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Mega Match-a-thon Event through Asheville Humane Society

Monday, March 26th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Looking for a forever friend? Don’t miss the Mega Match-a-thon Event March 31-April 1!

  • Saturday, March 31, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and
  • Sunday, April 1, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

At the Biltmore Square Mall, 800 Brevard Road, Asheville, just past the WNC Farmer’s Market.

With every adoption, pets will receive a free collar and tag, a free leash and a caricature drawn of you and your pet!

These great animal groups hope to get 150 animals adopted this weekend:  The Animal Compassion Network, Asheville Humane Society, Blue Ridge Humane Society, Blue Ridge Husky Rescue, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, Madison County Animal Service, McDowell County Animal Outreach, Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation.

Want to know more?  Contact Meghan Jordan at 828-606-8428 or via email at [email protected]

Asheville Humane Society is dedicated to promoting the compassionate treatment of animals in our community through education, sheltering and adoption.

Drama Club presents The Importance of Being Earnest

Monday, March 26th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The A-B Tech Drama Club presents The Importance of Being Earnest at 7:30 p.m. April 12, 13, 19, 20 and 21 at the Carriage House Theatre on the Asheville campus.

The production is directed by A-B Tech drama instructor Peter Carver and features a cast of A-B Tech students and faculty including Allison Stinson as Lady Bracknell, Aaron Borgmann as Jack Worthing, Alex Lohman as Gwendolyn Bracknell, Ted Rolle as Algernon Moncrieff and Karma West as Cecily Cardew.

Written by Oscar Wilde, the play premiered in London in 1895 at St. James’s Theatre. Set in London and the English countryside during the late 19th century, The Importance of Being Earnest is a both a whimsical romantic comedy as well as a sharp-witted satire of Victorian society.

Tickets are $3 for A-B Tech students and staff, $5 for area students and $10 for adults.  Seating is limited. Box office opens April 2.  For information and reservations, call 828-254-1921, ext. 890 or email [email protected]

Climate Scientist Michael Mann to Speak at UNC Asheville

Monday, March 26th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Renowned climate scientist Michael E. Mann will discuss his new book, “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars,” at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall. His talk is free and open to the public.

Michael MannMann, a Penn State faculty member who holds joint positions in the departments of meteorology and geosciences, is director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center. He was a lead author on the Observed Climate Variability and Change chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001. He shared the Nobel Peace Prize with other IPCC authors in 2007. He is also co-founder and contributor to the award-winning science website RealClimate.org.

Mann is best known for his work reconstructing climate fluctuations over the past one thousand years. Dubbed the hockey stick graph, the chart was prominently featured in the IPCC 2001 report on global climate and became a central icon in the controversy that followed the report’s publication, known to many as the “climate wars.” In his talk, Mann will share the story of the science and politics behind the controversy surrounding climate change.

Mann has received a number of honors and awards, including NOAA’s outstanding publication award in 2002 and selection by Scientific American as one of the 50 leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002.

Mann’s visit is being hosted by UNC Asheville’s Climate Change and Society certificate program, which is part of UNC Asheville’s Masters of Liberal Arts program, and the departments of Psychology and Atmospheric Science.

For more information on Mann’s talk, contact Michael Neelon, UNC Asheville assistant professor of Psychology, at 828.250.2359 or email [email protected].

Lunasa Event At Diana Wortham Theatre March 24

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – To say that Lunasa launched into the new decade on a high note hardly covers it. Long ago dubbed “the hottest Irish acoustic group on the planet” by Irish Voice, Lúnasa wrapped up the past decade with recognition as Performers of the Decade by liveireland.com, as featured artists on Natalie Merchant’s landmark project, Leave Your Sleep, and with its own new CD – Lá Nua, which was in Irish Echo’s Top 10 Albums of 2010. They have sold out shows across North America, the UK, Europe, and Japan. Come for an unforgettable night and delight in their inventive arrangements and bass-driven grooves.

March 24, 2012 • 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: Regular $30, Student $25, Child $12
Groups of 10-19: $27 each
Groups of 20 or more: $25 each

2012 Perennial Plant of the Year

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Brunnera macrophylla The Perennial Plant Association’s Perennial of the Year is Brunnera macrophylla “Jack Frost”. Brunneras are treasured for their shade tolerance and early baby-blue, forget-me-not like flowers.

“Jack Frost” is especially valued for its silver and green leaves that shine in the shade garden from spring through fall. The plant grows about 18 inches tall and 8 inches wide in a mounded form. This hardy perennial grows well in hardiness zones 3 to 8.

For more information, call Buncombe County Cooperative Extension at 255-5522.

Think Before You Drink

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Five minutes to drink it, 50 minutes to burn it off...ASHEVILLE NC – How much exercise do you need to burn off the calories in a typical soda?

It may take you 5 minutes to drink a bottle of soda. But if you are a typical adolescent weighing 110 pounds, it would take you 50 minutes of jogging to burn off that bottle of soda.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health wanted to see what inner-city teenagers would do when they found the answer to that question.

The researchers put posters in convenience stores, telling teens the time it would take to burn off the calories in one soda. After seeing the posters, the teens bought more water, and fewer sugar-sweetened sodas.

Learn more at hhs.gov.

Biltmore Exhibit Reveals Fascinating Details and Rare Family Treasures

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – A visit to America’s largest home often spurs a common question among guests: “What was it like to be a Vanderbilt and live such an extraordinary life?” After years of research, Biltmore answers the question with a new exhibition beginning April 7 titled “The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad.”

Located in the Biltmore Legacy in Antler Hill Village & Winery, the exhibition provides a fascinating look at the lives of George, Edith and Cornelia Vanderbilt. Rare objects from Biltmore’s collection and new stories pulled from estate archives provide an exciting look into a bygone era. Entry to the exhibition is included in estate admission.

“For years, guests at Biltmore have wanted to know more about the Vanderbilts,” said Ellen Rickman, director of Museum and Guest Services. “With this exhibition, we’ve tried to craft a vivid story that showcases their extraordinary lives. There is so much to see and discover. When you enter the exhibit space, it’s like stepping back into history.”

The exhibition begins with George Vanderbilt’s background and the Vanderbilt family tree. Excerpts from Vanderbilt’s diary, stories of his world travels as a young man and family photos reveal what it was like to grow up in one of the world’s wealthiest families.

His transition from America’s most eligible bachelor to a married family man is detailed with intriguing facts about his romantic courtship with Edith Stuyvesant Dresser, highlights from their European honeymoon and photos of their homecoming to Biltmore House. The joyous birth of their daughter Cornelia is captured with family letters and intimate photos from Edith Vanderbilt’s personal Kodak camera.

Throughout the exhibition, private family photos and priceless objects provide a tangible bridge to the past. The silver tea service from George Vanderbilt’s private rail car, Edith Vanderbilt’s elegant Louis Vuitton trunk and authentic samurai swords from a trip to Japan reveal a family that valued intellectual curiosity, new cultures and history.

While researching the Vanderbilt’s extensive world travels, the Museum Services staff discovered the Vanderbilts were scheduled to sail on Titanic. “While going through the estate’s archives, we were able to piece together a fascinating story about why the Vanderbilts did not board Titanic,” said Darren Poupore, chief curator. “We share the fateful decision that ultimately saved his life for the first time in this exhibition.” A model of Titanic, original menus from the ill-fated ship, and archival images on loan from Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., will be on display to help tell the story.

Although the Vanderbilts were world-travelers, daily life at Biltmore House was a peaceful refuge from the rigors of high society. Detailed stories and rare artifacts paint the picture of a home filled with joy, hospitality and happy memories. Cornelia Vanderbilt’s elaborate costume from her 21st birthday masquerade party, luxurious china, crystal, and silver used during formal dinners on the estate, and the Vanderbilts’ original guestbook are part of the exhibition’s collection.

Other rare objects on display include the Vanderbilts’ saddles, guns and a golf ball recovered from the estate’s original nine-hole golf course. An early Harley-Davidson motorcycle, on loan from the vintage American motorcycle museum Wheels Through Time in Maggie Valley, N.C., captures George Vanderbilt’s passion for new technology. The bike is nearly identical to one once owned by the Vanderbilts, and was used by estate employees for transportation across the estate.

The opening of “The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad” on April 7 coincides with the beginning of Festival of Flowers, Biltmore’s grand spring celebration. For more information about events at Biltmore, visit www.biltmore.com.

About Biltmore
Located in Asheville, North Carolina, Biltmore was the vision of George W. Vanderbilt. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, America’s largest home is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, exhibiting the Vanderbilt family’s original collection of furnishings, art and antiques. Biltmore estate encompasses more than 8,000 acres including renowned gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. Today, Biltmore has grown to include Antler Hill Village, which features the award-winning Winery and Antler Hill Farm; the four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate; Equestrian Center; numerous restaurants; event and meeting venues; Biltmore For Your Home, the company’s licensed products division; and Biltmore Inspirations, Biltmore’s home party business. To learn more about Biltmore, go to www.biltmore.com or call 877-BILTMORE.

Park Ridge Wellness Presents Family-Focused Nutrition and Exercise Class

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The whole family is invited to an upcoming free course offered by Park Ridge Health called “Families Eating Smarter and Moving More.” Bring the kids to this free course and enjoy learning simple solutions for eating better and moving more – together. You can choose to come to just one or all of the classes in this series:

April 19, Session 1:  “Eating Smart at Home”

April 26, Session 2:  “Moving More, Everyday, Everywhere”

May 3, Session 3: “Eating Smart on the Run”

May 10, Session 4: “Moving More Watching Less”

The classes will take place on Thursday mornings, April 19 through May 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at The Health Adventure, located in the Biltmore Square Mall. Children are welcome to stay and experience The Health Adventure at no cost following the class. Healthy snacks will be served.

Space is limited for this event, so please call 855.PRH.LIFE to pre-register by April 17, 2012.

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).

Celebrate the Growing Season at ASAP’s Second CSA Fair

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Spring is just around the corner, meaning it’s time to celebrate and support local food and farms by signing up for a CSA. To help those who are interested find the right farm share for them, ASAP is hosting their second CSA Fair on Thursday, March 29. The free family-friendly event, to be held from 3-6 pm at the Grove Arcade in Asheville, is an opportunity to meet farmers, learn about their CSA programs, sample their products, and purchase a share or shares.

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA farm share members pay a farmer in advance for “shares” of their season’s bounty. They then receive a steady supply of fresh foods straight from the farm every week.

This year, 20 diverse CSA providers will be on hand—several are returning exhibitors, while many are new to the fair and just beginning CSA programs. Expect to meet farmers offering produce shares, as well those with meat shares and even fresh-cut flower shares. Spring/summer, extended-season fall, and winter CSAs will be represented.

All participating CSA providers have pick up locations in Asheville. Those slated to attend are: 

  • Aardvark Farm (Burnsville)
  • Bee Tree Farm (Marshall)
  • Blue Meadow Farms (Hendersonville)
  • Cane Creek Asparagus & Company (Fairview)
  • Cane Creek Valley Farm (Fletcher)
  • Firefly Farm (Burnsville)
  • Full Sun Farm (Leicester)
  • Gaining Ground Farm (Leicester)
  • Gladheart Farms (Asheville)
  • Harvest Table Farm (Old Fort)
  • Hominy Valley Farms (Candler)
  • Ivy Creek Family Farm (Barnardsville)
  • Jake’s Farm (Candler)
  • Long Valley Farm (Marshall)
  • Paper Crane Farm (Marshall)
  • Ten Mile Farm (Asheville)
  • A Way of Life Farm (Bostic) Whispersholler Farms (Arden)
  • Wildwood Herbal Farm (Weaverville)
  • Winter Sun Farms (Candler)

ASAP’s first CSA Fair, held in 2011, drew 400-500 visitors. This year’s event is sponsored by the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program and the Grove Arcade. The Grove Arcade is located at One Page Avenue; parking information can be found on their website grovearcade.com. To learn more, visit asapconnections.org/csafair.html. Those unable to attend can browse the nearly 100 area farms offering CSAs in ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at buyappalachian.org/search/csa


ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food. To learn more about ASAP’s work in the region, visit asapconnections.org, or call (828) 236-1282.

New Recycling Roll Carts to be Delivered

Friday, March 9th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville will hold a kick-off event for the launch of the Zero Waste AVL Recycling Program Monday, March 5, at 10 a.m. at the West Asheville Park Pavilion, located at 198 Vermont Ave.

The launch will correspond with the first neighborhood delivery of the new 96-gallon roll carts which will begin on March 5 and will be completed in phases, according to neighborhood, throughout the month. In addition, the launch will celebrate the release of “Big Blue,” a unique-to-Asheville video produced just for the new Zero Waste AVL program.

The upgraded service allows residents to recycle household materials previously not accepted, and provides a much larger 96-gallon BLUE recycling roll cart for the safe and clean collection of a greater volume of recyclables.   Recycling will require no sorting, so all household recyclable glass, plastic, metal, paper and cardboard will be placed into a new BIG BLUE 96-gallon roll cart.

With the new recycling program, city residents will now be able to recycle plastic food containers, from Plastics #1 through Plastics #7, and their plastic lids and caps, as well as refrigerated and unrefrigerated cartons. Recycling demonstrations and detailed program information will be provided at the event.

Successfully piloted in Asheville last year, the Zero Waste AVL program consistently demonstrated increased amounts of recycling across four pilot neighborhoods, decreasing the volume of trash going to the landfill.

For more information, visit: www.ashevillenc.gov/recycling