What’s up, Asheville? You ready for this weekend? Put y’er boots on. A quick message in regards to the MTB trails in the North Mills River area of Pisgah Forest. “The U.S. Forest Service has reopened all trails and roads in the Trace Ridge and Wash Creek Area after completing an ecosystem improvement project in the Pisgah […]
Crowdfunding platforms make it possible for individuals and organizations of any size to harness social networks and raise start-up capital for projects that might otherwise fail due to lack of funding. Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. THRU HIKE: THE APPALCHIAN TRAIL […]
Early Saturday morning, many Ashevilleans were awake and putting the final touches on makeshift rafts — crafting colorful and creative buoyant devices to float themselves down the French Broad River for the 22nd Anything That Floats Parade.
Read to Suceed will hold an information session for prospective volunteers interested in learning more about the in-school literacy coaching program on Saturday, August 23. Pat Bastian, communications director, tells us more about the work of Read to Suceed volunteers
If you’re looking to get outside this weekend — and you should be, there are some killer events taking place. For the fun-loving, creative types the RiverLink “Anything that Floats” parade is launching from Hominy Creek Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Build a float out of some spare furniture and old baby strollers and […]
Are you serious about your support for the Asheville Humane Society and its mission to make Buncombe County a no-kill community? Paws for a Cause e takes place over eight hours at Freaks & Geeks and allows customers to choose from one of four pet-themed tattoos — with all the day’s proceeds donated to the Humane Society.
The Asheville Design Center, through its Asheville DesignBuild Studio, is helping the YWCA to construct an outdoor classroom, covered pick-up spot and memorial garden honoring community activist, entrepreneur and former YWCA board president Laurey Masterton.
Western North Carolina has long been a healing mecca. From its early sanitarium days to the present, the area has been filled with many wellness centers where people can go to relax, rejuvenate, heal and unwind. Today, many of these centers offer a variety of reasonably priced programs, from classes and workshops to individual and group […]
Environmental Conservation Organization will hold their annual Green Homes and Edible Gardens tour on Saturday, Aug 9. The event allows the public to meet and interact with home owners and gardeners who have experience with solar installations, permaculture and small-house design, among other topics.
Tickets on sale for Our VOICE’s 40th anniversary celebration at Diana Wortham Theatre Our VOICE has been advocating for and supporting victims of sexual abuse for 40 years, and a huge part of that work has been addressing difficult topics and situations that too often go unspoken. It’s fitting then, that the organization’s 40th anniversary […]
If you are looking for something to satisfy that outdoor itch this weekend, we might just have you covered. The weather is shaping up to a be little cooler than average, so take this opportunity to beat the summer heat and enjoy this out-of-season polar vortex. We’ve gathered a list of some events taking place […]
It’s a cycle known as aquaponics, which uses dual-tanked plant-and-fish habitats to create a symbiotic environment and a sustainable system that mimics the natural world. One tank holds the fish; the other, the plants. A pump flows water between the two, aerating the water in the process. Along with hydroponics — a similar idea that focuses solely on raising vegetation — it’s a creating an alternative to traditional in-soil farming.
When I first walk into his office, Abbas Rakhshani offers me a warm, generous hug. “Hugging communicates and transfers energy,” he says. I immediately feel comforted by his calm, compassionate presence. And by the end our interview, I feel like I’ve had a healing session myself. Rakhshani opened the Yoga Wellness Center in South Asheville […]
The Shiloh community celebrated their annual community garden potluck and summer celebration on Saturday, July 27. This year’s gathering was of particular significance to the community, as it marked the dedication of the garden’s new amphitheatre and outdoor kitchen.
We are lucky enough to live in an area of the country where several medicinal herbs are native to our region and can be found growing wildly all around us. But what medicinal herbs, native or otherwise, grow well here in the Blue Ridge Mountains? The answer is … countless. So let’s start with some […]
In 1790, 90 percent of Americans were farmers. Today that figure boils down to less than 1 percent. The change is particularly noticeable in the South, which up until the 1950s, was a largely agrarian society. Now, some are calling for a rebuilding and supporting of a locally-focused food system — which used to be prevalent in Appalachia.
It’s common sense that employers have a vested interest in employee health. After all, people can’t work if they’re sick, and people who aren’t feeling their best are less likely to do their best at work. Unfortunately, long hours and high stress on the job often stand in the way of an individual making healthy choices […]
40 years after it was founded, The Farm Community, a commune in rural Tennessee, continues to thrive. In a recent visit to Malaprops Bookstore and Café, author Donald Stevenson, the community’s resident historian, told the story of how a group of visionaries continue to make it work.
Guest columnist Jodi Ford explains how one single mother used the services offered by Children First/ CIS to help her family. This article is featured as part of a partnership between the Xpress and Children First/ Communities In Schools of Buncombe County.