asheville_outlets_2014Some of what’s going around:

-Asheville Outlets stores: Next week, officials with Asheville Outlets plan to start announcing the names of the 75 or so stores that are opening in May. Asheville Outlets is the new name for the remodeled mall once known as Biltmore Square Mall. Stores like Nike, Under Armour, Brooks Brothers, Dress Barn and more will be opening at the new outdoor mall. (“Like” Asheville Outlets on Facebook for your chance to win a $500 shopping spree, a spokeswoman says.) I have more Asheville Outlets stores listed here. The company will be holding a job fair at the WNC Agricultural Center-Expo building on March 26 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

-Overstock Outlets: Speaking of stores, there’s a new Overstock Outlets store opening at 511 New Leicester Hwy. They say they’ll have everything from groceries to sporting goods, furniture and more.

-Blackberg Creative: A new studio for crafty types called Blackberg Creative is opening on Asheville’s South Slope at 120 Coxe Ave. There’s a grand opening party set for March 20. More:

Nestled among many great breweries, Blackberg Creative Studios will offer select craft supplies, materials, and finished pieces focusing on modern craft and design.

We’ll have lots of craft classes for adults and kids. Craft parties for the bride to be or the birthday girl or boy. A workroom for when you need space to spread your work, tools to finish a project, or inspiration to start a new one.

We’ll be sewing, knitting, crocheting, weaving, printing, folding origami, making crepe paper flowers, and much more.

-Mindfulness Fest: Mindfulness Fest will be held on April 25 on the campus quad at UNC Asheville. More:

Our headlining act for Mindfulness Fest 2015 is the one and only EarthCry! Joining him will beInfinite Third, I,Star, Ösel, Luna Mela,Momentai, Chanterelles, visual artists, panel discussions from local community members on mindfulness in education, inclusion & diversity, and music, art, & activism, slacklining, yoga, flow arts, massage therapy, permaculture, local food, and much more!

Our mission is to empower community by creating a space where we can explore new ways of relating to ourselves and others using practices rooted in values of open awareness, empathy, respect, sustainability, and cooperation.

-Dunkel’s departure: WLOS announced the departure of Victoria Dunkel on its website Thursday. Dunkel has been with the TV station for 12 years. She works anchor of the station’s noon news broadcast. Dunkel is leaving to accept “a new position at a local hospital.” More:

Victoria has covered a variety of stories during her time at News 13. She has risen before the sun to let our viewers know about flooding, snow, sleet and cold. She’s been at the forefront of other major stories, such as President Barack Obama’s visits to the mountains.

She has been a big part of some major station initiatives to team up with community partners to help collect generous donations of food, school supplies, blood, coats and toys. Victoria has also had a lot of fun with feature segments like the Craft Corner, Carolina Kitchen and Your Next Move.

-20/20 in town: Earlier this week, a team from the TV news magazine 20/20 was in Asheville to shoot a segment reviewing the case of Shelby Wilkie, who went missing in 2012. Wilkie’s husband, Michael Wilkie, was found guilty of her brutal murder in a Henderson County courtroom last year. Police found an electronic stun device in the Wilkie home and said Michael Wilkie burned his wife’s remains in a barrel.

The television crew spent about two days in the area, interviewing family and friends in preparation for an episode to air at a future date.

-Montford Park Players auditions: The Montford Park Players will hold auditions for Romeo & Juliet, the first show of the 2015 outdoor season, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 21 and 22 at Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre. More:

In case of rain, auditions will be held at Asheville’s Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway St in downtown Asheville. Bring headshot and resume, if available. Actors will read from the script. Romeo & Juliet will be directed by MPP’s Artistic Director, Mike Coghlan and will be performed Fridays through Sundays, May 15 through June 6 at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre.

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