Pardee UNC Health Care offers weight loss surgery info sessions Jan. 9, 23

From Pardee UNC Health Care: Pardee UNC Health Care to Host Weight Loss Surgery Information Sessions on January 9 and 23 Hendersonville, N.C. – Pardee UNC Health Care will host free weight loss surgery information sessions on Tuesday, Jan. 9 and Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 6-7 p.m. on the second floor of the Mission Pardee […]

4th annual Resolution Run 5k returns to Asheville with new 10 mile event New Year’s Day

From event organizers: New Year’s Resolution Run 5k adds a 10 Mile Distance Running Event and Gets the Ball Rolling for the Entire Family Asheville, NC – What drops faster than a Ball in Times Square? Personal records of course! Runners from all across Western North Carolina and visitors from all around are preparing to […]

Asheville firefighters deliver winter coats to local kids Dec. 18

From the Asheville Fire Fighters Association: Asheville Fire Fighters Association gives coats to local children Asheville Fire Fighters Association – IAFF Local 332 will be handing out coats to local children once again this winter season. Asheville Fire Fighters Association, in partnership with the Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics of North Carolina, will be participating […]

Asheville Black Lives Matter hosts book discussion on “The True Story of Pocahontas” Dec. 29 at Firestorm

Asheville Black Lives Matter is hosting a book discussion on Dr. Linwood Little Bear Custalow‘s and Angela L. Daniel Silver Star‘s The True Story of Pocahontas: the Other Side of History at Firestorm Books and Cafe in West Asheville on Friday, December 29, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Asheville Black Lives Matter and the […]

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New Classical Academy students send care packages to Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria

From the New Classical Academy: Teaching Compassion: Students at The New Classical Academy send relief items to Puerto Rico December 9, 2017 (Asheville, NC) – The kindergarten class at the New Classical Academy in West Asheville spearheaded a school-wide project to assemble care packages for families in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Puerto […]

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Audubon North Carolina launches 118th annual Christmas Bird Count survey, Dec. 14–Jan. 5

From event promoters: It’s Time for Audubon’s 118th Annual Christmas Bird Count North Carolina’s Bird Lovers Contribute to Nationwide Science Survey CHAPEL HILL (December 4, 2017)— Audubon North Carolina invites birdwatchers to participate in the longest-running community science survey in the world, Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Between December 14 and January 5, hundreds […]

CALL TO COMMUNITY: Members of the South Asheville community living around the CTS of Asheville superfund site gathered with EPA staffers, county officials and other community representatives to discuss the impending remedial efforts to address TCE contamination emanating from the former industrial property. Photo by Max Hunt

CTS clean-up moves forward as community wrestles with torrid past

Cleanup efforts are finally beginning at the CTS of Asheville Superfund site on Mills Gap Road, but past controversies and a lack of trust in Environmental Protection Agency officials continued to dominate the discussion during a Nov. 30 public meeting to review the impending remedial projects and address residents’ concerns.

SIGNS OF DISTRESS: Over the past decade, signs like the one above have been affixed to the fence surrounding the CTS site by community members (and subsequently removed). While some folks are cautiously optimistic that the new interim remedial action plan will finally begin cleanup at the source of pollutants, others say that EPA has waited too long to act and want officials held responsible for past mistakes and oversights. Photo special to Xpress.

EPA hosts community meeting at Skyland Fire Dept. to review CTS clean-up strategies Nov. 30

From the United States EPA: Work is underway at the CTS of Asheville, Inc. Superfund Site (Site) to install the treatment system that will clean up contaminants in the groundwater and soil beneath the former CTS plant. EPA will host a public meeting to discuss the details of the treatment system and answer questions. The […]

PARTNERS IN EDUCATION: Warren Wilson College has teamed up with the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women to bring WWC undergrads and incarcerated students together under the innovative Inside-Out program model. Photo by Cindy Kunst

Warren Wilson undergrads­, inmates come together in the classroom

Warren Wilson College has partnered with the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women to bring the innovative Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program to the correctional center. For inmate and undergrad alike, Inside-Out provides the chance to gain self-knowledge, grapple with the systemic issues of the penal system and learn from one another.

Vance Birthplace, American Myth Center team up for Dickens-themed exploration of Vance’s legacy

Press release from the Vance Birthplace State Historic Site: This Christmas season at the Vance Birthplace, we will present one of the greatest Christmas stories ever told, but with our own Zebulon Vance right smack dab in the middle. On Friday, December 8 and Saturday, December 9 through the theatrical magic of toy and shadow […]

14th annual Taste of Compassion Gala

14th annual Taste of Compassion Gala benefits Asheville Humane Society Nov. 4

From the Asheville Humane Society: Taste of Compassion Gala Presented by Animal Hospital of North Asheville to Benefit Asheville Humane Society Asheville, NC ─ Join Asheville Humane Society for their biggest fundraising event of the year, the 14th Annual Taste of Compassion Gala. The 1920’s-themed soiree will be held at the Morris Hellenic Cultural Center in Historic Montford on Saturday, November 4 from […]

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Duke Energy awards $100,000 grant to support Asheville Museum of Science exhibit

From the Asheville Museum of Science: Asheville Museum of Science to build new educational exhibit with $100,000 grant from Duke Energy ASHEVILLE, NC – November 2, 2017: Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS) received a $100,000 Duke Energy grant to continue its commitment to educate and engage the public through interactive STEM experiences. This grant will be used […]

The Writers’ Workshop announces classes, memoir contest this November

From The Writers’ Workshop: WRITING WORKSHOPS & CONTESTS The Writers’ Workshop is offering classes and contests for beginning and experienced writers. Each class meets on Saturdays, 10-4 p.m., at 387 Beaucatcher Rd., Asheville. Registration is in advance only, at www.twwoa.org. Each class costs $75, and financial assistance is available for low-income writers. For more info, contact writersw@gmail.com […]

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UNC Asheville’s Family Business Forum hosts author, businessman Thomas Deans Nov. 10

From UNC Asheville: UNC Asheville Family Business Forum to Present Every Family’s Business with Thomas Deans on Nov. 10 Thomas William Deans, author of Every Family’s Business: 12 Common Sense Questions to Protect Your Wealth, will give a presentation on Friday, Nov. 10 as part of the regular series of workshops presented by UNC Asheville’s […]

Sylva Public Art Committee calls for artist applications for downtown mural project

From the Town of Sylva: The town of Sylva is requesting qualifications for its first public art project. The Sylva Public Art Committee announced that up to $10,000 will be available for an artist or artist team to create a mural on the downtown Ward building. The mural concept is for the artist to create […]

Warren Wilson College environmental studies students use the 1,110-acre campus as an outdoor classroom. Many students and alumni now have the chance to pursue a graduate degree within the field through the new Advantage Program partnership with Bard. Photo by Reggie Tidwell; courtesy of Warren Wilson College

Warren Wilson College, Bard College announce new sustainability graduate program partnership

From Warren Wilson College: Warren Wilson College partnership with Bard College creates 5-year undergrad, graduate program Advantage Program includes master’s in environmental policy, climate science and policy Asheville, NC – Nov. 2, 2017 – For certain students, a bachelor’s degree is just the first step in their academic career. In fact, more than half of […]

Mattress Man is hosting a Donation Drive for Homeward Bound from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Nov. 7-14. Photo courtesy of Homeward Bound

Mattress Man teams up with Homeward Bound for Nov. donation drive

From Homeward Bound: Mattress Man Helps The Newly Housed Sleep Better Through Donation Drive for Homeward Bound When: 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Nov. 7-14, Where: Mattress Man Store at 85 Tunnel Rd., Asheville ASHEVILLE – Chuck Emrick, owner of Mattress Man Stores is doing his part to end homelessness in Buncombe County. He supplies […]