Plus, commemorate Dr. Albert Hofmann's hallucinogenic ride home.
 
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Sunrise 6:55 a.m. | Sunset 8:04 p.m.

 
Be a force of nature on Earth Day
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Asheville GreenWorks will keep busy with cleanups and fundraisers. | Photo by Gary Peeples
Every year on April 22, Earth Day is marked by an estimated one billion people in 192 countries. Whether they’re planting tree, attending educational events, or supporting fundraisers, participants work to do their part in keeping our world green and clean. So get ready to clean up your act and celebrate Earth Day in Asheville.

Lend a hand

Earth Day Cleanup | Saturday, April 20 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Various locations, Asheville | Free | Sign up for this Buncombe County Parks and Recreation-sponsored cleanup to pick up litter, help with landscaping or planting, join trail work, and more at either Buncombe County Sports Park or Lake Julian Park.

Earth Day Celebration + Volunteering | Sunday, April 21 | 2-5 p.m. | Root Cause Farm, 26 Joe Jenkins Rd., Fairview | Free | Get your hands dirty for a good cause — help plant 6,000 vegetables to feed the community and enjoy free seeds + soil to take home and grow.

Get creative

Plants and Paints | Saturday, April 20 | 2 p.m. | The Mule, 131 Sweeten Creek Rd., Ste. 10, Asheville | Free | Fill your garden beds with seedlings and saplings from Asheville GreenWorks, enjoy food trucks and drink specials, and play with recycled paints and repurposed canvas from DecoEarth + LEAF Global Arts’ Easel Rider.

Four runners stand in front of the Earth Day 5K sign at the inaugural event at 2023.

Spend some time running in nature.

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Photo via Green Built Alliance

Party for a cause

Earth Day FundBlazer | Saturday, April 20 | 5-8 p.m. | Foundation Studios, 27 Foundy St., Ste. 10, Asheville | Free | Explore info about local environmental advocacy organizations, listen to live music, and enjoy an art display from Hannah Rothstein, limited edition print sales from Asheville Fine Art Printing, and a cannabis booth by Golden Goat Gallery — all in support of Asheville GreenWorks.

2nd Annual Earth Day 5K | Saturday, April 20 | 10 a.m. | Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Rd., Asheville | $25-$40 | The race will support Green Built Alliance’s programs and provide educational opportunities for engaging with the community’s commitment to 100% renewable energy.
 
Asked
 
During sampling in the French Broad Watershed, what was the most common type of microplastic that MountainTrue found?

The official theme of Earth Day 2024 is “Planet vs. Plastics” — but let’s see how much you know about plastics a little closer to home.

A. Fibers (e.g. fishing line, synthetic clothing, nylon rope)
B. Films (e.g. plastic bags, candy wrappers, food packaging)
C. Fragments (e.g. hard plastics, bottles, styrofoam)
 
 
Events
 
Tuesday, April 16
  • Fundamentals of West Coast Swing | Tuesday, April 16 | 6-6:50 p.m. | Stephens-Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave., Asheville | $12 | Step onto the dance floor to learn the basics — no experience is needed.
  • Dark City Poets Society Poetry Night | Tuesday, April 16 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Oak & Grist Distillery, 1556 Grovestone Rd., Black Mountain | Free | Share your poems or sit back + listen — $1 from every classic cocktail goes to the Black Mountain Library.
Wednesday, April 17
  • The Amazing World of Plants | Wednesday, April 17 | 4-5 p.m. | West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Rd., Asheville | Free | Little ones can learn from the North Carolina Arboretum about what makes a plant a plant, how plants make their food, and which species call WNC home.
  • Open Mic Night | Wednesday, April 17 | 6-8 p.m. | Wagbar, 320 Merrimon Ave., Weaverville | Free | Bring your furry friends for a weekly showcase of local talent (and some delicious treats).
Thursday, April 18
  • Farm Workshop: Tropical Perennials as Temperate Annuals | Thursday, April 18 | 1-3 p.m. | SAHC Community Farm Event Venue, 180 Mag Sluder Rd., Alexander | $20 | Join The Utopian Seed Project’s Chris Smith to cover the care of crops like taro, turmeric, and sweet potato.
  • Bicycle Day Eve Grateful Dead Dance Party | Thursday, April 18 | 7-11 p.m. | One World Brewing - West Asheville, 520 Haywood Rd., Asheville | $10 suggested donation | Dance the night away to commemorate Dr. Albert Hofmann’s 1943 bicycle ride after becoming the first person to intentionally ingest LSD.
Friday, April 19
  • An Elevated Dining Experience | Friday, April 19 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Bear’s Smokehouse Barbecue, 135 Coxe Ave., Asheville | $89 | Take a seat for an indulgent, four-course menu paired with hand-crafted cocktails from Chemist Spirits.
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10 Vrbos so amazing, they won 2024’s “Vacation Rentals of the Year”
The Paradise Found Vrbo in Florida, seen from the back with its expansive pool, palm tress, and outdoor living room.
Yes, all of these incredible houses are available to book. | Photo of Paradise Found via Vrbo
Vrbo released this year’s list of Vacation Rentals of the Year, and we can’t stop looking at these incredible homes.

Ranging from $711 to $4,750 a night and built to accommodate a crowd, these Vrbos were made to host the next big family vacation or group trip.

Sedona, Arizona: Palatial Paradise Estate
  • Heated infinity pool, game room, outdoor fireplace
Sand Lake, Michigan: Sandy Lakehouse
  • Pickleball court, bikes, paddleboards, and kayaks
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: Casa Acantilado
  • Ocean-view bedrooms, cliffside sauna, hot tub
 
News Notes
 
Opening
  • The deli is on a roll, so lettuce celebrate. Zella’s Deli announced the grand opening of its new space at 2372 US 70 in Swannanoa, the former site of Loott House. Get your fill of sandwiches and soups starting Monday, April 22.
Civic
Award
  • The Asheville Museum of History selected David Joy’s “Those We Thought We Knew” as the winner of the 2023 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. The award, which recognizes printed works with a WNC focus, has been given annually since 1955. Get tickets for the 70th annual award presentation on Thursday, April 25.
Community
  • The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority announced the opening of the 2024 Tourism Product Development Fund (TPDF) grant cycle, which provides financial assistance to nonprofit and government organizations for tourism capital projects. Register for the info session on Wednesday, April 17.
Cause
Regional
  • Don’t go chasing this waterfall. The Ramsey Cascades Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be closed Mondays through Thursdays, from now until Thursday, Nov. 14. The closure allows the National Park Service trail crews to finish the rehabilitation work that began in 2022.
Travel
  • Asheville Regional Airport announced that Alexandra Farmer will serve as the new Chief Operations Officer, following current COO Michael Reisman’s retirement in June. Farmer is currently the Airport Operations Director for Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Try This
Home
  • Lower your energy bills before summer. Renewal by Andersen® will replace old windows with beautiful, energy-efficient windows — get a free quote and shop a limited-time spring savings event.*
 
 
Shop
 
Get derby-ready with Six & Main
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Giddy up. Whether you’re going to the Kentucky Derby or hosting a watch party, we have the perfect items from local makers to make the day special.

There’s no such thing as too many accessories. Arrive in style with this blue and white equestrian scarf and a pair of Babloo earrings.

Be everyone’s favorite attendee. Taste the Bluegrass state with a special Kentucky Derby Macaron Box featuring flavors like Bourbon Ball and KY Chocolate Walnut Pie.

Test your bartending skills making a Mint Julep in these solid brass cups. Keep the vibes going at home with this clean mint and sugar scented candle – a simple reminder of the southern classic.

You may bet on horses, but you don’t have to bet on being Derby-ready with our full shopping guide. Keep browsing here.
 
The Buy
 
This sleek outdoor side table that doubles as a cooler, perfect for the warmer days ahead. Pop the top off to reveal ice and your refreshing beverage of choice.
 
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The Wrap
 
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From the editor
Sometimes life needs a new perspective. Now, you could take that advice figuratively and start studying other cultures and worldviews — or you could take it literally and sign up for Flow at Foundy’s handstand workshop. Turn your wellness journey on its head (well, hands) on Sunday, April 21.
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