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,” […]
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 […]
UNC Asheville and the YMI Cultural Center will host the inaugural African-Americans in Western North Carolina conference Oct.23-24. Organizers say the free event invites the public to hear scholars from universities throughout the region discuss a historical narrative that has been largely overlooked.
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 […]
The long summer is behind us, but for many growers in Western North Carolina, the spring-summer growing season is only half the story. Commercial growers, donation gardens and garden-based education programs are all finding ways to make local food and food security a hallmark of WNC, year-round.
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.
You may think the end of summer means a well-earned break from the fields and farms. But for community gardeners, both from WNC and across the state, autumn will be a time to share ideas and dream up innovations as they assemble for the N.C. Community Garden Partners conference, taking place on Saturday, Oct. 25, at UNC Asheville.
Activist, attorney, Roman Catholic nun and executive director of progressive Catholic lobbyist group Network, Sister Simone Campbell lead a discussion of “how poverty affects us all” as she delivered the keynote address at Pisgah Legal’s Poverty Forum in the Diana Wortham Theatre on Monday, Oct. 6.
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 […]
Blue Ridge Pride hosted the annual Pride Festival on Saturday, Oct. 4, in Pack Square. The event was part of four days of Pride activities that included the Miss Blue Ridge Pride Pageant and a performance by comedian Jennie McNulty.
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; […]
Looking for an unusual growing project to carry you through the winter? Ever wish you could have your own shiitake farm or reishi supply? Joseph Allawos, professor of biology at A-B Tech and former co-owner at Asheville Fungi, guides us through cultivating mushrooms on logs in the backyard.
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 […]
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.
Asheville Area Arts Council held their annual color ball at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall on Saturday, Sept. 27. This year’s gilded theme was inspired by the organization’s new location in the Grove Arcade and the legacy of the Vanderbilts and the family’s involvement in Asheville’s art scene during the early 20th century.
Be Greek for a day — or a weekend. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Asheville will host a celebration of Greek traditional foods, crafts and dances starting today, Sept. 26, and reveling on until Sunday, Sept. 28.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Planned Parenthood of Asheville held their annual fashion event, Condom Couture, at The Venue on Thursday, Sept. 18. The event invited local designers to create garments that included condoms in the design.
Grab your camera and pack up your car with your best crew — it’s time to get out in the fields for Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s annual farm tour. The self-guided tour will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, and Sunday, Sept. 21, and takes place at 37 Appalachian Grown certified farms across nine counties in Western North Carolina.