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AB Tech Accepting Applications for ‘YES Camp’

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – A-B Tech’s Center for Business and Technology Incubation is accepting applications for a free week-long summer day camp for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in business ownership.

The Young Entrepreneurial Scholars (YES!) Camp is a North Carolina Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning (NC REAL) Youth Entrepreneurship camp that will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from July 19-23 at A-B Tech’s Enka site.

Students will learn how to apply for a business loan and about resources in their community. They will also gain an understanding of entrepreneurship as a viable career option and meet and learn from successful entrepreneurs.

Space is limited to 16 students and the application deadline is April 15. For more information and application information, contact Jill Sparks, Small Business Center director at [email protected] or 254-1921, Ext. 5849 or visit www.abtech.edu/sbc/yescamp.asp

Buncombe County Celebrates ‘Ladies Night Out!’

Monday, March 29th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Ladies Night Out is a part of the Buncombe County Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP). Offered once a month, the program provides FREE physicals, mammograms, pap test and health education services to help qualifying women live a healthy life.

Ladies Night Out is primarily for women between the ages of 40 and 64 years who do not have insurance or whose insurance coverage is limited. Income guidelines for Ladies Night Out are very generous, so it’s important for women to see if they qualify.

Women under 40 may also qualify, call 250-6006 for details.

Women who attend a Night Out will receive a:

– Breast exam

– Mammogram

– Pap smear to test for cervical cancer

– Tests for blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar

They also receive individualized information about healthy eating habits and exercise. Participants are given a booklet filled with information about living a healthy life, performing self breast exam and kicking the smoking habit.

Ladies Night Out also provides free transportation and free childcare if needed. No woman in Buncombe County should have to skip a yearly physical because of lack of insurance. Catching cancer and other diseases early when they can be treated, often means a better outcome.

UNC Asheville Hosts 26th Annual Economic Crystal Ball Seminar

Monday, March 29th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville’s 26th annual Economic Crystal Ball Seminar will be held on Thursday, April 8, at UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. Noted economists David W. Berson and James F. Smith will make forecasts on the 2010 business and financial outlook. The seminar, sponsored by the UNC Asheville Economics Department and Parsec Financial, begins with a 6:15 p.m. reception, followed by the speakers at 7 p.m., and a question-and-answer period at 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The economic outlook portion of the program will focus on inflation, employment, interest rates and the strength of the dollar and housing market. The financial outlook presentation will explore the implications of Federal Reserve policy for financial markets. Various investments will be addressed, with an emphasis on interest rates and the bond market.

Berson, chief economist and strategist for The PMI Group, is responsible for domestic and global market research and risk management. He has served as vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae, president of the National Association of Business Economics, and held a senior management position with Wharton Economics Forecasting.

Smith currently serves as the chief economist at Parsec Financial. In his more than 30 years as an economic forecaster, Smith’s career has spanned private industry, government and academic institutions, and has included tenures with Wharton Economics, Union Carbide, the Federal Reserve and the President’s Council of Economic Advisors.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. To register, contact UNC Asheville’s Economics Department at 828/251-6550 or email [email protected]

Asheville Tourists and Taco Bell Recognize Community Heroes

Monday, March 29th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Every Friday night this season The Asheville Tourists and Taco Bell will recognize outstanding community heroes in Western North Carolina, but we need your help.

The Tourists and Taco Bell invite fans to participate in the 2010 Community Heroes program, by nominating citizens whose outstanding service to the Asheville community deserves public recognition.

Every Friday game at McCormick Field this season will be Community Heroes Night. The nominated individual will be recognized in a pre-game on-field ceremony and they will also receive a commemorative plaque, a Tourists prize package, and a $25 Taco Bell gift certificate.

Tourists fans are encouraged to submit their nominations in an email form of 250 words or less to Jodee Ciszewski.

Asheville Police Begin ‘No Need 2 Speed’ Campaign

Monday, March 29th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Starting Monday, March 29th, Asheville police will kick off a “No Need 2 Speed” campaign in conjunction with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, placing an extra emphasis on speed enforcement on the interstates and local roadways.

The campaign runs through April 4.


Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 4–34 and speeding is a factor in nearly a third of all fatal crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Speeding is a choice over which the driver has complete control, so the APD Traffic Safety Unit urges drivers to pay attention to their speed and following distance. A good rule of thumb is that for every 10 mph you travel, there should be at least one car length between your vehicle and the one in front of you. For example, on a roadway with a posted speed limit of 50 mph, you should try to stay at least 5 car lengths from the car in front of you. This will give you time to react to the car in front of you if it stops suddenly.

Keep in mind that speeding is a triple threat:

1. It increases the likelihood of crashing.

2. It reduces the amount of available time to avoid a crash.

3. It increases the severity of a crash once it occurs.

When you’re behind the wheel, driving should be your top priority, and that includes adherence to speed limits.

For more information on the Governor’s Highway Safety Program and its initiatives, go to www.ncdot.org/programs/ghsp/.

UNCA Bulldog Baseball Hosts Liberty This Weekend

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The UNC Asheville baseball team is back in action this weekend when the Bulldogs host Big South Conference foe Liberty at Greenwood Field. The three-game series begins Friday at 3 p.m., followed by a game on Saturday at 2 p.m. and the finale on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Asheville (5-14, 0-3 BSC) ended an eight-game losing streak with a thrilling 5-4 victory over North Carolina Central on Wednesday. Freshman second baseman Robert McIntosh delivered a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally the Bulldogs to the win.

Asheville will have a stiff challenge against the Flames. Liberty (13-6) opens league play this weekend against the Bulldogs and boasts an excellent pitching staff.

“We’re going to face some good pitching this weekend,” declared Asheville coach Tom Smith. “They have guys who can really pitch. Liberty is one of the top teams in the Big South and posted some great non-conference wins. We’ll need to be ready to play and compete from the start on Friday.”

The freshmen duo of Ian Graham and McIntosh continue to lead Asheville in hitting. Graham has an eight-game hitting streak entering this weekend and has a .377 average. McIntosh is hitting at .339. Junior outfielder Danny Baatz leads the Bulldogs in home runs with three and RBI with 14.

Deadline Approaching to Enter Birdhouse Competion at the Grove Park Inn

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Spring is almost here and that means it’s time to get ready for the Eleventh Annual Decorated Birdhouse Competition at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa. The field of creatively designed birdhouses will be on display at the resort from April 12 to May 10, 2010.

This year, competitors will vie for more than $3,000 in prizes among three major categories: Adult, Teen (ages 13-17) and Youth (ages 12 & under). New to the Decorated Birdhouse Competition this year is a category for functionality. While the contest is primarily for decorative birdhouses, additional bonus prizes will be awarded to the three highest scoring birdhouses, regardless of category, that are deemed functional by the judging panel. Contestants must describe the type of bird for which the house was constructed.

The entries will be judged on craftsmanship, originality, difficulty, theme and overall appearance. The entries must not be larger than 30 inches high, 24 inches wide and 24 inches deep including the base. Entries must be constructed of non-perishable materials. The winners of the Decorated Birdhouse Competition will be announced on Monday, April 12.

Groups such as Girl Scout Troops, charter and home school students, arts groups and church and civic groups are encouraged to enter the competition. Within each category, prizes will be awarded to a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winner based upon the overall highest scores from the judging categories. In the event of a tie, the Competition Call Judge will make the final decision. Prizes will be awarded as follows:

Adult Category: 1st Place winner will receive $1,000 and a two-night stay at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa; 2nd Place winner will receive $750 and a one-night stay at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa; 3rd Place winner will receive $500 and dinner for two at The Blue Ridge Dining Room at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa.

Teen Category: 1st Place winner will receive $250; 2nd Place winner will receive $150; 3rd Place winner will receive $100.

Youth Category: 1st Place winner will receive $150; 2nd Place winner will receive $75; 3rd Place winner will receive $50.

Functional Category: 1st Place Winner will receive a $200 GPI gift card; 2nd Place Winner will receive a $150 GPI gift card; 3rd Place Winner will receive a $75 GPI gift card

Contestants may mail their birdhouses or deliver them personally to the resort. Mailed entries must be delivered to the resort by no later than Friday, April 9, 2010. Contestants may drop off their entries on the lobby level of the Vanderbilt Atrium on either Friday, April 9, 2010, between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., or on Saturday, April 10, 2010, between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. The official judging will take place on Saturday, April 10.

Competitors may elect to donate their birdhouse entry to the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity who will use the artistic masterpieces for future fund-raising efforts.

Another enticing element of this year’s competition for birdhouse builders is the chance to enjoy a stay at the historic Grove Park Inn for a reduced rate. A limited number of rooms will be available for competitors who wish to enjoy birdhouses and springtime at the resort for a great price.

Entry forms must be received by Wednesday, April 7, 2010. Forms should be sent to The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, 290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804, Attn: Special Events, or faxed to (828) 252-6040, Attn: Special Events.

City distributes 2009 Annual Water Quality Report

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The city of Asheville has released its 12th Annual Water Quality Report, a federally-mandated “report card” designed to educate customers on what is in their drinking water. The city of Asheville is pleased to report the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined the city’s drinking water continues to surpass all Safe Drinking Water Standards.

Stephen Shoaf, director of the water resources department stated, “I am proud of this Water Quality Report and the employees who work so hard to ensure that our customers receive excellent water quality every day. Congress and the EPA have mandated this report and, to a large extent, its format and content. The EPA wants to be sure every community knows what is in its drinking water. The city of Asheville water resources department agrees. The Water Quality Report will increase our customers’ understanding of and confidence in the quality of their water supply and ongoing efforts to maintain the highest standards possible.”

This informative report provides details about water quality provided to the city’s customers as well as where the water originates and how it is treated. Customers will receive the report in their next water bill and can expect an update of this report each year.

For further information or to request additional copies of the city of Asheville’s 2009 Annual Water Quality Report please call (828) 251-1122. The full report is available at www.ashevillenc.gov/water under the section entitled “General Information.”

UNC Asheville to Hold 13th Annual Soup and Salad Bowl Sale

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville’s Art Department will hold its 13th annual Soup-and-Salad Bowl Sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 26, in UNC Asheville’s Owen Conference Center. Proceeds from the sale will benefit UNC Asheville’s Ceramics Program.

A wide variety of handmade ceramic bowls will be on sale with prices ranging from $5-$25. Buyers are invited to stay for lunch and fill their purchases with soup or salad. Food will be provided by art students and faculty.

For more information, call UNC Asheville’s Art Department at 828-251-6559.

Asheville Art Museum’s ARTmob Celebrates Art and Chocolate

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Art Museum’s ARTmob invites you to Art and Chocolate with Artist Andy Farkas and French Broad Chocolate Lounge owners Jael and Dan Rattigan at 2nd floor of French Broad Chocolate Lounge on Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. This event is $5 at the door — the cost includes a glass of wine and a free pass to the Asheville Art Museum. To register, call the Asheville Art Museum at 828.253.3227 or at the door the evening of the event.

Join us for a talk by Andy Farkas on his process and inspiration, and a demonstration of his work. There will be time for individuals to meet and greet the artist, and find out more about his classes and newly offered print subscription. A full display of Andy’s framed prints will be on the walls.

Then enjoy a chocolate demonstration project by Andy and FBCL owners and chocolatiers Dan and Jael Rattigan. They will do a chocolate screen print project, resulting in an edible piece of chocolate art to be enjoyed by attendees! Andy Farkas is a nationally and internationally recognized print and book artist who has been developing his craft for over 12 years. He resides in Asheville with his wife, daughter, two dogs and three cats. Andy creates woodcut and wood engraving prints as well as artist books. He writes, prints and binds all his own work. You can view his work at www.fablewood.com.

Dan and Jael Rattigan, French Broad Chocolate Lounge owners, met in Minnesota, where they acquired a 40-foot school bus, turned it into a living space, converted it to run on used vegetable oil, and drove to Costa Rica. There, they opened Bread & Chocolate, a cafe and dessert shop in the Caribbean coast town of Puerto Viejo. They moved to Asheville in 2006, and opened the Chocolate Lounge in 2007. Find out more at www.frenchbroadchocolates.com.

Interested in this event and becoming a member of ARTmob? Join the Museum’s exciting new Member group for a vibrant young adult crowd. To contribute ideas for future events or to join ARTmob, contact Rebecca Lynch-Maass, Membership Manager & Development Associate at 828.253.3227, ext. 114 or [email protected]