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ENGAGE WNC: Ways to engage the Asheville-area community this week



1/23/2012 - ENGAGE WNC: Ways to engage the Asheville-area community this week
by Jason Sanford - Asheville Citizen Times

New Media Gallery opens

 ASHEVILLE - The Asheville Art Museum will hold a preview party celebrating the inaugural exhibition of its New Media Gallery at 7 p.m. Thursday at CityMac and Village Antiques on Biltmore Avenue.

 The exhibition is called "Prime Time: New Media Juried Exhibition." The new gallery will be in the museum's newly expanded east wing, set to open in March. Last fall, the museum invited submissions from North Carolina artists working with screen-based, new media artwork such as video art, experimental animation and time-based media. 

Get your zombie on

ASHEVILLE - ZaPow art gallery will host a "Zombies and Lusty Ladies" party at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at Suite 101 at 21 Battery Park Ave.

Attendees aren't required to dress up, but costumes are highly recommended. There will be free Wee Heavier beer from French Broad Brewing, live music from The Mad Tea Party and prizes for the best fictional character zombie, best lusty lady zombie and most gruesome zombie.

For more information, check out ZaPow on Facebook or follow the gallery on Twitter @StudioZaPow.

New energy website launched

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture launched an updated website that will give users quick access to USDA energy-efficiency and renewable energy data.

The site,, will provide users access to data on agriculture and forestry, as well as economic and social data.

The goal is to increase public awareness of USDA's energy research, commercialization of new technologies and education activities. It also provides a type of technical assistance to people thinking about an energy project.

Rooms to Go celebrates grand opening

ASHEVILLE - Rooms to Go has come to Asheville and celebrated its grand opening on Saturday.

The furniture store is in the former Havertys building on Tunnel Road.

Talk on sustainable tourism set

HIGHLANDS - The director of outreach at the Center for Sustainable Tourism at East Carolina University will talk about tourism as a place-based approach to economic development at 2 p.m. Jan. 31 at First Presbyterian Church of Highlands.

Alex Naar will also discuss success stories from other communities and lessons learned in the field. for more information, go to, email or call 526-0890, ext. 256.

New chairman of the board at Leadership Asheville

ASHEVILLE - There's a new chairman of the Leadership Asheville's board of directors. Bill Treasurer succeeds Charles Frederick, who served as chair for three years and was instrumental in moving the organization into an independent nonprofit.

Treasurer is founder and chief encouragement officer at Giant Leap Consulting. Treasurer participated in Leadership Asheville in 2006.

"Leadership Asheville helped me develop a wonderful network of fellow leaders, learn a ton about our special community and deepen my understanding about leadership," Treasurer said in a statement.

"My aim as chairperson will be to introduce more aspiring leaders to this wonderful program."

Leadership Asheville works to enhance community leadership by developing, connecting and mobilizing residents in the region.

Biltmore Park Town Square honored for design

ASHEVILLE - Biltmore Park Town Square was recognized for its quality design from the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Biltmore Park's urban village won national recognition for innovative design and development of a new project for retail projects at the ICSC U.S. Design and Development Awards event held in Las Vegas.

Pandora music to its own ears

USA TODAY reports that life is good for Pandora, the personalized online radio service.

Founder Tim Westergren's site has more than 125 million registered users, a big jump from 75 million at the same time last year.

Pandora has expanded its reach into the car with 16 alliances -- including new ones with Kia and Acura -- compared with four car companies at this time last year.

Monthly listening, on average per user, is now at 18 hours, and shares of its stock are up 21 percent this year, USA TODAY reports.

Coming off a successful $2.6 billion IPO in 2011, Westergren says the company is at the "tipping point" of expanding beyond the early adopters into a service that he says will one day be utilized by billions of consumers.

Forum on green building

HENDERSONVILLE - The Environmental and Conservation Organization's Green Energy and Sustainability Committee will hold a forum on green building at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the organization's conference room in Hendersonville. The event is titled "Lessons from green homeowners, their success and challenges." Questions will be answered by owners of green homes. George Tregay, the committee chairman, said people want to know how ownership of such homes has worked out in terms of planning and as an investment. Call 692-0385 or visit

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