Want to host an international student? Learn more at Sunday info session

If you and your family are interesting in hosting a foreign student this summer in Asheville, consider checking out an information session this Sunday, May 17 (complete with free ice cream). Here’s a news release from the organizers: Xplore USA summer camp program brings international students to Asheville Local families can host visiting teens for […]

MAKING INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIONS: Jack Igelman, Elizabeth Pendleton and their sons, Hank and Jonah, of Asheville hosted Mario Hernandez Pico, a student from Spain, last summer as part of Xplore USA’s Summer Camp. An info session for this year's program happens Sunday.

Want to host a summer exchange student? Info session happens Sunday

Want to host a summer international exchange student? An Asheville information session this Sunday afternoon, April 26, about Xplore USA will walk you through the details. Plus, there’s free ice cream. Here’s a press release from the organizers: Xplore USA summer camp program brings international students to Asheville Local families can host visiting teens for […]

Filling a need: Where government and nonprofits intersect

As part of Xpress’ Nov. 19 Nonprofit Issue, we asked several community leaders for their thoughts about the work nonprofits perform in our community. Here’s what Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Chairman David Gantt had to say. Mountain Xpress: What role do nonprofits play in our community? David Gantt: Nonprofits play a huge role in […]


UPDATE: Verve Magazine will cease publicatio­n with June issue

Verve Magazine, the local, monthly publication devoted to “covering Asheville’s most fascinating women,” will cease publication with its June issue, Publisher Rimas Zailskas confirmed June 26. Launched in May 2008, Verve dished up lively features accompanied by striking photos. “So even though it is a little sad, it is an opportunity as well,” Zailskas said, […]

Shoots and leaders: Eliada Homes’ after-school programs use the Golden Rule to help kids learn to relate to one another. Photo by Max Cooper

Taking a stand, giving a voice

An unusual bit of bean counting took place at Ira B. Jones Elementary School in north Asheville. During a school assembly — part of national “No Name-Calling Week” — students and staff were encouraged to pluck a bean out of a jar for every time they’d ever felt bullied or were the target of unkind […]

Making connections: South French Broad resident Larry Funk has completed LEED green associate training. He hopes a temporary job as a solar-power field technician will turn into a permanent one. photos by Tracy Rose

Now what?

As a local program that trains workers for green jobs winds down, staff and graduates alike confront a frustrating situation. “As far as finding training-related work, that’s the challenge,” says Susan Garrett, Green Jobs director for the Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry. The ABCCM Green Jobs program began nearly two years ago when the nonprofit […]

Big ideas

You’ve got an idea for a business. Or maybe you want to take your existing business to the next level. Now you just need the tools to put those ideas into action. Luckily, there are a number of local resources that can help. Here are a few to get you started: • Asheville Area Chamber […]