“[Hall Fletcher] is a great school, but an unrecognized one,” says the elementary school's principal Gordon Grant, citing the establishment's 72 percent rate for children on free or reduced lunch as the highest in Asheville. “[But] a school for poor children should look as beautiful and attractive as any school for any child anywhere,” Grant says. His team hopes to engage students of all backgrounds by “bringing the classroom outside” with an Outdoor Learning Center. Project renderings courtesy of Hall Fletcher Elementary

Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfundi­ng initiative­s

Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features Hall Fletcher Elementary school’s outdoor learning space, Roots + Wings School of Art and Design’s expansion onto a new campus and local band The Circus Mutts’ quest to raise funds for a new tour vehicle.

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Aloft Asheville Downtown launches rooftop music series to support local charities

Aloft Asheville Downtown is launching a summer music series, Live@Aloft, from the hotel’s rooftop venue, beginning this Sunday, May 24. The public events ($5 suggested donation per evening) each feature a popular local band, with proceeds from ticket sales benefiting a different local nonprofit every week. So far, the Sundays-only lineup includes The John Henry’s […]

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MetroWines’ Drink Like a Girl program hosts free beer tasting with Mystery Brewing Co., May 22

MetroWines’ Drink Like a Girl program, led by beer blogger Anita Riley, will host a free beer tasting on Friday, May 22, from 5-7 p.m. A representative from Hillsborough’s Mystery Brewing Company will be on hand at MetroWines to talk about the brewery and its beers, which are the feature of the event. Visit metrowinesasheville.com […]

Montford Park Players to hold auditions for Shakespeare’s As You Like It, May 30-31

The Montford Park Players will hold auditions for the theatrical group’s production of As You Like It on Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, with musician and singer auditions scheduled for Tuesday, June 2, from 5-9 p.m. The production, directed by Adrian Suskauer, opens Friday, Sept. […]

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American Advertising Federation of Asheville to host comedic author David Oakley, May 18

The American Advertising Federation of Asheville will host comedic author David Oakley at the group’s monthly Lunch & Learn at Strada Italiano on Monday, May 18, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The author will share his “best advertising stories and autograph his new book Why is Your Name Upside Down?,” according to an AAFA […]

Smiling Hara Tempeh, Miso Master and Meredith Leigh will hold their cultured cooking class at Jubilee Community Church on Tuesday, May 26, from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $25 per person. Image courtesy of organizers

Smiling Hara Tempeh, Miso Master and Meredith Leigh to offer cultured cooking class, May 26

Smiling Hara Tempeh is teaming up with Miso Master and local fermentor Meredith Leigh to offer a class on cultured foods. The goal, says Smiling Hara co-founder, is “to offer tips for preparing locally cultured foods with success and ease, so that incorporating them into your regular diet is a breeze.” “We will all present […]