Hendersonville’s best and most comprehensive guide to community events.

Friday, November 27, 2020
Asheville’s New 3 W’s Campaign for Businesses
Nov 27 all-day
Online
Explore Asheville recently partnered with staff at the county, city, Asheville Area Arts Council, and the Asheville Art Museum on a new campaign to encourage residents and visitors to follow health and safety procedures. The selected design is by local artist Will Hornaday of Hornaday Designs.

If you would like flyers (8.5 x 11), posters (11 x 17), and/or window clings (6 x 8) for your business, please email [email protected].

BMC Book: The Bird Who Sang Beethoven
Nov 27 all-day
Online
The Bird Who Sang Beethoven is a children’s book in rhyme about a baby bird born in the concert hall at the Brevard Music Center just as Beethoven’s Fifth is being played, and he thinks that is what birds sing! His offspring continue the tune for generations and spread it far and wide.

About the Author: Harper Howze is a freshman at Sumner Academy in Kansas City, Kansas, and an aspiring writer. This is his first published work. Lucille Chaveas, his co-author and “Grand” (grandmother), is a Brevard resident and an avid supporter of the Brevard Music Center.

City of Asheville advances equity through multiple interconnected initiatives
Nov 27 all-day
City of Asheville--online
racial equity ilustration

 

 

Advancing racial equity and social justice consists of many efforts working in concert with each other to promote larger societal change. This is not a one-off effort, nor the sole work of one department. It’s a team effort that has to be blended into all City of Asheville departments, folded into our mission to provide quality services to all Asheville residents.

 

Through the City’s 30/60/90 Day Work Plan, staff have begun this work by focusing efforts on reimagining public safety and issues related to racial equity.

 

Several Oct. 27 agenda items before Asheville City Council form an interconnectedness aimed at advancing this work. Some are more obvious than others; yet combined they serve as examples of City actions designed to lay a foundation for racial equity and social justice in our community. Here are a few of them.

 

Halting the sale of urban renewal properties

Council passed a resolution authorizing the City Manager to suspend the sale or change in zoning use of any City property acquired through urban renewal until further policy direction has been reviewed. This action is in support of Council’s July 14 Resolution Supporting Community Reparations for Black Asheville. The urban renewal properties resolution serves as a framework for the disposition of properties taken from Black families during urban renewal. City staff will conduct an inventory of these properties, and many of them have already been identified. Unless specifically exempted by City Council, these properties will not be rezoned or developed until there is further policy direction.

 

Business Inclusion Policy

This resolution seeks to address race- and gender-based disparities in City contracting and procurement. Based on the 2018 Disparity Study, this policy outlines steps that the City will take to help reduce disparities in contracting and purchasing, such as maintaining an updated database of available small and minority- and women-owned businesses; providing certification, networking opportunities, and workshops and training for such businesses; and requiring that prime contractors bidding on contracts conduct outreach to identify minority- and women-owned subcontractors for City projects. This policy will go into effect Jan. 1, 2021.

 

Zero-Net Loss Tree Canopy Resolution

This falls under the area of environmental social justice.  It builds upon Council’s Jan. 28 Climate Emergency Resolution. The City’s Office of Sustainability is working to incorporate a Climate Justice Screening Tool to ensure that Asheville’s BIPOC (Black and Indigenous People of Color) voices are heard and known when we implement City plans.

Specific to the Tree Canopy Resolution, it establishes a tree canopy coverage goal of 50% by 2040. A 2018 Urban Tree Canopy Study found existing coverage to be 44.5%. The canopy study identified a correlation between urban heat island effects and communities of color. The resolution intends to combat canopy loss and heat islands with an emphasis on canopy replacement in these most affected communities. This resolution supports the future establishment of a Comprehensive Urban Forestry Program.

 

Other initiatives

Vance Monument Task Force

Named after former Confederate officer and slave holder Zebulon Vance, who served as North Carolina governor during the Civil War, the 65-foot obelisk at the intersection of Biltmore and Patton avenues evokes a painful past for Black residents. In August, the City and County named a joint task force to consider whether the monument should be removed or repurposed. In addition, the task force is charged with identifying and recommending African Americans to honor the local history of Asheville – Buncombe County.

The Vance Monument Task Force engaged the public with a virtual Town Hall last week and another one is set for 4:45 to 6 p.m. Oct. 29. Visit publicinput.com/VanceMonumentTaskForce to participate. Call 855-925-2801 and enter code 9722 to join. You can also text “Avlvancemonument” to 73224 to provide public input or email [email protected]. The task force is expected to make its recommendation to the City and the County in late November.

 

Renaming of City streets

Public spaces, including streets, are meant to be inclusive places where everyone and anyone can feel welcome and comfortable.  The names of streets are sometimes overlooked; however, to many, the names evoke emotions and feelings about that space. That includes identifying Asheville streets named after former slave owners and replacing those names with the names of historic black leaders.

City Council has the statutory authority to change street names. While the Council will make final decisions, this initiative is community driven and the process for identifying potential street name changes for consideration by the City Council will occur through a public engagement process. Read more here.

PODS and Wi-Fi access
to Asheville Housing Authority communities

PODS: Recognizing the COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound effect on our students — especially our BIPOC students — the City of Asheville stepped up to help fill the gap.  First, City recreation centers were repurposed as centers for the PODS program (Positive Opportunities Develop Success). In partnership with the Asheville Housing Authority, My Daddy Taught Me That, My Community Matters, YTL, CHOSEN and other community organizations,  Asheville City Schools staff use the PODS as centers to engage students and facilitate student engagement to promote academic achievement.

Wi-Fi: The City took a further step of appropriating $50,000 to help provide Internet Wi-Fi to the Asheville Housing Authority’s five family developments. The purpose behind the collaboration is to help close the digital divide, ensuring that students have reliable connectivity to support remote learning. The Southside Community will be the first of the housing communities to receive the Internet infrastructure. Other contributing partners include Asheville City Schools Foundation, Buncombe County Government, and the Asheville Housing Authority. Find out more about this important effort at this link.

 

Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center aquatics center design

On Oct. 27, Council unanimously passed a resolution allowing design work to proceed on a community pool to serve the Southside community. This investment in a historically underserved part of our community will be designed to increase equitable access to community and recreation services for current and future residents.

Look for more stories as the design is created through inclusive engagement with the community that is connected to this space.

City of Asheville Asking for Feedback on Greenway, ADA Transition and Pedestrian Plans
Nov 27 all-day
Online
read about close the GAP

The City of Asheville is beginning work on updates to its Greenway, ADA Transition and Pedestrian Plans and they’ve opened two surveys to garner feedback from the community.

The planning process, known as the “Close the GAP,” will identify a network of pedestrian, greenway, and accessibility networks as well as programs and policies to support it. The plans were combined because the pedestrian network will be a stronger one if the three aspects — greenways, ADA transitions, and pedestrian networks — are planned at the same time.

The surveys can be found at ashevillenc.gov/closethegap. The surveys will be available until Dec. 31.

City of Asheville: 2 Surveys for Greenway, ADA Transition + Pedestrian Plans
Nov 27 all-day
Online

GAP plan art

The Asheville Transportation Department is working identify a network of pedestrian, greenway, and accessibility networks as well as programs and policies to support it.

 

The City of Asheville is in the early stages of a large project to update the City’s Greenway Plan (G), ADA Transition Plan* (A), and Pedestrian Plan (P) (*By ADA transition we are specifically looking at accessibility improvements within the rights-of-way of our street network).

 

The planning process, known as the “Close the GAP,” will identify a network of pedestrian, greenway, and accessibility networks as well as programs and policies to support it. We combined these plans because the pedestrian network will be a stronger one if the three aspects — greenways, ADA transitions, and pedestrian networks — are planned at the same time.

In the midst of a global pandemic, public engagement techniques usually used at this stage of a planning process cannot be done.  Instead, we will begin with an online outreach plan.

 

Online surveys

As a first step to public engagement, the City of Asheville released two online surveys:  one is for gathering information for the Greenway, the ADA Transition in public right-of-way and the pedestrian plans.

The surveys can be found at ashevillenc.gov/closethegap. The surveys will be “live” until Dec. 31.

The first survey is called Close the Gap Survey, available at this link.

The second survey, ADA Transition Plan Survey, is focused on ADA issues. When we say ADA Transition Plan we are referring to spaces in public right-of-way, such as streets, sidewalks and crosswalks.

Once the online surveys are completed, City staff will analyze where there might be low response rates and create new methods to engage the public in those areas of Asheville.

CRITICAL NEED For Blood Donations
Nov 27 all-day
various see below

Donate Blood - The Blood Connection
The message is simple – COVID-19 has made a severe impact on the blood supply and The
Blood Connection is asking the community to donate blood as soon as possible to support the
critical need of blood for local hospitals in this area.

To find a blood drive: https://donate.thebloodconnection.org/donor/schedules/zip
To find a center (5 in Upstate, 2 in Western NC): https://donate.thebloodconnection.org/donor/schedules/centers
Those interested in hosting a blood drive in the community: thebloodconnection.org/host-a-drive<http://thebloodconnection.org/host-a-drive>

Domestic Violence and Detox Help Line
Nov 27 all-day
Online or Telephone

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ADDICTION

There is a heavy correlation between domestic violence and addiction. Both perpetrators and victims have high rates of substance use disorder or admit to abusing substances in the past year. It can also be very difficult for victims of domestic violence to seek help for their addiction. According to SAMHSA, more than 60% of women seeking drug or alcohol treatment claim their abuser tried to prevent them from going to treatment. Domestic violence and addiction are two complicated issues that often overlap.

Some statistics to help illustrate this fact include:

Fall Bulk Leaf Collection for City of Hendersonville Residents
Nov 27 all-day
Hendersonville City Residences

On Oct. 19th the City of Hendersonville will begin their fall bulk leaf collection service for City residents. Bulk leaf collection will continue throughout the season and conclude on December 31.

During bulk leaf collection, City residents should pile loose leaves as close to the street, curb, or sidewalk as possible without placing the leaves in the roadway or on the sidewalk. Leaves should not be bagged by City of Hendersonville residents.

Residents can help prevent safety hazards by keeping leaf piles out of the sidewalks. Obstructed sidewalks may force people to walk into the street and pose a danger for pedestrians and motorists. Keeping leaf piles out of the roadways and sidewalks also helps prevent debris from being washed into the storm drains which can cause flooding.

The bulk leaf collection process is separate from brush collection crews; therefore, residents will need to keep their brush and leaves in separate piles until bulk leaf collection has concluded at the end of the year. Leaf piles should be free of tree limbs or other objects that may damage collection equipment. Spring bulk leaf collection typically occurs during the month of March.

It is not necessary for the public to contact Public Works with leaf pick-up requests as this service is automatically provided to City residents. Leaf piles are picked up from homes every ten to fourteen days but, depending on the volume of leaves placed out for collection, the piles could be picked up sooner or later than that time frame.

 

 

FAQ: Reappraisal 2021 Buncombe County
Nov 27 all-day
Online

Reappraisal 2021

Through our efforts of informing Buncombe County about Reappraisal 2021 so far, we have received many questions from community members. So, we decided to compile them into this FAQ. Do you have more questions that aren’t covered here? You can email them to [email protected]. Otherwise, visit buncombecounty.org/MyValue2021 for everything you need to know about the reappraisal process.

WHY IS BUNCOMBE COUNTY REAPPRAISING PROPERTY?

North Carolina law requires counties to reappraise all real property once every eight years but also allows Counties to advance the reappraisal to less than eight years. Buncombe County Commissioners voted to conduct reappraisals every four years. The county must assess 127,000 parcels. The effective date of the reappraisal is Jan. 1, 2021.

Give!Local for SAHC
Nov 27 all-day
Online

Give!Local for SAHC
From farmland to fragile ecosystems to pristine mountains streams, with your help we protect critical land and water resources in the mountains of NC and TN – for present AND future generations. This year, a generous anonymous donor is matching all donations to SAHC up to $5,000 in the Mountain Xpress Give!Local campaign. Plus, there are fun incentives for donations of $25, $100, and up (including a gift card from our partners at Wicked Weed Brewing). Please join us in preserving the places you love!

Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy

WHAT THEY DO: We permanently protect and steward our region’s most beloved natural areas. When you support local land and water conservation, you ensure our lands, our waters, our wildlife, our farms and our way of life will be there for future generations. By preserving vital resources, you improve the quality of life and continue building healthy and vibrant communities, forever.

IEvery person donating $100 or more to Southern Appalachian Highland Conservancy will receive a $10 gift card from Wicked Weed.

MATCHES

  • A generous, anonymous gift will match all donations up to $5,000.

 

Giving Tuesday: Creating Hope and Homes
Nov 27 all-day
Online
Alternate text

 

 

Image

Here’s how you can get ready to make a difference again this year:

  1. Mark your calendar. GivingTuesday is December 1, 2020. Keep an eye on your inbox for more details as the day gets closer!
  2. Give! Now through December 31, 2020, your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000 as part of our Hope and Homes Matching Gift Challenge!
  3. Spread the word! Encourage friends, family, and colleagues to join you in Giving Tuesday 2020. Share on social media what our mission means to you, and tag us so we can share it!
https://www.homewardboundwnc.orgAlternate text
LEAF International Saint Vincent’s Elite Steel Pan Orchestra Video
Nov 27 all-day
LEAF's Global Arts Online
LEAF International Saint Vincent’s Elite Steel Pan Orchestra is getting creative with ways to keep the world connected to their culture. They are creating videos that demonstrate drum rhythms and patterns as part of their cultural exchange series. Led by culture keeper Kesslon Wilson, the orchestra is exploring tunes that relate to youth as young as 18 months.
Mortgage, Utility and Rent Relief (MURR) Program
Nov 27 all-day
Online

MURR Program

The NC Dept of Commerce announced several changes to the Mortgage, Utility & Rent Relief (MURR) program last week, and some nonprofits are now eligible. This is a first-come, first-serve program, and the max. is $40,000.

NCDHHS Offers Guidance for Fall-Related Events
Nov 27 all-day
Online

As we move toward the Holiday season, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has released guidance for fall-related events. The guidance was developed with the goal of safer holiday breaks for college students and private social gatherings.

North Carolina Introduces COVID-19 County Alert System
Nov 27 all-day
Online
Governor Roy Cooper and Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) announced a new COVID-19 County Alert System to pinpoint counties with the highest levels of viral spread and offer specific recommendations to bring numbers down. This system will help give local leaders another tool to understand how their county is faring and to make decisions about actions to slow viral spread. The map will be updated every four weeks.
The system uses metrics informed by the White House Coronavirus Task Force and North Carolina’s key metrics to categorize counties into three tiers:
Yellow: Significant Community Spread
Orange: Substantial Community Spread
Red: Critical Community Spread
Because no one metric provides a complete picture, the COVID-19 County Alert System uses a combination of three metrics: case rate, the percent of tests that are positive, and hospital impact within the county.
Pisgah Legal Covid-19 Urgent Response Matching Gift Challenge
Nov 27 all-day
Online

all donations — up to $200,000 — will be matched by donors

Pisgah Legal Services
is receiving 1,000 calls
per week on average
for assistance.

More than ever, people across Western North Carolina need Pisgah Legal Services: Many have lost their jobs and can no longer pay their rent; others need help securing health insurance. Many are facing increased domestic violence and do not how to safely escape. Others are too scared to seek medical treatment because of their immigration status.

Support Pisgah Legal today and help us provide legal remedies that result in long-term solutions for people struggling in our region during the COVID-19 crisis, and beyond. With early legal intervention, we can keep difficult situations from spiraling out of control and trapping families, seniors, children and other vulnerable people in poverty.

Please join us in the fight so that more people can get back on their feet and we can emerge from this crisis a more just and resilient community.

Public Input on Asheville City Noise Ordinance Plan
Nov 27 all-day
Online

The project logo Noise Ordinance

The City of Asheville’s proposed noise ordinance aims to protect quality of life for all residents by establishing practical, fair and clear noise criteria and enforcement and mitigation protocols. The proposed ordinance recognizes that most residents, businesses and institutions are conscientious good neighbors who act considerately everyday. The proposed ordinance aims to serve as a practical tool for protecting public peace and enjoyment of public and private space in Asheville as the city continues to grow.

City staff anticipate the following tentative schedule for noise ordinance finalization (subject to change):

Nov. 18 – Dec. 4, 2020:  Release draft noise ordinance for public comment

Jan. 26, 2021 (est.):        Present final proposed noise ordinance and public comments to the Public Safety Committee

Feb. 9, 2021 (est.):         Present final proposed noise ordinance to City Council

July 1, 2021:                    Proposed effective date for updated noise ordinance and Noise Control program

Resources from LEAF for your Equity Journey
Nov 27 all-day
LEAF Online
Resources for Your Equity Journey

Specific to COVID-19 times, our LEAF Business Members, Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville, created a Coronavirus Information and Resource Hub, as well as a page specific to Staying Healthy  during the pandemic with tips and links to resources.

For additional tools, visit our Equity & Global Resources page.

Shop Local: Consider what it means to shop Amazon
Nov 27 all-day
Online

Consider what it means to shop Amazon
Did you know that Amazon’s net sales for Q4 are expected to be $121 Billion and to grow 38% compared with fourth quarter 2019 numbers? Clearly in this pandemic, they are the big winner. Y’all… there has NEVER been a more critical year to SHOP LOCAL! Please show your love and support of our amazing local business community which truly has all you could ever need- a vintage dress, wall tapestry, piece of pottery, growler of beer or endless gift cards to your favorite Asheville restaurants. Get some ideas here:  shops , restaurants , breweries , and more.
Smith-McDowell Museum: Visit Virtually
Nov 27 all-day
Online
Deep Dive into Archives is a living exhibit shining a light on the individuals who were once enslaved at the Smith-McDowell House through primary documentation.
View the Deep Dive Living Exhibit
Douglas Ellington: Asheville’s Boomtown Architect presents a look at Ellington’s iconic Asheville creations along with other buildings he completed throughout his career in other cities.
HillBilly Land explores the power, prevalence, and persistence of the hillbilly stereotype from the days of its beginnings in the late 19th century to the present day.
In 1918 vs 2020, we take an in-depth look at the 1918 influenza epidemic in Western North Carolina through newspaper clippings, advertisements, ephemera, photographs, and oral history and place the events of 1918 into context with our present-day response to the coronavirus pandemic.
View the Exhibits