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Asheville businesses join in ’12 Days of Giving’ fundraising effort

Press release from organizers with Adapt Public Relations: In December 2013, seven downtown Asheville businesses joined together to create 12 Days of Giving. The program was designed to contribute directly to three local non-profits that help feed, clothe and shelter the homeless: Haywood Street Congregation, ABCCM, and Western Carolina Rescue Ministries. The seven founding businesses […]

Prescribed burns planned at Lake James State Park

Press Release From North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources: RALEIGH – The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation will conduct multiple prescribed burns at Lake James State Park in coming weeks. According to Park Superintendent Nora Coffey, the specific dates of the burns will depend on local weather conditions. The prescribed burns will […]

The Gift of Nutrition: EPA helps NC communities foster healthy food

North Carolina News Service By Stephanie Carson: ROCKY MOUNT, N. C. – Christmas came early this month for the community of Rocky Mount. It will receive assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a new farmers’ market and develop urban community gardens at former brownfield sites. It’s part of the agency’s Local Foods, […]

The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College hosts faculty lectures, Jan 4-12

From a press release: The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College hosts faculty lectures, Jan 4-12 All lectures will be in the Ransom Fellowship Hall behind the Chapel unless otherwise indicated. For more information, call the MFA Office at Warren Wilson College: (828) 771-3715. The schedule is subject to change. Sunday, January 4, […]

Yes the Raven performs at White Horse Black Mountain, Dec. 27

From a press release: Yes the Raven performs at White Horse Black Mountain, Dec. 27 Yes the Raven: A Modern Bard Saturday, December 27 – 8 p.m.- Yes the Raven, Singer-Songwriter, $12 advance/$15 door There’s something almost shamanistic about a Yes the Raven performance as singer-songwriter Alyn Mearns summons up mysterious timeless worlds in his […]

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Filmmaker Bryon Hurt to deliver MLK Day keynote at UNCA

Press Release University of North Carolina Asheville Award-winning documentary filmmaker Byron Hurt will deliver the keynote address for UNC Asheville’s celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. week. His talk is free and open to the public and will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22 in Lipinsky Auditorium on campus. Hurt’s 2006 documentary, Hip-Hop: […]

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Valet Gourmet schedules mobile food drive for MANNA FoodBank

From a press release: Valet Gourmet’s first annual Driving with a Cause Valet Gourmet is making it easier than ever to help ease hunger in Western North Carolina. Asheville’s premier restaurant delivery service in collaboration with MANNA FoodBank is launching the first annual “Valet Gourmet Food Drive” and customers will be able to donate food […]

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N.C. State Board of Elections releases voting demographics for 2014 general election

Press Release North Carolina State Board of Elections The State Board of Elections today released demographic statistics for the 2014 General Election. Results showed a 16% increase in participation by African Americans statewide and 37% higher turnout among voters aged 18-25 compared to 2010, the last midterm election cycle. This was the first general election […]

Architectural rendering of  view from front entrance of Catawba Brewing at 32 Banks Ave.

Preview of Catawba Brewing’s new South Slope brewery

Catawba Brewing Co. announced today that construction has begun on its new property at 32 Banks Ave. in Asheville’s South Slope area. The new brewing facility and tasting room will be housed in the old Standard Paper building along with Vortex Doughnuts and soon-to-come businesses Buxton Hall Barbecue and the Public School bar. Catawba Brewing, […]

Bluegrass concert to benefit women’s health nonprofit, Casting for Hope

Press Release Casting For Hope Casting for Hope Presents Mipso in Concert is slated for December 19, 2014 at 7:30 at the CoMMA Auditorium in Morganton, North Carolina. These Carolina foothills will host the poetry of Mipso’s lyrics and the harmonies of music clearly influenced by the bluegrass cultures in Southern Appalachia — all to […]

NCCAT to offer teacher daylong workshops in Cullowhee

Press Release North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, a national leader in professional development for teachers, will once again offer “Daylong Programs” at the Cullowhee campus in January to help teachers meet one of the challenges of a busy school year—leaving the classroom to participate […]

Partners make progress in restoring Grandfather Ranger District

From a USDA press release: Partners make progress in restoring Grandfather Ranger District NEBO, N.C., Dec. 16, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service and a spectrum of partners collaborated to help restore close to 6,000 acres in the Grandfather Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest, through the Grandfather Restoration Project over the past year. “I commend […]

Warren Wilson College MFA program holds public readings, Jan 3-12

From a press release: Warren Wilson College MFA program holds public readings, Jan 3-12 The public is welcome to attend the morning lectures and evening readings in fiction and poetry offered during the Master of Fine Arts Program winter residency. Events last approximately one hour. Admission is free. The schedule is subject to change. For […]

North Carolina falls behind in mental health funding

From  press release:  Momentum for reform of the nation’s mental health care system slowed in 2014 as a result of failure by Congress to enact comprehensive mental health care legislation and a decrease in the number of states strengthening investment in mental health services, including North Carolina, according to a report released by the National […]

C-T sues APD for protests videos

The Asheville Citizen-Times has sued the Asheville Police Department:   From the A C-T: “Lawsuit: Police must release protest videos,” by Jon Ostendorff: The Citizen-Times is asking a judge to order police to make public dozens of video recordings of political gatherings and demonstrations, according to a lawsuit filed Monday [Dec. 15]. The newspaper, in […]

Asheville Travel Blog: Local businesses honored as finalists by Martha Stewart American Made

From Asheville Travel Blog: Local businesses honored as finalists by Martha Stewart American Made Out of thousands of nominees in the categories of craft, design, food and style, eight Asheville-area businesses have been named finalists for the Martha Stewart American Made Awards. The local finalists are: Appalatch Outdoor Apparel Company Blue Kudzu Sake Company Hey […]

The Omni Grove Park Inn announces winter concert series headliners

From a press release: The Omni Grove Park Inn announces winter concert series headliners The Omni Grove Park Inn is kicking off the new year with its annual Winter Concert Series featuring critically-acclaimed musicians in the genres of Swing, Jazz and Celtic and Comedy. Running from mid-January into mid-March, this year’s series offers great music […]

Annual community Christmas Eve show at White Horse Black Mountain

From a press release: Annual community Christmas Eve show at White Horse Black Mountain A Christmas Eve Gift from the White Horse Wednesday, December 24 – 7 p.m.- Bob Hinkle, Kim Hughes, Joshua Messick, BJ Leiderman and guests. Annual community Christmas Eve show. Free. Black Mountain’s White Horse venue regularly tops polls as a business […]

In 2012, the UNC Asheville Singers posed with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House. (official White House photo by Lawrence Jackson)

UNC Asheville singers head back to White House

Press release from UNC Asheville The UNC Asheville Singers are headed to Washington, D.C., for the eighth consecutive year, to entertain holiday visitors at the White House and perform for soldiers in the Wounded Warrior program at Walter Reed National Military Center in Bethesda, Md. Senior Vanessa Nowik made her first trip to perform at […]

“Over the Railing and Through the Woods” an evening of holiday travel travails

From a press release: “Over the Railing and Through the Woods” an evening of holiday travel travails Listen to This, stories in performance presents: “Over the Railing and Through the Woods” an evening of holiday travel travails featuring stories by: Ben Atkins (local comedian) Maryedith Burrell (Emmy-nominated writer) Danny Ellis (celebrated Irish singer / songwriter) […]