The Asheville Rotary Club is holding a fundraiser on Saturday, January 23, 2010 from 6-10pm at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel (31 Woodfin Street, Asheville, NC).  Their beach themed “Makin’ Waves” fundraiser will include a live and silent auction, with music and a seafood buffet.  Some of the items available for bidding are concert tickets, tickets for sporting events, vacation packages, golf packages, spa visits, art, wine and food baskets and much, much more.  Tickets are only $50 per person and $95 per couple.  Home Trust Bank, SunTrust, Asheville Savings Bank and Pisgah Community Bank are sponsors of this wonderful event.  Proceeds from the event will help fund Asheville Rotary Club programs, which include giving dictionaries to Buncombe County 3rd graders, paying for WWII vets to fly to Washington DC and, this year, will include packaging 1 million meals for victims of the disaster in Haiti through Stop Hunger Now in April.

For more information about this event, including purchasing tickets, please call 254-3035 or visit the Asheville Rotary Club website.  If you have an item or items you wish to donate to the fundraiser, please email Cindy Causby at

If you are able, please consider attending the Asheville Rotary Club Fundraiser this Saturday to help raise money for this fantastic organization.

Until February 6, 2010, you can purchase apple trees to help Hendersonville nonprofit organization ECO (Environmental & Conservation Organization).  Since apples have been such a huge part of Western North Carolina’s agricultural history, ECO is offering over 20 different varieties of apple trees at its annual sale.  These trees are unique in that many of them are hard to find since they were historically grown here in the southeast.

The goal of ECO’s annual apple tree sale is to help replace the apple trees that have been lost to development and neglect as well as increasing the diversity of this historically important fruit tree to the Hendersonville area.  In addition, the proceeds from the sale help fund ECO’s environmental programs that include protecting the Western North Carolina environment.

Every year, the limited amounts of trees available through ECO sell out pretty quickly.  This year, ECO will also be selling larger 2-year-old graft trees in 5-gallon containers for just a couple of dollars more than the regular 5-6′ tall semi-dwarf trees.  They are also ready to be planted right away.  So, make sure to put your order in early to get your heritage trees.  Trees will be available for pickup by 12pm (noon) on February 6, 2010 in the parking lot of Hendersonville Visitor’s Center.  Please purchase these heritage apple trees to help Hendersonville nonprofit organization ECO by calling 692-0385 or visiting the ECO website.  Your family will thank you for the delicious fruit and the environment will thank you.

Rich Cooke, your Hendersonville real estate expert

The National Weather Service’s issuance of snow before 2pm today, rains and further snow after 2pm and winds up to 9 mph, I thought I’d share a few tips on how to prepare for cold weather here in Hendersonville.

  1. Make sure your fireplace flue is open and clear.  You want the smoke from the fire to go straight up instead of filling the room and causing a breathing problem.
  2. Keep all combustible materials away from any heat source, such as the fireplace, portable heaters and ovens/stoves.  This includes paper, matches, lighters, etc.
  3. Don’t use the oven/stove to heat up the room.  They are not meant to be used for long periods of time.  Also, an unattended, open oven/stove runs a high risk of catching your house on fire.
  4. Keep an eye on children and paper products near a heating source.  Paper is highly combustible, children can get burned if they get too close and children with blankets can accidentally get too close to an oven/stove, etc. and catch their blanket on fire.
  5. Check on your elderly relatives or neighbors.  Make sure they have enough food, water, supplies, etc. and that their heating source works properly.  If they don’t have a reliable source for heat, you may want to check with local government agencies to find out what programs they offer to help.

With the temperatures dropping in Henderson County, it is important to make sure you are prepared for cold weather here in Hendersonville.

Rich Cooke, your Hendersonville real estate expert