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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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HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY ANNOUNCES TART SPRITZ ALE

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Highland Brewing Company announces the release of Slow Crush, Tart Spritz Ale, as the latest addition to the brewery’s year-round offerings this May.  The regional brewery is celebrating their 25th anniversary milestone with innovation, as evidenced by the release of this refreshing tart spritz ale, unlike any other in Highland’s year-round portfolio. Slow Crush is the brewery’s sessionable fresh take on kettle soured beers and their first to launch in a 16-ounce can format.  Inspired by the incredibly popular cocktail Aperol Spritz, Slow Crush features all-natural ingredients that mirror the Italian aperitif – botanicals like gentian root, cinchona bark and hibiscus flowers. These ingredients are then accentuated by the character from flaked rye and citrus-forward American hops like Citra and Amarillo – a very craft spin. At 5-percent ABV and 20 IBUs, this beer is effervescent with a refreshing acidity that makes a perfect libation for any occasion.  Highland’s R&D Brewer, Trace Redmond, said, “This is a dynamic time in the industry and at Highland. We are exploring what Highland beer can be and creating beers that are different from anything we have ever done before. Slow Crush refers to the tradition of gruits and aperitifs and the way that …

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Vegan Chili competition to benefit the nonprofit animal paradise, Sweet Bear Rescue Farm

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Love chili? Get ready to stuff yourself. For the fourth year in a row, an epic chili battle royale is coming to downtown Hendersonville. The fourth annual vegan Chili Cook-Off kicks off on Sunday, March 10th at 2 p.m. at Sanctuary Brewing Company (SBC), with all proceeds benefiting the amazing animals of local nonprofit Sweet Bear Rescue Farm.  The event will feature delicious chili entries from chefs, restaurants, and home cooks across the region. From sweet and spicy to wildly hot, from beans and veggies to beefy Beyond Meat, the chili varieties run the gamut. Attendees will get to taste each and every one, then vote for their favorite. With the help of special guest judge Dr Garth Davis, those who make the three top chilis will score Sanctuary Brewing Company gift cards and other prizes. Anyone is welcome to enter; contestants just need to bring a regular size crockpot of their most amazing vegan chili creation with a creative name and an ingredients list. (No animal products, but any other creative combination goes as far as ingredients!). All proceeds from this mouthwatering competition will benefit Sweet Bear, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal sanctuary founded by Sanctuary Brewing Company owners Lisa …

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Punch Brothers Begin March Tour; Play At The Orange Peel

Punch Brothers Begin March Tour Performing Music from Grammy Award-Winning Album, All Ashore “A deeply meaningful and downright gorgeous record.” —Boston Globe “There’s no one better at merging the past and the present.” —Rolling Stone “An album of rich instrumentation and understated beauty that reveals deeper nuances on each and every listen … Both forward-thinking and imbued with an appreciation of the traditional sounds of America.” —Independent   Punch Brothers, who recently won a Grammy Award for Best Folk Album for their 2018 release All Ashore, begin a spring tour of the United States; label-mate Gabriel Kahane joins as special guest along the way. The tour begins at the State Theatre in Ithaca, NY on March 14, and includes shows all along the East Coast and into the Midwest, with stops in New Haven, CT; Pittsburgh, PA; Asheville, NC; Athens, GA; and more, culminating at the Savannah Music Festival on March 30. Additionally, Punch Brothers join Chris Thile’s other longtime band, Nickel Creek, for the first time on May 8 at Carnegie Hall, as part of Thile’s season-long Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair residency at Carnegie Hall. Released last year on Nonesuch Records, All Ashore is the band’s first …

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