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Fiske Guide Gives High Marks to UNC Asheville and its Environmental Studies Program

Friday, July 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville is once again ranked among the nation’s top colleges in the 2012 edition of the “Fiske Guide to Colleges” published in July. The Fiske Guide calls UNC Asheville “one of the best educational bargains in the country.”

“This public liberal arts university offers all the perks that are generally associated with pricier private institutions: rigorous academics, small classes, and a beautiful setting,” says the Fiske Guide, noting that UNC Asheville provides all this for a fraction of the cost of a private college. “I have been astounded by the quality of the teaching,” said a senior quoted in the guide. “There are no teaching assistants, only professors, and a large majority of them have the highest degree in their field.”

In addition, for the eighth consecutive year, UNC Asheville’s Environmental Studies Program was named to the Fiske Guide’s list of pre-professional programs with unusual strength in preparing students for careers. Students in UNC Asheville’s program learn to address environmental issues through a multidisciplinary approach that includes biology, ecology, geology, chemistry, physics, economics, public policy, and other natural and social sciences. Undergraduate research is an important feature of the curriculum, and the Environmental Studies Department stresses on-the-job internships in organizations involved with environmental issues.

Earlier this year, UNC Asheville was named one of America’s “10 Best Colleges for the Money” by bankrate.com. The university was ranked among the nation’s 50 “2011 Best Value Colleges” by the Princeton Review, and listed among the top 100 public colleges by Kiplinger Personal Finance. The most recent edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” praised UNC Asheville’s faculty for its “unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching,” and ranked UNC Asheville 5th in the nation on the “Up-and-Comers” list of liberal arts colleges.

UNC Asheville Fall Art Season Begins with Selected Student Exhibition

Friday, July 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville’s Department of Art will begin the new academic year with an exhibit of student art work selected by the Art faculty. The show, featuring more than a dozen works in a variety of media, opens on Wednesday, Aug. 10, and will remain on display through Sept. 6, at the Highsmith University Union Gallery on the campus. UNC Asheville’s Department of Art features concentrations in ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The department’s 13-member faculty selected exemplary student works in these disciplines to begin the fall exhibition season. The gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. on Sundays. A closing reception with the artists will be held in the gallery from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6. For more information, contact UNC Asheville’s Department of Art at 828/251-6559.

The image above, “The Intrusion,” Oil on Canvas, 2011, by Katherine Knutsen, on display at Highsmith University Union Gallery through September 6.

Ready for Bele Chere? Step Away From the Funnel Cake! Vinnie’s Weekend Specials

Friday, July 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Join us at Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian Restaurant in Asheville, where there’s plenty of Free Parking, Great Food, it’s Nice and Cool and everyone is wearing a shirt!

Weekend Specials: Lobster Fra Diavolo Tuna Salad Roasted Red Pepper Rollatini A Duo of: Berry Martini & Grilled Crostini with Spinning Spider Creamery Goat Cheese and a Blackberry Compote

LIGHT OF WISDOM: A brand new, breakthrough K-8 school in Asheville

Friday, July 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Center for Spiritual Living is honored to announce the formation of a new K-8 school in Asheville where children are learning to be extraordinary  spiritual beings who are creating their lives through the power of their thoughts. Those who have seen Louise Hay’s movie, You Can Heal Your Life, know that our thoughts are amazingly powerful.  Now at the Light of Wisdom School, we are teaching this wisdom to our children.

Most children through traditional educational methods are never given the opportunity to recognize their fullest potential.  As a Youth Education Program of the Center for Spiritual Living, Light of Wisdom School with its empowering educational design offers Asheville families an exciting new approach for learning.

Specifically, this school’s guiding philosophy is rooted in:

  • New Thought – The idea that thought is the most creative and powerful force in the universe.
  • Academic Excellence – Our program maintains or exceeds all standards set for North Carolina academic requirements, K-8th grade. Children also experience activities beyond the classroom to foster a wide-ranging and holistic education.
  • Ethics – Beyond reading, writing and arithmetic, children attending Light of Wisdom School are supported in their character development by consciously practicing honesty, integrity and impeccability.
  • Spiritual Growth – Light of Wisdom School embraces New Thought principles that teach children that there is a power within them that they use to create meaningful successful lives.
  • Emotional and Social – Going beyond the basic requirements of traditional teaching methods, Light of Wisdom School nurtures our children through emotional and social development to support their greatest potential.
  • Honoring the Needs of Each Child – With small classes and specialized attention, every child that attends the Light of Wisdom School is deeply cared for and nurtured in ways that support his or her healthy development.

Barbara Waterhouse, Co-Minister of the Center for Spiritual Living, explained, “The children who come to Light of Wisdom School are becoming the greatest versions of themselves, not only for themselves, but for their communities, their country and the world.”  Currently, there are no other New Thought schools in Western North Carolina; so many eyes are on our groundbreaking initiative in Asheville.

About the School
Light of Wisdom School is fully approved by local and state authorities and is now accepting new student enrollment for grades K-8. Children may enter at any grade level and the only requirement is that parents or caregivers are in alignment with the New Thought spiritual philosophy. To tour our school, meet with teachers and/or receive application forms, contact Nancy Miller at 828-670-6725.

More Information

Light of Wisdom School: www.lightofwisdomschool.com

Email: [email protected]

Center for Spiritual Living in Asheville: www.cslasheville.org

Park Ridge Health Announces Health Events Aug. 1-6

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Park Ridge Health announces this week’s health events, including free screening, breast cancer support groups, and healthy weight management lunches.

“I Can Cope” Breast Cancer Survivors Support Group

August 1 / 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Offered by Park Ridge Health Breast Center and the American Cancer Society.  Join other breast cancer survivors, friends and those at high risk for breast cancer seeking support and information.  Please bring a favorite dish to share for a potluck dinner.  For information, contact Deborah Gentry at 828.650.2790.

Park Ridge Health Breast Center

50 Hospital Drive, Suite 4B

Hendersonville, NC 

WOW-Free Cholesterol Screening – Food Lion Mills River

August 2 / 8:00am – 11:00am, 6 Cross Road

Lipid and glucose profiles by finger stick, along with blood pressure and body max index screening. For best results, fast overnight.

WOW – Free Bone Density – The Bridge at Lake Point Landing

August 3 / 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Bone density screening for osteoporosis. Please wear shoes and socks that are easy to slip off.

334 Thompson Street

Hendersonville, NC

WOW – Free Cholesterol Screening – Ingles Hendersonville

August 4 / 8:00am – 11:00am

Lipid and glucose profiles by finger stick, along with blood pressure and body max index screening. For best results, fast overnight.


625 Spartanburg Hwy.

Hendersonville, NC

Free Lunch & Learn on Eating Your Weigh to a Healthy Weight

August 4 / 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Park Ridge Health is pleased to present a free Lunch & Learn program to discuss eating your way to a healthy weight on Thursday, August 4, at noon at Park Ridge Health Campus Duke Room.

Richard Schaffer, MD is a board-certified family physician who focuses on medical bariatrics and healthy living at MD Wellness and Weight Management on Hendersonville Road in Asheville. Instead of programs being designed around fad diets or hormone injections, Dr. Schaffer focuses on realistic nutritional and lifestyle changes that allow for healthful life-long weight management. Have you tried all the fad diets out there like Atkins, Low Fat, the Zone, South Beach, and more? Did they work for you long-term? Did you gain the weight back that you lost? In his talk “Eating Your Weigh to a Healthy Weight”, Dr. Schaffer will be discussing the fundamental principles you need to know in order to take more control of your own weight management through the dietary choices you make on a daily basis.

The lecture is free, but you may enjoy lunch in our healthy cafe for $7 per person. Come early, get your lunch and bring it to the presentation. Pick up your lunch voucher in the Duke Room just across from the cafe (cash or check only)

Space is limited, so please reserve your space by calling toll free 855.774.5433 or [email protected] by July 28.

Park Ridge Health Duke Room
100 Hospital Drive
Hendersonville, NC

 WOW – Free Cholesterol Screening – Emma Elementary School

August 6 / 8:00am – 11:00am

Lipid and glucose profiles by finger stick, along with blood pressure and body mass index screening. For best results, fast overnight.

37 Brickyard Road

Asheville, NC 28806


Visit Lake Julian Park for Summertime Fun!

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Visit Lake Julian Park! The 26 acre park is located on the banks of lovely Lake Julian, just off Long Shoals Road in South Asheville.

The lake is a well known fishing lake brimming with Large Mouth Bass, Bluegill and Tilapia. Anglers can fish from the shore, from the pier or from a fishing boat. Boats are available for rental at the Lake Julian Park Marina. The fishing pier is handicapped accessible.

Bring the whole family and plan to spend the day at Lake Julian Park. Picnic shelters are available for rental. There are also picnic tables and grills located throughout the park that can be used on a first come/first served basis. Also available first come/first served are horseshoe pits and a sand volleyball court.

For a complete list of hours and park fees, see attached. Questions? Call 684-0376 or email [email protected].

Bele Chere Parking Proceeds to Benefit Special Olympics

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Park close to the center of Bele Chere activities and help out Special Olympics at the same time. Park in the Health Center Parking lot at 35 Woodfin Street (outside only), for only $5 and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Buncombe County.

You can also park at Graybar Electric on Hilliard Street near the Orange Peel for $5 and half of the proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Buncombe County. No parking will be available on Sunday at Graybar.

Hours are:

  • Friday, July 29 (5 p.m. – 9 p.m.)
  • Saturday, July 30 (8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
  • Sunday, July 31 (12:30 – 3 p.m.) Please Note: No parking @ Graybar on Sunday.

For more information, contact Grace Young at (828) 250-4260 or email her at [email protected].

Asheville’s Bele Chere Events July 29-31, 2011

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
ASHEVILE, NC – In addition to a fantastic lineup of interactive performances at the Lexington Avenue Performance Area, please check out our highly talented street performers found throughout the festival footprint.

Bele Chere 5k – July 30, 2011 – 7:30 AM
The Asheville Track Club welcomes you to the official web site of Asheville‘s favorite road race. The ATC expects over 1,500 runners to toe the line for our 32nd race as part of the Southeast’s largest free outdoor festival.

July 30, 2011 – 7:30 AM
New Start Time for Races – The 5K will begin at 7:30 am and the Fit Families Fun at 8:30 am. For more information, visit the Bele Chere 5k Website.

Lexington Avenue Interactive Performance Area
Schedule of Events:

Friday, July 29

  • 4:00- 5:00 Zumba with Shelia!
    Come out and Zumba with Shelia, a passionate and licensed Zumba teacher. Sure to be a good time, a good workout, and a great way to start
    your Bele Chere Experience!
  • 5:00 – 6:00 Shall We Danz- Ballroom Style
    with Missey Lindsey.
  • 6:15 – 7:00 Two-Steppin’ with Deb Swanson
  • 7:15 – 8:00 Hoola-Hoop with Steph McDowell. Demonstration and lesson
    with this super hooper
  • 8:00 – 10:00 Community Drum Circle with Roots of Rhythm- bring your own drum.
    All are welcome!

Saturday, July 30

  • 2:30 – 3:30 Everybody Dance Now! Celebrate National Dance Day
    Learn routine & perform at Bele Chere w/ I Do Dances
  • 3:30 – 4:00 Exuro- Extreme Balance Performance
  • 4:15 – 5:00 Zydeco Dance Demo & Lesson w/ Ms. Swanson, Zydeco Queen
  • 5:00 – 5:30 Shall We Danz- Ballroom Style with Missey Lindsey
  • 6:15 – 7:15 Swing Asheville – don’t miss out on these moves!
  • 7:15 – 8:00 Hoola-Hoopin with Steph McDowell
  • 8:00 – 10:00 Community Drum Circle- all welcome, bring your own drum.

Sunday, July 31

  • 2:00 to 3:00 Zumba with Shelia! Sunday Zumba? Sure!
  • 3:00 to 4:00 Mountain Thunder Cloggers – a big group that does clogging right!
  • 4:30 to 6:00 Shall We Danz- Ballroom Style with Missey Lindsey

Please contact us with any questions.

Sales Tax Holiday Set For Aug. 5-7

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – North Carolinians can save money by purchasing items like clothing, school supplies and computers during the state’s sales tax holiday that begins on Friday, Aug. 5 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 7.

Clothing, footwear, and school supplies of $100 or less per item; school instructional materials of $300 or less per item; sports and recreational equipment of $50 or less per item; computers of $3,500 or less per item; and computer supplies of $250 or less per item will be exempt from sales tax. The holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 5 and lasts until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7.

  • Note: the specific types of items that are exempt from sales tax are defined in detail for the holiday. Items are not exempt from sales tax just because they are required by a child’s school or sports team.

Go to http://www.dor.state.nc.us/taxes/sales/salestax_holiday.html for more details on the 2011 sales tax holiday, including a technical bulletin that specifies the items that are exempt from sales tax.

Understanding How The Sales Tax Holiday Works

Retailers may not charge sales taxes and require taxpayers to request refunds of those taxes, either from the retailer or the Department of Revenue. In cases where the sales taxes are charged during the holiday on purchases that should be exempt, the purchaser’s only option for a refund is the retailer.

Participation in the sales tax holiday is required. Retailers may not “opt out” of the holiday.

Discounts from retailers’ coupons are deducted from the price of an item before you determine if the item is eligible for the sales tax exemption. Example: a customer buys a dress priced at $105 and uses a retailer’s coupon for a 10 percent discount. The discounted sales price of the dress is $94.50 ($105.00 – $10.50 = $94.50) and the dress is exempt from sales tax if purchased during the holiday. Manufacturers’ coupons are treated just the opposite way; manufacturers’ coupons are not deducted from the sales price before determining eligibility for sales tax exemption.

Rebates do not affect the sales price of an item for the sales tax holiday. Example: a computer priced at $4,000 with a $600 rebate is not exempt from sales taxes because the amount of the rebate is not considered when determining whether the computer is more than the $3,500 limit for computers.

  • Please note the difference in how coupons and rebates affect whether or not an item is exempt from tax during the holiday.


Please call the Taxpayer Assistance and Collections Center at 1-877-252-3052 if you have any questions about this issue.

UNC Asheville to Offer LSAT Prep Course Beginning August 24

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Registration is now open for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) prep course offered by UNC Asheville‘s Professional Education Program. The course is designed to help students perform well on the 2011 LSAT exam, required by most law schools for admission.

The LSAT prep course will meet Wednesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for six consecutive weeks, August 24- September 28. Students will learn test-taking strategies and work with test-simulation exercises on analytical reasoning, logical reasoning, reading comprehension and writing samples.

Cost for the course is $450, which includes textbooks, practice tests and a CD The deadline for on-time registration is August 18. Registrations received after that date will be subject to a $15 late fee. For more information or to register, contact Nancy Williams at UNC Asheville, at 828/250-2353 or [email protected]. Additional information is online at http://agc.unca.edu/lsat.