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Archive for September, 2011

Saturday is Asheville Airport’s 5K Run/Fun Day and the Nature Center’s Fall Festival

Friday, September 30th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – This weekend’s Asheville events are fabulous! Plus, do you have your own event that you want to share? Go to our events page, users can post events to share with others in Asheville.

October 1:    Asheville Regional Airport 5K Run and Healthy Fun Day

The free “Healthy Fun Day” festival will be from 10am to 1pm. It will also be staged adjacent to the runway, and will include aircraft on display, health and wellness education and activities, live music, low-cost airplane rides (provided by the WNC Pilot’s Association), and chances for attendees to win free airfare. The 5K will be held on a portion of the runway and airport campus on Saturday, October 1 at 9am, providing participants a chance to walk or run.  Proceeds will benefit Ladies Night Out, a program that provides mammograms and screenings to women who cannot afford them.

October 1:    35th Annual Hey Day Fall Family Festival

WNC Nature Center’s fall family festival to help raise money for the Nature Center

Grand Opening for Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center October 13

Friday, September 30th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville invites the public to the grand opening of the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center, Asheville’s newest community center, at the former site of Livingston Street Park.

Mayor Terry Bellamy will officiate the event at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the center, located at 285 Livingston St. at the corner of Livingston and Depot streets. The dedication ceremony begins at 5:30 followed by an open house until 7:30.

The new center is named after the late pastor, Dr. Wesley Grant, Sr. who founded the Worldwide Missionary Baptist Tabernacle Church in 1959 and served for nearly 50 years. He was a prominent leader in Asheville’s African American community during the time of the Civil Rights movement and the period of Asheville’s urban renewal in the 1960s and 1970s.

The center name also recognizes the Southside community, a large geographic area that once surrounded the new center. Southside was a predominately African American community of businesses, churches and neighborhoods that were for the most part demolished during Asheville’s urban renewal.

The center is designed to be constructed in phases. The first phase, known as the Cultural Art phase, opens in October. This phase is 7,897 square-feet and features an auditorium, three classrooms, office space, storage, and parking. The Physical Activity Phase will be constructed next and will include a gymnasium, a spray ground, playground, and a section of the Town Branch Greenway.  The Community Phase will be the final piece of the project and will include space for community partner operations. Future phases will be constructed as funding becomes available.

The Dr. Wesley Grant, Sr. Southside Center is the first facility constructed by the City of Asheville to be LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system to provide building owners with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. Some of the LEED features include a green roof, geo-thermal heating and cooling, storm water runoff management, and natural interior lighting. During construction, more than 75% of all construction waste was diverted from the landfill and recycled.

The center was designed by Mathews Architecture, P.A. and constructed by H&M Constructors. Mathews Architecture was recently honored with the 2011 Firm of the Year Award from the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.  The award is the highest honor bestowed on an architectural practice by the NCAIA, and it is the first time a firm in western North Carolina has received the award. The Dr. Wesley Grant, Sr. Southside Center is one of the firm’s most recent projects considered in the award.

The $2.9 million center construction was funded by a number of contributors including the Eaton Charitable Fund, Glass Foundation, Janirve Foundation, Junior League of Asheville, the Raise the Roof at the Reid Community Campaign and the City of Asheville. Construction of the new center matches priority goals for each funder in that it serves children and their families, and provides a strategic public facility for the Asheville community.

For more information, contact Amy Rickman at 828-251-4080 or [email protected].

Moogfest A Synthastic Surprise

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – New from Moogfest! Are you a fine arts fan? What about a “Woah! That looks so cool!” fan? Moogfest 2011 is bringing back SYNTH: A Group Art Show Inspired by Bob Moog, which showcases hand made limited-edition screen prints inspired by Bob Moog’s legacy. Pieces in the show include a variety of styles of work from some of the top concert poster artists and graphic designers working today.

This year SYNTH will also have a very special guest artist. Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips) will be creating a limited edition print for show. Wayne is an incredible visual artist and his contribution to SYNTH is sure to be pretty awesome. Each SYNTH artist will contribute their own print to be sold at the show in very limited quantities. All proceeds from the sales will go to support the Bob Moog Foundation. Special thanks to the Satellite Gallery for their help with the show. For more information go to moogfest.com

For a list of confirmed artists click here.

It’s Time to Apply for Artist-in-Residence Program

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department invites all area artists to submit artwork for SmART Space – the City’s first artist-in-residency program.

The juried competition, which will award a $1,500 honorarium to a selected artist or artist team, is designed to provide short-term access to vacant storefront space for visual, performing, and new media artists or artist teams for the creation and presentation of new works.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. Oct. 19.  Application instructions and more information are available on the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts website at www.ashevillenc.gov/parks .

Use of the 1,500 square foot space at 190 Broadway is for a 90-day period, expected to conclude with a final product of a performance or exhibit in the space.

The selected artist(s) will be required to provide 5 to 10 hours per week of public access to the space and interaction with the public to explain their project and their process.  The final product must be accessible to the public at no charge.

This call is open to emerging and established artists and artist teams age 18 years and older who currently live in Buncombe, Yancey, McDowell, Rutherford, Polk, Henderson, Madison, Haywood, Transylvania, Jackson, Swain, Macon, Graham, Clay, and Cherokee counties.  Proof of residency will be required.

Two artist Q&A forums will be held at the space located at 190 Broadway from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 10 and from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 11.

Interested artists will have the chance to take photos and measurements of the space, as well as pose questions to Diane Ruggiero, superintendent of Cultural Arts.

For more information about application requirements and other details, visit www.ashevillenc.gov/parks or contact Ruggiero at 828-259-5815 or [email protected] .

Can You Make a Scarecrow? You Could Win!

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Do you have it in you to create the perfect crow-scaring creature? Use your creativity to make an original scarecrow creation to enter in the Scarecrow Festival contest. Competition is fierce, but fun – and you could win a prize!

The Scarecrow Festival at Lake Julian Park is on October 1 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The highlight of the Festival is the judging of the handmade Scarecrows. It’s free to enter! Remember to Come to the Scarecrow Festival on October 2!send your registration form in early or make sure to register at Lake Julian by 8:30 a.m. the day of the show.

Entrants are divided into two divisions:

  • individuals
  • families/groups

Prizes are:

  • $100 for 1st Place (in each division)
  • 2nd & 3rd Place (in each division) prizes donated by Chick-fil-A & Fun Depot
  • $500 for the Best of Show entry

Winning scarecrows are chosen by popular vote. Scarecrows must remain up until 4 p.m. – winners are announced and prizes awarded at the end of the day. (You must be present to win.)

Get your lunch at the Special Olympics food booth, which will be selling hamburgers and hot dogs. 100% of the proceeds will go to support Buncombe County Special Olympics Athletes.

Purchase some crafts while you’re there. Vendors – you can still register for booth space. See registration form attached below for complete details.

Admission is free! To reserve a spot for your scarecrow or a craft booth, call Grace Young at (828) 250-4265 or email her at [email protected].

Autumn Players: Mystery and Mischief

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Autumn Players of Asheville Community Theatre will present Mystery And Mischief at the Swannanoa Library on Thursday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Sherlock Holmes meets his match in William Britain’s adaptation of A Scandal in Bohemia. But Old Hank and Snake Eyes cannot match the freckled kid in O. Henry’s The Ransom of Red Chief (as adapted by Janina Shoemaker and Kevin McKee).

This program is free and all ages are invited. For more information, contact the Swannanoa Library at 250-6486 or email [email protected].

Another Ground Beef Recall

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced that Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. of Emporia, Kansas is recalling approximately 131,300 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E coli.

Check out this site to see if any of these foods are in your fridge.

Medical Billing, Coding Course at WCU

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

CULLOWHEE, NC – Western Carolina University‘s Office of Continuing Education will offer a course for individuals interested in becoming a medical billing and coding professional beginning Monday, Oct. 10, and continuing through Monday, Dec. 19.

Classes will be held Mondays and Thursdays from 6 to 9:30 p.m. in Room 143 of WCU’s Cordelia Camp Building.

Medical billing and coding is considered to be one of the fastest-growing careers in the health care industry. The 80-hour course will cover topics such as solving insurance billing problems, manually filing claims, completing common insurance forms, tracing delinquent claims, and others. After obtaining practical work experience, students who complete the course could be qualified to take national certification exams.

The course is offered in cooperation with Condensed Curriculum International Inc. and students must have obtained a high school diploma or GED. The cost is $1,799, including textbooks.

To register or for more information, call 828-227-7397 or go online to learn.wcu.edu.

A Look at the Civil War through Zebulon Vance on Oct. 11

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Dr. David Self of A-B Tech‘s Social Sciences Department will give a presentation from 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 11 in Holly 120 on the Civil War. The lecure is a reprise from what Dr. Self recently presented in Chapel Hill to the Civil War Roundtable, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of that war.

Dr. Self will discuss  Zebulon Vance’s opposition to secession for North Carolina but after the vote was taken to leave the Union, he became a supporter of the cause and how as governor during the war, he took many actions that provided obstacles to President Jefferson Davis in Richmond and to General Robert E. Lee in the field.

UNC Asheville Music Department Concert Season

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville‘s Music Department will present a varied program of concerts on the campus this fall by student musicians with faculty and other special guests. Six performances are scheduled in October, three in November, and the series will conclude with the annual Holiday Concert in December. Admission is $5 at the door for each performance, with students and children free.

UNC Asheville Chamber Singers, directed by Melodie Galloway, performing at the White HouseUNC Asheville Chamber Singers, directed by Melodie Galloway, performing at the White HouseOctober 2 – UNC Asheville Chamber Singers in Concert – Students perform under the direction of Melodie Galloway, 4 p.m., UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union.

October 6 – Contemporary Music Concert – Student performances of 20th and 21st century music as well as their own compositions, 7:30 p.m., UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Hall, room 018.

October 16 – UNC Asheville Wind Ensemble Concert – Students perform under direction of Milton Crotts. 4 p.m., UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium.

October 20 – Jazz Combos Concert – Jazz selections presented by student combos under direction of William Bares and Brian Felix. 7:30 p.m., UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium.

October 23 – Jazz Band and Studio 18 Vocal Jazz Ensemble Concert – Big band and jazz vocal selections presented by students under direction of William Bares and Melodie Galloway. 4 p.m., UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium.

October 30 – University Singers and Symphony Concert – The University Singers, under direction of Melodie Galloway, and the UNC Asheville Symphony, under direction of Milton Crotts. 4 p.m., UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium.

UNC Asheville String QuartetNovember 3 – UNC Asheville Percussion Ensemble Concert – Students perform under direction of Matthew Richmond. 7:30 p.m., UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium.

November 17 – Chamber Music Concert – Student ensembles performing include the String Quartet and Brass Quintet. 4 p.m., UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium.

November 20 – Mozart Mosaic – UNC Asheville Symphony, under direction of Milton Crotts, and the University Singers, under direction of Melodie Galloway. 4 p.m., UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium.

UNC Asheville Wind EnsembleDecember 4 – Holiday Concert – Holiday music performed by UNC Asheville’s Percussion Ensemble and Wind Ensemble, with pre-show performance by the Brass Quintet. 4 p.m., UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium.

For more information, call the Music Department at 828.251.6423 or visit its website: music.unca.edu.