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, July 31, 2021
Buncombe County has Boards + Commission Vacancies: Make a Difference in Your Community
Jul 31 all-day
Buncombe County Government--online

Are you looking for a great way to get involved with your community and make a difference? Boards, committees, and commission members aid the governing process by keeping Buncombe County in touch with the ideas and attitudes of our community. They help provide direction for the allocation of funds, the provision of human services, protection of residents, property, and our natural resources.

Public input is vitally important to the success of our County, and right now Buncombe County has vacancies on a number of boards and commissions. Learn more about vacancies, deadlines to apply, and the application process at buncombecounty.org/transparency.

Featured board vacancies

Buncombe County Board of Adjustment

One position is available. This Board interprets zoning maps; hears and decides appeals from any order or decision of the Zoning Administrator; grants Conditional Use Permits and Planned Unit Development Permits; authorizes variances in requirements of the zoning, junkyard, and off-premise sign ordinances. They meet the second Wednesday of each month from noon-2 p.m. Applications are due by July 23.

Apply online or download a paper application.

Home and Community Care Block Grant Advisory Committee (HCCBG Advisory Committee)

HCCBG Advisory Committee serves as an advisory body to the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners made up of appointed community members who meet on a monthly basis to:

  • Review funding applications and provide County Commissioners with funding recommendations for aging services;
  • Review quarterly reports and monitoring reports regarding the delivery of services from the funded agencies;
  • Consider and discuss new ways to improve/expand on aging services;
  • Review aging plan and provide input; and
  • Advocate for aging services on the local, state, and national levels.

This Board has five vacancies, and the application process will stay open until all positions are filled. Apply online or download a paper application.

City of Asheville working to keep it easy to connect to your government
Jul 31 all-day
Online

government engagement

 

There are many ways to connect virtually to City government (right now). And the City of Asheville is working on a sustainable model of even more remote access to City government.

 

Connecting people to government and removing barriers to government has long been a core value of the City of Asheville’s Communication and Public Engagement Department (CAPE).

 

That’s why, even before the COVID pandemic happened, CAPE had just contracted with the Public Input platform as a way to better engage Asheville residents, capture their feedback, share updates with our community and keep folks informed and involved in decision making as well as Council-led initiatives that affect our communities.

 

Then the pandemic happened, bringing massive shutdowns with it.

 

Time to innovate and harness the power of the Internet age.

 

But it didn’t happen just magically or on our own. It happened through hard work in partnership with Public Input and a new virtual meeting platform they were in the process of just building and rolling out themselves.

 

While we had hoped to begin by streaming committee meetings, then work our way up to the City Council meetings, the paradigm flipped on us from the get go as most committee meetings were put on hold but the workings of government had to go on. So the CAPE team rolled up their sleeves and began to livestream City Council and Council committee meetings through the Public Input platform and on the City’s YouTube channel. We were also able to take public comment live during meetings too.

 

Yes, there were glitches. Many more than we would have liked, especially in the beginning. As we said to each other, we were building an airplane while we were flying it. And as time went on we had some equipment failures as some of our equipment is just plain worn out. And though we were excited about this innovation, it also took hours of overtime to deliver this service to our residents at our current staffing level.

 

Now that things are normalizing and meetings are returning to in-person format, the City of Asheville and the Communication and Public Engagement Department want you to know we are looking for funding to continue that level of service. We need equipment and staffing and we have applied for grant money to make it happen.

 

We hear you, Asheville. We share your vision of a sustainable model of remote access to City government.

 

For now we’re still live streaming City Council and Council committee meetings, but no longer taking  remote comment during meetings. You can still email comments in advance or leave voicemail comments in advance. Other committee meetings are live, in person but not streamed at this time. Pre-public comments for these meetings can still be emailed or submitted through voicemail in advance or made in person at the meeting.

 

Other ways to stay connected to City government

  • Virtual Engagement Hub: We’re reaching out to our community on many topics on the City’s Virtual Engagement Hub. Log on, scroll through and participate! Here’s the link. This is where our City Council and Council committee meetings are linked as well. 
  • Neighborhood Services: Sign up for the Neighborhood Services newsletter at this link
  • Follow us on social media! Especially the City of Asheville Facebook account and Twitter feed. And don’t forget the Parks & Recreation Facebook account
  • Read all about it: All of our press releases and blog posts are linked on the front of the City of Asheville website and on the City’s news website, Asheville City Source
  • Staff directory: Find a staff directory to the Communication and Public Engagement Department at this link.

 

Thank you for participating in your local government. We are fortunate to have such an engaged, caring community!

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS COMMITTEE
Jul 31 all-day
Online

United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County Community Conversations Committee

We’re recruiting individuals to co-create and implement a series of Community Conversations throughout Buncombe County. The purpose of these conversations is to listen to, learn from, and work with the community; building the necessary relationships that allow ALL voices to be heard in creating solutions that elevate student success, support families, and engage communities throughout Buncombe County.

While no one can predict the future challenges our communities will face, we do know that to confront them effectively our neighbors who are most impacted by poverty and injustice must be active participants in co-creating solutions.

We’re looking for 8-10 Buncombe County residents who want to help create these solutions by serving on our Community Conversations Committee.

Committee members will:

  1. Be paid for their service ($25 per hour/applicable to community members only)
  2. Commit to serving on the committee for a minimum of 6 months (starting August 2021)
  3. Help plan, build, and conduct community conversations throughout Buncombe County
  4. Initially commit to serving 3 hours per month in planning meetings
  • Lunch will be provided at each meeting
  • Commit to any additional times needed to conduct the Community Conversations

If you’re looking for an opportunity to help create an open and honest dialogue around some of our community’s most pressing issues, we want to hear from you!

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Governor Cooper Announces $4 Million Summer Cash and College Tuition Drawings to Encourage COVID-19 Vaccinations
Jul 31 all-day
Online
Governor Roy Cooper announced the $4 Million Summer Cash and College Tuition drawings to incentivize individuals to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations and to thank those who have already done so. This announcement means that four vaccinated North Carolinians 18 and older will win $1 million each and four North Carolinians ages 12 to 17 will win tuition for post-secondary education. Executive Order 219, which has concurrence from the North Carolina Council of State, authorizes the drawings.
North Carolinians 18 and over who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine will be automatically entered into four drawings for a chance to win a $1 million cash prize. Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will be automatically entered into four drawings to win $125,000 towards post-secondary education. The $125,000 can be used at any post-secondary institution and is awarded in the form of a NC 529 account.
North Carolina joins other states that announced million-dollar drawings to promote vaccinations. Ohio, the first state to launch such a program, reported a 28 percent increase in vaccinations among those 16 and older in the first two weeks following the announcement.
According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, 44% of the total population has received at least one dose of the vaccine and 41% of the population is fully vaccinated.
New Appalachia Hammocks! Fundraiser for Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
Jul 31 all-day
Online

Mountain view and Appalachian Trail across grassy balds on NC/TN border

We’re excited and grateful to our partners at Wicked Weed Brewing and ENO Hammocks for teaming up in a new collaboration that looks great while giving back! With each #Appalachia hammock purchased, a portion of proceeds benefits SAHC and helps create trails on our Robinson Rough Preserve – which you can enjoy first-hand when staying at the Firefly Cabin!
Nominations for Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award
Jul 31 all-day
Online

NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE

2021 THOMAS WOLFE MEMORIAL LITERARY AWARD

The Western North Carolina Historical Association is now accepting nominations for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. Originated by the Louis Lipinsky family and now supported by Michael Sartisky, PhD, the Award is a partnership between WNCHA and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Advisory Committee. It has been presented by WNCHA since 1955. The award comes with a $2,500 cash prize.

The deadline for submission of nominated works is July 31, 2021. Anyone with knowledge of an author who meets the qualification criteria may nominate the author for the award. To be considered, an entry must be a published work of fiction, nonfiction, drama or poetry and meet the following criteria:

  1. It must be a first edition work; revised editions of published works will not be considered for the Award.
  2. The publication date must be between July 1, 2020 and July 1, 2021.
  3. The author must be a native of western North Carolina or a resident of western North Carolina for at least twelve months prior to the closing date for the Award.
  4. An author may also qualify if the work submitted has a focus on or setting in western North Carolina.

 

Western North Carolina includes the Qualla Boundary and the following 25 counties: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin, and Yancey.

The Award Panel this year consists of: Catherine Frank, Chair, Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville; Dee James, retired Director of the First-Year Writing Program at UNC Asheville; Tom Muir, Historic Site Manager, Thomas Wolfe Memorial; Gordon McKinney, PhD, former president, Appalachian Studies Association; Terry Roberts, PhD, Director, National Paideia Center; Jim Stokely, President, Wilma Dykeman Legacy.

Nomination letters must specify the following eligibility criteria:

  1. date of publication
  2. birthplace or residence of author
  3. setting of work

 

Nominators should submit a cover letter along with three copies of the work postmarked no later than July 31, 2021 to:

Wolfe Award Committee

℅ Anne Chesky Smith

WNC Historical Association

283 Victoria Road

Asheville, NC  28801

 

An awards ceremony and reception, in honor of the finalists and 2021 Award recipient, will be held in early December 2021.

The Association presented the first Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award to Wilma Dykeman in 1955 for The French Broad. The Award has continued to be funded, in part, by Mrs. E. Frank Edwin, a member of the Lipinsky family and for the last three years by WNCHA, and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Advisory Board, both with support from Michael Sartisky, PhD. Other recipients of this prestigious Award include Robert Morgan, Gail Godwin, John Ehle, Robert Brunk, Michael McFee, Lee Smith, Ron Rash, Wayne Caldwell, and Terry Roberts. Sandra Muse Isaacs was the recipient of the 2020 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award for her book: Eastern Cherokee Stories: A Living Oral Tradition and Its Cultural Continuance.

Summer is coming and that means fans! Donate with Eblen Charities
Jul 31 all-day
Online

Summer is coming and that means fans!
We will begin distributing fans to those who are in need very soon. Each fan is purchased at a cost of around $20. If you would like to help cover the cost of a fan to keep someone cool this summer, please visit our website to make a donation or mail a donation to Eblen Charities, 50 Westgate Parkway, Asheville NC 28806
Support ACT and SAVE on products you need!
Jul 31 all-day
Online

Want to save money and support your community organizations at the same time? Join the Target Circle Rewards Program! Members have the chance to vote for a local non-profit whenever they shop at Target between now and September 30.

Join today at target.com/circle and vote for ACT! It’s the easiest way to support ACT and save on products you need!

The 2021 Summer Learning Program: Tails + Tales – an exploration of wildlife and fantastical folktales
Jul 31 all-day
Online

Illustration of animals reading book.

Get ready to go wild at the library for our annual Summer Learning Program. Join us for Tails & Tales – an exploration of wildlife and fantastical folktales. We’ll have an activity sheet with lots of fun adventures for all ages. You can pick up a sheet at any library starting June 1, or download it HERE. Check our calendar to find our most up to date list of programs all summer long.

 

The 2021 Summer Learning Program is open to young people, preschool through teen, with books and activities for every age. All library programs are free and open to children of all abilities. Come in and see what the library has for you!

ASHEVILLE AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SEEKS VOLUNTEERS TO BUILD LARGEST-EVER NEIGHBORHOOD
Jul 31 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
NEW HEIGHTS BUILD SITE

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity is currently building New
Heights, its most ambitious neighborhood to-date, and volunteers are invited to help build. Take an
active role in ensuring everyone has an affordable place to call home by learning new skills or
honing existing ones while working alongside community-minded people and future Habitat
homeowners.
Asheville Habitat has been bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope for
nearly four decades. The reasons people donate their time and talent to Asheville Habitat are as
varied as the volunteer themselves. Those who so enjoyed volunteering once on the Women Build
House that they keep coming back every week. Those that spent decades in a corporate
boardroom and simply want to do something totally different in retirement. Those that work for a
company that sponsors Asheville Habitat and therefore have the opportunity to participate in an
employee build day. Those that are in high school and learning about our region’s affordable
housing crisis. Those putting faith into action by working on a house their church sponsors. How
people come to volunteer with Asheville Habitat is wide-ranging. Why they continue to volunteer is
the same: Comradery. Meeting the families. Fulfillment. Fun. Making a difference. Feeling part of
something bigger.
If you are ready to be the change you want to see in the world, learn more and sign up to volunteer
at ashevillehabitat.org or call 828.251.5702. “Volunteers are truly an extension of our staff,” shares
Construction Services Volunteer Manager Stephanie Wallace. “We offer year-round opportunities
for those age 16+. It’s hard work, but very rewarding. Stepping back at the end of the day, you can
SEE the difference you’ve made and feel proud about it.”
If construction isn’t your cup of tea, contact Carrie at 828.210.9381 or
[email protected] to learn about volunteer opportunities in the Asheville and
Weaverville ReStores. Proceeds from ReStore sales support Habitat’s building programs, so your
volunteer efforts there directly support affordable housing, too. Volunteer positions include
customer service, such as running the cash register and providing sales support on the floor;
intake and receiving; sorting and processing donations; testing and repairing appliances; and other
fun opportunities. More description can be found at ashevillehabitat.org – join the team!
About Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity
Founded in 1983, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity was the first Habitat affiliate in North Carolina. Through Habitat
homeownership and home repair programs, nearly 2,000 adults and children in Buncombe County have achieved the
strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build a better future. A decent place to call home and an affordable
mortgage enables Habitat homeowners to save more, invest in education, pursue opportunities and have greater
financial stability. Learn more about Asheville Area Habitat, a Charity Navigator 4-star non-profit, and how you can get
involved at ashevillehabitat.org.

SVM Car Show
Jul 31 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Black Mountain
Sand Hill Community Garden Workdays
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
 Buncombe County Sports Park

Volunteers at Sand Hill Community Garden

Looking to get involved, stay active, and meet some new friends? Sand Hill Community Garden workdays take place on Wednesdays (6-8 p.m.) and Saturdays (10 a.m.-noon) from Feb. 27-Oct. 30, 2021, at Buncombe County Sports Park. The garden is located on 16 Apac Dr. in West Asheville/Enka-Candler.

Join friends and neighbors as they come together on common ground to raise fresh, organic vegetables and fruits for the Enka community.

Expect to wear a mask and maintain social distance throughout. Tools and hand sanitizer are available, but any gloves, loppers, pruners, or gardening tools you can bring will decrease the amount of contact between volunteers. Please wear work clothes to get dirty and closed-toe shoes. Sunscreen, water, and a hat are also handy items to have on hand.

Sand Hill Community Garden has been growing fresh produce since 2011 and raised over 1,200 lbs. of organic produce last year.

NOTE: Community workdays are weather dependent. Please join the community garden email list (send your info to [email protected]) to stay up on workday tasks and other garden news.

To receive the I Heart Parks monthly newsletter, sign up online. Follow Buncombe County Recreation on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates.

Weaverville Library Used Book Store
Jul 31 @ 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.

Sunday, August 1, 2021
Buncombe County has Boards + Commission Vacancies: Make a Difference in Your Community
Aug 1 all-day
Buncombe County Government--online

Are you looking for a great way to get involved with your community and make a difference? Boards, committees, and commission members aid the governing process by keeping Buncombe County in touch with the ideas and attitudes of our community. They help provide direction for the allocation of funds, the provision of human services, protection of residents, property, and our natural resources.

Public input is vitally important to the success of our County, and right now Buncombe County has vacancies on a number of boards and commissions. Learn more about vacancies, deadlines to apply, and the application process at buncombecounty.org/transparency.

Featured board vacancies

Buncombe County Board of Adjustment

One position is available. This Board interprets zoning maps; hears and decides appeals from any order or decision of the Zoning Administrator; grants Conditional Use Permits and Planned Unit Development Permits; authorizes variances in requirements of the zoning, junkyard, and off-premise sign ordinances. They meet the second Wednesday of each month from noon-2 p.m. Applications are due by July 23.

Apply online or download a paper application.

Home and Community Care Block Grant Advisory Committee (HCCBG Advisory Committee)

HCCBG Advisory Committee serves as an advisory body to the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners made up of appointed community members who meet on a monthly basis to:

  • Review funding applications and provide County Commissioners with funding recommendations for aging services;
  • Review quarterly reports and monitoring reports regarding the delivery of services from the funded agencies;
  • Consider and discuss new ways to improve/expand on aging services;
  • Review aging plan and provide input; and
  • Advocate for aging services on the local, state, and national levels.

This Board has five vacancies, and the application process will stay open until all positions are filled. Apply online or download a paper application.

City of Asheville working to keep it easy to connect to your government
Aug 1 all-day
Online

government engagement

 

There are many ways to connect virtually to City government (right now). And the City of Asheville is working on a sustainable model of even more remote access to City government.

 

Connecting people to government and removing barriers to government has long been a core value of the City of Asheville’s Communication and Public Engagement Department (CAPE).

 

That’s why, even before the COVID pandemic happened, CAPE had just contracted with the Public Input platform as a way to better engage Asheville residents, capture their feedback, share updates with our community and keep folks informed and involved in decision making as well as Council-led initiatives that affect our communities.

 

Then the pandemic happened, bringing massive shutdowns with it.

 

Time to innovate and harness the power of the Internet age.

 

But it didn’t happen just magically or on our own. It happened through hard work in partnership with Public Input and a new virtual meeting platform they were in the process of just building and rolling out themselves.

 

While we had hoped to begin by streaming committee meetings, then work our way up to the City Council meetings, the paradigm flipped on us from the get go as most committee meetings were put on hold but the workings of government had to go on. So the CAPE team rolled up their sleeves and began to livestream City Council and Council committee meetings through the Public Input platform and on the City’s YouTube channel. We were also able to take public comment live during meetings too.

 

Yes, there were glitches. Many more than we would have liked, especially in the beginning. As we said to each other, we were building an airplane while we were flying it. And as time went on we had some equipment failures as some of our equipment is just plain worn out. And though we were excited about this innovation, it also took hours of overtime to deliver this service to our residents at our current staffing level.

 

Now that things are normalizing and meetings are returning to in-person format, the City of Asheville and the Communication and Public Engagement Department want you to know we are looking for funding to continue that level of service. We need equipment and staffing and we have applied for grant money to make it happen.

 

We hear you, Asheville. We share your vision of a sustainable model of remote access to City government.

 

For now we’re still live streaming City Council and Council committee meetings, but no longer taking  remote comment during meetings. You can still email comments in advance or leave voicemail comments in advance. Other committee meetings are live, in person but not streamed at this time. Pre-public comments for these meetings can still be emailed or submitted through voicemail in advance or made in person at the meeting.

 

Other ways to stay connected to City government

  • Virtual Engagement Hub: We’re reaching out to our community on many topics on the City’s Virtual Engagement Hub. Log on, scroll through and participate! Here’s the link. This is where our City Council and Council committee meetings are linked as well. 
  • Neighborhood Services: Sign up for the Neighborhood Services newsletter at this link
  • Follow us on social media! Especially the City of Asheville Facebook account and Twitter feed. And don’t forget the Parks & Recreation Facebook account
  • Read all about it: All of our press releases and blog posts are linked on the front of the City of Asheville website and on the City’s news website, Asheville City Source
  • Staff directory: Find a staff directory to the Communication and Public Engagement Department at this link.

 

Thank you for participating in your local government. We are fortunate to have such an engaged, caring community!

Driving Tour with Smith-McDowell House
Aug 1 all-day
Online w/ Western North Carolina Historical Association
The residents of the Smith-McDowell House and grounds were woven in to the fabric of Asheville.

This driving tour begins at the Smith-McDowell House Museum on the campus of A-B Tech and continues through historic sites related to early occupants of the house.

Homeowner Grant Program
Aug 1 all-day
Buncombe County Online

County Commissioners unanimously approved using $300,000 for a new initiative aimed at helping qualified homeowners. During their meeting on July 13, commissioners voted to move forward with the Homeowner Grant Program that could provide $300 for eligible residents.

“This is a new idea for our community, and I’m glad we are thoroughly evaluating it,” said Chairman Brownie Newman. “We are trying to provide some financial relief for folks seeing cost of living go up for a variety of reasons. We’ll make adjustments based on what works well,” said Newman noting the County might increase the program’s investment in the future.

Homeowners Grant Details

Grant amount: Up to $300
Frequency: Annual
Eligible payments types: Tax bill and other homeowner housing costs
Eligible area: Buncombe County
Length of primary residence: Five years
Income: 80% of annual median income
Application: Income documentation required, unless already enrolled in HHS means-tested programs
Other programs: Best fitting programs; no duplication of benefits

Applications will be available starting Aug. 1, and the deadline to apply will be Nov. 15. Buncombe County will work with the local media and add updates to the Homeowner Grant program on its website as more information and applications are available.

New Appalachia Hammocks! Fundraiser for Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
Aug 1 all-day
Online

Mountain view and Appalachian Trail across grassy balds on NC/TN border

We’re excited and grateful to our partners at Wicked Weed Brewing and ENO Hammocks for teaming up in a new collaboration that looks great while giving back! With each #Appalachia hammock purchased, a portion of proceeds benefits SAHC and helps create trails on our Robinson Rough Preserve – which you can enjoy first-hand when staying at the Firefly Cabin!
RAIL: The Railroad and Incarcerated Laborer Memorial Project
Aug 1 all-day
Online w/ Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA)

The construction of the Mountain Division of the Western North Carolina Railroad is widely considered one of the greatest human accomplishments in regards to both engineering and construction ever undertaken at the time it occurred. The project took place over a period of several years in the late 1800s. Many people are aware that the railroad provided the first dependable access to and from much of Western North Carolina for the rest of the state as well as much of the nation. Many also know the names of some of those who were instrumental in seeing through the completion of this ambitious project. Names such as Colonel Alexander Boyd Andrews, of Andrews’ Geyser fame. However, what most people are unaware of is that at least 95% of the labor which built the railroad across the Blue Ridge Escarpment was completed by inmates from the North Carolina State Penitentiary… and approximately 98% of those inmates were African American men… the majority of whom were unjustly imprisoned…

This project was created to share the true story behind this human endeavor and to honor the memory of those who labored and those who died here.

Regional Resources: Historical Research
Aug 1 all-day
Online w/ Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA)

Western North Carolina has a rich assortment of county historical societies, archives, and museums. The Western North Carolina Historical Association seeks to help researchers, historians, genealogists, and the general public take full advantage of these resources.

 

Support ACT and SAVE on products you need!
Aug 1 all-day
Online

Want to save money and support your community organizations at the same time? Join the Target Circle Rewards Program! Members have the chance to vote for a local non-profit whenever they shop at Target between now and September 30.

Join today at target.com/circle and vote for ACT! It’s the easiest way to support ACT and save on products you need!

The 2021 Summer Learning Program: Tails + Tales – an exploration of wildlife and fantastical folktales
Aug 1 all-day
Online

Illustration of animals reading book.

Get ready to go wild at the library for our annual Summer Learning Program. Join us for Tails & Tales – an exploration of wildlife and fantastical folktales. We’ll have an activity sheet with lots of fun adventures for all ages. You can pick up a sheet at any library starting June 1, or download it HERE. Check our calendar to find our most up to date list of programs all summer long.

 

The 2021 Summer Learning Program is open to young people, preschool through teen, with books and activities for every age. All library programs are free and open to children of all abilities. Come in and see what the library has for you!

Victoria: The Forgotten Town Walking Tour
Aug 1 all-day
Online w/ Western North Carolina Historical Association
Contained by its larger growing neighbor (Asheville), the French Broad and Swannanoa rivers, and the Southern Railway line, the Town of Victoria existed from 1887 until 1905, when it was absorbed into Asheville. The community—which included the Smith-McDowell House and Fernihurst mansion—originally incorporated into a town to prevent unwanted development (particularly from the Vanderbilts).
ASHEVILLE AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SEEKS VOLUNTEERS TO BUILD LARGEST-EVER NEIGHBORHOOD
Aug 1 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
NEW HEIGHTS BUILD SITE

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity is currently building New
Heights, its most ambitious neighborhood to-date, and volunteers are invited to help build. Take an
active role in ensuring everyone has an affordable place to call home by learning new skills or
honing existing ones while working alongside community-minded people and future Habitat
homeowners.
Asheville Habitat has been bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope for
nearly four decades. The reasons people donate their time and talent to Asheville Habitat are as
varied as the volunteer themselves. Those who so enjoyed volunteering once on the Women Build
House that they keep coming back every week. Those that spent decades in a corporate
boardroom and simply want to do something totally different in retirement. Those that work for a
company that sponsors Asheville Habitat and therefore have the opportunity to participate in an
employee build day. Those that are in high school and learning about our region’s affordable
housing crisis. Those putting faith into action by working on a house their church sponsors. How
people come to volunteer with Asheville Habitat is wide-ranging. Why they continue to volunteer is
the same: Comradery. Meeting the families. Fulfillment. Fun. Making a difference. Feeling part of
something bigger.
If you are ready to be the change you want to see in the world, learn more and sign up to volunteer
at ashevillehabitat.org or call 828.251.5702. “Volunteers are truly an extension of our staff,” shares
Construction Services Volunteer Manager Stephanie Wallace. “We offer year-round opportunities
for those age 16+. It’s hard work, but very rewarding. Stepping back at the end of the day, you can
SEE the difference you’ve made and feel proud about it.”
If construction isn’t your cup of tea, contact Carrie at 828.210.9381 or
[email protected] to learn about volunteer opportunities in the Asheville and
Weaverville ReStores. Proceeds from ReStore sales support Habitat’s building programs, so your
volunteer efforts there directly support affordable housing, too. Volunteer positions include
customer service, such as running the cash register and providing sales support on the floor;
intake and receiving; sorting and processing donations; testing and repairing appliances; and other
fun opportunities. More description can be found at ashevillehabitat.org – join the team!
About Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity
Founded in 1983, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity was the first Habitat affiliate in North Carolina. Through Habitat
homeownership and home repair programs, nearly 2,000 adults and children in Buncombe County have achieved the
strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build a better future. A decent place to call home and an affordable
mortgage enables Habitat homeowners to save more, invest in education, pursue opportunities and have greater
financial stability. Learn more about Asheville Area Habitat, a Charity Navigator 4-star non-profit, and how you can get
involved at ashevillehabitat.org.

Mountain Makers Craft Market
Aug 1 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Haywood Square Plaza

Mountain Makers Craft Market is a monthly indie art fair designed to cultivate community in Western NC. Located in Downtown Waynesville, we bring together 20+ artisans selling handmade and vintage goods that’ll make you smile! Join us on the first Sunday of each month from 12p-4p at 308 N. Haywood Street, and visit MountainMakersMarket.com

Monday, August 2, 2021
Buncombe County has Boards + Commission Vacancies: Make a Difference in Your Community
Aug 2 all-day
Buncombe County Government--online

Are you looking for a great way to get involved with your community and make a difference? Boards, committees, and commission members aid the governing process by keeping Buncombe County in touch with the ideas and attitudes of our community. They help provide direction for the allocation of funds, the provision of human services, protection of residents, property, and our natural resources.

Public input is vitally important to the success of our County, and right now Buncombe County has vacancies on a number of boards and commissions. Learn more about vacancies, deadlines to apply, and the application process at buncombecounty.org/transparency.

Featured board vacancies

Buncombe County Board of Adjustment

One position is available. This Board interprets zoning maps; hears and decides appeals from any order or decision of the Zoning Administrator; grants Conditional Use Permits and Planned Unit Development Permits; authorizes variances in requirements of the zoning, junkyard, and off-premise sign ordinances. They meet the second Wednesday of each month from noon-2 p.m. Applications are due by July 23.

Apply online or download a paper application.

Home and Community Care Block Grant Advisory Committee (HCCBG Advisory Committee)

HCCBG Advisory Committee serves as an advisory body to the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners made up of appointed community members who meet on a monthly basis to:

  • Review funding applications and provide County Commissioners with funding recommendations for aging services;
  • Review quarterly reports and monitoring reports regarding the delivery of services from the funded agencies;
  • Consider and discuss new ways to improve/expand on aging services;
  • Review aging plan and provide input; and
  • Advocate for aging services on the local, state, and national levels.

This Board has five vacancies, and the application process will stay open until all positions are filled. Apply online or download a paper application.

City of Asheville working to keep it easy to connect to your government
Aug 2 all-day
Online

government engagement

 

There are many ways to connect virtually to City government (right now). And the City of Asheville is working on a sustainable model of even more remote access to City government.

 

Connecting people to government and removing barriers to government has long been a core value of the City of Asheville’s Communication and Public Engagement Department (CAPE).

 

That’s why, even before the COVID pandemic happened, CAPE had just contracted with the Public Input platform as a way to better engage Asheville residents, capture their feedback, share updates with our community and keep folks informed and involved in decision making as well as Council-led initiatives that affect our communities.

 

Then the pandemic happened, bringing massive shutdowns with it.

 

Time to innovate and harness the power of the Internet age.

 

But it didn’t happen just magically or on our own. It happened through hard work in partnership with Public Input and a new virtual meeting platform they were in the process of just building and rolling out themselves.

 

While we had hoped to begin by streaming committee meetings, then work our way up to the City Council meetings, the paradigm flipped on us from the get go as most committee meetings were put on hold but the workings of government had to go on. So the CAPE team rolled up their sleeves and began to livestream City Council and Council committee meetings through the Public Input platform and on the City’s YouTube channel. We were also able to take public comment live during meetings too.

 

Yes, there were glitches. Many more than we would have liked, especially in the beginning. As we said to each other, we were building an airplane while we were flying it. And as time went on we had some equipment failures as some of our equipment is just plain worn out. And though we were excited about this innovation, it also took hours of overtime to deliver this service to our residents at our current staffing level.

 

Now that things are normalizing and meetings are returning to in-person format, the City of Asheville and the Communication and Public Engagement Department want you to know we are looking for funding to continue that level of service. We need equipment and staffing and we have applied for grant money to make it happen.

 

We hear you, Asheville. We share your vision of a sustainable model of remote access to City government.

 

For now we’re still live streaming City Council and Council committee meetings, but no longer taking  remote comment during meetings. You can still email comments in advance or leave voicemail comments in advance. Other committee meetings are live, in person but not streamed at this time. Pre-public comments for these meetings can still be emailed or submitted through voicemail in advance or made in person at the meeting.

 

Other ways to stay connected to City government

  • Virtual Engagement Hub: We’re reaching out to our community on many topics on the City’s Virtual Engagement Hub. Log on, scroll through and participate! Here’s the link. This is where our City Council and Council committee meetings are linked as well. 
  • Neighborhood Services: Sign up for the Neighborhood Services newsletter at this link
  • Follow us on social media! Especially the City of Asheville Facebook account and Twitter feed. And don’t forget the Parks & Recreation Facebook account
  • Read all about it: All of our press releases and blog posts are linked on the front of the City of Asheville website and on the City’s news website, Asheville City Source
  • Staff directory: Find a staff directory to the Communication and Public Engagement Department at this link.

 

Thank you for participating in your local government. We are fortunate to have such an engaged, caring community!

Homeowner Grant Program
Aug 2 all-day
Buncombe County Online

County Commissioners unanimously approved using $300,000 for a new initiative aimed at helping qualified homeowners. During their meeting on July 13, commissioners voted to move forward with the Homeowner Grant Program that could provide $300 for eligible residents.

“This is a new idea for our community, and I’m glad we are thoroughly evaluating it,” said Chairman Brownie Newman. “We are trying to provide some financial relief for folks seeing cost of living go up for a variety of reasons. We’ll make adjustments based on what works well,” said Newman noting the County might increase the program’s investment in the future.

Homeowners Grant Details

Grant amount: Up to $300
Frequency: Annual
Eligible payments types: Tax bill and other homeowner housing costs
Eligible area: Buncombe County
Length of primary residence: Five years
Income: 80% of annual median income
Application: Income documentation required, unless already enrolled in HHS means-tested programs
Other programs: Best fitting programs; no duplication of benefits

Applications will be available starting Aug. 1, and the deadline to apply will be Nov. 15. Buncombe County will work with the local media and add updates to the Homeowner Grant program on its website as more information and applications are available.

Support ACT and SAVE on products you need!
Aug 2 all-day
Online

Want to save money and support your community organizations at the same time? Join the Target Circle Rewards Program! Members have the chance to vote for a local non-profit whenever they shop at Target between now and September 30.

Join today at target.com/circle and vote for ACT! It’s the easiest way to support ACT and save on products you need!

The 2021 Summer Learning Program: Tails + Tales – an exploration of wildlife and fantastical folktales
Aug 2 all-day
Online

Illustration of animals reading book.

Get ready to go wild at the library for our annual Summer Learning Program. Join us for Tails & Tales – an exploration of wildlife and fantastical folktales. We’ll have an activity sheet with lots of fun adventures for all ages. You can pick up a sheet at any library starting June 1, or download it HERE. Check our calendar to find our most up to date list of programs all summer long.

 

The 2021 Summer Learning Program is open to young people, preschool through teen, with books and activities for every age. All library programs are free and open to children of all abilities. Come in and see what the library has for you!