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LOCAL BRIEFS: History winners, shooting star, Sunday Savings Club

Hendersonville Sister Cities will present ‘The Mysteries of Cuba’ on July 9 at the Henderson County Public Library. Hendersonville Sister Cities will present ‘The Mysteries of Cuba’ on July 9 at the Henderson County Public Library.

Mantilla, Belk win history honors

Juan Pablo Mantilla, a 2015 Immaculata graduate, and Kimber Belk, a rising seventh-grader at Immaculata, received recognition and awards at the recent National History Day held at the University of Maryland.
National History Day begins with over 600,000 students participating at local levels. The top 2 projects in each category from each state and American schools across the world meet at the University of Maryland to compete for national awards. This year 2,971 students at junior and senior levels competed.

Mantilla competed in the junior division in the Individual Website category and Kimber Belk competed in the junior division in the Individual Performance category. Belk finished seventh out of almost 90 entries in the nation and took the outstanding entry from North Carolina in the Junior Division.

Good shot!

Hannah Worrell and the NC 4-H Rifle Team placed fourth in silhouettes, third in Civilian Marksmanship Program and fourth overall at the National Shooting Sports Invitational in Grand Island, Neb., June 21-26.

Program explores ‘Mysteries of Cuba’

Hendersonville Sister Cities will present a timely program on “The Mysteries of Cuba” at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 9, at the Henderson County Public Library auditorium.
John and Pam Gaitskill will share information from the cultural-exchange trip they took to Cuba through People to People in 2012. Through photos and personal stories, they will tell about musicians and artists of today’s Cuba and the farms and homes they visited.
“We enjoyed Havana, Cuba’s colorful capital, and its well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture,” Pam Gaitskill said. “And of course we loved the music and dance that is so much a part of the culture. Salsa emanates from the dance clubs and cabaret shows are performed at the famed Tropicana. We saw a broad scope of life in Cuba and learned about its history.”
A nonprofit organization formed in 2007 to foster international cooperation and understanding, Hendersonville Sister Cities regularly hosts educational and cultural programs and international dinners.

Grace youth headed to gathering in Detroit

Grace Lutheran Church is sending 26 high school youth and 10 adult guides to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Youth Gathering in Detroit July 13-20.
The Youth Gatherings take place every three years in a different location around the country for faith formation, worship, study, fellowship, service and play. It is an opportunity for Grace youth to engage with more than 35,000 peers from across the United States and the world who share a common commitment and faith in Christ.

Arts Council sets grant workshop

The Arts Council of Henderson County is accepting applications for North Carolina Arts Council Regional Artist Project Grants through Aug. 21. The grants are intended for individual artists in Henderson, Polk and Transylvania counties at any phase of their professional development. Grants may cover equipment purchases, professional development training, marketing and other areas between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016.
The Arts Council will host a grant-writing workshop on Thursday, July 16, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the council office at 401 N. Main St., 3rd floor. Applications and instructions will be available at the workshop; the Arts Council recommends that all new applicants attend. Please RSVP by calling the Arts Council at 828-693-8504, or email ,

Grace hosts singing family

The community is invited to Grace Lutheran Church on Sunday, July 12, for either the 9:45 or 11:15 a.m. services to welcome Pastor Julio Melara, a leader for Iglesia Luterana de Costa Rica, his wife, Gerti, and their two teenage children, who will offer special music. Grace Lutheran has sent its members on mission trips to Costa Rica in past years, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), of which Grace is a member congregation, has sent Lutheran Missionaries to establish Iglesia Luterana Costarricense for more than 25 years.
The Melaras are gifted recording artists who share their talents both inside and outside the church in Costa Rica. Julio Melara, who is Salvadorian, and Gerti Weichselgartner Melara, an Austrian, have two children, Sarah Celeste and Jonas Benjamin.
Grace Lutheran Church is at the corner of Sixth Avenue West and Blythe Street in Hendersonville. For further information call 828-693-4890.

Arts Council calls for artists

The Arts Council of Henderson County is seeking artists who are interested in demonstrating and selling their art or craft at the 56th annual Art on Main Festival Oct. 3 and 4.
Artists are required to exhibit both days of the festival. The Arts Council is looking for candidates in media such as plein air painting, carving, woodturning, blacksmithing, spinning, jewelry, weaving, lampwork and other forms.
Artists interested in being chosen in the juried event should submit three images (CD or prints) of finished pieces. The requirements for the booth is included in the artist application. The booth fee is $50. The application is available on the Arts Council’s website,, or by emailing the Arts Council at
Deadline for consideration is Aug. 7. Applications may be dropped off at the Arts Council office at 401 North Main Street, Suite 302, or mailed to Arts Council at P.O. Box 767, Hendersonville, N.C., 28793.
For more information contact the Arts Council at 828.693.8504 or You may also contact Gail McClelland at 831-428-8555 or

Thrift shop launches Sunday Savings Club

The Blue Ridge Humane Society Thrift Store is now open on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offering the Sunday Savings Club. Shoppers can participate in the Sunday Savings Club by spending $10 or more on two consecutive Sundays. Get a receipt each time, bring in the receipts the next Sunday you shop, and you’ll receive a $5 Rewards Card that can be used in the Thrift Store.
The Thrift Store, at 1214 Greenville Highway, and is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Trinity preschool seeks donations for yard sale

Trinity Presbyterian Church’s preschool is seeking yard sale items including kitchenware, linens, appliances, holiday decorations, jewelry, collectibles, tools, toys, small furniture items — anything you no longer need that might be of interest and value to someone else.
Please call Linda or Glenn Walker at 891-2486 or 674-1273 to schedule pick-up.

Thompson to emcee Shrine Club fundraiser

Tommy Thompson, chairman of the Henderson County Board of Commissioners, will be the emcee and auctioneer for the Hendersonville Shrine Club’s “Auction for Love” to benefit Shriners Hospital for Children on Thursday, July 16, at the Grande Ole Hall at Highland Lake Inn and Resort in Flat Rock.
A silent auction and tea cup drawings will also be included. The Tom Brown-One Man Band will perform.
Tickets are available from Shrine Club members until July 8, at ASAP Promotionals, 779B Church St., or by calling (828) 699-5697. Attire is dressy casual.
Items available so far for the silent and live auctions and the tea cup drawings are listed on the Club’s web site,
Sponsors include Windsor Built Homes, William Moore, DDS; Hannah Flanagan’s, Etowah Valley Equipment, Etowah Shopping Center, Highland Lake Inn, Horizon Heating & Air Conditioning, Hendersonville Shrine Club Board of Directors, WTZQ AM 1600, the Hendersonville Lightning and the Times-News.
Proceeds benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children providing life-changing medical care to children, for pediatric orthopedic conditions, severe burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and cleft palate. For more information, call (828)329-5210.

Covenant Presbyterian sets Vacation Bible School

Covenant Presbyterian Church, at 2101 Kanuga Road, is hosting its annual Vacation Bible School Aug. 3-7 from 9 a.m. to noon. This years’s theme is “The Scottish Sleuths and the Case of The Puzzling Parables.” It is a study of 12 of Jesus’s “Kingdom” parables. Early online registration is open at


Symphony League hosts wine tasting

The Hendersonville Symphony League is sponsoring a Summer Wine event featuring fine wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres at Just Vino on Tuesday, July 14, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Tracy Bridges and Justin Morrow, co-owners of Just Vino, will have a wine vendor available that evening with delightful wines to taste. Just Vino will also provide tasty hors d’oeuvres.
The event will be held in restaurant attached to the Just Vino Wine Shop in Flat Rock. Please use the restaurant entrance on the left side of Just Vino’s shop.
The cost of the wine tasting is $30 per person. For tickets contact event chair Lynne Stafford at (828) 243-5006 or call the Hendersonville Symphony Office at (828) 697-5884.