ASHEVILLE NC – These classes will explain how Medicare works, the enrollment process, how to avoid penalties and ways that beneficiaries might save money.
The classes are free and open to the public. People new to Medicare, caregivers and others who help senior citizens with their Medicare insurance should consider attending this informative class.
The information presented is unbiased and accurate. No products are sold, recommended or endorsed. The class will also cover additional coverage options that are available, ways to save money and answer general questions regarding the program.
May 21: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Weaverville Branch Library
June 7: 2-4 p.m. UNCA/Reuter Center
Space is limited, so call The Council on Aging at 277-8288 today for further information and to reserve your place.
Sponsored by The Council on Aging in conjunction with Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP).
ASHEVILLE NC – Average portion sizes have grown so much over the past 20 years that sometimes the plate arrives and there’s enough food for two or even three people on it. Growing portion sizes are changing what Americans think of as a “normal” portion at home too.
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.
ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville today dedicated the “TD Bank Atrium” in Rhoades Hall, in honor of a major gift from TD Bank to the university. The atrium on the first floor of the newly and greenly renovated building is a popular study and meeting spot for environmental studies and other science students. Rhoades Hall houses science classrooms, labs and offices.
UNC Asheville dedicated the atrium in recognition of TD Bank’s gift of $200,000 to the UNC Asheville Foundation. The gift, given in 2011, took the form of a reduced purchase price paid by the Foundation for the 8.9-acre land parcel at 525 Broadway, adjacent to campus. A portion of that parcel will be used as part of the greenway along Reed Creek linking UNC Asheville and the Montford neighborhood with downtown.
“TD Bank is diligently working to be as green as our logo and helping UNC Asheville purchase the greenway land fits this vision,” said Charles Frederick, North Carolina market president for TD Bank. “TD Bank is proud to have our name on this beautiful atrium, which is used by students in the natural sciences, who will become leaders in environmental stewardship.”
“This new atrium brings important features to one of our main classroom buildings that will allow our values of environmental responsibility and top quality education to be visible to all,” said UNC Asheville Chancellor Anne Ponder. “We are so very grateful to TD Bank for their role in making this a reality.”
With large energy-efficient windows that provide natural lighting, the TD Bank Atrium has a prominent video dashboard displaying energy and water use to show the impact of Rhoades Hall’s green features and provide a reminder to conserve.
The naming ceremony took place on Thursday, May 16, in the TD Bank Atrium and also featured remarks by Keith Krumpe, UNC Asheville dean of natural sciences, Cissie Stevens, chair of UNC Asheville’s Board of Trustees, and Charles Wood, chair of the UNC Asheville Foundation Board of Directors.
ASHEVILLE NC – With the school year coming to a close, ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School Program is looking ahead to summer programming, specifically their Growing Minds @ Market farmers market activity series. The summer series, formerly known as Kids Corner Market, will once again take place Saturdays, June-August, at Asheville City Market Downtown. This summer, the series also extends to North Asheville Tailgate Market and West Asheville Tailgate Market thanks to support from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. With this funding, ASAP has awarded both tailgates $700 to implement Growing Minds @ Market.
Growing Minds @ Market is a space at a farmers market set aside for children and families so that children can engage in fun projects focused on local food and farms. In other words, it’s ASAP’s Growing Minds program at tailgates instead of schools. Activities include fresh local food tastings, local food and farm-based art crafts, and physical activities and games. ASAP has offered the series at Asheville City Market with the help of other community organizations since 2009. “We’ve seen first-hand how the programming not only brings families to a market and helps children connect with the source of their food, but also helps a market successfully engage with the community and a wide variety of community partners,” says ASAP’s Growing Minds Director Emily Jackson.
Activities slated for June at Asheville City Market include a garden story reading and activity with Spellbound Children’s Bookshop, hula hooping with Hooping Hearts, edible plant parts education with the Girl Scouts, a collage craft with Rainbow in My Tummy, and more. For a complete schedule of Growing Minds @ Market activities at Asheville City Market, and to learn more about the programming, visit growing-minds.org. Organizations interested in participating at Asheville City Market should email email@example.com. To learn more about activities scheduled or to participate as a group at the West and/or North Asheville markets, contact the markets directly.
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. Growing Minds, ASAP’s Farm to School program, connects farms and schools to give children positive experiences with fresh, healthy local foods. Experiences include farm field trips, nutrition education, school gardens, and local food in cafeterias.
ABOUT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA The Community Foundation is a nonprofit serving eighteen counties in Western North Carolina. The Foundation is a permanent regional resource that facilitates more than $8 million in charitable giving annually. CFWNC inspires philanthropy and mobilizes resources to enrich lives and communities in Western North Carolina. More information can be found at cfwnc.org.
ASHEVILLE NC – On June 8, Isis Restaurant and Music Hall is hosting an evening dedicated to the release of Ben Lovett’s newest work, “BLACK CURTAIN.” The event is FREE and will feature live musical performances, behind-the-scenes footage and original artwork and photography from the production. “Black Curtain” was filmed in Asheville with the support of nearly 200 volunteer cast and crew members.
About “Black Curtain”
“Black Curtain” is an eight minute narrative directed by Asheville filmmaker Paul Schattel and based on the song of the same name from Lovett’s album Highway Collection.It is the 5th installment in the series from Lovett, who has been working with different directors for the past two years to create interpretations of each song from the album.
Lovett’s previous release for “Ghost Of Old Highways” screened at film festivals in 20 cities across 4 countries, winning 9 awards, including BEST FILM at the Asheville Cinema Fest and BEST SCORE at the Madrid International Film Festival.
“Black Curtain” features a prominently Asheville-based cast and production team which includes Schattel (Director), Shane Meador (Production Designer), Christi Sue Whiteley (Art Director), Anna Stachow (Makeup Artist), and Kelly Denson (Producer).
Complete with elaborate costumes and sets, “Black Curtain” explores wealth and vice in the underbelly of high society during the Edwardian era of the early 1900’s, a time when the elegant upper classes were becoming fascinated with dark and mysterious spiritual activities. The production was filmed at The Masonic Temple in downtown Asheville.
Limited dinner reservations with VIP seating for the event are being accepted. Call the restaurant at (828) 575-2737 to reserve your table for the evening.
Doors will open at 7pm with cocktails in the upstairs lounge and a gallery of themed portraits and photos by Nate Dorn. The debut screening of the evening’s feature presentation will be at 9pm, immediately followed by “The Making Of Black Curtain”. “Black Curtain” leading lady Mandy Lauderdale will close the evening with a performance at 9:30pm.
About Ben Lovett
BEN LOVETT is an artist with a colorful panorama of music credits that range from songwriter and performer to record producer and film composer. He is the founder of the indie record label, Lovers Label.
Lovett’s music has been called “supremely invigorating.” His videos are written about as tours de force. His film scores cross every genre but remain distinctly modern and untraditional.
As a composer Lovett composed original scores for 7 movies in 2012 alone including SUN DON’T SHINE -‐ a Gotham Award nominee and special jury prize winner at SXSW-‐ and Sundance favorite BLACK ROCK, a thriller by the Duplass Brothers starring Kate Bosworth which releases to theatres May 17th.
Previously, Ben completed and released a debut album of original songs entitled, Highway Collection. The album was received with unanimous praise across the indie music spectrum, and earned a nomination at the 2012 Georgia Music Awards. But the songs weren’t the whole story to the album project, and Lovett’s visual contributions to it are no less artistic and compelling- collaborating with a cadre of filmmakers, Lovett set out to create a visual counterpart for each song, providing the creative force at the helm of each: conceiving, coordinating, starring and contributing at every level. The result has catapulted the artist into worldwide viral recognition with each successive release, from the steam-‐punk inspired “Eye Of The Storm” which generated views well into the millions almost instantly, grabbing a 2012 Webby Award along the way, to director David Bruckner’s multiple award-winning take on Lovett’s song “The Fear”,which creatively sculpts a microcosm of society into one shot with over 400 volunteer extras.
About Mandy Lauderdale
Mandy Lauderdale was cast as a featured extra in the film ROADTRIP in 2000 which lead to a principle role on Fox’s Temptation Island in 2001. She was featured on the cover of US Weekly and Jezebel Magazine and had spreads inside Glamour Magazine, Marie Claire, Shape Magazine, Atlanta Magazine, and Cosmopolitan and also made appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Live with Regis & Kelly, Howard Stern, and MTV’s TRL with Carson Daly. Mandy became a VJ for MTV in 2001. She hosted The Hot Zone and TRL, co-hosted Carmen Electra’s Hypermix, judged Sink or Swim and Say What? Karaoke, and was featured in 2 Pepsi commercials. She’s worked on camera with Usher, Mandy Moore, Alicia Keys, Dave Holmes, and many more. An accomplished singer of her own, Mandy released her first LP in 2009, “I Done Done It” and was promptly featured in the books: 400 Years Of Music, Entertainment and Showbiz and The Cabaret World and Who’s Who from 1730 to the Present. She was also awarded “Diva of the Year” by FAMSPA. Two of her songs, “Mister Stevens” and “Champagne Champagne,” are featured in the film Deeper and Deeper and “Champagne Champagne” is currently being featured internationally in all of the MAC Cosmetics stores. In 2010 Mandy joined the Dos Equis “Most Interesting Show in the World” tour. Currently, Mandy is starring in a TV show called Rare Remedies, which she created and produces.
ASHEVILLE NC – Don’t miss Saturday June 1 for the next “Walk with a Doc” event sponsored by Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Services.
Walkers will enjoy a refreshing walk with a Doctor on staff at MAHEC of Asheville. Walkers can learn about important health topics, meet new friends interested in improving their health and have time to speak with the Doctor who will answer basic medical questions in an informal, relaxed and fun way.
The next “Walk with a Doc” will take place on June 1 from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at Karpen Soccer Field, located in Weaverville.
Additional walk dates are:
August 3 at the Buncombe County Sports Park in Enka
ASHEVILLE NC – City finance director Lauren Bradley has announced that she will be leaving the City of Asheville organization in early June and taking on the role of Chief Operating Officer at the Van Winkle Law Firm.
Bradley made the announcement to fellow employees on Monday.
“The time I have spent at the City of Asheville has been the most rewarding in my career. It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Asheville and to work with a tremendous team of city employees,” Bradley said.
Bradley came to work at the City of Asheville in 2003, serving as the city’s Public Information Officer. From there, she moved into the role of Assistant to the City Manager, Finance and Management Services Director, and then into her current role as Executive Director of Finance and Strategic Planning.
Over the next 30 days, Bradley will work alongside the rest of the finance team to prepare and submit the Manager’s recommended budget for fiscal year 2013/2014 to Asheville City Council. A transition plan will be implemented within the upcoming weeks to ensure a smooth changeover when Bradley departs.
“Lauren has provided invaluable support to the organization in multiple roles, and her departure will be felt strongly.” said City Manager Gary Jackson. “She will be missed, but we wish her nothing but the best in her new endeavor.”
ASHEVILLE NC – The Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) has joined forces with Thanks Again to offer airport travelers valuable rewards when they park, shop and dine at the airport.
The new program allows airport passengers to automatically earn more frequent flyer miles or hotel points when they park in long- or short-term parking at AVL, or shop and dine at the Blue Ridge Trading + Tavern in the airport’s terminal. Travelers can also earn rewards at more than 160 airports and 20,000 neighborhood businesses across the U.S.
Enrollment in the program is free and easy – users simply register any credit or debit card at thanksagain.com/AVL and then use that card for purchases at qualifying locations to earn one mile or two points for every dollar spent.
“A lot of our passengers are very frequent travelers, and we wanted to reward that loyalty to the Asheville Airport in a way that would be meaningful,” said Tina Kinsey, Director of Marketing and Public Relations. “We love that passengers can now support our community by flying local and also get a little something back. It’s really a way for us to say ‘thank you’ to our frequent flyers.”