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

September 2021 in Haw Creek!

Don’t forget about these events and opportunities to participate!


The Mt. Xpress is conducting a survey of residents to assess their knowledge of the development process in the City of Asheville and Buncombe County. Did you know, for instance, that in Asheville the approval process for the vast majority of developments – Level I, Level II, and Major Subdivisions – do not include participation by residents or neighborhood associations?

Take the survey today! and help CAN (Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods) and Mt Xpress strengthen public participation in development processes!
In addition to the survey, three online conversations about the project are scheduled via Zoom for 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13 (avl.mx/ae1); 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 (avl.mx/adz); and 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 (avl.mx/ady). Advance registration is requested, but drop-in attendance is also welcomed.



a Zoom workshop

with NC State Wildfire Mitigation Forester Wesley Sketo
  • Creating fire defensible space
  • Better home materials building selection
  • Fire resistant landscaping
  • and more!

Tuesday, 9/21/21 at 6 p.m.

To register, or for more info, please email Sarah Oram at oramsarah@gmail.com by 9/16 (with your name and zip code).



a Zoom workshop

with NC Asst. State Black Bear Biologist Ashley Hobbs
  • New BearWise initiative to prevent and handle human/wildlife conflicts
  • BearWise community certification
  • Bear encounter must dos & more

Tuesday, 9/28/21 at 6 p.m.

To register, or for more info, please email Sarah Oram at oramsarah@gmail.com by 9/16 (with your name and zip code).



The Haw Creek Elementary School PTA will be selling mums, gords, and pumpkins from 8am – 3pm on Saturday 25 September at 948 Tunnel Rd. Proceeds benefit Haw Creek Elementary.




Get yourself to the Groce Methodist Church every Friday through November for delicious, fresh produce, honey, crafts, and more.

3pm – 6pm, Fridays.





Bearwise and Firewise Workshops

Democratic Voting Precinct, 23.2 presents:


in Western North Carolina

Tuesday, September 21st and Tuesday, September 28th, both at 6 p.m. via Zoom


To register, or for more info, please email Sarah Oram at oramsarah@gmail.com by 9/16 (with your name and zip code).


with NC State Wildfire Mitigation Forester Wesley Sketo

  • Creating fire defensible space
  • Better home materials building selection
  • Fire resistant landscaping
  • and more

Tuesday, 9/21/21 at 6 p.m.



with NC Asst. State Black Bear Biologist Ashley Hobbs

  • New BearWise initiative to prevent and handle human/wildlife conflicts
  • BearWise community certification
  • Bear encounter must dos & more

Tuesday, 9/28/21 at 6 p.m.

Living on steep slopes or in the Urban Wildland Interface, these topics are critical to living safely in our homes and neighborhoods.

Invite your friends and RSVP by Thursday, September 16th to oramsarah@gmail.com.

(You can participate while eating dinner or in your PJs with your cameras off!)

The Experience of Trees

Ally Fouts, McCullough Fellow at UNC Asheville, is conducting research about how the tree canopy affects the well-being of Asheville residents.

As a part of this research, Ally is distributing a virtual survey to gain an understanding of how Asheville residents perceive and value trees. The survey will be brief (approximately 10 minutes to complete), anonymous, and limited to Asheville residents who are at least 18 years old.

You can find the survey at: https://uncasocsci.iad1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9A1nbKylVEYgTxI 

Ally also hopes to conduct interviews (30 – 45 minutes) with a few residents from each neighborhood in pursuit of a more enriching discussion about these topics. Questions will be related to the amount of trees in the neighborhood, perception of trees, personal impact of trees, and what tree-related actions should be taken in the neighborhood. Insight shared with the interview will be anonymized in any published reports, unless the participant requests otherwise.

Interested parties can fill in this confidential form: https://uncasocsci.iad1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6WFpt7ETEMlKR7w



Renate Rikkers Awarded for ‘Dogged Determination’

Dear Haw Creek Neighbors,


Please join me in congratulating our neighbor, Renate Rikkers, who was honored June 28th for her years of service to the Haw Creek community. Below is the statement explaining how she made a difference, in so many ways, to our community. Thank you, Renate!

Chris Pelly

From our public meeting on 28 June – 

Before we close tonight, there is one more item for which I seek your attention. The Haw Creek Community Association relies on volunteers from the community to help us achieve our goals. The best of these volunteers bring a high level initiative and tenacity to this work.

Believe or not, when we are promoting issues important to the Haw Creek community, sometimes we run into delays and setbacks and obstructions. Sometimes we’re told to wait.

So, it takes a special strength of character to keep going and keep moving forward. And sometimes it takes even more. Sometimes it takes, quite frankly,  dogged determination – a character trait I believe is oftentimes undervalued.

Maybe we all can’t be the fastest, or the strongest, or the youngest anymore; but dogged determination is a superpower available to anyone – if we choose to use it.

One member of the Haw Creek Community Association  has consistently demonstrated this trait.

Let me tell you about her:

  • She initiated and organized weekly food trucks in the middle of the pandemic to help keep our community connected
  • She has organized, for several years, litter clean up efforts throughout our valley
  • She has made many personal visits to the Public Works Department, the Department of Transportation, Asheville Greenworks, and many other agencies, all in service of building effective working relationships between the Haw Creek community and these institutions
  • She has lead efforts on enforcement against illegal signs so our community can look its best
  • When barking dogs were a noisy scourge in our community, she led efforts to strengthen the animal control ordinance
  • To promote safety and connection between neighbors, she has organized a phone tree on her street–something we might consider on our own street
  • And, with her friendly and on-going outreach, she has recruited multiple volunteers for this very community association

Tonight we salute Renate Rikkers for her can-do attitude on behalf of our community. Her Dogged Determination is an example of living a purposeful life in service to others. Renate is tough and strong and determined; and she makes a difference. Her Dogged Determination has made a difference over and over for the Haw Creek community.

Tonight we present Renate Rikkers with the Dogged Determination award for her selfless service to Haw Creek and Asheville. Because of Renate we’re a better, cleaner, and more social community. This award is our recognition of this fact. Thank you, Renate!

City of Asheville Greenway and Sidewalk Survey

Lucy Crown, the City of Asheville’s greenway coordinator, has asked the Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods (CAN) to help promote a survey, gathering public input into updating the City’s Greenway Plan, ADA Transition Plan, and Pedestrian Plan.

 This combined planning process, known as the Close the GAP, will identify a network of the pedestrian, greenway, and accessibility networks for our community as well as programs and policies to support it.

The Close the GAP survey addresses sidewalks and greenways in Asheville. It also has questions related to a new initiative for natural surface trails (aka dirt trails) in Asheville, called “Asheville Unpaved

To take the survey, please click on this link: ashevillenc.gov/closethegap.

The survey will be live until Dec. 31.

Please take this survey if you’re interested in more and better sidewalks and greenways within Asheville city limits. The City recommends watching an overview presentation found on the Close the Gap webpage, before taking the survey.

The link to that presentation is https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/660321958f834674928a07ff4dda823b

CAN encourages public input into all City of Asheville’s initiatives that could help build better neighborhoods.



Patrick Gilbert

Vice President, Government Relations

Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods


Hello Neighbors!

We’ve all had our noses to the grindstone to pick our way through this long year … but the next few evenings give us every reason to look up and perk up! Our long-time Haw Creek neighbor and “resident astronomer”, Bernard Arghiere, sent a reminder about a celestial planetary event not seen as closely positioned since 1623.

Starting this evening, December 17, you can watch the “Great Conjunction” of the planets Jupiter and Saturn, joined by a bright crescent moon -but you’ll have to get away from city lights.  The Haw Creek Overlook on the Parkway gives you the necessary south-west orientation, and the closest the planets will come to each other is on December 21st, coinciding with the Winter Solstice. Go around sunset time (by 7:15 p.m. the planets will be too near the horizon), bump into some of your neighbors, and get uplifted by an event that no one has seen as closely in the past 400 years!

Please read Bernard’s informative article about this event at this link.

See you at the Overlook!

Asheville’s Proposed New Noise Ordinance: A Call to Action

by Patrick Gilbert

The City of Asheville has released its draft Noise Ordinance, and it is asking for public comment, before making any further changes and presenting it to the City Council in the Spring.

Haw Creek residents are fortunate in that, unlike those in West Asheville, downtown, North Montford, and other neighborhoods, we’re relatively unharmed by excessive noise disturbance from bars, large construction projects or large outdoor music venues–for now.

But as the City embarks on implementing urban centers and other large mixed-use high-density projects along the major corridors, such as Tunnel Rd, that could easily and quickly change.

It will be easier to advocate changes to protect the quality of life of all residential neighborhoods now, than it will be once an ordinance is in place.

The City has extended its public input until Monday, Dec. 14. Click here https://publicinput.com/noise to get to the City’s Noise Ordinance page, scroll down to the bar and find the Feedback Form.

Additionally, here

is the link to a handy guide created by the Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods that shows the key issues of the draft Noise Ordinance and sample language to use in your feedback comments.