Sunday, October 12, 2014

Upcoming events in the Asheville area this week

Some color on the Blue Ridge Parkway last Thursday.

UPCOMING EVENTS

10/13/14 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE’S FIFTH BIRTHDAY
Transition Asheville invites you to a celebration, one that draws on people's imaginations and that fans the flames of optimism! We'll be asking people to think about and share their individual and most positive and hopeful vision of  “Asheville 2044”, our community 30 years from now. The story includes how we got there, and what milestones happened along the way. This is a technique that Transition groups elsewhere have used to inspire hope, articulate steps forward, develop plans, and see what other people dream about! It is a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours, bathing in your vision of future good times for Asheville, thirty years from now! We will be holding this event: "Harnessing the Power of a Positive Vision: Your Picture of Asheville 30 Years from Now" on Monday, October 13th at St. Mary's Church parish hall, on Charlotte Street. Snacks and drinks will be provided, just bring your imagination and hopes! Please extend this invitation to others in your organization who might find this fun! Hope to see you there.” Time is 6:30 PM. Please RSVP if you plan to attend by sending an email to TransitionAsheville@gmail.com.  

10/13/14 ALLY WEEK
The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, GLSEN, is sponsoring a media campaign, ALLY Week, October 13-17. Take the pledge - become an ALLY for LGBT. 

10/13/14 DISABILITY AWARENESS WEEK AND FILM SHOWING AT UNCA
“Fixed: the Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement” will be shown in the Alumni Hall at UNCA at 7PM. Free and open to the public. An award-winning documentary, Fixed explores the social impacts of human augmentation. Through a dynamic mix of verité, dance, archival and interview footage, Fixed challenges notions of normal, the body and what it means fundamentally to be human in the 21st century. The film will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with special guest, the film's producer and director, Regan Brashear . The viewing will include Captioning and Audio Descriptions.

10/14/14 VETERANS FOR PEACE MEETING
Time is 6:30 PM and location is VFP HQ at the Phil Mechanic Studios: 109 Roberts Street in Asheville. 

10/14/14 HISTORY OF LYNCHING IN THE USA
Christians for a United Community is sponsoring an evening with Jack Shuler, author of The Thirteenth Turn: A History of the Noose, at First Congregation Church (20 Oak St in downtown Asheville), Tuesday, October 14th, 7 PM. Shuler will focus attention on the history of lynching in U.S. history. This event is free and open to the public.

10/15/14 GREEN DRINKS
Join us Wednesday October 15th at 5:45 PM at the Green Sage for a screening of a current, globally impactful, film on climate change: Disruption. This week we will start socialization at 5:30 p.m. as normal, but note that we will begin the program early at 5:45 p.m. to ensure the completion of the film. Location is the Green Sage in downtown Asheville.

10/16/14 LECTURE AT MARS HILL UNIVERSITY
Lecture by Oralene Simmons, former Rosenwald School student, Great-great-granddaughter of the slave named Joseph Anderson, and the first African American admitted to Mars Hill College, and Susi Anderson, resident of Hawaii and Great-great-granddaughter of the slave-master of Joseph Anderson. Time TBA. This is part of the Rural Heritage Museum exhibition: “Our Story–This Place, The History of African American Education in Madison County, North Carolina: The Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School”. Location is Montague Hall on the campus of Mars Hill University. Admission is free, and the exhibit will run until February 2015. For more information please call (828) 689-1400.

10/16/14 CANDIDATES FORUM AT UNCA
This will be held at the Sherrill Center at UNCA at noon. The candidates are running for the NC Senate for districts 48 and 49. Rick Wood and Tom Apodaca are running in district 48. Terry Van Duyn and Clarence Young are running in district 49. 

10/17/14 WESTERN CAROLINIANS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST This meeting will be at 3:15 PM at Brooks-Howell Home in the media room. 

10/17/14 WNC PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MEETING
The next WNC PSR monthly meeting will be at a private home near the VA Hospital. Brown Bag lunch at noon with meeting from 12 noon to 2 PM. Everyone is welcome. Please go to www.wncpsr.org  for more information, which includes how to get there and other details.

10/18/14 WE ARE THE VILLAGE PARENTING EXPO
Parenting is complicated. Our hope is to have happy, healthy, successful children – but how do we get there? Whose help do we need? Where do we start? It takes a village to raise a child. Join us for a day when we learn how we are and how we can be that village. We are the Village: A conference and expo that includes: • Sessions for parents and families that range from addressing challenging behavior to dealing with picky eaters, from supporting children in sports to The Sex Talk – and everything in between. • Community Expo with local resources for families. • Free child care and activities for children ages birth through fifth grade. • Opportunities to connect with affinity groups - folks facing similar challenges, joys, and experiences. For more information, please contact Megan at wearethevillageavl@gmail.com. Time is 9:30 AM to 2 PM, and location is the First Baptist Church of Asheville. Please contact Megan to find out how to register so they have the correct number of free lunches.

10/18/14 GREEN GRANNIES SING
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.

10/19/14 ASHEVILLE LIVING TREASURE RECOGNITION CEREMONY
Time is 1 to 4 PM and location is Reuter Center 102 at UNCA. No further information at this time.

10/20/14 LECTURE AT UNCA
“Conflict & Coexistence” will be presented at 11:25 AM to 12:35 PM at Carmichael Humanities Lecture Hall at UNCA.  Part of Carmichael Humanities Lecture Hall Humanities Lecture Series. Free & Open to the Public. Lecture Presented By: Prof. Dunn, Lecturer, Humanities Program and Prof. Lundblad, Lecture, Humanities Program.

10/21/14 AUDUBON SOCIETY MEETING
Time is 7 to 9 PM and location is the Reuter Center, Room 102A, at UNCA.

10/21/14 ACTIVIST DAVID COBB TO SPEAK IN ASHEVILLE
Move to Amend of Buncombe County is bringing activist David Cobb (national leader of Move to Amend) to speak at Jubilee! at 46 Wall Street in Asheville, NC from 7 to 9 PM on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Move To Amend is a coalition of hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of individuals who believe that constitutional rights belong only to human beings, not to corporations, and that money is not a form of free speech and can be regulated during elections. David Cobb is National Projects Director of Democracy Unlimited. He is a lawyer and political activist. David has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials,  run for political office himself, and has been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience.  He truly believes we must use ALL the tools in the toolbox to effect the systemic social change we so desperately need. For questions and information, contact Diana at 828-275-0680 or email dianakrukmta@gmail.com. Free and open to the public.

10/21/14 NAACP EVENTS IN HENDERSONVILLE
This is two special events for all WNC NAACP members and supporters. The Henderson County NAACP Chapter is hosting two events at the Henderson County Public Library at 301 N. Washington Street in Hendersonville. At 2 PM and 6 PM, there will be a performance of the one-hour play "Granny D: You Are Never Too Old To Raise A Little Hell". Off-Broadway actress Barbara Bates Smith and musician Jeff Sebens are the performers in this play. Free admission. There will also be a commemorative-documentary art exhibit revealed. It is called "Forward Together Moral Monday" which will cover 96 feet of wall space with photographs, paintings and commentary. Also free admission to see this exhibit.

10/21/14 EMPATHY GROUP
HeartSpeak/Empathy Practice Circle, 7:30- 9 PM. Could you use some compassionate empathy for a challenge? Want to experience heart connection through recognizing one another's feelings and needs? Drop-in group, every 3rd Tuesday, 386 Kenilworth Rd./Digges. Love offering. Info: 828-545-9681.  

10/22/14 GREEN DRINKS
Join us to hear a presentation in celebration of United Nations Day, which is on October 24th– two days after this Green Drinks program. A big UN focus is food (Global Food Day is October 16th, for instance). Peter Marks, executive director of Seeds Programs International, will talk about his organization’s efforts to fight hunger via sowing seeds. This is presented by the Western NC chapter of the United Nations Association.  Socializing begins at 5:30 PM; Programming at 6:00 PM. Location is the Green Sage on Broadway in downtown Asheville.

10/22/14 CLEAN ENERGY FOR WNC INFO SESSION
Join us for a free workshop designed to give property owners a chance to learn more about solar, energy efficiency, financing options. discounted pricing, tax credits, rebates and meet the companies we are working with! Clean Energy for Western North Carolina (CE4WNC) is a local campaign that makes it easy and affordable for homeowners, businesses, and tax-exempt entities to go solar and invest in energy efficiency. The first round of our Western North Carolina campaign will focus on South Asheville, Hendersonville, and Flat Rock. We vet contractors and organize discounted solar pricing and free energy audits for every qualified participant. Homeowners, business owners, and tax-exempt entities located in South Asheville, Hendersonville, and Flat Rock may enroll in the CE4WNC program. We will assess each participant and pass on those who meet the criteria of a qualified solar or energy efficiency lead. Light refreshments will be served. Time is 6:30 to 8 PM at the UU Fellowship of Hendersonville at 2021 Kanuga Road in Hendersonville.Contact/Questions: Ashley Edwards-Outreach Coordinator, at 919-637-2970 or email ashley@cleanenergyfor.us.

10/23/14 EARLY VOTING STARTS
And local elections DO MATTER, so read this and then go vote: http://www.popularresistance.org/activism-victory-steep-drop-in-stop-and-frisk/

10/23/14 MORAL MARCH TO THE POLLS
Join the Mountain People's Assembly, the Asheville-Buncombe NAACP and coalition partner Campaign for Southern Equality for an Early Voting 'Moral March to the Polls' to celebrate the first day of Early Voting on October 23. Meet at Vance Monument/Pack Square in downtown Asheville as we gather to march to cast our votes at the Board of Elections Office on Woodfin St. with the Hillcrest High-Steppin' Majorettes & Drum Corps leading the way. Since the office closes at 5 pm, we encourage those who can, to vote earlier in the day at the location of your choice. Then, wearing your 'I Voted' sticker, post a selfie to this page - along with a challenge to friends and family to VOTE! Meet at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville at 3:30 PM.

10/23/14 BOOK READING AT MALAPROPS
SNCC Veteran Charles Cobb will discuss and read from his book “That Nonviolent Stuff Will Get You Killed” and discuss the forgotten lessons from the civil rights movement. Time is 7 PM. 

10/25/14 - 10/26/14 CHANGE THE COURSE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Change the Course is an invitation to the climate movement to dig deep and think hard about what it would actually take to stabilized the climate and turn our collective ship around. Please join us at the upcoming Climate Leadership Summits to kick this project off. These two day events will bring communities together for an innovative visioning, strategic development and skills summit. This is sponsored by the Rainforest Action Network. Time is 1 to 6 PM both days and location is Lenoir-Rhyne University at 36 Montford Avenue in Asheville. For more information and to register, go to ran.org/changethecourse. Free, but you must register. You can also call for more information at 828-545-9681. One of 14 Climate Leadership Summits being held nationwide.  

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.

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 earthsun2@gmail.com.  

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 bruceroth@charter.net.

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.

11/06/14 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 beth@homewardboundwnc.org for more information on how to purchase tickets.

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 ruthachristie@gmail.com for more information.

11/10/14 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.

11/13/14 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.

11/16/14 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 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. More information to follow.

11/21/14 PROTEST THE SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS IN GEORGIA

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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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Have your say about the future of the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests!

By WNC Alliance

The Forest Service will hold the next round of public meetings this October and November to share information about the proposed Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest Plan, including potential management areas and desired conditions. The plan will guide management of the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests for the next 15-20 years. The meeting will open with a presentation on significant issues, management areas, and the development of plan components. The Forest Service planning team will share some proposed desired condition statements and information about watersheds and recreation settings during an open poster session. Each of the scheduled meetings will be from 4:30-7:30 p.m., will follow the same agenda and present the same information and opportunity for review and comment.

Meeting dates and locations:
Pisgah Ranger District: Oct. 21 at the Forge Valley Event Center in Mills River;
Nantahala Ranger District: Oct. 28 at the Tartan Hall in Franklin;
Appalachian Ranger District: Nov. 3 at Mars Hill College, Broyhill Chapel in Mars Hill;
Tusquitee Ranger District: Nov. 4 at Tri-County Comm Coll, Enloe Building in Murphy;
Cheoah Ranger District: Nov. 6 at the Graham Co Community Center in Robbinsville;
Grandfather Ranger District: Nov. 13 at McDowell Tech Comm Coll, Rm 113 in Marion.

The Western North Carolina Alliance will be informing citizens and facilitating their participation in the plan revision process, which will occur over a three-to-four year period. It begins with the Assessment Phase, which will take about a year to complete. During this phase, the Forest Service will collect and compile data and other information on the current state of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. The Planning Phase, which follows the Assessment Phase, will take two to three years to complete. After the plan is completed, the Monitoring Phase will begin and continue until the next plan revision.

In the coming months, the Forest Service will provide details on meetings and other information that foster public participation in the plan revision process. Information about the plan revision process is available online here.

Originally published in 1987, the plan received a significant amendment in 1994. Each national forest and grassland is governed by a management plan in accordance with the National Forest Management Act. These plans set management, protection and use goals and guidelines. The 2012 Planning Rule guides the planning process. The rule includes stronger protections for forests, water and wildlife, while supporting the economic vitality of rural communities. It requires the use of the best available scientific information to inform decisions. The 2012 rule strengthens the role of public involvement and dialogue throughout the planning process.