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C-SPAN Campaign Bus Coming to WCU May 3

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Leading up to the May 8 North Carolina Republican presidential primary and looking toward the Charlotte Democratic National Convention, the C-SPAN Campaign 2012 Bus will embark on a six-day tour of universities and towns throughout the Tar Heel state.  During the Campaign 2012 North Carolina Tour, the bus will visit universities and colleges to speak with students and public about C-SPAN’s extensive Campaign 2012 programming and resources, in addition to asking bus visitors to share their thoughts on campaign issues via Tout, a video-based social media service.  C-SPAN’s Washington Journal will also be LIVE from select cities to discuss national issues influencing the 2012 electoral race. For a look at the entire North Carolina Tour schedule visit:  www.c-span.org/bus.

Western Carolina University students and local residents will have the opportunity to tour the bus during its visit to the University on THURSDAY, MAY 3.

On board C-SPAN’s Campaign 2012 Bus, visitors will learn about the following programming and resources via HD TVs, touch screen computers, laptops, and mobile devices:

  • C-SPAN’s Campaign 2012 “Road to the White House” website, including video of candidates and campaign events, information on key state races and the electoral college
  • C-SPAN’s in-depth public affairs event coverage
  • C-SPAN’s web offerings, including archived video going back to 1987 through C-SPAN’s vast Video Library and Congressional Chronicle
  • Many ways to connect with C-SPAN including Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, YouTube, XM Radio, and iPhone and Blackberry apps

During the visit to Western Carolina University, C-SPAN and Tout representatives will encourage citizens and students to share their thoughts on the presidential campaign. Participants will be asked to comment on the presidential candidates and the issues most important to them in this election cycle. Their responses — captured in 15-second videos via Smartphone and shared instantly — will be uploaded onto various C-SPAN social media platforms, including C-SPAN’s own Tout page (http://www.tout.com/cspanbus). Responses in this week-long election special will also be highlighted on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal.


12:30 PM – 2:00PM                  Western Carolina University

1 University Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723

Forsyth Lot, Adjacent to Student Center

Follow the Road to the White House with C-SPAN’s political coverage on the C-SPAN networks, C-SPAN Radio, and www.c-span.org.

About C-SPAN

Created by the cable TV industry and now in over 100 million TV households, C-SPAN programs three public affairs television networks in both SD and HD; C- SPAN Radio, heard in Washington DC and nationwide via XM Satellite Radio; and a video- rich website which hosts the C-SPAN Video Library. Visit http://www.c-span.org/ or follow us on Facebook and on Twitter @cspan.

About Road to the White House

Launched in 1988, C-SPAN’s signature political program, “Road to the White House,” features regular coverage of the candidates, issues and events that shape presidential politics.  C-SPAN’s 2012 election Web site, www.c-span.org/Campaign2012, is a one-stop resource of presidential election coverage and includes streaming video of announcement speeches and candidate events, schedule information and related resources.

About Tout
Headquartered in San Francisco, Tout is a social media technology company whose smartphone and webcam application enables real-time video status updates that can be shared instantly with friends, family or the whole world through Facebook, Twitter and personal contacts. Tout enables users to capture quick 15-second videos in 1-click. These updates are then shared in real time directly from iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 2 (Android coming soon) and on Tout.com. Tout is a technology spin-out of SRI (Stanford Research Institute). Since launch, Tout has had four million visitors to its site, making it one of the fastest growing social media services.  For all things Tout, check out www.tout.com, or follow us on Facebook and on Twitter @Tout.


Home-school Outreach Session May 7 at A-B Tech

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – On Monday, May 7, starting at 6 p.m., A-B Tech will host a home-school outreach presentation in the Simpson Lecture Hall on the Asheville campus. For families who are interested in dual enrollment, an overview of the Career and College Promise program will be provided, as well as information about new changes to the program. In addition, for families who are considering A-B Tech after high school graduation, topics will include scholarships, financial aid, admissions, and academic advising.

New Exhibition “Crumbs” at UNC Asheville

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – “Crumbs,” a new exhibit of sculptures by UNC Asheville senior art major Sarah Ray, will be on view beginning April 26, in Blowers Gallery in UNC Asheville‘s Ramsey Library. A reception with the artist will be held from 3-6 p.m. Friday, May 4, in the gallery.

In “Crumbs,” Ray features cupcakes, some edible and some not, in a variety of settings including a cupcake tree, and a wig for Marie Antoinette. Ray presents cupcakes, which she calls “the All-American dessert,” as a commentary on lifestyles and values.

“Crumbs” is on view through May 18, whenever Ramsey Library is open. Library hours are posted online here, and for more information, call 828.251.6436.

Centenarian Celebration at The Health Adventure on May 15

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – In celebration of Older American’s Month, each year, the Area Agency on Aging at the Land-of-Sky Regional Council plans a party exclusively for centenarians from around the region. This year’s event, “Never Too Old to Play,” will take place at The Health Adventure, which recently joined the Park Ridge Health family. “Not everyone is aware of the many community programs we offer – and they’re not just for kids!” explained Paige Wheeler, Executive Director of The Health Adventure. “Our educators work closely with the Land-of-Sky Regional Council all year in providing programming for the senior members of our community, so we felt this year’s event was a perfect fit for us.”

The party – which includes High Tea – will take place on Tuesday, May 15, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Health Adventure, located in the Biltmore Square Mall. “We value older adults as a resource in our community,” says Rebecca Chaplin, Aging Program Specialist at the Land-of-Sky Regional Council Area Agency on Aging. “Older American’s month is a perfect time to celebrate the distinguished few who have crossed the threshold of living for an entire century. It is our honor to participate in this celebration with partners at Park Ridge Health, the Council on Aging of Buncombe County, Inc. and the Council on Aging for Henderson County.” For information about this event and regarding transportation opportunities, please call 828.251.7438.

About the Land-of-Sky Regional Council, Area Agency on Aging

Land-of-Sky Regional Council is a multi-county, local government planning and development organization in North Carolina.  It is one of 17 such organizations in the state and serves Region B, which includes the counties of Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania. The Area Agency on Aging is situated within the Land-of-Sky Regional Council and serves as a leader and catalyst in helping our four-county region develop a comprehensive system of programs and opportunities that provide older adults the information and support needed to age optimally in the setting of their choice.

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).

Early Voting Locations

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – One Stop Early Voting begins Thursday, April 19 and ends on Saturday, May 5. Don’t wait for May 8, vote early at one of these times and locations:

One Stop Early Voting begins Thursday, April 19.Thursday, April 19 – Saturday, May 5

  • Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday – May 5 – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Early Voting Locations:

  • North Asheville Library
    • 1030 Merrimon Avenue
  • Black Mountain Library
    • 105 N Dougherty Street, Black Mountain
  • South Buncombe Library
    • 260 Overlook Road
  • Fairview Library
    • 1 Taylor Road, Fairview
  • West Asheville Library
    • 942 Haywood Road
  • Biltmore Square Mall
    • 800 Brevard Road
  • Buncombe County Training Room
    • 199 College Street, downtown Asheville
  • Kenilworth Presbyterian Church
    • 139 Kenilworth Road
  • Lutheran Church of the Nativity
    • 2425 Hendersonville Road, Arden
  • UNC-Asheville Wellness Center
    • 200 Wellness Way, Campus
  • Weaverville Town Hall
    • 30 South Main Street, Weaverville

For more information about Elections, call 250-4200.  Find us online at buncombecounty.org/vote and check out the online app at voter.buncombecounty.org

Call 811 Before You Dig!

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – If you are planning an outdoor improvement project, safety starts before the shovel hits the dirt. The City of Asheville is participating in Safe Digging Month, encouraging everyone to call 811 before they dig.

Underground utility lines can be anywhere and accidentally running into one while digging could result in service outages, fines or even injury. Simply call 811 and technicians will mark underground utilities like water, sewer, power or phone lines for free before you even break ground.

The City of Asheville Water Resources Department participates alongside many other utility providers in the area as part of the North Carolina 811 One Call service to locate and mark underground utility lines on your property so you don’t have to dig in the dark.

For more information, go to www.ncocc.org or to www.ashevillenc.gov.

A-B Tech Job Fair and Alumni Reception

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – A-B Tech will host a Job Fair from 2 to 5 p.m. May 9 in the Coman Gym on the College’s Asheville campus. The event is open to current A-B Tech students, alumni, and the public.

The Job Fair will feature representatives from health care, manufacturing, hospitality, management, information technology and retail industries. A computer lab will be available to file online applications. Job seekers are encouraged to dress professionally and to bring copies of their resume to leave with employers. This event comes after the creation of the A-B Tech online job bank, which is open to current and former curriculum students.

A-B Tech President Dr. Hank Dunn said the job fair serves as another opportunity to provide service to the community. “Our goal at A-B Tech has always been to answer the call to provide quality and innovative job training programs for our students to compete in the local job market,” he said.

Following the Job Fair, the A-B Tech Alumni Association will host a reception in the Magnolia Dining Room from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This event will allow alumni to reconnect with fellow graduates as well as engage current students, faculty, and friends of the College.

“We hope our alumni will join us at the reception to reconnect with their alma mater, network with fellow alumni and community leaders as well as learn about new initiatives here at the College,” Dunn said.

For more information about the job fair, including a list of confirmed business attendees, please visit http://www.abtech.edu/jobfair. To RSVP to the reception, please contact Mark Newman, Alumni Relations & Resource Development Coordinator, at 828-398-7171 or at [email protected].

UNC Asheville Included in Princeton Review’s Green Colleges Guide

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Princeton Review green college guide logoASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville is among America’s “green” colleges and universities, and has been included in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges for 2012,” released this week. The guide profiles institutions that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation, and was created in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.

The guide notes the green features of new buildings on the UNC Asheville campus, including geothermal heating and cooling, solar thermal hot water heating, and the rainwater catchment system to irrigate athletic fields. Other green aspects of UNC Asheville’s operations are the university’s high waste diversion rate, and its record of reducing petroleum usage. According to the guide, “In 2005, all North Carolina state agencies were challenged to reduce petroleum usage by 20 percent before 2010. UNC Asheville did way better than that. To date, UNC Asheville has reduced petroleum usage by more than 45 percent from baseline levels set in 2005.”

“Proactive students are also leading the charge with the recent formation of the Student Environmental Center (SEC),” according to the guide. “The SEC, which offers plenty of student internships, has increased the loaner-bike fleet for the campus community, institutionalized post-consumer composting in the dining halls (where 50 percent of food expenditures go towards local, organic, or otherwise environmentally preferable food), and started a campus garden.”

In addition to UNC Asheville, other N.C. schools included in the guide are Appalachian State University, Catawba College, Duke University, Elon University, Guilford College, N.C. State University, UNCChapel Hill, Wake Forest University, Warren Wilson College and Western Carolina University.

Park Ridge Health Announces This Week’s Health Events

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Park Ridge Health announces this week’s health events and classes.

“Living Healthy With a Chronic Disease” Course

Wednesdays, April 4 – May 9 (12:30 – 2:30 p.m.)

At The Health Adventure in Biltmore Square Mall

Designed by Stanford University and led by certified Park Ridge Wellness course leaders, this six-week course teaches you how to lead a healthier, more enjoyable life while coping with a chronic condition.

Smoking Cessation Course

Wednesdays, April 18 – May 30, and Friday, May 11 (extra day for Quit Week), from 10:30 a.m. – noon

At The Health Adventure in Biltmore Square Mall

“Families Eating Smarter and Moving More” Series

Thursdays, April 19 – May 10, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

At The Health Adventure in Biltmore Square Mall

Free Support Groups

MemoryCaregivers Network support Groups

Weaverville Group

Tuesday, April 24 (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.)
Weaverville First Baptist Church in the Lower Fellowship Hall
Main St., Weaverville (N. Buncombe County)

The Baby Place Events

Sleep Solutions: Prenatal to 12 Months – $25

Tuesday,  April 24 (6:00 – 7:00 p.m.)

At The Health Adventure in Biltmore Square Mall

800 Brevard Rd., Ste 620, Asheville, NC 28806

This in-depth workshop led by Sleep Expert Meggan Hartman will help parents understand how to establish good sleep habits and a healthy schedule for their babies and for themselves.

WOW Health Screenings for 4/23 – 4/29

Free Cholesterol Screenings
Tuesday, April 24 (8:00 – 11:00 a.m.)
Grace Lutheran Church
1245 6th Ave. W., Hendersonville
Lipid and glucose profiles by finger stick, along with blood pressure and body mass index screening.  For best results, fast overnight.
Friday, April 27 (8:00 – 11:00 a.m.)

2001 Spartanburg Hwy., Hendersonville
Lipid and glucose profiles by finger stick, along with blood pressure and body mass index screening.  For best results, fast overnight.

Free Glucose and Blood Pressure
Sunday, April 29 (noon – 6:00 p.m.)

El Centro Children’s Festival

Jackson Park, Hendersonville

Free EKG, Glucose and Blood Pressure

Thursday, April 26 (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Hendersonville Co-Op

715 S. Grove St., Hendersonville

*Wellness on Wheels will follow the Henderson  County Public Schools inclement weather policy.  If Henderson County Public Schools are closed the WOW screening will be cancelled for that day.

For additional classes and presentations, visit us online at parkridgehealth.org or call 855.PRH.LIFE

Good Reads for Earth Day

Friday, April 20th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – A warm spring day and a good book – does it get much better? If there are children or young adults in your life, Trash, written by Andy MulliganEarth Day (April 22) is a great time to share a good book with an environmental message. And the public library is a good place to start!

Public libraries were green before being green was cool. By using the library to find your books and other materials, not only do you save money, but the items libraries buy are used by many people – saving the environment, too.

After all, we can all make a difference. Try these books on for size:

  • Sheila Says We’re Weird, written by Ruth Ann Smalley and illustrated by Jennifer Emery – Sheila’s neighbors have some odd habits – they hang out their clothes to dry, they ride their bikes to the library instead of riding in the car, they grow a garden, and they use a reel mower instead of a gas mower.
    Sheila doesn’t know what to think! But as she gets to know them, she learns that they serve wonderful homemade food and do lots of fun things. It turns out they aren’t so weird after all!
  • Riparia’s River, written by Michael J. Caduto and illustrated by Olga Pastuchiv – When Gretchen, Jason, Mark, and Daphne find their favorite swimming hole filled with green slime, they are horrified. Riparia, a mysterious naturalist, helps the children understand how the water became polluted and how to restore the river to health.
  • Where Do Recyclable Materials Go?, written by Sabbithry Persad – The first book in the “Garbology Kids” series, this story follows Tiana and her family as they search for their lost dog, Bubbles.
    The search leads them to the Materials Recovery Facility. Along the way, they learn how recycling works.
  • Rascal and Shady Recycle and Reuse, written by Beth Starr and illustrated by James Balkovek – Rascal and Shady are raccoons who love to play “I Spy” in the woods. Unfortunately, they spy a lot of “people droppings.”
    They manage to get their friends to help them clean up and put the items to good use.
  • *The Lorax, written by Dr. Seuss – With the movie version in theaters this spring, take advantage of the opportunity to pull out the book and read it together. Not only can you talk about the Lorax and his message, but you can also discuss how books and movies are similar and yet different.
  • *Trash, written by Andy Mulligan – This book is for young adults grade seven and up), not children. In the not-so-distant future in a Third World country, three teen boys spend their days picking through trash at the dump site. One day, they find a mysterious item – only to discover that lots of other people are looking for it, too.

* These books are available for check out from the Buncombe County Public Library System.