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New Belgium Brewing’s Clips of Faith

Friday, August 24th, 2012
ASHEVILLE NC – New Belgium Brewing’s Clips of Faith coming to Asheville on September 7. The event is a fundraiser for Asheville on Bikes.  Last year the stop raised about $2,400 and had around 700 attendees.  In addition to featuring more than a dozen of New Belgium’s finest (and hard-to-find) beers, the event will feature a compilation of winning short films submitted by New Belgium’s filmmaking friends.  It’s free to get in, but all proceeds from beer and merchandise sales will go to our friends with Asheville on Bikes.  We’ll also be recycling and composting most of the waste from the night with the help of Asheville Greenworks.

Friday, September 7

7:00 p.m.

Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park

Proceeds Benefit:
Asheville on Bikes (http://ashevilleonbikes.com)

Recycling By:
Asheville Greenworks (www.ashevillegreenworks.org)


Cocoa Mole Ale, Biere de Mars, Tart Lychee, La Folie, Fat Tire, Ranger, 1554, Trippel, Abbey, Blue Paddle, Belgo IPA, Shift Pale Lager and more to come


Avery’s Hot Dogs & Gypsy Queen Cuisine 

Admission – free
3 oz. sample –  $1.25
12 oz. beer – $5.00

Other tips:

Food is welcome; alcohol is not (leave that to us)
Bring blankets or low chairs – or just lounge on the grass!

Noise Ordinance Revisions Public Meeting August 27

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville will hold a public meeting Monday, August 27 to present information and gather input on proposed revisions to the city’s noise ordinance.

The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the William Randolph School located at 90 Montford Avenue, Asheville, and will consist of breakout sessions where small groups will be able to discuss the proposed revisions and learn about steps being taken to make participation in the formal complaint process easier.

The revisions are being considered by City Council’s Public Safety Committee.

The city is currently gathering feedback about the proposed changes via an online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/noise_ordinance_revisions.

Results of the survey and information gathered at the meeting will be analyzed and presented to the committee.  Residents who prefer sending stand alone comments over taking the survey can send an email to [email protected] with a subject line of “Noise Ordinance Comment.”  Residents may also send correspondence to: City of Asheville, Community Relations Division, ATTN:  Noise Ordinance, PO Box 7148, Asheville, NC, 28802 or call 259-5604.

Paper flyers promoting the August 27 meeting are available to neighborhood representatives and stakeholders to distribute or can be downloaded at ashevillenc.gov/projects. City staff will also be available to attend established neighborhood and business group meetings through September 14. Contact Neighborhood Coordinator Marsha Stickford at [email protected] or 259-5506 for more information.

For information on the noise ordinance and the proposed revisions, as well as steps taken to date on the public outreach portion of the process, visit ashevillenc.gov/projects and scroll down to “Noise Ordinance Revisions – Input Process.”

Music on the Mountain Features Town Mountain, Darin and Brooke Aldridge

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park‘s Music on the Mountain 2012 concert series debuted on August 12 with 150 concertgoers to see Balsam Range and the Harris Brothers on a sunny, beautiful day. The series continues on Sunday, September 16, 3:30-7:30 p.m., featuring Town Mountain from Asheville and Darin & Brooke Aldridge, the “Sweethearts of Bluegrass” from Cherryville, N.C., with special guest Ken Potter from Bat Cave, N.C. The family-friendly concerts are held at the pavilion, an intimate covered venue in the Meadows and limited to only 300 tickets. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Friends of Chimney Rock State Park. Event will be held rain or shine; no refunds. Advance concert tickets for non-passholders are on sale at Music City Asheville. All tickets are on sale at the Old Rock Café, Chimney Rock’s Ticket Plaza, by phone at (800) 277-9611 or online at chimneyrockpark.com.

Music on the Mountain is an opportunity to enjoy great music with friends and family in a beautiful outdoor setting like Chimney Rock. We’re sticking to our roots in the Southern Appalachian Mountains by featuring some of the best local bluegrass and roots country musicians in WNC,” said Matt Popowski, PR & Events Manager at Chimney Rock.

Town Mountain

Get ready for hard-drivin’ Appalachian bluegrass from the Carolinas! Town Mountain of Asheville, N.C., was propelled from the 1st Place Winners of the 2005 RockyGrass Band Contest to 2011 Official Showcase Artists at IBMA. The band will release their fourth album, Leave the Bottle, September 4, 2012, produced by Grammy-winner Mike Bub.

Town Mountain has collaborated and/or performed with Doc Watson, Jim Lauderdale, Steep Canyon Rangers, Larry Keel, David Grisman and The Infamous Stringdusters. Delivering their grass both new and old style, and always contributing to the evolution of the bluegrass form, they toss influences as varied as surf-rock, gospel and country into their field of play. Jim Lauderdale says, “They get down with heart, grit, soul, and dive! They’ll get you moving!” Visit www.townmountain.net.

Darin & Brooke Aldridge

The “Sweethearts of Bluegrass,” known as one of the best duos in acoustic music today, were nominated IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year and SPBGMA gospel group, album, song and female vocalist of the year nominees in 2011. Their 2010 self-titled album propelled Darin and Brooke into the top five on Bluegrass, Americana Roots, and Gospel music charts. In summer 2011, they were the most played bluegrass artists on Sirius/XM radio. In early 2012, Darin & Brook were featured on four TV network shows, including the RFD channel called The Bluegrass Road and Great American Gospel.

Since playing in almost half of the United States on their 2011 tour, fans around the country have fallen in love with the “Sweethearts.” Married in December 2008, Darin and Brooke make their love and faith in each other and in God a cornerstone of their music, which is sure to be enjoyed by the entire family. Visit www.darinandbrookealdridge.com.

Ticket Prices: Adults: $22 advance, $25 at gate; Youth (ages 6-15): $12 advance, $15 at gate. Non-passholder tickets include a complimentary one-day Park admission.

Annual Passholders: $12 advance, $15 at gate; $7 Grady’s Kids Club Members.

Complimentary Admission: Concert tickets are valid for Park admission on the concert date. Non-passholders can return any day this year and enjoy a complimentary one-day Park admission by showing their used concert ticket. One complimentary admission per ticket; expires December 31, 2012.

Sponsors: A big thanks goes to the sponsors who helped make the concert series possible: PepsiCo, Music City Asheville, Acoustic Corner, BP Solutions Group and WNCW as a media sponsor.

Event parking on the Meadows will begin at 2 p.m. Covered seating is provided, but attendees are welcome to bring their own camping chairs or blankets. No beer and alcohol are allowed inside the State Park, and no coolers will be allowed inside the concert area. Concessions, CDs and merchandise will be available for purchase.

Go early to check out Chimney Rock’s 75-mile panoramic views, five scenic trails, rock climbing and ancient geological features, such as Devil’s Head and the Opera Box. Featured in The Last of the Mohicans blockbuster, 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls of its kind east of the Mississippi River.

About Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park has been recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic and popular travel destinations for more than 100 years. The 535-million-year-old monolith called Chimney Rock offers guests 75-mile panoramic views of Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge. In 2012 the Park is celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the release of The Last of the Mohicans, which was partially filmed at Chimney Rock. It’s located 30 minutes southeast of Asheville and 90 minutes west of Charlotte on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. Call (800) 277-9611 or visit chimneyrockpark.com.

About Music City Asheville

Music City Asheville can help make you sound like the pros. They have quality instruments for all levels of musicians, including pro audio, guitars, drums, accessories and more. Their expert staff can provide you with all the answers to your musical questions. Music City also offers a complete repair service for all stringed instruments, amplifiers and pro audio. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Call (828) 253-8735 or visit www.musiccityasheville.com.

About Acoustic Corner

Located in historic Black Mountain, Acoustic Corner is a different kind of musical instrument shop, offering an array of unique acoustic instruments in a hands-on, relaxed, helpful atmosphere. Acoustic Corner features guitars, mandolins, basses, bouzoukis, banjos, violins, lap dulcimers and other instruments popular in Celtic, Old-Time, Bluegrass, Jazz, and other acoustic music styles. Most of their instruments are hand-made or manufactured by hand in small factories. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Call (828) 669-5162 or visit www.acoustic-corner.com.

About WNCW

WNCW’s mission is to advance the broadest educational goals of Isothermal Community College through the operation of a full service, professional public radio service that encourages its audience to pursue a quest for lifelong learning. WNCW offers an eclectic mix of Folk, Americana, Rock, Bluegrass, Reggae, and more. Some call it “roots” music but most just call it good music. The public radio station broadcasts on WNCW-FM Spindale NC 88.7, Greenville SC 97.3, Charlotte NC 100.3 & 99.1, Boone NC 92.9, Repeater Service to WSIF Wilkesboro NC 90.9, and streams live online at www.wncw.org.

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo offers the world’s largest portfolio of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including 19 different product lines that generate more than $1 billion in annual retail sales each. Our main businesses – Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay, and Pepsi Cola – also make hundreds of other enjoyable and wholesome foods and beverages that are respected household names throughout the world. With net revenues of approximately $60 billion, PepsiCo’s people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet, which we believe also means a more successful future for PepsiCo. We call this commitment Performance with Purpose: PepsiCo’s promise to provide a wide range of foods and beverages for local tastes; to find innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment, including by conserving energy and water usage, and reducing packaging volume; to provide a great workplace for our associates; and to respect, support, and invest in the local communities where we operate. Visit www.pepsico.com.

WCU’s Fearless Foliage Forecaster Predicts Good, but Spotty, Fall Colors

Monday, August 20th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Visitors to Western North Carolina’s mountains can look forward to a good display of color this autumn, although some areas will enjoy brighter hues than others, predicts Kathy Mathews, Western Carolina University’s fearless fall foliage forecaster.

The intensity of the color show will vary depending on where leaf-peepers are looking because of fluctuations in the amount of rainfall received across the region this spring and summer, said Mathews. An associate professor of biology at WCU who specializes in plant systematics, she bases her annual prediction in part on weather conditions, including rainfall, during the spring and summer growing season.

“This should be a pretty good year for fall color, but colors will be spotty,” Mathews said. “Many areas of Western North Carolina have experienced a lot of rainfall throughout the year, while Asheville and points north have been drier. The drier areas should have the best fall color, while the wetter areas will be less vibrant.”

Mathews believes that the formation of higher levels of yellow, orange and red pigments in the leaves correlates with dry weather throughout the year. The drier the climate, the more brilliant the fall leaves tend to be, she said.

“This has been an unusually rainy spring and summer for much of Western North Carolina, which, if it continues through September and October, could mean less color, especially in the red range,” she said. “However, if evening temperatures continue to drop steadily through the next two months, it will hasten the loss of green from the leaves to reveal more yellow and orange pigments.”

In addition, a trend of warm, wet weather could equate to a longer fall color season. Mathews predicts that areas that have seen drought conditions, including the U.S. Midwest, may experience bright fall color, but only for a brief period before trees drop their leaves.

As is the case with predicting the weather, there are no guarantees when it comes to forecasting the intensity of the fall color season. Cloud cover and ample rainfall in the weeks ahead could mute the color show, Mathews said.

Cooler temperatures and fewer hours of daylight in the autumn contribute to the decomposition of chlorophyll, the chemical that gives leaves their green color in spring and summer. As chlorophyll breaks down, yellow and orange pigments – always present in the leaves, but masked by the green of chlorophyll – are revealed, and new red pigments are produced.

Depending upon the timing of the first frost, the peak of fall color should arrive during the second week of October in the higher elevations, and during the third week of October in the mid-elevations, Mathews said. Because freezing temperatures quickly degrade chlorophyll, leaves predictably peak in color a few days after a frost, she said.

The color change should begin at the higher mountain elevations in late September and continue through mid-November in the lower levels of WNC.

Regardless of when the peak is and how intense the hues are, visitors can always find good fall color somewhere in the WNC mountains, Mathews said.

“We have more than 100 tree species in the Southern Appalachians, which means not only many different colors of leaves in the fall, but also a lengthy fall color season. Some trees change and drop leaves very early, such as tulip poplar and yellow buckeye, while others linger and change later, such as oaks and hickories.”

The U.S. Northeast and Midwest have fewer tree species with good fall color, mainly sugar maples, leading to a short burst of brilliant colors, she said. “The same is true in the Western states, with color mainly coming from quaking aspens,” she said. “In Europe, again, there are many fewer tree species, meaning shorter, less diverse fall color than in the Southern Appalachians.”

From the Great Smokies to the Blue Ridge, the WNC mountains offer ample opportunity for leaf-looking this fall, Mathews said.

“Look for some of the best colors on Grandfather Mountain, the Graveyard Fields area of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Nantahala National Forest along U.S. Highway 64 between Macon and Clay counties,” she said. “These and other ridgetop areas show colors in all hues of red, orange and yellow. The forested areas will have a lot of yellow tulip poplars, red maple, and orange and red oak. Graveyard Fields also has a lot of shrubs that turn red.”

Free Basic Computer Classes at Pack Library

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Woman using computerASHEVILLE NC – Pack Library resumes our popular series of basic computer classes on Saturdays in August and September. Free computer classes for beginners will be offered in the computer lab on the lower level of the library. You can take all the classes in the series or just the ones you need.

Space is limited, so registration is required for all classes. To register, or for more information, contact Cheryl Middleton at 250-4754 or email [email protected].

The schedule for our August/September classes is:

Saturday, August 25: 10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Basic introduction to the Internet; get online using web addresses; become familiar with Internet Explorer.
Prerequisites: Mousing/Computer Basics class – or familiarity with keyboard and mouse.

Saturday, September 1: 10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Expand on the information from Internet Part 1; learn to use search engines to find the information you need (Google); learn to evaluate websites and online information.
Prerequisites: Internet for Beginners, Part 1

Saturday, September 8: 10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Learn how to create, save and print a word processing document; includes using spelling and grammar check and the word toolbar.
Prerequisites: Completion of preceding classes in this series – or familiarity with mouse/keyboard and basic elements of Windows.

If Saturday classes don’t fit your schedule, stay tuned. A weekday series of free classes will be announced in September.

Buncombe County Low Cost Rabies Clinic

Monday, August 20th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Low cost rabies clinic August 25.

Saturday, August 25
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Fairview Elementary School
1355 Charlotte Hwy/US 74
Fairview (8 miles South I-240)

Only $10 for 1 or 3 year rabies vaccinations!

Please help us keep the animals of Buncombe County safe from rabies and other preventable diseases by getting your pets vaccinated at Buncombe County’s rabies clinic.

Rabies Vaccinations
1 or 3 year – $10 each

Combo Vaccinations (Dogs)
DAPP – $15
DALPP – $15

Combo Vaccinations (Cats)
FVRCP – $20
FELV – $20

Asheville Humane Society will offer FREE ID tags and collars & $10 microchipping for dogs & cats. Please make sure to bring your cats in a carrier! For more information on this clinic, call 250-6430.

Thank you to our friends at Appalachian Animal Hospital for providing the vaccination services.

APD Releases Results of Operation “Mountain Dawn”

Monday, August 20th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – After a four month investigation by the Drug Suppression Unit of the Asheville Police Department into illegal activity in our city, we are pleased to announce the following information.

In the early morning hours of August 8th, five arrest teams consisting of 40 officers of the Asheville Police Department and Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department searched for 32 individuals with outstanding felony warrants and Grand Jury indictments.

These individuals had been targets of illegal activity in our city.  Through a coordinated effort by members of the Department’s Drug Suppression Unit many of these individuals were connected to a variety of crimes to Robbery, Kidnapping and other habitual crimes.  Most were charged with selling illegal drugs through undercover operations.

We are pleased to announce 22 or the 32 have been arrested and removed from our streets.

Most of the arrests took place in various public housing communities in Asheville and is part of our on-going commitment in achieving the goal of the Asheville City Council to make Asheville one of the safest Cities in America.

We will continue to search for the 10 remaining individuals and we ask the public to assist us in locating these individuals.

Anyone with information as to their whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Asheville Police Department at 252-1110 or Buncombe County Crime Stoppers at 255-5050.

Chief Anderson would like to personally like to thank all the officers involved in this operation to include members of APD and especially Sheriff Duncan and the members of the Buncombe County Sheriff’s office.

The North Carolina Arboretum Receives Gift

Monday, August 20th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The North Carolina Arboretum is proud to announce Wells Fargo as its newest Community Partner. A gift of $20,000 has been made in support of the Adult Education Program of the Arboretum.

The Arboretum provides outreach and engagement through adult and youth education, exhibition, and demonstration that promotes leadership in environmental sustainability awareness and increased science literacy among residents of western North Carolina and beyond. The educational programs developed over the 25 years since the Arboretum’s inception have served as a model for excellence in institutional outreach resulting in positive educational and economic outcomes.

As part of its corporate giving program, Wells Fargo seeks to create long-term economic growth and enhance the quality of life for residents of western North Carolina. The gift to support the Adult Education Program will provide learning opportunities for participants seeking to contribute to a more sustainable and beautiful community. More than 100 courses, symposia, and events are offered through the program each year. Topics span a broad range, from landscape, horticulture, and urban forestry to natural history, wellness, and fine art and craft.

“We are proud to partner with the Arboretum to support their Adult Education Program,” said Robby Russell, Asheville Market President for Wells Fargo. “Through this community outreach program, we can create an even stronger community focused on sustainability and environmental stewardship. At Wells Fargo, we are committed to finding new ways to minimize our energy consumption, address climate change, use renewable sources, and inspire others to do the same so we can lower our impact on the planet.”

George Briggs, Executive Director of The North Carolina Arboretum, spoke to the history between the Arboretum and Wells Fargo, as well as a shared vision for building a better community. “A number of achievements and amenities on the Arboretum campus have been made possible through our long- standing banking partnership with Wells Fargo. Their generous support as a Visionary Community Partner advances that positive relationship through supporting our education outreach designed to assist our audiences in growing as informed landscape and environmental stewards.”

Each year more than 370,000 visitors experience the Arboretum’s gardens, trails, exhibits, shows and expos, educational programs, demonstrations and lectures. The Arboretum’s ability to meet its mission and enrich the visitor experience is made possible by a community of support—from members, volunteers and staff to state and local funds, tribute gifts, grants, and community partners.

For more information, please call (828) 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org. The central mission of The North Carolina Arboretum, an affiliate institution of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, is to cultivate connections between people and plants.

The NC Arboretum is located next to the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance at Milepost 393. From I-26, take Exit 33 and follow Blue Ridge Parkway signs for two miles to the entrance ramp. Visit www.ncarboretum.org/plan-a-visit for parking fees, property hours and building hours. For general information call (828) 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.

Asheville Sister Cities Lectures at A-B Tech

Monday, August 20th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – A-B Tech will host two Asheville Sister Cities International (ASCI) lectures featuring George Stuart during the fall semester. Stuart has devoted more than 50 years of study to the Maya people, spending many of those as former staff archeologist for the National Geographic Society.

A presentation on the Chiapas Maya archaeological site of “Palenque” will be at 8 p.m. Aug. 23 in Ferguson Auditorium on the College’s Asheville campus. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students. Tickets will be available at the door and can be purchased in advance from ASCI. A special dinner from Mamacita’s will be at 6 p.m. in the Magnolia Building at A-B Tech. Tickets are $20 and reservations are required.

Stuart will lecture on the Maya archaeological sites of the northern Yucatan at 8 p.m. Oct. 18 in Ferguson Auditorium.  Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students. Tickets will be available at the door and can be purchased in advance from ASCI. A Mexican dinner prepared by A-B Tech’s award-winning Culinary Arts department will be at 6 p.m. in the Magnolia Building at A-B Tech. Tickets are $20 and reservations are required.   

For tickets to the ASCI events, call Gwen Hughes at 828-298-6620 or Karon Korp at 828-254-4651. For more information on their programs, visit www.ashevillesistercities.org .

Super Saturday Classes for Grades 3-8 Begin October 6

Monday, August 20th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Registration is now open for UNC Asheville’s Super Saturday program for creative, highly motivated and/or academically gifted students in grades 3-8. Classes begin on October 6, with topics including chess, photography, wildlife exploration, engineering, foreign language, theatre, and martial arts. More than 12,000 children from across Western North Carolina have explored their special interests through hands-on learning at Super Saturdays on the UNC Asheville campus.

The 16 courses offered range from “Chess Adventures” and “Hands on Geometry with Zome,” to “Painting Like the Modern Masters” and “Improv for the Theatre.” Budding biologists can choose between “Water Based Wildlife” and “Icky Sticky Fun Biology,” while other young scientists explore lasers and holograms in “Physics is Phun.” “Greek Mythology & Percy Jackson” and “Movie Making and Animation” are also likely to be popular.

Super Saturday classes are taught by experienced artists and crafters, local school teachers, UNC Asheville faculty members and upper-level students.

Super Saturday classes meet from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays from October 6-November 10. The mail-in registration deadline is September 28 and online registration closes September 30. Tuition is $69 for each six-week course. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.

For more information or to register, call UNC Asheville’s Cultural Events and Special Academic Programs at 828.251.6558 or visit the Super Saturday web page.