Monday, January 27, 2014

Callie Walston joines Four Seasons Compassion for Life development department

Four Seasons Compassion for Life announces the addition of Callie Walston, philanthropy coordinator, to its development department.

A lifetime resident of Asheville, Buncombe County, Walston holds a 2006 bachelor’s degree in communications from Appalachian State University, and is a 2002 graduate of North Buncombe High School. She is a member of Rotary Club of Asheville, and currently chairs the club’s annual foundation fundraiser. She attends Grace Covenant Church, Asheville.

“A natural relationship builder and communicator, Callie offers her significant experience in marketing, promotions and business development, and non-profit volunteerism,” says Derek Groves, vice president of sustainable resources. “We are delighted to welcome her to our team.”

Walston remains inspired by the opportunity to make lasting contributions to the community by helping patients improve their quality of life in the face of serious illness or at end of life.

“I’m a pebble in the pond,” she says. “I’m just here to do the work, and I hope to make a lasting impression.”

Asheville's Salt Cave shares the benefits of a sole bath

The use of all-natural beauty care products is increasing world wide. As consumers become more knowledgeable about the bad air inside and outside their homes they are seeing the negative effects of such exposure to their skin, hair, and body. Himalayan Salt is an ancient treatment with amazing results for today’s health issues. This natural, untreated salt contains a high crystalline structure that allows nutrients to be naturally absorbed at the cellular level resulting in body purification.

Your skin is an excretory organ that mirrors the condition of your intestines. When you take a salt water bath (Sole), the salt minerals penetrate your skin in the form of ions. This stimulation will cause natural cell growth, weak points will be balanced and your energy flow will be activated. Anyone can benefit from a Sole bath but it is particularly soothing for those with: skin conditions, joint diseases, recurring infections, insect bites, blisters, and skin irritations from poison ivy.

To get the full benefits of a therapeutic natural Sole bath, the right salt concentration is critical. The concentration must be at least the same as the one of your body fluids (approximately 1%). This is needed to activate the osmotic exchange ratio. The formula for a 1% solution is 1.28 ounces of salt per gallon of water. A full bath is normally 27-32 gallons of water. Therefore one needs 2.6 pounds of natural salt. The water should be approximately 97 degrees. Your bath will maintain this constant temperature because of the biophysical composition of the salt being so strong that it causes the molecules to move in a constant rhythm.

Your bath should be between 20 and 30 minutes in length. Do not use any bath additives such as soaps or oils. The makeup of the bath is comparable to the amniotic fluid in which the embryo floats. Do not shower off, simply dry with a towel and then rest for at least 30 minutes.

WARNING: While this bath has a positive effect on many ailments. it is also demanding on your circulatory system. If you suffer from weak or poor heart circulation, always consult with your physician first. Patients who use therapeutic Sole baths have seen significant positive changes in respiratory, circulatory, connective tissue and nervous system functions. Other benefits reported also include: increase in quality of sleep, increased energy and concentration levels, and noticeable hair and nail growth. 

Asheville’s Salt Cave (12 Eagle St) offers a variety of products and sizes for your bathing needs.

Boundary-shattering "Frogz" presented at Diana Wortham Theatre - Feb. 13 & 14

Sophisticated, universally appealing and highly entertaining for all ages, Imago Theatre’s FROGZ explodes onto the Diana Wortham Theatre stage, Thursday and Friday, February 13 & 14, 2014 at 8:00 p.m., with an incomparable combination of dance, mime and acrobatics. Ingenious masks, mesmerizing movement, outlandish costumes, and an original music score create a carnival of the absurd, presenting universal themes in works that tantalize the senses and intellect.

From creators who have been called alchemists, magicians, theatrical animators, and physical comedians, FROGZ blends acrobatics evoking Cirque Du Soleil with Mummenschanz-style mime and puppetry, set in a unique—yet accessible—French-influenced avant-garde playground. Animals take on human characteristics and inanimate objects like slinkys engage in silly humanistic movements. Penguins play musical chairs, larger-than-life alligators taunt the audience, orbs run wild, and huge frogs leap about in a madcap revue of illusion, comedy and fun that has inspired audiences worldwide.

FROGZ has toured across Asia, Europe, Canada, and at some of North America’s most revered festivals and theatres including a two-year run at Broadway’s New Victory Theatre. Critically acclaimed around the world for its unique and engaging work, Imago Theatre was awarded the New York Dance Film Award and best Touring Production by Independent Reviewers of New England.

Founded in 1979 by Carol Triffle and Jerry Mouawad, Imago has been creating transformative theater that transcends boundaries traditionally associated with language, age and gravity (and other laws of the real world) for over three decades. Working out of a large 18,000 square foot theatre laboratory in Portland, Oregon, Imago’s ensemble of actors, dancers, designers, fabricators and musicians become alchemists seeking fresh perspectives on performance. Imago has developed a distinctly theatrical approach all its own, one that’s equal parts dance, design, circus, music, text, and illusion.

Asheville performances of Imago Theatre’s FROGZ are made possible by Performance Sponsors Michael & Catty Andry, William Hilson & Nancy Houha, David & Dianne Worley, The Omni Grove Park Inn, and Wells Fargo Bank; with additional support from Media Sponsors The Laurel of Asheville, 880AM The Revolution, and News Radio 570 WWNC. 

Good Life Publications publishes 2014 WNC Craft Beer Guide

The latest release of the WNC Craft Beer Guide hits the shelves around Western North Carolina. Click here to view online version:

The WNC Craft Beer Guide is the “go to” guide for locals and tourists looking to visit the breweries in Asheville and the surrounding areas. It includes 37 Western North Carolina brewers with maps to their location, as well as pubs that carry local beer, beer tours and beer retailers. The guide is a well-established informative resource for those seeking to get a “taste” of Beer City.

More than 60,000 guidebooks are distributed annually and are available for free at area chambers, hotels, retailers, restaurants and pubs in Asheville, Hendersonville, Black Mountain, Waynesville and Bryson City. Another several thousand view the online version at The guide is printed twice a year to keep up with the ever changing market.

“The demand for our guidebooks shows the strength of the industry and confirms that tourists are coming here to try our beers, “says Jami Daniels, the Publisher of the Craft Beer Guide. “We are thrilled to be the most comprehensive printed resource for visiting beer lovers and are glad we can help the hotels and such tell people where to go in an unbiased and informative manner."

Bats! Special program hosted by Asheville Wild Birds Unlimited

Sue Cameron with the US Fish & Wildlife Service will be in the Asheville Wild Birds Unlimited store in Gerber Village Tuesday, January 28th for a program at 5:30pm talking bat basics, with information on natural history and benefits of bats; threats, including the emergent deadly disease, white-nose syndrome; and what they are doing and need to do to conserve these amazing animals.  The North Carolina Arboretum will also be in attendance with information about their programs and mission.