10/27/14 STEM LECTURE AT UNCA
The STEM Lecture Series is interdisciplinary with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The upcoming lectures for fall term are designed around the theme of new developments in STEM disciplines. On October 27 - New Developments in Environmental Studies by Dr. Barbara (Kitti) Reynolds, UNC Asheville Environment Studies. Scheduled in the Reuter Center Room 206, from 4:30-6 PM, these lectures are free and open to the public.
10/27/14 QUEERING ECONOMICS LECTURE AT UNCA
After introducing some basics about Queer Studies and their relevance to economics, Dr. Bartlett will demonstrate the McIntosh model on integrating different identities into disciplines as a whole and then specifically integrate queer into economics. Robin L. Bartlett received her AB from Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio and her Ph.D. from Michigan State University. She was the JP Morgan Chase Professor of Economics at Denison University (2004-14) in Granville, Ohio. She edited Introducing Race and Gender into Economics and has published numerous articles and chapters in edited volumes on the teaching and content of introductory economics. She received the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Ohio Professor of the Year, 1998 Award. She has also served on the American Economic Association’s Committees on Economic Education, chaired its Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, and served as President of the International Association of Feminist Economics. From 2010-14 she was Director of the Queer Studies Program at Denison University. Free and open to the public. Time is 4:35 PM and location is Karpen Hall Laurel Forum.
10/27/14 CANDIDATES FORUM FOR US CONGRESS
This will be for the 10th Congressional District in NC (McHenry is incumbent, Tate MacQueen is challenging him). Time is noon and location is the Sherrill Center at UNCA.
10/28/14 ASHEVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Duke Energy representatives will present an update to Asheville City Council on the future of the Asheville coal-fired power plant. This information came from WNC Alliance. Time is 5 PM and location is Asheville City Hall. Duke Energy representatives will present an update to Asheville City Council on the future of the Asheville coal-fired power plant. Duke Energy is required to remove all the coal ash from the impoundments at the Asheville plant and is currently considering the option of retiring the plant. Come to learn more and show your support as we call on Duke Energy to make the right decision for Western North Carolina and retire the coal plant.
10/29/14 GREEN DRINKS
Coal Ash Update/Clean Energy Testimonials will be the topic at Green Drinks. Time is 5:30 PM for socializing and 6 PM for presentation. Join us for a comprehensive discussion about local energy production as we provide an update on Duke Energy’s meeting with Asheville City Council. Following the update, we will hear from local residents who have adopted clean energy through solar and energy efficiency using local programs that harness the power of group purchasing. This presentation highlights the action taken in a community which wants to rid itself from fossil fuel power, why such action is needed and how others can reduce their own dependency on dirty energy producers. Location is the Green Sage in downtown Asheville.
10/29/14 CANDIDATES FORUM FOR BUNCOMBE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
This will be for candidates running in District 1 and 2 in Buncombe County. District 2 Commissioner Ellen Frost and her opponent, Christina Merrill, will speak at the forum as will District 1 Commissioner Brownie Newman, who is unopposed in the 2014 General Election. The candidates will be available to answer questions from the audience after they speak for about 10 minutes each concerning their candidacies and visions for Buncombe County. A Warren Wilson faculty member and a WWC student will moderate the question-and-answer part of the forum. Time is 7 PM and location is Canon Lounge (Gladfelter Student Center) at Warren Wilson College. For more information about the Oct. 29 Candidate Forum at Warren Wilson College, call WWC Dean of Service Cathy Kramer at 828-771-3774.
10/30/14 RALLY AGAINST DUKE’S COAL ASH
Join Progress North Carolina to ask Gov. McCrory and the NC Legislature to clean up the coal ash! Time is 4:30 PM and location is downtown Asheville. No further information - this was a Facebook event.
10/30/14 DOCUMENTARY ‘GMO OMG’ AT AB TECH
“GMO-OMG” will be shown Thursday, October 30th at 6 PM in the Ferguson Auditorium on A-B Tech's Asheville Campus. Genetically modified organisms have been artificially mutated by scientists in a laboratory by splicing genes from one living being into another. The director of "GMO-OMG", Jeremy Seifert, a resident of Asheville, will be present to answer your questions and participate in discussion after the showing with permaculturist Allan Kennedy and organic farmer Francis Tacy. This film is presented by Green Power-Asheville, the student environmental group at A-B Tech.
10/31/14 WOMEN AND INEQUALITY LECTURE AT UNCA
Lecture Presented By: Dr. Hewitt, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology - This lecture examines the complex layers of structural and cultural forces that produce & maintain gender inequality in the contemporary world, as well as the challenges & possibilities of meaningful change. Free and open to the public, time is 11:25 AM and location is the Carmichael Humanities Lecture Hall. Free and open to the public.
11/01/14 BEYOND EXTREME ENERGY WEEK
Actions will take place in Washington, DC. From local activist Steve Norris: To my friends: I am working with a coalition of activists and organizations from around the country preparing for a week of nonviolent direct actions in Washington DC in early November. We are calling our campaign Beyond Extreme Energy. Please consider joining us. We will also be asking for donations to support this work. Feel free to call or email me with questions. Steve Norris, 828-777-7816, or email@example.com.
11/03/14 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.Location is the Green Sage in Westgate Plaza. Contact Cheryl at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
11/03/14 PUBLIC HEARING ON FOREST SERVICE PLANS IN MARS HILL
The Forest Service is holding public hearings on the management plan that will shape the future of WNC's National Forests for decades to come. Meetings will open with a presentation on significant issues, management areas, and the development of plan components. Open to all. For more information and to submit your public comments online visit link listed under 11/13/14. Time is 4:30 to 7:30 PM and location is Broyhill Chapel, 100 Athletic Street in Mars Hill.
11/04/14 ELECTION DAY
11/04/14 VETERANS FOR PEACE BOOK CLUB AT MALAPROPS
We will meet the first Tuesday of each month at 7 PM at Malaprops, for a 1 1/2 hour discussion on a book related to a current political topic. The chosen book for November is ‘The Battle for Justice in Palestine’ by Ali Abunimah. You may purchase the book at Malaprops (10% off list for all book clubs), or order on line as you wish, or check it out from the public library. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bruce at email@example.com.
11/05/14 09/10/14 WESTERN CAROLINIANS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
This meeting will be at 9:30 AM at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church.
11/5/14 BENEFIT DINNER FOR KURDISH RED CRESCENT
On Wednesday, November 5th, community members will host a benefit dinner at The Weinhaus. The fundraising event will feature a catered vegetarian meal with door prizes donated by local businesses, live music with Asheville funk-blues band Muscadine and a cash bar. All ticket proceeds will support the Kurdish Red Crescent, a twenty-one year old regional affiliate of the respected International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Time is 6:30 to 8:30 PM and location is The Weinhaus at 86 Patton Avenue in downtown Asheville. Tickets are $20 to $60 per person, sliding scale. For more information, contact Libertie at 828-253-0149.
11/05/14 GREEN DRINKS AND SIERRA CLUB MEETING
It’s a rare environmentalist who isn’t already convinced of the need for a shift to more sustainable transportation. But how does that play out in practice? What are the most effective steps to get there? And what are the most worrisome potholes along the road? Join us on November 5 when automotive engineer Dave Erb will give a transportation presentation for people who need to discuss the how’s of sustainability, rather than the whys. And, since electrified powertrains figure heavily in any future worth creating, a chorus of plug-in vehicle owners will offer a panel discussion of their experiences. Free and open to the public. Time is 7 PM and location is Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Charlotte and Edwin Street in Asheville. Contact Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-683-2176.
11/06/14 FORUM ON FAMILY HOMELESSNESS
Families experience homelessness for the same kinds of reasons that anyone else does - losing a job, going through a divorce, an illness or having hours cut back. Families living in poverty are always at the edge of a crisis. In 2014, the annual Point In Time Count - a one day event where organizations attempt to count the number of people who are homeless at shelters and camps - found 20 families in Buncombe County and 12 in Henderson County who are homeless. Homeward Bound is looking carefully at this problem because we know that getting people out of homelessness and into housing as rapidly as possible, is critical, especially for families with children. Join us at our first ever Forum on Family Homelessness on November 6th. Your $20 ticket includes a meal, keynote speaker Kelly King Horne from Homeward Virginia, and an insightful panel discussion of experts facilitated by our Executive Director, Brian Alexander. This event is sponsored by attorneys Chitwood and Fairbairn. Email Beth at email@example.com for more information on how to purchase tickets.
11/07/14 CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF THE WILDERNESS ACT
This is an art show celebrating 50 years of The Wilderness Act. Presented by The Wilderness Society at HandMade in America. This art show runs until November 26, 2014. A panel of regional writers will be held Friday, November 7 at HandMade in America (125 S. Lexington Ave. Ste 101, Asheville) from 6 to 8 PM with the panel discussion at 6:30 PM. The event is free and open to the public.
11/08/14 PARENT SUPPORT MEETING FROM YOUTH OUTRIGHT Parent Support Meeting will be from 1 to 3 PM and location is the First Congregational United Church of Christ. Join Youth Outright for this free interactive parent session in our youth meeting room. Space is limited, so contact 828.772.1912 or firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
11/10/14 MOVE TO AMEND BUNCOMBE COUNTY MEETING
Time is 7 PM and location is North Asheville Library. Call Ruth at 232-2883 or email email@example.com for more information.
11/10/14 A CONVERSATION ON THE MIDDLE EAST
A conversation with PCUSA Moderator Heath Rada and his wife Peggy on their October 2014 trip to the Middle East. Time is 3 to 4 PM and location is the 3rd floor of Freeland Hall at 318 Georgia Terrance in Montreat. A reception will follow at the Presbyterian Heritage Center Library where the PHC exhibit on Missions to the Middle East is on display until November 14. Cosponsored by the Presbyterian Heritage Center and the Presbytery of WNC.
11/11/14 WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL
Time is 7:30 to 9:30 PM and location is the Reuter Center, Room 102A, at UNCA.
11/11/14 COMMUNICATION SKILLS FROM THE HEART
"A Taste of the Connection Practice": Tuesday, November 11, 7-9 PM at Jubilee, 101 Patton Ave. Ready to learn practical communication skills that result in everyone's needs being met? Join communication coach Cathy Holt for a taste of how these skills can transform your relationships! Voluntary $10 donation. For more information contact Cathy at 828-545-9681or firstname.lastname@example.org.
11/13/14 PANEL PRESENTATION AT MARS HILL UNIVERSITY
Panel Presentation: Personal Recollections of the Rosenwald School. This is part of the exhibition “Our Story–This Place, The History of African American Education in Madison County, North Carolina: The Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School” at the Rural Heritage Museum at Mars Hill University that runs until February 2015.This exhibition traces the history of African American education in Western North Carolina, with a particular emphasis on Madison County, from Reconstruction through the period of Civil Rights legislation and the integration in the 1960s. The Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School played a large role in African American heritage and history in Madison County and Western North Carolina for a good part of the 20th century. Moderated by Kevin Barnette (Assist. football coach at MHU) to include Anderson Rosenwald school alumni Oralene Simmons, Charity Ray, Dorothy Coone, Omar Lewis McClain, Fatimah Rashida Shabazz, Gene Jones.Time TBA. Admission is free, and the exhibit will run until February 2015. For more information please call (828) 689-1400.
11/13/14 PUBLIC HEARING ON FOREST SERVICE PLANS IN MARION
The Forest Service is holding public hearings on the management plan that will shape the future of WNC's National Forests for decades to come. Meetings will open with a presentation on significant issues, management areas, and the development of plan components. For more information and to submit your public comments online visit bit.ly/ForestPlan. Time is 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM and location is McDowell Tech Community College, Room 113, 54 College Drive in Marion.
11/13/14 CREATION CARE ALLIANCE OF WNC MEETING
Creation Care Alliance of WNC Meeting will start at 5:30 PM and goes until 7 PM. Location is the First Baptist Church in downtown Asheville. Email email@example.com for more information.
11/16/14 BENEFIT FOR GAZA
Featuring violinist Michael Dabroski performing music by JS Bach, an original Suite for Gaza, Palestinian melodies, and sharing notes from a concert trip to Gaza City in December 2013. Time is 3:30 PM at the Rainbow Community School at 58 State Street in west Asheville. All proceeds Middle East Children's Alliance, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine and American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem for its Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza. Sponsored by Western Carolinians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East. Tickets at door or call 828-505-7536 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. to reserve tickets. If you are unable to attend, you can make a tax deductible donation payable to “Tree or Life Educational Fund” and mail it to: WCPJME PO Box 2096 Mars Hill, NC 28754. Presented by Western Carolinians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East in partnership with Tree of Life Educational Fund.
11/16/14 SIXTH ANNUAL EAT AT MIKE’S
This is a fundraiser for WNC Health Advocates. Great local food, silent and live auctions and a ton of fun. But we only have 100 tickets, so you need to reserve early. Tickets are $25 each. To reserve, email email@example.com. Location is The Mill Room at 66 Asheland Avenue in Asheville. Time is 5:30 PM. For more information, contact Leslie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
11/21/14 PROTEST THE SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS IN GEORGIA
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.
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.
ACTIONS AND READINGS
Request from a local activist:
I'm working to promote a benefit dinner for humanitarian aid in Western Kurdistan next week in Asheville. Funds will go to the Kurdish Red Crescent, which is delivering food, medicine and clothing in Northern Syria. As may know, there is a great need for aid in the region due to the ongoing civil war and recent attacks by the Islamic State.
If you can think of local peace activists or networks that would be interested in this benefit dinner, I'd love to reach them. Much a-peace-iation,
[There is a listing for this event on 11/05/14.]
Some recommendations on non-partisan races from Cecil Bothwell:
Judgeships and Non-partisan Races
NC Supreme Court – Chief Justice Mark Martin
NC Supreme Court Ola M. Lewis
NC Supreme Court Robin Hudson
NC Supreme Court Sam J. Ervin IV
NC Supreme Court Cheri Beasley
NC Court of Appeals Lucy Inman
NC Court of Appeals Judge John S. Arrowood
NC Court of Appeals Judge Mark Davis
NC District 28 Court Judge J. Matthew Martin
Buncombe County Board of Education Enka Max Queen
Buncombe County Board of Education Erwin Pat Bryant
Buncombe County Board of Education Reynolds Cindy McMahon
Buncombe Soil and Water Conservation District William Hamilton
Thanks to Cecil Bothwell for sending this information along:
Election Services Early Voting Site
William H. Stanley Building — 35 Woodfin Street, Asheville
Thursday, Oct. 23rd thru Friday, Oct. 31st : 9am - 5pm (Excluding Sunday)
Saturday, Nov. 1st : 7 am - 1pm
All Other Early Voting Sites:
North Asheville Branch Library
1030 Merrimon Ave.
Woodfin Community Center
11 Community St.
Weaverville Town Hall
30 S. Main St.
Jupiter Volunteer Fire Dept.
331 Jupiter Rd.
South Buncombe Branch Library
260 Overlook Rd.
Skyland Fire Dept.
9 Miller Rd. South
Pole Creek Baptist Church
96 Snow Hill Church Rd.
West Asheville Branch Library
942 Haywood Rd.
Heaven's Cloud Retreat (Old Enka Union Hall)
130 Sardis Rd.
Leicester Branch Library
1561 Alexander Rd.
Fairview Branch Library
1 Taylor Rd.
Asheville Mall (McAlister's Entrance)
3 South Tunnel Rd.
Bee Tree Fire Dept. Substation
510 Bee Tree Rd.
Black Mountain Branch Library
105 N. Dougherty St.
All Remote Early Voting Sites Have the Following Hours:
Monday, Oct.27th thru Friday, Oct. 31st : 8am - 7pm
Saturday, Nov. 1st : 7am - 1pm
From some local activists:
On Friday, October 10th, we became the first same-sex couple to be legally married in the state of North Carolina! This was our fifth time at the Register of Deeds office asking to marry. About a year ago, we were arrested in the Register of Deeds office after refusing to leave until we were served at the counter.
The best wedding gift we could possibly imagine would be to continue the work of our heart, BeLoved, a house of hospitality and community committed to justice and equality.
We are working hard to expand our queer/trans shelter! The need is great because discrimination is still rampant. From the gay youth kicked out of their home by their parents to the gay couple we welcomed who were living in their truck in the winter after they were turned away from other shelters to the trans woman who collapsed on the bus and discharged to BeLoved from our hospital. We get calls every day! We are working for a place with room enough so none of our family are left in the cold.
We urgently need your help in purchasing a larger space to welcome people home!
Will you help us to raise $10,000 for October 10th our wedding day and historic day for marriage equality in the South?!
Will you give us the best wedding gift ever?
Donate to BeLoved today!