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Tuesday, April 23, 2024
2024 Spring Litter Sweep
Apr 23 all-day
Asheville Area

Participate in the 2024 Spring Sweep!

The 2024 Spring Litter Sweep is taking place April 13-27. Traditionally scheduled for the last two weeks of April and September, Litter Sweep is the N.C. Department of Transportation’s biannual statewide roadside litter removal initiative. Residents throughout the state participate in local efforts to help clean up North Carolina’s roadways.

We invite you to lend a hand and enjoy physical and mental health benefits such as feeling a sense of accomplishment, getting exercise, enjoying the fresh air, meeting new people, and all that comes with living in cleaner surroundings.

Be sure to bring sunscreen, water, comfortable shoes, and work clothes that can get dirty. Gloves, safety vests, bags, and tools are provided.

How to Participate in Clean-Up Opportunities

Organize a DIY Community Clean Up

  • Asheville GreenWorks supports public clean ups as well as DIY cleanups, providing residents with supplies for roadside and neighborhood cleanups. More information regarding these events can be found on their website.

NCDOT Spring Litter Sweep 

  • Volunteers can sign up to participate in the NC Dept of Transportation Spring Litter Sweep. Visit ncdot.gov for more info.

How to report litter

Community members are able to report roadside litter concerns through multiple platforms:

Find out more information on City of Asheville Litter Programs

Catalyst for Change: Volunteer for a Buncombe County Committee
Apr 23 all-day
online w /Buncombe County

Your voice matters, help shape a brighter tomorrow by joining one of our committees.

Early Childhood Committee:

The Early Childhood Education and Development Fund is a major driver in assuring every child in Buncombe County has an equal opportunity to thrive during their first 2,000 days. The focus of this initiative is to increase access to quality, affordable early childhood education. As such, Buncombe County’s Early Childhood Committee, featuring 15 total members including 3 County Commissioners, was established to guide how the fund is invested. The purpose of the committee is to engage with community partners, solicit public input, and make policy and funding recommendations to the Board of Commissioners. This committee typically meets monthly, on the 1st Tuesdays from 1:00 to 2:30 pm.

We have multiple vacancies on this committee for a 2-year term beginning 7/1/2024. We are seeking:

  • one (1) business community or economic development professional
  • one (1) funder or community investment professional
  • one (1) pediatrician or medical professional in service to young children
  • one (1) professor or higher education professional
  • one (1) member of the public representing the community at large

Strategic Partnership Grant Committee:

The purpose of the Committee is to make Strategic Partnership Grant investment recommendations to the Board of Commissioners for Buncombe County. Strategic Partnership Grant funding is granted to nonprofit organizations working toward outcomes in alignment with County Commissioner goals. The committee generally meets the first Thursday of every month from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, with special meetings as needed.

We have one vacancy on this committee for a 3-year term beginning 7/1/2024. We are seeking members that bring expertise in one or more Strategic Plan Focus Areas (education, environment, well-being, economy) and represent the diversity of the County. Applicants should not have any conflicts of interest with nonprofits applying for Strategic Partnership Grants, to include not currently serving on the Board of Directors or staff of an applicant organization.

More information about both programs is available at www.buncombecounty.org/grants.

If you have any questions about these opportunities, please contact Angelyn Johnson ([email protected]) or Sara Joss ([email protected]).

Apply online: https://boardapplications.buncombecounty.org/

Get Involved: Join the 911 Strategic Visioning Work Group
Apr 23 all-day
online

Buncombe County’s Consolidated 911 Center is looking to complete the membership of the Strategic Visioning Workgroup with a community member at large. As part of our ongoing commitment to service to the community the Strategic Visioning Workgroup will meet quarterly to provide:

  • Provide feedback on various reports, studies, plans, etc. prepared for the Department of Public Safety Communications; and
  • Discuss and evaluate public safety communications operational performance, protocols and procedures that support an effective 911 center.
  • Provide feedback for any matter of relevance requested by County Management.

The CSC membership includes:

Representatives from all of the agencies that we serve, as well as leadership from the Public Safety Communications department and one community member at large.

If you would like to be considered for the community member at-large position on the SVG, please answer the below questions and follow the instructions for submitting them.

Application questions

Please submit the following questions by email to Stephen Hayden by April 30, 2024. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Aviles at (828) 767-3499.

Name:

Contact Information (phone and/or email):

1) Briefly, explain why you want to be a part of the Communications Steering Committee.

2) How will your life experience and unique perspective help us in regard to performance and compliance data and resolving questions, issues, and disputes relating to 911 call center operations? Please note if you are bilingual.

3) What do you consider the most pressing challenge for public safety communications (911)?

4) Where do you live?

  • Asheville City
  • South Buncombe (such as Arden/Avery’s Creek/Royal Pines)
  • North Buncombe (such as Woodfin/Weaverville/Barnardsville)
  • East Buncombe (such as Swannanoa/Black Mountain/Montreat)
  • West Buncombe (such as Candler/Leicester)

5) Have you lived in Buncombe County for 1 year or more? Yes or No.

Membership swap program with the WNC Nature Center
Apr 23 – Apr 30 all-day
Asheville Art Museum

April 1—30, 2024

Get ready to embark on an exciting journey this April with our exclusive Membership swap program in collaboration with the WNC Nature Center! As valued Members of the Asheville Art Museum, we’re thrilled to offer you complimentary daily admission to the WNC Nature Center throughout the month of April for up to 2 adults and 4 children—immerse yourself in art and nature at your leisure!

Here are the details:

  • Enjoy free daily admission for the number of individuals covered by your Membership, up to 2 adults and 4 children.
  • Please note that this offer excludes special events and education programs.
  • To gain admission, simply present your valid Membership card along with a valid ID.

But wait, there’s more! As part of this special partnership, Asheville Art Museum Members who decide to join the WNC Nature Center in April will receive an exclusive 10% discount on an Individual, Dual, Family, or FamilyPLUS 1-year Membership.  Memberships must be purchased in person at the WNC Nature Center.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to explore both art and nature with ease. Mark your calendars and make the most of your Membership benefits this April!

Sponsor a Tree for Arbor Day
Apr 23 all-day
online w/   Asheville GreenWorks

Individuals, groups, and businesses are invited to honor a loved one or show your commitment to environmental stewardship by sponsoring a tree for the Sand Hill community orchard. This April, join others from the community in celebrating Arbor Day by helping GreenWorks plant additional native fruit trees in the space. Each year, the community orchard provides fresh fruit for local food pantries, and access to learning and volunteering opportunities.

 

If your family or business is interested in sponsoring a tree for our April 26th Arbor Day event, please call us at 828-254-1776 to learn more.

Upcycle Art Auction
Apr 23 – Apr 27 all-day
Madison County Arts Council

ReClaim Madison Salvage & Thrift announces our 4th Upcycle Art Auction, a popular community-driven fundraiser event to benefit the Community Housing Coalition (CHC) of Madison County, NC. Hosted for the first time by the Madison County Arts Council in its prominent arts-based venue, the exhibit and silent auction will bring the people of Madison County and beyond together at the intersection of reuse, creativity, and heart.
The auction will feature an intentionally curated exhibit of 35 works created and contributed by professional artists/makers from Madison County and beyond. In addition, a selection of upcycled creations contributed by community members of all skill levels, will be available ready to buy at set prices in the lobby of the exhibit.

YWCA Racial Justice Challenge
Apr 23 all-day
online
The Racial Justice Challenge

The action component of UJJI, the YWCA Racial Justice Challenge, is also returning this April. The Racial Justice Challenge will begin this year on April 1 and conclude on April 29, and will focus on Bodily Autonomy, Women’s Financial Empowerment, Gun Violence, and Transportation. The YWCA Racial Justice 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. The Challenge works to foster personal reflection, encourage social responsibility, and motivate participants to identify and act on ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination.

For four weeks, daily challenge activities (reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience, etc.) are posted in the Challenge app and on the website, allowing participants to connect with one another, discover how racial and social injustice impact our communities, and identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. Each week covers one of the four featured topics related to equity and social justice. Sign up now, and don’t miss a day of the Challenge.

Hire Talents Career Fair
Apr 23 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Greenville Convention Center

Join us at the Greenville Convention Center for HireSouthCarolina Multi-School Alumni Career Fair! Connect with top employers from diverse industries including Fortune 500, startups, and government agencies. All majors, degrees, and career levels welcome. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore job prospects and network with leading organizations seeking full-time salaried employees.

ONEmic Open Studio Hours with Paul
Apr 23 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
LEAF Global Arts

Join us in LEAF’s ONEmic Studio generously supported by the Ben Gradison Memorial Fund, which was created to carry on Ben’s mission of connecting cultures and building community through recording studios both locally and globally.

Internationally, the Ben Gradison Memorial Fund has been an integral support for setting up ONEmic studios in Haiti and Costa Rica, in conjunction with LEAF International.

Through LEAF’s partnership with Asheville Parks and Recreation, the ONEmic Studio continues to fulll Ben’s mission of creating opportunities for local youth to nd their voice through music and the arts.

In honor of Ben Gradison (1984-2012)
Teaching Artist
Ben Gradison Memorial Fund

To help us in carrying on Ben’s dreams and dedication, please make donations to:
LEAF Schools & Streets
c/o Ben Gradison Memorial Fund

Financial Wellness Seminar: Identity Theft Workshop
Apr 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
West Asheville Library

Financial Wellness Seminar: Identity Theft Workshop with staff from First Bank Asheville. Light refreshments provided.

THANK YOU NIGHT service industry friends
Apr 23 @ 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm
DSSOLVR

Join us every Tuesday for some sweet sweet deals as a way for us to thank you and all of our fellow service industry friends!

Youth Acting: Basic to Intermediate
Apr 23 @ 4:30 pm – May 13 @ 6:00 pm
Hendersonville Theatre

Teacher: Mike Yow

Class cost: $150

Min students: 6

Max students: 15

Class Dates: Mondays, April 8 – May 13 (6 weeks)

Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Ages: 11-17 (Middle and High School students)

Location: Hendersonville Theatre Auditorium

Restrictions/Special Needs: Just comfortable clothing and footwear for light to moderate movement.

Prerequisites: Just a willingness to learn the essentials of being a skilled and entertaining thespian.

Refund Policy: The last day to receive a full refund* is March 4, 2024. After this date, no refund will be issued.

*Refunds are for tuition only and are at the discretion of the Class Teacher and Education Director. All taxes and fees are final and cannot be refunded.

Class Description:
In this class, students will learn the basics of stage (and film) acting, starting from simple stage directions and vocal projection to monologue, cold readings, improv techniques, and more.

For more information and to register, visit www.hendersonvilletheatre.org

WNC Scale Model Club
Apr 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
North Asheville Library

The Western North Carolina Scale Model Club is a non-profit group for static (non-RC) model builders to present their models and share tips and tricks in a laid back atmosphere.  Bring your latest finished piece or your work in progress.  All skill levels are welcome!  Due to the fragile nature of these models this program is designed for ages 12 and up.

Sister Love 4 Forests
Apr 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
online

We bring joy, sisterhood, and love for our work. We protect our beautiful Southern forests from the many threats that they face. We guide others to do the same. Together, we can get beyond forest extraction and destruction. By celebrating and sharing our love for the natural world, we can shift our relationship with nature. From a relationship based on extraction to one of harmony and respect.

This virtual event brings together leaders and advocates to explore creativity, heart, and soul. Join the conversation about what it takes to protect our forests. We’re honored to connect with one another and with you!

Meet the Sister Love 4 Forests presenters and special guests:

  • Dr. Florence Anoruo, Professor and Botanist, South Carolina State University
  • Jill Cartwright, Hive Fund
  • Rev. Dallas Conyers, US Climate Action Network
  • Rev. Corine Mack, Charlotte-Mecklenburg NAACP
  • Patricia Parr, Pee Dee Indian Tribe
  • Loretta Slater, Whitney M. Slater Foundation
  • Danna Smith, Dogwood Alliance
  • Varis Woodberry, New Alpha Community Development Corporation

Join us as we expand the reach of women’s voices throughout the US South. We’ll have discussions, networking, and learning opportunities. Sister Love 4 Forests also includes music, poetry, and the stories of women on the frontlines. Tell us your story!

Sister Love 4 Forests
Apr 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
online

Come hear music, poetry, and the stories of women on the frontlines. Share your own stories as part of Sister Love 4 Forests!

Across the South, women are at the heart of forest protection. Women are like forests. They have many important roles in our community. Women are the backbone of leadership. Women, especially women of color, have a unique perspective and voice in the movement. Like old growth forests, women have weathered and survived the most intense storms. For more info visit: https://bit.ly/sister-love-4-forests What does it takes to protect our forests? We’re bringing creativity, heart, and soul into the conversation. We’re honored to connect with one another. We’re honored to expand the reach of women’s voices throughout the US South and beyond. Come hear music, poetry, and the stories of women on the frontlines. Share your own stories of Sister Love 4 Forests. Sister Love 4 Forests uplifts women on the frontlines of forest destruction in the US South. We bring joy, sisterhood, and love to the protection of our beautiful Southern forests. Together, we can get beyond forest extraction and destruction. Let’s celebrate and share our love for the natural world. Together, let’s shift our relationship with nature to one of harmony and respect.

Youth Spoken Word performance w/ Dasan Ahanu
Apr 23 @ 5:30 pm
Atelier Maison & Co.

Congratulations to our Youth Spoken Word Contest winners:

✨ Eva S. — 11th grade at Carolina Day

✨ Tesslyn H. — 8th grade at IC Imagine Public Charter School

✨ Gabriella B. — 11th grade at School of Inquiry and Life Sciences at Asheville (SILSA)

✨ Lily A. — 9th grade at Madison Early College High School

Come experience these talented students perform with artist Dasan AhanuTuesday, April 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Atelier Maison’s showroom. Admission is free; RSVP required. Drinks and light appetizers will be provided.

RSVP to [email protected].

Event location:

Atelier Maison Showroom

121 Sweeten Creek Road, Ste. 50

Asheville, NC 28803

About Dasan Ahanu: Christopher Massenburg, better known as Dasan Ahanu, is a public speaker, organizer, curator, educator, poet, spoken word artist, songwriter, emcee, and loyal hip-hop head born and raised in Raleigh, NC.

Sponsored by Atelier Maison.

Dark City Poets Society Publishing Workshop
Apr 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Black Mountain Library

Join the Dark City Poets Society for a free publishing workshop from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at the Black Mountain Library,105 N. Dougherty Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711. This workshop will be led by John Himmelheber, editor of Smoky Blue Literary and Arts Magazine, along with Ivy Rosen, editor of Black Mountain Press. Learn tips and tricks on how to get published and what the best practices are for submitting your work for consideration. This workshop is open to all ages, and no registration is required.

One Book, One Buncombe: Song Spun Stories with Jennifer Armstrong
Apr 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Pack Memorial Library

Song Spun Stories with fiddler, singer, poet and storyteller Jennifer Armstrong! Stories of loyalty, betrayal and musical passion inspired by the book: The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb.

This is a free event geared towards adults and older youth. Light refreshments will be served.

Stitch n’ Bitch
Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
CONTINUUM ART

Join us for a stitch n’ bitch fiber arts group! Featured in Bold Life Magazine, Alicia Borga owner of @linen_circus, is knowledgeable in knitting, crochet, embroidery, and historical fiber techniques including spinning yarn and traditional darning. Ideal for beginners that need guidance or for the seasoned professionally looking for a social group to craft with!
*potluck snacks and beverages always welcome!

Wednesday, April 24, 2024
2024 Spring Litter Sweep
Apr 24 all-day
Asheville Area

Participate in the 2024 Spring Sweep!

The 2024 Spring Litter Sweep is taking place April 13-27. Traditionally scheduled for the last two weeks of April and September, Litter Sweep is the N.C. Department of Transportation’s biannual statewide roadside litter removal initiative. Residents throughout the state participate in local efforts to help clean up North Carolina’s roadways.

We invite you to lend a hand and enjoy physical and mental health benefits such as feeling a sense of accomplishment, getting exercise, enjoying the fresh air, meeting new people, and all that comes with living in cleaner surroundings.

Be sure to bring sunscreen, water, comfortable shoes, and work clothes that can get dirty. Gloves, safety vests, bags, and tools are provided.

How to Participate in Clean-Up Opportunities

Organize a DIY Community Clean Up

  • Asheville GreenWorks supports public clean ups as well as DIY cleanups, providing residents with supplies for roadside and neighborhood cleanups. More information regarding these events can be found on their website.

NCDOT Spring Litter Sweep 

  • Volunteers can sign up to participate in the NC Dept of Transportation Spring Litter Sweep. Visit ncdot.gov for more info.

How to report litter

Community members are able to report roadside litter concerns through multiple platforms:

Find out more information on City of Asheville Litter Programs

Catalyst for Change: Volunteer for a Buncombe County Committee
Apr 24 all-day
online w /Buncombe County

Your voice matters, help shape a brighter tomorrow by joining one of our committees.

Early Childhood Committee:

The Early Childhood Education and Development Fund is a major driver in assuring every child in Buncombe County has an equal opportunity to thrive during their first 2,000 days. The focus of this initiative is to increase access to quality, affordable early childhood education. As such, Buncombe County’s Early Childhood Committee, featuring 15 total members including 3 County Commissioners, was established to guide how the fund is invested. The purpose of the committee is to engage with community partners, solicit public input, and make policy and funding recommendations to the Board of Commissioners. This committee typically meets monthly, on the 1st Tuesdays from 1:00 to 2:30 pm.

We have multiple vacancies on this committee for a 2-year term beginning 7/1/2024. We are seeking:

  • one (1) business community or economic development professional
  • one (1) funder or community investment professional
  • one (1) pediatrician or medical professional in service to young children
  • one (1) professor or higher education professional
  • one (1) member of the public representing the community at large

Strategic Partnership Grant Committee:

The purpose of the Committee is to make Strategic Partnership Grant investment recommendations to the Board of Commissioners for Buncombe County. Strategic Partnership Grant funding is granted to nonprofit organizations working toward outcomes in alignment with County Commissioner goals. The committee generally meets the first Thursday of every month from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, with special meetings as needed.

We have one vacancy on this committee for a 3-year term beginning 7/1/2024. We are seeking members that bring expertise in one or more Strategic Plan Focus Areas (education, environment, well-being, economy) and represent the diversity of the County. Applicants should not have any conflicts of interest with nonprofits applying for Strategic Partnership Grants, to include not currently serving on the Board of Directors or staff of an applicant organization.

More information about both programs is available at www.buncombecounty.org/grants.

If you have any questions about these opportunities, please contact Angelyn Johnson ([email protected]) or Sara Joss ([email protected]).

Apply online: https://boardapplications.buncombecounty.org/

Code Purple: Emergency Weather Program
Apr 24 all-day
Asheville
Code Purple illustration
code purple

As cold weather moves into the region, many in our community turn their thoughts to the unhoused population and the additional hardships they face during winter months.

One of the most immediately responsive assets is the Code Purple program.

Driven by community organizations, this effort provides emergency shelter to people experiencing homelessness during freezing weather.

 

The Code Purple program kicks off this year on October 15, 2023 and runs through April 30, 2024. During that time members of the Homeless Coalition will determine when a Code Purple will go into effect. You can find details about the program in the Code Purple Manual

 

Exciting news about the expansion of services this year.

 

When a Code Purple Can be called. 

Code Purple emergency shelters and services are typically available at 32 degrees or below. A Code Purple may also be enacted this year when temperatures are 33-40 degrees with precipitation.

 

Additional Beds

ABCCM has 75 beds available between their Veterans Restoration Quarters and Transformation Village sites.

The Salvation Army will also participate this year, adding 16 new Code Purple beds for  people who are unhoused to seek shelter in extreme weather

A recorded message will be available at 828.398.6011 confirming that Code Purple is operational and providing information about shelter locations.

How is the City continuing to support this community-driven initiative?

  • The City of Asheville, once again, agreed to fund 50-thousand dollars of the Code Purple from this year in their annual budget.
  • ART buses will continue to over free rides to shelters for those in needs
  • Community Responders will assist in the transport of individuals on an “as needed” basis
  • The marquee at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center will post messaging indicating when a Code Purple will be or is in effect.

 

Stay Connected

To join the Homeless Coalition’s distribution list to receive notifications about when Code Purple is called, email [email protected].

DIY River + Road Cleanups
Apr 24 all-day
Asheville Area

Whenever you want!

 

Supplies available at

2 Sulphur Springs Road

If you need to request supplies for the same or next day, please call 828-254-1776.

Organizing a litter cleanup with your friends, neighbors, co-workers, or other community members is easier than you may think! Asheville GreenWorks provides cleanup supplies and safety information, and will coordinate trash pick up as needed. Available supplies include safety vests, gloves, trash grabbers, trash bags, and SHARPs containers (upon request).

Review the attached guides for instructions and safety information.

Need to know

Please review the attached documents and contact [email protected] with any questions. Your supplies will be available for pickup on the date you’ve requested at Asheville GreenWorks’ office at 2 Sulphur Springs Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

All cleanups should be reported using the online form and supplies should be returned after your cleanup.

YWCA Racial Justice Challenge
Apr 24 all-day
online
The Racial Justice Challenge

The action component of UJJI, the YWCA Racial Justice Challenge, is also returning this April. The Racial Justice Challenge will begin this year on April 1 and conclude on April 29, and will focus on Bodily Autonomy, Women’s Financial Empowerment, Gun Violence, and Transportation. The YWCA Racial Justice 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. The Challenge works to foster personal reflection, encourage social responsibility, and motivate participants to identify and act on ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination.

For four weeks, daily challenge activities (reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience, etc.) are posted in the Challenge app and on the website, allowing participants to connect with one another, discover how racial and social injustice impact our communities, and identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. Each week covers one of the four featured topics related to equity and social justice. Sign up now, and don’t miss a day of the Challenge.

New Park Pavilion Reservation Software
Apr 24 @ 8:00 am
online

Buncombe County Parks & Recreation is announcing the launch of its new online reservation system for park pavilions.

ACTIVENet, the new online reservation system, allows for a hassle-free user experience for Buncombe County park visitors. With just a few clicks, visitors can make and cancel reservations from the comfort of their home, in addition to checking real-time availability of the pavilions. Park pavilions are located at Lake Jullian, Charles D. Owen, and the Buncombe County Sports Park. Field rental is also available through this new portal.

Key takeaways of the new reservation system include: 

Seamless Interface: The user-friendly layout of the reservation system allows for hassle-free bookings and cancelations.

Real-time Park Pavilion Availability: Users are able to check the availability of the park pavilions at their favorite park, and on their preferred date and time.

Secure Payment: ACTIVENet’s secure payment portal ensures data protection and encryption with Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant technology.

Email confirmations: Once a reservation is made or canceled, users will receive a confirmation email with the details of their booking.

Click here to view a tutorial on how to book a park pavilion. 

To access the new park pavilion reservation system, please visit www.buncombecounty.org/parks. There is a “Reserve & Register” button that will take users directly to the reservation portal. Please note that users must create an account prior to booking a park pavilion. For any inquiries or additional information, please contact [email protected] or call (828) 250-4260.

Less Plastic Asheville Challenge
Apr 24 @ 9:00 am
Asheville Area
 

This City of Asheville is launching the Less Plastic Asheville Challenge to encourage residents to reduce their consumption of single-use plastics. The campaign has two key features, a social media challenge called Less Plastic Bingo and a Pass on Plastic Pledge. The City will provide information on the impacts of single-use plastic on our community and tips for how our residents can understand and reduce their consumption of single-use plastics at tabling events around town and on our social media platforms. Those participating in the social media challenge can post photos and videos of themselves taking action to reduce single-use plastic consumption.

Those who take the pledge will make commitments to sustainable lifestyle choices such as using reusable grocery bags and refusing single-use plastics. Residents who participate in either the Less Plastic Bingo Challenge or Pass on Plastic Pledge will win great prizes!  The Less Plastic Asheville Challenge will begin in February 14, 2024 and end May 31, 2024. Follow the link at the top of the page to learn more about how you can participate and win these great sustainable items.

 


Background

In October 2022, Asheville City Council directed the Sustainability Department to take a phased approach to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic.

The first phase included an update to Chapter 15 of the City Code to prohibit the use of plastic bags in curbside brush and leaf collection. This ordinance change was approved by City Council on January 10, 2023 and was implemented August 1, 2023. For more information about this change and resources available check out this sanitation webpage.

The second phase included further analysis and stakeholder engagement with area businesses, residents and city staff to inform a recommendation on additional single-use plastic reduction strategies surrounding plastic bags at point of sale and expanded polystyrene (StyrofoamTM) disposable foodware products. To see the results of this engagement read this blog post.

On September 22, 2023 the North Carolina General Assembly approved the state budget that included a law prohibiting local governments from banning single-use plastic products. Due to this regulation, the City cannot adopt an ordinance banning plastic bags or expanded polystyrene (StyrofoamTM) takeout containers. Instead, the City is providing information and resources to residents and businesses to reduce single-use plastic consumption voluntarily through the Less Plastic Asheville Challenge. For more information on the previous plastic-reduction projects go to this webpage.

 


Less Plastic Asheville Challenge

To reduce single-use plastic consumption and litter in our community it will take all of us! We invite you to join us, have a little fun and earn some prizes in the process!

There are two ways to participate in the Less Plastic Asheville Challenge. You can take the Pass on Plastic Pledge and/or play Less Plastic Asheville Bingo. The pledge asks for you to commit to changes in your life to reduce your own plastic footprint, and the Bingo Challenge asks you to spread the word and help educate and inspire others about the issue through social media.

The Pass on Plastic Pledge

The Pass on Plastic Pledge asks you to look at your own habits regarding single-use plastics and commit to practices that cut down your consumption, simple acts that improve our community and the environment. By taking this pledge, you are taking the charge to reduce your own plastic consumption. You can do this in a number of ways and the City of Asheville is here to inspire, support and cheer you on!

When you commit to any one of the sustainable practices in the pledge, you will win plastic reducing prizes from the City.  Your actions alone can reduce hundreds of pounds of plastic waste every year! By taking this pledge, you are showing that you care about the health, cleanliness, and pristine environment of our home in Asheville. It’s a big deal, and the City of Asheville thanks you.

Take the Pass on Plastic Pledge

 

 

Less Plastic Asheville Bingo

This bingo game is a social media challenge. It’s a fun way for you to help spread the word about single-use plastics, and to inspire the people around you to make changes and support sustainable businesses and habits. When you sign up, you will be emailed a bingo card. Once you have your card, follow the steps below in order to earn your swag.

  1. Take videos or pictures to create social media content that matches the descriptions on the bingo card. You can choose any five pieces of content that form a complete bingo row. Content that does not form a straight line bingo will not count.
  2. Post this content on your own social media page (Facebook or Instagram Only) and include the hashtag #LessPlasticAsheville and tag @CityofAsheville.
  3. Copy the links from all five of your posts and send them in a single email to [email protected]. After we check out your great posts we will send you an email with our appreciation letting you know how you can collect your prizes!
  4. If you chose to take the Less Plastic Pledge as one of your bingo items (the center square) please include the email you used to take the pledge as one of your five email items.

Sign up below to receive your Less Plastic Bingo Card.

ONEmic Open Studio Hours with Paul
Apr 24 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
LEAF Global Arts

Join us in LEAF’s ONEmic Studio generously supported by the Ben Gradison Memorial Fund, which was created to carry on Ben’s mission of connecting cultures and building community through recording studios both locally and globally.

Internationally, the Ben Gradison Memorial Fund has been an integral support for setting up ONEmic studios in Haiti and Costa Rica, in conjunction with LEAF International.

Through LEAF’s partnership with Asheville Parks and Recreation, the ONEmic Studio continues to fulll Ben’s mission of creating opportunities for local youth to nd their voice through music and the arts.

In honor of Ben Gradison (1984-2012)
Teaching Artist
Ben Gradison Memorial Fund

To help us in carrying on Ben’s dreams and dedication, please make donations to:
LEAF Schools & Streets
c/o Ben Gradison Memorial Fund

Buncombe County Democratic Party Phone Banking
Apr 24 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Buncombe County Democratic Party HQ

This year’s election will be won by mobilizing voters who want to preserve our democracy and protect the rights of our citizens. Our phone bankers will be reaching out to likely supporters in your precincts who don’t vote on a regular basis. We will also be making separate calls in your precincts to recruit more volunteers for our efforts.

IF YOU HAVE A LAPTOP, PLEASE BE SURE TO BRING IT TO THE PHONE BANK. If you don’t have one, just be sure you bring your personal email login information (User ID & password) and you can use one of our Chromebooks. If you’ve canvassed or phone banked for Democrats in the past, you likely have an Action ID account, so please be sure to bring that login information as well. Of course, you will also need your cell phone.

Phone banking remains one of the best practices for winning elections and our phone banks are designed to reach those voters who rarely pick up their calls. We’ll leave a message on their voice mail, then also text them the same message. When someone does pick up their call, you’ll possibly have a lively conversation because we are targeting supporters!

AdLib celebrates 35 YEARS
Apr 24 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Adlib’

Founder/owner Anna Sagel settled in Western North Carolina in the 1980’s with the dream of bringing the goods she’d seen on her world travels to her new home in the mountains. With only $1,000 in her pocket and not quite sure how her vision would take shape, Anna liked to say, “I’ll Adlib it!” The phrase stuck, and 35 years later Anna still brings her signature sense of adventure and style to Adlib’s eclectic collection. Adlib will celebrate this milestone with an “Anniversoiree” on Wednesday, April 24th, from 5pm – 7pm at their store at 23 Haywood Street. The event will feature live music, small bites, beverages, and the chance to win door prizes.

Adlib Clothing’s Anniversoiree
Apr 24 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Adlib Clothing

Adlib Clothing, the beloved Downtown Asheville boutique, is thrilled to
announce its 35th anniversary. Adlib will celebrate this milestone with an “Anniversoiree” on Wednesday, April 24th, from 5 – 7 pm at their store at 23 Haywood Street.

This free event is open to all in the Asheville community, including local business owners, municipal leaders, and the shop’s loyal customers, the event will feature live music by local musicians Mr. Jimmy and Paul McIntire. Attendees will enjoy small bites, beverages, and the chance to win door prizes.