On August 11, from 7-10 pm, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) celebrates 20 years of service to emerging artists, researchers, scholars, and the public with its 20th Anniversary Celebration & Benefit. The event will spotlight interactive art installations, local cuisine and entertainment. Guests will convene at CCCD's historic 67 Broadway Street building in downtown Asheville, to explore four uniquely themed floors filled with art installations, live music, craft food, and specialty beverages. The event features local cuisine provided by Posana, Gan Shan Station, and Foothills Local Meats. Mayor Esther Manheimer will welcome guests and the 55-member host committee,

The Western North Carolina Green Building Council (WNCGBC) recently introduced a new program called Green Gauge. This simple program assesses how green an existing home actually is. It is the perfect comparison tool for buyers or sellers of green homes or for homeowners needing recommendations on how to make their home healthier and more efficient. Green Gauge participants receive recommendations for energy upgrades as well as an estimate of how these improvements can reduce utility bills and improve their Home Energy Score (HES). The HES is an energy-rating system from the U.S. Department of Energy that measures your home’s energy performance.