Habitat Hikes Support Women Build

Hike for Habitat returns with a fall hike series presented by Jennifer Pharr Davis. In-person guided hikes will take place Sept. 15-18 that will raise funds for Women Build — Habitat International’s program that empowers women to build affordable housing in their communities.

To date, 15 Women Build houses have been built in Buncombe County by Asheville Area Habitat, and another is currently underway in Habitat’s New Heights neighborhood in West Asheville.

Hand-picked routes by Pharr Davis, an internationally recognized hiker, author, speaker, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and new appointee to the President’s Council of Sports, Fitness and Nutrition, will offer various trail lengths and locations to meet many abilities.

The minimum suggested donation to participate is $250, of which 100% of will go toward Asheville Habitat’s Women Build program.

All participants will be invited to a kick-off event on Sept. 15 at Smokey Park Supper Club, 350 Riverside Drive.

To register, visit: https://blueridgehikingco.com/overnights/hikeforhabitat. To support Women Build, visit ashevillehabitat.org.


“Craft Your Commerce,” a Mountain BizWorks entrepreneurial program in partnership with Center for Craft and UNC Asheville will take place Sept. 10 to Oct. 8.

The fall virtual series is titled “Beyond the Studio” and will focus on financials and operations. The series will take artists out of their studio and aim to educate them on positive business health through workshops that focus on legal, insurance and financial issues.

The series consists of six interactive workshops that can be taken separately, as well as a five-week business development course, starting on Oct. 18 called “Alpine for Creatives.”

Presenters include Sarah Benoit, co-founder and lead instructor of JB Media Institute, LLC; Michael Lane, director of lending from Mountain BizWorks; John Verrault, senior Vice President of TD Bank; Dr. Katherine de Vos Devine, owner of de Vos Devine Law; Veronica Edwards, CPA of Balanced Virtually Accounting; Reggie Tidwel, owner of Curve Theory; Carrie Cleveland, program manager of CERF+; and Brett Binford, owner and director of Mudshark Studios.

“These six workshops intentionally set creative businesses up to thrive by helping creatives gain an understanding of best business practices and how to gain more profit,” said Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith, Craft Your Commerce project manager.

Recognizing that the economic setbacks of the pandemic are still present, Mountain BizWorks continues to offer a a pay what you wish (PWYW) option.

“We do not want price to be a limiting factor in order for creative entrepreneurs to benefit from our programs,” said Kareen Boncales, director of Entrepreneurship at Mountain BizWorks. “In effect, we are trusting attendees to pay what they consider to be a fair price given their economic situation.”

Mountain BizWorks is requesting a minimum donation of $5.

For more information on the upcoming workshops, a virtual mixer is planned for Friday, Sept. 10. The event will blend a networking opportunity with an introduction to the upcoming instruction.

To register, visit CraftYourCommerce.com. SPICED TEA A NOD TO APPALACHIA

Spiced Apple Butter tea is the latest offering from Asheville Tea Company.

The rich, robust flavor is a blend of rooibos tea, apples, cinnamon, cloves, and orange and lemon peel.

“There is something very special about the fall in the Appalachian Mountains,” said Jessie Dean, Asheville Tea Company founder. “We want to capture that in a cup for our new fall blends, so we handcraft unique recipes that highlight the incredible ingredients grown right here in our region. ”

A 2021 fall tea gift box is available that features the company’s Spiced Apple Butter, Elderberry Yaupon and award-winning Chocolate Habanero Chai teas.

For more information, visit www.ashevilleetacompany.com.

Download App to Report Crime

TIP2APD, a mobile application and texting tool implemented by the Asheville Police Department, allows the public to share anonymous tips with police and lets officers respond back to create an anonymous two-way conversation.

Report tips related to incidents that include abuse, violent crime, narcotics activity, assistance identifying armed robbery suspects and more.

If residents would like to remain anonymous while submitting non-emergency crime information, they can download the new TIP2APD phone app by searching “Asheville PD” in the app store. The app is available to both iPhone and Android users.

Individuals without a smartphone can share information with police by sending an anonymous text tip via their cell phone by texting keyword TIP2APD and their message/tip to 847411.

The TIP2APD tool is only for non-emergencies and is not a replacement for 9-1-1.

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