ASHEVILLE NC – Justin Hines, a rising star in the Canadian folk-pop scene, has teamed up with WNC Group Homes and MTN Housing for a benefit concert as part of his Vehicle of Changetour – which makes a stop in Asheville, NC on Sept 30th. Hines has dedicated his life and music to benefiting charities around the world. His personal story reminds us that we are unified in our fervor to overcome the struggles of life, his generosity and ability to give back is awe-inspiring.
What’s especially remarkable about Hines’s charitable efforts is that he has accomplished them while battling a rare genetic joint condition he had since birth called Larsen’s syndrome, a disease that dislocates the joints and confines him to a wheelchair. “Most people assume there are challenges to being a performer in a wheelchair and indeed there are some, but when an audience sees you climb on stage via a giant metal ramp, you kind of have their attention,” he said. It is through music that Hines is able to inspire others to have the same resilience.
“The Vehicle of Change Tour will be a very meaningful adventure and one that will connect us with so many wonderful people along the way,” says Hines.
In his latest album How We Fly, released in the US June 25th, he reminds us that we are unified in our fervor to overcome the struggles of life. The album is the follow-up to his 2011 U.S. debut Days To Recall. How We Flyfeatures awe-inspiring songs that are not only representational of his profound songwriting, but are also the music of a generation that refuses to be divided by race, language and geographical barriers— from Africa to America. A stunning amalgamation of pop, country, folk and rock, Hines’s music is introspective and heartfelt, his story, touching and inspirational.
“I kind of feel like everybody’s kind of given me the foundation to metaphorically fly,” Hines said. “The making of it truly was a very sort of beautifully challenging thing.
ASHEVILLE NC – Beginning September 10, 2013, the Asheville Parking Services Division will transition to an upgraded parking citation management system. The adoption of the technology will increase accessibility when paying or appealing parking tickets and enhance efficiency on the part of parking enforcement officers.
Parking enforcement officers will be equipped with handheld devices equipped with cameras and wireless capability that will allow instantaneous transmission of information, making it easily available to the citizen for review. Cameras are often used by parking enforcement officers to record violations and provide accurate and reviewable records.
Brekford Corporation – a leader in law enforcement, parking, and traffic safety systems and services – has been selected to provide state-of-the-art processing and collections systems and services including providing mobile computers and hosting web-based software that will handle printing and mailing of tickets and issuing reminders.
Outwardly little change will be apparent. City personnel will continue to control and operate the parking citation program, enforce parking regulations, write citations, provide customer service, handle in-person payments, and determine all appeals. However the new system will allow citation appeals to be taken online instead of only in writing.
“This is going to be a big step forward in convenience to the citizenry and maximizing our ability to provide quick and accurate information,” said the city’s Parking Services Manager Harry Brown.
In an effort to streamline procedures for greater efficiency, parking citation payments will no longer accepted at City Hall. Citizens are encouraged to mail them in or use the on-line options. Payments will be accepted in the City owned parking garages and at the Parking Services office at 45 Wall Street.
ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville’s Healthy Aging Program Initiatives (HAPI) Lab, in collaboration with the Land of Sky Area Agency on Aging, will host an intergenerational Wisdom Film Festival from 12-6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24 in the university’s Sherrill Center, Mission Health Systems Mountain View Conference Room. The festival, which is free and open to the public, will include film screenings, discussions and activities exploring perceptions on aging.
Screenings and activities during the festival include:
12 p.m. “Beginners,” a romantic comedy-drama about a young man reflecting on the life and death of his father, who began exploring life as an openly gay man at the age of 75. The LGBT Elder Advocates of WNC will guide a discussion following the screening.
2:15 p.m. “Searching for Sugar Man,” the Academy Award-winning documentary about the search for an American musician Sixto Rodriguez, who, unbeknownst to anyone in America including Rodriguez himself, had become a legend in South Africa . Lavinia Plonka, director of the Asheville Movement Center, will lead a “Telling Our Stories” activity following the screening.
4:15 p.m. “Harold and Maude,” the cult classic dark comedy about a young man intrigued with death, and his relationship with an older woman. Rebecca Chaplin, faculty at Asheville Tantra School, will lead a “Circle of Ages” activity following the screening.
The HAPI Lab promotes healthy and active aging for all through wellness programming, screening and research. The HAPI Lab is located in the Sherrill Center and is part of UNC Asheville’s Department of Health and Wellness. The Wisdom Film Festival is one of the activities highlighting healthy aging during the International Council on Active Aging’s Active Aging Week, September 22-27. For more information, contact Rebecca Chaplin, Land of Sky Area Agency on Aging, at 828.251.7438.
ASHEVILLE NC – A 5-kilometer foot race will test the mettle of runners on the Western Carolina University campus Saturday, Sept. 28, as part of festivities at WCU’s 39th annual Mountain Heritage Day festival.
Planned by students of WCU’s event management course taught by David Tyler, the 5-K will begin at 8 a.m. from the Stillwell Science Building. Race-day registration and registered runner check-in will be held from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m.
Entry fees are $20 for runners and speed-walkers who register by noon Friday, Sept. 27 ($15 for WCU students with a valid identification card); $25 for those who register the day of the race. Groups running together may preregister at $15 per runner. Proceeds will benefit the Sport Management Association Scholarship Fund.
Participants will receive a T-shirt, plus fruit and water as needed. Numbered bibs will be provided by RoadID. Runners should have the ability to complete the race within 50 minutes. The course, which encompasses hills and flat areas on the campus, must be cleared by 9 a.m.
Awards will be presented to the overall male and female winners and to the top three age-group winners in the 17-and-under, 18-30 and 31-and-over categories.
Students in the event management course have determined the details of the race as part of their course work. “A major goal of the course is to expose them to working in teams as part of a larger organization – in this case, the whole class,” Tyler said.
ASHEVILLE NC – On Friday, September 6, New Belgium Brewing’s Clips Beer and Film Tour came through town, raising nearly $11,000 for Asheville on Bikes, which is supported by the Asheville Downtown Association. Approximately 1,700 people came out to Pack Square Park: Roger McGuire Green to sample beers and enjoy films.
Clips Beer & Film Tour is now in its fourth year and will travel to 21 cities this season. The event showcases amateur films while pouring hard-to-find Lips of Faith beers and popular New Belgium classics. Each stop features a screening of selected films, a tasting of New Belgium’s beers, food from local vendors and other fun activities.
MONEY RAISED: $10,926, up 47% from 2012WASTE DIVERSION RATE: 92%
PROCEEDS GOING TO:
Asheville on Bikes, supported by the Asheville Downtown Association Asheville on Bikes is a nonprofit organization that cultivates the culture of commuting and urban cycling within Asheville through celebration and advocacy.
About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews eight year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.
ASHEVILLE NC – Chimney Rock is well known for its colorful fall and stunning 75-mile views overlooking Lake Lure, but fewer visitors and locals know the State Park as a destination for year-round birding. The region’s premier fall migration birding event, Flock to the Rock, hosted by Chimney Rock for the past four years, has brought more attention to the Park’s abundant birding opportunities. Flock to the Rock will be held 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22. This prime birding weekend coincides with the annual hawk migration when dozens, sometimes hundreds, of hawks can be seen during their flight south.
The weekend is packed full of bird walks guided by local experts and workshops ranging from bird photography, taught by renowned bird photographer Todd Arcos, to bird-friendly gardening, taught by Wild Birds Unlimited Asheville staff. Special to the event are live birds of prey programs both days and an “Early Bird” Migration Watch led by Simon Thompson, a world-traveled birding expert, at 7:30-10 a.m. on Sunday. Flock also includes family nature walks and kids’ activities to appeal to the whole family.
Flock to the Rock is included with paid Park admission, which is $12 adults, $6 youth (ages 5-15) and free for 4 years and under. An extra fee applies only to the “Early Bird” Migration Watch Sunday, which requires advance registration. Chimney Rock is an official site on the N.C. Birding Trail. For more details and a schedule of birding activities, visit chimneyrockpark.com.
“Chimney Rock is one of the most spectacular locations in Western North Carolina to spot a wide range of birds throughout the year, from countless warblers and vireos to tanagers and birds of prey. Flock to the Rock is held during the peak of fall migration and draws enthusiastic birders of all levels to the Park,” said Simon Thompson, co-owner of Wild Birds Unlimited Asheville and owner of Ventures Birding Tours.
The live birds of prey programs, which are held in Chimney Rock throughout the year, feature a non-releasable Red-tailed Hawk and a Great Horned Owl. Presented by Emily Walker, park naturalist and education manager, the half-hour educational programs will be held at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Park’s Birdhouse. One of the largest North American owls, Great Horned Owls are called “tigers of the sky.” Their talons have an average gripping strength of twice that of a human adult male, and their heads can rotate 270 degrees. Though their most common prey includes rabbits and skunks, they have been known to eat hawks and smaller owl species. The bird programs will be followed by a guided family nature walk at 1:30-2:15 p.m. starting at Grady the Groundhog’s Animal Discovery Den on the Meadows.
A Premier Birding Destination
From its winding riverbanks to its dramatic cliffs, Chimney Rock is a haven for North Carolina resident birds, migrating birds and, of course, bird lovers. From beginner to experienced, people have long been flocking to the Rock to catch glimpses of their favorite birds. Chimney Rock is home to more than 130 species of birds throughout the year, including over 25 warbler species, vireos, tanagers, woodpeckers, thrushes, owls and a wide selection of birds of prey, including Peregrine Falcons. For more information on birding at the Park, visit chimneyrockpark.com/park/nature/northcarolinabirds.php.
Home to World’s Fastest Bird of Prey
While at Chimney Rock, train your binoculars along the Park’s soaring cliffs and up into the surrounding sky for a chance to see the amazing acrobatics of a Peregrine Falcon high above Hickory Nut Gorge. Peregrine Falcons (Falco Peregrinus) may slice through the air at more than 60mph or dive on smaller birds in flight at speeds up to 200mph. By the early 1960s, no Peregrines were found in this area, but these magnificent birds have made a comeback thanks to captive-breeding programs. Since 1990 when three of these young birds fledged in the Park, Peregrines have been sighted here almost every year. Last summer, a pair of mating adults hatched two fledgling Peregrine Falcons that were confirmed to be residing in Chimney Rock.
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park offers scenic hiking trails, guided rock climbing, live animal 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.
Simon Thompson and Chris Jaquette have owned Wild Birds Unlimited Asheville for the past three years. In addition to selling excellent quality bird seed and feeders, they also offer a great selection of bird houses, bird books, nature-related gifts and much more. Simon, Chris and the rest of the WBU staff can help you with any of your bird questions. Check out their website at www.asheville.wbu.com.
Ventures Birding Tours is based in Asheville, NC, and is owned and guided by world-traveled expert Simon Thompson. Ventures offers local bird watching trips to many local WNC birding hotspots, as well as tours throughout the US and overseas. From looking at warblers in the Blue Ridge to big game safaris in Africa, Ventures offers a wide range of bird watching and nature activities. Learn more or book a tour at www.birdventures.com.
ASHEVILLE NC – The Cradle of Forestry invites the public to attend the “Bring Back the Monarchs” program on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. in the Forest Discovery Center.
Noted naturalist and educator Ina Warren will present this lively multimedia program with assistance from Master Gardener Joyce Pearsall. Both presenters are official conservation specialists with the Monarch Watch program at the University of Kansas.
The program will cover biology basics of the monarch’s life cycle and annual migration. The event offers information on threats these butterflies face in central Mexico in the winter as well as in their summer breeding habitat in the United States. Additionally, the program will cover the importance of their sole larval food source, milkweeds. Discussions will include the technique of tagging monarchs, sharing ideas for raising monarchs in the classroom and at home, and ways to grow native milkweeds and other native nectar-rich plant species for establishing monarch waystations vital to monarch survival. A tour of the Cradle’s monarch waystation will be offered after the presentation.
Warren created a group of master gardener educators, called Monarch Mentors, which assisted area teachers with raising monarchs in their classrooms and planting school butterfly gardens. She has traveled to Mexico four times to study monarchs in the overwintering reserves. Warren is a frequent presenter at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching at Western Carolina University. Also, she has taught natural history courses at Brevard College, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, and the North Carolina Arboretum.
Pearsall is an active volunteer in Transylvania County. She has helped more than a dozen groups establish monarch habitats. She maintains waystations at the Cradle of Forestry, the Pisgah Ranger Station and many civic locations in Brevard.
Admission to the Cradle of Forestry is $5 for adults and free for youth under 16 years of age. America the Beautiful and Golden Age passes are honored with free admission. The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 412. For more information, call 828-877-3130 or go to www.cradleofforestry.org. For information on the Monarch Watch program visit www.monarchwatch.org.
ASHEVILLE NC – Diana Wortham Theatre in partnership with Steinway Artist Michael Jefry Stevens announces a new Jazz in The Forum Concert Series. The inaugural concert, “Celebrating the Genius of Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk,” is Saturday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. and features Stevens performing selections from the songbooks of Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans, including Monk’s famous “Round Midnight” and the beautiful Evans jazz standard, “Waltz for Debbie.” All pianists performing in this jazz concert series play Diana Wortham Theatre’s Hamburg Steinway Model B.
This three concert series, presented in The Forum at Diana Wortham Theatre, is patterned after Concord Record’s now historical “Live at the Maybeck Recital Hall” jazz piano concert series. For the 2013-2014 season:
• Steinway Artist Michael Jefry Stevens kicks off the new Jazz in The Forum Concert Series with his concert, “Celebrating the Genius of Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk.” Saturday, September 14, 2013, 7:30 p.m. The Forum atDiana Wortham Theatre. Tickets: Adults $20 in advance or $25 day-of-show; Students & Children 12 and under $15; Package for entire three-concert series $51. Tickets/Info: (828) 257-4530 or online at www.dwtheatre.com.
• The Jazz in The Forum Concert Series presents “Now and Then: A Journey Through a Century of Great Solo Piano Jazz” featuring Dr. William Bares. Friday, November 22, 2013, 7:30 p.m. The Forum atDiana Wortham Theatre. Tickets: Adults $20 in advance or $25 day-of-show; Students & Children 12 and under $15; Package for entire three-concert series $51. Tickets/Info: (828) 257-4530 or online at www.dwtheatre.com.
• The Jazz in The Forum Concert Series presents “Dual View: An Evening of Jazz Piano Originals and Favorites” featuring Pavel Wlosok. Saturday, February 15, 2014, 7:30 p.m. The Forum atDiana Wortham Theatre. Tickets: Adults $20 in advance or $25 day-of-show; Students & Children 12 and under $15; Package for entire three-concert series $51. Tickets/Info: (828) 257-4530 or online at www.dwtheatre.com.
Over the past 40 years, pianist/composer Michael Jefry Stevens has been associated with some of the most important figures in modern jazz, including Dave Douglas, Mark Feldman, Charles Moffett, Dave Liebman and his long time bassist and collaborator, Joe Fonda. Stevens has been on the forefront of the New York and international improvised music scene, performing in Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, as well as Argentina, Mexico, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. He has released over 80 CDs of his original music and composed over 400 works for various ensembles, including big band, string quartet, music for voice, music for solo instruments and various small group compositions. For more information on Michael Jefry Stevens, and to listen to his music, please visit his web site at: michaeljefrystevens.com.
Dr. William Bares, performing November 22, 2013, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College, a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Miami, and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Harvard University, where he studied with Ingrid Monson, the Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music. Bares spent ten years performing and researching jazz in Europe, and his book Eternal Triangle: American Jazz in European Postmodern is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. Bares is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Music at University of North Carolina Asheville.
Czech pianist, composer, arranger, and educator Pavel Wlosok, performing February 15, 2014, received his classical education in piano performance and composition at the Conservatory of Music in Ostrava in the classes of Zdenek Pecek and Igor Katajev, and in the class of Arnost Parsch at the Janáček Academy of Music (JAMU) in Brno, Czech Republic. He obtained his bachelor and master degrees in jazz studies at the University of North Texas in Denton, where he studied composition with Cindy McTee, jazz piano with Dan Haerle, and classical piano with Adam Wodnicki.
The new entrance for the Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place is marked by the location of the theatre’s new marquee between 12 and 14 Biltmore Avenue. Patrons enter the theatre through the breezeway between Marble Slab Creamery and Circle in the Square restaurants, and into a large interior courtyard for Pack Place with multiple glass doors to the theatre’s lower lobby and new box office. The Jazz in The Forum Concert Series events take place in The Forum off of the main lobby of Diana Wortham Theatre. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com.
ASHEVILLE NC – The group Brass Transit, coming to Western Carolina University in September, has been called “the world’s greatest tribute to Chicago.” That’s as in Chicago, the self-described “rock ‘n’ roll band with horns,” not as in Chicago, the “city of the big shoulders.”
And it’s not just Brass Transit’s management that is tooting the ensemble’s horn. It’s the growing legion of fans on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border, who have heard the eight-piece Toronto group rip through Chicago’s catalog of hits from the 1970s – classics such as “Make Me Smile,” “25 or 6 to 4,” “Call on Me,” “Wishing You Were Here,” “Old Days,” “Questions 67 & 68” and “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”
Brass Transit will open the ninth Galaxy of Stars Series at WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29.
The group regularly performs to sold-out crowds across the U.S. and Canada – no easy feat when the real members of Chicago are still actively touring, said Paul Lormand, director of the Bardo Arts Center. “Concert-goers are going to hear the music of Chicago done with unbelievable precision,” Lormand said.
The band members include veterans of the classic rock ‘n’ roll and soul acts the Drifters, Sam and Dave, Aretha Franklin, Ben E. King, the Marvelettes, Frankie Valli, Mary Wilson, Martha Reeves, Little Anthony & the Imperials and Del Shannon.
The only professional entertainment series in Jackson County, the Galaxy of Stars Series debuted in 2005, with all performances taking place in the 900-seat Bardo Arts Center.
Series subscriptions are now available at a substantial savings over individual ticket prices. Patrons can enjoy all six shows in the season for $100 for adults and $25 for students and children. Subscriptions allow patrons to select and keep preferred seats and also are an affordable way for families to enjoy live entertainment.
In addition to Brass Transit, the schedule includes: “Ring of Fire – The Music of Johnny Cash,” 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24; the 1950s/1960s rock revue “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26; Beatles tribute band 1964, 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9; the high-energy Squirm Burpee Circus, 5 p.m. Sunday, March 2.; and the musical “The Fantasticks,” 5 p.m. Sunday, April 27.
Tickets for the Sept. 29 show are $20 for adults, $15 for WCU faculty and staff, and $5 for students and children. For tickets or additional information, contact the Bardo Arts Center box office at 828-227-2479 or visit the website bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.
The Brass Transit performance is sponsored by Tonemaster Muffler Shop of Sylva.
ASHEVILLE NC – Harris Teeter is proud to welcome shoppers to its Village at Chestnut Street store on Sept. 4, 2013. The company is celebrating the grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 8 a.m. as well as weekend activities to introduce community members to the H.T. Difference.
In each of its stores, including its newest store at Village at Chestnut Street, Harris Teeter strives to offer customers an excellent shopping experience on every visit. An excellent shopping experience starts in the store with customer service, high-quality perishables along with great variety and selection.
Village at Chestnut Street
136 Merrimon Avenue
Asheville, N.C. 28801
Features and Departments: Full-service Butchers Market with Rancher Beef, HT Reserve Angus Beef and HT Naturals Natural Beef • Full-service Fishermans Market • Shrimp Party Trays • Farmers Market Produce • Full-Service Floral and Custom Floral Arrangements • Expanded Fresh Cut Flower Section • Fresh Fruit Bar • Produce Party Trays • Gift Basket Program • Full-service Fresh Foods Market Deli/Bakery • Sushi • Self-Serve Olives • Salad Bar • International Cheeses • Chef Prepared Foods to Go • Ice Cream Cakes and Custom Cakes • Hot Asian Bar • Sub Shop • Artisan Breads • Hot Foods Bar • Caesar Salads • Fresh Made Pizza • Party Trays • Fresh Made Salads • Boar’s Head Meats & Cheeses • Slicing Meats & Cheeses • Chef Prepared Pastries • Rotisserie Items • Organic, Natural and Specialty Foods • Wine and Beer • Double Coupons • Club 60 Senior Discount • Carryout Service • USCAN • Western Union • Coinstar • Express Lane Online Shopping • Red Box DVD Rental Kiosk • Sit-down eating area with 16 seats