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04/28/14 EARLY VOTING CONTINUES
William H. Stanley Building, 35 Woodfin Street in Asheville. April 28 - May 2: 8 AM - 6 PM May 3: 8 AM - 1 PM
All Remote Early Voting Sites have same hours.
Remote Sites are as follows:
North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. 28804
Girl Scout Office — Upper Building (Blue Awning), 64 WT Weaver Blvd. 28804
South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Rd. 28803
Skyland Fire Department, 9 Miller Rd. 28803
West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Rd. 28806
Heaven's Cloud Retreat — Old Union Hall Bldg., 130 Sardis Rd. 28806
Black Mountain Library, 105 N. Dougherty St., Black Mtn. 28711
TWO RECOMMENDATIONS FROM FELLOW PROGRESSIVES:
District Attorney, District 28: Todd Williams
NC Supreme Court Associate Justice: Robin Hudson
04/28/14 STAND AGAINST RACISM EVENT AT AB TECH
This year, A-B Tech will hold one of the largest Stand events on from 8 AM to 12:30 PM in Ferguson Auditorium on the A-B Tech campus in Asheville. A-B Tech and its partner, the YWCA, and sponsors (City of Asheville, MAHEC, and UNCA) will offer a community progress report, panel discussion, as well as networking and professional development opportunities. The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Pfluger at 828.398.7114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
04/28/14 EDUCATION TOWN HALL MEETING
Our children come first. They deserve a solid education, with reasonable testing, class size limits, textbooks and supplies. Teachers deserve respect, and fair compensation. If you agree, please attend an important “town hall” meeting of parents, educators, businesses, PTO/PTA and community members coming together in a coalition to give voice to our concerns. Time is 7 PM and location is Asheville High School.
04/29/14 ASHEVILLE CITY COUNCIL COMMUNITY MEETING
Asheville City Council will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, April 29 to share its 2014 Strategic Operating Plan, discuss its goals and invite public participation in the plan’s final version. The meeting will be held at the Charles T. Koontz Intermediate School at 305 Overlook Road from 6:30 to 8 PM so come on out!
04/29/14 STAND AGAINST RACISM EVENT AT JUBILEE
Talking Together About Race: Why is it so hard? How can we rewrite our race story? Featuring the Asheville premiere of the documentary “Racial Taboo” by filmmaker Brian Grimm. Time is 6 PM to 9 PM. Location is Jubilee Community at 46 Wall Street in Asheville.
04/29/14 STAND AGAINST RACISM EVENT AT LITERACY COUNCIL
The Literacy Council will show the movie “A Day Without A Mexican” which takes a satirical look at what would happen if all Mexicans suddenly disappeared. It shows what an impact the entire immigrant population makes. Time is 6 to 9 PM and location is the Literacy Council of Buncombe County at 31 College Place in Asheville.
04/30/14 POWER OF POSITIVE PARENTING SEMINAR
Children of all ages need a safe, secure and loving environment in order to thrive. Positive parenting is an effective approach to raising children that emphasizes the positive. It involves creating a family environment that is loving, supportive and predictable. This is important in raising healthy, well-adjusted children who have the skills and confidence that they need in order to succeed at school and in their interpersonal relationships with others. Positive parenting reduces the stress of parenting and makes it both more rewarding and more enjoyable. This seminar will offer an overview of positive parenting techniques. Time is 10 AM to 11:30 AM and location is Mission Children’s Reuter Outpatient Center at 11 Vanderbilt Park Drive in Asheville. Contact Kate of Family Support Network of WNC for information on how to register and possible costs. Her phone is 828-213-9787.
04/30/14 FILM AND DISCUSSION AT PACK LIBRARY
This will be a film about Aung Sun Suu Kyi, a Member of Parliament in Burma. Discussion will be lead by Dr. Sarah Judson, UNCA history professor. Time is 6 to 8 PM.
04/30/14 GREEN DRINKS
Jon us Wednesday April 30th at 6 PM at the Green Sage Coffeehouse and Cafe for a presentation by author Glenn Geffcken and partner Maria Rueda of Balanced Is, on “Indigenous Principles for Corporate Change,” about the applicability of indigenous values to the art of doing business as a force of positive culture shift. On the heels of the release of Geffcken’s first book, “SHIFT: Indigenous Principles for Corporate Change,” Balanced Is launches new culture workshops designed to catalyze a shift in organizational culture through an experiential exploration of principles from indigenous society. “Indigenous people, the world over, have lived in a state of grace and harmony with nature for longer than history can record.” Geffcken says, “And encoded within their cultural framework is a value system that places a high importance on values themselves, which has enabled indigenous people to pass their culture on throughout the generations without drift.”
05/01/14 PROTEST DUKE ENERGY MEETING IN CHARLOTTE
Our Power Together: May Day at Duke Energy Shareholder Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 1st, from 9 AM to 11 AM. There will be a rally, street theater, and speaker. Location will be Duke Energy Corporate HQ at 526 S Church St in Charlotte, NC. Contact Laura Sorensen for van seat and carpooling at 545-4443 or Lsredoak@gmail.com. For Duke Energy ratepayers, for NC taxpayers, for those of us who live near NC's fifty toxic coal ash dumps, containing at least 16 billion gallons of coal combustion waste (enough to cover 38,662 football fields one foot deep), for families with children, for people of color, for people living in poverty, for those of us who drink water or breathe air, it's time to tell Duke Energy they must be accountable! Organizations involved thus far include: Action NC, Appalachian Voices, Charlotte Environmental Action, Democracy NC, Greenpeace, NC WARN, Sierra Club Club.
05/01/14 MAY DAY PROTEST AGAINST BANK OF AMERICA IN CHARLOTTE
Bank of America protest at 2 PM at 100 North Tryon Street in Charlotte.
05/01/14 YWCA BLACK AND WHITE GALA
Join us for an evening of live music, dancing, and local eats in support of the YWCA's Stand Against Racism. Tickets are $50 each and proceeds benefit the YWCA's programs to eliminate racism and empower women. Learn more at ywcaofavl.org. Time is 6:30 to 10:30 PM and location is the Crowne Plaza Tennis and Golf Resort in Asheville.
05/01/14 EDUCATION TOWN HALL MEETING
Our children come first. They deserve a solid education, with reasonable testing, class size limits, textbooks and supplies. Teachers deserve respect, and fair compensation. If you agree, please attend an important “town hall” meeting of parents, educators, businesses, PTO/PTA and community members coming together in a coalition to give voice to our concerns. Time is 7 PM and location is TC Roberson HS Cafeteria.
05/02/14 MANNA FOOD BANK FUNDRAISER
Come to a “Flapjack Give Back” for MANNA FoodBank. Help Ardenwoods support a worthy cause that benefits everyone in the community. Monetary donations will be taken at the door to benefit MANNA FoodBank. In exchange, enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast prepared by the Ardenwoods' chefs. More than half of MANNA’s funding comes from private donations—and a majority of that is through individual donors. Please come out and show your support for this good cause! The event will be on May 2, from 8:30am-10:00am. Located at 2400 Appalachian Blvd, Arden, NC 28704. Call 828-684-7330 with questions.
05/03/14 WATER TROUBLES AND WATER SOLUTIONS: WNC WATER IN CONTEXT
“Water Troubles and Water Solutions: WNC Water in Context: The State of the Catawba River” will be held from 3 to 4:30 PM at Pack Memorial Library in Lord Auditorium. This is the fourth in a series of free presentations sponsored by The Wilma Dykeman Legacy and Buncombe County Public Libraries to address questions about ensuring abundant and affordable water in WNC over the next fifty years and beyond. Drawing on experts from other areas of NC, the South, and North America, the series seeks to anticipate some do’s and don’ts in water management. This presentation is about state of the Catawba River, which is currently under review by the US Supreme Court, and is given by Regina Guyer, associate director of the IDEAS Center, UNC Charlotte; Barry Gullet, Director, Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities; Rusty Rozzelle, Stormwater Director, Mecklenburg County, Amy Knisley, Environmental Studies Faculty, Warren Wilson College, serving as the local responder. Free and open to the public.
05/03/14 FUNDRAISER FOR WNC ALLIANCE
Come cookout and party with us to benefit WNCA and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy in our efforts to protect the water and the environment! “Water You Waiting For?” is scheduled for 4-9 p.m., May 3 at The Altamont Brewing Company at 1042 Haywood Road in West Asheville. There will be live music, raffle prizes, a silent auction and fun for the kids!
05/03/14 MAY DAY BBQ
The first Saturday after May Day, May 3rd, we will be celebrating International Worker's Day. Join leftists and radicals for barbecuing, radical and inspiring readings, and a raffle. The raffle is to raise funds to help send folks to Socialism 2014, a conference in Chicago and the largest annual gather of radicals in the US. This is organized by Asheville Socialists. Time is 5 PM and location is 62 Wall Street in Asheville.
05/04/14 ASHEVILLE NOW MEETING
Join the ERA working meeting, Sunday, May 4, 2 p.m. at Havana's Restaurant in Asheville. Asheville NOW announces an opportunity to roll up your sleeves and get to work: to brainstorm and gather facts and opinions about the Equal Rights Amendment for use on our website and in media; plan a special event featuring a state dignitary in July drawing attention to constitutional inequality based on gender; discuss new strategies for changing public opinion on ERA; learn more about what ERA can do for women; change the conversation about ERA in North Carolina - because it's our time to lead; discover how ERA can end political, social, legal and legislative injustices against women and historical minorities. For more information and to RSVP, contact email@example.com.
05/04/14 STAND AGAINST RACISM EVENT IN ASHEVILLE
The event is at Co-Luminate in downtown Asheville. Sponsor is Wild Googe Festival. Time is 7:30 PM. No further information, but I imagine the YWCA would have more details.
05/05/14 DINNER WITH PROGRESSIVES
Dinner with Progressives is a social outlet for thoughtful people in Asheville NC. The gathering includes time to eat together and then enjoy presentations which focus on solutions for a brighter future. This happens on the first Monday of the month. Dinner is at 6 PM and the speaker/program is at 7 PM. This will be at the Green Sage Coffeehouse and Cafe in south Asheville. Contact Cheryl at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
05/06/14 NSA SPYING AND THE CONSTITUTION
This will be a presentation by Mark Gibney, professor of Political Science at UNCA. Time is 7:30 PM and location is the Manheimer Room at UNCA. The development and expansion of technology and its impact on the culture and society has always been a problem and presented a conundrum for political power and public policy – especially in democracies. Most of us have our favorite stories and inventions where government are “always catching up” or having to adapt to new technology. What can we make of recent revelations about cell phone data gathering in the service of national security and what it means constitutionally? Mark Gibney is the Belk Distinguished Professor at UNC-Asheville. Gibney recently he served as a juror at the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights in Geneva, the largest human rights film festival in the world. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, and the Osher Life Long Learning Institute.
05/06/14 PRIMARY ELECTION DAY
Precincts are open for voting from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM.
05/07/14 GREEN DRINKS AND SIERRA CLUB MEETING
Join Asheville Green Drinks and the Sierra Club Wednesday April 2nd at 7 PM for a presentation on “Upcoming NC Legislative Session.” The Sierra Club and the Western North Carolina Alliance will present on Wednesday, May 7 at 7 PM. Sierra Club’s state lobbyist will present a legislative preview of upcoming issues expected to be addressed by the North Carolina General Assembly in the short session beginning May 14 including a possible coal ash bill & other environmental legislation. Free & open to the public. Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1 Edwin Pl. on Charlotte in Asheville. Contact: Judy Mattox, 828-683-2176
05/07/14 THE SOUL PURPOSE OF ASHEVILLE
An open invitation to all progressive citizens to join in creating a new conscious mission statement for the Asheville community. Free event. Time is 6 to 8 PM, location is Masonic Temple Main Hall at 80 Broadway in Asheville. RSVP to Facebook: Soul Purpose of Asheville Gathering.
05/08/14 ME2WE LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON
The Center for Diversity Education at UNC Asheville invites you to lunch in recognition of young adult leaders in our community who have worked collaboratively on the Me2We summer youth leadership program. The Me2We program is modeled on the work of ASCORE (Asheville Student Committee on Racial Equality) which was developed by Stephens-Lee High School students to desegregate Asheville's movie theatres, lunch counters, libraries and more from 1960 - 1965. Me2We is a collaboration between The City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy, I Have a Dream at Pisgah View Apartments, and AVID Summer Bridge at UNC Asheville to build the social justice leadership skills of the next generation. The luncheon will be held at the Sherrill Center in the Mountain View Room on the campus of UNC Asheville. Tickets for the luncheon are $50.00 ($35.00 tax deductible). Time is 11:45 AM to 1 PM. You may reserve your spot and pay at the door by emailing email@example.com.
05/08/14 LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL FILM AT FINE ARTS THEATER IN ASHEVILLE
The documentary is “My Toxic Backyard” and it is about the south Asheville community living around an old CRS Superfund site and the ongoing struggle to get clean safe drinking water while the old CTS site continues to leak dangerous toxins into the ground - 20 years after the threat was first reported to the EPA. The premiere is at 7 PM and there will be more showings on the upcoming weekend. $7.50 for matinees and $9.75 regular showings.
05/08/14 REGIONAL FORUM ON PUBLIC EDUCATION
Come and show your support for public education at a Regional Forum. Please wear red. Concerned about Public Education in NC? Testing? Teacher turnover? Funding for supplies? Come learn about the issues, hear from those affected, and find out what you can do. Leave inspired and informed! Time is 6 PM to 7 PM and location is TC Roberson High School.
05/10/14 WATER TROUBLES AND WATER SOLUTIONS: WNC WATER IN CONTEXT
“Water Troubles and Water Solutions: WNC Water in Context: Managing the Tennessee River Watershed” will be held from 3 to 4:30 PM at Pack Memorial Library in Lord Auditorium. This is the fifth in a series of free presentations sponsored by The Wilma Dykeman Legacy and Buncombe County Public Libraries to address questions about ensuring abundant and affordable water in WNC over the next fifty years and beyond. Drawing on experts from other areas of NC, the South, and North America, the series seeks to anticipate some do’s and don’ts in water management. This presentation is about the opportunities and difficulties involved in managing the multi-state watershed of the Tennessee River, with Gary Springston, the water supply manager of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Free and open to the public.
05/12/14 MOVE TO AMEND BUNCOMBE COUNTY MEETING
Ginny Lentz will talk about her experience going door-to-door for the MTA “We the People Listen” campaign. All are welcome. Time is 7 PM and location is North Asheville Library. Contact Ruth Christie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
05/12/14 FOOD POLICY COUNCIL WATER CLUSTER MEETING
The newly formed Water Cluster of the Food Policy Council will hold its second official meeting to select our priority actions out of the ideas brainstormed in the forming meeting and the first meeting. We have identified 25 actions and consolidated them into six categories: education of the public, investigation, working with the City, working with other clusters, working with the general public, and events. Come join our group and help us choose what to work on first to identify policy and propose innovative solutions to improve local water systems as they relate to food. Time is 11:30 AM to 1 PM and location is Earthfare at Westgate in the back room.
05/13/14 SPEAK YOUR PEACE LUNCHEON
The Mediation Center invites you to our Speak Your Peace luncheon on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. The luncheon features Brad Heckman, Chief Executive Officer of the New York Peace Institute, one of the nation’s largest conflict resolution services. Brad will discuss how his work establishing the first community mediation centers in the post-Soviet region has influenced the vision and work of New York Peace Institute. A Peacemaker of the Year Award will be announced, and we will acknowledge winners of our Draw Your Peace art contest for youth. Tickets are $50. For more information, contact Valerie Collins at 251-6089 x 212 or email email@example.com.
05/14/14 WESTERN CAROLINIANS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST MEEING
Time is 9:30 AM and location is Black Mountain Presbyterian Church. We will be discussing “Zionism Unsettled” (available from Presbyterian Books online at $10), chapters 1-5. Contact Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
05/14/14 GREEN DRINKS MEETING
Join us Wednesday May 14th at 6 PM at the Green Sage Coffeehouse and Cafe for a presentation about The Built Environment and Nature. Richard Louv coined the term “Nature Deficit Disorder” in his bestselling book, Last Child in the Woods. In our technological age, children and adults alike are connecting online, not outdoors. According to the research, “direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of children and adults. What can we do to reconnect our built environment with Nature? Many opportunities exist to design our homes and landscapes to provide spaces to reconnect. Our panelists include, Kevin Ward (Southeast Ecological Design), Chuck Marsh (Useful Plants) and Victoria Schomer (Green Built Environments) each will provide an overview based on their disciplines as builder/designer, landscape/permaculture and interior design.
05/15/14 RADIATION TODAY LECTURE AT UNCA
Dr. Perry Sprawls will offer an interesting talk on radiation in our lives today. There are different types of radiation, and with the exception of light, it is invisible. That often gives it a mystic characteristic and a cause for concern because of our natural “fear of the darkness” and things we cannot see. When we become more familiar with the radiation in our lives today, knowing its characteristics, where it comes from, how it is used in modern society, and its effects on the human body, we can make intelligent decisions and live in harmony with this part of our environment. In this program we review the different types and sources of radiation, their benefits to individuals and society, and the actions to minimize risks. Perry Sprawls is Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Emory University, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, with over 50 years of experience in the use of radiation for medical purposes. Free and open to the public, this talk is offered in collaboration with the WNC IEEE. Time is 7 to 8 PM and location is the Reuter Center at UNCA, Room 102A. Contact Perry at email@example.com for more information.
05/16/14 ENVIRONMENTAL LECTURE AT RIVERLINK
Dr. Frank Kalinowski will address “Environmental Legacies: Politics, Policy and American National Character” from 3 to 5 PM. He is a retired professor from Warren Wilson College and an author. Location is Riverlink offices at 170 Lyman Street in the River Arts District in Asheville.
05/18/14 MALCOLM X FESTIVAL IN GREENVILLE SC
Hours are 2 PM to 8 PM and location is Cleveland Park (East Washington Street & Cleveland Park Drive) in Greenville SC.
05/19/14 FIRST MORAL MONDAY FOR 2014 IN RALEIGH
No information on buses from Asheville at this time.
05/20/14 AUDUBON SOCIETY MEETING
The mission of the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society (EMAS) is to promote an awareness and appreciation of nature, to preserve and protect wildlife and natural ecosystems, and to encourage responsible environmental stewardship. EMAS hold meetings at the Reuter Center (Room 102) on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 PM. The meetings are free and open to the public. Contact Lew at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
05/23/14 GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION TO CLOSE GUANTANAMO
This is the first anniversary of the second time President Obama promised to close Guantanamo prison camp. A few individuals have been released in the past year, but more than 150 prisoners remain - none of whom have been convicted of a crime in a court of law.
05/30/14 WESTERN CAROLINIANS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST MEEING
Time is 3:15 PM and location is Brooks Howell House on Merrimon in Asheville. We will discuss the rest of the “Zionism Unsettled” book. Contact Beth at email@example.com for more information. Contact Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
06/14/14 TRIP TO THE INTERNATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM IN GREENSBORO
This trip departs from the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville Central Office, 165 South French Broad Avenue, rear parking lot. Boarding the bus will happen at 6:30 AM, leaving at 7 AM. We will returning to Asheville at 6PM. There will be one stop for breakfast on the road and lunch at Williams Cafeteria on A&T’s campus for the afternoon meal. $60 Per Person – transportation and admission only, meals at your expense. May 30, 2014 is the full payment deadline. This is sponsored by The A&T University Alumni Association of Asheville. Send Check or Money Order to: A&T Asheville Alumni Chapter, PO Box 2272, Asheville, NC 28802. For more information contact: William Edward Young, Jr., Chapter President at 828.251.2964.
07/24/14 TO 07/27/14 VETERANS FOR PEACE ANNUAL CONVENTION
This will be held at UNCA. More information to follow.
Veterans for Peace have a weekly vigil at 5 PM at Pack Square, Vance Monument
Haywood Peace Vigilers have a weekly vigil at 4 PM at Haywood County Courthouse in Waynesville
Asheville Homeless Network meeting at 1 PM at A-Hope on North Ann Street in Asheville.
Youth Outright Poetry Night at United Church of Christ in Asheville at 5 PM
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)
Transylvanians for Peace and WNC Physicians for Social Responsibility have a weekly vigil at noon in front of the courthouse in Brevard
Third Saturdays – Asheville’s Green Grannies invites the public to “sing for the climate” at Vance Monument at 5 PM.
ACTIONS AND READINGS
From Veterans for Peace, Chapter 099:
The 2014 International Veterans For Peace Annual Convention will be in Asheville, NC hosted by VFP Western North Carolina Chapter 99 from July 23-27, 2014. Volunteers are welcome to participate. For info contact Gerry Werhan at email@example.com.