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letters Seeking nonviolent solutions to gangs I am responding to the article featured on your “Gangland” cover [“Putting in Work,” May 6]. The article pointed out that the shared “knowledge factor” of crime among gang members on a national level makes them more of a problem than individuals because they help to train one another with a best-method approach. We should be so smart in our response to preventing gang problems. Azim Khamisa of San Diego, Calif., has had a very effective gang-prevention program functioning since 1995. He formed the Tariq Khamisa Foundation after his son Tariq was murdered by a 14-year-old gang member. He has forgiven Tariq’s shooter (Tony Hicks) and works closely with Tony’s grandfather to “stop kids from killing kids.” They go to classrooms in their community to demystify gang life and teach social-problemsolving skills to children beginning at the fourthgrade level. These men are icons of forgiveness, the likes of whom most of our children have never been exposed too. Azim’s dream is to implement a national program. He is passionately working to help found a cabinet-level Department of Peace and Nonviolence, via the [federal bill] H.R. 808. This department would share a national knowledgefactor to prevent gang violence (among our other social ills). The approach would also be time- and cost-effective, as opposed to trying to reinvent the wheel in every American city. Gangs are a national epidemic. If we were

talking about swine flu here, we would be trying everything to find a cure. I am urging your interested readers to go to and find out more about San Diego’s prevention program. We have a “gang” of kids in Asheville who are establishing their identities as peacemakers — the Student Peace Alliance. They lobby in support of H.R. 808. Contact them at — Deborah Rhinehart Brevard

When will they ever learn? News that the city of Asheville is negotiating with the McKibbon Hotel Group to build a seven-story hotel in front of St. Lawrence Basilica is disheartening, to say the least. Was it only three years ago that public outcry helped kill a high-rise parking-deck plan on the same site? We were short of downtown parking then, so the new plan is to compound our woe with yet another luxury hotel? It’s enough to remind even the nonreligious about the time Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of pottage. You’d think Asheville might have learned from past development mistakes in the city and county: that ill-starred parking deck, the proposed Woodfin power plant, the Grove Park Inn’s attempted [City-County Plaza] foray into downtown and continued wrangling over Stewart Coleman’s Parkside debacle. But no, the smell of steaming pottage is apparently still too strong to resist.

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This new evidence of unabated compulsion to sell out to developers is another excellent reason to elect Cecil Bothwell to City Council. Bothwell covered these people for years as an investigative journalist, knows how to ask inconvenient questions and is dedicated to letting the sun shine in on the halls of power. It’s time for a little “Weed and Seed” program in City Hall. — Michael Hopping Asheville

Threatening Guastavino’s rose The power brokers of Asheville are at work again. If you thought the only indignities left to tarnish the most important building remaining in the city consist of graffiti, traffic, bad condo design and poor sanitation, take a look at the out-sized hotel under construction on the former Chamber of Commerce site, just down the street from the world-famous architecture of the Basilica of St. Lawrence. How could any alert City Council allow such a treasure to be tarnished by the foolishness of approving a 10-story, undistinguished hotel to be erected just down the street — literally a rose stabbed by a thorn? Now pressures build to make the same mistake again, this time with a grade-C hotel (the last design called for a colored-brick façade) just across the street from the Basilica — once again flinging trash at Rafael Guastavino’s masterpiece. It couldn’t happen, you say: They couldn’t be pressured into making the same mistake again. Remember the great magnolia across from City Hall? Remember that we were one of the few cities that gloried in a living green meadow across from that award-winning City Hall? Now that same City Hall faces a sea of concrete, including a bevy of faux Greek columns, ending in just another salute to American bad-taste-in-action. Remember that the Thomas Wolfe historical-site house is now dwarfed by the neighboring condo, hence vanishing in the shadow of a glittering, too-big structure (it led to the rumor that attendance is down at My Old Kentucky Home because of waning national interest in Thomas Wolfe). The Basilica remains the single-most important building in the city and should be treated with care and concern. A grade-C hotel brings in little money, but the visitors to the Basilica would continue to be responsible for uncounted treasures to the coffers of Asheville. Don’t allow this artistic treasure to be destroyed: Instead, finance a park dedicated to what’s left of Asheville’s architectural history, and [serving as] a salute to the trees cut down across from City Hall. — Peter Loewer Asheville

Council’s job is making decisions On May 12, Council member Brownie Newman said he liked the Master Plan because it would give appointed boards more power to approve downtown-development projects. “I’ve always been supportive of the idea of delegating more

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Stay edgy, Xpress Upon my customary Wednesday-afternoon perusal of the Mountain Xpress, it was with surprise that I noticed [on May 6] the absence of Anne Fitten Glenn’s Edgy Mama column. As an unmarried, childless male, I am perhaps not representative of the column’s target demographic, but I read it regularly for Ms. Glenn’s nuanced writing and incisive wit. She is one of the finest columnists writing a regular feature in Western North Carolina, and I surely hope that this was an aberration and not the sign of future curtailment or abrogation of her column. — Chall Gray Asheville Editor Rebecca Sulock responds: From time to time, Xpress has to hold features for space reasons. Fret not, Edgy will return.

Put some spring in your step On Saturday, April 25, I gathered with a cluster of good-looking, well-toned and intelligent runners for the annual Mainstay Mountain

Medley 10-miler at Green Cove (just south of Hendersonville). The race was everything one hopes for: well-organized, scenic and supportive of a worthy cause. And so I am left with one question, post-event: Where were all the runners? Irrefutable evidence for low turnout is that I actually won something in my age division (which one is none of your nosy business) — and that never happens when there’s a proper showing. So, WNC runners, please write mainstayhelp. org on your spring 2010 running calendar, so you’ll remember to check the site and enter next year. I’ll see you there! — Todd Hoke, prize-winning runner Hendersonville

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With the warm weather come more children playing outside and riding bikes in the street. I live off of a road that is not only busy but also narrow, windy and steep. While some drivers take care to drive slowly, there are many who tear down the road with no regard for other vehicles, much less children on bikes. Lately there has been a group of elementaryage kids outside riding bikes, scooters and skateboards down the street. Don’t get me wrong — as someone who works with children, I am all for kids playing outside; and as an avid bicyclist, I am all for the concept of sharing the road. But these children are outside unsupervised, riding erratically, and there is not a helmet in sight. Every time I drive by, I imagine the worst: What if one of these kids got hit? What if one of them was killed? And what kind of media frenzy would be sure to follow? So what I have to say to the parents is this: Teach your kids how to share the road; get them to wear a helmet; get outside and help be an extra set of eyes for your kids; and best of all, walk the five minutes up the road with your child to the softball-field parking lot, where there is no traffic and plenty of room to ride. And to people driving any residential road: Slow down! — Aileen Sutton Asheville

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while reminding him how he ruined me by inviting me to sit down at a Downtown Social Issues Task Force meeting, which I’d only crashed in order to put in my 2 cents’ worth about graffiti. Little did I know it would turn into 18 months of work on the issue. Six years later, I’ve served on several such committees, including most recently the steering and advisory committees for Asheville’s Downtown Master Plan. I’m also a member of the Downtown Commission, which asked the

“If a dyed-in-thewool, fringe-dwelling, ex-punk, ex-hippie, ex-goth, pseudointellectual tattoo artist like me can manage to digest and accept the recommendations in the Downtown Master Plan, you can too.” city to fund the process of developing the plan. In the course of this experience, my bedfellows have grown strange indeed. But what I really want to say here is that if a dyed-in-the-wool, fringe-dwelling, ex-punk, exhippie, ex-goth, pseudo-intellectual tattoo artist like me can manage to digest and accept the recommendations in the Downtown Master Plan, you can too. This process has been an exercise in eye-opening, understanding and perspective. It’s meant listening to the needs and opinions of people I thought I agreed with but in fact didn’t totally, and to those of folks I couldn’t possibly have agreed with yet actually did. They (you) were all there, putting in more than 4,000 hours of input, time and care. For me, the high point of the whole experience came midprocess when, in mediation, we hashed out some key issues over which there was serious disagreement. Again and again, I’ve seen the city go out of its way to make sure a situation was handled with integrity, and this was no exception. I sat in intimate, guided discussions with people who, in my extremely liberal upbringing, had been equated with the evil Empire from Star Wars, yet we were able to find some common ground. True, we disagreed on many points, and I still

wish the consultants’ recommendations called for taxing developers more to force them to support arts and culture and other community benefits. But I’m pleased that the proposed requirements for new construction will help preserve important aspects of the quality of life we now enjoy down here on the ground. In addition, the proposed development process would be efficient, clear and would involve the public earlier on. I believe these changes will benefit both the development community and the community at large. What’s more, the consultants managed to renew my faith in the whole concept of consulting (not an easy thing to do). With each new wiggle of community sentiment and each emerging issue, they patiently revised their work, well past the limits of my own patience. And while various extreme points of view are perhaps less in evidence than their proponents might wish, there is much in the plan that we can work with and much that we can do. All in all, the proposed master plan is a useful tool that can address the fears and concerns of many lovers of Asheville while making the most of what development can offer (and that’s a phrase I never in a million years imagined I would ever say!!!). If you haven’t already participated in this process, however, it’s not too late to make a difference. Read the plan! (See box.) Incredibly, this amazing document manages to honor an array of passionate, wildly disparate opinions while presenting a graceful middle ground. It has much potential that interested parties can and should use to further meaningful projects for Asheville, and I encourage you to make good use of the opportunities it represents. But at this point, it’s up to us to help make those recommendations reality. I urge everyone who cares about downtown Asheville to attend the May 26 public hearing, speak up for the plan, and help realize its potential. X Downtown business owner Kitty Love is executive director of Arts2People and serves on the Downtown Commission. You can contact her at kitty@ ­

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by Jerry Sternberg I suffer from the same senior malady as most of my peers in that I can’t remember what I had for breakfast or where I left my cell phone, but I am blessed with an uncanny recall of things that happened when I was a very small child. Given the present economic situation, I thought I would share some memories of growing up in Asheville during the Depression years of the early ’30s. The first house I remember was on Garden Terrace off Farrwood in north Asheville. It had wall sockets that could accept either a light bulb or a female connector (for the uninitiated, that is one of those little thingies that you plug the lamp into). One of my shocking early lessons in life was not to stick my finger in that socket. Even at age 2, I was a renegade. One day I got out of the yard and somehow toddled down to Merrimon Avenue. They found me on the other side of Merrimon at the drugstore that was in those buildings next to what is now King’s Barber Shop.

a loaf of bread or a quart of milk was about a nickel, and I think eggs were about 10 cents a dozen. In my infant world, I soon learned that a penny would buy a licorice stick or a large sucker. It would also buy a pack of transfers that Yankees called cockamamies. These were pictures of cartoon characters that, when moistened, would imprint on a piece of paper, your hand or even your clothes. I always liked it when visitors came to the house, as it was common practice in the South for visiting adults to give small children one or two pennies as a gift. Aunt Bell, a maiden aunt, lived with my grandparents in Atlanta. When we rode the bus to visit them, I remember her telling us that she had a magic penny tree in her room. Of course, we children wanted to see the tree, but she said only she could see it. She would go into her room and shake the tree to see if any pennies would fall. We would stand by the closed door, excitedly hearing the rattle of pennies hitting the floor. She would come out and

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having enough food. Even in the city, many people grew vegetables, not because of some elitist organic fad but because they wanted to supplement their food supply with the products of their garden, and they canned what was left in preparation for the long, cold winter. Children were continually admonished not to let their eyes get bigger than their stomach. “Be a clean-plater” was probably the No. 1 cause of obesity in my generation. “Waste not want not,” I was told constantly, though for the life of me I couldn’t figure out how those poor people in China would benefit from eating those awful cooked carrots and Brussels sprouts. Uh-oh: I just remembered where I left my cell phone. So I’ll have to continue these tiny tales of the Depression in my next installment. Oh, and another thing I just remembered: It was scrambled eggs and toast. X Jerry Sternberg has been active on the local scene for many years. He can be reached at gospeljerry@

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18 years experience They cured me of running away with a bit of premodern parenting: They tied me to a tree. I’ve read several great articles by renowned local historian Rob Neufeld about children who grew up on Chicken Hill and around the bleachery. In the interviews, these folks said that even though times were hard, they didn’t know they were poor. Somehow, their determined parents provided for them even under the most challenging conditions. I don’t think we were poor, as we did have an old car which my daddy used in his business, one of those Eliot Ness telephones, a brown wooden radio that looked like a little Swiss chalet for listening to WWNC (our only station), and a lady who worked around the house and looked after my sister and me while my mom helped my dad in the office. My dad worked hard in his small hide-andscrap-metal company, and I would guess that we were at least more comfortable than many in the community. Apparently our fortunes must have declined, because early in 1934 we moved from that house to a small apartment on Hillside Street, where we lived for a couple of years. The subject of money (or the lack thereof) was never lost on even the youngest of us. As I recall,

bring my sister and me several pennies she’d harvested from the tree. If I wanted any major consumer item, I was taught that I would have to save for it. Credit wasn’t in anyone’s vocabulary. I really wanted a big Mickey Mouse pocket watch that I’d seen in a store downtown. It was $2, and I saved my little gift money and money I got for running errands and for not picking on my baby sister. (Dr. Spock, eat your heart out.) I had more than $1 saved in a big fruit jar when I found a dollar bill one day while playing down on Hillside. I went screaming back to the house with my treasure. It was one of the most memorable moments of my life. I loved that watch and took very good care of it for several years. Home entertainment was mostly free, and despite the fact that we didn’t have the Internet, TV or Wii, we managed to amuse ourselves with checkers, dominoes and card games. Many children knew the value of cards before they even learned to read. The adults played rummy and bridge (and men sinfully played penny poker — but only after the children were safely off to bed). For the average family during the Depression, the biggest economic fear was apparently not

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news Earlier this year, some local officials and politicians began endorsing a specific route for the Interstate 26 connector project: one that would slice through a predominantly African-American neighborhood in West Asheville that’s already seen more than its share of pain and struggle. The Burton Street neighborhood, joined by other local residents, stood up and said, “Wait a minute.” Since then, construction plans have been redrawn, deadlines pushed back. The wheel is still in spin. Mountain Xpress has aimed to put a human face on those affected residents, aided by a group of passionate volunteer photographers: Anthony Bellemare, Scott Lessing Hubener, Hazen Hunter, Michael Mauney and Paul Jackson. The following pages offer only a small sample of their work. Go to to see and hear much more.

Crossroads: Burton Street branches off Haywood Road in West Asheville. Founded by community leader E.W. Pearson, the historic neighborhood dates back to the early 1900s. After thriving for decades, Burton Street was carved up by road projects in the 1950s and again in the ‘70s and later fell into a crime-infested malaise that persisted until community residents decided to fight back. A federal grant received a couple of years ago has funded beefed-up police patrols, health programs and other support services. photo by Anthony Bellemare

Stroll for solidarity: In March, the Asheville Design Center sponsored a walk through the Burton Street community. Dozens of people turned out on the warm, bright day, including many from other neighborhoods who came to learn more about the proposed I-26 connector project and see the potential impact up close. During the tour, residents gave the personal histories of individual homes, discussed details of the road project and pledged to support one another. photo by Jason Sandford

Home: Don Johnson stands outside his house on Burton Street. In January, community members pleaded with the Buncombe County commissioners to endorse a connector route that would have less impact on their neighborhood. Again and again, these residents have tried to convey to decisionmakers the importance of their neighborhood’s roots, noting the toil that went into building a home here or scrimping and saving to buy one. photo by Michael Mauney


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Kid central: The spiffed-up Burton Street Recreation Center should really just be called “home.” That’s what it felt like back in January when residents gathered to celebrate its recent reopening. Folks hugged, carried in covered dishes and checked out the center’s fresh paint and gleaming halls. Once a shabby symbol of the drug-ridden streets, it now shines with a new sense of pride. photo by Scott Lessing Hubener Don’t want to go: Retirees Thomas and Zanie Davidson live just off Fayetteville Street. Zanie, who taught in the Asheville City Schools, grew up in the neighorhood; Thomas worked at Westinghouse. The couple, who’ve lived in their home for about 33 years, say they don’t want to be forced out. “We’re not wanting to move at all,” Zanie explains. photo by Jonathan Welch

Looking for answers: Cassandra Howell and her daughter, Gabrielle, live on Fayetteville Street, one of those closest to I-26. Cassandra says she’s resigned to the road construction: “I’m just assuming my house will be taken, only because of the fact that I’m so close to the highway, but no one from DOT has talked to me at all. No one has said anything. Whenever they have their meetings, I’m always at work and not able to get off, so my mother goes -- she goes to all the meetings. But nobody has given any answers.” photo by Jonathan Welch

The long road: Fayetteville Street is one of several that make up the Burton Street community, along with Edgar, Buffalo and Baker. Discussion of the I-26 connector project, which will impact the neighborhood, has been going on for nearly 20 years. photo by Hazen Hunter • MAY 20 - MAY 26, 2009


Meeting place: The Burton Street Community Center serves as a space for after-school recreation, neighborhood-association meetings, holiday celebrations and programs for older residents, among other activities. Here, Pearlie M. Dixon takes a break from her sewing. photo by Scott Lessing Hubener

Local leader: Vivian Conley has emerged as one of a handful of strong local leaders who continue to rally the community. Whether it’s a celebration at the local rec center or speaking to elected officials, Conley takes a quiet but firm approach. During a community walk in March, she said the impending road project has taken its toll. “We realize that some people are going to have to move, and we realize that the road is needed. We have no qualms with that. But to take this much out of one community ... and displace this many people from their homes is just not American.” photo by Michael Mauney


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Sweet memories: Frances Williams rents a house on Edgar Street. The main hallway is hung with family photos, which trigger a flood of nostalgia. She relishes her home but has come to grips with the fact that she may have to leave at some point. Indeed, she’s already started packing. photo by Paul Jackson

A road runs through it: The state Department of Transportation recently pushed back the start date for construction of the I-26 connector to 2014. DOT also said it wants to further study the highway’s impacts on the area and try to reduce one of the project’s most controversial features: its effect on the Burton Street neighborhood. photo by Anthony Bellemare

Banding together Hard work, community define Burton Street’s history, residents say by david forbes The Burton Street neighborhood has changed a lot since deWayne Barton was a boy. “All this used to be a wooded area,” he says, motioning toward a line of houses adjoining the neighborhood’s community garden. “The whole place used to be like a little forest. I remember, growing up, I would play out here, only coming back to eat strawberry ice cream. We’d play with little army men and dump trucks.” In its nearly century-long history, West Asheville’s Burton Street community, now tucked up against Interstate 240, has faced many challenges, including economic hardship, drug activity, a lack of basic services and major road construction. “The people will rally around and come together,” says longtime resident vivian Conley. “We’ve had to struggle for everything we’ve gotten.” The latest challenge this community faces is the planned demolition of a number of houses to make way for the I-26 connector (exactly

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how many depends on which plan is eventually adopted). Recently, the state Department of Transportation announced yet another construction delay, leaving frustrated residents still in the dark. “We know that congestion is a problem; we know [an I-26 connector] has to be done,” she says. “But this uncertainty keeps anything from being done. It keeps you in limbo as far as your life is concerned.” From her house at 91 Burton St., one can hear the sound of cars rushing by on the

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interstate. Under every plan proposed so far, Conley’s house will be demolished. But the residents also speak of a spirit of perseverance and mutual support that reaches back to famed civic leader e.W. Pearson, known in his time as the “Black Mayor of West Asheville.” “From the very beginning, Burton Street was created by dedicated, hard-working people,” notes Barton. “I think if everyone put forth the effort that [Pearson] did, West Asheville could be transformed. The beginning of it was so rich, there’s a good seed planted in this area.”

West Asheville pioneers When Pearson, a Spanish-American War veteran and self-educated entrepreneur, founded the community in 1912, the area was nearly wilderness. Things changed rapidly, though, as people started moving in. A school was built, and Pearson opened a store. He also organized the first Buncombe County Agricultural Fair in 1914. The event would be held every year until his death in 1946. But Pearson’s energy and drive didn’t stop there: He founded the Asheville Royal Giants,

a semi-professional black baseball team that played in Pearson Park, since taken over by commercial development. Pearson also founded the Asheville chapter of the NAACP and served as a leader in a multitude of civic organizations. In the beginning, there wasn’t even a Burton Street. Originally dubbed Buffalo Street, the name was changed in the late 1920s to honor Asheville founder John Burton. Woods and a creek ran through the area where Patton Avenue now runs. Residents grazed livestock and tended their own small farms.

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Born in the area in 1967, Barton moved back in 2001, only to find drug activity rampant in his old neighborhood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was like a nightclub: People were out there selling dope, running to peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cars,â&#x20AC;? he recalls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Open-air drug activity where people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even care â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a lot of garbage. Growing up as I had and seeing a resemblance of the inner city with this open-air drug traffic, I said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh no, not here.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Conley, who moved back around the same time to care for family members, also saw the change. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The drug problem started with other people coming into the community, and then some of the children here got pulled into selling drugs,â&#x20AC;? she remembers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had some that actually lived in the community selling drugs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never seen that kind of money before. There would be families who would pray every day that their child would get out of the drug trade, but it was groceries; it was money. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The drugs were right there on the corner;

you couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even drive up and down the street. I feared for my parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; life because they were so elderly.â&#x20AC;? But Conley wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ready to surrender. She and other neighborhood residents kept calling and pressuring the police â&#x20AC;&#x153;on a daily basis,â&#x20AC;? and over time, she says, things began to change. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get someone out here and something happens to my parents, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to hold you responsible,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? she relates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pretty soon they started getting them out of here, and it turned back into the West Asheville I knew.â&#x20AC;? The community applied for a Weed and Seed grant from the federal government that provided for both increased policing and other neighborhood improvements, including renovating the community center and posting a sign at the entrance to the area noting its â&#x20AC;&#x153;rich history.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the neighborhood, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to start being an example,â&#x20AC;? emphasizes Barton, an educator who works with at-risk youth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you do that, it sort of spreads. When other people see you picking up trash, for example, they get motivated to do something, especially the young people. Our young people need to see us out there trying to do things right.â&#x20AC;? Change meant throwing some people out of the community as arrests were made, but Conley and others moved forward. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It affected some local people,â&#x20AC;? she concedes, adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did not want that here. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t good for our community. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t safe for our community.â&#x20AC;?

Held hostage Having taken on the drug trade and won, however, the community is now faced with looming road construction. Having to move, notes Conley, will pose a problem for â&#x20AC;&#x153;people who were born here, married here, raised children here, retired here.â&#x20AC;? But the uncertainty, she says, is even worse. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be held hostage, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I feel like: Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re being held hostage. This community has already been hit hard by road construction; this will be the third time.â&#x20AC;? Still, she sees new arrivals, from many different racial and social backgrounds, joining the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even with the different races, we get along just fine,â&#x20AC;? she says with a smile. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were over 200 people that came out to the opening of the community center â&#x20AC;&#x201D; of all races, all of us in fellowship.â&#x20AC;? Barton, too, sees opportunity as well as challenges. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I-26, just like the drugs of the past, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s given us a reason to talk to each other, because we have a similar issue thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to affect all of us,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think because of that, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to make the community tighter and greater. We just have to keep building on that.â&#x20AC;? X David Forbes can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 137, or at

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by Brian Postelle By the time the Downtown Master Plan came before the Asheville City Council May 12, they were just about the only group in town that hadn’t already commented on it. The two-year process of crafting the plan entailed some 5,000 hours of volunteer time, mostly by members of the Downtown Master Plan Advisory Committee, said project manager Sasha Vrtunski. David Dixon of consultants Goody Clancy said he’s received thousands of comments through a series of well-attended community forums and via e-mail. On top of the $170,000 paid to Goody Clancy, city staff put in about $30,000 worth of time, according to Vrtunski. The plan was originally slated to be unveiled to the public last winter, but the deadline was pushed back so advisory committee members could try to work out their differences. The plan’s presentation to Council, originally scheduled for March, was also delayed to allow for more back-and-forth between the committee and the consultants. During that time, the project received extensive media attention, and the draft plan was posted online, drawing objections from assorted community activists. Meanwhile, the Downtown Commission, Technical Review Committee and Planning & Zoning Commission have all given the document a thumbs-up. Not to mention that by the time Dixon stood before Council two

Toward Harmony,” elsewhere in this issue.) “This has been two years of work. Let’s send it off in a good way,” Whalen urged. Vice Mayor Jan Davis was also on hand. Serving on the Downtown Commission, he said, had familiarized him with the plan, but he cautioned that his Council colleagues would probably raise questions about certain elements, particularly the recommended developmentreview process (“because that’s what [City Council is] involved in”) and the “community improvement district,” previously called the “business improvement district” (see “Taking Care of BIDness,” March 18 Xpress). City leaders, noted Davis, may be sensitive to any implication that they need help supplying essential services to downtown. The warning came despite the fact that the Council agenda listed the item as merely an opportunity for Council members to hear the presentation and ask questions. The public hearing and formal deliberation would not come for another two weeks, and implementing some plan elements could take years. But with Council members up for re-election this year, noted Davis, some might seize the opportunity to take a political stand. “It is the silly season,” he observed. In the event, however, Davis proved to be only partly right. Council members did target both the development-review and CID components, but speechifying was kept to a minimum, and much of the discussion centered on the community’s involvement and investment in the plan. “This is a community that wanted seriously to plan for their future and to act upon it,” Dixon told Council. And the final draft, he said, is an

“This is a community that wanted seriously to plan for their future and to act upon it, and make sure they all saw themselves in this plan whether they were artists or business owners or developers.” — hours into its five-hour session, he and his team had already given the same presentation four times that very day. The first of those appearances, at a 9 a.m. meeting in the city’s Office of Economic Development on Haywood Street, served as both a dress rehearsal and a pep rally. In attendance were members of the Downtown Commission and the advisory committee, and Pat Whalen, who serves on on both groups, noted that although the advisory committee included some folks who were polar opposites, they’d somehow managed to find common ground. (See commentary, “The Long Road

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attempt to “make sure they all saw themselves in this plan, whether they were artists or business owners or developers.” Architect Tom Gallaher, who worked with the consultants as a local liaison, pointed out that it has already generated some momentum in the community. Among the plan’s many recommendations, for example, is establishing an artists’ resource center, and one local group is already discussing how to make it happen. “The plan is ready to be implemented — and in some ways [is] already being implemented,” said Gallaher. Council member Robin Cape noted that com-

munity concern over proposed changes in the process for reviewing new development had prompted her to meet with people involved in the project to find out more about what she called “those sticky wickets.” But she added, “I’m excited about the foundation it’s given us.” On the same theme, Council member Brownie Newman indicated that he’ll want more discussion of the proposed review process, in which existing, Council-appointed bodies would have the final say on most new development, with only the largest projects ever coming before Council. That seems to fit with recent experience, he noted, citing such controversial projects as The Ellington hotel/condos, which City Council approved amid considerable furor. “It’s kind of the big ones people have questions about,” said Newman, adding, “When I look at this chart, it looks like the big ones that come back here.” But Council members, he maintained, will always rely on opinions and impressions as well as hard technical guidelines. The massive Haywood Park project, for instance, was withdrawn after Council complained that it was out of scale with its surroundings. “Don’t bring it to us if you don’t want our opinion,” Newman warned. Council member Carl Mumpower, meanwhile, had both general and specific criticisms of the plan. “I do not think efforts to exert control downtown is the best use of our time and resources,” he observed. Most of his attention, however, was focused on the proposed community improvement district, in which owners of businesses within the downtown district would pay a special tax to fund enhanced services managed by an independent body. Downtown property, said Mumpower, already generates a good portion of the city’s tax base, and property owners have a right to expect a certain level of service in return. Even more controversial is the “community benefits plan,” which calls for taxing all property transfers and new development within a specified area to provide a funding source for downtown initiatives approved by City Council. The advisory committee’s prodevelopment faction has vehemently opposed the plan, Vrtunsky noted, saying, “We know that’s not a widely loved idea.” Davis, himself a downtown property owner, said he shares those concerns, at least for the time being. “I’m not sure I’m ready to sign off on this either,” he revealed. “But someday, I might have some interest in that.” But the vice mayor, who was running the meeting because Mayor Terry Bellamy was caring for a sick child, pointed out that there’s a lot more in the plan than can be addressed in a 20-minute presentation, urging city residents to bone up on it in preparation for the public hearing.

Meanwhile, community response is already coming in. Activist Steve Rasmussen, who bent the consultants’ ears at several public forums, has circulated an e-mail criticizing the lack of an appeals mechanism for residents in the proposed development-review system. Council took no formal action other than unanimously setting Tuesday, May 26, as the date for the public hearing and Council vote on whether to accept the plan. Implementing its various components and recommendations would require separate Council votes at some future time. The proposed master plan is available online at downtownmasterplan.

City urges CTS cleanup The former CTS site on Mills Gap Road — the subject of prolonged and continuing controversy concerning the contamination of neighboring residents’ wells — is not within the city’s jurisdiction. But that didn’t prevent Council members from taking a stand on negotiations between the Elkhart, Ind.-based CTS Corp. and the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources concerning voluntary remedial action. Under state law, such a deal would cap the company’s liability for cleaning up the site at $3 million. But residents say the deal would let CTS off the hook without accomplishing the needed cleanup. In a May 5 letter to Gov. Bev Perdue’s office, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners urged that the discussion not result in allowing “those responsible

to limit their accountability” (see “Buncombe Commissioners,” April 29 Xpress). A similar resolution opposing the agreement and calling for a “full and proper cleanup” was originally on Council’s consent agenda (items typically approved as a group without discussion), but at Mumpower’s request, the resolution was set aside so that Council could consider including stronger language. Cape agreed, saying it needed to convey the message that the site is a serious hazard and that cleanup is long overdue. “Voluntary remediation would have been great if it had been done in a timely manner,” she said. “We don’t need you to tell us whether you think it is a threat. We want you to be reminded that it is a threat.” That position was backed by comments from neighbors of the site who spoke during a publiccomment period. “This is completely voluntary; there’s nothing forceable about this,” resident Barry Durand said about the proposed deal. “This is an incredible golden parachute for everyone.” Resident Tate MacQueen agreed, proclaiming, “We cannot have a voluntary remediation by the very criminal who committed the crime.” Council members unanimously approved the amended resolution. “This is something we don’t have to do, but it’s good when local government steps out and takes a position,” noted Davis. X

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The push to expand broadband Internet access in and around Asheville may be building steam, thanks to federal stimulus money. Mayor Terry Bellamy is meeting with state representatives and looking for ways to use money made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help make it happen. In April, Bellamy was invited to attend Innovation Generation, a policy summit in Washington, D.C., whose guest list featured industry leaders, federal representatives and other mayors, touting broadband’s importance in leveling the field in education, technology and industry. Cheaper than laying new cables and other infrastructure, it also

has a broader reach. That means it can help “make sure our children are computer-literate, have access and keep us competitive in education,” notes Bellamy. Expanded access can help close the “digital divide” hurting lower-income people, says Jennifer Mayer, co-owner of Charlotte Street Computers, and high-speed wireless (such as 3G broadband) would be the quickest way to get it done. Mayer, who’s working on the mayor’s reelection campaign, is also part of a push to place more computers in Asheville’s community centers. Championing broadband, she maintains, opens the door to improved education and com-

munication in Asheville while making it a more attractive location for businesses. Bellamy and Mayer aren’t the only ones hitting D.C. on the broadband circuit. Mountain Area Information Network founder Wally Bowen was also in the nation’s capital, emphasizing broadband access at a Media and Democracy Coalition meeting. Right now, he says, Asheville’s access is “pretty dismal,” though the prospects for change seem promising. “There’s a new FCC and a new administration,” notes Bowen. “We have the opportunity to draft a new broadband policy.” — Brian Postelle

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How’s the recession affecting you? And what are you doing about it?

Chris Wileman, self-employed How has the recession affected you? “I lost my job; I’ve been unemployed for about two months. I was in construction: I’ve been looking for work, but there’s just not anything going on now in terms of construction.” What are you doing to deal with it? “I make and sell natural soaps and skin-care products. I put my last little bit of savings into this — my company is Blue Ridge Apothecary.”

Heather Palaski, restaurant manager How has the recession affected you? “Honestly, not so much. I may scale back some travel plans — instead of flying, driving when I go back to visit home in Pennsylvania.” What are you doing to deal with it? “I’ve been more careful with spending, and trying to squirrel away as much as possible. ... I’m just trying to fly under the radar as much as possible and limit my luxuries.”

Jessica Carreon, restaurant server and grouphome worker How has the recession affected you? “It really hasn’t hit me a whole lot, because I have two jobs. And I’m not a homeowner and I don’t have any stocks or anything like that.” What are you doing to deal with it? “I am trying to save money more than ever before, because you never really know.”

Xam, chocolate-shop worker How has the recession affected you? “Well, yesterday I was completely broke and out of food stamps, so I had to borrow some food from a neighbor.” What are you doing to deal with it? “I just got a job, at Kilwin’s Chocolates. I’m living as cheaply as I can, finding the best deals and the best prices. I’m trying to volunteer at the French Broad Food Co-op to get a better deal there, and as soon as I get enough money I’m going to try to buy a membership there to get some more money off my groceries.”

Angelique Emile, co-owner of Eagle Street convenience store How has the recession affected you? “Not really. The store’s doing pretty well, but I’ve noticed the downtown Asheville area hasn’t been packed as it was the previous few years. Sometimes it looks like a ghost town.” What are you doing to deal with it? “I haven’t really had to adjust. The recession’s not really doing anything to me personally.”

Thomas Joyce, owner of Smooth’s DO Drop In barbershop How has the recession affected you? “Recession is an illusion. The preachers that have control of everything and can create jobs to eliminate recession — I just read in the paper where they had to go and talk to people to figure out how to come back and talk to their people. ... So who’s in recession: the people or the people in charge of the people?” What are you doing to deal with it? “Get away from people that don’t have ideas in how to combat the situation of today.”

Timmy “Jukebox” McGlynn, musician How has the recession affected you? “People just don’t seem to be tipping as much, especially when we go out and play for bars and play for tips. A lot of people bring credit cards with them; they don’t bring actual cash.” What are you doing to deal with it? “I’ve gotten side work here and there just to manage a little bit. I’m able to work enough to get a room for the night every night. I’m managing the best I can.”

Mickey Mahaffey, operator of small painting business How has the recession affected you? “Money never has been a real important part of my life, and so a recession doesn’t really affect me at all. I think those of us who are poor or live with very little, it’s the same as it was before the recession.” What are you doing to deal with it? “No real adjustments for the recession. It’s a little harder to get jobs, but really, I’ve been as busy as I’ve ever been.”


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I admit it: I’m guilty of not getting enough dirt on my boots so far this season. Despite ambitious winter-laid plans, I’ve not explored anything much wilder than a few garden trails at The North Carolina Arboretum and the sidewalks of West Asheville this spring. That’s far short of my intention to visit lookout towers and pursue my Kerouac-inspired literary whims (see “These Boots Were Made for Hiking,” Jan. 21 Xpress). What can I say? It’s been a wet spring, and I’ve been busy. Still, I have dusted off my boots, acquired a pair of new guidebooks and perused my favorite trail maps. One is so dog-eared it’s split apart along multiple creases, but I keep it anyway. The first map my father ever gave me, it includes Shining Rock Wilderness, an area we often explored and where some of his ashes now rest.

Pointing the way: Like a signpost, a good hiking guide entices you into the wilderness and onto new trails. photo by Margaret Williams

structure’s condition (poor, though it’s listed when a family of bears on the National Historic Lookout Register). crossed the trail up Barr heads the state chapter of the Forest Fire ahead, she froze like Lookout Association, which aims to save them. a possum in the head- Impressively, the Concord, N.C., resident has lights while Dad began hiked to every remaining fire tower in the state. slowly backing away. Another enticing guide is Hiking North The bears moseyed on Carolina’s Blue Ridge Heritage, the latest effort into the woods, and by regular Xpress contributor Danny Bernstein. my parents made it The book blends basic facts, local history, practical tips, historic photos and personal observasafely to Shuckstack’s 360-degree view. No bears populate Barr’s description, though tions about many of the day hikes found in a roughly triangular area he does note historical bounded by Hanging facts (the tower was Rock State Park north built in 1934 by the of Winston-Salem, the federal Public Works Danny Bernstein will present a slide show town of Highlands Administration and featuring trails from her new book, Hiking in Macon County the National Park North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Heritage, Friday, and the Great Smoky Service), the numMay 22, at Malaprop’s (55 Haywood St. in Mountains National ber of steps to the downtown Asheville) starting at 7 p.m. Park. Bernstein’s retelltop (78) and the old ing of Elisha Mitchell’s explorations in the region and how he fell to his death at a waterfall, where he was discovered by legendary bear hunter “Big Tom” Wilson, makes for a good yarn and an enhanced appreciation of the state’s highest peak. “Every hike is a heritage treasure, whether by itself or as part of a larger area,” writes Bernstein, who’s hiked every route in her new book. The one I’m most fired-up about is in Pinnacle Park, a “1,088-acre jewel set in the Fisher Creek section of the Plott Balsams, close to downtown Sylva.” Once the town’s protected watershed but now open to the public, the park has trail links to Waterrock Knob and the Blue Ridge

When a family of bears crossed the trail up ahead, Mom froze like a possum in the headlights while Dad began slowly backing away. I used to rely on my dad to plan the next hike — Max Patch, Waterrock Knob, Pink Beds, Cades Cove, Big Creek and others he deemed crucial to my hiking portfolio (or else just good for things like blueberries or waterfalls). Of course, I had more spare time in those days, but perhaps, as Dad warned, I’ve become so acclimated to the mountains that I now take them for granted. Maybe it’s time for a new perspective. To that end, I flipped through Peter Barr’s Hiking North Carolina’s Lookout Towers.

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Remembering my family’s hiking past, I read his description of Shuckstack Lookout in the Smokies. My parents hiked up to the tower back in the early 1980s, a few years before they moved from Mobile, Ala., to Cullowhee, N.C. Flatlanders to the core, they were almost whupped by the steep route — “one of the most challenging climbs along the A.T.,” says Barr. But that isn’t what Mom remembers: It’s the bears. She’s an Azalea City girl, and

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Parkway. Waterrock was one of the first hikes I ever took with my parents, and Sylva was one of the first towns I frequented when I moved here in 1987. If it weren’t for the challenges of settling into a new home this month, I would have already done the 10.1-mile loop Bernstein describes, even if she does dub one steep section

near Black Rock a “half-mile of hell.” Heck, if my parents could tackle Shuckstack and bears, I can find time for this. X Send your outdoors news and ideas to Margaret Williams at, or call 251-1333, ext. 152.

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Espalier: The Frenchman’s bonsai Creating form and function in WNC gardens by Jeff Ashton I’ve always had a fascination with plants that have been manipulated by man. At one time in my life, I had a collection of at least 25 shallowly rooted plants, procured in the wild and at nurseries and chosen as the most grotesque and malformed specimens I could find for bonsai culture. But after several years of nurturing them, I lost the collection when I went adventuring for a summer and left them in the care of a pal who didn’t appreciate the daily attention required. The universe clearly signaled that I wasn’t cut out for bonsai stewardship. Still, I had my eye on related arts. In the 1920s, an anthropologist interviewing elderly Comanches in north Texas learned that the natural springs found across the southern Great Plains were marked by trees pruned to a main stem and tied to the ground. Thus trained, the trees pointed exactly toward the next spring, sometimes many miles away. An even older tradition is the art of the espalier, a French term for training shrubs and trees to a variety of forms, usually flat against a wall. If you look closely at woodcuts, drawings

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or paintings of any medieval European garden, you’ll often see fruit trees growing up a wall, branching out sideways. That’s an espalier. This relentless manipulation of apple, pear, peach, plum, nectarine and cherry trees has practical purposes. Strict pruning results in fewer but better quality fruit. Growth against walls offers protection against late-spring frosts, and in olden times, it allowed forcing — installing seasonal glass covers to make the tree produce early fruit. The two-dimensional growth also allows the gardener to more readily see any potential diseases and insect damage, long before such problems get out of control. And you can grow several trees where otherwise there’s room for only one spreading tree.

Espaliers create a wicked aesthetic. But there’s one more benefit: Espaliers create a wicked aesthetic. On the edge of a patio I’ve visited in southern New England, a 40-year-old pear tree goes straight up for 10 feet and then fans out horizontally for 20 feet (it’s attached to 2-inch-diameter rusted iron plumbing pipes for support). In addition to creating a shaded outside living space, the overall effect is stunning and elegant. And the tree produces quality food, too. How cool is that? My north Asheville gardening pals Jenny and Robbie Sweetser have five espaliers (three apples and two pears) trained on wires along their property line. They planted the trees 12 years ago as 1-year-old saplings that Jenny pruned to 18 inches each, which allowed for selecting two new horizontal branches and a new vertical stem. For the third growing season, that vertical shoot was trimmed again at 18 inches with a new vertical and two new horizontal shoots. This method was duplicated for the fourth season, resulting in the very precise branching seen in classic espalier. It takes about eight years to achieve any appreciable fruit production, but it

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Well-trained and fruitful: These classic espaliers have been coaxed along by north Asheville residents Jenny and Robbie Sweetser. photo by Jeff Ashton

looks awesome. At our old place up north, I espaliered a pair of Japanese pears on a wooden fence. The trees produced several seasons of great pears before we moved south. And you’d think I would have planted at least a couple of espaliers in the 14 years I’ve been steward of Jardin Fou down here, but I haven’t. But this year, I swore it would be different. Thanks to a gardening pal at Reems Creek Nursery, I brought home a 3-year-old dwarf variety of ‘Liberty’ apple tree. It had a strong central stem and good lateral branching wellsuited for an informal, rambling espalier style. I also chose ‘Liberty’ because I wanted a good pie apple and because the savvy nursery folks claim it has excellent disease resistance. On the south-facing side of a tall shed at my driveway’s edge, I dug a hole twice the size of the pot the apple tree came in. I imagined it five

years from now, growing gracefully across the face of the 14-foot-tall shed, trained branches framing quaint garden art hung on the weathered-wood wall and strategically shading tastefully painted, old-time, double-hung windows. The branches would be covered with breathtaking fruit. Visiting friends would marvel at my pleaching prowess, and I would have to admit, “Yes, I am quite the espalier man.” But then it rained, and the water refused to percolate through the hard clay at the bottom of the hole. Between rains, the water didn’t drop an inch in three days of hot weather. So now I don’t feel so cocky about my potential as an espalier man. I’m trying to understand that my well-laid fantasies need revision, and I’m looking at my property carefully, because an espalier takes long-term commitment. X Jeff Ashton gardens in Weaverville.

gardeningcalendar Calendar for May 20 - 28, 2009 Garden Composters â&#x20AC;˘ Rain Barrels (pd.) Asheville GreenWorks (Quality Forward), Ashevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Keep America Beautiful, sells Garden Composters and Rain Barrels in the Green Goods Shop at 357 Depot Street. â&#x20AC;˘ 2 kinds of composters: an 11 cubic foot square stacked model for $85 and a 7 cubic foot tumbler that makes compost faster and looks cool for $175. â&#x20AC;˘ Rain Barrels are 65 gallons, are easy to install, and cost $135. â&#x20AC;˘ All are made of 100% recycled plastic. â&#x20AC;˘ All sales benefit plantings in Asheville and Buncombe County. For more information, call 254-1776 or stop on by 357 Depot Street or visit: The Mad Hatterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tea Party and Garden Tour! (pd.) Hosted by Asheville Legendary Inns on Sunday, May 31, 1pm-5:30pm. â&#x20AC;˘ Join the Mad Hatter and tour the spring blooming gardens of 7 historic Asheville B&Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and then perhaps attend the tea party. Meet the innkeepers and tour the first floor of each Inn as well. â&#x20AC;˘ Wear your best garden hat since there will be a judging for those attending the tea. â&#x20AC;˘ Tickets: Tour and tea $36pp (pre-sale); Tour only $15pp (pre-sale); â&#x20AC;˘ Tour only $20pp (day of tour). Limited availability for tea. For tickets and information: Pre-sale â&#x20AC;˘ The Beaufort House Inn (828) 254-8334; Day of tour â&#x20AC;˘ 254 Cumberland Falls Avenue. To see our inns : Vincentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lawn Care (pd.) I mow and neatly trim lawns. Also: Fertilize â&#x20AC;˘ Prune â&#x20AC;˘ Leaf removal. â&#x20AC;˘ Quality work. â&#x20AC;˘ Dependable service since 1990. â&#x20AC;˘ Great references. â&#x20AC;˘ Free estimates. â&#x20AC;˘ Call Vincent, 253-3688. Garden Jubilee Festival More than 100 vendors will be stationed from Sixth Ave. to Caswell St. in downtown Hendersonville. There will be plants, arts & crafts, lawn/garden accessories, garden talks by experts, a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hands-on clinic and food. Info: 693-9708, (800) 828-4244 or â&#x20AC;˘ FR (5/23) & SA (5/24), 10am-6pm - 16th Annual Garden Jubilee. Please leave pets at home. See Web site for a complete schedule of events. Ikenobo Ikebana Society The Blue Ridge Chapter of Ikenobo Ikebana Society (Japanese Flower Arranging) is a nonprofit organization that meets monthly at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the Wilderness Parish House (Rt.#225 South & Rutledge Rd.) in Flat Rock. Yearly membership is available. Info: 696-0967. â&#x20AC;˘ 3rd THURSDAYS, 10am-Noon - Meeting. N.C. Arboretum Events The Arboretum hosts a variety of educational programs. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free with parking fee ($6/vehicle). No parking fees on Tuesdays. Info: 6652492 or â&#x20AC;˘ TUESDAYS through FRIDAYS, 10:30am - Guided Garden Tours. Meet at the Baker Exhibit Center Lobby.

â&#x20AC;˘ TUESDAYS through SATURDAYS, 10am-Noon - Bonsai Volunteers in the Garden. Volunteers stationed in the Bonsai Exhibition Garden will answer questions about both the collection and the garden. Plant Clinics Buncombe County Master Gardeners will be available to look at plant problems and pests and answer gardening questions. Area residents are encouraged to bring in plant samples for evaluation. Info: 255-5522. â&#x20AC;˘ 2nd & 4th SATURDAYS, 11am-2pm - The Master Gardener Plant Clinics will be set up at the WNC Farmers Market in the breezeway between the retail buildings. Stop by and visit. Regional Tailgate Markets For more information, including the exact start and end dates of markets, contact the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. Info: 236-1282 or â&#x20AC;˘ WEDNESDAYS - 4:30-6:30pm - Open June-Sept.: Tryon Tailgate Market, across the railroad tracks from the Tryon Theatre. Info: 894-8823; 1-4pm - Open June-Oct.: Valle Crucis Farmers Market behind the Mast General store. Info: 963-6511; 3-6pm - Victory Tailgate Market, 1329 Tunnel Rd., E. Asheville, past the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance. Info: 775-5593; 2:30-6:30pm - Open April-Oct.: Weaverville Tailgate Market at Lake Louise. Info: 4500708; 3:30-6:30pm - Open April-Oct.: West Asheville Tailgate Market behind the West End Bakery and Haywood Road Market. Info: 281-9099; 2:30-5:30pm Open May-Oct.: Spruce Pine Farmers Tailgate Market on Pollyannaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Porch, next to Wildflowers, on Upper Street in downtown Spruce Pine. Info: 467-2171; 2-6:30pm - Open April-Dec.: Wednesday Afternoon Downtown Tailgate Market next to the French Broad Food Co-op in downtown Asheville. Info: 683-1607. â&#x20AC;˘ WEDNESDAYS - 9am-Noon & FRIDAYS - 2-6pm - Open May-Oct.: Burke County Farmers Market. Info: 439-4460. â&#x20AC;˘ WEDNESDAYS & SATURDAYS - 8am-1pm - Open MayOct.: Haywoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Historic Farmers Market at the HART Theater and Shelton House parking lot on Pigeon St. Info: 627-3469; 8am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Waynesville Tailgate Market. Info: 648-6323; 8am-Noon - Open MayOct.: Watauga County Farmers Market on Hwy. 105 Ext. in Boone. Info: 355-4918; WE, 1-6pm & SA, 7am-1pm - Open May-Oct.: Cashiers Tailgate Market. Info: 2304785. â&#x20AC;˘ THURSDAYS - 3-6pm - Open May-Nov.: Flat Rock Tailgate Market. Info: 698-8775. â&#x20AC;˘ FRIDAYS - 10am-2pm - Open June-Nov.: Cherokee Farmers Tailgate Market on Acquoni Road. in downtown Cherokee. Info: 554-6931. â&#x20AC;˘ SATURDAYS - 8am-Noon - Open June-Sept.: Andrews Farmers Market at First Street in Andrews. Info: 3212006; 8am-1pm - Open April through Dec.: Asheville City Market in the Public Works parking lot on S. Charlotte St. Info: 348-0340; 8am-Noon - Open April-Dec.: North Asheville Tailgate Market on the campus of UNCA. Info:

683-1607; 7am-Noon - Open April-Nov.: Henderson County Tailgate Market at 100 N. King St. (between First and Second Avenues). Info: 693-7265; 10am-2pm - Open April-Oct.: Cedar Valley Farmers Market in downtown Murphy. Info: 361-7505; 8-11:30am - Open April-Nov.: Polk Tailgate Market in front of the Polk County Courthouse. Info: 894-2281; 8am-Noon - Open June-Oct.: Franklin Tailgate Market in Macon County at West Palmer St. Info: 349-2046; 8am-Noon - Open April-early fall: Lenoir Bluegrass Farmers Market at the Hog Waller stage. Info: 292-4664; 8am-2pm - Open yearround: French Broad Food Co-op Arts & Farm Market at 90 Biltmore Ave. in downtown Asheville. Art demos and live music. Info: 236-9367; 9am-Noon - Rutherfordton Farmers Market on Main St. in downtown Rutherfordton; 8am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Mountain Valley Farmers Market on the downtown square in Hayesville. Info: 389-3022; 8:30am-1pm - Open May-Oct.: Graham County Farmers Market in the United Community Bank parking lot in Robbinsville. Info: 479-8788; 8am-Noon Bakersville Farmers Market in the Bakersville Community Medical Clinic parking lot in Bakersville; 8:30am-12:30pm - Open April-Oct.: Yancey County Farmers Market on S. Main St. at Hwy 19E. Info: 682-0601; 9am-1pm - Open April-Nov.: Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market in the parking lot near Pittman Cafeteria up Dormitory Dr. at Mars Hill College. Info: 680-9890; 9am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Black Mountain Tailgate Market at 500 Montreat Road in Black Mountain. Info: 582-5039; 9amNoon - Open May-Oct.: Jackson County Farmers Market on Railroad Ave. at Bridge Park. Info: 507-1146; 9amNoon - Open May-Sept.: Riceville Community Tailgate Market in the parking lot of the Riceville Community Center. Info: 298-6549; 9am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Big Ivy Market at Marvin and Brenda Dillinghamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Spice Cove Dr. Info: 626-2624. â&#x20AC;˘ SUNDAYS, 1-5pm - Open May-Oct.: Greenlife Tailgate Market at 70 Merrimon Ave. Info: 254-5440; Noon-4pm Open April-Nov.: Sundays on the Island, cross the river at the courthouse on Main St. in Marshall; 8am-Noon - Open June-Sept.: Swain County Tailgate Market in downtown Bryson City. Info: 488-3848; 9am-5pm - Open June-Oct.: Topton Farmers Market at the crossroads in Topton. Info: 321-9030. â&#x20AC;˘ TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 8am-Noon - Open JuneSept.: Canton Tailgate Market at the town hall in the municipal parking lot on Park St. Info: 235-2760.

â&#x20AC;˘ TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 7am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Rutherford County Farmers Market on Fairgrounds Road, off Business 74 Hwy. Info: 287-6080. â&#x20AC;˘ TUESDAYS, Noon-5pm & SATURDAYS, 8am-1pm - Open May-Oct.: Morganton Farmers Market behind Geppettoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza on Beach St. in Morganton. Info: 438-5252; 3-6pm Open June-Sept.: Marion Tailgate Market in the municipal parking lot. Info: 652-2215. â&#x20AC;˘ TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS & SATURDAYS, 8am-2pm Hendersonville Curb Market at Church St., directly across from the old courthouse. Info: 692-8012 or curbmarket@; 7am-1pm - Open April-Dec.: Transylvania County Tailgate Market in the parking lot behind South Broad Park, next to the library in Brevard. Info: 884-9483.

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• SU (5/24), 6-8pm - “Asheville’s Health Care: Alternative Health, Natural Healers & Self Health Access.” Held at Rosetta’s Kitchen. Asheville Design Center An exhibit and meeting space at 8 College St., Asheville. Formed by volunteer professionals, including architects, planners, landscape architects, urban designers, community advocates and others concerned with sound regional development. Info: www. • 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 6-7pm - Forums. A wide variety of presentations promoting livable and sustainable design solutions for growth in our community. Visit the Web site for details. Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council Info: 252-4713. • TH (5/28), 11:30am1pm - Annual Meeting at the Crowne Plaza Resort, 1 Resort Dr. Pam Turner will be honored with the

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Annual Distinguished Service Award for Lifetime Achievement. $25. Register by May 21. Eliada Homes Inc. Tours The public is invited to tour the century-old West Asheville campus, stay for lunch in the cafeteria, meet some of the students, and learn more about the organization’s mission. Info: 254-5356, ext. 108 or • 2nd & 4th TUESDAYS, 10:30am & 4pm - Guided tours. Events at Montreat College Events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. • SA (5/23), 2pm - Spring Commencement. The keynote speaker will be Pastor Greg Surratt. Hendersonville Antique Car Club Info: or 696-4168. • MO (5/25), 9am - Classic antique cars will escort veterans to Memorial Day services at Forest Lawn. The club, along with other local car clubs, will participate. Veterans should meet at the American Legion Hall or the VFW Post at Five Points. Improve Any Relationship • TH (5/28), 7-9pm - Scott Calhoun, author of The Art of Starting Over, will conduct a workshop at the N. Asheville Library on utilizing the understanding of human temperament to improve interpersonal relationships. Love offering ($15-$20 suggested). Jewish Community Center Events The JCC is located at 236 Charlotte St., Asheville. Info: 253-0701. • SU (5/24), 10am-7pm - JCC Community Pool Party. Celebrate the start of the summer season. All are welcome. Hot dogs will be served from noon-2pm for $5. Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute Public events and International Year of Astronomy 2009 celebrations. Info: 862-5554 or • WEDNESDAYS, 2pm Public tours led by specially trained Friends of PARI vol-

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unteers. $5. Reservations are recommended. Great for all ages. Public Lectures & Events at UNCA Events are free unless otherwise noted. • WE (5/20), 8am - Buncombe County Excellence in Public Service Awards Breakfast. Held in the Alumni Hall, Highsmith University Union. $11. Tourism Industry Events Tourism leaders in Buncombe County are holding a series of town hall style meetings in hopes of getting feedback from residents and business leaders. Info: 258-6138 or • WE (5/20), 5pm Meeting at Black Mountain Public Library, 105 Dougherty St. A brief presentation will be followed by public input and comment. Refreshments will be served.

Social & SharedInterest Groups Ardent Toastmasters Club Afraid to speak in public? Want to practice your speaking skills in a fun and supportive environment? Come see what the club is about. Meets at the Y.M.I., 39 S. Market St., in downtown Asheville. Info: 2258680 or www.toastmasters. org/websiteApps/. • THURSDAYS, 5:30pm - Meeting. Arise & Shine Toastmasters Ready to overcome your fear of public speaking and to enhance your communication and leadership skills? This group provides a friendly environment in which to do so. Guests have no obligation to join. Info: 776-5076. • THURSDAYS, 7:30am Meets at UNCA’s Highsmith Student Union. Asheville Bridge Room Provides ACBL sanctioned duplicate bridge games daily at the River Ridge Market Place, Suite C-1. Most games last about four hours and the table fees are generally $6/person. If you need a partner, call ahead. Info: 299-0887 or

weeklypicks Events are FREE unless otherwise noted. Tourism leaders in Buncombe County will hold a town hall-style meeting Wednesday, May 20, at 5

wed p.m. at the Black Mountain Public Library to get feedback from residents and business leaders. Info: 258-6138.

thur Hear the Celebration Singers of Asheville perform Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at the First

Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St., Asheville. The children’s chorus is comprised of about 25 children ages 7 to 14. Donations accepted. Info:


Attend the opening reception for Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft & Traditional Art at the Asheville Art Museum Friday, May 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit features more than 100 artworks created by historical masters and artists living and working in the South today. Info: 253-3227.

sat Celebrate the official launch of the Craft Revival Project online collection at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23. There will be a workshop on Saturday on the Web site’s many offerings. Info:

whole family is invited to the White Squirrel Festival Sunday, May 24, on Main Street in downtown sun The Brevard. There will be music throughout the day; the Steep Canyon Rangers will headline. Plus, arts

and crafts, nonprofit booths and children’s activities. The festival will also be held on Saturday, May 23. Info:

mon Enjoy mountain music at the annual Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival Monday, May 25, from 10

a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Carl Sandburg Home. The event honors Sandburg’s interest and preservation of American folk music. Live entertainment will include instrumentals, folk ballads and spiritual songs. Picnic baskets and folding chairs are recommended. Info: 693-4178.

tue Bring your babies and have a beer with other new moms and dads at the Babies ‘n’ Beer meeting on

Tuesday, May 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Thirsty Monk, in downtown Asheville. The group meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month. Info: 254-5450.

• MONDAYS through FRIDAYS, 12:30pm Games start.TUESDAYS, 6:45pm - Games start. SATURDAYS, 1pm - Games start.SUNDAYS, 1:15pm - Games start. Asheville Chapter of the NAWIC The National Association of Women in Construction is dedicated to the advancement of women involved in all facets of the construction industry. Info: www. • 4th MONDAYS, 6pm Meeting at the Cornerstone Restaurant on Tunnel Road. Guests are always welcome. Asheville Civitan Club Come hear community leaders present programs. Meetings are held at Trinity Episcopal Church, corner of Church St. and Aston St. Open to the public. RSVP for lunch: $8.50. Info: 348-4222 or • TUESDAYS, Noon Meeting.

Asheville Holistic Gatherings Events include: organic potlucks, hikes and cycling, free yoga in the park, meditations of all kinds, massage trading partners, audios and videos, sushi parties, book parties, prayer circles and sharing of knowledge. $1-2 donations appreciated. Info: http:// or 505-4890. • SATURDAYS, 6pm Gathering. Asheville Homeless Network Meetings take place at The Perch, inside Grove Corner Market at the Grove Arcade. Info: 552-0505. • THURSDAYS, 2pm - All homeless people and interested citizens are welcome. Asheville Linux Users Group A not-for-profit group that provides support and education for Linux users, particularly for inexperienced users. All are welcome. Info: 255-8115. • 3rd THURSDAYS, 5-7pm - Meets at Firestorm Cafe & Books, 48 Commerce St.

Asheville Municipal Golf Course Ladies Association Local women golfers are invited to join. Info: 2981867. • TUESDAYS, 8:30am - Meeting at the golf course at 226 Fairway Dr. Asheville Toastmasters Club Improve speaking and leadership skills with the longest-established toastmasters group in the Carolinas. Toastmasters is an international communication and leadership program designed to help individuals overcome the fear of public speaking, and learn leadership skills. Info: 545-7776 or • THURSDAYS, 6:15pm - The club meets at Denny’s Restaurant on Patton Ave. Guests are always welcome and there is no pressure to participate. Barter/Exchange Asheville “Money sure not buying what it used to!” Barter is alive and thriving in Asheville. Be a part of this

growing network of people who trade, share, donate. Join the group’s Facebook: Barter Asheville. • THURSDAYS, 7-8pm - Meeting at Buddha’s Bagels, 333 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Blue Ridge Toastmasters Club This club helps members improve their public speaking skills in fun and freewheeling meetings. Guests are welcome to visit, no speaking required. Info: or 505-1375. • MONDAYS, Noon - Meets at the First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church St., Rm. 203, Asheville. Cribbage Club Info: 274-2398. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Meets at Atlanta Bread Company, 633 N. Merrimon Ave. Food Not Bombs Come share food and build community. Asheville Food Not Bombs serves free vegetarian food and hosts informal activist network-

ing. Wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you join us for a picnic? â&#x20AC;˘ SATURDAYS, 3:30pm Meets at Pritchard Park. Four Seasons Toastmasters Club Gain experience in public speaking. Info: 606-6922. â&#x20AC;˘ WEDNESDAYS, 8-9am - The club meets in the auditorium (called the Smokey Mountain Theater) at Lake Point Landing retirement community in Hendersonville. Gay and Lesbian Bridge Ambitious beginners or moderate skills appreciated. Free. Info: jafrle@yahoo. com. â&#x20AC;˘ SUNDAYS, 2pm - Gay and lesbian bridge game in Asheville. Ja Vin Community Exchange Info: 664-0088. â&#x20AC;˘ SUNDAYS, 2pm Community action group meeting. Open discussion on relative issues. Kiwanis Club of Hickory Nut Gorge Meetings are held at The Lake Lure Inn. Info: 6852726. â&#x20AC;˘ 3rd THURSDAYS, Noon - Meeting. Land-of-Sky Regional Council Info: 251-6622 or www. â&#x20AC;˘ TH (5/21), 11am-1pm - Joint lunch meeting of the MPO Technical Coordinating Committee and RPO Technical Coordinating Committee at the Landof-Sky Regional Council offices, 339 New Leicester Hwy., Suite 140. â&#x20AC;˘ 4th WEDNESDAYS, 1pm - Regional Council Meeting. Lesbians in the Mountains (LIM) Info: 606-5364. â&#x20AC;˘ 3rd THURSDAYS, 7pm Meets for dinner at Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian Restaurant (formerly known as Little Venice) in the River Ridge Shopping Center on Fairview Road. NAACP The NAACP works to insure the protection and enhancement of the civil rights of minority groups and citizens. Info: 281-3066. â&#x20AC;˘ 3rd THURSDAYS, 6pm General membership meeting at 91 Patton Ave. Network of Spiritual Progressives Working to foster a new bottom line in our political system and culture, this national movement is open to all spiritual people, whether religious or not. Info: 626-2837 or www. index.php?topic=wnc. â&#x20AC;˘ 4th MONDAYS, 5:30 - Brown bag BYO supper â&#x20AC;&#x201D;- 6-8pm - Meeting and

program. At Jubilee!, 101 Patton Ave. Visitors are always welcome. Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society Open for research at 128 Bingham Rd., Suite 700. The Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society Library specializes in Old Buncombe County, which comprised the western third of the state. Call for hours. People can research their family lines no matter where in the U.S. or world they are from. $5/day for nonmembers. Info: 253-1894 or â&#x20AC;˘ SA (5/23), 2pm Meeting. The program will be on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Genealogy: Oh, the Places It Has Taken Me and the Things That I Have Foundâ&#x20AC;? with Darryl Norton. Ridgefield Toastmasters Club This communication and leadership program is intended to help you improve your communication skills. Guests do not have to participate. Info: 236-5850 or â&#x20AC;˘ TUESDAYS, Noon-1pm - Meeting in the conference room at Dixon Hughes, 500 Ridgefield Court (behind Biltmore Square Mall). Rotary Club of Brevard The club welcomes new members and guests. Info: 883-4888 or â&#x20AC;˘ TUESDAYS, Noon - Meets for lunch at The Quarry Restaurant in downtown Brevard. Rotary Club of Flat Rock Info: 694-0768, or â&#x20AC;˘ THURSDAYS, 5pm - Meeting at Seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant of Highland Lakes Inn in Flat Rock. Call if interested in attending. Rotary Club of Pisgah Forest Info: 884-9474 or jlr@ â&#x20AC;˘ WEDNESDAYS, 8am - Breakfast meeting at the Glen Cannon Country Club. New members and guests are welcome. Scrabble Club Come play Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite word game SCRABBLE. We have all the gear, just bring your vocabulary. Info: 252-8154. â&#x20AC;˘ SUNDAYS, 1-5pm Meets at Books-A-Million in Asheville. Sophisticated Singles Are you a sophisticated single and interested in joining other singles 45 years old and up? See what you have in common with us. Info: 254-7546.

â&#x20AC;˘ 1st & 3rd THURSDAYS, 7pm - Meeting in the Renaissance Hotel lounge in downtown Asheville. Tailgate Jamboree At the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds. Info: 1-800-4381601 or â&#x20AC;˘ FR (5/22) & SA (5/23) - The extreme off-road exhibition features mud trucks, ATVs, hot rods and low riders, plus live music by Gravedigger, local BBQ and more. Veterans for Peace Info: 582-5180. â&#x20AC;˘ 3rd THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Voices Radio Planning Meeting at Firestorm Cafe & Books, 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Free and open to the public. â&#x20AC;˘ TUESDAYS, 4:30-6pm Stand For Peace with members of Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, WNC Peace Coalition, Buncombe Green Party and sundry peace mongers at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Youth OUTright Weekly Discussion Group A group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth ages 1420 meets at the Jefferson House, 21 Edwin Place, Asheville. Info: www. â&#x20AC;˘ FRIDAYS, 6:30-9pm Discussion group meets.

Government & Politics Asheville Copwatch A grassroots organization formed by local residents who have become outraged at law enforcement harassment and brutality occurring within our community. Info: 398-4817 or 255-8115. â&#x20AC;˘ WEDNESDAYS, 6:30pm - Meets at Firestorm Cafe & Books, 48 Commerce St. Asheville Downtown Master Plan â&#x20AC;˘ TU (5/26) - Public hearing on the master plan during Asheville City Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regular meeting. At the public hearing, staff will present a brief report on the plan, and the Council will allow for public comment. Asheville Latte Republicans All are welcome for coffee, conversation and conservatism. â&#x20AC;˘ 4th THURSDAYS, 5:307pm - Meetings at Caffiend, 120 Merrimon Ave. Buncombe County Republican ACTION Club â&#x20AC;˘ 3rd THURSDAYS, 6pm - Dinner at Ryanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Brevard Road â&#x20AC;&#x201D;- 6:30pm - Meeting.

City of Asheville Public Meetings Info: â&#x20AC;˘ TH (5/21), 6-7:30pm - A public meeting to provide information on stimulus funding will be held in the Haynes Building on A-B Techâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Enka Campus. City officials will discuss how recovery funds will be used for municipal projects and community grants. An open Q&A will follow. Info: 2598050 or â&#x20AC;˘ 2nd & 4th TUESDAYS, 5pm - Asheville City Council meets on the second floor of City Hall. Drinking Liberally Hoist a pint for democracy with other like-minded, leftof-center souls. Drinking Liberally is a fun and informal political discussion group. Open to all, the only cost is your tab. Info: or â&#x20AC;˘ THURSDAYS, 7-10pm - Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. Tasting Room, 77 Coxe Ave. downtown. FairTax Supporters of WNC Grassroots support for the bill in congress. Find out how this legislation can benefit you and our country. Info: 333-4146. â&#x20AC;˘ 4th TUESDAYS, 6pm - Meeting at Panera Bread Company on Hendersonville Road. Housing & Community Development Committee Meetings are held at Asheville City Hall. â&#x20AC;˘ 4th WEDNESDAYS, 3:30pm - Meeting in the 5th floor Planning Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s large conference room. Libertarian Party of Buncombe County Info: 258-0703 or www. â&#x20AC;˘ MONDAYS, 7:30pm - Join us for our weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;LP-B Socialâ&#x20AC;? at El Chapala Mexican Restaurant on Merrimon Ave. The New Agenda A nonpartisan womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s organization devoted to bettering womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives in the 21st century USA. Info: or 254-4827. â&#x20AC;˘ TH (5/21), 6:30pm Cynthia Ruccia, co-founder of The New Agenda, will be at the New French Bar Courtyard and Cafe, 12 Biltmore Ave., to meet with women and men who share the goals of the organization. All are welcome. Vigil for Peace and Justice On the grounds of All Souls Cathedral. â&#x20AC;˘ SUNDAYS, 5:30-6pm CDST & 4:30-5pm CST

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Seniors & Retirees Events at the Senior Opportunity Center Located at 36 Grove St. Offers a variety of ongoing senior and adult programs, including art & craft classes, games, exercise classes and more. Info: 350-2062. â&#x20AC;˘ DAILY - Spend the afternoon playing pool and cards with friends. Light refreshments are served. Fitness at North Asheville Community Center An exercise group welcomes new participants interested in fun exercise. Come get healthy, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free, too! No discrimination against younger participants. â&#x20AC;˘ MONDAYS & THURSDAYS, 9-9:45am - Exercise. Henderson County Senior Softball League The league is always looking for new players, age 50 and older. Weather permitting, they play year-round. Info: 698-3448 or www. â&#x20AC;˘ TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS Morning games at Jackson Park in Hendersonville. Lakeview Senior Center 401 S. Laurel Circle, Black Mountain. Info: 669-8610. â&#x20AC;˘ TUESDAYS though (5/26), 9am - Hiking at various locations like Rattlesnake Lodge and the Arboretum. There will be no hike on May 19th. Info: 669-2052. Senior ECO Group

For retirees interested in environmental issues. Meetings are held in the conference room at the Environmental and Conservation Organization office, 121 Third Ave. West in Hendersonville. Info: 6920382 or â&#x20AC;˘ 1st & 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 10am - Meeting. Stephens-Lee Center Events Located at 30 George Washington Carver St. Info: 350-2058. â&#x20AC;˘ WEDNESDAYS, 2-2:45pm - Super Seniors. A free stretch and movement class.

Animals Mayfelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dog Days of Summer (pd.) Every Thursday through August patrons are invited to come eat and drink with their furry friends in our front patio or back courtyard, 22 College Street, downtown Asheville, 252-8840. Complimentary dog treats provided! This week 10% of proceeds will go to Animal Compassion Network. Animal Compassion Network WNCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest nonprofit, nokill animal welfare organization. Find a new pet at their pet adoption events. Info: 274-DOGS or n Foster dogs and cats for ACN. Fostering is an active way to save an animalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. Info: â&#x20AC;˘ DAILY - Cat and dog adoptions at Pet Harmony, ACNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pet store for res-

cued pets, located at 803 Fairview St. Meet animals ready to find their permanent homes. Asheville Aussie Club A new group connecting Australian Shepherds and their people. Info: (704) 806-7300. â&#x20AC;˘ SATURDAYS, 11am-Noon - Please call for weekly meeting location. Asheville Humane Society Animals available for adoption from AHS at 72 Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creek Rd. in Asheville. View photos of animals currently available for adoption online. Foster homes needed. Info: 236-3885, ext. 311 or â&#x20AC;˘ Through FR (6/19), 5pm June is Adopt-A-Cat Month. To celebrate, AHS is seeking the next top cat model to serve as spokescat for 2009 Adopt-A-Cat month. Submit the perfect shot of your cat for consideration. Asheville Kennel Club Membership is open to everyone interested in purebred dogs and responsible dog ownership. Info: 258-4833. â&#x20AC;˘ WEDNESDAYS, 7pm Breed Handling Class at the Federal Reserve Center on Louisiana Avenue. Open to the public. Cat Rescue Center The cat rescue and adoption center is located at 635 Bo Cove Rd. in Cullowhee. Info: 293-0892 or www. â&#x20AC;˘ SUNDAYS, 10am-5pm Cat rescue center open.

Transylvania Animal Alliance Group For information about T.A.A.G., or donations of time or resources, 9663166, taagwags@citcom. net or www.taag.petfinder. com. â&#x20AC;˘ SATURDAYS, 11am4pm - Adoption Days at PETsMART on Airport Road in Arden.

Technology Search Engine Marketing â&#x20AC;˘ TH (5/21), 2-4pm - This Western Carolina University seminar on Web marketing will be held at Pack Memorial Library in downtown Asheville. Participants will learn to use search engine optimization and pay-per-click advertising. $10. Info & registration: 251-6025, ext. 22.

Business & Careers Debtors Anonymous 12-step recovery on issues of underearning, debt and learning to live oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision in life. Info: 779-0077. â&#x20AC;˘ MONDAYS, 7-8pm - Meeting at the Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Rd. Hendersonville Business & Professional Women Dedicated to empowering women personally, professionally and politically. Activities include National Business Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Week, Equal Pay Day and National Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month. Info: â&#x20AC;˘ 3rd THURSDAYS, 5:308pm - Meeting.

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Leadership Asheville For close to three decades, Leadership Asheville’s acclaimed program has built a strong tradition of leadership development and community involvement. Utilizing lectures, discussions, work groups and service projects, the participants explore a variety of topics, ranging from the environment to education to local government to economic development. The class graduating May 20 has had the opportunity to focus on specific needs in the area of children and youth outreach. The 62-member class, the largest to date, was divided into teams of five. These Leadership Learning Teams were set to task on developing community projects that target local youth. Leadership Asheville Executive Director Gerry Goertz says, “I’m always amazed to see complete strangers come together to form strong, cohesive teams in such a short period of time, and all the while, providing an important service to the community. This program allows individuals to personally explore various opportunities to have a hand in creating meaningful advances for a wellrounded region.” A full listing of all class participants and projects is available for public view on the Leadership Asheville Web site. Drawing from profit and nonprofit organizations, local government officials, private industry executives, university professors, stay-athome parents and school administrators, Leadership Asheville’s graduate network covers a diverse array of interests, opportunities and challenges inherent to the region. Applications for the 2009-2010 class of Leadership Asheville are now available. Info: or Nonprofits interested in being featured in Group Spotlight should e-mail for submission details


International Association of Administrative Professionals IAAP enhances the skills and knowledge of administrative professionals through continuing education, facilitates networking with colleagues, and establishes high professional standards through certification. Info: • THURSDAYS, 5:30pm - Regular meeting. JobLink Workshops Mountain Area JobLink Career Center sponsors free workshops that include Conducting a Powerful Job Search, Interviewing and Salary Negotiation, Identifying Career Interests and Write a Winning Resume. Info: 250-4761. • MONDAYS-FRIDAYS, 8:30am-5pm - Center open. Marion Business Association Info: 652-2215. • Through TU (6/30) Grant applications are being accepted. The NC STEP Leadership Committee is currently offering grants to small businesses located within the City of Marion. Mountain BizWorks Information Sessions Mountain BizWorks, 153 South Lexington Ave., assists aspiring and current small business owners with business training and loans. To register: 253-2834, ext. 17. • MONDAYS, 10am & WEDNESDAYS, 4:30pm Info Sessions. Learn about the classes and services that are offered at Mountain BizWorks.

Volunteering ABCCM Is Looking for Volunteers ABCCM’s Medical Ministry provides a free medical and dental clinic for lowincome, uninsured residents of Buncombe County. Volunteers are needed in the following areas: administration, physicians, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, dentists, hygienists, dental assts. and especially nurses. Maintenance volunteers are also needed to help with painting and repair work. Info: 259-5339, ext. 319. • MONDAYS through THURSDAYS, 9am-5pm & MONDAYS, TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 5-8pm Volunteers needed to assist in the medical, pharmacy and dental clinic. Ashevillage Institute (AVI) An emerging urban sustainability center based around permaculture and natural building practices. Come

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sample any workday. Longer volunteer opportunities and internships are available. Info: or 225-8820. • TUESDAYS through SATURDAYS, 9am-5pm - Workdays. Habitat for Humanity Seeks Volunteers for the Home Store & Construction Site Help build houses in Buncombe County by volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity Home Store and at the building site in Enka Hills. Volunteers are needed who can make an ongoing commitment to a shift in the Home Store. Info: 251-5702 or brusso@ • 2nd & 4th WEDNESDAYS, 6pm - Volunteer orientations at 30 Meadow Rd. Hands On AshevilleBuncombe Choose the volunteer opportunity that works for you. Short-term projects are offered. Youth are welcome to volunteer on many projects with adult supervision. Info: or call 2-1-1. Visit the Web site to sign up for a project. • FR (5/21), 5:30-7:30pm Knit-n-Give. Help make hats to be given to newborns served by the Buncombe County Health Center’s Community Health Program. • SA (5/23), 10am-1pm - Volunteers will be preparing the Emma Community Garden for fertilization, planting and harvest. Much of this garden’s harvest will go directly into the Emma food pantry and back into the community. Volunteers should wear seasonal work clothes and sturdy shoes. Please bring enthusiasm, sunscreen and water. • TU (5/26), 6-8pm - Help sort and pack food at MANNA Food Bank to be given to agencies serving hungry people in 17 WNC counties. • TH (5/28), 5:30-7:30pm - Meals for Hope. Cook and serve a meal for 15-25 women and children who are part of New Choices, an empowerment program for displaced homemakers in need of counseling and assistance —- 4-6pm - Assist with unpacking and pricing merchandise for Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit, fair-trade retail store that sells handcrafted items made by artisans in more than 30 developing countries. Men Wanted Big Brothers/Big Sisters is looking for males age 18 and older to share outings

twice a month with youth from single-parent homes. Activities are free or lowcost, such as sports, local attractions etc. BBBS offers free tickets to events and discounts at various businesses. Info: 253-1470 or • TH (5/28), Noon - Info session at the United Way building, 50 S. French Broad Ave., Rm. 213. Volunteer at Open Hearts Center • This nonprofit art education program is dedicated to serving adults with a variety of developmental, mental, physical, and emotional disabilities. Volunteers needed to share their talents with this unique population. Info: 658-8875 or Welcome Table The goal of the Welcome Table is to meet the needs of hungry persons in and around the Black Mountain community. Info: 669-8610. • TH (5/28), 7pm Volunteer Ice Cream Social at the Lake Tomahawk Pavilion in Black Mountain. For all current volunteers and anyone who has an interest in volunteering for the Welcome Table. Women Build 2009 Habitat for Humanity is seeking women interested in building homes and changing lives on the 2009 Women Build. No experience is necessary. To register: www.ashevillehabitat. org. Info: 210-9377. • TUESDAYS through SATURDAYS - Building happens.

Health Programs & Support Groups Free Yoga Day (pd.) Join Lighten Up Yoga, June 6, 9a.m.- 4p.m., to try out our talented teachers and safe, supportive environment. New students and experienced yogis welcome! Donations accepted for Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy Land Trust Day. 254-7756 or Got Pain• Get Rolfed! (pd.) • $20 off first session! • Money-back guarantee. • Sandy, Certified Rolf Practitioner, NC#558, (828) 296-0011. You haven’t tried everything until you’ve tried: www. Shoji Spa Discounts and Events (pd.) • Locals Discount: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. • SPArty: Wednesday evenings.

Drinks, food and music, free. • Free Health Forum: Tuesdays, noon. Complimentary talk and food. 828-299-0999 Stop Being A Slave to Compulsive Habits, Depression and Anxiety (pd.) Studies have proven that self-destructive patterns involving food, alcohol/ drugs, overspending and moods all have a common emotional root. • A revolutionary new program is now available in the Asheville area. • Complements addiction and codependency programs. • Focus on strengths and experiencing true joy from within! Call to arrange a free consultation to learn more/ask questions. Certified Facilitator, who has done the work! Call (828) 231-2107 or email: ADD/ADHD and Meditation: Introduction Scientific findings from medical journals on the applications of the Transcendental Meditation technique for treatment of ADHD and other learning disorders. Discussion, video, Q&A. Free. Info: • WEDNESDAYS, 7:15pm - Meets at the Asheville TM Center, 165 E. Chestnut St. Info: 254-4350. Adult Children Of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families ACOAs continue “survival” behaviors they had as children, which no longer serve them as adults. In fact, they prohibit ACOAs from becoming who they want to be. Come learn how to grow in recovery and become the person you know you are meant to be through this 12-step group. The only ACOA group in WNC. Info: 281-1314. • FRIDAYS, 7-8:30pm - Meets at Grace Episcopal Church off Merrimon Ave. in Asheville. Al-Anon Al-Anon is a support group for the family and friends of alcoholics. More than 33 groups are available in the WNC area. Info: 800-2861326 or www.wnc-alanon. org. • WEDNESDAYS, 12:151:15pm - Step study: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 686-8131. • WEDNESDAYS, 8pm - AlAnon in West Asheville: Meeting at West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Rd., across from Ingles. Separate

Newcomers’ Meeting meets also at 8pm. Info: 2584799. • THURSDAYS, 7pm - Discussion meeting for parents of children with addictions: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road, across from Ingles. Info: 2426197. • FRIDAYS, 8pm - The Lambda (GLBT) group of Al-Anon is a support group for families and friends of alcoholics, and holds their weekly candlelight meeting at All Souls Cathedral, 3 Angle St. Info: 654-8892 (until 9pm). • FRIDAYS, 12:30-1:30pm - Discussion meeting: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 686-8131. • FRIDAYS, 6:30pm - Discussion meeting for couples only: All Souls Cathedral, 3 Angle St. Info: 676-0485. • SATURDAYS, 10am - Al-Anon North: Meeting at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave.SATURDAYS, 10am - Saturday Serenity at St Mary’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Charlotte and Macon. Beginners welcome.SATURDAYS, Noon - Weaverville discussion meeting at First Baptist Church on N. Main St., next to the library. Enter via side glass doors. • SUNDAYS, 5-6pm - Discussion meeting: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. Info: 281-1566. • MONDAYS, 12-1pm - Discussion meeting: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 686-8131. • TUESDAYS, Noon - Black Mountain Group meets at St. James Episcopal Church, 424 W. State St. Info: 277-8620.TUESDAYS, 7pm - Discussion meeting: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Info: 253-6624. Alateen Alateen is a support group for teens who have a friend or family member who is an alcoholic. • MONDAYS, 6-7pm Meets at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. For ages 13 to 19. All Souls Counseling Center Located at 23 Orange St, Asheville. To register or for more info: 259-3369. • WEDNESDAYS, 1:303pm - Walking Group With Depression Education.

Learn new ways to deal with depression while benefiting from walking and group processing. • WEDNESDAYS, 6-8pm - Active Parenting. Learn effective forms of encouragement, discipline and communication through positive parenting for ages 2-11. • SATURDAYS, 6-7:30pm - Support Group for Recovering Addicts. • MONDAYS, 3-5pm - Ecological Approach to Depression & Anxiety. Experience the healing qualities of the natural world. Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders Offered throughout WNC by the Alzheimer’s Association. For additional listings and more info: 254-7363. Alzheimer’s Association 24-hour helpline: (800) 272-3900. • 3rd THURSDAYS, 6pm - First Baptist Church, 503 Park St., Swannanoa. • 4th THURSDAYS, 3:30pm - Meeting at ClareBridge, 4 Walden Ridge Rd., Swannanoa. Art of Intimacy Practice Group Learn life-changing communication and relationship skills. By donation. Info: 254-5613 or • WEDNESDAYS, 7:309:30pm - Meeting. Asheville Area Psoriasis Education Group This education and support group meets at Greenlife Community Center, 90 Merrimon Ave. Info: 2714737, asheville@support. or • Last WEDNESDAYS, 79pm - Meeting. Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective An inclusive, non-judgmental and without hierarchy group. All people with mental health or emotional issues are welcome. Info: 251-4699. • MONDAYS, 7pm Meeting at YWCA, 185 S. French Broad Ave. At the Magnolia Tree Events are held in the shade of the famous Pack Square magnolia tree in front of Asheville City Hall. • MONDAYS, Noon - Gentle yoga for inner peace activists beneath the Magnolia tree at the “Front Porch of Asheville.” All levels. Some mats available. Lasts 3040 mins., but come and go as needed. Free. Info: myfriendjackie@yahoo. com. BirthNetwork of WNC

A nonprofit pregnancy support and educational group. Monthly meetings are free and open to the public. Held at the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville, 1800 Four Seasons Blvd., in the Pardee Education Center. Info: birthnetworkofwnc@ or • TU (5/26) 7-8pm - The monthly meeting will focus on “Circumcision: Pros and Cons” with Dr. Daniel Yoder. C.H.A.D.D. Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Parent Support Group meets monthly. Refreshments are served, and there’s parking on the premises. Free. Info: 651-0050. • Last TUESDAYS, 7pm - Meeting at Residences at Biltmore, 373 Biltmore Ave., at the corner of Choctaw and Biltmore Ave., just north of Mission Hospital. Cancer Support Group for Caregivers • MONDAYS, 11am-Noon Meetings at Jubilee, 46 Wall St., Asheville. Emotional support for family members of people experiencing cancer. Info: 299-0394. Cancer Support Group for Women

• FRIDAYS, 1:30-3pm - Meetings at Biltmore United Methodist Church. Emotional support for women experiencing cancer. Info: 299-0394. Diabetic Support Group Enabling you to stand toe to toe with diabetes. Info: 3018555 or • WEDNESDAYS, 2pm Meets in E. Asheville. Dual Recovery Group Group meets at the Black Mountain Presbyterian Church House, 117 Montreat Road. For individuals who have a chemical dependency, emotional, and/or psychiatric illness and need support. We share our experience, strength, and hope with one another. A 12-step based program. Info: 357-8403. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 8pm - Group meets. Eating Disorders Individuals are welcome to come to one or all of the support group meetings. Info: 337-4685 or www. • WEDNESDAYS, 7-8pm Support group for adults at T.H.E. Center for Disordered Eating, 297 Haywood St. Free.

El Circulo Playful, deadly, spontaneous healing. A new, evolving martial art and conscious movement formally known as Pa Kua. Info: 280-7287. • WEDNESDAYS, 5:30pm - Free classes at Montford Park. Emotions Anonymous Another Life Foundation will be holding Emotions Anonymous Support Group meetings by way of teleconferencing. All that is needed is a phone and the Internet. Free. Info: 1-888543-3480 or • THURSDAYS, 6-7pm - Meeting. Food Addicts Anonymous A fellowship of men and women who are willing to recover from the disease of food addiction. Sharing experiences and hope with others allows participants to recover from the disease one day at a time. All are welcome. Info: 242-3717. • MONDAYS, Noon-1pm & FRIDAYS, 7-8pm - Meetings at Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. Food Addicts in Recovery For directions or more info: 697-5053.

• THURSDAYS, 7pm - Free meeting at St. Eugene’s Catholic Church. Grief Support Offered by Four Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care at Greatrex Place, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock. Info: 692-6178. • WE (5/27), 5:30-7:30pm - “Grief 101,” an educational workshop about the basics of the grief process. Free, but registration is requested. Grief Support Group Meets at First United Methodist Church, 204 Sixth Ave. West, Hendersonville. Info: 6934275. • 2nd & 4th TUESDAYS, 2pm - Meeting. Haywood Regional Medical Center • WE (5/20), 11:30am12:30pm - Walking Tall: Dr. Kate Queen, a physician and medical director for the Osteoporosis Center at Haywood Regional Medical Center, will speak on “Osteoporosis vs. Osteoarthritis and other Osteo Updates.” Held in the second floor classroom. Info: 452-8850 —- 4-6pm Wellness Wednesday: Free screenings for diabetes and high blood pressure. Held at the landing of Haywood

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Regional Health & Fitness Center. Info: 452-8088. • TH (5/21), 1-3pm - A speech screening will be held in the cardiopulmonary department. Info: 452-8070. Health Events at Earth Fare South Located at 1856 Hendersonville Rd. Events are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: 210-0100. • WE (5/20), 6-9pm “Introduction to Medicinal Herbs,” with Mimi Hernandez. Advanced registration required: pknott@ or 254-1921, ext. 5844. $5 suggested donation. • TH (5/21), 6:30pm “Simplify with Feng Shui,” with Janeen Wynn, certified practitioner. Advanced registration required. • TU (5/26), 6:30pm - “Thyroid Disorders: How to heal the thyroid.” Come discuss the deep underlying causes of thyroid disorders and how to correct the imbalances. Advanced registration is required. • Th (5/28), 6:30pm “How to Save Your Aging Brain,” with Dr. Parker. Advanced registration required. Healthy Chocolate Meetup Taste raw chocolate (it’s really good) and learn the many benefits. Caffeine-free and diabetic friendly. Info: 545-2571. • TUESDAYS, 7pm Meeting at 866 Haywood Rd., W. Asheville.


Henderson County Red Cross Red Cross holds classes in CPR and First Aid for infants, children and adults; Standard First Aid in Spanish; Babysitter Training; Pet First Aid. Located at 203 Second Ave. East, Hendersonville. Info: 693-5605. : Blood Drive dates and locations are listed below. Appointment and ID required. • TU (5/26), 3-7:30pm Rugby Middle School, 3555 Haywood Road. Info: 6935605, bethg@hcredcross. net or www.membersforlife. org/cbsr. • Th (5/28), 2:30-6:30pm - Hendersonville Church of Christ, 1975 Haywood Road. Info: 697-0319 —- 2-6:30pm Hendersonville Pentecostal Holiness Church, 991 Upward Road. Info: 6922942. Hep C Hope of WNC Group meetings and educational sessions to help those with Hepatitis C learn the skills necessary to cope with their illness, and to lend support through every phase of the disease, including liver transplantation. Info: 254-0590, 6690274 or www.hepchope. org. • 4th MONDAYS, 6pm - Meetings are held at MAHEC, 501 Biltmore Ave. There will be an open forum to discuss Hepatitis C. Everyone is welcome. K.A.R.E. Support Groups

Kid’s Advocacy Resource Effort offers several ongoing support groups. Info: 456-8995. • WEDNESDAYS, 5:307:30pm - Single Parents Support Group. Dinner and childcare provided. At First United Methodist Church, 566 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. Call ext. 201 for more info. • 1st & 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 10-11:30am - Parents of Preschoolers Networking Group. Circle of Parents model. Snacks and childcare provided. At St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 99 Academy St., Canton. • 2nd & 4th MONDAYS, 6-7:30pm - Family Support Group. Snacks and separate childcare activities provided. At K.A.R.E. House, 1159 N. Main St., Waynesville. This is a safe and respectful place for families whose children have experienced sexual abuse situations. Life in Balance Yet? Explore new self-empowering ways to achieve more peace and harmony in life. Info: 236-2267. • SUNDAYS, 6:30pm - Free seminar. Lymphedema Support Group Info: 299-4636 or www. • TH (5/21), 5:30-7pm - Meeting at Skyland Family Rehab. Call for directions. Meditation and Health Treating hypertension, stress disorders, anxiety, depression, substance

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abuse and other health issues through the Transcendental Meditation technique. A discussion of medical research, NIH funded studies on TM and health, and the concept of “meditation, not medication.” Free. Info: 254-4350 or www.askthedoctors. com. • WEDNESDAYS, 7:15pm - Asheville TM Center, 165 E. Chestnut St. Men’s Group An opportunity for men to sit down together and share openly and honestly what is actually going on in their lives, and to participate in unconditional friendship and support of each others’ happiness, peace and liberation. Free. Info: 6815177 or 776-4347. • TUESDAYS, 7:30pm Call for meeting location. Men’s Health Night Held at the Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, 30 George Washington Carver St. Info: 350-2058 or stephenslee@ashevillenc. gov. Free. • TH (5/28), 6:30-7:30pm - This event will cover diabetes, cardiovascular and prostate health. Plus, a video and presentations. Healthy snacks provided. Mission Hospitals Women’s Resource Center Support groups are free and open to men and women. Other classes available. Info: 213-8246.

• 2nd & 4th MONDAYS, 6:30pm - Love Not Forgotten: Perinatal Support Group. Narcotics Anonymous A fellowship of recovering addicts that can help those afflicted get clean and stay clean through a 12-step program. The group focuses on recovering from the disease of addiction rather than any particular drug. For WNC NA meeting schedules and info: Helpline: (866) 925-2148. • DAILY - Please call for location details. Overcomers Recovery Support Group A Christian-based 12-step recovery program. Provides a spiritual plan of recovery for people struggling with life-controlling problems. Meetings are held at 32 Rosscraggon Road. All are welcome. Info: rchovey@ • TUESDAYS, 7-8pm Meeting. Overeaters Anonymous A fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. This 12-step program welcomes everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. Meetings are one hour unless noted. • THURSDAYS, Noon - Asheville: Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Rd. (S. 25 at Yorkshire). Info: 298-1899. • SATURDAYS, 9:30am - Black Mountain: Carver Parks & Recreation Center, 101 Carver Ave. off Blue Ridge Road. Open relapse and recovery mtg. Info: 669-0986. • MONDAYS, 6:30pm - Hendersonville: Balfour United Meth. Church, 2567 Asheville Hwy. (Hwy. 25). Open mtg. Info: 1-800-5804761. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Asheville: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Open mtg. Info: 277-8185. • TUESDAYS, 10:30amNoon - Asheville: Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. at Ottari. Open BBSS mtg. Info: 2802213. Red Cross Events & Classes Red Cross holds classes in CPR/First Aid for infants, children, and adults; Babysitter Training; Pet First Aid; Bloodborne Pathogens; Swimming & Water Safety; and Lifeguarding. All classes held at chapter headquarters, 100 Edgewood Rd. To register, call 258-

3888, ext. 221. Info: www. : Bloodmobile Drive dates and locations are listed below. Appointment and ID required. • WE (5/20), 7am-4pm - Mission Hospital at St. Joseph Campus, 428 Biltmore Ave. Info: 2132222, ext. 2. • TH (5/21) 9am-1pm - Office Environments, 1070 Tunnel Road. Info: 2993380, ext. 301. • MO (5/24), 8:30am1pm - St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 10 N. Liberty St. Info: 253-0043. • WE (5/27), 3-7pm - Hominy Baptist Church, 135 Candler School Road. Info: 667-4541. • Th (5/28), 2:30-7pm - Newfound Baptist Church, 2605 New Leicester Highway. Info: 683-3178 —- 2-6:30pm - Francis Asbury United Methodist Church, 725 Asbury Road. Info: 667-3950. S-Anon Meetings For those affected by someone else’s sexual behavior. Info: 545-4287 or 606-6803. • WEEKLY - Three meetings are available per week. Sex Addicts Anonymous A fellowship of men and women recovering from addictive sexual behavior (physical and/or emotional). Meetings are held in downtown Asheville. Info: 800-477-8191 (live person Mon.-Fri. 11am-7pm) or 348-0284 to leave a local message for a return call. • WEDNESDAYS, 6pm - Meeting. • SUNDAYS, 7pm Meeting. Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous SLAA is a 12-step fellowship of men and women who have a desire to stop living out a pattern of sex and love addiction. Behaviors addressed are: compulsive sexual behavior, extreme dependency on a person, chronic preoccupation with romance, intrigue or fantasy. Meetings are held in downtown Asheville. Open to all sexual orientations. Info: AshevilleSLAA@ • SATURDAYS, 10am - Meeting at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Sexaholics Anonymous SA is a 12-step fellowship of men and women recovering from compulsive patterns of lust, romance, destructive relationships, sexual thoughts or sexual behavior. Info: 681-9250 or

• DAILY - Asheville meetings. Contact for details and times. Step/Weights Class Free ongoing aerobics class with step, weights, resistance bands and stretches. Offered by Asheville Parks & Recreation to promote Asheville’s cardiovascular health. At Stephens-Lee Center (from S. Charlotte, turn on Max St. and go up the hill). Info: 350-2058. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 5:30-6:30pm - Step/Weights Class. The Healing Place Provides crisis intervention, support and counseling to victims of sexual assault and child abuse. Info: 6923931 or • SA & SU (5/23 & 24), 10am-6pm - Fingerprinting for child IDs and educational information at the Garden Jubilee in downtown Hendersonville. All are welcome and services are free. Fingerprinting can be done for children 2 years of age and up. WNC Brain Tumor Support Adult support group for newly diagnosed brain tumor patients, brain tumor survivors, their families and caregivers. Info: 691-2559 or • 3rd THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Group meets at the West Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 690 Haywood Rd.

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Sports Groups & Activities APA Pool League (pd.) Amateur League, all skill levels welcome. HAVE FUN. MEET PEOPLE. PLAY POOL. Sign-up for 8-ball or 9-ball. 828-329-8197. ONGOING √ê Mon., Tues., Wed., or Thur. √ê YOUR CHOICE! Asheville Foosball Weekly “open draw your partner” foosball (table soccer) tournaments. Cash prizes. Open to all skill levels, beginner to pro-master. Visit Asheville Foosball on the Web at: www.netfoos. com. • FRIDAYS, 8:30pm Tournament at Northside Grill and Bar, 853 Merrimon Ave. Info: 254-2349. Asheville Kendo Club

Dedicated to bringing quality Kendo to the Asheville area. Kendo, the Japanese Way of the Sword, emphasizes correct etiquette and posture. Kendo is not selfdefense. Info: • SATURDAYS, Noon-3pm - Classes held at CMA-USA, 412 Merrimon Ave. Asheville Lacrosse Club This nonprofit organization sponsors and organizes both adult and youth lacrosse in WNC. Men over the age of 18 are welcome to come learn about full-contact lacrosse. No experience necessary. Info: 280-3938 or • THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - Practice at Memorial Stadium behind McCormick Field. Asheville Rugby Football Club Players of all sizes and ability are welcome. No experience necessary. ARFC is highly competitive and participates in Division III, USA Rugby South. Info: 273-0347 or • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 7pm Practice at Walton Park (near the hospital). Badminton Come join the Asheville Badminton Club for fastpaced competitive indoor badminton twice weekly at 34 Pearson Dr. Info: 2533714. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 5-8pm Badminton. Big South Conference Baseball Championship The Road to Omaha starts in Asheville when the Big South Conference Baseball Championship kicks off at McCormick Field in downtown Asheville. Tickets & info: www.uncabulldogs. com. • TU (5/19) through SA (5/23) - Nearly a week of collegiate baseball where the championship team will continue on toward the College World Series. Disc Golf Check the Richmond Hill Park kiosk for events and tournaments, as well as the WNC Disc Golf Web site. Info: 680-9626 or www. • THURSDAYS, 5pm Doubles at WCU, Cullowhee —- 5:30pm - Singles at Haywood Community College. • FRIDAYS, 5pm - Doubles at Richmond Hill Park. • SATURDAYS, 10am - Doubles at Haywood Community College.

• SUNDAYS, Noon Doubles at Richmond Hill or Mars Hill College campus —- 4pm - Doubles at Waynesville Rec Park. • MONDAYS, 5:30pm Doubles at Black Mountain Park. • TUESDAYS, 5pm Doubles at Richmond Hill Park. Pickleball It’s like playing ping pong on a tennis court. For all ages. Games cost $1 per session. Paddles and balls are provided. Info: 3502058. • MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 9-11am - Meets at Stephens-Lee Rec Center, 30 George Washington Carver St. (take S. Charlotte to Max St.). Taiji/Hsing-I/Bagua & Kid’s Lion Dancing/Gong Fu At Asheville Mountain Dragon. Learn the Yang Short Form in 10 weeks, Gong Fu in 5 weeks, Chen Pan Ling long form in 20 weeks and weapons in 8 weeks. $10, with discounts for multiple classes. Info: or 285-2929. • TUESDAYS, 7pm - Class. WEDNESDAYS, 5pm - Class.THURSDAYS, 5pm - Class.SATURDAYS, 10:30am - Class. Ultimate Frisbee in Asheville Asheville Ultimate Club invites everyone to participate. $5 suggested donation. Info: 777-6115 or • WEDNESDAYS, 4pm - Youth pick up at Memorial Stadium —- 6pm - Competitive League at Memorial Stadium. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm & 8:30pm - Spring League at Memorial Stadium. • SUNDAYS, 4:30pm - Hat League at Reynold’s High School. Unified Martial Artists Calling on any and all martial artists of any stripe, style, experience or age (18+) to crosstrain and “play.” Free. Info:, please include a brief profile and contact info. • TUESDAYS, 7pm - Unified Martial Artists meeting.

Kids Terra Summer • July 6 August 14 (pd.) Terra Summer is a six-week academic enrichment program for children 11-14 that uses the magical world of food to link and explore geometry, geography, history, and science.

Guided by a farm team, a chef, and teachers, together we grow our own food, work on the farm, cook and eat, and discuss the social, economic, and ethical issues related to food. Terra Summer features guest artists and chefs. Children run a produce stand, journal, do portfolio projects and presentations, and look at the world and themselves through a new lens. The program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Weekly fee is $150; full and partial scholarships are available. Terra Summer takes place on Jafasa Farm, Mills River, NC. For more information or to apply, call 828-782-7842 or visit www.terraschool. org Celebration Singers of Asheville Community children’s chorus for ages 7-14. For audition info: 230-5778 or • THURSDAYS, 6:307:45pm - Regular rehearsal at Abernethy United Methodist Church, 1418 Patton Ave. Colburn Earth Science Museum Programs Info: 254-7162 or www. $4/$3 admission cost. Many events are free or discounted to museum members. • WEDNESDAYS, 3-4pm - Geologist will be on site to identify any rock or mineral you bring in. Free. Community Programs for Kids at Eliada Character development and recreation: Eliadas USGA-supported Junior Golf Program, beginner horse program and the Hondasponsored National Youth Project Using Mini-Bikes (NYPUM). The golf and horse programs are open to youth ages 5-17. NYPUM is for youth 10-17. Fees range from $10-$35 weekly. Info: 273-1290 or • TUESDAYS through SATURDAYS - Programs. Events For Kids At Historic Johnson Farm The farm is operated as a heritage education center and farm museum by the nonprofit Henderson County Education Foundation, and is located at 3346 Haywood Rd. in Hendersonville. There are two nature trails (free), and guided tours are offered ($5/$3). Info: 891-6585 or www.historicjohnsonfarm. org. • SA (5/23) - Teddy Bear Tea Party. $5/Free for kids when accompanied by an adult. Bring a favorite Teddy

Bear. Songs, snacks, stories and teddy bears galore. N.C. Arboretum Events for Kids Info: 665-2492 or www. • MONDAYS through SATURDAYS, 9am-5pm & SUNDAYS, Noon-5pm - Nature Activities for Kids. Check out a Discovery Day Pack, which includes binoculars, bug boxes and other items. Free with parking. • MONDAYS & TUESDAYS, 9am-11:30am - Wee Naturalist Classes. Children Pre-K and below, along with a parent, caregiver or grandparent, learn about trees, plants, birds, bears, raindrops and more. $6/ class or $20/four classes. Call to register. Pizza cups • SA (5/23), 10am-Noon - Kids in the Kitchen: Pizza cups will be the focus of this class for kids ages 10 and up. Come learn about kitchen safety and more. $20. Reservations required. Stecoah Valley Center Events Located at 121 Schoolhouse Rd., Robbinsville. Info: 4793364 or • SA (5/23), 10am-Noon - Kids in the Kitchen: Pizza cups will be the focus of this class for kids ages 10 and up. Learn about safety in the kitchen & more. $20. • Th (5/28), 10am-Noon - Kids in the Kitchen: “Sourdough from Scratch,” with Nancy Norcross. Learn how to make sourdough starter, bread, rolls, pizza crust and cinnamon rolls. $20. Registration required. Tot Shabbat & Tot Shabbat Playgroup Hosted by the Asheville Jewish Community Center. All preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to attend and celebrate Shabbat. Info: 505-2697 or 253-0701, ext. 109. • FRIDAYS, 10am - Tot Shabbat Playgroup. A casual program full of music and joy. Following Shabbat, challah and juice are provided, along with an art project or group game. WNC Adoption Network Info: • TU (5/26), 4-7pm - A panel of foster care youth ages 15-17 will share their stories and answer questions about life in foster care. Plus, there will be a reception honoring professionals in foster care. Free. At A-B Tech’s Ferguson Auditorium. RSVP. WNC Nature Center

Located at 75 Gashes Creek Rd. Hours: 10am-5pm daily (closed on Wednesdays from Dec. 17-Feb. 25). Admission: $7/$5/$3. For more information about programs and activities: 298-5600 or www.wildwnc. org. • WE (5/27), 11am-Noon - Nature Tales Storytime. Gather the kids for a fun story and a chance to meet an animal from the book! Call to make reservations.

Spirituality 1st Church For Yogis Forming (pd.) Join us in creating the √í1st Church for Yogis√ì. It√ïs time to wake up to the Joy of Your Eternal Self. Inspirational yogic teachings followed by half hour meditation. Sundays. 8:15am. South Asheville Yoga Studio. Donation basis. Phone: 828-OURYOGA. 7 Day Zen Retreat • June 5-12 (pd.) Silent Zen retreat, June 5-12 at Great Tree Zen Temple led by Rev. Teijo Munnich. $300 or $260 members. Begins with supper, 7pm, June 5, ends Noon, June 12. • Includes Zazen, walking meditation, mindful work and vegan meals. • Weekend option available. • Registration: www.greattreetemple. org/Practice/registration. html • Questions•: (828) 645-2085 or A Beginner’s Mind Zen Retreat (pd.) 3 day Beginner’s Mind retreat, May 22-25 at Southern Dharma Retreat Center, led by Rev. Teijo Munnich of Great Tree Zen Temple and Meredith McIntosh, Alexander Technique teacher. • Includes meditation instruction and body awareness, and is for both new and experienced meditators. $195 includes housing for 3 nights and vegetarian meals. For information, call (828) 622-7112 or see RegistrationInformation. htm All Sessions 33% Off For June (pd.) Asheville Vedic Astrology Academy. Vedic Astrological Counsel and Spiritual Guidance with Ordained Kriya Yoga Teacher Ryan Kurczak: (828) 338-0234. www. AshevilleVedicAstrology. com

Astro-Counseling (pd.) Licensed counselor and accredited professional astrologer uses your chart when counseling for additional insight into yourself, your relationships and life directions. Readings also available. Christy Gunther, MA. (828) 258-3229. Consciousness Workshop With Physicist and Author Thomas Campbell (pd.) An exciting interactive experience exploring the origins and inner workings of consciousness. • Tom’s only USA workshop this year. • Saturday, June 20, 9:30am-6pm. Renaissance

Hotel, Asheville, NC. Details at

Loving Relationship Training (pd.) The LRT created by Sondra Ray in Asheville, May 29-31. Are you ready for powerful breakthroughs in all areas of your life• Free previews. More info• Tama, 231-0296. Tama@ Sacred Embodiment Center (pd.) • Therapeutic Wave Dance, Sundays, 5-8pm, $12 contact Luna: (828) 713-2864 • Master Key System: Manifestation Course and Cleanse and Detox Discussion Group

taking reservations now, contact Sean Kelly: (631) 276-9246 • Sivananda Yoga with Jason Wise: Wednesdays, 6:308:30pm, $10-15. • Mens Nude Yoga, Thursdays, 7-8:30pm. Reserve now: • Course in Miracles with Ron Lively, contact Ron: (828) 333-1085. 31 Carolina Lane, the alley between Lexington and Broadway, downtown. A Circle of Conscious Men ManKind Project offers weekend training sessions and weekly group meetings that take men on a journey

to connect head and heart, examine their lives, and create deeper, more powerful and more joyful ways of living. Info: or 318-4448. • TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Open group meeting. Free. Call for info. A Course in Miracles Classes For anyone sincerely interested in joining a loving group for ACIM study and practice. The group meets near Greenlife at 18 Orange St., across from the Staples parking lot. Info: 712-5472. • MONDAYS, 6:30pm Study group. • MAY 20 - MAY 26, 2009


• SUNDAYS, Noon Doubles at Richmond Hill or Mars Hill College campus —- 4pm - Doubles at Waynesville Rec Park. • MONDAYS, 5:30pm Doubles at Black Mountain Park. • TUESDAYS, 5pm Doubles at Richmond Hill Park. Pickleball It’s like playing ping pong on a tennis court. For all ages. Games cost $1 per session. Paddles and balls are provided. Info: 3502058. • MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 9-11am - Meets at Stephens-Lee Rec Center, 30 George Washington Carver St. (take S. Charlotte to Max St.). Taiji/Hsing-I/Bagua & Kid’s Lion Dancing/Gong Fu At Asheville Mountain Dragon. Learn the Yang Short Form in 10 weeks, Gong Fu in 5 weeks, Chen Pan Ling long form in 20 weeks and weapons in 8 weeks. $10, with discounts for multiple classes. Info: or 285-2929. • TUESDAYS, 7pm - Class. WEDNESDAYS, 5pm - Class.THURSDAYS, 5pm - Class.SATURDAYS, 10:30am - Class. Ultimate Frisbee in Asheville Asheville Ultimate Club invites everyone to participate. $5 suggested donation. Info: 777-6115 or • WEDNESDAYS, 4pm - Youth pick up at Memorial Stadium —- 6pm - Competitive League at Memorial Stadium. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm & 8:30pm - Spring League at Memorial Stadium. • SUNDAYS, 4:30pm - Hat League at Reynold’s High School. Unified Martial Artists Calling on any and all martial artists of any stripe, style, experience or age (18+) to crosstrain and “play.” Free. Info:, please include a brief profile and contact info. • TUESDAYS, 7pm - Unified Martial Artists meeting.

Kids Terra Summer • July 6 August 14 (pd.) Terra Summer is a six-week academic enrichment program for children 11-14 that uses the magical world of food to link and explore geometry, geography, history, and science.

Guided by a farm team, a chef, and teachers, together we grow our own food, work on the farm, cook and eat, and discuss the social, economic, and ethical issues related to food. Terra Summer features guest artists and chefs. Children run a produce stand, journal, do portfolio projects and presentations, and look at the world and themselves through a new lens. The program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Weekly fee is $150; full and partial scholarships are available. Terra Summer takes place on Jafasa Farm, Mills River, NC. For more information or to apply, call 828-782-7842 or visit www.terraschool. org Celebration Singers of Asheville Community children’s chorus for ages 7-14. For audition info: 230-5778 or • THURSDAYS, 6:307:45pm - Regular rehearsal at Abernethy United Methodist Church, 1418 Patton Ave. Colburn Earth Science Museum Programs Info: 254-7162 or www. $4/$3 admission cost. Many events are free or discounted to museum members. • WEDNESDAYS, 3-4pm - Geologist will be on site to identify any rock or mineral you bring in. Free. Community Programs for Kids at Eliada Character development and recreation: Eliadas USGA-supported Junior Golf Program, beginner horse program and the Hondasponsored National Youth Project Using Mini-Bikes (NYPUM). The golf and horse programs are open to youth ages 5-17. NYPUM is for youth 10-17. Fees range from $10-$35 weekly. Info: 273-1290 or • TUESDAYS through SATURDAYS - Programs. Events For Kids At Historic Johnson Farm The farm is operated as a heritage education center and farm museum by the nonprofit Henderson County Education Foundation, and is located at 3346 Haywood Rd. in Hendersonville. There are two nature trails (free), and guided tours are offered ($5/$3). Info: 891-6585 or www.historicjohnsonfarm. org. • SA (5/23) - Teddy Bear Tea Party. $5/Free for kids when accompanied by an adult. Bring a favorite Teddy

Bear. Songs, snacks, stories and teddy bears galore. N.C. Arboretum Events for Kids Info: 665-2492 or www. • MONDAYS through SATURDAYS, 9am-5pm & SUNDAYS, Noon-5pm - Nature Activities for Kids. Check out a Discovery Day Pack, which includes binoculars, bug boxes and other items. Free with parking. • MONDAYS & TUESDAYS, 9am-11:30am - Wee Naturalist Classes. Children Pre-K and below, along with a parent, caregiver or grandparent, learn about trees, plants, birds, bears, raindrops and more. $6/ class or $20/four classes. Call to register. Pizza cups • SA (5/23), 10am-Noon - Kids in the Kitchen: Pizza cups will be the focus of this class for kids ages 10 and up. Come learn about kitchen safety and more. $20. Reservations required. Stecoah Valley Center Events Located at 121 Schoolhouse Rd., Robbinsville. Info: 4793364 or • SA (5/23), 10am-Noon - Kids in the Kitchen: Pizza cups will be the focus of this class for kids ages 10 and up. Learn about safety in the kitchen & more. $20. • Th (5/28), 10am-Noon - Kids in the Kitchen: “Sourdough from Scratch,” with Nancy Norcross. Learn how to make sourdough starter, bread, rolls, pizza crust and cinnamon rolls. $20. Registration required. Tot Shabbat & Tot Shabbat Playgroup Hosted by the Asheville Jewish Community Center. All preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to attend and celebrate Shabbat. Info: 505-2697 or 253-0701, ext. 109. • FRIDAYS, 10am - Tot Shabbat Playgroup. A casual program full of music and joy. Following Shabbat, challah and juice are provided, along with an art project or group game. WNC Adoption Network Info: • TU (5/26), 4-7pm - A panel of foster care youth ages 15-17 will share their stories and answer questions about life in foster care. Plus, there will be a reception honoring professionals in foster care. Free. At A-B Tech’s Ferguson Auditorium. RSVP. WNC Nature Center

Located at 75 Gashes Creek Rd. Hours: 10am-5pm daily (closed on Wednesdays from Dec. 17-Feb. 25). Admission: $7/$5/$3. For more information about programs and activities: 298-5600 or www.wildwnc. org. • WE (5/27), 11am-Noon - Nature Tales Storytime. Gather the kids for a fun story and a chance to meet an animal from the book! Call to make reservations.

Spirituality 1st Church For Yogis Forming (pd.) Join us in creating the √í1st Church for Yogis√ì. It√ïs time to wake up to the Joy of Your Eternal Self. Inspirational yogic teachings followed by half hour meditation. Sundays. 8:15am. South Asheville Yoga Studio. Donation basis. Phone: 828-OURYOGA. 7 Day Zen Retreat • June 5-12 (pd.) Silent Zen retreat, June 5-12 at Great Tree Zen Temple led by Rev. Teijo Munnich. $300 or $260 members. Begins with supper, 7pm, June 5, ends Noon, June 12. • Includes Zazen, walking meditation, mindful work and vegan meals. • Weekend option available. • Registration: www.greattreetemple. org/Practice/registration. html • Questions•: (828) 645-2085 or A Beginner’s Mind Zen Retreat (pd.) 3 day Beginner’s Mind retreat, May 22-25 at Southern Dharma Retreat Center, led by Rev. Teijo Munnich of Great Tree Zen Temple and Meredith McIntosh, Alexander Technique teacher. • Includes meditation instruction and body awareness, and is for both new and experienced meditators. $195 includes housing for 3 nights and vegetarian meals. For information, call (828) 622-7112 or see RegistrationInformation. htm All Sessions 33% Off For June (pd.) Asheville Vedic Astrology Academy. Vedic Astrological Counsel and Spiritual Guidance with Ordained Kriya Yoga Teacher Ryan Kurczak: (828) 338-0234. www. AshevilleVedicAstrology. com Astro-Counseling

(pd.) Licensed counselor and accredited professional astrologer uses your chart when counseling for additional insight into yourself, your relationships and life directions. Readings also available. Christy Gunther, MA. (828) 258-3229.

Consciousness Workshop With Physicist and Author Thomas Campbell (pd.) An exciting interactive experience exploring the origins and inner workings of consciousness. • Tom’s only USA workshop this year. • Saturday, June 20, 9:30am-6pm. Renaissance

Hotel, Asheville, NC. Details at

Loving Relationship Training (pd.) The LRT created by Sondra Ray in Asheville, May 29-31. Are you ready for powerful breakthroughs in all areas of your life• Free previews. More info• Tama, 231-0296. Tama@ Sacred Embodiment Center (pd.) • Therapeutic Wave Dance, Sundays, 5-8pm, $12 contact Luna: (828) 713-2864 • Master Key System: Manifestation Course and Cleanse and Detox Discussion Group

taking reservations now, contact Sean Kelly: (631) 276-9246 • Sivananda Yoga with Jason Wise: Wednesdays, 6:308:30pm, $10-15. • Mens Nude Yoga, Thursdays, 7-8:30pm. Reserve now: • Course in Miracles with Ron Lively, contact Ron: (828) 333-1085. 31 Carolina Lane, the alley between Lexington and Broadway, downtown. A Circle of Conscious Men ManKind Project offers weekend training sessions and weekly group meetings that take men on a journey

to connect head and heart, examine their lives, and create deeper, more powerful and more joyful ways of living. Info: or 318-4448. • TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Open group meeting. Free. Call for info. A Course in Miracles Classes For anyone sincerely interested in joining a loving group for ACIM study and practice. The group meets near Greenlife at 18 Orange St., across from the Staples parking lot. Info: 712-5472. • MONDAYS, 6:30pm Study group. • MAY 20 - MAY 26, 2009


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A Mountain Mindfulness Sangha Part of the World Community of Mindful Living, inspired by the teachings of THICH NHAT HANH, the group practices mindfulness as the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. Practicing with a “sangha” (a community) can bring both joy and support. All are invited. Info & directions: mountainmindfulness@, 684-7359 or 299-9382. • THURSDAYS, 7-8:30pm & TUESDAYS, 8-8:40pm Seated meditation, walking meditation, dharma discussions and other mindfulness practices. At 12 Von Ruck Court, Asheville. A Place at the Table • FR (5/22), 6:30pm - “A Place at the Table: An Evening of Reflection for Gay and Lesbian Christians.” At the Parish of St. Eugene, 72 Culvern St., Asheville. Info: 230-1607. Abraham Positive Living Program Create your own joyful reality with this group mtg. in Asheville to listen to and discuss The Abraham Tapes. Free. Info: 2745444. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Meeting. Ageless Living the Reyouthing Project The ALR project supports progressive individuals achieve total health, wealth and well-being by applying, practicing and ultimately mastering the art of “Ageless Living” using simple mind/body techniques. The ALR project also serves as a hub for an informal community of like-minded people seeking to live a youthful lifestyle. Info: (520) 437-8216 or redtailhawk@ • SATURDAYS - Meets bimonthly in the Asheville area. Small donations accepted. All One Asheville “Friends of Non-Duality.” Share silence while exploring non-dual teachers and living in the Now Present Moment. Meetings at various locations. Info: 216-7051 or BeHereNow28804@yahoo. com. • SUNDAYS, 7pm - Gangaji video satsang at Holy Ground, 18 Orange St., off


of Merrimon Ave. across from Greenlife. • 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS, 7pm - Awakening Practices. Featuring the works of Eckhart Tolle. Meets at the Enka-Candler Library Meeting Room. Emphasis is on putting words and pointers into action through meditation and discussion. We want to help each other awaken. Info: Trey@ Anattasati Magga, Inc. A Soto Zen Sangha for the Laity. Offers meditation and dharma instruction at 12 Von Ruck Court, Asheville. The following events are free and open to the public (donations appreciated). Please arrive 10 mins. before the beginning of each service. Info: www. • SUNDAYS, 9am - Sunday Morning Service, followed by a dharma talk. • TUESDAYS, 7:05-7:45am - Short Morning Service & Meditation. Asheville Friends (Quaker) “Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence.” Located at 227 Edgewood Rd. in N. Asheville. Info: 258-0974. • SUNDAYS, 9:30am - Religious education for children and adults —— 10:30am - Unprogrammed meeting. Asheville Friends of Astrology Info: 628-4007 or www. ashevillefriendsofastrology. org. • TU (5/26), 7pm - Meeting in the community room at the Westgate Earth Fare. Kelly Lee Phipps will present “The Poetic Art of Chart Synthesis.” Love donation. Asheville Meditation Center Classes are held at the Greenlife Community Center, 90 Merrimon Ave., unless otherwise noted. Info: 251-1141 or www. • THURSDAYS, 6:307:30pm - Meditation Circle. Held at One World Healing Arts Institute, 2 Sulphur Springs Road, W. Asheville. Donations accepted. • MONDAYS, 6:30-7:30pm - Meditation for Inner Peace. Free. Info: 5052300. Asheville Satsang With Gangaji Info: 216-7051 or

• SUNDAYS, 7pm - Silent sitting and Gangaji video satsang at Holy Ground, 18 Orange St., off of Merrimon Ave. across from Greenlife. Avatar Meher Baba This group meets to celebrate and study the life and teachings of Avatar Meher Baba, focusing on his words. “True love is matchless in majesty. It has no parallel in power; and there is no darkness it cannot dispel.” Info: 274-0307 or www.avatarmeherbaba. org. • SUNDAYS, 4-6pm - Call for location info. Awakening Practices Study the works of Eckhart Tolle and put words into action through meditation and discussion. Info: • 4th THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - Meet at the Enka-Candler Library meeting room. Baha’i Faith The Baha’i Community welcomes visitors to devotional meetings each Sunday morning at the center located at 5 Ravenscroft Drive. Info: 251-1051 or • SUNDAYS, 11am Devotional Meetings. Bear Clan Medicine Lodge The group practices Native American spirituality. It also studies natural healing modalities. Not affiliated with any tribe or organization. Everyone is welcome. Meets at the library on Mitchell St. in Old Fort. Info: http://seeks.spirit.tripod. com. • 2nd & 4th SUNDAYS, 3pm - Meeting. Beth Israel Synagogue Located at 229 Murdock Ave. An egalitarian house of prayer, study and assembly in the Conservative Jewish tradition where all are welcome. Join us for Shabbat services, Minyans, high holidays and festival services and celebrations. Info: 252-8431 or www. • THURSDAYS, 7:30am - Minyan (9:30am on public holidays). • 2nd & 4th FRIDAYS, 6pm - Services. • SATURDAYS, 9:30am - Services. • SUNDAYS, 9am - Minyan —- 5pm - Introduction to Judaism with Rabbi Robert Cabelli. For Jews and nonJews alike. Call for details. • SU (5/31), 11am-4pm A Sunday Brunch and Mahj Mania Fundraiser will be held in the synagogue. $36 includes brunch, dessert, prizes and more. Info: 298-

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4295 or newroshel@aol. com. Register by May 25. Book Group: Eckhart Tolle Meets in North Asheville. Help lift up humanity. RSVP: 989-4373. • THURSDAYS, 7-8:30pm - Book reading and discussion of The New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. Buddhist Hermitage Open to all Buddhist traditions and faiths. Study, discuss, and endeavor to live the Buddha’s teachings on Mindfulness, Compassion and Wisdom. Meetings at Embracing Simplicity Hermitage, 7 Wisdom Lane, Hendersonville. Info: 3382665 or • SUNDAYS, 11am - Dharma study and meditation, followed by fellowship gathering. Buddhist Meditation and Discussion Meets in the space above the French Broad Food Co-op. What is it to be Buddhist? Buddha’s teachings are prevalent and popular in our world. This series of classes will give an introduction to what it means to be a Buddhist and how to embark on Buddha’s path. Suggested donation: $8. Info: 779-5502 or • WE (5/20), 7:15pm - “Mental Excitement and Mental Sinking: The Monkey and the Elephant.” • WE (5/27), 7:15pm “Mindfulness, Alertness and the Stages of Training in Concentration.” Celebrate Recovery Christ-centered, biblically based recovery ministry. Weekly fellowship and support meetings deal with real-life issues, including divorce, co-dependency, anger, control, chemical dependency, sexual addictions, hurtful relationships, eating disorders, depression, and other addictive, compulsive or dysfunctional behaviors. Info: 687-1111. • MONDAYS - Evenings at Biltmore Baptist Church, 35 Clayton Road, Arden. Celebrate Recovery Group At the Swannanoa Church of God, 199 Wilson Ave., Swannanoa. Side entrance of church. Info: 301-1789 or 582-2933. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Group meets. Center for Spiritual Living Asheville A Science of Mind, Religious Science, New Thought Center. Be recognized as the powerful,

creative, spiritual being that you are. 2 Science of Mind Way. Info, events & directions: 253-2325 or www. • SUNDAYS, 9:30am & 11am - Two Celebrations. The second celebration is followed by a covered-dish luncheon the 1st Sunday of every month. Church of Christ, Scientist Join us in a welcoming atmosphere as we worship the all loving God. Through a better understanding of your relationship with Christ find freedom and healing. Located at 64 N. French Broad. Info: 252-1787. • WEDNESDAYS, 7:30pm - Weekly meeting for inspiration and testimonies of healing. • SUNDAYS, 10:30am Weekly Service and Sunday School. Childcare provided. Cloud Cottage Sangha This branch of the World Community of Mindful Living, inspired by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, meets at the home of Judith & Philip Toy at 219 Old Toll Circle in Black Mountain, to practice seated meditation and mindfulness training. All events by donation. Info: 669-0920, or • WEDNESDAYS, 6-7:30pm - Seated meditation, walking meditation, Sutra Reading and Dharma discussion in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. • SUNDAYS, 8am Japanese-style Zen service followed by informal tea. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 6:30-7:30am - Chanting practice, seated meditation. Coalition of Earth Religions Events Info: 230-5069 or www. • 4th WEDNESDAYS - Meeting at the Earth Fare Community Room. Call for details. Compassionate Communication Practice Group Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work, and community by practicing compassionate communication. Group uses a model developed by Marshall Rosenberg in his book Nonviolent Communication, A Language of Life. Free. Info: 299-7942 or • 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS, 5-6:15pm - Meeting. Congregation Beth HaTephila Asheville’s Reform Jewish Temple is located at Liberty and Broad Streets, and

offers a Religious School (for members) and adult education, as well as many activities and committees. Info: 253-4911 or www. • FRIDAYS, 7:30pm Kabbalat Shabbat services. Course in Miracles Ongoing discussion group with Rev. Gene Conner. Info: 296-7558. • SUNDAYS, 12:15-1:30pm - Discussion group meets. Course in Miracles Discussion Group This group meets at a North Asheville location. Info: 350-0986. • WEDNESDAYS, Noon1:30pm - Group meeting. Love offering. Coven Oldenwilde A religious nonprofit teaching Traditional Gardnerian and Italian Strega magic. Info:, or 251-0343. • 1st & 3rd THURSDAYS, 6-8pm - Art Magical Academy: Learn the skills of spellcraft to help yourself, your loved ones and the planet. Taught by *Diuvei at Gaea, 61 N. Lexington. $10-$20, sliding scale. Crossroads Interfaith Ministry Offers interfaith meetings, meaning people of any faith who are interested in Soulbased spiritual healing are welcome. Love offerings accepted. Info: revbrett@, 776-9022 or www.crossroadsinterfaith. • 4th SUNDAYS, 11am - Discussion, prayer and spiritual studies group. Eckhart Tolle Meetings Come and learn how to experience Presence. Each meeting will start off with silent meditation, followed by a 60-min. Retreat Series video and sharing. This group started with the A New Earth book club. Info: 685-7945. • TUESDAYS, 7pm Meeting in Hendersonville. Events at Basilica St. Lawrence 97 Haywood St. in downtown Asheville. Info: 2526042. • WEEKDAYS, 7:30am AND 12:10pm - Mass. • FRIDAYS, 1pm - Bible study group meets in the lower conference room. • SATURDAYS - 7:30am, Mass; 3:30-4:30pm, Reconciliation; 5pm - Vigil Mass. • SUNDAYS - 9am & 12pm Mass; 5pm Mass in Spanish. Find True Love: Inner Light & Sound Meditation Program Info: 236-2267.

• SUNDAYS, 6:30pm - Free program. First Congregational Church Located at 20 Oak St. in downtown Asheville. “An open and affirming congregation.” Info: 252-8729 or • SUNDAYS, 10:30am - Worship service with Rev. Joe Hoffman. Childcare provided. Great Tree Zen Temple Offers retreats, workshops, classes and monthly Family Practice (children welcome). For the full calendar and more info: or 645-2085. • TUESDAYS - Weekly Meditation and Study: 3:305pm - Afternoon program —- 5-5:30pm - Break —- 5:30-7pm - Evening program. Come to one or both sessions. Hare Krsna Sunday Feast At Namaste Yoga Center, 57 Broadway, Asheville. Donations welcome. Info: or 506-2987. • SUNDAYS, 6pm Devotional chanting and vegetarian feast on select Sundays. Holy Ground This interfaith, feminist organization at 18 Orange St. (off Merrimon) works to strengthen community, connections to the earth, and to nurture our creative and spiritual lives through workshops, retreats and conversations. Info: 236-0222, office@holygroundretreats. org or • WEDNESDAYS, 9-10am - Sacred Circle Worship. Communal silence, meditative reading, group reflection and sharing and ritual. Infinity Institute for Compassionate Living Due to the demand, The Beyond Mental Concept booklet plus more from the life-changing dynamics of Sri Robert are back. Please send self-addressed envelope for current orderlist to the Infinity Institute, P.O. Box 1102, Enka, 28728. Info: (702) 525-3982. • MONDAYS - Reading. Contact for details. Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation Program Introductory to an effortless technique for accessing the unlimited reservoir of creative intelligence within everyone. Includes video presentation by physicist John Hagelin on scientific research, health benefits, quantum physics and the unified field, and brain pat-

terns during meditation. Free. Info: 254-4350. • WEDNESDAYS, 7:15pm - Meets at the Asheville TM Center, 165 E. Chestnut St., Asheville. Meditation for This Age Info: (888)-250-8115. • WEDNESDAYS, 6:45-9pm - Meditation Class: Reduce stress, open the heart, think clearly, deepen a spiritual connection. $10. Call for location details. Men’s Group The group includes ritual, presentations and discussion. Focus on vision, mission and relationships. Facilitated by an experienced men’s work leader. Meets at the OASIS Center in W. Asheville. Info: 8179727. • MONDAYS, 7-8:30pm - Meeting. Mindfulness Meditation Class Explore the miracle of healing into life through deepened stillness and presence. With consciousness teacher and columnist Bill Walz. Info: 258-3241 or • MONDAYS, 7-8pm Meditation class with lesson and discussions in contemporary Zen living. At the Asheville Friends Meeting House at 227 Edgewood Ave. (off Merrimon Ave.). Donation. No class Memorial Day, May 25. Mountain Zen Practice Center Ending suffering through the practice of Conscious Compassionate Awareness. Retreats, workshops and ongoing meditation opportunities. Located at 156 E. Chestnut St. For a complete schedule, including info on the Orientation Evening and Zen Practice Mornings: 253-4621 or Orientation required for newcomers. • TUESDAYS, 7-8:30pm Meditation and discussion. Mystic Gatherings Share in the community of those who are governed both by logic and observing signs around them: gut, spirit, intuition or whatever That is. Bring your stories and experiences. Gatherings are dynamic and diverse and range from topics such as changes in our society to defining moments in life and much more. Info: 206-2009. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Meeting. Old Paths Baptist Church Little River (Crab Creek Rd. & Everette Farm Rd. near Little River Firehouse). Info:

884-9462, 553-7119 or 862-7282. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Service. • SUNDAYS, 10am Sunday School —- 11am - Sunday Morning Worship Service —- 6pm - Sunday Evening Service. Open Door Christian Fellowship At 2314-C Asheville Hwy., Hendersonville. Info: www. • SATURDAYS, 7:30-9pm - Unlocked Night Service: a contemporary service for people who don’t feel like they fit in at other churches. Love offerings accepted. Open Heart Meditation Enjoy the peace and happiness of your own heart. Learn easy, effective practices for becoming heartcentered. Open to all. Free. Info: 645-5950, 215-2572 or • WEDNESDAYS, 78:30pm - Upstairs at 218 E. Chestnut St. in Asheville. • THURSDAYS, 10:30amNoon - At Namaste, 57 Broadway in Asheville. Psychic Development Class Learn to develop your psychic/intuitive abilities. Emphasis is on gaining experience through practice and applying it to everyday situations. $10 donation. For info & directions: 2534272 or 255-8304. • 2nd & 4th WEDNESDAYS, 7-8:30pm - Class. Ray of Hope Nondenominational Church Located at 441 N. Louisiana Ave., Suites K & L. Info: 252-PRAY. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Training for Christian Service. • SUNDAYS, 10am - Training for Christian Service —- 11am Worship with Pastor Inez D. Ray. Sathya Sai Baba Center Of Asheville Info: 665-3952. • 4th SATURDAYS, 10am - Service Project. Self-Realization Fellowship Asheville Meditation Circle of SRF meets weekly for Meditation and Readings Services from the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi. Info: 645-6322 or 6649503. • SUNDAYS, 9-10am & 1011am - Group meets. Sh’ma Messianic Ministries Messianic studies and Hebrew classes. Studies for Jews and gentiles. Hebraic roots with biblical and basic Hebrew language, Israeli dance. Free. Info:

582-4430, or www.shmaministries@ To subscribe: ashevillemessianics@ • FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS - Messianic studies and Hebrew classes. Silent Meditation Come and enjoy group silent meditation in the Marshall area. Info: 5450239. • TUESDAYS, 7pm Meditation. Sojourner Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) A congregation in formation. The goal is provide a caring, non-threatening environment for the exploration of Christian spirituality. Info: www.sojournerchurch. org. • SUNDAYS, 9:30am - Fellowship —- 10am - Worship. Sri Sri Sri Shivabalayogi Meditation Group Free meditation initiation and one-hour of silent meditation followed by 45 mins. of devotional singing. Free vibhuti (sacred ash) distributed. Directions & info: 299-3246. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Gathering. St. George’s Episcopal Church Led by Rev. Canon Gus Boone. Located at 1 School Road, Malvern Hills, Asheville. Info: 258-0211 or http://webpages.charter. net/stgeorgeasheville. • SUNDAYS, 10:30am - In need of a faith lift? Find spiritual nourishment at a small church with a big heart. Welcoming and affirming to everyone. Children especially welcome. Sufi Healing Circle Traditional chanting practices to invoke the presence of the Divine to heal ourselves, our community and the world. Taste the love deep in your heart. Info: 777-5503. • SUNDAYS, 6-7:15pm - Gathering. Call for location info. Temple B’nai Zion Located at 855 Howard Gap Rd., Hendersonville. Info: 697-3668 or • FRIDAYS, 7pm - Kabblat Shabbat Service. • SATURDAYS, 1pm - A light meal will be served —- 2pm - Men’s prayer and Torah study, followed by Hebrew study. • TUESDAYS, 6:30pm - “Benote Tefillah-Daughters of Prayer.” The River Church

A nondenominational area church family that believes in the value of meaningful worship, practical Bible teaching and real-life relationships. Info: 348-4703. • SUNDAYS, 10:30am - Currently meets at Oakley Elementary School. The Underground Church Merging with God, culture and others. We were sick of church but still loved God, so we decided to start meeting together. If that resonates, come and join the group on Sundays. Info: or 318-6940. • SUNDAYS, 10am Meeting at the downtown YMCA. Transmission Meditation Group Act as an instrument for disturbing spiritual energies, which helps in the healing and transformation of the planet, while advancing personal spiritual evolution in the process. Join this group meditation. Info: 318-8547. • TUESDAYS, 6:30pm The group meets. UFO Group Share thoughts and experiences. Together find the truth. Info: 281-4834 or • MONTHLY, 7pm Meeting. Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville A welcoming, socially conscious, liberal religious community offering stimulating sermons and outstanding music. Founded on Judeo-Christian values, the church draws freely on the wisdom of the world’s religions as well as humanist teachings; respects diversity; and takes seriously the responsibility to make a difference. Located at the corner of Charlotte St. & Edwin Pl. Info: 254-6001 or • SUNDAYS, 9:15 & 11:15am - Weekly services and children’s programs. Unity Center Events Celebrate joyful, mindful living in a church with heart. Contemporary music by Lytingale and The Unitic Band. Located at 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Rd. Info: 684-3798, 891-8700 or • WE (5/20), 7pm - “Emotional Freedom Therapies (EFT),” with Romella Hart O’Keefe & Ed OKeefe, the founders of Unity’s Chaplain program. Love offering. • THURSDAYS, 7pm - “Meditation, Movement, Energy & Breath Series,” with Tim Norwood.

• SUNDAYS, 9:30am & 11am - Celebration Services with nursery care. Youth Sunday School at 11am. Friendship Potluck 3rd Sunday of each month at 12:45pm. The Lunch Bunch, eat together after 11am service. • MONDAYS, 7pm - A Course In Miracles Group. Love offering. • TUESDAYS, 2:30pm - “A Search for God Study Group” —- 7:30pm - Men’s Group. • WE (5/27), 7pm - “Sharing Peak Experiences,” with Romella Hart O’Keefe & Ed O’Keefe. Come share stories and learn about the meaning and purpose of our shining moments. Love offering. Unity Church of Asheville Looking for something different? Unity of Asheville explores the deeper spiritual meaning of the scriptures combined with an upbeat contemporary music program to create a joyous and sincere worship service. Come join us this Sunday and try it for yourself. Located at 130 Shelburne Rd., W. Asheville. Info: 252-5010 or • SUNDAYS, 11am - Spiritual Celebration Service —- 11am - Magical Meditations for Children. Class consists of visual meditations with wizards and fairies using Unity principles and crafts. Part of the Children’s Greenhouse Program. Info: Serendipity58@charter. net —- 12:15-1:30pm - “A Course in Miracles” class with Rev. Gene Conner. • TUESDAYS, 2-4pm - Edgar Cayce Search for God Study Group. Info: 650-6479. Urantia Book Study Group Topical discussions with relevant passages examined, encouraging the living of the teachings of this revelation. Info: 689-4038, 582-1129 or rabiaharris@ • 4th SUNDAYS - Meeting. Call for time and location. UU Congregation of Swannanoa Valley Follows the 7 principles of Unitarian Universalism and has an active youth program. Located at 500 Montreat Rd., Black Mountain. Info: 669-8050 or • SUNDAYS, 11 am - Weekly service & full youth religious education program. Victory Fellowship Worship Center

450 Aiken Road/P.O. Box 2577, Weaverville. Victory has been active in Weaverville for more than 14 years, providing a spiritfilled church family that is based on biblical teachings. Contemporary Christian nondenominational services. Info: • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm Worship service. • SUNDAYS, 11am & 6pm Worship services —- 11am - Dynamic youth program. Waynesville Creative Thought Center Located at 741 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. Info: 4569697, waynesvilleCTC@ or • SUNDAYS, 10:30am - Meditation —- 11am Sunday Celebration Service. • TUESDAYS, 6:30pm - Spiritual classes based in metaphysics. $8 suggested love offering. • TUESDAYS, 3-5pm & WEDNESDAYS, 6:308:30pm - Oneness Blessing (Deeksha). Feel stress levels settle into a place of love and peace. Everyone is welcome. Love offering. Windhorse Zen Community Daily meditation, workshops, retreats and Dharma talks. Private instruction and opportunities for residential training are available. Newcomers are asked to call ahead. Info: 645-8001, windhorse@windhorsezen. org or www.windhorsezen. org. • SUNDAYS, 9:30-11:30am - Main center: Zen meditation, chanting and Dharma talk.TUESDAYS, 7-9pm - Main center: Sitting, private instruction and chanting. TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS, 6-7:10am - Main center: Morning sittings and chanting.THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - Main center: Sitting and walking mediation.FRIDAYS, 5:30-7:15pm - City center: Sitting, private instruction and chanting. Women’s Satsaunga At the Asheville Quest Center, 22 Ravenscroft Dr. Donations accepted. Child care available on request. Info: 775-1200. • 4th FRIDAYS, 7-9pm - Meeting. Womyn in Ceremony The group co-creates Sacred Space and Ceremony on various Sundays to connect with themselves and the Ancestors. By donation. Info: www. • SUNDAYS, 4-6pm - Gathering on various

Sundays. See Web site for details. Zen Center of Asheville This Soto Zen Temple offers zazen (meditation) instruction, zazen sitting schedule and dharma study. Beginners welcome. Located in the A-frame chapel behind WNC Community Health Services in W. Asheville, 10 & 14 Ridgelawn Road. Take driveway to the left of 14 Ridgelawn to the chapel in the rear parking lot. Info: 398-4212 or • MONDAYS through FRIDAYS, 6-7:30am - Zazen. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Zazen, followed by dharma study. $5 suggested dana. • SATURDAYS, 6-9am - Zazen.

• Through SU (5/31) - A gallery show featuring the works of the 10 artists who won WNC Magazine’s “On the Verge” art contest will be on display. Info about the competition: Asheville Art Museum The museum is in Pack Place Education, Arts and Science Center on Pack Square. Hours: Tues.-Sat. from 10am-5pm and Sun. from 1-5pm. Free the 1st Wed. of every month from 3-5pm. Info: 253-3227. $6/$5. n ONGOING - Expectant Gaze: Art From the Eye and Mind. • Through SU (9/13) Response and Memory: The Art of Beverly Buchanan. • Through SU (7/5) Mapping the Mountains: The Photographs of George Masa. Gallery Exhibits & • FR (5/22), 5-7pm Openings - Opening reception for 16 Patton Tradition/Innovation. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., • FR (5/22) through SU 11am-6pm and Sun., 1-6pm (8/23) - Tradition/Innovation: (open on Sun. May-Oct. American Masterpieces of only). Info: 236-2889 or Southern Craft & Traditional Art. • Through SU (6/7) - Artists Asheville Gallery of Art Choice, a group exhibition, A co-op gallery representing will be on display. 28 regional artists located at American Folk Art & Framing 16 College St. Hours: Mon.The gallery at 64 Biltmore Sat., 10am-5:30pm. Info: Ave. is open daily, repre251-5796 or www.ashevilsenting contemporary taught artists and regional • Through SA (5/30) pottery. Info: 281-2134 or - Ireland — Soul of Appalachia, a collection • Through SU (5/31) - The of oil landscapes of the Seasons of Liz Sullivan will Irish countryside by Jane be on display in the Oui Oui Desonier. Gallery. Bella Vista Art Gallery Art at Holy Ground Located in Biltmore Village, Holy Ground is located at 18 next to the parking lot of Orange St., off of Merrimon Rezaz’s restaurant. Open Ave., and is open Mon.daily. Info: 768-0246 or Thurs., 10am-4:30pm. Info: 236-0222. • Through SU (5/31) - New • Through WE (5/20) - A work by Kat McIver. New Celebration of Earth Day and Ceramic Artist: Suzanne the Divine Feminine, artwork Kane. by local painter and ceramic Black Mountain College sculptor Arlene Boyce will Museum + Arts Center be on display. The center is located at 56 Broadway, and preserves Arts Council of Henderson the legacy of the Black County D. Samuel Neill Gallery Mountain College through hours: Tues.-Fri., 15pm permanent collections, eduand Sat., 1-4pm. Located at cational activities and public 538 N. Main St., 2nd Floor, programs. Info: 350-8484 or Hendersonville. Info: 8504 or • Through SA (6/27) • Through SA (6/20) - River Women of Black Mountain District Artists, a show feaCollege: Triangle, featuring turing works by artists from Anni Albers, Ruth Asawa Asheville’s River Arts District and M.C. Richards. The will be on display. show includes paintings, prints, weaving and ceramic Asheville Area Arts Council works. The Asheville Area Arts Blue Spiral 1 Council (AAAC) is at 11 Biltmore Ave. Hours: Mon.The gallery at 38 Biltmore Fri., 10am-5pm and Sat., Ave. is open Mon.-Sat., Noon-3pm. Info: 258-0710 10am-6pm. Info: 251-0202 or or


• Through SA (6/27) - Paintings by John Cleaveland; works in wood by George Peterson; watercolors by Dana Brown; clay by Mark Derby and Virginia Scotchie; paintings by Andrew Moore; By the Book, a celebration of book arts. Brevard Gallery Walks A variety of Brevard galleries and art spots open their doors. Info: 884-2787. • 4th FRIDAYS, 5-9pm Gallery Walk. Caldwell Arts Council Located at 601 College Ave., Lenoir. Hours: Tues.Fri., 9am-5pm and Sat. by appointment. Info: 754-2486 or • Through MO (6/29) - At Caldwell Memorial Hospital Art-in-Healing Gallery: Artwork (paintings, multimedia, collage, sculpture) by members of the Brush & Palette Club. • Through FR (5/29) - Darron Silva, photography, and Exposures 2009 Photography Competition. Express Yourself This arts studio holds regular classes. Info: 698-9960. • FRIDAYS - Homeschool art classes the first four Fridays of every month. Call for details and to register. Grovewood Gallery Located at 111 Grovewood Road, Asheville. Info: 2537651 or www.grovewood. com. • SA (5/23), 11am-Noon & 2-3pm - Glass artist Carl Powell will answer questions about his work and discuss his techniques and inspiration. Examples of his glass sculptures and stained glass will be on display. Haen Gallery Located at 52 Biltmore Ave., downtown Asheville. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-6pm, Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., Noon5pm. Info: 254-8577 or • Through TH (5/21) - New Work From Kinderhook Creek, paintings by Stephen Pentak. Haywood County Arts Council The HCAC sponsors a variety of art-related events in Waynesville and Haywood County. Unless otherwise noted, showings take place at HCAC’s Gallery 86 (86 North Main St.) in Waynesville. Hours: Mon.Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: 4520593 or www.haywoodarts. org. • Through SA (6/13) - Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Graduates 2009: A Gallery • MAY 20 - MAY 26, 2009


Exhibition will be on display. Free and open to the public. Miya Gallery Located at 20 N. Main St., Weaverville. Info: 658-9655 or • Through SA (5/30) - Spring Invitational 2009, featuring ceramics by John Ransmeier and Holden McCurry, and paintings by Germaine Galjour and Sarah Faulkner. Pack Place Gallery Located at 2 S. Pack Place Square. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 15pm. Info: 257-4530. • Through FR (5/29) - The 2009 A-B Tech Student Art Exhibition will be on display. Info: 254-1921, ext. 814. Seven Sisters Gallery This Black Mountain gallery is located at 117 Cherry St. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am6pm and Sun., Noon-5pm. Info: 669-5107 or www. • Through SU (5/31) - In Awe of Nature, oil paintings by Joe Kotowski. The Bender Gallery Located at 57 Haywood St., Asheville. Hours: Mon.Thurs., 10am-5pm; Fri. & Sat., 10am-7pm; and Sun., Noon-5pm. Info: www. or 225-6625. • Through TU (6/30) Glass Tapestries, an exhibit of hand-manipulated hot cane glass sculptures by Carole Perry. Toe River Arts Council The TRAC Center Gallery is at 269 Oak Ave. in Spruce Pine. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm. The Burnsville TRAC Gallery is at 102 W. Main St. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Spruce Pine info: 765-0520. Burnsville info: 682-7215. General info: • Through SU (6/14) - An exhibition featuring the works of Toe River Arts Council participants will be on display. • Through SA (5/23) - Workman Works: Photography and Woodworking by Steve and Kay Workman will be on display at the Burnsville TRAC Gallery. Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 South Caldwell St. in Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4 pm. Info: 884-2787 or • Through FR (6/5) - Art Unleashed: Art About Animals, featuring works in painting, photography, clay, sculpture and more.


• FR (5/22), 5-9pm - Artist reception for Art Unleashed during Brevard’s 4th Gallery Walk. People-friendly pets are invited. Upstairs Artspace Contemporary nonprofit gallery at 49 S. Trade St. in Tryon. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-5pm and by appointment. Info: 859-2828 or • Through SA (5/30) Sightings: New Faces from Asheville and Greenville, a mixed-media show by Asheville and Greenville artists and Janet Orselli’s exhibit Feats, an installation of found-object art centered on roller skates, will be on display. Vadim Bora Gallery At 30 1/2 Battery Park Ave. Hours: Tues.-Sat., Noon6pm (sometimes later) and by appointment. Info: 254-7959 or • FR (5/22), 6-9pm - Reception for The Art of Armenia, contemporary works by Armenian artists. WCU Exhibits Unless otherwise noted, exhibits are held at the Fine Art Museum, Fine & Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. Hours: Tues.-Fri., 10am-4pm & Sat., 1-4pm. Suggested donation: $5 family/$3 person. Info: 227-3591 or • Through SA (8/1) - A photography exhibit by Julie Breckenridge, Maureen Moxley and Sarah Haynes will be on display in the media center of Hunter Library. • FR (5/22) through SA (7/25) - Work by recent graduates of Haywood Community College’s professional craft program will be on exhibit. Furniture, ceramics, jewelry and textiles. • FR (5/22), 4-7pm Reception for the graduate exhibit.

More Art Exhibits & Openings Art at the N.C. Arboretum Works by members of the Asheville Quilt Guild and regional artists are on display daily in The Visitor Education Center. Info: 6652492 or www.ncarboretum. org. • Through SU (6/14) - Blooming Out Loud, an exhibit by botanical artist Miriam Sagasti, will be on display at the Education Center’s 2nd Floor Gallery. • TH (5/21) through SU (11/1) - H. Douglas Pratt

and John C. Sill’s BIRDS: The Science of Illustration. The exhibit celebrates the art and science of birds. Art on the Wall at Izzy’s The coffeehouse is located at 74 N. Lexington Ave. Info: 258-2004. • Through SU (5/31), 69pm - Fire and Brimstone, paintings by Ursula Gullow. Blue Ridge Watermedia Society Info: 627-9666. • Through TU (5/26) - The Blue Ridge Watermedia Society Flowers exhibit will be on display at Deer Park Restaurant on the Biltmore Estate grounds. Center For Craft, Creativity and Design The inter-institutional Regional Center of the University of North Carolina is located at the Kellogg Conference Center, 11 Broyles Rd. in Hendersonville. Info: 8902050 or • Through FR (8/14) - Are Chairs Just for Sitting, featuring the work of 24 accomplished furniture makers in WNC. Events at First Congregational United Church of Christ Located at 20 Oak St., Asheville. • Through SU (5/31) - Miniature churches by Carol Duin will be on display. Exhibits at the Turchin Center Appalachian State Universitys Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is at 423 West King St. in Boone. Info: 262-3017 or www. • Through SA (6/6) - The sixth annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition will be on display in the Mezzanine Gallery. Info: —- Ray Kass, Trays and Tondos and Recent Works on Paper will be on display in the Main Gallery —- Teresa Cerda: Horizons and Colors will be on display in the Catwalk Community Gallery. Hand In Hand Gallery Located at 2720 Greenville Hwy. (U.S. 25 South) in Flat Rock. Info: 697-7719 or www.handinhandgallery. com. • Through SU (7/5) - ECOART: Artists RespondReclaim, Reuse, Recreate will be on display. In an effort to raise awareness and funds for ECO, an arts raffle and coin drive will be ongoing through July 4. Henderson County Heritage Museum

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Located in the Historic Courthouse in Hendersonville at 1 Historic Courthouse Square on Main Street. Info: 694-1619 or • Through WE (11/11) - Let Freedom Ring, the exhibit includes artifacts, displays and a multimedia presentation. Hickory Museum of Art Located on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue NE. Info: 327-8576 or • Through SU (6/14) William Barron Stronach III’s sculptural artwork will be on display in Gifford Gallery. New French Bar Located at 12 Biltmore Ave., Asheville. Info: 225-6445. • Through SU (5/31) - Oil painting exhibit by Jamie F. Stewart will be on display. Push Skate Shop & Gallery Located at 25 Patton Ave. between Stella Blue and the Kress Building. Info: 2255509 or • Through TU (6/9) Doomsday Safari, paintings by Sarah Cavalieri.

Classes, Meetings & Arts-Related Events Attention Artists and Photographers! (pd.) Need your work Captured, Reproduced, or Printed• Digital Resolutions Group specializes in highquality large format digital photography, outstanding fine art reproduction and printing. (828) 670-5257 or visit www.ashevilledigital. com Anarchy Death Sticks Knitting group. Info: • WEDNESDAYS, 7-9pm - Eat some cookies and get some help. Art League of Henderson County Events Monthly meeting and artrelated programs held at the First Congregational Church, 1735 Fifth Ave. in Hendersonville. A short business meeting precedes the program. Refreshments are served, and the public is always welcome. Info: 6963188 or • 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 1:30pm - Meeting and artrelated program. Asheville Art Museum The museum is in Pack Place Education, Arts and Science Center on Pack Square. Events are free with membership or admission. Info: 253-3227 or www.

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• FR (5/22), Noon-1pm - Art Break: Learn about the work of Beverly Buchanan and the art of collecting folk art with special guests Ted and Ann Oliver, owners of Oliver’s Southern Folk Art. Craft Revival Web Launch • FR (5/22), 6:30pm & SA (5/23), 9am-Noon - Celebrate the official launch of the Craft Revival Project online collection at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Fri.: Talk by Jeff Biggers. Sat.: Workshop on Web site offerings. Info: Knit Night Knitters and crocheters of all skill levels are invited to join others at Purl’s Yarn Emporium, 10 Wall St. Bring your current project. Free. Info: 253-2750. • THURSDAYS, 6-8pm - Knit night. Mountain Arts Program Seeking artists in all disciplines to participate in a program of residencies in public schools in WNC counties. MAP sponsors single-day visits to weeklong residencies at all grade levels from K-12. Artists receive a stipend. For an application or more info: or 6827215. • Through FR (5/22) - Application deadline has been extended. Quilting Bee Open to anyone who wants to enjoy a few unstructured hours of quilting and socializing on a regular basis, working on individual projects and making quilts to benefit the community. Quilters of all skill levels are welcome. Meets at Earth Fare South, 1856 Hendersonville Rd., in the community room. Info:,, 277-9223 or 650-9708. • 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS - Quilting bee. Sewing Circle at Firestorm Cafe A weekly get-together where you can bring your own craft to work on in a casual and supportive environment. Drop in anytime. $1 suggested donation. Info: 255-8115. • WEDNESDAYS, 5-7pm - The circle meets at Firestorm Cafe & Books, 48 Commerce St. Stitch Night at Caffiend

Bring your project to work on to Caffiend, 120 A Merrimon Ave. Meets every Monday, except 2nd Mondays when the group meets with Asheville Knitting Guild at 36 Grove St. at 7pm. Info: tessa.32@ • MONDAYS, 7:30Whenever - Stitch night (except 2nd Mondays). Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Classes are held at the studio, 999 W. Old Rt. 70, Black Mountain. Info: svfal. or www. • WEDNESDAYS, 9amNoon - Mixed Media Class with Lorelle Bacon. $20/ session. • THURSDAYS, 10am-2pm - Experimental Art Group. $6/session. • FRIDAYS, 10am-1pm Figure drawing open-studio session with model. Various poses. No instruction. All local portrait artists are invited to participate. $5$10 model fee. • MONDAYS, Noon-3pm Portrait painting open-studio session with model. Various poses. No instruction. All local portrait artists are invited to participate in any medium. $5-$10 model fee. • TUESDAYS, 9:30-3:30 Pastels/Oil Class with Karen Chambers. $25/session. The Fine Arts League of the Carolinas Located at 362 Depot St. in the River Arts District. Info: 252-5050 or • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - Open figure drawing sessions. $5. Waynesville Parks & Rec Classes At the Old Armory Rec Center. Info: 456-9207. • THURSDAYS, 9am-2pm - Quilting Class. Free. WNC Knitters and Crocheters for Others This group meets monthly in Black Mountain and Fletcher/Arden to create handmade items for donation to charities while enjoying fellowship and swapping ideas and patterns. • 3rd THURSDAYS, 1-3pm - Black Mountain group meets at Highland Farms, Building G-H in Upper Core Room. Info: 669-0680. WNC Quilters Guild Info:

• 3rd THURSDAYS - Meeting at Trinity Presbyterian, 900 Blythe St., Hendersonville.

Art/Craft Fairs Greenlife Grocery Arts Market Located at 70 Merrimon Ave. Info: 254-5440. • SATURDAYS, 1-6pm Meet artists from all across WNC. Lexington Avenue Bazaar An outdoor market in the Lexington Avenue Courtyard, enter at 58 North Lexington Ave. Local indie art, craft and design, food and live music. Info: www. lexingtonbazaar.blogspot. com. • SA (5/23), 11am-4pm - Bazaar. Live music by Now You See Them and fries and crepes courtesy of Bouchon. Benefiting Arts 2 People’s Asheville Mural Project. Saturday Art Fair At Pack Square. Info: ron. • SATURDAYS through (5/30), Noon - Meeting at the Grove Corner Market, upstairs. Come and learn how to participating in the fair.

Spoken & Written Word Asheville Free Book Exchange Located at 191 Lyman St. in the River Arts District. Info: (404) 933-9173, info@freebookexchange. org or n Donate time or used books, multimedia, magazines, comics and such. • MONDAYS through FRIDAYS, 10am-6pm; SATURDAYS, Noon-6pm & SUNDAYS, Noon-5pm - Open. The space includes free books, free Wi-Fi, a lounge area and a children’s section. A donation-based center. Open mics on the first Thurs. of the month. Attention WNC Mystery Writers Check out WNC Mysterians Critique Group. Helps writers working in the genre. Info: 712-5570 or • TH (5/28), 6pm - Meeting at the West Asheville Library on Haywood Road in the meeting room. Buncombe County Public Libraries LIBRARY ABBRVIATIONS - Each Library event is marked by the following location abbreviations: n BM = Black Mountain Library (105 N. Dougherty St., 250-4756)

n EA = East Asheville Library (902 Tunnel Road, 250-4738) n EC = Enka-Candler Library (1404 Sandhill Road, 250-4758) n FV = Fairview Library (1 Taylor Road, 250-6484) n LE = Leicester Library (1561 Alexander Road, 250-6480) n LL = Law Library (Buncombe County Courthouse, 10th Floor, 250-4734) n NA = North Asheville Library (1030 Merrimon Avenue, 250-4752) n PM = Pack Memorial Library (67 Haywood Street, 250-4700) n SA = South Asheville/ Oakley Library (749 Fairview Road, 250-4754) n SS = Skyland/South Buncombe Library (260 Overlook Road, 250-6488) n SW = Swannanoa Library (101 West Charleston Street, 2506486) n WV = Weaverville Library (41 N. Main Street, 250-6482) n WA = West Asheville Library (942 Haywood Road, 250-4750) • WEDNESDAYS, 10am - School Age Story Time for 5- to 7-year-old children. PM. • WE (5/20), 10:30am - “Open Wide” Dental Health Puppet Show featuring activities that promote dental hygiene among preschool children. EC. • TH (5/21), 2:30pm Book Clubs: Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri. SS —- 7:30pm - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. FV —- 7pm - Persepolis by Marijane Satrapi. SW. • FR (5/22), 7pm Sustainability Film Series: The Story of Stuff, a 20minute film about consumption patterns, and Trashed, a film about “waste,” will be screened. BM. • SA (5/23), 10am-3pm Used Book Sale. Books are sorted into fiction and nonfiction categories and are priced from 50¢ to $5.WV. • TU (5/26), 6:30pm - New Knitting Group. Come chat with neighbors while working on projects. LE. • TH (5/28), 6:30pm - Bilingual Story Hour. Enjoy songs in English and Spanish. Children of all ages are welcome. EA. Events at Accent on Books The bookstore is located at 854 Merrimon Ave. Events are free and open to the public. Info: 252-6255 or • FR (5/22), 6pm Come by and celebrate

playwright and novelist Jerry Stubblefield’s book Homunculus. Stubblefield will read and sign copies of the book. Light refreshments will be served. Events at Malaprop’s The bookstore and cafe at 55 Haywood St. hosts visiting authors for talks and book signings. Info: 2546734 or www.malaprops. com. • TH (5/21), 12:30-1:30pm - French Conversation Hour with a native speaker. High intermediate through advanced level speakers are welcome —- 5:30pm Women on Words, a poetry group for women. • FR (5/22), 7pm - Danny Bernstein will discuss her book Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Heritage and will present a slideshow featuring the hikes in her book. • SA (5/23), 7pm - Tim Josephs will presents his book A Camouflaged Fragrance of Decency. • TU (5/26), 7pm - The Speculative Fiction Book Club will discuss Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie. • WE (5/27), 12:30pm - Spanish Conversation Hour with a native speaker. High intermediate through advanced level speakers are welcome. • TH (5/28), 12:30-1:30pm - French Conversation Hour with a native speaker. High intermediate through advanced level speakers are welcome —- 7pm Cosmologist Paul Von Ward will discuss his book The Soul Genome: Science and Reincarnation. Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 2558115 or www.firestormcafe. com. • 4th TUESDAYS, 8:159:15pm - Poetics Cafe Underground: Youth poetry slam/open mic. Info: www. For Accomplished Asheville Writers Seeking other serious writers for critique group. Mostly fiction and nonfiction. Info: 658-8217. • Alternate THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Group meets. French Conversation Intermediate and advanced. All welcome. Free. • THURSDAYS, 12:301:30pm - Meeting in the back room of World Coffee Cafe, 18 Battery Park. Henderson County Public Library System Unless otherwise stated, all events take place in the Kaplan Auditorium of the

Main Branch Library, located at 301 N. Washington St. in Hendersonville. The county system includes branches at Edneyville, Etowah, Fletcher and Green River. Info: 697-4725 or • TH (5/21), 4pm - In celebration of Memorial Day, veteran and author Edward Logan will recount harrowing World War II experiences. Murphy Library 101 Blumenthal St. in Murphy. Info: pegrussell@ or 387-8197. • 5th THURSDAYS, 3-6pm - Fifth Thursday Celebration. Free screening of a movie starting at 6pm. Osondu Booksellers All events are held at Osondu, 184 North Main St., Waynesville, unless otherwise noted. Info: 4568062 or • SA (5/23), 7-9pm - Lorraine Conrad will perform. • TU (5/26), 7pm - All Gender All Genre Book Club: Mudbound by Hillary Jordan. Poetry Workshop & Performance Asheville Wordfest and Prama Institute poetry workshop instructors Sebastian Matthews, Keith Flynn and Laura Hope-Gill will offer a final workshop and evening performance that will be open to the public. $15/$10 students & seniors. Info: 649-9408 or 681-5348. • SA (5/23), 6pm - “An Evening of Poetry and Rhythm.” Keith Flynn and Crystal Zoo: Reunion Concert. Poetry by Sebastian Matthews, Laura Hope-Gill and students. At the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, 1 Edwin Pl. Spanish Conversation Group The level is intermediate/ advanced, but all are welcome. Info: LBlockhead@ or 683-8433. • THURSDAYS, 12:30pm - Meets for lunch, friendship and practice at La Carreta on Merrimon Ave. Spanish, French and More International Link offers ongoing small group instructional classes, conversation practice hours and tutoring for many languages, including Spanish, French and English. Info: 255-9104. • THURSDAYS, 12:301:30pm - French Conversation Practice.

• THURSDAYS, 6:30-8pm - Beginner Spanish smallgroup class. • MONDAYS, 6:30-8pm High Intermediate/Advanced Spanish Conversation Class (with instruction). • TUESDAYS, 12:301:30pm & THURSDAYS, 7-8pm - Spanish Conversation Practice. Wednesday Afternoon Writer’s Group Weekly group open to writers of all genres who are interested in improving their craft through peer readings and discussion of assigned literature. Free. • WEDNESDAYS, 2-4pm - Meets upstairs at the Barnes & Noble, Asheville Mall. Women’s Book Club Wanted: Passionate readers. This feminist, intellectual group reads it all: fiction, science, sociology, classics and world literature. All female lifelong readers interested in fellowship, support, intellectual stimulation, food and conversation, e-mail or visit com/group/awbc/. • 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Book Club meeting. Writer’s Group Forming Spend an hour as we become muses for one another. Gather together in a supportive group as we give external expression to our internal thoughts on a theme. Info: 545-2448. • MONDAYS - But meeting day is flexible, as well as time of day.

Food Asheville Vegetarians This nonprofit social and educational organization meets for potlucks and other events. Info: 2549300, www.AshevilleVeg. com or veggieville@aol. com. • Last WEDNESDAYS Local restaurant outing. Call for details.

Festivals & Gatherings Transylvania Heritage Museum Located at 40 West Jordan St., in Brevard. • SA (5/23) - White Squirrel Festival and grand opening of the new exhibit Enterprise & Entrepreneurs. White Squirrel Festival This free family-friendly festival on Main Street in downtown Brevard features music, arts & crafts, nonprofit booths and children’s

activities. Info: www. • SA (5/23) & SU (5/24) Festival. Jupiter Coyote and Steep Canyon Rangers will headline.

Music African Drumming Held at Skinny Beats Drum Shop, 4 Eagle St., downtown Asheville. Suggested donation $10 per class. Drums included. Drop-ins are always welcome. Info: 768-2826. • WEDNESDAYS, 6-7pm - Intermediate class. • SUNDAYS, 1-2pm - Intermediate class —- 34pm - Beginner class. African Drumming Class With Jessie Lehmann from Chix with Stix. Held at Terpsicorp dance studio, 129 Roberts St. in the River Arts District. Class will focus on playing for African dance class afterward. Learn West African rhythms. Techniques for Dun-dun, sangbahn, kenkeni and djembe. Info: 777-5115. • TUESDAYS, 6:30-7:30pm - Class. African Drumming Classes All levels. Drums available for beginners. Learn rhythms from the Ivory Coast, Mali and Guinea from Ivorian master Adama Dembele, who has played with Toubab Krewe, Afromotive and other groups worldwide. $15 suggested donation for first three classes. Info: 3501052 or adamadembele2@ • MONDAYS, 5-6pm Classes at the French Broad Co-op, 90 Biltmore Ave., 2nd floor. Annual Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival The festival honors Sandburg’s interest and preservation of American folk music. Picnic baskets allowed. Comfortable shoes and folding chairs recommended. Free. Info: 6934178 or • MO (5/25), 10am-4pmLive entertainment will include instrumentals, folk ballads and spiritual songs at the Carl Sandburg Home. Asheville Jams Concert Series Local musicians perform at Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St. Info: 254-1320 or www. • SU (5/24), 3pm Clearwater Connection will perform Americana music. $10/$5 children under 12. Big Ivy Music Jam

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At the Big Ivy Community Center. Info: 626-3438. • 4th FRIDAYS, 7-10pm - Hear some local music. Bring an instrument, family and friends. Big Ivy Music Jam • FR (5/22), 6:30-9:30pm - Music Jam. Rain or shine. Featuring Julia Ann and Bluegrass Buffet, Bryce & Kathryn Parham, Hwy 197 Band, James Carson Band, Carmon & Vono Freeman, guests, homemade cake walks, food. Free. Info: 626-2953 Bluegrass and Gospel Music in Barnardsville Bring an instrument, your voice or just some toetapping. Even if you are a beginner, come learn from others. Food available for purchase. At the Big Ivy Community Center, 540 Dillingham Road, Barnardsville. Info: 6263438 or • 4th FRIDAYS, 7pm Music gathering. Bluegrass at the Historic Marion Depot Musicians and bands welcome. Dancing is encouraged. Info: 652-3330. • THURSDAYS, 7pm - Free bluegrass concert. Celebration Singers of Asheville Community children’s chorus for ages 7-14. For audition info: 230-5778 or • TH (5/21), 7pm - Spring Concert: “Children Are the Future of the World.” At First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Program will include De Colores, Sweet Happy Life, Turn the World Around, Peace Be with You in 12 languages and more. Donations accepted. Concerts at Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville Located at 1 Edwin Pl. Info: 299-4171 or • FR (5/22), 7:30pm - The Celebrate Peace Concert will be performed. Experience an intimate evening of kirtan with Snatam Kaur, GuruGanesha and Manish Vyas. $25 advance/$30 door. Info: 252-8149. Drum Classes Free. Ongoing for seven years. All ages and skill levels welcome. Safe community atmosphere. Extra drums available. Meets at the Movement and Learning Center above the French Broad Food Co-op, 90 Biltmore Ave. Info: 5456064.


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• MONDAYS, 6:15-7:30pm - West African Bass Drums —- 7:30-8:30pm - Hand Drums —- 8:30-till - Open circle. Dancers welcome. Flood Gallery Located at 109 Roberts St. on the corner of Clingman Ave. in the River Arts District. Info: • 3rd THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Sonic Experience Series held on the second floor of Phil Mechanic Studios. $10, refreshments available in the gallery. • FR (5/22), 8pm - The offbeat Tuple Bassoon Duo will perform. There will also be rock, funk, and drone inspired works performed by Louis Andriessen, Michael Daugherty, Sofia Gubaidulina and other guests. $10. Friday Night Live Presented by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and the Jackson County Tourism Authority, Friday Night Live offers live shows in folk, rock, country, bluegrass and easy listening. Info: or 586-2155 or (800) 962-1911. • Last FRIDAYS - Visit the Web site for a list of bands, venues and show times. Green Bash Presented by Seven-Star Inc. and Catalyst/POETIX. At The Star Factory, 191 Lyman St. • SA (5/23), 9pm - The event will feature DJ Bowie & The Poetix Vanguard, MC PREACH, DJ Midnite Ace, DJ Cameron Corey and visuals by the NightLight Riders. $10. Haywood Community Band Info: 452-7530 or www. haywoodcommunityband. org. • THURSDAYS, 7pm - Rehearsals at Grace Episcopal Church, 394 N. Haywood St., Waynesville. All interested concert band musicians are welcome to attend. Haywood Community Chorus Membership is open to all interested singers; no auditions are required. Sponsored in part by The Junaluskans and the Haywood County Arts Council. Info: 452-4075 or 456-1020. • MONDAYS, 7pm Rehearsal in the third floor choir room at First United Methodist Church, 566 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. Haywood County Arts Council The HCAC sponsors a variety of art-related events in Waynesville and

Haywood County. Unless otherwise noted, showings take place at HCAC’s Gallery 86 (86 North Main St.) in Waynesville. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: 452-0593 or • FR (5/22), 7:30pm - Young International Artist Concert: pianist Michael Berkovsky. $20/A limited number of free student tickets are available. Hendersonville Chamber Music Concerts take place at Blue Ridge Community College’s Patton Auditorium. Tickets: $17/show. Students are free. Info: 697-0455 or 693-7025. • SU (5/24), 3pm - Concert featuring Degas String Quartet. Hendersonville Community Band Info: 696-2118 or www. • TH (5/21), 7:30pm - The Hendersonville Community Band will perform a “Pops Concert” at the Blue Ridge Conference Hall in the Technology Center at Blue Ridge Community College. $10. Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra Info: 697-5884 or www. hendersonvillesymphony. org. • SA (5/23), 7:30pm - The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra will perform “Youth Makes Music IV” at the Blue Ridge Conference Hall on the campus of Blue Ridge Community College. Select young people from the Youth Orchestra will perform. $25/$5 students. Hillbilly Jackie Dance Barn Bluegrass and country; all pickers are welcome. At Blue Ridge Ice Cream, 1228 Newfound Rd. Free. Info: 683-4145. • SATURDAYS, 7pm Gathering. Land of the Sky Men’s Harmony Chorus Male singers invited to weekly meetings at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 51 Wilburn Place, W. Asheville. Info: 2989248 or • TUESDAYS, 7:30pm Regular meeting. Land-of-the-Sky Barbershop Chorus For men age 12 and older. Info: or 253-8304. • TUESDAYS, 7:30pm - Rehearsals at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 51 Wilburn Pl. LIFT Culture House 516 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee, across from Tribal

Fairgrounds. Info: 4970707. • FRIDAYS, 5pm Cherokee Thunder Drum Circle meets in the Back Room. Free and open to all. Music at the Asheville City Market The market is held in the parking lot of the Public Works building on South Charlotte Street. Info: 2426881. • SA (5/23), 8am-1pm EMBE Marimba Band with River Guerguerian. N.C. Mountain Acoustic Music Association The NCMAMA strives to promote and preserve acoustic, roots-oriented music and dance in WNC. Info: • FRIDAYS, 7pm - Classic Country and Bluegrass Music at the Train Depot in downtown Marshall. • 2nd & 4th SATURDAYS, 7pm - Let’s Pick (old-time and bluegrass) at Woodfin Community Center in Woodfin. Info: 683-1244 or 258-0914. Silvermont Mountain Jam Sessions At Silvermont Mansion, E. Main St. (Rte. 276 S), Brevard. Free. Info: • THURSDAYS, 7:30pm - Bluegrass. Song O’ Sky Chorus (Sweet Adelines International) The chorus is always looking for women who want to learn how to sing barbershop harmony. Please visit a rehearsal. Info: 1-866-824-9547 or www. • MONDAYS, 6:45pm Rehearsal at Reed Memorial Baptist Church on Fairview Rd. (enter parking lot on Cedar St.). The Carolina Theatre A cultural event center located in downtown Spruce Pine. Advance tickets: (800) 838-3006. Info: 766-5525 or • SA (5/23), 7:30pm - Kat Williams will perform (jazz/R&B/blues). $15/$20 at the door. A benefit for the historic theatre. World Beat Dance and Drumming Join drummers Billy Zanski and Linda Go for free-spirited, family-oriented dancing and drumming that combine Latin, African, Brazilian, hip hop and jazz rhythms. $5 suggested donation. • MONDAYS, 6:15pm - Meets at Odyssey Community School. Year-Round Mountain Music For more than a decade, folks have gathered to hear and play bluegrass and

traditional mountain music. Nobody’s paid, everyone’s welcome and coffee and sodas are still just a quarter! Rockett Building, Old Fort. Info: 888-233-6111. • FRIDAYS, 7pm - Weekly music gatherings.

Theater Asheville Arts Center This center offers adult and children’s classes in music, drama and dance. Info: 253-4000 or • FR (5/22) & SA (5/23), 9pm - Risque Business: A Burlesque Comedy Extravaganza will be performed by The Bombs Away Cabaret, Asheville’s new burlesque collaborative. Song, dance, jugglers and more. Food, beer and wine by donation. All proceeds benefit Mission Hospitals Breast Program. $12 Fri./$15 Sat., which includes after party. Info: Flat Rock Playhouse The State Theater of North Carolina is on Hwy. 225, 3 miles south of Hendersonville. Info: 6930731 or • Through SU (5/24) - Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Musical, a play that celebrates the world’s most famous rebel. Wed.Sat., 8:15pm and Wed.Sun., 2:15pm. $34/$32 seniors/$24 students. n Join the cast for a hootenanny (music lover’s party) after each Sunday matinee. Bring acoustic instruments. • WE (5/27) through SA (6/6) - Old Love, a comedic exploration of the land-mine called love, dating and marriage for people of a certain age. $30/$28 seniors/$20 students. Hendersonville Little Theatre Located at the Barn on State St., between Kanuga and Willow Roads in Hendersonville. $14/$8 or $18/$10 for musicals. Tickets & info: 692-1082 or • Through SU (5/24) - Deathtrap, a thriller filled with suspense, will be performed. Fri.-Sat., 8pm and Sun., 2pm. $14/$8 students. Montford Park Players Unless otherwise noted, performances are free and take place outdoors Fri.Sun. at 7:30 p.m. at Hazel Robinson Amphitheater in Montford. Bring folding chair and umbrella in case

of rain. Donations accepted. Info: 254-5146 or www. • TH (5/21) through SU (5/31), 7:30pm - The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), will open the Montford Park Players’ 37th Season. This is a fundraising show. $15/$10 students. Performances are held Thursdays through Sundays. NC Stage Company Performances are at 33 Haywood St. (entrance on Walnut St., across from Zambra’s, in downtown Asheville). Tickets: 2390263. Info: www.ncstage. org. n Choose your own ticket pricing for the remaining three plays in its 20082009 Season: $15-$30. • TU (5/26) through SA (6/13) - Like Mother, a comedy recounting Shannon Polly’s real-life wedding, as planned by her overachieving mom. $15-30. See Web site for performance details. • TU (5/26) through SU (6/14) - I Wrote This Play to Make You Love Me, a heartbreaking and hilariously risque one-woman play by Anne Thibault. For adult audiences only. Please see Web site for the full performance schedule. Upstairs Artspace Contemporary nonprofit gallery at 49 S. Trade St. in Tryon. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-5pm and by appointment. Info: 859-2828 or • FR (5/22), 7pm - Feats in Flux, a theatrical entertainment by the actor Rema Keen and installation artist Janet Orselli. The performance is in conjunction with Feats, Orselli’s exhibit about feet and recycled objects. $5 recommended donation.

Comedy Gag Order Improv Comedy Comedy theater based on audience suggestions at Brightwater Yoga Studio, 506 1/2 N. Main St., downtown Hendersonville. Free. Info: • 2nd & 4th FRIDAYS, 9pm - Improv. BYOB.

Film Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 2558115 or www.firestormcafe. com. • FR (5/22), 5-8pm Asheville High Gay Straight

Alliance presents a screening of The Producers. • TH (5/28), 7-10:30pm Coalition of Latin American Organizations presents Made in L.A., which chronicles the lives of three Latina immigrants working in the Los Angeles garment sweatshops, while trying to win basic labor protection from clothing retailer Forever 21. Local Documentary Screening • TH (5/21), 9pm - World Premiere of Beer Y’all: A Rock & Roll Road Trip Across North Carolina, locally produced documentary about seven friends’ road trip to 27 N.C. microbreweries. At Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company, 675 Merrimon Ave. $7/$5 advance. Info: White-Water Film Festival • TU (5/26), 8:30pm - The festival will showcase the adventure white-water films from professional kayakers and filmmakers at Rapid Transit Video. Hosted by RiverLink and the Nantahala Outdoor Center Outpost on the Nolichucky River. Info: 252-8474, ext. 119.

Dance Belly Dance! • Raqs Sharqi By Mahsati (pd.) • Essentials Belly Dance Level I: Wednesdays, 7:30pm-8:30pm. • Combining Elements Belly Dance Level II: Wednesdays, 8:30pm9:30pm. • $12/class. 20 Commerce Street, Asheville. (828) 318-7572. www. Discover The Ocean Within: Therapeutic Dance Series (pd.) With Luna May, LPC, DTR. Sundays in the Spring, $12/session, 5-8pm, Sacred Embodiment Center, 31 Carolina Lane, downtown. Call for details: (828) 713-2864. Argentine Tango Dancers of all levels welcome. Info: • SATURDAYS, 7:30-10pm - Tango Asheville hosts Filo Milongas at 1155 Tunnel Rd. $5. • TUESDAYS - Tango Tuesdays with instructor Karen Jaffe at Eleven on Grove, 11 Grove St. A class in fundamentals will begin at 7pm followed by practica until 8:30pm and milonga until 10:30pm. Info: www. Asheville Appalachian Square Dance Southern community dances, live old-time music and potluck refreshments.

All dances taught; dancers of all levels welcome. Info: www.myspace. com/ashevillesquaredance or ashevillesquaredance@ • Last SUNDAYS, 7:3010pm - Dance at Asheville Arts Center, 308 Merrimon Ave. $5 requested donation. Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre Performances are held at BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St., Asheville. Info & tickets: 254-2621. • FR (5/15) through SU (5/24) - The Mystery of the Seahorse, set in an endangered choral reef, is an underwater epic that explores themes of ecology, pollution, love and bravery. Fri.- Sat., 7:30pm and Sun., 2pm. $15 advance/$17 door/$10 advance & $12 at the door for students and seniors. Classical Ballet for Boys & Men The Asheville Ballet is offering free classical ballet classes for all boys and men 10 years and over. Classes will be taught by Principal Dancer Lyle Laney. At 4 Weaverville Hwy. (Merrimon Ave.) in N. Asheville. To register or for more info: 258-1028. • THURSDAYS, 6pm Classical ballet class. Clogging and Step Dancing Classes Percussive dance classes with step-by-step instruction from an experience teacher. Must register in advance. Info: 252-6319 or ellie@gracefamilymusic. com. • THURSDAYS, 6-7pm - Beginning Appalachian clogging. Sliding scale, $11-$16 per class —- 78pm - Beginning Cape Breton step dancing. Sliding scale, $11-$16 per class. Country Music and Dance Upstairs at the American Legion in Hendersonville. Singles welcome. Alcohol and smoke free. $6. Info: 693-9000. • FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS, 7pm - Country music and dancing. Creative Dance Classes Basic moves from ballet, jazz and tap will be incorporated into imaginative games. For children ages 3-5. At Terpsicorps Studio, 129 Roberts St. $10/class. For more info or to book space: 989-3692 or • WEDNESDAYS (3/25 through 5/27), 11-11:45am - Class taught by Jill Menard. Dance at Diana Wortham Theatre

Tickets & info: 257-4530 or • WE (5/20), 7pm - The Asheville Arts Center and the Gallagher School of Irish Dance present “Ireland: The Spirit and the Dance.” $20. Info:

Dance Lessons and More At the Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Hwy. in Hendersonville. Info: 6985517 or 692-0575. • FRIDAYS, 7-7:30pm - Free singles and couples dance lessons —- 7:3010pm - Rhumba, Foxtrot, Waltz, Cha-Cha etc.

Complimentary food. $5/$3 club members. High Mountain Squares Square dancing at Macon County Community Facilities Building, 1288 Georgia Rd. in Franklin. Info: • WEDNESDAYS, 7-9pm - Square dancing (mainstream and plus). Hunab Kru’s B-Boy/B-Girl Classes Free breakdancing classes. Learn how to B-boy/B-girl with the Hunab Kru. Info: • WEDNESDAYS, 7-9pm - Learn the foundations of

group spotlight

The New Agenda The New Agenda is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls by bringing about systemic change in the media, at the workplace, at school and at home. In addition, the organization seeks to achieve safety and opportunity for all women by addressing issues that unite women and by advancing women into leadership roles. Everyone is welcome to join the organization, including men and people of all political parties and beliefs regarding reproductive rights. The New Agenda is about working together on the issues people have in common. Cynthia Ruccia, co-founder of The New Agenda, will be in Asheville to meet with people who share the goals of the organization. “I’m looking forward to meeting with the women and men of Asheville and hearing their concerns on our issues,” she says. “The people here are well known within The New Agenda as folks who really care about our country and are willing to get involved. It should be a great evening!” The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the New French Bar Courtyard and Café, 12 Biltmore Ave. Info: 254-4827. Nonprofits interested in being featured in Group Spotlight should e-mail for submission details • MAY 20 - MAY 26, 2009


breakdancing. For all ages/ skill levels. At the StephensLee Rec Center. Please wear shoes and bring a valid ID. Ice Cream & Lindy Hop At The Hop, 640 Merrimon Ave. Info: Free and open to the public. • SU (5/24), 5-7pm Swing dancing & ice cream. Line Dance Classes In partnership with Henderson County Parks & Rec, classes are held at the Stoney Mountain Activity Center, 800 Stoney Mt. Rd., Hendersonville. Info: 6974900. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 9-10:30am - Beginner classes —- 10:30am-Noon Intermediate classes. Morris Dancing Learn English traditional Morris dances and become a member of one of three local teams as a dancer or musician. Music instruction provided to experienced musicians. Free. Info: 994-2094 or • THURSDAYS, 5:30pm - Women’s Northwest practice held at North


Asheville Community Center. • MONDAYS, 5:30pm Women’s Garland practice held at Reid Center for Creative Art. • TUESDAYS, 7:30pm - Men’s Cotswold/Border practice held in M&L Center of French Broad Food Co-op.

Old Farmer’s Ball Info: www.oldfarmersball. com or 258-4809. • THURSDAYS, 7:30pm - Free beginners workshop —- 8pm - Contra dancing at the Fairview Community Center, 1355 Charlotte Hwy. Take 74A six miles south towards Bat Cave. Next to Fairview Elementary. $6. Salseros 828 Events Info: www.salseros828. com or 252-9286. • FRIDAYS, 10:30pm - Salsa P’alante. Latin dancing at Club Eleven, 11 Grove St. DJ Grant plays salsa, mambo, bachata, cumbia and merengue. A free footwork lesson starts the night off. $7. Saluda Mountain Jamboree Info: 749-3676 or www. saludamountainjamboree. com.

• SATURDAYS, 8-11pm - “Dance to the Beat.” A live band performs country music, beach music, oldies or a variety of other dance music. $8. Skyland Twirlers Western square dancing at the Senior Opportunity Center (not just for seniors), 36 Grove St., near the Federal Building in downtown Asheville. Info: 650-6405. • 2nd & 4th FRIDAYS, 7pm - Workshop —- 7:30-9pm - Dance. Mainstream and called. Plus, tips alongs with rounds. Fee for non-members is $5. Spiral Spirit Ecstatic Dance This dance group is based on wave-rhythms and is a free-form experimental movement that encourages self-exploration and inner peace. Held at 11 Richland St., W. Asheville. $5. Info: or elementsmove@yahoo. com. • WEDNESDAYS, 6:30pm - Warm-up —- 7pm Spiral Spirit Dance. Spirit Wave Dance Experiential, freeform movement and dance. First time is free. Info:

MAY 20 - MAY 26, 2009 •

fgreenman88@bellsouth. net or 252-1298. • FRIDAYS, 7-9pm - At the Terpsicorps Dance Studio, 129 Roberts St. • SUNDAYS, 10am - At Asheville Arts Center, 308 Merrimon Ave., upstairs (enter through front door). $5 suggested donation. Studio Zahiya Classes Classes are held in a dance studio located in downtown Asheville on Carolina Lane. Enter from Woodfin St., and look for the “Studio Zahiya” sign. $12 drop-in. $40 for four classes, with other discounts available. Info: 242-7595. • THURSDAYS, 6-7pm - Tribal Basics —- 7:108:10pm - Hip-hop workout for women. • TUESDAYS, 6-7pm - Beginner belly dance. Drop-in anytime —- 7:108:10pm - Belly dance drills and skills. Drop-in anytime —- 8:20-9:30pm - Vintage belly dance. Learn the history of the dance through pictures, video and movement. Bring finger cymbals. Swing Asheville Info:, 301-7629 or dance@swingasheville. com.

• TUESDAYS, 6-7pm - Learn to swing dance in the Lindy Hop style. $40 for four weeks. No partner necessary. At Eleven on Grove, 11 Grove St. in downtown Asheville. West African/AfroBrazilian Dance Class Ongoing drop-in class with rotating roster of experienced instructors. All levels welcome. Live music. $10/class. Info: • THURSDAYS, 7pm - Class at Terpsicorps Studio, 129 Roberts St. Western Carolina Federation Round & Square Dance Clubs • FRIDAYS - Brevard Sylvan Squares, M/P, 2&4 FR, 8-10pm, 2Step Junction US 64 E, Pisgah Forest Contact: 891-6443 Morganton Brown Mt. Lite-Steppers M/P, 2&4 FR, 7:30-10pm, I-40 Exit 105 Contact: 430-8802. • SATURDAYS Hendersonville Southern Lights-M/P/R/A tip 1&3 SA, 7-10pm, Kanuga & Lily Pond Rds. Contact: 697-2078. • SUNDAYS Hendersonville Shadow Casters 2&4 SU C1, 11:30am-1:30pm; C2, 1:30; A2, 2-4pm Park

Place RV Center Upward & S. Allen Rds. Contact: 891-4053. • TUESDAYS, 7-9pm - Asheville SkylarksRounds, 970 Haywood Rd (beneath fire station) Contact: 274-7103. Zydeco Dance and Lesson Info: dswansong@aol. com. • 1st & 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 8pm Zydeco dance lesson. $2 —- 8:30-11pm - Zydeco dance to CDs. $5. At Eleven on Grove. • WE (5/20), 8pm - Zydeco dance lesson. $2 —- 8:30-11pm - Live zydeco dance music by Bayou Diesel. $7.

Auditions & Call to Artists Blue Ridge Performing Arts Center Located at 538 N. Main St. in Hendersonville. Info: • SA (5/23), 9am Auditions for The Betty & Beau Wedding Show. Needed: Bride and Groom 20-30 years old. Also, assorted ages and genders for wedding guests and relatives. Info: 6930087.

Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra Info: 697-0592, or • SA (5/23) - Auditions for substitute musicians will be held. The repertoire list and additional details will be sent to candidates upon receipt of a letter of interest, resume and check for $25. Checks will be refunded at the time of audition. Last Band Standing • Through WE (6/3) - The City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department and WNC Magazine are seeking local musicians to participate in a battleof-the-bands competition to win the chance to perform at this year’s Bele Chere. Applications: www.belecherefestival. com. Media Arts Advantage Fund • Through SU (5/31) - Call for entries for the Media Arts Advantage Fund 2009 grant cycle. The grant offers the financial support artists and entrepreneurs need to complete projects that

enhance arts, culture and economy in the area. $30 application fee. Info: www.

The Garage at Biltmore Seeks Artists • Currently seeking artists to fill wall space with works. Artists must sign a liability waiver, hang own work, and visibly price it. Info: inspiredlight003@ or 280-4590. Women in Art A group of women artists. Members can exhibit alongside other art professionals, share experiences, material resources and more. Info: www. • SU (5/31) - Applications are being accepted from women artists working in any medium (though work must be small enough to exhibit in a traditional gallery setting). Details and application are available online.

CALENDAR DEADLINE The deadline for free and paid listings is 5 p.m. WEDNESDAY, one week prior to publication.

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Tambourine circle to open for drum circle on Friday Last-minute replacement for cancelled triangle square

Historical working village allows public to experience 1750s Cherokee life Visiting teens will love learning how 18th-century Cherokee youth lost their minds from boredom


Man downtown rehearsing for ‘Air Theremin’ competition, or maybe skipped his meds

What banks ate for breakfast this morning: $10 billion loss and eggs

Michelle Obama makes ‘Hottest Women’ list

Graciously names vanquished Clinton as Secretary of Wardrobe

Cat-bed embroiderer says recession hurting business ‘Most working folks now just can’t afford for me to embroider their cats’ names on their cat-beds, because times are tough’

Tell me East Tennessee is about it after a lot different than we bring those WNC. pigs to climax using nothing but our stockinged feet!

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Let’s sell pigs and chickens and goats to these dumb city people moving here to be play-pretend farmers.


Beer City, tuesday — The newly appointed mayor of Beer City, U.S.A., will “probably” oversleep the Wednesday-morning child-custody exchange scheduled to occur in a public place every other weekend between the mayor and the former First Lady-elect, according to aides who were assisting the mayor at a series of downtown bars on Tuesday. The mayor, however, remained focus on forming a consensus to tell a female patron who was trying to relax after a hard day at the office to “chill the f*** out.” “Cause this is Beer City, bitch!” the mayor said while forcefully knocking over two bar stools while aides stopped him from getting any closer to the young woman. “And I’m the motherf---ing mayor! Yeeeowwww!” Earlier in the hallowed halls of Beer City, a misunderstanding led to the mayor’s long discourse to a random civilian on subjects ranging from A.M. Homes to a chronological description of the mayor’s lifetime family pets. The mayor’s impassioned speech was punctuated by a convincing semi-public appeal for people within earshot to understand — to really, truly appreciate and comprehend — the greatness of the L.A. Lakers in the 1980s. Members of the electorate were also surprised to learn the mayor was so passionate in his youth about remote-controlled boats, and learned this fact against their wills as the mayor’s sonorous, syrupy oratory became the room’s only ambient noise. A patron who arrived with a date was at one point overheard by the mayor discussing his previous job in Portland, Maine, leading the mayor to interrupt the speaker and inform all parties present that the entire state of Oregon, and not just Portland, can kiss his royal ass. According to police reports, the mayor was last seen being stopped in the eastbound lane of I-26. The Asheville Disclaimer is parody/entertainment. Contributing this week: Michele Scheve, Tom Scheve

Tornado SafeTy TipS • Keep shelter location free of clutter and don’t procrastinate clutter cleanup even though the tornado will take care of it.

• If you are in a highrise building, open a window and try to jump into the middle of the tornado over the top lip of the funnel opening. You should be safe, so long as you remain directly in the eye of the storm. You may be required to run at speeds up to 120 m.p.h. to remain safely in the calm middle.

• Stay alert. If you hear a tornado, take shelter. Tornados sound very much like freight trains, so if you hear a freight train bearing down on you after falling asleep drinking on the railroad tracks, it could be a tornado and you may want to get off the tracks and find shelter. • Don’t use candles during a tornado. It’s too infuriating to watch someone try and light a candle in a tornado. • Immediately relocate yourself to a mountainous region of the United States not known to have tornados.

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To be continued... • MAY 20 - MAY 26, 2009


freewillastrology ARIES (March 21-April 19)

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Studies show that when most people take a shower, they lather the upper part of their bodies first and make their way down. I recommend that you take the opposite approach this week, Taurus. In fact, I think a similar strategy would be wise in just about everything you do. Start at the bottom and work your way up. Establish yourself at the ground level and then take care of the higher stuff. Pay respect to the roots and then tend to the branches.

It’s your choice, Scorpio. You could be a creative dynamo who changes the course of local history — or you could be a plain old boring sex maniac. What’ll it be? We here at the Free Will Astrology Libido Management Center encourage you to at least partially sublimate your unruly mojo into beautiful works of art, innovative business solutions, and brilliant strokes of collaboration. You don’t have to stop boinking altogether; just make it the second most important thing you rather than your raison d’etre.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

A couple I know planned to have their second baby delivered at home with a midwife’s help. The father is a physician who assisted with childbirths during his residency, so he and his partner felt confident about conducting their rite of passage outside of the hospital. But once the mom’s water broke and labor began, everything happened faster than expected. The dad gave the midwife an urgent phone call, but the kid was already crowning. “Don’t cut the umbilical cord right away,” the midwife advised. “It will minimize the shock of transition if the baby can get the hang of breathing while still being nurtured as she has for the last nine months.” That’s exactly what they did. And I hope you will do the metaphorical equivalent, Gemini. Keep getting fed the old way for a while as you learn how to be fed in the new way.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

I swerve to avoid running over spiders that cross my path when I’m riding my bicycle. While at home, I prefer to shepherd flies out through an open door or window rather than swat them. I’m still not sufficiently enlightened that I’ve stopped trying to squash mosquitoes that dive-bomb me while I’m falling asleep, however. I’m working on it, but may need a few more years of meditation before I bring my reverence for all insect life up to the highest level. The way I see it, my fellow Cancerian, you’d benefit from working on a similar project in the coming weeks: improving your relationships with influences you don’t have a natural affinity for.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world,” wrote anthropologist Margaret Meade. “Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” An excellent example of that occurred during America’s Revolutionary War against England from 1775 to 1783. Of all the men in the 13 colonies who could have fought for freedom, only 16 percent did. I hope that gives you encouragement as you seek to fix a glitch in the status quo. You and your band of allies have more power than you know.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

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essential to her health. She says the extreme G-forces she’s exposed to on the ride help dissipate the fibrous adhesions in her belly. I recommend a similar kind of therapy for you, Libra. Not to break up fibrous adhesions, since you probably don’t have any, but rather to jostle your mental blocks, repetitive fantasies, and obsessive habits. They might just break into pieces and dissipate if you shake them in the right way.

Up to one-tenth of the population is left-handed. Yet for centuries, even as late as the 1950s, there were social stigmas against left-handers — similar in some ways to the perverse prejudice that has been directed toward homosexuals. So strong was the taboo that many parents tried to convert their naturally left-handed children into righties. Thankfully, this absurd form of repression is now defunct. (Five of the last seven American presidents have been left-handed.) But it’s a good reminder that there are countless other ways in which our culture still attempts to coax us or force us into not being who we really are. But here’s the good news: It’s an excellent time for you Virgos to reject the pressure to be someone else and get back to where you once belonged. Reunite with the person you were destined to be!

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

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The planets are conspiring to unleash energies that will touch you in ways you didn’t realize you needed to be touched. Any minute now you may begin to feel a pleasurable burning sensation in your soft underbelly, or a prickly wake-up call in your willpower, or a ticklish electricity running through your funny bone. What does it all mean? Maybe nothing. Or maybe it means so much that you can’t possibly analyze its meaning. What a valuable gift that would be! When is the last time you felt free of the need to have to understand everything?

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

A long-time Capricorn reader named Allison wrote me an apologetic email. She said that she has always loved my horoscopes, and still loves them, but for the foreseeable future she’s got to stop reading them. “Please don’t take it as an insult, because it’s not,” she wrote. “I just need to be less subject to outside influences for a while. Maybe that will help me get better at paying attention to my own intuition.” I understood exactly what she means. According to my analysis, this is one time when you may have to shield yourself from the noise around you — even the good and interesting noise — in order to hear your own inner voice better.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Rolling Stone magazine has said that sixties folk singer Tom Rush (born February 8) was a major force in launching the era of the singer-songwriter. He’s been lying low for a while, though. Recently he came out with his first new studio album in 35 years. I’m guessing that, like him, quite a lot of other Aquarians will also be climaxing new creations as 2009 unfolds — perhaps even works that are long overdue or that have been extraordinarily slow in the making. And what happens in the next few weeks will be crucial in that process.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

“All the problems we face in the United States today,” said comedian and presidential candidate Pat Paulsen, “can be traced to an unenlightened immigration policy on the part of the American Indian.” With that as your inspiration, Pisces, I urge you to take inventory of your own “immigration policy.” It’s an excellent time to do so, astrologically speaking. Here are some questions to guide you. What influences do you allow to pour into your sphere? Are they beneficial for your long-term mental health? What people do you invite to share your resources? Do they bring out the best in you? Do you have smart boundaries that keep out the bad stuff and welcome in the good?

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newsoftheweird Lead story Convicted Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols, now serving a life sentence in the Florence, Colo., “supermax” prison, filed a 39-page federal lawsuit in March alleging unconstitutional “cruel and unusual punishment” because the refined-food, low-fiber meals give him “chronic constipation [and] bleeding hemorrhoids.” He demanded fresh raw vegetables and other high-fiber foods, necessary to “keep one’s body (i.e., God’s holy temple) in good health.” Fellow Supermax resident Eric Rudolph (the convicted abortion-clinic and Atlanta Olympics bomber) claimed “gas and stomach cramps,” saying “our bodies” are “sacred and should be treated as such.”

Government in action! • The Washington Supreme Court, ruling that Seattle had been improperly charging water customers to service hydrants rather than using general tax revenues, ordered refunds averaging $45. But the city, lacking sufficient general funds to cover the service, imposed a $59-per-customer water surcharge, according to a February KOMOTV report. The discrepancy is probably due to the $4.2 million the city had to pay the attorneys who filed the lawsuit. • After three years of providing worker-training grants to a San Francisco-area multimedia coalition that includes a maker of sexualized torture videos, the California Employment Training Panel cut off funding in April, claiming it hadn’t realized the nature of what an outfit called “Kink. com” does. The coalition protested, pointing out that Kink is a law-abiding, tax-paying entity that employs 100 local people and keeps California adult video “competitive in the international marketplace” by training employees in video editing, Photoshop and other multimedia skills. A typical production may feature paid, consenting women bound, gagged and supposedly electrically shocked.

Great art! • In April, Mexican artist Raul Ortega Ayala’s exhibit at a London gallery opened with the customary hors d’oeuvres for visitors. However, since Ayala’s work focuses on the roles food plays in our lives, he served cheese made from human breast milk to “explore our first encounter with food, emphasizing its territoriality and boundaries.” He said his next piece would feature 10 menus showing what “presidents, public figures, mass murder-

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Police report In April, East St. Louis, Ill., policeman Kristopher Weston apprehended a murder suspect about 20 minutes after the crime, and the mayor called Weston before the City Council to commend him. Five minutes after Weston left the room, the Council got down to regular business, the first order of which was to approve a list of police and firefighter layoffs due to budget shortfalls. And on the list (due to low seniority) was Officer Kristopher Weston.

Just can’t stop themselves (1) In March, a judge in Jefferson County, Texas, probated the 90-day DUI sentence for Jeffrey Latham, 37, on condition that he not drink alcohol. Two hours later, Latham showed up at the probation office as scheduled, drunk, and was promptly shuttled back to court. (2) A man and woman in their early 30s were arrested in April after they stripped naked and began having sex in front of tourists on the lawn at Britain’s Windsor Castle. The queen was in residence, but her living quarters are at the opposite end of the castle, and she missed the spectacle.

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Tending shoots, leaves, kids My kids are veggie-challenged, green-phobic, liable to screech annoyingly before letting a sliver of broccoli touch their lips. The irony of this is that they’re both vegetarians. While I’ve never offered them meat, neither have I kept them away from it. The result is that they don’t much like it, which I figure is better both for their health and that of the earth. Despite their purported vegetarianism, my kids don’t consume lots of vegetables. In fact, the majority of their caloric needs are met through pizza, cheese, pancakes, and pasta. Trying to cram the requisite five servings of fruits and veggies into their growing bods is a challenge. However, summer and our home garden help the cause. Here are some of the veggies we grow that my kids will eat, often straight from the garden, thus soothing my worried mommy soul: 1. Sugar snap peas. If you haven’t already planted some of these, you might be too late, though it can be plenty cool in June in the Southern Appalachians, thus extending the season. Beware that these delicious veggies will wither and die once the sun starts scorching. Before then, kids can pull the sweet peas off the vines and pop them into their mouths, pods and all. My kids would rather sell their teddy bears than

eat one mushy English-style pea, but last year, between the kids and Enviro-spouse, only a handful of sugar snaps even made it into the house. 2. Sungold cherry tomatoes. Although tomato sauce is a kid staple at my house, actual tomatoes are “slimy and too juicy,” says my girl. However, the kids love the sweet, small orange tomatoes that ultimately take over our garden every summer. Plus they’re great for throwing at their friends and make a pleasing splat against the back fence (thus, why there are volunteers growing all along the fence line). 3. Sweet baby lettuce leaves. One of the few veggies my kids eat regularly are lettuces and raw spinach. Because, as my boy says, “They’re crunchy, but they don’t taste like anything.” Plus, I let them make tiny spinach bowls that they fill with Parmesan cheese. Because lettuces spring up through the dirt, they aren’t ideal for eating straight from the garden, but they’re easy to grow and fun to pick. 4. Carrots. Another regularly-consumed veggie, but typically comes from a plastic baggie (or so my kids once thought). Carrots take all summer to grow (at least in my yard). Even so, pulling a long golden root from the ground, then washing and noshing it, provides great joy to my young ‘uns. I’ve also heard potatoes are fun, though I haven’t tried

growing them. My kids would be thrilled with homemade French fries. 5. Berries. We have a profusion of raspberry canes in the back corner of our yard. They don’t produce tons of fruit (and it’s difficult to fight through the prickers to get to some of it), but like the sugar snaps, raspberries rarely make it out of the yard and into the house. This year, we’ve planted strawberries for the first time, though everyone I’ve talked to in the area says they haven’t had much luck with the ruby-reds because of the birds (not that I’m anti-avian). 6. Pumpkins. Not for eating at my house, but for fun. We haven’t yet timed them right so they’re ready for Halloween carving, but heck, we have totally scary Labor Day pumpkins. Besides getting veggie vitamins into growing bloodstreams, kids can learn where at least some of their food comes from, that anyone can grow food, and that patience and stewardship typically are rewarded with yumminess. So get those kid veggie gardens going. Trust they’ll eat healthily while playing outside. Supplement with vitamins, if you’re psycho-spaz mama like me. Happy summer growing.


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Parenting Calendar for May 20 - 28, 2009 Asheville Nanny Now Available (pd.) Experienced, licensed pre-Kindergarten teacher available June, after 2 year assignment with multiples. Stimulating play activities and community outings. • Kind, nurturing manner. Light laundry, meals, etc. • Excellent references. Mary: (828) 337-5580. Crisis Counseling • Multicultural/ Diverse Lifestyles (pd.) • Teens • Young Adults/Adults • Eclectic/diverse therapy: CognitiveBehavioral, Equine, Afro-centric, Parent Coordination/Mediation. • Tracy Keene, LPC, 828-318-3991, • 13 1/2 Eagle Street, Suite P, Asheville, 28801. Involve Your Partner In Your Child’s Birth • Empowered Birthing Classes (pd.) Increase confidence, learn hands-on tools, enjoy the best day of your life! 828-231-9227. Classes monthly: Wednesdays, 6p.m. $175. Next begins June 17. Martial Art and Sport Summer Camp (pd.) Exciting weekly/daily camp, June 15 - August 14, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.4 p.m. For further information, please call (828) 713-4261 or visit our website Asheville Mommies Coffee Time Join other moms in the Asheville area for coffee, playtime for the kids and chatting at The Hop on Merrimon Ave. Info: • WEDNESDAYS, 11am-Noon - Coffee time. Asheville Moms Meet The group is designed for friendship and fun not only for the moms, but the kids too. Several events happen each week at different times and locations. Meet moms who are always ready to make great new friends and have fun. Children’s ages range from 0-5. Info: 712-4388 or • WEDNESDAYS, 10:30am - Meeting at the toddler play area located in Asheville Mall’s food court. Babies ‘n’ Beer


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Bring your babies and have a beer with other new moms and dads. Have a baby-friendly outing and meet other new parents at the Thirsty Monk, 92 Patton Ave., in downtown Asheville. Info: 254-5450. • TUESDAYS, 4-7pm - Babies ‘n’ Beer meets. Breastfeeding Circle Get professional help for lactation problems and some mama-baby company. Free. Info: • TUESDAYS, 10:30am-Noon - Meets at 24 Arlington St. Children in the Middle Parenting education for the divorced or separated parent. Classes meet at ARP/ Phoenix, 257 Biltmore Ave., Ste. 200, in the Conference Room. Parents learn how to avoid arguments with their ex, improve communication with him/her, and make the divorce or separation easier on their children. Free, plus snacks are provided. Info or to register: or 254-2700, ext. 286. • Three SATURDAYS, 9am-Noon - Class. (Also in Madison County; call for details.) Free Mommy and Me for Babies A free group that meets weekly in two different locations to provide an opportunity for new parents to gather for support, education, exercise and resources. Info: 213-8098 or • MONDAYS, 9:30-10:15am - Mommy/Baby Yoga for Pre-Crawlers —- 10:3011:30am - Guest speaker/open discussion —- 11:45am-12:45pm - Walk and Talk. Call to register. At the Woodfin YMCA. • TUESDAYS, 9:30-10:15am - Mommy/Baby Yoga for Pre-Crawlers —- 10:3011:30am - Guest Speaker/Open Discussion —- 11:45am-12:45pm - Walk and Talk. Call to register. At the Reuter Family YMCA in the Mission Wellness Resource Center Room. Hendersonville Mom’s Club Chat and meet new moms in the area. All moms are welcome. Info: 713-4307. • MONDAYS, 11am - Meets at Black Bear Coffee Shop. Hendersonville Play Group • Group for moms with kids 0-5 years old. Play dates, park trips and more. To join:

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Word nerds to battle in spellbinding fundraiser Spelling bees have taken on the aura of major sport over the years, with movies and TV shows sharing the tension and suspense of the big spelling competitions with millions of viewers. Ashevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own spelling-bee drama will play out Thursday, May 28, with the annual Literacy Council of Buncombe Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Adult Spelling Bee. The fundraiser has a goal of $37,000, with the proceeds going to support programs that teach basic literacy and English, as well as dropout prevention for teens. Benefits Calendar for May 20 - 28, 2009 Asheville Affiliates Fundraisers This group of young professionals holds fundraisers for nonprofits in Buncombe County. Complimentary hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres, beer, wine and a raffle. Admission is $20 with RSVP/$25 at the door. Info: www. â&#x20AC;˘ TH (5/28), 6:30-9:30pm - Arts 2 GO! A fundraiser for Green Opportunities will be held at the Phil Mechanic Building in Ashevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s River Arts District. Info: 258-1856 or Asheville Art Museum Benefit Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Info: 253-3227, ext. 122 or â&#x20AC;˘ TH (5/28), 5-8pm - The Battery Park Book Exchange will host a benefit for the Asheville Art Museum. Enjoy good reads and fine wines while supporting the museum. Asheville Rewind â&#x20AC;˘ FR (5/22), 7pm - Four bands that dominated the Asheville music scene in the late â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s and early â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s will perform to benefit Eliada Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home. Prayinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for Rain, The Stripp Band, Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Acid and Mother Soul will play the

The event draws serious spellers in the form of local teams who put more than a little pride on the line. The Givens Estates team, for example, always brings a contingent of cheering, sign-waving fans. The words get tougher as the night wears on, with the final two teams spelling groups of words out on paper. This year, Asheville Citizen-Times columnist Susan Reinhardt will serve as emcee as 14 teams â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including one from Mountain Xpress â&#x20AC;&#x201D; vie to prove their spelling prowess.

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Over the years, the event has raised more than $146,000 for local literacy programs. To make a contribution this year, contact Mignon Durham at or 254-3442. The bee begins at 7 p.m. in A-B Techâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Laurel Audtiorium. Tickets are $5, and include an entry to win door prizes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jason Sandford

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Rallying to fight climate change

All together now: Several hundred protesters rallied in Charlotte April 20 demanding the cancellation of a new coal-fired unit at Duke Energy’s Cliffside power plant. photo by Bill Rhodes

Go to Wikipedia’s “civil disobedience” entry and you come face to face with a portrait of Gandhi, who helped India win independence from Great Britain. You’ll also read about Henry David Thoreau, who refused to pay his taxes to protest the Mexican War. There’s mention of Rosa Parks and the civil rights movement as well. And way down the list, there’s even a tiny paragraph about civil disobedience and climate change.

The latter section quotes Nobel Peace Prize winner (and former Vice President) Al Gore, who said at a Sept. 24, 2008, session of the Clinton Global Initiative, “We have reached the stage where it is time for civil disobedience to prevent the construction of new coal plants that do not have carbon capture and sequestration.” Asheville resident David Williams took up the challenge, joining hundreds who rallied at Duke Energy’s Charlotte, N.C., headquar-

ters April 20 to protest the company’s coal-fired Cliffside power plant. “The plan was to deliver a statement of conscience about global climate change,” says Williams, a gardener by profession who’s also a member of The Canary Coalition, a nonprofit environmental group, and co-chair of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville’s Peace and Environmental Justice Committee. No stranger to organized dissent, Williams joined the Peace Corps in 1974 to protest the Vietnam War draft, and he’s been quietly outspoken ever since. On March 2, he joined at least a dozen Asheville residents at a climate-change protest in D.C. “I’d rather call them rallies, [because] our message is more positive,” he notes. “It’s not that we’re against [the new facility at] Cliffside as much as we’re for clean air, and that means phasing out coal-fired

plants.” Despite an onslaught of legal challenges by environmental groups, Duke is building a new unit to replace four existing ones at Cliffside. The utility says the new unit will emit fewer toxins and less CO2 than the older ones, resulting in significantly reduced total emissions of key pollutants, and should thus be classified as a minor pollution source. And though a


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federal judge threatened to stop construction if Duke didn’t undergo a stringent review process, state officials recently agreed to the minorsource designation. Environmental groups have renewed efforts to get the North Carolina Utilities Commission to overturn its approval of the new unit, and the commission will soon hear the case. But the Charlotte rally, says Williams, was all about broadcasting the message. The wellorganized event drew students, citizens in suits, an 82-year-old grandmother, environmentalists, residents affected by the coal industry and more. Gathering in a park near Duke’s headquarters, they heard speeches about mountaintop-removal mining in West Virginia and Kentucky (about half of North Carolina’s power plants are coal-fired, and those states supply much of that fuel). There were signs (“Stop Cliffside! No Coal !” and “Clean Energy Now!”). Police whizzed around on Segway Personal Transporters, and the Asheville contingent displayed a large, yellow sun puppet on a pole, representing the hopes for cleaner, safer air. “We got lots of attention, carrying ‘Sunny’ for three blocks through downtown Charlotte,” Williams reports. The focal point was presenting Gov. Bev Purdue’s office and Duke officials with letters demanding that Cliffside be stopped. The other point was getting arrested. At least 40 protesters, including the 82-year-old, were taken away in handcuffs, hauled off in paddy wagons, fingerprinted and jailed for several hours. Among those arrested was Canary Coalition Executive Director Avram Friedman. “It’s not necessarily about doing something illegal, but anything that tests the authority of those in power,” he explains. While agreeing with Gore’s

key point: Carbon sequestration, he maintains, is an expensive, dangerous and largely untested proposition. Another high-tech approach â&#x20AC;&#x201D; converting coal into a gas for producing electricity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is also problematic at best, perhaps creating greater volumes of toxic coal ash. Energy efficiency and renewable sources are much better options that might reduce â&#x20AC;&#x201D; if not remove â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the need for new coal-fired plants, says Friedman. Cliffside, meanwhile, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is the same old process thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been around since the dawn of the industrial era. It will produce 6 million tons of CO2 in the next 50 years.â&#x20AC;? And while environmental leaders strategize to stop Cliffside, Williams highlights another angle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Something else I learned in D.C. Eco Calendar for May 20 - 28, 2009 Free Yoga Day (pd.) Join Lighten Up Yoga, June 6, 9a.m.- 4p.m., to try out our talented teachers and safe, supportive environment. New students and experienced yogis welcome! Donations accepted for Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy Land Trust Day. 254-7756 or Asheville Green Drinks People who are interested in environmental issues and topics meet up for a drink at BoBo Gallery, 22 Lexington Ave. The events usually include a short presentation by a guest speaker. Sign up for the e-mail newsletter at â&#x20AC;˘ FR (5/22), 6pm - Socializing â&#x20AC;&#x201D;- 6:30pm - â&#x20AC;&#x153;MycoForestry in Western North Carolinaâ&#x20AC;? with Zev Friedman. ECO Events The Environmental and Conservation Organization is dedicated to preserving the natural heritage of Henderson County and the mountain region as an effective voice of the environment. ECO advocates for green infrastructure, protects water quality, educates about energy conservation/renewable energy, and promotes recycling. Located at 121 Third Ave. West, Hendersonville. Info: 692-0385 or â&#x20AC;˘ 3rd THURSDAYS, 4pm - Green Infrastructure Committee meeting. â&#x20AC;˘ 4th WEDNESDAYS, Noom-1:30pm - Board meeting. Visitors are welcome. Lunchtime Litter Walks Create a healthy body and a healthy environment at the same time with this active community cleanup. Litter cleanups are a workout, with heavy bags and distances walked, and they benefit the environment and community. Cleanup supplies will be provided. For location and cleanup details: 254-1776. â&#x20AC;˘ TUESDAYS, Noon-1pm - Cleanup. Mountain WILD The mission of Mountain WILD is to preserve and increase wildlife and the wildlife habitat of the WNC mountains through stewardship, education, conservation and restoration of natural resources. Meetings are held at the WNC Nature Center classroom and are free and open to all ages. Info: 337-7383 or â&#x20AC;˘ TH (5/28), 7-8:30pm - Join Chris Ulrey, plant ecologist for the Blue Ridge Parkway, for an invasive plant management walk at the WNC Nature Center. Wear boots/old shoes. Bring work gloves. Please be on time. N.C. Arboretum Events The Arboretum hosts a variety of educational programs. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free with parking fee ($6/vehicle). No parking fees on Tuesdays. Info: 665-2492 or â&#x20AC;˘ SA (5/23), 9:30am-4:30pm - â&#x20AC;&#x153;Birding 101,â&#x20AC;? a birding workshop with George Ellison. Explore different types of equipment available to birders, watch a slide show of common regional birds, and practice identification skills. $34/$40. Registration is required: ext. 317.

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by Hanna Rachel Raskin Even the oysters at Horizons have come out of their shells. I can’t recall if Horizons, the Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa’s signature fine-dining restaurant, ever offered oysters Rockefeller. But it’s a fair bet that if they didn’t, customers could be forgiven for feeling shorted. The Horizons of yore — that is, the prixfixe Horizons that for many years defined high-cotton eating in Asheville — specialized in straight-up luxe classics like lobster thermidor and chilled smoked salmom. Diners at the revamped Horizons would be hard-pressed to find a single dish as predictable, gratuitously rich and tradi-

tion-bound as oysters Rockefeller. Instead, the oysters have been liberated from their shells for a rustic ragout featuring the plump bivalves swimming in a pool of pork-scented brown gravy, ornamented with diced bell peppers and served over a clump of Dijon-laced polenta. And as go the oysters, so goes the menu, which has been carefully purged of indefensible “gourmet” preparations and freed from its prix-fixe constraints. To the delight of veteran eaters, chef Duane Fernandes has created a smart, au courant small-plates spot in the guise of a staid, white-tableclothed destination. Imagination appears to have supplanted indulgence at Horizons. “Times have changed,” Fernandes

explains. “Not a lot of people want to have Horizons still hasn’t entered the Molecular their night fully involved with a drawn-out Gastronomy Age, he’s successfully injected dining experience.” the restaurant with a quiet sophistication Fine dining has been one of the first that inevitably eludes overdone standards casualties of the recession, with even the like oysters Rockefeller. wealthiest diners wondering about the wis- “We could get really sophisticated and dom and propriety of triple-digit dinners. have lots of dishes like the heart of palm Some customers, of course, don’t bother out there,” Fernandes says, referencing to wonder: Their reaction to a four-course his exceptionally delicate, roasted babymeal, which was once Horizons’ calling beet salad. “But our clientele isn’t going to card, is, “Nah. Sounds expensive.” Luxury appreciate that. We’re trying to be a little has become a liability. more approachable.” “We have a Four Diamond Award, but Presumably that’s why Horizons has we’re certainly not flaunting that anymore,” hung on to dishes like the flavor-deficient Fernandes says. roasted halibut, which was overcooked the “Being Four Diamond doesn’t mean night I dined there. But there’s an upshot expensive,” Horizons’ manager Todd to Horizons’ vestigial old-school attitudes: Phillips rushes to add. Phillips worked A deep appreciation of all the world’s great closely with Fernandes to re-conceptualize ingredients emanates from the kitchen, the restaurant, and says, “We’ve changed a which hasn’t hogtied itself to what grows lot, but we’re still an upscale restaurant.” in Buncombe County. Horizons is one of That’s a narrow tightrope to walk: The very few Asheville restaurants willing to Grove Park risked alienating its base and put foie gras on its menu. “I don’t know how failing to connect with a new audience you feel about foie,” our highly professional when it decided to abandon its long-stand- server said haltingly, before tentatively ing dress code and invite regular folks to proceeding to describe the locally controenjoy the restaurant’s exquisite service and versial appetizer. unparalleled views for as little as the price Fernandes’ take on the rich goose liver — of a single vegetable crepe ($10, in case which animal-rights activists are making a you’re saving up). strong stand against across the county — is But to hear the encased in granola, minds behind the the universal symFlavor: transition tell it, bol of leftist boheother than a few mians. “Figured Inventive continental well-dressed curwe’d give a shout Ambiance: mudgeons who cling out to Asheville on White tablecloths, a piano player to “jackets required” that one,” Fernandes and the region’s longest wine list dictums as signals says. The execution of civilization, there here is pitch perPrice: hasn’t been any real fect, with the foie’s $10-$39 fallout. Horizons has creamy texture Where: stayed busy. The new beautifully offsetcrowd has behaved ting the dried-fruit 290 Macon Ave. itself. (“We still have granola’s crunch. Contact: groups that come (For added measure, (828)252-2711 in and get a little the plate includes loud, but they reala second helping Hours: ize it’s not Cracker of foie, grilled and Mon.-Thu., 6-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 6-9:30 Barrel,” Phillips says. bathed with maple p.m. “They’re not going to syrup.) Other starters throw peanut shells on the floor.”) And, are equally delimost critically for the professional servers cious. The understandably popular fried and other workers who intimately under- green tomatoes, which taste like spring stand the current economic crisis, check sheathed in a latke, sandwich a terrific averages haven’t dropped significantly. lump crab salad. The season reasserts itself “The best seller is the Kobe beef,” in the lovely onion soup, which Fernandes Fernandes says of the very fancy filet — who joined the restaurant last fall — euphemistically listed as a $40 “supple- reveals is really nothing but Vidalias in liqment” to the basic $39 steak. That makes uid form. “What’s unique about that soup the dish quite possibly the most expensive is it’s 99 percent onions,” Fernandes says. single entrée this side of I-85, but appar- “It’s five quarts of heavy cream for two ently there are some corporate charge cards gallons of soup. We just add a little celery, that haven’t been cancelled yet. “If you some peppercorns, leave it and forget about want to come up here and have a $19 it. It melts down to sweet love.” chicken entrée, you can do that, but most Bacon dumplings bob in the thick soup, people are ordering multiple courses. The proving that Fernandes — like any selfbiggest change is we’re seeing less desserts respecting Southern chef — knows how to ordered.” employ pork products. A homemade, decon The change that will be most appar- structed sweet-potato ravioli is crowned ent to diners is the new energy on the with something like carnitas, while Allen menu. While Fernandes concedes that Benton’s ham surfaces in the pea shoots

that accompany the halibut. But the down-home touches don’t disrupt Horizons’ distinctive elegance. Diners at Horizons still have dedicated water pourers ready to fill their glasses, and the tablecloths are still crumbed by attentive servers. And then there’s the mountain landscape outside the window. “You can go downtown and get great food,” Phillips says. “But here you can get a view instead of a brick wall.” X Xpress food writer Hanna Rachel Raskin can be contacted at

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SQUARE 1 MARKET: Joseph and Lindsay Lewis, who’ve been on a one-couple crusade to bring locavorism to Hendersonville, are planning to expand their reach this week with the brand new Square 1 Market. The cozy market, which will be carved out of Square 1 Bistro’s storefront kitchen, will retail fresh produce and cheeses currently unavailable in downtown Hendersonville. While some of the city’s specialty shops stock prepackaged gourmet products, the Lewis’ market will be the first shop to carry the locally grown vegetables that draw wows in the restaurant’s dining room. “We’ll be selling some of the local products that people always ask us where they can buy,” Square 1 manager and co-owner Lindsay Lewis says. Square 1 Market, slated to open this week, will also feature chef Joseph Lewis’ cured meats and artisanal sausages. The market’s hours will mirror those of the restaurant — “Anytime we’re open, we’ll have someone here,” Lindsay Lewis says — with a slightly earlier opening time. “We’re planning on doing it from 9 to 9,” Lewis explains. Square 1 is located at 111 S. Main St. For more information, call 698-5598. BLUE RIDGE BBQ: For the folks behind Tryon’s annual Blue Ridge BBQ Festival, the festival’s latest round of media exposure is bound to be a very good thing: Martha Stewart Living selected the event as one the nation’s top barbecue bonanzas. The festival, scheduled for June 12-13, is featured in the magazine’s June issue. Even without Martha’s help, festival

organizers were expecting more than 20,000 ’cue hounds to descend upon the 16th edition of the event in search of slow-cooked pork, carnival rides and crafts. To learn more, visit KILWIN’S AND DUNKIN DONUTS: Buncombe County sweets fiends have two new places to get their fix, thanks to the expansion of two locally established franchises. Kilwin’s Chocolates, Fudge and Ice Cream, which opened a downtown Asheville store last year, this month opened a new location at 116 W. State St. in Black Mountain. And over on Asheville’s west side, Dunkin’ Donuts is preparing to open its fourth area outlet in the former Krystal at 305 Smoky Park Highway. S&W: There’s more than steak and wine at S&W, particularly during the early evening hours on weekdays. The restaurant recently rolled out a happy-hour menu, featuring $3 appetizers and nightly drink specials. To learn more about the menu, which is available from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., call 505-3362. CHAMPA SUSHI & THAI: Billed as “the perfect match of Asian food,” Champa Sushi & Thai Cuisine in Hendersonville is celebrating its first anniversary on June 1 with a $25-perperson choice of appetizers, special sushi rolls, Thai entrees and dessert (drinks excluded). Space is limited to 150 people; reservations are available by calling 696-9800. Champa is located at 437 N. Main St., in Hendersonville. For more information, visit www.champanc. com.

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Nova bartender Justin Crawford goes down the ranks of silver shakers like a field marshal, taking a moment to eyeball a cocktail ingredient before adding it to the mix. His movements are a blur, and the untrained eye might have trouble seeing the rhyme or reason to the whole affair. About the results, however, there can be no debate: superbly tempered cocktails, equally appealing to the eyes and mouth. It’s the day of the great beer vote, though the news that Asheville tied with Portland for Beer City USA hasn’t yet come out. Well-deserved as that lofty honor is, Nova is a perfect demonstration that beer culture isn’t the only form of libation enjoyment present in this fair city. Adding to that is the fact that the bar doesn’t simply serve a good drink — it’s gone out of its way to find, revive and improve on old concoctions. For example, if you pick up an older bar book (say, from the 1940s) you will be stunned by the number of changes in cocktail culture that have taken place. One of the main tectonic shifts is the disappearance of egg, once a necessity for a whole variety of flips and fizzes. For those of you out there who’ve suddenly muttered “ick” at the previous sentence: Grow


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up. The classic Ramos Gin Fizz (with egg white) or one of Nova’s recent innovations, a Golden Cucumber Fizz (with whole egg) are excellent drinks for a reason. Egg, properly used and prepared, adds a rich body to the drink, but without any of the heaviness found in the overly generous amounts of cream preferred these days. But gin lovers aren’t the only ones in luck: The ever-changing cocktail menu caters to just about any taste. Brandy? They make a mean Sidecar. Tequila? Go for Rosemary’s Baby. Still more gin? The Last Word, a cocktail that dates back to 1916. The ingredients are fresh, with Crawford elaborating that he’ll craft cocktails based on what’s in season or available in local markets. The only potential downside is the price. This level of quality and craftsmanship runs about $8 to $12 a drink. The atmosphere is clean, elegant and sedate enough for truly enjoying a conversation. All in all, if Asheville had more places like this, our cocktail culture might one day be as famed as our beer culture. — David Forbes


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Benefit reunites four prominent area rock bands Sixteen years ago, Charlotte- and Asheville-based rock band Charlie’s On Acid was at the top of its game. The band’s members appeared as Hangman’s Joke, the backing band to Brandon Lee’s rocker character in The Crow. Then, Lee (son of action star Bruce Lee) was accidentally killed during filming in Wilmington. Bassist Eric Metcalf remembers that Lee was “a super-nice guy. We all got along with him. He was learning to play guitar.” And Charlie’s on Acid had also just played a gig with White Zombie — “so it was a double whammy.” Though Metcalf doesn’t blame Lee’s death (and the who: associated “bad vibe”) for the band not getting signed, Asheville Rewind within a few years the memwhat: bers of Charlie’s on Acid Benefit for Eliada Homes had gone their separate where: ways. The good news: Now, The Orange Peel a decade since they last played together, the group when: has reunited for Asheville Friday, May 22 (The Rewind, a four-band showStripp Band at 7:40 p.m., case to benefit residential Prayin’ for Rain at 8:40 and foster care facility Eliada p.m., Charlie’s on Acid at 9:40 p.m., Mother Soul at Homes. 10:40 p.m., All-star jam at The concept — bringing 11:40 p.m. $10. www.ashesome of the best-known local bands from the 80s and 90s out of retirement — is the brainchild of local musician Joe Lasher. Lasher grew up in Asheville and, from 1990 to ’94, played guitar in rock and metal band Mother Soul. “What inspired the event was that my formative years were shaped by such great music,” he says. Because Asheville has “shifted from that rock scene,” nostalgia

inspired Lasher — now in his mid-30s — not just to reassemble his former group (vocalist Joel Shaffer, guitarist Scot Calloway, bassist Jim Nance and drummer Mike “Rockjaw” Hunnicutt), but to convince some his favorite bands of that era to do the same. With the help of Jerry Lyda (owner of West Asheville business Music City), Lasher dreamed up and organized Rewind Asheville. Also on the bill: Prayin’ for Rain — which included vocalist Ritchie Tipton and guitarist Mike Barnes (Barnes will not be at the Orange Peel show, due to a scheduling conflict) who have both gone on to other projects; and hair-metal outfit The Stripp Band (with guitarist Jack Mascari) — which played the first Warren Haynes Christmas Jam in 1988 at now-defunct venue 45 Cherry. “Back when it was all “I love that the event is about spandex and creating an opportunity for big hair”: Charlie’s on these groups to reunite,” says Acid then (above), and Carolyn Ashworth, a spokesnow, (below). The band, person for Eliada Homes. The along with three other 90’sbenefit is also a great opporturock outfits, reunite at the nity for the nonprofit agency. Orange Peel this Friday. The economy has hurt Eliada’s fundphotos special to raising efforts, mountain xpress but the children and family-service nonprofit depends on donations for many of its programs, including its therapeutic equestrian program and its athletics. The four bands agreed to donate proceeds from

In the ‘90s, Asheville had a thriving rock scene. The Stripp Band, above, was part of it. They may bust out some Whitesnake for the Asheville Rewind show.


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the Rewind show to Eliada Homes because, according to Lasher, “we know what a safe haven music has been for us. It’s our hope [Eliada Homes] can build a music program.” Since announcing the Rewind show, Lasher says he’s been contacted by “so many groups from the past 20 years” about putting on future events. Anne Coombs of Primitive Future, the band Legacy Mother Soul and musician Bruce McTaggart are among those (left) guitarist who might play upcoming Rewind showcases. Joe Lasher says While picking back up after a decade- (or his group, at more) long hiatus isn’t quite as easy as getting its hey-day in back on a bicycle (“None of these bands was the early 90s, playing together before six weeks ago,” Lasher are calling the says), the reunion is proving doable. “We’ve put show “We Ain’t it all back together,” Lasher promises. 40 Yet.” Of Mother Soul: “We’re calling it ‘We Ain’t

Take me back, again: Crystal Zoo and Keith Flynn reunite Coincidentally during the same weekend, heavy-rock band Crystal Zoo (which also had its peak in the mid-90s) reunites for a show at the Unitarian Universalist Church (1 Edwin Place). The show, dubbed An Evening of Poetry and Rhythm, is sponsored by Asheville Wordfest and the Prama Institute. Along with the rock show, Sebastian Matthews, Laura Hope-Gill and students will present poetry. Tickets, $15 or $10 students/seniors, available at Malaprop’s or www.pramainstitute. org. More info at

ease, and the maturity that comes with age (the bassist and his cohorts are now in their late30s), means for Charlie’s on Acid, this reunion might last beyond Asheville Rewind. “We’ll try it on a limited basis and see how it goes,” Metcalf says. X A&E reporter Alli Marshall can be reached at


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What happens when seven guys, including four who comprise a band called Rat Jackson, hit 27 breweries and play five gigs during a twoweek road trip from North Carolina’s mountains to its coast? Watch the movie Beer Y’all and find out. “I’d say the movie’s about 50 percent beer, 30 percent road trip and whatever’s left, it’s rock and roll,” says Curt Arledge, a resident of Asheville and a member of the merry bunch that set out last summer in a seatless cargo van to capture the state’s booming handcrafted-beer culture. The documentary captures everything from a “grain to glass” tour of a microbrewing operation to partying at Rat Jackson shows and beer drinking, according to Arledge. Lots of beer drinking. “We wanted to celebrate the state. We didn’t really know that much about beer and beermaking, and it really surprised us how much was going on in the eastern part of the state,” says Arledge, noting Asheville’s status as the hub of a hugely popular local-beer scene. The movie highlights all of Asheville’s local breweries in existence in July 2008, according to Arledge — Green Man, French Broad, Pisgah, Wedge, Asheville Pizza and grandaddy Highland. Sylva-based brewery Heinzelmannchen and Catawba Valley Brewing in Morganton also made the cut.

Arledge says the guys, including his brother Will, used sound and video equipment from URTV, Asheville’s public-access channel, to record the adventure. Arledge, a paid staffer at URTV, said the film was edited using other facilities. The result is an amateur, independent documentary that captures the good times. Arledge is also selling a DVD containing the 75-minute movie an a 20-minute featurette called A Brewed Awakening: Interviews on North Carolina Beer. “We wanted to celebrate the state,” Arledge says. “It was just a really good time.” X Jason Sandford can be reached at jsandford@

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The one who “transfigures American music” Bonnie Prince Billy plays a rare Asheville show by Wayne Robbins Will Oldham, the Palace/Palace Music/Palace Brothers chameleon, who has been releasing a series of stunning albums and weird EPs since 1999’s I See A Darkness under the Bonnie Prince Billy moniker, will be making a rare Asheville stop in support of his excellent new album, Beware (Drag City). If you aren’t familiar with Bonnie Prince Billy, check out what you’re missing. Consider: He is oft hailed as perhaps the best songwriter of the thirty-something generation. Johnny Cash covered Oldham’s “I See A Darkness” shortly before he died, and the independently-signed artist has been courted by a fawning mainstream media. Though he doesn’t often consent to interviews, last month he was in Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker recently published a feature that deemed Oldham one who “transfigures American music” (whatever that means). Oldham Someday Bonnie Prince will come: Fans have waited years for another local show from the altjust returned from another successful Americana icon. European tour, selling out most shows photos by jesse fischler including the Royal Festival Hall in London. first real “hit” in years: the catchy and ironic “I Am Goodbye.” Check out Oldham has earned a large, dedicated fan base, amassing a collection the hilarious video for it at of songs unparalleled in the so-called realm of Americana. With each Mark Capon at Harvest Records (co-producing the show with The album (nearly one per year lately), his prolific songwriting becomes Grey Eagle) says the performance will likely sell out, so get tickets now more focused and taut — and Beware has some of his most sophisticated — Oldham is not to be missed. The last time Bonnie Prince Billy was in and brilliant songs yet. Its huge, sweeping melodies are memorable Asheville (at The Orange Peel in 2004), it was a truly epic show (some and simple, but the arrangements are often unexpected and complex. A of the songs from were included on his 2005 live album, Summer in the couple of the tracks on Beware, “I Won’t Ask Again” and “You Are Lost,” Southeast). bring to mind late Buffalo Springfield-era Neil Young, but without the Oldham is also known for constantly rearranging his songs and jugbloated arrangements, Sgt. Pepper-production techniques and lyrical gling different instrumentations and musicians, and the current tour has pretentions. The Dirty Three’s Jim White, one of the best drummers around. Written with the support of a grant from The Headlands Center of the For those who have waited five long years for Oldham’s Asheville Arts, Beware’s lyrics seem personal and direct. And then there’s Oldham’s return, the warm, intimate atmosphere of The Grey Eagle is perfect. As Eagle co-owner Jeff Whitworth, a fan of Oldham’s work for many years, explains, “Bonnie Prince Billy and The Grey Eagle are a perfect match, and we couldn’t be happier that our time together has finally come.” X Wayne Robbins plays with the Hellsayers (also Hopewell and Electric Owls) Saturday night, May 23, at Broadway’s.

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Singing, dancing, comedy and some of Asheville’s finest performers: The Bombs Away Cabaret has it all — plus your ticket price goes to a great cause. one. The Bombs Away Cabaret, a brand-new cabaret/burlesque collective, will be putting on quite the show on Friday and Saturday, May 22 and 23, at the Asheville Arts Center. Featuring performers from the wildly talented Runaway Circus, belly-dancing, comedy and the Bombs Away Band (lead by local music mogul Aaron Price), Risque Business has it all: Singing, dancing, clowning. Friday’s show is $12, Saturday’s is $15 and includes an after-party with gypsycollective Sirius B. And 100 percent of the proceeds go to fight breast cancer. Still talking money, but first — if you haven’t

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gone to see the drably-named but wholly- inspiring exhibit Mapping the Mountains: The Photographs of George Masa at the Asheville Art Museum, run, don’t walk. Seriously. It’s up until July 5. We were watching PBS the other night and caught the new onehour version of The Mystery of George Masa. This guy was bloody intrep- Photographer George Masa’ s early 20th-centu ry photos of the id — a rail- Smoky Mountains must be Great seen at the Ashe Ju ly 5. ville Art Museum Local filmmaker thin Japanese be Pa fore ul Bo ne ste el, who made a i m m i g r a n t Masa, has some big ne documentary on ws about anothe r project on Carl who lived in Sandburg. the thick of the Great Smoky Mountains in the shows early part of the last century, which must have to note, and do note ’em or been some intense business. So Masa and his you’ll be sorry. That’s not a threat — it’s just the ol’ pal Horace Kephart tromped all around truth. Psych-rock purveyors Hopewell (featurthe Smokies before there were even navigable ing ex-Mercury Rev members) join forces with trails. Masa lugged his old-school equipment Asheville’s renowned lyrical shamans of noise, up the steepest slopes and took some most Wayne Robbins & The Hellsayers. Also on amazing shots. The documentary is riveting; the bill for Broadway’s on Saturday, May 23, is Masa’s photos, a blessing. the recently-profiled Electric Owls. Hopewell Local filmmaker Paul Bonesteel made just released Good Good Desperation, which is Mystery, and he has some big news about a dif- more good good than desperate. Info at www. ferent project. Bonesteel Films and the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara just earned a Also noteworthy: Brevard’s White Squirrel $25,000 grant for further work on The Day Carl Festival happens this weekend. Don’t be conSandburg Died, a documentary that looks at fused by the name — the May 23 and 24 the life and work of the great American master. festival has quite the rockin’ lineup. Also, Info at white squirrels are supercool. Check out rising Bob Dylan should be happy about that, star Shannon Whitworth, jam-rock pioneers since he’s a big Sandburg fan, which he dis- Jupiter Coyote, steel pan wunderkind Jonathan closed recently in Rolling Stone (a story well Scales, cornpone-humorist-with-heart Michael worth reading and a sly cover photo). He’s Reno Harrell and bluegrass sensations Steep also a fan of kids playing outside and Billy Joe Canyon Rangers. And Galen Kipar. Here’s Shaver, bravo. what we’ll tell you about Galen Kipar: He Also on the films front, there’s a triple bill played in Pritchard Park every week last sumof low-fi music and film at The Grey Eagle on mer as part of Arts2People’s music series, and Thursday, May 21. It’s all for the DVD release we never got tired of hearing his songs out the of the existential drama Neutral, a movie that window (which is more than we can say for the local filmmaker Joe Chang shot in Asheville accordion buskers). The guy’s got mad talent. with a cast of mostly Asheville folks. On Info at Thursday, Night’s Bright Colors, Kovacs & If you can’t make it to the festival, catch the the Polar Bear and Chang’s own project will Galen Kipar Project at the Emerald Lounge play, and they’ll show clips from Neutral. Cool on Friday, May 22. That show will bring a bit things about Neutral: It was shot with actual of Brevard to Asheville: drummer and forfilm (!), Chang lived in his truck for six months mer Aquarium Rescue Unit-er Jeff Sipe’s new to pay for it and Xpress’ Ken Hanke gave it a band, the Odd Meters. three-and-a-half-star review. — Rebecca Sulock Getting ’round to music, there are a couple of


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From rooftops to river banks: Something for everyone The Urban loft + Art Tour sponsored by the Asheville Art Museum last week provided an interesting glimpse at the lifestyles and interiors of Asheville’s downtown dwellers. The apartments and condos that rise above this little city provide some breathtaking views, and it’s hard to not feel a hint of envy at the plebian’s limited access to such vistas. Some of the residents in these spaces had their personal artwork on display, such as Patric Mullen, whose straightforward depiction of Winston Churchill — painted the day after Churchill died in 1965 —appears as hip as anything painted today. While much of the art that decorated the Urban Loft tour was impressive, it was determined that there are still many exciting things to be seen on the ground as well. After the tour, we jetted down to the River District and caught an impromptu circus performance Patric Mullen in his downtown loft, featured on the by the Vermont-based Bread and asheville art Museum’s urban Loft + art Tour. Puppet Theater Group — an affordPhoTo by JonaThan WeLCh able and compelling show for the masses. Using large puppets and the simplest of resources, the group and over by hand invariably cannot be replicatsucceeded in entertaining a diverse audience ed, and everything holds a personalized appeal. with satire and creative ingenuity. A droll skit The epicenter of Thompson’s show, “Bear Skin promoting rooftop farming was followed with Quilt Rug,” is stretched over a corner of the café, a somber memorandum for lives lost in the calling into question morals and tradition. Even Israeli/Palestine conflict. the “Truly Anna Amazing” neon sign feels at At one point a member of the troupe whipped home in this succinct and appealing installation a giant flag with skill and grace over the heads that is worth seeing before it comes down at the of the crowd, eliciting a number of oohs and end of the month. ahhs from audience members. When the show The work of Asheville artist sarah Cavalieri was over, they passed around a hat for dona- (currently at PUSH gallery and skate shop at tions and gave out slices of homemade bread 25 Patton) also merits attention. PUSH’s ample doused in a garlic sauce. Yum. Now that’s enter- showroom (behind the skate-shop wares) has tainment! grown into a reputable gallery for local emergFor more satire, visit the Over Easy Café at 32 ing talents. Cavalieri’s exhibit, entitled Doomsday Broadway to see the work of local artist Anna Safari, showcases her newest relief paintings and Thompson, who has sculpted 19 raccoon faces shadow-box dioramas. The images are graphic out of papier-mâché and hung them at random (but palatable) in their comedic and stylized on the walls. At first glance, the faces all appear depictions. Hoards of bees flee burning citsimilar, and all very cute. Further examina- ies with bags of money clinched in their legs, tion reveals their distinct differences. Each is grotesque monsters with many eyes vomit goo given his/her own name: “Smokin’ Pee Wee” and pus, skulls are piled up, and flowers bloom displays his pink ears, round face and slender with color and depth. The use of materials is pipe alongside “Smokin’ Cas,” whose pipe juts also remarkable, as Cavalieri has sculpted foam out from a different angle and whose ears are and polymer clay for the base of each and then not pink, while “Smokin’ Dooly Raccoon” has a painstakingly painted in the details with acrylmore angular face and enjoys a fatter pipe. ics. The show will be hanging until June 9. There is a deeper message at work here about — Ursula Gullow crafting traditions — that which gets made over

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Humble Thumb, the fragmented version of hobo junk-rock band The Brothels, recently opened for West Asheville-based Buffalo at Fred’s Speakeasy. The small crowd — surprisingly quiet for a Saturday night — finally hit its enthusiastic stride when Buffalo took the stage with a young but mature approach to old-time roots, country, and bluegrass. It was evident that Humble Thumb, performing as a tight group, was missing some integral elements. Although the band exhibited a fine array of musicianship, it seemed as if it was waiting for something to happen (for instance, another band member to beef up the sound) at several moments throughout the evening. Multi-instrumentalists James Butler and Jeff Micchelli effectively traded off on guitar, banjo and vocals. Micchelli also performed on trumpet and saw, and Butler played fiddle as well. “Bad” Bill Cooley offered accompaniment on drums, and Brian Smith joined for a few songs on guitar. Although Humble Thumb has the necessary ingredients to create rowdy bluegrass (as evidenced by a rousing Hackensaw Boys cover of “Keep it Simple”) with a little bit of a punk undertone (a cover of the Dead Milkmen’s “Punk Rock Girl”), the band struggled to find consistency within its songs. A short instrumental, “Tears of a Jackal,” was one of the more intriguing songs of the set, illustrating that Humble Thumb may have something to offer beyond the technical difficulties. Buffalo has been creating ripples regionally, recently playing at Shakori Hills music festival in Silk Hope, N.C. Their influences — from the Stones to Conway Twitty — are as varied as their style: Succinct but exceptionally arranged tunes capable of evoking a wide array

of responses. The musicians — Grant Waters on vocals and banjo, Kyle Mendenhall on upright bass and Brantly Tyson on vocals and guitar — craft coherent songs that fit together in a wellorchestrated and enjoyable journey of a set. It’s as if Buffalo encourages each listener to hop in the car and road trip with the band. “Where the Buffalo Roam” is a catchy ramblin’ walking tune, echoing Johnny Cash in his heavy-boozing days. Other songs, like “Chasing Arkansas,” about being left behind the morning after, are catchy and sweet (but still gritty and raw) songs for lovers. One of the real gems of the set was the opening tune, “Alimony Rag,” which contains a cascade of one-liners: “A shotgun wedding and a Pontiac, I’m leaving this scene and I ain’t coming back.” The song goes over like a call to the fight-or -flight mechanism, promising that “there ain’t no raisin’ like raisin’ hell.” The players who comprise Buffalo are musically wise beyond their years, and their instincts are right on the money for the recent rekindled interest in alt-country, as bands like Blitzen Trapper and Neko Case incite widespread frenzy. At press time, the Buffalo line-up has changed, and future shows may present a selection of different and interchanging members. It would behoove a smart listener to keep an ear on the subsequent incarnations of Buffalo. -- Lydia See Learn more about Humble Thumb at www. and Buffalo at www. Lydia See is a freelance writer based in Asheville — find more of her music reviews and live photography at



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Singer-songwriter showcase Stella Blue

The Poles w/ Today the Moon Tomorrow the Sun & Club Awesome

EvEry Monday

Wacky Wing Night - 25¢ Wings & $2 Draft


Sound Extreme Karaoke 9pm Wacky Wing Night - 25¢ Wings & $2 Draft


$4 Kamakazees | $2.75 Import Bottles


Sound Extreme Karaoke 9pm $5 Long Island Teas | $3.50 23oz Domestic Draught

Stir Fry Cafe

6 46” PLaSma TV’S

A Social Function (pop, rock)


Temptations Martini Bar


Jake Gardner (singer/songwriter) Town Pump

Makia Groove (funk, reggae) Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Peggy Ratusz’ Invitational Blues Jam Vincenzo’s Bistro

Live music w/ Aaron Laflace (singer/songwriter) Westville Pub

saTurday - 5/23

Rick Branderson from Sound Investment @ 9pm $5 Redbull Bombs | $3 Local Highland Beer

Dance mix w/ local DJ’s Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Locomotive Pie (originals & blues) Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

Chris Rhodes (r&b, blues, pop), 5:30-10pm

Blue Ridge Performing Arts Center

SynAesthestic Time Machine (instrumentals, audio-visual performance) BoBo Gallery

Dance party

Boiler Room

Two Planes w/ Spy Satellite & The Death Of Analog (rock)

Tennessee Hollow

Rough & Tumble Deep–Wooded Blues SATURDAY • MAY 23

Custard Pie Acoustic Zeppelin featuring

Powerhouse Vocals by Rhett McGahee TUESDAY • MAY 26

Jesse Cobb & Andy Falco From The Infamous Stringdusters Special Show! FRIDAY • MAY 29

Buncombe Turnpike Homegrown Bluegrass SATURDAY • MAY 30

Eliza Lynn

Acclaimed Sonwriter’s CD Release!

Chaser’s Nitelife

DJ Diva & The Lee Whitaker Band

Hookah Joe’s

Emergence feat. Danny The Wild Child Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Jack Of The Wood Pub

Tennessee Hollow (rock, Americana) Belly dancing w/ live music Solito Art Punk (punk) Emergence feat: Danny the Wild Child New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

Katamari Deathroll w/ Just Die (hardcore, thrash) & Kings of Prussia Orange Peel

Asheville Rewind feat: Mother Soul, Charlie’s On Acid, The Stripp Band & Prayin’ For Rain Pisgah Brewing Company

If You Wannas (pop, indie) Purple Onion Cafe

Fred Whisken (jazz pianist) Razcal’s

Peggy Ratusz and The Daddy Longlegs (jazz, blues) Red Room at Temptations

DJ Spivey

Rocket Club

Faigen (alternative, rock) w/ 99 Years and Redline Sadie’s Seafood

Walt Whitney (blues) Stella Blue

Natalie Productions

Reunion party w/ Ritchie Tipton & friends, The Humbuckers & Holiday Childress

Club Xcapades

Stir Fry Cafe

Live music

Shake it Like a Caveman (rock, blues)

Decades Restaurant & Bar

Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Southern Silk Duo (jazz, blues) w/ DJ Fortune 500, 10pm-2am

Wilson (singer/songwriter)

Diana Wortham Theater

The Leigh Glass Band (Americana, rock)

Téada (Celtic series)

Dock’s Restaurant

Town Pump

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

The Nightcrawlers (blues, rock)

Randy Galloway (Southern rock) & open mic jam

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Ed Boudreaux’s Bayou BBQ

Well-Bred Bakery and Cafe

26 Ways (blues, rock)

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Non-stop rock’n roll sing-a-long party show, 8pm-1am

Bobby Sullivan (piano) Dave Wendelin (acoustic, folk) White Horse

High Windy (bluegrass) Wild Wing Cafe

Hopewell (soul) & The Hellsayers

Diva Saturdays feat: Ashley Michaels, Vicki Celest & Brianna Love Decades Restaurant & Bar

Southern Silk Duo (jazz, blues) w/ DJ Fortune 500, 10pm-2am Dock’s Restaurant

Randy Galloway (Southern rock) & open mic jam Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Non-stop rock’n roll sing-a-long party show, 8pm-1am Emerald Lounge

Funk Sway & BPL

Fred’s Speakeasy

Now You See Them (folk, indie) French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Pierce Edens (folk, rock) Gottrocks

Matt Morgan and Friends Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Ben Sollee w/ Anni Rossi (singer/songwriter) Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (dance band), 7-11pm Handlebar

Sequoyah Prep School (indie, southern-rock) w/ After August, Magnolia Sons & Hotspur Hangar

Live music Hannah Flanagan’s

Gas House Mouse (blues, funk, soul) Havana Restaurant

Ahora Si (salsa, jazz, tropical) Hookah Joe’s

Discordian Society & Dark Candy Duo Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Iron Horse Station

Butter Hollar

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Custard Pie (acoustic, rock) Jerusalem Garden

Belly dancing w/ live music Nashwa

DJ Drea

New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

Live music w/ True Woman Orange Peel

Matt Stillwell (country, bluegrass) w/ Balsam Range Purple Onion Cafe

Eleven on Grove

Bonepony (jam band, folk-rock)

Michael Reno Harrell (Americana, folk)

Emerald Lounge

Sat., May 23

DJ Roxx

Salsa dancing


Galen Kipar Project (folk, acoustic) & Odd Meters

Back Room

Red Room at Temptations

Galen Kipar Project (acoustic, folk)

DJ Position

Five Fifty Three

Beacon Pub

Rocket Club

Michael Collins w/ Jeff Starnes (jazz duo) Fred’s Speakeasy

Groove Collector (classic rock) French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Brushfire (bluegrass)

Calm & Collective Reggae Vibes Gottrocks

The Legendary JCs (blues, funk) Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

MAY 20 - MAY 26, 2009 •

Club Hairspray

The Sharkadelics (classic rock, metal)

Club Hairspray

Garage at Biltmore


DJ Diva & The Lee Whitaker Band



Blu Lounge


Chaser’s Nitelife

Hard-rock & metal music festival

Zuma Coffee

Silas Durocher & Pierce Edens (singer/songwriters)

every Sunday on


Mike’s Tavern

Back Room

By Morning w/ Amhurst & We Are Masked (progressive rock) Broadway’s

Wild Wing Cafe

Fri., May 22

Boiler Room

Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (dance band), 7-11pm

Jerusalem Garden

Thursday night bluegrass jam

entertainment writers

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Brian McGee & Hollow Speed (rock, country) w/ Frontier Ruckus Live music w/ The Gullah Roots

Listen to Bad Ash &

Sol Driven Train (Americana, roots) w/ Velvet Truckstop

Chuck Beattie

Blu Lounge

Music w/ Lady DJ Christian M. Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Mark Bumgarner

Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

Chris Rhodes (r&b, blues, pop), 5:30-10pm BoBo Gallery

Civil Twilight (alternative, rock)

Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade (Americana, jazz) w/ The Space Heaters Sadie’s Seafood

Chris Cates (original guitar) Scandals Nightclub

DJ Dance Party & Cabaret Show Stella Blue

Reggae party to benefit Evergreen Charter School Stir Fry Cafe

clubdirectory Complete clubland directory: Questions or errors? E-mail ( Asheville Civic Center & Thomas Wolfe Auditorium 251-5505 The Back Room (OSO) 697-6828 Barley’s Tap Room (SH) 255-0504 Beacon Pub 686-5943 Blue Mountain Pizza (OSO) 658-8777 Blue Lounge 650-5198 Blue Ridge Performing Arts Center 693-0087 BoBo Gallery (OSO) 254-3426 Broadway’s (SA) 285-0400 Caffiend 24 hr coffee 505-2098 Calypso II (SA) 277-6490 Chaser’s (SA) 684-3780 Club Hairspray (SA) 258-2027 College St. Pub (SA) 232-0809 Courtyard Gallery 273-3332 Cypress Cellar (ISS) 698-1005 Decades Restaurant & Bar 254-0555

Diana Wortham Theater 257-4530 Dock’s Restaurant 883-4447 ED Boudreaux’s Bayou BBQ (SH) 296-0100 Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar 252-2711 Emerald Lounge (OSO) 232- 4372 The Encouraging Cup 329-8210 Feed & Seed + Jamas Acoustic 216-3492 Firestorm Cafe (OSO) 255-8115 Five Fifty Three 631-3810 Frankie Bones 274-7111 Fred’s Speakeasy (SA) 281-0920 French Broad Brewery Tasting Room 277-0222 The Garage 505-2663 Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern (OSO) 232-5800 Grove House Eleven on Grove 505-1612


The Grove Park Inn 252-2711 Guadalupe Cafe 586-9877 The Handlebar (864)233-6173 The Hangar (SA) 684-1213 Havana Restaurant 252-1611 Headlights 400-0382 Hookah Joe’s 252-1522 Infusions 665-2161 Iron Horse Station 622-0022 The Lobster Trap 350-0505 Mack Kell’s Pub & Grill 253-8805 Magnolia’s Raw Bar (ISS) 251-5211 Mela 225-8880 Mike’s Tavern 281-3096 Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill (SH) 258-1550 The Monte (SA) 669-2119 Nashwa 252-2001

New French Bar Courtyard Cafe 225-6445 The Orange Peel (OSO) 225-5851 Picnics 258-2858 PJ’s Coffee & Wine Bar 274-3444 Panther’s paw 696-0810 Pisgah Brewing Co. 669-2491 Purple Onion Cafe 749-1179 Rankin Vault 254-4993 Razcal’s 277-7117 Rocket Club 505-2494 Root Bar No.1 299-7597 Ruby’s BBQ Shack 299-3511 Sadie’s Seafood 505-3364 Scandals Nightclub 252-2838 Shovelhead Saloon (SA) 669-9541 Soul Infusion Tea House & Bistro (OSO) 586-1717 Steak & Wine 505-3362

Stella Blue 236-2424 The Still 683-5913 Stir Fry Cafe 505-4934 The Red Room at Temptations (SA) 252-0775 Temptations Martini Bar (SA) 252-0775 Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub 505-2129 Town Pump (SA) 669-4808 Tressa’s Downtown Jazz & Blues (SA) 254-7072 Vaso de Vino Wine Bar & Market 687-3838 Vincenzo’s Bistro 254-4698 The Watershed 669-0777 Westville Pub (OSO) 225-9782 White Horse 669-0816 Wild Wing Cafe (SA) 253-3066 Xcapades 258-9652 Zambra 232-1060


OSO: outdoor/patio smoking only • SH: smoking hours, call clubs for specfics • ISS: indoor smoking section • SA: smoking allowed DJ Moto The Still

Live music w/ One Eyed Willie Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Walt Whitney (singer/songwriter) Town Pump

Riyen Roots (blues, roots) Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Peggy Ratusz and the Daddy Longlegs (blues, jazz) Vincenzo’s Bistro

Live music w/ Tom Coppola Watershed

Jazz night

Well-Bred Bakery and Cafe

Ryan Furstenberg (country) Westville Pub

Southern Lights (transcendental Americana) White Horse

The Cheeksters (British pop) Wild Wing Cafe

Retro Vertigo (new wave, gothic)

Sun., May 24 Barley’s Taproom

Herb’s Herbs

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

John Cook

Blue Ridge Performing Arts Center

Montana Skies (jazz, classical) BoBo Gallery

Cigarette Trees & Timber Firestorm Cafe and Books

“The MUSE” (music, comedy & dance) Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Sol Driven Train (kid’s show), 3pm

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

The Two Guitars of Yasmin & Lou, 10am12:30pm Bob Zullo (guitar), 630-10:30pm Jack Of The Wood Pub

Irish session, 5pm Tom Waits time, late Lobster Trap

Chris Rhodes

Mike’s Tavern

HIRING ENTERTAINERS Join our great staff at Asheville’s new upscale adult venue. Great compensation. 21 & Older.

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520 Swannanoa River Rd, Asheville, NC 28805

Static-X (industrial metal quartet ) w/ Bury Your Dead, Seventh Void & Dirge Within Rocket Club

Asheville Jazz Orchestra (swing, jazz) Temptations Martini Bar

DJ Position

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Live music w/ D Mack Vincenzo’s Bistro

Marc Keller & Company (variety)

May 20th

Westville Pub

The Screaming Jays

Sunday jazz jam

Tue., May 26

May 22nd

Scandals Nightclub

Back Room

Chef Jerry & Izzyox Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

“Vinyl at the Vault” w/ DJ Chris Rocket Club

DJ Dance Party & Cabaret Show The Still

Live music w/ One Eyed Willie Town Pump

Pickin’ at the Pump, open acoustic jam Vincenzo’s Bistro

Johnny Blackwell (variety, covers)@date:Mon., May 25 Emerald Lounge

Deep Soul Mondays

Garage at Biltmore

Asheville Dance Revolution Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Contra dance

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Open mic w/ Scott Stewart 7:30pm Apres OM, 11pm

Rachel VanSlyke (singer/songwriter) Barley’s Taproom

The Good Ol’ Mountain Dewds (country) Beacon Pub

Open mic

Blu Lounge

Open mic w/ Earl Clarence, Dick Frost & more Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Buddy David Band BoBo Gallery

Ian Thomas w/ Jon Stickley Trio (bluegrass) Eleven on Grove

Swing & Tango social dances Emerald Lounge

Bob Zullo (guitar), 630-10:30pm

Ashevegas All-Stars presents Tuesday Night Funk Jam

Guadalupe Cafe

Emerald Lounge

Chad Hallyburton (jazz guitar), 7-9pm Hangar

Open mic night Orange Peel

Tuesday night funk jam Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (dance band), 7-11pm

No Cover!

Abe Reid & The Spike Drivers

(former frontman for the Blue Rags)

May 23rd Trainwreks

May 24th

Mamas Love (from ATL)

May 26th

675 Merrimon Ave • Asheville, NC


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$3 Admission • Movie Line 254-1281

Delivery or Carry Out until 11pm • 254-5339

Join us at both locations for our

Funk Record Spin Night


with DJ Rob

M-F 11-3pm • Now open Sundays! Pizza, salad, baked potatoes and more!

All shows at 9:30 pm unless noted 77b Biltmore Ave., Asheville, NC 828-258-1550 • Check out our music online!

Asheville Brewing Company 77 Coxe Ave. Downtown Asheville

255-4077 • MAY 20 - MAY 26, 2009


club xcapades Supreme Loungin’

Guadalupe Cafe

Ian Moore’s Mountain Music Miscellany Hookah Joe’s

Wed., May 27

Iron Horse Station

Back Room

Open mic w/ Yorky

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Jesse Cobb & Andy Falco (from The Infamous Stringdusters) Jeoffrey Weeks (piano)

Open mic Becky and Jaime’s Water’n Hole

Open mic Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Open mic

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

BoBo Gallery

New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

“Lexington Ave. Living Room” feat: Silas Durocher, Oso Rey & Pierce Edens

Funk record spin night w/ DJ Rob

The Admiral Browning w/ Husky & Enoch Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

clubs in one!

Bluegrass & clogging + Late Night NTN Trivia

Fat Tuesday w/ Selector Cleofus

Lobster Trap


Wild Wing Cafe

Rock records w/ Danny & Adam Razcal’s

Motown classics w/ The Mixx Temptations Martini Bar

Open mic w/ Pierce Edens

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Boiler Room

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Bonnie Prince Billy (American songwriter) w/ Lichens

Back Room

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Beacon Pub

Jim Tyrell

Hookah Joe’s

Blu Lounge

Open Mic

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Jack Of The Wood Pub

Old Time Jam, 6pm Nashwa

The Closet w/ DJ Cubbie


Galictifunk (disco, funk, house & DJs)

Non-stop rock’n roll sing-a-long party show, 8pm-1am Eleven on Grove

Latin dance, 9pm-2pm

Les Claypool (rock) w/ O’Death

Rocket Club

Umoja Orchestra w/ Now You See Them Scandals Nightclub

Latin dance

Chuck Lichtenberger presents “An Evening of Jazz” with special guests

Firestorm Cafe and Books

The Free Flow Band (funk, soul)

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Celtic & eclectic jam

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Marc Keller & Company (variety)

Frankie Bones

Marc Keller (variety)


Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter)


Live music w/ Robert Greer

Garage at Biltmore

Westville Pub

Open Jam w/ Michael Tao

Open mic at the Shed w/ Parker Brooks

Blues Jam w/ Mars Fariss


Wild Wing Cafe

White Horse

MO2 (break-beat, electronics) w/ Two Fresh

Celtic & blues music, Irish session

Live music

Johnny Blackwell (folk-rock, bluegrass) Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Patrick Fitzsimons BoBo Gallery Boiler Room

Craiges Marine & Tongues of... (jazz, fusion) Courtyard Gallery

Open mic w/ Jarrett Leone

Rocket Club

Emerald Lounge

Reggae Resurrection

Beacon Pub

Speedsquare (rock, experimental)

Orange Peel

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Carolina Blue (bluegrass)

Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (dance band), 7-11pm

URTV Mount Dungeon w/ Solo Exnihilio ‘80s Night

Thu., May 28

Caribbean Cowboys

Liz Durrett (thrash, grime) w/ The Bowmans & Anais Mitchell Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (dance band), 7-11pm

Chris Rhodes (r&b, blues, pop), 5:30-10pm BoBo Gallery

Hookah Joe’s

Ultra Pulverize (electronic, punk)

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School

Boiler Room

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Blitch & The Ringing Cedars (rock, metal)

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Chaser’s Nitelife

Jack Of The Wood Pub

DJ Diva & The Lee Whitaker Band

Bluegrass Jam, 9:30pm

Club Xcapades

Lobster Trap

Live music

Hank Bones

Decades Restaurant & Bar

Belly dancing

Southern Silk Duo (jazz, blues) w/ DJ Fortune 500, 10pm-2am


Dock’s Restaurant


The Sharkadelics

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Pisgah Brewing Company

Non-stop rock’n roll sing-a-long party show, 8pm-1am

Valorie Miller (singer/songwriter) w/ Deli (soul)

Emerald Lounge

Purple Onion Cafe

Brett Rock

Jon Shain (blues, folk)

Five Fifty Three


Steve Wolrab & guests (jazz, guitar) Frankie Bones

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter) French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Mark Keller (singer/songwriter) Rocket Club

Singer-songwriter showcase

Fred’s Speakeasy

The Summertime Whiskey Band

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band (funk, jam) & Jen and the Juice

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Peggy Ratusz’ Invitational Blues Jam

West Wing

Exotic fun and then some on the

Wild Side!

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Galen Kipar (folk, acoustic)

Vincenzo’s Bistro

On stage each night w/DJ Diva Friday & Saturday Night

Vertigo Jazz Project

Michael Collins w/ Jeff Starnes (jazz duo)


Crocodile Smile

Emerald Lounge

Soul Infusion Tea House and Bistro

Live music w/ Aaron Laflace (singer/songwriter)

Live Music, DJ’s & Dancing in the

Non-stop rock’n roll sing-a-long party show, 8pm-1am

Five Fifty Three

Wilsin w/ Special Guests

Jake Gardner (singer/songwriter)


Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Salsa dancing

Temptations Martini Bar

&RIDAY3ATURDAY.IGHT Kick Off To Summer Party

Randy Galloway (Southern rock) & open mic jam

Eleven on Grove

Paul Edelman (soul, electricl)


Acoustic Swing

Garage at Biltmore

“Temple of Boom Liftoff” feat: Pericles, Intrinsic, Agent Wu, DJ Bowie & DJ Medisin Gottrocks

Dye and Chandler

Westville Pub

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

The Analog Revival (acoustic & electric rock)

The Enemy Lovers (indie, rock) w/ William F. Gibbs

Wild Wing Cafe

Live music w/ McFly

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Zuma Coffee

Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (dance band), 7-11pm

Thursday night bluegrass jam

Fri., May 29


Back Room

Aaron Berg (singer/songwriter)

Tuesday’s Gone (Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band)

Located on Airport Road behind the Arby's

Beacon Pub


5 Andrew Way • Arden, NC 828-684-3780

Blu Lounge

Huge Summer Mardi Gras Party Reservations are taken nightly

Been a while?


The Sharkadelics (classic rock, metal)

Dance mix w/ local DJ’s

Hannah Flanagan’s

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

East Coast Dirt (rock, progressive)

Lots of new entertainers to see! F R i d Ay

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Open Mic Night!

Mon. - Sat. 7pm - 2am 21 to Enter

733 Haywood Rd. • West Asheville



99 New Leicester Hwy.

(3miles west of Downtown -off Patton Ave.)


Walt Whitney

MAY 20 - MAY 26, 2009 •

(on the corner of Brevard & Haywood Rd.)


Hookah Joe’s


Menage (country, funk) Beacon Pub

Havana Restaurant

Stir Fry Cafe

Ahora Si (salsa, jazz, tropical)

DJ Moto Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Dave Desmelick (singer/songwriter) w/ Red Sammy (country, rock)

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Iron Horse Station

Blu Lounge

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Music w/ Lady DJ Christian M.

Eliza Lynn (Americana, blues)

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Jerusalem Garden

Locomotive Pie (originals & blues)

Belly dancing w/ live music

Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar


Utah Green (folk, soul)

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Buncombe Turnpike (acoustic, bluegrass) Jerusalem Garden

Belly dancing w/ live music

Chris Rhodes (r&b, blues, pop), 5:30-10pm

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

DJ Drea

Boiler Room

Purple Onion Cafe

Orange Peel

Chaser’s Nitelife

Doug & Telisha Williams (acoustic, country)

Jamey Johnson (singer/songwriter) w/ Justin Moore

BoBo Gallery

Lance Mills & The Cavemen (funk)


West Sound (blues)

Eleven on Grove

Stir Fry Cafe

Makia Groove (funk, reggae)

One Leg Up (Gypsy jazz, swing) Emerald Lounge

Projekt Lotus (hip-hop) w/ Peg-Leg Firestorm Cafe and Books

The Still

Cyprian Kane (folk, acoustic) Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Live music w/ singer-songwriters Town Pump

Jon Stickley Band (bluegrass) Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Catfish Hodge (New Orleans blues) Vincenzo’s Bistro

Bobby Sullivan (piano) Watershed

Live music w/ Coal Dust Well-Bred Bakery and Cafe

Jason Waller (country, folk) White Horse

Firestorm’s birthday bash Fred’s Speakeasy

Holly Ann & guests

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Dehlia Low (bluegrass, Americana) Garage at Biltmore

The Malah w/ J. Wail (electronic, funk) w/ Silver Machine Gottrocks

Caddle and Whiskey Dick (country) Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Floating Action CD release (other) w/ Max Indian & Fox-Teeth Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Larry Keel & Natural Bridge (bluegrass, progressive)

Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (dance band), 7-11pm

Wild Wing Cafe



Sat., May 30 Back Room

Battle of the Bands: 10-band showcase Hangar

Live music

Samantha Sue (acoustic, country, folk) Westville Pub

The Cisco Playboys (swing, honky tonk) Malcomb Holcomb (blues, folk, country) Wild Wing Cafe

DJ Dance Party & Cabaret Show

The High & Mighties (rock, reggae, pop)

Convalescense (metal)

TUESDAY Decades Getaway’s (Eleven on Grove) Headlights • Mike’s Side Pocket

THIRSTY THURSDAYS When the Tourists are away, this is where the locals play... $2 Domestics & More

W EDNESDAY Beacon Pub • Fred’s Speakeasy The Hangar • Blu Lounge Norton’s Grill Temptations Martini Bar T H URSDAY Becky and Jaime’s Water’n Hole Chasers • Club Hairspray Infusions • Razcals Beacon Pub • Mack Kell’s Norton’s Grill SATURDAY Club Hairspray • Infusions Norton’s Grill • The Still SUNDAY

Party Starts at 9pm until Only $2.00 Recession Times

DSF • 828-686-0006 204 Whitson Ave., Swannanoa



Saturday, May 23

Fri. 05/29

WEDNESDAYS $1.50 Domestics all night

Stella Blue

Sadie’s Seafood

Well-Bred Bakery and Cafe

Jim Tyrell

Mack Kell’s Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Non-stop rock’n roll sing-a-long party show, 8pm-1am

The Space Heaters (jazz)

Due Panic w/ Chris McKay & Jen and the Juice Scandals Nightclub

DJ Spivey

Thurs. 05/28

Live music w/ Tom Coppola

White Horse

Rocket Club

Randy Galloway (Southern rock) & open mic jam

Red Room at Temptations

Chuck Beattie


DJ Position

Dock’s Restaurant

Fred Whisken (jazz pianist)

Sat. 05/23


Decades Restaurant & Bar

Purple Onion Cafe

Todd Greene


Red Room at Temptations

Brushfire Stankgrass (bluegrass)

Thurs. 05/21

Asheville ’s all-new upscale adult lounge & sports club.

DJ Diva & The Lee Whitaker Band Southern Silk Duo (jazz, blues) w/ DJ Fortune 500, 10pm-2am

Pisgah Brewing Company

Scissormen (blues, garage)

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Orange Peel

Bootstraps Burlesque & The Go Devils


Town Pump

The Free Flow Band (funk, soul)

Sun Ra Oriented (jazz)

The Go Devils (rockabilly)

Live music w/ singer-songwriters

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Night Of The Blues feat: Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues, Blonde Blues & Riyen RootS

Mike’s Tavern

Open 7 Days 3 pm - 2 am

College St. Pub Getaway’s (Eleven on Grove) The Hangar • Mack Kell’s Wing Cafe



Mon - Sat 6:30pm - 2am • (828) 298-1400 520 Swannanoa River Rd, Asheville, NC 28805 • MAY 20 - MAY 26, 2009



movie reviews and listings by ken hanke

JJJJJ is the maximum rating

additional reviews by justin souther • contact

pickoftheweek Is Anybody There?


Director: John Crowley Players: Michael Caine, Bill Milner, Anne-Marie Duff, David Morrissey, Rosemary Harris, Peter Vaughan


Rated PG-13

The Story: Character piece about an aging magician and a young boy who meet when the older man is placed in a nursing home run by the boy’s parents. The Lowdown: A predictable story and so-so filmmaking are overcome by the chemistry of the stars and the greatness of Michael Caine’s talent. What we have here is a three-and-a-halfstar movie boosted into the realm of fourand-a-half stars on the strength of one person: Michael Caine. The direction of Is Anybody There? by John Crowley is more utilitarian than inspired. TV writer Peter Harness’ screenplay feels exactly like it was written by a TV writer. Character “types” are used instead of characters. (Because they’re good types, they at least sort of work.) Points are raised and just as quickly forgotten in a fairly sloppy manner. The payoff is predictable — as are most of the developments leading to it. And yet the film ultimately works simply because of Caine’s performance. The story is no great shakes. It’s a fairly ordinary old-man/young-boy drama. Edward (Bill Milner, Son of Rambow) is a boy living with his parents (Anne-Marie Duff and David Morrissey) in a house that’s been turned into an old-folks home. The boy hardly finds this a wholly pleasant environment — especially since he keeps losing his room to various boarders. Additionally, being surrounded by the aged and their impending deaths makes him preoccupied with the topic — to a point where he’s taken to hiding a cassette recorder under the beds of the dying in the hopes of hearing their souls leave their bodies. Into this setting comes the Amazing Clarence (Caine), a traveling magician who has spent his life touring the provinces with his act, and now is reduced to driving a beat-up van advertising his act. He bristles at the very idea of being consigned to a nursing home. If anything, Clarence is less delighted than Edward by the prospect of being surrounded by the slightly-to-completely dotty residents of the place — not in the least because


Michael Caine stars as the Amazing Clarence in Is Anybody There?, a moderately successful film that is elevated to something more by his performance. Clarence knows that he won’t ever be leaving this engagement. Despite the expected antipathy between Edward and the aging magician, it’s only a matter of time before the two find solace in each other’s company. After all, there’s simply no one else for either of them to talk to. What Clarence doesn’t reveal — or admit to himself — is that he’s slipping into a state of senile dementia. He knows — or suspects — that admitting to this fact will mark the beginning of the end. Of course, denial will only carry him so far, and that — along with his growing relationship with Edward — is the crux of the story. The ending is predestined by the material. What isn’t so obvious lies, to some degree, in the undeniable chemistry between Caine and Milner. While everything else in the film — even the occasional streaks of surprisingly black humor — feel at least slightly manufactured, their teaming seems perfectly natural. They don’t appear to be acting out parts written for them, but rather they seem to exist. The real magic, however, lies in Caine’s performance. There’s not a wrong move, a false emotion or the slightest hint he’s anyone other than the Amazing Clarence. Yes, he is recognizably Michael Caine the movie star, and he does nothing of the kind that usually gets a star lauded, which is to say this isn’t some major departure (think Jack Nicholson in About

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Schmidt (2002)). Clarence is not unusual for Caine. The role might almost be described as a typical Michael Caine role for this time of his life. That he brings Clarence completely and unquestionably to life is the wonder of it. And it’s also the main reason to see this film — and it’s reason enough. Rated PG-13 for language, including sexual references and some disturbing images. — reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Friday at Fine Arts Theatre.

Angels & Demons


Director: Ron Howard Players: Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgård, Armin Mueller-Stahl


Rated PG-13

The Story: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon has but hours to prevent Vatican City from being blown up by some stolen antimatter. The Lowdown: An utterly ridiculous story decked out in the ripest of melodrama that makes for a good time at the movies — if you don’t take it too seriously. The reviews blasting Angels & Demons — Ron Howard’s second film based on a Dan Brown novel — for being preposterous and unbelievable are nearly as funny as the movie itself. I have a hard time believing that anyone associated with Angels & Demons was unaware that the

material and the resulting movie could not possibly be taken seriously. If you approach the movie as slick, improbable nonsense, then you’re apt to have a good time watching it. If you approach it as anything else, you’d probably be wiser not to approach it at all. As one of the few people who actually found The DaVinci Code (2006) enjoyable enough for what it was, I should probably note that I cut that film a little more slack for at least containing some thought-provoking ideas on the nature of religion. OK, so it copped-out on them — or at least softened them — so as not to frighten the horses, but they were at least in evidence. Angels & Demons may be a slightly better film — it moves faster and is more fun — but it’s short in the idea department. And by short, I mean it hasn’t any, even if it would like you to believe otherwise. This is your basic raceagainst-time conspiracy thriller tarted up by being set in the halls of the Vatican and given a veneer of theological import that’s about as deep as a puff piece in People magazine. There’s less reverence for the source novel this time, which is a good thing, since there’s nothing there to be reverent about, which you’ll know if you’ve read it. The basics — including all the clichés and absurdities — of Dan Brown’s clunky novel have been retained, but a lot of the clunk has been stripped away. Characters have been remonkeyed to fit the actors — although excusing Ewan McGregor’s stage-Irish accent by having him be an orphan from Ulster falls apart when we learn he was raised in Rome. (Possibly he attended the Barry Fitzgerald Seminary for Oirish Movie Priests.) For the most part, however, the changes — especially the removal of interminable exposition — make the film more enjoyable than the book. The story is essentially the same. It’s all about some antimatter that’s been improbably boosted from a research lab in Switzerland — supposedly by a theoretically long-defunct super-secret society called the Illuminati — with a view toward blowing up Vatican City and its covey of cardinals who are in a conclave electing a new pope. Moreover, four of the cardinals have gone missing and our Illumantic madman is out to off a cardinal on the hour every hour till the big blast of a finale. Enter Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) to save the day with his keen detecting sense, mental storehouse of academic esoterica and Little Orphan Annie decoder ring (OK, I made up that last one.) If this all sounds pretty silly, it’s only because you don’t know the finer details that will make this stuff come across as the last word in rational thought. Ron Howard and company approach it all as the astonishing aggregation of balderdash it is, which is what makes it entertaining. Howard is, in fact, almost

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and the greatness of Michael Caine’s talent. Rated PG-13

Zac Efron, Leslie Mann, Thomas Lennon, Matthew Perry, Michelle Trachtenberg Comedy A father on the verge of a divorce magically gets transformed into his 17-year-old self and decides to head back to high school to live his life the way he wished he had in the first place. A starring vehicle for Zac Efron and nothing else, the movie is likely to appease his tween fans, but leaves little in the way of enjoyment for anyone else. Rated PG-13



Angels & Demons


Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgård, Armin Mueller-Stahl Thriller Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon has but hours to prevent Vatican City from being blown up by some stolen antimatter. An utterly ridiculous story decked out in the ripest of melodrama that makes for a good time at the movies — if you don’t take it too seriously. Rated PG-13



James Earl Jones (voice) Nature Documentary A nature documentary that doubles as a vague environmentalism tract, told through the struggles of families of animals. A greatest-hits compilation of a nature doc that will be more educational and entertaining to the younger set. Though occasionally grand and elegant, it’s ultimately pretty superfluous to anyone who has ever taken a middle-school science class. Rated G

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Star Trek


Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Bana, Bruce Greenwood, Karl Urban Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury, Rose Byrne, Science Fiction The origins of the Star Trek series are reinvented in this reboot D.G. Maloney, Lara Robinson, Nadia Townsend of the franchise. A big, entertaining, occaHorror/Sci-Fi/Crypto-Religious Fantasy sionally exciting summer movie containA series of random numbers from 1959 ing everything that implies — including turn out to catalog all the disasters of flaws — and one iconic performer giving the ensuing 50 years, and may just hold it a depth outside itself. Rated PG-13 the key to the future. A beautifully made apocalyptic thriller that’s undone by a State of Play screenplay that becomes increasingly ridiculous. Rated PG-13 Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright Penn, Jason Monsters vs. Aliens Bateman Political/Newspaper Thriller An old(Voices of) Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, school reporter and a rookie blogger join Hugh Laurie, Rainn Wilson forces in an investigation of interconnectAnimated Sci-Fi Comedy A group of ed murders, a political scandal and a posretro monsters from an earlier era are sible conspiracy. An intense and entercalled upon to save the Earth from an taining thriller that breathes new life into alien invasion. A consistently — if mildly a workable formula. Rated PG-13 — amusing, creative animated take on ‘50s sci-fi that works well enough withSunshine Cleaning out being particularly distinctive. Rated PG Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin, Jason Spevack, Clifton Collins Jr., Mary Lynn Rajskub, Next Day Air Steve Zahn Comedy/Drama A pair of sisters go Donald Faison, Mike Epps, Wood Harris, Omari into business for themselves cleaning Hardwick, Emilio Rivera, Darius McCrary up crime scenes. Though marketed as a Insipid Gangsta Comedy A shipment of quirky black comedy, Sunshine Cleaning cocaine gets delivered to some small-time is actually much more: a warm, human thugs by mistake. They think they’ve hit and pretty wonderful character piece, gold. Various concerned parties want the with two brilliant actresses and a strong drugs back. A stupidly violent film that supporting cast. Rated R is a complete unpleasant waste of time and talent. Rated R






Valentino: The Last Emperor




Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Breckin Meyer, Michael Douglas, Emma Stone Romantic Comedy A shallow womanizer gets the Christmas Carol treatment. A farfrom-pleasant attempt at romantic comedy that is neither romantic nor comedic. Rated PG-13

Idris Elba, Beyoncé Knowles, Ali Larter, Jerry O’Connell, Christine Lahti, Bruce McGill Subpar Thriller A psychotic temp decides she and an office executive are having an affair, which comes as news to him and causes no end of trouble. Tedium vies with accidental humor in this incredibly tepid thriller. Tedium wins by a landslide. Rated PG-13

Valentino Garavani, Giancarlo Giammetti, Matteo Marzotto, Karl Lagerfeld Documentary A look at the life and career of fashion legend Valentino Garavani. A playful, entertaining and occasionally moving documentary with more appeal than its subject might suggest. Rated PG-13

Is Anybody There?

The Soloist


Michael Caine, Bill Milner, Anne-Marie Duff, David Morrissey, Rosemary Harris, Peter Vaughan Drama Character piece about an aging magician and a young boy who meet when the older man is placed in a nursing home run by the boy’s parents. A predictable story and so-so filmmaking are overcome by the chemistry of the stars

Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Catherine Keener, Tom Hollander, Nelsan Ellis Fact-Based Drama The fact-based story of a newspaper columnist’s encounters with a homeless schizophrenic. Strong performances and occasionally inspired direction can’t overcome a meandering screenplay. Rated PG-13




X-Men Origins: Wolverine Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Will i Am, Lynn Collins, Taylor Kitsch Sci-Fi Comic-Book Action The story of how — more or less — Wolverine came to be, with a glimpse of the beginnings of the X-Men. Hampered by a script that’s constrained by predestination, XMen Origins: Wolverine is nonetheless entertaining nonsense that’s nice to look at. Rated PG-13 • MAY 20 - MAY 26, 2009



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It remains to be seen whether there’s really enough anticipation for this attempt at reviving (as opposed to rebooting) the Terminator franchise to warrant a Thursday opening (and in many cases, a midnight showing before dawn breaks on Thursday). The early opening may merely be an attempt by Warner Bros. to make us think so. There’s also a heavy effort to convince the world

that there’s more to director McG than just Charlie’s Angels and We Are Marshall. Of course, the presence of Christian Bale adds some notion of gravity to a series that needs some gravity — especially in light of this latest entry going for the age-friendly PG-13 rating. Will it all add up to something? We shall see. It’s interesting that so far there is only one review (a positive one from Variety). (PG-13)

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Oh dear, the Wayans Brothers are back with another movie parody. There are no early reviews — what a surprise, eh? But the press release assures us that this latest is “a hilarious new comedy that brings together the talents of two generations of the Wayans family, the explosively funny clan who brought us the Scary Movie franchise and White Chicks.” Supposedly, this is meant as an inducement to see Dance Flick. Other viewpoints may differ. (PG-13)


See review in “Cranky Hanke.” U 828.209.1530 relentless in his quest for preposterous melodrama, loading the movie with dress extras whose only function is to look even more suspect and sinister than the main players — nearly all of whom get their moment of red herringdom. The biggest chuckle — apart from the ones provided by Brown’s book — for the movie-savvy viewer is the conclave of cardinals comprised of what appears to be every senior citizen in Italian Actors Equity and Rance Howard. It’s always nice to see Ron find a spot for his dad. (I guess he thought bringing in brother Clint would lower the tone too much.) No, this is not a good movie, but it’s certainly a slickly made one, even if the acting is sometimes a little on the awkward side. (Face it: The very fact that the cast could keep straight faces is a feat of Olivierian proportions.) At the same time, as amusing melodrama, it’s enjoyable flapdoodle. During the summer movie season, you really can’t expect much more. Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, disturbing images and thematic material. — reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carolina Cinemas Hollywood 14, Cinebarre, Co-ed Cinema Brevard, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15, United Artists Beaucatcher Cinema 7.


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OK, so the original Night at the Museum wasn’t all that good, but it was all that popular. Here’s the inevitable sequel — bigger and presumably better because of it. The premise is about the same: Ben Stiller in a museum where the displays come to life after the closing bell has sounded. A lot of the original players are back, and yes, that means even more Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt. On the other hand, we get Amy Adams and Hank Azaria, and they could be significant pluses. Since most of the reviews for the original weren’t exactly glowing and it didn’t end up mattering at the box office, it’s no big shock that this hasn’t been screened for critics. (PG)

Valentino: The Last Emperor


Director: Matt Tyrnauer Players: Valentino Garavani, Giancarlo Giammetti, Matteo Marzotto, Karl Lagerfeld


Rated PG-13

The Story: A look at the life and career of fashion legend Valentino Garavani. The Lowdown: A playful, entertaining and occasionally moving documentary with more appeal than its subject might suggest. Vanity Fair writer/editor Matt Tyrnauer’s Valentino: The Last Emperor could easily be called a documentary that Federico Fellini might have made. The problem with that is when Fellini did occasionally turn his hand to something that could be called documentaries, they weren’t anything like this. How could they be? Fellini inserted himself — or his image of himself — into his documentaries. Tyrnauer, however, stays utterly out of his film. What he ends up with is a surprisingly entertaining documentary that might be said to be “in the style of what he imagines a Fellini documentary on the subject might be.” As if to prove this, his film is loaded with Nino Rota music from Fellini films and references to — even clips from — Fellini’s La Dolce Vita (1960). He has, in

fact, inserted Fellini into his film. And why not? Fashion designer Valentino Garavani emerged on the world’s fashion scene at about the same time that Fellini became the sort of filmmaker we remember him as. Moreover, both Fellini and Valentino are spiritual brothers as fantasists — only the medium differs. The biggest difference is that while Fellini put himself into his art, Valentino puts his art into himself. He actually lives “la dolce vita.” The film’s entertaining results are blessed with just happening to take place at a time when the professional life of the 77-year-old designer is coming to an end, giving the documentary both its drama and that inevitable resonance that comes from any end-of-an-era story. The events give the film its shape and its story — as well as an unbeatable climax in the form of a huge tribute to Valentino’s 45 years as a fashion designer, a spectacle worthy of Valentino (or Fellini, come to that). You don’t need to know or care about haute couture to be bowled over by this, but not knowing or caring may well increase a sense of wonder at both the beauty of it all and the superficiality of this world. (In this regard, the film slightly suggests Robert Altman’s massively undervalued Prêt-àPorter from 1994.) What keeps the film itself — and Valentino — from being utterly superficial is that it’s also — and most importantly — a love story. Beneath and behind every aspect of the film is the 45-year

relationship of Valentino and his partner — in business as well as life — Giancarlo Giammatti. It’s not an entirely happy story, since time and again Giammatti is shown to be not only living in Valentino’s shadow, but often casually brushed aside. At one point, Giammatti is even asked to sum up in a word what it’s like to live in another man’s shadow, and he answers, “Happiness.” It feels like a cover, but is it? The film never says, but the fact that the applause invariably increases whenever Valentino evidences any affection toward his partner suggests that their world perceives Giammatti as too-often taken for granted. At the same time, the movie boasts an emotional high point — also to much applause — that indicates that maybe Valentino’s apparent indifference is a calculated pose. Some aspects of Valentino are a little too precious, to be sure. There’s way too much cute footage of the designer’s pack of pugs (probably because they’re antics are suited to Rota’s music), and while much of the “bitchy old queen” comedy is funny, it also becomes a little caricatural and facile. But this is pointless carping when all is said and done, since what we’re left with is a touching love story, an outsized spectacle and a glorious bit of color in an often all too drab world. That’s pretty impressive. Rated PG-13 for some nudity and language. — reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Fine Arts Theatre.

world cinema The Magic Flute


Director: Ingmar Bergman Players: Josef Köstlinger, Irma Urrila, Håkan Hagegård, Elisabeth Erikson

Comic/Fantasy Opera

Rated G

You can probably bump Ingmar Bergman’s film of Mozart’s The Magic Flute (1975) up a half star if you happen to like the opera. I have to admit that I’m not fond of it, and that prevents me from fully enjoying this unquestionably brilliant film of the work. It does not prevent me from admiring Bergman’s handling of the material, or marveling at the cinematic playfulness on display. Bergman’s decision to present the opera as if it were indeed taking place onstage — and a period stage at that — is fascinating, especially because he only adheres to the concept as long as it suits his purpose. The opera never opens up in the sense that it leaves the confines of its theater, but the size and shape of the theater itself is hardly constrained to the cramped stage on which it’s supposedly being performed. (It would have to be a remarkably labyrinthian structure to present anything like the production Bergman gives us.) Cheating the theatrical approach at every turn is not without its point. What Bergman does is to convey the actual magic of theater at its best. He conveys the sense of being transported into the world of the story being presented — a world in which the theatrical artifice melts away. While the film is certainly more light-hearted than most of the filmmaker’s work — even its darker aspects are only playing at being dark (spooky would be a better word) — it’s very much a Bergman film in its look. His tendency to stage shots in his unique way is unmistakable, and it’s impossible to miss similarities to his other more “serious” films. Very much worthwhile — even more so if you like the opera The Magic Flute. — reviewed by Ken Hanke The Magic Flute, part of a series of Classic Cinema From Around the World, will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, May 22, at Courtyard Gallery, 9 Walnut St. in downtown Asheville. Info: 273-3332.

hendersonville film society Pollock


Director: Ed Harris Players: Ed Harris, Marcia Gay Harden, Bud Cort, Amy Madigan, Jeffrey Tambor

Biopic Rated R I hadn’t had the occasion to revisit Ed Harris’ Pollock since originally reviewing it back in 2001, and it was surprising to see that it came across to me almost exactly the same way eight years later. That’s unusual because films tend to either seem better or worse with the passage of time, rarely do they stay the same. Not so with Pollock. The aspects of the film I admired — notably the performances and each and every scene where Pollock (Harris) paints — I still admired. The thing I found most wanting — a sense of what drove the artist — I still found wanting. Perhaps it’s simply impossible to know what that driving force was, though it seems more likely that Harris hemmed himself in with the idea put forth by Pollock in the film: that meaning is immaterial and the art should simply be looked at. That said, Pollock remains one of the best biopics of its era — and just possibly the single best film ever made about a painter. No other comes to mind — at least, no other that’s about a real person. That’s worth noting in itself. Maybe Harris is nearer than it seems to the mark by not attempting an explanation. — reviewed by Ken Hanke The Hendersonville Film Society will show Pollock at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 24, in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville. (From Asheville, take I-26 to U.S. 64 West, turn right at the third light onto Thompson Street. Follow to the Lake Point Landing entrance and park in the lot on the left.) • MAY 20 - MAY 26, 2009



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$236,000 • HOME AND EXTRA LOT • Adorable 2BR, 1BA. Walk to hospitals, schools, restaurants and shops. Quiet street, driveway. Cute home, remodeled last year (1,253 sqft), with a spacious office or 3rd BR. New stainless steel appliances, refinished hardwoods and new interior paint. Updated electrical and plumbing, new tile, ceiling fans, bathroom fixtures. Working fireplace-new damper. New oil furnace. Great yard with shed, basement, new wood privacy fence. Next to a flat lot surveyed and checked for all utilities. New homes and plans in the neighborhood are increasing property value and making a very nice community!

$283,000 • BELOW TAX VALUE! Beautiful 4BR, 2.5BA, minutes from downtown Asheville. 2609 sqft, built in 2007. Two car garage and views. A great value! MLS#439835. Call Micah Solomon, Keller Williams Professionals. (828) 215-3740.

$93,000! • ENCHANTING COTTAGE, near WNC Nature Center. 1BR, 1BA, bonus room, 550 sqft. Wood floors, beadboard walls, treetop view. Low-maintenance yard. MLS#439924. Vickie Regala, 828-423-1349, 828-6871083, Kraft Professional Realty 10,000 HOMES • 1 ADDRESS! Search virtually all MLS listings. Visit

$349,000 • BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED, 1925 brick home with 4BR, 2BA in wonderful community, 106 Brevard Road. Period and energy conscious restoration. All systems have been updated. 1,100 sqft basement has great potential. 828-545-2892,

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$512,000 • GRIFFIN AWARD RENOVATION Spacious 4BR, 3BA home, just a short walk to downtown Asheville. MLS#438633. Call Jeanette, Trillium Properties of Asheville: (828) 273-6068.

$740,000 • YES, YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL! 4BR, 4BA, South facing mountain views, land, privacy, and easy access. MLS#437380. Call Jeanette, Trillium Properties of Asheville: (828) 273-6068.

13.5 ACRE FARM • $599,000 4BR, 2BA log home with deck, pond, mountain views, garden, creek, outbuildings, fencing, and southern exposure. Land is all usable. Owner is a licensed NC real estate broker. MLS#437500. Call (828) 255-7530.

4403 MARBLE WAY • WEST ASHEVILLE 2BR, 2BA, 1,200 sqft. Gated community, clubhouse, workout room, pool, tennis courts. 15 minutes from Downtown Asheville. MLS#432310. $134,900. Call Justin, Boone Realty, 828-273-7123. A BETTER WAY TO SELL! Feature your property on America’s #1 FSBO Website. Now with MLS and service! Maximum Global exposure! • Free Virtual Tour and Photoflyer service. Low flat fee listing service. • Save thousands $$$! (828) 350-1995. • heville •

BEAUTIFUL, GREEN HOME IN CHARMING BLACK MOUNTAIN. 1,236 sqft, 2BR, 2BA, + loft/office. Open floor plan, custom built-ins, bamboo/ slate floors, ENERGY STAR appliances, cherry cabinets, efficient wood-stove, spacious covered porch, + lots of extras. $230,000. 828-777-9337. mtnhome

COMPACT COTTAGE COMPANY • Small “green”built buildings usable for an enormous variety of practical applications, such as: Sleep, Work, Mother-in-law storage, Poker, Karaoke, Be in the doghouse in. From $15K30K., 828-254-5450.

EARN YOUR $8000 TAX CREDIT HERE! • Oakley. Walk to school, library, public transit. Energy Star. New 3BR, 2.5BA homes feature hardwood floors on main level, front porches, rear patios, and community green space. From $179K. 828-545-5411.

FIND OUT WHY! Folks are calling City Real Estate for exploring the art or finding your home. Sales and Rentals handled professionally and efficiently. We help you find “Views From All Angles”. (828) 210-2222.

HISTORIC 1929 ASHEVILLE BUNGALOW 4BR, 3BA, over 2,100 sqft + outbuilding on 1-acre lot. Zoned CB1 for residential or commercial use. $349,900. Call for details! Robert Clay, Keller Williams Realty. 828-551-6291.

$6000 OBO • FLETCHER 8’x42’. Vintage Park Model with large addition, permanently on nice wooded rental lot. Can stay with landlord approval. Close to I26. Water, sewer, trash, yard maintenance provided. 1BR (possible 2) w/large remodeled bath. Kitchen appliances, carport, storage, deck. Needs TLC. 233-6028.

NEW HEALTHYBUILT GOLD HOME in West Asheville only $296,500, including solar panels, in-floor heating, rounded rooms, healthy materials. 4BR, 2BA. Walk safely, conveniently to grocery, bakery, yoga, pub. Enjoy healthy, neighborly and clean lifestyle. 828-3378190

MARS HILL 2BR, 2BA, vinyl/shingle, 1997 Oakwood. Exterior in very good condition. Interior needs a lot of work. $7,750. 828-273-9545.

OAKLEY • 3BR, 1BA. New kitchen and bath. Hardwood floors, covered decks front and back. Unfinished basement, could be finished. Great backyard. End of culde-sac. Walk to bus stop. $159,500. 828-253-2121.

Condos For Sale

Land For Sale

BEVERLY CONDO • BILTMORE AREA Near hospital. 2BR, 1BA end unit. Private entrance. All appliances, washer, dryer. $117,000. Call (828) 258-9383.

1.36 ACRES • BEAVERDAM In desirable area of North Asheville. Already surveyed into 2 separate lots.

$2000 • CLOSING COSTS PAID By seller. Desirable 2BR, 2BA first floor corner unit in The Grove at Appeldoorn. MLS#438629. • $131,000. • Call Jeanette, Trillium Properties of Asheville. (828) 273-6068. $239,000 • Downtown Asheville’s best buy on 2BR, 2BA condo. Completely furnished ready to move in tomorrow. Granite tops, W/D, parking, roof top patio. Gymowner. 251-543-6400.

DOWNTOWN KRESS BUILDING Custom Condo in the historic Kress Building. 2 PINs, adjoining spiral staircase. Original maple floors, private balconies, high ceilings. $545,000. MLS#423787. The Real Estate Center, (828) 2554663.

Home Services

LEXINGTON STATION Downtown condos, garage parking, wood floors, private balconies, stainless appliances, fitness center. 3BR penthouse: $499,000, 2BR, 2BA: $299,900. The Real Estate Center: (828) 255-4663. LUXURY DOWNTOWN CONDOS • 60 N. Market St. 2BR, 2BA. $659K • 1BR, 1.5BA $439K. New, wonderful amenities, must see. Bright Star Realty. 828301-8033.

WESTCOURT CONDOMINIUMS on Sulphur Springs, an urban green community. Mixed use LEED building. 27 units from $119,000 to $259,000. Potential for $30,000 in deferred financing for qualifying incomes. Now accepting reservations, 828-337-8190

Numerous possibilities. Upper lot, wooded w/possible views. Great location, close to all amenities. Minutes to UNCA and downtown. $120,000. Call (828) 2752598 for details, directions. Mary@

Lawn & Garden BRUSH CLEARING And general yard work. • Weedeating • Briar removal • Mowing • Edging • General maintenance. Experienced. Reliable. Call Mick and Dawn: 450-0285. HEMLOCK TREES Evaluation and treatment for woolly adelgid by licensed and certified horticulturist. Economical and effective. Call (828) 298-3753

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Mobile Homes For Sale $12,000 • COUNTRY • CLOSE IN Off New Leicester Hwy, 5 minutes (4 miles) to Asheville. 2BR, 1BA, older model home, refinished interior. 1/2 acre leased lot. • 14’x18’ outbuilding included. All appliances. (828) 337-6786. littleyellowhouse@

$192,000 • FIRST FLOOR CONDO With basement. 2BR, 2BA renovated condo guaranteed to impress. • Home Warranty and $2000 in Closing Costs. • Call Bonnie, Trillium Properties of Asheville: (828) 301-8267.

$258,400 • DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE LOFT 1BR, 1BA on the 4th floor of a mixeduse building constructed in 2006. Stainless steel appliances, bamboo floors, high ceilings, secure basement parking, views from rooftop deck. MLS#428927. Call (828) 255-7530.

Lake View Park $459,000 Clasisic 1920’s bungalow w/jaw dropping views in ideal location Restored w/ original details 3Br,11/2Ba Super kitchen,hardwood fls F/P, sunroom, veranda off mstr Br, easy 3rd Bth expan Huge screened porch w/ unobstructed lake view & accces, 5 min to DT AVL!


GAIA, A SUSTAINABLE VILLAGE in West Asheville, Healthybuilt GOLD 1,0051,476 sqft, $214,000$289,000 including solar panels, in-floor heating, nontoxic materials, organic community garden, greenway to park and Rhododendron Creek. 828-337-8190

SELLER PAYS $5000 In closing costs! Healthy Built Urban condos near River Arts District. Hardwoods, Corian/Silestone countertops, each unit is unique! From $180,000. The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663.

First time buyers receive up to $8000 tax credit when buying a home in 2009. • With rates at 40 year lows, there’s never been a better time to buy! All move-in ready 3BR, 2BA with many upgrades, $139,900. Mountain views, pet friendly, owner-occupied. Call Brickton Village today! Nitch Real Estate. (828) 654-9394 or

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New Arts & Crafts In Arden $269,900. 3B 2BA Craftsmanship plus! Bright & open..Hardwood floors,catherdral celings, F/P, granite & SS Kitchen, tile granite baths. Zoned heat, security sys. & 2 car garage. Level private yard. $51,000 below value in short sale.

Lakeview Park-$449,000 Feel worlds away while only 5 mins from downtown Asheville in this classic 1930’s brick 3br,2ba,w/ manificent lake & mountain views. Kayak, fish, & hike on walking trails.Full of original details, 2 F/P’s, 10 ft ceilings, screened porch,hardwoods thruout & more! This beauty is ready for your creativity in a kitchen update. Call for info & Come to the Open House!

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Construction BASEMENT â&#x20AC;˘ ROOM ENHANCEMENT Create new space! â&#x20AC;˘ Finish carpentry â&#x20AC;˘ Bookcases â&#x20AC;˘ Cabinets â&#x20AC;˘ Moldings. Professional â&#x20AC;˘ (see Angieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List). Call Multi Resources: (828) 442-3331. EMMONS CARPENTRY SERVICES 36 years experience. Renovations â&#x20AC;˘ Repairs â&#x20AC;˘ Decks â&#x20AC;˘ Window and Door Installations â&#x20AC;˘ Garages â&#x20AC;˘ Additions and more â&#x20AC;˘ Interior/Exterior Painting. â&#x20AC;˘ Quality workmanship. Excellent local references. Fully insured. â&#x20AC;˘ In Hendersonville. Free estimate: (828) 5517976. Member BBB.

Heating & Cooling MAYBERRY HEATING AND COOLING INC AC/Heat Pumps â&#x20AC;˘ Gas and Oil Furnaces â&#x20AC;˘ Service â&#x20AC;˘ Repairs â&#x20AC;˘ Replacements. â&#x20AC;˘ Efficiency Improvements. â&#x20AC;˘ Pre-Season Cooling Specials! (828) 658-9145.

Plumbing I CAN FIX IT! â&#x20AC;˘ 30 years experience â&#x20AC;˘ Quality work at a reasonable price â&#x20AC;˘ Call me for all your plumbing and home repair needs! â&#x20AC;˘ 828216-2081 â&#x20AC;˘ Randy The Plumber

Kitchen & Bath ELK MOUNTAIN ASSOCIATES We specialize in â&#x20AC;˘ re-fitting Bathrooms and Kitchens and finishing Basements â&#x20AC;˘ adding Garages, Porches and â&#x20AC;˘ Sunrooms. â&#x20AC;˘ Professional education and experience. Call (828) 242-1950 or (for all our information): www.elkmountainassociat

PRESTON HOME SERVICES Historic Restoration, Painting and Carpentry. Craftsmanship Guaranteed. References and insured. Anthony Preston: (828) 367-1418.

Cleaning HOUSEKEEPER/PERSONAL ASSISTANT has an opening to work for you. Call (828) 216-4592 YOUR NATURAL CLEANING SOLUTION A superior clean at no cost to your health. Earth, kid, and pet friendly. (828) 582-0335

General Services AUTHENTIC ITALIAN LIME PLASTERING â&#x20AC;˘ STUCCO â&#x20AC;˘ Venetian â&#x20AC;˘ Smooth Finishing â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greenâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ Residential â&#x20AC;˘ Businesses â&#x20AC;˘ Churches. â&#x20AC;˘ Crown molding. â&#x20AC;˘ 30 years Asheville area. (828) 3012323 or 258-2443. GREEN CARPENTER â&#x20AC;˘ 32 years experience. Maximize efficiency, minimize toxicity in your home. Add on, build new, modify, repair, add closet. Licensed, insured. Larry, 828-713-3294.

Handy Man HIRE A HUSBAND Handyman Services. 25 years professional experience, quality, reliability. References available. Free estimates. Insured. Stephen Houpis, (828) 280-2254. RELIABLE REPAIRS! Quality work! All types maintenance/repair, indoor/outdoor. Excellent water leak detection/correction! 38 years experience! Responsible! Honest! Harmonious! References! Call Brad, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be Glad! (828) 273-5271.


SAT WRITING SEMINAR â&#x20AC;˘ 5 students per 8 session/ 4 week course. Runs mid-June through Mid-July. Taught by experienced, certified English teacher. Call 236-1841 or email WNC TEST PREP â&#x20AC;˘ An educational nonprofit offering private tutoring in all subjects, and test prep classes for the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT. We feature low prices, financial assistance, and the best teachers in the Southeast. Visit us at, or email

Computer COMPUTER REPAIR - FREE DIAGNOSTIC! Let TechBits solve your computer problems! Bring it in for our FREE diagnostic service! Pick up and delivery too! 828669-2020. COMPUTER SERVICE AT YOUR DOORSTEP We Come To You! â&#x20AC;˘ PC and Mac â&#x20AC;˘ Slow computer? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll speed it up. â&#x20AC;˘ Repairs â&#x20AC;˘ Upgrades â&#x20AC;˘ Networking â&#x20AC;˘ Tutoring. Senior Citizen/Nonprofit Discounts. Call Christopherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Computers, 828-670-9800. Member Better Business Bureau of WNC.

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Carpentry â&#x20AC;˘ Minor Electrical â&#x20AC;˘ Small Jobs â&#x20AC;˘ Repairs. â&#x20AC;˘ Call Greg: 230-1132 or 258-1107.

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Outdoor Recreation

HOME HEALTH AIDE/ CAREGIVER with Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experience and hospice reference letter, nonsmoker, seeks live-in position. Call Arnold, (828) 273-2922.

DOG-GONE MOUNTAIN TREKS â&#x20AC;˘ Local dog hiking/walking service. Hike: $15hr. Easy City Stroll: $12/hr. Potty Break: $5. Contact for a Meet and Greet. 803-603-0749. MaryBeth. Five years of professional animal handling experience

LICENSED CNA-RESPITE CARE In-home services. Nutrition, wellness and weight loss coach. Carpentry, landscaping, painting, fixing. Call Michael, (828) 273-2377.



Commercial Property

CENTRALLY LOCATED PROFESSIONAL OFFICE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 26 NORTH LIBERTY STREET Corner lot with off-street parking. 1918-built converted residence featuring 3,089 sqft + basement storage. Configured with private offices, conference room and reception area. Separate entrance to upper floor provides opportunity for apartment or second office. $649,000. Call Russ Towers, Lewis Real Estate 828-274-2479. COMMERCIAL FOR SALE â&#x20AC;˘ Gateway to Broadway Corridor, 3 buildings, 2 lots, home to many new developments, $1,650,000. â&#x20AC;˘ 2 story office building on Patton Avenue w/3 units, $450,000. â&#x20AC;˘ River District, 3000+ sqft auto repair shop in great condition on corner location, $295,000. â&#x20AC;˘ Downtown, Coxe Avenue newer building ground floor office/retail w/onsite parking, $349,000. The Real Estate Center, (828) 2554663,

The areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest selection of Rental Homes under one roof. Tel: (828) 650-6880 Toll Free (800) 789-1135 x 6880 PO Box 580, 2602 Hendersonville Road, Arden, NC 28704

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2-ROOM SUITE, NORTH, 192 E. Chestnut, utilities included, $1050/month, 828-2531517, 7-ROOM SUITE, DOWNTOWN, 79 Woodfin, utilities included, $1975/month, 828-2531517, 73 MERRIMON, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Belvedereâ&#x20AC;?, 2800+ sqft, kitchen, w/d hookups, a/c, large porch, parking, $3000/month, 828-2531517,

DOWNTOWN/CHARLOTTE ST â&#x20AC;˘ OFFICE ZONING $485,000. This 2 story has 3400+ sqft, large meeting rooms, kitchen, lounge, 8 offices, updated electric and HVAC, large deck, off-street parking. Many original architectural features remain. Owner/broker. MLS#426900. Call (828) 255-7530.

Business Rentals 1-5 ROOM OFFICES, DOWNTOWN, 70 Woodfin, utilities included, $140 $800/month, 828-253-1517,

2-ROOM OFFICE SPACE located on top floor of historic building in Downtown. $500/month. Deposit required. Parking and water provided. Contact 2531342. Brownstone Realty

COMMERCIAL RENTALS â&#x20AC;˘ Downtown ground-level office/retail w/walking traffic, $1500/month. â&#x20AC;˘ Tunnel Road, newer building w/ample parking, $14/sqft. â&#x20AC;˘ South Asheville, 3 office suites to choose from w/ample parking, $14/sqft. â&#x20AC;˘ Lexington Station offices from $700/month. â&#x20AC;˘ Spacious McCormick Place office: $2,790/month. The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663. COMMERCIAL SPACE Available Downtown Asheville. 1,060 sqft at $500/month; water included. Contact (828) 253-1342. Brownstone Realty DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE: For lease. Retail and office suites, 222 to 2,964 sqft. Very prominent locations. Call G/M Property Group, 828-281-4024.

AFFORDABLE â&#x20AC;˘ BRAND NEW! Be the first at Bent Creek Knoll on busy Brevard Road! Great space options and visibility with high traffic count. 1250 sqft, priced from $1250. Owner/broker. 2159823.

DOWNTOWN COMMERCIAL RETAIL/GALLERY/OFFICE â&#x20AC;˘ On beautiful tree lined Church St. off of Patton Ave. Former Gallery Minerva location, 12 Church St. â&#x20AC;˘ Call Anna for more information: (828) 255-8851.

ATTENTION MASSAGE THERAPISTS Fully equipped therapy room in established office. Available 2, 3 or 4 days/week or per appointment basis. â&#x20AC;˘ Montford area. Call (828) 255-7556.

DOWNTOWN HEART Manhattan-style brick office with kitchen area, bath, and parking. $600/month. Bernie (828) 230-0755.

DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE: For sale. Renovated 1,227 sqft office building. $259,900. Call G/M Property Group, 828-281-4024.

1-ROOM OFFICE, SOUTH, 1796 Hendersonville, utilities included, $330/month, 828253-1517,


Commercial Listings


Painting 1 DAY ROOM TRANSFORMATION Custom painting, decorative finishes, wallpaper installation/removal. â&#x20AC;˘ 15 years experience. â&#x20AC;˘ Meticulous â&#x20AC;˘ Timely â&#x20AC;˘ Reasonable. Heather, (828) 215-4365. Custom Home Interior Accents.

Education/ Tutoring

ATTRACTIVE, 2,000 SQFT, DOWNTOWN OFFICE 55 Grove Street. Completely remodeled. Four offices, break room, reception. $2,400/month. Practical and beautiful. (828) 253-9451. AVAILABLE â&#x20AC;˘ Prime retail space on downtown Broadway, less than 200 yards from Pack Square. $1250/month. 820 sq.ft. Call 575-640-6111. OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE Downtown Asheville, Sawyer Motor Building, 150 Hilliard Avenue. Approximately 800 sqft. $1,000/month. Laura, 258-0363 or 779-8458. BE ON TUNNEL ROAD! High traffic count with great location and convenience to downtown and East Asheville. $650/month. Call (828) 215-2865 for showings. CLASSIC 50â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s STYLE DINER For lease. Fully equipped. Ready to open. Frontage location. 100 seats + outdoor. Call (828) 238-7901.

DOWNTOWN SMALL OFFICE â&#x20AC;˘ First month free with 12 month lease. Historic Wilson Building. High ceiling, wood floors, good light. $325/month. Jesse, 828-230-1726.

HIGHLY VISIBLE LOCATION With a â&#x20AC;&#x153;billboardâ&#x20AC;? for your business on Interstate 240. Near Asheville Chamber of Commerce. 2300 sqft, $2,300/month. Plenty of onsite parking. Multiple uses including office and home combination. Kept in very good condition. Contact Doug: (828) 777-6746. NICE SUBURBAN OFFICES South of Airport, Hwy 280. 4,400 sqft. freestanding building. Possible home office. Approximately $3,000/month. HENDERSONVILLE ROAD Close to Asheville. Deluxe suite of offices, 260, 1,000, 1,600 sqft. Ample parking. Cheap! 828-216-6066 PRIME, DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE, RETAIL SPACE Located in Historic Miles Building. New floors, fresh paint, new lights. Call (828) 242-5456. RIVER DISTRICT 6,000 sqft shell - artists; flexible uses. Owner will upfit for Class A office. Call G/M Property Group, 828-281-4024.

SMOKEY PARK HIGHWAY Ideal Office/commercial space with great visibility in the Biltmore Lake/W. Buncombe area. Available for $700/month. Call (828) 2159823 for showings. TOWN AND COUNTRY SQUARE 600-1,200 sqft commercial/retail space; high traffic area; easy interstate access. Lease and deposit required. 828-645-7166 or 423-4072.


Rooms For Rent BLACK MOUNTAIN Comfortable rooms in historic Monte Vista Hotel. $175/week, includes: cable, wireless internet, all utilities. Background check/references. For details: Martha: 669-2119. DOWNTOWN â&#x20AC;˘ SINGLE ROOM The Gray Rock Inn, 100 Biltmore Avenue, near French Broad Food Co-op. â&#x20AC;˘ Weekly rates, $105/week. References, security deposit required. John: 230-4021.

Apartments For Rent 2BR, 1BA WEAVERVILLE Oak Garden Apartments. 850 sq. ft. A/C, new paint. Unfurnished. Nonsmokers. $595/month. 775-9434. â&#x20AC;˘ 1/2 OFF FIRST MONTH RENT w/6-month lease. â&#x20AC;˘ 1/2 off 2 months rent w/12month lease. 635-1,265 sqft; $620-$860/month. Beautiful, mature landscaping. Quiet, residential, West Asheville neighborhood. EHO. 828258-0623. $325/MONTH CANTON; $450/MONTH CANDLER Nice, renovated 1BR apartments; minutes from downtown Asheville. No smoking; no pets. Call (828) 337-5447. $695/MONTH â&#x20AC;˘ SPRING SPECIAL East â&#x20AC;˘ 2BR, 2BA. Riverside setting. Beautiful views. Covered parking. Deck. All appliances, including WD. Storage. Large closets. Pet friendly. 7764940. 1 FREE MONTH! (w/contract) â&#x20AC;˘ Walk to everything downtown, live, work and play. â&#x20AC;˘ 2 Studios: $575/month. â&#x20AC;˘ Three 2BRs: $675/month (reduced!). Call 2542029. APM.

1-3BR, 1BA, EAST, 7 Violet Hills, wood floors, $595$690/month, 828-693-8069, 1BA/STUDIO, NORTH, 85 Merrimon, A/C, utilities included, furnished, $550/month, 828-253-1517, 1BR â&#x20AC;˘ CENTRAL, water included, $525/month. Call (828) 253-0758. Carver Realty 1BR â&#x20AC;˘ NORTH ASHEVILLE Off Charlotte Street. 1100 sqft, entire upstairs of large house, separate entrance. â&#x20AC;˘ Quiet street, cool neighbors! Walk to town. Great city and mountain views. Hardwoods, WD, off street parking. â&#x20AC;˘ Very unique and special place! $800/month. (828) 2736082. 1BR, 1BA APARTMENT Off Charlotte Street. Washer/dryer connections. $715/month, security deposit. Includes all utilities. No pets! Call (828) 4234072. 1BR, 1BA BRAND NEW CAPE COD DUPLEX â&#x20AC;˘ Leicester, one mile to Patton Ave. On bus line. Includes W/D, icemaking refridgerator, D/W. garbage disposal, range/oven, microwave. Beautiful cabinets, ceramic tile in kitchen and bath. Carpeted BR, hardwood floors in living room. Ceiling fans with lights in living room and BR. GE heatpump. Private paved 2-car parking. 1 year lease. $595/month + $500 dep. for single person. Add $100 for 2nd person. No pets. Water, city trash pickup included. 828-273-4444. 1BR, 1BA EAST Quiet duplex on 1 acre. Mature setting with views. No smoking. â&#x20AC;˘ Pet considered. $565/month. Deposit. Lease. 230-2511. 1BR, 1BA, DOWNTOWN, Asheville Hotel, above Malaprops, wood floors, $670 - $1,175/month, 828693-8069, 1BR, 1BA, NORTH, 42 Albemarle, decorative fireplace, $585/month, 828693-8069, 1ST CALL US! Studio, 1 and 2BR apartments from $425$800. Pet friendly. (828) 2519966. 2 BLOCKS TO MISSION HOSPITAL Nice 1BR, 1BA with hardwood floors throughout. Off-street parking. Heat and water furnished. Washer and dryer available. Small storage area included. $645/month with $645 security. Available June 1. Contact Tom, 828-2307296.

1-2BR, 1-1.5BA, SOUTH, Skyland Heights,* 2nd month free*, $575-$675/month, 828-253-1517,

2-3BR, 1.5BA, NORTH, Gracelyn Gardens, coin-op, $595-$655/month, 828-2531517,

1-2BR, 1-2BA, ARDEN, Glen Beale, *2nd month free*, $585-$685/month, 828-2531517,

2BR, 1.5BA, HENDERSONVILLE, 805 Wilken, w/d hookups, $595/month, 828-693-8069,

1-2BR, 1BA, NORTH, 365 Weaverville, w/d hookups, $505-$595/month, 828-6938069,

2BR, 1.5BA, HENDERSONVILLE, 902 Hillcrest, **2nd. month free*, $595/month, 828-693-8069,

2BR, 1BA, EAST, 119 Liberty, a/c, w/d hookups, $650/month, 828-693-8069, 2BR, 1BA, SOUTH, 1020 Hendersonville, a/c, storage, carport, $750/month, 828693-8069, 2BR, 2.5BA, WEST, 445 Sand Hill, a/c, fireplace, deck, $995/month, 828-6938069, 2BR, 2BA, CENTRAL, 484 Windswept, w/d hookups, fireplace, view, $890/month, 828-693-8069, 2BR, 2BA, SOUTH, 19 Ravenscroft, a/c, fireplace, $715/month, 828-693-8069, 3BR, 2BA, ARDEN, 8207 Terra, AC, W/D hookups, $750/month, 828-253-1517, 3BR, 2BA, WEST, 6 Evelake, a/c, w/d hookups, $850/month, 828-693-8069, 3BR, 2BA duplex near Haw Creek. New, modern duplex community next to Bell School, Tunnel Road, East Asheville. Rooms on one level; 1/3 acre lot. Cats or 1 small dog okay. $875/month; vacant. Park-like setting, flower beds, huge trees. 2997502 A QUIET AND SERENE SETTING: 179 Old Haw Creek Road - country feeling, yet minutes to downtown, Asheville Mall, hospitals. Spacious 2BR, 2BA has large master with walk-in closet. Great room with deck overlooking creek. Large kitchen, good utility area, 1car garage. $950/month. No dogs, 1 cat considered. Credit check, security deposit, year lease required. For appointment: Elizabeth Graham: 828-253-6800. ACCEPTING SECTION 8 NOW! Mobiles like new. In quiet, very nice park. • 3BR, 2BA, $625/month. • 2BR, 2BA, $615/month (828) 252-4334. ACTON WOODS APARTMENTS Beautiful 2BR, 2BA w/gas log fireplace. $825/month includes water and storage unit. 828-2530758. Carver Realty ARC AGENCY, INC. Glenn Bridge 1BR, 1BA, $450/month. Move-in Specials. East Chestnut Efficiency, $450/month. Montford 1BR, 1BA, $650/month. North/Farrwood 2BR, 1BA, $795/month. (828) 350-9400. AVAILABLE JUNE 1 1BR apartment in Haw Creek near Tunnel Road. Private drive. Lease, security deposit, references required. Utilities separate. No pets please. $475/month. Call (828) 3501400.

BLACK MOUNTAIN 2BR, 1.5BA apartment. Heat pump with central air, washer/dryer connections. Nice! $595/month. Call (828) 252-4334.

JUST FOR YOU! Cozy, 2BR, 1.5BA apartment. Beautiful, tree-lined lot. Convenient to shopping. Quiet, safe neighborhood. Clean heating. Water and garbage pickup furnished. $585/month. Call 350-9400.

BLACK MOUNTAIN 2BR, 1BA apartment. Heat pump with central air, washer/dryer connections. Also includes water. Only $595/month. Call (828) 252-4334.

LARGE 1BR • MERRIMON AVENUE, $525/month. Call (828) 253-0758. Carver Realty

BUSINESS TRIPS • RELOCATING? Short-term rental. Charming 1BR cottage: Completely furnished, includes linen, cable, high-speed wireless internet. Sleeps 2. (828) 2512327. CANDLER APARTMENT • $500/MONTH Includes some utilities. Large 1BR. 16 miles from Downtown. Call (828) 215-1923. CHARMING • WEST ASHEVILLE 2BR, 1BA, hardwood floors, covered porch, clawfoot tub. Wooded setting, garden. Pets ok. • Available June 18.$800/month, shared WD, storage. (828) 230-1845. CHARMING UPSTAIRS STUDIO Older, renovated house near UNCA. Private entrance, off-street parking, all utilities included. $660/month. Includes cable TV and wireless internet. No pets/smoking. Security deposit, references. Patti: (828) 230-3210. CUTE STUDIO • OAKLEY Unfurnished. Small, sunny. $525/month. • No smoking. • Background check required. • References. 4235160. DOWNTOWN MARSHALL Renovated, historic building. 900 sqft, 1BR, 2BA loft apartment. Brick walls, teak floors, energy efficient. $675/month. Contact Pete at or (404) 307-1372. Pictures at: EAST • 2BR, 1BA Off Tunnel Road. Air conditioned, washer and dryer hookups. No pets! $600/month, security deposit. Call (828) 423-4072. GET QUALITY RESULTS! I received calls from a lot of high quality renters, as opposed to other publications I’ve tried. I will continue to advertise with Mountain Xpress. Patricia H. You too, can find the ideal renter, just call us! (828) 251-1333. Mountain Xpress Classified Marketplace. HENDERSONVILLE 1BR studio apartment. Walking distance to Main Street. Includes water. Only $385/month. 828-252-4334 HENDERSONVILLE 1BR, 1BA apartment with new berber carpet. Small deck with sliding glass door. Walking distance to Main Street. Includes water. Only $425/month. 828-252-4334

MARSHALL Updated 2BR within walking distance to downtown. Hardwood floors, all appliances, washer, dryer. Eat-in kitchen. Porch. Great shape. $675/month. No pets. 828-658-1000. MONTFORD QUEEN ANNE VICTORIAN: Spacious floor plan with this 1BR features large living room and dining room, fireplace with gas logs, hardwood floors. Front porch, screened back porch. Close to downtown, Greenlife, UNCA. $795/month. Credit check, security deposit, year’s lease required. For appointment: Elizabeth Graham 828-253-6800. MONTFORD Unfurnished, luxury, basement studio apartment with private entrance, custom painted walls, 2-person Jacuzzi tub, central air/heat. All water, garbage, cable, wifi, electricity included. Washer/dryer privileges for resident only. No pets. Quiet lifestyle/evening homebody would work best. References a must! (828) 253-0102. NORTH ASHEVILLE TOWNHOMES Off Merrimon. Walking distance to town. • 1BR: $495/month. • 2BR, 1BA: $525/month. • 3BR, 1BA: $625/month. Includes water. 828-252-4334 NORTH FOREST APARTMENTS 2BR, 2BA. Beautiful complex, built 2002. Safe and secure. Close to I-26/UNCA, North Asheville. $650/month. 778-6809. SUBLET APARTMENT • May 13- August 12. 27 Fulton Street near downtown. Basement studio 1BR, 1BA, full kitchen. $550 includes gas, electric, cable, phone, internet. Contact Elizebeth 828-253-6800.

Mobile Homes For Rent 2BR, 1BA SINGLEWIDE in quiet park. 5 minutes from Biltmore Square Mall. $525/month includes water, garbage pickup and lawn care. Security deposit required. Call David, 828777-0385. 2BR, 1BA SINGLEWIDE located in quiet, country setting 5 minutes from Asheville. $400/month includes water and utility building. Security deposit required. Call David, 828777-0385. ACCEPT SECTION 8 West Asheville. 2BR, 2BA. Like new. Includes water. Heat pump, central air, W/D connections. In nice park. $615/month. 828-252-4334. ACCEPT SECTION 8 West Asheville. 3BR, 2BA, heat pump, central air, W/D connections. Excellent condition. $625/month. (828) 252-4334. ACCEPTING SECTION 8 NOW! Mobiles like new. In quiet, very nice park. • 3BR, 2BA, $625/month. • 2BR, 2BA, $615/month. (828) 252-4334. FLETCHER SINGLEWIDE2BR, 2BA with large, fenced yard and utility building. Great location close to I-26, schools, and shopping. $595/month. Security deposit required. Call David, 828777-0385. MOBILE HOME Section 8 approved. 3 bedrooms, one bath, fully remodeled. Private back yard, new laminate floors. Located in small Candler park. $595/month Sorry, no pets. (828) 2753651.

Condos/ Townhomes For Rent 1BR, 1BA LEXINGTON STATION 2nd floor, hardwood floors, balcony, stainless appliances, granite countertops, parking, $1100/month. The Real Estate Center, (828) 2554663.

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• 5/3.5, large Cape Cod, bsmt, $1900. • 2/1 Carport, electric heat, $675. • Mobile Homes $500 - $650. • 2/1 home, large porch, $750. • 3/2 older home, fenced, sun porch, quiet neighborhood, $1475. WEAVERVILLE: • 2/2, 1750 sqft, sunroom, gas logs, pool & clubhouse. • 3/2 doublewide, private lot near N. Buncombe rec center, $850. SOUTH: • 3/2 home, hd flrs, private lot, new remodeled kitchen/bath, $975 CANDLER: • 2/2, Seasons at Biltmore, pool, clubhouse priviledges. TUNNEL RD: • 2/2 hd flrs, large yard, quiet neighborhood, $875.


• 3/2, WD hkup, deck, quiet, $915. • 3/2, hardwood flrs, gas heat, quiet area, $850. • Mobile Homes $500 - $650.

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2BR • 2BA • LEXINGTON STATION CONDO $1400/month. Secure parking, woodfloors, private balcony. Great downtown location near the Orange Peel and Vigne! The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663. 2BR, 2BA • END-UNIT CONDO Beautiful Eastwood Village. 1,050 sqft. Granite countertops, garden tub, stainless steel kitchen appliances. Only 3 years old! Convenient to downtown, Blue Ridge Parkway, Fairview. $895/month. No smokers please. 828-5457445. 3 REMAINING • SEASONS AT BILTMORE LAKE 2BR, 2BA, 9’ ceilings, balcony, WD. • Pet friendly. $850/month. • Free water! Call Kay Johnson, Broker/Property Management, Keller Williams: (828) 215-8577. 3BR, 2BA • SUNNY, ENDUNIT 1,430 sqft condo. Beautiful Eastwood Village. Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, garden tub. $975/month. Discount on first month’s rent! 828-5457445. A BIG THANX! “Thanx Xpress! The recent rental ad attracted a steady stream of quality applicants, thanks to your quality publication.” Mark K. • You too can find quality renters by placing an affordable ad in the pages of Mountain Xpress Classified Marketplace: 251-1333. A QUIET AND SERENE SETTING: 179 Old Haw Creek Road - country feeling, yet minutes to downtown, Asheville Mall, hospitals. Spacious 2BR, 2BA has large master with walk-in closet. Great room with deck overlooking creek. Large kitchen, good utility area, 1car garage. $950/month. No dogs, 1 cat considered. Credit check, security deposit, year lease required. For appointment: Elizabeth Graham: 828-253-6800.

ARC AGENCY, INC Carrington Place 3BR, 2BA, $1,050/month. Windswept 2BR, 2BA, $800/month. Windswept 2BR, 2BA, $900/month. Windswept 2BR, 2BA, furnished, $1,300/month. (828) 350-9400. CLINGMAN LOFTS Own for $650/month. Includes taxes, dues and insurance. Heating/cooling cost guaranteed at $16/month. Mike Vance, 254-4030, ext. 117. DOWNTOWN LUXURY CONDOS Brand new loft in historic 52 Biltmore Avenue Building. 1BR, 1.5BA with 250 sqft, 2nd floor mezzanine. Gourmet kitchen, oak floors, exposed brick, modular lighting, large windows, W/D, concrete, granite, stone, stainless upgrades. Indoor parking. Best Downtown location; walk to anything. $1,500/month. Year lease. 828-301-8033 or 954-6841300. Oxford Ventures LUXURY DOWNTOWN CONDOS • 60 N. Market St. 2BR, 2BA. $2300/month • 1BR, 1.5BA $1900/month. New, wonderful amenities, must see. Bright Star Realty. 828-301-8033. NORTH ASHEVILLE TOWNHOMES Off Merrimon. Walking distance to town. • 1BR: $495/month. • 2BR, 1BA: $525/month. • 3BR, 1BA: $625/month. Includes water. 828-252-4334 WEST ASHEVILLE Canterbury Heights, 46 and 48 Beri Drive. Newly renovated, 2BR, 1.5BA, 3level condos, 918 sqft. Pool, fitness center. $725/month. Mike 919-624-1513

Homes For Rent 1 HUGE HOUSE IN COUNTRY Within 350 acre nature preserve. Barnardsville: Bright, sunny, 1200 sqft, mountain views. Between 2 streams, surrounded by wildflowers. • Includes firepit, outdoor pavilion. • 1BR, 2 living room areas, 1BA and large kitchen. Hardwood floors, 3 porches, low utility bills, washer/dryer. $995/month, deposit, credit check. (828) 676-9070.

1 LOVELY BLACK MOUNTAIN HOME Nice house on small family farm. Fresh eggs! • 15 minutes to Asheville. New, custom designed 2BR, 2BA plus large home office. Oak floors, tile kitchen and baths, Jacuzzi, AC, fireplace, deck, mountain views. Sorry, no smokers or pets. Year lease. References.$1085/month. (828) 298-8500. 1/2 OFF FIRST MONTH! Brand new, charming upstairs duplex. North Asheville, 25 Clarendon Avenue. 1061 sqft, 2BR, 2BA. Energy efficient. Nice views. $800/month. Deposit and application fee. 828-2164276 126 MANEY AVE. • 3BR, 2BA. Walk to UNCA. Hardwood floors, W/D included. Pets considered. $1,200/month, $1,200 deposit. 828-242-6943. 1ST CALL US! 2, 3 and 4BR homes from $600-2000. • Pet friendly. (828) 251-9966 2BR, 1.5BA, CENTRAL, 156 St. Dunstan, a/c, hardwood floors, w/d hookups, $1,125/month, 828-6938069, 2BR, 1BA • CHUNNS COVE DUPLEX $750/month. Call (828) 253-0758. Carver Realty 2BR, 1BA • W/D. Covered front porch. Walking distance to UNCA and downtown. Fenced backyard. $825/month. 828-279-7699. 2BR, 1BA in convenient West Asheville location, 2 blocks to Haywood Road shopping district. Hardwood floors, gas heat, 9’ ceilings, W/D hookups. Large, tree-shaded yard. Off-street parking. Water included in rent. $900/month + security deposit. Available June 1. 828-216-1331.

2BR, 2 BA • LOG HOME Next to stream. Hardwood floors, cathedral ceilings, front and back porches, large yard. Quiet community, only minutes from Weaverville and Asheville. Pets considered. No smoking. $900/month with deposit. 828-649-1170 3BR, 2.5BA • EAST ASHEVILLE. Available July 1. Two-story, great family home and school district. Nonsmoking, pets/lease negotiable. $1100/month. 828-674-9550 3BR, 2.5BA, NORTH, 5 Foxwood, a/c, garage, view, $1,095/month, 828-6938069, 3BR, 2BA • HAW CREEK Beverly Hills. $1050/month. Available now. Recent contemporary renovation. New kitchen and baths. Super clean. DW, Oil and AC. Oak floors. Unfinished basement with WD plus 2nd fridge. Lovely yard. Quiet family neighborhood. • No smoking/dogs. Call before 6pm to view: (828) 2981212. • Photos and more info: http://www.acmehomeandl 3BR, 2BA MADISON COUNTY HOME • 1 level. Split-plan. Very quiet. Huge with deck, overlooks valley+horses. Oversized kitchen. Soak tub. Backs to forests. Non-smoking. Good credit, no criminal record required. 2240 Roaring Fork Rd. Mars Hill, NC. 1st,last, 1 month security. $750/month. 828-298-2274 or 3BR, 2BA OAKLEY AREA. W/D. Hardwood floors. Fenced backyard. Central air. Move-in ready. $985/month. 828-279-7699. 3BR, 2BA, SOUTH, 1 Bostic, a/c, w/d hookups, $855/month, 828-253-1517, 3BR, 2BA, WEST, 7 Spring, a/c, w/d hookups, deck, $995/month, 828-253-1517, A COTTAGE • WEAVERVILLE 2BR, 1BA. Large private yard, wonderful deck, porch. WD, woodstove. • No pets. • Quiet neighborhood. $800/month includes water. (828) 658-3210.

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employment A WALK TO UNCA Nice, quiet neighborhood. 2BR, 1BA, hardwood floors, tiled bath. • Private rear parking (2 cars). $950/month. (828) 713-0130. ACCEPTING SECTION 8 NOW! Mobiles like new. In quiet, very nice park. • 3BR, 2BA, $625/month. • 2BR, 2BA, $615/month. (828) 252-4334.

ADORABLE FURNISHED FENCED HOME • 2BR, 1BA with large office or 3rd BR. Remodeled. New paint, tile and hardwoods. Driveway, shed, picnic table, grill! 6 month or Year lease (negotiable) with deposit. Pets OK with owner approval. $1400/month. ALL AREAS - HOUSES FOR RENT. Browse thousands of rental listings with photos and maps. Advertise your rental home for free! Visit: (AAN CAN) ARC AGENCY, INC Biltmore Lake 4BR, 3BA, $2,400/month. Haw Creek 4BR, 2BA, $1,500/month. Haw Creek 3BR, 2BA, $995/month. Southchase 3BR, 2BA, $1,200/month. West 2BR, 1BA, $695/month. Weaverville 2BR, 1BR, $825/month. West 3BR, 2BR, $995/month. Arden 3BR, 2BR, $1,250/month. (828) 350-9400.

ASHEVILLE • $1,375/MONTH + gas, electric, cable w/12-month contract. Short term available. Pets considered. Smoke free. Available June. 50 Email: atlashomemanagement@ ASHEVILLE AREA RENTALS $550-$1950/month. • 1East. • 3-West. • 3-North. • 3-South. • Century 21 Mountain Lifestyles: (828) 684-2640, ext 17. For more details: BILTMORE VILLAGE • 2BR, 1BA home. Front and back porch, basement, W/D hookup, dishwasher,hardwood floors, $795/month. 817-584-6972. EAST • 2BR, 1BA Off Tunnel Road. Washer/dryer hookups, A/C system. No pets! $730/month, security deposit. Call (828) 423-4072. EAST ASHEVILLE NEAR VA HOSPITAL • 3B, /1BA house. Approx. 1100sq.ft. Walkout basement, W/D, deck, wooded view. Quiet cul-desac street. Must see. Pets accepted. $950/month + deposits. 828-275-2287. EAST ASHEVILLE— Lovely 3 bedroom, 2 bath, ranch-style home on quiet cul-de-sac. Hardwood floors throughout, insulated windows. Dining room and eat-in kitchen with new appliances including microwave and dishwasher. Heated laundry room off carport. AC. Rear deck in lovely, private backyard with flower gardens. No smoking. $950 per month. Property Management of Asheville, Inc. 828-253-2537 FAIRVIEW COUNTRY SETTING • 3BR, 2BA, deck, carport, flat yard. $800/month + utilities. 828458-6791.

GREAT RANCHER • W. ASHEVILLE Convenient location. Beautifully remodeled, energy efficient. 1100 sqft, 3BR, 1.5 remodeled baths (new fixtures, tile), sunroom, hardwood floors, new kitchen, WD connections. • Whole house water filtration. Daylight walkout basement. Fenced backyard. • Dog considered w/deposit. Carport. Nonsmoking. $995/month, security deposit, 1 year lease preferred. Call (828) 280-2254. HOUSES FOR RENT • Browse thousands of rental listings with photos and maps. Advertise your rental home for free. Visit (AAN CAN) LOG HOME 3BR, 2BA surrounded by woods in country setting. Hardwood floors and cathedral ceilings with front and back porches. Only minutes from Weaverville and Asheville. $985/month w/deposit. No smoking/pets considered. 828-649-1170. NORTH ASHEVILLE TOWNHOMESOff Merrimon. Walking distance to town. • 1BR: $495/month. • 2BR, 1BA: $525/month. • 3BR, 1BA: $625/month. Includes water. 828-252-4334

NORTHWEST OF ASHEVILLE, Rose Hill Plantation - planned and gated community on 58 acres. This partially furnished Arts and Craft style home has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in 1,500 sqft main living area plus 1,000 sqft open lower level with additional bath. Hardwood flooring in living room and cozy fireplace, attached 2-car garage, front porch and rear deck. Amenities include club house, spa, swimming pool and walking trails. Trash collection and water/sewer provided. For additional information on the community go to No smoking. $1900/month. 828-253-2537. Property Management of Asheville, Inc.

WALK TO DOWNTOWN 2BR, 1BA • Sunny, newly remodeled. Hardwood floors, skylights, new Central A/C, washer/dryer/dishwasher. Private yard and front porch with mountain view. No pets, no smokers. References, credit check. $975/month. 828-242-6017. WEAVERVILLE • 3BR, 2BA, washer/dryer, fireplace, 2 decks, finished basement, 1.5-car garage, large yard; mountain views. $1,100/month includes

NORTH, 2BR, 1BA, $690/month. Call (828) 2530758. Carver Realty

WEAVERVILLE AREA • 3BR, 2BA house in older central air. Fireplace, large fenced backyard. Garage. No smokers. $1,050/month, year lease. 776-4976 or 649-

OVERLOOK RIVER 3BR/2BA • New updates in this one level home. New hardood floors, new kitchen, new paint, new ceramic tile. Large deck, quiet, 5 minutes to downtown Asheville. $995/month + utilities. No pets. 828-458-6791. SOUTH, OAK FOREST, 3BR, 2BA rancher, gas, AC, $1,100/month. Call (828) 253-0758. Carver Realty SPACIOUS 3BR, 2BA • With views in great location in Black Mountain. Secluded area but convenient to town, I40. Well, septic, appliances, W/D hookups. Smoke free, no pets. $895/month. References required. or 828-776-9693.

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$450+Utilities • 1-2 rooms in 3BR, 2BA house. Black Mountain. Large yard, clean, healthy, laid back home, lots of storage, close to downtown. Available June 1. 828-669-6958. 20 min from downtown Fully furnished 3/2 w/full basement and carport Washer/dryer, fruits, gardens, chickens, and pasture $500 + 1/2 util Cooper 434 284 3056 Attention Golden Girls: Professional, quiet, kind Golden Girl looking for same to share Asheville rental. Mary, (828) 337-5580. Clean house near Marion/I40. Well water, full access, 1 child ok. $75/week maximum. Will negotiate. Chuck: (904) 210-4156. East Asheville • Move in now. Roommate to share 3BR, 2BA home. $357/month + bills (split 3 ways). $300 deposit. 828-712-8288.

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0013. WEST ASHEVILLE 3BR, 1.5BA, great kitchen, fireplace, hardwood floors. Back yard with screened and pool. No smoking. $885/month. 347-204-1354. WEST ASHEVILLE 3BR, 2BA, heat pump, $850/month. Call 828-253-0758. Carver Realty WEST, 2BR, 1BA, $550/month. Call (828) 2530758. Carver Realty


$395 + deposit & shared utilities. Black Mtn. Must be clean, family friendly, and responsible. Large house, great views, big yard. Tanya 828-664-0892

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patio. Carport. Walk to park NORTH ASHEVILLE Near UNCA. Beautifully landscaped, 3BR, 2BA, 2,050 sqft bungalow. Remodeled kitchen, appliances, hardwoods. Fresh paint. Central air/heating with Hepvac. Fenced back yard with dog run. $1,500/month. Deposit. 828-318-3991


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Holistic Home • Share a house with one holistic practitioner and one yoga practitioner. Healthy lifestyle and space. Please No drugs, alcohol, or smoking. 828216-6542. House Share • Peaceful, spacious home in a quiet residential area near town. Ideal for writer, student or professional. Cozy bedroom, furnished. $400. 828-2512118. House Share in Saluda. $350 month includes internet, water, local phone & trash. Electric to be split. 3 bedroom home shared w/ female and dog. No other pets please. 828-749-8019. Housemate Needed-Saluda • Share 3BR, 2BA house. $350/month, includes cable TV and internet, phone, water, trash. Natalie, 828749-8019. Housemate Needed • 2BR, 2BA, 1,100sq.ft., house in W. Asheville. Looking for clean male/female to rent spare bedroom. $600/month, includes utilities Aaron, 828551-9250. Houseshare for mature person. Upstairs BR and private BA for $450/month in a cool stone house on a West Asheville farm. Sorry, no pets. 727-403-1703.

(828) 231-4504 or 2771492. HISTORIC DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE Escape to downtown Asheville! Walk to restaurants, bars, shops, museums. $175/night. See

Huge, sunny master bedroom/office and bath. Share house with professional female. Wireless, WD, huge deck, gardens. $500/month. 6588523 I need a room! Quiet, good humored, spiritual person seeks room in home with similar people. Robert: 2301241.

Majestic Mountain Views • Great views high ridge quiet nature share 2200 sq. ft. home with amenities. Skyland, 5 minutes to Hendersonville Rd. $300/month + third utilities. ns/np/nd. Refs/Deposit. 828231-1928. Mature, fun female to share home near Biltmore Village. $450 plus 1/2 utilities. Big backyard, private deck, game room and art studio. Pet considered. 279-1272 New Home, bedrooms, bathrooms, 4 Miles To Downtown, Busline, W&D, Wifi,Cable,Storage,Beautiful! Email Laurencox9@Aol.Com Or Call 301-752-4607 Available ASAP! Quiet, Clean and Respectful • 3rd roommate for 3BR, 2BA house near UNCA. No pets and no smoking. $400/month, utilities included, plus deposit. RENTMATES.COM • Browse hundreds of online listings with photos and maps. Find your roommate with a click of a mouse! Visit (AAN CAN) Roommate Wanted For large, 1600 sq. ft. apartment, 2 BR, 2BA, washer and dryer, lots of storage, garden space, cat friendly. $400/month includes utilities. 828-337-6392. Roommate • Young couple of 4 yrs needs someone to join our 3 BR house in Swannanoa. Rent is $325 everything included. No pets. Chill house!! Saluda, NC, house share. $350/month, includes internet, water, local phone, trash. Electric shared. 3BR home shared w/female and dog. No other pets please. Call for info (828) 749-8019. Seeking Female Mature, conscious to share Barnardsville home. Lovely country setting, quiet/peaceful. Must love cats. $400/month. Deposit. Sam, 828-775-2327 or 6263567. Share 3BR House. Must be dog friendly. Furnished BR and private area downstairs. $550.00/month. includes utilities, internet, basic cable. 828-216-1722. Share Beautiful Town Home • Weaverville-Reems Creek Area. Private suite, W/D, all amenities included. 400/month NP/NS. 828-658-1674. Share Classic Grove Park Home • Share beautiful Grove Park home near the Inn. Large, bright MBR with private bath. Prefer mature veggie non-smoker. Dog possible, no cats. Call 828232-4374. Share Large Home • In country setting, mountain views on 4 acres just outside Asheville. Quiet, private bedroom. Cable, voicemail, W/D, utilities included. $430/month. 779-7958.

Two Fabulous Roommates Needed • Available JuneAug 31st only. 2BR + basement apt/1BA cottage in N. Asheville. Hardwood floors, garden. $267/month+utilities+$100/ dep. 2 references. WANTED FEMALE ROOMMATE Candler Exit. $350/month. Must love animals. No smoking. (828) 633-1291 West Asheville- Great neighborhood, close to 240 and Haywood Rd, w/d, storage, wireless internet, large yard, basement, garden, patio. Call Ryan607-227-4436


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APPALACHIAN TRAIL CONSERVANCY ATC is seeking a Resource Management Coordinator. This is a temporary, nonbenefitted position (June â&#x20AC;&#x201C; December) in our Asheville, NC office. Pay is $10.15 per hour. The Seasonal Resource Management Coordinator is responsible for program support and coordination of ATCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Deep South and Southern Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s InvasiveExotic plant, and related, programs. This is a position that will support and assist with proper implementation of the Trail management program. Please visit ourcemgmt for details or email jjudkins@ ARTISTS! Mans Ruin Tattoo Piercing is moving and reopening with an ART GALLERY! We are still seeking artists to consign their art. Wall space is full but we are still seeking other mediums! Call 828-2536660 to set an appointment. CAB DRIVERS Needed at Blue Bird; call JT 258-8331. Drivers needed at Yellow Cab; call Buster at 2533311. DELIVERY DRIVER Asheville based produce company now hiring drivers to deliver in local area. Good driving record. Call 255-7630. Mountain Food Products. EXPERIENCED RAFT GUIDES for the Pigeon River in Hartford, TNâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; approximately 45 minutes from Asheville. Call 423-487-2085 for details. GIVENS ESTATES Employment application for future positions. Jobline: 828-771-2230. HR Office: 1st Floor, Asbury Commons Building, 2360 Sweeten Creek Road, South Asheville. HIRE QUALITY EMPLOYEES â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our employment advertisements with the Mountain Xpress garner far more educated and qualified applicants than any other publication we have used. The difference is visible in the phone calls, applications and resumes.â&#x20AC;? Howard Stafford, Owner, Princess Anne Hotel. â&#x20AC;˘ Thank you, Howard. Your business can benefit by advertising for your next employee in Mountain Xpress Classifieds. Call 251-1333. NATURAL LANDSCAPE GARDENER Seasonal position. 40 hours per week. Call (828) 665-2492 for more details. The NC Arboretum P/T, F/T POSITIONS AS MOVIE EXTRAS â&#x20AC;˘ Register for a 90-day guarantee. Make up to $300/day. Call our agents 24/7 at 1-800605-5901. (AAN CAN)

WHITEWATER RAFTING COMPANY Raft guide training and employment on the French Broad and Nolichucky Rivers. Also seeking experienced guides, store staff, bus drivers. 1866-USA-Raft. WORK AS MOVIE EXTRAS â&#x20AC;˘ Actors/Models. $45 to register. Earn up to $300/day. Call 24/7 at 1-800-6055901. (AAN CAN)

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Skilled Labor/ Trades ELECTRICIANS ALL LEVELS Top salary. â&#x20AC;˘ Many locations available. Call today! (828) 252-2200. ENERGY SERVICES TECHNICIAN Community Action Opportunities, a nonprofit agency in Asheville, is recruiting for an energetic Energy Services Technician to work with our Weatherization Program to provide services for home improvements that result in safer, healthier and more energy efficient homes. â&#x20AC;˘ Successful Interns will possess some of the following: â&#x20AC;˘ Some college with courses in basic industrial work or environmental science preferred, or work experience, preferably in heating and cooling, or other trade such as (plumber, electrician, HVAC Specialist) or related occupation. â&#x20AC;˘ Energy Efficiency Certificate Preferred; High school graduate or GED minimum education; basic computer and keyboarding skills; Working knowledge of the principles and techniques of installation and repair of windows, doors, floors, ceilings, roofs, and other building structures; Ability to apply quality control standards; Must possess a valid North Carolina driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license; and Must pass drug and background checks. â&#x20AC;˘ Send resume w/cover and references w/contact info to: HR Manager, 25 Gaston Street, Asheville, NC 28801. Open until filled. EOE and DFWP.

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LANDSCAPE TECHNICIAN Asheville, NC- B.B. Barns Retail Garden Center has set the pace in Western NC for 17 years for high end, unusual plant material and outstanding customer service. B.B. Barns Landscape Company is now offering that same outstanding customer service through design, building and installation of residential landscapes. The landscape company is currently seeking a full-time, year-round Landscape Technician with two years minimum experience in planting, hardscape, equipment operation, irrigation and lighting. A strong work ethic, desire to learn, the ability to reflect and maintain a positive attitude under stressful situations is a must. Valid NC driver license required. Hourly pay scale is based on experience. Applications are available at the B.B. Barns Landscape office at 3653 Sweeten Creek Road, Arden, NC. Call for directions: 828-5517336. SLATE TILE AND COPPER ROOFING â&#x20AC;˘ Looking for athletic, goal oriented individual to join our team. Must have good references. or 828-274-7200.

Administrative/ Office ADMINISTRATOR â&#x20AC;˘ PARTTIME Bankers Life and Casualty Company. Part-time position opening to support busy insurance sales office! Challenging position offers a variety of tasks and responsibilities. Ideal candidate must be dependable, organized, have excellent communication skills and general computer skills. Contact Eric Dade at 1-800-210-6117 ext. 1030 to apply! EOC M/F/H/D RA 06-028 ADVERTISE â&#x20AC;˘ GET RESULTS! Our company received a great response from the ad that we ran for Office Support Staff. We will always use Mountain Xpress for our advertising needs. Thank you, A. Thompson, Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Recovery Center. Your company can affordably find the perfect employee. Call 251-1333, Mountain Xpress Employment Classifieds.

POST OFFICE ASSISTANT Warren Wilson College seeks candidates for a part-time (20 hours per week) post office assistant, beginning July 1, 2009. Work hours are 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with one-half hour for lunch. The post office assistant performs administrative and clerical duties for the Campus and Public Service Post Office, while adhering to complex federal and international postal regulations. Responsibilities include selling postage stamps, postal cards, and stamped envelopes; answering questions pertaining to mail regulations or procedures; preparing daily accounting reports; receiving all U.S. Controlled Mail addressed to the College; processing outgoing mail and shipments; and assisting in the training of student workers. The successful candidate will have a high school diploma or equivalent, possess excellent customer service skills, be proficient at basic math and have money handling skills, good interpersonal skills and enjoy working with traditional-age college students. Must be capable of lifting 25 pounds and possess a valid NC driver license or able to obtain one. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for three references to Ms. Gail Baylor, Human Resources, Warren Wilson College, PO Box 9000, Asheville, NC 28815-9000, or send the requested materials by email to Electronic submissions are strongly preferred. Deadline for applications is May 29, 2009.

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BLUE SKY CAFE â&#x20AC;˘ Locally owned, creative family restaurant looking for polite, full-time counter service employee, experience preferred. Positive work environment with flexible schedules. Apply in person at 3987 Hendersonville Rd., Fletcher. 828-684-1247.

HAIRSTYLISTS â&#x20AC;˘ Full Circle Salon is looking for a select few individuals to join itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team in Asheville. We want individuals who are enthusiastic, team players, and hungry for education. Call 828-251-1722.

Sales/ Marketing 50% COMMISSION* â&#x20AC;˘ MEDIA SALES and the popular radio show, VIRATO LIVE! Saturday, 10am-1pm, 880 AM. Keywords: Organic, Holistic, Green, Healing, Metaphysics, New Age, Cultural Creative. (*possible, partnership). 254-6620.

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RETAIL AND BAKERY HELP WANTED Part-time. Experience a plus. (828) 2739636, Woodfin. Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Carrot Cake

SEASONAL LINE COOK Responsible for the preparation and presentation of menu items as listed on the menus or Banquet event order sheets and plating instructions. â&#x20AC;˘ Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following, other duties may be assigned: â&#x20AC;˘ Proceeds in preparation of all menu items in assigned area on a daily basis â&#x20AC;˘ Completes all mise en place (pre work) and counts match guarantees â&#x20AC;˘ Precisely follows portion control, presentation of food, consistency of food, flavor, doneness as determined by the Culinary department â&#x20AC;˘ Consults with Chef/Sous Chef on forecasts, dining reservations, special functions and specials of the day and asks for specific duties to prepare items to specifications â&#x20AC;˘ Checks coolers for proper rotation of food items to prevent spoilage â&#x20AC;˘ Ensures adequate amount of product is on hand and lets supervisor know what to order â&#x20AC;˘ Follows proper sanitation procedures are followed. â&#x20AC;˘ $9 and up depending on experience. Email resumes to

Hotel/ Hospitality ASSISTANT INNKEEPER Busy downtown B&B. Weekend position with possible 1 to 2 days during the week. Must have respectable appearance. Meticulously detailedoriented person for housekeeping, breakfast service and guest relations. Willing to train right person. Call 828-989-6618. Chestnut Street Inn HOUSEKEEPER Part-time position available for experienced housekeeper at Asheville Bed and Breakfast. Looking for detail-oriented, hardworking individual with positive attitude that can work well with others. Experience with food service a plus. References required. Call 232-0345 after 10 a.m.

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HOUSEKEEPERS Professional, reliable and responsible needed full time for upscale bed and breakfast. Must be flexible and able to work weekends. Background check required. Call 828-254-3878 for interview.

Medical/ Health Care MADISON MANOR HIRING NURSES! Apply at: 345 Manor Road, Mars Hill, NC. Or call (828) 689-5200. EOE.

Human Services AmeriCorps Project Insulate & Project Conserve Seeks dedicated individuals to fill 37 full-time positions serving critical energy and conservation needs in western North Carolina. Details at do=news/action CRISIS INTERVENTION COUNSELOR Full-time to work at the AHOPE Day Center and coordinate the Room In The Inn program. (Homeless programs of Homeward Bound of Asheville). Job duties include assisting clients with needs, responding to crisis situations, daily cleaning, and daily record keeping. Ability to input data into client database is required. Please email resumes, cover letter, and three references to Questions: Call Heather Spencer at (828) 252-8883. CRISIS INTERVENTION COUNSELOR Part-time. To work at the AHOPE/Room In The Inn programs (homeless programs of Homeward Bound of Asheville). Split shift hours are 6:45am to 12:15pm and 4pm to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday. Job duties include assisting clients with needs, responding to crisis situations, daily cleaning, and daily record keeping. Ability to input data into client database is required. Please email resumes, cover letter, and 3 references to Questions: Call Gary Kovach at (828) 252-8883.

FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES OF ASHEVILLE is seeking QMHPs to provide enhanced services for child and adult consumers. Applicants must have at least 2 years post-degree experience with the MH population. Email


FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES OF HENDERSONVILLE is seeking QMHPs to provide enhanced services for child and adult consumers. Applicants must have a Bachelors degree in the Human Services field and at least 2 years post-degree experience with the MH population. We are also seeking licensed therapist for our Intensive In-Home and School-based therapy programs. Please email resumes to LPC/LCSW/LCAS/CSAC Office space and clients available. Also Bilingual (Spanish) Counselor with NC Addiction credential CSAC/LCAS. Call Bruce: 777-3755. QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL For CAP/MR/DD agency. Must have 4 year degree and experience with DD population. Provide supervision in the Asheville/Hendersonville area. Excellent full-time position, salary with benefits. Work from home. Fax resume to QP Director, (910) 4255178.

QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS Families Together Inc. seeking Qualified Professionals to work with at risk youth and their families dealing with mental health issues. Qualified candidate should have a four year degree and at least 2-4 years experience. Unique culture, benefits and flexible schedule. Email resume to sstevenson@

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SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR - PART-TIME OR FULL-TIME • A growing medical practice/treatment center is looking for a certified substance abuse counselor to join our team. Flexible schedule and very competitive compensation. We are pleased to be providing outstanding stateof-the-art substance abuse treatment and invite you to grow with us in our community. Please send resume and cover letter to vittel@mountainhealthsolutio THERAPIST Four Circles Recovery Center, a wilderness therapy facility working with young adults with substance abuse (ages 18-28) is looking for a licensed therapist to work with clients and their families through the recovery process. Provides individual, group and family therapy, participates in treatment and after-care planning. Requirements: MA or MS in counseling, psychology or social work. LCAS or CCS required, additional licensure as an LPC or LCSW preferred. Must have direct clinical and case management experience. Please email cover letter and resume to m, subject: therapist. SERVE CHILDREN WHILE SAVING FOR THE FUTURE • Two openings for female Alternate Teaching-Parent positions at Whitewater Cove, a level II children’s mental health home located on 10 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Brevard, NC. This beautiful home serves 6 girls and/or boys (ages 6-18) from Transylvania and surrounding counties. Children served attend local schools. These two part-time positions require the individual to live in residence 6-12 days per month. Lodging and all meals are provided during shifts. The right candidate will have a BS or BA, and related experience. Salary range $800-$1500/month. Training and consultation provided by Appalachian Family Innovations, an affiliate of Appalachian State University. Whitewater Cove is a private, not-for-profit agency and an equal opportunity employer licensed by NC Department of Health and Human Services. Email resumes and references to:

ADMISSIONS DIRECTOR • Brian Center Health & Rehabilitation – Spruce Pine has an immediate need for an ADMISSIONS DIRECTOR. Minimum requirements include 4 yr degree; 5 yrs exp. in healthcare sales/marketing/insurance with basic understanding of sales & mktg process; and 1 yr management exp. Some travel required (day trips to local healthcare facilities). Previous healthcare/medical exp. a plus. We offer a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, a stable & loyal nursing team and opportunity for professional growth. Apply in person at 218 Laurel Creek Court, Spruce Pine, NC 28777. Or call Keysha King at 866-2999585, fax: 678-443-6858; Visit SavaSeniorCare affiliated entities are Equal Opportunity Employers. ASSISTANT VITAMIN/BODY MANAGER • Ensure successful functioning of the department, including purchasing, pricing, and merchandising of product. Assists in training and supervising. Prefer 6 months experience in purchasing and supervisory experience. Knowledge in health, nutrition, and natural health foods required. Must be available some nights and weekends. Email letter/resume to: NO PHONE CALLS! PART-TIME ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR • Arts For Life Position open for dependable & positive professional to lead administration of growing nonprofit organization. Requires excellent written & oral communication, office management, and ability to lead internal and external communication and marketing projects. Skilled in database management, Photoshop, InDesign/Quark, & MS Office. Office location: Weaverville. Mail Resume to Arts For Life: Administrative Director, P.O. Box 788, Weaverville, NC 28787. Detailed job description at: No phone calls.

HUMAN RESOURCES CONSULTANT Optical Cable Corporation offers excellent opportunities for development and growth. Become a member of this successful team and enjoy an exciting, diverse work environment and excellent employee benefits. The HR Consultant will provide strategic, consultative, Human Resources support to management. This position will be located at our SMP Data Communication’s Asheville, NC facility. Frequent overnight travel to Plano, TX and Roanoke, VA. • Responsibilities include consulting, culture/change agent; business management; HR product/service development; employee relations; HR Expertise applying human resources theory, research and practice; and lead the work of support staff to achieve HR goals and outcomes in support of OCC’s goals. • Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration or related field and seven years of experience demonstrating increased or diversified responsibility in human resources, business and leadership/management roles. • Master’s degree preferred. PHR or SPHR Certification preferred. Excellent computer skills using Microsoft Word and Excel. Please visit our website at, Employment Opportunities. • To apply for this position, please forward a cover letter and resume to or fax: (540) 563-9829. EEO/AA INSURANCE MANAGEMENT Bankers Life and Casualty Company, one of the largest and most respected companies in the insurance industry is currently seeking individuals interested in entry-level insurance sales positions. Ambition, intelligence, integrity and a strong work ethic will lead qualified individuals into management positions within three months to one year. Our associate managers earn $60,000 to $100,000 per year with top performing managers earning $200,000+. For additional information visit, or please call Rikki Metcalf at (704) 940-1360 to arrange an interview.

WEATHERIZATION SERVICES PROGRAM MANAGER A progressive and dynamic non-profit agency that serves Madison, Buncombe, Henderson and Transylvania Counties seeks a skilled manager to provide day-to-day leadership to its Weatherization Team. The successful candidate must be able to: Assist the Department Director with budgeting, planning and overall operation of Weatherization Services. Plan and manage a production schedule that ensures quality and productivity of the weatherization work performed. Produce and maintain accurate and timely reports in a numerous formats that support daily operations and program management. Plan and coordinate outreach and recruitment activities with Economic Development Team. Review Work Orders to assure compliance with weatherization standards. Complete final onsite audit to ensure work was completed consistent with work orders and weatherization installation standards. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with agency managers, line staff, weatherization contractors, community partners and the general public. Utilize and understand the role of technology in completing Weatherization work and documenting the weatherization process. Comply with State and Federal regulations and procedures. • Minimum qualifications: • Four Year Degree with concentration in Environmental Sciences and considerable knowledge of building sciences • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point • 4 or more years in a supervisor or manager role. • 4 years of work experience in home construction/maintenance with a concentration in energy efficiency preferred • Excellent organizational, interpersonal communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, strong written and oral communication skills. • Possess a valid NC driver’s license. • Preferred qualifications: All of the above, plus general knowledge of the use of databases in collecting and analyzing work; bilingual in Spanish. • Annual Salary: $38,000-$42,000, DOQ. Send resume w/cover and references w/contact information to: HR Manager, 25 Gaston Street, Asheville, NC 28801. Open until filled. EOE and DFWP

Teaching/ Education EARLY CHILDHOOD RESEARCH ASSISTANT The Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute is hiring a full-time Early Childhood Research Assistant to assist in research projects related to young children’s learning and development. The successful applicant will assist in the conduct of research syntheses, the collection of data, data entry, and related duties. The position requires a bachelor’s degree in early childhood, psychology, sociology or a related field and two years of relevant experience. A master’s degree and relevant experience is preferred. Send a vita or resume, letter of interest describing one’s qualifications, and a salary history to Tracy Masiello, Ph.D., Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute, 8 Elk Mountain Road, Asheville, NC 28804 or by email to The position includes a liberal fringe benefits package, including paid health insurance and retirement. EMOTIONAL GROWTH COUNSELOR Counselor needed for emotional growth boarding school for middle school age girls. Responsibilities include individual and group guidance, coordinate treatment plans, communicate progress weekly with parents, and teamwork. M.A preferred or bachelor with extensive experience. Pay commensurate with education and experience. Full-time position with benefits. Contact Rebecca Jefferies at 828-697-5029 or fax resume to 828-3984503. YWCA DAYCARE to hire a part-time floater that has NC credentials and early childhood classes. Flexible in schedule from 8a.m.-6p.m., Monday-Friday. First aid and CPR training a must. Start as soon as possible. Apply at front desk, YWCA of Asheville, 185 South French Broad Avenue, Asheville, 28801.

Jobs Wanted ATTENTION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPALS!!!!!! Musical Theatre? Directed! • Family Science Night? Coordinated! • Helicopter Parents? Handled! NBCT Seeks 2nd or 3rd Grade Position for 2009 School Year * National Board Certified, Early Childhood Generalist, 2005 * 5 Years Math/Science/Aerospace Magnet * 10 Years Visual and Performing Arts Magnet * Fund Raising/Grant Writing * Excellent classroom management skills! * Teacher of the Year 2003, San Pedro Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. For complete resume packet, please contact Valerie at EXPERIENCED TILE MAN 20 years experience looking for full-time employment with company. Have own tools. Bruce, 298-6506.

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2009 • DON’T JUST SURVIVE • Thrive! Snelling delivers results with staffing expertise that connects people and businesses with the power to thrive! e/application HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA! Fast, affordable & accredited. Free brochure. Call now! 1800-532-6546 Ext. 97 m (AAN CAN) POST OFFICE NOW HIRING! Average pay $21/hour or $54K annually including Federal Benefits and OT. Paid Training, Vacations. PT/FT 1866-945-0347 (AAN CAN) POST OFFICE NOW HIRING! Avg. Pay $21/hour or $54K annually Including Federal Benefits and OT. Paid Training, Vacations. PT/FT. 1866-945-0295 UNDERCOVER SHOPPERS Get paid to shop. Retail and dining establishments need undercover clients to judge quality and customer service. Earn up to $100/day. Please call 1-800-720-0576.

Business Opportunities BEST HOME-BASED BUSINESS EVER! It’s fun; it’s simple; it’s lucrative. To hear 3-minute message, call 1866-257-3105, code 1. BIZ OP • Want to purchase minerals and other oil/gas interest. Send details to: PO Box 13557, Denver, CO 80201 GREEN TECHNOLOGY COMPANY Expanding grass roots effort seeking dedicated people to work from home. Part-time, fulltime. 1-888-458-1670. mybioprohealth@

Announcements ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS in 111 alternative newspapers like this one. Over 6 million circulation every week for $1200. No adult ads. Call Rick at 202289-8484. (AAN CAN) ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS in 111 alternative newspapers like this one. Over 6 million circulation every week for $1200. No adult ads. Call Mountain Xpress Classifieds at (828) 251-1333. (AAN CAN) PREGNANT CONSIDERING ADOPTION? • Talk with caring agency specializing in matching birthmothers with families nationwide • Living expenses paid. Call 24/7 • Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions • 1-866-4136293. (AAN CAN)

WOMEN, Earn $18k-$30k for 6 egg donations with the largest, most experienced Agency in US. Call: 800-4447119 or to apply online visit: (AAN CAN)

Auditions AMERICAN REMAINS (Short Film) shooting in Asheville early June. GO TO: Email for questions/inquiries: AmericanRemains@ MOVIE EXTRAS NEEDED! All looks and ages wanted. No experience necessary. Feature films, television, commercials, and prints. $150 - $300/day. Call Now! 1-800-340-8404 x 2001 (AAN CAN)

Lost & Found Walking Stick Lost • May 10 at Westville Pub someone walked out with my walking stick. I was told a woman named Dixie with a blond wig that looked like a hippy took it. Help. 450-6271.

Classes & Workshops LEARN TO MAKE JEWELRY, do Lapidary, do Enameling, and more! Jewelry Gallery Now Open! Silver repairs, 30 Years+ experience. Friday through Sunday, 11a.m. until 5p.m. Earthspeak Arts, 375 Depot Street, Asheville. 828-678-9038,

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Health & Fitness FREE YOGA DAY: Join Lighten Up Yoga June 6, 9a.m. - 4p.m., to try out our talented teachers and safe, supportive environment. New students and experienced yogis welcome! Donations accepted for Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy Land Trust Day. 254-7756 or ONLINE PHARMACY • Buy Soma, Ultram, Fioricet, Prozac, Buspar $71.99/90 $107/180 Quantities, PRICE INCLUDES PRESCRIPTION! Over 200 meds. $25 Coupon Mention Offer: #71A31. 1888-661-4957. (AAN CAN) ROLFING INTEGRATIVE THERAPY • Feel better Look better. Advanced Certified Rolfer offering new techniques combined with Visceral and Cranial Therapies. 828-545 8505. SUFFERING WITH ANXIETY OR DEPRESSION? Think no one understands? Lucinda Bassett does. Get her free tape that will stop the suffering without drugs or alcohol. Call 800-652-9619. (AAN CAN)



**ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE MASSAGE! ** So deep and smooth, or very gentle and easy. Caring, intuitive, professional therapist. $35/hour Asheville special! Visa/MC. Mobile service available. Brett Rodgers LMBT #7557, (828) 505-4890

2009? BUSINESS DECISIONS? • ASK NINA Psychic Nina, the Auracle of Asheville: (828) 253-7472 or email

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Musical Services AMR STUDIO Audio mastering, mixing and recording. Musical, literary and instructional services. Tunable performance room, on-site video available. (828) 335-9316. #1 AFFORDABLE MASSAGE CENTER Best rates in town! $29/hour. Therapeutic Massage: • Deep Tissue • Swedish • Sports • Trigger Point. Also offering: • Acupressure • Energy Work • Reflexology • Classes. Call now for your appointment: (828) 4501049. 1224 Hendersonville Road. Asheville, NC. A GREAT, PERSONALIZED MASSAGE Relaxing and therapeutic. Introductory price: $35. Asheville. Free parking. Credit cards accepted. Patty, LMT#7113. Call 828-275-5497, stressbustersmassage@ BEST MASSAGE IN ASHEVILLE Deep tissue, sports massage, Swedish, esalen. Available in/out. Jim Haggerty, LMBT# 7659. Call (828) 545-9700. MASSAGE/MLD Therapeutic massage, $45/hour. Manual lymph drainage, $65/hour. Lymphedema treatment, $45-$65/hour. 15+ years experience. 828-299-4105. NC License #146. SHOJI SPA & LODGE • 7 DAYS A WEEK Looking for the best therapist in town—or a cheap massage? Soak in your outdoor, private hot tub; melt in our sauna; then get the massage of your life! 26 massage therapists. \2990999. STAY RELAXED. Massage therapy at your home/office. 1/2 or 1-hour appointments. Call Sarah Whiteside, LMBT#4741, (828) 2791050. TOTALLY AWESOME THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE • Powerful pain relief. Excellent problem solving, stress management and relaxation. Intuitive, knowledgeable, versatile. 23 years experience. LMBT2082. 779-4924.

Counseling Services WHEN “TALK THERAPY” IS NOT ENOUGH • Body-Mind Psychotherapy. Experiential approach. Joseph Howard, MSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Reasonable Rates/Sliding Scale. 828651-8646.

ASHEVILLE’S WHITEWATER RECORDING Full service studio services since 1987. • Mastering • Mixing and Recording. • CD/DVD duplication at the best prices. (828) 684-8284 • www.whitewaterrecording. com CREATE YOUR CD, NOW with an experienced producer/arranger and talented multiinstrumentalist, Erik Kohl. Creative, flexible, and affordable. 828-242-5032. MAKE MUSIC! Guitar- PianoDrums- Bass- SingingBanjo- Mandolin lessons created for you/your child’s interest. Experienced, enthusiastic instructor, Erik… 828-242-5032.

Equipment For Sale Gretsch Catalina Club Drum Kit Nearly new maple kit includes 6 drums, Meing Cymbals Pack,Gibraltor Hardware Pack, Pacific Pedal, etc. Photo available. $900, obo. Shells in great condition; skins have some wear; includes hardware; double bass, high hat, 2 crash, 1 ride. Call Brett 225-5880970 or Solid wood cedar top and rosewood back/sides- nice purpling, nice neck, a players guitar-SKB Flight cs and 7 sets strings Paid $950 Sell for $450 242-5324

AUDITIONS Music, comedy, film. looking for original music, dance, comedians, film/story tellers. Ready to move from “what IF” to “what IS”? Blues/Rock/Folk/Funk/Jug/ Grass • Harmonica, Slide Guitar, Lap Steel, Vocals, Song Writer. Need work and fun. Easy going, adaptive, ambitious. Start new project or add flavor to existing. 601-988-8282. Blues/Rock/Folk/Funk/Soul /Dead • Very adaptive, hard working, dedicated musician about as blue as they come. Harmonica, slide guitar, lap steel, vocals, and songwriter. 601-988-8282. Busy working rock band seeking exp/drummer. We play 70% originals & 30% covers. Contact via e-mail Dead Light Pulse seeks drummer. Check out pulse . Call 450-0640 Drummer Needed ASAP • Upcoming gig. Punk/Prog/Grunge band. 828-926-5486 or e-mail: Drummer Seeking Blues Players • I’m a serious hobbyist-level drummer with a desire to play some blues. Old, new, rockin, etc. I PLAY for FUN! Drummer needed for busy rock band. We play 70% originals 30% covers. Heavy rock/Alt country,contact via e-mail Easy-going hard working musician seeking to join established group.Call Jared 828-665-9270(after 6pm)Emil:trulyjared@gmail.c om Experienced Bassist Seeks Work • 20 years experience in all styles of play, in studio and stage. Have own equipment, car. Vocals also. Serious inquiries only. Jake 280-7704. Experienced drummer looking for musicians of integrity, prefer jazz, 828877-2413

Musicians’ Bulletin

Local jam band Phuncle Sam is looking for a female singer. Please call 545-0503

21 Years Experience. Looking to play mostly instrumental, complex, melodic music. Influences: Faraquet, King Crimson, Secret Chiefs 3, etc. Morgan, 352-327-3702.

Local Metal Band Seeks Vocals • Lead Vocals in the styles of Dream Theater, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, etc. Dave, 828-458-1127 for an audition. Serious inquiries only.

Asheville Reggae Band • Looking for reggae brass and keyboardist for local and regional gigs ASAP. Contact Geoff - (828) 551-1149,

Looking for guitarist, cellist, & ‘world’ percussionist. Knowledge of Verdi A432 a plus. Spiritual, big stuff. Send your philosophy:

Looking to pay for private beginner adult fiddle lessons. Flexible situation. If interested, please call 865300-7011 Multimedia Collaborators • Free Improvisation, electric cello, visionary art/movies, ( araphael) seeks inspired collaborators for projects. Muse Audition Firestorm Cafe’ • Original music, dance, comedy, film, poetry, fashion, culinary. 6-9 pm 5/3/09. Move from “what if” to “what is” Need tasty lead Guitar player ASAP. Must be versatile, creative, committed Blues Artist. Call Mel 828 989 9871 Prolific and experienced MC/Artist seeks to assemble a full live hip hop/music band with platinum ambition. Drummers, guitarists, bassists, keyboardist, horns, second MC and/or singer, to form an original hip hop vibed out band. 21 and over. Potential team players leave message: (828) 777-7528. Seeking Lead Guitarist • For wide variety rock band. 828-242-4067 or 828-6708768. Singers, Duos, Acoustic Bands Dedicated artists? Showcase at our weekly events & festivals. Rock, blue grass, ballads, funk, aCapella, country, musical theater. Singing Bassist • Join or start group with great vocals, harmonies, maturity, Stills, Steely, Browne, Band, Byrds, Eagles, Little Feat, Youngbloods, originals. Larry 828-225-4347, Bass Player needed for working band. bluesy Americana/rock, lots of original material. call Mark at (828)-280-0634

ETTA • Brown/black Persianmix. 9 1/2 yrs. Lost N. Asheville-Beaverdam/Spooks Branch area, 5/2. Long hair, gold eyes. Very shy. No collar, but micro-chipped. Much loved! 828-377-6661. Kira is about 9 mos old & 17 lbs, white and black with scruffy hair. She was last seen 4/20 around 3pm on Sand Hill Rd. No collar/tags on. 631-704-9817 Lost 04/09. Old longhaired cat Declawed on front.Lost in Reynolds(The Cliffs)Grey/beige/white.Short legs.Reward offered.Likes to nip fingers! 298 9217 Miss Her LOST YOUR PET? FOUND A PET? Call Asheville Humane Society, (828) 253-6807, to fill out a missing or found pet report. Visit 72 Lee’s Creek Road, Asheville. Lost female Shih-Tzu. She is cream/ white in color. PLEASE CALL 828-5051984, 828-458-2382,or 828458-4027 if you find her. We love her and just want her home. MAINE COON CAT • Disappeared 5/8/09 off of Buckingham Court in Kenilworth. Moose is a large, brown neutered male and declawed in front. Please contact 828.246.2796. “Thank you so much for this lifesaving service. I have heard raves about people’s AND pet’s success with Mountain Xpress!” • Ann Weber, Psychology Dept. UNC-A.

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ADOPT BIG BEAR I have lovely, long hair and I was born in February 2003. I’m a big hunk of love, energetic and outgoing. I get along well with other dogs. I’m really looking forward to a special home. Can’t you see us enjoying a good hike together? To adopt Bear or see other available cats and dogs, call 258-4820 or visit

ADOPT WENDALL Wendall is a Terrier mix who would love to become part of your family. Are you interested in a small canine companion? If so, check out Brother Wolf Canine Rescue! Call us today, 808-9435, for more information. BEAUTIFUL PASTEL CALICO GIRL • 4-yr-old Mercury prefers people/dogs to cats. Healthy, all shots, affectionate, playful. 704215-2037. yd/mercury.doc BROTHER WOLF CANINE RESCUE Save a dog’s life! Adopt from Brother Wolf Canine Rescue. 458-7778. FAY THE LOVING PIT MIX • Free to a good home: Very loving pit mix. 3.5 years. Loves to play with other dogs or lie around the house all day. Microchip and shots. Call Dan 828-713-6957.

ADOPT CALLIE is a shy little girl who was part of a feral colony. Such a brave one, she was unable to even come out from behind her litter box- but within one week she is lying in a bed and can hardly contain her excitement when someone pets her! She is a curious and courageous cat, and I think she is trying to make up for the lack of love she has had. To adopt Callie or see other available cats and dogs, call 258-4820 or visit

FIND THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE! Cats, dogs, & other small animals available for adoption at Asheville Humane Society • 72 Lee’s Creek Road • Asheville, NC • (828) 253-6807 Kittens avail No Fee adoption. Spay/neuter, rabies vac. Ready late May but pick yours now. Friends2Ferals in A’ville 803-553-7919 or Lab Mixes • Lab/hound mix and lab mix free to good home. Both 1 1/2 years old and house trained. Sweet dogs with great temperament. Need room to play. 828-337-2052.

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Tools & Machinery 5’ 13.5’ $625. Single axle, 10” ibeam construction. (828) 808-5450. Free framed camper floor comes with it if you want.

Business Equipment AKG WMS400/PT/420 bodypack system w/two C420 headset mics. Purchased for $800 new, RARELY used! Contact w/best offer. Behringer Professional 7 Channel DJ Mixer. Perfect condition. $150. Purchase the terminal for the freedom to choose the processing company (no commitment/less fees). My cost new $600 — contact w/best offer!

Massage Table by International. Light-weight, adjustable legs, face cradle, carrying bag. $255 firm. Call 828-215-6744. PROTECT YOUR FAMILY Get a free GE alarm system with no installation fee and no equipment costs. Most homeowners will receive an insurance discount as well. Mention this ad and get 2 free keychain remotes. Promotional code A02087. Call 888-951-5158. (AAN CAN). Start your own Avon Business Only $10. Earn up to 50% of sales. Should be motivated and able to work independently. For more info call Cindy Littrell at 255-2998.

Wanted Foldup Massage Table with case. Reasonable. (828) 215-6744.

Furniture $600 Couch and Love Seat Set • Faux suede, micro fiber (pet hair-resistant). Brand new for $1,400. Excellent condition, tremendously comfy! Will deliver. Call: 910540-1770.

by Brent Brown Mid-size, athletic, loving, healthy, spayed female dog needs new home. Welltrained in invisible fence. Loves kids, adults, and most other dogs. 828 231 9497

1995 MERCEDES DIESEL 300D • White, AT w/189K. Excellent shape. Power everything, sunroof,custom stereo w/AUX input 4 ipod. No oil leaks, smooth ride. Sean, 828-221-1163.

Playful Cuddly Cat Needs Home Reilly is fun, playful, indoor/outdoor white cat. Male, neutered, 3 years old, great personality! Needs home by June 1. 703-7983040.

1995 MERCURY MYSTIQUE $1000. In good condition with some good years still left on it. 105K miles. Minor cosmetic damage. Needs brake/alignment work but runs great. As is. 828-8838839.

Sweet Dog • 8 month old Australian Shepherd mix, microchipped, neutered, shots. in/outside. good with animals and kids. Very smart. Free to good home. 828216-8466. Treeing Walker Coonhound • Chester is a pleasant dog. Well mannered, house and crate trained. Neutered and kid friendly. We like to travel and it’s hard with him. 828702-3335. Wonderful Black Cat Needs Home • Our rental will not allow us to keep the cat. Completely de-clawed, front and back. Fixed. Great lap cat, very social. 9 years old. 231-4531.

Pet Services ASHEVILLE PET SITTERS Dependable, loving care while you’re away. Reasonable rates. Call Sandy Ochsenreiter, (828) 258-0942 or 215-7232.


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Vehicles For Sale

Autos 1966 Ford Dump Truck. Dump bed in working condition. Engine needs work but runs. $600 BOB Call anytime 828-258-3008.

1996 GEO METRO • $1200, obo. Great around town car, great gas mileage. Just under 170K miles, 5 speed, a few dings but runs great. Available 5/31. 2001 MIATA LS • White wIth tan leather, 5 peed, 54K. Original owner, great condition, pampered seasonally driven car, garage kept, extras. $9000.Fairview area 407-256-8895. 2003 DODGE DAKOTA • White, manual, AM/FM, CD. 70K miles. New tires. $6500. 828-337-0748.

1969 PORSCHE 911T. Good condition, runs well. Signal yellow. 116,263 total miles. Original engine, never rebuilt. Many updates. $11,000. Call Erik at 828-778-1976. 1978 BMW $600 BOB. Must Sell! Call anytime 828-2583008. 1988 VOLVO 240 GL WAGON • In fair running condition. 210K miles. Rebuilt alternator. Potential good work car, or parts car. $550, obo. Matt: 450-4535.

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2004 VOLVO C70 CONVERTIBLE • Silver with black top, gray leather interior, HT model, 56K, automatic, fully loaded, always garaged. Excellent condition. $16,500. 828-3292724. RARE 2005 CHRYSLER SRT6 COUPE • Only 2016 built. Loaded and fast. 375hp Hand built AMG engine, lowered, $900 of new rubber. Factory warranty until 2013. 26K miles. $22900. 828277-2500.

Silver with black top, gray leather interior, HT model, 56,000 miles, automatic, fully loaded, always garaged, excellent condition. 828-3292724 Hendersonville



Domsjo double bowl porcelain sink. Didn’t end up needing it. Perfect condition. $325. (828) 808-5450.

Volvo S/90 Top of the Line priced $1500 under Kelly blue book at $3500 for quick sale great condition, charcoal leather, silver exterior Call Dan 828-337-3002

Full-size sofa and matching chair. Orange in color with yellow/olive print. $250.00 Picture available by request.

Girls 20” Bike • Schwinn. Light metalic blue w/white seat, tires and pedals. Hand and pedal coaster brake. $25. 828-692-5301 until 10pm.

Trucks/Vans/SUVs 2007 CHEVY BOX TRUCK • 1300 miles. Never used. Vortec V8, auto, AC. 12 ft box, door to cabin. $19900. 828-277-2500. Toyota bedliner 72 “ long with tailgate cover and cutouts for tiedowns. $15.00

Recreational Vehicles 44’x8’ with 2 man. tip outs. One 8’x2’ closet in MB., the other is 12’x4’ in kitch/din. Oak cab.,A/C, & more. Call Steve 828-7795034 ask $ 18,500.

Automotive Services WE’LL FIX IT AUTOMOTIVE • Honda and Acura repair. Half price repair and service. ASE and factory certified. Located in the Weaverville area. Please call 828-2756063 for appointment.

For Sale

Kelvinator - white in color freezer on top - still in use cools great! $95.00 Whirlpool Washer/Dryer • Good condition. Work well. Take both for $100. 828298-0055 call after 5pm.

Computers A NEW COMPUTER NOW! • Brand name laptops and desktops. Bad or no credit, no problem. Smallest weekly payments avail. It’s yours NOW. 800-961-7754. (AAN CAN) GET A NEW COMPUTER • Brand name laptops and desktops. Bad or no credit no problem. Smallest weekly payments available. Call now! 800-816-2232. GET A NEW COMPUTER. Brand Name laptops & desktops. Bad or no credit no problem. Smallest weekly payments available. It is yours now! Call 800-8038819 (AAN CAN)

Electronics Blackberry Bold-Unlocked • Brand new in the box. Never been used. And the best thing is it is unlocked. 828-216-1722.

Astra Bed. Bought 6 months ago. Same as temperpedic. No stains. Only used for one month. Paid $2500. Asking $400.00 Furniture Wardrobe-5 drawer w/mirrored cabinet & hanging area-$350 • Large early American Bookshelf$350 • Oak Rolltop Hoosier Cabinet-$450 713-7057823, Hickory. All for $1000.

GT 21” MENS HYBRYD BIKE Like new, 21 speeds, lots of extras, great for commuting, exercise or pleasure riding. $250, obo. Don, 828-8915183.

LARGE SLEEPER COUCH Good condition. Colored flowers on blue, doesn’t match new rug, must sell. Excellent mattress. $275. • Solid dark blue removable cover: $18. Call (828) 2549154.

Mountain Bike • Haro Extreme X-1 26”inch customized mountain bike w/Psylo Rock Shox on front. $450. 828-692-5301 until 10pm.

MATTRESSES Pillow-top: queen $250, king $350 • Extra firm: queen $175, king $275 • Full: $150 • Twin: $99. New, in plastic. 828277-2500.

This eGO is awesome! Bike has been garage kept, properly maintained, and is in like new condition! Will even throw in cable lock and helmet. Call 828-551-1010.

Sporting Goods 55 inch, eros, medium blue with wheels, very good condition, 02 or 03 model, $45.00, 273-1256 - Terrence model-AMG600KBCW”buckaroo”, premium kangaroo/cowhide, black, 2 years old and just broken in, hand made in USA, light and supple, $120.00, 273-1256terrence Snowboard, Boots, Bindings • Nitro Team Series board (Wide, 159 cm), Nitro boots (size 12), and K2 bindings. Only used one season. $400 for all. 225588-0970 or

Lawn & Garden Rain Barrels $75 • 55 gallon rain barrels. Spigot and overflow. Screen to filter debris. Lid cut to fit your gutter downspout. Food grade barrels. 828-9894442.

Firewood Great Wood Packaged into bundles for camping or by the truck load. Call for info, 828 545-7062.

General Merchandise DIRECTTV Satellite TV Special Offer • Save $21/month for one year. Free HD-DVR, plus 3 Free months of HBO/Starz/Showtime! Call Expert Satellite. 1-888-2462215 (credit card required). (AAN CAN) for curras dom, decades restaurant or the corner kitchen. only $8 each. call 608-359-5293


Yard Sales Big Yard Sale • Furniture, much good stuff, some old. 320 Baird Cove Road, N. Asheville, off Merrimon. Sat. May 23 8am-2am, Sun. 8am-3pm. 828-278-0344. Church Yard Sale • Sat. May 23, 8am. Strawberries, flowers & herbs for sale, too! New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3070 Sweeten Creek Rd. Asheville. 828-274-0191 Huge Neighborhood Yard Sale • 10+ family yard sale in W. Asheville on 5/23, 7am. Estelle Park development on Johnston Blvd. across from Deaverview Baptist Church. Moog Amore Collaboration: Saturday, May 30, 9am-1pm, 35 Crestmont Avenue, West Asheville. Amore stock, new Christmas decorations, imported material, large leather footrest, children’s clothing and much more. Raindate: Sunday, May 31. Directions: 253-4024.

Adult Services A MAN’S DESIRE • Spring and Sunday specials! Open Sundays. Let us relax and de-stress you! Incall/outcall. (Lic#08-00020912). • (828) 989-7353. A PERSONAL TOUCH Asheville. Get ready to destress! • Ask about our Spring Special! Call today: 713-9901. A WOMAN’S TOUCH Ask us about our “Spring Special”. • “We’re all about you!”. Call 275-6291. THE WINTER’S ANGELS Invite you to join us on our new journey for VISUAL delights and AURAL thrills. CHECK OUT OUR ADULT SUPERSTORE...discrete fun! www.THEWINTERSANGELS.C OM. 1-888-563-1927.


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