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UNC Asheville Men’s Soccer Set to Host Gardner-Webb Today

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The UNC Asheville men’s soccer returns home to open Big South Conference play against Gardner-Webb Wednesday afternoon starting at 4 p.m. The match will be video-streamed and can be seen for a small fee at www.bigsouthsports.com.

The Bulldogs (2-5-0) enter Wednesday’s match trying to snap a frustrating four-game losing streak. The last three matches have been losses by just one goal, including a 2-1 overtime decision at ETSU Saturday night.

“We’re really playing some pretty good soccer but have been just a little unlucky in the past week,” commented first-year coach Matt Kern. “We’re playing hard and battling but not getting the ball into the back of the net enough.

“Our guys are certainly looking forward to starting play in the Big South Conference,” added Kern. “We know we have a tough assignment in Gardner-Webb on Wednesday, but we’re so glad to finally play another home match.”

The Bulldogs last played at Greenwood Field on Sept. 8 as Asheville downed Brevard 3-0. Kern’s club has played its last four matches away from home.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs are 2-6-0 on the year and also desperate for a victory. They’ve lost three straight matches with two of them being by just one goal.

“Gardner-Webb is a lot like us that they’ve been just plain unlucky in a lot of matches this season,” explained Kern. “They’re a good club that’s well-coached.”

Jake Hagedorn continues to lead Asheville in goals scored with three, while Bryan Bartels is tied for the Big South lead in game-winning goals with two. Connor Holzinger is second in the league in assists with three and has five points on the year.

The Bulldogs are looking for their first regular-season win over Gardner-Webb since the 2007 campaign. GWU has won both meetings vs. Asheville, since joining the Big South in 2008. The Bulldogs did pick up a 4-2 win over Gardner-Webb in the quarterfinals of the 2008 league tournament.

Western North Carolina Alliance Hosts an Evening with John Muir

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Western North Carolina Alliance and Clear Channel Asheville invites you to an evening around the campfire with America’s best known conservationist, John Muir and President Teddy Roosevelt on Thursday, October 7 at the Asheville Community Theatre.

This year’s show, The Tramp and the Roughrider, recounts part of a four-day camping trip Muir and Roosevelt took alone in 1903 in the Yosemite wilderness. The action unfolds around a campfire at sunset on Glacier Point, overlooking the magnificent Yosemite Valley, and the audience will hear the men spar over environmental and wilderness issues, witnessing the conversation that helped lead Roosevelt to establish 200 million acres of wilderness, five new national parks, and 55 wildlife preserves during his tenure.

Lee Stetson has been the “Voice of John Muir” for over 25 years and was featured in the acclaimed 2009 Ken Burns special, National Parks –America’s Best Idea.  Joe Wiegand has been reprising Theodore Roosevelt for 6 years and performed at the White House in 2008 in honor of Roosevelt’s 150th birthday.

Wine and dessert for the reception following the show have been generously donated by Biltmore Wines, Blue Ridge Food Ventures and Winter Sun Farms, and Greenlife Market.

Tickets are $20 for WNCA members, $25 for non-members, $30 at the door.

Grove Park Inn Thanksgiving Celebration Filled with Holiday Tradition

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The annual Thanksgiving Celebration at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa is a real show-stopper, including an elegant and lavish buffet filled with all of your family’s favorite holiday dishes. Other weekend activities include The National Gingerbread House Competition display, the traditional tree-lighting ceremony, holiday portraits, guided history tours, puzzle tournament, story time, a wine tasting, caramel-covered apples, and much more. So bring your family and friends and enjoy a truly classic holiday weekend at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa.

This year The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa has two Thanksgiving packages available, A Grove Park Inn Thanksgiving Memories package and The Grove Park Inn Cornucopia of Plenty package. For those looking for a quick visit to Asheville during the Thanksgiving holiday, the three-night Thanksgiving Tradition package is designed specifically to meet all of your holiday needs. It includes three nights property view resort accommodations, Thanksgiving Buffet per person, breakfast per person with your choice of the Blue Ridge Dining Room’s lavish buffet or In Room Dining and a special keepsake. Package price: $333 (average per night).

If you are looking for the best value on Grove Park style Thanksgiving memories, please note the historically low price on extra nights and amenities The Grove Park Inn Cornucopia of Plenty package has to offer. It includes four nights property view resort accommodations, Thanksgiving Buffet per person, breakfast per person with your choice of the Blue Ridge Dining Room’s lavish buffet or In Room Dining and a special keepsake. Package price: $275 (average per night).

For 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.

New Exhibit to Open at Asheville Art Museum

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Art Museum is proud to announce the dynamic exhibition The Director’s Cut: 1995 – 2010 with an opening reception on Friday, October 15, 2010 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The opening reception is free to the public. This exhibition is in the Museum’s Holden Community Gallery from Friday, October 15, 2010 through Sunday, March 13, 2011.

A new era began at the Asheville Art Museum on December 13, 1995, when Pamela Myers started her tenure as Executive Director. With prior experience at institutions including the North Carolina Museum of Art, The Strong Museum, Museum of the City of New York and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, she brought a wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm and new ideas to Asheville.

This exhibition is a celebration of Pam’s 15 years guiding the Museum through a period of extraordinary growth. By highlighting a fraction of art works that have been added to the permanent collection over this period, the exhibition serves not only to show the growth of the Museum’s collection, but the many avenues in which individuals, institutions and others have come together under Pam’s leadership to make the Museum the success it is today.

Gifts of art to the collection have always been an important part of the collection’s growth since the Museum’s inception.
Since 1995, the Museum’s collection has more than tripled to its current total of over 2,700 works. Works of art have been gifted to the Museum from the region and beyond, from artists, foundations, corporations and others. These works come from private collections and those in the art world due to Pam’s leadership. They are given to the Museum knowing they will be cared for in perpetuity and shared with and enjoyed by a wide audience.

In 2003, a group of Museum Members and supporters worked with Museum staff to found the Collectors’ Circle. This group is dedicated to both learning about collecting fine art and art connoisseurship, as well as being active supporters of the growth of the Museum’s collection through the annual purchase of works of art for the Museum. In 2007, a similar group, the Art Nouveaux, was also founded, modeled after the Collectors’ Circle but for those newer to collecting. Since their beginnings, these groups, and individual members, have added 60 works to the collection.
The founding of these two collecting groups, and their support of acquisitions, created new opportunities for the Museum to carefully and strategically plan for collections growth.

After a long and intensive process involving both Museum staff, Collections Committee members and other interested individuals, in 2008 the Museum completed work on a Collections Growth Plan. This document, which is a working document that is constantly updated, looks at the current strengths and weaknesses of the collection and provides a foundation for future growth. The Collections Growth Plan now informs the selections for the Collectors’ Circle and Art Nouveaux, as well as providing guidance for the Museum’s careful use of its limited acquisition funds.

Minority Enterprise Development Awards Presented

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Five entrepreneurs were honored Sept. 16 at an awards ceremony marking the 28th annual Minority Enterprise Development Week in Asheville.

The Minority Enterprise Awards serve to recognize the outstanding achievements of minority-owned businesses in Western North Carolina over the past year. Awards were presented at a recognition reception at Coleman Place above the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s five winners are:

Construction category: Accem Scott – Green Brothers Solar

Restaurant category: Juan Martinez – Cielito Lindo

Retail category:  Brenda Macauley – Aesthetic Gallery

Service category:  Patricia Oocumma – NativeScapes Landscaping

2010 Minority Business Person of the Year: Horace Adell, Jr. – Clean Streak Inc.

WNC MED week is part of a nationally-held event and is organized by the MED Week Committee of WNC. The week includes expos for minority businesses, seminars and panels designed to provide information on business financing and positioning for small businesses and start-ups as well as events like tours of the AB Tech business incubator.

The MED Week Committee of WNC consists of a multi-agency and regional collaboration to achieve MED week’s mission to provide the best leadership and direction for the promotion, establishment and development of minority businesses in Western North Carolina through education, communication and advocacy. Committee members are:

Hope Huskey, Chair Cherokee Business Development Center
Adrianne Gordon, Vice Chair Small Business & Technology Development Center
Natalie Murdock, Secretary Land of Sky Regional Council
Sherrene Swayney, Treasurer Sequoyah Fund
Joseph Fox, AB Tech
Carol Hensley, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
James Lee, Minority Business Program, City of Asheville Office of Economic Development
Jill Sparks, AB Tech Center for Business & Technology Incubation

The City of Asheville’s Office of Economic Development operates a Minority Business Program which actively seeks to identify minority businesses and offer them an equal opportunity to participate as providers of goods and services to the city.

For more information on WNC MED Week, go to  www.wncmedweek.org.

For more information about the City of Asheville Minority Business Program, go to http://www.ashevillenc.gov/business/business_with/minority_business/default.aspx?id=532.

Russian Song and Dance on Stage at Western Carolina University

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

CULLOWHEE, NC – An exuberant celebration of Russian heritage takes the stage at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.

The Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival, part of WCU’s 2010-11 Galaxy of Stars Series, features traditional music, song and dance. A balalaika ensemble performs folk, gypsy and classical music on authentic instruments and in traditional costume.

Nikolai Massenkoff, born in a White Russian community in Shanghai and placed in an orphanage at age 3, leads the troupe. Massenkoff arrived in San Francisco at age 12 and eventually studied speech, music and drama. Inspired by love of his Russian heritage, he founded the group in 1975. A bass-baritone, he has performed throughout the United States and around the world at venues including Carnegie Hall; the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea; and Epcot.

The next performance in the Galaxy of Stars Series is Lance Brown’s “Will Rogers Now!,” a portrait of the gentle American hero in words, theater and song, on Thursday, Nov. 4.

On Friday, Oct. 22, Western Carolina University will mark five years of art and entertainment at the Fine and Performing Arts Center. The gala will begin at 6 p.m. with an outdoor cocktail reception. Festivities move indoors at 7 p.m. for a performance by WCU’s resident Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, followed by a 7:30 p.m. curtain time for “’S Wonderful,” a theatrical revue of songs by George and Ira Gershwin. Tickets are available in several price tiers and are on sale now.

Tickets for the Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival are $25 for adults; $20 for senior citizens and WCU faculty and staff; and $5 for children and students. For more information, call the FAPAC box office at 828-227-2479 or go online to fapac.wcu.edu.

Buncombe County Schedules Flu Shot Clinics for October

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Buncombe County Department of Health has scheduled several flu vaccine clinics during the month of October. This year the Department is placing a priority on getting children vaccinated, because they tend to spread the flu virus most easily. One-day flu clinics are being planned for one school in each school district, from October 4 through October 14. (Cost, locations, dates and times are listed below). Vaccines at the schools will be available for children and their families and also for teachers and their families.

The Department of Health’s flu vaccine clinic will be held this year at the Biltmore Square Mall on October 22 and October 23 from 9 am until 4 pm. This flu clinic will be open to anyone 6 months of age and older.

Flu shots will be available for all ages at all clinic locations, however flu mist will be available for children 2 through 18 years old only. A limited amount of flu mist for adults will be available beginning October 25th at the Buncombe County Department of Health, 35 Woodfin Street in downtown Asheville, across from the YMCA. Look for signs posted with directions to Immunization.

Cost of flu vaccines at all clinics will be $25 for the shot and $31 for Flu Mist. Vaccines may be paid for by cash, check, MasterCard, VISA or most major insurance companies. Insurance cards must be presented before a vaccine is received. Children who are not covered by health insurance may be eligible for a flu vaccine at no charge.

While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that peopel in the following groups get the vaccine: pregnant women, children younger than 5 years,  people 65 years of age and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, people who are morbidly obese, people who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, and people who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu, and household contacts and caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated).

For more information about the flu vaccine for 2010 check buncombecounty.org/flu; cdc.gov/flu; or flu.gov.

Insurance that will be accepted this year:
Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Crescent PPO, Health Choice, Medicaid, Medicare Part B, Medicare PFFS, Medicare Railroad, Primary Physician Care, Today’s Options, United Healthcare, and Wells Fargo.

Without one of these forms of insurance, flu shots must be paid for at the time it is given.

School district flu clinic schedule
These vaccines are intended for children and their families and teachers with their families.

10/4 – TC Roberson 3:30 – 7:00
10/5 – Erwin High 3:30 – 7:00
106 – AB Tech 3:30 – 7:00
10/7 – Enka Middle 4:00 – 7:00
10/11 – North Windy Ridge 3:30 – 7:00
10/12 – Owen Middle 4:00 – 7:00
10/14 – Reynolds High 3:30 – 7:00

The best way to prevent flu:

  • Get a flu shot.

There are many everyday ways to reduce your risk of getting flu.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with a flu–like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

Elton John Coming to Asheville Civic Center

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Elton John and his band will appear in concert on November 16th at 8PM at the Asheville Civic Center in Asheville, North Carolina performing their “Greatest Hits Live” concert, featuring number one chart hits and classic album tracks from throughout Elton’s incredible five-decade career. Tickets go on sale Monday, October 4th at 10am.

Elton John’s band includes Davey Johnstone on guitar, Bob Birch on bass, John Mahon on percussion, Nigel Olsson on drums, and Kim Bullard on keyboards. One of the most successful live acts on the road today, Elton and his band put on the kind of show you will never forget: the entire audience standing, dancing and singing along with much-loved classic songs such as “Your Song”, “Daniel”, “Rocket Man”, “Bennie and the Jets” and many, many more. Sam Powers, Director of the Asheville Civic Center said, “We are thrilled to host Elton John and his band at the Asheville Civic Center. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see these Elton perform all his hits and number ones live on stage in an intimate setting.

This will be an unforgettable day for Asheville’s music fans. This year’s must-see concert!

The monumental career of international singer/songwriter and performer Elton John spans five decades. He is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 35 gold and 25 platinum albums, 29 consecutive Top 40 hits, and he has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. John holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time, “Candle in the Wind ’97,” which sold 37 million copies. Since his career began in 1969 he has played almost 3,000 concerts worldwide.

TICKETS ON SALE THIS MONDAY, OCTOBER 4TH AT 10AM

Tickets are $47.00, $87.00, $137.00 and will be available online at ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster Outlets or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

YWCA’s Black and White Gala Happening Thursday

Monday, September 27th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The YWCA of Asheville’s sixth annual Black & White Gala will be held on Thursday, September 30th, at 6:30 pm at the Crowne Plaza Expo Center. The Gala is a dance PARTY for everyBODY. The evening will feature high energy dance music by Westsound, a silent auction, and delicious food from local restaurants. Festive black and white attire is encouraged. Tickets are $50 each (YW members get 20% off of tickets). All event proceeds will go to support YWCA programs which bridge gaps in child care, education, health care, and earning power.

Find out more here

15th Carolina Bonsai Expo Celebrates Deep Roots at N.C. Arboretum

Monday, September 27th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The city of Asheville, NC, transforms into the bonsai capital of the Southeast on October 9 and October 10 as The North Carolina Arboretum hosts the 15th Carolina Bonsai Expo. Visitors to the show will find an abundance of miniature trees and landscapes, creatively displayed at the Arboretum’s Education Center.

This two-day horticultural extravaganza, situated in the midst of the colorful mountains during fall foliage season, features a juried display of bonsai by clubs from across a six-state region, a renowned bonsai marketplace, workshops, free demonstrations, and a popular Ikebana exhibit.

The expo is also a perfect occasion to explore the Arboretum’s Bonsai Exhibition Garden, which celebrates its fifth anniversary as a world-class display that innovatively establishes bonsai in the context of the Southern Appalachians.

This year’s guest artist is David Easterbrook, curator of bonsai at the Montreal Botanical Garden. Now in its 15th successful year, the Carolina Bonsai Expo includes an expanded bonsai and ikebana exhibit and a live auction of bonsai plants and related materials.

The two-day event features juried exhibits by bonsai enthusiasts from throughout the southeast including Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania and the Carolinas. In addition, workshops are available for those interested in learning bonsai and ikebana techniques from master artists.

There is no charge for visitors to attend the Carolina Bonsai Expo although usual parking fees apply. Visitors can purchase lunch items from the Arboretum’s Savory Thyme Cafe, open during Expo hours, which are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 9 and Noon to 4 p.m. on October 10. For more information about the auction, workshops and presentations, call 828.665.2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.