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New Belgium Brewing’s Clips of Faith

Friday, August 24th, 2012
ASHEVILLE NC – New Belgium Brewing’s Clips of Faith coming to Asheville on September 7. The event is a fundraiser for Asheville on Bikes.  Last year the stop raised about $2,400 and had around 700 attendees.  In addition to featuring more than a dozen of New Belgium’s finest (and hard-to-find) beers, the event will feature a compilation of winning short films submitted by New Belgium’s filmmaking friends.  It’s free to get in, but all proceeds from beer and merchandise sales will go to our friends with Asheville on Bikes.  We’ll also be recycling and composting most of the waste from the night with the help of Asheville Greenworks.

When:
Friday, September 7

Time:
7:00 p.m.

Where:           
Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park

Proceeds Benefit:
Asheville on Bikes (http://ashevilleonbikes.com)

Recycling By:
Asheville Greenworks (www.ashevillegreenworks.org)

Beer:

Cocoa Mole Ale, Biere de Mars, Tart Lychee, La Folie, Fat Tire, Ranger, 1554, Trippel, Abbey, Blue Paddle, Belgo IPA, Shift Pale Lager and more to come

Food:

Avery’s Hot Dogs & Gypsy Queen Cuisine 

Cost:
Admission – free
3 oz. sample –  $1.25
12 oz. beer – $5.00

Other tips:

Food is welcome; alcohol is not (leave that to us)
Bring blankets or low chairs – or just lounge on the grass!

Fair, Flowers and Fun! – June 19

Monday, June 18th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – NC Mountain State Fair: Squeals, Thrills & Ferriswheels 2012Learn how to enter the Flower Show at the NC Mountain State Fair and hear about the new components of the design section. Garden clubs, garden societies, and garden enthusiasts are invited to attend.

Our speaker will tell you how to “Win Blue Ribbons”, and create floral designs. This is the BEST way to learn what has changed from last year. The “Hanger” accessory, in the design section of this year’s Flower Show, will be available for sale at cost. Fair catalogs and cool summer drinks will be provided.

This free event is Tuesday, June 19 from 2 – 4 p.m. in the Virginia Boone Heritage Building at the WNC Agriculture Fairgrounds. Space is limited, so RSVP to [email protected]yahoo.com before June 15.

The 2012 Entry and Award Catalog is available online at www.mountainfair.org. Click here for Department M Flower and Garden.

This Demo is sponsored by Extension Master Gardeners of Buncombe County and the Flower and Garden Department of the NC Mountain State Fair.

Mushrooms Make Their Mark, Get Local This Month

Monday, June 18th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Unlike many agricultural areas in the country, Western North Carolina is home to prime farmland and another important resource: forests. Area forests provide just the right habitat for mushrooms and other distinctive foods to thrive. Much of the area’s forestland is owned and managed by farmers, but it is also utilized by skilled, responsible foragers. ASAP highlights both cultivated and wild local mushrooms in their Get Local initiative this month.

Greg Carter of Deep Woods Mushrooms, who sells his crop at four area farmers tailgate markets and to nearly every restaurant in the Hendersonville area, says he’ll definitely have shiitake and oyster mushrooms this June. He also often forages for chanterelles and chicken of the woods.

 “June should be peak season for chanterelles and chicken of the woods,” shares Alan Muskat, a renowned local mushroom and wild foods expert. Muskat and other experienced foragers, like Carter, will bring wild mushrooms to area tailgates and sell them to area Appalachian Grown™ partner restaurants throughout the month and into summer and fall.

For those interested in learning about foraging and indentifying edible wild mushrooms—which both experts stress is not a subject to be taken lightly—Muskat is leading a special workshop in conjunction with ASAP’s Get Local initiative. The event, Stalking the Wild Mushroom, will be held June 16 from 2:30 until 5:30 pm at Highland Lake Cove in Flat Rock. Attendees will learn how to safely find and identify morels, chanterelles, and chicken of the woods. That evening, participants are invited to bring their foraged mushrooms back to Asheville’s Zambra restaurant; chefs will incorporate the day’s finds at no extra charge. Tickets are $40 per person. To register or for more information, visit notastelikehome.org and fromhere.org.

To find a complete list of area farmers cultivating mushrooms, as well grocers and tailgates stocking their products, search ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at appalachiangrown.org. There, also find more restaurants getting local and serving mushrooms this month and beyond.  

ABOUT ASAP (APPALACHIAN SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PROJECT)

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, visit asapconnections.org, or call (828) 236-1282.

Free Motorcycle Safety Course

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The Asheville Police Department, in partnership with BikeSafe NC, will give a free Rider Skills training session June 23 at the APD’s downtown location.

The training session addresses safety issues and rider skills that allow motorcyclists to better avoid accidents and enjoy the ride. APD motor officers will assess riders’ skill levels and give advice customized for all levels of expertise and any style of bike. The day will cover professional riding techniques, causes of collisions, hazard perception, first aid, gear selection and a system of motorcycle control.

“This is a great opportunity for motor officers to engage with recreational motorcyclists and talk safety, talk motorcycles, and then go out and ride together,” says Lt. Stony Gonce. “It is another way to build community partnerships and make our roadways safer.”

The BikeSafe Rider Skills Day is offered free to the public but registration is required.  Since this is the first year the Asheville Police Department has participated in BikeSafe Rider Skills Day, the department is currently assessing interest in the class and will schedule classes based on community interest.  Visit bikesafenc.com or email [email protected] with questions.

BikeSafe is a partnership between the NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program and local law enforcement agencies.

The Health Adventure Mobile Learning Adventure

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – This weekend, The Health Adventure is hosting PNC’s Mobile Learning Adventure, an entertaining and interactive traveling exhibit sponsored by The PNC Foundation.  The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC), is helping children in Asheville explore their career dreams while highlighting the importance of early education with the Mobile Learning Adventure.

The hands-on exhibit offers educational games for children and  their parents to do on two touch-screen kiosks. Activities include the “When I Grow Up” station, where kids dress up as different professionals and have their picture superimposed on an appropriate background. In addition, parents can take home an activity book and a Sesame StreetTM learning kit created for PNC as part of a continuing partnership.  The kit includes a magazine for parents and caregivers, children’s activity cards and a book, along with an original Sesame Street DVD that demonstrates how to take everyday moments and turn them into learning opportunities.

The PNC Mobile Learning Adventure is free and open to the public.

What:                       Experience hands-on activities for children and learn about early childhood education at the PNC Mobile Learning Adventure

When:                      May 19th 10:00 am to  4:00 pm and May 20th 1:00 to 5:00 pm

Where:                    800 Brevard Road, Asheville NC 28806

Biltmore Square Mall, Outside of The Health Adventure

General admission fees or membership required for entry to The Health Adventure.  Admission is $9.50 for adults and $6.50 for children ages 2 through 16.   Family memberships start at $75.00 for an entire year of admission.

About The Health Adventure:

The Health Adventure is now located in the Biltmore Square Mall off of I-26 at Exit 33.  Providing our community with science and health education for over 44 years, The Health Adventure is an accredited museum and is a non-profit 501(c)(3).   The Health Adventure is a proud partner of Park Ridge Health.  Open Monday through Saturday from 10 am until 8 pm and on Sundays from 12:30-6 pm.  For more information visit thehealthadventure.org or call 828.665.2217.

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].

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.

Grady the Groundhog to Appear February 2 at Chimney Rock

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Grady the Groundhog, the Chimney Rock Park’s live mascot, will be making his own prediction at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park when he awakens from his winter slumber at 10:30 a.m. on February 2. A brief educational program will precede the shadow sighting on the Meadows, followed by a one-hour guided hike at 11:15 a.m. If Grady sees his shadow, it means we have six more weeks of winter weather ahead—but if not, then spring is around the corner! Cast your vote on whether he’ll see his shadow at chimneyrockpark.com. Winter admission rates are $9/adult, $4/youth (ages 6-15) and free for kids under 6. During February, Grady’s Kids Club memberships are on sale for only $8.

“Kids can’t get enough of Grady when they get to pet him. They love Grady the Groundhog,” said Matt Popowski, PR & Events Coordinator at Chimney Rock. “We hope they leave with a better understanding of and appreciation for these woodland critters. It’s like our own Groundhog Awareness Day.”

Grady’s Groundhog Day. Join Emily Walker, Chimney Rock’s Education Specialist, near the Classroom on the Meadows for a nature program on the life of groundhogs and the Groundhog Day tradition. Then eagerly watch as Grady emerges and either does—or doesn’t—see his shadow. Afterward, a Park trail guide will lead a one-hour guided hike starting at 11:15 a.m. at Cliff Dwellers Gifts. This is the fourth year of Chimney Rock’s annual Groundhog Day event, but it’s only the second with Grady as the star of the show. The official Groundhog Day can be traced back to 1886 in Punxsutawney, Pa. For more information on Chimney Rock’s hands-on education programs for schools, homeschoolers and scouts, as well as summer camps, visit www.chimneyrockpark.com/education.

Vote Online on Grady’s Shadow.  Will Grady give the same prediction as Punxsutawney Phil? Or will he daringly give his own prediction about winter’s claim on the weather? Cast your vote online whether you think Grady will see his shadow at chimneyrockpark.com. Then join us for the event or check back on our website on February 2 to see who guessed correctly.

Grady’s Animal Discovery Den. Adjacent to the Great Woodland Adventure—a popular TRACK Trail hike for kids—is Grady’s Animal Discovery Den, located on the Meadows. This is home to a handful of live animal habitats, including snakes, turtles, an opossum and Grady the Groundhog. These critters are stars in some of the Park’s education programs for schools, homeschoolers and scouts. A lifelike mural created by local artist Clive Haynes depicts the natural Hickory Nut Gorge environment and its native animals with hands-on displays. Kids and adults are encouraged to study and touch the furs of skunk, opossum and groundhog. Also on display for viewing are a snake skin, deer skull and two turtle shells from a small Common Snapping Turtle and the N.C. state reptile, an Eastern Box Turtle.

Grady’s Kids Club Special.  To celebrate Grady’s special day, Chimney Rock is offering a discount on memberships to Grady’s Kids Club, the Annual Pass for youth, for $8 during February. For only $0.67 a month, kids ages 6-15 get unlimited visits to the Park for an entire year, plus discounts on food, souvenirs and activities in the Park and special deals at area attractions. Buy your kid’s pass online, call 800-277-9611 or buy the pass at the Ticket Plaza on your visit to the Park during February 1-29, 2012.

About Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is a developing international outdoor destination located 25 miles southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. It is recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic sites and popular travel destinations. The Park’s 535-million-year-old monolith called Chimney Rock offers guests 75-mile panoramic views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. Hickory Nut Gorge, one of the state’s most significant centers of biodiversity, is home to 36 rare plant species and 14 rare animal species, and the second highest waterfall of its kind in the eastern United States. A destination for travel groups, weddings and special events, the Park also hosts innovative educational programs for schools, homeschoolers, scouts and summer camps. Visit Chimney Rock’s website at chimneyrockpark.com. More information on current Capital Improvement projects at chimneyrockpark.com/progress or by calling 800-277-9611.

Tile Work by Guastavino Lecture at UNC Asheville

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

photo of Guastavino tiled staicase at Carnegie Mellon UniversityASHEVILLE NC – The Rafael Guastavino family – responsible for remarkable tile work at architectural landmarks in Asheville and across the nation – will be the subject of a lecture at UNC Asheville by John Ochsendorf of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.). The lecture, “Guastavino Vaulting: From Barcelona to Black Mountain,” will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, in UNC Asheville’s Owen Hall, in the third floor conference room. This event is free and open to the public.

photo of John OchsendorfOchsendorf is the author of “Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile” (2010, Princeton Architectural Press), a study of the work of the father and son team of Spanish immigrants who patented a technique of self-supporting tile arches and vaults. The Guastavinos were responsible for the world-famous tile work in New York City’s Grand Central Station and Carnegie Hall, Asheville’s Biltmore Estate and Basilica of St. Lawrence, and hundreds of other landmark buildings across the U.S.

Ochsendorf is associate professor of Architecture at M.I.T, where he conducts research on architectural construction, sustainable design and archaeology. He has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, as well as a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome.

This lecture is sponsored by the UNC Asheville Art Department, the Meet the Maker Series, and the NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities. For more information, contact the Art Department at 828.251.6559.

Park Ridge Health Event Plan for a Stress-Free Year

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – As the holidays come to a close, many people report feeling stressed out and unhappy. Lane Godsey, Ph.D., of Park Ridge Medical Associates, will share strategies for dealing with stress in a free seminar on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 1 p.m. in the Duke Room at Park Ridge Health. Feel free to bring your lunch from the Park Ridge Café and learn while you eat.

Pre-registration for this event is required by Jan. 25. To sign up, please call 855.PRH.LIFE (774.5433).

About Dr. Lane Godsey: Dr. Godsey earned both his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and his master’s degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He has been a practicing psychologist for more than 30 years.

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).