Ashvegas: The City You Love. The News You Want.More of what’s going around:

-StartUp Grind, an independent startup community that engages entrepreneurs in more than 185 cities, is hosting an event in Asheville on Jan. 26 that will include networking and a talk by Josh Dorfman, head of Venture Asheville, a “public-private initiative to grow Asheville’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.” Click here for StartUp Grind Asheville tickets and info.

-There’s a new distillery in the works for the Asheville area. It’s called H&H Distillery, and it’s located on Charlotte Highway out Fairview way. From their page on Facebook:

H&H Distillery is well on it’s way, thanks to our Director of Operations, Trey Saylor. We can’t wait for you to taste our Hand Crafted Vodka and Rum. Stay tuned for the names of our products and exciting retail!

-The Asheville band River Whyless has their awesome Tiny Desk Concert up at npr.org.

-This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Asheville nonprofit RiverLink, which has been working on the environmental and economic revival of the French Broad River corridor over the years. There are lots of special events planned. The anniversary also coincides with the 100th anniversary of the devastating French Broad River flood of 1916.

-Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau is hiring a marketing project manager.

-Asheville Brewers Supply is holding a free educational seminar geared toward “those interested in starting, just starting, or thinking of expanding their own brewery, winery, cidery, or distillery.” The event is set for 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 30 at Catawba Brewing on Banks Avenue.

-Carolina Public Press is holding a free public forum to talk about guns and gun policy in North Carolina. The event is set for 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, at the United Way Building in Asheville. The forum includes a light breakfast and a moderated panel discussion among state Reps. John Ager (D-Buncombe), Susan Fisher (D-Buncombe) and Brian Turner (D-Buncombe), according to a press release, as well as Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan. Frank Taylor, managing editor of Carolina Public Press, will moderate the event, which also includes a public question and answer session with the panelists. To attend, participants must RSVP at www.carolinapublicpress.org. For more information, please contact Carolina Public Press at 828-774-5290 or info@carolinapublicpress.org.

-Catawba Brewing is holding a chili cook-off from 4-7 p.m. on Jan. 31 at its Biltmore Village tasting room. Send your RSVP to jo@catawbabrewing.com to secure a spot and a goodie bag.

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