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Tuesday, September 21, 2021
‘AVL Shares Space’ outdoor expansion initiatives SURVEY
Sep 21 all-day

In the spring of 2020, the City of Asheville launched several temporary initiatives to support safe business operations and customer access to goods and services during COVID-19. These “AVL Shares Space” initiatives enabled businesses and organizations to quickly expand outdoors, generally into adjacent public spaces and parking lots, with the primary goal of supporting the local economy while facilitating alignment with public health guidance. To date, over 100 businesses have been authorized to expand outdoors. More information, including other guiding principles and goals of the program can be found here.

The City would like to collect public feedback on the successes and impacts of each initiative in order to assess possibilities for longer-term programs.

Please let us know how you’ve interacted with any or all of these initiatives, and provide feedback on your experience.

10th Annual ReStore ReUse Contest
Sep 21 all-day
Asheville Area--online

The Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore is hosting the 10th annual ReUse Contest to showcase innovative building projects constructed predominantly of used building materials.

Winners will be selected in the following categories:

  • Furniture: $200 ReStore gift card
  • Homesteading (i.e. chicken coop, raised bed): $200 ReStore gift card
  • Live and/or work space: $200 ReStore gift card
  • Art: $200 ReStore gift card
  • Home Decor: $200 ReStore gift card
  • Vans & Vehicle (NEW!): $200 ReStore gift card
  • Best in Show: $500 ReStore gift card

Winners will be announced in a press release, on Asheville Habitat’s website and social media pages, and featured in the Asheville Habitat ReStore.

The purpose of this annual contest is to showcase innovative building and DIY projects
constructed predominantly of reused building materials. A large number of ReStore shoppers
purchase items intended to be repurposed or reused in unique and creative ways; the ReStore
Reuse contest is a great way to showcase their projects and inspire others to reuse, recycle
and repurpose usable materials.
The creativity of this community never ceases to amaze. Past projects have included a fence
fashioned from doors, a potting bench built from pallets, a chair crafted from an oil drum, yard
art made from old tools, and so much more. To see photos from the 2020 contest, click here.
A panel of five judges will select winners in the following categories: Furniture, Homesteading,
Live and/or Work Space, Art, Home Décor, Vans and Vehicles (NEW!), and Best in Show.
Winners will be announced in mid-October.

Asheville Area Arts Council JOB BOARD
Sep 21 all-day

Job Board

Make sure to check out all the great job postings and arts opportunities listed on the arts council’s website.

Do you have a job opening you would like us to share? Please email us a link to your listing at [email protected].

Bearfootin’ Public Art Walk + Auction
Sep 21 all-day
Downtown Hendersonville and Online

About Bearfootin’ Art Walk

Since 2003, the Bearfootin’ Art Walk has helped raise funding for Downtown Hendersonville and a variety of local non-profits. In addition to raising funds, the bears offer a window into good work being done by community organizations in Henderson County.

The Bearfootin’ Bears arrive as blank slates before local artists transform each in a spectacular fashion, with creative themes ranging from Mona Lisa to Blue Ridge Mountain scenery. After the “Reveal” event in early May, the bears then take up residence in downtown Hendersonville for the duration of the summer and fall, up until auction. Participants bid during the auction to raise funds for local non-profits and Downtown Hendersonville. Winning bids up to $3,000 are split evenly between the downtown program and the non-profit chosen by the sponsor, while bid amounts exceeding $3,000 are directed entirely to the non-profit. In 2020, the Bears raised more than $84,000, and in 2021 we hope to continue the tradition of giving.


2021 Bearfootin’ Auction

The 2021 Bears are currently stationed along Main Street until the auction in October. Check out our 2021 Bearfootin’ Bears!

Until 2020, the Bearfootin’ auctions were hosted in traditional style with a live auctioneer. Then, in response to the pandemic, Friends of Downtown Hendersonville pivoted to a virtual format for the 2020 auction. The virtual bidding format allowed people to bid over the course of a month until a scheduled bidding cutoff. This turned out to be a big success, with the 2020 auction raising more than $84,000. 

For the 2021 Auction, the Downtown Events Team and Friends of Downtown Hendersonville staff are incorporating the virtual bidding format with an in-person event. This means bidders will be able to begin bidding as early as September 15, 2021. Bidding will come to a close with an exciting in-person event on October 16 from 4-6:30pm, with all bidding closing at 6pm.


What You Need to Know About the 2021 Bearfootin’ Bear Auction:  

  1. Bidding begins on September 15, 2021 at 12pm and ends at 6pm EST on October 16, 2021. Stay tuned for the release of the bidding platform closer to September 15!
  2.  All bidding will occur virtually. There will be no in-person bidding. However, there will be live bidding via phone/computer up until the bidding cut off at 6pm on October 16.

  3.  It’s free to register to bid, and you can bid anytime between September 15 and the deadline at 6pm on October 16. Initial bids will take place via the bidding website (stay tuned for link!). Bidders will receive automatic text message notification if they are outbid with the option to submit a new bid directly via text message.  

  4. There will be an in-person countdown celebration on October 16 from 4-6:30 pm on the outdoor plaza at the Historic Train Depot at 650 Maple Street. The event will have a lively atmosphere with bells and cheers at each incoming bid, as well as live music, beer/wine and food trucks. The event is free and open to the public. While there will be no in-person bidding at the event, attendees can bid live via their cell phone. There will be an event information booth to help attendees get registered and begin bidding.

  5. There will be no proxy bidding. Bidders will receive automatic text notification if they are outbid with the option to submit a new bid. There are no reserve/proxy bids, meaning you can’t set a price that the system will automatically bid for you. If you are outbid, you will need to place a higher bid if you wish to continue.   

  6. Starting bids for all bears will be $1,500 and minimum bid increments are $100.  

  7.  Any bear can be purchased at our “Buy Now” price of $10,000. The “Buy Now” option ends Thursday, October 14 at 5 p.m.

  8. Bidders do not have to attend the in-person event to be a winning bidder. For those who can’t attend the in-person event on October 16, we will conduct a virtual Facebook Live event of the auction on the Downtown Hendersonville page. We will start the off by introducing the bears and providing information about how to bid before the clock runs out. All bidding is automatically cut off at 6pm on October 16.

  9. Winning bidders will be contacted regarding payment and picking up their bear via text and email. Bears can be picked up at the event, or during a scheduled “pick up window” the week following the event. Winners have 5 days to pay or they will be automatically charged on the credit card filed. Alternatively, winners can pay with cash or check. There will be a 2.95% processing fee on all credit card transactions. 

Buncombe County Receives Federal Disaster Declaration
Sep 21 all-day


On Sept. 8, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden Jr., granted a Major Disaster Declaration for the state of North Carolina triggering the release of federal funds to help people and communities recover from the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred that occurred Aug. 16-18, 2021.

“This federal disaster declaration will help provide assistance for our Buncombe communities that were hit hard by the storm,” said Emergency Services Director Taylor Jones. The remnants of Tropical Storm Fred moved through Buncombe County on Aug. 17. The area experienced the heaviest rainfall in 50 years resulting in devastating flooding and damage to multiple businesses, homes, farmland, and public structures.

Residents and businesses who sustained losses can begin applying for assistance by registering online at, or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing or speech impaired. Individuals may also access assistance via the FEMA app.

Please note that damages previously reported through the Buncombe County Storm Damage Hotline were for damage assessment purposes only, to determine if we met the criteria for a declaration. Anyone seeking FEMA assistance must now apply directly to FEMA. We are still waiting to see if the North Carolina Legislature will appropriate funding to assist with repairs to private culverts and bridges.

SBA Disaster Assistance

U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) Disaster Assistance is also part of the package authorized with the federal disaster declaration.

Businesses, homeowners, and renters can learn more on the SBA disaster details site and apply for assistance at

Homeowners and renters should pursue the FEMA IA process first, since that assistance is not a loan that needs to be repaid. The SBA low-interest disaster loans can be useful for businesses that don’t qualify for IA or PA, and for homeowners that are insured, but still need additional funding to complete repairs.

City of Asheville rolls out a fresh round of bear-resistant trash carts
Sep 21 all-day
Asheville Area

Bear with trash cart

The bear-resistant trash carts have a locking feature that allows the lid to open only when it is lifted and turned over by the motion made by the arm of the Sanitation truck.


Urban bears prowling for a trashcan meal may have to resort to berries in some sections of the City. Following the successful rollout of Asheville Sanitation’s bear-resistant trash cart pilot program in January with 340 initial carts, another 300 of them are now being delivered to residents on the waiting list.


resolution approved by Asheville City Council in November 2020 amended the City’s Fees & Charges schedule to allow the Sanitation Division to provide bear-resistant trash carts for a $10 a month fee on a first-come, first-served basis. Residents who sign up for the carts agree to a one-year rental commitment.

The initial order of bear-resistant trash carts was funded from the Sanitation Division’s Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Operating Budget. When the 2021-2022 Operating Budget was approved Sanitation was able to purchase 300 more carts — all that was available from the manufacturer at this time.

“More than a third of the calls that the N.C. Wildlife Resources receives about bears statewide come from Buncombe County,” said City Sanitation Manager Jes Foster. “Asheville residents are experiencing an increase in human-bear interactions and there are safety risks associated with these increasing issues.”

Securing garbage is identified as one of the top ways to reduce human-bear interactions and resulting problems. Eliminate the food source and the bear usually moves on.  Asheville residents have frequently requested that the City provide bear-resistant trash carts and we are excited to be able to deliver on this request.

The bear-resistant trash carts are 95 gallons (same size as regular large green trash carts) and weigh 45 pounds (10 pounds heavier than regular trash carts). They are for trash only, not recyclables or yard waste.


Want a bear-resistant cart?

While this latest delivery of 300 carts put a big dent in our waiting list, Asheville Sanitation continues to get requests for the bear-resistant trash carts. Please visit to sign up for future bear-resistant carts as we have funds to buy them and they become available. Or call the Sanitation office at 828-259-5857.


Community Input Sessions: African American Heritage Trail Online Survey and more
Sep 21 all-day

African American Heritage Trail Project

Be a Part of Creating Asheville’s
African American Heritage Trail

On display at the YMI Community Impact Center for the month of September 2021, drop in to view a collection of historical stories featuring unsung heroes and underrecognized achievements and contributions by the Black community in Asheville that may become part of the Heritage Trail.

This collection is presented to the community as part of the research for the Heritage Trail project, and is intended to honor, inform and inspire awareness of local Black heritage.

The community is invited to share feedback through an online survey. Read below for additional options for reviewing the collection of stories and completing the survey.



View the story panels at the YMI’s Community Impact Center, 39 S Market St, Asheville, NC

  • Saturday, Sept. 4, during Goombay Festival
  • Sunday, Sept. 5, during Goombay Festival
  • Saturday, Sept. 11, during Sankofa Market
  • Saturday, Sept. 18, during Sankofa Market

Via Zoom

Sign up to attend a Virtual Viewing Session via Zoom with Researcher Flo Jaques

  • Monday, Sept. 13, 7 – 8 p.m. >>Register
  • Saturday, Sept. 18, 10 – 11 a.m. >>Register
  • Tuesday, Sept. 28, 6 -7 p.m. >>Register

Independent Online Review

View the story collection and complete the survey at your own pace.

Please allow 15 – 25 minutes to review the stories and complete the survey. See information below to get started.


Additionally, if you are interested in hosting your own session to review the story collection and take the survey either at the YMI or via Zoom, please contact Pat Kappes at [email protected]  for scheduling.

Help shape Asheville by serving on a City board or commission
Sep 21 all-day
photo illustration of Diverse People in Meeting With Speech Bubbles

Looking for a way to get involved in local government and play a part in shaping the future of Asheville? Serving on a City of Asheville board or commission is a great place to start.


Through a variety of boards and commissions established by Asheville City Council, citizens can provide input on the policies that shape their government and their city. There are currently more than 30 boards and commissions that advise the Mayor and City Council on an array of issues.

Put your perspective, leadership and knowledge to work by serving on one of many City advisory committees. Being on a board or commission does require a significant personal commitment, however, so applicants should consider their ability to commit their time and personal energy before applying.

Currently there are openings on six committees or boards. For safety, during the COVID-19 pandemic boards and commissions are meeting remotely through the City’s Virtual Engagement Hub.

For an application form, please visit of City’s Boards and Commissions webpage or contact the City Clerk’s Office at 828-259-5839 or [email protected].

Unless otherwise stated, the application deadline for these vacancies is 5 p.m. October 4.


Current openings

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT — The vacancy is for an alternate seat. The Board functions as a quasi-judicial board to (1) hear and decides applications for approval of variances from the terms of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), except where the UDO places responsibility for hearing or considering such a variance with another body; (2) hear and decide appeals from any order, requirement, permit, decision, or determination issued or made by an administrative officer of the City in enforcing any provisions of the UDO; (3) services as the City’s Housing Code Appeals Board; and (4) performs such additional powers and duties as may be set forth elsewhere in the UDO and in other laws and regulations.

HOMELESS INITIATIVE ADVISORY COMMITTEE — Some duties of the Committee include: 1) Serve as an advisory body, in collaboration with the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Coalition, to the Asheville City Council or its designated subcommittee for the NC 501 Continuum of Care: 2) Address homelessness through a coordinated community-based process of identifying needs and building a system of housing and services that meet those needs; 3) Foster a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; 4) Secure funding and make recommendations for allocations to support efforts to quickly re-house individuals and families who are homeless, which minimizes the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness, and 5) Ensure access to and effective use of mainstream programs; and Promote self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION OF ASHEVILLE — Duties of the commission include, but are not limited to: (1) Make policy recommendations to the City Council which promote and improve human relations and advance equity in the City; (2) Support the City’s Office of Equity and Inclusion; (3) Provide a forum where residents can raise issues and complaints relating to human relations in the City; (4) Engage the community regarding the utilization of City-funded programs and policies for the promotion of human relations; and (5) Promote and improve human relations and advance equity in the following areas: public safety; educational, art and cultural opportunities; economic development; health and human services; and housing. Candidates must submit a Human Relations Commission Form, in addition to the Boards and Commissions application.

NOISE ADVISORY BOARD —The Board is advisory to the Council and shall meet when called upon. Duties include 1) Evaluate the effectiveness of Ordinance No. 4390 regarding Noise Regulation and related city policies with the goal of developing recommendations regarding amendments, additions, or deletions; 2) Evaluate the effectiveness of enforcement of this article, including but not limited to response times, compliance rates, distribution of complaints, and ensuring equitable outcomes; 3) Propose long-term objectives for achieving reduction of sound levels in the community, and propose means for implementing such objectives; 4) Develop rules relative to the conduct of its meetings in accordance with City rules and policies governing advisory boards and commissions.

PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION — The Commission is an advisory board to City Council and shall (1) review all new text for proposed amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), and proposals to zone or change the zoning of all property regulated under the UDO and to make recommendations to City Council for final action thereon; (2) perform studies and surveys of the present conditions and probable future development of the City and its environs, including, but not limited to, studies and surveys of land uses, population, traffic, parking, and redevelopment needs; (3) formulate and recommend to City Council the adoption or amendment of a comprehensive plan and other plans, as necessary, for the City and its environs ; (4) review the terms of the UDO from time to time, as it deems appropriate, and to recommend to City Council any changes that the Commission considers necessary to regulate properly the development and use of land, buildings and structures; (5) review applications for planned unit development designation and the preliminary plans for such planned unit developments and to make recommendations to City Council for final action thereon; and (6) review and decide on approval of all proposed preliminary plats of major subdivisions.

TRANSIT COMMITTEE — This vacancy is open until filled. The Committee functions as an advisory board to the Multimodal Transportation Commission and to the City staff on matters affecting the transit system and its operation. The Transit Committee consists of at least seven members and up to 11 members. All Transit Committee members are appointed by the Multimodal Transportation Commission. The term of office is three years. Note: For an application form, please visit the Transit webpage, or contact Eunice Lovi ([email protected]) for more information.


Application process

Determine which board or commission interests you. Board and commission meetings are open to the public, so potential applicants are encouraged to sit in on monthly meetings. Meeting dates, times and locations vary, and are available on individual web pages.


Qualifications for appointees to boards and commissions shall be residents of the City of Asheville, unless otherwise specified or provided for by law or Council action.


Complete an application by filling out the board or commission application form. Notice: There is an additional human relations application form if you are interested in serving on the Human Relations Commission.

Confirm receipt, after your application is received, you will receive a receipt of application e-mail. If you do not receive that receipt within a day after submittal, please contact [email protected] to make sure that your application has reached the City Clerk’s Office.


When vacancies occur, the City Council will review the resource list and schedule interviews. You will be contacted directly if it is necessary for you to interview for an appointment.


Wait for a vacancy if one is not currently open. Once an application is received, the City will place your name on the resource list for the particular board. Applications are held on file for consideration for one year. Want to be notified when new vacancies are announced? Contact [email protected] to be added to the distribution list.

Join City Hike for Climate Action
Sep 21 all-day

Just in the last week, we’ve seen extreme storms and flooding in the midwest, leading to power outages for 800k, heatwaves in the Pacific Northwest, and wildfires that continue to burn, forcing people to evacuate their homes in the west.

Feeling frustrated? It’s time to turn your feelings into action!

The Sierra Club is harnessing the power of community to fight for a future where all people benefit from a healthy, thriving planet and we need YOU!  Join a powerful collective of millions of changemakers doing what’s right for the environment.

How can you help preserve the planet?

  • Register for City Hike, a nationally-powered, locally-experienced event raising money to protect the Earth while providing an adventurous, challenging, and engaging exposure to the great outdoors.
  • Fundraise to support Sierra Club’s local and national environmental initiatives, like ensuring a just transition to 100% clean energy. Show how much you care about our planet, and get your friends and family to join you. 
  • Hit the Trail! From September 19th – October 9th, lace up your shoes and get outside! Use AllTrails to find a great hike near you, or create a new experience. We’ll send you a virtual scavenger hunt that you’ll access through the Glide app to enhance (and educate you) along your self-guided hike route!
Join the Pisgah Legal team!
Sep 21 all-day
Pisgah Legal
Are you interested in working for a dynamic non-profit providing vital anti-poverty services for our mountain communities?  We have openings for attorney positions as well as other staff positions. Please click on the button below for job descriptions and application details.
Job Descriptions and Application Details
Pisgah Legal is proud to be a Living Wage Certified employer
National Preparedness Month 2021: Prepare to Protect
Sep 21 all-day

September is National Preparedness Month and this year’s theme is Prepare to Protect.  In 2020,  North Carolina experienced 247 flood events and 609 severe thunderstorms with damaging wind and hail. Weather events, the global pandemic, and even a 5.1 earthquake, are stark reminders that disasters can happen quickly. “Emergencies and disasters can happen at any time and we want individuals, families and our entire community to be Buncombe Ready,” says Buncombe County Public Health Preparedness Director, Fletcher Tove. “The recent flash flooding events serve as a reminder that families and individuals need to have a plan in place for unexpected disasters.”

Each week in September, the national campaign will be highlighting different aspects of preparedness planning to encourage residents and communities to consider their options in the event of an emergency.

COVID-19 Vaccination 

The most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your family is to get the COVID-19 vaccine if you have not already been vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and are our best chance to defeat the virus. The COVID-19 vaccine may not keep you from getting the virus, but it is highly effective at reducing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death in vaccinated individuals. Additionally, as more people get vaccinated, the virus loses the opportunity to evolve into new variants. Getting the vaccine is vital to the safety of our community and ensures that you and your family are taking the most important step in being prepared for this real, disaster-level virus.

Click here, to find a vaccine provider near you.

Week 1 September 1-4: Make A Plan  

Active communication with your loved ones is crucial before, during, and after a disaster or emergency. Discuss a shelter plan, an evacuation route, a family communication plan and review the items in your emergency preparedness kit when composing a plan with your household. You should also establish a family meeting place that is familiar and easily accessible in case you are not together when disaster strikes.

Click here, for a guide to developing a household preparedness plan.

Week 2 September 5-11: Build A Kit  

There is a chance that you and your family may have to stay put in a designated area for several hours or days in the event of an emergency or disaster. It is important to have a kit ready with food, water and other supplies that can last your entire household at least three to seven days. You need to compile all supplies in an easy to carry container before an emergency so that it is ready at a moment’s notice. Consider unique needs of family members and pets when putting together your kit and make sure that all of the members of your household are aware of its location.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, make sure to include extra protective face masks, soap, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes in your kit.

Click here, for a comprehensive list of supplies to include in your emergency kit.

Week 3 September 12-18: Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness  

Learn more about the risk of disasters in your area in order to limit their impacts on you and your family. Residents of Buncombe County can sign up to receive time-sensitive emergency alerts with the Buncombe Alerts emergency notification system. You can choose one or more options for receiving notifications, including landline, cellphone, text message, email, TTY, and the CodeRED mobile app.

Click here, to sign up for Buncombe Alerts.

Week 4 September 19-25: Teach Youth About Preparedness  

Household members of all ages can and should get involved in making a preparedness plan and putting together an emergency kit. Getting kids involved in planning can ensure that they know what to do in the event of an emergency or disaster, especially if you are separated at first.

Click here, to find out more about how to involve youth in different aspects of preparedness planning.

The bottom line is that simple steps such as making a family disaster plan, creating an emergency supply kit, and signing up for your county’s emergency notification system are smart, cheap, and easy to do. Additionally, is a great resource for disaster preparedness in North Carolina. The site features resources and videos in multiple languages including American Sign Language. Prepare to Protect by taking these simple steps today!

Nominate a Treasured Tree
Sep 21 all-day
September is Hunger Action Month Donate to Manna Food Bank
Sep 21 all-day
You Can Fill Plates for Those Who Need it Most
September is Hunger Action Month — a time to acknowledge the work we do all year long alongside our community in the fight against hunger, and a time to raise awareness of the obstacles that face more than 100,000 people in Western North Carolina who don’t have enough food tonight.
The dramatically widening gap between income and cost of living in our region continues to create deep hardship for working families, seniors, and single parents who reach out to MANNA and our partners for help. And thanks to you, and the supportive community joining us in this daily work to make a real, lasting difference for our neighbors. You see it in the eyes of a man who lights up at the sight of a watermelon, and in the tears of relief from a young mother receiving a box full of food.
The good you can do today is with a simple donation.
Make a Difference
Your support today has the power to change lives. Thank you for joining us in the action to address hunger in WNC. With your generous partnership, MANNA can continue to be there with food, anytime a family reaches out for help.
September is Library Card Sign Up Month!
Sep 21 all-day
Various Libraries in Buncombe County

Photo of typewriter

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when Buncombe County Public Libraries join the American Library Association and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning.

In Buncombe County, there are two ways to get a library card.

Go to any library – this is the fastest way.

If you can’t to come to a library, we can give you a card online.  You will need to email us a photo of your ID to get a card by email. We’ll email you a library card number and PIN that you can use immediately for all digital resources and the physical card will be mailed to you at a later date.

Remember, all Buncombe County and Asheville City School IDs can be used to check out library materials, so if you have a school ID you already have a library card. The PIN for your school ID is the last four digits of the ID number.

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. Please contact us if you have any questions and we look forward to seeing you at the library.

Share your feedback on ‘AVL Shares Space’ outdoor expansion initiatives SURVEY
Sep 21 all-day

Wall St parklet

The City of Asheville is seeking public feedback on temporary initiatives launched in the spring of 2020 to support safe business operations and customer access during COVID-19. These initiatives have enabled over 100 businesses and organizations in Asheville to quickly expand outdoors into adjacent public spaces and parking lots.


Take the survey here.


The AVL Shares Space initiatives include the following:

  • “Shared Streets” (pedestrian priority environment and use of on-street parking spaces along a corridor)
  • Temporary Parklets (use of on-street parking spaces)
  • Expansion on private lots (i.e. parking lots)
  • Expansion on public sidewalks
  • 10-minute curbside pick-up zones


While these temporary initiatives were launched in response to specific needs during the pandemic, the City would like to collect public feedback on the successes and impacts of each initiative to assess possibilities for longer-term programs. The survey will remain open through September 20. (Participating businesses are being surveyed separately.)


More information about each initiative, as well as goals and objectives of the program, can be found at

Support ACT and SAVE on products you need!
Sep 21 all-day

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 and vote for ACT! It’s the easiest way to support ACT and save on products you need!

Updated City of Asheville Noise Ordinance goes into effect
Sep 21 all-day


At their July 27 meeting, Asheville City Council voted to update the City’s Noise Ordinance with an aim to identify and prioritize noise concerns and develop clear and enforceable thresholds for noise generation.

As the newly revised ordinance will go into effect September 15, we wanted to let residents know where to find information about the ordinance and how the enforcement process will work. The City’s Development Services Department will administer the new ordinance and manage noise through engagement, education and community collaboration. Gráinne Miser has been appointed the interim noise administrator and can be contacted at [email protected].

To view the newly revised ordinance, visit this link in the City’s Municipal Code. Find more information in this FAQ document.


Sound Exceedance Permits

A Sound Exceedance permit is only required for events that exceed required decibel level limits and that typically have adjacent residential neighbors. The average business or restaurant with a patio is not going to need this permit. The permit goes into effect on September 15 and an online application will be available prior to the ordinance effective date.

Here’s a fact sheet about Sound Exceedance permits.


How to file a noise complaint

You may file a complaint in any of the following ways: call the APD non-emergency number 828-252-1110, submit a complaint on the Asheville App, or email [email protected]. If contact information is provided, staff will respond to let you know the complaint has been received and the status of the complaint within 48 hours of receipt.


Noise Advisory Board

Interested in getting involved with the Noise Advisory Board? Applications are due on October 4. Please visit the City’s Boards and Commissions webpage or contact the City Clerk’s Office at [email protected] for an application form.

VIDEO RECAP: Commissioners’ Meeting – Sept. 7, 2021
Sep 21 all-day

County Seal Follow link to watch Video

Consent Agenda

  • Approval of August 3, 2021 Briefing Minutes
  • Approval of August 3, 2021 Regular Meeting Minutes
  • Approval of August 18, 2021 Emergency Meeting Minutes
  • Resolution Approving Pyrotechnic Experts for Firework Display
  • Tax Collection Report
  • Approval of Settlements Report
  • Approval of State Lottery Project Applications – Buncombe County Schools – Multiple Applications for Repaving Projects
  • Resolution Establishing an Ad Hoc Reappraisal Committee
  • Budget Amendment for North Carolina Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 2 Deployment Reimbursement – May 2020 Flooding
  • Budget Amendment for State Lottery Application Project – Asheville City Schools Subject Design Fees
  • Budget Amendment for Adjustments for Growth
  • Budget Amendment for Interlocal Funding – Homeowner Grants
  • Budget Amendment for School Health Liaison
  • Budget Amendment for North Carolina Urban Search and Rescue Hurricane Isaias Reimbursement
  • Budget Amendment for Conservation Easements
Voting: Woodfin, Weaverville, Woodfin Water + Sewer District General Election: What You Need to Know
Sep 21 all-day

If you are a resident of Woodfin, Weaverville, or the Woodfin Water and Sewer District, then you’re eligible to vote in the upcoming municipal election on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. Buncombe County Election Services wants to make sure you have all the information you need and is committed to having a safe and secure election. For more information about precautions regarding COVID-19, click here.

Below is information about voter registration, sample ballots, absentee ballots, Early Voting, and more. If you have additional questions, visit our website at or contact our office by phone at:  (828) 250-4200.

What’s on the ballot?

  • Town of Weaverville Mayor
  • Town of Weaverville Town Council Members
  • Town of Woodfin Commissioners
  • Woodfin Sanitary Water and Sewer District Trustee
  • Three ways to vote: Absentee by Mail, Early Voting, and Election Day
  • You may request an absentee ballot until Oct. 26.
  • Early Voting period which runs Oct. 14-30.
    • Election Day

    Where to vote

    On Election Day, polls are open from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. As long as you are in line by 7:30 p.m., you will have the chance to vote.

YMI Cultural Center Business Incubation
Sep 21 all-day


YMICC is committed to economic development and entrepreneurship for Black individuals and communities. Through this program entrepreneurs will receive six (6) months to one (1) year of business incubation support that will include business development training, startup and capacity building funding, as well as, mentorship opportunities. We are interested in you and your business ideas.

YMI Cultural Center Workforce Development Program
Sep 21 all-day

The “HMMM” (Hospitality, Medical, Manufacturing, Municipality) workforce training initiative and business development program is designed to support participants with training to build technical and workforce skills. The expansion of this program is “Operation Gateway” which provides a “circle of support” that addresses barriers to successful employment.  In this program participants will receive wraparound services along their pathway to the workplace. This circle of services includes childcare, transportation, financial support, guidance, and re-entry skill development (e.g., resume-building and interviewing).

YWCA: 21-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge
Sep 21 all-day
Online w/ YWCA

What is the 21 Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge?

Many people are becoming newly aware of how systemic racism and violence are impacting people of color. Even if you are new to the conversation, that is OK. Our 21 Day Challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. Participants who sign up for the Challenge will receive daily tasks via email to help foster their understanding and awareness, with activities such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, or reflecting on personal experience. If you’ve already completed this version of the challenge (released in March of this year) with us in the past please know that our challenge is designed to be taken multiple times by selecting different daily challenges in order to expand what you have previously learned.

Our next challenge starts on Monday, September 6th, and continues (Monday –Friday) through October 1st.

Volunteer with the YWCA
Sep 21 @ 5:45 am – 7:00 pm

Volunteer with the YWCA

At the YWCA of Asheville, we eliminate racism and empower women by providing programs and advocacy for over 3,000 community members annually in Western North Carolina with services that support families, promote holistic wellness, and advance racial justice.

Thank you for wanting to share your time and talents with the YWCA! As a volunteer, you are integral to the YWCA fulfilling our mission, and we simply couldn’t do it without your help and support.

YWCA Asheville has volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups. We can design volunteer assignments to fit your schedule, experience, and team-building goals.

For more information about volunteering, contact:
Amanda Durst, Volunteer Coordinator
[email protected]

828-254-7206 x 103

Current Volunteer Opportunities

YW Wellness and Learning Lab
Kitchen Assistants
Empowerment Childcare
Early Learning Program
Administrative Support
Sharing Life. Saving Lives. Donate Blood
Sep 21 @ 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
The Blood Connection

We are Asheville’s Community Blood Center.


We’re proud to call Western North Carolina home. Our dedicated staff work and live in the area, just like you. Whether you’re here for the breath-taking mountain views or the cooler weather, we’re glad you’re here to help us save the lives of your neighbors.

Our centers are the perfect places to give back and kick back. Open every day, yes weekends too, makes it easy to fit donating into your schedule.

You could probably use a little peace, and every Blood Connection center offers that. Clean, spacious, and comfortable, a center getaway may be exactly what you need…it’s exactly what 3 blood recipients need too.

Every donation has the power to save up to 3 lives. Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. is in need of a life-saving blood transfusion. You’re 1 person who can make a difference!

The Learning Garden Opens to the Public
Sep 21 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Buncombe Extension Center
The Learning Garden at Buncombe Extension Center
Vegetable gardening at The Learning Garden

Visit The Learning Garden! The gardens are in full summer mode with ripening tomatoes, blooming roses, giant sunflowers, and many other perennials and plants of interest.

The Learning Garden is a dedicated, on-site teaching garden at the Buncombe Extension Center located at 49 Mt. Carmel Road, Asheville. It is managed and cared for by the Extension Master GardenerSM volunteers (EMGVs) of Buncombe County.

Everyone is welcome to visit the gardens Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9 to 12 when temperatures are cool and Master Gardeners are working in the gardens. Or come visit on your own Monday through Friday, 8 to 5.

The Learning Garden (TLG) surrounds the Extension building, includes 8 distinct gardens, and a composting demonstration site. Each garden offers plants that grow well in our region. You will gather new ideas and learn successful horticultural practices that lead to beautiful, healthy gardens.

Look for plant labels in the garden. Find more information and brochures at the kiosk near the building and in the garden mailboxes.


Garden Pots Needed! GreenWorks
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sand Hill Nursery / Buncombe County Sports Complex

Garden pots are essential to our operations at the tree nursery, and we’re running low! Do you have extra plastic nursery pots lying around your house?


Please drop your pots off at our Sand Hill Nursery in the “Return Pots” section (Buncombe County Sports Park, 24 Apac Circle, Asheville) look for a sign on the fence.

Tropical Storm Fred Recovery Center in Buncombe County
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 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.

Sep 21 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Grind Coffee House

 Mon-Fri from 2-5pm. You have access to high speed internet, work space and HALF-OFF pastries when you present your college ID.

OAKS Afterschool Program
Sep 21 @ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Oakley Community Center

OAKS Afterschool Program
Pre-registration required. FREE for the 2021-2022 school year
September 7-December 17, 2021 | Monday-Friday | 2:30-5:30pm
An inclusive recreation program designed to support rising 1st5th graders and their families. OAKS will provide homework
assistance and opportunities to play through a variety of activities
and field trips. Participants will benefit from lower child to
staff ratios, continuation of scholastic goals (as applicable),
and individualized treatment plans (facilitated by LRT/CTRS
and program staff). Participants who cannot meet eligibility
requirements may attend with a 1:1 worker.
Location: Oakley

Asheville Parks and Rec Afterschool Programs: Afternoon Adventures
Sep 21 @ 2:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Asheville Area

Pre-registration required. FREE for the 2021-2022 school year
August 23, 2021-June 3, 2022 | Monday-Friday | 2:45-6pm
K-6th graders.
Does your child enjoy having fun and making new friends? Offering
arts, crafts, special events, homework assistance and more!
Families currently enrolled in the school system’s reduced or free
meal program, please contact your recreation center for discount
fee information.
Locations: Burton, Grant, Montford, Shiloh, Stephens-Lee