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🌎 Explore the world — digitally
A map and compass.
Don’t worry, there’s no map required. | Photo via Pexels
Whether you’re eager to learn more about different cultures across the globe without stepping foot in an airport, or you want to spend your lunch break doing something other than scrolling social media — we’ve got a pretty neat activity for you to try.

Google Arts & Culture, a digital initiative to make the world’s art and culture more accessible, has partnered with 2,000+ cultural institutions and artists to create a free online platform with high-resolution images and videos of art and artifacts.

US Cities

Asheville, NC

There’s no place like home. Explore our foodie-centric mountain town through Google Arts & Culture’s 450+ historical photos and an online collection that was built in partnership with the Moogseum. Plus, check out these museums to visit in-person.

Greenville, SC

See historical moments from this Upstate South Carolina city’s past through ~700 pictures. This 1948 photo of a car auction is pretty neat. Can you identify what type of car is in the photograph?

A red car driving down the road with the Hollywood Sign in the background.

Los Angeles’ famous Hollywood Sign was originally the Hollywoodland Sign, until “land” was removed in 1949.


Photo via Pexels

Los Angeles, CA

Eager for a trip to Los Angeles to experience the perpetually sunny SoCal weather? Before you disembark, learn about the city’s history through a digital selection of 55,000 photos + collections from places like:
Nashville, TN

Check out photos that date back to the mid-1800s, and view a digital collection by the Country Music Hall of Fame that explores everything from Nashville’s 1945-1975 music scene to a story about Loretta Lynn.

International Destinations

Rome, Italy

See some of the very best that Rome has to offer from your living room. The Italian capital’s Google Arts & Culture page consists of 14,000+ photos and 30 collections, including La Galleria Nazionale and Museo Carlo Bilotti.
Wednesday, Nov. 15
  • Aerial Silks Foundations | Wednesday, Nov. 15 | Times vary | Amethyst Realm, 244 Coxe Ave., #010, Asheville | $15-$20 | People of all ages and skill levels can defy gravity during this inclusive class.
  • Asheville FM Live Music Sessions | Wednesday, Nov. 15 | 9-11 p.m. | The Getaway River Bar, 790 Riverside Dr., Asheville | Free | Catch the show from local folk group Blushin’ Roulettes in person, or tune in to 103.3 Asheville FM from 10 to 11 p.m. to hear the set broadcast live.
Thursday, Nov. 16
  • Candlelight: Featuring Vivaldi’s Four Seasons & More | Thursday, Nov. 16-Friday, Nov. 17 | Times vary | AyurPrana Listening Room, 312 Haywood Rd., Asheville | $35-$60 | Bask in the glow of candlelight while taking in the sounds of Vivaldi’s violin concerti performed by the Opal String Quartet.
  • Depths of Wikipedia Live | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 8 p.m. | The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave., Asheville | $22-$35 | Annie Rauwerda, the creator of the popular social media account, will lead the audience through the strangest corners of the infamous website.
Friday, Nov. 17
  • Marble an Ornament | Friday, Nov. 17-Saturday, Dec. 16 | 1-3:30 p.m. | Majik Studios 207, 348 Depot St., Asheville | $30-$50 | Practice marbling on paper before taking your ceramic ornament for a dip in the paint.
  • Mandala Yoga Hike with Tara | Friday, Nov. 17 | 3-5 p.m. | Location shared with registration | $52 | At the end of the two-mile hike, create a mandala with natural treasures you’ve found along the way.
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News Notes
Coming Soon
  • Come 2024, Asheville can expect its first Sheetz. Over the next few years, the convenience store chain is hoping to open five locations in the area. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
  • Give back this holiday season by sponsoring a child or adult through Buncombe County Health and Human Services’ Foster Care and Adult Wish Trees. Find the wishlists, sign up, and follow the instructions for drop-off to help brighten someone’s holiday.
  • Your library card can do so much more than check out books. The Track at Asheville is the latest Buncombe County Public Libraries ZOOM partner — reserve a pass and use the code to make a reservation. Then you and up to three others can zoom for 30 minutes of hot laps in the racing simulator.
  • We know our beer scene is top-notch — and the readers of Craft & Brewing Magazine seem to think so too. Asheville was ranked number four in best beer cities, The Whale made it onto the list of best beer bars, and Burial was ranked in best breweries.
  • Love all things plants? Join the club. Every third Saturday, Art Garden AVL hosts the Plant Club Pop-Up Market, hosting vendors with plants, pots, paintings, and flowers in tow. Stop by this Saturday, Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to eye the bounty of botanical offerings.
  • Listen up, folk fans. MerleFest just dropped the initial lineup for its 36th annual festival, happening April 25-28 at Wilkes Community College. Old Crow Medicine Show, Turnpike Troubadours, The Teskey Brothers, Nickel Creek, and local favorites Steep Canyon Rangers are all on the bill — tickets are on sale now.
Today is
  • America Recycles Day — a nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting recycling. Do your part by pledging to waste less, recycle more (and correctly) + encourage others to join. Download the free AVL Collects app or go online to know what + where to recycle.*
  • Did you know about 20% of Americans suffer from acid reflux (GERD). Don’t let your acid reflux get in the way from eating the foods that you love this holiday season. See your treatment options.*
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  • Looking ahead and considering a career switch in the new year? MB Haynes is hiring for positions including a Refrigeration Technician, Sheet Metal Mechanic – Installer, Assistant Project Manager, Service Plumber, and more. See open jobs + apply.*
  • Say goodbye to fillers and weird ingredients in your dog’s food. Get 50% off your pup’s first order of Nom Nom for fresh, recognizable ingredients they’ll love.*
No Man’s Land Film Festival returns
A woman facing away from the camera staring at the Rocky Mountains in a still from a No Man's Land Film Festival film
A still from the film “Rockies Repeat.” | Photo via No Man’s Land Film Festival
The No Man’s Land Film Festival is on its world tour, sharing stories of women, transgender, and gender-fluid people in adventure sports — and you have two chances to get in on the action locally.

This Friday, Nov. 17, head to Riveter to see a presentation from special guest and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis before sitting in for the screening. Snag a film ticket for $20, or lean into the spirit of adventure and opt for the $30 ticket, which includes a climbing day pass.

MountainTrue will also present the film festival on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at New Belgium inside the Brewhouse. Doors open at 6:30 for the free showing of environment-focused shorts — seating is first come, first serve. Can’t make it in person? No worries. You can register online for a virtual screening too. Since the film fest falls on Giving Tuesday, consider donating to MountainTrue to help our forests, rivers, and communities thrive.
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