The most important thing is not to panic. Remember that most humans are just as scared of you as you are of them. Ninety percent of the time, they’ll run away. Try to resist the urge to chase them.
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Gardening club continues legacy of service, friendship
“There are 22 women’s garden clubs in Asheville; this is the only men’s garden club,” says member Gerry Hardesty. The Men’s Garden Club is carrying on a tradition of community service and education that spans nearly eight decades, and it welcomes new members.
Workshops focus on caring for Asheville’s urban forests
Asheville GreenWorks, the Tree Commission and the city have joined forces to host a four-part workshop series on tree care this spring.
Local gardens collaborate to help neighbors in need
The Western N.C. Alliance of Gardens That Give is a collaborative effort among local gardens that grow food to reduce food insecurity in this region. The organization welcomes prospective new members to attend its next quarterly meeting, held Monday, April 16.
CTS contamination has poisoned more than drinking water
For nearly 30 years, the CTS of Asheville Superfund site has been a source of physical and social toxicity for the surrounding community. With remedial efforts to address the source of contamination finally underway, residents, activists and others reflect on the triumphs and tribulations of the decades-long battle for a clean-up and accountability.
Asheville City Council, Buncombe Commissioners discuss racial equity, development in joint meeting
2018’s annual joint meeting of Asheville City Council and the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners highlighted issues of racial equity, police use-of-force and zoning conflicts affecting Buncombe residents.
Future transit efforts, concerns mirror Asheville’s past
Asheville as we know it today was built upon the back of its electric streetcar system, one of the largest networks of its time. As the city finds itself in a growth spurt once again, could its defunct trolley system provide some clues to Asheville’s transit future?
Navigating WNC’s long-term care options
Few words have the ability to inspire more fear, frustration and trepidation among older Americans across the country than “nursing home.” But for those confronting the prospect of needing long-term care, a variety of care options and support services across Western North Carolina provides information to help residents find the best care available.
Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society hosts Smoky Mountains train excursion March 24
From the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society & Museum: SPRING TRAIN EXCURSION If you are experiencing the winter doldrums, shake off the gloomy days looking forward to a nice, refreshing and scenic train ride through the mountains of the Southern Appalachian region. Plan an enjoyable spring train with us aboard the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad! […]
The changing faces of faith
While Asheville thrives on a diverse spiritual life, shifting demographics and evolving notions of religion’s role in daily life have many historic congregations reconsidering the part they play in local culture — and how best to address a changing community’s concerns.
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 […]
UPDATED: Racial tensions mar WNC holiday events
Separate incidents in Canton and Buncombe County over the past week highlight the racial tensions that have dominated headlines throughout 2017 in WNC and across the country.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
Local activists strive for social change
In Western North Carolina, homegrown activists of all stripes are working to effect change among an increasingly divided populace, drawing on historical ideals and using new technologies to spread their messages. Xpress reached out to local activists from across the political spectrum to share their motivations, challenges and techniques.