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Today’s Email Announcements

Two Rivers Community School Student Named North Carolina National Geographic State Bee Semifinalist by National Geographic Society

Two Rivers Community School 8th grade student, Miles Spell, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2017 North Carolina National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte on Friday, March 31, 2017.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 29th year. School Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State Bees.

Each state champion will receive $100, the National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, 4th Edition and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 14-17, 2017. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all expenses paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll. Visit www.natgeobee.org for more information on the National Geographic Bee.

How would you fare as a Bee contestant? At the school Bees this year, students had to answer questions like these:

The North Platte and South Platte Rivers meet in which state—New Mexico or Nebraska?



Which landmark in Washington, D.C., was burned by the British in 1814—the Washington Monument or the White House?

White House


Sea otters sometimes wrap themselves in kelp when resting to keep from drifting​ ​​away. Sea otters can be found near eastern Russia in the Sea of Okhotsk in which​ ​ocean?

Pacific Ocean


The island of Mauritius [maw-RISH-uhs] in the Indian Ocean has multicolored sand dunes. It’s weird, but it’s true! Mauritius lies off the southeast coast of which continent that includes the Kalahari Desert?



What is the term for an underground layer of rock that holds groundwater—an arroyo​ or an aquifer?



The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. We support educators to ensure that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. We aspire to create a community of change, advancing key insights about our planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time. Our goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.


Founded in 2005, Two Rivers Community School is a North Carolina Green School of Quality serving grades K-8. It is a tuition-free, public-charter school located in Boone, NC under the leadership of a Board of Directors made up of local community members. The Two Rivers curriculum challenges students with dynamic learning experiences both in and out of the classroom. Academics are at the core of every student opportunity with the expectation that students grow in both character and intellect during their time at Two Rivers. This year the school’s enrollment is 175 students. Open enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year begins March 13th. Download your application via the school’s website or visit the front office anytime during business hours. If you would like to learn more about Two Rivers Community School, please contact Beth Vossen at 828-262-5411 or email at bethv@trcsboone.org.

Weekly Events at Lost Province Brewing Company February 27, 2017-March 5, 2017

Tuesday, 2/28/17- Beer 101 and Mardi Gras featuring beers from the Deep South and Caribbean.

Wednesday, 3/01/17- Trivia at 7pm.

Thursday, 3/02/17-$3 Thirsty Thursday and College Night featuring Live Music with Strange Beaches.

Friday, 3/03/17-Live Music: Swing Guitars at 7:30pm.

Saturday, 3/04/17-Live Music: Andy Ferrell at 7:30pm.

Sunday, 3/05/17-Live Music: Flat Five Jazz Quintet at 12pm.

Tuesday, 3/07/17- Oyster Roast at 5pm. Steamed, Fried or Raw with all the fixin’s.

Wednesday, 3/08/17-Trivia at 7pm.

Thursday, 3/09/17-$3 Thirsty Thursday and College Night featuring Live Music.

Friday, 3/10/17-Live Music: Good Vibes Jazz Trio at 7:30pm.

Saturday, 3/11/17-Live Music: Holden Bare at 7:30pm.


Tuesday February 28

5pm-Beer 101: 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 $30 and includes samples of 8 different beers, select food pairings, and a complimentary & stylistic logoed beer glass. Featuring Beers from the Deep South and Caribbean for Mardi Gras.


Wednesday March 1

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 March 2

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

7:30-Closing: Live Music featuring Strange Beaches. Formed beneath a wave stretching from Patti Smith to NEU!, Emily Dickinson to the Velvets, Strange Beaches captures surf and beach rock in a new setting. From the cold and windy northern shores to the scorching sun of equatorial beaches, their diverse atmosphere yields something singular. Having sold out of their first cassette release in Fall 2016, they released their second collection of work on cassette, “Two.” Available for streaming now at soundcloud.com/strangebeaches or through special order via their social media page Facebook.com/strangebeach


Friday March 3

7:30pm-Closing Live Music: Swing Guitars. Boone’s own gypsy band “Swing Guitars” has been active for almost a decade performing acoustic “Hot Club” style jazz in area restaurants, music festivals and civic concert series. Playing a mix of gypsy jazz standards, swing classics, originals and modern jazz tunes, the acoustic group focuses on the music of Django Reinhardt and other early jazz pioneers. Guitarists Andy Page, Jim Schaller and Jay Brown along with Ben McPherron on bass are experienced musicians widely known to High Country music fans. An evening with Swing Guitars promises a variety of sounds perfect for socializing, eating, drinking and dancing!


Saturday March 4

7:30-Closing Live Music: Andy Ferrell. Born in Boone, NC, Ferrell grew up in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the birthplace of Appalachian traditional music and the home of the great Doc Watson. Growing up in Watson’s shadow, and with a folk guitarist for a father, Appalachian roots play a large role in Ferrell’s music. What’s surprising about his new album is how far he has reached beyond these roots. The new album, At Home and In Nashville, is aptly named, for it points to a long lineage of artists traveling between their homes in rural Appalachia and the neon lights of country music’s capital, Nashville, Tennessee. On this album he focuses on country songwriting with a bittersweet edge, much like his heroes Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt. Recording the album between Nashville and Boone, he blends old-time roots and folk songwriting with a more polished country sound that verges at times on Paul Simon-esque balladry. Sweet pedal steel rings through his sound, mixed in with rich vocal harmonies and songs that look to the hard truths of a working man’s life as much as to the vagaries of love.


Sunday March 5

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

12pm-2pm Live Music with Flat Five Jazz Quintet.

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.