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Come to the Gifts that Give Marketplace Friday December 6

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – A-B Tech’s Seventh Annual Gifts That Give Marketplace: Where your purchase can help change the world will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, December 6 in the Coman Student Center on the College’s Asheville campus.

Forget Black Friday and join the A-B Tech Diversity Committee for the Seventh Annual Gifts That Give Marketplace. Socially responsible vendors who give back to the community, sell fair trade items, and work with local and global communities of need will be selling their products at the event.

Vendors include:  Beads for Life, French Broad Food Co-Op, Blue Ridge Bags, Animal Compassion Network/Asheville Humane Society, Outreach Uganda, Home Free Bagels, Prosperity Candles, Used Book Sale to benefit the Student Emergency Fund, dental care items from A-B Tech Student Dental Hygiene Association, holiday wreaths from Phi Beta Lambda, and a therapy dog kissing booth!

Join us in doing some alternative shopping this holiday season – purchase a great gift and improve the world around you!  Most items are priced under $25.The market is free and open to the public.

UNC Asheville to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Week with Special Events

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville will celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a series of special events January 20-24. Although classes will not be in session on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, student volunteers will turn their day off into “A Day On,” by contributing a day of service to community organizations on January 20, and the week includes films, workshops and other special activities.

The week’s keynote address will be delivered by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, creator of Youth Speaks and co-founder of Life is Living. His talk is free and open to the public and will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 in Lipinsky Auditorium.

Joseph has been named one of America’s Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences, and was an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, which annually recognizes 50 of the country’s “greatest living artists.” He has been a popular commentator on National Public Radio, and has carried adjunct professorships at Stanford University, Mills College, and the University of Wisconsin. In his work with Youth Speaks, Joseph mentors 13-19 year old writers and curates the Living Word Festival for Literary Arts. He serves as artistic director of Life is Living, a series of festivals designed to activate under-resourced parks and affirm peaceful urban life through hip-hop arts and environmental action.

UNC Asheville also offers these additional events, free and open to the public, as part of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week:

Social Justice: What Does It Mean to You?: A lunch and learn workshop will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union Intercultural Center.

“American Promise” documentary screening: A documentary chronicling the lives of two young boys making their separate ways through one of the nation’s most prestigious private schools will screen at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union, Alumni Hall. This intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle with issues of race, class and opportunity.

Spoken Word and Poetry: The week will conclude with a poetry slam at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union, Grotto.

For more information, contact Lamar Hylton, director of UNC Asheville’s Intercultural Center and Multicultural Student Programs, at 828.251.6585 or msp.unca.edu.

Tervis Tumbler comes to Historic Biltmore Village

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Tervo-maniacs in Asheville asked for their own Tervis store and Tervis listened. The insulated drinkware leader has taken its ‘Always Full of Fun’ tagline to new heights with their 26th company store.

“The stores are fresh, contemporary and – most of all – fun,” says Tervis VP of Stores, Lynn Kisser. “Tervis is just as eclectic as the city of Asheville– we have something for everyone, including artists, sports and college fans, outdoor and fitness enthusiasts, and more!”

Inspired by the new multi-color logo that Tervis launched in early 2011, the store design embraces the same fun and energetic look and feel. The use of bright lighting, vibrant pops of color and whimsical elements of decor allow shoppers a unique and memorable experience. The brand and its products are known for having an expressive personality – which the retail stores personify to a “T”.

The Asheville location will feature various size tumblers, mugs, water bottles and accessories. Tervis offers thousands of designs, including professional sports teams NFL®, MLB®, NHL® , NBA®, hundreds of colleges and other license agreements from some of the world’s best-known brands like Marvel®, Harley-Davidson, Hello Kitty®, Guy Harvey, Fiesta®, Duck Commander, and Margaritaville®, just to name a few.

All drinkware is made in America since 1946 and offers a lifetime guarantee. In addition to Tervis store locations, Tervis drinkware and accessories are also sold at tervis.com and in 8,000-plus retailers nationwide.

Look for more store locations as Tervis continues to expand across the country. You can visit this charming store at the Asheville Historic Biltmore Village at 3 Swan St. For more information call 828-277-4012.

WCU School of Music Annual ‘Sounds of the Season’ Concert Dec 8

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – The School of Music at Western Carolina University will present its annual “Sounds of the Season” holiday concert, a performance featuring faculty and students in small chamber groups and larger ensembles, on Sunday, Dec. 8.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on the WCU campus.

This year’s program will include performances by the University Chorus and Concert Choir, accompanied by members of the Western Carolina Civic Orchestra and student and faculty musicians playing sections from Antonia Vivaldi’s “Gloria.”

The WCU Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and Jazz Guitar Sextet, Percussion Ensemble, Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, Saxophonic Quartet, Gamelan Angklung, Trombone Ensemble, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble and Early Music Ensemble also will perform.

WCU student Garrett Pace will make a special appearance as he sings “My Grown Up Christmas List” accompanied by the Wind Ensemble, and Susan Belcher, wife of Chancellor David O. Belcher, will perform “Christmas Medley a la Mozart” with the WCU Concert Choir.

The Jackson County Children’s Choir, a group made up of 50 students from Fairview, Cullowhee Valley, Scotts Creek, Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountain elementary schools, also will take part in the show.

Santa will visit the Bardo Arts Center and lead everyone in a sing-a-long to close the program.

Reserved seat tickets are on sale now. Prices are $15 for adults; $10 for WCU faculty, staff and those aged 60 and older; and $5 for students and children. All proceeds benefit the School of Music Scholarship Fund.

For tickets or information, visit the website bardoartscenter.wcu.edu or call 828-227-2479.

Book Giving Tree at the Oakley Library

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Give a book to a child.

ASHEVILLE NC – Please help provide new books for disadvantaged children in our community. Beginning November 12, visit the Oakley/South Asheville Branch Library and select a gift card with pertinent information about a child (gender, grade/reading level, a special interest). Purchase a book ($10 minimum retail value) and return it to the Oakley Library by December 17. Or, donate $10 and the Friends of the Oakley Library will do the shopping for you.

Since our first Giving Tree in 2000, we have provided books to over 1500 local children. Your participation will insure the continued success of this project.

The Giving Tree is sponsored by Friends of the Oakley Library. For more information contact the library at 250-4754 or email [email protected].

City Announces Funding Availability for New Affordable Housing Construction

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Notice of Funding Availability: On November 19, 2103, the City of Asheville Community Development Department announced that it will accept applications for the construction of new affordable housing within the Asheville city limits. The City of Asheville Housing Trust Fund has an estimated balance of $387,000 which will be made available to a qualified project or projects.  Applications are due by close of business at 5:00 P.M. EST on Friday December 20, 2013.  More information about the application process is posted here.

Santa Climbs Down the Chimney December 7 and 14

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Despite his doctor’s orders, Santa is at it again! Jolly old St. Nick will be visiting Chimney Rock to climb down one of the world’s largest natural chimneys from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 7 and 14. For more than 20 years, Santa Claus has practiced at Chimney Rock State Park for his big evening when he climbs down millions of chimneys worldwide delivering Christmas presents to little boys and girls.

Each weekend, one lucky guest will win free two-hour rock climbing lessons for two with Santa’s professional helpers, Fox Mountain Guides. The winner of each drawing will be announced at 1:30 p.m. and you must be present to win. Chimney Rock was named one of “10 great places to catch up with Santa” and one of the 10 Best High Places in the World by USA Today. For park hours, rates and in case of inclement weather, visit chimneyrockpark.com.

Fearless St. Nick will descend from the top of Chimney Rock on a nearly 200-foot rappel about every 30-45 minutes, weather permitting. Kids are invited to sit on Santa’s lap for photo opportunities, meet Mrs. Claus, and enjoy holiday cookies, hot cocoa and kids’ activities. Weather permitting, you can also meet Grady the Groundhog or other live woodland critters that wouldn’t survive at the North Pole.

New this year are performances by the Lake Lure Classical Academy’s fifth grade chorus, a group of 40 children, and their rock ‘n’ roll band. On Dec. 14 only, the choir will perform at noon, followed by the rock ‘n’ roll band comprised of high school and middle school students at 1 p.m.

“For more than twenty years, families have come to watch Santa prepare for his big night by practicing on the Chimney. We’re excited to bring our community’s children together to share their talents at this fun, family-friendly holiday event,” said Matt Popowski, PR and Events Manager, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.

Check off your holiday shopping list with a discount on Annual Passes and a special sale of 25 percent off retail for Annual Passholders on December 1 to 15 at the Sky Lounge Gift Shop. Live holiday music and refreshments will be provided. There is no additional cost with paid Park admission. The event is sponsored by Fox Mountain Guides and Coffee on the Rocks in Chimney Rock Village.

Watch Santa’s extreme stunt in a 50-second video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3XO_DyFtuU

Santa’s Village. After Santa’s big climb on the Chimney December 7, join him for an old-fashioned Christmas in Chimney Rock Village from 5-7 p.m. Bring your kids for photo opportunities with Santa on Main Street, caroling and a bake sale, leading up to a tree lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. at the Gathering Place. Shops in the Village will stay open late for holiday shopping, and the Old Rock Café will be open for dinner until 7 p.m.

Other community holiday events open to the public include the Annual Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge Holiday FunRaiser Gala at 6:30-10 p.m. on December 5 at the historic 1927 Lake Lure Inn, followed by the Annual Chili Cook-off and Bingo at 5-9 p.m. on December 6 at the Chimney Rock Volunteer Fire Dept.

Holiday Specials. For a limited time, new adult Annual Passes are valid for 18 months and are available for only $23 ($5 off regular price) at the Park and in the online store November 25 through Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. Start saving with discounts on Park retail and dining, along with savings at Biltmore, Mast General Store and many local favorites. To learn about Passholder benefits and buy your upgrade online, visit chimneyrockpark.com.

Best known for its stunning 75-mile views overlooking Lake Lure, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park offers scenic hiking trails, guided rock climbing, nature education programs and ancient geological features that attract visitors from around the world. 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. To learn more about Fox Mountain Guides or book a rock climbing lesson, visit foxmountainguides.com or call (888) 284-8433.

The Lake Lure Classical Academy, a Challenge Foundation Academy, is a tuition-free public charter school open to all North Carolina students. Opened in fall 2010, the school currently serves grades K-10 and will add a grade level each year until the school reaches 12th grade in fall 2015. The curriculum utilizes the Core Knowledge Sequence, a detailed outline of specific content to be taught in language arts, history, geography, mathematics, science and fine arts. Learn more at llca.teamcfa.org.