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Downtown holiday windows contest winners

Press release from Asheville Downtown Association: The Asheville Downtown Association today announced the winners of its annual Downtown Holiday Windows Contest. Judge’s scored on creativity, originality, interpretation of theme, use of merchandise and the WOW factor. The theme is “Holiday Magic,” following the theme of the Asheville Holiday Parade. Winners are: Judge’s Favorite: Sensibilities Day […]

Mission Health and Blue Cross of NC release joint statement

For previous reporting on the contract dispute see: Mission Health and BCBSNC continue to battle over contract Press release from Mission Health: “Mission Health and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina have entered into an agreement for Mission Health participation in Blue Cross networks effective, Friday, December 15, 2017. Both parties are pleased to […]

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 […]

Blue Ridge Ringers ring in the holidays with Dec. 17 benefit concert for The Free Clinics

From The Free Clinics: BLUE RIDGE RINGERS PERFORM HOLIDAY BENEFIT CONCERT FOR THE FREE CLINICS (Hendersonville, NC) — 4 December 2017 — The Free Clinics will be the beneficiary of donations received at a holiday concert presented by The Blue Ridge Ringers. The benefit concert is Sunday, December 17 at 4 p.m. at Hendersonville Presbyterian […]

Hendersonville Public Works Department releases update on leaf collection schedule

From the City of Hendersonville: Fall Leaf Collection Update During this time of year area leaf collection is the heaviest and the Public Works Department is working diligently to get the leaves picked up on all streets within the city limits as well as city parks and cemetery. Additional temporary staff has been hired and […]

City of Asheville calls for public input on South Slope Visioning Plan

From the City of Asheville: City of Asheville South Slope Visioning to include online survey, design workshop and open office hours  The City of Asheville is undertaking a South Slope Visioning process, and residents are invited to participate! Led by the City of Asheville with participation by the community and South Slope business stakeholders, this […]

Asheville Regional Airport features local school choirs, musicians during holiday travel season

From the Asheville Regional Airport: Local schools and musicians to serenade airport travelers this holiday season at AVL   (Asheville, N.C.) This holiday season airport travelers are sure to be delighted with cheerful “Sounds of the Holidays” from numerous western North Carolina school choruses (K-12) and local musicians. The first performance can be heard on Tuesday, December 5 […]

Pisgah Legal Services highlights last chance events for ACA open enrollment

Press release from Pisgah Legal Services: ASHEVILLE – With unprecedented numbers turning out for health insurance this year, Pisgah Legal Services (PLS) is continuing to help people sign up for ACA, also known as “Obamacare,” health insurance before the deadline on Friday, December 15. PLS Managing Attorney Jaclyn Kiger says, “We want to make sure everyone […]

Grey Eagle hosts acclaimed Found Footage Festival Dec. 15

From event organizers: Found Footage Festival Comes to Asheville With New Show Curators Bring Newly Unearthed VHS Treasures To The Grey Eagle New York, NY – December 5, 2017 – The Found Footage Festival, the acclaimed touring showcase of odd and hilarious found videos, will bring its new 2017 show to Asheville next week. Hosts […]

Immersive performance art experience “Acting Like Humans” takes place Dec. 15 & 16

Press release from emersion: emersion is a series of immersive performance art installations created by different artists in the rooms of Grayson Morris’s hundred year old home. Audience members journey through the rooms of the house and have different visual, auditory, sensory, and emotional experiences in each room. It takes place twice a year and […]

Blue Ridge Books celebrates the publication of “Lift Every Voice! African American History in Haywood County,” Dec. 15

Press release from Blue Ridge Books: On Friday, December 15, at 4:00 pm Blue Ridge Books will celebrate the publication of Lift Every Voice! African American History in Haywood County: Volume 1 — Honoring Our Elders. The public is invited to join people whose interviews appear in the book to hear first-hand recollections of lives […]

MAP and REVOLVE receive $80,000 gift

Press release from REVOLVE: MAP has received a game-changing major gift of $80,000 to expand programing and community outreach with REVOLVE from artists and Brooklyn transplants, Denise Carbonell and Derek Dominy. “To say we are grateful would be an understatement,” said Colby Caldwell, REVOLVE founding director (and current MAP program director). “This gift is a […]

Winter Dance Spectacular: A benefit for LEAF, Dec. 19

Press release from Studio Zahiya: Studio Zahiya presents their annual Winter Dance Spectacular, a world dance showcase benefiting L.E.A.F. Community Arts on Tuesday, December 19th 2017, 7pm, at The Orange Peel. The show will feature various styles of Bellydance, Indian, Hip Hop, Irish, Ballet, Fusion, and more, danced by students and professionals of all ages […]

Sarah Addison Allen will judge the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

Press release from North Carolina Writers’ Network: Awarded to a short story of 3,000 words or less, The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review. The postmark deadline is January 30, 2018. To submit, click here. This year’s […]

Kiwanis to spread holiday cheer to shelter residents

Press release from Kiwanis Club of Asheville: ASHEVILLE — On Monday, Dec. 11, the Kiwanis Club of Asheville will fill more than tummies and shopping carts, bringing holiday cheer and the gift of hope to children and families in need. For almost 30 years, Kiwanis members have provided dinner and holiday shopping to kids from area […]

Coalition of organizations to hold rallies in opposition to tax bill Dec. 4-6

Press release from event organizers: Recognizing the serious and harmful consequences of the Tax Bill passed by the Senate over the weekend, five organizations in Western North Carolina have joined together in a rapid response action of peaceful protest in three towns over three days. WHO: Indivisible Asheville/WNC, Indivisible Citizens of Catawba Valley, Indivisible Black Mountain, Madison County […]

Henderson County reports 13 cases of pertussis

Press release from Henderson County Department of Public Health: Pertussis Outbreak Situation Report December 4, 2017 I. Status A. Number of Cases: 13- Cases are throughout the community, not only in schools B. Approximately 1,000 individuals in schools and the community have been identified as having close contact with someone who has pertussis. II. What […]

BeLoved Asheville to recognize leaders experiencing homelessness today

Press release from BeLoved Asheville: ASHEVILLE — BeLoved Asheville will honor our leaders who have experienced homelessness for their work in giving back to the community at a luncheon on Monday, Dec. 4 at 12 p.m. Leaders in BeLoved’s Homeless Voice, homeless Street Medic team, Rise Up Studio artists collective, Grove Street Gardens, and more will […]

Air quality forecast for Asheville: Saturday, Dec. 2: Moderate (YELLOW)

Saturday, December 2, 2017, is a code yellow air quality forecast day for the valleys and ridge tops of Asheville and Buncombe County. Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities. The rating is based on particulate matter in the air. Click on the map below for an updated, detailed forecast. WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 125 South […]

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