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County Holiday Closings

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Buncombe County Government Offices will be closed December 24-26 for Christmas, and January 1 for New Year’s.

Buncombe County Public Libraries will be closed:

  • Wednesday, December 24 – Friday, December 26
  • Closing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31
  • Thursday, January 1

The Landfill & Transfer Station will be closed:

  • Close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24
  • Thursday, December 25
  • Open regular hours on Friday, December 26, and Thursday, January 1.

Household Hazardous Waste Day and Electronics Recycling at the Buncombe County Landfill will be closed:

  • Friday, December 26


Tis the Season Holiday Fair Nov 21 – 23

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – A festive shopping event featuring fabulous art, crafts, gifts, adornments for the home as well as delectable holiday food and NC wines.

Friday, November 21, 10am-8pm
Saturday, November 22, 10am-8pm
Sunday, November 23, 11am-5pm

Adults $4.00 per person
Children under 12 Free
Free Parking

For more information:  www.wncholidayfair.net

“Shop Local” at Sugar Hollow Artisans Holiday Market November 22

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Looking for exceptional handcrafted holiday gifts or special indulgences just for you? Don’t miss the second annual Sugar Hollow Artisans Holiday Market on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 10 am to 5 pm, featuring a dozen dazzling artists from Fairview, NC.

From nature-inspired jewelry, photography, and fiber art, to intricate quilts, hand-crafted soaps, and whimsical dolls, you’ll find friendly, award-winning artists and members of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, including:

Syb Adcock
Vicki Bennett Annie Cicale
Tim Fischer Sydney Green Molly Hamilton Susie Hamilton Melissa Kilgore Paddy Lynch Rebecca Kempson Barbara Swinea Lynn Wright

Fiber Art
Fine Soaps
Fine Soaps Watercolors Photography, Jewelry Felt Art

Clayworks, Feathers

Shop to your heart’s content amidst the backdrop of High Meadow Events’ beautiful post-and-beam barn, located at 200 Sugar Hollow Road, Fairview, NC (just up the road from Hickory Nut Gap Farm). Just follow the signs to the barn. Free valet parking. All major credit cards are accepted.

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.

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].

UNC Asheville Holds Annual Holiday Ceramic and Art Sale

Monday, November 18th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville’s Department of Art will hold its annual Holiday Ceramic and Art Sale from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, in UNC Asheville’s S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, located on the ground floor of Owen Hall. The sale is open to the public.

A wide variety of functional and decorative pottery, drawings, prints, photography, glass and sculpture crafted by UNC Asheville students will be on sale with prices starting at $5. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Department of Art.

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

‘Enchanted Broadway Holiday’ Performance Dec. 3 at WCU

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Western Carolina University will host “An Enchanted Broadway Holiday Show” performed by award-winning recording artists Lee Lessack and Joanna O’Brien and directed by  John Boswell on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

The performance will begin 7:30 p.m. in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at WCU. Tickets are free for students and $5 for all others.

The show will feature beloved holiday classics such as “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Some Children See Him,” “Merry Christmas, Darling” and “O Holy Night.”

Lessack, who is known for the grace in his baritone, has toured the United States and Europe, to sold-out crowds. In addition, he founded LML Music, which is home to more than 100 recording artists and performers.

Soprano O’Brien has trained in classical music and has a degree in opera from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has a wide range of musical styles, but has worked over the years to bridge the gap between opera, Broadway and pop.

Boswell, a leading director in the music industry, has worked with Judy Collins, Andy Williams and Bob Newhart. He has been a part of multiple on- and off-Broadway shows including “Crazy for You” and “The Secret Garden.”

The performance at WCU is part of the 2013-14 Arts and Cultural Events Performance Series. For more information about the ACE series, visit ace.wcu.edu or contact Rotimi Ariyo, associate director for university center programs, at 828-227-3751.

For tickets, visit the Bardo Arts Center box office in person or online at bardoartscenter.wcu.edu, or call 828-227-2479.

“Green” Holiday Gift Suggestions

Friday, December 21st, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Buncombe County Cooperative Extension would like to offer a couple of suggestions for your holiday gift giving.

Rain Barrels:

Has the gardener in the family been coveting a rain barrel? We have 80 gallon rain barrels available.

Each barrel comes complete with fittings and installation instructions.

Barrels are $110 + tax, cash or check. We’ll be happy to hold your barrel for holiday pick up.

New Garden Guides:

We have an updated version of the old Garden Almanac, with expanded information on waterwise gardening, firewise landscaping, preparing your garden for winter, growing fruits and vegetables, flower and herb gardening, composting and mulching, caring for trees and shrubs and more.

The helpful monthly “To Do” list is still an essential part of the Guide. It’s a great stocking-stuffer for the gardeners in your life (for yourself)! $10 (cash or check); order online for $12 (includes postage) at buncombemastergardener.org.

Pick up either one of these great gifts at the Buncombe County Extension Office, 94 Coxe Avenue in Asheville. For more information or to check availability of either of these items, call 255-5522.

Reuter Center Singers Holiday Concert Set for December 10

Monday, November 26th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The Reuter Center Singers, more than 50 voices strong, present their annual holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

This year’s program will include a choral medley of Irving Berlin’s most beloved Christmas songs, Douglas Wagner’s arrangement of traditional Christmas songs, the rhythmic “He Come from the Glory,” and the Jewish traditional song, “Ose Shalom” (the peacemaker).

The Reuter Center Singers, a community choir based at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville, perform in many community venues and will sing holiday favorites at Biltmore House on Monday, Dec. 17. The Reuter Center Singers are directed by Chuck Taft, who also serves as music director for Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre.

For more information, visit olliasheville.com or call 828.251.6140.