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2015 West Asheville Garden Stroll Planning Meeting

WAGS is ready to start planning the best West Asheville Garden Stroll yet. The first meeting is Wednesday, May 13th from 6 to 7 pm at the library. All are invited! They are an easy going yet efficient bunch, one hour meetings strictly enforced. Join them!

More information on WAGS can be found on their facebook page and website.

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Hall Fletcher Elementary Hosts First Annual District-Wide Girls’ Chess Summit June 4th

Asheville, NC, April 30, 2015: Hall Fletcher Elementary’s Pawnstorm Chess Team invites all Kindergarten through 5th Grade girls in in Asheville City Schools to come play chess at their first annual Girls’ Chess Summit, sponsored by Short Street Cakes. The Girls’ Chess Summit will take place at Hall Fletcher Elementary at 60 Ridgelawn Road in West Asheville on Thursday, June 4th from 5-7pm. This is a free event. T-Shirts will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be provided by Short Street Cakes and Urban Orchard Cider Bar. Image 420 Screenprinting and the Yale Alumni Club are also sponsors of this event.

Started in 2012, Pawnstorm Chess Team promotes the school’s core values of Curiosity, Grit, Gratitude, Optimism, Self-control, Social Intelligence and Zest through the game of Chess. Hall Fletcher Elementary has the highest proportion of low-income, special-needs and minority students of all Asheville schools, so the social and intellectual benefits of chess for children couldn’t be more relevant.

Pawnstorm is seeking strong women in our community to attend this event and serve as mentors, with the goal of empowering self-confidence in girls through chess. Volunteers do not need to be chess experts. The power of chess for children is this: the unexpected experience of being taken seriously by an adult. Sitting at a table with girls, collaborating to solve puzzles and learn strategies is a powerful experience for them.

Registration for participants is here:

Registration for sponsors, mentors, and volunteers is here:

More information at:

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New Belgium Brewing Site Update: April 28, 2015

ADDENDUM: We have an addendum to the recent site update. This Saturday morning, we will be pouring concrete floors inside the packaging and kegging halls. The site will become active at 3 a.m. and the pour will begin around 4 a.m. We need to extend the work hours in order to pour the volume of concrete necessary. Once again and always, thank you for your patience as we complete this brewery.  More here:

We hope this finds you well and enjoying spring. Thank you for all your cooperation as this construction process continues. The roofs are on, the vessels are in, the brew house windows are going in, the tasting room is coming out of the ground, hardscaping will begin soon, and we’re on schedule to brew by the end of this year.

Neighbors, the more difficult news to report is that we need to do some additional pile driving starting in early May and running intermittently for a month. Revitalizing a brownfield has it’s challenges, including more pile driving than we were expecting. We apologize for this change in plans and wish that there was an alternative. The piles will stabilize the ground for a retaining wall that will be built just north of the restored Penland Creek. Expect pauses in the process. We will drive 10-15 piles at a time, then move, grade and set up another batch. That means there may be a day or two between when you hear pile driving. We’re grateful it’s a temporary process and for your patience.

More information is here. As always, call or email me if you have questions.

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Ebb & Flow Massage Therapy Center Offering 10% Discount to Haywood Road Workers

Just so all of our neighbors know, if you work on Haywood Road you always get a 10% discount at Ebb & Flow Massage Therapy Center because we know how hard you work. It’s the least we can do to say thanks for all the great service.

Ebb & Flow Massage Therapy Center
947 Haywood Road, Asheville NC 28806


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Waterkeeper Swim Guide Includes French Broad River Sites

As the weather warms up and more people start thinking about getting on and in the French Broad River to play we hear questions regarding the cleanliness of the river. The French Broad Riverkeeper test the water periodically and posts results on the website The Swim Guide (see link below).

There is also an App for use on mobile devices:

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