National Night Out THANK YOU!

Article courtesy of Lisa Thomson

Thank you to the Haw Creek community for attending our first National Night Out. It was a great coming together of neighbors and we are already planning for next year, which we hope will bring all of East Asheville’s communities together for National Night Out

A huge thank you to all our sponsors, without whose generous contributions we would not have been able to hold this event – Frank’s Roman Pizza, Filo, East Village Grill, Post 70 Indulgence Bar, Target, L.E.A.F, Asheville Municipal Golf Course, Ultimate Ice Cream, WNC Nature Center, Alnuge and Ingles.

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WNC Funfest 2015

Article courtesy of Jeanie Martin

Dancing Bear Toy’s in hosting their 3rd annual WNC Funfest, which is a FREE festival for families, highlighting the best kid’s activities WNC has to offer.

The event will be held Saturday, September 26th from 11 AM to 3 PM at the store’s location at 518 Kenilworth Rd. just off Tunnel Rd.

Participating organizations include:

  • WNC Nature Center
  • Brother Wolf
  • Roots and Wings School of Arts and Design
  • The Real Food Truck
  • Snake, Rabbit and Snail Bookmobile and more!

There will also be face painting, a tattoo station and the Fun Fest’s first ever Kidzone. Go to https://wncfunfest.wordpress.com for more info.

Haw Creek Community Association is grateful for this local, family-owned business that is donating the children’s prizes for our pumpkin carving/painting contest coming up on Oct. 24th.

Fall and Winter Home Safety Tips

Article courtesy of  Kelley Klope, Asheville Fire Department

It may be bitter sweet that Asheville Fire Department is sending out fall season fire safety messages as we prepare to say goodbye to summer! Some residents may be excited about the upcoming cool weather while others are sad.  Either way we cannot deny fall will be here soon.  As we do prepare for the changing of the season, the Asheville Fire Department would like to send out some helpful fire safety reminders.

Home heating
Soon you may need to fire up the furnace so it is important to have your system professionally inspected, cleaned and serviced. Filters need to be changed or cleaned, and you should always make sure combustibles are stored at least 3 feet from the furnace. Have any alternative heating sources checked out as well, such as fire places and wood-burning stoves. Creosote buildup can cause heat buildup and ultimately cause a house fire.

Space heaters
Before plugging in your space heaters for the first time be sure to inspect the cords to be sure there are no frayed wires. Be sure to keep heaters away from combustibles and out of the path of children and pets. Space heaters need space and it is recommended to keep a 3 foot distance around a space heater.

Holiday fire safety
November, December and January account for a larger percentage of residential structure fires than any other months in the year. Please be careful when cooking, keep kids and animals away from the stove/oven. Keep decorations away from open flames and keep exits clear of obstructions.

Smoke alarms
Having working smoke alarms in your home gives you precious time for escaping a home fire alive. Tips regarding smoke alarms:

  • Replace the batteries twice a year.
  • Clean dust from smoke alarms with a vacuum attachment.
  • Replace units that are over 10 years old.
  • Push the test button monthly to ensure proper operation.
  • Have an outside meeting place where your family will meet in case of a fire. Practice home fire drills!

Carbon monoxide alarms
Carbon monoxide, or CO, alarms are an important part of your home safety plan too. They detect unburned gases that may leak from gas burning appliances. They must also be tested monthly and have batteries replaced annually. CO is an odorless deadly gas.

Candles
Many Asheville residents use candles in their holiday decorating to create a festive and warm atmosphere. Unfortunately, candles can lead to home fires when they are left unattended and ignite nearby combustibles. Use sturdy candle holders that are large enough to collect candle wax and are resistant to tipping over. Keep candles up and out of the reach of children.

Sew-In-Love

Article courtesy of Lisa Thomson

Tucked away in the former parsonage for Bethesda United Methodist Church, Sew-In-Love, a group of wonderful women, spend every Wednesday sewing quilts for sale to the public and their service project, Project Linus. They will also finish quilt tops. Ask for a price quote.

On Saturday, November 7, 2015 they will hold their annual fundraiser in fellowship hall at Bethesda UMC from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Items for sale will be quilts, quilted pillows and placemats, many hand crocheted items and white elephant items. They will have for sale sausage and gravy, sausage biscuits, cinnamon rolls and coffee for breakfast; hot dogs for lunch.

If you are interested in joining, they meet every Wednesday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Contact Ruth at 299-8221 or Jackie at 298-0221. Bring a bag lunch and join in the fun.

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The Political Season Is Upon Us

Article courtesy of Jeanie Martin

Tis the season for politicians to be making their cases as to why we should elect them. This year if a campaign worker, or better yet the candidates themselves approach you, consider asking them, “If you are elected will you make sure that East Asheville gets funding for our library and that East residents have community meeting space?” If we want an updated library with adequate meeting space we must ask for it loud and clear.

A Word From Ryan Justus

Article courtesy of Ryan Justus, Asheville Police Department, Haw Creek Community Resource Officer

A few reminders for the Haw Creek Community. First, there have been some issues regarding speeding on New Haw Creek Road and Old Haw Creek Road. Due to several complainants the traffic unit will be running radar to help keep our community safe. If you are a speeder, please slow down it’s not worth the heavy fines or hurting yourself or someone else.

Second, I know traffic is horrible on New Haw Creek Road as you are approaching Bethesda Road, especially when school is letting out. At the intersection of New Haw Creek Road and Bethesda Road, there is a gravel area to the right traveling east. Please do not pass on the right of a stopped vehicle, it is illegal. If you are in a rush to get somewhere, then leave early enough to beat the traffic or use a different route.

Finally, with Halloween approaching, please watch out for children on Halloween night. Parents, if your children are out enjoying Halloween, make sure an adult is with them and that everyone is wearing reflective clothing and that the group is carrying enough flashlights to make them visible to cars. Thank you for making Haw Creek a safe and enjoyable community.

We Can’t Help You If We Can’t Find You!

Article courtesy of  Kelley Klope, Asheville Fire Department

The Asheville Fire Department would like to send an important message to the Haw Creek Community, one that could save your life. AFD responds to emergency calls daily and we normally reach our destinations quickly.  However, several avoidable factors often slow us down. One way residents can assist in lessening that response time is to help us find you.  Your house number is what we are looking for and if it is hidden or not displayed this will slow us down. No matter if it is a fire, a medical emergency or a child locked in a car, seconds count.  So please be sure your house has numbers, which are visible from the street.  AFD recommends numbers to be at least 6 inches high and contrast their background.  If your house is set back from the road, be sure your house number is displayed on a mailbox or a sign in your yard. We thank you ahead of time for your cooperation!

Hot Dang! Haw Creek Community Chili Cook-Off Oct. 24, 4 – 6 p.m.

Article courtesy of Anita Rose

Do you have a secret family recipe for chili? Have you figured out how to make a vegetarian chili that is healthy AND delicious? Have you never met a chili pepper you didn’t like? We invite all chili enthusiasts– whether you make it, or just love to eat it – to come to the first annual Haw Creek Chili Cook-Off at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 290 Old Haw Creek Road on Saturday, Oct. 24.
All PRE-REGISTERED entrants should arrive at St. John’s between 3:30 – 4:00pm to set up with chili in a crock-pot, ready to go. Please provide your own ladle or serving piece for your entry; HCCA will provide small bowls or cups, napkins and spoons for tasters to use as they try your dish. The evening will start with a traditional cakewalk at 4 p.m. with donated cakes from local grocery stores and bakeries, as well as some of your Community Association board members. After the cakewalk, there will be a pumpkin-carving contest. Pumpkins for the contest can be painted or carved, and the contest age groups are Pre-K, K-3 and 4-6. Prizes have been donated by Dancing Bear Toys.
Then, the main event! Our judges for the evening are City Councilman Chris Pelly, Rev. Joan Grant of St. John’s, and Rev. Karen Doucette of Bethesda Methodist. To make it a little more interesting, the Asheville Police Department, will field a team. Winners and runners-up in all three categories –red meat, poultry, and vegetarian/vegan – will receive prizes. You can enter solo, or as a two-cook team. Space is limited to 20 entrants and registrations are due by October 14, 2015. We also ask that you bring a typed list of all ingredients to have available as a precaution for individuals with allergies.
This promises to be a fun event for the whole family; if you like, dress up in hoe-down or square dance attire. To register please email y

Haw Creek Dog Show

Sat., April 18th 10 a.m. to 12 noon

Register by April 7th with Jeanie Martin mt.to.sea@gmail.com or call 828-505-1240

Field behind St. John’s Church – 290 Old Haw Creek Rd.

Dog entry fee only $5.00/family

Any well behaved dog welcome. Dog parade, discounted nail trims by Haw Creek Animal Care (need proof of rabies vaccination), behavior tips by Mindful Mutz Dog Training, Brother Wolf Adoptions. This is no Westminster, just good family fun. Join us. Your dog just may be “Haw Creek Top Dog”.