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Today’s Email Announcements

Meeting Notice for the North Carolina Native Plant Society

It’s that time for the North Carolina Native Plant Society monthly meeting soon. It will be held on Wednesday, February 8th (Second Wednesday) at the Holiday Inn Express, 1943 Blowing Rock Road in Boone. The meeting room will open at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7:00 p.m.

The NCNPS’ February speaker will be Wendy Patoprsty.  Wendy was the Watauga County Natural Resources Agent with the NC Cooperative Extension for over 15 years, but this past year she became the Director for the Middle Fork Greenway.  The Middle Fork Greenway is a developing pedestrian and cycling paved path that will connect Blowing Rock to the existing Boone Greenway.  The 6.5 mile Middle Fork Greenway will follow the Middle Fork New River and Hwy 321 corridor providing connections to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Shoppes on the Parkway, Tweetsie, Mystery Hill, pocket parks and other natural areas.  Wendy will talk about the benefits of greenways for humans, birds, aquatic life, and plants.  Specifically, the riparian corridor of greenways can provide links for native riparian species to thrive and protect our water supply. Those who have heard Wendy speak before know she is a very entertaining speaker.

A reminder about winter weather: If Watauga County schools are closed for any part of the day on our meeting date, the meeting will be cancelled for that month!

Winter Market Returns This Saturday 9 a.m. to Noon

The winter market returns this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Agriculture Conference Center at 252 Poplar Grove Rd in Boone.

The Cherokee Purple Tomatoes go fast. Stock up on lettuce, greens, herbs, apples, potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash and other storage crops.
Enjoy gluten-free cookies and other great products from the market’s bakers. Beef, poultry, lamb and pork are available as well. Salsa, honey and a few select crafts will also be available.

PHARMN will be serving soup and beverages on a donation basis.

Watauga Humane Society S.N.I.P.S. Fundraiser Events

Saturday, February 4th – S.N.I.P.S. Crafts Sale in the Handmade Market at the Fiddlers Convention on ASU Campus, Plemmons Student Union, from 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 11th – S.N.I.P.S. Valentine’s Day Event at Boone Mall from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Event will include Clogging Performance at 1:00 p.m. by the High Country Dance Studio Adult Cloggers; Lost Jewels Bellydance at 1:30 p.m. from the Art in Motion Studio and Vintage Jewels, Crafts and Valentine’s Day Gifts for Sale.
Tuesday, February 28th – S.N.I.P.S. World Spay Day Celebration at Basil’s Restaurant in Boone. Basil’s will donate 15% of all food, wine and beer purchased all day (including lunch) to S.N.I.P.S. There will also be a Silent Auction from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Tuesdays are 1/2 price wine night and $2 off growlers at Basil’s!)
100% of proceeds go to Watauga Humane Society’s spay-neuter community assistance programs.

Rev. Dr. David Mielke to Speak at Public Library on Feb. 7th

Audience: Adults (18+)
Location: Watauga County Public Library – Meeting Room

The Watauga County Public Library would like to invite you to join the Rev. Dr. David Mielke on Tuesday, February 7th from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm for the first in a four part film and lecture series on the portrayal of African-Americans in early 20th century cinema.

In part 1 of the series, Dr. Mielke will be showing director Oscar Micheaux’s 1920 silent film, “Within Our Gates” which tells the story of Sylvia Landry who, after visiting her cousin in the north, is abandoned by her fiance. Disheartened, she returns to the small southern town of Piney Woods to help a reverend running a school for young African-Americans.

Oscar Micheaux, a pioneer of independent film, was the first African-American director to produce a feature length film and “Within Our Gates” was his response to D.W. Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation”, a film that had glorified the Ku Klux Klan and justified the violent oppression of African-Americans to prevent miscegenation.

This film has an MPAA rating of Unrated and an approximate run-time of 79 minutes.

For more information please call (828) 264-8784 ext. 2

Also, be sure to check out Dr. Mielke’s African-American and segregationist display at the library! It will run from 1/23/2017 –3/17/2017.

Visit our libguide: http://arlibrary.beta.libguides.com/african_american