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Today’s Email Announcements

High Country Audubon Society Meeting, Mar. 21.

High Country Audubon (HCAS) will have its next meeting on Tuesday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Boone. Our speaker for the March meeting will be Merrill Lynch, a biologist who will tell us about the North American Breeding Bird Survey and its role in conservation work.  HCAS invites the public to attend the monthly meetings and field trips. Announcements about meeting and field trips can be found on their website www. highcountryaudubon.org


Heritage Hall to Present Bristol Ballet’s “Celtic Flair” on Sat., Mar. 18.

Saturday, March 18 at 7pm, Heritage Hall will present Bristol Ballet’s “Celtic Flair”, sponsored by H&R Block. The excitement of Irish dancing and music will fill the air as music from the wildly popular “River Dance” is featured in much of the production, with tempos that vary from upbeat and exciting to soft and lyrical. Choreographed in the style of Irish Step Dance, some movements may be slightly familiar but with a balletic twist. “The music is great; the dancing is exciting. When you put the two together, it’s a sure success in entertainment.” Michele Plescia, artistic director

Heritage Hall is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the area with quality entertainment at affordable pricing. Most evening shows start at 7pm; most tickets are $10 advance and $12 at door, and most youth seats are $5. For tickets, or reservations, call 423-727-7444 and leave a message. The Box Office is open on Tuesday – Friday, 12 – 2 pm at 126 College Street; visit online heritagehalltheatre.org.


North Carolina Native Plant Society Monthly Meeting on Mar. 8. 

It’s that time for our monthly meeting soon. It will be held on Wednesday March 8th(Second Wednesday) at the Holiday Inn Express, 1943 Blowing Rock Road in Boone. The meeting room will open at 6:30 and we’ll start the meeting at 7:00.

Our speaker for March is Bill Jones. Bill is President and Founder of Carolina Native Nursery and is located in Burnsville, N.C. in the Southern Appalachian Mountains north of Asheville. Established in 2003, Carolina Native grows close to 100 species of eastern U.S. native shrubs. They specializes in rhododendrons, azaleas, and Mt. Laurels indigenous to the Southern Appalachian mountains that they grow from seed. His presentation will be “Saving the Earth One Plant at a Time”. It will be about the importance of using native plants in the landscape for our planet and for the well being of the birds, bees and everything else whose existence is intricately tied to native plants.

As is our practice with out of town speakers we will host Bill for dinner before the meeting. We will meet at a nearby restaurant. If you are interested in joining the group (limited to the first six who respond) please contact Bob Oelberg at bob@oelbergla.com or call him at 828-264-4149 to let him know your interest and choice of places to eat.


Get Outside Mountain Relay in Glad Valley, NC, June 2-3

Get Outside Mountain Relay is a 208-mile hub relay race entirely within Alleghany County, NC. The event runs June 2-3, with free camping at GOMR Nation (Blue Ridge Christian School campus), in Glade Valley, NC.

The course makes two laps of a 104-mile route, taking runners (in teams of 4-12) through the scenic mountain ridges and valleys of Alleghany. The unique format provides shuttle service for the runners, so there is no van rental, and offers a great central gathering place.

GOMR Nation welcomes runners to camp, relax, and socialize in a festival atmosphere. Music, food, and games will be available. Complete information and registration: getoutsidemountainrelay.com, contact@getoutsidemountainrelay.com.


March Programs at Elk Knob State Park

 Skins & Skulls           

Drop in and check out the skins and skulls of animals that are found in this area.  A ranger will be on hand to answer questions from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 4th.   Meet at the park office.

Spider Culture                         

Spiders have always fascinated/horrified humans.  Come see what we’ve learned from them and how we’ve woven them into our culture.  Meet at the park office on Saturday, March 11th at 1 p.m.

Skins & Skulls           

Drop in and check out the skins and skulls of animals that are found in this area.  A ranger will be on hand to answer questions from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 18th.  Meet at the park office.

Spider Silk                      

Spider silk is unique, amazing, and being studied by scientists all over the world.  Come learn all about this thread unlike any other.  Meet at the park office Saturday, March 25th at 2 p.m.