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City Offices Closed Thursday July 4

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Asheville city government offices will be closed Thursday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

All City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts recreation centers will be closed .  The following specialized recreation facilities will be open: city parks, the Asheville Golf Course, Food Lion Skate Park , Aston Park Tennis Center, Recreation Park Pool, and the Western North Carolina Nature Center.  For hours of operation and other information about the WNC Nature Center visit www.wncnaturecenter.com.

College Street will be closed during the fireworks display scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m.

ART will operate holiday bus service Thursday, July 4 on the following routes:

·      C – Louisiana – Haywood – State St. – Biltmore Village- Fairview Rd. – Swannanoa River Rd – Wood.  Departs 9:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

·      N1 – Merrimon – UNCA – Lakeshore.  Departs 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

·      N3 – Chamber – Hillcrest. Departs 9:40 a.m. – 6:40 p.m. Route will have a different departure time, leaving at  :40 past the hour.

·      S3 – Asheland – McDowell- Biltmore Village- Hendersonville Rd – Airport. Departs 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

  ·      S4 – S. French Broad – Depot – Livingston Heights- AB Tech. Departs 9:35 a.m. – 6:35 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

·      E1 – Tunnel – Asheville Mall – Swannanoa River Rd.   Departs 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., providing service as far as Wal-mart/Kohl’s, E1 will not serve the VA Hospital.

·      E2 –Asheville Mall – Haw Creek – Tunnel Rd.  Departs 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

  ·      W1 – Hilliard – Clingman – Haywood – PVA – Deaverview Area.  Departs  9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

  ·      W3 – Patton – Goodwill.  Departs 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

Additionally, the July 4Celebration in Pack Square Park will require the following detours:

·         E1 & E2 – from 11 a.m. –  7:30 p.m., E1 & E2 will:

o    use Patton Ave. to Broadway St. to Woodfin St./Oak St., both inbound and outbound.

o    resume their normal route starting with the bus stop on College St. @ South Charlotte St.

o    serve the bus-stops on Broadway St. @ College St. and Broadway St. @ Walnut St.

o    detour off of South Pack Square and Market St., unable to serve two bus-stops;

1.  Patton Ave. @ Biltmore Ave. and

2.  College @ Court Plaza.

For ART schedule information call (828)253-5691, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.ridetheart.com.

Garbage and recycling collection schedules will continue as normal during the holiday.  All public safety services, including police, fire and emergency response, will operate according to normal schedule – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Asheville-Buncombe Memorial Day Ceremony

Friday, May 17th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville Mayor’s Committee on Veterans Affairs will host the annual Memorial Day ceremony on the Roger McGuire Green of Pack Square Park at 3 p.m. on May 27, 2013.

Event highlights will include the Presentation of Colors by Enka High School ROTC and Recognition of Service by Buncombe County Commission Vice-Chair Holly Jones.  Mayor Terry Bellamy of the City of Asheville will be the keynote speaker.  A wreath will be laid by representatives of the Armed Forces and emergency responders in commemoration of those who have sacrificed their lives in service to their country.  The ceremony will include musical performances and a rifle volley by the Asheville Police Department Honor Guard.  Larry Blunt, news anchor for WLOS13, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

The public is invited.  For more information on the event, please contact the City of Asheville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department at (828) 259-5800.

Toy Drive At Asheville Holiday Parade to Benefit NY and NJ Children

Friday, November 16th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The Folk Heritage Committee, the volunteer behind-the-scenes force which annually spearheads Asheville‘s Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, announces that it will host a toy drive for New York and New Jersey children affected by the devastating Hurricane Sandy. The drive will take place during the Asheville Holiday Parade along the parade route, Saturday, November 17 at 11:00am in downtown Asheville.

Parade spectators and participants are encouraged to bring new or gently used toys with them to the parade. Folk Heritage Committee volunteers walking alongside the Committee’s float, which is entry #19 in the parade line-up, will retrieve toys for donation from the crowd along the parade route and collect them on the Committee’s float. Look for the large “Shindig on the Green” banner preceding the Committee’s float. Toys for any age group, infants through teens, will be accepted.

The Folk Heritage Committee is researching organizations in NY and NJ that will distribute these toys for the holidays to families affected by Hurricane Sandy, which hit the East Coast on October 29. Widespread flooding and damage to households, businesses and infrastructure, plus losses due to business interruption, make Superstorm Sandy one of the costliest storms in U.S. history.

The volunteer not-for-profit Folk Heritage Committee’s mission is to produce Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in order to support the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. For more information or to contact the Folk Heritage Committee, e-mail [email protected], leave a message on the Folk Heritage Info Line at 828.258-6101 x345, or visit www.folkheritage.org.

Memorial Day Ceremony May 28

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Join us at our Memorial Day Ceremony!ASHEVILLE NC – Buncombe County, in conjunction with the City of Asheville Mayor’s Committee on Veterans Affairs, will host the annual Asheville-Buncombe Memorial Day ceremony on the Roger McGuire Green of Pack Square Park at 3 p.m. on May 28, 2012.

The public is invited. For more information on the event, please contact Asheville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts at (828) 259-5800.

County Closings for the New Year

Friday, December 30th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – County Closings for the New YearBuncombe County Government Offices and Buncombe County Public Libraries will be closed Monday, January 2 for New Year’s.

The Landfill & Transfer Station will be operating on a normal schedule.

Give the Gift of Family Fun this Holiday Season

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Are you looking for some great family fun and terrific holiday gifts? The Health Adventure is the perfect solution!

Now conveniently located in the Biltmore Square Mall, The Health Adventure offers unlimited fun and learning for your family for only $75.00.

You can give others their own membership to adventure by purchasing gift memberships, too. An entire year of interactive play, discovery and time with your family is just a click away!

Give the gift of quality family time…join The Health Adventure today! For more information, visit us online at: thehealthadventure.org/memberships

Events at the Health Adventure Include:

**Preschool Playdate** Every Thursday at 10:30 AM

Preschool Playdate is back with Ms. Mary. Bring in your wee ones and participate in various activities and projects each

Science WOW Every 2nd Wednesday at 3:30PM

From liquid nitrogen ice cream to egg science, you’ll enjoy science demonstrations of all kinds. Are you daring enough to lie on our bed of nails? Will you sing a silly science song with us? You never know what to expect during Science WOW!, but you can be sure it will be “Smart Fun”!

Scout Days Every 1st Wednesday

On the 1st Wednesday of every month, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts who are wearing their vest, sash, or uniform can explore in the museum at a reduced rate of $5 per Scout. There is no charge for leaders, but additional parents and siblings must pay normal admission.

Santa To Practice Chimney Climbing December 3 and 10 at Chimney Rock

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

CHIMNEY ROCK NC – How is Santa able to climb down millions of chimneys around the world in a single night? He practices, of course! From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., December 3 and 10, visit Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park to see Santa practice climbing on one of the world’s largest chimneys at 315 feet tall. Guests can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy live holiday music, complimentary hot cocoa, cookies and kids’ activities and see live critters. Annual Passholders are invited to a special holiday sale with 25% off their total retail purchase both days at Cliff Dwellers Gifts, which will be providing entertainment, artist demonstrations and refreshments. There is no additional cost with paid Park admission. In case of inclement weather, check chimneyrockpark.com for the event’s status. Chimney Rock was named one of “10 great places to catch up with Santa” in 2008 by USA Today.

“Santa has a challenging job climbing down millions of chimneys Christmas Eve, so he practices to be ready for it,” said Matt Popowski, PR and Events Coordinator, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. “It’s just as entertaining as it sounds and a fun way to kick off your holiday traditions for kids and adults!

Climbing Santa.  Mr. Claus will rappel from the top of Chimney Rock about every 30-45 minutes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. while spectators gather in front of Cliff Dwellers Gifts for live holiday music, refreshments and kids’ activities. Between noon and 1:30 p.m., Santa will be available in front of Cliff Dwellers Gifts for photo opportunities and to meet the children. Mrs. Claus will be present also, serving delicious cookies and hot cocoa while visiting with children. Park mascot Grady the Groundhog or other live critters will make an appearance for kids, and an educational display of animal skins and skulls will be on display by a State Park Ranger. On December 3, live music will be provided by Joe Collins, award-winning vocalist, songwriter and national champion mountain dulcimer performer. John Mason, who has toured the Southeast for 30 years playing the hammered dulcimer and is the Park’s featured musician, will be performing on December 10. The event is being co-sponsored by Coffee on the Rocks in Chimney Rock Village.

Hours, Admission & Trail Changes.  Current seasonal hours are daily 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the Ticket Plaza closing at 4:30 p.m. Park admission is $12 for adults, $5 for youth ages 6-15 and free for ages 5 and under. On December 5, winter hours go into effect. The Park will be open Thursday – Monday, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the Ticket Plaza closing at 4:30 p.m. Winter admission, effective Dec. 5, will be $9 for adults and $4 for youth ages six through 15. Children under six are admitted free. Starting Dec. 5, due to winter capital improvements, the Outcroppings and Skyline trails, Chimney and points of interest above, such as the Opera Box, Devil’s Head and Exclamation Point, will be closed to the public.

Holiday Specials. Annual Passholders are invited to a special holiday sale with 25% off their total retail purchase at Cliff Dwellers Gifts on December 3 and 10 for Santa on the Chimney. Entertainment, artist demonstrations and refreshments will be provided at the gift store both days. For passholders unable to attend during Santa on the Chimney, the 25% off discount sale will be valid from December 3 through December 11. Guests who upgrade their admissions to Annual Passes are also eligible.

Adult Annual Passes, a great stocking stuffer for family and friends, will be available for $20 during a holiday special November 25 to December 24, 2011. Guests who visit the Park during discounted winter admission rates can save money by upgrading their admission tickets to Annual Passes for only $11 for adults and $4 for youth (ages 6-15) within 30 days of purchase. Buy your upgrade online, call 800-277-9611 or show your receipt at the Ticket Plaza on your next visit within 30 days.

Fun Holiday Facts.

  • Based on 2010 population estimates by the United Nations Children’s Fund, Santa would have to make about 842 million stops on Christmas Eve, traveling some 221 million miles.
  • At 315 feet tall, Chimney Rock is one of the world’s tallest chimneys. This 535-million-year-old natural wonder is also among the world’s oldest chimneys. Today, it is one of the Southeast’s most iconic and popular outdoor destinations.

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.

UNC Asheville to Hold Annual Ceramic and Art Sale

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville’s Art Department will hold its annual holiday sale of ceramics and art from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 in the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery in Owen Hall. The sale is open to the public.

A wide variety of functional and decorative items crafted by UNC Asheville students will be on sale with prices beginning at $5. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Art Department.

For more information, call UNC Asheville’s Art Department at 828.251.6559.

Veteran’s Day 11-11-11

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time. In 1919, President Wilson proclaimed the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory”. There were plans for parades, public meetings and a brief suspension of business activities at 11am.

In 1926, the United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I and declared that the anniversary of the armistice should be commemorated with prayer and thanksgiving. The Congress also requested that the president should “issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.”

On May 13, 1938, an Act of Congress made November 11 in each year a legal holiday, known as Armistice Day. This day was originally intended to honor veterans of World War I. A few years later, World War II required the largest mobilization of service men in the history of the United States and the American forces fought in Korea. In 1954, the veterans service organizations urged Congress to change the word “Armistice” to “Veterans”. Congress approved this change and on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor all American veterans, where ever and whenever they had served.

This year on the11th day of the 11th month of 2011, let’s all take time to honor our Veterans.  The Buncombe County Commissioners took a few minutes at their meeting on November 1, to honor all County employees who have or are serving in the US Armed Services.

Tomorrow is Veterans Day! County Offices Will be Closed

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Buncombe County Government Offices will be closed on Friday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day.