From Bend the Arc: a Jewish Partnership for Justice: New York, NY—As national civil rights advocates gear up for a major legislative push to restore the Voting Rights Act, nearly 50 activists from Carolina Jews for Justice, a local organization affiliated with Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, gathered for a vigil at […]
Information reported on WLOS: Last night before 2 a.m., “black lives matter” was spray-painted across the nameplate of downtown Asheville’s Vance Monument. The monument, dedicated to former governor and Civil War Confederate general Zebulon Vance, (and other Vance namesakes) have come under fire recently for the potential racial statement this honor makes. The graffiti has since been cleared […]
A poll by Thrillist online magazine, which has previously named Asheville one of America’s most hipster cities and one of America’s best drinking cities — among others, has named Craggy Gardens, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina’s most beautiful place.
Get ready to be bombarded by blueberries. According to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, too much rain damages blueberries and ruins crops. This year, sunny skies have kept crops flourishing across the state.
Asheville Unitarian Universalist minister and advocate of racial justice Reverend Clark Olsen will receive an award for his distinguished service from the Unitarian Universalist Association, the nationwide organization for the UU religious movement. Olsen will be commended at a ceremony in front of the UUA’s General Assembly on Saturday, June 27, in Portland, Ore. From […]
Students at UNC Asheville started a petition to remove and rename the campus police station, which is currently named for former governor and Civil War Confederate colonel Zebulon Vance.
WHAT: Presentation on detection and study of lightning WHERE: Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, 1 PARI Drive, Rosman, N.C. HOW MUCH: $20 adults/$15 military & seniors/children 10 & under free WHEN: Friday, July 10, at 7 p.m. From PARI: (June 22, 2015) – The public is invited to a special presentation of how scientists detect and study lightning […]
The fourth annual Battle of the Bywater was packed with what may be “the biggest crowd we have ever had,” wrote the owners of the bar on Facebook — with cars lined up and down Riverside Drive (more so than usual).
At the Tuesday, June 16, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting, commissioners approved the $388 million budget for the 2016 fiscal year, an economic development incentive grant for Tyco Electronics Corporation and two connected rezoning requests — and tabled a third rezoning request for the board’s next meeting in August.
They’ve heard funding requests from nonprofits and others, they’ve seen the budget draft, and they’ve considered the public comments. Now, at the Tuesday, June 16 regular meeting, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will vote on the finalized budget for the 2016 fiscal year.
The City of Asheville Parks and Recreation Department continues its Movies in the Park Series this Friday, June 12, with the 1985 family adventure The Goonies. The free, outdoor event is held in Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. Goonies never say die!
WHAT: HempX family-friendly hemp expo WHEN: Sept. 18-19 WHERE: Highland Brewing Company, 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Ste. 200 HOW MUCH?: Free, though chef-event ‘A Taste of Hemp’ is ticketed MORE: hempxasheville.com “Hemp X is a three-day interactive gathering in Asheville highlighting the multiple uses and future economic opportunities of industrial hemp,” reads the group’s Facebook event […]
Local company Regional Recycling Solutions has big plans to open a recycling center, using “green” European technology, on Pond Road near Enka. But residents and members of the community take serious issue with not only the facility being built in their backyards but the consequences that truck-traffic on the winding roads could bring. A public hearing for the facility will be held on July 8 at noon, 30 Valley St., in Asheville.
Since the 1950s, multitudes of Appalachian-native hemlocks have been sucked dry by an invasive, non-native insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid. But in the last 15 years, entomologists have discovered, captured and released a beetle, native to the Pacific Northwest, that may be the key to the hemlocks’ survival.
At what was probably the shortest Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting in recent memory, the commissioners unanimously approved an economic development project and a rezoning request and held a public hearing for the 2016 budget.
The Swannanoa Valley Museum will host its annual rummage sale on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 8 a.m. to noon. While that date is still a while away, the nonprofit asks residents, in the meantime, to collect any gently-used household goods, kitchen items, collectibles, books, toys or furniture to donate for the sale. If there’s something you’d like to donate, […]
Starting June 13, LaZoom will be offering a completely different kind of ride. The “Band & Beer Bus Tour” will parade passengers (ages 21 and up) around to different local breweries, with some local music performances on the bus in between.
What: Musical Concert Series Where: Ebbs Chapel Auditorium, 271 Laurel Valley Road, Mars Hill When: Sundays, June 28, July 26, Aug. 30 at 4 p.m. Who: June: Clay Lunsford & Wayne Henderson ($15) July: Sheila Kay Adams ($15) August: The Kruger Brothers ($35/$30 advance) For More information: (828) 649-1301 Or www.madisoncountyarts.com From Madison County Arts Council: The Madison […]
At the Tuesday, June 2, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting, county staff will review the proposed 2016 budget, hear an economic development proposal and discuss seeking advice on a Woodfin firing range.
On Friday, June 12, the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute will host a public presentation and viewing of the summer night sky. The event will take place in PARI’s outdoor planetarium (weather permitting), beginning with a campus tour at 7 p.m. Reservations are required and tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and military and […]
At the Tuesday, May 19 meeting, commissioners unanimously approved a project to protect the region’s disappearing hemlock population. They also heard budget requests from Buncombe County Schools, Asheville City Schools, A-B Tech and District Attorney Todd Williams, as well as the proposed budget for the 2016 fiscal year — all of which will come to a public hearing at the next regular meeting, on June 2.