OLD SCHOOL: ON July 25, UNC Asheville Assistant Professor of History Darin Waters will present a lecture on the history of African-American education in Asheville as part of the Lunch and Learn Lecture Series sponsored by Buncombe County. Image courtesy of UNC Asheville

Lunch and Learn Lecture Series hosts second talk

On Tuesday, July 25, Darin Waters will offer a lecture on the history of African-American education in Asheville and Western North Carolina as part of the Buncombe County Lunch and Learn Lecture Series, hosted by the county’s Department of Health and Human Services. The free event will run noon-1:30 p.m. at Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave. in Asheville.

BLURRING THE LINES: Mind reader and magician Zeke Powerz will use intuition, coincidence and precognition to read the minds of audience members at Vanishing Wheelchair's upcoming fundraiser. Photo courtesy of Vanishing Wheelchair

Conscious Party: Magic and Mind Reading

WHAT: “Magic and Mind Reading Mysteries” show to benefit Vanishing Wheelchair WHEN: Sunday, July 23, 3 p.m WHERE: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church WHY: Using intuition, clairvoyance and showmanship, esoteric magician Zeke Powerz has three goals for his upcoming benefit performance: to “raise money, raise some eyebrows and raise the dead.” As a professional magician, Powerz’s […]

KISS ME: Bradley Johnston has worked with cows all his life, so it makes sense that the Mills River farmer feels as comfortable clowning around with the herd as he does with his human friends. Photo by Kendra Topalian

Bradley Johnston brings boutique dairy farming to Mills River

Mills River native Bradley Johnston has worked with cows all his life, but his newest venture — Mills River Creamery — is a departure from the high-volume wholesale dairy trade he used to practice. Johnston’s small herd of Jersey cows eat non-GMO feed and produce a type of milk that many find easier to digest than the usual supermarket fare.

FAKE NEWS: Sen. Chuck Edwards of Hendersonville accused the Asheville Citizen-Times of being unwilling to publish positive state news at a meeting of the Council of Independent Business Owners on July 14. Photo by Virginia Daffron

Edwards rails against Buncombe news coverage

At a meeting of the Council of Independent Business Owners on July 14, Sen. Chuck Edwards, Rep. Brian Turner and Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer briefed the crowd on issues including the state economy, taxes, judicial matters, education, Asheville district elections and the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project. Edwards also used the forum to complain about bias in local media coverage.

Delegates on recess after the final debate of the conference.
Photo by Arianna Moore

YMCA hosts 50th Youth Conference on National Affairs at Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain

YMCA’s annual Youth Conference on National Affairs convened for its 50th session July 1 to 6, hosting over 600 delegates from around the country at the Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain. The students proposed a wide range of policies on issues as diverse as nuclear power, gerrymandering prevention, the school-to-prison pipeline and equal opportunity grants for foster children — to name just a few.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Asheville City Manager Gary Jackson introduced Kimberlee Archie (center) and Alaysia Black Hackett (right), who are the finalists for the city's new Equity and Inclusion Manager position. Photo by Virginia Daffron

Candidates vie to lead Asheville equity and inclusion efforts

Two finalists for the newly created Equity and Inclusion Manager position with the city of Asheville mingled with community members at a meet-and-greet on July 10. Kimberlee Archie and Alaysia Black Hackett shared their backgrounds, their visions of how the position can serve the city and some of the issues they see as most pressing for the new role.

ROCKING FOR A CAUSE: Lead performer Ryan Perry of the Ryan Perry Band performs “rock and roll with a country twang” during a past concert. The band will headline the Community Day event on July 15. Photo by Duncan Chaboudy

Conscious Party: Community Day

WHAT: A community celebration to raise funds for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation WHEN: Saturday, July 15, 2-6 p.m. WHERE: Clarion Inn at the Asheville Regional Airport WHY: For a day of free fun for a great cause, bring the family to the inaugural Community Day extravaganza, a fundraising benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The afternoon event will feature over […]