Blog :: 2013

Silver Creek hosts Humane Society PAWS-A-THON!!

CHHS announces our first-ever PAWS-A-THON Pledge Drive for the Shelter Pets!This four-hour "telethon" takes place onSunday, December 29th from noon-4pm. We will be taking pledge donations over the phone by our volunteers and staff at the offices of our sponsor and host, Silver Creek Real Estate Group. Silver Creek is a great friend to the animals, and they have graciously donated their offices and phone lines for our inauguralPAWS-A-THON.

On Sunday, December 29th from noon-4pm please call (828) 743-1999and make a pledge to support the shelter pets! No donation is too big or too small, because every dollar counts and supports our no-kill shelter and our mission of rescue, spay/neuter and adoption for abandoned and neglected animals.
How yourPAWS-A-THON pledge helps the shelter pets:
  • $10 pays for a rabies vaccination
  • $20 provides a pet with a microchip
  • $30 feeds a shelter pet for a month
  • $50 will spay or neuter a dog or cat
  • $100provides a pet one year's worth of medications
  • $500 supports our "Laurel Fund" for special medical needs animals
  • $1,000 sponsors an entire day of spay/neuter with the H.E.A.R.T. of North Carolina for 27 animals

Mark your calendar for December 29th from noon-4pm to participate in our first-ever PAWS-A-THON! We look forward to taking your call, and we thank you for your support of the shelter pets at the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society!


(828) 743-1999


In These Mountains Presents: This is My History by Kenn Kotara

The Highlands Plateau offers abundant inspiration to local inhabitants, visitors, and artists of the area. The Bascom is pleased to announce the work of Kenn Kotara, of Asheville, NC, in this year's In These Mountains. His exhibition, This is My History, includes works that are contemporary, abstract, and grid-based.Kenn Kotara

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 16, 5 to 7 pm Artist Talk: 5:30 pm, FREE Giving Trees and Nog Off

The Bascom's annual holiday event is a celebration of local non-profit organizations.

Giving Trees: Local nonprofit organizations decorate holiday trees that are displayed around The Bascom with donation boxes.

Nog Off: Participate in our Homemade Eggnog Competition by sampling and voting for your favorite! Saturday, November 16, 5 to 7 pm. FREE!

Upcoming events at the Highlands Biological Station

Rage Against Invasives: English Ivy - October 1, 2:00-5:00pm

Our horticulturists Kelder Monar and Ezra Gardiner need your help to manually remove the English ivy,Hedera helix, encroaching on our public garden.

Hedera helixgrows by spreading runners that climb over and smother anything and everything in their path. As a ground cover, the quick growth and dense cover shade out native plants and suppress their growth. With half of our campus devoted to a native plant garden, we must take a stand against this invasive species. They won't stop until we stop them!

To lend your arms (we won't be using herbicides), and relieve some of your anger against this threat to biodiversity, please let us know in advance by calling (828) 526-2602 or sending an e-mail to To help with this ongoing issue at a time other than scheduled, please feel free to contact our offices. No experience is necessary.

Fall Leaf Colors - October 5, 2:00-3:30pm

Family program at the Nature Center.

Activities will focus on how leaves change color, deciduous versus coniferous trees, and winter survival strategies of each. Afterwards, visitors will be led on a walk through the Botanical Garden to identify many species of trees by leaf type, shape, and color. Fun and educational for all ages; cost is $5 per person.

Advanced registration for this event is required; please call (828) 526-2623 to sign up. Photograph by Ezra Gardiner.

Highlands Biologica StationGreenfire: Aldo Leopold & A Land Ethic for our Time - October 10, 7:00pm

Film screening in honor of Bob Zahner, himself an Aldo Leopold enthusiast.

See the first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental legacy! Green Fire shares highlights from his extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement. It also illustrates how Leopold's vision of a community that cares about both people and land continues to inform and inspire people across the country and around the world, highlighting modern projects that put Leopold's land ethic in action in a multitude of ways. Event Location to be announced.

Highlands North Carolina featured by Los Angeles Times

Indian Falls in Sapphire NCLiving on the Highlands Cashiers Plateau is a privilege and cherished by most that call this area home, even if just for the summer season. The stunning mountain views, lakes, rivers, and waterfalls are just some of what mother nature has to offer. Most recently the Los Angeles Times highlighted the Highlands area.

For additional information on Highlands North Carolina and real estate offerings in the area, please visit our website at

(Picture: Indian Falls in Sapphire Valley)

Cashiers NC Fireworks Postponed!

fireworks2The Village Green has postponed the Fireworks Extravaganza due to weather and standing water on the lawn at the Village Green Commons. The event will be rescheduled for later in the season. You can visit the Village Green's website for updates at