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Smart bets: Art in Bloom

What better way to celebrate art than to highlight the natural beauty that surrounds us? Art in Bloom is Black Mountain Center for the Arts’ biggest yearly fundraising event. This year’s three-day flower fest includes a gala preview party with a seated catered dinner, a gallery display of 22 ikebana and Western floral designers interpretations of […]

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Smart bets: Balsam Range

Named after the majestic range of mountains where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge, Balsam Range has been steadily making its mark on the bluegrass scene since the five musicians came together in 2007. The band’s 2012 album, Papertown, won the 2013 IBMA Album of the Year award, and expectations are high for the group’s […]

ASAP’s farmers market activity series for children announces summer programming

Press release from ASAP: Growing Minds at Markets This Summer ASAP’s farmers market activity series for children is back ASHEVILLE, NC (June 5, 2014)—With the school year coming to a close, ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School Program is looking ahead to summer programming, specifically their Growing Minds @ Market farmers market activity series. The […]

Medea’s Espresso & Juice Bar celebrates grand opening June 21

Press release from Medea’s Espresso & Juice Bar: Medea’s Espresso & Juice Bar  GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION SATURDAY JUNE 21ST 8am-11pm 200 Julian Lane, Suite 220, Arden NC 28704 Sample our incredibly delicious cold-pressed organic juices and learn about the amazing benefits of our 3 Day Juice Detox Program. Meet our local partners, food artisans, artists, local health & fitness […]

Mission Health’s H2T Healthcare Quality Conference re-imagines how technology will transform health care

WHAT: Mission Health’s H2T Healthcare Quality Conference<> WHY:   Mission Health is hosting its inaugural H2T Healthcare Quality Conference to re-imagine how technology will transform healthcare communication, delivery and patient experience.WHO:  The Asheville, N.C.-based health system is hosting the conference in partnership with Rock Health and Vocera Communications, Inc.Keynote speakers:·         Rolf Benirschke – Founder, Great Comebacks· […]

Mini Cooper Motoring Club and Asheville Greenworks partner for parkway cleanup June 15

Press release from the the Tar Heel Mini Cooper Motoring Club: The Tar Heel Mini Cooper Motoring Club sponsors an annual event for approximately 60 of its members and friends to travel the Blue Ridge Parkway from its beginning at Waynesboro, Virginia to Cherokee, NC. While stopping in Asheville on Sunday Morning, June 15th… its members […]

Locally owned Italian restaurant opens in Biltmore Park Town Square

Press release from Biltmore Farms: Locally Owned, Fresh-to-Table Italian Restaurant Opens in Biltmore Park Town Square Asheville, NC, June 5, 2014— Chef’s Apron Neighborhood Trattoria is now open in Biltmore Park Town Square. This locally owned Italian restaurant is located along Town Square Boulevard next to Barnes & Noble. Chef’s Apron offers fresh Italian entrees […]

Local artist Cindy Walton receives international award recognitions

Press release: Abstractionist Cindy Walton Receives International Award Recognitions Walton’s painting in cold wax on panel, “Shallows 2,” emerged against a broad selection of 20 types of two dimensional media from 709 entries in 22 countries worldwide to take top honors.ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Fine artist Cindy Walton is the recipient of two international award recognitions […]

Asheville High School senior named to the 50th class of US Presidential Scholars

Press release from Asheville High School: Liana Murray named to the 50th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars Asheville High School senior and soon-to-be graduate, Liana Murray  has been selected for the 50th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars as announced recently by  U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.   Liana and 140 other high school seniors were […]

Park Ridge Health ranked among top in the nation for patient engagement

Press release from Park Ridge Health: Park Ridge Health Ranked Among Top in the Nation for Patient Engagement Hendersonville, N.C. (June 5, 2014) – Park Ridge Health has been ranked 22nd out of 3,077 health care organizations evaluated across the country in the inaugural National Patient Engagement Ranking by Becker’s Hospital Review and Axial Exchange. […]

CPP: Drawing national GOP attention, NC Republicans to rally, define statewide platform in Cherokee

From Carolina Public Press: Summer brings no shortage of festivals across Western North Carolina, and this weekend, the big party is being thrown by the state’s Republicans in Cherokee. Friday through Sunday, adherents to the state’s dominant political party in the N.C. General Assembly will convene in the mountains of Western North Carolina for their […]

Four Seasons Compassion for Life hosts “Introduction to Palliative Care 101” in WNC

Stories drawn from life will illustrate ways palliative care addresses and supports patient and family needs with positive impacts on care goals during life-limiting illness during Wednesday, June 11, event HIGHLANDS, N.C. – Western North Carolina residents who wish to learn more about compassionate care during serious illness are invited to attend a Four Seasons […]

Park Ridge Health announces events for June 9-22

Event summary from Park Ridge Health: Event Summary for 6/9/14 – 6/22/14 (two weeks) Please call 855-PRH-LIFE to register for any Park Ridge Health events. Free Support Groups Hendersonville Oncology Educational Group Wednesday, June 18 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Burchard/OB Conference Room at Park Ridge Health 100 Hospital Drive, Hendersonville Offered by the Park Ridge […]


Smart Bets: Casey Neill

Casey Neill and his backing band, The Norway Rats have “all been in the trenches of the Northwest music world together since the mid ’90s,” says the musician. Even before forming the band, he was performing in the U.S. and around the globe. So while Neill is hardly a newcomer to the music scene, it could […]

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Smart Bets: Primordial forms

“The foundation for my work lies within the understanding of primordial forms and their purpose throughout history,” says glass artist Chad Holliday. He creates contemporary glass sculpture to communicate these timeless shapes, many of which are derived from European architecture and gothic cathedrals. Along with his solo exhibition, titled Primordial Forms, at the Bender Gallery, […]

GROWING UP: The Journeymen gather for a group shot at the spring Rite Of Passage and Adventure Weekend. Photo courtesy of Journeymen.

Rites of passage: Journeymen helps boys become men of integrity

Frederick Douglass once said, “It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Glenn Geffcken, board member for Journeymen, a local nonprofit that provides mentorship and rites-of-passage ceremonies for boys, cites an African proverb in the same vein: “If we do not initiate the young, they will burn down the village to feel the heat.”