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Historic Biltmore Village Welcomes 6 New Merchants

Late afternoon and dusk shots November 19, 2008

Mark Fields & Associates 

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The Wrap-Up: Merry Miracles 2016

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During the holiday season, many families in the Western North Carolina region struggle; not only to provide basic essentials, but to create a cheerful day that other families seem to be having due to gifts and festivities. This Christmas season, we here at the Asheville Blog endeavored to provide children in need with a rich holiday experience that they could not receive on their own. The Merry Miracles program, in its second year currently, is designed to collect physical and financial donations that will later be distributed to families (that do not qualify for traditional assistance) in the form of a shop.

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RiverLink Gives Update on Karen Cragnolin Park

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RiverLink announces another step towards completion of Karen Cragnolin Park

 
The site of the EDACO junkyard for over 20 years, RiverLink

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Editor of The Laurel of Asheville Publishes Collection of Autobiographical Essays

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WWBC Launches 12 Month Program for Entrepreneurs

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WESTERN WOMEN’S BUSINESS CENTER LAUNCHES 12-MONTH PROGRAM FOR ENTREPRENEURS AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA

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Funny Business Moving Comedy Shows from The Millroom to The Grey Eagle

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Funny Business is excited to announce that in 2017 our comedy shows will be at The Grey Eagle.

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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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