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Today’s Email Announcements

Veterans Sailing Regatta Looking for Veterans to Help Crew During Sailboat Race

All Veterans are welcome to participate but they must RSVP we can only accommodate 80 Veterans

Date: May 6

Check in 12:00

After the race, we will feed them dinner and have live music. 

Hosted By Watauga Lake Sailing Club

Location: Lakeshore Marina Sailboat Dock Hampton, TN

No sailing experience necessary. 

RSVP to Anita Remme423-341-3123 or doevalley@comcast.net


March for Climate, Justice and Jobs on April 29

BOONE, N.C. – Climate Voices US (CVUS) invites local community members and students to travel from Boone, NC to Washington, DC to march with the People’s Climate Movement on April 29, 2017. CVUS has chartered two buses and is offering subsidized travel costs.

The People’s Climate March is a mass mobilization for climate, jobs and justice. Tens of thousands of people have already signed up to converge in Washington, DC to push the Trump administration and Congress to do their jobs – protect our planet, our communities and transition to a renewable energy future.

“Here is the chance for community members and students to join other Americans to demand that our government protect, not destroy, our environment.” said Dave Harman, CVUS executive director.

Climate Voices US is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to empower communities to build sustainable energy futures. For more information and to reserve a seat on the bus, visit ClimateVoicesUS.org.


Watauga County Public Library Presents Free Presentation and Reading During Poetry Month, Apr. 27

When:   April 27th, 2017, 6 PM
Where:  Watauga County Public Library
              Boone, NC
Who: Earl LeClaire,  Maryrose Carroll
These two authors will present, with their unique voices and styles, readings from their published works.
Earl LeClaire, poet and raconteur, has worked at a myriad of jobs across America, including, lobsterman, nuclear piping engineer, cab driver, comedy writer for the Late Show With Joan Rivers, musician, and chef. Earl has published poetry, fiction and non-fiction, in many major magazines and in small press publications in the U.S. and Europe. He has published three books of poetry, Below the Mayonnaise Factory, Epiphanies and Benedictions, and Still Standing. He also has published two cookbooks, a young adult novel, The Crew, as well as a series of vignettes, Night Taxi. 
Earl hosted, Poetry On the Patio in Sonoma, California which included readings by Beat poets, Philip Whalen and Ruth Weiss as well as Pulitzer Prize winning poets, Carolyn Kaiser and Gary Snyder.
Earl’s jazz and spoken word group, Social Dogs, based in San Francisco in the 1990’s, opened for Nevil Brothers, Tom Waits and jazz great, Pharoah Sanders. 
“Earl LeClaire’s poetry takes on many shapes and colors and is, by turns, extremely funny and very troubling as he celebrates life: his, ours, and theirs. Very sharp. . . wonderful energy. . . talented and original. Just fine work!”  -Steve Kowit, Gorilla Press. 
“Earl’s poetry is a sledgehammer.”  -Ruth wWeiss, the “Beat Generation Goddess”.
“Earl, you are a very, very interesting talent. Thanks for all you do.”  -Joan Rivers
Earl lives in Zionville, NC.  Maryrose Carroll lives nearby, in Bethel.
Maryrose Carroll, poet and publisher, can be heard live online at Chicago’s WGN Radio, http://wgnradio.com/2015/10/07/beats-me-maryrose-carrolls-literary-tribute-to-her-husband-paul/ being interviewed by Rick Kogan. She has read at the Poetry Center of Chicago and  blogs at bigtableblog.com.
Both Beats Me her book about her poet, editor husband, Paul Carroll and her publication of his last poems, God & Other Poems won awards from Shelf Unbound Magazine.   
BEATS ME is a wonderful book. It will have readers divining blue smoke.” —  Joseph Bathanti, North Carolina Poet Laureate, 2012-14.
He also wrote “In Maryrose Carroll’s Conversations With a Dead Lover, the poems are at once, a mystery, a love story and a blend of observations and explorations that pull us into uncharted waters.”
Come to the Watauga Library, April 27th at 6 PM and expect to have some laughs and  be astonished during this Poetry Month presentation.

Writer, Editor, Musician, Teacher – Katerina Whitley to Speak at High Country Writers, Apr. 13

Katerina Whitley will be the featured presenter at the Thursday, April 13 meeting of the High Country Writers at the Watauga Public Library in Boone. The Library is located at 140 Queen Street. The program will begin at 10:00am, preceded by coffee and conversation from 9:30-10:00am. The program is free and open to the public.

Katerina was born in Thessaloniki, Greece and immigrated to this country at the age of 16. She studied at a prestigious school in Thessaloniki where she learned English and an appreciation for what was good in the American culture. She received a scholarship to Mars Hill College where she studied music. She finished her English studies at Furman University, followed by theological studies at seminary. Katerina’s professional career included a 20 year stint as a church journalist, an assignment that took her to many parts of the world. She has written and published seven books to date in which she combines her love of theology, drama and story-telling. Her most recent book, a novel, is titled A New Love. She will speak about the art of writing first as listening, then as imagining before and during the act of putting words on paper. She will also address the importance of rhythm in writing, dramatic monologues and the extremely critical meaning of context. Katerina will have several of her books for sale following her presentation. This woman is a real treasure…you’ll not want to miss this program.

High Country Writers has been “energizing writers since 1995!” Regular meetings are at the Watauga Public Library on the second and fourth Thursdays of most months from ten until noon and speakers’ programs are co-sponsored with the Library. HCW members present writing skills workshops on the first Thursday of the month and have recently partnered with the Watauga Arts Council in hosting these workshops. In the event of inclement weather which dictates the closure of the Library, the High Country Writers Program will be canceled. For more information and a current calendar, visit the website: http:/highcountrywriterstripod.com/. Guests are welcome.


Global Opportunities Conference: Balancing People, Planet and Profit, Apr. 7 

You are cordially invited to attend the ninth annual Global Opportunities Conference: Balancing People, Planet, & Profit on Friday, April 7 at 9am in the Plemmons Student Union​. This year’s conference will highlight the importance of sustainable practices in the Brazilian Amazon while raising the broader question of how business can balance the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit in environments throughout the globe. Victor Salviati and Gabriel Ribenboim of the Sustainable Amazon Foundation will share innovative entrepreneurial solutions that balance the needs of people and planet in this region of ecological importance. During the luncheon, a panel of experts will discuss Can business find the balance? Coffee, pastries and live music will round out the event. To attend this free event, please register.​  

List of Upcoming Events on App State Campus

Tuesday, April 4th – The Nile Project – 7pm Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Wednesday, April 12th – Dan German Lecture Series – 
Lady Catherine Ashton – 6:30 pm IG Greer
Lil Wayne – Holmes Convocation Center
Saturday, April 22nd – Spring Open House
Friday May 12 – Spring Commencement (11am, 2pm, 5pm)
Saturday, May 13 – Spring Commencement (9am, 1pm, 5pm)
Freshman Summer Orientation Dates:
  • May 25-26
  • June 5-6
  • June 12-13
  • June 15-16
  • June 19-20
  • June 22-23
  • June 26-27
  • June 29-30
  • August 17-18
Friday August 18 – Freshman move-in day
Saturday August 19th – Sunday August 20th – Upperclassman move-in days
Saturday, September 9th – Football Home Opening Weekend ( Savannah State)
Saturday, September 23rd – Football game weekend (Wake Forest)

Friday October 6th – Saturday October 7th – Homecoming Weekend 
(NM State)
Friday October 20th- Saturday October 21st – Family/Parents Weekend 
(Coastal Carolina)
Saturday October 28th – Marching Band Festival 
(30+ high school bands in attendance)
**Thursday, November 9th – Georgia Southern game – NATIONAL TV – 
Saturday, December 2nd – Football game weekend (Louisiana)