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Protect Your Passwords!

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Always protect your passwords and your accounts.ASHEVILLE NC – According to recent news reports, passwords for some users of professional networking site LinkedIn and dating site eHarmony may have been leaked online. Google has also started warning users about possible state-sponsored cyber attacks against Gmail accounts.

To protect your passwords and your accounts:

  • Set passwords for your online accounts, computers and cell phones and keep them private.
  • Change your password every few months, and whenever you’re notified that it may have been compromised – but watch out for bogus emails that try to steal your personal information. If you need to change your password, go to a website you know to be valid instead of following links from what may be a fraudulent email.
  • Avoid using easily available information for your password such as your mother’s maiden name, your birth date, your street address or phone number, or a series of consecutive numbers (for example, 1234).
  • Also, avoid using information like your child’s name or pet’s name as a password or security question, especially if that information can be easily gathered from your Facebook page or other social networking activity.
  • Don’t use the same password for multiple accounts.
  • Take advantage of additional security features offered by some email providers and social networking sites. These features can allow you to verify which computers and devices are allowed to access your accounts, added protection in case someone gets your password.

For additional tips on online privacy and safety, visit ncdoj.gov.

Low-Cost Rabies and Shot Clinic July 28

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – A low-cost rabies and shot clinic will be held the last Saturday of each month.

$10/1 and 3-year rabies shot

$15/DHLPP combo for dogs

$15 Bordetella (dogs)

$20/FVRCP/FELV combo for cats

Locations: Tractor Supply Old Brevard Rd Asheville 9 am-noon

Tractor Supply Monticello Rd Weaverville 1-3 pm

For more information call (828)553-5792


Asheville Water Recognized for Exemplary Air Quality

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville Water Resources Department has received a Clear Air Compliance Award by the Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency for meeting or exceeding air quality regulations at its two primary water treatment plants in 2011.

The North Fork and William DeBruhl plants have earned the designation each year for the past four years.

“Water Resources is dedicated to protecting the environment during our treatment process, whether it is the water supply to the plant, the stream below the plant or the air.” said Water Production Superintendent Leslie Carreiro. “The staff does an exceptional job at maintaining the facility so as to minimize our environmental impact.”

The City of Asheville Water Services Department operates three water treatment plants, 37 pump stations, and 32 reservoirs, and protects and manages a 22,000 acre watershed. The North Fork water treatment facility processes an average 15 million gallons of water a day while William DeBruhl produces 3 million gallons a day.  System wide, the City of Asheville Water Services facilities process 20.5 gallons of water per day and service more than 123,000 customers.

UNC Asheville Music Series at Altamont Theatre

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

The UNC Asheville Music Series at the Altamont Theatre continues at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 23, with faculty, students and alumni performing in an eclectic mix of styles. These monthly concerts are free and open to the public, at 18 Church Street in downtown Asheville.

Five combos will perform Monday night:

  • The Will Beasley Trio – acoustic jazz featuring Will Beasley (class of 2012), bass; Brian Felix, assistant professor of Music, piano; Matthew Richmond, lecturer in Music, drums.
  • The Millie Palmer Quartet – acoustic jazz with vocals by Millie Palmer (class of 2012), and the trio of Beasley, Felix and Richmond.
  • The Shawn Tamborini Group – jazz featuring senior Shawn Tamborini, guitar, with Felix and Richmond.
  • The Makeshift – folk rock group featuring sophomore bassist Drew Broughton and musicians from Charleston, S.C.
  • The Terrible Tuesdays – improvisational rock featuring Broughton, and seniors Logan White, guitar, and Parker Pace, piano.

The UNC Asheville Music series will continue with another concert at the Altamont on Monday, August 27. For more information, visit myaltamont.com.

Young Naturalist Garden Encourages Natural Play

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The Friends of the WNC Nature Center is proud to announce the opening of the Young Naturalist Garden at the WNC Nature Center. The garden, which reinvents the old recycling area of the park, provides a venue for unstructured natural play.

“Natural play is of profound importance to the development of young people,” says WNC Nature Center Education Specialist Dan Clere. “It’s an aspect of many young people’s lives that is missing today.”

Elements of the Young Naturalist garden include fort-building materials like stones and branches, a nature art table where children can create ephemeral art sculptures, a faux window flower box for exploring creative design, and a puppet theatre.

Throughout the summer the Nature Center also provides a free liatris flower to each family to take home to continue the interactive experience. The space is shady with benches for parents, providing a comfortable space for a family to relax during their visit.

Thanks to support from the community and Friends members, materials for the project were purchased from a donation of $5,000 that the Friends provided to the City of Asheville to enhance educational opportunities at the Nature Center.  Special thanks to all the volunteers who assisted in the construction of the garden, including Erwin High School, Kathleen Lewis of Southern Décor, Charlie Dunlop, Glen and Patti Liming, and Jeff and Paula Snyder.

The Friends’ mission is to support the programs, facilities and the residents of the Western North Carolina Nature Center, which showcases the fauna and flora of the southern Appalachian region. The WNC Nature Center connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region’s rich biodiversity. For more information on the Friends of the WNC Nature Center, or to join the Friends and support future projects, visit www.wildwnc.org .

Volunteers Needed for 2012 Bele Chere Festival

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville invites the community to “Chere the Fun” by volunteering for the 2012 Bele Chere Festival Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29.  Now in its 34th year, Bele Chere is a celebration of the region’s art, music, and culture in downtown Asheville. The festivities are supported by scores of volunteers who contribute their time and talents to make the Bele Chere Festival successful.

Available volunteer opportunities include working in the children’s area, staffing information booths, assisting visitors in the Senior Oasis, and more.  Volunteers who work at least one 3.5 hour shift will receive a free Bele Chere t-shirt and snacks during their shift.  Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.

Additional volunteer information and an interest form are available on the official Bele Chere website at www.belecherefestival.com or by calling (828) 259-5800.

Bele Chere is produced by the City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department in conjunction with the Bele Chere Board of Directors and is the largest free street festival in the Southeast.  It is sponsored in part by Clear Channel Radio and Budweiser of Asheville.  For more information, visit www.belecherefestival.com or call (828) 259-5800.

West Asheville Urban Plant Walk and Garden Stroll

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Come learn about the medicinal and edible plants growing in the sidewalks, gardens, and wild lots of downtown West Asheville! This event will be happening Saturday, September 8th from 11:30 to 1:00, rain or shine. It will start at the Center for Holistic Medicine which is located at 779 Haywood Road in the heart of downtown West Asheville. The walk will be co-hosted by Nancy Hyton, Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified Herbalist, and founder of the Center, and local herbalist Mary Morgaine Thames of Earth Dancers. This walk will also be on the same day as the West Asheville Garden Stroll, a free tour of private neighborhood gardens.  The cost is $5 for adults and includes a useful handout of the plants we will be talking about on the walk. Kids are free! Sign up in advance at the Center or just come by on the day of the event. You can also call us at 505-3174 or email [email protected] and we’ll put you on the list.

About the Center for Holistic Medicine
The Center for Holistic Medicine is located at 779 Haywood Road in downtown West Asheville, 28806. It has been open for four years and has been voted best of WNC three years in a row in the mountain Xpress reader’s poll. The Center was founded by Nancy Hyton, a Licensed Acupuncturist and Certified Herbalist, who has a special interest in working with health care practitioners from other fields. In addition to Acupuncture the Center also offers Chinese Herbal Medicine, Therapeutic Massage, Nutrition, Biofeedback, Guided Imagery, Reiki, and Osteopathic Manual Medicine. The Center’s website is http://www.centerholistic.com and the phone number is (828) 505-3174.


Folkmoot Comes to WCU on July 25

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Folkmoot USA, North Carolina’s international folk festival, will arrive at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 25.

Performers from Serbia, France and the Philippines are scheduled to appear at WCU.

Folkmoot USA, the State International Festival of North Carolina, is a two-week celebration of the world’s cultural heritage through folk music and dance held each summer in Western North Carolina. Folkmoot features performances, a parade and workshops, with up to 350 performers from approximately 10 countries demonstrating cultural heritage through costumes, dance and traditional music.

Tickets cost $18 for general admission, $15 for WCU faculty and staff, and $5 for student and are on sale now by calling 1-877-FOLK-USA (1-877-365-5872) or 828-452-2997. Tickets are on sale at the WCU Bardo Center box office for cash/check only. Contact the Bardo Arts Center at 828-227-2479.


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Annual Lake Lure Olympiad August 26

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – For runners and cyclists competing in Race to the Rock during the 8th annual 2012 Lake Lure Olympiad on Sunday, August 26, be prepared to climb 900 feet in elevation over the last three miles. The 75-mile views from the finish line are enough to take your breath away… or what’s left of it.

“For a competition like Race to the Rock, it’s not just running or cycling on flat ground, so it takes a specific kind of training and preparation,” said Matt Popowski, an Olympiad athlete, as well as public relations and events manager at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. Chimney Rock is the finish line for the Race to the Rock for the sixth straight year.

“The Race to the Rock is a bold challenge,” Popowski continued, pointing out that participants can choose from a 25-mile bike race that circles Lake Lure or a 5K run up the Park road, beginning in Chimney Rock Village. “It’s difficult but very achievable if you prepare well for it.”

The 5K run on August 26 costs $25 if registered by July 25 or $35 after. The 25-mile bike race is $30 if registered by July 25 or $40 after. Same-day registration is at 6:30am. The bike race starts at 7:30 a.m. and the run starts at 7:45. To register, go to www.lakelureolympiad.com.

Tips on Training

Popowski recommends that athletes who are already active should start about two months before the footrace by running or jogging four to five times a week.

“Be sure to focus on hills, because you will be climbing uphill all the way,” he added.

To train in advance for the intense climb, Popowski recommends hiking or jogging what the Park calls their “ultimate Stairmaster,” or the trail with almost 500 steps leading to the top of the Rock.

What Others Are Saying

Brad Hecker, director of ACC Women’s Basketball, is a repeat Olympiad athlete who has participated in Olympic-qualifying cycling events and attended two Tour de France races.

“The Race to the Rock is one of the most challenging events I’ve ever done,” said Hecker.  “It would be worthy of an individual timed course in the Tour de France.  This race is hard, and it has more personality than any other that I’ve done.” 

The finish line for Race to the Rock is located at the base of the 315-foot Chimney Rock.  After crossing the finish line, athletes can celebrate their achievement with a rewarding 75-mile panoramic view and await their fate in the awards ceremony.  Afterward, possibly for a cool down, athletes are welcome to walk out to the 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls, which was featured in The Last of the Mohicans.

The Lake Lure Olympiad, which includes the 10K Dam Run, Lake Lure Triathlon (sponsored by Vic Bailey Subaru of Spartanburg), 1 Mile Open Water Swim and Race to the Rock, will be held Aug. 24-26. The Olympiad is presented by Rumbling Bald Resort and Rutherford Regional Health System.   For more information on the 2012 Lake Lure Olympiad, visit www.lakelureolympiad.com.

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is a developing international outdoor attraction located 25 miles southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. It has been recognized as one of the Southeast’s most popular travel destinations for more than 100 years. A destination for travel groups, motor coaches and families, the Park hosts special events and educational programs for schools, homeschoolers, scouts and summer camps. Call (800) 277-9611 or visit Chimney Rock’s website at chimneyrockpark.com.

Experience these adventures and more when you travel to Lake Lure & the Blue Ridge Foothills in Western North Carolina.  Home to Lake Lure, Chimney Rock, Rutherfordton, Spindale, Forest City and Bostic, there is a world waiting for you to explore, enjoy and love.  These events and more are part of our Endless Summer event series.  We invite you to check out the view from our front porch.  Plan your trip today at RutherfordTourism.com or call 800-849-5998.

Asheville’s Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the country’s longest running folk festival, now in its 85th year of highlighting mountain culture, announces the performance line-up for this summer’s festival. The Festival runs for three full evenings, Thursday, August 2 to Saturday, August 4 at the Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place in downtown Asheville. Tickets are on sale now.

Held 7:00p.m. nightly, the festival formally showcases an amazing repertoire of mountain performers – old-timers as well as the newest generation of bluegrass and mountain string bands, ballad singers, big circle mountain dancers and cloggers – who share music and dance that echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage. The festival begins Thursday, August 2 with Hometown Appreciation Night. In keeping with the grassroots flavor of the festival, local families and individuals are encouraged to attend to help kick off the first night of the festival.

Audiences at each of the three performances will see an extensive line-up of the best musicians, ballad singers and dancers; each evening features at least four dance teams from the very young to the young at heart. The popular and long-standing house band the Stoney Creek Boys returns to perform each evening. And each night of the festival features both well-known musicians and new talent alike, representative of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and its continuing traditions.

2012 Mountain Dance and Folk Festival Performance Schedule:

(Note: performers and schedule are subject to change at any time)

Thursday, August 2: Carol Rifkin and Jerry Sutton, Masters of Ceremonies; Ed Herron; Grey Eagle (Stoney Creek Boys); George and Brooke Buckner; The Ross Brothers; Zack and Maggie Allen; Dance Team: J Creek Cloggers; Bryan McDowell; Peg Twisters; Don Pedi; Dance Team: Dixie Darlins; Roger Howell & Friends; Paul’s Creek Band; Crooked Pine Band; Dance Team: Southern Mountain Fire Smooth Dancers; Whitewater Bluegrass Company.

Friday, August 3: Laura Boosinger and Kevin Hamlin, Masters of Ceremonies; Ed Herron; Grey Eagle (Stoney Creek Boys); Dance Team: Cole Mountain Cloggers; The Waymasters; Sam Adams; Dance Team: Southern Appalachian Cloggers; Paul Crouch; Bobby and Blue Ridge Tradition; Dance Team: Southern Mountain Smoke Cloggers; Clearwater Connection; The New Broad River Band; Laura Boosinger; Dance Team: Green Valley Cloggers; David Holt – Special Tribute to Doc Watson.

Saturday, August 4: Richard Hurley and Glenn Bannerman, Masters of Ceremonies; Ed Herron; Grey Eagle (Stoney Creek Boys); Dance Team: Mountain Tradition Cloggers; Betty Smith; The Cockman Family; The Hollifields; Dance Team: Appalachian Mountaineers; Bryce Parham & Kathryn Brickey; Appalachian Heroes; Dance Team: Bannerman Family; Dance Team: Stoney Creek Cloggers; Richard Hurley; Trantham Family; Dance Team: Southern Mountain Fire Cloggers; Bearwallow.

Parking:  Festival patrons can park off-street, at the parking garage on Biltmore Avenue – which also provides wheelchair access to the Festival – or at the various parking garages located throughout downtown Asheville.

The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival is presented by Asheville’s Folk Heritage Committee which also produces its sister event, Shindig on the Green, a free gathering held each year at Pack Square Park at Roger McGuire Green on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage, with a stage show and informal jam sessions on Saturday evenings – June 30; July 7, 14, 21; August 11, 18, 25; and September 1. Both events rely on the generosity and shared talent of the region’s finest old-time musicians and mountain dancers.

The Folk Heritage Committee’s mission is to produce Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in order to support the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The Folk Heritage Committee produces the 46th Annual Shindig on the Green and the 85th annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival with support from the following Corporate Sponsors: Able Rent-A-John; Acoustic Sound Production; Alan’s Jewelry & Pawn; Biltmore®; BlackBird Frame & Art; Caleb Smith Guitars; Earth Fare; Elly Wells Marketing + Project Management; Emmet Carney, Attorney at Law; Fox Dental Associates; Graybeard Graphics; Harmony Motors; Henco Reprographics; Jack of Hearts Pub & Restaurant; Jack of the Wood; Laughing Seed Café; Luella’s Bar-B-Que; Mangum Pottery; Mast General Store; Mission Health; Okie Dokies Smokehouse; Parsec Financial; RomanticAsheville.com Vacation Guide; Sam’s Club; Taylor RanchFest & Pink Corn Maze 2012; Tops For Shoes; and Town Hardware & General Store. Media Sponsors are: 880 AM The Revolution; 88.7 FM WNCW; 99.9 FM Kiss Country; The Laurel of Asheville; News Radio 570 WWNC; Smoky Mountain News; Smoky Mountain Living; and WNC magazine. Ongoing support of Shindig on the Green is provided by Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Asheville, and Buncombe County.

Ticket Information: Tickets (Regular $20; Children 12 and under $10; 3 night package $54) for the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival are available from the Diana Wortham Theatre box office: (828) 257-4530 or online at www.dwtheatre.com.  For more information on the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival or Shindig on the Green, visit www.folkheritage.org or call the Folk Heritage Info Line: (828) 258-6101 x345.