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Good Tidings at new, ethical pop-up shop | A grand opening holiday sale will take place through Dec. 28, 2018, at Ware, a new sustainable retail store in Downtown Asheville, via More> | Or visit Ware's new website at More>

World-class chamber music Nov. 11 | Now in its 19th season, Pan Harmonia featuring local flutist Kate Steinbeck will perform at the Biltmore United Methodist Church, Sun., Nov. 11, 2018, at 3 p.m. Details and ticket info at More>

October 11th political alert: Learn about six proposed constitutional amendments | The League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County and the 28th Judicial District Bar invite involved citizens to get schooled with "Six Proposed Constitutional Amendments: What do the Democrats and Republicans have to say?" Free event open to the public, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Oct. 11, 2018, at the Buncombe County Judicial Complex. Location and details about this important non-partisan political event at More>

Garlic Fest Oct 6, 2018 | From noon to 6 pm on Oct. 6, 2018, the 5th WNC Garlic Fest will be held in Downtown Asheville. This free celebration, founded by Sow True Seed, aims to please all who enjoy garlic and want to know more, via More>


The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival Jan. 25–28, 2018 | AFAF is an annual performing arts, multiple venue festival: More>

  'One Term More' adds music — and parody — to the political discourse | "The ballot box of freedom" takes center stage. (Special thanks to botany author, artist, activist and A-B Tech instructor Peter Loewer, a.k.a., for this link to More>

LiveWire Asheville | Interactive calendar of Asheville's very much alive performing arts scene | More>

Asheville mayor Terry Bellamy to run in newly formed U.S. 10th Congressional district | Via More>

Buncombe-wide 2011 election results | Holding onto his office by only 35 votes in a recount, conservative incumbent city council member Jan Davis squeaked by progressive candidate Lael Gray; progressives Marc Hunt and Chris Pelly won impressively as they beat out Mark Cates, who was exposed by PARC as the Tea Party's stealth candidate; newcomer Saul Chase pulled up in last place: More>

Nov. 8, 2011, ELECTIONS UPDATE: Buncombe sales tax increase to benefit AB Tech wins by 492 votes | Election results: More>

Asheville City Council approved the controversial Downtown Asheville Master Plan | For article by MountainXpress, entitled "Plan D," Click Here> | For the Downtown Asheville Master Plan, as well as other Asheville City Plans via, Click Here>

Public comment for transit master plan ends Sept. 29, 2009 | Not much time allowed to read and respond; if citizens want to make their voices heard, time is a'wastin' to submit comments to the recently revealed final draft of the Asheville Transit Master Plan. Only two weeks have been allowed (Sept. 15 to 29) for the public to read, digest, think, and write their responses to the City of Asheville concerning the recently released master transit plan. To view the final draft, Click Here> | For more info about the Asheville transit system, visit or Click Here>

It's Goombay all day today | Goombay 2009! street party big on reggae. ON AUG. 25 & 26, 2009, the free Goombay street party is open to everyone. This annual event in Downtown Asheville is sponsored by YMI Cultural Center. For Fri. and Sat. schedule of events, visit or Click Here> | For article, Click Here>

NC tax-free weekend, Aug. 7, 8 & 9 | Lots of back-to-school sales, too. What qualifies for the tax savings are specific, such as clothes, school supplies and computers under specific dollar amounts. For the lowdown on how to lower your state sales tax on what you purchase this weekend,visit or Click Here>

City council candidate Jenny Bowen at The Vortex Cabaret on Aug. 8 | A campaign rally for city Asheville council candidate Jenny Bowen will feature a night of political theatre at Eleven on Grove on Sat., Aug. 8, 2009, 9 p.m. to midnight, she will present her brand of politics at 11 Grove Street in Downtown Asheville and will ask for your vote in her bid to become a city councilmember this fall. For Jenny Bowen's party details: Click Here> | For more info about Bowen, go to Blog Asheville or Click Here> | For directions to the rally at the Grove House, visit or Click Here>

The Garage at Biltmore | Music, beer and fun, and a calendar of events:

Vote in MTX's 'Best of WNC' poll
It's the mountains' favorite contest
MountainXpress requests area citizens to vote online for their favorite of everything local. This annual survey of crowns "Best in Western North Carolina" individuals and businesses in dozens of categories. Although it may be perceived as a popularity contest, it's taken serious by many who want their businesses and organizations to be recognized. This year's deadline is 9 p.m., Aug. 18, 2009. To be counted, citizens are asked to vote in at least 30 categories; one survey per person is requested. | To cast your vote for your favorites and friends, visit or
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Asheville artist Perry Houldich | Photo: Byron Belzak 

37th Annual Village Art & Craft Fair well-attended
Thousands enjoyed a well-attended display of handcrafted works on the grounds of the Cathedral of All Souls Church. Of the 125 artists and artisans, 15 artists exhibited for the first time at the fair, included Asheville artist Perry Houlditch. | For more 2009 fair photos,
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   14 candidates file to run for mayor and city council | Four candidates filed to run for the Asheville mayor, and 10 candidates filed by the July 17, 2009, deadline to run for the available slots on city council. The 14 candidates who have filed to run will first face off in the Oct. 6, 2009, primary, followed by those who qualify in the Nov. 3 general election. Challenging incumbent Asheville mayor Terry Bellamy are Shad Marsh, Denise Pendleton, and Robert Edwards. Competing for open Asheville City Council seats are incumbent Carl Mumpower, Cecil Bothwell, incumbent Kelly Miller, Esther Manheimer, Larry D. Chastain, Ryan D. Croft, J. Neal Jackson, Gordon Smith, Cesar Romen, and Jenny Bowen. Current city councilmember Robin Cape will not seek re-election. Former city councilmember Holly Jones, who is now a seated Buncombe County Commissioner, has openly supported city council candidate Gordon Smith. | For details about municipal elections, visit or Click Here>

Downtown Asheville's Bele Chere | Gone but not forgotten

Bele Chere 2009: Dancing and romancing
| Photo: Byron Belzak

31st annual Bele Chere is now history
The memories remain about the music, fun, food and people. Complete details about
the much-loved, and, yes, often-maligned, Bele Chere is available online. This city-sponsored, three-day event is Downtown Asheville's largest free street party of the year. It was back to being a FREE street party; no paid entertainment this year. It appeared to be gentler, kinder, smaller event. | FOR FESTIVAL DETAILS, visit or
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Bele Chere: Crystal & Chris / Photo: Byron Belzak

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