WOMEN'S WORLD: Sharon Roth Mitchell has been facilitating women's circles locally for more than a decade. Photo by Haley Steinhardt

Circle the women: Sharon Mitchell shares her experience leading local women’s circles

At a Peace Summit in Vancouver in 2009, the Dalai Lama declared, “The world will be saved by the Western woman.” So, what can we women of Western North Carolina do to step up to heal our society? Women in today’s world do it all, taking care of everything from our family and friends to our work to our homes, gardens, animals and a million things in between. Too many of us, though, forget to take the time — or take enough time — to care for ourselves, and that’s where women’s circles come in.

FUN ON TAP: Creekside Taphouse co-owners Brendan and Patty Dennehy say they want their barbecue-themed indoor/outdoor bar and restaurant to be a "neighborhood joint" for East Asheville. Photo by Alicia Funderburk

East Asheville eats

Downtown Asheville’s culinary offerings are certainly no secret, and West Asheville, with its ceaseless onslaught of restaurant openings, is clearly booming as a foodie mecca. But what about points east? Although it is not widely considered to be a dining destination, East Asheville has its own sampling of fun eateries and delicious dishes.

CHILD’S PLAY: Visitors to Lookout Brewing Co. can relax and enjoy some of its many kid-friendly events and games. Here, Asher Garcia plays chess on Lookout’s handcrafted chess table. Photo courtesy of Lookout Brewing Co.

Where the toys are

We are lucky to live in one of the most family-friendly places on the planet, where fun (and often free) things to do with kids of all ages abound. So after your day hike to Graveyard Fields, afternoon at Splasheville or stroll through the Western North Carolina Nature Center, where should you and your family […]

Around 4,500 packs are delivered to children in need each week thanks to the MANNA Packs for Kids program. Haley Steinhardt

Feeding our future

It's impossible to discuss the health of a community without also discussing the food we eat. And when it comes to making healthy food more widely available for the underserved and at-risk members of our community, MANNA FoodBank plays a significant role. The local nonprofit exemplifies caring and compassion with programs like MANNA Packs for […]

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Five can-do wellness tips for 2014

It’s that time of year again — time for self-reflection and fresh starts. This year, let’s all make some resolutions we can keep! Lucky for us, Asheville is the perfect place to get our wellness on. Local writer, Reiki healer and wellness enthusiast, Haley Steinhardt, shares some great ways you can support yourself in having a happy and healthy 2014 — Asheville style.