Dirty Dozen Down! hike challenge celebration Nov 7 in Asheville

Press release from the The Wilderness Society: The public is invited to join in celebrating the end of the Dirty Dozen Wilderness Hike Challenge, a year-long wilderness hike challenge presented by The Wilderness Society’s Southern Appalachian Office in Sylva and Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. The Dirty Dozen Down! Hike Challenge Celebration will take place Saturday, […]

North Carolina Folklore Society announces annual award winners and accompanying activities, Oct. 9-10

From North Carolina Folklore Society Press release Cullowhee, NC: The North Carolina Folklore Society is pleased to announce the 2015 recipients of our annual awards: The Community Traditions Award, and The Brown-Hudson Award. The Community Traditions Award honors organizations and groups who engage in or support folklife and traditional culture in North Carolina. The Brown-Hudson […]

The Physician’s Voice: Gynecologic cancer awareness

From WCMS The Physician’s Voice: Gynecologic Cancer Awareness written by Dr. Blair Harkness from Hope Women’s Cancer Center. September is Gynecologic cancer awareness month.  Each year about 72,000 woman are diagnosed with gynecologic cancers in the United States.  Gynecologic cancers arise from the female reproductive tissues including the cervix, uterus, ovaries, vulva and vagina. Cervical […]

Children First/Communities in Schools creates nonpartisan voter guide

Press release from Children First/Communities in Schools:   (Asheville, NC) Local non-profit Children First/Communities In Schools has created a non-partisan digital voter guide to educate voters in the upcoming Asheville City Council election. The website,, highlights fourteen of the sixteen City Council candidates’ responses to questions on transportation, food security, homelessness and affordable housing, […]

LEAD:WNC Regional Leaders Summit

LEAD: WNC Regional Leaders Summit to be held at WCU

Press release from Western Carolina University: Second annual LEAD: WNC summit Oct. 20 at WCU to focus on region, quality of life CULLOWHEE – Leaders from government, business and nonprofits across Western North Carolina will gather with representatives of the health care profession, the tourism industry and environmental agencies to discuss regional quality of life […]

PEG Partners & LEAF International Guatemalan Music

PEG Partners and LEAF International Bring Guatemalan Musicians to Asheville

Press release from PEG Partners: Four young Guatemalan musicians will soon be visiting the Asheville area to perform, connect with other students, and speak about their experience in a music program co-founded by two non-profits based in Western North Carolina, PEG Partners and LEAF International. What: An evening of Guatemalan food and music, and learning […]

EPA sets new ozone standard, disappointing all sides

ABC News reports: The Obama administration on Thursday established stricter limits on the smog-causing pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness, drawing swift condemnation from business leaders and Republicans who warned of damage to the economy. The Environmental Protection Agency said the new standard of 70 parts per billion will reduce exposure to dangerous ozone […]


Art on Main Festival cancelled due to weather

Press release from the Arts Council of Henderson County: ARTS COUNCIL OF HENDERSON COUNTY CANCELS  56th ART ON MAIN FESTIVAL OCTOBER 3 & 4, 2015 Hendersonville, NC – After careful consideration, the Art on Main committee has decided that the potential for hazardous weather conditions calls for us to cancel this year’s Art on Main.  Rain is one […]

Youth OUTright launches Campaign 8-attachment0

Youth Outright workshop for those working with LGBTQ youth

Press release from Youth Outright: Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Youth – Workshop in Brevard ASHEVILLE, NC… September 29, 2015… Youth Outright (YO), the leading advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in WNC, will present Creating Safe Spaces:  Working with LGBTQ Youth in Western NC, on Tuesday, October 27 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. […]

Lexington Avenue named one of 15 ‘Great Places in America’ by the American Planning Association

Press release Washington, DC— The American Planning Association (APA) today named Lexington Avenue in Asheville, North Carolina, as one of five Great Streets on the organization’s annual Great Places in America list. As part of National Community Planning Month, APA’s Great Places in America program recognizes streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces in the United States […]

Smoky Mountain Center: Mission Health, Buncombe County EMS boost crisis situation skills

News release from the Smoky Mountain Center: Mission Health, Buncombe County EMS Boost Crisis Situation Skills Training equips local paramedics to help people in a mental health or addiction crisis September 30, 2015 – Thirteen paramedics from Mission Health and Buncombe County EMS are now better equipped to respond to people with concerns related to […]

Immersive seance experience at Lex 18, Oct. 10 & 11

During October, Lex 18 has a number of spooky events planned, including an immersive seance experience. The evenings — Saturday, and Sunday, Oct. 10 and 11 — include a cocktail reception, historic dress, a seating and seance and reception. Press release from the venue: Whispers in the Night: An Immersive Seance Experience Oct 10 and […]

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An evening of Guatemalan food, music and learning with David LaMotte, Oct. 13

Local musician and author David LaMotte shares the work of PEG Partners, a group based in Guatemala. During a special event on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at All Souls Cathedral, four young Guatemalan musicians will perform and a Gauatemalan-style dinner will be served. Press release from event organizers: Four young Guatemalan musicians will soon be visiting […]

Gov. McCrory declares state of emergency across state in anticipation of Hurricane Joaquin

From Governor Pat McCrory Press release Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory has declared a State of Emergency in all 100 counties in preparation for severe weather that is predicated to cause severe flooding throughout the state. At a news conference at the North Carolina Emergency Operations Center, the governor said that weather systems, independent […]

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