The Ninth Annual Diversity Celebration
at Appalachian State University
March 23, 2010
Want to feel like a citizen of the world? Plan NOW to come to the Ninth Annual Diversity Celebration Appalachian State University in Boone, NC! On March 23, between 3-9 pm, Plemmons Student Union will reverberate with the rhythms of African drums, Native American tribal dance, belly dance and salsa. Children of all ages will enjoy the crafts and game of other cultures, from India to Appalachia. Folk artists will weave and spin and make toys and churn butter. Musicians, storytellers, and dancers will fill every room with dynamic performances that will bring you to your feet. And professional chefs will present an array of delicious foods from across the globe.
The Diversity Celebration is a family friendly event.
Everything is free.
Everyone is invited.
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This Sunday, the youth at First Presbyterian Church in Boone will lead a special worship service involving area youth groups from various denominations. The program is called "Rock in Him" and will involve area churches hosting a worship service (each month) allowing the youth to be in complete leadership of the service. FPC Boone's youth will kick off the first service this Sun. Jan. 24 at 6pm. Feb 28 will be at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blowing Rock, March service will be at Deerfield United Methodist Church/Faithbridge UMC, April will be at First Bapt Blowing Rock, and May will be at Perkinsville Bapt Church. The purpose of this special program is to provide an opportunity for the youth to grow in leadership, develop community among area churches and youth, and to give the youth a place to "worship in their own way". The service will last about an hour followed by refreshments in the fellowship hall. Any church who might be interested in hosting a service can contact Lisa Courtney, Youth Director at First Presbyterian Church, Boone at (828)406-0615. All youth in the area and youth groups are invited to come be a part of this kick off event.
I am moved to send this note to you, and I hope that you will receive it kindly. I've become aware that there are many people in our community who cannot pay their power bills and are in danger of having their service ended and I want to ask you to join me an effort to make sure that doesn't happen.
I sit in the warmth of my house with my gas logs burning even when the power goes out, and I think of people who don't have any such comforts - but I can only think about them obliquely because to consider that there are little children very near who are without heat in this unforgiving cold just hurts too much. But I can't stop thinking about them and today I knew I had to do something or go mad. I asked God please to tell me what it might be that would have an immediate impact on someone's great need.
The idea came to call the power company and ask if there was any way to make a direct donation to the account of someone who was in danger of losing their heat. So I did. And just a few moments ago, Susan Jones, an Area Coordinator with Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation, returned my call and said that yes, there is, and that it can be done very simply. She told me of one case (out of so many that she has been struggling with today) where my donation would make the difference to a woman with young children who is in danger of losing her power because her account is in terrible shape. I gave Susan my word I would put a check in the mail tonight, and gained her assurance that it would be sufficient.
It's hard to ask people to give more than I know you already are, but I can't help but ask - would you consider joining me? Our collective donations however small or large could create a tangible blanket around so many people who are suffering terribly in this brutal cold, with no good news in sight where the temperature is concerned, and you just wonder how long they can make it.
If you would like to send a donation, make our check out to BREMCO and send it to the attention of Susan Jones, BREMCO, 2491 U.S. Highway 421 S. Boone, NC, 28607. Just include a note that you would like to help pay the bill of someone in danger of losing their heat. If you would like to talk with Susan for more information, her number is 264-8894.
From my fortunate heart I thank you for considering this situation.
This happened on Christmas morning at 9:30am...our power and water had
already gone out...I was sitting in the recliner when the 20ft limb
came through the roof and nearly impaled me. Four inches to the left
and I wouldn't be here.
PC Medics on the 105 Ext is open, and offering free
in store pc use to anyone who needs to use one due to power outages in
the area. They can come in and check email browse the web or contact family
A number of churches across the High Country will welcome Christmas with Christmas Eve services at various times today and tonight. Pictured is Mountainside Lutheran in Avery County at Camp Linhaven. Music starts at the church on Highway 181 in Linville at 6, the service at 6:30pm.
Due to predictions of icy weather late tonight, some churches have changed schedules, so check the "Closings and Cancellations" tab on the front of GoBlueRidge.net for the latest. If we don't have your church listed, email
and we'll post them in this article. Click on "More" for the listings.