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FAFSA Day Events to Be Held Across North Carolina on October 29

Students Can Get Help Applying for Federal and State Aid for College

Raleigh, N.C. (October 2016) – On Saturday, October 29, students returning or heading to college in fall 2017 are invited to participate in FAFSA Day to receive in-person help completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA Day will be staffed by college financial aid administrators and financial aid specialists.

In most locations, these state-wide events will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged; visitCFNC.org/FAFSAday or call 866-866-CFNC toll-free for a list of the more than 50 event sites and register for the one nearest you. Carefully check the time, since these may differ between locations.

Many North Carolina college campuses’ financial aid offices will also be available to assist students and parents upon request during office hours on days prior to and after FAFSA Day.

Tips for being prepared for FAFSA Day or completing the FAFSA on your own include:

  • Get a Federal Student Aid Identification (FSAID) from the U.S. Department of Education Website, FSAID.ed.gov, before you start your FAFSA.  Both student’s and a parent’s FSA ID will be required to access the FAFSA, therefore, having them in hand will speed up the application process.
  • Have your 2015 tax information.  When the student and parents’ 2015 taxes have been filed, most participants can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA.  However, if 2015 completed tax forms are not available, having 1040 tax forms or W-2 forms and other income and asset documents in hand will be helpful.
  • Before FAFSA Day, it is also helpful to complete a FAFSA on the web worksheet with as much information entered as possible. The online worksheet is available at www.FAFSA.gov.

As of this year, the start date for applying for federal and state financial aid has been moved up to October 1, 2016. This change is in comparison to previous years where students were unable to file for financial aid until the first of the year.

Completing and submitting the FAFSA is the first step in finding money to help pay for college. The sooner the FAFSA is complete, the sooner the student and family will get information about the possibility of qualifying for financial aid.  To be considered for a share of the billions of dollars available in federal and state aid to students with financial need, you must apply. The FAFSA is also one of the documents that many schools consider when awarding financial aid.

An October FAFSA Phone-In, also sponsored by CFNC, is another option for North Carolina students and parents who have only a few questions on completing the FAFSA. Every Tuesday night in October between 5 and 8 p.m., financial aid specialists will be available to help at the toll-free number, 866-866-CFNC (2362).

Families also can get help with the FAFSA on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Greensboro, N.C.  In addition, during the week of December 5, 2016, State Employees’ Credit Union branches will be available by appointment to help students and families with FAFSA completion.

“Early completion of the FAFSA helps students take advantage of all of the financial aid opportunities available for North Carolinians,” said Marcia Weston of the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority and CFNC coordinator of the FAFSA Day program. “Students and parents don’t need to worry if they aren’t sure how to answer all of the questions on the form. That’s why we have arranged to have experienced college aid professionals and financial specialists to help at each site.”

Weston continued, “Having an October FAFSA filing date aligns the financial aid and college application process, which helps students to streamline their college preparation activities. The early FAFSA filing date that now uses 2015 prior year tax information also means students and parents don’t have to wait until their 2016 taxes are completed.”

FAFSA Day, provided by the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) and the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and FAFSA week, provided by State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU), are free services.

More information is available on college and career planning on the College Foundation of North Carolina website, CFNC.org. Families will find college cost estimators, lists of scholarship, grant and loan opportunities, information about North Carolina’s 529 college savings plan, career descriptions and requirements, virtual tours of more than 100 of the state’s college campuses, and online college admission and financial aid applications.

Mt. Vernon to Host GriefShare Event on Surviving the Holidays Nov. 9

Mount Vernon Baptist Church hosts Surviving the Holidays, a GriefShare Event
November 9, 2016, 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm

Meadowview Room, MVBC, 3505 Bamboo Road, Boone
Those grieving the death of a loved one this holiday season are welcome to  join us for Surviving the Holidays, a stand-alone session of GriefShare. We’ll share lots of practical information to help you through the holiday season with hope! You do not need to be a regular GriefShare participant to join this session. There is no fee for Surviving the Holidays, but we will serve dinner and ask that you please preregister so we can count you for the meal. Call 828-266-9700.

Turchin Center Hosts Visiting Brazilian Artist Nov. 2, Exhibition Opening Nov. 4

BOONE— The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University will host visiting Brazilian artist, Sérgio Sister, for a gallery talk at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2 in the Turchin Center lecture hall. Admission is free. Sister’s work is featured in the exhibition, “International Series: Contemporary Artists from Brazil” in the main gallery at the Turchin Center through Dec. 3, 2016.
The Turchin Center will celebrate two new exhibitions on Friday, Nov. 4 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. as part of the First Friday Downtown Boone Art Crawl.  This free event is an opportunity for art lovers to enjoy refreshments, spend time with fellow arts patrons, while viewing exhibitions in the six galleries that fill the Turchin Center. Visiting artist Sérgio Sister will be in the gallery to meet visitors on Friday evening.
Sérgio Sister lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil. Since 2009 he has used wooden fruit crates in an ongoing series: “Caixas.”  The crates—or slatted wooden boxes—are taken apart, painted in saturated monochromatic colors and recombined in various configurations that closely resemble the original structure. These pieces are haunted by their intended utilitarian use but are transformed into minimalist statements of color and form. The first “Caixas” were found objects.  Presently, the new crates are dressed in a wood-shop, primed and painted and assembled for the first time. Sister’s elegant crates dance across the 30-foot walls of the main gallery in the Turchin Center, creating different patterns from the mezzanine to the floor below.
The Turchin Center has a long-standing commitment to showcasing international artists. Past exhibitions have included artwork from South Africa (2014), Poland (2012), Mexico (2010) and China (2008). Now in its fifth international series, the Turchin Center highlights the minimalist artwork of four important Brazilian artists in the exhibit, “International Series: Contemporary Artists from Brazil.”
Galeria Nara Roesler is one of the premier contemporary art spaces in Brazil, with locations in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and a new satellite showroom in New York City. The Turchin Center worked with Galeria Nara Roesler’s international artistic director, Alexandra Garcia Waldmen, to bring the artwork of four important contemporary Brazilian artists to Appalachian. Each of the artists in the exhibition, Vik Muniz,  Sérgio Sister, Brígida Baltar and Raul Mourão make work that is provocative, autobiographical and engaging; each in their chosen media finding unexpected beauty in reshaping their environments with found objects.
New Exhibitions
Guest Curators: Kyle Hazard & Jason Wright
Community Gallery
Over the past three years, “The Peel” has garnered national attention in winning both the Pacemaker (Associated Collegiate Press) and Pinnacle (College Media Association) awards. Industry professionals present these prestigious awards to the best collegiate media organizations and staff in the country. The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts celebrates “The Peel’s” achievements be creating a participatory exhibition that allows the viewer to read their way through the evolution of the our campus magazine and to discover student expression in several of the nation’s preeminent literary arts magazines that have also won these awards.
Mezzanine Gallery
As part of the on-going celebration of all book art at the Turchin Center, Looking Glass and Smith galleries, “Books! Books! Books! Appalachian Book Arts” celebrates the beautiful handwork of Appalachian faculty and friends. Artists’ books-as-objects take many forms: in this installation you will find blank books filled with artists’ sketches; books made with found objects and exquisite handmade paper, small press and 3D printed books. An exploration of unique books by: Laken Bridges, Andrew Caldwell, Rosa Dargan-Powers, Lynn Doyle, April Flanders, Vicki Grube, Brooke Hofsess, Taekyeom Lee, Clifton Meador, Jessica Christine Owen, Tricia Treacy and Phillip Zimmermann.
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, named for university benefactors Robert and Lillian Turchin, fulfills Appalachian State University’s long-held mission of providing a home for world-class visual arts programming. The largest facility of its kind in the region, the center presents exhibition, education and collection programs that support the university’s role as a key educational, cultural and service resource. The center presents multi-dimensional exhibits and programs and is a dynamic presence in the community, creating opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the power and excitement of the visual arts.
The Turchin Center is located at 423 West King St., in Boone. Hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., TuesdayThursday and Saturday, and noon – 8 p.m., Friday. The center is closed Sunday and Monday, and observes all university holidays. There is no admission charge, although donations are gratefully accepted.
The Turchin Center receives critical support from a group of outstanding media sponsors that are dedicated to promoting the arts in our region, including: High Country 365, High Country Radio, WFDD 88.5, WDAV 89.9 and WASU 90.5FM.

Electrical Linemen Graduate from CCC&TI

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute celebrated a new class of Electrical Linemen with a completion ceremony on Friday, Oct. 21 at the JE Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir. Those recognized at the ceremony were: Jesse Carroll of Connelly Springs, Ethan Carswell of Vale, Caleb Clark of Boomer, Kaleb Freeman of Morganton, Zane Harrington of Hiddenite, Dusty Harris of Statesville, Ethan King of Lenoir, Caleb Pennell of Bethlehem and Jesse White of Granite Falls. Also pictured are the Electrical Lineman instructors (back row, left to right): David Coffey, Corey Bolick, Dean Ford, Scott Murray, Kim Sluder and Steve Stilwell. Also participating in the ceremony were the following employers: Blue Ridge Electric, Duke, Pike, Rutherford Electric and Utility Line Constructors.

The next series of Electrical Lineman classes with available seats will be offered from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdaythrough Thursday with classes starting on Jan. 23. To register for the Electrical Lineman program, please call 828-726-2242.

Weekly Events at Lost Province Brewing Co.

Monday October 24

Family Night-Buy any regularly priced pizza and receive one free kid’s meal.


Tuesday October 25

6pm-9pm Beer 101. German Amber, Lagers and Ales.

Get to know your beer at Beer 101! Whether you’re a beer novice or beer connoisseur, we’ve got the perfect class for you…Over the course of the next year, we’ll begin tasting our way through the science & craft of beer. Each month we’ll pick a different style and learn about the regional history, technique and ingredients that makes each style of beer unique. Each class only costs $25 and includes samples of 8 different beers, select food pairings, and a complimentary & stylistic logoed beer glass.


Wednesday October 26

7pm-9pm Trivia Night: Beginning at 7pm, Lost Province will be hosting Trivia Night. Compete on your own or on a team! The competition gets started at 7pm so come a little early for a pizza and a pint and get your seat!


Thursday October 27

College Night and $3.00 Thursday-$3.00 pints on all Lost Province brewed beers (except high gravity).

7:30pm-10:30pm App State vs Georgia Southern on the Big Screen. Come cheer on the Mountaineers at they take on top rival, Georgia Southern. The game starts at 7:30pm so come in for a $3 pint or a pizza and pint special for $10.


Friday October 28

7:30pm-Closing Live Music: Lazybirds. Lazybirds is a classic American band with roots in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Formed in 1996, the quartet began by immersing into the old forgotten styles of blues, jazz, country, and ragtime that had been the soundtrack of the American underground several decades earlier. The band quickly developed a reputation in the High Country for playing music that touches people at their core in a way that hearkens back to a time when music was more closely intertwined with nature. With Mitchell Johnston on stand-up bass and vocals, James T. Browne on drums and vocals, Jay Brown on guitar, harmonica and vocals, and Alfred Michels on fiddle and guitar, Lazybirds have created a sound that is all their own, at once familiar and original.


Saturday October 29

7:30pm-Closing Live Music: Tin Can Alley. Classic soul and R&B from the 1960’s brought to you by Tin Can Alley. Tin Can Alley was formed in 2006 as a way to deliver the lyrical power and driving rhythms of the classic soul, R&B, and rock of the 60’s to smaller venues. By toning down percussion, using a dog house bass, and focusing on the wonderful vocal harmonies found in the songs released by Motown, Stax-Volt, and Atco-Atlantic, the Cans have developed a loyal following throughout Piedmont and Western NC. Recently this multi-talented trio has added more percussion for larger venues and continues to perform the music of Marvin Gaye, James Brown, The Beatles, The Coasters, and The Drifters as well as more contemporary artists Steve Winwood, Delbert McClinton, and Steely Dan at festivals, clubs, restaurants, breweries, and wineries in the region.


Sunday October 30

Lost Province Sunday: Residents of “The Lost Province” (Watauga, Ashe, Avery and Alleghany) receive 10% off food with verification of residency.