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Today’s Email Announcements

1) Blue Star Mothers of America Announces Scholarship Recipient

The High Country Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America is proud to announce the recipient of the inaugural BSMHC NC10 Scholarship. It was presented to Brittany Trivette at the Watauga High School Awards Ceremony on May 26.

The scholarship applicant must have been accepted to an accredited college, be a member of a JROTC program within the BSMHC governing area, provide 2 Letters of Recommendation from individuals outside of the JROTC program, as well as a recommendation for JROTC leaders based on Character, Integrity, Honor and Leadership.

Trivette was selected to receive this scholarship based on her meritorious record in academic studies, extracurricular participation, leadership abilities and expressed desire to serve in the United States Armed Forces upon graduation from college. We congratulate her and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

Blue Star Mothers of the High Country are mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, foster mothers and female legal guardians who have children who are currently serving in the military, guard or reserves, or children who are veterans. Our mission is to support each other and our children while promoting patriotism. Our chapter meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Perkinsville Baptist Church, 274 Jefferson Rd. in Boone. For additional information on joining or donating to the local chapter, contact President Kimberley Isler at 336-982-2996 or bluestarmomx3@yahoo.com.

2) Yoga on Beech Mountain

What could be better than celebrating the ancient practices of Yoga and brewing on top of the oldest mountain range in the world?  Beech Mountain Resort is taking two of your favorite things – Yoga and Craft beer – and combining them in an exciting opportunity for ultimate relaxation.

When you join us for yoga, you’ll take the chairlift up to the top of the mountain, where you will engage in an hour of invigorating and restorative Vinyasa Flow yoga on the deck in front of a stunning view of the mountains. After class, you can enjoy the rest of your day on the mountain or continue your relaxation with a delicious pint of cold beer at 5506′, brewed on-site by Beech Mountain Brewing Company.  Here, you will explore yoga in a uniquely beautiful environment, far away from a typical yoga studio.  All levels of yogis and beer drinkers alike are welcome to find inner peace 5506′ up. Join us. Namaste and cheers!

Jenna Stone, local yogi extraordinaire, offers a fun, educational and relaxing class.


Class details

Dates: June 20, June 27, July 4, July 11, July 18, July 25
Cost: $15 – lift ride and yoga

*Participants are encouraged to try a beer in the brewery upon completion of the class. *

Class begins at 10:30 a.m.. Lift opens at 10 a.m. – board it by 10:15 a.m.

Yoga mats are limited. Please bring your own.

Purchase your ticket and class in Ski Beech Sports, located in Beech Tree Village.

(If you are not riding the lift, class is $10)

3) This Week at Lost Province Brewing Co.

Thursday: $3.00 Thursday-$3.00 pints on all Lost Province brewed beers (except high gravity). 8pm-10pm Live Music: Redleg Husky. Redleg Husky is an Americana/folk band from Boone, North Carolina that captures the sounds of a long drive, a well-worn record, and boots on a dusty floor. Their first full-length album, Carolina, was released on March 4, 2014.

Friday: Freakin’ Firkin Friday at Five continues with two Firkins of cask aged Peaches N’ Cream Ale and Strawberries N’ Cream Ale. 8pm-Closing Live Music: Hilltop Riot. Hilltop Riot (formerly Cougar Bait) was born in a cornfield in Illinois, shooting skeet, drinking shine, and rocking the husks off some GMO corns stalks. After taking it on the road all the way to Illinois and back the group decided that the High Country would be their next venue to divide and conquer. After another successful gig rocking out a nursing home it was clear that Hilltop Riot was destined to take over the world. Soon after founding members Ben McPherron, Chris Cappozoli, and Toma Fuller started abandoning their familial duties to practice and hone their soul swinging acoustic blues sound. The trio managed to craft a varied repertoire ranging from blues to soul to swinging jazz to old country. While never forgetting our humble roots in the nursing homes and cornfields Hilltop Riot aims to get people off their phones and into the music, moving on their feet or at the very least tapping their toes. See for yourself!

Saturday: Brunch at 10 am. 9pm-12am Live Music: Brushfire Stankgrass. Fresh growth on the bluegrass family tree comes from Asheville, NC’s Brushfire Stankgrass. The band has significant crossover appeal with bluegrass/newgrass and jam rock fans alike, showcasing their “modern mountain fusion” with a dynamic live show and a two award-winning albums. Stankgrass blends the traditional with a grassy fusion inflected by analog-electronics and a hard hitting rhythm section.

Sunday: Brunch at 10 am. Lost Province Sunday: Residents of “The Lost Province” (Watauga, Ashe, Avery and Alleghany) receive 10% off food with verification of residency.6pm-8pm Family Night Live Music: Strictly Stings. Strictly Strings is a youth band of five very talented young musicians – Anissa Burnett, Kathleen Burnett, Willow Dillon, Caleb Coatney, Liam Purcell, plus their instructor, Cecil Gurganus. They are members of the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program in Boone, North Carolina. These talented musicians have been making a name for themselves playing Old-time and Bluegrass music delivering outstanding and lively performances. They play a variety of instruments including mandolin, banjo and fiddle.

4) ASU and Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Offer ‘Lettuce Learn’ to Educators

Appalachian State University and a Boone-based organization are offering a three-day workshop to help educators incorporate gardening into their curriculum. From July 21-23, the Lettuce Learn Project and the Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Department will host elementary teachers and child care professionals, introducing them to the benefits and basics of garden-based sustainability education as well as provide opportunities to design and practice garden-based lesson ideas.

“Gardens can serve as a platform to teach a variety of important academic lessons from math, science, language arts, social studies, nutrition, and art … to more broader goals such as sustainability education, holistic and systems thinking, teamwork, patience, food system complexities, and community citizenship,” said Lettuce Learn Founder and Director Courtney Baines Smith.

The training will feature two tracks with 20 spots available for  those who work with elementary-aged children and 20 spots for early childhood educators.  The early childhood track will feature multiple learning garden tours including the ASU Child Development Center, the Edible Schoolyard, and Lucy Brock Child Development Lab Program as well as a one-day workshop with Growing Minds, a program of the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP).  The elementary school track will feature science education professors from ASU’s Reich College of Education, Leslie Bradbury and Rachel Wilson.  Wilson and Bradbury will focus on creating and implementing garden-based units that integrate Common Core ELA and NC Essential Science Standards, introducing participants to classroom-tested garden units and allowing them to practice creating their own integrated garden-based unit for their own classrooms.

“Lettuce Learn believes it is imperative to offer students an opportunity to learn such lessons in an outdoor, experiential setting that is intimate with place, and we are excited to share this strategy with educators who are eager to dig in,” Baines Smith said.

Sponsors of this event include The Children’s Council of Watauga County, the Southern Appalachian Environmental Research & Education Group of Appalachian State University, the Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Department, The Math and Science Education Center of Appalachian State University, Sustain Appalachian, and the Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics.

This event requires pre-registration and is open to informal and formal educators in the elementary and early childhood setting. The cost is $25 for three days. If you’d like to register or learn more about this event, please visit www.LettuceLearn.org/2015pd. If you’d like to learn more or get involved with the Lettuce Learn Project, visit LettuceLearn.org.