Event Cancellations Due to Coronavirus

Several upcoming events have been canceled or postponed due to concerns about the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Events listed on this page may be outdated, so please visit the event website or contact the event organizer for the latest information.
Event organizers can contact us to update their event’s information.

Upcoming events and things to do in Asheville, NC. Below is a list of events for festivals, concerts, art exhibitions, group meetups and more.

Thursday, January 28, 2021
28th Annual Organic Growers School Spring Conference Online REGISTRATION OPEN
Jan 28 all-day
Online w/ Organic Growers School

March 13-21, 2021 – Online
Kick-off Live Event
March 13, 2021
  • Three Live Keynote Talks
  • Teaser Videos for our 11 Themed Tracks
  • Lunchtime Entertainment
  • A Live Q&A With our Keynote speakers
  • A video social with other attendees
  • Access to our Exhibit Hall
Track Workshops
March 14-19, 2021
View 3 pre-recorded hour long workshops in each of 11 Themed Tracks:
  • Cherokee Foods
  • Cooking
  • Farming
  • Food Systems
  • Gardening
  • Herbs
  • Livestock
  • Mushrooms
  • Permaculture
  • Soils
  • Sustainable Living

Live Panel Discussion Sessions

March 20-21, 2021

Join a live Panel Discussion with each speaker from the Track workshops. Interact directly with panelists during the live Q & A portion!
A Virtual Sandburg Story Slam
Jan 28 all-day
Online w/ Carl Sandburg House

Carl Sandburg Home NHS will host a virtual story slam in honor of Carl Sandburg’s January 6th birthday. Throughout the month of January, storytellers are invited to prepare a true five-minute story, take a video of themselves reading the story, and submit the video to be shared here on the official Carl Sandburg Home Facebook page.
Videos will be posted on Facebook from January 27-29, and the winners announced on Saturday, January 30, at 10am. Stories should reflect the theme of “seasons,” such as nature’s change of seasons, a story from a favorite season, or the seasons of life. Visit www.nps.gov/carl/planyourvisit/slam.htm for submission information and video formatting tips. Submissions are due by January 22, 2021.
A panel of judges will rate the stories, with first place awarded $100, second place $75, and third place, $50. All storytellers will receive a small thank you gift for participating.
Support for the Slam is provided by the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, the park’s fundraising partner, and Eastern National, the non-profit partner that operates the park store.

Around the Web w/ BMC: The National Arts Club: On Demand
Jan 28 all-day
Online w/ Brevard Music Center

Around The Web

Live-streamed performances, resources, and activities we love from around the web, updated regularly.

The National Arts Club: On Demand
Founded in 1898, The National Arts Club boasts more than 150 free programs to the public, including exhibitions, theatrical and musical performances, lectures, and readings. Current and archived videos are available and are updated weekly.

Asheville 2020 in review: Response to pandemic, protests and more
Jan 28 all-day
Online w/ Asheville City Government

2020 in review photo illustration

Asheville has not seen a year like 2020 in a hundred years — literally.
 On March 11, the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Not since the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1919 has the world — including our corner of it — experienced this kind of public health challenge.
Working with Buncombe County health officials, City of Asheville employees rolled up their sleeves, crafted creative solutions and showed up to serve this community.
The year was also marked by national and local social unrest
following the death of George Floyd during an arrest in Minneapolis.
But that’s not all that happened. The City made strides in solar energy, social and environmental justice and completed a massive dam improvement project.
Voters elected an all-woman City Council.
Here’s a look back at your City government in 2020.Asheville 2020 in review: Response to pandemic, protests and more | The City of Asheville (ashevillenc.gov)
Asheville Gallery of Art January Show 2021
Jan 28 – Jan 31 all-day
Asheville Gallery of Art

+“Bringing in the Light” opens December 31st at the Asheville Gallery of Art, ringing in the new year with optimism and vigor. The show will feature artwork from four new gallery members: Olga Dorenko, Rebecca Gottesman, Donny Luke, and Susan Voorhees. Olga Dorenko is a familiar name in the Asheville art scene, having run her own fine art gallery since 2008 as well as maintaining a local studio space. Her vivid landscape paintings are meticulously executed and often dreamlike in their composition. Dorenko’s travels through her birthplace in the former Soviet Union inspired the love of nature evident in her work. Rebecca Gottesman is a new painter to Asheville, having traded her home of 30 years in the Vermont mountains for the calling of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her oil paintings take inspiration from the beauty of the natural world, depicting sweeping landscapes and delicate florals with a bright, lively palette. Gottesman often treats the act of painting as a kind of meditation, conveying a sense of reverence for both the paint and the subject, which she hopes to pass on to every person who encounters her art. Donny Luke retired from his 40-year career as an architect and discovered a passion and proficiency for watercolor painting after an inspiring trip out West. His captivating landscapes invite the viewer to dwell in the precise joy of seeing a new place, an experience Luke pursues in his treks through North America in search of fresh material. Susan Voorhees is a prominent local painter, coming from a family of established creatives in the Asheville area. Voorhees works primarily in pastels and demonstrates a masterful, impressionistic approach to her subjects, from wildflower fields in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the bounty gathered from her local farmer’s market. The Asheville Gallery of Art invites viewers to experience these artists through their common use of light in their work, each mastering the play of light and shadow in fresh ways to stir hope for the year ahead. Visitors can view “Bringing in the Light” through the end of January, Thursdays—Sundays from 12-5pm, or by private appointment.

Asheville Gallery of Art January Show 2021, Brining in the Light
Jan 28 – Jan 31 all-day
Asheville Gallery of Art

“Blooms” marks Asheville Gallery of Art’s second new member show of the new year and celebrates the early signs of spring through the beauty of nature, new life, and of course, florals! Viewers can expect to see a variety of work from this month’s featured artists: Kate Coleman, Cynthia Llanes, Jacqueline Oliver, and Claire Simpson-Jones. From figurative work to still lifes, every piece connects with the “Blooms” theme. . .and brings a preview of what’s to come.
Kate Coleman has been a professional artist for more than 18 years. She is best known in the gallery for her large, whimsical bird portraits, and her most recent work employs her signature style of acrylic paint and collaged vintage book pages to create a unique, textured image. For “Blooms,” Coleman turns from fauna to flora, creating layered paintings of plant life that have personal and biographical meaning.
Cynthia Llanes has created art from a young age, starting with designing clothes for her dolls and then working as a textile designer in the Los Angeles fashion district before moving to the Blue Ridge Mountains and pursuing an art career. Llanes is a mixed media artist, creating vivid depictions of nature’s beauty with color and texture. Her paintings for “Blooms” are inspired by some of her favorite poet’s descriptions of flowers and are exclusively painted using alcohol ink, which creates especially bright, saturated colors perfect for florals.
Jacqueline Oliver creates narrative paintings and ink drawings inspired by the natural world, depicting plants, animals, and people in her illustrative style. Her work often contains hidden details to reward the curious viewer. She works in a variety of mediums, from acrylic to papercutting, and her artwork for “Blooms” celebrates the new life that emerges in springtime.
Claire Simpson-Jones works primarily as a watercolorist, painting landscapes and women in nature to capture the important role of nature in our lives. Her paintings reflect her deeply rooted passion for the natural environment and are inspired by her extensive travels near and far. “Blooms” features Simpson-Jones watercolor figures in a new context, mingled with soft florals in a peaceful, serene environment.
The Asheville Gallery of Art invites viewers to experience “Blooms” and be invigorated by a sneak peek of spring. Visitors can view “Bringing in the Light” through the end of February, Thursdays—Sundays from 12-5pm, or by private appointment.

Asheville Independent Restaurants: AIR Fundraiser
Jan 28 all-day
Online

Support AIR! 

AIR Friends is a brand-new giving campaign designed to support the Asheville Independent Restaurants Association (a 501C 3-6 trade association) in its mission to sustain, elevate and advocate for the city’s dynamic community of chefs and restaurants. Now more than ever, AIR’s work is vital to the health and longevity of Asheville’s one-of-a-kind culinary scene.

Won’t you join us at the table?

 

BMC alum Mounir Nessim performs Adagio for Four Violas
Jan 28 all-day
Online w/ Brevard Music Center

Violist and BMC alum Mounir Nessim performs all four parts of Matthias Durst’s hauntingly beautiful Adagio for Four Violas. Mounir recently completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Viola Performance at Louisiana State University in 2020.

Brevard Music Center: Jihye’s Salon, a new living room recital series
Jan 28 all-day
Online w/ Brevard Music Center

BMC faculty members Jihye Chang (piano), Ben Sung (violin), and George Speed (bass) perform excerpts from the pilot concert for Jihye’s Salon, a new living room recital series. Enjoy the music of Boccherini, Bach, Wieniawski, Saint-Saëns, and more!

Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King and Black History Month
Jan 28 all-day
Online

Join us for the 11th Annual Kenilworth Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King! The theme of this year’s event is: ”Don’t Be Afraid to Change the World” Throughout the celebration participants will be introduced to emerging artists, filmmakers, chefs, local business owners, museums, on-line activities, non-violence training and so much more!
To honor legendary educators, Dr. Dolly Mullen and Dr. Dwight Mullen, the collection taken will be donated to help fund the new Drs. Mullen “Don’t Be Afraid to Change the World Scholarship” at UNC Asheville! Donations may be made online at kenilworthchurch.org. When giving, please write MLK in the notes section.
Respond to the event so you will have access to exciting daily content to explore. Let’s gather virtually to learn how so many individuals and organizations are continuing the dream Of Martin Luther King, Jr. and advancing his legacy of hope into our collective future!
City of Asheville establishes Office of Data and Performance
Jan 28 all-day
Online w/ Asheville City Government
Data meeting
City data is used in many ways, including as a way to explain the impact of City programs during community meetings.

 

 

Over the last decade, the City of Asheville has worked to build a data culture to drive policy development and support decision making. Beginning in 2012 with the City’s first open data efforts, the City has steadily built data capacity. Over the past two years, these efforts have culminated in a multidisciplinary governance team with leadership from several departments that is encouraging departure from previous City Hall norms and beginning to build a new results-focused, data-driven culture.

 

The Asheville community deserves clear, understandable communication about what our programs intend to achieve, how they are expected to achieve it, and data that indicates whether they are being successful. Asheville staff deserves actionable data on program performance, and a results-based approach to improvement.

 

In support of this, we are pleased to announce the City has taken steps to organize our internal structure by creating the Office of Data and Performance. This is a cross-departmental function created by City Manager Debra Campbell and managed by the IT Services Department. The office will work with departments to embed the use of the Results-based Accountability™ (RBA) framework into the practices and processes of the organization. By using the RBA framework, the City will have greater accountability to the community and practice better communication in terms of results.

 

To maximize impact, we will begin by integrating RBA and equity into the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 budget planning process so that equitable, data-driven, outcomes-based accountability, decision-making and transparency are tied to our resource investment decisions.

 

In the near future, look for two new exciting job opportunities in our IT Services Department that will support our data and performance program. We will be hiring a Performance Analyst to support a disciplined approach to clearly defining community and program outcomes and using data to assess and improve performance. We will also hire a Data Communications Specialist to help understand and present program performance and progress toward community goals in ways that are truly accessible, presenting not just numbers, but the stories and context behind the numbers.

 

In January 2021, the City will host a virtual engagement event to introduce the Office of Data and Performance and welcome questions from the community. Staff will share our plans for engaging the community and the tools we will use to share results. Look for information in the new year.

 

For questions about the Office of Data and Performance, please contact Eric Jackson, the Data and Performance program manager.

Classical Music and Animation for all Ages
Jan 28 all-day
Online w/ Brevard Music Center

Staff Picks From Around the Web

Live-streamed performances, resources, and activities we love from around the web, updated regularly.

 

Classical Music
and Animation

Enjoy examples of the relationship between classical music and animation aimed at audiences of all ages.

COVID-19 Testing in Buncombe County
Jan 28 all-day
Various locations in Buncombe County

COVID-19 Testing in Buncombe County

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COVID-19 Testing General Information

Think you have been exposed to COVID?

Testing is widely available at urgent cares, federally qualified health centers, and through some primary care providers for those who need it however, it remains important to focus on the prevention of COVID first and foremost to keep the virus from spreading further into the community and to loved ones.

Find testing near you:

  • If you DO NOT HAVE a healthcare provider who offers testing for COVID-19 and you need to get tested, there are several ways to find testing near you.
  • Visit the Find My Testing Place website to find a clinic or pop up testing site near you.
  • People in Buncombe County can access testing by completing the Buncombe County Self-Checker online. If you need testing, you can set up an appointment at one of the county’s open-air, drive-through sites. People can also call the Ready Team at (828) 419-0095 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday to be pre-screened for testing at these sites. A Ready Team member will call you within 2 business days to schedule your appointment.
  • You can call the Buncombe County nurse line at (828) 250-5300 to find out where you can get tested (Press OPTION #1 to speak with a nurse) from 8 am to 5:30 pm.
  • Community Testing Site Information

    Please read: You must schedule an appointment for community test sites.

    Buncombe County offers drive-thru COVID-19 community testing at specified locations throughout the county. Community testing provides an easy and efficient way for those who live, work, or attend school in Buncombe County to get tested for COVID-19.

    Testing at the fixed sites is available by appointment only. Here are the steps to sign up for community testing at one of the Buncombe County community testing sites:

    Step 1: Complete the Buncombe County COVID-19 Self-Checker.  The self-checker will tell you whether or not you need to be tested. You can access the self-checker here. You can also call the Ready Team at (828) 419-0095 and they will help you to complete the self-checker.

    Step 2: If your self-checker results indicate that you need to be tested and you do not have a primary care provider who is providing COVID-19 testing or you cannot get tested at an urgent care, you will need to register for the testing site. You can register online or by calling the Ready Team. You must complete the registration form and wait for a call back (next step).

    Step 3: Once you have completed the registration, the Ready Team will call you within 2 business days to schedule your appointment. They will call from this number: (828) 419-0095. Do not show up at the testing site without an appointment. 

    Step 4: Show up at the testing site at your scheduled date and time.

    Step 5: Wait for your testing results or access them online. Your test result will be available within 48 hours. While you are waiting for your test result, you should act as if you have COVID and reduce or eliminate your contact with others until your test results return.

    • While waiting for your test result, please follow the instructions in the “Steps for People After COVID-19 Testing” handout that you received at the testing site and attached below. This handout also tells you what to do once you get your test result.
    • A Buncombe County employee will call you with your test result.
          OR
    • You can register with our lab partner, Genova Diagnostics, to check on your results online. Please do not call Genova for your results.

    To get your results from the lab partner, Genova Diagnostics*:

    • Register for the Genova Diagnostics myGDX Patient Resource Center at https://www.gdx.net/prc.
    • To access your result, you will be asked to enter the last 5 digits of your social security number to verify your identity. If you do not have a social security number, enter any 5 numbers and you will be able to get your result by providing different identifying information.
      * You may see a note on Genova’s website about a 10 day delay in releasing results to patients, but this does not apply to COVID testing through our sites.

    Testing site locations in Buncombe County are at the Buncombe County Sports Park on Thursdays and on Sundays at the AB Tech Allied Health Building. Please pre-register for testing at these locations by completing the Self-Checker or by calling the Ready Team at (828) 419-0095. Please check the calendar below for testing site times and dates. 

    Important: Please check Buncombe County’s Facebook page for site cancellations due to weather. 

COVID-19 Updates for Business
Jan 28 all-day
Online
COVID-19 Updates for Business
With the rapid update of information at the Federal, State, and local levels, we will be issuing these special edition updates each Thursday, in addition to our regular Tuesday, E-News.

VISIT: COVID-19 Updates for Henderson County Businesses (constantcontact.com)

DEBUSSY: La Mer
Jan 28 all-day
Online w/ Brevard Music Center

Digital BMC

Selected past performances by BMC orchestras, faculty, and guest artists on YouTube, SoundCloud, and Open Air Brevard.

DEBUSSY La Mer
III. Dialogue du vent et de la mer
Brevard Sinfonia • Daniel Hege, conductor
Recorded on July 7, 2018,
at the Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at the Brevard Music Center.

Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards Nominations
Jan 28 all-day
online w/ Buncombe County Government

A volunteer stands with their back to the camera, their t-shirt says volunteer.

Update: The deadline to apply has been extended to Jan. 31.

Volunteers are an integral part of our community, offering their time and energy to important causes often without reward or recognition.

The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award honors the true spirit of volunteerism by recognizing individuals, groups, and businesses that make significant contributions to their community through volunteer service. The awards program, created by the Office of the Governor in 1979, recognizes North Carolina’s most dedicated volunteers. Through the years, the award honors thousands who have shown concern and compassion for their neighbors by volunteering in their local community.

Nominate an outstanding volunteer

Each county will select up to ten individuals, businesses, groups/teams, and one paid Director of Volunteers to be recognized for their outstanding contributions to their communities. Buncombe County is seeking nominations from the public through Jan. 20, 2021. Any person, group, or entity from the public, nonprofit, and private sector may be nominated for an award, and one of the nominees will be nominated for the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer service, awarded to the top 20 volunteers in the state. See the Buncombe County 2020 awardees.

If you would like to nominate a deserving volunteer, group, or organization there are two ways. Find a link to the online submission or download a form. If using the form attached below, please email your nomination forms to [email protected] by Jan. 31, 2020.

 

Grammy-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta: Unscripted
Jan 28 all-day
Online w/ Brevard Music Center

Staff Picks From Around the Web

Live-streamed performances, resources, and activities we love from around the web, updated regularly.

 

JoAnn Falletta:
Unscripted

Explore an unscripted and surprising tall tale of Grammy-winning conductor, JoAnn Falletta.

Help us Save Charlotte Street
Jan 28 all-day
Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County
Help us Save Charlotte Street
We need your help to stop this proposed development!  Please contact our City Council and let them know how you feel about the plan.  With lawyers and PR firms, we know the developers are, make sure you voice is heard too!
What else can you do?
  • Write letters to the editor
  • Sign the petition
  • Get a yard sign… when more arrive!
Thank you for the overwhelming response to the signs!  We are currently out but will let you know when more arrive.
We’ve heard your requests and this is coming soon:
HiHo Kids: Kids Meet an Opera Singer
Jan 28 all-day
Online w/ Brevard Music Center

Brevard Music Center Staff Picks From Around the Web

HiHo Kids:
Kids Meet an Opera Singer

Curious kids meet–and interview–people with particular points of view.

January is National Blood Donor Month
Jan 28 all-day
The Blood Connection various locations

Amid the arrival of the long awaited COVID-19 vaccine, the demand for a well-known treatment for those battling the virus, convalescent plasma, has skyrocketed.

The Blood Connection (TBC), a non-profit community blood center, has seen the demand for this life-saving product triple in the past few months because of its effectiveness.
However, the need for convalescent plasma continues to far outrun the supply.
The release of the COVID-19 vaccine has created a challenge for TBC, as it reduces the number
of people who are eligible to give convalescent plasma. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA)
has recommended that donors who have received the vaccine should not donate convalescent
plasma but can donate whole blood (a regular blood donation). To give convalescent plasma,
donors must be symptom free for at least 14 days and must have proof of a positive COVID-19
test or positive COVID-19 antibody test.

Visit web site or call to schedule your donation appointment:
Hendersonville
825 Spartanburg Highway
Hendersonville, NC 28792

Greenville
435 Woodruff Rd.
Greenville, SC 29607

Spartanburg
270 N. Grove Medical Park Dr.
Spartanburg, SC 29303

Asheville
225 Airport Rd.
Arden, NC 28704

Local Charitable Giving Program Expands 2021 Charitable Giving Program
Jan 28 all-day
Online w/ Community Foundation of Henderson County

Nonprofit organizations wishing to apply for the 2021 Charitable Giving Program can access applications
online at www.horizonheatac.com/hha-community-fund. Applications will be accepted through Monday,
February 1, 2021. Last year, $24,000 was awarded to 14 nonprofits whose programs range from food
assistance to medical care and after-school education.

Look ahead: City of Asheville projects and initiatives for the new year
Jan 28 all-day
Online w/ Asheville City Government
Look ahead 2020 photo illustration

 

Asheville residents can look upon the new year with optimism. Together, we’ve weathered a pandemic and a vaccine will be available this year. Even so, the City of Asheville’s response to COVID-19 will continue in the new year, in coordination with the state of North Carolina and Buncombe County.

 

Residents can look forward to advances in social change in 2021 as well, as City staff incorporate Advancing Racial Equity in Asheville into the budget, reimagining public safety and all the other work that will go into serving this community in the coming year.

 

With that in mind, here are some initiatives coming our way. Look ahead: City of Asheville projects and initiatives for the new year | The City of Asheville (ashevillenc.gov)
NC Department of Health and Human Services: COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
Jan 28 all-day
Online
With the large amount of information coming out about the COVID-19 vaccine and the updates on availability, and how to get your shot, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has published a FAQs page with information for reference.
Individuals interested in getting the vaccine can also visit yourshot.org to see the active groups and request an appointment.
Organic Growers School Apprentice Link database for Farming
Jan 28 all-day
Online w/ Organic Growers School

The Apprentice Link database connects people who are serious about learning the sustainable farming trade with farmers who are willing to teach them in an apprenticeship setting. Our programs’ emphasis is specifically in the Southern Appalachians, with a focus on farms that participate in local Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) programs.

To be included in this listing, Organic Growers School has vetted each farm to determine of the following criteria has been met:

  • Farms are actively engaged in the local community.
  • Farms are using organic and/or sustainable production methods. Organic Certification and other certifications are not required, but we do ask that farms and farmers are “in-the-know” and conscientiously practicing organic standards.
  • Farms are dedicated to training new farmers by providing education as a pinnacle element of their apprenticeship program.
Public Transparency Dashboard released by Asheville police
Jan 28 all-day
Online w/ Asheville City Government
A new online database is available to the public with information on the Asheville Police Department (APD).

Message from the Chief

The Asheville Police Department is committed to improving transparency, building relationships, and improving trust with the residents of our community. The purpose of this dashboard is to provide our residents with the information needed to work collaboratively with law enforcement to develop solutions to make our community safer.

-David Zack, Chief of Police

Quarantine with The Sixteen: Recipes for Isolation
Jan 28 all-day
Online w/ Brevard Music Center

Brevard Music Center Staff Picks From Around the Web

Quarantine with The Sixteen:
Recipes for Isolation

Discover seven mouth-watering recipes recommended by members of the beloved UK-based choir.

Shiloh Peace Garden Food Pantry + PPE Supplies for those In Need
Jan 28 all-day
Shiloh Peace Garden

Community Collaboration Helps Neighbors in Time of Need

Food insecurity has risen significantly across the country due to pandemic-related job losses and struggles, and in Buncombe County local food pantries are popping up to help feed neighborhood families.

A collaborative, community-led project between Bountiful Cities, St. James AME Church, East End Valley Street Neighborhood Association, and Shiloh Community Association has neighbors helping neighbors to get non-perishable food and personal protective equipment (PPE) right where it’s needed most.

To serve people in need in the community, there are two new food pantries located at St. James AME Church and the Shiloh Peace Garden. Both pantries were handmade by Asheville local, Max Mandler of Mandler Construction. The pantry at St. James AME is dedicated to the memory of Bernadette Thompson, a longtime community activist and faithful member of the church for many years, and features artwork by local artist Jenny Pickens.

Community members will find both pantries stocked with non-perishable, nutritious food and free masks, hand sanitizers, cleaning supplies, and other items that will assist individuals in staying safe and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Upkeep and stocking the pantry will be a joint effort among the sponsoring organizations and the community-at-large. Thanks to CARES funding, Buncombe County government was able to help with initial supply efforts. The pantries will be open seven days a week and are set up to be self-serve. Everyone is welcome to utilize the pantries for both food and PPE needs.

Soil + Water Conservation District Announces Student Scholarship Program
Jan 28 all-day
Online w/ Soil & Water Conservation District

The Buncombe County Soil & Water Conservation Board of District Supervisors are pleased to announce a new annual student scholarship opportunity. The Buncombe Soil & Water Conservation District Student Scholarship is available to Buncombe County students in high school or currently attending an accredited institution, who plan on going into a conservation, agriculture, natural resource-related field, or are part of a farming family.

One scholarship in the amount of $1000 will be awarded for the 2021/2022 academic school year. The awarded individual will be expected to attend a Buncombe SWCD Board meeting to accept the scholarship.

Applications will be posted on the District’s website or can be emailed to you. Please contact Taira Lance at (828) 250-4787 or [email protected] for more information. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2021.

 

students study biology in the outdoors around a table

St. James AME Church Food Pantry + PPE Supplies for those In Need
Jan 28 all-day
St. James AME Church

Community Collaboration Helps Neighbors in Time of Need

Food insecurity has risen significantly across the country due to pandemic-related job losses and struggles, and in Buncombe County local food pantries are popping up to help feed neighborhood families.

A collaborative, community-led project between Bountiful Cities, St. James AME Church, East End Valley Street Neighborhood Association, and Shiloh Community Association has neighbors helping neighbors to get non-perishable food and personal protective equipment (PPE) right where it’s needed most.

To serve people in need in the community, there are two new food pantries located at St. James AME Church and the Shiloh Peace Garden. Both pantries were handmade by Asheville local, Max Mandler of Mandler Construction. The pantry at St. James AME is dedicated to the memory of Bernadette Thompson, a longtime community activist and faithful member of the church for many years, and features artwork by local artist Jenny Pickens.

Community members will find both pantries stocked with non-perishable, nutritious food and free masks, hand sanitizers, cleaning supplies, and other items that will assist individuals in staying safe and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Upkeep and stocking the pantry will be a joint effort among the sponsoring organizations and the community-at-large. Thanks to CARES funding, Buncombe County government was able to help with initial supply efforts. The pantries will be open seven days a week and are set up to be self-serve. Everyone is welcome to utilize the pantries for both food and PPE needs.

State Re-Calibrates Vaccine Phasing, Vaccines for Health Care Workers and Adults 65 +
Jan 28 all-day
online w/ Buncombe County Government

 

Today the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) announced that vaccine providers may vaccinate all health care workers and anyone 65 years and older.

Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS) had begun administering vaccine to those 75 years and older per the previous NCDHHS plan and is committed to providing vaccinations to those 75 years and older until Feb 1, 2021. BCHHS will continue to provide appointments to those over the age of 75 and will begin to provide appointments for individuals 65 and older starting Feb. 1, 2021.

Because vaccine supplies are currently limited, states must make vaccine available in phases. View the phases at https://files.nc.gov/covid/documents/vaccines/NCDHHS-Vaccine-Infographic.pdf.

NCDHHS determines the vaccine allocation to counties. Current vaccine supply remains low. BCHHS will alert our community of available appointments as more vaccine doses are received.

Currently, all appointments for available vaccines have been scheduled. Community members can receive information about vaccination phases, available appointments, and how to schedule appointments by signing up for the COVID-19 email newsletter at buncombeready.org. Community members can also receive alerts to their phones by texting “BCAlert” to 888-777.