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Learn All About Roses

Monday, August 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Yes, you can grow beautiful roses and fall is a great time to plant! These beautiful flowering shrubs add color and fragrance to your garden or landscape.

Learn how to choose the right rose for the right spot and how to keep it happy.Learn how to choose the right rose for the right spot and how to keep it happy. This class will cover site selection, soil preparation, planting, and feeding. Different sizes and types of roses will be discussed, including modern and old garden roses, floribundas, polyanthas, shrub roses and climbers.

There are roses for almost every site. Roses that require little or no spraying will be emphasized, but organic and traditional sprays will be covered. Tips for dead-heading and pruning will be given and you will learn how to prepare your roses for winter. This program is intended for the relatively novice rose grower.

The class will be held on Wednesday, August 31 from 1 – 4 p.m. at the North Carolina Arboretum. Instructors are Extension Master Gardeners Judy Deutsch and Mary Reeves and the cost is $16 Arboretum members/$21 Nonmembers (includes entry/parking fee). There will be a limit of 40 students – register online at the NC Arboretum website www.ncarboretum.org.

For more information, contact Judy Deutsch [email protected].

WCU to Offer Ballroom Dance Classes

Monday, August 29th, 2011

CULLOWHEE, NC – Western Carolina University will offer a six-week ballroom dance class from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays from Sept. 12 through Oct. 10, with a final class Thursday, Oct. 13, on the WCU campus.

Instructor Heidi Turlington, with degrees in dance and physical education, is a former competitive dancer and experienced instructor. Participants will learn dances including the waltz, tango, cha-cha, swing and fox-trot, as well as the basics of leading and following in social ballroom dance. Participants are welcome with or without a partner and should wear comfortable, soft-bottomed shoes.

The classes, sponsored by WCU’s Division of Educational Outreach, cost $59 per person and will be held in Room 134 of WCU’s Cordelia Camp Building.

To register, or for more information, call 828-227-7397 or go online to http://learn.wcu.edu and select “community classes, conferences and workshops.”

Trustee Hurley Appointed to State System Foundation

Monday, August 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Richard Hurley, an A-B Tech Trustee since 1996 and former chairman of the Board of Trustees, has been appointed to the North Carolina Community College System Foundation Board. He is one of seven new, at-large members who will serve four-year terms.

The North Carolina Community College System Foundation is a non-profit foundation working to enhance the capacity of the state’s community colleges as well as increase public advocacy, encourage innovation, recognize excellence and build leadership. The Foundation also provides scholarship opportunities for student excellence and in high-priority programs.

Hurley, a retired executive from Square D Corporation, also sits on the A-B Tech Foundation Board. He was honored in 2007 with the A-B Tech President’s Award for his dedication to the College. He has served as the United Way’s general campaign chair twice, and received the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a past president of the Executive Board of the Daniel Boone Council of the Boy Scouts of America, a founding board member and past president of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Western North Carolina, and an alumnus of Leadership Asheville II.

He also has served on the boards of the American Red Cross, the Community Relations Council, the Family Services Center, Asheville Community Theater and the Arts Alliance.

Special Events Recognize the 50th Anniversary of the Desegregation of Pack Memorial Library

Monday, August 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The ASCORE Youth Leadership Committee, a community-wide committee headquartered at the Center for Diversity Education at UNC Asheville, will commemorate the 1961 desegregation of Pack Memorial Library with a series of special events on Sunday, Sept. 18.

The events, which are free and open to the public, are co-sponsored by the Martin Luther King Association, the Stephens-Lee Alumni Association, the Buncombe County Library System, the Asheville Art Museum, and the Center for Diversity Education at UNC Asheville.

Youngsters outside the "Colored Public Library" once housed in the YMI Cultural Center. The Pack Memorial Library, long restricted for whites only, was not desegregated until 1961.Youngsters outside the “Colored Public Library” once housed in the YMI Cultural Center. The Pack Memorial Library, long restricted for whites only, was not desegregated until 1961.

“From 1929 through 1961, the Market Street Branch Library was identified as the ‘Colored Public Library’ and was housed at the YMI Cultural Center. The ‘Whites Only’ Pack Memorial Library was around the corner in what is now the Asheville Art Museum,” said David Miles, ASCORE Youth Leadership Committee event co-chair and Asheville Middle School assistant principal. “After being denied equal access to educational resources at Pack Library simply because of their race, high school students from Stephens-Lee and Allen School approached the members of the City of Asheville Library Board and requested that they desegregate the main branch of Pack Memorial Library, which was on Pack Square. The students, Oralene Graves Simmons and Viola Jones Spells, were members of the Asheville Student Committee on Racial Equality or ASCORE. Their request was approved by the library board on September 15, 1961.”

The commemoration will begin with talks by ASCORE members at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at the YMI on Market Street in downtown Asheville. Following the talks will be a commemorative walk to the former site of Pack Memorial Library on Pack Square, now the location of the Asheville Art Museum, for a reception and photo exhibit.

Namurah Blakely, ASCORE Youth Leadership Committee event co-chair, said, “As a volunteer in the Asheville City School system and as a mother of two young men who attend (and attended) Asheville High School, it is important that our future leaders see and acknowledge the past and present leaders of our community. This knowledge will stay with them forever to help shape and mold them into our leaders of tomorrow.”

The organization is planning a series of commemorations concerning desegregation in Asheville that will be held over the coming five years and will include a summer youth leadership development program.

For more information, visit diversityed.org or call 828.232.5024.

“Well-a-Bration” – A Week of Wellness Activities at UNC Asheville

Monday, August 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – “Well-a-Bration,” a week of activities showcasing UNC Asheville‘s health and wellness programs and the grand opening of the new Sherrill Center, will take place Monday, Sept. 12, through Saturday, Sept. 17. The week will feature cooking and exercise programs, meetings of health policy leaders, two expos, and a talk by Dr. Patch Adams, the physician and social activist who inspired the Robin Williams film named for him. Many Well-a-Bration events and activities will be free and open to the public.

“Well-a-Bration will help focus attention on what we can all do to make this a healthier community and a healthier state,” said David Gardner, executive director of UNC Asheville’s N.C. Center for Health & Wellness (NCCH&W). “We’re also celebrating the opening of a great new resource, the Sherrill Center, home to NCCH&W and the Kimmel Arena.”

Well-a-Bration will feature two expos in the Sherrill Center: The N.C. Health Expo, featuring interactive exhibits and demonstrations, will take place on the Kimmel Arena concourse. Downstairs, the Sports Expo, held in conjunction with the Asheville Citizen-Times Half Marathon, will be held on the Kimmel Arena floor.

“We take a holistic approach to health and wellness, so we have a variety of activities,” said Jill Moffitt, director of student life in UNC Asheville’s Campus Recreation Department, who has scheduled certain events just for students and their families, faculty and staff. “Some activities will introduce the campus community to the new fitness facilities in the Sherrill Center.” said Moffitt. “Other events will highlight the social and emotional aspects of wellness and healthier eating options.”

Well-a-Bration highlights that are free and open to the public include:

  • Dr. Patch Adams, physician, clown, activist, and founder of the Gesundheit! Institute, a nonprofit project in holistic medical care based on the belief that one cannot separate the health of the individual from the health of the family, the community, the world, and the health care system itself. 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, Sherrill Center, room 417.
  • Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina statewide leadership team meeting, including Dr. Jeffrey Engel, State Health Director; David Gardner, executive director, UNC Asheville’s N.C. Center for Health & Wellness; Keith Ray, associate professor and chair, UNC Asheville Department of Health and Wellness; others, 1-4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16, Sherrill Center, room 417.
  • NCCH&W Partners Health Expo, featuring interactive exhibits and demonstrations, 2-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, Kimmel Arena, Sherrill Center.
  • 2011 Asheville Citizen-Times Half-Marathon & 5K Run & Walk Sports Expo, 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 and noon-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, Kimmel Arena, Sherrill Center.

For the complete Well-a-Bration schedule of evening health policy seminars, cooking and exercise programs and more, visit unca.edu/wellabration.

Brookstone Lodge Announces 15% off Special Aug 28-Sept 1

Friday, August 26th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Join Brookstone Lodge August 28-September 1 for 15% off when you mention you found them on AshevilleNC.com. A brand new hotel with the charm of a fabulous mountain lodge, just minutes from the Biltmore Estate, Blue Ridge Parkway, and downtown Asheville.  Free continental breakfast, indoor pool, hot tub, and wireless internet.  Get away to beautiful Asheville and enjoy all the Brookstone Lodge has to offer!  “Leave your worries at home…”

Two Weeks Remain to See Summer Exhibits at The North Carolina Arboretum

Friday, August 26th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Two art exhibitions have taken center stage at the Arboretum this summer, both giving unique and awe-inspiring perspectives on how artists utilize plants in their work. Showing concurrently in the Baker Exhibit Center’s Exhibit Hall, the shows are open to the public through Tuesday, September 6.

Botanical Chords by Terry Ashley blurs the line between science and art. A former research scientist at Yale University School of Medicine, Ashley developed her technique while pursuing her hobby of photographing plant parts under the light microscope. Ashley termed her art “chords” because they connect two separate images, one traditional plant photograph and one image taken at a cellular level.

To create the microscopic image, Ashley carefully peels a single layer of cells from a plant leaf, stem, or petal and photographs it under high magnification. She then places a picture of the plant’s exterior on top of the picture of its cells, creating a textured, multi-layered piece of art. Aesthetically stunning and scientifically accurate, the images encourage an understanding of plants at a cellular level.

Also on display, The Fine Art of Wood: An International Invitational Exhibition of Woodturning features the work of more than 40 artists from across the country and around the world. The exhibit showcases a wide variety of style and presentation, from pedestal and tabletop pieces to wall hangings. The American Association of Woodturners, along with their local chapter, the Carolina Mountain Woodturners, helped facilitate this exhibit.

To broaden the visitor experience, an exhibit called Into the Wood is featured in the Baker Exhibit Center Greenhouse. Designed and produced by Arboretum staff, Into the Wood explores the differences between hardwoods and softwoods, as well as the many variables that can affect the appearance and health of a tree. Seven interactive stations provide visitors a closer look at a variety of woods and the similarities and differences that exist among them. The exhibit introduces basic concepts in wood, such as figure, growth rings, and rays through hands-on components that allow visitors to see and touch actual tree cookies. Microscope tables with various tree cells on slides offer students the opportunity to view and note different structures within cells and cell wall formations. Predators of wood, including microbes, bacteria, fungi, and insects are also featured in the exhibit. Support for Into the Wood is provided by a grant from the American Association of Woodturners, as well as Asheville Hardware, Community Partner of The North Carolina Arboretum.

The Fine Art of Wood is one of three shows this summer bringing the best of woodturning art and craft to the region. Blue Spiral 1, located on historic Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville, is hosting Wood Moving Forward, featuring the work of 14 premier Southern artists through September 30. Grovewood Gallery, located near the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, presents A Wood Collector’s Home, featuring work by 19 top wood artists from across North America through October 2.

The NC Arboretum is located next to the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance at Milepost 393. From I-26, take Exit 33 and follow Blue Ridge Parkway signs for two miles to the entrance ramp. Visit www.ncarboretum.org/plan-a-visit for parking fees, property hours and building hours. For general information call (828) 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.

Botanical Chords and The Fine Art of Wood are on display at The North Carolina Arboretum through September 6. Both exhibitions are open to the public during regular Baker Exhibit Center hours: 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily. There is no admission fee for these exhibits.
For information, call (828) 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org. The central mission of The North Carolina Arboretum, an affiliate institution of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, is to cultivate connections between people and plants.

From the Farm to your Fork

Friday, August 26th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Hurry – time is running out! Time for the best, most nutritious summer produce, that is! Summer’s small window of opportunity for fresh, ripe tomatoes, peaches, melons and more is coming to a close.

Picked at its peak, produce found at the farmer's market is fresh and flavorful.Picked at its peak, produce found at the farmer’s market is fresh and flavorful. Even better, it packs more nutrients than its supermarket counterparts because the longer fruits and vegetables sit after they are picked, the more nutrients they lose. And more abundant produce means more money in your pocket as prices are lower when there is more to sell.

Here are a few tips for shopping at the farmer’s market this August to help you get the most nutritious bang for your buck:

  • Go early, go late. The best produce tends to go quickly, so get to the market early if you can. If you can’t get there early, another way to save money is to go late in the day. Some markets are only open on limited days each week and whatever produce hasn’t sold at the end of the day can be a steal if you just ask – many farmers are willing to mark down prices at the end of the day.
  • Bring your bag. A reusable bag will help you carry the abundance of produce you pick up at the market. Most farmers will have plastic bags available, but they appreciate when you bring your own to re-use each week.
  • Cash or card? While some markets do accept debit payments, most accept cash only. Be sure to bring small denominations if you plan on only getting a few items and be sure to have change available – many items go for less than a dollar!

Let’s Go to the Apple Festival!

Friday, August 26th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Join Buncombe County for 2011 Apple Festival in downtown Hendersonville for a day filled with arts and crafts vendors, live musical entertainment, special exhibits, open houses and, of course, the number one attraction of the event, APPLES!

Go to the NC Apple Festival with us!Apple growers abound, inviting you to taste and buy the fruit that has made Henderson County famous. Capture the spirit of a hometown celebration with many individual events and entertainers throughout the day. The Apple Festival’s Street Fair covers nine blocks of Main Street with more than 150 vendors and is closed to traffic.

Join us as we go to the first day of the 65th Annual North Carolina Apple Festival. We will leave from the Parks, Greenways and Recreation Administrative office (59 Woodfin Place, Asheville) at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 2, and return around 3 p.m.

The cost for this trip is $20 and includes transportation. Lunch is on your own in Hendersonville. The last day to register for this trip is Friday, August 26. Wear walking shoes and bring your sunscreen.

For information or to register, call Grace Young at 250-4265 or email her at [email protected]. To learn more about the NC Apple Festival, visit www.ncapplefestival.org.

Are you Prepared for Flooding?

Friday, August 26th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Flooding is one of the most common disasters that occurs in Western North Carolina. Where will your family be if it floods? At work, at school, in the car? How will you find each other? How will you and your family keep safe?

Follow these steps to safely get through a flood.


Be Prepared

  • Find out if you live in a flood-prone area. Ask your local Floodplain Administrator, Fire Department, or Buncombe County Emergency Servicesabout local flood history.
    • Plan and practice more than one way to get to higher ground from home and work.
  • Plan to call a family member or close friend if your family is separated.
    • Be sure your family knows how to call that person.
    • Choose someone who doesn’t live near you and let them know that they are your emergency contact.
  • Everyone should have emergency supplies on hand. You can also use these for other emergencies such as a power outage, blizzard or pandemic.
    • Flashlights and extra batteries
    • Battery operated radio and extra batteries
    • First aid kit and medicines
    • Food, water, can opener
    • Cash, credit cards, important papers such as insurance information, mortgage, banking account numbers

During a flood

  • Stay out of flood waters. They often carry illness-causing germs.
  • Move to higher ground if you need to.
  • Do not try to drive through flooded areas.
  • If your car gets caught in rising water, get out of the car.
  • Watch out for mudslides, downed electrical wires or fallen objects. Stay away and call 911.
  • Report broken water or sewer lines to the appropriate utility company.
  • Listen to local radio for information and updates from Emergency Services.

After a flood

  • Continue to stay away from flooded areas.
  • Keep listening to the radio for updated news.
  • If you must walk or drive in areas that were flooded, stay on solid ground. Standing water may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
  • If your home or work was flooded:
    • Contact your local building inspector to determine if it is safe to enter the building.
    • Use a flashlight to check the building. Do not use matches or turn on the electricity.
    • Have a licensed electrician, air conditioning or appliance repairman check before you turn power back on or use these items.
    • If you smell gas leave the house and call PSNC Energy or your local carrier.
    • Ask a licensed plumber or gas appliance technician to inspect your appliances and piping.

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