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PATRIOTIC QUILTS AT BON CLARKEN MAY 5 & 6

PATRIOTIC QUILTS AT BON CLARKEN MAY 5 & 6

Patriotic Quilts of Valor to be displayed at Quilt Show
May 5 - 6, 2017

Several members of the Western North Carolina Quilters Guild, will be showing their Quilts of Valor at the Garden of Quilts quilt show May 5-6, 2017. These patriotic quilts will later be awarded to veterans in our area. The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

Also, there will be quilt blocks which visitors will be able to sign to show their support. These will be made into a Quilt of Valor and also awarded to a veteran.

The show will feature over 100 quilts. Hours are: 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The location is the Bonclarken Conference Center in Flat Rock, NC.
There will also be several fabric and arts-and-crafts vendors, a Guild boutique shop, and a variety of food items for sale at Bonclarken’s pavilion. Group tours may be available.
Admission is $5 with free regular and handicap parking. Wheel chairs and walkers welcome. Visit www.westernncquilters.org for more information.

BR COMMUNITY COLLEGE HAS NEW BUSINESS CENTER DIRECTOR

BR COMMUNITY COLLEGE HAS NEW BUSINESS CENTER DIRECTOR

Ben Kish Named Small Business Center Director at Blue Ridge Community College

Blue Ridge Community College has named Ben Kish as the Director of the Small Business Center (SBC) at Blue Ridge Community College. Kish succeeds Gary Heisey who retired in February.

Kish is responsible for administering the Small Business Center Program, providing counseling to existing and aspiring entrepreneurs, teaching seminars and courses, managing the business incubator, and serving as the college liaison to the small business community in both Henderson and Transylvania Counties.

Kish has served as Director of Business Training and Personal Enrichment at Blue Ridge Community College since 2012 and was instrumental in the development of new continuing education training programs in craft beer, culinary arts, entrepreneurship, outdoor recreation and leadership, as well as the addition of continuing education courses at the Fletcher Town Hall.

Kish’s professional background includes more than 30 years of experience as a business executive in numerous industries, including serving as a management consultant for Cooper’s and Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and marketing director for Sara Lee Intimates. He also owned his a small business in the Triad area for 14 years.

Kish serves on the Boards of Habitat for Humanity, Fletcher Area Business Association, Vision Henderson and Transylvania Counties, Blue Ridge Center for Lifelong Learning. He formerly served as Board Member and Board Chair for Associates in Christian Counseling. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and holds an M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University.

To contact Ben, call (828) 694-1751, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit blueridge.edu/sbc.

HENDERSONVILLE POLICE HOLDING GANG CLASSES FOR AREA OFFICERS

HENDERSONVILLE POLICE HOLDING GANG CLASSES FOR AREA OFFICERS

The Hendersonville Police Department is hosting a Gang Net Class in Hendersonville for regional law enforcement agencies. The class is to assist law enforcement in processing and tracking gang members and other groups in North Carolina more effectively.

“The City of Hendersonville does not have a gang problem. Although, it is important that we be proactive on the topic and work with other agencies to do the same." Detective Brandon McGaha

Gang Net is a system maintained by the NC State Highway Patrol. It is made available to other agencies throughout the state. For more information contact Detective Brandon McGaha.

In addition to HPD officers; agencies from Henderson, Transylvania, and Murphy Counties along with federal and state agencies have registered to attend the course.

DISCOVER DIVERSITY WEEK MARCH 13-16 AT BRCC

DISCOVER DIVERSITY WEEK MARCH 13-16 AT BRCC

Discover Diversity Week Set for March 13-16 at Blue Ridge Community College

Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) announced that Discover Diversity Week 2017 activities will take place March 13-16, 2017, at both the Henderson and Transylvania County Campus locations.

BRCC Discover Diversity is a series of events to promote an awareness of diversity and a greater understanding of global issues. From international foods to foreign films, exciting events are scheduled throughout the week to provoke thought and celebrate diversity.

Discover Diversity Week will kick off at the Transylvania County Campus with the Heritage Food Tasting on Monday, March 13 beginning at 11 a.m., followed by a 4 X 4 International Film Fest at 12 p.m. Both events are free admission and open to the public. They will be held at the Transylvania County Campus Room S140.

Faculty, staff, and students will join together on Tuesday, March 14 at the Henderson County campus for a globe-trotting tour of tasty dishes from all over the world. The 7th Annual International Food Tasting will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Killian Building Student Center. There is a $5 admission for this event.

​Discover Diversity Week will continue on Wednesday, March 15 with a sensational keynote speaker, Jasmine Beach-Ferrara (photo attached). Beach-Ferrara is a minister in the United Church of Christ. She is a graduate of Brown University and received a MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and a MDiv from Harvard Divinity School. She has worked on LGBT rights campaigns since 2004 and founded the Campaign for Southern Equality in 2011. She currently serves on the Buncombe County Commission. Beach-Ferrara will speak on the topic of diversity. This free event will take place from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Thomas Auditorium on the Henderson County Campus. There will be a live broadcast at the Transylvania County Campus for this event.

Finally, participants can view a collection of four award winning short films presenting a medley of voices and viewpoints at the 4 x 4 International Film Fest. This event will be held in the Patton Auditorium on the Henderson County Campus at 12:30 p.m. and is free.

All events are open to the public.

For more information on Discover Diversity Week events, visit www.blueridge.edu/discover-diversity or contact Jack Igelman at (828) 694-1868.

FLAT ROCK PARK GETS WELLS FARGO GRANT FOR NATURE CENTER

FLAT ROCK PARK GETS WELLS FARGO GRANT FOR NATURE CENTER

Wells Fargo Foundation recently approved a grant of $1,000 to the Flat Rock Park & Recreation Foundation, Inc. to support educational activities for the soon to be constructed Maybank-Rhett Nature and Interpretive Center.

Brandon Wallace, Wells Fargo Market President stated, “Supporting education is a key priority of the Wells Fargo Foundation and one of the most important investments we can make in our community’s future. The innovative project in Flat Rock aligns with this priority and the partnership with local schools and organizations, such as Muddy Sneakers is a true benefit to our community.”

The grant from Wells Fargo will be used to assist in the design and fabrication of educational displays about the flora and fauna in the Park. The Nature Center will encourage school and community groups to learn more about the Park’s unique environs.

“The Park and Flat Rock Park Foundation’s partnership with many, many organizations and individuals through their charitable giving has brought the Park at Flat Rock implementation to fulfillment. The enthusiasm for both the recreational and health benefits of the Park has been phenomenal! We truly value the investment of the Wells Fargo Foundation,” stated Maurean Adams, Development Director.

The Flat Rock Park and Recreation Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2013 by the Village of Flat Rock, North Carolina to help raise the funds required for signature municipal park for the community. That vision includes opportunities for recreation, health, and education for all generations while preserving the natural beauty that draws visitors from far and wide to Western North Carolina.