Summer At Everlearning

Article courtesy of Evergreen Community Charter School

EverLearning tutors will customize a learning experience tailored to your child’s specific needs. Unique to EverLearning is the use of brain-based movement during tutoring sessions. Studies have shown a positive correlation between physical activity and academic performance. Our tutors utilize our beautiful campus and knowledge of brain-based movement strategies as tools that help students use their physical bodies to stimulate their academic brains.

EverLearning offers three brain training programs; Neurofeedback, Fast ForWord, and Interactive Metronome. By challenging the brain, much as you challenge your body in physical exercise, we can help your child’s brain learn to function better. Research shows that certain mental exercises can improve the cognitive processes behind many learning issues. To learn more about our Brain Training programs, visit our website evergreenccs.org.

Nature’s Corner – Wild Turkeys

Article courtesy of Jessie Wilder

I was racking my brain to come up with a topic for this column and was distracted by a loud gobbling outside. I got up to close the window and looked down into the face of a wild turkey. He asked me to write about him and I said okay. Walking the roads and trails of Haw Creek I often hear the gobble of wild turkeys echoing through the trees. Small flocks of these beautiful birds can be seen scratching in the soil during the day or flying up into the trees to roost at night. Like most American kids, I first identified turkeys by seeing my Mom prepare this bird for Thanksgiving supper and tracing my hand to draw a turkey for Thanksgiving cards.

Fossil evidence of turkeys in the United States and Mexico dates back more than 5 million years and indicates the Aztecs domesticated turkeys long before Europeans arrived in North America.  The turkey was so important to the Aztecs as a source of food that they regarded the bird as a god. There were two religious festivals a year in the turkey’s honor. According to the Cornell Lab, in the early 1500s, European explorers brought home wild turkeys from Mexico. Turkeys became popular on European menus thanks to their large size and rich taste from their diet of wild nuts. When English colonists settled on the Atlantic Coast, they brought domesticated turkeys with them and they spread into the wild. Over the years they were over-hunted and their numbers severely declined. Conservation efforts in the 1940’s worked to restore this bird to healthy populations in all states. In 1970, there were only 2,000 wild turkeys in North Carolina but that number increased to more than 150,000 by 2009.

In WNC turkeys live in mature oak-hickory forests that also contain beech, cherry, and white ash trees with under-stories of sourwood, blueberry, mountain laurel, greenbrier and wild rose. They eat tree nuts, berries, seeds, and plants they scratch up from the ground. Occasionally they supplement their plant diet with salamanders, snails, ground beetles, and other insects.

In early spring, males (toms) gather to perform courtship displays. They puff up their body feathers, flare their tails into a big fan, and strut around while giving a gobbling call and chump sounds. Toms mate with multiple females (hens). When the hen is ready to nest she scratches out a shallow place in the soil about 1 inch deep and about the size of a dinner plate under a tree or in the middle of a field. She lays between 4-17 tan eggs with reddish brown spots. Raccoons, opossums, skunks, gray foxes, woodchucks, rat snakes, other birds, and rodents will eat the eggs if they find them. The incubation period is about a month and the chicks only stay in the nest one day. Their mother feeds them for a few days until they learn to find their own food. The toms give no care to the chicks. As the chicks grow, they band into groups composed of several hens and their broods.  Turkeys are one of our largest birds with some mature birds weighing in over 20 lbs.

Turkeys get around mostly by walking. Hens will fly when they feel threatened and toms will run. One little known fact about wild turkeys is that they can swim if they need to. They tuck their wings in tight; spread their tails and kick. At sunset both hens and toms fly up to roost in trees for the night where it is safer than on the ground. In our area coyotes, bobcats, raccoons, great horned owls, and people hunt wild turkeys. Some people like to attract turkeys in the yard by putting out corn but beware that this practice also attracts rodents.

I had heard that Ben Franklin wanted the wild turkey to be our national symbol but found this to be inaccurate. I’ll leave you with this quote to straighten out that matter. “After independence, an early Congress debated the matter of a fitting symbol for its new country, settling on the bald eagle. Franklin was the United States’ ambassador to France and received a newly minted seal of office reflecting the choice. It drew sniggers because the eagle, it was said, looked more like a turkey. Franklin wrote: I am on this account, not displeas’d that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turk’y. For in Truth the Turk’y is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America…. He is, (though a little vain and silly, it is true, but not the worse emblem for that,) a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a grenadier of the British Guards, who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.” (From A Short History of the Turkey, by Andrew G. Gardner, Colonial Williamsburg)

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Spotlight On East Asheville – Penny Cup Coffee

Article courtesy of Kathryn Liss

I am so pleased to have this new establishment in our neighborhood! A real coffeehouse. I don’t actually drink coffee myself, but there is plenty else to enjoy at this new establishment.

On my visit the other day, I enjoyed a freshly made cup of peppermint tea with ingredients stored in glass and a bagel. The bagels come from Brueggers and were fresh and good. They use them to make sandwiches, too. You can get a smoked salmon, turkey, hummus or veggie sandwich. They make their own specialty cream cheeses. They have other baked goods, some which are gluten free. There is a wide selection of drinks as well. All their coffee is organic and fair trade. They have a variety of cold drinks, both coffee and tea as well as Izzy’s soft drinks, sparkling water and Italian soda. You can choose to use almond or soymilk in your coffee as well.
The space is attractive and clean with a bright mural on the long wall portraying people sitting in the café larger than life. There is seating for 30 people both at low and high tables and a couple of tables outside. No couches or upholstered chairs. There were several other people in and out when I was there even though it was the middle of the afternoon. I have met the proprietor, but it was a young woman serving when I finally was able to stop in for a drink.

We did try to stop by on Easter Sunday but they were closed with a sign that said they would only be closed three days a year: Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving.

 

For more information contact  Penny Cup Coffee

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Asheville Time Bank

Article courtesy of Debby Genz

A TimeBank is a concept that has been around for a long time and is used widely across the US and the world. It’s a way of building community, sharing skills, building social capital, and weaving a web of social connection in a fragmented world.

We started the Asheville TimeBank in 2015, joining the Ourworld network of TimeBanks, and have grown to over 120 members currently. We’re an all-volunteer organization, run by a “Kitchen Cabinet” which receives time credits for the hours spent administering the TimeBank.

Our GDP economy leaves out the vast network of caring and sharing that goes on, neighbors helping neighbors, family members caring for each other, friends teaching skills to each other; but a TimeBank acknowledges this vast underground economy and offers a system for tracking such exchanges.

It works like this: you join the TimeBank and list your skills and talents, plus what help you’re looking for. Say you love to teach Thai cooking and you need help repairing a fence. Sonya responds to your offer and you spend two hours giving her Thai cooking lessons and get two-hour credits in your account. Fran offers to help you fix your fence, which gets done in an hour and a half. You deposit a credit and a half in Fran’s account, which she uses to get a haircut from Stephan. And on it goes…

With a community like Haw Creek, you can have a TimeBank within the ATB by designating a mileage radius for the offers and requests, or you can also extend your exchanges out to the wider community. Either way, there’s a lot to be gained by joining us and we look forward to sharing more ideas of how we can collaborate with you for our mutual benefit.

For more information on Asheville Time Bank go to www.ashevilletimebank.org

 

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Summer BBQ 2017

Join us July 10 for our annual summer BBQ fundraiser from 5:30 – 7:30pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 290 Old Haw Creek Road.

BBQ will be from Okie Dokie. This year’s menu will have pulled pork with
bun and sauce, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, cole slaw and hushpuppies. We hope with the inclusion of macaroni and cheese our vegetarian members have more of a selection.

PER PLATE COST:
$8.00 members
$10.00 non-members
children under 12 free

 

Everyone Loves Ice Cream!

Asheville’s Famous NORMAN’s Ice Cream Service will be there.  Any item only $2.00

Bring the kids!

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New Website, New Logo

You may have noticed our signs when you enter Haw Creek that say…ilovehawcreek.com.  This is our new website and logo.  When you see these signs up that means something new is happening in Haw Creek. Go to our website for all the information on our latest event.

Our bear needs a name.  Until June 30th we have a contest to name our bear.  Go to our website HERE and enter the contest for a chance to win a gift certificate to BUILD-A-BEAR.

Look forward to seeing you!

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HCCA Newsletter And Information Site

The HCCA newsletter is an important way to build a sense of community and to keep that community informed of news and events that directly affect Haw Creek. From longtime residents to people just moving into the neighborhood, everyone needs to know what’s going on in and around Haw Creek and that the HCCA is helping to look after the community’s best interests. In the past we have tried to send out a print newsletter to all of Haw Creek quarterly, but doing so is expensive. Sending a print newsletter to all of Haw Creek is the primary Association expenditure, and recently it’s taken notably more than the Association has collected in membership fees.

The solution is that we have move to electronic delivery of the newsletter and blog style posting on the website with current community news. We will post the newsletters here on the Association web site so you can access archives posts and past newsletters. Although electronic delivery will keep our costs down and allow for more frequent newsletters, it won’t reach the entire neighborhood. We currently have contact information for just under half the neighborhood, and no mechanism for reaching out to new neighbors as they move in.

If you would like to receive the newsletter please SUBSCRIBE in the top right of this page. Please FORWARD TO A FRIEND if they have not been informed. If you would like to receive a newsletter by post please email us so we can make sure you get it. If you would like to contribute with an article, please email us at info@ilovehawcreek.com. Thank you for your support.