Of Montreal at the Grey Eagle


Of Montreal and Pillar Point will perform at the Grey Eagle tonight at 9:00 pm. Tickets cost $18 on the day of the show. Continue reading

Ag Demo Day in Buncombe County

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The Buncombe County Cooperative Extension Service and the Buncombe Soil and Water Conservation Service are hosting a Farm Equipment Demonstration Day in cooperation with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. Continue reading

Adopt A Stream


The focus of the Adopt-A-Stream program has been broadened and shifted toward water quality and stream health, with the adopters serving as true stream stewards of their adopted waterway. Continue reading

Keep the Flu from Getting to You! Get a Flu Shot!


Small steps and good choices about your health can make a big difference. Buncombe County wants to keep the flu from getting to you. Continue reading

The Origins of Halloween


Each year on October 31st, as the ghosts and goblins of Halloween parade the streets and doorsteps of our neighborhoods, we re-enact remnants of ancient folk customs that pay homage to departed ancestors as well as to the souls of our loved ones … 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

29th Antique Engine and Tractor Show


The 29th Antique Engine and Tractor Show features antique tractors, hit n’ miss engines of all sizes, tractor pulls and lots of vendors selling parts. Continue reading

Substitute Teacher Training Classes Beginning October 18


A series of classes recommended for those interested in substitute teaching will be offered by UNC Asheville on four consecutive Saturdays beginning October 18 and be held on campus. Continue reading

RiverLink Seeks Volunteers Interested in Watershed Stewardship

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RiverLink invites those interesting in becoming volunteers to attend our monthly volunteer information sessions on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 10:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. 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

A Midsummer Night’s Feast


A Midsummer Night’s Feast is an organic, locally grown, farm-to-table extravaganza on September 29th that includes a sit-down meal, film screening, and a panel discussion. Continue reading

ASAP’s 2014 Farm to School Conference


Farm to school programming connects classrooms, the cafeteria, and the community—helping children develop healthy relationships with food and enriching the overall educational experience for children and adults alike. Continue reading

Asheville Five-Year Plan for Job Creation


The Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County has a five-year strategic plan in place that will generate 5,000 new jobs and $500 million in corporate investments in the Asheville area. Continue reading

AFD Welcomes New Engine with a Push


The Asheville Fire Department’s newest vehicle is a top-of-the-line piece of public safety equipment. Continue reading

Can You Eat Your Jack-o-lantern Pumpkin?


It’s fall and thoughts turn to pumpkin pie and to Halloween jack-o-lanterns. But, can you use a pumpkin for BOTH a jack-o-lantern AND for eating? 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

Asheville Lyric Opera Presents Die Fledermaus


Great parties were major entertainment in the early 1900’s. How were they held among the Appalachian communities? Asheville Lyric Opera brings you this opera on October 3rd and 5th. Continue reading

Brevard Music Center Debuts Sundays in Asheville Series


The Brevard Music Center announces a new recital series in Asheville, NC – Sundays with Brevard Music Center. BMC is pleased to partner with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) to present free concerts to the community. Continue reading

Exhibit of Pastels by Cecilia Frederic to Open at UNC Asheville October 2

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“For Abigail… With my greatest love,” an exhibit of 15 works in pastel by Hendersonville-based artist Cecilia R. Frederic, will open Thursday, Oct. 2, in UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library Blowers Gallery. Continue reading

Prescription Drug Take Back Day on September 27th


In an effort to keep prescription drugs from being flushed down the toilet or ending up in the wrong hands, various organizations are sponsoring a national effort to safely dispose of unused prescription medicines in locations across the state. Continue reading

Harvest House Celebrates 50 Years of Community


The Harvest House Community Center on Kenilworth Road turned the big 5-0 this year, and to hear people talk, it has never been better. Continue reading

Free Microsoft Office Downloads Available To All BCS Students

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Buncombe County Schools is pleased to announce that its more than 25,000 students are eligible to download Microsoft® Office 2013 Professional Plus for free and install it on as many as five (5) PCs or Macs plus five (5) mobile devices. Continue reading

Fall and Winter Energy-Saving Tips


Some of the tips below are free and can be used on a daily basis to increase your savings; others are simple and inexpensive actions you can take to ensure maximum savings through the winter. Continue reading

Kings and Queens, Swaptember Edition on September 26th


Kings and Queens is a monthly drag show on the fourth Friday of every month! This month, we bring you our Fall tradition, SWAPtember! Continue reading

Weathering the Storms: Improving North Carolina’s Ability to Respond

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Sixty years ago, the United States was on the verge of entering the conflict in Vietnam. Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio. Godzilla premiered in Tokyo. And North Carolina experienced one of the worst weather-related disasters in its history. Continue reading

Energy Efficiency Tips for Renters and Homeowners


Renting housing from a landlord or even owning a home can be an expensive ordeal. And without taking energy efficiency precautions, your utility bills can make paying rent or a mortgage even worse. 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

Call for Nominations for North Carolina’s Next Poet Laureate Underway

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Nominations for the state’s next poet laureate, the ambassador of North Carolina literature, will be accepted now through October 14th, online at www.NCDCR.gov/PoetLaureate. 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

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

Special Olympics Fall Athletic Opportunities


Did you know that athletics continue year round for Special Olympic Athletes? Bocce, Bowling, Power Lifting, Cheerleading and Snow Skiing are just a few of the sports athletes can participate in. Continue reading

U.S. Transportation Secretary Announces $14.6M Grant for East of Riverway Multimodal Project


The announcement that the City of Asheville won $14.6 million in federal funding for transportation improvements in and around the River Arts District and adjacent neighborhoods advances the hard work and planning that has gone into that area. Continue reading

Mountain State Fair Announces Winners in Final Cooking Contests


Winners were announced in four cooking contests held during the 2014 N.C. Mountain State Fair at the WNC Agricultural Center. Contests were held to find the best blueberry, dairy, apple and sweet-potato recipes from area amateur chefs. Continue reading

New Fees Go into Effect Oct. 1 for NC Poultry Growers


North Carolina poultry growers who want to join the National Poultry Improvement Plan and receive a registration number will have to pay a $50 registration fee plus 10 cents per bird tested beginning Oct. 1. 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

Oktoberfest Tickets On Sale

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Dust off your lederhosen, dirndls and chicken-dancing shoes, Oktoberfest is back Saturday, October 11 from 1-6pm on Coxe Avenue. 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

Child Labor in NC Photography Exhibit


Peering from across a century, many children look older than their years in photographs captured by Lewis Hines in the mill villages of Cabarrus, Gaston, Lincoln, Rowan and other North Carolina counties. 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

Asheville Art Museum Presents a Cooking Class Series Held in Conjunction with Farm to Table: American Silver

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The Asheville Art Museum is thrilled to be offering three cooking classes this summer, held in conjunction with the exhibition Farm to Table: American Silver on view May 31- October 5. 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