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WNC Nature Center Groundhog Day Prediction

Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Western North Carolina Nature Center’s groundhog, Nibbles, will make her predictions about the remaining weeks of winter in Western North Carolina on Groundhog Day, Monday, February 2, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the WNC Nature Center.


IRS 2015 Tax Season; Free File and E-File Now Open

Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced a growing array of online services, including features that help taxpayers understand how the Affordable Care Act will affect them at tax time, along with the availability of the Free File program.


Federal HOME Funds Planning Meetings

Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The City of Asheville’s Community and Economic Development Department invites the public to attend upcoming public forums to assist in the creation of the Five-Year Consolidated Plan.


Tax Assistance at the Libraries Begins February 2nd

Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in cooperation with the IRS, N.C. Dept. of Revenue, Council on Aging and Buncombe County Public Libraries is offering free tax preparations for taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those age 60 and older.


Composting At Home

Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Compost is organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow. Food scraps and yard waste currently make up 20 to 30 percent of what we throw away, and should be composted instead.


2015 Western North Carolina Regional Scholastic Art Awards

Posted on Monday, January 26, 2015

The Asheville Art Museum, with the assistance of its volunteer docents, partners each year with the Asheville Area Section of the American Institute of Architects to sponsor the Western North Carolina Regional Scholastic Art Awards.


UNC Asheville Partners with ABIPA, African-American Churches, to Promote Health

Posted on Monday, January 26, 2015

Promoting exercise, encouraging healthier eating, and increasing participation in health screening programs among members of Asheville’s African-American community are the goals of a new program undertaken jointly by UNC Asheville, ABIPA (the Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement) and many area churches.


2015 Winter Farmers Markets

Posted on Monday, January 26, 2015

Visit these farmers markets to find Appalachian Grown™ produce and more, all winter long!


Downton Abbey Dinner Theatre Experience at Lex 18

Posted on Friday, January 23, 2015

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.


Asheville’s Storylady Gwenda Ledbetter Helps The Vanishing Wheelchair

Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2015

Gwenda Ledbetter, the Storylady from TV’s the Mr. Bill Show, will be joining the magician founders of The Vanishing Wheelchair to celebrate with new friends and old as they produce the second anniversary show of “Magic, Mirth & Meaning” at St. Mary’s Church …


ASAP Helps BCS Students Expand Their Tastes

Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2015

In an ongoing effort to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in the NBES students schools through nutrition education, the BCS School Nutrition Department has been actively collaborating with the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) for over two years.


Community Development and Housing Trust Fund Applications Now Open

Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2015

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.


Clean Hands Save Lives

Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2015

Handwashing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine – it involves five simple and effective steps (think Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy.


Time for Radon Testing

Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

As the turning of the seasons brings colder weather and North Carolinians snuggle in their households keeping doors and windows closed to stay warm, it is an excellent time to make plans for home radon testing.

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Neighborhood Profile: Malvern Hills Community Club

Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

This is the latest in a series of profiles highlighting the City of Asheville’s vibrant and diverse neighborhoods. The City of Asheville maintains a list of neighborhoods who have registered as official organizations.


Asheville Art Museum Announces Call for New Media Artists

Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Asheville Art Museum is excited to announce a call for entries for its third annual Prime Time: Annual New Media Juried Exhibition. This exhibition supports the Museum’s expanding focus on the rapidly changing field of new media art.


North Carolina AMBER Alerts on Facebook

Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons, which issues AMBER Alerts in this state, welcomes a new partnership with Facebook to help find missing children.


Buy Healthy Foods First

Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

When grocery shopping, many labels will tell you their product is a healthy choice, but is it really? When time doesn’t allow research, use this simple trick and keep healthy food first.

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New Playground for Lake Julian Park

Posted on Monday, January 19, 2015

A new playground is being proposed for Lake Julian Park.  Come learn more on January 28th at the Skyland library branch at 5:00 pm.


Use Caution When Meeting People Online

Posted on Monday, January 19, 2015

You may have seen the news reports about a college football player’s involvement with an online girlfriend who turned out not to exist in real life. Regardless of what details ultimately emerged, this is a good reminder to use caution when getting to …


UNC Asheville Provides Free Tax Preparation Assistance at Two Downtown Sites

Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Moderate income individuals and families can have their income tax returns prepared for free beginning in February when UNC Asheville volunteers who are part of the IRS VITA (Voluntary Income Tax Assistance) program begin staffing tax-help sites at two locations downtown.


RiverLink’s 2015 Education Volunteer Training

Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2015

In 2014 RiverLink taught water-based education lessons to over 4,000 students in the French Broad watershed. The education programs would not be possible without volunteers like you!


White Labs Announces New East Coast Operations, 65 New Jobs

Posted on Friday, January 9, 2015

In conjunction with the Asheville City Council and other local agencies, White Labs Inc. announces its first East Coast laboratory operation in Asheville that will create 65 new jobs and invest $8.1 million over the next five years.


Asheville Featured in Forbes Magazine

Posted on Friday, January 9, 2015

Asheville was recently featured in Forbes magazine’s series “An Unexpected Source of Innovation,” which spotlights some of America’s lesser-known hubs of technological creativity.


Free Radon Test Kits Available for a Limited Time

Posted on Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Buncombe County Environmental Health is partnering with the NC Radon program to provide free short-term radon test kits in recognition of National Radon Action Month.


Top 20 Baby Names in Buncombe

Posted on Monday, December 29, 2014

Here’s a list of the top 20 baby names for girls and boys born in Asheville/Buncombe County in 2014, as recorded by the Buncombe County Register of Deeds Office.


Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter

Posted on Monday, December 29, 2014

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 the older adults.


Brevard Music Center Opens 2015 Season

Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2014

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.


Credit or Debit?

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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.


What Is Smart911?

Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014

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.


Keep Safety First When Cleaning Up Storm Debris

Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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.


How to Dispose of Unused Medicines

Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013

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

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Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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


Money Saving Tips for Your Vacation or Staycation

Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013

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 …

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Recycle Your Plastic Bags

Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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, …


Driving and Commuting

Posted on Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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


Gift Cards Galore!

Posted on Monday, January 7, 2013

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.


Numbers You Need During Bad Weather!

Posted on Monday, January 7, 2013

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.


Southern Gateway to Yellow Mountain State Natural Area Protected

Posted on Monday, January 7, 2013

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 …


Beech Mtn Resort Celebrates 45 Years of Skiing This Winter

Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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.

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3 Steps for Being Prepared for Emergencies

Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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.

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Energy Myth Busters to Help You Save Green

Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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.

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Chimney Rock Park Offers Four Seasons of Outdoor Fun

Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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.


Mountain Waterfalls a Beautiful Draw for the Mountains

Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012

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 …

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Legends and Geologic Facts Equally Intriguing at The Blowing Rock

Posted on Friday, December 28, 2012

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 …

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Enjoy a Walk through Asheville History on Urban Trail

Posted on Friday, December 28, 2012

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.

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The Brew-Hoppers Guide to Western North Carolina

Posted on Friday, December 28, 2012

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.