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Blues, Brews + BBQ: Fun Wednesday, 4/24, in the River Arts District

Don’t forget to RSVP! http://www.mmsdelivers.com/events.html

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This is worth leaving early from work!

Green Opportunities is an Asheville-founded non-profit that is creating nationally recognized models for job training and hiring practices.  They, along with the Asheville Housing Authority, and other community partners are renovating the historical W.C. Reid Center into a green jobs training and education center. The center will provide people from the surrounding neighborhoods access to education, job training, support services and other resources that help people achieve greater self-sufficiency and empowerment.

Support community development.  Engage with each other.  Attend this great groundbreaking of an historic building and new method of development.  Directions.

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From mural artist Molly Must

The concept of creating a mural in Triangle Park has been the basis of a new partnership between Just Folks, an organization dedicated to preserving local African-American culture & activity downtown, and the Asheville Design Center (ADC), a local non-profit dedicated to community-driven design. Painter and community-arts organizer Molly Must is project coordinator.

Triangle Park is located on South Market Street in the heart of “The Block,” Asheville’s historic black business district. Though situated just 100 feet behind the dense boutiques and storefronts of Biltmore Avenue, the park, and the Block itself, remain relatively unknown to many Asheville residents and visitors despite the area’s geographic significance.

From the late 1800s until the 1980s, the Block served as the economic center of Western North Carolina’s black community, housing hundreds of black-owned businesses. Yet today the Block holds little evidence of this past vitality.

Help get it there through their Kickstarter Campaign!  Make sure you watch the video–it’s wonderful!


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Van Burnette with the Hop ‘n Blueberry Farm in Black Mountain is part of the Greenways, Please video

Greenways, Please video is a collaborative effort of Buncombe County and its municipalities and partners, as well as local businesses and organizations to provide information about the benefits of greenways in a fun format for viewing across the county.  Connect Buncombe is seeking partners to share this 5 minute public service video at theatres, events, and on websites.  Please get in touch to become a Greenways, Please video screening partner.

See it for the first time this Saturday night at the Mountain Sports Festival at Carrier Park around 7:30 p.m. (weather pending).


Asheville Track Club, Hands of Sean Perry Co., Kostelec Planning, WSM Craft, Mother Earth Produce, Equinox Environmental, Montford Walk-In Bakery, Sound Mind Creative, Pollinate Collaborations, Liberty Bikes, Asheville On Bikes, Buncombe County

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This is from GO–this organization is an absolute pioneer in socially just job training and creation.

On the last day of January, Green Opportunities (GO) crew members Giovanni McKnight, Ed Holloman, and Matthew Martinez finished up home weatherization measures for a home on Carroll Avenue, marking the hundredth Asheville residence weatherized through GO’s free home weatherization program.

 Since September 2009, GO has partnered with the City of Asheville, the Western North Carolina Green Building Council, and Community Action Opportunities to provide free home weatherization measures for Asheville residents who earn under 200% of the federal poverty scale. With financing from federal stimulus money and a city of Asheville Community Development Block Grant, GO has been able to employ over a dozen people over the past two and a half years, offering the opportunity for members to gain skills and experience in a growing field while providing up to $6,000 worth of work on each home for free.

Green Opportunities is an Asheville-based nonprofit dedicated to improving lives, communities and the health of the planet through innovative green collar job training and placement programs. The GO Weatherization Assistance Training Team (WATT) is a paid apprenticeship program designed to prepare GO Training Team graduates for clean energy careers while improving the efficiency of houses in low-wealth neighborhoods. Ed Holloman, after his term on the GO Training Team, became the first state-registered WATT apprentice. He’s been gaining weatherization experience in the field as part of the WATT crew, but will soon move on to an apprenticeship with GO’s Home Energy Rating System rater, where his experience on the crew will assist in his mastery of home energy auditing.

Jessie Mae Jones, a recent recipient of GO’s free home weatherization measures, has expressed as much enthusiasm for GO’s dedication to training local residents with barriers to employment as she has for the improvements done to her house. “Everybody that came to help me did a beautiful job; I have no complaints,” she recently testified. “Most of all I’m so thankful that you all are training all races of young [people] today, because we need this.”

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Sometimes pollinators actually, literally…pollinate, in the gardening sense of the word! Sow True Seed is Asheville’s open-pollinated/non-hybrid vegetable, herb and flower seed company specializing in heirloom, certified organic, and traditional Southern Appalachia varieties.  Sow True Seed promotes community sustainability by helping to preserve our shared botanical heritage and seed a new era of sustainable culture and ecological wisdom.

Going local in the gardening community means from seed to harvest — so in 2011, Sow True Seed partnered with ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) to unite farmers, market growers, and home gardeners a their local seed source. Our first initiative with ASAP was their Growing Minds School Program, which seeks to give kids a positive experience with healthy, homegrown food by connecting kids to farms and by creating school gardens so kids can literally watch their seed sprout, grow, and produce.  Sow True Seed provides the seeds for these gardens, as well as offers a percentage of their sales to ASAP when customers submit the code ASAP2011 with their order.

Sow True Seed is a proponent of protecting rare Appalachian heirloom seeds by getting them into the hands of our agriculture community — and in WNC, this means ASAP and their incredible school garden program — to promote diverse and safe (non-GMO) food sources. Way to grow!

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Adrienne Crowther is the reason I was able to move to Asheville.  She hired me at an arts non-profit in 2006, allowing me to move to Asheville and build an amazing network of friends, knowledge of the arts community, and eventually branching out to create my business, Pollinate Collaborations.  Needless to say, I am grateful to Adrienne and she is now a great friend, but that’s not why I’m writing about her.

Adrienne has created an amazing, beautiful business that educates, gives back and serves an amazing, spiritual purpose.  Shine On Brightly (SHOB) is an online gallery for memorial art, including cremation urns, memorial jewelry, memorial glass, hand-bound guest register books, and memorial portraits.  She is also a mom of two amazing women, a dedicated yoga practitioner, runner, cook, music lover and dancer, the most wonderful party guest you could have ask for, and the wife of Hugh Crowther who unexpectedly passed away shortly after she started her business in memorial art.

SHOB has partnered with the respected Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in Asheville, NC, to present a gallery exhibit of creative containers for cremation remains, “Remains To Be Seen: An Out of the Box Look at Modern Cremation Containers.” 

The show opens on August 5, 2011, in conjunction with a scheduled Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk. It will run through September 10, 2011.  The juried exhibit features approximately 40 works of 20 artists who create vessels for cremation remains, and includes works in ceramics, wood, glass, metal, and mixed media.

Artwork you may see at the gallery

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