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Cookbook Sales to Benefit Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project and MANNA

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

ASHEVILE, NC – Tupelo Honey Cafe is now taking online pre-orders of their cookbook, Tupelo Honey Cafe: Spirited Recipes from Asheville’s New South Kitchen, and they’ve graciously offered to donate $1 from each online or restaurant book sale to Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project and MANNA Foodbank! A perfect parternship, the cookbook pays homage to sustainability, local farms, and the overall history of our region. There’s even a page all about ASAP inside!

Authored by local writer Elizabeth Sims with collaboration from Executive Chef Brian Sonoskus, the book will be published in spring of 2011 as a full-color, hardbound edition of 240 pages. It features over 125 recipes and 75 photographs, including beautiful current and historical shots of tailgate markets, as well as area farmers and their farms.

For more information or to place an online order, click here. And be on the lookout for more details about the cookbook and partnership with ASAP as spring approaches!

Two Sets of City Tennis Courts to Close for Maintenance

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville will close two sets of public tennis courts beginning the week of October 4 for maintenance.  The two tennis courts are located at:

Malvern Hills Park at 75 Rumbough Place, and
Montford Park at 345 Montford Avenue.

The court maintenance will include filling in all cracks, applying an acrylic surface, and painting net posts.

For more information, contact the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department at 259-5800 or  [email protected].

Fiesta Latina Comes to the Western North Carolina Ag Center

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The 13th Annual Fiesta Latina will be take place on October 2 from 12pm-8pm at the Western North Carolina Ag Center.  Fiesta Latina is Western North Carolina’s oldest and largest festival celebrating Latino culture, community and entertainment.

“Fiesta Latina provides an opportunity for our community, Latino and non-Latino, to come together and honor the diverse culture of Latinos living in the United States,” comments Yolanda Bopp, President of Asheville Latin Americans for Advancement of Society, a local non-profit organization that puts on Fiesta Latina every year, “We are especially excited this year because we have nationally recognized comedian and entertainer Cachita from Univison’s El Gordo y La Flaca Show hosting the event.”

For more information contact Gustavo Silva (828) 768-1962

Trick-or-Treat! Red Cross Blood Drive October 8

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The American Red Cross needs your help. Our country’s blood supply is in critical need for all types. Please come to Buncombe County Government’s annual Halloween blood drive and donate. Every pint of blood our donors give can save three lives.

We will have treats for all and a chance at door prizes from Malaprops Bookstore and Café, Bloomin’ Arts, and Sensibilities Day Spa. Feel good about yourself, help your neighbors, family and friends, and have a little Halloween candy before your children can eat it all. There will also be Starbuck’s coffee and Krispy Kreme doughnuts for everyone to enjoy.

Save a life, give blood.This drive is open to anyone qualified to give and it only takes around an hour.

Buncombe County Blood Drive
Friday, October 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Training and Development Building
199 College Street

Register online at:

Enter sponsor code 11594

Or register by calling:

Carla at 250-4701.

Any questions? Check with the American Red Cross at www.redcrossblood.org.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – What is the best early warning system for Breast Cancer? A mammogram every year, for every woman age 40 and older.

Thanks to advances in treatment and early detection, breast cancer death rates are falling—but the disease is still a major cause of death of American women. So if you’re a woman age 40 and up, it’s no time to skip your yearly mammogram, which can find cancer early when treatments are most successful. As Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins, learn more…

Source: American Cancer Society

City Seeks Public Participation in Recycling Contest

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville is participating in the Cans for Cash City Recycling Challenge. The contest, sponsored by The United States Conference of Mayors, Keep America Beautiful, and Novelis Corporation, challenges cities across the country to promote citizen participation in the collection of aluminum beverage cans.

This is the fourth year that the city has participated in this event and the amount of aluminum has increased with each year.  Last year the city collected 44,057 pounds of aluminum during the month of October.

Asheville will compete with other cities of the same size for up to $5,000 in awards.  Awards will be used to support recycling efforts through local education and awareness programs.

Approximately 50 billion aluminum cans end up in landfills each year.  Recycling aluminum beverage cans reduces waste in our landfills and helps create a sustainable environment.  The Challenge runs Oct. 1 through Oct. 31.  Recycle those aluminum cans!

For more information about the Challenge or drop-off center locations, go to  www.ashevillenc.gov/recycling or call 251-1122.

WNC Nature Center Celebrates 34th Annual Hey Day

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Friends of the WNC Nature Center is set to host their 34th Annual Hey Day, on Saturday, October 9th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Western North Carolina Nature Center. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for adult Asheville city residents (must show id), $4 for children, and FREE to members of the Friends of the Nature Center. For free admission you can become a member of the Friends prior to the event at http://www.wildwnc.org/friends/become-a-member.

There is fun for the whole family at Hey Day with music on the main stage, as well as clogging, balloon sculpting and storytelling. Children’s activities and educational programs abound and include: the Pee Wee Mine, cake walks, face painting, pumpkin painting, arts and crafts, and games. Plus, guests can spend the day visiting the Nature Center residents including wolves – Cody and Shalimar – our otters – Olive and Obi Wan – not to mention our famous and beloved groundhog – Nibbles.

The Friends are excited to introduce a new exhibit to their popular festival, “Wild Inspirations” an Art Sale inspired by nature in our mountain region. Wild Inspirations will include the work of local artists and focus especially on the native animals and plants at the Nature Center. Photographers and artists are donating matted photos and small pieces of art and jewelry as part of the Friends’ fundraising effort.

Celebrate the fall, and support The Nature Center while enjoying fun with your family at Hey Day! All proceeds benefit the Friends of the WNC Nature Center. The Friends’ mission is to support the programs, facilities and the residents of the Western North Carolina Nature Center. Beloved projects that were made possible by the Friends’ support include building the Red Wolf, Gray Wolf, Cougar and Bobcat habitats. The Friends has over 2,800 members who support its activities on behalf of the Nature Center.

There’s More Christmas to See at the Biltmore House this year

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Known as one of the Southeast’s most beloved and storied holiday travel destinations, Christmas at Biltmore is set to begin on Nov. 5, 2010, and will run through Jan. 2, 2011. Candlelight Christmas Evenings, offering evening candlelight tours of Biltmore House, take place Nov. 12 through Jan. 1.

Biltmore celebrated several milestones in 2010, and each has influenced this year’s Christmas display. Both the annual Festival of Flowers and the Winery turned 25, and Antler Hill Village opened as a new guest experience. Décor that pays homage to these milestones will be evident throughout the House and the entire estate, said Cathy Barnhardt, Biltmore’s floral displays manager. “We were inspired by the legacy of agriculture established by George Vanderbilt,” said Barnhardt. “Our guests will see elements that represent the flowers in Biltmore’s gardens, gilded bird nests representing the forest surrounding the estate and décor that conveys the estate’s agricultural history.”

,p>Biltmore’s newest guest attraction, Antler Hill Village, will assume its place in the Biltmore holiday illumination tradition, with its buildings outlined in soft lighting. Estate-gathered greenery and vintage decor inspired by an archival photo of Antler Hall during Christmas 1916 will adorn all areas of the village. From the Civil War into the 1930s, Antler Hall served as a residence and social center for many estate families. The village was built on the Antler Hall property, and is an inviting place to unwind after touring Biltmore’s grounds. At Christmastime, the village will make the perfect place to create yuletide memories with family and friends. Activities will include live music and carolers in the Village Green bandstand; Christmas-themed cooking demonstrations; holiday decorating talks; and Vanderbilt Christmas traditions storytelling at the Biltmore Legacy building. Santa will visit with children on the weekends at Antler Hill Farm.

A Vanderbilt Family Christmas

An emphasis on Vanderbilt family history plays a large part in this year’s celebration. On Christmas Eve 1895, George Washington Vanderbilt opened Biltmore House for the first time to his friends and family. In subsequent years, Mr. Vanderbilt and his wife, Edith, welcomed family, friends and the estate’s employees into the home’s Banquet Hall for the annual Christmas Party. Each child who lived on the estate at that time received a gift from the Vanderbilts.

Biltmore’s modern-day Christmas celebration is modeled from that first Christmas. This year, the seven-story high Banquet Hall will appear as if the Vanderbilt family has prepared for the employee Christmas festivities. Tricycles, dolls, toy furniture, books, horns, trains, hoops and tops will hang from the massive, 34-foot Fraser Fir tree, with garlands of evergreens, mistletoe and shining holly dressing the Banquet Hall dining table.

Christmas at Biltmore during the daytime includes tours of Biltmore House, the Gardens and Antler Hill Village. The village links to the Winery, where visitors may take a guided tour. The tour includes a complimentary wine tasting. Special seasonal seminars, such as “Red Wine & Chocolate,” are also available.

Candlelight Christmas Evenings

Biltmore House takes on a warm glow during Candlelight Christmas Evenings, even an air of mystery, creating a unique holiday experience for guests. Ballroom dancers dressed in vintage costumes glide across the floor of the Winter Garden, and choirs perform traditional music of the season. Guests may also visit Antler Hill Village (activities described below) when they attend Candlelight Christmas Evenings. The front lawn of Biltmore House will glow with a lighted 55-foot Norway spruce, surrounded by “islands” of smaller lighted trees and nursery shrubs. Candlelight Christmas Evenings will be held Nov. 12 through Jan. 1 and require a separate ticket for entry from daytime admission.

Holiday dining and lodging on the estate

Holiday hospitality extends throughout the entire estate. Guests may enjoy a festive meal at Bistro, Deerpark Restaurant, Stable Café, Cedric’s Tavern or The Dining Room at Inn on Biltmore Estate. For guests looking to extend their stay at Biltmore, the four-star Inn offers several packages for holidays, including special New Year’s Eve packages. Biltmore boasts retail shops, all perfect for holiday gift shopping. Other activities include taking a cozy horse and carriage ride (blankets provided) and exploring acres of landscaped gardens.

Holiday decorating seminars

Guests can learn how to infuse a little bit of Biltmore into their own holiday décor by attending seminars at A Gardener’s Place. Biltmore’s talented Floral Displays team members will show how to create Christmas Wreaths (daily, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) and Oasis Candle Rings (daily, 1 and 3 p.m.).

For more information about Christmas at Biltmore, please visit www.biltmore.com.

The ‘Great Pumpkin Patch Express’ Returns to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Book Your Ticket to Ride The Great Pumpkin Patch Express PEANUTS. The Great Pumpkin Patch Express returns to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for 2010. As the leaves are turning in October and pumpkins are ready to be carved, Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy return to the GSMR Pumpkin Patch October 2, 2010.

Guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch. Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. Activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include: campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment. And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes! There will be plenty of PEANUTS™ merchandise at the Smoky Mountain Trains gift shop! Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home.

Dates & Times:
October 8, 15, 22, & 29 departs Fridays at 3:00pm
October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, & 30 departs Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30pm & 3:00pm

Crown Class Seating – Each ticket holder will recieve their own GSMR souvenir tumber with unlimited fountain soda refills and each child will select their own pumpkin from the Great Pumpkin Patch to take home. Adults $65, Children ages 2-12 $37. Children under 2 $9 (no tumbler).

Coach Class Seating – Each child will select their own pumpkin from the Great Pumpkin Patch to take home. Adults $53, Children ages 2-12 $31. Children under 2 ride complimentary.
For tickets, more information and directions contact the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad at (800) 872-4681

Cradle of the Forestry Recounts the Legend of Tommy Hodges, Oct. 23

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

PISGAH FOREST,NC – A mystery over time becomes a legend, and a legend grows in the telling. It was Halloween night in 1906 when one of the students from the Biltmore Forest School, the fictitious Tommy Hodges, disappeared. The Cradle of Forestry will present this outdoor drama about the first forestry school in America on Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23. This is a rain or shine event!

The event will take place along the paved Biltmore Campus Trail and includes characters and stories based on the diaries of students who attended the historic school from 1903-1907. The audience will walk one mile along the trail to see the entire play, so audience members are asked to dress warm, wear walking shoes and bring a flashlight.

Admission for this event is $6.00 for adults 16 years of age and older and $3.00 for youth under 15 years of age, and America the Beautiful and Golden Age passport holders and includes hot cider and cookies.

For more information please call the Cradle of Forestry at (828)877-3130.