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PARDEE'S NEW URGENT CARE CENTER IN MILLS RIVER SET TO OPEN EARLY THIS SUMMER

PART OF INGLES PLAZA IN MILLS RIVER

Pardee UNC Health Care’s newest Urgent Care facility, now under constructio in Mills River, will be opening early this summer.

That new Urgent Care is being built as part of Ingles plaza which also includes an ACE Hardware and Mills River Family Dental, at the intersection of the five-lane Highway 280 and North Mills River Road.

It had been planned to open the new facility next month, but construction delays due to weather have obviously pushed that opening into the summer.

A spokesman or Pardee said last week, “We are currently focused on finishing up the most immediate need which is the Urgent Care center.” As for other parts of the new building, the spokesman said “We continue to evaluate the best use for the additional space.”

Pardee plans to continue operating the Mills River Family Practice, of Dr. Danny Grace and three other providers...Dr. Amy Johnson, Dr. Carol Copenhaver, and William Hull... on Highway 280 in front of the former Bi-Lo’s store.

Pardee UNC Health Care also purchased over 20 acres along Highway 280 across from Ingles many months ago, and has not yet decided how to develop that property.

The new Urgent Care center is being built by Vannoy Construction.

BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE PLANS "DIVERSITY WEEK" MARCH 12-15

BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE PLANS "DIVERSITY WEEK" MARCH 12-15

AT BOTH THE HENDERSON AND TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY CAMPUSES   

Blue Ridge Community College will hold its annual Discover Diversity Week, March 12-15, 2018, at both the Henderson and Transylvania County Campus locations.

BRCC’s Discover Diversity Week is a series of events to promote awareness of diversity and a greater understanding of global issues. Ms. Wheelchair USA Madeline Delp headlines the week’s activities, preceded by the popular food tasting and film festival events.

Discover Diversity Week will kick off at the Transylvania County Campus in Brevard with activities beginning at 11 a.m., Monday, March 12.

Events at the Henderson County Campus begin Tuesday, March 14, with the 8th Annual International Food Tasting, offering dishes from all over the world. The food tasting will run from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Killian Building Student Center. There is a $5 admission for this event, which is open to the public.

​Discover Diversity Week will continue on Wednesday, March 14, with the 4x4 International Film Festival, celebrating four short films from different regions of the world around a central theme with time in between for audience discussion. The film festival, held in Room 150 of the Patton Building from 12:30 to 2 p.m., is free and open to the public.

This year’s keynote speaker Madeline Delp, Ms. Wheelchair USA 2017, will speak in Blue Ridge Conference Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 15.

About Madeline Delp: Madeline Delp is an alumna of Blue Ridge Community College and North Henderson High School. After finishing her associate degree at BRCC, she transferred to UNC-Asheville, where she majored in business and foreign language. Ms. Delp has used her entrepreneurial skills to found the non-profit organization Live Boundless, and uses her knowledge of multiple languages to reach greater audiences in the US and abroad.

After working on several film projects like the televised special “To Walk Again,” Ms. Delp is taking her film work to the next level during her year as Ms. Wheelchair USA. The Live Boundless series will be filmed and promoted to educate wheelchair users on how they can adapt to each area of everyday life.

Representing North Carolina in her quest to win Ms. Wheelchair USA, Ms. Delp has used her skills as a professional speaker and singer to advocate for people with disabilities Currently with her reigning title, she travels the country doing the same. Her mission is for others to see and believe that they too can live “boundless” no matter what their “disability” may be. As Ms. Wheelchair USA, Ms. Delp is fostering boundless mindsets and raising the consciousness of a nation.

Ms. Delp’s appearance is also free and open to the public.

For more information on Discover Diversity Week events, visit blueridge.edu/discover-diversity or contact Katie Winkler at (828) 694-1853 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE HAS SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR VALENTINE'S DAY THIS YEAR

FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE HAS SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR VALENTINE'S DAY THIS YEAR

 

FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS MUSIC ON THE ROCK: Love, Guy

For the inaugural MOTR of Flat Rock Playhouse’s 2018 Season, fan favorite, Guy LeMonnier, returns to the Playhouse Downtown to serenade Western North Carolina’s love birds just in time for Valentine’s Day

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FEBRUARY 15 THRU 18 DOWNTOWN   

Flat Rock, NC (January 12, 2018) – After a short winter respite, Flat Rock Playhouse will kick off its 2018 Season with a one-weekend Music on the Rock concert filled with songs professing the reason for the season... of Love! In a show that calls all lovers to the Playhouse Downtown, nationally renowned performer, Guy LeMonnier, returns to the Playhouse as Hendersonville’s own personal Cupid for a weekend jam-packed with Valentine fun for everyone. Last seen in the Playhouse's 2017 hit, Music of the Night: The Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber, LeMonnier joins the Music on the Rock band for a night full of his favorite love songs, especially for you and yours. Love, Guy will run from February 15th through the 18th at The Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown on Main Street in Hendersonville.

Playhouse Artistic Director, Lisa K. Bryant explains, “Audiences will fall in love as Guy croons his way through a host of beloved standards including Sinatra's 'The Way You Look Tonight', Etta James' 'At Last', and Nat King Cole's 'L-O-V-E', as well as hits ranging every genre like 'Somebody to Love', 'I Will Always Love You', 'Against All Odds', 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' and 'Chances Are'. Guy has performed in New York, across the country and internationally, and we are so very lucky to have him back, yet again, here at Flat Rock Playhouse, The State Theater of North Carolina, for this one-weekend Valentine's Day Music on the Rock Special!"

Guy LeMonnier is a New York based actor and singer hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is most widely known as an original member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra with whom he has toured the globe garnering a large following of fans. Most recently, he has appeared in roles on the hit TV shows: Gotham, Quantico, Broad City and Power. Additionally, he tours during the holiday season as a showcased artist for the Wizards of Winter and The Kings of Christmas. Theater credits include Off-Broadway, Regional Theatre, and National Tours of Broadway Musicals.

Love, Guy will star LeMonnier, while also featuring a sensational, L-O-V-E crazed band led by Music Director, George Wilkins. Wilkins, Andrew Rogelberg, Ryan Guerra, Bill Altman and Paul Babelay will round out the band on Piano, Keys 2, Bass, Guitar and Drums, respectively. Featuring repertoire for every music lover from Queen to Neil Diamond and from Rodgers & Hart to Dolly Parton, LeMonnier and the band will surely have Hendersonville’s Valentines skipping down Main Street with an extra lovesick pep in their step. Join the fun this February at the Playhouse Downtown. Sincerely, cordially, respectfully yours... Love, Guy.

TICKETS AND SCHEDULE

Love, Guy will run February 15th through the 18th at The Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown. Performances Thursday evening at 7:30PM, Friday and Saturday evening at 8:00PM, and Saturday and Sunday matinées at 2 PM. Music on the Rock Subscription Packages (1 ticket to each of the 7, 2018 MOTR Concerts) and single ticket purchase options are on sale now. Tickets are $32 and can be purchased by calling the Playhouse Box Office at 828-693-0731, toll-free at 866-732-8008 or online at www.flatrockplayhouse.org.

The Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown is located at 125 South Main Street in Hendersonville, NC.

HENDERSONVILLE SYMPHONY SET FOR "LOVE IS IN THE AIR"

AT BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE CONCERT HALL   

New Symphony Pops Picnic to be unforgettable evening   

(Hendersonville, North Carolina) What time is better than the middle of winter to throw a picnic? That’s the thinking behind the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra (HSO)’s newest event, “Love Is in the Air: A Symphony Pops Picnic,” planned for 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Blue Ridge Community College’s Concert Hall. The event is being presented by the Friends of the Hendersonville Symphony.

Reservations for the event are $125 per person. Full tables are also available for parties of 6 or 8. Reservations can be made by calling the Symphony office at 828-697-5884. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to make their reservations soon, as seating is limited.

A reservation includes a concert by the Hendersonville Symphony, performing popular music from the 1960s and 1970s, a welcome champagne toast, a catered gourmet picnic dinner presented by Chef Michael’s Catering, a unique silent auction featuring many one-of-a-kind items, and a special live gifting opportunity to help raise needed funds that directly support the HSO’s concerts, education programs and operations.

“Who doesn’t love a picnic and a concert, whatever the time of year?” said Dee Dee Gould, honorary co-chair of the event with her husband Chip Gould (Cason Companies). “We are brushing away the doldrums of winter and offering the community a fun new event to enjoy, but also to help support one of the cornerstones of the arts community in Henderson County.”

The concert hall will be transformed into a festive picnic setting. Red and white checkered table linens will help set the scene, as guests will be served their delicious dinners in picnic baskets by HSO Friends and guests. Complimentary beer, wine, champagne, rosemary peach lemonade, and soft drinks will be available.
Balancing out the exquisite gourmet picnic offerings will be the Symphony pops concert, under the baton of Music Director and Conductor Thomas Joiner. The 50-musician orchestra will play well-loved hits from the 1960s and 1970s, by such groups as the Beach Boys, the Beatles, and Barry Manilow. In addition, hit theme songs from top movies of the era will be performed. A dance floor will be available at the event for guests to enjoy during the concert.

A third component of the evening will be the opportunity for guests to bid on unique items in the silent auction. Items such as a weekend getaway at a secluded luxury mountain retreat, an in-home salon concert featuring Hendersonville’s accomplished young pianist Christopher Tavernier, and a large-scale music-themed artwork by artist John Anderson are some of the items available. Also, a 1930s-era American Carousel horse, meticulously restored and donated by Hoyt and Gail Griffith of Hendersonville, will be included in the silent auction.

In addition, the auction will feature five violins painted by two local high school artists and three professional artists. “The violins are a new component to our traditional silent auction,” said Pat Tukey, HSO Executive Director. “The artists all represent varied, and engaging styles. These are all unique masterpieces sure to elicit excitement and spirited bidding.”
The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1971, exists to enrich the Hendersonville and Henderson County communities with live symphonic performances and music education opportunities for youth and adults.

“This Symphony pops picnic is the major 2018 fundraiser for the HSO,” said Tukey. “Ticket sales to our five-concert series only covers approximately 25 percent of what it takes to operate the organization. We depend on the generosity of our patrons, residents, and visitors who believe in the tremendous benefit of having a professional orchestra and music education programs as part of our cultural community, to help us meet our needs. Event guests can help us by making this a successful pops picnic.”
For more information, visit hendersonvillesymphony.org, or call the HSO office at 828-697-5884. (The HSO offices recently relocated to 317 N. Washington St., Suite 2, next to the Henderson County Public Library in downtown Hendersonville.

"JESUS FOR TODAY" AT FIRST UNITED METHODIST FEBRUARY 3RD

"JESUS FOR TODAY" AT FIRST UNITED METHODIST FEBRUARY 3RD

BISHOP WILLIAM H. WILLIMON   

“Jesus for Today” – A Day with Bishop William H. Willimon
Saturday, February 3, 2018
An evaluation of why the mysterious teacher from Nazareth still calls and compels
followers after 2,000 years.

HENDERSONVILLE, NC: First United Methodist Church hosts a full-day program “Jesus for Today” with speaker Bishop William H. Willimon on Saturday, Feb. 3, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the church’s Barber Christian Life Center.

Willimon is a professor of theology at Duke University Divinity School, a retired bishop in the United Methodist Church and author of more than 60 books on Christianity. Baylor University identified Willimon as one of the 12 most effective preachers in the country.

Program reservations are accepted through the church’s website at www.fumchvlnc.org until Tuesday, Jan. 30. A $10 fee per person includes lunch and will be collected at the door. Childcare is available by reservation until Thursday, Jan. 25; register children’s names and ages by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bishop Willimon will preach at FUMC on Sunday, Feb. 4. Service times are 8:30, 9:15 and 11 a.m. The 8:30 and 11 a.m. services are traditional; the 9:15 service is contemporary.

FUMC is located at 204 Sixth Avenue West, Hendersonville. Handicap-accessible parking is available in the Buncombe Street lot. For more information, visit www.fumchvlnc.org or call 828-693-4275.

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