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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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Multi-Practice Law Firms Provide Excellent Service

This is a sponsored post  If you are ever in need of legal assistance, choosing a lawyer to represent you may seem impossible. With a never ending pool of candidates, how do you know which firm will be the best fit for your needs? Enter the multi-practice law firm. These firms deal in a variety of legal specialties and afford clients choices in areas of law that at times overlap. What are some of the practice areas firms such as this might offer? Whether you need help with an injury, a business issue or general legal advice, trusting a firm with options, like Hardison Wood, is usually your best bet for your current situation and future needs. Take a look at some of the practice areas larger firms may specialize in. Personal Injury Personal injury claims arise out of unfortunate situations. When you get hurt due to some else’s negligence, you are probably going to need some help paying the bills and getting by, especially if you have to miss work for any length of time. A personal injury attorney represents you, the victim, and advocates for your best interests. The most common areas of personal injury representation are: Premises liabilityDog bitesVehicular accidentsWrongful …

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Catawba Brewing to Release PB&J Beer with Three Variations, Black Currant Making Debut

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Plus New Mardi Gras Beer Pays Homage to King Cake The legendary “PB&J sandwich in a glass,” Peanut Butter Jelly Time (5.7 percent ABV), makes its annual return to the Catawba menu on March 1 with a weekend release party. The beer starts as a light brown ale with a touch of wheat in its malt bill, providing the bready base for the star ingredients – real raspberry puree and whole roasted North Carolina peanuts. Continuing a new tradition started last year, the release party for Peanut Butter Jelly Time will include three specialty variations of the beer in addition to the original Raspberry: Strawberry-Rhubarb, Blackberry, and the debut of Black Currant. Availability Catawba’s most popular Specialty Series beer since 2012, PB&J will be at all four Catawba tasting rooms and the Palmetto Brewing tasting room in Charleston. The three small batch beers were brewed in Catawba’s Asheville and Charlotte brewhouses and will be sold exclusively in their tasting rooms. A special PB&J flight will be offered while supplies last. PBJ will also be sold in 4-pack 16oz cans at all tasting rooms and in five-state distribution. Plus, this year marks the first appearance of a spin-off flavor in cans, …

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Tips to Rehydrate Dried Chillies

This is a sponsored post  Dried chilies are often available in packets or in bulk. Good quality whole red chilies are tough but not broken or split. They should be malleable and evenly dried with no discoloration. Once your bag has the best red chilies, it is now time to rehydrate them so that you can use them in your cuisine. Here are the steps that you must follow to rehydrate Dried Chillies at home. Remove all Stems and Seeds Start by removing the stem from red chilies. The next step is to slit them open and shake the seeds out. You can use spoons to scrape off all the remaining ones. Roast the Chilies Once the seeds have been discarded, place the chilies on a hot or medium hot griddle and roast them for up to four minutes. Remember to keep turning them from time to time to prevent them from burning. However, if they do somehow burn, then you should discard those and keep the lightly roasted ones for your further steps. Soak the Charred Chilies Place the chilies in a bowl of hot water after roasting them as instructed. You would need to keep them soaked for …

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