Join Buncombe County Parks and Recreation at Lake Julian on October 7 from 10am until 4pm for a fun filled family festival. Box Car Buddy, McGruff, K-9, Clowns, face painting, food, children games and over 20 local crafters will be set up for your enjoyment. This is a great time for some early holiday shopping and to enjoy the beauty of the fall season at one of our local parks.
There will be a Scarecrow Contest—enter your creation in one of the following categories:
Great prizes in the three categories and grand prize, Best in Show, is $300. For more information please contact Parks & Recreation Services 250-4260.
View Pictures from Last Year's Contest
Hemlock woolly adelgids are now widespread throughout western North Carolina. If you have infested hemlock trees, fall is a good time to treat with organic sprays or systemic insecticides.
First examine your trees. (Only hemlocks are affected.) Look for small wads of white cottony material along the twigs, at the base of the needles. There is no need to treat trees that are not affected.
If trees are small enough to spray, horticultural oil or insecticidal soap can do a good job if you get good spray coverage to coat all the insects. Do not allow spray to drift onto surface water.
Large trees may be treated with systemic insecticides containing imidacloprid (Merit, Bayer Advance Garden Tree and Shrub Insect Control). If the tree is not close to a stream, a soil drench can be applied by digging a shallow trench one foot from the trunk. Follow label directions carefully for calculating mixing and application rates.
Trees that can not be treated with a soil drench because of proximity to a stream or sloping or rocky soil, can be treated by trunk injections. This method would need to be handled by a professional arborist.
For more information on Hemlock Woolly Adelgids:
Gardening in the Mountains: Plants for Fall Color
Many trees and shrubs can liven the fall landscape with great color. Come to this program to find out the ones that are best-suited for our area.
Lunch at Pisgah Inn
Enjoy lunch at the Pisgah Inn overlooking the Pisgah National Forest. We will leave early in the morning to assure us a special place in the dining room. Lunch is Dutch treat. Please join us for the “changing of the leaves.”
Visit to Old Salem Town
If you enjoy history and like to walk and visit quaint shops this is a great trip for you.
Congratulations to Robert Whitener of Asheville for the picture of his dog, Piper.
This is Robert's Black Lab, Piper.
Robert says, "This photo was taken at Christmas, Piper was
playing around in the presents, and she was having a blast!"
Enter your precious pet! Simply select the “Pet Photo of the Week” icon in the sidebar of the eZine if you are interested in entering the contest. If your pet photo is selected you will receive a Buncombe County Government t-shirt!
Black Beans/Rice & Feta Salad
Please select the “Recipe of the Week” icon in the sidebar of the eZine if you are interested in entering the contest. If your recipe is selected you will receive a Buncombe County Government t-shirt!
As you are looking for fun things that will help you reach your physical activity goal, try dancing. There are many places that offer opportunities for adding dance to your life.
There are classes you can take in Ballroom Dancing, clogging, Irish Dance, Ballet or other forms of structured dancing. Join one of these with a friend. You can also join others at Contra Dancing for a night out full of fun and movement.
If you are a little shy about dancing with others, then you can always just turn up the volume at home and add some dance steps into your daily routine. This can be a fun way to straighten and clean the house. Have your kids join in and make it a family affair.
Music will often cause us to put an extra swing or step into what we are doing. Even in your car you may find that your favorite songs get you tapping the steering wheel or feet. It is an activity that you can do sitting down if you need to. So, next time you need a quick energizer, turn on the music and let your body move to the tunes.
Work First Family Assistance is an employment program for families that offers a variety of services such as training, work experience, and supportive casework services to enable recipients to become self-sufficient and self-supporting. This program is administered by the Buncombe County Department of Social Services (DSS).
Every two years DSS is required to update and take public comment on their Work First Plan. It’s time to get those public comments now.
Until October 6, citizens can submit their comments on the 2006-08 Work First Plan. A copy of this plan can be found below. Please call Alice McClure at 250-5709 with any questions.
DRAFT - Buncombe County Work First Plan for 2007 - 2009 (PDF 82KB)
During the month of November, Pack Library will host an exhibit from the Center for Diversity Education, "Coming to the Mountains: Immigration and Western North Carolina." Told through the stories of immigrants who established businesses in Western North Carolina since the early 1800's, the exhibit tells the impact of these new residents on the fabric of daily life in Buncombe County. The exhibit will be on display in the lower corridor of Pack Library and is sponsored by the Friends of Pack Memorial Library.
For more information, call Pack Library at 250-4700.
Jews have called Asheville home since at least 1880 when Solomon Lipinsky and his brother-in-law Solomon Whitlock appear in the Buncombe county census of that year. From that time, and for much of the twentieth century, Asheville had the second largest Jewish population in the state. Many Jewish merchants began their careers along Asheville’s South Main Street, now Biltmore Avenue. A twelve panel exhibit documenting the history of Jewish owned businesses in Asheville is now on display in the former and current locations of these shops, documenting some of the hundreds of Jewish businesses that existed here during the period from 1880 to 1990.
Join Sharon Fahrer and Jan Schochet at Pack Library as they discuss “The Family Store: A History of Jewish Businesses in Downtown Asheville 1880-1990.” This lecture will use photographs, maps and oral histories to tell the story of Asheville’s vibrant, yet invisible, Jewish past. The program will begin at 3pm in Lord Auditorium at Pack Memorial Library on Sunday, October 8. There is no admission charge and anyone attending the lecture is invited to bring photos or memorabilia from Asheville’s history to share with the group. For more information call Pack Library at 250-4700.