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City of Asheville Celebrates Black History Month

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – February is Black History Month. In recognition, the City of Asheville Parks and Recreation Department is producing a number of events at recreation centers across the city.  Below is a list of activities for the month of February. All events are free and the public is invited. For information on any of these events contact the centers listed below.

Saturday, February 7– 5:00-8:00pm

Linwood Crump Shiloh Complex

Dinner and a Movie, viewing Freedom Writers.

Come enjoy an educational film portrayal of African American culture.

The Linwood Crump Shiloh Complex is located at 121 Shiloh Road.  For information contact (828) 274-7739 or [email protected].

Friday, February 13– 6:00-8:00pm

Burton Street Recreation Center

Poetry Slam

Come celebrate Black History Month with live poetry.

The Burton Street Recreation Center is located at 134 Burton Street. For information contact (828) 254-1942 or [email protected].

Saturday, February 21 – 6:00-7:30pm

Montford Recreation Center

Drum Circle: “The Rhythm of African American History”

Learn the history of drumming and what it means to the African American Culture. Bring a drum or try one available at the center.

The Montford Recreation Center is located at 34 Pearson Drive. For more information contact (828) 253-3714 or [email protected].

Saturday, February 28 – 1:00-3:00pm

Dr. Wesley Grant, Sr. Southside Center

Inspirational presentations about the historical Asheville African-American community’s history and live entertainment inspired by African American culture.

The Dr. Wesley Grant, Sr. Southside Center is located at 285 Livingston Street.  For information contact (828) 259-5483 or [email protected].

“Projecting the Urban: Humanists and Designers in Collaboration” at UNC Asheville

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Dana Cuff, professor of architecture and founder of cityLAB at University of California, Los Angeles, will present, Projecting the Urban: Humanists and Designers in Collaboration, at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 16 in UNC Asheville’s Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum. Her lecture is part of UNC Asheville’s “Humanities in New Places” lecture series, exploring the continuing importance of the traditional humanities disciplines for the problems of the 21st century.

Cuff is an author and practitioner in architecture whose work focuses on affordable housing, modernism, suburban studies, the politics of place, and the spatial implications of new computer technologies. She is the founder of cityLAB, a think tank for the architecture and urban design school of UCLA, and has since concentrated her efforts around issues of the emerging metropolis.

In 2012, Cuff along with a cross-disciplinary team at UCLA received an award from The Mellon Foundation for the “Urban Humanities Initiative,” which brings the humanities and design together to build a new discursive platform to better understand Pacific Rim megacities.

The series is sponsored by the NEH Distinguished Professor. For more information, visit the Humanities program website or call 828.251.6808.

Free Sunday Concert at UNC Asheville

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – The Brevard Music Center in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) presents its Sundays with Brevard Music Centerconcert series on February 1, 2015, at 3:00pm in the Reuter Center on the campus of UNC Asheville. The program will feature Brevard Music Center artist faculty member Gwendolyn Dease with guest flutist Dilshad Posnock performing works by Bach, Piazzola and more.

Gwendolyn Dease is currently associate professor of percussion at the Michigan State University College of Music. Ms. Dease is passionate about educating the next generation of young musicians. She regularly gives master classes at universities throughout the US and abroad and has served on the faculty for the Filarmonica Joven de Colombia, the Interlochen Arts Camp and the Brevard Music Center. Dease has studied with world-renowned professors Robert van Sice, Keiko Abe and John Beck. She holds degrees from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Eastman School of Music, Peabody Conservatory and the Yale School of Music.
Flutist Dilshad Posnock will join Dease in Piazzola’s L’Histoire du Tango. Ms. Posnock is on the artist faculty of the Brevard Music Center. She has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in concerts and festivals across the United States, England, Puerto Rico and India. She has been featured on BBC TV and BBC World Service Radio. Ms. Posnock holds performance degrees from the Royal College of Music, London and Carnegie Mellon University. She has also served as Artist Lecturer in Flute and Director of the Artist Diploma Program at the Carnegie Mellon School of Music.
The Sundays with Brevard Music Center series is presented October through May by the Brevard Music Center, a world-renowned summer music institute and festival. The Music Center presents 80 public concerts in the summer season, more than 30 of which have no admission charge.
The series continues on March 4, 2015, with a concert by cellist Alistair MacRae and soprano Allison Pohl.
This concert is free and open to the public. For more information about Sundays with Brevard Music Center, visit brevardmusic.org. For more information about OLLI visit olliasheville.com.

Lessons from New York City’s Pedestrian Renaissance

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Vaidila Satvika, formerly the Director of the NYC Plaza Program, will discuss the radical approach that is leading New York City to take back underutilized streets to make more space for people. In the densest city in the U.S., leaders are demolishing streets to build places for people to sit, for children to play, and for plants to grow. How is this possible? What lessons can we learn? And what is causing cities everywhere to think more seriously about the transportation paradigm?

The NYC example is rebalancing streets through a multimodal effort that has brought about bus rapid transit, a drastically expanded bicycle program, and renewed focus on the pedestrian experience throughout all of the city’s five boroughs, most notably at the center of Manhattan’s Times Square. The 180-degree turn for the Department of Transportation took effect because of a change of leadership. Although the city was ripe for pedestrian and bicycle improvements for many years, the significant changes took place only after a few visionary leaders were given the authority to turn the ship around.

In cities throughout the U.S., leaders are realizing that quality of life and resilient communities depend upon having various transportation options, which in turn has led to the explosion of bike share programs and efforts to consider pedestrians in planning streets and neighborhoods. Asheville is no different: bike lanes are few and sidewalks disappear and reappear throughout the city, but the streets are beginning to change. How can this city more fully awaken to the pedestrian and bicycle renaissance? What are Asheville’s strengths and weaknesses when it comes to human-powered transport? What factors are determining whether the city is progressing at a reasonable rate? What can you do to be a part of Asheville’s transportation transformation?

Date: 02/09/2015

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00pm

Place: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Asheville NC

For more information, visit http://www.transitionasheville. org/events.

New Belgium’s Clips Beer and Film Tour Seeks Submissions

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – New Belgium Brewing is now accepting film submissions for its 2015 Clips Beer & Film Tour. Selected films will travel to about 20 cities across the U.S., starting in May; the complete tour schedule is still being finalized. This year marks the sixth year of the Clips Beer & Film Tour; a beer-toting, film-traveling, non-profit-benefitting show that travels coast-to-coast and brings communities together to enjoy esoteric beers, while benefitting local organizations.

“The overlap in the creative spirit between film and beer-making communities is tremendous and we can’t wait to see what our inventive fans come up with this year,” said Jesse Claeys, Clips content wrangler. “Every year we end up with an incredible showcase of amazing work from animation and comedy sketches, to extreme sports and even miniature replicas. Tens of thousands of annual Clips attendees are excited to see which talented filmmakers decide to share their creativity during this year’s tour.”

All filmmakers who have their filming prowess featured in this year’s tour will receive an exclusive New Belgium beer in a custom screen-printed bottle. They will also receive a coveted and rare Director’s Belt Buckle.

Film submissions can range from 10 seconds to five minutes and must be original, creative content that touches on, but is definitely not limited to:

  • Craft Beer
  • Advocacy/Activism
  • Humor
  • Culture
  • Adventure
  • Art
  • Fun.

Last year, selected films ran the gamut on genres and topics, including a banana with an attitude, ultra marathoners running with stubborn animals, neon spandex, and much, much more! It’s a diverse and highly entertaining line-up with something for everyone.

New Belgium is now accepting submissions through April 1st at http://www.newbelgium.com/Events/clips-beer-and-film/submit-your-film.aspx. Filmmakers must be at least 21 years old and must secure rights for all elements included in the film.

During each Clips show, 100 percent of proceeds from beer sales directly benefits a local nonprofit working to improve the community. Last year, Clips Beer & Film Tour raised nearly $140,000 for local organizations and approximately 20,000 people sampled beer, viewed films, and diverted 80 percent of event waste from landfills. Since its inception in 2010, Clips has raised $506,417 for nonprofits nationwide.

For the latest information on Clips, go to http://www.newbelgium.com/Events/clips-beer-and-film.aspx. For more information on New Belgium Brewing, visit www.newbelgium.com.

About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews ten year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Slow Ride Session IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.

Know Your Numbers… What Should They Be?

Monday, January 19th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Total Cholesterol – 200 mg/dL

  • LDL (bad) cholestoral less than 100 mg/dL
  • HDL (good) cholestoral:
    • Women more than 50 mg/dL
    • Men more than 40 mg/DL

Triglycerides – less than 150 mg/dL

Blood Pressure – less than 120/80 mm Hg

BMI – less than 25 kg/m2

Controlling Diabetes (fasting glucose) – less than 100 mg/dL

Daily physical activity – 30 minutes to maintain; 60 minutes to lose

– See more at: http://www.buncombecounty.org/News_Detail.aspx?newsID=15467#sthash.6710TaM7.dpuf

Housing Needs Assessment Presentation Jan 20

Monday, January 19th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Patrick Bowen, President of Bowen National Research will present findings on the soon-to-be Housing Needs Assessment for the Asheville region, on January 20th. He will share findings with city and county officials, housing professionals, and interested community members in two presentations, both open to the public.

The first event takes place at a joint meeting of the Asheville Regional Housing Consortium and the Housing and Community Development Committee from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. at the Banquet Hall of the U.S. Cellular Center.  In the evening, an informal meet and greet will start at 6:30 PM and continue with a question and answer period from 7-8 PM at the Biltmore Park Campus of Western Carolina University (WCU).

This analysis will highlight demographic trends and projections, noting population changes by age, income, and household size; and housing market projections that will assist in the creation of the 5 Year Consolidated Strategic Housing and Community Development Plan. This plan sets out a framework for using federal HOME funds in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania counties, and Community Development Block grant (CDBG) funds in the city of Asheville during the period from 2015-2020 for affordable housing projects, ending homelessness and community development projects within the City of Asheville.

For the daytime meeting, there is paid parking at the Civic Center Parking Garage (entrances at either 74 Rankin Street or from I-26, take Montford exit, turn onto Haywood Rd, left onto Vanderbilt Place).   The evening event is at the WCU Biltmore Town Square campus, 28 Schenck Parkway.  Travel I-26 to exit 37 Long Shoals Rd and left into the Town Square area. To access the parking garage, turn at the first left, by PF Chang restaurant, then take the first right.  The parking garage is on the left and parking is limited to the 3rd, 4th or 5th levels at no charge. Go down to street level and into the Education building then take elevators to the third floor and follow signs to the event, in room 346.  For questions, please contact Roberta Greenspan at 259-5728 and email at [email protected]

We thank Western Carolina University for generously donating the classroom space for this presentation.  For more information on the projects of the Department of Community and Economic Development, please visit http://www.ashevillenc.gov/Departments/CommunityDevelopment.aspx

For more information, please contact Roberta Greenspan at [email protected] or 828 259-5728

City of Asheville Seeks Community Input at Public Forums

Monday, January 19th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville’s Community and Economic Development Department invites the public to attend upcoming public forums to assist in the creation of the Five-Year Consolidated Plan. The Plan sets out a framework for using federal HOME funds in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania counties, and Community Development Block grant (CDBG) funds in the city of Asheville during the period from 2015-2020.

The Consolidated Planning process is an opportunity for citizens to review local community needs and assets related to affordable housing and homelessness in the counties, and the additional issue of non-housing community development in Asheville, and to provide input for the creation of the next five-year plan.

The following is a list of the upcoming public forums, all are invited to attend and provide input:

·       Asheville/Buncombe, 6 PM on January 22, 2015, Grant Center 285 Livingston Street in Asheville

·       Asheville/Buncombe, 9 AM on January 23, 2015, Public Works Large Conference Room, 161 S Charlotte Street

·       Henderson County, 6 PM on January 27th at the County Planning Board Room, 100 N King Street in Hendersonville

·       Madison County, 6 PM on February 5 at the County Cooperative Extension Office at 258 Carolina Lane in Marshall

For more information about upcoming county meetings contact Roberta Greenspan at 259-5728 or [email protected] and for Asheville/Buncombe contact Tara Irby at 259-259-4599 or [email protected]

For information about the Consolidated Plan contact Jeff Staudinger 828-259-5723 or [email protected].

ASAP’s Annual Business of Farming Conference Returns

Monday, January 19th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) kicks off the new year with their annual Business of Farming Conference on February 14, 8:00 am-5:30 pm at UNC Asheville. The conference—which focuses on the business and marketing side of farming—promises to offer more learning and networking opportunities for regional farmers than ever before.

What’s new this year? Returning farmers will discover a new conference location at the beautiful Sherrill Center at UNC Asheville, featuring an expanded exhibitor hall and larger classroom spaces, allowing for more farmers to attend the annually sold out conference. Pre-conference workshops are available for farmers to investigate a variety of current topics including agritourism, value added processing, and food safety.

The conference features 17 workshops, including new options such as “Accepting SNAP and EBT at your Farmers Market” and “Managing Risk on Your Farm.” During the two-hour lunch break, farmers will meet one-on-one with marketing, media, and business consultants as well as lawyers from Ward and Smith, P.A. The popular Grower-Buyer Meetings also return with more than 15 restaurant owners, grocers, and distributors.

“Participating in the Grower-Buyer meetings gave me an opportunity to clearly explain how farmers should approach working with us.” says Bridget Kennedy, Produce Manager of Katuah Market. For farmers who are just getting started to those looking to expand their markets, the Grower-Buyer meetings provide new business connections and valuable learning opportunities.

Registration is now open at asapconnections.org/conference; attendance is $75 with a discount for multiple farm registrants. Pre-conference workshops can be registered for separately.

The Business of Farming Conference is made possible with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency, Southern Risk Management Education Center, and Farmers Market Promotions Program, as well as The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, Golden LEAF Foundation, and many more community partners.

In addition to offering valuable training and technical assistance, market connections and networking opportunities, this conference also introduces farms to the wide variety of services, resources, and materials offered by ASAP. Well known for the comprehensive Local Food Guide, ASAP also operates the Appalachian Grown™ program that certifies family farms as authentically local to the Southern Appalachian region and includes branded packaging and promotional materials, cost share funds for labels and marketing materials, and one-on-one market planning assistance.


ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food. To learn more about ASAP’s work, visit asapconnections.org, or call (828) 236-1282.

Wanderlust: From Here to Timbuktu Festival

Monday, January 19th, 2015

ASHEVILLENC – Winner of “Best of Fest” awards at North America’s two biggest fringe festivals in Winnipeg and Edmonton, Martin Dockery’s Wanderlust: From Here to Timbuku transports audiences from a world of daily grind to a 5-month solo trek across West Africa, with three performances in The Forum at Diana Wortham Theatre, January 22-24, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. The show is part of the theatre’s Intersections Series and is a special event in conjunction with the 2015 Asheville Fringe Arts Festival.

In this comical, multi-award winning, true-life odyssey, playwright and performer Martin Dockery brings listeners along with him on his own seemingly directionless journey when he quits his dead-end job as an office temp in New York City and buys a one-way ticket to an unknown land on another continent. It’s a voyage that takes him from a stingray-infested island off the coast of Africa, through the Sahara, to a barren hut outside of Timbuktu, as Dockery believes that fate will necessarily reward him with an epiphany — any epiphany at all. “As rivetingly hilarious as they are,” says Ottawa’s Fully Fringed, “Dockery’s stories also illustrate many basic, beautiful, uplifting human truths.”


There is no script for Wanderlust; rather it is a tale told extemporaneously each night. Dockery uses a full stage to perform the story while simultaneously narrating it. “He acts out his adventures (as opposed to simply recounting them) with enormous energy, immediacy, and physicality,” describes NYTheatre.com. “He brings his experiences entirely to life, supplying a thrill that feels more actual than vicarious.” The audience is taken along for the ride as Dockery negotiates the terrors, the absurdities, and the giddy moments inherent in traveling far from home, on an ever-more-desperate search for love, meaning, and a compass.


Wanderlust: From Here to Timbuktu is the first of six (so far) solo storytelling pieces created by New York performer Martin Dockery. After five years of honing his short-form storytelling craft at open mics all around New York City, Dockery was approached by Jean-Michele Gregory with the idea of creating an full-length solo piece. After a series of workshop performances, Dockery took Wanderlust on the road in 2009, and the show has been a success ever since. In the past four years, Wanderlust has been performed over 200 times in cities all across the US, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Wanderlust has garnered innumerable 4 and 5 star reviews, plus “Best of Fest” awards at North America’s two biggest fringe festivals, Winnipeg and Edmonton. In 2011, Wanderlust also won the prestigious Critics Circle Award at the world’s 2nd largest theater festival, the Adelaide Fringe.

Martin Dockery’s Asheville performances are made possible by Media Sponsor WCQS.

Tickets are available through the Diana Wortham Theatre box office at www.dwtheatre.com and (828) 257-4530.