Ikebana — the Japanese art of flower arranging — engages mind and body, spirit and soul. The act becomes a meditation, with a focus on well-being.
Amid escalating use and abuse of opioids nationwide, the number of local narcotics-related overdoses has increased rapidly in recent years. The drug naloxone can temporarily suspend those drugs’ effects, and the Asheville metropolitan area leads the state in confirmed cases of opioid overdose reversal, according to the N.C. Harm Reduction Coalition.
Author and cyclist Jamie Bianchini stops at Youngblood Bicycles on June 5 as part of his book tour. Bianchini will share his story of traveling around the world on a tandem bicycle.
Conservation groups like the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy need the support of residents and local businesses in order to achieve their work. Building on this co-dependence, the nonprofit will hold its annual “Land Trust Day” celebration Saturday, June 6.
Appalachian Trail thru-hiker Johnny Morris is hiking for a cause. The 23-year-old Asheville native seeks to increase awareness of dementia and raise funds for MemoryCare, a local nonprofit founded by his mother, Dr. Margaret Noel.
On Tuesday, May 26, Asheville nonprofit MemoryCare hosted a special screening of the award-winning film The Genius of Marian at the Asheville Community Theatre followed by an interactive discussion on the joys and challenges of caring for loved ones who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments.
When Donna Marie Todd’s husband died, she was 55. Bereavement counseling helped her begin to heal and understand her grief, but she found a lack of resources when she set out to rebuild her life. A professional storyteller, singer, writer, teaching artist and retreat leader from Black Mountain, she decided to create a one-day retreat for women — A Widow’s Tale.
Not all Asheville Beer Week events are strictly about the brew. On Memorial Day, Twin Leaf Brewery celebrated both physical fitness and beer with its Run Like a Girl event, which supported Girls on the Run.
First Step Farms WNC is two farmsteads, both located on historic farmland in Candler. One site grows vegetable starts for small farms; the other grows flowers for weddings and school graduations. But the farms’ primary purpose goes beyond agriculture — the two sites are home to a substance abuse recovery program that uses farming to restore self-confidence in recovering addicts.
Strive Not To Drive, a week of multimodal awareness events held throughout Asheville, held its first ever walking tour this past Tuesday, May 19, to showcase concerns and problems facing pedestrians, bikers, people with disabilities and motorists in downtown Asheville.
When Claire Orenzow’s replacement heart valve failed eight years after it was surgically implanted, the symptoms were excruciating. But doctors at Mission Hospital were able to repair Orenzow’s heart with a new procedure called valve-in-valve replacement that offers significant benefits over traditional open-heart surgery, and Orenzow says she left the hospital a few days after the operation feeling like a new woman.
Doctors, nurses, psychiatrists and other medical professionals are getting burned out, and the Asheville-based physicians organization Western Carolina Medical Society has taken notice.
Transitioning from the mission-driven military to ordinary civilian life is often when vets slip into unemployment, depression or homelessness. But two farming programs in WNC are working to give veterans a connection to the land, to their community and to a sense of purpose that so many seek.
Keller Williams Asheville and Showhomes WNC teamed up to give 13-year-old Marion leukemia survivor, Megan Vess, the country-style room of her dreams. The big reveal for her new room is Thursday, May 14, and the campaign is still looking for help finishing the project.
To help those with eating disorders, first you have to see the problem, and that’s a key focus of the eighth National Healthy Eating and Living Conference being held on Thursday-Friday, May 14-15, at the Hilton Asheville Hotel in Biltmore Park.
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.
In the last week, Josh Phillips has stumbled into both disaster and the opportunity to help those in need. Known around Asheville for his performances with the Josh Phillips Folk Festival and Yo Mamma’s Big Fat Booty Band, Phillips happened to be visiting Kathmandu in the central region of Nepal this weekend when tragedy struck.
“How has the practice of qigong or tai chi changed your life?” Several local participants in World Tai Chi Day, observed April 25 at Recreational Park in East Asheville answered the question by demonstrating a pose that answers this question.
What started out as a challenge to men to walk their talk against sexual violence is taking a step toward inclusivity. In a change of pace, Our VOICE, Buncombe County’s sexual assault and abuse support center, is asking the community this year to turn its annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event into a people’s march on Saturday, May 2.
Bean Vegan Cuisine gets set to open in Arden, food trucks return to Reynolds Village, Biltmore revisits dinner theater, Publix gets set to open on Hendersonville Road and Race to the Taps combines running and local beer.
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.