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Great Smoky Mountains Association’s 2016 aid-to-park funding helped support the park’s bear collar program, which allows researchers to track bears that may be leaving the park boundary to obtain human-related food, thus endangering themselves and others. NPS/GSMA photo

Aid group gives over $2 million to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Press release from Great Smoky Mountains Association: Great Smoky Mountains Association had its best year ever for both sales and membership income in 2016, Executive Director Laurel Rematore reported this week, allowing the association to contribute more than $2 million in support to Great Smoky Mountains National Park last year. “We continued our focus on […]

Industrial Hemp Commission to host public meeting Thursday, April 6

Press release from the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services:  The Industrial Hemp Commission will host a public meeting via conference call to review and approve applications received to grow industrial hemp under a pilot program. No public comments will be taken during the meeting. Thursday, April 6 2 p.m. Access to the conference […]

OnTrack Financial announces April educational opportunities

Press release from OnTrack Financial: Classes are free unless noted. Pre-registration required. Call today at 255-5166. Housing Classes Homebuyer Education Series – ($50.00 participant fee) Our HUD-certified course provides a step-by-step explanation of the home-buying process, a fantastic resource book, and an opportunity to interact with local real estate / lending / legal professionals so […]

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Films of Buster Keaton featured in spring film series in Marion

Press release from McDowell Arts Council: International award winning composer-pianist Nathan Shirley will provide live music to accompany a Spring Film Series at the Greenlee Theatre of MACA in downtown Marion. The series, “Short Films of Buster Keaton,” will include four days of films: Part I, Sunday, April 9 at 3:30 PM; Part II, Friday, […]

April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention month, advocacy events announced

Press release from Buncombe County Health and Human Services: Child Abuse Prevention is a Community Responsibility Buncombe County, N.C. – The month of April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention month.  In 2016, Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS) received over 4,820 reports of child abuse or neglect.  Over 68% of the children found to […]

WNC Nature Center to break ground on new front entrance April 7

Press release from the WNC Nature Center: On Friday, April 7th, the WNC Nature Center will officially break ground on the new Front Entrance Project! Part of the WNC Nature Center’ 2020 Wild Vision Plan, the new entrance will include ADA handicapped parking and ramp, sidewalks through parking for safety, new guest restrooms, an events […]

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The Fresh Market to present anniversary sampling events in April

Press release from The Fresh Market:  The Fresh Market celebrates 35 delicious years with anniversary sampling events this April Specialty grocer is ripe with delicious, fresh flavors for guests to taste and explore WHO: Founded in 1982, The Fresh Market is a specialty grocery retailer focused on providing fresh, delicious food with friendly service in a warm and […]

Photographers delight in the opportunity to shoot mountain beauty during Grandfather Mountain’s Nature Photography Weekend, returning to the Linville, N.C., nature preserve and travel attraction June 2 to 4. Photo by Hugh Morton | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Grandfather Mountain’s nature photography weekend registration opens April 3

Press release from Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation: Online registration begins Monday, April 3, for Grandfather Mountain’s annual Nature Photography Weekend, an exciting workshop for photographers planned for June 2 to 4. The event features presentations from renowned photographers, spectacular shooting opportunities on the mountain and a friendly but competitive photo contest. The featured presenters for […]

​The musicians, from left to right, are: Mark Kaplan, Yael Weiss, Peter Stumpf. Photo credit: Lisa Marie Mazzucco​

ACMS presents Weiss-Kaplan-Stumpf Piano Trio in concert on Friday, April 7

Press release from the Asheville Chamber Music Series: Asheville, NC (March 30, 2017) – The Asheville Chamber Music Series (ACMS) will present the Weiss-Kaplan-Stumpf Piano Trio in concert on Friday, April 7 at 8:00 PM. The concert is their 2016-’17 season finale and will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville at 1 […]

Guided hike on April 19 to highlight spring ephemeral plants and wildfire damage

Press release from the Wilderness Society — Southern Appalachian office: WHO: The Southern Appalachian Office of The Wilderness Society WHAT: Fire & Ephemerals Hike WHERE: Deep Gap to Standing Indian Mountain in the Southern Nantahala Wilderness near Franklin, NC WHEN: Wednesday, April 19 • 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. RSVP: RSVP required as group size […]

Pardee UNC Health Care to host physician CME course, “The ABCs of Pain Management,” April 10

Press release:   Pardee UNC Health Care will host a continuing medical education (CME) course for area physicians on “The ABCs of Pain Management” Monday, April 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. J. Paul Martin, M.D., FAAFP, DFASAM, will lead the presentation, which provides 1.5 hours of Category I CME credit. Dinner will be served […]

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Elizabeth Kostova presents ‘The Shadow Land’ at UNCA, April 11

Press release: Malaprop’s Bookstore & Café presents New York Times-bestselling author Elizabeth Kostova and the national launch of her new novel, The Shadow Land, on Tuesday, April 11, at 7:00 p.m., at UNCA Humanities Hall. Award-winning author Ron Rash will join Kostova in conversation. Kostova is the author of The Historian, the first debut novel […]

Photo of converted bus courtesy of Henderson County Public Schools

Community transforms bus for mobile feeding site 

Press release from Henderson County Public Schools: Program funded by Community Foundation of Henderson County grant HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (March 30, 2017) – Slated to roll out this summer, the district’s “Meals On the Bus” mobile feeding site has already inspired community organizations to work together to feed students in need. Throughout the fall and spring, […]

View of the North Mills River courtesy of Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy

Oreck, nonprofits, USFS work together to conserve property at North Fork of the Mills River in Henderson County

Press release from Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy: With the help of a conservation buyer, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, Trout Unlimited and the U.S. Forest Service seal a decade-long effort to protect a critical piece of Pisgah National Forest The trees are still mostly bare except for thickets of rhododendron adding dense green along the Mills […]

Air Horn Orchestra protests HB2 compromise with “performance” at the NC Governor’s Mansion

Press release: The Air Horn Orchestra, a world record-holding protest against HB2 which held weekly “performances” outside the Governor’s Mansion for nearly eight months in 2016, will return on Thursday for a one-night-only engagement opposing the so-called “compromise” on HB2. The repeal leaves much of the discriminatory law in place. Based on Gov. Roy Cooper’s […]

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Bring the Spring offers natural products workshop and networking, April 7

Press release:    North Carolina Natural Products Association (NCNPA) and area partners are sponsoring an afternoon of workshops and an evening of networking to welcome spring and the increasing opportunities in the natural products industry. The event will be held April 7 from 1-7 pm at the Block off Biltmore at 39 South Market Street […]

Air quality forecast for Thursday, March 30: Good/Moderate (GREEN and YELLOW)

Thursday, March 30, 2017, is a code green air quality forecast day for the valleys of Asheville and Buncombe County.  No health impacts are expected when air quality is in this range. For the ridge tops, it is a code yellow air quality forecast day.  Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities.  WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 125 South Lexington Avenue, […]

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