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Get Cozy in the Great Indoors Winter is Value Season at Biltmore

Friday, December 28th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Instead of allowing that post-holiday cooped-up feeling give way to a long winter’s nap, refresh and warm up in the great indoors at Biltmore.

In the winter months Biltmore House offers a warm escape into a bygone era replete with rare artwork and inspiring architectural details. January through March is typically a quiet time on the estate, giving guests time to discover all the extra touches throughout the home and elsewhere on the property.

It’s also time to consider taking one of Biltmore’s Behind-The-Scenes guided tours, especially since the Biltmore House Butler’s Tour and the Vanderbilt Family and Friends Tour delve into the details about the people who lived and worked in Biltmore House during the Gilded Age, the very same time frame explored in one of today’s most popular television series, “Downton Abbey.”

Biltmore – America’s version of “Downton Abbey”
With the highly anticipated U.S. premiere of “Downton Abbey” on PBS in January, fans of the show will be interested to know that its story lines overlap the time when George and Edith Vanderbilt lived in Biltmore House with their only child, Cornelia. The Biltmore House Butler’s Tour and the Vanderbilt Family and Friends Tour expose guests to the striking resemblances between the structure and protocols of Biltmore House and Downton Abbey, and also the relationships between the Crawley family and their service staff; and that of the Vanderbilt family’s with their staff. While not an apples-to-apples comparison, these tours merely reflect those times.

After exploring Biltmore House, more indoor enchantment awaits in the Conservatory, a soaring greenhouse designed by Richard Morris Hunt, architect of Biltmore House. The Conservatory – possibly one of the warmest spots in western North Carolina during winter – is filled with thousands of tropical plants, and Biltmore’s expansive orchid display.

Taste Biltmore Wine and Explore
A stop at the Winery offers guided tours about the history of Biltmore’s vineyards and the art and science of winemaking. Warm up with a free tasting of robust reds, crisp whites and sparkling wines. Antler Hill Village is just steps away from the Winery and offers the Vanderbilts At Home and Abroad exhibition highlighting archival letters, documents, personal items and exotic treasures the Vanderbilt family collected around the world for their home.

Winter is Value Season at Biltmore
Enjoy our best values of the year from Jan. 2 through March 20. Estate admission begins at $35 if tickets are purchased online seven or more days in advance. Tickets are $45 at the gate. A ticket includes a complimentary audio guide of Biltmore House, featuring stories of life in America’s largest home. Children 16 and younger are admitted free with adult admission.

Special Rates at Inn on Biltmore Estate
Winter rates at Inn on Biltmore Estate, our award-winning hotel, begin in January:

– January rates start at $129 on weekdays; and $169 on weekends

– February rates start at $149 on weekdays; and $189 on weekends

– March rates start at $179 on weekdays; and $229 on weekends

For more information, please visit www.biltmore.com, or call 800- 411-3812.

ART Holiday Service Expands in 2013

Friday, December 28th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, ART will expand to provide partial transit services on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

Expanded service on six holidays of the year is made possible with a budget approved by Asheville City Council. A public meeting to gather input on these changes was held on Nov. 1, 2012.  In addition, the public was encouraged to participate in a survey that was available at the ART Station and online.  That feedback, along with past ridership data, provided information used in implementing extended service on major corridors to the most popular routes.

Additionally, beginning January 2, 2013, ART will permanently increase its regular service to route E1, departing twice an hour between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  E1 will continue to depart once an hour between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. as well as between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

The expanded service is the latest step in the implementation of the City of Asheville’s Transit Master Plan. Please visit the ART Station on Coxe Ave or go to www.ridetheart.com to obtain an updated route schedule.  ART will operate holiday service beginning Jan. 1, 2013 on the following routes:

·      C – Louisiana – Haywood – State St. – Biltmore Village- Fairview Rd. – Swannanoa River Rd – Wood. Departs 9:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

·      N1 – Merrimon – UNCA – Lakeshore.  Departs 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

·      N3 – Chamber – Hillcrest. Departs 9:40 a.m. – 6:40 p.m. Route will have a different departure time, leaving at  :40 past the hour.

·      S3 – Asheland – McDowell- Biltmore Village- Hendersonville Rd – Airport. Departs 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

·      S4 – S. French Broad – Depot – Livingston Heights- AB Tech. Departs 9:35 a.m. – 6:35 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

·      E1 – Tunnel – Asheville Mall – Swannanoa River Rd.   Departs 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., providing service as far as Wal-mart/Kohl’s, E1 will not serve the VA Hospital.

·      E2 –Asheville Mall – Haw Creek – Tunnel Rd.  Departs 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

·      W1 – Hilliard – Clingman – Haywood – PVA – Deaverview Area.  Departs  9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

·      W3 – Patton – Goodwill.  Departs 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

For ART schedule information call (828)253-5691, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.ridetheart.com.

Matching Funds Met to Continue Scholardships for Single Parents at A-B Tech

Friday, December 28th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – An A-B Tech Community College program designed to help single parents enroll in college and stay in school was in jeopardy of ending unless matching funds of $125,000 were raised. Thanks to several donors and the generosity of an area couple, the Lavender Fund will be able to continue to offer scholarships and support to single parents enrolled at A-B Tech.

The Lavender Fund was established at A-B Tech in 2008 through the generosity of an anonymous donor and the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. The program, managed by the A-B Tech Foundation, provides scholarship opportunities to support single parents with children at home who want to go back to school to gain the education and confidence needed to change their current situation and become financially independent.

Earlier in 2012, a donor stepped forward and pledged $125,000 to continue the program if the Foundation could raise $125,000 in matching funds.

In spite of raising a significant portion from more than 100 individuals, including many A-B Tech employees, the Wells Fargo Foundation, SSC Service Solutions and the United Way, the Lavender Fund still found itself just short of the amount needed to meet the match.

Donors Ken and Ida Brown stepped forward to pledge the remainder of the needed Lavender Match ensuring more students in the region will continue to have access to the opportunities provided by A-B Tech.

“The fund was started by an anonymous donor who recognized non-traditional students have needs other than tuition. The A-B Tech Foundation set up a case management model with funds to help with students’ emergency needs such as rent, utilities or something even as basic as food,” said Sue Olesiuk, Interim Executive Director of College Advancement at A-B Tech.  “Meeting our goal was also due to the efforts of the Foundation Staff and the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC).”

Students in the Lavender Fund program are provided access to an advisor who provides ongoing assistance, communication and resources to help meet their needs.

“Lavender has served 147 single parents with this scholarship, and the fall-to-fall retention/completion rate has remained between 88 and 93 percent since the program began,” said Liz Atkinson, A-B Tech’s Lavender Fund Advisor. The current national average rate for community colleges is 56 percent.

Another component of the grant supports the A-B Tech Student Business Incubator program for student entrepreneurs to start their own businesses. The fund provides $500 a month for students in the incubator program to offset business costs, supports the Young Entrepreneurial Scholars summer day camp for middle and high school students and provides entrepreneurial education opportunities for middle and high school students throughout the year.

Anyone interested in knowing more about the A-B Tech Foundation’s programs may contact Olesiuk at the A-B Tech Foundation at 398-7176 or [email protected]

UNCA Great Smokies Writing Program

Friday, December 28th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP) announces its spring lineup of workshops for local writers in poetry and prose. Classes will be held in Asheville, Black Mountain, Burnsville and Hendersonville.

10-week courses for all writers:

Prose Poetry – Poet Vievee Francis will lead a prose poem workshop entitled “Consider the Centaur.” The course will examine the fraught history of the prose poem as each student builds an interconnected suite of their own work. Francis is the author of two books of poetry, “Blue-Tail Fly” (Wayne State University, 2006) and “Horse in the Dark” (Northwestern University, 2012). Class meets Tuesdays, 6:00-8:30 p.m., beginning February 12 at the Randolph Learning Center, 90 Montford Avenue, Asheville.

Memoir – Memoir will be explored in a workshop entitled “Remembering, Misremembering, Disremembering: Our Memories Have a Story to Tell.” Instructor Christine Hale will call on things we remember clearly, as well as the things we “misremember” (accidentally or intentionally), and the things we disremember, where we recall only fragments. Hale’s debut novel “Basil’s Dream” (Livingston Press, 2009) received honorable mention in the 2010 Library of Virginia Literary Awards. Class meets Thursday evenings 5:30-8:00 p.m. starting February 14, at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 W. State Street, Black Mountain.

Poetry – Blue Ridge Parkway Poet Laureate Laura Hope-Gill will lead a workshop entitled “Sustenance and Sustainability,” addressing the question: What can poetry teach us about our relationships to nature and ourselves? Those seeking a means to authentic life apart from digital media and harried multitasking will enjoy this course. Hope-Gill’s books include “The Soul Tree: Poems and Photographs of the Blue Ridge Parkway” and two architectural histories of Asheville, “Look Up Asheville,” vols. I and II. Class meets Wednesday afternoons, 2:00-4:30 p.m. starting February 13, at Montford Books & More, 31 Montford Avenue, Asheville.

Characterization – Explore the creation of complex characters in a workshop entitled “Heroes, Villains, and the Nutcase Next Door: Creating Fictional Characters.” Instructor Marjorie Klein will offer techniques to awaken the imagination and revive flatlined characters. The class will assemble a congregation of unforgettable characters, some of which may populate the short story students complete by the end of the semester. Klein has served as a judge for the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. She recently completed a novel, “Shifting Gears,” and is working on another. Class meets Wednesday evenings, 6:00-8:30 p.m. beginning February 13 at Montford Books & More, 31 Montford Avenue, Asheville.

Popular Fiction – For those who wish to write a novel with popular appeal, novelist Vicki Lane will offer “A Practical Guide to Writing Popular Fiction.” The class will consider the basics of setting, plot, characterization, and dialogue with practi­cal information about seeking an agent, submitting a manuscript, and building a career. Lane published her first novel in 2005, at the age of 62; in 2009, her fourth novel was nominated for an Anthony—one of the mystery genre’s most prestigious awards. Class meets Wednesday afternoons, 3:00-5:30 p.m., beginning February 13 at the Mountain Heritage Center, 113 Green Mountain Drive, Burnsville.

Editing / Revision – David Madden will present a workshop entitled”The Art of Revising Fiction.” The crucial assumption of this workshop is that you have written the first draft of a short story and that you will bring it to the first, very important meeting. Madden will then pose a problem that arises in the revision process and students will revise their stories through exercises applied directly in class. Madden’s 11th novel, “London Bridge in Plague and Fire,” has just been published. He is at work on two short novels and a memoir, “My Intellec­tual Life in the Army.” Class meets Wednesday evenings, 6:00-8:30 p.m. beginning February 13, at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 W. State Street, Black Mountain.

Creative Appalachian Nonfiction – In a course designed for newcomers as well as long-time residents, WNC native Jennifer McGaha will present “The New Appalachia: A Creative Nonfiction Workshop.” Participants will consider readings about this rapidly changing culture, then complete prewriting exercises to evoke a sense of place.McGaha’s work has appeared in many magazines and literary journals; her essay “Leanin’ Back” received runner-up in the 2009 New South­erner nonfiction contest and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Class meets Tuesday afternoons, 2:00-4:30 p.m., beginning February 12 at The Kellogg Center, 11 Broyles Road, Hendersonville.

Children’s Literature – Join a community of supportive peers exploring the world of writing for children, as Joy Neaves leads a workshop entitled “Is There a Children’s Book in You?” Participants will write, read, share, and coach one another through the process of creating captivating children’s literature. The workshop will also cover how to prepare and submit manuscripts for publica­tion. Neaves has over ten years’ experience as an editor of children’s picture books, poetry, middle-grade and young adult fiction. Class meets Tuesday evenings, 6:00-8:30 p.m. beginning February 12, at the Randolph Learning Center, 90 Montford Avenue, Asheville.

Creative Nonfiction / Family Stories – The issues faced in writing deeply personal stories will be explored in a congenial and supportive environment in “Writing Family Stories: A Creative Nonfiction Workshop,” led by Molly Walling. The workshop will cover scene-setting, characterization, dialogue, ethics, truth-telling, structure, respect for living characters, and the vagaries of memory. Pre-writing techniques will help participants inhabit their stories, incorporating historical context, social environments, politics, and the ethos out of which stories grow. Class meets Tuesday evenings, 6:00-8:30 p.m. beginning February 12, at the Randolph Learning Center, 90 Montford Avenue, Asheville.

15-week courses for advanced, experienced writers only:

Creative Prose Workshop with Tommy Hays – Advanced prose writers who have projects underway (or who want to start something new) may consider “Keeping Ourselves Company: An Advanced Creative Prose Workshop,” offered by GSWP Executive Director Tommy Hays. Emphasis will be on reading and critiquing each other’s work. The instructor will respond at length to submissions. Instructor’s permission is required for admittance. Tommy Hays’ novel, “The Pleasure Was Mine,” has been chosen for numerous community reads, including on NPR’s “Radio Reader,” and was a Finalist for the SIBA Fiction Award. His other novels are “Sam’s Crossing” and “In the Family Way,” winner of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. Class meets Thursday evenings, 6:00-8:30 p.m., beginning January 24 at Asheville School.

Prose Master Class with Elizabeth Lutyens – Elizabeth Lutyens, editor-in-chief of The Great Smokies Review, presents this master class for those seeking an intensive critiquing workshop. Experienced writers are invited to bring an ongoing project: a collection of essays or stories, a novel, a memoir. Class members will submit at least three times during the 15-week semester. This is a workshop for those who are committed to writing – not just to writing well, but also to writing a lot. Each class begins with a craft session requiring outside reading, or with spontaneous writing based on a craft element the group has been examining. Admission is by invitation; for more information, contact Tommy Hays ([email protected]) or Elizabeth Lutyens ([email protected]). Class meets Tuesday evenings, 6:00-8:30 p.m., beginning January 22 at Asheville School.

The 10-week courses qualify for two UNC Asheville credit hours in Literature and Language; the 15-week courses earn three credit hours. In-state cost for 10-week courses is $260.82 and cost for 15-week courses is $391.23. The costs are higher for out-of-state residents. A $20 non-refundable application fee for new students is also required.

For more information or to register, visit the GSWP website, email [email protected] or call 828.250.2353.

The Mannequin Project

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – What happens when you gather six talented people to collaborate on a multimedia art project? If you’re lucky, Magic Happens!

“The Mannequin Project” is full of magical synchronistic moments, blended together in a perfect harmony.

Created and produced by local artist and activist Chloe Kemp, “The Mannequin” will grab you and not let go.  Chloe’s desire to use art as a medium to inspire, motivate, educate and challenge is definitely accomplished here.

This project actually began several years ago when Chloe found a mannequin accompanied by a few photos at a local yard sale.  Chloe set the mannequin in her living room, naming it Molly, so she would see it every day.   One year later she had a revelation about how to tell Molly’s story.  Creating new images with the existing photos, Chloe began to build the narrative.  New photos and video clips were added, with the intention of having a cohesive video as the final project.

“Each piece built perfectly onto the next one,” said Kemp.  Local poet Caleb Beissert, was the first to join.  The hauntingly beautiful spoken word poem Caleb wrote for the project blended beautifully with Kemp’s vision.   When she read Beissert’s draft of  “The Mannequin” for the first time – a hair-raising, chills induced, tear-producing experience – she knew they were on the right track.

Aaron Price, local musician extraordinaire, owner of CollapseAble Recording Studio, and frequent musical accompanist to Beissert’s poetry, agreed to help with the musical and recording end of the project.  In a late November afternoon, Aaron and Chloe coordinated an amazing blend of talent, each piece fitting perfectly together into the next.  Jacob Rodriguez, an amazing saxophone player with an impressive list of accomplishments including working with Aretha Franklin, Michael Buble, Cyrus Chesnut, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, as well as with jazz contemporaries Walter Smith III, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Marcus Gilmore, joined Aaron to create the music for Caleb’s spoken word poem.

Jarret Levine and Mira Shani, whom Kemp discovered performing at a West Asheville Yoga Kirtan, brought a beautiful mix of guitar and song to the ending credits of the video Chloe created.

Everything came together with ease.   After only a few takes for each performer, Aaron and Chloe knew they had a winner.  Listening to the final recording at the end of the day Aaron noted that it was so good people would think it was created in New York City.  Indeed, Asheville has some amazing talent and heart.  Come see for yourself

Join us in January for the Asheville premiere of the “The Mannequin Project”

  • Sunday, January 13th, 7:00 pm at THE ISIS,  743 Haywood Road, West Asheville. Come early for dinner and cocktails.  Stay afterward and listen to amazing jazz music hosted by Dr. Bill Bares with renown musicians Justin Ray on trumpet, Steve Alford on clarinet, Jacob Rodriguez on saxophone, Mike Holstein on bass,  and Ben Bjorlie on drums
  • Friday, January 18th, 6:30 pm at The Satellite Gallery , 55 Broadway Street, downtown Asheville.  Video, music, & poetry
  • Monday, January 21, 7:30 pm at The Altamont Theatre   monthly ’Poetry at the Altamont’ series.   18 Church Street, downtown Asheville


Celebrated Aquila Theatre at Diana Wortham Theatre in February

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – New York and London based Aquila Theatre presents back-to-back performances of Edmund Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, 8:00 p.m. Friday, February 1 and Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, 8:00 p.m. Saturday, February 2 at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place in downtown Asheville. Aquila Theatre is one of the foremost producers of touring theater and is widely renowned for bringing a thoroughly modern sensibility to great classics throughout the United States and abroad. The company delights audiences with innovative takes and clever staging of strong scripts. Over the past several Mainstage Series seasons, Asheville audiences have come to know and anticipate the annual repertory offering of this creative company on the intimate stage of the Diana Wortham Theatre. Managing Director John Ellis notes the appeal of the “two plays in two days” weekend: “Many audience members attend both Aquila performances for the rare opportunity to see the same actors perform different characters, sometimes very opposite in nature, on successive evenings.”

On February 1, Aquila presents Edmund Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, one of the most famous romantic adventures in world literature. Cyrano is an excellent French soldier and swordsman who is besotted with the beautiful and alluring Roxanne, yet because of his famously huge nose he feels he can never truly win her heart and keeps his love a secret. Beautifully funny, poignant and often heart wrenching, Cyrano de Bergerac promises to be a wonderful evening of live theatre of the highest caliber.

On February 2, Aquila breathes new life into one of Shakespeare’s most challenging comedies, The Taming of the Shrew, telling the story of the timeless battle of the sexes. Bianca Minola, the beautiful daughter of a lord, is eligible for marriage but cannot be courted until her elder sister, Katherina, finds a husband. With its inventive style and versatile cast, Aquila breathes fresh life into one of Shakespeare’s most challenging yet enduring comedies.

Intersections Pre-show Discussions: For insight and increased enjoyment of the plays, ticket holders can attend free pre-performance discussions in The Forum at Pack Place at 7:00 p.m. before each performance.

In addition to its evening performance, Aquila Theatre presents the full-length production of The Taming of the Shrew as part of the 2012/2013 Matinee Series for Students and Families on Monday, February 4, 2013. Performances in the Matinee Series for Students and families are open to school groups, homeschoolers, community groups, and families. The matinee performance of The Taming of the Shrew is sold out

Aquila Theatre’s performances of Cyrano de Bergerac and The Taming of the Shrew are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council. The performances are made possible by Performance Sponsors Maureen & Frank Hantke, and by Mainstage Theatre Series Sponsors First Citizens Bank and Ward and Smith, P.A., with additional support from Media Sponsors WCQS 88.1FM and WNC magazine.

The Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place is located in the same complex as the Asheville Art Museum and the Colburn Earth Science Museum and is within walking distance of many shops and restaurants. The intimate theatre seats just over 500 and boasts exceptional acoustics and sightlines, making it the premier performance space in all of Western North Carolina. The Mainstage Series is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency. The Mainstage Series 2012/2013 Season Sponsors are the Asheville Citizen-Times, Creative Energy, Laurey’s Catering and Gourmet-to-go, the North Carolina Arts Council, Renaissance Asheville Hotel, and Blue Moon Water. To obtain more information on the Mainstage Series or to purchase tickets, call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com.

To obtain more information about Aquila Theatre in Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac (February 1, 2013) and Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew (February 2, 2013) at Diana Wortham Theatre or to purchase tickets (Regular $35; Students $30; Children 12 & under $15), call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com. Student Rush tickets ($10 for students with valid I.D.) are sold the day of the show, based on availability.

“Green” Holiday Gift Suggestions

Friday, December 21st, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Buncombe County Cooperative Extension would like to offer a couple of suggestions for your holiday gift giving.

Rain Barrels:

Has the gardener in the family been coveting a rain barrel? We have 80 gallon rain barrels available.

Each barrel comes complete with fittings and installation instructions.

Barrels are $110 + tax, cash or check. We’ll be happy to hold your barrel for holiday pick up.

New Garden Guides:

We have an updated version of the old Garden Almanac, with expanded information on waterwise gardening, firewise landscaping, preparing your garden for winter, growing fruits and vegetables, flower and herb gardening, composting and mulching, caring for trees and shrubs and more.

The helpful monthly “To Do” list is still an essential part of the Guide. It’s a great stocking-stuffer for the gardeners in your life (for yourself)! $10 (cash or check); order online for $12 (includes postage) at buncombemastergardener.org.

Pick up either one of these great gifts at the Buncombe County Extension Office, 94 Coxe Avenue in Asheville. For more information or to check availability of either of these items, call 255-5522.

Gift Cards Galore!

Friday, December 21st, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Photo of gift cards. © iStockphoto.com | Alex SlobodkinGift cards are big business. In fact, by most estimates, gift card sales for 2012 will top out at around $91 billion in the U.S. At $25 per card, which is the most common gift card value sold, that is a whopping 3.64 billion cards.

While 95% of American adults have given or received a gift card, only about 20% choose to refill cards after the value has been expended. This leaves a lot of depleted cards headed to the trash. How often have you had a clerk ask, “Since this is empty, do you want me to throw it away?”

Gift cards are just one type of wallet-sized plastic card. About 17 billion total cards are produced to be used by American consumers each year, including gift, loyalty, discount, membership, debit, store charge, and credit cards. As a result, as much as 75 million pounds of plastic cards, most of it PVC, are discarded each year.

At least one company, Earthworks in Ohio, has begun to accept used plastic cards for recycling. The cards are recycled in a closed-loop process, with old cards melted and turned into the plastic sheets used to make new cards. Individuals can mail in empty or expired cards. However, Earthworks hopes to work with stores, hotels, and other businesses that would collect customer cards and send in larger quantities for recycling. To learn more about Earthworks, visit www.earthworkssystem.com.

Ask retailers whether they will accept your depleted cards for recycling. Other waste-reducing ideas include refilling existing gift cards and giving virtual or electronic gift certificates instead.

Also, be sure to use up the funds on your gift cards. The average amount left on cards is $2.30, which adds up to about $5 billion in unspent value each year!

Numbers You Need During Bad Weather

Friday, December 21st, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Numbers You Need During Bad Weather!

Here are some numbers to keep on your refrigerator that will be useful in an emergency.

Power Companies
  Progress Energy 1-800-419-6356
  Haywood EMC 1-800-951-6088
  French Broad Electric Madison: 649-2051
Mitchell: 688-4815
Buncombe, Madison: 1-800-222-6190
Yancey: 682-6121
  Duke Energy 1-800-POWERON
  Public Service Company of NC(PSNC) 1-877-776-2427
Phone Service
  AT & T 1-877-737-2478
  Charter Communications 1-888-438-2427
  Frontier Communications 1-877-462-8188
Cable Charter Communications 1-888-438-2427
Internet Service Providers
  AT & T 1-877-737-2478
  Charter Communications 1-888-438-2427
  Frontier Communications 1-877-462-8188
  DOT (County roads) 298-2741
  City of Asheville 251-1122
  Town of Biltmore Forest 274-0824
  Town of Black Mountain 419-9304
  Town of Montreat 699-8002
  Town of Weaverville 645-0606
  Town of Woodfin 253-4887
  Asheville Water Department 251-1122
Emergency Shelter
  All area residents 211


Asheville City Government Offices Close Dec. 24, 25, 26 and Jan. 1

Friday, December 21st, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Asheville city government offices will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 26 and Jan. 1.

Garbage and recycling service will be suspended, Tuesday, Dec. 25 for the Christmas holiday.

  • Tuesday trash and recycling (“B” week) customers will receive collection on Wednesday, Dec. 26.
  • Wednesday trash and recycling (“B” week) customers will receive collection on Thursday, Dec. 27.
  • Thursday trash and recycling (“B” week) customers will receive collection on Friday, Dec. 28.

Residents are asked to have both trash and recycling out by 7 a.m. for collection.

Asheville’s ART (Asheville Redefines Transit) routes and facilities will close at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24 and remain closed through Tuesday, Dec. 25in observation of the Christmas Holiday.

On Monday, Dec. 24, the last bus for each route will depart at:

·      Route S3 – 4 pm

·      Route C,   N2,   E2,   W2 – 4:30 pm

·      Route S2 – 4:40 pm

·      Route N1,   S1, E1, W1, W3, 170 – 5 pm

·      Route N – 5:14 pm

·      Route N3, W4  – 5:20 pm

·      Route S4 – 5:40 pm

ART will resume regular service Wednesday Dec. 26. For route and schedule information, go to ridetheart.com.

The Western North Carolina Nature Center will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and Jan. 1.  For hours of operation and other information about the WNC Nature Center visit http://wncnaturecenter.com/.

All public safety services, including police, fire and emergency response, will operate according to normal schedule – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – during the holiday.