Downtown After 5 on September 19th

Downtown After 5 (No Year Attached)

This year’s final Downtown After 5 takes place on September 19th from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Downtown After 5 is located at N. Lexington Avenue and I-240 and is always free. Continue reading

Asheville Tourists Win South Atlantic League Championship


The Asheville Tourists took the 2014 South Atlantic League season to the brink as they faced the Hagerstown Suns in a decisive Game Five of the SAL Championship series. Continue reading

Kids Fishing Tournament at Lake Julian


The Kids Fishing Tournament at Lake Julian Park is Saturday, September 27, 2014. Continue reading

Harvest House 50th Anniversary


The open house celebration dates are September 16, 17, and 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with dance and musical performances, craft exhibits, a historical perspective, and much more. 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

Mountain State Fair Breaks Donation, Attendance Records for Ingles Day


Fairgoers helped the N.C. Mountain State Fair set two records during its annual Ingles Day. Continue reading

Contemporary Painter Diarmuid Kelley to Speak at UNC Asheville September 18

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Award-winning contemporary portrait artist Diarmuid Kelley will deliver a lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18 in UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. Continue reading

“How to Start a Craft Brewery” Workshop


The workshop hosted at Comfort Suites Biltmore Square Mall will focus on the business and entrepreneurial aspects of planning and starting a craft brewing enterprise. 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

Ribbon Cutting For Collier Cove Nature Preserve

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The Friends of Collier Cove Nature Preserve will host the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Buncombe County’s newest park, Collier Cove Nature Preserve, on Saturday, September 20 at 11 a.m. Continue reading

Get Connected with Buncombe County 4-H


Buncombe County 4-H is the youth development program of the Buncombe County Cooperative Extension, serving Buncombe County youth, ages 5 – 19. Continue reading

Neighborhood Advisory Committee to Hold West Asheville Neighborhood Meeting


The Neighborhood Advisory Committee of the City of Asheville invites residents and business and property owners of West Asheville to a neighborhood meeting Monday, September 22, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road. Continue reading

September Garden Chores


Fertilize fescue and bluegrass lawn in September. Use slow-release fertilizer to reduce risk of nutrient run-off. 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

Buncombe K-9 1st in Country Trained in Person-Borne Weapon Detection


The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office recently introduced their newest canine deputy, Sampson, who has been trained in person-borne weapons and explosive detection. Continue reading

Three Bs for Better Blood Pressure


What do broccoli, brown rice, and baked beans have in common? They’re good sources of blood-pressure friendly protein. Continue reading

Bicycle/Pedestrian Count Volunteers Needed


It’s time again for Asheville’s annual bicycle and pedestrian count and all are invited to participate. Continue reading

Mountain State Fair Announces Winners in Strawberry and Trout Cooking Contests


The “Locally Grown Strawberries” contest and “N.C. Mountain Trout Cook-Off” were held during the opening weekend of the 2014 N.C. Mountain State Fair. 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

PEP Holding 20 Year Reunion on September 20


The Progressive Education Program is celebrating its 20th anniversary by hosting a reunion and fundraiser at TC Roberson PEP on Saturday, September 20th from 1:00 to 4:00. Continue reading

Be Ready, National Preparedness Month is Here!


Would you be ready if there were an emergency? Be prepared: throughout September there will be activities across the country to promote emergency preparedness. Continue reading

Take Care to Prevent Caregiver Fraud


Caring for an aging family member can be emotionally and financially draining. Many North Carolinians turn to in-home health caregivers to help care for senior loved ones in their homes. Continue reading

City Recreation Centers Now Offer Free Wi-Fi

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City of Asheville recreation centers are places for community-strengthening activities like student enrichment programs and neighborhood information meetings. Continue reading

Farm to Table Dinner Benefits Local Organic Farmers


A dream team of local food organizations are partnering to announce the September 29th benefit to fund a project bringing bulk organic animal feed to WNC. 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

NC Big Sweep 2014

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Join the region’s largest river, stream and roadside cleanup on Saturday, September 6th! Continue reading

September is NC Wine and Grape Month


In recognition of the state’s growing wine and grape industry, September 2014 was proclaimed as North Carolina’s Wine and Grape Month. 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, starting in September. 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

The Interactive Beatles Experience on September 19th


Immerse yourself in the “Revolution,” in the sights and sounds of the 1960s and the most important music of a generation as the British invasion returns. Continue reading

Asheville Greek Festival 2014


This year’s festival will take place September 27th through 29th at 227 Cumberland Ave. 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

ASAP’s Farm Tour on September 20 – 21


Just what is the Farm Tour? On September 20-21, 2014, the gates and barns of WNC farms open to the public—even those farms that don’t normally allow visitors. 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

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

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

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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

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