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We are a one-of-a-kind magazine that provides local, regional, national and international information about women’s lives and education, performing and visual arts and writing, the environment, green living and sustainability and regional Western North Carolina business, people and events. “Villages preserve culture: dress, food and dance are a few examples. As villages grow in population and turn into towns, local cafes make way for large American chains. Handmade leather sandals are discarded for a pair of Western sneakers. Due to its small size, a village fosters a tight-knit sense of community. Justpeace.org explains the meaning of the African proverb, “It takes a village,” by stating that a sense of community is critical to maintaining a healthy society. Village members hold a wealth of information regarding their heritage: they know about the ancient traditions, methods of production and the resources of the land. When villages become dispersed or exterminated in times of war, this anthropological knowledge disappears. Large cities are not as conducive to growing and producing foods such as fruits and vegetables. Villages, on the other hand, usually have ample amounts of land and other resources necessary for growing conditions.” The Importance of Villages by Catherine Capozzi Our Mission SheVille.org provides readers with information important to women’s lives and well-being. We focus primarily on the areas of education & health, business & finance, the arts & the environment. We are particularly interested in local & regional resources, organizations & events.

Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center

Lake Junaluska has always been known as a place of spiritual enrichment, leader development and transformation. We continue that mission with a renewed commitment to offering new opportunities for worship, study, leadership development and events that encourage all to a commitment to Christ and enable growth as disciples. We host events that challenge the mind and heart. There are opportunities for mission, evangelism, worship, nurture and spiritual enrichment. Lake Junaluska’s mission is to provide hospitality, creativity and excellence in everything that we do. Come and join us this year!

800-222-4930
www.lakejunaluska.com
Haywood County, NC


WNC Green Building Council

 

Western North Carolina Green Building Council

WNCGBC is a 501C3 non-profit organization whose mission is to promote environmentally sustainable and health conscious building practices through community education. What is Green Building? Green building, or sustainable design, is the practice of increasing the efficiency with which buildings and their sites use energy, water, and materials, and reducing building impacts on human health and the environment over the entire life cycle of the building.

Green building concepts extend beyond the walls of buildings and can include site planning, community and land use planning issues as well.  Why is Green Building important? The growth and development of our communities has a large impact on our natural environment. The manufacturing, design, construction, and operation of the buildings in which we live and work are responsible for the consumption of many of our natural resources. WNCGBC PO Box 17026 Asheville, NC 28816 Phone: 828.254.1995   Email: info@wncgbc.org    Western North Carolina Green Building Council

 
 

 


Arts/ Craft: Education

Asheville Area Arts Council

Mission: To unify established creative professionals and organizations into a collaborative and thriving sector, to cultivate emerging grassroots entrepreneurs through direct financial support and access to opportunities, and to enhance the profile and visibility of our unique culture.

In 2011 AAAC moved to THE ARTERY in the River Arts District of Asheville. The ARTERY is a multi-purpose exhibition and event facility serving as headquarters for the Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC), a visitor center, classroom for a wide range of workshops and programs, display space for fine art and various crafts, rehearsal space for performing artists and groups, and presentation space for small events. Unique, independent projects are also welcome.  828-258-0710  www.ashevillearts.com


 

Asheville Puppetry Alliance

Asheville Puppetry Alliance brings puppetry in all its forms to Western North Carolina. The organization emerged when several nationally known puppeteers settled in this area. APA was established to celebrate puppetry, an art form that is ancient, contemporary, ever evolving and enjoyed by all ages in all cultures. We promote puppetry by educating our public about the origins and development of the art form and introducing them to a variety of puppet styles. We also act as an umbrella organization for artists in Western North Carolina and beyond, to produce new works.
828-628-9576
www.ashevillepuppetry.org
Buncombe


 

Asheville Quilt Guild

In Western North Carolina, surrounded by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Asheville Quilt Guild is a group devoted to promoting beauty through the art of quilting.

www.main.nc.us/AQG/
Buncombe


HandMade in America’s mission is to grow handmade economies through craft, cultural heritage and community assets. We envision a thriving region that leverages the distinctive cultural assets of its people and the spirit of community. HandMade in America primarily works in 22 counties in Western North Carolina, serving many of the region’s small towns and communities.

We believe in the power of the handmade to transform both individuals and communities. We believe in building partnerships and economies in a culture that nourishes. HandMade is comprised of The HandMade in America Foundation and The HandMade in America Community Development Corporation, both 501-(c)-3 nonprofit entities.

Click here for our website 125 South Lexington Avenue, Suite 101 Asheville, NC 28801 (828)252.0121

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Homegrown Handmade

Art roads and farm trails of North Carolina. Experience distinctive communities and breathtaking rural countrysides from the coast to the foothills. Travel along back roads to sample fresh goat cheese and scuppernong wine, artists’ studios and sidewalk cafés.

www.homegrownhandmade.com/
Buncombe


 

North Carolina Arts Council

A strong arts infrastructure across the state — with more than 2,500 nonprofit arts organizations and a program that ensures funding to all 100 N.C. counties — provides opportunities for citizens to experience the arts in their own communities and contributes to vital and vibrant cities and towns.

Across the state there are more than 1,000 arts facilities in cities and towns. Abandoned textile mills, warehouses, banks, department stores, churches and schools, for example, have been converted to art centers, theaters, museums and artist studios so our cities vibrate with the energy of the arts; and our rural communities reach deep into their roots and celebrate their unique traditions.The arts have been a catalyst for downtown and neighborhood revitalization since the early 1980s. Many new major art centers have opened in our larger cities across the state in the last two years. A proposed new program, SmART Cities/SmART Towns will encourage cities to use the arts as a catalyst for community transformation.   NC Arts Council Website

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Open Hearts Art Center

Open Hearts Art Center is a non-profit art education program located in the rich arts based community of Western North Carolina. We are dedicated to serving adults with a variety of challenges, which include but are not limited to, developmental, mental, physical and emotional disabilities.These unique individuals are able to reach their full potential through creative techniques such as, music, drama, dance, creative writing, painting, ceramics and animal therapy. Through the arts a challenged individual may: discover new ways in which to express themselves, gain self-confidence, and increase awareness of their individuality. Visit Us

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Pack Place

Where arts, education and entertainment meet.Pack Place is a place for everyone! A vibrant centerpiece of downtown Asheville and the keystone cultural facility in the Pack Square Cultural District, this bustling complex includes the Asheville Art Museum, Colburn Earth Science Museum, Diana Wortham Theatre, The Health Adventure and the YMI Cultural Center.
828.257.4500
www.packplace.org
Buncombe


 


Animal/ Wildlife NonProfit

  • Under contract with Buncombe County and the City of Asheville, Asheville Humane Society’s animal care professionals operate the Buncombe County Animal Shelter, the safety net for any lost, abandoned, or relinquished companion animal in Buncombe County. After 72 hours or less in the county shelter, all other costs of housing, evaluating, treating, rehabilitating, feeding, fostering, publicizing and preparing an animal for adoption are paid by Asheville Humane Society with privately raised funds.
  • We operate our Adoption and Education Center next door to the shelter entirely on donations and adoption fees with help from volunteers. We receive no government funding for our Adoption Center.
  • We operate the only open admission animal shelter in our community. We never turn our back on a lost, abandoned or relinquished animal.
  • We use private donations to pay for lifesaving medical care of sick and injured animals in the shelter so they can be adopted.  
  • We accept all animals regardless of health, age, temperament or beauty.
  • We partner with local, regional and national adoption placement partners to save lives.
  • Your financial gift stays local and helps the homeless animals in our community.
  • We have a proven, professional track record of compassionate care and progressive programming that has saved thousands and thousands of animal lives since 1984.  Asheville Humane Society Website
 
 
 

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The Mimi Paige Foundation 

The Mimi Paige Foundation was established in 2001 as a not-for-profit organization under Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code by concerned residents of Western North Carolina. We are indeed a small volunteer organization with a big mission and a large heart. Our mission quite simply is to drastically reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats in Western North Carolina  www.mimipaigefoundation.org

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Nature Center

The Nature Society, now known as the Friends of the WNC Nature Center was formed in March 1975, and together with Center staff developed the Nature Centers mission: To educate the public to the natural history and ecology of the Southern Appalachians. The Friends serve as a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the Nature Center.
(828) 298-5600
www.wncnaturecenter.org
Buncombe

 


Wild for Life 

Our Mission at Wild for Life – Center for Rehabilitation of Wildlife,is to provide qualified, professional care, housing and nutrition to injured and orphaned wildlife until they can be returned to their native wild habitats; as well as, educate the public regarding native wildlife, wildlife habitats, conservation and preservation of the precious environment we share.
828-665-4341
www.wildforlife.org
Buncombe


Submissions

How to submit material to SheVille for publication

We are continually interested in what is happening in WNC, what is of interest or necessity, what ideas, events and projects are out there, and who’s doing whatever that is good, fun, noteworthy, interesting, entertaining, inspiring, dot dot dot. We especially are looking for material that matches our mission and one of the primary content areas of the magazine. If you have a question about contributing to SheVille of WNC, just send us an email describing what you’d like to send in and we’ll get back to you shortly. Due to volume, and because we have a small staff, we can accept only original material that has been previously editorialized and accepted for publication or published already. We hope you understand. 

Send everything to info@sheville.org.

All material submitted to SheVille of WNC remains the property of the originator.

 


Animal Shelters/ Foundations


Asheville Humane Society

Asheville Humane Society is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization focused on saving lives of homeless animals. The organization is governed by an active, volunteer Board of Directors and supported by more than 3,000 active donors. Asheville Humane Society contracts with Buncombe County and the City of Asheville to operate the Buncombe County Animal Shelter.

On September 14, 2010, the Animal Care Campus for Buncombe County opened. The campus has two, separate facilities: the Buncombe County Shelter and the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center. The Buncombe County Animal Shelter houses the Buncombe County Sheriff Department’s Animal Services division, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College’s Veterinary Medical Technology program, and the shelter for animals in transition. Asheville Humane Society contracts to operate the sheltering program. Asheville Humane Society transfers adoptable animals into their immediately adjacent Adoption Center through the Walk of Life which connects both buildings and is responsible for saving the lives of more than 1,500 dogs and cats annually through adoption placements.
828.761.2001
www.ashevillehumane.org
Buncombe County


Brother Wolf Animal Rescue

Here at Brother Wolf, we rescue dogs and puppies, cats and kittens from local shelters, owner surrenders, and those who are strays. By taking these animals into our homes, we are able to provide them with a loving, nurturing environment where we can learn a lot about a particular pet. We get a good feel for what an ideal family would be for a particular pet, because we spend so much time with them. In addition to all the emotional care we provide, all of our pets are treated for any pre-existing medical conditions, such as heartworms or broken bones (just to name a few), and are spayed/neutered.

As you may be aware, the pet overpopulation problem in the Southern states is overwhelming. On a daily basis, hundreds of perfectly adoptable dogs, including puppies, are euthanized simply because there is no where for them to go. Brother Wolf Animal Rescue has created a program where we partner with local shelter and pull litters of puppies whenever possible.
(828) 779-6130
www.bwar.org
Buncombe County


Welcome to the Mimi Paige Foundation. Since 2001 we have been celebrating the human-animal connection in its many forms. Our goal is to advocate for responsible pet ownership through education and awareness. Through our public awareness campaign and the celebration of the importance of the human-animal bond, we hope to promote respect and compassion not only to our pets but to all.

The Mimi Paige Foundation was established in 2001 as a not-for-profit organization under Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code by concerned residents of Western North Carolina. We are indeed a small volunteer organization with a big mission and a large heart. Our mission quite simply is to drastically reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats in Western North Carolina. www.mimipaigefoundation.org

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Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation

Our mission is to save animals from euthanasia in the Haywood County Animal Control facility (HCAC). Unfortunately, the number of animals who arrive at HCAC is so great that they can only remain there for a limited time before room must be made for more arrivals. We rescue those healthy and adoptable animals who are in danger of euthanasia.

Sarge’s challenge is that there are far too many animals needing rescue, nearly 3,000 in 2009. Our goal is for all healthy and adoptable HCAC animals to be placed in homes. We currently save many pets by placing them in local foster homes while we try to find permanent homes for them. If you would like to find out more about becoming a foster home please call us.
828-246-9050
www.sargeandfriends.org
Haywood County Region


Local Food Guide

Local Food Guide published by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project

ASAP helps create and expand local food markets that will preserve our agricultural heritage, give everyone access to fresh, healthy food, and keep our farmers farming. Our mission is to collaboratively create and expand regional community based and integrated food systems that are locally owned and controlled, environmentally sound, economically viable, and health-promoting. 828-236.1282      WNC Region    Click here for the Local Food Guide

 

 


Arts/ Craft : Visual

Asheville Area Arts Council

Mission: To unify established creative professionals and organizations into a collaborative and thriving sector, to cultivate emerging grassroots entrepreneurs through direct financial support and access to opportunities, and to enhance the profile and visibility of our unique culture.

In 2011 AAAC moved to THE ARTERY in the River Arts District of Asheville. The ARTERY is a multi-purpose exhibition and event facility serving as headquarters for the Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC), a visitor center, classroom for a wide range of workshops and programs, display space for fine art and various crafts, rehearsal space for performing artists and groups, and presentation space for small events. Unique, independent projects are also welcome. Visit our website or call 828-258-0710

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Arts 2 People is….

a non-profit social service organization devoted to promoting the role of the arts as an integral part of our culture by serving the entire community througharts outreach, bringing the arts to those in nedd of the healing power of art, supporting the careers of artists and through community cultural development.

Visit our website

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Black Mountain Center for the Arts

“Ours is a community arts center with a mission of “bringing arts to the people and people to the arts.”

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts (BMCA) was the dream of a small group of visionaries, who in 1993 organized and found a way to save the Old City Hall from destruction. They obtained the building, raised over a million dollars and succeeded in renovating the 6,000-square-foot facility into a welcoming and vital landmark. BMCA was incorporated in 1995 and opened its doors in October 2000. In 2009, the Old City Garage was also renovated and made into a clay studio behind the main building. This community arts organization has sought to create a physical place for the arts to come together and flourish in the Swannanoa Valley in Buncombe County. See our website for more information

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HandMade in America’s mission

is to grow handmade economies through craft, cultural heritage and community assets. We envision a thriving region that leverages the distinctive cultural assets of its people and the spirit of community. HandMade in America primarily works in 22 counties in Western North Carolina, serving many of the region’s small towns and communities.

We believe in the power of the handmade to transform both individuals and communities. We believe in building partnerships and economies in a culture that nourishes. HandMade is comprised of The HandMade in America Foundation and The HandMade in America Community Development Corporation, both 501-(c)-3 nonprofit entities.

Click here for our website 125 South Lexington Avenue, Suite 101 Asheville, NC 28801 (828)252.0121

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Angles of Approach by Holly Iglesias

Publisher comments regarding Angles of Approach: It’s unusual to call a book of poetry a ‘page turner, ‘ but this collection, with the knocking and jostling of words that mark the peculiar rhythm and appeal of the prose poem, is just that. Iglesias has an uncanny ability to capture whole sweeps of history in a few lines, while her eye and ear for the quotidian result in the characters pulling us from one remarkable incident to another as if they had physically taken us by the elbow, whispering urgently.–Marie Harris
Holly Iglesias is the author of Souvenirs of a Shrunken World and a critical work, Boxing Inside the Box: Women’s Prose Poetry.


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