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Today’s Email Announcements

1) Autism camp offered April 17-19, registration ends April 1

Crinkleroot Retreat, a free day camp to be held April 17-19, is recruiting campers ages 8–14 with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  The retreat will be held in Valle Crucis at the Broadstone facility and is staffed by trained Appalachian State University volunteers.

Crinkleroot Retreat is a program sponsored by Appalachian’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services within the College of Health Sciences. It is intended to provide parents and caretakers with free respite care, offer children on the autism spectrum the opportunity to participate in typical camp activities that have been modified for their specific needs, as well as celebrate April as Autism awareness month.

Children will have one-on-one supervision and be encouraged to take part in expressive arts and nature activities, field games, s’mores making and other camp fun.

Applications are due by April 1. Availability is limited to 15 campers.

Parents and caregivers interested in participating in this program should contact Mary Sheryl Horine at horinems@appstate.edu to receive a camp application and information or visit http://www.ihhs.appstate.edu/community/crinkleroot.

2) Programs on reproductive justice presented at Appalachian

 A series of events with the common theme of reproductive justice will be presented in March and April as part of Women’s History Month at Appalachian State University.

The programs are sponsored by the university’s Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies Program. All events are free and open to the public.

“Made in India: A Film about Surrogacy” will be shown March 5 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons. Dr. Sushmita Chatterjee, assistant professor of gender, women’s, gender and sexuality studies in the Department of Cultural, Gender and Global Studies, will facilitate discussion of the film. The event is cosponsored by the university library.

A panel presentation and discussion titled “Midwives, Reproductive Justice, and Women’s Health Care in Underrepresented Communities” will be held March 26 at 6 p.m. in Room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons.

Kirsten Jorgenson, faculty affiliate of gender, women’s and sexuality studies and a lecturer in the Department of English, will serve as moderator.

Panelists are certified midwife Carrington Pertalion, CNM; Elizabeth Fiske, Ph.D., RN, NNP-BC, and assistant professor of nursing at Appalachian; Park Cannon, J.D. and M.P.H and SisterSong board member; LaShanda Brown Sell, a Ph.D. student in nursing at the University of Virginia; and Annemarie Anglim, B.A. in Appalachian Studies from Appalachian and a current student at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The lecture “Childbirth in Historical Perspective: Midwives and Modern Medicine” will be presented by Dr. Lucinda McCray, faculty affiliate in women’s, gender and sexuality studies and professor of history at Appalachian. Her lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. April 9 in room 137A Calloway Peak Room in Plemmons Student Union.

3) High Country Audubon (HCAS) will have its next meeting Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Boone  

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with HCAS and “go green” for the environment. The Executive Director of Audubon North Carolina, Heather Stark Hahn, will give a presentation on “Birds and Climate Change,” Her presentation will cover the seven-year study of 588 birds species in the continental US and Canada. The study revealed 314 species are at risk. Find out what you can do to help protect our birds today and tomorrow. HCAS invites the public to attend the monthly meetings and field trips. Announcements about meeting and field trips can be found on their website www.highcountryaudubon.org.

4) The Boone Chamber’s Annual “Spelling Bee for Grown-Ups”

Teams of 4 persons will spell words in writing in three rounds (Easy, Intermediate and Difficult).  If a word is misspelled, the team has the option to buy “Bee Bucks” and remain in the competition.

In keeping with the Chamber’s call to ShopLOCAL and GiveLOCAL, it has pledged a portion of the proceeds for all their fund-raising events to be dedicated to a local non-profit, human service agency.  The recipient of from this year’s Grown-Up Spelling Bee will be KAMPN, a local organization bringing information and programming to address autism.

Registration per team is $100.00 including 4 “bee bucks”

Bee Bucks are $10 each

Awards for best costumes and table decorations, Prizes for best spellers

Spectators are invited

Light refreshments provided

No admission charge, but donations are accepted

Proceeds will advance the work of educational projects and the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce.