Get ready: Here comes the SoCon Downtown Dribble

Dozens of children will dribble basketballs through downtown Asheville streets Saturday in an event called the Southern Conference Downtown Dribble. And yes, there will be street closures, so check out the map below and plan ahead. According to the SoCon website: “The Southern Conference, Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission and the YMCA of Western North Carolina will be [...]

Busy U.S. Cellular Center growing its audience

Upcoming events at the U.S. Cellular Center include, from left, the Southern Conference basketball championship in March, Bill Maher on Feb. 20 and the Alabama Shakes April 26.     Chris Corl and the U.S. Cellular Center team have their hands full this month. And next. That’s because Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center is on a roll. It will be [...]

Asheville government offices to close for holidays

ART transit service suspended on Dec. 25, to operate on holiday schedule Jan. 1 Asheville City government offices will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 28 and Jan. 1 in observance of the winter holiday break and New Year’s Day. The following is a roundup of services affected by holiday closures. ART transit service City bus service will [...]

Jan Davis Lobby dedicated at US Cellular Center

People gathered at the US Cellular Center on a rainy Monday evening Nov. 9 for the dedication of new Jan Davis Lobby. In August, City Council approved a resolution to name the lobby after their fellow councilman in recognition of his three decades of service and leadership to the Asheville Civic Center. Jan Davis was elected to [...]

US Cellular Center issues open call for volunteer groups

The U.S. Cellular Center is currently accepting applications from qualified volunteer groups to assist in the concessions operations when needed at the U.S. Cellular Center. Recruitment process Applications must be submitted via email to Catie Cuellar, Food & Beverage Manager at or dropped off at the U.S. Cellular Center box office between 10 a.m. and 5 [...]

New public art installation and renovation at U.S. Cellular Center

***UPDATE*** Click below for a video showing how this great piece was installed! A new chapter in the 4-year renovation and updating of the U.S. Cellular Center begins this week with the installation of a new terrazzo floor in the lobby of the Thomas Wolfe Theater. The public artwork, designed by artist Joan Weissman, will be a [...]

Film Festival brings local fare to movie lovers

ASHEVILLE – This year’s Asheville Film Festival: “A Day at the Movies” celebrated productions that were filmed in and around the Asheville area. The one-day, free event showcased “Patch Adams,” “28 Days” and “In Dreams.” Sam Powers, director of Economic Development and of the Asheville Civic Center, described the festival as “a way to fulfill the Civic [...]

City launches interactive recycling kiosk

ASHEVILLE – About two dozen people came out to Tuesday’s official launch of the city’s new interactive recycling kiosk at the Asheville Civic Center. The kiosk – which urges people to “be social, do good” – was funded by a grant from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and was created through a partnership [...]

City of Asheville’s technology roll out increases efficiency across departments

In an organization of more than 1,000 people, speedy and accurate information flow means not only increased efficiency but also real dollars. That’s an underlying theme that emerges when City of Asheville employees talk about the recently launched technology upgrade that provides not only swifter access to data but also easier communication between city departments [...]

Asheville Civic Center awarded $2 million grant by Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority

From the Asheville Civic Center blog: The Asheville Civic Center has been awarded a $2 million dollar grant, to be funded over a 4-year period, from the Tourism Product Development Fund of the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, the City announced today. The grant will help fund a proposed $5.45 million dollar renovation of the Asheville [...]

No-smoking ordinance prohibits smoking on city property starting July 1

Beginning July 1, a revision to City of Asheville’s no smoking ordinance prohibits smoking on all city owned and occupied property. The new language applies to all City of Asheville parks, greenways and the grounds of city municipal facilities. The move is intended to provide a healthier environment for City of Asheville employees and the general [...]

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