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Holiday Central Your Guide to a Grand Season p. 21

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13 City Council Asheville faces budget shortfall, debates livingwage requirement, defers decisions to next Council.

14 Justice? Harsh sentence for anti-gang educator raises concern.

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letters Let’s fix our state’s overly restrictive election laws Seat belts, guns, inspections, taxes, picking flowers, picking up rocks or choosing whom we want to represent us — we North Carolinians find ourselves in the precarious situation of being managed. Real liberty is a person’s right to choose but, more and more, the door of choice is being swindled right from beneath our fingertips by legislators who sneak in the back door and change the locks to the front. Perhaps the most egregious thievery is that which consistently occurs in the election process. Our state recently made headlines when the small, sleepy town of Kinston sought to do away with partisan elections, and the U.S. Dept. of Justice condemned the action as illegal. The DOJ denied Kinston’s request, claiming it created an unfair election environment for black candidates even though Kinston is two-thirds African American, a decision that has inflamed North Carolinian voters from the Appalachian Trail to the Outer Banks. North Carolina currently has the third most restrictive ballot access in the nation. For years, North Carolinians have been fighting for fair and equal access to the ballot so that ordinary citizens can participate in the electoral process. More choice on the ballot increases citizen interest and motivates voter turnout too. North Carolina has gone under the legislative

knife more than once to address the election issue. Current legislation prescribes numerous pills that are difficult to be swallowed by wouldbe candidates and voters in general. Candidates must deplete nearly all their funds and energy getting an outrageous number of signatures in order to be placed on the ballot. It’s like asking a long-distance runner to stay awake all night before a marathon; he comes into the game already exhausted and highly unlikely to win. In 2009, Sen. Jim Jacumin sponsored the Electoral Freedom Act of 2009, which would have lowered the signature requirements for new political parties and would have provided unaffiliated candidates access to the election ballot. The bill failed to leave committee by the crossover deadline, and thus died in committee. The Electoral Freedom Act of 2011 is a bill that the North Carolinians for Free and Proper Election is proposing. This legislation would reduce to 10,000 the number of signatures needed for ballot access for new political parties; reduce to 5,000 the number of signatures for unaffiliated statewide candidates; reduce to 0.25 percent the percentage-based signature requirement for unaffiliated candidates for district, county and municipal offices; and eliminate the need for write-in candidates to obtain signatures for ballot access. As a candidate for the N.C. 47th District State Senate, I fully support this bill and pledge to work tirelessly with other sponsors in promoting

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State funding, not Transit Master Plan, killed the WeavervilleAsheville bus route As a member of the City of Asheville Transit Commission, I wanted to clarify some of the information presented in David Hall’s letter in the Nov. 18 issue of Mountain Xpress. At this time, the city is still working on the implementation plan for the recently approved Transit Master Plan. The changes that Mr. Hall speaks of are not a result of the Transit Master Plan, but were caused by funding issues at a state level. It is unfortunate, but Route 54 was discontinued because it did not meet the criteria for funding under the state’s Intercity Routes program (the Town of Weaverville also decided to discontinue their contribution to the route). Changes to the Black Mountain route had to be made for these same reasons. Those affected by the loss of Route 54 may be able to access their destinations via Mountain Mobility’s North Buncombe Trailblazer. Regarding the fares, the transit system has not changed its rate for most routes. The fares for Route 28 did increase in order to compensate for the funding shifts, but these increases are not systemwide. Additionally, the Asheville Transit System does offer discounted rates for disabled riders and seniors. The Transit Commission and the Asheville Transit System both work to gather feedback and input from riders. As a commission, we encourage those interested in the transit system to attend our monthly meetings. Information about our meetings and about upcoming changes within the transit system can be found at www.AshevilleTransit. com. Riders with comments or questions can also correspond with transit staff by e-mailing iride@ ashevillenc.gov or calling 253-5691. — Josh O’Conner City of Asheville Transit Commission Asheville

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The other green challenge: Animal agriculture Thanks for your recent special section on sustainability [Nov. 18 Xpress]. I appreciated all of the suggestions about how to be green. However, I’m disappointed that you decided to omit any information about the human activity that is the largest contributor to global warming — raising animals for food. It’s time to stop ignoring the fact that our habit of eating animals is killing the planet. In 2006,

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For other Molton cartoons, check out our Web page at www.mountainx.com/cartoons a United Nations report concluded that animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gases — more than all forms of transportation combined. Recently, two World Bank experts reanalyzed that data and determined that livestock and their byproducts actually cause 51 percent of worldwide greenhouse-gas emissions. University of Chicago research shows that if we want to reduce the impact we have on global warming, we’re better off switching to a vegetarian diet than switching to a Prius. Patrick Brown, a Stanford University biochemist, states that our planet cannot withstand our current eating habits and says the solution is to eliminate animal farming. Nicholas Stern, London School of Economics professor and a leading authority on global warming, argues that humans must move toward a vegetarian diet if climate change is to be stopped or even slowed down. Andreas Troge, head of Germany’s federal environmental agency, suggests that people should drastically reduce their animal consumption in order to reduce their contribution to global warming. Even Al Gore finally admitted that meat-eaters are greatly responsible for increased global carbon emissions. The science is in. There is no question about it: Eating animal products is incredibly detrimental to the environment. So if you want to find a healthy, inexpensive, compassionate and easy way to be green, try a plant-based diet. There are countless cookbooks and thousands of Web sites that will guide you on this positive and liberating journey. — Leslie H. Armstrong Asheville

Xpress’ “Living Green” ignores meat-eating’s huge carbon footprint Al Gore recently told ABC news “the growing meat intensity of diets around the world is one of the issues connected to this global crisis — not only because of the CO2 involved, but also because of the water consumed in the process.” This “inconvenient truth” was omitted from his

movie, even though “The Official Handbook for Live Earth,” the concerts that Mr. Gore co-organized, noted that “refusing meat” is the “single most effective thing you can do to reduce your carbon footprint” (emphasis in original). It’s great to see Mr. Gore finally making the connection, but disappointing that the journalists at Mountain Xpress are not yet up to speed. The “Living Green” issue [Nov. 18] all but ignored the fact that making the easy, healthy lifestyle change of reducing/eliminating animal products from one’s diet will do much to heal the planet. “Progressives” think the climate-change deniers are the problem. I think what’s worse are the people who understand the need to reduce our carbon footprints yet refuse to discuss, let alone consider, lifestyle changes they don’t want to make. The same U.N. report that told us raising livestock for food generates more greenhouses gases than all forms of transportation combined also stated, “On average 990 litres of water are required to produce one litre of milk.” Cornell University scientist David Pimentel has shown that “producing a pound of animal protein requires, on average, about 100 times more water than producing a pound of vegetable protein.” If you are reading this letter, I thank the Xpress for putting it into print. But it’s time the overwhelming body of scientific evidence linking animal agriculture to ecosystem destruction migrates from the opinion section into the articles that address sustainability. To learn more, please visit www.GoVeg/eco. — Stewart David Asheville

On the pushiness and paleness of vegetarians The writer of the letter “Vegetarians are Too Pushy about their Lifestyle” [Nov. 4] stated that most of the vegetarians he knows are “excessively pale and overweight.” He needs to widen his circle and get out more. Science tells us that, on average, vegetarians weigh 3 to 20 percent less than meateaters. Vegetarians also experience lower rates of

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heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc., but the letter-writer said he didn’t see much advantage to being a vegetarian. Vegetarian and vegan athletes include Milwaukee Brewers slugger Prince Fielder, NBA guard Salim Stoudamire, four-time NBA champ John Salley, former NFLers Desmond Howard and Ricky Williams, NHL star George Laraque, track stars Carl Lewis and Edwin Moses, Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez, Ultimate Fighter Mac Danzig, and champion ultramarathon runner Scott Jurek. None strike me as either pale or overweight. Other well-known vegetarians and vegans include Alicia Silverstone, Paul McCartney, Joan Jett, James Cromwell, Jorja Fox, Kevin Nealon, Emily Deschanel, Ellen DeGeneres and Moby, just to name a few. They all look pretty healthy to me. I’d be happy to keep my vegan lifestyle to myself and leave the flesh-eaters alone, but their lifestyle is killing animals, killing the planet and killing people. I can keep silent and ignore the inevitable demise of the planet by meat-eaters, or I can speak up to help change things for the better. I choose the latter. — Terri David Asheville

Even broccoli farms can endanger the Amazon forest I agree with Scott Smith [Nov. 4 Letters] that the frequency of pro-vegetarian diet letters can be annoying, but I also found both Mark Noble’s and Mark Strazzer’s replies [Nov. 18 Letters] to contain solid points and to be well thought out and well written.



I do have to counter one of Mr. Strazzer’s points: “When was the last time you heard about the Amazon forest being torn down to plant more broccoli for the locals? This doesn’t happen.” Yeah, it does. Millions of acres of the Amazon are being devastated to grow soybeans. Google it and you’ll see. I’m not suggesting that vegetable farms have near the environmental impact as cattle farms. But if the worldwide demand for broccoli equaled that for meat, or even soybeans, a lot more forest would disappear. — Jean Stryker Asheville

Vegans know better than to eat like chimps Kim Bonsteel’s recent letter [Nov. 25] contains several errors. Natural does not equal good. Foods made with natural ingredients may not be good tasting or good for you. Things found in nature are not necessarily good. Nonconsensual sex, the keeping of harems, theft by force and cannibalism are all found in nature and in some primitive societies. That doesn’t make them good. Vegans know better than to eat like chimpanzees, and so does Kim. Humans must carefully prepare and cook a bush baby if we want to eat its flesh, using tools not readily found in nature. Eating an uncooked bush baby will likely make us violently ill. Our physiology is not that similar to a chimpanzee’s. The premise that meat-eating helped evolutionarily make us what we are is probably true. It in no

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way justifies continuing the practice. Regarding the future evolution of humans: Habitual disregard for animal suffering and the needless killing of animals seem questionable behaviors to encourage. It does not follow logically that because primitive or ancient cultures ate meat we should. Traditional, like natural, is not synonymous with good. The author misleadingly says, “If you choose a vegan diet you need three cups of cooked beans” to get your daily protein. You don’t. Using an unnatural and nontraditional computer, a quick Google search shows there is protein in vegetables, nuts, grains, even fruit. Vegans can easily get more than enough protein. What Google searches won’t show is evidence of widespread dietary kwashiorkor (protein deficiency) or B-12 deficiency in the United States today, even among vegans. If you live in an industrialized nation and “feel spacy and crave sweets,” protein deficiency is almost certainly not the cause. We all rationalize behaviors we aren’t proud of. Meat-eaters are free to rationalize paying people to confine and kill innocent animals for food. It may be too painful for some to accept that they value personal taste preferences more than the suffering of animals. If rationalizing makes it easier, though, couldn’t they at least find rational rationalizations? — Mark Noble Asheville

Is there only one Republican who gets health-care reform? This letter is addressed to the Republican senators and congressmen who are all fortunate enough to have wonderful health care provided to them

by the government — but are opposed to the new proposals that would insure millions who are not as lucky as they, prevent insurance companies from using preexisting conditions to turn people away, and provide choice and competition to hold down out-of-control health-care costs. Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to file bankruptcy, half because of medical expenses, and half of those had health insurance. Family health coverage has risen over 86 percent between 2000 and 2007, and there is no end in sight. Is there only one Republican in Congress, Joseph Cao from New Orleans, who acknowledges this situation and feels a responsibility to his constituents to do something positive to help, rather than just place barricades between the status quo and relief? Health-insurance-company lobbyists are spending $1,000,000 a day in Washington. Let’s see a detailed accounting as to how that money is being spent and who receives it. Let’s see if there’s a connection between contributions and votes. Perhaps if these Republicans had to seek their insurance the way that the rest of us do, those who can’t understand or empathize would get some perspective. The cost, although an issue to most Americans, is obviously not an issue, as approximately 44 percent of all senators and congressmen are millionaires (Democrats included). However, it would be very interesting to see how they would deal with their preexisting conditions and the turndowns they’d receive in their search for coverage. Of course, those over 65 could sign up for Medicare, another government plan. Isn’t it funny that government plans work well when Republicans benefit?


commentary Basnight and Nesbitt

Marriage of convenience or shotgun wedding? by D.G. Martin The big news in North Carolina insider politics these days is the resignation of state Sen. Tony Rand — and his replacement as majority leader by Sen. Martin Nesbitt of Asheville. Political insiders in Raleigh are asking one another why Rand would trade one of the most powerful positions in state government to chair the Parole Commission. This might be a great place for a politician who needs a paying job. But it’s not the ideal post for a top lawyer/legislator who’s used to having continuing influence on everything state government does. These insiders also wonder how Nesbitt — whose geographic and political homelands are about as far away as you can get from those of President Pro Tem Marc Basnight of Manteo — managed to win the endorsement of the Senate’s top leader. I am not an insider and probably never was, but I, too, am having the hardest time trying to sort out this chain of events.

Rand’s and Basnight’s acts were simply a recognition of that reality. But nobody who talks to me seems to know for sure. Whatever the explanation, however, Nesbitt’s ascension to an important leadership position is a landmark in North Carolina politics. To begin to appreciate the potential impacts, it might help to review Tar Heel Politics 2000, a classic work by state Rep. Paul Luebke (who teaches sociology at UNC-Greensboro). According to the author, an unapologetic liberal, North Carolina politics are solidly conservative but divided between “traditionalists” and “modernizers.” Traditionalists are obvious conservatives who are skeptical of most forms of government activism — particularly government spending to promote economic activity or improve the lot of the less fortunate. Modernizers are also conservatives, though they often support “progressive” government programs to promote industrial development and education. But they’re conservatives,

Political insiders are wondering why Rand would trade one of the most powerful positions in state government to chair the Parole Commission. Some observers say it’s simple: Basnight is simply co-opting a potential rival by bringing Nesbitt into the leadership circle, where he’ll be less likely to organize a coup that would replace Basnight. Others say that Basnight had to choose among those senators who would be seeking the position, and that Nesbitt was the least objectionable possibility. And a few assert with some confidence that Nesbitt had already organized a group of discontented senators who were ready to oust Rand from his Senate leadership positions — and that

but it hasn’t been easy. Put your ear to the ground and you’ll hear the liberals condemning the modernizers as being so conservative that they’re not real Democrats. You’ll also hear the modernizers arguing that a liberal agenda and leadership would lead to electoral defeat and loss of power. To make a partnership between a modernizer and a liberal work, some of those voices have to be quieted. So, bottom line, will Marc Basnight and Martin Nesbitt form a lasting and workable leadership partnership? Both are very, very smart and highly skilled at gaining and maintaining power alliances. If they find a way to work together, it could be a powerful partnership. But right now, I wouldn’t bet my fortune on it. X D.G. Martin is hosting his final season of UNCTV’s North Carolina Bookwatch. For more information or to view prior programs, go to www. unctv.org/ncbookwatch/.

Luebke maintains, because their “progressive” programs are almost always funded by regressive taxes (such as sales and gasoline taxes), and because they don’t seriously address issues of “equity” and fair treatment of the poor and powerless — concerns that are consistent with a real liberal program. Under Luebke’s definitions, Basnight and Rand are modernizers or progressive conservatives, while Nesbitt (and Luebke) are genuine liberals. Modernizers and liberals have worked together in the Democratic legislative caucuses,

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Buncombe County steps up efforts to combat H1N1 by Brian Postelle Six months have passed since the first case of H1N1 cropped up in North Carolina. Meanwhile, the more familiar seasonal flu is only now about to start making its annual appearance. Initially, the H1N1 vaccine was in short supply and vaccinations were sporadic, but the Buncombe County Health Department now reports increased availability and is scheduling more vaccination clinics, particularly in schools around the county. So far, the Health Department has administered about 5,600 doses. To date, only one death in Buncombe County has been confirmed to be H1N1 related. But holiday travel, which crowds too many people into enclosed, confined spaces, creates ideal transmission scenarios. Xpress spoke with county Disease Control Supervisor Sue Ellen Morrison to get the news from the front lines of the fight against H1N1. Mountain Xpress: Who is most vulnerable to the H1N1 flu? Sue Ellen Morrison: That’s been one of our challenges: trying to get the information conveyed that it is different from the seasonal flu. With seasonal flu, you typically see the very young and the very old impacted. With H1N1, we have seen the very young and healthy middle-aged people hit very hard. It’s not the 65 and older as much as the younger age groups. What they think is the reason for that is that there has been some past immunity — that the swine flu circulated in some strain similar to what we see now. So the push has been for people under 65 years of age to get vaccinated. The highest rate of hospitalizations have been pregnant women and children 0-4. Also, up to 24 years of age, we have seen them having some poor outcomes too. What do we know about the local impact so far? It’s still widespread. From the reports that we’ve been getting from physicians’ offices, I don’t see anything different than what we’re seeing nationally. The [N.C. Influenza Sentinel Surveillance report] that comes out weekly is showing that there is a slight decrease for influenzalike illness. I’m going to emphasize slightly. We don’t know where this is going; we don’t know if it’s going to level off at this point, hang there for a while. Could it go back up? According to the CDC, we are on the second wave of this: We are hoping that it will decrease. But we know that waves can span a course of time. And remember, we are just starting to go into our seasonal flu. December and March are usually our big seasonal [flu] time. [Locally], we are [tracking] numbers of people who go to their physicians each week who have flulike illness. They are testing people who are admitted to the hospital and end up in intensive care, and they are doing H1N1 testing on those who have died. Those are the only confirmatory tests we have right now. What does it mean to move in waves? [A wave is] when the spread of this disease gets ahead of our ability to control it. The vaccine wasn’t available initially. Now we think the decline is because of vaccine efforts and educating people. A third wave is possible. This is a new strain, so we are not sure what its characteristics are going to be. If H1N1 were to mutate, then we’re not sure how it would impact these waves. But right now we haven’t seen a mutation of this strain. We have a novel virus, so we don’t have a lot of comparison data with this, except to look at other times we have seen circulating viruses. Usually a wave runs anywhere between six to 12 weeks. So you can see it go up and go down. The first wave really began in April, when a lot of these cases started to get reported. There was a spike and there was a decrease over time, and now it’s gone up again. From what the CDC is saying, we are beginning the decrease of that second wave.

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Take your best shot: Buncombe County’s Disease Control Supervisor preps a dose of the H1N1 vaccine. The Health Department has administered 5,600 doses so far, but the novel strain may be back for another round as winter nears. photo by Jonathan Welch

Is fever the biggest symptom? How do you know when it’s H1N1? Fever is really the indicating symptom. If people are not feeling well and it’s lingering, if they are running a high fever, they need to find out what the cause of that is. Now physicians know that this is the only circulating strain right now, so in all likelihood it is H1N1. But confirmatory tests [are the only way to know for sure]. They’ll take that swab, send it out to a state lab and, days later, the lab will give them a result. Sometimes they’ll do [a test] in the doctor’s office. That will tell them you have a type of flu, but it won’t tell them if it’s H1N1. There’s not a test that can be done in the office where they can tell right then that it is H1N1. What sort of recovery time have you seen? Generally speaking for a healthy person, they can get over that in three to five days. Sometimes you hear about people being sick for


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Do you think our community is getting more vigilant regarding H1N1? Yeah, I do. I find it interesting that when you go into grocery stores, you see hand wipes for wiping down the handle on the cart. I’ve seen hand sanitizer when I’ve gone into banks. I do think people are getting more on board. Every time I see that I smile. I’m really appreciative that people are getting the word and they are taking it to heart. And they are trying to get their co-workers to do the same. We have talked about hand washing constantly throughout this process. We’ve worked with school systems to relax a little bit their policy on absenteeism. We’ve even heard that businesses are getting more on board of relaxing their policies for when you are sick. Is mist the primary form of vaccine right now? The majority of what we have right now is the mist. It’s licensed for use for ages 3 though 49. So you can’t take that to some clinics, because some people are going to be older and they can’t take it. If you have any chronic conditions, you really should not get the mist: You should get the shot form. That’s why we

targeted just mist at the schools. One of the questions that has come up is, if a child got the seasonal flu vaccine in school, when can they get the H1N1 vaccine? If they got the seasonal shot, they can get the shot or the mist for H1N1 any time. The difference is, if they got the seasonal mist, then they have to wait a minimum of two weeks to get the second mist. If they are both shots, you can get them both vaccines at the same time. Have you heard worries about the vaccine? I’ve heard people concerned that [the mist] is a live vaccine. They want to know if there was a rush to production. There have actually been as many studies done on this novel strain as there have been on seasonal flu. Today’s live vaccines are not the same as they were years ago. It’s not going to have as full a punch. The injectable form takes about two weeks to be effective; the live vaccine takes about seven to 10 days. The other thing that has come up is the injectable form. There are people who seek out the preservative-free vaccine. But people need to know that preservatives are a stabilizer. Every time you put a needle [into the vaccination bottle], you have to have something to stabilize that vaccine. [The preservative] is a mercury, but it is an ethylmercury, not a methylmercury. I don’t think people understand the difference between those two. Methylmercury is what is in a tuna sandwich. If you were to eat a tuna sandwich in front of me right now, it has five times more mercury than what’s in a shot. This is a different kind of mercury, and it’s a fraction. But if you ask for preservativefree, we do have that. We usually use it for children or pregnant women. Is the holiday travel season a concern for transmission of H1N1? Yes. If people are sick, they need to stay home. They are not going to get better. Usually, they are going to get worse, and then you have to find health care wherever you are going. And you are going to expose who else on the flight? On planes, trains and automobiles, people need to be thinking about who is around them. I heard one of the airlines is going to relax on their policy on cancellation. I’d like to see that continue. Even cruise ships right now are asking people, “If you are sick, stay home.” Because the likelihood is you are going to pass it on, and it’s going to spoil their vacation too. They’re also encouraging people to carry hand sanitizer and tissues along with them. X Brian Postelle can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 153.


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by David Forbes For the Asheville City Council, Nov. 24 was a day of transition. It marked the last meeting for Kelly Miller, Robin Cape and Carl Mumpower. Awareness of that fact loomed large, both through various Council members’ expressions of gratitude and through a repeated reluctance to cast decisive votes on important issues. Among the items deferred were reducing Council’s authority over downtown development, requiring companies the city hires to pay a living wage and renovating the municipal golf course. Meanwhile, a picture also emerged of what incoming Council members Esther Manheimer, Cecil Bothwell and Gordon Smith may encounter. Staff projections show Asheville facing a $5.1 million budget shortfall in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2010. That grim news will mean still more cuts — 4 to 8 percent in every department — in a city government that has already seen plenty of them. “We’ve tried everything we could to balance the budget, and operating budgets are already tight,” Chief Financial Officer Ben Durant told Council. On top of that, he added, the costs of transit, operations and particularly health care are continuing to rise: health-care expenditures exceeded premiums collected by $1 million this year, and costs have been climbing 10 to 15 percent annually over the past four years. To make matters worse, due to declining salestax revenues, the city fell another $699,000 short, leaving its fund balance at just 15.1 percent of the city’s budget. That’s a major decline from the 30.2 percent reserve fund the city had in 2005. Foreseeing dire days ahead, Mumpower repeated his oft-heard rebuke about Council approving projects that he believes are frivolous. “This comes from not living within our means,” declared Mumpower. “We’ve been able to get away with spending this kind of money because of constant growth, and if that growth doesn’t continue, we will have a serious train wreck.” Cape, however, defended Council’s record over the past four years, asserting that they’ve tackled much-needed capital improvements, such as repairing the water system and the Civic Center roof. “Fund balances can be too low, but they can also be too high,” she maintained. “There’s no point in having this massive pot of money while the citizens go hurting.” Miller, meanwhile, saw difficulties ahead as Asheville’s normal seasonal tourism slowdown

combines with continuing economic troubles, predicting, “It’s going to be a long, cold winter.”

The wages of Asheville

Amid the city’s stretched financial situation, the new Council will also confront the question of extending its in-house living-wage policy to city contractors. Over the past few years, the AshevilleBuncombe Living Wage Campaign, a coalition of local nonprofits and other groups, has been pushing for a living wage for local workers, currently defined as $9.85 an hour with benefits or $11.35 without. City Council formally adopted a living-wage policy for city employees in 2007; the campaign has asked Asheville to require all companies signing city contracts to meet the same standard. Some Council members seemed to be on board with that idea. “It’s worth talking about the reality here: There are janitorial workers on city contracts who haven’t seen a raise in 10 years,” said Cape. “There’s also benefits to better pay: People spend more money and help stimulate the economy.” Others were less impressed, however. Mumpower hit the proposal with one of his favorite epithets, dubbing it “socialism.” Miller, meanwhile, voiced doubts about “forcible wages. That sort of thing didn’t work in the Soviet Union; there’s a big difference between a living wage and a forcible one that harms the free market.” But he also said the proposal is worth studying, and even made a motion directing city staff to gather data on what the ordinance would truly cost before coming back to Council in June. City staff said they’d analyzed a similar ordinance in Durham, but they worried that some parts of a living-wage requirement could conflict with state rules governing municipal contracts. Staff recommended looking into implementing a livingwage requirement for smaller contracts and noted that monitoring the living-wage rule could require up to $15,000 for an auditor. “There was a 20-city survey done looking at effects of living-wage laws on contractors; they found that the costs were less than one-tenth of 1 percent of their overall budget,” Sarah Osmer, coordinator of the advocacy group Just Economics, told Council. “The cost is not as much of an issue as you might think.” Just Economics member James Sheeler criticized the city for what he viewed as overly long delays in addressing the matter. “It’s nothing but stall, stall and stall,” he charged. “There is no necessity to wait until June of 2010 to get information; there’s plenty of information here. It’s not as hard as it’s being made out,” asserted Sheeler. “We’re talking about people in this city that work but aren’t getting enough to live here; we have a responsibility to them.” But Laura Copeland, representing the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, urged caution. “The Chamber would like to thank the city for working very carefully on this issue,” she said. “There’s a lot of things that haven’t been covered.” Cape didn’t think the outgoing Council should constrain the new one by insisting that they wait until June to discuss the matter. After some discus-

sion, Miller agreed to withdraw his motion and let the next Council decide what it wants to do.

Running lines

City staff reported on the cost of running water lines to people living along Chapel Hill Church Road in the Mills Gap Road area, where a recent test showed high amounts of tricholoroethylene in a homeowner’s well. Staff had researched the question in response to a request from residents of the neighborhood, which adjoins the contaminated former CTS of Asheville site. The area in question sits just 1,000 feet outside the city limits. Tricholoroethylene is considered a probable carcinogen, and while other wells have not tested positive, residents fear the contamination may spread. Buncombe County has balked at installing new lines, however, asserting that there’s no imminent danger. According to city staff, it would cost $277,000 to connect all the road’s residents to city water. “We recommend passing this information on to the county: This is their jurisdiction,” said water engineer Blake Esselton. Council unanimously agreed, adding that the county should continue to work on ways to tackle the contamination in the area.

Other business

On four 6-1 votes, City Council approved a bundle of infrastructure improvements to be entirely paid for by federal stimulus funds, including repaving Coxe Avenue and improving sidewalks on Kimberly Avenue. Mumpower cast the dissenting votes on all the measures, saying, “We’re leaving a terrible burden on future generations by incurring this federal deficit.” In that spirit, Council declined to approve spending $238,000 to upgrade the water system on the back nine holes at the municipal golf course. Council members Brownie Newman and Mumpower both cited the need to keep spending under control, though Council did agree to revisit the matter once they have clearer projections for next year’s budget. Only Davis and Council member Bill Russell supported the measure, which was defeated 5-2. The city also signed off on most parts of an annexation agreement with neighboring Woodfin. They defined several boundary areas and agreed that neither would annex any portion of Leicester Township for the next two years. However, Davis, Mayor Terry Bellamy and city staff are still negotiating the western boundary between the two municipalities. On another front, Council members postponed voting on a resolution requesting the state Department of Transportation to speed up completion of the proposed Interstate 26 connector until after the new City Council meets with the Buncombe County commissioners in January. Although the statement endorses no particular design for the controversial road, it does ask the DOT to accelerate the construction process. Newman proposed adding language asking that the construction respect the city’s land planning. While individual governing bodies have approved resolutions on I-26 before, this one is intended as an expression of unity on the part of the county commissioners and all municipalities in Buncombe. X

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A new leaf: Stuart Peterson, center, with fellow Asheville GO member Miguel Newsom (left) and co-director Dan Leroy during a recent sustainable agriculture field trip. photo courtesy of Asheville GO

“I knew he’d done some bad stuff,” GO member Kelvin Bonilla recalls. “But Stu was cool; he was this laid-back guy. I cannot see him going in and robbing someone, and then I heard that’s what he had gotten in trouble for. Definitely he’d changed so much.” During Peterson’s Nov. 19 trial, seven people testified to Superior Court Judge James Downs about the defendant’s redemption. In addition to family members, they included his therapist; GO co-founder Dan Leroy; a juvenile whom Peterson had helped; and Detective Louis

Tomasetti of the Western North Carolina Gang Task Force. But apparently, Judge Downs wasn’t moved. Although he did rule that Peterson’s “local support network” and acceptance of responsibility for his crime were mitigating factors, he still sent the young man to prison for 44 months. “It was a really unexpected decision,” says his mother, who now wears a black shirt proclaiming “Free Stuart Peterson!” While her son had accepted that he’d have to do time, she’d figured that his post-arrest efforts would be

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taken into account. “We knew there was potential for him to get what he got, but we were thinking along the lines of a short prison sentence and a long probation. I just feel slighted by the court system. There are other cases where there’s the exact same charges and the other person got nine months in jail [and] five years’ probation. It seems like there’s no equality at all.” She’s now looking for a way to get the justice system to reopen the case and reconsider the ruling.

Mixed messages

One of the purposes of Asheville GO, notes Leroy, is to present alternatives to incarceration for those who want to change their lives; sentences such as the one dished out to Peterson, Leroy maintains, undermine that work. “When we interviewed Stu, he so clearly recognized he’d made mistakes, but he wanted to do something different,” remembers Leroy. “He really dug deep and overcame his own fears; he has tremendous leadership potential.” GO member Jamison Dickerson also feels the ruling sends the wrong message to those in Peterson’s situation. “You can pull up countless instances where someone’s done something and hasn’t really tried to right their wrongs,” says Dickerson. “It sends a mixed message when you have someone who’s worked so hard to change the outcome of their life, and it’s like it didn’t matter. When you’re dealing with disadvantaged youth, the lesson doesn’t hit until you learn the lesson or you’ve been around someone

who’s experienced it, who has that credibility. Stu is a very valuable person in that respect, because he’s been [down] that road, and he’s changed.” By coincidence, just after sentencing Peterson, Judge Downs heard the case of Charles Alexander Diez, the former Asheville firefighter who fired on cyclist Alan Simons in July. At the time, Simons was walking away from a confrontation started by Diez, who narrowly missed shooting the cyclist in the head. In court, Diez claimed it was a “warning shot.” After hearing testimony about Diez’s good character from former colleagues, Downs suspended most of the defendant’s 15- to 27-month sentence. He will spend four months in prison. Leroy, meanwhile, feels Peterson’s sentence doesn’t do justice to the contribution he was making and could have continued to make. “There’s a void in this community,” says Leroy. “There was no one who had the life experience he had, with the sort of involvement in gang activity, that could speak to young people, that related to them. He had the potential to play a role that nobody else has yet played.” Peterson’s former co-workers also fear what prison may do to him. “If he stays for the duration of his sentence, he’s going to be a different person,” Dickerson predicts. X

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Innovative entrepreneurs are trying to bring a natural touch to the Smokey Park Highway while injecting more local flavor into the Candler corridor. Linda Gavel, co-owner of MoonDoggies Natural Pet Foods, believes her business’s recent opening meets a need in the community. “There were no pet-food stores,” she reports. She and her sister, Susan Gavel, opened their doors several weeks ago, offering natural and organic dog and cat food as well as locally made collars, beds, pet sweaters and even special pastries. A few doors down sits House of Herbs, the you-pick greenhouse Shannon Haun launched back in April. “We’re trying to do something different and unique in the community,” she explains. The herb shop grew out of a passion Haun has cultivated since the death of her son five years ago. A friend took her to the Spring Herb Festival at the WNC Farmers Market, an experience that felt like an awakening. “As soon as I walked into that place, I felt healing,” she recalls. Haun’s shop also features locally made soaps, teas and pottery, and she plans to offer herbgrowing workshops as well. The next step, says Haun, is getting restaurants interested in her

Sweet woof: MoonDoggies owner Linda Gavel shows off doggie eclairs, nutter butters and macaroons — all available for discerning canines. photos by Jonathan Welch

Away we grow: House of Herbs in Candler offers pick-your-own, greenhouse-grown herbs. Owner Shannon Haun says residents along Smoky Park Highway are glad to see new shops there. offerings, which are available year round. Both business owners say they’re hearing good things from neighborhood residents hungry for more locally focused stores in an area that, over the years, has evolved into more of a commuter corridor flanked by large chain markets. “People tell me that in the old days, this used to be a great shopping area,” says Haun, who hails from West Virginia. “A lot of local people say, ‘I’m so happy to see you,’” Gavel agrees. “Maybe other people will open up better shops too.”

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Both stores embrace organic principles. The Herb House doesn’t use chemicals on the plants (“People eat this stuff,” notes Haun), and MoonDoggies even supplies what Gavel calls “raw, organic cat and dog food.” “You won’t find this in your average pet-food store,” she observes. House of Herbs: 1444 Smokey Park Highway (6673737). MoonDoggies: 1263 Smokey Park Highway (633-0900). — Brian Postelle


Through the years: The Bob Moog Foundation’s 2010 calendar features archival photographs of the electronic-music pioneer, his mentors and collaborators. photo courtesy Bob Moog Foundation

Guitar auction, calendar sales to boost Moog Foundation The Asheville-based foundation aimed at preserving the legacy of electronic-music pioneer Bob Moog has organized two upcoming fundraising events. The Bob Moog Memorial Foundation has announced the eBay auction of a Moog guitar that has been played and signed by musician Lou Reed. The auction will begin Monday, Dec. 7, and run through Thursday, Dec. 17. The limited-edition instrument, which normally sells for about $6,500, has a maple top with an ash body, maple neck and fret board. Moog Music Inc. of Asheville is donating the instrument for the auction. Michelle Moog-Koussa, the foundation’s executive director, says money raised from the auction will be used to expand the foundation’s student-outreach program. “We bring Moog instruments into the schools and teach children the science behind the sounds of electronic music,” she explains. “This program, even in its infant stages, has opened children’s minds and engaged their spirits to explore the extensive sonic possibilities that Moog instruments offer.” The Moog Foundation has also announced the sale of a 2010 calendar featuring vintage photos, quotes and information taken from Moog’s archives. The photos mark key moments in Moog’s early career. There are five photos of Moog; others show his mentors and collaborators, including Léon Theremin, Keith Emerson and Herb Deutsch.

The $20 calendar is available online and in the following Asheville area stores: Accent on Books, Downtown Books and News, Earth Guild, the L.O.F.T., Malaprop’s and Smashing Guitars. It was designed by Asheville-based graphic artist Rose Hecht in collaboration with the Moog Foundation. In addition to the calendar, the foundation’s new online store offers T-shirts, limited-edition CDs and other merchandise. The calendar “is a fantastic vehicle for us to share some of the historical treasures that we have found in Bob’s archives,” says MoogKoussa. “It traces Bob’s early path and explores some crucial moments in Moog history.” Moog championed the eerie-sounding theremin as well as other electronic devices, such as synthesizers, that altered the musical landscape. Since his death in 2005, the Bob Moog Memorial Foundation for Electronic Music has been working on a Moog archive and trying to secure funding for a permanent museum in his honor. The foundation has three main projects: preserving Moog’s archives, establishing the student-outreach program and creating the museum, dubbed the Moogseum. The foundation is looking for a location and funding for the latter project. Earlier this year, the Moogseum received a $600,000 grant from the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority. — Jason Sandford

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Finding fun: Children with the Buncombe County Department of Social Services’ Kinship Care program play a game with skaters from the Disney on Ice “Finding Nemo” show at the Asheville Civic Center on Wednesday, Nov. 18. The Kinship Care program supports friends and family members who have stepped up to care for children removed from their homes by DSS. The program keeps the children out of foster care until issues in their home have been resolved. Crystal Drake, a spokeswoman for Disney on Ice, says the program was a good match for outreach performers do in the communities they visit. “This program just seemed special and important.” photo by Jason Sandford

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Building futures: The Enka Hills neighborhood developed by Habitat for Humanity is one of the affordable-housing initiatives funded in the last round of federal HUD money. Citizens are invited to discuss priorities for the allotments coming next year. photo by Jonathan Welch

City seeks public input on housing allocations Every year, the federal government funnels some $3 million in Housing and Urban Development funds to Asheville and surrounding areas to develop affordable housing. To help manage that big chunk of change, the city and the Asheville Regional Housing Consortium develops five-year plans, which are then submitted to HUD for approval. City staff and Council use these plans to guide them in awarding grant funds to proposals from groups such as Habitat for Humanity and Mountain Housing Opportunities. The current plan expires at the end of this fiscal year (June 30, 2010), when the final appropriations will go out. Meanwhile, to get the ball rolling on fashioning a new plan, the city and the consortium have scheduled a Dec. 10 hearing to solicit public input. “We are trying to understand perceived needs and the strategies that are already working,” explains Community Development Director Jeff Staudinger. Feedback from the public, paired with information provided by a panel of local experts, will go into a draft plan. After another round of public comment in January, a revised draft will be submitted to HUD in March. Approval typically comes in July, though many projects expected to move forward during the 2010-11 fiscal year are already in some stage of development, notes

Staudinger. But that shouldn’t be a big problem for developers, he says, as the priorities in the plan don’t typically shift much from year to year. Not that there won’t be some new directions, however. Western North Carolina’s economic climate is significantly different now than it was five years ago, says Staudinger, and those changes have implications for how the money can best be spent. In recent public meetings in Transylvania and Madison counties, he notes, there’s been increased emphasis on rental housing opportunities rather than on purchasing homes. “There may be an oversupply of homes for sale,” says Staudinger. Federal funds come in two forms: HOME funds are solely for affordable housing, while Community Development Block Grants can also be used to support local programs such as OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling (formerly the Consumer Credit Counseling Service) and Mountain BizWorks. The city of Asheville and the Asheville Regional Housing Consortium will hold a public hearing Thursday, Dec. 10, in the Public Works Building (161 S. Charlotte Street), starting at 6:30 p.m. For more info, call Roberta Greenspan at 2595560, or e-mail rgreenspan@asheville.gov. — Brian Postelle


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The perfect winter woods Exploring DuPont State Forest by Danny Bernstein In December, the woods can be dark and bare. Leaves are sparse and wildflowers long gone, but with the rain we’ve had this year, the all-season waterfalls in DuPont State Forest are flowing spectacularly. Located near Hendersonville and Brevard, the 10,400 acre forest offers almost 100 miles of well-marked trails. Its relatively low elevation — between 2,200 and 3,600 feet — means you can enjoy the forest when the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed and the mountains are snow-covered. The land hosts varied habitats, including oak and cove forests, granite domes and mountain bogs, but it’s the waterfalls that draw visitors. A few years ago, they were at the center of a controversy.

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DuPont State Forest isn’t pristine wilderness. Within its boundaries, you can walk two cemeteries left by long-ago inhabitants. More recently, in 1958, the international company DuPont opened a plant in the center of the tract: The manufacturer made medical X-ray films and created a private corporate retreat with picnic shelters, barbecue pits and wide dirt roads. Visitors from other DuPont locations were taken on lunchtime picnics that offered a view of High Falls. Later DuPont bought an adjacent private facility, Camp Summit, which added Lake Julia and an airstrip with a view of Mount Pisgah to the property. DuPont shuttered its plant operations in 1996,

The land hosts varied habitats, including oak and cove forests, granite domes and mountain bogs, but it’s the waterfalls that draw visitors. selling most of the land to the state, but the plant and surrounding 2,200 acres went to Sterling Diagnostic Imaging. Three years later, Sterling sold the plant property to Agfa. The remaining land, which included the waterfall tract, was bought by a housing developer who planned a gated community. More than a year of controversy ensued, with the developer going ahead with building projects. Some of those buildings still stand near Lake Julia. The public pressured then Gov. Jim Hunt to acquire the land by eminent domain. In the end, North Carolina paid the developer nearly $25 million. In December 2000, the waterfall tract was opened to the public.

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Lingering green at Lake Julia: Nestled in the Dupont State Forest, Lake Julia was once part of a corporate retreat. Now it’s open to the public and easily accessed come winter. photo by Danny Bernstein

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The trails to the four best-known waterfalls in DuPont — Hooker, High, Triple and Bridal Veil, all on the Little River — attract many walkers (and Hollywood too: The 1992 film The Last of the Mohicans featured the latter two cascades). Hooker, which can be seen from a handicappedaccessible overlook, is wide and impressive. In the summer, visitors cool off in the pools below the falls. High Falls cascades down a 150 feet of rock, and Triple Falls covers a similar distance but in three distinct cataracts. A new staircase, built by Western Piedmont Community College, takes you out onto rocks between the second and third levels. Bridal Veil Falls is a short drop but as beautiful as its name implies. There are two other waterfalls in DuPont too: Grassy Creek and Wintergreen. But after visiting these falls, you’ve seen only a small part of the forest. Much of it is maintained by the Friends of DuPont State Forest, whose volunteers maintain trails and put up signs. They also designed a map, available at area outfitters.

Something for everyone

Dupont is truly a multi-use playground — hikers will meet bikers and equestrians on most trails. Mountain bikers love the park’s wide trails. Jim Parham, author of the Off The Beaten Track series and co-owner of Milestone Press in Almond, N.C., says, “Most trails are appropriate for beginner to intermediate bikers, although advanced riders will find plenty to test their skills.” For novices, Parham recommends riding to Bridal Veil Falls from the Buck Forest trailhead via dirt roads. He

sends more experienced mountain bikers over bare, rocky trails on Cedar Rock, out the Corn Mills Shoals Trail and over Burnt Mountain. The Ridgeline Trail has great whoop-it-up, hoot-andholler downhill sections. Brevard resident Betsy Craig founded a fishing camp for teenagers that’s sponsored by Trout Unlimited. “The Little River [in DuPont] is a lovely place to fish and well-stocked with rainbow, brown and brook trout, with flat stretches on the way to Triple Falls,” she notes. For paddlers, Hendersonville’s Lee Belknap — a former American Whitewater board member and safety chairman — rates the difficulty of the runs between class III and V, depending on the water level and what part is being run. “At appropriate water levels, the river below Triple Falls is excellent for advanced kayakers,” he reports. The easy, rolling trails also attract geocachers, who practice a high-tech version of the old-fashioned treasure hunt. Caches are set up all over the world, and their locations are recorded on the Web. GPS users apply the coordinates to find the caches. But DuPont is our own hidden treasure, well worth winter exploration. All six waterfalls are featured in a newly released map that’s complete with GPS coordinates: Waterfalls of North Carolina by the Black Mountain-based Outdoor Paths Publishing. Of the 301 falls noted on the map, all of DuPont’s make the top 50 for beauty. X Hike leader and outdoors writer Danny Bernstein is the author of Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Heritage. She can be reached at danny@hikertohiker.com.

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outdoorscalendar Calendar for December 2 - 10, 2009 Algebra Al Fresco • SU (12/6), 10am-1pm - Beginning at Pritchard Park, participants will walk in the directions stipulated by rolls of the dice at every street corner. We’ll keep track of recurrence, logging how often we pass certain streets and return to certain corners. Info: pbahls@unca.edu. Asheville Track Club The club provides information, education, training, social and sporting events for runners and walkers of any age. Please see the group Web site for weekly events and news. Info: www.ashevilletrackclub.org or 253-8781. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 5:30pm - Carrier Park Runners. Meet at the Carrier Park Pavilion. Leader: Dick Duccini, 645-8887. Pace: slowmoderate —- 6pm - Beginning Runner’s Program. Meet at the Carrier Park Pavilion. Leader: Tom Kilsbury, burytom@charter.net —- 6pm - ATC Walkers Club. Meet at the Carrier Park Pavilion. Leader: Larry Fincher, HawCreekLarry@aol.com. • SATURDAYS, 8am - Carrier Park Runners. Meet at Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary. Leader: Dick Duccini, 645-8887 —- 8am - Beginning Runner’s Program. Meet at Carrier Park Pavilion. Leader: Tom Kilsbury, burytom@charter.net —- 8am - ATC Walkers Club. Meet at Fletcher Park. Leader: Sherry Best-Kai, 595-4148 or bestmsrd@mchsi.com. Call ahead to confirm. • SUNDAYS, 8am - Carrier Park Runners. Park at NC Arboretum Greenhouse. Leader: Dick Duccini, 645-8887. Long, slow distance on trails —- 8:30am - ATC Trail Run. Park at NC Arboretum Greenhouse. Leaders: Bryan Trantham, 648-9336, and Rick Taylor, 776-3853. Pace: 8:30-9:30mpm. Blue Ridge Bicycle Club Encourages safe and responsible recreational bicycling in the WNC area. To find out more about the club and its ongoing advocacy efforts, or to see a complete club calendar, visit www.blueridgebicycleclub.org. • THURSDAYS - Fletcher Blue Sky Road Ride. Departs promptly at 9:15am. Route and meeting place vary. No one will be left behind. Email for details or if weather is questionable: JohnL9@MorrisBB.net.

• SATURDAYS - Gary Arthur Ledges Park Road Ride. Departs in the a.m. from Ledges Park, located 6.5 miles off UNCA exit on I-26. Ride north along the French Broad River to Marshall for coffee, then return via Ivy Hill. Email for departure time: jbyrdlaw@charter.net. • SUNDAYS - Folk Art Center Road Ride. Departs in the p.m. from the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is a show-n-go ride, meaning there may not be a ride leader. Call or email for departure time: 713-8504 or billcrownover@bellsouth.net. Carolina Mountain Club CMC fosters the enjoyment of the mountains of WNC and adjoining regions and encourages the conservation of our natural resources, through an extensive schedule of hikes and a program of trail building and maintenance. $20 per year, family memberships $30 per year. Newcomers must call the leader before the hike. Info: www.carolinamtnclub.org. • WE (12/2), 8:30am - East Fork Pigeon River. Info: 738-3395 or bcmorg@hughes.net. • SU (12/6), 8:30am - Palmetto Trail: Poinsett Passage and Blue Wall Preserve. Info: 625-2677 or ccf108@gmail.com/859-9387 or gleason.ann@gmail.com —- 8:30am - Kitsuma Peak. Info: 236-0192 or danny@hikertohiker.com —- Noon - DuPont Forest: Corn Mill Shoals Parking Lot #2. Info: 749-1886 or belston@cytechusa.com. • WE (12/9), 8:30am - Cookie Hike to Bent Creek Ramble. Info: 2814530 or cnkdeal@charter.net —- 10am - Cookie Hike, shorter version. Info: 254-1736. Healthy Parks, Healthy You 5K Fun Run • SA (12/5), 10am - Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Services will host the first annual Healthy Parks, Healthy You 5K Fun Run at Buncombe County Sports Park in Candler. Both runners & walkers welcome. Info: 250-4260 or jaynelson@buncombecounty.org. Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk for Arthritis • SA (12/5), 9am - Registration —- 10am - The Arthritis Foundation is hosting its first 5K run/walk at the Montford Recreation Center. Choose from a 5K timed run, 5K walk or a 1-mile walk. $25/$30 day of race.

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To register: 2009jinglebellrunasheville.kintera.org. Info: (704) 529-0626 or mpalmer@arthritis.org. Land of Sky Trout Unlimited To conserve, protect and restore coldwater fisheries and their watersheds on a local and national level by fostering a passion for fishing, community service, fellowship and education. Everyone is welcome. Membership not required. Info: 274-3471 or www.landoskytu.com. • 2nd TUESDAYS, 6:30pm - Dinner followed by a program titled “Gear Swap & Year in Review” at 7:30pm at TGI Fridays. Pigeon Valley Bassmasters All interested anglers in the community in WNC, Upstate S.C., East Tennessee and NE Georgia are invited to attend and share fishing ideas. Invitational tournaments are held throughout the area. Info: 884-2846 or middlefork2846@gmail.com. • 2nd MONDAYS, 7pm - Meeting at the Canton Library. Reindeer 5K and Fun Run • SU (12/6), 2pm - Held at Fletcher Park, 85 Howard Gap Road. Race packets may be picked up at Hands On!, 318 North Main Street in Hendersonville through Dec. 4. $30 for the 5K/$15 for the Fun Run. Register by Dec. 4. Holiday colors, antlers and red noses encouraged. Info: 697-8333 or www.handsonwnc.org.

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holidaycentral Tis the season for festivities and fellowship Welcome to Holiday Central at Mountain Xpress, our annual guide to the season. This year, we’re publishing three weeks’ worth of seasonal delights, and we’ve called in all the experts. Arts writer Alli Marshall rounds up some terrific holiday craft markets, outdoor guru Jonathan Poston offers a bevy of ideas for warming up during the winter, thoughtful Pagan Byron Ballard presents her take on the season surrounding the solstice — along with a complete guide to holiday events and volunteer opportunities, and charming kids art. And don’t forget photos from the holiday parade. Since so much has been turned on its head of late, maybe its time to shake up your holiday traditions and create some new ones. Why not mix things up this year? Take your family on a different sort of cold-weather outing. Go local with the gifts and show your love for the community (along with giving some sweet and thoughtful things). Or forget material gifts, and give of yourself by volunteering. In our upcoming issues, watch for stories on making garlands with Sue Millions, cutting your own tree, finding the real Santa Clauses, local gift ideas, keeping the kids entertained and reflections from writers in the spiritual community. It’s time for festivities and fellowship. From the most of these to the least, we wish you the happiest of holiday seasons. X Illustration features art from Simone Randazzo

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holidaycraft Shopping with meaning

Local craft markets offer one-of-a-kind handmade gifts By Alli Marshall With all the talk about every day being Black Friday, it’s easy to fall prey to coupon crazes and power-hour frenzies. But there is a way to shop for meaningful, one-of-a-kind gifts without the hassle of mall parking or mounting credit card debt: Craft fairs. Yep, those artsy markets stocked with handmade treasures sufficed just fine back in your grandmother’s day. And, what with the DIY movement, economic slumps and the trend toward simpler, greener, locally sourced possessions, craft markets are not just viable options, but downright hip hubs of holiday shopping (many also involve food, drink, live music and activities, so plan to make a day of it). Here’s a sample of the area’s offerings. Check Xpress’ Community Calendar for full listings throughout the season. The Arts Council of Henderson County’s annual Holiday Artist Market includes reasonably priced fine art, folk art, paintings, photography, fiber work, textiles, jewelry, clay, woodwork, glass and more. Through Saturday, Dec. 19 (Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m.) at 538 North Main St., Hendersonville. acofhc.org or 693-8504. An artist’s holiday cocktail party and sale, featuring work by Shelley Schenker (magazinemosaics.com) benefits local Keep America Beautiful affiliate Asheville GreenWorks. Thursday, Dec. 3, 5-8 p.m. at Brixx Pizza, Biltmore Park. www.ashevil-

Craft-matic: Selling handmade wares at the twice-yearly Big Crafty, which returns to Pack Place on Sunday, Dec. 6. photos by brandy bourne

legreenworks.org or 254-1776. Stop by the Grove Arcade where local businesses, craftspeople and artists take part in the Holiday Market. A percentage of sales go to the nonprofit Western North Carolinians for Criminal Justice (WCCJ) which runs restorative justice programs. Friday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. & Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Grove Arcade (1 Page Ave., Suite 101, Asheville) Enka High School’s Occupational Course of Study holds its 22nd annual craft fair at Enka High. More than 30 crafters will be on hand with a variety of items. Saturday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Info: 670-5000.

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The promise: “a wide assortment of original and affordable gift possibilities from stockingstuffers to gallery-quality fine art.” Where to go? The fourth annual Leicester Artists Holiday Arts and Crafts Show, which also includes door prizes given away every 30 minutes, refreshments, baked goods and lunch available from the Leicester Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization (a fundraiser for support of the school). Saturday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Springs at Asheville clubhouse. Info: cometoleicester.com. Tapping into the aromatic side of the holidays, the Christmas Greens Market brings out local crafters offering fresh boxwood wreathes, evergreen garlands, live table centerpieces, ornaments made from natural materials, pottery, Christmas trees and more. (Less green, equally good-smelling perks: hot cider and a gingerbread house). Proceeds support the French Broad River Garden Club. Saturdays, Dec. 5 & 12, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Clem’s Cabin, 1000 Hendersonville Rd. 274-5891.

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Locals and tourists both know that the Southern Highland Craft Guild’s annual Holiday Sale is a must when it comes to seasonal shopping. This year, an extra day has been added the the already week-long extravaganza. The Guild Artists’ seconds sale allows craftspeople to sell select work 10 to 50-percent off retail. Saturday, Dec. 5-Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Folk Art Center (milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, East Asheville). 298-7928 or www.craftguild.org. Flat Rock’s Annual Holiday Stroll is sponsored by the shops of Little Rainbow Row. Enjoy refreshments, holiday music and a holiday tailgate Market, featuring local farmers with seasonal items and handmade crafts, held in in the lower parking lot. Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (tailgate market is 1:30-4:30 p.m.); Info: The Wrinkled Egg at 696-3998 or Hand in Hand Gallery at 697-7719.

drink, prizes and the newest offerings from 100 handmade microbusinesses. The craffle raffle is in partnership with Lark Books and features belt buckles made by local artists. Sunday, Dec. 6 from 12-6 p.m. at Pack Place. The Loaves & Fishes Alternative Gift Market offers shoppers a way to buy gifts while serving the community. Proceeds from items for sale go to local and international nonprofits. For a list of benefiting agencies, visit fpcasheville.org. Sunday, Dec. 6 from 12:15-2 p.m. in the Gardner Fellowship Hall, 40 Church St., Asheville. 2531431. Owen Middle School gears up for its 6th annual Christmas in the Valley Arts and Crafts Show, to be held in the gym. Juried arts (pottery, metalwork, woodwork, fabrics, jewelry, music and more), local BBQ, homemade concessions, raffle, children’s area and Santa. Shoppers can also bring nonperishable food donations for the Swannanoa Rescue Mission. Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Info: 6867917. Last year was the debut East West Asheville Holiday Art Walk; this year the popular event returns. Shop businesses located in West Asheville from 355-520 Haywood Rd. and on Domino Lane (map available at eastwestasheville.blogspot.com). Mimi Strang Studios, Crazy Green Studios, Steebo Design, Christopher Mello and others are included. Saturday, Dec. 12, 12-8 p.m. The Womansong Arts and Crafts Fair includes cards, pottery, hand knits, fine art, baked goods, hot drinks, massage, jewelry and more, plus a raffle to benefit Womansong’s New Start Program. Saturday, Dec. 12, 5 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville. Info: 299-3110 or www.womansong.org.

Love prowling old buildings and shopping for unique gifts? Do both: The Historic Kenilworth Inn (now apartments) hosts a holiday art market. A dozen neighborhood artists showcase their work (paintings, jewelry, pottery, tiles, hand bound books, clothing, painted furniture, cloth dolls, glass ornaments and turned wooden bowls) in the lobby. Artists will donate a percentage of sales to a local charity. Saturday, Dec. 5, noon-5 p.m. at 60 Caledonia Rd., Asheville.

Mountain BizWorks’ Holiday Party (in collaboration with the Asheville Artist Alliance) includes not just finger foods, drinks and music but a holiday art sale. During the party, Mountain Bizworks will honor and thank clients, staff and community members — and hand out awards (to attend the party, which is open to the public, RSVP to naomi@mountainbizworks.org or 253-2834 ext. 27). Drop in at anytime to shop the art sale. Thursday, Dec. 17, sale from 2-7 p.m., party from 5-7 p.m. at Jubilee! (46 Wall St., Asheville). www.ashevilleartistalliance.com or www.mountainbizworks.org X

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holidaycommentary Midwinter revels and holidays of light Why the solstice season is a time to slow down by H. Byron Ballard “Go Christmas, go Hanukkah, go Kwanzaa, go Solstice!” So shout the brightly clad young models of a current TV commercial, as they leap about the screen like cheerleaders in their stripy sweaters and knitted gloves. Yet another seasonal advertisement by a multinational garment-selling conglomerate. But wait. What are the holidays mentioned in the ad again? Do they really finish their cheer with Solstice? Holy moly. Practicing Pagans are a minority in our area, but our community is growing. I am often asked how many there are in Western North Carolina. There’s no way of pinpointing an exact number: There are folks who self-identify as Pagan and then there are environmentally passionate people who love the Earth and the outdoors. They may not call themselves Pagan, but they are happy to dance around a bonfire on the Winter Solstice. They tell me that they only find god when they’re out in the woods, never in church. So I count them. We Pagans are mindful that the holidays built around the Winter Solstice are holidays of light, no matter what the mythology attached to them might

be. It’s logical that the turning of the agricultural year is of paramount importance, regardless of your spiritual affiliation. After all, the returning light of the sun is the first indication that we can begin growing food again, that our tribal unit can survive the fallow season of the year. The days lengthen and nights retreat, beginning at the Winter Solstice. This vital ingredient of the agricultural year is a predictable event in the cycle of the Wheel of the Year; certainly a savior we can count on year after year. The Romans called it the “Birth of the Unconquered Sun,” and modern Pagans celebrate the Winter Solstice as such to this very day. Many of the traditional Christmas trappings — the ones that were on store shelves before you carved your Samhain turnip — come from an older and pre-Christian world. The decorated tree has roots in ancient Egypt and Greece, and mistletoe bears a Celtic and Germanic imprint. Even the virgin birth of a holy child has antecedents in the stories of Mithras and Dionysus and Horus, all solar deities and savior-gods. The Winter Solstice marks the end of a season that should be devoted to rest and renewal, culmi-

nating in a bright celebration in December. Instead our commercial culture turns that concept on its ear, making the time between the final harvest at Samhain and the hinge of the agricultural year at Yule into a frenzy of activity, stress and overindulgence. Nature always knows best and models for us what this dark time is for. As chickens and honeybees know, the dark is the time to gather in. I invite all of you to throw off the frantic trappings of the dominant — and often dominating — culture and do something rebellious during these remaining weeks. Don’t leap into the stressful madness of the season of giving. Say no to those things you really don’t want to do anyway, and then say no to some of the things you do want to do. Stay home. Listen to — or better yet make — some music. Go to bed earlier than usual and arise in the darkness to face the new day. Let the rich velvet night, which John Florio calls “the mother of thoughts,” be a place of refuge. And then welcome the young sun with joy and light. As nature intended. Try using this time as the ancients did — look back over your year and ask yourself if there are

things to be undone, people unthanked to whom you owe gratitude. Spend some downtime bringing yourself into right relations with your family, your community and your planet. There is sweetness in the world, like the red-andwhite stripes on old-fashioned peppermint. When you remember that, it makes it easier to forgive the guy who cuts you off on the expressway, to accept the differences of the people you meet who are not like you. The cycle of the seasons continues year after year and the bounty of the Earth supports and nurtures us. What is there to fear when we are part of such a web of life? What can we not do when we work together as a community to bring honor to our ancestors, healing to our environment and peace to our species? Be kind, love deeply, laugh when you can. Don’t sweat the small stuff, and know that when the big stuff hits, you are not alone. You have a tribe. X A native of WNC, H. Byron Ballard is a ritualist, teacher, speaker and writer. She lives on an urban farmstead in Asheville’s historic West End.

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Fun times for the cold months by Jonathan Poston As the last of the leaves fall and our mountains turn gray, the animals are preparing their winter burrows for a little down time. Some humans too — or at least those in sync with the seasons — may also be getting ready for hibernations of sorts: dusting off movie collections, re-padding their recliners, stocking up on potato chips and settling in for a winter indoors. For the rest of us, there’s always the standby list of activities we keep close for times like this: hiking on nearby trails, braving a cold night of camping, going ice skating and breaking away for the occasional ski, snowboard or sled trek down the local slopes. Of course, these traditional winter activities are enough to stave off the boredom, but why not explore some new ways to mix up the action? • Try enduring the cold months on the run. You’ll keep the extra pounds off and your heart rate up. Jus’ Running (523 Merrimon Ave., Asheville) will be offering free six-to-

eight-mile group runs every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. If you don’t want to go the whole distance, come along for as far as you like, say organizers. To keep up with other groups and races around the area, check the running calendar and updates at www.jusrunning. com. • Speaking of winter road racing, the Arthritis Foundation is holding the Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Dec. 5. The event will be held at the Montford Recreation Center in Asheville and begins at 10 a.m. Be sure to lace jingle bells through your shoelaces, and come dressed in your favorite winter holiday costume. Cost is $25. Participants can register online at http:// 2009jinglebellrunasheville.kintera.org. • Black Dome Mountain Sports guides will be taking participants out by appointment to roadside ice cliffs on Highway 215 for a variety of ice-climbing experiences. These demo events are offered either free of charge or with nominal fees to cover the special equipment needed. Call the shop at 251-2001 to get updates on ice-formation conditions and

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30 Deva Glen Road in north Asheville, where plucky plungers will submerge at 2 p.m. Preregister by sending your $25 check, made out to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, to the above event address, c/o Brenda Canter. But first get your registration forms by e-mailing blc-cpa@charter.net; you need to get your forms and check turned in before Thursday, Dec. 31 (limit 50 people). • If you’re not into raising your heart rate this winter, but you still want to get outdoors, check out the Astronomy Club of Asheville. Since the night sky appears especially clear in chilly conditions, group members make a point to huddle around the telescope in some dark corner on select nights through the winter. (Suggestion: Dress warmly.) Although new-moon nights on the top of Mount Pisgah have been a favorite viewing time as of late, dates and times do change, so check the Web site for updates before venturing out: www. astroasheville.org. To avoid cabin fever this winter, be sure to keep your schedule loaded with fun and adventure. But play it safe out there: Go out in groups, and explore new activities under the skilled hand of an expert. X Jonathan Poston lives near Asheville — when he’s not out adventuring elsewhere.


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• SU (12/6), 6:30-7:30pm - The nationally acclaimed Brass Town Ringers Bell Choir will perform Christmas music at the First Christian Church, 470 Enka Lake Road in Candler. Free and open to the public. Christmas Greens Market • SATURDAYS (12/5) & (12/12), 9am-2pm - Local crafters will offer boxwood wreaths, evergreen garlands, table centerpieces, ornaments made from natural materials, pottery, Christmas trees and more. Plus, hot cider and a gingerbread house. Held at Clem’s Cabin, 1000 Hendersonville Road. Proceeds support the French Broad River Garden Club. Info: 274-5891 or grcecil@biltmore.com. Christmas Open House at the Visitors Information Center • FR (12/4), 5-9pm - Visitors Information Center open house. Located at 201 South Main Street in Hendersonville. Enjoy holiday treats with friendly staff and volunteers. Info: 693-9708, (800)-828-4244 or www.historichendersonville.org. Christmas Parade at the Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Center • TH (12/3), 3:30pm - The 27th annual Christmas Parade will feature the Owen High School Marching Band, floats from local schools and churches, dancers, clowns and more. The Treatment Center is located at 932 Old U.S. Highway 70. Info: 259-6771. Christmas Storytelling at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial • FR (12/4), 6:30-7:45pm - To celebrate Appalachian Christmas traditions, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site will present storyteller Marilyn McMinn-McCreadie. Tickets are $6 and may be picked up at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Visitor Center. Info: 253-8304. Circle of Lights Festival • SA (12/5), 5-7pm - Black Mountain Recreation and Parks will host the 25th annual festival at Lake Tomahawk. Live music, 250 luminaries encircling the lake, hay rides, Santa, gifts for the kids, healthy snacks, hot cocoa and more. Free. Info: 669-8610. Concerts at Blue Ridge Community College Info: 694-1743. • SA (12/5), 7:30pm - “Celebrate the Season” concert will be performed in Thomas Auditorium. Refreshments and a reception will follow. Free. Eblen-Kimmel Charities Info: 255-3066 or www.eblencharities.org. • WE (12/9), 5:30-7:30pm - Holiday party at Wild Wing Cafe, 161 Biltmore Ave., to help support the Saint Nicholas Project. Bring a toy or a “creative” gift or make a cash donation. Events at Historic Johnson Farm Located at 3346 Haywood Rd. in Hendersonville. There are two nature trails (free), and guided tours are offered ($5/$3). Info: 891-6585 or www.historicjohnsonfarm.org. • SA (12/5), Noon-5pm - “Christmas at the Farm.” Enjoy wagon rides, children’s crafts, live Christmas music and refreshments. Plus, tour the recently renovated boarding house. $5 adults/$3 students/Free for preschoolers. Events at The Bullington Center This nonprofit horticultural learning center is in Hendersonville. Info: 698-6104 or www.bullingtoncenter.org. • TH (12/10), 1-4pm - Holiday Open House. Learn about the center, enjoy treats prepared by the Forrest Women’s Club and peruse the annual Amaryllis sale. Festival of Lights & Luminaries Elves line Dillsboro streets with more than 2,500 candles in white paper bags. Buildings are trimmed in tiny white lights, while carolers and musicians fill

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• WE (12/2) through SU (12/20) - World premiere of the holiday musical It Happened One Christmas, starring Tony Award-winning Broadway actor Jarrod Emick, will be performed. $26, with discounts available. Wed.-Sat., 7:15pm, with Wed.-Sun. matinees at 2:15pm. Harvest House Annual Holiday Craft Sale • SA (12/5), 9am-2pm - The sale will be held at Harvest House Community Center, 205 Kenilworth Rd., Asheville. All crafts are handmade by members of the Harvest House. Coffee and snacks will be available. Info: 350-2051. Hendersonville Christmas Parade • SA (12/5), 10:30am - A traditional hometown Christmas parade will travel along Main Street, from Five Points to Caswell Street, in downtown Hendersonville. This year’s parade theme: “Share a Slice of Hendersonville with the Magic of Christmas.” Info: 692-4179.

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• SA (12/5), 10am-6pm - The colorful shops of Little Rainbow Row will offer refreshments and seasonal specials. A holiday tailgate market, featuring seasonal items, greenery, handmade crafts and holiday music, will be held from 1:30-4:30pm in the lower parking lot. Info: 696-3998 or 697-7719. Holly Jolly Christmas • FR (12/4), 2-11pm - Downtown Black Mountain’s holiday celebration. Street music, refreshments, entertainment. Luminaries line the streets, shops stay open late and Santa Claus and his sleigh parade down Cherry St. Info: 669-1961. Hometown Holiday Jam IX • TH (12/10), 8pm - Hometown Holiday Jam IX at the Orange Peel. Benefit for Eliada Homes for Children and MANNA FoodBank, featuring The Mike Barnes Group, Marc Keller Band, Mother Soul, A Social Function, Sons of Ralph, Lewis & The Native Sway and special guests. $10. Hopsice Tree of Lights • FR (12/4), 5:30-7pm - Tree lighting ceremony to honor and remember loved ones at the Henderson County Courthouse on Main St., Hendersonville. By Four Seasons Hospice. Info: 692-6178. Kenilworth Holiday Art Market • SA (12/5), Noon-5pm - Kenilworth Inn Apartments, 60 Caledonia Rd., will host the Kenilworth Artists Association Holiday Art Market. Twelve neighborhood artists will showcase their work in a variety of media. Info: 253-4325. Lake Julian Festival of Lights Take a festive drive through the lighted holiday displays at Lake Julian Park. A portion of the proceeds will go to Buncombe County Special Olympics. $5/ car; $10/van; and $20/bus. Info: 684-0376.

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Artwork by Hannah Clarkson, age 9. • FR (12/4) through SU (12/20), 6-9pm - 9th annual Festival of Lights. Partial proceeds will benefit Buncombe County Special Olympics. Leicester Artists Holiday Arts & Crafts Show • SA (12/5), 9am-4pm - Leicester Artists Holiday Arts and Crafts Show will be held at the Springs at Asheville clubhouse on Leicester Hwy. (63), approximately 4 miles northwest of the intersection with Patton Ave. Info: cometoleicester.com. Loaves & Fishes Alternative Gift Market • SU (12/6), 12:15-2pm - Make a difference this holiday season by purchasing gifts that assist local and international nonprofits. The market will be held in the Gardner Fellowship Hall, 40 Church St., Asheville. For a list of agencies: www.fpcasheville. org. Info: 253-1431. Madison County Christmas Pageant • FR (12/4) & SA (12/5), 7:30pm - The Christmas pageant will be held on the Madison County Courthouse lawn, in downtown Marshall. The town will be transformed into Bethlehem with costumed townspeople, songs of the season and narration. Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market • SATURDAYS (11/21) through (12/19), 10am-3pm - The market will be held indoors at Fiddlesticks in Mars Hill. Info: www.buyappalachian.org. Melodies on Main & Christmas Cookie Contest • TH (12/3), 5:30-7pm - Santa, live music, hay rides, a petting zoo and more at Melodies on Main in downtown Marion —- 5-5:30pm - Christmas cookie contest on the courthouse lawn in Marion. Cookies must be made from scratch with recipe attached.

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Submit at least 2 dozen cookies. Winners will be awarded ribbons at 6pm. Info: 652-2215. Montford Park Players Info: 254-5146 or www.montfordparkplayers.org. • THURSDAYS (12/3) through SUNDAYS (12/13) - The 33rd annual presentation of A Christmas Carol will be performed at the Asheville Arts Center, 308 Merrimon Ave. Shows begin at 7:30pm with a Sun. matinee on Dec. 6. $12/$8 students and seniors/$6 children. North Asheville Holiday Tailgate Market • SATURDAYS (11/21) through (12/19), 8am-Noon - The holiday market will be held on the UNCA college campus. Info: www.buyappalachian.org. Olde Fashioned Hendersonville Christmas • FR (12/4), 5-9pm - Bring the whole family to downtown Hendersonville and experience the atmosphere of an old-fashioned Christmas, with shopkeepers dressed in Victorian costume, open houses, carriage rides, entertainment, refreshments and more. Info: 697-2022 or www.downtownhendersonville.org. Operation Toasty Toes Chapter 7 Info: 696-9777 or www.operationtoastytoes.org. n In need of yarn donations. • FR (12/4), 4pm - Tree lighting ceremony for a Christmas tree dedicated to America’s Armed Forces on display in the rear lobby of Hendersonville’s courthouse. Service families are encouraged to bring in a ornament to recognize their service members. Performances at the Parkway Playhouse


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The gallery is at 34 Melrose Ave. in Tryon. Open Mon.-Fri., 9am-Noon & 1:30-4pm; Sat., 9am-1pm. Info: 859-8322 or www.tryonarts.org • TH (12/10), 6:30pm - Holiday party. Gift gallery, music, festive food and libations, silent auction. RSVP. Valle Crucis Fireside Tour • SU (12/6), 1-6pm - Self-guided holiday tour of historic inns, buildings and churches in this rural community. $10. Info: 963-6511 or www.vallecrucis.com. Weaverville Christmas Parade • SA (12/5), 1pm - Parade in downtown Weaverville. WNC Nature Center Located at 75 Gashes Creek Rd. Hours: 10am-5pm daily. Admission: $8/$6 Asheville City residents/$4 kids. Info: 298-5600 or www.wildwnc.org. • FR & SA (12/4 & 5), 6-9pm - “A Winter’s Tale.” Bring flashlights and woolen mittens to this festival of holiday lights, music, arts and crafts, candle making, animal enrichment, food, hot chocolate/cider, games, Santa and more. $6/$5 members.

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Artwork by Avi Kornfield, age 8. Volunteering Calendar for December 2 - 10, 2009 Appalachian Trail Conservancy A volunteer-based, private nonprofit dedicated to the conservation of the Appalachian Trail. Info: www. appalachiantrail.org or 254-3708. • SA (12/5) - Seeking volunteers to participate in an invasive plant workshop on the Appalachian Trail near Erwin, Tenn. Learn to identify and manage invasive exotic plants. Free. Carpooling available from Asheville. Info: jodell@appalachiantrail.org. Ashevillage Institute (AVI) Nonprofit eco-urban education center and living laboratory for sustainable solutions. Info or to RSVP: 225-8820, info@ashevillage.org or www.ashevillage. org. • MONDAYS through SATURDAYS, 9am-5pm Volunteer days and potluck lunch. Volunteers needed in: gardening, permaculture, stonework, carpentry, marketing, administration, fundraising and business development. Asheville City Schools Foundation Seeking Academic Coaches (tutors/mentors) to support students by assisting them with a variety of tasks that support educational success. One hr/wk min., for one school year, in your choice of school or after school program. Training provided. Info: 350-6135, terri.wells@asheville.k12.nc.us or www. acsf.org. • MONDAYS through FRIDAYS, 8:30am-5pm Academic coaching in the schools or at after-school programs, once a week. Bethlehem Drive • TH (12/10) through SA (12/12), 6:30-9pm - Donations will be accepted for the Bethlehem

Drive at Beulah Baptist Church on Willow Road, Hendersonville. Info: 891-3670. Children First/CIS Projects Needs Volunteers Children First/CIS is a nonprofit that advocates for Buncombe Countys children, while providing innovative programs for vulnerable children, and engaging the community in creating a better future for all children. Volunteers are needed at least one hour per week. Info: 252-4810 or patriciah@childrenfirstbc. org. • Sponsor a child this holiday season by donating gifts, clothing and books to Children First. Help children in our community have a happy holiday season. Call for details. Events at Barnes & Noble The bookstore is located at 3 Tunnel Rd. in the Asheville Mall. Info: www.bn.com. • Through FR (1/1) - Annual Holiday Book Drive: Barnes & Noble will be collecting books for Toys for Tots. Info: 296-7335. Graffiti Removal Action Teams Join Asheville GreenWorks in combating graffiti vandalism in our community. Removing quickly and keeping covered is the best way to reduce graffiti. Info: 254-1776. • THURSDAYS - Graffiti removal. Henderson County Heritage Museum Located in the Historic Courthouse in Hendersonville at 1 Historic Courthouse Square on Main Street. Info: 694-1619 or www.hendersoncountymuseum.org. • FR (11/27) through SA (1/2) - Help Operation Toasty Toes make and send items to troops overseas. Info: 694-1619. Holiday Giving Tree at the Oakley Library

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AIDS Memorial Quilt Exhibit • Through WE (12/2) - Pack Place in Asheville will be hosting a display of personalized quilts in memory of those who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS. Musicians to perform daily. Info: www. wncap.org. Asheville Area Directors of Volunteers in Agencies D.O.V.I.A., a nonprofit affiliate of the N.C. Association of Volunteer Administration, is dedicated to enhancing the skills of our community’s volunteer managers by conducting educational programs, sharing volunteer management information and resources, providing networking opportunities, and promoting community awareness of the value of volunteer services. • To get involved: 2550696, clee@unitedwayabc.

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org or http://tinyurl.com/ asheville-dovia. Christmas for the Troops • FR (12/4), 4pm - The public is welcome to attend a lighting ceremony for a Christmas tree dedicated to America’s Armed Forces. Free. Info: 694-1619. Colburn Earth Science Museum The museum has a permanent collection of gem and mineral samples from around the world. Located in Pack Place at 2 South Pack Square. Info: 254-7162 or www.colburnmuseum.org. • TH (12/10), 2-4pm - Guided geology walk with curator Phil Potter. Learn about the history of the building stones that compose downtown Asheville’s unique art deco architecture. Listening Sessions to Develop an Independent Living Plan • MO (12/7), 3-5pm - Public input is needed to develop a three-year Statewide Independent Living Plan. Topic for discussion: “What needs to change in N.C. so people with disabilities can live more independently?” The public hearing will be held at MAHEC, 501 Biltmore Ave, classroom 1. Submit written comments through Dec. 15. Info: silcraleigh@yahoo. com, redohanlon@yahoo. com or 257-4400. Public Hearing on Affordable Housing • TH (12/10), 6:30pm - The City of Asheville and the Asheville Regional Housing Consortium will hold a public hearing on affordable housing and related development issues at the City of Asheville Public Works building, 161 S. Charlotte St., Rm. 109A.Community feedback is needed to develop a five-year (2010-2015) Consolidated Plan. NonEnglish speakers and those needing an interpreter for the deaf: 259-5560 or rgreenspan@ashevillenc.gov. Renaissance Computing Institute Open House • FR (12/4), 3:30-5pm Held at UNCA’s Community Engagement Site, located in Suite 116 in the Grove Arcade. See a 16-foot visualization wall, learn about projects such as mapAsheville’s Priority Places, the Urban Growth Model and

more. Info: 225-6575 or nhall@unca.edu. Sankofa Children’s Free Breakfast Program • SA (12/5), 10:30am12:30pm - All children and parents of children are welcome. The breakfast will be held at Pisgah View Apartments, 16A Stewart St., Asheville. This will be a bi-weekly program. Info: 242-8869. World Affairs Council Programs Events are held in the Owen Conference Center, 3rd floor of Owen Hall, on the UNCA campus. Info: www.main. nc.us/wac. • MO (12/7), 7:30pm - “Pakistan: The Political Version of the Frankenstein Legend,” with Ambassador William Milam, Senior Policy Scholar at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Social & SharedInterest Groups American Advertising Federation Asheville Info: 258-0316, programs@ aafasheville.org or www. aafasheville.org. • TU (12/8), 6pm - Free ADDY’s workshop. Learn how to enter the ADDYs. Receive help understanding the rules and categories, preparing entries and more. At the Grove Arcade, basement level. Registration is preferred but not required: addys@aafasheville.org. Ardent Toastmasters Club Afraid to speak in public? Want to practice your speaking skills in a fun and supportive environment? Meets at Zona Lofts, 162 Coxe Ave., in downtown Asheville. Info: 225-8680 or www.toastmasters.org/websiteApps/. • Alternate THURSDAYS, 5:30pm - Meeting. Arise & Shine Toastmasters Ready to overcome your fear of public speaking and to enhance your communication and leadership skills? This group provides a friendly environment in which to do so. Guests have no obligation to join. Info: 776-5076. • THURSDAYS, 7:30am Meets at UNCA’s Highsmith Student Union.

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weeklypicks Events are FREE unless otherwise noted. Fifty vintage aluminum trees from The Aluminum Tree & Aesthetically Challenged Seasonal

wed Ornament Museum & Research Center (ATOM) will be on display at the Transylvania Heritage Museum, 40 W. Jordan St., Brevard, through Saturday, Dec. 19. Suggested donation of $5/$2 kids. Info: 884-5304. Show support for Asheville GreenWorks, our area's Keep America Beautiful affiliate, by attending

thur a benefit holiday cocktail party and art sale, featuring work by local artist Shelley Schenker, Thursday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Brixx Pizza, Biltmore Park. Info: 254-1776.

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Two picturesque WNC towns, two holiday celebrations on Friday, Dec. 4. Black Mountain's Holly Jolly Christmas will start at 2 p.m. and end at 11 p.m. and Hendersonville's Olde Fashioned Christmas will begin at 5 p.m. and last until 9 p.m. Both will feature holiday entertainment and extended shopping hours. Black Mountain info: 669-1961. Hendersonville info: 697-2022.

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Party at the Winter Gala Fundraiser Saturday, Dec. 5, from 4 p.m. until the wee hours of the morn' at Pisgah Brewing Company in support of Arts2People's Asheville Mural Project. Live music, an art show, silent auction and food. $5-$10 sliding scale. Info: www.arts2people. org/amp.html.

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The third annual Children's Health & Harmony Expo will be held Sunday, Dec. 6, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Asheville. Live entertainment and information on making healthy lifestyle choices for your family. $5/free for children under 3 and for grandparents. Info: www.childrenshealthandharmony.com.

in the Lake Julian Festival of Lights show Monday, Dec. 7, between 6 and 9 p.m. The mon Take park will be lit with thousands of colored lights and more than 50 animated and stationary light displays. The show continues nightly through Dec. 20. $5/car, $10/van, $20/bus. Info: 6840376.

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Internationally acclaimed Celtic violinist Jamie Laval, a classical quartet, The Breakdown Boys, and the Erwin and T.C. Roberson string ensembles will perform in a benefit concert at Erwin High School Tuesday, Dec. 8, starting at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the $5 donation will go to the Erwin Strings Program. Info: 232-4251.

Asheville Homeless Network Meetings take place at Firestorm Cafe & Books in downtown Asheville. Info: 552-0505. • THURSDAYS, 2pm - All homeless people and interested citizens are welcome. Asheville New Friends Welcomes residents of Asheville and surrounding communities, whether new or old, couples or singles, to meet and make new friends at monthly meetings and a variety of interest groups. Info: www.main.nc.us/anf. For membership info: 2522283. • SA (12/5), Noon - Annual holiday luncheon at the Country Club of Asheville. Members only. Call for info and reservations. Asheville Newcomers Club Women new to the city and recent retirees make new friends while learning about the opportunities Asheville offers. Info: avlnewcomers@aol.com or 274-6662. • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 9:30am - Meeting with speakers from local organizations.

Blue Ridge Toastmasters Club Meets once a week to enhance speaking skills both formal and impromptu. Part of an international proven program that takes you through the steps with fun along the way. Network with interesting people of all ages and professions. Info: www.blueridgetm.org or 333-2500. • MONDAYS, 12:20-1:30pm - Meeting. CLOSER • TU (12/8), 7:30-9pm - Community Liaison for Support Education and Reform. Support group for the gay, lesbian, bi or transgender community and their friends. Meets every Tuesday evening at the meeting room library at All Souls Episcopal Church. Info: moosic40@aol.com. Edward Buncombe DAR Chapter Meeting • TU (12/8), 1pm - Monthly meeting of DAR chapter, includes lunch and program. Open to all women interested in learning more about their Revolutionary War ancestors. Info: Rosalie300@aol.com.

Koinonia Monday Night Potlucks • MONDAYS, 6-10pm - Potluck. The gathering invites visionaries, homeschoolers, activists, spiritualists and folks of all walks of life to share ideas and wisdom. Be a part of fostering an evolved local and global community. Change begins within us. Info: 333-2000. Planned Parenthood of Asheville Young Advocates • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 6:308pm - Monthly meeting. Get to know like-minded young Ashevilleans who advocate for choice and reproductive health. Explore volunteer opportunities and plan upcoming events. Info: 252-7928, ext. 6241 or sue. simpson@pphsinc.org. Scrabble Club Come play America’s favorite word game SCRABBLE. Info: 252-8154. • SUNDAYS, 1-5pm Meets at Books-A-Million in Asheville. We have all the gear; just bring your vocabulary. No dues the first six months.

TEDxAVL 2010 Organizational Meetings • 1st & 3rd MONDAYS, 6-8pm - Help TEDxAVL find speakers, performers and product demos for a 2010 conference packed with ideas. At Locomotivity, 224 Broadway near the 240 W exit. Info: 231-7205. Call to confirm meeting date/time. The New Friends Meetup Interested in meeting new people for friendship, fun, romance, activities, and learning new things? Info: www.meetup.com/NewFriends-Meetup. • WEEKLY - Meets at a bar/restaurant.

Government & Politics Buncombe County Republican Women A group dedicated to electing and supporting conservative Republicans. • 2nd THURSDAYS, 11:30am-1pm - Meeting. Open to women (and men) who believe and support the core principals of the Republican Party. The group is dedicated to electing


conservative officials and protecting the Constitution. No meetings in July and December. Stand for Peace • TUESDAYS, 5-6pm - Stand for peace with Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, War Resisters League, Military Families Speak Out, Buncombe Green Party and other peace mongers at Pack Place, intersection of Patton and Biltmore Avenues. Info: 582-5180.

Seniors & Retirees Henderson County Senior Softball League The league is always looking for new players, age 50 and older. Weather permitting, they play year-round. Info: 698-3448 or www. LJRsoftball.com. • TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS Morning games at Jackson Park in Hendersonville. Lakeview Senior Center 401 S. Laurel Circle, Black Mountain. Info: 669-8610. • TH (12/10) - Van Clan: Attend N.C. Stage’s performance of It’s a Wonderful Life in downtown Asheville. $32 includes a ticket and transportation. Walk Wise, Drive Smart Aimed at senior citizens, but open to everyone. Walks are canceled in the event of bad weather. Info: 457-6166 or www.walkwise.org. • TH (12/3), 10am - Urban walk through the neighborhoods of Hyman Heights, Haywood Forest and Druid Hills. The walk will begin

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WNC .NET Developers Guild A developer group dedicated to promoting Microsoft .NET technology and education to the software developer community in the Asheville area. Info: www.wncdotnet.com or 398-0694. • 2nd TUESDAYS, 6-8:30pm - Meet at ImageSmith Communications, 19 Walden Dr., Arden. The meetings feature food, networking and a technical presentation. See website for directions and presentation details.

ChainFree Asheville A nonprofit, all-volunteer effort dedicated to improving the welfare of dogs living outdoors on chains and in pens in Asheville and Buncombe County. Info: www.chainfreeasheville.org or 450-7736. • SUNDAYS, 11am-3pm - Come help a chained dog experience freedom. No experience necessary. Meets 4 times a month within Asheville or Buncombe County to build a fence for a chained dog. Haywood County Animal Shelter Located at 245 Hemlock St., Waynesville. Info: 4569340. • Through SU (1/3) Haywood County Animal Shelter, Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation and Aidan’s Fund are teaming up to help people adopt a shelter pet. A portion of the adoption fee for pets will be paid. Info: 246-9050. Transylvania Animal Alliance Group For information about T.A.A.G., or donations of time or resources, 9663166, taagwags@citcom. net, www.taagwags.org or www.taag.petfinder.com. • SATURDAYS, 11am4pm - Adoption Days at PETsMART on Airport Road in Arden. View adoptable animals on the Web site.

Business & Careers A-B Tech Classes Registration & info: www. abtech.edu/ce. • TH (12/3), 1-5pm - “Herbal Holiday Gifts.” Herbs such as frankincense and myrrh enhance physical, mental and emotional well-being. Learn to make easy, affordable gifts from healing herbs. $35. Asheville SCORE Counselors to Small Business If your business could use some help, SCORE is the place to start. Free and confidential. To make an appointment: 271-4786. Our offices are located in the Federal Building, 151 Patton Ave., Rm. 259. Veterans may attend any SCORE seminar at no charge. Info: www.ashevillescore.org.

• TH (12/3), 6-9pm - “Advanced Internet.” Designed to give participants the information they need to promote their Web sites. At the Small Business Center, Rm. 2046, on the A-B Tech Enka Campus. $30 at the door. To register: 274-1142. Asheville Strategic Alliance An Asheville-area based group of communityminded professionals who conduct free public seminars on financial and legal issues. ASA is located at 149 S. Lexington Ave. Info: www.AshevilleStrategicAllia nce.com. • TH (12/10), 6-7pm - “Interview and Selection ... Making the Right Hire.” Stephen H. Murphy, President of Carolina HR Partners, will provide an overview of the process so that business owners can make the right hiring choices. RSVP: lmgothberg@ yahoo.com. Creative Career Consortium: A Network for “What’s Next” • TU (12/8), 3-4:30pm - Join other jobseekers, entrepreneurs, tele-commuters and career changers in action-oriented work groups that will help you reach your goals. Register at www.meetup.com/ Creative-Careers-AVL. Free, but donations accepted. Info: cccavl@yahoo.com. Events at Montreat College Events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. • SA (12/5), 10am - Information session

on adult-focused degree programs at Montreat’s Asheville Campus located behind the Biltmore Square Mall. Info: 667-5044.

OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling Formerly Consumer Credit Counseling Service of WNC. OnTrack offers services to improve personal finances. Unless otherwise noted, all classes are free and held at 50 S. French Broad Ave., Ste. 222. Info: 255-5166 or www.ontrackwnc.org. • TH (12/3), 5:30-6:30pm - “Don’t Shop Until You Drop.” Learn how to avoid excessive shopping, spending and stress this holiday season. Free. WNC Insurance Professionals • 2nd TUESDAYS, 6-8pm Meeting at Adams & Brown Insurance Agency, 2144 Hendersonville Rd., Arden. WNCIP is the local association of NAIW. Our focus is education and professional development for anyone working in or around the insurance industry. Info: www.naiw.org.

Health Programs & Support Groups Announcing • Amie’s DeeLishUs Gluten Free Goodies! (pd.) Cookies, Muffins and Sweet breads. • Gluten free and gluten free/vegan. • Holiday Gift Baskets • Catering. Call Amie: (828) 505-7223. Made with Love...but NO Gluten! EFT • Yes It Really Works!

(pd.) Learn the basics in 1 hour ($45) and take charge of your own wellbeing. The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) offer impressive results for easing physical discomforts, relieving feelings of unease and changing the behaviors and habits that are holding you back. Call The Water Lily Wellness Salon (828) 505-3288. www.waterlilysalon.com Professional Help For Overshoppers/ Overspenders (pd.) Stop the pain of Overshopping and Overspending • Discover triggers and cues • Learn specific tools, strategies and techniques • Break the cycle of overspending • Overcome the urge to splurge this holiday season • Develop mindfulness in making decisions. Call 231-2107. Shoji Spa Discounts and Events (pd.) • Locals Discount: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. • SPArty: Wednesday evenings, 6-8 p.m. Drinks, food and music, free. 828-299-0999. www.shojiretreats.com ADD/ADHD Meetup Group • MO (12/7), 7-8:30pm - Free meetup. Join other local adults dealing with ADD or ADHD. Gather to share your experiences, progress and thoughts with one another. Discuss the latest information, programs and treatments. Discussion topic: “Handling holiday stress.” Sponsored by www.adhdcenterforsuccess.com.

Adult Children Of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families ACOAs continue “survival” behaviors they had as children, which no longer serve them as adults. Come learn how to grow in recovery and become the person you are meant to be through this 12-step fellowship. Info: 545-9648. • FRIDAYS, 7-8:30pm - Meets at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Adult Children of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families • MONDAYS, 7-8:30pm - Open 12-step meeting at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St., Asheville. Rear entrance; first room on left. Info: 298-6600 or maybloomer@yahoo.com. Al-Anon Al-Anon is a support group for the family and friends of alcoholics. More than 33 groups are available in the WNC area. Info: 800-2861326 or www.wnc-alanon. org. • WEDNESDAYS, 8-9pm - Newcomers meeting and discussion: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road, across from Ingles. Enter through parking lot door. Info: 2250515. • WEDNESDAYS, 12:151:15pm - Step study: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 686-8131. • THURSDAYS, 7pm - Discussion meeting for parents of children with addictions: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690

Haywood Road, across from Ingles. Info: 2426197. • FRIDAYS, 8pm - The Lambda (GLBT) group of Al-Anon is a gay-friendly support group for families and friends of alcoholics, and holds their weekly candlelight meeting at All Souls Cathedral, 3 Angle St. Info: 670-6277 (until 9pm). • FRIDAYS, 12:30-1:30pm - Discussion meeting: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 686-8131. • FRIDAYS, 6:30pm - Discussion meeting for couples only: All Souls Cathedral, 3 Angle St. Info: 676-0485. • SATURDAYS, 10am - Al-Anon North: Meeting at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. • SATURDAYS, 10am - Saturday Serenity at St Mary’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Charlotte and Macon. Beginners welcome. • SATURDAYS, Noon - Weaverville discussion meeting at First Baptist Church on N. Main St., next to the library. Enter via side glass doors. • SUNDAYS, 5-6pm - Discussion meeting: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. Info: 281-1566. • MONDAYS, 12-1pm - Discussion meeting: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 686-8131. • TUESDAYS, 7pm - Discussion meeting:

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First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Art of Intimacy Practice Group Learn life-changing communication and relationship skills, drawing from the work of Brad Blanton (Radical Honesty), Marshal Rosenberg (Nonviolent Communication), Susan Campbell (Getting Real), John Bradshaw (Homecoming) and others. By donation. Info: 2545613 or www.centerforsacredsexuality.org. • WEDNESDAYS, 7:309:30pm - Meeting. Beauty Through Cancer Provides programs and services for breast cancer patients and survivors in the WNC area. Located at 131 McDowell St., Suite 202, Asheville. Info: 252-8558 or info@beautythroughcancer. org. • 1st & 3rd MONDAYS, 5:15-6:30pm - Breast cancer support group. Inspire one another, share stories and listen to interesting speakers from the community. All breast cancer patients, survivors and caregivers welcome. CarePartners Hospice Bereavement Offers one-on-one grief counseling, support groups, grief education classes, a monthly grief support newsletter and semi-annual memorial services (available to anyone who is suffering a loss through death). Located at 68 Sweeten Creek Road., Asheville. Call 251-0126 to set up an initial visit with a counselor. • WEEKLY - Grief education classes and support group meetings: Good Grief Support Group, Child-Loss Support Group, Suicide Loss Group (monthly). Debtors Anonymous • THURSDAYS, 7-8pm - Meets at Mount Pisgah Lutheran Church, 2606 Chimney Rock Road, Hendersonville. Info: DAHendersonville@gmail. com. Depression & Bipolar Support • THURSDAYS, 6-7:30pm - DBSA support group meets at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. Open support for family and friends. Info: peacehead@ gmail.com or DBSAlliance. org/asheville. Eating Disorders Individuals are welcome to come to one or all of the support group meetings. Info: 337-4685 or www. thecenternc.org. • WEDNESDAYS, 7-8pm Support group for adults at

T.H.E. Center for Disordered Eating, 297 Haywood St. Free. Essential Tremor Support Group Info: 687-2356 or bchhenze@bellsouth.net. • 1st THURSDAYS, 6-7pm - Meeting at Seymour Auditorium, CarePartners, Sweeten Creek Rd. Events at Pardee Hospital All programs held at the Pardee Health Education Center in the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville. Free, but registration and appointments required unless otherwise noted. To register or for info: www.pardeehospital.org or 692-4600. • TH (12/3), 3-4:30pm - “Balance and Fall Prevention,” with physical therapist Chloe Egan. Registration required. • FR (12/4), 8:30am-1pm - American Red Cross blood drive. Appointments requested: 692-4600. • MO (12/7), 10am-Noon - “Look Good, Feel Better.” Open to female cancer patients to help overcome the appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Free make-up and wigs are provided. Registration required. • TH (12/10), 3-4:30pm - “Shoulder Pain,” a workshop with physical therapist Jason Morgan. Registration required. Food Addicts Anonymous A fellowship of men and women who are willing to recover from the disease of food addiction. Sharing experiences and hope with others allows participants to recover from the disease one day at a time. All are welcome. Info: 242-3717. • MONDAYS, Noon1pm & FRIDAYS, 7-8pm - Meetings at Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. Grief Recovery Seminar/ Support Group Meets at First United Methodist Church, 204 Sixth Ave. West, Hendersonville. GriefShare is a special support group for people grieving the death of someone close. The video seminar features recognized experts on grief recovery topics. Info: 6943621 or www.hvlfumc.org. • 2nd & 4th TUESDAYS, 2-3:30pm - Meeting. Henderson County Red Cross Red Cross holds classes in CPR and First Aid for infants, children and adults; Standard First Aid in Spanish; Babysitter Training; Pet First Aid.

Located at 203 Second Ave. East, Hendersonville. Info: 693-5605. : Blood Drive dates and locations are listed below. Appointment and ID required. • FR (12/4), 8:30am-1pm - Pardee Health Educational Center., 1800 Four Seasons Blvd., Hendersonville. Info: 692-4600. • FR (12/4), 3-7:30pm - Fletcher Community at Calvary Episcopal Church, Hendersonville Hwy., Fletcher. Info: 684-6266. K.A.R.E. Support Groups Kid’s Advocacy Resource Effort offers several ongoing support groups. Info: 456-8995. • WEDNESDAYS, 5:307:30pm - Single Parents Support Group. Dinner and childcare provided. At First United Methodist Church, 566 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. Call ext. 201 for more info. Moms Supporting Moms • TUESDAYS, Noon or 6:30pm - Peer support for moms struggling with depression and/or anxiety during pregnancy or postpartum. Connect with other mothers and community resources. Meets at the Women’s Resource Center. Info: 213-8241. Directions: 213-8246. Narcotics Anonymous A fellowship of recovering addicts that can help those afflicted get clean and stay clean through a 12step program. The group focuses on recovering from the disease of addiction rather than any particular drug. For WNC NA meeting schedules and info: www. wncana.net. Helpline: (866) 925-2148. • DAILY - Please call for location details. National Alliance on Mental Illness - Western Carolina Dedicated to improving the lives of persons with severe mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, OCD, PTSD and anxiety disorders. Free Connection Recovery Support Groups. Info: 505-7353. • THURSDAYS, 7:30-9pm - Veterans Connection Recovery Support Group meets at the Charles George VA Medical Center, 1100 Tunnel Road, Asheville. Multi-purpose room. Contact Ray at raycarter2001@yahoo.com or 337-0515. • 1st SATURDAYS, 10am Meeting at Mountainhouse, 225 E. Chestnut St. • MO (12/7), 11am - Meeting at NAMI-WC

Office, 356 Biltmore Ave., Suite 298. Overcomers Recovery Support Group A Christian-based 12-step recovery program. Provides a spiritual plan of recovery for people struggling with life-controlling problems. Meetings are held at 32 Rosscraggon Road. All are welcome. Info: rchovey@ sos.spc-asheville.org. • TUESDAYS, 7-8pm - Meeting. Overeaters Anonymous A fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. This 12-step program welcomes everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. Meetings are one hour unless noted. • THURSDAYS, Noon - Asheville: Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Rd. (S. 25 at Yorkshire). Info: 298-1899. • SATURDAYS, 9:30am - Black Mountain: Carver Parks & Recreation Center, 101 Carver Ave. off Blue Ridge Road. Open relapse and recovery mtg. Info: 686-8131. • MONDAYS, 6:30pm - Hendersonville: Balfour United Meth. Church, 2567 Asheville Hwy. (Hwy. 25). Open mtg. Info: 1-800-5804761. • MONDAYS, 5:15pm - Asheville: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Beginners mtg. Info: 277-8185. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Asheville: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Open mtg. Info: 277-8185. • TUESDAYS, 10:30amNoon - Asheville: Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. at Ottari. Open BBSS mtg. Info: 2802213. Pet Loss Support Group For anyone who has lost a pet or is anticipating the death of a companion animal. Free. Info: 258-3229. • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 6pm - The group meets at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, 1 Edwin Pl. Red Cross Events & Classes Red Cross holds classes in CPR/First Aid for infants, children, and adults; Babysitter Training; Pet First Aid; Bloodborne Pathogens; Swimming & Water Safety; and Lifeguarding. All classes held at chapter headquarters, 100 Edgewood Rd. To register, call 258-

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3888, ext. 221. Info: www. redcrosswnc.org. : Bloodmobile Drive dates and locations are listed below. Appointment and ID required. • TH (12/3), 1:306pm - Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, 117 Montreat Rd., Black Mountain. Info: 669-6729 —- 2-6:30pm - Francis Asbury United Methodist, 725 Asbury Rd. #A, Candler. Info: 667-3950 —- 2-6:30pm - Lutheran Church of the Nativity, 2425 Hendersonville Rd., Arden. Info: 684-0352. • MO (12/7), 2-6:30pm - Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 201 Mount Carmel Rd., Asheville. Info: 7120217. • TU (12/8), 1:30-6pm - Rainbow Mountain Children’s School, 574 Haywood Rd., Asheville. Info: 258-9264. S-Anon For those affected by someone else’s sexual behavior. Info: 545-4287 or 606-6803. • WEEKLY - Three meetings are available per week. S-Anon Meetings S-Anon is a 12-step recovery program for partners, family and friends of sexaholics. We share our experience, strength and hope to help solve our common problems. Meetings held weekly in Asheville, Fletcher and Waynesville. Call confidential voice mail for information: 258-5117. • WEEKLY - Meetings. Sex Addicts Anonymous A fellowship of men and women recovering from addictive sexual behavior (physical and/or emotional). Meetings are held in downtown Asheville. Info: 800-477-8191 (live person Mon.-Fri. 11am-7pm) or 348-0284 to leave a local message for a return call. • SUNDAYS, 7pm Meeting. Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous SLAA is a 12-step fellowship of men and women who have a desire to stop living out a pattern of sex and love addiction. Meetings are held in downtown Asheville. Open to all sexual orientations. Info: AshevilleSLAA@gmail.com. • SATURDAYS, 10am First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Sexaholics Anonymous SA is a 12-step fellowship of men and women recovering from compulsive patterns of lust, romance, destructive relationships,

sexual thoughts or sexual behavior. Call confidential voice mail 681-9250 or e-mail saasheville@gmail. com. Info: www.orgsites. com/nc/saasheville/. • DAILY - Asheville meetings. Support Groups Sessions are led by Charlene Galvin, a board certified Chaplain. Love offering. Info: 329-3187 or chargalvin@hotmail.com. • THURSDAYS, 1011:30am - Living with Life Limiting Illness —- 1:303pm - Caregivers Support Group. Understanding Adult ADD/ ADHD • TU (12/8), 7-9pm - The ADHD Center for Success is hosting a free seminar, “Understanding Adult ADD/ ADHD” at A-B Tech Haynes Center, Rm 128. ADHD is a very real condition, yet surprisingly misunderstood. To register: 681-7100 or coachrudy@adhdcenterforsuccess.com. Veterans’ Advisory Consumer Council on Mental Health The Charles George VA Medical Center, 100 Tunnel Road in Asheville, has established a mental-health advisory council to gather input from Veteran consumers. The council is open to any veteran with a diagnosis, their family and VA staff. Info: raycarter2001@ yahoo.com. • 2nd TUESDAYS, 2:304pm - The group meets at the Mental Health Clinic, Rm. 105.

shop with Linda Beach. $35. Materials provided. N.C. Arboretum Events The Arboretum hosts a variety of educational programs. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free with parking fee ($6/ vehicle). No parking fees on Tuesdays. Info: 665-2492 or www.ncarboretum.org. • Through (1/3), 10am4pm - “Winter Solstice and Holiday Plants” will be on display in the Baker Exhibit Greenhouse. • TU (12/8), 10am - “Trees in the Landscape,” an informative program with regional master gardeners. Held in the Education Center Classroom. • WE (12/9), 1pm - Collections Walk: “Winterberries,” an informative walk with an Arboretum guide. Wear sturdy footwear. Meet at the Baker Exhibit Center Lobby. Regional Tailgate Markets • For tailgate listings, visit www.mountainx. com/events and click on “Garden.” For more information, including the exact start and end dates of markets, contact the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project: 2361282 or www.buyappalachian.org. Small Farmer Support Forum • MO (12/7), 9am-3pm - Information sharing and coordination. The goal: a cooperative effort to maximize efforts to assist small farmers. At A-B Tech Community College, Enka. Info: 254-1921, ext. 5884.

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Garden Asheville Mushroom Club Learn about all aspects of mushrooms (collecting, identifying, growing or cooking). Info: 298-9988 or www.ashevillemushroomclub.com. • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Monthly meeting at the WNC Nature Center. Membership is $18/year, and includes informative meetings and scheduled forays. Events at The Bullington Center This nonprofit horticultural learning center is in Hendersonville. Info: 6986104 or www.bullingtoncenter.org. • TH (12/3), 3-5pm - “Wreath Making,” a work-

Adult League Dodge Ball Must have at least 6 players per team. The season will consist of 24 games and a league championship game with trophies for the winning team. $25/person. Info: 250-4269 or jay.nelson@buncombecounty.org. • Through MO (12/14) - Registration. Season: Jan. 5 through Feb. 25 at Recreation Experiences Complex. Asheville Masters Swimming Competitive, fitness and triathlon swimmers welcome. Info: www.ashevillemasters. com • MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 5:45-7:15am - Practice at Asheville School. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 5:45-7:15am & SATURDAYS, 7-9am - Coached practices at Warren Wilson College.

Asheville Ski and Outing Club The year-round activity club organizes skiing, snowboarding, biking and hiking trips for its members. Membership is open to all ages and ability. Info: www. ashevilleskiclub.com. • 2nd THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Meets at the Country Club of Asheville. Disc Golf Check the kiosk at Richmond Hill Park for events and nearby tournaments. Info: 680-9626 or www.wncdiscgolf.com. • TUESDAYS, 3:30pm - Doubles at Richmond Hill Park. Pickleball It’s like playing ping pong on a tennis court. For all ages. $1 per session. Paddles and balls are provided. Info: 350-2058. • MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 9-11am - Meets at Stephens-Lee Rec Center, 30 George Washington Carver St. (take S. Charlotte to Max St.). Special Olympics Buncombe County Info: 250-4265 or grace. young@buncombecounty. org. • Sign up to participate as a swimmer with the aquatics program. Practice begins in Jan. 2010 and will be held at the YMCA, 30 Woodfin St. Current physical and consent form required. Women’s Indoor Trainer Sessions • MONDAYS, 6:15pm - Youngblood’s Trainer Sessions. Bring your own trainer; no roller, please. A few indoor trainers will be available for loan/rent ($10). Begin your winter conditioning program. Info: amy@golightlydesigns.com or tdrews@trainright.com.

Kids Asheville Youth Magazine Special Workshop • SU (12/6), 1:30pm - AYM is a creative venture for youth to express their talents and gain valuable experience through print magazine. Attend a free workshop at the Flood Fine Arts Center to learn about submission guidelines and meet kids & mentors. Check AYM’S Facebook page or call 551-0624 for details. At The Health Adventure Free first Wed. of every month from 3-5pm. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm & Sun., 1-5pm. $8.50 adults/$7.50 students


& seniors/$6 kids 2-11. Program info or to RSVP: 254-6373, ext. 324. Info: www.thehealthadventure. org. • Through SU (1/3) Explore the good, the bad and the ugly at Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body. Explore why your body produces mushy, oozy, crusty and stinky gunk at this educational exhibition. • THURSDAYS, 10:3011:30am - Preschool Play Date. Interactive fun just for preschoolers led by museum facilitators. Free with admission. • TH (12/3), 3:30-4:45pm - “Brownies Chemistry TryIt.” Come play in the slime lab. Use carbon dioxide to launch rockets and make raisins dance. Discover how colorful white light really is. $4. • SATURDAYS, 1-2pm - Experiment with science during Super Science Saturdays. Featuring handson activities led by museum facilitators, the programs are fun for all ages. Free with admission. For specific activity descriptions or for more info, visit the Web site. • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 4-5pm - Origami Folding Frenzy. From simple designs to complex creations, join us to learn about the Japanese art of paper-folding. Included with museum admission. Celebration Singers of Asheville Community children’s chorus for ages 7-14. For

audition/performance info: 230-5778 or www.singasheville.org. • THURSDAYS, 6:307:45pm - Children’s chorus rehearsal at First Congregational Church, 20 Oak St., downtown Asheville. Children’s Health & Harmony Expo • SU (12/6) - The 3rd annual expo will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Asheville. Over 50 WNC businesses will be on hand to help educate, empower and enlighten families in making healthy lifestyle choices. Plus, Asheville Puppetry will be performing “Strings Attached Marionette” and Secret Agent 23 Skidoo will perform. $5/Free for children under 3 and for grandparents. Info: 628-2036 or www.childrenshealthandharmony.com. Earth Scouts for Kids Earth Scouts is an environmental education group that is fun and empowering. Kids ages 4 and up learn plant identification, medicine making and earth skills. • THURSDAYS, 6-7pm Meets at One World Healing Arts Institute, 2 Sulphur Springs Road, Asheville. Parents welcome. $10. Events for Kids at Spellbound Spellbound Children’s Bookshop is located at 19 Wall St., in downtown Asheville. Info: 232-2228 or www.spellboundchildrensbookshop.com. • SA (12/5), 3pm - Fancy Nancy Holiday Story

Time. Wear a favorite fancy outfit to a story time featuring Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas and holiday crafts. For children ages 3 and up. Haywood County Public Library System The main branch is located at 678 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. The county system includes branches in Canton, Maggie Valley, Fines Creek and Cruso. Info: 452-5169 or www. haywoodlibrary.org. • WEDNESDAYS, 11am - Family story time for children of all ages. Read books, sing songs, learn finger plays and more. Home School Happenings • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 1:30-2:30pm - Experience educational programming The Health Adventure way with monthly Home School Happenings. Programs are available for various grade levels. $7/child. Smith-McDowell House Museum Period rooms grace this antebellum house on the campus of A-B Tech Community College, 283 Victoria Rd., Asheville. Info: 253-9231. • SUNDAYS (12/6 & 13), 2pm - Volunteers and the Museum’s Education Coordinator Lisa Whitfield will present a program of Christmas readings and carols especially for children. $3 per child (parents free), includes refreshments. Visit With Santa Claus • MONDAYS through SATURDAYS, 10am-9pm & SUNDAYS, Noon-6pm -

Santa will be at his castle in the Asheville Mall, where he will be available to hear children’s wishes. Plus, Santa Feeds America canned food drive in partnership with MANNA FoodBank. Info: asheville-mall.com.

Spirituality 2010 • Mayan Teaching On The Days Out Of Time (pd.) Asheville: January 4, 11, 18, 25 and February 1 and 8, 6:30pm-9pm. Transorm your life, explore Mayan prophecy and the wonder and magic of Surfing the Mayan Calendar. Call for directions: Zoe Allison: (828) 284-0975. www.mayanrecordkeeper. com Astro-Counseling (pd.) Licensed counselor and accredited professional astrologer uses your chart when counseling for additional insight into yourself, your relationships and life directions. Readings also available. Christy Gunther, MA. (828)258-3229. Faerie Pathway Readings (pd.) Guidance from faeries, guardian angels, and spirit guides to help you rediscover the magic in your life. Faerie workshops also available. (828) 645-2674. www.davidswing.com Foundation Year Workshop and Information Session (pd.) Saturday, Dec. 5th 2009 from 10am-2pm, with 1 hour for brown bag lunch. Abernethy United Methodist Church, 1418 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28806 $25 suggested donation at

the door to help us cover the instructor’s travel. Barbara comes to us from Freeport, Maine.For details please contact: Ms.Marie Davis 828-273-5647 or md79397(at)yahoo.com Tuesday Afternoons • Study • Meditation • Great Tree Zen Temple (pd.) Study: 3:30pm • Meditation: 5:30pm. 679 Lower Flat Creek Road, Alexander. Love offering. More information: 6452085 or www.greattreetemple.org Advent Conspiracy Series • WEDNESDAYS (12/2 through 12/16), 6-7:30pm - Longing to simplify Christmas? Land of the Sky UCC invites you to spend less, give more, connect spiritually and resurrect the joy of Christmas. Combat commercialism, explore simple and meaningful family traditions, and serve others together. Info: www.losucc.org. Asheville Center for Transcendental Meditation/ An Evening of Knowledge Transcend the busy, active mind—effortlessly—for peace, bliss and full awakening of creative intelligence. The most effective, extensively researched meditation. Revitalizes

mind/body, relieves worry and anxiety, improves brain functioning. Free Introduction. Info: 254-4350 or www.meditationasheville. org. • WEDNESDAYS, 7:158:15pm - Introductory Talk: Access your deepest intelligence; compare meditation techniques; explore higher states of consciousness and total brain functioning; and learn about Scientific findings on TM’s health benefits. Held at 165 E. Chestnut St. Asheville Satsang With Gangaji Info: 216-7051 or nckristinenelson@yahoo.com. • SUNDAYS, 7pm Discover true fulfillment. Silent sitting and video satsang with Western spiritual teacher Gangaji. New location at Servanthood House, 156 East Chestnut St., near Greenlife. Awakening Practices Study the works of Eckhart Tolle and put words into action through meditation and discussion. Info: Trey@QueDox.com. • 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - Meets at the EnkaCandler Library meeting room. Bruno Groening Circle of Friends

Help and healing the spiritual way through the teachings of Bruno Groening. Participants are asked to attend an introduction before coming to the regular community hour. Info: 3930630 or ehlersk@aol.com. • TU (12/8), 7-8:30pm - Meeting at North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. Love offering. Buddhist Meditation and Discussion Meets in the space above the French Broad Food Coop. Suggested donation: $8/$4 students & seniors. Dec. series: “Buddha’s Secrets for Happy Holidays.” Info: 779-5502 or www.meditation-innorthcarolina.org. • WE (12/2), 7:15pm “Heartfelt Gratitude.” • WE (12/9), 7:15pm “Caring Without Stress.” Celebrate Recovery Christ-centered, biblically based recovery ministry. Weekly fellowship and support meetings deal with real-life issues, including divorce, co-dependency, anger, control, chemical dependency, sexual addictions, hurtful relationships, eating disorders, depression, and other addictive, compulsive or dysfunctional behaviors. Info: 687-1111.

• THURSDAYS, 6pm-10pm - Evenings at Biltmore Baptist Church, 35 Clayton Road, Arden. Chabad Asheville Jewish Asheville and WNC Chabad Lubavitch Center for Jewish Life, located at 660 Merrimon Ave. Info: www.chabadasheville.org. • TH (12/3), 7-9pm Lights & Miracles: A special pre-Chanukah evening for all Jewish women. Create an herbal oil bottle, listen to the story of the Menorah’s flames and enjoy Latkes, donuts and treats. $10 Info: 505-0746. • 1st SATURDAYS, 9:30am-1:15pm - First Shabbat of the Month at The Chabad House. Services, English-Hebrew prayers, sermons and stories, and timeless melodies. Educational and fun children’s program from 11am-noon. Followed by a Kiddush luncheon. All are welcome. Membership and affiliation not required. Coalition of Earth Religions Events Info: 230-5069 or www. ceres-wnc.org. • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 6:309pm - Pagans Night Out. Meet at the Bier Garden in downtown Asheville.

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Compassionate Communication Practice Group Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work, and community by practicing compassionate communication. Group uses a model developed by Marshall Rosenberg in his book Nonviolent Communication, A Language of Life. Free. Info: 252-0538 or www. ashevilleccc.com. • 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS, 5-6:15pm - Practice group for newcomers and experienced practitioners. Events at First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville Located at 204 6th Ave, in Hendersonville. Info: 6934275. • SU (12/6), 5pm - Taize worship service featuring readings, songs and silent prayer. Held in the Chapel. All are welcome. • WE (12/9), 12:1512:45pm - “Community Service of Healing and Wholeness.” Participants are welcome to pray for healing and receive communion and anointing with oil. Info: www.hvlfumc.org. Hare Krsna Sunday Feast Meets above the French Broad Food Co-op, 90 Biltmore Ave. Info: www. highthinkingsimpleliving.org or 586-3919. • Select SUNDAYS, 6-8pm - An evening of bhajans, class on the Bhagavad-Gita and a vegetarian feast. Everyone welcome. Refer to the Web site or call for dates. Journey Expansion Team (JET) • THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - An inspiration of James Ray featured on Oprah/The Secret. Join a group of likeminded people who want to share with others The Law Of Vibration and other Universal Laws. Meetings held in Fletcher/Asheville. Info: 329-7145 or kimberlycroteau@yahoo. com. Land of the Sky United Church of Christ Located at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 15 Overbrook Place, in East Asheville. • SUNDAYS, 5-6pm - Women-led, justicefocused, family-friendly, and open to all. Worship with Land of the Sky UCC. An unconditional church. Mantras Cafe • 1st THURSDAYS, 6:30-8:30pm - Bring your favorite kirtan mantras, multi-cultural chants and soul-centered music. Open mike. Sign-up 6-6:30pm.

At BoBo Gallery. Free or $3 donation. Mindfulness Meditation Class Explore the miracle of healing into life through deepened stillness and presence. With consciousness teacher and columnist Bill Walz. Info: 258-3241 or www.billwalz.com. • SA (12/12), 2:30-5pm Early Winter Satsang. At the Asheville Friends Meeting House. Explore issues of personal, psychological and spiritual uncertainty and journeying with Bill in an evening of deepening mediation, question and answer. Donation. Info: healing@billwalz.com. • MONDAYS, 7-8pm - Meditation class with lesson and discussions in contemporary Zen living. At the Asheville Friends Meeting House at 227 Edgewood Ave. (off Merrimon Ave.). Donation. Mountain Zen Practice Center Exploring the ‘how’ of moment by moment peace, joy, and freedom through the practice of Conscious Compassionate Awareness. Info and Orientation times: www.mountainzen.org or 450-3621. • TUESDAYS, 7-8:30pm Meditation and discussion. Mystic Gatherings Share in the community of those who are governed both by logic and observing signs around them: gut, spirit, intuition or whatever That is. Bring your stories and experiences. Gatherings are dynamic and diverse and range from topics such as changes in our society to defining moments in life and much more. Info: 206-2009. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Meeting. Psychic Development Class • 2nd & 4th WEDNESDAYS, 7-8:30pm - Develop your intuition in a stress-free environment. Everyone will have an opportunity to read and to be read. Love donation accepted. Info: 255-8304. Sh’ma Messianic Ministries Messianic studies, Hebrew classes and Davidic dance. Studies for Jews and gentiles. Hebraic roots with biblical and basic Hebrew language. Free. Visit the Web site for updates. Info: www.shmaministries. com, 367-0775 or rabbi@ shmaministries.com. • FRIDAYS - Meets in the evenings. Sojourner Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

A congregation in formation. The goal is provide a caring, non-threatening environment for the exploration of Christian spirituality. Info: www.sojournerchurch. org. • SUNDAYS, 9:30am - Worship —- 10:30am - Fellowship. Lower floor of Morningside Baptist Church, 14 Mineral Springs Road, Asheville. Taize Prayer Service Taize is meditative prayer: a mixture of quiet song, silence and scripture. Info: 285-0838. • 1st FRIDAYS, 7-8pm - Join the St. Eugene Taize Prayer ministry at St. Matthias Church, 1 Dundee St., Asheville (off Max St., which is off Charlotte St.). Transmission Meditation Group Join in this group meditation for your own personal spiritual growth, as well as the healing and transformation of the planet. Info: 318-8547. • TUESDAYS, 6:30pm Meditation for personal and spiritual growth. Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville Located at the corner of Charlotte St. & Edwin Pl. Info: 254-6001 or www. uuasheville.org. • SUNDAYS, 9:15am & 11:15am - Services and Children’s Programs. Unity Cafe Looking for a change from the usual Sunday service? Spiritual conversation and sharing, music, meditation, coffee and pastry. Info: 645-0514, 676-6070 or unitycafe.org. • 1st, 3rd & 5th SUNDAYS, 10am-Noon - Greenlife Grocery Community Center, 90 Merrimon Ave. Unity Center Events Celebrate joyful, mindful living in a church with heart. Contemporary music by Lytingale and The Unitic Band. Located at 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Rd. Info: 684-3798, 891-8700 or www.unitync.net. • WE (12/2), 7pm “Shifting Patterns of Guided Meditation,” with Dalia Molina. Love offering. Info: www.InstitueofTransformati onalStudies.com. • WE (12/9), 7pm - “Aspects of Huna,” a workshop exploring the Hawaiian philosophy/practice/life style called Huna: The Three Selves. Led by Romella and Ed O’Keefe. Love offering. Unity Church of Asheville Looking for something different? Unity of Asheville

explores the deeper spiritual meaning of the scriptures combined with an upbeat contemporary music program to create a joyous and sincere worship service. Come join us this Sunday and try it for yourself. Located at 130 Shelburne Rd., W. Asheville. Info: 252-5010 or www.unityofasheville.com. • 1st SUNDAYS, 11am The Children’s Greenhouse Youth Program (ages 4-12) nurtures children’s spiritual growth through life lessons, meditation, crafts of nature and Unity principles. Info: Serendipity58@charter.net. • SUNDAYS, 11am - Spiritual Celebration Service. Use Astrology, Numerology & Birth Order • SA (12/5), 10-10:45am Use Astrology, Numerology and Birth Order to create empathy in relationships. Bring your info and others for hands-on learning. $10 or what can afford, percentage goes to charity. At South Asheville Yoga on Hendersonville Rd. Led by Harris Teeter. Info: www. MichellePayton.com. Waynesville Creative Thought Center Located at 741 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. Info: 4569697, waynesvilleCTC@ aol.com or www.mountainshops.com/ctc. • THURSDAYS (12/3, 12/10, 12/17 & 1/7), 7pm The People Wisdom Series presents: “Manifesting Your Dream,” a four-weekworkshop led by life coach Jen Trinque. $39. To register: 926-8992 or jentrinque@ gmail.com. Windhorse Zen Community Meditation, Dharma talks, private instruction available Tuesday and Thursday evenings, residential training. Teachers: Lawson Sachter and Sunya Kjolhede. Main center: 580 Panther Branch, Alexander. City center: 12 Von Ruck Court. Call for orientation. Info: 645-8001 or www.windhorsezen.org. • SUNDAYS, 9:30-11am - Meditation, chanting and a Dharma talk. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 7-9pm Meditation and chanting. • FRIDAYS, 5:30-7:15pm - Meditation and chanting at the City Center. Womyn in Ceremony Join the group for connection, sharing, support, healing and empowerment. Meets 12 miles NW of Asheville. Info: www. RitesofPassageCouncil. com or Theresa@

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RitesofPassageCouncil. com. • SUNDAYS, 4-6pm (through 12/27) - Gathering on various Sundays.

Art Gallery Exhibits & Openings 16 Patton Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., 1-6pm (open on Sun. MayOct. only). Info: 236-2889 or www.16patton.com. • Through SA (1/2) Inspirations, an exhibit by Signe Grushovenko. Asheville Gallery of Art A co-op gallery representing 28 regional artists located at 16 College St. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: 251-5796 or www.ashevillegallery-of-art.com. • Through TH (12/31) - New Juried Members Exhibit, featuring work by Kathryn Phillips, Joyce Schlapkohl, Maggie Robinson, Christine Dickey Longoria, Karen Keil Brown and Marsha Balbier. Black Mountain Center for the Arts Located in the renovated Old City Hall at 225 West State St. in Black Mountain. Info: 669-0930 or www. blackmountainarts.org. • FR (12/4) through SA (1/30) - 2nd Annual Pottery Show in the Upper Gallery. Works by teachers, students and community members from the Black Mountain Center for the Arts Clay Studio. • FR (12/4), 6-8pm Opening reception for 2nd Annual Pottery Show. Sale of student work on Dec. 4 & 5. Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center The center is located at 56 Broadway, and preserves the legacy of the Black Mountain College through permanent collections, educational activities and public programs. Info: 350-8484, bmcmac@bellsouth.net or www.blackmountaincollege.org. • Through SA (2/6) - Past Presence, an exhibition exploring five important aspects of the Black Mountain College story. Blue Spiral 1 The gallery at 38 Biltmore Ave. is open Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm. Info: 251-0202 or www.bluespiral1.com. • Through TH (12/31) - Fall Salon: Sculptural glass, abstract paintings and curvilinear mixed-media wall installations from six regional artists —- Ceramic

sculpture and textiles by Heather Allen-Swarttouw —- Paintings by Taiyo la Paix —- Wood-Fired Clay: Contemporary approaches to a time-honored tradition by several artists —- Basketry by Carole Hetzel, Deborah Muhl and Lee Sipe. Echo Gallery 8 Town Square Blvd., Suite 160, Biltmore Park in Asheville. Hours: Thurs., Fri. and Sat., 2-8pm and Sun., 1-6pm. Info: www.echoasheville.com or 687-7761. • FR (12/4), 6-9pm Holiday Open House. The holiday show will offer a variety of media in many sizes. Exhibits at the Turchin Center Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is at 423 West King St. in Boone. Info: 262-3017 or www. tcva.org. • Through SA (1/16) - Plastic Flame Press, the exhibit presents a progression of designer Chris Williams’ work —- African Vailet: Olivia “Holly” Pendergast —- SAQA: 12 Voices, a traveling exhibit of the Studio Art Quilt Association. • Through SA (2/6) - 225 F: Encaustic Encounters, featuring encaustic paintings —- Collective Dialogues: New work from The Collective on Depot —- Brush & Palette: Artists Unmasked, a representation of the Brush and Palette Art Club members’ works. Grovewood Gallery Located at 111 Grovewood Road, Asheville. Info: 2537651 or www.grovewood. com. • Through TH (12/31) New fiber-art wall hangings by LINT (Ladies in New Textiles) will be on display. Haywood County Arts Council The HCAC sponsors a variety of art-related events in Waynesville and Haywood County. Unless otherwise noted, showings take place at HCAC’s Gallery 86 (86 North Main St.) in Waynesville. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: 452-0593 or www.haywoodarts.org. • Through SA (1/2) - It’s A Small, Small Work, an exhibition of artwork 12 inches or smaller by WNC artists. Odyssey Gallery Exhibits work by Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts instructors and residents. Located at 236 Clingman Ave. in Asheville’s River Arts District. Hours: Mon.-

Fri., 10am-4pm; Sat., 10am-6pm & Sun., Noon6pm. Info: 285-0210 or www.highwaterclays.com. • Through TH (12/24) - Resident Clay, featuring works by Amanda Humphreys, Jaclyn Jednak, Patty Bilbro, Leslie Hinton, Beth Bond and Alex Irvine. Pack Place Gallery Located at 2 S. Pack Place Square. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 15pm. Info: 257-4530. • Through WE (12/2) - The WNC AIDS Project will be displaying portions of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Phil Mechanic Studios Located at 109 Roberts St. on the corner of Clingman Ave. in the River Arts District. Houses Flood Gallery, Pump Gallery and Nook Gallery. Info: www. philmechanicstudios.com. • Through SA (12/5) - Eide/Eidola, a solo exhibition of paintings by UNCA art professor Virginia Derryberry, will be on display in the Flood Gallery. • FR (12/4), 7-10pm - An opening reception for Uprooted, an exhibition of wall-mounted tiles by Melissa Terrezza, will be on display in the Pump Gallery. Push Skate Shop & Gallery Located at 25 Patton Ave. between Stella Blue and the Kress Building. Info: 2255509 or www.pushtoyproject.com. • Through TU (12/15) - I Used to Be an Animal: paintings, sculpture and more by Kimberly Turley and Ted Harper. Upstairs Artspace Contemporary nonprofit gallery at 49 S. Trade St. in Tryon. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-5pm and by appointment. Info: 859-2828 or www.upstairsartspace.org. • Through TH (12/24) - The Spiritual Image in Contemporary Art and Presents of Art will be on display. Vadim Bora Gallery At 30 1/2 Battery Park Ave. Hours: Tues.-Sat., Noon6pm (sometimes later) and by appointment. Info: 254-7959 or www.vadimborastudio.com. • Through TH (12/3) Metamorphosis, sixth annual group exhibit of Mountain Sculptors. Info: www. mountainsculptors.org. WCU Exhibits Unless otherwise noted, exhibits are held at the Fine Art Museum, Fine & Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. Hours: Tues.-Fri., 10am-4pm &

Sat., 1-4pm. Suggested donation: $5 family/$3 person. Info: 227-2553 or www.fineartmuseum. wcu.edu. • Through SA (12/5) - Worldviews, selections from the permanent collection and new acquisitions featuring works by regional, national and international artists. • TU (12/1) through SA (12/5) - Dawn Behling - School of Art & Design Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition. • TU (12/8) through SA (12/12) - Grayson Bowen - School of Art & Design Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition.

More Art Exhibits & Openings A-B Tech Events Info: www.abtech.edu. • Through FR (12/18) - The Face of Appalachia: Portraits From the Mountain Farm, a photography exhibit by Tim Barnwell, will be on display in the Holly Library gallery. Art at Ananda Hair Studio The salon, located at 22 Broadway, hosts rotating art exhibits. Info: 232-1017. • SA (12/5) through SA (1/2) - Red Moon Rising Studios presents Be Love, a textile art and fashion show by Stack. • SA (12/5), 7-10pm - Opening reception for Red Moon Rising Studios’ Be Love. Art at the N.C. Arboretum Works by members of the Asheville Quilt Guild and regional artists are on display daily in The Visitor Education Center. Info: 6652492 or www.ncarboretum. org. • Through MO (2/22) - Celebrating Rivers and Streams, paintings by Sue Sweterlitsch will be on display in the Education Center, 2nd floor. • Through SU (1/3) Building Small: American Folk Art Houses and Structures will be on display in the Baker Center. Center For Craft, Creativity and Design Located at the Kellogg Conference Center, 11 Broyles Road. in Hendersonville. Info: 8902050 or www.craftscreativitydesign.org. • Through FR (12/11) Different Tempers: Jewelry & Blacksmithing, an exhibit featuring the works of 14 nationally known metalsmiths. f/32 Photography Group Info: www.f32nc.com.


freewillastrology ARIES (March 21-April 19 When Carolee Schneeman was a kid, her extravagant adoration of nature earned her the nickname “mad pantheist.” Later, during her career as a visual artist, she described her relationship with the world this way: “I assume the senses crave sources of maximum information, that the eye benefits by exercise, stretch, and expansion towards materials of complexity and substance.” I hope that you’re attracted to that perspective right now, Aries. To be in most productive alignment with the cosmic rhythms, you should be in a state of nearly ecstatic openness, hungry to be stretched -- like a mad pantheist.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20

“Dear Rob: Last night my son and I were stargazing. When we focused on the constellation Cassiopeia, an owl started hooting. Then a brilliant shooting star zipped by as a huge bat flew right over our heads. Was this a bad omen? Bats are creepy -- associated with vampires. And in Greek mythology Cassiopeia got divine punishment because she bragged that she and her daughter were more beautiful than the sea god’s daughters. But I don’t know, maybe this blast of odd events was a good omen. Owls are symbols of wisdom and shooting stars are lucky, right? What do you think? Are we blessed or cursed? -Spooked Taurus.” Dear Spooked: The question of whether it’s good or bad luck is irrelevant. Here’s what’s important: You Tauruses are in a phase when the hidden workings of things will be shown to you -- the mysterious magic that’s always bubbling below the surface but that is usually not visible.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20

The week ahead will be a ripe time to pull off magic reversals. May I suggest that you try to transform dishwater greys into sparkling golds? Or how about recycling the dead energy of a lost cause in such a way as to generate raw fuel for a fresh start? I’m confident, Gemini, that you’ll be able to discover treasure hidden in the trash, and that you’ll find a way to unleash the creative zeal that has been trapped inside polite numbness. Now ponder this riddle, please: Do you think there’s any mystical significance in the fact that the word “stressed” is “desserts” spelled backwards?

CANCER (June 21-July 22

Lately you remind me of the person Robert Hass describes in his poem “Time and Materials”: “someone falling down and getting up and running and falling and getting up.” I’m sending you my compassion for the times you fall down, and my admiration for the times you get up, and my excitement for the times you run. It has probably become clear to you by now that the falling down isn’t a shameful thing to be cursed, but rather is an instrumental part of the learning process that is teaching you marvelous secrets about get-

ting back up and running.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22

“I burn for no reason, like a lantern in daylight,” writes poet Joseph Lease. I think that’s a succinct formulation of one of your central issues, Leo. Burning for no reason, like a lantern in the daylight, can be the cause of either failure or success for you, depending on subtle differences of emphasis. This is how it can be failure: When you’re mindlessly and wastefully burning through your prodigious reserves of fuel without any concern for the benefits it may provide you and others. This is how it can be success: When you are exuberant and self-disciplined in shining your light and radiating your warmth just because it feels so good and so right and so healthy, and without any thought about whether it’s “useful” to anyone.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22

In one of his short poems, John Averill (twitter.com/wiremesa) describes a scene that I think captures the essence of your current astrological omens: “Today is the day of the photo of moonrise over Havana in a book on a shelf in the snowbound cabin.” Here’s a clue about what it means: The snowbound cabin is where you are right now in your life. The moonrise over Havana is where you could be early in 2010. How do you get there from here?

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22

An estuary is a bay where the salt water of a sea mixes with the fresh water of rivers. These days you remind me of such a place. You are two-toned, Libra. You’re dual-purpose and double-tracked. You’re a hybrid blend of the yes and the no, the give and the take, the extravagant and the traditional. And somehow this has been working out pretty well for you. You’re not so much a dysfunctional contradiction as an interesting juxtaposition. You’re not being crushed by a squeeze of opposites so much as you’re getting massaged by the oscillating throbs of complementary influences. Keep doing what you’ve been doing, only more so.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21

Big shiny egos with flashy tricks may be mucking around in everyone’s business, calling narcissistic attention to themselves as they pretend to do noble deeds. Meanwhile, I hope you’ll be doing the hard, detailed work that must be done to serve the greater good -- quietly and unpretentiously improving people’s lives without demanding major tribute. That approach will stir up some sleek, silky karma that will come in handy when you undertake the building of your masterpiece in 2010.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21

“Dear Rob: I love to be proven wrong. That’s not an ironic statement. I actually get excited and feel creative when I acquire new information that shows me I’ve been operating under

a misunderstanding. One of my very favorite life moments occurs when I am convincingly liberated from a negative opinion I’ve been harboring about someone. As you can tell, I’m quite proud of this quality. The way I see it, emotional wealth and psychological health involve having so much self-respect that I don’t need to be right all the time. -Sagittarian Freedom Fighter.” Dear Freedom Fighter: Thanks for your testimony. The capacity you described is one that many Sagittarians will be poised to expand in 2010. And this is an excellent week for them to start getting the hang of it.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19

In an early version of the tale of Pinocchio, friendly woodpeckers chiseled his nose back to its original size after it had grown enormous from his incorrigible lying. From a metaphorical perspective, Capricorn, a comparable development may soon occur in your own life. A benevolent (if somewhat rough) intervention akin to the woodpeckers’ assistance will shrink an overgrown, top-heavy part of your attitude, allowing you to proceed to the next chapter of your story with streamlined grace.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18

“There is light enough for those who wish to see,” wrote French philosopher Blaise Pascal, “and darkness enough for those of the opposite disposition.” I’m hoping you will align yourself with the first group in the coming week, Aquarius. More than ever before, what you choose to focus on will come rushing in to meet you, touch you, teach you, and prompt you to respond. Even if all the smart people you know seem to be drunk on the darkness, I encourage you to be a brave rebel who insists on equal time for the light.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20

White dwarfs are small and extremely dense stars. They’re typically no bigger than the Earth but as heavy as the sun. You currently have a resemblance to one of those concentrated balls of pure intensity. I have rarely seen you offering so much bang for the buck. You are as flavorful as chocolate mousse, as piercing as the scent of eucalyptus, as lustrous as a fireworks display on a moonless night. Personally, I’m quite attracted to your saucy and zesty emanations, and I think most people with strong egos will be. But some underachievers with lower self-esteem may regard you as being more like astringent medicine. My advice: Gravitate toward those who like you to be powerful. Homework: Meditate on the difference between your fearful fantasies and your accurate intuitions. For inspiration, listen to my free podcast at http://bit.ly/unqAj. © Copyright 2009 Rob Brezsny

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• Through MO (1/4) - An exhibit by the members of this fine photography group will be held at Deerpark on the Biltmore Estate. Grand Bohemian Gallery Located at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Biltmore Village, 11 Boston Way. Info: www.bohemianhotelasheville.com or 505-2949. • Through SU (12/27) - An exhibition of landscapes of the N.C. mountains as well as scenes of the French countryside by renowned French painter Jean Claude Roy will be on display. Natural Color Diamond Trunk Show • TH (12/3), 5-7pm Opening and champagne reception. Diamond jewelry and winning pieces from the Rio Tinto’s Design Competition will be on display at Wick and Greene, 121 Patton Ave. The exhibition will be open for viewing Dec. 2-6. Info: www. wickandgreene.com or 253-1805. Transylvania Heritage Museum Located at 40 W. Jordan St., Brevard. Info: 884-2347 or www.transylvaniaheritage.org. • Through SA (12/19) - An exhibit of 50 vintage aluminum trees from The Aluminum Tree & Aesthetically Challenged Seasonal Ornament Museum & Research Center (ATOM) will be on display. Free, but suggested donation of $5/$2 kids. Proceeds benefit the THM. Info: 884-5304.

Classes, Meetings & Arts-Related Events Attention Artists and Photographers! (pd.) Need your work Captured, Reproduced, or Printed? Digital Resolutions Group specializes in highquality large format digital photography, outstanding fine art reproduction and printing. (828) 670-5257 or visit www.ashevilledigital. com Asheville Art Museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Admission: $6/$5 students and seniors/ Free for kids under 4. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: 253-3227 or www.ashevilleart.org. • FR (12/4), Noon-1pm - Art Break: Docent-led tour of Cherokee Carvers: Tradition Renewed. • TU (12/8), 3-5pm - Discussion Bound: The monthly reading group will discuss Collections of

Nothing by William Davies King. Asheville NC Homecrafts • FRIDAYS, 5:30-7pm - Sit and Knit at the Grove Arcade, 1 Page Ave., Suite 134. Info: 350-7556 or ashevillehomecrafts@aol. com. Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center The center is located at 56 Broadway, and preserves the legacy of the Black Mountain College through permanent collections, educational activities and public programs. Info: 350-8484, bmcmac@bellsouth.net or www.blackmountaincollege.org. • TH (12/3), 7:30pm - “Stan Vanderbeek: Avant-garde Filmmaker & Teacher.” Johanna Vanderbeek will present and discuss the films of her late husband, who made films in the ‘50s and ‘60s. $7/$5 for members and students. Courtyard Gallery An eclectic art and performance space located at 9 Walnut St. in downtown Asheville. Info: 273-3332 or www.ashevillecourtyard. com. • SUNDAYS, 7-10pm - Free Open Studio Night. Bring sketchbooks, canvas, easel, drawing board and art supplies. Work in the medium of your choice in a relaxed setting. Still life and occasional portrait modeling. Free coffee and tea. Info: 707-1859. Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Classes are held at the studio, 999 W. Old Rt. 70, Black Mountain. Info: svfal. info@gmail.com or www. svfal.org. • THURSDAYS, Noon-3pm - Experimental Art Group. Experimental learning and sharing water-media techniques and collage. $20 for four sessions or $6/session. • MONDAYS, Noon-3pm - Open studio for portrait painting. Small fee for model. Toe River Arts Council The TRAC Center Gallery is at 269 Oak Ave. in Spruce Pine. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm. The Burnsville TRAC Gallery is at 102 W. Main St. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Spruce Pine info: 765-0520. Burnsville info: 682-7215. General info: www.toeriverarts.org. • FR (12/4), Noon-4pm, SA (12/5) & SU (12/6), 10am-5pm - Toe River Studio Tour, featuring more than 100 studios and galleries in Burnsville, Spruce Pine, Bakersville and Little

Switzerland. Maps available at both TRAC galleries. • FR (12/4), 5-8pm - A meet-the-artists of the Toe River Studio Tour reception at TRAC Center Gallery, where an exhibit of participants’ work will be on display.

Art/Craft Fairs Arts Council of Henderson County D. Samuel Neill Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 1-5pm and Sat., 1-4pm. Located at 538 N. Main St., 2nd Floor, Hendersonville. Info: 6938504 or www.acofhc.org. • Through SA (12/19) - Holiday Artists Market, featuring the work of local artists and crafters. Enka High’s Annual Craft Fair • SA (12/5), 9am-3pm - Enka High School’s Occupational Course of Study will hold its 22nd annual craft fair at Enka High. More than 30 crafters will be on hand with a variety of items. Free admission. Info: 670-5000. Harvest House Annual Holiday Craft Sale • SA (12/5), 9am-2pm - The sale will be held at Harvest House Community Center, 205 Kenilworth Rd., Asheville. All crafts are handmade by members of the Harvest House. Coffee and snacks will be available. Info: 350-2051. Kenilworth Holiday Art Market • SA (12/5), Noon-5pm Kenilworth Inn Apartments, 60 Caledonia Rd., will host the Kenilworth Artists Association Holiday Art Market. Twelve neighborhood artists will showcase their work in a variety of media. Info: 253-4325. Leicester Artists Holiday Arts & Crafts Show • SA (12/5), 9am-4pm - Leicester Artists Holiday Arts and Crafts Show will be held at the Springs at Asheville clubhouse on Leicester Hwy. (63), approximately 4 miles northwest of the intersection with Patton Ave. Info: cometoleicester.com. Loaves & Fishes Alternative Gift Market • SU (12/6), 12:15-2pm - Make a difference this holiday season by purchasing gifts that assist local and international nonprofits. The market will be held in the Gardner Fellowship Hall, 40 Church St., Asheville. For a list of agencies: www. fpcasheville.org. Info: 2531431. Rugby Craft Fair

• SA (12/5), 9am-3pm - More than 100 crafters from around the Southeast will fill the Rugby Middle School campus, 3345 Haywood Rd. in Hendersonville. Free admission; free parking. Children can make crafts to take home in the free children’s craft room. Info: rugbyfair@yahoo.com. The Big Crafty • SU (12/6), Noon-6pm - Hosted by the Asheville Art Museum in Pack Place. This juried independent craft fair features more than 100 artists and crafters working in a range of media. Info: www.ashevilleart.org or www.thebigcrafty.com. Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 South Caldwell St. in Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4 pm. Info: 884-2787 or www.artsofbrevard.org. • Through FR (12/18) - Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Sale.

Spoken & Written Word Arts Council of Henderson County D. Samuel Neill Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 1-5pm and Sat., 1-4pm. Located at 538 N. Main St., 2nd Floor, Hendersonville. Info: 6938504 or www.acofhc.org. • FR (12/4), 6pm - Reading and signing of the book Pennies From Heaven by Samuel J. Elliott, a 20082009 Regional Arts Grant recipient. Asheville Art Museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Admission: $6/$5 students and seniors/ Free for kids under 4. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: 253-3227 or www.ashevilleart.org. • TU (12/8), 3-5pm - Book Club: Collections of Nothing by William Davies King. All interested readers are invited. Asheville Hanukah Book Fair • SU (12/6) through SU (12/13) - Maccabi Academy presents the 2009 Holiday Book Fair at Barnes & Noble, 33 Town Square Blvd., Biltmore Park. Children’s Hanukah books, story time for young children, holiday gift wrapping and much more. Info: 254-5660. Black Mountain Books Located at 103 Cherry St., in Black Mountain. Info: 669-8149.

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• FR (12/4) 6-8:30pm - Don King will discuss and sign copies of his book Out of My Bone: The Letters of Joy Davidman. Buncombe County Public Libraries LIBRARY ABBRVIATIONS - Each Library event is marked by the following location abbreviations: n BM = Black Mountain Library (105 N. Dougherty St., 250-4756) n EA = East Asheville Library (902 Tunnel Road, 250-4738) n FV = Fairview Library (1 Taylor Road, 250-6484) n LE = Leicester Library (1561 Alexander Road, 250-6480) n SS = Skyland/South Buncombe Library (260 Overlook Road, 250-6488) n SW = Swannanoa Library (101 West Charleston Street, 2506486) n WV = Weaverville Library (41 N. Main Street, 250-6482) • WE (12/2), 11am - Book Club: Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. WV —— 57pm - Library Knitters meet. SW —- 6-8pm - Library Knitters meet. SS. • TH (12/3), 6:30pm - Book Club: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski. EA —- 7pm - Book Club: The Awakening by Kate Chopin. BM. • FR (12/4), 7pm - A Dickens Tale will be performed by Bright Star Children’s Theater. Holiday fun for children of all ages. SS. • SA (12/5), 10am-3pm - Used Book Sale. Fill a box with books for $5. All proceeds benefit Friends of the Weaverville Library. WV —11am-Noon - A Christmas ornament workshop for kids will be held. LE. • TU (12/8), 6:30pm - Bilingual Bedtime Stories: Read stories, learn rhymes and sing songs in English and in Spanish. For children and parents. WV. • TH (12/10), 1pm - Book Club: The Translator, A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur by Daoud Hari. FV —- 6:30pm - Knitting night. EA —- 7pm - Book Club: Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry. SW. Events at Malaprop’s The bookstore and cafe at 55 Haywood St. hosts visiting authors for talks and book signings. Info: 2546734 or www.malaprops. com. • FR (12/4) - Book signings: 4pm - Sallie Bissell —- 5pm - Vicki Lane —-

6pm - Dale Wayne Slusser —- 7pm - Dale Neal. • SA (12/5) - Book signings: 2pm - Sarah Addison Allen —- 3pm - Patti Digh and Jeff Vandermeer —5pm - Joanne Mauldin —6pm - Rick Chess —- 7pm - Catherine Reid. • SU (12/6), 1pm - Book signing with Liesel Appel —- 3pm - Poetrio. A poetry reading featuring authors Kathryn Stripling Byer and Cecilia Woloch and Julia Nunnally Duncan. • MO (12/7), 7pm - Bridging Differences Bookclub: Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin. • TU (12/8), 5:30pm - Dave Kliegman, a representative from the publisher Penguin Group, will present some of his recommendations for book clubs. Wine and cheese. For Accomplished Asheville Writers Seeking other serious writers for critique group. Mostly fiction and nonfiction. Info: 658-8217. • Alternate THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Group meets. Haywood County Public Library System The main branch is located at 678 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. The county system includes branches in Canton, Maggie Valley, Fines Creek and Cruso. Info: 452-5169 or www. haywoodlibrary.org. • WEDNESDAYS, 1:30pm - Ready 4 Learning. A story time designed for 4 and 5-year-olds with a focus on kindergarten readiness. This story time runs Sept.-May. • THURSDAYS, 11am - Movers & Shakers. This story time for active 2-3 year olds incorporates dance, physical activity, songs and age-appropriate books. • TUESDAYS, 11am - Family story time at the Fines Creek Branch Library. We will read books, tell stories, learn songs and finger plays, and do a simple craft. Info: 627-0146. • TUESDAYS, 11:15am - Family story time for children of all ages at the Canton Branch Library. We will read books, listen to songs, and learn finger plays. Info: 648-2924. Meet the Author Events Author William A. Hart Jr. has hiked, fished, and camped in the Smokey Mountains National Park for more than 40 years. He will share stories and read from his book 3,000 Miles in the Great Smokies at various

locations in WNC. Free. Info: www.historypress.net. • TU (12/8), 7pm - Reading at Diamond Brand Outdoors, 2623 Hendersonville Road, in Arden. Info: 684-6262. Tuesday Morning Poems • TUESDAYS, 8:30-8:50am - Meditation —- 8:509:20am - Poetry reading. Introduce meditation and poetry into your week. Plus, Laura Hope-Gill will read selections from The Soul Tree. Held at 84 N. Lexington Ave. $5 suggested donation for Wordfest. Info: www.writemindinstitute.com. Writers’ Workshop Events WW offers a variety of classes and events for beginning and experienced writers. Info: 254-8111 or www.twwoa.org. • Through WE (12/30) - Deadline for the “Fantasy & Science Fiction Contest.” $5 reading fee. • SA (12/5), 11am-5pm - “Getting Published,” with Laine Cunningham.

Food From the Ground to the Plate • SA (12/5), 1-5pm - The second annual Food Security Forum, focusing on race, health and privilege, will be held at Hall Fletcher Elementary School, 60 Ridgelawn Road. Speakers confront food security issues such as improving low-income people’s access to fresh produce and food. Refreshments provided. Free. Info: foodsecurityforum@gmail.com.

Music African Drumming With Billy Zanski at Skinny Beats Drum Shop, 4 Eagle St., downtown Asheville. Drums provided. No experience necessary. Suggested donation $10 per class. Drop-ins welcome. Info: 768-2826. • WEDNESDAYS, 6-7pm - Beginners. • SUNDAYS, 1-2pm - Intermediates —- 2-3pm - Beginners. An Evening of Strings • TU (12/8), 7pm - Benefit concert featuring internationally acclaimed Celtic violinist Jamie Laval, a classical quartet, The Breakdown Boys, and the Erwin and T.C. Roberson string ensembles at Erwin High School’s auditorium. $5 donation at the door. Proceeds will go to the Erwin Strings program.

Asheville City Holiday Market Held at Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Info: mike@asapconnections. org or 348-0340. • SA (12/5), 10am-2pm - Support local farmers and enjoy live music by Sherri Lynn & Mountain Friends and by the Evergreen Community Charter School Marimba Band. Black Mountain Drum Circle • SATURDAY, 7-11pm - Held at Ja-Vin, 115 Black Mountain Ave. All ages and skill levels welcome. A one-hour beginners class will be followed by an open circle. Free. Brass Town Ringers at First Christian Church (D.O.C.) • SU (12/6), 6:30-7:30pm - Renowned bell choir to give a free concert at First Christian Church, 470 Enka Lake Rd., Candler. This new congregation is open and loving. Info: www.ashevillefcc.org or 665-9499. Brass Town Ringers Bell Choir • SU (12/6), 6:30-7:30pm - The nationally acclaimed Brass Town Ringers Bell Choir will perform Christmas music at the First Christian Church, 470 Enka Lake Road in Candler. Free and open to the public. Concerts at Blue Ridge Community College Performances are held in this Flat Rock college’s Patton Auditorium unless otherwise stated. Info: 694-1743. • SA (12/5), 7:30pm - A “Celebrate the Season” concert will be performed in Thomas Auditorium. Refreshments and a reception will follow. Free. Country, Bluegrass and More • 1st & 3rd SATURDAYS, 7pm-until - At the Woodfin Community Center. Alcohol and smoke-free, familyfriendly. Free admission. Snack bar available. Bands welcome. Info: 505-4786. First Friday Music Series A free series of concerts presented by the Grove Arcade and the Merchants Association of Downtown Asheville featuring local musicians. The concerts take place in the Grove Arcade, 1 Page Ave. Info: 252-7799 or www.grovearcade.com. • FR (12/4), 5-8pm - Chris Rhodes will perform a mix of jazz and R&B standards. Plus, hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer. Haywood Community Chorus Membership is open to all interested singers; no auditions are required.


Sponsored in part by The Junaluskans and the Haywood County Arts Council. Info: 452-4075 or 456-1020. • MONDAYS, 7pm Rehearsal at First United Methodist Church, 566 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. Hendersonville Community Band Info: 696-2118 or www. hcbmusic.com. • SU (12/6), 3pm - Tis The Season, a concert of holiday music, will be performed at Blue Ridge Community College’s Blue Ridge Conference Hall, 180 W. Campus Dr., Flat Rock. $10/Free for students. Music at Mars Hill College Info: 689-1239 or www. mhc.edu. • TH (12/3), 7:30pm - A voice recital featuring Stephen Darnell will be held in Broyhill Chapel. • FR (12/4), 7:30pm - The Mars Hill music department presents a “Holiday Concert” in Moore Auditorium. Music at UNCA Concerts are held in Lipinsky Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Tickets & info: 232-5000. • TH (12/3), 8pm - The UNCA Electronic Music Ensemble will perform orig-

inal scores featuring Moog Synthesizers, theremins and electronica. Plus, the threepiece band Agobi Project will perform. $7. Partial proceeds benefit the music department. Music Events at Montreat College Info: 669-8012. • SA (12/5), 7pm - The Montreat College music department presents their annual Christmas Concert in Gaither Chapel. Free. Musical Events at Jubilee! Located at 46 Wall St., downtown Asheville. Info: www.jubileecommunity.org. • FR (12/4), 7:30pm - Kristin Luna Ray will be joined by renowned musicians River Guerguerian, Chris Rosser and Alvin Young for a CD release party in honor of her album, “Where Heaven Meets the Earth.” $10/$20 includes a CD. Info: www. KristinLunaRay.com. Tryon Fine Arts Center The gallery is at 34 Melrose Ave. in Tryon. Open Mon.-Fri., 9am-Noon & 1:30-4pm; Sat., 9am-1pm. Info: 859-8322 or www. tryonarts.org • TH (12/3), 7:30pm - If you love Handel’s Messiah and want to sing it again, join Jan Impey and Pam

McNeil on the Veh Family Stage. Singing of the Hallelujah Chorus will follow. All are welcome to sing or listen. Free.

Theater Asheville Community Theatre All performances are at 35 East Walnut St. Info & reservations: 254-1320 or www.ashevilletheatre.org. • Through SU (12/6) - The Hallelujah Girls, a joyful comedy about the feisty women of Eden Falls, will be performed. Fri. and Sat., 7:30pm with Sun. matinees at 2:30pm. Blue Ridge Performing Arts Center Located at 538 N. Main St. in Hendersonville. Info: 693-0087 or www.BRPAC. org. • Through SU (12/6) - The Gian-Carlo Menotti Christmas Musical: Amahl And The Night Visitors, produced by the Absolute Theatre Company, will be performed. Thurs.-Sat., 7:30pm, and Sun., 3:30pm. $15. Flat Rock Playhouse The State Theater of North Carolina is on Hwy. 225, 3 miles south of Hendersonville. Info: 693-

0731 or www.flatrockplayhouse.org. • WE (12/2) through SU (12/20) - World premiere of the holiday musical It Happened One Christmas, starring Tony Award-winning Broadway actor Jarrod Emick, will be performed. $26, with discounts available. Wed.-Sat., 7:15pm, with Wed.-Sun. matinees at 2:15pm. Hendersonville Little Theatre Located at the Barn on State St., between Kanuga and Willow Roads in Hendersonville. $14/$8 or $18/$10 for musicals. Info: 692-1082 or www.hendersonvillelittletheatre.org. • FRIDAYS (11/20) through SUNDAYS (12/6) - The Lion in Winter, a fictional account of the war of words waged between King Henry II and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine. Fri. and Sat., 8:30pm with Sun. matinees at 2 pm. Montford Park Players Unless otherwise noted, performances are free and take place outdoors Fri.Sun. at 7:30 p.m. at Hazel Robinson Amphitheater in Montford. Bring folding chair and umbrella in case of rain. Donations accepted. Info: 254-5146 or www. montfordparkplayers.org.

• THURSDAYS (12/3) through SUNDAYS (12/13) - The 33rd annual presentation of A Christmas Carol will be performed at the Asheville Arts Center, 308 Merrimon Ave. Shows begin at 7:30pm with a Sun. matinee on Dec. 6. $12/$8 students and seniors/$6 children. NC Stage Company Performances are at 33 Haywood St. (entrance on Walnut St., across from Zambra’s, in downtown Asheville). Info: 239-0263 or www.ncstage.org. • Through SU (12/20) - Live From WVL Radio Theatre: It’s a Wonderful Life will be performed. Rediscover this classic story of friendship, love and sacrifice. Thur.-Sat., 7:30pm and Sun., 2pm. $8-$20. Performances at the Parkway Playhouse The historic Parkway Playhouse is located at 202 Green Mountain Dr. (just north of the downtown square) in Burnsville. Tickets & info: 682-4285 or www.parkwayplayhouse. com. • TH (12/10) & FR (12/11) - The family-friendly holiday comedy, The Best Christmas Pagent Ever

will be performed at the Carolina Theatre in Spruce Pine. See Web site for ticket information. Warren Wilson Theater Performances are held in Kittredge Theater on the Warren Wilson College campus. Tickets & info: 771-3040 or www.warrenwilson.edu/~theatre. • TH (12/10) through SA (12/12), 8pm & SU (12/13), 2pm - The musical comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum will be performed. $5 seniors, Warren Wilson alumni & staff/$10 general admission/Free for students.

Comedy LYLAS Sketch Comedy Asheville’s first and only all-female sketch comedy group. Info: www.lylas.org. • WE (12/2) through SA (12/5), 7:30pm - Maybe She’s Born With It ... Maybe It’s LYLAS will be performed at 35below at Asheville Community Theatre. $12. Tickets: www.ashevilletheatre.org or 254-1320. • FR (12/4) & SA (12/5), 10pm - Late-night show: Oh No She Didn’t! will be

performed at 35below. For mature audiences. $15.

Film Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 2558115 or www.firestormcafe.com. • TH (12/3), 5pm Screening of The Obama Deception. A film by Alex Jones. Movies at the Asheville Art Museum Located at 2 S. Pack Square. Showings are free with membership or museum admission. Info: 253-3227 or www.ashevilleart.org. • SA & SU (12/5 & 6), 2pm - Screenings of Last of the Mohicans (1992).

Dance Asheville Ballroom & Dance Centre • Learn to Dance! (pd.) Groups and Privates available. For more information call (828) 274-8320. www.ashevilleballroom. com Argentine Tango Dancers of all levels welcome. Info: www.tangoasheville.com. • 1st & 3rd SATURDAYS, 7:30-10pm - Argentine

Tango Milongas (Social Dance) at Filo Pastries, 1155 Tunnel Rd. $5 for members/$6 for nonmembers. • 1st SUNDAYS, 7-10pm Argentine Tango Practica at Asheville Arts Center, 308 Merrimon Ave. $5 for members/$6 for non-members. Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre Performances are held at BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St., Asheville. Info & tickets: 254-2621. • FR (12/4) & SA (12/5), 8pm - Travelogue: Dances of our Migration will be performed at Diana Wortham Theatre. $25/$20 students and seniors. The Saturday night performance will feature an international food and drink sampling. Info: 254-2621. Asheville Jewish Community Center Events The JCC is located at 236 Charlotte St., Asheville. Info: 253-0701. • WEDNESDAYS, 7-8pm - Beginning folk dance lessons. Families especially welcome —- 8-9:30pm Not-so-beginning folk dance lessons. Led by instructor Erik Bendix and other guest teachers. $4 members/$6 public. Info: erikbendix@ hotmail.com or 450-1670.

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Donation Classes at Asheville Dance Revolution Sponsored by The Cultural Development Group. At 63 Brook St. Info: 277-6777 or ashevilledancerevolution@ gmail.com. • TUESDAYS, 8-9:15pm - Beginning/Intermediate Adult Jazz. • FRIDAYS, 4-5pm - Boys Dance Combo Class. This is for boys interested in dance. The class touches on all styles of dance for the male dancer —- 67:30pm - African dance with Sarah Yancey featuring live drumming. Open to all. $14. English Country & American Dance Dance to live music with a caller. A mixture of English Country and American dances that include vintage contras, sicilian circles, New England squares,

circle mixers and waltzes. No partner necessary. Comfortable shoes and clothing. Beginners welcome. $6. Info: 230-8449. • 1st & 3rd SUNDAYS, 3-5:30pm - Dance at the Asheville Arts Center, 308 Merrimon Ave. Hunab Kru Dance Studio The studio is devoted to the art commonly known as break dancing. Located at 4 Business Park Circle, Arden. Info: 215-3159 or bboyeducator@gmail.com. • MONDAYS through SUNDAYS - B-boy and bgirl classes will be offered throughout the week for children ages 5-9, ages 10 and up, and for adults. $15 for drop-in classes/$5 open floor sessions. Info: 654-7890. Morris Dancing Learn English traditional Morris dances and become

a member of one of three local teams as a dancer or musician. Music instruction provided to experienced musicians. Free. Info: 994-2094 or www.ashevillemorris.us. • MONDAYS, 5:30pm - Women’s Garland practice held at Reid Center for Creative Art. Southern Lights SDC A nonprofit square-dance club. Square dancing is friendship set to music. Info: 625-9969 or 6984530. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Class in Western-style square dancing at the Stoney Mountain Activity Center in Hendersonville. • SA (12/5) - “Toys for Tots” dance. Members are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy. Guests will get 1 free admission for each toy. 6pm - Early

advanced dance —- 7pm Early rounds —- 7:30pm Squares and rounds. At the Whitmire Activity Center, Hendersonville. Studio Zahiya Classes Classes are held at Studio Zahiya, 41 Carolina Lane. $12 drop-in. $40 for four classes, with other discounts available. Info: 242-7595 or LisaZahiya@ gmail.com. • THURSDAYS, 5:306:30pm - Beginner belly dance for youth ages 12-16 —- 6:30-7:30pm - Bhangra! East Indian highenergy dance. • SATURDAYS, 1011:15am - Intro to Odissi classical Indian dance classes with Sara Sathya. $13 drop-in. • MONDAYS, 6-7:15pm - Beginner foundations and fusions of Indian dance classes with Sara Sathya.

$13 drop-in. Info: 9897719 or SaraSathya@ gmail.com. • TUESDAYS, 6-7pm - Beginner belly dance —- 7:10-8:10pm - Drills and skills.

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

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All performances are at 35 East Walnut St. Info & reservations: 254-1320 or www.ashevilletheatre.org. • SU (12/6) & MO (12/7), 7-9pm - Auditions will be held for Short Order Durang, one-acts and short skits written by Christopher Durang. Seeking three men and three women between the ages of 18 and 45. Production dates: Feb. 4-27. Auditions for Just Home in the Mountains • MO (12/7), 3-5:30pm; TU (12/8), 6:30-8:30pm Auditions will be held at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St., Asheville. • WE (12/9), 7-8:30pm Auditions will be held at the Haywood Street Campus of Central United Methodist Church, 297 Haywood St., Asheville. Info: 768-2456.

Call to Artists for Choice Art • SA (12/5), 7-9pm - Sponsored by Planned Parenthood Young Advocates, Choice Art will be held at Satellite Gallery, 55 Broadway St. Donated art needed for auction. All mediums accepted for review. Info: ppofasheville@pphsinc.org. Call to Artists for Flat Rock Playhouse Craft Show • Through SA (1/30) - Artist application deadline for the first Flat Rock Playhouse Craft Show to be held in May. A juried show of fine, contemporary craft. $20 jury fee. Applications can be downloaded at www.flatrockplayhouse.org Join Fletcher’s Christmas Parade • Through FR (12/4) - Be a part of Fletcher’s 21st annual Christmas Parade on Dec. 12. This year’s theme:

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• Robert and Roberta Masters of Prior Lake, Minn., were arrested in October and charged in connection with a series of mailbox explosions over the summer, which police say were carried out by seven teenagers who’d been supplied by the couple. Police said Robert Masters bought black powder for the kids and said it “would be a good educational tool for the kids to build pipe bombs.” Roberta Masters allegedly encouraged the teens to learn on the Internet how to make pipe bombs, because it would be “constructive” (but she said she had told them to be careful).

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• In April, Richard Huether, the manager of the HoneyBaked Ham outlet in Cary, N.C., was shot in the stomach during a store robbery and was hospitalized, with workers’ compensation and his employee health benefits paying his medical bills. But in September, when his workers’ compensation expired (and he was still at least three months away from returning to work), HoneyBaked fired Huether, forcing him to begin paying 100 percent of his insurance premiums and making subsequent insurance prohibitively expensive because of his new “pre-existing condition.” Company representative Maggie DeCan told WRAL-TV that the firing was for Huether’s

own good, because it would clear the way for him to receive Social Security disability payments. “We couldn’t feel any worse for Rich,” said DeCan, “and we would do anything we could for him” -- except, apparently, keep him on the payroll. • Those Pesky Overhead Costs! (1) The price of gasoline for U.S. troops in Afghanistan is about $400 per gallon, according to a U.S. House subcommittee in October, citing Pentagon officials (factoring in the security necessary to bring fuel through Pakistan). (2) Patient Jim Bujalski complained to St. Anthony’s Central Hospital in Littleton, Colo., in September about the cost of his prescription tablets, which he was forced to buy from the hospital because it administers only drugs under its control. The Plavix were $248 apiece (he pays $8 at home), and his Crestor ($3 at home) was $65. The medications were part of his $58,000 one-day hospital stay.

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• Nurses treating patients with self-cutting disorders should help them in their efforts, according to an October advisory from Britain’s Royal College of Nursing. “Assisted self-harming” should be considered part of nursing-care plans, the advisory states, and patients will benefit from having skilled professionals to supply sterile blades and quickly stanch blood and dress wounds.

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• In Ogden, Utah, in October, Adam Manning, 30, accompanied his pregnant girlfriend to the McKay-Dee Hospital emergency room as she was going into labor. According to witnesses, Manning began flirting with a nurse attending to the girlfriend, complimenting the nurse on her looks and giving her neck rubs. But after Manning allegedly groped the nurse’s breast, she called for security and Manning was arrested, thus missing the birth of his child.

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• After James Cedar admitted to police that he’d peeped into his Toronto neighbor’s window at night, the victim, Patricia Marshall, installed a video camera to discourage such behavior. But when all parties reported to court in September to resolve the case, Cedar’s lawyer served legal papers on Marshall, threatening to sue her over the camera, which Cedar said could capture images through his windows and thus invade his privacy.

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When police in Brimfield, Ohio, stopped Jaime Aguirre, 42, for a traffic violation in October, they found some conventional photos of nude and near-nude women, as well as a stash of X-rays and mammograms (presumably from Aguirre’s job as a technician at an imaging center). The Brimfield police chief said he believed Aguirre used the stash for sexual gratification, and since some of the X-rays and mammograms were of girls under the age of 18, Aguirre was charged with possession of child pornography.

Least-competent criminals

Oops! (1) Three men and a woman from Atlantic City, N.J., were arrested in August and charged with robbing the Artisans Bank in Bear, Del. Their escape after the robbery had been delayed when they accidentally left the keys to the getaway car in the bank. (2) Andrew Burwitz, 20, was arrested in Appleton, Wis., in November and charged with drive-by shootings into two residences. No one was hit, and the only major damage was inflicted on Burwitz’s car -- because he fired the first shot before remembering to roll down the window.

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How to survive the holidays with kids—and not get smushed flat as an opossum That 18-wheeler barreling down the mountainside at us, with no runaway truck ramp in sight, is another holiday season. Let’s just hope the truck is loaded with Christmas trees. Every year, I over schedule, overdo and overtire myself prepping for the holidays — despite my best intentions to relax and enjoy the time with my kids — especially while they still believe in magic. Here are my plans for stopping (or at least slowing down) that big-ass truck this season: 1. No over scheduling. Holidays are rife with events, parties and playtime. But kids and parents need down time. I’m a huge fan of pajama days. My boy would wear nothing else if I let him. I let him play outside and even accompany me on errands in his jammies. Why not? We live in Asheville, and no one really cares what my kids wear as long as they’re decent (another good reason to call this town home). 2. No under scheduling. On the other hand, being stuck at home with kids staring at me like Bassett Hounds and whining

about boredom can be murder to holiday spirit. So I’ll attempt to plan one or two activities or events per day — buffered by down time. One of those activities will include some kind of exercise — a hike, bike ride, or stroll around the WNC Nature Center. Because after a dose of fresh air and exercise, my two are much more likely to snuggle down with a book for an hour. More importantly, they might let me do the same. 3. Cook simple. This year, I plan to stick with easy-to-prepare family foods — no fancy multi-course meals that the kids won’t partake of anyway. If I have the time and energy, I might whip up something fun to eat for adult family and friends, but only if I feel moved to do so. And pizza boy can fix his own dinner if he refuses to eat regular chow. My foodie splurge for the holidays will be good beer for the adults and good hot chocolate for the kids. 4. Shop now. I hate to shop. I’m not sure how I did it before the advent of the Internet. My goal this year is to be organized, order ahead of time, and not be that dazed-looking person wander-

ing around the mall on Christmas Eve pawing through leftover Legos. I will buy local when possible. And I will wrap gifts before New Year’s Eve. Maybe. 5. Clean and clean out now. The annual toy, book and clothes purge will happen soon — before the tree goes up. Clutter interferes with feng shui, right? Though I’m not going to stress too much about this one. Especially since our toy clean out usually means moving stuff from the kids’ rooms to the basement. Then we have to navigate between tottering baskets of old toys, piles of used clothes and jam-packed recycling bins just to find a roll of toilet paper. At which point, I wonder how we accumulated so much crap and swear not to buy gifts for my kids ever again. But I do. Because, after all, it’s Christmas. These seem like reasonable goals, don’t they? Or at least possible ways to help me get to the side of the road before that truck flies by. We’ll see whether or not I survive holiday season ‘09 or get smushed flat as an opossum. X

Anne Fitten “Edgy Mama” Glenn writes about a number of subjects, including parenting, at www.edgymama.com. Parenting Calendar for December 2 - 10, 2009 Involve Your Partner In Your Child’s Birth • Empowered Birthing Classes (pd.) Increase confidence, learn hands-on tools, enjoy your birth! 828231-9227. Classes monthly: Wednesdays, 6p.m. $175. Next begins Jan. 13. www.AshevilleWomensWellness.com An Introduction to Foster Parenting • MO (12/7), 6-8pm - The event will be held at MAHEC, across from Mission Hospital. Free. RSVP: 775-2404 or erica.jourdan@buncombecounty.org. Letters From Santa • Through FR (12/4) - Little ones can receive a free personalized letter from Santa direct from the North Pole. Visit www.buncombecounty. org/parks and

look for the penguin link to the North Pole. Fill out the form and mail it to: BCPGR, 59 Woodfin Place, Asheville, 28801. Or fax it to: 250-6259. Info: 250-4260 or jay.nelson@buncombecounty.org. Maccabi Academy of Asheville Are you and your child ready for kindergarten? Maccabi Academy and the Shalom Preschool Program present a series of lunch and learn programs designed to help anxious parents. All sessions are free and will take place at the Jewish Community Center, 236 Charlotte Street. Bring a lunch. Info: 551-7005 or mherbert1@aol.com. • FR (12/4), 1pm - “Who’s In Charge?” Learn how to discipline your child with love and give them boundaries at the same time. Toddler Fun A free group that provides an opportunity for parents to have some structured fun with their toddlers including 45 minutes of songs, stories,

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The Asheville Mural Project has been transforming the concrete supports of the Interstate 240 overpass above Lexington Avenue into a vibrant painting, continues to need funding to finish the project. The nearly 6,000-squarefoot painting has already received more than $10,000 in support from the city of Asheville, a grant from the Chaddick Foundation and donations from local businesses. The mural project operates under the nonprofit Arts2People. Artists working on the project include Kurt Theasler, Steven Lister, Harper Leich, Molly Must, Ian Wilkinson, Trish Tripp and Melissa Glaze. The fundraising event will feature local bands Erika Jane, The Hillside Bombers, Pierce Edens and the Dirty Work, Josh Phillips and Debrissa McKinney and The Asheville Horns. It also features an art show and a silent auction. Admission is a sliding scale of $5 to $10.

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Benefits Calendar for December 2 - 10, 2009 Asheville Affiliates Fundraisers This group of young professionals holds fundraisers for nonprofits in Buncombe County. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, a raffle and a silent auction. Admission is $30 with RSVP/$35 at the door. Info: www.affiliatesofasheville.com. • TH (12/3), 7-11pm - Party like it’s 1999 at the Asheville Affiliates 10th anniversary celebration. At The Venue, 21 N. Market St. Music by Asheville Jazz Orchestra and ‘90s dance party. Proceeds will benefit The WNC AIDS Project and three other nonprofits randomly chosen that evening. Asheville GreenWorks

Our area’s Keep America Beautiful affiliate, working to clean and green the community through environmental volunteer projects. Info: 254-1776, info@ashevillegreenworks.org or www.ashevillegreenworks.org. • TH (12/3), 5-8pm - Artist’s holiday cocktail party and sale benefiting Asheville GreenWorks, featuring local artist Shelley Schenker. At Brixx Pizza, Biltmore Park. Food, drinks and art. The artist’s work can be viewed at www.magazinemosaics. com. Bands for Bounty Fundraiser • FR (12/4), 6-11pm - A musical fundraiser benefiting the Bounty of Bethlehem Community Dinner held at Cypress

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deductible and are available at the Henderson County Visitors Information Center. Info: 697-0208. CD Sale CD donations (and video games, DVDs, LPs) can be dropped off at Our VOICE, 44 Merrimon Ave., Mon.-Thurs., 9am-5pm. Info: 252-0562. • SA (12/5), 10am-4pm - The REACH committee of Arts2People and Our VOICE will host a CD sale at the Westgate EarthFare to benefit the “With Our Hands” art workshop series that is offered free of charge to people affected by sexual violence. $2/item; additional donations welcome. Choice Art • SA (12/5), 7-9pm - An art show to benefit Planned Parenthood’s Health Center in Asheville. Silent auction, raffle, music, beer, wine and light appetizers. At Satellite Gallery, 55 Broadway. $5 admission. Donated art still needed for the auction: lisa.bryan@pphsinc.org. Eblen-Kimmel Charities Info: 255-3066 or www.eblencharities.org. • WE (12/9), 5:30-7:30pm - Holiday party at Wild Wing Cafe, 161 Biltmore Ave., to help support the Saint Nicholas Project. Bring a toy, a “creative” gift or make a cash donation. Help for Hillcrest • FR (12/4) - Club 828, 64 N. Carter St. in downtown Asheville, will host a benefit for residents who suffered home loss or damage in the recent fires at Hillcrest Apartments. Club night with special live entertainment. Info: www.club828.com. Holiday Events at the Grove Arcade Info: www.grovearcade.com. • FR (12/4), 10am-8pm & SA (12/5), 10am-6pm - Holiday Market featuring antiques, clothing, jewelry, crafts and more. Held in Suite 101. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Western North Carolinians for Criminal Justice. Info: 252-7645. Mann * I * CANN Paint Project • SA (12/5), 6-9pm - Local celebrity Gypsy Hundley will be showing and selling her new exhibit Mann * I * CANN Paint Project at Delton & David’s Interiors, 225 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Painting raffle. Wine and apps. A portion of the proceeds will go to Bare it ALL for Breast Cancer. Info: 450-0609. Smoky Mountain Motorcycle Toy Run • SA (12/5), 10am - The 29th annual ride will begin on S. Charlotte St. and end at Parkway Harley-Davidson in Swannanoa. Bring a $10 unwrapped toy or $10 in cash. The event will include the annual chili cook-off. Proceeds will benefit Eblen-Kimmel Charities. Info: www.parkwayharley.com or 242-2848. The Fine Arts League of the Carolinas Located at 362 Depot St. in the River Arts District. Info: 2525050 or www.fineartsleague.org. • TH (12/3), 9pm - Benefit concert featuring live music performed by members of Town Mountain and the Trainwreks. Held at the Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. Plus, a silent auction and raffle. $10. Winter Gala Fundraiser • SA (12/5), 4pm-2am - The gala will be held at Pisgah Brewing Company in support of Arts2People’s Asheville Mural Project, Lexington Ave. Gateway Mural. Live music, including Erika Jane, The Hillside Bombers, Pierce Edens & The Dirty Work and many more, plus an art show, silent auction and food. $5-$10. Info: www.arts2people.org/amp.html.

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and it begins right outside our front doorstep — literally.” Adopt-A-Street volunteers are currently caring for 132 local roadways. For more information, call 254-1776, or e-mail volunteer@ashevillegreenworks.org.

The kids at Francine Delany School have been learning about water quality in hands-on fashion lately. The youngest ones got to pitch in with a recent Adopt-A-Stream project, while the eighth-graders got down and dirty: They dug out, prepped and planted a rain garden at their West Asheville school on Nov. 13. A few days later, a group of older teens and young adults from Asheville Green Opportunities worked on another rain garden. According to the folks at RiverLink, which coordinated the projects, a rain garden is a shallow depression that allows storm water to collect and soak into the ground. The plants and soil help break down pollutants washed off of impervious surfaces (such as the parking lot at Francine Delany). The result is cleaner water and a recharged ground-water system. These projects are a good example of grassroots organizations partnering with local schools, says RiverLink Director Karen Cragnolin. But they’re also part of a bigger effort: improving water quality in Hominy Creek. Grants from North Carolina’s Clean Water Management Trust Fund help the nonprofit group “educate, empower and inspire folks throughout the watershed about the French Broad River,” she notes. The streams in West Asheville Park and Malvern Hills Park flow directly into Hominy Creek and then the French Broad River, Cragnolin details. Ongoing stream-restoration work — aimed at fixing eroding stream banks, planting native species to improve habitat, and reducing storm-water pollution — is under way.

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Adopt-A-Street volunteers have already collected more than 1,684 bags of trash along Asheville roadways this year. Now Asheville GreenWorks, the city of Asheville and the state Department of Transportation are asking individuals, families, groups and businesses to pitch in and pick up some more. That means committing to at least six trash cleanups over the course of a year. And if you or your group or business want a sign recognizing your efforts, you have to sign on for a minimum of three years. After two cleanups, the city will provide the sign identifying you, your group or business. Asheville GreenWorks, a local nonprofit, will provide all needed supplies, including bags, vests, gloves, traffic-calming signs, first-aid kits and litter pickers. They’ll also coordinate with the city to ensure prompt pickup of the trash collected. Now more than a decade old, the program is limited to roads maintained by

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Asheville GreenWorks’ 2010 “Treasured Tree” calendar features 12 of the most beautiful trees around town in a postcard format, says Susan Roderick, the nonprofit’s director (and official “tree lady”). After enjoying the month’s “calendar girl” tree, you can tear it off and send it to a friend, she explains. It’s a nifty way to recycle. The $12 calendar, designed and photographed by Dana Irwin, includes Kenilworth resident John Cram’s yellowwood overlooking the lake, the Murray’s walnut trees near Thomas Wolfe’s historic writing cabin, and more. The calendar is available at local businesses including Mountain Made, Woolworth Walk, The Compleat Naturalist and Accent on Books. Barking up the right tree: Highland Craftsmen Inc., which manufactures bark siding and other “rustic indigenous products,” was recently recognized as a Green Innovator by the North Carolina Board of Science & Technology. The Spruce Pine-based company won the award, in part, for a job-training seminar it sponsored earlier this year on sustainable forestry and bark harvesting. “By localizing the supply chain with certified-local products, we are increasing the market share for local individuals, creating new jobs in high-unemployment areas, and retaining the flow of capital within local economies,” Highland owner Chris McCurry explains. The goal of the seminar was to link small landowners directly with organizations promoting sustainable forestry management. Gov. Bev Perdue, who presented the award at a recent state Energy Policy Council meeting, said: “Strong leadership and smart investments are essential to laying a foundation for North Carolina to create green jobs, support green innovation and promote a sustainable future for our state’s economy and environment. … Turning green into gold is a central part of my JobsNOW initiative and of my vision to grow North Carolina’s long-term economy.” To learn more about Highland Craftsmen Inc. and Bark House brand products, visit the Web site (www.BarkHouse.com). X Send your environmental news to mvwilliams@mountainx.com or call 251-1333, ext. 152.

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Members of the WNC Alliance and the public are invited to be agents of change for the environment. Info: 258-8737 or www.wnca.org. • 1st MONDAYS, 5pm - Meeting for Ashe, Avery and Watauga members and the public. Be agents of change for the Watauga River Watershed. Info: 963-8682. • 2nd TUESDAYS, 6:30 pm - Meeting for Buncombe County members and the public at the WNC Alliance office, 29 N. Market St., Ste. 610, Asheville. Info: 258-8737. WNC Green Building Council The nonprofit promotes environmentally sustainable and health conscious building practices through community education. Info: 254-1995, info@wncgbc.org or www.wncgbc.org. • TU (12/8), 1:30-4:30pm - HealthyBuilt Home Orientation Training. An introduction to the NC HealthyBuilt Homes Program, a statewide green builder program for residential building professionals administered by the WNC Green Building Council. $40 To register: http://www.wncgbc.org/events/calendarDetail.php?id=623

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Fletcher is just far enough away to feel like a long haul for a lazy, insular West Ashevillean like me, but I finally couldn’t resist the lure of its Blue Sky Café, a much-recommended venue whose tag line touts “creative family dining.” The decor is Gypsy Lite, all cloistered brightness and festive primary hues and silky-tailed kites

dripping charmingly from the ceiling. A pure pleasure for the parent’s harried brain, the menu — while packed with an impressive variety of options — is laid out as simply as a picture book, in categories including “Bodacious Burgers,” “Cosmic Chicken,” “Sensational Sandwiches,” “Wonderful Wraps” and such. A great variety of vegetarian options is offered; these are up-to-date but not overly boutique. Among them are a black-and-blue veggie burger (also available in meat), a chipotle tofu wrap, a hummus plate and fried mozzarella sticks — lightly breaded, thank you — with marinara. Owners Mark and Julianna Pletcher are watching out for recessionized family budgets. The prices play out as oh-yeah-now-this-looksright — i.e., around $2 to $5 less per item than stuff on similar menus in similar joints. You know the Pletchers must truly like kids — I can’t remember cinnamon applesauce, mini corndogs or “carrot sticks and dip” on the menu at too many other eateries. That said, I was disappointed by Blue Sky’s “kids’ area.” On the restaurant’s Web site, it appears as a whole table in a cleared-out space of its own. In reality, it was a mere shelf with a bucket of Mr. Potato Heads, squeezed uncomfortably close to an occupied booth. My kid showed zero interest in it, and instead tried to divest the ceiling of one of its kites. (Apparently there’s a “playhouse” on the screened-in porch, though that section was too crowded to explore when we were there — on a weeknight.) Still, with an expanded indoor kids’ area for the preschool set, this already popular destination would be just the thing. I’m reminded of the short-lived chain restaurant O’Naturals in


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“Nonny,” my son enjoys lounging about in the couch-furnished front room and organizing the endless pieces of the board games the pub offers to patrons, including Scrabble and Risk. But our favorite “found” family restaurant has to be Ruby’s BBQ Shack in East Asheville. Though some other BBQ joints get a lot of attention (President Obama visited 12 Bones), Ruby’s barbecue is still stunning, and the addition of a swing set in back — the fancy wooden kind with a mini climbing wall — is the ideal complement to this laissez-faire den of good food and good times. Before the days shortened, and still sometimes on sunny afternoons, we place our order, head out back with a toy dump truck in tow, and let our boy go. Near the swing set, there’s an empty horseshoe pit that doubles marvelously as a sandbox (or an imaginary construction site). Best by far, though, is the sweet little creek (Haw Creek, I’m guessing) that runs along the side of the building. One time, we took our plates away from an outdoor table and ate while sitting on the creek bank, watching our little one hop rocks. Thus freed from the constraints of indoor dining, he eventually came to sit beside us and docilely finished the macaroni-and-cheese that came charmingly served up in a fluted tortilla bowl. No one from the restaurant stopped us. That’s just how Ruby’s rolls. And us too. X Melanie McGee Bianchi is a stay-at-home mom and freelance journalist.

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arts&entertainment Girl talk

Atlanta band Girlyman plays Asheville’s N.C. Stage By Alli Marshall Angie Flynn-McIver discovered Atlanta-based trio Girlyman when a childhood friend contacted her through Facebook, and said something like, “If you’re not listening to Girlyman, then I don’t even know who you are.” Effective, if dramatic; of course Flynn-McIver, producing director of North Carolina Stage Company, is in the drama business. Thing is, Girlyman (whose album Flynn-McIver immediately bought and loved) is not in the drama business. Girlyman is a folk-pop band known for rich harmonies, touring with the Indigo Girls and challenging gender stereotypes. Still, after a Decatur, Ga. show, Flynn-McIver approached first singer/songwriter Nate Borofsky (he’s the one in the lipstick) and later the group’s booking agent, about setting up an Asheville date. “I told [the booking agent] I had a theater but I knew that probably wasn’t the type of venue where they usually performed,” Flynn-McIver recalls. “She emailed right back and said a 120seat theater is great. It just happened from there.” “We’ve been wanting to play in Asheville proper for awhile now,” Borofsky tells Xpress. Girlyman recently performed at Hendersonville’s Blue Ridge Performing Arts Center, but they’ve yet to have an Asheville show. As for odd venues — Borofsky says that he, along with band mates Doris Muramatsu (in the dress) and Tylan Greenstein (in the tie and vest), has played any number of unusual spaces, from acoustic music clubs to churches to house parties and “even a barn one time.” What matters more than the setting is the finely crafted sound, lush melodies, and thoughtful lyrics Girlyman brings to its audience. “Can the members of Girlyman read each other’s minds?” asks the band’s online bio. “Sometimes it seems so. Onstage they often finish one another’s sentences or burst into improvised three-part ditties so tight they seem rehearsed.” That closeness comes from the fact that Muramatsu and Greenstein have been best friends since second grade. Borofsky met the two in New York in 2001 when all three shared an apartment (they’ve since moved South to Georgia); their proximity in a small space fostering a shared love of 60s folk music that blossomed into original songs. Harmonies are what Girlyman is known for; equally, the group — which took its name as a joke — is known for gender bending and being a “queer band.” Some songs, like “Young James Dean” with the lyric “All the real girls with their backs turned called me crazy” address sexual identity. Other songs, like the gorgeously storied “Easy Bake Ovens” deal with other growing pains: “Back then we had to be cool / But nobody taught me the rules / So I just wrote it all down / On the inside of my fast food paperboard

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Girlyman

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Harmonious folk-pop trio

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North Carolina Stage Company

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Sunday, Dec. 6 (7-9 p.m., $13 advance/$15 doors. ncstage.org or 239-0263) crown.” While the members of Girlyman are quick to point out that their audience includes queer- and non-queer identified listeners, the bulletin board feature on the group’s Web site serves as a gathering place. Visitors discuss song lyrics, personal issues and seek to connect. “I haven’t had much time for making new friends on my own,” wrote one poster, “so I was just wondering if there were any Wichita-area Girly-fans who might be up for hanging out sometime!” “It makes me really happy to think the music we do can help people find a community,” says Borofsky. “It’s all kind of a dream come true for me because this is the music we’d be making even if no one was listening.” But people are listening. First there are the fans, who — when Girlyman decided they needed a $10,000 microphone to record this year’s Everything Is Easy — raised the necessary funds in a few short months. Borofsky said the band had used the magic mic before and were surprised by the staggering cost but, “If you have an okay computer you can record at home. What does make a difference is the mic.” The musician adds, “It was so amazing to get that kind of support from our fans.” The band, who used to be on the Indigo Girls’ Daemon Records but now uses their own Girlyman Records imprint, welcomes all forms of support and encouragement. This year props came from an unexpected source: Comedian Margaret Cho approached the group about recording with her on her forthcoming album Guitarded (as anyone who made it to Cho’s recent Asheville show knows, the comic does indeed write and play songs). “We wrote a song about a male stripper that was a lot of fun,” says Borofsky. “We were all fans of her stand-up but it never would have occurred to me ... sometimes I sit around fantasizing about who it would be fun to collaborate with; who it would fun to play a show with. Not ever once did I think Margaret Cho.” X

All the real girls: Atlanta’s Girlyman crosses genres and genders as easily as its members sing three-part harmonies.

Alli Marshall can be reached at amarshall@ mountainx.com.

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You’re not broken

From Appalachia to the Andes, Jack Herranen sings of reclaiming dignity and reviving memory by Ingrid Carson

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Singer-songwriter Jack Herranen’s music is an inspiring exploration of working-class struggles from Tennessee’s southern Appalachia to Bolivia’s Andes Mountains. A native of Knoxville, Herranen now lives and works with his wife (a Bolivian native), and their two children in Tortokawa, Bolivia, a rural farming village. On Friday, Downtown Books and News will host the screening of a short documentary film, made in collaboration with the mutual learning center Uywana Wasi, that illuminates their work in cultural affirmation in this primarily Quechua community. The screening will be followed by an open-forum discussion, and Herranen will play an acoustic set. Herranen in his forthcoming album, You’re Not Broken, describes himself as “a poet, a father, a farming man, a rebel, a race traitor, an American.” Part of your relationship to music has been about discovering your identity through a deeper understanding of your roots. How does your connection to your own roots relate to what you observe in the primarily Quechua

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community in which you now live? Herranen: My adult life has been about regaining a handhold on my roots. Where I currently live, I see the trickery at play that actually begins the incision. Neighbor kids trudge off to school and begin to feel ashamed and embarrassed of their agrarian lives and campesino (farmer) family members. Missionaries comb our village selling salvation. Folks in a region of incredible diversity (biological, cultural, and spiritual), with a still-intact tapestry of communal values, begin to look towards Miami instead of La Paz for identity and meaning. Having strong ties to an actual place gets a bad rap in modern-day society. But it is only in a place, with tangible commitments and responsibilities to those who dwell there with us, that we can become fully human. Many of your songs celebrate the “reclamation of dignity, the recuperation of worth” in a progress-driven world that has lost touch with both. The title track of your forthcoming album, You’re Not Broken, whispers an assurance that even within a flawed system, we have the power of memory. How is this related to your definition of “cultural revolution?” Dignity and memory reside at the periphery of mainstream consumer culture and traditional political policy in the modern, over-developed Global North, which is essentially a good thing. If they are bandied about in the political sphere, they can be reduced to hollow campaign slogans; call to mind Barack Obama’s use of “hope” and “change” in the rallies leading up to his election. Shifting our notions of revolution towards the realm of culture frees us up to shape a more systemic and constructive critique of our social ills and injustices. Also, the shift permits us to think through brittle, rotten ideas that reside within the western development discourse. The tendency to drape across whole regions — “wholepeoples” blanket statements such as “needy” and “underdeveloped,” is one such shallow and dangerous idea. The European itinerant philosopher Ivan Illich saw this slippery slope leading “ultimately towards bombing people into the acceptance of gifts.” In several of your songs you weave lyrics in English with lyrics in Spanish, which is an embodiment of the connections you make between the effects of distorted notions of progress across cultures. How did that stylistic decision evolve for you? Out of necessity. Muriel Rukeyser said that, “The reality of the artist is the reality of the witness.” I feel that we are living amidst the wreckage of the vessel known as universal progress. The journeys between Appalachia and the Andes have demanded that my creative work deepen. I want to understand what it means when a

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Jack Herranen

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Documentary film screening, open discussion, acoustic set from singer/ songwriter

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Downtown Books and News

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Friday, Dec. 4 (7 p.m. www.jackherranen.tennesseefolk.com) for-profit prison, built upon a former strip mine site, is seen as economic development. I want to reckon with the history of the U.S.-sponsored “Dirty Wars” in Latin America; both happened/ still happen under the guise of progress. I want to explore the root causes of such horrors and to do so in a subtle and creative way. We are saturated with heavy-handed and judgmental political beliefs from both poles. We need to tend to the callous upon the human heart. To do we must be willing to shine the light upon some of our society’s sacred cows. X For more information about Jack Herranen and samples of his music, visit www.jackherranen. tennesseefolk.com


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ACDT celebrates the rich history of our immigration with a new show by Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt From the colonial period to the modern era, Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history tells an evolving narrative of human migration. Inspired by this history, Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre/ White Dog ProjectX International explores the dynamic topic of immigration in the upcoming modern dance concert Travelogue: Stories of our Migration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all come from immigrant backgrounds in this country, mostly, and people seem to forget about that. [Travelogue] is a celebration of this common history and we hope that it will inspire the audience to ask, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Where did my family come from and how did they get here?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? explains Susan Collard, artistic director and founder of the company. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want the concert to be obviously political, we are more interested in the interpersonal struggles and stories of our past.â&#x20AC;? Using techniques of modern, contemporary and Irish/European folk-dance, Travelogue consists of three 20-minute pieces that examine immigration across a wide spectrum of time, focusing on both historic events, on contemporary issues and more abstract concepts of identity and self-discovery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ellis Island: New York, New York,â&#x20AC;? choreographed by Susan in collaboration with members of her dance company, returns to the federal immigration station where more than 12 million people passed through between 1892 and 1954. Set in the late 1800s, Susanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work is composed of short vignettes featuring solos, duets and a group piece that creates a dynamic portrait of the people who traveled through Ellis Island from Central and Eastern Europe, Britain and Ireland. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is the Hasidic Jew [a sketch choreographed by Giles Collard, codirector of the company, there are the women of the Balkans [choreographed by Jenni Cockrell, ACDT dancer] and there are the Irish,â&#x20AC;? a piece choreographed by Joe Mohar, who will

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Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre

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Travelogue: Stories of our Migration

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Diana Wortham Theatre

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Friday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 5 ($25/$20 students and seniors. Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance will feature an international food and drink sampling at the theatre before the show. $50 combined ticket for the event and performance. ACDT at 254-2621, 2574530 or dwtheatre.com).

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perform an Irish folk dance/jig accompanied by Laurie Fisher playing the fiddle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also have a woman who is waiting for her lover,â&#x20AC;? continues Susan, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and we have a man who is waiting, waiting, waiting throughout the entire piece. It has a lot to do with separation and reunions.â&#x20AC;? Together, these vignettes hope to breath life into history, exposing both the hardship and joy experienced by the travelers hailing from ports across the globe. Clad in period costumes, dancers tote suitcases that remind the audience that most immigrants arrived in the U.S. carrying all their belongings on their back. The second piece in the show, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Welcome to the U.S.,â&#x20AC;? choreographed by Cuban dancers Nelson Reyes and Diana Cabrera, takes a humorous look at the process of acclimating to life in a foreign country. Learning a foreign language, adjusting to cultural differences in body language, gestures and physical expression where hurdles that both Reyes and Cabrera confronted when adapting to life in the States. Set in a classroom, donning crowns modeled after the one perched atop the statue of liberty, Reyes and Cabrera use humor to convey the many challenges of relocating. Thierry Ramond, a Vietnamese and French dancer/choreographer working in collaboration with ACDT dancers, presents an abstract piece titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nomad.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ramond knows the subject and loves the subject,â&#x20AC;? tells Giles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;His

personal story is powerful. As a Vietnamese refugee, he was forced to leave Cambodia as a child [because of] ethnic cleansing. Because his grandfather was a French legionary, he was relocated to France as a child.â&#x20AC;? As Ramondâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s piece unfolds, philosophical questions are presented to the audience like paintings. Set against large frames placed on the stage, dancers explore cultural influences on identity, of Diaspora communities and of self-exploration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The soul of the traveler, with each of his steps in the spiral of time, plays with the union of his presence, with landscapes and encounters,â&#x20AC;? writes Ramond, describing the thoughts that propelled the creation of Nomad. In between each dance, a short interview by local videographer William Towers will be screened. In these interviews Ramond, a Native American and an African American will share their thoughts on issues of immigration and migration in hopes of complementing the themes explored through dance with personal, oral stories. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This concert has brought up some phenomenal stories for us personally,â&#x20AC;? says Giles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re finding out so much about people we have known for years.â&#x20AC;? Adds Susan, â&#x20AC;&#x153;sharing these stories brings us closer together.â&#x20AC;? Travelogue aspires both to entertain and to have a unifying effect on the community, celebrating the diversity of a nation shaped by immigration. X

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What the heebee-jeebies is a Habibigy? by Alli Marshall At first glance the name Habibigy is a little scary. Relax, it’s pronounced ha-bee-bee-gee and apparently seconds as a verb: “That’s a Habibigy version of a traditional Klezmer song,” front woman and banjo player Eleanor Underhill said at one point during the band’s Highland Brewery show. “We just Habibigyed the hell out of it.” So how does one habibigy something? It’s a complex process of distilling songs to their essence. All genres are considered: B.B. King’s “The Thrill is Gone,” Gershwin’s “Summertime” and Hendrix’s “Crosstown Traffic” were included among the band’s covers. Originals revealed equally disparate influences finessed into soulful obscure-yet-hooky songs. The group’s collection of instruments — Underhill’s banjo, Spencer Taylor’s mandolin (and not present at the Highland Brewery show but usually included in the lineup: cello and tenor sax) — does not include a lead guitar. When Habibigy launches into “Helter Skelter,” it’s Taylor’s mandolin that makes quick work of the solos; the banjo adds texture and bassist Harrod not only plays with garage-y abandon, but provides solid vocals. That Habibigy can pull off numbers like “Helter Skelter” and “Crosstown Traffic” is a testament to the skill of the players. However it’s the originals, many showcasing Underhill’s rich vocals and haunting lyrics, that offer a sense of Habibigy’s mission. This is a band that values experimentation; is adept at creative problem solving and is more interested in pushing boundaries — sonically, conceptually and personally — than crafting the next pop hit. Habibigy’s MySpace page describes the group’s sound as “wonky sailships and fog.” More like heartbreak, hostels in strange lands, black coffee and steamy windows, train tracks wending through frost-streaked autumn foliage and corn liquor sparkling in glass jars. “Have mercy on me baby, because I am in need,” Underhill intones on the slow-buring “Branded;” equally disquieting is

What does it mean to “habibigy” something? Find out Saturday at Jack of the Wood. the dark gypsy-blues of a number introduced as “about the Whispering Pines Motel.” Underhill (formerly of the Barrel House Mamas) seems to be finding her voice in this new project (formed in the summer of 2008). Experimental sounds and heart-on-sleeve emotion could easily be too out there or too cloying, but Underhill’s very genuine stage presence adds levity to the performance. Similarly, Harrod and drummer Michael Lott maintain balance between moments of sonic exploration and the reigned-in focus which holds the band solidly together. The evening’s highlights include original instrumentals by Taylor who seems to transcend his electric mandolin, morphing from intricate jazz to cool blues on a dime. It was Taylor’s by turns technical and supple intro to Led Zeppelin’s “Going to California” that rounded out the show. The band “habibigyed” the classic rocker into a strings-only, jaw-dropping conclusion. X Habibigy plays at Jack of the Wood on Saturday, Dec. 5.

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Reinterpreting mythology

Virginia Derryberry’s new show at Flood is a feast for the eye and the imagination by David Hopes The pale industrial walls of the Flood Gallery never looked better than they do backing Virginia Derryberry’s Eide/Eidola, a collection of large paintings with a sun-bleached palette, a monumental style and a subject matter of idiosyncratically reinterpreted mythology. The title derives from both Plato and Alchemy, the Idea and the Reflection of the Idea in a dance of mutual reference, like a figure moving through a hall of mirrors. The viewer may wish to know that, and then forget it until, say, a second or third viewing, to allow the sheer sensual; presence of the paintings to make a full first impression. The Flood space might in fact be a little too narrow, for I found myself wanting to back up a few paces to take in the sweep and detail of the larger canvases. The space is often home to “experimental” work — constructions and performances and apparatuses which must be patiently explained — that Derryberry’s work there is a little unsettling, like bumping into Athena in the line to pay for gas — though I

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Portraits of evil: “Seven Deadly Sins,” 2009, oil on canvas.

Virginia Derryberry

what: Eide/Eidola

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The Flood Gallery, Phil Mechanic Building, 109 Roberts St.

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Through Dec. 15 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday) suppose that is exactly the intended effect. It is a Cadillac among shows, classy and challenging, and its workday surroundings but emphasizes its distinction. I’m a sucker for the expansion of academic style to fit contemporary, even downright weird, subject matter, and Derryberry’s retooled Greek (and in one case Sumerian) myths are a feast for both the eye and the imagination. Mars and Venus, Artemis, the Seasons, genii of place and mood — few of the paintings are “straight” interpretations of the myths. Gilgamesh is a grubby hippie with puppies where his lions should be. The Goddess of the Hunt is somebody’s worried mom. Sometimes you have to read the detailed explanations on the wall to know what’s going on in the paintings, though the images themselves fully communicate, separate from — or occasionally despite — their paraphrase. The figures are predominantly female and “real” rather than picture-pretty. Women you know stand transformed into goddesses. Derryberry asserts that it is important to

understand that the paintings are portraits as well as allegories. Her children and her students find themselves elevated to the plane of the mythic, which, in turn, invites us to participate in and not merely observe these ancient dramas. Derryberry’s technique always been tight, detailed, disciplined and formal, but the effect is here neither cold nor remote. The figures in these paintings, though caught in the unfamiliar territory of the divine, are compelling, human,and immediate. The Seven Virtues are sturdy middle-aged women, the local country club auxiliary micro-managing human virtue. The unconvincing gestures of the figures in the very large “The Seven Deadly Sins” arise from the dubiousness and dishonesty of the characters themselves. I thought at first this painting was a misfire, until I realized Derryberry was portraying evil, which in the world we know is not betrayed by horns and the smell of sulphur, but by a gesture just a little bit off, a smile not quite engaged. My favorites are “Fall” and “Eturia”, rich, melancholy pastorals. “Eturia” and the exquisite “Mars and Venus” share a fascinating gender division, a solemn female and a grinning, mischievous male, a conjunction which must mean something, though Derryberry is never so crass as to tell us what. The element of installation in the show includes two strikingly petite dresses hanging from the ceiling. The dresses were worn by her models, and their tininess, compared

to the volume they express on the canvas, is a testimony to the monumental solidity of Derryberry’s style. The size 1 model becomes through the painter’s will a goddess but little short of terrifying. This is Derryberry’s most important hometown show so far. Earlier shows, though complete in themselves at the time, were leading to this one, in which every goal she seems to have been setting for herself has been achieved. What tasted merely of strangeness in some of her images now possesses context and provenance; what was cool removal in the expression of her figures is now concentration and serenity. Derryberry can paint mythically. The number in the company is very select indeed. X

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smartbets Maybe She’s Born With It — Maybe it’s LYLAS and Oh No She Didn’t

The girls are back in town. This time, with twice the all-female hilarity — and an extra helping of debauchery. The sketch comedy troupe is debuting a late-night, mature-audiences-only show called Oh No She Didn’t at 10 p.m on Friday and Saturday (recommended for those not easily offended — and with wild, off-color senses of humor). The Maybe She’s Born With It shows are at 7:30 p.m. LYLAS stole the show at the Xpress Best of WNC party with the original song “Carl is Watching Us,” about outgoing councilman Carl Mumpower. Don’t miss them. Advance tix highly recommended — the shows usually sell out. Wednesday through Saturday, Dec. 2 to 5, at 35Below underneath Asheville Community Theater. $12 early show, $15 late show. lylas. org and ashevilletheatre.org.

Honky Tonk Holiday Celebration

How fun does this sound? Don Talley of Black Mountain Music Scene (among other) fame, is putting on the first-ever Honky Tonk Holiday Celebration. It’s only fitting that the venue would be the Town Pump Tavern, that authentic honky-tonk institution. The celebration features a bevy of all-star country acts. Talley has scored a coup with the Texas troubadours Mark Stuart and the Bastard Sons, and the stellar lineup also features Wink Keziah (an outlaw country singer who’s built a strong local following), local Americana artist Dave Desmelik and Athens-based Betsy Franck. Saturday, Dec. 5. $8. www.blackmountainmusicscene.com.

Rick Shapiro

Slate calls him the “anti-Seinfeld, Jerry’s brilliant, twisted, evil twin.” New York Press describes him as “equal parts Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and Lou Reed.” And Shapiro’s promoter says the show will be “fitting for those who dread the holiday season and find it all just a bit too jolly,” and would be “a great show for the openminded who are turned off by anything politically correct.” There you go. Can a performance be both progressive and offensive? If you think so, check Shapiro out. Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Grey Eagle. 8:30 p.m. $10. www.rickshapiro.tv.

Kristin Luna Ray

The soulful global vocalist Kristin Luna Ray releases her new album, Where Heaven Meets the Earth, on Friday, Dec. 4, at Jubilee! She’ll be joined by renowned percussionist River Guerguerian, Chris Rosser and Alvin Young, for a multimedia extravaganza and celebration: expect music from the exuberant to the meditative, world dancing, a children’s choir and a visual art show. Tickets are $10, or $20 with CD. Info at www.kristinlunaray.com.

A Christmas Carol Eric Bachmann

For a town this size, Asheville boasts a disproportionate number of truly talented musicians (and artists, but that’s another story). Add to that Eric Bachmann (former singer/guitarist for Archers of Loaf), who’s recently opted to call AVL his home base. His roster includes touring with Neko Case. He’ll play a show with his current band, Crooked Fingers, at the Grey Eagle on Saturday, Dec. 5. The inimitable Woody Wood opens. $8/$10. www.thegreyeagle.com.

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The Montford Park Players continue their 33-years-running production of the Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. The performances feature noted Asheville actor Mike Vaniman, in his eighth appearance as Ebenezer Scrooge. This year, the show has been restaged and redesigned, moving to the Asheville Arts Center at 308 Merrimon Ave. Thursdays through Sundays, Dec. 3 through 13. 7:30 p.m. nightly and Sunday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. $12 adults, $8 adult students and senior citizens, and $6 for children under 18. www.montfordparkplayers.org. More information at 254-5146 or info@montfordparkplayers.org.

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Open Mic w/ Sven Hooson

Club 828

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Town Pump

Hip-hop open mic

Old Time Jam, 6pm

Open Mic w/ David Bryan

Curras Dom

Mo-Daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar & Grill

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

Eleanor Underhill (singer/songwriter)

Screaming Jays (rock)

Blues

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

Old Fairview Southern Kitchen

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

Bluegrass jam night, 7pm

Hump day dance party w/ The Free Flow Band

Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

Vincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro

Red Stag Grill

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

Emerald Lounge

Bobby Sullivan (blues, rock, standards)

Bluegrass jam

Reggae Resurrection

Rocket Club

Westville Pub

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Brian Steele (experimental guitar)

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Super dance partyâ&#x20AC;? feat: Adam Strange & Crick Nice DJ

Frankie Bones

Scandals Nightclub

Latin dance

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Steak & Wine

Live piano music

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Firestorm poetry slam, sign up at 7:30pm

Frankie Bones

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

Jamminâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; w/ Funky Max

Thu., December 3

Matt Walsh (blues/rockabilly) Garage at Biltmore

Grant Peeples & David Bolton

Summertime Whiskey Band (funk, rock)

Beacon Pub

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Live music

Stella Blue

Georgia Medicinal & Sweet Knievel feat: Jerry Hendelberg of Dubconscious

Steve Wolrab & guests (jazz, guitar)

Back Room

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter) Slaid Cleaves (singer/songwriter) w/ Charles Arthur

Emerald Lounge

Five Fifty Three

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hits & Shitsâ&#x20AC;? w/ Jamie Hepler

Zydeco dance & lessons

Eleven on Grove

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

Back Room

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

Marc Keller (variety)

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Wed., December 2

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

Joe Buck Yourself (former bass player for Hank III) w/ The Go-Devils

Club 828

Temptations Martini Bar

Courtyard Gallery

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

Open mic w/ Jarrett Leone Curras Dom

Freaky Thursdays w/ DJ Ra & Mack Brown

Fine Arts League Holiday Benefit feat: Town Mountain (bluegrass, acoustic) w/ members of The Trainwreks, If You Wannas & more Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Open mic

Halestorm (hard rock) w/ Aranda & Silverstone

The Blackbird

Mark Guest (jazz guitar)

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

Chris Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neil (pop, rock)

Decades Restaurant & Bar

Handlebar

Broadwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

The Hookah Bar

Jazz piano w/ Garnell Stuart

Eli Mattson (singer/songwriter, pianist)

Open mic Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Handlebar

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Dock’s Restaurant 883-4447 The Dripolator 398-0209 Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar 252-2711 Eleven on Grove 505-1612 Emerald Lounge (OSO) 232- 4372 Feed & Seed + Jamas Acoustic 216-3492 Firestorm Cafe (OSO) 255-8115 Five Fifty Three 631-3810 Frankie Bones 274-7111 Fred’s Speakeasy (SA) 281-0920 French Broad Brewery Tasting Room 277-0222 Funny Business Comedy Club 318-8909 The Garage 505-2663 Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern (OSO) 232-5800 Grove House Eleven on Grove 505-1612 The Grove Park Inn 252-2711 Guadalupe Cafe 586-9877

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The Handlebar (864)233-6173 The Hangar (SA) 684-1213 Havana Restaurant 252-1611 Highland Brewing Company 299-3370 Holland’s Grille 298-8780 The Hookah Bar 252-1522 Infusions 665-2161 Iron Horse Station 622-0022 The Lobster Trap 350-0505 Mack Kell’s Pub & Grill 253-8805 Magnolia’s Raw Bar (ISS) 251-5211 Mela 225-8880 Mike’s Tavern 281-3096 Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill (SH) 258-1550 New French Bar Courtyard Cafe 225-6445 Never Blue 693-4646 Old Fairview Southern Kitchen 277-7117 O’Malley’s On Main 246--0898

The Orange Peel (OSO) 225-5851 Picnics 258-2858 Panther’s Paw 696-0810 Pisgah Brewing Co. 669-0190 Purple Onion Cafe 749-1179 Rankin Vault 254-4993 Red Stag Grill at the Grand Bohemian Hotel 505-2949 Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill 622-0001 Rocket Club 505-2494 Root Bar No.1 299-7597 Ruby’s BBQ Shack (ISS) 299-3511 Scandals Nightclub 252-2838 Shovelhead Saloon (SA) 669-9541 Steak & Wine / Satchel’s Martini Bar 505-3362 Stella Blue 236-2424 The Still 683-5913 Stockade Brew House 645-1300

Straightaway Cafe (OSO) 669-8856 Switzerland Cafe 765-5289 The Red Room at Temptations (SA) 252-0775 Temptations Martini Bar (SA) 252-0775 Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub 505-2129 Town Pump (SA) 669-4808 Tressa’s Downtown Jazz & Blues (SA) 254-7072 Vaso de Vino Wine Bar & Market 687-3838 Vincenzo’s Bistro 254-4698 The Watershed 669-0777 Waynesville Water’n Hole 456-4750 Wedge Brewery 505 2792 Westville Pub (OSO) 225-9782 White Horse 669-0816 Wild Wing Cafe (SA) 253-3066 Xcapades 258-9652

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OSO: outdoor/patio smoking only • SH: smoking hours, call clubs for specfics • ISS: indoor smoking section • SA: smoking allowed Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Peggy Ratusz & Friends Vincenzo’s Bistro

Live music

Aaron Laflace (acoustic guitar, singer/songwriter)

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Westville Pub

Infusions Lounge

Bluegrass Jam, 9:30pm

Eleven on Grove

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

Legendary JC’s (blues, funk)

Dave Desmelik (Americana) w/ Betsy Franck (singer/songwriter) & Josh Gibbs

Feed and Seed

Lobster Trap

Hank Bones

White Horse

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Mela

UNCA Electronic Music Ensemble

Peter Squires w/ Barien Crossley (indie, folk)

Belly dancing

Zuma Coffee

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Thursday night bluegrass jam

Brushfire Stankgrass

Firefly Revival feat: Jane & Anna of Barrel House Mamas w/ Nicole Reynolds

Fri., December 4

Funny Business Comedy Club

Never Blue

Back Room

Garage at Biltmore

Singer/songwriter showcase Old Fairview Southern Kitchen

Mark Keller (singer/songwriter) Pisgah Brewing Company

Blue Dragons (experimental, folk) Red Stag Grill

Anne Coombs (jazz, swing) Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill

Kemistry (Southern rock, covers) Rocket Club

The Fox Hunt Band (honky-tonk sting band) Steak & Wine

Live piano music Stockade Brew House

The Big Ivy Project (bluegrass, folk) The 170 La Cantinetta

Dave Lagadi (smooth jazz) Town Pump

Jeff Luckadoo (Southern rock) Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Singer/Songwriter in the Round feat: Mary Ellen Bush, Lance Mills, Jenny Greer & Amanda Beacon Pub

Erika Jane & Remember the Bees (rock, Americana) w/ Jason Daniello Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Clearwater Connection

Freaky Friday w/ Brandi & Shorty Curras Dom

Greg Olson (world, folk) Decades Restaurant & Bar

Rotating jazz bands Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

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

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Southern Culture On The Skids (rock, surf, garage) w/ Mad Tea Party (rockabilly) Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Handlebar

Club Hairspray

Live DJ By Reservation Only in Advance at Bar

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

“Help For Hillcrest” Hillcrest Fundraiser (hiphop)

Sunday, Dec. 6

Jeff Sipe Trio

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

Club 828

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

Athena’s & Krissy’s Birthday Bash

“Abbey Road Live” feat: Beatles tribute bands Holland’s Grille

Unit 50 (rock) Horizons at Grove Park Inn

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

Gorgeous Scenery Great Nightly Drink Specials Pool Tables & Games Ladies & Couples Welcome

Southern Silk Duo (jazz, blues), 7:30-10:30pm Jack Of The Wood Pub

Sandcarvers (Celtic, rock) Jerusalem Garden

Belly dancing w/ live music Lobster Trap

Live music by local artists

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Pisgah Brewing Company

The Secret B-Sides (soul, R&B)

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Fred Whisken (jazz pianist) DJ D-Day, 10:30pm-2am Red Stag Grill

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues)

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Live piano music

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Stella Blue

Convalescene (hardcore) w/ Ironside & Built to Fall

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James Richards

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The Hookah Bar

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Live music w/ Jhon Akers

Temptations Martini Bar

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

Tolliverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crossing Irish Pub

Live music w/ singer-songwriters

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Town Pump

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T H URSDAY Cancun Mexican Grill â&#x20AC;˘ Chasers Temptations Martini Bar Shovelhead Saloon â&#x20AC;˘ Club Hairspray FRIDAY Infusions â&#x20AC;˘ Mack Kellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;˘ Shovelhead Saloon â&#x20AC;˘ Stockade Brew House The 170 La Cantinetta SATURDAY

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

Ruby Mayfield & Friends

club xcapades EROTIC EXOTIC? ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS WNC Ladies up close & personal

SaTURday, dECEMbER 5TH Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ville Mural Project Benefit 8pm

Beacon Pub â&#x20AC;˘ Fredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Speakeasy The Hangar â&#x20AC;˘ Infusions Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Malleys on Main â&#x20AC;˘ Hollandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grille

The Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn

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FRiday, dECEMbER 4TH Secret B-Sides 8pm

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Straightaway CafĂŠ

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THURSday, dECEMbER 3Rd Blue Dragons 7pm

Getawayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (Eleven on Grove) Hookah Bar Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Side Pocket

Mind Shape Fist & Rothwang (alternative, punk)

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Red Room at Temptations

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Mack Kellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tressaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Club Hairspray â&#x20AC;˘ Hollandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grille Infusions â&#x20AC;˘ Shovelhead Saloon The Still SUNDAY College St. Pub Getawayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (Eleven on Grove) The Hangar â&#x20AC;˘ Mack Kellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wing Cafe â&#x20AC;˘ Cancun Mexican Grill Vincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro

Bobby Sullivan (piano) Watershed

Holly Jolly Night Well-Bred Bakery and Cafe

Eliza Rosbach (folk, indie) White Horse

Chuck Brodsky(singer/songwriter) & The Warren Wilson Folk Choir Wild Wing Cafe

New Exotic Cage Stage & 3 Satellite Stages

THURSday, dECEMbER 10TH Vertigo Jazz Project 7pm

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Contagious (rock covers)

Sat., December 5 Asheville Civic Center

Lipizzaner Stallions â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dancing White Stallions,â&#x20AC;? 2pm & 7:30pm Back Room

Jackson County Line (Americana, folk) Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

Chris Rhodes (r&b, blues, pop), 5:30-10pm Club 828

The Winter White Ball feat: DJ Bowie, Medisin, Thump, Mother Hood & aerials by The Libravado Sisters Decades Restaurant & Bar

42nd Street Jazz Band Elaineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dueling Piano Bar

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Emerald Lounge

Phutureprimitive (down-tempo, electronica) & Agobi Project

Live music w/ singer-songwriters Town Pump

Live music w/ D Mack Vocal Jazz Session w/ Sharon LaMotte, 7:30pm Vincenzo’s Bistro

Lazybirds (alternative, progressive)

Holiday Honky Tonk feat: Mark Stewart & Bastard Sons, Wink Keziah, Dave Desmelik (Americana) & Betsy Franck (singer/songwriter)

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

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

Feed and Seed

The Patron Assembly (acoustic duo) French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Dehlia Low Duo (bluegrass, Americana)

Gas House Mouse (blues) Vincenzo’s Bistro

Funny Business Comedy Club

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

Jason Russell

Well-Bred Bakery and Cafe

Garage at Biltmore

Greg Borom (pop, rock)

Gol Brix (“hyphy, hyphy, hyphy”)

Westville Pub

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Graham Parsons & Gene Clark Tribute

Eric Bachmann/Crooked Fingers (singer/songwriter)

White Horse

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

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

Afromotive (Afrobeat, dance, funk) Wild Wing Cafe

Good Speed (high energy rock, pop)

Sun., December 6

Marc Keller & Company (variety) Westville Pub

Tue., December 8 Back Room

Dave Desmelik (Americana) Barley’s Taproom

The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show (bluegrass) Beacon Pub

Open mic Club 828

EOTO (live electronics)

Ashevegas All-Stars presents Tuesday Night Funk Jam

Havana Restaurant

Club 828

Feed and Seed

Country music roundup & dancing

Will Ray’s Mountain Jam

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Rick Shapiro (comedy)

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

Infusions Lounge

Live music

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Guadalupe Cafe

Habibigy (folk, rock, blues, jazz)

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

Jerusalem Garden

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Geoff Weeks

Irish session, 5pm Tom Waits time, late

New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Belly dancing w/ live music

Tomato Tuesday comedy open mic, 9pm —Live music w/ Grandchildren, 11:45pm

Chris Rhodes

Old Fairview Southern Kitchen

Old Fairview Southern Kitchen

Orange Peel

Southern Silk Duo (jazz, blues)

Orange Peel

Pelican (instrumental, rock) w/ Black Cobra & Disappearer Pisgah Brewing Company

Winter Gala Fundraiser for the Asheville Mural Project feat: Erika Jane, Pierce Edens, Josh Philips, The Asheville Horns & more

Youth At Jazz Fundraiser feat: Asheville Music School’s Rock Academy & Youth At Jazz, 2:30pm Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

Rock records w/ Matty Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

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

Rocket Club

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Scandals Nightclub

Marc Keller & Company (variety) Watershed

Red Room at Temptations

Dance party w/ DJ Stratos & drag show

DJ Spy V

The Hookah Bar

Red Stag Grill

Belly dance showcase w/ live bands

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues)

Town Pump

Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill

Pickin’ at the Pump, open acoustic jam

Live music

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Irish session, 6:30pm Open mike w/ Parker Brooks, 8:30pm

Rocket Club

Johnny Blackwell (variety, covers)

Wild Wing Cafe

Live music w/ Robert Greer Westville Pub

Blues Jam w/ Mars Fariss White Horse

Sons of Ralph (Americana, bluegrass) w/ Rafe Hollister (Southern rock)

Mon., December 7

Satchel’s Martini Bar

Broadway’s

Wed., December 9

Fire & Desire (pop, contemporary)

Honky Horn w/ Bad Mouth & Endless Bummer

Back Room

Scandals Nightclub

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Open mic

Dance party w/ DJ Stratos & drag show

Contra dance

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Steak & Wine

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Open mic

Live piano music

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

Broadway’s

Stella Blue

Hangar

‘80s Night, 10pm

“Mobstresses of Beat” dance party & light show

Open mic night w/ Aaron LaFalce

Club 828

Stockade Brew House

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Hip-hop open mic

Open mic

Songwriting competition w/ Jenny Juice

Curras Dom

Straightaway Café

Old Fairview Southern Kitchen

Eleanor Underhill (singer/songwriter)

Dave Foraker (Americana, blues)

The Oxymorons (improv comedy)

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Temptations Martini Bar

Rocket Club

Turn Pike Trio (bluegrass)

Southern Silk Duo (jazz, blues)

Asheville Jazz Orchestra (swing, jazz)

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

The Hookah Bar

Temptations Martini Bar

Eleven on Grove

The Luxury Spirit w/ Pavane and Galliard & Real Local Singles

Open mic w/ Pierce Edens

Zydeco dance & lessons

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Emerald Lounge

Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

IRISH PUB

Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

“Vinyl at the Vault” w/ Chris Ballard Sunday jazz jam

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Lobster Trap

Lobster Trap

Ashleigh Caudill & friends

(on the corner of Brevard & Haywood Rd.)

Ian Moore’s Mountain Music Miscellany

These Magnificent Tapeworms (garage, surf) w/ The Atkins Riot! & No Shoulders

New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

733 Haywood Rd. • West Asheville

Emerald Lounge

The Red Light Trio (jazz)

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Live Music Weekends

Swing & Tango lessons and dance

Barley’s Taproom

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

College and NFL Package

Eleven on Grove

Greenville record fair (vinyl, disc & music market) Ahora Si (salsa, jazz, tropical)

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Frankie Bones

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter)

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

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

Handlebar

Eleven on Grove

Toys for Tots benefit feat: TJ Lazer (rock) w/ Modern Day Slave & The Shoes

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

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

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Feed and Seed

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Back Country Bluegrass

Handlebar

Infusions Lounge

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Film screening of “Nothing to Prove: The Story of Mac Arnold’s Return To The Blues”

Live music

The Stereofidelics (alternative, jazz, rock, fusion)

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Funny Business Comedy Club

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Pat Godwin (comedy, improvisation)

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Local Band Showcase feat: Erika Jane & Remember the Bees w/ Open Windows

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Lobster Trap

Steam Punk Masquerade

Old Time Jam, 6pm

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Old Fairview Southern Kitchen

“Christmas Luau” feat: music by Hank Bones & Kon Tiki (Hawaiian, swing, lounge)

Bluegrass jam night, 7pm

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Wooden Toothe (rock, punk) w/ The Wild & If You Wannas

Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

Belly dancing

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

“Hits & Shits” w/ Jamie Hepler

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Red Stag Grill

Pokey LaFarge (roots, country, blues)

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

Bobby Sullivan (blues, rock, standards)

Never Blue

Handlebar

Rocket Club

Singer/songwriter showcase

Garage at Biltmore

The Lilies & Sparrows (rock, folk, gospel) w/ Aaron Buchanan Grove Park Inn Great Hall

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Firefly Revival

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December 7th Brown Bag Songwriting Competition Hosted by Jenny Juice

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“Super dance party” feat: Adam Strange & Crick Nice DJ

Old Fairview Southern Kitchen

Unknown Hinson’s Black ‘n’ Blue Christmas (psycho-billy)

Mark Keller (singer/songwriter)

Highland Brewing Company

Scandals Nightclub

Orange Peel

Fifth House (rock, soul, funk), 4-8pm

Latin dance

Holland’s Grille

Live piano music

Hometown Holiday Jam IX feat: The Mike Barnes Group, Marc Keller Band, Mother Soul, A Social Function, Sons of Ralph & more

Temptations Martini Bar

Pisgah Brewing Company

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

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

Vertigo Jazz Project (jazz)

Infusions Lounge

Red Stag Grill

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

The Blackbird

Anne Coombs (jazz, swing)

Jack Of The Wood Pub

The Honeycutters (Americana, country)

Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill

Brittany Reilly (country, bluegrass)

The Hookah Bar

Kemistry (Southern rock, covers)

Jerusalem Garden

Open Mic w/ Sven Hooson

Steak & Wine

Belly dancing w/ live music

Town Pump

Live piano music

Lobster Trap

Open Mic w/ David Bryan

Stockade Brew House

Live music by local artists

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

The Big Ivy Project (bluegrass, folk)

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Hump day dance party w/ The Free Flow Band

The 170 La Cantinetta

Songwriting competition finals w/ Jenny Juice

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Dave Lagadi (smooth jazz)

New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

Marc Keller (variety)

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Midnight Son

Waynesville Water’n Hole

O’Malley’s On Main

Bluegrass jam

Southern Fried Blues Society (duo & blues) & Peggy Ratusz

Westville Pub

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Pisgah Brewing Company

Steak & Wine

Jammin’ w/ Funky Max

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Jenn Franklin (pop) & Marie McGilvray (singer/ songwriter)

Aaron Laflace (acoustic guitar, singer/songwriter) Westville Pub

Woody Wood Trio (Southern rock) White Horse

Mind Echo (rock ‘n’ roll) Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Smiling Jack Floating Action w/ Giant Cloud Purple Onion Cafe

Fred Whisken (jazz pianist) Red Room at Temptations

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

Beacon Pub

Marina Raye (new-age flutist) & River Guerguerian (percussionist)

Live music

Zuma Coffee

Club 828

Thursday night bluegrass jam

Rocket Club

Fri., December 11

Steak & Wine

Freaky Thursdays w/ DJ Ra & Mack Brown Courtyard Gallery

Open mic w/ Jarrett Leone Curras Dom

Mark Guest (jazz guitar) Decades Restaurant & Bar

Jazz piano w/ Garnell Stuart

Red Stag Grill

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues) Asheville FM Party

Back Room

Live piano music

Michael Reno Harrell (Americana, acoustic)

Stella Blue

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Acoustic Swing

Warren Haynes X-Mas Jam By Day Gaslight Street w/ guests

Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

Temptations Martini Bar

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

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

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

Broadway’s

The Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn

Floating Action (other)

Ellen Trinka (singer/songwriter) & Marc Yaxley

Emerald Lounge

Club 828

Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Homeward Bound Fundraiser feat: The Funk Messengers & DJ Nicodemus (non-perishable food donations requested for MANNA)

Live music w/ singer-songwriters Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Curras Dom

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Greg Olson (world, folk)

Bobby Sullivan (piano)

Decades Restaurant & Bar

Well-Bred Bakery and Cafe

Rotating jazz bands

Jason Waller (folk, country, acoustic)

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Eymarel (other) Five Fifty Three

Steve Wolrab & guests (jazz, guitar) Frankie Bones

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

Sirius.B. (Gypsy, metal, folk)

The Funky Four Corners feat: Joshua Singleton


White Horse

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Ol’ Hoopty (blues, jazz) w/ Crystal Bray Wild Wing Cafe

The Trainwreks (rock, blues, country) w/ Applesauce

Much is Given

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Sat., December 12

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

Asheville Civic Center

Handlebar

Warren Haynes presents the 21st annual Christmas Jam

Fire & Desire (pop, contemporary) Scandals Nightclub Steak & Wine

Live piano music Stella Blue

Warren Haynes X-Mas Jam By Day

Back Room

2nd To None, Trend Kill Omega, Facing Yesterday, Krooked Blaze, Guthrie, Sharp Schuter, Burning Nova, Nothing Saint & more

The StereoFidelics (alternative, jam, rock)

Havana Restaurant

Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

Ahora Si (salsa, jazz, tropical)

Jay Brown (acoustic)

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

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Temptations Martini Bar

Blue Ridge Performing Arts Center

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Southern Silk Duo (jazz, blues)

A Carolina Mountain Christmas (holiday music)

Infusions Lounge

Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Broadway’s

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Mr. Gnome & Arizona

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Club 828

Now You See Them (indie, acoustic)

The Nightcrawlers (blues)

Bluetech

Jerusalem Garden

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Decades Restaurant & Bar

Belly dancing w/ live music

42nd Street Jazz Band

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Shane Pruitt (jam, blues, jazz)

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

Orange Peel

Night of the Blues feat: Blonde Blues & Riyen Roots

Snake Oil Medicine Show (psychobilly, bluegrass, reggae)

Red Room at Temptations

Feed and Seed

Red Stag Grill

Quarterhouse Bluegrass

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues)

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Paul Masson (folk, singer/songwriter) French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Nikki Talley (acoustic, indie)

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Stare at Goats (R) 11:30, 1:50, 4:05, 7:35, 9:50 (Sofa Cinema showing)

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Ninja Assassin (R) 2:50, 5:15, 8:00, 10:25 (Sofa Cinema showing)

Invention of Lying (PG-13) 7:00

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Zombieland (R) 10:00

Director: Wes Anderson Players: (Voices) George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Michael Gambon

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Animated Comedy Rated PG

Couples Retreat (PG-13) 4:35, 9:35

The Story: Bored with life as a respectable fox citizen, Mr. Fox reverts to a life of poultry thievery and outwitting local farmers.

That Wes Anderson could move from the realm of R-rated live-action comedy to that of PG-rated stop-motion animated comedy without missing a beat or making a single compromise or concession is a marvel to behold—and so is Fantastic Mr. Fox. What could have easily been—to adopt the language of the film itself—something of a “cluster cuss” winds up instead both prime Anderson and perhaps the most striking animated movie of the year. What Anderson has done is to take Roald Dahl’s children’s book and present it in terms that are purely Andersonian—witty, quirky, individual—and the result is just possibly the most pure fun you’ll have at a movie all year. From the moment Anderson presents the viewer with a copy of the Dahl book that’s labeled, “Now a major motion picture from American Empirical,” you get the strange feeling that he’s been working toward something like this for some considerable time—especially if you pause to remember that The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) is presented as if it were a children’s book. But where that film might be said to represent a child’s interpretation of an adult story, Fantastic Mr. Fox is an adult interpretation of a children’s story—done in such a way that it’s perfectly suitable for both. In many ways, it’s almost the definition of a Wes Anderson film—right down to literalizing the common complaint from his detractors that he moves his characters around like figures in a dollhouse. He flirted with this in Tenenbaums, with its toy stages (probably the origin of the criticism), and he touched on it again in the little displays in Jason Schwartzman’s room in the Hotel Chevalier segment of The Darjeeling Limited (2007). Well, now he’s actually made a film that consists of him moving dolls around in very elaborate dollhouses—ones that, in fact, give Anderson even greater freedom to indulge his penchant for breakaway or shaved sets, which allow for complex camera movements and stagings that are theatrical without being stagey. It helps immensely that Dahl’s story is a good fit for Anderson’s particular worldview. Mr. Fox

Friday, DEC. 4 - Thursday, DEC. 10

Astro Boy (PG) 1:00, 4:00

Fantastic Mr. Fox

The Lowdown: Witty, sophisticated comedy, splendid voice acting, brilliant animation and personal filmmaking combine to create perhaps the most pure fun to be had at the movies all year.

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The Men Who Stare at Goats (R) 1:15 (no 1:15 Sat-Sun), 3:25, 5:35, 7:45, 9:55 Ninja Assassin (R) 1:25, 3:50, 7:15, 9:45

Mr. Fox (voiced by George Clooney) and his friends and family take on the world — or their corner of it — in Wes Anderson’s delightful Fantastic Mr. Fox. (voiced by George Clooney) is something of a rascal, who just can’t keep his promise to Mrs. Fox (voiced by Meryl Streep) to be a solid, sober citizen, because it’s just his nature to be a sly fox who likes his poultry fresh—and stolen. Mr. Fox also can’t resist bedeviling the trio of humans—Boggis, Bunce and especially Bean (voiced by Michael Gambon)— who run things in the part of the world where the action takes place. Since they’re a very disagreeable lot, it’s hard to fault Mr. Fox for this—even if Mr. Fox won’t be the only one to suffer for his thieving antics. Being that the Fox family is in an Anderson film, it naturally follows that they are at least somewhat dysfunctional. As is common, there’s a son, Ash (voiced by Jason Schwarzman), who has issues with the fact that his father doesn’t appreciate—or even much notice—him, and this situation is exacerbated by the arrival of a relative, Kristofferson (voiced by Anderson’s brother, Eric), who is everything Mr. Fox could want in a son. Mrs. Fox is very much in the mold of mothers and wives that Anjelica Huston played in Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) and Darjeeling. In fact, Meryl Streep plays Mrs. Fox in a similar manner, but with a frailty that’s never more than hinted at in Huston’s characters. For all that can—and should—be said about the film’s stunning use of old-fashioned stop-motion animation, I honestly feel that the highest compliment I can pay the movie in this regard is that I don’t immediately think of it as an animated film. I merely think of it as a film. Even its flights of fantasy and its anthropomorphic characters (who are charmingly prone to reverting to wild animals at the slightest provocation) are absolutely real in my mind. That’s a pretty impressive accomplishment. Truly, there’s not a false note or a false characterization in Fantastic Mr. Fox. The voice casting could not be improved upon and never once does

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it feel like the actors were cast just for their name value, but because they really are the absolute best choices. It all comes together in a glorious outburst of great humor and tremendous vitality, making it not only one of the best films of the year, but the best early Christmas present you could hope for. Rated PG for action, smoking and slang humor. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande 15, United Artists Beaucatcher Cinema 7.

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day JJ

Director: Troy Duffy (The Boondock Saints) Players: Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly, Clifton Collins Jr., Julie Benz

Cornball Action Rated R

The Story: The vigilante MacManus brothers return to Boston to clean the streets of mobster riffraff. The Lowdown: A flatly directed actioner full of cheesy, broad humor and macho posturing that comes across like a two-hour-long beer commercial full of uninspired bloodletting. Take a heaping helping of warmed-over Tarantino, a hunk of recycled Scorsese and a dollop of second-hand Godfather, and what you end up with is Troy Duffy’s The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day. I watched the original Boondock Saints (1999) (director Duffy’s first — and only other — feature) somewhere in the range of six years ago and remember little about it other than my reaction, which was a complete dumbfounded confusion toward the film’s rising cult status. And I have to say, after watching its sequel, I’m even more baffled and bewildered. The Boondock Saints II picks up presumably 10 years after the events of The

Old Dogs (PG-13) 1:00, 1:30, 3:10, 3:40, 5:20, 5:50, 7:30, 8:00, 9:40, 10:10

Old Dogs (PG) 11:45, 1:55, 4:15, 7:15, 9:30 Pirate Radio (R) 11:30, 2:15, 4:55, 7:45, 10:35 Planet 51 (PG) 2:20, 4:45, 7:05, 9:20 (Sofa Cinema showing) Transylmania (R) 2:55, 5:15, 7:35, 10:00 The Twilight Saga: New Moon (PG-13) 11:40, 2:30, 5:10, 7:55, 10:30

Cinebarre (665-7776) n

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The Blind Side (PG-13) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00

Olivia’s Winter Wonderland (G) Sat-Sun only 1:00

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Pirate Radio (R) 1:30, 4:15, 7:00, 9:45

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Planet 51 (PG) 1:45, 4:35, 7:05, 9:30 Transylmania (R) 1:00, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10:00 The Twilight Saga: New Moon (PG-13) 1:00, 2:00, 4:00, 5:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:50 Where the Wild Things Are (PG) 1:00, 7:00

Carolina Asheville Cinema 14 (274-9500) n

2012 (PG-13) 11:55, 3:25, 7:00, 10:25 (Sofa Cinema showing) The Blind Side (PG-13) 12:15, 3:20, 7:25, 10:20 The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (R) 11:25, 2:10, 5:00, 7:40, 10:35

Fine Arts Theatre (232-1536) An Education (PG-13) 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, Late show Fri-Sat only 9:40 A Serious Man (R) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, Late show Fri-Sat 9:30

Flatrock Cinema (697-2463) n

The Blind Side (PG-13) 1:00 (Sat-Sun), 4:00, 7:00 n Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15 (684-1298)

United Artists Beaucatcher (298-1234) n

2012 (PG-13) 1:20, 4:40, 8:00 Armored (PG-13) 1:05, 3:15, 5:30, 7:50, 10:10

Brothers (R) 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:30

The Blind Side (PG-13) 1:10, 4:00, 7:00, 9:50

A Christmas Carol 3-D (PG) 11:35, 2:00, 4:30, 7:10, 9:40

Brothers (R) 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 10:05

Everybody’s Fine (PG-13) 12:10, 2:35, 5:05, 7:30, 10:05

A Christmas Carol 3-D (PG) 1:50, 4:20, 7:10, 9:45

Fantastic Mr. Fox (PG) 2:15, 4:35, 7:20, 9:35

Everybody’s Fine (PG-13) 1:30, 4:10, 7:30, 10:00

The Men Who

Fantastic Mr. Fox (PG) 1:00, 3:10, 5:20, 7:40, 9:55

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Boondock Saints, with fraternal twins Connor (Sean Patrick Flanery) and Murphy (Norman Reedus) — aka The Saints — hiding out on an Irish sheep farm with their father, Il Duce (Billy Connolly), and wearing atrociously cheesy fake beards. When they get word that a Boston priest has been murdered in the style of The Saints own vigilante calling card, the boys head to the barn, give themselves haircuts with sheep sheers, and travel to Massachusetts for revenge. There’s no real plot, just a collection of set pieces and flashbacks that fill in the gaps surrounding all the goings on. This might’ve worked if the action scenes had little going for them other than the occasional bit of slow motion. But even that’s regrettable, since every second chewed up is one second I could’ve not been watching this movie. The Saints themselves are portrayed as lovable goofs who just happen to go around murdering large groups of people willy-nilly. Most of their forays into gun fighting end up devolving into some brand of screwy mishap full of high jinks, which is a greater symptom of what’s wrong with the entire movie — it’s simply too jokey. It’s not just crammed full of broad humor, but the nadir of hokey comedy. We’re talking a few steps removed from “pull my finger” here. But the movie doesn’t care. The movie doesn’t care about anything, really. And you know why? Because it’s just oozing testosterone. Or at least that’s what it constantly bombards you

with, complete with a monologue on what makes manly men manly. But if all this machismo male bonding worries you, do not fret, because the characters make a point of noting every few minutes how they’re not gay. Of course, I’m not sure who would think such things, especially in a movie with exactly one female in it and a couple of heroes who can perfectly coif their hair with farming implements. There’s been an attempt at bringing in better on-screen talent this time around, which is nice seeing as how many of the returning supporting actors from the original film would be better served in used-car commercials. The only problem is that the name talent doesn’t fare too well either, unless you have a firm suspension of disbelief. You have to believe that Judd Nelson can be menacing, that Clifton Collins Jr. doesn’t look idiotic in his prowrestler-mullet wig, that Billy Connolly can look like a badass and not an uncomfortable old man, and that Peter Fonda’s Italian accent doesn’t sound like Chico Marx. Actually, if you can believe these things, you can probably believe this is a good movie. Rated R for bloody violence, language and some nudity. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14.

Ninja Assassin JJJJ Director: James McTeigue (V for Vendetta)

Players: Rain, Naomie Harris, Ben Miles, Sh™ Kosugi, Rick Yune

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The Story: A rogue ninja assassin and a government official work to bring down the ninja’s former clan. The Lowdown: Slight and a bit repetitive, but nevertheless somewhat stylish and agreeably gory as far as mindless entertainment goes. It’s not every day that I get to say that a movie really goes downhill after the scene with the severed head in the Laundromat washing machine, but that’s the unfortunate truth with James McTeigue’s Ninja Assassin. The film starts off agreeably goofy, with an aging tattoo artist (Randall Duk Kim, Dragonball Evolution) regaling members of the Yakuza with a tale of surviving a ninja attack 50 years prior due to a birth defect that caused his heart to be on the right side of his chest. Then we’re treated to an incredible splatter bit of ninja action, which — while not nearly on par with Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) — would feel at home in any number of schlock horror movies. The same goes for the aforementioned decapitated head segment that soon follows in a subsequent scene. Unfortunately, McTeigue’s film isn’t able to keep up this level of sublime junkiness. The trouble is the film’s plot is flimsy and only serves to move Ninja Assassin

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

The Blind Side JJJJ

Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron, Tim McGraw, Ray McKinnon, Kathy Bates, Jae Head Fact-Based Uplifting Sports Drama Factbased story of Michael Oher, a poor black kid adopted by an upscale white family. A manipulative, but effective, uplifting sports drama that benefits from a strong cast, but never escapes a sense of condescension and questionable messages. Rated PG-13

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day JJ

Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly, Clifton Collins Jr., Julie Benz Cornball Action The vigilante MacManus brothers return to Boston to clean the streets of mobster riffraff. A flatly directed actioner full of cheesy, broad humor and macho posturing that comes across like a two-hour-long beer commercial full of uninspired bloodletting. Rated R

A Christmas CaroL JJJ

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

Couples Retreat JJ

Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Jason Bateman, Faizon Love, Malin Akerman Romantic Comedy A group of couples head off for a vacation in a tropical para-

dise only to be bamboozled into couples counseling. An uninspiring romcom centered around more of the same from Vince Vaughn that’s short on insight and overlong. Rated PG-13

An Education JJJJJ

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

Fantastic Mr. Fox JJJJJ

(Voices) George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Michael Gambon Animated Comedy Bored with life as a respectable fox citizen, Mr. Fox reverts to a life of poultry thievery and outwitting local farmers. Witty, sophisticated comedy, splendid voice acting, brilliant animation and personal filmmaking combine to create perhaps the most pure fun to be had at the movies all year. Rated PG

The Men Who Stare at Goats JJJJ

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

Michael Jackson’s This Is It JJJJ

Michael Jackson, Kenny Ortega Music Documentary A behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Michael Jackson’s This Is It show that was nearly ready to be

performed at the time of Jackson’s death. While your taste for this will depend almost entirely on your fondness or lack thereof for Michael Jackson, the film itself is an intriguing look at his creative process. Rated PG

Ninja Assassin JJJJ

Rain, Naomie Harris, Ben Miles, Sh™ Kosugi, Rick Yune Martial Arts A rogue ninja assassin and a government official work to bring down the ninja’s former clan. Slight and a bit repetitive, but nevertheless somewhat stylish and agreeably gory as far as mindless entertainment goes. Rated R

Old Dogs J

Robin Williams, John Travolta, Seth Green, Kelly Preston, Conner Rayburn, Ella Bleu Travolta “Family” Comedy A 50-odd-year-old man finds himself saddled with a pair of children he didn’t know he had and has to learn how to be a dad. A pitiful, pathetic, lazy attempt at bilking money out of the market for family-friendly fare during the holiday season. Rated PG

Pirate Radio JJJJJ

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

Planet 51 JJ

(voices) Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Gary Oldman, Sean William Scott, John Cleese Animated Adventure An American astronaut lands on an alien planet, only to be feared by the natives as a brain-eating monster. A pointless exercise in the loud, frantic and juvenile—even by the standards of a kids’ picture. Rated PG

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The Twilight Saga: New Moon JJ

Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Billy Burke, Michael Sheen Teen Romance/Horror/Fantasy More teencentric romantic entanglements among the supernatural set and one whiny girl. It’s better made than the first one, but it may be even dumber in its attempt to go for the world’s record in moping teens. Rated PG-13

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

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Antal Nimr—d, who brought us the less-thanstellar Vacancy, now brings us the oddly timed Armored - a heist-gone-wrong thriller with Columbus Short, Matt Dillon, Laurence Fishburne and Jean Reno. The cast may not exactly be in the film’s favor, but neither does it weigh against it. Much more dubious signs abound, however: a Screen Gems release, Nimr—d’s direction, the PG-13 rating, the hohum trailer, the lack of critic screenings. You stand cautioned. (PG-13)

BROTHERS

Jim Sheridan - never the most prolific of filmmakers - hasn’t made a film since 2005’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’, and he hasn’t made a good film since 2002 with In America. Then again, when was the last time Tobey Maguire made much of an impression - even as Spider-Man? An “important” film would be a boost to both director and star, and this remake of a Danish film by Susanne Bier - which tells the tale of what happens when a presumed dead soldier (Maguire) shows up alive and finds that his grieving “widow” (Natalie Portman) has fallen for his brother (Jake Gyllenhaal) - might do the trick. It’s one of those movies where you keep hearing the term “Oscar buzz,” but only in the realm of wishful PR thinking, because there aren’t enough reviews yet to suggest any such thing.(R) Early review samples: • “Susanne Bier’s emotionally harrowing melodrama about the toll of war on the home front has become a lesser thing in Jim Sheridan’s English-language remake of Brothers.” (Justin Chang, Variety) • “Sheridan pulls you so deep into Brothers so fast that there isn’t time for the alarm bell to go off that says: ‘Warning! Another Traumatized-Vet Movie!’” (David Edelstein, New York Magazine)

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A remake with different intentions is Kirk Jones’ Everybody’s Fine, drawn from Giuseppe Tornatore’s (Cinema Paradiso) 1990 Marcello Mastroianni film of the same name (only in Italian it’s Stanno Tutti Bene). This one is in Seasons Greetings mode, with widower Robert De Niro taking it upon himself to pay unexpected visits to his children during the yuletide season to find out why they canceled coming home for Christmas. That the children - all of whom appear to be hiding less successful careers than they let dad in on - are played by Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckinsale may be a plus. The trailer looks solidly sappy and the early reviews are so-so to unkind. (PG-13) Early review samples: • “Though a bit too artful to merit the pejorative ‘tearjerker’ label, the film is rigorously streamlined to deliver a good emotional uppercut by the end, and purely on the strength of its craft, it connects.” (Andrew Barker, Variety) • “In his career-debasement race against Al Pacino, must Robert De Niro inflict a moribund genre botch like Everybody’s Fine on the public just in time to grinch us up for Christmas?” (Bill Weber, Slant Magazine)

TRANSYLMANIA

What is this? Well, in reality it’s something called Dorm Daze 3 - one of those vaguely National Lampoon-related things that usually go straight to DVD. That’s exactly what happened with the first two Dorm Daze entries. Well, because this one is set in Transylvania and deals with vampires - and vampires are the happening thing these days - some jackass decided it warranted theatrical release. It’s made by people you never heard of and stars people of a similar caliber. The trailer makes it apparent that it’s aimed at folks who found Meet the Spartans too intellectual. (R)

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Director: Roman Polanski Players: Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser, Yvonne Furneaux, Patrick Wymark Psychological Horror Rated NR Roman Polanski’s first English-language film, Repulsion (1965), is actually a picture the filmmaker undertook primarily in order to get financing for his next movie, Cul-de-sac (1966)—an approach that would continue to mark Polanski’s work over the years. The producers wanted something that could be marketed as an exploitation horror picture, and while Polanski complied, he did so by giving them a deeply disturbing examination of a young woman’s descent into madness such as had never been seen before. Classic Cinema From Around the World will present <i>Repulsion</i> at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at Courtyard Gallery, 9 Walnut St., in downtown Asheville. Info: 273-3332. For Cranky Hanke’s full review of this film, visit www.mountainx.com/movies.

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along from action scene to action scene. What little story exists is no great shakes: A rogue ninja with a heart of gold named Raizo (Rain, Speed Racer) tries to bring down his former clan with the help of a Europol agent (Naomie Harris, 28 Days Later …). A lot of Raizo’s story is told through flashbacks that only serve to grind the film to a halt, since they’re too ponderous and lack what the film’s real draw is — martial arts — proving once again that a lot of kung-fu movies need plots just as much as porno does. But even admitting that all the overwrought action is the film’s appeal, nevertheless leaves the movie feeling paper-thin. McTeigue’s only other feature, V for Vendetta (2005), was just as stylish and also had its flaws, but overcame much of this by having something on its mind. The only thing on Ninja Assassin’s mind is blood, blood and more blood, something that gets increasingly difficult for McTeigue to keep interesting as the film moves along, especially since the absurdity of the beginning of the film is quickly forgotten. It also doesn’t help that most of the fight scenes are filmed in dark spaces (these are ninjas, after all), making them nearly incomprehensible. But as the movie progresses and continues to make less and less logical sense, McTeigue is somehow able to redeem himself by creating a stunning, stylish climax inside a burning dojo — and even manages a surprisingly effective final scene. Seeing as how there’s little out there right now as far as action movies go, Ninja Assassin is the best bet for those looking for an action fix — or for kung-fu fans trying to tide over their already slim hopes that Tony Jaa’s Ong Bak 2 might finally make it to town. Rated R for strong bloody stylized violence throughout, and language. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carmike Cinema 10, Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Cinebarre, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande 15.

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Director: Walt Becker (Wild Hogs Players: Robin Williams, John Travolta, Seth Green, Kelly Preston, Conner Rayburn, Ella Bleu Travolta “Family” Comedy

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The Story: A 50-odd-year-old man finds himself saddled with a pair of children he didn’t know he had and has to learn how to be a dad. The Lowdown: A pitiful, pathetic, lazy attempt at bilking money out of the market for family-friendly fare during the holiday season. Trying to decide whether or not Walt Becker’s Old Dogs is actually the worst movie Robin Williams has ever made drove me to look over his credits. It’s a disgusting array — License to Wed (2007), Man of the Year (2006), RV (2006) — and that’s only looking at the more recent ... stuff. I’m not saying that co-star John Travolta’s credentials are exactly unblemished, but his badness seems generally more passive. Mr. Williams’ awfulness, however, is aggressive in the extreme. Without actually revisiting the unholy trinity listed above (that would require a substantial raise in pay), I’m inclined to say that while Old Dogs isn’t quite as creepy as License to Wed, it’s still marginally worse. Old Dogs is — quite simply — the nadir of filmmaking. It throws together a bunch of vintage sitcom situations, drops them into an even older sitcom plot (whether they fit or not), pads things out with slapstick the Three Stooges would have rejected as

too broad and repetitive, and then drowns the whole thing in feel-good, life-lesson banana oil. Here’s the premise: Dan (Williams) and Charlie (Travolta) are life-long buddies (insert doctored childhood photos here) who are now partners in some vague upscale business I never quite understood — except that they’re about to close a $47-million deal with a Japanese company. Trouble rears its head — as it is wont to do in such movies — when Vicki (Kelly Preston) saddles Dan — who was once her husband for 24 hours — with a pair of preciously precocious fraternal twins, who, of course, are the result of their 24-hour marriage. Why? Well, believe it or not, mom has a date making license plates (quite literally) with the Vermont Department of Corrections. Who better to fob the tykes off on than their father? This, of course, has less to do with logic than with all the raucous laughter that will obviously ensue from the spectacle of Dan — and by extension, Charlie — attempting to play dad. All of this is predicated on the idea that no one involved has a single functioning brain cell. Alas, this is too thin to support the film’s blessedly brief 88-minute running time, so the movie lurches along in barely integrated “comedic” set pieces. Since our heroes are in their 50s, it naturally follows that they are on all manner of medication. OK, I’m in my 50s and I’m on probably more medication than the average person my age, but these boys are walking pharmacies — and with drugs that have side effects I’m hard-pressed to imagine. Anyway, the drugs are going to get mixed up and Dan will take Charlie’s and Charlie will take Dan’s. Merriment follows. Dan develops vision problems that result in a golf game that mostly involves distorted lens work and a grim determination to see how many times hitting Seth Green in the testicular region will get a laugh. I think they stopped at six, but I may have miscounted. It hardly matters, since there are plenty more gonads on the green just waiting for a shot. Charlie, on the other hand, has taken something that gives him a bad case of the munchies, causing him to disrupt Ann-Margret’s (yes, Ann-Margret, who ought to know better) bereavement-group picnic. After that, his medication turns him into — thanks to CGI — Conrad Veidt in The Man Who Laughs (1928), or perhaps Travolta’s auditioning for the Joker in some future Batman movie. Who knows and who cares? There’s also a scouting sequence (with Matt Dillon), a plot development where Dan’s son accidentally lands them the $47million account by instant messaging with the head of the Japanese firm, an accident involving tanning spray, a lot of screaming, Seth Green falling prey to the blandishments of a lovesick gorilla and an honest-to-Lassie old dog, who is, of course, incontinent. All of this is leading to one of those “what really matters in life” discoveries that you knew you were getting into the moment you saw the word “Disney” and the PG rating. In this case, it will involve Robin Williams wearing a jet pack so he can get to his children’s birthday party — on the way to which he will fall into a pond. The same person who thought seeing Seth Green take a shot to the crotch six times was funny must have edited this sequence, since we see Williams’ stunt double fall into the water at least four times. Unfortunately, Williams survives. The movie does not. Rated PG for some mild rude humor. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carmike Cinema 10, Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Cinebarre, Regal Biltmore Grande 15.


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Home ROBERT’S PAINTING • Interior and exterior. Power washing, staining, and repairs. Free estimates. Licensed and insured. 352-459-8541.

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

Commercial Listings

Businesses For Sale

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SPACIOUS HAIR SALON • Good opportunity for owner/operator. Turn-key business. 5 stations. Like new equipment. Private room for massage therapy. Plenty of parking. (828) 232-5711.

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

Commercial Property

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

12,000 SQFT INCREDIBLE BUILDING • WEST ASHEVILLE For sale or lease, all or part, triple net. Long term lease. Includes 3000 sqft dance room: 12 work rooms underneath, 5 office spaces, 7 bathrooms (3 full) and a • huge 3500 sqft loft Apartment above, with pool, hot tub, stainless commercial kitchen, gas fireplace, wet bar, etc. • Serious inquires only. (828) 259-3663.

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Business Rentals 1 MONTH FREE! (W/12 month lease). River Arts Studios starting at $180/month, includes utilities. Call 2509700 or e-mail: rega@charterinternet.com 12,000 SQFT INCREDIBLE BUILDING • WEST ASHEVILLE For sale or lease, all or part, triple net. Long term lease. Includes 3000 sqft dance room: 12 work rooms underneath, 5 office spaces, 7 bathrooms (3 full) and a • huge 3500 sqft loft Apartment above, with pool, hot tub, stainless commercial kitchen, gas fireplace, wet bar, etc. • Serious inquires only. (828) 259-3663.

18 ORANGE, DOWNTOWN OFFICE SPACE Across from Staples. 1,325 sqft, entire first floor, large kitchen/bath, $1,295/month, water and electric included. By appointment: 828-273-3765. ATTENTION HOLISTIC PRACTITIONERS Heavy traffic. • Office and treatment space available in Arden holistic practice. • Hendersonville Road. Chiropractor relocating. Call 687-0506.

DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE: For lease. Retail and office suites, 222 to 2,964 sqft. Very prominent locations. Call G/M Property Group, 828-281-4024. jmenk@gmproperty.com DOWNTOWN Private and quaint office space with views. Get your Espresso and a paper next door. Only $1,200/month and 1 year lease or more. Bernie, 828 230-0755. GREAT LOCATION • Reach 45,000 people daily with this corner retail/restaurant building. Downtown Hendersonville. 4,000 sq.ft. with lots of private parking. $2500 month 828-685-0601. LEXINGTON AVENUE Vanilla shell w/loads of character, hardwood floors, exposed beams, 3 bathrooms, large windows, $3,950/month. The Real Estate Center, (828) 2554663. www.recenter.com

LEXINGTON LOFTS Renovated restaurant and retail spaces between 1100-2000 sqft on Lexington and Rankin Avenues w/competitive lease rates; ready for upfit mid-2010. The Real Estate Center, (828) 2554663. www.recenter.com NICE SUBURBAN OFFICES South of Airport, Hwy 280. 4,400 sqft. freestanding building. Possible office/livein. Approximately $3,000/month. HENDERSONVILLE ROAD Close to Asheville. Deluxe suite of offices, 160, 280 sqft. Ample parking. Cheap! 828216-6066.

BE ON BUSY TUNNEL ROAD! Anchor space to starter space available from 300 sqft to 3500 sqft. Great for Medical, Office or Studio use. Contact (828) 215-2865 for showings.

NORTH ASHEVILLE Basement level of the Sherwin Williams building, approximately 6500 sqft, $3000/month. The Real Estate Center, (828) 2554663. www.recenter.com

BUSY BUSINESS CORRIDOR Space available on Smokey Park Highway, approximately 700 sqft. Great visibility! $700/month. Call (828) 2152865 for showings.

RIVER DISTRICT 6,000 sqft shell - artists; flexible uses. Owner will upfit for Class A office. Call G/M Property Group, 828-281-4024. jmenk@gmproperty.com

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COMMERCIAL FOR SALE • Downtown, old fashioned building w/character on busy 0.25 acre corner, reduced, $675,000. • Downtown, Coxe Avenue one story building, approximately 1800 sqft, affordable price $295,000. • Downtown, Lexington Avenue turn-key coffee bar, $333,000. • The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663. www.recenter.com

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Rooms For Rent ARDEN • FURNISHED ROOM Near Airport, shopping, I-26. Beautiful, private setting. Organic property. Stress-free healthy living. • Responsible health conscious person only. • No smoking/substances. • Employed. $395/month. 6872390. ROOM FOR RENT • $375/month. Spacious house in Fairview. Great views and ambiance. Wooded property on 56 acres. Scott 828-458-0354 BENT CREEK AREA • Shared home. 4BR, 2BA. 2 story, nice older home. Quiet country atmosphere. W/D, cable, utilities, parking included. No smoking. $400/month, $200/deposit. 828-667-1053.

Apartments For Rent

1BR, 1BA NORTH • 65 Edgewood. $555/month. Great location. Wood floors. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 1BR, 1BA NORTH • 7 Banbury Cross. $525/month. Hardwood floors, high ceilings. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 1BR, 1BA • 37 Skyview. $485-$595/month. Nice views. 2nd month is FREE. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 1BR, 1BA • Hendersonville. 825 4th. Hardwood floors. $425/month. 828-693-8069. www.leslieandassoc.com 1BR/1-1.5BA NORTH • 265 Charlotte, hardwood floors, coin-op laundry. $725$795/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 1BR/1BA NORTH • 83 Edgemont, water included. $495/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

2BR, 1.5BA HENDERSONVILLE • 912 Hillcrest. $595/month. Garage, deck. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

1BR/1BA, EAST • 314 Fairview, porch, $525/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

Glen Beale, *2nd month free*, $675/month, 828-2531517, www.leslieandassoc.com

2-3BR, 1.5BA NORTH • 30 Clairmont. Close to shopping and dining. Water included. $615-$635/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

$325/MONTH CANTON; $450/MONTH CANDLER Nice, renovated 1BR apartments; minutes from downtown Asheville. No smoking; no pets. Call (828) 337-5447. 1 FREE MONTH! (w/contract). Live, work and play downtown. • Studio: $545/month. • 1BR: $650/month. Call (828) 691-6555.

2BR, 1.5BA MONTFORD • 346 Montford. $750/month. Hardwood floors, fireplace. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 2BR, 1BA EAST • 28 Hillendale. $670/month. Sunporch, carpet. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

1 GREAT COUNTRY APARTMENT Leicester area. Quiet 1BR on organic farm. WD. • No pets/smoking. $540/month includes utilities. Call 683-0137.

2BR, 1BA HENDERSONVILLE • 407 4th. $515/month. Hardwood floors, garage. 828-693-8069. www.leslieandassoc.com

1-2BR, 1-2BA, HENDERSONVILLE, 2010 LAUREL PARK, coin-op laundry, $510-$655/month, 828-693-8069, www.leslieandassoc.com

2BR, 1BA NORTH • Kimberly area. Brick 4-plex, main level. 900 sq.ft. Quality. Private. $685/month. 828-775-9434.

1-2BR, 1BA NORTH • 198 Kimberly Ave. $605$750/month. Patio, lawn. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 1-2BR, 2BA, SOUTH Skyland Heights, $495-$595/month, 828-253-1517, www.leslieandassoc.com

2BR, 1BA WEST • 9 King Arthur. Dishwasher, baseboard heat. $625/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 2BR, 1BA WEST • 92 Appalachian Way. $895/month. Harwood floors, W/D connections. 828-531517. www.leslieandassoc.com

1, 2, 3 BEDROOM APARTMENTS From $525$1500. • Huge selection! • Pet friendly. (828) 251-9966. Alpha-Real-Estate.com

2BR, 1BA, EAST, 7 LINDSEY, A/C, W/D hookups, $595/month, 828-693-8069, www.leslieandassoc.com

1BR, 1.5BA NORTH • 154 Barnard. $625/month. Bonus room, dishwasher. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

2BR, 1BA, NORTH, 365 Weaverville, w/d hookups, $455-$575/month, 828-6938069, www.leslieandassoc.com

1BR, 1BA CENTRAL • 15 Grindstaff. Carpet/vinyl. $525/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

2BR, 2BA EAST • 2484 Riceville Rd. Open floor plan, porch. $615/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

1BR, 1BA NORTH • 12 Golf St. $625/month. Hardwood floors, gas heat. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

2Br. 1.5BA NORTH • 172 Macon. Garage, dishwasher. $695/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

2BR/1BA WEST • 257 Sandhill, A/C, W/D hookups. $715/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 2BR/2BA, ARDEN • 216 Weston, A/C, W/D hookups. $795/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 3BR, 1BA NORTH • 22 Westall. Close to UNCA. Water included. $695/month. 828-253-1517. wwwleslieandassoc.com 3BR, 2BA EAST • 126 Aurora Dr. Carpet, W/D hookups. $750/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 3BR, 2BA, NORTH, 81 LAKESHORE, A/C, coin-op laundry, deck, $725/month, 828-253-1517, www.leslieandassoc.com A HOME IN THE MOUNTAINS • GREAT PRICE! Live in a beautiful, green, conveniently located scenic resort-style community! • Fireplaces • Heated pool • Fitness Center and more. Call (828) 6870638. kensingtonplaceapts.com ACTON WOODS APARTMENTS • Beautiful 2BR, 2BA, loft, $850/month. • 2BR, 2BA, $750. Include gas log fireplace, water, storage. 828-253-0758. Carver Realty BEAUTIFUL HISTORIC HENDERSONVILLE Affordable, clean, excellent location. 2BR, 1BA for 1 or 2 people. $550/month, includes utilities. Call (828) 606-7667. BETTY B. WILLIAMS & ASSOCIATES Now has vacancies in 2/BR apartments and townhomes. Rent from $535-650/month. Call Rose at 828.252.2199 or visit www.bettybwilliams.com BLACK MOUNTAIN • 2BR, 1BA. Heatpump, central air, W/D connection. Nice area. Only $545/month. 828-252-4334. BRIGHT SUNNY VICTORIAN MONTFORD • 1BR. Hardwood floors throughout, large LR and BR, gas heat, lots of closet space, washer/dryer. $675/month. Good credit, references, security deposit, year lease required. Quiet pet considered with fee. For appt: Elizabeth Graham 253-6800. CENTRAL • 1BR. Heat and water provided. $620/month. 828-253-0758. Carver Realty. CLOSE TO I-26/UNCA 2BR, 2BA. Beautiful complex, built 2002. Safe and secure. North Asheville. • $700/month. Call 778-6809. www.delkandson.com COTTAGE • KENILWORTH Studio. Very nice historic cottage close to Biltmore Avenue. Walk to hospital, AB Tech, downtown. Looking for energy conscious person. $605/month, includes heat, AC, water, cable. Deposit. Lease. (828) 255-8466.

DUPLEX • HENDERSONVILLE 2BR. • WD connections. Fenced backyard. Very convenient, close to downtown. $525/month includes water. 423-5160.

STUDIO/1BA NORTH • 82 Merrimon, hardwood floors, $505/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

EFFICIENCY APARTMENT • Available immediately. 289 E Chestnut ST. Ground floor units available, $450/month. No pets. 828-350-9400.

STUDIO • South. Forestdale. 2BR, 1BA. A/C. 2nd month rent FREE. $560-$695/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

FURNISHED COTTAGE • MARSHALL Very private. 20 minutes to Asheville. Completely renovated 2BR. Hardwood floors, all appliances, WD. Garage/workshop available. • No pets. $825/month. (828) 658-1000.

STUDIO • Sunny, spacious, quiet, porch, garden. Montford. Great location. Walk to downtown! No smoking/pets. $545/month. Utilities included. (716)9086367 11am-9pm.

GET QUALITY RESULTS! I received calls from a lot of high quality renters, as opposed to other publications I’ve tried. I will continue to advertise with Mountain Xpress. Patricia H. You too, can find the ideal renter, just call us! (828) 251-1333. Mountain Xpress Classified Marketplace.

SWEETEN CREEK RD. Kensington Place. $680/month. 1BR/1BA. Move in by Dec 30. Cathedral ceilings, W/D included. Must rent until 9/2010. Excellent location. Call Graham 828553-6436. Come see.

GLEN BRIDGE APARTMENTS • 1BR, 1BA. $450/month. Includes water/garbage. Small complex in Arden. Move in special with one year lease. www.arcagencyasheville.com. 828-350-9400. GROVE PARK INN AREA 1BR apartments and Cottages. Starting at $525/month. Walking distance to downtown. More information, call (828) 255-8458. LEICESTER • Available immediately. 1BR with office. $550/month. 828-350-9400. www.arcagencyasheville.com MONTFORD - CHARMING SPACIOUS 1BR With sunroom off kitchen, large LR, hardwood floors, gas heat $685/month. Credit check, references, security deposit, year’s lease required. Quiet pet considered with fee. For appt: Elizabeth Graham 2536800. NORTH ASHEVILLE TOWNHOMES •Special• Off Merrimon. Walking distance to town. • 2BR, 1BA. $495/month. Includes water. 828-252-4334 NORTH ASHEVILLE • 2BR, 1BA. Heat pump, central air. W/D connection. Close to Beaver Lake. $545/month. 828-252-4334. NORTH • 1BR. Hardwood floors. $500/month. 828-2530758. Carver Realty OFF CHARLOTTE ST • Clean, furnished, weekly apartments. Efficiency and rooms. Includes wireless, laundry, off-street parking. Secure building. Walk to downtown and busline. 828-232-1042.

TWO APARTMENTS IN CANDLER • $450$495/MONTH Landscape/farm work trade negotiable. Large 1BR. 16 miles from Downtown. Pets considered. Call (828) 2151923 or (828) 667-0120. UNFURNISHED 1, 2, 3 BEDROOM APARTMENTS • Available in West Asheville. Water, garbage included. Washer/dryer connections available. $529.00 -$649.00. Call 828-252-9882. rbaker@orionra.com WALK TO MISSION! Nice, ground level, 1BR, 1BA, hardwood floors. Off-street parking. Heat and water furnished. $625/month. $625 security deposit. Contact Tom, 828-230-7296. STUDIO/1BA NORTH • Fall Special! 85 Merrimon, all utilities included. Furnished. $550/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

Mobile Homes For Rent WEST ASHEVILLE • 2BR, 2BA mobile home. In very nice park. Like new. In city and on bus line close to town. Only $595/month. 828-252-4334. WEST ASHEVILLE • 3BR, 2BA near downtown. W/D connection. Excellent condition. $595/month. 828252-4334.

Condos/ Townhomes For Rent

2 MONTHS FREE!* (on 13 month lease term) on 1, 2 and 3BR condos. • A beautiful community with fitness center, pool, playground, business center and car wash. * (Movein month free and following month). • • Hurry, offer ends December 31, 2009. • Call Seasons at Biltmore Lake: (828) 670-9009 for more details or visit: www.ownseasons.com DOWNTOWN CONDO 2BR, 2BA, hardwoods, stainless appliances, granite countertops, jet tub, balcony, fitness center, parking, $1550/month. The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663. www.recenter.com FLETCHER/MILLS RIVER • Townhouse for rent. 2BR, 2.5BA. Basement, garage. Close to I26. $900/month. Call Robin at 828 768-1343. FLETCHER • 2BR, 1.5BA townhouse available for immediate rental. Very nice unit with one car garage. Duplex style living, very convenient to I-26 and south Asheville shopping/restaurants. One small pet considered. $800 per month. 828-350-9400. LUXURIOUS STUDIO CONDO Downtown Asheville, Kress building. Fully furnished with water, trash, power and parking included for $1250/month. Please call (828) 670-9772 or email: lisa@rodhubbardinc.com NORTH ASHEVILLE TOWNHOMES •Special• Off Merrimon. Walking distance to town. 2BR, 1BA. $495/month. Includes water. 828-252-4334 WEST ASHEVILLE Canterbury Heights, 46 and 48 Beri Drive. Newly renovated, 2BR, 1.5BA, split level condos, 918 sqft. Pool, fitness center. $725/month. Mike 919-624-1513.

Homes For Rent 1920’s BUNGALOW • DOWNTOWN WEAVERVILLE • Month to month. 3BR, 2BA, fireplace. Fenced yard. • Pets considered. • No smoking. $1295/month. Call (252) 6338809.

STUDIO 2BR, 1BA DOWNTOWN • 68 N. French Broad Ave. $595-$775/month. Mountain Views. 828-2531517. www.leslieandassoc.com STUDIO, 1BA DOWNTOWN • 85 Walnut. $675/month. Hardwood floors, roof access. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

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1999 FURNISHED MONTFORD COTTAGE 2BR, 2BA, 1600 sqft. Walk downtown. • Deck, patio, plenty closets. • No smokers/pets. $1500/month plus utilities. • Solid references! (828) 777-1014. 1BR, 1BA $650/month. Tucked-away, quiet property with gorgeous mountain views. Only 15 to 20 minutes from downtown Asheville. This is a charming, round Deltec house with two separate levels, each with a private entrance. Lower level available. Has one bedroom, full bath, open great room and a large, all season porch which can double as a second bedroom. Appliances and washer/dryer. Pets considered with deposit. Please Contact Lorette at 828-319-9560. 1ST CALL US! 2, 3 and 4BR homes from $700-2500. • Pet friendly. • Huge selection! (828) 251-9966 Alpha-RealEstate.com 20 MINUTES NORTH OF ASHEVILLE 3BR, 2BA. Clean and spacious. WD connections. Private, beautiful setting. Deck, garden space. $800/month. Call evenings: 658-1718.

2BR, 1BA BUNGALOW • W/D, DW, fplc, hardwoods, gas heat. Storage, fenced, parking. Pets considered. No smoking. Avail 12/1. References required. $925/month. First/last/$500 deposit. 314960-9345. robalba1@gmail.com. 2BR, 1BA KENILWORTH • 271 Forest Hill. $895/month. Garage, back yard. 828-2531517. www.leslieandassoc.com 2BR, 1BA NORTH • 42 Hollywood. $850/month. Porches, hardwood floors. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 2BR, 2BA - Haw Creek • Walk to library. Renovated kitchen, home office, gas heat/ac, includes W/D, yard service. $875/month. 828258-3303, 828-231-8010. 3BR, 1BA WEST • 39 Ridgeway. Oak floors, garage. $895/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 3BR, 2BA CENTRAL • $750/month. 8 minute walk to Vance Monument. Kitchen tile. Sunny. Quiet, low traffic. 828423-1209.

2BR, 1BA ARDEN • 47 Fairoaks. W/D hookups. A/C. $650/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

4BR, 2BA ARDEN • 6 Strathmore. $1495/month. Garage, fenced yard. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

2BR, 1BA ARDEN • 85 Tampa. $1135/month. Oak floors, fireplace. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

4BR, 2BA WEST • 10 Friendly Way. Gas logs, garage. $1195/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

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jobs ARDEN, OAK FOREST • 3BR, 2BA with full basement/garage. Nice area. Reduced to $1050/month. $30 application fee. 828-3509400. www.arcagencyasheville.com ARDEN • 1 home available from $895/month. Great layouts. 828-350-9400. www.arcagencyasheville.com ASHEVILLE AREA RENTALS $550-$1950/month. • 1-East. • 3-West. • 3-North. • 3South. • Century 21 Mountain Lifestyles: (828) 684-2640, ext 17. For more details: www.DebraMarshall.com BEAUTIFUL BRICK HOME Spacious 3BR, 2BA in historic Hendersonville. Formal dining, fireplace, hardwoods, gas. $1200/month includes utilities. Call (828) 606-7667. BILTMORE FOREST, SOUTH ASHEVILLE • 2 story carriage house with 1 BR, 1.5 BA. Hardwood floors, tile. Heat pump and central air. W/D connection. Completely renovated. Excellent condition. Lots of character. Water and high-speed internet included. $745/month. Steve, 828-2739545. BILTMORE PARK. 4BR, 2.5 BA, 2,200 sqft, Rent for $1,950. Carver Realty, 828253-0758. BULL CREEK LOG HOME Beautiful new construction! Available January 1. 1500+ sqft, 3BR, 2BA, WD, woodstove. Large secluded lot on creek. • Lots of light • very clean! $1200/month. 3013299. CANDLER • ENKA VILLAGE 3BR, 1BA. $800/month. 1 year lease. Great home in charming neighborhood. 5 minutes to I40. Updated bath. Big kitchen with all appliances. Washer/dryer. 1 car garage. New oil/heat pump furnace, central AC. • Cats ok. • We check credit and rental histories. Photos at: http://www.acmehomeandlan d.com/products.html • Call (828) 298-1212 or email manager@acmehomeandla nd.com

CANDLER • 3BR, 3BA. Private. $1,225. Call 828-2530758. Carver Realty CHUNNS COVE Available December 15. Beautifully renovated home, 1600+ sqft, 3BR, 3BA, hardwood/tile floors throughout, WD. 2 car garage, large deck overlooking wooded yard with brook. Very peaceful! $1495/month. 3013299. HAW CREEK • 3BR, 2.5BA. 2 car garage, 7 years old, 2000 sq.ft., gas heat, AC, D/W, disposal. $1,500/month. 7132467. HOUSES FOR RENT • Browse thousands of rental listings with photos and maps. Advertise your rental home for free. Visit http://www.RealRentals.com. (AAN CAN) NORTH ASHEVILLE TOWNHOMES •Special• Off Merrimon. Walking distance to town. 2BR, 1BA. $495/month. Includes water. 828-2524334. OFF THE HOOK! We got a great response from our ad for our Rental house in the Mountain Xpress! The phone rang off the hook! Thanks, Ander, owner, Design Painting. Get your Apartment or House rented quickly and affordably. Call (828) 251-1333. Mountain Xpress Classified Marketplace. QUIET HOME - SWANNANOA • 3BR, 3BA. 1300 sq.ft. Ash floors, heat pump with Vermont casting stove and propane back-up. 1 car garage. Spring water. Creek in back. 10 minutes to I40, 25 minutes to Asheville. No smoking, no pets. $1300/month, annual lease. 828-669-2219. REMODELED COUNTRY HOME • FAIRVIEW Old Fort Rd, 10-15 minutes to Asheville. 2BR, 2BA, Jacuzzi tub, porch. Tile, stone, wood floors. $780/month. (828) 778-0726.

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

WOODLAND HILLS • North Asheville. Perfect for family or roommates. 2 Master B/R suites with built ins/baths plus bonus room wiith bath. Large kitchen. Living room with fireplace. Mature landscaping on 1.5 acres with fenced area, 2 car garage, W/D. $1150/month, deposit, lease and references. (828) 2325547 • (828) 712-5548. JUPITER/BARNARDSVILLE • 2BR, 1BA. Office, heat pump, new windows. $795/month. www.arcagencyasheville.com NORTH 2BR, 1BA • Hardwood floors, full basement, oil heat. $800/month. 828-253-0758. Carver Realty BEST TIME IS NOW!

Arden Quiet/convenient location. No pets/smoking (indoors), prefer female roomy. $425 all utilities except phone included. Contact Lauren @phaetondreams@bellsouth.n et or 828-777-2007 Female Roommate Needed 2BR2BA E. Asheville condo. Nonsmoker, no pets. $375 plus 1/2 of utilities, deposit/references. Erin, after 3pm, (828)296-9408.

Vacation Rentals

Furnished Room/Bath available for employed person or student in quiet mountain home 2 miles from Brevard College. $345/month inclusive. 885-5410

A BEACH HOUSE At Folly. The legendary dog-friendly Rosie’s Ocean View and Kudzu’s Cottage now booking now booking for oyster season! Call (828) 216-7908. www.kudzurose.com BEAUTIFUL LOG CABIN Sleeps 5, handicap accessible. Near Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC. (828) 231-4504 or 277-1492. bennie14@bellsouth.net

Roommates 2BR. 2BA Share West Asheville duplex $385/month + 1/2 utilities. Central heat/air, W/D, full kitchen, deck, pet friendly. Nire1119@AOL.com 2BR/1.5BA Apartment W. Asheville. $300/month + water/electric, 1/1/10 movein, quiet neighborhood near Haywood Ave, considerate and laid-back m/f needed asap, contact 423-342-8162.

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Arden. Furnished room, beautiful/private setting. Organic garden. Chemical-free household. Seeking responsible, clean roommate(s). No pets. $395/month, utilities included. No lease. (828) 687-2390.

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3rd Roommate needed for 3BR 2BA West Asheville homeshare in tranquil location. $450/month; $450 deposit. Sorry, no pets. Call 727-564-2703.

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Gorgeous Montford Apt Share Downtown location, spacious rooms, hardwood floors, front porch, washer/dryer, vegetarian kitchen. Seeking friendly, clean, mature housemate! $390 plus some utilities. Looking for Responsible, Quiet Clean Housemate No additional pets but must be dog friendly. $450/month includes utilities, Direct TV and wireless internet.828-2161722. Looking for Responsible, Quiet Roommate • Clean housemate. No additional pets but must be dog friendly. $450.00/month includes utilities, Direct TV and wireless internet. 828-216-1722.

West Asheville $300/month. 2BR/1.5 bath, available 1/1/10, quiet neighborhood, close to everything on Haywood, laid-back roommate, no pets. 423-3428162

Employment

General $$$HELP WANTED$$$ Extra Income! Assembling CD cases from Home! No Experience Necessary! Call our Live Operators Now! 1-800-4057619 EXT 2450 http://www.easyworkgreatpay.com (AAN CAN) CAB DRIVERS Needed at Blue Bird; call JT 258-8331. Drivers needed at Yellow Cab; call Buster at 253-3311. FIND QUALITY EMPLOYEES FAST! We found more than a dozen highly qualified job applicants in less than a week with just a single classified ad in the Mountain Express. • Chris Dennen, PhD, President of Innovative Healing Inc. • Your business can quickly and affordably find the right employee. Call 251-1333, Mountain Xpress Marketplace! HIRE QUALITY EMPLOYEES “Our employment advertisements with the Mountain Xpress garner far more educated and qualified applicants than any other publication we have used. The difference is visible in the phone calls, applications and resumes.” Howard Stafford, Owner, Princess Anne Hotel. • Thank you, Howard. Your business can benefit by advertising for your next employee in Mountain Xpress Classifieds. Call 251-1333. MOTIVATED LOT MAINTENANCE PERSON needed for fast-paced car lot. Part time, Monday-Saturday. Must possess a valid NC driver license and be over the age of 19. Apply in person at 1098 Patton Avenue, TuesdayThursday, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Majestic Available Dec. 1 $415/month. Large BR in central West Asheville. Walking distance to everything! 5BR, 2BA, W/D, dishwasher, and awesome people. annafinkelson@gmail.com Private Home in Barnardsville Beautiful country surroundings. Pets accepted. All included $350: Jeff 231-0372 Room for Rent in 2BR apartment. East Asheville. Available now. Small dog or a kitty is ok. $350 + 1/2 electric. 828-582-0908,Tania. Share 4BR/2BA House Candler. Large yard, deck, hot tub, grill, firepit, plus guesthouse for friends, mountain views, private setting. $400/month includes utilities, no pets. 828-6706463.

Employment Opportunities • Call (828) 225-6122 or visit: biltmore.com

Skilled Labor/ Trades SMALL CUSTOM CABINET/FURNITURE SHOP In Fletcher has an immediate position for qualified craftsperson. Must be clean, dependable, and have a strong work ethic. F/T. Compensation based upon experience. Reply with letter of intent and resume to rob@ra-woodinteriors.com

Administrative/ Office CLIENT SERVICES Part-time position in veterinary hospital. Looking for a service-oriented individual with a cheerful, mature personality and compassion for animals. Ability to greet clients, handle computer tasks and answer multi-phone lines simultaneously with a smile is a must! Learn veterinary software to make appointments, generate invoices, check in and out patients and provide daily record keeping. Hours include rotating Saturdays. Send cover letter and resume with 3 references to: White Oak Veterinary Hospital, Attn: Donna Howland, 3336 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher, NC 28732 or info@whiteoakvet.net

Salon/ Spa A STYLIST For busy Organic salon, North Asheville. Clientele preferred. Flexible hours. Experienced, selfmotivated. Supportive environment. thewaterlily@mac.com • (828) 505-3288. The Water Lily Wellness Salon BOOTH RENTAL AVAILABLE • For chic and friendly downtown Bumble and bumble salon. Fun atmosphere with creative and conscientious colleagues. Please email info@eclipseasheville.com or call 828-285-0019 for more details and to set up an interview. HOT SPRINGS RESORT AND SPA • Hot Springs NC is now hiring dual trained Massage Therapist / Estheticians, with North Carolina License, to offer combination massage/esthetics treatments. Please apply in person at 315 Bridge Street Hot Springs, NC Monday - Friday 9:a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sales/ Marketing

HOW TO GET A SALES JOB YOU’LL LOVE • Apply for a career-advancing opportunity at COMBINED INSURANCE and you’re on your way to a sales job you’ll love to go to every day. 7000 employees worldwide and 89 years in business attest to this fact. We invest in you through paid training, comprehensive corporate benefits, and competitive compensation up to $65K annually depending upon position. We have 2 positions available immediately. To find out more information on this job you may love, please forward your resume to: richard.winter@combined.com

LA NOTICIA The SpanishLanguage Newspaper is looking for experienced advertising sales reps. Great benefits and commissions. Send resume to hgurdian@lanoticia.com SALES PROS • Time to get paid what you are worth AND have a life. Call 1-888-7004916.

Restaurant/ Food MOUNTAIN X JAMS! As a growing business that relies on the face put forward by our employees, Mountain Xpress Classifieds is where we turn to find them. The volume of high-quality applicants replying to our ads can be hard to choose from, and it is always worth our investment. Thanks Mountain X! Rebecca and Charlie, owners, Tomato Jam Cafe. O’MALLEY’S IN WAYNESVILLE • Looking for a qualified cook. Experience a must. References required. No phone calls please. 172 N. Main St., Waynesville.

Medical/ Health Care BILINGUAL MEDICAL RECEPTIONIST • Full Time, temporary position. Submit resumes to abronson@ vistafamilyhealth.com RECEPTIONIST/PATIENT ACCOUNT MANAGER • Great Place To Work! Become an integral member of our busy, well established chiropractic clinic. Full time, support staff position. Must have excellent communication and customer service skills as well as good analytical abilities. Medical billing knowledge desirable. $1011.50/hr to start, depending on experience. Raise after 30 days. Benefits include chiropractic care and insurance contribution. Send cover letter and resume to:River Ridge Chiropractic, Attn: Patryce 802 Fairview Rd.,Suite 1200, Asheville, NC 28803 email:riverridgechiropractic .patryce@gmail.com

Human Services

FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES OF ASHEVILLE is seeking licensed therapists to provide mental health services to children and families. Email csimpson@fpscorp.com


FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES OF HENDERSONVILLE has immediate openings for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors and Provisional or Board Eligible candidates to provide therapy to adults and/or children. Please email resumes to wfhoward@fpscorp.com

FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES OF TRYON In Polk County FPS has immediate openings for Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Licensed Professional Counselors to provide individual and group therapy for adults and children with mental health needs. Please email resumes to lmorrison@fpscorp.com FAMILY SERVICE WORKER To recruit and provide advocacy services to families with preschool aged children for a Head Start program. Candidates for this position should possess knowledge of strength-based perspectives in working with families, serves as a liaison among Head Start families, staff, and community supports. Candidates must also exhibit individual initiative, problem solving and follow-up skills, and are comfortable with multi-tasking and working as a part of a team. Requires professional communication skills, both written and verbal, ability to set priorities, work independently, prepare clear and concise records and exercise flexibility. Knowledge of word processing and data base programs a plus. 4 year degree in a Human Service field or an AA degree with at least 3 years experience required. Fluent in English required, Bilingual helpful. Must possess a valid NC driver’s license; pass physical, drug screen and background checks. • Excellent benefits. Salary Range: $13.10$15.78/hour. • Send resume and cover letter with work references and phone numbers to: Human Resources Manager 25 Gaston Street, Asheville NC, 28801. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview. Open until filled. EOE and DFWP. THE MEDIATION CENTER FAMILY VISITATION PROGRAM is seeking a person to monitor supervised visits. See www.mediatebuncombe.org/o penings for application instructions.

WNC GROUP HOMES FOR AUTISTIC PERSONS is recruiting for full time and part time direct care posItions. Applications available at 28 Pisgahview Ave, Asheville, or at www.wncgrouphomes.org or call Gaby at 828-274-8368. WNC Group Homes is proud to be a drug free workplace.

Haywood/Buncombe County RN: Assertive Community Treatment Team. Must have four years of psychiatric nursing experience. Please contact Mason Youell, mason.youell@meridianbhs.org QMHP Assertive Community Treatment Team. Must have mental health degree and two years of experience working with adults with mental illness. Please contact Mason Youell, mason.youell@meridianbhs.org Vocational Specialist Assertive Community Treatment Team. Must have mental health degree and two years of experience working with adults with mental illness. Please contact Mason Youell, mason.youell@meridianbhs.org Jackson/Macon/Clay County Team Leader Assertive Community Treatment Team. Must have master’s degree and be license eligible. Please contact Ben Haffey, ben.haffey@meridianbhs.org Accounts Payable Technician Jackson County. Process accounts payable invoices and miscellaneous billing. Must have excellent computer skills, experience with Excel and Word. Associate degree in accounting or business, or at least three years of experience with accounts payable on a computerized accounting system required. Please contact Kim Woodley, kim.woodley@meridianbhs.org Cherokee/Clay/Graham County Therapist/Team Leader Child and Family Services. Masters degree and license eligible. Please contact David Hutchinson at david.hutchinson@meridianbhs.org Team Leader Adult Recovery Education Center. Masters or Doctoral Level Clinician. Must be licensed or license-eligible. Please contact Julie DurhamDefee at julie.durhamdefee@meridianbhs.org QMHP Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have mental health degree and two years of experience working with adults with mental illness. Please contact Patty Bilitzke at patricia.bilitzke@meridianbhs.org • For further information and to complete an application, visit our website: www.meridianbhs.org

Professional/ Management

MAKE A DIFFERENCE NC Mentor is looking for foster parents in Buncombe, Henderson, Polk, Transylvania, and Rutherford counties. Be a hero in your community and open your home to a child in need. We provide training, 24 hour support, and a generous stipend. Please call Nicole at 828-696-2667 ext 14. Together we can make a difference in our community. Visit our web site at www.ncmentor.com • Do you know someone who is interested in becoming a therapeutic foster parent?

Now hiring a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist to provide assessments for adults in the Henderson County Detention Center. FTI provides a positive work environment, flexible hours, room for advancement, health benefits, and an innovative culture. humanresources@ familiestogether.net

FULL CHARGE OFFICE MANAGER Needed immediately, full charge bookkeeper and payroll using Quick Books, experienced with Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge data base system, very organized and focused professional needed who could earn up to $30,000/year plus paid vacations, health care and pension. • Resume, cover letter, salary history, references to: PO Box 144, Asheville, NC 28802 • Attn: Office Manager/Tim. No phone calls, please.

Teaching/Education FULL-TIME LEAD TEACHER Needed immediately for a quality pre-school program in the Arden/Fletcher area. Low student/teacher ratio and great pay. BS/BA or AAS degree preferred but personality and experience will be considered if the candidate is willing to take classes eventually. Send resume: 31 Park Ridge Drive, Fletcher, NC, 28732 or bellsschoolforpe@ bellsouth.net WARREN WILSON COLLEGE • Seeks an individual to fill a temporary, one semester faculty position in Environmental Studies and Biology. See http://www.warrenwilson.edu/~humres/positions _faculty.php for additional information. YMCA OF WESTERN NC • Afterschool Program Opportunities $7.25 $13/hour Please visit our web site for details: www.ymcawnc.org

Career Training Now hiring a licensed professional to provide assessments to adults, linkage to services, and partner with Henderson County stakeholders. • Qualified candidates will include LPC’s, LCSW’s, LMFT’s, LCAS’s, PLCSW’s, or Board Eligible Counselors. FTI provides a positive work environment, flexible hours, room for advancement, health benefits, and an innovative culture. humanresources@ familiestogether.net

Now hiring a licensed professional to provide assessments to children and families and partner with Henderson and Transylvania stakeholders. Qualified candidates will include LPC’s, LCSW’s, LMFT’s, LCAS’s, PLCSW’s, or Board Eligible Counselors. FTI provides a positive work environment, flexible hours, room for advancement, health benefits, and an innovative culture. www.humanresources@ familiestogether.net

EARN $75 - $200/HOUR • Media Makeup Artist Training. Ad, TV, Film, Fashion. One week class. Stable job in weak economy. Details at http://www.AwardMakeUpSch ool.com 310-364-0665. (AAN CAN).

Business Opportunities $6000/MONTH • PART-TIME Alkaline Ionized Water. National Environmental Company seeking 5-10 people. Work from home. Local training. Ted and Chris Belz: (828) 989-6057. • See our website, please register at capture page, look at videos, testimonials, and income potential. www.YourIonizedWater.com /Realtors BEST HOME-BASED BUSINESS EVER! It’s fun; it’s simple; it’s lucrative. To hear 3-minute message, call 1866-257-3105, code 1. BIZ OP • Want to purchase minerals and other oil/gas interest. Send details to: PO Box 13557, Denver, CO 80201 DIGITAL STORYBOOK AND SCRAPBOOK REPRESENTATIVE Seeks parttime customer sales and host partners in WNC. Free software and startup kit available to first five who qualify. Free training on software for personal use and building customer base. Flexible hours, low start-up cost, work from home or office. Respond by email with interest and computer knowledge to: Wayne, Senior Consultant: wd2999@yahoo.com cell phone 704-287-9806. ECOTRIPS FOR SALE For innovative, green transportation system featuring electric vehicles for local shuttle service. Unique and established business model needs an imaginative entrepreneur who wants to expand this groundbreaking idea and can focus time and energy to its unlimited potential. Serious inquiries only. For more info go to www.ecotripsasheville.com or email to info@ecotripsasheville.com

Employment Services

2009 • DON’T JUST SURVIVE • Thrive! Snelling delivers results with staffing expertise that connects people and businesses with the power to thrive! www.snelling.com/asheville /application

An Evening of Strings Benefit concert,Featuring internationally acclaimed celtic violinist Jamie Laval. Dec. 8th Erwin High auditorium 7pm. Proceeds to the Erwin Strings program. ATTENTION CHRISTIAN FEMALES White Christian male wants to meet a white, Christian female who loves Jesus and not drugs, etc. I am 76 years young, in good shape and want someone who is slim and under 45 years old. She would help around my apartment and care for my French Poodle and cook. If you like movies and TV, you stay home, I’ll run my business. Please call: Danny: (864) 8447286.

Bodywork **ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE MASSAGE-GIFT CERTIFICATES!** $35/hour. Perfect pressure! Caring, intuitive, professional therapist. Tranquil sanctuary just 3 blocks from Greenlife & downtown! Open Mon thru Sat., 9am to 7 p.m. by appt. only. Brett Rodgers LMBT #7557. www.vitalitymassage.net (828) 255-4785.

FREE CUT!* (With color purchase*) See Stylist Kristen at Studio Chavarria, downtown Asheville. 236-9191. *Bring in this ad; limited time offer. Looking for Sanctuary Rental Bright/positive 28 yr. old seeks room/apartment to rent W. Ash. Clean, organized, eco minded conscious w/ sweet dog 831-420-7347 Danny PENIS ENLARGEMENT. FDA Medical Vacuum Pumps. Gain 1-3 inches permanently. Testosterone, Viagra, Cialis. Free Brochures. 619-2947777 http://www.drjoelkaplan.com (discounts available) (AAN CAN)

SHE WHO SCOOTS Can run errands for you. To the grocery store, pharmacy, post office, etc. In and around downtown Asheville. $10 minimum for errands taking up to 30 minutes. Call or email Amanda: 828- 301-0091. amandaj.levesque@gmail.com

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

Announcements

Classes & Workshops

RESUME WRITING • CAREER SERVICES Let us enhance and amplify your job search! • Next Step Career Services: (410) 382-9021 • www.nscareerservices.com

ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS in 111 alternative newspapers like this one. Over 6 million circulation every week for $1200. No adult ads. Call Rick at 202-289-8484. (AAN CAN)

LEARN VIETNAMESE/ASIAN COOKING • Tired of the same old food? Learn to prepare healthy and nutritious food. www.seasiancookingeasy.com

UNDERCOVER SHOPPERS Get paid to shop. Retail and dining establishments need undercover clients to judge quality and customer service. Earn up to $100/day. Please call 1-800-720-0576.

ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS in 111 alternative newspapers like this one. Over 6 million circulation every week for $1200. No adult ads. Call Mountain Xpress Classifieds at (828) 251-1333. (AAN CAN)

NEED A PLACE TO MAKE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS? MEET FUN PEOPLE? Earthspeak Arts Studio, 375 Depot St. Fridays thru Sundays wechurlik@verizon.net 828678-9038.

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THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE AND HOLISTIC HEALTING • First session 75minutes $55.00. December Only. Located in a beautiful, clean, healing arts center in downtown Asheville. Earth Conscious practice. 100% organic oils/lotions. Ayurvedic Massage, Deep Tissue, Thai Stretching, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Swedish, Hot towels, Spa treatments. Gift certificates! Schedule yourself for a relaxing massage today! (828) 333-2717. Lauren Barta. NC-LMBT # 7219. ZEN GARDEN • Creative healing massage therapy combining many modalities. $25/half hour. Membership discount. Suzannah, 828-333-0555. LMBT 5773.

Spiritual #1 AFFORDABLE COMMUNITY CONSCIOUS MASSAGE CENTER Best rates in town! $29/hour. • 20 Wonderful Therapists to choose from. Therapeutic Massage: • Deep Tissue • Swedish • Sports • Trigger Point. Also offering: • Acupressure • Energy Work • Reflexology • Classes. Call now for your appointment: • 10 Biltmore Plaza, 505-7088. Asheville. www.thecosmicgroove.com BEST MASSAGE IN ASHEVILLE Deep tissue, sports massage, Swedish, esalen. Available in/out. Jim Haggerty, LMBT# 7659. Call (828) 545-9700. www.jhmassage.com

TOUR THE FARM December 12. Meet the horses and therapists and learn more about our programs. Reservations: (828) 683-7304. HOMELIFE’S HYBRID REAL ESTATE MODEL Own a Franchise $195/month plus Marketing/Advertising. Johnny Gilbert, HomeLife International, Inc. Call (832) 385-3539. Johnny.Gilbert@ HomeLifeUS.com

Mind, Body, Spirit

MASSAGE/MLD Therapeutic Massage. Manual Lymph Drainage. Lymphedema Treatment. $45/hour or sliding scale for financial hardship. 17+ years experience. 828254-4110. NC License #146. www.uhealth.net SHOJI SPA & LODGE • 7 DAYS A WEEK Looking for the best therapist in town—- or a cheap massage? Soak in your outdoor hot tub; experience the invigorating cold plunge; then get the massage of your life! 26 massage therapists. 299-0999. www.shojiretreats.com STAY RELAXED. Massage therapy at your home/office. 1/2 or 1-hour appointments. Call Sarah Whiteside, LMBT#4741, (828) 279-1050. sarahsgolf@charter.net THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY Patricia O’Sullivan LMT #7113. 828-275-5497.

A SPIRITUAL MENTOR Nina Anin. Wherever you are, by phone: (828) 253-7472 or email: asknina@excite.com

Natural Alternatives HOLISTIC IRIDOLOGY® Fascinating detailed Iris Analysis, Bio-Chemistry Analysis, Cardiovascular Screening, and Meridian Kinesiology for ‘Total Health Assessment’ with effective Natural and Holistic Therapies, Bio-Detoxification programs, Advanced Energy Healing. Call Jane Smolnik, ND, Iridologist at (828) 777-JANE (5263) for appointment or visit www.UltimateHealing.com

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Musical Services AMR STUDIO Audio mastering, mixing and recording. • Musical, literary and instructional services. • Tunable performance room, on-site video available. Visa/MC. (828) 335-9316. www.amrmediastudio.com ASHEVILLE’S WHITEWATER RECORDING Full service studio services since 1987. • Mastering • Mixing and Recording. • CD/DVD duplication at the best prices. (828) 684-8284 • whitewaterrecording.com PIANO-GUITAR-DRUMSBASS-MANDOLIN-BANJOSINGING Learn what you/your child wants to learn. Knowledgeable, flexible, enthusiastic instructor. 828242-5032.

NOW HIRING

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

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Motorcycles/ Scooters 125cc Buddy Scooter: 2009. 11,000 miles. Very reliable. Single owner. Windshield, rear rack. Well maintained. $1650. 60 mph, 85 mpg. Call 337-9705.

Recreational Vehicles 2005 Airstream International price $4600, 28 ft, Sleeping capacity: 6, details and 100 pictures: wc68uk9@msn.com/ 919-287-2459.

Automotive Services $20 WILL SAVE YOU HUNDREDS • Vehicle prepurchase inspection* • Free Winterization checkup (*some limitations). 411 Weaverville Hwy • 7793839. JAS Mechanical Services, Inc. WE’LL FIX IT AUTOMOTIVE • Honda and Acura repair. Half price repair and service. ASE and factory certified. Located in the Weaverville area. Please call 828-275-6063 for appointment.

by Brent Brown SPECIALIZED SINGING LESSONS AND VOICE COACHING • In a real recording studio with separate vocal and control rooms. Offering audition, gig, showcase and tour prep. Learn endurance techniques and increase range. Gain studio experience and broaden vocal skills. All levels. Experienced teacher. $35/hour. Terry (828) 674-6417.

Equipment For Sale 1919 Gibson L1: Round hole arch top w/original case. $1200. Plays and sounds great. Great condition. 350-7929. Electric Guitar and Small Amp Good for beginner or intermediate player, easy to play, sounds great, 296-0107. Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Tube Amp Used, some wear-tear on edges, works good/loud, type pr-246 $300. Steve, 419-494-9152. Hardshell Case for large bodied bass guitar, very good condition, $50. 296-0107.

Musicians’ Bulletin Drummer Wanted Vocals a must. Corporate gigs and weddings. Once or twice a month. Top 40 and Pop. deanl41@gmail.com Female Musician looking for other females for songwriting/recording. Indie Rock, Rock, Folk Rock, Experimental. Contact for more details. dvenus4@gmail.com

Pets for Adoption

Schipperke mix who is searching for a loving home. For more info, contact Brother

Folk Duo seeking third musician with strong vocals/harmony (i.e. Peter, Paul, and Mary) for local performances, possible travel. Call 885-5410 Musician Seeks Band Bass Player 30 years-blues, country, bluegrass, rock. willrowe@tmo.blackberry.net 803-463-1389 New to the Strip Guitarist seeks other seekers.Influences: Tortoise, Akron Family, Tom Waits, etc. Much experience, many songs. ashoneeleven@mac.com

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Wolf Animal Rescue at 8089435 or visit www.bwar.org FIND THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE! Cats, dogs, & other $1000 REWARD • YORKSHIRE TERRIER Tallulah vanished September 16, 2009. Black and tan, approximately 4 lbs. • Child devastated! (919) 475-2067. lesliepopleslie@aol.com

small animals available for adoption at Asheville Humane Society • 72 Lee’s Creek Road • Asheville, NC • (828) 253-6807 www.ashevillehumane.org

A LOST OR FOUND PET? Free service. If you have lost or found a pet in WNC, post your listing here: www.lostpetswnc.org Grey and White Cat • “Grey” is adult shorthaired male, grey with white chest, stomach and feet. Has grey smudge on pink nose-REWARD!!! (828)5810190. LOST YOUR PET? FOUND A PET? Call Asheville Humane Society, (828) 253-6807, to fill out a missing or found pet report. Visit 72 Lee’s Creek Road, Asheville. www.ashevillehumane.org

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

HELP HONEY HAVE HOME! Honey is a Terrier mix puppy who is searching for a loving home. For more info, contact Brother Wolf Animal Rescue at 808-9435 or visit www.bwar.org

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LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE! End cruel and dangerous constant chaining of dogs in NC! Lobby your state reps to reintroduce legislation addressing dog chaining. For information, contacts and downloads, visit www.crittersong.org

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Trucks/Vans/SUVs 1969 Unimog Perfect, the worlds #1 rubber tired 4x4 in the world. 828-699-0643 1993 Toyota Pickup 4cyl, auto, cap on truck, A/C, CD player, little rust, some mechanical issues. 163K. Great truck. $2300 neg. 828335-7096. 2003 Saturn Vue 2WD 54,00 mile Black, grey interior. Power windows, locks, keyless, Cruise, CD, sunroof, sports package, 5 speed, tow package. $7,800 obo. Mitch 279-6957. WANTED Automatic VW Westfalia or Eurovan Camper van. 273-7085.

Magic Chef 3.6 cu. Frig Gently used 1 yr. Paid $168 sell $80 firm. jawboxwitlow@sbcglobal.net

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

Electronics DSLR Camera 2 lenses Pentax *istDS body + Pentax 18-55mm lens + Tamron 70300mm tele lens $550. Dynex 24” DTV 2007 1 yr. old one owner pd. $218 sell for $50 firm jawboxwhitlow@sbcglobal.net Get Dish -FREE Installation–$19.99/mo HBO & Showtime FREE-Over 50 HD Channels FREE Lowest Prices–No Equipment to Buy! Call Now for full Details: 877242-0974 (AAN CAN)

Clothing Evening Jacket Blue and silver sequins. Large. Worn only once. $75. Just in time for the holidays. 828-5054311.

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Solid Oak Frame Deluxe Futon with springs and deluxe cover. Excellent condition. $300. 828-299-0533. Solid Wood Lazy Boy Coffee Table Opens into a dining table, in good shape, $200. obo 828-299-0533 Tan Recliner from smoke free home. $250 obo. Email missdiamondheather@yahoo. com for pics or info.

General Merchandise Beautiful Appalachian Stove Free-standing, 30,000-23,000 BTU’s, like new, Forest green enamel over cast iron. Includes gas logs, ODS, blower, manual. $575. (828)281-3194 Festival Canopy: LiteDome with sides and awning. 10’x10’. White. $500. Call 350-7929. Get Dish -FREE Installation–$19.99/mo HBO & Showtime FREE-Over 50 HD Channels FREE Lowest Prices–No Equipment to Buy! Call Now for full Details- 1877-238-8413 (AAN CAN) Heritage Chickens Dominiques. Beautiful rooster and pullet, raised on organic range and natural feed, $20/pair, sweet rooster, eats from your hand, 682-7045. Oxford English Dictionary Condensed version, 2 huge books, excellent condition, with magnifier, no box. $50, firm. 828-318-2483 Wolf Tanning Bed approx 5 yrs old. In great condition and ready to go. $700.00 arcgymgirl@yahoo.com or 828-777-2523.

Adult Services A MAN’S DESIRE • Call us for total relaxation!! • We can relax and de-stress you! • Monday-Saturday, 9am-9pm. • Incall/outcall. (Lic#0800020912). • Call (828) 989-7353.

Lazy Boy Sofa with recliners on each end in good shape, blue. $300. 828-299-0533.

A WOMAN’S TOUCH “We’re all about you!” Ask us about our “Autumn Special”. • Call 275-6291.

MATTRESSES Pillow-top: queen $250, king $350 • Extra firm: queen $175, king $275 • Full: $150 • Twin: $99. New, in plastic. 828-277-2500.

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