has a listing of all community events in the Asheville, NC area.

Friday, January 28, 2022
Jan 28 all-day

Buy one of these murals for yourself or to donate to a local organization (make sure you check with them first), and keep the good work going! All proceeds from this auction will be split evenly between The Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County’s COPE Program and the Asheville Area Arts Council’s Arts Build Community Grant. Auction ends February 28.

Following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN, on May 25, 2020, protests broke out across the nation. Floyd was killed after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly 9 minutes. In response, hundreds of protestors gathered in downtown Asheville from May 29- June 6, 2020, with cries for justice and change.

During this time, Lowe’s Home Improvement generously donated plywood for downtown business owners to cover their storefronts while Asheville had its own reckoning. Business owners and artists seized this opportunity to lend their support for needed changes by painting murals on the plywood covering downtown businesses. Local muralists Gus Cutty, Kathryn Crawford, and Dustin Spagnola were the driving force behind this initiative.

When it came time for the murals to come down, local artists Evar Hecht and Ben Nelson had the foresight to collect and temporarily store these works, gathering over 150 pieces of plywood. The Asheville Area Arts Council, with the help of Dogwood Health Trust, then stepped in to move the murals to a secure, climate-controlled storage facility and worked with Aisha Adams of Equity Over Everything to determine next steps.

After several COVID setbacks, the arts council is proud to have partnered with the Martin Luther King Jr Association of Asheville and Buncombe County to present this virtual exhibition, auction and speaker series. It is our hope that the proceeds from the auction will support continued change and healing  in our community.

Thank you to Dogwood Health Trust for generously providing the funding to make this project possible, and to the artists and business owners for donating their time and energy to capture this moment in our history.

A video about the exhibition is featured as part of the 41st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration.

Buncombe County Extends Indoor Mask Mandate to February 16, 2022
Jan 28 all-day
Buncombe County

Update Jan. 4, 2022

The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners has extended the countywide face covering requirement for all indoor public spaces through Feb. 16, 2022. The indoor mask requirement also extends to Asheville, Biltmore Forest, Black Mountain, Town of Montreat, Weaverville, and Woodfin.

In Buncombe County, COVID-19 case rates continue to be high, and per the CDC definition, the County remains an area of high transmission. The percent positivity remains in the moderate category, and the death rate remains in the substantial category.

Buncombe County Nominations Are Now Being Accepted for the 2022 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards
Jan 28 all-day

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

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

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

Nominate an outstanding volunteer until Jan. 21

Each county will select up to ten individuals, businesses, groups/teams, and one paid Director of Volunteers to be recognized for their outstanding contributions to their communities. Buncombe County is seeking nominations from the public through Jan. 21, 2022. Any person, group, or entity from the public, nonprofit, and private sector may be nominated for an award, and one of the nominees will be nominated for the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer service, awarded to the top 20 volunteers in the state.

If you would like to nominate a deserving volunteer, group, or organization there are two ways. Find a link to the online submission or download a form below. If using the form attached below, please email your nomination forms to [email protected] by Jan. 21, 2022.

Congratulations to the 2021 Governor’s Service Award recipients for Buncombe County:

  • Austin Brown
  • Anita Asbell
  • Lee Arphai & Galina Wang
  • Jan Cosman
  • Kate Burger
  • Regina Bishop
  • Utha Aiken
  • Bill Bass
  • John Staatz
  • Diana Spangler-Crawford
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME applications are now open
Jan 28 all-day
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The City of Asheville’s Community and Economic Development (CED) Department is now accepting applications for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME, “Home Investment Partnerships Program” program.  The application process opened December 17 and closes at noon February 4, 2022.


CDBG and the HOME are federal grant programs through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that provide grant funds for eligible projects that serve low- and moderate-income residents, eliminate slums and blight, and create decent affordable housing for low-income households.


For more information  on how to submit the letter of intent, how to apply for funding,  as well as guidance on how to submit questions, please visit the Community Development HUD Programs and Reports webpage.  If you need assistance with your application, please email [email protected]. Once the email has been received, a staff member will schedule time with your organization to provide technical assistance. Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the application process early to allow ample time to troubleshoot any potential issues.


For more information, please visit the City’s webpage for CDBG and HOME applications.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Jan 28 all-day

Griffin Award Nominations Open
Jan 28 all-day
Each year, PSABC presents awards to outstanding projects and individuals that further our goals of historic preservation in Asheville and Buncombe County.  Nominations for the 2022 Griffin Awards are now open to individuals, companies and organizations in the following categories:
  • Restoration
  • Rehabilitation
  • Adaptive Re-use
  • In-fill Construction in Historic and Traditional Neighborhoods
  • Research, Publication and Education
  • Stewardship
  • Preservation
History @ Home – Visit Virtually Western North Carolina Historical Association
Jan 28 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.
January is National Radon Action Month
Jan 28 all-day

The Asheville-Buncombe Air Quality Agency is encouraging residents to get their homes tested for Radon during National Radon Action Month.

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. after smoking and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is invisible, odorless, and tasteless.  Radon is released harmlessly from the ground into outdoor air, but it can accumulate and reach harmful levels when trapped in homes and buildings.

Testing is the only way to know if a home has an elevated level of radon. EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General recommend taking action to fix your home if the radon level is 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) of air or more. Most homes can be fixed for about the same cost as other common home repairs.  Taking action to reduce your exposure to radon is a long-term investment in your families’ health and your home.

The NC Radon Program is offering discounted short-term radon test kits for residents of North Carolina. Other short-term radon test kits can also be purchased online for as little as $18 and are available at most home improvement and hardware stores. Additional information can be found at

Join or Renew Your Membership Today: Asheville Downtown Association
Jan 28 all-day
Asheville Downtown Association

Asheville Downtown Association Weekly News

Membership is the cornerstone of the Asheville Downtown Association. By renewing or joining, you are adding your voice to a collective of business, nonprofits and individuals working together for a thriving downtown. Benefits include:

  • Inclusion of your business’ profile in our online business directory
  • Member news and events featured on our website and in our newsletter
  • Business referrals through our website, phone calls and drop-in visitors
  • Collective advocacy on issues that affect doing business downtown
  • Placement of your brochures in our high-traffic brochure rack
  • Networking opportunities at our Member Mixers
Need Help With Water Bills? New Water Assistance Program Could Offer Help.
Jan 28 all-day

If you’re behind on your water bill or afraid your water might get cut off, a new resource might be able to help you. On Jan. 4, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners approved more than $450,000 in federal funding for the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). The initiative is aimed at preventing water disconnections and helping reconnect drinking and wastewater services.

The LIHWAP will be administered by Buncombe County-based Eblen Charities. The nonprofit will make payments directly to utilities on behalf of qualifying households. The program is slated to run through Sept. 30, 2023 or until funds are exhausted.

Eligibility requirements

Households that currently receive Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Work First services, or those that received Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) services from Oct. 1, 2020-Sept. 30, 2021, are automatically eligible to receive this benefit if their water services have been cut off or are in danger of being cut off.

For additional eligibility information or to apply, please contact Eblen Charities at (828) 255-3066.

Online Education Programs with The Preservation Society of Asheville + Buncombe County
Jan 28 all-day

The Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County (PSABC) was formed in 1976, with interest in preservation sparked by observance of the U. S. Bicentennial, and in response to threats to local buildings and sites posed by neglect, insensitive alteration, and large-scale transportation projects. Disinvestment in downtown, plans for the open cut through Beaucatcher Mountain, and a proposal to turn Montford Avenue into a through street connecting to U.S.19-23 spurred formation of the volunteer group, which quickly incorporated and initiated work as a community non-profit.

Online Education Programs

South Asheville Cemetery by Anne Chesky Smith

From Mountain Crafts to Arts and Crafts by Bruce Johnson

It happened on Chiles Avenue by James Vaughn

and more

Project Linus (Portable Project)
Jan 28 all-day

Hands On Asheville-Buncombe has teamed up with the WNC Chapter of Project Linus. Project Linus blankets provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. They are handcrafted by caring volunteers who want a child in crisis to know that someone cares about them. It is hoped that each blanket will become a treasured possession. The gifts of new handmade blankets and afghans lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers” provides a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups for the benefit of children. Blankets are given to the WNC Project Linus chapter for distribution by hospitals, social workers, or police.

Since this project is done from home,we ask volunteers to provide their own equipment and supplies.

SAHC YouTube Channel
Jan 28 all-day
Did you know that we have a YouTube Channel?

If you are unable to attend our virtual programs, please know that we record them and upload them to our SAHC YouTube Channel. Be sure to subscribe to our channel so you know when we have new content to share.

Check out this 10 minute video that highlights our active management and conservation work in the Highlands of Roan.

Stay Informed. Sign Up for Buncombe Alerts with CodeRED
Jan 28 all-day

A hand holding a phone with an emergency notification on screen

If there’s one thing the pandemic has taught us, it’s to be ready…
Sign up for BC Alerts, and you’ll get emergency information sent directly to you in real time.

Buncombe County residents have a new, customizable solution for receiving notification and emergency alerts. Buncombe County Government is in the initial phase of migrating to the CodeRED community notification system to send important alerts and time-sensitive messages to staff members and residents. Along with emergency and critical messages, the CodeRED notification system will also enhance community engagement via the release of important but non-emergency information such as vaccine site notifications, inclement weather closures and schedule changes, and other county service information.

Sign up for BC Alerts by texting BCAlert (not case sensitive) to 99411 or visit to sign up for the new system.

Notice: If residents have previously signed up for BC Alerts, they will need to re-register in order to continue receiving notifications after June. If you have Spectrum as your wireless provider please select Other from the provider list, and scroll down for more frequently asked questions. 

“Upon evaluating our previous notification system and other available options, we chose CodeRED for its innovative features, user-friendly platform, and wide-spread adoption rates across the country,” said Communications and Public Engagement Director Lillian Govus. “Their company-owned redundant data centers help ensure every resident’s data is safe and that messages are delivered quickly and reliably to thousands of individuals within minutes. We’re excited to expand our communication channels with residents to include text, phone, email, and social media platforms, providing the information they need to know to make better informed decisions during an emergency.”

CodeRED Key Benefits

CodeRED will deliver several benefits for residents and enable staff to more efficiently manage and distribute notifications before, during, and after emergency and non-emergency events:

  • Registration for this notification service is customized, allowing residents to choose which alerts they’d like to receive, as well as their preferred channel.
  • Residents can select several different methods including landline, cell phone, email, text message, TTY, or even a combination. These alerts can be specific to streets, neighborhoods or regions, so individuals within affected areas are sure to receive relevant information.
  • Residents and visitors can keep track of alerts in Buncombe County with the CodeRED Mobile App, which notifies smartphone holders of real-time alerts in the area. Similar to the online registration, users choose which notifications they’d like to receive via the app.
  • Staff members can also use the system to communicate emergency information with one another. This will help us ensure our emergency response and daily operations are even more efficient.

All residents are encouraged to visit or text BCAlert to 99411 to enroll in the CodeRED system. For more information on the CodeRED notification system or registration, please contact [email protected]. or call CodeRED support at 1-866-939-0911.

Give Blood with The American Red Cross
Jan 28 @ 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Asheville Blood Donation Center

Dangerously Low Blood Supply

The Red Cross is experiencing the worst blood shortage in over a decade.

Red Cross Buncombe County – Blood Drive Volunteer
Jan 28 @ 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
The American Red Cross

Before you even begin thinking about volunteering, ask yourself – Am I well enough to volunteer?

Your safety and limiting the spread of COVID-19 is everyone’s main priority. We encourage you to review and adhere to the recommendations on the Buncombe County readiness site on how best to avoid COVID-19 and what to do if you think you might have it.

The American Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that helps communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. Activities of the American Red Cross Western North Carolina Chapter include: Blood Services, Training Services, Disaster Services, and Home Fire Campaign.

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood and one blood donation can save up to three lives. Help support lives in North Carolina by signing up to become a Blood Drive Volunteer today.  

Time Commitment:

Blood drives occur M-F and volunteers are expected to attend one blood drive a month to remain an active volunteer. This position is flexible as volunteers can sign up for shifts that work for their schedule and instructions for shift selection will be sent after responding to the opportunity.

Volunteer Roles:

  • Warmly greet donors and assist with registration in reception area.
  • Assist with initial intake and hand off through blood donation process.
    • Ensure donors have relevant information and all questions are answered appropriately.
    • Maintain proper sanitizing and cleanliness of reception and hospitality areas.
  • Attend canteen area in support of donors.
    • Thank donors for their contribution.
    • Alert staff immediately if a donor shows signs of feeling unwell.
  • Inform donors of current and upcoming donation promotions.
    • Make reminder/cancellation calls.
    • Reschedule donor appointments.
    • Perform follow-up activities as directed.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Modeling excellent customer service behaviors.
  • Knowledge of technology needed for position (training provided)
    • Donor checkin, donor tablet, rapid pass, donor app.
  • Comfortable working with people from diverse communities and backgrounds
  • Dependable, punctual, and professional
  • Adhere to all Red Cross guidelines
  • Ability to remain calm in crisis situations
  • Adhere to CDC safety guidelines regarding COVID-19 precautions
  • Safety First! Our need for volunteers is constant and our guidelines reflect the latest CDC safety recommendations and follow the national and local government laws. COVID-19 vaccination will be required for in-person volunteer roles beginning January 3, 2022.
Buncombe County Solid Waste Offers a Compost Drop-Off Center
Jan 28 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
The Buncombe County Landfill

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A new partnership from Buncombe County and the City of Asheville aims to help reduce greenhouse gases and organic matter in the landfill by offering residents a place to drop off compostable matter. Starting Oct. 4, County residents can drop off food scraps and other compostable materials at the Buncombe County Landfill Convenience Center to be recycled into compost. The City of Asheville is operating a drop-off location at Stephens-Lee Recreation Center that also opens to the public on Oct. 4. Read more about that initiative here.

Organic waste in landfills generates methane, a potent greenhouse gas. By composting wasted food and other organics, methane emissions may be significantly reduced. For residents who are interested in composting but worry about bears or finding the space for backyard composting Buncombe County is proud to partner with the City of Asheville and Food Waste Solutions to open two compost drop-off locations for County residents.

In alignment with the Buncombe County Strategic Plan goals, the Landfill compost drop-off center is part of a pilot program designed to assess interest and engagement for food waste diversion and composting in Buncombe County.

How the compost drop-off works

  • Collect compostable materials at home and make sure to remove all produce stickers, rubber bands, wrappers, ties, bags, and plastics.
  • To collect materials use a compost pail, bucket, paper bags, or other certified compostable bag.
  • At the landfill scalehouse let us know you would like to drop off your compostable materials and staff will direct you to the drop-off location.
  • Empty food scraps and compostable waste into the cart on-site.
  • Close and secure lid when finished.
  • Do not overfill.


Support Veterans Going to College – A-B Tech’s Vet’s Cafe
Jan 28 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
AB Tech

 Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (A-B Tech) is a comprehensive two-year college and one of 58 colleges in the North Carolina Community College System, serving students in five locations in Buncombe and Madison Counties.  A-B Tech, through its dedication to student success, strives toward its mission to deliver quality education to enhance academic, workforce, and personal development. A-B Tech envisions changing lives and strengthening communities. 

We are seeking volunteers to help support our Veteran’s Cafe. A-B Tech recognizes that student military veterans benefit significantly from fellowship and networking with their peers. To meet this need, the College created the Vet’s Cafe, a supportive gathering place where students can relax, network, connect with resources, use a computer and enjoy complimentary coffee or pre-packaged snack. 

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Hosts, ensuring the Cafe is welcoming and supportive.
  • Setting out snacks and coffee
  • Helping students with computers, and tutoring/mentoring as appropriate
  • Volunteers also act as a conduit between students and the A-B Tech Veterans Advisor to ensure students get all the support they need to succeed.

Time Commitment:

  • 3 hours per shift (8am-11am, 11am-2pm, 2pm-5pm 8am-5pm)
  • 1 volunteer per shift, couples are welcome to volunteer together.



  • Must have patience and understanding while volunteering at the Cafe
  • Military experience is preferred but not required
  • Must be computer literate


  • Must be 21 years old
  • Complete volunteer application with A-B Tech
  • Complete FERPA & HIPAA forms
  • Submit to a criminal background screening
  • Attend an in-person interview and orientation with A-B Tech Campus Volunteer Coordinator

Health & Safety:

  • A-B Tech is following all CDC guidelines for higher educational institutions
Urgent Need: ABCCM Crisis Ministry – Downtown – Counselor Volunteers
Jan 28 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
ABCCM Crisis Ministry

Before you even begin thinking about volunteering, ask yourself – Am I well enough to volunteer?

Your safety and limiting the spread of COVID-19 is everyone’s main priority. We encourage you to review and adhere to the recommendations on the Buncombe County readiness site on how best to avoid COVID-19 and what to do if you think you might have it.

ABCCM Crisis Ministry is an organization providing supports and resources to individuals and families in Buncombe County who are living with low incomes, are facing financial emergencies, or are struggling to meet their basic needs. The Crisis Ministry is a division of Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM), a nonprofit organization working in Buncombe County to address poverty, hunger, homelessness, and health care access. ABCCM is a family of Christian congregations in the Asheville-Buncombe County area organized to respond to emergency assistance needs in the community.

We are currently looking for compassionate volunteers to assist with supporting clients via phone and in-person during the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteers will be working on site.

We are currently seeking volunteers to assist in the ABCCM Crisis Ministry office on Cumberland Ave. Shifts will run M-F from 8:30 am-4:30 pm and 12:30pm-4:30pm. Current urgent need is for Tuesday mornings 8:30 am-12:30 pm and Wednesday afternoons 12:30 pm-4:30 pm.

Volunteer Opportunity Includes:

  • Communicate with clients over the phone and outside in person.
  • Showing compassion to clients
  • Listening to clients needs
  • Communicating with ABCCM Crisis Ministry staff what the needs of the client are
  • Assisting in writing food and clothing vouchers for clients
  • Referring clients to NC 2-1-1 and other agencies for needs that ABCCM cannot meet

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Excellent listening and communication skills
  • Maintain professional boundaries with clients
  • Ability to speak clearly and take notes of needs
  • Maintain client confidentiality
  • Comfortable being on the phone for shift duration (breaks between clients)
  • Ability to remain calm during crisis situations
  • Participate in training prior to beginning your volunteer shift

Health and Safety:

  • We are asking volunteers to wear/bring their own face covering, one of the below:
    • Bandanna covering nose and mouth
    • Cloth covering nose and mouth
    • Fabric or disposable face mask
  • Asking volunteers to maintain physical distance of 6 feet or more when possible
    • Note: there are times when the volunteer task requires volunteers to engage closer than 6 feet. Please do not sign up if you feel uncomfortable.
2022 Asheville Outdoor Public Space Festivals and Events Brochure
Jan 28 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

The City of Asheville’s 2022 Events Brochure is now available on


The brochure is more than just a directory highlighting fun things to do. The festivals and events brochure is a tool to assist the community for vendor, exhibitor, marketing, and volunteer opportunities. Looking for tips on planning an event? The online version contains click-through links to the producing organization or event’s webpage for more details.


While the 2022 Outdoor Public Space Event brochure highlights many of the community’s larger, annual public events produced throughout the year, there are many more smaller, varied events as well. To view the full calendar of current permitted events, check out the City’s online calendar at For a peek at scheduled events still in planning, visit the special events page at to access a working calendar in real-time.

Build A Kit for Students
Jan 28 @ 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Before you begin thinking about volunteering, ask yourself – Am I well enough to volunteer?

Your safety and limiting the spread of COVID-19 is everyone’s main priority. We encourage you to review and adhere to the recommendations on the Buncombe County readiness site on how best to avoid COVID-19 and what to do if you think you might have it.

UWABC is committed to collaborating with donors, volunteers, community partners, and those most affected by inequity and poverty to co-create a community where all share equal access to the resources necessary to attain the education, financial stability, and health needed to thrive.

Currently, UWABC is seeking individuals, teams, and corporate partners to support students engaged in learning pods and satellite learning centers by Building Kits that provide resources such as items to support resiliency, personal care packs, school supplies, and more. 

Volunteers will be responsible for purchasing agreed-upon supplies, assembling and delivering the supplies directly to the learning site. Build a Kit items/supplies will be shared with volunteers after responding to the opportunity. 

Build A Kit Options:

  • Art Kits
  • Personal Care Kits
  • Resiliency Kits
  • School Supply Kits
  • Snack Packs

I’m interested, How do I participate?

  • Respond to this opportunity as an individual or as a team.
  • After you respond, a UWABC staff will reach out to share the pre-approved Build A Kit list and timeframe.
  • Think about your price point.
    • How much can you or your team realistically spend?
    • There is no minimum or maximum of kits needed at this time as these items are always needed and welcome.
  • Determine kit options and begin the process of ordering and assembling kits based on the pre-selected and approved lists.
    • Volunteers are asked to only purchase the pre-approved items to ensure each student receives the same items.
  • Coordinate with UWABC staff around delivery location(s) and point person on-site.
  • Deliver kits to a specified location(s).
  • Track all volunteer hours of participating individuals in Hands On.

Health and Safety:

  • This is a remote opportunity and larger groups are responsible for the health and safety of their team members’ participation.
  • Any time groups are together, UWABC encourages volunteers to follow CDC guidelines of:
    • Practicing social distancing of 6 feet apart;
    • Practicing hand hygiene often and wearing gloves when appropriate;
    • Wearing a mask when around other volunteers.
  • We ask volunteers to wear masks when delivering items.
Endangered Properties Saved! Volunteer to help Restore
Jan 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County (PSABC)
For several months, PSABC has been working to purchase two properties in the East End/Valley Street neighborhood – 57 Max Street, a brick church known as Cappadocia from 1926 and 32 Grail Street, a 1910 home.  Both structures were slated to be demolished, however, the developers were open to a solution that saved the structures while still allowing for their in-fill construction project.  PSABC consulted with the East End/Valley Street Neighborhood Association and found that the preservation of these buildings was a priority for the community.
We are thrilled to announce that just yesterday we completed the purchase of these two properties.  Over the coming months we have so much work to do!  With the help of Medlock & Associates Engineering, we will be assessing the structure of the church to determine next steps for its preservation.
Additionally, we will be calling for the help of volunteers for everything from cleaning, to removing ivy, to painting, to small construction projects.  We need the help of folks with all different skill levels!
The full scope of the work we will complete on both the home and church is still undecided.  It is our hope to explore options for developing both structures into affordable housing solutions and the more we can do through the power of volunteers the closer we will be to that goal!
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Erica LeClaire at [email protected] for more information.
History @ Home – Visit Virtually
Jan 28 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Stories from the House is a virtual tour of our 1840s-era brick mansion as seen through the eyes of many of the people who walked these same hallways over a century ago and whose stories represent a microcosm of the history of western North Carolina.
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.
The South Asheville Cemetery was founded in the early 1800s as a burial ground for people who had been enslaved by the Smith family–the first family to live in what is currently known as the Smith-McDowell House, a c1840s brick mansion that is now our home.
Nominations are Now Being Accepted for the 15th Annual ATHENA of Henderson County Award
Jan 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, Pardee UNC Health Care, Optimum/Morris Broadband, and Judy Stroud/State Farm Insurance are pleased to announce the 15th Annual ATHENA Leadership Award in Henderson County in memory of Vanessa Y. Mintz. Nominations are now being accepted for the ATHENA Leadership Award, which will be presented at the Professional Women’s Luncheon in May to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way, and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential.

Founded over 30 years ago, ATHENA International is a women’s leadership organization that supports, develops and honors women leaders through the programs it administers. ATHENA’s flagship program, the ATHENA Leadership Award Program, has honored over 6000 women leaders from hundreds of cities and eight countries since its inception in 1982.

Vanessa Y. Mintz brought the ATHENA award to Henderson County in 2008 and she embodied the values underlying ATHENA Vanessas Vision

International’s philosophy of incorporating the talent and expertise of women into the leadership of our businesses, our communities, and our government. Reflective of a quote attributed to Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there”, the ATHENA Leadership Award honors and illuminates the leaders and leadership styles of individuals others would emulate.

The program is facilitated locally by the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, a licensed ATHENA host organization. Nominations are sought throughout the community. Recipients are selected by a diverse group of out-of-town professional judges, based on Athena leadership criteria.

ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients hail from all professional sectors. The award’s rich history, international scope, and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and amongst the most prestigious leadership awards one can receive. Past Henderson County ATHENA Recipients Include:

Kathy Streeter Morgan (2021)

Barbara Volk, City of Hendersonville (2020)

Barb Morgan, Project Dignity of WNC (2019)

Lee Henderson Hill, Community Foundation of Henderson County (2018)

Roxanna Pepper, Children & Family Resource Center (2017)

Judy Stroud, State Farm Insurance (2016)

Judith Long, Free Clinics (2015)

Caroline Long, St. Gerard House (2014)

Annie Fritschner, First United Methodist Church (2013)

Myra Grant, Pardee Hospital Foundation (2012)

Joyce Mason, Four Seasons Compassion for Life (2011)

Pat Shepherd, Pat’s School of Dance (2010)

Ragan Ward, Carolina Alliance Bank (2009)

Robin Reed, Bares It All (2008)

ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients are presented a hand-cast, bronzed and crystal sculpture that symbolizes the strength, courage, and wisdom of ATHENA Recipients.

Winter Reading Challenge for Kids and Teens at the Library
Jan 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
all Buncombe Libraries

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New year, new adventures! Buncombe County Public Libraries’ 2022 Winter Reading Challenge encourages young readers to explore diversity, empathy, and action through reading.

This year, we are exploring what animals do during the winter months with two distinct challenges for children and teens. Children will complete fun activities while learning fascinating facts about local Western North Carolina animals. Teens will navigate winter reading quests and take home a collectible postcard. Both challenges will encourage youth to enjoy the winter season together in a screen-free, socially distanced way. These free activity sheets are designed with kids and teens in mind, but everyone is invited to participate.

Beginning Jan. 4, pick up a Winter Reading Activity Sheet from any Buncombe County Public Library. Warm up your winter with our reading challenge, and we’ll see you at the library.

Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Asheville Outlets

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Giving blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a big difference in the lives of others.  Asheville Outlets is teaming up with the American Red Cross to host a mobile blood drive on Friday, January 28. The donation drive will be held in Suite 348, across from RH Outlet. Donors are asked to register in advance by visiting and entering the sponsor code AshevilleOutlets. All Blood Donations are tested for COVID-19 Antibody.

Asheville Outlets Hosts American Red Cross Blood Drive
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Asheville Outlets

The blood supply is dangerously low. Please consider registering for the American Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, January 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Asheville Outlets. Giving blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a big difference in the lives of others. The donation drive will be held in Suite 348, across from RH Outlet. Donors are asked to register in advance by visiting and entering the sponsor code AshevilleOutlets. All Blood Donations will be tested for COVID-19 Antibody. For more information, visit

Cook and Serve Meals – ABCCM Transformation Village
Jan 28 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Transformation Village

Cook teams of 4-6 individuals are invited to bring ingredients and prepare meals onsite or bring meals that have been prepared elsewhere.  To meet our dietary standards, we ask that each meal provides a meat, vegetable and starch.


  • Background Check
  • Brief orientation prior to service
  • Ability to Multi-Task
  • Friendly Demeanor

Health & Safety:

  • We are asking volunteers to wear/bring their own face mask if you have not been fully vaccinated
  • Temperatures will be checked and a COVID-19 disclosure will be signed at the volunteer entrance
  • Before you even begin thinking about volunteering, ask yourself – Am I well enough to volunteer?

    Your safety and limiting the spread of COVID-19 is everyone’s main priority. We encourage you to review and adhere to the recommendations on the Buncombe County readiness site on how best to avoid COVID-19 and what to do if you think you might have it.

    ABCCM Transformation Village provides up to 100 beds of transitional housing and will provide emergency shelter beds, post Covid-19.  Transforming lives is through four developmental phases called Steps to Success including stabilization, life skills, education and reintegration.  We are honored to report that 8 out of 10 leave us with a living wage job and permanent housing.

    Transformation Village gives hope, healing, health and a home to single women, mothers with children, and female Veterans experiencing homelessness.  We provide residents a fresh start and a place to heal surrounded and supported by Christian love, trust, education and companionship.

    We are seeking energetic volunteers to prepare and serve meals for our residents for lunch and dinner. This opportunity provides you with the chance to prepare meals in our commercial kitchen alongside our trained staff while serving the women and children of Transformation Village. 

Mobile Blood Drive at Advanced Dermatology
Jan 28 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Advanced Dermatology

Your blood is going to someone who really needs it. To get it there is a process. It takes a team; our phlebotomists collect the blood, our couriers bring it to our headquarters for processing, our lab techs process it, and our couriers then deliver the products to our hospitals. Once they’re there, lives are saved.

Asheville Parks and Rec Afterschool Programs: Afternoon Adventures
Jan 28 @ 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