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Wednesday, April 1, 2020
All Buncombe County Parks Closed until further notice
Apr 1 all-day
Buncombe County Parks

 

CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Greenways and walking trails remain open. Violations are considered punishable as a Class 2 misdemeanor.

American Farmland Trust Farmer Relief Fund Application deadline: April 23, 2020
Apr 1 all-day
American Farmland Trust Online

  • AFT’s Farmer Relief Fund will award farmers with cash grants of up to $1,000 each to help them weather the current storm of market disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis.
  • Initially, eligible applicants include any small and mid-size direct-market producers. These are defined as producers with annual gross revenue of between $10,000 and $1 million from sales at farmers markets and/or direct sales to restaurants, caterers, schools, stores, or makers who use farm products as inputs.
  • The application (linked to below in both English and Spanish) is simple and easy to complete but includes sufficient detail to ensure AFT is awarding producers that have the greatest needs. Applicants will be asked to estimate their financial loss.
  • AFT envisions an initial application round extending until April 23, with grants beginning to be made by May 1.
  • https://farmland.org/farmer-relief-fund/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=637ece80-2dc9-49d1-9afb-6b97c772e470&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Apply%20Here&utm_campaign=March%202020%20Newsletter
Asheville Grown Business Alliance Covid-19 Community Resources
Apr 1 all-day
online

https://ashevillegrown.com/covid-19?utm_source=Farm+General+Interest&utm_campaign=ad50dba514-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_03_25_12_35&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c6a6d890c6-ad50dba514-34117913

We are all in this together! Asheville Grown has put together a fantastic list of resources to assist the public with issues arising from the COVID-19 outbreak. From filing for unemployment to volunteering at Manna Food Bank, this list is helpful to anyone who is in need of support, or who has extra time, energy and resources to support others.

Supporting local businesses and workers is one thing each of us can do right now. We’ve set up this page with resources, key information, creative initiatives and contacts.

Biltmore Estate CLOSED
Apr 1 all-day
Biltmore

COVID-19: Health and Safety Changes

Buncombe County is Currently Under a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Order

In accordance with this order, Biltmore will temporarily close all guest experiences, including both of our hotel properties and access to our gardens and grounds, effective Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 5 p.m. Re-opening to be announced at a later date.

Rest assured we will continue to monitor updates from the CDC, NC Department of Health and Human Services, and Buncombe County Health and Human Services and evaluate how to best move forward in the days ahead. Please continue to consult this page for updates.

The health and safety of our guests and employees is our collective focus right now, and we look forward to welcoming you to the estate when we reopen.

VISIT WEB SITE FOR REFUND INFORMATION: https://www.biltmore.com/coronavirus-covid-19-update/

Blue Ridge Humane Extends Closures, Still Providing Adoptions
Apr 1 all-day
Blue Ridge Humane

Blue Ridge Humane Society will remain closed to the public for the immediate future due to the ongoing developments of the spread of COVID-19 and at the recommendations of local and national experts. The closures will continued to be evaluated by BRHS staff to determine a safe return to public operation.

 

Adoptions are still ongoing by appointment only. Interested adopters can view available animals online and fill out the adoption application in order to set up a meeting. The Administrative Office and Blue Ridge Humane Society Thrift Store are closed entirely to the public at this time.

 

Blue Ridge Humane is still in need of help from our community however. Your support through fosteringdonationssupplies, and adoptions means the world!

 

BRHS asks that the public monitor its website, www.blueridgehumane.org, and their social media channels for regular updates, as the reduction in services is subject to change based on guidance received from local and national public health officials.

 

With a potential decrease in staff due to risk of exposure, a probable increase in animals entering shelters, and reduction in income, Blue Ridge Humane asks for the community’s help in the following areas:

 

  • Foster homes needed: We are seeking foster families who are willing to house animals during a time when our Adoption Center might not be fully staffed to do so. Please consider opening your heart and home to a homeless during this pandemic. We provide food, supplies, and medical care. You provide your lifesaving home and love. Social distancing doesn’t exist when you’re spending your time with a pet in need! Contact [email protected] for more information.

 

  • Supplies needed: When shopping for supplies, consider adding an extra bag of pet food, a bottle of hand sanitizer, or a package of paper towels for our Adoption Center to your Amazon order. We need them daily to function and are feeling the effects of the surge in their demand. You purchase items from our Amazon Wish List or send a gift card!

 

  • Adopt: Help us clear our Adoption Center. We currently have amazing pets in our care looking for a home. If you’ve considered adding a four-legged member to your family, now is a great time!

 

  • Donate: As our revenue stream is limited during this time, consider a monetary donation to help ensure the continuation of animal care of Blue Ridge Humane now only now but in the future.

 

For more tips on preventing the spread of COVID-19 and preparing a care plan for your pet read our Emergency Plan Preparedness post or for a list of community resources in place to help pet owners during this time read Pet Resources Available.

If you believe in our cause, consider making a donation or learning how to volunteer by visiting the Blue Ridge Humane Society’s website at www.blueridgehumane.org or call (828) 692-2639.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brass Monkey Photography Free Online Classes
Apr 1 all-day
Brass Monkey Photography Online

Hi everyone! I hope that you are staying safe (and sane) in this unprecedented time? I’d like to offer a FREE online class, (absolutely no catch) on getting the most out of your camera.

Do you have a digital camera that you only use in Automatic mode and would like to get more out of it? Have you ever wondered what the different settings are and how they could help you when taking portraits or landscape photographs?

I’d like to set up a few beginner sessions to go over the basics. I will create 60-90 minute segments (via video link) and will look at:

– Aperture
– ISO
– Shutter Speed
– How different lenses impact your photo
– And many more topics

They’ll be in bite size chunks that are more manageable and give you an opportunity to review your notes prior to the next class. The class will be interactive at points too – it’s not just me talking to you via a pre-recorded message. Let’s have some fun together and have you using your camera more this spring/summer!

Respond below and let me know. Please RSVP within 24 hours of the start of each class.

Thanks!

Natasha

Buncombe County: COVID-19 Update on Jury Duty
Apr 1 all-day
Buncombe County

COVID-19 Update on Jury Duty

From the Clerk of Superior Court:

In compliance with orders from North Carolina Chief Justice Beasley, all North Carolina District and Superior courts are suspended through April 17.

If the service date on your jury summons is between March 16 and April 17, you are automatically excused under Judicial Branch orders. If the service date on your jury summons is April 20 or later, follow the reporting instructions on your jury summons, and continue to monitor local news and our website at buncombecounty.org.

Jury Excuses will not be heard on Friday, March 20. Medical, age, non-resident, and other excusal instructions can be found on your summons. Should you need further assistance with your jury summons, please call 259-3400, option 2, or email [email protected].

While the Buncombe County courthouse remains open to the public, you are strongly advised to avoid visiting the courthouse. Please exercise every health precaution for yourself and your family as we continue to ensure the health and safety of the public and our judicial community.  Thank you.

Create Your Own Sculpture with Asheville Art Museum
Apr 1 all-day
online w/ Asheville Art Museum
After Authur Bradburn, Robot Lamp, circa 1985, mixed media sculpture electrical parts , 2001.14.33
MUSEUM FROM HOME

Create Your Own Sculpture

This artist used found objects to create this sculpture.

ACTIVITY

Look around your house for things you might use to create your own sculpture: a cardboard box, paper towel tubes, tea tin, caps off of juice or milk cartons. Then use glue, duct tape, or string to put a sculpture together and share it with us!

Take a picture, email it to [email protected] and you might see it posted on this page! You can also share it with us on social media, tagging @ashevilleartmuseum. Don’t forget to give your artwork a name. You don’t have to, but it’s fun. Happy sculpting!

Fantastic Fungi Film Sofa Cinema Grail Moviehouse
Apr 1 all-day
Grail Moviehouse Sofa Cinema Online

FANTASTIC FUNGI - Streaming Release

As we enter into an even vaster understanding of just how interdependent we are and how fast something travels between us all, we can appreciate the power of our interconnectedness. This can be seen in the thousands of cases in which a virus has impacted so much of our lives from travel, business, wellness and gatherings.
Fantastic Fungi is all about our interconnectedness and the common issues that we face as a species. We know that our biggest defense from these viruses is our own sense of wellbeing, our own immunity and the ability to live from a place of health and wellness both individually and collectively.

Fantastic Fungi Day:
More Global Than Ever

Watch Fantastic Fungi… At Home!

The messages of this film could not be any timelier, from the need to reconnect and understand the intelligence of nature, to partnering with fungi and our natural world to shift our consciousness. How prepared are we to face the pressing issues we have in our world?

We are facing a serious challenge, yet like the mycelium network we are adaptable. As a response to the worldwide pandemic of the coronavirus, we ask each community to take responsibility for establishing the best practice for them. We also know that we need to respond as mycelium and provide innovative ways of addressing these new challenges.

Join Us From The Safety of Wherever You Are.

In response to the Coronavirus we have decided to expand our reach and open the gates to the ever expanding movement of this film and provide an opportunity to people all around the world, no matter where you are located, to participate in Fantastic Fungi Day! Yes, we are creating an opportunity for everyone, wherever you are to view the film as well as tune into the post-screening Q&A. We have the ability to shift the way we are living in this world. Now is the time to tap into nature’s intelligence and come together as a worldwide audience seeking connection, hope and solutions.

With love and gratitude,
Louie, Paul and the FF Team

Farmers Emergency Fund
Apr 1 all-day
Farmers Emergency Fund Online

Farmers Emergency Fund:

For four years we distributed a book scholarship to a child or a grandchild of a farmer majoring in agricultural sciences. However, in 2019, we converted the scholarship fund to an emergency farmers fund due to the overwhelming need of small farmers. The fund covers immediate emergency expenses related to the farm operation and daily necessities. We give special preference to aging farmers in need but are open to providing assistance to young farmers as well. As we did with the past scholarship fund, the farmer’s fund is dedicated to the Honorable J. Richmond Pearson, the first Black Circuit Judge appointed to the Court in Jefferson County (Birmingham), Alabama. Judge Pearson was one of a group of Black lawyers to represent Martin Luther King Jr. and other protester’s jailed during various Civil Rights Movement demonstrations. Judge Pearson’s purpose in life was to improve the lives of the under-served, which is in alignment was F.A.R.M.S. mission. Special thanks to the Pearson family. If you are a farmer in need please complete the form. We only provide assistance to small farmer’s who operate less than 500 acres, have limited resources and reside in the US.

Growing Food Organic Growers School Online Resources
Apr 1 all-day
Online

Organic Growers School

Get Growing!
Thankfully during this time of social distancing, we don’t need to distance from the garden or farm. Here are some resources to help:
Visit Our Covid 19 Resource Page
Hickory Nut Gap Farm Update Online Orders and Store Hours
Apr 1 all-day
Hickory Nut Gap

 

A Few Farm Store Updates…

  • Moving forward, our hours will be Wednesday – Sunday, 1pm – 4pm.
  • We will be accepting orders via online only. https://www.hickorynutgap.com/product-category/home-delivery/?utm_source=Farm+General+Interest&utm_campaign=ad50dba514-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_03_25_12_35&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c6a6d890c6-ad50dba514-34117913 We will not be accepting orders over the phone.
  • Orders placed after 7am will be available for pickup the following business day.
  • We are shipping orders and also offering drive-through pickup from the Farm Store.
  • The deli and kitchen will be closed until further notice.
How to Buy Local While Social Distancing: On-Farm Pickups and More
Apr 1 all-day
NC and SC Farms

Many farms across North and South Carolina have added on-farm pickups, home delivery & online pre-orders to accommodate for social distancing in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Please see the listings below for more information, and check out our interactive Google Map for farm locations near you!

Are you a farmer interested in being listed? Email [email protected]

Please:

  • DO NOT show up at farms without prior permission.
  • Follow specific instructions provided by each farm.
  • Stay home if you are feeling ill.
Living Web Farms: Online Videos and Audios
Apr 1 all-day
On line Video

Video Table of Contents

Audio Table of Contents

Mountain BizWorks: Rapid Recovery Loans
Apr 1 all-day
Mountain BizWorks

COVID-19 RAPID RECOVERY LOANS AVAILABLE

Mountain BizWorks and its partners are taking steps to ensure business owners and entrepreneurs have the resources they need to get through the coronavirus crisis.

MUSEUM FROM HOME Color Our Collection
Apr 1 all-day
Online w/ Asheville Art Museum

Coloring is great way to combat stress and anxiety. Download and print these free coloring sheets and note cards featuring works from Collection artist Lorna Blaine Halper. During this time of social distancing, we can’t think of a better way to show someone you care than sending them a card via snail mail. Use our coloring template or craft your own!

National Museum of Natural History – Virtual Tours
Apr 1 all-day
National Museum of Natural History On-line
No Public Fingerprint Services Buncombe County Identification Bureau until further notice
Apr 1 all-day
Buncombe County Identification Bureau

Update March 20, 2020

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 staffing is limited. Please call (828) 250-4665 (option 4) prior to coming to the office located at 20 Davidson Dr. 

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community, there will be NO public fingerprint services available until further notice as we all must strive to maintain six feet of social distance.

Thank you for your understanding during this extraordinarily
stressful time as everyone attends to their personal well-being,
needs of their families, and assists in protecting our community.

Applications for pistol purchase permits and concealed handgun permits are available online.

North Carolina FOOD HELP for children 18 and younger text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate free meal sites
Apr 1 all-day
North Carolina

 

FOUR WAYS TO FIND FREE, HEALTHY MEALS FOR KIDS AGE 18 AND UNDER:

1. Text FOODNC to 877-877 to receive a text with the three drive-thru or pick up sites with meals for kids closest to you.

2. Use the map on website to find drive-thru or pick up site with meals for kids across the state.

3. Visit NoKidHungryNC.org/MealUpdates for information on delivery meals by bus and other updates from school districts and community partners serving meals.

4. Check your local school district’s website, social media, and other communications for the most up-to-date information.

Buncombe County Government Declaration: STAY HOME – STAY SAFE
Apr 1 @ 12:00 am – Apr 9 @ 6:00 am
Buncombe County North Carolina

NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority contained in Chapter 21, Buncombe County Code of
Ordinances and Article 1A of the N.C. Gen. Stat. Chapter 166A, the Board of Commissioners, do hereby
declare and order the following:
1. This Order takes effect at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020 and will continue through 6:00
a.m. on Thursday, April 9, 2020, subject to the limited exceptions and under the terms and
conditions more particularly set forth below;
2. All individuals currently living within Buncombe County are ordered to stay at their place of
residence. For the purposes of this Order, residences include hotels, motels, shared rentals, and
similar facilities. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all
times as reasonably as possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other
person when they are outside their residence. All persons may leave their residences only for
Essential Activities, or to provide or perform Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate
Essential Businesses, all as defined in Section 9.

3. All businesses operating within Buncombe County, except Essential Businesses as defined below
in Section 9.b, are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the County. For
clarity, businesses may continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors
performing activities at their own residences (i.e., working from home). To the greatest extent
possible, all Essential Businesses shall comply with the Social Distancing Guidelines attached,
including maintaining six-foot social distancing for both employees and the general public.
4. All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or
living unit are prohibited, except as otherwise provided herein. Nothing in this Order prohibits
the gathering of members of a household or living unit.
5. Restaurants with or without drive-in or drive-through services and microbreweries, microdistilleries, or wineries may only provide take out, delivery, or drive-through services as allowed
by law.
6. Religious and worship services may only be provided by video and teleconference. Religious
institutions must limit in-person staff to ten (10) people or less when preparing for or
conducting video or teleconference services, and all individuals must follow the attached Social
Distancing Guidelines including the six-foot social distancing, which are hereby adopted.
7. All visitors travelling to Buncombe County from areas experiencing community transmission of
COVID-19 – notably New York State, Washington State and California – must self-quarantine at
their residence upon arrival for 14 days before entering the community.
8. All elective medical, surgical, and dental procedures are prohibited anywhere in Buncombe
County. Hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental offices, and other medical facilities are
directed to identify procedures that are deemed “elective” by assessing which procedures can
be postponed or cancelled based on patient risk considering the emergency need for redirection
of resources to COVID-19 response.