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Asheville Tourists Host ‘Doggies on the Diamond Day’ This Sunday at McCormick Field

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Asheville Tourists

ASHEVILLE, NC – Animal Compassion Network joins the Asheville Tourists for Doggies on the Diamond Day starting at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Bring your dog to McCormick Field and enjoy various activities during the day. Happy Tails ice cream made just for dogs by The Hop will be available at ACN’s booth while supplies last.

The afternoon will also feature dogs available for adoption, raffles and giveaways. Those donating a bag of dog or cat food will receive a 2-for-1 voucher good for a future game.

To learn more About ACN, call (828) 274-3647, visit www.animalcompassionnetwork.org or drop by the Pet Harmony store at 803 Fairview St., off Hendersonville Road, behind Province 620, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday or noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Kids Visit Biltmore for Free All Summer

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Biltmore Esate

ASHEVILLE, NC – Biltmore Estate guests, ages 16 and younger, are admitted free with a paying adult all summer through September 7, 2009 making this a great time to plan a Biltmore family day-trip or summer vacation. America’s largest house and one of the most visited attractions in the United States, Biltmore House has approximately four acres of floor space filled with priceless treasures and antique furnishings from around the world.

In addition to the magnificent house, there are 8,000 or so acres of estate gardens and grounds where you can spend enjoying an array of activities for all ages.

The Cliffs at Walnut Cove Opens New Wellness Center

Thursday, June 25th, 2009


ARDEN, NC – The Cliffs recently opened a state-of-the-art 18,000-square-foot Wellness Center at its Walnut Cove community in Arden, N.C., the latest in a long line of first-class amenities that stretch across its eight luxury developments based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Western Carolinas.

The Center offers a four-lane outdoor pool and a two-lane heated indoor lap pool that are junior Olympic lengths. There also are spacious aerobics and fitness rooms filled with the best training equipment and a spa treatment center adjacent to the full locker room facilities for men and women. A huge meeting room is also available.

It’s the latest amenity at Walnut Cove that also features a Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf course that opened in 2005.

"We offer a full schedule of personal conditioning programs, classes and activities for our Members," said Vance Ferrigno, director of wellness programming. "Our goal is to help our Members improve their lives outside the gym, whether that means having a better golf game or do whatever it is in life that brings them fulfillment. Our goal is to make The Cliffs the healthiest place to live, work and play in America."

The Cliffs offers a comprehensive wellness program focuses on mind, body and spirit that is supported by preventative medical programs, customized individual programs, wellness coaches and nutritional programs. More than 3,000 programs are offered each year throughout all the Cliffs communities.

These programs are sustained through formal affiliations with leaders in the field of preventative healthcare, including, for example, the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

The Cliffs Communities recently received national recognition for its innovative employee wellness program, earning a gold distinction from the Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA).

Asheville Civic Center to Host Rare Tennis Exhibition Between World’s Best

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Two of the world’s top tennis players are set to do battle on Thursday, August 6, at the Asheville Civic Center. Grand Slam Asheville will bring together world-ranked #4 and 2008 Australian Open Champion Novak Djokovic and former world-ranked #1 and two-time Grand Slam Champion Marat Safin for a head-to-head, best-of-three-sets match.

“This event is a unique opportunity to watch some of the world’s best tennis players compete,” said Brian Woods, the event’s promoter and a local sports agent. “There has not been a tennis event of this caliber in Western North Carolina before. We are looking forward to a tremendous star-studded night at the Asheville Civic Center, one that tennis fans won’t want to miss.”

Grand Slam Asheville will also feature local tennis talent. Asheville’s very own Maya Blue Stauffer-MacDowell will go up against a player currently ranked in the top 100 in the Women’s Tennis Association. The 16 year-old Stauffer-MacDowell is a rising senior at T.C. Roberson High School and one of the top junior players in the Southeast.

Tickets go on sale July 6 through Ticketmaster and at the Civic Center box office. A portion of proceeds will benefit Mission Children’s Hospital.

Special VIP ticket packages, including VIP courtside seating and admission to the VIP reception and silent auction hosted by the Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, are available now. For information on the VIP reception, contact Alicia Kramer at (404) 433-1088.

Asheville Makes Top 10 List for Being Dog Friendly

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – DogFriendly.com released its Top 10 dog-friendly resort regions in the United States for 2009. Asheville came in at 9th place and was noted for the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Biltmore Estate.

The rankings are determined by the DogFriendly.com staff and take into account the quality of dog-friendly accommodations, things to do with your dog, beaches, parks and dog-friendly patio dining.

Below is the complete list;

1. Carmel / Monterey, CA – Many pet-friendly accommodations. Off-leash
Carmel City Beach. Many walking and hiking options. Shop and dine in

2. Bar Harbor / Acadia, ME – Pet-friendly Acadia National Park. Shop in the
historic downtown. Take a ferry or boat cruise.

3. Black Hills, SD – Lots of dog-friendly attractions and campgrounds. Mt
Rushmore worth visiting with a dog. See Badlands National Park.

4. St Augustine, FL – See the historic downtown. Lots of dog-friendly
shopping and dining. Take a harbor boat cruise and a ghost tour.

5. Cape Cod, MA – Visit Cape Cod National Seashore. Many cruises and
ferries. Also take in Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

6. Key West, FL – Quaint B&B’s and outdoor dining. Dog-friendly
attractions, boating and stores. See the Southernmost Point Monument.

7. Charlottesville, VA – Visit estates of Thomas Jefferson and Patrick
Henry. Shop at the downtown mall. Visit dog-friendly Shenandoah Park

8. Mendocino, CA – Stay in a pet-friendly B&B or resort. Walk the
seaside town. Go to the beach and dine outdoors.

9. Asheville / Blue Ridge, NC – Tour the Blue Ridge Parkway. Visit the
Biltmore Estate grounds and shop at Biltmore Village.

10. Amarillo, TX – Visit the famous Cadillac Ranch. Spend a day or camp at
Palo Duro Canyon. Stay at the Big Texan Steak Ranch Motel.

Asheville Lyric Opera Presents Program of Opera Arias

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Lyric Opera will present a program of opera arias and scenes by two interns, Erin Moorman, soprano from Raleigh, and Lewis Antonio Gonzalez from Texas on Sunday July 12 at 3 p.m. at St. Matthias Church in Asheville.

The singers will be accompanied on the piano by Vance Reese.

The program will include arias by Mozart, two scenes from Maria Stuarta and La Traviata. They will also perform arias from Broadway shows, Sweeney Todd, Jeckel and Hyde, and My Fair Lady.

There is no fixed charge for the concert, but a free-will offering will be taken for ALO Intern Program and the restoration of the beautiful and historic church. St. Matthias’ Church is over 100 years old and is on the national historic register.

The church is located in Asheville just off South Charlotte Street at Max Street on the hill across from the Asheville Public Works Building, 1 Dundee St.

Hickory Tavern Grill and Raw Bar to Open at Biltmore Park Town Square

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Hickory Tavern Grill and Raw Bar will join the Biltmore Park Town Square’s restaurant line up this fall, featuring cuisine ranging from gourmet to comfort food, such as crab cakes, salmon, hamburgers and wings. The menu also features wine and a take-out menu.

Hickory Tavern partner Brad Smith said the restaurant is “a family-friendly neighborhood concept that blends casual comfort foods with a touch of the low country of South Carolina.”

The restaurant will include outdoor seating and more than 30 flat-screen TVs in the bar area.

This is first Hickory Tavern in Asheville; other locations are in Charlotte, Spartanburg and Hickory.

Hickory Tavern will be located at 30 Town Square Boulevard in Suite 100 beside Brixx Pizza near Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15 and Cold Stone Creamery–Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

Asheville Tourists Shut Out to End First Half of Season

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

BOWLING GREEN, KY – The first half of the season came to an end on Sunday with a 2-0 loss for the Asheville Tourists’ on Father’s Day. Dan Houston provided the Tourists with solid starting pitching but Asheville was held to just one hit in the loss. Asheville finishes the first half of the 2009 season with a 26-43 record. The 26 wins marks the lowest win total in the first half of the season as a Rockies affiliate, dating back to 1994. Beau Seabury provided an infield single for the only hit of the game.

Dan Houston (2-6) tossed seven innings and allowed just two runs (one earned) in the loss. The Hot Rods centerfielder Anthony Scelfo smacked a homerun to leadoff the first inning for the only earned run of the game. Houston then controlled the pace from there on out and at one point retired 14 consecutive batters, ranging from the second until the seventh inning. Houston left trialing 2-0 after seven innings, walking one and striking out three.

Bowling Green’s Nick Barnese (1-1) held Asheville to jut the Seabury hit through seven innings in his first win of the season. Barnese struck out six and walked none in the win. Josh Satow pitched the final two innings of scoreless relief to earn his 8th save on the year. The loss drops Asheville to 1-5 against the Hot Rods in their inaugural season.

The Tourists were held to just four base runners on the Afternoon. Ryan Peisel reached on a Tim Beckham error in the second inning and Beau Seabury reached on an infield single in the fifth. Josh Satow walked Seabury in the eighth and Pacheco in the ninth.

The Tourists will take three days for the All-Star break, before returning to McCormick Field on Thursday to open up a four game series against the first half champion Greenville Drive.

City of Asheville and YWCA Create Partnership

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The city of Asheville has partnered with YWCA of Asheville at 185 S. French Broad Ave. in introducing a trial program called the “Y Commute Pass” which will be offered during the months of June, July and August. This program will allow bicycle commuters and walkers access to the locker room, a locker, and shower for $50.00 for the three months. So whether you walk or bicycle to downtown Asheville, you now have an opportunity to shower before heading into the office.

The City of Asheville’s Transportation Division approached the YWCA to see if they would be interested in offering commuters an opportunity to freshen up on their way to work. Barb Mee, Transportation Planner, found this to be a “great benefit for people who want to walk or bicycle to work in the downtown area. For many people, there is a fear that if they use an active form of transportation they won’t be presentable for work,” she said. I am so impressed that the YWCA of Asheville is willing to be a leader in supporting the community this way.”

YWCA Executive Director Holly Jones said that “the YWCA is committed to facilitating healthy lifestyles for the citizens of Buncombe County. The YWCA is proud to launch a community-wide bicycle commuter program in order to support individuals committed to incorporating alternative transportation into their daily routines.”

For more information about the YWCA Y Commute Pass, contact Carol Severance at the YWCA, 254-7206 x105. For more information about walking and bicycling in Asheville, contact Barb Mee at the City of Asheville, 232-4540, or email [email protected] or [email protected]

Asheville Hosts ‘Community Economic Forum’

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville and Asheville City Council will host a public forum on Friday, June 19 at 10 a.m. to discuss current economic conditions in Asheville. The event will be held at the Asheville Civic Center Banquet Hall.

Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy will be joined by a panel of local speakers to discuss economic conditions and their impact on key public and private sectors in the community. North Carolina Senator Martin Nesbitt is expected to speak about the status of the state’s budget as well as implications of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Representatives from the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, Advantage West, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Asheville Board of Realtors are also expected to participate on the panel.

“The city is hosting this event so citizens can hear from local industry leaders about the state of our economy and what the outlook holds in the coming months,” said Mayor Bellamy. “By coming together and sharing information, our city will be better positioned to take advantage of economic opportunities and to support the local businesses and families that make up the backbone of our economy.”

The event is free and open to the public.