IN THE BAG: Healthy options like carrots, potatoes, bananas and apples will be among the many edibles provided to students through local programs this summer. Photo courtesy of Feeding America

Summertime relief: Free meal programs feed hungry WNC children even when school’s out

Hunger is an issue facing a large number of children throughout Western North Carolina. “In general it’s one in four, which is much higher than the national average,” says Kara Irani, director of marketing and communications at MANNA FoodBank. Throughout the school year, free and reduced-price food programs provide children with breakfast and lunch options. […]

JOINING THE TEAM: Hannah Randall (left) joins Gary Landwirth (center), MANNA’s CEO transition consultant, and Cindy Threlkeld (right), MANNA’s recently retired executive director, at the May 1 dedication ceremony for the successful completion of the Space to Erase Hunger building project. The building project was a major initiative under Threlkeld’s tenure at MANNA, and sets the stage for Randall to further the food bank’s work to end hunger in Western North Carolina.

MANNA FoodBank introduces a new CEO

On May 2, MANNA FoodBank welcomed Hannah Randall as its new CEO. Randall joins the organization after having served in a variety of roles with other nonprofits, including the Animal Protection Society of Person County, Carolina Cross Connection and the Lincoln County United Way. “Her commitment to the wellbeing of the greater community is obvious in everything she does, […]

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A mindfulness-based approach to classroom dynamics – Talk by Patricia Jennings at UNC Asheville on May 23

PRESS RELEASE:  A talk of special interest to teachers and those interested in education will be offered by Patricia Jennings at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 23, at UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center, in the Mission Health Mountain View Conference Room. The lecture, Mastering Classroom Social and Emotional Dynamics to Promote Learning: A Mindfulness-Based Approach, is free and […]

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Spring arts in full bloom for musicians, actors in schools

PRESS RELEASE:  The busy spring arts calendar in Transylvania County Schools turns next to Brevard Middle School, whose bands will present a Spring Concert this Tuesday, May 17th, at 7:00pm in the Brevard High School Auditorium. Drawing from several genres, the versatile sixth, seventh, and eighth grade bands will offer something for all listeners. Noting […]

Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts Graduation, Thursday, May 12

PRESS RELEASE:  Our Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) program offers comprehensive training in the ancient traditions of classical Chinese medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The four-year degree program is steeped in classical training and practices and is centered around each student’s personal cultivation and growth. Faculty members bring years of practical experience […]

Global climate change: Do we need to save the world?

PRESS RELEASE:  “Global Climate Change: Do we need to save the world?” will be the topic of a presentation at the monthly meeting of the Asheville Jewish Business Forum on Wednesday, June 1, at the Governor’s Western Mansion, 45 Patton Mountain Road (off Town Mountain Road), Asheville. Registration, networking and dinner will precede the program […]

Woody Harrelson Challenge

PRESS RELEASE:  Balsam Mountain Junior Roller Derby has issued a challenge to Woody Harrelson. The actor is currently on the set in Sylva filming the movie “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”  One of our team members mentioned she would like to meet Woody and that the team should issue him a challenge to come skate […]

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Memorial concert fiddler’s legacy: A tribute to Trevor Stuart to benefit Haywood County JAM

PRESS RELEASE:  At 7:00 p.m. on May 14 at Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, old time music fans and friends of the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program are invited come together for a concert honoring the late Trevor Stuart, founder and instructor in the JAM program in Haywood County. Featured performers include current JAM students and […]