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letters Vegetarians aren’t pushy — but we’ll keep speaking out In his recent letter to Xpress, Scott Smith calls vegetarians pushy. Not one “to refer to those who may be different in a derogatory manner,” he then declares that most of the many vegetarians he knows are “excessively pale and overweight” and drink “large quantities” of beer. Hmm ... Vegetarians are generally healthier than meat eaters. We have lower risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and many other ailments. We are less likely to be obese. It’s not even close. Check out the statistics. It could be we are fairer and fonder of beer. I don’t know. While a plant-based diet is healthful, many abstain from meat out of compassion for animals. The “breathing” plants Mr. Smith thinks “need be slaughtered before their flesh can be eaten” are not sentient beings. Having no nerves, they cannot feel pain or suffer. To liken steaming broccoli to boiling a lobster is to trivialize real suffering. Vegetarians are so pushy that occasionally one “assaults” sensitive carnivores by writing to the paper. Mr. Smith already ignores the battery cage and the slaughterhouse. Why not ignore the letter? His conscience is perfectly at peace with eating animals. Why is he so touchy when someone speaks against it? Knowing what happens in factory farms

and feedlots, what should vegetarians do? Mr. Smith, it seems, advises us merely to abstain mutely from contributing to a system we find objectionable. Of vegetarians, he asks, “only that you live your lifestyle and be happy and let me live mine.” By that logic, people who speak against slavery, intolerance of homosexuals, repression of women, and exploitation of children shouldn’t. If Mr. Smith’s neighbor enjoys a dogfight in his basement each Saturday night, who is Smith to complain? Should his poor neighbor have to endure relentless attacks on his lifestyle masked as letters to the editor? Scott Smith wonders whether the next great war will be between those who eat meat and those who don’t. It surely won’t. Vegetarians are not very fond of killing. A war without killing would not be very great. If I have been pushy here, I have assaulted nobody. Mr. Smith can ignore this letter or get angry. He can write a brilliant reply that humiliates me. He is free to ridicule all vegetarians while munching veal and wearing a vest made of baby seals. What he can’t do is insist that vegetarians keep quiet and then expect us to. We won’t. — Mark Noble Asheville

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Asheville Transit’s recently implemented “master plan.” For one thing, it concentrates more on taking away/consolidating routes than significantly improving them. For another, it has resulted in the quadrupling of monthly bus fares. I believe these decisions made by the city were not only poorly thought out, but represent yet another blow to the low-income citizens of Asheville. This would have been a reasonable plan had the city just taken these simple measures: 1) offered monthly fare discounts to low-income citizens, as well as to disabled/seniors; 2) gradually raised monthly bus fare instead of suddenly increasing it by 300 percent; 3) used a smaller bus for route 54 rather than do away with this route entirely. Considering this abomination, I don’t understand how we can refer to Asheville as a “green” city. We spend millions on unnecessary roadwork and expensive parks; yet we do little to address alternative-transportation needs for low-income citizens. — David Hall Asheville

Shuler fumbles the heath-care ball and hands it to special interests We thought that by getting rid of Charles Taylor we were doing better. Heath Shuler has proved he is a DINO, Democrat In Name Only, as our un-representative. The health care and insurance industries gave the second largest amount of money to Heath Shuler out of all North Carolina’s representatives, and this is what they bought: his “no” vote on healthcare reform. Why did he refuse to hold real town hall meetings last summer? It wasn’t the tea-party folks. He knew the majority who voted for him would be holding him to task. Heath Shuler has enough money to buy his family any insurance they need, but he won’t support your or my family getting what we need. It’s time to make this DINO extinct. WNC deserves someone who will represent real people who live real lives — not a former football player who has not merely fumbled but handed the ball to the special interests. — Andrew Weatherly Asheville

Everyone has a role in ending sexual violence We all know that sexual violence is a problem. The numbers are staggering: Every two minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. We live in a society that accepts and perpetuates rape myths, which manifest themselves through our media and our institutions and affect our individual perspectives on rape. Ending sexual violence requires that we all challenge these myths and shift our cultural acceptance of sexual violence.

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For other Molton cartoons, check out our Web page at On Oct. 15, two hundred fifty people took a stand by coming together through a Community Forum to discuss ways to end sexual violence in Buncombe County. It was open to everyone in the community, and the diversity of people present was a testament to the indiscriminate problem of sexual violence: young, old, black, white, male, female, gay or straight — it’s a problem that affects everyone. Importantly, just as sexual violence affects everyone, everyone must be involved in the movement to end sexual violence. Tony Porter, the keynote speaker at the forum, spoke about the importance of men stepping up to work with women to end sexual violence. Indeed, the purpose of the forum was not to discuss the problem of sexual violence, but rather to discuss ways to end sexual violence. People worked in small groups to brainstorm ways to end sexual violence in our immediate communities. The results were inspiring and truly embodied community activism. Everyone signed a pledge to [take the] action from the forum into the broader community. Sexual violence will only truly end when everyone stands up and says ‘No!’ to continued violence against the girls, boys, women and men of our communities. If you are interested in joining the effort to eliminate sexual violence in Buncombe County, please contact Our VOICE. They are currently seeking volunteers as victim advocates, community educators and outreach workers. Call 252-0562 for information. — Alexandria Nicole Connor, Our VOICE Asheville

About the “pushiness” of vegetarians This letter is in response to Scott Smith’s letter [Nov. 4] about the pushiness of vegetarians. I want to admit two things — I still eat my Italian grandmother’s meatballs when I visit, and I will most certainly eat meats from Hickory Nut Gap Farm — but that are not the issues or concerns that I feel most vegetarians are preaching about. I don’t buy meat, and I might eat meat once a

month, if that. I am also a personal trainer who is of healthy body weight, and I brew my own vegetable-based evening entertainment. I think vegetarians are concerned with the “lazy meat-eater,” the one who eats fast food chicken ‘n’ biscuits for breakfast, Hot Dog King for lunch and fried chicken for dinner, washed down with their favorite high-fructose, cornsyrupy, 20-ounce drink — and the only green thing they encounter all day is the soggy lettuce they remove before they eat the burger. People who hunt their own meat, clean their kill and eat it up are OK with me. But again, hunters are clearly the minority of people. Ask a kindergartner what animal is in their liverwort, bologna or hot dog, and they will blindly say “meat.” There is a huge disconnect from our food, and the consequences of this is multiplied 10-fold by a disconnect from our meat. The waste of resources, the conditions of slaughterhouses, the corruption of the system that lobbies for slack restrictions on meat companies (so they can serve you a cheap product, so they can make their stockholders happy) and the clearing of natural landscapes to feed livestock (when was the last time you heard about the Amazon forest being torn down to plant more broccoli for the locals? this doesn’t happen). If the world is clear-cut so you can eat a crappy hamburger for a buck, then that is everyone’s problem, including our health-insurance companies who will be paying for the bypass surgery or diabetes meds for the last 20 years of people’s lives (until they finally pass away at the young age of 65). Don’t get me wrong; you can get a nutrientdead tomato from China just as easily as you can get a hamburger from across the pacific. Vegetarians just want people to take more stake in their food and know where it comes from and the consequences of their buying dollar’s power: If you buy it, it will come! — Mark Strazzer Asheville

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A “dirty� green word: development

How City Council could cut our carbon footprint by supporting density by Jonathan Barnard The green choices we can make come in two basic types: the personal and the political. Some personal choices can make a big difference — forsaking meat, for instance. But other personal “green� decisions bring marginal or dubious benefits. How much, for instance, did buying the “sustainably harvested� bamboo pen cup that sits on my desk really do to reduce my carbon footprint? (I doubt it helped much, but the dappled grove on its packaging sure looked pretty.) If only the policy options that could do the most to stem global warming came similarly wrapped. Unfortunately, many of the most effective policies to fight global warming sometimes come labeled instead with dirty little words. Words like “tax.� No single measure would be more effective in controlling the nation’s greenhouse-gas emissions than a well-implemented carbon tax, but there’s no chance the policy will be adopted in America any time soon — partly because of our aversion to that three-letter word. In Asheville, there’s a different ugly word attached to the policies that could do the most to reduce our per capita carbon footprint. But here the word is a long one: development. Actually, it’s more of a phrase: high-density, inner-city development. There’s nothing City Council could do to reduce our carbon footprints more than aggressively seeking to increase density — especially by encouraging development in and near downtown. Study after study from environmental groups and left-leaning think tanks, such as the Sierra Club and the Brookings Institution, have shown that sprawling suburban development patterns place a much heavier toll on the environment than intensive urban development. The denser the neighborhood, these studies have found, the lower the carbon footprint. Apartments tend to be much smaller than detached single-family houses on half-acre suburban lots, and with lower ratios of exterior walls they are more efficient to heat and cool. What’s more, apartments benefit from the heat produced in the apartments below them during the winter and from the air-conditioning produced in apartments above them during the summer. Residents of dense neighborhoods also drive much less, both because their larger numbers are better able to support mass transit and because they live closer to jobs, schools, stores and services. Studies conducted by John Holtzclaw for the Sierra Club, for instance, have shown that residents of any given Bay Area neighborhood drive 20 to 30 percent fewer miles than those living in neighborhoods in the same region that are half as dense — and the trend holds for all

income levels. Holtzclaw found similar, if slightly smaller, effects when he crunched the data for metropolitan Chicago and Los Angeles. The smart-growth movement that emerged in the 1990s married these environmental arguments for dense, walkable and transit-oriented cities with fiscal arguments about the greater efficiency that density of this kind brings. More intensive development, after all, also means that fewer miles of pipe have to be laid to supply the same number of water customers and that fewer miles of roadway have to be maintained for the same population. And to its credit, Asheville’s Planning Department has adopted smart growth as its guiding philosophy. The development aims outlined in its 2025 Plan — including greater walkability and higher density, especially downtown and along transit corridors — are good ones. But Asheville’s citizens haven’t wholeheartedly embraced them.

My inner NIMBY

Part of the problem lies simply in the nature of people. We’re not inclined to mess with a good thing. We like our city and our neighborhoods, so why risk changing them? Instead of a movement, the not-in-my-backyard phenomenon is more like an instinct — one that I certainly share. When a developer wanted to put multifamily housing in the middle of my block in West Asheville a few years ago, I grew alarmed. The original plans called for a hideous building with unpunctuated expanses of vinyl siding on two sides. Various neighbors, including myself, spoke against the project at the Planning and Zoning Commission, where it was turned down. The planning department then urged the developer to adopt various changes that would make the building a better fit for the neighborhood, and when it came to Council, where I didn’t speak against it, it passed. But in total truthfulness, after P&Z turned the project down, one side of me simply wanted the project to go away. The NIMBY instinct can have a big impact on Council votes. Back in 2003, surfing the Web one night, I compared recent Council votes on development issues to precinct results from Council elections. What I found was that Council members tended to vote against development in the precincts where they polled best. And the trend held at both ends of the political spectrum: For instance, Brian Peterson, a progressive who got a lot of votes in Montford and Hillside, voted against high-density neighborhood-corridor zoning for Broadway. On the other hand, conservative Joe Dunn, who did well in east and south Asheville, voted against controversial projects in Chunn’s Cove and Oakley.

In extreme cases, populist politicians or candidates can go so far in pandering to this NIMBY instinct that they try to deny the underlying truths of smart growth.

Chasing at windmills?

Incoming Council member Cecil Bothwell, for instance, once spoke against building any structure tall enough to require an elevator because of the electricity they consume. (In fact, the power consumed by elevators is pretty negligible.) He also described the goal of increasing the tax base as “a quixotic adventure that has no provable benefit to current residents.â€? Excuse me, I thought when I read that, but my family and I regularly benefit from the extra local funding provided to the city schools, from evening bus service and from recent improvements to parks. None of these would have been possible to the same extent without the fiscal efficiencies gained from the city’s smart-growth approach to increasing the tax base. Much to his credit, Bothwell underwent a transformation when he campaigned in the general election, going so far as to say that Asheville should use Manhattan as a model for reducing its energy consumption. He noted correctly that the borough’s residents have the lowest carbon footprints in the nation. So how can Bothwell and his colleagues on Council make Asheville’s per-capita carbon footprint more like Manhattan’s? Here are a few ideas: • Develop guidelines for attractive small apartment buildings — like the kind that are dotted throughout older neighborhoods in north and West Asheville. Then allow them to be built anywhere within a quarter mile of a bus route — even in places now zoned as single-family residential. • The high-density, mixed-use, shop-windowto-the-sidewalk zoning that has been adopted or considered for transit corridors like Merrimon, Haywood and Broadway is a good idea: Apply it in more places. But bump up the number of allowable floors that developers can build to at least six in all its iterations. • If an opportunity arises to put intensive development on a site near downtown like the former Deal Auto site, grab it. And if neighborhood residents aren’t uncomfortable with the size of the buildings you’ve allowed, then the buildings probably aren’t big enough. Taking these steps will indeed make Asheville more like Manhattan, Cecil, and bring down per-capita energy consumption. But doing so will also undoubtedly alienate some of your constituents. Such is the nature of your job. X

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Buncombe County Library system: No place for the sleepy by Marsha V. Hammond I was walking around downtown one day this summer and popped into Pack Memorial Library and pulled out my laptop. My eyes got tired, and I laid my head down on my closed laptop for a few minutes, only to be startled and awakened by a library security guard shaking my chair and telling me I could not sleep in the library. So I asked the director of the Buncombe County Library system, Ed Shearing, if there was some problem with me having my tiny personal space between my face and my laptop computer. He told me that informing patrons of this rule — “no sleeping,” which is posted as you enter the library — is actually the most effective tool the library has to keep it from becoming a “day shelter.” I guess I didn’t read the sign (“Do this, don’t do that; can’t you read the sign?” — if you remember that song). Actually, there are at least two shelters and a day shelter (where you go and they throw you out of your shelter early in the morning)

about a half mile from the library. There’s also a multistory apartment building where poor people live next to Asheville Middle School, and I am sure there are many familyare homes within a mile of downtown. People with severe persistent mental illnesses (SPMI) commonly take a lot of medication. Much of that medication makes them sleepy and subdues psychotic or mood-disorder symptoms. I might imagine that mentally ill people try to find a place — anywhere comfortable — to sit downtown. This is a real problem, and people who live here appear to be comfortable with citizens’ rights being violated — as long as it’s not their rights. If you’ve been thrown out of the shelter early in the morning, and if the police won’t let you sit in Pritchard Park and talk to your friends (there are often police cars next to the park), where should one go to simply sit down? I appreciate that downtown Asheville has as an agenda to stay clean and tidy. I get that Asheville makes a lot of money on tourism. I don’t get why I can’t lay my head down on my books or laptop in the library and why a security guy thinks he can shake my chair and startle me. When I was an undergraduate and working full-time to put myself through college, it was not uncommon for me to go to the college library, read some, put my head down and take a nap, and awaken in order to continue my task.

Why the county libraries should be any different is beyond me. There are a lot of homeless people in Asheville. Many locals do not realize it until they interface with this in relation to social work or mental-health services. Recently, seven Asheville police officers stomped into one of my client’s apartment and demanded he show them where he had stashed his marijuana. He quickly pointed to his pockets, and they took away his lessthan-an-ounce stash. He didn’t get read any Miranda rights, and given that he was living in Section 8 housing, he was within one month thrown back into a family-care home. They take 95 percent of his Social Security disability check, and he doesn’t have people banging on his Section 8 housing door asking for a hit any longer. Yes, he deserved the opportunity to run his life straight into the ground — just like you or me. Is this what the price is of being disabled? No rights? Security guards shaking your chair? Police officers marching into your apartment? Do you think you would be willing to put up with this? We know the answer to that. And that is why I wrote this commentary. X Marsha V. Hammond is a psychiatrist who lives in Asheville and blogs at

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by Brian Postelle It will be up to a new Asheville City Council in a new year to determine what level of protective buffers will be installed around Asheville’s streams. That decision by the current Council came at its Nov. 10 meeting, weeks after a Planning and Zoning Commission vote recommending that the city return to the state minimum of a 30-foot buffer for any grading or digging involving more than an acre. In 2007, the city adopted similar language for 30-foot buffers, but it adopted them for grading projects of any size. There had been a push to extend to a 60-foot buffer, but Council members complained that the one-size-fits-all nature of the ordinance didn’t recognize variations in Asheville’s topography or the different kinds of property uses in the city. Since then, at the request of Council and city staff, a Watershed Policy Committee has been hashing out new,

“I’d rather make sure that staff has the time to do it right,” she said. “It doesn’t matter to me if it’s done on my watch.” — Council


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potentially stricter language. While one faction of the committee advocated larger buffers that would vary in size depending on the grade and use of the property, others stuck to their position that any buffer violates the rights of property owners. That led to gridlock on the issue when it was presented to P&Z. The committee’s discussion and research, though, did lead to the development of a matrix of factors to consider when determining buffer size and type. That matrix did enjoy strong support from city staff — if not earning the unanimous support of the group itself. But on October 22, P&Z voted to back the state minimum, which was padded by some environmental requirements for builders. The P&Z vote surprised and disappointed many who served on the policy committee and who had advocated stronger language. And a

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staff report by Public Works Director Cathy Ball advised Council to put off holding a public hearing and voting on the matter until city staff could analyze the ramifications of the P&Z recommendations. In addition to the 30-foot state buffer, the P&Z recommendation also mandates sustainable construction practices, such as the use of pervious parking surfaces on streamside lots of over an acre. The committee also recommended requiring property owners to grant the city easements on all streamside properties that fall in the path of the planned greenways listed in the Greenway Master Plan. “We need to do some investigation into the legality of some of [the modifications],” Ball said, advising that the public hearing be put off until January. Additionally, she said, the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources still has to sign off on any new ordinance, which Ball says will take time as well. But Mayor Terry Bellamy said she had heard from some community members who said they would like to see Council vote on the matter before new members are seated in December. That would mean voting on the P&Z recommendation at Council’s November 24 meeting, since on December 8, newly elected Council members Esther Manheimer, Gordon Smith and Cecil Bothwell will be sworn in to replace Carl Mumpower, Robin Cape and Kelly Miller. Bellamy said she wanted to see the Council closest to the issue make the decision. “This Council has wrestled with this issue for a while, so that’s why I wanted to have it finish with this Council,” she said. (In fact, the initial Council vote on stream buffers took place in 2007, before the election of Bill Russell later that year or the appointment of Miller in 2008. See “Asheville City Council,” Aug. 29, 2007, Xpress.) But Bellamy also said that if Council chose to grant Ball’s request for more time, then Ball should wait to give her presentation so as not to involve two Councils. “If you want to wait until January, I don’t want to hear it tonight,” she said. Vice Mayor Jan Davis, didn’t push for either date but came forward in support of the P&Z plan. “I kind of like the Planning and Zoning recommendation. It looks like it was going with the state minimum and then they added some environmental improvements to it,” he said. Council member Brownie Newman said he was for waiting. “I think we should give staff time to look at the recommendation by the P&Z for its legality,” he said. “I don’t think we should rush it.” Cape, who will be leaving Council next month, agreed. • NOVEMBER 18 - NOVEMBER 24, 2009 13

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather make sure that staff has the time to do it right,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter to me if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done on my watch.â&#x20AC;? There was no formal vote on the issue, but a round of nods from Council members indicated they would prefer to hold off until January for both Ballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s full presentation and the public hearing. The decision means the issue will come before what is widely considered a more environmentally minded group, at least a few of whom are likely to resist installing the state minimum buffer. Meanwhile, members of the policy committee championing more stringent rules plan to use the extra time to build community support.

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Outbreak of the H1N1 flu moves in a series of progressively severe stages, Buncombe County Health Department Director Gibbie Harris explained in an update to Council, and Western North Carolina is currently in Phase 2, with Phase 3 likely before spring. Although vaccines have arrived in Buncombe County â&#x20AC;&#x201D; more than 1,000 people were vaccinated the previous weekend alone â&#x20AC;&#x201D; supplies run out quickly and delivery has been sporadic, with little advance notice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Receipt of the vaccine for H1N1 is sort of a rolling prospect,â&#x20AC;? Harris said, with the health department sometimes finding out only the day before a shipment arrives. But production of the vaccine is stepping up, she said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully in December, we will have as much as anyone wants.â&#x20AC;? The downside, she said, is that vaccines for the seasonal flu are dwindling, as drug companies turn their attention to H1N1 vaccines. Meanwhile, the department is continuing a series of H1N1 clinics and is working on efforts to move some vaccine shipments from the health center to other distribution points. Harris noted that most flu cases in the region so far have likely been H1N1, since the traditional seasonal flu season hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t begun yet. And the quickly changing H1N1 flu is anticipated to be

stronger in its next phase. But the presence of two different illnesses and two different vaccinations, she said, is causing confusion in the community. While the elderly are the most susceptible to seasonal flu, young children are more likely to have serious reactions to H1N1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really changed our message to the public as to who needs the vaccine and who we need to make it available to,â&#x20AC;? Harris said. Meanwhile, the health department is putting out a message that focuses on preventing the spread of the illness: Wash hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes and call in sick to work in the case of illness. Employers, Harris said, can help by allowing sick workers to stay home, even if they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any paid sick days.

Packing produce

The Asheville City Market, the fresh food market presented by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, will get a new home for the month of December, moving from the parking lot of the Public Works Building to Pack Square. The move makes way for fireworks that will be launched from the marketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original South Charlotte Street location for Seasonal Sizzle at Seven. The fireworks displays, held on the first three Saturdays in December, come thanks to a $40,000 donation from the Grove Park Inn. The displays are aimed at drawing shoppers and diners downtown during what is considered to be a slow month. This is Sizzleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second season. Last year, the Asheville City Market was forced to close early to make way for a literal truckload of fireworks, but this year, the market is moving altogether. Asheville is easing the transition by waiving the $14,000 to $17,000 in fees typically associated with holding an event at Pack Square. The request to waive the fees passed unanimously. X Brian Postelle can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 153 or

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Green-building consultant Ken Huck has been playing with energy since he was 12 years old. The Canadian native helped wire his family’s farmhouse more than 30 years ago, then toyed with radio kits in high school and studied the history of science and technology in college. By the time he worked on a solar-array project for the Vallejo, Calif., water system in 2003, he was hooked on alternative energy. These days, he’s living in West Asheville and still experimenting. He’s trying to match pragmatism with theory in designing a “passive house” — one so airtight and efficient that even the warmth of a dog or two can make a significant contribution to its coziness in wintertime. Xpress sat down with the 44-year-old Huck to talk about living, building and thinking green.

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Xpress: How did you get started in green building? Huck: I got to help my dad try to shore up our farm house because, as we were putting the roof on it, the foundation started to cave in. I learned that it’s much harder to fix something than it is to build it right in the first place. And I wired most of that house. When you were just a kid? There were certain things I wasn’t allowed to touch! But I went around the house and wired the outlets.

But such approaches aren’t common yet in most of the states. You’re working on a West Asheville house that fell just short of being certified as a passive house, which is much more efficient than even a certified Healthy Built or Energy Star home. Right. I bought a planning tool for the house and was told it would work here with this climate, but it doesn’t.

An all-green Canadian import: Ken Huck started his green-building career helping his dad build a farmhouse in his native Canada. “Build it right in the first place,” says the West Asheville resident.

Didn’t you go on to mess around with electricity through school? I really wanted to learn about electronics, but a lot of my initial projects didn’t work, and I didn’t have a clue why. I would get kits, and the first one that really got me hooked was a radio without a power source. I built it with my dad, and that one worked. But some other early experiments didn’t work? I know now that I made mistakes, like bad soldering connections or overheating components. Later, you taught industrial electronics, but a health issue in your 20s influenced the direction your career took. I discovered I was allergic to wheat. The whole process of becoming attentive to food, finding out a problem and eliminating it has made me think about environmental issues.

You ran into a snag in the certification process. The U.S. Passive House Institute asked the owner to change the windows, which would have cost $7,000 and would have saved so much energy a year, but we can generate that energy with renewables for so much less, so … we did what was needed for this house in this climate. Have you ever heard the saying, “The map is not the territory?” The computer model is not the house. Use the model to guide you, but at a certain point, step back and ask what makes sense. Why spend $7,000 for one technology when another cheaper one will achieve the same green results and get tax credits?

Still, you got some truly efficient windows for the house, and they’re manufactured with environmentally photo by Margaret Williams friendly materials. They’re triple-paned, insulated frame, insulated sash, casement windows. They’re How did you get into renewable energy? I started reading about it and taking courses. I tight.

worked on the Vallejo, Calif., pumping project in 2003 that used a 200-kilowatt peak solar array for its water system. Then I got a job with Regrid Power as an electrician on a photovoltaic crew, which goes back to wiring that house.

More recently, you’ve been hooked on superinsulated, or “passive” homes. I always thought, “I’m a green thinking person, I’ll build a passive-solar house.” But to build it, I have to take a wooded lot — which is why I liked the place I bought — and cut down a lot of trees, right to the property line. I wasn’t sure I wanted to do that. But if you build a house that’s really efficient, it doesn’t need a lot of energy for heating. That’s what’s called a “passive house,” which is more common in Europe. I started looking into that, and found out about Cobb Hill Cohousing in Vermont. They used an

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And they’re made in Canada. All four manufacturers we found for the best high-performance windows we needed are in Canada. They’re a little more concerned with dealing with cold weather back in your native land. When you have a leaky window and it’s 40 degrees below zero, you feel it. Beyond windows, what does green building mean to you? Assessing the impacts of the building over its complete life cycle, including the materials we use and what happens to the building during its lifetime. What kind of energy does it use? Does it emit toxic fumes into the conditioned space that occupants get to breathe? Is it durable? If a building lasts twice as long, the environmental impact is halved. What’s it going to be like to decommission it?

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6. Seal windows and doors: Weather strips and sweeps are easily installed. 7. Seal the holes in the ceiling and floor. Most of our energy loss is from the “stack effect”: hot air rises and escapes from holes around light fixtures and at the top of walls. 8. Add insulation — first in the attic, then under the floor.

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To that end, there’s a new push for creating something like an Energy Star ratings for existing homes. We need a fuel-economy sticker for houses, for both new and existing homes. If you rated the carbon impact and the carbon consumption and the energy efficiency of each house, it would help people make a decision when buying or renting a home. You converted a Ford Focus to run on biofuel. What other everyday things do you try to do to live green? I have low-flow showerheads. Really, really low-flow, your partner, Amica Venturi, says. [Jokes,] Is that a complaint?


[Venturi] No, but he put low-flow showerheads all over the house. [Huck, laughing] In other words, Ken knows what his flow rate is, and every time Ken goes into a hardware store, he looks for the latest, best low-flow showerhead. What else? Any time we do any kind of repair with a light fixture, we seal all the little holes in a junction box, because that’s a major source of leakage of air in and out of a house. We’ve probably done half the fixtures so far. We put in an attic fan, which substantially lowered our air-conditioning usage in the summer.

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But an experiment with the attic vents didn’t go so well. During the winter, closing them can keep the attic warmer. In a very tight house, it’s a good choice, but in this house, we had a little bit of condensation. A better experiment was repairing the foundation skirt so during the winter, the air doesn’t blow under the house and the plumbing doesn’t freeze anymore. What does being green mean to you? It’s about disclosing what you’re using and what it’s made of and why you’re using it. I keep encountering companies that won’t answer those questions. I recently read Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by William McDonough and Michael Braungart. They say that being less bad is not good. Putting fewer toxins into the environment only changes the time at which the final result — a toxic environment — will arrive. Like you said about your family’s collapsing foundation at the farmhouse: It’s easier to do things right from the beginning. To the end. If we implemented into our building all the best practices that cost the least over the building’s lifetime, then we would eliminate the demand of houses for energy by about 70 percent, with current, cost-effective technology. That’s a step that has been widely missed. X Margaret Williams can be reached at or at 251-1333, ext. 152.

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Climate geeks unite! Asheville resident Drew Jones — who admits he’s a bit of a geek — has helped develop a climate-simulation tool that’s already being used by some of the behind-the-scenes negotiators for the upcoming conference in Denmark. photos by Anne Fitten Glenn

by Margaret Williams This December, world leaders will convene in Copenhagen, Denmark, to continue what they started with the Kyoto Protocol in 1997: fleshing out the framework for an international agreement aimed at combating climate change. Several Asheville residents will be there, reporting what happens, providing technical expertise and trying to convince world leaders to make strong commitments to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and slowing global warming before we reach the point of irreversible environmental damage. UNC-Asheville junior Ellie Johnston is one of 25 “agents of change” who will represent the youth movement SUSTAIN US in Copenhagen. These young Americans, ages 19-26, will be joining other youth from around the world. She’ll be blogging about the day-to-day happenings and joining demonstrations. Asheville-based climate expert Drew Jones will also be there, working behind the scenes to help negotiators see the big picture via computer-modeling tools, including a “climate scoreboard” that will show how various actions — setting and reaching emission targets, for instance — would affect global temperatures and carbon-dioxide levels. “If we do nothing, global temperatures could rise 4.5 degrees Celsius higher than pre-industrial levels. That’s a world we can’t adapt to,” says Jones, program director for the Sustainability Institute. A commonly accepted target is limiting the temperature increase to 2 C, and it’s already up 0.75, he explains. Another goal scientists are pushing for is 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmo-

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sphere — a level we’ve already exceeded. The institute’s climate scoreboard — a “widget” or interactive visual tool for expressing data — shows what happens if we do nothing, if we maintain the commitments made so far, or if we do more. “It reports the state of the global deal,” says Jones. “What’s the score? If we agree to one deal or the other, does it get us what we want?” It’s widely agreed something has to be done to fight climate change, Jones continues. “The real debate is, who’s going to pay for it and who’s going to do it?” The United States, under the Bush administration, was the only major country not to adopt the Kyoto Protocol — despite being the world’s largest single producer of greenhouse gasses and among the highest per-capita producers. The Obama administration seems to be headed into the Copenhagen conference hesitant to make strong commitments if developing countries such as China (which has since overtaken the United States as the largest producer) and India don’t do likewise. Meanwhile, those countries counter that the U.S. has to take the lead. Looking at the signs of stalemate, bluster and opposition in the talks that have lead up to Copenhagen, such as the African delegations walking out to protest the lack of commitments offered by industrialized countries at a November conference in Barcelona, Spain, Johnston acknowledges, “It’s hard to know how much influence we’ll have.” Nonetheless, the SUSTAIN US contingent will use social media to spread the word about the negotiations as they unfold in Copenhagen. “We’ll react to developments there, taking

The youth messenger: As part of the American branch of an international youth movement, UNCA student Ellie Johnston will be blogging from Copenhagen about what happens with the negotiations. pictures and writing blogs and communicating what’s going on via Twitter and Facebook,” says Johnston. The group will also do some old-fashioned demonstrating, making and holding up banners urging world leaders to take action on climate issues. The commitments made — or the opportunities missed — in Copenhagen “will have effects that will be perpetuated onto my generation and the generations after me,” says Johnston, who co-chairs UNCA’s Active Students for a Healthy Environment and founded the North Carolina Youth Climate Coalition. “Copenhagen [is] a huge opportunity to see how international decisions are made and how the process works,” she continues, expressing excitement about “being able to express my concerns about climate change in an international forum.” Jones has a more inside track. The institute and its partners, including MIT and Ventana Systems, are offering the climate-change scoreboard to everyone, with the hope that all the negotiating countries will be on the same page when it comes to modeling the variables. The U.S. State Department is using the tool that’s behind the widget: a climate simulation called “Climate Rapid Overview and Decision Support.” “What happened in Kyoto, in part, was that everyone used their own numbers, and the numbers didn’t add up to anything,” says Jones. The commitments to carbon-dioxide limits made then were weak, he argues. The U.S. didn’t sign the Kyoto Protocol and to date hasn’t made any emission commitments.

We’re far from dealing effectively with climate-change issues, he argues. Jones sees the climate scoreboard as a unique way to pressure American legislators to get in the game and adopt our own targets for reduced emissions. What makes this year’s conference especially relevant to Asheville is the convergence here of the scientific community — the National Climatic Data Center is headquartered in town — and the media artists “who know how to take data and make it beautiful.” In developing the widget, the Institute partnered with a local designer, and much of the work on the underlying simulation tool has been done here too, Jones mentions. “That’s so Asheville!” he says. Behind the politicians, Jones continues, are the analysts and scientists who’ll be working to figure out what it will take to stabilize the planet and stop, if not reverse, global warming and other potentially devastating effects of climate change. “I want those negotiators to have a shared vision and a shared understanding. For all of us to talk deeply about what we’ve got to do — that’s exciting to me.” For more information about C-ROADS and the Sustainability Institute’s work, go to For more information about the Agents of Change, visit For news about the COP15 or Copenhagen conference, go to

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A-B Tech expands sustainability efforts by David Forbes It’s been an eventful year at AB-Tech. Not long after Betty Young ended her brief and controversial tenure as president by announcing her resignation in March. Russ Yelton, who had founded the college’s Global Institute for Sustainable Technology, left for unrelated reasons. GIST has been a key player in AB-Tech’s efforts at encouraging sustainability both on campus and off. Now GIST may face more upheaval, as current director Leslee Thornton will soon step down. Sometimes, when the president’s chair at a college is empty, administrators concentrate on finding a new chief and pursue few new projects. But Bear Reel, president of Students for a Sustainable Campus, says the campus’ sustainability efforts are advancing full-force. “That was a pleasant surprise for us; we didn’t think that was going to happen. It was rumored that [interim President Richard Mauney] wasn’t going to make any decisions, that he was just house-sitting,” Reel recalls. “But he is moving forward on a lot of initiatives. We’re very happy with the way things are going.” Requiring large facilities and no small amount of maintenance, colleges can guzzle significant amounts of energy and create substantial waste. In its efforts to make the campus more sustainable, AB-Tech is increasing recycling, has abandoned Styrofoam cups, now composts all waste from its culinary departments and is pursuing a variety of energy-saving measures. GIST, which is based primarily on the Enka campus, has received $354,000 in federal funding through 2010. The N.C. Department of Water Conservation has also given GIST a $62,500 grant to build rain gardens on campus so as to deal with water runoff issues. “One of the criteria for the next president is going to be their commitment to sustainability: We’re not stopping,” Thornton tells Xpress. “We want to increase recycling. There’s also a strong educational element to our efforts. Last year GIST offered 12 classes, this semester it’s 27. This [kind of training] is where green jobs are coming from.” All carpentry and construction students now learn sustainable building techniques, and electronic engineering students help install photovoltaic panels, Thornton notes, as part of the college’s commitment to training “green collar” workers. A recently installed windmill was erected by students, and there are plans for a bus shelter with solar panels on the roof. Rallying AB-Tech’s students to help with sustainability projects outside of class can be a challenge, Reel observes. Unlike at four-year colleges, students at AB-Tech don’t live on campus and often have to work jobs on top of their class load. There’s little time leftover for extracurricular activism. “Our demographic is very different: We have mothers, fathers, people right out of high school; we have people doing career changes,” Reel says. “[For] a lot of the students, class is what they’re [doing in] their free time; they’re missing sleep to do homework. We have to take that into account and look at how sustainability fits into every moment. The students at AB-Tech may not be able to devote as much time as four-year students, but if they see what’s going on and know it’s there, they’ll get excited about it.” GIST has entered into a number of collaborations with local communities and organizations. The institute recently renovated Marshall Senior Center to be energy efficient, and a similar project is planned for Black Mountain. The institute has also helped to construct a cob building at Evergreen Charter School. GIST is also setting up a shared parking lot with Mission Hospital. “They need parking and so do we; it’s a natural win-win,” Thornton says. While most people don’t think of parking lots as green, she acknowledges, this one will be. “We’re using exclusively native species of trees and plants. These are more drought resistant and prevent runoff and soil erosion — both major problems that most parking lots contribute to.” And there are plenty of other, less noticeable, steps toward sustainability, Reel says. Solar hot water heaters and motion-sensitive light fixtures, for instance, will help to reduce the campus’ power consumption.

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Recycle it: Members of AB-Tech’s Students for a Sustainable Campus during a recent on-campus recycling drive. photo by Jonathan Welch

And improved recycling efforts have already eliminated the need for a dumpster and reduced garbage expenditures by $24,000. “Sustainability and greener initiatives don’t have to cost money; they can save money,” Reel emphasizes. “That’s the whole point of sustainability — it’s how to make things better for the whole picture. It’s not ‘oh we have to be green now, so we have to spend all this money.’ It’s about how these things all work together to save money for the college and be better for the environment and students.” Thornton believes that the college’s commitment to sustainable practices — through several administrations — has played an important role. “Fortunately, I think we’re ready to go,” she says. “We wouldn’t be here without AB-Tech. I don’t want to steal anyone’s thunder, but we’re going to be announcing some big stuff in the near future. We’re not stopping.” But Reel did note that she was “surprised” by Thornton’s resignation. Mona Cornwell, the college’s communications director, says that ABTech’s commitment to its sustainability efforts remains vigorous. X David Forbes can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 137 or at


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Montford historic district pursues solar panels by Brian Postelle Ashevilleans go gaga over historic architecture and get their geek on when the subject is green technology. But historic homes are notorious energy wasters, and those located in national historic districts like Montford are restricted by national and local guidelines drawn up to ensure architectural conformance to the era in which they were built. The inherent conflict between these enthusiasms has sparked a recent discussion among Montford residents regarding solar technology. The concept of solar power may have roots in the 1800s, but at the turn of the 20th century, when most homes in Montford were built, the technology certainly didn’t come standard. And the general rule guiding the preservation of the neighborhood, as enforced by the city’s Historic Resources Commission, is to keep things looking as close as possible to that bygone era. Now, neighbors are looking for a little more flexibility from the HRC. The issue picked up steam a little more than a year ago, about the time Asheville Council Member Brownie Newman built a new home in the neighborhood with the intention of installing solar collectors for hot water. New homes also have to comply with historic guidelines, and the HRC has maintained that any panels must be hidden from view. But Newman pointed to a 2007 federal Solar Access law that prohibits cities from disallowing solar panels altogether. The current language of the HRC guidelines, which are applied by the commission on a caseby-case basis, states that solar panels “shall be located and installed so that they do not damage or diminish the historic character of the building, site or district.” And although the federal law does allow for restricting placement of solar panels visible from the street, Newman’s installation was approved. Shortly thereafter, the Montford Neighborhood Association began meeting to discuss suggested changes to HRC guidelines, including a broader allowance for solar panels. “We thought the section [of the HRC guidelines] on renewable energy could stand to be expanded,” says Travis Lowe, liaison in the discussions between the MNA and the HRC. “There was only one paragraph on them, but it seemed pretty restrictive.” In MNA’s view, the HRC should not prohibit visible solar panels if there is no other placement option. That’s frequently the case in a neighborhood where tree removal is also tightly restricted, limiting sunlit areas. Meanwhile, city staffers linked to the HRC are currently in the process of drafting new language addressing solar technology, but HRC Director Stacy Mertin says it is reinforcing the policy that panels not be visible from the street or common areas. “It’s not that we don’t care what the Montford people think,” she says. “But the new language is being written based on state law.” Rather than relaxing or tightening the rules, Mertin says the revised language will clarify the

The sun also rises: Michael McDonough stands outside the Montford home he built that includes solar panels for hot water, photo by Jonathan Welch

HRC’s position further. Amy Musser, of VandeMusser Design, a home energy-efficiency consultancy in Asheville, says she would like to see the rigidity of the guidelines change. “I wish the HRC could recognize that Asheville is a very progressive community,” she said. “Most people won’t see solar panels and say ‘What an ugly shame!’” Still, Musser, who has worked with several historic homes in the region, says there are plenty of steps that can be taken prior to choosing solar that will increase the efficiency of a home. Paying attention to insulation deficiencies in houses, including between floors, makes a big difference. “Getting it all closed in and insulated is the first step,” she says. And alternative energy sources, like pumps that draw heat from the ground or use the house’s own warmth to heat water can save money and energy comparable to solar panels and come with state or federal tax credits to boot. “Most historic homes have little or no insulation, drafty single-pane windows, fireplaces that pull more air in than [throw] heat,” says architect Michael McDonough. His Montford district home, itself new construction, has enough built-in green elements to have been featured in Fine Home Building magazine as an example of blending historic design with efficient living. It also uses solar panels for hot water, but McDonough aimed them away from the road and is one Montford resident that supports restrictions keeping solar panels in the district inconspicuous. Nevertheless, Lowe notes that technological advances mean solar panels will continue to get less and less obtrusive, and that the HRC rules

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need to have the flexibility to allow for things like panels that fit onto roofs like shingles. “Renewable energy is changing all the time,” he says. Windows were also a big topic at the MNA discussions. The single-pane, double-hung historic windows may be drafty, Lowe explains, but they are also protected against replacement by national Historic Register guidelines. And there wasn’t enough support even within the neighborhood association to allow for pulling old windows. “Windows was a big sticking point,” Lowe says. “A lot of people didn’t get what they wanted.” That leaves the use of storm windows and weather stripping as the likely options for reducing energy transference. Besides, says Musser, replacement windows are expensive and take a while to pay off in energy savings. And despite their leaky reputations, the HRC draft guidelines stress that historic homes were positioned to take maximum advantage of light sources and shade tress and are typically in areas that encourage walking. And, highlights city staff preservationist Cristin Moody, moving into a historic home is already a sustainable move. “We look at is as recycling,” she says. Still, the conversation continues, with Mertin planning to bring revised Montford guidelines to the HRC in December for a vote, with a presentation to Montford in January. Updates to the rules governing Asheville’s other historic districts will likely follow, she said. X Brian Postelle can be reached at 251-1333 ext. 153 or






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Honeywear, based in Alexander, N.C., was a finalist in the 2008 “Boost Your Business” contest, and was named among the business magazine’s top-five small-company picks in the annual competition. Working with local sewing company Sewlink, Honeywear’s Christen Ward manufactures the Baby Bee Sling baby carrier. She’s also launching a line of locally manufactured children’s clothing. All products are made of organic cotton and silk.

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Spiritex (61 1/2 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, 2548949; 16 Haywood St., Asheville) is a wholesaler of fabric and a clothing label, but to Asheville shoppers it’s probably best known as a retail clothing store. Founders Daniel and Marylou Sanders got their start during the 80s at a screen-printing company that handled clients like Kool and the Gang and Twisted Sister. In ‘91 they created Ecosport, the first company to use organic cotton for mass production. By the end of the decade they’d relocated to Asheville. The couple’s Lexington Ave. storefront offers a range of national brand organic fiber labels as well as Marylou’s original clothing designs and graphic print tees.

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Faerie Made Soaps was dreamed up by owner Tina Glen so that she could work from home while raising her children. She handcrafts natural artisan soaps and body-care products and sells them online and through the French Broad Food Co-Op, Beanwerks and the Asheville Chamber of Commerce. Her soaps include “Gypsy Spice,” oatmeal honey with goat milk and lavender citrus. Check out her body butters, muscle rubs and perfume sprays too. photo by jonathan welch

Green Girl Basics’ Web site boasts, “Tested on Humans.” And why not? Owner Colleen Trickett’s toiletries are handmade from oils, butters and essential oils. The juicy-delicious “Sunburst Lotion,” a euphoric blend of lime, grapefruit, lemon and orange, is a top seller. Find Green Girl products in local stores and farmers’ markets.

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The Old Wood Co. states in its mission that the company specializes in using “the finest old reclaimed wood available” and adheres to “health conscious finishing methods, companywide recycling/upcycling efforts, and ethical business practices.” Rare American chestnut and other reclaimed woods are used in cool, rugged-meets-sleek designs.

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What thing would you never give up to go green? Xpress staffers and contributors on their guilty pleasures

Brian Postelle: Long, hot showers

David Forbes: Steak

“Yes, the meat industry’s carbon footprint and environmental damage are considerable. Yet often lost in this city’s brawls over animal flesh is that the ‘industry’ part is more a problem than meat itself. The conscientious omnivore will buy local whenever possible, eating smaller portions and healthier cuts. It’s still delicious.”

“It’s true that we recycle all of our leftover papers each week, and that the paper is printed with soy-based ink on 72 percent recycled materiel, of which 26 percent is post-consumer recycled paper. But there’s no denying that our publishing and distribution operations have a sizable carbon footprint — a price I’m willing to pay to get my newspaper.”

“It doesn’t grow here. It gets shipped thousands of miles. Most of the world’s coffee is not grown in sustainable or organic ways. And what is, still doesn’t manage to pay the small growers and workers particularly well — even fair-trade coffee. So even when I’m sipping organic, fairtrade, rainforest, locally roasted coffee ... I feel guilty. And I keep drinkin’.”

Jason Shope: Recreational driving

Patty Levesque: CDs

Rick Goldstein: TV sports

Scott Lessing: Technology

“Yes it’s a triple whammy: long showers use more water, more gas to heat and more energy to pipe water in. All of which take a toll on our resources, as well as my utility bills, and none of which I can even begin to comprehend until I have spent a good bit of the morning beneath a hot, steamy shower.”

“Checking out the Blue Ridge Parkway on my motorcycle or taking a long road trip probably isn’t the best for the environment, but it would be hard to give up.”

“CDs are made of plastic and packaged in plastic. I know I’m buying plastic, but I love my CDs, just like I loved my records. They would be hard to give up.”

Jon Elliston: My Mountain Xpress

“I’m a sports fanatic and I watch television every night, all night. Using all that electricity can’t be good, but I can’t give that up. I like to watch my sports on TV.”

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Margaret Williams: Coffee

“Technology is so integrated in my life that it would be near impossible to give up. Maybe they can make them more efficient, because I’m sure it’s a drain.”

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A guide to green organizations Scores of local eco groups push for sustainability compiled by Mannie Dalton American Chestnut Foundation Working to restore the American chestnut tree to its native range within the woodlands of the eastern United States. Info: 281-0047 or Appalachian Voices Bringing people together to solve the environmental problems that have the greatest impact on the central and southern Appalachian Mountains. Info: 262-1500 or Asheville Green Drinks Community members who are interested in environmental issues and topics meet for drinks at BoBo Gallery, 22 Lexington Ave. A guest speaker usually makes a short presentation. Sign up for the e-newsletter at Asheville GreenWorks Our area’s Keep America Beautiful affiliate, working to turn the community green and clean through environmental volunteer projects. Info: 254-1776 or Canary Coalition A grassroots, clean-air advocacy group working to involve all elements of the community in effecting legislative and regulatory action on the state and federal level. Organizes events to mobilize and display public support for clean air. Info: 631-3447 or www.

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unsustainable forestry practices and increase the paper industry’s use of post-consumer recycled and other environmentally preferable sources of fiber in the production of paper. Info: 251-2525 or Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society The Asheville area’s chapter of the Audubon Society. Open to birders of all experience levels. Info: 254-7618 or Environmental & Conservation Organization An effective voice for the environment and for protecting the natural heritage of Henderson County and the mountain region. Located at 121 Third Ave. West, Hendersonville. Info: 692-0385 or Friends of Hickory Nut Gorge Advocating for protecting the ecological health and integrity Hickory Nut Gorge, including its natural beauty, biodiversity and wildlife habitat. Info: 685-8798 or Green Business Alliance This Mountain BizWorks alliance works to increase the social and economic impact of green-oriented, environmentally friendly small businesses in WNC by providing opportunities for growth, support and collaboration among its participants. Info: 253-2834, ext. 11, or jamie@mountainbizworks. org.

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy Helping families and landowners preserve the land that is important to them and the community. Volunteers welcome. Info: 697-5777 or www.

Land of Sky Trout Unlimited Conserving, protecting and restoring cold-water fisheries and their watersheds on a local and national level by fostering a passion for fishing, community service, fellowship and education. Info: 274-3471 or

Clean Air Community Trust Improving air quality through innovative programs that educate, energize and empower the communities of WNC. Info: 258-1856 or

Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition Coalition goals and actions involve a variety of local altfuel/clean-vehicle projects. Info: 251-6622 or

Clean Water for N.C. Working with communities for clean, safe places to live, work and play. Helps to protect and restore rivers, streams and lakes, and to improve water-quality standards. Info: 251-1291 or

Laurel Valley Watch Formed by residents of the Laurel Valley in northwest Madison County as an urgent effort to preserve hundreds of acres at risk from a proposed high-density development. Info: 680-9484 or

Common Sense at the Nuclear Crossroads An educational campaign focusing on the transport of nuclear materials and wastes and the local impact of the nuclear complex, both commercial and military. Info: www.nuclearcrossroads. com.

Long Branch Environmental Education Center Trout pond, waterfalls and hiking trails through the protected Southern Appalachian Highlands. Located in the Big Sandy Mush community 18 miles northwest of Asheville. Open by appointment. Info: 683-3662 or http://longbrancheec. org.

Cradle of Forestry Experience the natural and cultural history of the Southern Appalachians at the birthplace of scientific forestry. Located on Route 276 in Pisgah National Forest. Info: 8773130 or Dogwood Alliance Working to protect and restore endangered forests across the South, end

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SouthWings A conservation and public benefit aviation nonprofit that provides skilled pilots and aerial education to enhance conservation efforts across the Southeast. Info: 225-5949 or Sustainable Asheville Promoting sustainability in the Asheville community through education and networking. Offers online information about local sustainability, including a calendar and listings of resources and groups. Info: info@ or Sustainable WNC Sponsored by the nonprofit Mountain Area Information Network as a Web portal for businesses, nonprofits, citizens and local governments working to promote the principles and practices of sustainability in WNC. Info: Toe River Valley Watch Striving to bring the community together to address the ongoing disappearance of rural land and to preserve the unique rural heritage of Mitchell and Yancey counties. Info: 675-4311 or Wild South Inspiring and empowering people to protect and restore the native ecosystems of the Southeast. Info: 258-2667 or WNC Alliance Promoting a sense of stewardship and caring for the natural environment. Members and the public are invited to be agents of change. Info: 258-8737 or WNC Green Building Council Promoting environmentally sustainable and health conscious building practices through community education. Info: 254-1995 or WNC Nature Center A living museum of plants and animals native to the southern Appalachian region. Located at 75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville. Info: 298-5600 or WNC Regional Air Quality Agency Monitoring and regulating Buncombe County’s air quality to safeguard public health and the environment, while preserving the quality of life and economic vitality of the area. Info: 250-6777 or X Is your environmental group missing from the list? If your organization has an office in WNC, please send an e-mail to and we’ll add you to our online WNC Eco Groups list.

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Arson cited as cause of devastating apartment fire Fire investigators last week continued to probe a Monday, Nov. 9, explosion and ensuing blaze that gutted a Hillcrest Apartments building of six units. They believe it was intentionally set. Investigators determined early on that the fire, which started about 11:30 a.m., was stoked by natural gas. Later in the week, they announced that the blaze was arson. “We did find that the release of natural gas was intentional,” Asheville Fire Chief Scott Burnette told Xpress. “There was also a separate fire set elsewhere in the apartment.” When the natural gas encountered the fire, it caused the explosion and blaze that roared through the building that was home to six different apartments housing 22 people. Burnette declined to discuss how the natural gas was released. The investigation includes members of the Asheville Police Department, the Asheville-Buncombe Arson Task Force and agents from the N.C. State Bureau of Investigations, as well as the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. No one was seriously injured in the fire. An Asheville Housing Authority maintenance man, who was in one of the units next door to the apartment where the fire started, injured his ankle after jumping out of a second-floor window to escape. Sharon Fox, who lived in the apartment at the opposite end of the building, said she was washing dishes when she heard the explosion. “It freaked me out,” a shaken Fox said at the scene. “I ran out the back door and I could see gutters, pieces of the building flying. The whole building just collapsed on that end.” Just after the blaze, Angel Matthews, who lived in the apartment where it first broke out, told Xpress that she suspected her former boyfriend Carl Vincent Jones Sr. had set the fire. The morning of the fire, Matthews was at the Buncombe County Courthouse getting a temporary restraining order against Jones, who was subsequently arrested on charges of breaking into her apartment on Nov. 7. A judge issued the restraining order after Matthews said Jones had threatened to kill her. Sixteen of the residents of the building were in temporary housing last week. Anyone with information about the arson is invited to contact Crime Stoppers at 255-5050. — David Forbes and Jason Sandford

Watching your home burn: Shelby Edwards (left) and her mother, Sharon Fox, dab tears from their eyes as they watch a fire destroy the Hillcrest Apartments building they called home on Nov. 9. Fire investigators believe the blaze was intentionally set. photos by Jason Sandford

The write-in rundown (aka “Who voted for Squirt the Wonder Clam?”) In the Nov. 3 municipal election, Asheville City Council member Robin Cape received 4,478 write-in votes, according to figures from Buncombe County Election Services. While Cape’s bid for a second term was serious, many of the other write-in votes were not (Squirt the Wonder Clam, really?). Cape, who changed her mind and decided to run for a second term after the filing deadline, passed out pencils and ran a vigorous campaign, but was ultimately unsuccessful, coming in fifth place. Cape got the lion’s share of the 4,627 total write-in votes. The remaining 149 are a mixed bag, to put it politely. On the more serious side, former

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City Council member (and current county commissioner) Holly Jones got 18 write-in votes for her old seat, while current Council member Kelly Miller, who stepped out of the race before the general election, got 12. On the mayoral side, Cape also led the write-in field with 23 votes, followed by Shad Marsh (who ran in the primary) with 18, Asheville Design Center planner Joe Minicozzi with 12, Council member Carl Mumpower with 11 and former Council member Joe Dunn with five. Then there’s Squirt the Wonder Clam. Someone exercised their right to vote for a marine creature. Squirt is joined by the illus-

trious (Christopher Walken, Ferris Bueller, Big Bird, Mickey Mouse), the criminal (DB Cooper, Charles Manson), the dissatisfied (“None of the Above,” “Anybody Else”), the parental (“Your Mom”) and, of course, the perennial political favorite Satan, who could not be reached for comment. Asheville media types got some electoral love as well, with votes for Ashvegas, longtime Xpress contributor and editor Nelda Holder and WCQS mainstay David Hurand. UNCA political professor William Sabo also got a nod. Better luck next election, everyone. – David Forbes

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Book work: The old children’s area on the ground floor of Pack Memorial Library has been gutted as part of a $3.1 million renovation project to the 31-year-old library. photo by Jason Sandford

Pack Memorial Library gets makeover The $3.1 million renovation to the beating heart of Buncombe County’s library system — Pack Memorial Library — is speeding along ahead of schedule. On a recent tour of the work underway at 67 Haywood Street in downtown Asheville, Ed Sheary, director of the Buncombe County Public Libraries system, says that once it’s complete, the renovation will improve the 31-year-old library’s service, boost the building’s energy efficiency and improve several public spaces, including Lord Auditorium and the children’s area. Public restrooms will be added, and the library’s North Carolina Collection will get room to grow. “The scope of this is to get another 20 years out of this building,” Sheary says. “All of its systems will be new.” The library system, which includes Pack and 12 other libraries, circulates about 1.5 million items a year, Sheary says. It opened in November 1978 and was once the site of a showroom for Harry’s Cadillac dealership. Buncombe County commissioners earlier this year approved the project and awarded the work to low-bidder Charlotte-based Gleeson Snyder construction. The awarding of the bid to an out-of town firm rankled Commissioner Bill Stanley, who voted against it. But commissioners said that under state law, they were required to accept the lowest reasonable bid, which beat out Asheville-based Goforth Builders and Perry Bartsch Jr. Construction Co. Sheary says that the project, which started about a month ago, is moving faster than anticipated. The original construction schedule called for the library to be closed for nine to 10 months. It’s now looking like a six- to nine-month job, Sheary says, with the library shutting its doors in January for the work, although that’s not set in stone. The building will reopen in phases.

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The library’s ground floor is already gutted. The floor will feature an expanded children’s area and more glass walls to improve the look and safety of the floor. Lord Auditorium, already stripped down, will be reoriented to move the stage to the opposite end of the room. That will improve traffic flow into the auditorium, says Sheary, noting that the old orientation had the main entrance to the auditorium right next to the stage. There will be some changes to the main floor of the library and its book stacks, but they won’t be radical, says Sheary. The stacks will be moved slightly closer together, and they’ll run perpendicular to the length of the floor rather than parallel to it. The main desk and reference desk will be combined. The public’s access to computers with Internet connectivity will improve with a total of about 22 computers made available to users. And the North Carolina Collection, now situated on the main floor, will be moved to the ground floor and into a large space with its own heating and cooling system to better protect the materials, Sheary says. New heating and cooling systems, new ductwork and new lighting will dramatically improve the building’s energy efficiency, according to Sheary. The renovations, which also include a small ground-floor expansion and the addition of a fire-escape tower, will increase the building’s square footage from 52,000 to about 65,000, Sheary says. With the library’s main floor closing next year, Sheary says the library is looking for another downtown space to continue to offer services to library users. Some staff members and computers will be moved out to branch libraries to beef up services there. — Jason Sandford

Downtown Master Plan action committee activated During the two years it took to draw up the Downtown Master Plan, adopted by Asheville City Council in May, skeptics frequently invoked the specter of other city plans gathering dust on some literal or figurative shelf. That, says project manager Sasha Vrtunski, will not be the fate of the DMP. “We don’t want to hear that ever about this plan, that it sat on a shelf,” she said on Monday, Nov. 9, at the first meeting of the Downtown Master Plan Action Committee. The committee, which met in the meeting room on the ground floor of the Asheville Art Museum, is charged with monitoring the implementation of recommendations made in the draft plan. Its 50 or so members have been divided into five subcommittees that will focus on urban design, transportation, historic preservation, arts and culture, and downtown management. Many of them were involved with developing the DMP in some way. Some served on the Downtown Master Plan Advisory Committee or on other city boards and commissions. Others are property or business owners or stakeholders in the city’s arts community. A few were frequent critics

of the direction parts of the plan were taking. “What has come out of this process is going to be a great framework for developers to use,” said committee chair Jesse Plaster, who also serves on the Downtown Commission. Much time was spent with personal introductions and with establishing subcommittee meeting times. The frequency of meetings will depend on each topic, Vrtunski said. For instance, urban design issues are expected to come up quickly, and that subcommittee has already begun to meet. Vrtunski also outlined subcommittee responsibilities and the chain of command: the subcommittees report to the larger action committee, which reports to the Downtown Commission, which makes recommendations to Asheville City Council for a final vote. Committee members were urged to stick to the draft plan recommendations and resist the temptation to insert their own policies. “It’s going to be very easy for us to take off in different directions,” said restaurateur Dwight Butner. “But that is not what we are here to do.” — Brian Postelle

Group vows to put Asheville performingarts venue back in the spotlight Bill Miles, board president of The Performance Center in Asheville, was standing on a Grove Arcade balcony outside the offices of architects Calloway, Johnson, Moore and West on November 12, having just announced that the firm would be joining Boston-based William Rawn Associates in crafting a master plan for the long-discussed center. “We do think we got the cream of the crop,” said Miles, whose group was founded in 2004 in response to widely leveled complaints that Thomas Wolfe Auditorium is ill-suited to put on stage productions and symphony performances. The organization announced in 2007 that it was seeking to build public interest in the project, which it estimated would cost roughly $85 million. Then in 2008, Asheville City Council supported its proposal to locate the center on city-owned property on Market Street just south of Asheville City Hall. The organization appears to have remained in the good graces of local government. Both Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy and Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Chair David Gantt showed up to offer words of encouragement at the announcement. The group explained that it would be launch-

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ing an effort to have a master plan for the project completed by the end of 2010. Early in the year it will begin to host community meetings that will determine what sort of features should be included. This time the group is giving no cost estimate; Executive Director James Baudoin says a budget won’t be drawn up until the master-plan design is underway. While Rawn Associates will be the lead design firm, CJM&W will work to make sure the project is a good fit for Asheville, explained architect Alan McGuinn. McGuinn knows a thing or two about building community consensus. He helped shepherd the design of the Interstate 26 connector alternative 4B with the Asheville Design Center. “This is a legacy project,” he said. “We need to have a conversation with the community to get an understanding of what the role of a performing arts center should be.” It is generally anticipated that the building will be a multipurpose and mixed-use facility that will create foot traffic even when performances aren’t being held. And it is hoped that the center will draw more economic activity to the Eagle/Market street area. For regularly updated information on the effort, go to — Brian Postelle • NOVEMBER 18 - NOVEMBER 24, 2009 39

The leak stops here: It was a day many feared might never come. A new Asheville Civic Center roof is under construction, replacing an old roof notorious for dripping water during performances. The new roof will be white, intended to reflect heat from sunlight and reduce cooling costs. Added insulation is expected to further reduce energy use at the facility. The $1.5 million replacement, approved by Asheville City Council in July, is expected to be finished early next year. photo courtesy City of Asheville

In a rain-drenched, somber ceremony, a group of about 300 people gathered at Pack Square Park on Veterans Day to dedicate the new Western North Carolina Veterans’ Memorial. Darlene and George Houghton of Candler participated in a wreath-laying at the memorial, which honored their son, Capt. George Bryan Houghton, a 22-year-old pilot who died in June when his jet crashed during a training mission in Utah. The new memorial in the downtown park was 12 years in the making and cost $450,000, which was raised by a memorial board of directors that included chairman Richard Griffin, Albert “Tuck” Gudger and others. photo by Jason Sandford

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See and be seen in the Xpress Photo Gallery Each issue of Mountain Xpress comes packed with pictures, but if you haven’t checked out our online Photo Gallery, you ain’t seen nothing yet. The collection — at www.mountainx. com/gallery — is an ever-growing portrait of our ever-evolving community. Featuring photos from both Xpress staffers and citizen journalists, the gallery showcases local arts and entertainments, political events, sporting contests, the beauty of mountain nature and much, much more. Here’s a small selection of recently added images. Come see us — you might even see yourself! X

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Walking the green way by Jonathan Poston What does it means to me, an outdoor enthusiast, to be “green”? A solitary walk in the woods gave me the opportunity to answer. For millennia, man has pondered the mysteries of the universe by journeying to such places as deserts and mountains, so in that spirit I began the short trek up Mount Pisgah, hoping to come across some insight of my own. After all, our 5,271-foot-high peak may have been named after the Biblical Mount Pisgah from whose crown Moses viewed the Promised Land. But whenever I head into the wilderness, those first moments create a weird space of time for me. As I leave my car and

I’m a visitor treading into the land of the wild. enter the woods, I’m slow to wade into the presence of this so-called “primitive area” and leave the sounds and signs of contemporary living behind. My skin pricks with heightened awareness in the silence, reminding me that I’m being watched. I’m a visitor treading into the land of the wild, where in the absence of humans, critters and plant life make this wilderness their home. Of course, my thrill-seeking side spurs me to charge up the mountain with a run, but I’m not far up the steep, rocky path when my lungs burn and my legs ache. I’m soon forced down into a walk on the leaf-strewn path, and even then my labored breathing continues. But that’s when I really begin to look around and think of the forest as a system of perfection. The plants will soak up the carbon dioxide from my expired breath. And the leaves below my feet will decom-

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Man versus nature? Atop our highest local peak — Mount Pisgah — the author found both a natural respite and a reminder of man’s impact on the environment.

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pose and feed the coming of the spring. It’s one thing to read about this cycle of nature and the beauty it contains, but feeling the strength of its mechanisms right under your toes is another. At an overlook, I pause to observe the blue-sky vista with renewed awareness. This isn’t the first time I’ve felt this way, but the reminder is enough to inspire awe as I take a deep breath. When I finally approach the observation deck at the summit, instead of staring out into majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains as everyone else is doing, I look back at the metallic high-rise tower that caps most of Mount Pisgah’s peak. I usually try to forget it’s there. Why, I ask, would humanity allow the erection of such a hideous monster here, of all places? Then I overhear one of the people on the deck telling his friend that he hates thinking about going back to work on Monday. That’s the reality of human existence in the 20th Century: It takes a lot of towers and metallic junk to keep our cell-phone signals strong and our televisions and PCs connected, yet we feel the need to escape it sometimes. On my way down, I pass a couple of folks, and I want to tell them that they’re almost there. But they’re focused on climbing the rock steps and making their journey. In the

big picture, I realize, it’s a monumental task to “strive to be green” during our life’s journey on this planet, and actions speak louder than words. While researching my Xpress assignments for this column, I’ve been fortunate to spend a great amount of time with naturalists, hikers, trail runners, cavers, mountain bikers and such. Most of them carry a deep respect for nature. And their love of the outdoors leads them, in their everyday lives, to make time to think about how their actions affect the environment and how to act accordingly. They tell me how powerful nature has been in their lives and the wonders it has done for their souls. I especially recall some of the folks from my “Wild Root Wannabe” article (June 3 Xpress) saying that if you listen, the forest will speak to you. Even in my short time on Pisgah, I could feel the forest speaking to me too. Nature is, after all, a spirit guide. Some have named her Gaia and others let her go unnamed, but all are spoken to. I think the true path to being green, for me, is learning to listen. And the rest of the lesson can’t be found in writing and thinking. It must be heartfelt. At least, that’s what the forest has told me. X Jonathan Poston lives and muses in these Southern Appalachian mountains.

outdoorscalendar Calendar for November 18 - 26, 2009 Asheville Track Club The club provides information, education, training, social and sporting events for runners and walkers of any age. Please see the group Web site for weekly events and news. Info: www.ashevilletrackclub. org or 253-8781. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 5:30pm - Carrier Park Runners. Meet at the Carrier Park Pavilion. Leader: Dick Duccini, 645-8887. Pace: slow-moderate —6pm - Beginning Runner’s Program. Meet at the Carrier Park Pavilion. Leader: Tom Kilsbury, —- 6pm - ATC Walkers Club. Meet at the Carrier Park Pavilion. Leader: Larry Fincher, • SATURDAYS, 8am - Carrier Park Runners. Meet at Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary. Leader: Dick Duccini, 645-8887 —- 8am - Beginning Runner’s Program. Meet at Carrier Park Pavilion. Leader: Tom Kilsbury, —- 8am - ATC Walkers Club. Meet at Fletcher Park. Leader: Sherry Best-Kai, 595-4148 or Call ahead to confirm. • SUNDAYS, 8am - Carrier Park Runners. Park at NC Arboretum Greenhouse. Leader: Dick Duccini, 645-8887. Long, slow distance on trails —- 8:30am - ATC Trail Run. Park at NC Arboretum Greenhouse. Leaders: Bryan Trantham, 648-9336, and Rick Taylor, 776-3853. Pace: 8:30-9:30mpm. Blue Ridge Bicycle Club Encourages safe and responsible recreational bicycling in the WNC area. To find out more about the club and its ongoing advocacy efforts, or to see a complete club calendar, visit • THURSDAYS - Fletcher Blue Sky Road Ride. Departs promptly at 9:15am. Route and meeting place vary. No one will be left behind. E-mail for details or if weather is questionable: JohnL9@ • SATURDAYS - Gary Arthur Ledges Park Road Ride. Departs in the a.m. from Ledges Park, located 6.5 miles off UNCA exit on I-26. Ride north along the French Broad River to Marshall for coffee, then return via Ivy Hill. Email for departure time: • SUNDAYS - Folk Art Center Road Ride. Departs in the p.m. from the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is a show-n-go ride, meaning there may not be a ride leader. Call or email for departure time: 713-8504 or billcrownover@ Carolina Mountain Club CMC fosters the enjoyment of the mountains of WNC and adjoining regions and encourages the conservation of our natural resources, through an extensive schedule of hikes and a program of trail

building and maintenance. $20 per year, family memberships $30 per year. Newcomers must call the leader before the hike. Info: • WE (11/18), 8am - Hospital Rock - Pretty Place - Rainbow Falls. Info: 684-8656. • TH (11/19), 9am - Scout of Kagel Mountain hike. Info: 625-2677 or • SU (11/22), 8:30am - Bad Fork - Trace Ridge Loop. Info: 658-1489 —- 1pm - Carl Sandburg Park. Info: 697-1579. • WE (11/25), 8am - Mt. Cammerer from Big Creek. Info: 656-2191 or Cherokee Choices 5K Run, Walk or Roll • SA (11/21), Noon - Held at the Cherokee Welcome Center on 441N. Open to all ages. Strollers and wheelchairs welcome. The race benefits the Cherokee Cancer Support Group. To register: 497-1976. Lakeview Senior Center 401 S. Laurel Circle, Black Mountain. Info: 6698610. • TU (11/24), 10am-11:30am - Hike the Warren Wilson College Trail, a moderately difficult hike. Pigeon Valley Bassmasters All interested anglers in the community in WNC, Upstate S.C., East Tennessee and NE Georgia are invited to attend and share fishing ideas. Invitational tournaments are held throughout the area. Info: 8842846 or • 2nd MONDAYS, 7pm - Meeting at the Canton Library. “Riding High in the Clean Sky” • SA (11/21), 11am-1pm - Asheville on Bikes, the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club and Asheville CityTransit presents “Riding High in the Clean Sky,” a parade highlighting the connection between multimodal transportation and preserving our pristine mountain air. Info: Turkey Trot 5K • TH (11/26), 9am - Turkey Trot 5K at Carrier Park in Asheville. $25 in advance/$30 day of race. For info & downloadable entry forms: www.jusrunning. com.

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Community Events & Workshops • Social & Shared-Interest Groups • Government & Politics • Seniors & Retirees • Animals • Technology • Business & Careers • Volunteering • Health Programs & Support Groups Calendar C a t e g o r i e s : Helplines • Sports Groups & Activities • Kids • Spirituality • Arts • Spoken & Written Word • Food • Festivals & Gatherings • Music • Theater • Comedy • Film • Dance • Auditions & Call to Artists Calendar for November 18 - 26, 2009 Unless otherwise stated, events take place in Asheville, and phone numbers are in the 828 area code. Day-by-day calendar is online Want to find out everything that’s happening today — or tomorrow, or any day of the week? Go to www.mountainx. com/events. Weekday Abbreviations: SU = Sunday, MO = Monday, TU = Tuesday, WE = Wednesday, TH = Thursday, FR = Friday, SA = Saturday

Community Events & Workshops Final Exit Network of the Blue Ridge Mountains

• SU (11/22), 2:30pm - Meeting at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, 1 Edwin Pl. Guest speaker Dr. Henry Muller, long-time member of the right to die movement and former national board member of Final Exit Network, will speak. A Q&A session will follow. Info: 254-9154.

Lakeview Senior Center 401 S. Laurel Circle, Black Mountain. Info: 669-8610. • FR (11/20), 11am - Turkey day party and potluck. Bring a dish to share and celebrate the season with friends and neighbors. Turkey, drinks and paper goods will be provided. Also, bring two canned goods. Public Lectures & Events at UNCA Events are free unless otherwise noted.

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Calendar Information In order to qualify for a free listing, an event must cost no more than $40 to attend and be sponsored by and/or benefit a nonprofit. If an event benefits a business, it’s a paid listing. If you wish to submit an event for Clubland (our free live music listings), please e-mail Free Listings To submit a free listing: * Online submission form (best): events/submission * E-mail (second best): * Fax (next best): (828) 251-1311, Attn: Free Calendar * Mail: Free Calendar, Mountain Xpress, P.O. Box 144, Asheville, NC 28802 * In person: Mountain Xpress, 2 Wall St. (the Miles Building), second floor, downtown Asheville. Please limit your submission to 40 words or less. Questions? Call (828) 251-1333, ext. 365. Paid Listings Paid listings lead the calendar sections in which they are placed, and are marked (pd.). To submit a paid listing, send it to our Classified Department by any of the following methods. Be sure to include your phone number, for billing purposes. * E-mail: * Fax: (828) 251-1311, Attn: Commercial Calendar * Mail: Commercial Calendar, Mountain Xpress, P.O. Box 144, Asheville, NC 28802 * In person: Classified Dept., Mountain Xpress, 2 Wall St. (the Miles Building), Ste. 214, downtown Asheville. Questions? Call our Classified Department at (828) 251-1333, ext. 335.

• WE (11/18), 7:30pm - David G. Moore, Warren Wilson College professor of anthropology and archaeology, will host a talk on “Excavations at First Lost Colony: Recent Excavations at the Berry Site,” a noted Burke County archeological site. Held in the Reuter Center. Info: 251-6290 or • FR (11/20), 11:25am - Humanities Lectures: “World Music,” with Dr. Dave Wilken in the Humanities Lecture Hall and “WWII, the Holocaust and Existentialism,” with Drs. Duane Davis and Ted Uldricks in Lipinsky Auditorium. Info: 2516808. • MO (11/23), 11:25am - Humanities Lecture: “Gender and Sexuality in Antiquity,” with Jim Driggers in the Humanities Lecture Hall. Info: 251-6808. Salvation Army Info: 253-4723. • TH (11/26) Thanksgiving dinner will be served at the Salvation Army Center for Hope, 204 Haywood St. Open to all. Talks & Presentations at WCU These public lectures, readings and events at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee are free unless otherwise noted. Info: 227-2303. • WE (11/18), 11:45am - Luncheon Series: Gathering and reception followed by a buffet lunch —- 12:15pm - “College of Arts and Sciences,” will be discussed. $10.50.

Social & SharedInterest Groups Speed Dating Event • Asheville • This Tuesday • 6:30PM (pd.) November 24. • Ages 30-50. $12 (in advance) covers speed dating and a drink. • ($15 door). Call 253-2263 for details or visit http:// GetOutandMeetPeople. com Ardent Toastmasters Club

Afraid to speak in public? Want to practice your speaking skills in a fun and supportive environment? Meets at Zona Lofts, 162 Coxe Ave., in downtown Asheville. Info: 225-8680 or www. • Alternate 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 Homeless Network Meetings take place at Firestorm Cafe & Books in downtown Asheville. Info: 552-0505. • THURSDAYS, 2pm - All homeless people and interested citizens are welcome. Blue Ridge Toastmasters Club Meets once a week to enhance speaking skills both formal and impromptu. Part of an international proven program that takes you through the steps with fun along the way. Network with interesting people of all ages and professions. Info: www. or 3332500. • MONDAYS, 12:201:30pm - Meeting. Canasta Canasta anyone? Come join a friendly group of men and women who love to play for the fun of it. Info: 665-2810 or 251-0520. • TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS, Noon-3pm - Canasta. Koinonia Monday Night Potlucks • MONDAYS, 6-10pm - Potluck. The gathering invites visionaries, homeschoolers, activists, spiritualists and folks of all walks of life to share ideas and wisdom. Be a part of fostering an

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weeklypicks Events are FREE unless otherwise noted. David G. Moore, Warren Wilson College professor of anthropology and archaeology, will lead a

wed discussion on "Excavations at First Lost Colony: Recent Excavations at the Berry Site," a noted Burke County archeological site, Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at UNCA’s Reuter Center. Info: 251-6290.

the creative team behind the Freaks of Asheville Calendar as they present the story of the thur Join calendar, which showcases some of Asheville’s most eclectic cultural figures, Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe, 55 Haywood St., Asheville. Info: 254-6734.


Listen to works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry Friday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. at the first reading of The Juniper Bends Reading Series, featuring writers Lori Horvitz, Antonio Del Toro, Tamiko Ambrose Murray, Shad Marsh, M. Owens and Mesha Maren, at Downtown Books & News, 67 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville. Info: 253-8654.


The 2009 Asheville Holiday Parade, “Our Appalachian Holidays,” will be this Saturday, Nov. 21, starting at 11 a.m. in downtown Asheville. The parade will feature Grand Marshals David Holt and Laura Boosinger, colorful floats and a precession of Clydesdale horses. Info: www.ashevilleparade. org. Stop by the Haywood County Arts Council, 86 N. Main St. in Waynesville, Sunday, Nov. 22, between

sun noon and 5 p.m. for the opening reception of It’s a Small, Small Work, an exhibit featuring small works of art by WNC artists at modest prices. Held in conjunction with downtown Waynesville’s holiday open house. Info: 452-0593.

Attend the unveiling of mural-sized images of the Milky Way Monday, Nov. 23, at noon at the Health

mon Adventure, located inside Pack Place in downtown Asheville. View the Milky Way as seen by NASA’s

Hubble Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-Ray Observatory. Info & admission details: 254-6373.


The WNC AIDS Project will be displaying portions of the AIDS Memorial Quilt Tuesday, Nov. 24, through Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Pack Place Community Gallery, 2 S. Pack Place Square, Asheville. Info: 257-4530.

evolved local and global community. Change begins within us. Info: 333-2000. Land-of-Sky Regional Council Info: 251-6622 or www. • TU (11/18), 11am - Join Land-of-Sky Regional Council ROP TAC and TCC meeting at the Land-of-Sky Regional Council offices, 339 New Leicester Hwy, St. 140. Scrabble Club Come play America’s favorite word game SCRABBLE. Info: 2528154. • SUNDAYS, 1-5pm Meets at Books-A-Million in Asheville. We have all the gear; just bring your vocabulary. No dues the first six months. Swannanoa Valley Museum Located at 223 W. State St., Black Mountain. Info: 669-9566 or • WE (11/18) - Day Camp for Grown-Ups: Stove Trotters cooking event.

The New Friends Meetup Interested in meeting new people for friendship, fun, romance, activities, and learning new things? Info: New-Friends-Meetup. • WEEKLY - Meets at a bar/restaurant. WNC Dowsers The Appalachian Chapter of the American Society of Dowsers. Meets at the Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Info: www. • SA (11/21), 11am-5pm - Annual Dowsing School at the Unity Center. Guest speakers: Marty Cain on “Dowsing: A Geomancer’s Tool” and Joey Korn on “Unlocking the Secrets of the Energetic World.” $8 for nonmembers/Free for members. Youth OUTright A weekly discussion group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth ages 14-20. Each week a new topic and activity

will be led by at least two trained facilitators. Straight allies (ages 1420) are also welcome. Info: www.youthoutright. org. • FRIDAYS, 6:30-9pm - Meets at the Jefferson House, adjacent to the Unitarian Universalist Church (corner of Edwin and Charlotte Streets) at 21 Edwin Pl.

Government & Politics City of Asheville Public Meetings Info: www.ashevillenc. gov. • 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 3-5pm - The Sustainable Advisory Committee on Energy and the Environment meets in room 109A in the Public Works Building, 161 S. Charlotte St. Info: 2716141. Stand for Peace • TUESDAYS, 5-6pm - Stand for peace with Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against

the War, War Resisters League, Military Families Speak Out, Buncombe Green Party and other peace mongers at Pack Place, intersection of Patton and Biltmore Avenues. Info: 582-5180.

Seniors & Retirees 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. • TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS - Morning games at Jackson Park in Hendersonville. Lakeview Senior Center 401 S. Laurel Circle, Black Mountain. Info: 669-8610. • WE (11/18), 10:15am12:30pm - Van Clan to The Light Center, where there is 24 hours of prayer for peace, a

lighted dome and hiking trails. • THURSDAYS through (11/19), 11am-Noon - Fall Prevention Classes will be held to keep you safely on your feet. Free. Meeting on Memory Loss • TH (11/19), 9:30am12:30pm - The Western Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the Land-of-Sky Area Agency on Aging will offer a meeting for anyone concerned with memory loss in themselves or a loved one at the Weaverville Town Hall. To register: 2547363 or 645-9189. Senior Care Web Conference • TH (11/19), 7pm - Home Instead Senior Care offices serving N.C. will offer a free web conference for family caregivers titled “The Best Care for Your Parents: Senior Care Solutions and Potential Pitfalls” as part of National Family Caregivers Month. To register:

Animals Brother Wolf Animal Rescue A no-kill organization. Info: 458-7778 or www. • SA (11/21), 11am2pm - Meet the wonderful dogs available for adoption and learn about Brother Wolf’s animal rescue efforts at the Mast General Store in Asheville. Info: 2321883. ChainFree Asheville A nonprofit, all-volunteer effort dedicated to improving the welfare of dogs living outdoors on chains and in pens in Asheville and Buncombe County. Info: www. or 450-7736. • SUNDAYS, 11am-3pm - Come help a chained dog experience freedom. No experience necessary. Meets 4 times a month within Asheville or Buncombe County to build a fence for a chained dog. Henderson County Animal Services Located at 828 Stoney Mountain Road in Hendersonville. Info: 697-4723. • FR (11/20), 1-4pm & SA (11/21), 10am-2pm - Santa Paws 2009. Portraits at Noah’s Ark is the official photographer

for the shelter’s second annual fundraising event that showcases pet pictures with Santa. Five images for $15. Transylvania Animal Alliance Group For information about T.A.A.G., or donations of time or resources, 966-3166, taagwags@, www. or www. • SATURDAYS, 11am4pm - Adoption Days at PETsMART on Airport Road in Arden. View adoptable animals on the Web site.

Business & Careers A-B Tech Classes Registration & info: • FR (11/20), 9:30am1pm - “Medicinal Herbs: Popular Herbal Remedies.” Discover the lore and the science of the most commonly used and studied medicinal herbs, including garlic, ginger, turmeric, valerian, ginkgo, ginseng and milk thistle. Learn their uses to support your health. $35. • MO (11/23), 9amNoon - “Understanding Disability,” with David Block —- 1-3pm “Understanding L.T.C.,” with Bill Chater. These continuing education courses will be held at the Enka Campus, 1459 Sandhill Road, Candler, in Hayes Rm. 128. $10/$Free for WNCAHU & WCAIFA members. Register: 348-6848 or bchater@blueridgebdg. com. Asheville SCORE Counselors to Small Business If your business could use some help, SCORE is the place to start. Free and confidential. To make an appointment: 271-4786. Our offices are located in the Federal Building, 151 Patton Ave., Rm. 259. Veterans may attend any SCORE seminar at no charge. Info: • SA (11/21), 8:30amNoon - “Survival Marketing.” Learn to effectively market a business during tough economic times. At the Small Business Center, Rm. 2046, on the A-B Tech Enka Campus. $30 at the door. Register online or call 713-2112. • NOVEMBER 18 - NOVEMBER 24, 2009 45

Volunteering Appalachian Trail Conservancy A volunteer-based, private nonprofit dedicated to the conservation of the Appalachian Trail. Info: or 254-3708. • SATURDAYS (11/21) & (12/5), 9am-5pm - ATC is seeking volunteers to participate in two invasive exotic plant workshops along the Appalachian Trail near Erwin, Tenn. The focus of the workshop is to educate hikers and the public about the threats of invasive exotic plants. Bring lunch, water and rain gear. Ashevillage Institute (AVI) Nonprofit eco-urban education center and living laboratory for sustainable solutions. Info or to RSVP: 225-8820, or • MONDAYS through SATURDAYS, 9am5pm - Volunteer days and potluck lunch. Volunteers needed in: gardening, permaculture, stonework, carpentry, marketing, administration, fundraising and business development. Asheville City Schools Foundation Seeking Academic Coaches (tutors/mentors) to support students by assisting them with a variety of tasks that support educational success. One hr/wk min., for one school year, in your choice of school or after school program. Training provided. Info: 350-6135, terri.wells@ or • MONDAYS through FRIDAYS, 8:30am-5pm - Academic coaching in the schools or at afterschool programs, once a week. Events at Barnes & Noble The bookstore is located at 3 Tunnel Rd. in the Asheville Mall. Info: • Through FR (1/1) - Annual Holiday Book Drive: Barnes & Noble will be collecting books for Toys for Tots. Info: 296-7335. Family Resource Center at Emma Registration & info: 2524810 or

• Sponsor a child for the holidays through Children First/CIS’s Holiday Assistance Program and buy a child something to read, something to wear and something they need. Gifts will be delivered through the first week in December. Info: lisab@ Graffiti Removal Action Teams Join Asheville GreenWorks in combating graffiti vandalism in our community. Removing quickly and keeping covered is the best way to reduce graffiti. Info: 254-1776. • THURSDAYS - Graffiti removal. Hands On AshevilleBuncombe Choose the volunteer opportunity that works for you. Youth are welcome to volunteer on many projects with adult supervision. Info: www. or call 2-1-1. Visit the Web site to sign up for a project. • TH (11/19), 6-8pm - Help MANNA prepare “Packs for Kids,” backpack-sized parcels of food that will be distributed to students from low-income families. • SA (11/21), 10:30amNoon - Kids Care: An age-appropriate learning component and a hands-on activity for children. For ages 4-6. Supervision required —- 3-5pm - Help make “lovies” blankets for premature babies served by Mission Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Instructions provided. • TU (11/24), 6-8pm Help sort and pack food at MANNA Food Bank to be given to agencies serving hungry people in 17 WNC counties. Housing Assistance A local nonprofit that helps low-income Henderson County residents with their housing needs. Info: 696-5483. • The HAC Resale Shop needs donations: construction materials, household items, furniture, appliances. Pick-up can be arranged, just call. Men and Women Wanted Big Brothers Big Sisters is holding a back-toschool volunteer recruitment drive. Mentors share outings twice a month with youth from

single-parent homes. Volunteers also needed to mentor during the 2009-10 school year. Info: 253-1470 or www. • WE (11/18), Noon - Information Session for interested volunteers will be held at the United Way Building, S. French Broad Ave., Rm. 213. OnTrack Needs Administrative Support • OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling needs extra office administrative support. Volunteers are needed to assist with various office tasks. The volunteer must be available during OnTrack’s regular business hours (8am5:30pm). Info: 210-4956 or tarag@ontrackwnc. org. Operation Christmas Child • MO (11/16) through MO (11/23) - Donations will be accepted for OCC’s gift-filled shoeboxes, which will be delivered to children living in desperate situations around the world, including places like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sudan, India and Honduras. For drop-off locations in WNC: http://occ. Info: http://samaritanspurse. org/occ. Operation Santa Claus • Through TU (12/1) - The Arc of Buncombe County is sponsoring Operation Santa Claus for special needs individuals throughout the county. Volunteers are asked to “adopt” a child to help spread the joy of Christmas to these individuals who have no immediate family or support systems. Donations must be received by Dec. 1. Info: 253-1255. SCORE Recruiting for Women • Local business women need coaches. Are you a woman with management background? If so, SCORE has the opportunity for you to share that knowledge with budding entrepreneurs. Info: 3671446. The Global Report Is Seeking New Recruits • Through MO (11/30) - The Global Report is seeking people to produce graphics and edit video footage for their TV program and to provide Web site assistance. Experience with

Photoshop or Final Cut Pro helpful, but not necessary. Training available. Info: odelljohn@

Toys for Tots Benefit Drive • Through (12/11) - Drop off unwrapped new toys at the Rush Fitness Complex, located at 1818 Hendersonville Road and on Patton Ave. Info: 274-7874. YWCA MotherLove Giving Tree • Through MO (12/14) - The Giving Tree, made of stars bearing wishes from a local teen mother for her children, will be on display in the lobby of the YWCA, 185, S. French Broad Ave. Pick out a star and make a wish come true. Info: 254-7206, ext. 116.

Health Programs & Support Groups EFT • Yes It Really Works! (pd.) Learn the basics in 1 hour ($45) and take charge of your own wellbeing. The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) offer impressive results for easing physical discomforts, relieving feelings of unease and changing the behaviors and habits that are holding you back. Call The Water Lily Wellness Salon (828) 505-3288. www.waterlilysalon. com Professional Help For Overshoppers/ Overspenders (pd.) Stop the pain of Overshopping and Overspending • Discover triggers and cues • Learn specific tools, strategies and techniques • Break the cycle of overspending • Overcome the urge to splurge this holiday season • Develop mindfulness in making decisions. Call 231-2107. Shoji Spa Discounts and Events (pd.) • Locals Discount: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. • SPArty: Wednesday evenings, 6-8 p.m. Drinks, food and music, free. 828299-0999.

46 NOVEMBER 18 - NOVEMBER 24, 2009 • Adult Children Of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families ACOAs continue “survival” behaviors they had as children, which no longer serve them as adults. Come learn how to grow in recovery and become the person you are meant to be through this 12-step fellowship. Info: 545-9648. • FRIDAYS, 7-8:30pm - Meets at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Adult Children of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families • MONDAYS, 7-8:30pm - Open 12-step meeting at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St., Asheville. Rear entrance; first room on left. Info: 2986600 or maybloomer@ 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 • WEDNESDAYS, 8-9pm - Newcomers meeting and discussion: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road, across from Ingles. Enter through parking lot door. Info: 225-0515. • 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. • THURSDAYS, 7pm - Discussion meeting for parents of children with addictions: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road, across from Ingles. Info: 242-6197. • FRIDAYS, 8pm - The Lambda (GLBT) group of Al-Anon is a gayfriendly support group for families and friends of alcoholics, and holds their weekly candlelight meeting at All Souls Cathedral, 3 Angle St. Info: 670-6277 (until 9pm). • FRIDAYS, 12:301:30pm - 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, 7pm - Discussion meeting: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Art of Intimacy Practice Group Learn life-changing communication and relationship skills, drawing from the work of Brad Blanton (Radical Honesty), Marshal Rosenberg (Nonviolent Communication), Susan Campbell (Getting Real), John Bradshaw (Homecoming) and others. By donation. Info: 254-5613 or www. • WEDNESDAYS, 7:309:30pm - Meeting. CarePartners Hospice Bereavement Offers one-on-one grief counseling, support groups, grief education classes, a monthly grief support newsletter and semi-annual memorial services (available to anyone who is suffering a loss through death). Located at 68 Sweeten Creek Road., Asheville. Call 251-0126 to set up an initial visit with a counselor. • WEEKLY - Grief education classes and support group meetings: Good Grief Support Group, Child-Loss Support Group, Suicide Loss Group (monthly). Debtors Anonymous • THURSDAYS, 7-8pm - Meets at Mount Pisgah Lutheran Church, 2606 Chimney Rock Road,

Hendersonville. Info: DAHendersonville@ Eating Disorders Individuals are welcome to come to one or all of the support group meetings. Info: 337-4685 or • WEDNESDAYS, 7-8pm - Support group for adults at T.H.E. Center for Disordered Eating, 297 Haywood St. Free. Events at Pardee Hospital All programs held at the Pardee Health Education Center in the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville. Free, but registration and appointments required unless otherwise noted. To register or for info: or 692-4600. • WE (11/18), Noon1:30pm - “Reasons and Treatments for GERD,” a discussion on gastro-esophageal reflux disease with Andrew Rackoff, M.D. 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: 2423717. • MONDAYS, Noon1pm & FRIDAYS, 7-8pm - Meetings at Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. Grief Recovery Seminar/ Support Group Meets at First United Methodist Church, 204 Sixth Ave. West, Hendersonville. GriefShare is a special support group for people grieving the death of someone close. The video seminar features recognized experts on grief recovery topics. Info: 694-3621 or www. • 2nd & 4th TUESDAYS, 2-3:30pm - Meeting. 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 or www. • 4th MONDAYS, 6pm - Meetings are held at

MAHEC, 501 Biltmore Ave. There will be an open forum to discuss Hepatitis C. Everyone is welcome. Horse Sense of the Carolinas The public is invited to tour the farm, meet the horses and therapists and learn more about educational programs. Free. Reservations are recommended. Info: 683-7304 or www. • SA (11/21), 10:30am - Tour. 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. Moms Supporting Moms • TUESDAYS, Noon or 6:30pm - Peer support for moms struggling with depression and/or anxiety during pregnancy or postpartum. Connect with other mothers and community resources. Meets at the Women’s Resource Center. Info: 213-8241. Directions: 213-8246. 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: www.wncana. net. Helpline: (866) 9252148. • DAILY - Please call for location details. National Alliance on Mental Illness - Western Carolina Dedicated to improving the lives of persons with severe mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, OCD, PTSD and anxiety disorders. Free Connection Recovery Support Groups. Info: 505-7353. • THURSDAYS, 7:30-9pm - Veterans Connection Recovery Support Group meets at the Charles George VA Medical Center, 1100 Tunnel Road, Asheville. Multi-purpose room. Contact Ray at ray- or 337-0515. Overcomers Recovery Support Group A Christian-based 12step recovery program. Provides a spiritual plan of recovery for people struggling with lifecontrolling problems. Meetings are held at 32 Rosscraggon Road. All are welcome. Info: rchovey@sos.spc-asheville. org. • 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: 686-8131. • MONDAYS, 6:30pm Hendersonville: Balfour United Meth. Church, 2567 Asheville Hwy. (Hwy. 25). Open mtg. Info: 1-800-580-4761. • MONDAYS, 5:15pm - Asheville: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Beginners mtg. Info: 277-8185. • 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: 280-2213. Park Ridge Hospital Park Ridge Hospital is located in Fletcher and hosts a number of free events, including cholesterol screenings, vision screenings, PSA screenings, bone density checks for women, lectures, numerous support groups and a Kid Power program. Info: 687-3947 or

• TU (11/24), Noon4:15pm - Park Ridge Hospital Community Blood Drive at Duke Room, Park Ridge Hospital. Call 681-2173 to make an appointment. S-Anon For those affected by someone else’s sexual behavior. Info: 545-4287 or 606-6803. • WEEKLY - Three meetings are available per week. S-Anon Meetings S-Anon is a 12-step recovery program for partners, family and friends of sexaholics. We share our experience, strength and hope to help solve our common problems. Meetings held weekly in Asheville, Fletcher and Waynesville. Call confidential voice mail for information: 258-5117. • WEEKLY - Meetings. • 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: 800477-8191 (live person Mon.-Fri. 11am-7pm) or 348-0284 to leave a local message for a return call. • 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. Meetings are held in downtown Asheville. Open to all sexual orientations. Info: AshevilleSLAA@gmail. com. • SATURDAYS, 10am - 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. Call confidential voice mail 681-9250 or e-mail saasheville@ Info: www. • DAILY - Asheville meetings. Support Groups

Sessions are led by Charlene Galvin, a board certified Chaplain. Love offering. Info: 329-3187 or chargalvin@hotmail. com. • THURSDAYS, 1011:30am - Living with Life Limiting Illness —1:30-3pm - Caregivers Support Group. Understanding Healthcare Reform 2009 Events will be held in the Reuter Center, Manheimer Room, on the UNCA college campus. Info: 232-5181. All events are free and open to the public. • TH (11/19), 4:306:30pm - Dialogue series: “Understanding Healthcare Reform 2009.” Discuss opinions, brainstorm and create viable solutions to contribute to health care reform. Info: 232-5181. WNC Brain Tumor Support Adult support group for newly diagnosed brain tumor patients, brain tumor survivors, their families and caregivers. Info: 691-2559 or www. • 3rd THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Group meets at the West Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 690 Haywood Rd.

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Garden Hops Production Meeting • WE (11/18), 1-5pm - A group of horticulture experts, hops growers and other knowledgeable individuals will explain what is involved in growing hops. The meeting will be held at Camp New Life at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville. $5. RSVP: 456-3575. 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 • Through (1/3), 10am4pm - “Winter Solstice and Holiday Plants” will be on display in the Baker Exhibit Greenhouse.

Regional Tailgate Markets • For tailgate listings, visit www.mountainx. com/events and click on “Garden.” For more information, including the exact start and end dates of markets, contact the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project: 236-1282 or www.buyappalachian. org.

Sports Groups & Activities Adult League Dodge Ball Must have at least 6 players per team. The season will consist of 24 games and a league championship game with trophies for the winning team. $25/person. Info: 250-4269 or jay.nelson@buncombecounty. org. • Through MO (12/14) - Registration. Season: Jan. 5 through Feb. 25 at Recreation Experiences Complex. Asheville Masters Swimming Competitive, fitness and triathlon swimmers welcome. Info: www. • MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 5:45-7:15am - Practice at Asheville School. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 5:457:15am & SATURDAYS, 7-9am - Coached practices at Warren Wilson College. Asheville Table Tennis Fundraiser Tournament • SA (11/21), 9am-6pm - Tournament to benefit Montford Center for Children at the Montford Community Center. 50 percent of entry fees to winner of each category. $5 entry fee per category. All players, all levels welcome. Info: 398-0601. Disc Golf Check the kiosk at Richmond Hill Park for events and nearby tournaments. Info: 680-9626 or www.wncdiscgolf. com. • SUNDAYS, 4pm Doubles at Waynesville Rec Park. • TUESDAYS, 3:30pm - Doubles at Richmond Hill Park. Pickleball It’s like playing ping pong on a tennis court. For all ages. $1 per session. Paddles and


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balls are provided. Info: 350-2058. • MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 9-11am Meets at Stephens-Lee Rec Center, 30 George Washington Carver St. (take S. Charlotte to Max St.).

Sports at UNCA Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public. Info: 251-6459. • SA (11/21), 2pm - UNCA Women’s Basketball vs. LeesMcRae —- 4:30pm - UNCA Men’s Basketball vs. Campbell. $15 reserved/$10 general/$7 children. Both games held in the Justice Center. • TU (11/24), 7pm - UNCA Women’s Basketball vs. Campbell in the Justice Center. $8 reserved/$4 general and children. Women’s Indoor Trainer Sessions • MONDAYS, 6:15pm - Youngblood’s Trainer Sessions. Bring your own trainer; no roller, please. A few indoor trainers will be available for loan/rent ($10). Begin your winter conditioning program. Info: amy@golightlydesigns. com or

Kids Asheville Dance Revolution • SA (11/21), 6:3010pm - Drop your children off for a dance party and enjoy an evening out on the town. Located at 63 Brook St. Refreshments included. $7/$10 for two children. Info: 277-6777. At The Health Adventure Free first Wed. of every month from 3-5pm. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm & Sun., 15pm. $8.50 adults/$7.50 students & seniors/$6 kids 2-11. Program info or to RSVP: 254-6373, ext. 324. Info: • Through SU (1/3) - Explore the good, the bad and the ugly at Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body. Explore why your body produces mushy, oozy, crusty and stinky gunk at this educational exhibition. • THURSDAYS, 10:3011:30am - Preschool Play Date. Interactive fun just for preschoolers led by museum facilitators. Free with admission. • SATURDAYS, 1-2pm Experiment with science during Super Science Saturdays. Featuring hands-on activities led by museum facilitators,

the programs are fun for all ages. Free with admission. For specific activity descriptions or for more info, visit the Web site. • 2nd & 4th MONDAYS, 4-5pm - “My Mom Is Having a Baby.” Help your child prepare to be an older brother or sister with this class. Learn what to expect, how to hold the new baby, and make a special present to hang over the crib. Free with admission. • MO (11/23), Noon1pm - Celebrate the International Year of Astronomy by attending the special unveiling of mural-sized images of the center of the Milky Way as seen by NASA’s Hubble Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-Ray Observatory. Celebration Singers of Asheville Community children’s chorus for ages 7-14. For audition/performance info: 230-5778 or www. • THURSDAYS, 6:307:45pm - Children’s chorus rehearsal at First Congregational Church, 20 Oak St., downtown Asheville. Earth Scouts for Kids Earth Scouts is an environmental education group that is fun and empowering. Kids ages

4 and up learn plant identification, medicine making and earth skills. • THURSDAYS, 6-7pm - Meets at One World Healing Arts Institute, 2 Sulphur Springs Road, Asheville. Parents welcome. $10. Events for Kids at Spellbound Spellbound Children’s Bookshop is located at 19 Wall St., in downtown Asheville. Info: 232-2228 or www. • SA (11/21), 2pm - Author Lois Chazen and illustrator Sundara Fawn, creators of the new picture book Loving Ruby: A True Store, will lead a story time, with free activities and a book signing to follow. For ages 4-10. Haywood County Public Library System The main branch is located at 678 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. The county system includes branches in Canton, Maggie Valley, Fines Creek and Cruso. Info: 452-5169 or www.haywoodlibrary. org. • WEDNESDAYS, 11am - Family story time for children of all ages. We will read books, sing songs, learn finger plays and more.

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Performances for Young People at Diana Wortham Info & tickets: 257-4530 or • WE (11/18), 10am - School Show Series: MOMIX dance company will perform. Recommended for all ages. Info: 257-4544, ext. 307. Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarships • Through FR (11/20) - Interested students are encouraged to apply by contacting their local Rotary Club or by contacting Frank Rutland, District 7670 Youth Exchange Outbound Chair, at fhrutland@ and requesting information and instructions regarding the application process. Info: Visit With Santa Claus • MONDAYS through SATURDAYS, 10am-9pm & SUNDAYS, Noon-6pm - Santa will be at his castle in the Asheville Mall, where he will be available to hear children’s wishes. Plus, Santa Feeds America canned food drive in partnership with MANNA FoodBank. Info:

Spirituality 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)2583229. Faerie Pathway Readings (pd.) Guidance from faeries, guardian angels, and spirit guides to help you rediscover the magic in your life. Faerie workshops also available. (828) 645-2674. Foundation Year Workshop and Information Session (pd.) Saturday, Dec. 5th 2009 from 10am2pm, with 1 hour for brown bag lunch. Abernethy United Methodist Church, 1418 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28806 $25 suggested donation at the door to help us cover the instructor’s travel. Barbara comes to us from Freeport, Maine. For details please contact: Ms.Marie Davis

828-273-5647 or md79397(at) Tuesday Afternoons • Study • Meditation • Great Tree Zen Temple (pd.) Study: 3:30pm • Meditation: 5:30pm. 679 Lower Flat Creek Road, Alexander. Love offering. More information: 6452085 or Asheville Center for Transcendental Meditation Transcend the busy, active mind—effortlessly—for peace, bliss and full awakening of creative intelligence. The most effective, extensively researched meditation. Revitalizes mind/body, relieves worry and anxiety, improves brain functioning. Free Introduction. Info: 254-4350 or www. • WEDNESDAYS, 7:15pm - At the Asheville TM Center, 165 E. Chestnut. Asheville Chaos Magick Clique A discussion group focusing on chaos magick and related themes. Info: ashevillechaosmagickclique@ or 777-9368. • 3rd THURSDAYS, 69pm - Meeting. Call for location. Asheville Satsang With Gangaji Info: 216-7051 or nckristinenelson@yahoo. com. • SUNDAYS, 7pm - Discover true fulfillment. Silent sitting and video satsang with Western spiritual teacher Gangaji. New location at Servanthood House, 156 East Chestnut St., near Greenlife. Awakening Practices Study the works of Eckhart Tolle and put words into action through meditation and discussion. Info: Trey@ • 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - Meets at the EnkaCandler Library meeting room. Buddhist Meditation and Discussion Meets in the space above the French Broad Food Co-op. Suggested donation: $8. Oct./Nov. series: Wisdom, the Great Teacher, a sixweek series on shaping our future. Info: 7795502 or • WE (11/18), 7:15pm - “Real Imagination.”

Celebrate Recovery Christ-centered, biblically based recovery ministry. Weekly fellowship and support meetings deal with real-life issues, including divorce, codependency, anger, control, chemical dependency, sexual addictions, hurtful relationships, eating disorders, depression, and other addictive, compulsive or dysfunctional behaviors. Info: 687-1111. • THURSDAYS, 6pm10pm - Evenings at Biltmore Baptist Church, 35 Clayton Road, Arden. 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: 252-0538 or www. • 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS, 5-6:15pm - Practice group for newcomers and experienced practitioners. Crystal Visions Bookstore Located at 5426 Asheville Hwy., Hendersonville. Info: 687-1193. • FR (11/20), 7-9:30pm - “From The Beatles to Oprah: Celebrating 40+ Years of the Evolution of Consciousness,” a presentation on how all aspects of our culture (our technology, our politics etc.) have contributed to the steady acceleration in the evolution of consciousness. $15. • SA (11/21), 10am5pm - Living in a New Earth. What are the qualities that describe this spirit-centered consciousness? Oneness. Stillness is introduced as the essential element of the new consciousness. Part 2: Cultivating Stillness and embracing simplicity. Part 3: The Global Vision and community involvement. $40.

Hare Krsna Sunday Feast Meets above the French Broad Food Co-op, 90 Biltmore Ave. Info: www. highthinkingsimpleliving. org or 586-3919. • Select SUNDAYS, 6-8pm - An evening of bhajans, class on the Bhagavad-Gita and a vegetarian feast. Everyone welcome. Refer to the website or call for dates. Journey Expansion Team (JET) • THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - An inspiration of James Ray featured on Oprah/The Secret. Join a group of likeminded people who want to share with others The Law Of Vibration and other Universal Laws. Meetings held in Fletcher/Asheville. Info: 329-7145 or kimberlycroteau@yahoo. com. Land of the Sky United Church of Christ Located at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 15 Overbrook Place, in East Asheville. • SUNDAYS, 5-6pm - Women-led, justicefocused, family-friendly, and open to all. Worship with Land of the Sky UCC. An unconditional church. 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. Modern-Day Meditation Class For Young Adults • TUESDAYS, 7:309:30pm - Class. For ages 18-35. Safe space to let down walls, release pent up emotion, get in touch with a truer part of yourself. Free. Info: 301-7892. Mountain Zen Practice Center Ending suffering through the practice of Conscious Compassionate Awareness. Located at 156 E. Chestnut St. Info: 253-4621 or

freewillastrology ARIES (March 21-April 19) “A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. My wish for you, Aries, is that you will have many such days in the coming weeks. In fact, I hope that you will be blessed over and over again with the hair-raising thrill of having your imagination pricked, causing it to half-blossom, half-explode. To get the most out of the fantastic possibilities, set aside any tendency you might have to be a know-it-all, and instead open up your heart’s mind and your mind’s heart as wide and deep as they will go.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

In the beginning of his career, poet Linh Dinh loved to stay up late and write, sometimes riding a creative surge till dawn. The power of the darkness unleashed a stark fertility. He was free to think thoughts that were harder to invoke during the bright hours when hordes of wide-awake people were pouring their chattering thoughts out into the soup. Dinh’s habits changed as he aged, though, in part because he got married and chose to keep more regular hours. But his early imprint has stayed alive inside him. “Now I can write at any time of the day,” he says, “because I always carry the night inside of me.” In accordance with your astrological omens, Taurus, I’m making that your prescription for the coming week: Carry the night inside you during the day.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Mark, a friend of mine who lives in New Jersey, sent an overnight package via UPS to Jerry, a friend of his who lives 30 miles away in Pennsylvania. The delivery arrived on time, so Mark was happy with the service. But in checking the tracking information online, he discovered a curious thing: His package was loaded onto three different airplanes, passed through five different UPS offices, and eventually traveled over a thousand miles in order to arrive at Jerry’s house. I expect there’ll be a comparable scenario in your world, Gemini: A wish will be fulfilled by a very circuitous route.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Strictly speaking — going purely by the astrological omens — I conclude that you would generate amazing cosmic luck if you translated the Beatles’ song “Norwegian Wood” into Punjabi, wore shoes made of 18th-century velvet, or tried out for a Turkish volleyball team. I doubt you’ll get it together to pull off those exotic feats, however, so I’ll also provide some second-best suggestions. You won’t receive quite as much cosmic assistance from doing them, but you’ll still benefit considerably. Here are the back-ups: Begin planning where and when you’ll take a sacred vacation in 2010; meditate on who among your current allies is most likely to help you

expand your world in the next 12 months; decide which of your four major goals is the least crucial to pursue; and do something dramatic to take yourself less seriously.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

The most popular hobby in my home country of America — even more popular than owning guns and pressing lawsuits — is cultivating fears. From agonizing about being lonely to ramping up paranoia about pandemic illnesses to worrying about the collapse of the economy, my fellow citizens love to fret. Outside the U.S., angst accumulation ranks almost as high on the list of pastimes. Luckily, you Leos are less likely to wallow than most of the other signs — especially these days. That’s why I hope you’ll take a leadership role in the coming weeks, when many people will be dipping even deeper than usual into the fetid trough of scaremongering. Please help dispel this trend! Be your most radiant and courageous self — even bigger and brighter than usual.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

An article in the Online Noetics Network profiled the work of Robert Muller, who served as Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations. It said that Muller is “one of the best informed human beings on the planet,” with an “encyclopedic grasp of the facts concerning the state of the world.” And yet Muller doesn’t keep up with the news as it’s reported in the media. Instead, he simply talks to people, either in person as he travels, or on the phone, or through written correspondence. These interactions provide him with all the understanding he needs. I recommend that you try Muller’s approach for a while, Virgo. Assume that you can get all the information you really need by gathering first-hand reports from people about what’s actually happening in their lives.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

I think it’s high time to mess with the tried and true formulas. In order to do the most good for the most people, and to regenerate a wounded and weak part of yourself, you simply must create some cracks in the way things have always been done. You must push beyond your overly safe limits. But wait! Before you plunge ahead, make sure you understand this: If you want to break the rules properly, you’ve got to study them and analyze them and learn them inside out.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

“There’s nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly,” said philosopher Buckminster Fuller. I encourage you to make that your personal motto in the coming weeks, Scorpio. From what I can tell, you are capable of generating a transformation that will look impossible to casual observers. You have the power to change something that everyone said would never change.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Have you resolved every last detail of your unfinished business? Have you tied up the loose ends, flushed out the lingering delusions, and said your final goodbyes to the old ways and old days? “Yes,” you say? You’re absolutely positive? Well then, it is with a deep sense of pleasure and relief that I hereby unbound you and unleash you. You are officially cleared for take-off into the wild blue yonder or the fizzy red vortex or the swirling green amazement, whichever you prefer.

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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

“There is a saying that when the student is ready, the teacher appears,” writes Clarissa Pinkola Estes in her book Women Who Run with the Wolves. But the magic of that formula may not unfold with smooth simplicity, she says: “The teacher comes when the soul, not the ego, is ready. The teacher comes when the soul calls, and thank goodness — for the ego is never fully ready.” I’d love it if the information I just provided encouraged you to feel right at home with the jarring yet nurturing lessons that are on the way.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

In the ancient Greek epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey, the nature of the psyche was portrayed differently from the way it is today. It was understood that people received information directly from the gods — not as vague feelings or abstract guesswork, but rather in the form of actual voices. In other words, divine beings spoke directly to human beings. These days that’s regarded as crazy; witness the incredulous reactions that most smart people had when George W. Bush said God personally told him to invade Iraq. With that as subtext, I’m going to prophesy that a deity will soon have a message for you. Be careful, though. An imposter may also slip you tips that you’d best ignore. How to tell the difference? The real thing won’t make you feel inflated or urge you to cause harm.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

In the coming week, keep a lookout for invisible snakes, pretend ghosts, and illusory dragons. Be prepared to gaze upon gruff displays that are no threat to you and hints of fermenting chaos that will never materialize. In other words, Pisces, your subconscious mind may be prone to conjuring up imaginary problems that have little basis in reality. I exhort you to fling them aside like a superhero brushing off toy monsters.

Homework: Make a guess about what you will be most proud of 15 years from today. Testify at (c) Copyright 2009 Rob Brezsny

Foundation Year in Anthroposophy: January 2010- December 2011 The Foundation Studies Program in Anthroposophy and the Arts allows individuals to gain new perspectives on life and renewed impulses in their own personal and professional work. These courses provide an opportunity for persons interested in deepening their understanding of the sources of Waldorf Education and learning more about Rudolf Steiner’s Science of the Spirit. Courses combining seminar discussion and artistic activity take place in eight weekend sessions, once a month throughout the school year.

Introductory workshop will be held Saturday, December 5th, 2009 For more details, please contact: Marie Davis at 828-273-5647, or Please visit: programs/foundation_studies/when_where • NOVEMBER 18 - NOVEMBER 24, 2009 49

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: 2062009. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Meeting. Psychic Development Class • 2nd & 4th WEDNESDAYS, 78:30pm - Develop your intuition in a stress-free environment. Everyone will have an opportunity to read and to be read. Love donation accepted. Info: 255-8304. Sh’ma Messianic Ministries Messianic studies, Hebrew classes and Davidic dance. Studies for Jews and gentiles. Hebraic roots with biblical and basic Hebrew language. Free. Visit the Web site for updates. Info:, 367-0775 or rabbi@shmaministries. com. • FRIDAYS - Meets in the evenings. 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. • SUNDAYS, 9:30am - Worship —- 10:30am - Fellowship. Lower floor of Morningside Baptist Church, 14 Mineral Springs Road, Asheville. Transmission Meditation Group Join in this group meditation for your own personal spiritual growth, as well as the healing and transformation of the planet. Info: 318-8547. • TUESDAYS, 6:30pm - Meditation for personal and spiritual growth. Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville Located at the corner of Charlotte St. & Edwin Pl.

Info: 254-6001 or www. • SUNDAYS, 9:15am & 11:15am - 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 (11/18), 7pm - “Music, Mystery and Miracles,” an evening with Charlie Thweatt. $15 suggested love offering. • WE (11/25), 7:30pm - Thanksgiving Eve Communion Service. Celebrating gratitude with words and music. A potluck dessert will follow. Bring a sweet to share. Love offering. • TH (11/26), 1pm Thanksgiving Day Feast. Bring a favorite dish to share. Please RSVP. 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: 2525010 or • SUNDAYS, 11am - Spiritual Celebration Service. Windhorse Zen Community Meditation, Dharma talks, private instruction available Tuesday and Thursday evenings, residential training. Teachers: Lawson Sachter and Sunya Kjolhede. Main center: 580 Panther Branch, Alexander. City center: 12 Von Ruck Court. Call for orientation. Info: 645-8001 or • SUNDAYS, 9:30-11am - Meditation, chanting and a Dharma talk. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 7-9pm Meditation and chanting. • FRIDAYS, 5:307:15pm - Meditation and chanting at the City Center. Womyn in Ceremony Join the group for connection, sharing, support, healing

and empowerment. Meets 12 miles NW of Asheville. Info: www. RitesofPassageCouncil. com or Theresa@ RitesofPassageCouncil. com. • SUNDAYS, 4-6pm (through 12/27) Gathering on various Sundays.

Art Gallery Exhibits & Openings This Friday • 5PM-7PM (pd.) Carolina Landscapes with paintings by Wendy Whitson and Karen Weihs is celebrated with an opening reception from 5pm7pm, Friday, November 20, at The Design Gallery, 7 South Main Street, Burnsville, North Carolina. The show runs through January 2. The exhibit showcases the work of two of the area’s favorite artists. For more information call The Design Gallery at (828) 678-9869 or email 16 Patton Gallery hours: Tues.Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., 1-6pm (open on Sun. May-Oct. only). Info: 236-2889 or • SA (11/21) through SA (1/2) - Inspirations, an exhibit by Signe Grushovenko. • SA (11/21), 6-8pm - Opening reception for Inspirations. American Folk Art & Framing The gallery at 64 Biltmore Ave. is open daily, representing contemporary self-taught artists and regional pottery. Info: 281-2134 or • Through MO (11/30) - Oui-Oui Gallery: The theme for Nov. is “Dwellings.” Art at UNCA Art exhibits and events at the university are free, unless otherwise noted. • Through TU (11/24) - Manipulated, an exhibit of gum arabic and monotype prints by Monika Teal will be on display in Blowers Gallery. Info: • Through TU (12/1) - Fibers of Recollection, an installation by UNCA senior Emily Crabtree, will be on display in the Tucker Cooke Gallery.

Arts Council of Henderson County D. Samuel Neill Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 15pm and Sat., 1-4pm. Located at 538 N. Main St., 2nd Floor, Hendersonville. Info: 693-8504 or www. • Through FR (11/20) - The juried and judged exhibit City of Four Seasons in Two Dimensions - Traditions: Henderson County will be on display. Asheville Area Arts Council The Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) is at 11 Biltmore Ave. Info: 2580710 or • Through SU (11/29) - New works by local artists Karen Noel, Stephen Geldner, Carly Dergins and Erin Brethauer, will be on display. Asheville Art Museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 15pm. Admission: $6/$5 students and seniors/ Free for kids under 4. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: 2533227 or • FR (11/20), Noon-1pm - Art Break: Join a member of the curatorial staff for a guided tour of the Ruth Asawa exhibit. Asheville Gallery of Art A co-op gallery representing 28 regional artists located at 16 College St. Hours: Mon.Sat., 10am-5:30pm and Sun.: 1-4pm. Info: 2515796 or • Through MO (11/30) Diversity, a collection of mixed-media creations by Bill Weldner. Bella Vista Art Gallery Located in Biltmore Village, next to the parking lot of Rezaz’s restaurant. Open daily. Info: 768-0246 or www. • Through MO (11/30) New paintings by August Hoerr. Feature wall artist Nathaniel Galka. Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center The center is located at 56 Broadway, and preserves the legacy of the Black Mountain College through permanent collections, educational activities and public programs. Info: 350-8484,

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or • FR (11/20) through SA (2/6) - Past Presence, an exhibition exploring five important aspects of the Black Mountain College story. • FR (11/20), 6-9pm - Opening reception for Past Presence featuring presentations by Martha and Basil King, who attended Black Mountain College as teenagers in the ‘50s. $3 for nonmembers. Blue Spiral 1 The gallery at 38 Biltmore Ave. is open Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm. Info: 251-0202 or www. • Through TH (12/31) - Fall Salon: Sculptural glass, abstract paintings and curvilinear mixedmedia wall installations from six regional artists —- Ceramic sculpture and textiles by Heather Allen-Swarttouw —Paintings by Taiyo la Paix —- Wood-Fired Clay: Contemporary approaches to a time-honored tradition by several artists —- Basketry by Carole Hetzel, Deborah Muhl and Lee Sipe. Exhibits at the Turchin Center Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is at 423 West King St. in Boone. Info: 2623017 or • Through SA (1/16) - Plastic Flame Press, the exhibit presents a progression of designer Chris Williams’ work —- African Vailet: Olivia “Holly” Pendergast —- SAQA: 12 Voices, a traveling exhibit of the Studio Art Quilt Association. • Through SA (2/6) - 225 F: Encaustic Encounters, featuring encaustic paintings —Collective Dialogues: New work from The Collective on Depot —Brush & Palette: Artists Unmasked, a representation of the Brush and Palette Art Club members’ works. Forever Gallery 98 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville. Info: 2361681. • Through SA (11/28) - Art viewing of lowbrow, traditional, graphic design. Grovewood Gallery Located at 111 Grovewood Road,

Asheville. Info: 2537651 or • Through TH (12/31) New fiber-art wall hangings by LINT (Ladies in New Textiles) will be on display. Haen Gallery Located at 52 Biltmore Ave., downtown Asheville. Hours: Mon.Fri., 10am-6pm, Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., Noon-5pm. Info: 2548577 or • Through MO (11/30) The Art of Photography, an exhibition of works by Kathryn Kolb. 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 www. • WE (11/18) through SA (1/2) - It’s A Small, Small Work, an exhibition of artwork 12 inches or smaller by WNC artists. • SU (11/22), Noon5pm - Opening reception for It’s A Small, Small Work, held in conjunction with downtown Waynesville’s holiday open house. Montreat College’s Hamilton Gallery Located on the mezzanine level of L. Nelson Bell Library on the campus of Montreat College. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9am4pm. Info: 669-8012 ext. 3641. • Through FR (11/20) - A Child’s Heaven, an exhibition by Montreat senior Stephanie Routh, will be on display. Odyssey Gallery Exhibits work by Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts instructors and residents. Located at 236 Clingman Ave. in Asheville’s River Arts District. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm; Sat., 10am-6pm & Sun., Noon-6pm. Info: 2850210 or • Through TH (12/24) - Resident Clay, featuring works by Amanda Humphreys, Jaclyn Jednak, Patty Bilbro, Leslie Hinton, Beth Bond and Alex Irvine. Pack Place Gallery

Located at 2 S. Pack Place Square. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Info: 257-4530. • TU (11/24) through WE (12/2) - The WNC AIDS Project will be displaying portions of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Phil Mechanic Studios Located at 109 Roberts St. on the corner of Clingman Ave. in the River Arts District. Houses Flood Gallery, Pump Gallery and Nook Gallery. Info: • Through SA (11/28) - Beyond Body, a collection of monoprints by Linda Larsen, will be on display in Pump Gallery. Push Skate Shop & Gallery Located at 25 Patton Ave. between Stella Blue and the Kress Building. Info: 225-5509 or www. • Through TU (12/15) I Used to Be an Animal: paintings, sculpture and more by Kimberly Turley and Ted Harper. Studio B A framing studio and art gallery at 1020 Merrimon Ave., Suite 104. Hours: Tues.-Fri. 10am-5:30pm & Sat. 10am-3pm. Info: 2255200, (800) 794-9053, studiob4422@bellsouth. net or • TH (11/19), 5:307:30pm - Studio B will celebrate its 3rd anniversary in Asheville by debuting the first giclee prints of the painting “Mulchen” by equine artist Patricia Ramos Alcayaga in cooperation with Douglas Stewart of Asheville Fine Art Services. The ARCH Architectural Accents & Gallery Located at 1020 Merrimon Ave., Suite 103, Asheville. Info: 253-5455. • TH (11/19), 5:307:30pm - Reception for textile artist Jean McGrew and woodworker Tom Hoxie. Refreshments will be served. Upstairs Artspace Contemporary nonprofit gallery at 49 S. Trade St. in Tryon. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-5pm and by appointment. Info: 859-2828 or www. • Through TH (12/24) - The Spiritual Image in Contemporary Art and

Presents of Art will be on display. Vadim Bora Gallery At 30 1/2 Battery Park Ave. Hours: Tues.-Sat., Noon-6pm (sometimes later) and by appointment. Info: 254-7959 or www.vadimborastudio. com. • Through TH (12/3) - Metamorphosis, sixth annual group exhibit of Mountain Sculptors. Info: 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: 227-2553 or www.fineartmuseum. • Through SA (12/5) - Worldviews, selections from the permanent collection and new acquisitions featuring works by regional, national and international artists. • TU (11/17) through SA (11/21) - Britney Carroll - School of Art & Design Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition.

More Art Exhibits & Openings A-B Tech Events Info: • Through FR (12/18) The Face of Appalachia: Portraits From the Mountain Farm, a photography exhibit by Tim Barnwell, will be on display in the Holly Library gallery. 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: 665-2492 or www. • Through MO (2/22) - Celebrating Rivers and Streams, paintings by Sue Sweterlitsch will be on display in the Education Center, 2nd floor. • SA (11/14) through SU (1/3) - Building Small: American Folk Art Houses and Structures will be on display in the Baker Center. Center For Craft, Creativity and Design Located at the Kellogg Conference Center, 11 Broyles Road. in Hendersonville. Info:

890-2050 or www. craftscreativitydesign. org. • Through FR (12/11) - Different Tempers: Jewelry & Blacksmithing, an exhibit featuring the works of 14 nationally known metalsmiths. Events at First Congregational United Church of Christ Located at 20 Oak St., Asheville. • Through MO (11/23) - Our Saints of God will be on display. f/32 Photography Group Info:

• Through MO (1/4) - An exhibit by the members of this fine photography group will be held at Deerpark on the Biltmore Estate. Grand Bohemian Gallery Located at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Biltmore Village, 11 Boston Way. Info: www. bohemianhotelasheville. com or 505-2949. • SA (11/21) through SU (12/27) - An exhibition of landscapes of the N.C. mountains as well as scenes of the French countryside by renowned French painter

Jean Claude Roy will be on display. • SA (11/21), 5:308:30pm - Artist reception for Jean Claude Roy.

Voorhees Family Art Show & Sale • SA (11/21), 10am5pm & SU (11/22), Noon-5pm - A collection of paintings and artwork by Voorhees family members will be on exhibit at 123 Norwood Ave. Info: 697-7719 or www.handinhandgallery. com.

Classes, Meetings & Arts-Related Events Attention Artists and Photographers! (pd.) Need your work Captured, Reproduced, or Printed? Digital Resolutions Group specializes in high-quality large format digital photography, outstanding fine art reproduction and printing. (828) 670-5257 or visit Odyssey Center For Ceramic Arts: 9 Week Winter Classes

(pd.) Winter classes offered in wheelthrowing, handbuilding, and sculpture beginning January 11 • Great holiday present, gift certificates available • Registration: (828) 285-0210 • Information: www.highwaterclays. com Asheville NC Homecrafts • FRIDAYS, 5:30-7pm Sit and Knit at the Grove Arcade, 1 Page Ave., Suite 134. Info: 3507556 or Buncombe County Extension Center Events

Located at 94 Coxe Ave., Asheville. Info: 255-5522. • TH (11/19), 2pm - “Chrismons.” Make Christian symbols that are often used to decorate Christmas trees during Advent and Christmas. Participants will need to bring a small terry towel, small needle-nose pliers or nail clip for cutting wire and scissors. $8. Courtyard Gallery An eclectic art and performance space located at 9 Walnut St. in downtown Asheville.

Info: 273-3332 or www. • SUNDAYS, 7-10pm Free Open Studio Night. Bring sketchbooks, canvas, easel, drawing board and art supplies. Work in the medium of your choice in a relaxed setting. Still life and occasional portrait modeling. Free coffee and tea. Info: 707-1859. Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Classes are held at the studio, 999 W. Old Rt. 70, Black Mountain. Info: com or

• THURSDAYS, Noon3pm - Experimental Art Group. Experimental learning and sharing water-media techniques and collage. $20 for four sessions or $6/session. • MONDAYS, Noon-3pm - Open studio for portrait painting. Small fee for model. • TUESDAYS (through 11/24) - Art with Lorelle Bacon. Adults 1-3pm and youth 3:30-5pm. All levels welcome. $15/class. Registration required. WNC Fibers/ Handweavers Guild • NOVEMBER 18 - NOVEMBER 24, 2009 51

All are welcome to meetings. Info: 877-3033 or • SA (11/21), 10am - A business meeting will be followed by the Winter Project presentation, a tour of the Heritage Weavers facility and a potluck lunch. At Historic Johnson Farm, 3346 Haywood Rd., Hendersonville.

Art/Craft Fairs Annual Holiday Crafts Fair at UUCA • SA (11/21), 10am-4pm - A varied selection of local hand-crafted works, fiber art and photography will be on sale at the 12th annual Holiday Crafts Fair at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, 1 Edwin Pl. Plus, home-baked goodies and coffee. Christmas in Big Ivy • SA (11/21), 9am-3pm - Country crafts show and sale. Handmade items in clay, wood, fiber and more. Light breakfast and lunch available. Free admission with donation of canned item. At the Big Ivy Community Center, 540 Dillingham Rd., Barnardsville. Decidedly Different Fall Craft Show • SA (11/21) & SU (11/22), 10am-4pm - Held at the National Guard Armory in Hendersonville. The craft show will feature the work of 45 juried artisans. $2/ Free for children under 12. Info: 674-3200. Holiday Shopping Extravaganza • TU (11/17) through SU (11/22) - Asheville Art Museum’s annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza in Pack Place Community Gallery. Work by local artists, jewelry, children’s books, games and more. Book signings by local authors Nov. 20-22, and cocktails from 5-7pm Nov. 20. Info: 2533227.

Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 South Caldwell St. in Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4 pm. Info: 884-2787 or • WE (11/18) through FR (12/18) - Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Sale. Vance Holiday Craft Explosion • SU (11/22), Noon-5pm - The second annual Vance Holiday Craft Explosion will take place at Vance Elementary School, 98 Sulphur Springs Road in W. Asheville. Support Vance and start your holiday shopping with local crafters. Info: 350-6600. WNC Holiday Market • SA (11/21), 9am-6pm - The WNC Holiday Market will be held at the Doubletree Hotel, 115 Hendersonville Rd., near Biltmore Village in Asheville. More than 20 vendors will be showing their products, crafts and services. Admission is free.

Spoken & Written Word Asheville Gay Men’s Book Club • WE (11/18), 7:30-9pm - Meeting. My Lives, An Autobiography by Edmund White will be discussed at the home of Bob Tomasulo and Mike Dipaola, 3 North Valley Dr., Weaverville. Info: Ashevillegaymensbookclub 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 FV = Fairview Library (1 Taylor Road, 250-6484)

n LE = Leicester Library (1561 Alexander Road, 250-6480) n SS = Skyland/South Buncombe Library (260 Overlook Road, 250-6488) n SW = Swannanoa Library (101 West Charleston Street, 250-6486) • WE (11/18), 5-7pm - Library Knitters meet. SW —- 3-6pm Library Knitters meet. SS. • TH (11/19), 2pm - Book Club: Astrid and Veronika by Linda Olssen. SS —- 7:30pm - Book Club: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. FV. • SA (11/21), 3:30-4:30pm - Teen open mic. Call all poets, singers, drummers, actors and lovers of the limelight. For ages 11-18. EA. • TU (11/24), 6:30-8pm - Knit and crochet group meets. LE —Library Knitters meet. BM. Events at Downtown Books & News Located at 67 North Lexington Ave. Info: 253-8654. • FR (11/20), 7pm - The Juniper Bends Reading Series, featuring Lori Horvitz, Antonio Del Toro, Tamiko Ambrose Murray, Shad Marsh, M. Owens and Mesha Maren. Events at Malaprop’s The bookstore and cafe at 55 Haywood St. hosts visiting authors for talks and book signings. Info: 254-6734 or www. • TH (11/19), 5:30pm - Women on Words: a poetry group for women —- 7pm - Join the creative team behind the Freaks of Asheville Calendar as they present the story of this work that showcases some of Asheville’s most eclectic cultural creatives. • FR (11/20), 7pm - Local historian George Ellison and artist

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Elizabeth Ellison will present Horace Kephart’s “lost” novel Smoky Mountain Magic. • SA (11/21), 3pm - Food and travel journalists Matt and Ted Lee will sign copies of their cookbook Simple Fresh Southern —- 7pm - Canton author George Ivey will read from and sign copies of his book Up River: A Novel of Attempted Restoration. • SU (11/22), 3pm - Asheville author Peggy Tabor Millin will present her book Women, Writing, and Soul-Making: Creativity and the Sacred Feminine. For Accomplished Asheville Writers Seeking other serious writers for critique group. Mostly fiction and nonfiction. Info: 658-8217. • Alternate THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Group meets. Haywood County Public Library System The main branch is located at 678 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. The county system includes branches in Canton, Maggie Valley, Fines Creek and Cruso. Info: 452-5169 or • WEDNESDAYS, 1:30pm - Ready 4 Learning. A story time designed for 4 and 5 year olds with a focus on kindergarten readiness. This story time runs Sept.-May. • THURSDAYS, 11am - Movers & Shakers. This story time for active 2-3 year olds incorporates dance, physical activity, songs and ageappropriate books. • TUESDAYS, 11am - Family story time at the Fines Creek Branch Library. We will read books, tell stories, learn songs and finger plays, and do a simple craft. Info: 627-0146. • TUESDAYS, 11:15am - Family story time for children of all ages at the Canton Branch Library. We will read books, listen to songs,

and learn finger plays. Info: 6482924. Henderson County Public Library System Unless otherwise stated, all events take place in Kaplan Auditorium of the main branch library, located at 301 N. Washington St. in Hendersonville. The county system includes branches in Edneyville, Etowah, Fletcher and Green River. Info: 697-4725 or www.henderson.lib. • TH (11/19), 4pm - Local suspense author Sallie Bissell will give a presentation along with some special guests, an owl and a hawk, presented by Mary Beth Bryman and Susie Wright of Wild for Life, a bird and mammal rescue organization. Madison County Arts Council Events MCAC is located at 90 S. Main St. in Marshall. Info: 649-1301 or • SU (11/22) 3pm - Rob Amberg will discuss his book of photographs I-26 and the Footprints of Progress In Appalachia, which focuses on the the construction of interstate 26 through Madison County. Free. Osondu Booksellers All events are held at Osondu, 184 North Main St., Waynesville, unless otherwise noted. Info: 4568062 or www.osondubooksellers. com. • SA (11/21), 11am - Ann Fariello will discuss her book Cherokee Basketry From the Hands of our Elders —- 3pm - Meet the Author: Brian Lee Knopp, author of Mayhem in Mayberry. Talks & Presentations at WCU These public lectures, readings and events at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee are free

unless otherwise noted. Info: 227-2303. • TH (11/19), 7:30pm - WNC Read-for-All: Dorothy Allison will discuss and sign copies of her novel Bastard Out of Carolina at the A.K. Hinds University Center Theater. Rob Neufeld of the Asheville Citizen-Times will act as emcee. Tellabration! • SU (11/22), 3pm - An international celebration of storytelling. This annual observance is a means of building grassroots community support for the ageold art of storytelling. The local event is held at the Folk Art Center. $5. Info: 658-4151 or 777-9177. Tuesday Morning Poems • TUESDAYS, 8:30-8:50am - Meditation —- 8:50-9:20am - Poetry reading. Introduce meditation and poetry into your week. Plus, Laura Hope-Gill will read selections from The Soul Tree. Held at 84 N. Lexington Ave. $5 suggested donation for Wordfest. Info: Writers’ Workshop Events WW offers a variety of classes and events for beginning and experienced writers. Info: 2548111 or • Through MO (11/30) - Deadline for the 21st Annual Memoirs Competition. $20 entry fee. • Through MO (11/30) - Deadline for “Changing My World Essay Contest.” $5 reading fee.

Festivals & Gatherings Asheville Holiday Parade • SA (11/21), 11am - The Asheville Holiday Parade 2009: “Our Appalachian Holidays.” This year’s Grand Marshals • NOVEMBER 18 - NOVEMBER 24, 2009 53

are David Holt and Laura Boosinger. If you can’t be at the parade, you can watch it on Thanksgiving and Christmas morning on WLOS-Channel 13.

Asheville Transgender Remembrance Weekend • FR & SA (11/20 & 21) - Asheville Transgender Remembrance Weekend is a memorial for those who have been lost. It is a call to all members of the community to step out from behind fear and to be proud of the gift of transgender. Info: atrw. or 6693889.

Black Mountain Holiday Market • SA (11/21), 10am2pm - The market will feature local food, produce, pasture-raised meats and pies perfect for a Thanksgiving feast. There will be unique gifts from local artisans and craft vendors. Plus, treats, coffee, cider and musical entertainment. Holiday Events at Grove Park Inn Located at 290 Macon Ave. in Asheville. Info:

252-2711 or www. • WE (11/18) through SU (1/3) - Entries from the 17th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition will be on display. Community viewing is Mon.-Thurs., 10am-10pm. Holiday Events at the Grove Arcade Info: www.grovearcade. com. • WE (11/18) through SU (1/3) - Thirty-five houses from the annual National Gingerbread House Competition will be on display.

Holiday Market • SATURDAYS (11/21 through 12/19), 9am1pm - Holiday market indoors at Fiddlesticks in Mars Hill. Marion Christmas Parade • SU (11/22), 3pm - Parade in downtown Marion. The parade theme this year is “Hometown Christmas.” Info: 652-2215.

Music African Drumming With Billy Zanski at Skinny Beats Drum Shop, 4 Eagle St., down-

town Asheville. Drums provided. No experience necessary. Suggested donation $10 per class. Drop-ins welcome. Info: 768-2826. • WEDNESDAYS, 6-7pm - Beginners. • SUNDAYS, 1-2pm Intermediates —- 2-3pm - Beginners. Asheville Lyric Opera All performances take place at Diana Wortham Theater. Tickets: 2574530. Info: 236-0670 or • FR (11/20), 7:309:30pm - “Christmas Concert,” enjoy music

for the holiday season. $15 and up. Black Mountain Center for the Arts Musical Events Located at 225 West State St. in Black Mountain. Info: 669-0930 or www. • SU (11/22), 3pm - Black Mountain Youth Chorale will present its annual fall concert. $5 donation/$15 per family. Black Mountain Drum Circle • SATURDAY, 7-11pm - Held at Ja-Vin, 115 Black Mountain Ave.



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All ages and skill levels welcome. A one-hour beginners class will be followed by an open circle. Free. Country, Bluegrass and More • 1st & 3rd SATURDAYS, 7pmuntil - At the Woodfin Community Center. Alcohol and smoke-free, family-friendly. Free admission. Snack bar available. Bands welcome. Info: 505-4786. 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 at First United Methodist Church, 566 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. Hendersonville Chorale Concert At First Baptist Church in Hendersonville. Info: 696-4968. • FR (11/20) & SA (11/21), 4pm - Winter concert. $10/$5 children. Jazz Composers Forum Concerts Tickets & info: 252-2257 or • TH (11/19), 7pm - All Chick Band and the music of Chick Corea. Bill Gerhardt, piano and keyboard; Mike Holstein, bass; Justin Watt, drums; Aimee Sullivan, soprano sax. At the Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, 123 Kenilworth Road. $20/$10 for students. Madison County Arts Council Events MCAC is located at 90 S. Main St. in Marshall. Info: 649-1301 or www. • FR (11/20) - Live music by David Holt and the Lightning Bolts will be performed at the newly renovated Ebbs Chapel School. $20. Music at Mars Hill College Info: 689-1239 or www. • TH (11/19), 7:30pm - The Brass and Wind Chamber Ensembles will perform a recital in Broyhill Chapel. • MO (11/23), 7:30pm - The Percussion Ensemble will perform a concert in Moore Auditorium. Music at UNCA

Concerts are held in Lipinsky Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Tickets & info: 2325000. • TH (11/19), 7:30pm - The UNCA Percussion Ensemble will perform in concert. $5/Free for students. Info: 251-6432. • SU (11/22), 4pm - The UNCA Chamber Symphony will perform in concert. $5/Free for students. Song O’ Sky Chorus (Sweet Adelines International) The chorus is always looking for women 18+ who want to learn how to sing barbershop harmony. Please visit a rehearsal. Info: 1-866824-9547 or • MONDAYS, 6:308:30pm - Holiday Harmony. Learn how to sing selected holiday songs. With only four easy sessions, you will be ringing chords like a pro. Registration recommended. $20/$15/$10. St. Matthias Musical Performances These classical music concerts take place at St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Asheville, 1 Dundee St. (off South Charlotte). Info: 2520643. • SU (11/22), 3pm - Soprano Amanda L. Horton will present a recital of art songs and arias. Dr. Jim Baumgartner will be the piano accompanist. A free-will offering will be taken for the artists and the restoration of the historic church. Weaverville Music Study Club Programs are free and open to the public. Info: 645-5798. • FR (11/20), 7pm Free program by Marie D’Andrea, cellist, at the First Baptist Church, Weaverville Fellowship Hall.

Theater Asheville Community Theatre All performances are at 35 East Walnut St. Info & reservations: 254-1320 or www.ashevilletheatre. org. • FR (11/20) through SU (12/6) - The Hallelujah Girls, a joyful comedy about the feisty women of Eden Falls, will be performed. Fri. and Sat., 7:30pm with Sun. matinees at 2:30pm.

Events at Montreat College Events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. • FRIDAYS (11/13) through SATURDAYS (11/21) - The Fine Arts Department presents The Little Prince performed in Gaither Chapel. Fri., 7:30pm and Sat., 1:30pm. $8 adults/$5 children/Free for Montreat students. Flat Rock Playhouse The State Theater of North Carolina is on Hwy. 225, 3 miles south of Hendersonville. Info: 693-0731 or • TH (11/19) through SU (11/29) - YouTheatre presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the story of how an unruly bunch of siblings help everyone else rediscover the meaning of Christmas. $15/$8 students. Thur. through Sat., 7:30pm with Sat. & Sun., matinees at 2:15pm. Free Acting Workshop • WEDNESDAYS through (11/18), 78:30pm - Come to a free acting workshop as part of Homeward Bound’s Community Performance Project. At Central United Methodist Church, Haywood Street Campus, 297 Haywood St., Asheville. Info: 7682456 or bbinfo@hbofa. org. Hendersonville Little Theatre Located at the Barn on State St., between Kanuga and Willow Roads in Hendersonville. $14/$8 or $18/$10 for musicals. Info: 6921082 or • FRIDAYS (11/20) through SUNDAYS (12/6) - The Lion in Winter, a fictional account of the war of words waged between King Henry II and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine. Fri. and Sat., 8:30pm with Sun. matinees at 2 pm. Play Reading With Community Discussion • TH (11/19), 2:306:30pm - Reading of Just Home in the Mountains, based on stories gathered by local residents, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St., Asheville. Following, the audience will be invited to give feedback. Info: 768-2456.

Theater at Blue Ridge Community College Performances are held in Patton Auditorium at BRCC, Flat Rock. Tickets & info: 694-1849 or • WE (11/18) through SU (11/22) - The Drama Department presents Macbeth. A lecture titled “Macbeth: Myth and Reality” will precede each show. Wed. through Sat., lecture at 7:30pm; show at 8pm and Sun., lecture at 2:30pm; show at 3pm. Theater at UNCA Performances take place in Lipinsky Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. • WE (11/18) through SU (11/22) - TheatreUNCA presents And a Child Shall Lead in the Carol Belk Theatre. $10/$8 seniors/$5 students. Wed. through Sat., 8pm and Sun., 2pm. Warren Wilson Theater Performances are held in Kittredge Theater on the Warren Wilson College campus. Tickets & info: 771-3040 or • SA (11/21), 8-11pm - FluxNight, a night of Fluxus visual art and performance with scores and structures composed by Yoko Ono, Kenneth Friedman, Willem de Ritter, George Brecht, Cecil Touchon and original work by Alexander Jacobs. Free.

Film Film at UNCA Info: 232-5024. • TH (11/19), 7-9pm Film screening of Fresh, a documentary about individuals who are transforming the food system. A brief panel discussion will follow. Held in the Highsmith Union Grotto. Free. Southern Circuit Tour The nation’s only regional tour of independent filmmakers, providing communities with an interactive way of experiencing independent film. Films will be shown in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center on the WCU campus. Free. Info: or 227-3622. • TH (11/19) - Flying on One Engine will be shown.

Dance Asheville Ballroom & Dance Centre • Learn to Dance! (pd.) Groups and Privates available. For more information call (828) 274-8320. www. Argentine Tango Dancers of all levels welcome. Info: www. • 1st & 3rd SATURDAYS, 7:3010pm - Argentine Tango Milongas (Social Dance) at Filo Pastries, 1155 Tunnel Rd. $5 for members/$6 for nonmembers. • SUNDAYS (except 1st), 7-10pm - Argentine Tango Practica at North Asheville Recreation Center, 37 E. Larchmont Rd. $5 for members/$6 for non-members. Asheville Jewish Community Center Events The JCC is located at 236 Charlotte St., Asheville. Info: 2530701. • WEDNESDAYS, 78pm - Beginning folk dance lessons. Families especially welcome —- 8-9:30pm - Not-sobeginning folk dance lessons. Led by instructor Erik Bendix and other guest teachers. $4 members/$6 public. Info: or 450-1670. Butoh Dance Workshop • SA (11/21), 1-4pm - Taught by Julie Becton Gillum at Warren Wilson College’s Bryson Gym. $30. Info: 683-1377 or Classes at Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre Classes are by donation and on a drop-in basis. Classes are held at the New Studio of Dance, 20 Commerce St. in downtown Asheville. Info: or 254-2621. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 6-7:30pm - Adult Modern. • TUESDAYS, 6-7:30pm - Adult Ballet. Dance at Diana Wortham Theatre Tickets & info: 257-4530 or • TU & WE (11/17 & 18), 8-10pm - MOMIX: ReMIX. MOMIX’s dancerillusionists present works of inventiveness and physical beauty, conjuring up a world of surrealistic images using props, light, shadow,

humor and the human body. Dance Events at ASU Performances take place at Appalachian State University’s Farthing Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Ticket prices increase at the door on show nights. Info: (800) 841ARTS(2787) or www. • TH (11/19), 8pm - MOMIX, a company of dancer-illusionists, will perform. Advance tickets are $20 adults/$18 seniors/$10 students. Donation Classes at Asheville Dance Revolution Sponsored by The Cultural Development Group. At 63 Brook St. Info: 277-6777 or ashevilledancerevolution@ • TUESDAYS, 8-9:15pm - Beginning/Intermediate Adult Jazz. • FRIDAYS, 4-5pm - Boys Dance Combo Class. This is for boys interested in dance. The class touches on all styles of dance for the male dancer —- 67:30pm - African dance with Sarah Yancey featuring live drumming. Open to all. $14. Hunab Kru Dance Studio The studio is devoted to the art commonly known as break dancing. Located at 4 Business Park Circle, Arden. Info: 215-3159 or • MONDAYS through SUNDAYS - B-boy and b-girl classes will be offered throughout the week for children ages 5-9, ages 10 and up, and for adults. $15 for drop-in classes/$5 open floor sessions. Info: 654-7890. 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 • MONDAYS, 5:30pm Women’s Garland practice held at Reid Center for Creative Art. Southern Lights SDC A nonprofit squaredance club. Square dancing is friendship set to music. Info: 625-9969 or 698-4530. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Class in Western-style

square dancing at the Stoney Mountain Activity Center in Hendersonville. • SA (11/21) - “Sadie Hawkins Dance” at the Whitmire Activity Building, Lily Pond Road, Hendersonville. Wear a “Dogpatch” outfit to bring back Al Capps’ creation of Sadie. Early advanced dance at 6pm. Early rounds at 7pm. Squares and rounds at 7:30pm. Studio Zahiya Classes Classes are held at Studio Zahiya, 41 Carolina Lane. $12 dropin. $40 for four classes, with other discounts available. Info: 242-7595 or LisaZahiya@gmail. com. • THURSDAYS, 5:306:30pm - Beginner belly dance for youth ages 12-16 —- 6:30-7:30pm - Bhangra! East Indian high-energy dance. • SATURDAYS, 1011:15am - Intro to Odissi classical Indian dance classes with Sara Sathya. $13 drop-in. • MONDAYS, 6-7:15pm - Beginner foundations and fusions of Indian dance classes with Sara Sathya. $13 drop-

in. Info: 989-7719 or • TUESDAYS, 6-7pm - Beginner belly dance —- 7:10-8:10pm - Drills and skills. Swing Asheville Info:, 301-7629 or dance@swingasheville. com. • TUESDAYS, 6-7pm - Beginner swing dance lessons. Lindy Hop style. $10/person per week for a 4-week series. No partner necessary. Let your inner dancer out. 11 Grove St, downtown Asheville. Class series starts the first Tuesday of every month.

Auditions & Call to Artists Annual Mountain Xpress Holiday Art Contest Have your holidaythemed artwork appear in color inside one of Xpress’ holiday guides (Dec. 2, 9 & 16) and/ or be on display at Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre’s downtown studio in Dec. Info: mdalton@mountainx. com.

• Through FR (11/20) - Create holiday-inspired art within a squarish space (9.5” H x 10/25” W) and keep the colors bright. Include name, address, phone, age (if under 18) and parent or guardian’s name (if applicable) with submission. Send or hand deliver art to: 2 Wall St., Asheville, N.C., 28801. Auditions for Just Home in the Mountains • FR (11/20), 3-6pm - Auditions for this local play about residents of the Asheville area will be held at the Haywood Street Campus of Central United Methodist Church, 297 Haywood St., Asheville. Info: 7682456. Call for Entries for the Black MountainSwannanoa Parade • Through MO (11/30) - Applications should be completed and submitted to the Black MountainSwannanoa Chamber office. $10 entry fee. For applictions: e-mail or download it from The parade will be Dec. 5. Info: 669-2300.

Call to Artists for Flat Rock Playhouse Craft Show • Through TU (12/1) - Artist application deadline for the first Flat Rock Playhouse Craft Show to be held in May. A juried show of fine, contemporary craft. $20 jury fee. Applications can be downloaded at www.flatrockplayhouse. org Join Fletcher’s Christmas Parade • Through FR (12/4) - Be a part of Fletcher’s 21st annual Christmas Parade on Dec. 12. This year’s theme: “I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas.” For entry forms and rules: or 6870751.

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As I was leaving you was just getting there. I looked up at you I thought maybe you had looked to. Trying to keep up with my babies I looked one more time just to see and then we both smiled and went on, in times like that I wish they was just a pause in time where everything just stop and then me and you stop to talk. But today it didnt happen that way next time I will just drop all my bags in front of your if you read this and you feel the same get back to me.

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newsoftheweird Lead story The first line of “defense” at the 400 Iraqi police checkpoints in Baghdad are small wands with antennas that supposedly detect explosives, but which U.S. officials say are about as useful as Ouija boards. The Iraqi official in charge, Maj. Gen. Jehad al-Jabiri, is so enamored of the devices, according to a November New York Times dispatch, that when American experts repeatedly showed the rods’ failures in test after test, he blamed the results on testers’ lack of “training.” The Iraqi government has purchased 1,500 of the ADE 651s from its manufacturer, ATSC Ltd. of the UK, at prices ranging from $16,000 to $60,000 each. The suicide bombers who killed 155 in downtown Baghdad on Oct. 25 passed two tons of explosives through at least one ADE-651-equipped checkpoint.

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• Many mixed-race (“coloured”) teenage boys in Cape Town, South Africa, secure their ethnic identity by having several upper front teeth removed, according to an October dispatch in London’s Daily Telegraph. A University of Cape Town professor said fashion and peer pressure were primary motives for creating the toothgap, and not the popular myth among outsiders that coloureds do it to facilitate oral sex. (The ritual includes fitting dentures for the gap just in case, to give the boys flexibility.) • What a Difference a Day Makes: (1) Charles Wesley Mumbere, 56, was a longtime nurse’s aide at a nursing home in Harrisburg, Pa., until July, when the Ugandan government recognized the separatist Rwenzururu territory founded in 1962 by Mumbere’s late father. In October, Mumbere returned to his native country as king of the region’s 300,000 subjects. (2) Jigme Wangchuk, 11, was a student at St. Peter’s School in Boston when he was enthroned in November by a Buddhist sect in India’s Darjeeling district as its high priest, covering territory extending to neighboring Nepal and Bhutan. He will live in seclusion in his monastery, except for contact with Facebook friends he made while in Boston. • An unprecedented toilet-building spree has

taken hold in India over the last two years, spurred by a government campaign embraced by young women: “No Toilet, No Bride” (i.e., no marriage unless the male’s dowry includes indoor plumbing). About 665 million people in India lack access to toilets, according to an October Washington Post dispatch. • Tradition: (1) The town of Waiau, New Zealand, had once again planned an annual rabbit-carcass-tossing contest, to a chorus of complaints from animal rights activists concerned that children not associate dead animals with fun. (In New Zealand, rabbits are crop-destroying pests, doing an estimated NZ$22 million (US$16 million) damage annually, but nonetheless, the town canceled the contest.) (2) As the Irish Parliament debated whether to lower the blood-alcohol reading that would earn drivers a DUI charge, legislator Mattie McGrath begged colleagues to keep the current, more generous standards: “(Modest drinking) can make people who are jumpy on the road, or nervous, be more relaxed.”

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• “Bonnet books” are a “booming new subcategory of the romance genre,” reported The Wall Street Journal in September, describing “Grated” Amish love stories that sell well among outside readers but have found an even more avid audience among Amish women themselves. The typical best-seller is by a non-Amish writer, perhaps involving a woman inside the community who falls in love with an outsider. In one book described by the Journal, the lovers “actually kiss a couple of times in 326 pages.” • More Sharia Weirdness: (1) The radical Islamist group Al Shabaab in Somalia recently began accosting and beating robed women whose bras made their breasts (even though covered) look too provocative. One mother told Reuters in October that police told her that any “firm(ness)”

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Waste not, want not, or polar bears are awesome and so are you Since this is the Green Living issue, I’m tackling the subject of living sustainably. And explaining why both polar bears and you are awesome. I often dish about saving the earth. But really, I’m talking about saving us — homo sapiens sapiens. And saving the polar bears — because they’re awesome. Earth’s been around for billions of years (like 4.5 billion). We’ve only been around for maybe 200,000 years. The earth’s not going anywhere. But climate change could end our time here — leaving the world floating desolately through space. Ruled by cockroaches. Which are less awesome than polar bears. Or than you (unless you’re one of those people who like to leave nasty comments on my columns. You people are less awesome than polar bears).

But really, the reason not to waste stuff like water and electricity and hand lotion and burn oil that warms the atmosphere and makes ice melt in the Arctic and causes polar bears to starve, is because it’s the right thing to do. As Grandpa used to say, “Waste not, want not” (this saying, or proverb, has been traced back to at least 1772). Why would you throw something away that can be recycled or remade into something useful? (Dad, I’m talking to you here). Why would you leave the water running in the sink if you’re not using it? Why would you leave lights on in rooms when no one’s at home? And why would you kill a polar bear unless he’s threatening to eat you? Because it’s wasteful. And wasting, whether it’s money or resources or time or polar bear life, is wrong.

We know this already. This is what our parents taught us, what their parents taught them, what we teach our kids. We learned it. We teach it. But we still don’t always do it. We don’t walk the talk. And if we don’t walk the small talk, we can’t walk the big talk. Because while all the little changes add up, soon we’re all going to have to make some big changes — on the community level, the national level, the world level — to survive. As many of you know, in a few weeks, the United Nations is gathering 192 world governments in Copenhagen to hash out an international climate agreement that will change all of our lives — for the better (Enviro-spouse will attend, as will a few other Ashevillians). I hope the negotiations come in time to change the lives

of polar bears as well — though it may be too late for them. Thank you, UN. This is good. Because it seems we homo sapiens sapiens need help with making changes — both large and small. In the meantime, I’m planning to be less wasteful whenever possible. I’m dreaming that we can work together to become a global community whose primary goal is preserving life — our lives and polar bear lives and dog lives and ocelet lives and chicken lives and komodo dragon lives. I’m optimistic that with a bit less waste, my kids may have kids who have kids who have kids and so on, all of whom are able to thrive on our planet. Down with cockroach kings! Up with polar bears! Up with people! X

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(pd.) • Teens • Young Adults/Adults • Eclectic/diverse therapy: Cognitive-Behavioral, Equine, Afro-centric, Parent Coordination/Mediation. • Tracy Keene, LPC, 828-3183991, • 13 1/2 Eagle Street, Suite P, Asheville, 28801. www.KeeneCounseling. com Letters From Santa • WE (11/18) through FR (12/4) - Little ones can receive a free personalized letter from Santa direct from the North Pole. Visit and look for the penguin link to the North Pole. Fill out the form and mail it to: BCPGR, 59 Woodfin Place, Asheville, 28801. Or fax it to: 250-6259. Info: 250-4260 or jay. Maccabi Academy of Asheville

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Are you and your child ready for kindergarten? Maccabi Academy and the Shalom Preschool Program present a series of lunch and learn programs designed to help anxious parents. All sessions are free and will take place at the Jewish Community Center, 236 Charlotte Street. Bring a lunch. Info: 551-7005 or • FR (11/20), 1pm - “My Child Can Read...Or Can She?” Come and get the information and tools to help your child develop early literacy skills. Toddler Fun A free group that provides an opportunity for parents to have some structured fun with their toddlers including 45 minutes of songs, stories, finger-plays, parachute play and more. To register: 213-8098 or shantisunshine@

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• Through FR (11/20) - Now collecting items for the “Santa For Seniors” project. Scarves, lap robes, hats, slipper socks, calendars, handkerchiefs, personal care items and more can be dropped off at Meals On Wheels, 146 Victoria Rd., Asheville. Info: 253-5286. Memorial Disc Golf Tournament & Benefit • SA (11/21) - The 1st annual Ted Williams Memorial Disc Golf Tournament & Raffle will be held at Richmond Hill Golf Course. Sign up at 8am. T-off at 10am. Proceeds benefit the Hot Springs Community Learning Center and support Ted’s wife. $10. Info: 216-0848, or Mountain Housing Opportunities MHO’s mission is to build and improve homes, neighborhoods, communities and lives. Located at 64 Clingman Ave., Suite 101. Info: 254-4030. • TH (11/19), 6:30pm - The 6th annual Doors of Asheville, a fundraiser for affordable housing featuring themed works of art by regional artists. Drinks, hors

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three-minute showers aren’t the total solution for Americans,” he replied. Carson recommends doing better at recycling the natural resource, by collecting rainwater to water our lawns and flush our toilets, instead of wasting drinking water for those purposes. Asheville-based climate expert Drew Jones said that each year, he tries “to do something that is meaningful and a little more green.” In the last seven years, his family has switched out incan-

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• SA (11/21), 9:30-10:30am - “Making Your Home Energy Efficient: Easy and Inexpensive Things That Make a Difference,” a class with Amy Musser and Matthew Vande —- 11am-Noon - “Harnessing the Sun’s Energy Affordably: Solar From Tiny to Titanic,” with Matt Siegel —- 2-3pm - “Western North Carolina Air Quality and Climate: Past, Present and Future,” with Dr. Brett Taubman. $7 members/$10 public per class. Info: 665-2492, ext. 317 or RiverLink Events RiverLink, WNC’s organization working to improve life along the French Broad, sponsors a variety of river-friendly events. Info: 252-8474 or www. • 3rd THURSDAYS (Sept.-Dec.), Noon-2pm - Bus Tours. See and hear about plans for the river’s future, learn local history and visit neighborhoods. Meet in front of Asheville City Hall. $15 for nonmembers. BYO lunch. Reservations required. • FR (11/20), 3pm - Presentation on the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay, a 17-mile greenway with separate bike and walking trails, at RiverLink’s Warehouse Studios, 170 Lyman St. Over 4 miles of greenway already in place and in use.


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their cafeterias or serve as community-building devices. When Wake Forest University this fall inaugurated a student garden, it issued a release heralding the new opportunity for students â&#x20AC;&#x153;to better understand and influence the social, environmental, biological and political consequences of food production and consumption.â&#x20AC;? Establishing a garden so students could uphold their own homegrown habits and guard localseed varieties, as Mars Hill students are suggesting, is a rather more unique proposition. Heirloom-seed expert Bill Best, who ambled into the meeting after a day spent chasing seed leads, spoke to the importance of having a place in which to cultivate Madison County seeds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You need to know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sitting on the Garden of Eden, as far as seeds go,â&#x20AC;? Best said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think you have a resource here thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unlike anything on earth.â&#x20AC;? Best worries that â&#x20AC;&#x201D; absent a garden in which to practice their craft â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Western North Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s younger generations will forget everything their elders knew about beans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sort of scarce in terms of bean lore here,â&#x20AC;? Best said, looking around the room. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How many people know what cut-shorts are?â&#x20AC;? Seeing just four students wave their hands, he continued, sadly: â&#x20AC;&#x153;This kind of knowledge was common knowledge when I was a kid, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exceptional knowledge now.â&#x20AC;? The Mars Hill faculty and staff members who joined the meeting fell into two camps: Newschool locavores who spoke lovingly of catalogs crammed with evocatively named tomatoes, all strangely shaped and oddly colored, and old-school gardeners who extolled canning and

confessed they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know the fancy names of their ancestorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; favorite plants. Karen Paar, who showed off a pumpkin grown from her grandmotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seed, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can see itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the prettiest pumpkin. But my family wanted it for the taste.â&#x20AC;? Echoing Best, she added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re losing some of this knowledge. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot easier to save genes than knowledge.â&#x20AC;? Not every student at the meeting grew up gardening the way Mason, Best and Paar did. One student fretted she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know pumpkins had seeds until recently, while another offered, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to grow some plants in my room. Broccoli and cabbage.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nice save,â&#x20AC;? another student snickered. But most of the students came from Western North Carolina gardening families, much like the families McClure no doubt encountered when he formed the Farmers Federation to protect the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rural heritage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a freezer full of seeds,â&#x20AC;? one student recalled when asked why heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d skipped dinner with his friends to attend the meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really have the luxury of buying them. We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know their names. We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know their varieties. But Dad had all these old okras. I hope one day Dad gives me some of those okra seeds.â&#x20AC;? And, if Mars Hill students follow through on their campus garden idea, he might just have somewhere to plant them. X Food writer Hanna Rachel Raskin can be reached at



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CRAGGIE BREWING COMPANY: Asheville’s newest beer makers, Craggie Brewing Company (at 197 Hilliard Ave.), will open their Public House this week, with opening celebrations on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20 and 21, from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. The company’s focus, according to a press release, is to “create a hometown brewery, with passion for quality craft beer and strong community values.” The Public House’s hours are Wednesday through Saturdays, 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. Visit www. for more details. DINING OUT FOR THANKSGIVING: If nothing would make you more thankful this holiday season than not having to spend time in the kitchen, you’ll be glad to know there’s no shortage of local chefs willing to receive your gratitude. The Asheville Independent Restaurant Association is keeping a running tally of member eateries that have vowed to stay open on Thanksgiving Day. At press time, Fiore’s Ristorante Toscana, Grovewood Café, Flying Frog and Grove Park Inn’s Blue Ridge Dining Room and Sunset Terrace were all on the list. The Red Stag Grill at the Bohemian Hotel is modifying the standard hotel buffet by offering tableside carving, so guests can stay put and have the turkey, ham or lamb come to them. In addition to the meats, the dinner — priced at $45 a person — includes soup or salad, three family-style sides, cranberry compote, rolls, gravy and dessert for each table. Among the available sides are fried mountain apple stuffing, squash casserole and slow-cooked green beans. On the other end of the formality spectrum, Blue Mountain Pizza in Weaverville is

again offering its free Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 3 p.m. The restaurant last year served turkey, ham and fixings to more than 200 people. “We will open our doors for anyone wanting a place to go, for anyone in need, or anyone who just wants to come visit friends,” the pizzeria’s newsletter explains. To contribute to the celebration, contact 6588778. DECADES: Pitching it as an alternative to donning yet another winter sweater, Decades, at 81 Broadway in Asheville, has announced the return of its prime-rib promotion. “Come fill your belly for your winter hibernation,” manager Mitch Fortune urges in a release outlining the all you can eat deal. From now through the end of the year, $30 buys an endless feast of Black Angus prime rib, salad, baked potato and sautéed vegetables. The package is available only on Fridays and Saturdays after 6 p.m.; live music starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 254-0555. CAFFIEND: The state’s first 24-hour coffeehouse has returned to its always-open schedule, nearly five months after its original north Asheville location closed. Caffiend, which cultivated a loyal community of coffee drinkers since its inception in 2007, this fall took up residence at The Garage, a “resurrection” owner Matt Hebb says was made possible by devoted fans. According to a blurb on the café’s Web site, “The re-opening of Caffiend is a grassroots effort to bring back the community that lost its home.” After briefly running on a limited schedule, the café is now open 24 hours a day at 101 Fairview Road. To learn more, visit www.

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Asheville Idiotarod pits shopping carts, costumes and trickery, all in the name of fun by Alli Marshall There are athelete-punishing marathons, feats of spandexed agility and moments of community-bolstering brilliance. And then there’s the Idiotarod, which is kind of none of the above and, then again, kind of all of the above. “It’s basically organized chaos and you’re laughing for an entire hour and a half,” says Richard Handy, who put together the Asheville Idiotarod, the first local version of the 5K shopping cart race. Handy, who lived in New York City for seven years prior to moving to Asheville last year, has competed in the N.Y.Idiotarod. “It’s a staple thing up there,” he says. Based vaguely on the extreme sport Iditarod — the annual 1,150 mile sled dog race across Alaska — the Idiotarod trades sleds for grocery carts and physical fitness for goofy costumes and sabatoging pranks. Says Web site “The Idiotarod is essentially the same thing [as the Iditarod], except we’ll cover like a 5K and instead of dogs we use people (idiots) and instead of sleds, we use shopping carts (super pods of wonder), which are extremely efficient, by the way. So essentially it’s the same, but according to my mom it’s way cooler — and my mom knows.” And now Asheville take its place among a dozen or so other Idiotarod locales. “2007 was the last one I was in, in New York,” Handy says. “The cops were always trying to figure out what was going on, so the organizers would switch the location at the last minute. There was an unorganized start; you had to find your own route so people were on every street just trying to get to the finish line.” In costumes. In teams of five. Pushing a shopping cart decorated to look like anything from a trailer to a cow. And then there were the saboteurs: “Everyone was shooting everything from shaving cream to water balloons to super-soakers,” Handy remembers. Unlike the N.Y. race, the Asheville Idiotarod


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has the city’s stamp of approval. That’s not meant to detract from the event’s unorthodox leanings. “Acceptable Trickery,” according to the rules list, includes “Sending over a team of supermodels, male or female, to distract [competitors] from their allowable start time.” Another example? “The team in D.C. one year set up a fake roadblock claiming to be officials, and would not let teams go until they had sung a Britney Spears song on the street.” Being on the up-and-up is intended to further the good works resulting from all the hijinx. The Asheville Idiotarod was envisioned by Handy as a means to help his other passion: Nonprofit advancement. Proceeds from the race benefit the newlyforming 12 Day Project (also masterminded by Handy), which structures and promotes commu-

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nity and nonprofit volunteerism. The volunteer projects will take place one weekend each month. Volunteers donate six hours of their time for which they receive a discount benefit card that can be used at local businesses. “Of all the places in the country, this seems like a place that could benefit from something like that,” Handy says of the program. “A lot of people here like to support local businesses. This encourages ownership in community.” Along with the volunteerism and buying-local aspects, the 12 Day Project will also include a barter and freecycle (a network where people can get rid of or acquire cast off items for free) programs. Though Handy could have aligned himself with a preexisting charitable organization, he chose to create the 12 Day Project because he “felt

like there was a simpler way to do [all of this] while benefitting local businesses at the same time.” What isn’t simple is racing a decorated grocery cart along Asheville’s Riverside Drive. To make sure the race is no easy feat, challenges have been added which team members must complete before crossing the finish line. These tasks include acquiring items for a MANNA FoodBank grocery list en route and assisting with the mulching of a community garden (hint: Be prepared with a team shovel). Awards include The Hoff (to the team that displays the most awesomeness), The Chuck Norris (to the team that kicks ass) and The Zoolander (to the really, really, really ridiculously good-looking cart). But the race finishing, challenge completing and prize winning aren’t all: There’s an after-party at The Wedge Brewery with live music by Levi Douglas and Zach Blew. As the Asheville Idiotarod Web site puts it, “Feel free to shake your spandex, dress, fish costume, toga or whatever the heck else you might be wearing.” X Alli Marshall can be reached at amarshall@




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by Dane Smith “I said ‘pop music for cannibals’ for a while,” recalls If You Wannas’ Ryan Cox. “Then I called it ‘minimalist pop mayhem.’ I also said ‘green apples in mud’ to someone once.” Surprisingly, these off-the-wall descriptions are somehow fitting of the If You Wannas dreamy soundscapes, poppy hooks and oftenbizarre lyrics. Built around Cox’s gleefully melancholy vocals and guitarist Gavin Conner’s meandering riffs, the band’s catalog is an experiment in stylistic schizophrenia. Drawing from elements of ska, roots rock, grunge and indie pop, listening to an If You Wannas album is like playing a carefully constructed mixtape, cohesive yet capable of dramatic stylistic leaps from one track to the next. Cox has credited that diversity to the varying tastes and influences of the band’s four members (Jacob Baumann and Trevor Stoia round out the lineup), but on its latest effort, Island Diplomacy, the recording process itself became a major factor in keeping listeners guessing. The album, self-recorded in various houses over the course of an entire year, was as much an experimental process as the songs themselves. From miking stairways and singing in showers to playing guitar parts through cassette tapes and incorporating random objects as instruments, the recording was anything but typical. And that, says Cox, was the point. “We did our first album entirely live, so it was nice to focus on overdubs and layering and textures and smells more this time,” he explains. “It was great to take risks and climb out on branches that didn’t always pan out, and not worry about being rushed or pressed for time.

We would get together for one full day, morning to night, and start off with coffee, pick a song, talk about arrangements, mics and instruments, then layer things one at a time as the day rolled on. “No two songs were approached the same way. Different houses, different instruments and different seasons. I think all the changes in weather and moods and relationships over a year gave it a really eclectic feel. But we still wanted a cohesive flow, so more than a year would’ve been dangerous. We even had the luxury of cutting out songs because they didn’t fit the overall mood.” Now, having successfully navigated their new approach to recording, the If You Wannas, known for engaging live shows, are focusing on translating the new material into performances. Cox thinks the latest recording experience has given the band a new perspective. “We’ve started treating shows and recording as two completely different things,” he says. “Both are fulfilling. Ants and oranges.” On Saturday, the band will appear at BoBo Gallery to celebrate the official release of Island Diplomacy with an unusual set of both electric and acoustic performances, which Cox promises to be a “cozy connection” between band and audience. The choice to go acoustic, he says, was simply a matter of capitalizing on the space, which provides the rare opportunity to showcase tracks that usually fall to the wayside live. “We have lots of acoustic-y songs that we don’t get to play in electric rooms,” he explains. “Some are on the new CD. Then there’s that Violent Femmes acoustic-with-attitude-andpulse thing too. We like that as well. Acoustic instruments can have a very cutting sound to

them.” But Cox, who laments the “sterile” sound of digital recordings, goes on to reveal his musical purist side. “It’s got real sounds that aren’t sent through electrical components,” he adds. “They leave your body or instrument and go straight through the air to ears. Every piece of electrical equipment leaves a certain stamp on the sound. That can be desired sometimes; not always, though. It’s rare that we listen to music 100 percent acoustically anymore.” X Dane Smith can be reached at rocknrolldane@

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by Lydia See “It’s indie to say you’re not indie, so we’re not indie-rock indie rock-jazz-fusion,” says Craig Larimer, the vocalist and keyboardist for Asheville’s Modo. Modo’s sound is an amalgam of jazz-influenced rock, with an art-poppy undertone that can be heard on the band’s new self-titled EP. Larimer and guitarist Rosenbloum say their music represents connective, challenging layers which appeal to a wide audience, noting that the single from their record, “The Blood That I Need,” is about the dichotomy of social norms (mass and social media, spirituality) and a mechanical, methodical life path. Their arrangements are sultry and gritty, yet have a certain pop appeal thanks to Larimer’s cheeky, upbeat lyrical style, exemplified on “American Grit.” That style is informed both by scholarly backgrounds (Rosenbloum, who grew up listening to The Beatles, Weezer and ‘90s grunge discovered jazz after enrolling at UNC Asheville; Larimer count classical piano and the jazz of Herbie Hancock and Brad Mehldau among other influences like Southern rock) and by the Internet: “We’re a band that totally spawned from social media Web sites,” says Rosenbloum. “We met

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on craigslist.” Rosenbloum, who moved to Asheville from Pensacola, Fla., in 2004, says that placing the ad that connected him with the band’s original drummer, Ben Falcon, “was about me trying to become a serious and eager musician. “I had played with previous bands that were not so serious, not so eager, not so excited to really practice and not just play parties constantly, but play actual venues and develop a scene and develop an audience.” Other members who helped to flesh out Modo’s sound included a former aid to gubernatorial candidate Bill Graham’s campaign, bassists Justin Powell (Vertigo Jazz Project) and Sean McFee (Kung Fru Dynamite), and DJ/musician/Melanaster frontman Marley Carrolll. The next step in the band’s evolution — following a self-propelled tour around the Southeast — was to record: For that venture, Modo chose Echo Mountain Studios. “We had our tunes worked out but we didn’t know how we wanted to display them. We allowed the space and the duality of the modern and retro technology to inspire us, says Larimer, “Going into the studio was definitely a big move for our sound. It made us realize there are better ways to craft the music. The production is a new form of mechanical thinking, of connectivism.” With the release of the new EP, Modo — which is a Latin derivation of “in the now” or “current” — sounds stronger and more fully realized than ever. Its upcoming EP-release party promises tracks from the record and some newer, stylistically wide-ranging songs. Coming full circle, original Modo drummer Falcon will perform with his new Latin-inspired indie pop project, Pavane and Galliard. X Contact Lydia See through her Web site


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Super nova: Asheville’s The Nova Echo by Alli Marshall

QUALITY ART SUPPLIES 3 0 Ready for takeoff: The Nova Echo builds an all-ages fan base. a picture w/ the lead singer, and this morning, got on the escalator w/ him multiple times” and “He came up and hugged me and my friends ... Anyway, I found out that his name is Caleb Hanks! He’s a hottie! Nova Echo is awesome.” (Hanks, by the way, is the former bassist for Dawn of the Dude and currently plays mandolin with bluegrass band Buncombe Turnpike — a far cry from synth pop. Further expanding the sonic spectrum, the Nova Echo ended their Stella Blue set with a bumpin’ cover of Sean Kingston’s reggaeton hit “Fire Burning.”) Stage presence goes a long way, but it’s the Nova Echo’s performance that really wins fans. When the band played “Satellite A1” (note to Ford Motor Company: Option this one for your next commercial), the crowd went crazy. Everyone

was singing along (hooky chorus: “But if you call my name/ you’ll hear my heart through the satellite/ and the stars will fall from the sky”), girls were crying and boys were dancing on the speakers. Really. For all its techny prowess (Auto-Tune processors, vocoder software), the Nova Echo waxes blasé about that aspect of the sound. “Now it’s all sexy-like,” Hanks joked of one beat he produced from his laptop on stage. “I spend way too much time programming this shit.” But that blend of real-time instrumentation, tech loops and futuristic-romantic lyrics makes for instantly addictive songs. The Nova Echo returns to Stella Blue on Friday, Nov. 20 (with By Morning and Metroid Metal). 9 p.m. X

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Irene by The Honeycutters Local country band The Honeycutters does not take its CD title from the Lead Belly folk standard. Instead, the tune is an original by vocalist/ guitarist Amanda Anne Platt whose pragmatic voice and exceptional lyrics never falter on this 12-song collection. The crisp, waning autumn/time passing/unrequited love/ dusty roads and pale sun feel of this album would be enough, but the Honeycutters breathe bittersweet nostalgia into every tasteful chord, from the lovely anguish of Ben Rivaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fiddle on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lilliesâ&#x20AC;? to the nimble mandolin intro by Spencer Taylor on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Waiting in the Morningâ&#x20AC;? to the gratifying twang of Matt Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pedal steel on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marie,â&#x20AC;? Irene takes all the best elements of old-school country and makes them new again. The Honeycutters play at Jack of the Wood on Saturday, Nov. 21. 9:30 p.m., $5. www.myspace. com/thehoneycutters. Keyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Under the Mat by Olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Hoopty Despite the lush, professional quality of Olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Hooptyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new disc, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something friendly and casual about Keyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Under the Mat. First, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the welcoming title, and then the extensive cast of local guest musicians, from guitarist Tom Leiner and cellist Billy Jack Sincovic to vocalists Stephanie Morgan and Peggy Ratusz. But Olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Hooptyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s singer/songwriter/musician collective (Bill Norlin, George Scott, Steve Cohen and Mike Berlin), with the addition of velvet-voiced Crystal Bray, make for a fullyrealized lineup. Song selections touch on themes of Americana, blues and rock, but the band really reaches its stride on keys-driven, horn-accented R&B-flavored numbers like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Step Back Baby.â&#x20AC;? Olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Hoopty plays the Doors of Asheville benefit for Mountain Housing Opportunities at The Orange Peel on Thursday, Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m. Revealing Secrets by Lewis From the first notes, singer/songwriter/guitarist/ engineer Matt Callâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voice is a controlled burn; opening track â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holidaysâ&#x20AC;? is Psychedelic Furs revisited, perfectly complimented with fuzzy guitarus and shimmering percussion. Though Lewis takes some cues from â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s rock, this is no throwback band. Instead, new wave synths are replaced with grungy strings and clarion melody lines are remade garage-rough. But Callâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lush vocals,

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Making it new: The Honeycutters will be at Jack of the Wood on Saturday, Nov. 21. delivered in relaxed baritone and seemingly effortless falsetto, remain clear and up front in the recording. Lewis, always adept at radio-ready pop, delivers a seamless collection of rugged dreamscapes and disquieted love songs. Learn more at Deep in the Moonlight by Dave Wendelin Though Deep in the Moonlight is the debut release of singer/songwriter/guitarist Dave Wendelin, the 10-song album has an accomplished polish, probably the result of existing (unrecorded) in this musicianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind for decades. Wendelinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songs are simple and heartfelt, his instrumentation tastefully minimal. Bluesy tracks like â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Heart Skips a Beatâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blues for You Babyâ&#x20AC;? (both featuring harmonica by John Hupertz with whom Wendelin performs at Westville Pubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekly blues jam) reveal the musician at his best. Wendelinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gritty voice and low-key style call to mind J.J. Cale; his earnest, folky ballads tend toward the Peter Yarrow end of the spectrum. Dave Wendelin performs at The Well Bred Bakery on Friday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m. Greatest Hips Volume II by Yo Mamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Big Fat Booty Band Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s often hard to translate a live show to disc; even more

challenging when the live show in question is the high-energy, funk-fueled antics of the Booty Band. Greatest Hips Vol. II goes a long way toward conveying the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sense of rhythm and bounce, not to mention its party prowess. At times the sonic melange â&#x20AC;&#x201D; horns, vocals, drums â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are overwhelming, but there are also shining moments. The ridiculously groovy, affects-laden intro to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Splitting Hairsâ&#x20AC;? could have been culled straight from Soul Train and the gorgeously raunchy brass on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Horn Starâ&#x20AC;? makes for a stand-out track. Learn more at Riding On Your Wings by Lorraine Conard Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mistake the title of singer/songwriter Lorraine Conardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recently-released disc: Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no adult contemporary sap here. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Have mercy on me ... oh angel, let me be,â&#x20AC;? she pleads on the country rocker â&#x20AC;&#x153;Angels Are Following Me.â&#x20AC;? Conardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lyrics are instantly comfortable yet avoid cliche; her vocals are dusky and hint at bad-girl inclinations. Fiery woman-wronged numbers like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sitting Tightâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Train Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Comingâ&#x20AC;? deserve bad ass boots and line dancers; the darkly driving â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heading Down to New Orleansâ&#x20AC;? confirms that Wings is devilishly good. Learn more at X

smartbets George Winston

Grammy Award-winning solo pianist brings his dynamic show to the Diana Wortham Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 21. Part melodic folk piano, part New Orleans R&B and part stride piano, Winston not only plays the keys, but he jumps in on the harmonica and plays the Hawaiian slack key guitar as well. His performance is likely to feature selections from his last release, Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions -- a Hurricane Relief Benefit. The show is also a canned food drive for MANNA FoodBank. $45/$43/$40/$12. or

Hallelujah Girls at ACT

Resident playwrights Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten (Dearly Beloved, Christmas Belles, Southern Hospitality, ‘Til Beth Do Us Part) bring another world premiere to Asheville Community Theatre with The Hallelujah Girls, a rollicking Southern comedy. If the play’s anywhere as funny as even the plot synopses, you’ll likely be laughing out loud. Watch for a review at Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 20 through Dec. 6. Full schedule and information at or 254-1320.

Tim Barnwell booksigning

Barnwell’s latest book, Hands in Harmony: Traditional Crafts and Music in Appalachia, a collection of images and oral histories that offers a masterful glimpse at the region’s carvers, fiddle players, ballad singers, artists and many more, including blues guitarist Etta Baker, who gave Barnwell some gems. Read Alli Marshall’s recent Book Report online at www.mountainx. com. Barnwell will be at the Asheville Art Museum for a book-signing on Friday, Nov. 20. 2 to 4 p.m.

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smartbets Asheville Holiday Parade

Who doesn’t love a parade? Especially when the Grand Marshals are folk icons David Holt and Laura Boosinger. The theme is Our Appalachian Holidays, and who better to lead the march than these two old-time music greats. The parade starts at South Charlotte Street and turns up Biltmore Avenue toward Pack Square — this year’s performance area. Action starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21.

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Michael Reno Harrell

WNC celebrates its rich storytelling heritage as part of the 13th annual Tellabration! international event on Sunday, Nov. 22. The clever and entertaining Michael Reno Harrell (pictured) is one of the featured tellers — he’ll bring his original songs and stories to the Folk Art Center for the event (which boasts several other deft yarn-spinners). That’s at 3 p.m. $5. Or catch Harrell at the charming Purple Onion Cafe on Main Street in Saluda on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 8 to 10 p.m.

Angela Easterling

Roger McGuinn says of Americana artist Angela Easterling, “Her gift is so special,” and her latest CD, Blacktop Road, “brought me back to the time the Byrds recorded Sweetheart of the Rodeo — tradition meets youthful exuberance.” Wowza. She’ll be at the Beacon Pub in Swannanoa on Saturday, Nov. 21. Find out what McGuinn is talking about. $5.

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Wed., November 18 Back Room

Bel Air & Shod My Feet (Americana) Boiler Room

Social Ghost w/ Dawn of the Dude & Oculi (indie, rock) Broadwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s Night, 10pm

Piano entertainment feat: Will Little, Billy Sheeran & Aaron LaFalce

P.J. Pacifico (singer/songwriter) w/ Born Under Punches & The Dark Shave (rock)


The Blackbird

Club 828

Kelly Jo (singer/songwriter)

Eliza Rosbach (indie, folk)

Freaky Thursdays w/ DJ Mack Brown

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

The Hookah Bar

Courtyard Gallery

Open Mic w/ Sven Hooson

Open mic w/ Jarrett Leone

Town Pump

Curras Dom

Open Mic w/ David Bryan

Mark Guest (jazz guitar)

Tressaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Downtown Jazz and

Elaineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dueling Piano Bar


Non-stop rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n roll sing-a-long party show, 8pm-1am

Old Fairview Southern Kitchen

Hip-hop open mic

Bluegrass jam night, 7pm

Curras Dom

Eleanor Underhill (singer/songwriter) Elaineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dueling Piano Bar

Non-stop rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n roll sing-a-long party show, 8pm-1am

Orange Peel

Burns (disco, pop) w/ Deadmau5 (Scottish electro-house) Red Stag Grill

Bobby Sullivan (blues, rock, standards) Rocket Club

Reggae Resurrection

The Old Ceremony (indie, pop, rock) w/ Big Eyes Little Robot â&#x20AC;&#x153;Superdanceparty,â&#x20AC;? late

Frankie Bones

Root Bar No. 1

Emerald Lounge

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter)

Open mic

Boiler Room

Old Time Jam, 6pm

Club 828

Zydeco dance & lessons

Temptations Martini Bar

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Open mic

Eleven on Grove

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

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Cancun Mexican Grill

Sanctum Sully (bluegrass)

Hump day dance party w/ The Free Flow Band

Moon Taxi (explosive rock) w/ The Native Sway

Waynesville Waterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n Hole

Five Fifty Three

Funk jam featuring local artists

Steve Wolrab & guests (jazz, guitar)

Thu., November 19

Frankie Bones

Back Room

French Broad Brewery Tasting

Matt Walsh (rockabilly)

Red Sammy (â&#x20AC;&#x153;graveyard country rockâ&#x20AC;?)

Garage at Biltmore

Latin dance

Left at Market & Rattle

Open mic

Sean Mullady (folk, hip-hop) & Pete Pidgeon

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Makia Groove (funk, reggae)

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Steak & Wine

BoBo Gallery

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Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Live piano music

Trees On Fire (rock, electronic)


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Beacon Pub

Scandals Nightclub


Red Sammy

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter)

Wink Keziah (â&#x20AC;&#x153;hillbilly rockâ&#x20AC;?)

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Marc Keller (variety)

Vincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro

Garage at Biltmore

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe



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

Robert Earl Keen (singer/songwriter) w/ Sons of Bill Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Infusions Lounge

Live music Jack Of The Wood Pub

Jeremy Aggers (folk, rock) Lobster Trap

Hank Bones Mela

Belly dancing Mike’s Tavern

Cyocker w/ AR (hip-hop) Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Funky jazz w/ Ben Bjorlie Never Blue

Singer/songwriter showcase Old Fairview Southern Kitchen

Mark Keller (singer/songwriter)


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Cancun Mexican Grill

Pisgah Brewing Company

Mariachi Band & dance party

Cary Fridley and Down South (country, blues)

Club Hairspray

Purple Onion Cafe

Freaky Friday w/ Brandi & Shorty

Fred Whisken (jazz pianist)

Curras Dom

Red Room at Temptations

Greg Olson (world, folk)

DJ D-Day, 10:30pm-2am

Decades Restaurant & Bar

Red Stag Grill

Dancing w/ Darin Kohler & the Asheville Katz

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues)

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Rocket Club

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

Root Bar No. 1

Eleven on Grove

Arch Rivals w/ Chuck L of Sid & The Hit Men The Corbitt Brothers

Temptations Martini Bar

Bryan Steel of East Coast Dirt, 7:30-10:30pm

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

The Hookah Bar

Sam Singleton’s Atheist Evangelist Show “Patriarchs and Penises” (comedy)

Kyle Hollingsworth discusses “Home Brewing,” 4:30-6pm Lyndsay Wojcik (folk, soul)

“Cool Kid Collective”

Root Bar No. 1

Funny Business Comedy Club

Town Pump

Carl LaBove Garage at Biltmore

Live piano music

Kyle Hollingsworth Band (funk, rock) feat: keyboardist for String Cheese Incident & Ryan Montbleau Band

Stockade Brew House

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Steak & Wine

Just Announced! December

Naked Gods & Cobra Horse

Lucero “Ramblin’ Roadshow & Memphis Revue” w/ Cedric Burnside, Lightnin’ Malcolm & The Dirty Streets


The South French Broads (fusion, punk)

Local DJ Circuit feat: DJ Kri (Touch Samadhi)

Ghost Mountain

Orange Peel

FreeGrass Revival (Americana, bluegrass)

Scandals Nightclub

November 28th

The HaySugars (bluegrass)

After Elvis w/ Temptation’s Wings & Subversion (punk, rock)

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Dawn Humphrey

November 27th

Old Fairview Southern Kitchen

Boiler Room

Straightaway Café

Rocket Club

Bobby Lee Rodgers Band

Morningbell w/ The Shakes

Bluegrass mix

Anne Coombs (jazz, swing)

We are open on Thanksgiving!

The Poles (rock) w/ Self-Evident

Feed and Seed

Red Stag Grill

The Fustics w/ Uncle Mountain

New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

BoBo Gallery

By Morning (rock, alternative) w/ Nova Echo & Metroid Metal

Dave Desmelik (Americana)

November 21st

Hot Politics (funk)

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

Stella Blue

Purple Onion Cafe

Bele Chere Band

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

MODO CD release party (rock) w/ Pavane and Galliard

Pimps of Joytime (soul, funk)

November 20th

Acoustic Swing

Emerald Lounge

Pisgah Brewing Company

Funkin’ It Up w/ Hot Politics

The Woes w/ The Honeycutters (Americana, country)

Steak & Wine

6th annual Doors Of Asheville fundraiser for affordable housing feat: Ol’Hoopty (funk, blues, jazz)


Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Salsa & Mambo Dancing, 10pm-2am Dance Lessons, 10:30pm

Orange Peel

November 19th

Stillhouse Hollow (acoustic)

The Big Ivy Project (bluegrass, folk)

J. Tillman (blues) w/ Pearly Gate Music

The 170 La Cantinetta

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Dave Lagadi (smooth jazz) The Hookah Bar

Katie LaRue (folk, acoustic) Town Pump

Peace Jones (jazz, funk) Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Peggy Ratusz & friends (soul, blues)

Live piano music

Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Live music w/ singer-songwriters Vinyl (Southern rock, classic country) Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

The Free Flow Band (funk, soul) Vincenzo’s Bistro

Bobby Sullivan (piano) Well-Bred Bakery and Cafe

Live music

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

White Horse


Sat., November 21

Son Volt (Americana) w/ Peter Bruntnell Highland Brewing Company

One Leg Up (Gypsy jazz), 4-8pm Holland’s Grille

The Business (Motown, R&B)

Back Room

Marvin King and the Blues Revival (blues) Beacon Pub

“Gypsy ‘80s & ‘90s”

Angela Easterling (Americana, folk, roots) w/ Brandon Turner

Aaron Laflace (acoustic guitar, singer/songwriter)

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Westville Pub

Infusions Lounge

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Mac Leaphart Band (country, folk)

Southern Silk Duo (jazz, blues), 7:30-10:30pm

White Horse

Iron Horse Station

“Song Circle” feat: Laura Blackley (folk, blues) w/ Hinkle, Rifkin & Brown

Sherri Lynn and Mountain Friends (bluegrass, acoustic)

Zuma Coffee

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Thursday night bluegrass jam

Packway Handle Band (bluegrass)

Fri., November 20

Jerusalem Garden

Back Room

Lobster Trap

Red Sammy (country, rock) Barley’s Taproom

Belly dancing w/ live music Live music by local artists Mike’s Tavern

Mark Bumgarner (Americana, country) Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

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

If You Wannas (rock, indie) Boiler Room

The Seas Aflame w/ Lake Effect Curras Dom

Mark Guest (jazz guitar) Decades Restaurant & Bar

42nd Street Jazz Band Diana Wortham Theater


clubdirectory Complete clubland directory: Questions or errors? E-mail ( The 170 La Cantinetta 687-8170 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 The Blackbird 669-5556 Blue Mountain Pizza (OSO) 658-8777 Blue Ridge Performing Arts Center 693-0087 BoBo Gallery (OSO) 254-3426 Broadway’s (SA) 285-0400 Cancun Mexican Grill 505-3951 Club 828 252-2001 Club Hairspray (SA) 258-2027 College St. Pub (SA) 232-0809 Courtyard Gallery 273-3332 Curras Dom 253-2111 Decades Restaurant & Bar 254-0555 Diana Wortham Theater 257-4530

Dock’s Restaurant 883-4447 The Dripolator 398-0209 Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar 252-2711 Eleven on Grove 505-1612 Emerald Lounge (OSO) 232- 4372 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 Funny Business Comedy Club 318-8909 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 Highland Brewing Company 299-3370 Holland’s Grille 298-8780 The Hookah Bar 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 New French Bar Courtyard Cafe 225-6445 Never Blue 693-4646 Old Fairview Southern Kitchen 277-7117 O’Malley’s On Main 246--0898

The Orange Peel (OSO) 225-5851 Picnics 258-2858 Panther’s Paw 696-0810 Pisgah Brewing Co. 669-0190 Purple Onion Cafe 749-1179 Rankin Vault 254-4993 Red Stag Grill at the Grand Bohemian Hotel 505-2949 Rocket Club 505-2494 Root Bar No.1 299-7597 Ruby’s BBQ Shack (ISS) 299-3511 Scandals Nightclub 252-2838 Shovelhead Saloon (SA) 669-9541 Steak & Wine / Satchel’s Martini Bar 505-3362 Stella Blue 236-2424 The Still 683-5913 Stockade Brew House 645-1300 Straightaway Cafe (OSO) 669-8856 Switzerland Cafe 765-5289

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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 Waynesville Water’n Hole 456-4750 Wedge Brewery 505 2792 Westville Pub (OSO) 225-9782 White Horse 669-0816 Wild Wing Cafe (SA) 253-3066 Xcapades 258-9652

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OSO: outdoor/patio smoking only • SH: smoking hours, call clubs for specfics • ISS: indoor smoking section • SA: smoking allowed George Winston (pianist) Dock’s Restaurant

Synchro (alternative rock) Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Infusions Lounge

Live music

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

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Eleven on Grove

Jerusalem Garden

“DiscFUNKtional DJ Party” feat: DJs Drees & Queen April

Belly dancing w/ live music Mike’s Tavern

Emerald Lounge

Machiavillains (progressive, punk) w/ U.P.A.S.S. & Klustafuk

Last Waltz Ensemble (The Band & Bob Dylan cover songs)

The Honeycutters (Americana, country)

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Whitewater Bluegrass Company (bluegrass)

The Fustics (Americana, rock, indie) w/ Uncle Mountain

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Old Fairview Southern Kitchen

Feed and Seed

Ang Medlin (acoustic duo)

The Billy’s (bluegrass)

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Orange Peel

Nikki Talley (acoustic, indie) Funny Business Comedy Club

Carl LaBove Garage at Biltmore

Hephystus w/ Sintonik & As Sick As Us Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

The Infamous Stringdusters (acoustic) & Sara Watkins (from Nickel Creek) Grove Park Inn Great Hall

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

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, 1:45pm Rusted Root ( 2-step) w/ Howard Jennings, 8pm Pisgah Brewing Company

Concerts4Charity presents: Underhill Rose, Juan Holladay, Sven Hooson & the Asheville Allstars House Band Purple Onion Cafe

Michael Reno Harrell (Americana, acoustic) Red Room at Temptations

DJ Spy V Red Stag Grill

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues)

“Until Next Time” feat: Shotglass Poets, Red X, Social Finger, Carraways, Light In The Dark, X-Mas, From Tomorrow & more

Rocket Club

Havana Restaurant

Bob Burnette (alternative rock)

Ahora Si (salsa, jazz, tropical)

Satchel’s Martini Bar

Elliott Brood (folk, bluegrass) w/ special guests Root Bar No. 1

Fire & Desire (pop, contemporary) Scandals Nightclub

Dance party w/ DJ Stratos & drag show Steak & Wine

Live piano music


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Wayfarers All & Crystal Kind (cosmic reggae) Stockade Brew House

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James Richards Temptations Martini Bar

Southern Silk Duo (jazz, blues) The Hookah Bar

Chronicles of the Landsquid (electronica, breakbeat) Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

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Live music w/ singer-songwriters Stillhouse Hollow (Americana, country) Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues Vincenzo’s Bistro

Live music w/ Tom Coppola (early) & Marc Keller (late)

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Matt Walsh Band (blues, roots) White Horse

Taylor Martin Band (acoustic, swing)

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The Funky Four Corners feat: Joshua Singleton


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Barley’s Taproom

BoBo Gallery

BoBo Gallery

The Consultants of Swing (string jazz)

Englishman w/ Kovacs & the Polar Bear

“Off The Map”

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Garage at Biltmore

Eleven on Grove

Doug Burke

Gypsy jazz night w/ Vipers Dream

BoBo Gallery

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Swing & Tango lessons and dance w/ music by The Solomon Douglas Swingtet

I Love You (psych-beat)

Contra dance

Emerald Lounge

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

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

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

Ashevegas All-Stars presents Tuesday Night Funk Jam


Feed and Seed

Open mic night w/ Aaron LaFalce

Will Ray’s Mountain Jam

Jack Of The Wood Pub

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Lobster Trap

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Please call the info line for updated showtimes. Julie & Julia (PG-13) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00 Inglourious Basterds (R) 10:00 n Carmike Cinema 10 (298-4452)

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Director: Richard Curtis (Love Actually) Players: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Sturridge, Nick Frost Comedy With Music Rated R

The Story: The story of renegade broadcasters operating from a ship off the coast of Great Britain in 1966. The Lowdown: An altogether splendid period piece about camaraderie and rock music with great performers, a killer sound track and a screenplay that’s as warm as it is witty. I approached Richard Curtis’ Pirate Radio with serious trepidation. Here was a film that came out in the U.K. and Australia as an early-summer release called The Boat That Rocked. It drew mixed reviews and then languished over the summer, only to re-emerge stateside as Pirate Radio and cut by 20 minutes. Still, I’ve liked most of Curtis’ screenplays and truly loved his directorial debut, Love Actually (2003). Plus, the cast was better than good and the premise was solid, so I had cautious hope that it at least wasn’t going to be a disaster. The opening was brilliant, setting just the right tone for a movie that’s both a love letter to 1960s rock and a snapshot of a certain—peculiarly British—aspect of the era. I settled in with heightened expectations, only to find that the film seemed to have trouble quite defining what it was doing. All that changed about 15 minutes in with a quiet scene where camaraderie is expressed with cookies and milk. At that moment, I fell in love with Pirate Radio and have yet to fall out of love with it. I don’t expect I shall. This is a movie I suspect I will only come to treasure more with the passage of time. I will, however, offer two caveats. First, do not approach the film with a too literal mind-set, since Curtis plays a little loose with what songs were out in 1966, opting instead for what best captures the spirit of the story. (You could hardly drop a needle on a record in 1966 and get Arthur Brown’s “Fire,” which didn’t come out till 1968.) More to the point, if you dislike or have no interest in 1960s rock, stay home. In case you don’t know, the film’s story is built around the real-life story of Radio Caroline, which broadcast from a ship that was anchored in international waters off the coast of Great Britain in defiance of British

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Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rhys Ifans and Emma Thompson in Richard Curtis’ quite wonderful Pirate Radio. law that had effectively silenced rock music on the government-controlled radio. Since Radio Caroline was outside their jurisdiction, there really wasn’t any control over what the station broadcast and how they did it. This, of course, drew the ire of certain moralists in the government—represented in the film by Kenneth Branagh as the fictional Sir Alistair Dormandy—who schemed to find a way to shut the station down. Though a surprising number of events have a basis in fact—and many of the characters have reallife counterparts—the film never attempts to be historically accurate. Rather—as with the sound track—it’s true in spirit, as a celebration of the pirate broadcasters’ dedication to the music and their listeners. Much as with Love Actually, Curtis has crafted an ensemble work with numerous crisscrossed story lines. In some ways, it’s a little more wieldy here since nearly all the action—at least in the U.S. version—takes place on the ship. The scenes on land are limited to Dormandy’s efforts to have his right-hand man, with the apt name of Twatt (though it rhymes with “rat”), shut the station down, and glimpses of the listeners who tune in. The confined space—with a lot of people coming and going—serves the film well, and while it sometimes requires Curtis to use very wide-angle lenses that distort anyone on the edge of the frame, this is a limitation that actually gives Pirate Radio something of the look of movies of the era, when filmmakers were more and more breaking free from studios and working on location.

Apart from the central story of the fight between the government and the station, the film is mostly a series of character vignettes and slices of their lives. There’s a charming subplot about a young man, Carl (Tom Sturridge, Being Julia), who may or may not be the son of the station’s owner, Quentin (Bill Nighy), but has in any case been packed off by his mother (Emma Thompson) to spend the summer onboard. Splendidly playful scenes—there’s a wonderful bit involving a wedding set to the Turtles’ “Elenore”—keep tumbling out of the film in easy procession, building to a fact-based conclusion that’s taken to a feel-good extreme (and about which some have complained). The top-notch cast is a terrific help. I have rarely just liked Philip Seymour Hoffman—I usually admire him, but don’t actually like him—as much as I do in this film. Bill Nighy’s Quentin may not quite equal his burnt-out rock star from Love Actually, but it’s a near thing. Rhys Ifans is letter perfect as Hoffman’s rival for DJ supremacy. But it’s ultimately the cast’s ability to work as an ensemble—as a group banded together in fellowship over the music—that makes it all work. And work it does. I haven’t so thoroughly enjoyed myself this year since The Brothers Bloom, nor have I wanted to see a film again this much. Rated R for language and some sexual content, including brief nudity. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carmike Cinema 10, Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Regal Biltmore Grande 15.

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2012 (PG-13) 12:00, 3:35, 7:15, 10:35 The Blind Side (PG-13) 10:35 (Fri-Sun), 1:35, 4:30, 7:35, 10:25 A Christmas Carol (PG) 11:35 (Fri-Sun), 2:10, 4:35, 7:20, 9:55 The Men Who Stare at Goats (R) 11:20 (Fri-Sun), 1:45, 4:25, 7:30, 10:00 The Twilight Saga: New Moon (PG-13) 10:30 (Fri-Sun), 1:25, 4:20, 7:20, 10:30 n Co-ed Cinema Brevard (883-2200)

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An Education (PG-13) 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, Late show Fri-Sat only 9:40 A Serious Man (R) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, Late show Fri-Sat 9:30 n Flatrock Cinema (697-2463)

Amelia (PG) 1:00 (Sat-Sun), 4:00, 7:00 n Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15 (684-1298) n United Artists Beaucatcher (298-1234)

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Director: Roland Emmerich (10,000 B.C.) Players: John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt Mega-Budget Disaster-thon Rated PG-13

The Story: Roland Emmerich’s take on what happens when the Mayan calendar runs out. The Lowdown: Grotesquely overlong and overproduced, but if you want to see the world end without actually being there, it’ll probably fill the bill.

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No, it’s not good. Don’t be silly. It cost $260 million—none of which seems to have been spent on the screenplay—and it’s either dumber than your proverbial box of rocks, or it’s the savviest put-on imaginable. I’d kind of like to believe the latter, but the collected works of director/co-writer Roland Emmerich argue against that. This is the guy who gave us Independence Day (1996), Godzilla (1998), The Day After Tomorrow (2006) and 10,000 B.C. (2008). In other words, Emmerich is a filmmaker with a seemingly endless taste for property destruction and a mind that doesn’t boggle at the idea of people being able to outrun the cold (Day After Tomorrow) or woolly mammoths being used to build the pyramids (10,000 B.C.). ‘Nuff said. Although it’s grounded in the dubious belief that the Mayan calendar predicts that the world will end on December 21, 2012, the film is only fleetingly concerned with the concept. Oh, sure, there’s conspiracy-freak broadcaster Charlie Frost (played with wildeyed evangelical fervor by Woody Harrelson), who prattles on about the Mayan prediction (and somehow equates it with the fundamentalist Christian notion of “the Rapture”), but it’s nothing more than Emmerich’s springboard to Death and Destruction. This is probably just as well. Let’s face it; if you go to this movie of your own volition, you’re there for the End of the World in Panavision with window-rattling Dolby-ized surround sound. Everything else is relatively superfluous. Complaints that the movie is assembled from clichés and cardboard characters miss the point—or have a roseate-tinged view of the disaster-movie genre. Truth to tell, the

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Director: Lone Scherfig (Italian for Beginners) Players: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina, Olivia Williams, Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike Coming-of-Age Comedy/Drama Rated PG-13

The Story: A 16-year-old schoolgirl embarks on a romance with a somewhat mysterious 30-plus-year-old man. The Lowdown: A star-making performance from Carey Mulligan, a human and witty screenplay, and beautifully modulated direction make this an unusually accomplished coming-ofage story. “I’m going to Paris, and I’m going to smoke and wear black and listen to Jacques Brel,” announces schoolgirl Jenny (Carey Mulligan) early on in Lone Scherfig’s An Education—a funny, touching, often extremely wise coming-of-age story set in the drab middle-class world of 1961 England, where such ideas as the ones she puts forth were radical and chic. This was pre-Beatles and very much pre-“Swinging London.” This was a world in which it seemed very likely that even the people doing the voices for children’s puppet shows on the BBC were wearing formal dinner clothes. It was also a world that was just itching to explode into something new, and though she doesn’t know it, Jenny is part of that explosion. It’s this world and Jenny’s place in it that Scherfig’s film—with the help of novelist Nick Hornby’s screenplay and a startling performance from Carey Mulligan—explores with keen insight, and not a hint of condescension. It’s that last that makes An Education a pretty special film. Very few films that take a look at an earlier, more repressive time seem to be able to resist making that world and its inhabitants more quaint and naive than they were. An Education manages to miss this pitfall at absolutely every turn.

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silly familial drama involving John Cusack, ex-wife Amanda Peet, her new boyfriend (Tom McCarthy, Duplicity), and the obligatory pair of precious tykes (Liam James and Morgan Lily) is no better or worse than most. Certainly, the characters are less trying than Tom Cruise and his dysfunctional family in Spielberg’s War of the Worlds (2005). The serious humanitarian scientist played by Chiwetel Ejiofor benefits by being played by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Similarly, casting Oliver Platt as the unscrupulous politician, Danny Glover as the high-minded president and Thandie Newton as the president’s equally high-minded daughter help. It takes a pro of Glover’s caliber to find himself being crushed by a falling aircraft carrier and not burst out laughing. (Since this takes place in the near future, are we to assume that Glover is really Obama? I know being president ages a man, but this is a bit much.) These roles serve Emmerich’s purpose— perhaps better than they need to—which is clearly to create the ultimate disaster movie. After all, when everything is said and done, 2012 is nothing but a rehash of Rudolph Mate’s When World’s Collide (1951) with better effects, better matte paintings and 75 minutes extra running time. That last is the worst part about the movie. Emmerich’s desire to cram as many hairbreadth escapes and eternities of suspense as possible into one movie ultimately feels more like an eternity plain and simple. Big, dumb, lumbering and overlong as it is, 2012 still scores extra points for at least managing to present its overkill action scenes in a coherent manner. No, I didn’t really believe these scenes. They’re preposterous—often to the point of laugh-out-loud funny (for example, driving a Bentley out of a crashing plane on a glacier). And no matter how well done the effects are, they still look like effects. But at no point does Emmerich succumb to the current trend for a barrage of rapid cutting as an excuse for having no clue how to stage an action scene. I’ll give him credit for that—that and blowing stuff up really neat. So what if he wants me to believe that the South Pole ends up being in Wisconsin? At least Holsteins are the right colors to pass for penguins. Rated PG-13 for intense disaster sequences and some language. reviewed by Ken Hanke

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The fact that anyone anywhere ever let John Lee Hancock make another movie after The Alamo is astonishing. A mere five years of being off the screen seems insufficient, but for whatever reason he’s back with this factbased story of football player Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron, Be Kind Rewind), who was taken in as part of the family by the Tuohy family (headed by Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw). The trailers look a bit on the gooey and manipulative side, but in a way that might be leavened with a certain amount of comedy. Strangely, the TV trailers keep claiming that “the critics” are calling the film a “classic” and the other expected raves. What they do not make clear is who these critics are, since the film doesn’t appear to have been screened for any. (PG-13)


See review in “Cranky Hanke.”


Sony shelled out for some voice talent Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Gary Oldman, Seann William Scott, John Cleese - for this animated film about an astronaut (voiced by Johnson), who lands on a

planet where the inhabitants are horrified by him and what they presume are his intentions. The trailer is colorful and rather frantic and noisy. It also looks pretty much like a one-joke premise - aliens being frightened by humans over and over - and there haven’t been any screenings for critics. (PG)


Here comes the new film from the Coen Brothers - and it looks like one of their best and most personal works to judge by the trailer and the bulk of reviews it’s already gotten. At the same time, it shows the Coens off on a slightly different path in that the film boasts none of their star-powered Hollywood friends. No, instead, this time they’ve settled on a cast of largely unknown - or little-known - actors. (You get to do things like that when you win an Oscar.) The story is about a Jewish professor (Michael Stuhlbarg, Cold Souls) whose life is unraveling and turning into a modern (well, 1967) black-comedy variation on the trials of Job. (R) Early review samples: • “After the seriously great No Country for Old Men, the Coen brothers have made the not greatly serious A Serious Man, which bears every mark of a labor of love.” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)

• “Not only hauntingly original, it’s the final piece of the puzzle that is the Coens. Combine suburban alienation, philosophical inquiry, moral seriousness, a mixture of respect for and utter indifference to Torah, and, finally, a ton of dope, and you get one of the most remarkable oeuvres in modern film.” (David Edelstein, New York Magazine)


Like it or not, here comes part two of the Twilight series with New Moon. For certain people the teencentric romantic adventures of Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) are an event of note. For others, it’s the kind of notable event best ridden out in a bomb shelter. This time you can expect romantic complications with beefy werewolf boy Jacob (Taylor Lautner) -- not to mention a bevy of bare-chested lycanthrope boys along for the ride. The fact that this one was directed by Chris Weitz (About a Boy, The Golden Compass) means that it will probably be more stylish than the first film - for what that’s worth. No, they’re not screening it for critics. They know they don’t need to. It’s already set records for pre-sold tickets for its midnight premiere on Thursday. (PG-13) • NOVEMBER 18 - NOVEMBER 24, 2009 83

nowplaying Amelia JJJ

Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston, Joe Anderson Biopic Biopic of Amelia Earhart structured as flashbacks during her final flight in 1937. A glossy, superficial bio that won’t frighten the horses, but might put them to sleep. Rated PG

The Box JJJJ

Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella, James Rebhorn, Holmes Osborne Sci-Fi Thriller A couple in financial straits is given a box with a button on top, which—if they decide to press the button—will give them $1 million, but also kill someone they do not know. A surprisingly engaging thriller that’s too odd and un-Hollywood—but in a fascinating kind of way—to be for everyone. Rated PG-13

A Christmas Carol JJJ

Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins, Robin Wright Penn, Fionnula Flanagan Re-Animated Christmas Story Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas ghost story gets the Disney treatment. An overblown, but occasionally interesting, version of the story that often seems more like a theme-park ride than a serious attempt at telling the tale. Rated PG

Couples Retreat JJ

Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Jason Bateman, Faizon Love, Malin Akerman Romantic Comedy A group of couples head off for a vacation in a tropical paradise only to be bamboozled into couples counseling. An uninspiring romcom centered around more of the same from Vince Vaughn that’s short on insight and overlong. Rated PG-13

An Education JJJJJ

Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina, Olivia Williams, Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike Coming-of-Age Comedy/Drama A 16-year-old schoolgirl embarks on a romance with a somewhat mysterious 30-plus-year-old man. A star-making performance from Carey Mulligan, a human and witty screenplay, and beautifully modulated direction make this an unusually accomplished comingof-age story. Rated PG-13

The Fourth Kind J Jenny’s story begins when a thirtysomething charmer named David (Peter Sarsggard) spies her walking in the rain with her cello. Pulling up in his Bristol sports car, he offers not her a life—that would be improper— but her cello, since he’s a music lover and hates the thought of it getting wet. Naturally enough, 16-year-old Jenny immediately succumbs to the attentions of this well-spoken, clever, handsome man with the unusual— and far from drab—car and the candor to own up to the impropriety of his attentions and the fact that he’s Jewish. Even the viewer is disarmed by him, but—and this is what raises the film another notch—neither Jenny nor we are quite taken in. Jenny may be being victimized, but she’s not a victim—except of her era. She’s so starved for color and sophistication that she’s not going to examine its authenticity too closely when it appears to arrive. The same is true—in a much quieter way—

Milla Jovovich, Will Patton, Elias Koteas, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Corey Johnson Spurious “Fact-Based” Sci-Fi An utterly bogus “fact-based” tale of alien abduction. Dishonest, tedious and lacking in the way of thrills, this is one of the key films to miss this year. Rated PG-13

Law Abiding Citizen JJ

Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Colm Meaney, Bruce McGill, Leslie Bibb Action/Thriller A seemingly ordinary man takes revenge on the justice system that let the murderer of his wife and daughter walk free. Pointlessly gory and patently absurd, the movie might have worked as pulp, except that it’s too full of itself to even work as mindless entertainment. Rated R

The Men Who Stare at Goats JJJJ

George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, Stephen Lang Satirical Comedy A fact-based—at least in part— comedy about the U.S. Army’s experiments in the use of psychic powers. An enjoyable, often very funny film that never quite crosses the line to be the defining satire it seems to have had in mind. Rated R

Michael Jackson’s This Is It JJJJ

Michael Jackson, Kenny Ortega Music Documentary A behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Michael Jackson’s This Is It show that was nearly ready to be performed at the time of Jackson’s death. While your taste for this will depend almost entirely on your fondness or lack thereof for Michael Jackson, the film itself is an intriguing look at his creative process. Rated PG

More Than a Game JJJ

LeBron James, Dru Joyce, Romeo Travis, Sian Cotton, Willie McGee Sports Documentary A documentary focusing on the high-school exploits of NBA star LeBron James and his high-school basketball teammates. A perfectly agreeable documentary, but it lacks flash and will only really be of interest to sports fans. Rated PG

Paranormal Activity JJJJ

Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs, Ashley Palmer DIY Horror Observations on a young woman who is at the mercy of a demon that’s haunted her since childhood. A slow-moving, low-budget affair that succeeds in being creepy without quite being ter-

of her parents, Jack (Alfred Molina) and Marjorie (Cara Seymour, The Savages), both of whom are charmed by David for various reasons. Jack likes him because he’s amusing, does credible impressions of Goon Show characters, and offers the illusion of respectability. Marjorie is drawn to his sophistication and the fact that he recalls a time when the world held promise and her own life wasn’t bound by suburban domesticity. Jenny, on the other hand, watches in increasingly knowing fascination as David skillfully manipulates her parents into believing that her going out with him is an acceptable thing—though, of course, it isn’t. The film shrewdly follows the relationship between Jenny and David, peeling away both their facades a little at a time. Neither is quite who they seem. On occasion, Jenny seems more mature than David, and as the film—and Mulligan’s performance—discloses that there’s a woman inside this schoolgirl,

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rifying. Rated R

Paris JJJJ

Juliette Binoche, Romain Duris, Fabrice Luchini, Albert Dupontel, Franois Cluzet, MŽlanie Laurent Drama A multi-storied film about the lives of a number of people in Paris. An often brilliant drama—or series of dramas—that focuses more on characters than plot, resulting in a satisfying, if not quite great, work. Rated R

Pirate Radio JJJJJ

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Sturridge, Nick Frost Comedy With Music The story of renegade broadcasters operating from a ship off the coast of Great Britain in 1966. An altogether splendid period piece about camaraderie and rock music with great performers, a killer sound track and a screenplay that’s as warm as it is witty. Rated R


Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Mark Rolston, Betsy Russell, Shawnee Smith, Peter Outerbridge Torture-Porn Horror Jigsaw reaches out from the dead to exact revenge on a vile insurance-company executive. More of the same, with a slightly more interesting plot than usual. Rated R

2012 JJJ

John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt Mega-Budget Disaster-thon Roland Emmerich’s take on what happens when the Mayan calendar runs out. Grotesquely overlong and overproduced, but if you want to see the world end without actually being there, it’ll probably fill the bill. Rated PG-13

Where the Wild Things Are JJJJ

Max Records, Catherine Keener, James Gandofini, Lauren Ambrose, Paul Dano, Chris Cooper Children’s Fantasy A young boy runs away from home after a fight with his mother and travels to a magical island inhabited by fantastic creatures that mirror himself and his real life. An ambitious, not entirely successful attempt to flesh out the children’s book by Maurice Sendak. Rarely less than fascinating, but somehow not quite what it seems to want to be. Rated PG

one-time showings Black Rain JJJJ

Director: Shohei Imamura Players: Yoshiko Tanaka, Kazuo Kitamura, Etsuko Ichihara, Shoichi Ozawa, Norihei Miki Drama Rated NR Shohei Imamura’s uncompromising look at the aftermath of the bombing of Hiroshima, Black Rain (1989), is an uncomfortable film to say the least—though not always for the reasons one might suspect. reviewed by Ken Hanke Classic Cinema From Around the World will present Black Rain at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at Courtyard Gallery, 9 Walnut St., in downtown Asheville. Info: 273-3332.

The Raven JJJJ

Director: Roger Corman Players: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Hazel Court, Jack Nicholson Horror/Comedy Rated NR After three more or less straight—or at least non-comedic—attempts at bringing Edgar Allan Poe’s work to the screen, Roger Corman opted to turn Poe’s poem “The Raven” into a comic horror/fantasy, with the aid of Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff and a very young—and very awkward—Jack Nicholson, in his 1963 The Raven. reviewed by Ken Hanke The Hendersonville Film Society will show The Raven at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville. For Cranky Hanke’s full reviews of these movies, visit

there’s also a schoolgirl inside that woman. A good deal of this works because of Mulligan, who deserves every accolade and Audrey Hepburn comparison she’s received for her performance. She’s perfectly capable of transforming into a sophisticated woman during the course of the film, but she’s also capable of reverting to the schoolgirl. This a warm, winning little film that observes nearly all its characters with sympathy—even when the cards are finally all on the table. The manner in which An Education looks at its characters and their motives— without ever spelling out those motives—is unusual in its subtlety. You wonder for a moment why Jenny doesn’t ask certain questions, and then you realize that she doesn’t want certain answers. Funny, touching, but never goopy in the least, this is one of the year’s small gems. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexual content and for smoking.

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More Than a Game JJJ

Director: Kristopher Belman Players: LeBron James, Dru Joyce, Romeo Travis, Sian Cotton, Willie McGee Sports Documentary

Rated PG

The Story: A documentary focusing on the high-school exploits of NBA star LeBron James and his high-school basketball teammates. The Lowdown: A perfectly agreeable documentary, but it lacks flash and will only really be of interest to sports fans.

Kristopher Belmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s More Than a Game is a great example of a movie being perfectly fine given what it is. But even at that, what the film is just isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a look at the high-school years of basketball superstar LeBron James, but the film is never able to transcend its standing as a gussied-up ESPN special. This, however, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop Belman from a game attempt. The draw here, of course, is James, but the film is less about him than it is his relationship with his high-school teammates and their friendship. The movie begins with James and three best friends (Dru Joyce III, Sian Cotton, Willie McGee) all on their eighth-grade team, then follows the guys through high school and Jamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

sudden stardom and the media circus that followed. Presumably, the idea behind the movie was to create a real-life equivalent to the uplifting sports movie and mix it with a coming-of-age tale. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no shortage of drama to cover, from Joyce IIIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attempts to reconcile his roles as a dad and his sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coach, to the hard-luck lives these kids lead before finding themselves as part of a high-school-basketball juggernaut. But while thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always the sense that the problems these kids faced during this time were genuine, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never much tension surrounding any of it. This is a direct result of the style of filmmaking More Than a Game deals in. The film is peopled with talking-

head interviews and Ken Burns-esque old photographs interspersed with old video and newsreel footage. Any tension or drama thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inherent in the material is lost in the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stylistic dormancy, something better suited for a television set than a movie theater. Educational? Maybe. Beyond that, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s little to recommend to the average filmgoer. Documentaries usually trade in specialized topics, but in this case, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not much for anyone who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t already have an interest in basketball. Rated PG for brief mild language and incidental smoking. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14.

filmfestival The 2009 Asheville Film Festival in Hindsight by Ken Hanke Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no denying that this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Asheville Film Festival was low-key and scaled back. There was no special guest, fewer narrative feature entries and at least one notable miscalculation. That said, the 2009 festival did have more than its share of high points â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not the least of which was a very positive vibe from out-of-town filmmakers, who were in unusually high attendance this year. This was, I believe, the first time that the winner of the award for Best Feature film was actually there to accept the award. And no, it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like filmmaker Becky Smith â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whose 16 to Life snagged that accolade â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just drove in from Hendersonville. No, indeed, she came all the way from California to attend the festival â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and yes, that was without knowing that her film had taken the top prize. The even more positive thing about this is that she had a good time, meaning that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have gone home with good things to say about the festival in general. Equally gratifying was the full-scale invasion of what seemed like everyone involved in the production of another feature entry, Laid Off. These folks came in from New Jersey â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and happily they took home the Audience Award. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think they would have minded that much if they hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t won anything (though they certainly let out a whoop when they did). They were the pleasantest folks you could have hoped for â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not even minding the fact that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d found their film significantly flawed. Indeed, they spent some considerable time talking to me about how they might better their work. With any luck, I was of some small help to them. And if they read this, I was perfectly sincere that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be interested to see the next movie they make. I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t involved with the short films, student films or documentaries, and my schedule this

weekend didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow me to rectify this, but the judges who tackled the shorts and student films were very impressed with the overall quality of the work that had made it into the festival. This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hard to believe. The one year I did help judge shorts, I was quite astonished by how good the films were. I understand the appeal for burgeoning filmmakers of making a feature they can call their own â&#x20AC;&#x201D; something that advances in digital technology have made practical â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but a lot can be learned from crafting a really fine short rather than an overreaching feature. The opening night film, An Education, was a genuine delight. Unfortunately, it was rather overpriced for most people, since the ticket included the opening-night party. That was definitely too bad. All the hype about the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s young star, Carey Mulligan, having the kind of star quality associated with the young Audrey Hepburn turns out to be quite true. Think of the film as a kind of sexualized Roman Holiday and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll fully understand the comparison. Fortunately, for those who missed it at the festival, it opens this Friday at the Fine Arts (and you can read a more detailed review of it in this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Xpress). Of course, much of the excitement this year centered around the closing-night film, Precious, given the Oscar buzz it has generated. Following its unprecedented box office in limited release the week before, it had sold out by last Wednesday, but the festival booker, Greg Gardner, managed to get a second screening slotted â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and that sold out, too. For those who missed it and would like to see it at the theater, I expect the film will open locally within the next week or so. So did Precious live up to its promise? In the main, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to say that, yes, it did â&#x20AC;&#x201D; though I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m quite as keen on it as a great many people seem to be. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly a well-made, beautifully acted film of no little power, even if some of that power starts to feel a little trumped-up at

times. The performances are stunning â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and anyone who sat through Glitter (thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s maybe 20 people) will be stunned to discover that Mariah Carrey actually can act. Praise to one side â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and Precious certainly deserves it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it just didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the ability to transport the crowds the way last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closing film, Danny Boyleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Slumdog Millionaire, did. Precious drew solid, enthusiastic applause, but nothing like the two ovations Slumdog received â&#x20AC;&#x201D; nor did it leave you breathlessly excited when you exited the theater (at least, it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave me feeling that way). But, as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve noted before, Slumdog Millionaire isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the kind of film you encounter more than every few years â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no disgrace not to match it. And anyway, the two films â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and their aims â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are so different that it makes actual comparison impossible. Overall, the festival was a wholly pleasant event. I do regret the pricing of the openingnight film, and I do hope that we can get back to having a guest next year. And good as the entry features mostly were, I definitely want to see a return to the aggressive approach of acquiring films that have played well at other festivals. That was a process that proved very successful the past couple of years here in Asheville in terms of getting a larger body of worthwhile feature entries. On another positive note, the amount of time and attention given over to local filmmakers this year was a very good move. After all, supporting the art of film in your own backyard can only be a good thing for any film festival. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just lucky enough to have a good bit of local filmmaking going on. So where does all this leave us? This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festival wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an unqualified success, but I would call it a success â&#x20AC;&#x201D; certainly it was judging by the reaction of those who attended it.







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THE VILLAGES AT CREST MOUNTAIN Asheville’s Premier Sustainable Community! Top green builders, community gardens, orchards & vineyards, common houses, common solar, so much more. Starting in the low 200s. or 828.252.7787 / info

MONTFORD • .19 acre lot located on Westover Drive. Private, wooded. Just outside of historic district. Neighborhood has great mix of historic and modern homes. $68,500. Partial owner financing available. 828-337-0228.

A Fantastic Buy at just $264,900 - (828)768-3339

Biltmore village. 2BR, 1BA. Hardwood floors, newly painted, modern lighting and updated kitchen with Corian countertops, washer/dryer. End unit with quiet green and gardening

Condos For Sale

space. $118,000 (828) 545-3163.

*Based on 100% financing, APR 4.229% on 5 year ARM. No prepayment penalty, no balloon payment, no PMI. Rates are subject to change at any time. Based on 80% 1st mortgage of $111,920 (principal + interest) and 20% 2nd mortgage of $27,980 (interest only) APR 4.125%. Both loans are variable rate, subject to change at 5 years. Select condos only. Does not include taxes and insurance. Nitch Real Estate: (828) 654-9394 or

Land For Sale HISTORIC S&W CONDOS New condos in the heart of downtown in historic art BEAUTIFUL PENTHOUSE SUITE Lexington Station in downtown Asheville. Approximately 2000 sqft, 3BR, 2BA w/sunset views, hardwood floors, granite countertops, 9’ ceilings, fireplace. 2 secured garage parking spaces. (828) 771-2329. Asheville’s Dream Team, Keller Williams.

deco building. 3rd and 4th floor units w/elevator access and city or mountain views. From $290,000. The Real Estate Center: (828) 255-4663, •

17 TO 57 ACRES • HILLTOP HOMESITE Long range views, stream, wooded, very nice rural area, private. • No restrictions. • $6500/acre. Call (828) 287-3555.

Out-Of-Town Property FLORIDA COASTAL JEWEL 2BR, 2.5BA townhouse. Walk to beach. Pool, tennis courts. RV/boat storage. $215,000. (321) 777-7428. Photos available:


Brand New Arts and Crafts Beauty! Located in picturesque downtown Weaverville within walking distance to the quaint Main Street shops and Lake Louise! Almost 2000sf, this home has rock accents and hardiplank exterior, three bedrooms, three full baths, hand hewn hardwood floors, upgrade carpet and tile, maple cabinets, granite bath counters, and a whirlpool tub in master bath. Upgrade appliances, fixtures and molding, three decks for nature lovers. This low maintenance, energy efficient home also features a large office/ studio space/possible 4th bedroom. Beautifully landscaped, almost one half acre NATURE lot with adjacent stream and end of the road privacy. Great neighbors.

Between downtown and

for more info.

A GREAT TIME TO BUY A CONDO Tax credit has been extended! Let’s talk about condos. Call Clark: (828) 779-9000. Asheville Investment Properties.

LEASE TO OWN • 1700 sq.ft., 4BR, 2.5BA, hardwood floors, new kitchen, deck, sun room,walk to downtown. $199,000. Agents welcome. 828-582-7198.


$289,500. 1,431 sq ft, 3 BR/2.5 BA with covered porches, oak floors, 3 solar panels for hot water and heat boost ($7,500 fed. & state tax credits), high efficiency heat pump, Icynene insulation, low-e windows, Energy Star appliances, concrete countertops, low VOC paint, rain barrels, garden, native landscaping.

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Real Estate Services

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


We know Asheville. Since 1969. Let me help you sell your home or find the perfect one for you. Make it simple! Cindy Zinser. m 828-243-0217, 828-210-3636.

HOUSEKEEPER/PERSONAL ASSISTANT has an opening to work for you. Call (828) 216-4592

General Services GET RESULTS! “When we started advertising, we quickly determined that our best response was from our inexpensive ad in the Mountain Xpress Classifieds! Thanks for 10 years, Asheville.” Dale Mayberry, Mayberry Heating and Cooling, Inc. You too, can benefit from advertising in Mountain Xpress. Call today! (828) 251-1333.

Home Services

Lawn & Garden NATURAL CRAFT • Finished Grading • Drainage Issues • Erosion Control • Fall Planting • Mulching • Retaining Walls. Fully insured. Call: 828-507-2055.

HOME WATER LEAKS A Problem? Excellent leak detection! Lasting correction! Experience! References! Call 828-273-5271.

Handy Man

Heating & Cooling

HIRE A HUSBAND Handyman Services. 25 years professional experience, quality, reliability. References available. Free estimates. Insured. Stephen Houpis, (828) 280-2254.

MAYBERRY HEATING AND COOLING INC • Service • Repairs • Replacements AC/Heat Pumps • Gas/Oil Furnaces • New Construction/Renovations • Indoor Air Quality Products. (828) 658-9145.

RELIABLE REPAIRS! Quality work! All types maintenance/repair, indoor/outdoor. • Excellent water leak detection/correction! • Wind damaged shingle/roof repair! 38 years experience! Responsible! Honest! Harmonious! References! Call Brad, you’ll be Glad! (828) 273-5271.

Upholstery UPHOLSTERY AND RESTORATION Quality and friendly custom restoration services for all your upholstery needs. • Auto • Home. Free estimates. (828) 776-8220.

Fine Grading and Site Preparation Complete Landscape Design/Installation • Excavation & Roads •Water Harvesting/ Management • Stonework • Outdoor Rooms • Water Features • Renewable Energy

COMPUTER SERVICE AT YOUR DOORSTEP We Come To You! • PC and Mac • Slow computer? We’ll speed it up. • Repairs • Upgrades • Networking • Tutoring. Senior Citizen/Nonprofit Discounts. Call Christopher’s Computers, 828-670-9800. Member Better Business Bureau of WNC.

Heirloom Quality Homebuilding & Custom Woodworking Cabinetry and Fine Furniture Making Utilizing Local, Ecologically Sound Materials

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12,000 SQFT INCREDIBLE BUILDING • WEST ASHEVILLE For sale or lease, all or part, triple net. Long term lease. Includes 3000 sqft dance room: 12 work rooms underneath, 5 office spaces, 7 bathrooms (3 full) and a • huge 3500 sqft loft Apartment above, with pool, hot tub, stainless commercial kitchen, gas fireplace, wet bar, etc. • Serious inquires only. (828) 259-3663. COMMERCIAL FOR SALE • Downtown, Lexington Station ground-floor turnkey coffee shop, $333,000. • Downtown, Coxe Avenue one story building, approximately 1800 sqft, affordable price $295,000. • Gateway to Broadway Corridor, home to many new developments, 4 buildings w/lots of character. $950,000. • The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663.

Business Rentals 1 MONTH FREE! (W/12 month lease). River Arts Studios starting at $180/month, includes utilities. Call 250-9700 or e-mail: 12,000 SQFT INCREDIBLE BUILDING • WEST ASHEVILLE For sale or lease, all or part, triple net. Long term lease. Includes 3000 sqft dance room: 12 work rooms underneath, 5 office spaces, 7 bathrooms (3 full) and a • huge 3500 sqft loft Apartment above, with pool, hot tub, stainless commercial kitchen, gas fireplace, wet bar, etc. • Serious inquires only. (828) 259-3663.


ELK MOUNTAIN ASSOCIATES We specialize in • re-fitting Bathrooms and Kitchens and finishing Basements • adding Garages, Porches and • Sunrooms. • Professional education and experience. Call (828) 242-1950 or (for all our information):

Brandon Greenstein • Paul Caron (828) 664-9127 | 301-7934

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18 ORANGE, DOWNTOWN OFFICE SPACE Across from Staples. 1,325 sqft, entire first floor, large kitchen/bath, $1,295/month, water and electric included. Available Oct. 1. By appointment: 828-273-3765. ATTENTION HOLISTIC PRACTITIONERS Office and treatment space available in Arden holistic practice. • Hendersonville Road. • Heavy traffic. Chiropractor relocating. Call 687-0506. BE ON BUSY TUNNEL ROAD! Anchor space to starter space available from 300 sqft to 3500 sqft. Great for Medical, Office or Studio use. Contact (828) 215-2865 for showings.

BUSY BUSINESS CORRIDOR Space available on Smokey Park Highway, approximately 700 sqft. Great visibility! $700/month. Call (828) 215-2865 for showings. DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE: For lease. Retail and office suites, 222 to 2,964 sqft. Very prominent locations. Call G/M Property Group, 828-281-4024. DOWNTOWN Ground-floor retail w/courtyard on Lexington Avenue. Approximately 2982 sqft, hardwood floors, newer building. $2000/month. The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663. DOWNTOWN Private and quaint office space with views. Get your Espresso and a paper next door. Only $1,200/month and 1 year lease or more. Bernie, 828 230-0755. GREAT LOCATION • High traffic retail/restaurant building. Downtown Hendersonville. 4,000 sq.ft. with lots of private parking. $2800 month 828-685-0601. HISTORIC MILES BUILDING Downtown Asheville. Large impression. 2 room office with lots of light, hardwood floors, high ceilings. Great space. 828-242-5456. LEXINGTON AVENUE Vanilla shell w/loads of character, hardwood floors, exposed beams, 3 bathrooms, large windows, $3,950/month. The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663.


Apartments For Rent 2BR, 1.5BA HENDERSONVILLE • 912 Hillcrest. $595/month. Garage, deck. 828-253-1517. Glen Beale, *2nd month free*, $675/month, 828-253-1517, $325/MONTH CANTON; $450/MONTH CANDLER Nice, renovated 1BR apartments; minutes from downtown Asheville. No smoking; no pets. Call (828) 337-5447. 1 FREE MONTH! (w/contract). Live, work and play downtown. • Studio: $545/month. • 1BR: $650/month. Call (828) 691-6555. 1 GREAT COUNTRY APARTMENT Leicester area. Quiet 1BR on organic farm. WD. • No pets/smoking. $540/month includes utilities. Call 683-0137. 1-2BR, 1-2BA, HENDERSONVILLE, 2010 LAUREL PARK, coin-op laundry, $510-$655/month, 828-693-8069, 1-2BR, 2BA, SOUTH Skyland Heights, $495$595/month, 828-253-1517, 1, 2, 3 BEDROOM APARTMENTS From $525$1500. • Huge selection! • Pet friendly. (828) 251-9966.

LEXINGTON LOFTS Renovated restaurant and retail spaces between 1100-2000 sqft on Lexington and Rankin Avenues w/competitive lease rates; ready for upfit mid-2010. The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663. NICE SUBURBAN OFFICES South of Airport, Hwy 280. 4,400 sqft. freestanding building. Possible office/live-in. Approximately $3,000/month. HENDERSONVILLE ROAD Close to Asheville. Deluxe suite of offices, 160, 280 sqft. Ample parking. Cheap! 828-216-6066. NORTH ASHEVILLE Basement level of the Sherwin Williams building, approximately 6500 sqft, $3000/month. The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663. RIVER DISTRICT 6,000 sqft shell - artists; flexible uses. Owner will upfit for Class A office. Call G/M Property Group, 828-281-4024.

1BR, 1BA CENTRAL • 15 Grindstaff. Carpet/vinyl. $525/month. 828-253-1517. 1BR, 1BA MONTFORD • 346 Montford Ave. $565/month. Hardwood floors, gas heat. 828-253-1517. 1BR, 1BA NORTH • 12 Golf St. $665/month. Hardwood floors, gas heat. 828-253-1517. 1BR, 1BA NORTH • 7 Banbury Cross. $525/month. Hardwood floors, high ceilings. 828-253-1517. 1BR, 1BA WEST ASHEVILLE • Near downtown. W/D hookup. $450/month + security deposit. No pets. 828-551-0017. 1BR, 1BA • 37 Skyview. $485-$595/month. Nice views. 2nd month is FREE. 828-253-1517.

1BR, 1BA • Hendersonville. 825 4th. Hardwood floors. $425/month. 828-693-8069. 1BR/1.5BA NORTH • 265 Charlotte, hardwood floors, coin-op laundry. $795/month. 828-253-1517. 1BR/1BA NORTH • 83 Edgemont, water included. $495/month. 828-253-1517. 1BR/1BA, EAST • 314 Fairview, porch, $525/month. 828-253-1517. 2-3BR, 1.5BA NORTH • 30 Clairmont. Close to shopping and dining. Water included. $615$635/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1.5BA, EAST, 119 Liberty, a/c, w/d hookups, $605/month, 828-253-1517, 2BR, 1BA DOWNTOWN • 138 Biltmore Ave. $915/month. 2nd month rent free. A/C, cats okay. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA DOWNTOWN • 68 N. French Broad Ave. $775/month. Mountain Views. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA EAST • 28 Hillendale. $670/month. Sunporch, carpet. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA NORTH • 198 Kimberly Ave. $750/month. Patio, lawn. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA NORTH • 304 Charlotte St. Carpet, car port. $650/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA WEST • 9 King Arthur. Dishwasher, baseboard heat. $625/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA WEST • 92 Appalachian Way. $895/month. Harwood floors, W/D connections. 828-53-1517. 2BR, 1BA, EAST, 7 LINDSEY, A/C, W/D hookups, $595/month, 828-693-8069, 2BR, 1BA, NORTH, 365 Weaverville, w/d hookups, $455-$575/month, 828-693-8069, 2BR, 2BA EAST • 2484 Riceville Rd. Open floor plan, porch. $615/month. 828-253-1517. 2Br. 1.5BA NORTH • 172 Macon. Garage, dishwasher. $695/month. 828-253-1517.

Jennifer Ritchie-Eller, REALTOR® 828.582.5397 office

O n l y 2 Ho m e s Lef t i n P h a s e O n e ! Quaint 10 Cottage Community in E. Asheville - $169,900 There’s still time to take advantage of the $8,000 tax credit. Don’t miss out on this amazing development that offers 3 different floor plans with prices reduced from $189,900 to $169,900! “Lower Grassy Branch” Cottages are located near the VA Hospital, Hwy 70 amenities and the Blue Ridge Parkway in East Asheville. Contact Trillium Properties at 828-582-5397 and view more info at

• 3 bedrooms, 2 baths • Stick built • Open floor plans with 9’ ceilings • Kitchen appliances included • Hardiplank Exterior • Maple cabinets • Hardwood floors Directions: 70E to north on Riceville Rd, R on Old Farm School Rd, at the stop sign, turn R on Lower Grassy.



In the heart of downtown Asheville

Where everything is just around the corner…


Great Rentals in West Asheville, North Asheville, Woodfin, Black Mountain & Hendersonville NO R TH MOBILES LIKE NEW A SHEV ILLE T OW NH OUSE S Off Merrimon Ave.

1 BR/1 BA ............... $495 2BR/1 BA ................ $525 3BR/1BA ................. $625 Walking distance to town, incl. water

ACCEPTING SECTION 8 NOW! In quiet, very nice park. 3BR, 2BA. ............................ $6 2 5 / M O NTH 2BR, 2BA. .......................... $6 1 5 / M O NTH

BLACK MOUNTAIN 2 BR, 1BA apartment. Heat pump with central air, washer/dryer connections. Also includes water.


HENDERSONVILLE 1BR, 1BA apar ment with new berber carpet. Small deck with sliding glass door. Walking distance to Main Street. Includes water.

• Convenient - To shops, music, restaurants – everything! • Reserved parking • Services - from dog walking to plant watering • Secure - 24 hour security • Stylish - Live, work and play from one of Asheville’s historic classics

2 Bedroom, 2 Baths

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$4 2 5 / M O NTH


Call Amber Ammons: (828) 252-7799 ext. 305 Rent Specials – Call for details!

• NOVEMBER 18 - NOVEMBER 24, 2009


2BR/1BA WEST • 257 Sandhill, A/C, W/D hookups. $715/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR/2BA, ARDEN • 216 Weston, A/C, W/D hookups. $795/month. 828-253-1517. 3BR, 1BA NORTH • 22 Westall. Close to UNCA. Water included. $695/month. 828-253-1517. 3BR, 2BA EAST • 126 Aurora Dr. Carpet, W/D hookups. $750/month. 828-253-1517. 3BR, 2BA, NORTH, 81 LAKESHORE, A/C, coin-op laundry, deck, $695/month, 828-253-1517, A HOME IN THE MOUNTAINS • GREAT PRICE! Live in a beautiful, green, conveniently located scenic resort-style community! • Fireplaces • Heated pool • Fitness Center and more. Call (828) 687-0638. ACTON WOODS APARTMENTS • Beautiful 2BR, 2BA, loft, $850/month. • 2BR, 2BA, $750. Include gas log fireplace, water, storage. 828-253-0758. Carver Realty

BEAVERDAM • DUPLEX North. 2BR, 2BA, new carpet, 800 sqft, 2 levels, WD, off street parking. Deck, yard and • pets ok! $750/month includes water. Call (828) 279-3926. BLACK MOUNTAIN • 1BR, duplex. 1 yr old. D/W disposal, W/D hookups, 600sq.ft. $625/month. 713-2467. BLACK MOUNTAIN • 2BR, 1BA. Heatpump, central air, W/D connection. Nice area. Only $595/month. 828-252-4334. BLACK MOUNTAIN • EFFICIENCY 2 rooms, private bath. Separate entrance. • No pets. Smoking ok. $450/month includes water, heat, electricity, wifi, cable. (828) 423-4952. CENTRAL • 1BR. Heat and water provided. $620/month. 828-253-0758. Carver Realty. CLOSE TO I-26/UNCA 2BR, 2BA. Beautiful complex, built 2002. Safe and secure. North Asheville. • $700/month. Call 778-6809.

COTTAGE • KENILWORTH Studio. Very nice historic cottage close to Biltmore Avenue. Walk to hospital, AB Tech, downtown. Looking for energy conscious person. $605/month, includes heat, AC, water, cable. Deposit. Lease. (828) 255-8466. CUTE LITTLE RV FOR SALE • On beautiful wooded lot in Woodfin. RV, $2000. Lot rent, $300/month. 919-260-5734. DUPLEX • EAST ASHEVILLE 1BR, 1BA. Cozy, nice, quiet. Hardwood floors. Wooded views. • No smoking. • Pet considered. $500/month. Lease. Deposit. 230-2511. DUPLEX • HENDERSONVILLE 2BR. • WD connections. Fenced backyard. Very convenient, close to downtown. $525/month includes water. 423-5160. DUPLEX • NORTH • UNCA 2BR, 1BA w/bonus room. Walk downtown. 1300 sqft, central HVAC, hardwood floors, WD, off street parking. Deck, yard. • Pets ok. $1200/month includes water. Call (828) 279-3926. EFFICIENCY APARTMENT • Available immediately. 289 E Chestnut ST. Ground floor units available, $450/month. No pets. 828-350-9400.

FURNISHED COTTAGE • MARSHALL Very private. 20 minutes to Asheville. Completely renovated 2BR. Hardwood floors, all appliances, WD. Garage/workshop available. • No pets. $825/month. (828) 658-1000. 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. GLEN BRIDGE APARTMENTS • 1BR, 1BA. $450/month. Includes water/garbage. Small complex in Arden. Move in special with one year lease. 828-350-9400. GREENLIFE NEIGHBORHOOD • NORTH ASHEVILLE Large 2BR, 1BA, upgraded kitchen/bath, hardwood floors. • Reserved parking. $820/month. Call (828) 215-2865. HENDERSONVILLE • 1BR, 1BA. Walking distance to Main St. Includes water. Only $425/month. 828-252-4334.

HISTORIC ARTS AND CRAFTS HOUSE • 3BR, 2BA near Greenlife. 22 Broad St. 5 blocks to downtown. $1350/month plus utilities. 828-552-6218 or LEICESTER • Available immediately. 1BR with office. $550/month. 828-350-9400. 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 ASHEVILLE • 2BR, 1BA. Heat pump, central air. W/D connection. Close to Beaver Lake. $595/month. 828-252-4334. STUDIO/1BA NORTH • 82 Merrimon, hardwood floors, $505/month. 828-253-1517. STUDIO • South. Forestdale. 2BR, 1BA. A/C. 2nd month rent FREE. $560-$695/month. 828-253-1517. SWEETEN CREEK RD. Kensington Place. $680/month. 1BR/1BA. Move in by Dec 30. Cathedral ceilings, W/D included. Must rent until 9/2010. Excellent location. Call Graham 828-553-6436. Come see.

TWO APARTMENTS IN CANDLER • $450$495/MONTH Landscape/farm work trade negotiable. Large 1BR. 16 miles from Downtown. Pets considered. Call (828) 215-1923 or (828) 667-0120. WALK TO MISSION! Nice, ground level, 1BR, 1BA, hardwood floors. Off-street parking. Heat and water furnished. $625/month. $625 security deposit. Contact Tom, 828-230-7296. STUDIO/1BA NORTH • Fall Special! 85 Merrimon, all utilities included. Furnished. $550/month. 828-253-1517.

Mobile Homes For Rent WEST ASHEVILLE • 2BR, 2BA mobile home. In very nice park. Like new. In city and on bus line close to town. Only $595/month. 828-252-4334. WEST ASHEVILLE • 2BR, 2BA near downtown. W/D connection. Excellent condition. $625/month. 828-252-4334.

business center & car wash. * (Move-in month free and following month). • Hurry, offer ends December 31, 2009.

• 1 & 2 BR Condominiums • Close to downtown • Nine foot ceilings • Energy Star and NC HealthyBuilt Home certified • Private Balconies

Call Seasons at Biltmore Lake: (828) 670-9009 for more details or visit:

Own for only $650/month Includes Mortgage, Taxes & Association Fees

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2 MONTHS FREE!* (on 13 month lease term) on 1, 2 and 3BR condos. • A beautiful community with fitness center, pool, playground, business center and car wash. * (Move-in month free and following month). • • Hurry, offer ends December 31, 2009. • Call Seasons at Biltmore Lake: (828) 670-9009 for more details or visit: 2BR/2BA • Downtown. 1250sq.ft. unfurnished condo. Hardwoods, modern kitchen, deck, garage parking space. $1500/month. Available early December. Lease required. 828-775-5110. 3BR/2BA South Asheville. Carrington Place off Sweeten Creek Road. 1,450 square feet of living. Washer/dryer hook-ups, central A/C, gas fireplace, modern kitchen, patio, garage. References, security deposit, and lease required. $1,100/month. (828) 231-8836. ARDEN • Beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo. 15 minutes to downtown Asheville and Hendersonvill. Full appliances, W/D, gas fireplace. Screened in porch, large storage closet. Swimming pool. $750/month. First month free with one year lease. Call 954-822-5885.

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Condos/ Townhomes For Rent

Equal Housing Opportunities

FLETCHER/MILLS RIVER • Townhouse for rent. 2BR, 2.5BA. Basement, garage. Close to I26. $900/month. Call Robin at 828 768-1343. FLETCHER • 2BR, 1.5BA townhouse available for immediate rental. Very nice unit with one car garage. Duplex style living, very convenient to I-26 and south Asheville shopping/restaurants. One small pet considered. $800 per month. 828-350-9400. 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 ASHEVILLE • 2BR/2BA top floor condo available late November. Approx 1115 sq.ft. $800/month. Pet friendly, nice views, rural-esque setting within minutes of shopping and downtown. Washer and dryer included. Please contact Bo for more info, or 828.423.9588. SOUTH ASHEVILLE • 2BR, 2BA condo. Like new. Heatpump, central air, W/D connection, W/D available if needed. D/W, disposal. Deck. Only $745/month. 828-230-6357. WEST ASHEVILLE Canterbury Heights, 46 and 48 Beri Drive. Newly renovated, 2BR, 1.5BA, split level condos, 918 sqft. Pool, fitness center. $725/month. Mike 919-624-1513.

Homes For Rent 175 CANDLER SCHOOL ROAD • CANDLER 2BR, 2BA. Cute farmhouse with garage/shop. $900/month. City Real Estate: (828) 210-2222.

179 HOUSTON CIRCLE • MONTFORD 2BR, 1BA. Cute, clean, private. Convenient to I-240, downtown and UNCA. $825/month. City Real Estate: (828) 210-2222.

1920’s BUNGALOW • DOWNTOWN WEAVERVILLE • Month to month. 3BR, 2BA, fireplace. Fenced yard. • Pets considered. • No smoking. $1295/month. Call (252) 633-8809. 1999 FURNISHED MONTFORD COTTAGE 2BR, 2BA, 1600 sqft. Walk downtown. • Deck, patio, plenty closets. • No smokers/pets. $1500/month plus utilities. • Solid references! (828) 777-1014. 1ST CALL US! 2, 3 and 4BR homes from $700-2500. • Pet friendly. • Huge selection! (828) 251-9966

The area’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

2 MONTFORD APARTMENTS Historic downtown neighborhood. Woodfloors, claw foot tub/showers, gas ranges, refrigerators and nice kitchens. â&#x20AC;˘ Central radiator heat and water included. â&#x20AC;˘ A: Downstairs: $695 to $730/month*, 1.5BR or 2BR or bonus/office, nice porch. â&#x20AC;˘ B: Downstairs 1BR, ceramic tile BA, new shower (only), nice porch: $615 to $640/month*. â&#x20AC;˘ No pets/smoking. 81 Pearson Drive. * Based on single occupancy and good rental history. Call (828) 254-2229 or Eddie: (803) 600-3336. 20 MINUTES NORTH OF ASHEVILLE 3BR, 2BA, 1.5 acres. Clean and spacious. WD connections. Private, beautiful setting. Deck, garden space. $850/month. Call evenings: 658-1718. 2BR, 1BA ARDEN â&#x20AC;˘ 47 Fairoaks. W/D hookups. A/C. $650/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA ARDEN â&#x20AC;˘ 85 Tampa. $1135/month. Oak floors, fireplace. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA BUNGALOW â&#x20AC;˘ W/D, DW, fplc, hardwoods, gas heat. Storage, fenced, parking. Pets considered. No smoking. Avail 12/1. References required. $925/month. First/last/$500 deposit. 314-960-9345. 2BR, 1BA KENILWORTH â&#x20AC;˘ 271 Forest Hill. $895/month. Garage, back yard. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA NORTH â&#x20AC;˘ 69 Rice Branch. Fireplace, rear deck. 828-253-1517. $950/month. 2BR, 1BA OAKLEY â&#x20AC;˘ 159 Onteora Blvd. Sunny, cozy, clean with large fenced backyard. New oven and cabinets. W/D. Shed. $600/month. or 828 242-5456 2BR, 1BA WEST ASHEVILLE â&#x20AC;˘ Full basement. Close to everything. Heat pump. $750/month + deposit. References required. 828-778-1328. 2BR, 1BA â&#x20AC;˘ Good, well-kept home. Quiet street, hardwood floors. $700/month plus deposit. Call 720-266-1291.

3BR, 1BA OAKLEY â&#x20AC;˘ Private country setting on 3 acres with gardens. Gas logs, hardwoods and tile. $1085/month including yard maintenance, $985/month without yard maintenance. References, deposit, 1 year lease. 828-274-3419. 3BR, 1BA WEST â&#x20AC;˘ 39 Ridgeway. Oak floors, garage. $895/month. 828-253-1517. 3BR, 2BA CENTRAL â&#x20AC;˘ $750/month. 8 minute walk to Vance Monument. Kitchen tile. Sunny. Quiet, low traffic. 828-423-1209. 3BR, 2BA CHARMING â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;OLE HOME Love this home as much as we do. 2 lots with great garden for veggies and herbs, mud room, washer and dryer. Bright large kitchen with hardwood floors, large family room. 2 drive ways, big porch to sit relax. $1,166/month. Rent or buy. email: 3BR, 2BA LAKE JUNALUSKA â&#x20AC;˘ Golf community, screen porch, deck, one level, carport, gas fireplace, W/D, great neighborhood. $975/month,non-smoking. Call Janet, 786-553-8265. 3BR, 2BA LOG HOME with basement. Hardwood floors, cathedral ceilings. 36â&#x20AC;&#x2122; front porch. 15 minutes from Weaverville; 25 minutes from Asheville. $985/month. Pets considered. Call 828-649-1170. 4BR, 2BA WEST â&#x20AC;˘ 10 Friendly Way. Gas logs, garage. $1195/month. 828-253-1517. ALL AREAS - HOUSES FOR RENT. Browse thousands of rental listings with photos and maps. Advertise your rental home for free! Visit: (AAN CAN) ARDEN, OAK FOREST â&#x20AC;˘ 3BR, 2BA with full basement/garage. Nice area. Reduced to $1050/month. $30 application fee. 828-350-9400. ARDEN â&#x20AC;˘ 2 homes available from $895/month. Great layouts. 828-350-9400.

2BR, 2BA - Haw Creek â&#x20AC;˘ Walk to library. Renovated kitchen, home office, gas heat/ac, includes W/D, yard service. $875/month. 828258-3303, 828-231-8010.

ARDEN â&#x20AC;˘ 3BR, 2.5BA. Convenient to Target Plaza on Airport Rd. Hardwood floors, bonus room. $1200/month. Call or text 828-713-6578.

3BR, 1BA BRICK RANCH â&#x20AC;˘ Kenilworth, Reynolds School District. Full basement, formal dining room, large living room with fireplace. Kitchen with all appliances. Large yard, paved driveway. $1000/month. 828-628-9912.

ASHEVILLE AREA RENTALS $550$1950/month. â&#x20AC;˘ 1-East. â&#x20AC;˘ 3-West. â&#x20AC;˘ 3-North. â&#x20AC;˘ 3South. â&#x20AC;˘ Century 21 Mountain Lifestyles: (828) 684-2640, ext 17. For more details:

BEAVERDAM, NORTH ASHEVILLE â&#x20AC;˘ Secluded, charming 3BR, 2BA. Fireplace, basement, garage, W/D hookup, kitchen appliances. Available 12/1. $1325/month. 828-253-1979 Leave message. BILTMORE FOREST, SOUTH ASHEVILLE â&#x20AC;˘ 2 story carriage house with 1 BR loft. 1.5 BA. Hardwood floors, tile. Heat pump and central air. W/D connection. Completely renovated. Excellent condition. Lots of character. Water and highspeed internet. $795/month. Steve, 828-273-9545. BILTMORE LAKE â&#x20AC;˘ CANDLER 2BR, 2BA. Beaverdam Road. Total remodel, all new everything! $765/month. City Real Estate (828) 210-2222.

BILTMORE PARK. 4BR, 2.5 BA, 2,200 sqft, Rent for $1,950. Carver Realty, 828-253-0758. BULL CREEK LOG HOME Beautiful new construction! Available January 1. 1500+ sqft, 3BR, 2BA, WD, woodstove. Large secluded lot on creek. â&#x20AC;˘ Lots of light â&#x20AC;˘ very clean! $1200/month. 301-3299. BY THE RIVER â&#x20AC;˘ VIEWS! 4 miles North of downtown Asheville. Newer 3BR, 2.5BA home w/double garage on cul-de-sac. Home office/loft. Almost 2000 feet of heated area. $1395/month. For pictures and more information: CANDLER â&#x20AC;˘ ENKA VILLAGE 3BR, 1BA. $800/month. 1 year lease. Great home in charming neighborhood. 5 minutes to I-40. Updated bath. Big kitchen with all appliances. Washer/dryer. 1 car garage. New oil/heat pump furnace, central AC. â&#x20AC;˘ Cats ok. â&#x20AC;˘ We check credit and rental histories. Photos at: products.html â&#x20AC;˘ Call (828) 298-1212 or email manager CANDLER â&#x20AC;˘ 3BR, 3BA. Private. $1,275. Call 828-253-0758. Carver Realty CHUNNS COVE Available December 15. Beautifully renovated home, 1600+ sqft, 3BR, 3BA, hardwood/tile floors throughout, WD. 2 car garage, large deck overlooking wooded yard with brook. Very peaceful! $1495/month. 301-3299. COTTAGE â&#x20AC;˘ MONTFORD 2BR, 1BA. Cute, small 2 story. Includes stove, fridge, water. Gardens. Off street parking. Quiet neighborhood. Walk downtown/UNCA. No pets. $650/month, $650 deposit. References. (828) 281-2357.

DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE â&#x20AC;˘ Near Pack Square. 11 1/2 Broadway. Huge 1BR, 1BA. 900 sq.ft. D/W, W/D hookup. $675/month. Includes water. 828-552-6218 or email HAW CREEK â&#x20AC;˘ 3BR, 2.5BA. 2 car garage, 7 years old, 2000 sq.ft., gas heat, AC, D/W, disposal. $1,500/month. 713-2467. HISTORIC HOUSE â&#x20AC;˘ 3BR, 2BA. Parking, near Greenlife. 22 Broad St. 5 blocks to downtown. $1350/month plus utilities. 828-552-6218 or HOUSES FOR RENT â&#x20AC;˘ Browse thousands of rental listings with photos and maps. Advertise your rental home for free. Visit (AAN CAN) MONTFORD â&#x20AC;˘ WALK DOWNTOWN â&#x20AC;˘ Large 2BR, 1BA house â&#x20AC;˘ Quiet deadend street. Woodfloors. TED Washer/dryer, RENdishwasher. Large garage/storage. Deck, small yard. â&#x20AC;˘ Pets considered. $900/month, includes water. Deposit. References. (828) 467-9056. NORTH 2-3BR, 2BA. Hardwoods, completely remodeled. Solar workshop, carport, large deck, custom woodwork. 2 miles north of UNCA. 828-230-8706. NORTH ASHEVILLE TOWNHOMES Off Merrimon. Walking distance to town. â&#x20AC;˘ 1BR: $495/month. â&#x20AC;˘ 2BR, 1BA: $525/month. â&#x20AC;˘ 3BR, 1BA: $625/month. Includes water. 828-252-4334. OAKLEY â&#x20AC;˘ Cozy 2BR, 1BA. Hardwood floors, ceiling fans, large kitchen, W/D. Very clean shed. Pets ok. $750/month. 828-242-5456. OFF THE HOOK! We got a great response from our ad for our Rental house in the Mountain Xpress! The phone rang off the hook! Thanks, Ander, owner, Design Painting. Get your Apartment or House rented quickly and affordably. Call (828) 251-1333. Mountain Xpress Classified Marketplace. PEARSON BRIDGE â&#x20AC;˘ 3BR, 2BA. $925/month. Call 828-253-0758. Carver Realty QUIET HOME SWANNANOA â&#x20AC;˘ 3BR, 3BA. 1300 sq.ft. Ash floors, heat pump with Vermont casting stove and propane back-up. 1 car garage. Spring water. Creek in back. 10 minutes to I40, 25 minutes to Asheville. No smoking, no pets. $1300/month, annual lease. 828-669-2219. REMODELED COUNTRY HOME â&#x20AC;˘ FAIRVIEW Old Fort Rd, 10-15 minutes to Asheville. 2BR, 2BA, Jacuzzi tub, porch. Tile, stone, wood floors. $780/month. (828) 778-0726.

jobs RENT OR LEASE WITH OPTION TO BUY Nicely renovated 2BR, 1BA, 850 sqft in great, quiet neighborhood on 1 acre. Low energy bills. WD. â&#x20AC;˘ 15 minutes to downtown, near Biltmore Square Mall. Large trees, 2 decks. â&#x20AC;˘ Next to National Forest. â&#x20AC;˘ $750/month. First and security. â&#x20AC;˘ Pets considered. Call Cindy: (828) 777-7678. cindy7graham SOUTH OAK FORREST 4 BR, 2BA $1,500. Call Carver Realty 828-253-0758. SOUTH â&#x20AC;˘ Off Hendersonville Rd. 2BR, 1BA. $700/month. 828-253-0758. Carver Realty. SOUTHCHASE â&#x20AC;˘ 3BR, 2.5BA. Gas heat, 2 car garage, nice neighborhood. $1250/month. 828-253-0758. Carver Realty WEAVERVILLE/BARNARDS VILLE â&#x20AC;˘ Available immediately. 2BR with office. Views on 1 acre. No pets considered. $795/month. 828-350-9400. WEST ASHEVILLE â&#x20AC;˘ BUNGALOW Short walk to Haywood Road shops, pubs, etc. from 34 Tanglewood Drive and 5 minutes from downtown Asheville. Super clean, move-in ready! Available now! 2BR, 1BA w/Jacuzzi tub. Central heating and AC, hardwood floors, kitchen appliances, washer/dryer, fenced backyard, one car garage, and basement storage. House interior about 950 sqft. Nicely painted, window treatments, and lots of storage. â&#x20AC;˘ No pets/smoking. Proof of employment required. Minimum one year lease preferred. $925/month, first and security deposit. If interested, please phone (828) 350-7975. WEST ASHEVILLE Clean 2BR, 2BA home. Desirable Peace Street. $875/month. â&#x20AC;˘ Pets ok with deposit. Call Phoenix Property: (828) 771-2390. WEST â&#x20AC;˘ 2BR, 1BA. $550/month. 828-253-0758. Carver Realty.

BEAUTIFUL LOG CABIN Sleeps 5, handicap accessible. Near Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC. (828) 231-4504 or 277-1492.

Roommates $500 Share 4BR 2BA Fenced yard Non-smoking, drug-free, professional female seeking same. I have 2 cats,1 dog. 2BR,1BA Share LR,DR,Kitchen Fenced yard w/deck. Email Kathy kat98mcdonald Arden. Furnished room, beautiful/private setting. Organic garden. Chemicalfree household. Seeking responsible, clean roommate(s). No pets. $395/month, utilities included. No lease. (828) 687-2390. BEAUTIFUL EAST ASHEVILLE Share 3BR home, you get entire bottom floor: 1BR, private bath, living room. $500/month, includes utilities. Email: Candler Private room in beautiful rock house. 15 min to downtown. Quiet setting with gardens, Internet, cats, fireplace. Available now. $400 Kathleen 828 665-6663 House Share Looking for 1 or 2 roommates to share a 3 bedroom/2bath in Montford. 404-964-1072. $850 month. Non-smokers preferred

West Asheville Great Location. W/D, large back yard, basement, 1 1/2 bath, storage, 1 guy 1 girl live here. $390+, Ryan 607-227-4436


General 1 DAYTIME POSITION Available for a reliable, and environmentally conscious person to join our cleaning team. An energetic nonsmoker with great PR skills a must. Reliable transportation and cell phone required. Pay based on experience and efficiency, average $10/hour. Please call (828) 215-3830. APPOINTMENT SETTER Set health insurance appointments for local agent. â&#x20AC;˘ Hourly rate plus commission for appointments set. A persistent person with a good phone voice should average between $10 and $15/hour after commissions. Part-time, flexible hours, working from home. Stuart: (828) 301-6898. CAB DRIVERS Needed at Blue Bird; call JT 258-8331. Drivers needed at Yellow Cab; call Buster at 253-3311.

FIND QUALITY EMPLOYEES FAST! We found more than a dozen highly qualified job applicants in less than a week with just a single classified ad in the Mountain Express. â&#x20AC;˘ Chris Dennen, PhD, President of Innovative Healing Inc. â&#x20AC;˘ Your business can quickly and affordably find the right employee. Call 251-1333, Mountain Xpress Marketplace! 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. HOUSEKEEPERS Year-round consistent employment, Asheville. Professional, reliable and responsible. Full-time and part-time for upscale B&B. Must be flexible and able to work weekends. Background check required. Call 828-254-3878 for interview. Black Walnut Bed And Breakfast Inn.

Need Room Female needs room all inclusive $250/mo. for info. North Asheville 3rd roommate for rural home; internet, cable, views,furnished room with private bath. $485 utilities included; deposit $150. Mary 828-450-3903 Roommate Wanted Responsible adult to share newer mobile home in Candler. $325 plus $200 deposit plus 1/2 electric. Private bath, w/d, central air. (828)423-6718. Room can be furnished

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Share Home $450 negotiable. Quiet, private, furnished bedroom w/bath. Washer/dryer/cable/ internet/utilities included. Country setting w/mountain views just 3 miles southeast Asheville city limits. 828-779-7958

A BEACH HOUSE At Folly. The legendary dog-friendly Rosieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ocean View and Kudzuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cottage now booking now booking for oyster season! Call (828) 216-7908.

Sunny Room W Asheville $400 Hardwood floors, EIK, W/D, organic garden. Considerate,responsible female wanted. No smokers. Female yoga teacher with 2 dogs, 1 cat 236-2366

NORTH 2BR, 1BA â&#x20AC;˘ Hardwood floors, full basement, oil heat. $850/month. 828-253-0758. Carver Realty

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Earn $65k, $50k, $40k GM, Co-Manager, Assistant Manager We currently have managers making this and need more for expansion. One year salaried restaurant management experience required. Fax resume to 336-431-0873


Four Circles Recovery Center, a substance abuse recovery program for young adults, is seeking highly motivated individuals with a passion for service-oriented work, dedication for professional/personal growth, and an interest in a nontraditional work environment. Excellent entry-level position for those interested in addiction treatment or wilderness therapy. Competitive pay, health beneďŹ ts, and professional and clinical training.

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LIKE WORKING OUTDOORS? Four Circles Recovery Center, a substance abuse recovery program for young adults, is seeking highly motivated individuals with a passion for service-oriented work, dedication for professional/personal growth, and an interest in a nontraditional work environment. Excellent entry-level position for those interested in addiction treatment or wilderness therapy. Competitive pay, health benefits and professional and clinical training. Hiring seminars Nov. 19 and Dec. 3. To attend please send resumes and/or questions to jobs

Administrative/ Office ADMISSIONS DIRECTOR Part-time. Responsibilities include management of student inquiries, admissions applications and interviews and alumni services. Must have a warm and engaging personality, have excellent communication skills and be detail oriented. Must have measurable customer service based experience and be computer fluent. 2530 hours/week plus one Saturday/month. $10/hour for 90-day training/trial period, then $12/hour thereafter. Position may grow into a full-time, salaried position with benefits. • Resume to director@centerformassage .com or Center for

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Massage, 530 Upper Flat Creek Road, Weaverville, NC 28787.

CLIENT SERVICES Parttime position in veterinary hospital. Looking for a service-oriented individual with a cheerful, mature personality and compassion for animals. Ability to greet clients, handle computer tasks and answer multiphone lines simultaneously with a smile is a must! Learn veterinary software to make appointments, generate invoices, check in and out patients and provide daily record keeping. Hours include rotating Saturdays. Send cover letter and resume with 3 references to: White Oak Veterinary Hospital, Attn: Donna Howland, 3336 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher, NC 28732 or FULL CHARGE BOOKKEEPER Sought by real estate investors. Real estate/property management experience preferred. Familiarity with QuickBooks necessary, TenantPro ideally. Responsibilities include A/P, A/R, payroll, bank account reconciliation, late notices, monthly reporting and related general office work. Convenient, pleasant working environment. 3040 hours per week with flexible schedule. Competitive Salary. Please send resume to: Highland REIG, PO Box 8234, Asheville , NC 28814.

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A STYLIST For busy Organic salon, North Asheville. Clientele preferred. Flexible hours. Experienced, selfmotivated. Supportive environment. • (828) 505-3288. The Water Lily Wellness Salon

LOCAL WHOLESALE COMPANY • Looking for full-time help in our customer service/sales department. Employee should have a calm and friendly disposition, and the ability to talk on the phone for much of your eight hour day. Position entails answering incoming calls from our customers, taking their orders and fielding their questions. Each sales representative also has a list of existing and potential customers that they will be required to make at least 20 outgoing calls a day to check in with them. Not in a pushy way, just to let them know we are here to help. Experience with Quickbooks and Excel would be great, but can be taught to the computer literate. Interested parties must be self motivated, focused, reliable, and have good attention to detail. Benefits include competitive pay, comfortable atmosphere with casual dress, paid time off, health insurance, and great office hours. Interested parties please fax or email resume and cover letter with a few sentences about yourself to fax# 828-236-2658 or email

HOT SPRINGS RESORT AND SPA • Hot Springs NC is now hiring dual trained Massage Therapist / Estheticians, with North Carolina License, to offer combination massage/esthetics treatments. Please apply in person at 315 Bridge Street Hot Springs, NC Monday Friday 9:a.m. - 5 p.m. MANICURIST • We are looking for someone to perform manicures and pedicures only. Busy downtown salon expanding. We will train the right person. Will be offering organic services. Please bring resume in person to: 58 College St. No phone calls please.

SALES PROS • Time to get paid what you are worth AND have a life. Call 1-888-700-4916. THE WNC RELOCATION GUIDE is seeking an outstanding sales professional. The person in this role must be able to demonstrate excellent selling, negotiation, communication, and problem solving skills in a very competitive, high paced business environment. You must be success oriented and have great customer service skills. Print Advertising Sales, TV, or Radio Sales experience is a MUST! Qualified candidate will work from their home office setting local appointments via telephone and email. We offer a salary and a very generous commission structure, Health Benefits, and a 401K. This is a GREAT career opportunity for the right person. Please email cover letter and resume to:

BARTENDER • SERVER Part-time for evenings. Great pay: $5.15$6.50/hour plus tips. Flexible hours. 665-2161. • Apply in person: Holiday Inn Plaza, 435 Smokey Park Highway. Infusions Lounge. MOUNTAIN X JAMS! As a growing business that relies on the face put forward by our employees, Mountain Xpress Classifieds is where we turn to find them. The volume of high-quality applicants replying to our ads can be hard to choose from, and it is always worth our investment. Thanks Mountain X! Rebecca and Charlie, owners, Tomato Jam Cafe.

FAMILIES TOGETHER INC. Now hiring for Qualified Professionals in Buncombe and Transylvania Counties to provide in home and community based mental health services to children and families. Email resume to humanresources@familie •

FAMILIES TOGETHER, INC., is now hiring licensed professionals for IIHS Clinical Leads in Buncombe, Henderson, Mitchell, Transylvania, and Yancey Counties. • Qualified candidates will include LPC’s, LCSW’s, LMFT’s, LCAS’s, PLCSW’s, or Board Eligible Counselors. FTI provides a positive work environment, flexible hours, room for advancement, health benefits, and an innovative culture. Candidates should email resumes to: humanresources

Medical/ Health Care LPN/RN/MEDICAL ASSISTANT Family Practice in Asheville seeking full time and part time position. Please send resume to medofficeresumes

Human Services

FAMILIES TOGETHER, INC., Adult Services is now hiring for a Community Support Team Lead to serve Henderson and Transylvania Counties. Candidates will have a minimum of a Masters Degree in Human Services and one year experience working with the adult population. FTI

FAMILIES TOGETHER INC. Now hiring for our Day Treatment Programs in Transylvania and Polk Counties. Candidates will have a minimum of a bachelors degree and experience with at risk youth. Email resume to humanresources@familie •

provides a positive work environment, flexible hours, room for advancement, health benefits, and an innovative culture. Candidates should email resumes to humanresources

FAMILIES TOGETHER, INC., is now hiring licensed professionals for OPT in Buncombe, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties. Qualified candidates will include LPC’s, LCSW’s, LMFT’s, LCAS’s, PLCSW’s, or Board Eligible Counselors. FTI provides a positive work environment, flexible hours, room for advancement, health benefits, and an innovative culture. Candidates would be providing OPT within our JJTC program. JJTC is a specialized platform designed to meet the judicial, clinical and restorative needs of court involved youth, their families, and the communities in which they live. JJTC is unique in its clinical approach, structure and cross-agency collaboration. Candidates should email resumes to humanresources

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FAMILIES TOGETHER, INC.Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) Program Coordinator. Position requires: Obtaining and maintaining of licensure, recruitment and training of foster parents, and management and oversight of the new FTI TFC program. Candidates will have a minimum of: a bachelors degree in human services, and 2 years experience in the mental health field, and 2 years experience in program management and licensure oversight preferably in NC. Salary range from 40-50k base, with benefits and unique incentives. Please contact www.humanresources LCAS/CSAC Office space and clients available. Also Bilingual (Spanish) Counselor with NC Addiction credential CSAC/LCAS. Call Bruce: 777-3755.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE NC Mentor is looking for foster parents in Buncombe, Henderson, Polk, Transylvania, and Rutherford counties. Be a hero in your community and open your home to a child in need. We provide training, 24 hour support, and a generous stipend. Please call Nicole at 828696-2667 ext 14. Together we can make a difference in our community. Visit our web site at • Do you know someone who is interested in becoming a therapeutic foster parent? ONE TO ONE HABILITATION WORKER For young man with developmental disabilities. Waynesville area. Tues and Thurs 3:307:30pm and some weekend hours. Must be responsible, goal oriented. Ray of Light Homes. Home.html 828-683-7712. PARKWAY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH • Has an immediate opening in our Asheville Office for a F/T Licensed Clinician experienced with MH/SA and SA group. LPC, LCSW, LCAS and other Licensed Clinicians should apply. Job requires some evening work. Experience with LME and M/caid consumers a plus. Excellent benefits and salary. Send resume to

Psychiatrist Assertive Community Treatment Team Please contact Joe Ferrara, joe.ferrara@meridianbhs.or g • Haywood, Buncombe County: RN Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have four years of psychiatric nursing experience. Please contact Mason Youell, mason.youell@meridianbhs. org QMHP Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have mental health degree and two years of experience working with adults with mental illness. Please contact Mason Youell, mason.youell@meridianbhs. org Vocational Specialist Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have mental health degree and two years of experience working with adults with mental illness. Please contact Mason Youell, mason.youell@meridianbhs. org Jackson, Macon, Clay County Team Leader Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have master’s degree and be licensed eligible. Please contact Ben Haffey, ben.haffey@meridianbhs.or g Cherokee, Clay, Graham County Therapist/Team Leader, Child and Family Services: Masters degree and license eligible. Please contact David Hutchinson at david.hutchinson@meridian Team Leader, Adult Recovery Education Center: Masters or Doctoral Level Clinician. Must be licensed or license-eligible. Please contact Julie Durham-Defee at QMHP Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have mental health degree and two years of experience working with adults with mental illness. Please contact Patty Bilitzke at patricia.bilitzke@meridianb • For further information and to complete an application, visit our website: WNC GROUP HOMES FOR AUTISTIC PERSONS is recruiting for full time and part time direct care posItions. Applications available at 28 Pisgahview Ave, Asheville, or at or call Gaby at 828-274-8368. WNC Group Homes is proud to be a drug free workplace.

Next Step Recovery Women’s Recovery Home in Weaverville is seeking a qualified female professional to live (rent free) onsite. Minimum requirements: 1. Bachelors degree in human services field. 2. Experience working in substance abuse. 3. Maintain appropriate recovery behavior and lifestyle at all times. 4. Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office). Send Resumes to: Susan

Professional/ Management EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR EnergyXchange is a nonprofit community based organization whose mission is to apply the use of renewable resources and practices for educational opportunities and economic development in the fields of art and horticulture. Job description and application process on the website: THE MOUNTAIN RETREAT & LEARNING CENTER • Seeks a creative and experienced Director of Marketing and Sales to provide leadership and vision in the development, implementation and evaluation of all marketing and sales efforts in support of The Mountain’s mission, vision and organizational goals. Please visit for full job description. Questions: Contact alisa.pykett@mountaincente

Teaching/ Education AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM INSTRUCTORS Evergreen Community Charter School is seeking caring, energetic, and reliable instructors. Part-time position includes afternoon hours of leading clubs, coaching sports, tutoring, organizing games, and providing quality leadership for our wonderful students. For full job description please see our website:

NATIVE PLANT PROJECT MANAGER • Warren Wilson College is currently seeking a Native Plant Project Manager for a grant-funded position. The timeline for this position is from January 15, 2010 through July 30, 2010. Hours will vary from 30-40 per week and involve some weekend work. The Manager will be responsible for the development of a seed planting schedule for 30,000 plugs; water and fertilization of plants in greenhouse; organization and oversight of the planting of the field nursery, as well as creating a weed management plan for the nursery; and collection and organization of propagation notes, plant labeling and student time logs. Qualifications include the knowledge of greenhouse plant propagation, ability to manage 3-5 student workers, excellent organizational skills, and the ability to work weekends, as needed. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Gail Baylor, Human Resources, Warren Wilson College, PO Box 9000, Asheville, NC 288159000, or send the requested materials by email to Electronic submissions are strongly preferred. The application deadline is November 27, 2009. SUNDAY PRESCHOOL TEACHER AND NURSERY TEACHER for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville. Continuous Sundays 8:30am-1:00pm. Must have relevant experience and references. Background check required. Send cover letter and resume to WARREN WILSON COLLEGE • Seeks an individual to fill a temporary, one semester faculty position in Environmental Studies and Biology. See ns_faculty.php for additional information. YMCA OF WESTERN NC • Afterschool Program Opportunities $7.25 $13/hour Please visit our web site for details:

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Classes & Workshops LEARN VIETNAMESE/ASIAN COOKING • Tired of the same old food? Learn to prepare healthy and nutritious food. NEED A PLACE TO MAKE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS? MEET FUN PEOPLE? Earthspeak Arts Studio, 375 Depot St. Fridays thru Sundays 828-678-9038.

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#1 AFFORDABLE COMMUNITY CONSCIOUS MASSAGE CENTER Best rates in town! $29/hour. • 20 Wonderful Therapists to choose from. Therapeutic Massage: • Deep Tissue • Swedish • Sports • Trigger Point. Also offering: • Acupressure • Energy Work • Reflexology • Classes. Call now for your appointment: • 10 Biltmore Plaza, 505-7088. Asheville. 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. Manual Lymph Drainage. Lymphedema Treatment. $45/hour or sliding scale for financial hardship. 17+ years experience. 828-254-4110. 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 hot tub; experience the invigorating cold plunge; then get the massage of your life! 26 massage therapists. 299-0999. STAY RELAXED. Massage therapy at your home/office. 1/2 or 1-hour appointments. Call Sarah Whiteside, LMBT#4741, (828) 279-1050. THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY Patricia O’Sullivan LMT #7113. 828-275-5497.

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Bodywork **ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE MASSAGE!** Perfect pressure! Caring, intuitive, professional therapist. Tranquil sanctuary just 3 blocks from Greenlife & downtown! Great low rates. Open Mon thru Sat., 9am to 7 p.m. by appt. only. Brett Rodgers LMBT #7557. (828) 255-4785.

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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. Visa/MC. (828) 335-9316. ASHEVILLE’S WHITEWATER RECORDING Full service studio services since 1987. • Mastering • Mixing and Recording. • CD/DVD duplication at the best prices. (828) 684-8284 • PIANO-GUITAR-DRUMSBASS-MANDOLIN-BANJOSINGING Learn what you/your child wants to learn. Knowledgeable, flexible, enthusiastic instructor. 828-242-5032. SPECIALIZED SINGING LESSONS AND VOICE COACHING • In a real recording studio with separate vocal and control rooms. Offering audition, gig, showcase and tour prep. Learn endurance techniques and increase range. Gain studio experience and broaden vocal skills. All levels. Experienced teacher. $35/hour. Terry (828) 674-6417.

Equipment For Sale 1919 Gibson L1: Round hole arch top w/original case. $1200. Plays and sounds great. Great condition. 350-7929. Fusion Drum Set: 3003 Force Sonar. Honeymaple, 5 piece. $350. Call 290-8506. Hartke 3500 Bass Amp Head: Output 350 watts @ 4 Ohms/240 watts @ 8 Ohms. Phone 828-301-4788 .



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KITTENS for Adoption- No Fee Short and Long haired. Spayed/Neutered. No fee adoption. Application required. Contact Friends2Ferals at or 803-553-7919. Located in Asheville. Loving Chow/Retriever Mix Cute, gentle, loyal dog. Found on Airport Road on 10/22. Free to good loving home. Call 828-450-3412. Zebra Finches Free, adorable. 2 males. Tom, 505-0203.

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

Musicians’ Bulletin Do you swim in red jello? Shoegaze,NoisePop,PostRoc k, PostPunk. Interested? email me. Drummer Needed for Rockin’ Blues band i 828.883.5662 828.458.3542 Drummer Responsible, dedicated, mature drummer looking for weekly rehearsals leading to occasional gigs, Festivals, Bar Gigs, Corporate Gigs Howard Experienced Drummer All styles, prefer jazz (828) 877-2413 Looking for a Female Singer to front a blues band. Must have a strong voice.

Zeppelin ‘Esque Band Putting together band highly influenced by Led Zeppelin. Vocals, guitar bass and drums needed. 828-400-8781 $1000 REWARD •

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BROWN TABBY CAT Lost on Busbee View Rd. Male adult, short hair w/white feet and chest. Reward offered. (828) 712-3704

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Vehicles For Sale

Autos 1980 240D Mercedes Benz 212,000 miles. Manual transmission, runs great, gets 36-45 mpg. Can run on diesel or biodiesel. $2700. (828)779-0533. 1983 Mercedes Benz 300TD Wagon Immaculately maintained wagon (by Eurospec), CD player, cruise, AT, AC, sunroof. 224,000 miles, new transmission under warranty. $5500. Call 828-545-2948 1985 Volvo Wagon $1000. Runs well, new tires and battery. Needs driver’s side wiper & heat lever repaired. Rear windows need motor, (included). 828-206-7775 2002 Volkswagon Jetta GLS $5,500, 95,000 miles, 5-Speed. Power windows/locks. CD player. Needs a regular maintenance tune-up, but otherwise in great condition. 2003 Gold TDI Jetta GLS Wagon 5-spd manual TDI turbodiesel wagon 45+/50+ mpg, 97,000 miles, sunroof, mag-wheels, garaged, clean, original-owner. $9600 firm. Call 828-335-7383 after 9pm

2004BMW325Ci Black/black, automatic, fully-equiped, xenon headlights, leather interior, great condition, maintained/serviced regularly at BMW of AVL. $12,750. Am relocating, let’s talk! Bob (828) 989-1133 2007 Ford Free Style • Loaded. Leather seats. DVD, heated rear view mirrors. Third row seats. Seats 7. 24K. $15,950. 828-273-9545. 2007 Honda Odyssey. Loaded. Leather seats. DVD. GPS. CD. Excellent condition. 44,500 miles. $23,950. 828-273-9545. 89 Ford Escort Red Escort with issues. $225 or B.O. Call 505-0798. Needs clutch, driver axel & windsheild. Great on Gas! 98 Outback Red 5 speed. Fully-maintained & documented, runs strong, all systems functional. Power windows, AC, etc., heated seats and mirrors, inc. Yakima steelheads. 828-505-0246 Cherry 1988 Chevy S10 ext. cab 4.3 Jasper engine, bed liner, hard top, custom solid red paint, papers, upgrades,extras. E-mail pictures available. Asking 5300. 828-669-0989.

Trucks/Vans/ SUVs 1988 Chevy S10 Blazer 4x4 Fair/good condition; needs some TLC 132,650 K clean title $800 OBO Call Curt 337-4228 WANTED Automatic VW Westfalia or Eurovan Camper van. 273-7085.

Motorcycles/ Scooters 125cc Buddy Scooter: 2009. 11,000 miles. Very reliable. Single owner. Windshield, rear rack. Well maintained. $1650. 60 mph, 85 mpg. Call 337-9705. 2000 Suzuki SV 650 Custom paint,new chain,sprockets, tires,garage kept. It is a beautiful bike in excellent condition. $2500 OBO Call Josiah 828-216-6019

Automotive Services $20 WILL SAVE YOU HUNDREDS • Vehicle pre-purchase inspection* • Free Winterization checkup (*some limitations). 411 Weaverville Hwy • 779-3839. JAS Mechanical Services, Inc. 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 828-275-6063 for appointment.

For Sale

Antiques & Collectibles

Furniture Antique Marble Top Table $300 Tulip design in wood. Pictures available. 24”L x 17”W x 29”T MATTRESSES Pillow-top: queen $250, king $350 • Extra firm: queen $175, king $275 • Full: $150 • Twin: $99. New, in plastic. 828-277-2500.

Lawn & Garden Bat Roosting House, 2 feet by 3 feet, unpainted plywood. $30 cash. Call 658-1483

General Merchandise

Ancient Roman/Greek Sculptures Variety of ancient Roman/Greek reproduction statues/wall friezes, urns for sale. Excellent condition. Great buys! Am relocating. Bob (828) 989-1133

Festival Canopy: LiteDome with sides and awning. 10’x10’. White. $500. Call 350-7929.



Two Empire Direct Vent Wall Furnaces, dv-2157sg. Asking $500, were $800 new each. Clean, quiet, cost-efficient, natural/lp gas. 458-7778,

Yard Sales

Computers Video Editing System VT5 Professional digital video edit system. Complete package w/2 LCD monitors. $5,995. (828) 287-3555.

Electronics 27” RCA TV in excellent condition $80 contact at Sony Cybershot digital camera $15; Screen “flickers” but takes good pics. USB cord, 16mb Memory Stick, manual included.

Bicycles The Asheville Recyclery (501c3 non-profit) is looking for bike and parts. 90 Biltmore Ave(FBFC basement)Tues-Thurs 4-8. Sat. 1-5. 255-7916.

Tools & Machinery

2009 Genuine Buddy 125 Scooter 125cc, bulletproof reliable. Single owner, windshield, rear rack, wellmaintained. 60+ mph, 85 mpg. Only 11,450 miles. 337-9705. $1,800

John Deere 5425 contact:, 4WD Loader and Cab Heat/Air Price $4400 phone: 877-210-1676.

Harley-Davidson Softail FLSTF Fatboy, fast sale $4600 contact:, All Chrome, Low miles, 919-869-1824.

Brand New Formal Dress Halter style, knee-length, wine color. Never worn, tags attached. Sz 12. Paid $130, will take $50. Pix avail.


Multi-family yard sale Sat, Nov. 21, 7am-3pm. Antiques, furniture, holiday items! Sand Hill to W Oakview to Crowell Farms to Ocaso Dr. 667-0760

Estate Sales ESTATE SALE BEAVERDAM • Friday, Nov. 20 - Sat. Nov. 21. #9 Spring Cove, off Spooks Branch Rd. Asheville, NC. 8am2pm. All items must go. Estate Realty/Mike Bryant. 828-230-3035.

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