Sunday, April 27, 2008

Events in Asheville This Week

Mostly political events going on:

Right now – early voting from 10 AM to 6 PM, Monday to Friday and 8 AM to 1 PM on Saturday.

04/28/08 NC candidates running for the Court of Appeals and US Congressional District #11 will participate in a candidate’s forum at Calvary Episcopal Church at 2840 Hendersonville Road in Asheville. Time is 7 to 9 PM, and this is put on by the League of Women Voters, a non-partisan political organization. Free and open to the public.

04/29/08 Angela Shelton Day – There will be a symbolic gathering in front of the courthouse to show how many have been sexually violated. Information at

05/01/08 STRIKE by the Longshoremen’s Union in Seattle, in opposition to war.

05/01/08 Nuclear Regulatory Meeting in Gafney South Carolina. 7-10 PM NRC holds public comments mtg, Gaffney High School Auditorium, 149 Twin Lake Rd., Gaffney, SC, to prepare EIS re new application from Duke Energy for Nuke Energy plant (with 2 reactors) in Gaffney, SC, 60 mi. south of Asheville. (NRC staff will hold informal discussions from 5-7 PM) - Duke wants NC Public Utility Comm. & SC Public Service Comm’s OK to charge customers “pre-construction costs”. It’s our chance to speak out. We can make a difference! But even without comment, your presence is a strong statement and appreciated by those who speak. Contact Mary O., 675-1792 or or Lew Patrie at or 828-299-1242 for carpooling details.

05/01/08 Firestorm Café & Books Launch Party from 10 AM to 10 PM. Join them on May Day for the official opening of Firestorm Café! They are located at 48 Commerce Street in downtown Asheville, across from the post office.

05/01/08 Meet and greet with candidate for US Senate, Jim Neal. This is at Asheville Brew & View on Coxe Avenue at 6 PM. Free, more info at or 919-544-1136.

05/03/08 Mountain Voices Alliance (MVA) will host a March and rally to raise awareness for a temporary building moratorium in Western North Carolina. The event will take place on Saturday, May 3rd, from 2-4 p.m. in downtown Asheville. The group will meet at Pritchard Park, and march to City/County Plaza to hear speakers and music. Speakers at the May 3 rally include Rep. Ray Rapp of Madison County, who sponsored the North Carolina Steep Slope Construction Act (NC House Bill 175); William Shelton, one of the Jackson County commissioners who championed for the temporary building moratorium in that county; and Garland Calloway of Laurel Valley Watch (LVW) in Madison County. The event will also feature an old-time music jam, so bring your instruments and clogging shoes. Call 828-255-8537 for more information.

05/04/08 Celebration for Holly Jones campaign for County Commissioner at French Broad River Park with the band Westsound. This is from 3 to 5 PM. More information at

Picture is of Ursula Scott, who is now deceased. The sign says:

"To the people of Iraq: I apologize on behalf of the people of my country for the suffering of all Iraqis, especially the women and children. Ursula M. Scott"

This was taken in 2005, I think.

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