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EBT/SNAP Shoppers Get $5 for $5 at Asheville City Market

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – ASAP and Asheville City Market Downtown’s annual $5 for $5 EBT/SNAP promotion returns this summer. Usually held for four weeks in August, the program expands in 2013 to nine Saturdays beginning July 6 and running through August 31. During the promotion, the first 50 SNAP customers at each Saturday Asheville City Market who make a minimum purchase of $5 in SNAP tokens will receive a free $5 bonus token. EBT cards are swiped in exchange for tokens to spend with market vendors; credit and debit card purchases are also made this way.

“Our customers with SNAP benefits are looking forward to an extension of the $5 for $5 bonus program,” says Asheville City Market Manager Mike McCreary. “We’re looking forward to being able to offer the program once again and to extending it so that shoppers can purchase even more farm-fresh food when at the height of its harvest this summer.”

The promotion is made possible with funding from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC). Funding from CFWNC also goes to running Growing Minds @ Market at Asheville City Market, a summer children’s activity series coordinated/hosted by ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School Program in partnership with community organizations. Growing Minds @ Market also runs through the end of August; more information can be found at growing-minds.org.

Asheville City Market began accepting EBT/SNAP payments in 2008 and has routinely led the Southeast in EBT sales at farmers markets. The Downtown market is located at 161 South Charlotte Street and is open 8 am-1 pm every Saturday through November, with special holiday markets beginning in December and an indoor winter market that starts in January. Asheville City Market also operates a South Asheville location, at 2 Town Square Boulevard in Biltmore Park Town Square, that runs Wednesdays 1-5 pm; the South location, however, is not offering the bonus $5.

Select other area tailgates also accept EBT/SNAP. Customers can learn if a farmers market near them accepts EBT/SNAP by visiting ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at appalachiangrown.org. A “Payment Methods” section was added to each tailgate’s display listing earlier this year.

ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food. One way ASAP works to achieve this mission is by operating Asheville City Market and Asheville City Market South. To learn more about ASAP’s work, visit asapconnections.org.

The Community Foundation is a nonprofit serving 18 counties in Western North Carolina. The Foundation is a permanent regional resource that facilitates more than $8 million in charitable giving annually. CFWNC inspires philanthropy and mobilizes resources to enrich lives and communities in Western North Carolina. More information can be found at cfwnc.org.

WCU Taps Specialist in Native American Aging Issues for Distinguished Professorship

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – R. Turner Goins, a nationally known specialist in American Indian aging issues, is Western Carolina University’s first Ambassador Jeanette Hyde Distinguished Professor of Gerontological Social Work.

Goins, associate director of the Center for Healthy Aging Research and associate professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University, will join the Western Carolina faculty effective Aug. 1.

She will have an immediate impact on work under way at WCU to equip students with the skills needed to become effective health care professionals serving the needs of Western North Carolina’s growing number of retired baby boomers, and she will work closely with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on Native American health care initiatives, said Marie Huff, interim dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences.

“Dr. Goins brings a great deal of knowledge and expertise related to issues affecting older adults in rural areas, with a specialized focus on aging among American Indian populations,” Huff said. “She also has a successful track record of grant-writing and scholarship. We are pleased that she will provide mentorship to students and faculty within the Department of Social Work and the College of Health and Human Sciences.”

At Oregon State, in addition to her work with the Center for Healthy Aging Research, Goins directs the College of Public Health and Human Science’s gerontology program and teaches in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She also serves as a faculty member in the Native Elder Research Center at the University of Colorado’s Health Sciences Center and as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh.

Goins grew up in Raleigh, went to college at East Carolina University and attended graduate school at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She also studied at the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development in Duke University’s Medical Center in 1997-98 through a National Institute on Aging Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in epidemiology.

The $500,000 Hyde professorship was made possible through a gift in 2005 from the late Wallace Hyde, a WCU alumnus and Raleigh businessman, in honor of his wife, Jeanette, a former vice chair of the WCU Board of Trustees. The gift was matched by state funds through a program initiated by the General Assembly to encourage private support of public institutions of higher education.

A successful businesswoman and banking executive who later was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as U.S. ambassador to seven Eastern Caribbean nations, Jeannette Hyde formerly was a member of the social work profession.

“As a former social worker, I have seen first-hand the contributions social work professionals are making to our society each and every day,” she said when the professorship was announced. “The increasing number of senior citizens in our nation’s population will require social workers with enhanced levels of education and training, and I hope this endowed professorship can enable Western to bring in a nationally recognized expert in gerontology who can help address those needs.”

Her husband, a former member of WCU’s Board of Trustees and its chairman for 11 years, led Gov. Bob Scott’s statewide committee to restructure the N.C. higher education system, from which the current University of North Carolina system evolved in 1971.

“In making this gift, I wanted to help the university I love the most in its efforts to achieve excellence, and I wanted to honor the woman I love the most,” he said in announcing the professorship at a WCU Board of Trustees meeting in 2005. He died Jan. 14 at the age of 89.

The Health Adventure Announces Official Closing Date

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – As part of the required move from our home in the Biltmore Square Mall, it is with great sadness that The Health Adventure announces that its final day in operation will be July 14, 2013.  The Health Adventure has been an excellent, one-of-a-kind children’s science and health center serving the western North Carolina area for 45 years.

“We are grateful to have been an important part of the education system and to have served as a center of family engagement.  The years of support of The Health Adventure from our members, guests, donors, sponsors, schools and elected officials is greatly appreciated.  We are also very grateful for the tremendous support that Park Ridge Health has provided for more than two years as we worked together to educate children for a healthier western North Carolina.  Thank you to all who have helped us for the opportunity to be part of this wonderful community for so many years,” stated Dr. Mark Knollman, Chairman of the Board of Advisors.

Dr. Knollman further stated, “The Health Adventure is proud of its many accomplishments. The closure is in no way indicative of a decreased commitment to excellence.  Our closure has been caused by the redevelopment of the Biltmore Square Mall and their decision to not let us continue to operate in the new outlet center model. When the news was announced in early May that tenants would be required to move, we chose to not continue with our business model of operating through selling annual memberships supported with philanthropy. Additionally, we recently learned that in July, we will be losing 40 percent of our funding from the State of North Carolina.  The forced relocation of our facility after the tremendous investment in this new exceptional location, as well as the funding cuts, are devastating, and it is simply too much to financially bear to attempt a third move in three years.”

Memberships will be honored through the closure date on July 14,  and information is being sent to all current members who may wish to receive prorated reimbursements on the remaining months of their memberships should they not want to maintain their membership, which allows entrance into more than 300 other science centers in the country.  General admission fees will be in effect for non-members who wish to visit The Health Adventure until July 14.

Paige Wheeler, Executive Director of The Health Adventure commented, “The closure will leave a significant void in our community.   We can only hope that someday the right combination of partners can come together to fill this void with another interactive science and health center worthy of our community. It has been an honor to serve the children and families of western North Carolina.”

Jason Wells, Vice President at Park Ridge Health, added, “We are so proud of The Health Adventure team and their many years of service to kids and families in our community. The new location at the Biltmore Square Mall has been a tremendous blessing. We are sad about the decision by leadership of the new outlet mall, but we respect their new plans. We continue to be hopeful that a partner will step up and help develop a destination for healthy learning and play so that the 45-year journey of excellence can continue.”

About The Health Adventure:

The Health Adventure is located in the Biltmore Square Mall off of I-26 at Exit 33.  Providing our community with science and health education for 45 years, The Health Adventure is an accredited museum and is a non-profit 501(c)(3).   The Health Adventure is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Sundays from 12:30 to 6 p.m.  For more information, visit thehealthadventure.org or call 828.665.2217.                                           

Live Music at Chimney Rock’s July 4th Family Activities

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is offering more local “flavors” at its restaurant, the Old Rock Cafe, starting the 4th of July weekend. On Fridays and Saturdays from 6-8 p.m. throughout July, local artists will perform at Beats, Burgers & Brews with no cover charge at the Old Rock Café next to the park entrance. The music series kicks off July 5 with West End String Band and July 6 with Grits and Soul, two bluegrass/Americana bands. The Old Rock Café’s local flavors include WNC craft beers, best enjoyed while relaxing outdoors on their riverside deck, along with Hickory Nut Gap’s 100% grass-fed beef burger. The full lineup of bands is listed below and online at chimneyrockpark.com.

The park’s climbing tower will be open to kids for a free climb at noon-3 p.m. on Thursday to Sunday, July 4-7, and every following Saturday and Sunday in July with paid park admission, weather permitting. Try real rock climbing during a two-hour, half- or full-day lesson with Fox Mountain Guides anytime by booking in advance at (888) 284-8433.

Fuel your hiking and climbing with a family picnic at Chimney Rock with a $6 special (plus tax) for a grilled hot dog, bag of chips and 20-oz. soft drink or bottled water from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday to Saturday, July 4-6, next to Cliff Dwellers Gifts.

Award-winning Mountain Music.  National storyteller and award-winning old-time musician John Fowler will perform authentic Appalachian storytelling and songs at 2 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 5-6 at Chimney Rock’s Meadows area. Park musician John Mason will be playing music from old time to ragtime on a hammered dulcimer daily in front of Cliff Dwellers Gifts.

Additionally, Grady’s Wildlife of WNC family-friendly programs will be offered every day in July (except July 4-7) at 2 p.m. at the Outdoor Classroom on the Meadows. Chimney Rock’s Ticket Plaza is open daily 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with the park closing at 7 p.m. Admission is $12 adult, $6 youth (ages 5-15) and children under five are admitted free.

July Bands Lineup at the Old Rock Café:
July 5 – West End String Band, Bluegrass/Americana
July 6 – Grits and Soul, Bluegrass/Americana
July 12 – Carrie Morrison & Steve Whiteside, Singer-songwriters
July 13 – Grits and Soul, Bluegrass/Americana
July 19 – Dulci Ellenberger, Singer-songwriter
July 20 – Carrie Morrison & Steve Whiteside, Singer-songwriters
July 26-27 – Taylor Martin, Folk/Americana

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is one of the Southeast’s most iconic and popular international outdoor travel destinations and has been for more than 100 years. Known for its stunning 75-mile views overlooking Lake Lure, Chimney Rock’s unique hiking trails, guided rock climbing, live animal education programs and ancient geological features attract visitors from around the world. It’s the only state park in the Southeast with an elevator inside a mountain. Chimney Rock is located only 45 minutes southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. Call (800) 277-9611 or go to chimneyrockpark.com to plan your visit.

About John Fowler

With family ties to the Southern Appalachians, John Fowler presents a rich anthology of Appalachian stories and songs collected from generations of Carolina old-timers, ballad singers and storytellers. He has shared his talents at festivals, classrooms and performance halls coast-to-coast for 25 years. On stage, John’s performances for all ages are hilarious, creative, energetic and historically informative. He is a master harmonica player and has won awards at national banjo and guitar competitions like the prestigious Mountain Dance Folk Festival in Asheville, N.C. He co-produces a very popular old-time music show, “This Old Porch” on NC public radio WNCW 88.7. Learn more at www.hairytoeproductions.com.