complement of tools as well as bike washing station. Riders will be provided all nutritional needs during training including Skratch Labs hydration products along with solid foods such as fruit, snacks and bars. We will not provide gels. 

Assistant Coach PJ Noto and collegiate national champion Phil Kmetz will lead the camp. Noto and Kmetz have over 20 years of gravity racing experience combined, and have stood on the podium at countless regional, national, and international events. Each day will be split between presentations on topics related to training, goal setting, nutrition, race tactics, mental, teamwork and anti-doping in conjunction with training on the bike. 

For more information or to register, contact Coach Hall (hallt@lmc.edu or 615.310.3745) or Coach Noto (notop@lmc.edu or 845.863.3445).

Wilkes County March for Babies Walk May 14

Saturday, May 14 at Yadkin River Greenway Trail, family and corporate teams from Wilkes County and surrounding areas will join together in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies walk. March for Babies is the nation’s oldest fundraising walk honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. Many top companies, schools and local leaders will be in attendance.  Multiple events will take place across the state from April to November aiming to raise more than $1 million.

Local and national companies as diverse as airlines, insurance companies and retailers are aligning their brands with a cause that’s important to their employees’ and community’s hearts – the health of babies. Locally, March for Babies is supported by Wilkes Regional Medical Center, Wilkes Communications and Carolina West Wireless.

Who: March of Dimes

What: Wilkes County March for Babies

When: Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.

Where: Yadkin River Greenway Trail

1900 West Park Dr.

North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

Programs at Elk Knob State Park

Mountain Music

On Sunday, May 15 at 2 p.m., stop by the outdoor amphitheater to join in playing or to listen to the sweet sound

of southern Appalachian music.

Nature Hike

On Saturday, May 21at 2 p.m., come learn about the wonders of Elk Knob on a relaxing hike through the

woods. Meet at the trailhead parking lot.

Calling All Kids: Caldwell Arts Camps


The Caldwell Arts Council will offer Sculpting Our Future Summer Sculpture Camp July 11-18, 10am-12noon, $65/child – call 828-754-2486 to register by June 1st. www.caldwellarts.com

Campers will focus on creating three-dimensional art forms using established public and outdoor art as inspiration – exploring, creating and using imaginations. Tuition covers cost of materials, and entry into the Youth Category of the Caldwell Sculpture Celebration. All entries will be eligible for prizes.


The Caldwell Arts Council will offer Summer music classes in our Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program – learn to play guitar, mandolin or fiddle on Wednesday evenings July 13-August 31 & in downtown Lenoir, and on Saturday September 3rd at the Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention – and play on stage at the Fiddlers Convention! $80/student; call 828-754-2486 to register by June 1stwww.caldwellarts.com

Come pick your heart out this summer – join a band, learn how to play an instrument – Caldwell JAM helps you do both! Beginner classes Wednesday evenings 4:30-5:30pm, and Advanced classes at 5:30-6:30pm July 13-August 31 in downtown Lenoir; final camp day is September 3rd at the Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention. If adults want to join, you must have your own instrument and there may possibly be a slightly higher cost.

The Caldwell Arts Council is located at 601 College Avenue (corner of Norwood Street) in Lenoir; phone (828) 754-2486 or visit the website www.caldwellarts.com.

This project is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

Sign the Kids Up for Camp Buckeye at Beech

Presented by Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation Department
Beech Mountain, NC, May 4, 2016- Are you ready for summer? Here at Camp
Buckeye we are more than ready to accommodate your child’s needs for outdoor activity and education. Camp Buckeye is an outdoor adventure camp that focuses on outdoor education, and utilizing all of the resources the high country has to offer in an exciting and fun way. Campers will participate in a variety of activities such as: sailing, fishing, climbing, camp fire cooking, biking, orienteering, and much more! Come see why Camp Buckeye on Beech Mountain is a great way to spend your summer.
“We’re really excited to implement an assortment of new
recreational activities and field trips for our campers!” –
David Putnam, Recreation Coordinator
Camp Buckeye offers two separate summer camp programs. Our standard camp
is for ages 5-12 ($30 per day or $125/week). The second is our new and exciting Junior Counselor Leadership Program for ages 13-16 ($50/week). J.C.L.P. is designed to give our campers more opportunities that involve responsibility and community outreach. These campers also collect volunteer hours for required clubs and extracurricular organizations! Both camps operate 9:00AM to 3:00PM Mondaythrough Friday, starting June 20th and ending July 29th.
For more information and a weekly itinerary, please visit http://beechrecreation.org/family-fun/summer-camp/