December is a time for reflection, connection, and celebration — and for over a decade, the performers of A Swannanoa Solstice have been bringing warm merrymaking and quiet contemplation to Asheville audiences.
This year the winner of the Award is Robert Morgan,bestowed for his novel, The Road From Gap Creek.
The 2014 Clips Beer & Film Tour, New Belgium Brewing’s beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefitting show, raised $139,524 this year after traveling to 21 cities across the nation.
Local writers will have the opportunity to hone their skills with UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program workshops in poetry and prose. Classes will be held in Asheville, Black Mountain and Burnsville.
Buncombe County currently has an outbreak of pertussis with 19 cases. Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease.
The Arboretum has collaborated with Jerry Stripling, former designer and manager of holiday decorations, special projects and events for Walt Disney World, to create a truly magical experience.
Pleasures of the Ultraviolent and Cutthroat Shamrock will perform on December 20th at the Grey Eagle at 9:00 pm. Tickets cost $5 in advance and $8 on the day of the show.
Biltmore recently released its annual Christmas at Biltmore Wine featuring label artwork designed by Swannanoa resident Terry Owensby, winner of Biltmore’s wine label design contest.
Need an inexpensive and very useful holiday gift for a gardener, for a gift exchange, or for yourself?
As the song goes, it’s “the most wonderful time of the year.” But what most Americans don’t realize is that the holiday season is also one of the most challenging times of the year for the environment, generating wasted energy, added pollutants and …
Light up your Holiday nights at the Lake Julian Park Festival of Lights. This is the 15th year for the annual spectacle. The drive through show is open nightly from 6 – 9 p.m. through December 23.
The UNC Asheville Singers are headed to Washington, D.C., for the eighth consecutive year, to entertain holiday visitors at the White House and perform for soldiers in the Wounded Warrior program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
Interested in development opportunities involving affordable housing or community development? The City of Asheville Community and Economic Development Department manages and distributes funding from several sources to support new projects.
Anyone who calls you and demands immediate payment for taxes is trying to rip you off, federal officials and the Better Business Bureau said recently.
Diabetes is a chronic (long-term) disease. When you have diabetes, there is too much sugar (called glucose) in your blood. There is more than one type of diabetes, but type 2 diabetes is the most common.
In Real Life (IRL) is a network of after-school programs designed to provide safe, high-quality and fun learning opportunities to all Asheville City Schools middle school students.
On January 24, 2015 officers from the Asheville Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.
Burial Beer Co. will be open on Christmas Eve from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm with a potluck of holiday appetizers and special kegs. Please feel free to bring in a small dish to share!
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland’s orchestra of Christmas lights are now available for viewing at the WNC Ag Center.
As the holiday season marches ahead, so does toy shopping for the special children in our lives.
Fans of America’s favorite BBC series Downton Abbey are being invited to Lex 18 for an intimate interactive vintage dinner banquet recreating the flavors, style and traditions of 1920’s aristocracy.
The Montford Park Players of Asheville are now showing Charles Dickens’ classic tale of greed and redemption at Asheville’s historic Masonic Temple.
UNC Asheville’s December 2014 graduates received one last assignment from faculty as part of the December 13 Commencement at Kimmel Arena.
World AIDS Day was in December, and we would like to encourage everyone in to get tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
The city of Asheville announced that retired Santa Cruz, CA Police Chief Steve Belcher will serve as interim police chief for the Asheville Police Department while the city moves forward with a national search for Chief William Anderson’s successor.
Deciduous hollies go largely unnoticed and under-used because most of the year they are just ordinary shrubs.
Asheville Community Theatre is now presenting the WNC premiere of A Charlie Brown Christmas as part of their 2014-15 Mainstage Season.
MHG-Tower, LLC, a development partnership including McKibbon Hotel Group of Gainesville, Georgia, and Glenn Wilcox, owner of Asheville’s BB&T building, has officially launched the new AC Hotel project at 10 Broadway in downtown Asheville.
Twenty years ago, Highland Brewing Company opened its doors in a town otherwise bereft of breweries. In a final salute to the company’s anniversary, Highlands 20th beer will be: the limited edition 20th Anniversary Weizenbock.
On Friday, January 16th, Comedian Shane Mauss, hot off his the release of his new Netflix special ‘Mating Season,’ is set to perform in downtown Asheville at The Millroom for one show at 7:00pm.
Buncombe County Schools’ Graduation Initiative will again be offering a Twilight School program for high school students that need to recover credits in the evening.
The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole.
With a little help from the U.S. Postal Service, neither rain, nor snow, nor heat, nor gloom of night will keep Santa Claus from delivering dreams this holiday season.
Time is running out to get vaccinated before the expected peak of flu season, health officials say.
Two state professional associations have recognized City of Asheville Water Resources employees for excellence and outstanding achievement, and cited the department as a whole for exceptional safety measures.
UNC Asheville’s growing Mechatronics Engineering Program will pass a milestone at the December 2014 Commencement when Jennifer Cory becomes the program’s 100th graduate.
The Brevard Music Center will open its 2015 season on Saturday, June 20, with superstar pianist André Watts and Principal Guest Conductor JoAnn Falletta in an all-Beethoven program.
The aluminum bleacher-style benches, which were first implemented at McCormick Field in 1992, are being replaced in favor of individual reserved stadium-style seats.
More than 16 miles of Buncombe County roads will be improved as a result of a recently awarded N.C. Department of Transportation resurfacing contract.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has announced that the state’s Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is now accepting applications.
It’s cold outside, and the last thing you are thinking about is your lawn or garden. There are, however, some chores that need to be done in December.
Are you ready for a terrific New Year’s resolution? Beginning January 4, Asheville Redefines Transit will offer bus service on Sundays, significantly expanding availability and access to riders in Asheville.
Classic cocktails are often served with olives, limes or cherries, but this month bartenders are mixing things up with N.C. sweet potatoes.
Asheville High Cougars are busy learning about solar energy and sharing that knowledge with others!
This autumn, tons of seed from many different tree species have hit the ground in record amounts. And squirrels weren’t the only ones looking for it.
Known as one of the Southeast’s most beloved and storied holiday vacation destinations, Christmas at Biltmore daytime tours are now running through Jan. 11, 2015.
Over the next few weeks, North Carolina families will visit choose-and-cut farms, tree lots, farmers markets and shopping centers in search of the perfect fresh Christmas tree for their holiday decorations.
Downtown Asheville’s historical Grove Arcade is a spectacular spot to enjoy the holidays and support locally-owned shops and restaurants.
Now that your special tree has been selected, it needs to be cared for in a manner similar to a fresh bouquet of flowers.
The Charles Dickens’ perennial classic, A Christmas Carol comes to life on the Flat Rock Playhouse stage in a spectacular new production featuring all the classic elements with a few new twists.
The WNC Green Building Council has just released its 10th edition of the Green Building Directory.
The winners of the 2014 National Gingerbread House Competition have been decided. The entries will be on display at the Omni Grove Park Inn through January 1st, 2015.
With the arrival of cold weather, many North Carolinians are beginning to use their wood-burning stoves and fireplaces.
We should be proud that so many people in our state give so much of their time and money to help others. North Carolinians contribute billions of dollars to charity each year, and volunteer countless hours in their communities.
When it comes to what’s in your wallet, consumers have choices. Here are some tips and information to help you understand the differences between credit and debit cards.
Highland Brewing Company announced expansion plans to add 15 jobs and invest $5 million in new equipment and facilities over the next three years.
UNC Asheville will offer a year-long examination of the period in German history preceding the Holocaust – known as the Weimar Era – when Jews in Germany experienced a cultural renaissance between the end of World War I and Hitler’s rise.
Biltmore’s exhibition “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times” will continue to be on display through May 25, 2015.
Beginning January 1, 2015, Asheville Redefines Transit will begin offering service on Sundays and improved service to the Emma and Oakley sections of Asheville.
Work has begun on the Craven Street improvement project in west Asheville, a long-term enhancement that will include multi-modal roadway improvements including pedestrian and bike facilities, low impact parking and greenway construction and water line improvements.
Smart911 is a free service that allows citizens across the U.S. to create a Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 to have in the event of an emergency.
Recent winter storms felled trees and branches across North Carolina. The N.C. Forest Service encourages homeowners and others who prune trees or burn yard debris to use caution and follow some basic steps.
Is your medicine cabinet filled with expired drugs or medications you no longer use? How should you dispose of them?
A new study finds that more than 104,000 people in MANNA FoodBank’s 16 county service area – including 38,000 children – do not always know where they will find their next meal.
If you think you are having a heart attack, please all 911 immediately. Timely treatment is necessary for the best outcome after an attack.
Remove and discard caps and lids before you recycle plastic and glass containers!
During these difficult financial times a lot of families are trying to decide if they should vacation out of town or stay home and experience their local area. The money you save by avoiding hotels and eating out will leave a lot of …
Plastic bags are recycled into many different products. Most plastic bags are recycled into composite lumber, but they can also be reprocessed into small pellets or post consumer resin, which can become feed stock for a variety of products such as new bags, …
Do you need a new vehicle to take the kids to school? Fuel economy ratings for new model-year cars are available.
Having trouble quitting smoking? Now there’s an “app for that”!
Gift cards are big business. In fact, by most estimates, gift card sales for 2011 will top out at around $91 billion in the US.
Here are some numbers to keep on your refrigerator that will be useful in an emergency. Included are numbers for power companies, gas, phone service, cable, internet, roads, water, and emergency shelter.
Winter holds a special beauty which emphasizes the silhouettes of many of our fine specimen trees. It’s a good time to look for lesser known flowers.
In mid-November, SAHC purchased 89 acres at the southern end of the designated Yellow Mountain State Natural Area in Avery County, NC. This new land protection project in the stunning Highlands of Roan adjoins and nearly adjoins other, larger tracts of the Yellow …
It all started from a inquiring nature and a willingness to explore … how could there be fish swimming out of the mountain?
This winter marks a milestone ski season at Beech Mountain Resort. The resort celebrates 45 years since its christening in 1967, when it became Eastern America’s highest ski area at 5,506 feet in elevation.
The possibility of public health emergencies arising in the United States concerns many people in the wake of recent hurricanes, tsunamis, acts of terrorism, and the threat of pandemic influenza.
Nantahala Outdoor Center, named “One of the Best Outfitters on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure, will give “Leaf Peepers” a unique way to experience the fall season through seeing the leaves while whitewater rafting, hiking, taking train rides and zip line rides. Enjoy …
Gov. Bev Perdue announced that New Belgium Brewing, the third largest craft brewer in the country and the maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale, will build its East Coast brewery in Asheville, NC.
Turn your computer off if it won’t be used in the next hour. Don’t turn your computer off and on frequently in one day as this uses more power.
The Botanical Gardens of Asheville, located on a lovely ten-acre site next to the UNC-Asheville campus on Weaver Boulevard, is a haven of sorts for more than 700 plant species that are native to this diverse ecosystem we call home – the southern …
The Pisgah Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest contains hundreds of miles of fabulous trails that seem almost specifically designed for a mountain bike, and this is the best time of the year to discover them.
Working for long periods on a computer is a demanding visual task. Daily, millions of Americans use a computer for hours at a time, both at work and at play.
For those looking for a invigorating, outdoors spot to spend the better part of a day away from their own particular brand of hustle and bustle, Chimney Rock Park might just be the place.
One of a number of natural beauties for outdoor adventurers and families alike, is to head to one of many area waterfalls. Hiking to the sites is a terrific way to get a little exercise, breathe some fresh mountain air, and spend some …
Legend has it that after a Chickasaw maiden’s warrior love had leapt from the Blowing Rock, she prayed daily to the Great Spirit to return her warrior beloved to her and was granted her wish when the brave was blown back up by …
Asheville’s Urban Trail, an entertaining, informative, and artistic walk through Asheville history, is 1.7-miles of architecture and memories from earlier times in this engaging mountain city.
As the days get longer and the temperatures rise, many visitors to Western North Carolina find themselves drawn to any number of the region’s pristine waterfalls for the visual entertainment and cooling respite that they offer from the day’s heat.
Most people aren’t aware that Western North Carolina is the brewing capital of the Southeast. In fact, on just about any day of the year, one can select from about 50 locally brewed craft beers.
The most visited winery in the United States isn’t located in the Napa Valley. Perhaps a surprise to some, it is at the Biltmore Estate.