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Wicked Plants: The Exhibit Returns to The N.C. Arboretum

Wicked Plants Exhibit NC Arboretum

Plants: They can be beautiful. They can be beneficial. But did you know they can also be deadly?

After five years of traveling around the U.S., the dangerous world of Wicked Plants: The Exhibit, a one-of-a-kind experience designed and created by The North Carolina Arboretum, returns to Asheville. The fun, safe and educational way to explore some of nature’s most toxic flora will be on display at the Arboretum’s Baker Exhibit Center from Sept. 20-Jan. 7, 2018.

See Plants in a Whole New Light

Wicked Plants Exhibit NC ArboretumThe Wicked Plants exhibit provides a comprehensive overview that teaches about botany, health care and wellness in an entertaining, unique setting. Inspired by author Amy Stewart’s best-selling book “Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities,” Wicked Plants features interactive displays in a Victorian-era “home,” where visitors can travel from room to room to learn about various poisonous plants that may be lurking in the most unexpected places: their homes and backyards.

The Wicked Plants exhibit – sponsored in part by Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty – touches on a side of vegetation that’s rarely revealed. Visitors can feel like they’re part of a crime scene investigation in the potions laboratory; they can experience sniffing stations in the bathroom; and they can take a walk through a simulated graveyard featuring some of the most common deadly and toxic plants around.

Creepy but Cool

Wicked Plants Exhibit NC ArboretumSince the exhibit first opened at the Arboretum in 2012, it has gained fans beyond the Asheville area, traveling to museums and science centers across the country including the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Springs Preserve Museum in Las Vegas. Designed to feel a bit creepy, Wicked Plants creates an environment particularly engaging to children, making it easy for families to learn about bloodcurdling botany together.

Beyond its standard daytime exhibit hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wicked Plants will offer special extended hours during the Arboretum’s fourth annual Winter Lights nightly holiday light show (Nov. 17–Dec. 31) for all Winter Lights ticket holders. For more information on Wicked Plants, please visit www.ncarboretum.org. Exhibit admission to Wicked Plants is free; standard Arboretum parking fees ($14 per standard vehicle for non-members) apply.

In conjunction with the exhibit’s return, the Arboretum will host a special reading and book signing by Amy Stewart on Sept. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Arboretum’s Education Center. Tickets are $10 for Arboretum members and $12 for non-members and must be purchased in advance at ncarboretum.org. Parking is included in the ticket price.

The North Carolina Arboretum is located off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 393. From I-26, take Exit 33 and follow Blue Ridge Parkway signs for 2 miles to the entrance ramp.

For more information on living in our area or on Asheville real estate, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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Get a Taste of Fall Fun at Asheville's Fifth Annual CiderFest NC

Local Apples in Asheville for Cider Fest

It’s time once again for the country’s best ciders and meads to make their way to Western North Carolina for the fifth annual CiderFest NC. The popular event takes place Saturday, Oct. 7, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Salvage Station on Riverside Drive in Asheville.

CiderFest, the largest annual fundraiser for the nonprofit WNC Green Building Council, has something for everyone: Sample sips from the nation's best craft cider and mead makers, enjoy small bites from popular local food producers, and enjoy kid-friendly fall activities along the French Broad River.

Tastings and Tunes

CiderFest will feature local bands and buskers throughout the riverside venue as well as an eclectic mix of local arts-and-crafts vendors. There will be an interactive kids zone with hands-on educational activities and eco-friendly crafts. The festival will also offer the opportunity to learn all about hard ciders: Tasting and Festival Guides will be available to highlight differences in cider, ingredients and origins.

New to CiderFest this year will be a limited number of VIT (Very Important Taster) tickets, which offer early entry to the event beginning at noon to enjoy exclusive access to cider, mead and artisanal food tastings before the crowds arrive. VITs will also receive free parking on-site at the Salvage Station, as well as a complimentary commemorative CiderFest NC snifter.

Growing Over the Years

Cider Fest NC AshevilleCiderFest NC, which has more than tripled in size since it began four years ago, is a carbon-neutral event and will be offsetting the event's footprint for each ticket holder through contributions to the Appalachian Offsets program, which is currently fundraising to install a solar system on the roof of Isaac Dickson Elementary School.

Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty, a sponsor of CiderFest, has been a longtime supporter of the nonprofit WNC Green Building Council and an ardent advocate for green building in Asheville. Started in 2013 as a fall fundraiser for the WNC Green Building Council, CiderFest expected to serve about 60 people locally produced apples, cheeses and hard cider. Instead, the festival sold out with 400 attendees and has since come to be regarded as the premier cider festival in the state.

For attendees 21 and older, admission is $33 in advance and $45 the day of (space permitting), and includes a CiderFest NC tasting glass. Designated driver tickets are $15, and guests 20 and younger are free. Limited-quantity VIT tickets are available for $50. On-site parking fees are based on the number of people in the car: $10 for one, $5 for two, and free for three or more. Salvage Station is located at 466 Riverside Dr. in Asheville, N.C., next to the French Broad River just off I-26.

For more information about the Asheville area or living in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Asheville Collective Spearheads Mobile Kitchen to Help Hurricane-Ravaged Regions

Food Relief from Hurricane Florence

When Hurricane Florence tore into North Carolina in mid-September, it left a wide swath of destruction in its wake. The storm’s stalled forward motion meant continually heavy rains along the coast. This, coupled with a large storm surge, caused widespread flooding along a long stretch of the N.C. coast, from New Bern to Wilmington, as well as inland. Major rivers spilled over their banks, and major roads and highways experienced such immense flooding that large portions remained impassable for days.

Food for Flooded Areas

Hurricane Relief AshevilleIn Florence’s aftermath, businesses and communities are coming together to help those tragically affected by the powerful storm. Asheville’s Dr. Dave’s Automotive and Triple D Creations are spearheading one such effort, to bring free hot meals to those ravaged areas via a pop-up kitchen trailer.

The mobile kitchen, donated for the disaster relief by Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, is capable of serving up to 2,000 hot meals a day. As many residents remain without power, and emergency relief workers are still struggling to reach towns cut off by flooding, the mobile kitchen is working to help those affected and provide as many free meals as possible, thanks to donations and volunteers.

A Collective Helping Communities

MAPS Kitchen insideThe effort, of which Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is a financial supporter, is part of the Grassroots Aid Partnership (GAP), which brings together socially responsible companies and volunteer aid groups with experience in disaster relief.

GAP’s vision is to find underserved areas affected by disaster and serve healthy hot meals, sourcing organic options when possible and providing a safe space where affected residents can heal through community. In addition to Hurricane Florence recovery efforts, GAP has helped with California wildfire relief, Hurricane Irma recovery in Florida, and Hurricane Harvey recovery.

To donate to or volunteer with the GAP mobile kitchen, visit https://tripledcreations.com/, https://drdavesauto.com/ or https://www.grassrootsaidpartnership.org. Other area organizations accepting donations and volunteers to aid Florence-ravaged regions include Foundation for the Carolinas, All Hands and Hearts Smart Response and Americares.

For information about Asheville or about Real Estate in Asheville, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or email him anytime at 828-337-8190

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N.C. Arboretum Blossoms with “Covered in Color” Celebration

NC Arboretum Compositions of Color

From May 25 to Sept. 2, the North Carolina Arboretum will be blanketed in a canvas of color and creativity as it presents its 2019 Covered in Color summer celebration. Visitors to the 434-acre public garden, adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway and just minutes from downtown Asheville, will find themselves fully immersed in the broad spectrum of color found in flowers and foliage while learning about color theory and design through floral displays, art, creative landscapes, guided programs and more. Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is a proud sponsor of the event.

“From plants to animals to the sky, color plays a significant role in our natural environment,” said George Briggs, executive director of the Arboretum. “Through our Covered in Color celebration, we hope to educate visitors about the power of color in the landscape and how it impacts the way we see, experience and enjoy nature.”

Art intertwined with nature

Covered in Color NC Arboretum ExhibitIn conjunction with the Covered in Color celebration, the Arboretum will present Compositions of Color, an exhibit by renowned Asheville-based artist Leo Monahan. Showcasing the complex composition of art and music through various representations of paper-made guitars and other images, the presentation will be on display in the Baker Exhibit Center. In the Arboretum’s Exhibit Greenhouse, color-themed plantings will accompany a special student photography exhibit, Nature’s Palette, which will feature images of colors found in nature captured by K-8 students participating in the Arboretum’s ecoEXPLORE citizen-science program.

Asheville’s vibrancy on display

As part of the Covered in Color celebration, visitors can join in a special Colorful Asheville tour. On Thursdays and Saturdays from June through August, the tour will offer an inside look into the vibrant creations that make Asheville the unique art destination that it is. Included in the package are a guided color-themed tour of the Arboretum, lunch at Bent Creek Bistro, and a personalized dye workshop at WAXON Studios. Tickets for the half-day experience are $125 per person and can be purchased at www.leapfrogtours.com.

To learn about Real Estate in Asheville, contact Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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Mosaic Agents Are Committed to Community Causes Around Asheville

Kathleen Cook Asheville Realtor

As long-time residents of Asheville, Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty’s team of agents is committed to building community through more than just real estate: They make it their mission to work with and support the outstanding area organizations that advocate for the vitality and health of the local and global community.

Mosaic is proud to have given over $115,000 to more than 70 nonprofit and community organizations in 2019 . The agency’s contributions go beyond fiscal aid: Mosaic also helps with hundreds of annual volunteer hours. As a group, Mosaic supports WNCAP’s Dining Out for Life fundraiser every year by sending nine volunteers to work three shifts at Sunny Point Café. The agency also gathers annually for volunteer efforts such as environmental clean-ups and Habitat for Humanity builds.

In addition, Mosaic agents regularly volunteer their time individually, organizing and assisting community initiatives. From serving on nonprofit boards to assisting in schools and churches to aiding conservation causes, Mosaic’s agents have an important hand in the Asheville community. Here are a few ways they help:

Megan Shook – Megan volunteers at her children’s school, part of the Asheville City School system. She also works with Room in the Inn, a Homeward Bound shelter-to-home initiative that helps women experiencing homelessness. In addition, Megan regularly assists with outreach for Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association. Learn more about Megan here: https://mymosaicrealty.com/realestate/agent/megan-shook/

Anthony Thomas -- Anthony has a strong history of community service and his efforts can be seen in many area organizations. He currently serves on the boards of both the YMI Cultural Center and Mountain Housing Opportunities. Additionally, he volunteers as a coach for Asheville’s YMCA. Learn more about Anthony here: https://mymosaicrealty.com/realestate/agent/anthony-thomas/

Nancy Horowitz – Every Tuesday, Nancy collects leftover food from the UNCA dining hall and delivers it to Hall Fletcher Elementary School to feed children in the after-school program MusicWorks; occasionally, she will also deliver the food to Trinity Place. Nancy’s work helps to divert hundreds of pounds of food from landfills and redirects it to programs that could really use it. Learn more about Nancy here: https://mymosaicrealty.com/realestate/agent/nancy-horowitz/

Kathleen Cook – Kathleen serves as vice president of the WNC Children’s Fund, which helps improve children’s lives through wellness, education and poverty alleviation. As VP, Kathleen helps spearhead wristband fundraisers at Asheville Tourists games; she also helps with the group’s annual golf tournament fundraiser. In addition, this year she led an extensive rebranding of the organization.

Outside of the Children’s Fund, Kathleen is creating her own nonprofit, Asheville Art Supplies for Kids. The organization raises funds and collects art supplies for Asheville City and Buncombe County classrooms, city programs, and art groups in need of supplies/ materials. Learn more about Kathleen here: https://mymosaicrealty.com/realestate/agent/kathleen-cook/

Stephanie Cochran – Stephanie leads a program every week that works with MANNA Foodbank to provide food for families in need. MANNA supplies prepackaged bags of food that are picked up by a group from Stephanie’s team and delivered to Grace Church; from there, another group from her team takes them to Ira B. Jones Elementary School. The team also supplements Jones’s afterschool program with snacks that are either donated or purchased through Grace. Learn more about Stephanie here: https://mymosaicrealty.com/realestate/agent/stephanie-cochran/

Maggie Marshall – Maggie helps to lead the Flatiron Writers Room, a hub for the Asheville literary community, offering writers’ workshops, retreats, author events, co-working space and more. Funds raised from the completely volunteer-run organization go to supporting the organization in the form of teacher honoraria, need-based class scholarships, classroom equipment and supplies, marketing, and charitable contributions to other literary organizations. Learn more about Maggie here: https://mymosaicrealty.com/realestate/agent/maggie-marshall/

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As It Grows, Mosaic Realty Builds Support for Asheville's Community Organizations

Mosaic Realty Gives Asheville NC

Giving back to the community that has supported its growth has always been Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty’s mission. Since the realty’s founding nine years ago, the number of non-profit and community organizations Mosaic supports has expanded to encompass a range of segments across Asheville’s population. In 2019 alone, Mosaic gave over $115,000 to 70 non-profit and community organizations in the Asheville area. In addition, representatives of Mosaic regularly volunteer their time organizing and assisting these community initiatives.

Mosaic understands the importance of supporting area organizations that advocate for the vitality of our local and global community. To that end, the realty aims to assist groups that touch on many segments: from youth education to health and wellness to social justice and beyond.

Mosaic Realty Asheville DonationsYouth and schools

Aiding organizations that educate and nurture Asheville youth is important to Mosaic. Among recipients of Mosaic support are Asheville City Schools and Asheville City Schools Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, and Buncombe Partnership for Children. Mosaic also donates to the Western Youth Network, WNC Children’s Fund and Youth OUTright.

Environment and green initiatives

Mosaic understands that as stewards of the Earth, it’s important to care for our environment through protective measures and green initiatives. Mosaic dollars go to support Western N.C. organizations like MountainTrue, RiverLink and Asheville GreenWorks, as well as Green Built Alliance.

Housing 

Ashevillians in need have a number of resources at their disposal, but these organizations rely on countless volunteer hours and dollars to dole out that assistance. Mosaic helps by donating to groups like Homeward Bound and Mountain Housing Opportunities.

Mosaic Realty Gives Asheville NCCulture

Asheville is brimming with art and cultural events that enrich the community. By supporting such organizations as LEAF Community Arts, Asheville Music School, Diana Wortham Theatre, and Blue Ridge Orchestra, Mosaic helps to make dance, music, art and other cultural experiences available to a wider population.

Health and wellness

A healthy population is a happy population: With a focus on helping to keep the community well, Mosaic supports Asheville on Bikes, Girls on the Run, Pisgah Rage Youth Mountain Bike Team, and the YMCA of Western N.C. And because mental and emotional health is just as important as physical well-being, Mosaic gives to All Souls Counseling Center.

Social justice

Aiding organizations that advocate for social justice is extremely important to Mosaic. Support from Mosaic Realty goes to such groups as Our Voice and Pisgah Legal. 

These are just a few of the many Asheville area organizations and non-profits that receive Mosaic’s backing. For a complete list of groups that benefited from Mosaic’s support in 2019, visit https://mymosaicrealty.com/donations-volunteer-program/.

For information about Real Estate in Asheville, contact Mosaic Realty Owner/Broker Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190

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