Blog :: 04-2008

Asheville's UNCA Health Center



4/30/2008 - Asheville's UNCA Health Center

ASHEVILLE ASHEVILLE UNC Asheville broke ground Tuesday on a $42 million project that the school hopes will make it a national leader in preventing chronic disease through healthy lifestyles.

When it is completed in 2010, the 133,500-square-foot N.C. Center for Health and Wellness will become home to the colleges health and wellness department, the schools fastest growing major that focuses on improving health through prevention.

I believe this facility and educational program will help improve the health and wellness of the many people of North Carolina and this region, said Janice Brumit, chairwoman of UNCAs board of trustees. This is for everyone in the region, not just our students. We want this to be the premier facility in the state, if not the country.

The center will include classrooms, laboratories, cardiovascular and strength training rooms, an indoor track, studios for dance, aerobics and yoga, a café featuring local foods and a teaching kitchen.

It will also include the Kimmel Arena, which will serve as a basketball arena and convocation center for commencement, health symposiums and speaking events.

The new building will enable students and faculty to expand their research in childrens health, work site wellness and senior wellness, helping to foster healthy lifestyles in Western North Carolina and creating a national model for health and wellness, said Keith Ray, chair of schools health and wellness department.

Healthy living in America remains the difficult choice, he said. We intend to work with the community to make healthy living the easy choice.

The center is being funded primarily through a $35 million appropriation from the N.C. General Assembly.

This was the most rewarding thing I managed to help get accomplished, said former state Rep. Wilma Sherill. It has such wide-reaching tentacles.

Speaker of the N.C. House of Representatives Rep. Joe Hackney said the facility will not only make people healthier and reduce health care costs, but it could also bring many economic benefits to the state and the region.

It marks WNC as a center of health and wellness and health and wellness education and the training of professionals in those areas, he said.

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Asheville's Twin Rivers Media Festival



4/29/2008 - Asheville's Twin Rivers Media Festival

ASHEVILLE Expect a lot of entries from Western North Carolina filmmakers in the 14th annual Twin Rivers Media Festival Friday-May 4. The film and audio festival will be held at the Courtyard Gallery, 9 Walnut St., downtown Asheville.

This is the third year that the festival ( has been held in Asheville. Entries include animation, feature films, documentaries, short drama and audio art. There are divisions for students, non-students and distributors and special awards for outdoor subjects and films and videos made on a Macintosh computer.

Entries are from the United States, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Russia, Spain, Greece, Iran, Thailand, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Portugal, Japan, France, Italy, Israel, South Africa and Ireland. This years festival includes 102 world premiers, and eight North American premiers.

The festival begins at 8 p.m. Friday and continues at 1 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. May 4. On Thursday, the complete schedule will be at

Paul Clark published April 28, 2008 8:59 am


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Asheville has Top 5 Music Venue per Rolling Stone



4/15/2008 - Asheville has Top 5 Music Venue per Rolling Stone

ASHEVILLE The Orange Peel music club has hosted some surprising big-name shows concerts by Bob Dylan, the Indigo Girls, Ben Harper, the Flaming Lips and a nine-show residency by the Smashing Pumpkins. Now, its been named one of Americas top five music venues by Rolling Stone magazine.

The magazine lists the Peel alongside venues in New York, Detroit, Austin, Texas, and Norfolk, Va., in its Best of Rock issue, coming Friday. No one at the magazine could be reached for comment on Monday night.

Reporters from Rolling Stone contacted Orange Peel management to get information about the club, and they told us it was going to be a best clubs article. But we didnt realize it was such a small number, said club spokesman Liz Whalen. Its a big honor. Its amazing. I think (the clubs momentum) has built on itself over the years.

The news surprised Knoxville-based promoter Ashley Capps, who has booked shows into The Orange Peel since it opened in 2002. Thats awesome, said Capps, who also brings many shows to Thomas Wolfe Auditorium and around the Southeast, and stages the huge annual Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn.

We have always been excited about the Orange Peel since the beginning, Capps said. It is a place that is just right. Its a great experience for the artists and a great experience for the audience. It really is one of the finest music venues in America.

The honor completely makes sense, said Asheville musician and music publicist Will Bradford of the band SeepeopleS. Its a venue that caters to the diversity of the community, which is tough to do. A lot of clubs fit a niche. The Orange Peel pretty much covers everything. I love going as a fan and its my favorite place to play.

Orange Peel named one of America's top five clubs by Rolling Stone by Tony Kiss published April 14, 2008 6:46 pm ACT

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Tailgate Market Season



4/14/2008 - Tailgate Market Season

Spring has hit Asheville! Now you can enjoy all the amazing local produce from a variety of tailgate markets including:

Asheville City Market
Public Works building
161 S. Charlotte St.
Starts April 19, 2008

North Asheville Tailgate Market
UNC-Asheville campus. Enter the campus via the Weaver Blvd. traffic circle and follow signs.
Saturdays 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Starts April 19, 2008

French Broad Food Coop
76 Biltmore Ave. next to the French Broad Food Co-op.
Saturdays 8:00 AM- 1:00 pm
Starts April 19, 2008

Greenlife Tailgate Market on Wednesday Afternoon
Greenlife Grocery, 70 Merrimon Avenue
Wednesdays 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Starts April 16, 2008

Greenlife Tailgate Market on Sunday Afternoon
Grassy area off parking lot of Greenlife Grocery, Merrimon Ave.
Sundays 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Starts May 4, 2008

Wednesday Afternoon Downtown Tailgate Market
76 Biltmore Avenue, in the parking lot next to the French Broad Food Coop
Wednesdays 2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Starts April 30, 4008

Black Mountain Tailgate Market
500 Montreat Rd. (Hwy 9 N. at exit 64 off I-40)
Black Mountain, NC
Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Starts May 10, 2008


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he beginning of baseball season in asheville



4/1/2008 - The beginning of baseball season in asheville
by ACT

ASHEVILLE There are several ways to tell when spring has arrived, but the one true test is the return of the Asheville Tourists baseball team to historic McCormick Field ballpark.

The team has started its 2008 season, and a lot of balls are likely to be knocked around the park before its all over on Labor Day.

Along the way, many a hot dog and cold beer will also be consumed.

The Tourists have made a few changes at the park this year. For example, concessions servers will wander throughout the park selling hot food and cold drink (but not beer).

That includes bleacher general admission seating. Brews will no longer be delivered to the reserved seats, but theres a beer express window for season-ticket holders.

Some new box seats have been added under the press box, and for the first time in recent memory, two Sunday night fireworks games will be played.

But mostly Tourists baseball is unchanged since the park opened back in 1924.

Here are five big reasons to hustle out to the park this season:

Real baseball

This is the honest-to-Babe Ruth version of the game (in fact, the Babe actually did play on this same field).

The young Tourists are the baseball stars of tomorrow, and the game is played close to the fans. The premium on-field seats almost put you in the game. But even a bleacher seat offers a great view.

Thirsty Thursday

At every Thursday night home game, domestic beers are $1 and draft microbrews are $2. The promotion always pulls a huge lively crowd. Bring your ID.

Another cup of Joe

Tourists manager Joe Mikulik, who is starting his ninth season leading the team, can get riled up when he thinks his boys arent getting a fair shake from umpires. Back in 2006, he erupted in an on-field tirade was so wild that it wound up on "The Tonight Show" and ESPN and can still be found on YouTube.

Beyond the on-field fireworks, the guy knows his baseball. And hes managed more Tourists games than anyone in history.

More fireworks

The Tourists will host four after-game fireworks shows this year on May 25 (for Memorial Day), July 4-5 (for Independence Day) and Aug. 31 (for Labor Day). The views are spectacular.

The return of Bobby Sax

The well-known street musician will be outside the ballpark just after home games, playing that saxophone.

Sax (real name Robert Hughes) is still trying to get resettled after losing his home and his instruments in a fire last winter. (The instruments have been replaced, thanks to fans.)

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