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Today’s Email Announcements

High Gravity’s Mountain Ninja Warrior Business Applications Open Now

The Mountain Ninja Warrior community fundraiser and competition is returning to High Gravity Adventures! Planning is underway for this all-day event to be held on Sunday, October 1st, and this is the call for local businesses and non-profits to get involved.

Event sponsorships are available this year! Sponsorships exist in 3 levels: Ground Elements ($500 level), Aerial elements ($1000 level), or Title sponsorship ($2000 level). As an event sponsor, you will see your business’ logo on course banners, on event t-shirts, and all other event marketing materials online and printed. You will also gain extensive community marketing exposure through promotion of the event and on the day of the event.


Feeling competitive? This year we are opening the main event up to 12 teams and we know there are a lot of local organizations that want to be involved! Businesses are to team up with a local non-profit and together choose two athletes (1 male and 1 female) to compete in the Mountain Ninja Warrior course. Both organizations are tasked with fundraising for the non-profit while their athletes train for the big event. Fill out the application by Thursday, June 1st to be in the running for the 12 team spots. We will announce this years Mountain Ninja Warrior teams on Thursday, June 15th.

Want to know more? Dig into the details about how the event and sponsorships work by visiting HGA’s Mountain Ninja Warrior event webpage. Get your team together for the chance be crowned the High Country’s Mountain Ninja Warrior champion! Email us at info@highgravityadventures.com for more information on event sponsorships and event details.

Free Programs Taking Place at the Historic Banner Elk School May-June

Banner Elk, NC—There’s more than books at the Book Exchange, the community space at the Historic Banner Elk School where curious people can find plenty to entertain, inform, and amuse themselves. From May through September, everyone is invited to free talks by local experts, authors, and interesting people on all sorts of topics. On Wednesday, May 24 at 4:30PM, learn how to get along with our bear neighbors from Wildlife Officer Daniel Ray. On Saturday June 10 at 2:30PM, meet writer Barry Blair, author of a detective series. And on Tuesday, June 18 at 7:00PM, listen to Jimmy Guignard as he shares his experiences of living in a fracking zone. All events are free and take place at the Book Exchange in the Historic Banner Elk School in downtown Banner Elk. More exciting happenings are going on throughout the summer. View the full schedule at www.bannerelkbookexchange.com.

The Banner Elk Book Exchange is a volunteer-run and guided community space used for programs and as a bring-a-book-take-a-book service.

Red Cross Blood Donation Opportunities In Our Community

5/15/2017: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Boone UMC, 471 New Market Blvd

6/2/2017: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., The Rock Sports Bar & Grill, 276 G Watauga Village Drive

6/9/2017: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Greenway Baptist Church, 880 Greenway Rd

6/9/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Greenway Baptist Church, 880 Greenway Rd

6/12/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Modern Toyota, 225 Modern Drive

6/13/2017: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Glenbridge Nursing and Rehab Center, 211 Milton Brown Heirs Rd.

6/13/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Holiday Inn Express Boone, 1943 Blowing Rock Rd

How to help

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

Maria Santomasso-Hyde Comes to Watauga Co. Public Library for Author Talk/Book Signing, May 24

Local Author: Maria Santomasso-Hyde

Audience: Adults (18+)
Location: Watauga County Public Library – Meeting Room

The Watauga County Public Library would like to invite you to join local author Maria Santomasso-Hyde for an author talk and book signing on Wednesday, May 24th from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

The author will read brief excerpts from her novel, “He Gave Me Barn Cats”, and will discuss writing and answer questions. Books will be available to be personalized by the author. Refreshments will be served.

For more information please call (828) 264-8784 ext. 2 or visit: www.MariaSantomassoHyde.com

Blue Ridge Parkway Evening Programs Starting May 27

On Saturday, May 27, the Blue Ridge Parkway will be having an evening program at the Linville Falls Campground Amphitheater – Milepost 316.

Wilderness Skills: Gambling with Survival at 7:00 p.m.

When your outdoor adventures go awry, can you survive? Knowledge of wilderness skills can give you more confidence when going on your next adventure. Join a ranger and learn if you can face the challenges of your experiences in the wilderness. Approximately 45 minutes in length. 

All programs are free and open to the public.