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Asheville Affiliates Host Fundraiser at Highland Brewing Company

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Affiliates present their second fundraising event of 2010 – 3 B’s For Boobs Festival to benefit Beauty Through Cancer. Join the fun on Thursday, May 27th from 6:30-9:30pm at the Highland Brewing Company. Highland has a great event space at their working brewery! Carpooling is encouraged because parking is expected to fill up fast.

You can RSVP to [email protected] but you are encouraged to buy tickets in advance – this event is limited to 500 people and we expect it will sell out. Tickets are available to purchase at Beauty through Cancer, Highland Brewing Company, via phone at 828.252.8558 or at www.beautythroughcancer.org

As always, wine, beer, food and great entertainment are all included in your ticket price of $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Please remember to bring cash or check for the silent auction and raffle. You must bring a valid ID in order to drink beer and wine.

Local beer will be provided by Highland Brewing Company and Catawba Valley Brewing Company. Turning Leaf wine and beverages from the Green Sage Coffeehouse will be served. Great BBQ and food will be provided by Luella’s Barbque, Okie Dokies Smokehouse, Chef Mo’s Restaurant & Bar, Crooked Condiments and Ultimate Ice Cream.

Micha Fishman of the Trainwreks and board member of the Asheville Affiliates, has put together a great collection of local music talent who have donated preformances for our event. Live music from Underhill Rose, The Honeycutters, The Trainwreks with guest artists Dave Demelik, Robert Greer of Town Mountian and Graham Sharpe of Steep Canyon Rangers joining in. We are also excited to have Josh Michael from Star 104.3 with a live remote during the festivities.

Special thanks to event sponsors Highland Brewing Company, ImageSmith, Star 104.3, Jen Lepkowski Photography, Allison-Evans.com, Catawba Valley Brewing Company, Luella’s Barbque, Chef Mo’s Restaurant & Bar, Okie Dokies Smokehouse, Crooked Condiments, Turning Leaf Wine, WNCW 88.7, [email protected] 103.5, Castell Photography, Ultimate Ice Cream, Green Sage, and Sheville.org.

All proceeds from this event benefit Beauty Through Cancer who provides programs for women battling cancer all over WNC. Their mission is to offer support for female cancer patients and survivors with an emphasis on beauty, strength and confidence. They offer a very unique service to restore and complete breast reconstruction through areola pigmetation, a specialized tattoo procedure.

YWCA Takes a ‘Stand Against Racism’ on Friday

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The YWCA of Asheville is part of the nationwide Stand Against Racism this Friday, April 30th, 2010. Join the YWCA in this event aimed at raising awareness that racism still exists in our communities and that it can no longer be ignored or tolerated.

There are 70+ businesses, schools, goverment agencies, media outlets and community organiztions participating in Asheville! If you are not a part of a participating group but want to be a part of the Stand, there are a number of public events that you can attend. Simply click here for a complete list of public events and participating groups.

UNCA Music Department Concludes Spring Concert Season with Gala Show

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The UNC Asheville Music Department will wrap up the spring concert season with its annual Gala Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 2, in UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. The concert will include performances from various UNC Asheville musical ensembles, from a string quartet to a vocal jazz ensemble. Tickets are $5 at the door.

The Jazz Ensemble will perform works by Goodwin, as well as UNC Asheville student Kit Lyles. The String Quartet will perform pieces by Vivaldi and Glazunov, and the Percussion Ensemble will perform music by Varese and UNC Asheville student Carter Magee. The Chamber Singers will perform music by Durufle and Lauridsen, and vocal jazz ensemble Studio 18 will perform music by Paul Simon.

For more information, call UNC Asheville’s Music Department, at 828/251-6432.

Special Olympics Fundraiser at Fun Depot on May 1

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Come out to Fun Depot to have some fun and help Special Olmpics Buncombe County out at the same time!

Just visit Fun Depot of Asheville on Saturday, May 1 and between 2 and 5 p.m. you can purchase a two hour play card for $15. A donation of $5 from each purchase will go directly to Special Olympics Buncombe County.

Fun Depot is 64,000 square feet of indoor excitement. Attractions include mini bowling, 18 hole miniature golf, bumper cars, laser tag, climbing wall, indoor and outdoor go cart tracks, batting cages and arcade games.

Don’t forget to mention Special Olympics when you purchase your card to let the “Fun” folks at Fun Depot know that you are there to support Special Olympics Buncombe County.

Fun Depot is located at Exit 51 off I-40.

North Asheville Tailgate Market Open for Season

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The North Asheville Tailgate Market, a Saturday morning tradition for those who love fresh produce, herbs and flowers, is open for its 30th season on the UNC Asheville campus.

The area’s oldest producer-only farmer’s market continues to expand, adding two more permanent vendors this year and a larger selection of cheeses, fruits, and gourmet foods. The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday and offers plenty of convenient parking.

The market has nearly 50 local food producers this year offering organic and conventional fruits, vegetables and herbs; artisan bread and cheeses; local honey; fresh baked goods and gourmet deserts; free-range meat and eggs; fresh seafood; homemade jams and ice cream; plants and flowers; and locally roasted coffee. Another exciting addition to the market this year will be a Holiday Bazaar beginning in December and running through Christmas.

To visit the North Asheville Tailgate Market, enter the UNC Asheville campus at the traffic circle on W.T. Weaver Blvd. Travel up the main drive and take the first right at the blue sign that reads “Commuter/Faculty-Staff Parking Lot C.” A campus map is available online at: www.unca.edu/campusmap.

Dine Out for Life April 29

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – On April 29, 2010, Asheville will once again join 53 other cities across the country and in Canada for their 8th Annual Dining Out for Life benefit, a fundraiser for the Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP). This year, to entice you to enjoy all three of your daily meals out on the town, you can choose from over 90 different restaurants in Asheville, West Asheville, Black Mountain, Hendersonville, Saluda, Waynesville, Maggie Valley, Weaverville, and Woodfin.

Choose from over 90 different restaurants in our area and dine out to help WNCAP.All monies raised during this exciting event will help WNCAP continue with their mission of HIV/AIDS education & outreach throughout Western North Carolina and case management services to those living with the disease.

This year Emmy Award winner and author Ted Allen of Bravo’s Food Network, Queer Eye and host of the PBS series “Uncorked,” will be the International Spokesperson for the event, along with Golden Globe nominated actress, Pam Grier. Pam has had a long and storied career in both the movie and TV industry.

Here in Western North Carolina diners will have the chance to enjoy their favorite restaurant or try one of the newer establishments in the area. All restaurants will have WNCAP Volunteer Ambassador(s) on hand to welcome diners, share information about the event, the mission of WNCAP, and information on how you can win a travel package for two, as well as other great prizes for participating in Dining Out for Life.

Don’t delay… contact your friends & family today, and make YOUR reservations at your favorite participating restaurant.

Spring Flowers in Full Bloom this May at the North Carolina Arboretum

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The North Carolina Arboretum celebrates bright blooms this May as it hosts major flower shows that showcase spring’s beauty.

The American Rhododendron Society’s Southeastern Chapter Annual Show kicks the month off on May 1 and May 2. Hundreds of blooms will be displayed at the Education Center during the show, including many favorite mountain plants. Azaleas as well as spring and summer blooming rhododendrons are among the most popular. Visitors are encouraged to expand their experience by visiting the National Native Azalea Collection – a popular destination amid the Arboretum’s 434 acres.

On May 8 and May 11, the Carolinas Dahlia Society and the NC Chrysanthemum Society celebrate the season with their Spring Dahlia Tuber and Cuttings Sale. Learning from Dahlia and Mum Society experts, visitors can uncover the secrets of how to produce plants with show quality blooms. Varieties include traditional favorites plus the latest cultivars to start the growing season. Chrysanthemum Cuttings will be for sale only on May 8; tubers and dahlia plantlets will be for sale on May 11.

The fragrant and vivid world of roses will be on display on May 29 and 30 as The Asheville Blue Ridge Rose Society’s Annual Exhibit will be showcased at the Arboretum. Roses of every color and size will be featured during the exhibition and experts will present educational programs. Knowledgeable society members will be available to provide information about the selection, care and history of these magnificent garden plants. A rose sale will be held in conjunction with the exhibition, which will include the sale of rose fertilizer and soil amendments.

Shows and events are free for Arboretum Society members or with the standard parking fee ($8 per personal motor vehicle). Visitors are encouraged to explore the Arboretum’s kaleidoscope of spring color, 65 acres of cultivated gardens, 10 miles of hiking and biking trails, engaging exhibits, and bountiful opportunities to connect with nature.

The mission of The North Carolina Arboretum is to cultivate connections between people and plants. Visit www.ncarboretum.org for more information or call 828.665.2492.

WCU’s Heritage Center Jam Series to Feature Laura Boosinger

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

CULLOWHEE, NC – Western Carolina University’s “First Thursday” Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Session Series will continue Thursday, May 6, with a performance by Laura Boosinger, followed by a jam session in which local musicians are invited to participate.

A singer and banjo player, Boosinger will get the music started at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center. Performers of old-time and bluegrass music are invited to bring their instruments and take part in the jam session that will follow her performance.

Boosinger studied banjo under Grammy Award-winner David Holt at Warren Wilson College, and she now performs as a member of Holt’s group, the Lightning Bolts. Her latest album is “Most of All.” In addition to the banjo, she plays the guitar, Appalachian dulcimer and finger-style autoharp, and she also teaches shape-note singing.

The concerts and jam sessions are free and open to everyone. Pickers and singers of all ages and experience levels are invited to take part in the jam sessions, and the events also are open to those who just want to listen.

,p>The Mountain Heritage Center is located on the ground floor of WCU’s H.F. Robinson Administration Building. For more information, call the museum at (828) 227-7129.

Biltmore Park Prepares for ‘Concerts in the Park’

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Spring fever has taken hold of Biltmore Park Town Square, and a chillier week has set area residents’ determination to get outside and enjoy the season regardless of temperature or rain. Over the past several weeks, families have been out in full force in Town Square, strolling to restaurants, playing in the park outside of Hickory Tavern Grill & Raw Bar, perusing the boutiques and stores that line Town Square Boulevard, and more. After a challenging winter, Biltmore Park’s walkability is a major point of appeal for visitors and residents wanting to get outside. But while walkability, dining, and shopping are all exciting, they aren’t the only qualities and events that Town Square enthusiasts will enjoy this year.

Right now, Biltmore Park is gearing up to kick off its second annual Concerts in the Park music series. With some of the biggest names in the Asheville music scene scheduled to perform, Town Square will have event-goers up on their feet and dancing into summer in no time. Beginning in May and running through September, the concerts will take place on the first Saturday of every month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Cecil Park (outside of Brixx Pizza and Hickory Tavern Grill and Raw Bar).

The first concert, featuring the Kat Williams Trio, will be next weekend on Saturday, May 1st. Williams’ soulful voice and vibrant personality promise to start the concert series off on the right foot. The Vinyl Brothers Big Band, an eleven piece ensemble, will follow in June with tunes from the late 60s and early 70s. An area longtime favorite, Skinny Legs and All, recently made famous by the lead singer’s appearance on American Idol, will bring their melodies to Town Square in July, followed by Asheville’s own British Pop band The Cheeksters. Finally, Firecracker Jazz Band will finish out the series and lead us into fall with their colorful sounds.

So go ahead, mark your calendars, and get ready to dance the evenings away.

UNC Asheville Named One of Nation’s Top ‘Green’ Colleges by Princeton Review

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Just in time for Earth Day, UNC Asheville has been recognized as one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to the “Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges.” The new ranking, released April 20, focuses solely on colleges and universities that have demonstrated an above average commitment to sustainability activities and initiatives. The other Western North Carolina colleges to make the list are Appalachian State, Brevard and Warren Wilson.

The guide praised UNC Asheville’s long-term commitment to sustainability efforts. It also noted newer buildings with green features including geothermal heat pumps, vegetative roof, solar panels and recycled building materials. The Student Environmental Center and student-initiated green fees were applauded, as was the widespread use of alternative transportation and recycling.

The ranking was the second environmental accolade UNC Asheville has received this year. The March issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors announced the results of its “Cool Schools” rankings, which examined the ways that campuses are practicing environmental sustainability. In a survey of 48 colleges and universities, UNC Asheville and Warren Wilson College tied for first place as the greenest small college in a five-state region.

“The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges” can be downloaded for free at www.princetonreview.com/greenguide.