Accio Books Drive!

Thursday, April 7th 2016 - 12:00 am - 11:30 pm at The Hop
640 Merrimon Ave #103

The Asheville Harry Potter Alliance wants your books! We’re collecting your unwanted or unneeded books for Accio Books, a book drive which will send the donations to a new community library in Uganda. We are specifically looking for books that include main characters or authors that are people of color. Any books that we are unable to send to Africa will be donated locally to The POP Project. We have book drop off locations at The Hop on Merrimon, Wyvern’s Tale, Retro Games in downtown Canton, Asheville Savings Bank downtown, and Orbit DVD. You can also come to any of our events listed below!


*April 13th at The Hop on Merrimon from 6-9pm for our opening event.

*April 23rd at Spellbound Books from 5-7pm for a World Book Night event

*April 30th at the Waynesville Branch of the Haywood County Public Library from 10am-4pm for Library-Con

*May 18th at the Canton branch of the Haywood County Public Library at 4pm for our Accio Books closing event.


Dining Out For Life

Thursday, April 28th 2016 - All Day

Join 98.1 the River and restaurants across the region supporting the Western North Carolina AIDS Project for Dining Out For Life. It’s simple – eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner at participating restaurants, and a portion of your tab will be donated to WNCAP.  You’ll also have a chance to make additional donations right from your table.

Jewelry Appraisal Fair

Saturday, April 30th 2016 - 11:00 am - 4:00 pm at Team Estate Sales
3697 Asheville Hwy

Christian Richart of Spectrum Appraisal will conduct a Jewelry Appraisal Fair to benefit the American Cancer Society Sat, April 30, 2016. The Fair will take place from 11 AM until 4 PM at 3697 Ashville Hwy. in Mountain Home $10/1, $25/3 max 3 items.

Gardening Without Chemicals

Wednesday, May 4th 2016 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville
1 Edwin Place

Meghan Baker, agricultural agent, NC state agricultural extension agency, will explain how to make your own garden flourish without chemicals.

WNC Sierra Club — Wenoca Chapter’s mission is to explore, enjoy and protect the planet. To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out those objectives.

Weaverville Art Safari

Saturday, May 7th 2016 - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm at Downtown Weaverville
N Main Street

On May 7-8 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., the Weaverville Art Safari hosts a free self-guided tour of regional artists’ studios. More than 50 acclaimed artists showcase their newest collections. A downloadable brochure is available at

Weaverville Art Safari’s mission is to support local artists and attract visitors to the vibrant art community on the northern outskirts of Asheville, NC.

Jesus Gets The Gameball/Crossover Cancer

Friday, May 13th 2016 - 9:00 am - 5:30 pm at AC Reynolds High School
1 Rocket Drive

We host a basketball tournament each year in May. The proceeds are generated through entry fee for teams, concessions, and donations. All funds are donated to women who are currently fighting cancer, and are having a hard time financially. This year the tournament starts at 6:30 on Friday and ends at 5:30 on Sunday.

Downtown After 5

Friday, May 20th 2016 - 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Downtown After 5
North Lexington Avenue at Interstate 240

Join the River with the Asheville Downtown Association for the season’s first Downtown After 5, featuring headliner CHA WA, merging Indian chants with front-porch blues. Their infectious and dazzling stage show is often described as “funk with feathers.”  You’ll have a chance to win admission to the River Insider’s Lounge too!


Music for the Sole 5K Trail Run!

Saturday, June 4th 2016 - 9:00 am - 10:30 am at AC Reynolds High School
1 Rocket Drive

The A.C. Reynolds High School Band is having its Second Music for the Sole 5K Trail Run on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 9 a.m.  This exciting event will bring together music lovers and trail running enthusiasts as it benefits the school’s marching band.  The first 250 participants who register for the race will receive an event t-shirt.  Runners may pick up packets at the school, 1 Rocket Drive, Asheville, on Friday, June 3rd from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm outside the band room.  Packets may also be picked up before the race, starting at 8 am Saturday morning.  To register go to

Music for the Sole


Boojum Fest 2016

Friday, June 10th 2016 - 10:00 am - 10:00 pm at The Imperial
117 Main Street

Boojum Festival 2016 at the Imperial, Canton

The schedule of events

  • Friday night, June 10th from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm music, food, and beverages at The Imperial, its porch, courtyard and sidewalk.
  • Saturday, June 11th from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm local arts and crafts, music, local stories and legends, farmer tailgate market and Boojum Scavenger Hunt. These events will be located at the Imperial Hotel, Smathers Square, Main Street and throughout the historic downtown district.
  • Sunday, June 12th, the event will move to Canton’s Camp Hope (possible birthplace of the Boojum) for family oriented event


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