Dining Out For Life In Asheville- Thursday April 30, 2009

Join 90 area restaurants for “Dining Out for Life” on Thursday, April 30th 2009 and 20% of your bill will be donated to the Western North Carolina Aids Project. You can have Breakfast, Lunch and/or Dinner!!!

Over 1 million people in the U.S. Are currently living with HIV/AIDS and more than 40,000 new cases are reported each year. WNCAP is committed to stopping the spread of AIDS in this region and offering compassionate care to those already affected. To help, all you have to do is go out and have a great meal.

Visit www.wncap.org for more information.

2009 Sponsors include Mountain Xpress, AIR, Asheville Citizen Times, Asheville Radio Group, Bold Life / Verve, Clear Channel Asheville, Design One, Hendersonville Times-News, Laurel of Asheville, PLI, Rapid River, Smoky Mountain News, Stereotypd, Subaru, WCQS, WLOS-TV, and WNC Magazine.

Buncombe County Schools Cut Her Job, Can Someone Help Cecelia?

We are asking the community to help this local woman. Her job with Buncombe County Schools is being cut, and she needs a job to stay in the country.

Please allow me to introduce a friend of mine, Cecelia Flores. Cecelia has been my Spanish tutor, for about six months. Cecelia is currently employed by the Buncombe County School System, as an ESL (English as a second language) instructor and also teaches Spanish to the teachers, to enable them to better communicate with their Hispanic students. Unfortunately, due to funding cutbacks, Cecelia’s position with the school system is being eliminated at the end of the year, and Cecelia is looking to continue her employment in the area.

Cecelia has been working in the United States for six years, and if she maintains employment for another three years, she will be eligible for permanent residency (Green Card). If however, she is unable to find employment and there is a gap in her work record, then she looses the amount of time she has accrued, and has to start the process over. Cecelia very much wants to stay in the United States, and more specifically the greater Asheville area. She is however, willing to relocate.

There are some requirements, to satisfy the government regulations. I have attached those. If you or someone you know has a position available for someone with a fluency in English and Spanish, please let me know, or contact Cecelia directly (fosfforito@hotmail.com). If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact me, and I appreciate you taking the time to read this. This post taken from http://www.ashvegas.squarespace.com/

Christmas Parade Video Behind The Scenes Franklin NC (from Thunder Pig)

A great local video man called “Thunder Pig” shot this video and I wanted to share it with you for the Christmas Season here in Asheville & Western North Carolina. It got me in the Spirit for a minute, and that is amazing during the holiday stretch we are currently in. Nice. See more of Thunder Pig’s videos by going to http://ashvid.net/profile/ThunderPig

Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce

The old Asheville Chamber of Commerce looked pretty good, but then this one popped up on this old restaurant spot in downtown Asheville. I heard when they dug up the footings of the old place for this building, they found bones and everything buried deep in the dirt.

The Asheville Chamber has been very effective in putting together programs to benefit the Asheville community and Western North Carolina. They had an Internet Technology Council years ago and tried to implement the “Starfish” mentality with other professionals in the area. Do not know exactly what happened to that. The last thing I heard is that they got direct flights from Asheville to NYC and several other locations from one of the Major Airline Carriers.

Then they have a colorful vibrant marketing face called Explore Asheville that is a local resource guide for the Asheville area. We were actually doing a poll recently and comparing it with another great site in the area called Asheville Now. Check both of them out and comment what you think is the better site, haha.

So here is the “new” (3 years old) Asheville Chamber of Commerce. Beverly-Grant Construction of Asheville built this structure and it was about $1 million over budget, and rumor is because of a irresponsible construction superintendent that was playing on the internet in the work trailer while the job schedule and budget was being blown to smitherines. Oh well, tomorrow is another day, hopefully better.

The Chamber is a wonderful place to network with local businesses and if you have the time to get involved, it is well worth it. Members Only is their undertone and they run a tight eventful network circle in Asheville NC. www.AshevilleChamber.org