Sunday, February 07, 2016

Upcoming events for the week of February 7, 2016



UPCOMING EVENTS

02/08/16 POLICE BODY-CAMERA POLICIES - MEETING AT UNCA
The Asheville Police Department and the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office will hold a joint meeting on their respective agencies use of body-worn cameras. The meeting will be held Monday, February, 8th from 6 - 7:00 PM in Highsmith  Student Union , in the auditorium, at UNCA. Both Chief Tammy Hooper and Sheriff Van Duncan will participate in the session, as well as local civil rights attorney Frank Goldsmith, who will provide an overview of the privacy issues associated with the use of body-worn cameras. The meeting is free and open to the public. This event offers the opportunity for further dialogue between law enforcement and the public about police force directed disproportionately at minorities, said Judy Leavitt, Chair of the Carolina Jews for Justice/West Steering Committee.   For more information please contact Natalie Bailey at (828) 250-4469, or Christina Hallingse at (828) 259-5881. 

02/08/16 GO GRANNY GO PROGRAM
On February 8, Barbara Bates Smith will perform her program, ”Go Granny Go”  at New Mountain Asheville  at 38 N. French Broad Avenue in Asheville. The program covers the efforts of Doris Haddock, a 90 widow who walked from California to Washington DC in the years 2000-2001, celebrating her 90th birthday along the way. She did this to protest the control of big money over our Democracy and promote passage of reform  by Congress. This inspiring presentation will be sponsored by WNC for Bernie, but its call to citizen involvement  is nonpartisan.  Democracy is not a partisan issue. Admission is free. Doors open at 7 PM. Contact Tom at tomcoulson@aol.com for more information.

02/08/16 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE MEETING & SOCIAL
Our guest speaker will be Dr. Keith McDade, the Program Director and Associate Professor in Sustainability Studies at Lenoir-Rhyne University. He is also the Co-Director of its Reese Institute for Conservation of Natural Resources, and a lead organizer for the annual Asheville Bioneers Conference that provides innovative solutions for restoring people and planet. Time is 6:30 to 8 PM and location is the Parish Hall at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on Charlotte Street in Asheville. For more information, contact transitionasheville@gmail.com. 

02/09/16 GREAT DECISIONS PROGRAM
The topic is “ISIS (Daesh)” and the speaker is Major General Rick Devereaux, Director Operational Planning, Policy and Strategy of the Air Force. He will address the military, diplomatic and strategic steps that are being taken to confront ISIS. The Great Decisions Program is the oldest and largest grassroots world affairs educational program of its kind in the country. Begun in 1954, it is the flagship program of the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental organization. The Great Decisions Program's goal is to discuss, debate, and learn about International Affairs, National Security, and U.S. Foreign Policy. Individual lectures are $10 each, full time students admitted free of charge. Each presentation is given at four separate locations.  Tuesday, 7:30pm, Asheville (UNCA, Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center); Wednesday, 10:00am, Hendersonville (Blue Ridge Community College, Bo Thomas Auditorium); Wednesday, 3:00pm, Brevard (Brevard College, McLarty Lecture Hall); Thursday, 2:00pm, Columbus (Isothermal Community College). Contact Maureen at maureen.White@uncc.edu or 704-687-6778 for more information.

02/09/16 ASHEVILLE-BUNCOMBE NAACP MEETING
Join us at Hill Street Baptist Church, 135 Hill St.in Asheville for the regular monthly meeting of our local branch of NAACP. The February meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall downstairs. Enter from the rear parking lot through the glass doors. Doors open at 6 PM. Meeting starts at 6:30 PM. Interested in joining NAACP? Contact branch president Carmen Ramos-Kennedy at 4ward2getherCall2Action@gmail.com to get a membership form sent to you or call the branch office at 828-255-4453.

02/09/16 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.

02/09/16 PISGAH LEGAL SERVICES TALK
Pisgah Legal Services: Pursuing Justice, Fighting Poverty is a talk by Katie Russell Miller. It will be given at the Weaverville Library on Tuesday, February 9th at 7 PM. Learn more about this invaluable community resource and their mission to pursue justice by providing legal assistance and advocacy to help low-income people in Western North Carolina meet their basic needs and improve their lives. Sponsored by the Friends of the Weaverville Library. For more information call the Library at 250-6482.

02/09/16 ASHEVILLE TIMEBANK
Orientation session, free to attend. Time is 4 to 6 PM and location is Firestorm Cafe & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information.

02/09/16 HEARTSPEAK CLASSES FOR ADULTS
Four experiential classes will be held on Tuesdays on February 9, 16, 23, and March 1. Time is 7 - 9 PM and location is in Kenilworth. HeartSpeak allows you to create the quality of connection that allows everyone’s needs to be met. You’ll learn to empower yourself with the language of choice, recognize your feelings and needs and give yourself empathy, listen for the unmet needs behind every hard-to-hear message, observe and challenge judgmental thoughts, express your truth, even anger, without blame or judgment, and tap the power of appreciation. Class includes HeartSpeak minibook. Class size is limited to 6 for an intimate group with individual attention. Cost is $80. To register, please call 828-545-9681 or email: cathyfholt@gmail.com.

02/09/16 SHOWING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE
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.

02/09/16 ASHEVILLE UN-CONFERENCE
You are invited to the first Asheville unConference Mastermind at 5 PM on  Tuesday, February 9th at The Spot at 76 Biltmore Ave (next to the French Broad Food Co-op). Time is 5 to 7:30 PM. The unConference model and vision for upcoming weekend long event will be presented. Come join us in this unprecedented opportunity to move our city forward together. RSVP to David Weber at david@ashevilleunconference.com. No information on cost.

02/10/16 JUST PEACE FOR ISRAEL/PALESTINE MEETING
This meeting will be at 9:30 AM at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church at 117 Montreat Road in Black Mountain. Contact Suchi at suchi1025@bellsouth.net for more information.

02/10/16 GREEN DRINKS
Subject is Alternatives to Pesticides Coalition-Building a movement. Time is 5:30 PM to gather and eat. Program begins at 6:30 PM. Location is The Spot at 76 Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville. Green Drinks is now under MeetUp. Call The Spot for more information at 828-575-2729.

02/10/16 ASHEVILLE ISO MEETING
The Asheville branch of the International Socialist Organization will meet at 6:30 PM at Highsmith Student Union room 235 at UNCA. Contact Asheville ISO at asheville.socialist@gmail.com for more information.

02/10/16 ASHEVILLE TIMEBANK INFORMATION SESSION.
Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 6 - 8 PM. All are invited to the Edington Center at 133 Livingston (corner Gaston Street) in Asheville for a community potluck and information session. Free to attend. Learn about the Asheville TimeBank and meet some other members.  Contact Cathy at cathyfholt@gmail.com for more information.

02/11/16 ASHEVILLE TOP FACILITATION COURSE
Register now for the February 11-12 Technology of Participation (ToP®) Facilitation training in Asheville. Master how to lead: focused conversations, consensus brainstorms, and cohesive action plans. Lead meetings using methods that find common ground, are productive and enjoyable for everyone. Registration fee is $655 after January 22, and $605 before that date. 
Call (828-254-0212) or email kathleen@vitalclarity.com if you have questions.

02/11/16 DISCUSSION AT UNCA ON #BLACKLIVESMATTER
The #BlackLivesMatter movement swept the internet after George Zimmerman’s acquittal during the Trayvon Martin case in 2013. Since then, a highly debated conversation began about whether it was more appropriate to say #AllLivesMatter. Join Multicultural Student Programs, Black Student Association, and the Key Center as we explore this debate and discuss inclusion in social movements. Location is Room 224 at Highsmith Union at UNCA. Time is 6 PM to 7:30 PM. This is sponsored by Multicultural Student Programs and is part of Black History Month. For more information, contact dhylton@unca.edu.  Open to the public.

02/11/16 PADDLE AND PLANT WITH MOUNTAINTRUE
The French Broad River Keepers will hold a paddle and plant to prevent sediment erosion. Registration is required, so contact Anna at anna@mountaintrue.org. Free.

02/11/16 HENDERSONVILLE GREEN DRINKS
On Thursday February 11, Hendersonville Green Drinks welcomes featured speaker Richard Freudenberger, who will present on Sensible Steps to Home Energy Efficiency. Richard is the former research director at Mother Earth News and was publisher of BackHome magazine for 22 years. He is currently the energy and resource manager at Living Web Farms, an organic agriculture and educational operation in Mills River, North Carolina that practices and promotes sustainable living and resilient farming techniques. Attendees will learn about how they can use energy more wisely and efficiently to lower their bill and help our region move toward a cleaner, more sustainable future. Duke Energy has publicly stated that if our region rises to the challenge when it comes to energy efficiency, that we will be able to reduce the size of the natural gas-fired power plant to be constructed on Lake Julian. Location is Black Bear Coffee Company at 318 N. Main Street in Hendersonville. Networking at 5:30 PM, presentation at 6 PM. This is sponsored by MountainTrue. For more information, contact Joan at 828.258.8737 x 205, or joan@mountaintrue.org.

02/11/16 FILM SCREENING AT UNCA
A documentary called “Go Public: A Day in the Life of an American School District” will be shown at 6 PM at Highsmith University Union, room 221 at UNCA. This film is about the Pasadena Unified School District in California. To create this documentary, 50 small camera crews followed a wide-ranging group of individuals who participate, attend, support and work in the school district in Pasadena, a racially and economically diverse community in Southern California with 28 public school campuses. Through personal stories, Go Public articulates the experiences of navigating a typical day in public school.The screening is free and open to the public, and is cosponsored by the UNC Asheville Departments of Education and Economics. For more information, contact Jerad Crave, UNC Asheville lecturer in education, at jcrave@unca.edu or Melissa Mahoney, assistant professor of economics, at mmahoney@unca.edu.

02/11/16 FILM SHOWING AT MARS HILL RADIO THEATRE
The Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies at Mars Hill University continues its semester-long theme of exploring southern Appalachian forests with the screening of a new documentary, “America’s First Forest - Carl Schenk and the Asheville Experiment”. The free screening, planned for February 11, 2016 at 7 PM, will be the first event in the newly-reopened Mars Hill Radio Theatre, formerly the Mars Theatre, in downtown Mars Hill. The event is free, but due to limited seating, reservations are required through the Ramsey Center. For more information, contact Hannah Furgiuele at 828-689-1571 or  hfurgiuele@mhu.edu. This was listed on Mars Hill University website.

02/12/16 CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME PRESENTATION
Join us on Friday, February 12, in the Social Hall of St. Eugene for an overview of Pope Francis’ papal encyclical, “Laudato Si’ –  On Care For Our Common Home”.  Our speaker, Dr. Catherine Wright, will discuss why Pope Francis wrote this encyclical and the idea that faith and science need to be in dialog.  The purpose is to give participants an overview of the letter, to discuss how this document is a part of Catholic Social Teaching, and that we are the who that the letter is inviting to ecological conversion.  Come learn what all the fuss and excitement is about.  There will be a question/answer period following the presentation.  This is at St. Eugene Catholic Church at 72 Culvern Street in Asheville. For more information, please contact Cynthia Gibbs at 828-684-3555 or cynthia@gibbsco.com. Contact them to confirm times of events, since I have been given conflicting information.

02/12/16 LECTURE AT UNCA
Topic is Asheville’s African American Experience in the Civil War Era. Gordon McKinney, former director of the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center at Berea College and College for Seniors instructor, is the author of several books on the American Civil War. In this lecture he will discuss the Civil War as a time of uncertainty for most African Americans in Asheville. As the war ended, former slaves embraced the new freedom of movement and demanded wages and new working conditions. Many sought to reconstitute their families and establish their own churches and schools. Learn more about this interesting chapter in the history of African Americans in Western North Carolina. This event is free and open to the public. Time is 11:30 AM to 1:15 PM and location is the Reuter Center, room 102A, at UNCA. This is part of the Fab Friday Lecture Series.

02/12/16 LOVE WHO YOU WANT: BENEFIT FOR QORDS!
It's that time of the year for the third annual Love Who You Want benefit for QORDS! We will have a family-friendly drag show with local drag stars, costume corner, photo booth, silent auction and dance party with DJ Deven Balsam. Doors open at 7 PM and drag show starts at 8 PM. All ages welcome. QORDS, or Queer Oriented Radical Days of Summer, is a grassroots nonprofit based in NC that hosts a music based camp for LGBTQ youth and youth of LGBTQ families. Location is Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat Community Arts Space at 101  Fairview Road in Asheville. This is a facebook event, please go there for more information. Cost is $5 to $15.

02/12/16 FILM SCREENINGS AT UU CONGREGATION IN ASHEVILLE
Anna, Ole, Fred and Peter are four members of the Emergencies Team - or E- Team - the most intrepid division of a respected, international human rights group (Human Rights Watch). Trained to deal with unfolding crises, the E-Team flies to hotspots all over the world as soon as allegations of human rights abuse surface. Then they get to work - gathering crucial evidence to determine if further investigation is warranted and, if so, to investigate, document, and capture the world's attention. They also immediately challenge the responsible decision makers, holding them accountable. Human rights abuses thrive on secrecy and silence, and the work of the E-Team, backed by their international human rights organization, has shone light in dark places and given voice to thousands whose stories would never otherwise have been told. Environmental & Social Justice Film showing is on Friday, February 12th, at 7 PM and the matinee is at 2 PM. Note that we are screening the film at 2 PM as well as our regular 7 PM time. This is in response to the survey results indicating an interest in an afternoon screening. We will make the “matinee” a regular event if there is sufficient interest. Location is the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville at One Edwin Place in Asheville. There is no charge for viewing the film - donations are welcome. Contact Charlie at 612-860-6628 for more information.

02/13/16 PROTEST THE REPUBLICAN DEBATE IN GREENVILLE, SC
Carpools leaving early afternoon -- contact Williams Parker (prkwilliams@gmail.com / 919-724-0961) or Garret Lagan (gklagan@gmail.com / 828.508.6731). Our message is clear: $15 and union rights; No to racism and Islamophobia; Black Lives Matter and Immigrants rights. The Republican debate protest starts at 7 PM.

02/13/16 CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY MEETING
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.

02/13/16 H.K. ON J. PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY AND MORAL MARCH ON RALEIGH
HISTORIC THOUSANDS ON JONES STREET (HKonJ) had its first organizing meeting during December of 2006. Under the leadership of The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, TEN years later, we are stronger than ever before! You are being invited to our annual mass mobilization where the second Saturday in February of each year since 2007, we mobilize by the thousands to bring attention to our moral agenda; to stand against the legislative attacks which threaten our rights and agenda; and become better educated on the issues by the experts; "fired up, ready to go" and rejuvenated by inspirational and visionary insight; utilize this opportunity to network and ensure we get out the vote like never before in our history! See below for bus information.

02/13/16 LOCAL BUS TO MORAL MARCH ON RALEIGH
Get on the bus from Asheville to Raleigh for the 10th Annual Moral March on Raleigh! The march in Raleigh starts at 10 am. We will leave promptly from Martin Luther King, Jr. Park (50 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. off College St. in downtown Asheville) at 5 AM to arrive on time. Please pack food & beverage for the round trip. If you have a cell phone, please bring it, as well as your charger. Tickets are $40 per person. If you can afford to donate more, please do so that we can provide scholarships for others. Questions about tickets and how to get them, please contact Elaine Lite at info@mountainmoralmonday.org. On the morning of departure and during day of the event in Raleigh, contact Jake Quinn 828-713-1972 (Please be sure to enter this number in your phone before departure.)

02/13/16 FIGHT FOR $15 GOES TO GOP DEBATE IN GREENVILLE, SC
Following a successful rally and mobilization at the Democratic debate in Charleston on January 17, the Fight for $15 along with other groups across the South are coordinating another mass mobilization -- this time at the GOP debate in Greenville, SC on Saturday, February 13th. Our message is clear. We demand: $15 and union rights for all workers; an end to to racism, police brutality and mass incarceration; Black Lives Matter; No to Islamophobia; justice for immigrants now; and quality, affordable childcare and long-term care. Carpools are leaving early afternoon in our area -- contact Williams Parker (prkwilliams@gmail.com / 9197240961) or Garret Lagan (gklagan@gmail.com / 828.508.6731). The time for this rally is 7 PM, and location is Falls Park in downtown Greenville, SC.

02/13/16 INTERFAITH PEACE MINISTRY PROGRAM
This is a year-long course, taking place at The School of Peace in downtown Asheville, NC. Those who complete the work are ordained as Interfaith Peace Ministers. Optionally, some may choose to minor in EcoSpirituality and be ordained as an EcoSpiritual Minister. There is no theology taught - you must bring your own spiritual tradition. Our organizing principle of the course is deep inner Peace. These classes take place one Saturday per month, usually the second Saturday. There will be one class in the morning, a long lunch break, and a second class in the afternoon. Time is 10 AM to 4:30 PM. Cost is $1000 total plus $120 for ordination costs. May be paid in $100/month increments. For more information, and to apply for acceptance, please email info@TheSchoolOfPeace.com.

02/15/16 PRESIDENTS DAY MARCH FOR CLEAN ENERGY
Local environmental activists are organizing a march from Ashevlle City Hall to the Lake Julian power plant, starting at 9 AM on Monday, Feb. 15th. Marchers intend to expose Duke Energy's bad idea to commit to fossil fuel use for decades to come in Asheville and throughout the state. The marchers support efforts by local and state environmental organizations to demand that Duke withdraw its application for natural gas plants and infrastructure. Speak up and march for a clean energy future! For more information and to get involved either by marching or supporting the march, please contact Steve Norris, 828-777-7816, earthsun2@gmail.com or Kendall Hale, 828-768-7816, hale.kendall@gmail.com.

02/15/16 ANNIVERSARY OF THE LARGEST ANTI-WAR DEMONSTRATION IN THE WORLD
On this date in 2003, people around the world gathered to say NO to war on Iraq. We were not listened to by the US/UK governments. And now we know that the protesters were (once again) correct in their assessment of the potential outcome of such a massive and evil crime. It gives us no pleasure to be proven correct yet again. WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER.

02/15/16 BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENT
Join Multicultural Student Programs and Black Student Association as we screen the PBS Film Special, “America After Charleston”, which follows the stories and reactions to the death of nine African-Americans in the June 2015 shootings at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. After the screening, join in a discussion facilitated by Dr. Tiece Ruffin, Assistant Professor and Diversity Outreach Coordinator for the Department of Education. Time is 6 PM to 8 PM. Location is The Grotto in Highsmith Union at UNCA. This is part of Black History Month. For more information, contact dhylton@unca.edu. Open to the public.

02/15/16 STREET PROTEST OF HEWLETT - PACKARD
Just Peace Israel/Palestine’s next street protest will focus on the HP Boycott again, February 15, Monday (Presidents’ Day), from noon to 1:30 PM at Best Buy parking lot (entrance on South Tunnel Road). HP provides  the Israeli Ministry of Defense a biometric identification system installed at checkpoints in the West Bank which makes it possible to restrict Palestinian movement. This is illegal under international law. Contact Suchi at suchi1025@bellsouth.net for more information.

02/15/16 UNITED TO RESTORE DEMOCRACY MEETING
United to Restore Democracy (the local group formerly known as MABCO) will be hosting a planning meeting reviewing projects we have been working on, and things we hope to achieve this year, in addition to our regular business.  Our meeting will be on Monday, February 15th at the North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Avenue, from 7 - 8:30 PM. United to Restore Democracy (Asheville) is a local non-partisan citizens group that has organized to overturn the destructive Citizens United decision and reclaim the liberties and privileges guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution for real, living, breathing people. Our group is part of a larger State and National movement to educate, empower, and bring awareness to the issues related to corporate personhood, the corruptive influence of money in politics and the impacts that has on the local, state and national community. For more information, contact Diana at dianakruk@gmail.com.

02/15/16 PUBLIC LECTURE AT MARS HILL UNIVERSITY
The Rev. Joseph B. Ingle, United Church of Christ minister, is a leading voice in faith-based opposition to the death penalty.  His lecture is titled “Why does the United States execute more of its citizens than any country in the world?” The Rev. Joe Ingle, writer, speaker, chaplain and advocate for people on death row.  His newest book is “Slouching Toward Tyranny: Mass Incarceration, Death Sentences, and Racism.” Time is 6 to 7 PM and location is Belk Auditorium at Mars Hill University.

02/16/16 CULTIVATING CLIMATE RESILIENCE
Join Laura Lengnick, author of Resilient Agriculture, for a discussion (6 to 7:30 PM) about
climate change in your community. What do you need to be thinking about? What are steps you can take to create resilience in your home, on your land, and in your neighborhood? Registration is by donation ($10 suggested). This will be held at Living Web Farms at 176 Kimzey Road in Mills River. Please contact Meredith for more information and instructions on how to register at meredith@livingwebfarms.com or call 828.891.4497.

02/16/16 WNC 4 PEACE MEETING
Meeting will start at 6 PM and will be held at location TBD. Contact Craig at herbzone@gmail.com for more information.

02/16 /16 GREAT DECISIONS PROGRAM
The topic is “Climate Change” and the speaker is Tom Peterson, a widely published climate scientist and current president of the Commission for Climatology Structure at the World Meteorological Organization and recent retired NOAA climatologist. The Great Decisions Program is the oldest and largest grassroots world affairs educational program of its kind in the country. Begun in 1954, it is the flagship program of the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental organization. The Great Decisions Program's goal is to discuss, debate, and learn about International Affairs, National Security, and U.S. Foreign Policy. Individual lectures are $10 each, full time students admitted free of charge. Each presentation is given at four separate locations.  Tuesday, 7:30pm, Asheville (UNCA, Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center); Wednesday, 10:00am, Hendersonville (Blue Ridge Community College, Bo Thomas Auditorium); Wednesday, 3:00pm, Brevard (Brevard College, McLarty Lecture Hall); Thursday, 2:00pm, Columbus (Isothermal Community College). Contact Maureen at maureen.White@uncc.edu or 704-687-6778 for more information.

02/16/16 BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT UNCA
This will be a Lunch-N-Learn on “What’s in a Name? Conversation on Vance Hall”. North Carolina history has been riddled with slavery, racism, and segregation. Some of our historical political figures have represented this era in our state’s history. Join Multicultural Student Programs as we explore the larger implications of commemorating those historical figures. Facilitated by Dr. Darin Waters, Assistant Professor in the department of History, we will discuss these larger message that this sends and its impact.  This will be held at the Highsmith Union, Intercultural Center from noon to 1 PM.

02/17/16 GREEN DRINKS
Subject is From Kudzu to Urban Food Forest. Time is 5:30 PM to gather and eat. Program begins at 6:30 PM. Location is The Spot at 76 Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville. Green Drinks is now under MeetUp. Call The Spot for more information at 828-575-2729.

02/18/16 DINE OUT FOR DEMOCRACY
Dine out and a percentage of your funds will be donated to promoting voter education and advocacy in Western North Carolina. More information to follow on what restaurants will host this event. This is organized by Just Us United. 

02/19/16 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.

02/20/16  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.

02/20/16 GREENWORKS CLEANUP
Roadside cleanup in Candler. Join the Enka/Candler community in a clean up of Sand Hill, Enka Lake Road and Hwy 19/23 in Candler. Supplies and snacks will be provided. Time is 9 AM to 1 PM. Contact volunteer@ashevillegreenworks.org for more information about this cleanup.

02/21/16 POETS RESPOND TO RACE
Al Black, a Columbia, SC, poet, organizer, and advocate, and Len Lawson, a poet and teacher, will join us for a Poets Respond to Race reading. Black is the author of the collection “I Only Left for Tea”, which is characterized by “quiet intimacy and vulnerability,” according to writer Ed Madden. Lawson’s poetry appears in several anthologies and journals including “pluck! A Journal of Affrilachian Arts”. In the wake of the Charleston tragedy, Black and Lawson began coproducing the Poets Respond to Race tour, which has included readings in three states and aims to bring unity and conversation through poetry. According to its mission statement, Poets Respond to Race “holds open forums on race and diversity to offer a gateway into tough conversations that can change communities in the south.” At Malaprop’s in downtown Asheville. Time is 5 PM, please call Malaprops for more information.

02/21/16 ETHICAL HUMANIST SOCIETY MEETING
The Art of Resilience will be presented by DeWayne Barton at the Sunday, February 21st meeting of the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville, 2 - 3:30 PM, at The Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road, Asheville, NC. Learn about the Community Accountability Plan (CAP), a road map for repairing black communities and addressing disparities in marginalized neighborhoods. It fosters a culture of resilience, inclusiveness and sustainability that is economically just and builds upon the goals of neighborhood community plans. Informal discussion and refreshments will follow the presentation. All are welcome. DeWayne Barton (B-Love) is a sculptor, poet and author who has combined his creative practice with community activism/improvement, youth development and justice issues for over 20 years. His art installations have been featured in the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of African American History and Culture as well as other places. Barton is co-founder of the Burton Street Community Peace Gardens and Green Opportunities, and he serves on the African American Heritage Commission, CoThinkk, and the City of Asheville Neighborhood Advisory Board. He is founder and CEO of Hood Huggers International (hoodhuggers.com), which offers sustainable strategies for marginalized neighborhoods. For more information call 828 687-7759 or email EHSAsheville@gmail.com.

02/23/16 GREAT DECISIONS PROGRAM
The topic is “Korean Choices” and the speaker is Marc Mulling of the MHU Philosophy and Religion Department. He has taught at Ewha Women’s University in South Korea, speaks and reads Korean, and blog about Korea. The Great Decisions Program is the oldest and largest grassroots world affairs educational program of its kind in the country. Begun in 1954, it is the flagship program of the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental organization. The Great Decisions Program's goal is to discuss, debate, and learn about International Affairs, National Security, and U.S. Foreign Policy. Individual lectures are $10 each, full time students admitted free of charge. Each presentation is given at four separate locations.  Tuesday, 7:30 PM, Asheville (UNCA, Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center); Wednesday, 10:00 AM, Hendersonville (Blue Ridge Community College, Bo Thomas Auditorium); Wednesday, 3:00 PM, Brevard (Brevard College, McLarty Lecture Hall); Thursday, 2:00 PM, Columbus (Isothermal Community College). Contact Maureen at maureen.White@uncc.edu or 704-687-6778 for more information.

02/24/16 GREEN DRINKS
Subject is Green Gauge - Existing Home Program. Time is 5:30 PM to gather and eat. Program begins at 6:30 PM. Location is The Spot at 76 Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville. Green Drinks is now under MeetUp. Call The Spot for more information at 828-575-2729.

02/24/16 DOCUMENTARY FILM SHOWING AT CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL
Carolina Jews for Justice/West will preview a new documentary produced by the Asheville nonprofit, Just Economics, entitled “Faces of Poverty,” on Wednesday, February 24th from 7 PM to 9 PM at Congregation Beth Israel, 229 Murdock Street in Asheville. The film focuses on the lives of five Buncombe County residents. (Please note, this event was previously scheduled for Thursday, February 18th; it will now take place on Wednesday, February 24th). The film will be followed by a panel discussion. Panelists will include: Vicki Meath, Executive Director of Just Economics; Bella Jackson, co-owner of Ujamaa Freedom Market, member of the Asheville Transit Committee, and Chair of the Just Economics Board; and Anthony Thomas, Employment Services Manager of Green Opportunities. The panelists will share their personal experiences of living in poverty here in Buncombe County and ideas about what to do about it. Jackson is profiled in the film, “Faces of Poverty.” Rabbi Justin Goldstein of Congregation Beth Israel will give welcoming remarks, including a brief teaching about the connection between Jewish values and economic justice. In the event of inclement weather, please call Congregation Beth Israel at 252-8860 for news of a cancellation.

02/25/16 PLAY AT CAROL BELK THEATRE AT UNCA
“Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992” Author Anna Deavere Smith spent nine months interviewing over two hundred people who experienced the Los Angeles riots. The devastating event, which resulted from the aftermath of the Rodney King trial verdict, is revealed through their words in this documentary style presentation. Shown at 7:30 PM on February 25, 26, and 27. Also showing on February 28 at 2 PM. 

02/29/16 SPOKEN WORD POETRY FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT UNCA
“And Still I Rise”-Spoken Word Poetry and Open Mic Night will be from 6 to 8 PM at Highsmith Union in the Grotto at UNCA. This is sponsored by Multicultural Student Programs and the Black Student Association. Contact dhylton@unca.edu for more information. 

03/01/16 COAL ASH PUBLIC HEARING
A public hearing on the state’s controversial cool ash pond classifications, criticized for failing to categorize many of the the toxic impoundments as “high-risk”, will be held at Ferguson Auditorium at AB Tech in Asheville. Time is 6 PM. Asheville’s two coal ash basins at the Lake Julian plant in Skyland are among the eight pits across the state that were earlier deemed high-risk under a 2014 law. However, the recent DEQ draft did not classify any new impoundments at that risk level. No contact information.

03/01/16 GREAT DECISIONS PROGRAM
The topic is “Global Migration” and the speaker is Natalie Teague, a multi-lingual attorney who has been specializing in immigration law  and litigating in state and federal courts. She has a practice in Asheville for the past several years. The Great Decisions Program is the oldest and largest grassroots world affairs educational program of its kind in the country. Begun in 1954, it is the flagship program of the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental organization. The Great Decisions Program's goal is to discuss, debate, and learn about International Affairs, National Security, and U.S. Foreign Policy. Individual lectures are $10 each, full time students admitted free of charge. Each presentation is given at four separate locations.  Tuesday, 7:30pm, Asheville (UNCA, Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center); Wednesday, 10:00am, Hendersonville (Blue Ridge Community College, Bo Thomas Auditorium); Wednesday, 3:00pm, Brevard (Brevard College, McLarty Lecture Hall); Thursday, 2:00pm, Columbus (Isothermal Community College). Contact Maureen at maureen.White@uncc.edu or 704-687-6778 for more information.

03/01/16 ASHEVILLE TRANSIT COMMITTEE MEETING
Time is 3:30 to 5 PM and location is the 1st Floor Conference Room at City Hall.

03/02/16 SIERRA CLUB MEETING
Tim Pharis and Frosty Levy will talk about “Wildflowers and Rocky Fork State Park”. Time is 7 PM and location is Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 1 Edwin Place (Charlotte Street and Edwin Place) in Asheville.  Contact judymattox@sbcglobal.net or 828-683-2176 for more information. Free and open to the public.  

03/03/16 EARLY VOTING STARTS
This continues until 03/12/16.

03/04/16 WOMEN IN BLACK VIGIL IN ASHEVILLE
This is on the first Friday of the month at 5 PM at Vance Monument in Pack Square in downtown Asheville.

03/07/16 CLASSES ON THRIVING IN DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS
Join us for a 4 week class series offered by Roberta Wall, certified Nonviolent Communication (NVC) trainer. This is based on the work of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg and Nonviolent (Compassionate) Communication. Theme is ‘Surviving and Thriving in Difficult Conversations with your family, your community, your workplace and your world. Dates are Mondays on March 7, 14, 21 and 28. Time is 6:30 - 8:30 PM and location is the Jewish Community Center at 236 Charlotte Street in Asheville. To register or for more information, contact Polly at (828) 775-6333 or polly.medlicott@gmail.com. Registration fee is $100 per person for all four classes. Please consider adding an extra amount for scholarships for those who have limited resources.  Scholarships are available.

03/08/16 GREAT DECISIONS PROGRAM
The topic is “Cuba” and the speaker is Stan Dotson, Founder of In Our Elements, a leadership and curriculum development resource for churches and community organizations. He has spent the better parts of the last two years teaching at the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Matanzas, and will be just returning from the island to the US prior to his lecture. The Great Decisions Program is the oldest and largest grassroots world affairs educational program of its kind in the country. Begun in 1954, it is the flagship program of the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental organization. The Great Decisions Program's goal is to discuss, debate, and learn about International Affairs, National Security, and U.S. Foreign Policy. Individual lectures are $10 each, full time students admitted free of charge. Each presentation is given at four separate locations.  Tuesday, 7:30pm, Asheville (UNCA, Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center); Wednesday, 10:00am, Hendersonville (Blue Ridge Community College, Bo Thomas Auditorium); Wednesday, 3:00pm, Brevard (Brevard College, McLarty Lecture Hall); Thursday, 2:00pm, Columbus (Isothermal Community College). Contact Maureen at maureen.White@uncc.edu or 704-687-6778 for more information.

03/09/16 GREEN DRINKS
Subject is Animal Justice - Unchained. Time is 5:30 PM to gather and eat. Program begins at 6:30 PM. Location is The Spot at 76 Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville. Green Drinks is now under MeetUp. Call The Spot for more information at 828-575-2729.

03/12/16 CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY MEETING
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.

03/15/16 PRIMARY ELECTION IN NORTH CAROLINA
Be sure to go and vote!

03/15/16 LUNCH N LEARN AT UNCA
“Wage Disparities for Women” will be the subject of this Lunch N Learn, and Dr. Gwendolyn Whitfield, Associate Professor of Management, will be the facilitator. This will be from noon to 1 PM and will be held at the Intercultural Center at Highsmith Union 114 at UNCA.

03/16/16 GREEN DRINKS
Subject is Invasive Species. Time is 5:30 PM to gather and eat. Program begins at 6:30 PM. Location is The Spot at 76 Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville. Green Drinks is now under MeetUp. Call The Spot for more information at 828-575-2729.

03/19/16  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.

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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
Standing up for Racial Justice at Firestorm Cafe & Books at 10 AM

WEDNESDAY
Haywood Peace Vigilers have a weekly vigil at 4 PM at Haywood County Courthouse in Waynesville

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. 
Third Saturdays – Asheville’s Green Grannies invites the public to “sing for the climate” at Pritchard Park at 5 PM.

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.