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Today’s Email Announcements

Free Training Runs, Clinics for Stick Boy Mayview Madness 5K

ZAP Fitness Running Center is offering 3 weeks of free training runs / clinics in preparation for the Stick Boy Mayview Madness 5k – set to take placeSeptember 3rd. This year the clinics will also offer a training session for children who are planning on participating in the Blue Ridge Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine 1 Mile Kids Fun Run. The adult training runs are open to all ages and abilities and will range in distance from 2-7 miles.

Runners will meet each week at 5:45 p.m. at the dirt parking lot on rt. 221 adjacent to the entrance to Moses Cone Park.

August 17th – Proper Running Technique                     
August 24th – Using Speed to Your Benefit
August 31st – Race Strategy
Sept 3rd – Mayview Madness 5k (8:00 a.m.)

Join us on September 3rd at 8 am in beautiful Blowing Rock, NC for the 17th annual StickBoy Bread Co. Mayview Madness 5k. The race benefits the Blue Ridge Conservancy and will take place on Saturday September 3rd starting adjacent to the American Legion Hall in downtown Blowing Rock. The race will finish in the Bistro Roca parking lot where there will post race snacks, raffle giveaways, music, and awards.

Sign up for the race online at: https://register.chronotrack.com/r/22542. Or pick up a paper registration at Stick Boy Bakery or Stick Boy Kitchen.

Hands-On Canning Class at Cooperative Extension Aug. 20

To learn how to safely preserve your garden bounty, sign up for a hands-on canning class, offered by Margie Mansure, Extension Agent specializing in nutrition and foods at Watauga County Cooperative Extension.

Participants will learn how to preserve food in both a boiling water bath and a pressure canner. Cost is $10 for the class, and it will be held on Saturday, August 20th from 9:30am -12:30pmat the Agricultural Conference Center, located at 252 Poplar Grove Rd in Boone.
Class size is limited, so ensure your spot by paying at the Extension office at 971 West King St. in Boone. Or, you may call to sign up and mail in your check, made payable to Watauga NCCES.

Contact our office at (828) 264-3061, or email Margie_mansure@ncsu.edu or Kirsten_dillman@ncsu.edu.

Collin Raye at Morganton’s CoMMA Aug. 25

COLLIN RAYE comes to CoMMA on Thurs. Aug. 25 at 7:30pm

Autographed acoustic guitar to be given away to one lucky audience member

24 Top Ten Records

16 #1 Hits

10 Time Male Vocalist of the year nominations

Born Floyd Elliot Wray on August 22, 1960 in De Queen, Arkansas, country artist Collin Raye was one of the true hit makers of the 1990’s. Collin still continues to crank out soulful, heartfelt material with the honesty and richness that is signature to his vocals alone. With 24 top ten records, 16 #1 hits, and having been a 10 time male vocalist of the year nominee (5 CMA and 5 ACM), this truly electrifying performer of his era remains one of the great voices of our time.

Collin Raye is nothing if not passionate. His soulful delivery has set country standards in such searing ballads as “Love, Me,” “In This Life,” “Not That Different” and “If I were you”. Always an energizing showman, he has also blazed through such vivid rockers as “My Kind of Girl,” “That’s My Story,” “I Can Still Feel You” and “I Want You Bad.”

Collin shot to fame with “Love, Me” in 1991. Listeners were so moved by this golden and pure voice that this song set the cornerstone for a career built on meaningful and emotional songs that have often been used for weddings, anniversaries, memorial services and funerals. When “Little Rock”, an anthem for those struggling with addition recovery, hit the chart in 1994, its video led to over 100,000 phone calls to Alcoholics Anonymous from folks seeking help in their addictions. “Not That Different” was a song that pleaded for tolerance. “In This Life” became a wedding favorite, and “I Think About You” won awards for its song and video which exposed the exploitation of women and children.

Collin Raye has consistently used his stardom to advance social causes. Among the organizations he has supported are Boys Town, First Steps, Al-Anon, Special Olympics, Country Cares About AIDS, Catholic Relief Services, Parade of Pennies, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, The Tennessee Task Force Against Domestic Violence, The Emily Harrison Foundation, Childhelp USA, Silent Witness National Initiative, Easter Seals, The Life and Hope Network, and Make a Difference Day. It came as no surprise when in 2001 at the Country Radio Seminar, Clint Black presented Collin Raye with the organization’s Humanitarian of the Year award in recognition of Collin’s issue-oriented music and his tireless charity work.

Overmountain Victory Celebration Free Educational Programs

Teachers & Homeschoolers

As part of the Overmountain Victory Celebration, two days are dedicated to providing educational opportunities to students.

Enjoy this free educational event with your students with demonstrations on colonial life and Revolutionary War history.

School Days will be held from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm on Thursday, Sept. 15 and Friday, Sept. 16, 2016.

Reservations are required. Contact Ranger Faison at 828-348-3519.