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 Events listed on this page may be outdated, so please visit the event website or contact the event organizer for the latest information.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, April 15, 2021
 April is Earth Month: virtual 5k/10k with the Bend Marathon! 
Apr 15 all-day
Online w/ Sierra Club

We have 15 entries for free registration for the first 15 people to raise $150. Your virtual race can be completed between April 12 – May 25, plus you can earn other fun prizes:

We’ve set a goal to raise $150k for Earth Month to advance climate solutions, ensure clean air and water for all, and make the outdoors an accessible and safe place for everyone. 2021 is a crucial year for us to come together for the future health of our planet and generations to come.

If you’re interested in learning more about other ways to get involved in Earth Month, we’ll be releasing our schedule of activities later this week, or you can make a $39 donation to get the Marine Layer Earth Day T-shirt.

#Resilience is reflecting on the stories of Women’s History Month!
Apr 15 all-day
Online w/ #Resilience
Sprinkle
                                                          Caldwell

#Resilience is reflecting on the stories of
Women’s History Month!

This month, we highlighted the women who have paved the way and who continue to pave the way while embodying resilience. The women we have featured are perfect examples of women who not only have had resilience in their careers and lives, but also help others build resilience through their practices and examples.

Donna Volpitta has used the characters in her Pathways to Empower program for over 10 years. Characters like the ant, grasshopper, glowworm and dragonfly have helped her teach not only her own children, but now children across the country the importance of mental health and how to have a conversation about it.

And by children, we don’t mean elementary-school aged kids. Donna serves kids of all ages: K-12 and college. She launched Pathways to Empower in January of last year, right before the COVID-19 pandemic, to provide resources to help people learn how to build resilience and foster mental health.

“We tell toddlers all the time, ‘use your words.’ The truth is they don’t have them. They don’t know how to say the things we want them to so we need to descriptive, we need to give them language to be able to handle the challenges. That’s what resilience is, right? To be able to handle the challenges.”

Listen to Donna Volpitta’s interview now!

8th Annual Business Plan Contest
Apr 15 all-day
Online w/ Henderson Chamber of Commerce

The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the 8th Annual Business Plan Contest. A well-written business plan lays the foundation for a financially successful business. A well-prepared and executed business plan will grow sales, employment, and improve the bottom line. The business – start-up or existing – with the winning business plan will receive business services including advertising, tax, legal, and marketing for free, a value of over $7,000!
The 8th Annual Business Plan Contest is open to start-ups as well as existing businesses. You DO NOT have to be a Chamber member to participate. Electronic submissions are due to the Chamber by Monday, April 19, 2020. A panel of judges will select the winner and present the award at a reception hosted during Henderson County’s Small Business Week. The date for the celebration is still to be determined.
Asheville Gallery of Art April Show, “Contemporary Vistas” Featuring Sally Lordeon
Apr 15 – Apr 30 all-day
Asheville Gallery of Art

“Contemporary Vistas” opens at Asheville Gallery of Art on April 1st and features the modern landscape paintings of member Sally Lordeon.
Sally Lordeon studied fine art at Chatham University in Pennsylvania and now resides in Asheville, where she pursues her life-long passion of painting. Her work is represented in galleries and private collections across the United States. After a successful career as a technical writer and college textbook author, Lordeon returned to her first love of art. She identifies as an Abstract Impressionist, blending contemporary painting methods with classic impressionist styles to create unique works full of texture and soft, blended colors. Lordeon is drawn to abstraction because it “allows the mind to see what the eyes do not.” With a measure of ambiguity, her paintings invite the viewer to complete the image with their imagination.
For “Contemporary Vistas,” Lordeon captures familiar vistas in her unique style to celebrate the mountains and scenery from across the country, which are a constant source of inspiration for her work. From calm, serene landscapes to powerful, moving tableaux, Lordeon’s show pays special homage to the natural world. Her modern interpretations of landscapes are nuanced and approachable, collecting just enough detail to suggest a landscape familiar to the viewer’s personal experience.
Lordeon’s mastery of color to create atmosphere is on display in “Nature’s Reflections,” a heavily textured landscape depicting a mountain peak and evergreen forest on the edge of a frosty lake. Though the artwork is painted in her typical abstract impressionist style and minimalist in its content, Lordeon’s composition creates a landscape where you can tell the temperature just by looking at the scene.
In “Glorious,” Lordeon captures the nuances of light, the energy of water, and the perfect balance of color in a stunning composition of mountains and water. The powerful contrast of light and dark creates an epic, emotive landscape. As always, she refrains from a photorealistic representation in favor of a more textured and ambiguous landscape that draws on the imagination to be fully realized.
Visitors can see these paintings and more from April 1st to April 30th at the Asheville Gallery of Art, Thursdays through Sundays 12-5pm or by private appointment. On First Friday, April 2nd, Sally Lordeon will be available for an artist meet-and-greet from 5-8pm. All are welcome.

Asheville Parks picnic shelter reservations open
Apr 15 all-day
Asheville Parks
Murphy Oakley Park picnic shelter
Murphy Oakley Park picnic shelter

 

 

Asheville Parks & Recreation is happy to announce that picnic shelter reservations will resume.   Rates begin at $40 per day and are available at 11 parks throughout the city.  All shelters are available on a first-come, first-serve basis unless reserved.  To reserve a shelter online, visit www.avlrec.com.

 

Under Gov. Roy Cooper’s most recent COVID guidelines executive order, now in effect, the number of people who may gather outdoors has increased from 50 to 100.

 

The City of Asheville Parks & Recreation Department is committed to providing quality facilities and programs in a safe environment for everyone in our community.  For more information about everything Asheville Parks & Recreation offers, visit the website at www.ashevillenc.gov/parks,  Facebook page at www.facebook.com/APRCA or call 828-259-5800.

 

Be the Change Challenge, a virtual 5k/10k fundraiser
Apr 15 all-day
Online

The Junior League of Asheville is excited to announce Be the Change Challenge, a virtual 5k/10k fundraiser to be held between April 9th and 18th, 2021.  Members of the community are invited to skip, hop, walk, run, or race the event, which will also act as fundraiser for the JLA.  Funds raised for this event will directly support the programs of the Junior League of Asheville.  Please visit https://runsignup.com/Race/Events/NC/Anytown/JuniorLeagueofAshevilleVirtualRun to register for Be the Change Challenge.

The Junior League will be awarding $5000 in grants, at minimum increments of $500, to regional nonprofits, with a focus on organizations that serve vulnerable individuals and children in Western North Carolina.  Applicants are limited to organizations in Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, and McDowell counties.  Grant applications are due by March 9, 2021.  Grant recipients and lead time winners will be announced on April 19th.  To access the application and apply for a grant, please visit https://juniorleagueofasheville.org/2021/02/be-the-change-grant/

“This has been a challenging year for our community and for the nonprofits who provide invaluable services to the most vulnerable members of our community.  We hope that this virtual race will encourage participants to get outdoors and engage in healthy activities while simultaneously supporting our grant program and the local community.” –  Jamie Bryan-Whitlock, JLA President.

If you are interested in becoming a community partner or sponsor of the Junior League of Asheville please contact [email protected]

Buncombe County Vaccination Clinic FIRST DOSE COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Apr 15 all-day
Buncombe County

 

Update: As of April 7, 2021, anyone 16 and older can get vaccinated! Go to buncombeready.org or call (828) 419-0095 to schedule your appointment through Buncombe County. Please note that only Pfizer is approved for 16- and 17-year-olds, so if you select another provider, make sure they have Pfizer available. (Buncombe County Health & Human Services has Pfizer available.)

COVID-19 vaccines are available in Buncombe County from BC Public Health and other local providers at this time. Schedule your appointment with us by clicking the button above, or visit the NCDHHS Find a Vaccine Location website to find other local providers. COVID-19 vaccinations are your best shot at stopping COVID-19, you have a spot-take your shot.

Overview of First Dose Appointment at Buncombe County’s COVID Vaccine Clinic:

  • Walk-ups are not permitted at this time. You must have an appointment. Please schedule an appointment by clicking here.
  • No ID or specific documents are needed when someone arrives to get a vaccine.
  • The person will have to complete a short registration form with their name and contact information, as well as a few other questions to ensure they meet the current phase’s criteria.
  • The ability to get a vaccine is not impacted by citizenship status.
  • Language services are available on site.
  • Please plan for safe transportation to the immunization site. Drivers and riders should wear masks and social distance to the extent possible. Please wear a mask to the immunization site.
  • From check-in to vaccine administration, the takes about 10 minutes. Following the vaccine, patients are monitored for adverse reactions for 15 or 30 minutes prior to being released.
  • Once a patient receives a first dose of the vaccine, they should receive a reminder for their second dose via the State’s COVID Vaccine Management System and from Buncombe County. You do not need to schedule your second dose. The date and location of your second dose is on your CDC Immunization Card and the second dose flyer you received after your first dose. For information on your second dose, click here.
  • Patients who receive the vaccine still need to continue wearing a mask, waiting six feet, and washing hands frequently.
Celebrate Earth Day Every Day Free Energy Chats
Apr 15 all-day
Blue Horizons Project

Asheville Earth month graphic

Blue Horizons Project Home Energy Chats

Our team at Blue Horizons Project provides free, unbiased technical advice and expertise about all your home energy questions, including but not limited to solar energy, weatherization, HVAC replacement, and hot water heaters.

Let’s Start The Conversation!

The Blue Horizons Project wants everyone in Buncombe County to understand, support and be a part of our mission to create a clean energy future. If you have a question, want to know how you can help or have an idea to share, we want to hear about it.

Conserving Carolina and Blue Ridge Humane Society: Tails and Trails
Apr 15 – Apr 18 all-day
online w/ Conserving Carolina

Gather your favorite hiking buddy, canine or human, and explore the amazing trails in our community thanks to the work of Conserving Carolina and support two organizations at one time!

During the week of April 11-18, hit the trails that have been made possible by Conserving Carolina with your favorite two- or four-legged friend and complete additional challenges for prizes from BRHS and Conserving Carolina.

There are three hike options: Bearwallow Mountain, any segment of the Oklawaha Greenway between Jackson Park and Berkeley Mills Park, and the perimeter trail of the Park at Flat Rock.

Complete one or all of the hikes and walks and discover for yourself the work of Conserving Carolina in our community with your furry friend! Proceeds support Conserving Carolina and the programs of Blue Ridge Humane Society that provide new homes for pets in need, support services for local pets and their owners, and more!

To RSVP, click on https://conservingcarolina.org/event/tails-and-trails-3/

DigiMarCon East 2021 – Digital Marketing, Media and Advertising Conference & Exhibition
Apr 15 all-day
New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge Hotel

DigiMarCon East 2021 is your chance to …
– Experience a safe and intimate gathering with marketing leaders and professionals in a clean and hygienic environment.
– Hear from some of the most audacious and thought provoking speakers in the digital marketing, media and advertising industry.
– Gain insight into emerging strategies, the latest innovative technologies, and best practices to move your business to the next level.
– Network with thought leaders, collaborate with your peers and build your professional network.

The 6th annual DigiMarCon East, the Premier Digital Marketing, Media and Advertising Conference & Exhibition in the Eastern United States returns April 15th to 16th, 2021 at the luxurious New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge Hotel in New York City, NY. Join your peers in-person or online for 2-days jam packed with digital marketing best practices, latest trends, practical solutions, strategy and networking, also check out the next generation of technology & innovation; Internet, Mobile, AdTech, MarTech & SaaS Technology.

Immerse yourself in topics like digital strategy, programmatic advertising, web experience management, usability / design, mobile marketing & retargeting, customer engagement, user acquisition, social media marketing, targeting & optimization, video marketing, data science & big data, web analytics & A/B testing, email marketing, content marketing, conversion rate optimization, search engine optimization, paid search marketing, geo-targeting, predictive analysis & attribution, growth hacking, conversion rate optimization, growth marketing tools, marketing & sales automation, sustainable growth strategies, product marketing & UX / UI and much, much more!

At DigiMarCon East 2021, you will receive all the elements you need to achieve digital marketing success! Conventional thought will be challenged, new ways of thinking will emerge, and you will leave with your head, notebooks and professional toolkit full of action items and ideas to lead and supercharge your agency / team / account to even greater success.

Be a part of DigiMarCon East 2021 and discover how to thrive and succeed as a marketer in a rapidly evolving digital world. Top keynotes, case studies, strategy sessions, networking and more in a safe and hygienic environment!

See why people keep coming back year after year to this must-attend event! Register and secure your seat today.

For more details visit https://digimarconeast.com.

Earth Month Bingo: Show Your Planet Some Love
Apr 15 all-day
Online w/ WNC for the Planet

WNC for the Planet Logo

#WNCFORTHEPLANET

April is Earth Month, and for all of you looking for ways to help our beautiful mother Earth, we’ve got you covered. This year 6 of the partnering environmental organizations have gathered various way for you to enjoy nature, learn new things about the environment, and help protect our local ecosystems. By participating in some of these activities, you can be entered to win a bundle of goodies. Here’s how it works:

  1. Click on each bingo square to learn more about that activity.
  2. Use this printable bingo card to track the activities you complete.
  3. Once you’ve completed a row or column on the bingo card, email your filled out bingo card to [email protected]
  4. For every row or column that you complete you’ll get one entry into the drawing for a swag bag prize bundle.
FABRICated at Center for Craft
Apr 15 all-day
Center for Craft

FABRICated presents an intergenerational look at new boundaries in art and craft through works that merge fiber-based processes with other media, like painting, sculpture, and blacksmithing. Each of the seven artists explores ideas of the body, identity, and their unique, personal stories by using a medium with a rich history of craft. Stitching, in and of itself, is slow and methodical and invites the audience to slow down and look carefully at the physicality of the thread, the textures of the fabric, and the paint and the found objects that are introduced into the mix. The result is an exhibition that questions the nature of what constitutes women’s work, the relationship of fine art and craft, and how these elements can come together to form a new kind of community conversation. FABRICated presents the work of two established artists, Virginia Derryberry (Asheville, NC) and Marcia Goldenstein (Knoxville, TN), along with five emerging artists who are exploring new boundaries in art and craft and, by so doing, open up an exploration between an older and a younger generation.

Family Fun Pack Contest: Week of the Young Child
Apr 15 all-day
Online w/ Smart Start Partnership for Children

Family Fun Pack Contest 1

We are SO excited to be partnering with WTZQ and Children Family Resource Center to bring you the first EVER Family Fun Pack Week of the Young Child Contest!

Check out the cool prizes below! Stay tuned for how to enter between April 10th and April 16th. 

Grants for printing + distribution: Recycling outreach materials in rural + small communities
Apr 15 all-day
Online w/ Carolina Recycling Association
Funding Available for Rural & Small Community Outreach 
CRA Providing Assistance for Printing & Distribution 
CRA is thrilled to announce we will be offering grants for the printing and distribution of recycling outreach materials in rural and small communities!  Our goal is to help reduce contamination and increase participation in these community recycling programs!  
Over the past few years we have heard from many small communities and haulers that there is a great need for financial assistance to reach their residents with anti-contamination and proper recycling information, and we are answering that call for help. The Carolina Recycling Association (CRA) has been awarded a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to assist rural and small community residential commingled or source separated recycling programs in North and South Carolina. The purpose of this grant is to fund the purchase and distribution of education and outreach materials for these communities in order to help educate citizens on what can be recycled in their respective communities and to combat recycling contamination.  Applicants should carefully read the entire application before completing.
 
Application Due Date:

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm on Friday, May 14, 2021.

Eligible Entities:
  • Rural local governments, defined as counties, municipalities, councils of governments and solid waste authorities in North and South Carolina.
  • Private or nonprofit haulers that provide recycling collection services to rural communities.
  • Programs offering residential curbside collection or county convenience center drop-off recycling programs.
  • For the purpose of this grant, a rural community as defined by USDA has a population of 10,000 or less.
Growing Minds Farm to School Program Spring Garden Bingo
Apr 15 all-day
Online w/ ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project)

Spring Garden Bingp

This spring garden bingo card comes from our Growing Minds Farm to School Program, but anyone can play! Get a printable version of the card here or find more spring learning resources for kids here.

Henderson County Chamber: Submissions for the 2021 Business Plan Contest
Apr 15 all-day
Henderson County Chamber of Commerce
The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce is presenting the 8th Annual Business Plan Contest and contest submissions are now being accepted. A well-written business plan lays the foundation for a financially successful business. A well-prepared and executed business plan will grow sales, employment, and improve the bottom line. The business – start-up or existing – with the winning business plan will receive business services including advertising, tax, legal, and marketing for free, a value of over $7,000!
Contest submissions are due by 5:00 pm on Monday, April 19. Submissions are reviewed and graded by the Small Business Committee of the Chamber. The winner will be announced and honored at the Small Business Awards Reception at Southern Appalachian Brewery. The final event date has not been determined at this time and is dependent on COVID restrictions but the tentative plan is to host the reception in May or June.
Submissions should include a cover page featuring the name of the business, name of the owner, and contact information, and information outlining the business idea, competitive advantage, market analysis, cash flow, timeline and action plans, and owner qualifications. Optional elements to include are vision and mission statements, table of contents, and legal structure information. Submissions will be graded on the required elements.
Please email your plan to Hoyle Adams at the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce
204 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville, NC 28739 • [email protected] (828) 692-1413
Henderson County COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments are Now Open to All Groups
Apr 15 all-day
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COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments 

COVID-19 vaccine appointments are now open to all groups. Appointment options will be posted below when available.

  • Please check next week for more appointments 

Henderson County Call Center: 828-585-4700 | Screening Form

Vaccine Appointment Frequently Asked Questions 

NC COVID-19 Vaccine Help Center: 888-675-4567


North Carolina Vaccine Information | Dashboard | Find a Vaccine Location

Vaccine Fact Sheets: Pfizer | Moderna | Janssen (J&J)


Other Henderson County COVID-19 Vaccine Providers

Need a lift to your vaccination appointment?

Henderson County residents may contact Apple Country Transportation for a free ride to their pre-scheduled vaccination appointment. Busses are clean, safe and comfortable and serve COVID-19 immunization clinics throughout Henderson County. Call (828) 698-8571 to schedule a ride.

 

Holistic Crop Management
Apr 15 – Apr 27 all-day
Online w/Organic Growers School

Organic Growers School is excited to offer this curriculum and training opportunity for the second year in partnership with Certified Naturally Grown.

Spring 2021

March 23 – April 27, 2021 • Online – livestream from anywhere!

In response to the need for virtual learning opportunities during the pandemic, we have restructured this curriculum from in-person workshops to a six-part webinar series, which includes a mixture of videos, resources, and live virtual meetings.


March 23 – April 27, 2021 – Online
Growing a viable farm business is sustained by continuous learning of the land and your products. In this workshop series, growers across Southern Appalachia and beyond will gain tools to manage their crop production for whole-farm success.

Workshop Descriptions & Winter Schedule

Session 1: Tools from the Holistic Management Framework

March 23, 2021

Participants will learn how to view the farm as an ecosystem while managing the four ecosystem processes – energy flow, water cycle, nutrient cycle, and community dynamics – in order to establish balance and promote productivity on your farm.

Session 2: A Holistic Approach to Soil Health

March 30, 2021 

Soil health, in an agricultural context, can be loosely defined as the combination of soil fertility, soil structure, and the biological activity that enables the production of healthy plants, active nutrient cycling, water infiltration and retention, and minimal soil erosion. Participants will understand and learn to apply the four ecosystem processes, holistic management principles, the basics of soil science, and soil monitoring techniques to help increase their farm’s soil health,  productivity, and resilience.

Session 3: Managing Weeds Holistically

April 6, 2021 

Effectively managing weeds can be the most labor-intensive task for ecological crop and vegetable production. This session will cover common weed biology, ecology, and identification. Participants will also learn preventative as well as mechanical and cultural practices you can implement on your farm to reduce weed pressure, save time, and money.

Session 4: Managing Pests Holistically

April 13, 2021

In this session, participants will gain an ecological understanding of pests including their biology, how to sample for pest and beneficial insects, and their relationship to soil and nutrient management. You will also learn management strategies that are commonly used to prevent pest damage, promote beneficials, and be equipped to develop a plan to manage pest outbreaks effectively on your farm.

Session 5: Managing Disease Holistically

April 20, 2021

We’ll take a deep dive into ecologically-based preventive, cultural, and integrated practices to reduce the impact of the disease on your farm in this session. You will gain a thorough understanding of what causes disease, identification techniques, and best management practices for reducing the damage that crop disease can cause.

Session 6: Developing Holistic Decision-Making Skills for Your Farm

April 27, 2021

As we work with the land, farmers are subject to many natural factors that are out of our control and we must prepare for the unexpected by being in the constant process of a plan. Viewing the farm through the window of the four ecosystem processes offers us a framework of Observation and Monitoring. In this session, we take that a step further by exploring tools and developing skills for decision-making in order to confidently proceed with a plan of operation rather than having to function within ‘crisis management’.

Holistic Crop Management
Apr 15 – Apr 27 all-day
Online

This is a 6 Week Series from 3/23/21 through 4/27/21.

Organic Growers School is excited to offer this curriculum and training opportunity to Southern Appalachia for a second year in partnership with Certified Naturally Grown.

Manage for Your Farm’s Future:
Growing a viable farm business is sustained by continuous learning of the land and your products. In this workshop series, growers across Southern Appalachia and beyond will gain tools to manage their crop production for whole-farm success.

Regionally Specific Tools:
The Holistic Crop Management series focuses on the growing regions of Northern Georgia, Eastern Tennessee, Western North Carolina, and Southwestern Virginia. Webinar sessions will feature farmers and agricultural experts from these areas. Through curated group activities in the virtual setting, participants will be able to build a network with experienced growers who know farming and the land.

Workshop Structure:
In response to the need for virtual learning opportunities during the pandemic, we have restructured this workshop series from in-person workshops to a six-part webinar series, which includes a mixture of videos, resources, and live virtual meetings. The curriculum uses Certified Naturally Grown standards as the guidelines for holistic principles, and each session will consist of discussion-based exploration of soil health, pest management, disease control, and weed maintenance, along with several components of the Holistic Management framework.

Participants are not required to be Certified Naturally Grown or Certified Organic to join the webinar; however, the skills gained in these sessions will equip farmers to take on certification confidently should they choose. While this webinar series focuses on farming in the Southern Appalachians, farmers from any region will gain valuable knowledge and are invited to join.

MLK Youth Scholarship
Apr 15 all-day
online w/ Buncombe County Government

Did you know Buncombe County is actively involved in an important initiative aimed at more accurately reflecting the history of racial and economic injustice? The Buncombe County Remembrance Project is a part of the Equal Justice Initiative’s nationwide effort to work with counties to raise more awareness about individuals lynched in our County. Further, the project is working to bring about community healing concerning Jim Crow-era discrimination, mass incarceration, state-sanctioned violence, contemporary racial trauma and violence, and other important issues.

The Buncombe County Remembrance Project is a partnership with multiple local organizations that all recognize the need to publicly acknowledge and educate the public about racial issues. This work ties into the County’s 2025 Strategic Plan which is focused on equity defined as: Systems, policies, and practices that support equity for all people and an organizational culture that embraces diversity and inclusion. To learn more about the Buncombe County Remembrance Project, click here.

 MLK Youth Scholarship

Martin Luther King Junior’s work to advance equal rights was pivotal in helping shape today’s landscape. There is much work still to be done, but his legacy continues to inspire generations. Buncombe County strives to be a place where Dr. King’s vision is realized by prioritizing equity and being intentional about highlighting racial injustice through initiatives such as the Buncombe County Remembrance Project, our Racial Equity Action Plan, and other efforts.

To further honor Martin Luther King Junior’s legacy, Buncombe County wants to ensure students are aware of the MLK Youth Scholarship for Buncombe County residents. Applications are due April 15, learn more here.

Montreat Demolition Threat
Apr 15 all-day
Online w/ Montreat Stewards
The Montreat Conference Center is proposing demolition of three historic structures, used as lodges, to develop the land for a new, larger lodge. A local group, the Montreat Stewards, has formed to oppose the development and created a petition. We oppose the proposed demolition and support the Montreat Stewards in their efforts to save these homes.
Stop the Hotel in the Center of Montreat

We oppose the proposed development of a lodge on Assembly Drive, immediately across from Robert Lake Park, in the most historic neighborhood of Montreat.

We urge the Conference Center to preserve this location as is and to look elsewhere for any development plans.

If and when a permit is sought, we urge the permitting authorities of Montreat to deny this application.

Nantahala River Rafting Fully Guided
Apr 15 all-day
Nantahala Outdoor Center

guests rafting on the Nantahala River Raft & Duck Rentals in North Carolina trip

A guided whitewater rafting trip is one of the best ways to experience the Nantahala Gorge. The crystal-clear Nantahala River is the perfect family-friendly river where experienced river guides will help you navigate through splashy Class II-III rapids and bouncy waves, with occasional calmer waters where you can enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery. The fully guided rafting trip the most popular adventure at NOC, with thousands of families returning year after year.

Need to Appeal Your Tax Value?
Apr 15 all-day
online w/ Buncombe County Government

No matter how thorough and fair a reappraisal may be, there are still instances when only the property owner has all the information necessary for an accurate appraisal. Informal appeals for the tax year 2021 can be filed anytime between Jan. 1-April 28, 2021. Additionally, anyone receiving a change of value notice after April 1, 2021 has thirty days from that notice date to file an appeal.

Open Auditions for Grimm’s Fairy Tales!
Apr 15 all-day
The Montford Park Players 
The Montford Park Players announces open auditions for Grimm’s Fairy Tales, directed by Victoria Lamberth. Rehearsal will begin in late May, and the show will run Friday, June 25 to Saturday, July 31.
The director is seeking actors, dancers, and singers ages 10 and up, all experience levels, ethnic backgrounds, and gender identities. Individuals/families/couples/friends who are quarantining together are encouraged to audition.
Prospective actors and technicians should review the COVID-19 protocols which can be found at https://www.montfordparkplayers.org/…/MPP-ACTOR-SAFETY…. Actors and technicians recruited for this production will be required to abide by all safety protocols as contained in the document.
In addition, the following director-mandated safety protocols will be included for this production:
– Masks will be used sometimes onstage in character. Mask use will be blocked and choreographed in a way that makes sense within the world of the play and keeps the performers as safe as possible
– Actor call time will be staggered for performances and rehearsals.
To audition:
1) fill out and submit the audition form located at https://forms.gle/36VBKUfD1vEfvF5w6. Headshots and resumes are appreciated, but not required.
2) Record an audition video (you can do so on your phone) using at least one of the sides located at https://www.montfordparkplayers.org/abou…/volunteers-page/. Upload the video here: https://driveuploader.com/upload/6XaW3rROQN/ (Be sure and name the video with your name and the word “Grimms”).
3) Audition materials MUST be submitted between April 1- 22.
Callbacks will be held at the director’s discretion at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre. Callbacks will be appropriately socially-distanced.

For more information email [email protected]

Pardee UNC Health Care Accepting Applications Junior Volunteer Summer Program
Apr 15 all-day
Online w/ Pardee UNC Health Care

Pardee UNC Health Care is accepting applications for the 2021
Junior Volunteer Summer Program through Wednesday, April 21. The 2021 summer session begins
at orientation on Friday June 18, or Friday, June 25, and continues through August 6. Students can
complete the applications and forms found online.
As junior volunteers, students will learn the value of community service and will get
exposure to the health care setting. Responsibilities include but are not limited to escorting patients
and visitors to their destinations, transporting patient and visitors in wheelchairs, volunteering in the
Orchards Café, and assisting various other departments. Junior volunteers are expected to work at
least four hours per week, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. They will not
volunteer on weekends.
To be considered for a junior volunteer position at Pardee, applicants must meet the
following requirements:
 Be at least 14 years old by April 1, 2021
 Complete and return all application documents to Karla Reese by April 21
 Attend the required orientation meeting on Friday, June 18 or Friday, June 25 from 9:30 a.m.
until 2:30 p.m. Volunteers must complete one of these orientations in its entirety, no
exceptions.

You may email your Application to Karla Reese at [email protected] or print and mail it to:
Karla Reese c/o Pardee UNC Health Care
Volunteer Services – Box 2
800 N. Justice Street
Hendersonville, NC 28791

Per hospital policy, junior volunteers will be required to wear a mask during the entirety of their
shift. There is a limited number of volunteer opportunities. For additional information, contact
Karla Reese at (828) 696-4240.
Pardee UNC Health Care is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is
managed by UNC Health. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds. Pardee has several
locations separate from the main campus, including a comprehensive physician practice network, a
cancer center, four urgent care locations and six orthopedic clinics. For more information or to find
a physician, visit www.pardeehospital.org.

Photo Contest Buncombe County Parks: Theme for April is Game On
Apr 15 all-day
Buncombe County Parks
Backpack, water bottles, stickers,
                                                          and other I
                                                          Heart Parks
                                                          items

We know you love Buncombe County parks! We get tagged in lots of pics on Facebook and Instagram. Why not get a sweet reward for your photo skills?

Each month, we’ll announce a theme. Post your favorite photos to Instagram or Facebook showing the theme in one of our parks. Make sure to tag @BuncombeRecreation and use the hashtag #IHeartBCParks. Be sure your photo is set to “public” and use the hashtag or we won’t be able to find it. (Full rules below.)

Our theme for April is… (drumroll, please) Game On! You play soccer, disc golf, volleyball, kickball, gaga, horse shoes, fishing, bocce, lacrosse, softball, baseball, and more in Buncombe County parks. Post your best pics by Apr. 30; you can submit an unlimited number of photos. Be creative and think outside the box.

The winning photo will receive:

  • Cool I Heart Parks swag: rope bag cross body sling, water bottle, compass, first aid kit, pen, and stickers
  • Picture set as the cover photo for Buncombe County Recreation Service’s Facebook page for a month
  • Bragging rights

Want to get a jump on the competition? Future themes include kids, pets, autumn views, and Leave No Trace.

#IHeartBCParks Photo Contest Rules and Guidelines

  1. Photos MUST be taken at a Buncombe County park. Tag or identify your location in your post.
  2. You do not need to be a Buncombe County resident to enter. Everyone is eligible to submit an entry*.
  3. Photos must be posted on Facebook or Instagram.
  4. Entry participants must be a follower of Buncombe County Recreation Services on Facebook or Instagram. Non-followers are not eligible.
  5. To enter, post your photo on Facebook or Instagram tagging @BuncombeRecreation on Facebook or Instagram. Use the hashtag #IHeartBCParks. (If you do not use this hashtag we won’t be able to find your photo.)
  6. Make sure your photo is set to “public” so we can see it.
  7. By submitting your photo, you warrant that your entry is an original work of authorship. You understand and agree that Buncombe County Recreation Services can re-post your photo and credit your name/username in any future promotions hereafter.
  8. All photos must be posted within the time frame to be eligible.
  9. Individuals may submit an unlimited number of photos.
  10. Prizes cannot be substituted, transferred, or returned for cash. No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase does not increase the chances of winning.
  11. This contest is not sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook or Instagram.
  12. Be creative and think outside the box. Get out and enjoy your Buncombe County parks, pools, and open spaces!

*Entries must be submitted by individuals ages 18 or older. Employees of Buncombe County, the contest’s participating sponsors, and members of the immediate family of any such persons are not eligible to participate and win. The term “immediate family” includes spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents, and grandchildren, whether it is “in-laws,” or by current or past marriage(s), remarriage(s), adoption, co-habitation or other family extension, and any other persons residing at the same household whether or not related.

To receive the I Heart Parks monthly newsletter, sign up online.

Pisgah Legal Run for Justice Virtual 5K Begins May 29th
Apr 15 all-day
Pisgah Legal--Online

This beautiful spring weather makes it easy to get out and train for our virtual Run for Justice 5K which kicks off next month!  Register today to participate anytime between May 29th through June 12th on a route of your choice and then join us for our awards ceremony June 12th!  Everyone who registers by April 30 will receive a Run for Justice t-shirt.

Three ways to sign up

  1. Register for $25 per participant  (you can add a donation to support Pisgah Legal if desired)
  2. Peer to Peer Fundraising:  Invite your friends and family to donate $1,$5 or more for each kilometer you walk or run.
  3. Be a Sponsor:  Sponsor as an individual, a couple, a group or a business. Sponsors receive race entries, t-shirts and recognition. (Find out more about sponsor benefits here)

Check out our registration page for more details, a fun explainer video and FAQs.

Professional Networking Group for Veterans
Apr 15 all-day
Online w/ Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
Professional Networking Group for Veterans
Based on member interest, we are exploring adding a new Professional Networking Group specifically for veterans. Our Professional Networking Groups are dedicated member professionals who gather weekly to develop relationships, learn about each member’s business, and share leads and business ideas. Only one representative per industry is permitted.

For this group, participants would be a business that is veteran-owned or someone in a management position attending who is a veteran.

If interested, please contact Member Development Specialist Jessica Kanupp at [email protected] for more information. 

Racial Justice Essay Contest grades 9-12
Apr 15 all-day
online w/ Buncombe County Government

Did you know Buncombe County is actively involved in an important initiative aimed at more accurately reflecting the history of racial and economic injustice? The Buncombe County Remembrance Project is a part of the Equal Justice Initiative’s nationwide effort to work with counties to raise more awareness about individuals lynched in our County. Further, the project is working to bring about community healing concerning Jim Crow-era discrimination, mass incarceration, state-sanctioned violence, contemporary racial trauma and violence, and other important issues.

The Buncombe County Remembrance Project is a partnership with multiple local organizations that all recognize the need to publicly acknowledge and educate the public about racial issues. This work ties into the County’s 2025 Strategic Plan which is focused on equity defined as: Systems, policies, and practices that support equity for all people and an organizational culture that embraces diversity and inclusion. To learn more about the Buncombe County Remembrance Project, click here.

Racial Justice Essay Contest

The Equal Justice Initiative in partnership with the Buncombe Community Remembrance Project is pleased to announce an upcoming scholarship contest open to 9th – 12th grade students attending public high school in Buncombe County, North Carolina where prizes totaling at least $5,000 will be awarded to winning participants.

Students are asked to examine the history of a topic of racial injustice and to discuss its legacy today. Essays should explain the chosen topic using a specific historical event(s), explore how the injustice persists, and imagine solutions for a future free from racial injustice. Students are encouraged to reflect on how the topic impacts their own lives and communities.

Registration Open for Senior Games + Silver Arts 2021
Apr 15 all-day
Buncombe County Parks

Each spring, hundreds of locals 50+ years-old enjoy participating in the Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games and Silver Arts. This year’s program will be held at locations throughout Buncombe County from the week of Apr. 19 through May 19 (tentative). There is no registration fee this year.

To register, fill out a registration form (see documents below) or register online at ncseniorgames.org.

Sports include bowling, croquet, football throw, softball throw, golf, putt-putt, cycling, track and field, archery, cheerleading, swimming, billiards, badminton, cornhole, horseshoes, pickleball, racquetball, shuffleboard, tennis, and table tennis. Age categories start at 50 and increase at five year intervals.

Silver Arts categories are classified as Heritage (quilting, woodwork, crochet, basket weaving, jewelry, needlework, tole painting, weaving, knitting, pottery, stained glass, woodcarving, and woodturning), Visual (solo, small group, and large group), Performing, Literary (poem, short story, essay, and life experience), and Contemporary. Art pieces will be displayed online.