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Today’s Email Announcements

Melissa Floyd-Pickard to Present at High Country Writers Meeting, July 13

UNCG photo by David Wilson – 1/9/2013 – melissa floyd-pickard, Associate Professor, Social Work,

Melissa Floyd-Pickard, Ph.D.,LCSW, at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, will be the featured presenter at the regular meeting of the High Country Writers at the Watauga County Public Library on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 10:00am.


Melissa Floyd-Pickard completed her doctoral work at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002 after receiving her MSW from VCU in 1994. She received her undergraduate degrees in psychology and political science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Throughout her practice career, she has worked in direct service settings, primarily with persons who have serious mental illness, substance abuse issues, or both. She has served as a consultant with agencies throughout the NC Triad, including mental health agencies, Local Management Entities (LME’s) and the Greater Greensboro United Way. She was the winner of the 2005 Mary Frances Stone Teaching Award. She maintains a strong research agenda and has recently published articles related to social work values in practice, involuntary treatment, jails and mental illness, families and substance abuse practice, and immigrant well-being. In recent years she has engaged in research with persons who have mental illness and have been incarcerated, crisis intervention training (CIT) programs in jails, and involuntary treatment alternatives in mental illness. She is currently serving as Chair for the Department of Social Work at UNCG where she is responsible for nearly 400 students. In 2004 she successfully secured a 1.1 million dollar HRSA grant to fund the training of Master’s Level Social Workers.

Her hobbies include fiction writing, gardening and attempting to play the guitar. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with her husband Walter and their two children, Elijah and Iris.

High Country Writers has been “energizing” writers since 1995! Regular meetings are at the Watauga County Public Library on the second and fourth Thursdays of most months from ten until noon and speakers’ programs are co-sponsored by 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.


Genealogy Gathering at Watauga County Public Library, July 6

Genealogy Gathering: French Canadian and Acadian Ancestry

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

Chas Grandmaison has presented on French Canadian and Acadian ancestry in Florida for numerous years. He teaches and chairs the Genealogy Sessions at Linville Land Harbor in Newland during summers and at Largo Library in Largo, FL.
2:00pm on Thursday, July 6th
Evelyn Johnson Meeting Room

Call 828-264-8784 x2 for more information.

Free and open to the public. Persons with disabilities, please contact the library five days before the event in order that accommodation can be made.


Weekly Events at Lost Province Brewing Company, June 28-July 8

Wednesday, 6/28/17- Trivia at 7pm.

Thursday, 6/29/17-$3 Thirsty Thursday and College Night featuring Open Mic Night with Mike Preslar at 7:30.

Friday, 6/30/17-Live Music: Redleg Husky at 7:30pm.

Saturday, 7/01/17-Live Music: Tin Can Alley at 7:30pm.

Wednesday, 7/05/17-Trivia at 7pm.

Thursday, 7/06/17-$3 Thirsty Thursday and College Night featuring Jamey Meeker and Blake Burchette.

Friday, 7/07/17-Live Music: Major Sevens Duo at 7:30pm.

Saturday, 7/08/17-Live Music: Max and Min at 7:30pm.


The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild to Hold Monthly Meeting, July 6

     The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, July 6th, at 1:00PM.  We meet in the conference room on the second floor of the Senior Center on Poplar Grove Connector in Boone. Our program, “Row by Row”, will be presented by Patty Blanton from our local quilt shop — Sew Original.  The idea started in New York in 2011 and has spread across the country.  Quilters visited participating quilt shops and received a free pattern for a row in a quilt.  Then they combined their rows in different ways to create a quilt.  The project started nationwide on June 21st and will continue until Labor Day.  We will have a brief history of the program, see patterns available from local quilt shops and see examples of row quilts. If you have a row quilt, please bring it to the meeting for show-and-tell.  Call Dolores at 295-6148 if you have any questions.