Air quality forecast for Saturday May 16th, yellow (moderate)

From WNC Regional Air Quality Agency Saturday, May 16, 2015 is a code YELLOW air quality forecast day for the valleys of Asheville.  This means that unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor exertion. Sunday, May 17, 2015 is a code GREEN air quality forecast day for the valleys of Asheville. Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17, 2015 are code GREEN air quality forecast days for the ridge tops.  […]

Registration open for 32nd annual Cullowhee Native Plant Conference

From a press release: Registration open for 32nd annual Cullowhee Native Plant Conference Cullowhee, N.C. — The 2015 Cullowhee Native Plant Conference at Western Carolina University will feature more than a dozen new plant walks and workshops, plus a demonstration of how drones can aid in environmental conservation mapping. Registration is open for the 32nd […]

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 […]

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20th annual Bluff Mountain Festival takes place on June 13

The 20th annual Bluff Mountain Festival, held in Hot Springs, takes place on saturday, June 13. Press release from Madison County Arts Council: Foot-tapping bluegrass and old-time music, a silent auction of beautiful regional items, an artists’ market, good food, a beautiful setting, and much more make the Madison County Arts Council’s Bluff Mountain Festival […]

WCU partnering with Asheville’s Mountain Sports Festival to showcase recreation programming at the Southeast’s “Top Adventure College”

From a press release: WCU partnering with Asheville’s Mountain Sports Festival to showcase recreation programming at the Southeast’s “Top Adventure College” Cullowhee, N.C. — Western Carolina University will offer educational demonstrations and workshops covering everything from knot-tying and orienteering to campfire cooking at Asheville’s 15th annual Mountain Sports Festival, which will be held Friday, May […]

The "Goats of the Gorge." Photo courtesy of Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy

‘Goats of the Gorge’ protect native plants, prevent erosion at Chimney Rock Park

Sure, goats are the cutest. But they’re also hard workers — and eager eaters. The “Goats of the Gorge,” a crew of 15 Bovidaes provided by KD Ecological Services in Mills Spring, will be chomping down on invasive non-native plants in Chimney Rock State Park this spring.

WNC aging and environmental health conference, May 20

 From a press release: The Western North Carolina aging and environmental health conference will be held at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills River, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on May 20. The intended audience is individuals who serve older adults as resource providers or caretakers. Overview: Older adults […]

Buzzfeed’s AVL promo video generates a a mixed response from residents

  A video posted to Buzzfeed Video’s Facebook page yesterday evening has locals discussing the consequences and merit of the recent surge in national attention given to the city of Asheville and Western North Carolina. The video, entitled “9 Reasons You Belong In Asheville”, highlights some of the city’s and region’s well-known attractions, with extensive […]

Book cover image courtesy of Oakley

American Advertising Federation of Asheville to host comedic author David Oakley, May 18

The American Advertising Federation of Asheville will host comedic author David Oakley at the group’s monthly Lunch & Learn at Strada Italiano on Monday, May 18, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The author will share his “best advertising stories and autograph his new book Why is Your Name Upside Down?,” according to an AAFA […]

Caitlin and Tom at Black Mountain Sanctuary. Photo by Jameykay + Arlie Photography

“Fabled Gatherings” Styled Photography Workshops, July 28 & 29

Photographers Jameykay Young and Arlie Huffman (together Jameykay + Arlie Photography) have teamed with LWD Couture for a two-day photography workshop. The event, a Fabled Gathering, takes place at Homewood on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 28 and 29. Press release from event organizers: Local creatives, Jameykay + Arlie Photography and LWD Couture are coming together […]

Smiling Hara Tempeh, Miso Master and Meredith Leigh will hold their cultured cooking class at Jubilee Community Church on Tuesday, May 26, from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $25 per person. Image courtesy of organizers

Smiling Hara Tempeh, Miso Master and Meredith Leigh to offer cultured cooking class, May 26

Smiling Hara Tempeh is teaming up with Miso Master and local fermentor Meredith Leigh to offer a class on cultured foods. The goal, says Smiling Hara co-founder, is “to offer tips for preparing locally cultured foods with success and ease, so that incorporating them into your regular diet is a breeze.” “We will all present […]

Muses of Terpsicorps performance at Diana Wortham Theatre, May 23

Students of Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance kick off the new season with a performance at Diana Wortham Theatre on Saturday, May 23. Press release from Terpsicorps: Join us for Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance’s annual kick off event! Every May, Heather Maloy’s students perform a mixed repertoire program at the Diana Wortham Theatre. This year features […]

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