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April 11

TAC TALK: Join author Georgann Eubanks at Blowing Rock Art and History Museum from 6 to 7 p.m. on April 11 as she discusses her book “The Month of Their Ripening: North Carolina Heritage Foods Throughout the Year.” This event is free for BRAHM members and $5 for nonmembers.

CHORUS: Musicians from sixth to 12th grade will share a variety of vocal music in an evening performance at Watauga High School’s auditorium at 6 p.m. Join Watauga County Schools All-County Chorus as our singers share their learning, hard work and beautiful music with you!

April 11–14

REUNION WEEKEND: Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Valborg Theatre by hosting its first-ever reunion weekend for department alumni, including an opportunity for career insights for current students, dinner and an open mic night, a picnic at Valle Crucis Park and a gala reception and performance on April 13 of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the first show ever performed in Valborg Theatre. For more information or to register for the weekend, visit www.theatreanddance.appstate.edu/alumni.

April 12

SCIENCE FESTIVAL STAR PARTY: Meet at Sunset Overlook (first overlook) at Mt. Jefferson State Natural Area at 8 p.m. for a relaxing evening of night sky science and stories on Friday, April 12. The program will include hands-on activities, glow sticks and an introduction to basic astronomy. Satellite viewing and a review of space science achievements will be a part of our starry evening.

CAREGIVER SPRING RENEWAL: The The High Country Area Agency on Aging would like to invite caregivers to join them, the Western Piedmont Area Agency on Aging and Appalachian State for a relaxing music therapy intervention followed by Tai Chi on April 12, from 1-3 p.m. at Blue Ridge Energy’s headquarters at 1216 Blowing Rock Road, Lenoir. This event is free. To register, contact Mary Mitchell at mary.mitchel@wpcog.org or call (828) 485-4256.

April 13

{p class=”p1”}NO MAN’S LAND FILM FESTIVAL: No Man’s Land Film Festival, a film festival highlighting women in the outdoors hosted by environmental advocacy nonprofit MountainTrue, will make its Boone premiere at Center 45 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. on April 13. Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. with a “beer garden-style event” in the Center 45 parking lot featuring The Cardinal food truck, beer from Appalachian Mountain Brewery and activities and table displays from local organizations. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a panel of local women athletes and outdoor enthusiasts at 6 p.m. Films will be shown starting at 7:15 p.m. The film festival is open to the public, and a general admission ticket is $10. Children 10 and younger are admitted free. Purchase tickets for the film festival at secure.everyaction.com/S8UcaCORi0Car3mS-2JwsA2.

GEOLOGY HIKE: Metamorphic formations and intrusive quartz are just the beginning of the geology hike trail at Mt. Jefferson State Natural Area. Meet at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, at the picnic area. We will also look for the connections that exist among the soil, rocks and plants. Join us on this Appalachian Mountain hike. Wear appropriate shoes or boots.

TEAM HOPE WALK/5K: The Boone Team Hope Walk and Tom Moore 5K is a fundraising event that will consists of the community walking together to support Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s fight to improve the lives of people affected with HD as well as their families. The run will be held at the Greenway Trail on Saturday, April 13. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. Register online at hdsa.org/thwboone. The race is in honor of Tom Moore, a member of the HD community in the area. All donations go toward HDSA. For more information or to donate, contact Sherri Wilson at (828) 262-6314 and wilsonsl@appstate.edu, or visit 5k.appstate.edu.

RECEPTION AND PERFORMANCE: To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Valborg Theatre, Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will host a gala reception and performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as part of its first-ever alumni reunion weekend. The department invites all of its alumni and friends to join in the celebration. Tickets are $75 for non-alumni and available through the Schaefer Center box office at (800) 841-2787 or locally at (828) 262-4046. Tickets ordered by telephone can be mailed or picked up at the gala.

EGGStravaganza: Join Watauga County Public Library on Saturday, April 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. for an Easter egg hunt beginning at 2 p.m., crafts, face painting, Twist the Balloon Man, snacks, a scavenger hunt through downtown and more. For more information, contact Lane Weiss at (828) 268-6283 or at lane.weiss@townofboone.net.

WALK FOR ADDICTION: The Walk for Addiction: Recovery Awareness event — to benefit Kari’s Home for Women — is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. on April 13 at the Greenway entrance at Clawson-Burnley Park to honor loved ones lost to addiction and to provide recovery information to anyone dealing with addiction. Participants will register the day of the event starting at 12:30 p.m. Educational information and handouts, live music and door prizes will be available for attendees. The registration fee of $25 includes an event shirt adorned with a butterfly and the event sponsor.

April 14

BOONE BIRDING FESTIVAL: The High Country Audubon Society and Appalachian State University are excited to bring the Boone Birding Festival at the Valle Crucis Community Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 14. This is a free, family-friendly event for those interested in learning about and exploring nature. There will be live birds of prey from the May Wildlife Refuge, guided bird walks, amphibian demonstrations, and we will be working with App State researchers to catch and band songbirds. This is a great hands-on, immersive learning experience for anyone interested in the flora and fauna of Boone and the surrounding areas.

GET TO KNOW NAKED CREEK: The Naked Creek Restoration Site is healing one small part of the earth. Visit Mt. Jefferson State Natural Park at 2 p.m. on April 14 and learn more about this project and how we are protecting the watershed. Meet at the first overlook. If conditions are favorable, then we may offer an opportunity to caravan down to the site’s unpaved location.

April 15

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY WEEKEND: Online registration begins Monday, April 15 at 9 a.m. for Grandfather Mountain’s annual Nature Photography Weekend, May 31 to June 2. This three-day workshop features presentations from renowned photographers, one of a kind shooting opportunities and a friendly, competitive and optional photo contest. Featured presenters include Tamron Image Master Mike Moats, Nikon Legend Behind the Lens Tony Sweet, Tamron Pro ambassador Lisa Langell, MindShift Gear & Think Tank photographer Vinny Colucci and commercial photographer J. Scott Graham. Online registration will open at www.grandfather.com. For more information, visit www.grandfather.com/events/nature-photography-weekend/ or email frank@grandfather.com.

April 16

COFFEE WITH THE CURATOR: Take a walk through the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum with the curator from 11 a.m. to noon on April 16 to get a behind-the-scenes look into “Farm, Forage, Feast: High Country Foodways.” The event is free for BRAHM members and $5 for nonmembers.

VAYA HEALTH TRAINING: The Lois E. Harrill Senior Center, 131 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone, will hold two trainings on April 16. A training on “Schizophrenia: Psychosis: Can this be Real?” will run from 10 to 11 a.m., and “The Many Faces of Antipsychotic Medications” will run from 11 a.m. to noon. Contact Mandy Matney at mandy.matney@vayahealth.com to register.

REPUBLICAN WOMEN: The Watauga County Republican Women’s Club will have its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 24, at The Sagebrush Steakhouse in Boone. The meeting will begin at noon. All interested in furthering the Republican cause in the High Country are welcome to attend and are invited to join. Call (828) 832-6864 for more information. The WCRWC meets the last Wednesday of each month through October. See us on Facebook and learn more.

INTERVENTION TRAINING: As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, OASIS is hosting an active bystander intervention training for community members. This training will be on April 16 at the Watauga County Public Library from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP at goo.gl/forms/WNCo4qA2GxuNCVHs2. Contact Sara Crouch at outreach@oasisinc.org for more information.

April 17

POET RICHARD BLANCO: Poet Richard Blanco kicks off the inaugural Watauga Lyceum Series with a reading of his work at 7:30 p.m. on April 17, in the Blue Ridge Ballroom in the Plemmons Student Union on ASU’s campus. Blanco was selected by President Obama as the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history.

JAZZ BAND: CCC&TI’s Hudson Campus will host the Firecracker Jazz Band at 1 p.m. in the CCC&TI recital hall. Since 2003, Firecracker Jazz Band has played everywhere from street corners, speakeasies, jazz festivals from coast to coast, dance halls, Bonnaroo and the Kennedy Center. Based in Asheville, these six musicians revitalize traditional jazz with unbounded energy and pay homage to the pioneers of early 20th century jazz, including that of Dixieland and New Orleans. This event is free and open to all students and the general public. For more information, contact program director Justin Butler at (828) 726-2457, or email jbutler@cccti.edu.

ARTTALK: In addition to its varied exhibition program, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University also hosts ARTtalks, which are free and open to the public. Join interdisciplinary artist Elizabeth Alexander and sound designer Todd Bowser on Wednesday, April 17 at 6 p.m. for a performance of their site-specific exhibition “The Great Enemy of Truth,” as well as a discussion on collaborative process and answering questions from the audience. For more information, visit tcva.org.

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