Early Voting in Buncombe County

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The final day to vote early in Buncombe County is Saturday, November 1st. Continue reading

Haunted Grove House Inferno This Weekend


The Grove House Entertainment Complex is famous for the scariest and BEST annual Halloween costume and dance party in WNC! Continue reading

Fall Migration & Anniversary Celebration


The Asheville Wild Birds Unlimited is celebrating one year since their migration to the new shop in Gerber Village. On Friday, October 31st from 9am – 6pm, there will be Halloween festivities and specials throughout the store. Continue reading

Halloween Safety Tips


Healthy and Halloween are two words that do not usually go together. Halloween eating is usually about sugar-filled candy and how many sweets can fit into a pumpkin-shaped bucket. Continue reading

Ooh La La’s Holiday Bazaar on November 1st


Ooh La La’s Holiday Bazaar is happy to announce its 3rd season this fall. It’s a continuation of the Curiosity Market that took place this summer in Pritchard Park, located in the center of beautiful downtown Asheville. Continue reading

90 United Way Volunteers Beautify Enka Middle


Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, the volunteer center at United Way, provided project development/management and worked as onsiteNTCA volunteers coordinator for an all day volunteer project for employees of NTCA to work on site at Enka Middle school. Continue reading

Community Shines Light on Transportation Needs at Asheville In Motion Event


Interactive events and a great turnout made for a recent Asheville In Motion event. Continue reading

Leaf Season is Here! We Got Your Bags.


Leaf season is upon us, and with that comes leaf collection. The City of Asheville Sanitation Department picks up leaves on an alternating schedule. Be sure to leave bags untied or use a reusable container marked “leaves”. Continue reading

Asheville Art Museum Hosts its Annual Holiday Market


The Asheville Art Museum is excited to host a festive First Friday event on Friday, November 7 by presenting our Annual Holiday Market, where guests will find unique gifts for everyone on their list. Continue reading

Phuncle Stankoween Halloween Celebration


The stars are aligning for a night of stanky jams, spooky tricks and grateful treats! Continue reading

The Crowdsourcing of Science


Can thousands of amateurs make an important contribution to climate science that is eluding experts in the field? Continue reading

Super Hero 5K on November 1st

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Gloryhound Events proudly assumes management of the famous “Super Hero 5K” owned by Asheville Brewing. Continue reading

Credit or Debit?


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. Continue reading

Finding Your County Commission District is Easy!


Not sure which district you are in, and wondering which commissioners represent your district? We can help! Continue reading

Leaf-peeping and Wine Go Together at Biltmore this Fall


A mix of colorful outdoor beauty, wine appreciation and sumptuous culinary offerings populate Biltmore’s fall calendar. Continue reading

Mummy Cupcakes for Halloween


Are you looking for a kid-friendly recipe for this coming Halloween? These mummy cupcakes are sure to please. Continue reading

The Reuter Center Singers Perform Rodgers and Hammerstein Favorites Nov. 16 at UNC Asheville

Reuter Center Singers

The Reuter Center Singers will perform favorite medleys from Rodgers and Hammerstein in “It’s a Grand Night for Singing,” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16 at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center. Continue reading

6th Annual Dias de los Muertos Fundraiser


Short Street Cakes, Asheville’s Southern-style Cake Shop, celebrates the Mexican holiday of Los Dias de los Muertos by creating authentic Mexican Sugar Skulls. Continue reading

Fall Wildfire Season is Here; Be Careful When Burning Yard Debris


The N.C. Forest Service is urging residents to think safety and exercise caution during the fall fire season, which typically lasts from mid-October into December. Continue reading

Asheville Art Museum Hosts Pianoforte Concert with Teresa Sumpter


The Asheville Art Museum is pleased to host the next concert in its Pianoforte recital series on Sunday, November 9 at 3:00 p.m. Continue reading

The Orange Peel Presents The New Pornographers


The New Pornographers, with singer Neko Case, come back to the Orange Peel stage on November 5th touring a new album. Continue reading

The 2014 Golden Retriever Nationals


The 2014 Golden Retriever Nationals takes place from October 24th to November 1st in Western North Carolina. Continue reading

Asheville City Schools Teachers Are Dreaming Big Around The World


The Asheville City Schools Foundation is proud to announce the continued partnership with Fund For Teachers. Continue reading

Honey Harvest

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What could be sweeter than seeing this hive proliferate through the summer? A learning experience that tastes good, too! Continue reading

Getting Geared Up for Snow Duty!


Fall means many things in Asheville: colorful views, leaf lookers, raking, and bagged leaf pickup. For the City of Asheville’s Public Works Department, it also means gearing up for snow events. Continue reading

Make Faster Work of Leaf Removal


Raking leaves can be fun for about 10 minutes, perhaps a bit longer for kids whose sole job is to jump into the piles their parents are making. Continue reading

Graffiti Dashboard Finalist for NC Tech Award


The North Carolina Technology Association has announced that the City of Asheville’s 123 Graffiti Free Dashboard is among the finalists for the 2014 Tech Awards. Continue reading

Be Prepared for Chiiiiiilly Weather


Winter storms and cold temperatures can be hazardous, but if you plan ahead, you can stay safe and healthy. Prepare your home and cars. Prepare for power outages and outdoor activity. Check on older adults. Continue reading

State officials Announce New Drinking Water Awards Program


An environmental partnership has launched a program to recognize activities that protect sources of public drinking water in North Carolina. Continue reading

Fall Foliage in Western North Carolina


Fall is a great time to visit the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests in western North Carolina to view leaves adorned in brilliant reds, oranges and yellows. Continue reading

NC DHHS Reports First Flu Death of the Season

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The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the state’s first flu death for the 2014-2015 flu season. An elementary school-aged child in the Triangle region of the State died last week because of complications from an influenza infection. Continue reading

Tips for Eating Right


Small steps can help your family get on the road to maintaining a healthy weight. Choose a different tip each week for you and your family to try. Continue reading

Christmas at Biltmore


Known as one of the Southeast’s most beloved and storied holiday vacation destinations, Christmas at Biltmore daytime tours begin on Nov. 7, 2014, and will run through Jan. 11, 2015. Continue reading

Local Farms Offer Plenty of Family Activities this Fall


From pumpkin patches and hayrides to apple picking and corn mazes, agritourism farms across the state are offering a bounty of fall fun for the whole family. Continue reading

Dot Style Painting Demonstration with Barbara Francois


Barbara Francois will demonstrate dot style painting from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm on October 10th and 11th at the Grovewood Gallery. Admission is free! Continue reading

Reynolds High Student Named to U.S. Army All-American Marching Band


A Reynolds High School senior has been named to the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. This distinct honor is only bestowed upon 125 high school musicians nationwide and this year 11 students were named from North Carolina. Continue reading

Public Exhibition of The Historical Buddha’s Relics

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Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour, a free public exhibition of the historical Buddha’s relics will be on display at The Venue in Asheville October 31, November 1 & 2. Continue reading

Have Your Say About the Future of the Nanthala-Pisgah National Forests


The Forest Service will hold the next round of public meetings this October and November to share information about the proposed Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest Plan. Continue reading

N.C. Museum of History Accepting Entries for Film Festival


The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh is accepting entries for its inaugural Longleaf Film Festival to be held Saturday, May 2, 2015. Continue reading

Biltmore Begins Construction Planning on Estate’s Second Hotel


The Biltmore Company, which operates the National Historic Landmark Biltmore House, has begun construction planning for Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate, the company’s second lodging property on the estate. Continue reading

Fire Prevention Month: Smoke Alarms Save Lives!


Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention campaign, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!” Continue reading

Why Do Leaves Change Color?


While you were playing in the hot sun during summer the trees on the streets, in the parks, and in the forests were working hard to keep you cool. Continue reading

Asheville’s Oldest Brewery, Highland Brewing Company, to Expand

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Highland Brewing Company announced expansion plans to add 15 jobs and invest $5 million in new equipment and facilities over the next three years. Continue reading

Caleb Johnson to Serve as Grand Marshal in the Asheville Holiday Parade


The Asheville Downtown Association announced that 2014 American Idol winner, Caleb Johnson, will serve as Grand Marshal for the Asheville Holiday Parade, presented by Bojangles, on Saturday, November 22. Continue reading

Beekeeping Tips for Beginners


Two bee colonies are the ideal number for a beginning apiarist. Expand in a couple of years after your experience and confidence grow. Continue reading

Michael Brenner Begins New Series on German-Jewish History and Culture


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. Continue reading

Roads Impacted by 2013 Landslides Get Rebuilt


Last summer’s heavy rains were an eye-opener for Asheville, causing unexpected landslides and undermining several roads on mountain slopes. Repairs are currently underway or in the planning stage for three such cases. Continue reading

UNC Asheville Art Exhibition Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month


Works by Latino artists in Western North Carolina will be on view at UNC Asheville as the university celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15. Continue reading

“Downton Abbey” Costumes on View at Biltmore through May 2015


Biltmore’s exhibition “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times” will continue to be on display through May 25, 2015. Continue reading

Read to Achieve 2013-14 End of Year Report

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The Read to Achieve end of year data for the 2013-14 school year in Buncombe County Schools has been released by the NC Department of Public Instruction. Continue reading

NCDA&CS Service to Offer New Price Reports for Local Products


The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services’ is launching a series of new reports focusing on locally produced agricultural products. Continue reading

Sunday Bus Service Among Big Changes Coming to the ART


Beginning January 1, 2015, Asheville Redefines Transit will begin offering service on Sundays and improved service to the Emma and Oakley sections of Asheville. Continue reading

Asheville to Host 2015 South Atlantic League All-star Game


Asheville Tourists president Brian DeWine, in conjunction with South Atlantic League president Eric Krupa, recently announced that Asheville’s McCormick Field will serve as the site of the 2015 South Atlantic League All-Star Game, slated to be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Continue reading

Craven Street Improvement Project Begins


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. Continue reading

Celebrity Chef Tour Announces Chef Line-Up for Asheville Dinner


The James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner will feature 5 extraordinary chefs, including 3 of Asheville’s very own. The tour will arrive in Asheville Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at the Market Place Restaurant. Continue reading

RiverLink Hosts Free Talks for Artists Interested in Contract Work with the City of Asheville


Join RiverLink and Brenda Mills to find out how as an artist you can become a contractor for the city. Continue reading

Asheville Celebrity Chef Tour


The James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour will be making a stop in Asheville, NC Wednesday, September 10, 2013. The tour celebrates the nations top culinary talent. Continue reading

What Is Smart911?


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. Continue reading

Keep Safety First When Cleaning Up Storm Debris


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. Continue reading

How to Dispose of Unused Medicines


Is your medicine cabinet filled with expired drugs or medications you no longer use? How should you dispose of them? Continue reading

New Data Shows Over 104,000 Residents in Western North Carolina are at Risk of Hunger

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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. Continue reading

Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack

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If you think you are having a heart attack, please all 911 immediately. Timely treatment is necessary for the best outcome after an attack. Continue reading

What You Need to Know About Recycling

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Remove and discard caps and lids before you recycle plastic and glass containers! Continue reading

Money Saving Tips for Your Vacation or Staycation


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 … Continue reading

Recycle Your Plastic Bags

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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, … Continue reading

Driving and Commuting


Do you need a new vehicle to take the kids to school? Fuel economy ratings for new model-year cars are available. Continue reading

QuitPal Mobile App Helps You Quit Smoking


Having trouble quitting smoking? Now there’s an “app for that”! Continue reading

Gift Cards Galore!


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. Continue reading

Numbers You Need During Bad Weather!


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. Continue reading

Enjoy Winter at the Botanical Gardens of Asheville


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. Continue reading

Southern Gateway to Yellow Mountain State Natural Area Protected


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 … Continue reading

Linville Caverns a Great Addition to a Weekend Ski Trip

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It all started from a inquiring nature and a willingness to explore … how could there be fish swimming out of the mountain? Continue reading

Beech Mtn Resort Celebrates 45 Years of Skiing This Winter


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. Continue reading

3 Steps for Being Prepared for Emergencies

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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. Continue reading

Experience a Unique Way of “Leaf Peeping” this fall by Visiting the Nantahala Outdoor Center

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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 … Continue reading

New Belgium Brewing Chooses Asheville, North Carolina, For East Coast Brewery

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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. Continue reading

Energy Myth Busters to Help You Save Green

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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. Continue reading

Botanical Gardens of Asheville a Natural Reflection of Southern Appalachian Mountains

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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 … Continue reading

Mountain Biking Trails Abound in Pisgah Ranger District in Pisgah National Forest

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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. Continue reading

Protect Your Eyes From Long-Term Computer Exposure

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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. Continue reading

Chimney Rock Park Offers Four Seasons of Outdoor Fun

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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. Continue reading

Mountain Waterfalls a Beautiful Draw for the Mountains


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 … Continue reading

Legends and Geologic Facts Equally Intriguing at The Blowing Rock

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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 … Continue reading

Enjoy a Walk through Asheville History on Urban Trail

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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. Continue reading

Treasured Waterfalls, Mountain Scenery the Reward of Scenic Drive through Gorge

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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. Continue reading

The Brew-Hoppers Guide to Western North Carolina

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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. Continue reading

A Tour of the Winery is a Great Addition to Biltmore Estate Visit

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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. Continue reading