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Friday, April 19, 2024
2024 Spring Litter Sweep
Apr 19 all-day
Asheville Area

Participate in the 2024 Spring Sweep!

The 2024 Spring Litter Sweep is taking place April 13-27. Traditionally scheduled for the last two weeks of April and September, Litter Sweep is the N.C. Department of Transportation’s biannual statewide roadside litter removal initiative. Residents throughout the state participate in local efforts to help clean up North Carolina’s roadways.

We invite you to lend a hand and enjoy physical and mental health benefits such as feeling a sense of accomplishment, getting exercise, enjoying the fresh air, meeting new people, and all that comes with living in cleaner surroundings.

Be sure to bring sunscreen, water, comfortable shoes, and work clothes that can get dirty. Gloves, safety vests, bags, and tools are provided.

How to Participate in Clean-Up Opportunities

Organize a DIY Community Clean Up

  • Asheville GreenWorks supports public clean ups as well as DIY cleanups, providing residents with supplies for roadside and neighborhood cleanups. More information regarding these events can be found on their website.

NCDOT Spring Litter Sweep 

  • Volunteers can sign up to participate in the NC Dept of Transportation Spring Litter Sweep. Visit ncdot.gov for more info.

How to report litter

Community members are able to report roadside litter concerns through multiple platforms:

Find out more information on City of Asheville Litter Programs

DIY River + Road Cleanups
Apr 19 all-day
Asheville Area

Whenever you want!

 

Supplies available at

2 Sulphur Springs Road

If you need to request supplies for the same or next day, please call 828-254-1776.

Organizing a litter cleanup with your friends, neighbors, co-workers, or other community members is easier than you may think! Asheville GreenWorks provides cleanup supplies and safety information, and will coordinate trash pick up as needed. Available supplies include safety vests, gloves, trash grabbers, trash bags, and SHARPs containers (upon request).

Review the attached guides for instructions and safety information.

Need to know

Please review the attached documents and contact [email protected] with any questions. Your supplies will be available for pickup on the date you’ve requested at Asheville GreenWorks’ office at 2 Sulphur Springs Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

All cleanups should be reported using the online form and supplies should be returned after your cleanup.

Get Involved: Join the 911 Strategic Visioning Work Group
Apr 19 all-day
online

Buncombe County’s Consolidated 911 Center is looking to complete the membership of the Strategic Visioning Workgroup with a community member at large. As part of our ongoing commitment to service to the community the Strategic Visioning Workgroup will meet quarterly to provide:

  • Provide feedback on various reports, studies, plans, etc. prepared for the Department of Public Safety Communications; and
  • Discuss and evaluate public safety communications operational performance, protocols and procedures that support an effective 911 center.
  • Provide feedback for any matter of relevance requested by County Management.

The CSC membership includes:

Representatives from all of the agencies that we serve, as well as leadership from the Public Safety Communications department and one community member at large.

If you would like to be considered for the community member at-large position on the SVG, please answer the below questions and follow the instructions for submitting them.

Application questions

Please submit the following questions by email to Stephen Hayden by April 30, 2024. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Aviles at (828) 767-3499.

Name:

Contact Information (phone and/or email):

1) Briefly, explain why you want to be a part of the Communications Steering Committee.

2) How will your life experience and unique perspective help us in regard to performance and compliance data and resolving questions, issues, and disputes relating to 911 call center operations? Please note if you are bilingual.

3) What do you consider the most pressing challenge for public safety communications (911)?

4) Where do you live?

  • Asheville City
  • South Buncombe (such as Arden/Avery’s Creek/Royal Pines)
  • North Buncombe (such as Woodfin/Weaverville/Barnardsville)
  • East Buncombe (such as Swannanoa/Black Mountain/Montreat)
  • West Buncombe (such as Candler/Leicester)

5) Have you lived in Buncombe County for 1 year or more? Yes or No.

Membership swap program with the WNC Nature Center
Apr 19 – Apr 30 all-day
Asheville Art Museum

April 1—30, 2024

Get ready to embark on an exciting journey this April with our exclusive Membership swap program in collaboration with the WNC Nature Center! As valued Members of the Asheville Art Museum, we’re thrilled to offer you complimentary daily admission to the WNC Nature Center throughout the month of April for up to 2 adults and 4 children—immerse yourself in art and nature at your leisure!

Here are the details:

  • Enjoy free daily admission for the number of individuals covered by your Membership, up to 2 adults and 4 children.
  • Please note that this offer excludes special events and education programs.
  • To gain admission, simply present your valid Membership card along with a valid ID.

But wait, there’s more! As part of this special partnership, Asheville Art Museum Members who decide to join the WNC Nature Center in April will receive an exclusive 10% discount on an Individual, Dual, Family, or FamilyPLUS 1-year Membership.  Memberships must be purchased in person at the WNC Nature Center.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to explore both art and nature with ease. Mark your calendars and make the most of your Membership benefits this April!

Sponsor a Tree for Arbor Day
Apr 19 all-day
online w/   Asheville GreenWorks

Individuals, groups, and businesses are invited to honor a loved one or show your commitment to environmental stewardship by sponsoring a tree for the Sand Hill community orchard. This April, join others from the community in celebrating Arbor Day by helping GreenWorks plant additional native fruit trees in the space. Each year, the community orchard provides fresh fruit for local food pantries, and access to learning and volunteering opportunities.

 

If your family or business is interested in sponsoring a tree for our April 26th Arbor Day event, please call us at 828-254-1776 to learn more.

SURVEY: Visioning the Future of LEAF Global Arts
Apr 19 all-day
online

Happy Spring! Did you know LEAF is going to be 30 years old in 2025?! As we dream of how to BE our BEST LEAF and WORLD CHANGERS in this next chapter – we value YOU. Thank YOU for being part of LEAF in your way, and taking 5 minutes+ to vision. *News flash: LEAF book coming in 2025 — if your LEAF story is included YOU get a FREE BOOK!*

Tail Chaser 250
Apr 19 – Apr 21 all-day
Deerwoode Reserve

Get revved up for best weekend of the year! Join us for the Tail Chaser 250, where you will experience an epic “ride at your own pace” dual sport adventure ride on the best scenic paved, gravel, and back roads in the Southeast. This in-person event is an absolute must for anyone who loves being on the motorcycle, hanging out with good people, and enjoying the beauty of the open road.

We’ll be returning to Deerwoode Reserve, situated along the French Broad River, just outside Brevard, NC, where we’ll gather for meals together in their new event pavilion, enjoy the property’s beauty, and stay both Friday and Saturday nights. We’ll be able to spread out in wide open fields for camping and cabins available for rent, and enjoy the view beyond.

Join Eurosport Asheville and the entire adventure motorcycle community to help raise essential funds for Muddy Sneakers and the Veterans Healing Farm. It’s an honor to donate 100% of the proceeds of Tail Chaser 250 to these organizations doing important work in our communities. We really appreciate your support!

So mark your calendars, gather your friends, and get ready to immerse yourself in a weekend of adventure and being a part of the motorcycle community. The Tail Chaser 250 is waiting for you – suit up and prepare for the best weekend of the year!

Upcycle Art Auction
Apr 19 – Apr 27 all-day
Madison County Arts Council

ReClaim Madison Salvage & Thrift announces our 4th Upcycle Art Auction, a popular community-driven fundraiser event to benefit the Community Housing Coalition (CHC) of Madison County, NC. Hosted for the first time by the Madison County Arts Council in its prominent arts-based venue, the exhibit and silent auction will bring the people of Madison County and beyond together at the intersection of reuse, creativity, and heart.
The auction will feature an intentionally curated exhibit of 35 works created and contributed by professional artists/makers from Madison County and beyond. In addition, a selection of upcycled creations contributed by community members of all skill levels, will be available ready to buy at set prices in the lobby of the exhibit.

YWCA Racial Justice Challenge
Apr 19 all-day
online
The Racial Justice Challenge

The action component of UJJI, the YWCA Racial Justice Challenge, is also returning this April. The Racial Justice Challenge will begin this year on April 1 and conclude on April 29, and will focus on Bodily Autonomy, Women’s Financial Empowerment, Gun Violence, and Transportation. The YWCA Racial Justice Challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. The Challenge works to foster personal reflection, encourage social responsibility, and motivate participants to identify and act on ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination.

For four weeks, daily challenge activities (reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience, etc.) are posted in the Challenge app and on the website, allowing participants to connect with one another, discover how racial and social injustice impact our communities, and identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. Each week covers one of the four featured topics related to equity and social justice. Sign up now, and don’t miss a day of the Challenge.

Spring Clean Coat Drive
Apr 19 @ 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Carolina Furniture Concepts

Thank you to  Carolina Furniture Concepts for hosting our annual coat drive on Friday, April 19 and to WLOS-13 and Two Men and a Truck for sponsoring the event. Our community has always been very generous in donating many great items that keep our neighbors warm this winter.

The coat giveaway will be held on Wednesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 24 at 23 Hamilton Street, Asheville, NC  28801.

Less Plastic Asheville Challenge
Apr 19 @ 9:00 am
Asheville Area
 

This City of Asheville is launching the Less Plastic Asheville Challenge to encourage residents to reduce their consumption of single-use plastics. The campaign has two key features, a social media challenge called Less Plastic Bingo and a Pass on Plastic Pledge. The City will provide information on the impacts of single-use plastic on our community and tips for how our residents can understand and reduce their consumption of single-use plastics at tabling events around town and on our social media platforms. Those participating in the social media challenge can post photos and videos of themselves taking action to reduce single-use plastic consumption.

Those who take the pledge will make commitments to sustainable lifestyle choices such as using reusable grocery bags and refusing single-use plastics. Residents who participate in either the Less Plastic Bingo Challenge or Pass on Plastic Pledge will win great prizes!  The Less Plastic Asheville Challenge will begin in February 14, 2024 and end May 31, 2024. Follow the link at the top of the page to learn more about how you can participate and win these great sustainable items.

 


Background

In October 2022, Asheville City Council directed the Sustainability Department to take a phased approach to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic.

The first phase included an update to Chapter 15 of the City Code to prohibit the use of plastic bags in curbside brush and leaf collection. This ordinance change was approved by City Council on January 10, 2023 and was implemented August 1, 2023. For more information about this change and resources available check out this sanitation webpage.

The second phase included further analysis and stakeholder engagement with area businesses, residents and city staff to inform a recommendation on additional single-use plastic reduction strategies surrounding plastic bags at point of sale and expanded polystyrene (StyrofoamTM) disposable foodware products. To see the results of this engagement read this blog post.

On September 22, 2023 the North Carolina General Assembly approved the state budget that included a law prohibiting local governments from banning single-use plastic products. Due to this regulation, the City cannot adopt an ordinance banning plastic bags or expanded polystyrene (StyrofoamTM) takeout containers. Instead, the City is providing information and resources to residents and businesses to reduce single-use plastic consumption voluntarily through the Less Plastic Asheville Challenge. For more information on the previous plastic-reduction projects go to this webpage.

 


Less Plastic Asheville Challenge

To reduce single-use plastic consumption and litter in our community it will take all of us! We invite you to join us, have a little fun and earn some prizes in the process!

There are two ways to participate in the Less Plastic Asheville Challenge. You can take the Pass on Plastic Pledge and/or play Less Plastic Asheville Bingo. The pledge asks for you to commit to changes in your life to reduce your own plastic footprint, and the Bingo Challenge asks you to spread the word and help educate and inspire others about the issue through social media.

The Pass on Plastic Pledge

The Pass on Plastic Pledge asks you to look at your own habits regarding single-use plastics and commit to practices that cut down your consumption, simple acts that improve our community and the environment. By taking this pledge, you are taking the charge to reduce your own plastic consumption. You can do this in a number of ways and the City of Asheville is here to inspire, support and cheer you on!

When you commit to any one of the sustainable practices in the pledge, you will win plastic reducing prizes from the City.  Your actions alone can reduce hundreds of pounds of plastic waste every year! By taking this pledge, you are showing that you care about the health, cleanliness, and pristine environment of our home in Asheville. It’s a big deal, and the City of Asheville thanks you.

Take the Pass on Plastic Pledge

 

 

Less Plastic Asheville Bingo

This bingo game is a social media challenge. It’s a fun way for you to help spread the word about single-use plastics, and to inspire the people around you to make changes and support sustainable businesses and habits. When you sign up, you will be emailed a bingo card. Once you have your card, follow the steps below in order to earn your swag.

  1. Take videos or pictures to create social media content that matches the descriptions on the bingo card. You can choose any five pieces of content that form a complete bingo row. Content that does not form a straight line bingo will not count.
  2. Post this content on your own social media page (Facebook or Instagram Only) and include the hashtag #LessPlasticAsheville and tag @CityofAsheville.
  3. Copy the links from all five of your posts and send them in a single email to [email protected]. After we check out your great posts we will send you an email with our appreciation letting you know how you can collect your prizes!
  4. If you chose to take the Less Plastic Pledge as one of your bingo items (the center square) please include the email you used to take the pledge as one of your five email items.

Sign up below to receive your Less Plastic Bingo Card.

Dasan Ahanu The Art of Self
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am
Tryon Fine Arts Center

 

 

Dasan Ahanu –

poet, cultural organizer, performing artist, and scholar

Dasan Ahanu is a Southern writer and performing artist who uses storytelling to deepen our understanding and awareness of what’s happening around us. Ahanu is a visiting lecturer at UNC-Chapel Hill, an alumnus of Harvard University’s Nasir Jones Fellowship, and the 2023 Piedmont Laureate for poetry. He notes that creative artistry is embedded in the fabric of North Carolina and he exudes an incredible commitment to his home state.

 

“Poetry can be emotional, inspirational, educational, and as creative and expressive as your imagination. It can also be a tool for healing and growth. Join us for a wonderful event full of dynamic poetry performance. Stories will be brought to life on stage. Truths will be told. Life will be explored. Fun will be had. This is an exploration of the power of words.”

– Dasan

 

There will also be a Poetry Workshop entitled The Art of Self in The Lanier Library LeDuc Room at 2 pm. Registration is limited

One Book, One Buncombe: Instrumental Sing-along with Musician Bronwyn Cronin
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Pack Memorial Library
Bronwyn Cronin believes that every child should be nourished with imaginative literature and inspirational music! Join us for a musical celebration where Bronwyn and her ten -year- old son, Ezra Cronin, will inspire you and show you exciting ways to bring more music into your home!

You will enjoy a reading of the author’s baby board book, The Goodnight Song, learn practical ways to include music in your everyday life, and hear melodies played on the violin from the Suzuki Song Book. All ages welcome!

Seeds and Sprouts Kids Consignment Spring/Summer Sale
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – Apr 21 @ 3:00 pm
WNC Ag Center (Expo Building)

Shop from over 45,000 high quality items: infant and young children’s pre-loved clothes, toys, shoes, furniture and more from over 450 local families at once at up to 90% off retail prices!

Teen Book + Craft Club
Apr 19 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Weaverville Public Library

Join us for the first meeting of our new TEEN Book & Craft Club: The Fiction Fellowship! We’ll discuss & decide on our plans for the club while crafting & laminating collage style bookmarks of our very own.  It should be grande. Bring a friend. Ages 12-18 are most welcome.  Registration is not necessary, but it helps us a bit.

Call and sign up if you can. 828-250-6482.  Ok to just show up if you’d rather. We’ll be there.

Youth Acting: Basic to Intermediate
Apr 19 @ 4:30 pm – May 13 @ 6:00 pm
Hendersonville Theatre

Teacher: Mike Yow

Class cost: $150

Min students: 6

Max students: 15

Class Dates: Mondays, April 8 – May 13 (6 weeks)

Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Ages: 11-17 (Middle and High School students)

Location: Hendersonville Theatre Auditorium

Restrictions/Special Needs: Just comfortable clothing and footwear for light to moderate movement.

Prerequisites: Just a willingness to learn the essentials of being a skilled and entertaining thespian.

Refund Policy: The last day to receive a full refund* is March 4, 2024. After this date, no refund will be issued.

*Refunds are for tuition only and are at the discretion of the Class Teacher and Education Director. All taxes and fees are final and cannot be refunded.

Class Description:
In this class, students will learn the basics of stage (and film) acting, starting from simple stage directions and vocal projection to monologue, cold readings, improv techniques, and more.

For more information and to register, visit www.hendersonvilletheatre.org

Downtown After 5: Psychedelic Funk
Apr 19 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
North Lexington Avenue

Downtown After 5 has become a staple of Asheville’s cultural calendar, offering residents and visitors alike a chance to experience live music in the heart of our vibrant city. This year, each event is centered around highlighting a nonprofit partner with a theme that celebrates diverse musical genres, food and beverage offerings, local makers, and community initiatives. Each Downtown After 5 event draws an enthusiastic crowd of between 5,000 to 6,000 attendees to North Lexington Avenue, transforming it into a vibrant hub of music, dance, and community.

April 19 | Psychedelic Funk
In partnership with the Mosaic Art Walk, an event supporting 15 nonprofit organizations through the United Way, we’ll kick off the series with a blast of color and sound. Empire Strikes Brass will headline the evening, supported by opener Magenta Sunshine. The event will be emceed by comedian Kim Richardson, setting the stage for a night of immersive funk and psychedelic grooves.

May 17 | Yacht Rock
Teaming up with Blue Ridge Pride, we invite you to smooth sail through the sounds of Yacht Rock Schooner, with Lazr Luvr opening the night. Our emcee, DIVINE the Bearded Lady will ensure a memorable evening for all.

June 21 | Juneteenth
In a special collaboration with the MLK Foundation, we celebrate Juneteenth with the soulful Sierra Green & the Giants headlining and Lyric setting the mood.

July 19 | AVL Fest Kickoff
The official kick-off to AVL Fest, in support of Asheville FM, we’re bringing to the stage Caitlin Krisko & The Broadcast as headliners, with The Greenliners opening.

August 16 | LEAF Downtown
In collaboration with LEAF Global Arts, we’re excited to bring back LEAF Downtown at Downtown After 5. Tito Puente Jr. will be headlining the event, with the LEAF Kono Band opening.

September 20 | Outdoor Rec Fest
Closing out the series is September’s Outdoor Rec Fest with Riverlink. Featuring headliner Oliver Hazard and opener Paul McDonald. Celebrate Asheville’s outdoor lifestyle by engaging with our outdoor recreation partners and vendors.

Downtown After 5 is more than just a concert series; it’s a community staple that celebrates the diversity and creativity of Asheville. Each event is free to the public, thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and partners. Food and beverage vendors will be on-site, with a portion of proceeds supporting the nonprofit partners associated with each event.

Color Me Goodwill fashion show
Apr 19 @ 6:00 pm
The Orange Peel

Tickets are now on sale for the 8th Annual Color Me Goodwill fashion show. Unlike any other show, Color Me Goodwill is fashion with a mission, showcasing local artists, sustainable fashion, and, most importantly, the participants that we serve through our employment programs and services. Seven design teams have taken on the challenge of using secondhand clothing to create a five-piece collection based on a selected color. Each collection features a model who has participated in Goodwill employment programs and services. Buy your tickets today at The Orange Peel box office and follow Color Me Goodwill on Facebook for the latest updates.

Opening Reception: “I will tell you mine” at Tyger Tyger Gallery
Apr 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tyger Tyger Gallery

You may have seen Tyger Tyger Gallery’s first open call a few months ago. If you missed it, we put out a call for works on paper and we were overwhelmed by the response we received and the quality of work that was submitted. Out of hundreds of entries, we selected 27 artists who will be showing in I will tell you mine. Working across an impressive range of applications, methods, and materials, the selected artists engage paper’s malleability and structure with natural and synthetic paper substrates that are variously painted, drawn, and printed upon with wet and dry media. It promises to be an exciting exhibition that celebrates paper’s versatility. The opening reception is on Friday, April 19 from 6 – 8pm. There were will be light refreshments provided by Newstock Pantry. We can’t wait for you to see the show!

Saturday, April 20, 2024
2024 Spring Litter Sweep
Apr 20 all-day
Asheville Area

Participate in the 2024 Spring Sweep!

The 2024 Spring Litter Sweep is taking place April 13-27. Traditionally scheduled for the last two weeks of April and September, Litter Sweep is the N.C. Department of Transportation’s biannual statewide roadside litter removal initiative. Residents throughout the state participate in local efforts to help clean up North Carolina’s roadways.

We invite you to lend a hand and enjoy physical and mental health benefits such as feeling a sense of accomplishment, getting exercise, enjoying the fresh air, meeting new people, and all that comes with living in cleaner surroundings.

Be sure to bring sunscreen, water, comfortable shoes, and work clothes that can get dirty. Gloves, safety vests, bags, and tools are provided.

How to Participate in Clean-Up Opportunities

Organize a DIY Community Clean Up

  • Asheville GreenWorks supports public clean ups as well as DIY cleanups, providing residents with supplies for roadside and neighborhood cleanups. More information regarding these events can be found on their website.

NCDOT Spring Litter Sweep 

  • Volunteers can sign up to participate in the NC Dept of Transportation Spring Litter Sweep. Visit ncdot.gov for more info.

How to report litter

Community members are able to report roadside litter concerns through multiple platforms:

Find out more information on City of Asheville Litter Programs