‘Navitat at Night’ New for 2011 Season

Exclusive nighttime canopy tours begin in April

BARNARDSVILLE, N.C. – NAVITAT CANOPY ADVENTURES, a world-class zip line canopy tour near Asheville, has just announced nighttime tours new for the 2011 season.

“NAVITAT AT NIGHT” promises an entirely new perspective on the exhilarating experience of zipping through the trees. Tours start in April and will be offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at dusk. Night tours go on sale Feb. 15.

“We are thrilled to be offering this exclusive new adventure in our second season,” said Abby Burt, Branding & Marketing Leader at NAVITAT.

“Our tour site, located in beautiful and secluded Moody Cove, takes on a whole new life after the sun goes down. Guests will find themselves surrounded by the sights and sounds of nighttime while zipping under a blanket of stars. It is truly breathtaking.”

On the “NAVITAT AT NIGHT” tours, guests travel by lamplight on a series of artfully constructed zip lines, sky bridges, trails, rappels and platforms high in the treetops. Along the way, they learn about the natural and cultural history of the area and have opportunities to stargaze and spot some of the many nocturnal creatures living in the cove, including barred owls, brown bats, raccoons, opossums and fireflies.

Throughout the tour, guests are attached to a redundant safety system at all times while off the ground and accompanied by two highly trained Canopy Guides. Guests will be strongly encouraged to complete Navitat’s daytime tour prior to doing the nighttime tour.
“NAVITAT AT NIGHT” tours start in April and will be offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at dusk. Reservations are required. Tour price is $109 per person. Guests must be 16 years of age or older to participate. Book your tour beginning Feb. 15.

NAVITAT CANOPY ADVENTURES showcases the breathtaking natural beauty of a 242-acre serene mountain cove, located just 20 minutes north of downtown Asheville. The canopy tour course is entirely tree-based and features two sky bridges, two rappels, and 10 zip lines ranging from 120 to 1,100 feet in length — including one that sends guests soaring more than 200 feet above the forest floor. Visit www.navitat.com to learn more.

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Rounding out the Center’s holistic offering for the body, mind, and spirit. The Center for Holistic Medicine has expanded its offerings with Lisa Besses, Licensed Professional Counselor. Lisa has been licensed in the state of North Carolina since 1998. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Nevada and a MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of California. She has worked in a variety of settings throughout her career with adults, children, adolescents and families. The counseling philosophy of her practice is one of viewing the individual as a whole person, meaning that you are so much more than the symptoms you present. This holistic approach is a therapy process that honors all the dimensions of the individual and families. Lisa will also be collaborating on cases with other holistic practitioners at the Center, combining counseling with therapies like acupuncture and massage. 

About the Center for Holistic Medicine: Located at 779 Haywood Road in downtown West Asheville, 28806. It has been open for three years and was voted #1 Alternative Healing Center in WNC in 2009 and 2010. The Center was founded by Acupuncturist Nancy Hyton who has a special interest in working with health care practitioners from other fields. In addition to Counseling, the Center also offers Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, and Therapeutic Massage. The Center’s website is http://www.centerholistic.com

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Asheville street food and carts – meet Wanderlust Cafe of AVL

When you walk around downtown Asheville, you will usually see one or two street food carts and most of the time, it is a hot dog stand. Then you have the street merchants set up outside the Grove Arcade.

Today while driving up Wall Street, I noticed a cart near the climbing wall. I backed up and took a quick photo, shown above. It turns out that this is the new Wanderlust Cafe of downtown Asheville selling coffee and a few other items. Nice sunny day to be out there today, and look forward to more street food options as it gets even warmer this Spring.

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Asheville Wordfest and YMI Cultural Center join hands to bring artist Edwin Gil and the Flag of Hope to Asheville on Saturday March 19 between 11 and 4 p.m. People from all walks of life, all nationalities, all cultural backgrounds are invited to participate in this state-wide art project. People will first sign a giant 6′ x 20′ canvas and provide their name, date, and birthplace and then place their handprint on top of their signature. The Asheville canvas will be connected to canvasses created in the Piedmont and Coastal regions, forming a 36 x 70 foot “flag” representing the diversity within North Carolina. 

Gil who was born in Itagui, Colombia, South America, has done similar projects around the world. He documents these experiences through a blog, video, pictures and personal interviews with participants. Readers can visit his website at www.edwingil.com. His goal for the project is to promote hope and understanding within North Carolina’s diverse communities, as well as raise awareness around diversity and acceptance. Through his recently completed social service project, Nuestra Bandera, Nuestro Pais, Nuestro Hogar (Our Flag , Our County, Our Home), Gil saw firsthand “the struggles, sacrifices, determination and above all else, the hope, that we use as tools to support one another.” He contends that “we all have different backgrounds and that North Carolina was built by each of us.” Therefore, a flag made of handprints will serve as a reminder of interconnectedness within diversity. Gil, who has completed similar projects around the world, intends to bring the word diversity to life and tell the numerous stories of hope behind each handprint. He documents these experiences through a blog, video, pictures and personal interviews with participants. Readers can visit his website at www.edwingil.com.

Wordfest director and marketing director at Grateful Steps Publishing House and Bookshop, Laura Hope-Gill, received a message from Banu Valladares of the North Carolina Arts Council announcing Gil’s quest. “I said yes without hesitation. Wordfest and the YMI have just recently joined hands for Wordfest 2011, and I contacted them right away. We share the goal of bringing everybody together. This is a powerful way of really throwing the doors wide open.” Hope-Gill is working with Ron King, Tydarryl Bailey and Dan Johnson of the YMI to reach out to all individuals and communities to fill the canvas. Music and food will also be part of the day’s events. There is no charge to participate. Wordfest and YMI welcome donations to cover expenses. Grateful Steps Publishing House and Bookshop is a co-sponsor of the event.

Contact laura@gratefulsteps.com for more information.

tel: 828-277-0998

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Asheville SCORE seminar series is underway

Advance planning department
A. North Carolina events:

* The 2011 seminar series for Asheville SCORE is underway. Upcoming seminars include the following:                   

Basic Internet Marketing
Thursday, January 27 from 6-9 p.m.  
Saturday, January 29 from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Accounting for Non-Accountants    
Wednesday, Feb. 2 from 6-9 p.m.
How to Develop a Website
Saturday, Feb. 5 from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
For more information and/or to register, please click:


Thanks to BlainesWorld for this information

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