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August Programs at Elk Knob State Park

 Wildflower Hike

Come view the end of summer wildflowers in the mountains and learn interesting facts about their use and history.  Meet at the park office onAugust 13 at 2:00 PM.

 Mountain Music Jam

Celebrate Southern Appalachian music with local musicians as they play traditional, Old Time and Bluegrass Sunday, August 21.  All musicians are welcome, so bring your instrument and join in, or enjoy the view and entertainment.  Participants will meet at the outdoor amphitheater from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  All programs are free and open to the public.

Summer Tree ID

Learn basic tree identification skills and a few interesting facts about the trees of Elk Knob State Park.  Hike will be on Beech Tree Trail Saturday, August 27 at 2:00 PM.

Programs and Events at the Watauga Library

August Greetings To All!

Little Free Libraries
As we wind down the summer (no — it can’t be!) keep the Back 2 School Festival in mind, as it will be Saturday, August 13th from 10 – 2 at Watauga High School. We will be there and ARLy, our friendly fox mascot will pay a visit — he is very excited, as he has not been to the new high school yet. August is Little Free Libraries Month, so we will be promoting these at the festival…
Check them out in the region: Little Free Libraries
What a great way to keep up with reading at the park, playground, and while you’re out and about  with the kids!
The Common Read is early this year!
Don’t forget… Tuesday, August 16th at 9 am, Jon Ronson, author of So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed will be here to talk about his book — books will be on sale after the talk! A big thank you to Appalachian State University for their long-time partnership in bringing this author to town! He will be  at the university convocation the day before he comes to the library. The library has copies available through our NC Cardinal Consortium.
Give Blood on August 5th
The American Red Cross will be here from 10-2:30 in the meeting room; there is an emergency need for blood presently. For an appointment, please call Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767 or go online to http://www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “Watauga Library” to schedule a time.
— Monica Caruso
Authors to Visit in August!

Wednesday, August 3rd at 5:30 pm
The Watauga County Public Library would like to invite you to join local author Lisa Muir for a book talk and signing. Dr. Muir’s collection of short stories entitled, Taking Down the Moon, gathers an eccentric cast of characters, animals, beauty queens and community college teachers, to name a few, and places them in such far flung places as Nevada’s Fire Valley, New Zealand and the western mountains of North Carolina. Click here to learn more or for more information, call 828-264-8784 ext. 2.
Tuesday, August 16th at 9:00 am
We would also like to invite you to join the 2016 Appalachian State University Common Reading Program author Jon Ronson for a public reading and book signing.So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed is Ronson’s most recent book; it begins with the author’s surprising discovery that a Twitter account had been started under his name without his knowledge or approval, and that the account was continually active. From there, the book goes on to explore a number of questions arising from the public dimensions of social media and how it reflects other forms of social control. Click here to learn more or for more information, call 828-264-8784 ext. 2.
Saturday, August 20th at 2:00 pm
And finally, join local author Katerina Katsarka Whitley for the introduction of her new book, A New Love: A Novel of the First Century. “What was it like meeting St. Paul in Corinth – seeing him work with his hands and hearing his passionate words that revealed his profound and unbreakable connection to the living Christ? And what was it like to be a girl, highly educated and gifted and in love in mid-first century, in the Greco-Roman world? You will find the answers to these questions hidden among the layers of eros and agape in A New Love” (from katerinawhitley.net/latest-release/). For more information, call 828-264-8784 ext. 2.
Be sure to check out NC Legal Aid’s Free Legal Clinics at the Library!
Legal Aid provides free do-it-yourself legal clinics at locations across the state each month. At the clinic you will watch a video that will explain the law and walk you through filling out the forms to file on your own. You will have the chance to ask general questions of a volunteer attorney after the video. Clinics are FREE and anyone can attend but you will need to register in advance. Please register by calling 1-866-219-5262 or visit www.legalaidnc.eventbrite.com.
Clinics will be held in the Meeting Room of Watauga County Public Library.
Upcoming clinics are as follows:
Child Custody Clinic
Tuesday, August 9th at 2:30 pm
Divorce Clinic
Thursday, August 18th at 2:30 pm

Valley Storm All-Star Cheerleading Tryouts in Wilkes

Valley Storm All-Stars (VSA) is a competitive all-star cheerleading program located in Wilkesboro, NC. Competitive cheerleading is a high intensity combination of jumping, stunting, tumbling, and dancing. The VSA Cheerleading Program is a highly energized, spirited group of athletes dedicated to blending discipline, practice, dedication, determination, skill and athleticism through a belief of one team, one goal. Over the past six years, VSA teams have been competing across the state and southeastern region. During the 2015-2016 competitive season, the program’s three teams have won numerous awards for their routines and choreography. At the last competition that VSA attended during this competitive season, the program earned 8 awards amongst its 3 teams. The Youth Level 1 team won 3rd place in their age group and 6th place out of 18 teams in their division. The Youth Level 2 team won 1st in their age group, 1st overall in their division, and Grand Champions of the entire competition. The Senior Level 3 team, won 1st in their age group and 1st overall in their division. The VSA program also received the “Best of the Best Award” for having the highest combined score of the day.

VSA is excited to announce that we will be having formal evaluations and try-outs for team placements for the 2016-2017 competitive season on August 5, 2016. Registration will begin at 5:00 pm and evaluations will start promptly at 5:30 pm. Our program is open to athletes of all ages and skill levels. If you or your child are interested in joining the VSA program, please call Yadkin Valley Gymnastics at 336-903-1900 or email vsacheerleading@gmail.com for more information on registering for this amazing program.

Glimpse of Art History II

Begins Wednesday, Aug 10, 10:00am to 11:30am

For four weeks, this engaging class will delve into four different important periods of art. What defines the period? How does the work relate to other world events at the time? Who are or were the patrons? What characteristics are evident in the works in each group? We plan to discuss the Italian High Renaissance, The Impressionists, Modernism, and American Schools.

Dates for this class are: August 10, 10-11:30; August 17, 10-11:30; August 24,10-11:30; and August 31, 10-11:30.

Preregistration is required and space is limited. To register, please phone BRAHM on 828.295.9099. Registration will close on Tuesday August 2 at 5 p.m.

Jane Wells HarrisonJane Wells Harrison was born in Kinston, North Carolina, and received a B.S. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received her MFA in painting and drawing from East Carolina University, conducting her thesis research using the medium of encaustic. She had additional study at the Vermont Studio Center and Penland School of Crafts. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally. Her work reveals a delight in surprise juxtapositions, strong design, and emphasis on color use.

Jane has taught encaustic at Penland School of Crafts, Pocosin Arts, Turchin Center, East Carolina University, and Caldwell Community College, where she was the director of the visual arts program until 2013. She lives in Happy Valley, near Lenoir, North Carolina, where she is a studio artist. Click here to visit Jane’s website.