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NC Dance Festival celebrates 25th anniversary with local performance Oct. 23-24 2015 tour dedicated to late founder Jan Van Dyke

BOONE – Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will host the North Carolina Dance Festival (NCDF) as it returns to Boone on its 2015 statewide tour. NCDF will be presented in the Valborg Theatre for two performances at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 and 24.

Halloween monster concert held Oct. 31

BOONE—What’s the source of your favorite fright? If you are a music lover, plan to attend the annual Halloween monster concert Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. at Appalachian State University. The concert in Hayes School of Music’s Rosen Concert Hall is free and open to the public and is presented by the school’s organ studio.

UCF sociologists lecture on racial attitudes in the U.S. and motherhood in the media

BOONE—Two sociologists from the University of Central Florida will present lectures Oct. 20 and 21 at Appalachian State University on topics that have been in the news in recent months – racial attitudes and motherhood in the media.

Hayes School of Music presents ‘An Afternoon of Bassoon with Friends’

BOONE—What better way to spend an afternoon with friends and music than with Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music?”

An Oct. 25 recital in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall features bassoonist Jon Beebe with flutist Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham, oboist Alicia Chapman, violinist Nancy Bargerstock, violist Eric Koontz, cellist Kenneth Lurie and pianist Junie Cho.

Appalachian’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program will hold an open house Nov. 2

BOONE—The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Appalachian State University will hold an open house Nov. 2 from 3:30-5 p.m. room 124A of the College of Education building.

Historian Alon Confino lectures Oct. 21 at Appalachian

BOONE—Professor Alon Confino of Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, and the University of Virginia will present the talk “A World Without Jews: The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide” Oct. 21 at Appalachian State University. His program will begin at 7 p.m. in Belk Library and Information Commons room 114. The lecture is free of charge.

Author and environmental activist Denise Giardina speaks Oct. 20 at Appalachian

BOONE—Novelist and environmental activist Denise Giardina will read from her work Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Parkway Ballroom at Appalachian State University.

She will give a morning craft talk in Table Rock Room from 9:30-11 a.m. Giardina’s appearance is part of the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series and also is co-sponsored by the Appalachian Studies Program.

David Levy explores the digital environment and mindfulness Oct. 21

BOONE—David Levy will explore the connection between today’s digital environment and mindfulness during an Oct. 21 talk at Appalachian State University. His presentation, titled “Mindful Tech: Finding Balance in an Age of Overload and Distraction,” will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Parkway Ballroom. Levy’s talk is part of Belk Library and Information Commons’ Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Lecture Series.

13th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition opens for submissions

BOONE—The 13th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition (AMPC) is open for registration and submissions. Amateur and professional photographers 13 years of age and older are encouraged to submit at prior to the competition’s close at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20.