The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced the Asheville Art Museum as one of six recipients of the 2022 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Over the past 28 years, the award has celebrated institutions that are making a difference for individuals, families, and communities. Selected from 30 national finalists, the 2022 National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners represent institutions that provide dynamic programming and services that exceed expected levels of service. Through their community outreach, these institutions bring about change that touches the lives of individuals and helps communities thrive. Learn more.
Champion Credit Union has announced it’s been named to the Great Employers to Work for in North Carolina 2022 list by Best Companies Group, a BridgeTower Media Company. Champion Credit Union ranked 10th in the Medium company category and was selected based on a detailed survey of its employees. Best Companies Group’s annual award program identifies and honors the best places of employment in North Carolina. The ranking is based on an anonymous employee survey and an analysis of their responses about corporate culture, training and development, salary and benefits, and overall employee satisfaction. “We are blessed to have an exceptional group of employees who care for one another as if they are family,” said Jake Robinson, President/CEO of Champion Credit Union. See the complete list of the Great Employers to Work for in North Carolina 2022.
Earlier this month, Mountain Credit Union partnered with MANNA Food Bank to provide meals that will help end food insecurity in the 16 counties of Western North Carolina. From June 1 through June 8, all seven Mountain Credit Union branches accepted donations of non-perishable food items. Various canned, bottled, boxed, and bagged foods were collected. Through the eight-day campaign, the food drive received an enormous amount of food, donated mainly by Mountain Credit Union members and staff. A sizeable monetary donation was also collected. After gathering the food and money from the different branches, representatives from the credit union took the collection to MANNA Food Bank, where employees weighed it. Through the efforts of Mountain Credit Union staff and members, the donation amounted to 1,468 pounds of food and $575.00 in monetary donations. Every dollar donated helps provide four meals for people across WNC facing hunger, and along with the 1,468 pounds of food will provide over 3,500 meals. Learn more about MANNA.
Montford Park Players, an Asheville theatrical tradition, has announced their upcoming production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. All performances will be held at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre at 92 Gay Street in the heart of Asheville’s historic Montford District, from July 15 through August 13 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7:30 pm. Montford Park Players will keep its audiences at 50% capacity, distanced and masked as appropriate. In order to keep it safe, only those with tickets will be allowed at each performance. Tickets are available at montfordparkplayers.org and are, as always, FREE.
It’s the 56th Season of Shindig on the Green, presented by the Folk Heritage Committee with Headlining Sponsor Alan’s Jewelry & Pawn/Finklestin’s! A joyously spontaneous celebration of traditional and old-time string bands, bluegrass, ballad singers, big circle mountain dancers and cloggers on summer Saturday evenings in downtown Asheville, NC is back for 2022. Stage show and informal jam sessions. Pack Square Park on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage. Bring your instruments, lawn chairs or blankets, family and friends. June 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; August 13, 2022. Free. Info: www.folkheritage.org or (828)258-6101 x345.
AdventHealth has welcomed Timothy Bell, RN as the Director of Surgery Services for AdventHealth Hendersonville. Bell brings his leadership skills and his motivation to provide safe, competent, and compassionate surgical care to his role at AdventHealth Hendersonville. Bell’s career in surgical services began 31 years ago as a perioperative transporter and has steadily progressed to his current role as the Director of Surgery Services. A native of Western North Carolina, Bell earned his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC and went on to earn his master’s degree in Nursing Leadership from there as well. Learn more.
Asheville Outlets has announced the opening of Lee | Wrangler, bringing together two of the most iconic and beloved denim brands under one roof. The new store will offer amazing prices on a wide array of Lee and Wrangler denim and casual apparel for men and women. Learn more.