Archive for April, 2011

Come Help Support Local Agriculture at the ‘Friends of Ag Breakfast’ – May 10th

Friday, April 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Are you someone who is involved in or supports local agriculture (farmers, food distributors, tailgate marketers, food processors, farm loan agencies, agricultural advocates, etc.?  Don’t miss the next Friends of Ag Breakfast on May 10.

A full breakfast of bacon, eggs, grits and biscuits, plus local jams and other local surprises will be served.  The speaker will be John Queen of the WNC Livestock Market.

Come out and join everyone at the WNC Ag Center at 7 a.m. to share a good meal and talk farming with your friends, neighbors, Commissioners, legislators, and others who support local agriculture.

Asheville Regional Airport Wins Award for Best General Aviation Project

Friday, April 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) was awarded the General Aviation Project of the Year by the Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives at their annual meeting in Mobile, Ala. last week.

AVL was recognized for its creative use of a regional partnership to efficiently, effectively and safely conduct a major fill project that created 15 usable acres of aeronautical use land on the airport campus, on the north side near Interstate 26. The fill project combined the resources and talents of multiple organizations to design and undertake an EPA-encouraged beneficial use program utilizing coal combustion by-products (called CCBs) for engineered-fill material. The project allowed the airport to import 840,000 cubic yards of CCBs from the nearby Progress Energy electric generating plant. This eliminated the need to utilize the earth’s natural resources while creating the additional acres of buildable land – all at a significant cost savings to the airport.

In the process of generating electricity, coal-fired power plants such as Progress Energy’s Asheville Plant, generate CCBs. As part of Progress Energy’s commitment to the environment, the company seeks to reuse the by-products in a safe and responsible manner. The airport’s fill project – which not only provided a location for the CCBs, but also did so while exceeding recommended environmental and engineering requirements – was a perfect match for the reuse of the material.

“The partnership between the Airport and Progress Energy was beneficial for us both. Progress Energy found an environmentally-sound way to reuse the coal combustion by-product, and the Airport saved millions of dollars in costs that traditional fill methods would have required,” said Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E., Airport Director. “The airport industry recognized that our project was a creative solution for all involved, and I am pleased with their recognition of our project.”

The Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives consists of over 450 members from 12 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The association is guided by a nine-member Board of Directors, and is committed to promoting the professionalism and financial stability in the administration of airports.

Biltmore Park Town Square: Concerts in the Park Begin in May

Friday, April 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Biltmore Park Town Square will begin their third annual Concerts in the Park series on Saturday, May 7th.  These free, outdoor concerts will take place every Saturday through the end of October, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., in Cecil Park near Brixx Pizza and Hickory Tavern Grill & Raw Bar in Town Square.  This 26-week concert series is sponsored by Clear Channel Asheville.

All concerts are free and open to the public. Families with children are welcome. Food and drinks are available for purchase from nearby restaurants, 131 MAIN Restaurant, Travinia Italian Kitchen, Roux located in the Hilton Asheville, Cold Stone Creamery, and more.

Click here to view the lineup for our Concerts in the Park.

Library of Congress Traveling Exhibit Coming to A-B Tech

Friday, April 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – A-B Tech will host the Library of Congress Traveling Exhibit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6 and 7 at theA-B Tech’s Asheville campus. Located adjacent to the K. Ray Bailey Student Services Building, the exhibit is free and open to the public.

The “Gateway to Knowledge” exhibition will bring high-quality facsimiles of many of the Library’s top documents and information about the millions of resources in the Library’s unparalleled collections to Asheville. The “Gateway to Knowledge” is expected to visit up to 60 sites in states across the Midwest and South over the next year.

“We are excited to host this unique opportunity for the community to see some of the treasures of the Library of Congress,” said Carol Fleming, Director of Library Services at A-B Tech. “Where else can you find a Gutenberg Bible, the Declaration of Independence and the first Spiderman comic drawings side-by-side? We hope that many schools and community members will visit and thank the Library of Congress for providing the exhibit.”

The exhibit and its national tour are made possible by the support of the Rapoport family.  Bernie and Audre Rapoport are founding members of the James Madison Council, the Library’s private-sector advisory group.

“As both a storehouse of world knowledge and primary resource for the U.S. Congress, the Library is energized by the prospects of the exhibition playing an important role in sharing the national collection with the people to whom it belongs,” said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.

The exhibit includes programming especially for teachers and students and provides relevant and engaging learning experiences for lifelong learners. The truck is staffed and driven by two docents well versed in the Library and its collections.

The trailer expands to three times its road width, and visitors will enter from a central staircase to find several areas of museum-style exhibits including a welcoming multimedia display and computer terminals displaying Library of Congress websites.  The websites will include the main site, www.loc.gov, the Center for the Book/Literacy Programs site, www.read.gov, and sites pertaining to U.S. collections, exhibitions and a special site for use by teachers.

The exhibition outlines the history of the Library, including Thomas Jefferson’s role in re-establishing the Library, when he provided his personal book collection to the nation after the burning of the U.S. Capitol in 1814.  Jefferson’s organization of his books by categories of “Memory, Reason and Imagination” will inform the organization of the exhibition.

The exhibition features facsimiles of such documents as the 1507 Waldseemüller Map (the first document to use the word “America”); the 1455 Gutenberg Bible; the rough draft of the Declaration of Independence, in Thomas Jefferson’s hand with edits by Benjamin Franklin and John Adams; the 1962 drawings for the comic book that introduced Spider-Man to the world; the handwritten manuscript to jazz pioneer Jelly Roll Morton’s “Frog-i-More Rag”; and Walt Whitman’s poem “Leaves of Grass.”

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution.  The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions.

Experience FRITOS Family Fridays with the Asheville Tourists!

Friday, April 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Families have always been an important part of FRITOS corn chips. And what better way to spend some time with your family than at a game at the ballpark. So, mark your calendars and gather the family for some fun on Friday nights.

This summer, at the first Friday home games in May, June, July and August, FRITOS brand is giving special baseball experiences to select lucky families. Attend a FRITOS Family Friday game when randomly selected families will participate in ballpark activities such as: perform PA Announcer duties, be a co-radio broadcaster or even get to toss out a ceremonial first pitch.

And on top of that, bring your empty FRITOS bag or pick up a bag at McCormick Field. Then show the FRITOS® bag at the stadium store during FRITOS Family Friday games to get 10% off Tourists merchandise. Offer good one per person, discount not good on sale merchandise or combined with any other discount.

Grab the family and make Friday nights family night at the ballpark with FRITOS corn chips!

New Asheville Chamber Music Institute to Debut at UNC Asheville in June

Friday, April 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville will host a new summer music program, the Asheville Chamber Music Institute, June 13-18 on the campus. The institute will offer adult amateur woodwind and brass players of various levels the chance to study and play with world-class performers who are part of a new musical collaborative called Pan Harmonia. The Asheville Chamber Music Institute is one of only two all-wind programs of its kind in the nation this year.

Kate SteinbeckThe Asheville Chamber Music Institute is the brainchild of Asheville flutist Kate Steinbeck, and will be staffed by distinguished musicians who are part of Steinbeck’s new musical collaborative, Pan Harmonia, a project of Keowee Chamber Music. Steinbeck, who will serve as artistic director, is the recent recipient of a grant for artistic excellence from the National Endowment for the Arts. Steinbeck says she formed Pan Harmonia as a venue for new musical partnerships that will branch beyond typical chamber music repertoire and instrumentation.

The institute will feature six days of ensemble playing, individual coaching and instruction, the opportunity to play informally in different musical combinations, and a culminating concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center. Institute faculty will also perform on campus in a free concert of music by Steve Reich, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Bryan Burkett, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 16, in Lipinsky Auditorium, as part of Pan Harmonia’s spring festival taking place May 9-June 19.

John BryantThe institute faculty will include Steinbeck, founding director of Keowee Chamber Music, who has performed and taught master classes across the United States and Europe; Eric Dircksen, a Washington, D.C.-based bassoonist and saxophonist who works regularly with the National Symphony, the Washington Concert Opera and Washington Ballet; trumpet player John Bryant who has soloed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and performs with the Augusta Symphony, Albany Symphony and Kentucky Baroque Trumpets; and French horn player Jennifer Merrell who performs with the Greenville Symphony, subs with the Charlotte Symphony , and was a founding member of the Mountain Chamber Players in Brevard.

Musicians from Washington, D.C., New York and Wisconsin are among the early registrants for the Asheville Chamber Music Institute. Participants in the institute will have a chance to sample Asheville’s vibrant and diverse arts menu and enjoy accommodations in UNC Asheville’s modern residence halls, with meals provided and access to the fitness center. Double occupancy for participants and partners is available; commuter participants are also welcome.

Tuition for the week is $475. Other costs range from $75 for commuter participants, to $470 for six-day double-occupancy, $540 for single-occupancy. For more information and registration, visit pan-harmonia.org or, or call UNC Asheville’s Debra Marek at 828.251.6558.

Help the City Name a New Recreation Center

Friday, April 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville is seeking public input to help determine the name for a new recreation center, located on the corner of Livingston Street and Depot Street in Asheville’s South Central neighborhood.

Suggestions will be accepted between May 1-15, 2011. Entries can be made by visiting http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/newcentername or by leaving a message at 828-259-5826.

After the suggestion period closes, names will go to a panel of neighborhood residents and recreation board members, who will narrow the suggestions to one recommendation. After the recommended name is reviewed by the Recreation Advisory Board, it will pass to Asheville City Council, where the final name will be considered.

Traditionally, recreation centers are named according to the geographical, historical, or ecological relationship to the site. Recreation centers can be named for a person who contributed significantly to Asheville as evidenced by their contribution through community service, state or national affiliations. A facility cannot be named after an individual who is deceased until after a one-year period.

The new recreation center will have a grand opening in October 2011. It replaces the W.C. Reid Recreation Center. It will provide an auditorium, classrooms, and outdoor recreation space to the South Central neighborhood and have meeting spaces available for community groups. Future phases of the recreation center’s construction include a gymnasium, greenway, spray ground, and playground.

The City of Asheville currently operates 11 recreation centers throughout Asheville.

City Employees Participate in Stand Against Racism Events

Friday, April 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – As part of the City of Asheville’s diversity training initiative, and in support of the YWCA of Asheville’s Stand Against Racism event, city employees are taking part in a staff guided walking tour that recognizes the value of diversity in our community.

The tour runs every 15 minutes between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. today. It begins at the Public Works parking lot adjacent to Eagle Street and includes stops at several sites adjacent to City Hall that highlight the history and diversity of downtown Asheville.

Colleagues from Buncombe County have also been invited to join the tours, which are being led by volunteer employees. Participants will use their lunch hour to take the tours.

To ensure that every employee who is interested in participating has access to this valuable information, a virtual version of tour has been made available online at http://www.youtube.com/cityofasheville/.

The tour will be a permanent part of employee training to exhibit the City of Asheville’s year-round commitment to celebrating diversity.

For more information about the city’s event, contact Training and Community Relations Specialist Kendra Turner at 828-259-5867 or [email protected].

Information about the Stand Against Racism can be found at http://www.ywcaofasheville.org/, or http://standagainstracism.org/.

Are You Aging Successfully? Find Out May 3rd

Friday, April 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Don’t miss out! Attend Successful Aging 9 on May 3 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Asheville! The day will be filled with fun and informative workshops, entertainment and health screenings.

This event is held annually in Buncombe County during Older Americans Month for caregivers and others interested in aging successfully. This year the event will be held Tuesday, May 3 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Asheville. The registration fee is $15, which includes lunch and all the day’s activities.

Questions? Call Buncombe County Cooperative Extension at 255-5522 or the Council on Aging at 277-8288. Space is limited, pre-register by calling the Council on Aging at 277-8288.

Successful Aging is presented by the Buncombe County Aging Coordinating Consortium in collaboration with a myriad of various local agencies.

See brochure attached below for class schedule and registration form.

Successful Aging Brochure & Registration Form

The Juice That Makes Exercise Easier – Beet Juice!

Friday, April 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Think outside the sports-drink bottle when you’re looking for a workout beverage. New research puts the “gives you an edge” spotlight on this vegetable drink: beet juice.
In a small study, people who drank the red juice daily for 6 days needed much less oxygen during a treadmill exercise test. Translation: Exercise actually felt easier to them.

A Fitness Elixir?

Beet juice’s exercise-enhancing power likely comes from the nitrates in beets. This bears out in the study, where the participants were split into two groups – one drinking regular beet juice each day and the other drinking beet juice stripped of its nitrate content. Exercise became easier only for the juice-with-nitrates group. Compared with the no-nitrates group, the nitrates group needed about 12 percent less oxygen during the treadmill exercise test. The nitrate group was also able to run longer at fast speeds before reaching exhaustion. (Try this little mental game to help workouts feel like less work.)

Big Beet Benefits

Our bodies convert the nitrates in beet juice to nitrites – helpful little compounds that help dilate blood vessels, increase blood flow, and help reduce the amount of oxygen muscles need to do work. So it’s not surprising that the nitrates group in the study also experienced a dip in their blood pressure after drinking the juice regularly. Beets also contain quercetin and resveratrol – two powerful antioxidants that may help protect against oxidative stress caused by exercise. (Learn more about how quercetin can boost energy.)

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