Sirens on the Mountain will be held on June 18 in Boone, N.C.

Sirens hit High Country

BOONE, N.C. — Sirens on the Mountain will be held on June 18, 12 p.m., at the High Country Fairgrounds, 748 Roby Greene Rd.

The festival features performers Ruthie Foster, Chastity Brown, Melissa Reaves, Laura Blackley, Diane Durret and Megan Palmer Duo.

The Sirens is a Sonic Yonic Productions event. It is held to support women in the arts, as well as celebrate the Summer Solstice with family and friends.

Tickets are $22.76-$30 and are available for purchase online.

info: sirensonthemountain.com.

Volunteer training available

HICKORY, N.C. — AIDS Leadership Foothills-Area Alliance (ALFA) has announced that it will hold a volunteer orientation on May 26, 6 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley, 833 5th St. S.E.

Participants will learn the basic facts of HIV/AIDS, transmission modes and how the stigma affects those living with the virus, as well as those most at risk for acquiring the disease.

Volunteer activities include office support, serving on committees, transportation of clients to medical appointments, teaching and testing guidelines and assisting in the fundraising events scheduled throughout the year for ALFA. Following training, internships are available for students of human services and other related degree programs.

“Through the education and action of our volunteers, we at ALFA look forward to the day when we will no longer be needed to provide services to the community,” Volunteer Coordinator Thom Hutchens shared.

While medications are available to manage the disease, the only way to create a generation without AIDS is to get the message of prevention to all members of local communities by empowering volunteers through education, he added.

Dinner will be provided.

Organizers shared that sessions fill up quickly. Interested parties should call 828-322-1447, extension 233, to secure a spot no later than 5 p.m. on May 24.

info: alfainfo.org.

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