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LOCAL BRIEFS: Candidates, Junior Welfare Club, DAR winners

Junior Welfare Club fetes 300 children

The Junior Welfare Club hosted more than 300 children during Special Pops Christmas parties. The Junior Welfare Club has been serving women and children in the community, especially those with special needs, since 1931. Because of the generosity of Special Pops sponsors and hundreds of individuals that supported the annual Wreath Sale, club members brought Christmas joy to 274 children in 17 Henderson County schools and 72 more children in five Helping Hand Developmental Center classrooms. This year’s sponsors included
Glennwood Custom Builders,
1-800 Water Damage of WNC,
 Camp Ton-A-Wandah, 
Coleman Freeman Auto Sales, 
Cooper Construction, 
Ted and Allison Duncan, 
Garrison Family Dentistry, 
Pryor Insurance, 
Rainbow International Restoration, 
 Reid & Reid Family Dentistry 
and Skyline Plastics.
Each of the 23 classroom teachers received a $100 gift card to use for students at their discretion and each student received a gift. The Junior Welfare Club also will be presenting Helping Hand Developmental Center with an additional $1,000 check and this spring it will donate to the Believe Child Advocacy Center (CAC), a collaboration of law enforcement agencies, Henderson County DSS, the office of the District Attorney, Mainstay, The Healing Place, Blue Ridge Community Health Services and the Health Department.
Junior Welfare Club’s efforts to raise funds for Believe CAC will include a raffle basket auction to be held on April 5. For anyone interested in donating to these raffle baskets, or for more information about our Club, please visit our website at

Edwards and Henson speak to GOP women

State Senate candidate Chuck Edwards and state House candidate Cody Henson will be speak at the Henderson County Republican Women’s Club luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the Cedars. To attend send a check for $15 by Jan. 22 payable to The Cedars to P.O. Box 2734, Hendersonville, NC 28793.

Immaculata announces winners of DAR contest

Winners of the Abraham Kuykendall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contest from Immaculata Catholic School were fifth grader Ariah McMillan, seventh graders Kimber Belk and Patrick Jones, and eighth grader Rachel Ursin.
The students wrote essays based on the prompt, “Describe a colonial family’s discussion about the new Stamp Act and what role it played in organizing the colonists against the British King and Parliament.” Twenty-two students from Immaculata’s middle school grades participated. The winners will read their essays and receive awards at the Abraham Kuykendall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at Flat Rock Village Hall.

Trinity welcomes singers on 5th Sunday

Trinity Presbyterian Church invites the community to participate in the Fifth Sunday Hymn Sing on at 9:45 a.m. on Jan. 31. Led by Andrew Hiler with Stephen Klein on piano and organ, the lively sing-alongs are driven by friends in the church and community who request favorite hymns and join together singing them in the Trinity sanctuary on the four months of the year with five Sundays. Associate Pastor Dwight Christenbury welcomes hymn requests emailed to him at
Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) is at 900 Blythe Street.

Casting for Hope to hold fundraiser

Casting for Hope will host “From Water to Wine,” a wine-tasting and auction fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Burntshirt Vineyards.
While sampling wine and beer offerings and the Vintner’s Table hors d’oeuvres, participants will be invited to bid on a treasure trove of items donated by individuals and businesses. Auction items include original jewelry pieces, a float trip, a custom fly rod, beautiful pottery, porcelain figurines, professionally framed embroidery pieces, item-specific gift certificates, distinctively sewn articles and other items.

Tickets are on sale for $50 at the Henderson County Visitors Center, 201 South Main St. For an online purchase option, go to For more information contact Kathy Haney at 828-712-2716 or Auction items are pictured on or linked to
The mission of Casting for Hope is to heighten awareness of ovarian and gynecological cancers, to grow the knowledge base of women and their families about elusive symptoms and to use fundraising proceeds to meet the needs of women diagnosed with a gynecological cancer.

Musicians invited to join orchestra

Rehearsals start Feb. 7 for the spring concert of the Community Orchestra of Hendersonville and musicians are invited to join.
Conducted by Stephen Klein, the orchestra is for musicians who want to be part of a community orchestra and for people who played instruments in the past and would love to get back to making music again.
Klein invites players to “get out your clarinets and trumpets, violins and flutes and rediscover the joy of being part of an orchestra as we practice and perform beautiful music together.”
Rehearsals will be held Sunday afternoons from 2:30 to 4:15 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 900 Blythe Street. The orchestra’s spring concert will be held in the Trinity sanctuary on May 1 at 3 p.m.
The Community Orchestra of Hendersonville is part of the Hendersonville Community Music Center. Located at Trinity Presbyterian Church, the Community Music Center is directed by Andrew Hiler and offers voice and instrument lessons for children and adults as well as Kindermusik for infants and toddlers. Contact Hiler at 828-692-6114 ex 115 or to register for the Community Orchestra and/or learn more about lessons for children and adults at the Community Music Center.

Christian classics is Table Talk topic

Christian classics — works that everyone should read — will be discussed by the Rev. Bill Campbell at Hendersonville Presbyterian Church’s weekly Table Talk on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 6:25 p.m. The public is invited and there is no charge. For those who would like to attend dinner (small charge) at 5:30, reservations are required and can be confirmed by calling the church office at (828) 692-3211. Hendersonville Presbyterian is on Seventh Avenue at Grove Street.

St. James to host Candlemas concert

St. James Episcopal Church will present its 26th annual Candlemas Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, featuring award-winning multi-instrumental Celtic/folk artist Robin Bullock.
Bullock has been hailed as a “Celtic guitar god” by the Baltimore City Paper and a “world class musician” by Grammy-winning folk legend Tom Paxton, with whom he frequently tours internationally. His virtuosity on acoustic guitar, cittern and mandolin blends the ancient melodies of the Celtic lands with those of their Appalachian descendants and has made him one of the country’s most sought-after Celtic performers.
His recorded work includes nine critically acclaimed solo CD’s and numerous collaborations. A 2003 dual CD, “Celtic Guitar Summit” with California guitarist Steve Baughman, won three of Acoustic Guitar magazine’s “Editor’s Pick” awards as one of the top ten CDs of the year.
Bullock says his program will include Celtic, Appalachian and Baroque music “ranging from traditional folk melodies of Ireland, Scotland and the Blue Ridge Mountains, to the exquisite harp tunes of the legendary Irish bard Turlough O’Carolan, to the masterworks of Bach.”
Created by St. James in 1990 as a means of raising money for outreach, the yearly benefit concert celebrates the ancient Christian holiday of “Candlemas,” commemorating Mary’s return to the temple at Jerusalem to present her son to God. Proceeds from the concert will fund local hunger relief, supporting the work of Interfaith Assistance Ministry, The Storehouse and the Hendersonville Rescue Mission. The price of admission includes a catered reception in the parish hall following the concert.
Tickets are $20 and are available at the St. James receptionist desk, the Henderson County Visitor Information Center and Diamond Rush Jewelry in Laurel Park Village. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.

Trinity invites all to help pack food

Trinity Presbyterian Church, 900 Blythe Street, invites men and women, boys and girls, fully able and with limited abilities, singles, families, neighbors and friends, anyone from 5 to 100 years of age willing to participate in a two-hour Stop Hunger Now food packing event at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Saturday, March 12.
The intergenerational labor of love to help pack food for people in need is from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 12.
“We need volunteers to register on-line now at so we know who we can count on to help pack these much needed meals,” project coordinator Judi Weeter said. “We plan to pack 12,096 meals in two hours on March 12, up from the 10,368 meals packed by our 132 volunteers last year. We’re not asking for money. We need a lot of volunteers, hands to pack, smiles to share, as many as will help. Please go on-line and register now, then join us on March 12 as we all work together to Stop Hunger Now!”
The 12,096-meal project is fully funded by the Trinity Presbyterian Women, Global Missions, and Christian Nurture Ministries of the church at the $3,500 needed for the food ingredients, meal bags, gloves, boxes and transportation. The volunteers will work together in assembly-line format packing small bags with rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix that includes 23 essential vitamins and minerals. Each of the 12,096 bags can feed a family of six. The food is stored easily, transported quickly and has a shelf-life of two years.
Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency that has been working to end hunger for more than 12 years. Based in Raleigh, Stop Hunger Now was founded in 1998 by Ray Buchanan, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and ordained United Methodist minister, to give people hands-on opportunities to participate in an international hunger relief program and become educated, engaged advocates for the world’s poor and hungry.
More than 180,000,000 meals have been packaged and distributed to 65 countries impacting millions of lives. The organization is driven by a mission to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world's most vulnerable people and by creating a personalized global commitment to feed the hungry and stop hunger now.

St. Gerard House receives $500 grant

The Dennis and Ada Gough Family Fund has donated $500 to the St. Gerard House to support the delivery of proven therapies and programming to the individuals and families living with autism in Henderson and surrounding counties, Caroline Long, executive director of St. Gerard House, announced. St. Gerard House is an independent non-profit committed to helping families facing autism, a disability that affects 1 in 58 children in North Carolina. Since its founding in 2010, St. Gerard House has become one of the most successful and respected autism centers in the region. The organization’s four core program areas include: The Grotto Therapeutic Center, Connect: Social Skills training, Feed the Need Garden and Culinary training and Family Group Night for special needs families.
St. Gerard House has launched a campaign to raise $935,000 to expand autism programming in a house it bought across the street from it present location at 620 Oakland Street. The Expanding Hope campaign will enable St. Gerard House to add autism evaluation, education and treatment programs for more families, as well as offer services to children 8 to 12.
To learn more about St. Gerard House’s autism services or the Expanding Hope campaign, call 828-693-4223 or visit

Special Hearts social will be held Feb. 13

On Feb. 13, Special Needs Sports will host a Special Hearts dance/social for Special Needs children and adults and residents of assisted living centers. The dance will be at West Henderson High School from 2 to 6 p.m.
There will be music for every generation and genre. Refreshments, finger food and desserts will be furnished. The event for people ranging in ages 2 to 90 is an opportunity for new friendships and fun for many generations. There is no cost. However, organizer, Donnie Jones would appreciate an estimate of residents who plan to attend in order to help with the planning. Please email that count to by Jan. 22. For information call Jones at 606-5691 or email

Nominations open for top N.C. award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2016 North Carolina Award, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the state, now through April 15. Created by the General Assembly in 1961 and administered by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the award recognizes “notable accomplishments by North Carolina citizens” in literature, science, fine arts and public service.

Award nominations may be submitted by anyone and must include a completed nomination form, cover letter, and the nominee’s biography or resume. Letters of support and examples of the nominee’s work will also be accepted. Applications may be submitted online at or materials may be sent to the North Carolina Awards Committee, N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, 4601 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-4601.

The North Carolina Awards Committee will review the nominations and make its selections in early summer. The recipients will be honored during ceremonies in Raleigh in September. Past award recipients have included some of the country’s most distinguished artists, poets, writers, performers, journalists, scientists and public servants, including William Friday, Romare Bearden, James Taylor, Gertrude Elion, John Hope Franklin, David Brinkley, Maya Angelou, Billy Graham and Branford Marsalis.
For a nomination form and guidelines visit To receive forms by mail or by e-mail contact or call (919) 807-7256.