Sunday, June 15, 2014

Upcoming events in the Asheville area this week

Elk up at Cataloochee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

UPCOMING EVENTS

06/16/14 FORUM ON CLIMATE AND FAITH
To Stand Against the Storm, We Must Stand Somewhere: A Forum on Climate and Faith. Time is 1 to 8 PM. Given the realities of climate change, what unique role can faith communities play in North Carolina? In this 1/2 day workshop on June 16th, join us as we learn from local and national leaders on a wide array of topics related to faith and climate. This solutions-oriented gathering will explore not only what challenges we face with climate change, but also the unique role faith communities have to play in finding creative solutions. Tired of another guilt-tripping environmental workshop that bums you out and leaves you feeling overwhelmed? This one is different. Join us as we focus on theological reflection, ecological resilience, and that much-neglected biblical virtue of hope. Our evening keynote will be given by biblical scholar and activist Ched Myers. This forum is free; however, you must register in advance. Sponsored by the Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest U. School of Divinity, WNC Green Congregations, Western NC Alliance, NC Interfaith Power & Light, and host congregation Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church. Go to the link in the “Sabbath Economics” (below, on 6/17/14) to register.

06/16/14 AIM HIGHER – RALLY TO RAISE TEACHER PAY
Join us on Monday, June 16th at 1 PM as 61,000 signatures asking lawmakers to raise teacher pay to the national average. Come to Pack Square in downtown Asheville to support public ed, learn what you can do to take action. North Carolina's best teachers are leaving the state, leaving the profession, or moonlighting at second jobs because of terrible pay. Meanwhile, North Carolina voters overwhelmingly support the move to raise teacher pay to the national average over the next 4-5 years. How has the state Senate responded? A pay raise in exchange for stripping teaching assistants from all 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms in the state. And the state House? They suggest trying to convince more people to gamble on the lottery to raise money for a one-time teacher raise. Time is 1 to 2 PM and location is Pack Square in Asheville.

06/17/14 CALL IN DAY AGAINST FRACKING
Call the Governor's office and your legislators’ offices and tell them you do NOT want fracking in WNC. Tell them that clean water is more important than money or gas. Let them know how you feel! Don't be shy. Let them know your concerns. Governor's phone number is (919) 814-2000.

06/17/14 TO 06/20/14 SABBATH ECONOMICS AND WATERSHED DISCIPLESHIP
“Sabbath Economics and Watershed Discipleship: A Theology and a Practice for a New Day” will be held at Warren Wilson College from 8 AM to 5 PM each day. This is sponsored by the Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative with support from Kalleiopeia Foundation. The interlocking crises of deepening climate change, resource exhaustion, and social disparity are stalking our history. To truly face these crises is to commit ourselves, as Christians and citizens, to radical and urgent changes that are both profoundly political and personal. The course will combine classroom learning, worship, eating together, and hands-on learning. Morning sessions will be led by renowned biblical scholar and activist Ched Myers, who will focus on “watershed discipleship” as a guiding metaphor and theological frame of reference.  Afternoons will feature outdoor experiential education in local food gardens. Who this course is for pastors, non-profit leaders, faith-based activists, gardeners and farmers, and anyone interested in the intersection of Christian spirituality, ecological restoration, and redemptive agriculture. To register, go to http://divinity.wfu.edu/watershed/registration/.

06/17/14 HEART SPEAK/EMPATHY PRACTICE CIRCLE
HeartSpeak/Empathy Practice Circle from 7:30 to 9 PM. Could you use a little empathy for a challenge in your life? Want to experience heart connection through recognizing one another's feelings and needs? Drop-in practice group, every 3rd Tuesday, 386 Kenilworth Road. Love offering. Please contact Cathy at cathyfholt@gmail.com for more information.

06/17/14 AUDUBON SOCIETY MEETING
There will be a discussion of ocean sustainability and the healthy of the ocean biome. This will be held at Reuter Center at UNCA in room 102. Time is 7 PM. Contact emas@emasnc.org for more info. Time is 7 to 9 PM and location is the Manheimer Room at the Reuter Center at UNCA.

06/17/14 WNC ALLIANCE FOR RETIRED AMERICANS MEETING
The WNC Alliance for Retired Americans has changed to quarterly meetings.  So the next meeting will be the third Tuesday in June which will be the 17th, at 10am in the Kenilworth Presbyterian Church Parlor at 123 Kenilworth Road in Asheville. The ARA is a statewide organization of retired union members and their friends and families. We are non-partisan and open to everyone who is concerned about the need for jobs which pay a living wage, as well as those issues which affect all of us. FMI contact dick@dickandnorma.com.

06/17/14 POLLINATION CELEBRATION
Bee City USA Hosts Pollination Celebration. Leader of National USDA Bee Lab Is keynote speaker. Marking its second anniversary, Bee City USA announced that Dr. Jeff Pettis, lead scientist at the USDA Bee Research Lab in Beltsville, MD, will be the keynote presenter for this year’s Pollination Celebration, underwritten by Tupelo Honey and Ingles Markets. On Tuesday June 17, Dr. Pettis will address area beekeepers on “Challenges for Today's Beekeepers” at the Mountain Horticulture Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River. Reception is 6:30 PM and program begins at 7 PM. $10 suggested donation. For information about this event, visit beecityusa.org.

06/18/14 GREEN DRINKS
Join us Wednesday June 18th at 6 PM at the Green Sage Coffeehouse and Cafe in downtown Asheville for an update on “Coal Ash Legislation” from Julie Mayfield, Co-Director of the Western North Carolina Alliance and local Sierra club leader, Ken Brame. Currently there are several bills under consideration by the legislature that will potentially dictate the future of coal ash storage in the state.  This Green Drinks will address those bills – what’s good, what’s bad, and what you can do to help get the best bill possible.

06/18/14 THE POLLINATION PUZZLE
Dr. Pettis will speak on “Give Bees a Chance: The Pollination Puzzle”. A special event geared for a general public audience, and designed to provoke questions, conversation, and possible answers. Honey from invasive plants, kudzu and Japanese knotweed, will be available for tasting. This will be held at Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville at 1 Edwin Place. Wine reception, honey tasting, exhibit, silent auction and conversations with Dr. Jeff Pettis, lead scientist for USDA Bee Labs all presented by and to benefit Habitat Projects of Bee City USA. Reception at 6 PM, program starts at 7 PM. $10 suggested donation. Join us to learn how insects vital to our health, face unprecedented challenges to their health. For information about this event, visit beecityusa.org.

06/18/14 USING SOCIAL MEDIA AND SMART PHONES FOR ACTIVISM
This will be two social media workshops. Facebook & Twitter Workshop is from 4 - 5:30 PM, and Smart Phone Workshop is from 5:30 - 6:15 PM. This will be held at United Way of Asheville at 50 S. French Broad Avenue in Asheville. RSVP to Carmen at 4ward2getherCall2action@gmail.com or call 828-423-6476. Social media plays an increasingly large role in engaging with new and existing supporters or any cause or campaign. Are you interested in learning how to use social media to help advance the causes of The Mountain People's Assembly (MPA) and other progressive movements and organizations? Want to help MPA and other organizations connect with more people, build sustained credibility, support and influence? The Social Media Workshop, facilitated by Aaron Sarver of the Campaign for Southern Equality, will teach you how to leverage the power of Facebook and Twitter to communicate messages effectively and inspire others to take action. In addition, a Smart Phone Workshop will be included to demonstrate how to better use your device. Your phone can help you to: expedite and/or confirm a voter's registration, access social media, do research and more. Please bring your fully charged cell phone to the workshop and we'll help you learn to use this tremendous tool to advance the cause. We'll even help you learn more mundane things like how to enter contacts from your Calls Made list, how to sync your email to your phone, share photos taken with your phone on social media, etc.

06/18/14 FILM SCREENING IN HENDERSONVILLE
On Wednesday, June 4, Governor Pat McCrory signed into law a bill that clears the way for permits to be issued for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in NC as soon as Spring 2015. This is not limited to the eastern part of the state and according to the Asheville Citizen-Times: “State environmental officials plan to test for the presence of significant natural gas deposits in seven Western North Carolina counties” and there have already been social media reports of oil and gas representatives knocking on doors in Madison County. Join us Wednesday June 18 and/or Thursday June 19 for a screening of Gasland Parts 1 and 2 at Green Light Ink Screen Printing at 730 Locust Street in Hendersonville. Attendance is free and we will have free beer (ages 21+) as well as free t-shirts and literature available in an effort to raise local awareness regarding this issue. Please bring your own beer glass and a camp chair :) Time is 8 PM.

06/19/14 FILM SCREENING IN HENDERSONVILLE
On Wednesday, June 4, Governor Pat McCrory signed into law a bill that clears the way for permits to be issued for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in NC as soon as Spring 2015. This is not limited to the eastern part of the state and according to the Asheville Citizen-Times: “State environmental officials plan to test for the presence of significant natural gas deposits in seven Western North Carolina counties” and there have already been social media reports of oil and gas representatives knocking on doors in Madison County. Join us Wednesday June 18 and/or Thursday June 19 for a screening of Gasland Parts 1 and 2 at Green Light Ink Screen Printing at 730 Locust Street in Hendersonville. Attendance is free and we will have free beer (ages 21+) as well as free t-shirts and literature available in an effort to raise local awareness regarding this issue. Please bring your own beer glass and a camp chair :) Time is 8 PM.

06/19/14 COAL ASH STORIES ASHEVILLE
Imagine being afraid to drink your water, take a bath, fish, or farm. These are the fears facing communities near the Duke Energy coal ash spill and in areas around other coal-fired power plants in North Carolina. Even though North Carolina ranks 9th in the nation for coal ash generation, the state lacks many important safeguards to protect water resources and communities. Join us for Coal Ash Stories, an event featuring four short films focused on coal ash, public health concerns, related policy, and ways that communities across the nation are responding to this toxic threat. Come learn about the issues, talk with community members, and find out how you can get involved. The Asheville screening is co-presented by Appalachian Voices, North Carolina Conservation Network, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Working Films, Earthjustice, Mountain People’s Assembly and Clean Water for NC. For questions contact Kristin at khenry@workingfilms.org. Time is 7 PM and location is Unitarian Universalist Church at 1 Edwin Place in Asheville.

06/19/14 FILM SCREENING TO CELEBRATE POLLINATOR WEEK
From Disneynature, the studio that brought you “Earth,” “Oceans,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee,” comes “Wings of Life” - a stunning adventure full of intrigue, drama and mesmerizing beauty. Narrated by Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, this intimate and unprecedented look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers is a celebration of life, as a third of the world's food supply depends on these incredible--and increasingly threatened - creatures. Time is 7 PM and location is Fine Arts Theatre in downtown Asheville. Cost is $9.75 per ticket.

06/20/14 WNC PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MEETING
The next WNC PSR monthly meeting will be at a private home (18 Birchwood Lane) near the VA Hospital in east Asheville. Brown Bag lunch at noon with meeting from 12:30 to 2 PM. Everyone is welcome. Physicians, health personnel and everyone; all are welcomed at our monthly meetings! Please contact Lew at patrie.wncpsr@main.nc.us for more information.

06/21/14 STATE OF BLACK ASHEVILLE PRESENTATION 2014
UNC Asheville students from the State of Black Asheville course will present their research on the status of Black Asheville in several public policy areas such as : education, healthcare, housing & economic development, criminal justice, and culture. Event is FREE & OPEN to the public. Lunch will be provided. For any questions please email : stateofblackasheville@gmail.com. Time is 8 AM to 4:30 PM and location is YMI Cultural Center at 39 Market Street, Asheville NC.

06/21/14 BENEFIT FOR BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS
This is a “Run for Kids Sake 5K” and will be held at Warren Wilson College. $25 advance/$30 after June 18. Call 253-1470 for more information.

06/21/14 GREEN GRANNIES SING FOR THE CLIMATE
Green Grannies Sing for the Climate at Vance Monument at 5 PM. Google "Singfortheclimate" and come out and sing with us! This happens on the third Saturday of every month.

06/22/14 WESTERN CHAPTER OF ACLU-NC ANNUAL MEETING
The Western Chapter of ACLU-NC will hold its Annual Meeting on Sunday June 22nd at 3 PM at the Rooftop Garden of Battery Park Apartments. The Program will include the presentation of the Evan Mahaney Champion of Civil Liberties Awards to Drew Reisinger, Buncombe County Register of Deeds, and to the Campaign for Southern Equality. The event is open to the public, is free, and will include refreshments. Battery Park Apartments are in downtown Asheville across from the Grove Arcade.

06/22/14 RALLY TO EXPAND MEDICAID
A half-million North Carolinians are left without access to health care because our state has refused to expand Medicaid. Five to eight of them are dying every day. This is a rally to expand Medicaid in North Carolina. Time is 2 PM and location is Vance Monument. Contact Leslie at lifeomike@gmail.com for more information.

06/25/14 GREEN DRINKS
“Just Economics” update. More information to follow.

06/26/14 MORAL MOVIES SERIES
You’ve heard about Moral Mondays, but what about Moral Movies? The NC Justice Center is proud to be a collaborator, along with the NC NAACP and Working Films, on the Moral Movies film series, which is bringing award-winning documentaries to cities across North Carolina to jumpstart community dialogue and action on social, economic, and environmental issues. Moral Movies will take place the last week of each month from April through July in Wilmington, Asheville, Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Greenville and Durham. The Asheville screenings are hosted by the Mountain People's Assembly. Tonight’s film will be “Freedom Summer” presented by Democracy NC. Time is 7 PM and location is Jubilee at 46 Wall Street in Asheville.  

06/26/14 PUBLIC HEARING ON FARE INCREASE FOR ASHEVILLE TRANSIT
There will be a public hearing on fare increases for ART (Asheville Redefines Transit) for monthly and annual passes. Location is Pack Memorial Library, Lord Auditorium, and time is 4 to 7 PM. New fares start July 2014. For more information, contact iride@asheville.com or call (828)259-5943.

06/27/14 WESTERN CAROLINANS FOR PEACE & JUSTICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST MEETING
Time is 3:15 PM and location is the Brooks-Howell Home on Merrimon Avenue in Asheville.

06/27/14 EXHIBIT AT YMI CULTURAL CENTER
“Cash Crop” is an emotionally moving and historical glimpse of the bondage endured by more than 15 million slaves during the trans-Atlantic slave trade by sculptor Stephen Hayes. The exhibition, which features 15 life-size sculptures of human beings in shackles, invites viewers to enter an emotional, physical, and psychic space to confront the past, present, and future. Admission is $6 for adults, free for students through 12th grade. This will run until August 27, 2014. Location is Ray Auditorium at the YMI Cultural Center at 39 South Market Street in Asheville. An opening reception, free and open to the public, will start at 7 PM on June 27, including guest performances and an artist talk with Stephen Hayes. For further information please contact Sharon at info@ymiculturalcenter.org

07/02/14 COALITION AGAINST FRACKING IN WNC
You are invited to join The Canary Coalition's Annual Gathering. The theme is “WAKE UP” songs of the movement. Bring your voice and bring your friends. This is a great way to network with others who are dedicated to this cause and sharing ideas and strengths is what will bring about a group that could possibly put a stop to this crazy fracking idea and new law that is set in place in our mountains. Time is 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM and the location is Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. For more information call 828-631-3447 or email info@canarycoaltion.org.

07/03/14 MOVE TO AMEND BUNCOMBE COUNTY FILM SERIES
MABCO and the Unitarian Universalist Church Swannanoa Valley are co-sponsoring a free documentary series, and on July 3, they will show “Legalize Democracy” a film produced by Move to Amend to give us the history of how corporations gained ‘personhood’ and consequently Constitutional rights. The film will be shown at the church, located at 500 Montreat Road in Black Mountain.  Doors open at 6:30 PM and the showing starts at 7 PM. Free of charge.

07/24/14 TO 07/27/14 VETERANS FOR PEACE ANNUAL CONVENTION
This will be held at UNCA. Registration for the convention and information at this link: http://vfpnationalconvention.org/.

07/25/14 MORAL MOVIES SERIES
You’ve heard about Moral Mondays, but what about Moral Movies? The NC Justice Center is proud to be a collaborator, along with the NC NAACP and Working Films, on the Moral Movies film series, which is bringing award-winning documentaries to cities across North Carolina to jumpstart community dialogue and action on social, economic, and environmental issues. Moral Movies will take place the last week of each month from April through July in Wilmington, Asheville, Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Greenville and Durham. The Asheville screenings are hosted by the Mountain People's Assembly. Tonight’s film will be “Inequality for All” presented by NC Justice Center. Time is 7 PM and location is Ferguson Auditorium at AB Tech, 340 Victoria Road in Asheville.  

07/26/14 MALAPROPS BOOK READING & SIGNING
Ali Abunimah, the author of “One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli Palestinian Impasse” and co-founder and director of The Electronic Intifada, shares his new book, “The Battle for Justice in Palestine”. Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple, says, “This is the book to read to understand the present bizarre and ongoing complexity of the Palestine/Israel tragedy.” Abunimah is the recipient of a 2013 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship and was recently featured on Democracy Now with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonz├ílez. 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 5 PM at Pack Square, Vance Monument

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

THURSDAY
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

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
Third Saturdays – Asheville’s Green Grannies invites the public to “sing for the climate” at Vance Monument 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.

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ACTIONS AND READINGS
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HOUSING FOR PEOPLE GOING TO VETERANS FOR PEACE CONVENTION
JULY 22 TO JULY 27 (convention starts on July 23 Wednesday, but some folks will arrive early, and convention closes on July 27 Sunday).

Please contact Gerry Werhan (gwerhan@gmail.com) answering the following few questions...  (Feel free to insert your answers right after the questions.)

1. ALL nights (July 22-26), or which ones?
2. How many beds can you provide?
3. Do you have pets?
4. Non-smokers only?
5. Can you offer transport for guests? (Convention location is the UNCA Campus).
6. Vegetarian kitchen? Morning coffee?
7. Street address/directions. Best times to call and phone number to use?

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