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letters Max Cooper’s subjects are harbingers of things to come Great piece by Max Cooper in the Nov. 9 Xpress [“Asheville Argus: Eyes on the Street”]. His pictorial and verbal observations of today’s Asheville amplify my misconceptions of the Asheville I experienced 70 years ago as a young GI in an infantry basic training camp in South Carolina. It was hotter than hell in that camp many years ago during July, August and September — the hottest days of the year. Recruits were dropping like flies. Several even died. But we were at war, for our very existence. A new buddy I met at camp was a native of Asheville. A guy by the name of Lee. (A good Southern name.) I believe his daddy was mayor of the town at the time. Lee took me on a weekend pass to the cool, lush, mountain evenings of his home. It was like I’d died and gone to heaven. A paradise. That weekend of long ago has stayed with me through all my years, permanently etched in my mind. So when the time came for my family to pull stakes from Chicago and look for greener pastures elsewhere, I retraced my early journey to Asheville. Unfortunately, after nearly 10 years in Asheville, and the death of my wife, I have managed to isolate myself on four wooded acres in town, only to discover, to my dismay, that life in Asheville merely offers a microcosm of the lifestyle I endured in Chicago for 45 years. It has become much worse thanks to the overwhelming greed that has gradually permeated our soci-
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ety over the years, as well as the present financial chaos that could well spell the end of our society as we know it. At nearly 87 years old, I thought I had lived through and survived just about every disaster, even the Great Depression of the early ‘30s in which my father lost his home and his savings in a bank that closed during the bank holiday and never reopened. So, if you believe several of the individuals Cooper portrayed in his piece appeared strange, better get ready for more. They appear to be the new standard for our nation. Homeless. Penniless. Family-less. Lost to all but God. — Harry Jell Jr. Asheville
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Let’s be allies I was saddened to see Chuck Shepherd’s glib treatment of transgender children [“News of the Weird: Faimly Values,” Nov. 22 Xpress). Let’s not perpetuate the ignorance and lack of acceptance that has marked too many young people’s lives with cruelty and alienation. The experience of gender fluidity can start as early as 3 or 4 years old, when children’s natural development includes recognition of biological and gender differences. As media sources, you have a lot of power and responsibility for setting the tone regarding how young people from marginalized and vulnerable populations are perceived and treated by others. I implore you to educate
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What’s so edgy about statistics? It’s not that the “The 7 Billionth Person on Earth” was an offensive, controversial or even inaccurate article, it was just plain superfluous [“Edgy Mama,” Nov. 9 Xpress]. Couldn’t something have been communicated in a half-page more than just a slew of inanimate statistics that we all know? If you ask me, statistics are about the most lifelessly conventional way of communicating information. So we have 7 billion people, and Edgy Mama, you “selfishly” hope that your kids procreate, but on a “humanistic level” you are terrified of more people and do not consider the birth of the 7 billionth a cause for celebration. Do you enjoy indulging the emotion of guilt? We have another rambling and undirected mishmash of how we consume a crap-load in this country — and? What are you offering? What are you trying to say? I don’t think you know. To me, if you’ve got a true sense of self, then selfishness and humanitarianism are inextricable. It would have been a lot more edgy if you had written something contrasting the popular mindset that we are a disease upon the Earth. This is no way to see oneself. If our future is as grim as the picture you paint, then it will be because of the “hopelessly doomed” psychology that articles such as yours feed. The natural emotion of ushering in new life is empowerment, not regret for having brought calamity. It is our responsibility as parents to always hold the birth of a child as holy, and to inspire within our children their natural imagination so that they pursue the future with hunger rather than shun it with dread, feel beautiful rather than ugly and nurture their own will to create, transform, have a purpose and find solutions. — Jordan Foltz Asheville
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A big yuck to the Mountain Xpress for printing the photo of a woman’s leg shackled to a dancing pole in an ad for a local nightspot. Hooray for healthy sexuality consensually expressed, but would Xpress have run the ad if the leg had been a shade darker? I think (thankfully) not. Yes, editing is a form or censorship, but please choose not to run ads that portray violence to women as entertainment. — Sherrill Osborne Knight Asheville Xpress responds: Thanks for your letter, which raises good points. We restrict the number and content of adult ads that run in Xpress in deference to the range of values held by our readers and to ensure that Xpress continues to promote community dialogue among those readers. The Advertising and Production departments created this ad with our stock-image library, using, at the client’s request, an image of a woman with a pole. When the ad was created and approved by the client, we didn’t think through all of the image’s connotations and implied contexts. The ad ran for one week. We have replaced it this week to reflect something more positive.
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This morning, I stopped by Greenlife Grocery, more accurately known as Whole Foods, to grab a coffee and muffin on my way to work. It was 7:30 a.m., a time when Greenlife is always bustling. When I tried the door, it was locked. Just then, a Greenlife employee walked by. “The store’s closed?” I asked. “We’re opening at 8 a.m. from now on,” he said. Puzzling — why does a place that sells what seems to be millions of dollars’ worth of muffins and coffee every morning suddenly need to change its hours, totally unannounced? It’s not because they’re suffering from economic decline — ever see that parking lot, or the store for that matter, less than ridiculously crowded? Maybe the sales between 7 and 8 a.m. just aren’t quite what they are, say, between 8 and 9 a.m., or around the noon hour, or after work, when they’re pulling in closer to a billion dollars in an hour? OK, I exaggerate, but you get my point. They seem to make lots of money all the time. So why not be open at 7 a.m. to serve the community that supports them, we who really need our morning cuppa joe and roll? Is it hasty to speculate that corporate greed and bottom lines are to blame? I watched it happen: Greenlife, despite its communal roots, is no longer a “community” grocer. Rather, it is now part of a corporate conglomeration caring more about strategic financial calculations (the rich get richer) than about the community that supports them. The “free coffee” seemed proof that they were feeling at least a little guilty and were trying to soften the blow for a trail of disappointed regular customers. Am I being petty, or just wishing for the old community store, pre-corporate bottom lines that now dictate the new coffee hour? — Virginia Bower Asheville
Greenlife Grocery appreciates the feedback about the change in our opening hours. We are sorry for any inconvenience. We know that, for many people, the morning routine is an important part of the day. The decision to open the store later resulted from a unanimous vote of the Greenlife leadership team (not a corporate edict) because so few customers shopped during this hour. Equally weighted, we believed the change would be better for team members and our ability to best serve our customers. However, after considering feedback, we will be opening our doors at 7:30 a.m. starting Monday, Nov. 21. Greenlife remains as committed as ever to Asheville, and during the past year our contributions to the community have amplified. We thank our customers for this. Together, we have achieved a lot. For example, we thank all who shopped during our quarterly “5 percent day,” which recently gave 5 percent of sales to the Asheville City Schools Foundation. We are excited and gratified, too, for our customers who utilize our bag-donation program. Brother Wolf Animal Rescue just benefited from this initiative (as does a local organization every month). In addition, we encourage local food producers to take a look at our Local Producer Loan Program — a
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Now we pay taxes to have the city vacuum leaves up and take them to recycle into mulch. So instead of spending $15,000 in tax money for reusable plastic bags, folks want the city to spend $75,000 per new truck to go back to vacuuming and trucking so they don’t have to bag. What would be better, folks: paying taxes to have the city do everything for us or getting our kids out there to help with the chores, including raking and bagging leaves? Today taxes pay people to volunteer and parents pay to get their kids to and from volunteering so that, once or twice a year, a kid can say they collected canned food for charity. Why not pay the kid now to do some chores and help a neighbor? After all, there are organized service programs in every school, church and synagogue, etc., so where are the kids to help rake and bag leaves? Are taxes to vacuum leaves really progressive? As JFK said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” — Christopher Pratt Older folks in our fair city are upset about the Asheville city no longer vacuuming leaves up in the fall. The city stopped the practice because the four vacuum trucks are old, costly to maintain, have a large carbon footprint, cost $75,000 to replace and are only used during two or three months a I received a call from Asheville GreenWorks year. The new system cost the city $15,000 to buy today, informing me that the Adopt-a-Street reusable plastic bags so homeowners can rake signs for the WNC Atheists, which are posted on and bag their leaves and put the bags curbside. both ends of North Lexington Avenue, had been City crews come by and dump bags into trucks vandalized and would need to be replaced. I was and leave the bag to be used again and again. also informed that Asheville GreenWorks had Critics say bagging leaves is too hard for received threatening phone calls demanding that some folks, the old and infirm. Now some of us the signs be taken down. recall when folks raked and burned their leaves. I was not surprised by this news, nor were Homeowners and their kids helped their families any other members of our atheist street-clean— it was called chores and some even got an ing crew. It is simply a matter of fact that, in the allowance for doing their chores. Neighbors’ kids United States, pro-atheist outreach efforts are helped rake and burn leaves for a few dollars, just commonly met with this sort of response. like we did with snow shoveling, mowing and I would like to take this opportunity to ask the raking lawns, washing cars, cleaning out under vandals: what were you hoping to accomplish? porches and behind garages, babysitting, etc. We What does it say about your belief system that no longer burn leaves so we have more fresh air, atheists are picking up litter while you deface city and less carbon footprint. property? program that has already helped North Carolina producers. Our expanded services and product offerings are consistent with our allegiance toward a healthier environment, more compassionate animal husbandry practices, sustainability, good health and food marked by quality, great taste, affordability and safety. Inquiries about Whole Foods’ initiatives aimed at achieving these goals are more than welcome. As the community’s market on Merrimon Avenue, we celebrate wonderful customers and purveyors. Together, we create a place where we all enjoy the special uniqueness and local flavors, talents and artisans that have defined, and will continue to define, Greenlife. — Sherrie Sterken Greenlife Grocery Asheville
Of leaves and taxes …
Vandalism makes a poor weapon in a clash of ideologies
The folks at Asheville GreenWorks spend a tremendous amount of time and effort to keep our city looking beautiful. New signs are already being printed. All you have done is waste the time and money of an organization that is trying to better our city. I wish to extend an invitation to the vandals and to those making the threatening phone calls: if you truly believe that your worldview is superior, then prove it. There is no shortage of streets in Asheville that need litter control. Call Asheville GreenWorks and adopt a street of your own. Show us all that your convictions are so strong, and your constituents so dedicated, that you can keep a cleaner street than a ragtag bunch of atheists. You’ll get your own signs, and we promise not to hurt them. — James Childress Asheville
The “ironey” is lost on me I am highly offended by your cartoon that shows someone in a green hat, and brown pants, and who is a photographer [“Brent Brown: Ironey the Iron,” Nov. 16 Xpress]. I walk these streets all day wearing about the same outfit, taking pictures. I would hate to assume that this is supposed to be a caricature of me. Yes, I sit with homeless, and many others as I spend my days here. I can assure you though, as a land and homeowner in Vermont, and having an apartment to stay in while here, that I am not homeless. I also have viewers of my work all over the world. I do not see any homeless persons walking these streets with photography equipment or handing out cards about the video and photo work I do. Yes, I was offended. I could not figure out why persons were walking up to me today telling me all about services that the homeless have here. When I told them I do not need those services they seemed shocked. Now I know why. I am sure that you would not have posted a caricature of some better-known local artist like that. I consider this defamation of character. — Patty Cooper Asheville
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The cartoon of the photographer who’s forced into homelessness despite, ironically, being the best in his profession, was not based on you. Rather, the cartoon alludes to a Nov. 2 entry on the Ashvegas blog about local photographer Micah Mackenzie, who posted on Facebook of his struggle to survive in Asheville (ironically after just having won the title of Best Photographer in the annual Mountain Xpress Best of WNC issue). Even then, it was not a literal representation of him and other actual artists actually living in boxes on the street, but rather a premise taken to an extreme to achieve what people with senses of humor call a “joke.” The clothes’ colors were chosen at random and not based on any person living or dead. To further set your mind at ease, the iron depicted in the cartoon, while based on an existing sculpture on Wall Street, does not in real life have human limbs or a face and does not narrate local events. — Brent Brown Asheville
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Xpress received a large volume of letters about the proposed agreement between the city of Asheville and U.S. Cellular. Announced on Nov. 10, the deal would grant naming rights to the Chicago-based company in exchange for an investment of “up to $1.3 million over eight years.” The deal is subject to Council approval, scheduled for the Nov. 22 meeting (the day after Xpress goes to press). Dozens of readers responded with a similar argument — the negotiations were too covert; corporate sponsorship clashes with Asheville’s distinct character; the bidding process for such a deal should be open — but many of the perspectives are unique. One reader applauds the potential deal. In the following special section, Xpress compiled these letters. Attribution details appear at the end of each one.
i Stop! Let the city’s citizens weigh in over such an important decision! —Helen Bodel, Asheville i To have the Asheville Civic Center renamed when it was not even open to bids is ridiculous! The very least that should be done is that any renaming be opened to bids and be open to the public! — Kathleen G. Johnson, Alexander
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i I am appalled at the unannounced, evidently private decision to sell the naming rights to the Asheville Civic Center to U.S. Cellular. Do we get to read the email and other dialogue that must accompany this decision? Do we have a policy on
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selling these rights? I believe that if we are going to sell the naming rights for public buildings and institutions, we should do so openly, allowing the marketplace to set the price through an announced and open bidding process. I am sure we have a few Asheville-based companies, like Ingles, FLS Energy or Blue Ridge Biofuels, that would be interested in bidding — even regional companies like Earth Fare or Harris Teeter should be given: No. 1, an opportunity to bid and, No. 2, some priority as profit centers and local job creators. Chicago-based U.S. Cellular? Really? They do not even have a call center here. Yes, they provide jobs, but what else do they have invested in the region? Do we really want this to be the brand that represents much of the arts and entertainment that come to our great city? While we’re at it, we may as well sell the names to City Hall and Pack Memorial Library. The $1.3 million price does not, as erroneously reported, equal a 2 percent tax increase; rough calculations estimate the income from the U.S. Cellular deal to equal a 0.2 percent increase in tax revenue. At a minimum, I encourage the outgoing City Council to vote no on this unannounced indiscretion, and recommend that Mayor Bellamy create a plan for what structures and institutions are available for corporate open bidding on the name, and create a competitive bidding process, which may well bring in better that the private U.S. Cellular deal. — Andrew Stephens, Asheville
i Congratulations on the sale of naming rights to the Civic Center. Job well done! — Bob Carr, Asheville
i The “behind-the-scenes deal” between Mayor Bellamy and the U.S. Cellular is an outrage. There is an odious smell in the Asheville air. City Council members, stand up. Vote “no,” and open up this process to the public — where it belongs. — Jeanine Maland, Asheville i The Civic Center name-change seems high-handed to me. The citizens of Asheville/Buncombe County should have a voice in this. Only after due consideration is given to citizen input should any vote be taken by Council. — Anne D. Campbell, Asheville i Let’s give Ingles a chance to bid on the Civic Center naming. It seems like Ingles is a more community organization. — Richard Warren, Asheville i I can’t believe Council would consider allowing the Asheville Civic Center to be renamed without letting it be known publicly that this was under consideration. How in the world did U.S. Cellular get in the picture? It is a joke. Personally, I think it should be named — if a change is to be — the Thomas Wolfe Civic Center. Let the big guys pay for this and put their name on a plaque. But, U.S. Cellular? Or, even Ingles? OMG. — Anne Ray, Flat Rock
i The only thing more stupid than “The U.S. Cellular Center” (really rolls off the tongue — say it quickly five times!) is the way the “decision” was reached. Yes, we can certainly use the money, but what happened to the democratic process? — Betsy Haber, Asheville
Please open this opportunity publicly so everyone will benefit. — Dana Irwin, Asheville
i This name trade to U.S. Cellular
i What was Mayor Bellamy and whoever was part of this disgusting idea to rename the Civic Center thinking? Aren’t we having a revolution in this country in the form of Occupy Wall Street against the takeover of our government and greed of corporations in all facets of our lives? Asheville, which fights tooth and nail to keep out chain stores in town and supports small, local businesses, is now going to permit a big corporation to put its name on a landmark building for a measly $1.3 million over eight years. Outrageous. Disturbing. Asheville doesn’t have to be like other cities and sell-out. We are leaders, not followers. Mayor Bellamy should run for higher office — in another state. — Margo Klein, Asheville
i How un-Asheville, and how typical of politicians, that Mayor Bellamy made a secret deal with a corporation, only announcing it when it was seemingly a done deal. I urge Council to vote “no” on the action to rename the civic center U.S. Cellular. Then perhaps we can have a process with community input. If we are going to sell the name at least have an open process with the possibility of other corporations having a bid. And do we, as a community, care what kind of corporation has naming rights? I would be one who would
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i I returned from out of town to a newspaper headline about the Civic Center name-change. It was quite an ‘”un-welcome home” greeting. My first reaction was, “You gotta be kidding,” followed by, “Gee, at the very least, couldn’t it be [named the] U.S. Cellular Civic Center?” It would surely advertise sufficiently, while maintaining the integrity of Civic Center’s name. — Ann Albrecht, Asheville
i I was appalled to hear Mayor
Bellamy on the local news talking about the Asheville Civic Center’s name being changed to U.S. Cellular. That is atrocious and completely distasteful. The only thing worse is that the deal was made in secret from the public. This kind of decision should be openly discussed so that the citizens of Asheville can weigh in. If we’re going to sell the name of the Civic Center, at least open it up so that we can get the highest bidder and make the most money from it. We should decide, not Mayor Bellamy. I hope that City Council will stand up and vote “no” for this deal. It needs to be researched further and opened up for competitive bidding, if that’s the route we decide to take to raise funds for the civic center. — Debbie Metcalf, Asheville
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is a shady undertaking — $1.3 million over eight years is hardly a lot of money when you think about it. It comes to $162,500 a year. Why would the mayor and City Council members agree to such an absurd, meagerly trade? Why has this not gone out for open bid? The Civic Center is in great need of updates, repairs and maintenance, but $162,500 will not even come close to covering these costs. Something is not right. We must all ask ourselves, who is getting paid off? Who is promised a good future after they leave office? — Brenda Abrams, Woodfin
hope the corporate sponsor would be a responsible one, one that honored openness and didn’t spend money lobbying for issues that are not in our community’s best interest. — Arida Emrys, Asheville
i Did someone “jump the gun” here? Why wasn’t the opportunity to buy naming rights for the Asheville Civic Center open to the highest bidder? In not doing so, Asheville loses in more ways than one. If a local corporation bought those rights to the name we would benefit with the revenue from the sale as well as indirectly from the publicity over the years for local business. Why was this decision made without public opinion?
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i PARC makes several valid points regarding the recently announced name change of the Civic Center to the U.S. Cellular Center. What is behind all the secrecy of the sudden change? Why wasn’t there any notice to the public that there was a move afoot to sell the name? Was any attempt made to obtain bids for the name change or was it U.S. Cellular or nothing? The whole matter smacks of a certain amount of “hanky panky,” a set-up for a lame-duck Council to confirm the deal. It would appear that if U.S. Cellular was interested in paying $1.3 million over an eight-year period for the name change from Asheville Civic Center, there might well have been other entities willing to pay $2.5 million or more. Were “bids” put out by the City Council? Most are aware that the Civic Center is in dire need of major repair. In fact, I wonder how safe the structure really is. Is $1.3 million over an eight-year
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period going to be enough to make “a silk purse out of a sow’s ear”? — Neil M. Barrett, Asheville
i I am totally ashamed of the nonprogressive way the Civic Center improvements contract was done. There should have been publicized, open, competitive bidding. — Maggi Zadek, Fairview i Do you know why we have so many rare, older buildings in downtown Asheville? It’s because during the Great Depression, Asheville chose to pay off its debt rather than accept a government bailout. It took many decades to pay off the debt, but had we accepted the government aid, Asheville would have been subject to urban planning programs that would have mandated the destruction of many of the distinctive architectural gems that contribute to our town’s special character. In the 1930s, Asheville’s proud independence and focus on long-term goals preserved much of the charm that makes Asheville a tourist mecca today. Now, U.S. Cellular wants to buy naming rights to our Civic Center, and slap their brand on one of Asheville’s prime venues. This crass commercialism threatens our civic independence and would constitute yet another unfortunate step toward the transformation of our unique town into another bland splotch on the map of The United States of Generica. Tell City Council you oppose this scheme! — David Lynch, Asheville
i We were stunned to hear that the Asheville Civic Center would be renamed for such a paltry sum! We were stunned again to hear that it was a noncompetitive, secret deal. This is not how the public’s business should be conducted. Let’s hope the City Council does the right thing and rejects this lousy deal! — Al and Betsy Gumpert, Asheville
i Do not give away naming rights to the Asheville Civic Center without formal discussion and a credible bidding process! I am a voter, and I feel that I wasn’t represented in this action. — Marianne Cote, Asheville i As a tax-paying homeowner in Asheville, I am appalled by the lack of an open-bidding process for naming rights to our Civic Center. I want City Council, representing me, to vote “no” and then open the bidding to all interested in winning the rights. I prefer that some other source of funding be found instead of attaching yet another corporate name to a publicly owned property. Alas, I also understand the necessity for funds to accomplish improvements to this aging structure. At the very least, just for the best financial benefit for us all, make this a transparent open bidding process; it just makes good business sense. — Max Poppers, Asheville
i Please respect our community and its values by not changing the name of our beloved Civic Center to the U.S. Cellular building. That’s not what it is, nor what it embodies in any way, and the monetary exchange should have nothing to do with this decision. Do what is right: Preserve the dignity of Asheville, and yourselves. Don’t sell out. — Alana Johnson, Asheville
definition community oriented) an advertisement for a corporation? Yes, I know, it will all come to “rational decisions” about money. It always seems in our system like there is no alternative but selling out. The acoustics are bad; we need repairs. Let’s have someone do it. I think that a big fundraising campaign to keep Asheville independent would work wonders and create a wave of support from artists and citizens. Just on the side of art, too, the name “U.S. Cellular” is ugly. It might define some stem-cell research but certainly not an artistic- and community-oriented enterprise. Just like newspapers and media that sell out to advertising, what would we exchange for the name? It never comes free. When you have such a big donor, with the name in big letters, for sure, you are not going to want to antagonize, displease or ruffle its feathers in anyway. Gone is independence of thinking and spirit. I am stunned that this is even considered as an option. Please, please, let’s think out of the box. Go with the spirit of Asheville, the Occupy Wall Street spirit, instead of caving in to old dictates of “either/or.” Let’s dream bigger, mobilize and get a citizens’ action plan — Liliane Papin, Asheville
i Let’s get some money for the name of our Civic Center — put it out to the best bid. What did Mayor Bellamy receive under the table for this? How can she make a decision without involving the citizens and Council? — Nan Davis, Asheville i It is for us to decide, no one else. Period. — Mary Fishman, Asheville i How does U.S. Cellular Greenway
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Sound? There is a great opportunity for the whole community to sell out. I hate company names on public places, but in this case it would be a better alternative than another apartment complex and a greenway that goes nowhere.
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What if Asheville’s two homegrown grocery stores (Ingles and Earth Fare) want to bid? — Diana Lieb, Asheville
T.D. Bank bought back the Momentum debacle property (old leaf dump in Montford) for $1.2 million a month ago. That seems the going rate to sell out. I could live with (insert any company name here) greenway over an uncompleted greenway. — Casey Carmichael, Asheville
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i I think City Council can do better for Asheville and Western North Carolina than giving away the naming rights without a hearing and an open bidding process. — Jack Hall, Swannanoa
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by Jake Frankel The Buncombe County commissioners kicked off their Nov. 15 meeting by reiterating their support for local farmers with an update on the N.C. Cooperative Extension’s statewide 10% Campaign, which urges Tar Heel residents to spend more of their food dollars locally. The idea is to get people, organizations and businesses to commit to spending 10 percent of their food budget on products grown, harvested or produced in North Carolina, Melinda Roberts explained. Since the project’s launch in July of last year, 104 county residents and 13 businesses have committed to the target, pumping more than $150,000 into the state’s food economy, she reported. Only 10 other counties in the state had more participants, she said, noting that the local numbers continue to increase. Roberts, the local-food coordinator for the Buncombe County Extension office, asked the commissioners to support the campaign, perhaps by encouraging county departments and employees to participate and promoting it via the website and other marketing efforts. Buncombe doesn’t “have a formal policy, but we try to buy local,” responded County Manager Wanda Greene. David Gantt, who chairs the Board of Commissioners, said he wants to formalize the county’s support of the project, asking staff to have a proclamation ready for a vote at the Dec. 6 meeting. “It’s hard to meet the goal if you don’t know what the target is,” Gantt observed. He went on to tout the benefits of community-supported agriculture, in which members pay an up-front fee in exchange for a weekly share of what the farm produces. Having more folks join CSAs is a key part of the 10% Campaign, noted Roberts. “It’s really beneficial for farmers, because it gives them income in advance. So it allows them to have the money to purchase seeds,” she explained. “It’s a risk for the person that’s paying for it, because sometimes you do have crop failure. But usually you get things in abundance.” Gantt concurred, saying, “When my family has participated in that, we got more food than we thought we would.” He added: “It’s a priority of this board to encourage farming, preserve farmland and make sure farmers can make a living.” Commissioner Holly Jones also praised CSAs and the Extension campaign, gushing, “It’s fantastic to invest dollars in local food.”
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Bee local: The commissioners voiced support for the 10% Campaign, which urges North Carolina residents to spend more of their food dollars on locally produced products, such as this jar of honey from a farm in Yancey County. Photo by Bill Rhodes (honey provided by Fresh Quarter Produce)
Community split over A-B Tech referendum Although there was nothing directly related to A-B Tech on the meeting’s agenda, a number of school officials were present, including Hank Dunn. Gantt invited him to speak, noting that as the community college’s president, Dunn has had a busy year campaigning on behalf of a quarter-cent sales-tax increase that would benefit the school. County residents approved the increase by a razor-thin margin in a Nov. 8 referendum: 503 votes out of more than 33,000 cast. Commissioners have pledged to use the revenue to fund capital improvements at the school. “We’re here just to say thank you to the commissioners for allowing the vote to go on
the ballot,” Dunn explained. “It was certainly a little closer than we ever thought it was going to be, but we appreciate the support of the community. When people see the commissioners and A-B Tech coming together to do what we said we were, I think they’ll be very pleased with the results.” During the public-comment period, however, Mike Fryar, a former Republican candidate for commissioner who’d actively campaigned against the measure, said he wasn’t the least bit happy with the results. Fryar maintained that it wasn’t fair to hold the referendum in a year when there were no countywide races on the ballot. And because the vote was so close, he asserted, the commissioners should hold another vote on the measure next year before levying the tax. Noting the split between city and county
“It was certainly a little closer than we ever thought it was going to be, but we appreciate the support of the community.” — A-B Tech PresidenT hAnk dunn on referendum voTe
voters (a majority of Asheville voters supported the measure, and most voters outside the city limits opposed it), Fryar commented: “A lot of people in Buncombe County are mad. We don’t want to call this ‘A Tech’ — it’s called Asheville-Buncombe Technical institution. And the way this was done, it’s A Tech.” Fryar also questioned the legality of the push to get the tax increase approved, submitting a request for detailed information concerning the campaign’s finances and coordination with county officials. Next up was Candler resident Jerry Rice, who chastised both county and school officials for not providing information about the college and the sales tax that he said he’d requested several months ago. “We need a democracy that will listen to the people,” Rice declared.
Other business In addition, the commissioners: • Unanimously approved a resolution asking the state Department of Transportation to dedicate the Interstate 26 overpass at Long Shoals Road as the “Justice Harry C. Martin Bridge.” Martin was an associate justice on the state Supreme Court from 1982 to 1992; in 2000, he was named chief justice of the Supreme Court of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, which made him an honorary member when he retired in 2006. • Heard a report on county government’s carbon footprint from General Services Director Greg Israel, who originally delivered the report during the commissioners’ Sept. 13 meeting (see “Going Green,” Sept. 21 Xpress) but was asked to repeat it because Gantt and Jones were absent at that time. Between 2005 and 2010, the amount of carbon county government operations released into the atmosphere rose from 23,416 metric tons to 26,096 metric tons, according to Israel. That was due mostly to a jump from nearly 1.3 million square feet of county-owned facilities in 2005 to more than 1.5 million square feet five years later. During the same period, however, the county actually reduced its energy use per square foot, replacing windows at the courthouse and updating heating and air-conditioning systems. • Delayed a decision on Planning Board appointments until Dec. 6. X Jake Frankel can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 115, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Newly trained Green Jobs grads scramble to find work
Tim Alexander, president, HomeSource Builders
by Tracy Rose As a local program that trains workers for green jobs winds down, staff and graduates alike confront a frustrating situation. “As far as finding training-related work, that’s the challenge,” says Susan Garrett, Green Jobs director for the Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry. The ABCCM Green Jobs program began nearly two years ago when the nonprofit received an $880,000 federal stimulus grant to train disadvantaged workers for jobs in the energy-efficiency and renewable-energy sectors.
training ABCCM’s Green Jobs program will offer free weatherization training through mid-January. Applicants must be 18 or older, live in targeted high-poverty areas of Asheville and meet one of the following requirements: be unemployed, a high-school dropout, have a criminal record or a low income. For more info or to apply, call 2595333 or e-mail email@example.com.
Candaus Richardson, program graduate
Larry Funk, program graduate
“We’ve got all these wonderful trained people, but the market never materialized.” — SuSan Garrett, Green JobS proGram
Garrett was hired in March 2010, and training began that July. Since then, she reports, 52 people have been trained as biofuels technicians, 24 as solar-thermal installers, 38 as LEED green associates specializing in green-building practices, and 156 as weatherization technicians. To date, however, only 60 of those 270 people have found green employment; another 51 have found other jobs, Garrett reports, noting that roughly 30 to 40 percent of those placements have been for part-time work. A similar story has played out nationwide. Of the of 3,586 people who completed greenjobs training funded by the 2009 Recovery Act as of Sept. 30, 2010, only 466 found new jobs, according to a February report by the BlueGreen Alliance and the Economic Policy Institute. “Now we’ve got all these wonderful trained people, but the market never materialized,” says Garrett. She blames a still-weak economy in which many homeowners aren’t willing to pay for energy-saving improvements even if it would
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benefit their household’s bottom line while reducing the structure’s carbon footprint. A companion program was supposed to spur spending by providing rebates for such improvements. But President Barack Obama’s $6.6 billion “Cash for Caulkers” program (aka Home Star) has yet to gain Senate approval.
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a pool of people that can participate and help us in our construction,” said Alexander. “I’d like to try to support the local labor force, as opposed to bringing in folks from out of town, whenever possible.” That’s music to the ears of program graduate Larry Funk, who’s worked in construction for years but needed to be “re-educated” after business dwindled for his tile-installation company, Dynamic Chai Standard. Funk had already received solar-energy training through Appalachian State University, so this time he opted for LEED green associate training. In the meantime, Garrett was collaborating with the Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute, which received a grant to install solar panels on eight Asheville restaurants. Sundance Power Systems of Weaverville will do the work, and Funk is one of two Green Jobs graduates hired under the grant. Garrett is also trying to tap into the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Clean Air Act settlement to fund a local version of the stalled federal Home Star program, creating a revolving-loan program that would help homeowners pay for energy-efficiency upgrades. “Nobody expected the economy to take the hit that it has,” Garrett reflects. “I think just like with everything, we want to approach this with a can-do attitude.” X
Against that background, ABCCM has resorted to a two-pronged approach to drumming up jobs for program graduates: networking with employers and seeking out grants. “We’ve really tried to raise awareness that we have all these trained people,” Garrett says, telling potential employers “We’re your talent scouts: We can recruit good people for you.” Last month, the nonprofit hosted a “meet and greet” for employers and program grads at The Magnetic Field in the River Arts District. Among the roughly 30 people who attended was Tim Alexander, president of the Ashevillebased HomeSource Builders. “I’m feeling like this will be an exceptional Freelance writer and editor Tracy Rose lives in resource for me to have, to be introduced to Asheville.
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calendar categories community events & workshops / social & shared-interest groups / government & politics / seniors & retirees / animals / technology / business & careers / volunteering / health programs / support groups / helplines / sports groups & activities / kids / spirituality / arts / spoken & written word / festivals & gatherings / music / theater / comedy / film / dance / auditions & call to artists calEndaR FoR novEmbER 23 dEcEmbER 1, 2011 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
Animals Brother Wolf Animal Rescue A no-kill organization. Info: www.bwar.org or 505-3440.
• DAILY, 8am-8pm - Pet Adoption Day at the rescue center, 31 Glendale Ave. Open from 8am-6pm on Sundays. Community Partnership for Pets This nonprofit’s primary goal is to provide affordable spay/neuter services to communities in/around Henderson County. Info: www.communitypartnershipforpets.org or 6935172. • 4th SATURDAYS, 10am-2pm - Vouchers for free and low-cost spay/neuter services will be available to Henderson County residents at Tractor Supply Company, 115 Four Seasons Blvd., Hendersonville. Pet Biggest Loser Contest • Through SU (5/20) - All Pets Animal Hospital and Rehabilitation Center will hold a Pet Biggest Loser Contest to promote a
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Art aRt 16 Patton Located at 16 Patton Ave. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., 15pm. Info: www.16patton. com or 236-2889. • Through SA (11/26) - Works by Karen Hollingsworth, Karin Jurick and Suzy Schultz. All member Art Show • Through FR (1/6), The All Member Art Show will be held at Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville. Info: www.artleague.net or 692-2078. American Folk Art and Framing The gallery at 64 Biltmore Ave. is open daily, representing contemporary self-taught artists and regional pottery. Info: www.amerifolk.com or 281-2134. • FR (11/25) through SA (12/31) - Virgins, Saints and Angels. 12 painters, wood carvers and potters will share their interpretation of the virgins, saints and angels for the holidays. • FR (11/25), 5-7pm Opening reception. AntHm gallery Located at 110.5 W. State St. in downtown Black Mountain. Info: www. anthmgallery.com. • Through FR (11/25) Works by Ellen Langford, Keith Spencer and Constance Humphries. • SA (11/26) through TU (1/31) - Resurrection, works by Amy Greenan, and Abstracts and Writings, works by Lou Majors. • SA (11/26), 5-8:30pm - Opening reception. Appalachian Pastel Society Info: www.appalachianpastel-society.org. • Through TH (12/1) - What Can You Do in 24 Inches will be on display at Conn-Artist Studios and Gallery, 611 Greenville Highway, Hendersonville.
Appalachian State University • Through SU (1/1) Sanctuary, works by Val Lyle. Info: email@example.com or 262-6084. • Through SU (1/1) - Living in the Light: A Retrospective, works by the late John Scarlata, will be on display in the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. stageme@ appstate.edu or 2626084. Art events at WCU Held at the Fine Art Museum, Fine & Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm & Thurs. 10am-7pm. Free, but donations welcome. Info: www.fineartmuseum. wcu.edu or 227-3591. • Through FR (12/9) Exhi-beard-tion fall senior thesis exhibition for WCU art and design students. • Through FR (12/9) - Bachelor of Fine Arts portfolio exhibit. Asheville Art museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Admission: $8/$7 students and seniors/Free for kids under 4. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: www.ashevilleart.org or 253-3227. • Through SU (3/18) - The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft. • Through SU (3/4) Homage2 will pay tribute to Josef Albers. Atelier 24 Lexington: A gallery of Local Art Located at 24 Lexington Ave. Info: www.theateliergalleries.com. • Through WE (11/30) Horse and Barn, works by Brian Hibbard. Autumn in the Southern Appalachians • Through SU (1/1) Autumn and Winter in the Southern Appalachians, a juried exhibit of Carolina nature photographers, will be on display at Deerpark Inn at the Biltmore Estate, 1 Approach Road. Info: www.cnpa-asheville.org. Bella vista Art gallery
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Environmental leader Bill McKibben will speak at UNCA’s Lipinsky Auditorium on Wednesday,
wed Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. Free, but limited seating. Info: avl.mx/72.
A candlelight memorial vigil will honor World AIDS Day and the AIDS Memorial Quilt on
thur Thursday, Dec. 1 from 7-9 p.m. Held at Pack Place, 2 South Pack Square. Info: wncap.org. fri
Get in the holiday spirit at the Holly Jolly Parade featuring extended downtown business hours and a visit from Santa. Parade departs from Cherry Street in Black Mountain on Friday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. Info: blackmountain.org.
Give back to the community at a Red Cross holiday blood drive on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The Red Cross mobile unit will be parked at Sarge’s Adoption Center, 256 Industrial Drive, Waynesville. Call for appointment: 246-9050.
No matter how stuffed you end up on Thanksgiving there’s always a hefty load of leftovers, so bring those neglected dishes to The Bywater, 796 Riverside Drive, on Sunday, Nov. 27 for a post-Thanksgiving party with music by Miriam and the Pasionistas. 6-10 p.m. Info: 232-6967. Experiencing back pain from carrying those holiday decorations down from the attic? Fairview
mon Chiropractic Center offers free spinal screenings at Jazzercise South Asheville Fitness Center, 3426 Sweeten Creek Road, on Monday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m.-noon. Info: fairviewchiroprac ticcenter.com.
Join Dr. Matthew Robinson, author of Death Nation: The Experts Explain American Capital Punishment, for “The Real Death Penalty: A Summary of the Data and Scientific Studies,” on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. The free lecture will discuss North Carolina’s execution history and the controversial Racial Justice Act. Held at UNCA’s Highsmith Union Grotto. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-6560.
Located in Biltmore Village next to the parking lot of Rezaz’s restaurant. Summer hours: Mon., Wed.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: www.bellavistaart. com or 768-0246. • Through SA (12/31) - Spider Series, works by Paul Owen, Tif McDonald and Nicora Gangi.
Black mountain College museum + Arts Center The center is located at 56 Broadway and preserves the legacy of the Black Mountain College. Info: bmcmac@bellsouth. net or www.blackmountaincollege.org or 3508484. • Through SA (1/14) - John Cage: A Circle of Influences will explore Cage’s work during his time at Black Mountain College and his later collaborative projects. Castell Photography A photo-based art gallery located at 2C Wilson Alley, off Eagle Street in downtown Asheville. Info: www.castellphotography. com or 255-1188.
• Through WE (11/30) Particular Histories, works by Rebecca Drolen. • Through WE (11/30) - Manipulated, juried by Ariel Shanberg. Caterine Stinson Yellowroot • Through TH (12/1) - Works by Caterine Stinson Yellowroot will be on display at The Wilderness Society, 563 West Main St. Suite 1, Sylva. Info: http://www. catherinestinson.com. Center For Craft, Creativity and Design Located at the Kellogg Conference Center, 11 Broyles Road in Hendersonville. Info: www.craftscreativitydesign.org or 890-2050. • Through FR (1/27) Common Threads, works by four fiber artists who have collaborated with other artists or businesses. Courtyard gallery An eclectic art and performance space located at 109 Roberts St., Phil Mechanic Studios, River Arts District. Info: www.
ashevillecourtyard.com or 273-3332. • Through SA (12/31) - Anything Goes Everything Shows, the 5th annual mail art show. All entries received through the postal system will be exhibited. Participants were encouraged to explore themes, sizes, shapes and media of any kind. Flood gallery events Located in the Phil Mechanic building at 109 Roberts St. in Asheville’s River Arts District. Info: www.floodgallery.org or 254-2166. • Through WE (11/30) - Uncharted Waters, featuring the work of nine local artists. Hosted by Flood Gallery and Bold Life Magazine. Fountainhead Bookstore Located at 408 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Info: www.fountainheadbookstore.com or 697-1870. • Through WE (11/30) Pieces of the Sky, works by Ray Cooper. george terry
• Through WE (11/30) - Works by George Terry will be on display at DeSoto Lounge, 504 Haywood Road. Info: www.brotherwayword. deviantart.com. grand Bohemian gallery Located at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Biltmore Village, 11 Boston Way. Info: www. bohemianhotelasheville. com or 505-2949. • FR (11/25), 4-8pm & SA (11/26), 5-8pm - Kate Stockman (jewelry). • Through WE (11/30) - New works by Jean Claude Roy. grovewood gallery Located at 111 Grovewood Road. Info: www.grovewood.com or 253-7651. • Through TH (12/1) - The Art of Making Music will feature instruments made in WNC. it’s A Small, Small Work • Through FR (12/31) - It’s A Small, Small Work will feature works that are 12 inches or smaller by over 100 regional artists. On display at Gallery
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asheville-area escapes the Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River (WATR). And Chattooga Ridge Canopy Tours, in Long Creek, S.C., will support TreesGreenville, which has planted 2,200 trees since its founding in 2005. These are just a few reasons to skip the shopping lines and try a zip line instead. When: Friday, Nov. 25, throughout the day Where: Asheville, Hartford and Bryson City, Tenn. and Long Creek, S.C. Price: $54-79, depending on location. Half of the ticket price will be donated to various environmental organizations. Contact: avl.mx/4p (the company website) or 877-247-5535 Photo: Courtesy of Adventure America Zipline Canopy Tours
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â€˘ Through SU (3/11) - A Blue Ridge Rhapsody, works by Paul Hastings. Study Abroad Photo exhibit â€˘ Through WE (11/30) Study Abroad will feature the winners of the study abroad photo contest. Held in UNCAâ€™s Blowers Gallery in the Ramsey Library. Info: 251-6436. the Artery Community arts facility at 346 Depot St., River Arts District. Info: www.ashevillearts.com. â€˘ Through WE (11/30) - Third Nature, works by Virginia Derryberry. transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am4pm. Info: www.artsofbrevard.org or 884-2787. â€˘ 4th FRIDAYS, 5-9pm - Downtown Brevardâ€™s Gallery Walk, a self-guided tour of galleries and art studios.
Auditions & Call to Artists Capital infrastructure grants â€˘ Through MO (12/12) - Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Services seeks applications for its Capital Infrastructure Grants, which directly promotes physical activity. Mail to 59 Woodfin Place by Dec. 12. Info: jessica.stevermer@buncombecounty. org or 250-4260. eco Arts Awards
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â€˘ Through WE (11/30) - The Eco Arts Awards will accept songs, short films, photography, poetry and fine and functional art on the theme of ecology through Nov. 30. $30. Info: www.ecoartsawards. com. Fountainhead Bookstore Short Story Contest â€˘ Through SA (12/10) - Submissions for the Fountainhead Bookstore Short Story Contest, on the theme of modern life in small town North Carolina, will be accepted through Dec. 10. Info: www.fountainheadbookstore.com or 697-1870. Handcrafted Holiday market â€˘ Through TH (12/16) Arts2Peopleâ€™s Handcrafted Holiday Market will accept applications for artists and crafters through Dec. 16. Market runs Nov. 15-Dec. 24. Info: www. arts2people.org. memoirs Contest â€˘ Through WE (11/30) - The Writersâ€™ Workshop will accept unpublished submissions for its annual memoirs contest through Nov. 30. Info: www. twwoa.org or writersw@ gmail.com. New media Juried exhibition â€˘ Through WE (11/23) - Entries for Prime Time: New Media Juried Exhibition will be accepted by the Asheville Art Museum through Nov. 23. Info: www.ashevilleart. org.
Benefits Chanukah Judaica/gift Shop â€˘ Congregation Beth israel Asheville (pd.) Expands itâ€™s Judaica/Gift Shop from November 21 through Chanukah (December 28) by occupying a Micro Cottage generously donated by Compact Cottages Company, which will be located outside the Synagogue. Choose from a wide selection of traditional Judaica items and Chanukah gifts for the entire family. Visit us Wednesdays and Fridays, 11am-2pm and Sundays 9:30am-12:30pm. 229 Murdock Avenue. (704) 773-3901. firstname.lastname@example.org AiDS memorial Quilt â€˘ SU (11/27) through SA (12/3) - The AIDS Memorial Quilt, â€œA Tapestry of Lives, Living with 30 Years of HIV/ AIDS,â€? will be hosted by The Western North Carolina AIDS Project at Pack Place, 2 South Pack Square. Info: www. wncap.org. â€˘ TH (12/1), 7-9pm - A candlelight memorial vigil will be held to honor World AIDS Day. Beauty through Cancer â€˘ Through WE (11/30) - Print4Food, an environmentally conscious print company, will donate $5 of its orders to Beauty Through Cancer. Info: www.print4food.com. Christmas tree Sale for Charity
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Fresh Produce Sporswear, 18 Lodge St. in Biltmore Village, will host a food drive to benefit MANNA FoodBank. Donors receive $1 store credit for each food item donated (up to $20). Nominate A Family in Need For the Holidays â€˘ Through SU (11/27) - Assist a family in need with this yearâ€™s â€œAdoptA-Family,â€? sponsored by Georgeâ€™s Stor-Mor, Storage Center and Stowaway Self Storage. Email nominations with information about who and why, and be sure to include names and ages of all family members and how to contact them. Families will be chosen Nov. 28th and receive gifts and food certificates. Donations of unwrapped gifts and certificates for groceries or gas can be dropped off at any sponsor locations. Nominations and info: email@example.com. tryon Fine Arts Centerâ€™s Christmas Fundraiser â€˘ FR (12/9), 6:30pm - An annual Christmas fundraiser will benefit the Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon. Info: www.tryonarts.org. vegetarian thanksgiving Dinner â€˘ WE (11/23), 5-9pm - A 3-course, vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner to benefit Animal Haven will be held at Plant Restaurant, 165 Merrimon Ave. Reservations recommended. $30. Info: www. plantisfood.com. Women At Risk Benefit Concert â€˘ TH (12/1), 7-10pm - A benefit concert for the Women At Risk program will be held at Asheville Music Hall, 31 Patton Ave., featuring music by Dehila Low and Every Motherâ€™s Dream. $10.
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â€˘ FR (11/25) through SA (12/24) - The Artisan Gourmet Market will host a Christmas tree sale to benefit Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministries, Camp Lakey Gap, Swannanoa Valley Museum and others. Held at 2 East Market St., Black Mountain. Mon.-Thurs., 37pm. Fri.-Sat., noon-7pm. Sun., 10am-2pm. Info: 357-5500. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation â€˘ SA (11/26), 9pm - A benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, in memory of Austin Shannon, will feature The American Gonzos, Last Science and Running on E. Held at The Get Down, 1045 Haywood Road. $7/$5 in advance. Info: www.getdownasheville. com or 505-8388. green Friday â€˘ FR (11/25) - Green Friday, an alternative to Black Friday, will feature zipline tours by Adventure America Zipline Canopy Tours to benefit Asheville GreenWorks. Call for times. Info: www. adventureamericaziplinecanopytours.com or 877-247-5535. Hope in a Hopeless World â€˘ TH (12/1), 7:30-9:30pm - Hope in a Hopeless World: A musical benefit for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, featuring musicians Phil Roy and Rebecca White. Held at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center, 507 Chestnut Street, Highlands. $20. $50 VIP includes a meet and greet with the artist, a cocktail and dessert at the Hummingbird of Old Edwards Inn. Info: http://on.fb.me/vuKXgD or 526-9047. mANNA Food Drive â€˘ FR (11/25) through SA (12/10), 11am-5pm -
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classEs, mEEtIngs, EvEnts & lEctuREs 24th Annual “Hard Candy Christmas” Arts & Crafts Show • November 25-26 (pd.) At Western Carolina University Ramsey Center, Friday/Saturday, 10am5pm each day. • Come early for crafts from the hands of 100 regional artisans. The area’s best potters, glass artists, and woodcrafts. • Old World Santas, heirloom ornaments, and fresh wreaths. Admission: $3 adults, children under 12 free. Free parking. (828) 5243405. www.mountainartisans.net ACt vs SAt Comparison test • SATURDAYS, 9am & SUNDAYS, 1pm Asheville students are invited to take an “ACT vs SAT Comparison Test” to determine which represents their best match. Held at Chyten Educational Services, 1550 Hendersonville Road, Suite 104, Asheville. Free. Info and reservations: www. chyten-asheville.com or 505-2495. Apple valley model Railroad Club Meets at the Hendersonville Depot at the corner of 7th Avenue and Maple Street. Info: www.avmrc.com. • FR (11/25), 10am-4pm & SA (11/26), 10am-2pm - The Apple Valley Model Railroad Club will host an open house featuring a raffle for a complete train set. Asheville tantra School Located at 2 Westwood Place, inside the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism building. $10-15 per hour with sliding scale available for
some classes. Info: www. AshevilleTantra.com. • WEDNESDAYS through (12/21), 7-10pm - “The Art of Intimacy: Really hearing and sharing skillfully.” White level (nonsexual discussion for all quality relationships). • THURSDAYS through (12/29), 7-10pm - “The Art of Intimacy.” Pink level (discussion includes sexual intimacy). No class Nov. 24. • SA (11/26), 7-10pm - “Power, Pleasure and Play: An Erotic Playshop.” • MO (11/28), 7-9pm - Introduction to “Men’s Multi-Orgasmic Potential.” • TUESDAYS through (11/29), 7:30-9:30pm - Nourishment Through Pleasure. “Explore three dimensions of pleasure: sensate focus, partner engagement and roleplay.” Civil War Photography exhibit • Through TU (11/29) - “Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory: Civil War Sesquicentennial Photography Exhibit” will be on display at the Transylvania County Public Library, 212 South Gaston St., Brevard. Info: 884-3151. Creative technology & Arts Center Located at Odyssey Community School, 90 Zillicoa St. Info: www. ctacenter.org. • WEDNESDAYS through (12/7), 4-5:30pm - Holiday gift making workshop. • THURSDAYS through (12/8), 4pm - Screen printing on ceramic tiles for high school students and adults. $10/first class free. Cribbage group • MONDAYS, 6pm - Meets at Earth Fare Westgate for friendly game playing. All skill
levels welcome. Info: 254-3899. Dinner Club • TU (11/29), 5pm - The City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts program will host a dinner club at Papas and Beer, 17 Tunnel Road. Registration required by Nov. 28. Info: 350-2048. Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St. Info: www.firestormcafe.com or 255-8115. • WE (11/23), 5pm - An Asheville Copwatch meeting will promote civilian police oversight. Free Beginner massage Class • A beginner massage class will be offered monthly. Free. Info, location and dates: www. vitalitymassage.net or 645-5228. Henderson County Heritage museum Located in the Historic Courthouse on Main Street in Hendersonville. Info: www.hendersoncountymuseum.org or 694-1619. • Through FR (12/30) - An exhibit of Civil War artifacts will feature military weaponry and uniforms. muslim Awareness Project A series of lectures and events at Warren Wilson College to highlight Muslim culture, politics and economics. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. • TU (11/29), 5:45pm - “Representations of Muslim Women in Jordan and Indonesia: Diversity and Contradiction.” Held in the Mierke dinning room. Public Lectures & events at UNCA Events are free unless otherwise noted. • MO (11/28), 11:25am “Second Temple Judaism
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and Early Christianity,” with Merritt Moseley, professor of literature. Held in the Humanities Lecture Hall. Info: humanities.unca.edu or 251-6808. —- 11:25am - “Be Baroque!” with John McClain, lecturer in humanities. Held in Lipinsky Auditorium. • TU (11/29), 7pm - “The Real Death Penalty: A Summary of the Data and Scientific Studies,” with Matthew Robinson. Held at UNCA’s Union Grotto. Info: email@example.com or 262-6560. the Fine Arts League of the Carolinas Located at 362 Depot St., in the River Arts District. Info: www.fineartsleague. org or 252-5050. • THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - Open drawing class with live models. $7/$5 students. veterans for Peace The public is invited to the regular business meeting of the WNC Veterans for Peace Chapter 099. Info: 258-1800 or vfpchapter099wnc.blogspot.com. • TH (12/1), 6:30pm - Meeting VFP HQ at the Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St. (the corner of Haywood and Roberts), Asheville. Info: http://vfpchapter099wnc. blogspot.com. WNC Fiber Folk group • THURSDAYS, noon-1pm - The WNC Fiber Folk Group meets at WCU’s Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center, 1 University Drive, Cullowhee. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 2272553.
Dance Beginner Swing Dancing Lessons (pd.) 4 week series starts first Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm. $12/ week per person. • No partner necessary. Eleven on Grove, downtown Asheville. Details: www. SwingAsheville.com Capoeira Angola (pd.) An Afro-Brazilian cultural art, combines dance, music, and martial arts. • Adult and kids classes offered, see website for schedule. Beginners welcome Mondays, Saturdays. • Location: 257 Short Coxe. http://www.capoeiraasheville.org/ Studio Zahiya (pd.) Monday, 6-7 Yoga • 7:30-9 Bellydance • Tuesday 9-10am Hip Hop
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Workout • Noon-1pm Groove Dance • 6-7pm Beginner Bellydance, • 7-8pm Intermediate Bellydance • Wednesday 6-7 Pilates, • 7:30-9 Bellydance, • Thursday 9-10am Bellydance, • 6-7pm Bollywood, • 8-9pm Hip Hop, • Friday 10-11am Bhangra Workout. • $12 for 60 minute classes. 90 1/2 N. Lexington Avenue. www. studiozahiya.com eleven on grove Located at 11 Grove St. Info: www.elevenongrove. com or 505-1612. • TUESDAYS, 7pm - Tango lessons. Open dance at 8:30pm. Hendersonville Ballroom Dance Club Meets in the ballroom of the Elks Lodge, 546 N. Justice St., Hendersonville. $6/5 members. Couples and singles of all ages are welcome. Info: 692-8281. • FRIDAYS, 7:30-10pm - Big band, waltz, tango and Latino dance.
Eco Bill mcKibben • WE (11/30), 7pm - Bill McKibben, leader of 350. org and organizer of the Keystone Pipeline actions in Washington DC, will speak at UNCA’s Lipinsky Auditorium. Free, but limited seating. Info: http:// avl.mx/72. Free trees • Through SA (12/10) - Individuals who join the Arbor Day Foundation will receive a free tree as part of the Trees for America campaign. Info: email@example.com or 888-448-7337. N.C. Arboretum events The Arboretum hosts a variety of educational programs. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free with parking fee ($8/vehicle). No parking fees on 1st Tuesdays. Located at 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way. Info: www.ncarboretum.org or 665-2492. • Through SU (12/11) - The North Carolina Arboretum and MOSAIC Community Lifestyle Realty will offer green home tours. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. • Through MO (1/2), 10am-4pm - “Sustainable Shelter” will feature scale models and interactive computer games to investigate how humans can
green their homes. $3/$2 students. • Through MO (1/2) - The Home Green Home exhibit will feature animal shelters, insect hives and nests. Regional Bicycle Plan • WE (11/30), 10:30am2:30pm - A kick-off event for the regional bicycle plan will be feature speakers, a public input session and a light lunch. Held at the Haywood Community College’s High Tech Center, 112 Industrial Park Drive, Waynesville. Info: www.fbrmpo.org.
Food Jura Wine tasting • TU (11/29), 6:30pm - Wines from the Jura region of France will be offered at Vinsite, 64 Broadway. $20. Registration required. Info: 252-4545.
Gardening Amaryllis Sale • TH (12/1) through TU (12/20) - An amaryllis sale will take place at Bullington Center, 33 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville. Open house Dec. 9 and 10. Info: www.bullingtoncenter.org or 698-6104.
Kids Celebration Singers • THURSDAYS, 6:207:45pm - The Celebration Singers of Asheville Community Youth Chorus invites children ages 714 to join. Held at First Congregational Church, 20 Oak St. Info: 2305778. Day Camp • WE (11/23), 7:30am5:30pm - A day camp for children grades 1-5 will be offered at the Waynesville Recreation Center, 550 Vance St. Bring a lunch, two snacks, a swimsuit, towel and a quiet activity. $20/$15 members. Info: youthprogramsupervisor@townofwaynesville. org or 456-2030. Hands on! This children’s museum is located at 318 North Main St., Hendersonville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am5pm. Admission is $5, with discounts available on certain days. Info: www.handsonwnc.org or 697-8333. • WE (11/23), 10:30am - Book ‘n craft will feature a book-themed craft.
Supplies provided by Fountainhead Bookstore. —- 2-4pm - Coffee filter tie-dye art. • FR (11/25) - Animal rubbing plate crafts will be presented throughout the day. • WE (11/30), 10:30am - Crazy Chemistry for children ages 3 and up. Letters to Santa • Through TU (12/20) - Children are invited to write letters to Santa and receive a personal reply. Drop off letters at 1831 Hendersonville Road. Info: www.postnet.com/nc141 or 239-2972. Pisgah Astronomical Research institute Located at 1 PARI Drive, Rosman. Info: 862-5554 or www.pari.edu. • TU (11/29), 6-8pm Girls ages 9-14 are invited to SciGirls, a program on wind power. Held at the Transylvania County Extension Center, 98 East Morgan St., Brevard.
Outdoors Lake James State Park N.C. Highway 126. Info: 584-7728. • SA (11/26), 10am & SU (11/27), 2pm - A fall colors boat tour will depart from the Paddy’s Creek Area office. Bring binoculars, a towel or cushion. Call for registration.
Parenting events at Pardee Hospital All programs held at the Pardee Health Education Center in the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville. Free, but registration is required unless otherwise noted. Info and registration: www.pardeehospital. org or 692-4600. • TH (12/1) & TH (12/8), 6:30-9pm - Childbirth classes will focus on birthing options, breathing patterns and comfort. Free iPad Academy • A free iPad academy will be offered for children under 5. iPads provided for class. Info and directions to downtown location: email@example.com. How to Be Healthy at Home • TU (11/29), 6-7pm - “How to Be Healthy at Home: Addressing Childhood Diet and Exercise” will be offered at Mission Outpatient Care Center, 490 Hospital Drive, Waynesville. Registration required. Info: www.missionhospitals.org or 213-2222, option 2.
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Briefs Iron Man III to film in N.C.; Will feature scene-stealing ‘Arn Man’ character spewing homespun drollery 500K fewer visitors to Smokies this year; Bad Bob’s Parkway Exit Jiggle Shack left reeling Plastic injection firm NYPRO to spend $7M on new WNC factory
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• Last year, there w e r e 240,000 licensed deer hunters in N.C. and 175,000 deer killed by hunters, meaning 65,000 hunters in N.C. aren’t worth a damn.
Tips for Deer-hunting Season
• Hunting with guns is prohibited on Sundays, as is attempting to obtain alcohol with a gun before noon on Sundays. • Hunting with archery is allowed on Sundays, so hikers don’t need to wear “blaze orange” due to the increased visibility of razor-tipped arrows. • On Sundays, hunters may also hunt with crossbows, along with swords, hammers, and baseball bats. • You are allowed to hunt deer with a pistol, and you are allowed to force the deer to dig its own grave first before hunting it execution-style with two shots to the back of its head at close range. • To avoid accidents with guns, always point the muzzle in a safe direction when you’re driving to the hunting site with your gun in your lap. • Tell someone where you will be hunting, and then hunt somewhere else lest you become the hunted. • Don’t overexert yourself by dragging deer carcasses from the woods, lest you have a heart attack. Tragedy often strikes when the most minor physical activity is incorporated into hunting.
• Avoid hunting alone, especially in less-familiar parts of town populated with younger, out-of-work deer. • Be wary of permanent tree stands — many are shoddily built tree houses that are in the foreclosure process.
• Never cross a fence with a loaded rifle. Throw it across the fence first with a big looping toss, and make sure it makes two full (not half) rotations in the air before it lands safely on its trigger guard. • If you see a game warden, determine if it’s a deer dressed as a game warden by blasting away in its direction. If it yells in what sounds like a deerlike language, you’ve probably hit the game warden in the chest region and should call for immediate assistance. • If hunting on private land, always remain courteous or else the landowners may freak out when they discover you’re hunting on their land. • If the deer is not killed instantly, make every effort to track the deer in order to find and wound its life-mate too. • Although it’s not, you should consider deer-hunting to be a competitive sport to keep yourself “on point.” • You can hunt up to a half-hour after the sun goes down, because that’s when highly valued, shape-shifting deer are most abundant.
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“I’m agin’ it, ‘less AB Tech starts learning folks to remember which gas pump they’re parked in front of before they come inside to prepay, you hear?”
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A to All good things!
B to Mayor Bellamy, who announced her intention to run for Congress. She came close to earning an “A” for her effort but, sadly, her name starts with a “B.”
C to Conventional wisdom. What is good? What is bad? Sometimes you just have to play it safe. D to the Deficit. Step up your game, deficit.
F to Fall. After leading editorial departments to believe this would be the year no innocent leaves would have to die, the Fall time once again ruined everything. Incomplete to North Carolina’s former eugenics program (1929-1974). Do we love it? Do we hate it? With only 45 years of forced sterilization in N.C., it’s hard to judge without more information. The Asheville Disclaimer is parody/satire. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: AvlDisclaimer
Contributing this week: Michele Scheve, Joe Shelton, Howie Frankel, Tom Scheve.
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Alexander technique (pd.) Faculty member ASU Hayes School of Music, 25 years experience, will teach you how to play with satisfaction and ease! Prevent injury and performance anxiety. Affordable. (828) 225-3786. FormFitnessFunction.com Song o’ Sky Show Chorus (pd.) TUESDAYS, 6:45pm - Rehearsal at First Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC) 20 Oak Street Asheville 28801.(Enter Fellowship Hall-lower level). Guests welcome. Contact: www. songosky.org Toll Free # 1-866-824-9547. Battle of the Songwriters • WE (11/23), 8-11pm - Battle of the Songwriters invites solo singer/songwriters to perform for prizes. Held at the Black Mountain Ale House, 117C Cherry St. Free. Info: www.blackmountainalehouse.com or 669-9090. Blue Ridge orchestra Info: www.blueridgeorchestra.org or 650-0948. • WEDNESDAYS, 79:30pm - Open rehearsals for the Blue Ridge Orchestra will be held most Wednesdays at the symphony office in the Civic Center. Free. Call for confirmation. Crystal music CooP • THURSDAYS, 7pm - “Listen to Each Other While We Play” drum meditation will be offered at 41 Carolina Lane. Bring your drum or borrow one of ours. By donation. Info: 310-745-9150. Flat Rock Playhouse The State Theater of North Carolina is on Highway 225, three miles south of Hendersonville. Info: www.flatrockplayhouse. org or 693-0731. • TU (11/29), 8pm - Linda Edwards will perform works by Rodgers and Hammerstein on the second stage. $22. Hendersonville Little theatre
At the Barn on State Street between Kanuga and Willow Roads in Hendersonville. Info: www.hendersonvillelittletheatre.org or 692-1082. • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS until (11/27) The Diary of Anne Frank. mars Hill College events Info: www.mhc.edu. • WE (11/30) through SU (12/4) - The Rainmaker. $8/$5 students. Info: 6891239. NC Stage Company Asheville’s professional resident theater company, performing at 15 Stage Lane in downtown Asheville (entrance off of Walnut Street, across from Zambra’s). Info and tickets: 239-0263 or www.ncstage.org. • WEDNESDAYS through SUNDAYS (11/30 until 12/18), 7:30pm - The 12 Dates of Christmas, “a one-woman show about how much the holidays suck after your heart’s been crushed.” Recommended for mature audiences. Neurotypical • WE (11/30), 6:30pm - Neurotypical, a film about autism, will be screened at A-B Tech’s Ferguson Auditorium on the Asheville Campus. $5. Info: www.abtech.edu or 254-1921. Prime time in the Camps • TH (12/1), 5:15pm Prime Time in the Camps focuses on Bosnian refugees living in the ruins of army barracks in Slovenia. Screened at WCU’s Bardo Arts Center. Info: www. wcu.edu/museum or 2272553. St. matthias musical Performances Located at 1 Dundee St. (off South Charlotte). Info: 285-0033. • SU (11/27), 3pm - Lenoir Saxophone Ensemble. the Altamont Located at 18 Church St. Info: www.myaltamont. com or 274-8070. • SU (11/27), 11:30am - Jazz with Pat Bergeson and Annie Sellick. the American Quartet • SU (11/27), 6pm - The American Quartet will perform at First Freewill Baptist Church, 965 Baldwin Ave., Marion. Info: www.theamericanquartet.net. the Hop Ice cream, concerts and community events. 640 Merrimon Ave., Suite 103, unless otherwise noted.
Search “The Hop Cafe” on Facebook or 254-2224. • TU (11/29), 6-7pm - Woody Wood (singersongwriter). • TH (12/1), 6-7pm Canyon Creek (bluegrass). the Laramie Project • THURSDAYS through SATURDAYS (12/1) until (12/10), 7:30pm - The Laramie Project will be performed by Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective. $15/$12 student. Info: www.differentstrokesavl.com or 275-2093.
Seniors & Retirees Alexander technique Courses for Seniors (pd.) Improve equilibrium, lightness and flexibility. Reduce and prevent joint pain. Increase energy. Personalized private instruction delivers long term benefits. (828) 225-3786. FormFitnessFunction.com CLoSeR Looking for gay folks in your age group? CLOSER is Asheville’s oldest LGBT social club serving all boomers and seniors. • TUESDAYS, 7-9pm - Meets in the library of All Souls Cathedral, 9 Swan St.
Spirituality Asheville Center for transcendental meditation (“tm”) (pd.) Discover why TM is the world’s most effective and scientifically validated meditation technique. Clinically proven to boost brain function and reduce anxiety, depression, addiction, and ADHD. Allows you to effortlessly transcend the busy, agitated mind to experience inner peace and unbounded awareness. • Free Introductory Class: Thursday, 6:30pm, 165 E. Chestnut • Topics: How meditation techniques differ • Meditation and brain research • What is enlightenment? (828) 254-4350. www. MeditationAsheville.org Asheville meditation group (pd.) Practice meditation in a supportive group environment. Guided meditations follow the Insight/ Mindfulness/Vipassana practices. Insight meditation cultivates a happier, more peaceful and focused mind. Our “sangha” (a community
of cool people) provides added support and joy to one’s spiritual awakening process. All are invited. • By donation. • Tuesdays, 7pm-8:30pm: Guided meditation and discussion. • Sundays, 10am-11:30am: Seated meditation and dharma talks. • The Women’s Wellness Center, 24 Arlington Street, Asheville. • Info/directions: (828) 808-4444. • www.ashevillemeditation.com Astro-Counseling (pd.) Licensed counselor and accredited professional astrologer uses your chart when counseling for additional insight into yourself, your relationships and life directions. Readings also available. Christy Gunther, MA, LPC. (828) 258-3229. Compassionate Communication (pd.) Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work, and community by practicing compassionate communication. Great for couples! Group uses model developed by Marshall Rosenberg in his book “Non-violent Communication, A Language of Life.” Free. Info: 299-0538 or www. ashevilleccc.com. • 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 5:006:15—Practice group for newcomers and experienced practitioners. Dowsing Beyond Duality (pd.) Master teachers/ authors David and Erina Cowan will teach how to release/shift unconscious limiting patterns, ancestral miasms, mental, physical and emotional limits, clearing mental clutter, allowing for Grace to flow. Dec 10-11. Register at www.bluesunenergetics. net or call 828-683-4221. events to Uplift Humanity With Bill Bowers (pd.) Bill Bowers Guidance: Connect with Spirit in a private or group session. • Contact Bill: (828) 216-9039 or firstname.lastname@example.org • www. billbowersguidance.com mindfulness meditation Class (pd.) 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 discussion of contemporary Zen liv-
freewillastrology ARIES (March 21-April 19) “Basic research is what I am doing when I don’t know what I am doing,” said rocket scientist Werner von Braun. I think it’s an excellent time for you to plunge into that kind of basic research, Aries. You’re overdue to wander around frontiers you didn’t even realize you needed to investigate. You’re ready to soak up insights from outside the boundaries of your understanding. In fact, I think it’s your sacred duty to expose yourself to raw truths and unexpected vistas that have been beyond your imagination’s power to envision.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) In Woody Allen’s film Midnight in Paris, the Ernest Hemingway character says, “All cowardice comes from not loving, or not loving well enough.” Given the state of your current astrological omens, Taurus, that is an excellent piece of advice. I suspect you are going to be asked to call on previously untapped reserves of courage in the coming weeks — not because you’ll have to face physical danger but rather because you will have a chance to get to the bottom of mysteries that can only be explored if you have more courage than you’ve had up until now. And the single best way to summon the valor you’ll need is to love like a god or goddess loves.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
you might freak out in abject fear as you encountered dragonflies as big as eagles and cockroaches the size of dogs. But since you’re quite safe from those monsters here in the present, there’s no need to worry yourself sick about them. Similarly, if you managed to locate a time machine and return to an earlier phase of your current life, you’d come upon certain events that upset you and derailed you way back then. And yet the odds are very high that you’re not going to find a time machine. So maybe you could agree to relinquish all the anxiety you’re still carrying from those experiences that can no longer upset and derail you. Now would be an excellent moment to do so.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) To prepare for her role in the film The Help, actress Jessica Chastain forced herself to gain 15 pounds. It was tough, because she normally follows a very healthy diet. The strategy that worked best was to ingest a lot of calorie-heavy, estrogen-rich ice cream made from soybeans. To be in alignment with current cosmic rhythms, it would make sense for you to fatten yourself up, too, Virgo — metaphorically speaking, that is. I think you’d benefit from having more ballast, more gravitas. You need to be sure you’re wellanchored and not easy to push around. It’s nearly time to take an unshakable stand for what you care about most.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
“When I see your face, the stones start spinning!” wrote the poet Rumi, as translated by Coleman Barks. “Water turns pearly. Fire dies down and doesn’t destroy. In your presence I don’t want what I thought I wanted.” I think you need to be in the presence of a face like that, Gemini. You’ve got to get your fixations scrambled by an arresting vision of soulful authenticity. You need your colors transposed and your fire and water reconfigured. Most of all, it’s crucial that you get nudged into transforming your ideas about what you really want. So go find that healingly disruptive prod, please. It’s not necessarily the face of a gorgeous icon. It could be the face of a whisperer in the darkness or of a humble hero who’s skilled in the art of surrender. Do you know where to look?
In a famous Monty Python sketch, a Hungarian tourist goes into a British tobacconist’s store to buy cigarettes. Since he doesn’t speak English, he consults a phrase book to find the right words. “My hovercraft is full of eels,” he tells the clerk, who’s not sure what he means. The tourist tries again: “Do you want to come back to my place, bouncy bouncy?” Again, the clerk is confused. In the coming week, Libra, I foresee you having to deal with communications that are equally askew. Be patient, please. Try your best to figure out the intentions and meanings behind the odd messages you’re presented with. Your translating skills are at a peak, fortunately, as are your abilities to understand what other people — even fuzzy thinkers — are saying.
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“All my life I have longed to be loved by a woman There are modern Chinese painters who use oil who was melancholy, thin, and an actress,” wrote paints on canvas to create near-perfect replicas 19th-century French author Stendhal in his diary. of famous European masterpieces. So while the “Now I have been, and I am not happy.” I myself had a similar experience — craving a particular type of women who, when she finally showed up in the flesh, disappointed me. But it turned out to be a liberating experience. Relieved of my delusory fantasy, I was able to draw more joy Are you ready for an orgy of from what life was actually giving me. As you gratitude? Identify ten of your best contemplate your own loss, Cancerian, I hope blessings. Tell me all about it at you will find the release and deliverance I did. Freewillastrology.com
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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) “It is a tremendous act of violence to begin anything,” said Sagittarian poet Rainer Maria Rilke. “I am not able to begin. I simply skip what should be the beginning.” I urge you to consider trying that approach yourself, Sagittarius. Instead of worrying about how to launch your rebirth, maybe you should just dive into the middle of the new life you want for yourself. Avoid stewing interminably in the frustrating mysteries of the primal chaos so you can leap into the fun in full swing.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) The Golden Gate Bridge spans the place where San Francisco Bay meets the Pacific Ocean. It wasn’t easy to build. The water below is deep, wind-swept, beset with swirling currents, and on occasion shrouded with blinding fog. Recognizing its magnificence, the American Society of Civil Engineers calls the bridge one of the modern Wonders of the World. Strange to think, then, that the bridge was constructed between 1933 and 1937, during the height of the Great Depression. I suggest you make it your symbol of power for the coming weeks, Capricorn. Formulate a plan to begin working toward a triumph in the least successful part of your life.
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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) If you expand your concept of what you’re capable of, you will receive a specific offer to move up a notch. If you perform your duties with intensified care and grace, you will be given new responsibilities that catalyze your sleeping potential. The universe doesn’t always act with so much karmic precision, with such sleek, efficient fairness, but that’s how it’s working in your vicinity right now. Here’s one more example of how reasonable the fates are behaving: If you resolve to compete against no one but yourself, you will be shown new secrets about how to express your idiosyncratic genius.
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parenting from the edge by anne Fitten Glenn
Finding (more) time for your kids Every now and again, I ask my kids what they think I should write about. Recently, my 10-year-old replied, “You should write about how parents should spend more time with their kids.” Uh-oh, I thought. “Do you feel like you don’t get to spend enough time with your parents?” I asked. “Sometimes. Some of my friends complain that their parents work too much or are on the computer too much, or are doing other things when they could just be hanging out with their kids,” he says. Uh-oh, I thought, again.
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ing. Held at the Asheville Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road (off Merrimon Avenue). Donations encouraged. Cloud Cottage Sangha Location: 219 Old Toll Circle in Black Mountain. Info: www.cloudcottage. org or 669-0920. • WEDNESDAYS, 67:30pm & SUNDAYS, 8-10am - Weekly meetings will feature seated and walking meditation, Dharma talks and chanting. • WE (11/23), 7:30pm A potluck “gratitude meal” will feature meditation, discussion and Dharma talks. Bring a vegetarian dish to share. • WE (11/30), 6pm - A Dharma talk on “The Presence of Love.” events at montford Books & more Used bookstore hosting workshops and authors at 31 Montford Ave. Info: www.montfordbooks.com or 285-8805. • SUNDAYS, 7pm-8:30 - Join Buddhist teacher Hannah Kim for an exploration of the book, Modern Buddhism, by Gehse Kelsang Gyatso. Includes meditation, talk and discussion. $8/$5 seniors and students.
Info: email@example.com. i Ching Support and Study group • THURSDAYS, 6-8:30pm - “I Ching Support and Study Group,” a study of Taoism and I Ching practice. Will meet at an area cafe, to be determined. Info: patrickgfrank@ gmail.com. infinite Way • THURSDAYS, 2-3:15pm - Tape study group, based on the mysticism of Joel Goldsmith, will be held at the United Research Light Center, 2190 NC Highway 9, Black Mountain. Info: 669-6845. meditation and Satsang with madhyanandi • MONDAYS through THURSDAYS, 6am-9pm - Meditate and practice with an awakened yogini. Sessions available by appointment. All fees by donation; no one will be turned away. Info: www. thepeoplesashram.org or madhyanandi@gmail. com. Reversed effort Workshop • SU (11/27), 11am12:30pm - “Did you ever feel that the harder you push, the more your goals slip away? This workshop will explore the spiritual principle of
Clearly, there’s an issue here. And one I’m verklempt about, because I realize that all too soon, he’s going to rather spend time with his friends than with me. Plus he has been dealt the one-two punch over the past year of only getting to spend half his time with me (though the other half is with his other parent), and I’ve been working more, even when he’s with me. Oh, the parental guilt trip. Luckily, the interwebs have once again come to my rescue. “It turns out that parents are spending a lot more time interacting with their kids now than they did in, say, 1965. That year, according to data from the 1965-66 Americans’ Use of Time Study, mothers spent 10 hours weekly on childcare as a primary activity. Fathers spent 3 hours,” writes Laura Vanderkam, in an article for the Free-Range Kids blog. In fact, after decades of decline, the amount of time parents spend with their kids began to rise significantly in the 1990s, according to a recent study by economists at the University of California at San Diego.
‘reversed effort’ and how knowledge of this spiritual law can help us in every area of our lives.” Held at Eckankar Center of Asheville, 797 Haywood Road. Info: www.eckankar-nc.org or 254-6775.
Sound Healing Circle • MONDAYS, 7-8:30pm “Come and receive if you are feeling lowly and in need of support or come and share healing light if your bliss cup runneth over.” Bring bowls, bells, rattles, didge, etc. Held at 41 Carolina Lane. By donation. Info: 310-7459150. Unity Center events Located at 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Info: www. unitync.net, 684-3798 or 891-8700. • WE (11/30), 7pm - A labyrinth walk will promote healing, mediation and prayer. Unity Church of Asheville Located at 130 Shelburne Road. Info: www.unityofasheville.com or 252-5010. • TUESDAYS, 2-4pm - A Search For God A.R.E. Study Group. • 5th SUNDAYS, 11am - Musical celebration service. Musicians are
always welcome. Info: 768-3339. • SUNDAYS, 11am - Spiritual celebration service —- 12:30-2pm - A Course in Miracles study group. Wiccan open Court • FRIDAYS, 7-9pm - Open Court meets weekly in Marshall for potluck, Wiccan principals and elements, meditations, hand crafting and occasional ceremonies. Provided by Highland Wild Coven. Email to meet about attendance: shinemoon76@ yahoo.com. Windhorse Zen Community Newcomers call ahead for orientation. Located at 580 Panther Branch Road, near Weaverville. Info: www.windhorsezen.org or 645-8001. • SUNDAYS, 9:30am - Meditation, chanting and Dharma talk, followed by a vegetarian potluck lunch. Yoga of Awakening • MONDAYS, 7-9pm - “Awaken to profound peace. Practice technologies to free the body and mind of stress and tension. Begin your adventure of awakening.” Fees by donation; no one will be turned away. Info and
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It seems that, even though more moms are working now than in 1965, we’re spending a lot less time cooking and cleaning, and more time interacting with our kids instead of locking them out of the house for hours at a time to wander the woods while we scrub the floors. If you visit my house, you’ll learn that scrubbing floors isn’t much of a priority for me. Even so, I’m not against the idea of telling the kids to go play outside for an hour or two while I hide in the bathroom with a novel. The economists also note that the increase in parent/child interaction is most evident in parents who are college-educated, which they theorize may be because these parents want their offspring also to become collegeeducated and are spending more time with them to support that. Various other studies, including one recently cited in Education Week, say that parental involvement does influence kids’ success in school. That’s one of those happy
directions: www.thepeoplesashram.org or firstname.lastname@example.org. Young Adult Friends Worship group • SATURDAYS, 4-6:30pm - This small Quaker group for young adults meets upstairs at Asheville Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road. Singing and silence will be followed by a potluck. For Quakers, quasiQuakers and anyone who is interested. Info: email@example.com. Zen Center of Asheville • WEDNESDAYS, 78:30pm - Zazen and dharma talks will be offered at 12 Van Ruck Court. Enter at back deck. Info: www.zcasheville.org or 398-4212.
Spoken & Written Word Joseph Bathanti • TU (11/29), 7-8pm - Joseph Bathanti, Appalachian State University professor, author and poet, will read at the Madison County Public Library, 25 Library St., Mars Hill. Info: www. madisoncountylibrary.org. Henderson County Heritage museum
Located in the Historic Courthouse on Main Street in Hendersonville. Info: www.hendersoncountymuseum.org or 694-1619. • SA (11/26), 11am2pm - Rick Wood will read from his book 40 Seasons.
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cause and effect lessons — more parental interaction equals higher academic success equals college for kid equals learning how to use a beer bong properly. So I pulled out a tried but true parental tactic on my son — the “you have no idea how great you have it” counter-attack. “I just did some research, and boy, are you lucky!” I told him. “I spend a lot more time with you and your sister than moms used to spend with their kids. In the old days, there were no restaurants, so moms had to cook all the time and raise chickens and make clothes and dust stuff, and if the kids wanted to be with mom, they had to help. There wasn’t much going out to dinner or taking bike rides or watching movies together.” So there, I thought. He said, “I don’t think I want to talk about this any more. I’m going outside.” It was one of those Pyrrhic victories.
• FRIDAYS through (12/9), 9-10am - Explore the subtleties of a yoga practice with focus on stretch, breath and balance in this six-week series at Happy Body, 1378 Hendersonville Road. $10. Info: www. ashevillehappybody.com or 277-5741. Jus’ Running Weekly coach-led runs. Meet at 523 Merrimon Ave., unless otherwise noted. Info: www.jusrunning.com. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Fivemile group run, 10-11 minutes per mile. •TUESDAYS, 6:30pm Run from the store to the UNCA track for a maggot track workout. There will also be a post-workout get together at a local restaurant. •WEDNESDAYS, 6:30pm - Eight-mile group run. •THURSDAYS, 6pm - 8-mile run from Jus’ Running store. Pickleball • MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 9-11am Pickleball is like playing ping pong on a tennis court. Groups meet weekly at Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, 30 G.W. Carver St. For all
ages/levels. $1 per session. Info: stephenslee@ ashevillenc.gov or 3502058.
Spin Class • TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS, 5:306:30pm - A spin class will be offered at Waynesville Recreation Center, 550 Vance St. Daily admission charge/free for members. Info: recaquatics@ townofwaynesville.org or 456-2030. Step Aerobics Class • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 5:306:30pm - Enhance cardio, strength and flexibility at this step aerobics, weights and stretch class. Meets at Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, 30 G.W. Carver St. Open to all levels. Free. Info: stephenslee@ashevillenc. gov or 350-2058.
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Government in action • British manufacturer BCB International is flourishing, buoyed by sales of its Kevlar underwear to U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq. But soldiers and Marines must buy the “Bomb Boxers” themselves ($65 a pair): The Pentagon doesn’t supply them, even though nearly 10 percent of battlefield explosive-device injuries include sometimes-catastrophic genital and rectal damage. According to an October report on the Talking Points Memo website, the Pentagon-issued version is inferior to BCB’s but costs less. (The Pentagon fully funds postinjury prostheses and colostomies, but a single Tomahawk missile costs as much as about 7,700 Bomb Boxers.) • In what a cement company executive called “one of those bureaucratic things that doesn’t make any sense,” the city of Detroit recently built wheelchair ramps at 13 intersections along Grandy Street that were connected to seldomused, badly crumbling sidewalks — or to none at all. As part of a 2006 lawsuit settlement, the city pledged to build ramps on any street that gets re-paved, and apparently, no one in city government thought to explore swapping those 13 intersections for others that are more widely used. • A Chicago Tribune/WGN-TV investigation this fall revealed that Illinois laws passed in 1997 and 2007 with support from organized labor have given at least three former union leaders lifetime government pensions totaling about $7 million. Two teachers’ union officials and one from an
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Great art! • Haute couture met haute cuisine at Berlin’s Communication Museum in November, as prominent German chef Roland Trettl introduced his food-based fashions (displayed on live models), including an octopus tunic, a seaweed miniskirt, a bacon trouser suit, a squid-ink-pasta scarf and a hat made of lettuce. The museum director said the items were “provocative” and “raised questions.” • Veteran New York City performance artist Marni Kotak, 36, gave birth to her first child, Ajax, Oct. 25 at the Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn (she’d moved into the space two weeks earlier to interact with visitors). Prior Kotak “art” included “re-enacting” both her own birth and the loss of her virginity in the back seat of a car. But a New York Times report suggests Kotak may be one-upped by her artist-husband, Jason Martin, who makes videos in which, dressed as a wolf or dog, he “conducts seance-like rituals intended to contact the half-animal, half-human creatures that visited him in dreams as a child.”
Police report • Cutting-edge Policing: Officials in Prince George’s County, Md., reported that crime fell up to 23 percent during the first nine months of 2011 after they met with 67 of the most likely recidivist offenders in five neighborhoods and
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sweet-talked them. The 67 were offered help in applying for various government and volunteer programs but were warned that patrols would watch them more closely. • Milestone: Joseph Wilson, 50, was chased by police and arrested in Port St. Lucie, Fla., in October and charged with shoplifting from a Beall’s department store. Although it was his 100th arrest, prosecutors are batting only .353 against him (35 for 99). Wilson’s getaway was delayed when he jumped into the passenger seat of an idling SUV and commanded “Take off!” but the driver didn’t. • Points for style: (1) In October, police in Corpus Christi, Texas, asked the public to help find the man who stole three surveillance cameras from a city agency by lassoing them from their perches near the ceiling. (2) In a dramatic escape attempt, Theresa Mejia, held on kidnapping charges, climbed through a ceiling vent in the Burlington, Wash., police station and traversed the entire length of the building before crashing through the ceiling into the police chief’s office.
Least-competent criminals Brent Morgan, 20, was arrested in Prince George, British Columbia, in October on three counts related to the attempted theft of a Corvette. Spotting the car in a driveway, Morgan jumped in and locked the doors, but the owner was in the process of charging the battery, which was too weak to start the car or even unlock the doors. Feeling trapped, Morgan panicked and began trying to smash the window. According to the police report, officers arrived just as he’d broken open the driver’s side window — not realizing that he could have exited the car simply by manually lifting the door lock.
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Local group upset about MAHEC’s retooled midwife program by caitlin Byrd Coming out of general anesthesia, erin salkin opened her eyes and looked around the hospital room, searching for the woman who could answer her question. She’d just given birth to her first child, Dylan, and she wanted to know if the emergency cesarean section doctors had performed meant she couldn’t have another child naturally, as she’d hoped. “There is no doubt in my mind that you can have a natural birth,” the midwife reassured her. “No doubt at all.” But when Salkin went into labor again three years later and searing pain ripped through her body, she couldn’t help but wonder whether she’d be able to have a natural birth this time. After 22 hours of labor, Salkin was exhausted, but her midwife encouraged her to keep pushing. It took another two hours, but Salkin eventually did give birth naturally to her second son, Caius. “Childbirth is a dangerous but also a natural thing,” says Salkin, who had both her children with the help of certified nurse-midwives from the Mountain Area Health Education Center. Now, however, she fears other local women won’t have that opportunity due to changes announced in late October by the MAHEC OBGYN Specialists. Effective Jan. 1, the certified nurse-midwife service will emphasize in-office access and prenatal care and phase out the current 24/7 call schedule. This means there’s no guarantee a midwife will be present at the time of birth. “For four or five years now, we have been struggling to stay above water, and then we got this 15.5 percent budget cut this year,” CEO/ President Teck Penland explains. During those years, he notes, MAHEC administrators worked diligently to keep the midwifery program intact while continuing their mission of education and quality patient care. They considered options ranging from cut-
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modern traditions: Midwives perform medical exams and deliver babies in lieu of an OB-GYN, whereas doulas provide emotional and physical support to women in labor and their families, explains Dolly Pressley Byrd, a certified nurse-midwife. Photo by Bill Rhodes ting back on the number of physicians to terminating their OB-GYN residency. But in the end, says Penland, “It really forced us into another level, and we feel like we made the only decisions that we had in front of us.” Distressed about the changes, Salkin created the “Mamas for MAHEC Midwives” Facebook page. To date, more than 250 mothers have rallied behind the midwives, saying there must be another solution to the budget-cut blues.
Allison Margerison, a registered nurse who gave birth to her daughter, Nora, in February with a MAHEC midwife’s help, is one of them. “There is nothing more normal and natural than women helping other women bring babies into the world,” she asserts. “It’s been this way since the beginning of time; that is the backbone of the midwifery model. OB-GYNs are trained pathologists and surgeons, so they often have a completely different way of looking at birth,”
she continues, adding that midwives “provide a needed and desired alternative to the medical model of birth in our community.” Currently, there are two groups of certified nurse-midwives practicing in the Asheville area: MAHEC and New Dawn Midwifery, each with four midwives on staff. Both groups use Mission Hospital, though New Dawn also offers home births for low-risk women. After Jan. 1, however, only New Dawn will offer a 24/7 call schedule. “Unless another birthing center opens up between now and then, New Dawn is pretty much the only choice,” says Salkin. “And that breaks my heart, because I love these [MAHEC] midwives, and I have a special connection with them.” But dolly Pressley Byrd, who delivered Salkin’s younger son, says MAHEC’s new care model could expose a more diverse group of Western North Carolina women to midwifery and how it differs from other forms of care. Midwives, for example, perform medical exams and deliver babies in lieu of an OBGYN, whereas doulas provide emotional and physical support to women in labor and their families. Historically, notes Byrd (no relation to the author), “Our typical population for midwifery care has been well-educated women who have pursued this avenue as a choice. But there are lots of women out there who don’t even know it exists. Those women, she continues, “are maybe more disenfranchised with the whole medical community, impoverished, that kind of thing.” Last year, MAHEC’s nurse-midwives were honored by the American College of NurseMidwives for having the highest rate of successful vaginal births after a C-section among low-volume practices. Byrd says she hopes the new approach will enable these care providers to maintain their high standards while serving a broader segment of the community. And despite some patients’ dissatisfaction with the changes, says Dr. Kellett letson, director of the nonprofit’s OB-GYN division, the most important aspect of the care the program provides — the doctors, nurse-midwives and residents — remains the same. “While we can respect the disappointment in the reorganization of care, these are the same people that have supported natural childbirth and patientcentered care all along,” he points out. “The suggestion that the care would be drastically different, or that we would want to change anyone’s plan or begin to intervene in ways that people are not interested in, is simply false.” Salkin, meanwhile, says she hopes women will continue to support the midwives and advocate for the care model that made them choose MAHEC to begin with. When giving birth to Caius, she explains, “I put everything on [the midwife] and all of my trust. You look forward to seeing these women and sharing this moment with them, because they’re so passionate and skilled at what they do.” X
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If you do your Christmas shopping at the Asheville Mall you have probably noticed a large tree-like structure that is composed of boxes and cans of food products. This is the Ingles Giving Tree that is erected prior to Thanksgiving each year and remains up through Christmas to remind us to donate to Manna Food Bank. Founder of Ingles Markets, the late Robert P. Ingle once said, “Christmas would not be Christmas without the Ingles Giving Tree!” Each year the Ingle’s Giving Tree generates thousands of pounds of food and monetary donations that help Western North Carolina’s Manna Food Bank supply their partner agencies, shelters and food pantries in counties across Western North Carolina. You can also donate at your local Ingles store by putting items in the large red Manna barrels in each store. Here are the items that are welcome and will help provide nutritious meals: • Peanut & nut butters in PLASTIC jars • Cans of meat, chicken, salmon or tuna • Canned vegetables and fruit • Hearty stews or pasta with meat in CANS • Baby food in plastic containers or packaging • Diapers To find out more about donating products or funds to Manna Food Bank or to volunteer your time: http://mannafoodbank.org/
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Are You trying to Force Yourself to Change? (pd.) Emotional Brain Training (EBT) is a structured program that addresses the Emotional Root Cause of using Food, Alcohol/Drugs, Overspending, Overworking to feel pleasure, numb out, and/or comfort and soothe ourselves. • Create a healthy lifestyle that promotes self compassion, brain health and grounded joy. Call 2312107 or email@example.com or visit website: www.ebt.org the ReAL Center (pd.) Offers life-changing skills including Nonviolent Communication (NVC), Radical Honesty, and Somatic Awareness. Learn to stay centered in any situation, be flexible without being submissive, and more. $120/8session class in Asheville with Steve Torma, 828-2545613. http://www.theREALcenter.org YWCA Club W Boot Camp (pd.) MONDAYS (12/5-9 and 12/12-16), 6:30-7:30 am. Get in shape this season in the YWCA’s Club W Boot Camp. Improve cardio fitness and build lean muscle mass. Pre and post assessments. 185 S. French Broad Ave. Cost: $100/members, $175/non-members. Info: www.ywcaofasheville.org or 254-7206. Chiropractic Screenings • MO (11/28), 10am-noon - Free spinal screenings by Fairview Chiropractic Center will be offered at Jazzercise South Asheville Fitness Center, 3426 Sweeten Creek Road, Arden. Complete in-office visits will be available for a $20 donation to the Fairview Food Bank. Info: www.fairviewchiropracticcenter.com. • WE (11/30), 5-8pm - Free spinal screenings by Fairview Chiropractic Center will be offered at The Rush Fitness Center, 1815 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. Complete in-office visits will be available for a $20 donation to the Fairview Food Bank. Info: www.fairviewchiropracticcenter.com. events at Pardee Hospital All programs held at the Pardee Health Education Center in the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville. Free, but registration is required unless otherwise noted. Info and registration: www.pardeehospital.org or 692-4600. • MONDAYS & THURSDAYS, 9:30am & WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 3pm - Flu vaccine. $25. Registration not required. • WE (11/23), 8-10am - Cholesterol screening. Fasting and appointment required. $20. • Free blood pressure screenings will be offered throughout the week. Call for times. Appointment not required. • MONDAYS through (11/28), 6-8:30pm - A 12-week class for caregivers and family members of those with mental illness. Info: 1-888-955-NAMI. • TUESDAYS, 5:30-6:30pm - TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly weight-loss support group. Registration not required. • TH (12/1), 3-4:30pm - “Balance and fall prevention.” Nutrition 101 • MONDAYS, 5:15-6:15pm - This weekly course covers the fundamentals of nutrition. Topics include eating healthy on a budget, smart food choices wherever you are and what the food industry is not telling you. Held at Blitmore Premier Fitness, 711 Biltmore Ave. $7. Info: www.purelivingstrengthandnutrition.com or 617-4075261. Red Cross Blood Drive • MONDAYS, 12:30-5:30pm, TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 2-7pm, WEDNESDAYS, 7:30am-12:30pm & 1st SATURDAYS, 7:30am-12:30pm - Blood donors will be entered to win a $25 gas card after donating blood at Asheville Blood Donation Center, 100 Edgewood Road. Appointment required. Info: 1-877975-2835.
Adult Children of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families ACOA is an anonymous 12-step, “Twelve Tradition” program for women and men who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. Info: www. adultchildren.org. • FRIDAYS, 7pm - “Inner Child” meets at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. Info: 989-8075. • SUNDAYS, 3pm - “Living in the Solution” meets at The Servanthood House, 156 E. Chestnut St. Open big book study. Info: 989-8075. • MONDAYS, 7pm - “Generations” meets at First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St. Info: 474-5120. 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: www.wnc-alanon.org or 800-2861326. • WEDNESDAYS, 5:45pm - An Al-Anon meeting for women will be held at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 798 Merrimon Ave. at Gracelyn Road. Newcomers welcome. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Al-Anon meeting at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 798 Merrimon Ave. at Gracelyn Road. Newcomers welcome. • THURSDAYS, 7pm - “Parents of Children with Alcoholism,” West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. • FRIDAYS, 12:30pm - “Keeping the Focus,” First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. —- 8pm - “Lambda,” Cathedral of All Souls, 9 Swan St. • SATURDAYS, 10am - “Grace Fireside,” Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. —- 10am - “Saturday Serenity,” St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Charlotte Street at Macon Avenue. —- noon “Courage to Change,” Bess Sprinkle Memorial Library, Weaverville. • SUNDAYS, 5pm - Al-Anon and Alateen, West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. • MONDAYS, noon - “Keeping the Focus,” First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. —- 6pm - “Attitude of Gratitude,” Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. —- 7pm Meeting at First Christian Church, 201 Blue Ridge Road, Black Mountain. • TUESDAYS, 9:45am - “Serenity Through Courage and Wisdom,” St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 109 Crescent Hill, Arden. —- 5:30pm - “Steps to Recovery,” Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, 123 Kenilworth Road. —- 7pm - “One Day at a Time,” First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St. Autism Parent Support group • 4th THURSDAYS, 6-8pm - Meet other parents of children with autism, share your experiences and learn from others. RSVP by 3rd Thursday to ensure childcare. Held at St. Gerard House, 718 Oakland St., Hendersonville. Info: http://stgerardhouse.com. Co-Dependents Anonymous A fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. • SATURDAYS, 11am - Meeting at First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St. Info: 779-2317 or 299-1666. Debters and Underearners Anonymous • MONDAYS, 7pm - The local chapter of Debtors Anonymous, a 12-step program, meets at Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road. Underearners Anonymous meets at 8pm. Info: www. debtorsanonymous.org, underearnersanonymous.org or 704-299-8909. events at Pardee Hospital All programs held at the Pardee Health Education Center in the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville. Free, but registration is required unless otherwise noted. Info and registration: www.pardeehospital.org or 692-4600.
wellnesscontinued • WEDNESDAYS, noon-1:30pm & 5:30-7pm - Vet Center Out Station, a support group for veterans. Registration not required. • MONDAYS, 2-3pm - “It Works,” a 12-step program for individuals struggling to overcome food addiction. Registration not required. Info: 489-7259. • TU (11/29), 3-4:30pm - A caregiver support group will be held at Pardee Pavillion Adult Day Health, 114 College Drive, Flat Rock. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous • THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous will meet at Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. Info: 9893227. Grief Support Groups • CarePartners’ bereavement support services are available to anyone who has suffered a loss through death. Weekly grief support groups, a relaxation group, a Grief Choir, Yoga for Grievers and one-on-one counseling available. Donations accepted. Info: kcaldwell@ carepartners.org or 251-0126. Magnetic Minds • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm-9pm - A meeting of Magnetic Minds, the local chapter of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, provides support, information and advocacy for those with mood disorders. Friends and family welcome. Held at 1314F Patton Ave. Info: 3189179. Marshall Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting • FRIDAYS, 8pm - AA meeting at Marshall Presbyterian Church, 165 South Main St. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Overcomers Recovery Support Group A Christian-based, 12-step recovery program. Provides a spiritual plan of recovery for people struggling with life-controlling problems. Meetings are held at S.O.S. Anglican Mission, 370 N. Louisiana Ave., Suite C-1. All are welcome. Info: email@example.com or 575-2003. • MONDAYS, 6pm - A support group for men. •TUESDAYS, 7pm - A support group for women. Overeaters Anonymous A fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compul-
sive overeating. This 12-step program welcomes everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. Meetings are one hour unless otherwise noted. • THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Hendersonville: O.A. Step Study group at the Cox House, 723 N. Grove St. Info: 329-1637. • THURSDAYS, noon - Asheville: Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road (S. 25 at Yorkshire). Info: 298-1899. • SATURDAYS, 9:30am - Black Mountain: Carver Parks and Recreation Center, 101 Carver Ave. off Blue Ridge Road. Open relapse and recovery meeting. Info: 669-0986. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Asheville: First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St. Info: 252-4828. • MONDAYS, 6:30pm - Hendersonville: Balfour United Methodist Church, 2567 Asheville Highway. Info: 800580-4761. • TUESDAYS, 10:30am-noon - Asheville: Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. at Ottari. Info: 280-2213. Sexaholics Anonymous • DAILY - A 12-step fellowship of men and women recovering from compulsive patterns of lust, romance, destructive relationships, sexual thoughts or sexual behavior. Daily Asheville meetings. Call confidential voicemail 237-1332 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Info: www.orgsites.com/nc/saasheville SLAA (Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous) • SATURDAYS, 10-11am - Do you want to stop living out a destructive pattern of sex and love addiction over which you are personally powerless? This 12-stepbased recovery program meets at 20 Oak St. Info: www.slaafws.org or email@example.com.
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by Mackensy Lunsford In the West, weâ€™re likely to associate any kind of powdered food or beverage with inauthenticity. Powdered lemonade, powdered cheese sauce and powdered milk â€” they all smack of the artificial. Matcha, a dried, finely milled, shade-grown Japanese gyokuro green tea, busts the notion of powdered food as inferior alternative, and is emerging locally as part of the larger national trend. And no wonder: Matcha is super-tea; itâ€™s packed full of antioxidants, it boosts the bodyâ€™s metabolism and contains vitamin C, selenium, zinc and magnesium, among other vitamins and minerals. â€œMatchaâ€™s amazing,â€? says Andrew Snavely, the well-traveled tea aficionado who opened Dobra Tea Room on Lexington Avenue nearly a year ago. Since the entire leaf is consumed, Snavely says, itâ€™s especially healthful. Matcha
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Put 1 teaspoon of matcha powder into your favorite mug Cream the matcha by adding 2 oz of hot water and whisking until smooth and creamy (special bamboo whisks are sold specifically for this purpose through Dobra or the Living Qi site) Pour 5 oz steamed milk into your favorite matcha bowl or teacup (you can steam the milk using a steamer, or just bring it to near boiling) Add the â€œcreamedâ€? matcha tea to the milk (you may need a milk frother for this step, or a small aerolatte device) Scoop foamy milk on top Sprinkle with matcha powder or cocoa powder
Optional: Add vanilla essence, chocolate powder or mint essence Sweeten with honey, manuka honey, stevia or brown sugar
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Matcha maker: Andrew Snavely of Dobra makes a hot bowl of matcha. Photos by Bill Rhodes boosts metabolism and burns calories, detoxifies the blood, enhances concentration, lowers blood sugar and more. â€œThe reason that matcha is so nutritious is that youâ€™re drinking the leaf in its entirety. Youâ€™re taking the plant in, so itâ€™s a little bit fuller, a little bit more concentrated,â€? he says. Because itâ€™s concentrated, itâ€™s also very caffeinated, says Snavely. â€œBut itâ€™s very clarifying and very uplifting. Itâ€™s not a jittery high â€” itâ€™s very mental, kind of like drinking a super-food. Itâ€™s the super-food of tea â€” itâ€™s very high in chlorophyll.â€? Dobra offers a full-on matcha experience, serving everything from the traditional bowl of hot matcha to truffles made with the tea. The rich chocolates, made by the French
Broad Chocolate Lounge, are filled with a creamy white chocolate-and-matcha ganache, dusted with a vibrant sprinkle of the green tea powder. The tea, with its slightly bitter herbal flavor, pairs well with sweets. You may have already experienced the flavor of matcha without realizing it; most green tea ice cream gets its earthy savoriness and green color from matcha powder. Snavely hopes to enlist the help of Ashevilleâ€™s Ultimate Ice Cream Company to create a matcha ice cream to add to his comprehensive selection of sweets, many of which mirror what one might find in an actual Japanese tea house. Snavely serves daifukumochi, for example, sweet glutinous rice cakes stuffed with adzuki bean paste,
Health elixir: Matcha is very high in chlorophyll, giving it a green tint.
often served with the tea to temper some of its natural astringency. He also offers a gluten-free matcha cheesecake made by Blue Door Bakery in Candler that has a subtle herbal tang. Dobra can whip up a hot matcha or “hot-cha” (basically a tea latte) or serve the tea in the classic style, frothed with hot water using a special bamboo whisk and served in a bowl. Matcha bubble tea is also available, made with organic tapioca pearls cooked fresh daily by the Dobra crew. The bubble tea, a bright chlorophyll-green with sweet glutinous dark tapioca pearls submerged in the liquid, is more delicious than it is attractive. Nevertheless, it’s already drawn a bit of a following, says Snavely, including some of Asheville’s Asian population. That’s especially gratifying to the seasoned tea gatherer, who spent much of his young career visiting world-renowned tea countries where the leaf is an integral part of the culture. Many of those places are concentrated in the Far East. In Japan, for example, tea ceremonies celebrate events from the mundane to the sacred. A tea ceremony is as likely to accompany an impromptu family gathering as it is a funeral wake. “I was in Japan three years ago,” says Snavely. “And receiving a bowl of matcha from a tea master in Japan is like receiving a bowl of medicine, receiving a bowl of life. ... The tea master honors you as a guest, so when a bowl is traditionally and authentically prepared in a ceremonial manner, with pure intention, receiving that bowl from a tea
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Iced matcha lemonade (lemon matcha frappe) Whisk 1-2 grams of in 4 oz hot water Make sure matcha is whisked into a froth and no clumps remain Squeeze the juice of 2-4 fresh lemons into a blender Fill an 8 oz cup with ice and put into blender Sweeten matcha with honey if desired (organic honey preferably) Add matcha to blender Blend lemon juice, ice and matcha together to desired consistency Pour into a cup and serve
forces are converging to place matcha strategically in the mix.” The Living Qi site features several recipes, two of which we’ve provided here. To see more, visit living-qi.com. Wholesale matcha can also be purchased through Dobra, through The Blue Ridge Acupuncture Clinic (254-4405) or at Black Mountain Natural Foods (blackmountainnaturalfoods.com). Want to give matcha a try before you buy? Dobra Tea Room features “Matcha Mondays” from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. every Monday. During that time, a bowl of matcha costs $3. Dobra is located at 78 N. Lexington Ave. For more information, visit dobrateanc.com. X Send your food news to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Matcha is starting to become more prevalent in this corner of the world, too. Bon Appetit magazine’s editor-in-chief, Adam Rapoport, named matcha one of the food trends to watch for 2011. The magazine’s October issue features a number of savory matcha recipes, including matcha- and pistachio-crusted halibut. Locally, Dobra offers wholesale matcha, as does another local online business, Living Qi. The website acts as a comprehensive resource for all things matcha. Living Qi was founded by James Whittle, an acupuncturist at the Blue Ridge Acupuncture Clinic who also imports organic matcha from Japan and is currently writing a book about the tea. While studying for his graduate degree in Chinese medicine and working at a tea shop on the side, Whittle was invited to the house of a Japanese exchange student to take part in a tea ceremony. There, he was introduced to matcha for the first time. “It was pretty amazing. You feel matcha. It’s a mood food,” says Whittle. “It puts you into a state of alert relaxation.” Whittle says that the rise of the tea powder’s popularity is due to a convergence of trends, including a focus on the antioxidant capabilities of food, an awareness of green tea as medicinal herb, and a turning away from sugar-filled energy drinks. “People are wising up to the whole Red Bull high-caffeine energy drink phenomenon, and they want solutions to that,” says Whittle. “All of those
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Southside living: The first Saturday that the Green Sage’s south location was open, Aaron McGinley, his sister Sarah McGinley and her daughter, Sage, soaked in the warm autumn sunshine. Nearby sat David Chang and Geralynn Dare. “South Asheville is the best now,” Chang says. “I used to have to go to Tunnel Road, but now with all the new openings down here, we pretty much have it all.” Photo by Bill Rhodes
green Sage south now open The green Sage Coffeehouse and Café recently opened at 1800 Hendersonville Road, in the Dingle Creek Crossing shopping center. This is the second location for the eatery. The first opened in downtown Asheville three years ago, in the building that once housed Bean Streets Coffee Shop. After the coffee shop vacated, an ill-fated Asian restaurant occupied the location for a spell — but Green Sage was the first business to breathe life back into the building, a site with a history of community events and gatherings. The Green Sage south mirrors the downtown location in food, feel and effort toward ecological responsibility. The menu features smoothies, granola, pancakes, omelets, soups, salads and sandwiches, with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options and local ingredients.
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And though the original Green Sage is decidedly environmentally friendly, the south location takes that a step further. The 2,700-square-foot building boasts thermal solar panels on the roof, which are expected to heat about 80 percent of the hot water the restaurant uses. LED lighting and a customintegrated heating system have been installed. Much of the wood used in the upfit of the building is reclaimed barn wood. The restaurant plans to achieve a 4-star energy rating from the Green Restaurant Association, making it one of three 4-star-rated restaurants in the country. For more information about Green Sage, visit thegreensage.net.
fect for us, and it’s pretty much all set up already,” says Doug Riley, brewer and owner of the Asheville Pizza Company. “It already had a walk-in [refrigerator], a hood,” he says. “We just basically have to buy a makeline and some ovens, and we’re ready to go.” To start out, Asheville Pizza south will only offer pizza and beer — in growlers and cans (when they’re ready). But what more do you really need?
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Riley says that the pizza location could be ready to open as early as December. “There’s so many apartments and houses down there, it’s kind of a nobrainer,” he says. “The only delivery [in that area] now that Domino’s is gone is Pizza Hut. We’re going to be almost the only game in town down there, which will be nice.” Information about the new location will be posted at ashevillepizza.com as it becomes available.
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Sign of the times: Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company demonstrates a corporate takeover in reverse. The local pizza business plans to take control of a now-defunct Domino’s Pizza takeout/delivery location in south Asheville. They’ll be ready to open for business sometime in December, says Doug Riley, an APBC owner. Photo by Bill Rhodes
Spreading the love ... and the pizza How well does Asheville support local? Well enough that at least one local business has been able to take over a building recently abandoned by a struggling chain restaurant. When a Domino’s Pizza location in south Asheville closed, the owners of the Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company, a beloved local business with a loyal following and a burgeoning empire to show for it, pounced on the opportunity to take over the space. The Asheville Pizza crew, it seems, know a good opportunity when they see one. The newest addition to the growing Asheville Pizza family (the restaurant currently has locations on Merrimon Avenue in North Asheville and Coxe Avenue downtown) is located off Hendersonville Road in the Gerber Village. The spot will offer delivery and takeout only; the old Domino’s building doesn’t have the facilities to accommodate dine-in eating. On the plus side, however, the building is almost ready for business, as is. “The location is per-
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all dressed up and somewhere to go Stylish, fashion-forward, a little bit trendy, snazzy, sophisticated, bright, crisp and (like a good mulled cider) slightly spicy. Is a genius with wrapping paper and bow, and was way ahead of the curve on the return to strands of plain white lights. Her look: Maddy K blue longsleeves dress with embellished collar; Orla Kiely green coat; Echo design chartreusse scarf, all from Minx (64 N. Lexington Ave., 225-5680). His look: Original Penguin plaid blazer; Scotch & Soda pinstriped button down; AG Adriano Goldschmidt slouchy slim jean, all from Union (18 Haywood St., 259-3300).
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Holiday sweater party Bold, colorful, quirky, whimsically elegant and unflappably unique. Loves playing Secret Santa (or Naughty Santa), travels with the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s A Charlie Brown Christmas on vinyl and knows all the alternate words to “Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer.” Her look: Vintage Kwanzaa top; Heart X yellow skinny jeans; Ethiopian cross necklaces; Skunkfunk red leather gloves; Hi-Fi black and gold boombox bag all from Honeypot (86 N. Lexington Ave., 225-0304). “Silver Streak” upcycled bracelet from Amber Hatchett Designs (amberhatchettdesigns.com). His look: Yellow “Lion of Troy” ruffled tuxedo shirt; tan Lee cords; McBrian green wool sweater all from Ragtime (20 E. Walnut St., 225-8889).
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Her look: Little black dress with roses by Sew Moe (sewmoe.com); Jeffrey Campbell “Turner” pump in black from Tops For Shoes. “Twilight Zone” upcycled bracelet from Amber Hatchett Designs His look: Royal blue M Marsh blazer; red M Marsh longsleeved T; red-and-charcoalstriped scarf, all from Spiritex (14 Haywood St., 254-3375). AG Adriano Goldschmidt slouchy slim jean from Union. Ecco Dark Shadow wing tip from Tops For Shoes (27 N. Lexington Ave., 2546721).
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Retro all aglow Tried and true, classic, traditional with a twist, glamorous, the stuff of grand entrances. All the charm of a gingerbread house; actually knows the words to “Good King Wenceslas.” Her look: Lucky Thirteen black halter dress with red crinoline; Pin Up Couture red and black T-strap pump; Bettie Page clutch by Sourpuss, all from Hip Replacements (72 N. Lexington Ave., 255-7573). His look: Laura Jeffries wool blazer with leather collar; Red Rustler buttondown shirt; vintage tan sweater vest; clip-on bow tie all from Vintage Moon (82-B N. Lexington Ave., 225-2768). Model’s own jeans. Models: Jackie Franquez and Matt Shepard. Jackie’s hair courtesy of Guadalupe Chavarria and Studio Chavarria (studiochavarria.com). All decor (red bolster pillow; multi-color votives; red suede mini Christmas tree; metal bar stool) from Mobilia (43 Haywood St., 252-8322).
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