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Today’s Email Announcements

The Month of March is Red Cross Month–Donate Blood Starting Mar. 1

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood.

Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world. Red Cross Month is a celebration of supporters, who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities and bring hope to people facing emergencies.

Blood donor Timothy Sheely knows the need firsthand. His wife required 12 units of blood during emergency surgery following the birth of their son. “If it had not been for blood donors, she might not have survived,” he said. “Thanks to generous blood donors, I still have a wife and my kids still have their mom. I can’t possibly thank those people in person, but I can give a little piece of me back with each donation for the greater good.”

The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are needed to help those rely on blood products.

Make an appointment to become a hero to patients in need by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming dates in March in Watauga County for blood donations:


3/1/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Modern Toyota, 225 Modern Drive

3/7/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Holiday Inn Express Boone, 1943 Blowing Rock Rd

3/9/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Caldwell Community College, CCC, 372 Community College Road


J.E. Broyhill Civic Center Presents 19th Annual Caldwell Traditional Musicians Showcase

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir will present the 19th Annual Caldwell Traditional Musicians Showcase on Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m.


This year’s showcase, titled “Handmade and Heartfelt,” will be hosted by local favorite Strictly Clean and Decent and will also feature several local musicians who help keep the community’s rich history of traditional music alive today. Those featured will include soloist, duets, bands, and members of the Caldwell County Junior Appalachian Musicians program.


In addition to Strictly Clean and Decent and the Junior Appalachian Musicians, acts will include multi-instrumentalist Jimmie Griffith, classic country and Southern rock artists Darren Bryant and Justin Clyde Williams, acoustic trio Sycamore Bones, string band Strictly Strings and traditional bluegrass band Ridgeline. Teacher, poet and musician Nancy Posey will serve as the emcee for the evening.


The show is set for Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $11 for adults and $5.50 for students and children. For more information or for tickets, call the Civic Center Box Office at 828-726-2407 or visit www.broyhillcenter.com.


March Events at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

Business Before Hours

Wednesday, March 15, 8:30 a.m.
Network with business professionals from Blowing Rock and the surrounding area while enjoying complimentary coffee and donuts. Event will be held in partnership with Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce.

Coffee with the Curator, featuring Selections from the Collections

Tuesday, March 21, 11:00 a.m.
Take a walk through the galleries with the Curator and get a behind-the-scenes look into Selections from the Collections. Afterward, guests are invited to converse and pose questions while enjoying complimentary cookies (courtesy of Appalachia Cookie Company) and coffee with the Curator at the Museum.

Movies at the Museum

America’s First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment
Thursday, March 23, 7:00 p.m.
America’s First Forest tells the story of how Carl Schenck, a German forester, came to America in 1895 to manage the forests at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. He not only helped restore the land there, he established the country’s first forestry school and helped launch the American conservation movement. The documentary film is produced for the Forest History Society by Bonesteel Films.
Scholars & Scones

Family, Food, and Place: The Winebarger Mill and Agricultural History in Watauga County, NC
Thursday, March 30, 11:00 a.m.
Cody Miller will explore the agricultural history of Watauga County, North Carolina, with particular emphasis on the Winebarger Mill. Located in Meat Camp, this hydropowered grist mill was operated by four generations of the Winebarger-Moretz family from the late nineteenth century until its closing in 2005. While the mill is no longer in operation, its legacy continues to live on in multiple contexts, including foodways. The Winebarger Mill was primarily known as a buckwheat mill and at one point was the largest producer of buckwheat flour in the region. Through the use of a family buckwheat pancake recipe, for example, the mill’s history is preserved and even strengthened. Ultimately, the story of the Winebarger Mill is one that highlights the important intersections between family, food, and sense of place. This talk will also include a screening of Cody’s short documentary about the Winebarger Mill.

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM)
The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum seeks to provide cultural enrichment to the High Country communities by promoting the arts and Southern Appalachian heritage and history through educational programs, exhibitions, activities and permanent collections. General admission to the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum is $7 for adults and $6 for students, seniors, and children ages 5 and up. Free for active military, EBT cardholders, and children under 4 years of age. Donations are accepted for full admission to the Museum on Thursdays. Located at 159 Chestnut Street on the corner of Chestnut and Main in Blowing Rock, N.C., the Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues-Sat. The Museum is open 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays June-Nov. For more information, please call 828-295-9099 or visit www.BlowingRockMuseum.org.

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