Category Archives: West Asheville News

Haywood Road Summer Clean Up Day: June 14, 2015

It is time for another Haywood Road Clean Up Day with Asheville GreenWorks! We have big goals, so please plan to come out and bring lots of family and friends to assist.

Date: Sunday, June 14, 2015
Starting Place: Westville Pub
Breakfast: 10:00 am

PLEASE RSVP using the below form, so we get a count of people for breakfast.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

  • Westville Pub
  • Asheville GreenWorks
  • Second Gear
  • The Hop Ice Cream Café
  • Sunny Point Café
  • West End Bakery

We’ll head out after breakfast to pick up trash and recycling along Haywood Road. Our goals are to complete the eastern end of the road to Patton Avenue and westward to Brevard Road and down the top part of Brevard Road.

If we get a BIG group out, we are happy to have folks continue westward and clean up more of Haywood Road!


Posted in West Asheville News | Leave a comment

Outdoor Learning Center @ Hall Fletcher Elementary Asks for Community Support

Bringing the Classroom Outside

An initiative by Hall Fletcher Elementary in Asheville, North Carolina will bring a new, experiential learning opportunity to its students and the community.

Anyone interested in supporting the Outdoor Learning Center initiative may visit Hall Fletcher Elementary’s online fundraising campaign at (

ASHEVILLE, NC – May 26, 2015 – Hall Fletcher Elementary stands out among Asheville City Schools for many reasons. The site in West Asheville has had a school’s presence since 1925. It currently serves as the academic home for the largest percentage of children from low-income families (72%) and the largest percentage of students in the Program for Exceptional Children (17%). It is also the most racially diverse elementary school population in the system. Aside from statistics, however, Hall Fletcher is exceptional primarily because of the positive energy of its students, staff, and families.

As noted in the student pledge, this “zest for life and learning” is evidenced in the bright murals inside and out, the Jacob Lawrence-inspired banner in the entrance, the garden area, and other special spaces. Now the most significant and inspiring physical transformation of Hall Fletcher’s campus is taking place with the creation of the Outdoor Learning Center (OLC).

The OLC is a vision first dreamt almost ten years ago. It is finally coming to fruition with a community-wide effort spearheaded by Dr. Gordon Grant, Principal, and the Asheville Design Center. Dr. Grant supports the vitality within the school by creating a campus that is an asset for both the school and neighboring community. The OLC will be a wheelchair-accessible environment that reflects the school’s theme of math, science, and technology.

Following workshops with students, parents, staff and surrounding neighbors, the Asheville Design Center developed plans for the half-acre site to translate classroom lessons into outdoor educational experiences. Students will be involved in the creation of each element, applying the curriculum in a tangible way and instilling a deeper appreciation for their school’s campus.

All students will have an opportunity for experiential, creative learning in the OLC – from a biodiverse wetland area to a weather station to the architectural wonder of the Guastavino tile-arch domes. A 600 foot education walk will incorporate students’ curriculum-based art and the kinetic merry-go-round will act as an artesian well. A giant chessboard will entice novices to masters. As is the custom now, the community will be welcome to enjoy and learn in this engaging park.

Asheville Design Center has partnered with Asheville City Schools, Equinox Environmental, Jade Mountain Builder, stone mason Andy Brown, the Yale Club of WNC, and many other community supporters to account for over $284,000 in donated services. Funds of $177,000 are still required to see the project to completion.

The OLC will not only provide innumerable opportunities for the students of Hall Fletcher, it will also continue the deep-rooted significance of the school within the community.

Posted in Business Support Posts, West Asheville News | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Business Support Posts, West Asheville News | Leave a comment

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:

Posted in Business Support Posts, West Asheville News | Tagged | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in New Belgium Brewing, West Asheville News | Leave a comment