Monday, March 27, 2017

Six years of war

“To all my non-arabic speaking friends, I wish you watch this video, it shows the before and after Syria, you might not like the music but we can’t help not to look back to where we were and where we are now, besides it is one story you will see VS all the msm false stories”.
 – Sama Shama via Facebook







Sunday, March 26, 2017

Upcoming events for the week of March 26, 2017


Resilient poster by Ernesto Yerena

UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR BY DANCEWATER

03/27/17 DIVEST FROM POLICE AND INVEST IN THE COMMUNITY
The Public Safety Committee of the City Council of Asheville will meet in the 4th Floor Training room of the Police and Fire Station at 100 Court Plaza in downtown Asheville. Please come and express why we need to divest from policing and invest in the community. You can take up to 3 minutes during the public comment period. Tell the three seated members of the Committee that we need to fund the people and not the Chief of Police's ask for a 1 million dollar budget increase. We will be delivering our petitions during the meeting to Council members prior to the City's budget work session and Council meeting on Tuesday. Time is 3:30 to 5 PM. This is a Facebook event.

03/27/17 DIPLOMACY & MEDIA IN A CHAOTIC WORLD
Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Colton, Diplomat-in-Residence at Lenoir-Rhyne University-Asheville, will present four lectures focused on Diplomacy, Politics and News. Dr. Colton is an Emmy-award winning journalist who has worked for ABC News, NBC News, Newsweek, and NPR. The Asheville native also had a distinguished career as a U.S. Foreign Service diplomat in seven Middle Eastern countries. The Monday night series includes: March 27 - Beyond the Headlines, Deciphering News of Global Politics & Diplomacy; April 24 - Navigating Flash Points of US Politics, Foreign Policy and World Diplomacy; and May 22 - Global Diplomacy and Asheville in the world. All lectures will take place at Lenoir-Rhyne’s Asheville Center, which is located at 36 Montford Avenue in downtown Asheville. Doors will open each night at 5 PM, and lectures will begin at 5:30 PM.  RSVP is required, so please call 828-407-4263. This is a Facebook event and was in the Mountain Express.

03/27/17 “JUNCTION 48” DOCUMENTARY SCREENING ON PALESTINE - CANCELED
A film by Udi Aloni, written by Tamer Nafar and Oren Moverman. Kareem leads an aimless life between odd jobs and hanging out with his buddies in a crime-ridden Arab ghetto of the mixed city of Lyd. A family tragedy brings him closer to his singer girlfriend, Manar, and motivates him to do something more with his life. When Kareem and his group finally get a chance to perform in a Tel Aviv hip-hop club, the star potential of the 'first Arab rapper' is quickly noticed. Although he raps “I'm not political” Kareem and the group use music to express their tough life as Palestinian youth. But the road to success is never easy. Kareem and his group must face violent nationalistic Jewish rappers, government-imposed gentrification and troubled drug-dealing friends. When Manar's family threatens to harm them if she performs publicly with him, the time comes for Kareem to either surrender to conservative tradition or stand up for the woman he loves, the artist he respects. Screenplay by real-life rapper Tamer Nafar (who stars as Kareem) and Oren Moverman (The Messenger, Time Out of Mind). A social drama with kick-ass music directed by Udi Aloni (Art/Violence, Forgiveness). This is at 7:30 PM at Carmine Cinemas at 121 River Hills Road in east Asheville. Tickets are $11. 72 tickets need to be sold in advance for this movie to be shown, and this goal was not reached so the movie was canceled.

03/27/17 LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF ASHEVILLE-BUNCOMBE EVENT
League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County will host a Women’s History Month event on March 27, 2017. Celebrate Women’s History Month with a panel presentation that will be of composed of local women activists. Time is 6 to 8 PM and location is West Asheville Library at 942 Haywood Road in Asheville. Contact LWV of Asheville via their website for more information.

03/27/17 VOICES FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE
Are you a person living on a low income or a low wage worker? “Voices for Economic Justice: Telling Your Story to Create Economic Justice” is for you. Voices is an 8 week community organizing training workshop series taking place on Mondays, March 27-May 8, 2017 from 6 to 8:30 PM in Asheville. This Voices will equip you with basic organizing skills and will be focused on storytelling as a method to push the work of economic justice forward. Call Just Economics at 828-505-7466 to sign up. Program is free, but you must signup in advance. We provide free dinner, transportation, and childcare!

3/27/17  EXHIBITS AT UNCA
Two excellent exhibits are now available at UNC-Asheville, sponsored by the Center for Diversity Education.  “The Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals” and “Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People” will be on display at UNC Asheville Ramsey Library and Karpen Lobby from February 12 - April 7, 2017. If you have questions about this please email or call dmiles@unca.edu or 828-232-5024.

03/27/17 GREENFEST AT UNCA - SUSTAINABILITY FAIR
Spring sustainability fair with samples and information. Over 30 local environmental businesses and organizations will join us on the Main Quad to talk to students, staff and faculty about engagement opportunities and environmental happenings in our region. Co-sponsored by the Student Environmental Center and SGA. Free to attend. Held on the Quad at UNCA from 11AM to 2PM. 

03/27/17 GREENFEST AT UNCA - SEED GIVEAWAY
Starting on March 27 the Ramsey Library will being giving out free seeds at the Ramsey Library seed savings display. You can select from different flowers, herbs, and vegetable seeds. All week while supplies lasts. 

03/28/17 DOCUMENTARY AT UNCA
A free screening of “Paragraph 175” will be shown on Tuesday, March 28 at 7 PM  in 104 Highsmith Student Union at UNCA. “Paragraph 175” detailed the German penal codes that criminalized homosexuality from 1875 to 1994. Between 1933 and 1945 over 100,000 men were arrested for homosexuality under “Paragraph 175,” the sodomy provision of the German penal code dating back to 1871. Some were imprisoned, others were sent to concentration camps. The documentary “Paragraph 175” fills a crucial gap in the historical record of the Third Reich, and reveals the lasting consequences of this hidden chapter of 20th century history, as told through personal stories of men and women who lived through it. If you have questions about this please email or call dmiles@unca.edu or 828-232-5024.

03/28/17 GREENFEST AT UNCA - PANEL DISCUSSION ON WILDFIRES
“After the Wildfires” panel presentation led by Professor Jonathan Horton. Free. Held in Highsmith Union, room 222, at UNCA. Time is 6 to 7:30 PM. Learn about last fall's wildfires and what they mean for the future of our forests and our local human communities. Panel will include Dr. Jonathan Horton, UNCA Biology Department; Dr. Katie Greenberg, Southern Research Station; and Dr. Anne-Lise Velez, NC State Fire Chasers Project.

03/28/17 GREENFEST AT UNCA - ELECTRIC VEHICLES
“The Mathematics of EVs” is a presentation about electric vehicles with Parsons Math Lab and the Blue Ridge Electric Vehicle Club. Free. Held in Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum, at UNCA. Time is 7 to 8 PM. Form battery life to range, there are many myths surrounding electric vehicles (EV's). This presentation by Rudy Beharrysingh, director of UNCA's Mathematics Assistance Center, attempts to mathematically demystify EVs. Using techniques from simple unit conversion to a little calculus we will make the case for electric vehicles while exploring the inner workings of these simple, yet powerful machines. This is for anyone who is interested in the future of transportation.

03/28/17 MOVIE NIGHT AT THE COLLIDER
The Collider and Oskar Blues Brewery launch a new monthly climate and environmental film series at The Collider, open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 PM, the film starts at 7. The first four evenings will feature episodes from the award-winning series, “Years of Living Dangerously.” Oskar Blues will provide beer and, of course, we’ll also have popcorn. Tonight we will show Collapse of the Oceans with Josh Jackson and Priceless, featuring “The Sixth Extinction” with Aasif Mandvi and “Price on Carbon” with Nikki Reed. This is a Facebook event.

03/28/17 SHOWING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE EVENT DO!SCUSSION 
Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is a national network of groups educating and organizing white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for racial justice. Asheville SURJ hosts a weekly discussion group on risk-taking, accountability, mutual interest and how to call more white people into racial justice work. Anyone with a passion for working with white people on racial justice is welcome.  Time is 10 AM and location is Firestorm Cafe & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information. 

03/28/17 MEN’S DIVERSITY CIRCLE
The Men's Diversity Circle - A courageous space for dialogue and connection between men of color. Time is 7 PM and location is Firestorm Coffee & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information.

03/28/17 ASHEVILLE TIMEBANK POTLUCK
Asheville TimeBank will hold its monthly potluck dinner on the 4th Tuesday of March, 3/28 at 6:15 PM, at St. Mary's Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall on Charlotte Street in Asheville. Enter via Evelyn Way off Charlotte Street. Open to everyone - TimeBank members and also those who would like to learn about getting needs met outside the cash economy. Bring your laptop if you'd like some individual help. Contact Cathy Holt at cathyfholt@gmail.com for more information.

03/28/17 WEEKLY PROGRESSIVE ORGANIZED WOMEN RALLY IN HENDERSONVILLE
Speakers will address our elected representatives about a variety of topics. Time is 5 to 6 PM and location is Historic Courthouse Square in Hendersonville. Progressive Organized Women (POW) is a grassroots, non-partisan activist group of women and men formed to ensure our elected national and state legislators are responsible to their constituents and adhere to the Constitution.  Based in Hendersonville and begun in January 2017 by two local teachers, POW focuses on issues immediately before Congress and NC General Assembly such as healthcare and immigration. Tuesday afternoon POW rallies take place in front of the Historic Courthouse. Contact POWHvilleNC@gmail.com for more information.

03/28/17 PRESENTATION ON ISRAEL AT JCC IN ASHEVILLE
Yoram Dori, political and media strategic advisor, will speak at the Asheville JCC on Charlotte Road. Among his many roles, Mr. Dori worked for several years as the spokesman and media advisor to the World Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency. Mr. Dori served as a political advisor, media consultant and spokesman for the Labor Party. For more information, email rochelle@jcc-asheville.org. 

03/28/17 SUPPORT ASHEVILLE MOVING ITS MONEY
City Council is considering divesting from Wells Fargo, one of the big banks that funds the Dakota Access Pipeline. Come, show your support, let us follow Seattle's lead. Time is 1:30 to 3:30 PM and location is Asheville City Hall in the first floor conference room. Contact Cathy at cathyholt@gmail.com for more information. 

03/28/17 VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL - BECAUSE THE WARS STILL GO ON
Every Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 holds a vigil at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Time is 5 PM. This has been happening since 2002. No matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace. Last year, our former president dropped 26,000 bombs on seven different countries. The current president has already bombed one country, and has likely bombed a couple more. Meanwhile we are banning refugees from those countries we have destroyed. I am impressed at the protests against banning Muslims, but mystified at the lack of large protests against bombing Muslims. Isn’t bombing them worse than banning them? Show you are publicly against our country's endless wars and occupations by standing with Veterans for Peace. [We bombed and killed over 230 people in Iraq in one night this past week. - dancewater]

03/28/17 ASHEVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETING -RENEWABLE ENERGY
The “100% renewable energy resolution” was passed by the Asheville City Council Committee and will be consider by the full council on March 28th meeting. This resolution calls on the state of North Carolina and the federal government to commit to be zero emissions by the year 2050. It is an inspirational resolution which puts forth a statement and asks for higher officials to take on the climate crisis. If enough cities pass similar resolutions it can’t be ignored and will be taken up by the state and federal government. Let’s make a big showing of support on that date. Time is 5 PM and location is Asheville City Hall on the 2nd floor.

03/29/17 GREEN GRANNIES BOOK CLUB
Founded in 2012, the Green Grannies are a group of women who are willing to make a ruckus about the need for action on climate change. This is their reading group and they are reading Dr. Barber's book “The Third Reconstruction.” Time is noon and location is Firestorm Coffee & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information.

03/29/17 GREENFEST AT UNCA - RECYCLING FACILITY TOUR
There will be a recycling facility tour at the Curbie recycling processing facility. Free. Time is 10 to 11:15 AM. Meet in front of Ramsey Library to carpool. Registration required, go to sustainability.unca.edu to register. Ever wonder what happens to your recyclables after they leave campus? Join us on a field trip to the recycling processing facility (Curbie) just up the road from UNC Asheville. From the second floor observation window, we will watch a series of tumblers, staffed conveyor belts, charged currents, and magnets separating cardboard, metal, glass, and plastics. This is a great opportunity to have your recycling questions answered from the experts. Registration required for transportation planning. Community members are welcome provided that they have their own transportation and that they pre-register.

03/29/17 BOOK CLUB EVENT AT MALAPROPS
Bridge The Gap Book Club will discuss “Belonging” and “We Should All Be Feminists.” These are some of the questions of place and belonging that renowned cultural critic bell hooks examines in her new book, “Belonging: A Culture of Place.” Traversing past and present, “Belonging” charts a cyclical journey in which hooks moves from place to place, from country to city and back again, only to end where she began--her old Kentucky home. hooks has written provocatively about race, gender, and class; and in this book she turns her attention to focus on issues of land and land ownership. Reflecting on the fact that 90% of all black people lived in the agrarian south before mass migration to northern cities in the early 1900s, she writes about black farmers, about black folks who have been committed both in the past and in the present to local food production, to being organic, and to finding solace in nature. Naturally, it would be impossible to contemplate these issues without thinking about the politics of race and class. Time is 7 PM and location is Malaprops Bookstore at 55 Haywood Street in downtown Asheville.

03/29/17 TRANSMISSION ART SHOW
Proceeds from the “International Transgender Day of Visibility” with an art show and silent auction benefit local artists and Transmission. Free to attend. Time is 6 PM and location is Crow & Quill at 106 North Lexington Avenue in downtown Asheville. For more information, contact info@Tranzmission.org.

03/29/17 TOWN HALL ON  HEALTHCARE REFORM AND SENIORS IN ASHEVILLE
This event will focus on how the proposed changes to the ACA, Medicare, and Medicaid will affect seniors’ health care costs and coverage.  The group will have at least two panelists from our previous forum – John Wingerter from the Council on Aging of Buncombe County and Jaclyn Kiger from Pisgah Legal Services. Please spread the word to anyone who you think might be interested in attending. We will again invite Representatives Meadows and McHenry to hear first-hand from individuals who will be impacted by these proposed changes. Time is 1 to 3 PM and location is the New Hope Presbyterian Church at 3070 Sweeten Creek Road in south Asheville. For more, email healthcarecpravl@gmail.com.

03/30/17 FILM FESTIVAL ON ISRAEL/PALESTINE
Stories of Struggle, Conscience and Spirit: A Film Festival on Israel/Palestine. There will be a total of six evenings of films and discussions between March 2 and May 18, 2017. PAJET (Palestinian and Jewish Egalitarian Team) and JPIP (Just Peace for Israel/Palestine) are collaborating on this film series because of the importance of bringing these little-known narratives to Asheville. Both groups are committed to human rights for all people, focusing on the struggle for a just, and therefore sustainable, peace in Israel and Palestine. Our participants live in the questions surrounding that commitment. JPIP takes specific stands on issues related to Israeli and U.S. policies enabling the Occupation. PAJET formed as a dialogue group between Jewish and Palestinian residents of Asheville, and explores how to advocate together for peace and justice. Both groups invite the public to view these films and join the dialogue. The film festival is free, donations are welcome. “The Idol” is a drama depicting the life of Mohammed Assaf, a Palestinian pop singer living in Gaza, as he sets a seemingly impossible goal: to compete on the Arab Idol program. Directed by three-time Oscar nominee Hani Abu-Asad. Time is 7 PM and location is St. Mary’s Episcopal Church at 337 Charlotte Street in north Asheville. 

03/30/17 SPEAKER AND AUTHOR EVENT AT UNCA
Carolyn Finney, author of “Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors” will speak at 6 PM on Thursday, March 30, 2017 in UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall. Carolyn Finney is one of 12 members of the congressionally chartered National Park System Advisory Board, working to assist the National Park Service in engaging relations of reciprocity with diverse communities. She also is an assistant professor of geography at the University of Kentucky. Her talk is titled “Radical Presence: Black Faces, White Spaces and Other Stories of Possibility.” Carolyn Finney’s career as a cultural geographer came after a backpacking trip around the world and a period of time living in Nepal. She explores how difference, identity, representation, and power play a significant role in determining how people negotiate their daily lives in relation to the environment. As a Fulbright fellow, Finney has also researched the impact of tourism and modernization on Nepalese women and the environment. She says the aim of her work is to develop greater cultural competency within environmental organizations and institutions, challenge media outlets on their representation of difference, and increase awareness of how privilege shapes who gets to speak to environmental issues and determine policy and action. By engaging art, science, and popular culture, she works to create new frameworks of engagement where diverse communities and individuals, environmental organizations, government agencies and academic institutions can establish and nurture healthy human/environment relationships. Finney’s talk, originally scheduled for last year as part of UNC Asheville’s celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, is co-sponsored by the university’s Center for Diversity Education and National Endowment for the Humanities Professorship. Additional support comes from the Sierra Club of Western North Carolina (WENOCA) and Everybody’s Environment. Finney’s book will be available for sale at this event; doors will open at 5:30 PM. This event is free and open to everyone. For more information, contact Deborah Miles, director of UNC Asheville’s Center for Diversity Education, at dmiles@unca.edu or (828) 232-5024.

03/30/17 COMMUNITY RIGHTS MOVEMENT STUDY GROUP
This is a study group to learn more about the Community Rights Movement. If you would like to be more deeply informed about the legal process of passing a Community Bill of Rights and enjoy digesting information please join us. We will use Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund's online Democracy School and associated materials (on the web). We will do 4 weeks: March 16, 23, 30 and April 6. This will be on Thursdays from 5:30 to 7.30 PM. Location is The BLOCK off Biltmore at 39 South Market Street in downtown Asheville. This is a Facebook event under CELDF Democracy School Study Group.

03/30/17 THEM DOING OPPRESSION, US DOING OPPRESSED, TOGETHER DOING ALLY
A courageous and challenging meetup for persecutors, victims, rescuers, bystanders and allies. Who are you doing it to? Who's doing it to you? Who's saving whom? Who's doing nothing? Who are you allying with? What's happening when you act in any and all the roles of persecutor, victim, rescuer, bystander and ally with others in our world of white male privilege and domination? We gather as men to explore interpersonal, structural, economic and institutional systems of injustice and the ways each of us is the oppressed and the oppressor, and learn to serve as allies, being responsive and accountable for what we choose to brave in our own lives, and with and for all our relations. Who's welcome: All Allies – Men, Women, Indigenous, White, Cis, Indigenous, Queer, People of Color, Trans, Non-binary and those called to do Ally. Facilitated by Duncan Tam. Time is 7 PM and location is Kairos West at 610 Haywood Road. Email duncan2729@yahoo.com for future meetup dates.

03/30/17 SPEAKER AT MARS HILL UNIVERSITY
“Gender Inversion, Being Genderqueer and Living in a World of Gender Assumptions” is the title of this presentation. Guest speaker Allan Hunter will tell his journey of his self-identity in light of traditional gender roles and stereotypes in the US. Time is 7 to 8:30 PM and location is Timberline at Mars Hill University. Contact Mandy at mandy.proffitt83@gmail.com.

03/31/17 POSTCARD PARTY IN HENDERSONVILLE
This is from 4 to 6:30 PM and location is Sanctuary Brewing Company at 147 1st Avenue East in Hendersonville. This came from the Progressive Organized Women of Henderson County.

03/31/17 THE BLACKPACK: ALL LAUGHS MATTER
Take a good-natured and brutally honest look at political proclivities and preconceived notions with comedy geniuses Vince Morris, Billy D. Washington, and BT as they celebrate our differences, one joke at a time. Time is 8 PM and location is Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Contact Diana Wortham Theatre for more information.

03/31/17 FILM AT FIRESTORM
Black Star Line Spring Film Series presents “Imitation of Life” one of six films presented by Black Star Line, Asheville's new queer-, black- woman-owned brewery. “Imitation of Life” is a 1959 American romantic drama film directed by Douglas Sirk, produced by Ross Hunter and released by Universal International, starring Lana Turner and John Gavin. It was Sirk's final Hollywood film and dealt with issues of race, class and gender. Call 828-708-7010 for more information about the film. Time is 6 PM and location is Firestorm Coffee & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information.

03/31/17 ANTI-RACISM ACCOUNTABILITY GROUP AT UNITARIAN CONGREGATION
A weekly group focused on Standing Up For Racial Justice core values for people beginning to wake up to the impact of white supremacy on our culture and seeking a safe place to begin to talk about it. Time is 10 AM and location is 23 Edwin Place, next to Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville. Contact Elizabeth at elizabeth@lainschell.com for more information.

03/31/17 SILENT VIGIL FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM
This will be at the Henderson County Courthouse on Main Street in Hendersonville (between 1st and 2nd Streets) from 5 to 6 PM. There will be signs available for people to hold, or you can bring your own.  This is a coalition of churches and nonprofits. This came from the Progressive Organized Women of Henderson County. Happens monthly.

03/31/17 ELECTRIC CAR SHOW AT UNCA
Electric Car Show will run from 11 AM to 2 PM at the 30-minute parking spaces outside Highsmith Student Union at UNCA. There's a silent revolution taking place in the world of transportation - electric vehicles are back with a vengeance. Come out and chat with members of the Blue Ridge EV Club and check out some electric vehicles that are available on the market today. Learn why electric cars are here to stay and are part of a sustainable future. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge EV Club. 

04/01/17 GREENWORKS ROAD CLEAN UP IN WEST ASHEVILLE
Join the West Asheville Business Association for a cleanup of Haywood Road. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast provided by Zia Taqueria. Time is 10 AM to noon, and location is 521 Haywood Road in Asheville. Contact volunteer@ashevillegreenworks.org to register and for more information.

04/01/17 GREENWORKS NEIGHBORHOOD CLEAN UP IN HAW CREEK
Join the neighbors of Haw Creek as they cleanup several roads in their area. Time is 9 AM to noon, meeting location TBD. Contact Kate Nelson to volunteer or for more information at 828-232-7144.

04/01/17 MARCH FOR HEALTH IN SYLVA
Common Ground WNC, Organizing for Action and other progressive groups in WNC invite you to a non partisan March For Health on April Fool's Day, April 1st, because healthcare is no joke. We march for equitable and affordable access to quality healthcare for all. On April 1st, we will #MarchForHealth in Washington DC, NYC, Seattle, and other cities across the country including SYLVA, NC to save the important provisions we have gained through the ACA. You will hear speakers and musicians. Don't forget to bring your Protect ACA signs. Time is 1 to 3 PM and location is Bridge Park in Sylva. This is a Facebook event.

04/02/17 EXISTING WHILE BLACK
Existing While Black is a one woman spoken word show that could be deemed as the cousin to “Color Me Brown: Conversations with Unmuted Voices” a documentary by Nicole Townsend that posed the simple question: “What is it like to be brown in Asheville, NC?” The film gave a unique platform that allowed for Black and Latinx folks residing in Asheville to share their stories related to navigating through a white progressive southern city. Spoken word is an oral art that focuses on the aesthetics of word play and intonation and voice inflection. The show will unapologetically dig deep into the realities of navigating through a white supremacist society while existing in a black body. Attendees should expect to be challenged, as they will not be pacified. Time is 5:30 PM and location is The Block Off Biltmore at 39 South Market Street in downtown Asheville. This is a Facebook event. Admission is by donation.

04/02/17 BOOK PRESENTATION AT UNCA
Walter Ziffer speaks about his new memoir, “Confronting the Silence: A Holocaust Survivor's Search for God,” on April 2, 2017 from 3 to 6 PM in the Manheimer Room at the Reuter Center on UNC Asheville's campus. Presented by The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville and the Wilma Dykeman Legacy. This event is free and open to the public. Please contact 828.232.5027 for more information.

04/02/17 POLITICAL PRISONER LETTER WRITING 
Each month on first Sunday, join members of Blue Ridge Anarchist Black Cross for an evening of solidarity with long term political prisoners: people who have been incarcerated due to their activism and resistance to systems of domination and oppression. We come together each month to celebrate their birthdays by sending words of encouragement and support. We let them know that they--and their sacrifices for our movements--are never far from our minds and hearts. Continuously showing up for comrades who have had large chunks of their lifetimes stolen by the State is crucial solidarity work. If you have ever sat in a jail cell--for even one night--you know how important it is to show folks they are not alone on the inside. If you haven't seen the inside of a prison cell (and we hope you never do!), you can probably imagine how mentally and emotionally taxing it is to lose control over your physical self and surroundings. For those facing this reality, especially for years and even decades, any reminder of support and connection from the outside means more than most of us can imagine. We know because our comrades tell us again and again, it is no exaggeration: letters save lives! Time is 5 PM and location is Firestorm Coffee & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information.

04/02/17 GERRYMANDERING EDUCATION EVENT IN BLACK MOUNTAIN
Learn how district lines are drawn and how you can take your voting power back. Time is 3 to 5 PM and location is Black Mountain Public Library at 105 North Dougherty Street in Black Mountain. This came from the Progressive Organized Women of Henderson County.

04/02/17 ASHEVILLE COMMUNITY RIGHTS MEETING
This is a “get involved” meeting. We are working to dismantle corporate rule in Asheville / Buncombe County through asserting our right for self-governance and recognition of the rights of nature. We are working with CELDF to write an ordinance that will prohibit the actions of corporations that we the people deem we don't want in our community. If you want to get involved in making this happen here please join us on Sunday April 2nd. We will share the update on our progress so far and help organize people into action teams to expand the work. Time is 3:30 to 5 PM and location is The Block Off Biltmore at 39 South Market Street in downtown Asheville. This is a Facebook event. 

04/03/17 EXHIBITS AT UNCA
Two excellent exhibits are now available at UNC-Asheville, sponsored by the Center for Diversity Education.  “The Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals” and “Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People” will be on display at UNC Asheville Ramsey Library and Karpen Lobby from February 12 - April 7, 2017.

04/03/17 A PANEL ON THE FUTURE OF WILDFIRES IN WNC
MountainTrue and the Asheville Citizen-Times present “Before We Burn Again: A Panel on the Future of Wildfires in WNC.” Presented by MountainTrue and the Asheville Citizen-Times, and sponsored by French Broad Chocolates, Highland Brewing Company and the Nantahala Outdoor Center, this special event brings together leading experts in the fields of wildfire management, fire ecology, climate change and community planning to discuss the dangers and ecological benefits of wildfire, critical issues at play in last year’s historic wildfire season and appropriate, proactive responses and strategies to manage future wildfire phenomena, mitigate threats and economic impacts, and save human lives. Doors open at 5 PM. Presentation starts at 5:30 and goes until 7:30 PM. Location is Highland Brewing Company at 12 Old Charlotte Highway in Asheville. Admission by donation, registration required. Contact Mary Kate at 828-258-8737 or marykate@mountaintrue.org for more information on how to register.

04/03/17 HEALTHCARE LUNCH AND LEARN BY PISGAH LEGAL
Join us for an update on the state of health care: medical and legal perspectives with Pisgah Legal Services and Mission Health Partners. Pisgah Legal Services' core mission is to provide free civil legal advocacy to help low-income families meet their most basic needs: safety from abuse and violence in the home, affordable and stable housing, and access to affordable healthcare coverage and services. The future of healthcare and access to quality, affordable healthcare coverage and services is currently at stake under proposed healthcare legislation. With so many low-income people and families at risk of losing health care coverage, PLS is concerned about the high stakes for our clients and community. Please join Jaclyn Kiger, Managing Attorney at Pisgah Legal Services and Dr. Robert Fields, Medical Director of Mission Health Partners for a policy update and discussion on the current healthcare proposal and the impact on our community. They will cover the proposed legislation and impact on the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid and Medicare from the legal and medical perspectives. Time is noon to 1:30 PM and location is Tuton Hall at Trinity Episcopal Church at 60 Church Street in downtown Asheville. Lunch will be provided. $10 donation suggested. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Brent McKnight by March 30th at brent@pisgahlegal.org. 

04/04/17 WEEKLY PROGRESSIVE ORGANIZED WOMEN RALLY
Speakers address our elected representatives about a variety of topics. Time is 5 to 6 PM and location is Historic Courthouse Square in Hendersonville. This came from the Progressive Organized Women of Henderson County. Happens every Tuesday. 

04/04/17 ASHEVILLE NON VIOLENT COMMUNICATION CONSCIOUSNESS MEETING
Asheville NVC Consciousness is for those in the Asheville area interested in exploring what it means to embody and practice NVC. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) was developed by Marshall Rosenberg as a paradigm and tool to facilitate connection, authenticity, and understanding with ourselves and others. NVC is not about being nice. Unless nice is authentic for you in that moment. It's about honest expression and empathetic listening. Asheville NVC Consciousness meets the first Tuesday of every month from 7 to 9 PM. Location is Kairos West at 742 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Matthew at info@myswl.org or kairoswest742@gmail.com for more information.

04/04/17 CURRENT EVENTS BOOK CLUB AT MALAPROPS
They are reading “Kingdom of the Unjust”. The diminutive co-founder of Code Pink has become famous for fearlessly tackling head-on subjects the left and right studiously avoid. Here, she's researching the sinister nature of the relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. In seven succinct chapters followed by a meditation on prospects for change, Benjamin shines a light on one of the weirder, and most important, elements of our foreign policy. What is the origin of this strange alliance between two countries that have very little in common? Why does it persist, and what are its consequences? Why, over a period of decades and across various presidential administrations, has the United States consistently supported a regime shown time and again to be one of the most powerful forces working against American interests? Saudi Arabia is perhaps the single most important source of funds for terrorists worldwide, promoting an extreme interpretation of Islam along with anti-Western sentiment, while brutally repressing non-violent dissidents at home. Time is 7 PM and location is Malaprops at 55 Haywood Street in downtown Asheville.

04/04/17 TEACHING KIDS ABOUT RACISM AND RACIAL JUSTICE
“What is Racism? Structure, Intersectionality & Experience” is part one of a four part series on teaching kids about racism and racial justice. This series is designed to start with basic concepts to deepen your understanding of racism in our culture then move into more complex needs and scenarios for helping children to learn in classrooms and at home. These sessions will help you feel more empowered as parents and educators to be in discussion and supportive with kids developing a healthy understanding of racial diversity and how to work toward racial justice. Each event will include both a presentation of ideas and a workshop to engage those ideas. Events are run by Justina Prenatt, LPCA of Clover Heart Concepts, and Megan McCarter Martell, Executive Director of Programs at Odyssey. April 4 is “What is Racism? Structure, Intersectionality & Experience.” April 18 is “How do we talk about Race? Communication, Presence & Developmental Awareness.” May 2 is “What can teachers and parents do? Representation, Discussion, & Justice.” May 16 is “What's your Culture? Diversity, Similarities & Celebration.” Time is 6 to 8 PM and location is Odyssey Community School at 90 Zillicoa Street in Asheville. This is a Facebook event. Attendance at all four events is encouraged but is not required. The cost of the events and the childcare are free. Donations for the childcare are welcomed. For more information, contact learn@odysseycommunity.org or 828-259-3653. Registration for the events and for childcare, please contact learn@odysseycommunity.org for more information.

04/04/17 VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL - BECAUSE THE WARS STILL GO ON
Every Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 holds a vigil at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Time is 5 PM. This has been happening since 2002. No matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace. Last year, our former president dropped 26,000 bombs on seven different countries. The current president has already bombed one country, and has likely bombed a couple more. Meanwhile we are banning refugees from those countries we have destroyed. I am impressed at the protests against banning Muslims, but mystified at the lack of large protests against bombing Muslims. Isn’t bombing them worse than banning them? Show you are publicly against our country's endless wars and occupations by standing with Veterans for Peace.

04/04/17 PANEL ON GENDER MINORITIES AND FAITH TRADITIONS AT UNCA
Interfaith Panel on “Gender Minorities and Faith Traditions” with Rabbi Justin Goldstein, Rev. Michael Poulous, and Lea Anderson. Time is 7 PM and location is Karpen 038 at UNCA in Asheville. The panel with discuss text from different faith traditions that address the continuum of gender and gender identity. If you have questions about this please email Deborah at dmiles@unca.edu or call 828-232-5024.

04/04/17 CURRENT EVENTS BOOK CLUB AT MALAPROPS
Join host Bruce Roth for a lively discussion on topics of current interest including war and peace, the economy, the environment, and other hot political topics. They are reading “Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection” by Medea Benjamin. Time is 7 PM and location is Malaprops at 55 Haywood Street in downtown Asheville. Contact Bruce Roth  at rib0409@yahoo.com for more information. 

04/04/17 17 SHOWING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE EVENT DO!SCUSSION 
Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is a national network of groups educating and organizing white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for racial justice. Asheville SURJ hosts a weekly discussion group on risk-taking, accountability, mutual interest and how to call more white people into racial justice work. Anyone with a passion for working with white people on racial justice is welcome.  Time is 10 AM and location is Firestorm Cafe & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information. 

04/04/17 CONVERSATIONS ABOUT OUR DIVERSE WORLD AT MARS HILL UNIVERSITY
Thanks to a grant from Bringing Theory to Practice, MHU will be the site of many invigorating and provocative conversations to include all campus and interested community members. Conversation #5, Part I, is called “This Diverse World.” Time is 3 to 5 PM and location is Ramsey Center, Renfro Library at Mars Hill University. 

04/04/17 SHOWING OF THE FILM “1984” AT FINE ARTS THEATER IN ASHEVILLE
Screening of the classic film “1984” at the Fine Arts Theater in downtown Asheville on Biltmore Avenue. A stunning screen adaptation of George Orwell’s prophetic “1948” novel about a world in which the government completely controls the masses by controlling their thoughts, altering history and even changing the meaning of words to suit its needs. Showing time to be announced. Cost is $7.50 to $10. Call the Fine Arts Theater at 828.232.1536

04/05/17 SPEAKER ON POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY AT MARS HILL UNIVERSITY
A Whole New Paradigm: Human Nature and Politics in the XXIst Century. Pi Sigma Alpha (political honor society) is sponsoring Dr. Bill Kreml Professor Emeritus of the Political Science Department at the University of South Carolina to speak from the perspective of political psychology.  He will close with Q&A from interested students. Time is 7 to 8:15 PM and location is Belk Auditorium at Mars Hill University. 

04/05/17 CITIZENS-POLICE ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING
This meeting is organized by the City of Asheville. This meeting is free and open to the public. They meet in the first floor Conference Room at the Public Works Building at 161 South Charlotte Street in downtown Asheville. Time is 5 PM. Call 251-1122 for more information.

04/05/17 SIERRA CLUB MEETING
Join us to learn about the status of installing solar and wind clean energy generation in North Carolina. Hear from experts about our success in becoming a national leader in installed solar generation and the beginnings of wind power in our state. Find out what the future holds for both expanding solar and onshore/offshore wind energy generation. Hope in the form of wind and solar energy. Michael Shore, co-founder of First Light Solar and now president of Barber Wind Turbines will talk about the success of solar and wind energy. This event is free and open to the public. Location is the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville at 1 Edwin Place in north Asheville (Charlotte Street and Edwin Place). For more information, contact Gail Solomon at  gailwriter@msn.com or 908-963-7711.

04/05/17 BILL AYERS: DEMAND THE IMPOSSIBLE
Join us as we welcome Bill Ayers, here on a national tour to celebrate the release of his latest book, “Demand the Impossible! A Radical Manifesto.” In an era defined by mass incarceration, endless war, economic crisis, catastrophic environmental destruction, and a political system offering more of the same, radical social transformation has never been more urgent. We must imagine a world beyond what this rotten system would have us believe is possible. In critiquing the world around us, Ayers uncovers cracks in the system, raising our sights for radical change, and envisioning strategies for building a movement to create a more humane, balanced, and peaceful world. Bill Ayers is a social justice activist, teacher, Distinguished Professor of Education (retired) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and author of two memoirs, “Fugitive Days” and “Public Enemy.” Time is 6PM and this is hosted by Firestorm Coffee & Books. Location of this talk is 60 State Street in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information.

04/06/17 DOCUMENTARY AT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
We hear a lot about recycling, but reusing is even better for the environment. On Thursday, April 6th we'll be screening the film “ReUse: Because You Can't Recycle the Planet” in the upper showroom of the ReStore located at 33 Meadow Road in Asheville.  We invite you to join us for this mind-opening film and some light refreshments. Stick around afterwards for a 20% off storewide flash sale until 9pm. The event is free, with donations to Habitat welcome. Doors open at 6pm, with a few short opening remarks at 6:15. The film will begin promptly at 6:30pm. For more information, contact Habitat for Humanity at akjellquist@ashevillehabitat.org. 

04/06/17 GREEN DRINKS IN HENDERSONVILLE 
Hendersonville Green Drinks will present on Community Supported Agriculture. Time is 5:30 PM and location is Black Bear Coffee at 318 North Main Street in Hendersonville. Join us on Thursday, April 6, as Hendersonville Green Drinks welcomes Allison Perrett of Appalachian Sustainable Agricultural Project for a discussion on community supported agricultural. Contact Mary Kate at 828-258-8737 or marykate@mountaintrue.org for more information.

04/06/17 COMMUNITY RIGHTS MOVEMENT STUDY GROUP
This is a study group to learn more about the Community Rights Movement. If you would like to be more deeply informed about the legal process of passing a Community Bill of Rights and enjoy digesting information please join us. We will use Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund's online Democracy School and associated materials (on the web). We will do 4 weeks: March 16, 23, 30 and April 6. This will be on Thursdays from 5:30 to 7.30 PM. Location is The BLOCK off Biltmore at 39 South Market Street in downtown Asheville. This is a Facebook event under CELDF Democracy School Study Group.

04/06/17 AUTHOR EVENT AT MALAPROPS
Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café presents award-winning environmental journalist Mary Ellen Hannibal and her new book, “Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction.” Hannibal will discuss her new book.  Joining her in conversation will be Mallory D. McDuff, Professor, Environmental Studies/Outdoor Leadership, at Warren Wilson College. “Citizen Scientist” is Hannibal’s story of the flourishing community of volunteers who help conserve nature. Alongside this heroic cast of fellow ‘citizen scientists’ Hannibal wades into tide pools, follows hawks, and scours mountains to collect data on threatened species, and finds the makings of what may be our last, best, hope in slowing an unprecedented mass extinction. Time is 7 PM and location is Malaprops at 55 Haywood Street in downtown Asheville. Contact Melanie at 828.254.6734 or melanie@malaprops.com for more information. 

04/07/17 ANTI-RACISM ACCOUNTABILITY GROUP AT UNITARIAN CONGREGATION
A weekly group focused on Standing Up For Racial Justice core values for people beginning to wake up to the impact of white supremacy on our culture and seeking a safe place to begin to talk about it. Time is 10 AM and location is 23 Edwin Place, next to Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville. Contact Elizabeth at elizabeth@lainschell.com for more information.

04/08/17 FILM AT FIRESTORM
Black Star Line Spring Film Series presents “Their Eyes Were Watching God” one of six films presented by Black Star Line, Asheville's new queer-, black- woman-owned brewery. “Their Eyes Were Watching God” is an American Broadcasting Company television movie based upon Zora Neale Hurston's 1937 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Darnell Martin and produced by Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions. Call 828-708-7010 for more information about the film. Time is 2 PM and location is Firestorm Coffee & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information.

04/08/17 CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY MEETING
Come join us to help advance our mission to build political will for a livable world. We'll listen to the national call and talk about our strategies in Asheville and WNC to help pass national bipartisan legislation on climate change - called Carbon Fee & Dividend. All political parties are welcome to join in this effort - conservative, liberal, progressive, libertarian, etc. Citizens Climate Lobby meets the second Saturday of each month at Kairos West Community Center, 610 Haywood Road (enter in back) in west Asheville. We are advocating for a Carbon Fee & Dividend, which would impose a fee on fossil fuels at point entry; this fee will be refunded to individuals and families. There is bipartisan support in Congress as this will create jobs and help grow the economy, boosting renewables. Time is 12:30 to 3 PM. For more information, contact asheville@citizensclimatelobby.org.

04/08/17 GREEN RIVER SPRING CLEANING
This year MountainTrue is partnering with the Green River community to help support their annual Green River cleaning. Whether you want to hop in a boat or walk along the shore, all kinds of volunteers are needed to help clear the Green River of trash and debris. We’ll meet at 10 AM at the Fish Top Access Point on Green River Cove Road near Saluda, and meet back up at 5 PM at The Gorge Zipline for an after party of great views and beverages. Volunteers should bring sturdy shoes, clothing that can get wet, appropriate weather gear, lunch and snacks, water, sunscreen, etc. MountainTrue will provide boats and PFD’s for volunteers who want to be on the water. Contact Gray at 828-692-0385 or gray@mountaintrue.org for more information and to register.

04/08/17 STAND AGAINST RACISM EVENT FOR CHILDREN
Dancing Bear Toys (a family owned toy store) is teaming up with Spellbound Bookshop (a locally owned children's bookstore) to host a superhero-themed social justice training program for kids. From April-October, the stores will host monthly events with a different social justice themes (anti-racism, women's empowerment, environmentalism, etc.) to train kids to be modern-day superheros. Each month that a child participates, they'll receive a prize from a local business. Time is 1 to 2 PM and location is Dancing Bear Toys at 518 Kenilworth Road in Asheville. For more information, contact Marylee Sumeriski at 828-255-8697. 

04/09/17 ‘EQUAL MEANS EQUAL’ FILM SCREENING 
This award-winning documentary offers an unflinching look at how women are treated in the US today. Real-life stories uncover discriminatory ways and reveal the inadequacy of present laws that claim to protect women. It presents a compelling argument for the urgency to ratify the ERA. On 2/14/17 the ERA was introduced to the NC General Assembly.  It is now in the Rules Committee, which decides if it passes through for a vote.  Please call, write or visit these committee members to encourage them to pass the ERA. Time for this screening is 3 to 5 PM and location is The Block Off Biltmore at 39 South Market Street in downtown Asheville. Free. Email Amanda at amanda.eramarch@gmail.com for more information. Or call 828-254-9277 for more information.

04/11/17 VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL - BECAUSE THE WARS STILL GO ON
Every Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 holds a vigil at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Time is 5 PM. This has been happening since 2002. No matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace. Last year, our former president dropped 26,000 bombs on seven different countries. The current president has already bombed one country, and has likely bombed a couple more. Meanwhile we are banning refugees from those countries we have destroyed. I am impressed at the protests against banning Muslims, but mystified at the lack of large protests against bombing Muslims. Isn’t bombing them worse than banning them? Show you are publicly against our country's endless wars and occupations by standing with Veterans for Peace.

04/11/17 17 SHOWING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE EVENT DO!SCUSSION 
Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is a national network of groups educating and organizing white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for racial justice. Asheville SURJ hosts a weekly discussion group on risk-taking, accountability, mutual interest and how to call more white people into racial justice work. Anyone with a passion for working with white people on racial justice is welcome.  Time is 10 AM and location is Firestorm Cafe & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information. 

04/11/17 STANDING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE EDUCATION WORKING GROUP
A facilitated meeting to build the infrastructure of educational opportunities within Asheville Showing Up for Racial Justice. Time is 6 PM and location is Firestorm Coffee & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information.

04/11/17 WEEKLY PROGRESSIVE ORGANIZED WOMEN RALLY IN HENDERSONVILE
Speakers address our elected representatives about a variety of topics. Time is 5 to 6 PM and location is Historic Courthouse Square in Hendersonville. This came from the Progressive Organized Women of Henderson County. Happens every Tuesday. 

04/12/17 WOMEN’S MARCH HUDDLE FOR REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH RIGHTS
Time is 5:30 to 7 PM and location is The Block Off Biltmore at 39 South Market Street in downtown Asheville. Call 828-254-9277 for more information.

04/12/17 STAND WITH PLANNED PARENTHOOD
An opportunity to gather and protest the current legislation that aims to defund Planned Parenthood. The rally will highlight women's reproductive rights and the right to choose what to do with our own bodies. The rally will also be a donation-based fundraiser for our local Planned Parenthood. Time is 2 to 5 PM and location is Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. This is a Facebook event.

04/13/17 STAND AGAINST RACISM EVENT 
Wages are stagnant, cost of living is skyrocketing, vacancies are at critical lows and certain population are flooding in as others are being pushed out. So what do we need to talk about when we talk about unaffordable housing? More importantly, who do we need to be talking to? The Facing Project is a national effort that attempts to build communities and address pertinent issues through storytelling. Community members shared their stories--of living through and fighting the legacies of Asheville's housing policies--with UNCA students. On April 13th, these stories will be read and performed for you. Join us for an evening of critical dialogue and storytelling as we fight to face the issue of housing in Asheville. Time is 6:30 to 8 PM and location is the Key Center at 20-44 Eagle Street in Asheville. For more information, contact JaNesha Slaughter at 704.493.2042. 

04/13/17 ASHEVILLE JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
The film “1945” is based on the short story “Homecoming” by Gabor Santo. This is a Hungarian film with English subtitles. In this astonishingly haunting film, deep undercurrents run beneath the simple surface in a quaint village that is ultimately forced to face up to its “ill-gotten gains” from the second World War. Time is 7 PM and location is Fine Arts Theatre at 36 Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville. Admission is $10. 

04/14/17 ASHEVILLE JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
The film “1945” is based on the short story “Homecoming” by Gabor Santo. This is a Hungarian film with English subtitles. In this astonishingly haunting film, deep undercurrents run beneath the simple surface in a quaint village that is ultimately forced to face up to its “ill-gotten gains” from the second World War. Time is 1 PM and location is Fine Arts Theatre at 36 Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville. Admission is $10. 

04/14/17 UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM NIGHT
We are screening “After Spring” - a documentary about the Syrian refugee crisis.  Time is 7 PM and location is Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Asheville at Charlotte and Edwin Streets in north Asheville.  With the Syrian conflict now in its sixth year, millions of people continue to be displaced. “After Spring” is the story of what happens next. By following two refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will experience what it is like to live in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees. With no end in sight for the conflict or this refugee crisis, everyone must decide if they can rebuild their lives in a place that was never meant to be permanent. World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2016. No charge for the film, but donations are welcome. Contact Norman at mnpopi@charter.net for more information.

04/14/17 ANTI-RACISM ACCOUNTABILITY GROUP AT UNITARIAN CONGREGATION
A weekly group focused on Standing Up For Racial Justice core values for people beginning to wake up to the impact of white supremacy on our culture and seeking a safe place to begin to talk about it. Time is 10 AM and location is 23 Edwin Place, next to Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville. Contact Elizabeth at elizabeth@lainschell.com for more information.
  
4/15/17 FILM AT FIRESTORM
Black Star Line Spring Film Series presents “Queen” one of six films presented by Black Star Line, Asheville's new queer-, black- woman-owned brewery. A Delhi girl from a traditional family sets out on a solo honeymoon after her marriage gets cancelled. Rani Mehra is an under-confident young Punjabi woman from Delhi.[6] One day prior to her wedding, her fiancé Vijay tells her that he no longer wishes to marry her. He explains that his lifestyle has changed after living abroad, and her conservative habits would be a wrong match for him. Stunned at the development, Rani shuts herself in her room for a day. Wanting to take control of the situation, she asks her parents permission to go alone on her pre-booked honeymoon to Paris and Amsterdam. In Paris, Rani meets Vijayalakshmi, a free-spirited woman of French-Spanish-Indian descent, who works at the hotel in which Rani stays. Overwhelmed by the new city and having gotten into trouble twice - once with the local police and once with a robber - Rani intends to return to India. However, Vijayalakshmi helps her out and gives her a tour around the city. The two have a series of adventures, during which Rani relives the memories of Vijay patronising her and forbidding her from dancing and drinking - which she's free to do in Paris. Call 828-708-7010 for more information about the film. Time is 2 PM and location is Firestorm Coffee & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information.

04/18/17 TEACHING KIDS ABOUT RACISM AND RACIAL JUSTICE
“What is Racism? Structure, Intersectionality & Experience” is part one of a four part series on teaching kids about racism and racial justice. This series is designed to start with basic concepts to deepen your understanding of racism in our culture then move into more complex needs and scenarios for helping children to learn in classrooms and at home. These sessions will help you feel more empowered as parents and educators to be in discussion and supportive with kids developing a healthy understanding of racial diversity and how to work toward racial justice. Each event will include both a presentation of ideas and a workshop to engage those ideas. Events are run by Justina Prenatt, LPCA of Clover Heart Concepts, and Megan McCarter Martell, Executive Director of Programs at Odyssey. April 4 is “What is Racism? Structure, Intersectionality & Experience.” April 18 is “How do we talk about Race? Communication, Presence & Developmental Awareness.” May 2 is “What can teachers and parents do? Representation, Discussion, & Justice.” May 16 is “What's your Culture? Diversity, Similarities & Celebration.” Time is 6 to 8 PM and location is Odyssey Community School at 90 Zillicoa Street in Asheville. This is a Facebook event. Attendance at all four events is encouraged but is not required. The cost of the events and the childcare are free. Donations for the childcare are welcomed. For more information, contact learn@odysseycommunity.org or 828-259-3653. Registration for the events and for childcare, please go to https://goo.gl/forms/Hw85y5dXNEdeAT6d2

04/18/17 COMMUNITY VIEWING AND DISCUSSION OF THE MOVIE “13TH”
Francine Delany New School will be hosting a viewing of the Netflix documentary by Filmmaker Ava DuVernay. “13th” explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. Subtitle for the film is: from slave to criminal with just one amendment. Time is 6 PM for the movie. If you have seen the movie before, feel free to join us at 7:45 PM for the discussion. Location is Francine Delany New School for Children at 119 Brevard Road in Asheville. Dogwood Building. This is a Facebook event.

04/18/17 VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL - BECAUSE THE WARS STILL GO ON
Every Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 holds a vigil at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Time is 5 PM. This has been happening since 2002. No matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace. Last year, our former president dropped 26,000 bombs on seven different countries. The current president has already bombed one country, and has likely bombed a couple more. Meanwhile we are banning refugees from those countries we have destroyed. I am impressed at the protests against banning Muslims, but mystified at the lack of large protests against bombing Muslims. Isn’t bombing them worse than banning them? Show you are publicly against our country's endless wars and occupations by standing with Veterans for Peace.

04/18/17 17 SHOWING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE EVENT DO!SCUSSION 
Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is a national network of groups educating and organizing white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for racial justice. Asheville SURJ hosts a weekly discussion group on risk-taking, accountability, mutual interest and how to call more white people into racial justice work. Anyone with a passion for working with white people on racial justice is welcome.  Time is 10 AM and location is Firestorm Cafe & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information. 

04/18/17 WEEKLY PROGRESSIVE ORGANIZED WOMEN RALLY IN HENDERSONVILLE
Speakers address our elected representatives about a variety of topics. Time is 5 to 6 PM and location is Historic Courthouse Square in Hendersonville. This came from the Progressive Organized Women of Henderson County. Happens every Tuesday. 

04/19/17 GREEN DRINKS
This is a Sustainability and Social Justice Meet-up. Come early for community connections and green drink specials. This happens on the third Wednesday of each month.  Socializing from 5:30 – 6PM and presentation from  6 – 7PM. Location is The Block Off Biltmore at 39 South Market Street at Asheville. Call 828-254-9277 for more information.

04/20/17 CREATION CARE ALLIANCE GENERAL MEETING
Join the Creation Care Alliance of WNC for a general meeting as we inspire one another to good work and discuss our work empowering care for creation. We will connect with one another and explore ways to care for creation. Everyone is welcome. The meeting will be held in the First Baptist Church of Asheville in Room MB306, which is upstairs. Address is 5 Oak Street in downtown Asheville. Time is 5:30 to 7 PM. If you have any questions, please contact Scott Hardin-Nieri at scott@creationcarealliance.org.

04/20/17 FUNDRAISER FOR CHILDREN FIRST/COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOL
We are hosting our 6th annual “Are You Smarter Than an Elementary Student?” trivia night fundraiser on Thursday, April 20 and we would appreciate your support in helping to spread the word about this event. We are still recruiting teams and we would love to have you and your friends and colleagues join us for the fun. Teams are made up of 4 to 6 people for $300 a team, costumes are highly encouraged and food, childcare and an adult beverage will be provided for participating team members so a great time can be had by all. Gather 4 to 6 of your smartest or most fun friends, family and colleagues to form a trivia team for local non-profit Children First/Communities In Schools (CIS) 6th annual “pub-style” trivia contest, “Are You Smarter Than an Elementary Student?” Teams will answer basic knowledge and pop-culture questions with a few surprises thrown in. Groups will vie for great prize packages from local recreational facilities, area restaurants, The Omni Grove Park Inn and more. Time is 6 to 9 PM and location is Morris Hellenic Cultural Center at 227 Cumberland Avenue in Asheville. Proceeds benefit Children First/Communities in Schools. Contact Kate at KateF@childrenfirstbc.org or 828-214-5052 for more information, including how to register a team. 

04/21/17 TRUTH TELLING ON RACIAL CONFLICTS AND ‘THE DOCTRINE OF DISCOVERY’ 
Experience Navajo educator, Mark Charles, in a presentation on a domination framework giving moral and legal rights to invade, seize and enslave people who were not Christian. Dating back to the 15th century, numerous historical documents are still encoded in our legal system today -  as shown by U.S. Supreme Court rulings as recent as 2005. This dynamic visionary speaker will be at Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church at 101 Chapel Drive in Swannanoa. Time is 7 to 9 PM. Time includes Q & A and refreshments. This event is free and open to the public (donations will be welcome). For more information, contact Paul at phultberg@charter.net or (828) 505-1026.

04/21/17 ANTI-RACISM ACCOUNTABILITY GROUP AT UNITARIAN CONGREGATION
A weekly group focused on Standing Up For Racial Justice core values for people beginning to wake up to the impact of white supremacy on our culture and seeking a safe place to begin to talk about it. Time is 10 AM and location is 23 Edwin Place, next to Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville. Contact Elizabeth at elizabeth@lainschell.com for more information.

04/21/17 to 04/23/17 ASHEVILLE CELEBRATES EARTH WEEK
“We Are All Connected!” – Asheville Celebrates Earth Week April 21-23. We are all connected! The City of Asheville has joined forces with numerous community partners to bring you a weekend full of earth day events and family-friendly activities to celebrate this important holiday. The City of Asheville, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, Equinox, GreenWorks, New Belgium Brewing, Organic Grower’s School, Mountain True and RiverLink are hosting Asheville Earth Week on April 21, 22, and 23. With multiple events at different locations over three days, Asheville Earth Week organizers hopes this celebration reinforces a mantra that our community embraces, which is “We are all connected.” On Friday, April 21, MountainTrue is coordinating corporate Earth Day service projects including river clean ups on the French Broad River and invasive plant removal at local parks. To sign your company up, contact Susan Bean at susan@mountiantrue.org or (828) 258-8737 x216. Also on Friday, April 21, join us for a sustainability tour along the newest section of the French Broad River Greenway, which starts at a new trail head at the intersection of Emma Road and Craven Street. The self- guided tour begins at 3:30 PM and will include stations along the way to learn more about greenways, riverfront redevelopment, complete streets and the Asheville Edibles program. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new greenway and the Craven Street Improvements project at 4:30 PM. 

04/22/17 INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP ON DECODING AMERICA’S GREATNESS AND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN POWER & AUTHORITY
“Decoding America’s Greatness and The Difference between Power and Authority” is the title of this interactive workshop facilitated by dynamic, visionary Navajo educator, Mark Charles. This interactive workshop will help us understand the roots of social injustice including systemic racial structures. Event will be held at the Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting at 137 Center Avenue in Black Mountain. Fee is $30 before April 1st and $35 thereafter. Fee includes lunch. Workshop limited to 30 participants. Make checks payable to Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting and mail to Paul Hultberg at 212 Richmond Hill Drive in Asheville, NC, 28806. Please include your email and phone number. For more information, contact Paul at phultberg@charter.net or (828) 505-1026.

04/22/17 MARCH FOR MEDICAL CANNABIS FOR NORTH CAROLINA
We can no longer fear Big Pharma because 70% of NC citizens support medical cannabis. The citizens of North Carolina understand that denying the sick safe access to safe medicine is not only dangerous, but morally wrong. We are uniting in a statewide campaign to push our legislators to protect those who want to treat their illness with a safer alternative. Vote yes to House Bill 185. We are tired of being locked up and denied rights to what keeps us well. You do not have to smoke cannabis to stand with the sick who need it, to understand this will fight the opiate epidemic, and begin to heal our community naturally. This is a statewide effort with marches taking place across the state. Time is 2 to 3:30 PM. We will meet at Pritchard Park for some speakers, then march to Vance Monument. We are here not to break the law but to reform it. Bring signs, smiles, and respect. Looking forward to seeing you. This is a Facebook event, hosted by NC NORML of Asheville.

04/22/17 DOCUMENTARY SHOWING FOR EARTH DAY
Earth Day film and panel discussion on “Seed: The Untold Story.” Join us for this wonderful film and discussion. “Seed: The Untold Story” tells a beautiful tale of seed diversity and its sad demise. The film takes us on a journey through heart wrenching stories of betrayal and loss, sobering facts about where seed is today -- and isn't -- and the threats to seed diversity that threaten our very existence. From 544 varieties of cabbage, we have just 28; from 158 varieties of cauliflower, we now have 9, and the list goes on. “We have lost 94% of vegetable seed varieties in the 20th century,” we are told at the start of the film. It is truly enough to make you weep...and to inspire action to save our heritage for a sustainable future. Time spent with both traditional seed savers and seed saving pioneers working daily to bring back what was stolen from us through chemical use, GMO technology and corporate control of world politics, is also time spent with the innate beauty of seed. Filmed with reverence and an understanding of the miracle of life that seed truly is “Seed: The Untold Story” carries us closer to seed in a very intimate, even sensual, way. From seed is born the root of our existence. We'll gather together in community for an exploration of seed, as never does a gathering of caring people convene that a seed of hope is not planted.Time is 5:30 PM and location is Lenoir-Rhyne University in Asheville at 36 Montford Avenue. Donations accepted at the door. This is a Facebook event.

04/22/17 EARTH DAY SKILL SHARE FAIR
Transition Asheville and the Earth Team of First Congregational UCC will sponsor a Skill Sharing event to honor Earth Day. Participants can choose from a variety of practical skills that can help us live more sustainably on earth. Among the skills being shared by experienced teachers are the following: making homes more energy efficient; a range of tips for conserving resources; how to make a solar oven; vegetarian cooking; worm composting for gardeners; principles of permaculture; tree identification; basic carpentry; and how to plant and care for trees. The event will take place at the First Congregational UCC at 20 Oak St. in downtown Asheville. This will happen from 10 AM until 3PM. For more information, contact Ron Martin-Adkins at skillsforresilience@yahoo.com.

04/23/17 EARTH DAY VIGIL IN ASHEVILLE
Time is 5 to 7 PM and location is Pritchard Park at 67 Patton Avenue in downtown Asheville. Earth Day Vigil with the Creation Care Alliance called “Active Hope.” Time is 5 to 6:30 PM with a reception to follow. The Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina will host a vigil celebrating God's creation and calling on people of faith to care for it. We will gather Pritchard Park for an afternoon of song, poetry, reflection, and to hear messages of inspiration and action from local faith and community leaders. All are welcome! A reception will follow at Jubilee! Community Church at 46 Wall Street in downtown Asheville. Jubilee is also our rain out location. This event is free.

04/24/17 DIPLOMACY & MEDIA IN A CHAOTIC WORLD
Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Colton, Diplomat-in-Residence at Lenoir-Rhyne University-Asheville, will present four lectures focused on Diplomacy, Politics and News. Dr. Colton is an Emmy-award winning journalist who has worked for ABC News, NBC News, Newsweek, and NPR. The Asheville native also had a distinguished career as a U.S. Foreign Service diplomat in seven Middle Eastern countries. The Monday night series includes: April 24 - Navigating Flash Points of US Politics, Foreign Policy and World Diplomacy; and May 22 - Global Diplomacy and Asheville in the world. All lectures will take place at Lenoir-Rhyne’s Asheville Center, which is located at 36 Montford Avenue in downtown Asheville. Doors will open each night at 5 PM, and lectures will begin at 5:30 PM.  RSVP is required, so please call 828-407-4263. This is a Facebook event and was in the Mountain Express.

04/25/17 MOVIE NIGHT AT THE COLLIDER
The Collider and Oskar Blues Brewery launch a new monthly climate and environmental film series at The Collider, open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 PM, the film starts at 7. The first four evenings will feature episodes from the award-winning series, “Years of Living Dangerously.” Oskar Blues will provide beer and, of course, we’ll also have popcorn. Tonight we will show “Safe Passage” with Bradley Whitford and “The Road Ahead” with Ty Burrell, and “Uprising” featuring “The Coal Wars” with America Ferrera and “Elephant in the Room” with Sigourney Weaver. This is a Facebook event.

04/25/17 ASHEVILLE TIMEBANK POTLUCK
Asheville TimeBank will hold its monthly potluck dinner on the 4th Tuesday of April at 6:15 PM, at St. Mary's Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall on Charlotte Street in Asheville. Enter via Evelyn Way off Charlotte Street. Open to everyone - TimeBank members and also those who would like to learn about getting needs met outside the cash economy. Bring your laptop if you'd like some individual help. Contact Cathy Holt at cathyfholt@gmail.com for more information.

04/25/17 VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL - BECAUSE THE WARS STILL GO ON
Every Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 holds a vigil at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Time is 5 PM. This has been happening since 2002. No matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace. Last year, our former president dropped 26,000 bombs on seven different countries. The current president has already bombed one country, and has likely bombed a couple more. Meanwhile we are banning refugees from those countries we have destroyed. I am impressed at the protests against banning Muslims, but mystified at the lack of large protests against bombing Muslims. Isn’t bombing them worse than banning them? Show you are publicly against our country's endless wars and occupations by standing with Veterans for Peace.

04/25/17 SHOWING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE EVENT DO!SCUSSION 
Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is a national network of groups educating and organizing white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for racial justice. Asheville SURJ hosts a weekly discussion group on risk-taking, accountability, mutual interest and how to call more white people into racial justice work. Anyone with a passion for working with white people on racial justice is welcome.  Time is 10 AM and location is Firestorm Cafe & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information. 

04/25/17 WEEKLY PROGRESSIVE ORGANIZED WOMEN RALLY IN HENDERSONVILLE
Speakers address our elected representatives about a variety of topics. Time is 5 to 6 PM and location is Historic Courthouse Square in Hendersonville. This came from the Progressive Organized Women of Henderson County. Happens every Tuesday. 

04/27/17 ASHEVILLE JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Writer-actor Aaron Davidman embodies seventeen different characters in and around the city of Jerusalem as he takes us on an eye-opening journey into the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian story. Exploring universal questions of identity and human connection, this film challenges the audience to reconsider their views on the Israeli-Palestinian story in light of the film. This is a closing night reception to the Asheville Jewish Film Festival and director Aaron Davidman will be present. Time is 6 PM and location is Fine Arts Theatre at 36 Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville. Admission is $25.

04/28/17 ASHEVILLE JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Writer-actor Aaron Davidman embodies seventeen different characters in and around the city of Jerusalem as he takes us on an eye-opening journey into the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian story. Exploring universal questions of identity and human connection, this film challenges the audience to reconsider their views on the Israeli-Palestinian story in light of the film. Time is 1 PM and location is Fine Arts Theatre at 36 Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville. Admission is $10.

04/28/17 ANTI-RACISM ACCOUNTABILITY GROUP AT UNITARIAN CONGREGATION
A weekly group focused on Standing Up For Racial Justice core values for people beginning to wake up to the impact of white supremacy on our culture and seeking a safe place to begin to talk about it. Time is 10 AM and location is 23 Edwin Place, next to Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville. Contact Elizabeth at elizabeth@lainschell.com for more information.

04/28/17 SILENT VIGIL FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM IN HENDERSONVILLE
This will be at the Henderson County Courthouse on Main Street in Hendersonville (between 1st and 2nd Streets) from 5 to 6 PM. There will be signs available for people to hold, or you can bring your won.  This is a coalition of churches and nonprofits. This came from the Progressive Organized Women of Henderson County. Happens monthly.

04/29/17 SIERRA CLUB BUS TO DC FROM ASHEVILLE
The People’s Climate March is April 29 in Washington DC and Sierra Club WENOCA has chartered a bus to take you there. We are grateful to the national Sierra Club and the NC chapter for subsidizing the cost of the bus. Therefore, your cost for a round trip ticket is $48.47 ($30 for bus + $10 for MetroRail card + $5 for water, snacks, etc. + $3.47 service charge). Please print your ticket and show it when boarding the bus. The bus will leave the night of April 28 and return the morning of April 30. You will not need a hotel because the bus will be traveling through the night. If you cannot make the trip but would like to make a donation to help someone who wants to go but can’t afford it, you can do that at the same link. Don’t delay - we are expecting this bus to fill up fast. Contact Judy at judymattox@sbcglobal.net for more information. Go here to get tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peoples-climate-march-bus-asheville-to-dc-tickets-32859388315

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ONGOING EVENTS
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TUESDAY
Veterans for Peace have a weekly vigil at 5 PM at Pack Square, Vance Monument during most of the year, but after standard time kicks in, they meet at 4:30 PM. 
Showing Up for Racial Justice Do!scussion at Firestorm Coffee & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. 10 AM. Educating and organizing white people for racial justice. 
Rally at historic Courthouse in Hendersonville at 5 PM. Organized by the Progressive Organized Women. 

WEDNESDAY
Haywood Peace Vigilers have a weekly vigil at 4 PM at Haywood County Courthouse in Waynesville
French Broad Riverkeeper has a paddle-n-plant to prevent sediment erosion most Wednesdays and Saturdays. Registration required at anna@mountaintrue.org. 
Green Grannies Book Club meets at noon at Firestorm at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. 
Green Drinks meets at 7 PM at The Block Off Biltmore on the third Wednesday of the month.
Sierra Club meets at 7 PM at Unitarian Universalist in Asheville on the first Wednesday of the month.

THURSDAY
Political Prisoners Letter Writing at Firestorm Coffee & Books at 6 PM on fourth Thursday of the month. Materials provided.
Welcome Home Tour by Homeward Bound on the third Thursday of the month at 11 AM. Call 258-1695 for more information.
Asheville Prison Books Program is held at Downtown Books & News from 4 to 7 PM. 

FRIDAY
Women in Black have a weekly vigil at noon at the City Hall in Hendersonville.
Standing Up For Racial Justice event is held at 10 AM at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville. Educating and organizing white people for racial justice.

SATURDAY
French Broad Riverkeeper has a paddle-n-plant to prevent sediment erosion most Wednesdays and Saturdays. Registration required at anna@mountaintrue.org. 
Mountain True holds urban forest workdays on the second Saturday of the month at Richmond Hill Park from 9 AM to 1 PM. Call 258-8737 for more information.
Citizen’s Climate Lobby meeting at 12:30 PM at Kairos West Community Center on second Saturday of the month.
Food Not Bombs serves free vegan/vegetarian food every Saturday at noon at Pritchard Park.

SUNDAY
Asheville National Organization for Women meeting at 2:30 PM at YWCA of Asheville on second Sunday of the month.

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ACTIONS AND READINGS
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From local activist Anne Craig:

You might know that I am a participant in a discussion and education effort called PAJET-Palestinian And Jewish Egalitarian Team. We have met monthly for the past year and a half to discuss the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, to educate ourselves about this conflict, to explore possible solutions, and to raise awareness of these matters in the Asheville community. Because we are committed to human rights for all people, we are concerned with the anti-Muslim, anti-semitic, anti-immigrant, homophobic, transphobic, and racist atmosphere now gripping our nation and how it may affect our local community. 

In an effort to counter this destructive atmosphere, we initiated a plan to install a billboard that welcomes all people to our wonderful city. With the help of the Mayor’s office and the Chamber of Commerce, we have secured a significant donation from Fairway Outdoor, approximately $50,000 covering the rental fee for a year of billboard space and its graphic design. We’ve attached a mockup of the billboard message to be created. We are very excited that this positive message will be seen by many thousands of visitors and citizens over the next year.

To accomplish this vision, we need to raise $1125 for the vinyl billboard. We welcome donations of any amount. Checks should say “Billboard” in the memo line and be made out to WNCCEIB and mailed to PO Box 18640, Asheville 28814. Western North Carolina Citizens Ending Institutional Bigotry is a 501 C3 organization which has agreed to be our fiscal sponsor, so donations to this important project are tax-deductible. 

Let’s join together in getting out the message that Asheville is an inclusive and welcoming community. Thanks for your consideration. Best wishes, Anne

[I could not include a picture of the billboard in this email, but I really liked it. Email Anne if you have questions or want her to send you a picture of the billboard. Her email is Anne Craig . - dancewater]

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