More of what’s going around:
-The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that a beaver attacked a paddleboarder on Beaver Lake in north Asheville over the weekend. It’s a possible case of rabies, reports the newspaper. A loyal Ashvegas reader reported the same to me.
–Misty Mountain Bakeshop is a new bakery that’s doing pop-ups and tailgate markets around town. I found their delicious pastries at Trade & Lore.
-The documentary El Chivo will be screened on Thursday (July 14) at the Fine Arts Theatre in downtown Asheville. The film is the work of Asheville director Rod Murphy and his team, and it focuses on the story of Asheville ultrarunner Will Harlan, who won a 50-mile race in Mexico’s Copper Canyons. Tickets here.
-Follow the Justice for Jerry Williams page on Facebook for updates on his case. Williams is the man who was shot and killed by police recently following a car chase. Police have said he was armed with a rifle. Williams’ friends and family want more information on exactly what happened.
-The Asheville Citizen-Times is sponsoring the annual Turkey Trot Thanksgiving run this year.
-For the past five months, Asheville Community Theatre has been quietly raising funds for a capital campaign that will include the renovation and upgrade of the current auditorium, expanded restrooms and additional offices, and the addition of a 150-200 seat black box theatre, according to a press release. Here’s more:
The Blomberg Building located at the corner of Walnut and Market streets, currently used for costume, prop, and furniture storage, will become an education complex with additional rehearsal space. Attorneys at the Van Winkle Law Firm have pledged the campaign to secure the naming rights to the Green Room, a space used by volunteer casts and crews that will be completely renovated in 2017.
–Violet Owl Wellness is opening at 62 Wall St., the former location of Little Volcano yoga studio.
–Shindig on the Green is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The mountain music fills downtown’s Pack Square on Saturday.
–Descubre Asheville is a new website that promotes Asheville to Spanish-speaking visitors.
-There will be a March for Bernie on July 24. The march will begin at noon at the Vance Monument.
-A South Slope neighborhood clean-up event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on July 26. Anyone who signs up to participate will get a free doughnut and coffee courtesy of Vortex, located at 32 Banks Avenue, according to a press release. Additionally, those who sign up for future events with AVL Greenworks will receive a free Vortex doughnut for signing up to volunteer.
-The Leadership Asheville Summer Buzz Breakfast Series continues July 21, with a panel discussion, Asheville’s Direction, featuring Mayor Esther Manheimer, UNC Asheville Chancellor Mary K. Grant and The Collider CEO Bill Dean, according to a press release. Jim Stokely, president of the Wilma Dykeman Legacy, will moderate the panel. The Summer Buzz Breakfast Series is presented by Ward and Smith, P.A. as a way to explore Asheville’s issues, meet community leaders, and get a taste of the Leadership Asheville experience. The talk will be held at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel at 31 Woodfin Street and begin with registration and breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m. The program starts at 8 a.m. and ends promptly at 9 a.m. Admission is $20, including breakfast, and is open to everyone; table sponsorships are available per event and for the series, according to the press release.
-This week, McKibbon Hospitality will celebrate the accomplishments of Glen W. Wilcox Sr., longtime tenant and owner of the BB&T building in downtown Asheville. Here’s the media advisory for Tuesday at 10 a.m.:
Join McKibbon Hospitality to celebrate a significant milestone at the former BB&T building in downtown Asheville as long-time tenant and building owner Glenn W. Wilcox Sr. moves out ahead of the interior building demolition. Wilcox has occupied the building for more than 50 years and, along with John McKibbon, is developing a mixed-use project on the site that includes a boutique hotel, condominiums, a restaurant and bar, parking and retail space for lease. The project is scheduled for completion in 2018. Wilcox has been a successful entrepreneur as chairman and president of Tower Associates, founder of Wilcox World Travel and Tours and founder of Blue Ridge Printing Company. In addition to running several successful businesses, Mr. Wilcox has been and continues to be an integral part of Asheville’s growth and development. His leaving the former BB&T building for the last time marks the start of a new era at One West Pack Square as this iconic site is set to begin its transformation into an exciting new development for Asheville locals and visitors.