Sunday, May 01, 2016

Upcoming events for the week of May 1, 2016

UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR BY DANCEWATER

05/02/16 DINNER WITH PROGRESSIVES
Please join us for dinner, dessert or a beverage together this Monday at 5:30 PM at Green Sage cafe in Westgate with fellow progressives. We ask that attendees purchase either dinner, a beverage and/or dessert and RSVP so we can give our friends at Green Sage a headcount. We have speaker, Cam MacQueen, sister of former congressional candidate and public school teacher Tate MacQueen. Progressive politics run in the family. Following the 2014 where she was active in her brother's campaign, she traveled to Ferguson for 6 days protesting the failure to indict Darren Wilson. In November of 2015, she opened THE BLOCK off biltmore, an EcoVegan, Social Justice bar, to serve as a progressive-minded gathering space. Also, Sam will lead a short discussion about the TPP and we will provide information about the court date coming up in May, in Morganton about Asheville's water. To RSVP or for more information, contact Cheryl at ctorengo@gmail.com.

05/03/16 ASHEVILLE TRANSIT COMMITTEE MEETING
Time is 3:30 to 5 PM and location is the 1st Floor Conference Room at City Hall.

05/03/16 CURRENT EVENTS BOOK CLUB 
Current event book club discusses “War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification” by Jeff Halper at 7 PM at Malaprops. No further information.

05/04/16 PEACE CORPS INFORMATION SESSION
Throughout its history, the Peace Corps has adapted and responded to the issues of the times. In an ever-changing world, Peace Corps Volunteers have met new challenges with innovation, creativity, determination, and compassion. In this multi-media class, local area Peace Corps Representative and returned 50+ Volunteer, Deborah Buckley (Romania 2009 – 2011, Environment; 2013, Roma youth), will lead a visual and audio presentation about the Agency as well as share stories, photos, and artifacts from returned Volunteers / OLLI members who also served later in life. Time is 9 to 10:30 AM and location is the Manheimer Room at the Reuter Center at UNCA. For more information, contact Deborah at 704.905.3074.

05/04/16 SIERRA CLUB MEETING / GREEN DRINKS
Gardening on a small scale can have enormous impacts on your backyard ecosystem, your health, and the planet. Learn tips to create successful vegetable & berry gardens through site selection, building soil health and managing pest problems... just in time for spring planting season! Meeting starts at 7 PM and location is the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Edwin and Charlotte Streets in north Asheville. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Judy at judymattox@sbcglobal.net or call 828-683-2176.

05/05/16 RENT PARTY FUNDRAISER FOR PISGAH LEGAL
Your ticket includes live blues music by the Chuck Beattie Band, delicious southern eats, craft beer by Hi-Wire Brewing & wine. Tickets are $20/person. Time is 5:30 PM and location is the YMI Cultural Center at 39 South Market Street in Asheville. Contact Betsy Ellis at betsy@pisgahlegal.org or 828-210-3444 for more information or instructions on how to get tickets.

05/05/16 AUTHOR PRESENTATION AT MALAPROPS
Leslie Boyd will present “Life O’Mike” at 6 PM at Malaprops in downtown Asheville. Come and hear about Mike's life and how it moved his mother to become an activist for access to quality healthcare for everyone. Contact Malaprop’s for more information.

05/05/16 SENIOR SUFFRAGE VOTING RIGHTS MARCH
Senior Suffrage Voting Rights March will be at 10:30 AM on Thursday May 5th from Prichard Park to Asheville Citizen Times Building. For More Information contact Annie at 828.606.0499.

05/06/16 CANCELED: LECTURE AT UNCA ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Climate Change: Some Inconvenient Technological and Economic Truths, by Lenny Bernstein. While there is widespread agreement that human-induced climate change is the most serious long-term environmental problem the world faces, there is little understanding of how drastic a change is necessary to eliminate the human impact on the climate system. Much of the world’s attention has focused on limiting temperature change in this century to 2o C. The agreement negotiated in Paris in December 2015 did not meet this goal. Even if it had, it would have been only a small step toward the ultimate goal of stabilizing the climate system. Lenny Bernstein was a member of the writing team of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which, along with Al Gore, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. In his talk, Dr. Bernstein will explain why stabilization of climate system requires that net emission of long-lived greenhouse gases, particularly CO2, be reduced to essentially zero. He will explore some of the available non-CO2 technology options and briefly speculate on others that might become available. He will also discuss the policy options for driving the needed technological change. This lecture is free and open to the public. Time is 11:30 AM to 1:15 PM and location is room 102A at the Reuter Center at UNCA. This is part of the Fab Friday Lecture series.

05/07/16 WILD SOUTH GREEN GALA
This event will showcase Wild South's legacy of 25 years and honor winners and top nominees of the Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Awards. The awards are given for outstanding contributions to environmental conservation in 2015. Wild South works throughout the region, inspiring people to enjoy, value and protect the wild character and natural legacy of the South. Dinner, music, the award ceremony, and one drink ticket will be provided in the cost of the $35 ticket. There will also be a silent auction and raffle to benefit Wild South, with generous donations from our sponsors. Time is 6 to 10 PM and location is The Millroom at 66 Asheland Avenue in Asheville. Contact Hannah at hannah@wildsouth.org for more information.

05/09/16 ELECTRIC VEHICLES: HISTORY, ENGINEERING, BENEFITS, TRENDS
Our guest speaker will be Rudy Beharrysingh, UNCA Math Lab Director and EV enthusiast. He is a debunker of EV myths, a participant in EV events and environmental issues in WNC, and a member of the Blue Ridge EV Club. This is a Transition Asheville meeting and location is the Parish Hall at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church at 337 Charlotte Street in Asheville. Time is 6:30 to 8 PM. Contact TransitionAsheville@gmail.com for more information.

05/10/16 VETERANS FOR PEACE MEETING
On the second Tuesday of each month, Western North Carolina Veterans for Peace meets to coordinate group activities and programs.Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. Our network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war, and most significantly, working to end all wars. Time is 6:30 PM and location is Firestorm Cafe & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information.

05/10/16 CONNECTION PRACTICE
The Connection Practice: Empathy And Insight for Healing Relationships. Six intimate, transformative, experiential classes. Learn self-care, self-empathy; heart-brain coherence and insights; compassionate empathy for others; resolving conflicts with heart wisdom. $120; $110 if registered by May 3. Bring a friend, you each save $10. Time is 7 to 9 PM and dates are May 10 to June 14. To get more information, or to register, contact Cathy at cathyfholt@gmail.com or 828-545-9681. 

05/12/16 WALK A MILE ASHEVILLE
Walk a Mile Asheville is the people’s march against rape, sexual assault, and gender violence! Rape is commonly seen as a women’s issue despite the fact that it affects countless men. Walk a Mile Asheville is a chance for local men and women to take a stand on the issue by participating in a one mile walk through downtown Asheville. Many of the men will wear high heel shoes – which gives us a chance to take a closer look at gender stereotypes that contribute to a culture where sexual violence is common. We are encouraging both men and women to walk in the shoes of another. As in years past you will see men in heels of all heights. However, while wearing heels is encouraged, it is certainly not necessary to attend. The key is just to be there! March with us in an effort to stop sexual violence in our community- in whatever shoes you’d like! You will also see women and young people, as well as men; join this march because after all, this is an issue that impacts everyone in our community. For more information or to register or sponsor, please contact Our VOICE at 828-252-0562 or email walk@ourvoicenc.org.

05/12/16 HENDERSONVILLE GREEN DRINKS
How to Advocate for a Better Transportation System - every month, MountainTrue hosts Green Drinks at Black Bear Coffee and Espresso in downtown Hendersonville. On Thursday May 12, we welcome MountainTrue Co-director and Asheville City Councilperson Julie Mayfield who will speak about how transportation planning works and why it’s important for people to get involved. Time is 5:30 to 9 PM and location is 318 N. Main Street in Hendersonville. Email Joan at joan@mountaintrue.org for more information.

05/14/16  HOW DO WE FIX OUR BROKEN WORLD?
We need hope, we need change, we need justice - and we have help. In this divided world Maitreya, the world teacher, is stepping forward. His mission has begun. Mastery and his group of enlightened teachers, are here to help us reverse the damage we have done to our planet and inspired us to create a new civilization based on sharing the world’s resources and justice - the way to lasting peace. Free presentations at 2 PM at Asheville Friends Meeting at 227 Edgewood Road in Asheville NC. Please call McNair at 828-398-0609 for more information. Sponsored by Share International Southeast.

05/14/16 TO 05/21/16 SAM’S FIFTH ANNUAL RIDE FOR PEACE
Sam is a Veteran for Peace from the Raleigh area. He will be biking from Raleigh to DC. Sam is a WW2 combat veteran.

05/14/16 CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY
Citizens Climate Lobby meets the second Saturday of each month at Kairos West Community Center, 742 Haywood Road 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.

05/14/16 TIRE AMNESTY DAYS
Free to the public tire collection event. Accepting any and all types of tires from Buncombe County Residents. Please bring along valid ID, power bill or your most recent water bill showing that you're a Buncombe County resident. There's no limit to the amount of tires that you can bring out. We will accept tires until the semi-trailers are full. Time is 10 AM to 5 PM and location is Sears Asheville Mall parking lot. Contact Asheville Greenworks for more information. This is also happening on 05/15/16. 

05/15/16 MOUNTAIN TRUE/NOC RIVER CLEANUP
On May 15, MountainTrue and the NOC partner for a river clean-up right in the heart of Avl-town! Our goal is to fill nine NOC rafts full of all the trash we can get out of the river. High fives for most trash removed by boat. Double high-fives for most tires removed. Bring your water bottle, a lunch, and some sunscreen, and we’ll provide the rest. Time is 11 AM to 4 PM and you must register. Contact Joan Walker at 828-258-8737 ext. 205 or email joan@mountaintrue.org.

05/15/16 AUTHOR EVENT AT FIRESTORM
John Cox, director of the Holocaust & Human-Rights Studies Center at UNC Charlotte and author of “To Kill a People: Genocide in the 20th Century” will speak about the role of capitalism, imperialism, and racism in fomenting genocidal violence. Participants will discuss possibilities (and specific examples) of resistance. There have been numerous books on genocide in the last twenty years, but To Kill a People offers a different approach. The book includes four case studies -- the Armenian, Nazi, Cambodian, and Rwandan genocides -- and substantive introductory and concluding chapters that contribute to two key debates within genocide studies: how to define genocide and place it in relation to other mass atrocities, and how to detect and analyze the social, historical, and cultural forces that produce genocidal violence. “To Kill a People” examines a vast range of the latest research, offers original interpretations and arguments, and draws upon the author's own archival research on three continents. Time is 3 PM and location is Firestorm Cafe & Books at 610 Haywood Street in west Asheville.

05/18/16 GREEN DRINKS
Asheville Green Drinks is a networking party and part of the self-organizing global grassroots movement to connect communities with environmental ideas, media and action. People who are interested in environmental issues and topics meet up for a drink and occasionally listen to an expert in environment, ecology, and social justice. Asheville Green Drinks moves to a bi-monthly format in May. The location of Green Drinks will be the Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville at Lenoir-Rhyne University Board Room at 36 Montford Avenue in Asheville until we find a more convenient location. Time is 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Call 855-232-4723 for more information.

05/18/16 AUTHOR EVENT IN ASHEVILLE
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is proud to launch Authors for Action, a new event series that pairs authors with nonprofits in order to amplify a cause, raise the profile of change-makers, and create a space for the community to come together for good. Our first event, KILL THE BILL, is a fundraiser directed to action against HB2. This will be held at Asheville Community Theatre at 6:30 PM. VIP ticketed cocktail party from 5-6:30 PM at Sovereign Remedies. Tickets may be purchased at Asheville Community Theatre. Authors Sara Gruen, Charles Frazier, Wiley Cash, Joshilyn Jackson, Kim Michele Richardson, Mary Laura Philpott, Jamie Mason, Beth Revis, Jake Bible and more will join us for what is sure to be the literary event of the season. Authors will be given the same writing prompt and will share on stage their unique response. Books will be for sale in the lobby and authors will be signing after the show. Proceeds from tickets will be divided among the ACLU of NC, Campaign for Southern Equality, Tranzmission, and Equality NC for their efforts to repeal HB2 and overcome the harm it has caused in our community. Contact Cindy at 828.254.6734 or cindy@malaprops.com for more information.

05/18/16 PRESENTATION BY GREEN OPPORTUNITIES
We invite you to a special presentation sponsored by Carolina Jews for Justice on May 18 at the Asheville JCC to learn about the important role Green Opportunities (GO) plays in creating a just, local economy in Asheville, and how you can support GO's work. Through their flagship training programs, GO Build and Kitchen Ready, Green Opportunities provides on-the-job training, technical certification, and work experience  to low-income adults in Asheville, that primarily focuses on African American communities. Stay tuned for further details. Contact Judy at 828-253-0701 or judleavitt76@gmail.com for more information.

05/20/16 WNC PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MEETING
Physicians, health personnel and everyone; all are welcomed at our monthly meetings held on the third Friday of each month. Bring a brown bag lunch around noon. This will be held at The First Congregational United Church of Christ, Room E205, at 20 Oak Street (just off College St. in downtown Asheville). Time is noon to 2 PM. Meeting starts at 12:30. Parking is available behind the church. Enter the church or ring doorbell at the glass doors on Oak Street. For more information contact Dr. Terry Clark, Chair, 633-0892 or Dr. Lew Patrie, 299-1242.

05/22/16 NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION INTENSIVE
Taking our NVC to the next level – a day long intensive for people already committed to living NVC. Roberta Wall, certified NVC trainer, will be running this day long intensive. This is based on the work of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg. Time is 10 AM to 4 PM and will be held at a private location in Asheville. This intensive is for people who have at least completed one of Roberta’s four week series or comparable training AND have been putting NVC into practice in your life. In this day, we will jump into some of the deep inner NVC consciousness –raising practices and learn, hone and practice the NVC models/templates for self-empathy, empathy and honestly expressing yourself. We will make use of the NVC dance floors as well as extensive modelling of the NVC steps and maps of communication. To register, or for more information, call or email Polly at (828) 775-6333 or polly.medlicott@gmail.com. Registration fee is $100 per person.  Please consider adding an extra amount for scholarships for anyone who wants to join with more limited resources. (Please speak to Polly about scholarships.)

05/22/16 MILLS RIVER WORKDAY
The Mills River Partnership, a nonprofit organization, is holding its third annual Mills River Day on May 22 at Mills River Park. The theme is “The River Connects Us,” and the free event will feature live music, food, a raffle, and fun educational activities that illustrate the river’s importance for agriculture, education, and the community. MountainTrue is on the board of the Mills River Partnership and a major sponsor of the event. Time is 1 to 5 PM and location is Mills River Park at 124 Town Center Drive in Mills River. Contact Evan at 828-692-0385 for more information.

05/23/16 AUTHOR POTLUCK AND TALK
Dr. Jeff Halper is the author of “War Against the People:  Israel, Palestine and Global Pacification”. Dr. Jeff Halper has been a peace and human rights activist for more than three decades. Born in Minnesota, he participated in the civil rights and Peace movements of the 1960s. Halper immigrated to Israel in 1973 after attending rabbinical school. In 1997, Halper co-founded the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions (ICAHD) to challenge and resist the Israeli policy of demolishing Palestinian homes. As a Coordinating Director of ICAHD, Halper organized and led nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience against Israel’s occupation policies and authorities, at times facing bulldozers in front of Palestinian homes. He also organizes Israelis, Palestinians, and internationals to help rebuild demolished Palestinian homes. Time of the potluck is 6 PM and location is Biltmore United Methodist Church. RSVP to 828-348-9884.

05/24/16 AUTHOR TALK AT HIGHLAND FARMS IN BLACK MOUNTAIN
Dr. Jeff Halper is the author of “War Against the People:  Israel, Palestine and Global Pacification”. Dr. Jeff Halper has been a peace and human rights activist for more than three decades. Born in Minnesota, he participated in the civil rights and Peace movements of the 1960s. Halper immigrated to Israel in 1973 after attending rabbinical school. In 1997, Halper co-founded the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions (ICAHD) to challenge and resist the Israeli policy of demolishing Palestinian homes. As a Coordinating Director of ICAHD, Halper organized and led nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience against Israel’s occupation policies and authorities, at times facing bulldozers in front of Palestinian homes. He also organizes Israelis, Palestinians, and internationals to help rebuild demolished Palestinian homes. Time is 3 to 4:30 PM and location is Highland Farms Community, Black Mountain room, in Black Mountain. Contact Ken at jonesk@maine.edu for more information.

05/24/16 AUTHOR EVENT AT MALAPROPS
Dr. Jeff Halper is the author of “War Against the People:  Israel, Palestine and Global Pacification”. Dr. Jeff Halper has been a peace and human rights activist for more than three decades. Born in Minnesota, he participated in the civil rights and Peace movements of the 1960s. Halper immigrated to Israel in 1973 after attending rabbinical school. In 1997, Halper co-founded the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions (ICAHD) to challenge and resist the Israeli policy of demolishing Palestinian homes. As a Coordinating Director of ICAHD, Halper organized and led nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience against Israel’s occupation policies and authorities, at times facing bulldozers in front of Palestinian homes. He also organizes Israelis, Palestinians, and internationals to help rebuild demolished Palestinian homes. Time is 7 PM. Please contact Malaprops for more information.

05/28/16 GREENWORKS STREAM CLEANUP
Join River Link, GreenWorks and Mountain True for 40th annual Clean Streams Day cleanup and kick off to the summer season. Boats and gear provided, but you're welcome to bring your own ride. Stick around after the cleanup for food and locally crafted beverages. Time is 10 AM to 2 PM and location is 144 Riverside Drive in Asheville. Schedule to pick up supplies by calling Kate at 828-254-1776 or email volunteer@ashevillegreenworks.org.

06/01/16 SIERRA CLUB MEETING / GREEN DRINKS
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, Danny Bernstein visited 71 park units in the Southeast and wrote the book “Forests, Alligators, Battlefields: My Journey through the National Parks of the South”. After the Sierra Club talk and slideshow, Danny will sign books and donate two dollars per book as she does at all non-profit group presentation. (Cash or checks only, no credit cards, please.)  Meeting starts at 7 PM and location is the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Edwin and Charlotte Streets in north Asheville. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Judy at judymattox@sbcglobal.net or call 828-683-2176.

06/02/16 FUNDRAISER FOR JUST US UNITED
On Thursday, June 2nd, Just Us United will hold a Speakeasy Soirée at Lex 18 from 6 to 8 PM. The event will consist of an auction and fundraiser, with live music, food, drinks, and guest speakers participating. Businesses across Western North Carolina will be helping to make sure this event is a success by sponsoring our fundraiser, or making in-kind donations. Funds from our 2016 Speakeasy Soirée would allow us to hire the necessary field staff to run a campaign in house district 118. Throughout this campaign we will engage and educate voters through phone calls, door to door contacts, mailers, and media, to elect a representative who promotes policies that are in line with the needs of North Carolina families. Just Us United is a nonprofit based in Western North Carolina that engages in a combination of voter engagement, community outreach, legislative accountability, and advocacy, with the goal of promoting policies that support North Carolina families. We are committed to accomplishing our five point plan in North Carolina: improving public education, expanding access to affordable health care, promoting safe energy alternatives, supporting fair tax reform for the middle class, and restoring competitive democracy to our state. For more information, including how to register, contact kelsey.tavares@justusunited.org.

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ONGOING EVENTS
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TUESDAY
Veterans for Peace have a weekly vigil at 4:30 PM at Pack Square, Vance Monument
Showing Up for Racial Justice is from noon to 2 PM at Firestorm Cafe and Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Educating and organizing white people for racial justice. Free.
Orientation session for Asheville Timebank. 4 PM at Firestorm Cafe & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Email help@ashevilletimebank.org for information and to register. 

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. 

THURSDAY
Political Prisoners Letter Writing at Firestorm Cafe & Books at 6 PM on first Thursday of the month. Materials provided.

FRIDAY
Women in Black have a weekly vigil at noon at the City Hall in Hendersonville
Women in Black have a monthly vigil at 5 PM at Vance Monument in Asheville (first Friday only)

SATURDAY
Transylvanians for Peace and WNC Physicians for Social Responsibility have a weekly vigil at noon in front of the courthouse in Brevard. Call 884-3435 to confirm. 
French Broad Riverkeeper has a paddle-n-plant to prevent sediment erosion most Wednesdays and Saturdays. Registration required at anna@mountaintrue.org. 

SUNDAY
Youth OUTright meeting from 4 to 6 PM at First Congregational United Church of Christ at 20 Oak Street in Asheville. Ages 14 - 23 only.

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ACTIONS AND READINGS
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Calling for MLK Youth Scholarship Nominations

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County, Inc. is accepting nominations for its annual Youth Scholarship program. MLK Youth Scholarships have been awarded to graduating high school seniors from Buncombe County to underwrite their college costs at public and private colleges across North Carolina. Nominations can be made by teachers, guidance counselors, and other school personnel; pastors and church leaders; community groups, and private individuals. Applications are available online at www.mlkassociation.org or by contacting Chairperson Oralene Simmons at 828-281-1624 or by email at ogsimmons@att.net. The deadline for returning nominations is May 6, 2016.

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Hood Tour Tickets

An interactive tour focusing on Asheville’s African American resilient history and future in the arts, environmentalism and entrepreneurship. The tour visits neighborhoods with existing and active green spaces, art, and grassroots initiatives. Tours run most Thursdays at 1 PM and Saturdays at 3 PM, and by appointment for groups by emailing info@hoodhuggers.com. Tours last approximately 1.5 hours. Cost is $25 per person. Tours begin at the Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, 30 George Washington Carver Avenue.

Hood Huggers International, LLC offers sustainable strategies for building support pillars for resilient historically African American neighborhoods, providing a framework for community capacity building while increasing the effectiveness of existing service programs. These strategies incorporate the arts, environmental education and social enterprise.

DeWayne Barton is the founder/CEO of Hood Huggers. A sculptor and poet, Barton has been involved in community improvement and youth development for over 20 years. He serves on the African American Heritage Commission, CoThinkk, and the City of Asheville Neighborhood Advisory Board. 

Please call (828) 275-5305 or email blove@hoodhuggers.com for more information including how to register for these tours. 

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From the Sierra Club newsletter:
Conserving Energy: A Personal Responsibility
By Sam Harben
At our meeting on April 6, the WENOCA Sierra Club was fortunate to have two energy experts speaking on how each of us can protect the environment by conserving our use of energy while saving money. The speakers were Amy Musser, co-founder and principal of Vandemusser Design, and Jason Walls, District Manager for Duke Energy.
Through Vandemusser Design, Amy provides technical consulting and certification services for green energy construction to builders and homeowners not only in Asheville but other states as well. Jason is the Duke Energy contact person for local governments, educators and community leaders and is building partnerships with local governments to collaboratively plan to prove responsible clean energy for Western North Carolina.
Amy provided valuable tips on how we as individuals can conserve energy and lower our energy bill each month. Go to wncgbc.org/blog/category/amy-musser to view Amy’s blog and energy conserving tips for homes, including:
• Install low flow shower heads;
 • Use a clothesline;
• Eliminate phantom loads from computers and AV equipment; • Lower hot water temperature to 120 degrees;
• Insulate water heater with insulating blanket;
• Change furnace filters regularly;
• Replace incandescent lights with compact fluorescent or LED bulbs;
• Unplug, when not in use. cell phone and other equipment chargers.
Jason reviewed Duke Energy's numerous recommendations for conserving energy, which in some instance may result in rebates to home owners that qualify. Check Duke Energy’s web page (www.duke-energy.com/north-carolina/savings.asp) for a number of energy saving suggestions, including:
• Check attics for leaks and seal spaces where air is escaping or coming in the attic from outside;
• Add additional insulation to attics;
• Wash clothes in cold water-- most detergents work just as well in cold water wash;
• Rinse dishes before placing them in dishwasher and turn off pre-rinse option;
• Use ceiling fans both in winter and summer. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Drone bombings by the USA


Picture of a drone victim - from The Guardian UK

“On a fall afternoon in 2012, Mamana called Nabila and a squad of her siblings and cousins outside to the family’s okra fields, part of their sprawling garden in tribal Pakistan. It was about to be the Eid festival and the Rehman family needed to gather and prepare vegetables. Nabila, nine years old, had set to work when the drone fired its missiles. 
A dark plume of dust rose from the garden and mixed with acrid smoke. It spared Nabila and the other children the sight of their grandmother’s mutilated corpse. 
Her older cousins, all male, ran to help the screaming children. Nabila’s hand and her arm were injured with burns and shrapnel. Her three-year-old brother, Safdar, who was watching the harvest from the roof of their home, had fallen to the ground, breaking bones in his chest and shoulders. The teenagers had gotten Nabila and some of the others out of the way when the second round of missiles hit, in what the CIA refers to as a “double-tap” - to make sure it kills its targets.”

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Upcoming events for the week of April 24, 2016


Rainbow from Mt. Pisgah on April 21, 2016


UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR BY DANCEWATER

04/25/16 KEN ILGUNAS READING & SIGNING
Ken Ilgunas’ amazing adventure, detailed in Trespassing Across America, took him along the length of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on foot, a journey that gave him firsthand insight into the people and places that would be most affected by the pipeline. Combining travel narrative, science, statistics, and cultural commentary, the book synthesizes multiple genres to make a profound statement about our world’s shifting landscapes. Author Candace Savage praises it as “an exhilarating adventure” that will leave you “emboldened and filled with hope.” Ken is the author of Walden on Wheels and has hitchhiked 10,000 miles across North America and paddled 1,000 miles across Ontario in a birch-bark canoe. Location is Malaprops in downtown Asheville and time is 7 PM. Contact Malaprops for more information.

04/26/16 HEMLOCK TREATMENT WORKDAY
Join the collaboration between MountainTrue and the Hemlock Restoration Initiative as we treat hemlocks in an effort to protect them from the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA). Eastern and Carolina hemlock populations are declining due to the HWA, a small pest thriving off the hemlock’s stored and available nutrients. MountainTrue and the Hemlock Restoration Initiative are safely treating Eastern and Carolina hemlocks chemically to keep them alive until bio-controls are successfully implemented and we need your help. Time is 10 AM to 4 PM and location is DuPont State Recreational Forest in Cedar Mountain, NC. Contact Amanda at amanda@mountaintrue.org for details and to RSVP.

04/26/16 NELDA HOLDER READING & SIGNING
In her book The Thirteenth Juror: Investigating the Grand Jury Transcripts, Nelda Holder transports us into the ranks of the 12 members of the grand jury in the Michael Brown Case. She reports on the details of the case in depth and argues for an overhaul of the grand jury process in this country while also highlighting the tragic events in Ferguson, MO, and their aftermath. Nelda is a seasoned journalist who worked as the associate editor of the Mountain Xpress and now manages Politically Purple NC. Location is Malaprops in downtown Asheville and time is 7 PM. Contact Malaprops for more information.

04/26/16 THE STATE OF BLACK ASHEVILLE ADDRESS BY REV. BARBER
Come hear Rev. William Barber, Director of the North Carolina NAACP, speak on the The State of Black Asheville & The Power of the Vote.  The talk, which will address HB2 and other issues, will begin at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, April 26th at the Hill Street Baptist Church (the doors will open at 5 PM). Other speaker will be Dr. Dwight Mullens of Blacklivesmatter and SURJ representative Carmen Ramos Kennedy. Afterwards, starting at approximately 7 PM, there will be a reception at The Block off Biltmore at 39 South Market Street in downtown Asheville.    

04/28/16 HOODTALK
HoodTalk is a grass-roots organization that strives to develop positive energy to restore greater communication and strength throughout Asheville. The focus of this series is to raise awareness of the challenges faced in African-American neighborhoods and in public housing communities. These conversations aim to address solutions to these challenges. In alignment with the Stand Against Racism, join us for the next HoodTalk on Thursday, April 28, 6 - 8 PM. Democracy NC will lead part of the discussion around voter suppression laws and engagement. Location is 185 S. French Broad Avenue in Asheville. For more information, contact Joe Greene at 828-215-2063 or kjgent81@gmail.com. 

04/28/16 PROTEST VANCE MONUMENT IN ASHEVILLE
Organized by BeLoved House: Join us at 4 PM each Thursday in April to educate and work to take down Vance Monument. A Time to Break the Silence - The Vance Monument is a racist symbol. We are remembering the martyrdom of Dr. King and calling on our city to #takedownthevance.

04/28/16 STAND AGAINST RACISM EVENT IN ASHEVILLE
The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is joining with the YWCA, Buncombe County Government and Mission Health to take a stand against racism. Workshop and luncheon from noon to 1 PM in the Asheville Chamber Boardroom at 36 Montford Avenue in Asheville.  Title is “Grey Matter: Understanding the Brain and Bias”. Have you ever wondered where our biases come from? How they impact our actions and decisions? What happens to us physiologically when we experience them? This session will give you insight into the "grey matter", the brain, and you will learn that we are ALL wired to be biased!  Through an interactive workshop, you will see how bias shows up in each of us and leave with concrete steps to minimize the effects of bias in you and your workplace, making Asheville a more inclusive community. To RSVP or for more information, contact Christa at christa.lance@buncombecounty.org or  call 250-5587.

04/29/16 STAND AGAINST RACISM EVENT IN ASHEVILLE
Come join the Asheville JCC as we Stand Up for Kavod (Respect)! Our event is taking place on Friday, April 29th from 10 to 10:30 AM in the Gym of the Asheville JCC at 236 Charlotte Street in Asheville. Students, families, and community members will have the opportunity to sing songs about respect with Penny, pledge their support to stand up for Kavod, and learn about kavod through music. If you are an outside participant that would like to participate, please email Kate at kate@jcc-asheville.org.

04/29/16 TRACEY RIZZO READING & SIGNING
Tracey Rizzo’s new work, Intimate Empires: Body, Race, and Gender in the Modern World, co-authored with Steven Gerontakis, is an examination of identity in the age of empires and colonization. Designed to be accessible for undergraduates, scholars, and interested readers alike, this text is invaluable for its insights into the shifting categories of race and gender in a period of intense change. Julia Clancy-Smith (U of AZ) says that the book “offers a fascinating interpretive overview of recent thinking on gender, race, and empire through deep analysis of images as evidence…It is unique in a crowded field.” Tracey is the Chair of UNCA’s History Department. Location is Malaprops in downtown Asheville and time is 7 PM. Contact Malaprops for more information.

04/29/16 STAND AGAINST RACISM EVENT IN ASHEVILLE
The movie “Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity” will be shown and a round table discussion will follow. The film invites America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity, features moving stories from racial justice leaders including Amer Ahmed, Michael Benitez, Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo, Joy DeGruy, Ericka Huggins, Humaira Jackson, Yuko Kodama, Peggy McIntosh, Rinku Sen, Tilman Smith and Tim Wise. Followed by round table discussion on how we live, talk and relate. Time is 6:30 to 8:30 PM and location is Jubilee! Community on Wall Street in Asheville. For more information, contact Jacquelyn at 828-252-5335 or jldobrinska@gmail.com. 

04/29/16 STAND AGAINST RACISM POETRY SLAM
Asheville Wordslam will be held at Dr. Wesley Grant, Southside Center, 285 Livingston Street in Asheville from 6:30 to 9 PM. This is a youth spoken word competition for middle school age poets. Teams from area middle schools and community programs compete for a trophy and all day passes to the Lake Eden Arts Festival where they can compete in the LEAF youth slam. Together with the audience and poets, we create a Take A Stand Against Racism community poem. This is sponsored by Asheville Writers in the Schools and Community. For more information, contact Janet at 828-215-9002 or email janet@true-ink.org.

04/29/16 STAND AGAINST RACISM PROGRAM IN ASHEVILLE
MLK Association and Stephens-Lee Alumni Association collaborate on a program celebrating pioneer WNC African American educators. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County will join with the Stephens-Lee Alumni Association in a program to Stand Against Racism, sponsored by the YWCA of Asheville. “Celebrating the Legacy of African American Education Pioneers” will be held Friday, April 29, 2016, from 12 noon to 2 PM at the Stephens-Lee Center at 30 George Washington Carver Avenue in Asheville. The program will include a panel discussion addressing a range of topics from the region’s early African American Educators to Oralene Simmons’s arrival as the first black student at Mars Hill College in 1961. Panelists will also profile Isaac Dickson and Lucy Herring and will offer an historic overview of Stephens-Lee and the Feeder Schools that brought students to “The Castle on the Hill” throughout its history. The program is free and open to the public. For more information contact Dr. Joseph Fox at josephlfox1@gmail.com.

04/29/16 STAND AGAINST RACISM EVENT IN ASHEVILLE
It's no secret that Asheville is changing in ways that threaten many people and communities with displacement. Racism has always played a central role in the dynamics of displacement in this country, and today is no exception. While older generations experienced the catastrophic consequences of "white flight" and "urban renewal," today's urban communities of color are confronting the latest wave of racialized displacement: so-called gentrification, in which low-income residents are priced out and kicked out. And even those who manage to stay in their homes find themselves in a shifting cultural landscape where the things that make home feel like home seem as if they could disappear at any minute--or already have. In this event, we will focus on how gentrification looks and feels in the community of West Asheville, and consider how racism plays a role in creating the dynamics we see and feel around us. Time is 7 to 9 PM and location is Firestorm Cafe & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. This is in partnership with the WYCA’s Stand Against Racism. Contact Julie at julie@firestorm.coop for more information.

04/30/16 STAND AGAINST RACISM EVENT IN ASHEVILLE
We will show and discuss the DVD “Woodlawn”. A free event with refreshments. Time is 2:15 to 4:45 PM. This is presented by Grateful Steps and will be held at 333 A Merrimon Avenue in Asheville. For more information, contact Micki at 828-778-3194 or micki@gratefulsteps.org. 

04/30/16 STAND AGAINST RACISM EVENT IN BLACK MOUNTAIN
Gathering at Lake Tomahawk Park in Black Mountain for a discussion about how to expand our social circles to include more friends of color and a discussion on how we can work together toward racial equality. Time is 2 to 4 PM and location is Lake Tomahawk Park. Organization who is organizing this is WHO Knows Art. For more information, contact Wendy at 828-231-5355.

04/30/16 GREAT ASHEVILLE-BUNCOMBE CLEANUP
Organize your neighborhood for a spring cleanup. The GreenWorks will provide bags, gloves, safety vests, road signs and litter grabbers. The City of Asheville and NCDOT will come to pick up your trash after your cleanup. Call GreenWorks at 254-1776 to arrange to pick up your supplies.

05/01/16 STAND AGAINST RACISM EVENT IN BLACK MOUNTAIN
Singer-songwriter Kat Williams will sing and participate in a dialogue on race, along with two other people of different ethnicities. The emcee will be Drew Reisinger, county Register of Deeds and creator of the renowned slave records project. Tickets are just $10, or $8 for students under 21. Time for this event is 2:30 to 4:30 PM and location is White Horse Black Mountain on Montreat Road in Black Mountain. Please buy your tickets from me (Roberta Madden). I'll accept cash or checks payable to White Horse Black Mountain. Email me at robertamadden@yahoo.com or call me at 419.0730 or on my cell 225.315.0303. 

05/01/16 ETHICAL HUMANIST SOCIETY OF ASHEVILLE EVENT
Hood Tour - Accessing information about and an appreciation of African American presence and history in the Asheville area is the goal of this Stand Against Racism event. Our Hood Tour activity is open to the public, however, participants need to make reservations via EthicalSocietyAsheville@gmail.com. If there are more reservations than space on the Hood Tour bus additional tour times will be selected. Time is 2 to 3:30 PM and location is Stephen Lee Recreation Center at 30 George Washington Carver Avenue in Asheville. Tour fee: $25. For more information, contact Jackie at 828 687-7759 or ethicalsocietyasheville@gmail.com. 

05/03/16 ASHEVILLE TRANSIT COMMITTEE MEETING
Time is 3:30 to 5 PM and location is the 1st Floor Conference Room at City Hall.

05/03/16 CURRENT EVENTS BOOK CLUB 
Current event book club discusses “War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification” by Jeff Halper at 7 PM at Malaprops. No further information.

05/04/16 PEACE CORPS INFORMATION SESSION
Throughout its history, the Peace Corps has adapted and responded to the issues of the times. In an ever-changing world, Peace Corps Volunteers have met new challenges with innovation, creativity, determination, and compassion. In this multi-media class, local area Peace Corps Representative and returned 50+ Volunteer, Deborah Buckley (Romania 2009 – 2011, Environment; 2013, Roma youth), will lead a visual and audio presentation about the Agency as well as share stories, photos, and artifacts from returned Volunteers / OLLI members who also served later in life. Time is 9 to 10:30 AM and location is the Manheimer Room at the Reuter Center at UNCA. For more information, contact Deborah at 704.905.3074.

05/04/16 SIERRA CLUB MEETING / GREEN DRINKS
Gardening on a small scale can have enormous impacts on your backyard ecosystem, your health, and the planet. Learn tips to create successful vegetable & berry gardens through site selection, building soil health and managing pest problems... just in time for spring planting season! Meeting starts at 7 PM and location is the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Edwin and Charlotte Streets in north Asheville. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Judy at judymattox@sbcglobal.net or call 828-683-2176.

05/05/16 RENT PARTY FUNDRAISER FOR PISGAH LEGAL
Your ticket includes live blues music by the Chuck Beattie Band, delicious southern eats, craft beer by Hi-Wire Brewing & wine. Tickets are $20/person. Time is 5:30 PM and location is the YMI Cultural Center at 39 South Market Street in Asheville. Contact Betsy Ellis at betsy@pisgahlegal.org or 828-210-3444 for more information or instructions on how to get tickets.

05/05/16 AUTHOR PRESENTATION AT MALAPROPS
Leslie Boyd will present “Life O’Mike” at 7 PM at Malaprops. Come and hear about Mike's life and how it moved his mother to become an activist for access to quality healthcare for everyone. Contact Malaprop’s for more information.

05/06/16 LECTURE AT UNCA ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Climate Change: Some Inconvenient Technological and Economic Truths, by Lenny Bernstein. While there is widespread agreement that human-induced climate change is the most serious long-term environmental problem the world faces, there is little understanding of how drastic a change is necessary to eliminate the human impact on the climate system. Much of the world’s attention has focused on limiting temperature change in this century to 2o C. The agreement negotiated in Paris in December 2015 did not meet this goal. Even if it had, it would have been only a small step toward the ultimate goal of stabilizing the climate system. Lenny Bernstein was a member of the writing team of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which, along with Al Gore, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. In his talk, Dr. Bernstein will explain why stabilization of climate system requires that net emission of long-lived greenhouse gases, particularly CO2, be reduced to essentially zero. He will explore some of the available non-CO2 technology options and briefly speculate on others that might become available. He will also discuss the policy options for driving the needed technological change. This lecture is free and open to the public. Time is 11:30 AM to 1:15 PM and location is room 102A at the Reuter Center at UNCA. This is part of the Fab Friday Lecture series.

05/09/16 UNITED TO RESTORE DEMOCRACY MEETING
Our May meeting will be a planning meeting. The meeting will focus on processing and discussing the guest speakers and other opportunities available for the group in this continued time of transition. Due to a scheduling conflict at the North Asheville Library the next meeting will be on Monday, May 9th (second Monday instead of third Monday) at 7 PM at the North Asheville Library on Merrimon Avenue. If you have any questions please call text or email Diana Kruk at 828-275-0680, dianakruk@gmail.com.

05/10/16 VETERANS FOR PEACE MEETING
On the second Tuesday of each month, Western North Carolina Veterans for Peace meets to coordinate group activities and programs.Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. Our network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war, and most significantly, working to end all wars. Time is 6:30 PM and location is Firestorm Cafe & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information.

05/10/16 CONNECTION PRACTICE
The Connection Practice: Empathy And Insight for Healing Relationships. Six intimate, transformative, experiential classes. Learn self-care, self-empathy; heart-brain coherence and insights; compassionate empathy for others; resolving conflicts with heart wisdom. $120; $110 if registered by May 3. Bring a friend, you each save $10. Time is 7 to 9 PM and dates are May 10 to June 14. To get more information, or to register, contact Cathy at cathyfholt@gmail.com or 828-545-9681. 

05/12/16 WALK A MILE ASHEVILLE
Walk a Mile Asheville is the people’s march against rape, sexual assault, and gender violence! Rape is commonly seen as a women’s issue despite the fact that it affects countless men. Walk a Mile Asheville is a chance for local men and women to take a stand on the issue by participating in a one mile walk through downtown Asheville. Many of the men will wear high heel shoes – which gives us a chance to take a closer look at gender stereotypes that contribute to a culture where sexual violence is common. We are encouraging both men and women to walk in the shoes of another. As in years past you will see men in heels of all heights. However, while wearing heels is encouraged, it is certainly not necessary to attend. The key is just to be there! March with us in an effort to stop sexual violence in our community- in whatever shoes you’d like! You will also see women and young people, as well as men; join this march because after all, this is an issue that impacts everyone in our community. For more information or to register or sponsor, please contact Our VOICE at 828-252-0562 or email walk@ourvoicenc.org.

05/14/16  HOW DO WE FIX OUR BROKEN WORLD?
We need hope, we need change, we need justice - and we have help. In this divided world Maitreya, the world teacher, is stepping forward. His mission has begun. Mastery and his group of enlightened teachers, are here to help us reverse the damage we have done to our planet and inspired us to create a new civilization based on sharing the world’s resources and justice - the way to lasting peace. Free presentations at 2 PM at Asheville Friends Meeting at 227 Edgewood Road in Asheville NC. Please call McNair at 828-398-0609 for more information. Sponsored by Share International Southeast.

05/14/16 TO 05/21/16 SAM’S FIFTH ANNUAL RIDE FOR PEACE
Sam is a Veteran for Peace from the Raleigh area. He will be biking from Raleigh to DC. Sam is a WW2 combat veteran.

05/14/16 CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY
Citizens Climate Lobby meets the second Saturday of each month at Kairos West Community Center, 742 Haywood Road 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.

05/14/16 TIRE AMNESTY DAYS
Free to the public tire collection event. Accepting any and all types of tires from Buncombe County Residents. Please bring along valid ID, power bill or your most recent water bill showing that you're a Buncombe County resident. There's no limit to the amount of tires that you can bring out. We will accept tires until the semi-trailers are full. Time is 10 AM to 5 PM and location is Sears Asheville Mall parking lot. Contact Asheville Greenworks for more information. This is also happening on 05/15/16. 

05/18/16 GREEN DRINKS
Asheville Green Drinks is a networking party and part of the self-organizing global grassroots movement to connect communities with environmental ideas, media and action. People who are interested in environmental issues and topics meet up for a drink and occasionally listen to an expert in environment, ecology, and social justice. Asheville Green Drinks moves to a bi-monthly format in May. The location of Green Drinks will be the Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville at Lenoir-Rhyne University Board Room at 36 Montford Avenue in Asheville until we find a more convenient location. Time is 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Call 855-232-4723 for more information.

05/18/16 PRESENTATION BY GREEN OPPORTUNITIES
We invite you to a special presentation sponsored by CJJ on May 18 at the Asheville JCC to learn about the important role Green Opportunities (GO) plays in creating a just, local economy in Asheville, and how you can support GO's work. Through their flagship training programs, GO Build and Kitchen Ready, Green Opportunities provides on-the-job training, technical certification, and work experience  to low-income adults in Asheville, that primarily focuses on African American communities. Stay tuned for further details. Contact Judy at 828-253-0701 or judleavitt76@gmail.com for more information.

05/20/16 WNC PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MEETING
Physicians, health personnel and everyone; all are welcomed at our monthly meetings held on the third Friday of each month. Bring a brown bag lunch around noon. This will be held at The First Congregational United Church of Christ, Room E205, at 20 Oak Street (just off College St. in downtown Asheville). Time is noon to 2 PM. Meeting starts at 12:30. Parking is available behind the church. Enter the church or ring doorbell at the glass doors on Oak Street. For more information contact Dr. Terry Clark, Chair, 633-0892 or Dr. Lew Patrie, 299-1242.

05/22/16 NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION INTENSIVE
Taking our NVC to the next level – a day long intensive for people already committed to living NVC. Roberta Wall, certified NVC trainer, will be running this day long intensive. This is based on the work of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg. Time is 10 AM to 4 PM and will be held at a private location in Asheville. This intensive is for people who have at least completed one of Roberta’s four week series or comparable training AND have been putting NVC into practice in your life. In this day, we will jump into some of the deep inner NVC consciousness –raising practices and learn, hone and practice the NVC models/templates for self-empathy, empathy and honestly expressing yourself. We will make use of the NVC dance floors as well as extensive modelling of the NVC steps and maps of communication. To register, or for more information, call or email Polly at (828) 775-6333 or polly.medlicott@gmail.com. Registration fee is $100 per person.  Please consider adding an extra amount for scholarships for anyone who wants to join with more limited resources. (Please speak to Polly about scholarships.)

05/22/16 MILLS RIVER WORKDAY
The Mills River Partnership, a nonprofit organization, is holding its third annual Mills River Day on May 22 at Mills River Park. The theme is “The River Connects Us,” and the free event will feature live music, food, a raffle, and fun educational activities that illustrate the river’s importance for agriculture, education, and the community. MountainTrue is on the board of the Mills River Partnership and a major sponsor of the event. Time is 1 to 5 PM and location is Mills River Park at 124 Town Center Drive in Mills River. Contact Evan at 828-692-0385 for more information.

05/24/16 AUTHOR EVENT AT MALAPROPS
Jeff Halper will be at Malaprops to discuss his new book “War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification”. Time is 7 PM and location is Malaprops in downtown Asheville.

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ONGOING EVENTS
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TUESDAY
Veterans for Peace have a weekly vigil at 4:30 PM at Pack Square, Vance Monument
Showing Up for Racial Justice is from noon to 2 PM at Firestorm Cafe and Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Educating and organizing white people for racial justice. Free.
Orientation session for Asheville Timebank. 4 PM at Firestorm Cafe & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Email help@ashevilletimebank.org for information and to register. 

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. 

THURSDAY
Political Prisoners Letter Writing at Firestorm Cafe & Books at 6 PM on first Thursday of the month. Materials provided.

FRIDAY
Women in Black have a weekly vigil at noon at the City Hall in Hendersonville
Women in Black have a monthly vigil at 5 PM at Vance Monument in Asheville (first Friday only)

SATURDAY
Transylvanians for Peace and WNC Physicians for Social Responsibility have a weekly vigil at noon in front of the courthouse in Brevard. Call 884-3435 to confirm. 
French Broad Riverkeeper has a paddle-n-plant to prevent sediment erosion most Wednesdays and Saturdays. Registration required at anna@mountaintrue.org. 

SUNDAY
Youth OUTright meeting from 4 to 6 PM at First Congregational United Church of Christ at 20 Oak Street in Asheville. Ages 14 - 23 only.

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ACTIONS AND READINGS
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Calling for MLK Youth Scholarship Nominations

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County, Inc. is accepting nominations for its annual Youth Scholarship program. MLK Youth Scholarships have been awarded to graduating high school seniors from Buncombe County to underwrite their college costs at public and private colleges across North Carolina. Nominations can be made by teachers, guidance counselors, and other school personnel; pastors and church leaders; community groups, and private individuals. Applications are available online at www.mlkassociation.org or by contacting Chairperson Oralene Simmons at 828-281-1624 or by email at ogsimmons@att.net. The deadline for returning nominations is May 6, 2016.

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Hood Tour Tickets

An interactive tour focusing on Asheville’s African American resilient history and future in the arts, environmentalism and entrepreneurship. The tour visits neighborhoods with existing and active green spaces, art, and grassroots initiatives. Tours run most Thursdays at 1 PM and Saturdays at 3 PM, and by appointment for groups by emailing info@hoodhuggers.com. Tours last approximately 1.5 hours. Cost is $25 per person. Tours begin at the Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, 30 George Washington Carver Avenue.

Hood Huggers International, LLC offers sustainable strategies for building support pillars for resilient historically African American neighborhoods, providing a framework for community capacity building while increasing the effectiveness of existing service programs. These strategies incorporate the arts, environmental education and social enterprise.

DeWayne Barton is the founder/CEO of Hood Huggers. A sculptor and poet, Barton has been involved in community improvement and youth development for over 20 years. He serves on the African American Heritage Commission, CoThinkk, and the City of Asheville Neighborhood Advisory Board. 

Please call (828) 275-5305 or email blove@hoodhuggers.com for more information including how to register for these tours. 

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