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Man proposes hi-tech regional recycling center for Asheville

Those wishing to learn about a proposal for a new recycling center for Asheville should consider attending MountainTrue’s next meeting of the Southern Regional Office Recycling Committee on March 18 at 4:30 p.m. in its conference room at 611 N. Church St., in Hendersonville. The main presenter will be Ken Allison of Regional Recycling Solutions […]

Should Asheville libraries offer “makerspaces”?

A while back a local blogger suggested Asheville libraries should offer makerspaces, which are sometimes called hackerspaces or fablabs. Essentially such offerings serve persons with a do-it-yourself orientation. “A Librarian’s Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources” offers some approaches and ideas, including links to articles like “Libraries, Hackspaces and E-waste: how libraries can be the hub […]

Nine-weekend class teaches eco-homesteading, self-sufficiency

Wild Abundance offers a variety of classes and consultations in eco-homesteading, primitive skills, self-sufficiency, organic gardening, wild foods and medicine, natural building, permaculture and living off-grid. The groups Living Skills School is offering a 160-hour course called “Essentials,” which meets one weekend a month, starting March 28-9 and running through November. The course introduces students […]

Asheville Lyric Opera to perform ‘West Side Story’ in April

The Asheville Lyric Opera announces three performances of West Side Story at the Diana Wortham Theatre on April 24, 25 and 26. The shows will use orchestral accompaniment with no amplification. More from the Asheville Lyric Opera: Asheville Lyric Opera is excited to welcome the cast of West Side Story. This emotional drama of forbidden love and […]

Blue Ridge Now: Pillowcase Ministry reaches around the world

From Blue Ridge Now: Pillowcase Ministry reaches around the world By Amy McCraw Upstairs at Mud Creek Baptist Church, old pillowcases, slightly used bed sheets and various scraps of cloth fill tables, closets and cabinets. Every Monday morning, a dedicated group of volunteers meets at the church to sew the donated materials into beautiful dresses, […]

A C-T: Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville is open Saturday

From the Asheville Citizen-Times: A C-T: Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville is open Saturday by Karen Chavez The Blue Ridge Parkway so-called “commuter corridor,” the section that passes through the heart of Asheville, is open to vehicular traffic today, Satuday, Feb. 28. THe parkway is open from Milepost 393 at the entrance to Brevard Road/NC […]

West Asheville Presbyterian Church receives grant from Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

Press release from West Asheville Presbyterian Church: WEST ASHEVILLE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH RECEIVES $25,000 GRANT FROM CHRISTOPHER & DANA REEVE FOUNDATION FOR MAKING THE LOWER LEVEL OF THE CHURCH FULLY ACCESSIBLE Asheville, NC – (February 26, 2015) – The Asheville Presbyterian Church is proud to announce that it has received a $25,000 Quality of Life grant from […]

UNC Asheville’s Moral Challenges Speaker Series continues with lecture by Will Gunn

Press release from UNC Asheville: UNC Asheville’s Moral Challenges Speaker Series Continues with Lecture by Will Gunn March 5   Former military lawyer Will Gunn will present a lecture, An Officer, a Gentleman, and American Values While Addressing Terrorism, at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 in UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall. His lecture is the second […]

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore encourages spring cleaning with discounts

Press release from Habitat for Humanity ReStore: Asheville, NC (February 27, 2015) –Clear the clutter, empty your attic and take back your garage! There is no better time than now to start your spring cleaning. To help motivate Buncombe County residents, during the month of March the Habitat ReStore will give merchandise donors a coupon […]

Air quality forecast for Saturday, Feb. 28: Fair (YELLOW)

Saturday, February 28, and Sunday, March 1, 2015 are code YELLOW air quality forecast days for the valleys of Asheville. This means that unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor exertion. For the ridge tops, Saturday, February 28, and Sunday, March 1, 2015 are code GREEN air quality forecast days. No health impacts are […]

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Dryman Mountain Artists’ Collective has studio spaces available

Dryman Mountain Artists’ Collective is opening at the Crest Center, with studios available beginning April 1. Press release from collective organizer: Artists: Looking for Studio Space? Dryman Mountain Artists’ Collective! Would you like to work in a beautiful tranquil location in a community of other artists? A quick 10 minutes from downtown on the north […]

Lisa Landry, the “Southern belle of comedy” performs at The Millroom on March 20

Comedian Lisa Landry, a Louisiana native who was featured on the Brett Butler’s Southern Belles of Comedy DVD makes an appearance in Asheville on Friday, March 20. She performs at The Millroom at 7 and 9:30 p.m.. $15 advance/$17.50 at the door. Press release from Funny Business at The Millroom: On Friday, March 20th, Lisa […]

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Asheville’s In Blue Leather Goods profiled by Southern Living

Designer, entrepreneur and all-around leather accessory guru Mary Lynn Schroeder was featured in Southern Living’s March 2015 issue for her success with company In Blue Leather Goods. In Blue specializes in handmade leather journals and other accessories, and the company just launched its own online store at “I started making small purses and skirts […]

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Call for fan art for exhibition at Downtown Books and News, May 1-June 30

The community is invited to submit fanart to “an exhibit that pays tribute to cultural heroes and media makers.” The exhibition will be on display at Downtown Books and News, May 1-June 30. Submission can be dropped off at the bookstore April 20-27. Press release from Ursula Gullow: All members of the community are invited […]

WNC students to compete at statewide Poetry Out Loud competition

Several area students including, Sophia Mosby of A.C. Reynolds High School, Christian Gentry of Tuscola High School and Savannah Peters of Smoky Mountain High, have advanced to participate in a state-wide Poetry Out Loud competition in Greensboro on Saturday, March 7. A total of 27 competitors from high schools across North Carolina will take the […]

UNCA Jazz Night at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall, March 1

The ongoing Sunday Jazz series at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall features UNC Asheville musicians on March 1. Press release from event organizer: Sunday Jazz Showcase Hosted by Dr. William Bares Here’s the perfect cure for your winter doldrums: the Isis Sunday Jazz Showcase spring schedule is out—featuring a balanced lineup of local heroes, regional […]