By- Jess-Mara Jordan Stepping is a type of dance that is done with your entire body being used as an instrument. It is a combination of spoken word, stomping and clapping. It’s origins date back to South Africa where the miners used to make rhythms with their boots, called gumboots, when drumming was not allowed. […]
The Perry family, who generously provides the large and splendid venue for our annual ‘Dig the Du’ offroad Duathlon event, doesn’t like to be “fussed over.” They give back to their community in gigantic ways, but prefer to do so in a quiet and unassuming manner, just as their beloved Grammy Lew did. Today, October […]
This race is WNC’s best off-road duathlon and a fun and exciting multi-sport competition including races for both adults and youth ages 6-13, raising money for OpenDoors’ Llewellyn Perry Scholarship Fund. Race start time is 10:30 am at Sky Valley Farms near Dupont State Forest in Hendersonville, NC. This very challenging but fun, family friendly race event is […]
Wally Wallington knows how to use a few pieces of lumber, a couple of baseball-sized stones, and the same amount of elbow grease it takes to twirl a child’s merry-go-round to single-handedly move a truck-sized block of solid concrete The retired engineer is solving the age-old riddle of Stonehenge and if you don’t believe me […]
Thank you to everyone that came out this Sunday to make this year’s Dig the Du a success!
Event photos are available now.
In the beginning, there was great suspicion and mistrust as residents of the Hillcrest public housing complex observed the white, suburban soccer moms dropping off a young black boy after practice with their own sons, the sounds of high-fives and laughter floating from the minivans as the friends said their goodbyes.
She began as a volunteer in her sons third grade classroom. But what our Person of the Week experienced, inspired her to go much further than third grade. She created OpenDoors, and it’s opening hearts and minds…
It’s only four years old but it’s already one of the most popular fund-raising events in the area. At 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, a growing crowd of supporters will gather for the OpenDoors of Asheville Art Affair at The Venue, 21 N. Market Street, for a “Paris of the South” themed evening to help raise money for children living in poverty. There will be fine art, gourmet food, wine, beer, and lots of great entertainment. Read the full article on the Laurel of Asheville.
Artwork for “The Art Affair 2013″ is starting to arrive, and we can’t wait to show it to you!
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Lisa Whittenburg, mother to Jyquwan Boyd, 21, Navante Johnson, 12 and Jaheim and Cynthia, both fourth graders, sees her relationship with OpenDoors as a joint effort. “OpenDoors is helping me break the poverty chain for my kids so they have hope for a better future [...] Read more »
The syllable “op” — as in optimism — derives from Latin. According to the Columbia Encyclopedia, Ops was the Roman goddess of harvests, who blessed the activities of sowing and reaping. Add to that the syllable “port” for safe entry or harbor, plus the syllable “unity” for cooperative community, and you get the word “opportunity.” […]