ASHEVILLE LIVE- ABILITY - WINTER 2010- VIEWS & REAL ESTATE NEWS ...
Downtown Asheville's Grove Arcade provides plenty of holiday events to enjoy while you shop and eat at some of the most eclectic restaurants and businesses. Winter Wonderland at the Grove Arcade features a wide variety National Gingerbread House Competition, a special art exhibition featuring holiday cover art submissions from the Mountain Xpress, live holiday music during weekends, photos with Santa and special performances including a dramatic reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas that is sure to become a family tradition.
Illuminate your holiday with crafts, food and fun at our annual holiday event. Mountain Marionette performances at 2:00 & 2:40pm. Bring your camera, jackets and mittens for a stroll along the trails to see the animals. Hot beverages and baked goods for sale.
This production of The Nutcracker is produced by High Country Youth Ballet, a non-profit organization. Dancers are mainly students from Mitchell, Avery, and Yancey Counties. Please bring your family and friends to celebrate the season with this timeless Christmas tradition!
Historic Biltmore Village transforms into a quaint Victorian village on the first weekend of December for Dickens in the Village. Horse-drawn carriages will trot along decorated streets as carolers, storytellers and instrumentalists stroll the village in period costumes. Watch live excerpts from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol performed by the Montford Park Players while enjoying fresh roasted chestnuts.
Holiday Pops Decking the Hall by the Asheville Symphony Chorus & Asheville Symphony Children's Chorus.
The Asheville Art Museum is pleased to again partner with The Big Crafty Holiday Show to host it in Pack Place on Sunday, December 5, 2010 from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. Admission to this event is free. Voted Best Arts/Crafts Fair in Western North Carolina in Mountain Xpress's Best of WNC, The Big Crafty returns this December! In addition to the over 100 amazing artists and crafters, there will be food, music and fun! Firestorm Café will have refreshments available for purchase. DJ Whitney Shroyer will bring the music to help you get your holiday groove on. This December's Big Crafty will also see the revival of the ever-popular Craffle Raffle!
ASHEVILLE REAL ESTATE MARKET OVERVIEW::
If you are a home buyer, this may be a good time for you to invest in a second/ vacation or permanent residence in Asheville.The Asheville Citizen -Times reported in November, 2010 that Asheville home values have fallen nearly 5.3% from a year ago, according to the Federal Housing Finance Authority. "The Asheville metro ranked 254th out of 299 metros in the U.S. in price performance for the 12-month period ending Sept. 30. The ranking is based on sales and refinancing."
If you are a home buyer, consult with a local expert real estate expert before purchasing. NOTE:: The expertise of a real estate expert with advanced training in green-friendly matters can be especially valuable. For example, the Winston-Salem Journalreported that the EPA "is stepping up efforts to remove contaminated soil from a former apple orchard that is being converted into a subdivision. More than 100 trucks a day will haul dirt contaminated with arsenic, lead and pesticides from the site
ASHEVILLE GREEN-FRIENDLY LODGING::
Visiting or relocating to Asheville?One of the first major hotels in the United States to include a solar water heating system atop its roof, the Hilton Asheville will offers water that, throughout the hotel, including the pool, will be solar heated, will eliminate 25 tons of carbon dioxide per year, the equivalent of planting 7,377 trees. The solar water heating system is just one of the hotel's many environmentally focused features. More Sustainability Features and Photos.
ASHEVILLE SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES NEWS & VIEWS::
The word on the street is that the N.C. Wildlife ResourcesCommission has agreed to work with conservation groups to manage and find funding for an 8,000-acre tract owned by former U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor of Brevard, NC. The total purchase price is $33 million.
Read the inspiring story of the saving of one of Asheville's architectural landmarks, Helen's Bridge. "The saving of Helen's Bridge now gives us all the opportunity to walk under the "great arched bridge" and shout up to the bridge and listen for our echo, just as Thomas Wolfe did as a young boy in the early 1900's."
ASHEVILLE HEALTH AND WELLNESS::
Child Nutrition. December 2010.The House of Representatives approved legislation that will improve federal child nutrition programs: School meals, support for farmers through Farm to School programs, growing obesity rates among the young- that includes $40 million over five years in mandatory funding for farm-to-school programs, ensuring that more children are able to eat local, healthy produce, create school gardens, and use more local foods. "By connecting schools with local farmers, the bill creates a win-win for our nation's children and farmers and builds on a proven method of combating childhood obesity." stated Marion Kalb, co-director of the National Farm to School Network.
Addressing the challenges of childhood obesity, healthy aging and workplace wellness UNC Asheville is poised to address these challenges through the N.C. Center for Health and Wellness at UNC Asheville. http://www2.unca.edu/magazine/magazine609/around.html
Ten hospitals in the region are participating in ASAP's Farm to Hospital pilot program where they have the potential to act not only as a resource to treat the sick, but as a community role model for proactive healthy choices. Featuring fresh local foods and offering food and farm related educational programming both improves public health and sustains farms.
Take to the slopes for winter wellness. North Carolina's ski industry is growing. In fact, in addition to the wellness factors, you will be contributing to the wellness of North Carolina's economy. The N.C. Ski Areas Association reported that skiers and snowboards spent more than $88 million last season for lift tickets, equipment, lodging, food and other items.
"GREEN" OPPORTUNITIES- ASHEVILLE EMPLOYMENT/BUSINESS OUTLOOK::
If you seek Green Jobs in Asheville, check out the Green Press Initiative.
The Housing Authority of the City of Asheville (HACA) this year contracted with Green Opportunities' (GO) Energy Team to recruit, train and place public housing residents in jobs weatherizing public housing units. In its first four months the GO Energy Team created almost a score of jobs and weatherized approximately 1,200 units of public housing.
Economy. Asheville-based grocery-store chain Ingles Marketssays profit for the quarter ended Sept. 25 increased 63% from a year ago to $8.5 million. It attributed the increase to more shoppers. Ingles carries a wonderful assortment of organic foods and produce. Facebook, according to The News & Observer, Raleigh plans to build a $450 million data center in Rutherford County near Forest City. The company an 18-month construction process. German auto-parts maker Reich GmbHplans to open a factory in Asheville that will employ 56 to make parts for steering systems, transmissions and engines. Production is set to begin in the first quarter of 2011. And Sitelplans to hire 75 more workers at its Asheville call center, bringing employment to 575. It says changes in the health-care industry sparked the increase.
HIGHER EDUCATION IN AND AROUND ASHEVILLE::
UNC Asheville's Great Smokies Writing ProgramOffers Spring Workshops. Local writers will have the opportunity to hone their skills with the spring workshop series from UNC Asheville's Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP). The program will offer 11 workshops in poetry and prose, which will be offered in various off-campus locations in Asheville, Black Mountain, Burnsville and Hendersonville. Most classes are open to all interested writers but class size is limited; early registration is suggested.
Warren Wilson College hosts an annual conference of particular interest to Asheville Livability. This is the Mountain Green Conference where professionals convene annually to learn about and discuss "best practices" in sustainable and green construction, real estate, development, planning, and design. http://warren-wilson.edu/blogs/mtngreen/about/
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