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A Trio of Comedians Added to Grove Park Inn’s Comedy Classic Weekend

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The 23rd Annual Comedy Classic weekend at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa just got a lot funnier with the addition of three of the nations top comedians. It’s a weekend of a thousand laughs as nationally syndicated radio personalities John Boy & Billy host two nights of laugh out loud comedy on March 11 and 12. Don’t miss the chance to see headline act Jon Reep take the stage at 8 p.m. on Friday March 11. Reep is known as the “That thing got a Hemi?” guy in Dodge commercials, and as the winner of the fifth season of Last Comic Standing on NBC. Reep will be joined by Keith Alberstadt and Jimmy Shubert. Alberstadt has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman and is a writer for Saturday Night Lives’ Weekend Update. Shubert has built an impressive resume as an actor, both in film and on television. He is recognized as one of the most successful comedians working today. Tickets for the Friday night show are $45.

On Saturday March 12, the laughs keep on coming as Elon Gold headlines the show. Gold has established himself as one of the top comedians in the country, having appeared on numerous television shows, including four recent appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Gold will be joined by Tommy Johnagin and Reno Collier. Johnagin’s television credits include Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, CMT Comedy Stage and The Late Show with David Letterman. Collier gained celebrity as the opening act for Larry the Cable Guy and with his own Comedy Central Presents special. Collier was also featured on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Next Generation. Tickets for Saturday are $50.

For more information on Comedy Classic 2011, 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.

Interested in Serving Your Community?

Monday, February 14th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The County has several vacancies on the Adult Care Home and Nursing Home Community Advisory Committees. Members are appointed by the Board of Commissioners. Their work is very important to our community and consists of the following duties:

  • Help resolve matters of concern that may arise during the resident’s stay in Adult Care Homes and Nursing Homes
  • Act as a link between the community and the Home by seeking to increase community involvement and keep the public informed about aspects of long term care and the operation of Adult Care Homes and Nursing Homes.
  • Meet every other month. Members are also required to make visits to adult care homes or nursing homes on an assignment basis.(If you have a relative in an adult care home or nursing home or if you are employed by an adult care home or nursing home you are ineligible to serve on either Committee).

Anyone interested in serving on one of these Committees is welcome to attend one of the classroom trainings scheduled for March 1 or 4 or June 21 or 22. Trainings begin at 9 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. and are held at the Land of Sky Regional Council offices on Leicester Highway. This is the same training that new members receive after appointment.

If you are interested in attending, please contact:

Lee Ann Smith, Longterm Care Regional Ombudsman
Land of Sky Regional Council
Area Agency on Aging Region B
828-251-6622 ext #110

Theatre UNCA Stages “Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage”

Monday, February 14th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Theatre UNCA will stage Jane Martin’s horror-comedy crossover play, “Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage,” offering three evening performances and a Sunday matinee, February 23-27 at UNC Asheville’s Carol Belk Theater. Tickets go on sale February 17 for all performances, with student, senior citizen and general admission pricing.

“Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage,” an updated “B Western” set for the stage, focuses on a former rodeo rider who now rehabilitates injured cowboys on her ranch. A macabre comedy, “Flaming Guns” pits the code of the Old West against contemporary darkness. With partial nudity and staged acts of outrageous violence including spattering of stage blood, this show may not be suitable for younger audiences.

The production is directed by Rob Bowen, UNC Asheville associate professor of drama. The UNC Asheville student cast includes Hollis Anderson, John Coggin, Taylor Collins, Sydney deBriel, Sarah Felmet, Casey Harrell, and Charlie Napier, with understudies Jeff Sammarco and Sally Tucker. Designers include Rob Bowen; UNC Asheville Assistant Professors of Drama Rob Berls and Ida Bostian; and students Cory Cheeks, Taylor Collins, Brittany Curtis, Garrett Funk, Rachel Gordon, Rhiannon King, Chris Kugler, Katherine Lancaster, and Jordan Rucker.

The Wednesday-Saturday performances will begin at 8 p.m.; curtain for the Sunday matinee is 2 p.m. Tickets for all performances are $10 general admission, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for students. Because of the intimate size of UNC Asheville’s Carol Belk Theatre and the often heavy demand for tickets, advance purchase is strongly advised. Tickets go on sale February 17 and may be ordered online or by phone by calling 828.232.2291 between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. Tickets are also available at the box office one hour before curtain.

For online tickets and links to a student blog about the production, visit http://drama.unca.edu/theatre-unca. For more information, contact UNC Asheville’s Drama Department at 828.251.6610.

Learn the Art of ‘Decoupage’

Monday, February 14th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Decoupage is the art or technique of decorating something with cut-outs of paper over which varnish or lacquer is applied. The result is a lovely item that looks like it has an inlay or special paint.

Learn the Art of Decoupage on Wednesday, February 23.  The workshop will be from noon until 2 p.m. at the Interchange Building, 59 Woodfin Place. The cost is $15 per person and includes instruction and materials.

Bring a small box or a small article of furniture to decorate and transform it into a work of art.

Please register and pay by Friday, February 18. For information or to register for this workshop, please call Grace Young at 250-4265 or email her at [email protected].

Register Now for the 18th Annual Organic Growers School

Monday, February 14th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The 18th Annual Organic Growers School will be held on March 5 and 6 at UNCA.

This unique event provides practical organic growing information for both gardeners and farmers on topics ranging from vegetable, fruit, livestock and poultry production to landscaping. There are even classes on cooking and food preservation. Here is a list of class sessions and track names.

The event has expanded to two days and will be held on the campus of UNCA in Asheville. You can really learn a lot – there will be 56 lectures each day, plus 11 half day workshops.

Single day registration is $55 at the door.

Register here

Asheville Regional Airport Announces New Start-up Airline, Vission Airlines

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville Regional Airport Authority (ARAA) is pleased to welcome a start-up airline offering low-fare flights to Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS) from AVL beginning April 1, 2011.

Vision Airlines, which is making its first foray into major commercial air service, plans to offer the AVL-VPS route on Sundays and Thursdays using 148-seat Boeing 737-400 jets.

“It is exciting for Asheville Regional Airport to welcome Vision Airlines to the region. Their

service to the Fort Walton Beach and Destin, Florida, area will be our first non-stop beach destination—a great addition to our growing list of non-stop routes,” said Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E., Airport Director. “In addition, Western North Carolina is a popular vacation destination for residents of Florida, so we anticipate welcoming many visitors from the panhandle area on these new flights.”

AVL currently has commercial flights to ten cities on six major airlines, with connecting service to any destination in the world. Visit www.flyavl.com for more information about AVL and visit www.visionairlines.com to book a flight to Destin.

Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Newsletter Now Available

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Come Out and Play is a guide to the activities of Parks, Greenways and Recreation Services. This bi-monthly publication reports on upcoming events, park improvements, athletic leagues, and all of the other services offered through PG&R. You can download a free copy by selecting the link below.

Stay informed and active with Come Out & Play!

Download Come Out & Play

Fairview Library Poetry Slam, Registration Deadline – Feb. 11!

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – On Sunday, February 27 at 2 p.m., the Friends of the Fairview Library will host a Poetry Slam, a competitive event in which poets read their own work. The competition is all in fun, and the poets will be judged both on content and performance. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three winners in two categories:

  • adults
  • high school students

There are four rules of the Slam:

  1. Poems must be of the poet’s own construction.
  2. Each poet gets three minutes.
  3. Poets may not use props or costumes.
  4. The audience promises to cheer, stomp, and clap.

If you want to present a poem, call the Fairview Library at 250-6484 or send an email to [email protected]. The deadline for registering is February 11. This program is free and open to the public.

Asheville City Buses to run on 2-hour Delay, Feb. 10

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – With light snow and freezing temperatures predicted in the morning, Asheville Transit will run on a 2-hour delay with most service beginning in the 8 o’clock hour tomorrow, Feb. 10.  Buses will not run on icy roads.  Visit www.ashevilletransit.com or call 253-5691 for updates and additional transit information.

Radio Host Delilah Helps Together for Kids and Mission Children’s Hospital

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – National radio host Delilah , whose popular program airs locally on 102.5 WMYI, announced Jan. 25 that she will be a spokesperson for Together for Kids, a national alliance of children’s hospitals that includes Mission Children’s Hospital. In her role, Delilah Rene Luke will work to raise money and awareness for children’s hospitals like Mission.

“As the mother of 11 children, I know that when your child is sick, nothing else matters,” said Delilah. “That’s why I am so passionate about the work being done by Together for Kids to connect its member hospitals with the funding they need to care for sick and injured children, regardless of their ability to pay. Every child deserves every chance to live a healthy life.”

According to the American radio personality, author and songwriter, Together for Kids stood out from other children’s charities because one hundred percent of all funds raised directly support the health care needs of children served by its member hospitals.

In her program Delilah will introduce listeners to courageous young patients facing serious health challenges. She’ll also introduce listeners to the people who work tirelessly to treat them.

“This partnership presents an opportunity to strengthen the work of Mission Children’s Hospital with the advanced technology, treatment, education and medical research we need to tackle today’s toughest pediatric issues,” said Susan Mims, MD, MPH, medical director. “We are delighted to have Delilah join our alliance of children’s hospitals in creating a single voice advocating for children’s health.”

Founded in 2007, Together for Kids’ primary focus is on raising unrestricted funds for its member hospitals. The organization’s 43 member hospitals, including all Shriners Hospitals for Children, also benefit from being part of a collaborative network of peers sharing best practices to improve care for all of America’s sick and injured children.

Delilah is syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks on more than 200 radio stations in the U.S. and Canada. On WMYI it airs Sunday through Friday from 7 pm to midnight. She has more than eight million listeners weekly, making her the most-listened-to woman on radio in the U.S. The show combines Delilah’s distinctive blend of story-telling, sympathetic listening and encouragement – all scored with adult contemporary soft rock. Often referred to as the “Oprah of Radio,” Delilah is also the author of “Love Matters.” Published by Harlequin Books, the book features Delilah’s perspective on love, as well as stories from her listeners.

In addition, Delilah established a foundation called Point Hope as a voice for forgotten children everywhere. The immediate focus of the Foundation is on refugee children in Ghana and on special needs children in the foster care system nationwide and in her neighborhood of White Center in Seattle. Visit www.Delilah.com.

Mission Children’s Hospital is the only pediatric hospital serving Western North Carolina.  Based in Asheville, NC the Children’s Hospital provides subspecialty care for babies, children and teens with serious medical conditions and traumatic injuries on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.

Together for Kids is a national alliance of children’s hospitals dedicated to building a healthier future for America’s kids. The organization provides an urgently needed national fundraising mechanism for its member hospitals, helping them care for seriously ill children and tackle the toughest health issues facing all kids. Visit www.togetherforkids.org.