This year’s Kids Issue will offer two thematic choices: A Kid’s View, and Activism. Want to submit art, essays, poems, photos or multimedia?
More than 4,000 students participated in RiverLink’s water-based education lessons for the French Broad watershed in 2014. This year, educators and volunteers can get a jumpstart on the initiative by participating a training workshop.
Several local schools won kudos last week for their efforts this fall to incorporate solar education into the classroom, with North Buncombe taking the grand prize.
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 […]
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, […]
After a tumultuous year for Western Highlands, the regional mental-health agency is starting 2013 on stronger financial footing. Western Highlands Board Chairman Charles E. Vines (who is also Mitchell County manager) says the agency was able to close a $4.2 million budget gap and end 2012 in the black. He says that was accomplished largely […]
After a tumultuous year for Western Highlands, the regional mental-health agency is starting 2013 on stronger financial footing.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
When I was pregnant with my son, Ryan, people frequently asked: Are you going to keep working or stay home with the baby? Those well-meaning inquisitors had bought into the “either/or” myth of modern motherhood: You either work full time outside the home and use day care, or you take care of the kids while […]
If you’re casting about for help in starting a new business — or are primed to take your business to the next level — there are a number of resources available. Here are a few to get you started: • Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business & Entrepreneurship department has information on topics pertinent […]
Try as you might, you’d be hard pressed to find more enthusiastic, hardworking, community-minded women than Mountain BizWorks’ three 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year winners. “Those are really … people we’ve seen grow and work their business in a successful way,” says Sharon Oxendine, director of the nonprofit’s Women’s Business Center. And given the rocky […]
Gather 300 or so women entrepreneurs, shower them with pertinent advice and encourage them to network. Then send them home with the taste of chocolate in their mouths. Sound like a promising plan? That’s what the organizers of Mountain BizWorks’ seventh annual Women’s Business Conference think. The May 27 event aims to offer support, encouragement […]
When teams of kickboxers, Zumba dancers, cyclists and other athletic-minded volunteers converge on the Reuter Family YMCA April 30, they'll be raising money to help Buncombe County residents like Keldwyn Teves — and promoting a healthier community. Teves, 63, feels certain she wouldn't be alive today without Project Access, a program of the Western North […]
Think back to the science classes you had when you were a kid. Mine conjure up the acrid smell of formaldehyde as my high-school biology classmates and I dissected enormous, pale, flatworms that seemed too otherworldly to slither on the earth. Nature photographer Kevin W. FitzPatrick has a similarly uninspiring story. "When I was a […]
Assessing the health of public art can be like approaching art itself: It’s all in how you look at it. Two speakers at the upcoming Public Art 360 conference, to be held later this month in Asheville, offer markedly different takes on the state of public art today and what should be done to encourage […]
If you’re looking for a women’s conference that offers a generous dose of herbal education mixed with camaraderie, empowerment and self-reliant living, then the Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference may fit the bill. The sixth annual conference, to be held Oct. 1-3 at Lake Eden in Black Mountain, draws women from across the Southeast to attend […]
Now that we've been sprung from our seemingly endless winter, it's somehow easier to focus on fitness — both physical and mental — when we don't have to try so hard just to stay warm. The same goes for our kids — who, in their off time, can use a bit of inspiration to keep […]
When Tara McDonald-Tiner was pregnant with her daughter, Olivia, she and her husband were so preoccupied about the impending birth that the couple didn’t focus on what parenting style they’d use once the baby arrived in the world. Group hug: Local parents Jubal Tiner and Tara McDonald-Tiner snuggle with their daughter, Olivia. Photos By Jonathan […]
Let’s face it: A set of wooden blocks just doesn’t have the wow factor that a flashing, singing electronic whatzit has. Customer Ciarra Taylor bonds with a decidedly low-tech,and definitely adorable, “Ugly Doll” at Enviro Depot, World’s Coolest Toys. Photo by Jonathan Welch. And that’s pretty much what the mainstream toy industry is counting on. […]