The One Stop Drop Recycling Bazaar will take place on April 17 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Asheville City Market on South Charlotte Street. Asheville Greenworks will be collecting hard to recycle materials such as expired pharmaceuticals, small CFLs, broken down moving boxes, computers, Styrofoam, plastic pots, #5 Plastics, bottle caps, rechargeable batteries, cell phones and more.
Look for a complete list of hard to recycle items accepted at ashevillegreenworks.org.
Don't forget that during the weeks of April 17 - May 1, Buncombe County is encouraging all of us to get out and clean up the County.
A work permit or Youth Employment Certificate (YEC) is required for all youth employed under 18 years of age.
How do they get a Work Permit or YEC?
For more information, contact the Buncombe County Department of Social Services at (828) 250-5500.
Have you received your census form yet?
It should be 10 short questions that can be mailed back in the postage-paid envelope provided. If you don’t mail the form back, you may receive a visit from a census taker, who will ask you the questions from the form. A census taker must follow-up in person with every address that doesn’t mail back the form in order to obtain the responses.
Census Takers will be Going Door-to-Door
If a Census Taker knocks on your door, here are some recognition tips to assure the validity of the employee:
What the 2010 Census DOES NOT Ask
For more information, visit 2010census.gov.
Fraud Awareness Alert Video -- English
During the weeks of April 17 - May 7, Buncombe County is encouraging all of us to get out and clean up the County. We will provide the bags, vests and a free t-shirt to everyone who promises to pick up at least three bags of trash.
Just come by the Commissioners' Office at 205 College Street in Asheville to pick up your bags, vests and shirt anytime Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. between April 19 and May 7.
If you run across any large dumping sites, please report these sites to our Environmental Control Officers at 250-5472.
Mark your calendar now and get out and pick up.
For more information, contact Buncombe County Environmental Control at 250-5472. You can read more about this event in the County's Solid Waste Spring Newsletter below.
Special thanks to Asheville Greenworks for supplying the bags and vests.
Now is the time to start planning for the “In Season” vegetables and fruits. In order to maximize the nutritional value and decrease the cost of eating vegetables and fruits, it is advised to “Eat In Season.”
Here is some advice to make sure you benefit from spring, summer and fall seasonal produce.
For more information on CSA’s, getting your own garden ready, or where you might join a community garden, you can contact Buncombe County Cooperative Extension at 255-5522. Remember, eating more vegetables and fruits is connected to weight management and disease prevention.
Ever wonder what the most popular small fruits for growing in Western North Carolina are? Grapes and berries! They are much more adaptable to the average home garden than fruit trees. They require less space, start producing in a shorter period of time, and generally need less care.
All fruit crops will produce best with full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. Here are the most popular small fruits to grow in Western North Carolina:
For more information, call Buncombe County Cooperative Extension at 255-5522.
A fun and easy way to start going green begins with your family pets. Here's a few tips from fellow pet lovers:
Source: Asheville Humane e-news
The Friends of the Enka-Candler Library will be having a used book sale on Friday, April 16 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on Saturday, April 17 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
There will be a preview sale for Friends members on Thursday, April 15 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Enka-Candler Library. For more information, call 250-4758.
Put play in your day! Join us for a fun, relaxing and active celebration -the YMCA Healthy Kids® Day - on Saturday, April 17 at Carrier Park in Asheville from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The event is free for everyone!
The YMCA Healthy Kids® Day is the nation’s largest health day dedicated to children and families. The event offers families a chance to play together and learn more about ways they can become physically active in their community.
Join us for activities, games, food, music and a nature walk put on by Kids in Parks. Bring your bicycle so you can participate in the Bicycle Rodeo!
More About the Bicycle Rodeo...
The Healthy Buncombe Bicycle Rodeo helps children of all ages and skill levels learn the rules of the road in a safe environment. In addition to teaching basic safety and traffic skills, bicycle professionals from area bike shops will check your child’s bike and helmet for fit and safety.
If your child does not have a bike or helmet they can still participate. Bikes and helmets will be available in a variety of sizes.
Children need to be accompanied by an adult in order to participate and they must be wearing close-toed shoes. No flip flops please! The rodeo event will be held in the parking lot to the far right of the track complex.
For more information about Healthy Kids Day, visit the YMCA’s website or the Kids Friendly Asheville website. To learn more about the Bicycle Rodeo, call 250-6994 or visit www.healthybuncombe.org.
This week we are featuring some Asheville Humane Society animals that need a loving home.
Watch BCTV 2's Pet Adoption PSA.
Please note: If you click on a link to one of the pets below and it doesn't show a picture and description, the pet is no longer available for adoption.
If you are interested in adopting one these fabulous animals, or would like to look at any of the other wonderful animals that need homes, visit the Asheville Humane Society's website. Questions? Call the Asheville Humane Society at 828-253-6807.
Please select the “Recipe of the Week” icon in the sidebar of the eZine if you are interested in entering the contest. If your recipe is selected you will receive a prize!
In 1960, a group of local citizens had the vision of establishing a public garden to showcase plants native to the Southern Appalachian area. Even at that time they were concerned about the loss of biodiversity and the dwindling number of native plant habitats. Thanks to their efforts, the ten acre Botanical Gardens at Asheville (BGA) was born on land owned by what is now UNC-Asheville.
The Botanical Gardens is still thriving and this year will be celebrating the 50th anniversary. Look for special events, educational programs, and special themed guided garden walks.
The first big event will be the 50th Anniversary Party on April 18. For more information, visit the BGA web site at: www.ashevillebotanicalgardens.org.
Looking for ways to “green” your home? Whether you want to reduce your energy use, conserve water, choose environmentally friendly materials and products, reduce your waste, or protect your health, you’ll find suggestions at www.epa.gov/greenhomes.
Find specific ideas for each area of your home with the room by room feature.
The Asheville Earth Day festival will take place on Saturday, April 17, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. in downtown Asheville at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.
The event will feature non-profits, green vendors, craft vending, and food from local and regional vendors, as well as some national and regional musicians.
For more information, visit www.avlearthday.org.
Canning season will be here before we know it so it’s time to get prepared. Don't forget to check your equipment to make sure it is ready for use. Buy new lids to replace the lids used last year. Check your bands and jars to see that they are in good condition.
Check your gaskets and pressure gauges too. Call Buncombe County Cooperative Extension to set up an appointment to check the pressure gauge.
Learn more about canning or just to brush up on the newest information on food preservation from canning to freezing to drying, come to the Canning and Preserving Made Easy program on April 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. This program is an introduction to canning, pickling, making jams and jellies, freezing, drying and storage.
Preregistration is required and the fee of $10 covers costs for materials. Call 255-5522 for more information or to register.