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Brookstone Lodge Asheville NC Hotel Special!

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Sunday, Oct. 30th through Thursday, Nov. 3rd 15% off when you stay one night and 20% off when you stay 2 or more nights. 

Stay at Brookstone Lodge Oct. 30th through Nov. 3rd and receive big savings.   Mention you found them on AshevilleNC.com and you will receive 20% when you stay 2 or more nights and 15% when you stay one night. A brand new Asheville hotel conveniently located off I-40 with easy access to Biltmore Estate.  Experience the charm of a mountain lodge, just minutes from Blue Ridge Parkway, downtown Asheville and Biltmore Estate.  Free continental breakfast, indoor pool, hot tub, and wireless internet.  Get away to beautiful Asheville and enjoy all the Brookstone Lodge has to offer!

Hilarious Comedy at Diana Wortham Theatre: Shakespeare on Trial

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Guilty or not guilty? That is the question – posed to you, the jury. Writer Bill Shakespeare encounters four of his own most famous characters (Macbeth, Iago, Hamlet, and Juliet) up-close, personal, and ticked-off. In this highly energetic and funny play featuring some of the Bard’s best quotes and speeches, Shakespeare must defend his own writing as the four characters challenge him to write in a modern way, arguing that no one really understands his plays anymore. You’ll help make the case for his lasting significance as you laugh so hard you bring Shakespeare back from the dead…Brilliantly entertaining! Asheville‘s downtown event will take place October 27 at the Diana Wortham Theatre, Tickets: Regular $25, Student $20, Child $12

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Outdoor Adventure on Geocaching Day at The North Carolina Arboretum

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – The high-tech treasure hunt activity known as geocaching is gaining popularity in the mountains of Western North Carolina and around the world. On Saturday, November 5, The North Carolina Arboretum will host its second annual Geocaching Day, offering families, individuals, and groups an opportunity to take part in an outdoor adventure.

By using a handheld GPS unit, along with coordinates downloaded from www.geocaching.com, geocaching enthusiasts can solve clues to find one of 1,215,555 geocaches located around the world. These geocaches contain a log book and pencil for recording the find, and often include trinkets that can be traded out as a memento of the experience.
The Arboretum owns and maintains nine active geocaches located within the borders of the Arboretum by special use permit from the United States Forest Service. The first geocaches on property were placed in the summer of 2009, and have received more than 400 visits from guests of the Arboretum. In honor of Geocaching Day, a special “series” cache will engage participants in a trek around the Arboretum on a search for clues to its location. The new cache, titled “Arboretum Adventure,” will have starting coordinates available at www.geocaching.com just prior to the event.

Experienced geocachers with their own equipment may begin seeking caches as early as 8:00 a.m. Newcomers to the sport are invited to attend a demonstration led by Arboretum educators prior to embarking on their own adventure. The program will be offered at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Diamond Brand Outdoors, a Community Partner of the Arboretum and sponsor of its youth education programs, has donated GPS units that may be borrowed for the guided program. Also beginning on Geocaching Day, families and youth groups may borrow one of eight GPS units provided by Diamond Brand Outdoors to seek caches within the Arboretum, free of charge.

Pre-registration to seek caches or attend the guided programs is not required, though regular Arboretum parking fees apply ($8.00 for personal vehicles, $30.00 for commercial vehicles, and $50.00 for buses). Families and individuals wishing to seek caches on their own may visit geocaching.com to set up a free account and download geocache locations and descriptions to their handheld GPS unit or phone.

For more information about the event, visit www.ncarboretum.org, or call (828) 665-2492, Ext. 228. The central mission of The North Carolina Arboretum, an affiliate institution of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, is to cultivate connections between people and plants.

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Green Home Tours Offered by Local Realty Company and The North Carolina Arboretum

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – A Community Partner of The North Carolina Arboretum is offering green home tours now through December. MOSAIC Community Lifestyle Realty is leading tours of a variety of homes and constructions sites that are green-built or green remodels.

Tours include:
Green Home Driving Tour Sunday, November 6 at 2:00 p.m. Caravan in your own vehicle (carpooling with family and friends is encouraged) and visit new green homes and green construction sites throughout Central and West Asheville. This tour will last approximately three hours.

Green Remodel of a Conventional Home Saturday, November 12 at 1:00 or 2:30 p.m. See a green home makeover of a conventional home, and learn more from the builder, homeowners, and a building scientist. This tour will last approximately one hour.

Weirbridge Village Tour Saturday, December 3 at 2:30 p.m. Get an up close tour of this new 280-unit ENERGY STARTM apartment community being built in South Asheville. See what it takes to construct an energy efficient multifamily building. This tour will last approximately one hour.

Gaia Village Tour Saturday, December 10 at 2:30 p.m. See what a modern sustainable village looks like. Gaia Village is a green community of 15 homes that share a central courtyard and community gardens, with a greenway connection to West Asheville Park and a meditation garden on Rhododendron Creek.

Tour space is limited, and registration is required. To reserve your space, please call (828) 665-2492. A cash donation of to The North Carolina Arboretum Society is suggested at the time of the tour. All tours begin off-site and attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

The tours are being held in conjunction with the Arboretum’s new exhibit, Sustainable Shelter. The exhibit introduces visitors to the functions of shelters, and how animals and humans have adapted to different environments through a diversity of structures. Biodiversity, human and animal architecture, ecosystems, and energy and water conservation are concepts explored by Sustainable Shelter, all from the perspective of the “home.”

The NC Arboretum is located next to the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance at Milepost 393. From I-26, take Exit 33 and follow Blue Ridge Parkway signs for two miles to the entrance ramp. Visit www.ncarboretum.org/plan-a-visit for parking fees, property hours and building hours. For general information call (828) 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.
More than 15 interactive components uncover how we can learn from nature to make our dwellings more sustainable parts of the earth’s natural systems. Graphics, cartoons and interactive computer games explore how daily actions are part of the earth’s carbon and water cycles. Visitors can test ways to make homes more sustainable with hands-on exhibits. Scale models show how the size and environmental impact of American homes have changed over time. Visitors can then build a model of a home that incorporates many of the environmental features presented in the exhibition.

To broaden the visitor experience, an exhibit called Home Green Home is featured in the Baker Exhibit Center Greenhouse. Designed and produced by Arboretum staff, the exhibit includes a variety of animal shelters, insect hives, and nests native to our area. Visitors are introduced to xeric landscaping examples, and local green home building products will be on display, courtesy of Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty.

Sustainable Shelter is on display at The North Carolina Arboretum through January 2, 2012. The exhibition will be open to the public during regular Baker Exhibit Center hours: 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily. Exhibit admission is in addition to the standard parking fee ($8 per personal vehicle), and is $3 for adults and $2 for students age 18 and under. Admission and parking is always free for Arboretum Society members

For information, call (828) 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org. The central mission of The North Carolina Arboretum, an affiliate institution of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, is to cultivate connections between people and plants.

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UNCA’s Fall Issue of The Great Smokies Review Now Online

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – The Fall 2011 issue of The Great Smokies Review, a Web-based literary magazine published by UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP), is now available online at thegreatsmokiesreview.org.

This fifth issue of The Great Smokies Review focuses on the “cinema of the mind,” the common ground between fiction and film. David Madden, the last writer-in-residence on the Warner Brothers lot and the author of two story collections and nine novels, is an expert on the fiction/film connection. In his “Craft Session” column, Madden discusses the “charged image” as a particularly effective crossover element. He writes that the charged image is “the one that electrifies all other images as does the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock in ‘The Great Gatsby,’ Huck and Jim on the raft on the river.” In addition to Madden’s essay and other editorial features, this issue includes work by four writers of creative prose and nine poets.

The Great Smokies Review offers past and present students and faculty in the Great Smokies Writing Program the opportunity to showcase their creative talents. The program is in its twelfth year of bringing quality writing workshops to the Western North Carolina community.

The Review, like the Great Smokies Writing Program, brings together writers and readers of many different levels of experience – from those who have been writing all their lives to first time writers—who come together for instruction and community. “We are growing another layer of that community,” says Tommy Hays, director of the Great Smokies Writing Program. “The Great Smokies Review is a forum for discussion and learning as well as a place for good work.”

For more information about the Great Smokies Writing Program, contact Tommy Hays at 828.254.1389.

Diana Wortham Theatre’s Fall Benefit Concert

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – The 11th Fall Benefit Concert at Diana Wortham Theatre October 30, 2011 at 3 pm. An 11th Anniversary Celebration featuring outstanding pianists from the AAPF and Guest Artists performing the Classics and Jazz in Solo, Two-Piano Music, and ensembles, including works by Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Bizet, Grieg, Rachmanioff, Bortkiewicz, Chaminade, Liebermann, Shirley, Takemitsu, Waller, and Berlin. Also featured are a Jazz Improvisation on American Standards for two piano plus several vocal and instrumental ensembles.  All ticket proceeds benefit AAPF Charitable and Educational Activities.

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Make your Christmas Season Bright! Biltmore Celebrates Nov. 4, 2011-Jan. 1, 2012

Monday, October 24th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Known as one of the Southeast’s most beloved and storied holiday travel destinations, Christmas at Biltmore is set to begin on Nov. 4, 2011, and will run through Jan. 1, 2012. Candlelight Christmas Evenings, offering evening candlelight tours of Biltmore House, take place Nov. 11 through Dec. 31.

Christmas displays throughout Biltmore House, the gardens and grounds will center on the many countries George and Edith Vanderbilt visited at the turn of the century. The couple enjoyed taking journeys together to learn, explore and collect art, furniture and other items for their home. Rooms in Biltmore House will feature the traditions and folklore of France, Germany, India, Egypt and Italy with elements of the Vanderbilt family’s own Christmas traditions mixed in.

On Christmas Eve 1895, Vanderbilt opened Biltmore House for the first time to his friends and family. In subsequent years, the couple welcomed family, friends and the estate’s employees into the Banquet Hall for the annual Christmas party. Each child who lived on the estate at that time received a gift from the Vanderbilts.

Biltmore’s modern-day Christmas celebration is modeled on that first Christmas, with an elaborately decorated, 34-foot tall Fraser Fir dominating the Banquet Hall. Guests will see 57 trees throughout Biltmore House, each intricately designed and decorated by members of Biltmore’s floral team. Miles of fresh garlands and wreaths create a yuletide scent throughout the House, with around 1,000 red and white poinsettias in the Winter Garden and other areas.

Guests can pick up Biltmore decorating secrets during free seminars offered at A Gardener’s Place in the lower part of the Conservatory, near the Walled Garden. Classes are offered four times daily: “Making Woodland Christmas Wreaths” (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.); and “Making Heritage Kissing Balls” (1 and 3 p.m.).

In Antler Hill Village, Santa will visit with children and families from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 5 thru Dec. 18, and the Friday after Thanksgiving. The Village links to the Winery, where visitors may take guided tours and enjoy free wine tasting. Special seasonal seminars are also available. Christmas at Biltmore during the daytime includes tours of Biltmore House, the gardens and Antler Hill Village.

Candlelight Christmas Evenings, Nov. 11 through Dec. 31

Biltmore House takes on a warm glow during Candlelight Christmas Evenings, even an air of mystery, creating a unique holiday experience for guests. Local choirs and small musical ensembles stationed in the Winter Garden will perform music of the season as guests enter Biltmore House. String quartets and other musicians will perform throughout the house as guests wander among the decorated rooms. The front lawn will glow with a 55-foot Norway spruce, lit by 45,000 tiny white lights.

Guests may also visit Antler Hill Village when they attend Candlelight Christmas Evenings.

Holiday dining and lodging on the estate

Guests may enjoy a festive meal at Bistro, Deerpark Restaurant, Stable Café, Cedric’s Tavern or The Dining Room at Inn on Biltmore Estate. For guests looking to extend their stay at Biltmore, the four-star Inn offers several packages for holidays, including special New Year’s Eve packages. Biltmore boasts retail shops, all perfect for holiday gift shopping. Other activities include taking a horse and carriage ride (blankets provided) and exploring acres of landscaped gardens.

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For more information about Christmas at Biltmore, visit www.biltmore.com.


About Biltmore

Located in Asheville, North Carolina, Biltmore was the vision of George W. Vanderbilt. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, America’s largest home is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, exhibiting the Vanderbilt family’s original collection of furnishings, art and antiques. Biltmore estate encompasses more than 8,000 acres including renowned gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. Today, Biltmore has grown to include Antler Hill Village, which features the award-winning Winery and Antler Hill Farm; the four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate; Equestrian Center; numerous restaurants; event and meeting venues; BiltmoreFor Your Home, the company’s licensed products division; and Biltmore Inspirations, Biltmore’s home party business. To learn more about Biltmore, go to www.biltmore.com or call 877-BILTMORE.


WCU Leaders to Eat on $1.50 a Day to Raise Poverty Awareness

Monday, October 24th, 2011

CULLOWHEE NC – Inspired by the presentation by the CEO of the Global Poverty Project on campus in September, the president of WCU’s Student Government Association and the wife of Chancellor David O. Belcher are participating in the Live Below the Line Campaign beginning Monday, Oct. 24, and invite others to join them.

To help raise awareness of global poverty, student TJ Eaves and Susan Brummell Belcher will live off of $1.50 per day for five days. Hugh Evans, whose presentation about extreme poverty worldwide twice filled the Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center to capacity, asked audience members to consider taking part in the Live Below the Line campaign to raise awareness about extreme poverty.Evans was on campus as part of the WCU Poverty Project, a yearlong, campuswide, engaged learning initiative. Live Below the Line is an awareness initiative of the Global Poverty Project, which projects that 1.4 billion people live in extreme poverty and exist on less than $2 a day.

Belcher and Eaves acknowledge the challenges ahead. “It will be a pretty interesting week because I am a fairly picky eater,” Eaves said.

Belcher said she’d have to explore whether coffee with cream will fit in her budget. “If not, I’ll struggle with that one,” she said.

Nevertheless, they both look forward to the challenge.

“Initially, I was concerned that this would be too tough and thought about whether or not I should do it,” Eaves said. “But I thought to myself, with 1.4 billion people living off less than $1.50 a day, every day, there is no big deal in me living off of $1.50 per day for only five days. I know it will be tough, and I will be hungrier than normal, but that’s why it will be so beneficial personally.”

Eaves admits that only five days in the extreme poverty zone won’t equate to an in-depth understanding of what it is to live in poverty. “I just hope to walk away with a greater respect and awareness for those who do,” he said.

While Belcher and Eaves have initiated the project primarily to raise awareness, Belcher also has a goal to raise $1,000 for CARE, a humanitarian organization fighting poverty in more than 70 countries around the world that specifically focuses on empowering women so they can contribute to their communities. She and Eaves both invite anyone interested to sponsor them or join them on the Western Carolina University Live Below the Line team themselves. Those who choose to participate with them also are asked to post a note about their participation and their experience on the WCU Poverty Project Facebook page.

The Live Below the Line campaign allows for combining the five-day allowance for the purpose of food shopping before participation begins. It doesn’t allow for “donations” from friends and family. A sample shopping list includes oatmeal, soup, powdered milk, potatoes, pasta, rice, yogurt, tuna, eggs, vegetables and inexpensive cookies. The CARE website has a sample eating plan at http://www.care.org/getinvolved/advocacy/dayofaction/images/Sample-Live-Below-the-Line-Menu.pdf. For students who want to participate in the campaign, Aramark will host a station in the upper level of the Courtyard Dining Hall with foods and portions that comply with the Live Below the Line initiative for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Thursday, Oct. 27.

The Eaves-Belcher commitment is primarily to raise awareness about extreme poverty. The hope after Evans’ presentation was that individuals “would take up Hugh’s challenge themselves without any further ‘push,’ so we have stood aside and waited for this to happen organically,” said John Whitmire, co-chair of the WCU Poverty Project steering committee and a faculty member in the Philosophy and Religion Department.

Jennifer Cooper, interim director of the Center for Service Learning and the other Poverty Project co-chair, said the effort is a great complement to the Oxfam Hunger Banquet planned for 6 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Blue Ridge Multipurpose Room. For that event, participants randomly draw tickets that assign them to different income levels based on statistics about the number of people living in poverty. Depending on what they draw, participants will eat anything from rice and water to a filling dinner, with the intent being that participants gain perspective on the root causes of hunger and poverty. “It makes so much sense to link the Live Below the Line campaign to the Oxfam Hunger Banquet,” Cooper said. Just as with the Live Below the Line effort, the idea with the hunger banquet is for “participants to reflect on the realities of hunger in the world,” she said.

In another initiative, Aramark directs proceeds from the purchase of Project 7 items in Java City to global initiatives, including feeding the hungry.

The WCU Poverty Project is sponsoring many different poverty-related teaching, learning, service, and scholarly and creative activities over the course of the year. For more information and a schedule of events, visit the WCU Poverty Project website. Those interested in supporting CARE during WCU’s Live Below the Line Campaign can sponsor Team Western Carolina University, Susan B. Belcher, T.J. Eaves and others who sign up to participate by clicking “Join Team” on the Team Western Carolina University site.

Documentary on Autism to be Shown at AB-Tech

Monday, October 24th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – A-B Tech’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is sponsoring a screening of “Neurotypical,” a documentary about autism from the perspective of autistics, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30 in Ferguson Auditorium on the College’s Asheville campus. A panel discussion will follow the film.

General admission is $5 at the door and free for students with an A-B Tech ID card. Proceeds will benefit the Asheville TEACCH Center scholarship fund. The TEACCH center serves individuals with autism in Western North Carolina.

Concert at UNCA with University Singers, Chamber Symphony and Reuter Center Singers

Monday, October 24th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – An afternoon of choral and orchestral music is in store when UNC Asheville‘s University Singers and University Chamber Symphony perform with the Reuter Center Singers from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. Admission to this concert is $5 at the door, and free to children and students with ID.

The University Singers, a large choral ensemble open to students, faculty, staff and community members, will be joined by the Reuter Center Singers, a chorus directed by Chuck Taft of more than 50 voices from the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement. This combined vocal ensemble will perform John Rutter’s “Requiem,” conducted by Melodie Galloway. Additional pieces will be played by the University Chamber Symphony, directed by Milton Crotts.

For more information, please contact UNC Asheville’s Music Department at 828.251.6432.