Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Asheville YWCA Black & White Gala 10/1

YWCA Black & White Gala October 1st, 2009 

The YWCA of Asheville's fifth annual Black & White Gala will be held on Thursday, October 1, at 7:00 pm at the Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. The evening will feature high energy dance music by Westsound, silent and live auctions, and food from local restaurants. Festive black and white attire is encouraged.

The mission of the YWCA is eliminating racism and empowering women. Tickets are $40/each or two for $75. All event proceeds will go to support YWCA programs aimed at bridging gaps in child care, education, health care, and earning power. Have a blast while helping others! 

To reserve tickets, call Tami Ruckman 254-7206 x 206 or go to www.ywcaofasheville.org

Asheville: CNBC at Weaverville Walmart for "The NEW Age of Walmart", shows 9/23 at 9pm

CNBC's David Faber takes you back inside the biggest company in the world for an all-new, unprecedented look at the retailer. Watch the first sit-down interview with the new CEO. Learn about the aggressive new "green" policies and what's behind the new store overhauls. Then decide for yourself: is it a brand new day, or business as usual? Whatever you may think of Walmart, it keeps growing, even in the worst economy since the Great Depression. A CNBC Original, "The NEW Age of Walmart" premieres Wednesday, September 23 at 9P ET on CNBC.

CNBC recently traveled to Weaverville, where we shot quite a bit of our upcoming CNBC Original documentary, "The NEW Age of Walmart." Thought you might like a sneak peek: http://bit.ly/VusYN

The full 90-minute documentary premieres Wednesday at 9p ET. You can check out the show page and web extras at http://bit.ly/xG6gc

Slideshow: http://bit.ly/CC5Kk

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

It’s another funky party up in BootyBandLand! Sept 24-27th

In a chill spot called Booty Band Land, musicians and artists will flourish through an epic celebration not to be missed… or forgotten. This festival was created to provide an affordable and interactive, yet top-quality event that will showcase the excellent emerging artists in the region, as well as some world-class greats. Having the festival in the breathtaking Tennessee mountains, at the perfect time of year, only makes it that much better. Explore the website to check out the incredible lineup, the funky theme camps, the Saturday night effigy burning of the Booty mama, DJs, art and craft, performance artists and so much more. Then, make your plans for Booty Band Land! There will also be a Bootygras Masquerade, so your costume and boogie!

Date, Times, & Details: The festival will start on Thursday, September 14th for those lucky enough to make it, with music starting at 6pm and continuing on all three stages until the early AM. Booty Band Land will rock a FOUR-day weekend through Sunday September 27th, with music on three stages. Ticket process stated off low with early bord being $59, They are $79 at the gate and extra perks are available to purchase. Booty Band Land is going to be held at The Sneedville Yacht Club Ranch, located at 343 Lawson Road in Sneedville, TN 37869. It is about 2 hours from Asheville, 1 hour from Knoxville. Call for more info: 404-255-6100.

Festival Performers include (bands in bold have members living in Asheville area): Two sets of Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band on Friday and Saturday nights; The Big Ol Nasty Get Down closing out the festival on Sunday night; two night of Donna the Buffalo (Thurs and Fri); Sipe, Sears, and Fountain (WNC); Gent Treadly & Steven Molitz (NYC); Mad Tea Party (Asheville), The Asheville Horns (Avl); Eymarel (Avl); Jonathan Scales Fourchestra (Avl); Jen and the Juice (Avl), Electrofunkadelica (San Francisco), Sci Fi (Wilmington); the Mantra’s (Greensboro); Stereofidelics (Avl); Danny Bedrosian’s Secret Army (Tallahesse); Ga Na Si Ta (Knoxville), the Soular System (Tallahassee), Lefty Williams Band (Atlanta); Hot Politics (Greensboro); Dot Line Projekt (Atlanta); Agobi Project (Avl); Wezooga; BPL (Boone); Tennessee Jed (AVl); Rollin in the Hay (Birmingham); Bums Lie (Charlotte); Matt Williams and the Ocean (Avl); Susannah Masarie (Atlanta/Boone); Blue Haired Ladies (Atlanta), and more . . .

About the Venue: The Sneedville Yacht Club Ranch is located in Sneedville, TN. This is about 2 hours from Asheville and definitely worth the trek. Sneedville Yacht Club Ranch is a beautiful 135-acre farm located on the Clinch River in the mountains of NE Tennessee. Along with camping, disk golf, canoeing, kayaking and mountain biking are also available.

Theme camps will be encouraged at Booty Band Land. A theme camp is a group of people collaborating to camp together and create a common theme to present to the Booty Band Land participants at large through services, activities, a great place to hang out, art, performances, etc. Just about anything goes and the themes and offerings span a wide range. A theme camp could center on a dance club, a bar, a classroom, a chill crash space, a stage for wild performances, an amazing art installation, etc. Creativity rules!

Theme camps often provides their own water, power, building equipment, labor, etc. And everything that comes in, goes out, leaving no trace. PERIOD! Theme camps will often also have their own schedule of events, classes, presentations, etc. A theme camp doesn’t have to be big. It could be three friends camped around their art project or the base that launches a mobile theme camp or troops carrying services out into the city.

Other items scheduled: Morning & Evening Yoga, The High Noon Patriots discussion session, a 12 step community support… maintain your clean lifestyle while supporting others, Workshops hosted by Al Al on Bass, Jeff Sipe on Drums and Lefty Williams on Guitar, and early morning DHJs for those wanting to party til Sunrise with the Booty Band! Johnny Blue Ray will also be filming a DVD of the entire event

On the web:




Booty Band Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKqR3-8oicE

Come on out and shake your booty!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Asheville Disaster Preparedness by ARRR

ARRR Takes Disaster Education to New Levels

Written by Sonia Hendrix September 8, 2009

National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort held each year to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities. American Rainbow Rapid Response (ARRR), a popular local Asheville hurricane relief and educational chapter, is announcing in corroboration with September's National Preparedness Month, the opportunity to sit in on free classes teaching local citizens how to stay informed and updated on ongoing emergencies in the Asheville area. The classes are sponsored by "The Ready Campaign," a national public service advertisement sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in partnership with the Ad Council and National Citizen Corp. The program will be taught at 98 ½ N. Lexington at the Livin' Roots Center on Thursday, September 24 at 6pm. A second class will be held Saturday 26 at 11am. Seating is limited. To reserve a seat email an ARRR representative at r.proxy@hotmail.com .

"Asheville is certainly a strong city, but we are still not safe from severe weather such as thunderstorms, tornadoes, and even earthquakes. We want to take safety education to a whole different level by revamping the curriculum to make it exciting and combine this opportunity to learn and have fun while doing that," said Aaron Funk, director of the ARRR Asheville Chapter.

As a result, ARRR is also collaborating with local musicians from the Asheville area in an effort to raise support for their past and upcoming relief efforts by announcing "Bringing Down the House," where music and hurricanes will collide, Friday September 25 at the Rocket Club. Bringing Down the House, will premiere local hip hop, rock, and blues artists, along with some of our city's finest Asheville icons. The lineup starts with a local up and coming singer/songwriter Matt Williams, known for his one-man band style and soulful sound. Followed by Habibigy, a world folk group noted for their sweet rhythms with band members Ian Harrod on bass, Melissa Hyman on cello, Jason Moore on tenor sax, Michael Lott on drums, Spencer Taylor on mandolin, and Barrell House Mama's, Eleanor Underhill on banjo. Members of Granola Funk Express, also known as G.F.E. and Big Money Band will then perform starting with Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Dr. Strange Mouth, DJ Adam Strange, finishing up with a nice head banging session from rock group, Super Collider. Doors open at 9pm with music starting by 10pm. All proceeds will benefit American Rainbow Rapid Response.

Disaster education classes will be held the day before and after Bringing Down the House. A swine flu question and answer segment is tentatively being held for 6pm, September 26 where citizens are encouraged to come and sit in with a panel of local epidemiologists.

To find more information visit ARRR at www.americanrainbowrapidresponse.org

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Twestival Local Asheville 2009

In February, people from all over the world joined together for Twestival and community by community raised over $250,000 for 55 different clean drinking water projects. All of this was organized using Twitter, the social networking tool where "micro-bloggers" post "tweets" in 140 characters or less. Twestival Asheville raised three times the international average.

This weekend, cities all over the world are participating in Twestival Local and the international event promises to be even better, with the hopes of raising one million dollars in one month.

Asheville, North Carolina, known for it's staggering natural beauty and vibrant arts community is also home to a an active Twitter community that will be out in full force for Twestival Local.

On Sunday, September 13th at Asheville Pizza & Brewing at 77 Coxe Avenue from 2PM-8PM, Twestival Local Asheville will be raising money for the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP), a non-profit that promotes environmentally sound, economically viable, and healthy local farming. Asheville's Twestival Local will include farm fresh produce, a photo booth, a pizza pie creation contest, Corn Hole contest + some incredible raffle items. In addition to a live musical cakewalk, Asheville's own Now You See Them will be headlining the musical entertainment.

This is an event not to be missed in Western North Carolina! It will be a great place to hear some Asheville bands and network with internet savvy, influential people in the community while raising money for a good cause. So while we support buying and eating local, let's take a day to celebrate that at a local gathering!

Purchase tickets here: http://asheville.twestival.com/Asheville Pizza & Brewing: http://www.ashevillepizza.com/ To find out how you can help, email Twestival Asheville at avltwestival@gmail.com & follow them on Twitter http://twitter.com/avltwestival. Find them on Facebook at Twestival Local Asheville. This press release was donated to Twestival by Leaflet PR. http://Leafletpr.com

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