The DuPont Forest Festival, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22, has been a long time in the making. The chemical conglomerate DuPont’s initial 1956 purchase of land for a silicon manufacturing plant in Cedar Mountain proved the beginning of a journey that would preserve one of Western North Carolina’s most treasured natural places for the future.
Jordan Hutchinson, the Fletcher bodybuilder profiled in the Sept. 12 issue of Xpress, won the light heavyweight division at the North Carolina National Physique Committee Muscle Heat bodybuilding show in Greensboro on Sept. 15, but just missed taking the overall title.
Dahlias take center stage with events at the Hendersonville botanical garden.
September is Deaf Awareness Month, with a range of activities designed to raise awareness of deaf culture and offer enhanced access to learning and fun.
Hendersonville resident Jordan Hutchinson is preparing for the North Carolina National Physique Committee Muscle Heat competition in Greensboro on Saturday, Sept. 15.
A renewed focus on farming aims to provide STEM education opportunities for students while ultimately making the organization self-sustaining.
On Aug. 3, Jordan Gillis, acting assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment presented N.C. National Guard Field Management Station No. 1 with the Secretary of the Army Environmental Award, given annually to just nine individuals, teams or installations from Army operations across the country.
An ever-increasing interest in hemp’s medicinal and culinary applications is giving rise to new partnerships.
In 2009, Alyce Knaflich began volunteering to help women, veterans and homeless people. In 2014, she created the Aura Foundation, a nonprofit that serves homeless women veterans in Buncombe, Haywood and Henderson counties. Two years later, the group bought a building on Meadowbrook Terrace in Hendersonville to house the dream: a place women veterans can call home while they find the resources needed to regain independence.
The prolific, native berries, can easily be found along the edges of forests or in grassy or disturbed areas in Western North Carolina August through December.
Seven regional storytellers and Papadosio side project EarthCry perform at the Dogwood Alliance event, Sept. 8 at The Grey Eagle.
Walking a labyrinth can have a healing effect on emotional, physical and spiritual levels, say labyrinth walkers, builders and a leading researcher.
The self-guided tour will feature a wide range of garden designs established both at older homes and newly constructed residences.
State of the French Broad River Watershed 2018 summarizes a bevy of data from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, the Black Mountain-based Environmental Quality Institute and MountainTrue’s own monitoring into a single holistic measurement for waterway cleanliness.
Since its inception in 2016, the local ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk has raised over $100,000 for research, advocacy and assistance to lower-income cancer patients.
Some commonly used gardening and landscaping plants cause big problems for WNC’s ecosystem.
Nationally known speakers, cooking classes with Asheville chefs and visits to local farms and markets are all part of this new learning event for medical professionals and nutritionists.
Impaired balance brings with it a higher risk of falling and all that a fall can entail. According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the No. 1 cause of both injury and death in older adults. State data indicate that the rate of fall-related death and injury is increasing among both men and women and in all age groups 65 and older. But falling isn’t inevitable, and several programs in WNC are working to reduce the number of falls older adults experience, helping avoid injury and boosting quality of life.
Although Western North Carolina’s small dairy farms face numerous challenges, the industry continues to be a robust contributor to the area’s economy.
Some say The Steady Collective, Firestorm Books and Coffee, Kairos West Community Center and 12 Baskets Café have reduced the area’s safety by offering services to drug users and homeless clients. The Asheville Police Department has claimed that the number of complaints filed in the neighborhood — including drug use, trespassing and syringes discarded on a nearby playground — have risen dramatically in recent months.