Misc – Asheville Blog http://ashevilleblog.com Your Source for all things Asheville Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:02:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.14 How Would the Great Charlton Heston Fare in Today’s Cinema Industry? http://ashevilleblog.com/great-charlton-heston-fare-todays-cinema-industry/ http://ashevilleblog.com/great-charlton-heston-fare-todays-cinema-industry/#respond Tue, 09 Jan 2018 15:05:12 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11366  

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Charlton Heston is one of the most legendary actors of all time, and the man who died in 2008 at the age of 84 had starred in an astonishing 100 films in his distinguished career. As one of the most decorated actors in Hollywood, Heston was one of the main go-to stars for production companies in the 1950s. He is known for his exceptional performances in The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur, but how would the former Asheville Community Theatre manager fare in the modern age of film? Here we discuss some of Heston’s finest work, and think about how it could be different in today’s cinema.

1950s Work

Prior to making a name for himself in Hollywood, Heston and his wife decided to manage a theatre in Asheville, North Carolina in 1947. At the time, the two of them wanted to make it on the stage and perhaps hadn’t envisioned how successful Heston would later become. The theatre also thrived, and is one of the top locations in Asheville to visit to this day. Of course, the city is also famous for its musical roots, and the annual Christmas Jam and other unmissable events. Heston’s time in Asheville turned out to be short-lived, as a year after moving there in 1948 he returned to New York to work on Broadway, in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Heston’s breakthrough movie in Hollywood was Dark City in 1950. The film noir directed by William Dieterle centred on a group of hustlers taking a man for $5000 in a poker game. A lot of the action in the legendary actor’s debut silver screen performance took place in bricks-and-mortar casinos, but if Heston were around to star in a modern-day version of the film the poker elements could take place online. Even prestigious venues like the Hippodrome Casino have branched out to cater for online clients now as well. It may be hard to replicate the dark and gripping feel of Dark City using an online format, though. A Heston film from the 50s which could be spruced up for the 21st century is The Naked Jungle. The 1954 film from Byron Haskin saw Heston as a cocoa plantation owner faced with a plague of army ants. Now imagine that classic recreated for the modern day, but this time the protagonist is wearing virtual reality headgear like the Oculus Rift, and battling against hackers in a virtual jungle. That could make for quite an interesting premise.

Planet of the Apes and Action Work

Although Heston was one of the busiest actors in America in the 50s, during the next decade it was a while before he appeared in a big hit. The Ten Commandments in 1956 made him, while his turn in 1959’s Ben-Hur earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor. But after the William Wyler film it was nearly ten years before Heston starred in Planet of the Apes, one of the most iconic pictures of all time. The 1968 science fiction film from Franklin J. Schaffner saw Heston play an astronaut who ends up stranded on a strange planet where the apes rule over humans. The movie was so important, it was selected for preservation in the US National Film Registry due to its cultural and historical significance. While we can only speculate about how other Heston films would be adapted for modern audiences, Planet of the Apes has been through two other incarnations since the original. The first remake was from Tim Burton in 2001, and the film led by Mark Wahlberg stayed fairly true to the source material. The 2011 reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, directed by Rupert Wyatt opted for a fresh approach and depicted the creation of the super-intelligent apes before they went on to take control of their own planet.

In the 1970s Heston’s career took a turn towards action, and he starred in a couple of disaster films. Earthquake in 1974 and Airport 1975 the following year were both successful hits. There have been plenty of disaster films for the modern age that Heston could have starred in if he was still around, or if he had been born in a different era of cinema. The end of the world films of today have focused on issues like global warming, but an even more up-to-date one could perhaps centre on a crash of the world’s economies caused by hackers.

There is no doubt that if Heston was born a few decades later he would still be one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood. And it’s interesting to think what the modern-day versions of the classics that Heston appeared in would look like. Although we will never watch the late actor in anything new again, it may be nice to see some of his best films, like Ben-Hur, get re-released.

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The $650m Expansion of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort http://ashevilleblog.com/650m-expansion-harrahs-cherokee-casino-resort/ http://ashevilleblog.com/650m-expansion-harrahs-cherokee-casino-resort/#respond Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:31:03 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11269 Set on the Qualla Boundary of Cherokee is the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, one of only two casinos in North Carolina. Open since 1997, the Cherokee has become a leading gambling hub for the state since opening with only video poker for their guests to play some 20 years ago.

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Set on the Qualla Boundary of Cherokee is the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, one of only two casinos in North Carolina. Open since 1997, the Cherokee has become a leading gambling hub for the state since opening with only video poker for their guests to play some 20 years ago.

Operated by global casino and entertainment giants Caesars Entertainment, Cherokee is actually owned physically by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, who have used many of the revenues from the casino resort to improve the infrastructure in and around the Qualla Boundary. Notable additions to the local area include a new hospital, residential housing and a brand-new high school for local teens.

From video poker to 150,000 sq ft of casino floor space

At the time of the Cherokee Casino Resort’s arrival to North Carolina, the state was the only one in the United States not to have a lottery game. As part of its celebration of 20 years of trading in North Carolina, Harrah’s Cherokee has recently undergone a magnificent expansion of its casino and the resort’s range of entertainment and sports activities. An eye-watering $650m was spent on revamping and regenerating Cherokee in readiness for the next generation of casino gaming. The resort now features 150,000 sq ft of gaming space, with over 100 traditional casino table games now available to play 24/7 on the premises.

Blending old and new casino games

Harrah’s Cherokee is also trying hard to fuse the traditional glitz and glamour of a casino floor with the state-of-the-art gaming technology available today. Combining the traditional casino version of baccarat in a six-player digital format, Digital Mini Baccarito puts a refreshing twist on the classic 14th century version of the game. Furthermore, Cherokee has designed and built a dedicated to the resort’s ever-expanding Asian consumer base. “Le Fu Men” features stunning Asia-infused décor and an intimate gaming scene. The space plays host to the most popular derivatives of blackjack and baccarat, with the likes of European blackjack still lending themselves to a basic blackjack playing strategy, including options to double down and surrender, with some slight variations relating to dealer actions and additional payouts. Away from the tables, Le Fu Men also features an adjacent Noodle Bar, open Thursday to Sunday evenings, serving fresh and authentic Asian cuisine.

Such is the depth of entertainment at today’s casino resorts that the revamp of Harrah’s Cherokee has gone way beyond the casino floor. For couples and groups, the hotel’s Mandara Spa is a refreshing addition to the complex, with an 18,000 sq ft relaxation space with treatments and therapies available based upon traditional Balinese techniques, with the spa décor and furnishings replicating the Balinese way of life. Combine this with a trip to both the indoor and outdoor pools of the Cherokee and you can be sure of a morning or afternoon of guaranteed bliss.

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More than just a casino for locals and visitors alike

The multi-million-dollar expansion has also transformed Harrah’s Cherokee into a nightlife hotspot. Essence is a spacious new lounge that’s quickly become a vibrant social space for groups and couples, with live sport broadcast on the lounge’s 33 televisions and hipster music to enjoy over a glass or two of the bar’s premium liquors or American microbrews.

Aside from the entertainment and nightlife on offer, Harrah’s Cherokee is also fast becoming one of the most attractive destinations for corporate gatherings in the Great Smoky Mountains. The town of Cherokee now boasts its own impressive conference center and is ideal for anything from seminars and workshops to board meetings and large-scale conferences, with seating available for up to 3,000 delegates at any time, as well as the ability to put up guests overnight within the resort’s story hotel.

When it comes to entertainment and casino resorts offering a little taste of everything under one roof, there’s no doubt that the latest investment in Harrah’s Cherokee brings the resort in line with many of the best in the United States and beyond. Its unique position overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway is just another reason why visitors are flocking all year round to Cherokee today.


 

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Local Mentors Win Statewide Acclaim as “Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year” http://ashevilleblog.com/local-mentors-win-statewide-acclaim-big-brother-big-sister-year/ http://ashevilleblog.com/local-mentors-win-statewide-acclaim-big-brother-big-sister-year/#respond Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:59:45 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10948 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina is proud to announce local mentors William Dickerson and Lynne Keating as North Carolina’s Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina is proud to announce local mentors William Dickerson and Lynne Keating as North Carolina’s Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year.

Each year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America affiliates nominate local mentors to be considered for the Big Brother and Sister of the Year award for their state. A host of criteria are considered in the selection process, including how effective the relationship has been in assisting the child to achieve positive outcomes in the face of obstacles. Each chairperson for each state additionally looks at each “Little” brother or sister’s improvement in social-emotional wellness such as self-confidence and relationships with peers and family as well as how invested and active the nominated “Big” volunteer has been in engaging their community in the mission and work of BBBS.

It’s been five years since Dickerson, a resident of Buncombe County, first met his “little brother” Isiah.

“In these times—when so many things could divide us—being a Big to Isiah has allowed me diversity in life that I cherish to be a part of.”

As a result of their relationship, Isiah has discovered the opportunity to discover his talent in soccer through enrollment in a local soccer league as well as embracing his capacity for academic achievement.

“I always look forward to spending time with my Big Brother because when I’m with William, we always do something new,” says Isiah.

The coming year will be marked with yet another milestone and growth opportunity for Isiah as he steps into The American Adventure Service Corps—a year round program dedicated to inspiring young people to become compassionate and conscientious community members

Experiencing new things and expanding horizons are common benefits reported by both Bigs and Littles as a result of their match, explains Elizabeth Spaulding, BBBS Program Director of Cashiers, who’s been providing match support for NC’s Big Sister of the Year, Lynne Keating, and her “little sister” Sophie.

“Lynne has been a champion for Sophie, encouraging her and nudging her gently to spread her wings and set her sights high. Their relationship has blossomed with time, and through that, Sophie has become a more independent, confident, vocal, and successful young woman,” says Spaulding.

When they were first matched over three years ago, Sophie’s interest in art quickly became clear to Keating, who found an opportunity to nurture that nascent talent with frequent trips to local art center Bascom.

With Keating’s help, Sophie is now enrolled as an art student at a private school in north Georgia, where she is not only developing her artistic talents, but also discovering opportunities for leadership and project collaboration.

“Not only has Lynne helped me immensely these past couple of years, she’s proven to be an amazing friend,” says Biaso, “She’s never spoken to me as if I were a child. She’s always honest and willing to discuss, which is something I greatly appreciate. I think without Lynne I wouldn’t have been pushed to go out of my comfort zone in many situations, and I don’t think I would have progressed this much as a person without her.”

The National Big Of The Year Selection Committee will announce the National Big Of The Year in April, 2017.

Author Bio
Jordan Foltz is a advocacy writer, traveler, father, mentor and homesteader who lives just north of Asheville, NC.  He spent four years as a contributing writer at Mountain Xpress, covering sustainability, religion and spirituality and currently works both as Communications Coordinator with Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC and as Program Director for local mentoring and rites of passage organization Journeymen Asheville.

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Editor of The Laurel of Asheville Publishes Collection of Autobiographical Essays http://ashevilleblog.com/editor-laurel-asheville-publishes-collection-autobiographical-essays/ http://ashevilleblog.com/editor-laurel-asheville-publishes-collection-autobiographical-essays/#respond Fri, 23 Dec 2016 01:51:20 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10761  

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Frances Figart, editor of The Laurel of Asheville, has published a collection of essays that is now available through Amazon and select booksellers. The 92-page illustrated paperback, titled Seasons of Letting Go: Most of what I know about truly living I learned by helping someone die, chronicles a powerful time of crisis, transition and resilience. 

ffseasonscoverIn 2010, Figart (pronounced Fie-gert) was running kayak ecotours in Costa Rica and Canada’s Bay of Fundy, swept up in an international travel adventure. Back in the States, her mother was becoming weakened by the combination of a leaky heart valve and a chest wall damaged years before by a mastectomy and cobalt radiation.

“I made the decision to return and care for my mom in my old hometown of Winchester, Kentucky,” says Figart. “So I wouldn’t lose touch with my writing, I started a blog about my experience as a caregiver.”

Beginning just before her mother died and stretching over the last four years, the essays follow Figart’s transition to Asheville and share wisdom gained through caregiving and embracing grief in a healthy way. “Last year, I realized I had written my best essays during this time. It hit me: Why not publish them as a book to honor my mother’s life and help others dealing with loss?”

With inspirational quotes, song lyrics and literary references sprinkled throughout, the book is not only a personal account of loss and grief, but also a universal meditation on hope, spirituality and self-actualization. The essays are accompanied by stunning nature photography, colorful illustrations and graphic design elements that take the reader on an introspective journey of healing.

“If you or someone you know has experienced a loss or change in life, then this book will touch your heart,” says reviewer Leslie Donovan on Amazon. “The beautiful photography and illustrations add to the story of adventure, loss, change and renewal. As a Hospice nurse, I will recommend this book to my patients and families.”

UPCOMING BOOK SIGNINGS

Friday, January 27, at Metro Wines, Asheville, 5–6:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 25, at Gingko Tree Gallery, Black Mountain, 3:30–5:30 p.m.

Part of the proceeds from sales at these events will be earmarked for a Gatlinburg family who lost their home and pets in the November fires.

Seasons of Letting Go: Most of what I know about truly living I learned by helping someone die, autobiographical essays, 2016, softcover, $19.95, amazon.com, by Frances Figart. Learn more at francesfigart.com.

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Ready Set Grow Consignment Sale http://ashevilleblog.com/ready-set-grow-consignment-sale/ http://ashevilleblog.com/ready-set-grow-consignment-sale/#respond Mon, 12 Dec 2016 01:50:30 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10742 Ready, Set, Grow Children's Consignment Sale is coming to Burnsville, NC to host a 3 day event where you SELL, SHOP and SAVE on gently used baby, kids and maternity items.

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Ready, Set, Grow Children’s Consignment Sale is coming to Burnsville, NC to host a 3 day event where you SELL, SHOP and  SAVE on gently used baby, kids and maternity items.

Shopping a consignment event is a great way to SHOP high quality name brand items at 40-90% off retail! SELLING your items at the event is extremely easy.  As a consignor you determine the price of your items. You then receive 70% of the proceeds from your sale items. Prior to the sale you, the consignor, simply register, enter and tag your items online, and bring your items to the event site. We will then SELL  your items during our 3 day event and you receive a check with your proceeds.

Best of all, items marked for donation at the end of the sale, will go to local organizations for children and families in Yancey County who are in need.

We are also looking for vendors to help promote their business!  If you are interested in becoming a vendor, email Misty at Misty@readysetgrowkids.com with your name, business name, and phone number. She will answer any questions you may have as well as confirm there are open spots. Expect a vendor confirmation response within 2 business days.

Follow Ready, Set, Grow Children’s Consignment Sale to keep up with the Spring/Summer Consignment Sale details and other happenings.

Consignment sale happens March 22-25th, 2017.

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Merry Miracles for Local Families http://ashevilleblog.com/merry-miracles/ http://ashevilleblog.com/merry-miracles/#respond Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:56:01 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=9418 As the Christmas holiday draws near, families are feeling the pressure of providing gifts for their spouses and children. With 20% of Asheville's population living at or below the poverty level, many are struggling to put food on their table or gas in their vehicles, much less using additional finances to fund Christmas gifts. 

Like with our recent Thanksgiving initiative, AshevilleBlog is reaching out to our community and support those who find themselves struggling or needing additional help this time of year. We want to reach families who may not qualify for other traditional means of support through other local gift giving programs. 

Our mission is to equip a minimum of 100 families with gifts for their children and spouses to ease the burden of holiday costs. In a unique twist, instead of handing out generic age appropriate gifts for children, we want to empower the families and make them a part of the gift selection process. Our staff and volunteers will be setting up a shop and inviting families in during set hours to select and gift wrap gifts for their children - completely free. 

We have set up several donation stations across Asheville where you can drop off items to be set up in our store. Items for children of all ages, including teenagers, are appreciated. We also encourage items such as blankets, candles, movies, and other items that will allow older children or spouses to gift to each other. 

If you are interested in making a financial contribution to allow us to buy items in bulk at a discounted price, you can PayPal money to Ashevilleblog@gmail.com, or contact us to arrange for pickup. 

If you can't contribute otherwise but are interested in volunteering, there will be a signup form available. We need individuals to help run the store, sort items, pick up donations, and do other odd jobs. 

The store will be only open for one weekend during limited hours, and more information will be coming shortly. If you or someone interested in applying to be able to shop for free, please fill out this short application (available soon). The more donations we get the more families we can serve. 

You can find our donation stations at these convenient locations:

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As the Christmas holiday draws near, families are feeling the pressure of providing gifts for their spouses and children. With 20% of Asheville’s population living at or below the poverty level, many are struggling to put food on their table or gas in their vehicles, much less using additional finances to fund Christmas gifts.

Like with our recent Thanksgiving initiative, AshevilleBlog is reaching out to our community and support those who find themselves struggling or needing additional help this time of year. We want to reach families who may not qualify for other traditional means of support through other local gift giving programs. We are calling this our Merry Miracles program.

Our mission is to equip a minimum of 50 families with gifts for their children and spouses to ease the burden of holiday costs. In a unique twist, instead of handing out generic age appropriate gifts for children, we want to empower the families and make them a part of the gift selection process. Our staff and volunteers will be setting up a shop and inviting families in during set hours to select and gift wrap gifts for their children – completely free.

We have set up several donation stations across Asheville where you can drop off items to be set up in our store. Items for children of all ages, including teenagers, are appreciated. We also encourage items such as blankets, candles, movies, and other items that will allow older children or spouses to gift to each other.

If you are interested in making a financial contribution to allow us to buy items in bulk at a discounted price, you can PayPal money to Ashevilleblog@gmail.com, or contact us to arrange for pickup.

If you can’t contribute otherwise but are interested in volunteering with Merry Miracles, there will be a signup form available. We need individuals to help run the store, sort items, pick up donations, and do other odd jobs.

The store will be only open for one weekend during limited hours, and more information will be coming shortly. If you or someone interested in applying to be able to shop for free, please fill out this short application. The more donations we get the more families we can serve.

You can find our donation stations at these convenient locations:

  • Mitchell’s Tuxedos 3 South Tunnel Road (next to Sears)
  • Spellbound Book Shop 640 Merrion Ave
  • Orbit DVD 781 Haywood Road
  • Westside Artist Co-Op 726 Haywood Road

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Sanctuary Brewing to Host Kiwanis Drawing for Kids http://ashevilleblog.com/sanctuary-brewing-host-kiwanis-drawing-for-kids/ http://ashevilleblog.com/sanctuary-brewing-host-kiwanis-drawing-for-kids/#respond Tue, 22 Nov 2016 22:21:45 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10711 The Hendersonville Kiwanis Foundation is raising money to help support local programs for children in need.  Kiwanis is selling tickets for a $5,000 grand prize drawing and they need your help to buy tickets!

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The Hendersonville Kiwanis Foundation is raising money to help support local programs for children in need.  Kiwanis is selling tickets for a $5,000 grand prize drawing and they need your help to buy tickets!

  • Tickets are $100 and a maximum of 200 tickets will be sold! (57 tickets have been sold to date)
  •  Grand Prize is $5,000.00 (great winning odds!)
  • Drawing will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 at 6:30 PM at Sanctuary Brewing Company (you do not have to be present to win)
  • Funds raised will support programs such as: (1) buying shoes for kids in low-income families identified by the school systems who wear shoes that don’t fit, aren’t appropriate for weather conditions or are deteriorating badly (2) awarding college scholarships for kids that demonstrate financial need and academic prowess (3) providing baby supplies to underprivileged new mothers (4) supporting a student-recognition program that promotes character development, self-esteem and perseverance (5) funding dental screenings and cleanings for needy preschoolers and more!

Buying a ticket will help us raise the funds Kiwanis needs to continue these needed services and give you a chance to win $5,000 before the holidays!

Sanctuary Brewing will also be accepting kid friendly items such as toys and school supplies on behalf of the Kiwanis Christmas Drive.

DATE/TIME: December 8th, 5:30 PM

LOCATION: Sanctuary Brewing Company 147 First Avenue East Hendersonville, NC 28792

CONTACT: Lisa McDonald info@sanctuarybrewco.com, 828 808-5916

Tickets can be purchased here: http://hendersonvillekiwanis.org/drawing

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Wiley Cash to keynote 2016 Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction http://ashevilleblog.com/wiley-cash-to-keynote-2016-authors-for-literacy-dinner-silent-auction/ http://ashevilleblog.com/wiley-cash-to-keynote-2016-authors-for-literacy-dinner-silent-auction/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:21:24 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10380 New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash will keynote the Literacy Council of Buncombe County’s 9th Annual Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction on October 14, 2016. Cash will be joined by his brother Cliff Cash, a comedian who will emcee the event.

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New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash will keynote the Literacy Council of Buncombe County’s 9th Annual Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction on October 14, 2016. Cash will be joined by his brother Cliff Cash, a comedian who will emcee the event.

Wiley Cash’s debut novel, A Land More Kind Than Home, was a New York Times bestseller. His second bestseller, This Dark Road to Mercy, was an O Magazine Top Ten Title. His stories have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Roanoke Review, and The Carolina Quarterly.

“Wiley Cash is an important advocate for literacy in the South,” said Ashley Lasher, the Literacy Council of Buncombe County’s Executive Director. “Over the past five years, he has donated thousands of dollars to literacy councils across North and South Carolina. He does a beautiful job of weaving the issue and student stories into each of his readings. Our event guests will be both entertained and inspired by Wiley.”

A rising star on the comedy circuit, event emcee Cliff Cash is quickly climbing the ranks and was chosen as one of 30 semifinalists nationwide in Comedy Central’s UpNext competition/talent search. Cliff Cash finds absurdities in everyday culture, media, politics and dogma. He draws unique comparisons with a new twist to stand up.

The Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction featuring Wiley Cash will begin with a cocktail hour and silent auction to include distinctive art and crafts, autographed and rare books, and priceless opportunities to enjoy excursions in Asheville and beyond. Following the cocktail hour, event guests will enjoy a three-course dinner and presentation by a current Literacy Council student. Wiley Cash will then give the keynote presentation and autograph guests’ books. Book sales will be managed by Malaprop’s Bookstore & Café.

Event guests may upgrade tickets in order to attend a VIP reception with Wiley and Cliff Cash. This reception will include the opportunity to spend one-on-one time taking pictures and talking with the keynote and emcee, as well as enjoy hors d’oeuvres overlooking downtown Asheville.

Proceeds from the Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction will benefit the Literacy Council’s programs, which provide comprehensive literacy and English language skills to 350 students and 400 book recipients in Buncombe County annually. The Literacy Council gives opportunities to people who don’t believe they have a second chance to learn. Literacy and English language skills are tools that help people rise out of poverty and get better-paying jobs to support their families. Literacy allows parents to read to their children. Improved literacy skills benefit not only the struggling reader, but everyone in our community regardless of age, race, gender, or background.

Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction Event Details: 

 Friday October 14, 2016 from 6-9:00 at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel

 General admission tickets: $75.00

 VIP passes: $500 for two (limited number available), includes a meet and greet with the author

 To purchase tickets online www.litcouncil.com or call LuAnn Arena at (828) 254-3442 x206 for more information or to purchase tickets by phone.

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Asheville Based Web Series To Release Season 2 in September http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-based-web-series-to-release-season-2-in-september/ http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-based-web-series-to-release-season-2-in-september/#respond Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:55:58 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10364 FIRST SEASON TO BE DISTRIBUTED ONLINE BY U.S. TELEVISION NETWORK LAFF TV

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ASHEVILLE, NC-BASED WEB SERIES TRANSPLANTING TO RELEASE FIRST EPISODE OF SEASON TWO ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

FIRST SEASON TO BE DISTRIBUTED ONLINE BY U.S. TELEVISION NETWORK LAFF TV

Transplanting, a short-form comedic web series based out of Asheville, North Carolina, will release 10 new episodes in the fall of 2016. The first episode will be available to watch on Vimeo and via transplantingseries.com on Wednesday, September 7th. The release of season two coincides with an exciting development for the web series’ first season: Laff TV, a comedy-driven broadcast network will feature the first 10 episodes of Transplanting on their website (LAFF.com) and mobile platforms.

Directed by Andrew Vasco and written and produced by Lea McLellan, Transplanting follows the central character Maeve (Hayley Heninger), a transplant from New York City to the southern hippie mecca of Asheville, NC. Each episode in season one chronicles her personal growth in the new city, from detailing her graduate work at a babysitting interview to experiencing the wonders of yoni steaming in a new age women’s circle. The second season shows Maeve becoming more settled in the rhythms of her adopted town. Highlights include attending a yoga class with a cult following, playing tour guide to an unruly group of bachelorettes and struggling to find her voice in an exclusive writer’s group.

The first season surpassed the Vasco and McLellan’s expectations in terms of popularity: episodes were featured on Vimeo’s curated comedy page; on the widely read blog, Elephant Journal; and was accepted at numerous film festivals, including the Pilot Light Film Festival in Manchester, UK.  “In the first season, Maeve plays off these more extreme, bizarre characters,” says McLellan. “We’ve maintained that format for the second season, adding lots of new, out-there characters, but we also wanted Maeve have a stronger presence in her own right as the series progresses.”

Favorite characters from the first season also make comebacks, adding complexity to the storyline and allowing Maeve deepen her relationships throughout the ten episodes. Returning characters include Jade (Samantha Lebrocq), Dave (Drez Ryan), Thad (Alphie Hyorth) and more. All actors are local to Asheville, and all episodes were shot at various Asheville locations and businesses, including Battery Park Book Exchange, The Mothlight, Little Volcano Yoga, French Broad Chocolate Lounge, The Amazing Pubcycle, Franny’s Farm and more.

The show can be watched on Vimeo and via transplantingseries.com. Learn more about the LAFF network at LAFF.com. Transplanting season is slated to be featured on the LAFF website and mobile apps in the coming months — official date to be announced.

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NC Society for Human Resource Management State Conference Keynote Speakers Announced http://ashevilleblog.com/nc-society-for-human-resource-management/ http://ashevilleblog.com/nc-society-for-human-resource-management/#respond Thu, 07 Jul 2016 18:08:12 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10320  The 2016 North Carolina Society for Human Resource Management State Conference (NCSHRM) will take place September 28-30, 2016, at the U.S. Cellular Center. The largest event of its kind to be hosted by a local association at the U.S. Cellular Center to date, the NCSHRM Conference is an annual gathering of human resources professionals from around the state. Local organizers anticipate 1,000 attendees for the three-day event, with additional attendance expected for the individual keynote speakers and general sessions. 

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The 2016 North Carolina Society for Human Resource Management State Conference (NCSHRM) will take place September 28-30, 2016, at the U.S. Cellular Center. The largest event of its kind to be hosted by a local association at the U.S. Cellular Center to date, the NCSHRM Conference is an annual gathering of human resources professionals from around the state. Local organizers anticipate 1,000 attendees for the three-day event, with additional attendance expected for the individual keynote speakers and general sessions.

“After a nearly ten-year absence, the Western North Carolina Human Resource Association is thrilled to be hosting the NC SHRM State conference once again in Asheville. This year’s theme, “Lead Differently,” reflects what we believe to be one of our community’s strengths, and our planning team has worked hard to imbue the various conference elements with this spirit. With downtown Asheville as a backdrop, it is our hope that this event encourages attendees to collaborate and engage with each other and the world differently, and to innovate and inspire,” said Scott McLean, President Elect of WNC Human Resources Association.

The NCSHRM conference theme is “Lead Differently” and will challenge human resource leaders to rethink how they engage and motivate staff and colleagues. In addition to continuing education sessions, interactive vendor exhibits and networking opportunities, the event will feature three distinctive and dynamic speakers, all of whom are bestselling authors.

tom rathTom Rath is an author and researcher who studies the role of human behavior in business, health and well-being. He previously led Gallup’s division of research and consulting on employee engagement, strengths and wellbeing. Rath has written six New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers over the past decade, beginning with the #1 New York Times bestseller How Full Is Your Bucket? His book StrengthsFinder 2.0 was listed as the top-selling business book worldwide by the Wall Street Journal, The Economist and Amazon.com. One of Rath’s latest bestsellers, Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes, was inspired by his ongoing research into his own personal health challenges.

Rath was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder at age 16. The book describes the impact of eating, moving and sleeping on health and everyday energy and offers practical ideas on how to make better health choices.

janet mockTwice featured by Oprah Winfrey on the OWN Network, Janet Mock is the New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness and the host of So POPular! — a weekly MSNBC digital series about popular culture. Janet’s story of growing up trans caught the nation’s attention in a 2011 article in Marie Claire. Since then she’s become one of the most influential trans women and millennial leaders in media. TIME called her one of “12 new faces of black leadership” and one of “the most influential people on the Internet,” while Fast Company named her one of 2015’s “most creative people in business.” She is a sought-after speaker and the founder of #GirlsLikeUs, a social media project that empowers trans women. Janet is now a contributing editor for Marie Claire, a host for MSNBC and a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight.

simon baileySimon T. Bailey is the founder of what he calls the “brilliance” movement, whose mission is to teach one billion people how to be brilliant in an average world. He believes companies should invest in Personal Brilliance (bringing your best self to work every day); Leadership Brilliance (finding ways to bring out the best in people); Team Brilliance (letting individuals thrive together); and Service Brilliance (turning customer service into customer love). A sought after speaker, Bailey was inducted into the prestigious National Speakers Association’s Speaker Hall of Fame in 2015. His popular “Building Business Relationships” micro-learning course has been viewed by 10,000+ professionals in 100 countries. He has spoken on six continents to 1,000+ organizations including AT&T, IBM, MasterCard, Microsoft and Toyota.

Tickets for the three-day NCSHRM conference are currently on sale at www.2016avl.com/register.

Special rates are available for students currently pursuing a BA or graduate degree in the human resources field.

Tickets for individual speakers go on sale August 1st.

To learn more about the 2016 NCSHRM Conference, visit www.2016avl.com.

Western North Carolina Human Resource Association An affiliated Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). The members of chapter #0570 have joined together since 1955 to share ideas and best practices within the region that promote a productive, healthy and happy workforce. The mission of the WNC Human Resource Association is to provide each member with knowledge, connections and tools to reach their fullest strategic and leadership potential as individuals and professionals.

North Carolina SHRM State Council The NC SHRM State Council is an affiliate of SHRM, the world’s largest association devoted to Human Resource management.

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