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Park Ridge Wellness Offering Free Lifestyle Transformation Class

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Park Ridge Health wants you to live healthier, happier and with less stress. That’s why we are offering the free CREATION Health series class to the public. The eight-week series will take place on Tuesday evenings from March 6 to April 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Wellness Office on the campus of Park Ridge Health.  CREATION Health is a lifestyle transformation program that guides participants through the eight universal principles of whole-person wellness: Choice, Rest, Environment, Activity, Trust, Interpersonal Relationships, Outlook and Nutrition. By following these eight principles, you can expect to feel empowered to live life to its fullest.  Space is limited, so please call 855.PRH.LIFE to pre-register and start living CREATION Healthy!

For additional information about this program, please visit www.CREATIONHealth.com.

About Park Ridge Health:

Park Ridge Health was built by Henderson County residents, and more than 100 years later, they are still a beloved piece of the growing community’s health care network – providing quality, compassionate care in a Christian environment. In 1986, Park Ridge partnered with Adventist Health System, joining more than 43 exceptional not-for-profit community hospitals in the U.S., and leading the way in many medical firsts for the region.  For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit parkridgehealth.org or call 855.PRH.LIFE (774-5433).

Free Presentation on Medical Tourism in Asheville

Monday, February 13th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The A-B Tech Social Science department will present a free program on Medical Tourism at 2 p.m. Feb. 21 in Ferguson 121 on the College’s Asheville campus.

A-B Tech Instructor April Birchfield will give the presentation. “Medical tourism, combining the elements of a vacation with medical treatment, is not a new popular culture craze,” she said. “The practice has been around since the ancient Sumerian period, and in the late 19th and early 20th centuries Western North Carolina was a center of the industry.”

The presentation will discuss the development of medical tourism in Asheville and the surrounding area with regards to the geothermal and mineral springs, tuberculosis sanatoria, and hay fever hotels.

UNC Asheville Praised by Princeton Review for Academic Excellence

Monday, February 13th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – For the sixth year in a row, UNC Asheville was selected as one of the “Best Value” public colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. “Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition,” profiling the top 75 public colleges and top 75 private colleges, was published today; the rankings were also reported in today’s edition of USA Today.

“The liberal arts tradition is alive and well at UNC Asheville, where students are encouraged to question, to discuss,” according to The Princeton Review. The guidebook also credits the university with preparing graduates for today’s tough job market: “The myriad research opportunities help flesh out a résumé, and the stress on real world application gets students job-ready before they even set foot outside the mountains.”

Students told The Princeton Review they appreciate the small class size at UNC Asheville and a feeling that “faculty are overwhelmingly supportive of the students … they know our names.” One student described UNC Asheville as “a school that promotes the growth of its students with an emphasis on a personal approach to undergraduate education.” The Princeton Review concluded that “UNC Asheville is an inexpensive way to achieve an excellent education, at a school that may be less intimidating than a larger institution.”

UNC Asheville students described the university as “a lot of fun to live at,” in the “amazing and quirky city” of Asheville. The Princeton Review noted the university’s mountain location with ready access to outdoor sports and activities, so in the words of one student, “you are never bored.”

The Princeton Review selected the top 150 institutions from among a larger pool of 650 colleges selected for academic excellence. Its rankings are based on institutional data, surveys of university administrators and student opinion surveys collected in 2010-11. The selection criteria focused on undergraduate academics, costs and financial aid.

The Princeton Review’s assessment of UNC Asheville echoes many other prominent college rankings. In September, UNC Asheville was ranked eighth in the nation among public liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report, which also listed the university among those where students graduate with the least amount of debt. In July, the “Fiske Guide to Colleges” called UNC Asheville “one of the best education bargains in the country.” UNC Asheville was also named one of America’s “10 Best Colleges for the Money” by bankrate.com, and praised for quality and value by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

Celebrated Novelist and Poet Sandra Cisneros Comes to UNCA for Public Event

Monday, February 13th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Celebrated novelist and poet Sandra Cisneros takes the stage in Asheville on Friday, March 2, at 7 p.m., at UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. An Evening with Sandra Cisnerosis free and open to the public and will include a book-signing and reception.

As the winner of numerous literary awards, Cisneros is best known for her highly acclaimed coming-of-age novel “House on Mango Street,” which has sold more than two million copies worldwide and is required reading in middle schools, high schools, and universities across the country.

Her other works include the multi-award-winning short-story collection, “Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories”; “Caramelo,” a novel selected for numerous One-City/One-Read projects across the country; “Hairs/Pelitos,” named Best Children’s Book of the Year by Parenting Magazine; and her spirited collection of poems, “Loose Woman,” which the Boston Globe described as “poignant, sexy….lyrical, passionate…cool and delicate…hot as a chili pepper.” Cisneros’ work has been translated in more than a dozen languages.

The only daughter of seven children in a Mexican-American family living in a Puerto Rican neighborhood in Chicago, Cisneros says she was expected to “do only chores and not study.” Instead she went on to achieve an undergraduate degree in English from Loyola University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. She has also been awarded numerous honorary doctorate degrees.

The event is co-sponsored by Lenoir-Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville and UNC Asheville’s Office of Cultural Events and Special Academic Programs. The new graduate center, which opens in August, will offer master’s-level programs in health care, business, liberal arts and sciences, and counseling.

The evening is part of LRU’s Visiting Writers Series and is the first of many such community events available to the graduate center’s new Asheville neighbors. The Visiting Writers Series of Lenoir-Rhyne University has offered literary programming for 21 years at the main campus in Hickory. The same series will now also be available in Asheville, providing an opportunity for the public to meet authors and hear them read from their works in a relaxed setting.

“We are delighted to partner with UNC Asheville to bring Ms. Cisneros to Asheville for this free event,” said Paul Knott, director of the new LRU graduate center. “We’re committed to being part of the community and look forward to offering other cultural opportunities for the public in addition to our graduate programs.”

For more information on An Evening with Sandra Cisneros, contact UNC Asheville’s Office of Cultural Events and Special Academic Programs at (828) 251-6674.

Lenoir-Rhyne plans to purchase a portion of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce building, located on Montford Ave. at I-240 downtown, to house the center. New programs will be added each year, responding to the needs and interests of the Asheville community. To learn more, visit http://asheville.lr.edu/.

Lenoir-Rhyne University is a private, coeducational university located in Hickory, N.C. It is affiliated with the N.C. Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and is open to students from all religious backgrounds. The web site is www.lr.edu.

UNC Asheville is the University of North Carolina’s designated Liberal Arts University.

AIR Announces Asheville’s Small Plate Crawl Feb 21-23

Monday, February 13th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Asheville Independent Restaurants announces The Asheville Small Plate Crawl event February 21-23, 2012. Three full days of small plate tastes.  Dozens of Asheville’s finest restaurants serving small plates and showcasing their cuisine.  Plates priced from $3-8.  Visit ashevillesmallplatecrawl.com for more information.

Copier Needed for Helpmate – Can You Help?

Monday, February 13th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Asheville‘s Local domestic violence agency, Helpmate, is asking for a copier! Our copier has broken down again and is not repairable. We need  a copier that will duplex 2-sided copies,sort,has a document feeder, can accommodate 4,000-5,000 copies per month and can make 30-35 pages/copies a minute.  If you have a copier you would like to donate please contact Ann Flynn, Development Director at 828-254-2968 x11 or [email protected]

Asheville Premier of “Peace Through Education: Stealing the Light”

Monday, February 13th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Local production company Rock Creek Productions is excited to announce the Asheville premier of their documentary film “Peace Through Education: Stealing The Light”. It will be playing on Thursday, February 23rd, at 7pm at the Fine Arts Theater. Tickets are $10, and can be purchased at The Fine Arts Theater.

Directed and Produced by Asheville filmmaker Aimie Burns of Rock Creek Productions, “Peace Through Education: Stealing the Light” tells the story of Dr. Mohammad Khan Kharoti and his struggle to give the gifts of literacy and educational opportunity to the children of Afghanistan. A resident of Portland, Oregon since 1987, Dr. Kharoti wanted to give back to his home country. In 2001, he opened a school in his home village of Shin Kalay, in the war-torn Helmand Province. 16 Students attended that first year, both boys and girls. Success followed, and by 2008, over 1,200 students were attending daily, more than 400 of them girls. The school had grown physically, too, into a safe, walled compound with classroom facilities for boys and girls, a library, computer lab, dormitories for the staff, a well for water and generators. Dr. Mohammad Khan Kharoti’s Green Village School became a welcomed focus for the entire community. Sadly, tragedy struck in October, 2008 when a group of armed gunmen entered the village and looted the school, bulldozing it, destroying everything and leaving only a heap of rubble on the ground.  Devastated but undeterred, Dr. Kharoti is rebuilding the school and has now devoted himself full-time to the cause of education in Afghanistan.



Peter Nordeen’s Meher Baba Film God In Human Form at Pack Library February 18

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – In honor of Meher Baba’s 118th birthday – a public showing of the film GOD IN HUMAN FORM – The life and work of Avatar Meher Baba at LORD AUDITORIUM in PACK LIBRARY 67 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801 on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 3PM.  This event is free and open to the public.

WHO IS MEHER BABA? At 65 minutes God in Human Form is a comprehensive yet concise biographical documentary of the most spiritually dynamic personality of this age, Avatar Meher Baba. Through the creative use of rare photographs, film footage and unique selections of music – including pieces composed by Meher Baba himself – the elements are woven together to present a clear perspective of this most remarkable life. The beauty of this film lies in its simplicity of format, succinctness of presentation, comprehensiveness of scope, and the depth of understanding of the significance of Meher Baba’s advent and mission.

AVATAR MEHER BABA(1894 -1969) one of India’s most revered spiritual masters, observed silence for 44 years. Of this silence Baba said, “I have come not to teach but to awaken” people’s hearts to the God within. He stated, “You have been given enough words” and that now is the time to put spiritual truths into action in everyday life. Fluent in 7 languages, his messages were eloquently communicated through the use of an English alphabet board, and later through a unique system of hand gestures.

About his mission Meher Baba said, “I have come to sow the seed of love in your hearts so that, in spite of the superficial diversity which your life in illusion must experience and endure, the feeling of Oneness, through love, is brought about amongst all nations, creeds, sects and castes of the world.”  

Regarding spiritual life, Meher Baba commented, “God, who is in everything and everyone, is deaf to formal rituals, ceremonies, and prayers in mosques, churches and temples, but he hears the voice of the heart. When you help others, God knows instantly and is pleased. No amount of prayer or meditation can do what helping others can do.”

More information: 828 274-0307

APD Using New Technology

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The Asheville Police Department recently took steps with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office to increase the amount of crime data available online.  Other new services include an iPhone app and the ability to anonymously submit tips online and through texting.

“Providing reliable, timely information to our residents is one of our top priorities, because an informed public is a safer public,” says Interim Police Chief Wade Wood.  “These tools will give us the ability to keep the public informed on a regular basis as to what is going on in the community.”

The new interactive mapping tool is available at www.crimereports.com.  The website features a map that includes near real time crime data.  Users can simply enter an address and see recent crime activity and the locations of registered sex offenders.  More in-depth information, such as summaries of crime counts by crime type, will continue to be available through the city’s CrimeMapper application.

To text a tip, users should text “APDTIP [add message here]” to 274637 (CRIMES).  This secure and anonymous tool also allows for anonymous two-way dialog between tipsters and law enforcement.  Another option is to anonymously and securely submit tips online at http://www.ashevillenc.gov/Departments/Police/CrimeReports.aspx.

More information about the CrimeMapper application, CrimeReports website and the new anonymous tip tools is available on the police department’s web pages at www.ashevillenc.gov.

Valentine’s, Another Reason to Get on the Bus!

Monday, February 6th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – “LAZOOM‘S LET YOUR LOVE ROLL RIDE”. February 10-14. Your total body Gigglegasm for Valentines Day!

LaZoom’s “Let Your Love Roll” Ride is the absolute finest way to tell your sweety that they are “worth it.”   A Valentine’s ride for couples with games, performance, special guests, and LaZoom’s special brand of heart warming mayhem, breaking at a super special secret location with a romantic live band just for YOU and your LOVE!

Tickets $60 per couple..no single seats available. (make sure you buy 2 adult tickets)