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Chimney Rock Offers Survival Skills Workshops

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will host a three-part workshop series on survival skills this spring to better equip people for outdoor adventuresand short-term survival in the wilderness. The workshops will focus on Basic Wilderness First Aid on March 10, Wild Edibles on April 28 and Shelter Building on June 9. The Asheville Mushroom Club will share its expertise on mushrooms at the Wild Edibles workshop. Each workshop costs $27/adult, $15/Annual Passholder, $20/youth (ages 6-15) and $12/Grady’s Kids Club Members and includes Park admission for the day. Registration is required; register online at chimneyrockpark.com/events or call (828) 625-9611.

“A simple outing can turn ugly if you’re not prepared to handle potential dangers in the wilderness. Knowing some basic survival skills and carrying the proper gear can keep you out of trouble and even save lives,” said naturalist and instructor Clint Calhoun.

Survival in the Wilderness.  Whether you’re new to the outdoors or experienced, don’t take your chances in the wilderness without first equipping yourself with a few critical survival skills. Chimney Rock’s workshops answer questions such as: If you got lost in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, which plants are edible and which are poisonous? How can you build a shelter and fire with minimal resources? How do you safely collect and purify water? And how would you treat blisters or heat exhaustion? Taught by local experts, these courses could help save your life or someone else’s. See below for more information on each workshop.

Part 1: Basic Wilderness First Aid
Saturday, March 10; 9am-noon

Don’t get caught in the wild without knowing basic first aid skills. In part 1 of our Survival Skills Workshop series, learn how to avoid and treat exposure to hypothermia, heat exhaustion, poison ivy, burns, blisters and more. Understand the basics of splinting a sprained ankle and treating snake bites, bee stings and chiggers. We’ll also share the most important tools to carry in a first aid kit for wilderness adventures. Don’t let minor incidents stop you in your tracks—keep moving in the great outdoors with these essential first aid skills taught by local naturalist Clint Calhoun.

Part 2: Wild Edibles

Saturday, April 28; 9am-noon

Food and water are essential to wilderness survival. Abundant, nutritious edible plants grow in Western North Carolina each season, from berries and flowers to nuts and mushrooms. Be prepared to hike off the beaten path for about two hours identifying and learning about wild edibles. Then Sheila Dunn, a longtime member of the Asheville Mushroom Club and a Buncombe County Master Gardener, will whet your appetite with a presentation on favorite edible fungi, such as chanterelles, morels and chicken of the woods. Listen closely when she discusses the few poisonous mushrooms that lurk in our hills!

Part 3: Shelter-Building

Saturday, June 9; 9am-noon

There’s nothing worse than being stuck in the woods without one of the most important means of survival: shelter. We’ll look in-depth at various types of primitive shelters and how to construct them out of materials readily available when you’re caught outside with no place to go. Includes practical, hands-on construction of shelters.  We’ll also touch on building a fire as time allows. Led by local naturalist Clint Calhoun.

Registration. Save money by booking all three classes for $65 for non-passholders or $35 for Annual Passholders; prices include Park admission for workshop days. Get more information on the three-part wilderness survival skills series and register online at chimneyrockpark.com/events or call (828) 625-9611.

About Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is a developing international outdoor destination located 25 miles southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. It is recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic sites and popular travel destinations. The Park’s 535-million-year-old monolith called Chimney Rock offers guests 75-mile panoramic views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. Hickory Nut Gorge, one of the state’s most significant centers of biodiversity, is home to 36 rare plant species and 14 rare animal species, and the second highest waterfall of its kind in the eastern United States. A destination for travel groups, weddings and special events, the Park also hosts innovative educational programs for schools, homeschoolers, scouts and summer camps. Visit Chimney Rock’s website at chimneyrockpark.com. More information on current Capital Improvement projects at chimneyrockpark.com/progress or by calling 800-277-9611.

About Asheville Mushroom Club

The Asheville Mushroom Club is diverse group of mushroom enthusiasts who enjoy learning about, collecting, cultivating and eating edible fungi gathered in forests in the Asheville area. At regular meetings, we expand our knowledge through presentations by experts—many of them club members—about different aspects of fungi identification, folklore, cultivation and culinary preparation. The club also arranges many forays, or field trips, around Western North Carolina, from day trips to camping adventures. Experienced members enjoy sharing their knowledge and introducing people to the fascinating world of mushrooms, with an emphasis on having fun. Learn more at www.ashevillemushroomclub.com.

Photography Workshops to be Offered at WCU

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing Education will be offering workshops on digital camera basics and processing digital images in the coming weeks.

The first workshop, “Mastering Your Digital Camera,” is designed for the novice digital photographer and will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, in Room 143 of the Cordelia Camp Building.

Instructor Gordon Pike will show participants how to take the best photographs possible by covering topics such as composition basics, memory cards, camera settings, exposure, resolution, compression, file formats, and color adjustments and white balance.

The workshop cost is $59, with lunch included.

The second workshop, “Digital Workflow with Adobe Lightroom,” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb. 4.

Designed for beginner and intermediate photographers, the workshop will provide information on topics such as setting up folders on a hard drive, importing and cataloging images, and sharpening and printing images. Instructor Les Saucier is a professional nature photographer who has taught across the nation for more than 30 years.

The workshop will be held in Room 137 of Camp Building and the cost is $229.

For more information on either workshop, call the Office of Continuing Education at 828-227-7397. To register for a workshop, go to http://learn.wcu.edu.

Asheville City Offers Arts Council Grant Projects Workshops

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville Cultural Arts Division has organized three grant workshops for the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program subgrant.

All workshops are free and open to organizations and individuals interested in applying for the grant. The workshop dates, times and locations are as follows:

Wednesday, Sept. 21
12:30 – 2 p.m.
Black Mountain Center for the Arts
225 West State St., Black Mountain, NC 28711

Thursday, Sept. 22
12:30 – 2 p.m.
Weaverville Public Library
41 N. Main St., Weaverville, NC 28787

Friday, Sept. 23
12:30 – 2 p.m.
Recreation Park Offices
72 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC  28805

Applications for North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program subgrants are due to the City of Asheville Cultural Arts Division by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30.

Applications may be mailed or hand-delivered but must be received by the deadline.  Faxed and emailed applications will not be accepted.

Application forms and guidelines are available on the City of Asheville website at www.ashevillenc.gov/parks or may be picked up at the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts office at City Hall, 4th floor (70 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC 28801), Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The Cultural Arts Division will also mail applications and guidelines upon request.

Since 1977, the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality arts experiences. Using a per capita based formula, the program provides funding for the arts in all 100 counties of the state through partnerships with local arts councils. The City of Asheville serves as the North Carolina Arts Council’s partner in awarding subgrants to local organizations for arts programs in Buncombe County.

For questions or more information, contact Diane Ruggiero at 828-259-5815 or email [email protected].

UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program Announces Fall Workshops

Friday, August 12th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Some of the area’s best authors and instructors are featured in the new fall lineup of workshops from UNC Asheville‘s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP). Courses will help hone the skills of writers of poetry and prose, including memoir, novels, and creative nonfiction. Some classes are open to interested writers of all levels; some are restricted to more advanced writers. In all cases, class size is limited and early registration is suggested.

For writers of all levels:

Laura Hope-GillLaura Hope-GillLaura Hope-Gill, the first poet laureate of the Blue Ridge Parkway and director of Asheville WordFest, will teach “Up our Game: The Wild and Technical Aspects of Making Poems,” for beginning and advanced poets. Each class will look at a different technical aspect of poetry and explore how the technique supports the poet’s engagement with imagination and expression. This 1o-week class meets from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 13, at Grateful Steps, 159. S. Lexington Ave., Asheville.

“We Are What We Eat: Let’s Write About Food!” is a workshop led by novelist and creative nonfiction author Marjorie Klein that will use food as a touchstone for fictional narratives and memoir. Klein’s first novel, “Test Pattern,” was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection. This 10-week workshop meets from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 14, at Randolph Learning Center, 90 Montford Ave., Asheville.

Brian Lee KnoppBrian Lee KnoppBrian Lee Knopp, author of the memoir “Mayhem in Mayberry: Misadventures of a P.I. in Southern Appalachia,” (2010 Malaprop’s bestseller) teaches “The Devil You Know: The Art, Skill and Thrill of Writing Your Memoir.” The course involves in-class “lifestorming” sessions and writing, at-home writing and reading assignments, and a chance for “a daring rescue of the truth trapped inside your life’s labyrinth.” This 10-week class meets from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 14, at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville.

Katherine SoniatKatherine Soniat“Advanced Poetry and Flash Fiction: Glimpsing Yourself through Archetypal Imagery” will be led by Katherine Soniat, whose fifth collection of poems, “The Swing Girl,” is forthcoming from Louisiana State University Press. Using photographs and Jung’s “The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetype,” the workshop will help participants “re-vision” their writing and unlock latent parts of their creativity. This 10-week course meets 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 14, at Randolph Learning Center, 90 Montford Ave., Asheville.

For intermediate and advanced writers only:

Vickie LaneVickie LaneVicki Lane, author of the 2010 novel, “The Day of Small Things,” and the Elizabeth Goodweather mystery series (Bantam Dell), will lead “The First Forty: A Fiction Workshop for Intermediate or Advanced Writers.” This course is for writers with a novel in progress or in need of final polishing who want their first 40 pages to catch the attention of agents, editors and publishers. This 10-week class meets 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 14, at Randolph Learning Center, 90 Montford Ave., Asheville.

15-week courses for advanced, experienced writers only:

Tommy Hays, photo by Michael MauneyTommy Hays, photo by Michael MauneyNovelist Tommy Hays, executive director of the GSWP and lecturer in the Master of Liberal Arts Program at UNC Asheville, will lead “Keeping Ourselves Company: An Advanced Creative Prose Workshop.” This course, with an emphasis on reading and critiquing each other’s work, is for advanced prose writers embarking on new works or with projects in progress. Hays, the author of “The Pleasure Was Mine,” “Sam’s Crossing,” and “In the Family Way,” will respond at length to participants’ submissions. This course meets from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 1, at Asheville School.

Elizabeth LutyensElizabeth LutyensThe “Prose Master Class,” taught by Elizabeth Lutyens, is a next step for experienced writers with an ongoing project – essays, stories, a novel or memoir – looking for an intensive writing and critiquing experience. This workshop is for those who are committed to writing well and writing a lot, who are ready to commit to giving the best possible attention to others’ works. Lutyens is editor of “The Great Smokies Review,” a graduate of the MFA in Writing Program at Warren Wilson College, and is completing a novel set in the 1860s. The “Prose Master Class” will be limited to eight participants; admission is by invitation from Tommy Hays. This course meets from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Aug. 30, at Asheville School.

The ten-week courses qualify for two UNC Asheville credit hours in literature and language. Tuition and fees for in-state residents is $235.84; the cost for out-of-state residents is $1156.92. Successful completion of the 15-week courses earns three credit hours; in-state cost is $353.76 and out-of-state cost is $1735.38. A $20 non-refundable application fee for new students will also be charged.

For more information or to register, visit unca.edu/gswp or call 828/251-6099.