From a press release: Equinox Horse Foundation will hold a fundraiser on Dec. 5, 6:30-10 p.m., at the Wisteria Inn, 56 N. Main St., Weaverville. The theme will be centered around the novel “Winters Tale” by Mark Helprin, which takes place in NYC during the Edwardian Era. Winter’s Tale will be an event of fun, […]
From a press release: Transgender, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer groups Just Us for All, Tranzmission, and Campaign For Southern Equality have organized a day of events to focus the community on the needs of transgender people as and most importantly the persistent murders and mistreatment of transgender people. Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is […]
From a press release: This November, Smoky Mountain LME/MCO (“Smoky”) is recognizing both National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Caregiver Month by highlighting how Smoky’s geriatric teams are helping both professional and family caregivers better understand and respond to older adults under their care. An estimated one in seven adults age 71 or older in […]
From a press release: A veterans’ town hall meeting will be held at 5 p.m., Dec. 10, at the Charles George VA Medical Center, 1100 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, to allow veterans and their families a chance to present questions and concerns about their VA health care and services. The town hall-style session is open to the […]
From a press release: The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to the Charles George VA Medical Center (CGVAMC) Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s accreditation programs. The CGVAMC’s Chief of Pathology and Laboratory, William E. […]
From a press release: Let’s Twist Again Foundation Inc., a new 501c3 nonprofit based in Hendersonville, provides a unique motorcycle therapy program to those in rehabilitation hospitals and long-term care facilities. Using a virtual riding apparatus that utilizes real motorcycle controls and a variety of courses to ride, director Garry Segal works with recreational/occupational/physical therapy […]
From a press release: Local ice cream shop Ultimate Ice Cream is contributing to the Ebola response through the flavor of the month donation program in November. All proceeds will go to Partners In Health, an international non-profit that is helping to provide care to communities in rural West Africa hard hit by the Ebola […]
From a press release: The MEC will discuss the 217,000 public comments about draft rules for the new fracking law at 9 a.m. on Nov. 6 and 7 in the Ground Floor Hearing Room of the Archdale Building, 512 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh. The public can also comment at these meetings, with up to 10 speakers per meeting, […]
From a press release: Sunday, November 9th, from 2-6pm – Highland Brewing will host VET FEST 2014, a concert celebration honoring two local non-profit organizations serving disabled Veterans in Western North Carolina–Helios Warriors, offering alternative holistic healing therapies, and Heart of Horse Sense, providing equine-assisted therapies. Both organizations offer their services at low to no […]
From a press release: A fundraiser for Jacob Vanlandingham, who has been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, will be held at the Millroom at Asheville Brewing Company, 66 Asheland Ave., on Sunday, Nov. 2 from noon to 7 p.m. The fundraiser is hosted by the Underdog Crew, a youth breakdancing troupe based in Asheville that has […]
From a press release: Duke Energy has provided state officials with its plans for assessing groundwater quality at the utility’s 14 coal-fired power plants in North Carolina. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources required Duke Energy to submit Groundwater Assessment Plans as part of the effort to cleanup or mitigate groundwater contamination […]
From a press release: Men’s Wisdom Works founder Chuck Fink will be interviewed live on WRHI’s Radio 4 the Ages program Saturday, Oct. 4 at 10:20 a.m. The program will be available online at wrhi.com.With ten groups operating out of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville and one at Givens Estates, Men’s Wisdom Works […]
Don’t allow fracking in Western North Carolina. That was the clear message from the nearly 90 people who spoke to members of the state Mining and Energy Commission on Sept. 12 in Cullowhee. They were voicing their concerns at the last of four public hearings on proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing, a drilling method that […]
“Our goal and passion is to make sure older adults have equal access to the opportunity to age with independence, health, well-being and choice,” says Wendy Marsh, executive director of the Council on Aging.
After passage of the Energy Modernization Act in June opened the door to fracking in North Carolina, the state’s Mining and Energy Commission is accepting public comment through Sept. 15 on the draft rules for regulating the controversial practice.
On a Friday night in early spring, a low rumbling can be heard throughout downtown Asheville. The contagious rhythm grows louder as people are drawn into the vortex of reverberating beats in Pritchard Park. The Friday night drum circle has emerged from winter hibernation, becoming once again the heartbeat of Asheville. For some, the weekly event is simply another one of Asheville’s quirks. For others, the drumming provides a source of therapy and healing.
Therapeutic recreation program wins state award Randy Shaw, director of therapeutic recreation at the Asheville Parks and Recreation Department, was not a drummer. Even so, he believed that drumming had the potential to help people with disabilities. “A light bulb turned on for me when … I started to facilitate drum groups and I saw […]
Wilderness therapy “gave me my son back — and better,” says Stephen Mace. His son, Christian, age 15, participated in the wilderness program at SUWS of the Carolinas in Old Fort last year. SUWS is one of several local and regional organizations that use wilderness therapy. Sarah “Salli” Lewis, an Asheville-based clinical scientist, has conducted several […]
As cold and flu season lingers on, herbal medicine is “definitely a frontline treatment,” says Ceara Foley, director of the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism (ASHH). Jamie Sparks, owner and director of Herban Farmacy, agrees, and shares what she has been offering customers in her herbal CSA. Both women tout the healing powers of herbs for winter wellness and offer different suggestions for herbal remedies.
Even in a nature-rich area, residents can lose touch with the environment. “I've been fretting over the disconnection between people and nature for most of my adult life,” says Chuck Marsh, co-founder and co-designer of Earthaven Ecovillage in Black Mountain. This disconnect has a name — nature-deficit disorder — and Marsh and other local educators […]