Your Dream Library Contest Sponsored By Friends Of The East Asheville Public Library

Lucia Hess, age 5 pictured at left with her father, was the winner of the Grade K-2 drawing contest for the new library. She won a gift card from Dancing Bear Toys!

Mitchell Cohen, age 8 pictured above with his parent Kim and Dave, was the winner of Grades 3-5 essay contest. Mitchell won $25.00 and read his essay to the County Commissioners at their monthly meeting on December 2.

Congratulations to our winners.



2016 HCCA Annual Dues

Did you know Haw Creek Community Association’s annual dues are only $12.00 per calendar year? They are payable the 1st of January and can be paid in person at our annual meeting, through PayPal by going to our web site or mail a check to: HCCA, PO Box 9193, Asheville, NC 28815.

We do many events each year, some of which are member only; our annual BBQ offers a member discount on dinners; we have four newsletters, one, which is mailed, and three via email. Look for our event calendar in this newsletter, at the annual meeting, on our web site and Facebook page.

We are a great community and hope as a resident you join HCCA.


Article courtesy of Brad Melson, PharmD, Pharmacist at Blue Ridge Pharmacy

Cough, cold, and flu season is upon us! Even healthy people are susceptible to the flu, and it can be serious. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine unless it is contraindicated due to severe allergic reaction or previous adverse reaction to a vaccination. Protect yourself, your coworkers, and your loved ones by washing your hands often and getting a flu vaccine this season!

What is the flu? Both the flu and the common cold are highly contagious viruses, not bacteria. This is why antibiotics do not work.

When should I get vaccinated? As soon as vaccines are available each year (usually September), but at least by October. It takes 2 weeks for your body to fully develop immunity from the vaccine.

Can the flu be treated? Antivirals, such as Tamiflu®, can help shorten the duration of flu symptoms when started within 48 hours of symptom onset. Fever and pain can be treated with Tylenol® (acetaminophen), Advil® or Motrin® (ibuprofen), or Aleve® (naproxen). A dry cough and sore throat can be treated with cough medicine such as Delsym® (dextromethorphan), cough drops, and throat lozenges.

**Caution** Read over-the-counter (OTC) labels carefully as many flu and cold products contain multiple and similar ingredients which can be dangerous when taken together. Always talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist before taking any OTC medication.

How do I know if I have the flu or a cold? Please see the chart below to help you determine if you have a cold or the flu. If you think you may have the flu, you should call your doctor’s office for guidance as certain populations are at a higher risk for serious complications. Only your physician can offer a definitive diagnosis.

Symptoms Common Cold Flu
Tired? Mildly Moderately to severely
Fever? Low grade or none Higher than 1000F
Chills? Rare Common
Body aches? Slight Usual and often severe
Headache? Less common Common
Sore throat? Common Less common
Cough? Hacking cough with mucus Dry, tickly, unproductive cough
Chest discomfort? Mild to moderate Often Severe
Stuffy nose? Common Less common

Spotlight On East Asheville – Copper Crown

East Asheville’s newest restaurant, The Copper Crown, opened October 17th at 1011 Tunnel Rd. Named for the ornamental roof at their Home Trust Bank Plaza location, the space formerly occupied by Azalea Café and 1011 Pizzeria has been transformed and has a fresh, modern-retro feel. Copper Crown is a family endeavor, the brainchild of Chef Adam Bannasch and his wife and General Manager, Kate. The Bannaschs live in the Beverly Hills neighborhood; sons Max and Milo attend school at Evergreen Charter in Haw Creek. Living in the area has given them insight into the need for more dining options in East Asheville.

Adam and Kate hope the Copper Crown will become a true neighborhood bistro with a little something for everyone. “A family of four could come in early and have a nice, reasonably-price meal together, a couple could come in later for a fancy date dinner and a group of friends can stop by after the movies for cocktails,” Kate says. Copper Crown offers high-quality food comparable to many downtown restaurants but without the drive and parking concerns, and for a better value. They have table, booth and bar seating as well as a twenty-seat patio.

The restaurant serves New American Cuisine with New Orleans-inspired flavors and a southern flair, sourcing many ingredients from local farms and vendors. Lunch service from 11 am – 3 pm is designed for a quick turnaround with call ahead, sit down and take-out options. “Happy Hour” from 3 – 5 pm offers a limited menu with several signature dishes such as red beans and rice and crawfish etouffee available as a snack or full meal. The dinner menu has both larger and smaller plates, giving diners the option of a traditional entrée or to create their own with several small plates. Kate relates that there is a trend in restaurants toward small plates, “It gives people options, they can try more things, share and aren’t married to one large entrée.”

Brunch is offered both Saturday and Sunday beginning at 11 am featuring loaded hash browns, shrimp and grits, omelets as well as salads and po’boys. A comprehensive bar features signature cocktails such as the Copper Cup, a refreshing gin and citrus concoction. There are eight beer taps and other bottled beer options and a wine list with both new and old world wines chosen to pair well with the food. Specials are offered through the week such as Burger & Beer Night on Sundays with $1 off burgers and beer. They plan to begin offering wine tastings on Thursdays soon- stay tuned for more. Come see your neighbors at the Copper Crown for a great meal or a drink, right here in East Asheville!






Spotlight On East Asheville – Little Free Library

Article courtesy of Lisa Thomson

What is a Little Free Library and what’s so special about it? A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange and we are very fortunate to have one in Haw Creek. Erected on Bethesda United Methodist Church property by Missional Wisdom Foundation, this “little library” is for all those in Haw Creek and is stocked with books for you to read. The “library” is located along the cemetery fence next to the church.


Please stop by 315 Old Haw Creek Rd take a book, leave a book and enjoy Haw Creek’s Little Free Library.




Library Update

On December 1st, Jeanie Martin presented information to the County Commissioners regarding the need for a new East Asheville Library.  Approximately 35-40 East Asheville residents showed up in support.  To hear Jeanie’s presentation and to hear Mitchell Cohen read his award winning essay on his “Ideal Library” you can watch the video below starting at about 5:45.

HCCA Annual Meeting January 21, 2016

Join us on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 290 Old Haw Creek Rd. when we unveil our 2016-event calendar , which has many exciting events for all ages, and discuss our 2015 and 2016 budgets. The evening will start with a social hour from 6-7pm with appetizers and warm apple cider; the business meeting begins at 7pm. Guest speaker this year will be Asheville Chief of Police, Tammy Hooper.

Two officers have stepped down from the board and we will have elections for Secretary and Treasurer. We hope you will join us, get involved in your community association and make new friends


Volunteer Opportunities

Creating fun activities and events and communicating them to our neighbors require many hands, ideas and talents. We are in need of help with the following volunteer opportunities. If you can help please contact

EVENTS GROUP – Are you the type of person who likes getting people together for fun or education? We are looking for individuals who would enjoy working with others to plan and coordinate events for our neighborhood. You could choose to work on just one event or work with a group to plan annual events such as the BBQ, holiday party, educational events, etc.

NEWSLETTER – Do you have an interest in writing, interviewing interesting neighbors, love the history of Haw Creek, like taking photos? Then put your creative talents to good in creating our quarterly newsletters where we communicate important news to the neighborhood.

ROADSIDE CLEAN UP – Help keep our neighborhood beautiful with regularly scheduled clean ups. Two are already scheduled for 2015 and if needed, a couple more may be added.