Know your status: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day reminds locals to get tested

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 […]

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Putting housing first: Champagne bar hosts benefit today to end homelessness

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.

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Crafty: AWE teaches women artisans business savvy

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.

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Show up to showdown

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.

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New café brings a taste of Biltmore Estate to downtown Asheville

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

Photos by Megan Dombroski

Zumba!

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 […]

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Lifesavers

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. […]

PHOTOS: Asheville Ballet performs Sleeping Beauty tonight and tomorrow, tickets available

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

For the children: A group of volunteers fills bag with food as part of MANNA FoodBank’s Packs for Kids program. Megan Dombroski

Food on the table

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 […]