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Maura Michelle Garcia Comes to Diana Wortham Theatre

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Art Museum is pleased to present a performance of The Little People by MIXED BLOOD WOMAN at Diana Wortham Theatre at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 10, 2009

MIXED BLOOD WOMAN is a contemporary dance theater company founded by Maura
Michelle Garcia. Garcia performs her original multi-media piece that explores the world of the ancient Cherokee fairies, the Yvwi Tsvsdi or “little people,” and the having, loosing and reclaiming of traditional Cherokee beliefs and a conscious Native identity.

“We’re thrilled to host Maura Michelle Garcia in conjunction with the Museum’s
exhibition of contemporary Cherokee carvers. Maura is a contemporary dancer and
choreographer of Cherokee descent and this is a wonderful opportunity to connect two
different art forms that both relate to the past and continue the dialogue of what it means to be Cherokee today,” says Nancy Sokolove, Asheville Art Museum Adult Programs Manager.

Garcia has recently been awarded a studio residency through the Charolotte Street
Foundation’s Urban Culture Project in Kansas City, MO. Tickets are available at the Diana Wortham Theatre Box Office, by calling 828.257.4530

City of Asheville Prepares for Leaf Collection

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville is preparing for leaf collection which will begin Nov. 9. The Sanitation Division collects bagged and loose leaves separately according to schedules based on trash collection days. Residents using either bagged leaf collection or loose leaf vacuuming collection should separate their leaves from trash and other waste, placing leaves at the curb away from the street and storm drains. Burning of leaves is not permitted by city ordinance.

Composting provides the easiest and most efficient means for leaf disposal. Residents can run a mulching mower over leaves to compost them directly into their lawn. They may also rake leaves into a pile, which will decompose into a rich soil additive for spring gardens.

Sanitation crews collect bagged or containerized leaves twice a month on a year-round basis. Residents should place unsealed bagged or containerized leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on the Monday of their scheduled collection week. Crews will remove the leaves by the end of the week. Residents’ bags or containers will be left for reuse after collection.

Fresh leaves can be delivered to your home or business at no cost. Call 251-1122 to schedule delivery. For more information on yard waste collection and collection schedules please call 251-1122 or visit the website at www.ashevillenc.gov/sanitation

Sparrow Spa Opens in Biltmore Park

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – With so many exciting things happening in Biltmore Park this season, we thought you might want to know about a way to make sure that you can maintain your energy during all of the great events in Town Square. Sparrow Spa, Asheville’s latest indulgence, is now open in the Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park, and there has never been a better place to treat yourself to a little TLC. Whether it’s chasing down the kids, working long hours, or simply feeling a little high strung, we all need an occasional break from our daily worries, and Sparrow Spa offers the perfect reprieve.

With a lot of luxury and a little of Asheville’s unique charm, the spa provides an experience that is noted for both the ambiance and the service. One of the first independent spas to open in a Hilton Hotel, Sparrow Spa allows guests to enjoy an entirely local experience while at the same time receiving world-class treatments. The décor features several Asheville artists, and guests can sip on tea while they admire the elegant environment. The spa exclusively uses an organic Èminence product line so that you can feel restored and rejuvenated.

And if that wasn’t excuse enough for some pampering, Sparrow Spa is offering local clients 20% off of their first spa treatment through October.

Grove Park Inn & Spa Teams Up with BMW for Ultimate Test Drive

Monday, October 19th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa invites guests to take the ultimate road trip! For a limited time this fall, participants can take their turn behind the wheel of the Ultimate Driving Machine, while staying at the ultimate mountain retreat. The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa has teamed up with BMW to offer a BMW Blue Ridge Driving Package. As part of the deal, guests will spend an afternoon cruising the Blue Ridge Parkway in a brand new BMW with a full tank of gas – the ultimate test drive.

Guests will receive a $50 Grove Park Inn gift card, breakfast daily and a choice of select BMW models for an extended test drive. Gift cards may be used to prepare a gourmet lunch basket to go at Tastings of Grove Park or add on a luxurious treatment at Grove Park’s world-class spa to experience the ultimate in relaxation.

This year’s selection of cars includes the Z4 Roadster, the 128i Convertible, the 335Ci Convertible, the 750Li, X5d (diesel), the X6 and the MINI Cooper S. Selection of test drive vehicles are subject to change without notice.

The BMW Blue Ridge Driving Package includes:

Two nights of accommodations, breakfast daily, a $50 Grove Park Inn gift card and one three hour BMW test drive.

UNC Asheville to Hold Third Annual Math Literacy Summit

Monday, October 19th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Math skills have the power to change young lives, so argues noted mathematician and University of Arizona professor William Velez. He will tell his own story in a keynote address at UNC Asheville’s Third Annual Math Literacy Summit. The summit, aimed at K-12 teachers, parents and students, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union. The day’s activities will include the talk by Velez as well as a number of workshops. Refreshments and free childcare will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.

The summit will begin with the keynote address by Velez, entitled “Mathematics Changed My Life,” at 10 a.m. In the talk, he will describe his struggle with college mathematics as a student, and his decision to persevere and overcome those challenges. Velez works to promote mathematics and increase the number of mathematics majors among Hispanics and Native Americans. He is one of the founding members of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, and has served as its president.

“If our society is to survive and prosper, we have to produce a mathematically literate society,” Velez said. “I have decided to dedicate the final years of my academic life to convince our students that mathematics is relevant, that it is fascinating, and that students arriving on campus should increase the mathematical content of their course work. It is important that parents, K-12 teachers and university mathematicians understand how critical mathematics is for our students and for our communities.”,/p>

Eight workshops will follow Velez’s talk. The workshops will address credit fundamentals, credit reports and scores, health connections to math and statistics, mart and art, and technology. A special session for parents will also be offered on helping students with math homework. Two workshops on credit will be offered in both English and Spanish.

The event is sponsored by the UNC Asheville Mathematics Department’s Asheville Initiative for Math (AIM) with support from RBC Bank and the AT&T Foundation. AIM’s mission is to promote excellence in math education and universal math literacy in the Asheville region.

Asheville Regional Airport Announces United Airlines Service to Chicago

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

FLETCHER, NC, – The Asheville Regional Airport Authority is pleased to announce that United Airlines is beginning daily non-stop service to Chicago, IL. Flights from Asheville Regional (AVL) to O’Hare International Airport (ORD) start December 17, 2009, on 50-seat CRJ200 regional jet aircraft operated by SkyWest Airlines.

“This new non-stop flight to the ‘ Windy City’ is great news for Western North Carolina,” said Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E., Airport Director. “Asheville Regional Airport is proud to provide a link to business and industry in the Midwest as well as welcome tourism from the third largest city in the U.S. via this new service.”

Travelers can book flights now at www.united.com and www.flyavl.com. Asheville Regional Airport is also served by AirTran, Continental, Delta, and US Airways.

City Hosts Business Forum on ARRA Opportunities

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville is partnering with regional business support agencies to host a forum on the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) on businesses Thursday, October 15, at the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College’s Enka campus.

Representatives from various agencies involved in business development will be on hand to provide information on services available to business owners. Participating agencies include: the City of Asheville, Buncombe County, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the A-B Tech Center for Business & Technology Incubation, the Small Business and Technology Development Center, Asheville SCORE, Mountain BizWorks, and the Procurement Technical Assistance Counselor Office, among others.

In addition to providing information throughout most of the day, service providers will take part in two panel discussions. The first panel discussion, “An Overview of the Recovery Act and Accessing Contracting Opportunities,” will take place from 10-11 a.m. followed by “Current Loan Opportunities,” at 1:30-2:30 p.m.

“The city is hosting this event to make sure local businesses understand how to participate in government contracting and can take advantage of any opportunities that become available under the economic stimulus program,” said Brenda Mills, the city’s ARRA project manager. “We also want to make information about other business support services widely available, even those that exist outside of ARRA.”

The event will take place at the A-B Tech Enka campus’s Haynes Conference Center with opening remarks delivered at 9:45 a.m. The forum will close at 3:30 p.m. Attendance is free of charge and open to the public.

For more information, contact Brenda Mills at (828) 259-8050 or [email protected]

Four Additional Early Voting Sites to Open in Asheville

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Additional early voting sites in north, south, east and west Asheville will open October 24 – 31. Sites will be open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. On October 31 only, the sites will be open 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The additional sites will supplement the current downtown Asheville site at 189 College St.

City Council voted to fund the additional sites at its September 8 meeting in order to add more opportunities for the community to participate in the election. The new locations are:

• North Asheville Branch Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, 28804

• South Buncombe Branch Library, 260 Overlook Rd., Asheville, 28803

• City of Asheville – Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Recreation Office in east Asheville, 72 Gashes Creek Rd., Asheville, 28805

• West Asheville Branch Library, 942 Haywood Rd., Asheville, 28806

All registered voters are eligible to vote during this time. Same day registration will be available at all early voting sites for residents who are not registered. Same day registration allows residents to register and vote on the same day.

For election information, call Buncombe County Election Services at 250-4200 or visit http://www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/election/.

Picnics "Pie Lady" Leaves a Legacy

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Minnie Ann Smith, Asheville’s beloved Pie Lady at Picnics Restaurant and Bake Shop, passed away Friday, October 9, 2009. She is survived by son Ron Smith, daughter Carole von Berger, grandchildren Ingrid Hummel and Erich von Berger, and newborn great-granddaughter Adyson Lynn Hummel.

Vibrant and amazingly hard-working at age 89, Minnie lived her dream until her last days. She was a diamond in the Asheville community and the world, and cherished sharing her delicious hand-rolled pies, her passion for living, and her love with everyone she met. She made over 50 thousand pies for her extended family of customers and friends over the 14 years of running Picnics alongside her son Ron since 1995. She always reminded us all that ‘It’s fruit pie, Dolly, it’s good for you!’

Minnie’s talents were showcased in numerous articles and venues such as Our State magazine as well as television shows like Rachel Ray

Minnie will be laid to rest with her family in Gary, Indiana on Thursday, October 15.,/p>

The Picnics crew continues to celebrate Minnie’s life and vision as manifested by the restaurant, and invites you to a special Celebration of Life to honor Minnie Smith on Friday, October 23, from 6 to 8 pm at Picnics Restaurant, 371 Merrimon Avenue. Please come to this Open House to tell stories, to laugh and share our love for Minnie, and to have a toast and a slice of pie!

Minnie will be laid to rest on Thursday, October 15 in Gary, IN in a family service in celebration of her life. Calumet Park Funeral Home in Merrillville, IN will oversee the arrangements.

Grove Park Adds New Event to National Gingerbread Competition

Monday, October 12th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Celebrate the National Gingerbread House Competition at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa with a new “Stories of Gingerbread” tour for 2009. Each year, gingerbread artists from around the country compete in the annual competition. Now for the first time, guests will be taken behind the scenes of the popular holiday event to learn how the intricate homes are constructed, what materials were used in the designs, and other special tidbits that make the National Gingerbread House Competition a treat for people of all ages.

Guests who sign up for the “Stories of Gingerbread” tour will receive a special, commemorative lapel pin that is sure to become a collector’s item. “Stories of Gingerbread” tours will be held at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The cost for the special tour is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. With these fanciful entries on display throughout the resort, guests will enjoy sugar and spice and everything nice! The “Stories of Gingerbread” tours begin November 23, 2009. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 828-252-2711, ext. 409