Mayor Davis Discusses Future of Mills River - Sunday, April 22nd, 3 PM

MILLS RIVER, NC – On Sunday, April 22, 2018, Mills River Mayor Chea Davis will discuss current activities and the future of Mills River at the North and South Mills River Community Center. The 3:00pm talk is open to the public.

Immediately following the presentation an informal reception will be held where attendees can meet and talk with Mayor Davis. Residents are encouraged to attend this informative session to gain an understanding of future growth plans for Mills River.

North and South Mills River Community Center is located at 596 South Mills River Road in Mills River, NC. For more information, contact program chairman Jere Brittain at 828-891-3906.

Dining Out for Life - Thursday, April 26th

You are cordially invited to join your friends, clients, family and co-workers on Thursday, April 26, 2018, for the 16th annual Dining Out For Life® benefit to support the mission of the Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP).

Dining Out For Life® is a region-wide day of fundraising for HIV/AIDS when many of the finest restaurants in WNC agree to donate 20% of their gross sales to WNCAP. You can do your part by simply dining out for breakfast, lunch or dinner or all three.

The dining establishments represent the full gamut of Western North Carolina cuisine, from burgers and pizza to fine French and gourmet Italian. They are also spread out across the whole region, from downtown Asheville to Sylva and Lake Lure. Be sure to thank our Participating Restaurants by dining there all year round, and especially on Thursday, April 26th.

CLICK HERE for a list of participating restaurants! 

One of the best ways you can participate in DOFL is to volunteer as a Restaurant Ambassador. Ambassadors serve as “meet and greet” hosts at a chosen Dining Out For Life® restaurant.  Your number one job as an Ambassador is to fill your restaurant with friends, co-workers, relatives, clients, etc. It’s a great way to socialize with those important business contacts and friends and raise much-needed funds for HIV care and prevention at the same time. You will be distributing drawing/donation envelopes that give diners an opportunity to win one of several great prizes. 

If you would like more information about becoming a DOFL Restaurant Ambassador, CONTACT:  or 828-252-7489 ext. 315 

Healing the Heart of Democracy Informational Discussion - Saturday, April 28th 2 PM

On Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Fletcher Branch Library, Rev. DeBorah Ogiste will have an introduction to the works of Parker J. Palmer. Come and check, and see if this is the next step for you in your social evolution.

How we can stop blaming those people in Washington for our troubles.

How can we take back our power as one nation?

Whether you are Republican or Democrat; White or Black; Muslim, Christian or Jewish. No matter your age, gender, class, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or political ideology.

It is time for us to understand that politics is always within our reach. We must begin to understand that politics is the business of “We the People”.  If we want to ‘create politics worthy of the human spirit’, we must find ways to bridge our differences.

If you are in the Hendersonville area, join us on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in the library of the fletcher branch, 120 Library rd, Fletcher, NC 28732 (828) 687-1218.

Free of charge

2018 Parliment of World Religions - Toronto Canada - Group Registration Ends 2-18-18

2018 Parliment of World Religions - Toronto Canada

Parliament of World's Religions 2018 in Toronto

Unity of the Blue Ridge would like to have a group attend the November 2018 gathering in Toronto of the Parliament of the World's Religions. The Parliament was created to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world. Since the historic 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions, modern Parliaments have attracted participants from more than 200 diverse religious, indigenous, and secular beliefs and more than 80 nations to its international gatherings. More than 10,000 people will participate in the 2018 Parliament, which will last for seven days and comprise more than 500 programs, workshops, and dialogues, alongside music, dance, art and photography exhibitions, and related events presented by the world’s religious communities and cultural institutions. More info at:

Knitting/Crocheting Hats & More for Area Agency

Unity of The Blue Ridge launches a new Community-Service Outreach program.  Unity is partnering with “Caring for Children” and is furnishing winter knitted hats, for babies, toddlers, teens and young adults.  Baby blankets and scarves for all ages are also being supplied.  

Caring for Children has served WNC for over 40 years.  Caring seeks to nurture hope and create a safe environment for children and families in crises by providing high quality care, shelter, education and emotional and medical treatment.

Unity knits winter hats for:

  • Babies
  • Toddlers
  • Teens
  • Young adults
  • Baby blankets + scarfs for all ages provided

Help Unity be a meaningful partner and join our efforts.  No regular meetings are planned.

See Ruth Franz, Cosette Goeble, or Alan Burgess for additional information or call 828-505-0161.

Carolina Memorial Sanctuary

Carolina Memorial Sanctuary

NC's 1st Conservation Burial Ground

Carolina Memorial Sanctuary is committed to perpetual conservation of the environment as each burial becomes part of the living landscape. 

Carolina Memorial Sanctuary appreciates the support of Unity of The Blue Ridge, and wants to make sure that those who are interested in a spot at Carolina Memorial Sanctuary, take advantage of the special Unity discount before it expires. Contact Us soon to schedule a tour or to pick your spots. 

Save 5% until March 1st

Save 3% from March 2nd – June 1st

Discount ends June 2nd

To learn more, please visit: