This year, MANNA FoodBank proudly celebrates 40 years of setting the table with a compassionate community that makes up the safety net of hunger relief for WNC. Thanks to the extensive network of community compassion, MANNA is happy to announce that they have hit a major milestone in its 40th year: the MANNA network has distributed over 300 million pounds of food since food distribution first began in 1983. This equates to a staggering 250 million meals provided to people in WNC over the last four decades. MANNA will celebrate the last four decades throughout the year—including a big celebration planned for later this year!—so stay in touch through MANNA’s monthly email, Fresh News, and on their social media channels to be the first to know about upcoming events.
DMJPS, the local NC CPA + Advisory firm, has announced the firm has been recognized by Accounting Today’s Top 100 Firms annual report with two top rankings. DMJPS is named one of the 2023 Southeast Regional Leaders and climbed to #2 in the 2023 Fastest Growing Firms in the U.S. list. Accounting Today’s Fastest Growing Firms are ranked by their growth rate and DMJPS ranked #2 of 25 firms throughout the country. DMJPS was the only firm with North Carolina headquarters recognized on the fastest-growing list. DMJPS reported a firm growth rate of 71.95%. In addition, DMJPS was recognized as one of 29 firms ranked as a 2023 Southeast Top Firm in Accounting Today’s Regional Leaders list. Read more.
Mountain Mural Tours has announced its lineup of tours for Spring 2023 – adding new stops at the latest murals throughout Asheville’s thriving urban art scene. Mountain Murals offers private tours for groups of friends, family reunions, or company team-building sessions. They also host a Street Art and Sips Tour, perfect for bachelor and bachelorette parties or anyone who wants to enjoy art while sampling local beers, ciders, and wine. Their signature tour provides an exploration of public murals and creative graffiti from the River Arts District, or RAD, through downtown. Read more about Mountain Mural’s lineup here.
The Monte Vista Hotel in Black Mountain is celebrating Music Mondays on Monday, April 3 at 6 PM featuring Liz & Elizabeth and drink specials. For reservations call 828-669-8870.
Join Julieta Fumberg for Playing With Watercolors for Beginners in the RAD on April 12 from 5 – 7 p.m. Even if you have never tried watercolors, this is the perfect opportunity to play and experiment with materials. All materials included. The class will go through 2 sets of activities, and you will leave with a little masterpiece and knowledge and how to use watercolor paint. Tickets are $55. Register here.
On April 15, the Asheville Symphony will present a concert of distinctly American orchestral music as part of its season’s Masterworks concert series. “Masterworks 6: New World” features Dvořák’s “New World Symphony” alongside Du Bois’ “Fanfare on We Shall Overcome” and cellist Amit Peled performing Herbert’s inspirational “Cello Concerto No. 2.” Led by Maestro Darko Butorac, the concert takes place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 15 at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Soloist Amit Peled will join the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. An internationally renowned cellist, Peled has been praised by “The Strad” magazine and “The New York Times.” Peled is acclaimed as one of the most exciting and virtuosic cellists on the concert stage today. Having performed in many of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Tickets for “Masterworks 6: New World” range from $25–75, and reduced youth pricing is available. Tickets can be purchased online at ashevillesymphony.org, by phone at 828-254-7046, in person at the Asheville Symphony office at 27 College Pl., Suite 100, or at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville Box Office in downtown Asheville.
Join Julieta Fumberg on April 20th for a night of Art and conversations. Located at her studio off of Depot Street from 5 – 7 PM, with new pieces of artwork she’s been working on – a recent focus making large pieces that connect with the audience in an elevated, more profound way. Learn more.
The Music Academy and Rock Academy of Asheville is celebrating with the Asheville Outlets at the Summer Camp Expo on May 6th from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. This expo is a fun day for kids and families, with live music, refreshments, and activities for all ages. This event is also an excellent way to promote your summer camp, business, or organization. It will be featured in upcoming issues of WNC Parent, and the Asheville Outlets will be promoting the event as well. If you’re interested in registering for a booth the cost per interactive booth is $125 for businesses and $75 for non-profits – you may bring as many representatives from your organization as will fit in your 10 x 10 tent space. Vendors in direct competition with the stores at Asheville Outlets are not permitted. Sign up over the phone by calling Dena Clark at 828-252-1888. Don’t hesitate to contact Dena if you have any questions or need more information.