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Today’s Email Announcements

Lifestore Scholarship Winners

Watauga High School graduate Sierra Adcox, daughter of Chris and Amy Adcox of Boone, has been named the 2016 recipient of the LifeStore Bank and Insurance Merit Scholarship. LifeStore awards this $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior based on a combination of academic achievement, financial need and extracurricular activities.

Sierra has a love for music and the band at Watauga High School where she has excelled and served as a section leader. She also received the John Phillip Sousa Award and was recognized for being a dedicated hard working member of the band. She has provided service to her community through volunteering at the Hospitality House and has also been a member of Upward Bound through Appalachian State University throughout her high school career. Upward Bound provides yearlong courses and opportunities for students to succeed in high school and become better prepared for college. Sierra says, “I fell in love with Wingate University when our Upward Bound Group went there.” As a result she will be pursuing a degree from Wingate. She plans to study Elementary Education and she credits her second grade teacher at Hardin Park for influencing her to pursue a degree in Elementary Education.

In addition to the Merit Scholarships, LifeStore also awards LifeStore Family Scholarships to employees’ children who graduate high school with plans to continue their education. This year LifeStore awarded Watauga High School student Molly Gilleskie with an employee scholarship. She will receive up to $2,000 in scholarship money to continue her education.

Molly is the daughter of Mark and Margaret Gilleskie of Blowing Rock. Mark is a Mortgage Loan Officer at LifeStore Bank. Molly will begin her college career at Caldwell Community and has plans to transfer to Appalachian State University where she will major in Criminal Justice. She credits Officer Adams, Watauga High’s SRO Officer; and Ron Brown of the Blowing Rock Police Department as major influences on her career. She has a passion for serving others and served as one of the student leaders in the Empty Bowls event which raises thousands of dollars to help fight hunger. She is also very involved in the Youth group at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church and feels a special connection to her church family citing her appreciation for their support and guidance.

“High School graduation is such a special time for our community and LifeStore is happy to be able to help these students further their education,” said Judy Current, Marketing and Public Relations Director. “We also support education through events in our local schools and partnerships within the classrooms; we’re proud to be a part of our schools.”

LifeStore Financial Group, headquartered in West Jefferson, provides banking, investment and insurance services. It is a federally chartered thrift holding company that owns 100% of the common stock of LifeStore Bank (Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender) and operates branches in Boone, Jefferson, Warrensville and West Jefferson. LifeStore Insurance is an independent insurance agency that serves these markets along with Elkin, Lenoir, North Wilkesboro and Sparta.

Vacation Bible School at Mt. Vernon  Baptist June 27-30

VBS at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church – Come join us for June 27 – 30 from9:00 – 12:15 for this Over-The-TopUnderground Adventure at Cave Quest VBS!  Together we will learn what it means to have HOPE, COURAGE, DIRECTION, LOVE and POWER when we FOLLOW Jesus!  The first 100 families to register by June 15, 2016will receive a free download of this year’s music!!  Be sure to stop by or go online at http://mvbcb.org/ministries/mvbckidz/ to register today and join us at Cave Quest VBS! 

Weekly Events at Lost Province Brewing Co.

Monday June 13

Family Night-Buy any regularly priced pizza and receive one free kid’s meal.

Tuesday June 14

5pm-Close Oyster Roast. $12 gets you a bucket of one dozen oysters and all the fixins.

Get Lost For a Cause with the Community Care Cline: 10% of proceeds from the day will be going back to the Community Care Clinic. Karaoke and other fun abound all starting at 7pm. The mission of the Community Care Clinic is to provide integrated health care to low-income persons in our community who do not have health insurance. Through disease prevention, continuity of care and active follow-up we promote the health and well-being of our community.

Wednesday June 15

½ Off Beer and Wine Specials.

7pm-9pm Trivia Night: Beginning at 7pm, Lost Province will be hosting Trivia Night. Compete on your own or on a team! The competition gets started at 7pm so come a little early for a pizza and a pint and get your seat!

Thursday June 16

College Night and $3.00 Thursday-$3.00 pints on all Lost Province brewed beers (except high gravity).

7:30pm-10:30pm Live Music: Dylan Pinkerton. Dylan Pinkerton is an Australian singer-songwriter having recently made his way to Boone, North Carolina. Dylan’s sound can best be described as the love child of John Mayer and Allen Stone, which embodies lush melodies, relatable lyrics and interesting stories all rolled up into a contemporary Pop, Folk fondue. Since taking up the guitar at age 15 Dylan has performed at nationally acclaimed festivals such as Blues Festival (2012, 2013) and performed around the country at venues like the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Currently Dylan is continuing his studies at Appalachian State University whilst completing his debut EP at the Robert F Gilley recording studio.

Friday June 17

7:30pm-Closing Live Music: Circus Mutt. Originally formed in 2010, in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, NC, Circus Mutt draws from a spectrum of musical influences including rock-n-roll, jazz and bluegrass. The band cut their teeth on the road, touring literally non-stop from 2011-2016. Breweries, festivals, bars and thousands of miles of highway have been the proving ground for this group of blue-collar musicians. Behind the song-writing of Dan Falkenstein, Circus Mutt has woven a unique blend of American sounds on their first studio album “Old Dogs & New Tricks.” Live Mutt performances vary from solo/duo shows, to full-blown, 6-peice band extravaganzas. They are known for their gentlemanly manners and the good natured tail-waggin’ that comes naturally to every friendly mutt you know. Wherever they are, it is sure to be a Circus and you are surely welcome….

Saturday June 18

7:30pm-Closing Live Music: Dashboard Hula Boys. The Dashboard Hula Boys, a Boone, North Carolina based acoustic trio, are Ed Midgett (guitar), Bob White (bass), and Tom Whyte (harmonica, uke, tenor banjo). They play favorites from old-time blues to classic rock along with a few originals. To describe them as eclectic or eccentric would be limiting. They perform fully clothed at venues such as festivals, clubs, wrestling matches, celebrations, and secret society initiations, to name a few. Contact us for more information and bookings. Here are a few songs from our CD, Honolulu Moon. We are presently in the studio and hope to have a new CD out by end of summer.

Sunday June 19

Lost Province Sunday: Residents of “The Lost Province” (Watauga, Ashe, Avery and Alleghany) receive 10% off food with verification of residency.

Western Square Dancing at Linville Land Harbor

Western Square Dancing www.mountainmixers.com Linville Land Harbor Recreation Center 20 Linville Harbor Pkwy, Newland, NC 28657 Plus Dancing with announced advancedby National Callers on Sundays. Schedule: 1:30-2:00PM advanced 2:00-4:00PM plus. Dress is square dance attire or dressy casual. June 19th Patty Greene, Monroe, NC; and June 26th Jerry Biggerstaff, Marion, NC Linville Land Harbor Advanced Dancing from June 1st until late September. Dress is casual. Every Monday starting June 6th 7-9PM Jerry Biggerstaff, Marion, NC Every Weds starting June 1st 7-9PM Ron Libby, Land Harbor.

June 18 Wordkeepers Event in West Jefferson

The next Wordkeepers event will be held Saturday, June 18, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Ashe County Arts Council in West Jefferson (303 W. School Street). Wordkeepers is free and open to the public.

Wordkeepers features writers reading their latest works in five-minute open microphone time slots. Refreshments are provided.  Writers interested in reading from their work should email Chris Arvidson at chris@chrisarvidson.com to secure their first-come, first-served spot on the bill, and to receive guidelines for reading. Wordkeepers was created by local writers Chris Arvidson, Julie Townsend and Scot Pope, who have edited two anthology collections about the region.

Toe River Arts Council Collaborative Pottery Exhibit


On Saturday, June 25, the Toe River Arts Council will open “Collaborations” at their Burnsville TRAC Gallery. The exhibit, featuring the works of J.R. and Kristen Page will continue through August 6. For both of them, “…pottery is a way of life.” They met in the professional crafts program at Haywood College. She had graduated, J.R. was just starting, and both had just enrolled in a Raku Kiln Building course. Kristen admits, “It was love at first sight.” They married and Page Pottery became a reality soon after; “mud has been slung ever since.”

The exhibit will feature their collaborative work that pretty much covers everything they have produced for the last ten years. They live and work together in their farm/studio outside Burnsville where they create functional ceramic work in a myriad of colors, surfaces, and shapes. They agree that when they both work on a piece together, that piece “becomes something greater.”

“Our goal as potters is to make work that people can establish relationships with. Whether it’s waking up to a warm cup of coffee that feels good in their hands or pulling a homemade casserole from the oven and taking it right to the dinner table for family to share. Those are the moments that make our pieces memorable in their functionality.”

From June 25 through August 6 you can view their work, from small to “monster” mugs, soup to serving bowls, and everything in between at the Burnsville Gallery, located at 102 West Main Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30am to 5pm.

A free, open-to-the-public reception is planned for Friday evening, June 24 from 5 to 7pm at the Gallery. This summer, mark your calendars to come on over and see the colorful results from turning mud into stone.

TRAC is a non-profit organization founded in 1976 to promote the arts in Mitchell and Yancey Counties For more information about the Arts Council’s programs, please visit the website, www.toeriverarts.org or call 828.682.7215.