06/15/15 to 06/19/15 CREATION CARE ALLIANCE OF WNC CONFERENCE
“Wake Forest Food & Faith Intensive in Asheville: A New Heaven, A New Earth: Food Justice, Ecology, and Revelation” will be held at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa. This transformative five-day course is designed for non-profit leaders, pastors, faith-based activists, gardeners and farmers, and anyone interested in the intersection of Christian spirituality, ecological restoration, and redemptive agriculture. Go to website for Creation Care Alliance of WNC for more information.
06/16/15 JUST ECONOMICS GENERAL MEETING
Just Economics hosts a general meeting on the second Tuesday of every other month where our members and supporters join us, share a meal, talk about some general updates about our work and our community, and then break out into committees to strategize and create plans to bring about a more just and sustainable local economy. This is a great time to get engaged with JE! Everyone is welcome. We will have food, however anyone able to bring a dish to share is encouraged to do so. For more information visit justeconomicswnc.org. Time is 6:30 PM and location is United Way building in Asheville.
06/16/15 WNC ALLIANCE FOR RETIRED AMERICANS MEETING
The WNC Alliance for Retired Americans has changed to quarterly meetings. So the meetings will be the third Tuesday in June, September and December at 10 AM 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 nonpartisan 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. (I have not heard from this group recently - are they still meeting? - dancewater)
06/16/15 AUDUBON SOCIETY MEETING
“Bring back the Monarch” natural history discussion. Free. Held in the Reuter Center at UNCA from 7 - 8 PM.
06/17/15 GREEN DRINKS
“Quiet Landscape Maintenance: Why it’s important and how we achieve it.” The commercial landscape maintenance industry has experienced strong growth over the last 15 years and depends largely on gasoline-powered equipment for most tasks once performed manually. Concerns about the impact of modern practices on workers, the public health, and the environment are growing. This talk will be by Dr. Jamie Banks, Executive Director of Quiet Communities. Socializing at 5:30 PM and programming at 6 PM. Location is The Green Sage in downtown Asheville.
06/18/15 BENEFIT SCREENING FOR BEE CITY USA
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 (R) 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 Theater in downtown Asheville. All tickets are $10.
06/19/15 WNC PSR MEETING
Chapter Meeting from noon - 2 PM. Physicians, health personnel and everyone; all are welcome at the Western North Carolina monthly meetings. For location and directions contact 828-633-0892 or email@example.com.
06/20/15 JUST PEACE ISRAEL/PALESTINE PROTEST
Next street protest is June 20 from 12 - 1:30 at Pritchard Park. All are welcome to join us and focus will be on drones under in Gaza.
06/20/15 GREEN GRANNIES SING FOR THE CLIMATE
Green Grannies Sing for the Climate at Pritchard Park at 5 PM. Google "Singfortheclimate" and come out and sing with us! This happens on the third Saturday of every month.
06/21/15 ETHICAL HUMANIST SOCIETY PRESENTATION
"Health Disparities in Buncombe County. How Do We Close The Gap?” will be presented by JéWana Grier-McEachin, Executive Director of the Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement (ABIPA), and Sharon Kelly West, Women Veteran’s Program Manager - Charles George VA Medical Center. Time is 2 to 3:30 PM and location is Asheville Friends Meeting House located at 227 Edgewood Road in Asheville. Grier-McEachin and West will provide an overview of the history of disparities in Buncombe County and the interventions that have been made to impact community health through community collaborations and programming. The importance of advocacy and community champions will be highlighted. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 828 687-7759.
06/22/15 - 06/30/15 SUPREME COURT DECISION DAY
We will gather the night of the US Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. Whatever the outcome is, we want to be with our Asheville family. Time will be 5 - 6 PM to gather at Vance Monument and then they will go to a downtown venue TBD. This is from a facebook event. This is organized by the Campaign for Southern Equality. Supreme Court decision is expected in late June, but exact date is not known at this time.
06/23/15 MOUNTAIN TRUE WILD AND SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL
There will be food and drinks and a raffle, and tickets can be purchased through Asheville Community Theater at 828-254-1320. Time is 6:30 to 9 PM, films start at 7 PM. Location is Asheville Community Theater at 35 East Walnut Street in Asheville. For more information, contact MountainTrue’s AmeriCorps Education & Outings Coordinator Rachel Stevens at (828) 258-8737, ext. 215 or email@example.com.
06/23/15 MIND THE GAP TOUR
These informational tours are organized by Children First/Communities in Schools of Buncombe County. The tours are held each month and last about 1 hour. They are led by the Executive Director of Children First/Communities in Schools, Allison Jordan, and you get to meet some of the children that are served through the summer camp program, as well as become informed on all of the programs that are provided, including our advocacy work. The goal is to alleviate the barriers of poverty experienced by local children and families. This includes food pantry, emergency financial assistance, clothing closet, and work on public policy at the local and state level. Time is 8 AM. To reserve a seat on the bus for the tour or for more information, contact Kaitlyn at KaitlynB@childrenfirstbc.org or call 828-259-9717.
06/24/15 GREEN DRINKS
On June 24th, Lenoir-Rhyne University Sustainability Studies graduate student Alisha Goodman will be discussing her capstone project “Community based social marketing for sustainable materials management in Downtown Asheville.” In partnership with the City of Asheville’s Office of Sustainability, Alisha Goodman has been exploring the barriers and benefits to sustainable waste management practices by businesses in Downtown Asheville. The purpose of the project is to develop recommendations for the City to enhance its Zero Waste AVL Recycling program. This presentation will serve as a review of her findings thus far, as well as an opportunity for commercial stakeholders to offer feedback on strategy development. Socializing at 5:30 PM and programming at 6 PM. Location is The Green Sage in downtown Asheville.
06/25/15 PREVIEW OF UPCOMING ART & EDUCATION EXHIBIT
You are invited to preview the “Americans Who Tell The Truth - NC” exhibit coming to Asheville in the fall of 2015. This is a traveling art exhibit featuring a diverse cross-section of more than 50 portraits of courageous Americans paint by artist Robert Sheerly. The portraits and accompanying narratives highlight citizens who have (or are now) courageously addressing issues of social, environmental and economic fairness. Mingle and view art from 6:30 to 7:15 PM, and there will then be a short presentation about the exhibit at 7:15 to 8 PM. Location is the Historic Kenilworth Inn at 60 Caledonia Road in Asheville. RSVP to AWTTNC@gmail.com or call 828-273-1781.
06/26/15 TOWNS THAT ARE REDUCING THEIR PESTICIDE FOOTPRINT
This free, four-part series will take place on the last Friday of March, April, May and June. This is the third part of the four-part series. The series runs as follows: June 26: It All Starts At Home: Alternatives to Chemical Pesticides. Sessions are being held at the Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville - Lenoir-Rhyne University from 6:00 to 9:00 PM on the above dates. It is our intention to celebrate Asheville as a city in transition, a city willing to take a hard look at what it’s going to take to create the kind of resiliency necessary for a sustainable future.In addition to educating our citizenry – and no doubt learning from you all as well – we want to draw attention to the need for city governments to set an example and model best practices in pest management. Light refreshments will be served each evening. We are looking for volunteers and additional sponsors to cover refreshments. Tabling is free, so please do consider sharing your passion with like-minded folk. Time is 6 to 9 PM and location is Lenoir Rhyne University on Montford Avenue in Asheville. They will be using the second floor boardroom. This is a facebook event, and since it is multi-day, you probably want to sign up if you are interested in this topic.
06/26/15 JUST PEACE FOR ISRAEL/PALESTINE MEETING
This meeting will be at 3:15 PM at Brooks-Howell Home on Merrimon Avenue in Asheville. Meet in the media room.
06/27/15 BOOK PRESENTATION IN WAYNESVILLE
Faustine Wilson, daughter of the late Victoria Casey McDonald, will present Victoria’s last novel, “Living in the Shadow of Slavery”, at Blue Ridge Books on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 3 PM. Living in the Shadow of Slavery continues the story of her great-grandmother, Amanda, whose story began in the novel Under the Lights of Darkness. As a slave of William Holland Thomas, Amanda faces uncertain times now that the Civil War has ended and all slaves have been declared free. Having never known freedom, she and her family must make difficult decisions on how best to survive in this new existence. Faustine will also discuss a bit of the history of slavery in western North Carolina and the legacy of Victoria. Blue Ridge Books is located at 152 S. Main St. in Waynesville, NC. Call (828) 456-6000 for more information.
07/01/15 NO GREEN DRINKS
07/06/15 DINNER WITH PROGRESSIVES
Please join us this Monday night at Green Sage in Westgate in Asheville. Dinner is at 5:30 PM and program will be from 6 to 7 PM. Please RSVP with Cheryl so she can give a headcount to Green Sage. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
07/11/15 CITIZEN’S CLIMATE LOBBY MEETING
Next monthly meeting will be on Saturday, July11th from 12:30 - 3 PM at Kairos West Community Center at 742 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Citizens Climate Lobby - Asheville Chapter at email@example.com for more information.
07/13/15 DRONE QUILT PROJECT IN ASHEVILLE
The Drone Quilt Project has been approved by the Asheville Area Arts Council and will be exhibited at their Grove Arcade gallery from July 13 to July 25. Veterans for Peace Chapter 099, WNC Physicians for Social Responsibility and Just Peace for Israel/Palestine will be co-sponsoring this event.
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 Pritchard Park 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
Contributions of African Americans to Buncombe County
This is a petition to help honor African Americans contributions to local history. Please sign and forward to your networks.
The petition will be submitted to County Art Board later in summer.
From Dinner with Progressives email:
Valerie Hoh made an announcement about Jennifer MacDonald and Vanessa Bell, who are going from Asheville to Syria to deliver toys and games to a refugee camp in Syria. “Having traveled to this region many times over the years, I’ve seen firsthand the devastation and destruction of this rich culture and its citizens, as well as how much hope and joy a small amount of compassion can bring to these communities” says Jennifer MacDonald, photographer and journalist. “I wanted to shine a light on one small area of this crisis, in one camp, to help people empathize and hopefully activate some support.” Co-curator and exhibit designer Vanessa Bell is equally passionate about highlighting the mass of humanitarian issues and suffering currently affecting our world and the need for empathy, “Individually, it’s hard to believe that we can effect much change in the world but I am a great believer in the power of positive thought and prayer,” she says, “and sometimes all it takes a small reminder, a moment of empathy, understanding, or support.”
Visit the ASHEville Museum on Wall Street to see their exhibit, which is called (DIS)PLACED. If you don't have time, check out their website. Second, if you'd like to help with this grassroots grand effort, hit the donate button on this link: http://www.theluminousscope.com/hadaya/
If you'd like to send a check, make it out to The Luminous Scope and send to Valerie Hoh 35 Finalee Ave Asheville, NC 28803.
I am helping to fundraise for a ticket for Vanessa because I believe so passionately that this is a peace effort! We need more of these small grassroots efforts in that part of the world. Please RSVP to let me know if you've donated on paypal or sending the check and the money from you will be set aside for her ticket. Anything we collect above that amount will go towards more toys and games. Thanks friends! And feel free to forward to your friends. - Valerie Hoh