Local food resilience programs plan for future disasters

A coalition of local food activists, resilience planners and city of Asheville staffers are asking a hard question: In the event of a major disaster that disrupts the food supply for more than a few days, what will people in Western North Carolina eat? A recent workshop looked for answers to that question and brainstormed strategies for collaborative solutions for securing the region’s food supply in hard times.

Asheville and Buncombe County pay tribute to fallen veterans and emergency responders

Despite gray skies and sporadic rain showers, a crowd of more than 200 gathered in Pack Square Park on May 29 to pay tribute to fallen veterans and local emergency responders. Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Chair Brownie Newman and representatives from different branches of the military, as well as local police and fire departments, presented a wreath to honor the fallen.

Parkway Playhouse announces both new play “39 Steps” and new free outreach performance

Press Release from the Parkway Playhouse: BURNSVILLE, NC — “Mom, I’m BORED,” are the words you won’t have to hear this summer! “Reading is Alive,” a new theatre outreach program created through Parkway Playhouse, kicks off in Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties in June. The family friendly musical, A Year with Frog and Toad will […]

Bluff Mountain Bio-Blitz offers participants opportunity to document diverse ecosystem June 3

Press Release from MountainTrue: BLITZ THE BLUFF WITH MOUNTAINTRUE Second Annual Bluff Mountain Bio-Blitz To Inventory Diverse Ecosystem Hot Springs, N.C. — Join MountainTrue on the second annual Bluff Mountain Bio-blitz happening on Saturday, June 3 in the Pisgah National Forest near Hot Springs, North Carolina. During the Bio-blitz, expert and amateur naturalists will work […]

“Powering the People” benefit will raise funds for Isaac Dickson solar panels, June 17

Press Release from the Alliance for Energy Democracy: “Powering the People” Benefit for Isaac Dickson Elementary School Solar Project Major Donor commits to match $110,000. Asheville, NC — WNC Green Building Council’s initiative “Appalachian Offsets” and the Alliance for Energy Democracy (AED) present a benefit and celebration to power Isaac Dickson Elementary School with solar […]

City of Asheville begins process for pop-up uses on city-owned downtown property

Press Release from the City of Asheville: City of Asheville begins process for pop-up uses on City-owned downtown property Survey launched inviting input on a temporary name too City-owned properties on Haywood Street and Page Avenue downtown, currently vacant, are being prepared to support flexible short-term uses. On May 23, City Council heard an update […]

Analysis of brewery industry in Asheville shows nearly $1B total output

Press Release from the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County: The Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County has released a contribution analysis of the brewery industry in the four-county Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area (Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, and Madison counties).  Sponsored by McGuire, Wood, & Bissette Law Firm, the study showed breweries and a small cluster […]

WLOS holds Break the Hunger food drive to benefit Children First/Communities in Schools

From Children First/Children in Schools: Each summer, thousands of local children experience higher rates of food insecurity because they are no longer receiving the free & reduced breakfast and lunch from their school. We at Children First/Communities in Schools see an increased demand for family food boxes during the summer months, and in response to […]

Conscious Party: Asheville Youth Ultimate Frisbee

WHAT: A benefit night for the Asheville Youth Ultimate Frisbee program WHERE: Hi-Wire Brewing WHEN: Thursday, May 25, 4-11 p.m. WHY: With both fall and spring programs, games running several times a week and a tournament to culminate the end of a successful season, the Asheville Youth Ultimate Frisbee league is expanding, allowing more students the opportunity to get […]

Biscuit Head and Copper Crown restaurants to hold fundraising dinner for Evergreen Charter School, May 24

Biscuit Head and Copper Crown restaurants will co-host a pop-up fundraising dinner to support Evergreen Community Charter School on Wednesday, May 24, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The event, called Bolognese on Biltmore, will be a buffet-style Italian dinner at Biscuit Head’s location at 417 Biltmore Ave. The fundraiser is open to the public, $15 for adults and […]

State health officials encourage N.C. residents to “fight the bite” during warmer months

Press Release from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services: RALEIGH — The North Carolina Division of Public Health is advising North Carolinians to “Fight the Bite” and take important precautions to protect against tick and mosquito bites during warm weather months. “Ticks and mosquitoes are common in our state, and they carry bacteria […]

Asheville ranked 7th among “2017 Best Cities for Summer Internships”

A report by GoodCall.com ranked Asheville seventh in the nation as a “2017 Best City for Summer Internships.” The report looked at data from over 1,122 cities nationwide and ranked cities on criteria such as availability of public transportation and affordable rent. “Cities that are ideal for students seeking real-world experience are accessible, with available […]

Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina to benefit Catawba River Basin with $100,000 grant from Duke Energy

Press Release from Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina: MORGANTON, NC — Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina received a $100,000 grant to continue its work to protect the waters of the Catawba River Basin in North and South Carolina. The grant is part of the Water Resources Fund, a $10 million commitment from Duke Energy. Foothills […]

Vortex Doughnuts hosts rescheduled Tour de Spro cycling and coffee crawl, May 20

After originally postponing the third annual Tour de Spro coffee/bicycling crawl event due to bad weather, Vortex Doughnuts will now host the rescheduled event on Saturday, May 2o. The crawl begins at 1 p.m. at Vortex, 32 Banks Ave., and continues to the other participating businesses, which include Izzy’s West Asheville, Find Your Line Bike Shop, Owl Bakery, Trade […]

Progressive Women of Hendersonville host open mic and new art exhibit

From the Progressive Women of Hendersonville: On Friday, June 23, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.the Progressive Women of Hendersonville (PWH) will host an open mic and opening of “Why I March” at Sanctuary Brewing Company at 147 1st Avenue East in Hendersonville. The display includes the images and words of about 50 artists about […]