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U.S. Forest Service seeks input on Forest Plan revision at Appalachian Ranger District open house July 25

From MountainTrue: Speak Up for Forest Protections at Appalachian Ranger District USFS Open House Tuesday, July 25, the U.S. Forest Service is holding an open house for the Appalachian Ranger District as part of the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest Plan revision process.  July 25, 3-6 p.m.: Appalachian Ranger District at Mars Hill University Bentley Fellowship Hall, 265 Cascade St […]

NAMI announces summer, fall classes for families on behavioral, mental health

From NAMI of WNC: NAMI Family-to-Family Class in Asheville FREE CLASS for families/caregivers of individuals living with a serious mental illness. These include: Major Depression Bipolar Disorder OCD Panic Disorder Schizophrenia Borderline Personality Disorder Anxiety Disorders 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.; Mondays, Aug. 28-Nov. 13, 2017 Preregistration is required. Please contact Terri Harris 828-595-3293; The […]

Henderson County DSS holds foster parent training Sept. 27

From the Henderson County DSS: Foster Parent Training Class Wednesday, September 27, 2017, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Hope United Methodist Church, 2443 Spartanburg Hwy. East Flat Rock, NC 28726 Loving Foster Families needed to raise hope and foster dreams! Whatever time you can commit, please join Henderson County DSS for their next Foster Parent Training […]

YMCA swim instructors encourage day campers from the Hendersonville Boys and Girls Club to get into the pool at the Hendersonville Family YMCA. Photo courtesy of YMCA of WNC

YMCA of WNC offers swim lessons to local Boys & Girls Club campers

From the YMCA of Western North Carolina: YMCA partners with Boys & Girls Clubs to reduce risk of drowning Children learn skills and confidence that could save lives Asheville, N.C., July 20, 2017 – Every day two children in the United States die from drowning. The YMCA of Western North Carolina is dedicated to working with […]


Film screening, panel discussion explores national defense & climate change Aug. 10 at Highland Brewing

From event organizers: Highland Brewing Event Seeks to Change Conversation about Climate On Thursday, August 10, there will be an event at Highland Brewing in Asheville that organizers hope will help overcome the divisiveness that the topics of climate and clean energy usually produce. The evening at the Highland Brewing Event Center will center around […]

ASAP holds 2017 Local Food Experience Aug. 24 at New Belgium Brewing

From Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project: ASAP Announces 2017 Local Food Experience Popular Local Food & Farm Event Returns on August 24 at New Belgium Brewing Co. ASHEVILLE, NC (July 20, 2017) — ASAP’s Local Food Experience will celebrate the connections between farmers, chefs and artisan food producers. The experience, held on Thursday, August 24, from […]

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Hendersonville “Music on Main Street” concert series continues Aug. 4 with Gotcha Groove, classic car show

From the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority: Music on Main Street August 4, 2017 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Visitor Center, 201 South Main Street Hendersonville, NC Admission is free Gotcha Groove and Classic Car Cruise-In The Music on Main Street concert on Friday, August 4 will feature a wide variety of music performed by […]

N.C. Dept. of Health & Human Services holds listening session on behavioral health July 20 in Sylva

From the N.C. Dept. of Health & Human Services: Behavioral Health Listening Session to be Held Thursday in Sylva RALEIGH – The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will host a listening session on mental health, developmental disabilities and substance use disorder services Thursday, July 20, in Sylva. Feedback will be used in developing a […]

View across lake of Duke Energy's Lake Julian plant

N.C. residents decry Duke Energy’s lack of progress on coal ash issues, despite 2016 legislation

From Clean Water For North Carolina: On Anniversary of Coal Ash Legislation, Impacted Communities Still Have No Solutions Communities across North Carolina have not seen improvements after legislation passed in 2016 required Duke Energy to provide permanent replacement water sources to residents near coal ash pits, and also made provisions for the company to be […]

NAMES OF THE FALLEN: Two granite markers in the vicinity of their gravesites bear the names of the 13 victims of the Shelton Laurel Massacre: James Shelton; David Shelton; James Shelton, Jr. ; Azariah Shelton; William Shelton; Rod Shelton; Jasper Chandler; Ellison King; Hellen Moore; [young] David Shelton; James Metcalfe; Wade Moore; and Joe Woods. Photo by Max Hunt

Rural Heritage Museum opens “Civil War in The Southern Highlands” exhibit August 19

Editor’s note: The Rural Heritage Museum’s upcoming exhibit, “The Civil War in The Southern Highlands: A Human Perspective,” was curated by Mountain Xpress staff writer Max Hunt (a.k.a.: me). Xpress is not affiliated with the exhibit’s development or concept. From the Rural Heritage Museum at Mars Hill University: The Rural Heritage Museum At Mars Hill […]

Public invited to upcoming Blue Ridge Craft Trails listening sessions in Blowing Rock, Cherokee

From the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area: Blue Ridge Craft Trails Bring Listening Session to Cherokee The Museum of the Cherokee Indian will play host to the second in a series of listening sessions to help create a new craft trail across our mountains on Tuesday, July 18 from 2-4 p.m. The Blue Ridge National […]

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Mortgage Bankers Association of WNC hosts home loan education event July 22

From the Mortgage Bankers Association of WNC: MBA of WNC to Offer Free Home Loan Education Event Location: Asheville, NC Venue: Asheville Food Park Date: Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets: Free Thinking of purchasing a home, but not sure where to start? Join the Mortgage Banks Association of WNC on July […]

Center for Cultural Preservation adds new date for mountain music documentary screening

From the Center for Cultural Preservation: APPALACHIAN MUSIC FILM ADDS NEW DATE Due to overwhelming demand and three sold out shows, the Center for Cultural Preservation has added a fourth show of the new film by David Weintraub, A Great American Tapestry, The Many Strands of Mountain Music, for Friday, July 7th at 7:30 p.m. […]

Burial Beer Co. looks at life beyond booze, breweries in new Off Topic discussion series

From Burial Beer Co.: BURIAL BEER CO. ANNOUNCES NEW EVENT SERIES, OFF TOPIC: A PANEL-STYLE CONVERSATION WITH BREWERS AND BREWERY OWNERS Asheville, NC, July 26th, 2017 — Burial Beer Co. is launching a new event series focused on conversations with brewers and brewery owners that go beyond beer into humanizing topics, offering candid experiences of […]

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UNC Asheville first-year students read Make Your Home Among Strangers ahead of author visit to campus, Aug. 31

From UNC Asheville: UNC Asheville Chooses Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet as Summer Reading for First-Year Students This summer, UNC Asheville’s new students are reading Jennine Capó Crucet’s novel, Make Your Home Among Strangers, as part of the university’s first-year reading program, and the book’s themes will be part of discussions […]

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Rock & Roll Reunion headlines Hendersonville “Music on Main Street” concert series July 21

From the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority: Music on Main Street July 21, 2017 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Visitor Center, 201 South Main Street Hendersonville, NC Admission is free Rock and Roll Reunion and Classic Car Cruise-In The Music on Main Street concert series on Friday, July 21, features the group Rock and Roll […]

11th Asheville Comedy Festival

11th annual Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival hits town Aug. 9-12

From event organizers: ASHEVILLE, NC, 6/27/2017 – The Southeast’s largest comedy festival celebrates eleven years in Asheville this summer with stand up comedians from all around the world. Since its first two-day festival in 2006, The Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival (a.k.a. The Asheville Comedy Festival) has grown into one of the country’s most prestigious […]

Michael Skinner and His Eagle. Photo courtesy of event organizers

14th annual Mountain Wildlife Days offers fun, educational experience with region’s wildlife July 14-15

From event organizers: MOUNTAIN WILDLIFE DAYS – “WILD LIVES AND WILD PLACES” One of the many magical things about our mountains is the chance – often unexpected – to meet the creatures with which we share this beautiful area. The 14th annual Mountain Wildlife Days, July 14-15, at the Sapphire Valley Resort, will once again […]

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Prestige Subaru presents “Share The Love” donations to Asheville Humane Society June 29

From the Asheville Humane Society: Prestige Subaru Donates over $100,000 to Asheville Humane Society Asheville, NC – When it comes to local businesses supporting local charities, there is no better example than Prestige Subaru and Asheville Humane Society (AHS). The two have been working together for over a decade, saving thousands of homeless and at-risk pets […]