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RAD Artists Plan Busy December

December is a festive time to stroll through Asheville’s River Arts District. This month’s Second Saturday will be held December 11, with many artists offering holiday exhibitions and sales, demonstrations and refreshments.

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Arts Education Performing Arts

Franklin School Drama Club Presents Annie Jr. to Benefit Regional Nonprofit

“Even though Annie Jr. takes place in the 1930s during the Great Depression, the show relates to the current pandemic and the effect it has on jobs and stability in our society,” says director and FSI middle school theater instructor Chris Martin. “It ties in with our focus at FSI on service learning with its connection to homelessness and the Western Carolina Rescue Ministries.”

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From the Editor: December 2021

It’s the time of “city sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style.” We’ve filled our December issue with seasonal delights and the usual exciting events throughout Western North Carolina.

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Lifestyle Wellness

Spotlight On: Safelight

Safelight is the only nonprofit organization in Henderson County offering comprehensive programming for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. “We have evolved from a strictly crisis-driven agency to one that develops and delivers long-term services addressing community needs for survivors,” says executive director Lauren Wilkie.

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The Laurel of Asheville lifestyle magazineThe Laurel of Asheville lifestyle magazine is available in both print and digital editions

We are delighted you have chosen us to be your gateway—both through our popular print Asheville lifestyle magazine and our website—to the arts, culture, and communities that comprise the remarkable area that is Western North Carolina. In these pages, you will find behind-the-scenes stories about the region’s concerts, theatre and dance productions, festivals, restaurants, artists, and the multitude of locally-based businesses. We also enjoy bringing you features about the people and organizations who are caring for those in need, protecting our historic heritage, preserving our rich and diverse environment, and nurturing our cultural soul.