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Buy Fresh at a Tailgate Market!

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Did you know that Buncombe County has 13 tailgate markets to buy fresh, from-the-farm produce? Instead of a grocery store, shop directly from the source for everything from fruit, vegetables, mountain crafts, jams, jellies, preserves, honey, fresh baked goods, cookies, and much more!

Here are the 13 locations:

Asheville Street Resurfacing Projects

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – The resurfacing schedule for 12 Asheville streets has been nailed down (though it could change due to weather and other factors). City Council approved this year’s paving contracts at its June 23 meeting and now the work has begun.

Rogers Group out of Nashville, Tenn., is the contractor on this year’s street resurfacing projects.

How are streets chosen? Among other criteria such as maintenance records and average daily traffic, they get a grade, said Public Works Director Greg Shuler. Much like scores for school grades, streets are rated between 0 to 100.  Roads are selected for resurfacing based on their pavement condition rating, or PCR. The average for Asheville’s streets is a 52, so “you can see we have a lot of work to do,” said Shuler.

The work will be done July through November, weather permitting. That includes work on short but heavily traveled stretches of Patton and Lexington avenues downtown.
Patton Avenue is slated for resurfacing from College Street to Biltmore Avenue, right past Pritchard Park. A shorter portion of Lexington Avenue will be resurfaced, from College Street to Patton Avenue.
How will this affect traffic?
There will be lane closures and “we are paving Patton and Lexington at night,” according to Capital Projects Management Divisions’ Robert Kun.

Work has already started on two streets, Onteora Boulevard and East School Road in the Oakely area. Here’s the projected paving schedule for the rest of the streets targeted for this year:

South Oak Forest Drive: July 30-Aug. 12

Ballantree Drive: Aug. 7-27

Patton and Lexington avenues: Aug. 18-Sept. 15

Covington Street: Aug. 24-Sept. 30

Shiloh Road: Aug. 26-Sept. 22

Wellington Street: Sept. 4-Oct. 24

Keheler and Sone Alley: Oct. 5-24

Spears Ave: Oct. 20-Nov. 05

Where does the money come from for road resurfacing? It is set aside from the City’s Capital Improvement Plan.

Red Moon Road at Diana Wortham Theatre

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Inspired by the great outdoors of Nova Scotia, Red Moon Road is Canada’s most endearing acoustic folk trio. Drop-dead gorgeous vocals from lead singer Sheena Rattai and brilliant performances on banjo, mandolin, and guitar help contribute to the group’s energetic sound. Flush with charm and wisdom, the three musicians effortlessly blend immaculate songwriting and finely honed musical skills. From living rooms to folk fest stages, the three have charmed fans from coast to coast. Their lush and lively take on modern roots is peppered with bright stage banter, exquisite harmonies, and masterfully told stories that make for a delightful evening.

Tickets: Regular $32; Student $27; Child $20

Lewis Hine Photo Exhibit Child Labor of 100 Years Ago

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Many of the children look older than their years in photographs captured by Lewis Hine a century ago in the mill villages of Cabarrus, Gaston, Lincoln, Rowan and other North Carolina counties.

The photographs are part of a new exhibit, “The Photography of Lewis Hine: Exposing Child Labor in North Carolina, 1908-1918,” now showing at the Mountain Heritage Center in Hunter Library of Western Carolina University through Dec. 11.

Hine captured the harsh realities of life for the young textile workers, showing girls operating warping machines and boys covered in lint after long hours as mill sweepers. In 1908, the National Child Labor Committee hired Hine to document the working conditions of young workers across the United States. That same year, he began visiting North Carolina’s textile mills, where about a quarter of all workers were under age 16.

Hine’s photos soon appeared in magazines and on posters the NCLC displayed at conferences, legislative hearings and other gatherings. In 1910, North Carolina strengthened child labor laws, and the first federal child labor laws were passed in 1916. Hine returned to North Carolina a number of times to document whether mill owners were following the laws. His photographs and interviews present compelling information about child labor within the state.

The exhibit is on loan from the North Carolina Museum of History. It is free and open to the public, on display in Hunter Library’s second floor lobby from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday For more information or directions, call (828) 227-7129 or visit

The Mountain Heritage Center has moved to Hunter Library temporarily as components of a campus master plan are implemented over the next several years.

Kimberly Avenue Pedestrian Enhancement

Monday, July 20th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Drivers heading down Kimberly Avenue will encounter a new stop sign at Hampstead Road, recently installed as part of a pedestrian enhancement. Walkers and joggers crossing at Hampstead Road will notice wide crosswalk margins painted on the roadway at all four points of the intersection.

Overall pedestrian and multimodal safety along Kimberly Avenue was the focus of this project. The City considered several factors before deciding that an all-way stop control should be added to this intersection.

The intersection itself is very wide as people cross Hampstead on the west side of Kimberly.  The wide crossing causes pedestrians to be exposed to traffic longer. Part of this ongoing project is geared towards changing the western approach to create a narrower footprint.

Speeding motorists along the stretch was also a factor. Pedestrians attempting to cross Kimberly Avenue are faced with vehicles that are often exceeding the speed limit. That’s because Kimberly Avenue has become an alternative to Merrimon Avenue. The volume of traffic as well as the number of drivers documented as exceeding the speed limit, particularly at the Hampstead Road intersection, caused the City to look closely at ways to slow the traffic. Although the posted speed limit is 25 mph, 85% of drivers have been documented as going an average of 38 mph. The all-way stop signs are intended to make the crossing safer by forcing vehicles to stop so that pedestrians can cross without having to judge the vehicle’s speed.

Pedestrian and multimodal safety is the focus of an upcoming campaign the City will launch in August.
The City of Asheville has one of the highest per capita pedestrian/vehicular collision rates in North Carolina. With the goal of reducing this rate, Asheville is joining the Watch For Me NC campaign by promoting enforcement and education from August to November. Look for more information soon.

5Point Film Festival Line-Up for Asheville, NC

Monday, July 20th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – 5Point Film Festival brings its presence to the Southeast as it launches its regional concert-style film festival in Asheville, NC, on August 14 and 15, 2015, at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, the New Mountain Amphitheater and various spaces around the city, with a two-day celebration of art, community and short adventure films.

The festival offers the only “film concert” experience including special guests, live performance, and a few “5Point style” surprises throughout the evening. Daytime events include free community parties- including the signature 5Point Van Life Rally party- leading into two evenings of short adventure film programs at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.  Each film program will begin at 7pm and last about three hours.  Coming to a 5Point Film program is a unique experience, more like a live concert than a typical film screening. Festivals offer an element of surprise with quality live performances, special guests and spoken word taking the audience on an emotional ride through inspiring film and performance.

Included among over 30 short films over the two days are regional premiere screenings of Denali, 55 Hours in Mexico, and Frank and the Tower. Special guests include South Carolina local Thomas Woodson – Films include Huayhuash and 55 Hours in Mexico; Karl Thompson – Films include 55 Hours in Mexico and Unicorn Sashimi; West Virginia local Pat Goodman, Asheville local Brett McCall as MC, and spoken word artist Wade Newsom – Films/Performances include Participate, Passion and Psst…


There’s no easy way to say goodbye to a friend, especially when they’ve supported you through your darkest moments. Denali is a short about friendship, overcoming illness, and what a true bond really means.

55 Hours in Mexico

55 hours in Mexico…never felt so good? Fly, drive, hike, ski, drive, fly, home. 3 adventurers take on a weekend expedition to the top of Orizaba and back, the ultimate weekend warrior trip.

Frank and the Tower

A classic, Frank Sanders weaver fine threads of wisdom and flare at Devil’s Tower. A life well lived and a special magical place to call home.

Tickets and festival passes are priced from $20 and can be purchased via the 5Point Film website

The two-day festival line-up is as follows:


4-7pm Festival Kickoff Party with Live Music by Pleasure ChestSierra Nevada Beer and The Bom Bus Food Truck Parking lot across from US cellular center, free

7-10pm Film Program I Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, $20


10am Going the Distance Panel brought to you by Blue Ridge Outdoors. Includes Asheville’s finest mountain athletes: Anna Levesque, Will Harlan, Jay Curwen, Sam Koerber, & Adam Hill New Mountain Sol Bar, free

11-12pm Youth Adventure Film Program Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, $10/free kids 13 & under

12-2pm Community Picnic and Ice Cream Social New Mountain Amphitheater, free

4-7pm Van Life Rally! Come check out an entourage of “livable adventure vehicles,” enjoy outdoor Live Music, Sierra Nevada Beer and local food trucks. New Mountain Amphitheater, free

7-10pm Film Program II Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, $20

11-2am 5Point Late Night dance party with DJ Marley New Mountain, free to 5Point Film Festival ticket holders

5Point works with local outdoor retailers, bike shops, and community organizations as well as local artists to showcase the talents of the region and inspire the outdoor communities’ growth. With aspirations to grow into another large four-day event similar to its Rockies region signature event, 5Point Film Festival is poised to become a great economic driver and attraction for Asheville and has plans to start a local scholarship program much like its Dream Project, an adventure scholarship program which offers outstanding high school children the chance to explore their personal boundaries and dreams with a scholarship to embark on a life-changing opportunity.

“5Point believes in celebrating and building strong communities around positive shared experiences. We believe in being good stewards of the environment. And we believe that inspiring storytelling through film, and moving live experiences are the best way to impact a community, bring them together and spark positive change,” said Sarah Wood, Executive Director of 5Point Film. “Asheville is a vibrant, outdoor, forward-thinking community that matches the ethos of 5Point. After spending time in the community and working with the City of Asheville, we were thrilled to pick this location as our future home for the Southeast Region. We can’t wait to celebrate the Southeast region 5Point-style!”

5Point Film Festival is in its eighth season producing a four-day festival in Carbondale Colorado at the end of April each year. In an effort to expand its mission of inspiring adventure and storytelling of all kinds, the non-profit created a unique 5Point style show in each region, rather than bring the Carbondale show on a tour. By creating regional hubs across the country, 5Point will inspire other communities and celebrate their local filmmakers, athletes and artists, like 5Point has been doing to sell out crowds for Colorado’s Rocky Mountain region. Other regional festival hubs located in Somerville, MA, Bellingham, WA, and future Midwest location TBA, are scheduled for future dates in 2015 and 2016.

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, 5Point Film Festival is seeking support to help get this Festival off the ground and primed for success in its inaugural year in Asheville.

About 5Point Film

Established in 2008, 5Point Film is on a mission to inspire adventure of all kinds, to connect generations through shared experience, to engage passion with a conscience, and to educate through film. Creating various events, including an annual four-day film festival in Carbondale, CO and several events across the country, 5Point Film continues to deliver a unique film experience by drawing in passionate athletes, artists, filmmakers, films, and the community around short documentary adventure films. 5Point also hosts 2-day Festivals in Asheville, NC, Bellingham, WA, and Somerville, MA, facilitates the 5Point Film Fund, and organizes the Dream Project a student scholarship program for high school students. 

Visit for more information. Follow live festival updates via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Balance Your Hips with the Great Yoga Wall at One Center Yoga

Monday, July 20th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – One Center Yoga will host a 2-hour class entitled “Balance the Hips using The Great Yoga Wall” on Saturday August 1, 2015 from 1-3pm with Letitia Walker.

The Hips: the source of our mobility, one of the connections between the axial and appendicular skeleton, and the storage center of our emotional stories and creative desires. As one of the two major ball and socket joints in the body, the hip joint is constantly compressed and compacted as we move through daily life. What this joint calls out for is traction and decompression.

And that’s where the Great Yoga Wall comes in.

We can use the Wall to traction the hip joint and the muscles that act on the hips in order to create more space. In creating space, we’re creating freedom. When the hips are open and balanced, we have greater range of motion, greater ease of movement, and the opportunity to let go of emotional baggage that we may have stored.

This workshop will traction, release, and open your hips in a variety of poses to give you greater freedom of movement so that you can move forward in your life more easily, both literally and figuratively.

Come have fun and take advantage of the only studio in town with The Great Yoga Wall™!

COST:  $30 in advance, $35 day of, capped at 18 students. You may register online through our website or call us at 828-225-1904.

One Center Yoga is located at 120 Coxe Avenue, Suite 3B, in downtown Asheville. For more details visit us online at

July is a Very Berry Month with ASAP

Monday, July 20th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Local berries are the stars of summer – from the last of the strawberries to blue-hued blueberries and rosy-red raspberries—which are popping up now at area farmers tailgate markets and on the menus of Appalachian Grown™ partner restaurants.

Many Get Local participating restaurants will be elevating berries to great heights this month. Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, wine berries will top sweet treats and make their way into savory dishes at Get Local restaurants dining rooms and at markets around the region.

  • The Hop Ice Cream Café will be doing a special berry month fundraiser for ASAP at The Hop Ice Creamery on Friday, July 24, 6-9 pm. Special berry flavors will be featured. The Hop regularly sources berries from Rayburn Farm, Stepps Plants, and Stoney Hollow Farm. The Hop Ice Creamery is located at 167 Haywood Road in East West Asheville.
  • Vortex Doughnuts has a variety of doughnut specials this month. They are using heirloom strawberries from Rayburn Farm for a strawberry jam-filled doughnut and a strawberry shortcake doughnut. This week, Vortex sources from Appalachian Grown farms for blueberries to use in their blueberry basil doughnuts. Upcoming specials include blueberry lemon doughnuts and blueberries and cream doughnut.
  • Rosetta’s Kitchen will feature a salad special they call “Berry Superstitious” with a base of organic and local mixed greens, local blueberries, fresh d’anjou pear slices, English cucumber, shredded carrots , local pea & sunflower sprouts and a housemade herb-tofu “ricotta.”

Visit ASAP’s website at, and find Get Local under the “find” tab to find details on what’s happening this month. You can also Get Local at home: Find each month’s featured food—and other seasonal products—at your neighborhood farmers tailgate market, roadside stand, or grocery store. Browse for markets, stands, and stores via ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at

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. To learn more about ASAP’s work, visit, or call (828) 236-1282.

Practical Natural Building Intensive and Eco-Homestead Tour

Monday, July 20th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Sticks and stones can build a house, if you have the skills. Join Wild Abundance this summer for another installment of its Practical Natural Building Intensive, and learn how to use the abundant resources in your environment to build a sustainable structure from the ground up.

This 7-day intensive, which takes place August 14-20, 2015, will offer balanced doses of theory, application and exploration. Students will learn the basic principles of natural building through engaging class discussions covering topics such as foundations, loads, walls, roof systems, regenerative timber harvesting, passive solar design, building site choice, and much more. Once the foundation concepts are in place, students will get a chance to practice light slip-straw construction, earthen plaster, cob making, harvesting and processing trees, earthen roofs, and even designing tiny homes. In order to witness the principles and practices of sustainable design in action, the intensive will conclude with an area homestead tour of many beautiful, functional structures.

Join Natalie Bogwalker, founder and director of Wild Abundance, Molly Curry, Barron Brown, Justin Bass, and James Haddad for this exciting learning experience at Chinquapin Hill, just 20 minutes north of Asheville, NC. The blend of theory, application, and exploration of existing structures will enable students to become familiar with an abundance of options, as well as to develop the aesthetic and vision for their own projects. Come be inspired by experts in their fields.

What: Practical Natural Building Intensive and Eco-Homestead Tour

When: August 14-20, 2015

Where: Chinquapin Hill, just 20 minutes north of Asheville, NC

For more information, and to register, click here.

To learn more about Wild Abundance and its offerings, visit

Beat the Heat Sunday Specials at the Pool

Monday, July 6th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Each Sunday in July between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. you can Buy One admission and get one Free at all County outdoor Pools.

Also don’t miss out on FREE Swim Lessons on July 11 and July 25:

July 11 (9:30-10:00) Ages 3-6 @ Hominy Valley Pool
July 11 (10:15-10:45) Ages 6-9 @ Hominy Valley Pool
July 11 (9:30-10:00) Ages 3-6 @ Owen Pool
July 11 (10:15-10:45) Ages 6-9 @ Owen Pool

July 25 (9:30-10:00) Ages 3-6 @ Erwin Pool
July 25 (10:15-10:45) Ages 6-9 @ Erwin Pool
July 25 (9:30-10:00) Ages 3-6 @ North Buncombe Pools
July 25 (10:15-10:45) Ages 6-9 @ North Buncombe Pool

Each Sunday in JULY (5,12,19 & 26).
Buy one admission and get one FREE between 1pm – 3pm.

FREE Advanced Swimmer’s Clinic:
July 18 @ Cane Creek Pool
Ages 8+ (10- 10:45)

Presented by Buncombe County Recreation Services and Swim Club Management of Asheville, North Carolina

For more details about these pool events contact the pool in your area or 828-348-4770.