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City Market South Brings Local Fare to Biltmore Park Town Square

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s City Market South will return to Biltmore Park Town Square for its third year on Wednesday, May 4th. The farmer’s market will be similar to the one held in downtown Asheville on Saturday mornings and will be a welcome opportunity for South Asheville residents to enjoy convenient access to Western North Carolina’s very own fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, handmade crafts, and more.

The market will line the sidewalk along the median of Town Square Boulevard in the heart of Biltmore Park and will offer patrons a wide range of locally-grown and locally-made products. Customers not only will be able to purchase healthy and fresh food items but also will contribute to enhancing the local economy and maintaining the area’s agricultural heritage. The market also complements Biltmore Park Town Square’s focus on sustainability as well as its many locally-owned and operated retailers and restaurants, which will also be open for business at the time of the markets.

City Market South will continue through October 26th, and will take place every Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Domestic Partner Registry Available Starting May 2

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – On Feb. 22, City Council authorized the creation of a Domestic Partner Registry to recognize same-sex relationships.

The registry becomes effective May 2 and will provide a mechanism through which hospitals, businesses, and other entities will have the opportunity to recognize these relationships.

The registry will be administered by the City Clerk’s Office. A $45 fee is required and should be paid at offices on the first floor of City Hall, located at 70 Court Plaza (in the same offices where water bills are paid).

After payment of the $45 fee, applicants must bring the receipt to the City Clerk’s Office, located in room 202 on the second floor of City Hall. Both applicants must be present and must show a driver’s license or other valid form of photo identification.

Both parties will sign an affidavit, which is a public record.

No appointment is necessary. Couples may register from 9–11:30 a.m., and from 1–5 p.m. Monday through Friday. City offices are closed on legal holidays.

For more information, contact City Clerk Maggie Burleson at 828-259-5601.

Red Cross Blood Drive – Register Now

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – So many crises in the world today – some of them happening nearby to family, friends and neighbors.

There’s one way you can make a definite difference and really help those in need: Give Blood! It takes about an hour, requires you to eat well, have enough iron, and take it a little easy afterwards. Please come. Listen to our call of Mayday to help us save lives.

Wednesday, May 4 from 10 – 2:30 p.m.
Pack Memorial Library’s Lord Auditorium – Lower level.

Register online at www.redcrossblood.org enter the Sponsor code 12597, or contact Carla Hollar at [email protected].

Sponsored by Buncombe County Government and the American Red Cross.

Blood Drive Flyer

Reuter Center Singers to Present ’60s Folk Songfest

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Reuter Center Singers will present a ’60s Folk Songfest at 3 p.m. Sunday May 15, at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center. A chorus of more than 50 voices, the Reuter Center Singers stage spring and fall concerts at the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement, and perform in many other community venues, including Biltmore House, the Veterans’ Administration Hospital, churches and retirement homes.

The ’60s Folk Songfest will include Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land,” music recorded by the Kingston Trio and many others, and anthems that are reminders of the civil rights and peace movements, like “We Shall Overcome” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone.”

“I was surprised that the music seems just as important now as it did when I was a young girl,” said chorus-member Lynda Feldman. “When I sing the music again, I’m re-inspired.” Chorus Director Chuck Taft says the folk songs of that era “speak to all people no matter where they stand on the political spectrum. These are great songs about people working hard and their struggles through times of trouble and uncertainty.”

The concert is free and open to the public; donations are appreciated. For more information, call UNC Asheville’s North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement at 828.251.6140.

Garden Events Coming Up

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Get out and enjoy the beautiful weather at these garden events:

  • April 29 – 30: Days in the Garden. Botanical Gardens at Asheville
    Friday, 1-6 p.m., plant sales
    Saturday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., plants, food, crafts, entertainment, guided walks.
  • April 29 – May 1: Spring Herb Festival. WNC Farmers’ Market
    Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Plants, herbal products, crafts, garden information, educational programs.
  • May 14: Black Mountain Garden Show and Sale. Local vendors will offer plants and products. Master Gardeners will staff an “Ask A Gardener” information table, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information, call Buncombe County Cooperative Extension at 255-5522.

Trip to Historic Valdese Planned

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Join Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation as we take a trip to historic Valdese, NC. We

We’ll tour the Waldensian Museum and walk The Trail of Faith. Then we’ll learn the history of the original 11 families who came from Italy in 1893 to settle in Burke County.

The trip is on May 11, leaving at 8:45 a.m. from the Administrative Offices of Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Services, 59 Woodfin Place.

The cost is $50 per person and includes the Guided Tour of the Waldensian Museum and the Trail of Faith, a Catered Lunch, and Wine Tasting at the Waldensian Winery. There will be time for shopping, too!

Please register and pay by Tuesday, May 3. For information or to register, call Grace Young at 250-4265 or email her at [email protected].

Going Green Gets Its Own Stamp

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The U.S. Postal Service has announced a new line of stamps exhorting customers to “go green” and put the proverbial stamp on sustainability.

The USPS has issued a series of 16 stamps, each suggesting small environmentally-friendly actions – including recycling and reusing shopping bags – in a ceremony which included a three-wheeled electric mail delivery vehicle dropping off indigenous trees “symbolic of USPS delivering a greener America,” according to a press release announcing the stamps. Find out more.

City of Asheville Launches Website for WNC Nature Center

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The WNC Nature Center is getting a new look, digitally. The Asheville Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department is launching a new website for the Nature Center, www.wncnaturecenter.com, that gives visitors information on hours and pricing, animals on exhibit, and educational and conservation programs. The website features of calendar of events, information on each of the Center’s 60 indigenous species, and online enrollment in programs and summer camps.

The website launch coincides with many changes happening at the Nature Center. In March, the Otter Falls exhibit was renovated and expanded. On April 30, the Nature Center will open a new cougar exhibit, featuring two juvenile cougars. The large felines are brothers who were abandoned in the wild.

Located on 42 acres, the WNC Nature Center is a living museum of plants and animals native to the Appalachian region, including black bears, gray and red wolves, bobcats, otters, and birds of prey. Its purpose is to increase public awareness and understanding of all aspects of the natural environment of Western North Carolina through hands-on and sensory experiences.

To visit the website, go to www.wncnaturecenter.com. For more information, contact Frank McGowan, Business Services Superintendent of the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department at 828-259-5811 or [email protected].

The WNC Nature Center is owned by the City of Asheville and operated by the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department.

Special Olympics Spring Games Takes Place May 5th

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt!

Special Olympics Spring Games will take place on Thursday, May 5 at T.C. Roberson High School. Opening Ceremonies begin at 9:20 a.m. with a Parade of Athletes and the lighting of the Olympic Torch. Track and Field Events begin right after the Parade of Athletes.

Special Olympic athletes come from all over Buncombe County and represent Buncombe County Schools, Asheville City Schools, Group Homes and Independent athletes. Over 500 athletes will compete in Track and Field events including softball throw, relay races, 50 and 100 meter runs, standing long jump and running long jump. For wheelchair bound athletes there are races and developmental events.

The Special Olympics committee encourages everyone to come by and cheer for the athletes. Arrive early and stay for lunch. Concessions are open all day and events will last into the early afternoon. There is no charge for admission.

For more information call Grace Young at 250-4260 or email her at [email protected].

Montreat College Wins National Award for Environmental Stewardship

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

MONTREAT, NC – Representing about 2 percent of the nation’s carbon footprint (as large as an average state) and educating 19 million future world leaders each year, the nation’s colleges and universities are ideal places for innovation to spark a clean energy revolution and produce green jobs for the U.S. Montreat is one of six winning schools that were chosen from a national pool of entries.

Montreat College’s environmental group Seeds is giving students a voice in promoting environmentally sustainable and socially responsible initiatives in energy conservation and local food production. In one of their most impressive and inspiring programs, Seeds launched their first annual energy-saving competition, the Residence Energy Challenge 2010, as part of an ongoing commitment to improve energy efficiency across campus.

As a result of the competition, Montreat’s campus residents reduced their energy consumption by 19.5 percent and prevented 3.7 tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere. Through this incentive-based contest, dorm residents also learned a variety of energy saving techniques and how to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

Montreat’s Seeds team also implemented a community farm called The Garden of Eatin’, a student-founded initiative that grew out of a desire to learn how to grow their own food and to provide more local produce on campus while enhancing community involvement.

“If each American was to eat locally one meal per week, the nation would save 1.1 million barrels of oil per week,” said student gardener Andrea Thompson. “The Garden exists to help build community, to connect people to each other and the food that they eat. It’s an easy, fun and inexpensive way to reduce our carbon footprint, stimulate the local economy, and educate the student body about healthy eating.

Other winning schools in the Chill Out contest include: Central Carolina Community College (Pittsboro, NC), Baylor University (Waco, TX), Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day High School, Missouri University of Science & Technology (Rolla, MO), and Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, VA).

“National Wildlife Federation applauds the efforts of these young innovators who are so energized to protect their future and the future of our planet’s natural resources,” says Jeremy Symons, Senior Vice President of Conservation and Education for National Wildlife Federation. “The educators and students have proved it is possible to significantly reduce the pollution that is fueling global warming, and they are creating a clean energy workforce that is prepared to help decrease our country’s dependence on oil.”

The impressive efforts of the six winners will be broadcast in NWF’s Chill Out: Climate Action on Campus webcast on April 13. The colleges will also receive a monetary award from the National Wildlife Federation to continue exploring innovative clean energy and climate action initiatives. This year’s webcast will be co-hosted by Tara Platt (voice and live-action actress) and Yuri Lowenthal (voice of Superman on CW’s Legion of Superheroes), The free program will celebrate this year’s award winners and showcase initiatives occurring on campuses across the nation. The webcast is an excellent organizing tool and will be available for viewing on-demand after April 13.

Campus leaders all across the country are encouraged to host events on their campuses and in their wider communities to watch the webcast. The program will be part of a series of events scheduled on hundreds of campuses across the country building excitement in the week leading up to Earth Day 2011. Visit www.campuschillout.org for details on hosting a live screening party and to view the webcast.

Chill Out: Climate Action on Campus is proudly supported by The Kendeda Fund, National Association for Campus Activities, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Campus-To-Congress, the Campus Conservation Nationals, and many more partners.

National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program has been an integral leader in the campus greening movement since 1989. In the last two decades they’ve built a library of campus-tailored resources to help thousands of students, faculty and staff at more than one-third of all colleges and universities in crafting programs, incentives, curricula and best practices. As the climate crisis in our country grows, Campus Ecology has also evolved to help campuses tackle the challenges of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. The nation’s 4,100 colleges and universities educate as many as 19 million students in any given year, and NWF is committed to partnering with them and fostering the seeds of creativity growing in some our nation’s most important hotbeds of innovation in confronting the climate crisis.

National Wildlife Federation’s mission is to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future. Visit www.nwf.org.