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Friday, January 28, 2022
BE THE CHANGE, BUY A MURAL
Jan 28 all-day
online

Buy one of these murals for yourself or to donate to a local organization (make sure you check with them first), and keep the good work going! All proceeds from this auction will be split evenly between The Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County’s COPE Program and the Asheville Area Arts Council’s Arts Build Community Grant. Auction ends February 28.

Following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN, on May 25, 2020, protests broke out across the nation. Floyd was killed after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly 9 minutes. In response, hundreds of protestors gathered in downtown Asheville from May 29- June 6, 2020, with cries for justice and change.

During this time, Lowe’s Home Improvement generously donated plywood for downtown business owners to cover their storefronts while Asheville had its own reckoning. Business owners and artists seized this opportunity to lend their support for needed changes by painting murals on the plywood covering downtown businesses. Local muralists Gus Cutty, Kathryn Crawford, and Dustin Spagnola were the driving force behind this initiative.

When it came time for the murals to come down, local artists Evar Hecht and Ben Nelson had the foresight to collect and temporarily store these works, gathering over 150 pieces of plywood. The Asheville Area Arts Council, with the help of Dogwood Health Trust, then stepped in to move the murals to a secure, climate-controlled storage facility and worked with Aisha Adams of Equity Over Everything to determine next steps.

After several COVID setbacks, the arts council is proud to have partnered with the Martin Luther King Jr Association of Asheville and Buncombe County to present this virtual exhibition, auction and speaker series. It is our hope that the proceeds from the auction will support continued change and healing  in our community.

Thank you to Dogwood Health Trust for generously providing the funding to make this project possible, and to the artists and business owners for donating their time and energy to capture this moment in our history.

A video about the exhibition is featured as part of the 41st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration.

Buncombe County Extends Indoor Mask Mandate to February 16, 2022
Jan 28 all-day
Buncombe County

Update Jan. 4, 2022

The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners has extended the countywide face covering requirement for all indoor public spaces through Feb. 16, 2022. The indoor mask requirement also extends to Asheville, Biltmore Forest, Black Mountain, Town of Montreat, Weaverville, and Woodfin.

In Buncombe County, COVID-19 case rates continue to be high, and per the CDC definition, the County remains an area of high transmission. The percent positivity remains in the moderate category, and the death rate remains in the substantial category.

Buncombe County Nominations Are Now Being Accepted for the 2022 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards
Jan 28 all-day
online

A volunteer stands with their back to the camera, their t-shirt says volunteer.

Volunteers are an integral part of our community, offering their time and energy to important causes often without reward or recognition.

The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award honors the true spirit of volunteerism by recognizing individuals, groups, and businesses that make significant contributions to their community through volunteer service. The awards program, created by the Office of the Governor in 1979, recognizes North Carolina’s most dedicated volunteers. Through the years, the award honors thousands who have shown concern and compassion for their neighbors by volunteering in their local community.

Nominate an outstanding volunteer until Jan. 21

Each county will select up to ten individuals, businesses, groups/teams, and one paid Director of Volunteers to be recognized for their outstanding contributions to their communities. Buncombe County is seeking nominations from the public through Jan. 21, 2022. Any person, group, or entity from the public, nonprofit, and private sector may be nominated for an award, and one of the nominees will be nominated for the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer service, awarded to the top 20 volunteers in the state.

If you would like to nominate a deserving volunteer, group, or organization there are two ways. Find a link to the online submission or download a form below. If using the form attached below, please email your nomination forms to [email protected] by Jan. 21, 2022.

Congratulations to the 2021 Governor’s Service Award recipients for Buncombe County:

  • Austin Brown
  • Anita Asbell
  • Lee Arphai & Galina Wang
  • Jan Cosman
  • Kate Burger
  • Regina Bishop
  • Utha Aiken
  • Bill Bass
  • John Staatz
  • Diana Spangler-Crawford
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME applications are now open
Jan 28 all-day
online
Block grant illustration

 

 

The City of Asheville’s Community and Economic Development (CED) Department is now accepting applications for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME, “Home Investment Partnerships Program” program.  The application process opened December 17 and closes at noon February 4, 2022.

 

CDBG and the HOME are federal grant programs through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that provide grant funds for eligible projects that serve low- and moderate-income residents, eliminate slums and blight, and create decent affordable housing for low-income households.

 

For more information  on how to submit the letter of intent, how to apply for funding,  as well as guidance on how to submit questions, please visit the Community Development HUD Programs and Reports webpage.  If you need assistance with your application, please email [email protected]. Once the email has been received, a staff member will schedule time with your organization to provide technical assistance. Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the application process early to allow ample time to troubleshoot any potential issues.

 

For more information, please visit the City’s webpage for CDBG and HOME applications.

Continuum Art Market
Jan 28 2022 – Jan 7 2023 all-day
Continuum Art Gallery

[HENDERSONVILLE, NC, Saturday, September 4th, 2021]
On the first Saturday of each month, Continuum Art hosts an art market to showcase local artists and makers. Ranging in mediums from paintings, to textiles, to jewelry, you’re guaranteed to find something you love! Each market also hosts live music and local caterers. A free, family-friendly event and a great way to check out our space and upcoming events. Visit us from 12-5pm on September 4th!
If you’re interested in vending at one of our art markets, email [email protected] or DM on Instagram @continuumgallerync

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Jan 28 all-day
online

Gallery Group Show at Continuum Art
Jan 28 all-day
Continuum Art

The Continuum Art gallery is hosting a new show, “Revenant” which will be up until March 8th, 2022. This group show is a response to the pandemic and a “post-pandemic” world. Showing artists are local sculpture artist Julie Slattery, Copenhagen artist øjeRum, Dan Hillier, and Netherlands’ artist Juul Kraijer.

Gallery owner and show curator, Katie Montes, says “We’re choosing to release our ideas of comfort and move through reality without any absurd restraints. Our next gallery show combines the work of these selected artists to create a space where we can freely reflect on our own free will, subconscious limitations, and our state as revenants in a post-pandemic reality.”
Come see our newest gallery show on it’s opening day, Saturday December 18th at 4pm.

Griffin Award Nominations Open
Jan 28 all-day
online
Each year, PSABC presents awards to outstanding projects and individuals that further our goals of historic preservation in Asheville and Buncombe County.  Nominations for the 2022 Griffin Awards are now open to individuals, companies and organizations in the following categories:
  • Restoration
  • Rehabilitation
  • Adaptive Re-use
  • In-fill Construction in Historic and Traditional Neighborhoods
  • Research, Publication and Education
  • Stewardship
  • Preservation
History @ Home – Visit Virtually Western North Carolina Historical Association
Jan 28 all-day
online w/ Western North Carolina Historical Association
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.

 

 

 

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.
January is National Radon Action Month
Jan 28 all-day
online


The Asheville-Buncombe Air Quality Agency is encouraging residents to get their homes tested for Radon during National Radon Action Month.

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. after smoking and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is invisible, odorless, and tasteless.  Radon is released harmlessly from the ground into outdoor air, but it can accumulate and reach harmful levels when trapped in homes and buildings.

Testing is the only way to know if a home has an elevated level of radon. EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General recommend taking action to fix your home if the radon level is 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) of air or more. Most homes can be fixed for about the same cost as other common home repairs.  Taking action to reduce your exposure to radon is a long-term investment in your families’ health and your home.

The NC Radon Program is offering discounted short-term radon test kits for residents of North Carolina. Other short-term radon test kits can also be purchased online for as little as $18 and are available at most home improvement and hardware stores. Additional information can be found at epa.gov/radon.

Join or Renew Your Membership Today: Asheville Downtown Association
Jan 28 all-day
Asheville Downtown Association

Asheville Downtown Association Weekly News

Membership is the cornerstone of the Asheville Downtown Association. By renewing or joining, you are adding your voice to a collective of business, nonprofits and individuals working together for a thriving downtown. Benefits include:

  • Inclusion of your business’ profile in our online business directory
  • Member news and events featured on our website and in our newsletter
  • Business referrals through our website, phone calls and drop-in visitors
  • Collective advocacy on issues that affect doing business downtown
  • Placement of your brochures in our high-traffic brochure rack
  • Networking opportunities at our Member Mixers
Need Help With Water Bills? New Water Assistance Program Could Offer Help.
Jan 28 all-day
online

If you’re behind on your water bill or afraid your water might get cut off, a new resource might be able to help you. On Jan. 4, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners approved more than $450,000 in federal funding for the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). The initiative is aimed at preventing water disconnections and helping reconnect drinking and wastewater services.

The LIHWAP will be administered by Buncombe County-based Eblen Charities. The nonprofit will make payments directly to utilities on behalf of qualifying households. The program is slated to run through Sept. 30, 2023 or until funds are exhausted.

Eligibility requirements

Households that currently receive Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Work First services, or those that received Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) services from Oct. 1, 2020-Sept. 30, 2021, are automatically eligible to receive this benefit if their water services have been cut off or are in danger of being cut off.

For additional eligibility information or to apply, please contact Eblen Charities at (828) 255-3066.

Online Education Programs with The Preservation Society of Asheville + Buncombe County
Jan 28 all-day
online

The Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County (PSABC) was formed in 1976, with interest in preservation sparked by observance of the U. S. Bicentennial, and in response to threats to local buildings and sites posed by neglect, insensitive alteration, and large-scale transportation projects. Disinvestment in downtown, plans for the open cut through Beaucatcher Mountain, and a proposal to turn Montford Avenue into a through street connecting to U.S.19-23 spurred formation of the volunteer group, which quickly incorporated and initiated work as a community non-profit.

Online Education Programs

South Asheville Cemetery by Anne Chesky Smith

From Mountain Crafts to Arts and Crafts by Bruce Johnson

It happened on Chiles Avenue by James Vaughn

and more

Project Linus (Portable Project)
Jan 28 all-day
online

Hands On Asheville-Buncombe has teamed up with the WNC Chapter of Project Linus. Project Linus blankets provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. They are handcrafted by caring volunteers who want a child in crisis to know that someone cares about them. It is hoped that each blanket will become a treasured possession. The gifts of new handmade blankets and afghans lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers” provides a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups for the benefit of children. Blankets are given to the WNC Project Linus chapter for distribution by hospitals, social workers, or police.

Since this project is done from home,we ask volunteers to provide their own equipment and supplies.

SAHC YouTube Channel
Jan 28 all-day
online
Did you know that we have a YouTube Channel?

If you are unable to attend our virtual programs, please know that we record them and upload them to our SAHC YouTube Channel. Be sure to subscribe to our channel so you know when we have new content to share.

Check out this 10 minute video that highlights our active management and conservation work in the Highlands of Roan.

Stay Informed. Sign Up for Buncombe Alerts with CodeRED
Jan 28 all-day
online

A hand holding a phone with an emergency notification on screen

If there’s one thing the pandemic has taught us, it’s to be ready…
Sign up for BC Alerts, and you’ll get emergency information sent directly to you in real time.

Buncombe County residents have a new, customizable solution for receiving notification and emergency alerts. Buncombe County Government is in the initial phase of migrating to the CodeRED community notification system to send important alerts and time-sensitive messages to staff members and residents. Along with emergency and critical messages, the CodeRED notification system will also enhance community engagement via the release of important but non-emergency information such as vaccine site notifications, inclement weather closures and schedule changes, and other county service information.

Sign up for BC Alerts by texting BCAlert (not case sensitive) to 99411 or visit buncombecounty.org/codered to sign up for the new system.

Notice: If residents have previously signed up for BC Alerts, they will need to re-register in order to continue receiving notifications after June. If you have Spectrum as your wireless provider please select Other from the provider list, and scroll down for more frequently asked questions. 

“Upon evaluating our previous notification system and other available options, we chose CodeRED for its innovative features, user-friendly platform, and wide-spread adoption rates across the country,” said Communications and Public Engagement Director Lillian Govus. “Their company-owned redundant data centers help ensure every resident’s data is safe and that messages are delivered quickly and reliably to thousands of individuals within minutes. We’re excited to expand our communication channels with residents to include text, phone, email, and social media platforms, providing the information they need to know to make better informed decisions during an emergency.”

CodeRED Key Benefits

CodeRED will deliver several benefits for residents and enable staff to more efficiently manage and distribute notifications before, during, and after emergency and non-emergency events:

  • Registration for this notification service is customized, allowing residents to choose which alerts they’d like to receive, as well as their preferred channel.
  • Residents can select several different methods including landline, cell phone, email, text message, TTY, or even a combination. These alerts can be specific to streets, neighborhoods or regions, so individuals within affected areas are sure to receive relevant information.
  • Residents and visitors can keep track of alerts in Buncombe County with the CodeRED Mobile App, which notifies smartphone holders of real-time alerts in the area. Similar to the online registration, users choose which notifications they’d like to receive via the app.
  • Staff members can also use the system to communicate emergency information with one another. This will help us ensure our emergency response and daily operations are even more efficient.

All residents are encouraged to visit buncombecounty.org/codered or text BCAlert to 99411 to enroll in the CodeRED system. For more information on the CodeRED notification system or registration, please contact [email protected]. or call CodeRED support at 1-866-939-0911.

2022 Asheville Outdoor Public Space Festivals and Events Brochure
Jan 28 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
online

The City of Asheville’s 2022 Events Brochure is now available on Issuu.com.

 

The brochure is more than just a directory highlighting fun things to do. The festivals and events brochure is a tool to assist the community for vendor, exhibitor, marketing, and volunteer opportunities. Looking for tips on planning an event? The online version contains click-through links to the producing organization or event’s webpage for more details.

 

While the 2022 Outdoor Public Space Event brochure highlights many of the community’s larger, annual public events produced throughout the year, there are many more smaller, varied events as well. To view the full calendar of current permitted events, check out the City’s online calendar at ashevillenc.gov. For a peek at scheduled events still in planning, visit the special events page at ashevillenc.gov/specialevents to access a working calendar in real-time.

Build A Kit for Students
Jan 28 @ 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
online

Before you begin thinking about volunteering, ask yourself – Am I well enough to volunteer?

Your safety and limiting the spread of COVID-19 is everyone’s main priority. We encourage you to review and adhere to the recommendations on the Buncombe County readiness site on how best to avoid COVID-19 and what to do if you think you might have it.


UWABC is committed to collaborating with donors, volunteers, community partners, and those most affected by inequity and poverty to co-create a community where all share equal access to the resources necessary to attain the education, financial stability, and health needed to thrive.

Currently, UWABC is seeking individuals, teams, and corporate partners to support students engaged in learning pods and satellite learning centers by Building Kits that provide resources such as items to support resiliency, personal care packs, school supplies, and more. 

Volunteers will be responsible for purchasing agreed-upon supplies, assembling and delivering the supplies directly to the learning site. Build a Kit items/supplies will be shared with volunteers after responding to the opportunity. 

Build A Kit Options:

  • Art Kits
  • Personal Care Kits
  • Resiliency Kits
  • School Supply Kits
  • Snack Packs

I’m interested, How do I participate?

  • Respond to this opportunity as an individual or as a team.
  • After you respond, a UWABC staff will reach out to share the pre-approved Build A Kit list and timeframe.
  • Think about your price point.
    • How much can you or your team realistically spend?
    • There is no minimum or maximum of kits needed at this time as these items are always needed and welcome.
  • Determine kit options and begin the process of ordering and assembling kits based on the pre-selected and approved lists.
    • Volunteers are asked to only purchase the pre-approved items to ensure each student receives the same items.
  • Coordinate with UWABC staff around delivery location(s) and point person on-site.
  • Deliver kits to a specified location(s).
  • Track all volunteer hours of participating individuals in Hands On.

Health and Safety:

  • This is a remote opportunity and larger groups are responsible for the health and safety of their team members’ participation.
  • Any time groups are together, UWABC encourages volunteers to follow CDC guidelines of:
    • Practicing social distancing of 6 feet apart;
    • Practicing hand hygiene often and wearing gloves when appropriate;
    • Wearing a mask when around other volunteers.
  • We ask volunteers to wear masks when delivering items.
History @ Home – Visit Virtually
Jan 28 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
online
Stories from the House is a virtual tour of our 1840s-era brick mansion as seen through the eyes of many of the people who walked these same hallways over a century ago and whose stories represent a microcosm of the history of western North Carolina.
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.
The South Asheville Cemetery was founded in the early 1800s as a burial ground for people who had been enslaved by the Smith family–the first family to live in what is currently known as the Smith-McDowell House, a c1840s brick mansion that is now our home.
Cook and Serve Meals – ABCCM Transformation Village
Jan 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Transformation Village

Cook teams of 4-6 individuals are invited to bring ingredients and prepare meals onsite or bring meals that have been prepared elsewhere.  To meet our dietary standards, we ask that each meal provides a meat, vegetable and starch.

Requirements:

  • Background Check
  • Brief orientation prior to service
  • Ability to Multi-Task
  • Friendly Demeanor

Health & Safety:

  • We are asking volunteers to wear/bring their own face mask if you have not been fully vaccinated
  • Temperatures will be checked and a COVID-19 disclosure will be signed at the volunteer entrance
  • Before you even begin thinking about volunteering, ask yourself – Am I well enough to volunteer?

    Your safety and limiting the spread of COVID-19 is everyone’s main priority. We encourage you to review and adhere to the recommendations on the Buncombe County readiness site on how best to avoid COVID-19 and what to do if you think you might have it.


    ABCCM Transformation Village provides up to 100 beds of transitional housing and will provide emergency shelter beds, post Covid-19.  Transforming lives is through four developmental phases called Steps to Success including stabilization, life skills, education and reintegration.  We are honored to report that 8 out of 10 leave us with a living wage job and permanent housing.

    Transformation Village gives hope, healing, health and a home to single women, mothers with children, and female Veterans experiencing homelessness.  We provide residents a fresh start and a place to heal surrounded and supported by Christian love, trust, education and companionship.

    We are seeking energetic volunteers to prepare and serve meals for our residents for lunch and dinner. This opportunity provides you with the chance to prepare meals in our commercial kitchen alongside our trained staff while serving the women and children of Transformation Village.