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

Saturday, October 23, 2021
Asheville Regional Airport Announces New Nonstop Service to Minneapolis/St. Paul
Oct 23 all-day
Asheville Regional Airport
Asheville Regional Airport
The Asheville Regional Airport welcomes its newest airline, Sun Country. Sun Country is based in Minneapolis and will celebrate its inaugural flight on October 7th.
Allegiant has also introduced its sixteenth nonstop flight destination from AVl with flights to Minneapolis/St. Paul beginning October 7th.
The airport team will be at the gates with passengers and crews celebrating each inaugural flight.
Become a Sponsor! of Flat Rock Playhouse
Oct 23 all-day
online w/Flat Rock Playhouse

Celebrate the holiday season and the joy of live theater by becoming a sponsor for A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas! Your support sustains the impact of the performing arts on our hearts and minds as well as our local economy.
Act now!

Buncombe County Comprehensive Plan: Library Craft Kits for Kids
Oct 23 all-day
Buncombe County Libraries

Buncombe County is beginning a comprehensive planning process and would like to hear from residents of all ages. The comprehensive plan is used by local governments as a broad, long-range planning tool for the community. Our plan will focus on the next 20-year period and will look at the relationships between land uses, infrastructure, and key community needs. Information regarding the comprehensive planning process will be available online and in all 12 Buncombe County Libraries starting in October.

Also during October, the libraries will provide an opportunity for children in Buncombe County to participate in the Comprehensive Plan Post Card Project.  Come to the library and pick up your craft kits (while supplies last) that include a postcard where kids can draw what they want their neighborhood to look like. This is a chance for young people to vote for their future and say what they want County government to address in the next 20 years. These postcards will give the County valuable input and may be featured in the final comprehensive plan!  If you have any questions, contact your neighborhood librarian or visit the Comprehensive Plan online.

Buncombe County COVID Rates Decline Slightly but Transmission Remains High
Oct 23 all-day
Buncombe County

Since July 1, there have been more than 9,500 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Buncombe County and more than 80 COVID-19 related deaths in this same timeframe. While cases have declined slightly, transmission remains high, and 412 Buncombe County residents have died as a result of the virus since the beginning of the pandemic. The percent positivity as of Oct. 18 was 6.1%.

“I wanted to take a moment to highlight vaccination status on COVID-19 outcomes,” said Public Health Director Stacie Saunders in a briefing to the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. “As we are moving through this Delta surge, vaccination status has mattered. In particular, those who were unvaccinated had a risk over four times that of the vaccinated to become ill. Additionally, the overwhelming majority of hospitalizations (over 85%) and ICU utilizations (90%) were in the unvaccinated, showing us that the COVID-19 vaccine that is widely available to us right now is reducing our risk of becoming ill, reducing the risk of serious illness should someone become ill and significantly reducing the risk of need for ICU intervention. Lastly, most recent data from NC DHHS indicates that the risk of dying for the unvaccinated is almost 20 times than of an unvaccinated individual.”

In Buncombe County, 73% of adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 71% of the eligible population ages 12 and up has been at least partially vaccinated. To date, Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS) has administered 102,483 doses of the vaccine, including 231 to homebound individuals.

Saunders also warned about cold and flu viruses, which are also spreading and can present with some similar symptoms: “If you are having any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, which sometimes are the same as a cold, please get tested. Don’t assume it’s a cold.”  Testing locations can be found at Find My Testing Site NC. StarMed offers testing at Harrah’s Event Center Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and on Sundays at A-B Tech from noon until 4 p.m.

With fall events and celebrations approaching, BCHHS recommends the following attending outdoor or virtual events where the risk for spread of COVID-19 is lower. If you are planning to attend in-person, indoor events with groups of people:

  • Get your COVID-19 vaccine if you haven’t already and encourage others attending your gathering to do so. Pfizer boosters are available via a drive-through at Biltmore Church – Arden between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. until Oct. 22
  • Have guests wear a face covering and maintain physical distance from others when they are indoors
  • Move events and activities outdoors to reduce the risk of spread

The FDA is scheduled to meet on Oct. 26 about vaccines for children ages 5-11, and it’s anticipated that vaccine eligibility to begin for that age group in early November.

Stay up-to-date about vaccine opportunities using the Buncombe County emergency alert program. To enroll, text “BCAlert” to 99411 or go to www.buncombecounty.org/codered.

Currently, locally funding $100 incentive cards are available while supplies last for eligible individuals (18 years and up) receiving their first dose of vaccine at the Buncombe County Vaccination Clinic or at any BCHHS pop-up clinic. Individuals can visit the Buncombe County Health Department at 40 Coxe Ave., Asheville Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. to receive a vaccination. Individuals can also visit www.yourspotyourshot.nc.gov to find a vaccination site near you.

City of Asheville to launch Neighborhood Grant Program
Oct 23 all-day
online
neighborhood grant collage
As a part of this year’s budget process, City of Asheville staff heard from our community that new City investments in neighborhoods were very important.  To respond to that need the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 budget includes $200,000 to launch a Neighborhood Grant Program.

 

This program is designed specifically for neighborhood-based organizations:

  • Neighborhood associations;
  • Homeowners associations;
  • Neighborhood coalitions; and
  • Resident organizations in tax credit-funded communities.

 

These organizations must represent a specific geographic location within Asheville city limits and have completed or are in the process of completing their Neighborhood Registration Form.

 

What kinds of projects can be funded?

Neighborhoods are encouraged to submit creative project ideas such as landscaping, murals, festivals, community art and cultural festivals. Traffic calming, public safety, marking and branding and organizational development can also be considered.

 

The Neighborhood Grant Program’s goal is to build neighborhood capacity and increase civic participation. Projects must be achievable within 12 months of contract execution, and there must be a dollar-for-dollar match through cash, volunteer hours, or in-kind donation of goods or services.

 

Neighborhoods can submit applications from October 1 – 31.

Click here to go to the application.

 

 

 

 

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Oct 23 all-day
online

Every dollar you give will be matched by a generous donor up to $5000! for LITERACY TOGETHER
Oct 23 all-day
online

Help reach our matching gift challenge. We are halfway to our goal.

 

Help Make a Child Smile this Holiday Season!
Oct 23 all-day
Eliada Homes

Eliada works hard to make the holidays a special time for the children in our care. You can help bring a smile to their face by fulfilling their holiday wishes!
Sponsor a Child:
When you sign up to sponsor a child for the holidays, you’ll receive a Wish List that a young person created. Wish Lists include their favorite things, clothing sizes, and most needed and wanted items. The value of a Wish List is around $150. You can divide that cost with friends, or even sponsor several children.
For most of Eliada’s children and youth, the gifts they receive from sponsors are the only gifts they will get during the holiday season.
Sponsor Multiple Children:
We also have Wish Lists which include items that children will need here at Eliada depending on what program they are in.
Cottage wish lists for youth living at Eliada, for example, include toiletries, bedding and towels, books, games, art supplies, suitcases and kitchen utensils. Many children come to Eliada with a few clothes in a garbage bag. Together we can provide them things that every home should have!
Other wish lists are for our Child Development programs, Foster Care program, Farm program, Summer Camp program, and Recreation programs. Our Equine Therapy program also has some needs this holiday season! We never know when we’ll get a call for a child in Foster Care who needs a home immediately. Let’s help Foster Parents provide these children everything they deserve!
Sponsor a last minute wish:
Some youth living at Eliada won’t arrive until right before the holidays! We won’t receive their wish lists until mid-late November. Can you sign up to help one of these teens at the last minute?
If you don’t have time to shop, Eliada will use your donation to purchase gifts for children who may arrive at Eliada very close to Christmas or right after Christmas. It shouldn’t matter when you arrive at Eliada–your wishes should be fulfilled! You can make a donation here. In the comment field, write “holiday wishes.”
Help Our Summer Fundraiser Meet Its Goal!
Oct 23 all-day
online w/ Western North Carolina Historical Association

Despite the pandemic, we’ve continued to find new and innovative ways to fulfill our mission of preserving and promoting the history and legacy of western North Carolina through interpretation, education, collection, and collaboration.
We’re only a few hundred dollars short of our goal!
Donate today to help us continue to offer outstanding adult programs, engaging exhibits, and educational activities for youth by making a donation to our annual fund today!
History @ Home – Visit Virtually Western North Carolina Historical Association
Oct 23 all-day
online w/ Western North Carolina Historical Association
Deep Dive into Archives is a living exhibit shining a light on the individuals who were once enslaved at the Smith-McDowell House through primary documentation.

 

 

 

Douglas Ellington: Asheville’s Boomtown Architect presents a look at Ellington’s iconic Asheville creations along with other buildings he completed throughout his career in other cities.
HillBilly Land explores the power, prevalence, and persistence of the hillbilly stereotype from the days of its beginnings in the late 19th century to the present day.
In 1918 vs 2020, we take an in-depth look at the 1918 influenza epidemic in Western North Carolina through newspaper clippings, advertisements, ephemera, photographs, and oral history and place the events of 1918 into context with our present-day response to the coronavirus pandemic.
How Are We Doing? Buncombe Seeks Public Input on Variety of Services
Oct 23 all-day
online

Need to get something off your chest about Buncombe County? Are you concerned about issues and areas where we could be providing better service? There’s a survey for that. Your voice can help change the future of Buncombe County. All we need is 10-15 minutes of your time.

Buncombe County is continually striving to make its strategic priorities a reality. To that end, we are launching the Buncombe County Community Survey to help us gather valuable input that will guide us in future decisions concerning everything from economic development, to County park facilities.  A randomly selected sample of County residents will receive the survey, and your anonymous answers will help drive key initiatives, programs, and identify other opportunities and challenges. “It is vitally important for residents to have the opportunity to share their opinions with us, and we hope the Community Survey provides one more avenue for that feedback,” says County Manager Avril Pinder.

The ETC Institute in partnership with Buncombe County’s Strategy & Innovation Department will administer the survey. Households will receive a questionnaire by mail, and staff asks that anyone 18 years or older complete and return it using the enclosed paid postage. The community survey is available in multiple languages, should take about 10-15 minutes of your time, and instructions are included to complete online or over the phone if needed. The survey will not ask residents to share any personal identifying information.

We thank you for your time and valuable insights as we continually evaluate our existing programs and resources while searching for new opportunities to better serve our community. Your voice is important and Buncombe County Government is committed to offering a broad range of opportunities for public input. If your household does not receive a survey we encourage residents to sign up for our e-newsletter at buncombecounty.org, or text bcalert to 99411 to stay informed about community meetings and engagement opportunities. To share your concerns anonymously please email [email protected].

It’s fall! Adopt a Stormdrain help keep creeks clean
Oct 23 all-day
various locations
Click Here to Adopt a Stormdrain

It’s fall! Along with beautiful leaves & cozy sweaters comes clogged storm drains, flooding streets, & polluted rivers

Help us reach our goal of 100 storm drains adopted by the end of 2021! If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity this year to help keep your community clean, safe, and beautiful, look no further than the Adopt-A-Storm Drain Program. This volunteer program allows individuals or businesses to adopt a storm drain in the Central Asheville Watershed and keep it clean by picking up trash and debris several times a month. The adoption process is easy: pick a storm drain using the link below that you would like to adopt, fill out the adoption form, meet with a member of RiverLink to go over the responsibilities, and begin!

Join WNC’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
Oct 23 all-day
Pack Sqaure Park

Join the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Saturday, October 23 at Pack Square Park (80 Court Plaza) in Asheville to help ignite Western North Carolina’s fight against breast cancer. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and the 5K walk starts at 10 a.m.

Funds raised at this noncompetitive, family-friendly event enable the American Cancer Society to save lives from breast cancer by investing in groundbreaking research; providing free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by the disease; and helping people take steps to reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable.

Call the American Cancer Society at 800.227.2345 or visit www.MakingStridesWalk.org/AshevilleNC to sign up and help save lives. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities available.

Native American Resistance to the 16th Century Spanish Invasion of WNC
Oct 23 all-day
online

In this 1-hour program, Dr. David Moore, an archaeologist at Warren Wilson University, discusses the Joara Native American Village and Native resistance to the Spanish invasion of WNC in the 1500s. Dr. Moore has been involved with the archaeology of this site near modern Morganton, NC for nearly three decades. He describes the findings of ongoing excavations and places them in context with the culture of the Native peoples who eventually thwarted Spanish colonization attempts in the Appalachian Mountains.

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These programs are provided free for our members. For the general public, please consider donating $5.00 or more for each program you watch.
All proceeds fund future programming.
Newly Created Community Reparations Commission: Accepting Applications
Oct 23 all-day
online
Reparations update graphic

 

During the October 12 City Council meeting, Debra Clark Jones, President of TEQuity, the selected project management firm, outlined next steps in the City of Asheville’s Reparations initiative. Information was shared during the City Manager’s Report to Council.

 

Debra Clark Jones
Debra Clark Jones

During their September 14 meeting, City Council voted to authorize the City Manager to hire TEQuity to provide project management services as Reparations Process Project Manager, following an official procurement process. TEQuity has worked on several equity projects in the region, including the City of Asheville’s Disparity Study, serving as the community engagement lead.

 

The TEQuity project team will provide project management, facilitation, research infrastructure, resource affiliation, and community engagement support once the  Community Reparations Commission is formed. The TEQuity project team will include not only a project manager and assistant manager, but also liaisons for the Commission that will help provide facilitation and content resources.  With the consulting team on board, the focus will now turn to seating the 25-member Community Reparations Commission.  The Commission will consist of 13 neighborhood representatives and 12 impact area technical experts.

 

The technical experts appointed to the Commission will be chosen jointly by the City and Buncombe County in the impact areas that were identified in the Reparations Resolution based on experience and expertise in criminal justice, economic development, education, health care and housing.

 

Applications for the commission will open October 18. Thirteen commission members will be nominated by persons from historically impacted neighborhoods. Nominations and applications will be accepted through November 15. Information about how to apply or nominate someone will be posted on the Reparations webpage at  https://www.publicinput.com/avlreparations or the City Boards & Commission webpage at https://www.ashevillenc.gov/department/city-clerk/boards-and-commissions.

 

Once the Reparations Commission is in place and has received orientation, a timeline for community engagement will be developed. For more information on the reparations process, please visit https://www.publicinput.com/avlreparations.

 

For a copy of the report to Council, visit this link.

On this Day in WNC History Tidbit
Oct 23 all-day
online
On this Day in WNC History Tidbit
Do you follow us on social media? If not, you’ve missed our new 2021 series –
On This Day in WNC History!

Every week we explore the headlines and overlooked events that happened
on a particular day in Western North Carolina history.

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ON THIS DAY in WNC history: On October 2, 1929, deputies fired into a crowd of striking workers in Marion, NC. Six were killed and even more wounded at the Marion Manufacturing Company in one of the deadliest acts of strike busting in the South.

This year marked an apogee of strikes and labor organization in southern textile mills. Eight years prior, over 100 miners were killed at the Battle of Blair Mountain in West Virginia in a period of coal clashes and unionization attempts. Later in the 1920s, many textile workers reacting to grueling and dirty work conditions under the “stretch-out” system, along with a reduction of their pay in company scrip, began organizing and demanding better conditions. Spearheaded by the National Textile Workers Union (an organization supported by the Communist Party), concurrent strikes began early in 1929 at the Bemberg-Glanzstoff Rayon Corporation in Elizabethton, Tennessee and at Loray Mills in Gastonia, North Carolina. Female employees were key to the organization of both strikes, and the latter is most famously remembered for the death of Ella May Wiggins. National Guard members, local police, and union-busting mobs were called to both of these events.

The Marion strikes (which occurred at the neighboring Clinchfield Mill as well) began July 11. Workers struck without official union support, resisting involvement by communist organizers. After frequent violence and threats, with two National Guard units present, workers returned to these mills September 11, with no raise in pay and a mandated 55-hour workweek. Marion Manufacturing Mill refused to rehire 114 of the strikers, leading to further anger. Workers struck again on October 2, and deputies were dispatched by the local sheriff. Though some details are murky, deputies shot into a crowd of strikers, killing four on site, wounding at least fifteen, with two others dying later. Nearby hospitals refused medical care to strikers, and churches of the mill village refused to administer their funerals. Eight deputies were charged, but acquitted in December. They contended the strikers were armed, but no guns were found, and the New York Times reported those killed were shot in the back.

The memory of these events will be examined in our upcoming event, Marion Mill Massacre in Memory, on Thursday, Oct 14.

Image: Raleigh News and Observer, Oct. 4, 1929

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Place fall leaves in eco-friendly paper bags for collection by Asheville Sanitation
Oct 23 all-day
Asheville Area

To Asheville residents using paper bags for their fall leaves these past few years, we say thank you and keep up the good work!

We’d encourage everyone else to follow their example.

Paper bags cost about the same as plastic ones. They’re compostable and more eco-friendly. Below is a guide on how to use them effectively, with as little hassle as possible to you, our residents.

 

Thank you,

City of Asheville

 

Q&A

Question: Why use paper bags for leaf collection?

Leaves in paper bags awaiting collection
Please leave all bags open as they await collection.

Answer: The City of Asheville began encouraging the use of brown paper bags for leaf collection after a local vendor confirmed for the City that they are compostable, and therefore using them is a more environmentally sustainable practice.

Collecting leaves in paper bags is also a big time saver for Sanitation staff. This helps the Sanitation Department save money and provide more efficient service for our taxpayers.

An estimated 10,000 tons of brush and leaves are collected annually within the city limits. The use of biodegradable materials is a better waste management practice.

Numerous cities across the U.S. require paper bags for collection. So far, the City of Asheville is encouraging (not requiring) their use.

 

Q: Where do I find them?

A: Paper leaf collection bags are available at local home and hardware stores as well as many grocery stores. You can also buy them online. Please be sure to buy bags without plastic liners.

 

Q: Aren’t paper bags more expensive?

A: They are comparable in price to other options. For example, you can find an eight-count package of 30-gallon bags for as low as 39 cents each.

 

Q: Won’t the paper bags disintegrate if it rains?

A: Though these bags are heavy duty, rain can affect them. If that happens, Sanitation workers will still collect your leaves, using a shovel to scoop them up.

 

Q: What can go in paper bags?

A: Leaves and small twigs only should go in the paper bags. Garden and yard waste such as vines and tree or shrub limbs should go to the curb for brush collection. No grass clippings please.

 

Q: If I don’t want to use bags, can I use a container instead?

A: Yes! Please do label your container “leaves” so that our Sanitation workers clearly understand they have leaves in them.

 

Q: How else can I dispose of my leaves?

A: Compost them at home! Composting eliminates the chore of bagging leaves. Along with leaves you can compost much of your kitchen waste.

Compost improves your soil and helps retain water. Use it in flower and vegetable gardens, around trees and shrubs, and on houseplants and lawns.

So feed your landscape, not the landfill.  For composting tips, visit this link.

 

Want more information?

Please visit the City of Asheville Sanitation webpage. You can also email questions to [email protected]

Reimagined Competition for 2021 Gingerbread Season
Oct 23 all-day
The Omni Grove Park Inn

The National Gingerbread House Competition™

The Omni Grove Park Inn, home of the iconic National Gingerbread House Competition, announced a reimagined Competition for 2021. After a virtual 2020, the Resort is planning to welcome back participants in-person this year, along with an esteemed panel of judges, including renowned Food Network Chef, Carla Hall.

Gingerbread enthusiasts are now encouraged to enter the Competition (find entry details HERE) and begin dreaming up dazzling designs for their confectionary creations. The 2021 Competition will take place at The Omni Grove Park Inn on November 22, 2021.

November 8, 2021: Competitor Entry Form Deadline.

 

November 15, 2021: Digital Content and Description Summary Form Deadline.

 

November 22, 2021: Awards Ceremony and Winners Announcement.

 

December 1-12, 2021: 12 Days of Gingerbread series on The Omni Grove Park Inn social channels highlighting top finalists. Assets will be available.

 

November 2021 – January 2, 2022: In-person Gingerbread Display will be open for public viewing at The Omni Grove Park Inn.

UScellular™ Community Connections Program: Earn up to $1,000 for your organization
Oct 23 all-day
online
Earn up to $1,000 for your organization
UScellular™ is proud to sponsor nonprofit K-12 youth organizations such as sports teams, STEM programs, marching bands and dance teams through the Community Connections Program.
Join the thousands of organizations across the country who’ve rallied to earn critical funds through Community Connections over the past 5 years.

Eligibility Checklist:

  • Focus on K-12 youth services.
  • Registered nonprofit organization, and/or 501(c)(3) with a valid EIN
  • Located within a UScellular service area ZIP code:
See Official Rules  for complete eligibility requirements.
WCCA Wins Grant to Save Tebeau Children’s Center more help needed
Oct 23 all-day
online

A recent grant award by the Perry N. Rudnick Endowment Fund to help renovate and save the Tebeau Children’s Center. In addition to bringing Head Start, Early Head Start and NC Pre-K education programs to Henderson County’s underprivileged children under 5 years old, the renovation project will restore a community landmark that has provided childcare since the mid-1970’s!

WCCA is trying to raise the necessary funding to renovate the old daycare center and turn it into a modern early childhood education center.

WCCA has been awarded a $25,000 grant by the Perry N. Rudnick Endowment Fund of
the Community Foundation of Henderson County. The funds will be used to help
renovate and save the 70-year old Tebeau Children’s Center in Hendersonville, NC.
● The old daycare center which is located near Pardee Hospital off 9th Avenue between
Hendersonville Elementary and Middle School has been around since the mid-70’s. It
was called Stay ‘n Play, then Lovin’ & Learning, and Hendersonville School for Little
Folks. Generations of Henderson County families have relied on the center for childcare.
● After it closed in early 2020, WCCA bought the Tebeau Drive property. WCCA is in the
process of renovating and remodeling the facility to make it a modern early childhood
education center to serve nearly 100 children and families.
● David White, CEO for WCCA said “We’re grateful to partner with a group like the Perry
N. Rudnick Endowment Fund and the Henderson County Community Foundation to
save a piece of Henderson County’s past. Their support is an investment in future
generations of our children!”
● WCCA has raised just over $402,000 of the $850,000 needed to renovate the Tebeau
Center in time for its opening in April 2022. If you would like to help support this
worthwhile effort, please visit WCCA.org and donate!

Winter Tree Carnival w/ Rabbit Rabbit
Oct 23 all-day
Rabbit Rabbit

 

The free display of trees is sponsored + decorated by local community members, nonprofit orgs + bizzes, and a portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit Manna FoodBank.

WINTER TREE CARNIVAL


Reserve your tree today by clicking HERE

 

  • $300 = Adopt a tree to decorate. One tree allowed per business/organization.
  • $600 = Adopt a tree to decorate and adopt an additional tree for a non-profit organization.
With 14 COVID-Related Deaths Reported Last Week, Indoor Face Covering Requirements Extended through October
Oct 23 all-day
Buncombe County Businesse

Although cases per 100,000 per week decreased to 295 this week from 351 the week prior, COVID cases, rates, and percent positivity remain at high levels. The percent positivity decreased slightly to 8.3% from the mid-9% range for the past month. Hospitalizations remain level but high. Currently 13.4% of inpatient hospital beds are occupied with COVID-19 patients, and 54% of ICU beds are occupied with COVID-19 patients. Last week, there were 14 COVID-19-related deaths reported in Buncombe County.

Because of sustained high transmission levels, Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS) recommended extending the indoor face covering requirement for indoor public spaces until the end of October. Buncombe County Commissioners voted to extend the requirement through Oct. 29, 2021. Read the entire declaration.

To date, BCHHS has administered almost 100,000 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with about 3,000 of those coming in outreach settings. Currently 65% of the total Buncombe County population is partially vaccinated, and 73 percent of the eligible population is partially vaccinated.

According to recent NC DHHS data, unvaccinated individuals have a risk that is 4 times that of their vaccinated counterparts in becoming ill with COVID-19. Additionally, unvaccinated individuals have a risk of death that is 14 times that of their vaccinated counterparts.

Last week, the FDA recommended COVID-19 Pfizer booster shots for individuals who received Pfizer and are:

  • 65 or older
  • At high risk of severe COVID-19
  • At high risk of occupational exposure

The CDC and ACIP are expected to meet Sept. 22 regarding recommendations. When recommendations are finalized, BCHHS will announce booster vaccine opportunities using its emergency alert program. To enroll, text “BCAlert” to 99411 or click here.

It is also anticipated that Pfizer vaccines for children ages 5-11 will be announced soon.

Currently, $100 incentive cards are still available through the NC DHHS extension while supplies last for eligible individuals (18 years and up) receiving their first dose of vaccine at the Buncombe County Vaccination Clinic. Individuals can visit the Buncombe County Health Department at 40 Coxe Ave., Asheville Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. to receive a vaccination. Individuals can also visit yourspotyourshot.nc.gov to find a vaccination site near you.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, get tested and isolate from others while waiting for your test results. Testing locations can be found at Find My Testing Site NC. Beginning Sept. 27, StarMed will offer testing at Harrah’s Event Center.

Women of Hope
Oct 23 all-day
online
Each of us has been impacted by the heart-wrenching effects of cancer or other serious disease, whether personally or through caring for a loved one. We all know that when we must walk that difficult journey, we cling to hope.
That is why each year we recognize Women of Hope in our local community, courageous women who have battled devastating diseases and have prevailed. Their stories of courage and perseverance inspire us and remind us of the strength of the human spirit.
Pat Haire, 2014 Recipient
Bobbie Trotter, 2016 Recipient
Pam Laughter, 2017 Recipient
We will announce this year’s Women of Hope recipients on November 1. Until then, we will remember several of the Women of Hope over the last two decades, women who have encouraged us with their words of wisdom and strength, reminding us of what is most important in this life.
Follow us over the next couple weeks on Facebook, and share our posts with your friends. Together we cheer on and celebrate the women in our community who have endured a health crisis and want to help others by sharing their stories.
These stories raise awareness about Women Helping Women, a local program providing supplementary support for women who need financial assistance for medically necessary care, who would have no other means to cover the cost of their healthcare.
Thank you for being a friend of the Pardee Hospital Foundation. Your support makes a real difference in the lives of underserved women in our community.
City of Asheville Announces RFP Process for ARPA Funding
Oct 23 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
online

The City of Asheville will accept proposals from government agencies and nonprofits for community projects funded through the American Rescue Plan. At their September 14 meeting, Asheville City Council voted to fund projects in the following categories:

  • Affordable housing
  • Care for aging residents
  • City infrastructure
  • Climate change
  • Community communication
  • Domestic violence prevention and assistance
  • Food systems
  • Homelessness services
  • Small business recovery
  • Workforce development

Projects must serve City residents and fall under one of the categories above. For more information, including the timeline for the process

Tropical Storm Fred Recovery Center in Buncombe County
Oct 23 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
SBA Business Recovery Center

SBA disaster assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the opening of a Business Recovery Center at the Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College Enka campus to assist all businesses and residents with one-on-one assistance in submitting a disaster loan application for remnants of Tropical Storm Fred on Aug. 16-18.

 

Physical disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters in the primary counties of Buncombe, Haywood, and Transylvania counties in North Carolina.

Economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses and most nonprofit organizations in the primary counties and in the following adjacent counties: Henderson, Jackson, Madison, McDowell, Rutherford, Swain and Yancey in North Carolina; Greenville, Oconee and Pickens in South Carolina and Cocke and Sevier in Tennessee.

 

Location and office hours

SBA Business Recovery Center, Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College, 1465 Sand Hill Road, Suite 1054, Candler, NC  28715

Opens: Noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, September 16

Normal hours:  9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturdays; closed on Sundays.

Unearthing Our Forgotten Past
Oct 23 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm
Smith-McDowell House Museum

The exhibit was developed as part of the celebration of the 450th anniversary of the Juan Pardo expeditions. Several years ago, archaeologists identified a site near Morganton as the location of Joara, one of the largest Native American towns in what is today Western North Carolina.

Joara was occupied from approximately 1400-1600 A.D. Two Spanish expeditions led respectively by Hernando de Soto and Juan Pardo visited the town in the 1500s. The Pardo expedition was part of a larger effort to establish a string of forts from the coast of present-day South Carolina all the way to Mexico. In 2013, archaeologists confirmed that Joara was also the site of Fort San Juan, established by Pardo in 1567, nearly 20 years before the English settlement at Roanoke on the coast of North Carolina and 40 years before the settlement at Jamestown.

Through various artifacts uncovered by the archaeology, the exhibit showcases the Spanish occupation of Fort San Juan and the lives of the native people who lived in the Joara area.

The exhibit is on loan from the Exploring Joara Foundation Inc. Exploring Joara engages the public in archaeology in the Carolinas, and emphasizes the discovery of the Native American town of Joara and Fort San Juan. The exhibit will be on display at the Western North Carolina Historical Association’s gallery inside the Smith-McDowell House through December 15.

The gallery is open for visitation Thursday, Friday, and Saturday between 10:30am and 4:00pm. Reservations are recommended.

Curated gallery show: Haec Culti
Oct 23 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Continuum Art Gallery

Continuum Arts Gallery will host its first, curated gallery show beginning on September 18th, 2021. Titled ‘Haec Culti’, the group show will run from September 18 – November 9th, featuring artists Kat Knutsen, Kevin Yaun, Frank Lombardo, and Conrado Lopez. For our opening day, light horderves will be served and live music will be showcased throughout the day. Miami Gold, a local Asehville band, hits the stage at 7pm! This event is free and open to the public.

Open Sun-Tues by appointment only

Hominy Creek Comfort Makers
Oct 23 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Enka Library

The Perfect Turkey

If you can sew on a machine, hand sew, crochet, knit, or stuff a pillow, the Hominy Creek Comfort Makers at the Enka-Candler Library can use your help.

Junior League of Asheville Announces TOUCH-A-TRUCK Family Fesitval
Oct 23 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Asheville Outlets

TOUCH-A-TRUCK is a community wide event where both kids and kids at heart have the opportunity to seetouch, and learn about vehicles of all types, including public service, emergency, utility, construction, transportation, and delivery—all in one place! Guests will get to meet the drivers and people who operate these vehicles.

Each child will be given a bag of candy upon exiting the event. Additional activities on-site will include nonprofit organizations that focus on family and children’s issues, complimentary balloon creations, and other special attractions. Parental supervision is required and cameras are highly recommended to capture the day’s special adventures.

Costumes are encouraged but not required.  At this time, the JLA will require that anyone ages 3 and up wear a face covering/face mask to attend the event.  Please follow their Facebook event page for any potential updates on this requirement.

The last event in 2019 exceeded expectations with over 2,000 attendees from the Asheville community and the surrounding areas. The TOUCH-A-TRUCK Family Festival offers local organizations a unique opportunity to showcase their brand and interact with the community in a fun and educational environment. There are several opportunities for organizations to participate: event sponsorship, truck/vehicle exhibition, or in-kind support.

Financial sponsors for this year’s event include collaborating sponsors New Dream Renovations, Bayou North and Kids Garden; as well as supporting sponsors Zaniac Asheville, Tracey Morgan Gallery, and Fields Auto Group

The Junior League of Asheville organizes TOUCH-A-TRUCK Family Festival for the community to enjoy.  It also supports the League’s mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Weaverville Library Used Book Store
Oct 23 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Weaverville Library

The Friends of the Weaverville Library (FOWL) are excited to announce the opening of their used bookstore in Weaverville on Thursday, July 8. Located in the lower level of the Weaverville Library at 41 N. Main St., the store will be open Thursdays 1-5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with expanded hours beginning in September. The store is stocked with thousands of books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and more. All adult books are priced at $1.50-$3.00, children and teen books at $1.00-$1.50, audio and video at $2.00.

There is also a bargain-priced area and a collection of special finds that are priced individually. Please feel free to contact us at 828-641-1812 or [email protected]. All proceeds from the store will benefit the Weaverville Library.