wild_and_scenic_film_fest_2015Odds and ends here to catch up from the holiday weekend:

-Newspaper apologizes for poor mail service: Let’s face it: the delivery of mail in Asheville has taken a dive since the U.S. Postal Service recently moved mail processing operations to Greenville, S.C. The move has slowed the delivery of letters, and of the newspaper via mail, according to a May 5 letter the Asheville Citizen-Times sent to subscribers. From the letter:

Unfortunately as of April 17, the Postal Service moved all mail processing operations from the Asheville Processing and Distribution Facility to the Greenville (SC) Processing and Distribution Center. As a result, we have to transport newspaper to the Greenville Center daily. In working with the Postal Service managers during this transition, they have communicated that the Greenville Center is experiencing some challenges due to the increased volume of bulk mail processing. Subsequently, many of our mail subscribers are experiencing significant delays in receiving their papers.

The letter goes on to note that the newspaper is planning to begin printing the Citizen-Times at a new Gannett printing facility in about a month, a move they say will allow earlier delivery to the paper.

-Wild and Scenic Film Fest: The Asheville-based nonprofit MountainTrue is hosting its fourth annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Highlands and Asheville, showcasing films focused on “A Wild Life,” according to a press release. More:

Wild & Scenic is one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, with features that illustrate the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet and the work communities are doing to protect the environment. This year, MountainTrue is showcasing the festival in Highlands and in Asheville.

Highlands showing:

June 13, 6:30-9 p.m., at the Highlands Performing Arts Center; films start at 7.

VIP Special Access Pre-Festival Event at the center from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tickets: On sale at the Highlands Performing Arts Center at (828) 526-9047 or online at bit.ly/WSFFhighlands

Asheville showing:

June 23, 6:30-9 p.m., at Asheville Community Theatre; films start at 7. Tickets: On sale soon at the Asheville Community Theatre at (828) 254-1320 or online at ashevilletheatre.org

For more information, contact MountainTrue Education and Outings Coordinator Rachel Stevens at (828) 258-8737, ext. 215.

-Griffin Awards: From a press release from the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County:

Please join PSABC for the 36TH Annual Griffin Awards from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, to recognize and celebrate the important work of historic preservation & the people in our community that make it happen. With a brief address from Jennifer Cathey, Restoration Specialist for NC State Historic Preservation Office & President of PSABC, on the state of preservation in Asheville and Buncombe County preceding the awards presentation.

LIMITED SEATING. $10 FOR PSABC MEMBERS. $15 FOR NON-MEMBERS SEND PAYMENT TO PSABC, PO BOX 2806, ASHEVILLE, NC 28802 OR GO TO PSABC.ORG TO BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE.

-Filmmaking summer camp: The NYS3 Youth Independent Filmmaking Summer Camp is getting ready to crank up. From a press release:

Empower your child to create their own independent film this summer with filmmaker Paul Schattel! NYS3 conservatory is offering children this special opportunity to learn every aspect of the filmmaking craft (lighting, sound, editing, camera operation, story construct & more). Sign up today! Level 1: June 15 – 19 or Aug. 3 – 7, Level 2: June 22 – 26 or Aug. 10 – 14. Visit us at nys3.com for details and registration!

-The Spot on Biltmore: That’s the name in which building permits have been pulled for renovations to the former Build It Naturally location on Biltmore Avenue. The building and lot are adjacent to the French Broad Food Co-op. Renovations call for a new patio deck and drive-through window.

Get there early: The Asheville Regional Airport is reminding people to arrive early for flights. From the press release:

Asheville Regional Airport is busier than ever, having served a record number of annual passengers in 2014 and still growing. And not only are there more people traveling, the airlines are flying larger planes, which means there are more people at the airport at the same time. It is important that western North Carolina air travelers remember to arrive the recommended two hours before flights.

“We hear people say how they love to fly from AVL because they can park, check-in and go through security in a very short period of time,” said Tina Kinsey, spokesperson at Asheville Regional Airport. “While this is sometimes the case, passengers should understand that they may arrive at the airport and find a very long line at security. Longer lines are happening, and passengers seem surprised that they have to wait. So, we’re reaching out to educate and help our local passengers be better prepared.”

Screening: The Genius of Marian, a 90-minute documentary, will be screened at 6:30 p.m. today (reception at 5:30 p.m.), Tuesday, May 26, at Asheville Community Theatre. The event is hosted by MemoryCare. Tickets cost $12-14 and can be purchased here. The movie is “an intimate family portrait that explores the heartbreak of Alzheimer’s disease, the power of art, and the meaning of family.” After the screening,  Margaret Noel, MD and Virginia Templeton, MD of MemoryCare will moderate a discussion of the film.

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