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A Swannanoa Solstice on December 21st at Diana Wortham

Posted on Friday, December 19, 2014

December is a time for reflection, connection, and celebration — and for over a decade, the performers of A Swannanoa Solstice have been bringing warm merrymaking and quiet contemplation to Asheville audiences.

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Help Light-Up the Night with a New Asheville Tradition

Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Arboretum has collaborated with Jerry Stripling, former designer and manager of holiday decorations, special projects and events for Walt Disney World, to create a truly magical experience.

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The 2014 Christmas at Biltmore Wine

Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2014

Biltmore recently released its annual Christmas at Biltmore Wine featuring label artwork designed by Swannanoa resident Terry Owensby, winner of Biltmore’s wine label design contest.

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Lake Julian Festival of Lights

Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Light up your Holiday nights at the Lake Julian Park Festival of Lights. This is the 15th year for the annual spectacle. The drive through show is open nightly from 6 – 9 p.m. through December 23.

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UNC Asheville Singers Head Back to the White House

Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The UNC Asheville Singers are headed to Washington, D.C., for the eighth consecutive year, to entertain holiday visitors at the White House and perform for soldiers in the Wounded Warrior program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

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Community Development and Housing Trust Fund Applications Now Open

Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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.

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Preventing Diabetes: Questions for the Doctor

Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Diabetes is a chronic (long-term) disease. When you have diabetes, there is too much sugar (called glucose) in your blood. There is more than one type of diabetes, but type 2 diabetes is the most common.

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In Real Life (IRL) at Asheville City Schools

Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014

In Real Life (IRL) is a network of after-school programs designed to provide safe, high-quality and fun learning opportunities to all Asheville City Schools middle school students.

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Have Coffee with a Cop

Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014

On January 24, 2015 officers from the Asheville Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

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Christmas Eve at Burial Beer Co.

Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Burial Beer Co. will be open on Christmas Eve from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm with a potluck of holiday appetizers and special kegs. Please feel free to bring in a small dish to share!

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Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland’s orchestra of Christmas lights are now available for viewing at the WNC Ag Center.

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Downton Abbey Dinner Theatre Experience at Lex 18

Posted on Monday, December 15, 2014

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.

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Get Tested

Posted on Monday, December 15, 2014

World AIDS Day was in December, and we would like to encourage everyone in to get tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

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City of Asheville Announces Interim APD Chief

Posted on Monday, December 15, 2014

The city of Asheville announced that retired Santa Cruz, CA Police Chief Steve Belcher will serve as interim police chief for the Asheville Police Department while the city moves forward with a national search for Chief William Anderson’s successor.

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Spotlight on Deciduous Holly

Posted on Monday, December 15, 2014

Deciduous hollies go largely unnoticed and under-used because most of the year they are just ordinary shrubs.

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New AC Hotel Project Launches in Downtown Asheville

Posted on Friday, December 12, 2014

MHG-Tower, LLC, a development partnership including McKibbon Hotel Group of Gainesville, Georgia, and Glenn Wilcox, owner of Asheville’s BB&T building, has officially launched the new AC Hotel project at 10 Broadway in downtown Asheville.

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20th Anniversary Weizenbock Release Party on December 19th

Posted on Friday, December 12, 2014

Twenty years ago, Highland Brewing Company opened its doors in a town otherwise bereft of breweries. In a final salute to the company’s anniversary, Highlands 20th beer will be: the limited edition 20th Anniversary Weizenbock.

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Twilight School Helps Students Graduate

Posted on Thursday, December 11, 2014

Buncombe County Schools’ Graduation Initiative will again be offering a Twilight School program for high school students that need to recover credits in the evening.

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All Aboard the Polar Express!

Posted on Thursday, December 11, 2014

The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole.

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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.

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McCormick Field to Undergo Seating Renovations

Posted on Monday, December 8, 2014

The aluminum bleacher-style benches, which were first implemented at McCormick Field in 1992, are being replaced in favor of individual reserved stadium-style seats.

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December Garden Chores

Posted on Thursday, December 4, 2014

It’s cold outside, and the last thing you are thinking about is your lawn or garden. There are, however, some chores that need to be done in December.

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New in 2015! Bus Service Seven Days a Week!

Posted on Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Are you ready for a terrific New Year’s resolution? Beginning January 4, Asheville Redefines Transit will offer bus service on Sundays, significantly expanding availability and access to riders in Asheville.

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Autumn Brings the Fall of Tree Seed

Posted on Tuesday, December 2, 2014

This autumn, tons of seed from many different tree species have hit the ground in record amounts. And squirrels weren’t the only ones looking for it.

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Christmas at Biltmore

Posted on Monday, December 1, 2014

Known as one of the Southeast’s most beloved and storied holiday vacation destinations, Christmas at Biltmore daytime tours are now running through Jan. 11, 2015.

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NCDA&CS Offers Tips for Fresh Christmas Trees

Posted on Monday, December 1, 2014

Over the next few weeks, North Carolina families will visit choose-and-cut farms, tree lots, farmers markets and shopping centers in search of the perfect fresh Christmas tree for their holiday decorations.

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Winter Wonderland at the Grove Arcade 2014

Posted on Friday, November 28, 2014

Downtown Asheville’s historical Grove Arcade is a spectacular spot to enjoy the holidays and support locally-owned shops and restaurants.

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Caring for a Real Christmas Tree

Posted on Monday, November 24, 2014

Now that your special tree has been selected, it needs to be cared for in a manner similar to a fresh bouquet of flowers.

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Flat Rock Playhouse Presents A Christmas Carol

Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014

The Charles Dickens’ perennial classic, A Christmas Carol comes to life on the Flat Rock Playhouse stage in a spectacular new production featuring all the classic elements with a few new twists.

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2014 National Gingerbread House Competition

Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The winners of the 2014 National Gingerbread House Competition have been decided. The entries will be on display at the Omni Grove Park Inn through January 1st, 2015.

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Give Wisely When Giving to Charity

Posted on Monday, November 10, 2014

We should be proud that so many people in our state give so much of their time and money to help others. North Carolinians contribute billions of dollars to charity each year, and volunteer countless hours in their communities.

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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.

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Craven Street Improvement Project Begins

Posted on Monday, July 21, 2014

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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, …

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 …

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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.

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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.