Sunday, October 28, 2012

Upcoming events in the Asheville area

Sunset from the Blue Ridge Parkway, October 2012.



UPCOMING EVENTS

TIME TO VOTE!
It is possible to register and vote in one stop if you are not already registered.  If you have moved or not voted in awhile, then vote during early voting to make sure your vote is counted.  Do not sit out an election - no one gains a voice or more power by not participating.  Some recommendations for non-partisan races are at the end of this email.

10/29/12 DEFENDING APPALACHIA FROM THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY
Film & Discussion. Southern Appalachia is targeted by the nuclear industry for new power plants, waste storage and reprocessing. This event will include a discussion on local nuclear issues, efforts against them and segments of the film "Knocking on Devil's Door, Our Deadly Nuclear Legacy." Sponsored by SAFE Carolinas and Katuah Earth First!. Location is Firestorm Café and Books and time is 7 PM.

10/30/12 BUILDING AN ABUSE FREE COMMUNITY
This is a four-part series focusing on the reality of abuse in our society.  The goal is to empower the community by enabling and energizing a broader base of advocates to take action in preventing abuse and supporting victims in their recovery. Time is 7 PM and location is the Fellowship Hall at Grace Presbyterian Church on Merrimon.  For more information, contact jimrwallis@aol.com. Part Two:  How do you recognize signs of abuse?  Why is this happening?

10/30/12 STORIES OF GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH
Sasha Mitchell will share her own family experience on genealogical research prior to 1865.  Time is 12:20 to 1:30 PM and location is Highsmith Student Union Mountain Suites.

10/30/12 FOCUS ON CHILDREN TOWN HALL MEETING
Action for Children North Carolina will launch its statewide Focus on Children town hall series in Asheville on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 from 8 AM to 9:30 AM. Children First/Children In Schools is a cosponsor. The Focus on Children town hall meetings will bring local data about the status of children and youth to communities across the state in an effort to highlight improvements and declines in child well-being and facilitate discussion about strategies to improve the status of children. Location is Mountain Area Health Education Center, Balsam Room, 121 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. To register, go to this link:  https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=nrj5mtcab&oeidk=a07e6cozjdmf0a82cea&oseq=

10/30/12 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VIGIL
UNC-Asheville Amnesty International will host a Domestic Violence Vigil Tuesday, October 30 at 8:00pm. The candlelight service will take place on the campus Quad. The vigil will include speakers from Helpmate, Our Voice and Pisgah Legal Services. They will be reading the names of the NC homicide victims who have lost their lives so far this year. Please come and help honor victims and survivors of intimate partner violence!

10/30/12 ASHEVILLE WATER REFERENDUM WORLD SERIES
Rally and press conference in support of voting “no” on the referendum , sponsored by Clean Water for NC, Food and Water Watch, WNCA, WENOCA Sierra Club, Mountain Voices Alliance, PARC, and other local partners. Location is Vance Monument, and time is 5:15 to 6 PM.  Contact Katie at 828-251-1291 or katie@cwfnc.org for more information.

11/01/12 VETERANS FOR PEACE MEETING
Time is 6:30 PM and location is VFP HQ at the Phil Mechanic Studios: 109 Roberts Street in Asheville. VFP Chapter 099: http://vfpchapter099wnc.blogspot.com/

11/01/12 PUBLIC MEETING ON BUS SERVICE IN ASHEVILLE
This meeting will be held at Pack Memorial Library’s Lord Auditorium, 67 Haywood St. from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will have a drop-in format.  In addition to the meeting, the public can weigh in on changes to the ART system via an online poll found at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ARTJan2013.  The public may also submit comments, no later than November 1, by email to iride@ashevillenc.gov or mail to Mariate Echeverry, Transportation Planning Manager, City of Asheville, P.O. Box 7148, Asheville NC 28802

11/02/12 TRANSIT TALK
Transportation is a huge barrier for low-income families trying to access food, jobs, and services. Join us to learn more about recent changes to the Asheville bus system and how we can be advocates for better transit. Julie Mayfield, Director of WNC Alliance and the Chair of the City Transit Board, will be giving a Transit Talk from noon to 1:30 PM. Bring a lunch, but snacks will be provided, and join us at the United Way Building Room #1&2 at 50 South French Broad Ave, Asheville.
https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e6jo2zjz9c2337ac&oseq=

11/02/12 FUNDRAISING FOR HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM
Party for the People!  Time is 7-9:30 p.m. at Jubilee! Community on Wall St. Party for the People is WWD-F's annual fundraising event to support the Healthy Living Program in the Hillcrest public housing community. We offer classes and workshops around healthy habits and personal empowerment to Hillcrest residents. This event will feature live entertainment, a light dinner, childcare, and door prizes. $25 suggested donation! Women's Wellbeing and Development Foundation (WWD-F)

11/03/12 GREEN PARTY MEETING
The Buncombe County GREEN Party's business meeting is open to the public. It will be held from 10 AM to noon, upstairs in the Fortune Building, 729 Haywood Rd., West Asheville. Contact Ronald @ 828-LUCK-180 or Larry @ 828-225-4347 for more information.

11/03/12 PERMACULTURE IN ACTION
This hands-on weekend workshop will explore the social, ecological, and economic potential of whole-systems thinking and design.  Asheville-based teachers Zev Friedman and Dylan Ryals-Hamilton will explain and demonstrate the theory and practice of permaculture.  They will be teaching from a completed permaculture master plan which includes ponds, integrated chickens and ducks, mushroom culture, and diverse rainwater collection systems.  Students can get their hands dirty implementing a lowbush blueberry polyculture guild, a small forest garden patch, a native medicinal plant guild, and several strategies for erosion prevention and topsoil improvement.  The workshop will take place on the weekend of November 3rd and 4th.  For more information please email permacultureinaction@gmail.com.

11/03/12 SCREENING OF THE MOVIE ‘THE LINE’
The Line documents the stories of people across the country living at or below the poverty line. They have goals. They have children. They work hard. They are people like you and me. From Chicago’s suburbs and west side to the Gulf Coast to North
Carolina, millions of Americans are struggling every day to make it above The Line. To learn more about The Line, please visit www.thelinemovie.com. This will be held at New Creation Church in Fletcher. Time is 1 PM. Contact Debbie at 776-3007 for more information.

11/03/12 OCCUPY ASHEVILLE MOVE YOUR MONEY EVENT
This will be held at 2 PM at Vance Monument.  There will be information on how to Move Your Money and why this is important.  There will also be a short picket.  All are welcome.

11/03/12 OCCUPY ASHEVILLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
This will be at 4 PM in Pritchard Park. All are welcome.

11/4/12 TREE HUGGER'S BALL: CONTRA FOR COAL RIVER
Join us for a contra dance in support of Coal River Mountain Watch, a leader in the fight against mountaintop removal in Appalachia. Come dance to the foot-tappin' tunes of Contraversial and fantastic calling of Maggie Jo Saylor! Sponsored by WWC's Eco Justice Crew & Katuah Earth First! Location: Bryson Gym at Warren Wilson College. Time: 6:30 for Contra dance lesson, 7:00-10:00 for Dance!

11/07/12 SIERRA CLUB MEETING
Chris Mathis will discuss “Why Building Matter:  Sustainability Chalenges”.   Program starts at 7:15 PM and location is Unitarian Church at Edwin Place and Charlotte Street.

11/07/12 CONCERT TO HONOR BREAD AND ROSES STRIKE
Charlie King and Karen Brandow will present extraordinary songs of ordinary people and a second-set performance marking the 100th anniversary of the history-making Bread and Roses textile strike, on November 7 at 7:30 at UNC Asheville’s Highsmith Student Union.  Tickets are free for UNC Asheville students, faculty and staff and $10 for the general public. This is co-sponsored by the UNC Asheville Foreign Languages and Political Science departments and HOLA. FMI, contact hras@humanrightsaction.net or call 314-374-7446.

11/08/12 - 11/11/12 LAKE JUNALUSKA PEACE CONFERENCE
The fifth annual Lake Junaluska Peace Conference, "Love in Action: the Transformative Power of Nonviolence," will draw upon the lessons of nonviolent campaigns and their leaders who discovered a force that can change the world. Participants will explore the principles and learn the applications of nonviolence as taught by Gandhi, King, and many spiritual leaders who offered this alternative paradigm for resolving conflict, achieving justice, and building peace.  For more information:  www.lakejunaluska.com/peace.

11/08/12 THE GENERAL’S SON: JOURNEY OF AN ISRAELI IN PALESTINE
In 1997, a tragedy struck the family of Israeli-American Miko Peled: His beloved niece Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber in Jerusalem. That tragedy propelled Peled onto a journey of discovery. Peled's title for his talk is "Moving Beyond Zionism: a New Paradigm for Israel and Palestine."  Location is Simpson Hall at A-B Tech.  Time is 7 PM.  This is sponsored by Western Carolinians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East.  Open to the public.  For more information, email Tony at bingtony@yahoo.com.

11/08/12 COMMUNITY EVENT AROUND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
“PRIVATE VIOLENCE” is a collaborative community event to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence in our region. A portion of the proceeds will go to support domestic and sexual violence programs in our community.  This will be at the Fine Arts Theater.  No further information at this time.

11/09/12 SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVIE NIGHT AT UU CHURCH
Social Justice Film night will feature “Peaceable Kingdom” a film about the awakening conscience of several farmer who came to question the killing of animals. Time is 7 PM and will be shown at the Unitarian Universalist Church at Charlotte and Edwin Place.  Donations accepted.  Info from devwilliams@juno.com.

11/10/12 BUNCOMBE FRUIT AND NUTS CLUB
The Buncombe Fruit and Nuts club announces the Carnival of Nuts!  You’ve known it all along: Asheville is nuttier than a fruitcake! So come enjoy some true nuttiness at the West End Bakery on November 10 from 5:30-9pm, and bring the kids for family fun. All funds raised go to the Buncombe Fruit Nuts, a group of nut and fruit enthusiasts who are happy to plant and nurture shrubs and trees in the parks all over town.  There’ll be awesome door prizes (win your own nut tree), games like the Acorn-Squirrel toss for kids, nut-cracking demonstrations featuring the Nutcracker himself, acorn magic, special viewings of the nut-blimp, the nuttiest poem, and more.

11/11/12 RING BELLS FOR ARMISTICE DAY
Armistice Day:  Ring Bells For Peace @ 11am

11/11/12 EAT AT MIKE’S
Location is First Congregational UCC in Asheville on Oak Street downtown. Time is 5 PM to 8 PM. This is the WNC health Advocates' annual dinner and auction. Tickets are a minimum donation of $20 and will be on sale at The Downtown Market, or call 828-243-6712 or e-mail leslie@wnchealthadvocates.org.

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ONGOING EVENTS
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TUESDAY
Veterans for Peace have a weekly vigil at 5 PM at Pack Square, Vance Monument

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

THURSDAY
Asheville Homeless Network meeting at 2 PM at Firestorm.
Anti-racism Group Discussion at 5:30 PM on the third Thursday of the month at Firestorm Cafe.

FRIDAY
Women in Black have a vigil at 5 PM at Pack Square (Asheville) on the first Friday of the month.
Women in Black have a weekly vigil at noon at the City Hall in Hendersonville

SATURDAY
Transylvanians for Peace and WNC Physicians for Social Responsibility have a weekly vigil at noon in front of the courthouse in Brevard.

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ACTIONS AND READINGS
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From Roots Action:

Even the New York Times wants out of Afghanistan.  Who's left supporting 2 (or 12?) more years in Afghanistan? Oh yeah, those 4 guys. Obama, Biden, Romney, Ryan.

Sign a letter to let them know what you think:  http://bit.ly/SZqg6k


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Evening the Score, Different Strokes PAC

For more information visit: http://www.themagneticfield.com/evening-the-score

Join us on the evening of November 1, at 7:30 p.m. when Building Bridges of Asheville will facilitate a post-performance talkback.

Building Bridges Co-facilitators are:      
Stuart Zitin,BB Board Chair         
Georgia M. Shannon   
Linda Newman         
Audrey Yatras

The Magnetic Theatre & Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective present...
“Evening the Score, A Double-Cross in Black and White” by Steven Samuels
Directed by Stephanie Hickling Beckman
Wednesdays-Saturdays, October 24th-November 3rd @ 7:30 p.m.

This provocative drama about college friends separated by an act of betrayal and reunited decades later by circumstances that push both to the brink, delves into issues of race, religion, class, the law, and political ambition with breathtaking, often brutal honesty, focusing matters of local, national, and political import through the prism of a single, complex human relationship.

This limited engagement will have eight performances only. Tickets are $12 for Wednesday and Thursday performances, $15 Friday and Saturday performances.

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RECOMMENDATIONS FOR NON-PARTISAN RACES

NC Supreme Court:  Sam Ervin IV

NC Court of Appeals Judge: Linda McGee

NC Court of Appeals Judge: Wanda Bryant

NC Court of Appeals Judge: Cressie Thigpen

Soil & Water Conservation Dt. Supervisor:  Jim Coman

County Board of Education At-Large:  Paul (Dusty) Pless, Jr.

County Board of Education (North Buncombe):  Ann B. Franklin

County Board of Education (Owen District):  Ben Craig

County Board of Education (Roberson District):  Steven Weir Sizemore

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1 comment:

Katie Hicks said...

The "ASHEVILLE WATER REFERENDUM WORLD SERIES" has been cancelled due to a forecast of wintry weather. Please remove it from the calendar if possible. Thanks for posting! Here's some information about the Upcoming referendum - vote NO!