Charlie’s Angels is an animal shelter and adoption network based in Fletcher. Kimberly Smith, president of the organization, tells us more about the volunteering opportunities.
Many gardens in Asheville rest on public property that was once overgrown and unused. These spaces have been transformed but the methods that brought the transformation sometimes differ. Some gardeners in Asheville have taken their spots through guerrilla gardening. In some ways it’s comparable to being a graffiti artist or even a squatter, but some say it’s preferable to jumping through the hoops of bureaucracy.
Through the organization’s Water Quality Internship Program, six interns are learning how to test water quality in local streams. But that’s only the beginning, as the interns will also work as educators and advocates, raising awareness of environmental concerns in the public housing developments near the streams.
Read to Suceed will hold an information session for prospective volunteers interested in learning more about the in-school literacy coaching program on Saturday, August 23. Pat Bastian, communications director, tells us more about the work of Read to Suceed volunteers
Are you serious about your support for the Asheville Humane Society and its mission to make Buncombe County a no-kill community? Paws for a Cause e takes place over eight hours at Freaks & Geeks and allows customers to choose from one of four pet-themed tattoos — with all the day’s proceeds donated to the Humane Society.
The Asheville Design Center, through its Asheville DesignBuild Studio, is helping the YWCA to construct an outdoor classroom, covered pick-up spot and memorial garden honoring community activist, entrepreneur and former YWCA board president Laurey Masterton.
Environmental Conservation Organization will hold their annual Green Homes and Edible Gardens tour on Saturday, Aug 9. The event allows the public to meet and interact with home owners and gardeners who have experience with solar installations, permaculture and small-house design, among other topics.
Arrrrren’t you ready for a fun time with LEAF? The arts education outreach program is holding its annual FUNraiser to raise support for both its local and international programs.
The Shiloh community celebrated their annual community garden potluck and summer celebration on Saturday, July 27. This year’s gathering was of particular significance to the community, as it marked the dedication of the garden’s new amphitheatre and outdoor kitchen.
A mosaic of city roof top gardens? Vacant lots that create jobs? A backyard garden for folks without backyards? It’s all part of the small-scale urban farm model many in Asheville are striving for — where every tiny space is being utilized.
Mountain Xpress and Sherwood’s Music are partnering to showcase local musicians through a series of stripped-down performances for the web. This week Comet West performs “Ground Floor.”
The Color Run is coming to Asheville on Saturday, July 26 — bringing a chance to run for a good cause as a portion of proceeds will benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. For those looking for a colorful and fun chance to help out, the foundation needs volunteers to help with the paint race.
Brace yourselves — the plant enthusiasts are coming. From Tuesday, July 15 through Saturday, July 19, Western North Carolina will once again play host to the Cullowhee Native Plants Conference, an annual event with workshops and field trips exploring many aspects of native plants. Get a feel for the conference with a video tour of the plants of Black Balsam Ridge.
What’s better than getting all dolled-up for dinner and dancing? Dinner and dancing for a good cause, of course! REACH of Haywood will hold a Dancing Through the Decades fundraiser on July 11.
Asheville Community Theatre reprised their fundraiser Costume Drama: A Fashion Show for a third year on Monday, July 7. Designers and models from throughout the Southeast participated in the DIY runway event where they were challenged to create wearable art in themed categories: paper, nature, upcycled/recycled or — new this year— transformation.
Ethnobotanist and educator Marc Williams recently joined Xpress in the test kitchen at Selina Naturally, home of Celtic Sea Salt, to discuss wild edible plants and demonstrate how to make a healthy, delicious wild-plant pesto out of things many of us are used to thinking of as annoying weeds.
Mountain Xpress and Sherwood’s Music are partnering to showcase local musicians through a series of stripped-down performances for the web. This week Warm the Bell perform “Edge of Night.”
Since 1999, Wamboldtopia has been the ever-growing home and garden of artists Damaris and Ricki Pierce. It began as a steep, shady hillside covered in grass, but after 15 years of transformation, Wamboldtopia is a West Asheville institution — a fairyland covered in stone. But for Damaris and Ricki, this is the last season in the garden before they place the home on the market and prepare to move on to new and separate lives.
Mountain Xpress and Sherwood’s Music are partnering to showcase local musicians through a series of stripped-down performances for the web. This week Matt Townsend and the Wonder of the World perform “Carry On.”
For many, edible plants are grown in rows in the vegetable garden — often kept out of sight in the back or side yard. But for Sheila Dunn, a retired microbiologist and Master Gardener, edibles are a beautiful necessity to be woven into the landscape. Dunn converted her steep, rocky Weaverville property into an edible landscape that now provides more than half of everything she eats.
Public gardens and green spaces can be a regenerative place, especially after hours spent in creative pursuit. Learn how Curve Studios and the gardens of Black Mountain are providing respite and inspiration for area artists.