Asheville resident Jasmine George knows firsthand that mold in your home means something’s wrong. When she returned from a four-day Thanksgiving visit with family a few years ago, the walls of her trailer were warped and covered in a slime-like mold. (Photo by Megan Dombroski)
“Every time it is cold and I go into my own house, I think, 'It is not OK that people in our community are sleeping outside tonight,’” says Emily Ball, director of community engagement at Homeward Bound of Asheville. With 482 people already housed and an 89 percent retention rate, Homeward Bound uses the housing-first […]
Although National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day occurred on Feb. 7, a local agency says HIV education and testing in the African-American community remains a priority throughout the whole year. “The day is a symbol,” says Jeff Bachar, executive director of the Western North Carolina AIDS project. “It's a good symbol to and a way to […]
While sipping on a glass of wine or grabbing a late night coffee, residents can help fund an organization working to end homelessness locally and stopping people from spending the night in the harsh winter weather. “Every time it is cold and I go into my own house, I think, ‘It is not OK that people in our community are sleeping outside tonight,” says Emily Ball, director of community engagement at Homeward Bound of Asheville.
Today may be National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, but a local agency says HIV education and testing in the African-American community remains a priority throughout the whole year. (Photo from HIV/AIDS Awareness Walk in November 2011 by Megan Dombroski)
Western North Carolina is no stranger to the craft biz: We have more crafters per capita than almost any other region in the country, and an Appalachian tradition that pairs creativity with hard work. But how does that passion for crafts translate into good business practices? Regional nonprofit Appalachian Women Entrepreneurs provides a helping hand.
After moving to Asheville, Amy Brandenburg found what she always wanted – a home where she could sit on her porch, drinking her morning coffee, surrounded by nature and her garden. She also found the inspiration to pursue her passion and skills with jewelry as a career.
There are as many pizza preferences as there are toppings: thin crust, deep-dish, N.Y.-style, Napoli … pocket. But it seems that when a slice is just right, all denominations are satisfied. Cue the Asheville Pizza Showdown, happening Aug. 12 at Toy Boat Community Arts Center, hosted by the Garage at Biltmore. “Hot pizza, cold beer and great times: that’s what we’re trying to make and put the recipe together to create this event and make it extremely successful,” says Gary Charles of G Social Media, who is helping plan the event.
The Biltmore Coffee Co. opened on Aug.1 at 1 N. Pack Square, on the ground floor of the I.M. Pei-designed building that houses Biltmore’s corporate offices and Merrill Lynch. “What makes us unique is everyone here worked at the Biltmore Estate,” says Clorietha Fenton, the café‘s general manager. “We brought our quality and our standards and our hospitality to downtown Asheville.” (Pictured, left to right: Cloreitha Fenton and Robert Bickford, manager.) Photo by Megan Dombroski
One recent Sunday afternoon, dance music pulsed from Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. The event: Zumba in the Park, a two-hour, jump-on-in event staged by The Asheville Breast Center and aimed at raising awareness about early detection and the link between staying active and preventing the disease. Many participants wore pink — the acknowledged breast-cancer-awareness […]
Lori Theriault of The Village Potters demonstrated throwing a pot and discussed how she left her office job to pursue a career in crafts. Theriault did demonstrations at the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands all weekend.
Dance music pulsed from Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville from 2 to 4 today for Zumba in the Park. Asheville Breast Center sponsored the event to raise awareness about early detection of breast cancer and the link between physical activity and cancer prevention.
After 23 years making a living as a jewelry artist, Tamala Wells still doesn’t see herself pursuing any other career.
Buncombe County struggles with a high suicide rate, and though old wives’ tales say that letting someone talk about killing themself will make them more likely to do it, local health experts disagree. “That is not true. It’s actually the opposite,” says Sue Brooks, executive director of All Souls Counseling Center at 35 Arlington St. […]
A colorful bus reminiscent of the Merry Pranksters Tour Bus took residence in downtown Asheville today to celebrate the conclusion of the Magic Love Bus 2012 LovEvolution Tour.
This weekend, Asheville Ballet dazzled Diana Wortham theater with a familiar fairy tale favorite. Recreating the original choreography, Sleeping Beauty impressed the audience with beautiful costume design and music. Photos by Megan Dombroski
The Asheville Ballet performs Sleeping Beauty at Diana Wortham Theatre, tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $15 to $40, with group rates available in all sections. Call the box office at (828) 257-4530 for reservations, and call Ann Dunn, Director, at (828) 258-1028 for group rates. Photos by Megan Dombroski
As Asheville’s rates of hunger increase, local agencies are trying to keep pace. Standing in MANNA FoodBank’s warehouse holding a small bag of groceries, Beth Stahl, the nonprofit’s youth program coordinator, reflects on the value of food to the many Buncombe County children facing crippling hunger. “It’s kind of scary that this little bag of […]
Around 500 people gathered in front of the courthouse Saturday for Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event to raise awareness about sexual assault.
A little girl's handwritten description of her weekly visits to the food pantry with her mother underscores how community gardens can help feed the hungry in Western North Carolina. "She wrote: 'I really like going to the pantry, because I get to help my mom pick out the vegetables. I like picking out tomatoes,' and […]
Looming cuts in food-assistance funding could spell big trouble for Western North Carolina residents: Funds for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, may be cut by $4.2 billion this year.