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Spring is finally here! There was a brief brush with a little more cold and a threat of flurries and snow, but for the most part, that went unrealized. It’s time to get out your spring apparel and enjoy all that this beautiful area (western North Carolina) has to offer. Happy Spring!

❤️ Katrina Morgan, Editor

In This Issue

A Henderson County family uses solar glasses and a homemade pinhole viewer during the solar eclipse.

  • Afro-Cuban Band Headlines LEAF Retreat

    The spring LEAF Global Arts Retreat features rhythmic sounds of Cimafunk and other headliners.

  • Henderson Extension Office Highlights Eclipse

    The Henderson County Cooperative Extension Center hosts an eclipse party to spread awareness of its services, offering a prime viewing location and hands-on educational activities for families attending the partial solar eclipse event.

  • Opposition to STR Ban Organizes

    Real estate associations are organizing to resist attempts by Buncombe County to make it more difficult to own and operate Airbnbs. What is being called a ban is based on the assumption that converting short-term rentals to permanent low-income housing will substantially mitigate the county's affordable housing crisis.

  • Buy Local: ASAP!

    Many foods from Big Agra are lacking the nutrients these same foods had in the past, but locally grown foods offer more nutrients, cost savings, and also help to support our local farmers and artisans, and our local economy. ASAP is bringing it all together.

Upcoming Events

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo. Photo provided.

  • The Western North Carolina Orchid Society has announced its partnership with the North Carolina Arboretum for the 23rd annual orchid extravaganza, where more than 1,000 award-winning blooms will be showcased and available for sale. This year, the Orchid Society is offering a special sneak peek on April 12 from 4-8 p.m., giving attendees early access to the festival. For more information and updates on the event, you can visit the Asheville Orchid Festival’s news story or the festival website.
  • Join the Songwriter Sessions at The Brandy Bar on April 17 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm for an evening of original songs by Roger Brown, Annie Wenz, and Charlie Wilkinson. This free event takes place inside the historic building and brandy bar, offering a unique listening room atmosphere. Experience the natural acoustics and enjoy the music in this beautiful setting. For more information and to add the event to your calendar, visit The Brandy Bar’s website. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy live music in a special venue.
  • Join us for an After Hours Wine-Down on April 11 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Collab Coworking in Weaverville. This happy hour social networking event for professionals happens on the second Thursday of each month. Connect, unwind, and enjoy some wine in a relaxed and collaborative environment. Visit the Facebook event page for more details and to add it to your calendar. Don’t miss this opportunity to build your network and relax after work at Collab Coworking.

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