87th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

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The 87th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, a ticketed event at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place, takes place nightly Thursday through Saturday, July 31 – August 2. Continue reading

Steely Dan at the Biltmore on July 31st


See this performance by award-winning artist Steely Dan at Biltmore on July 31st! Continue reading

Recyclers: We Need Your Help!


We know that you are enthusiastic recyclers and we appreciate that! But every now and then, we all need a few reminders. Continue reading

Rootabaga! Live Performance at the Carl Sandburg Home


A singing and dancing extravaganza from July 31st to August 9th – all set in Sandburg’s fairy tale land: Rootabaga Country. Continue reading

Do You Always Use Your Turn Signal?


Forget distracted driving. A new study says there’s a far more serious problem that’s responsible for as many as 2 million accidents annually. Continue reading

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Grand Opening on August 3rd


More than two years after first breaking ground, Sierra Nevada’s new North Carolina brewery is almost ready to open in Mills River. 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

Get in Gear for the New School Year: Back-to-School Tips


It’s almost that time of year again. Yes, in a few weeks school will be back in session. Is your child ready to succeed? Are you ready to help? Continue reading

WNCA Welcomes Creation Care Alliance of WNC as Newest Program


WNCA is pleased to announce its newest program, the Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina (CCAWNC), focused on environmental advocacy. Continue reading

Tired of Hitting the Same Pothole Every Day? Here’s Who to Call


If you see a pothole you can call one of the following phone numbers for assistance. Continue reading

UNC Asheville Filmmaking Team Wins Again

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Tickets to screenings of Asheville’s 48 Hour Film Festival at Asheville Pizza and Brewing sell out fast, and with the cast and crew of Team UNCA in the crowd, you can be certain that there will be a big reaction to the annual … Continue reading

Public Works Association Recognizes City of Asheville Employees


One retired and two current Public Works employees were recognized by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Public Works Association’s North Carolina chapter for outstanding service and the pursuit of excellence. Continue reading

Panthers’ 20th Training Camp in Spartanburg


Wofford College and the Spartanburg community are now celebrating the Carolina Panthers’ 20th summer training camp through August 12th. Continue reading

National Night Out is August 5


Join us for our local National Night Out (NNO) kickoff event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 5 at Carrier Park on Amboy Road in West Asheville. 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

Asheville Community Theatre Presents Driving Miss Daisy Beginning


Asheville Community Theatre will perform Driving Miss Daisy beginning August 1st. Performances will be held on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:30 pm. Continue reading

Adventure Center of Asheville Welcomes Sarah L. Dickson


Sarah L. Dickson has joined the Adventure Center of Asheville as the group sales coordinator. The Adventure of Center of Asheville, just five minutes from downtown, includes the Asheville Treetops Adventure Park, Zipline Canopy Tours, Kid Zip, Tree Quest and Kolo Bike Park. Continue reading

Asheville Antiques Show and Sale


Asheville will be host to a wonderful event at the US Cellular Center, August 1 through 3. Many antique dealers from throughout the country will offer for sale their collections of fine antiques at very reasonable prices. Continue reading

Fostering Middle School Success


UNC Asheville welcomed 39 middle school students from all over Buncombe County for a reception featuring remarks by Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer, UNC Asheville Chancellor Anne Ponder and many other dignitaries. Continue reading

Buncombe County Wins 7 Awards of Excellence


Buncombe County Government received 7 National Association of County Information Officers Communication Awards during the National Association of County Commissioners annual conference in July. Continue reading

USDA Policy for Free and Reduced Price Meals in the National School Lunch Program Announced


The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction announced the 2014-15 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy for free and reduced price meals for children enrolled in North Carolina’s schools. Continue reading

Urban/Suburban Black Bear Study


If you are a homeowner experiencing black bear activity on your property, the Urban/Suburban Black Bear Study would like to speak with you! Continue reading

Photo Exhibition by Keeley Turner to Open at UNC Asheville

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Concert Life, an exhibition of photographs by UNC Asheville senior Keeley Turner, will be on display from August 1-30 in Ramsey Library Blowers Gallery. Continue reading

3 Foods That May Fend Off Diabetes


These three simple diet tweaks may help you dodge diabetes. 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

Hydroponic Lettuce Takes Root in NC


Jedd Koehn is a young and innovative agricultural entrepreneur. Raised on an organic row-crop farm in western Kansas, he moved to North Carolina about nine years ago, wanting to live “where it was green.” Continue reading

You May Not Realize That You’ve Been Bitten!


Did you know that bats are the most common source of human rabies in the United States? Buncombe County Health and Human Services reminds us that bats found indoors should be contained and tested. Continue reading

Sign Up Now for Swim Lessons


Swimming is one of life’s great pleasures. It offers many health and fitness benefits, cools you off in the summer, and provides a great opportunity to socialize with family and friends. Continue reading

Flat Rock Playhouse Presents Miss Saigon through August 24th


From the creators of last summer’s hit musical Les Misérables comes another epic production about love and revolution. Continue reading

The Short Story of 2014 Distinguished Teacher Peter Caulfield

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UNC Asheville Professor of Literature and Language Peter Caulfield has been honing his craft as an educator for more than three decades, helping create the university’s writing program that impacts students across the curriculum. Continue reading

Don’t Let Travel Rip Offs Ruin Your Summer Vacation


Nothing ruins a trip faster than falling victim to a scam or bad deal. Read our tips to learn how to avoid travel scams such as phony offers for a free vacation or travel club memberships that don’t meet your expectation. 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

WNC Nature Center Wolf Pups Get Names


Calling them Wolf One and Wolf Two just won’t do, so the gray wolf pups that joined the WNC Nature Center in June have gotten their names. The female (and lighter colored pup) is named Nova, while the male goes by the name … Continue reading

Biltmore’s Rose Garden Receives Rose Garden Hall of Fame Award


Biltmore’s historic Rose Garden has received the 2014 Great Rosarians of the World (GROW) Rose Garden Hall of Fame Award. Continue reading

Free Training: Screening for Lethality in Domestic Violence – August 5


Buncombe County Government and MAHEC are offering a free training on Danger Assessment (DA). DA is an instrument which helps to determine the level of danger an abused woman has of being killed by her intimate partner. Continue reading

Seen a Wild Turkey? Wildlife Commission Wants to Know


The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking public assistance in reporting observations of wild turkeys this summer. Continue reading

Razor Wit “For Love of Beer and Mountains” Partnership Hike


Enjoy an evening hike to the protected property adjacent to Razor Mountain. The 3-mile trail climbs approx. 1,300 feet for spectacular views of Buncombe, Madison, and Yancey Counties — and beyond. Continue reading

More Than 277,000 Books Collected for “Give Five – Read Five” Campaign


Elementary students across North Carolina have plenty of new books to read this summer as a result of the successful second annual “Give Five – Read Five” campaign. Continue reading

Healthy Tip – You Say Tomato


You’ve heard of ditching salt to help lower your blood pressure. But what about bumping up your tomato intake? 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

Last Comic Standing Alumni to Kick off Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival on August 13


The Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy festival kicks off August 13 with Chris Porter, a top three contestant during Season 4 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Continue reading

Join Us Friday and Saturday for a Rummage Sale to Benefit CCCD


The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design purchased its new home in downtown Asheville last fall and doesn’t need the many wonderful office furnishings that were left in the building. Continue reading

Community Conservation Assistance Program Signup


The Buncombe Soil and Water Conservation District will be taking applications for the Community Conservation Assistance Program (CCAP) through July 31st. The program is designed to help landowners address urban water quality concerns. Continue reading

July Menus are Brimming With Beans for ASAP’s Get Local Campaign


Local beans are a Southern staple, especially around these parts. In fact, it’s thought that more heirloom beans (traditional cultivars like greasy beans) originated in Western North Carolina than anywhere else in the country. Continue reading

BearWaters Brewing Co. Awarded Two Gold Medals at U.S. Open Beer Championship


BearWaters Brewing Co., was awarded two gold medals at the US Open Beer Championship held in Atlanta, GA. Continue reading

Skin Cancer is the Most Common Cancer in the U.S.


Don’t become a statistic – in the United States skin cancer is the most common cancer with 1 in 5 Americans currently developing the disease. Continue reading

County Offices Close for the Fourth of July


All Buncombe County Government Offices and libraries will be closed on Friday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Continue reading

July is Park & Recreation Month


Every Tuesday in July visit one of our outdoor pools for some cool water related games. Continue reading

July is Got to Be NC Agriculture Month


Farmers across North Carolina are in full swing, bringing their fresh fruits and vegetables to market. Those farmers are part of the state’s $78-billion agriculture industry. Continue reading

Garden Chores for July


If brown patch fungus disease has developed in the lawn, the best steps to reduce the spread of the disease are to avoid mowing or even walking on the lawn when it is wet, and do not irrigate. Continue reading

9th Inning Woes Spell Doom for the Tourists


One day after Asheville and Greensboro lit up the offensive statistics, a pitcher’s duel broke out at McCormick Field. Continue reading

ReadyNC App will Help Families Prepare for Emergencies


There’s a new mobile app that helps North Carolinians prepare for everything from minor traffic emergencies to severe storms on a daily basis. Continue reading

N.C. Peach Season on Tap to Be a Good One


Homemade ice cream, cobbler or sliced fresh, no matter what way you enjoy peaches, this season is looking good for the crop. Continue reading

North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs Launches “Vet Tip Hotline” for USVA Allegations


The North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs (NCVA) launched a “Vet Tip Hotline” to help veterans and improve services at US Department of Veterans Affairs (USVA) medical facilities located in North Carolina. Continue reading

Lightning Safety: Safe Shelters and Indoor Safety


As summer storms refresh long, hot days, it’s important to stay safe and out of harm’s way. Read on to brush up on lighning safety and ensure the well-being of you and your loved ones in the months ahead. Continue reading

10 Cheap & Effective Mosquito Bite Solutions


While mosquito repellants reduce the chance of a bite from our pesky friends, once the weather gets warmer you’re still pretty much guaranteed a mosquito bite or two. Once you’re bit, the scratching begins. Continue reading

Splash Day Double-Header Ends in a Split


Due to Tuesday’s rainout in Lexington, the Tourists and the Legends squared off for 14 innings of baseball and both teams ended up with a win. Wednesday morning began a lot like Monday evening went for the Asheville Tourists. Continue reading

Recent Bear Interactions Prompt Reminders on Co-Existing with Bears


Multiple recent encounters with and sightings of black bears have prompted officials to remind the public that people can co-exist peacefully with bears by following basic safety guidelines. Continue reading

Free Meals for Kids This Summer – No Questions Asked!


Summer Meals will be available for ALL kids under 18 starting June 16 - no strings attached! Continue reading

Writers at Wolfe – Fred Chappell


Join us at Thomas Wolfe Memorial as distinguished North Carolina author of more than two dozen books of poetry, fiction and literary criticism, Fred Chappell reads from his work. Continue reading

Watercolor Exhibition at UNC Asheville

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The Wonder of Nature, a new exhibit of watercolor paintings by local artist Janice Lape’, will be on view through July 7, in Blowers Gallery, in UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library. Continue reading

Extra Innings Needed in Tourists 2-1 Win over Sand Gnats


In a much anticipated matchup between the Asheville Tourists and the Savannah Sand Gnats, a full nine innings was not enough to produce a victor. Continue reading

North Buncombe High Jazz Band Impresses Audience

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The North Buncombe High Jazz band performed an end-of-year concert and impressed the crowd with their wonderful performance. Continue reading

Wildlife Commission Reduces Stockings in Trout Waters


The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has reduced trout-stocking rates by 50 percent into public waters through August 2014 due to excessive predation by great blue herons at the Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery in Pisgah National Forest. Continue reading

Buncombe County Pools Now Open


Buncombe County Pools are now open to public. The pools will remain open daily until school begins in August. Continue reading

Summer Driving Tips for Safe Travel During The Holiday and Summer Months

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Memorial Day weekend typically marks the start of the summer vacation season. And, as warmer weather approaches, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges drivers to take the proper precautions before and while driving on the roadway. Continue reading

18th Annual Biltmore Concert Series


Legendary rockers ZZ Top will kick off the 18th annual Biltmore Concert Series on Wednesday, July 30, on the South Terrace of America’s Largest Home. 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

May is National Foster Parent Appreciation Month


Buncombe County HHS wants to say “Thank You!” to the foster parents in our community. Continue reading

UNC Asheville Celebrates May 2014 Commencement


With author and higher education expert Arthur Levine delivering the commencement address, UNC Asheville held its 86th annual spring commencement Saturday morning in the university’s 3,200-seat Kimmel Arena. Continue reading

Therapeutic Recreation Program Wins State Award

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The City of Asheville Parks and Recreation’s Therapeutic Recreation Program was the recipient of the Best New Program award at this year’s North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association’s Therapeutic Recreation Conference. Continue reading

34th Annual Goombay Festival on September 12 – 14


Steeped in the tradition of Afro-Caribben culture, Goombay is a family friendly event, featuring an interactive kids area, vendors from near and far, and an eclectic mix of music. 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

RiverLink Announces RiverMusic 2014 – Another Summer of Sweet Sounds by the Water

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The first two years of RiverMusic brought thousands of smiling faces to the French Broad River to enjoy its splendor, and RiverLink will host five nights – plus a full Saturday of fun at RiverFest — of live music this summer. Continue reading

Pierre Daura: Modernist in the Mountains at the Asheville Art Museum


Pierre Daura: Modernist in the Mountains will be on display at the Asheville Art Museum starting Saturday, March 15th.  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

Plastic Bag Recycling

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

Linville Caverns

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

Botanical Gardens

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

Pisgah Bike Trail

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

Computer Eye Strain

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

Blowing Rock

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

Biltmore Wine

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