The Heat Is On

I was in Sylva, N.C. yesterday working on a magazine article and felt like I was deep in the bowels of Florida. The blistering heat made me feel as if I was in a furnace.

Good FREE news for those suffering from the heat: Eblen-Kimmel Charities in Asheville are giving away fans at its office at 50 Westgate Parkway in Asheville. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For details of the giveaway, call them at 828-255-3066.

The Buncombe County Council on Aging is also providing free fans to people over the age of 60, or those under 60 who have a disability. Their number: 828-277-8288.

Wee Trade Children’s Consignment Sale

It’s time to start thinking about fall. Yeah, I know school isn’t even out yet and there’s summer to enjoy, but now is the time to register to consign your gently used kids’ clothes, toys and accessories at the Wee Trade Children’s Consignment Sale held at the WNC Ag Center in Fletcher, across from the Asheville Airport.

Sale dates: August 6 -8, 2010.

Deadline for registering and printing price tags is 2 p.m. on August 1.

This event is near and dear to my “on the cheap” heart. A great way to get some cash for your items (you keep 70% of the prices you set) as well as to get new gear for back to school.

FREE Concerts of the Quad at UNCA

This is my favorite time of year — time when you can spread a blanket out on the grass at UNCA and listen to great music on Monday evenings for several weeks in the summer.

The concerts take place at 7 p.m.  Signs point to the area for chairs and the other area to spread out blankets. All performances are free, with the exception of the Folkmoot ticketed performances.

This year’s Concert on the Quad series kicks off Monday, June 14, 2010 with Cool John Ferguson (blues, gospel and funk).

June 21: ELM. Collective—World music, jazz and fusion
June 28: Pan Jive—Energetic, genre-defying steel drums
July 5: April Verch—Traditional roots, fiddle and step-dancing
July 12: One Leg Up—Gypsy jazz
July 24–25—The 27th annual Folkmoot USA festival, the only ticketed event of the series, will feature folk dance and music from around the world. Folkmoot tickets range from $10-$25 and are available online at or by phone at 877/FOLKUSA.

Free Book!

Author Allison Winn Scotch is celebrating the release of her new book The One That I Want with a fun giveaway.

If you buy a copy of The One That I Want in the next 24 hours and email Allison with a copy of the receipt (scanned or forwarded) to, she will send you a copy of her previous book, Time Of My Life.

Take advantage.  Her books are must reads!

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