- The annual holiday extravaganza returns for its seventh year, Nov. 24-Dec. 21."Both collaborations with the Vance Birthplace and the Mountain History and Culture Group have been the purest representations of the work we want to do, existing in the intersection of…The nonprofit's writing, craft and visual arts groups forge a strong sense of belonging among participants.A local rock band's musical circus at Asheville Music Hall. Plus, Asheville's annual holiday parade; a new album from Blue Ridge Music Trails; and more.The event included the presentation of this year’s John Cram Arts Leadership Award to Gail and Brian McCarthy.
- "We provide a service that brings mobile markets with fresh fruits, vegetables, healthy proteins and whole grains directly to people's homes," says Sonya Jones, executive director of Caja Solidaria.In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Xpress reached out to local residents — both professional and amateur chefs — for their favorite recipes and the stories behind them.Deep South Kitchen opens on Merrimon Ave. Plus, Warren Wilson's Farm School General Store; Brevard gets a cannabis cafe; and more.
- "Mental health challenges impact all demographics and each of these has their own cultural way of addressing them," says Robin C. Payne, executive director of NAMI Western Carolina. "As such,…Decreased funding from federal Victims of Crime Act, or VOCA, could be devastating to the local nonprofits serving survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse."It's thanks to the 600-plus volunteers at Brother Wolf that we're able to forever change so many animals' lives," says Leah Craig Chumbley, executive director of Brother Wolf Animal Rescue."Many first-time market shoppers can find the experience overwhelming or intimidating, so I would offer the suggestion of walking around the market first to get a sense of what’s available…"Asheville Humane Society relies heavily on community support," says Mabel Lujan, the organization's communications manager. "From donations to fostering to suggesting us as a spot to grow your family, our caring…"Gaining 501(c)(3) nonprofit status has opened the market to new funding sources that we didn't have access to before, while connecting us to the community in new ways," says Lyric…
- “The way [my bonsai] are constructed, it’s not based on what I was taught or what the books tell you to do,” says Arthur Joura, bonsai curator at The N.C.…"RiverLink is the only conservation organization focused exclusively on the French Broad River and its tributaries," says Lisa Raleigh, the nonprofit's executive director. "We operate three programs that include water…"One of the biggest misconceptions about human trafficking is that it doesn't happen here. It absolutely does," says Amanda Gopal, executive director of The Hundred Movement.When three Asheville women started AVL Hoppers last year, they wanted the organization to have an impact beyond the volleyball courts. So each season, the group's championship teams receive a…"Families can meet others and not feel so alone on their autism journey," says Caroline Long Tindall, CEO of St. Gerard House. "Young adults are becoming part of their community and…"When I started this job, almost 20 years ago, very few people used the French Broad River for recreation, and therefore no one really cared when it was polluted," says…Nonprofits recovered from a volunteer drop-off during COVID and found they can do more with less.Barrett spoke with Xpress about how he has avoided burnout, his advice to young lawyers and North Carolina’s problem with “legal deserts.”Finding affordable housing has become a formidable challenge for many Asheville residents. However, housing vouchers can bring rent down to a manageable amount. In the latest edition of Xpress' WTF…With just two full-time employees, United Way of Haywood County has met some big community needs in recent years. In 2021, the Waynesville-based nonprofit received more than $1 million in…"We are a space people can contemplate how our history affects our lives today," says Anne Chesky, executive director of the Asheville Museum of History."We definitely could use additional support from major donors, as well as institutional support from funders to ensure we are showing up in the ways our community needs," says Amy…After several reports of visitors feeding and attempting to hold a young bear in recent weeks at the Lane Pinnacle Overlook, officials closed the Blue Ridge Parkway from milepost 367.6…"Our research materials are not limited to Buncombe County or Western North Carolina," says Stella Taylor, the public relations chair at the Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society. "Our collection covers…More than 200 river rats, advocates, conservationists and economic stakeholders from a seven-county region filled Ferguson Auditorium to celebrate their successes and discuss ways to continue cleaning up one of…“Overall, the election went very smoothly,” Buncombe County Director of Elections Corinne Duncan said after the final results were submitted on election night Nov. 7.Ryan Cole, assistant emergency services director for Buncombe County, told the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Nov. 7 that conditions now remind him of what fueled the blaze that burned…In her first move as facilitator, Vernisha Crawford implemented a more rigid meeting process designed to allow more commission members an opportunity to speak while keeping meetings on schedule, things…Explore Asheville spent more than $88,000 on a golf tournament in July, flying three stars from the MTV reality show “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” to Asheville and paying $3,591 for VIP…
- "The Give!Local magazine included in the Mountain Xpress newspaper [Nov. 1] is such a great way to inform us of charities we might like to donate to during the holiday…"If you cut IRS enforcement and collect less from those who pay less than they should, then you will increase the deficit.""City of Asheville, please give our pedestrian crosswalks a new paint job.""Build a large pickleball facility to take care of those picklers and free up tennis courts for their intended purpose.""The City of Asheville should buy the garage and surrounding land, probably for pennies on the dollar if it is not already in bankruptcy court, and build a new Thomas…"Clearly the Gov Ops Commission is going to use its new invasive powers to harass organizations and individuals that serve women’s health care, the LBGTQ community, the transgender community, minority…