Bike race by Micadew, Creative Commons license.

The race is on: National Collegiate Cycling Championsh­ips set for May 8-10

  The 2015 Collegiate Road Nationals is coming to the Asheville area this weekend, May 8-10. The three-day championship event is expected to bring together 400 riders from 115 schools across 48 states. Motorists should be prepared for some road closures. The event is presented by USA Cycling in partnership with the Asheville Buncombe Regional […]

TEAM SPIRIT: Dr. Perry Stamatiades of Zoe Dental Care and volunteers celebrate providing $29,000 worth of free dental care to 86 patients.

Dentistry from the Heart offered free dental care April 25

For the last two years, Dr. Perry Stamatiades with Zöe Dental Care has sponsored Dentistry from the Heart events that provide patients with free dental care. The event, scheduled on Saturday, April 25, was for those who may not be able to pay for dental care, he says. “This event is about the community, and we want to give back. To have a […]

Don't chicken out: Recent relaxing of city restrictions mean Asheville is “chickening” like never before. But many would be chicken-keeepers don’t realize the birds stop producing eggs early in their life, yet still require care and attention to survive. As the interest in backyard chicken keeping raises so do the number of abandoned and neglected animals.

Backyard chicken keeping not as easy as it’s cracked up to be

Recent relaxing of city restrictions mean Asheville is “chickening” like never before. But many would be chicken-keeepers don’t realize the birds stop producing eggs early in their life, yet still require care and attention to survive. As the interest in backyard chicken keeping raises so do the number of abandoned and neglected animals.

Cleaner is cheaper

Taking a hard look: WNC’s sustainabi­lity report card

As we celebrate Earth Day 2015, we take a look at the status of the sustainability movement in WNC. How far have we come, and how far do we have to go? We asked local nonprofits and regulatory agencies to take us to school by examining our environmental efforts — from our air to our water, from our successes to our failures — and giving us an honest assessment of how we’re doing.

CALL ME HARLEY: After selling his house, most of his possessions and quitting his job, 58-year-old Henry Wasserman, under trail-name Harley, began his Appalachian journey on March 19. All photos courtesy of Wasserman.

Transforma­tive journey: Appalachia­n Trail thru-hiker reconsider­s his life path

On February 18, Xpress published “Tales from the Trail,” detailing the experiences of Appalachian Trail thru-hiker Gary Sizer. In the story, we met Henry Wasserman, who was seeking a transformative experience on the A.T. On March 19 Wasserman began his months-long trek north, trudging mile after mile through red Georgia clay.

Dying to Live Theatre at the Altamont

Third Messenger group explores the sacred art of being and dying

A growing movement in Asheville is seeking to make conversations about death more commonplace: Through an ever-evolving series of public art installments and performances that began in early 2014 , locally based Third Messenger has been offering Ashevilleans the chance to share their stories surrounding death and to contemplate their own mortality.