Event Cancellations Due to Coronavirus

Several upcoming events have been canceled or postponed due to concerns about the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Events listed on this page may be outdated, so please visit the event website or contact the event organizer for the latest information.
Event organizers can contact us to update their event’s information.

Looking for things to do in Hendersonville, NC? Whether you’re a local or just passing through we’ve got loads of great tips and events to help you find your perfect adventure.

Thursday, January 21, 2021
BeeKeeping School Online 2021
Jan 22 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 22 @ 8:30 pm
Johnson Farm

The Henderson County Beekeepers Association (HCBA) is pleased to announce the schedule for their 2021 Beekeeping School. This is one of this region’s most extensive beekeeping courses consisting of 7 class sessions, 4 outdoor sessions and at least 2 apiary sessions with over a dozen instructors from the southeast. The course objective is to prepare you to successfully care for your bees during the first year of beekeeping. The fee includes a textbook, course materials and a one year Family membership to HCBA. Those completing the class and planning to become spring 2021 beekeepers are encouraged to take advantage of HCBA’s unique mentor program. Mentors make themselves available to ‘hands on’ support and coach those completing this course during the critical first year of beekeeping.

The class is held every Monday evening for 7 weeks beginning January 11, 2021 from 7 to 8:30 PM. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all classes will be on the ZOOM platform. Our outdoor and Apiary Sessions will be held at Historic Johnson Farm, 3346 Haywood Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28791 For more information, go online or call 828-BEE-5623

Friday, January 22, 2021
Apply for a Preservation Grant Today!
Jan 22 all-day
Online w/ Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County
The Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County
We are accepting grant applications until March 5th.  Grants from $500 – $5000 will be offered to the public in three categories:
  1. Bricks-And-Mortar
Rehabilitation, restoration and repair of structures that are 50 years of age or older
  1. Public Education
Development of educational materials and programs that advance knowledge of our shared history
  1. Planning, Survey and Designation
Planning and design for building rehabilitation and restoration projects, historic resource surveys and local or national designations
Appointment scheduling for COVID-19 vaccine Buncombe residents age 75 and up
Jan 22 all-day
Online

© Provided by WLOS Asheville/Greenville

To help residents stay safe at home and prevent the spread of COVID-19, there is no in-person appointment scheduling.

Residents 75 and older can register for vaccinations online at www.buncombeready.org.

Also, anyone can register for COVID-19 testing at www.buncombeready.org.

For more information about the state’s vaccine rollout plan, visit https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines.

Asheville 2020 in review: Response to pandemic, protests and more
Jan 22 all-day
Online w/ Asheville City Government

2020 in review photo illustration

Asheville has not seen a year like 2020 in a hundred years — literally.
 On March 11, the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Not since the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1919 has the world — including our corner of it — experienced this kind of public health challenge.
Working with Buncombe County health officials, City of Asheville employees rolled up their sleeves, crafted creative solutions and showed up to serve this community.
The year was also marked by national and local social unrest
following the death of George Floyd during an arrest in Minneapolis.
But that’s not all that happened. The City made strides in solar energy, social and environmental justice and completed a massive dam improvement project.
Voters elected an all-woman City Council.
Here’s a look back at your City government in 2020.Asheville 2020 in review: Response to pandemic, protests and more | The City of Asheville (ashevillenc.gov)
Asheville Independent Restaurants: AIR Fundraiser
Jan 22 all-day
Online

Support AIR! 

AIR Friends is a brand-new giving campaign designed to support the Asheville Independent Restaurants Association (a 501C 3-6 trade association) in its mission to sustain, elevate and advocate for the city’s dynamic community of chefs and restaurants. Now more than ever, AIR’s work is vital to the health and longevity of Asheville’s one-of-a-kind culinary scene.

Won’t you join us at the table?

 

Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King and Black History Month
Jan 22 all-day
Online

Join us for the 11th Annual Kenilworth Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King! The theme of this year’s event is: ”Don’t Be Afraid to Change the World” Throughout the celebration participants will be introduced to emerging artists, filmmakers, chefs, local business owners, museums, on-line activities, non-violence training and so much more!
To honor legendary educators, Dr. Dolly Mullen and Dr. Dwight Mullen, the collection taken will be donated to help fund the new Drs. Mullen “Don’t Be Afraid to Change the World Scholarship” at UNC Asheville! Donations may be made online at kenilworthchurch.org. When giving, please write MLK in the notes section.
Respond to the event so you will have access to exciting daily content to explore. Let’s gather virtually to learn how so many individuals and organizations are continuing the dream Of Martin Luther King, Jr. and advancing his legacy of hope into our collective future!
City of Asheville establishes Office of Data and Performance
Jan 22 all-day
Online w/ Asheville City Government
Data meeting
City data is used in many ways, including as a way to explain the impact of City programs during community meetings.

 

 

Over the last decade, the City of Asheville has worked to build a data culture to drive policy development and support decision making. Beginning in 2012 with the City’s first open data efforts, the City has steadily built data capacity. Over the past two years, these efforts have culminated in a multidisciplinary governance team with leadership from several departments that is encouraging departure from previous City Hall norms and beginning to build a new results-focused, data-driven culture.

 

The Asheville community deserves clear, understandable communication about what our programs intend to achieve, how they are expected to achieve it, and data that indicates whether they are being successful. Asheville staff deserves actionable data on program performance, and a results-based approach to improvement.

 

In support of this, we are pleased to announce the City has taken steps to organize our internal structure by creating the Office of Data and Performance. This is a cross-departmental function created by City Manager Debra Campbell and managed by the IT Services Department. The office will work with departments to embed the use of the Results-based Accountability™ (RBA) framework into the practices and processes of the organization. By using the RBA framework, the City will have greater accountability to the community and practice better communication in terms of results.

 

To maximize impact, we will begin by integrating RBA and equity into the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 budget planning process so that equitable, data-driven, outcomes-based accountability, decision-making and transparency are tied to our resource investment decisions.

 

In the near future, look for two new exciting job opportunities in our IT Services Department that will support our data and performance program. We will be hiring a Performance Analyst to support a disciplined approach to clearly defining community and program outcomes and using data to assess and improve performance. We will also hire a Data Communications Specialist to help understand and present program performance and progress toward community goals in ways that are truly accessible, presenting not just numbers, but the stories and context behind the numbers.

 

In January 2021, the City will host a virtual engagement event to introduce the Office of Data and Performance and welcome questions from the community. Staff will share our plans for engaging the community and the tools we will use to share results. Look for information in the new year.

 

For questions about the Office of Data and Performance, please contact Eric Jackson, the Data and Performance program manager.

COVID-19 Testing in Buncombe County
Jan 22 all-day
Various locations in Buncombe County

COVID-19 Testing in Buncombe County

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COVID-19 Testing General Information

Think you have been exposed to COVID?

Testing is widely available at urgent cares, federally qualified health centers, and through some primary care providers for those who need it however, it remains important to focus on the prevention of COVID first and foremost to keep the virus from spreading further into the community and to loved ones.

Find testing near you:

  • If you DO NOT HAVE a healthcare provider who offers testing for COVID-19 and you need to get tested, there are several ways to find testing near you.
  • Visit the Find My Testing Place website to find a clinic or pop up testing site near you.
  • People in Buncombe County can access testing by completing the Buncombe County Self-Checker online. If you need testing, you can set up an appointment at one of the county’s open-air, drive-through sites. People can also call the Ready Team at (828) 419-0095 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday to be pre-screened for testing at these sites. A Ready Team member will call you within 2 business days to schedule your appointment.
  • You can call the Buncombe County nurse line at (828) 250-5300 to find out where you can get tested (Press OPTION #1 to speak with a nurse) from 8 am to 5:30 pm.
  • Community Testing Site Information

    Please read: You must schedule an appointment for community test sites.

    Buncombe County offers drive-thru COVID-19 community testing at specified locations throughout the county. Community testing provides an easy and efficient way for those who live, work, or attend school in Buncombe County to get tested for COVID-19.

    Testing at the fixed sites is available by appointment only. Here are the steps to sign up for community testing at one of the Buncombe County community testing sites:

    Step 1: Complete the Buncombe County COVID-19 Self-Checker.  The self-checker will tell you whether or not you need to be tested. You can access the self-checker here. You can also call the Ready Team at (828) 419-0095 and they will help you to complete the self-checker.

    Step 2: If your self-checker results indicate that you need to be tested and you do not have a primary care provider who is providing COVID-19 testing or you cannot get tested at an urgent care, you will need to register for the testing site. You can register online or by calling the Ready Team. You must complete the registration form and wait for a call back (next step).

    Step 3: Once you have completed the registration, the Ready Team will call you within 2 business days to schedule your appointment. They will call from this number: (828) 419-0095. Do not show up at the testing site without an appointment. 

    Step 4: Show up at the testing site at your scheduled date and time.

    Step 5: Wait for your testing results or access them online. Your test result will be available within 48 hours. While you are waiting for your test result, you should act as if you have COVID and reduce or eliminate your contact with others until your test results return.

    • While waiting for your test result, please follow the instructions in the “Steps for People After COVID-19 Testing” handout that you received at the testing site and attached below. This handout also tells you what to do once you get your test result.
    • A Buncombe County employee will call you with your test result.
          OR
    • You can register with our lab partner, Genova Diagnostics, to check on your results online. Please do not call Genova for your results.

    To get your results from the lab partner, Genova Diagnostics*:

    • Register for the Genova Diagnostics myGDX Patient Resource Center at https://www.gdx.net/prc.
    • To access your result, you will be asked to enter the last 5 digits of your social security number to verify your identity. If you do not have a social security number, enter any 5 numbers and you will be able to get your result by providing different identifying information.
      * You may see a note on Genova’s website about a 10 day delay in releasing results to patients, but this does not apply to COVID testing through our sites.

    Testing site locations in Buncombe County are at the Buncombe County Sports Park on Thursdays and on Sundays at the AB Tech Allied Health Building. Please pre-register for testing at these locations by completing the Self-Checker or by calling the Ready Team at (828) 419-0095. Please check the calendar below for testing site times and dates. 

    Important: Please check Buncombe County’s Facebook page for site cancellations due to weather. 

COVID-19 Updates for Business
Jan 22 all-day
Online
COVID-19 Updates for Business
With the rapid update of information at the Federal, State, and local levels, we will be issuing these special edition updates each Thursday, in addition to our regular Tuesday, E-News.

VISIT: COVID-19 Updates for Henderson County Businesses (constantcontact.com)

Help us Save Charlotte Street
Jan 22 all-day
Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County
Help us Save Charlotte Street
We need your help to stop this proposed development!  Please contact our City Council and let them know how you feel about the plan.  With lawyers and PR firms, we know the developers are, make sure you voice is heard too!
What else can you do?
  • Write letters to the editor
  • Sign the petition
  • Get a yard sign… when more arrive!
Thank you for the overwhelming response to the signs!  We are currently out but will let you know when more arrive.
We’ve heard your requests and this is coming soon:
It’s National Squirrel Appreciation Day: Adopt a White Squirrel
Jan 22 all-day
Online

Here’s a unique opportunity for you to “adopt” a white squirrel and contribute towards their preservation and conservation in Brevard, North Carolina.

Our Walnut Adoption is only $25 and you can adopt your own white squirrel. At this adoption level you can select a boy or a girl white squirrel, name your white squirrel and  receive a Certificate of Adoption and a photo of your white squirrel.

It’s true, you’re not adopting a specific white squirrel in the wild. But your annual adoption fee will be directed towards the efforts of our local White Squirrel rehabilitation efforts. Funds raised will also help defray costs associated with the annual white squirrel count, printed materials regarding the results of the survey, and other conservation-related expenses.

Your tax deductible donation go towards the rescue and rehabilitation of the
wildlife in Brevard

Two ways to adopt a white squirrel.

1) Adopt on-line and pay via Paypal or credit card.

2) Download the Adopt a White Squirrel Application and mail in form with your payment.
(Please make check out to the Community Focus Foundation and put White Squirrel Institute in the memo line)

If you have questions please contact the White Squirrel Institute through the contact form for more adoption information or call 828.548.0491.

For a limited time the White Squirrel Institute is offering a Special Acorn Adoption at the Brevard Visitor Center.* Cost is $50.

The Acorn adoption includes: Adoption certificate, White Squirrel tee shirt and plush white squirrel, picture of your white squirrel and personalized letter introducing your squirrel.

*This donation option is available for in-person pickup only at the Brevard Visitor Center.

 

January is National Blood Donor Month
Jan 22 all-day
The Blood Connection various locations

Amid the arrival of the long awaited COVID-19 vaccine, the demand for a well-known treatment for those battling the virus, convalescent plasma, has skyrocketed.

The Blood Connection (TBC), a non-profit community blood center, has seen the demand for this life-saving product triple in the past few months because of its effectiveness.
However, the need for convalescent plasma continues to far outrun the supply.
The release of the COVID-19 vaccine has created a challenge for TBC, as it reduces the number
of people who are eligible to give convalescent plasma. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA)
has recommended that donors who have received the vaccine should not donate convalescent
plasma but can donate whole blood (a regular blood donation). To give convalescent plasma,
donors must be symptom free for at least 14 days and must have proof of a positive COVID-19
test or positive COVID-19 antibody test.

Visit web site or call to schedule your donation appointment:
Hendersonville
825 Spartanburg Highway
Hendersonville, NC 28792

Greenville
435 Woodruff Rd.
Greenville, SC 29607

Spartanburg
270 N. Grove Medical Park Dr.
Spartanburg, SC 29303

Asheville
225 Airport Rd.
Arden, NC 28704

Local Charitable Giving Program Expands 2021 Charitable Giving Program
Jan 22 all-day
Online w/ Community Foundation of Henderson County

Nonprofit organizations wishing to apply for the 2021 Charitable Giving Program can access applications
online at www.horizonheatac.com/hha-community-fund. Applications will be accepted through Monday,
February 1, 2021. Last year, $24,000 was awarded to 14 nonprofits whose programs range from food
assistance to medical care and after-school education.

Look ahead: City of Asheville projects and initiatives for the new year
Jan 22 all-day
Online w/ Asheville City Government
Look ahead 2020 photo illustration

 

Asheville residents can look upon the new year with optimism. Together, we’ve weathered a pandemic and a vaccine will be available this year. Even so, the City of Asheville’s response to COVID-19 will continue in the new year, in coordination with the state of North Carolina and Buncombe County.

 

Residents can look forward to advances in social change in 2021 as well, as City staff incorporate Advancing Racial Equity in Asheville into the budget, reimagining public safety and all the other work that will go into serving this community in the coming year.

 

With that in mind, here are some initiatives coming our way. Look ahead: City of Asheville projects and initiatives for the new year | The City of Asheville (ashevillenc.gov)
Modified Stay at Home Order Extended Through January 29th
Jan 22 all-day
Online
Governor Cooper announced on Wednesday, January 6th that the North Carolina Modified Stay at Home Order requiring people to remain home between the hours of 10 pm and 5 am would remain in effect through at least Friday, January 29th. The announcement was in response to the continued rise in COVID-19 cases in North Carolina and the strain on the hospital systems.
Secretary Cohen also issued a Secretarial Directive with warnings for North Carolinians to avoid indoor spaces without masks and gatherings.
NC Department of Health and Human Services: COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
Jan 22 all-day
Online
With the large amount of information coming out about the COVID-19 vaccine and the updates on availability, and how to get your shot, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has published a FAQs page with information for reference.
Individuals interested in getting the vaccine can also visit yourshot.org to see the active groups and request an appointment.
Online Education Programs: From Mountain Crafts to Arts and Crafts by Bruce Johnson
Jan 22 all-day
Online w/ Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County

Online Education Programs

From Mountain Crafts to Arts and Crafts by Bruce Johnson

Three Part Video Series

The Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County

Organic Growers School Apprentice Link database for Farming
Jan 22 all-day
Online w/ Organic Growers School

The Apprentice Link database connects people who are serious about learning the sustainable farming trade with farmers who are willing to teach them in an apprenticeship setting. Our programs’ emphasis is specifically in the Southern Appalachians, with a focus on farms that participate in local Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) programs.

To be included in this listing, Organic Growers School has vetted each farm to determine of the following criteria has been met:

  • Farms are actively engaged in the local community.
  • Farms are using organic and/or sustainable production methods. Organic Certification and other certifications are not required, but we do ask that farms and farmers are “in-the-know” and conscientiously practicing organic standards.
  • Farms are dedicated to training new farmers by providing education as a pinnacle element of their apprenticeship program.
Public Transparency Dashboard released by Asheville police
Jan 22 all-day
Online w/ Asheville City Government
A new online database is available to the public with information on the Asheville Police Department (APD).

Message from the Chief

The Asheville Police Department is committed to improving transparency, building relationships, and improving trust with the residents of our community. The purpose of this dashboard is to provide our residents with the information needed to work collaboratively with law enforcement to develop solutions to make our community safer.

-David Zack, Chief of Police

Shiloh Peace Garden Food Pantry + PPE Supplies for those In Need
Jan 22 all-day
Shiloh Peace Garden

Community Collaboration Helps Neighbors in Time of Need

Food insecurity has risen significantly across the country due to pandemic-related job losses and struggles, and in Buncombe County local food pantries are popping up to help feed neighborhood families.

A collaborative, community-led project between Bountiful Cities, St. James AME Church, East End Valley Street Neighborhood Association, and Shiloh Community Association has neighbors helping neighbors to get non-perishable food and personal protective equipment (PPE) right where it’s needed most.

To serve people in need in the community, there are two new food pantries located at St. James AME Church and the Shiloh Peace Garden. Both pantries were handmade by Asheville local, Max Mandler of Mandler Construction. The pantry at St. James AME is dedicated to the memory of Bernadette Thompson, a longtime community activist and faithful member of the church for many years, and features artwork by local artist Jenny Pickens.

Community members will find both pantries stocked with non-perishable, nutritious food and free masks, hand sanitizers, cleaning supplies, and other items that will assist individuals in staying safe and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Upkeep and stocking the pantry will be a joint effort among the sponsoring organizations and the community-at-large. Thanks to CARES funding, Buncombe County government was able to help with initial supply efforts. The pantries will be open seven days a week and are set up to be self-serve. Everyone is welcome to utilize the pantries for both food and PPE needs.