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SAWS ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BILL HODGE AT END OF APRIL

The Board of Directors of Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) announced today that Bill Hodge, its longtime Executive Director, will leave the organization next month.

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Earth Day Kid’s Festival

Earth Day Kid’s Festival began 5 years ago as a way to bring the community together in celebration of our natural environment. A variety of environmental non-profits and organizations will come together to foster environmental consciousness and encourage our next generation of stewards to cherish our natural resources.

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BROTHER WOLF’S MOBILE CLINIC SURPASSES 1,000 SPAY AND NEUTER SURGERIES

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is excited to announce that their mobile clinic has spayed and neutered more than 1,000 dogs and cats since the program launched in November 2018. The mobile spay/neuter clinic was founded to serve communities throughout western North Carolina who may otherwise not have access to local and affordable spay and neuter services. Through this new, lifesaving resource, Brother Wolf anticipates spaying and neutering approximately 6,000 dogs and cats in 2019. No-Kill community development is an integral part of Brother Wolf’s work, and launching the mobile clinic has helped advance their partnerships with other regional animal welfare organizations. Audrey Lodato, Director of Animal Care, says “Our goal is to provide the crucial services that these organizations and their communities may not otherwise have access to. By preventing unwanted litters, we can prevent thousands of animals from ever entering the overcrowded shelter system in the first place. Shelters should serve as resource centers first and foremost to provide their communities with the tools they need. That’s exactly what the mobile clinic does.” In addition to serving animals in their home community of Buncombe County, Brother Wolf’s mobile clinic also travels to Transylvania, Rutherford, McDowell, and Haywood counties, with …

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Area Nonprofits Join Forces for Earth Month as ‘WNC for the Planet’

Local nonprofit organizations, universities, and businesses have teamed up to celebrate Earth Month again this year through a collective effort — WNC for the Planet.  The collective partnership will host a month of environmental service, education opportunities and community events across Western North Carolina.  As part of the effort, WNC for the Planet launched an online community calendar at WNCfortheplanet.org where the public can learn about various events and volunteer days inspired by Earth Day 2019. “Last year WNC for the Planet collective was well received by the community with over 1300 hours and 50 service projects in our region,” says Anna Zanetti, North Carolina Director of Friends of the Smokies. WNC for the Planet features service opportunities and educational programs for people of all ages, and from all walks of life.  Events will be offered across Western North Carolina well beyond the City of Asheville, including trail work days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, French Broad River cleanups, trail building in the Highlands of Roan and native habitat restoration. “Collaborate rather than compete was our goal for the first year of WNC for the Planet.  Given that more than 20 nonprofits took part in the collective last year, …

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French Broad River Garden Club Annual Plant Sale-April 27th

The following is a press release sent in by the French Broad River Garden Club announcing their 2019 Annual Plant Sale, happening at the end of April  The French Broad River Garden Club Foundation announces its 2019 Annual Plant Sale, held April 27 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  This springtime tradition is a popular event enjoyed by locals and visitors from our region. It is a good time to speak with the nursery growers of plants, shrubs, and trees so gather your questions and come join the fun. Our “Speakers Event” at 11am will allow visitors to sit inside Clem’s Cabin and take a break from shopping, and be educated by one of the area’s most knowledgeable hands-on farmers. This year’s speaker will be Annie Louise Perkinson, of Flying Cloud Farm. Annie Louise will be speaking about how to grow a “cutting garden.” She has had lots of experience with this, as her family farm in Fairview is well known by many. Flying Cloud Farm grows vegetables, berries and, of course, flowers.  They use sustainable methods, without the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or insecticides.  All their produce and flowers are sold locally through their CSA (a 20 week …

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Eurisko Beer Co. Celebrates Twin Peaks Day

Eurisko Beer Co. commemorates the day Agent Dale Cooper first crossed the border into the wonderful and strange town of Twin Peaks, on Sunday, February 24 beginning at 11:30 a.m. The brewery plays host to a full day of special events celebrating David Lynch’s surrealist take on the dark underbelly of small town Americana, featuring small-batch Eurisko beers inspired by the seminal T.V. series, including a one-off coffee variant of Kollabörator, a doppelbock conceived by Eurisko and The Whale.

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Farm to Village Dinner awarded “Fancy Meal of the Year” in Asheville

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An annual farm dinner in Biltmore Village has caught the hungry eye of one local food fan and his foodie followers. 

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Asheville Symphony presents Beethoven’s timeless Pastoral Symphony

The Asheville Symphony brings Beethoven’s love letter to nature to life with a performance of the Pastoral Symphony on Saturday, February 23 at 8 p.m. Led by guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen, the evening also features Kodály’s Dances of Galánta and Dvořák’s Violin Concerto with guest violinist Alexi Kenney. The concert takes place at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in downtown Asheville.

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Order Flowers for Loved Ones with the Gardener’s Cottage of Asheville

The Gardener’s Cottage, an independently owned floral and garden shop located in the Historic Biltmore village, is helping to send love this Valentine's Day by contributing 5% of sales to New City School in West Asheville. The Gardener’s Cottage is located at 34 All Souls Crescent in Asheville, NC, right next to the All Souls Church. In the age of eCards and rapid fire text messaging, this small business is looking to inspire a more personal way of connection through their elegant flower arrangements.

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ISIS Music Hall Welcomes Americana Legend David Bromberg

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Although you wouldn’t guess it, there is a common thread that links The Beastie Boys, George Harrison, The Eagles, Willie Nelson, Carly Simon, Jerry Garcia, and Bob Dylan. A link other than fame, of course.

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