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6th West Asheville Urban Plant Walk

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Most people who live in urban areas like downtown West Asheville have no idea that they are surrounded by edible and medicinal plants. Examples of this include the garden ornamental forsythia, which is used in for fevers and infected sores, and violet, the common lawn weed, which is both edible and useful for treating red, swollen eyes. Even non-native invasive species like honeysuckle, kudzu, and Japanese knowtweed are both edible and medicinal. “In the years that I have been doing these plant walks I have catalogued over 60 medicinal and edible plants in the block immediately surrounding the Center and I am sure that there are more,” says Nancy Hyton, Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified Herbalist, and founder of the Center for Holistic Medicine in downtown West Asheville. Nancy says that edible and medicinal plants can easily be found in abundance in formal gardens and abandoned lots, even in the cracks in the sidewalk.

This May 18th with be the sixth West Asheville Urban Plant Walk, an event that Nancy hosts every spring and fall. “It is so amazing,” says Nancy, “without fail every time I do a plant walk I have between fifteen and twenty people show up. The general public definitely has a strong desire to learn about plants.” People are interested in attending the walks for a multitude of reasons. Some want to learn what plants they can harvest for food, some are interested in making their own medicine, and some just want to feel more connected to nature. “Going on a plant walk is an excellent way to open your eyes to the bounty that the plant world has to offer us and can change the way you think about weeds forever.”

Nancy collaborates on the walks with different people each year. This May’s walk will be co-hosted by Nancy and Ceara Foley, director of the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbal Medicine. This school, also located in West Asheville, has been opened for over twenty years and is the oldest school of its kind in the southeast. Collaborating on the walks with different people each year helps keep it fresh. “We also try to cover a different route each time,” says Nancy. “Last fall we spent an hour just in the parking lot!” Having Nancy, who is trained in Chinese herbal medicine, and Ceara, who is trained more in western herbal medicine, host the walk gives participants two different perspectives. “Its amazing how the same plant will used so differently in different traditions,” says Nancy.

The 6th West Asheville Urban Plant Walk be happening Saturday, May 18th from 10:30 to 12:00, 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 cost for the walk is $5 for adults (kids are free!) and includes a free handout of local plants. Sign up in advance at the Center or just come by on the day of the event. You can also call 505-3174 or email [email protected] to reserve a spot. The walk does sell out each time so reservations are recommended. For more information about the walk go to the “Events” page of the Center’s website, www.centerholistic.com. For a list of plants that have been covered in the past see their “Urban Herbs” page.

About the Center for Holistic Medicine

The Center for Holistic Medicine is located at 779 Haywood Road in downtown West Asheville, 28806. It was founded in 2008 and will be open five years this April. The Center has been voted best of WNC four years in a row in the mountain Xpress reader’s poll in three different categories: Best Alternative Healing Center, Best Acupuncturist, and best Massage Therapist. The Center was founded by Nancy Hyton, a Licensed Acupuncturist and Certified Herbalist, who has a special interest in collaborating and working with health care practitioners from other fields. The Center’s website is www.centerholistic.com and the phone number is (828) 505-3174.

Biltmore Blooms: A springtime Celebration Starting March 21, 2013

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – From March 21 through May, Biltmore Blooms promises varying degrees of gorgeous as the estate awakes from winter with a steady progression of floral color and a succession of blooms. Starting on the first day of spring, Biltmore celebrates the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted and his final project – George Vanderbilt’s magnificent Biltmore gardens.

This festival of flowers begins with the bright golden yellow of daffodils and forsythia in the gardens, coinciding with an opulent display of potted tropical plants and lavish flowers inside Biltmore House. The season continues with a massive tulip bloom across the estate, multi-colored azaleas, rhododendron and roses in the Historic Rose Garden.

Something new
As an added treat, a new guest experience will be introduced inside Biltmore House. Visitors will be able to step into the Winter Garden, normally roped off, to enjoy a display of exotic orchids, just as George and Edith Vanderbilt’s guests might have. Some of the plants will be the same species plants that were planned for the Biltmore Conservatory in 1894.

The Winter Garden’s existing tropical foliage will be enhanced, creating a lush green background. Unusual and beautiful orchid specimens will be displayed on tiered plant stands, in urns and on pedestals with fine leafed ferns and other foliage.

“Orchids will typically experience their peak bloom during this time frame, so we wanted to give our guests a chance to see these unusual and colorful blooms in the same way the Vanderbilts enjoyed them – in the Winter Garden,” said Cathy Barnhardt, Biltmore’s Floral Displays Manager.

Floral displays throughout the House will repeat the rich jewel tones found in the orchids. Foliage will be showcased in glass domed cloches and reproduction Wardian Cases, which look like miniature greenhouses. The Winter Garden will close to guest traffic on April 7.

Designer and expert presentations
Guests can see how green their thumbs can be as Biltmore’s gardening experts lend tips, tricks and techniques. Weekend “Ask a Gardener” stations in the Walled Garden allow guests to talk with Biltmore’s horticulture experts. Daily seminars will be held in A Gardener’s Place at the Conservatory on the following topics: Smell-Good Plants, 1 p.m.; Terrariums: Gardening Under Glass, 2 p.m.; and Organic Fertilizing, 3 p.m.

Live music will be offered daily in the Conservatory and Biltmore House. Weekends will feature bands in Antler Hill Village starting on April 1.

The Winery will offer daily tastings of its Biltmore Spring Seasonal Wine (a rose? of Pinot Grigio) and wine seminars. An exhibition, “The Vanderbilts At Home and Abroad,” featuring rarely seen objects in the Vanderbilt collection continues in the Biltmore Legacy Building in Antler Hill Village. Spring is the perfect time to take advantage of Biltmore’s mountain surroundings with outdoor activities such as sport clay shooting, Segway tours, horseback riding, carriage rides, fly-fishing, biking, float trips along the French Broad River and the Land Rover Driving Experience.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt
The estate’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Easter Sunday, March 31, on the front lawn of Biltmore House. Enjoy children’s music and stories, magic shows, games and take photos with the Easter Rabbit. Hunts begin at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Registration begins two hours before each hunt, and closes 15 minutes before each hunt.

Spring savings

From March 21 through May, youth estate admission is half the price of adult admission. Purchase estate admission tickets seven days in advance of your visit and receive $15 off; $10 off if purchased one to six days in advance. In addition to Biltmore House and gardens, estate admission includes entry to the Winery, Antler Hill Village, Antler Hill Farm and Barnyard, specialty gift shops and restaurants. The four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate is offering special pricing, including mid-week rates starting at $179.

About Biltmore

Located in Asheville, N.C., Biltmore was the vision of George W. Vanderbilt. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, America’s largest home is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, exhibiting the Vanderbilt family’s original collection of furnishings, art and antiques. Biltmore estate encompasses more than 8,000 acres including renowned gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. Today, Biltmore includes Antler Hill Village, which features the award-winning Winery and Antler Hill Farm; the four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate; Equestrian Center; numerous restaurants; event and meeting venues; and Biltmore For Your Home, the company’s licensed products division. To learn more about Biltmore, go to www.biltmore.com or call 877-BILTMORE.

UNC Asheville Hosts “Speak-Out” on Sexual Harassment

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville will host a sexual harassment “speak-out” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Laurel Forum in Karpen Hall. The speak-out will bring voice to diverse experiences of sexual harassment, and provide information about preventing and defending oneself against sexual harassment. The event is free and open to the public.

Participants will have the opportunity to share personal stories and raise questions in person. The speak-out is designed to raise awareness of sexual harassment, and provide information on how to report, prevent and address such situations, to help create equal and just workplace and school environments. Shared stories will be a key component of this event.

For more information, email Lori Horvitz at [email protected], or Amanda Wray at [email protected].

Why Am I So Tired? Seminar at Health Adventure

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – According to the National Sleep Foundation, 29 percent of Americans fall asleep or become very sleepy at work, and 36 percent of Americans drive drowsy or fall asleep while driving. A recent survey of nearly 30,000 working adults found nearly 40 percent of American workers experience fatigue regularly. Sarah Danninger, M.D., of Family Medicine at Biltmore Park, will present a free seminar on this timely topic on Tuesday, Mar. 5, at 6 p.m. The presentation, “Why Am I So Tired? Common Causes of and Treatments for Fatigue,” will take place in the Park Ridge Health Classroom at The Health Adventure, and free refreshments will be provided for guests. Space is limited, so reservations are required for this event by calling 855-PRH-LIFE (855-774-5433).

About Park Ridge Health:

Park Ridge Health was built by Henderson County residents, and more than 100 years later is a beloved piece of our growing community’s health care network, providing quality, compassionate care in a Christian environment. Park Ridge Health provides personalized care throughout the region, offering a dedicated network of more than 120 primary care and specialty providers, cardiac care and rehab, nationally awarded cancer services, full-service orthopedic care and the only accredited hyperbaric medicine facility in Western North Carolina. For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit www.parkridgehealth.org or call 855.PRH.LIFE (855.774.5433).

International Celtic Music Trailblazer Altan at DWT March 21

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – One of the most important live acts playing traditional Irish music both in Ireland and throughout the world, Altan performs at Diana Wortham Theatre on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 8:00p.m. With a repertoire that includes soulful old Irish ballads to fiery jigs and reels, Altan captures the beautiful essence of traditional Irish music—particularly that of the Donegal fiddlers and singers. Altan’s performance at Diana Wortham Theatre is presented in partnership with The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College.

In more than a quarter-century of performing, Altan has been a pioneer for traditional Irish music on the world stage. The band was the first of its kind to be signed to a major label when it signed with Virgin Records in 1996. Altan has toured extensively across the United States, Europe and Japan. In addition to other awards, in 2003 Altan was awarded the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Group.

Over the course of its career Altan has become an ambassador of the music and culture of Ireland. The group has accompanied the Irish president on State visits around the world, played at the White House for President Bill Clinton on two occasions. Altan was invited to play by Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives in 2007, and was granted the celebrated Arkansas Traveler Award from state governor Mike Huckabee. “Tommy Bhetty’s Waltz” from the album Red Crow was featured in the Oscar-winning film Good Will Hunting (1997). The Irish government featured Altan on an official Irish postage stamp, one of the government’s highest honors bestowed on any living artist.

Altan has performed in some of the most prestigious venues around the world including the Sydney Opera House, The Hollywood Bowl and The Royal Albert Hall, and has collaborated with many great artists including The Chieftains, Dolly Parton, Ricky Skaggs and Alison Krauss. The group’s most recent album Gleann Nimhe—The Poison Glen (2012) which features songs in both English and Irish is described as “richly layered musicianship shot through with a verve” by The Irish Times.

Altan’s Asheville performance is presented in partnership with The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College and is made possible by Celtic Series Sponsors Don & Nancy Ackermann Cole, with additional support from Media Sponsor WNCW 88.7FM.

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, and Asheville Renaissance Hotel. 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.

Financial Aid Form Assistance Saturday Feb. 23 at WCU

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – College financial aid officers and specialists will be available at Western Carolina University on Saturday, Feb. 23, to help high school seniors and families complete and submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms online.

The event at WCU, to be held from 9 a.m. until noon in Room 303 of the Forsyth Building, is part of a series of statewide FAFSA Day programs in all 100 counties of North Carolina.

Completing the FAFSA form is a requirement to be considered for all federal and most state financial aid for college, including scholarships and grants. This year’s statewide FAFSA Day is sponsored by College Foundation of North Carolina, the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and State Employees’ Credit Union.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, although not required. To register, visit the website CFNC.org/FAFSAday or call 866-866-CFNC.

To be fully prepared to complete the FAFSA on Saturday,  participants should either file their 2012 federal taxes in advance or bring the following items: both the student’s and parents’ federal 1040 tax forms for 2012 (or W-2 forms and other income and asset documents if completed tax forms are not available); the student’s and one parent’s personal identification numbers (PINs) obtained in advance from the U.S. Department of Education website, www.pin.ed.gov; and a financial aid worksheet with as much information entered as possible. The online worksheet is available at www.fafsa.gov.

“It’s important to complete the FAFSA early to take advantage of all of the financial aid opportunities available for North Carolinians,” said Robbie Schultz of the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority and CFNC coordinator of the FAFSA Day program. “Students and parents don’t need to worry if they aren’t sure how to answer all of the questions on the form. That’s why we have arranged to have experienced financial aid specialists to help at each FAFSA Day site.”

Filing 2012 federal taxes early will simplify FAFSA completion, Schultz said. “Those who file well in advance of FAFSA Day can use the IRS data retrieval tool on the FAFSA form to transfer their tax information directly onto their FAFSA,” he said. “If a student or parent hasn’t yet filed taxes, they can estimate income information on the FAFSA, and then use the IRS data retrieval tool to submit FAFSA corrections at a later date.”

Another option for students and parents with a few questions on completing the FAFSA is the “FAFSA Phone-In” offered every Tuesday night in February. Financial aid specialists and experts will be available to answer specific FAFSA questions on the toll-free number, 866-866-CFNC (2362), from 5 to 8 p.m.

Additional free college planning information is available at the College Foundation of North Carolina website, CFNC.org. Families can find financial aid videos, college cost estimators, listings of scholarship, grant and loan opportunities, information about North Carolina’s 529 college savings plan, career information, virtual tours of more than 100 of the state’s college campuses and online college admission and financial aid applications.

River North Dance Chicago Performs at DWT

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Combining athletic prowess and artistic perspective with bold, theatrical flair, River North Dance Chicago performs its fresh take on contemporary jazz dance at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place on Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. River North Dance Chicago, led by Artistic Director Frank Chaves, aims for audiences to feel the complete spectrum of human emotions in a single evening, and to leave them feeling joyful and exhilarated at the end of each program. The Chicago Sun-Times claims, “…this is one sleek, confident, athletic, daring, versatile company.”

Founded in 1989, River North Dance Chicago has established itself as one of Chicago’s leading dance companies, and one of the most popular national repertory companies, receiving critical acclaim in the U.S. and internationally. The company has toured extensively in Illinois, throughout the United States and, since 2008 has conducted various international tours to Colombia, Germany, Korea, Switzerland and Russia. RNDC was hailed by the Chicago Tribune as #2 in 2011’s “Top 10” dance performances, and The Chicago Sun-Times raved that the “company has been dancing brilliantly for many seasons, but it rarely has looked better.”

River North Dance Chicago’s repertoire features core works by Frank Chaves that are augmented with an array of pieces by nationally and internationally renowned choreographers. Performed by highly skilled and emotive dancers, these pieces explore new types of dance to keep the mix new, but Chaves is careful never to let the company stray from its jazz roots. The company’s highly regarded residency programs and outreach include Street Beat: Dance Through the Decades – a social history of the 20th Century through dance; classroom workshops, open rehearsals and curtain talks.

Artistic Director Frank Chaves joined River North Dance Chicago in 1993, and assumed sole artistic directorship in May 2001. Since then he has created over 20 works in the company’s repertoire. Chaves has created numerous works for other companies including Spectrum Dance Theatre, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago and the National Choreographers Initiative. His theatrical commissions have included work for Steppenwolf Theatre and Cleveland Playhouse. As a performer, Chaves has danced with companies including Ballet Concerto of Miami and New York’s Ballet Hispanico. In 2000, he received a Ruth Page Dance Achievement Award for Mission, co-created with Sherry Zunker, Co-Artistic Director Emerita of River North Dance Chicago, in honor of the company’s 10th anniversary. Chaves is an Adjunct Professor of Dance for Western Michigan University.

Intersections Pre-show Discussions: For insight and increased enjoyment of the performances, ticket holders can attend free pre-performance discussions, lead by Artistic Director Frank Chaves of River North Dance Chicago, in The Forum at Pack Place at 7:00 p.m. before both performances.

As part of Diana Wortham Theatre’s ongoing commitment to arts education, River North Dance Chicago will visit a local school to host a master class for young dance students.

River North Dance Chicago’s Asheville performances are presented in partnership with The Art Fryar Charitable Trust Fund. The performances are made possible by Performance Sponsors Michael & Catty Andry and Dr. Richard E. Howell, DDS; and by Mainstage Dance Series Sponsors Wells Fargo, Hedy Fischer & Randy Shull, Tina & John McGuire, and Ronna & Rob Resnick; with additional support from Media Sponsors The Laurel of Asheville and WCQS 88.1 FM.

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, and Renaissance Asheville Hotel. 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 on River North Dance Chicago’s March 8 and 9 performances at Diana Wortham Theatre or to purchase tickets (Regular $40; Student $35; Child $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.

Give Blood During the Battle of the Badges February 20

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Join local law enforcement, firefighters and EMS as they battle it out by donating blood!

The American Red Cross Battle of the Badges is back, where local law enforcement will “battle” it out with local firefighters and EMS to see who can recruit the most people in their community to donate blood. 

Wednesday, February 20
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Asheville

This year’s Battle is being held in honor of Deputy Josh Robinson, of the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office.  Deputy Robinson, age 25, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in the fall and is currently undergoing treatments at Mission Hospital.  “Deputy Robinson exemplifies honor and commitment to this community and we would like to give something back in his honor while he is battling this disease,” said Lt. Helen Hall of the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office.

The Battle of the Badges blood drive is a friendly competition to encourage community members to join local heroes and perform a heroic duty of their own.  All presenting donors at the blood drive will get to cast their vote to help decide the winner of this year’s competition.

“EMS, fire and law enforcement know first-hand how important it is to have blood readily available during emergencies,” said Stacy Taylor, Donor Recruitment Representative of the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region. “This is their chance to join forces and partner with the Red Cross to encourage the community to take on the civic responsibility of blood donation.”

Your votes are needed to help determine the winner of this year’s battle; so, mark your calendar!  The winner of the battle will earn bragging rights.

Free t-shirt to all presenting donors!

To register, visit www.redcrossblood.org and use Sponsor Code avlbattleofbadges, contact Stacy Taylor at 258-3888 ext. 414, or email her at [email protected] to schedule your donation.

You may also visit the Asheville Blood Donation Center on Edgewood Road February 18 through 21.

Energy Documentary “Switch” at UNC Asheville and A-B Tech

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – The energy documentary “Switch” will be screened at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at UNC Asheville in Rhodes-Robinson Hall, Room 125 and at 4 p.m. Feb. 21 in Ferguson Auditorium at A-B Tech Community College.

The screenings are in observance of National Engineers Week and will provide the public a wide-ranging, objective and pragmatic look at the complete spectrum of energy generation, including nuclear, fossil-fueled and renewable resources.

Sponsored by E4 Carolinas, directed by Arcos Films and Harry Lynch and co-produced and narrated by Dr. Scott Tinker, the free screenings provide the public an opportunity to see concise assessments of the energy technologies’ attributes and challenges. The screenings are made possible by the Colburn Earth Science Museum.

Following the UNC Asheville showing, a panel of energy professionals will discuss with the audience the energy industry in the Carolinas. Jeffrey Wilcox, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at UNC Asheville will host the Feb. 20 panel, which will include his faculty colleague, Kevin Moorhead, Professor of Environmental Studies, and others. The Feb. 21 showing, which is being hosted by the Institute for Climate Education at A-B Tech, will be followed by a Q&A session with Jon Snover, Director of the Global Institute for Sustainability Technologies at the College.

The documentary explores the world’s leading energy sites, including some that are highly restricted and never before seen on film. Tinker aims to provide straight answers from the people driving energy today — international leaders of government, industry and academia – and to cut through the confusion to create a common understanding of what the energy future holds.

About the documentary

“Switch” was filmed in 11 countries at 27 energy sites, ranging from the Evanger Hydropower Plant in Norway to La Hague’s nuclear recycling center in Normandy, France, the Andasol concentrating solar station in Granada, Spain, and the Belle Ayr Coal Mine in Wyoming.

It includes 53 expert interviews, 24 renewable energy specialists, 19 fossil energy specialists, 11 plant managers for all energy types, 10 of the world’s leading energy experts in government and academia and nine CEOs of international energy companies, fossil and renewable.

About E4 Carolinas

E4 Carolinas is a not-for-profit corporation that convenes industry, research and educational institutions, innovators, economic development organizations, and public leaders to coordinate the energy industry cluster in the Carolinas. “E4” stands for energy, economy, environment and efficiency reflecting the organizations focus on innovation, effective energy policies, and a growing energy workforce in the Carolinas.

Retaining Wall Project to Affect Traffic at Cherokee Rd and Sunset Dr

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – An upcoming project to replace a deteriorating retaining wall near the intersection of Cherokee Road and Sunset Drive will result in diverted traffic during the several months the project will take to complete.

Work on the retaining wall is anticipated to begin in mid-February and last through July. Analyses of the wall performed in 2009 and 2012 resulted in recommendations that the structure be replaced. Work associated with the project will include utility relocations, storm drainage improvements, paving, and other associated items. Because of the historical nature of the surrounding Albemarle neighborhood, the project will involve not only replacing the wall, but also restoring it to its original look. This will be accomplished by using existing stones in the wall’s façade, a step approved by the city’s Historic Resources Commission. Asheville City Council approved the project in January.

Due to the nature of the project, the intersection at Cherokee Road and Sunset Drive will be closed for the duration of the replacement. Because the intersection is an access to Charlotte Street for neighborhood traffic, the City of Asheville will place road closed signs at the last turnout on each road in order to give drivers notice to detour. Affected roads will include Sunset Dr., Ridgewood Pl., Woodland Rd., Skyview Pl., Canterbury Rd., Fairmont Rd. and other streets feeding into Sunset Dr. and Cherokee Rd.

Residents in the area will receive project status updates through the city’s Citizen Alert System. Residents can register phone numbers and email addresses with the alert system by logging onto www.ashevillenc.gov and clicking the link for Citizens Alert Sign Up, or by calling the city’s customer service information line at (828) 251-1122 or United Way’s 2-1-1 information line. Project information will also be posted at www.ashevillenc.gov on the City Projects link.