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The Value of WNC’s Food System

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Free public lecture explores economics of region’s food system; event is part of the Beer City Science Pub speaker series

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Asheville Humane Society Waives Adoption Fees for Holiday Promotion

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Asheville Humane Society Waives Adoption Fees for Holiday Promotion

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Merry Miracles for Local Families

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As the Christmas holiday draws near, families are feeling the pressure of providing gifts for their spouses and children. With 20% of Asheville's population living at or below the poverty level, many are struggling to put food on their table or gas in their vehicles, much less using additional finances to fund Christmas gifts. 

Like with our recent Thanksgiving initiative, AshevilleBlog is reaching out to our community and support those who find themselves struggling or needing additional help this time of year. We want to reach families who may not qualify for other traditional means of support through other local gift giving programs. 

Our mission is to equip a minimum of 100 families with gifts for their children and spouses to ease the burden of holiday costs. In a unique twist, instead of handing out generic age appropriate gifts for children, we want to empower the families and make them a part of the gift selection process. Our staff and volunteers will be setting up a shop and inviting families in during set hours to select and gift wrap gifts for their children - completely free. 

We have set up several donation stations across Asheville where you can drop off items to be set up in our store. Items for children of all ages, including teenagers, are appreciated. We also encourage items such as blankets, candles, movies, and other items that will allow older children or spouses to gift to each other. 

If you are interested in making a financial contribution to allow us to buy items in bulk at a discounted price, you can PayPal money to Ashevilleblog@gmail.com, or contact us to arrange for pickup. 

If you can't contribute otherwise but are interested in volunteering, there will be a signup form available. We need individuals to help run the store, sort items, pick up donations, and do other odd jobs. 

The store will be only open for one weekend during limited hours, and more information will be coming shortly. If you or someone interested in applying to be able to shop for free, please fill out this short application (available soon). The more donations we get the more families we can serve. 

You can find our donation stations at these convenient locations:

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Fantastic Furry Frenzy Adoption Promotion

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Asheville Humane Society is reducing adoption fees to $4.00 for all dogs over 25 pounds and all cats and kittens for their Fantastic Furry Frenzy adoption promotion presented by Prestige Subaru. This deal runs from Black Friday, November 25th through Saturday, November 26th from 10 AM until 6 PM.

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Sanctuary Brewing to Host Kiwanis Drawing for Kids

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The Hendersonville Kiwanis Foundation is raising money to help support local programs for children in need.  Kiwanis is selling tickets for a $5,000 grand prize drawing and they need your help to buy tickets!

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Chef Michael’s Catering Opens New Kitchen; Expands Services

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Chef Michael’s Catering is celebrating their fully-equipped commercial kitchen in South Asheville. Convenient to Buncombe, Henderson and Transylvania Counties, Chef Michael’s new location opens the door to an enhanced menu and expanded services in the area. The new kitchen occupies a former restaurant at Forest Center North (across from Biltmore Forest), 900 Hendersonville Rd, Suite 202, in South Asheville.

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EAST WEST HOLIDAY POP UP SHOP RETURNS DECEMBER 8th – 17th

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East West Pop Up Shop will be popping up with our 10-day Third Annual Holiday Pop Up Shop showcasing the best in handmade and vintage. The Holiday Pop Up will transform East West Venue into a boutique shopping experience full of carefully curated goods including 80+ local and regional independent vendors of handmade and vintage goods including housewares, furniture, decor, jewelry, clothing, gifts for baby and more. (full list available on website)

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Thanksgiving Meal Boxes for Families In Need

Thanksgiving Day Food Drive

North Carolina has one the highest percentages in the United States of children under 18 years of age who are food insecure on a regular basis: 26.1%, or 1 in 4 people. In fact, NC is home to cities that have the highest levels of food insecurities in the nation, Asheville being one of them. To help battle this issue, many organizations like Manna Food Bank and Food Connection exist to prevent food waste, and keep those in need equipped with basic food essentials. However, there are always families and individuals who slip through the cracks, or are in a temporary, but difficult situation who are in need of help especially with the upcoming holiday season.

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Rhubarb, Catawba Brewing, Gaining Ground Farm Host Dinner For POP Project

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On Monday, December 12th, Chef John Fleer (Rhubarb) and Catawba Brewing will host a Holiday Dinner benefitting The POP Project at Rhubarb’s Event Space in Asheville, NC.

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Historic Biltmore Village Celebrates Christmas The Dickens Way

Historic Biltmore Village celebrates Christmas the old fashion way with tree lighting, carolers, and a special visit from Santa.   

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