BLAINESWORLD #750, Section 12A

1. TWO BY TWO, a musical with music by Richard Rodgers at Mars Hill College in Mars Hill

A. Runs from this Thursday, Feb. 10, through Sunday, Feb. 13. Feb. 10-12 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 13 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are just $10/ticket.

B. For more information, please click:

(You can also see information about SART’s upcoming season at the above website.)

NOTE: Cynthia, my beautiful bride, and I are going on Saturday night. We’ll probably catch dinner before. We’d love to have you join us. Email me if interested.


2. S/HE LOVES ME, SH/HE LOVES ME NOT . . . dance and song merge in a visceral, intriguing journey through the best and worst of love . . . at the Masonic Temple in Asheville

A. Monday, Feb. 14 (great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-20 per person or $15-35 per couple, depending on orchestra or balcony seating. You attendance supports Arts2People, a local non-profit, dedicated to promoting the arts.

B. For more information, please click:

NOTE. Cynthia and I will be going. We’d love to have you join us. Email me if interested.


3. A DREAM OF CAMELOT, a world premiere musical, runs from March 11, 12 and 13 at the Masonic Temple in downtown Asheville at the corner of Woodfin St. and Broadway Avenue. Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m.

It features 24 original new songs written by local composer (and international recording artist) Richard Shulman. A DREAM OF CAMELOT will be directed by Asheville’s Jerry Crouch. This production promises to be an unforgettable healing experience for all that attend. I personally know two of the performers, Lawrence Hines and Gary Gaines, and am looking forward to seeing them on stage.

A. General admission tickets are available in advance for $20 at 828-658-9604 and and at the door for $25. Group rates are also available for groups of 20 or more.

NOTE: Cynthia and I will be going on the 13th and probably catch dinner after the show. We’d love to have you join us. Email me if interested.

B. SPECIAL OPEN REHEARSAL (of the above production) on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Clubhouse for Biltmore Lake residents from 3-5 p.m. You won’t see the entire show, but you’ll see several of the best scenes and musical numbers, and you’ll find it an interesting experience. If you are not a Biltmore Lake resident and would like to come as my guest, send me an email to that effect.

C. WANT TO SCHEDULE AN OPEN REHEARSAL IN YOUR COMMUNITY (or for your organization, church, synagogue, etc. )? These dates are still available: 2/24 afternoon, 2/25, 2/26, 2/28 daytime, 3/1 afternoon, 3/2, 3/3 until 4:30, 3/4 evening, 3/5. If you have a space available and think that you could get some folks to attend, contact Richard immediately at 828-658-9604 or 888-699-3682; Feel free to mention my name. And if you want more information about what we’re doing at Biltmore Lake, just send me an email.


4. Another Biltmore Lake event on Friday, Feb. 25 at the Clubhouse at 7 p.m.:

Natural Solution for ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities: Free talk about how the brain processes information, and how the problems can be permanently corrected. Learn how Applied Physiology offers help for adults and children with ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia and other learning difficulties. It permanently improves memory, focus, attitude, self-confidence, reading, spelling, math, balance and coordination. Applied Physiology naturally restores the function of 80 different sections in the brain with no drugs, supplements, surgery or exercise. Relaxing non-invasive therapy that assesses and corrects learning difficulties in 8 to 12 hours. Biltmore resident Wes Beach, owner of the Learning Improvement Center, will be the speaker. 828-216-4444.

A. Biltmore Lake residents: Please sign-up via the Intranet.

B. If you don’t live in Biltmore Lake and would like to attend as my guest, please send me an email.


5. And from my Biltmore Lake friends Ted and Kimberly:

Friday, March 25th – “Beginner’s Only” Merengue Hustle Class & Ballroom Dance Party

Beginning Merengue Hustle Class at 7PM

“Beginner’s Only” Dance Party: 8PM – 10PM

Class Taught and Party Hosted by: Ted and Kimberly Ross

Location: The Asheville Ballroom & Dance Centre (991-B Sweeten Creek Rd., Asheville)
Learn to dance the fun Merengue Hustle and practice your ballroom dancing in a fun, safe and supportive atmosphere at this “Beginner’s Only” Class and Dance Party! Refreshments and sodas will be provided and Professional Dance Instructors will be at the party to assist students with their dancing questions. Line dances will also be taught and included in the party. No partner is necessary for the class or party. $10 for Class and Party (Special $7 Rate for ages 17 & under)


6. The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office would like to invite the public to attend the spring 2011 Sheriff’s Citizens’ Academy. The academy is designed to provide an overview of daily operations and each topic will be presented by Sheriff’s Office staff. Space is limited to the first 30 Buncombe County residents who are approved to attend, so don’t delay – class will fill up quickly.

A. Application deadline is March 07, 2011

B. The academy is scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning on April 5 and ending on May 5 during the hours of 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

C. If interested, and you are a Buncombe County resident who is at least 18 years of age, please submit the following information:
Full name (first, middle, last)
Date of birth
Current address (no PO Box)
Driver license number/State
Phone number(s)
Email address

Please correspond by email to Sgt. Ben Parker no later than March 07, 2011. If accepted, you will receive further instructions regarding class times, locations, subjects, etc.

Sgt. Ben Parker
Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office
Crime Prevention Unit

NOTE: I’ve heard (from a past participant) that this program is excellent and am hoping to get in this year’s class. It would be great if you could join me! Let me know via email if you’re applying, too.


7. The Asheville Police Department is now inviting residents to apply for the fall semester of its Citizens Police Academy.

A. This free program gives participants insight into the philosophy and policies that govern the APD’s service to the community. The class is designed to give residents an appreciation for the problems and challenges facing law enforcement, as well as an up-close opportunity to offer insights, ideas and solutions.

B. Classes begin on March 8 at 5:30 p.m. at 100 Court Plaza, Asheville.

C. The academy lasts for 12 consecutive weeks, with three-hour classes held on Tuesdays. The final day of the class is a graduation ceremony.

D. The course consists of basic classroom instruction, presentations, and demonstrations on topics such as criminal investigations, constitutional and criminal law, use of force, departmental structure and defensive tactics. Participants will also be able to ride with police officers on patrol.

E. Those wishing to participate must apply and be accepted. For more information on the academy, contact Officer Allen Dunlap at 259-5834 or e-mail him at

NOTE. I participated in this program last year and STRONGLY RECOMMEND IT. It was fantastic!


8. Please HOLD THE DATE (a note from Cynthia):

Because your presence is important to me, please do add this enlivening event happening on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16, both nights at 7:30 p.m.: Hand Me Down, Bestowing Our True Inheritance Through Life, Lessons and Legacy. As always, these projects connect artistry, community and entertainment with civic giving. Proceeds from the performance will support CarePartners Hospice Bereavement Center whose funding has been cut drastically in the past couple of years.

A. Hand Me Down will feature two choreographed works: There’s No Place Like Home and Legacy. Both pieces examine the ordinary moments and memories of our sense of place and how our we view our contributions to this life. The show will also offer music, comedy and a poignant story about place, loss and legacy written by Colson Whitehead and performed by Frank Marshall. You will walk away from the show having been entertained, possibly moved and hopefully inspired.

B. Go ahead now and mark this date in your calendar or planner. I look forward to seeing you at the Diana Wortham Theatre along with 45 community cast members. Tickets go on sale mid-March at Enchanted Forrest on Merrimon Ave and Hendersonville Road, Malaprop’s Bookstore and Diana Wortham Theatre.

For more information, please click:

NOTE: I’ll be going on both nights and probably grabbing a bite to eat before the show on each night. Email me if you’d like to join me.


9. BUSINESS MENTORS NEEDED. You can help small
businesses achieve success. Give back and have fun doing it.
Asheville SCORE is part of a nationwide organization that
helps small business get started–and then flourish.

Volunteer your time and use your business acumen in
a productive way. Volunteers needed in all business
areas and especially those with Marketing, Finance
and/or Accounting backgrounds. Minorities and women
are encouraged to apply, as are individuals in Buncombe,
Swain and McDowell Counties.

Call Dane at 828-367-1446 or email him

NOTE: As always, I’m available to provide FREE COUNSELING for your business or organization through Asheville SCORE. (Or I could find you some other counselor who could help you.) If interested, send an email to and put COUNSELING in subject line.


10. Lastly:

A. In the unlikely event you’re not already on my the FREE mailing list for BLAINESWORLD, my online newsletter, and would like to be added . . . send an email to and put SUBSCRIPTION in subject. In return, you’ll get some jokes, hopefully not tooooo risque; websites; reviews, etc.

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