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‘One-Day Website’ Class at WCU’s Asheville Site

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Local residents will have an opportunity to learn the basics of developing a website in “The One-Day Website,” a class that will be offered Friday, March 22, by Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education.

The class will meet from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at WCU’s instructional site at Biltmore Park Town Square in Asheville. Cost of the class is $59.

Participants will learn to design, create, publish and maintain the files for a website. Those attending the class should bring a jump drive or disc containing any pictures, logos or other files they wish to use on their websites. No knowledge of HTML or other technical experience is required.

The instructor will be Gordon Pike, a former senior technical writer for General Electric who is an expert in new technologies and office software.

For more information or to register online, visit http://learn.wcu.edu and click on “Conferences and Community Classes” or call the Office of Continuing and Professional Education at 828-227-7397.

Healthy Tips during March Madness

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – With so many exciting basketball teams in North Carolina, fans everywhere will be glued to the TV to watch the games. All that sitting can lead to snacking and weight gain, but with a little creativity you can still move without missing a second of the big game! Here are some ideas:

  • Watch the game while at the gym or on the treadmill. Kick up the intensity while the opposing team has the ball and hustle right along with your team.
  • During time outs and commercial breaks do sit-ups, lunges, pushups and jumping jacks to keep the energy going.
  • Hold a half-time challenge of your own and challenge fellow basketball fans to see how many baskets you can make in one minute.

Increase of HVAC Thefts in Asheville

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Over the last year the Asheville Police Department has received 32 reports of HVAC units either being damaged or stolen. Initially, only certain metal components were cut and stolen from the units. Over the last few months thieves have been stealing entire units. The majority of these thefts have occurred along the Haywood Road corridor in west Asheville but  there have also been thefts along Merrimon Avenue in north Asheville, Tunnel Road in east Asheville and Sweeten Creek Road and Airport Road in south Asheville. Thieves have been targeting rental properties, abandoned structures, and businesses and many of the incidents have occurred during the early morning hours. HVAC units are typically stolen because of the value of the metal in the units and possibly the resale of the unit.

APD is asking for the public’s help in identifying possible suspects in these cases. If you have any information about these thefts please call APD at 252-1110 or Crime Stoppers at 255-5050 or send a tip via text message specifically to the Asheville PD by  Texting “APDTIP plus your tip” to 274637 (CRIMES).

APD is also asking our citizens and business owners to be aware of the thefts and make it harder for thieves to steal or damage your units. While thieves may get some money for the metal in the units, it costs the victims thousands to replace them. Here are some tips to make it harder for thieves to target your home or business.

·        Install motion lights and an audible alarm around your property/equipment. For about $300, alarms are available that can monitor refrigerant pressure and alert an owner when lines are cut or leak.

·        A similar alarm is available that activates a siren when an attempt is made to move an outside AC unit.

·        Wireless GPS products designed to track AC equipment if stolen are available.

·       Even though thieves have stolen AC parts from locked areas, fences around units or roofs with gate locks can help deter many thefts. Keep in mind that poorly designed enclosures can impede service personnel and block air flow that is necessary for AC units to operate properly.

·       Video surveillance equipment may also deter thieves or help authorities investigate and apprehend those responsible should a theft occur.

·       Spray paint copper lines with a bright color. Thieves will see the lines as marked and traceable and will be less likely to steal it. Metal recyclers often question marked metal.

March 10th, Change Your Clock Change Your Battery

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – This weekend remind your family and friends to change their smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries and make a positive change in our community!

Daylight saving time starts Sunday, March 10th, and the Asheville Fire Department fully supports the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program, sponsored by Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs, which reminds us to change and test the batteries in our smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. This message is simple and the habit can be lifesaving.

The Asheville Fire Department would like to remind residents that one easy step can help save their lives and the lives of those around them.  Please take time this weekend to change the batteries in your own smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, test the alarms and remind friends, family and neighbors to do the same.  “Eighty percent of child fire fatalities occur in homes without working smoke alarms.  It’s a tragic statistic that could be reduced by adopting the simple habit of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program,” says Public Information Officer Kelley Klope.

Changing smoke alarm batteries twice a year, testing those alarms and reminding others to do the same are some of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce these tragic deaths and injuries.  Additionally, the International Association of Fire Chiefs recommends that smoke alarms in homes be replaced every 10 years and to have both ionization and photo electric smoke alarms to alert people to all types of home fires.

Broadway’s Next Musical Hit at Diana Wortham Theatre

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – The Diana Wortham Theatre Board of Directors presents Broadway’s Next H!T Musical – New York City’s original, award-winning improvised musical comedy – in a special benefit evening for the Diana Wortham Theatre, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place in downtown Asheville. In Broadway’s Next H!T Musical, every lyric, melody, and jazz hand is made up on the spot to create the show. Master improvisers gather made up, “hit song” suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter. The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full-blown improvised musical — complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore.

The benefit is preceded by a special VIP reception with refreshments and decadent desserts at 7:30 p.m. and concludes with a post-performance meet-and-greet with the cast. The benefit evening is sponsored by Oppenheimer & Co., Inc., and is presented by the Diana Wortham Theatre’s Board of Directors to provide vital financial support for the ongoing programs of the theatre.

“I saw this show in New York City and immediately thought it would be a fun, engaging show for the annual benefit,” says John Ellis, Managing Director for Diana Wortham Theatre. “It isn’t often that an audience is able to see a new show created in front of their very eyes. It’s a great evening.”

Under the direction of improv veterans Rob Schiffman and Deb Rabbai, Broadway’s Next H!T Musical has appeared at The Triad, Tribeca Film Festival, and the New York Musical Theater Festival, to name a few. The New York Times hails the show as “Hilarious!” and the New York Post calls it “Remarkable…Something that few improvisers anywhere have the talent, experience and wit needed to successfully do…An ‘A-list’ of seasoned improvisers.” With memorable characters, witty dialogue and plot twists galore, this show continues to delight audiences everywhere it goes.

Located in the heart of the Pack Square Cultural District on historic Pack Square in downtown Asheville, Diana Wortham Theatre offers live performances of music, theatre and dance throughout the year by nationally touring artists (the Mainstage Series), as well as a wide array of performances by professional and avocational regional arts groups such as the Asheville Lyric Opera, The Asheville Ballet, Ballet Conservatory of Asheville, the annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, and Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance.

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 the special benefit performance of Broadway’s Next H!T Musical on April 27 or to purchase tickets — VIP Tickets (7:30 pm Reception plus Orchestra-level Seating): $75; Regular (Performance Only; Balcony Seating): $50 — call the theatre’s box office at (828)257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com. A portion of the ticket price is a tax-deductible contribution to the theatre.

UNC Asheville Internship and Job Fair March 19

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Job and internship seekers have an opportunity to meet representatives of many area employers at UNC Asheville’s 2013 Internship and Job Fair. The fair is free and open to all degree-seeking college students and graduates, and offers a chance to learn more about part-time, seasonal and full-time jobs and internship opportunities. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in the Kimmel Arena Concourse.

Participants include the Biltmore Company, City of Asheville, Mission Health, Peace Corps, Buncombe County Schools, CVS Pharmacy, HomeTrust Banking Partnership, many area summer camps and many more local businesses and organizations. The Internship and Job Fair provides an opportunity for participants to network and exchange information with various industry and non-profit representatives.

The event is co-sponsored by the UNC Asheville Career Center and the Student Government Association. For more information, including the list of participants, call the Career Center at 828.251.6515, or visit the Career Center website.

“Spoon Fed” Exhibit to Open at Center for Craft, Creativity and Design

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – “Spoon Fed,” a new exhibition featuring works on the theme of the overlooked utensil, the spoon, opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Mar. 15 at UNC Asheville’s Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in Hendersonville.

Like most functional items, spoons often go unnoticed. This exhibition is meant to draw attention to their useful beauty by featuring the work of four artists who make, manipulate, or are inspired by the archetype of the spoon.

Each artist takes a different approach: Wes Airgood of Ohio handcrafts spoons with a technical mastery; Sarah Hurtigkarl of Sweden takes a more narrative approach – imagining a world where spoon bowls grow out of pillows, tables, and trees; Joo Hyung Park of South Korea creates hybrid cutlery in her “The Moment of Pleasure” series; and Annie Tung of Canada constructs spoon vignettes which reflect on themes such as love, time, and death.

Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public, with viewing hours 12-5 p.m. on weekdays through May 31. The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design is located at 1181 Broyles Rd. in Hendersonville.

For more information, call 828.890.2050 or visit the Center’s website.

Beer and Wine Sales Approved at WCU Bardo Arts Center

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Visitors to the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University soon will be able to enjoy a glass of wine or mug of beer along with the venue’s arts and entertainment offerings.

The WCU Board of Trustees, as part of its quarterly meeting Friday, March 1, approved an amendment to the campus alcohol policy allowing the sale of beer and wine for selected events in the Bardo Arts Center.

The new policy is made possible by the approval of countywide alcohol sales by the voters of Jackson County in a referendum last spring. The trustees had previously approved a similar amendment in 2006 to allow sale of beer and wine in the arts building, but Jackson County’s designation as a “dry county” rendered moot the university policy change.

The campus policy change is based on an amendment made in 2005 to state alcoholic beverage laws by the N.C. General Assembly that allows constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina system to sell beer and wine at performing arts centers. The law specifically defines a performing arts center as a venue of 2,000 seats or fewer built or used primarily for performances in the arts – including music, theater, film, performance art and recitation.

Under the new policy approved by WCU’s board, the university’s food service contractor will be authorized to sell beer and wine at selected events in the Bardo Arts Center and will be required to adhere to all rules and regulations governing the sale of alcoholic beverages. No food or drink is permitted in the performance hall.

Aramark, WCU’s food service partner, is in the process of obtaining appropriate ABC permits, said George Little, a member of WCU’s Board of Trustees and chair of the board’s administration, governance and trusteeship committee, which recommended the policy amendment.

The production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” in April is expected to be the first event in the Bardo Arts Center at which beer and wine will be sold, Little said.

Going Greens This March

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Go ahead and think spring, says ASAP’s March Get Local initiative that focuses on greens. That’s because even though the new season won’t officially arrive for a couple weeks, bright spring greens already have! Thanks to farmers extending their season via hoop houses, winter farmers markets have been home to lettuce and kale since January. And thanks to our region’s diverse microclimates, farmers down the mountain and in South Carolina will begin harvesting leafy veggies from their fields soon.

To celebrate the current offerings and forthcoming bounty, area Appalachian Grown™ partner restaurants are greening their menus—using local greens in their regular dishes and Get Local specials. In Asheville, Neo Burrito’s two locations are featuring curried local lamb khorma with local greens, potatoes, carrots, jasmine rice, fresh-made paneer and another splash of emerald: cilantro and mint chutney. On the side? A Moroccan carrot salad and a cup of Thai coconut and local pumpkin soup.

In Flat Rock, Season’s at Highland Lake Inn is whipping up two Get Local chef’s specials, one highlighting local kale and the other collards. “We source our local greens from Mountain Food Products in Asheville, Robertson Farm in SC and Beneficial Foods Natural Market in Columbus, NC,” shares Sous Chef Matt Lineback. Kale fans can enjoy red wine-stewed oxtail in crispy phyllo with sautéed local kale and celery root, complimented by red onion marmalade. Collard enthusiasts can order pan-roasted chicken breast served with preserved Meyer lemon, olives and almonds, accompanied by Moroccan-braised local collards and a basmati rice pilaf.

For a full list of area Appalachian Grown partner restaurants and grocers, as well as certified farms and tailgates, visit ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at appalachiangrown.org. To sign up for a steady supply of greens and other local produce through a CSA this year, attend ASAP’s Asheville CSA Fair on March 21, 3-6 pm, in Haywood Park Hotel’s atrium. Find more CSA Fair details at ASAP’s websites asapconnections.org and fromhere.org; at From Here, also find winter market information.

Pilobolus Dance Theatre at Diana Wortham

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – A returning favorite of Asheville audiences, Pilobolus Dance Theatre performs its breathtaking combination of humor and invention Tuesday and Wednesday, March 19 and 20 at 8:00 p.m. at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place. Using everything from acrobatics to puppetry and shadow imagery, Pilobolus creates a metamorphosis on stage between physicality and illusion: “Bodies become imagery, and one image merges into another, organically, poetically, inexplicably,” says The New York Times. Pilobolus’s jaw-dropping athleticism and startling mix of humor has earned it the praise “the most popular modern dance company in the country” (New York Post).

Named after an ever-changing organism, and drawing inspiration from biology, Pilobolus has created a dance vocabulary all its own. Having performed throughout the U.S. and in 64 countries around the world, Pilobolus has also appeared at the 2007 Academy Awards, on OPRAH, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Sesame Street, and in a Grammy-Nominated viral music video collaboration with the band OK Go. The group has received numerous awards including the Berlin Critic’s Prize, the Brandeis Award, a Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding achievement in cultural programming, the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement in choreography, and a TED Fellowship for performing a TED Talk in 2005. With its novel approach to dance infused with humor, science and incredible feats of the human body, Pilobolus makes modern dance accessible and fun for all.

Pre-Show Event: During both evenings of the Pilobolus performances, the theatre conducts its 5th annual raffle to benefit the Youth Education Scholarship (Y.E.S.) Fund. The theatre’s Y.E.S. Fund provides children the opportunity to experience the arts by attending Matinee Series performances. At the annual raffle, patrons can purchase raffle tickets for only $5 for a chance to win prize packages from regional businesses and artists such as art and craft gallery items, restaurant gift certificates, homemade goods, tickets for area performing arts venues and attractions, retail and services, and more. Winners are announced at the end of each evening. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase throughout the evening. All raffle ticket proceeds benefit local students.

Pilobolus’s Asheville performances are presented with support from The Art Fryar Charitable Trust Fund. The performances are made possible by Performance Sponsors Tom & Linda Goodwin, Steve & Rena Hoffman, Nancy Houha & William Hilson, and Jerry & Bill McAninch; 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 Pilobolus’s March 19 and 20 performances at Diana Wortham Theatre or to purchase tickets (Regular $48; Student $45; Child $20), 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.