Earlier this month, I asked y’all, our wonderful readers, to share some of the positive things you’ve accomplished during the pandemic. And let me just say: reading through your thoughtful responses really brightened my mood. It’s wonderful to see how much cool stuff y’all have been able to do + make happen, and in the spirit of sharing the ripple effect genuine positivity can create, I want to share some of this goodness.
• “I started a couch-to-5k running program near the start of the pandemic and have worked my way past that up to 9 miles, mostly trail running in Bent Creek and on the MST. Since celebrating birthdays isn’t really an option anymore, I’ve decided to celebrate mine by running my first trail half-marathon on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail on September 20th!” — Micah N. • “After many years of procrastination, I’m finally taking online piano lessons from Asheville Music Schooland absolutely loving it!” — Donna B. • “I dusted off my 1967 Kenmore sewing machine & have made over 300 cloth masks for friends, family and Masks of Love WNC. With all of my other jobs & activities grinding to a halt, it’s felt really good to have some purpose and be of service to my community.” — Molly K. • “I have learned to sew from Stina Anderson, the most amazing and cool seamstress. She owns ARTeries mobile boutique in West Asheville. I’ve learned everything from buttonholes, pillow covers, mending clothes, makeup bags to upcycling a men’s shirt into an apron! It’s been so fun to learn and create!!!” — Damaris P. • “I started practicing yoga daily. I’m on day 67!” — Erin M. • “Scanned old family photos to be able to share digitized versions with everyone.” — Carol K. • “I have reconnected with many, many dear friends who are scattered all over the US whom I’ve known (but most of whom I haven’t seen) for 50+ years using Zoom, which I had not used before the pandemic. Our 2+ hour talks have been delightful! Who had time for that before?” — Karen R. • “Organized my precinct to get out the vote reaching all of our voters.” — Diane A. • “A beautiful garden. I planted about 20 shrubs, 2 trees, and So. Many. Plants. For a first year gardener, I think I did an amazing job. And it’s beautiful.” — Brenda C.
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Open ○ Customizable salad + grain bowl eateryTasty Greens (2 Town Square Blvd. #160) is officially open. Helmed byThirsty Monk founder + CEO Barry Bialik, the restaurant focuses on healthy, nutrient-dense fare. The restaurant is located in Biltmore Park Town Square in the front of Monk’s Flask. 🌱 (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Closed ○Flipside Boardshop has closed its doors after 21 years, moving online to better fit the needs of their customer base. The Maggie Valley spot remains open for those who want to shop in store, and their online store will be fully functional soon. The phone number remains for any questions + product needs. Reach them at (828) 254-9007. 🛹
Civic ○ Yesterday, Asheville City Councilinterviewed the six candidates for the seat vacated by Vijay Kapoor. The Council City chose Antanette Mosley as its appointee. Antanette received the four majority votes necessary to be elected. ○ The City of Asheville has launched Reimagining Public Safety, an initiative examining how public safety services can promote racial equity + economic inclusion. The first of nine listening sessions took place yesterday. They’re gathering community feedback through in-person drop-in sessions, virtual community meeting dates, and an online survey. The second listening session is today from 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m.
Community ○ Over the weekend, folks joined forces for a car wash to help Jax, the three year-old son of a Henderson County law enforcement officer. Held at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Hendersonville, the event raised funds to help the family pay for the surgery + medical care necessary to treat Jax’s aggressive cancer. Want to help out? Donate to the family here. 💸 (WLOS)
Asked ○ We’re asking for your help to shape the future of AVLtoday. We’ve launched a Reader Feedback Survey to help us better understand who you (our readers) are + what you would like to see in AVLtoday. It takes just a few minutes to complete – and, you can enter to win $100 just for participating. Click here to take the survey.
Trending ○ If you’re anything like us, you’re rabidly binge watching Netflix’s Cobra Kai. While you’re oohing + ahhing over all the faces you recognize, there’s a few new ones that may also look familiar because they’re from right here in Asheville: Hannah Kepple plays Moon and Susan Gallagher plays Homeless Lynn. If you see them out + about, show them no mercy with your socially distant compliments. 🥋 (Asheville Citizen-Times)
FeaturedDeal ○ Hosting a virtual event? Now through 9/30 we’re offering 25% off all event listings. Submit your event here and guarantee that it’s included in our daily newsletter and website. Use promo code 25VIRTUAL at check out. Ⓟ
Events ○ Live Marbling at Majik Studios| Wed., Sept. 9| 3-3:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Watch the extraordinary process of marbling live with Majik Studios + try it at home. 🎨
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.
You asked for more giveaways, and more giveaways you shall receive.
This month, we’re giving away $3,000 towards a relaxing weekend getaway. Whether you want to watch the leaves change over the mountains, or take in the sunset while the waves crash over the ocean with a Mai Tai in-hand; the choice is yours.
One grand prize winner will be receiving $3,000 in funds to cover your getaway essentials, including but not limited to:
• Lodging • Spa treatments • Local shopping • Babysitting fees to leave your kiddos at home • Gas and travel expenses
So, who needs an escape? Here’s how to enter:
1. Head over to our website and enter your name, email address and zip code in the giveaway form. You can enter up to once per day + share our giveaway with your friends now through Wed., Sept. 30, 2020 to earn additional chances to win. 2. Bonus (+3):Shareour giveaway with all of your local friends, family or colleagues using your unique link (found on the entry confirmation page). Every person that enters the giveaway using your link will count as an additional 3 entries into the giveaway, increasing your chances to win. 3. Bonus (+1): If you’re not already following us, follow uson Instagram by clicking the link found on the entry confirmation page. You’ll score an additional entry into the giveaway just for following.
One winner will be chosen at random and announced in our newsletter on Oct. 1.
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○ Check out the latest COVID-19 stats for NC from the Department of Health and Human Serviceshere. As of Tuesday afternoon, 2,641 cases and 72 deaths have been reported in Buncombe County.
○ $800,000 in funding for families in Buncombe County struggling to pay for childcare and other costs is now available after the maximum income to receive money from the Federal CARES Act was raised. A family of four must make under $78,600 to be eligible, and a family of two must make under $51,720. Any vouchers received will expire in December. (WLOS)
○ Restrictions on North Carolina daycareswill be loosened when a new piece of legislation becomes law. Employee background checks will no longer be required, employees won’t need first aid or CPR certification, and there will be no requirement to report COVID-19 cases to health officials. (News & Observer)
○ Asheville City Schools has paused food distribution due to the continued community spread of COVID-19. While officials said no COVID-19 clusters have been reported in the district, they did say they have been impacted by the spread. Families should reach out to school social workers if they are in need of resources. Distribution is paused through the end of the day today, and officials will make an announcement about Thurs. and Fri. (WLOS)
○ The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients is dropping in spite of case clusters at state universities + colleges. Health officials note that younger people are less likely to develop complications from the virus that require hospitalization. However, rising cases increase the likelihood of community transmission. As of last Fri., 955 people in NC were hospitalized for COVID-19. (News & Observer)
○ The Avery-Mitchell Correctional Institution reported 68 cases of COVID-19 in one day, bringing the total number of cases to 86. It’s the largest cluster of cases in a congregate living setting in that area, according to Toe River health officials. (WLOS)
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