Carolina Jews for Justice to hold Day of Action for voting rights, Oct. 26

Press Release Carolina Jews for Justice Sunday, October 26, Jewish communities across North Carolina will fight back against the General Assembly’s restrictions on voting rights. Coordinated by Carolina Jews for Justice, a statewide nonprofit, volunteers from major Jewish institutions in Raleigh, Durham, Asheville, and Greensboro will invest hundreds of hours in a “Day of Action,” […]

ASAP, RAFI-USA launch program to increase farmers market sales

Press Release Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project Two of North Carolina’s leading local food and farmer advocacy organizations have joined forces on a major new initiative to increase farmer direct sales and expand local food access. ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) and RAFI-USA (Rural Advancement Foundation International) have partnered on the project, Connect2Direct. The goal for […]

Move to Amend WNC to annouce results of candidate questionnaire

Press Release Move to Amend WNC In September, Move to Amend WNC (MTAWNC) sent out a questionnaire to candidates of all political parties asking their position on a proposed US Constitutional Amendment to end corporate personhood and allow for government regulation of political corporate campaign contributions. In addition, each candidate was given the opportunity to […]

Melanie Allen, conservation and diversity coordinator for the Conservation Trust For North Carolina, delivered the keynote address at Everybody's Environment. Photo by Carrie Eidson

‘Everybody’s Environment’ discusses diversity in conservation movements

The Center for Diversity Education at UNC Asheville hosted the day-long conference “Everybody’s Environment” on Friday, Oct. 10. The event invited staff from local environmental and conversation groups, community organizers and the public to discuss strategies for creating a more inclusive environmental movement, with more diverse staff at environmental organizations and stronger ties to the communities they serve.

Hominy Elementary to hold ‘Safe Routes’ event Oct. 8

Press Release Hominy Valley Safe Routes to School Hominy Valley Elementary students and parents will walk to school on Wednesday, October 8 in the school’s fourth “Safe Routes to School” event. In recognition of the school’s successful Safe Routes program, the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) chose Hominy Valley Elementary as the featured Safe Routes […]

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Community High to hold haunted house fundraiser

Press release Community High School On Tuesday, October 28, between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m., guests are invited to take a guided tour of the hundred-year-old school, restored to its former, fictional glory: a “haunted” medical and psychiatric facility. Tours begin at sunset and include visits — and visitations — of our operating and recovery rooms; […]

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The Chocolate Fetish offers edible shoes for Domestic Violence Awareness month

Press Release The Chocolate Fetish During the month of October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, The Chocolate Fetish joins a nationwide movement to bring attention to domestic violence with the creation of Limited Edition Chocolate High Heel Shoes and a unique partnership with Helpmate. The proceeds from the sale of each Limited Edition Chocolate Shoe will […]

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Local family wins ‘Models Wanted’ contest, makes donation to foster care agency

As winners of Rack Room Shoes’ annual Models Wanted contest, an Arden family is now featured in the national footwear retailer’s fall advertising campaign. In addition, the Fidelia family received $5,000 from Rack Room Shoes to donate to the charity of their choice – in which they selected the Brandi Nichole Family Enrichment Center, a local foster care agency.

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Manheimer presents Hispanic Heritage Month proclamation to Children First/ CIS

Press Release Children First/Communities In Schools of Buncombe County Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of people from Latin American countries. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Fiesta Latina on October 11 at Pack Place Park and visit the Mi […]

WCQS: Homeward Bound hits milestone with 1,000 people housed

From WCQS Greta Johnson A spokesman announced Monday that as of last month, the organization has provided permanent housing for 1,000 people. “The really good news,” said Executive Director Jim Lowder, “is that we have an 89 percent retention rate. 89 percent of the people we’ve placed in housing have never become homeless again.” Click […]

WNC Historical Association announces Thomas Wolfe literary award finalists

Press Release Asheville History Center at the Smith McDowell House For the first time in the history of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, the Western North Carolina Historical Association announces the selection of ten semifinalists for the 2014 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. Originated by the Louis Lipinsky family in 1955, this annual award […]