Table of Contents
Upcoming Events
WNC Barley Growing
Bullington Gardens
Hazard Mitigation Survey
Health Department Award
4-H Christmas Tree Sale
Upcoming Events
WNC Nature Center presents "Fur, Feather, & Scales"
November 5th, 2 p.m. Fletcher Library
Staff from the WNC Nature Center will explore the natural work of the Appalachian ecosystem with live animals and artifacts with children in grades K-5. Children will learn about our indigenous wildlife species, adaptation of survival, feeding habits, rehabilitation, and wilderness precautions. The program will feature reptiles, an amphibian, a bird, and perhaps a mammal! Biofacts (skin, skulls, and feathers) will be on display during the program.

November 6th, 4 p.m. Main Library
Mother Goose Troop will perform an original, modernized retelling of the classic tale Rumplestilskin complete with innovative music, singing, dancing, sets, props, and costumes! This special production is appropriate for all ages.

"Hiking North Carolina's Blue Ridge Heritage" Presentation and Slide Show

November 7th, 4 p.m., Etowah Library

Join Danny Bernstein, an avid hiker, writer, and presenter on the great outdoors in the Etowah Library. Her book, "The Mountains-To-Sea Trail across North Carolina" takes you beyond the most well known hike in the state. It introduces hikers to the heritage beyond the trails so that you can develop an even greater appreciation for North Carolina. When Danny is not hiking, she writes and blogs about the outdoors.  Danny's website sums up her passion for hiking with "life is short- make time for adventure".


Return to Narnia: Prince Caspian

November 20th, 4 p.m., Main Library

Hampstead Stage Company, a national touring children's theatre group from Center Barnstead, New Hampshire, will present Return to Narnia: Prince Caspian. This event is recommended for all ages. 


Henderson County Toy Run
November 23rd, Fletcher Community Park

Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. and the ride leaves the park, heading to downtown Hendersonville, at 1:00 p.m. The cost of the ride is the donation of a new $10 toy or a cash donation of $10. Lunch will be provided. The ride is limited to motorcyclists only and all donations benefit the abused and neglected children of Henderson County. The ride is sponsored by Henderson County Sheriff's Office, Town of Fletcher Parks and Recreation, the Christian Motorcycle Association - Hendersonville Chapter, and the Yamaha Star Riders. For more information please contact Bill Beal at (828) 674-1928. 

Christmas with Santa

December 2nd, 10:30 a.m., Mills River Library

The Bright Star Theatre Group presents Christmas with Santa, a Christmas wrapped comedy. 


Sheriff's Office Cadet Corps
Carey Larned, Administrative Assistant, Sheriff's Office
The Henderson County Sheriff's Office Cadet Corps is designed to provide a service for Henderson County, the Sheriff's Office and the community that we serve. A Henderson County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) Cadet is considered a future leader in the community. The goal of the Cadet Corps is to expose young men and women to the various aspects of police work in order to prepare them for a career in law enforcement. The Cadet Corps helps to provide quality candidates for future law enforcement related occupations. 
A structured program has been established to promote Cadet responsibility. The Cadet expectations are high morals, excelling academics, good judgment, and community service. Sheriff Deputy Cadets provide assistance to the HCSO in many different ways and they act as a liaison between law enforcement officers and youth in our community. 
The Henderson County Sheriff's Office Cadet Corps is a worksite-based outreach for young men and women who are freshmen in high school and at least 14 years of age up until their 22nd birthday.
A Cadet Candidate Must Be:
1. Height and weight proportionate. 
2. Meet physical requirements.
3. Show an active interest in law enforcement.
4. Have a 2.5 grade point average or higher.
5. Maintain ethical standards of conduct at all times.
6. Be able to pass an oral interview and background investigation.
7. Candidates must not have been convicted of a felony or crime of moral turpitude.
8. Once accepted candidates may remain in the program until their 22nd birthday.
For more information please contact Detective Terry Tweed at (828) 694-2799 or by email
Barley Growing in WNC
Ivylyn Olson, Administrative Assistant, Cooperative Extension
Marvin A. Owings, Jr., County Extension Director, has been working on a new barley growing venture in coordination with two local grain growers, Jason Davis and Tony Hill, along with North Carolina State University (NCSU) researchers, Cooperative Extension Specialists, and a new local Malt House, River Bend Malt House, located in Asheville, NC. This is the first commercial planting of barley for malt purposes (for micro brewers) grown in Western North Carolina. 
The varieties to be used are:
     - Endeavor (9 acres) - Grower Tony Hill
     - Thoroughbred (12 acres) - Grower Jason Davis
We are really excited to have this much acreage planted in the mountains. Typically, most barley is grown in the Piedmont area of NC. We are hoping that the quality and yield on these two varieties will be good enough for local brewers to utilize. Harvest is expected for June 2014 with average yields between 70-80 bu./ac.
Upcoming Programs at the Bullington Gardens
Submitted by John Murphy, Bullington Horticultural Center Coordinator

The primary focus of Bullington Gardens is to provide educational programs to children in Henderson County Schools; however, workshops and classes are also offered throughout the year to the broader community. Here is a list of upcoming programs


The proper pruning of ornamental trees and shrubs helps them fit properly into our landscapes, keeps them in good health, and makes them generally more attractive. Many of these plants are best pruned while they are dormant. Richard Fry will be at Bullington Gardens on Friday, November 15th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. to demonstrate how to properly prune many landscape shrubs. There is a fee of $12.


Decorating for the holidays will be something on the calendar for many folks and there are two workshops coming to Bullington that will be helpful. The first is a wreath making class on Monday, November 25th from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Our crafty educator, Mary Martin, will guide participants as they make their own natural greenery wreath from the variety of colorful greenery cut from Bullington. The cost for this workshop is $40. On December 10th from 3:00-4:30 p.m. artist Tamsin Allpress will lead a workshop on creating beautiful holiday ornaments using seedpods, cones, roots, and other botanical materials. The fee for this workshop is $25.


In addition, Bullington Gardens will hold a holiday sale of amaryllis, Christmas trees, wreaths and other holiday fare on December 6 & 7, 9:00-4:00 p.m. Trees must be pre-ordered by November 27th. More information is available on the Bullington Gardens website. Proceeds from these activities help fund the programs at Bullington Gardens.   

Looking into the New Year, Mary Martin will help chase the winter blues away on January 16th from 2:00-3:30 p.m. with a workshop she leads on creating terrariums. These indoor glass gardens have come back into popularity and make excellent gifts. The fee for this course is $38.00 and includes all materials. 
Hazard Mitigation Survey
Submitted by Rocky Hyder, Emergency Services Director

Henderson County is participating in a regional Hazard Mitigation Planning project. One very important aspect of the planning process is receiving public comments on hazard mitigation issues and ideas. Please take 5 minutes to provide your thoughts and ideas by taking this 
Health Department Receives Child Health Award
Kim Horton, Information & Communications Specialist, Health Department

The Henderson County Department of Public Health was one of three counties to receive an award at the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation's 2013 Child Health Recognition Awards. The ceremony took place at the 2013 North Carolina Public Health Association's meeting in Asheville this past September.
The awards, which include monetary grants for educational purposes, honor local health departments, public health staff and citizens for their dedication to improving child health. The focus this year was on projects that showed innovative and sustainable approaches to improving children's health in North Carolina.
Henderson County Department of Public Health received an award for addressing childhood obesity. The agency has used grant funding to establish school and community gardens, promote farmers' markets and engage students, community partners, and volunteers for a healthier Henderson County. The health department also helped with enhancements to the Oklawaha Greenway and sidewalk construction. Currently the agency is planning a demonstration garden at the health department where clients can see how produce can be grown and harvested in a small area. Nutritionists and agency staff will help with the maintenance of the gardens and use the harvested produce to educate clients in health food preparation. 
Homesteaders 4-H Club Christmas Tree Sale 
Submitted by Denise Sherrill, 4-H Extension Agent

The Homesteaders 4-H club is pre-selling beautiful Frasier Fir Christmas trees that are grown in Western North Carolina. These trees are fresh from the farm and will be available for pickup on Saturday, November 30th from 10-2 p.m. at the shelter beside the Extension Office in Jackson Park.


Order forms are available from any Homesteaders 4-H club member or at the Extension Office in Jackson Park. Hurry, pre-sales end November 10th!


Prices are as follows:

   - 5-6 foot tree: $35

   - 6-7 foot tree: $45

   - 7-8 foot tree: $55

   - 8-9 foot tree: $65

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