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Groovin’ on Grovemont: Ol’ Hoopty – July 27

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

SWANNANOA, NC – The Friends of the Swannanoa Library and the Swannanoa Community Council are happy to present the 8th annual Groovin’ on Grovemont summer concert series in Grovemont Square adjacent to the Swannanoa Library.

Bring a blanket, lawn chair, or Frisbee and enjoy these family-friendly evenings of great music! The concert series is free and open to the public. Come on down and Groove on Grovemont!

Concessions including hot dogs, pizza and home-baked goods will be available for sale. Proceeds from the concession sales benefit the Friends of the Swannanoa Library and the Swannanoa Emergency Assistance Program.

As a bonus feature, there will be a GIANT HALF PRICE BOOK SALE each Groovin’ evening from 5 – 8:30 p.m. at the Swannanoa Library. There will be thousands of great books at unbelievably low prices!

Admission to Groovin’ on Grovemont is free, but donations are always welcome. Individual and business sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Entertainment Schedule:

Tuesday, July 27 at 6 p.m.

Ol’ Hoopty:

From the band’s website: “We call it Organ-ic Rock ‘n Soul, but it’s really just a big, spicy gumbo of all the things we all grew up listening to. We like to take our time and keep that groove cooking, inspired as we are by people like Jimmy Smith, Booker T. and the MG’s and the Muscle Shoals crew.”

Tuesday, August 10 at 6 p.m.

The Groovemont Players:

This collection of Swannanoa Valley players represents a “who’s who” of regional talent, coordinated by Steve Moseley and performing a mix of rock, soul, blues and beyond.

For more information about Groovin’ on Grovemont, please contact the Swannanoa Library 250-6486

Bele Chere Parking Proceeds to Benefit Special Olympics

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Park close to the center of Bele Chere activities and help out Special Olympics at the same time. Park in the Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Services Lot at 59 Woodfin Place (at the Interchange Building) for only $5. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Buncombe County.

Park in the Graybar parking lot on Hilliard Street near the Support Special Olympics! The Orange Peel for $5 and half of the proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Buncombe County.

Hours for both locations are:

– Friday, July 23 (5 p.m. – 9 p.m.)

– Saturday, July 24 (8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.)

– Sunday, July 25 (12:30 – 3 p.m.)

For more information, contact Grace Young at (828) 250-4260 or email her at [email protected]

Biltmore’s Flower Carpet to Feature Living Tapestry, Aug. 20 – Sept. 12

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Jewel-tone colors of stained glass are the inspiration for this year’s Flower Carpet event at Biltmore, set for Aug. 20 through Sept. 12, on the South Terrace of Biltmore House.

Biltmore’s third annual Flower Carpet takes its shape and color from a set of 1880s stained glass windows created by innovative artist and interior designer John La Farge. These windows, part of George Vanderbilt’s vast art collection, are now on display at Biltmore’s new Antler Hill Village.

Unlike traditional stained glass artists whose works were flat and conservative, La Farge incorporated three-dimensional elements and layers of complex plating to provide depth. This revolutionary style allowed for the rounded and faceted glass to form sparkle-like jewels. Biltmore’s Travis Murray, crew leader of the Walled Garden, created the magnificent design for this year’s Flower Carpet.

Plants have been chosen to glow in shades of red, orange, blue, yellow and grey throughout the 14,400 square-foot design. These include Iresine Purple Lady; Marigold Janie Tangerine; Coleus Dark Star fading into Angelonia’s from dark purple, lavender to white; Marigold Janie Bright Yellow; Zinnia Profusion White; Euphorbia Diamond Frost and Zinnia Angustifolia Star White; Begonia Prelude Rose and Harmony Scarlet.

On select evenings, the estate will be open for Flower Carpet Evenings. Soft lighting, beautiful sunset views and live jazz music create a special ambiance for viewing the carpet. Picnic options will be available by reservation online or by phone when purchasing tickets. Wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase on site. A dining concierge will be stationed at the event to assist with dinner reservations at Bistro, Arbor Grill or The Dining Room.

For additional information on the Flower Carpet event, please call 877-BILTMORE or visit www.biltmore.com.

Annual National Night Out Crime Prevention Kick-Off Rally set for August 3

Monday, July 19th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Police Department, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office, and the Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council (ABCRC), with the sponsorship support of Target, Inc., will host a local National Night Out (NNO) kick off event from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3.NNO is a nationwide, annual crime prevention and community policing event.

The local kick off will be at the Buncombe County Sports Complex on Sand Hill School Road, and will begin with the announcement of the recipients of the 4th annual ABCRC Law Enforcement Community Service Awards. Nomination forms for the award are available on the City of Asheville and Buncombe County web sites.

Neighborhoods are encouraged to participate in the kick off celebration, which will feature food, fun, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol helicopter, tips and facts about crime prevention and more. NNO events are designed to strengthen neighborhood spirit and community-police collaboration by promoting drug and crime prevention. Neighbors are also encouraged to host picnics, block parties or simple meet and greets on National Night Out as a way of increasing their participation in the community.

More than 35 million people across the nation are anticipated to take part in NNO events. This year’s sponsorship is part of the ongoing support that Target, Inc. provides to local law enforcement agencies and community groups throughout the country.

For more information about local National Night Out activities, contact Officer Allen Dunlap, APD Crime Prevention Unit, at (828) 552-1517 or [email protected], or Corporal Ben Parker, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit, at (828) 775-2642 [email protected]

A local National Night Out video is featured at: http://www.youtube.com/cityofasheville#p/u/0/8pLXp7AADak.

For more information about the national initiative, visit www.nationalnightout.org.

DIRECTIONS: Take I40 West to exit 44. Take a right at the red light onto Smokey Park Hwy. Go through the next red light and turn right on Acton Circle. At the next light take a left onto Sand Hill School Road. Go three-tenths of a mile. The Buncombe County Sports Park is on the right. Look for the signs identifying the Sports Park. Follow the signs to the National Night Out event.

Woof Gang Bakery Opens at Biltmore Park

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – If you’ve ever visited Biltmore Park Town Square, you’ve probably noticed that the residents here love their dogs. From shopping at City Market and listening to music at Concerts in the Park to running errands or just taking a stroll, apartment and condo residents can be spotted frequently with their canine companions. Now, their love for their pets can enjoy even more attention because Woof Gang Bakery is now open.

Specializing in gourmet dog treats, Woof Gang Bakery offers pet owners a wide selection of handmade biscuits that dogs will love. And with no added salt, sugar, or preservatives, treating man’s best friend to something delicious has never been healthier. With scrumptious ingredients like bacon, cheddar and parmesan cheese, pumpkin, cinnamon, and peanut butter, you can rest assured that every dog will find a flavor to suit its tastes. Woof Gang Bakery also offers something for everyday nutrition. The store is well-stocked with organic cat and dog food, and they carry some of the best brand-name products, including Pure Bites, California Natural, Cloud Star, Ark Naturals, and more.

The store will also offer customers boutique items like collars, leads, apparel, toys, bowls, and even spa products–all great ways to pamper your puppy. In addition to their fabulous products, Woof Gang Bakery has a Loyalty Club that is free to join and that allows store patrons to earn credit towards future purchases, enjoy a free birthday treat for their dog, learn about special promotions and events, and take advantage of free home delivery if they are a local customer.

Over the next week, make sure you stop by Woof Gang Bakery to welcome them to Biltmore Park Town Square. They and your pets will be sure to thank you for it. Also be sure to stay tuned for more information about the store’s upcoming grand opening.

Asheville Tourists Host Thomas the Train’s Sir Topham Hatt, July 20

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Kids, come out and see Sir Topham Hatt, the head of the railway and controller of the line! He will be at McCormick Field for a meet and greet on Tuesday July 20!

Great Smoky Mountains will have a booth located in the concourse and make sure to check it out to receive your FREE voucher to the Day Out With Thomas Celebration Tour in Bryson City, NC July 23 – 27 & July 29 – August 1, 2010. Take a train ride on Thomas, see Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy story-telling, live music and much more!

So make sure you bring the family out to the ballpark and take plenty of pictures with Sir Topham Hatt and our very own Ted E. Tourist!

YWCA Kids to Perform at Bele Chere

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Children in the YWCA K-6 Summer Camp have been practicing songs and making art for Bele Chere. The children will be performing their songs on Friday, July 23 at 4:00 pm in the Children’s Area, where their art will also be displayed. Bele Chere is one of the largest street festivals in the South. We encourage you to come out and support them!

Adult League Kickball, Register by July 16

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Buncombe County Sports Park hosts fall Adult League Kickball games from August through early October. Competition is fierce as teams vie for the league championship trophy at the end of the season.

Registration ends July 16. The cost is $25 per person or $200 per team. The registration fee includes 10 team t-shirts. Teams returning from the spring leagues have the option of using their same t-shirts and paying $100 per team. Team t-shirts are an additional $12 each for all others players added to your roster.

Games are played on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 until 9 p.m. Kickball League rules state that a team must consist of at least 10 players with a minimum of 3 female players per team. The season is made up of 10 regular games and the league championship game. The league is limited to the first 12 teams to sign up. Sign up early to assure that your team has the opportunity to play for the championship.

For information call or email Jay Nelson (828) 250-4269 or email him at [email protected]

Be in the Know with CodeRED Alerts

Monday, July 12th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Getting the word out about emergencies and events like water repairs takes every tool in the toolbox. To help reach as many residents as possible, the City of Asheville employs a CodeRED message alert system that can send needed information directly to registered telephones.

The system, employed by the City of Asheville since 2007 and operated by the Florida-based CodeRED Emergency Communications Network Inc., uses a unique mapping system that allows municipalities to select the areas that receive alerts. Depending on the scope of the alert, explains Asheville Fire and Rescue Public Information Officer Kelley Webb, officials can trigger phone calls or text messages to the entire Asheville area or focus on a small group of residents.

The system can generate 1,000 calls in a minute and reach the entire Asheville area in 20 to 30 minutes. Webb explains that, depending on the alert, she will key in a user name and password, instruct the system on the area she wants it to cover, then records a voice message to be launched. The CodeRED system will even call back numbers that are unanswered on the first call.

“CodeRed is a great emergency notification system that allows the City of Asheville to communicate quickly to a large geographical area that potentially could be or has been affected by an emergency,” says Asheville Fire Chief Scott Burnette.

In the City of Asheville, the CodeRED system is used primarily by the Asheville Fire and the Water Services departments, but is also tapped by other departments like Asheville Police and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts. So far in 2010, alerts have gone out about flood advisories, water interruptions and line repairs, and AFD training burns. The system was used to notify surrounding neighbors about the UNC Asheville emergency training drill that was conducted in May.

“We use it fairly often,” Webb says. “During the snow storms over the winter, we were able to notify people who to call in an emergency, who to call in a non-emergency and where the local shelters were.”

The Asheville Fire Department also posts alerts via Twitter at @AshevilleFD.

In the nearly three years since CodeRED was launched in Asheville, 37,000 people have signed up to receive messages. Registration is free and users have the choice of receiving messages via cell phone, land line, text messages or TDD/TTY devices for the hearing and speaking impaired. Registration is free and can be completed online.

For more information or to register your phone number with the City of Asheville’s CodeRED alert system, go to www.ashevillenc.gov.

NC Arboretums’ Focus on Flowers: Traditional Techniques for Tough Times

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – This year’s Focus on Flowers symposium at The North Carolina Arboretum will feature traditional gardening techniques for tough economic times.

“My Grandmother’s Garden” is the theme of the July 17 symposium, held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and featuring keynote speaker Hunter Stubbs as well as gardening experts Amy Fahmy, Dick Bir, Linda Blue, Judy Deutsch, and Eve Davis. In difficult economic times and challenging environmental conditions, gardeners often return to the traditional gardening techniques of generations past, but with a modern twist! This popular annual event, sponsored by the Arboretum, the N.C. State Cooperative Extension Service and the Buncombe County Master Gardeners, returns with a look at how the past can teach us to be better landscape stewards of the future.

The program agenda includes:

– Keynote Speaker Hunter Stubbs speaks on finding common ground between the gardens of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Stubbs was horticulturist at Richmond Hill Inn for 10 years, and is currently heading B.B. Barns, Inc, Landscape Company.

– Horticulturist and Garden Writer Amy Fahmy introduces us to favorite passalong plants and heirloom perennials.

– Dick Bir, faculty emeritus of the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University and active plant conservationist, will discuss “Propagating Gramma’s Garden.”

Breakout sessions hosted by Linda Blue and Judy Deutsch will take a more in-depth look at shade gardening and garden roses for our region.

Floral artist and owner of Hawk and Ivy Bed and Breakfast Eve Davis demonstrates how to turn flowers from your garden bed into art in “Arrangements from the Mixed Border.”

The program fee is $44 for Arboretum Society Members and active Buncombe County Master Gardeners, $50 for the general public, and includes lunch and beverage service as well as extensive handout materials.

For more information or to register, visit www.ncarboretum.org or call 828.665.2492.