Posts Tagged ‘Asheville’

SusanneAndAmandaAsheville Ability Arts Fair
Friday, March 22, 2013 4pm‐8pm

The focus of this event is to Expand the Conversation: on disability awareness, the arts, and community services.  It’s free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

Location: Lenoir Rhyne University at the Chamber of Commerce

Everyone is welcome!  Families with their children, individuals with disabilities, teachers, students, service provider staff, and all community members are warmly invited to an entertaining and educational evening!

Performances and Presentations, plus much more:

  • Storytelling: Narrative of Late Deafness, by Laura Hope‐Gill
  • Expressive arts: Puppets, poetry reading, theater performance
  • Films: Shorts and a documentary on inclusive theater
  • Artists with a disability exhibiting their work
  • Service providers sharing information on their programs

All events are on the 3rd floor of the Visitors Center, which is fully accessible.
A sign‐language interpreter will be available.
For more info, or to apply for a service‐provider table

Lenoir‐Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies
36 Montford Ave., 3rd Floor, Asheville, NC 28801

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Friends, we have a few important announcements:

-Oatmeal Stout comes out Saturday, 12/22

-Golem comes back on tap on New Year’s Eve

-We have long sleeve black tshirts and a few black hoodie, IPA sweatshirts available in the taproom

-We have some kegs of IPA available. Come in to reserve yours.

-We are open Christmas Eve, but closing early (like maybe 8ish)

-We are closed Christmas Day

-We are open New Years Eve but only until 10 p.m.

And, most importantly:

-Happy Holidays to you and yours!!!

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Asheville-based band Zansa and friends have organized West African nights held every Thursday in November (except Thanksgiving) at Bobo Gallery. Start time is 8 p.m. and the evening includes West African drumming and dancing by a variety of folks. Toward the end of the month, they hope to offer West African dinner as well.

The first one is tomorrow night, November 1.  Check them out!

“Zansa” is a street word from the Ivory Coast meaning “a blend” and newly-formed Asheville-based electric West African ensemble Zansa (featuring members of Afromotive) is just that. The group mixes modern and traditional styles, African and American sounds, folk and Afropop, rock and reggae. Adama Dembele, a 33rd-generation djembe player from the Ivory Coast leads the group.

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Both with a local bent, The Wedge Brewery is showing two films for the spirit of Halloween!!!   OOooooohhhhaaaaaaaa!

Thursday, 10/25/12 7:30 p.m. Night of the Living Dead

This is a re-release of the original movie with a new soundtrack by Asheville’s Silver Machine

Tuesday, 10/30/12, 7:30 p.m. Wander Lost

David Kabler’s film about a drifter crosses a mysterious old man while returning home to visit his fathers grave. He pursues a beautiful artist, convinced she will somehow free him from his family curse.

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…Eliada Home brings back their corn maze!!!

Eliada’s annual corn maze will offer twelve acres of maze trails and proceeds benefit Eliada Home, a residential home for children.

This year, they’ve added a 20 x 20 spider web climb-on, new giant pumpkin men for the corn cannon targets, and a storybook trail for younger children.  Other popular attractions include: the giant sandbox filled with corn kernels, haybale maze, hay ride, pumpkin patch, barrel train, and corn toss games.

Eliada has devoted one area of the corn maze to the Spookley the Square Pumpkin Storybook Trail. Based on the popular children’s book, Spookley is a pumpkin who is a little different, but he uses his unique shape to save the day.  The Storybook Trail is wonderful for field trips and school groups.

Operating Hours & Ticket Prices

Friday (4-8 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m.-8 p.m.), and Sunday(11 a.m.-7 p.m.) through October 28.  Ticket prices are $9 for adults 12 and over and $6 for children ages 4-11. Group rates, field trip rates, and birthday party offerings are also available. As always, 100% of proceeds from the corn maze benefit children and families served by Eliada.

Many community business make this happen:  Earth Fare, Fairway Outdoor, Comprehensive Chiropractic, Asheville Pool & Patio, ING, Asheville Compounding Pharmacy, Parsec Financial, Brown & Brown Insurance, Buncombe County Sheriffs Department, Rhodes Glass Company, Dr. James Teague, Asheville Financial, HomeTrust Bank, Cintas, PFG Food Services, Bob Hunter, TD Bank, and Mazeplay.

They also need volunteers, so get in touch!


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Cycle to Farm is an annual charity metric century bicycle ride that supports local food, local farms and greenways through cycling and tourism.   At their first event on June 23, 2012, they supported Black Mountain Greenways.  They also estimate that the event brought $50,000 to the region.  Imagine if we expanded our greenway system and expanded and increased events like these…

165 riders.

92 volunteers.

6 Farms.

21 sponsors.

19 government agencies.

$50,000 was brought into the local economy.
And that’s not all — a whopping 40% of riders completed a lengthy survey about their experience, which helped us understand not only the economic impact:

$37,575 estimated spent by participants

$8,060 spent on (local) event supplies & advertising

$1,200+ spent at the Farms

57% of participants stayed overnight.

56% of participants came from more than 50 miles away.

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Save the Date: Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 6:30 – 10 p.m. at Highland Brewing Company

The talent show is a favorite of Open Hearts Art Center students who prepare for months for the event. Funds raised at this year’s event will go to support the agency’s new Boundless Art Program, which will allow for student field trips and to offer satellite classes in the community. The agency hopes to raise at least $15,000 to support this program.

After the Talent Show, the band Viper’s Dream will be playing Swing Jazz until 10:00 PM.

Tickets for the event will be $10. You can pay at the door. Ticket price includes an amazing talent show, delicious food, and local musicians. There will also be a raffle/silent auction throughout the evening, so bring your cash. Awesome items will be available!


Open Hearts Art Center is a non-profit inclusive art education program located in the vibrant arts based community of Western North Carolina. We are dedicated to serving adults with a variety of challenges which include but are not limited to, developmental, mental, physical and emotional disabilities. These unique individuals are able to reach their full potential through creative techniques such as, music, drama, dance, creative writing, painting, ceramics and animal therapy. Through the arts a challenged individual may: discover new ways in which to express their selves, gain self-confidence, and raise awareness of their individuality.

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Children First/Communities in Schools & The Junior League of Asheville host an annual educational field trip for adults around a relevant community issue.  This year’s topic is the importance of High Quality Early Childhood Education in Buncombe County.

MAY 11–FREE Breakfast: Economic Impact of Childcare in Buncombe County

8.15-9.15 a.m. at The Asheville Chamber of Commerce

At the breakfast there will be a presentation that speaks directly to the economic impact of investing in the first 2,000 days of a person’s life.  Did you know that 90% of brain development happens during this time?  This IS the make it or break it time in a person’s life.  Investing time, energy and dollars into Early Childhood Education pays off in the long run – by setting up our children to be successful in school.   Offering high quality childcare enables parents of young children to work with full focus, knowing that their children are being loved and educated.

Come hear how Buncombe County serves young children and their families, and how it affects the economy of our region.  Register for this free event

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I Scream, you scream, we all scream for….Greenways!!

 Ultimate Ice Cream is supporting county-wide greenways development with ice cream!   “I Scream for Greenways!” Ice Cream campaign is in support for Connect Buncombe’s “Greenways, Please” initiative.  Each month one ice cream at Ultimate Ice Cream will be tagged as “I Scream for Greenways!” to help raise awareness of the need for greenways connecting Buncombe County.

During the month of March, Ultimate Ice Cream is giving 100% of profits from “The Trail” ice cream to Connect Buncombe’s county-wide greenway system initiative.  The Trail is a smooth, rich Belgian dark chocolate ice cream with marshmallows, mixed nuts and caramel pieces.

Connect Buncombe aims to connect our county with greenways and trails to increase transportation options, physical activity opportunities, increased health benefits, community and economic development.


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Stephanie Morgan from Asheville-based band stephanies id wants to “Turn off her cell phone” on a greenway

Imagine: bike from Asheville to Black Mountain, run from Woodfin to the River Arts District, okay?  Awesome.

You can make this happen.  I can make this happen.  Your business, your family, your friends can make this happen, simply by publicly saying that you want it.

Connect Buncombe is the greenway outreach arm of Buncombe County.  Right now, a county-wide greenway plan is being updated with public input.  This summer, the Buncombe County Commissioners will vote on whether or not to put the plan into action to Connect Buncombe with greenways.

In the meantime: we need to show our elected officials that we want it.  Here are a few ways to get involved:

SAY CHEESE: Take a Greenways, Please! photo and upload it to Facebook profile or just to Connect Buncombe.  (here’s an idea: Take one with your colleagues and use it to promote your business!)  This is the easiest way to show your support.

COLLECT FEEDBACK: Tell Connect Buncombe you’ll put out a feedback box at your business to gather public feedback

PARTNER: Build a mutually beneficial and custom partnership to show that your business or non-profit wants greenways!

Other ideas about making greenways happen?  Get in touch!

Benefits of Greenways

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