BC eZine This Issue ISSUE: June, 2015
Happy Father's Day: Get a Prostate Cancer Screening

Happy Father's Day: Get a Prostate Cancer Screening


Happy Father's Day: Get a Prostate Cancer Screening

Just a loving nudge from his kids & wife can help keep Dad on track for long-term prostate health, prostate cancer prevention, & prostate cancer awareness.

June 1 - 30: Men's Health Month

Did you know that men are 24% less likely than women to have visited a doctor in the last year?

Library Events Calendar - at Your Fingertips

If you want to know what is going on in Buncombe County Public Libraries, check out their new events calendar.

Shred & Protect - June 12

Take steps now to dispose of your confidential documents safely!

Heat Relief Program Now Open

Call for heat relief.

Watch Out for Mosquitoes and Ticks--Tis the Season

We have had record rainfall which means heaven for mosquitoes!

You May Not Realize That You've Been Bitten!

Bats have small teeth that may leave marks not easily seen.

Container Gardening - June 18

Learn how to grow beautiful, creative container gardens almost anywhere.

Medicare Choices Made Easy - June 16

Learn how Medicare works, the enrollment process, how to avoid penalties & ways that beneficiaries can save money.

June Garden Chores

Don't forget these garden chores for June!

Mountain's Most Wanted

Provide information that leads to an arrest, & you could get a cash reward.

Low-Cost Rabies Clinics - June 27 & 28

Rabies shots - only $10!

Find Your Forever Friend!

Here are some precious pets looking for forever homes.

Did You Know?

Get the Buzz on Honeybees & More @ the Garden Tour - 6/13

Explore, learn and grow at the Buncombe County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Garden Tour, Saturday, June 13 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm - RAIN or SHINE. Seven gardens will be open for your enjoyment in the Asheville area.

The tour will begin at Enka High School in Candler. Aspects of this year’s featured gardens will include:

  • Enka High School Garden – Raised bed veggies, greenhouses and chickens
  • Residential Garden – Viburnum collection, water capture and erosion control, planting a dry sunny bank and shade gardening
  • Residential Garden – Attracting and controlling wildlife, raised vegetable beds, composting, plant propagation and managing water run off
  • Residential Garden – Managing storm water runoff, daylily division, attracting hummingbirds and arbor selection
  • Residential Garden – Reclaimed native woodlands, hosta garden, managing a climbing rose, attractive garden art
  • Residential Garden – Beekeeping, veggie garden rotation techniques, garden house, large conifers and planting under a Black Walnut tree
  • Residential Garden – Water capture and use, transforming a building lot and edibles in the landscape.

Learn more...

Flag Day - June 14

Show your colors by flying your flag on Flag Day, June 14!Don't forget to show your patriotism by flying your flag for Flag Day!

The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America's birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885.

BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of the Stars and Stripes) as "Flag Birthday."

In numerous magazines, newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as "Flag Birthday," or "Flag Day." Others from around the nation joined to establish this event.

Find out who they were and what they did in order to make this recognized around the nation.

Breast Cancer Support Group to Meet June 18

Join us for the In Good Company: Breast Cancer Support Group – a support group that meets monthly for breast cancer survivors. Husbands, children and friends are also welcomed and encouraged to come and participate. This month’s meeting is titled “Recognizing and Managing Stress, Anxiety and Fear,” led by Carey Baumgarten, MSW, LCSW. 

  • Thursday, June 18, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    (Series schedule: 3rd Thursday evening of every month)
  • SECU Cancer Center - Room R-120, 21 Hospital Drive, Asheville, NC  28803

For more information about this event, call Denise Steuber, RN at (828) 213-2508 or Janet Magruder at (828) 213-2507.

Green Ribbon Native Plants

Administered by the staff and Horticulture Committee at Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens in Devon, Pennsylvania, this program focuses on singling out some of our region's best native plants for home landscapes. 2015 Green Ribbon awards include:

  • Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia). A multi-stemmed flowering shrub that gets white flowers in April, then glossy red berry-sized fruits in fall that last into winter. Fall foliage is bright red as well. Grows 6 to 1Butterfly weed0 feet tall and 3 to 6 feet wide. Full sun to part shade.
  • Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa). A perennial flower in the milkweed family that blooms orange from June through August and is attractive to monarch and queen butterflies as well as various bees. Grows 18 to 24 inches tall. Full sun to light shade.
  • Eastern purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). A meadow-native perennial with pinkish-lavender flower petals that droop from around a central brown cone. Grows 3 to 4 feet tall. Full sun to light shade.

For more information, call Buncombe County Cooperative Extension at 255-5522.

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