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Open ○ We Rock the Spectrum – Asheville, a children’s gym for kids with autism + special needs, opened Sat. at 63 Turtle Creek Dr. Though it caters to children with special needs, the gym offers an inclusive experience for kids of all abilities. In accordance with NC COVID-19 regulations, they are open at a limited capacity for pre-booked time + private rentals. ⚽️
Civic ○ The shroud around the Vance Monumentwill not be replaced after it was removed by strong winds last week. The scaffolding will remain in place until the Vance Monument Task Force makes a recommendation to the city and county about what to do with it. The Task Force will present its recommendation in three months.(WLOS)
Number ○ $216,811. The focus grants approved by the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina for regional nonprofits. Grants were awarded in areas including early childhood development, the arts + local agriculture. These are the first grants from CFWNC in its focus areas since the beginning of the pandemic. 💰 ○ 900. The total miles two Tennessee hikers will walk to raise $60,000 for Great Smoky Mountains National Park Preventive Search and Rescue. The experienced hikers are documenting their “Tour de Smokies” on their website, and you can support the fundraiser by making a donation here. They started their journey last Friday night. 🥾
Arts ○ The Asheville Art Museum will reopen this Saturday to the general public. Per Phase 2.5 guidelines, the museum will be open for visitors at 50% capacity. Museum members can visit beginning tomorrow. 🖼️
Community ○ Looking for book clubs, exercise opportunities, gardening how-to’s + more? Your local library has a class on that. Check out Buncombe County Library’s Sept. schedule for more information on free virtual classes, from lectures to workouts, discussions, and more.
Ranked ○ ICYMI, UNC Asheville was recently featured in The Princeton Review’s 2021 edition of the Best 386 Colleges. Based on student surveys, the school scored a 93 (out of 100) on quality of life + 91 for its green initiatives. 👏 Ⓟ
FeaturedJob ○ Eaton Corporation is hiring for manufacturing positions at all skill levels. Jobs include positions in assembly, machine operation, paint line operation and manufacturing supervisory rules. Visit their careers website to learn more about pay, benefits and how to apply. Ⓟ
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Live in Asheville? The City is looking for new folks to serve on the Multimodal Transportation Commission. The commission’s goal is to further, advance, and promote a comprehensive and integrative transportation system that incorporates multimodal concepts – think greenways, bike + walking corridors, buses, highways, and more.
You have until this Friday to throw your hat in the ring. Apply here (and check out other open boards + commissions here). 🚴 🚌 🚶
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○ Check out the latest COVID-19 stats for NC from the Department of Health and Human Serviceshere. As of Monday afternoon, 2,643 cases and 72 deaths have been reported in Buncombe County.
○ Testing frequency for nursing home staff will now be based on percent positive rates in their counties, according to new federal guidelines. That means that most facilities will have to test their staff more than the state’s requirement of twice a month. (News & Observer)
○ Did you receive a Lost Wages payment last week? The funding is a short-term replacement for unemployment benefits that expired at the end of July. $322.7 million in funding was set aside for NC, and last Thurs. was the first day of distribution. Eligibility is based on whether you qualify for $100 weekly state or federal unemployment benefits and whether you are fully or partially unemployed. (Winston-Salem Journal)
○ Who’s calling, please? Scammers have been posing as health department contact tracers on the phone and via text + email. DYK: Legitimate contact tracers will never ask you for your Social Security Number or any of your financial information. Actual contact tracers will appear on your caller ID as the local health department or NC OUTREACH, and texts will be from 45394. (News & Observer)
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