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September 2019

Plugged in Buncombe: Sustainability Advisory Committee on Energy and Environment

September 18 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
City Hall, 70 Court Plaza
Asheville, NC 28801
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In an effort to encourage Buncombe County residents to get plugged into our local democracy, we want you to join us at advisory board or committee meetings. These meetings are designed to encourage residents’ input on specific community issues at the city and county level. Staff from our organizations regularly attend these meetings, but for the next three months we will serve as your guide to understanding and engaging with these committees. We will be available before the meetings for…

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Rhythm & Brews: Rad Trads and Honey Island Swamp Band

September 19 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Downtown Hendersonville, 201 South Main Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792 United States
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The Rhythm & Brews concerts series brings together live music, great food, and local beer, wine and cider! These FREE concerts close part of South Main Street to make room for all of this fun, as well as a children's area with games and activities. We will wrap up the series on September 19th with Opener: Rad Trads at 5:30pm and Headliner: Honey Island Swamp Band at 7:30pm. The concert will be on Main Street between Allen & Caswell Streets in Hendersonville. We hope to see you there!

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Asheville Urban Tour

September 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Vance Memorial
$5 – $15

Join MountainTrue’s own Chris Joyell, Director of the Asheville Design Center, on a walk through downtown Asheville. While winding through the streets of downtown, Chris will recount stories from Asheville’s history that shaped the city and turned it into the beautiful, quirky place we love today. Much of the city’s unique history is unknown to most Ashevillians, but it spans everything from citizen protests to decades of crushing debt to policies that moved whole communities. While we walk, Chris will also discuss some of the changes Asheville is experiencing today and where this growth could lead us in the future.

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Cherokee Heritage Festival: Native Plant Walks

September 21 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cherokee Homestead Exhibit, 21 Davis Loop
Hayesville, NC 28904
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Free

We will again participate in the Clay County Communities Revitalization Association's Cherokee Heritage Festival at the Cherokee Homestead Exhibit in downtown Hayesville, NC. Enjoy traditional Cherokee dancing, cultural arts demonstrations, storytelling, frybread, singing and flute music during this free festival at the outdoor 17th century Cherokee Homestead Exhibit, one of five attractions along a 2-mile Cherokee History Trail in Hayesville. Featured Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will include nationally recognized storyteller and artist Davy Arch and the Oconaluftee Village dancers,…

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Big Sweep at Westfeldt Park

September 21 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Westfeldt Park, 83 Fanning Bridge Rd.
Fletcher, NC 28732 United States
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Join MountainTrue for the annual Big Sweep clean up - the biggest river clean up of the year! We'll be cleaning up the section of the French Broad from Lazy Otter Outfitters to Westfeldt Park. We will meet at 10:00am at Westfeldt park and then run a self-shuttle to Lazy Otter Outfitters to put in. Plan to bring your own boat, all your own paddling gear, water, sunscreen and food for the day. We will provide trash bags and gloves. Asheville Greenworks will be running clean ups on the sections of the French Broad near Asheville, so we'll join them afterward at the Zen Tubing location on Riverside Drive for awards, refreshments, and to celebrate our accomplishments.

WNC Big Sweep is a partnership of MountainTrue and our French Broad, Green, Broad, and Watauga Riverkeepers, Asheville Greenworks, Mills River Partnership, and RiverLink working together to clean as much litter and debris from WNC waterways in a unified effort.

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Big Sweep on the Green River

September 21 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fishtop Access, Green River Cove
Saluda, North Carolina 28773
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Free

Join MountainTrue's Green Riverkeeper for the annual Big Sweep clean up on the Green River! Paddle with us on the lower Green or support the effort by picking up litter along Green River Cove Road and trails of the Green River Game Lands to help us beautify this special place. Bring your own boat or reserve one of a limited number inflatable kayaks available (first come first serve by reservation).

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Big Sweep on Lake Adger

September 21 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lake Adger Marina, 4585 State Rd 1138
Mill Spring, NC 28756
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Free

Join in to support MountainTrue’s Green Riverkeeper for the annual Big Sweep clean up on Lake Adger! Cruise for litter on your boat, paddle out from the marina, or support the effort by picking up litter at the marina and along the shoreline. Please bring your own water and food for the day while we are out on the clean up, and be prepared for the elements. We'll gather afterward at a local watering hole for awards and refreshments. Contact our Lake Adger Big Sweep coordinator, Jamie Davidson, at jej56789@gmail.com with any questions.

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Guardians of Our Troubled Waters – Film Screening and Panel Discussion

September 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Lake Junaluska Assembly, Terrace Auditorium, 689 North Lakeshore Drive
Waynesville, NC 28745 United States
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Award-winning film director David Weintraub’s new documentary Guardians of Our Troubled Waters, tells the story of our communities and their deep connections to their rivers and streams as a source of spiritual and physical sustenance. With a focus on the French Broad and the Pigeon Rivers, the film presents lessons learned for today’s world.

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High Country Habitation Restoration Workshop

September 26 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Boone Greenway Parking Lot @ Hunting Hills ln, 355 Hunting Hills Ln
Boone, NC 28607
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Free

The High Country Habitat Restoration Coalition is a group of organizations dedicated to stamping out invasive species in the headwaters region of our mountains. Come join a group of experts to learn about one of the worst invasives in the region, and help clean up the Boone Greenway. Meet at the Hunting Hills parking lot, and bring close toed shoes, long pants, long sleeves, water, sunscreen/bug spray and any snacks you might want!

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October 2019

Guided Fall Day Hike

October 12 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Pilot Cove Loop Trail
$5 – $15

Join MountainTrue's Ecologist and Public Lands Director, Bob Gale, for a gorgeous and educational hike through Pisgah National Forest. This hike offers breaktaking views of the fall foliage, and if we are lucky, we will catch glimpses of the Monarch Butterfly migration. We will be hiking the Pilot Cove Loop Trail in Pisgah, which is approximately 4 miles long. The trail starts in a lesser known part of Pisgah National Forest and winds upward amongst the brightly colored sourwood and black gum trees. After opening up onto a beautiful rocky outcrop, the trails travels through recently logged forested as well as much older sections of forest. There are some steep inclines on this trail, but Bob will be making frequent stops to rest and interpret the flora and fauna.

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