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 […]

Master Gardeners and Rose Society to host plant sale Oct. 4

Press Release Buncombe County Master Gardeners For the 4th consecutive year, the Buncombe County Extension Master Gardener volunteers (EMGs) will hold their popular fall plant sale. The Blue Ridge Rose Society will also participate in the sale. The date is Saturday, October 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. rain or shine. The NEW location […]


Hellbilly Hootenanny to be held Saturday, Sept. 27

Who: BOOTLEGGERS CAR CLUB, PABST BLUE RIBBON & A BROKEN SPOKE CUSTOM MOTORCYCLE REPAIR ….proudly present…. What: The 6th Annual Hellbilly Hootenanny! When: (10a.m. SHOW CARS & BIKES ONLY!!!) SPECTATORS 12p.m. – 10p.m. September 27th, 2014 Where: A BROKEN SPOKE 874 RIVERSIDE DRIVE, ASHEVILLE, NC 28804 This event will be a full day of entertainment including – A […]

UNCA awarded new scholarship funds from the National Science Foundation

Press Release University of North Carolina Asheville The Departments of Atmospheric Sciences and Computer Science at UNC Asheville have been jointly awarded $613,609 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide scholarships and academic support to undergraduate students. With scholarships of approximately $6,000 per year, the Atmospheric and Computer Science Exploratory Scholars (ACES) Program will […]

Transition Asheville celebrates 5th anniversary

Press Release Transition Asheville Transition Asheville, the local organization of the international Transition movement, is celebrating its 5th anniversary as an ‘official’ Transition initiative in the United States. The group has invited organizations and individuals to join them on Monday, October 13th for an evening of “visioning and back casting”, techniques developed to combine imaginative […]

LEAF, Children First to participate in State Department program

Press Release Children First/Communities In Schools of Buncombe County Children First/Communities In Schools (CIS)  in Asheville, NC and LEAF  Schools & Streets are participating in the Community Solutions Program of the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with IREX.  Amgalanzaya Tserenbaljir (Amaa) from Norwegian Lutheran Mission in Ulaanbator, Mongolia is placed at Children First/CIS. Lea […]

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Why I grow: Downtown rooftop gardening

More and more of Asheville’s downtown dwellers are finding creative ways to use their urban spaces for growing food. Russell Thomas, owner of the Flatiron Building, tells Xpress how he and his staff are converting the rooftop of the historic building into a hydroponic and raised-bed garden that is a source of both veggies and renewable energy for the building and its businesses.