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Halloween Pumpkin Pedaller Roles into Asheville this Saturday

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – If you need to work off all the candy you’ve been eating at work this week, join in on a group bike ride. The Halloween Pumpkin Pedaller takes place Saturday, October 30th for a spirited bike ride across Asheville. It’s a great way to get involved in the biking riding scene, while showing off your Halloween costume!

Asheville on Bikes, a local organization that promotes bike-riding throughout the downtown area,  hosts the 4th annual Pumpkin Peddler which is becoming a tradition on Halloween weekend. Even better than just bike riding is biking in a costume with a group of people through area neighborhoods and communities. Decorate your bicycle as well! The Pumpkin Pedallers are gathering at City Hall in Pack Square park at 3:00 pm and are planning to ride until around 5pm Wedge Brewery in the River Arts District. Ride is free, but bring some spending cash for beer at the Wedge and a handmade Asheville on Bikes beer koozie. www.ashevilleonbikes.com

UNC Asheville Hosts Open House, Nov 6th

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – High school students, transfer students and their families are invited to attend a campuswide Open House from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 at UNC Asheville. Those attending will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with faculty and staff from all academic areas and with representatives from a wide range of student organizations. The open house includes campus tours and sessions for parents and students on admissions, academic and extracurricular programs, scholarships and other financial aid.

Highsmith University Union will be the starting point for the Open House. For more information and to register, call UNC Asheville’s Admissions Office at 828.251.6481 or 800/531-9842 or go to the Open House Web page.

Wolf Howl at the WNC Nature Center, November 9th and 16th

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The WNC Nature Center invites you to an educational evening focusing on Red and Grey Wolves of North America. The evening will start with an indoor presentation on these elusive creatures followed by a trek to our wolf compound located on site at the Nature Center for a howling session.  Discover the legends and lore of these top predators and find out the “truths” about wolves.

This event takes place November 9 and 16 from 6:00 – 8:00pm.

Tickets are $10.00 per person.  Tickets are sold in advance only.  Please fill out the Ticket Request Form below and return it to the Nature Center with your full payment or call with a VISA/MC number for you tickets.   Refreshments will be served after the program.  Come with questions, flashlights and warm clothing as a portion of our program is outdoors.  We look forward to having you join us Tuesday  evening, either November 9th or 16th.  Please call (828) 298-5600, ext. 305 for more details or to register over the phone with a Visa/Master Card number.

Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at N.C. Arboretum Evokes Kinetic Connections

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The North Carolina Arboretum is host to a new series of outdoor sculpture installations by artists Jason S. Brown and Elizabeth Scofield. Inflorescence is a new exhibit through February 2011 that features a variety of botanical forms created from synthetic nylon fabric. Elements include 14-feet-tall sprout-like striped plants, giant blades of nylon grass, large-scale synthetic flowers, and odd plant-like shapes inspired by nature.
The exhibit surrounds the viewer and creates an experience similar to walking through a field of tall plants. The pieces combine the order and geometry of a flower garden with the organic and shifting nature of a field, especially when the elements are moving with air currents.
The exhibit is designed to be kinetic and activated by wind. The title, Inflorescence, is derived from the structure and patterns of plant organisms and growth cycles. Installation sites include:

The Quilt Garden, on view from November through February 2011
Brown and Scofield have collaborated for 10 years to create interventionist social art through nomadic sculptural forms and lightweight tensile structures. Brown and Scofield’s collaborative artwork has been exhibited at galleries and museums throughout the United States including the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In 2005, they completed a four-month research residency at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on the coast of Oregon. Through their art and teaching, they emphasize interdisciplinary cooperation amongst creative thinkers. Their work engages other disciplines including architecture, ecology, and engineering. Inflorescence is supported in part by The University of Tennessee School of Art, The University of Tennessee Office of Research, and Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park.
The mission of The North Carolina Arboretum is to cultivate connections between people and plants. Visit www.ncarboretum.org for more information or call 828.665.2492.

Hilton Asheville Recieves First City of Asheville Rebate for LEED Certification

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – A green and sustainable Asheville is a core strategy in the City of Asheville Strategic Plan adopted by City Council for fiscal year 2010-2011.  One goal Council identified to achieve a positive impact in this area is the development of a plan for implementing a community energy reduction goal.  In support of that goal, the city of Asheville building safety department provides a 50% rebate for plan review fees once a developer obtains LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The building safety department processed the first rebate, in the amount of $5,350, to Biltmore Farms LLC on October 18th for the Hilton Asheville.  The hotel achieved LEED Silver Certification for incorporating a variety of sustainable strategies with the largest factor being a solar hot water system.

By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.  The Hilton Asheville, for example, will eliminate 25 tons of carbon dioxide per year through its solar hot water heating system.  A 25-ton reduction is the equivalent of planting 7,000 trees.

Robert Griffin, building safety director, states, “the rebate for LEED and other sustainable building certifications and methods has been very well received with the Asheville building community and Biltmore Farms LLC should be congratulated on achieving this distinguished certification for the Hilton in Biltmore Park.  We hope to see more developers take advantage of the rebate.”

Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of carbon dioxide emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% gross domestic profit per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity.  Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.

For more information about the development services center, visit:  http://www.ashevillenc.gov/business/development_services/default.aspx?id=384.

Information about rebate programs for sustainable building certifications is available in the fee schedule: http://www.ashevillenc.gov/uploadedFiles/Departments/Buidling_Safety/Permit%20Fees%20for%202010-2011.pdf.

The city of Asheville is committed to lowering the city’s overall carbon footprint.  For information about sustainability initiatives visit:  http://www.ashevillenc.gov/green.

Last Call to Enter the 18th Annual Gingerbread House Competition at the Grove Park Inn

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The deadline to enter the 18th annual National Gingerbread House Competition at the Grove Park Inn and Spa is just two weeks away. To be eligible for the competition, entry forms must be received by Monday November 8. Judging of the popular holiday event is set for Monday, November 15.

Contestants may deliver their gingerbread houses to The Grove Park Inn Grand Ballroom starting on Sunday, Nov. 14th, from 2 -8 p.m. and again on Monday, Nov. 15th, from 7-8:30 a.m. The judging begins on Nov. 15th, with the awards presented that day at 5 p.m.

Hundreds of entries are expected across four categories: Adult (18 years and older), Teen (13-17 years old), Youth (9-12 years old) and Child (5-8 years old). Entries are judged on overall appearance, originality/creativity, difficulty, precision and consistency of theme. The National Gingerbread House Competition awards more than $12,000 in cash and prizes. The grand prize winner receives a $3,000 cash prize, plus a two night Club Floor stay at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, complete with dinner for two and breakfast daily at the historic hotel. All contestants will receive a personalized certificate.

New to the 2010 National Gingerbread House Competition will be a prize for the contestant who enters from the furthest geographical location from The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa and Asheville N.C.

All of the entries will be on display at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa from Nov. 17 to Jan. 2. The public is invited to view the displays any Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Groups and bus charters are asked to call ahead for reservations.

UNC Asheville Vollyball Roars Past Mercer, 3-0

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Cindi Miller led a balanced UNC Asheville attack with 14 kills to lead the Bulldogs to a 3-0 victory over visiting Mercer in non-conference volleyball action at Justice Center Tuesday night. The home team won the match 25-9, 25-21, 25-13.

The victory ended a three-game Asheville (13-10) losing streak. Mercer (11-15) saw its five-game winning streak snapped. The Bulldogs never trailed in any of the sets.

Miller hit .375 for the match as she had 14 kills in 32 attempts with just two errors. Kelsey Benorden added eight kills and 10 digs. She also had four service aces. Sophomore Chelsie Kenley had nine kills and hit .571 on the evening. Setter Rachel Guinane finished with 34 assists, eight digs and six kills. Alex Stewart had a game-high 20 digs.

Mercer was led by Amiee Frtchey and Jamie Duffy with nine kills each. Charlotte Harris had 15 digs.

“It was nice to play at home and it was good to get a win,” commented Bulldog coach Julie Torbett. “We played a little better tonight as we went with a little bit of a different line-up.”

The Bulldogs dominated the first set. Getting kills from five different players, Asheville raced out to a 17-3 lead. Benorden had two service aces. Kenley added two kills later in the set as Asheville won 25-9.

The second set was much tougher though Asheville led throughout. Mercer had 14 kills in the set, five from Duffy to stay within striking distance. The Bulldogs led 16-10 only to see Mercer whittle the lead to 22-20 on a kill from Duffy. Leading 23-21, the home team was able to finish the set out with a kill from Benorden and a block solo from Guinane.

In the third set, Asheville led 12-9 before the Bulldogs went on a 10-3 run to lead 22-12. Miller had three kills and a service ace during the run. The junior hitter helped finish the match off with two kills before a block from Meredith Foster and Guinane ended the match.

The Bulldogs hit .347 for the match with 43 kills, just eight errors on 101 attempts. Mercer hit .143 on the night but did out-block Asheville, 6-5.

The Bulldogs continue their six-game homestand with two key Big South Conference matches this weekend. Asheville hosts High Point Friday night at 7 p.m. and then battles Radford Saturday at 3 p.m.

Asheville Art Museum Presents Art Break on Sallie Middleton Watercolors

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Join the Asheville Art Museum for a guided tour of the Museum exhibition Sallie Middleton: A Life in the Forest led by curator Frank Thomson on Friday, November 12, 2010 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. This event is free with Museum Membership or Museum Admission. Guests will enjoy in-depth information about Sallie Middleton’s work and leave with a new appreciation for her detailed watercolors.
Sallie Ellington Middleton (1926 – 2009) spent the last several decades of her life in her childhood home in Asheville, a magical place that was designed by her uncle, the noted architect Douglas Ellington. With masterful handling of a new medium, Middleton infused her work with her passion for the natural world. This exhibition features a number of the nature studies for which Middleton gained fame. It also includes a rarely seen group of images that Middleton painted about an adventure with her and her sister on Christmas Eve.
Middleton is considered one of the top wildlife artists in the nation. Her art is loved by many due to her remarkable eye for detail. A reporter is quoted as saying, “There are artists, good artists and then there is Sallie Middleton.”
Her work can be found in the collections of the Gibbes Art Museum in Charleston, SC, the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC and Magnolia Gardens in Charleston, SC. Her work has been published in a number of magazines. A book was published about the artist, The Magical Realm of Sallie Ellington Middleton by Celestine Sibley in 1980.
Organized and curated by the Asheville Art Museum. This exhibition is sponsored in part by Frugal Framer, John Cram and Matt Chambers, www.salliemiddletonart.net, www.salliemiddleton.com and www.mansfieldplantation.com.

‘Pink in the Park Walk’ to be Held This Saturday at Biltmore Park

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – This Saturday, October 30th, beginning at 9 am, the ‘Pink in the Park Walk’ kicks off. This 5K walk through the residential neighborhood of Biltmore Park will raise money to provide mammograms to low-income women in Western North Carolina.

Did you know that a gift of $100 can supply a woman fighting breast cancer with a free wig, hat, scarf, jewelry, makeup, specific surgeries, and cancer education.

Click here for more information about this event and to download a registration form.

Time to Start Preparing Your Home for Winter

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – A major winter storm can be very dangerous. Preparing your home for cold weather conditions and responding to them effectively can reduce the dangers caused by winter storms.

  • Service snow removal equipment and have rock salt on hand to melt ice on walkways and kitty litter to generate temporary traction.
  • Make sure you have enough heating fuel; some fuel sources may be cut off.
  • Winterize your home:
    • Insulate walls and attic.
    • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
    • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.
  • Have safe emergency heating equipment available.
    • Fireplace with ample supply of wood.
    • Small, well-vented, wood, coal or camp stove with fuel.
    • Portable space heaters or kerosene hears (See Kerosene Heaters below).
  • Install and check smoke detectors.
  • Keep pipes from freezing.
    • Wrap pipes with insulation or layers of old newspapers.
    • Cover the newspapers with plastic to keep out moisture.
    • Let faucets drip a little to avoid freezing.
    • Know how to shut off water valves.

During A Winter Weather Event:

  • Stay indoors and dress warmly.
  • Conserve fuel. Lower the thermostat to 65 degrees during the day and 55 degrees at night. Close off unused rooms.
  • If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most likely to be exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).
  • Listen to the radio or television to get the latest information.