January 2022 Association Update

Happy New Year, HCCA members and neighbors! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and a lovely start to 2022. A newsletter is forthcoming; but we wanted to give you a few quick updates in the meantime.

Haw Creek Pedestrian Bridge

We are thrilled to announce that the City of Asheville has awarded us $5000 towards the completion of a pedestrian bridge in “downtown” Haw Creek. The project is being spear-headed, and largely funded, by the owners of Creekside Taphouse, who want to ensure the safety of staff and guests.

Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the community association is typically scheduled for the first Tuesday in March. At this meeting, among other items, we elect a board of directors and officers. With the pandemic not yet over, it is likely this public gathering will have to be postponed. When conditions allow, we will reschedule the annual meeting as soon as possible.

If you’re interested in becoming part of the Board, please get in touch!

Parking at Master’s Park

A great deal of progress is being made with regard to the parking area at Master’s Park. We’re waiting on final decisions of a few grant applications, and will update the community soon!

BearWise: Tips for All of Us

Given the uptick in human-bear interaction in our community, neighbor Sarah Oram has these top tips from BearWise to to keep everyone safe!

BearWise Haw Creek participants agree to:

  • Not put out their garbage until collection day morning, and to secure it (in a garage, shed, or locked area) throughout the week
  • Not feel bears directly
  • Secure or remove unintended bear food sources around the house (birdseed, dirty grills, pet food, garbage, etc)
  • Contact State Assistant Biologist, Ashley Hobbs (Ashley.Hobbs@ncwildlife.org) to report escalated bear behavior and to secure/remove any bear attractants for at least two weeks after the reported incident
  • Notify NC Wildlife’s Justin McVey on 828 273 7980 about any bear encounters that feel unusually aggressive to humans or pets
  • Educate Haw Creek neighbors and friends about BearWise recommendations for the safety of both humans and bears

Sarah would like to organize neighborhoods in Haw Creek for BearWise certification. If you are interested in learning more, please contact her on 828 298 4893 or oramsarah@gmail.com.

 

Feature image from Pixabay

Bountiful Cities Loves Your Leaves

Did you know that:

  • Firefly larvae looks just like leaf litter?
  • Ladybug larvae look like leafy little dragons?
  • Queen bees overwinter beneath autumn’s fallen leaves?
  • Many caterpillars over-winter in fallen leaves and debris piles?

Neither did we – until now!

We can help create insect friendly gardens in Haw Creek by gently raking our leaves and piling our sticks into a corner of the garden.

See the value in leaf litter but still want a leaf-free yard?

Bountiful Cities hears you, and they will happily collect your raked and bagged leaves. Simply call them on 828 775 0614 or email them at g2ginfo@bountifulcities.com, and they will collect your leaves for composting at local school and community gardens!

Firefly / lightning bug larvae
Butterfly emerging from leaf-like chrysalis
Ladybug larvae
Spicebush swallowtail chrysalis

Greenworks Autumn Tree Giveaway!

Autumn Tree Giveaway

Sunday, October 31st 10am-2pm

Sand Hill Nursery at the Buncombe County Sports Park

Registration required!

In an effort to combat the loss of our urban canopy, largely due to growth and development, Asheville GreenWorks, with support from Dominion Energy, Buncombe County Recreation Services, Pisgah Plants, Southeastern Native Plant Nursery, and Green River Botanicals, will be giving away 1,000 native trees to Buncombe County residents.

As we lose public space for trees, it’s important to support private land and homeowners in planting more trees and empowering them with the knowledge to care for them. This event is FREE to Buncombe County residents who have residential land to plant trees. Commercial usage is not permitted.

Registration opens Sunday, October 17th at noon, and is required for participants to select a pick up time and tree species (2 trees per Buncombe County residential address). More information can be found here.

Register at https://www.ashevillegreenworks.org/

 

Species Available:

  • American Beech
  • American Persimmon
  • American Plum
  • American Sweetgum
  • American Sycamore
  • Bald Cypress
  • Black Gum
  • Bur Oak
  • Eastern Redbud
  • East Redcedar
  • Northern Oak
  • Pecan
  • Pignut Hickory
  • Red Maple
  • River Birch
  • Shumard Oak
  • Silver Maple
  • Southern Crabapple
  • Virginia Pine
  • White Oak
  • Yellow Poplar

 

October 2021 in Haw Creek

The leaves are blushing, the nights are cool, and the bears are into our pumpkins! It must be October in Haw Creek!

This month, there are lots of ways to engage with our community.

Growth and Development Survey

The Community Association Growth and Development Survey is still open! Please tell us about YOUR priorities for our growing community. https://forms.gle/5V2os2eede4dJsTbA

 

Yard Sale

The folks at 72 Cisco Rd. are planning a huge yard sale on Saturday 9 October. Help them declutter and find yourself some treasure!

Saturday October 9, 9am – 1pm
72 Cisco Rd., Asheville

 

Fall Festival and Tailgate Market

Groce United Methodist Church will host a Fall Festival on Friday October 15th at the East Asheville Tailgate Market. Festivities will include crafts, games, the pumpkin patch (see below) and more!

Friday October 15th, 3 – 6pm
954 Tunnel Rd.

 

Fall Fun Festival

Haw Creek Commons and Bethesda United Methodist Church will host a Fall Festival on Saturday 16 October from 11am – 2pm. The event will include loads of craft activities for kids of all ages; fall yard-prep & eco-talks; woodland tours; food trucks; and more!

Saturday October 16, 11am – 2pm
Haw Creek Commons grounds and gardens, 315 Old Haw Creek Rd.

 

Solar Panel Dedication

On Sunday 24 October, St. John’s Episcopal Church will dedicate their new solar panels. Please join them after the 11am service.  Please RSVP to Mary Sorrells at cbiscuit168@gmail.com or 828-215-3800

Sunday October 24 after 11am
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 290 Old Haw Creek Rd

 

Cub Scouts

Cub Scout registration is now open and meetings begin soon. Cub Scouts is open to boys and girls aged 5 – 10. Pack 108 will meet at Groce United Methodist Church on Mondays at 6pm.

Please contact Jason on 828-216-9959 or jdpabst@yahoo.com for more information or to register.

 

Pumpkin Patch!

The Groce United Methodist Church’s pumpkin patch returns this year to the corner of Beverly and Tunnel Rd. The pumpkin patch is open seven days a week starting Sunday October 3rd at 12:30pm.

Pick out your pumpkins Sunday – Friday from 12:30 – 7pm or Saturdays from 10am – 7pm.

 

East Village Grille

Now through October 31, when you mention Haw Creek Elementary School at check out a portion of the proceeds will benefit the school. Everybody wins!  Brought to you by the HCES Parent Teacher Association.

 

Feature image: Timothy Eberly on Unsplash