Ashvegas Hot Sheet: ASPCA opens new $9 million dog rehab center in Weaverville


Here’s more of what’s going around, including the grand opening of a new  $9 million ASPCA dog rehabilitation center in Weaverville. Here we go:

-The ASPCA cut the ribbon on a new $9 million dog rehabilitation center in Weaverville today. The 35,000-square-foot center on Murphy Hill Road is a unique facility dedicated to providing 12-week behavioral rehabilitation services to dogs that have been victims of cruelty and neglect. The center covers 13 acres and has the capacity to rehabilitate 65 dogs at any given time, according to a press release. They’ll be treated by a team of animal behavior experts implementing scientifically sound techniques to reduce their fear of people and acclimate them to real-life situations that can induce trauma and severe stress, according to the release. Once the dogs complete the rehab program, they’ll be adopted out to homes. The ASPCA will also be launching an innovative, research-based training program, called the Learning Lab, at the center.  The facility includes a dormitory and space for shelter professionals to visit and learn from the center’s team so they can implement specialized rehabilitation techniques and targeted sheltering protocols into their own operations, according to the release.

-There’s a new restaurant opening in South Asheville that will specialize in poke and sushi burritos. A poke bowl is a dish with veggies, rice and raw fish mixed together, while a sushi burrito, as far as I can tell, is just a big sushi wrap. Yum Poke will be off Long Shoals Road next to the Craft Centric bottle shop.

-The classic film Thunder Road, which starred Robert Mitchum and was filmed in and around Asheville in 1957, had its premiere at Asheville’s Imperial Theater 60 years ago on this day, May 9, 1958.

-Asheville photographer Mike Belleme shot a photo that landed on the cover to Time magazine. Belleme’s photo illustrates a story headlined “Can Bad Men Change? Sex crimes and therapy.” Congrats to Mike!

-The Asheville Affiliates have announced their annual “parties with a purpose” schedule. The gatherings benefit local nonprofits. Here’s the list: June 28, beenefiting Guardian ad Litem Association; Sept. 13, benefiting Asheville FM 103.3; and Nov. 8, benefiting: Streets to Peaks.

-The Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance will celebrate its 15th anniversary season this year. Artistic director Heather Maloy will unveil her latest work, Zelda’s Dance, with a show June 21-23 at Diana Wortham Theatre. The work is based on letters written between Jazz Age darlings F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald. Jazz music from the era played by Andrew Fletcher and the Firecracker Jazz Band will accompany the dance.

-Want to play board games for 24 hours straight? The Well-Played Board Game Cafe on Wall Street in downtown Asheville will host a 24-hour “gameathon” to benefit Helpmate and raise money to end domestic violence this Saturday and Sunday. They’ve partnered with Wyvern’s Tale, Hillside Games, Comic Envy, Breakout Games and the Game Outlet for the event.