Miniature Arrangements Topic September Class

Ikebana International of Asheville will host an ikebana demonstration at the Folk Art Center, 382 Blue Ridge Pkwy., on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 10:30 a.m.

The program will focus on creating a grouping of miniature ikebana arrangements that use a single material in different ways. Ikebana, translated from Japanese as living flowers, is a flower arrangement known worldwide for its grace and beauty.

Instructor Kay Storck of the Sogetsu School will lead the class. Storck began her ikebana studies after moving to North Carolina in 2010. Her focus will be on using just one material to make a gathering of multiple arrangements. The aim is to make each arrangement show a different face and form so that each has its own expression and spirit yet still have a sense of belonging together.

It is recommended that guests planning to attend wear a mask.

The Asheville Chapter of Ikebana International presents a program on ikebana flower design and/or Japanese culture on the fourth Tuesday of every month, February through October.

For additional information, contact Lynn Forbes, chapter president at 828-273-2222 or Membership cost is $75 a year.

Grant Supports Entrepreneurship, Manufacturing in WNC

Dogwood Health Trust awarded The Industrial Commons a general operating grant to further support the organization’s approaches to building economic opportunities in rural western North Carolina.

The Industrial Commons (TIC) establishes and scales employee-owned social enterprises and industrial cooperatives, and supports frontline workers.

The $500,000 grant will help bolster the foundational work that TIC is doing to create more minority-owned and employee-owned-and-operated businesses in the region.

“As we pursue our work in economic opportunity, we are exploring where Dogwood can invest in order to provide a more robust, inclusive and diverse economy for everyone,” said Susan Mims, M.D., interim CEO for Dogwood Health Trust. “This investment in The Industrial Commons aligns perfectly with Dogwood’s goals to build our economic ecosystem and to foster more entrepreneurship across the region, particularly in communities that historically have not had a lot of access to economic development activity.”

UNCA a Niche Best College in America

Niche’s 2022 Best Colleges in America ranks UNC Asheville as one of the best college locations in North Carolina, coming in at No. 2 of 50.

UNC Asheville also lands at No. 2 among eight liberal arts colleges in the state.

In addition, UNC Asheville earns Top 10 rankings in the state for best college dorms, best colleges for English, Psychology, and History, best academics, best professors, safest college campuses and top public universities.

Niche has nearly 500,000 college reviews from students, which it combines with data from the United States Department of Education.

Stitches of Love Continues Donations

Stitches of Love-Asheville is a group of dedicated people who create and donate handmade items to local charities. Even though members have not met in person for months, the group has continued sewing, knitting and crocheting for charities.

The group hopes to resume in-person meetings later this year at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3070 Sweeten Creek Road.

Members meet the second Monday of each month from 7-9 p.m.

If interested in attending a meeting, call Janet Stewart at 828-575-9195.

Project Linus WNC Chapter Seeking Volunteers

Seamstresses or those interested in learning to sew and make children’s blankets are needed.

Project Linus creates and donates handmade blankets to children in crisis that provides a sense of security and warmth in a time of need.

Over the past 22 years, the local chapter has donated more than 82,000 blankets in 13 western North Carolina counties.

Anyone interested in creating crocheted or knitted blankets, quilts or no-sew fleece blankets, may contact Ellen Knoefel at 828-645-8800 or, or Pat Crawford at 828-883-8746 in Transylvania County.

Embroidery Program Explores Japanese Style

The Laurel Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA) will meet in person on Thursday, Oct. 7.

The program will be a presentation on Rozashi gauze embroidery. This type of embroidery originated in Japan in the 8th century and is sewn on silk gauze, using silk threads.

The chapter meets at Cummings United Methodist Church, 3 Banner Farm Road in Etowah/Horse Shoe.

Registration is from 9:30-10:30 a.m., followed by a short business meeting; the program runs to noon.

For information, call Mary Ann Wyatt at 828-681-0572, or Janet Stewart, 828-575-9195.

Asheville City Council Continues Remote Meeting Format

For safety and to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, Asheville City Council meetings remain in remote format and accessible to the public.

The next meeting of the Asheville City Council will be 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28.

Meetings may be viewed at, or on the city’s YouTube channel,

City Council agendas are posted at

Those wishing to listen to the meetings may call 855-925-2801 and enter the code 4956.

Public Comment

People seeking to speak during the meeting must sign up in advance using the online form at, or call the Clerk’s office at 828-259-5900 by 9 a.m. the day of the meeting.

Email comments may be submitted to

Get Ready for Goat Yoga, RAIN OR SHINE

Franny’s Farm, 22 Franny’s Farm Road in Leicester, leads the lineup of goat yoga offerings near Asheville this month.

Classes get underway at 10:30 a.m. and noon on Sundays, Sept. 26 and Oct. 3 and 24.

Located 20 minutes from downtown Asheville, Franny’s Farm presents goat yoga in its big brown barn, so classes happen rain or shine.

Goat yoga is a fun, interactive experience for the whole family. Classes are designed for the beginner, with a focus on breathing, stretching, petting goats and being present. Pictures are welcome throughout the class.

Morning classes, $25; afternoon classes, $30.

For information, visit

Workshops Target Business Side of Art

Craft Your Commerce, a Mountain BizWorks entrepreneurial program in partnership with Center for Craft and UNC Asheville is offering a fall workshop series through Oct. 8, focusing on financials and operations.

“Beyond the Studio” workshops take artists out of their studios and educates them on positive business health through classes 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 beginning on Oct. 18, “Alpine for Creatives.”

“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.

Mountain BizWorks offers the series as a Pay What You Wish (PWYW) option, with a minimum donation of $5.

For more information about the workshops, visit and to save your spot, please visit

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