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Today’s Email Announcements

1) Appalachian Guitar Orchestra to Perform on Sunday

Join the Appalachian Guitar Orchestra for an performance on Sunday, April 19, beginning at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.

The orchestra is directed by Hayes School of Music faculty member Douglas James.

The program features a variety of works spanning the 16th to 20th centuries. They include Béla Bartók’s “Bear Dance,” Claude Gervaise’s “Dancerie,” Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5,” “Three Preludes” from George Gershwin and “In the Clouds” by Joey Hirsh.

2) Community College to Host Free Business Lessons for Entrepreneurs in Watauga

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Small Business Center offers free workshops, one-on-one assistance and many more services to help local small businesses. To reserve your seat at one of the workshops at the Watauga campus, call 828-265-5385 or visit www.cccti.edu/smallbusiness.

The following upcoming workshops will be hosted in Watauga County:

APRIL 21: “Business Lessons for Entrepreneurs,” 6-8 p.m. at the CCC&TI Small Business Center, Appalachian Enterprise Center in Boone. Speaker will be writer and author Mark Csordos and the workshop will cover the mental and emotional aspects of starting and running a business. Free workshop.

APRIL 22: “eBay Your Way to Success: The Basics of Selling on eBay,” 1-4 p.m.at the CCC&TI Small Business Center, Appalachian Enterprise Center in Boone. Speaker will be Nick Hawks, eBay Education Specialist. Free workshop.

MAY 12: “Business Essentials,” 1-3 p.m. at Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue on Valley Boulevard. During this seminar, the North Carolina Department of Revenue and North Carolina Secretary of State will cover basic requirements to help businesses in North Carolina understand the laws and obligations necessary to be compliant. Free workshop.

MAY 21: “Customer Service for the Business Owner,” 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Tweetsie Railroad Conference Room in Blowing Rock. Speaker will be small business expert Russ Seagle. Free workshop.

MAY 28: “Do You Really Want to Start a Business?” and “12 Key Suggestions,” 1-3 p.m. at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Conference Room in Boone. Speaker will be Herman Metzler. Free workshop.

JUNE 4: “Writing a Business Plan,” 1-3 p.m. at Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue. Speaker will be Herman Metzler. Free workshop.  

3) Caldwell Arts Council to Host Comedians Julie Scoggins, Will Jacobs on April 30

The third annual Lenoir Comedy Club fundraiser for the Caldwell Arts Council will be held April 30 at 7 p.m. in the O.P. Lutz Building at the corner of West Avenue and Boundary Streets in downtown Lenoir. In addition to the load of laughs, beer,wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door or $200 for a table of 8, and you can pay by PayPal online at www.caldwellarts.com/comedy or by calling 828-754-2486.

Caldwell Arts Council
Caldwell Arts Council


The event will feature comedians Julie Scoggins and Will Jacobs.

A Southern girl with universal appeal, comedienne Julie Scoggins is a southern, ex-trucker and charm school graduate — red-haired, white knuckled, blue collar comedy at its best. Scoggins is regularly heard on XM/Sirius Blue Collar Radio, as well as many syndicated stations including the John Boy and Billy Show, and the Bob and Sheri Show in Charlotte, as well as the Bob and Tom Show in Indianapolis, Indiana.

William Jacobs moved to Charlotte, North Carolina from the Philadelphia area and has been entertaining crowds with his brand of clever and insightful comedy ever since. A former attorney, Jacobs brings his engaging brand of comedy from the court room to the comedy shows. Audiences will undoubtedly find him funny as charged. He also is the host of Charlotte’s Improv Fight Night Competition, the promoter for LOL Thursdays at The Comedy Zone Fort Mill, and a featured member of the Charlotte Comedy Theater Improv troupe.

4) ASU Students to Host Fishing Tournament for Western Youth Network on Saturday

Wilkes Skyline Marina will host the Western Youth Network Benefit Tournament on Saturday. High Country fishermen will gather at the Kerr Scott Reservoir from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to raise money for the Western Youth Network. The tournament is part of a project orchestrated by fundraising students from Appalachian State University.

“WYN dedicates itself to providing role models and healthy influences for the next generation in the High Country. It makes a tremendous difference in the lives of youth and families in our surrounding community,” said Rachel Brouwer, one of the Appalachain students involved in the fundraiser.

Brouwer is also a volunteer tutor for Western Youth Network’s afterschool program.

The tournament has a $60 entry fee and contestants will receive a portion back depending on the size of the fish that they catch. Food will also be provided.

Since 1985, WYN has served as a relationship-focused resource for youth and families in the High Country. Through prevention and intervention programs, WYN specializes in providing youth with the tools they need to reach their potential and discover their place in our community and in our world.

To learn more about WYN, visit www.westernyouthnetwork.org.

5) Casting for Hope Tournament Supports Cancer Survivors in Western North Carolina

Casting for Hope

The fourth annual Casting for Hope Gold ­Level Fly Fishing competition held in Bakersville and Spruce Pine, North Carolina from April 10-­12 was a smashing success. The event brought in over 150 anglers and volunteers to the area to support the cause and the event, as well as stimulating the local economies of the area for the weekend.

Casting for Hope aids women and families in western North Carolina who are surviving after a diagnosis of ovarian or other gynecological cancer through financial assistance to fill the gaps created by cancer treatment costs and through providing retreat opportunities for patients and caregivers.

The annual gold level fly fishing competition is Casting for Hope’s principal fundraising event each year, with benefit concerts, 5Ks, retreats and smaller fishing competitions also providing financial support to undergird the nonprofit’s work in Western North Carolina.

Michael Bradley of Cherokee, competing on Team Casting for Hope, took first place and donated his $1,000 prize check back to Casting for Hope and the women and families it serves. Joey Walraven, also competing on Team Casting for Hope, took third place and donated his prize check of $250 back to Casting for Hope, as well. Hunter Hoffler, representing USA Youth National Team, took second place in the event. Bradley and Walraven compete on Team North Carolina in other fly fishing competitions.

Team Casting for Hope, consisting of Michael Bradley, Joey Walraven, Scott Enloe, Peter Clark and Josh Stephens took first place in overall standings with 503 fish caught, 359,120 total fish points and 52 placing points.

The USA Youth National Team, consisting of Hunter Hoffler, Andrew Brown, Ry Batewell, Mason Sims and Hunter Enloe, took second place on the event with 466 fish caught, 333,400 total fish points and 67 placing points.

Team DeadDrift took third place with 326 fish caught, 229,000 total fish points and 91 placing points. Team DeadDrift was represented by Scott Brown, Pat Brechbill, Derek Geldhauser, Hunter Poteet and Robert Humston.