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Today’s Email Announcements

Native Plant Society to Meet Sept. 14

It’s that time for our monthly meeting soon. It will be onWednesday September 14th (Second Wednesday) at the Holiday Inn Express in Boone.
We have a very special presentation in store for this meeting. Dr. Howard (Howie) Neufeld,  Professor, Director,Southern Appalachian Environmental  Research and Education Center and Chair, Appalachian Interdisciplinary Atmospheric Research Group at Appalachian State University will give a talk entitled “The Natural History and Science of Fall Colors”

This talk will highlight some of the major patterns of fall leaf color, both here in the southern Appalachian mountains, and around the world. I will discuss the physiological mechanisms behind the various colors and why trees produce these pigments, especially in the fall. I will discuss several new theories about the potential evolutionary advantages of producing fall leaf colors, and then end with some speculation about the potential impacts of climate change on our fall leaf color displays.  It promises to be a “colorful” talk!

Dr. Neufeld is an authority on Fall Colors and is consulted by various organizations for his predictions each year. If you are interested in a taste of what’s in store please check out this site:  The Science Behind Fall Color | Asheville, NC’s Official Travel Site
As usual the meeting room will open at 6:30 with the meeting starting promptly at 7:00. Look forward to seeing everyone for what promises to be a wonderful program.

Kellie Pickler in Concert Sept. 16 in Wilkes

Kellie Pickler kicks off the 2016-2017 Walker Center Season on Friday, September 16, 2016, singing her hits, including “Red High Heels,” “Small Town Girl,” “100 Proof,” “I Wonder,” “Things that Never Cross a Man’s Mind,” “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful,” “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You,” and “Best Days of Your Life.” This performance is sponsored by Hardee’s.

Kellie Pickler was born in Albemarle, North Carolina, and then raised by her grandparents after her mother abandoned her at a very young age. She graduated from North Stanly High School where she was a cheerleader and beauty queen.

In 2005, Kellie was selected for “American Idol<http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0319931?ref_=nmbio_mbio>” and headed to Hollywood. While she finished sixth in the contest, Kellie had won the hearts of country music fans worldwide. Kellie gained many more fans when she and her partner, Derek Hough, wowed the judges on season 16 of “Dancing with the Stars.” She and Hough won the competition!

An active supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and many other charities, Kellie has said, “Happiness has been about surrounding myself with positive people who love me, inspire me, and lift me up. If I take in positive energy, then that’s what I put back out into the universe.”

A limited number of tickets are available for this performance. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Walker Center Box Office at336-838-6260, email walker.boxoffice@wilkescc.edu<mailto:walker.boxoffice@wilkescc.edu> or visit www.walkercenteronline.org<http://www.walkercenteronline.org>. And be sure to follow the Walker Center on Facebook.

Tickets are available to purchase for each of the Walker Center’s season shows. On Friday, October 28, 2016, the Walker Center welcomes Ernie Haase & Signature Sound with J. Mark McVey. They will present their “Inspirations of Broadway” project. “Christmas with The Celts” will usher in the holiday season at the Walker Center on Friday, December 2, 2016. This presentation is described as “ancient meets modern” and includes unforgettable, heart-stirring Irish and Scottish Christmas carols. The Walker Center presents the legendary country duo The Bellamy Brothers on Friday, March 10, 2017. For 40 years, the Bellamy Brothers have been crafting honest, heartfelt songs that connect with millions of listeners around the world. Taylor Hicks makes a stop at the Walker Center on Thursday, April 6, 2017. Hicks is one of the most beloved and popular “American Idol” winners of all time. And, the Annie Moses Band returns to the Walker Center on Friday, May 19, 2017, by popular demand, presenting “The Art of the Love Song.”
The John A. Walker Community Center is dedicated to being this region’s primary venue for cultural experience and to serving as the preferred gathering place for meetings, receptions, conventions, banquets and parties for our community.

The Walker Center and Wilkes Community College are 100% Tobacco Free.

Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and beyond. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community and workforce. WCC prepares learners for success in a dynamic world.

Line Dancing, Yoga Coming Up at Western Watauga Senior Center

Senior Yoga begins in Cove Creek soon! The next 12-week session of senior yoga begins on Thursday, September 15th. Classes meet from 11-12 noon at the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine. The cost is $75 for the 12-week session. The instructor, Akal Dev Sharonne, has been practicing and teaching yoga since the 70’s. For more information and to register, please call her at 828-264-1384.

New Line Dancing class will be on Mondays 9-10am at the Western Watauga Senior Center, starting Mon, Sept. 12. Limited spaces available so call to sign up—828-297-5195! Free to those 60+; if space is available, persons under 60 are welcome for $3 a class.

Tuesday Party at Boone Senior Center

September is National Senior Center month and to celebrate the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center is holding a party on Tuesday September 6th from 10am-noon.  Feel free to stop by the center to learn more!

CCC&TI Honors Employees at Fall Kickoff Event


Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute employees gathered for the annual fall semester kickoff recently with a State of the College address and luncheon. The following faculty and staff members were honored for their work and years of service during the event:


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Seated, left to right, Sherry Herman, Ronald Holste, Caleb Marsh, Brad Prestwood, Martin Moore, Kassandra Martinez, Patricia Brinkley, Derinda Stiene, Allan Johnson, and Marcia Potts. Standing, left to right are Jane Arendas, Jean Branham, Edward Terry, Tuesday Sigmon, Clayton Crump and Roger Chester. Not Pictured: Diane Mazza, Kate Benoit and Sandra Reece.


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Seated, left to right, are Rashelle Penley, Susan Proietti, Lauri Stilwell, Robert Whitley, Trina Curtis, Jeff Holman and Jessica Chapman. Standing, left to right are, Dr. Mark Poarch, Thomas Mendenhall, Shawn Harbison, Michael Leonowicz, Dennis Seagle and Amy Bowman. Not Pictured: Matthew Malloy, Jeannie Hollar, James Walker and Heather Barnett


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Seated, left to right, are Teddie Barrier, Michelle Triplett, Margaret Hampson, Frankie Kelly and Myra Moore. Standing left to right are Dennis Hopkins, Gary Moore, Brandy Dunlap and Charles LePrevost. Not Pictured: Timothy Grant


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Seated, left to right, are Jimmy Council, Jackie Edwards and Marla Christie. Standing left to right are Steve Melton, David Holman and Mark Barber. Not pictured: Janice Wilson and Chris Williams


Twenty-five Years of Service (25 years of service 16.jpg)


Pictured is Donna Church, right, with CCC&TI President Dr. Mark Poarch.


Thirty Years of Service (Thirty years service 2016.jpg)


Pictured are Steve Firth, left, and Jennifer Teague


Thirty-Five Years of Service (35 years of service 2016.jpg)


Pictured from left to right are Tony Bowers, Robin Ledford and Sherry Wilson


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Pictured is Elaine Lockhart, right, with CCC&TI President Dr. Mark Poarch.


Colleagues of the Year Awards (colleagues of the year 2016.jpg)


Members of the college’s faculty and staff are nominated by their colleagues based on quality of work, job performance, collegiality with all personnel including students, community involvement, professionalism, and other attributes. Pictured are this year’s award winners, from left, Matt Williams, Greg Watson, Tuesday Sigmon and Alison Beard.


Lydia Beam Memorial Award (Lydia beam award clement 2016.jpg)


This award was established in 1988 by Dr. H. E. Beam and his family in memory of Lydia Beam. The purpose of the award is to reward a full-time clerical/Technical/Paraprofessional Assistant with a cash award in recognition of outstanding service to the institution through quality job performance, professionalism, cooperation with other employees, and dedication to the success of the institution. Pictured is award winner Debbie Clement with CCC&TI President Dr. Mark Poarch.


North Carolina Association of Educational Office Professionals Member of the Year Award (No photo)


CCC&TI recently recognized the winner of the 2015 NCAEOP Member of the Year Award. The award is presented annually to recognize a member who has been part of the organization for at least one year, who participates in organization activities, is active in committee work and who regularly attends the monthly meetings. This year the NCAEOP Member of the Year Award went to Martha Minton.


R.J. Reynolds Excellence in Teaching Semifinalist (caleb marsh ex in teaching 2016.jpg)


CCC&TI’s Instructor Caleb Marsh was recognized as a statewide semifinalist for the R.J. Reynolds Excellence in Teaching Award. He is pictured with CCC&TI President Dr. Mark Poarch.


Phi Theta Kappa’s Center for Excellence Service Award (m mccarraher 2016.jpg)


The Phi Theta Kappa Center for Excellence Service Award is given to the Phi Theta Kappa chapter advisors whose dedicated service is responsible for the success of the local chapter. This year’s recognition went to Melissa McCarraher for her 15 years of service as advisor of the Alpha Lambda Pi Chapter.