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Archive for December, 2010

Acts of Renewal to Perform Holiday Production at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC – Back for the holiday season at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts at 225 W. State Street is Acts of Renewal’s “Rediscovering Christmas” on Friday and Saturday, December 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. Jim Shores, Montreat Communications Professor, and his wife Carol Anderson, former Montreat professor, are featured in this humorous, thoughtful holiday production. All tickets are $15; early reservations are recommended for the 90-seat theater, as the performances generally sell out well before the opening show. Although the show is family-friendly, it is not geared toward children. For more information visit BlackMountainArts.org, or call 828-669-0930.

Acts of Renewal is the national touring company of Black Mountain’s Jim and Carol Anderson-Shores, professional actors whose material has been aired on PBS and other national TV and radio shows. Their reputation for excellence in live theater has been long-standing. Shores and Anderson met while working at the A.D. Players Christian theater company in Houston, Texas, and married in 1992. After graduate school they began touring, performing at conferences, colleges, and church events. Now settled in the western NC mountains their time is juggled between raising their two sons, Zach and Zander, touring across the country, and teaching and performing locally. In July Shores, chairman of the Communications Department at Montreat College, won Best Original Screenplay at the Gideon Media Arts Conference for “Hunks,” a feature-length teen comedy. Anderson, an established character actress, also performs one-woman shows, teaches, and serves as Business Manager for their company. Most recently Acts of Renewal was in Washington, D.C., to perform their original theater about stresses in marriage for seminars for military couples coping with posttraumatic stress disorder.

Shores and Anderson, who have both honed their talent for comedic timing, can transform from one character to another in a split second without ever losing the audience’s recognition of who they are portraying. “Rediscovering Christmas,” a holiday favorite locally and nationally, is comprised of a series of their original vignettes. They range from the comedic tale of a blue collar shepherd and his wife who are in the right place at the right time on Christmas eve to a story of a single mom trying to provide Christmas morning for a houseful of kids on a waitress’s salary. Don’t miss it.

UNC Asheville’s Blowers Gallery Hosts Exhibition by Asheville Artist Marsha Balbier

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville’s Blowers Gallery will present “The Essence of Asheville,” an exhibit of glass and encaustic artwork by local artist Marsha Balbier, January 5-30. The exhibition includes works in fused and shaped glass as well as encaustic paintings, which are created using heated beeswax. The encaustic technique dates back to ancient Egypt, when it was used to create mummy portraits.

glass work by Marsha BalbierBalbier’s work is featured in the permanent collection of the Banff School of Fine Arts at the University of Alberta. She has studied fine arts and design in various schools, including the Banff School of Fine Arts, the University of Northern Colorado, Endicott College and the Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science.

Blowers Gallery, located in UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library, is free and open to the public, and is usually open 7 days a week. For gallery hours and more information, call 828.251.6436, or visit the gallery Web site.

AB Tech to Offer Four-week Classes this Spring

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – A-B Tech will offer a new schedule of four-week classes starting with the spring semester that allows students to be full time while taking only one class a month.

“The average age of our students is 28,” A-B Tech President Hank Dunn said. “Many of them are working or caring for children in addition to going to school, so it’s not unusual for life to happen sometime during a semester. Their work hours change or their child gets sick, and before they know it, they’ve missed so many classes, they wind up dropping out with no credits to show for that entire semester.

“These new four-week classes mean students don’t have to take more than one class at a time ever again, and they don’t have to make it through a full 16-week semester before they earn any credits.”

The new format offers students an opportunity to immerse themselves in a single subject for four weeks. Each class contains the same content as a 16-week class and provides the same amount of credit.  Financial aid is available for eligible students who enroll at least half time, even if just taking one class at a time. A student can receive full financial aid if registered for 12 credits in the new format.

“Four-week classes will give students flexibility to fit their lifestyle,” said Sam Dosumu, Vice President of Instruction at A-B Tech. “A typical semester is 16 weeks long. That’s four, four-week terms. If a student takes a single, three-credit-hour course for each of those four-week terms, he or she will have 12 hours of credit by the end of the semester, enough to meet the requirement for full-time status.”

Four-week courses allow part-time students to choose the weeks they want to attend class during a semester and take a break in between.

“Four-week terms are perfect for working adults, single parents or anyone who’s pressed for time or having difficulty juggling multiple classes,” Dosumu said. “They’re also ideal for university-bound students because of the variety of transfer courses available.”

The scheduling allows students to concentrate on assignments, projects and tests without other classes competing for their time. “Research shows that students who focus on one class at a time retain more knowledge and tend to stay in college to accomplish their educational goal,” Dosumu said.

A-B Tech offers more than 60 programs of study and several scheduling options including nights, weekends, online and four- and eight-week courses. Four-week terms are scheduled Jan. 10-Feb. 7, Feb. 8-March 7, March 8-April 5, and April 6-May 10.  Registration is under way. For more information, visit abtech.edu or call 254-1921, ext. 144, 145 or 7520.

Asheville Cultural Arts Division Seeking Artists

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Cultural Arts Division of City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department is seeking artist instructors, demonstrators, and performers for cultural arts programming throughout Asheville.

Artists are invited to submit portfolios of their current work along with a resume, letter of interest, and references. Artists may submit as individuals or as teams.

The application deadline is Monday, February 28, 2011.  All application materials must be submitted online through CaFÉ™ at  www.callforentry.org.  There are no fees for artists to apply or to use the CaFÉ™ online application system.

The Cultural Arts Division works with instructors, demonstrators and performers to provide hands-on art classes, demonstrations or performances to children, teens, adults, and seniors throughout the community.

Art forms may include, but art not limited to, all two-dimensional art forms (including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, encaustic, etc.), all three dimensional art forms (including sculpture, metal working, woodworking, ceramics, furniture making, etc.), dance, music, theater, circus arts, new media, textile arts, folk art, paper arts, bookmaking, candle making, literary arts, etc. All art forms are welcome.

This call is open to all artists age 18 years and older who currently live or work in Buncombe, Madison, Yancey, McDowell, Rutherford, Henderson, Transylvania, and Haywood Counties. Visiting artists and performers are welcome to submit qualifications for times they are in town.

Opportunities are available to artists, demonstrators and performers to attend community meetings to ask questions about the process and CaFE™.

Current meeting dates are:

  • Wednesday, December 15 at 2pm At Fine Arts League
  • Saturday, December 18 at 11am at Recreation Park
  • Wednesday, January 12 at 2pm At Fine Arts League
  • Monday, January 31 at 6pm at Recreation Park
  • Thursday, February 10 at 6pm At Fine Arts League

Additional dates will be scheduled.

For detailed information and to submit online, visit  www.callforentry.org or contact Diane Ruggiero, Superintendent of Cultural Arts at  [email protected] or 828-259-5815.

Lowe’s Now Has One-Stop Recycling Centers

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Home improvement retailer Lowe’s Companies Inc. has announced that it has installed recycling centers in nearly 1,700 U.S. stores to provide a one-stop recycling destination for customers.

The permanent recycling centers just inside the store entrance offer a free, convenient and easy way for customers to recycle:

  • rechargeable batteries
  • cell phones
  • compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)
  • plastic shopping bags

Continuing their commitment to minimize their own environmental footprint, they have entered the fifth year of their nationwide pallet recycling program in 2010. Lowe’s recycled more than 166,000 tons of wood pallets, 147,000 tons of cardboard and nearly 400 tons of shrink wrap in 2009.

Santa Claus Comes Back to Biltmore Park

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – After the Tree Lighting Celebration this past Saturday, Biltmore Park Town Square will host Santa Claus two more times before Christmas.  Santa will be in Biltmore Park on Town Square Boulevard in front of the Christmas Tree between 3 pm and 6 pm on both Saturday, December 18th, and Friday, December 24th.

Don’t forget to bring your camera to these visits with Santa.  As Biltmore Park Town Square’s gift to you, all photos with Santa are FREE.  If there is inclement weather on either day, Santa will visit with children in the lobby of the Hilton Asheville in Biltmore Park.
To find out more information about this event please call, 828.210.1660, or click here.

Caring for Your Live Christmas Tree

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Did you purchase a live Christmas tree to plant in your landscape after the holidays? This is a much more expensive investment than a cut tree, so you want to take good care of the tree so you can enjoy it for many years. Here are some guidelines to help ensure survival of your tree:

  • The tree should be kept indoors no more than 7 to 10 days. The longer it stays in warm conditions, the more it will become “de-hardened” and may not survive when it goes back out in the cold.
  • Keep the room as cool as possible. And make sure heat vents are not blowing directly on the tree.
  • Keep the soil moist.
  • Get the tree planted into the landscape as soon as possible. Do not take it outside and leave it sitting with its roots unprotected above ground.
  • Always lift by the rootball, not the trunk.
  • Plant correctly. Most importantly, do not to plant it too deep. The top of the root ball should be at or slightly above the soil line. Water well and apply a 3 inch layer of mulch.

For information on correct tree planting, contact Buncombe County Extension at 255-55

Asheville Police Department Graduates 32 from Citizens Police Academy

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – In a Tuesday evening ceremony, the Asheville Police Department recognized 32 people who completed its Citizens Police Academy. The program, offered twice a year, takes participants through in-depth tours and descriptions of the inner workings of the Asheville Police Department to give them a better understanding of law enforcement and build relationships with APD officers.

“The primary thing we are trying to do is build a bridge of communication with the community,” said Crime Prevention Officer Allen Dunlap.

Three-hour classes over 13 weeks covered all aspects of law enforcement including evidence, forensics, constitutional law, patrol, criminal investigation and gang investigations, giving the participants a more intimate knowledge of the skills and risk it takes to protect and serve.

“It’s a big commitment. It always impresses me when you have the kind of interest to delve into this,” APD Chief William Hogan said at Tuesday’s ceremony. “I hope you have established some lines of communication, and that with communication comes trust.”

For participant Allen Brailsford, recently appointed to the city’s Police Advisory Committee, the experience was an eye opener.

“I can tell you we learned much more that I thought there would be,” Brailsford said. “I have a much greater appreciation for the police department after going through the program.”

Along with the regular classes, participants were invited to ride along with APD officers on a patrol and to learn to fire police issued weapons at the department’s firing range.

“The first time I went to a class, I was hooked. I was in awe,” participant Toni Hicks said. “I will recommend this to people. It’s a great program.”

Several of the graduates are also participants in a program called “Getting Back to the Basics,” which was founded by APD Sgt. Quentin Miller. Getting Back to the Basics provides year-round support and services to families with children ages 11-21 who are socially or economically disenfranchised from the Asheville metropolitan community. Volunteers and families involved with the program arranged and served the meal at the Citizens Police Academy graduation.

Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy called all of the graduates “ambassadors of the police department,” and appealed to them to relay to the community the knowledge they have gained.

“Now you can go out and communicate to the community the reality of the police department and what we are doing to serve them as a city,” Bellamy said.

The Asheville Police Department hosts a Citizens Police Academy twice a year, as well as a Junior Citizens Police Academy in the summer. Participants must apply and be accepted in order to participate. For more information about these programs, contact Officer Dunlap at 259-5834 or [email protected].

This press release and associated pictures can be found at http://coablog.ashevillenc.gov.

Asheville Transit on Two Hour Delay Tuesday

Monday, December 13th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Bus service will run on a 2-hour delay tomorrow morning with most service beginning in the 8 o’clock. Buses will not operate on icy roads.

Visit www.ashevilletransit.com or call 253-5691 for updates and additional transit information.

Helpful Numbers You May Need When the Weather Turns Bad

Monday, December 13th, 2010
Power Companies
Progress Energy 1-800-419-6356
Haywood EMC 1-800-951-6088
French Broad Electric Madison: 649-2051
Mitchell: 688-4815
Buncombe, Madison: 1-800-222-6190
Yancey: 682-6121
Duke Energy 1-800-POWERON
Public Service Company of NC(PSNC) 1-877-776-2427
Phone Service
AT & T 1-877-737-2478
Charter Communications 1-888-438-2427
Cable Charter Communications 1-888-438-2427
Internet Service Providers
AT & T 1-877-737-2478
Charter 1-888-438-2427
DOT (County roads) 298-2741
City of Asheville 251-1122
Town of Biltmore Forest 274-0824
Town of Black Mountain 669-9102
Town of Montreat 699-8002
Town of Weaverville 645-0606
Town of Woodfin 253-4887
Asheville Water Department 251-1122
Emergency Shelter
All area residents 211