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Rhythm & Brews seeks volunteers

The Downtown Hendersonville program is looking for volunteers to join Friends of Downtown and help with special events throughout the year. Rhythm & Brews, the summer concert series held on the third Thursday of the month through September, needs volunteers. There are two shifts — 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 9 p.m. The next Rhythm & Brews concert is June 19. To join Friends of Downtown please contact Dalleen Jackson at (828) 233-3205 or at

Recycling Center sets hazardous waste days

Henderson County will hold a Household Hazardous Waste collection event on Thursday, June 19, at the Henderson County Convenience Center at 265 Convenience Center Drive from 9 a.m. until noon.
Residents may drop off household chemicals, cleaners, pesticides, insecticides, thermostats and liquid paint. All household hazardous waste can be disposed of free of charge with the exception of liquid paint. Liquid paint may be disposed of for a $1 per gallon recycling fee. During the first event on May 15 almost 90 residents brought in hundreds of gallons of liquid paint, plus thousands of pounds of household cleaning chemicals, pesticides and fertilizers.
Household Hazardous Waste collection days are scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. until noon on the third Thursday of each month from June through September 2014. Items brought to the Convenience Center during these events should be kept in their original containers or packaging, if possible, and should be handled with care.
To learn more or stay updated about upcoming collection events, please visit You can also find a list of alternative and safe materials online at

Sound Investment plays 'Top of Grade'

The popular rock n' roll band Sound Investment will perform at "Top of the Grade Concerts" at McCreery Park in historic downtown Saluda from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 13.
Sound Investment covers Classic '60s and '70s songs that have appealed to every generation and mix in songs from the '50s, '80s and '90s that are also classics.
Top of the Grade concerts are coordinated by the City of Saluda's Small Town Main Street program and funding for the Friday night concerts has been through a community grant from Polk County Community Foundation. All concerts are free thanks to a "Free Community Events" grant.
Concertgoers should bring their own chairs or blankets. Food, soft drinks, beer and wine and coolers are allowed. No food will be available at the park but Saluda restaurants will be open. Events are rain or shine so you may need to bring an umbrella if rain is in the forecast. In some cases, rain events may move to the Pavilion. Concerts are scheduled for second and fourth Fridays through September.

Mirich takes the pulpit at Covenant Presbyterian

Covenant Presbyterian Church, PCA, welcomed the Rev. Stephen Mirich Jr. as pastor of the church last week.
A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Mirich is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte. He served as a youth pastor and assistant pastor of Carolina PCA Church in Locust for the past seven years.
He and his wife, Cassy, are the parents of five children—daughters ages 11, 10 and 8, and 6-year-old twin boys. Cassy is an active participant in her husband's ministry, as well as in the home-schooling their children. She also has her own photography business. They enjoy family hikes and are looking forward to the many opportunities for outdoor activities in our area.

Vision program accepting applications


Vision Henderson County is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 class. An innovative leadership development program sponsored by the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce and Blue Ridge Community College, the Vision program is open to all citizens of Henderson County. Orientation will be Thursday, Aug. 14 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Blue Ridge Community College. A two-day retreat will be held 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 (8 am - 5 pm) and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. Beginning in September the class will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. Class meeting days for the 2014-2015 year are: September 11; October 9; November 13; December 11; January 8; February 12; March 12; and April 9. Graduation is May 7.

Each day-long class is spent meeting with local officials, community leaders and touring businesses and organizations that make Henderson County viable. This series educates participants about Henderson County history, local government, economic development, business and industry, law enforcement and public safety, cultural resources and arts, the environment and natural resources and education.

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For more information contact the Blue Ridge Community College Small Business Center at 828.694.1779 or the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce at 828.692.1413.