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Annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival May 1 at WCU

Friday, April 17th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Films created by Western Carolina University students will be screened at the seventh annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 1.

The festival, which begins at 7 p.m., will feature short works in a range of genres created by students from the Film and Television Production Program and the School of Stage and Screen.

“It’s our premiere,” said Kasey N. Summers, event organizer and senior from Phillipsburg, New Jersey. “We all dream of having polished work on the big screen, and this is the opportunity to celebrate the hours of hard work put in by each student. From horror movies to silent films, our top-notch programs encourage film-lovers to come experience the talent, art and entertainment they’ve come to expect from Western Carolina University’s School of Stage and Screen.”

The senior thesis short films “Lost Soles” and “Cold Coffee” will be featured at the event.

“Lost Soles,” a dark comedy, introduces Neil Garrison, an unassuming college freshman who has his world turned upside down when the search for a missing shoe turns into more than he could have possibly anticipated. With the help of his childhood friend Gideon, Neil is faced with a decision that will change his life – for better or worse.

“Being the director of photography, or DP, for ‘Lost Soles’ was one of the greatest learning experiences I’ve encountered,” said senior Samantha Hunt. “You really have to throw yourself into the filmmaking process. At first, I was definitely worried that I wouldn’t be able to understand the full work ethic of being a DP. However, by the time we wrapped, I ended up walking away with so much more confidence and knowledge, especially after working with such a talented and supportive crew.”

The second film, “Cold Coffee,” is based on the theme that the day after a break-up is always the hardest. The dramatic comedy follows college student and resident assistant Gwen Easton as she goes through the first 24 hours after heartbreak.

For the Controlled Chaos Film Festival, students raised between $4,000 and $6,000 to create each senior project, filmed and shot with a state-of-the-art F65 CineAlta camera that was donated to WCU by Sony.

“Working on the Sony-donated F65 was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life,” said camera operator Nicole Baskin. “To work with such quality and clarity was challenging and expanded my skills. I hope to one day work with the F65 professionally.”

Advance tickets to the Controlled Chaos Film Festival can be purchased for $10 each in the School of Stage and Screen office located on the second floor of the Stillwell Building in Room 233. Tickets are $10 cash at the door. Proceeds and donations benefit the Motion Picture Student Project Fund, which helps students with the cost of creating their senior thesis films.

For more information, contact Jack Sholder, director of the Film and Television Production Program, at 828-227-2324 or [email protected].

Free Shred Day! 4/18

Friday, April 17th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Want to dispose of your confidential documents safely? The Better Business Bureau (BBB), OnTrack WNC and American Security Shredding have the answer for you: the BBB “Shred Day/Secure Your ID” Day!

Bring up to 50 pounds of confidential information to the BBB’s office at Executive Park – College Street parking lot in Asheville and take an important step to protect your identity.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Asheville Police Department 25th Annual Awards Banquet

Friday, April 17th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – On April 13, 2015 the Asheville Police Department (APD) held their twenty-fifth annual awards banquet at the U.S. Cellular Center. Over 50 officers and employees of the police department, and members of the community, were recognized for their outstanding work and dedication in 2014.

Special recognition was given to the following recipients:

·         Medal of Honor: Detective Chris Hickman

·         Medal of Valor: Detective Anthony Johnson and Detective Joseph Silberman

·         Life Saving Award: Officer Stacey Adams and Officer Eric Stewart

·         Exemplary Citizen Award: Daniel Voss and Allen Wigington

·         Explorer of the Year: Yanin Santiago

·         Volunteer of the Year: Joe Fioccola

·         Employee of the Year: Melody Cox

·         Officer of the Year: Sgt. Joseph Silberman

·         Purple Heart: Officer Benjamin Green

For more information on the Awards Ceremony, please contact Christina Hallingse at 259-5881.

UNC Asheville Undergraduate Research and Service Learning

Friday, April 17th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville students will present more than 220 research and creative projects at the university’s Spring Undergraduate Research and Community Engagement Symposium, on Wednesday, April 22. Presentations of student research and creative projects begin 8 a.m. and conclude with a performance of an adaptation of Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms at 7:30 p.m. in the Carol Belk Theatre.

Also that day, UNC Asheville students will showcase their work in community service projects and internships at a celebration with community partners from 4-6 p.m., in the Sherrill Center on campus.

All events are free and open to the public.

Presentations of the students’ research, which was conducted by 318 students, represents many topics and disciplines, including the sciences and technology, social sciences and humanities, business, language and the arts, will be offered simultaneously in many campus locations. For more information and the complete schedule, visit urp.unca.edu or contact UNC Asheville’s Undergraduate Research Program office at 828.251.6122.

The Celebration of Service-Learning, Internships and Service, which starts at 4 p.m. with a community partner celebration ceremony and takes place on the Sherrill Center Concourse, will feature student-created displays and presentations about their work with the community as well as showcase the organization that they partnered with. More than 50 UNC Asheville students will present, including 11 students who have earned the Community Engaged Scholar honor. Light refreshments will be served.

Representatives of community organizations and businesses interested in learning more about partnering with UNC Asheville to provide opportunities for internship and service-learning projects are invited to attend.

The celebration is sponsored by UNC Asheville’s Key Center for Community Citizenship and Service Learning, the Undergraduate Research program, the Health and Wellness Department, and Career Center. For more information, contact Jess-Mara Jordan at [email protected].

Chimney Rock State Park Earth Day Celebration

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Chimney Rock State Park will host an Earth Day Celebration in Chimney Rock Village on Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Local environmental educators, including Chimney Rock State Park Rangers, Chimney Rock Management, LLC naturalists, biologists and other environmentalists will host a number of exhibits on the RiverWalk at 431 Main Street in Chimney Rock, near the Old Rock Café. Admission to the event is free, and youth ages 5-15 who collect six stamps through the event’s Discovery Trail program will earn a Grady’s Kids Club Membership, which allows them free admission to the Chimney Rock section of Chimney Rock State Park for one full year.

“Chimney Rock has a long history of caring for our environment,” said Stephen Tillotson, event organizer and Chimney Rock State Park Ranger. “The exhibitors at our Earth Day Celebration will offer a wealth of information that people of all ages can use to better protect and preserve the world around them. It’s going to be a great way for the whole family to get involved in celebrating our planet.”

Chimney Rock State Park’s annual Earth Day events have become a popular attraction, with attendance growing steadily in the last six years to approximately 600 visitors in 2014.

Park musician John Mason will play the hammered dulcimer. Presenters will include NC Wildlife Resources Commission, who will display “Rocky,” an Eastern Hellbender; Chimney Rock Management, LLC, who will present Grady the Groundhog’s live animal ambassador friends and Falconers of Falling Creek Camp, who will have a live Peregrine Falcon and American Kestrel. Friends of Chimney Rock State Park will be giving away tree seedlings. Other presenters will include KidSenses Museum, Friends of WNC Nature Center, NC Arboretum, NC Clean Air, and local conservation partners The Nature Conservancy, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, Weed Action Coalition of Hickory Nut Gorge and the Friends of Hickory Nut Gorge. Many event exhibitors have maintained an ongoing, active partnership in the Park’s resource conservation, including building positive support for state ownership of Chimney Rock in 2007.

About Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is a developing international outdoor destination located 25 miles southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. It is recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic sites and popular travel destinations. The Park’s 535-million-year-old monolith called Chimney Rock can be accessed via a 491-step Outcroppings Trail or a 26-story elevator and offers guests 75-mile panoramic views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. The Park features one of the highest waterfalls of its kind east of the Mississippi River, Hickory Nut Falls, at 404 feet. Hickory Nut Gorge, one of the state’s most significant centers of biodiversity, is home to 36 rare plant species and 14 rare animal species. The Rumbling Bald section of the greater State Park off of Boys Camp Road in Chimney Rock is the only other area of the Park that is currently open to the public. A destination for travel groups, weddings and special events, the Chimney Rock section of the Park also hosts innovative educational programs for schools, homeschoolers, scouts and summer camps. Visit Chimney Rock’s website at chimneyrockpark.com.

Recycle Your Plastic Bags! (But Not at the Curb)

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Recycle your plastic bags! ASHEVILLE NC – Please remember that plastic bags are NOT accepted at the curb. To recycle:

  • plastic grocery and shopping bags
  • produce bags
  • dry-cleaning bags
  • similar plastics

Gather up your clean and empty bags (no receipts), and take them to a store with a plastic bag recycling bin. Enter your zip code in the upper right corner of the website abagslife.com to find a recycling location near you. The bins are located in the front of participating stores.

You’ll help keep bags from blowing around alongside our roadways, rivers and streams.

Solar Observing Event UNCA

Friday, April 10th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville’s main quad will host a solar observing event, weather permitting, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Friday, April 17. The event is free and open to the public, presented jointly by the UNC Asheville Department of Physics and the Astronomy Club of Asheville as part of the North Carolina Science Festival.

The solar observing event is scheduled to take place on UNC Asheville’s main quad, and will include safely observing the sun through telescopes with a variety of filters to see sunspots, prominences and more. Participants will also create artwork using photosensitive paper and found objects.

The event is part of the North Carolina Science Festival, a two-week statewide series of events showcasing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It is also part of UNC Asheville’s Arts Fest, a three-day festival featuring musical and theatrical performances, exhibits, creative workshops and more.

For more information about the North Carolina Science Festival, visit ncsciencefestival.org. For information on the events at UNC Asheville, including the latest updates regarding cloudy weather and possible cancellations, visit astroasheville.org, or contact Brian Hart at 828.251.6442.


‘Bootleggers, Baptists’ Theory of Regulation at WCU

Friday, April 10th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – The Western Carolina University Free Enterprise Club will celebrate Earth Day by hosting Bruce Yandle, dean emeritus of Clemson University’s College of Business and Behavioral Science, who will present a lecture titled “Bootleggers and Baptists in the Garden of Good & Evil” on Wednesday, April 22.

The talk, which is open to the public free of charge, will be held in Room 102 of the Killian Building on the WCU campus beginning at 4:15 p.m. A question-and-answer session will follow.

The lecture will focus on the “bootleggers/Baptist” theory of regulation, which holds that many regulatory outcomes are generated by coalitions of strange bedfellows in which each side pursues the same regulatory goal, but for very different reasons.

The theory takes its name from the fact that both bootleggers and Baptists support laws that prevent the sale of liquor on Sundays, with one group favoring the law for avowed public interest reasons while the other group wants to eliminate competition at least one day a week, said Edward Lopez, WCU professor of economics and BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism.

Similar coalitions of environmentalists and industrialists have worked for environmental rules that enrich both groups, according to the theory.

“Bruce Yandle’s theory of bootleggers and Baptists lets us see how special interests join forces with – and take advantage of – moralistic defenders of the public good,” said Lopez, faculty adviser to the Free Enterprise Club. “Actual regulations don’t really promote the common good as much as advance the interest of a persuasive few. Dr. Yandle shows how this is especially true in the area of environmental regulations.”

Yandle is a consultant, writer and speaker on economics, the environment and political economy. A longtime faculty member at Clemson University, he also is Mercatus Center Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Economics at George Mason University. His quarterly Economic Situation report offers coverage of national and regional economies and is distributed by Clemson University’s Strom Thurmond Institute and the Mercatus Center.

An environmental economist by training, Yandle has authored, co-authored or edited 17 books, including “Bootleggers and Baptists: Understanding America’s Regulatory Journey.” He also serves as senior fellow emeritus at the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana, where he writes and speaks regularly on environmental regulations.

Yandle served in Washington on two occasions, first as a senior economist at the White House during the Ford administration and later as executive director of the Federal Trade Commission in the Reagan administration. Closer to home, he was member and chairman of the South Carolina State Board of Economic Advisors, member and chairman of the Spartanburg Methodist College board of trustees, and member of the board of trustees of the Foundation of Economic Education.

For more information about the April 22 talk at WCU, contact Lopez at [email protected].

Carl Sandburg’s American Songbag at Diana Wortham Theatre

Friday, April 10th, 2015
ASHEVILLE NC – The Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville announces a new Intersections Sing Together: Carl Sandburg’s American Songbag, Friday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. in The Forum at Diana Wortham Theatre. Participants can experience American folk music — songs representing the hearts and voices of thousands of men and women — performed, collected, and preserved by the renowned poet and national icon.
Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) earned three Pulitzer Prizes for his collection The Complete Poems of Carl Sandburg, Corn Huskers, and for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. His 1927 anthology of folk music, The American Songbag, was widely popular and influenced a number of musicians even before the folk music revivals of the 1940s and 1960s. Sandburg said, “The American Songbag comes from the hearts and voices of thousands of men and women. They made new songs, they changed old songs, they carried songs from place to place, they resurrected and kept alive dying and forgotten songs.” Connemara, Sandburg’s home of 22 years in Flat Rock, NC, is preserved by the National Parks Service and is home to the annual Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival.
Led by musicians Beth and Jim Magill, the Intersections Sing Together Series is designed for family and friends to celebrate the joy of music and singing in spirited sessions, bringing community together through song. All skill levels are welcome; no experience is required. The Forum, a large multi-purpose space adjacent to the theatre and accessible from the theatre’s main lobby, is the venue for all Sing
Together events.
Musicians Beth and Jim Magill lead the Intersections Sing Together series, which launched in 2012. Beth is a professional flute and tin whistle player and teacher. As a studio musician she has appeared on numerous recordings and NPR’s Mountain Stage. Jim is an award-winning songwriter and instrumentalist on guitar, cittern and mandolin. He is the founding director of The Swannanoa Gathering Folk Arts Workshops at Warren Wilson College, and in 1994 was awarded the first Fellowship in Songwriting and Composition from the North Carolina Arts Council.
The Intersections Sing Together sessions take place at 6:30 p.m. in The Forum at Diana Wortham Theatre. $10 adults/$8 children 12 and under; children 2 and under are free. To obtain more information on the Diana Wortham Theatre’s Intersections Sing Together Series or to buy tickets, call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com/intersections-sing-together.

ASAP’s 2015 Local Food Guide is Here!

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – The growing season has arrived in WNC and the Southern Appalachians! Look for signs of spring with seasonal specialties found at tailgate farmers markets, featured at restaurants, and purchased at roadside stands. It is also the time of year to pick up the newest edition of ASAP’s Local Food Guide to help consumers find the best sources for Appalachian Grown™ food.

“The community asks for local food, and ASAP’s Local Food Guide is the best way to find it,” says Molly Nicholie, ASAP’s Local Food Campaign Director. “In the guide, you can find nearly 700 local farms, 100 farmers tailgate markets, hundreds of restaurants, grocers and other outlets for food and farm products with an astounding variety of local products.”

This year’s Local Food Guide offers new information, such as which Appalachian Grown tailgate farmers market can accept credit, debit and SNAP/EBT. The guide also includes a look at several multi-generation family farms, celebrating their stories and hearing about why generations continue farming in the Southern Appalachians. Other new features include area restaurants committed to sourcing local food, along with listings of grocers, artisan food producers, B&Bs and farm lodging, wineries, and more. 


The 2015 Local Food Guide can be picked up hot off the press at ASAP’s booth at the Mother Earth News Fair, April 11-12, at the WNC Ag Center. ASAP is a supporting partner of the fair and we will be joined there by many Appalachian Grown farms and partner retailers. The latest guide listings can also be found online at appalachiangrown.org. Print copies will be distributed after the fair to locations throughout the region, listed at asapconnections.org. The 2015 Local Food Guide can always be picked up at ASAP’s office: 306 West Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801.


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 in the region, visit asapconnections.org, or call (828) 236-1282.