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Spotlight On: Family Preservation Community Services

A nonprofit child placing agency located in downtown Asheville, FPCS works in several WNC counties to place children in therapeutic and family level foster homes. “Our agency implements a trauma-informed approach in helping youth and their families during times of behavioral and/or emotional difficulties,” says Chelsea Korynta.

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Communities Visual Arts

Habitat At Home Photo Contest Runs Through May 15

“This contest calls attention to opportunities for habitat restoration at our homes and it gives people the chance to inspire each other,” says Rose Jenkins Lane. Photographs must be taken in 2021 at your home or in your neighborhood and must feature at least one of the following: native plants, wildlife habitat improvement projects and/or wildlife.

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Lifestyle Sustainability

Earth Day 2021: A Time for Optimism

Earth Day, an annual event rooted in promoting environmental awareness and sustainability policies throughout the world, will be celebrated on Thursday, April 22. While the 51st anniversary of this global event takes place during a time of deepening concern about the health of our planet and its people, a sense of optimism abounds.

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Outdoors Sustainability

Climate City: Go Green, Save Green

Solarizing a home in Buncombe County has never been easier thanks to a new campaign spearheaded by the Blue Horizons Project, a Green Built Alliance program focused on clean energy. The organization has launched Solarize Asheville-Buncombe, an initiative that will provide homeowners, businesses and nonprofits with solar energy through a bulk-purchasing program.

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Arts Education

MFA Thesis Exhibition at WCU

The WCU Fine Art Museum at Bardo Arts Center will offer its annual MFA Thesis Exhibition in a virtual format this year. The exhibition runs from Tuesday, April 13, through May 7, with a virtual reception on April 15.

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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.