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Today’s Email Announcements

Laurel Springs Baptist Church to Present 12th Annual Relay for Life, May 7

Laurel Springs Baptist Church will present the 12th annual praise sing for Relay For Life on Sunday, May 7th, at 6:00 pm at the church on US Hwy 421 S in Deep Gap.  Jean Canter, the Norris Family, Mercy’s River, Melinda and Corbitt Bryan, Georgia Donour, plus many other members of the church will be performing. Please join us in supporting Relay For Life.


Kentucky Derby Cocktail Party at the Cardinal, May 6

On Saturday, May 6, from 5:00-8:30 p.m., there will be a Kentucky Derby Cocktail Party at the Cardinal. A portion of all the proceeds will be donated to Horse Helpers to help sick, abused and unwanted horses. There will also be a fancy hat contest, so you don’t want to miss out!


First Friday at Neighborhood Yoga This Friday

New Orleans based band, Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band will be at Neighborhood Yoga on First Friday, May 5th from 7:30-9:30pm. The band is quite unique at what they do, taking traditional ancient mantras and creating melody around them by merging blues influences, rock, funk, gospel, world grooves, and Rumi poetry. 

For the last decade New Orleans-based Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus
Band (Alvin Young and Gwendolyn Colman) have been transforming hundreds of yoga studios across America into thriving concert and dance halls. For more information about the band, visit http://www.seanjohnsonandthewildlotusband.com and to purchase tickets in advance at a discounted rate, visit http://www.neighborhoodyoga.net or call (828) 265-0377.


High Country Operation Medicine Cabinet, Saturday, May 13

On Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., a pharmaceutical drug take-back project called High Country Operation Medicine Cabinet will be taking place in order to help clean up the community and save the kids and rivers from drugs. 

Turn in your unused or expired prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and medical supplies – no questions asked!

You can participate in this event at various locations–the Food Lion in Boone, the Food Lion in Deep Gap, the Food Lion in Blowing Rock and the Foscoe Fire Department. 

Help us keep pharmaceuticals and controlled substances out of our rivers and off of our streets! 


First Organ Recital and Evensong of the Season at St. Mary of the Hills Sunday, May 7th

Noted organist Dr. Joseph Causby returns to Blowing Rock this Sunday, May 7th, for the first organ recital and choral evensong of the season. The recital, showcasing the unique Lively-Fulcher organ at St. Mary of the Hills, begins at 3 pm in the nave of the church, followed immediately by Evensong at 3:30.

Dr. Causby is Director of Music and Organist at historic St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, San Antonio, Texas. He was the first American organ scholar of Durham Cathedral (2008-2009), and holds a BMus in organ performance and sacred music from Appalachian State University, an MMus in organ performance from Rice University, and a PhD from the University of Durham (England), under the supervision of leading British scholar, Professor Jeremy Dibble.  His most recent organ study has been with Dame Gillian Weir and Wilma Jensen. 

The choir of St. Mary’s sings Evensong one Sunday each month through October, and everyone is welcome. Service music for the May 7th Evensong will include the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis from the ‘Collegium regale’ by Howells, the Rose Preces and Responses (including a wonderful setting of the Lord’s Prayer), Surrexit pastor bonus by Lassus, and the lovely I got me flowers from a set of mystical songs by Vaughan Williams.

For more information on this service, please contact St. Mary of the Hills at 828.295.7323.