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Kids Fishing Tournament at Lake Julian

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Kids Fishing TournamentASHEVILLE NC – The Kids Fishing Tournament at Lake Julian Park is Saturday, September 27, 2014. It’s open to children ages 15 and under and is sponsored by The Recreation Division of Buncombe County Library, Recreation and Culture Department and West Ridge Auto Sales.

The Tournament begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs to 11:30 a.m. Register on site the day of the tournament for $10 per child, which covers fishing bait, snacks and a free hot dog lunch at the conclusion of the tournament. A fishing license is not required for children under 16 years of age.

This is a catch and release event and we will supply a bucket for each competitor’s catch. After the fish has been weighed and measured, it is released back into the lake. Participants should bring their own pole.

Fishing is allowed anyplace inside the Lake Julian Park boundaries. No boat fishing is allowed. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult.

Children will be grouped into one of five age categories and prizes will be awarded in each of the categories.

Prizes will be given for:

  • biggest fish
  • smallest fish
  • most fish caught

In addition, competitors in every age group will have an opportunity to show off their casting skill. Casting poles and targets are provided by Lake Julian Park and children can demonstrate their ability anytime during the Tournament. There are prizes for the winners of the casting competition, too!

For information about this event contact David Blynt at 250-4266 or [email protected].

The Interactive Beatles Experience at Diana Wortham Theatre

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The sights and sounds of the 1960s and the most important music of a generation come alive as the British invasion returns with Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience, Friday, September 19, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Yesterday and Today kicks off the 2014/2015 Mainstage Season at Diana Wortham Theatre.

Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience is a foot-stomping, sing-along sensational night, bringing back songs that are woven into the cultural tapestry of the 20th century, with a set list compiled according to the audience’s requests and performed by the McGuigan brothers exactly as it was originally recorded: no wigs, no faked accents, no pretense. “Once you take those elements away,” says creator Billy McGuigan, “you get down to the most important part: the magical music.

The band plays the Beatles’ catalogue note for note. Prior to the performance, the audience is encouraged to fill out a request form with their favorite Beatles song and the reason why they chose the song. Those requests are organized five minutes before show time and ultimately create the set list for the evening, with the stories providing the evening’s narrative.

Show founders Billy, Ryan, and Matthew McGuigan have toured the country with Yesterday and Today since 2007, offering a unique, interactive concert experience – born out of the idea that everyone has a story or particular memory attached to the legendary music of The Beatles.

The McGuigan brothers united their musical talents, charms, and passion for performing to create the ultimate living tribute to the greatest man they’ve ever known: their father. Originally from Largo, FL, the McGuigan brothers were just 21, 18, and 15 years old in 1996 when their father, William (“Bill”) McGuigan, passed away after a courageous battle with leukemia. Part of Bill’s legacy for his boys was sharing his love – and extensive catalogue – of Beatles’ music; Bill owned every album, even the obscure ones. Little did any of them know that it would turn out to be one of the greatest gifts a father could pass on to his children.

Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience’s Asheville performance is made possible by Performance Sponsors Nancy Houha & William Hilson and Dianne & David Worley; and by Mainstage Music Series Sponsors Henry LaBrun, First Citizens Bank, The Omni Grove Park Inn, and Ward and Smith, P.A.; with additional support from Media Sponsors WNC magazine, Rock 105.1, 97.7 The Brew, and WTZQ AM 1600.

The entrance for the Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place is marked by the location of the theatre’s marquee between 12 and 14 Biltmore Avenue. Patrons enter the theatre through the breezeway between Marble Slab Creamery and White Duck Taco, and into a large interior courtyard with multiple glass doors to the theatre’s lower lobby and box office. The intimate theatre seats just over 500 and boasts exceptional acoustics and sightlines, making it the premier performance space in Western North Carolina. The Mainstage Series is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency. The Mainstage Series 2014/2015 Season Sponsors are the Asheville Scene, Blue Moon Water, Creative Energy, Laurey’s Catering and Gourmet-to-go, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. To obtain more information on the Mainstage Series or to purchase tickets, call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit

Cradle of Forestry to Host Monarch Butterfly Program

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Cradle of Forestry invites the public to attend the “Bring Back the Monarchs” program on Sunday, Sept. 21 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.

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  For information on the Monarch Watch program visit Click here for information about the role of butterflies and other pollinators in plant reproduction.

WCU Physical Therapy Students ‘Zombie Chase Race’

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Runners will have a chance to outrun zombies during a 5-kilometer race that is being sponsored Saturday, Oct. 4, by the Student Physical Therapy Association at Western Carolina University.

The Zombie Run 5-K Chase Race will begin at 4 p.m. near the WCU picnic area. Runners will be given flags that zombies along the course will try to steal. Runners who complete the 5-K with at least one remaining flag will be considered “zombie apocalypse survivors,” said Chris Garcia, a student in WCU’s doctoral program in physical therapy who is helping organize the race.

Proceeds from the race will be used to provide physical therapy services to the community and to support physical therapy research. Prizes will be awarded to overall winners.

Race registration is available on by searching for “Zombie Run 5K Chase Race.” The fee is $20 through Friday, Oct. 3. On race day, the fee will be $25 as registration is held from 2 until 3:30 p.m. at the race site. Runners who register by Monday, Sept. 15, will be guaranteed a race T-shirt.

Following the race, a “Zombie After Party” with live music and chicken wings and pizza will be held at Tuck’s Tap and Grille in Cullowhee from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for race participants and $10 for non-racers, with proceeds from the ticket sales also being used for physical therapy services and research, Garcia said.

For more information, contact Garcia at 828-803-0552.

Tails and Trails 5k Adventure Run Register Now!

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Do you and your dog like to run together? Join us on Saturday, October 4 for the 7th Annual Tails and Trails 5K Adventure Run at the Buncombe County Sports Park in Candler. The run starts at 9:30 a.m. and is open to adults, children and dogs of all ages. Put your paws to the pavement and come join us for this unique fun run!

Register in advance with the mail-in registration form attached below (if you register by September 22 you’ll receive an event T-Shirt), or register the day of the race.

Check in and late registration is at 9 a.m. on October 4. The cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 4 – 12, and 2 cans of dog food, which will be donated to the Asheville Humane Society. A portion of the proceeds from the event will also be donated to Asheville Humane Society.

Dogs must remain on leashes at all times. The run will be on the Buncombe County Sports Park track.

For more information, call Jay Nelson at 250-4269.

U.S. News and World Report Ranks UNC Asheville as One of Nation’s Best

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville was ranked as the nation’s eighth best public liberal arts college in U.S. News and World Report’s new “Best Colleges 2015″ rankings, released online today.

UNC Asheville also is included on the U.S. News & World Report list of national liberal arts colleges, private and public, “where the faculty has an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.” Based on surveys of college presidents, provosts and admissions deans, UNC Asheville is tied for eighth in the nation in this category and is the only public university on this exclusive list.“Self-discovery and intellectual exploration are what define a great liberal arts college experience,” said UNC Asheville Provost Joseph Urgo. “I see that happening at UNC Asheville with our small classes and with so many students engaged in undergraduate research with a faculty mentor. The faculty works continually to reexamine and improve student learning and the overall student experience, especially when it comes to fostering critical thinking and creativity.”

U.S. News & World Report ranked 236 national liberal arts colleges, 212 private and 24 public, in its survey, using a weighted formula that includes academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, commitment to instruction and class size, student abilities and admissions selectivity, college financial resources and alumni financial support.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are among several accolades UNC Asheville has recently received. In August, The Princeton Review noted the “top-notch academic experience” that UNC Asheville students receive and ranked the university 14th nationally on its “Town-Gown Relations are Great” list.

In July, the Fiske Guide to Colleges named UNC Asheville a “Best Buy” among the nation’s top colleges, and for the 11th consecutive year, UNC Asheville’s Environmental Studies Program was highlighted as showing unusual strength in preparing students for careers.

In the past year, UNC Asheville also was cited as a “best value” by The Princeton Review and by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.

UNC Asheville Art Exhibition Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
ASHEVILLE NC – Works by Latino artists in Western North Carolina will be on view at UNC Asheville as the university celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15-Oct. 15. The exhibition is free and open to the public in the adjoining galleries in Highsmith University Union: the Highsmith Art and Intercultural Gallery and the Intercultural Center Gallery. A public reception with the artists will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17 in the galleries.

Victor Palomino, a native of Colombia who has worked as an artist and journalist in North Carolina for more than a decade, will display his works in wire sculpture, mixed media and ink in the Intercultural Center. Sandra Garcia will also display the Kaleidocycle, a project that documents the lives and journeys of immigrants in Western North Carolina.

Artwork by Chris Corral and by Gustavo Villota (mask, above left) will be part of UNC Asheville's Hispanic Heritage Month exhibition.In the Highsmith Art and Intercultural Gallery, works in a variety of media will be on view by Luis Martinez Cruz and Victor H. Verde of Mexico, Chris Corral of Texas, and Gustavo Villota of Ecuador. The exhibition will also include Mi Historia, stories of the lives of Latinos in Western North Carolina that have been collected at prior exhibits.

UNC Asheville’s Office of Multicultural Student Programs and the student organization HOLA (Hispan@s Orgullos@s en las Americas) are joining to present the university’s Hispanic Heritage Month activities, which include discussions, videos, food events, fairs and parties for students, and this art exhibition.

For more information, visit the Multicultural Student Programs Office website

Metro Economy Outlook to Feature Pulitzer Prize Winner

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Annual Asheville Metro Economy Outlook has announced it will feature Greg Ip, renowned economics expert at The Economist and a Pulitzer Prize winner. As the keynote speaker, Mr. Ip will present an insightful analysis of the latest national economic indicators and their impact on the regional economy at 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at The Omni Grove Park Inn. Chris Cavanaugh, president of Magellan Strategy Group, will highlight trends in the Asheville Metro economy.

Greg Ip is U.S. Economics Editor for The Economist, based in Washington D.C. He is a regular on-air contributor to CNBC and has also appeared on  BBC, CNN, NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, the PBS Newshour, and National Public Radio. Ip has won and shared in several prizes for journalism, including a Pulitzer Prize awarded to his former team at The Wall Street Journal. He created Real Time Economics, WSJ’s online blog of Fed and economic news. Ip is an established expert on the U.S. economy, financial markets, monetary, fiscal and regulatory policy. He is author of The Little Book of Economics: How the Economy Works in the Real World (Wiley, 2010).

Chris Cavanaugh is a strategic planning and marketing consultant with more than 25 years of marketing experience in Western N.C. and across the southeast. He is the president and founder of Magellan Strategy Group in Asheville, N.C. Called the “Swiss Army knife of strategy and marketing skills,” Cavenaugh has presented at numerous conferences across the country. He has served as chairman on North Carolina’s state travel and tourism board, the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority and Blue Ridge Mountain Host, a regional marketing association.

“In the face of a historically slower recovery and with global uncertainty as the new paradigm, we’ll be looking at data and trends that shed light on the economy’s latest developments and opportunities,” said Cavanaugh. “Building on its reputation as a great place to live and conduct business, Asheville has become a competitive player in growing areas of the U.S. economy, including advanced manufacturing, climate science, entrepreneurship and craft brewing.”

“Business owners, managers, investors and anyone in sales or marketing has to keep their fingers on the economy’s pulse to be successful in business,” said Heidi Reiber, Director of Research for the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and EDC. “We’re excited to hear from a distinguished expert such as Mr. Ip on national economic factors impacting our region’s economy at the Metro Outlook this year.”

The Asheville Metro Economy Outlook, presented by Parsec Financial Management, is offered by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County (EDC). The event is open to the public and will be held in The Omni Grove Park Inn’s Grand Ballroom starting at 5 p.m. with networking, followed by the program from 5:30-7 p.m. Cost to attend is only $10 for Asheville Chamber members, $15 for non-members and registration is free for students. Attendees should register in advance on the Chamber’s website at

Sponsors for the 15th Annual Asheville Metro Economy Outlook include: Parsec Financial Management, The Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville Citizen-Times, ERC Broadband, Carolina Alliance Bank, Duke Energy Progress, Roberts & Stevens, P.A., Asheville Savings Bank, HomeTrust Bank, Dixon Hughes Goodman, UNC Asheville, McGuire, Wood, & Bissette, PA; BMW of Asheville, TD Bank, BB&T, WNCW 88.7 FM, BP Solutions Group, Blue Moon Water, and FASTSIGNS.

The Economic Development Coalition (EDC) for Asheville-Buncombe County is a public-private partnership committed to: creating and retaining high quality jobs, community leadership, and being a resource for better business decisions.  The EDC accomplishes this mission through its four core services: business retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurship, research, and marketing and recruitment.  The EDC is funded by Buncombe County, the City of Asheville, the Town of Weaverville, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and the AVL 5×5 Campaign. Visit

The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is a member organization with over 1,800 member businesses and organizations. Chamber members collaborate with community organizations and coalitions to support the community and each other with the mission of building community through business. The Chamber is home to a 4,000 square foot Visitor Center which welcomes over 200,000 visitors per year. To get active in the Chamber, visit

ASAP’s 2014 Farm Tour Announced

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – On September 20 and 21, from 1 until 6 pm, the gates and barns of 37 Appalachian Grown certified farms across Western North Carolina will open to the public for ASAP’s annual Farm Tour. The self-guided tour offers a chance for locals and visitors alike to learn how food grows, taste farm-fresh products, see farm animals, and meet the community’s food and fiber producers.

Advance passes are on sale now for $25 at and at select area businesses and tailgate markets (a list of vendors can be found online). One pass admits an entire carload to any participating farm both days. Passes can also be purchased the day of the tour at the first farm stop for $30, or individual farms can be toured for $10. Farm Tour guides are available online and from pass vendors. Guides include a map, directions, tour tips, and a list of family friendly activities.  The guide also includes information on ASAP’s Farm Tour Photo Contest.  Visitors can submit their tour photos for a chance to win great prizes, and have their photos printed in the 2015 Farm Tour guide!

September 21 and 20 aren’t the only important dates when it comes to this year’s big event. On Friday, September 19 at 7:30 pm, ASAP will partner with the OM Sanctuary to offer the Taste of the Tour, a cooking demo provided by ASAP’s Growing Minds Program. Participants can learn simple cooking techniques to prepare seasonal foods found on the tour. Tickets are $45, which includes a pass to the Farm Tour. Go to for ticket purchase and more information. For additional pre-tour activities visit

2014 Farm Tour Participating Farms*

Addison Farms Vineyard
Adelbert Farm
Amusing Farms**
Becki’s Bounty
Eagledove Greenhouse and Farm**
Flying Cloud Farm
Franny’s Farm**
Full Sun Farm**
Gaining Ground Farm
Good Fibrations
Hickory Nut Gap Farm
Imladris Farm
Ivy Creek Family Farm
Long Branch Environmental Education Center
Meadow Cove Farm**
New Sprout Organic Farms**
Round Mountain Creamery
Smoking J’s Fiery Foods and Farm
Venezia Dream Farm

Sunburst Trout Farms
Two Trees Farm**

Justus Orchard
Living Web Farms**
North River Farms**
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards

Doubletree Farm**
Dry Ridge Farm
East Fork Farm
Farmhouse Beef
Root Bottom Farm**
Wake Robin Farm Breads

Farm Fresh Ventures
Vandele Farms on Cedar Creek

Duck Dance
Mountain Gardens
Wellspring Farm
*Click name for farm information via ASAP’s online Local Food Guide.
**New to the tour this year.

Those interested in taking the tour can find more information, including details on volunteering and attending the tour for free, at ASAP’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as their community website, will feature event information and stories leading up to the tour. Participants are also invited to share their journey via social media using #asapfarmtour during the weekend.

Event sponsor for the 2014 Farm Tour is Ingles Markets. Other tour sponsors include Carolina Farm Credit, Green River Picklers, Greenlife Grocery, IWANNA, The Laurel of Asheville, WNC Magazine, WNC Woman, ImageSmith, Knox Mason, and Sierra Nevada.


ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food. To learn more about ASAP’s work in the region, visit, or call (828) 236-1282.

US Forest Service Web App Features Trails for Leaf Viewing

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The U.S. Forest Service invites national forest visitors to use the new web application for planning their fall foliage adventures.

Unveiled in May 2014, the searchable web application (web app) offers details on three popular trail systems in western North Carolina, as well as state-of-the-science information on the region’s forests.

The Browse Trails section of the web app includes information on trails in the Tsali (pronounced “SAH-lee”) Recreation Area, located in the Nantahala National Forest Cheoah Ranger District, and the Jackrabbit Recreation Area in the national forest’s Tusquitee Ranger District. The site also features two large sections of the Appalachian Trail that pass through the Nantahala National Forest.

The Forest Service’s Southern Research Station and National Forests in North Carolina produced the web app in cooperation with the University of North Carolina Asheville National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center.