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Asheville Tourists Host Youth Clinic – May 1

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Tourists will host one of two free youth clinics on Saturday May 1st from 10-12. No registration is needed for either youth clinic and the second one will be held on Saturday May 22nd from 10-12.

Kid’s of all ages are welcome out to take part in the youth clinic. They will receive instruction from the The Tourists coaching staff and players. All participants will receive a free general admission ticket to that nights game.

Following the clinic on Saturday May 22nd will be the annual Meet the Tourists Luncheon from 12-2 catered by Texas Roadhouse. Tickets will be available in the Asheville Tourists Merchandise store. Tickets are $5 which includes just the lunch or for $10 you get a ticket for the lunch and two general admission flex tickets that can be used for a game in the 2010 season. (Excludes Firework Nights and Feed Your Face Fridays)

Community Gears Up Recycling Program

Monday, April 19th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Spongebob Squarepants and a planet made of recyclables are some of the creative ways Asheville children are getting the message across to keep recyclables out of trashcans and landfills. Over the past few weeks, children participating in after school programs at two Asheville recreation centers drew posters to promote new recycling plans they are helping develop for the centers.

The timing couldn’t be better, as April 11-17 is National Environmental Education Week, says Rachel Doebber from the City of Asheville’s Office of Sustainability. Over the past weeks, Doebber and the center’s directors have been coaching the children through the development process using games and interactive education. April 14 marked the launch of the new program at the West Asheville center, followed by Murphy-Oakly on April 15. Burton Street Recreational center launched its recycling program in February.

“This is something to get them to think about recycling and why it is important both for the environment and the economy,” Doebber says. “The children take more ownership of their program and are more proud of it.”

Asheville’s community centers generate about three tons of recyclables each month.

The city’s goal is to update the recycling programs for all city recreation centers by the end of the year, switching them to single-stream systems. Single-stream recycling means all recyclables are placed in the same bin rather than sorted, making it as easy to recycle something as it is to throw it away, and it is the standard for city of Asheville facilities.

Recycling and other green initiatives are a top priority for the City of Asheville, which contracts with Curbside Management for pickup of both municipal and residential recyclables. Last year, the city’s municipal recycling effort kept 34 tons of waste out of the Buncombe County landfill, a 10 percent increase from 2008 and a 35 percent increase from 2007, the year Asheville City Council passed a resolution committing to reduce the city’s municipal carbon footprint by 80 percent by the year 2050.

For more about National Environmental Education week, visit www.eeweek.org. For more information about the City of Asheville Office of Sustainability, please call 271-6141, email [email protected], or visit http://www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/administration/default.aspx?id=11040&ekmensel=18_submenu_0_link_6.

The YMCA Healthy Kids Day Comes to Carrier Park

Friday, April 16th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Put play in your day! Join us for a fun, relaxing and active celebration -the YMCA Healthy Kids Day – on Saturday, April 17 at Carrier Park in Asheville from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event is free for everyone.

The YMCA Healthy Kids Day is the nation’s largest health day dedicated to children and families. The event offers families a chance to play together and learn more about ways they can become physically active in their community.

Join us for activities, games, food, music and a nature walk put on by Kids in Parks. Bring your bicycle so you can participate in the Bicycle Rodeo

More About the Bicycle Rodeo:

,p>The Healthy Buncombe Bicycle Rodeo helps children of all ages and skill levels learn the rules of the road in a safe environment. In addition to teaching basic safety and traffic skills, bicycle professionals from area bike shops will check your child’s bike and helmet for fit and safety.

If your child does not have a bike or helmet they can still participate. Bikes and helmets will be available in a variety of sizes.

Children need to be accompanied by an adult in order to participate and they must be wearing close-toed shoes. No flip flops please. The rodeo event will be held in the parking lot to the far right of the track complex.

For more information about Healthy Kids Day, visit the YMCA’s website or the Kids Friendly Asheville website. To learn more about the Bicycle Rodeo, call 250-6994 or visit www.healthybuncombe.org.

Asheville Humane Society Offers Green Pet Tips

Friday, April 16th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – A fun and easy way to start going green begins with your family pets. Here’s a few tips from fellow pet lovers:

– Dogs and cats love to play with the cardboard cores from paper towel and toilet paper rolls.

– Parrots and birds love to shred old newspaper put in their cages, and it also serves to collect discarded food and refuse.

– Recycle older pet toys, collars and leashes to a local animal shelter or rescue group. Stray and abandoned animals will not be picky about the quality, as long as the items are safe and functional.

Feline Pine makes cat litter from renewable Southern yellow pine and natural guaranteed and is 100% biodegradable.

– Yesterday’s News® makes cat litters that utilize recycled newspaper to create safe, odor controlling pellets that are low tracking and environmentally friendly. Use traditional, non-clumping cat litter to ease the landfill.

– Cleaning with organic and natural cleaners is another simple way to help the environment and the welfare of your pets – vinegar, water and baking soda can do wonders.

– When you walk your dog, bring along a plastic grocery bag to pick up trash and recyclables along the way. You’ll feel better inside and out, and Mother Earth will certainly thank you.

Source: Asheville Humane e-news

Clingman Ave. and Haywood Rd. Undergo Streetscape Construction

Friday, April 16th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville and the North Carolina Department of Transportation have partnered with the West End Clingman Avenue Neighborhood Association and Mountain Housing Opportunities to redesign Clingman Avenue and Haywood Road to create a gateway connector between West Asheville and the West End Clingman Avenue neighborhood.

The project consists of creating a traffic circle at the intersections of Haywood Road and Roberts Street, installing concrete sidewalk, upgrading the storm drainage along Haywood Road and creating a bicycle lane that will be marked along Haywood Road and Clingman Avenue from Roberts Street to Hilliard Avenue. The project will provide multi-modal opportunities with improved bike lanes and transit amenities. The completed project will enhance the flow of bicycle traffic between West Asheville and downtown.

Moore and Sons, Inc, a local contractor, will perform the work. They will begin Phase I of the project on April 19 and expect to complete the project by the end of July. The traffic circle will be completed first then construction will move north towards Hilliard Avenue.

Residents and through traffic may experience delays during construction. If possible, motorists and pedestrians should choose alternate routes during the four month period.

For more information about City of Asheville Engineering projects, please visit CoA Link or call 232-4580.

Participate in Energy Independence Town Hall Meeting

Friday, April 16th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville area residents are encouraged to come and take part in the conceptual development of a Property Assessed Clean Energy plan for the City of Asheville at a town hall meeting on Monday, April 19 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Public Works Building at 161 S. Charlotte Street. The event is cosponsored by the City of Asheville, Buncombe County and the Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute.

In January, Asheville City Council directed city staff to analyze the potential for an Asheville Energy Independence Initiative. Such a system could provide loans for efficient and renewable energy upgrades for privately owned buildings. The loans would be repaid over up to 20 years through a special property tax assessment.

Municipalities across the country are examining the idea as a way to provide an affordable means for energy efficient retrofits for residents and businesses that benefit the entire community by lessening its carbon footprint.

Asheville City Council’s adopted strategic plan for 2010-2011 lists green and sustainable initiatives as high priorities.

City staff plans to bring suggestions for the plan back to City Council in May, but wants as much citizen input into the initiative as possible.

“We need our citizens to be part of this process,” said the city’s Office of Sustainability Energy Coordinator Maggie Ullman. “We need to build this based on the community’s input.”

Panelists for the discussion will include Council member Brownie Newman, Buncombe County Commissioner Holly Jones, Jeff Hughes, Director of the Environmental Finance Center, UNC School of Government, Paul Bellows of the Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute, and Steve Cochran from the Community Energy Action Council.

Following the discussion, participants will break off into groups to discuss various logistics of a PACE initiative for Asheville.

For more information please call 271-6141 or email [email protected]

Tourists Win Fourth Straight

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Wes Musick bounced back beautifully by throwing six innings of one-run ball as the Tourists beat the Hickory Crawdads 9-4 Tuesday night. Musick (1-1, 10.80) picked up his first win of the year, scattering eight hits and striking out five. Crawdads starter Joe Wieland (1-0, 0.90) pitched five shutout innings and left with the lead before Asheville tattooed the Hickory bullpen, scoring nine runs in the final four innings. Sheng-An Kuo and Charles Ruiz each pitched a perfect inning in relief.

Offensively it was quiet as the Crawdads took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning before Michael Zuanich doubled in Joey Wong and Angelys Nina. That gave the Tourists their first lead of the game at 2-1. Helder Velazquez followed suit with a lead-off home run in the seventh. After an RBI single from Nina, Zuanich doubled in two more runs to give Asheville a 6-1 lead after seven. The Crawdads added three runs to cut the deficit to 6-4, but the Tourists tacked on three more in the eighth to seal the deal.

Michael Zuanich ended up with a 3-for-5 effort, which included two doubles and four runs batted in. Angelys Nina continued to swing a hot bat, finishing 3-for-5, smacking a double and driving in two. Nina also swiped his third base of the season. Joey Wong was also impressive, reaching base four times and scoring twice. Catcher Jose Gonzalez once again picked off a runner on the basepaths; Jose also maintained his impressive streak of recording a hit in every game he has played this season. Eliezer Mesa, the South Atlantic League’s leader in a number of statistical categories including batting average, went 1-for-5 but was able to extend his hitting streak to five games. Mesa is now hitting a cool .609 on the campaign.

‘Jump Start’ Your Busniess at ABTech

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The A-B Tech Small Business Center will hold its annual Small Business Center Jump Start Day from 4 to 6:30 p.m. April 22 in the Haynes Conference Center at the college’s Enka site.

The free event provides an opportunity for current and potential business owners to learn more about the many resources available to small business in the community.

In addition, business owners can learn more about how being a minority, woman or veteran owned business can increase one’s chances in gaining government contracts. The NC Office of Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) will be onsite to answer questions and to assist in starting the certification process for businesses. For more information on the required documentation needed for HUB certification, please visit the following site: http://abtech.edu/sbc/jumpstart.asp

The N.C. Department of Transportation conducts business with hundreds of vendors and contractors every year. Representatives from the NCDOT will also be in attendance at the Jump Start event to share information about potential business opportunities.

For more information, contact Christy Ramm at [email protected] or 254-1921, ext. 5857

Waren Wilson Hosts Writer Janisse Ray at Earth Day Event April 19

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Janisse Ray, author of “Ecology of a Cracker Childhood,” is among the many accomplished writers, musicians and artists featured April 19 at Heartstone’s Appalachian Celebration of Earth Day at Warren Wilson College. Heartstone is the journal of the college’s Environmental Leadership Center.

Free and open to the public, the evening of music, art, poetry and prose begins at 7:15 p.m. in Canon Lounge of the Gladfelter Student Center.

,p>Ray, who delivered the main address at the 2000 Warren Wilson College Commencement, will read from a piece she wrote for the Earth Day celebration. She will be joined at the event by noted writers Keith Flynn, Thomas Rain Crowe, Catherine Reid and Sebastian Matthews, all of whom will read from their works.

Appalachian flat footer Phil Jamison of WWC will dance, the college’s old-time musicians will play, and creative works from the Warren Wilson art department will be on display.

For more information about the Appalachian Celebration of Earth Day, contact Ellen Querin at [email protected] or 828-771-3006.

Grove Park Inn Announces Series of Visting Chef Wine Dinners

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa is bringing some of the top chefs in the southeast to Asheville for a special series of visiting chef wine dinners. The series of special dinners kicks off at 6 p.m. on Thursday June 10. Award winning chefs Sean Brock from McCrady’s in Charleston and Jacques Larson of Wild Olive in Charleston are joining with Horizons Dining Room Chef du Cuisine Duane Fernandes to create a special menu for the inaugural dinner. The dinner will feature six courses of culinary delights, paired with fine wines and other beverages. The cost is $90 per person.

“We are very excited about bringing these chefs to the Grove Park Inn,” said Denny Tratham, Executive Chef for the resort. “Chefs Brock and Larson are shining stars in the culinary world. Along with our own star, Chef Fernandes, I am certain they will prepare a meal that will be a rare treat.”

Chef Brock has a long list of accomplishments and accolades to his credit, including two dinners for the James Beard Foundation, two features on the Food Network, numerous glowing reviews and local awards, and apprenticeships with acclaimed chefs.

Chef Larson is a previous Executive Chef at Mercato in Charleston, which was awarded best new restaurant by the Charleston City Paper in 2007. He bridges his classical French training with his later years of Italian devotion. Chef Larson is committed to local products and producers.

Chef Fernandes attended Johnson and Wales University, followed by The Culinary Institute of Charleston where he graduated with an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts. While in Charleston, Fernandes worked at several notable restaurants, including the highly acclaimed Peninsula Grill, Lemaire in Richmond, Virginia and the Michelin three-star restaurant Per Se (rated the seventh best restaurant in the world).

For reservations and more information, please contact The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa at 800.438.0050 or 828.252.2711; visit www.groveparkinn.com, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ewgrove and Facebook at www.facebook.com/groveparkinn.