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Drug Take Back Event April 30

Friday, April 8th, 2016
Drug take back even - April 25.ASHEVILLE NC – Help keep prescription drugs out of reach for kids in our community.Dispose of any unneeded medications safely at The Take Back event on Saturday April 30 from 10am – 2pm at ALL six Walgreens locations in Buncombe County.  Please bring unneeded medications to any Walgreens location in Buncombe County to safely dispose of them.Most abused prescription drugs come from family and friends. You could be a drug dealer without even knowing it.

  • Overdose deaths involving prescription medications used to treat pain have increased to almost 17,000 deaths a year in the United States.
  • An estimated 493,000 people, age 12 or older used a prescription pain reliever nonmedically for the first time within the past 12 months. This averages to about 1,350 initiates (or first time users) per day.

Please follow these instructions:

  • remove identification from all medications.
  • seperate pill, liquids and inhalers.
  • use a different disposal paper or plastic bag for each type of medication.
  • empty dry pill medications into a bag
  • leave liquid medications in their original container and place in a separate bag
  • NO radioative medications such as cancer medications, needles or sharpes accepted.

The Partnership for Substance Free Youth of Buncombe County has collected over 2,000 lbs of unneeded medication in just the past year. Let’s keep it going!

City Invites River Recreation Plans and Ideas Discussion

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Asheville Paddlers-on-riverASHEVILLE NC – Each third Thursday of the month, the City of Asheville Riverfront Redevelopment Office hosts Open Office Hours at City Hall. On April 21, please join us from 3 to 5 p.m. to talk about plans and ideas to support river recreation. These meetings are informal in that you can drop in at any time.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • New and improved French Broad river access points;
  • A community-led proposal for a whitewater feature on the river;
  • Public gardens and urban forestry opportunities;
  • The City of Asheville’s application for a 2016 North Carolina’s Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant. If awarded, the grant would provide improved recreation facilities and public art opportunities for the RADTIP (RiverWay) project and 14 Riverside Drive renovation.

We’ll meet from 3-5pm on the 6th Floor of City Hall (notice, this is a change from the usual 5th floor location). Representatives from the following organizations may be in attendance: the French Broad River Whitewater Park organization; NC Wildlife Resources Commission; the Parks and Greenways Foundation;  Asheville Greenworks; Boy Scouts of America Daniel Boone Council and RiverLink.

For more information about Asheville’s Riverfront Redevelopment Office visit ashevillenc.gov/RiverfrontRedevelopment.

Pop-noir trio stephaniesid Plays DWT

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Diana Wortham Event AshevilleASHEVILLE NC – stephaniesid brings its irresistibly infectious performance to the Diana Wortham Theatre stage on Sunday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. in a special benefit performance for area children through Diana Wortham Theatre’s Youth Education Scholarship (Y.E.S.) Fund. This concert is a rescheduled event from the postponed March 19th show.

A brand new scholarship program, the new Emerging Artists program is a part of the Y.E.S. Fund and supports young performers by providing scholarships for graduating high school seniors pursuing a career in the performing arts. There were 14 applicants to the inaugural Emerging Artist Fund scholarship in 2016, and this year’s two scholarship winners will be showcased during the stephaniesĭd performance on May 1st.

A stephaniesĭd performance has been described as a multi-faceted artistic experience that is always full of surprises. The show is connective, soulful, positive, and at times emotionally intense. Audience members are encouraged to not only watch the show, but also become an integral part.

stephaniesĭd vocalist Stephanie Morgan and pianist Chuck Lichtenberger are particularly interested in music education, beginning at the youngest level. In addition to their work with stephaniesĭd, the two have contributed to the musical careers of hundreds of young artists. Chuck Lichtenberger has taught piano lessons to children in the Asheville area since 1995. Many of his students have gone on to study music at renowned university music programs. Stephanie Morgan began her career in social work, helping emotionally traumatized kids through a wilderness therapy program, and later, counseling families through the process of fostering and adoption. She also teaches private lessons to students with an emphasis on helping them “find their voice.”

“Crowd Favorite” winner at the 2015 Music Video Asheville Awards, stephaniesĭd has been promoting its fifth full-length album, Excavator. Best known for its outstanding mix of songs and highly original tunes, stephaniesĭd’s music ranges from deftly focused, emotionally charged journeys to infectious dance tunes, reflecting the band’s ability to bounce from pop to rock, or even to ballad-like melodies, in one show.

Some of the stephaniesĭd’s most popular songs have appeared in episodes of Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, the Weather Channel specials, and numerous films. “Hey Hey Hey” was featured in an Italian jewelry commercial and will appear in an upcoming Sony horror video game during a slasher scene. “Unmistakably Love” was featured by Paste Magazine and selected by Shirley Manson in a contest for Bust magazine.

About the band: Vocalist Stephanie Morgan is the charismatic lead singer and songwriter for stephaniesĭd. After spending nearly a decade as a jazz singer, she began pursuing her own original music, and now relishes touring with stephaniesĭd. Her dynamic voice and contagious stage performance make each show unique. Musical director Charles “Chuck” Lichtenberger is a seasoned jazz pianist with a B.A. in Classical Music from UNC-Asheville. His role on stage is to root the band in the rich blend of textures that spring from his broad musical background. When he’s not on the road with stephaniesĭd, he hosts a weekly jazz jam and teaches piano. Drummer Tim Haney is an American-born Irishman. His considerable chops for jazz and odd-metered styles act as overtones atop more accessible, deep-pocket grooves based in a heart of rock and roll. Joining the band for the May 1st performance at Diana Wortham Theatre are Georgia Sinko on cello and Sarah Hurd on violin.

About the Youth Education Scholarship (Y.E.S.) Fund: The Y.E.S. Fund supports underserved children by providing tickets to Diana Wortham Theatre’s Matinee Series for Students and Families, the theatre’s school programming series. The Y.E.S. program expanded in 2015 to cover artist workshops in local schools and the Emerging Artists Fund. Donations to the Y.E.S. Fund and its programs are accepted any time; more information at www.dwtheatre.com/Y-E-S-Fund.

stephaniesĭd’s Asheville performance is made possible by Performance Sponsors George & Diana Bilbrey; and by Mainstage Music Series Sponsors Joel & Deborah Berkowitz, Henry LaBrun, and the Omni Grove Park Inn; with additional support provided by Media Sponsors WCQS 88.1 FM and WNC magazine.

The entrance for the Diana Wortham Theatre is marked by the location of the theatre’s marquee between 12 and 14 Biltmore Avenue. Patrons enter the theatre through the breezeway between Marble Slab Creamery and White Duck Taco, and into a large interior courtyard with multiple glass doors to the theatre’s main lobby and box office. The intimate theatre seats just over 500 and boasts exceptional acoustics and sightlines, making it the premier performance space in Western North Carolina. The Mainstage Series is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency. The Mainstage Series 2015/2016 Season Sponsors are the Asheville Scene, Blue Moon Water, Creative Energy, and Gourmet-to-go, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the 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.

Tailgate Market Season is Here

Friday, April 8th, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – Spring is here and the growing season is upon us! Tailgate tents are going up, and area farmers markets are opening outdoors for the season. Celebrate spring by getting a taste of what Appalachian Grown™ farms are growing. At early spring markets, find fresh greens, spring onions and asparagus; meats, cheeses, baked goods, value-added farm products like preserves, and a wide selection of plant starts. Produce offerings will differ from market to market based on the location of vendor farms—microclimates vary greatly in the region. But the season changes quickly, with new offerings sprouting up each week.

Find a list of spring tailgate opening days below. For a complete list of the tailgate markets in the region, including their season start dates, visit ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at appalachiangrown.org. The 2016 print guide hits stands in mid-April.

Central Mountains Regional Tailgate Markets
Asheville City Market: April 2, Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Asheville City Market – South: April 6, Wednesdays 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Black Mountain Tailgate Market: May 7, Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
East Asheville Tailgate Market: May 6, Fridays 3:00 – 6:00 pm
French Broad Food Co-op Wednesday Tailgate Market: April 13, Wednesdays 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Leicester Farmers Market: April 2, Saturdays 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market: April 2, Saturdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
North Asheville Tailgate Market: April 2, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Oakley Farmers Market: May 5, Thursdays 3:30 – 6:30 pm
River Arts District Farmers Market: May 4, Wednesdays 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Sundays on the Island: April 9, Sundays 12:00
Weaverville Tailgate Market: April 13, Wednesdays 2:30 – 6:30 pm
West Asheville Tailgate Market: April 5, Wednesdays 3:30 – 6:30 pm
WNC Farmers Market: May 5, Open Everyday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Yancey County Farmers Market: April 16, Saturdays 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Foothills Regional Tailgate Markets
Caldwell County Farmers Market: May 7, Saturdays 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Hildebran Farmers Market: May 3, Tuesdays 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Historic Marion Tailgate Market: May 3, Tuesdays 3:00 – 6:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lenoir Downtown Farmers Market: April 1, Wednesdays – Saturdays 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Morganton Farmers Market: May 7, Wednesdays 2:00 – 6:00 pm and Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rutherford County Farmers Market: April 30, Tuesdays and Saturdays 8:00 am – 1:00 pm, Thursdays 3:00 – 7:00 pm
Sawmills Farmers Market: May 3, Tuesdays 3:00 – 6:30 pm
Valdese Farmers Market: May 11, Wednesdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and Fridays 2:00 – 6:00 pm

Southern Mountains Regional Tailgate Markets
Columbus Tailgate Market: April 9, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Flat Rock Farmers Market: May 5, Thursdays 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Henderson County Curb Market: Year-round; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Henderson County Tailgate Market: March 14, Saturdays 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mills River Farmers Market: May 7, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saluda Tailgate Market: May 6, Fridays 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Transylvania Farmers’ Market: April 23, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tryon Tailgate Market: May 5, Thursdays 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Near West Regional Tailgate Markets
Cashiers Tailgate Market: June 1, Wednesdays 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Cowee Farmers Market: May 10, Tuesdays 3:30 – 6:30 pm
Franklin Farmers Tailgate Market: April 2, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market: April 16, Wednesdays and Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Jackson County Farmers Market: April 2, Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Original Waynesville Tailgate Market: May 14, Wednesdays and Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Swain County Farmers Market: May 6, Fridays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
‘Whee Market: April 5, Tuesdays 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Far West Regional Tailgate Markets
Andrews Farmers Market: June 4, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Brasstown’s Farmers Market: May 25, Wednesdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Cedar Valley Farmers Market: April 2, Saturdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Graham County Farmers Market: July 9, Saturdays 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Hayesville Evening Market: May 5, Thursdays 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Mountain Valley Farmers Market: May 7, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

High Country Regional Tailgate Markets
Alleghany County Farmers’ Market: May 2, Tuesdays 4:00 – 6:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ashe County Farmers Market: April 16, Wednesdays and Saturdays 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Avery County Farmers Market: April 21, Thursdays 4:30 – 7:00 pm
Bakersville Farmers Market: March 26, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Blowing Rock Farmers Market: May 26, Thursdays 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Spruce Pine Farmers Market: May 4, Wednesdays 2:00 – 5:00 pm


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.