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news 12 Asheville city council Stream-buffer rules, H1N1, Asheville City Market and more on the agenda
36 arson at hillcrest Investigators say apartment-building fire was no accident
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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
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For other Molton cartoons, check out our Web page at www.mountainx.com/cartoons 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 â€œdirtyâ€? 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 â€” forsaking meat, for instance. But other personal â€œgreenâ€? decisions bring marginal or dubious benefits. How much, for instance, did buying the â€œsustainably harvestedâ€? 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 â€œtax.â€? No single measure would be more effective in controlling the nationâ€™s greenhouse-gas emissions than a well-implemented carbon tax, but thereâ€™s no chance the policy will be adopted in America any time soon â€” partly because of our aversion to that three-letter word. In Asheville, thereâ€™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, itâ€™s more of a phrase: high-density, inner-city development. Thereâ€™s nothing City Council could do to reduce our carbon footprints more than aggressively seeking to increase density â€” 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. Whatâ€™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 â€” 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, Ashevilleâ€™s Planning Department has adopted smart growth as its guiding philosophy. The development aims outlined in its 2025 Plan â€” including greater walkability and higher density, especially downtown and along transit corridors â€” are good ones. But Ashevilleâ€™s citizens havenâ€™t wholeheartedly embraced them.
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Part of the problem lies simply in the nature of people. Weâ€™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 â€” 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 didnâ€™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 Chunnâ€™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 â€œa 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 cityâ€™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 boroughâ€™s residents have the lowest carbon footprints in the nation. So how can Bothwell and his colleagues on Council make Ashevilleâ€™s per-capita carbon footprint more like Manhattanâ€™s? Here are a few ideas: â€˘ Develop guidelines for attractive small apartment buildings â€” 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 â€” even in places now zoned as single-family residential. â€˘ 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. â€˘ 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 arenâ€™t uncomfortable with the size of the buildings youâ€™ve allowed, then the buildings probably arenâ€™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 http://madamedefarge.blogspot.com/.
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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,
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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.
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â€œIâ€™d rather make sure that staff has the time to do it right,â€? she said. â€œIt doesnâ€™t matter to me if itâ€™s done on my watch.â€? 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€™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.
The new flu
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€” more than 1,000 people were vaccinated the previous weekend alone â€” supplies run out quickly and delivery has been sporadic, with little advance notice. â€œReceipt of the vaccine for H1N1 is sort of a rolling prospect,â€? 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€œHopefully in December, we will have as much as anyone wants.â€? 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€™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€œItâ€™s really changed our message to the public as to who needs the vaccine and who we need to make it available to,â€? 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€™t have any paid sick days.
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€™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€™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 email@example.com.
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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 email@example.com 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 sustainer.org. For more information about the Agents of Change, visit sustainus.org. For news about the COP15 or Copenhagen conference, go to en.cop15.dk/.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Greening the painted ladies
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 email@example.com
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Looking for greener goods?
Local companies and products with an eco emphasis by Alli Marshall There’s more to green products than just an official-looking emblem on the packaging. Ingredients get top consideration — and buzzwords include organic, sustainable, renewable and recycled. Yet not everything that’s dubbed “eco-chic” by advertisers is automatically earth-friendly. For example, wood is a renewable resource, but exotic species are not always harvested sustainably. Corn-based products are biodegradable, but what about the environmental impacts of growing corn? And then there’s the matter of shipping: Even goods that are produced in the most environmentally responsible manner get blacklisted when their carbon footprints grow large because of the fossil fuel burned in bringing them a long way to consumers. So you want to do right by the earth, but you don’t want to handcraft all your gifts from tree bark and dried grass, right? Here’s a roundup of locally made items that may not come with a “Certified Organic” stamp but are green due to their local sourcing, natural and nontoxic ingredients, and creative reuse or “upcycling” of materials. Though far from complete, the list provides an idea of what’s available:
Honeywear, based in Alexander, N.C., was a finalist in the 2008 Forbes.com “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. www.honeywear.net
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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. www.spiritex.net
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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. www.faeriemadesoaps.com 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. www.greengirlbasics.com
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Local entrepreneurs Lauri â€œFarm Girlâ€? Newman and Carol Motley are turning their interest in nature and the cycles of life into a store where patrons can shop for native plants and natural burial products. Bury Me â€Ś Naturally and Farm Girl (227 Haywood Road, West Asheville, 776-7464) will offer fresh, locally grown flowers, native potted plants, terrariums and unique garden memorials, along with 100-percent natural and biodegradable caskets, shrouds and urns, unique memorial services, community bereavement resources, books, cards and natural burial resources. The grand opening is slated for the end of the month.
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Local visual artist James Bursenos creates his mystical and, lately, geometric-inspired work using ecologically sustainable materials. â€œMineral spirits contain petrochemicals and usually are in the varnishes that oil painters use,â€? says Bursenos. He employs a citrus-based solvent instead and BioPoly (a wood varnish) in place of the standard varnish used for glazes in oil paint. These products come from Asheville-based Earth Paint. Contact Bursenos through www.solsticestudios.net. Learn more about Earth Paint at www. earthpaint.net.
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Soulshine Beeswax Candles, based in Black Mountain, creates and sells handmade candles in all sizes and shapes, from tapers and pillars to votives and tea lights. Explains the company’s Web site, “All of our candles are hand poured or hand dipped using raw, filtered beeswax. We do not add synthetic color or fragrance to any of our candles.” www.esoulshine.com photo by jonathan welch
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. www.theoldwoodco.com
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questions & answers
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 www.acf.org. 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 www.appvoices.org. 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 www.ashevillegreendrinks.com. 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 www.ashevillegreenworks.org. 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. canarycoalition.org.
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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 www.dogwoodalliance.org. Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society The Asheville area’s chapter of the Audubon Society. Open to birders of all experience levels. Info: 254-7618 or http://main.nc.us/emas/. 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 www.eco-wnc.org. 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 www.friendsofhng.org. 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. carolinamountain.org.
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 www.landoskytu.com.
Clean Air Community Trust Improving air quality through innovative programs that educate, energize and empower the communities of WNC. Info: 258-1856 or www.airtrust.org.
Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition Coalition goals and actions involve a variety of local altfuel/clean-vehicle projects. Info: 251-6622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.cwfnc.org.
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 www.laurelvalleywatch.org.
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 www.cradleofforestry.org. 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 www.southwings.org. 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@ sustainableasheville.org or www.sustainableasheville.org. 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: www.sustainablewnc.org. 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 www.toerivervalleywatch.org. Wild South Inspiring and empowering people to protect and restore the native ecosystems of the Southeast. Info: 258-2667 or www.wildsouth.org. 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 www.wnca.org. WNC Green Building Council Promoting environmentally sustainable and health conscious building practices through community education. Info: 254-1995 or www.wncgbc.org. 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 www.wildwnc.org. 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 http://wncairquality.org. X Is your environmental group missing from the list? If your organization has an office in WNC, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add you to our online WNC Eco Groups list.
The 2009 Mountain Xpress Holiday Art Contest Call to artists â€“ young and old! Get out those art supplies and submit your holiday-themed artwork to the Xpress by Friday, Nov. 20 If you do, you could win the opportunity toâ€Ś â€˘ Have your art appear in color inside one of our December holiday guides, which will publish on Dec. 2, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16! â€˘ Have your art displayed at Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatreâ€™s studio in downtown Asheville (20 Commerce St.) from Friday, Dec. 11, through Sunday, Dec. 20! There will be a free, open-to-the-public reception for Xpressâ€™ holiday art show Friday, Dec. 18, from 6 to 7 p.m. with treats and entertainment. Stick around after the reception for Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatreâ€™s opening night of Poetry in Motion: A Light in the Attic and More starting at 7:30 p.m. This seasonal production for all ages will celebrate the poetry of Shel Silverstein, and will also be performed Saturday, Dec. 19, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 20, at 3 p.m. For Poetry in Motion ticket info, visit www.acdt.org.
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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 www.theperformancecenter.org. — Brian Postelle
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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, email@example.com —- 6pm - ATC Walkers Club. Meet at the Carrier Park Pavilion. Leader: Larry Fincher, HawCreekLarry@aol.com. • 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, firstname.lastname@example.org —- 8am - ATC Walkers Club. Meet at Fletcher Park. Leader: Sherry Best-Kai, 595-4148 or email@example.com. 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 www.blueridgebicycleclub.org. • 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@ MorrisBB.net. • 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. • 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@ bellsouth.net. 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: www.carolinamtnclub.org. • 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 email@example.com. • 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. • 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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• 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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• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. • 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. toastmasters.org/websiteApps/. • 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. blueridgetm.org 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. landofsky.org. • 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 www.swannanoavalleymuseum.org. • 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: www.meetup.com/ 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. appalachiandowsers.org. • 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. LJRsoftball.com. • 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: www.caregiverstress.com.
Animals Brother Wolf Animal Rescue A no-kill organization. Info: 458-7778 or www. bwar.org. • 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. chainfreeasheville.org 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@ citcom.net, www. taagwags.org or www. taag.petfinder.com. • 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: www.abtech.edu/ce. • 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: www.ashevillescore.org. • 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.
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Volunteering Appalachian Trail Conservancy A volunteer-based, private nonprofit dedicated to the conservation of the Appalachian Trail. Info: www.appalachiantrail.org 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, email@example.com or www.ashevillage.org. • 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@ asheville.k12.nc.us or www.acsf.org. • 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: www.bn.com. • 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 www.childrenfirstbc.org.
• 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@ childrenfirstbc.org 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. handsonasheville.org 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. bbbswnc.org. • 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. wbluebook.com. 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@ hotmail.com.
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.
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www.shojiretreats.com 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@ yahoo.com. Al-Anon Al-Anon is a support group for the family and friends of alcoholics. More than 33 groups are available in the WNC area. Info: 800-2861326 or www.wnc-alanon.org. • WEDNESDAYS, 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. centerforsacredsexuality.org. • 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@ gmail.com. Eating Disorders Individuals are welcome to come to one or all of the support group meetings. Info: 337-4685 or www.thecenternc.org. • 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: www.pardeehospital.org 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. hvlfumc.org. • 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. hepchope.org. • 4th MONDAYS, 6pm - Meetings are held at
MAHEC, 501 Biltmore Ave. There will be an open forum to discuss Hepatitis C. Everyone is welcome. 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. HorseSenseOTC.com. • 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-
firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com. 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 www.parkridgehospital.org.
• 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@ gmail.com. Info: www. orgsites.com/nc/saasheville/. • 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. wncbraintumor.org. • 3rd THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Group meets at the West Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 690 Haywood Rd.
Helplines For Xpress’ list of helplines, visit www. mountainx.com/events/ category/helplines.
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 www.ncarboretum.org. • 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. ashevillemasters.com • 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 email@example.com.
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: www.thehealthadventure.org. • 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. singasheville.org. • 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. spellboundchildrensbookshop.com. • 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 www.dwtheatre.com. • 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@ aol.com and requesting information and instructions regarding the application process. Info: www.rotary.org. 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: asheville-mall.com.
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. www.davidswing.com 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)yahoo.com 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 www.greattreetemple.org 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. meditationasheville.org. • 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@ gmail.com 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@ QueDox.com. • 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 www.meditation-in-northcarolina.org. • 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. ceres-wnc.org. • 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. ashevilleccc.com. • 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 www.billwalz.com. • 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 www.mountainzen.org.
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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“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 FreeWillAstrology.com. (c) Copyright 2009 Rob Brezsny
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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: www.shmaministries.com, 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. sojournerchurch.org. • 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. uuasheville.org. • 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 www.unitync.net. • 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 www.unityofasheville.com. • 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 www.windhorsezen.org. • 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 email@example.com 16 Patton Gallery hours: Tues.Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., 1-6pm (open on Sun. May-Oct. only). Info: 236-2889 or www.16patton.com. • 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 www.amerifolk.com. • 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: www.monikateal.com. • 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. acofhc.org. • 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 www.ashevillearts.com. • 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 www.ashevilleart.org. • 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 www.ashevillegallery-of-art.com. • 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. bellavistaart.com. • 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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or www.blackmountaincollege.org. • 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. bluespiral1.com. • 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 www.tcva.org. • 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 www.grovewood.com. • 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 www.thehaengallery.com. • 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. haywoodarts.org. • 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 www.highwaterclays.com. • 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: www.philmechanicstudios.com. • 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. pushtoyproject.com. • 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 www.galleryatstudiob.com. • 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. upstairsartspace.org. • 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: www.mountainsculptors.org. 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. wcu.edu. • 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: www.abtech.edu. • 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. ncarboretum.org. • 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: www.f32nc.com.
• 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 www.ashevilledigital.com 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 email@example.com. 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. ashevillecourtyard.com. • 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: svfal.info@gmail. com or www.svfal.org.
• 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
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All are welcome to meetings. Info: 877-3033 or www.wncfhg.org. • 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 www.artsofbrevard.org. • 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 @yahoogroups.com 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. malaprops.com. • 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 www.haywoodlibrary.org. • 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. nc.us. • 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 www.madisoncountyarts.com. • 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: www.writemindinstitute.com. Writers’ Workshop Events WW offers a variety of classes and events for beginning and experienced writers. Info: 2548111 or www.twwoa.org. • 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
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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.
weebly.com 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. groveparkinn.com. • 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 www.ashevillelyric.org. • 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. BlackMountainArts.org. • 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 www.callthatjazz.com. • 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. madisoncountyarts.com. • 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. mhc.edu. • 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 www.songosky.org. • 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 www.flatrockplayhouse.org. • 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 www.hendersonvillelittletheatre.org. • 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. • 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 www.warren-wilson.edu/~theatre. • 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: www.southarts.org/southerncircuit 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. ashevilleballroom.com Argentine Tango Dancers of all levels welcome. Info: www. tangoasheville.com. • 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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: www.acdt.org 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 www.dwtheatre.com. • 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. pas.appstate.edu. • 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@ gmail.com. • 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 email@example.com. • 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 www.ashevillemorris.us. • 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 SaraSathya@gmail.com. • TUESDAYS, 6-7pm - Beginner belly dance —- 7:10-8:10pm - Drills and skills. Swing Asheville Info: www.swingasheville.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or download it from www.exploreblackmountain.com. 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: fletcherparks.org or 6870751.
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asheville craigslist > missed connections The 2 girls who helped me and my friend pick out panties for his wife - m4w (Asheville Mall Victoria Secrets ) Date: 2009-11-10, 10:13PM EST Reply To This Post So you two girls helped me and my friend pick out panties for his wife. It was quite the awkward situation, but we all had fun with it. In any other situation I would have said a lot more to you and would have tired to find out if either one of you would like to hang out sometime. One of you works at Victoria Secrets. Tell me how many items we were looking for and why we had to pick them out?
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asheville craigslist > missed connections Sensual Motor Man! - 38 (Asheville) Date: 2009-11-12, 10:17PM EST Reply To This Post I was on my hog at the intersection of broadway and patton and you turned to me on your big Harley and gave me the most sensual wink I’ve ever seen. Your long flowing hair and your bushy white beard called out to me as if to say, “take me, take me away with you”. I would have followed you if it weren’t for my DARN HUSBAND! Don’t forget me my motor man
asheville craigslist > missed connections The smile - w4m - 29 (Walmart) Date: 2009-11-11, 1:50PM EST Reply To This Post
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 cart.....lol if you read this and you feel the same get back to me.
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asheville craigslist > missed connections Downtown on Tues Night - m4w - 31 (Downtown Asheville) Date: 2009-11-11, 8:46AM EST Reply To This Post I saw you in Jack of the Wood with a group of friends. You had dark hair under a funky knit cap. Right then and there I imagined you as a succulent sandwich made of the finest ingredients. The kind of sandwich a man wants to spend time with...to get to know. And I don’t even like sandwiches, which makes it all the more weird. I wasn’t there long, but I can’t shake you from my head.
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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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• “Ultrarunning” (whose signature event is the 100-mile marathon) takes such a degree of commitment that 5 to 10 percent of participants are said even to have permanently removed their toenails in order to eliminate one of the potential sources of runners’ discomfort. A sports podiatrist told the New York Times in October that many “ultras” consider their toenails “useless appendages, remnants of claws from evolutionary times,” but on the other hand, said one ultrarunner, “You know any sport has gone off the rails when you have to remove body parts to do it.” • After her two kids, ages 5 and 3, died in a house fire in Rialto, Calif., in May, Viviana Delgado, 27, worked her way through the stages of grief until deciding in October on one final tribute. She turned the vacant, charred dwelling into a showcase haunted house for Halloween. To the average visitor, it’s just a spookily decorated house, but neighbors know that kids died inside, and they know what the two tombstones in the front yard represent.
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parenting from the edge by Anne Fitten Glenn
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
Anne Fitten “Edgy Mama” Glenn writes about a number of subjects, including parenting, at www.edgymama.com. Parenting Calendar for November 18 - 26, 2009 2009 Arts and Services Auction • Arthur Morgan School • This Saturday (pd.) This year’s Arts and Services Auction will be held on Saturday, November 21. • Silent Auction: 2pm-3:30pm at the Camp Celo Dining Hall. While you browse and bid, enjoy a glass of Yadkin Valley (NC) wines from Sanders Ridge and Hanover Park Wineries and decadent desserts to delight your palate. • Following the silent auction, the Live Auction will begin at 4pm on the AMS campus. • Come prepared to take home wonderful local artist’s work and priceless services. Please call, (828) 675-4361 or (828) 675-4262, for directions or further information. • All proceeds benefit Scholarship Fund, Arthur Morgan School. Crisis Counseling • Multicultural/ Diverse Lifestyles
(pd.) • Teens • Young Adults/Adults • Eclectic/diverse therapy: Cognitive-Behavioral, Equine, Afro-centric, Parent Coordination/Mediation. • Tracy Keene, LPC, 828-3183991, tracy@KeeneCounseling.com • 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 www.buncombecounty.org/parks 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. email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. • 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@ gmail.com.
• TUESDAYS, 9:30am-10:15am - Toddler Fun. At the Reuter YMCA in the Mission Hospitals Room. Call 2138098 to register.
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The Holiday Market at Grove Arcade, where shoppers will find unique gifts including 18th- and 19th-century European and American furniture and collectibles from Village Antiques; women’s clothing from Constance Boutique and Ad Lib; handmade jewelry from Kathleen Cook and Nathalie Mornu; fair-trade Peruvian imports and Mexican silver jewelry; Cambodian silk scarves; handmade soaps, candles and salves; books from Malaprops; Lusty Monk Mustard; and pottery from Maria Andrade Troya (pictured here)
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Benefits Calendar for November 18 - 26, 2009 Jubilee! Hunger Banquet • SA (11/21), 4-6pm - Empower yourself, take action, gain compassion for the hungry in WNC. The banquet will be held at Jubilee!, 46 Wall Street. Proceeds will go to support MANNA, American Rainbow Rapid Response, Loving Food Resources and the Jubilee! youth group. $8/$15 family. Tickets at Jubilee! and Malaprop’s. Madison County Arts Council Events MCAC is located at 90 S. Main St. in Marshall. Info: 6491301 or www.madisoncountyarts.com. • FR (11/20), 8pm - David Holt and the Lightning Bolts will perform a special fundraising concert for the Madison County Arts Council at the historic Ebbs Chapel School in Madison County. $20. Meals on Wheels’ Santa for Seniors Project
• 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. $10. Info: 216-0848, www.wncdiscgolf.com or email@example.com. Mountain Housing Opportunities MHO’s mission is to build and improve homes, neighborhoods, communities and lives. Located at 64 Clingman Ave., Suite 101. Info: 254-4030. • TH (11/19), 6:30pm - The 6th annual Doors of Asheville, a fundraiser for affordable housing featuring themed works of art by regional artists. Drinks, hors
d’oeuvres, a silent auction and music by Ol’Hoopty. At The Orange Peel. Call for tickets. Taste of Asheville Celebration • TH (11/19), 7-9pm - Celebrate the return of the Main Course Dining Program with small-plate entrees made by local independent restaurants at The Venue on Market Street, downtown Asheville. Program proceeds support Asheville Independent Restaurants and the Chefs of Tomorrow scholarship. Info: airasheville.org.
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Tips for Spay or Neuter When you spay or neuter your pet, you are benefiting both them and our environment. Unwanted dogs and cats destroy wildlife and can carry diseases, especially rabies. North Carolina had the 4th highest rate of reported rabies in 2008. If you can’t afford surgery, there are many charity groups in our area who can help you with costs. So be a responsible pet parent and prevent animal overpopulation. aUggU[YZUW]U`gbU]`gZhWYfh]Z]WUhYg 8ckbhckb. Gcih\. )-<UmkccXGh" 6]`hacfYDUf_ HkcHckbGeiUfY6`jX" ,&,"&)'"'&&& ,&,"*,+",+*$ gYbg]V]`]h]Yg!gdU"Wca
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What’s it mean to be green? by Margaret Williams As one local energy-conservation expert observed, “green” has become the latest fashion and the coolest trend. Businesses and governments want to make sure their customers and constituents know they’re being green, even when their efforts don’t add up to much when you look more closely. Ditto for “sustainability,” another concept that’s been commercialized and turned into a status symbol, according to more than one of the local experts Xpress quizzed. “Sustainability isn’t something to be had; it’s a way we have to live,” said Charlie Hopper, a longtime landscaper who partnered with a tech pal to create an iPhone application that’s a mobile database of tree species (see “Botany Buddy: Plant Info For Your iPhone,” Oct. 28 Xpress). Hopper, who majored in political science and philosophy in college, called sustainability “a false notion,” remarking, “Nothing is sustainable. If you take ‘utopia’ and translate it from the Latin, it means ‘nowhere.’” If a landscaper designs a beautiful yard with native plants, rain gardens and other “green” touches, and then the homeowner loses his job and can’t afford to maintain the yard — “That’s not sustainable,” said Hopper. “We have to start making sustainable choices, and consider what’s the smallest impact we can make on the environment and still get what we need.” When Xpress asked Asheville GreenWorks Director Susan Roderick what being green means to her, a look of astonishment conveyed that she thought the answer should be obvious: “Trees!” The nonprofit started as (and still is) a tree-planting environmental group — Quality Forward — Roderick reminded us. But probing the thought more deeply, she echoed Hopper’s point about choices: “I’m converting the upstairs of my [big Montford] house to an apartment. I don’t need all that space. It’s not sustainable!” She also joked, “Being green doesn’t mean trading in your perfectly good car for a Prius.” RiverLink’s Hartwell Carson pondered the question a moment, before saying, “It means something different to everyone, and everyone’s trying to use ‘green’ to mean whatever they want it to mean. Being green, to me, means having as light of a footprint as you can.” The French Broad Riverkeeper for the nonprofit, Carson emphasized, “One thing people forget about is their impact on water quality: You forget that when your can of oil leaks on the driveway, it gets washed away when it rains, and it ends up in our streams and river. Or when you take a long shower, you’re wasting water.” Does he take short showers? “I do, but really short, military
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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 www.ncarboretum.org/education/adultprograms. 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. riverlink.org. • 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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College may very well be intellectually enthralling and socially beguiling, but all that excitement calls for small sacrifices. As any frosh will readily confirm, being a full-time student means wearing flip-flops in the shower, sharing the remote for the student-lounge T.V. and giving up oneâ€™s garden. More than 40 students gathered at Mars Hill College earlier this month for a community event billed as a â€œSeed and Story Swap,â€? in which participants were supposed to trade seeds saved by their families and share the stories behind them. But the vast majority of students arrived empty-handed, bearing the same story: Their parents made a garden, and they wanted to make a garden too, homesick as they were for vine-ripened tomatoes and fresh snap beans. But without a patch of land on which to plant, theyâ€™d been forced to get their horticultural fix from Halloween pumpkins and decorative bamboo stalks. â€œI canâ€™t garden here,â€? complained junior Breanna Mason, a regional-studies major who grew up in Brevard. Masonâ€™s grandmother, a Haywood County native, sends her relatives seeds in film canisters. â€œMy grandparents have always gardened, and now weâ€™ve all gotten into it,â€? says Mason, who immediately backed the germ of a proposal that emerged halfway through the meeting: a campus garden, where students might grow Madison Countyâ€™s distinctive heirloom crops.
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