Friday, May 29, 2009

Godspell Asheville June 19-21 2009

GODSPELL - Godspell is Back!
Godspell Asheville
Fri Jun 19 at 7:00 pm until Sun Jun 21 at 7:00 am
Orange Peel at 101 Biltmore Avenue
Phone is 828-277-1637
Email is

Vocal chords warming back up, guitars tuned, lines run through… The excitement is rebuilding, and Godspell is heading back to the Orange Peel for another set of 4 shows. Tickets are going fast - you don't want to miss the return of one of the most talked-about !shows in Asheville!The longest running off-Broadway show inside one of the top five performance halls in the country will, without a doubt, provide great entertainment.

Godspell, the musical by Stephen Schwartz and John Michael-Telebak, opened on Broadway in 1971 and has been a wild hit for millions ever since.The Highland Acting Company will bring a fresh and relevant portrayal of the 70's musical - utilizing modern art forms while embracing the original nuance of the Musical's comedy and memorable songs, "Day by Day" and "Prepare Ye"

The Highland Acting Company will also introduce Resurrectio, an original act telling the story of the resurrection of Christ through stirring songs, "Three Days", "Mary's Song" and "Go".

This new local acting company will deliver powerful vocals, innovative theatre, and a strong production- all with a humorous edge. A great new version of a Broadway classic!

Laurey Bikes - Still Time to Help!

Laurey Masterton of Laurey Bikes

I am finally beginning to feel like I live here and that it is okay to be home after this ride. Wow - what a challenging and difficult re-entry time. Just about one month. Sheesh.

I took my bike to the shop today and got it tuned up. When you crash and get parts switched around there is a time of adjustment. I have been back on my bike a bit, enough to know that things were not quite right. But then again, my body has been out of kilter too so I was not sure it was the bike. BUT, there was some tweaking that needed to happen, a cable needed replacing, screws needed to be futzed with. Now, once again, I am ready and will get out there tomorrow. Yay. I thought I would share with you that I'm at the beginning stages of imagining a book project of this ride. It's all very fresh in my mind, not even enough to be able to write clearly about it, but, well, now you know almost as much as I do. Live. Love. Bike. Following the Golden Thread. Stay tuned.

Oh, and just so you know, I am still writing a bit on the blog page so do check in every so often if you are so inclined. I have not been able to figure out how to post something there and have it automatically appear here. Still trying to do that. At the moment I seem to be writing about once a week or less, so it's not the most pressing thing.

And finally, it looks like I will finish the fundraising portion of this ride at around $36,000.00, give or take. So thanks to all of you who chipped in. This money will make a difference toward looking for a definitive test for ovarian cancer and to spreading the word about the signs for early detection. I hope there will come a time when all this is a moot point. For now it is not, so thank you for helping me.

Oh, and if you still would like to be a part, I am still accepting donations. Send a check made out to Jubilee, attn: Laurey Bikes to Jubilee at 46 Wall Street, Asheville, NC 28801.

For now - ciao, And thank you. Laurey

Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Birthday Firestorm Cafe & Books

Firestorm Birthday Bash - Celebrating a Year of Community Empowerment!

Host:Firestorm Cafe and Books
Sat May 30 from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm at Firestorm Cafe & Books at 48 Commerce Street
Phone: 828-255-8115 or email
Cooperation and community support has kept Firestorm Cafe & Books alive and kicking through a highly competitive first year. To celebrate, the worker-owners of the collectively managed cafe, bookstore and venue in downtown Asheville wish to invite you to an all day Birthday Bash, including kids' events, awesome promotions and live music. 10am - 12pm Kids' Activities, 2:00pm - 5:00pm Inter-Cooperative Dialog(See event listing for details), 8:00pm - 11:00pm Live Music (Juan Holladay & Eliza Sydney are Wildflowers, Adam Trice, Ash Devine, Sweetwater Revolver and Kimbi the Goddess) Free samples! Discounted coffee! Free book club membership with book purchases! ($25 value)

2nd Coming Open Forum Asheville Aramaic

Asheville Aramaic Healing Circle
The Second Coming of the Divine Christ Within - An Open Forum
Host will be Dale Allen Hoffman
Fri May 29 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Namaste' Yoga Sanctuary on 57 Broadway
Phone: 828-253-6985

A profound fusion of meditation, ancient Aramaic teachings, recitations, chanting, vocal intonation and conscious breathwork. This Circle will focus on what ancient Aramaic, Hebrew and Greek texts say about what we call "The Second Coming" and how we fit in. Includes an open forum and supportive dialogue among participants of how we can realize and nuture our place within this process of human awakening. Suggested $20 Love Offering but NO ONE is turned away!!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

On The Verge - Closing Reception 5/28

On the Verge Closing Reception by WNC magazine, Thu May 28 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm Asheville Area Arts Council - Biltmore Ave. across from the New French Bar
Phone is 828-210-5030 Email:

Over 150 visual artists in Western North Carolina entered, but only ten were selected to be in the On the Verge feature in our magazine, and show at the Asheville Area Arts Council. This is your last chance to see the selected works and meet some of the artists and people who helped make the first ever On the Verge contest such a success. Light bites, wine, and beer will be available. For information on entering On the Verge next year, please contact WNC magazine

Do the Asheville Tango on June 5th!

Friday, June 5- at the FBFC Movement and Learning CTR - 90 Biltmore Av, 28801

Tangogypsies Presents - Daniel Trenner 

7 PM to 8:30 PM – Class 1 - Absolute Beginners Workshop - "Zero to Tango" Daniel's famous Intro to Tango class. Newcomers encouraged. Experienced dancers will benefit from this totally basic approach as well, so if you've never experienced this class from Daniel please come whatever your level. Bring your non- dancer friends and get them started!!  

Cost per person- $20. For full event details, schedule and pricing - Contact- Karen Jaffe Thank you!

YWCA Special Bike and Commuter Pass

Special Pass for Commuters who Bike or Walk

Whether you walk or bicycle to downtown Asheville, you now have an opportunity to shower before heading into the office.

The YWCA of Asheville at 185 S. French Broad Ave. is introducing a trial program called the "Y Commute Pass" which will be offered during the months of June, July and August 2009. This program will allow bicycle commuters and walkers access to the locker room, a locker, and shower for $50.00 for the three months.

For more information, contact Carol Severance at the YWCA, 254-7206 x105.

NC Stage - 3 Times the Comedy!!!

Opening May 26, Like Mother

Shannon Polly wrote and stars in Like Mother. Like Mother is a musical comedy about one bride, one mom, and one mother of a wedding.  Shannon Polly recounts her real-life wedding saga, a journey through six showers, three receptions, and one cheese sculpture of the Empire State Building - all organized by her over-the-top mom. Anyone with a mother will recognize the insanity that can spring from unconditional love. Like Mother runs in repertory with two other comedies! All tickets are "choose your own ticket price," from $15 - $30.

Opening May 27, I Wrote This Play To Make You Love Me

Anne Thibault wrote and stars in "I Wrote This Play..." Anne Thibault stars in this hilariously risque comedy about a struggling actress. Lysette is possibly pregnant by her married boyfriend, and stuck in rural Vermont rehearsing a production of Ibsen's A Doll's House. She struggles to put her life in perspective as she remembers (in vivid detail) the trail of one night stands she has left in her wake.  It's sex and the city....and the country...and a cheap French motel... and a friend's guest bedroom....  Contains strong language and sexual situations. For adult audiences only. I Wrote This Play... runs in repertory with two other comedies!  All tickets are "choose your own ticket price," from $15 - $30. Seriously!

Get tickets! Phone: (828) 239-0263 Web: In person: Pack Place ticket counter, 2 S. Pack Square Asheville 28801. Pack Place is open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm, and Sunday 1pm - 5pm. After hours, visit to get tickets. Support your professional theatre: make a donation to NC Stage! Visit to donate to NC Stage, or visit our website to learn more about in-kind gift, donating stock, and other ways to support your professional theatre!

Opening June 17, A Beautiful View

A bittersweet comedy starring Anne Thibault and Bitch of Bitch and Animal "A Beautiful View" by Daniel MacIvor is a funny and sweet play about a relationship that remains impossible to define. From their first meeting in a camping goods store, L and M seem the most unlikely of friends. But somehow, after many years, a lot of failed dates, and even a two-woman ukele band, their relationship becomes something more than they ever could have imagined.

A Beautiful View stars Anne Thibault and musician/actor Bitch (best known as one-half of the rock duo Bitch and Animal). June 17 - July 19 at NC Stage. A Beautiful View runs in repertory with two other comedies!  All tickets are "choose your own ticket price," from $15 - $30. Seriously!

North Carolina Stage Company • 15 Stage Lane • Asheville • NC • 28801

Bowl and Fight Breast Cancer Fri 5/22

Breast Cancer Awareness Bowling League
Hello everyone! This is just a reminder that we will be starting up on May 22nd. That's this Friday. We will meet briefly between 5:30 and 5:45 in the league meeting room and begin bowling directly afterwards. Bowling for the Cure is a really great program. AMF Star Lanes has been very supportive of this cause for the last two years and it's looking like it's going to be a great year to raise money for the cancer foundation. If anyone has indidual concerns please feel free to contact me either through e-mail or by phone at 828-691-4890. I'm looking forward to a fun and exciting 10 weeks with you guys. Thanks for all the support!! "Breast" Wishes, Lindsay Ellis

Rockabilly Retro Jello Wrestling 5/29

The modern day pin ups host a night of complete riotous behaviour!  This isn't your average night of jello wrestling.  Imagine burlesque girls and their vixen friends duking it out in giant pool of jello all in the name of rebellion and white liquour.  Bootstraps Burlesque is judging the competition and will make a special stage appearance to open the festivities.  The gals will be judging the wrestlers on costuming, theatrics, and of course the pin down! Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners.  Also, live rockabilly by our friends the Go Devils.  All this in the uber plush club Nashwa.  Pin Ups + Rockabilly + Burlesque + over the top Jello Wrestling  = one more of a good time! Fight Night! May 29, 2009 at Club Nashwa, 38 N French Broad - Doors @ 9pm $10 ADV -$12-DOS

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Gordon For Asheville! Come Help!

The City Council campaign is getting ready to swing into high gear, and I need your support.

I'm writing to ask if you would come out to my next campaign canvass on May 30th in West Asheville from 11-2. We've still got thousands of doors to knock on, and I need a lot of help to get it done. If the canvass date doesn't work for you, maybe you'd be able to join me for our next phone bank, June 2nd from 6:30 - 9pm. Every little bit helps!

If volunteering isn't your thing, know that a contribution can go a long way towards putting this campaign over the top. You can donate online at



BCGOP Constitutional Study Course 5/23

Constitutional Studies Course: The Making of America' on Buncombe County Republican Action Club
We need at least 50 people!
Sat May 23 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Kathie Lack has invited you to the event 'Constitutional Studies Course: The Making of America' on Buncombe County Republican Action Club!

Hi, All,This is the course we talked about previously. Please RSVP asap, so we can proceed with plans. Also, spread the word far and wide. We need at least 50 people. --Kathie Time: May 23, 2009 from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Location: TBA
Organized By: Kathy Rhodarmer and Kathie Lack

The organization presenting the seminar is the National Center For Constitutional Studies (NCCS). It's the same organization that publishes the Five Thousand Year Leap, and the Real book series on the founders as is seen on the front page of the 9-12 Project Asheville.

(QUOTE FROM NCCS SITE) "Each person should have a Study Guide that can be purchased at the seminar. To cover this cost we recommend charging $10.00 per person for the Study Guide's and committing at least 50 people to attend."

If I can bring the lunch idea together, the combined price for the lunch and the seminar will be around $25.00. and

See more details and RSVP on Buncombe County Republican Action Club:

*Event info taken from Facebook.

Asheville Ride in Silence Tomorrow 5/20

Ride in Silence: A slow and silent ride to honor those hurt or killed while riding public roads
Blue Ridge Bicycle Club
Tomorrow from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Asheville Chamber of Commerce 36 Montford Avenue

National Ride of Silence - Asheville Location. Join cyclists worldwide in a silent slow-paced ride (max. 12 mph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. The Asheville ride will begin at 7:00pm at the Asheville Chamber of Commerce. The relatively flat, 5 mile route travels through downtown, toward UNCA, and through Montford to return to the Chamber of Commerce.

CONTACT: Pattie Moore at 828-225-4941 or

Monday, May 18, 2009

Buncombe Home Invader Arrested!

Buncombe County Sheriff Deputies arrested a Leicester man in connection with an early morning home invasion where an elderly female was severely beaten.

Twenty One year old Coty Dustin Surrett of 140 Hayes Cove Road was charged with 1st Degree Burglary and Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury with intent to Kill after deputies responded to Robinson Cove Road in Leicester around 3:50 this morning after receiving a call from an elderly female that she had been beaten in her residence.

Investigators say Surrett entered the victim's residence and beat the sixty one year old numerous times with a blunt object. After the suspect left, the victim was able to leave her residence and go to a neighbor's where a 911 call was made. Deputies responding to the area found Surrett walking on the road a short time later and placed him in custody.

Surrett is being held at the Buncombe County Detention Facility under a $55,000 secured bond.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Zumba Workout 30 minutes from Asheville!

FUN classes especially for Adults—Classes available for all levels!

Inspired by Latin dance and music, ZUMBA® uses a variety of styles in its routines, including cumbia, merengue, salsa, reggaeton, hip-hop, pop, mambo, rumba, flamenco, and calypso.

Music selections include both fast and slow rhythms to help tone and sculpt the body.

ZUMBA® SPECIAL: Enroll Before June 1st and Pay… NO ENROLLMENT FEES! INTRODUCING: Ms. Sofia Aldana, Instructor... ZUMBA® Basic, ZUMBA® Gold, ZUMBA® Advanced Certified

Only at Smoky Mountain Dance Center, Thursdays 5:45p-6:30p AND Saturdays 1p-1:45p MONTHLY RATE: $25 ONE CLASS/WEEK or PAY-BY-THE-CLASS: $10. Please call Nicole at (828) 400-8504 with your class questions. EXPERIENCE WHAT EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT! Need Directions to the studio? Visit

"Dream Big…Dance Happy!" Nicole Polzella, Director

SMOKY MOUNTAIN DANCE CENTER - 1082 North Main Street, Waynesville, NC 28786 Phone: (828) 400-8504 Fax: (828) 454-1933

Friday, May 15, 2009

B-17 Yankee Lady comes to Asheville!

B-17 Yankee Lady visits Asheville Regional Airport! Great opportunity to see a WWII Legend!!!
Airplanes Direct Belles, Sat May 30 at 4:00 pm until Mon Jun 1 at 4:00 pm at the Asheville Regional Airport - 1 Aviation Way
Phone: 8283378069 Email:

Time to put on your 40's best and show your pinup style in front of a classic bomber from WWII. The B-17 is one of the most famous aircraft in the world, and the "Yankee Lady" is a beautifully restored piece that travels the country giving rides and reminding all of us of the glory days of aviation!

The Grove Apartments - Cheap Rentals!

Wed May 13 at 10:00 am until Mon May 25 at 9:00 pm
The Grove Apartments
600 Bulldog Drive 8282546237

The Grove is celebrating the end of the year with 30 LEASES for a HUGE DISCOUNTED RATE: $450/month, all utilities included and FULLY FURNISHED!!!!!!! STOP BY THE CLUBHOUSE AND/OR CALL US BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Asheville Downtown After 5 Tomorrow!!!

Don't forget! The 1st Downtown After 5 2009 is tomorrow!

Downtown After Five returns to Lexington Avenue (between Hiawassee Street and I-240) on Friday, May 15 from 5-9pm. The lineup includes Cadillac Jones, DJ Williams Projekt and Wilsin. Always free, this year, DTA5 is stepping up and offering three great bands.

Local band, Wilsin, is the opener hitting the stage at 5:15pm. Founded by Asheville's renowned singer/songwriter Will Hartzog, Wilsin blends a variety of musical backgrounds. The band brings innovation and experimentation to the stage and the result is a soulful sound.

Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, the DJ Williams Projekt (not a DJ, its his name) blends soul, jazz and R&B to produce an unforgettable live show experience. The band's members have shared the stage with Dave Matthews, John Legend and Karl Denson. The Projekt will start about 6:20pm.

Headliner Cadillac Jones, a funk-jazz band from Atlanta, Georgia, takes the stage at 7:45pm. Together since 2000, the band takes its influences from Herbie Hancock, James Brown and the Blackbyrds. Mixing driving rhythms, tight melodies and improvisational jams, the group creates a sound sure to get crowds moving and grooving.

May's Downtown After Five marks the official CD release party for Cadillac Jones' fourth album titled Rhythm Method.

DTA5 gives back to the community by partnering with local non-profits . The charitable organization mans the wristband sales tents and splits the money with the Asheville Downtown Association which produces the event. May's wristband recipient is the Asheville Area Arts Council. Other 2009 beneficiaries include Arts2People, Asheville GreenWorks, Downtown Asheville Residential Neighbors (DARN) and Asheville Sister Cities International.

Downtown After Five is committed to continuing reducing its carbon footprint. The concert series features biodegradable food and beverage containers, staffed compost and recycling stations, a solar-powered main stage, organic cotton staff and souvenir tee shirts and a complimentary bike parking corral.

Food vendors for the 2009 Downtown After Five Series are: The Lobster Trap, Nick's, Anderson Davis Hot Dogs, Ultimate Ice Cream, One World Vegetarian, Rolling Stone Pizza and Sugar Momma's Cookies.
Downtown After Five is a production of the Asheville Downtown Association, a membership organization committed to being the voice of downtown. For more information, visit

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

AVL Downtown After Five 2009 May 15th

Downtown After Five May 2009

Asheville Downtown Association
Fri May 15 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
North Lexington AT I-240 and Hiawassee
8282519973 or email

May 15, 2009 Lineup
5:15 – Wilsin
6:20 – DJ Williams Projekt
7:45 - Cadillac Jones

Live Music, Food, Beverages, Socializing & Dancing. Going green. The event has taken major steps to be more environmentally friendly and is reducing its carbon footprint through the use of compostable cups, plates and utensils, a recycling program, solar powered main stage and a complimentary bike corral.

Volunteer rewards program. We've put together a volunteer rewards program this year for all our great volunteers! If you'd like to lend a hand and meet some greet new friends, please contact our volunteer chairs at

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

5/13/09 Write Mind Institute 7pm in AVL

Business World/Ancient World: New Content, Same Questions

Todd Sattersten, author of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time, to discuss meta-themes and their context
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm 5/13/09
WriteMind Institute for Corporate Contemplation, located at 84 North Lexington
8282531733 or

The authors of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time , Jack Covert and Todd Sattersten, of "800-CEO-READ" found five collective meta-themes in the 100 books they selected: (1) Find a clear purpose; (2) Be aware that past experience and a mass of information can interfere with wise decisions; (3) Maintain a bias toward action; (4) Be open to change and (5) Seek feedback. Todd Sattersten is going to be at the WriteMind Institute for Corporate Contemplation, located at 84 North Lexington Avenue in downtown Asheville, NC to discuss these meta-themes and their context with Jonathon Flaum, director of the Institute and author of How the Red Wolf found its Howl: The Internal Journey to Leadership.

The discussion will center on how the five meta-themes found in The 100 Best Business Book of All Time are in touch with perennial human themes that trace its roots all the way back to the ancient world. Flaum and Sattersten will facilitate an audience discussion to explore the variety in which these themes take root and play out in our own contemporary lives. The event is $15.00 for members and $25.00 for non-members. The price of admission includes a signed copy of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. To reserve a seat please call the WriteMind Institute 828-253-1733

Monday, May 11, 2009

Terra Summer Camp 09 near Asheville NC!

Terra Summer empowers, builds knowledge, and heightens awareness of our world!!

Hey kids!!! What are you doing this summer? Sitting around bored, hot, wondering what is going on out there, maybe summer camps are too expensive, or maybe you are bored of the wonderful summer camps you usually attend... Maybe you are getting ready for high school and you want something different and interesting .... Here is a fun, affordable, cutting-edge, cool summer program that will get you looking at the world in a different way.

What will you do at Terra Summer? Make pies, pasta, and pizza, make your take-home worm home, learn to compost (and be kind to the earth), learn to cook great food from the coolest chef, Chad Gibson -- you will love him; learn all about how to grow your own .... watermelon from guru master horticulturist Pat Battle, learn to make some real Italian food, bake bread in our clay oven, grow your own veggies, make some pottery, learn about trade and fair trade and treating people on the other side of the globe in a cool way, the way you would want to be treated .... Learn what the world really looks like when you study it through food. And maybe sometimes we can throw some food around, too, depending on the mood of the chef. Maybe we can make MoonPies Terra-style, and cookies and do some really cool art and research a recipe that your grandma cooked for you. And sell produce from the Terra Veggie Van. And make new friends. And we can invite your parents to share with us. We will get all dirty and sweaty and learn that we can all have fun together in a very relaxed but smart way. And we are going to go for a field trip a week -- and at least once to pick berries and make jam for PB&Js. The whole idea is for you to understand that what you choose to eat and do matters -- not only to the people you see at dinner, but people you have never seen, around the globe. Children like you. Why should you care? Because you are one of those people, too.

We have changed the times and dates to best accomodate parents: July 6-August 14, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. (drop-off as early as 8:30 a.m.!) We will facilitate late pick-up if needed. Let us know if you have any questions or comments or if we can facilitate you in any way. Yes, the program is six-weeks long, but we will learn and accomplish a lot.

What do you say? The first three kids who complete and mail in an application for Terra Summer, fully committing to coming, can come for free. On me. (You must be in grades 6-8.) Sign up. You will learn, have fun, be well taken care of, eat great food, be different when school rolls around again, understand the world better, and perhaps even yourself. And be in the most connected summer program around.

Best to you, Terra Staff

Asheville Mental Awareness Concert 5/16

MAY HOPE - Mental Health Awareness Concert

Sat May 16 from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Contact by phone: 8287770783 or email

Featuring: TU MUNDO with NeoH, Robert Anders, Sid Hielbraun WOMANSONG, Susan Reinhardt and Richard Sackett and Friends... Come join us for an evening of musical brilliance!

Our purpose is to bring awareness of Mental Health Issues to the forefront while raising funds for the following Mental Health Agencies:
Copestone in & out patient Psychiatric
NAMI - Western Carolina
All Souls Counseling Center
A Hope Hospitality House

Tickets: $15 advance go to $20 at the door.

See you Saturday, May 16th at 7:30pm at ALL SOULS EPISCOPAL CATHEDRAL (Biltmore ave)

Hot Politics & Vertigo Jazz in Asheville

Hot Politics & Vertigo Jazz Project Live @ The Emerald Lounge (Asheville) The Funky Family Affair w/ Vertigo Jazz Project, Hot Politics, and Major Magick

Host: Hot Politics
Fri May 29 from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am
The Emerald Lounge at 112 N Lexington Ave
Major Magick 10pm, Vertigo Jazz Project 11pm, Hot Politics 12:30am, $7 Cover, Doors Open @ 8pm

Gordon Smith for Asheville City Council

Drink beer, eat food, meet Gordon Smith, have fun.
Gordon Smith for City Council
Thu May 14 from 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm at The Wedge Brewery - 125B Roberts Street

It's summertime. Time to swim, BBQ, play outdoors, and meet Asheville's favorite candidate for city council: Gordon Smith.

Come to "Get Your Gord On". There will be food, fun people, and exceptionally tasty beer. Get educated about important city issues, and learn how Gordon Smith will address them once elected.

Note: In honor of Strive Not To Drive Week, folks are strongly encouraged to bike, walk, car pool or use public transit* to get to the event.* Use Route #41 - which leaves the Main Transit Center on Coxe Avenue at 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm, and 10:30pm. Maps & schedules can be found here:

Get off the bus just before the French Broad River. There will be several transit experts at the party to help you catch the bus to get home. ;-)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Asheville Buncombe Bank Robber Busted

While getting off on I-40, exit 44, on Friday; I noticed 2 Police Officers standing outside of their cars and looking over the side rail and down the bank toward the rear of Burger King. I did not know what was going on exactly so I hit the TwitterBerry app on my Blacberry and wrote what I saw.

I arrived at Sand Hill Venable Elementary, signed in to see my daughter and volunteer in her class, and as soon as they gave me my visitors tag, people started running around the office and halls like mad saying "Perimeter Lockdown". Perimeter lockdown is where all kids go to their classrooms, doors are locked, and not opened until the "clear" signal is given. The lady at the front desk told me "just hurry up to her class". As I was walking down the hall a teacher just about jumped me and then a teacher with her said "he's okay, he has a visitors badge". Several other teachers and staff were on high alert, giving me a bunch of weird looks and me feel like I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I got to the classroom, they let me in, they let some other parents leave, and went over to my daughter and her friend near the window. She told me "I don't know what's happening, but I am scared". Then she said "what if someone breaks into the classroom?". I thought for a second, pulled out my Flip Video, gave it to her, and said "you will film, and I will kick some a.. " lol. Both of them started laughing.

Come to find out that there was a bank robbery on Smoky Park Highway in the West Asheville Enka area, less than a mile from the school, and the robber was on the loose. So just in case; they notified the schools in the area. About 30 minutes later they removed the "lockdown" and started getting back to normal. As I was walking out, the 2 kids with me pulled me into the book fair and that is where I got the update that the bank robber was caught near the Burger King, across from Cracker Barrel thanks to all of the local Law Enforcement Agencies swarming and working together. And then I put 2 and 2 together and that is why the Buncombe Sheriff was up on the bank. They were trapping the bank robber and had the rear of Burger King covered just in case the thief ran up onto the Highway. Busted, he was!

The End!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Useful Plants Nursery in Black Mountain

We are Useful Plants Nursery, a Permaculture-inspired plant nursery that grows plants for "edible landscaping" – i.e. the transformation of yards, vacant lots, and really whatever space you might imagine, into food and medicine-growing plots of land. We've been working to transform American agriculture since 2001 by putting the 'tools' – i.e. plants and knowledge to be food self-sufficient into as many peoples' hands as we can. We're doing this because we know that the US (and, increasingly, world) food system needs a major overhaul. We're depleting topsoil, polluting rivers and aquifers, and irrigating more than the world can afford, all in the name of making money. We're looking to turn those trends around by encouraging and enabling sustainable systems of food production.

Useful Plants serves the entire bioregion from Philadelphia to Tennessee to South Carolina and Georgia, and are looking to expand into "soil-recharging" fertilizers and landscape design services as well. One day, we hope that whenever someone calls us and says "I want to put an edible landscape in my___", we will be able to say, "yeah, we can do that".

Useful Plants Nursery is located at Earthaven Ecovillage at 1041 Camp Elliott Road, Black Mountain, North Carolina 28711. We can be reached on the web at, where you can also learn about our sister consulting business, Living Systems Design. You can also email or call (828)-669-6517.

The Funkidelic Masquerade Party May 9th

The Funkidelic Masquerade is on! Saturday, May 9, 8pm at The Orange Peel.

The Booty Band is fired up and promising an earth shaking show. Don't have a ticket yet? Tickets will be available at the door for $25 per person. Proceeds to benefit Project Access. We're also offering $5 off with college ID. 18 and over admitted, and all ages are guaranteed a good time. Don't have a mask or costume? We'll have masks for sale, so come as you are and let us funk you up.

US-UK Rob speaks of the Asheville Tram

"Asheville's Transportation Future - Tram"

A tram system would be splendid for the city of Asheville. The city and county are both poised to take on continuous population growth and a tram system would be cost-effective and green.

It would prove popular as has been shown time and time and time again in cities that have re-introduced modern tram networks, such as Nice (France), Manchester (UK), Amsterdam, San Diego and Portland (Oregon). This move would finally restore faith in a public transport system (which city's are increasingly noticing and thus taking action) and people would subsequently ditch their cars, or at least put them somewhere out of sight for the day, with the knowledge there would be no need for vehicles in a pedestrian-embracing city. This move would also benefit businesses in the downtown district, bringing much-needed economic stimulation from an increased volume of foot traffic from visitors who might have otherwise been in a vehicle.

It would encourage development to perhaps neglected parts of the city while bringing more attention on the city. It would become iconic and a memorable feature of a city that is increasingly dubbed "San Francisco of the East" and "Paris of the South". It would spread Asheville's blossoming reputation as a green city to far reaches of the country and perhaps even overseas. It would be innovative, daring, European, chic, unique and most-of-all attractive. Trams are beautiful and they beautify cities and it would make Asheville even more sexier than it already is. Bring on the tram!

Posted by US-UK Rob to Ask Asheville North Carolina at May 8, 2009 3:50 PM

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

NC Stage 'Choose Your Own Ticket Price'


Asheville, NC – North Carolina Stage Company is offering "choose your own ticket pricing" with price points from $15 to $30 for the remaining three plays in its 2008-2009 Season. These three contemporary comedies are running in repertory beginning May 26th: Like Mother, I Wrote This Play To Make You Love Me, and A Beautiful View. Now in its 7th season in downtown Asheville, NC Stage has been experimenting with its price structure in direct response to the current recession. The concept of "choose your own ticket pricing" is an expansion of the theatre's longstanding "Pay What You Can Night," in which patrons pay $6 minimum for a ticket.

With "choose your own ticket price," patrons can choose a ticket price within their means: tickets range from $15 - $30, with price points rising in three-dollar increments. The philosophy behind "choose your own ticket price" is that theatre should be available to everyone in the community, regardless of income. Anecdotal evidence from theatres around the country also suggests that overall ticket income actually increases when theatres allow patrons to choose their own price point.

NC Stage is closing its 2008-2009 season with three funny and poignant plays running in repertory. In theatre language, a repertory schedule means more than one play performing during the same time period – in this case, performing on alternating days of the week. For a full calendar of performance dates and times, visit

Like Mother is the funny recounting of Shannon Polly's real-life wedding, as planned by her overachieving mom. Every bride will recognize the frustrations and joys of the occasion, and everyone with a mother will appreciate the insanity that can spring from unconditional love. Subtitled "One Bride's Musical Journey Through 6 Showers, 3 Receptions, and 1 Cheese Sculpture of the Empire State Building," Like Mother features original songs, plus some familiar show tunes with new lyrics – such as the classic "Don't Tell Mama" from Cabaret.

Anne Thibault wrote and stars in I Wrote This Play To Make You Love Me, a hilariously risque comedy about a struggling actress. Lysette is possibly pregnant by her married boyfriend, and stuck in rural Vermont rehearsing a production of Ibsen's A Doll's House. She struggles to put her life in perspective as she remembers (in vivid detail) the trail of one night stands she has left in her wake. I Wrote This Play contains strong language and descriptions of sexual situations. Only adults will be admitted. A Beautiful View by Daniel MacIvor is a bittersweet comedy about two women who become lifelong friends – and perhaps something more. When L and M first meet in a camping goods store, their tentative friendship seems doomed to fail before it even begins. Each woman has preconceived notions about the other, but rather than hurt their feelings, they agree to have a drink together. What follows is a relationship that is as complicated as it is heart-felt, spanning several decades, one marriage, and a two-woman ukulele band.

A Beautiful View stars Anne Thibault (simultaneously performing in I Wrote This Play…) and Karen Thompson. Thompson has a BFA in acting from DePaul University, but is better known as half of the ground-breaking musical duo Bitch and Animal, which has toured with Ani DiFranco, the Indigo Girls, and Michelle Shocked among others.

North Carolina Stage Company is Asheville's professional theatre, named WNC's Best Local Stage Company for three years in a row by readers of the Mountain Xpress. NC Stage performs in its 99-seat theatre in the heart of downtown Asheville.

Tickets and show times: Tickets are $15 - $30, and patrons may choose their own ticket price for every performance. Call (828) 239-0263 or visit for tickets. Like Mother and I Wrote This Play… run in repertory May 26 – June 13. Like Mother closes June 13, and is replaced by A Beautiful View, which will run with I Wrote This Play… June 17- July 19. Performance schedule varies by week. Show times are 7:30pm for evening shows, and 2:00pm for matinees. For the full rep schedule, visit

Location: North Carolina Stage Company performs in a 99-seat theatre in downtown Asheville, entrance is at 15 Stage Lane, off of Walnut St. one block off Haywood St., next to the Rankin Ave. parking garage.

Sponsors: North Carolina Stage Company is grateful for the support of season sponsors The Colorful Palate, Greenlife Grocery, Imaging Technologies, Treadshots Photography, and the North Carolina Arts Council. Our ticket sponsor is The Chocolate Fetish, and concessions are provided by Izzy's Coffee Den and Sugar Momma's Cookies.

Asheville's Transportation Future - Tram

Asheville Design Center
Wed May 20 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Design Center is located on 8 College St in Asheville North Carolina

Join Joachim Bruder and ADC's David Johnson for a discussion about Asheville's transportation future.

Just as it did with the implementation of an electric Streetcar over a hundred and twenty years ago, Asheville now has the chance to (re)establish itself as a public transportation trendsetter in North America. A new electric rubber-tired Tramline would have a positive effect on the environment and would serve as a symbol of a future-oriented plan for Asheville's urban development.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Waynesville NC Salsa in Haywood County

The Salsa Workshop will be from 3:00 until 6:00, Saturday May 9th at Smoky Mountain Dance Center, 1082 N. Main St in Waynesville North Carolina.

Beginners Class 3:00-3:50, Intermediate Class 4:00-4:50, Advanced Class 5:00-5:50.

Classes are $15 each per person or $40 per person for all three classes

Please Contact Dave Burchfield, Owner of Floor Play Dance Company. Phone is (828) 734-8804 or (828) 734-6403. Email is | AskAsheville Youtube | Follow AskAsheville on Twitter |