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NAI Beverly-Hanks Wins Two International Awards

NAI Beverly-Hanks was honored this month with two prestigious Power Broker Awards from CoStar Group, Inc., the leading provider of commercial real estate information, analytics, and online marketplaces. The firm has been recognized as both a Top Leasing Firm and Top Sales Firm in the Asheville MSA.

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WNC Early Childhood Workshop will feature NCDHHS Secretary and Sesame Street

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State and National Leaders on Early Childhood Coming to Western North Carolina to Talk About How Communities Can Improve Early Childhood and Build Strong Communities Get Set Transylvania is excited to announce a workshop featuring Dr. Mandy Cohen, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Director, alongside Dr. Jeanette Betancourt Senior Vice President of United States Social Impact for Sesame Workshop at Brevard College on March 21 from 8:30-2. Dr. Cohen will be presenting the newly released statewide Early Childhood Action Plan to Western North Carolina counties for the first time and talk about how she plans to lead NC DHHS forward to improve the lives of children and families in our state.  “This plan was created through the input of nearly 1,500 stakeholders from across the state, and is informed by careful data analysis to prioritize the needs of North Carolina’s young children. We have a rich history in our state of leading the country in early childhood innovation—the Early Childhood Action Plan helps us continue to lead with a collective focus on achieving measurable goals for children and families,” Dr. Cohen said.  “North Carolina has long been recognized as a national leader in early childhood education efforts …

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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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PUPPY COVERED IN CHEMICAL BURNS CARED FOR BY BROTHER WOLF ANIMAL RESCUE; POLICE SEEK ABUSER

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PUPPY COVERED IN CHEMICAL BURNS CARED FOR BY BROTHER WOLF ANIMAL RESCUE; POLICE SEEK ABUSER An abused puppy named Hope is now in the loving care of Brother Wolf Animal Rescue after being found in a trash bag outside of a McDonald’s in Tennessee, covered in what appear to be chemical burns. Brother Wolf learned about the puppy shortly after she arrived at Friends Animal Shelter in Newport, TN. For the past several months, Brother Wolf has been assisting the shelter with efforts to assess and rebuild their resources after an abrupt leadership change that left them scrambling to provide adequate care for their animals.  “What happened to Hope is horrific,” says Audrey Lodato, Brother Wolf’s Director of Animal Care. “Thankfully, since we have been helping Friends Animal Shelter through their transition, they knew they could call us for help. We were able to ensure that Hope would get the urgent treatment she needed in order to have the best chance at survival. At just 2 months old, she has already known so much fear, pain, and suffering. We wanted her to finally know love and compassion, for perhaps the first time in her life.” During an initial exam by …

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ASHEVILLE OUTLETS PRESENTS KIDS DAY (AND THEN SOME!)

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Asheville Outlets will join forces with area nonprofits to host a Kids Day (And Then Some!) event on Saturday, April 13th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Kids Day will feature interactive booths and displays, live music, games, strolling magic, crafts, balloon art, face painting and a wide variety of other family-focused events in the center and parking lot.

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Franny’s Farmacy Opens 3rd Location in Johnson City, TN

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Two is better than one, and three is better than two; at least in the case of the newly launched Franny’s Farmacy – Johnson City, TN location. As a vertically integrated company, Franny’s Farmacy is one of the only hemp based brands specializing in “seed to shelf” CBD growth, production, manufacturing and selling. With two highly trafficked retail locations in Western North Carolina (Asheville and Hendersonville), the third location was bound to happen. But contrary to owners Jeff and Franny Tacy’s plans, a charismatic couple from Johnson City, TN (Derek and Dawn Wagner) approached the Tacy’s about replicating their proven successful model in their own city. As if it were written into a script, both Derek and Dawn have striking similarities to Jeff and Franny.  Derek and Jeff are contractors, and Dawn, just like Franny, has a background in pharmaceutical sales. Also like the Tacys, The Wagners have their own farm site where they will be growing hemp for CBD that will be integrated into the Franny’s Farmacy brand. Now, after months of planning, The Wagners and The Tacys have officially joined forces to open Franny’s Farmacy – Johnson City, TN.  In celebration, The Wagners have planned several opening events throughout …

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ASHEVILLE KIWANIS GIFTS $85,000 TO ABCCM TO HELP HOMELESS ­WOMEN AND CHILDREN

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In celebration of their 100th anniversary, The Kiwanis Club of Asheville will give a signature gift of $85,000 to help homeless women and children. The largest single gift by a civic organization in Asheville’s history. Please join us on Tuesday, March 12th at 1 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church where Kiwanis of Asheville will have a special program by Ms. Katie Beth Caswell on the progress of Transformation Village https://www.abccm.org/transformation-village, and a presentation of a $55,000 check to ABCCM. This gift will help with Phase I of the Transformation Village building project as they expand from 50 to 150 beds, ensuring that every woman and child can have a safe, stable place to be.  This will also help reduce the number of homeless children in schools.  In the past school year alone, there were 804 homeless children.  Kiwanis is committed to building stronger communities – one child at a time.  Over the past 100 years, Kiwanis has helped children grow in leadership through their school-based Key Clubs.  In 2000, the Carolinas District of Kiwanis raised $300,000 to build family rooms in the Mission Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Between the school systems and local projects like the Chess …

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CAT FLY RETURNS FOR THIRD ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL

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Cat Fly Indie Film Fest is taking over Asheville, returning for its 3rd annual spring festival March 29-31. The three day event will include over 25 short films, 1 feature film spotlight as well as educational components and mixed media collaborations by local and regional filmmakers and performers of the southeast. Opening Night kicks off with a red carpet reception at the Asheville Masonic Temple and a screening of traditional narrative and documentary short films. The event is black tie optional and the reception includes craft beer provided by Wicked Weed Brewing, as well as wine, champagne and gourmet bites all included with your ticket. Immediately following is a 2nd block of programming called Cat Fly After Dark: a Collaboration of Film and Music at the Mothlight which will showcase live performances and serve as the premiere of “Disco Paw,” a 5 part music video series.  “Cat Fly does a great job of bringing together several different creative mediums (music, visual arts, etc.) to create an all-encompassing experience…. which push the boundaries on what a traditional film festival might include.” says graphic designer Emma Ensley. Saturday’s programming incorporates an acting workshop at the Asheville School of Film by Gunner Willis …

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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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