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LOCAL BRIEFS: Carbs in the yard, 'FullSendforPoore,' celebrating immigrants

Carburetors bring rockabilly sound to Music by the Lake at BRCC at 5 p.m. Sunday. Carburetors bring rockabilly sound to Music by the Lake at BRCC at 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Carburetors, a Flat Rock-based honky-tonk/rockabilly band, perform at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, as the Music by the Lake series wraps up at Blue Ridge Community College.

Founded around 2002 by Jay Goree and Mark Warwick, the band has since expanded its membership as well as fan base throughout the region and beyond. The band grew when it brought on Bill Munoz as drummer and Damien “Duke” Domingue on bass, although for Sunday’s show Tucker Warwick will play bass and Tyler Matthews will be on drums.
After releasing a CD called “Y’all Don’t Tell My Mama I Was Here” in 2004, the Carburetors saw rapid success, with the sole bluegrass song on the CD going on to rank as No. 4 on a national bluegrass chart, according to Warwick.
“We love bluegrass, but we’re really more of a rockabilly/honky tonk sound,” Warwick said.
The band went on play various festivals, including a rockabilly festival in Europe, featuring concerts in Amsterdam, Germany and Belgium. Returning to Blue Ridge Community College is a no-brainer for the group, as the outdoor venue of the school affords its audience a complete lack of distractions and lets them relax and enjoy the music in nature instead of a noisy bar setting.
Concert goers can expect to have a great deal of fun, as the band prides itself on getting the audience excited.
“People come up to us all the time and tell us how much fun they’ve had, and that’s easy to accomplish with songs like ‘White Trash Noise’ and ‘Quarter Machine.’ We’re good musicians ultimately, but it’s all about having fun,” Warwick added. When not rocking out with his crew, Warwick serves as general manager and radio show host alongside his wife, Paige, on WTZQ radio.
Guests are invited to come out to Music by the Lake and enjoy the free concert in the serenity of nature. For more information, visit the Carburetors U.S.A. Facebook page.


Congregational Church announces forum topics

First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1735 Fifth Ave. West, announced its August weekly Adult Forums in the Felix Building at 9 a.m. on Sundays. For more information visit or call 692-8630. Topics are:

• Aug 4: Teilhard and Love, Larry Anderson, “Teilhard de Chardin On Love: Evolving Human Relationships” by L.M. Savary and P.H. Berne. This recent book proposes to lead us to “Omega Love.” Larry Anderson wrote his master’s thesis on Teilhard in 1967 at Chicago Theological Seminary and proposes to review the book and tweak some curiosity about exploring Teilhard, especially as his writing connects with Jungian depth psychology.
• Aug. 11, Kick-off of Discussions of Ed Bacon’s 8 Habits of Love: Generosity, Diane Swift. The first of eight lively discussions of Bacon’s eight habits of love – generosity, stillness, truth, candor, play, forgiveness, compassion, and community. The eight forums will each be led by a different church member, including Rev. Karla Miller and Mark Acker.
• Aug. 18, “The Spirituality of Pilgrimages.” The Rev. Rob Field and Karen Jackson will lead a program on the subject of pilgrimage, one of the most ancient and widely-observed spiritual practices in the world. What makes a pilgrimage a pilgrimage? Do you have to go across the world? Can I create a pilgrimage in my back yard? The presenters will address these questions as well as any you might bring with you. Field is an Episcopal priest who founded the Center For Spiritual Wisdom in Brevard in 2016. Rob has given workshops on Centering Prayer at our church. Jackson is a writer, consultant and retreat leader who has trained with Parker Palmer at his Center for Courage and Renewal.
• Aug. 25, “Ministry at the Border,” Shawn Kelly. This presentation is a first-hand experience from one of our FCC members who volunteered in El Paso from May 4 to May 20. With the support of our church and others, Kelly was able to volunteer as a nurse/driver (whatever was needed) to help the overwhelming numbers of migrants crossing our southern border in recent months. Come and hear her experience and learn how she and others are helping those seeking safety and refuge in our country. A retired trauma nurse and emergency/trauma services director of nursing for the Greenville Health System, Kelly was an Air Force medic serving in Texas prior to her nursing career.

Bicycle racers coming to Green River Aug. 10-11

Crosstown Velo Racing Team will partner with the Green River Community Association and the Green River Fire Department to promote the official Road Race Championship for North and South Carolina Aug. 10 and 11.
The bicycle event will be hosted by Falling Creek Camp. The proceeds from the race will help to fund the Fire Department and Community Association.
“The Green River community is an amazing place to hold the race,” Tim Tobbe of Crosstown Velo. “It is beautiful, the neighbors are friendly and welcoming, and the course is challenging. We hope the revenue gives something back to the community.”
The event pits racers against one another based on age in the Saturday races. On Sunday the races are scheduled based on their USA Cycling ability category.
USA Cycling is the sanctioning body and the Olympic organization for cycling, More information about the event can be found under the NC events on this website.
The races will be run from 9 a.m. each day until midafternoon along Green River, Andrews, Terry’s Creek and Bob’s Creek roads. The individual races will be officiated by a motorcycle official and led by a pace vehicle.

Food and shelter program accepting fund applications

The Local Board for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program has been notified the national program’s funding has been determined. ESFP contact Sarah Kowalak, of United Way of Henderson County, reports a funding notification regarding Henderson County’s allotment has been sent to the Local Board.

The federal funding is designated to supplement and expand the work of local social services agencies, both nonprofit and governmental, to assist individuals with emergency rent and mortgage payments. For 2019, Henderson County was awarded $16,182 through the Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program set-aside funds.
Interested organizations will find a fillable pdf application at They should complete the form, print and mail or hand deliver with the required documents to United Way of Henderson County, 32 Smyth Avenue, Suite 100, Hendersonville, N.C., 28792. The deadline for applications is 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21. For more information or questions contact Sarah Kowalak at

Vision graduates can find out what’s new

Blue Ridge Community College and the Chamber of Commerce of Henderson County have announced Vision II, a day for Vision Henderson County graduates to reconnect to the community.
To serve more than 800 Vision Henderson County graduates in the 25-plus years of the program, the college and Chamber have created an “update” for graduates that have not experienced new industries, been updated on city and county agendas, learned about nonprofit organizations and want to reconnect and network with other Vision gradates. Vision Director Ruth Birge will facilitate the class.
The first Vision II class will be a full day, Thursday, Oct. 17, starting at 8 a.m. at the Patton Room 150 at BRCC. A second Vision II class will be Thursday, March 19, 2020. Registration is now available at Registration deadline is Aug. 23. Registrants must be a Vision Henderson County graduate. Fee is $100. For more information, contact MC Gaylord at

Vision Henderson County is an innovative leadership development program sponsored by Blue Ridge Community College and the chamber. The program focuses on familiarization with Henderson County, meeting community leaders and learning about personal leadership.

Tractor association seeks vendors for October show

The Apple Country Engine and Tractor Association presents the 34th annual WNC Fall Harvest Days Antique Engine and Tractor Show October 17-19 at the WNC Agriculture Center Fairgrounds.
Organizers are seeking vendors to come sell quality antiques, parts, tires, food and mountain crafts. Vendor spaces start at $40. Set-up begins Oct. 15. Limited camping spaces are available on event show grounds. For more information visit Vendor rules and event schedules are on the website.
Admission is $8/day or $20 for a 3-day pass. Children under 12 are admitted free with paid adult.

Gym to close for floor renovation

The Henderson County Athletics & Activity Center Gym will close for renovations to the gym floor July 31 through Labor Day. The gym will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Every effort is being made to relocate or provide alternate options for our regularly scheduled programs during the closure. Details will be posted on the Parks & Recreation webpage as they become available. We apologize for any inconvenience. For more information, contact the Henderson County Parks & Recreation Department at 828-697-4884 or

Congregational Church celebrates immigrants

First Congregational United Church of Christ, invites the community, especially newcomers to America, to participate in its annual Immigrant Rights at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 4.
A worship service through scripture, prayers, speakers and music, congregants will lift up immigrants, learn about their concerns, honor their contributions, hear their pain, pray for their well-being and listen to hear where God leads on issues of immigration. For more information visit or call 828-692-8630. The church is at 1735 Fifth Ave. West in Laurel Park.

Fundraisers continue for injured firefighter

Several fundraisers have been scheduled and others are ongoing for Hendersonville Fire Capt. Josh Poore, who is recovering from serious injuries he suffered in a mountain bike accident on June 13. He is undergoing rehab at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta and at this point his projected discharge date is Sept. 4, the city said in a news release.
Here are details of upcoming fundraisers:
• Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019 from 11:30am-1:30pm, Bistro Day at Lake Pointe Landing, for Lake Pointe Landing residents and their guests. The Lake Pointe Landing lunch buffet will raise money to support Capt. Poore.
• Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 from 2pm-6pm, Poore Beer and WOD Fundraising Event, Triskelion Brewing Company, 340 Seventh Avenue East. CrossFit HVL is partnering with Triskelion Brewing Company and the Hendersonville Fire Department to create a Fundraising WOD (workout) in a town effort to help support Josh Poore and his family in this trying time. The workout is not required to participate in the event; all are welcome to stop by and support the event. The WOD will take place at Triskelion where the Hendersonville Professional Firefighters Association IAFF Local 2645 will be selling wristbands and t-shirts and collecting donations to participate in the WOD (workout). Participants can either donate at the event or donate to the GoFundMe page and show their donation receipt to the volunteers to participate day of the event. CrossFit HVL will be running the WOD (workout). Triskelion Brewing Company will also be donating part of the beer sales during the event to the Josh Poore Fund. They also have the Appalachian Renegades band playing that night at 8pm. There will be a raffle of donated items from the local community as well. Visit
• Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 at 8-10:30am, Summit Crossfit South Fundraiser, Summit Crossfit South – 37 Maxwell Drive. The CrossFit fitness community in partnership with the Hendersonville Fire Department and Asheville Fire Department present a fundraiser to help support Captain Josh Poore, who recently suffered a spinal cord injury following a mountain biking accident. Join Summit Crossfit South on August 24th for a workout to show your support for Josh and his family. Heats will occur every half hour. Visit
• Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, Sanctuary Brewing Company fundraiser. Save the Date - Details Coming.
• #FULLSENDFORPOORE Wristband Fundraiser, Ongoing. The Hendersonville Professional Firefighters Association Local 2645 is selling #FULLSENDFORPOORE wristbands to raise money for Captain Josh Poore. Wristbands ($5) can be purchased at either Hendersonville Fire Station and at upcoming fundraisers. Fire Station 2 – 632 Sugarloaf Road
Fire Station 1 – 851 N. Main St. Administrative staff members are available to accept donations at Station 2 every weekday from 8am-5pm. Staff availability for accepting donations is based on call volume and less predictable outside of regular business hours and at Station 1. Visit
• GoFundMe, ongoing. A GoFundMe account has been set up to benefit Josh and his family.
• Donations, ongoing. The public can make a donation at any State Employees Credit Union in North Carolina. Visit a SECU to donate to the “Josh Poore Family Tragedy Account” or drop off donations at either Hendersonville fire station. Follow the Support Captain Josh Poore Facebook page @FullSendForPoore for updates as additional fundraisers are planned.