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Air quality forecast for Friday, April 29- Moderate (Yellow)

Friday, April 29, 2016, is a code yellow air quality forecast day for the valleys and ridge tops of Asheville and Buncombe County.  Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor exertion. Intermittent code orange conditions are still possible due to smoke from a forest fire in Madison County. Children, active adults, and those with heart or respiratory disease, including asthma, should […]

GO FOR GOLD: Team GLITCH competing at the FIRST Robotics regional competition held at UNC Asheville. Photo courtesy of UNC Asheville

Asheville area GLITCH Robotics team qualifies for FIRST Robotics World Championship

Press release: UNC Asheville-Coached FIRST Robotics Team “GLITCH” Advancing to World Championships FIRST Robotics Competition first-year “rookie” Team 5854, called GLITCH, has qualified to participate in the World Championship, April 27-30 in St. Louis, Missouri. GLITCH, established this year at UNC Asheville, was the only Asheville team and one of just ten teams in North Carolina to advance to […]

Henderson County Cooperative Extension hosts food preservation workshops May 9, 23

The Henderson County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension has announced a series of upcoming food preservation classes to be held in May at the Cooperative Extension office at the Henderson County Center, 100 Jackson Park Road in Hendersonville. Both classes will explore food preservation techniques and offer tips to attendees on to preserve […]

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The Demented Dolls of Sideshow all-female tour coming to the Odditorium May 12

Press release from The Demented Dolls of Sideshow:  “This show is a collection of the most diverse and demented women in the world (Norway, Israel, USA, The Netherlands), combining classic fakir stunts, contortion, and modern sideshow,” says Spaghetti Anaelle, performer. “As far as we’re aware, this is the first all-female, all-sideshow touring company in the […]

Tourism to Blue Ridge Parkway generates $952 million, 15,337 jobs for local economies

Press release: Tourism to Blue Ridge Parkway creates $952 Million in Economic Benefits Report shows visitor spending supports 15,337 jobs in local economy. (NC/VA) – Last week’s announcement by the National Park Service regarding 2015 economic benefit and impacts of NPS sites across the country underscores the vibrant relationship between the Blue Ridge Parkway and […]

Great Smokies Review authors will read at Malaprop’s “Writers at Home” event, May 15

PRESS RELEASE FROM UNC ASHEVILLE: Six contributing writers to UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Review literary magazine will share their works when the Writers at Home series resumes at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., in downtown Asheville. This event, hosted by UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program, is free […]

The Vanishing Wheelchair returns with monthly magic shows May 27

Press release: Asheville’s Only Monthly Magic Show Returns! Magic, Mirth & Meaning to Appear at The Vanishing Wheelchair Little Theatre On May 27 at 7 p.m., after a brief hiatus since the beginning of the year, the monthly magic and variety show, “Magic, Mirth & Meaning,” of The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit public […]

Electric co-op launches energy efficiency loan program in WNC’s High Country

Press release from Appalachian Voices: Members of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation (BRE) have a new way to pay for improving the energy efficiency of their homes thanks to BRE’s new Energy SAVER Loan Program. BRE provides electricity to more than 74,000 residents of all or parts of seven counties in western North Carolina. Appalachian […]

Asheville Goombay is scheduled for September 9-11

PRESS RELEASE: Western North Carolina’s YMI Cultural Center is proud to announce the return of the 36th Goombay Festival on September 9-11, 2016, at downtown Asheville’s Pack Square Park. This year’s event will be pay homage to Goombay Festival’s history in Asheville, NC. For information on sponsorship, participation, or volunteering, please visit the renovated AshevilleGoombayFestival.com. […]

Painting by Jane Voorhees, Photo courtesy of Tigg's Pond

Tigg’s Pond Retreat Center hosts two-day “Solstice Arts” festival June 18 & 19

Press release: Solstice Arts at Tigg’s Pond Retreat Center Saturday, June 18th 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday June 19th, 2016 Noon – 5 p.m. David and Molly Sharp Voorhees and artist friends, along with Rev. Posy Jackson and Rev. Lyndon Harris will be hosting an two-day indoor arts and crafts event, “Solstice Arts,” at […]

Asheville Awesome Foundation hosts live grant party May 22

Press release: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Asheville Awesome Foundation Smackdown! Want to find out about the next Awesome thing happening in Asheville? Awesome Asheville will be hosting our first LIVE grant party in May! At 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, please join us at Ole’ Shakey’s located at 790 Riverside Drive, Asheville, NC 28801 to […]

Air quality forecast for Thursday, April 28- Unhealthy for sensitive groups (Orange)

Thursday, April 28, 2016, is a code orange  for the valleys of Asheville and Buncombe County.  People with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children should limit prolonged exertion.  This also means that today is a no burning day.  The most up to date information on conditions can be viewed here:  https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_state&stateid=34&tab=1 For the ridge tops, it is a code […]

Air quality April 27

Update: Silver Mine fire causing code orange air quality conditions in Asheville, burn ban in effect

Updated press release from North Carolina Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources: Air quality officials have issued an advisory for air pollution in western North Carolina on Thursday and Friday as smoke from a wildfire near Hot Springs drifts downwind. Residents north of Asheville could experience unhealthy air quality, depending on wind directions. A 1,500-acre wildfire […]

Malaprop’s launches Authors for Action with anti-HB2 event May 18

PRESS RELEASE FROM MALAPROP’S: Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe is proud to launch Authors for Action, a new event series that pairs authors with nonprofits in order to amplify a cause, raise the profile of change-makers, and create a space for the community to come together for good. Our first event, KILL THE BILL, is a fundraiser directed […]

Parsec Financial pledges $100,000 to area nonprofits in 2016

Press release from Parsec Financial: For the 11th consecutive year, Parsec Financial is giving back to the communities it serves by awarding ten deserving organizations a share of the annual Parsec Prize. This year, Parsec will be donating $100,000. This donation will be used to further the missions of these local nonprofits who are working […]

Authors headline public events for Looking Glass Rock Writers’ Conference, May 20-21

PRESS RELEASE FROM BREVARD COLLEGE: Renowned authors Rick Bass, Marjorie Hudson and Ron Rash will give public presentations on Friday, May 20, at The Porter Center for Performing Arts and Saturday, May 21, in the Rogow Room at the Transylvania County Library. Both events begin at 7:30 p.m. and are part of the inaugural Looking […]

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