AC-T: Gay marriages could begin by next week in Va., N.C.

From the Asheville Citizen-Times: By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Same-sex couples could begin marrying as early as next week in Virginia – and potentially North Carolina – after a federal appeals court refused Wednesday to delay its ruling that struck down the state’s gay marriage ban. The state would also need […]

Janisse Ray to speak at the Organic Growers School’s First Annual Harvest Conference

Press release from the Organic Growers School: ORGANIC GROWERS SCHOOL IS THRILLED to be welcoming award-winning author, activist, naturalist, and farmer Janisse Ray as workshop leader and keynote speaker for the long-awaited First Annual Harvest Conference on September 5&6, 2014. Join us for two days of season extension, home cooking, fermentation, preservation, fall & winter growing, self-reliance, […]

Council on Aging of Buncombe County ‘Celebrates 50 Years’ with a gala Saturday, Aug. 23

Press release from Council on Aging of Buncombe County:  Council on Aging of Buncombe County, Inc., “Celebrates 50 Years” with a gala  Saturday, August 23, from 6:30-10 p.m. Since 1964, Council on Aging’s senior-centered support remains respected for its leadership and commitment to quality of life for aging adults and their care givers. Today, the […]

Buncombe County Rescue Squad receives grant from The Community Foundation of WNC

Press release from Buncombe County Rescue Squad: Buncombe County Rescue Squad Receives Grant from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (Asheville, North Carolina-8/8/2014)— “Help!” is a call that Buncombe County Rescue Squad is accustomed to answering. Recently, the Squad had to send out a distress call of its own, one that was answered by […]

GATHER 'ROUND: Asheville soul act Lyric performs at a previous Bonfires for Peace concert at Pritchard Park. Photo courtesy of Pasckie Pascua

Barrio style: Bonfires for Peace concert series is (not so) serious DIY

Pasckie Pascua may be a self-described career activist, but he says his long-running DIY concert series, Bonfires for Peace, isn’t about politics. “The mission is … gathering the community,” Pascua says. “It’s wholesome; [it’s about] family, diversity. We try to stick to just fun. No politics, no speeches, no religion. Sometimes when you say peace, people […]

Learn about the hospice caregiving experience at Four Seasons seminar tomorrow

Press release from Four Seasons Compassion for Life: The free event, “Busting the Myth on Hospice: the Who, What, When and How of Hospice Care Giving,” shares ways hospice care giving benefits individuals and families HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. – If you’re interested in learning about the hospice care-giving experience, then you may wish to attend the […]

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Smart bets: The Royal Noise

Drawing on influences from the great funk masters Herbie Hancock and Parliament Funkadelic, as well as contemporary bands like Umphrey’s McGee and Lotus, Philadelphia-based funk band The Royal Noise is a self-described “relentless funk dance party.” One reviewer characterizes the band as “Groove, groove and more groove — with a side order of groove and a […]

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Smart bets: Quilts as Inspiration

There was a time when quilts served as one of the few pieces of artwork in Appalachian homes, and they truly were works of art. “The hallmarks of great art always include line, color, patterns, texture, balance. Quilts are no exception,” according to a press release for American Folk Art & Framing’s upcoming exhibit, Pattern, […]

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Smart bets: Ali Douglass

There is something comfortingly familiar about Ali Douglass’ whimsical illustrations and paintings. It might be the eye-pleasing color combinations, charming characters and quirky cityscapes and scenes — or it might actually be that you’ve seen them before. Douglass has been illustrating for countless magazines and newspapers  — including Seventeen, Martha Stewart, Glamour and The New […]

Learn about the hospice caregiving experience at Four Seasons seminar

Press release from Four Seasons Compassion for Life: The free event, “Busting the Myth on Hospice: the Who, What, When and How of Hospice Care Giving,” shares ways hospice care giving benefits individuals and families HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. – If you’re interested in learning about the hospice care-giving experience, then you may wish to attend the […]

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Smart bets: Barbara J. Taylor

Barbara J. Taylor’s debut novel, Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night, is “an evocative story of family tragedy and healing set in coal-mining Scranton, Pennsylvania.” As a native and current resident of the Electric City, where the story is set, Taylor draws inspiration from a haunting family story to blend real-life incidents with historical […]

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Smart bets: Mates of State

Husband-and-wife, indie-pop outfit Mates of State consistently challenge the perceived limitations of a two-piece with their effortless harmonies and minimal pop appeal. One reviewer describes the band as “two people playing complex songs that sound like five people playing a simple song.” Kori Gardner (keyboard/vocals) and Jason Hammel (drums/vocals) formed Mates of State in 1997 and have […]