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letters NC: If you test new-car emissions then test old ones too Iâ€™d like to know why I pay $30 every year to make sure my car is not emitting any toxic fumes, while old cars and trucks continue to emit not just a little but plumes of noxious smoke. This morning while driving to work on Riverside Drive, an old pickup was spouting two columns of dark, gray smoke. Even though I had my air conditioning on, the noxious fumes filled my car making it hard for me to breathe. My 95-year-old mother, who is on oxygen, began to pant for breath, so I was forced to take a detour, making me late for work. I am outraged that this is allowed on our roads. I am happy to comply with rules about emissions, but what good is it if everyone is not also forced to comply? â€” Carolyn B. Pidgeon Asheville
Show the love for Bent Creek trails Jonathan Postonâ€™s Aug. 12 article in the Xpress Outdoors section, â€œAll Wetâ€? â€” the story of a barely evaded rainstorm at Bent Creek â€” was a familiar account to many mountain bikers. Weâ€™ve all got â€œcaught outâ€? stories that are funny only in retrospect; mine involves hail! Riding wet trails, however, has more serious effects than mud up your britches and a crunchy drive train. Natural-surface trails become extremely vul-
nerable to damage in wet weather. Left alone, they will dry out with minor impact. But the passage of boots, tires and paws in muddy conditions accelerates trail wear dramatically. Fortunately, Mr. Poston seems to have taken pains to stay mostly on gravel roads, which is the best possible choice in wet conditions. This is an excellent example to follow, although ideally the entire ride could have stayed off trails. So: You rode in the mud and want to ease your troubled conscience? The Bent Creek trails are maintained by the local mountain bike club, Pisgah Area SORBA. Volunteer workers meet for â€œDirty Thursdaysâ€? on the first and second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. No experience is required, and you donâ€™t even have to be a biker â€” all trail users are welcome. There is also a larger, weekend workday scheduled for Sept. 27. For more information, you can check the PAS Web site: www.pisgahareasorba.org. Thanks for doing your part to keep our local trails intact! â€” Jerud Crandall and Shaun Moore, PAS trail coordinators for Bent Creek Recreation Area Asheville
Arboretum for a ride (mainly, I hike). But I would never ride my bike on the Blue Ridge Parkway or any rural road that did not have a designated bike lane. Like many a local vehicle driver, I have cussed out on-road bicyclists who ride double or singly in the middle of the lane. I have a partial solution that does not require taxing all of us for designated bike lanes on some rural roads frequented by on-road bicyclists: Why not have them pay for a yearly license tag ($15?) as a Use Tax? And have all the tax go to paving shoulders for designated bike lanes. As an 8-year-old living in St. Paul, Minn., (this was 1945), I had to pay $5 for a tiny metal tag to put on my bicycle seat. They told us all this money went toward bike safety (we had to show yearly that we knew the â€œrules of roadâ€? before we bought the tag). And maybe legislation in this direction would get under-50cc moped operators licensed, registered and insured! â€” Yale W. Mooers Candler
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True story: Iâ€™m jogging south on McDowell when I see two cars stop abruptly. Right after this, a car that was behind them turns around and pulls over. A couple of guys get out of the first cars and are road raging and walking toward each other. A young man jumps out of the third car, a quite beat up clunker, and yells, â€œIt ainâ€™t worth it!â€? The ragers continue moving towards each other. The young man walks halfway across the street and yells again â€œHey, It ainâ€™t f^^%%ing worth it, it ainâ€™t worth it!â€?, while staring furiously back and forth at the rages, daring them to defy his logic. At which point they finally decide that, after all, it isnâ€™t worth it, and they get in their cars and leave. Are you as heroic as that young, scruffy, kid? Can you chill out and remain courteous or does driving bring out the worst in you? Please â€œcheck yourself before you wreck yourself.â€? â€” Austin Hill Asheville
I am still shaken by what I have read of the recent incident between the local firefighter and Alan Simons. At 72-and-a-half, I occasionally take my bicycle down to the Bent Creek [Experimental Forest] or the North Carolina
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City spends big bucks in taxpayer money on OT, but managers say itâ€™s under control by Jason Sandford and David Forbes Asheville city employees raked in $1.8 million in overtime pay last year, with some earning more than 50 percent of their base pay. One Asheville Police Department sergeant made $34,191 by working extra hours. The taxpayer money spent on overtime is a drop in the bucket compared with the $47.5 million the city spends on base salaries for its roughly 1,100 employees. But itâ€™s a critical part of the cityâ€™s annual spending plan that could be overlooked. Overtime spending can be an indicator of bad management or critical understaffing, city officials say. It can also give managers and workers valuable wiggle room to meet seasonal city needs or handle unforeseen circumstances. Because of the pressures that the sluggish economy has put on city coffers, however, that cushion just got smaller. Officials cut overtime pay from 5 to 10 percent in all but one department for fiscal 2009-10, which started July 1. The Asheville Fire Department â€” the second largest user of overtime behind the Asheville Police Department â€” was the lone exception. It is essential to maintain an adequate standard of fire protection, city officials say. â€œYou certainly have to have an overtime cushion,â€? Asheville City Councilman Carl Mumpower says. â€œBut if it becomes the practice versus the exception, youâ€™re using it to compensate for manpower and resource gaps. Thatâ€™s bad management if youâ€™re doing that routinely.â€? Figuring out the best use of overtime can be tricky for cities, which provide such a wide variety of services. Asheville Building Safety Department workers wonâ€™t often get called out to an emergency, for example, whereas Water Resource Department workers must respond to calls about line breaks. Water department workers who made the most money in overtime last year were focused on keeping the water system up and running and often responded to calls after hours, according to Water
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On the clock: The city spent $1.8 million in taxpayersâ€™ money on overtime for the 2008-09 fiscal year, according to city records. Employees of the Asheville Police Department were paid the most in overtime, with the Asheville Fire Department second. Above, APD officers working Bele Chere. photo by Jonathan welch
Resources Director Steve Shoaf. â€œThey have a 24-hour obligation to be on call,â€? Shoaf says. Assistant City Manager Jeff Richardson says the city has a policy to manage OT that helps. Managers receive monthly and quarterly reports on overtime spending, and OT spending is formally reviewed during the annual budget process. While high overtime spending might indicate the need to hire additional workers, says Richardson, that determination requires a deeper look. Hiring additional full-time staff also brings added expenses, such as health benefits, uniforms, training and equipment. It might not make sense from a budgetary standpoint, he says. â€œWeâ€™re looking for judicial use of overtime
resources,â€? Richardson says. â€œItâ€™s critical for us to have the ability to use overtime in a judicious way.â€? Police and firefighters take home the most in overtime pay because of the unusual nature of their jobs and a set of separate rules for their pay set forth by the federal government. In the last fiscal year, overtime for APD officers totaled almost $1 million dollars. Thatâ€™s almost three times the overtime paid out by the Asheville Fire Department, which is next on the list at $344,825. The APD also has the individual city employees who received the most overtime pay. Sgt. Luke Bigelow, who received $34,191 in overtime last year, came in first overall. And Sgt. Ernest Welborn,
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Over and above: Who’s getting the most overtime Here’s a look at the departments within the city of Asheville that paid the most in overtime pay during the 2008-09 fiscal year. In total the city spent $1.8 million on overtime.
Asheville Police Department: $923,350 Employees paid most in overtime: • Luke Bigelow, sergeant — $34,191 • Ernest F. Welborn, sergeant and hostage-negotiations team — $32,232 • Eric Lauffer, drug-suppression unit sergeant — $25,522
Asheville Fire Department: $344,825 Employees paid most in overtime: • Joe T. Robinson, fire engineer — $19,062 • Thomas G. Haynie, captain/company officer — $15,422 • Eric J. Velez, captain/company officer — $10,329
Water Resources Department total: $235,330 who works criminal investigations and is also a member of the hostage negotiation team, earned $32,232 and came in second. Why all the extra hours? According to APD spokesperson Melissa Williams, much of it comes from the nature of downtown Asheville as a dense hub for events, tourism and transportation. She cites the recent Phish concert, “where we required more
Employees paid most in overtime: • McKinley E. Allen, water maintenance worker — $9,708 • Frank D. Hyatt, water maintenance worker — $9,298 • Randy K. Smith, water maintenance worker — $8,580
Parks and Recreation Department total: $133,848 Employees paid most in overtime: • Samuel Lindsey, labor crew supervisor — $31,728 • Mark Davis, turf specialist — $4,875 • Cristin C. Lee, events specialist — $3,985
Public Works Department total: $127,323 Employees paid most in overtime: • Kevin Haughinberry, stock room supervisor — $6,589 • Bernard McDowell, labor crew coordinator — $6,100 • Julian A. Chapman, labor crew coordinator — $5,102 — J.S.
ing with festival security and their regular shift. “It’s a balancing act, who gets what hours,” he says. “Sometimes people will have to give up or not be able to take [overtime] days, and you have others who constantly request it, who need that money for whatever reason. We try to be fair, but also make sure their head’s in the game and they don’t get burnt out.”
“We try to be fair, but also make sure their head’s in the game and they don’t get burnt out.” APD Lt. Wally Welch officers for traffic and crowd control.” “The remainder of the extra work hours comes through their regular duties, such as longer hours required at the scene of a homicide or a special operation,” he says. Lt. Wally Welch, who manages overtime for the APD, says there’s simply no dodging some of its overtime needs. “There’s state-mandated training for the entire department. That’s a big one,” Welch says. “There’s also court duties. That’s another big chunk.” Some officers consistently request overtime, and fatigue is “always a concern,” he adds. The APD has a policy that officers have to have at least eight hours off between “augment assignments,” such as help-
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But does this mean that the APD is understaffed? “For the most part we do pretty well,” Welch says, adding that the recession has actually helped the situation. “Back when the economy was good, we had a lot of requests [from the community] for additional assignments, and it was tough to keep up. But now there’s less of that and things have calmed down a bit.” X Contact Jason Sandford at jsandford@ mountainx.com and David Forbes at dforbes@ mountainx.com.
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The last time the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners took one of the many steps required to reinstate zoning throughout the county, they faced a roomful of zoning opponents, many demanding a referendum. Not so during its Aug. 18 meeting. The commissioners voted unanimously to pass the new zoning maps for the unincorporated areas of the county, as well as the Limestone and Beaverdam townships, to the Buncombe County Planning Board for review. There was little opposition this time, with only one speaker criticizing the move towards zoning. The commissioners passed a zoning ordinance in 2007, but in March the N.C. Court of Appeals struck it down, declaring that there had been insufficient public notice and insufficient time for the county planning board to consider the ordinance. That sent the county back to the drawing board and zoning opponents back to the barricades. The new county zoning map, displayed on TV screens around the room, has now emerged from the drawing board, as have some changes to the overall zoning ordinance. “We have made some changes since the Court of Appeals overturned our ordinance,” said Assistant County Manager Jon Creighton, noting that the reworked zoning ordinance will place fewer restrictions on mobile homes and duplexes. The new ordinance also tightens public-notice requirements to ensure that they conform to state law. One of the court’s criticisms of the old ordinance was that hundreds of changes to the zoning map were made in the period just before the ordinance was approved. To avoid a repeat of that scenario, Assistant County Attorney Michael Frue noted that any parcel changed late in the process will be designated “open use,” the least restrictive zoning classification. In total, 748 properties will have different zoning from before. But most properties — over 64,000 — would have the same zoning they had before the ordinance’s repeal. “The vast majority is identical to what it was a few months ago,” Frue said. “We’re going to make it as easy as possible for citizens to find out what their zoning will be. The problem was, we were dealing with three sets of ordinances and a set of statutes, and they just weren’t consistent.” Chair David Gantt reaffirmed the board’s commitment to bringing zoning back, saying it gives people an important voice in the future of the community — although he acknowledged that some see it as “the end of the world.” Hope Herrick, speaking in the public comment portion at the end of the meeting, com-
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The shape of things to come (maybe): The proposed zoning map for Buncombe County, which the Buncombe Commissioners have sent to the county planning board for review. Image courtesy Buncombe County
pared zoning to a dictatorial, centrally run economic system. “With all these laws already on the books, why would you all want to zone our county,” Herrick said. “It gives local government more power over the people, to restrict their personal property rights. Several years ago that would have been called communist, socialist. Of course now it’s called progressive.”
The commissioners agreed to send a letter to Gov. Bev Perdue calling for better communication between state and federal authorities and the county-appointed council that’s monitoring the contaminated former CTS of Asheville site. The board also agreed to send another letter to the governor expressing commissioners’ concerns about the closing of the Environmental Quality Institute, which did soil and water testing. Activists who live near the CTS site have criticized the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources for what they see as a lack of action in cleaning up groundwater contaminated by the chemical TCE, a possible carcinogen. Last month, the EPA’s inspector general’s office announced that it would investigate the conduct of the Southeast regional office in the case.
“What we would like to see is a letter asking that our [citizen’s advisory group] be notified anytime someone from the EPAs inspector general’s office is in town,” said Aaron Penland, who lives near the CTS site and has been active in calling for a complete cleanup. “Our group needs to be kept in the loop. A lot of things have transpired, and we’ve been left in the cold. We’d like the opportunity to speak to the inspector general, to give him our point of view, instead of him just getting that from the EPA. No one in our community has faith in the EPA; we’ve lost it.” Penland also told the board that area residents were distressed by the announced closing of the EQI due to UNCA’s budget crunch, noting that the center filled a vital role and would be invaluable in providing independent testing around the contaminated area. “The EQI lab has done tremendous work over the last 15 years, and they’re funded primarily by grants,” Penland said. “They’ve done work all over the area; they really deserve a second shot. We’re losing a really vital piece of equipment, not just for the community, but for future generations. They are the independent tester we wanted.” The board agreed to send the letters. “It’s a shame they did that,” Gantt said about the EPA neglecting to inform the citizen’s advisory group.
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Turning to more positive environmental news, county General Services Director Greg Isreal touted the many steps the county has taken to reduce its carbon footprint — steps that have also sharply reduced the county’s energy expenditures. “In Buncombe County you have to blend fiscal responsibility [and] state and federal mandates with environmental stewardship.” The county is in the process of replacing the courthouse windows, something Isreal said will further increase energy savings. The replacement of 600 lights in the courthouse with more modern, environmentally sound
in public comment is not a place we should go.” “With all due respect, I’m a citizen and I’m due my voice in these chambers,” Rosenthal shot back. “When I bring information to you that you took a board’s and commission’s application and did not vet it, that you just took the person at their word, I’m bringing information that I worked hard on. I’m not making silly comments. I demand my time to make my case.” At that point Gantt struck his gavel. “Sir, you’re out of order,” he said. “Our county attorney has made a ruling and we’re not going to have any personal attacks. I’m
“We’d like the opportunity to speak to the inspector general, to give him our point of view. ... No one in our community has faith in the EPA; we’ve lost it.” Aaron Penland fixtures in 1997 paid for itself within three years, he said. It has saved a quarter of a million dollars in energy costs and was equivalent to taking 21 cars off the road in terms of reducing carbon emissions. Now, he said, “this sort of effort has become routine,” with light fixtures, automated systems, air conditioning and vehicles all geared toward saving energy and reducing their environmental impact.
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The board also ruled Alan Rosenthal out of order when he asked them to rescind the appointment of Joe Scotto to the board of local public access channel URTV. “I’m here to ask you [to] rescind that, and I’ve provided the information to do that,” Rosenthal said, asserting that Scotto made false statements about his URTV experience in his application to serve on the board. That’s when Commissioner Holly Jones called for Rosenthal to stop because she had a problem with where his comments were heading. “Nobody supports public comment more than me, but I’m uncomfortable with a person being talked about that’s not us,” Jones said. County Attorney Joe Connolly agreed. “What’s appropriate is that you’ve provided that information to the board, and I’m sure they will direct our office to review that information and see if the board needs to follow up on that,” Connolly told Rosenthal. “Making accusations about false information
going to refer this to the county attorney and if there’s been something improper, they’ll advise us on that. If you have a comment to make that doesn’t involve a personal attack, we’ll hear you. Otherwise, you’re through.” Gantt promised that he would contact Rosenthal to inform him of the results of the attorney’s inquiries. Rosenthal has been an active critic of URTV, sending out many e-mails highlighting what he believes to be significant prior criminal charges that were filed against URTV producers who support the station’s management. Scotto is currently treasurer of the URTV board. The county and the city of Asheville both appoint two members to the station’s board, and they also distribute the cablefranchise fee funds that make up the majority of its funding. In recent months, critics of URTV’s management have asserted that the station has violated open-meetings law and that its management has sought to silence critics. Supporters of management, meanwhile, have said that the station is being run more effectively than before and that the critics are pursuing personal vendettas. Both supporters and critics have turned out at Asheville City Council and commissioners’ meetings over the last month. X David Forbes can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 137 or at email@example.com.
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Asheville’s ‘intellectual capital’ takes center stage at TEDx Asheville event Call it a circus for your brain. Call it an idea explosion with a rock-and-roll vibe. Call it a variety show for nerds, by nerds. No matter how organizer Jennifer Saylor describes it, the TEDx Asheville event set for Sunday, Aug. 30, at the Orange Peel will do one thing — spotlight the ideas and talents of Asheville’s big thinkers and creative minds. The event is the culmination of several months of planning after a local group of fans of the annual California-based conference known as TED (which stands for technology, entertainment and design) got together and decided to stage an Asheville version of the event. “Our presenter lineup is the result of around 90 speaker nominees and months of volunteer labor, watching videos, reading bios, discussing our options, listening to talks and ideas,” Saylor says. “We think our lineup is completely in the TED spirit of humor, mastery, changing society and having vision for the future. It’s made up out of the coolest and most interesting people we could find in a citywide search several months long.” The line-up of speakers includes David
McConville, co-founder of The Elumenati, an Asheville design and engineering company that creates custom immersive environments such as domes; Drew Jones, a specialist in systems dynamics and climate-change modeling who is program director for the Vermontbased Sustainability Institute; Dee Eggers, an environmental studies professor at UNC Asheville; Robert Zimmerman, whose Web development company has created sites for illustrators and art directors; and Caroline Yongue, a home-funeral educator who talks about end-of-life transitions. There’s plenty of entertainment mixed in the four-hour event, with acts including poet Glenis Redmond and Chris Tanfield and Dave Hamilton. Saylor promises a couple of “big surprises” as well. Seating is limited to 400 people and the show is free, so Saylor is encouraging people to arrive early to be sure they get a seat. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The party starts at 7 p.m. Saylor says she doesn’t have a feel for whether the event will fill up, but adds that interest has been high. Asheville resident Rick Fornoff, who
coaches public speakers and is a TEDx Asheville organizer, has been coaching four of the event speakers. The TED requirement is that each speaker be limited to 18 minutes. “Part of the power of the talks is that it’s great information that’s condensed. You don’t have long to get it out there,” Fornoff says. “So it’s a matter of pruning and getting to the point.” Both Saylor and Fornoff note that local organizers have a real passion for TED, which is built around the idea of offering a global forum for ideas worth spreading. They hope that their excitement shows in the production. “We’re all fans of TED, and in Asheville we’re all proud of the fertility of the community here,” Fornoff says. “This is a chance for us to show off our intellectual capital.” The goal is to hold the event again next summer, with planning for that starting in October. Saylor urges anyone interested in getting involved to send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, visit www. tedxasheville.com. — Jason Sandford
Buncombe prepares for “many, many people to get infected” with flu Buncombe County public-health officials are readying to deal with the possibility that up to 30 or 40 percent of the population will be infected with either seasonal flu or the H1N1 virus at any one time in coming months. “We are preparing for many, many people to be infected,” Health Director Gibbie Harris told reporters at an Aug. 21 briefing. “We know we’ve got it [the flu] in the community. It never really went away over the summer. With schools coming back and moving into a new flu season, our expectation is that it’s just going to balloon.” There have been 19 confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus, also called “swine flu,” in Buncombe County, and one death. But Harris said that there are probably hundreds of more cases that have not been confirmed. For most individuals, she emphasized, H1N1 is relatively mild, though certain populations are far more vulnerable. “The difficulty will come with the number of people that are going to be affected at any given time,” Harris said. “It could be that we have many health-care workers out at one time. That will make it difficult for our hospitals and our doctors’ offices to see the people that are sick. ... That’s the issue for us
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as we move in — it’s the sheer volume.” In October, county health staff will begin vaccinating children for seasonal flu with parental permission slips in local public schools. Harris said health officials hope to vaccinate 50 percent of those enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade, or about 6,000 children. The county will also try to assist businesses and public services in dealing with a temporary loss of personnel. “We’re asking them how they’re going to cross-train their staff to make sure that they have sufficient staff [so] that their primary role gets done,” Harris said. “That’s critical with our city and county services; the schools, the colleges, our water system and food supply need to stay up and running. People need to have gas for their cars.” The Asheville area also includes a large service-industry sector, where workers come into constant contact with the public and may, for financial reasons, be reluctant to stay home from work if they become infected. “They need to take the time off,” Harris said. “And if [employers] start firing everybody because they take a week off from work, they won’t have anybody to come back. So we’re asking for some give
and take here.” The H1N1 vaccine, which the health department will be receiving in October, will only be given to vulnerable populations: young children, pregnant women, adults under the age of 24 and those with existing medical conditions. There will not be a charge for its administration. “We’ll be getting only a third of the vaccines we expected,” Harris said. The county is working with UNCA, ABTech and Warren Wilson, which will all receive H1N1 vaccines to help the under-24 age group. If a person becomes infected with the flu — either seasonal or H1N1 — the Health Department recommends that they stay home until they go without symptoms for 24 hours, unmedicated. It’s recommended that people prepare a kit of emergency supplies and get a “flu buddy” to run errands and help them, Harris said. The county is also looking for volunteer nurses to assist with the vaccination efforts. “This is still a mild virus. That’s the good news. Most people will get sick and get well,” Harris said. “This fall, it’s going to be all hands on deck.” — David Forbes
Asheville man charged in domestic violence murder An Asheville woman was stabbed to death Aug. 16 outside a Montford home. Police say the killing stemmed from a domestic dispute and have charged Rodney Lamar Robinson with firstdegree murder. According to a statement from the Asheville Police Department, officers responded to a call at 72 Woodlawn Ave. that afternoon reporting that “a male and female were engaged in a fight and that the male had a knife and was attempting to stab the female.” As officers were on their way, they heard further word that the man, Robinson, had chased the woman, Angela Lorraine Hart, from his residence towards Young Street. EMTs found Hart in the front yard of 31 1/2 West Chestnut St. and pronounced her dead on the scene. Police found Robinson walking back from Young Street towards his home, and according to their report, he “had blood on him from the victim and made statements to responding officers, taking responsibility for the homicide.” Robinson
and Hart were reportedly involved in a romantic relationship and had recently been arguing. Robinson has a long criminal record, including charges of assault with a deadly weapon and communicating threats in 1990, an assault on a female charge in 2008, and multiple drug charges. He has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held in the Buncombe County jail without bond. The homicide was the first in Asheville this year. Helpmate, a local agency that provides emergency shelter, counseling and assistance to domestic violence survivors and their children, has seen an increase in activity over the past year with the economy faltering. “We’ve definitely seen a rise in people needing our help and in the length of time they stay here,” Executive Director Valerie Collins told Xpress. “This is in line with national data. The more times someone has been unemployed, the more of a risk they are to inflict domestic violence.” — David Forbes
Director seeks new home for watertesting center cut by UNCA Dr. Steve Patch is not ready to call it quits on the Environmental Quality Institute. The director of the water-testing center, which was recently cut from UNC-Asheville, says he is working with other colleges to try to get one of them to pick up the EQI. Meanwhile, UNCA Provost Jane Fernandes says the controversial decision to boot the EQI and the Mossbauer Effect Data Center was made by her. Early in the spring semester, after the UNC General Administration issued a directive to review centers and institutions to determine their contribution to undergraduate studies, she asked each director to write a report explaining, she says, “why the university could not function without them.” “As a result of that process,” Fernandes continues, “I decided that [the EQI] and the Mossbaur Effect Data Center were not integral to the education of undergraduate students.” Patch disagrees: In pursuing the mission of providing low-cost lead and copper testing, he argues, the centers conducted important research and provided a venue for student research and material for his class curriculum. The EQI has, he says, also used thousands in grant funding for scholarships and student salaries. “I believe that EQI’s record of contributing to UNCA’s mission compares quite favorably compared to the centers that have not been cut,” Patch says. The EQI sustains itself on grant funding, and Patch thinks the impetus of the decision was the $280,000 the university would save by not renovating the lab space. Rhodes Hall, which houses the lab, is scheduled for a $9 million refurbishment, and UNCA officials are planning to convert the lab into classroom space. Passed by the General Assembly and approved
on Aug. 15 by the UNC Board of Governors, the university-system budget lists cuts for several centers within the UNC system, but there is no such mandate for UNC-Asheville. But UNCA is required to make $1.28 million in cuts, to be determined at the discretion of the administration. There is also a $237,214 reduction in state funding for the Rhodes Hall renovation. “The only way I can rationalize it was that they didn’t want to pay the remodeling cost,” Patch says, adding that the current lab was working fine for the EQI, having been remodeled 10 years earlier. Some EQI grant funds also go to UNCA — $44,000 last year — for facilities and administrative costs. But, according to UNCA Vice Chancellor of Finance and Campus Operations John Pierce, that sum, as determined by EQI’s budget, should be more like $119,000. That means cutting the center amounts to administrative savings, he says. Meanwhile, Patch has been discussing a new future for the EQI and approaching other area campuses, which at this point he won’t name. He is hoping for an affirmative by the end of August. “We have to move fairly quickly because our grantors are saying, ‘You have to let us know if we need to renew our grants or not,’” he says. Fernandes says she hopes EQI finds a new home. ”We would be happy to work with any site in every way possible to make a smooth transition so that the work of EQI can continue,” she says. That includes holding recent meetings to determine how to free up the thousands of dollars of EQI equipment that was paid for by grants but is now property of the UNC system. “There are some technicalities that we have to work out,” she says. — Brian Postelle
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election09 Campaign Calendar Thursday, Sept. 3: WNC Citizens for Change forum for Asheville City Council candidates, 6:30 p.m. at Hill Street Baptist Church, 135 Hill St. Friday, Sept. 11: Deadline for registering to vote in the Asheville City Council primary. Saturday, Sept. 12: Get Out the Vote and Meet the Candidate event for Asheville City Council candidate Esther Manheimer, 3 to 5 p.m., Columbine Road clubhouse, Biltmore Park. Monday, Sept. 14: League of Women Voters candidate forum for Asheville City Council, 6:45 to 9:15 p.m. at YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market St. Tuesday, Sept. 15: Mountain Voices Alliance and People Advocating Real Conservancy host candidate forum for Asheville City Council from 7 to 9 p.m. at Randolph Learning Center, 90 Montford Ave. Thursday, Sept. 17: Get There Asheville City Council candidate transit forum, 7 p.m. at Clingman Cafe, 242 Clingman Ave. Thursday, Sept. 17: Early voting begins for the primary election (Asheville only). For
details, contact Buncombe County Election Services at 250-4200, or visit www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/election. Saturday, Sept. 19: Campaign block party for Asheville City Council candidate J. Neal Jackson, 3 to 10 p.m. on Eagle Street, downtown. Saturday, Oct. 3: Last day of early voting for the Asheville City Council and mayoral primary. Tuesday, Oct. 6: Primary election (Asheville only). Thursday, Oct. 15: Early voting begins for all Buncombe municipal elections. Saturday, Oct. 31: Last day of early voting for Buncombe general election. Tuesday, Nov. 3: General election for all Buncombe municipal elections. Please send all campaign-related event information for races within Buncombe County to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 251-1333, ext. 153. — Brian Postelle
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Firefighter Charles Alexander Diez, facing felony assault charges for allegedly shooting at cyclist Alan Simons’s head last month, is no longer employed by the city of Asheville. City staff would not reveal whether Diez was fired or chose to leave. Diez’s employment with the Asheville Fire Department ended on Aug. 10, according to Lisa Roth, the city’s human resources director. His departure came just over two weeks after he was accused of firing a .38-caliber handgun at Simons while the cyclist and his family were riding on Tunnel Road on July 26. According to Asheville police, Diez had begun arguing with Simons, saying that the child seat Simons’ 3-year-old son was riding in was unsafe. As Simons began walking away, Diez fired, the bullet tearing through the back of Simons’ bike helmet, less than an inch from his head. Diez was originally suspended, with pay, after his arrest. At the time, interim Fire Chief Scott Burnette said that decision was in line
with the city’s guidelines. Diez has no prior criminal record and was sober at the time of the incident. A firefighter since 1992, Diez was making $46,839 a year before he lost his job. After his arrest, a judge lowered Diez’s bond from $500,000 to $200,000 and he was released on July 28. Police had originally charged Diez with attempted first-degree murder, but on Aug. 6, a grand jury declined to press those charges, instead opting for the charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Grand juries convene in secret and District Attorney Ron Moore said afterwards that he didn’t know why the grand jury rejected the murder charge. The assault charge carries a much lighter penalty, and many in the cycling community have expressed outrage at both the incident and the decision to drop the attempted murder charge. Neither Simons nor Diez have returned calls for comment. — David Forbes
Cape announces write-in reelection bid Less than three months after saying she would not run for reelection, incumbent Robin Cape announced that she will make a bid as a write-in candidate for Asheville City Council. Cape, who won her seat in 2005, says that she has taken care of the personal and family issues that initially made her pull out of the race. But she cites the response from her supporters as the main factor in her decision. “I got an incredible outpouring from the community that said, essentially, ‘We don’t want you to leave.’” Cape also noted that some initiatives she helped launch will come to Council after the election and that she’d help keep things rolling by staying on. In the upcoming primary race, 10 candidates, including fellow incumbents Carl Mumpower and Kelly Miller, have filed for places on the ballot. The three top vote-getters will advance to the general election. Since there is no spot for write-in candidates during the primary, Cape’s supporters will not be able to cast a ballot for her until the Nov. 3 general election (or during early voting from Oct. 15 to Oct. 31). Don Wright, general counsel of the North Carolina Board of Elections, says that a writein candidate in municipal elections — unlike
in county, state or federal elections — does not need to present a petition. Write-in candidates, he continues, are subject to the same campaign finance laws as any other candidate. A statement of committee organization that Cape submitted on April 11 before she withdrew her name is still on file with the Buncombe County Board of Elections. This is not the first time Cape has pursued a write-in candidacy. Her introduction to the political arena came in 2003, after she won 231 write-in votes to secure a seat on the Woodfin Water Board. Cape, who had led a grassroots movement to resist the logging of the Woodfin watershed, was one of three newly elected board members to unseat incumbents in the aftermath of the scandal. At the time, a Buncombe County Board of Elections official told Xpress that Cape’s election was the first successful write-in candidacy in his 25 years on the board (see “One Man, One vote, Many Capes,” Nov. 11, 2003, Xpress). Write in candidates are not unheard of in Asheville City Council politics, but they rarely make a strong showing when it’s time to count the ballots. Cape’s status as an incumbent, however, could mean bigger numbers come November. — Brian Postelle
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by Jonathan Poston Although I’m questioned regularly on the best events and trails in Western North Carolina, nobody ever asks which locals are worth meeting. Maybe they assume I’m a fan of the trail racers who routinely snap finish lines or those climbers who do their Spiderman thing on challenging rocks. Truth told, I’m most intrigued by the lore lords — herbalists, naturalists and storytellers and such. I like to learn something on a hike. Earlier this summer, I picked up Doug Elliott’s 1992 book, Wildwoods Wisdom: Encounters with the Natural World. Fascinated by his stories, I gave the North Carolina resident a call to see if he’d be up for a walk. “Sure,” he replied. “We’ll head to Pink Beds.”
Because of that beaver’s handy work, the trail we were on was flooded — not uncommon at Pink Beds — and we were doing our best to balance on logs. Equipped with a Coke and chocolate candy bar, I met Elliott at a parking lot near Brevard off U.S. Highway 276. He’s a thin and curiously bright-eyed, bearded man, 62 years old, and I could tell he was ready to get in the woods. We started up the trail, a popular Pisgah Forest hiking spot so named for the many rhododendrons and laurels that flower there.
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Beaver territory: The Pink Beds is known for active beavers, whose dams often flood the trail. photo by Jonathan Poston
A few steps down the trail, Elliott said, “Hear that?” “Sounds like a pissed bird,” I said. “That’s an enraged red squirrel scolding us for intruding,” Elliott corrected me. As we walked up to a bridge crossing, Elliot pointed out Southern yellowroot, describing it as a substitute for the medicinal herb goldenseal, though it might be toxic in high doses. Yellowroot contains an antimicrobial ingredient, berberine. “This stuff has a bitter taste, but it’s good for ulcers, “ said Elliott. Then he spied the pink-flowered joe-pye weed, aka “queen of
the meadow,” used by old timers as a urinary-tract remedy. The sight elicited a story from Elliott: “One time, I was with an elderly mountain buddy of mine in this wet mountain meadow. We were thirsty, and there were holes 2- or 3-feet deep in the thick turf. In the holes, we could see a stream of clear spring water running underneath. My friend said, ‘I’m gonna get me a drink of water. I’ll make me a drinking straw.’ He cut a 4-foot section of the hollow joe-pye weed stem and slurped it right up. That water tasted great through that long natu-
ral straw,” said Elliott, calling his friend’s resourcefulness “the traditional folks’ fluidity with the environment.” Elliott continued as he looked over the bridge: “See how that stream’s not hardly flowing? See all those green stems in the water? Now, why would there be a bunch of cut stems just lying in the water like that? Because a beaver’s been working. A beaver’s got a dam on this creek,” said Elliott. “They’re not interested in cutting trees when there’s all this delicious greenery to eat.” We walked a little further up the trail. “Look,” said Elliot, indicating ripples in the water — maybe a beaver diving under. “And there’s its dam — raised the creek 3 or 4 feet,” he concluded. Because of that beaver’s handy work, the trail we were on was flooded — not uncommon at Pink Beds — and we were doing our best to balance on logs (well, at least I was; Elliott didn’t seem to have much trouble). After a while, though, it didn’t matter because our feet and ankles were soon covered in mud. As we walked, Elliott pointed out oyster mushrooms, lobelia and huckleberries. He lifted his chin, listening, then said, “Hear that sound, like two rocks being snapped together? That’s a junco.” (That’s a little
bird, Elliott had to explain to me.) On the return walk, Elliott mentioned he was on the way to the airport to pick up his 16-year-old son, who had been studying truffles in Australia. With a look of nostalgia, he picked up a wad of bright green sphagnum moss, squeezed it like a sponge, watched the water pour out of it and said, “I used to stuff his diaper liners with this moss. Organic biodegradable disposable diapers! It holds ten times its weight in water. It’s how the ancients (and a few of us moderns) made diapers.” Back at the trailhead, Elliott produced a picnic bag and shared his dried persimmons, homemade honey and roadkill deer jerky with me. I sat in awe, immersed in this man’s wisdom and stories. I shook his hand, congratulated him on his new book, Swarm Tree: Of Honeybees, Honeymoons and the Tree of Life, and bode him goodbye. Like I said, I’m into taking a different kind of hike and learning from my elders. I might never view the Pink Beds in the same way again. I’m even thinking about trying Elliott’s moss-diaper notion, but my wife might not let me get that stuff near our 10month-old. X Jonathan Poston lives near Asheville.
outdoorscalendar Calendar for August 26 - September 3, 2009 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. Call or e-mail for details or if weather is questionable: 696-0877 or JohnL9@mchsi.com. • 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: email@example.com. • 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Blue Ridge Parkway Hikes Led by Blue Ridge Parkway rangers. • FR (8/28), 10am - A moderate 2- to 3-mile RT hike on a section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail north of Craggy Gardens. Meet at the Glassmine Falls Overlook, milepost 361.2. Bring water, a snack, walking shoes, and be prepared for changeable weather. Info: 298-5330, ext. 304, or 350-3822, ext. 209. Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center • FR (8/28), 7pm - Sunset program at Waterrock Knob Visitor Center, milepost 451.2. Bring blankets or lawn chairs and join a Parkway Ranger for a special sunset program. Afterwards, enjoy a famous sunset. Info: 456-9530, ext. 3. 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. n Hikes: • WE (8/26), 8:30am - Ivestor Gap Blueberry Hike. Hike 5, Drive 65, 500 ft. ascent. Info: 645-0357 —- Bad Fork to Trace Ridge Loop. Hike 8, Drive 60, 2000 ft. ascent. Info: 698-7119 or ashok.kudva@ mchsi.com. • SA (8/29), 8:30am - Pisgah Ridge Loop. Hike 7.5, Drive 70, 1000 ft. ascent. Info: 698-3237 or email@example.com. • SU (8/30), 8am - MST: Mt. Mitchell to Balsam Gap. Info: 299-0298 —- 1pm - Sams Gap South. Info: 350-0450. • WE (9/2), 9am - Down the Incline. Hike 8, Drive 80, 1350 ft. ascent. Info: 625-2677 or ccf108@ gmail.com. Pigeon Valley Bassmasters All interested anglers in the community in WNC, Upstate S.C., East Tennessee and NE Georgia are invited to attend and share fishing ideas. Invitational tournaments are held throughout the area. Info: 8842846 or firstname.lastname@example.org. • 2nd MONDAYS, 7pm - Meeting at the Canton Library in Canton.
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Almost secret gardens: Asheville’s edible urban landscape by Margaret Williams, photos by Jonathan Welch “Edible” gardens in Asheville are everywhere. Two that recently caught our attention at Xpress are located right under our noses (or just outside our car windows): a Lexington Avenue garden within spitting distance of Interstate 240, and a neighborhood garden almost hidden below the Broadway/Chestnut Street bridge. The owner of Rosetta’s Kitchen got the Lexington site going, and local artist Aaron Brown tends it (even when the city requested
he take down some creative bamboo fencing). From the garden, passersby and visitors can view the mural underneath I-240 or enjoy the mix of colors and textures offered by such plantings as basil, nasturtium, chives, marigolds and Jersey blueberries (it’ll be a few years before the blueberries produce fruit). “This garden gives people a reason to stop and appreciate where their food comes from,” says Brown. Another block down the road, as Lexington becomes Broadway, Montford residents are enjoying the fruits of E.V. VonSeldeneck’s garden. This past spring, she convinced a property
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owner to allow her to clean up a lot covered with empty bottles, drug paraphernelia and campsites. “No flat land resting in full sun should sit fallow, not in the city, when our food is being driven across the country or flown in from California,” says VonSeldeneck, owner of Mantis Gardens Landscaping. Gardens, she says, break barriers — racial, financial, and otherwise. Crops this season include everything from watermelon to Swiss chard. X Send your garden news to mvwilliams@ mountainx.com or call 251-1333, ext. 152.
gardeningcalendar Calendar for August 26 - September 3, 2009 August Special (pd.) Custom grading â€˘ Lot clearing â€˘ View enhancements â€˘ Driveways â€˘ Tree removal â€˘ Ponds â€˘ Mulch/gravel. â€˘ 15 years experience, â€˘ Insured â€˘ Free estimates. Call Britt: (828) 216-0726. Ace Grading and Landscaping. Garden Composters â€˘ Rain Barrels (pd.) Asheville GreenWorks (Quality Forward), Ashevilleâ€™s Keep America Beautiful, sells Garden Composters and Rain Barrels in the Green Goods Shop at 357 Depot Street. â€˘ 2 kinds of composters: an 11 cubic foot square stacked model for $85 and a 7 cubic foot tumbler that makes compost faster and looks cool for $175. â€˘ Rain Barrels are 65 gallons, are easy to install, and cost $135. â€˘ All are made of 100% recycled plastic. â€˘ All sales benefit plantings in Asheville and Buncombe County. For more information, call 254-1776 or stop on by 357 Depot Street or visit: www.ashevillegreenworks.org Regional Tailgate Markets For more information, including the exact start and end dates of markets, contact the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. Info: 236-1282 or www.buyappalachian.org. â€˘ WEDNESDAYS - 7:30-11:30am - Asheville City Market South at Biltmore Park Town Square. Info: 348-0340; 4:30-6:30pm - Open June-Sept.: Tryon Tailgate Market, across the railroad tracks from the Tryon Theatre. Info: 894-8823; 1-4pm - Open June-Oct.: Valle Crucis Farmers Market behind the Mast General store. Info: 963-6511; 3-6pm - Victory Tailgate Market, 1329 Tunnel Rd., E. Asheville, past the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance. Info: 775-5593; 2:30-6:30pm - Open April-Oct.: Weaverville Tailgate Market at Lake Louise. Info: 450-0708; 3:30-6:30pm - Open April-Oct.: West Asheville Tailgate Market behind the West End Bakery and Haywood Road Market. Info: 281-9099; 2:30-5:30pm - Open MayOct.: Spruce Pine Farmers Tailgate Market on Pollyannaâ€™s Porch, next to Wildflowers, on Upper Street in downtown Spruce Pine. Info: 467-2171; 2-6:30pm - Open April-Dec.: Wednesday Afternoon Downtown Tailgate Market next to the French Broad Food Co-op in downtown Asheville. Info: 683-1607. â€˘ WEDNESDAYS - 9am-Noon & FRIDAYS - 2-6pm - Open May-Oct.: Burke County Farmers Market. Info: 439-4460. â€˘ WEDNESDAYS & SATURDAYS - 8am1pm - Open May-Oct.: Haywoodâ€™s Historic Farmers Market at the HART Theater and Shelton House parking lot on Pigeon St. Info: 627-3469; 8am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Waynesville Tailgate Market. Info: 648-6323; 8am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Watauga County Farmers Market on Hwy. 105 Ext. in Boone. Info: 355-4918; WE, 1-6pm & SA, 7am-1pm - Open May-Oct.: Cashiers Tailgate Market. Info: 230-4785. â€˘ THURSDAYS - 3-6pm - Open May-Nov.: Flat Rock Tailgate Market. Info: 698-8775. â€˘ FRIDAYS - 10am-2pm - Open June-Nov.: Cherokee Farmers Tailgate Market on Acquoni Road. in downtown Cherokee. Info: 554-6931; 4:30-6:30pm - Open July-Oct.: Saluda Tailgate Market in the city parking lot on the west end of town. Info: 749-9365. â€˘ SATURDAYS - 8am-Noon - Open June-Sept.: Andrews Farmers Market at First Street in Andrews. Info: 321-2006; 8am-1pm - Open April through Dec.: Asheville City Market in the Public Works parking lot on S. Charlotte St. Info: 348-0340; 8am-Noon - Open April-Dec.: North Asheville Tailgate Market on the campus of UNCA. Info: 683-1607; 7am-Noon - Open April-Nov.: Henderson County Tailgate Market at 100 N. King St. (between First and Second Avenues). Info: 693-7265; 10am-2pm - Open April-Oct.: Cedar Valley Farmers Market in downtown Murphy. Info: 3617505; 8-11:30am - Open April-Nov.: Polk Tailgate Market in front of the Polk County Courthouse. Info: 894-2281; 8am-Noon - Open June-Oct.: Franklin
Tailgate Market in Macon County at West Palmer St. Info: 349-2046; 8am-Noon - Open April-early fall: Lenoir Bluegrass Farmers Market at the Hog Waller stage. Info: 292-4664; 8am-2pm - Open year-round: French Broad Food Co-op Arts & Farm Market at 90 Biltmore Ave. in downtown Asheville. Art demos and live music. Info: 236-9367; 9am-Noon - Rutherfordton Farmers Market on Main St. in downtown Rutherfordton; 8am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Mountain Valley Farmers Market on the downtown square in Hayesville. Info: 389-3022; 8:30am-1pm - Open May-Oct.: Graham County Farmers Market in the United Community Bank parking lot in Robbinsville. Info: 479-8788; 8am-Noon - Bakersville Farmers Market in the Bakersville Community Medical Clinic parking lot in Bakersville; 8:30am-12:30pm - Open April-Oct.: Yancey County Farmers Market on S. Main St. at Hwy 19E. Info: 682-0601; 9am-1pm - Open April-Nov.: Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market in the parking lot near Pittman Cafeteria up Dormitory Dr. at Mars Hill College. Info: 680-9890; 9am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Black Mountain Tailgate Market on 1st Street behind the First Baptist Church. Info: 582-5039; 9am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Jackson County Farmers Market on Railroad Ave. at Bridge Park. Info: 507-1146; 9am-Noon - Open May-Sept.: Riceville Community Tailgate Market in the parking lot of the Riceville Community Center. Info: 2986549; 10am-1pm - Open May-Oct.: Big Ivy Market on the grounds of the Big Ivy Community Center, 540 Dillingham Road, Barnardsville. Info: 626-2624; 8am-Noon - Open June-Sept.: Swain County Tailgate Market in downtown Bryson City. Info: 488-3848. â€˘ SUNDAYS, 1-5pm - Open May-Oct.: Greenlife Tailgate Market at 70 Merrimon Ave. Info: 254-5440; Noon-4pm - Open April-Nov.: Sundays on the Island, cross the river at the courthouse on Main St. in Marshall; 9am-5pm - Open June-Oct.: Topton Farmers Market at the crossroads in Topton. Info: 321-9030. â€˘ TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 8am-Noon - Open JuneSept.: Canton Tailgate Market at the town hall in the municipal parking lot on Park St. Info: 235-2760. â€˘ TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 7am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Rutherford County Farmers Market on Fairgrounds Road, off Business 74 Hwy. Info: 287-6080. â€˘ TUESDAYS, Noon-5pm & SATURDAYS, 8am-1pm - Open May-Oct.: Morganton Farmers Market behind Geppettoâ€™s Pizza on Beach St. in Morganton. Info: 438-5252; TU 3-6pm & SA 8-11am - Open JuneSept.: Marion Tailgate Market in the W. Henderson Street city parking lot. Info: 652-2215. â€˘ TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS & SATURDAYS, 8am-2pm - Hendersonville Curb Market at Church St., directly across from the old courthouse. Info: 692-8012 or firstname.lastname@example.org; 7am-1pm - Open AprilDec.: Transylvania County Tailgate Market in the parking lot behind South Broad Park, next to the library in Brevard. Info: 884-9483. Waynesville Creative Thought Center Located at 741 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. Info: 456-9697, waynesvilleCTC@aol.com or www.mountainshops.com/ctc. â€˘ FR (8/28), 6:30pm - People Wisdom Series: â€œLongTerm Food Storage and Preserving the Harvest,â€? presented by Kathleen Lamont, master gardener. Lamont will discuss canning, dehydrating, root cellaring, vacuum sealing and more. $10 love offering.
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Community Events & Workshops An Evening of International Solidarity • FR (8/28), 7-10pm - Join WNC Workers Center and Nuestro in welcoming Guatemalan activist and banana worker Carmen Molina with the STITCH
International Solidarity Tour. Learn about women leading the human rights struggle in the age of globalization. Local leaders to speak. Family dance. Info: 255-2987. Buncombe Co. Parks, Greenways & Rec. Events Events are free and are held at 59 Woodfin Pl., unless otherwise noted. To register or for more info: 250-4265. • FR (9/4), 10:30am Sightseers: Hendersonville Apple Festival. Take a trip to the festival and enjoy a street fair with arts, crafts, music and more. $12. Please bring money for lunch. Register by Aug. 28. Children First/Communities In Schools of Buncombe County Info: 259-9717, gregb@ childrenfirstbc.org or www. childrenfirstbc.org. TH (8/27), 7-8:30pm - State and local advocates will host “Our Children’s Stake in the Health Care Debate,” an educational forum about the impact of current
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Congressional health care reform on children. At the YWCA. Events at the YWCA Located at 185 S. French Broad Ave. Info: www. ywcaofasheville.org. • SA (8/29), 9am-3pm - “Neighborhood Appreciation Day.” The YWCA encourages neighbors to stop by for snacks, tours and coupons for free swim lessons. Visitors will also be able to try out fitness equipment and classes. Freeskool Events & Classes A teaching and learning network by and for the community. Community members offer free classes to other community members. Info: www.freeskoolasheville.org. • SU (8/30), 1pm - DIY Sustainable Homes Tour. Meet at the Greenlife parking lot. • MO (8/31), 6-7pm - Belly dance class with Sparrow. Meet at the corner of Broadway and College St., in downtown Asheville —- 7pm - Idea night & potluck at the Creative Music School, 178 Westwood Pl. Life o’ Mike A health-care advocacy and education group. Info: lifeomikie.org, lifeomike@ gmail.com or 243-6712. • FR (8/28), 6-8pm - Story Circle at First Congregation United Church of Christ, Rm. 208, 20 Oak St., Asheville. Story Circles offer participants the chance to tell their own stories of encounters with the U.S. health-care system. Donations welcome. Reservations suggested. Public Lectures & Events at UNCA Events are free unless otherwise noted. • FR (8/28), 11:25am - Humanities Lectures: “Enlightenment and Liberalism: Rights and Revolution,” with Dr. Ellen Pearson in Lipinsky Auditorium and “Globalization,” with Dr. Surain Subramaniam in the Humanities Lecture Hall. • MO (8/31), 11:25am Humanities Lectures: “China,” with Dr. Grant Hardy in the Humanities Lecture Hall and “Community and Authority in the Medieval West,” with Dr. Bill Spellman at Lipinsky Auditorium.
TEDxAsheville Local fans of TED, the California-based organization offering free talks from the world’s most inspiring speakers, present an independently organized, homegrown TEDx event. Info: tedxavl@gmail. com or tedxavl.com. • SU (8/30), 7-11pm - Author and revolutionary thinker bell hooks will join four Asheville visionaries — Dee Eggers, Drew Jones, David McConville and Caroline Yongue — and all-local performers at the Orange Peel. Free.
Social & SharedInterest Groups Tuesday Nights! • Single And Looking For Something Fun? (pd.) Try AVL Speed Dating! Events start at 6:30pm and are held monthly at Forest Blue Restaurant (900 Hendersonville Road). • Next event: Tuesday, September 1, ages 21-39. • To make a reservation or for more info, call (828) 274-6934 or see AVLSpeedDating.com Ardent Toastmasters Club Afraid to speak in public? Want to practice your speaking skills in a fun and supportive environment? Come see what the club is about. Meets at Zona Lofts, 162 Coxe Ave., in downtown Asheville. Info: 225-8680 or www.toastmasters.org/websiteApps/. • Alternate THURSDAYS, 5:30pm - Meeting. Arise & Shine Toastmasters Ready to overcome your fear of public speaking and to enhance your communication and leadership skills? This group provides a friendly environment in which to do so. Guests have no obligation to join. Info: 776-5076. • THURSDAYS, 7:30am - Meets at UNCA’s Highsmith Student Union. Asheville Civitan Club Come hear community leaders present programs. Meetings are held at Trinity Episcopal Church, corner of Church St. and Aston St. Open to the public. RSVP for lunch: $10. Info: 348-4222 or www.ashevillecivitan.org. • TUESDAYS, 1pm - Weekly topical speakers of community interest. Upcoming political forum for voters.
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wed Acoustic folk music will be performed by local musician Billy Jonas Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 12:45 p.m. at UNCA’s Lipinsky Auditorium. Info: 251-6432.
Veterans for Peace will host a film screening and community discussion of the documentary Rethink
thur Afghanistan Thursday, Aug. 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the North Asheville Library. Info: 626-2572 or 528-5180.
Spend Friday evening watching Shakespeare under the stars with the Asheville Shakesperience, the Montford Park Players’ resident repertory company, as they give a special performance titled The Best of The Bard Friday, Aug. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater in Montford. Performances continue through Sept. 5. Info: 254-5146.
This year’s Relay for Clean Air — a 100-mile demonstration where bike riders, runners and walkers take turns marching from Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Asheville — will be held Saturday, Aug. 29, from 6:15 a.m. to 9 p.m. The relay ends on Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville, where a rally and press conference will be held. Info: 631-3447. Local fans of TED, the California-based organization offering free talks from the world’s most inspiring
sun speakers, won’t want to miss Asheville’s independently organized, homegrown TEDx event Sunday, Aug. 30, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Orange Peel. Info: www.tedxavl.com.
mon The season finale of Hendersonville’s Summer Street Dances will be held Monday, Aug. 31, from 7
to 9 p.m. Hear some mountain music by the Blue Ridge Tradition and watch some mountain dancing by the Great Smoky Mountain Cloggers on the street in front of the Visitors Information Center, 201 S. Main St., downtown Hendersonville. Bring a chair, but please leave pets at home. Info: 693-9708. Catch the grand opening of an exhibit at Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum Atrium Sales
tue Gallery and Cyber Coffee Cafe featuring the works of Western MFA/BFA art students Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $1 suggested donation for coffee. Proceeds benefit the Art Student’s League Exhibition Awards. Info: 227-3591.
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 Lesbian Brunch Club Info: www.meetup.com/ Asheville-Lesbian-BrunchClub or Asheville-LesbianBrunch-Club-list@meetup. com. • SUNDAYS - Be a part of creating positive community every Sunday. Koinonia Monday Night Potlucks • MONDAYS - Potluck. The gathering invites people of all walks of life to share their ideas and wisdom with those that are interested in fostering an evolved local and global community. Change begins within us. Info: 333-2000. Scrabble Club Come play America’s favorite word game SCRABBLE. We have all the gear, just bring your vocabulary. Info: 2528154. • SUNDAYS, 1-5pm - Meets at Books-A-Million
in Asheville. We have all the gear. No dues the first six months. Just bring your vocabulary. Fun!
Society of American Magicians Interested in the magical arts? Consider joining WNC’s local Assembly of the Society of American Magicians, the oldest magical society in the world. All experience levels welcome. Info: 712-1319 or www.wncsam.com. • 1st TUESDAYS, 6:30-8pm - Monthly meeting at Denny’s on Patton Ave. Veterans for Peace Info: 626-2572 or 528-5180. • 1st THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Regular business meeting of the WNC Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 at Atlanta Bread Company, 633 Merrimon Ave. Free and open to the public. • TH (8/27), 7-9pm - Film showing and discussion at N. Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. Brave New Films’ documentary Rethink Afghanistan (http://rethinkafghanistan.com/) features expert opinions and troubling images.
Government & Politics Buncombe County Public Meetings Info: 250-4105 or kathy. hughes@buncombecounty. org. • 1st & 3rd TUESDAYS, 4:30pm - The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meets in Rm. 204 of the Buncombe County Courthouse. Cecil for City Council Events Info: http://cecilbothwell. wordpress.com. • 1st & 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 7-9pm - Join Cecil for City Council campaign supporters at the Wedge Brewery in the River Arts District. Free Hugs for Health Care Reform • FRIDAYS, 5-8pm - Join local Obama supporters and give free hugs for health care reform. Pick up signs at Mountain Java in north Asheville at 5pm. WNC for Change Health Care Campaign Office • MONDAYS through SATURDAYS, 2-8pm - Visit the campaign office inside
Mountain Java coffeeshop in north Asheville. Learn how you can fight for health care reform.
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. 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.walk-wise.org. • TH (9/3) - Urban walk. Waynesville Parks and Recreation Info: 456-2030 or firstname.lastname@example.org. • SA (8/29), 8am-5pm - Senior trip to Lake Lure. Depart from the Rec. Center and travel to watch the Dragon Boat races. Participants will also enjoy a boat tour. Bring money for
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lunch or pack a picnic. $20 members/$25 nonmembers. Info: 456-2030 or recprograms@townofwaynesville. org.
Animals Mayfel’s Dog Days of Summer (pd.) Every Thursday through August patrons are invited to come eat and drink with their furry friends in our front patio or back courtyard, 22 College Street, downtown Asheville, 252-8840. Complimentary dog treats provided! This week 10% of proceeds will go to Find a Pet Society. Buncombe County Animal Services The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Division offers low-cost vaccination clinics. Rabies shots: $6. Combo shots: $15 per dog and $20 per cat. Microchips: $10. To receive a three-year rabies vaccine, bring the one-year certificate. Please bring restraints for pets. Info: 253-1195. • SA (8/29), 9am-Noon - At Superpetz on Brevard Rd. —- 1-4pm - At Tractor Supply on Monticello Rd. 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. We meet 4 times a month within Asheville or Buncombe County to build a fence for a chained dog. Community Partnership for Pets This nonprofit organization’s primary goal is to stop the unnecessary killing of hundreds of healthy and adoptable animals at local shelters in Henderson, Buncombe, Transylvania and Polk County. Info: 693-5172 or www.communitypartnershipforpets.org. • SA (8/29), Noon-4pm - Spray and neuter vouchers will be sold at Walmart in Highland Square, 64 E. Hendersonville. $20 cats/$30 dogs. Cost includes a free rabies vaccination if needed. Info: 693-5172. Transylvania Animal Alliance Group For information about T.A.A.G., or donations of time or resources, 9663166, email@example.com or www.taag.petfinder.com.
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• SATURDAYS, 11am-4pm Adoption Days at PETsMART on Airport Road in Arden. View adoptable animals on our website: www.taagwags. org
Technology Basic Computer Classes Opportunity House in Hendersonville offers basic computer classes including: Basic Skills I, Basic Skills II, Basic Skills III, Internet I, Internet II and E-Mail. Courses in MS Word and MS Excel can be scheduled with enough interest. $30 members/$40 nonmembers. To register: 692-0575. • MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 9:30-11am or 11:30am-1pm - Classes. WNC SharePoint User Group The group aims to provide knowledge and resources to IT professionals in the region. Monthly meetings provide members with a forum to hear top industry experts give educational presentations on Microsoft SharePoint products and technologies. Info: www.wncsug.com. • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 6-8pm - Bi-monthly meetings, with guest speakers, provide knowledge and resources to SharePoint Developers, Users and Administrators in the region. Meetings in July, Sept. and Nov. of this year.
Business & Careers Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Located at 36 Montford Ave. Info: 258-6101 or www. ashevillechamber.org. • TH (8/27), 8-9:30am - The Economic Development Coalition for AshevilleBuncombe County’s annual meeting will be held in the Asheville Merchants Corporation Boardroom. Free. RSVP: 258-6117. Mountain BizWorks Workshops Mountain BizWorks is located at 153 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville. • TH (9/3), 11:45am-1pm Free lunch seminar on branding at the HomeTrust Bank in Clyde. Learn how to expand your advertising effectiveness without spending more money. Advanced registration required: 692-5826 or adriana@mountainbizworks. org. Public Relations Association of WNC Info: www.prawnc.org. • 4th FRIDAYS, 11:30am1pm - Networking and luncheon with other public relations pros. $15/$25 nonmembers. Stephens-Lee Center Events
Located at 30 George Washington Carver St. Info: 350-2058. • TH (8/27), 6:30-8pm - Free workshop on “Saving Money on Your Utility Bills — You Can Do It!” with Nancy Ostergaard, N.C. Cooperative Extension. Learn easy low-cost/no-cost ways to save energy and money. Swannanoa Business Association Info: info@swannanoaba. com, www.swannanoaba. com or 337-4718. • WE (8/26), 10am-1pm - Swannanoa’s strengths and opportunities will be discussed at Beacon Hall on Whitson Ave. Lunch reservations: 337-4718. • TH (8/27), Noon - Join preservation experts for a walk around the downtown area and discuss the possibilities. Meet at Beacon Hall on Whitson Ave. Lunch reservations: 337-4718.
Volunteering American Cancer Society Relay for Life Info: 254-6931. • TH (8/27), 5:30-7pm - Biltmore Park interest meeting. Do you want to save lives from cancer and become involved in a groundbreaking event in Biltmore Park? If so, come to the meeting to learn about volunteer opportunities for a summer 2010 event. Ashevillage Institute (AVI) Nonprofit eco-urban education center and living laboratory for sustainable solutions. Info or to RSVP: 225-8820, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.ashevillage.org. • THURSDAYS, 9am-5pm - Volunteer days and potluck lunch. Volunteers needed in: gardening, permaculture, stonework, carpentry, marketing, administration, fundraising, 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-4:45pm - Academic coaching in the schools or at after-school programs, once a week. Beaucatcher Brew Bringing the community to the stage. This musical folk-life play is presented
by Homeward Bound of Asheville. Info: 768-2456 or email@example.com. • TUESDAYS, 10am - Volunteer meeting at Haywood Street Campus, Central Methodist Church, past the Rescue Mission. Seeking story-gatherers, transcribers, office assistants, grant writers and more. Bountiful Cities Project A nonprofit that creates, manages and, in some cases, owns community gardens on Asheville’s urban land. Info: 257-4000 or info@bountifulcitiesproject. org. • WEDNESDAYS, 3-8:30pm - Community Garden Workdays. Volunteers appreciated at Pearson Drive garden located in the Montford neighborhood. Info: 273-8151 or 257-4000 and leave a message. Catholic Social Services n Volunteers are needed throughout the week. Info: 255-0146. • WEDNESDAYS, 1-4pm - Direct Assistance Day. Help sort clothing, shelve food, pack bags of food and more. Call for details. 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. Guardian ad Litem Program Seeks Volunteers Volunteers are needed to advocate for children involved in the juvenile court process due to abuse and neglect. No experience necessary. Free training prepares volunteers to make a difference in a child’s life. Info: 251-6130. • MO (9/21) - Training begins. Call to register. Madison County Arts Council Events MCAC is located at 90 S. Main St. in Marshall. Info: 649-1301 or www.madisoncountyarts.com. • SU (8/30), 4-7pm - The Madison County Arts Council, in association with Roger Hartner and the residents of Chestnut Hill, present a volunteer thank you and organizational party. Food and drinks. For past and future volunteers. RSVP: erich@madisoncountyarts. com. 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. â€˘ OnTrack needs extra office administrative support. Volunteers are needed to assist with various office tasks. The volunteer must be available during OnTrackâ€™s regular business hours (8am-5:30pm). Info: 2104956 or tarag@ontractwnc. org.
Seeking Volunteers for Mill Around the Village â€˘ MONDAYS, 6pm Planning meetings for the third annual Mill Around the Village Festival in downtown Swannanoa are held at Beacon Hall in Swannanoa. Volunteers are needed. Info: 337-4718. Special Olympics Buncombe County Info: 250-4265 or grace. young@buncombecounty. org. â€˘ Through MO (8/31) - Sign up to be a volunteer cheerleader for the Special Olympic events scheduled for the fall and winter. No experience is necessary. Practice begins in Sept. Call for details and to pick up a physical and consent form. The Lordâ€™s Acre A Faith Garden Project organized and sponsored by local churches and volunteers who have come together to help provide food for families in need. Located in Fairview. Info: www.thelordsacre.org. â€˘ WEDNESDAYS, 6-8pm & SATURDAYS, 8-11am Volunteers are needed. United Wayâ€™s Day of Caring Volunteers from local businesses and individuals spend the day doing projects to help area nonprofits. Organized by Hands On, a program of United Way that makes it easy to lend a hand and help others in our community. To sign up or for more info: 255-0696 or www.handsonasheville.org. â€˘ TH (9/3) - Day of Caring. Volunteer at LAAFF Lexington Ave Arts and Fun Fest (LAAFF) is a free street festival held on N. Lexington Ave. between College St. and the 240 overpass. The festival is a fundraiser for local nonprofit Arts2People, and will be held on Sept. 6. Info: 776-6248, www. arts2people.org or www. lexfestasheville.com. â€˘ Through SU (9/6) Volunteers are needed for this yearâ€™s festival. To sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health Programs & Support Groups CREATE FREEDOM From Compulsive Habits, Depression and Anxiety (pd.) Studies have proven that self-destructive patterns involving food, alcohol/drugs, overspending and moods all have a common emotional root. â€˘ Learn effective skills to interrupt patterns so cravings, urges and moods fade â€˘ Create emotional balance and FREEDOM â€˘ Free orientation â€˘ Call 231-2107 or email: email@example.com Experience Nia and Qigong â€˘ Free! (pd.) â€˘ Nia for fun and fitness. All levels welcome. â€˘ Healing Qigong to reduce stress. â€˘ Monday, August 31. Call Jan at (828) 2777318. wwwAshevilleMovementCenter.com Shoji Spa Discounts and Events (pd.) â€˘ Locals Discount: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. â€˘ SPArty: Wednesday evenings, 6-8 p.m. Drinks, food and music, free. 828-299-0999. www. shojiretreats.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. â€˘ 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. â€˘ WEDNESDAYS, 8pm - Al-Anon in West Asheville: Meeting at West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Rd., across from Ingles. Separate Newcomersâ€™ Meeting meets also at 8pm. Info: 258-4799. â€˘ THURSDAYS, 7pm - Discussion meeting for parents of children with addictions: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road, across from Ingles. Info: 242-6197. â€˘ 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). â€˘ 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. â€˘ FRIDAYS, 6:30pm - Discussion meeting for
couples only: All Souls Cathedral, 3 Angle St. Info: 676-0485. â€˘ SATURDAYS, 10am - Al-Anon North: Meeting at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. â€˘ SATURDAYS, 10am - Saturday Serenity at St Maryâ€™s Episcopal Church on the corner of Charlotte and Macon. Beginners welcome. â€˘ SATURDAYS, Noon - Weaverville discussion meeting at First Baptist Church on N. Main St., next to the library. Enter via side glass doors. â€˘ SUNDAYS, 5-6pm - Discussion meeting: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. Info: 281-1566. â€˘ MONDAYS, 12-1pm - Discussion meeting: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 686-8131. â€˘ TUESDAYS, Noon - Black Mountain Group meets at St. James Episcopal Church, 424 W. State St. Info: 2778620. â€˘ TUESDAYS, 7pm - Discussion meeting: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Info: 253-6624. 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. â€˘ WEDNESDAYS (monthly) Suicide Loss Group meets. â€˘ TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS - Good Grief Support Groups meet. â€˘ WEDNESDAYS - ChildLoss Support Groups meet. â€˘ MONDAYS & TUESDAYS - Grief Education Classes. DivorceCare â€˘ WEDNESDAYS, 6:157:30pm - DivorceCare, a video seminar and support group featuring nationally recognized experts on divorce and recovery topics, including â€œFacing my Anger,â€? â€œFacing my Lonelinessâ€? and â€œForgiveness.â€? Childcare provided. Info: 254-4688 or www.mountcarmelonline. org. Dual Recovery Group Group meets at the Black Mountain Presbyterian Church House, 117 Montreat Road. For individuals who have a chemical dependency, emotional, and/or psychiatric illness and need
support. A 12-step based program. Info: 357-8403. â€˘ TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 8pm - Group meets. Eating Disorders Individuals are welcome to come to one or all of the support group meetings. Info: 337-4685 or www. thecenternc.org. â€˘ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. â€˘ 1st THURSDAYS, 67pm - Meeting at Symour 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. â€˘ WE (9/2), Noon-1:30pm - â€œUnderstanding Back Pain,â€? with John Hicks, M.D. Hicks will discuss the causes of back pain and preventative measures. â€˘ TH (9/3), 3-4:30pm - â€œSharp as a Tack: Keeping your brain young,â€? with Lucy Butler, a speech therapist with Pardee Hospital. Butler will discuss the concept of â€œbrain plasticityâ€? and how to use this method to help prevent cognitive decline. 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. â€˘ MONDAYS, Noon-1pm & FRIDAYS, 7-8pm - Meetings at Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. Henderson County Red Cross Red Cross holds classes in CPR and First Aid for infants, children and adults; Standard First Aid in Spanish; Babysitter Training; Pet First Aid. Located at 203 Second Ave. East, Hendersonville. Info: 693-5605. : Blood Drive dates and locations are listed below. Appointment and ID required. â€˘ WE (8/26), 1:30-5:30pm - Kenmure, 100 Clubhouse Dr., Flat Rock. Info: 6935605 or bethg@hcredcross. net â€”- 6:30-11am & 12:30-5pm â€” Pardee
Hospital Jamison Conference Room, 800 N. Justice St. Info: Chris.Power@ pardeehospital.org or call 696-4712. â€˘ TH (8/27), 9am-1:30pm - Blue Ridge Community College in the student lounge, 180 West Campus Dr. Info: 694-1802 â€”- 2:30-7pm - Mac Easler Ford & WMIT, 601 Duncan Hill Road. Info: 693-4281. â€˘ TU (9/1), Noon-4:30pm - High Vista Country Club, 88 Country Club Road, Mills River. Info: 693-5605. K.A.R.E. Support Groups Kidâ€™s Advocacy Resource Effort offers several ongoing support groups. Info: 4568995. â€˘ 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. Narcotics Anonymous A fellowship of recovering addicts that can help those afflicted get clean and stay clean through a 12-step program. The group focuses on recovering from the disease of addiction rather than any particular drug. For WNC NA meeting schedules and info:
www.wncana.org. Helpline: (866) 925-2148. â€˘ DAILY - Please call for location details. Opportunity House Events Located at 1411 Asheville Hwy. in Hendersonville. Info: 698-5517 or 692-0575. â€˘ WEDNESDAYS, 7:30-9am - Low cost medical testing with Linda Garren, RN of Hendersonville. No appointments necessary. Info: 692-0575. 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. â€˘ 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. â€˘ THURSDAYS, Noon - Asheville: Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376
Hendersonville Rd. (S. 25 at Yorkshire). Info: 298-1899. â€˘ SATURDAYS, 9:30am - Black Mountain: Carver Parks & Recreation Center, 101 Carver Ave. off Blue Ridge Road. Open relapse and recovery mtg. Info: 669-0986. â€˘ MONDAYS, 6:30pm - Hendersonville: Balfour United Meth. Church, 2567 Asheville Hwy. (Hwy. 25). Open mtg. Info: 1-800-5804761. â€˘ MONDAYS, 5:15pm - Asheville: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Beginners mtg. Info: 277-8185. â€˘ MONDAYS, 6pm - Asheville: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Open mtg. Info: 277-8185. â€˘ TUESDAYS, 10:30amNoon - Asheville: Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. at Ottari. Open BBSS mtg. Info: 2802213. Park Ridge Hospital Park Ridge Hospital is located in Fletcher and hosts a number of free events, including cholesterol screenings, vision screenings, PSA screenings, bone density checks for women, lectures, numerous support groups
and a Kid Power program. Info: 687-3947 or www. parkridgehospital.org. â€˘ Through FR (8/28) - 2009 WOW Events: Free vision screenings, cholesterol screenings and bone-density checks, plus $10 PSA screenings. Call or see Web site for locations and times. Pet Loss Support Group For anyone who has lost a pet or is anticipating the death of a companion animal. Free. Info: 258-3229. â€˘ 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 258-3888, ext. 221. Info: www.redcrosswnc.org. : Bloodmobile Drive dates and locations are listed below. Appointment and ID required. â€˘ WE (8/26) - Loweâ€™s in Weaverville, 24 North Ridge Commons Pkwy. Info: 7829020. â€˘ TH (8/27), 2:30pm-7pm 106.9 the Light is promoting
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a blood drive at Mac Easler Ford, 601 Duncan Hill Rd., Hendersonville. Donors will have the chance to win gas cards and will also receive a free T-shirt and 106.9 The Light merchandise. Info: www.1069thelight.org or 665-4444. • FR (8/28), 6:30-11am - Reuter Family YMCA, 3 Town Square Blrd. Info: 651-9622 —- 9am-1pm - YWCA, 185 South French Broad Ave. Info: 254-7206. • SA (8/29), 10am-2:30pm - Woodland Hills Church, 50 Woodland Hills Road. Info: 658-2554. • SU (8/30), 9am-1:30pm - The Rock, 273 Monte Vista Road in Candler. Info: 670-7625.
S-Anon For those affected by someone else’s sexual behavior. Info: 545-4287 or 606-6803. • WEEKLY - Three meetings are available per week. Sex Addicts Anonymous A fellowship of men and women recovering from addictive sexual behavior (physical and/or emotional). Meetings are held in downtown Asheville. Info: 800477-8191 (live person Mon.Fri. 11am-7pm) or 348-0284 to leave a local message for a return call. • SUNDAYS, 7pm - Meeting. Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous SLAA is a 12-step fellowship of men and women who have a desire to stop living out a pattern of sex and love addiction. Meetings are held in downtown Asheville. Open to all sexual orientations. Info: AshevilleSLAA@gmail. com. • SATURDAYS, 10am - First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Straighten Up, America • WE (8/26), 11:30am-1pm - Join Madeline Dillingham, CarePartners Orthopaedic Provider Relations Director, for a free exercise program for adults of all ages. Lunch provided. Learn how 3 minutes a day of easy exercises can improve your posture and spinal health. To register: 277-4815. Transitions: Job Loss Resource & Support Group • WEDNESDAYS, 3pm - Meets at the First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville, located at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Church Street in downtown Hendersonville. Info: www. hvlfumc.org/transitions or 693-4275.
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Sports Groups & Activities APA Pool League (pd.) Amateur League, all skill levels welcome. HAVE FUN. MEET PEOPLE. PLAY POOL. Sign-up for 8-ball or 9-ball. 828-329-8197 www.BlueRidgeAPA.com ONGOING — Mon, Tue, Wed, or Thur — YOUR CHOICE! Asheville Masters Swimming • MONDAYS through FRIDAYS, 5:45-7:15am & SATURDAYS, 7-9am - Fitness, competitive and triathlon swimmers welcome at Asheville Country Club. Info: www.ashevillemasters. com. Disc Golf Check the kiosk at Richmond Hill Park for events and nearby tournaments. Info: 680-9626 or www.wncdiscgolf.com. • SUNDAYS, 4pm - Doubles at Waynesville Rec Park. • MONDAYS, 5:30pm - Doubles at Black Mountain Park. • TUESDAYS, 5:30pm - Doubles at Richmond Hill Park. Monday Night Women’s Road Ride • MONDAYS, 6-8pm Sponsored by ABRC. Meet at Youngblood Bicycles, 233 Merrimon Ave. Be ready to ride at 6pm Approx. 27 miles at 12-15mph; no one left behind. Info: 254-4578. 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.). Sports at UNCA Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public. Info: 251-6459. • FR (8/28), 4pm - UNCA Women’s Soccer vs. Clemson at Greenwood Field. • WE (9/2), 7pm - UNCA Volleyball vs. Western Carolina at the Justice Center. $5.
Kids The Little Gym • Open House (pd.) The Little Gym on 1000 Brevard Road will be holding an open house (ages
4 months -12 years) on Sunday, Aug. 30 from 2-4 p.m. Games, free play, door prizes. Please call 667-9588, or visit us online at www. tlgashevillenc.com for more information. 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. • MONDAYS through FRIDAYS (through Aug.), 10:30am - Story time. • Through SU (9/6) Arthur’s World, the national touring exhibition based on the PBS children’s television series and popular Marc Brown books, will be on display. Children’s Concert • SU (8/30), 6-6:45pm - Award-winning children’s musician Joanie Leeds will be performing at The Hop Ice Cream Cafe. Joanie is the recipient of a Parent’s Choice award and is now on tour. Jolly Balloon Smiths will open. $3 for ages 3 and up. Children’s Festival on the Blue Ridge Parkway • SA (8/29), 10am-3pm - Children’s festival at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, milepost 384, to celebrate the opening of Asheville’s newest family adventure: the TRACK trail. Ribbon cutting at 11am. Hands-on activities, face painting, food, music and fun. Events at Earth Fare South Located at 1856 Hendersonville Rd. Info: 210-0100. • WE (8/29), 6:30pm - Learn to make healthy kidfriendly homemade snacks. $9. Call to register. 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 (8/29), 1pm - Susan Runholt presents her new mystery novel Rescuing Seneca Crane. Suggested for ages 8-14. • SU (8/30), 1pm - Kristy Dempsey will read her picture book Me with You. A book signing and activity will follow. Flag Football Youth League • MO (8/31) through TH (9/3) - Registration for Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts’ NFL Flag Football Youth League for kids ages 6-14. $25 for
Asheville residents/$30 for non-residents. Call or e-mail for registration locations: 232-4526 or email@example.com. Kids Corner Market A series of free activities for kids at the Asheville City Market. Organized by Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project to get children excited about fresh food and physical activity. Info: 236-1282 or brook@ asapconnections.org. • SA (8/29), 10am-12:30pm - Fun Farm Activities with the Organic Growers School. Tea Parties at the SmithMcDowell House A hands-on program that brings American history to life. Each party includes a different lesson, snacks, tea and craft activity. For children 7 and up. $25/$20. Please make reservations two weeks prior to the program desired. Reservations & info: 253-9231 or www.wnchistory.org. • SA (9/12), 11am - Civil War Era Tea Party for both boys and girls. Dress code is casual. Civil War actors will bring the event to life.
Spirituality 20th Of Each Month • Heal Yourself And Mother Earth (pd.) Participate in worldwide long-distance group EssenceWork TM sessions. • Registration deadline: 15th of each month. • Private sessions, please call Lania Desmond: (828) 236-1230 or www.soulpoint.com/ essence-work.html A Labor Day Weekend Zen Celebration! (pd.) 2 special events will commemorate the 4th anniversary of Great Tree Zen Temple: all-day sitting: September 5; Free brunch: September 6. • Rev. Munnich leads Meditation Day, cost $35. Questions? (828) 645-2085. • For details see: www.greattreetemple.org 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. Buying And Selling Metaphysical, Occult, And Self-Care Books (pd.) Monday-Saturday. 5428 Asheville Hwy (Hwy 25) 1/2 mile South, I-26 exit 44 next to Crystal Visions. (828) 681-5580. www. newvisionsmarketplace. com
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Hebrew Language Classes (pd.) By a native Hebrew speaker. Immersion through the Bible. Successful method, for all levels. • Individuals or groups. Call Maria Thomas (828) 5071622. mariati00@hotmail. com Tuesday Afternoons • Meditation • Great Tree Zen Temple (pd.) 5:30pm, 679 Lower Flat Creek Road, Alexander. More information: 645-2085 or www.greattreetemple.org A Course in Miracles Classes For anyone sincerely interested in joining a loving group for ACIM study and practice. The group meets at Groce United Methodist Church in East Asheville. Info: 712-5472. • MONDAYS, 6:30pm Study group meets. An Evening With Spirit All are welcome to communion with Spirit and channel messages. Held at the White Horse in Black Mountain, 105C Montreat Road. No latecomers. Love offering. Info: 713-2439. • SUNDAYS, 6-9pm Evening events will be lead by Theo Salvucci. Asheville Meditation Center Classes are held at the Greenlife Community Center, 90 Merrimon Ave., unless otherwise noted. Info: 5052300 or www.meditateasheville.org. • THURSDAYS, 6:307:30pm - Meditation Circle. Held at One World Healing Arts Institute, 2 Sulphur Springs Road, W. Asheville. Donations accepted. Asheville Satsang With Gangaji Info: 216-7051 or firstname.lastname@example.org. • SUNDAYS, 7pm Discover true fulfillment. Silent sitting and video satsang with Western spiritual teacher Gangaji. New location at Serventhood House, 156 East Chestnut St., near Greenlife. Avalon Grove Nontraditional Celtic Christian worship services to honor the ancient Celtic holidays. Participants are welcome to bring vegetarian food to share after the service. Info: 645-2674 or www.avalongrove.net. • SA (8/29), 2-4pm - Faerie Workshop at Avalon Grove. Learn about the Faerie world and how to communicate and interact with them. $10. 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. Beth Israel Synagogue Located at 229 Murdock Ave. An egalitarian house of prayer, study and assembly in the Conservative Jewish tradition where all are welcome. Join us for Shabbat services, Minyans, high holidays and festival services and celebrations. Info: 2528431 or www.bethisraelnc. org. • FRIDAYS, 7:30pm Services. Buddhist Meditation and Discussion Meets in the space above the French Broad Food Co-op. Suggested donation: $8. Info: 779-5502 or www. meditation-in-northcarolina. org. • WE (8/26), 7:15pm Introduction to Meditation. • WE (9/2), 7:15pm “Bringing the Spiritual Path Into Daily Life.” Celebrate Recovery Christ-centered, biblically based recovery ministry. Weekly fellowship and support meetings deal with reallife 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. 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. 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. Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth in Bible Study • SUNDAYS (8/30 through 9/20), 6-8pm - Explore A New Earth and discuss what author Eckhart Tolle brings to the Christian conversation and what Christianity brings
to what the book offers. At The Chapel Door, 32 Joe Jenkins Rd., Fairview. Free. Everyone welcome. Events at Montreat College Events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. • TH (8/27), 11am Communion service with Chaplain Steve. • TU (9/1), 11am - Opening convocation in Gaither Chapel. A panel discussion focusing on “Visions of Community” will take place. Events at The Chapel Door • SUNDAYS, 6-8pm Meeting at 32 Joe Jenkins Rd. to explore Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth and discuss what Tolle brings to the Christian conversation and what Christianity brings to what the book offers. Info: 628-1882. First Congregational Church Located at 20 Oak St. in downtown Asheville. “An open and affirming congregation.” Info: 252-8729 or www.uccasheville.org. • SUNDAYS (through 9/6), 10am - Summer worship service with Rev. Joe Hoffman and Rev. Shannon Spencer. Childcare is provided. FCUCC is an open and affirming congregation; all are welcome. Journey Expansion Team (JET) • THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - An inspiration of James Ray featured on Oprah/The Secret. Join a group of like-minded people who want to share with others The Law Of Vibration and other Universal Laws. Meetings held in Fletcher/Asheville. Info: 3297145 or kimberlycroteau@yahoo. com. Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation Technique 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. Info: 254-4350 or www.meditationasheville.org. • WEDNESDAYS, 7:15pm - At the Asheville TM Center, 165 E. Chestnut. Mantras Cafe • 1st THURSDAYS, 6:308:30pm - 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. Info:
258-3241 or www.billwalz. com. • MONDAYS, 7-8pm - Meditation class with lesson and discussions in contemporary Zen living. At the Asheville Friends Meeting House at 227 Edgewood Ave. (off Merrimon Ave.). Donation. Modern-Day Meditation Class For Young Adults • TUESDAYS, 7:30-9:30pm - Class. For ages 18-35. Safe space to let down walls, release pent up emotion, get in touch with a truer part of yourself. Free. Info: 301-7892. Mother Grove Events Info: 230-5069, info@ mothergroveavl.org or mothergroveavl.org. • SU (8/30), 3pm - “In the Mother Grove,” a multimedia concert of music and poetry devoted to the Divine Feminine, will premiere at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place. Love donation. Benefit for the Asheville Mother Grove Goddess Temple. Mountain Zen Practice Center Ending suffering through the practice of Conscious Compassionate Awareness. Located at 156 E. Chestnut St. Info: 253-4621 or www. mountainzen.org. Orientation required for newcomers. • TUESDAYS, 7-8:30pm Meditation and discussion. Mystic Gatherings Share in the community of those who are governed both by logic and observing signs around them: gut, spirit, intuition or whatever That is. Bring your stories and experiences. Gatherings are dynamic and diverse and range from topics such as changes in our society to defining moments in life and much more. Info: 206-2009. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Meeting. 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. 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. Sri Sri Sri Shivabalayogi Meditation Group
freewillastrology What I wish for you this week is that you won’t be satisfied with mediocre truths; that you’ll be a fussy perfectionist focused on cutting out waste, fraud, and delusion; that you’ll be itchy to know more about the unacknowledged games that are being played. Frustration, I hope, will be your holy fuel. Unsweetened lemonade, I trust, will be your rejuvenating drink. These are blessings, Aries, not curses! I pray that you’ll pick one of your scabs until it bleeds so the healing process can start over — the right way this time.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
What have you always wanted to yell from the pinnacle of the hill in the distance? This is the week to go there and yell it. What is that safe way of getting high that you’ve always wanted to try but never had the time for before? This is the week to try it. What is the alluring phenomenon that is always going on just outside the reach of your ordinary awareness — the seductive pull you have always somehow resisted? This is the time to dive in and explore it. (Thanks to John Averill for his inspiration in composing this horoscope. His tweets are at twitter.com/wiremesa.)
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden because of an incident involving an apple, right? Wrong. Many biblical scholars suspect the fruit in question was either a fig, grape, or pomegranate. I mention this, Gemini, because I think you’d be wise to review your own personal myth of exile. It’s time to question the story you have been telling yourself about how your paradise got lost. Evidence you discover in the coming days just might suggest that everything you’ve believed is at least half-wrong — that your origins are different from what you imagine. And as for the forbidden fruit that supposedly led you astray: You may realize that it was actually a precious medicine.
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
The coming week will be prime time to perform minor miracles without trying too hard. You’ll probably have maximum success if you refrain from hoping and worrying about achieving maximum success. The cosmic currents will be likely to bend and shape themselves to accommodate your deeper needs if you proceed on the assumption that they know, better than your little ego does, what’s best for you. To get yourself in the proper frame of mind to do challenging tasks without expending strenuous effort, you might want to check out this photo spread of people practicing drunk yoga: tinyurl.com/n5z533.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
Are you familiar with the phenomenon known as a fire whirl? It happens on rare
occasions when a fire produces a tornadolike vortex that rises up vertically, spinning madly. It’s beautiful to behold but is not something you ever want to be close to. I bring this to your attention in the hope that you will not let yourself turn into the human equivalent of a fire whirl in the coming week. You’re not yet close to being one, but there are signs you’re headed that way. With just a modicum of adjustment, you can ensure that you’ll be more like a blaze in a fireplace or a wild but controlled bonfire on a beach — not a fire whirl.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
I was listening to a sports talk show on the radio. The host had recently discovered Twitter, and was pleased with how many fans he had already accumulated. But he was not at all happy with the words “Twitter” or “tweet.” Too effeminate, he said. Not macho enough for a he-man like himself to use comfortably. In fact, he promised that he would never again refer to his Twitter messages as “tweets,” but would hereafter call them “spurts.” Instead of “Twitter,” he would say “Twister.” I encourage you to draw inspiration from his example, Virgo. You’re in an astrological phase when you can and should reconfigure anything that doesn’t suit your needs or accommodate your spirit, whether it’s the language you use, the environments you hang out in, or the processes you’re working on.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Years ago, a TV sitcom called *The Andy Griffith Show* ran for seven seasons on CBS. Its star, Any Griffith, played a mild-mannered sheriff in a small town in North Carolina. His sidekick was Barney Fife, a bumbling deputy with a sweet disposition. Shortly after he left the show, Griffith had a dream in which he thrashed and pummeled his co-star. When he asked his psychiatrist about the meaning of this dream violence, the shrink speculated that he was trying to kill off his old image. I recommend that exact strategy to you now, Libra. Don’t actually wreak any real-life mayhem. Rather, see if you can have a dream or two in which you destroy a symbol of the life you’re ready to leave behind.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
What life will you be living at noon on September 1, 2014? Who will you be? How thoroughly will your dreams have come true? What kind of beauty and truth and love and justice will you be serving? Will you look back at the time between August 27 and September 21, 2009 and sigh, “If only I had initiated my Five Year Master Plan at that ripe astrological moment”? Or on September 1, 2014 will you instead be able to crow, “I can truly say that in these past five years I have become the president of my own life”?
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
If at some future time you sell your life story to a filmmaker who makes it into a feature film, it may have a lot to do with adventures that kick into high gear in the coming weeks. The fun will start (I hope) when you decide not to merely lie back and be victimized by your signature pain any longer. This brave act will recalibrate the cosmic scales and shift the currents of destiny that flow through you. Soon you will be making progress in untangling a mystery that has eluded your insight for a long time. You will be able to uncover the guarded secrets of a source that has for some time been tweaking your personal power without your full awareness.
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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
In his book *From Heaven to Earth: Spiritual Living in a Market-Oriented World,* Aaron Zerah riffs on the Hebrew word “nabal.” It describes someone who’s so staunchly concentrated on practical concerns that he becomes impractical. Please don’t let this be your fate anytime soon, Capricorn. For the ultimate benefit of the bottom line, disregard the bottom line for a while. Fantasize like a teenage poet. Be as whimsical as a mystic clown. Be a sweet, fun-loving fool so you won’t turn into a sour, workaholic fool.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
A woman living in China’s Jilin province got married in a wedding gown with a train that was 1.4 miles long. Lin Rong’s dress was decorated with 9,999 red silk roses and took three months to sew. In the spirit of her record-breaking ritual, Aquarius I encourage you to be extravagant and imaginative as you celebrate a great union in the coming weeks. You have an astrological mandate to think big as you carry out a rite of passage that will lead to an upgrade in the role that collaboration and symbiosis play in your life.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
Close your eyes and imagine you’re in a meadow as rain falls. Inhale the aroma of the earth as the ground is soaked. Dwell in the midst of that scent for a while, allowing it to permeate your organs and nerves. Feel its life-giving energy circulating through you. Give yourself to the memories it evokes. In my astrological opinion, experiences like this are what you need most in the coming week. Can you think of some others that would speak directly to your animal intelligence? It’s a perfect time to please and excite the part of you that is a soft, warm creature.
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The Bhakti Vinyasa Project • SA (8/29), 5-7pm - “Alive Musical Yoga Experience,” a blend of yoga, music and mantra by the Bhakti Vinyasa Project at After the Masters Yoga Studio. Senior yoga teacher Katy Knowles will collaborate with local musicians Luna Ray and Joshua Canter. All levels welcome. $20 donation. Info: 3371464. 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. 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 (8/26), 7pm “Mellowing Your Drama,” with Rev. Chad. Love offering. • SUNDAYS, 9:30am & 11am - Two Sunday Celebration Services. Children’s nursery available during both services —11am - Children’s Sunday School (ages 4 to 18). • WE (9/2), 7-9pm “Vedic Astrology: Steering Your Life by the Stars,” with Ryan Kurczak. Love offering. Info: www. AshevilleVedicAstrology. com. 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.org. • 5th SUNDAYS, 11am Musical Celebration Service.
Art Gallery Exhibits & Openings 16 Patton Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., 1-6pm (open on Sun. May-Oct. only). Info: 236-2889 or www.16patton.com. • SA (8/29) through SU (10/4) - Drawings: Foundations of Fine Art. • SA (8/29), 6-8pm - Opening reception for Drawings: Foundations of Fine Art. Aesthetic Gallery Located at 6 College St., Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., Noon-6pm. Info: 398-0219 or www.aestheticgallery. com. • Through FR (9/11) Beyond Photography, digital painting giclees by photographer artist Ron Morecraf. American Folk Art & Framing The gallery at 64 Biltmore Ave. is open daily, representing contemporary self-taught artists and regional pottery. Info: 281-2134 or www. amerifolk.com. • Through WE (8/26) - Unbound by Tradition, the pottery of Michel Bayne and wood-cut prints by Kent Ambler —- A Day at the Beach, work by Woodie Long, Amanda Riddle and Spencer Herr in the Oui Oui Gallery. Art at UNCA Art exhibits and events at the university are free, unless otherwise noted. • Through TU (9/8) - The annual Studio Art Faculty Exhibition will be on display in the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery. • Through FR (8/28) - Inmate Art, drawings and collages by student-inmates at Avery Mitchell Correctional Facility, will be on display in Blowers Gallery. 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 (9/19) - The juried and judged exhibition Bring Us Your Best 6 will be on display. Asheville Area Arts Council The Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) is at 11 Biltmore Ave. Hours: Mon.Fri., 10am-5pm and Sat., Noon-3pm. Info: 258-0710 or www.ashevillearts.com. • Through SU (8/30) - New artwork by Cynthia Hall and Dawson Fogg will be on display.
Asheville Art Museum The museum is in Pack Place Education, Arts and Science Center on Pack Square. Hours: Tues.-Sat. from 10am-5pm and Sun. from 1-5pm. Free the 1st Wed. of every month from 35pm. Info: 253-3227. $6/$5. • Through SU (9/13) Response and Memory: The Art of Beverly Buchanan. Asheville Gallery of Art A co-op gallery representing 28 regional artists located at 16 College St. Hours: Mon.Sat., 10am-5:30pm and Sun.: 1-4pm. Info: 251-5796 or www.ashevillegallery-ofart.com. • Through MO (8/31) Internal Landscape, a collection of abstract oil paintings by Cindy Walton. • TU (9/1) through WE (9/30) - Quiet Beauty, a collection of watercolor paintings by Sandra Brugh Moore. Bella Vista Art Gallery Located in Biltmore Village, next to the parking lot of Rezaz’s restaurant. Open daily. Info: 768-0246 or www.bellavistaart.com. • Through MO (8/31) - New Raku artists: Terry Hagiwara and Lorri Acott-Fowler. New works in pastel by Karen Margulis. Black Mountain Center for the Arts Located in the renovated Old City Hall at 225 West State St. in Black Mountain. Gallery Hours: Mon.-Wed. & Fri., 10am-5pm (closed Sat. during winter months). Info: 669-0930 or www. BlackMountainArts.org. • Through FR (9/25) - Captured on Canvas, a solo exhibit by photographer Susan Stanton. Blue Spiral 1 The gallery at 38 Biltmore Ave. is open Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm. Info: 251-0202 or www.bluespiral1.com. • Through SU (9/20) - Will Henry Stevens (18811949) + Tom Turner: Stevens’ never-before exhibited abstracts paired with Turner’s porcelain. Alice R. Ballard: nature-inspired ceramics. Alex Bernstein, Julyan Davis, Charles Goolsby: glass sculpture and paintings. Brevard Gallery Walks A variety of Brevard galleries and art spots open their doors. Info: 884-2787. • 4th FRIDAYS, 5-9pm Gallery Walk. Castell Photography A photo-based art gallery located at 2C Wilson Alley, off of Eagle St. in downtown Asheville. Info: 255-1188 or
www.castellphotography. com. • Ongoing exhibit featuring a series of wet-plate collodian images by Brie Castell and a continued exhibit of work by Govind Garg. Crimson Laurel Gallery Info: 688-3599 or www. crimsonlaurelgallery.com. • Through SA (8/29) - Anthropogenic, new work by Matt Jacobs and Eric Knoche. Haen Gallery Located at 52 Biltmore Ave., downtown Asheville. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-6pm, Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., Noon5pm. Info: 254-8577 or www.thehaengallery.com. • Through MO (8/31) Summer Samplings, a group exhibition. Hand In Hand Gallery Located at 2720 Greenville Hwy. (U.S. 25 South) in Flat Rock. Info: 697-7719 or www.handinhandgallery. com. • Through SU (10/4) - Summertime Memories: W.N.C. Treasures. Hollingsworth Gallery Located at 147 E. Main St., Brevard. Info: 877-3886. • Through MO (8/31) - Paintings by local artist Martha D’Angona will be on display. • FR (8/28), 6-8pm - Meet and greet with painter Martha D’Angona, during the 4th Friday Gallery Walk. D’Angona will discuss her paintings on display at the gallery. Madison County Arts Council Exhibits Located at 90 S. Main St. in Marshall. Info: 649-1301. • Through FR (10/2) Amalgam, a solo show by Chukk Bruurseema featuring works in metal, wood, digital layering, even clothing. • FR (8/21) through FR (10/2) - “33” installation by Laura Kathleen Marsico. A site-specific/site- constructed installation. Pack Place Front Gallery Located at 2 S. Pack Place Square. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 15pm. Info: 257-4530. • Through SA (8/29) Freaks of Asheville Calendar and Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival exhibit, featuring photographs from the calendar and LAAFF. 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 (9/5) - Oh Kaos, a group show featur-
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ing local and national artists, will be on display at Flood Gallery. The works address the range of possibilities between the ideas of “OK” and “chaos.” • Through MO (9/7) - The work of Merlin Strivelli will be on display at the Pump Gallery. Strivelli, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome as a child, recently received an “Award of Excellence” at The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. The Bender Gallery Located at 57 Haywood St., Asheville. Hours: Mon.Thurs., 10am-5pm; Fri. & Sat., 10am-7pm; and Sun., Noon-5pm. Info: www. thebendergallery.com or 225-6625. • TH (9/3) through SA (10/31) - Glass sculptures by Toland Sand. • TH (9/3), 5-8pm - Opening reception for an exhibition of glass sculptures by Toland Sand. Sand will be on hand to discuss his work. 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. • SA (8/22) through SA (9/26) - Local Children Books: Writers and Illustrators and 40th Anniversary Retrospective, blown glass by Richard Ritter, will be on display. 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. • FR (8/28) through FR (9/25) - WNC Woodworkers, featuring the works of local and regional woodworkers. • FR (8/28), 5-9pm Opening reception for WNC Woodworkers. WCU Exhibits Unless otherwise noted, exhibits are held at the Fine Art Museum, Fine & Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. Hours: Tues.-Fri., 10am-4pm & Sat., 1-4pm. Suggested donation: $5 family/$3 person. Info: 227-3591 or www.wcu. edu/fapac/galleries. • Through FR (9/18) - New Gifts: Selections from the Collection of Professor Emeritus Perry Kelly, George Masa: A Photographic Vision of the Mountains and Dean and Nancy Cramer
Lettenstrom: Delicate Balance: Painting & Drawing. • TU (9/1) through TU (10/6) - An exhibit featuring the works of Western MFA and BFA student artists will be on display at the Atrium Sales Gallery and Cyber Coffee Cafe. • TU (9/1), 10am-4pm - Grand opening for an exhibit featuring the works of Western MFA/BFA art students. $1 suggested donation for coffee. Proceeds benefit the Art Student’s League Exhibition Awards. YMI Cultural Center Located at 39 South Market St., the community-based organization seeks to enhance the cultural and economic lives of people in WNC, particularly minority and low-income residents. Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 10am-5pm. Info: 252-4614 or www.ymicc.org. • Through SU (9/20) Working Process, sculptures by Robert Winkler.
More Art Exhibits & Openings Art at Nova Located at 109 Broadway, Asheville. • Through MO (8/31) - Work by Stephen Lange will be on display. Art at the N.C. Arboretum Works by members of the Asheville Quilt Guild and regional artists are on display daily in The Visitor Education Center. Info: 665-2492 or www.ncarboretum.org. • Through SU (11/1) - H. Douglas Pratt and John C. Sill’s BIRDS: The Science of Illustration. The exhibit celebrates the art and science of birds. Art in the Airport Gallery Located on the pre-security side of the Asheville Regional Airport terminal. Open to the public during the airport’s hours of operation. Info: email@example.com or www. flyavl.com. • Through TU (10/27) More than 30 original pieces of artwork by nine local artists will be on display. Art League of Henderson County The ALHC meets and shows exhibits at the Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Hwy. (25N) in downtown Hendersonville. Info: 6920575 or www.artleague.net. • Through TH (9/10) Works by local guest artist Gloria Elasky will be on display in the Grace Etheredge Room at Opportunity House. Artwork by Cyndi • Through WE (9/30) - Artwork by Cyndi Calhou will be on display at Salsa’s
Restaurant in downtown Asheville and at Brixx Pizza in S. Asheville. Carolina Nature Photographers Association Info: www.cnpa-asheville. org. • Through SU (11/15) Celebrating Nature Through Photography, images from the N.C. Arboretum and WNC will be on display at the N.C. Arboretum. Center For Craft, Creativity and Design The inter-institutional Regional Center of the University of North Carolina is located at the Kellogg Conference Center, 11 Broyles Rd. in Hendersonville. Info: 8902050 or www.craftscreativitydesign.org. • TU (9/1) through FR (12/11) - Different Tempers: Jewelry & Blacksmithing, an exhibit featuring the works of 14 nationally known metalsmiths. Events at First Congregational United Church of Christ Located at 20 Oak St., Asheville. • Through MO (8/31) - All Things Bright & Beautiful, a photography exhibit by Connie Toops. Toops’ work explores a hummingbird’s perspective as it zips from flower to flower. First Congregational Church Located at 20 Oak St. in downtown Asheville. “An open and affirming congregation.” Info: 252-8729 or www.uccasheville.org. • TU (9/1) through WE (9/30) - Nuestra Historias, a traveling exhibit about migrant workers in America. Wine-and-Cheese Receptions for Art Exhibits At 32 Rosscraggon Road, Asheville. Proceeds go towards S.O.S. Mission, which works with victims of domestic violence and promotes domestic violence awareness and prevention education. Info: rchovey@ sos.spc-asheville.org. • Last FRIDAYS, 6-8pm - Reception. Changing exhibits, mixed media art by various local artists.
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• MO (8/31), 5pm - Monthly meeting at the Civic Center Rec Park in Highlands. Well-known artist Barbara St. Denis, signature member of the National Watercolor Society, will demonstrate her techniques in watermedia. Guests welcome. Info: (864) 877-2454. 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 (8/28), Noon-1pm - Art Break: Aiko Cuneo will discuss the work of her mother, Ruth Asawa. Asheville Chapter of the Church of Craft Info: http://churchofcraft.org. • Last SUNDAYS, 1-4pm Meets at Short Street Cakes, 225 Haywood Rd. Info: 505-4822. Laurel Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America Holds monthly meetings and smaller groups dedicated to teaching different types of needlework. The chapter is also involved in numerous outreach projects. Guests are always welcome at meetings. Info: 654-9788 or www.egacarolinas.org. • TH (9/3), 9:30am Registration followed by a short business meeting and a program on decorative felted orbs by Ellen Anderson. Orbs will be created at this meeting and decorated at the Oct. meeting. At Cummings United Methodist Church in Horse Shoe. Regional Artist Project Grant An annual grant program that provides financial support to developing arts professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. • Through MO (9/14) - Application deadline. Applications are available through the Asheville Area Arts Council, 258-0710; the Avery County Arts Council, 898-4292; the Madison County Arts Council, 6491301; or the Toe River Arts Council, 765-0520. Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Classes are held at the studio, 999 W. Old Rt. 70, Black Mountain. Info: svfal. firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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Transylvania Heritage Museum Located at 40 West Jordan St., Brevard. Info: 884-2347 or www.transylvaniaheritage. org. • FR (8/28), 5-9pm - 4th Friday Gallery Walk & Craft Demonstration. Variable 4 • SA (8/29), 9pm - Catalyst Productions presents Variable 4, a showcase of Asheville’s talent. The first 3 shows showcased latin dance, classical string quartets, tuvan throat singing, short plays, burlesque acts and much more. At the Hookah Bar. $8. WNC Fibers/Handweavers Guild The guild meets at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. All are welcome. Info: 877-3033 or www. wncfhg.org. • SA (8/29), 10am - A business meeting will be followed by a program by Guild member Jean McGrew on “Weaving Brocade With Bamboo.” Following the meeting, the second half of a Brocade workshop will be held.
Art/Craft Fairs American Gem, Bead & Jewelry Expo • SA & SU (8/29 & 30), 10am-5pm - Featuring vendors from all over the country. Held at the Double Tree Hotel in Biltmore, 115 Hendersonville Road. Info: 274-1800. $4. Asheville People’s Market Held June through October in the parking lot across from Rosetta’s Kitchen at 93 N. Lexington Ave. Info: email@example.com. • SUNDAYS, 11am-4pm - Search for art, crafts and homemade items made by Asheville artists at this fleamarket style market. Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 255-8115 or www.firestormcafe.com. • SA (8/29), 3pm - Lush Life Trunk Show, featuring unique garments for the whole family. Greenlife Grocery Arts Market Located at 70 Merrimon Ave. Info: 254-5440. • SATURDAYS, 11am-6pm - Browse the wares of local and regional artists on the grass at Greenlife Grocery.
Spoken & Written Word 2009 Writer’s Workout • September And October (pd.) Announcing the September and October Writer’s Workouts, Posana Restaurant Meeting Room, Asheville. Nonfiction, fiction, poetry; 5-hour group sessions, $150. • Beginning writers, September 24 or October 1; • Intermediate, September 25 or October 2; • Advanced, September 26 or October 3. • Contact Kevin McIlvoy, (828) 3184456. • McIlvoy is a nationally recognized creative writing teacher. kmcilvoy54@ yahoo.com Buncombe County Public Libraries LIBRARY ABBRVIATIONS Each Library event is marked by the following location abbreviations: n BM = Black Mountain Library (105 N. Dougherty St., 250-4756) n EA = East Asheville Library (902 Tunnel Road, 250-4738) n EC = Enka-Candler Library (1404 Sandhill Road, 250-4758) n SS = Skyland/South Buncombe Library (260 Overlook Road, 250-6488) n SW = Swannanoa Library (101 West Charleston Street, 250-6486) n WV = Weaverville Library (41 N. Main Street, 250-6482) • TU (9/1), 11:15am - Family Storytime. Enjoy stories, songs and fun activities. All ages welcome. WV —- 7pm - Book Club: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver. WV —- 7pm - Book Club: Bleeding Kansas, by Sara Paretsky. EC. • WE (9/2), 11am - Mother Goose Time. Babies and their parents are welcome. WV —- 11:30am - Book Club: Persepolis, by Mary Jane Satrapi. WV —- 5pm - Library Knitters. SW —- 68pm - Library Knitters. SS. • TH (9/3), 11am - Toddler Time. Enjoy stories, songs and more. WV —- 6:30pm - Book Club: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, by Mary Ann Shafer. EA —- 7pm - Book Club: Macbeth, by William Shakespeare. BM. Events at Malaprop’s The bookstore and cafe at 55 Haywood St. hosts visiting authors for talks and book signings. Info: 254-6734 or www.malaprops.com. • WE (8/26), 7pm - Peter Neofotis will discuss his book Concord, Virginia: A
Southern Town in Eleven Stories . • TH (8/27), 7pm Hendersonville author Mindy Meltz will present her novel Beauty. • FR (8/28), 7pm - R. Dwayne Betts will present his memoir A Question of Freedom. • SA (8/29), 7pm - Amanda Gable will read from and sign her book The Confederate General Rides North. • SU (8/30), 3pm - Lin Stepp will present her book The Foster Girls. 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: 4525169 or www.haywoodlibrary.org. • 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. • 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. • WEDNESDAYS, 11am Family story time for children of all ages. We will read books, sing songs, learn finger plays and more. • THURSDAYS, 11am - Movers & Shakers. This story time for active 2-3 year olds incorporates dance, physical activity, songs and age-appropriate books. Henderson County Public Library System Unless otherwise stated, all events take place in Kaplan Auditorium of the main branch library, located at 301 N. Washington St. in Hendersonville. The county system includes branches in Edneyville, Etowah, Fletcher and Green River. Info: 6974725 or www.henderson. lib.nc.us. • SA (8/29), 3pm - Local author Bahia Abrams will speak about her novel The Other Half of My Soul. Join in
the discussion about radical fundamentalism, intolerance, greed and the hunger for power — all themes found in the book. Osondu Booksellers All events are held at Osondu, 184 North Main St., Waynesville, unless otherwise noted. Info: 456-8062 or www.osondubooksellers. com. • MO (8/31), Noon Celebrate the Great Smoky Mountains 75th Anniversary and have lunch with Louise Nelson, local author and historian. Bring a lunch; tea will be provided. • TU (9/1), Noon-1pm Brown bag lunch with Phyllis Inman Barnett author of At the Foot of Cold Mountain. Barnett will tell stories that relate to the area from 75 years ago. • WE (9/2), Noon-1pm - Brown bag lunch with a guest storyteller. Call for details. • TH (9/3), Noon-1pm - Brown bag lunch with Wayne Caldwell, the author of Cataloochee. Spanish for Beginners Call International Link for details and to sign up: 2559104. • MONDAYS, 6-7:30pm - Small group six-week Beginner Spanish classes with a native speaker. $10 a class. • TUESDAYS, 5-6:30pm Intermediate Spanish classes with a native speaker. $10 a class. Writers’ Workshop Events WW offers a variety of classes and events for beginning and experienced writers. Info: 254-8111 or www. twwoa.org. • Through SU (8/30) - Deadline for the “Short Fiction” contest. $20 entry fee.
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Center, 540 Dillingham Rd., Barnardsville. Plus, food, swimming and kids’ fun. $10/Free for kids under 10. Info: 626-3438. Festivities at Pritchard Park Events are sponsored by The Friends of Pritchard Park, a partnership between the Downtown Asheville Residential Neighbors and Asheville GreenWork. Located at the intersection of Patton Ave., College St. and Haywood St. in downtown Asheville. • WE (8/26), Noon-2pm - The one-man band Jason Krekel will perform. • TH (8/27), 5-7pm - Folkrock music by Loveslave. • TUESDAYS, 5-7pm - Hula hooping for all ages. • WE (9/2), Noon-2pm - Classical music will be performed by Intermezzo. • TH (9/3), 5-7pm - Live music with Vinyl Cushions.
Music Redbone Willy’s Bluegrass and Peddler’s Festival (pd.) • Saturday, September 5, 12 NOON-9pm. Rhythm, Roots and Redbone Willy’s! Local food, wine and arts. Pickin’ presented by: • Buncombe Turnpike, Mama Said, The Dollar Brothers Band and MORE! $15 in advance. www. Redbonewilly.com African Drum and History Class Learn djembe from Adama Dembele, a 33rd generation djembe player from the Ivory Coast, West Africa. Info: (520) 243-3123. • WEDNESDAYS, 6-7pm - Drum class at Koinonia Studio, 178 Westwood Place, W. Asheville. • TUESDAYS, 6:30-7:30pm - Drum class at Terpsicorps dance studio, 129 Roberts St., River Arts District. 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 Afternoon of Story and Song • SU (8/30), 2-3:30pm - Singer/songwriter and social activist Holly Near will perform at The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center in Highlands. $15. Reservations are necessary: 526-5838, ext. 0. Info: www.mountaincenters.org.
Bluegrass Slow Jam in Asheville • MONDAYS, 6:30-7pm - “Slow” jam for people learning bluegrass banjo, mandolin and guitar —- 78:30pm - Regular bluegrass jam. Not held when a Federal holiday falls on a Monday. At Blue Ridge Music, 828 Hendersonville Rd., Asheville. Info: 277-5588. Concerts on the Creek Held in the pavilion at Bridge Park in downtown Sylva. Sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. Free. Info: (800)-962-1911 or www. mountainlovers.com. • SA (8/29), 6-9pm - Modern bluegrass will be performed by Dehlia Low. Events at Barnes & Noble The bookstore is located at 3 Tunnel Rd. Info: 296-9330 or www.bn.com. • TH (8/27), 7-9pm - Local multi-percussionist River Gueruerian will perform songs from his album Tibetan Bowl Meditation. John Vorus and others will accompany him. Free. A CD signing will follow. Info: www.ShareTheDrum.com. 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 Symphony Orchestra Info: 697-5884 or www.hendersonvillesymphony.org. • TH (9/3), 6-7:30pm - “Sound Bites,” a taste of the 2009/2010 season. Hors d’oeuvres and music at the Blue Ridge Community College Conference Hall. Free. RSVP to the Chamber of Commerce by Aug. 27: 692-1413. Land of the Sky Men’s Harmony Chorus Male singers invited to weekly meetings at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 51 Wilburn Place, W. Asheville. Info: 298-9248 or www.ashevillebarbershop.com. • TUESDAYS, 7:30pm - Regular meeting at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. See website for details. Music at the Asheville City Market The market is held in the parking lot of the Public Works building on South Charlotte Street. Info: 2426881. • SA (8/29), 8am-1pm - Galen Kipar, singer/songwriter.
Music at the Asheville City Market South The market is held at Biltmore Square Park. Info: 348-0340. • WE (8/26), 7:30-11:30am - Jay Brow, singer/songwriter. Music at UNCA Concerts are held in Lipinsky Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Tickets & info: 2325000. • WE (8/26), 12:45pm - Billy Jonas will perform acoustic and folk music. Free. Music on Main Street Live music and dancing at the Visitors Information Center, 201 S. Main St. in Hendersonville. Bring a chair. No pets or alcoholic beverages allowed. Free. Info: 693-9708, 1-800-828-4244 or www.historichendersonville.org • FR (8/28), 7-9pm Season finale: variety music with Tuxedo Junction. Reuter Center Singers All persons who read music and enjoy singing are invited to attend. Practices are held at the Reuter Center on the UNCA campus. All adult singers are welcome to join; no auditions. Info: 669-0605. • MONDAYS, 6:15pm - Fall rehearsal will begin Aug. 31. Shindig on the Green A celebration of traditional and old-time string bands, bluegrass, ballad singers, big circle mountain dancers and cloggers. At Martin Luther King Jr. Park in downtown Asheville. Stage show and informal jam sessions. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Free. Info: 258-6101 ext. 345 or www.folkheritage.org. • SATURDAYS (through 9/5), 7pm - Shindig. WCU Musical Events Unless otherwise noted, performances are held at the Fine & Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. Tickets or info: 227-2479 or http://fapac. wcu.edu. • SU (8/30), 3pm - The Galaxy of Stars Series presents GRITS: The Musical, based on the book Friends Are Forevah, by Deborah Ford. $25/$20 seniors and WCU staff/$5 students.
Central Methodist Church. Info: 768-2456. Open to all. Events at 35below This black box theater is located underneath Asheville Community Theatre at 35 Walnut St. Info: 254-1320 or www.ashevilletheatre.org. • Through SU (8/30) - Miss Gulch Returns, a musical by Fred Barton. Thurs.-Sat. at 8pm and Sun. at 5pm. $15. Events in Cherokee Info: 438-1601 or www. cherokee-nc.com. • Through SA (8/29), 7:30pm - Unto These Hills, a drama that tells of the Cherokee Indians from Desoto to today. Held in the renovated Mountainside Theatre. Performances are held Monday through Saturday. A preshow begins at 7pm. $18/$8 children. 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. • Through SU (9/6) - Real Estate, a light drama about relationships and selling a house, will be performed. $30, with discounts available. Haywood Arts Regional Theater HART is in the Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House, 250 Pigeon St. (Hwy. 276 S.) in downtown Waynesville. Tickets & info: 456-6322. • FR (8/28) through SU (9/6) - Walking Across Egypt, a comedy by Clyde Edgerton. Aug. 28-29 and Sept. 3-5 at 7:30pm and Aug. 30 and Sept. 6 at 3pm. $18 adults/$15 seniors/$8 students. Montford Park Players Unless otherwise noted, performances are free and take place outdoors Fri.Sun. at 7:30 p.m. at Hazel Robinson Amphitheater in Montford. Bring folding chair and umbrella in case of rain. Donations accepted. Info: 254-5146 or www.montfordparkplayers.org. • FR (8/28) through SA (9/5), 7:30pm - The Asheville Shakesperience, the Players’ resident repertory company, will give special performances titled The Best of The Bard.
Beaucatcher Brew Acting Classes • WEDNESDAYS (9/2) through (12/2), 7-8:30pm - Beaucatcher Brew will offer free acting classes taught by UNCA Drama Instructor Lise Kloeppel. Held at the Haywood Street Campus,
Gag Order Improv Comedy Comedy theater based on audience suggestions at Brightwater Yoga Studio, 506 1/2 N. Main St., downtown Hendersonville. Free. Info: www.gagorder.org. • 2nd & 4th FRIDAYS, 9pm - Improv. BYOB.
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Film Call for Funniest Home Short Film • Through FR (9/25) - The Asheville Intl Children’s Film Festival is looking for the funniest home short film in WNC. The film needs to be no longer than 3 min. and feature children or pets in a fun nonharmful way. The winning film will be featured in Nov. at the AICFF. Submit film as a QuickTime movie file: info@ aicff.org World Film Premiere of Facing East • FR (8/28), 6:30-9pm Facing East will be shown at Highland Brewing Company, 12 Old Charlotte Hwy., Asheville. Vital Films presents the story about the last experience of the Yangtze River before it is transformed into reservoirs. Bring one canned food item for MANNA FoodBank. Info: 299-3370.
Dance All Ages • Dance Classes (pd.) Jazz, ballet and modern techniques. Creative and fun-filled class. Pure enjoyment of dance. • All levels. Asheville. Starts September 2! • Mention this ad • Save 5%! Call Jill: 989-3692. www. ferndance.com Beginning Jitterbug/East Coast Swing (pd.) Classes starting Sept. 16, 8pm at Asheville Arts Center. No experience or partner needed. Perfect for guys with two left feet! $40 per person. 484-9392 or visit www.balboa.com Belly Dance! • Raqs Sharqi By Mahsati (pd.) New Schedule Begins 9/9/2009 • Essentials Belly Dance Level I: Mondays, 7:30pm-9pm. • Combining Elements Belly Dance Level II: Wednesdays, 7:30pm-9pm. • Drop-ins welcome. $15/ class, multi-class discounts available. 20 Commerce Street, Asheville. (828) 3187572. www.mahsati-janan. com Argentine Tango Dancers of all levels welcome. Info: www.tangoasheville. com. • SATURDAYS, 7:30-10pm - Filo Milongas at 1155 Tunnel Rd. $5. • SUNDAYS (except 1st), 7-10pm - Practica at North Asheville Recreation Center, 37 E. Larchmont Road. Beginning Scottish Country Dance Offered by the Haywood Scottish Country Dancers at the Harvest House recreation center in Asheville. Registration required. $20/per-
son. To register, or for more info: 622-0071. • FRIDAYS (8/21 through 9/4), 7-8:30pm - An introduction to Scottish Country Dancing. Dance Classes August classes at Asheville Dance Revolution, 63 Brook St., are sponsored by the nonprofit Cultural Development Group are are by donation. • WEDNESDAYS, 4:30-6pm - Hip Hop —- 6-7:30pm - Teen/Adult Ballet. • MONDAYS, 6-7pm - Teen/ Adult Tap —- 7-8:30pm - Teen/Adult Jazz. • TUESDAYS, 4-5pm - Jazz for Children —- 5-6pm - Tap for Children. 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. Opportunity House Events Located at 1411 Asheville Hwy. in Hendersonville. Info: 698-5517 or 692-0575. • FRIDAYS, 7:30pm - Ballroom dance class. Couples and singles welcome. $5. Snacks and drinks provided. Info: 254-0814. Skyland Twirlers Western square dancing at the Senior Opportunity Center (not just for seniors), 36 Grove St., near the Federal Building in downtown Asheville. Info: 650-6405. • FR (8/28) - South of the Border Square Dance. A Plus workshop at 7pm, with Rounds, Mainstream and Plus tips from 7:30-9pm. Members free. Edna Anderson will be cueing her final dance with the club; she will be honored. $5. 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, 5:30-6:30pm - Beginner belly dance for youth ages 12-16 —- 6:307:30pm - Bhangra! East Indian high-energy dance. • TUESDAYS, 6-7pm - Beginner belly dance —- 7:10-8:10pm - Drills and skills. Summer Street Dances in Hendersonville Mountain music and dancing on the street in front of the Visitors Information Center, 201 S. Main St., downtown Hendersonville. Bring a chair, but please leave pets at
home. No alcoholic beverages allowed. Free. Info: 693-9708 or www.historichendersonville.org. • MO (8/31), 7-9pm - Season finale: Bobby and Blue Ridge Tradition and Great Smoky Mountain Cloggers. Caller: Walt Puckett. Swing Asheville Info: www.swingasheville. com, 301-7629 or dance@ swingasheville.com. • TUESDAYS, 6-7pm Beginner swing dance lessons in the Lindy Hop style. $10 per person per week for four weeks. No partner necessary. At Eleven on Grove, 11 Grove St. in downtown Asheville.
Auditions & Call to Artists Anam Cara Theatre Company Cabaret Auditions • MO & WE (8/24 & 26), 7:30-10:30pm - Open auditions for The Connective Collective: A Cabaret of Consciousness at Jubilee!, 101 Patton Ave. Looking for singers, actors, dancers, jugglers or any other creative expression. Come prepared with a piece no longer than 10 min. To schedule audition: 545-3861. Annual Mail Art Exhibit Call for Entries Anything Goes—Everything Shows is an uncensored free-style mail-art show held at Courtyard Gallery, 9 Walnut St., Asheville. Mail art is art that uses the postal system as a medium. Mail artists exchange ephemera in the form of illustrated letters, zines, envelopes, postcards and more. Info: 273-3332. • MO (8/31) - Deadline for submissions. No entry fee. Mail to: Anything Goes—Everything Shows, Carlos Steward, Courtyard Gallery, PO 9907, Asheville, NC 28815. Art in the Airport Gallery Located on the pre-security side of the Asheville Regional Airport terminal. Open to the public during the airport’s hours of operation. Info: art@ flyavl.com or www.flyavl.com. • Through FR (10/2) Application deadline for new exhibit. Interested artists may visit the Web site or e-mail for more info. Asheville Arts Center The main campus is located at 308 Merrimon Ave. Info: 253-4000 or www.ashevilleartscenter.com. • SA & SU (8/29 & 30), 4-7pm - Auditions for The Songs: An Asheville Arts Center Cabaret, a Broadway musical revue in two acts. Prepare a favorite Broadway song. Bring sheet music.
Production dates are first two weekends in Nov. Seeking 30 people, children and adults. Asheville Community Theatre Located at 35 East Walnut St. Tickets & info: 254-1320 or www.ashevilletheatre.org. • SU & MO (8/30 & 31), 7-9pm - Auditions for the comedy The Hallelujah Girls. Directed by Jessie Jones. Seeking six women (40-60) and two men (40-60). Call ext. 29 or visit the Web site for more info. Asheville Jewish Community Center Events The JCC is located at 236 Charlotte St., Asheville. Info: 253-0701. • Through MO (8/31) - Open auditions are being held for local talent who would like a chance to appear in the annual JCC Variety Show Oct. 24. All dancers, singers, comedians, actors, musicians and other talent are welcome to audition. To schedule an audition time: hmoor@ charter.net. Celebration Singers of Asheville Community children’s chorus for ages 7-14. For audition info: 230-5778 or www. singasheville.org. • TH (8/27), 6:30-7:30pm - Celebration Singers of Asheville will hold auditions for singers. The show choir presents two concerts plus additional performances. Bring a song you like to sing. At First Congregational Church, 20 Oak St. Mural Contest • Through MO (8/31) - Deadline for the Craggie Brewing Company’s mural contest. Artists who reside in Buncombe County are invited to participate. Entries should include images reflecting the artist’s vision of Craggie. Info: 254-0360 or www.craggiebrewingco.com/joomla/ images/stories/craggie/general/mural_contest.pdf
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: www. tryontfac.org • TU & WE (9/1 & 2), 9:30am-3pm - Hand-delivered sculptures (limit 2 per person) will be accepted for the 12th Biennial Tryon Painters & Sculptors Juried Sculpturama show. Info: www.tryonpaintersandsculptors.com or 749-3900.
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• Donald Duck may be a lovable icon of comic mishap to American youngsters, but in Germany, he is wise and complicated and retains followers well past their childhoods. Using licensed Disney storyline and art, the legendary translator Erika Fuchs created an erudite Donald, who often “quotes from German literature, speaks in grammatically complex sentences, and is prone to philosophical musings,” according to a May Wall Street Journal dispatch. Though Donald and Uncle Scrooge (“Dagoberto”) speak in a lofty richness, nephews Tick, Trick and Track use the slang of youth. Recently in Stuttgart, academics gathered for the 32nd annual convention of the “German Organization for NonCommercial Followers of Pure Donaldism,” with presentations on such topics as Duckburg’s solar system.
• The preferred “disciplinary” tactic of Tampa, Fla., high school assistant principal Olayinka Alege, 28, is to have underperforming students remove a shoe so he can “pop” their toes. Five students at King High School complained, triggering a sheriff’s office investigation, but Alege was cleared, and indeed, the students admit that the popping is painless (though “weird,” said some). One apparently incorrigible student said his toes had been popped 20 times. However, the principal recently ordered Alege to stop. • Chicago banker George Michael, seeking to avoid $80,000 a year in property taxes, decided to call his $3 million mansion a “church” and apply for tax exemption as pastor, and in July 2008, his application was somehow preliminarily approved by the Illinois Department of Revenue. According to a Chicago Tribune report, the application included a photograph of the “church,” which was just a shot of an outer wall of Michael’s house with a large cross on it, except that the cross was later discovered to have been merely placed on the photograph in marker pen. In July 2009, a state administrative law judge finally reversed the earlier approval.
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• The Economy Is Working: (1) Carole Bohanan was hired among 300 applicants by the Wookey Hole tourist facility in Somerset, England, in July to be its witch-in-residence, at a pro-rated annual salary of the equivalent of about $83,000. The witch’s job is to linger in the caves full-time during tourist season, looking like a hag and cackling. (2) Officials in Heath, Ohio, might have solved their budget problems. The town (population 8,500) reported in July that its new, six-intersection traffic-camera ticketing system issued 10,000 citations in its first four weeks. (Nonetheless, officials admitted that was too many and were discussing how to ease up.) • The Economy Is Failing: (1) A 36-year-old woman pleaded guilty to prostitution in Oklahoma City in June, for giving oral sex to a Frito-Lay employee in exchange for a case of chips. (2) In an interview with the Toronto Star in June, a 36-year-old drag queen, who said he usually gets $60 for oral sex, was lately receiving offers as low as $5. Said “Ray”: “I didn’t spend two hours getting my makeup on and all dressed up for ($5).”
Things That Live in the Water
• “Goose barnacles”: A 6-foot-long log composed of hundreds of barnacles, locked together, washed ashore near Swansea, Wales, in August. Each of the barnacles uses tentacles for snatching food, and a 6foot mass of snake-like appendages, writhing simultaneously, terrified local beachgoers. Scientists said goose barnacles usually remain on the ocean floor. • “Tubifex worms”: Using a flexible-hose camera, public utility officials in Raleigh, N.C., inspected a faulty water pipe under the Cameron Village shopping district in April and found a pulsating, tennis-ball-size
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mass attached to a pipe wall. Local biologists identified it as a colony of tubifex worms that navigated the system until finding a propitious feeding spot. Officials have attempted to assure residents that the worms are somehow no threat to water quality.
(1) In April, researchers at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City reported the ability to encase scorpion venom in “nanoparticles” that were somehow able to guide the venom intravenously to the human brain, to attack tumors, potentially doubling the venom’s success rate. (2) A team from Britain’s University of Warwick announced in April that it had built a speedy, fully functioning Formula 3 race car using biodegradable ingredients in the frame (including carrots, potatoes and soybean foam) and chocolate oils in the fuel.
News That Sounds Like a Joke
(1) A 114-pound tortoise, part of the Zambini Family Circus performing in Madison, Wis., in July, escaped. He actually made good time on his dash for freedom, covering two miles in six days before being spotted. (2) About 20 men were present for a Belgian body builders’ championship in May when three anti-doping officials arrived unexpectedly and requested urine samples. Every single contestant abruptly grabbed his gear and fled, according to press reports, and the event was canceled.
Creme de la Weird
According to prosecutors in Britain’s Preston Crown Court in July, Christopher Monks, 24, wanted two things (based on transcribed Internet chat room dialogue): his parents killed and his penis bitten off. As the Internet is fertile ground for communities of sexual aberrants, Monks easily found a man, Shaun Skarnes, 19, who was searching to accommodate someone on the latter desire and who allegedly agreed to kill Monks’ parents in exchange. However, Skarnes botched the killings, and Monks, himself, is still intact.
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by Anne Fitten Glenn
Back-to-school nightmares While us parents are wandering around humming, “School, glorious school,” our kids are caught up in a state of what I call “dreadcitement.” They’re both dreading and excited about — anxious over and anticipating — the start of a new school year. Unfortunately, “dreadcitement” can result in back-to-school nightmares. We’ve all had them. Some of us still have them: those oft-recurring dreams of failing a test, showing up in class starkers, or being the subject of derision or scorn from teachers or other students. School’s a huge part of most of our lives. Thus, school dreams are among the most common. I spent 17 years attending school. I worked in schools for another 8 years. Now I’m a parent of kids in school. Thus, I experience regular school nightmares. One is the classic exam dream, where I realize I’ve inadvertently skipped an entire class, and now I’m going to be tested on a subject I know
nothing about, and I can’t find the classroom where the exam’s supposed to take place. This sometimes morphs into a first day of school dream where I can’t find a classroom and no one will help me. And, oh my God, I’m late! In my other recurring school-based nightmare, I’m teaching ninth graders again, and I lose control of the class, and all the kids start beating each other up and shouting obscenities as I cower against the chalkboard. Asheville psychologist Dr. Paul Fleischer says, “Bad dreams about being back in school often come up at times when we’re having anxieties about our performance or abilities in our current lives. Let’s face it, most of the insecurities and feelings of inadequacy we have as adults are the ones we developed as children.” Because I’m female, I can admit to performance anxiety without cringing. For all of the years that I both attended and worked in schools, the first day of school was the fulcrum of the year. For several nights before
the first day, I’d sleep fitfully, caught up in that state of “dreadcitement.” There’s the thrill of newness and the fear of the unknown all wrapped up in that first day. I still experience this, but now it’s for my kids instead of for myself. My girl’s inherited my feelings about the first day of school, though she’s more excited than nervous. She loves school. She likes structure and challenge. Her nightmares tend to be of the performance anxiety variety. My boy, on the other hand, likes school, but doesn’t want to give up his autonomy and hangout time. His nightmare last week was: “My new teacher wanted me to write about my summer, but I wanted to write about aliens taking over the school.” I’ve never been clear on how to handle realistic nightmares. I can handle monsters and bad guys. However, I think the realistic dreams, particularly those about school, serve to help kids work through some of their “dreadcitement.”
“Kids’ realistic but disturbing dreams provide a chance for you as a parent to hear some of their fears that they may not talk about more directly. You don’t have to have all the answers or make it all better. Just asking your children what would be helpful to them will help build a stronger sense of security,” Fleischer says. So, we can learn from examining these school dreams: both ours and those of our kids. I told my boy that there was no chance the talking, man-eating wolf he dreamed about would show up at his school. On the other hand, he probably will have to write about his summer even though he’d rather compose something more outrageous. Over the first few days and weeks of school, as we all run around like beavers before a flood, talking about the nightmares could help alleviate some of that “dreadcitement.” (Full disclosure: Fleischer is my friend and neighbor as well as a really smart guy). X
Anne Fitten “Edgy Mama” Glenn writes about a number of subjects, including parenting, at www.edgymama.com. Parenting Calendar for August 26 September 3, 2009 2009 Baby And Toddler Sample Sale At i play. (pd.) Two days only! Thursday, September 3 and Friday, September 4, 11am-4pm. • Samples, overstock, bargain bin items, including: • clothes • diaper bags • toys • fleece • aqua sandals • swimsuits and more! 2000 Riverside Drive, Suite #9, Asheville, NC. • Directions: Take I-26/19-23 to Exit 24 “Elk Mountain Road/Woodfin.” Turn West on Elk Mountain Rd, pass the school, keep going down until you get to a stop sign. Drive straight into Riverside Business Park, then turn left.” The “i play.” warehouse is last on the left. www.iplaybabywear.com Attention Parents Of Underachieving Children • Tuesday, September 8 (pd.) Attend this one evening seminar, with Dr. Jackie Williams, Educational Specialist, and learn how biofeedback can help your child achieve their full potential through research supported educational intervention for: • Inattentiveness • Test Anxiety • Learning differences • Behavior • Self-control and more. • 7pm, 29 Ravenscroft Drive, downtown Asheville. Space limited.
Registration/Information: (828) 281-2299, ext 2. www. focuscentersofasheville.com Crisis Counseling • Multicultural/ Diverse Lifestyles (pd.) • Teens • Young Adults/Adults • Eclectic/diverse therapy: Cognitive-Behavioral, Equine, Afro-centric, Parent Coordination/Mediation. • Tracy Keene, LPC, 828-318-3991, tracy@KeeneCounseling.com • 13 1/2 Eagle Street, Suite P, Asheville, 28801. www. KeeneCounseling.com Improvisational Theatre Classes (pd.) Fun class helps develop confidence, life skills and personal freedom. • Teens: 14-18, Children: 9-14. Begins September. Registration/information, please call Maria Thomas: (828) 507-1622. mariati00@hotmail. com Involve Your Partner In Your Child’s Birth • Empowered Birthing Classes (pd.) Increase confidence, learn hands-on tools, enjoy your birth! 828-231-9227. Classes monthly: Wednesdays, 6p.m. $175. Next begins Sept. 16. www. AshevilleWomensWellness.com Spanish Tutoring
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• THURSDAYS (9/3 & 10), 6:30pm - Meeting at Westgate Earth Fare Sept. 3 and at Earth Fare South Sept. 10. Parents Night Out at the YMCA of WNC Take a night off and let your kids have fun at the YMCA. Activities for ages 2-12 include swimming, arts and crafts, an inflatable obstacle course, snacks and movies. Register at least 24 hours in advance. Fridays: $12/$24 nonmembers. Saturdays: $15/$30 nonmembers. Info: www.ymcawnc.org or 210-YMCA. • 1st SATURDAYS, 6-10pm & 3rd FRIDAYS, 6:309:30pm - Parents Night Out. Toddler Fun A free group that provides an opportunity for parents to have some structured fun with their toddlers including 45 minutes of songs, stories, finger-plays, parachute play and more. To register: 213-8098 or firstname.lastname@example.org. • TUESDAYS, 9:30am-10:15am - Toddler Fun. At the Reuter YMCA in the Mission Hospitals Room. Call 213-8098 to register.
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Raising a temple for the Divine Feminine The Asheville Mother Grove Temple of the Goddess will hold a multimedia event, “In the Mother Grove,” celebrating the theme of the Divine Feminine on Sunday, Aug. 30, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Asheville. The event, created by Annelinde Metzner, is a benefit, with funds going to help the nonprofit achieve its main objective: to build a cob temple: “The purpose of the Mother Grove is to create and maintain a permanent Benefits Calendar for August 26 September 3, 2009 Mystery in the Mountains (pd.) 6-9 p.m. Aug. 27 Grand Bohemian Hotel Enjoy dinner and a show – Curtains at the Speakeasy. Tickets are $60. Prizes raffled off to those who guess the criminal, first time leadership donors, renewing donors, best costume (1920’s) and more. Purchase tickets online: www.unitedwayabc.org. Limited seating, deadline August 24. This event is a part of year-round efforts to raise awareness of United Way and leadership giving opportunities for people 40 years and younger. American Cancer Society Relay for Life Info: 254-6931. • SA (8/29), 8am-1pm - Relay for Life of Fletcher pancake breakfast and rummage sale at Fletcher United Methodist Church. Suggested donation for breakfast: $10 adults/$5 kids. Vendor opportunities available for $20 donation. All proceeds benefit ACS. Brain Waves • FR (8/28), 8pm - A benefit concert for Hinds’ Feet Farm, a day program for persons living with brain injury, and the Brain Injury Association of N.C. Bands: The Black Lillies, Now You See Them and The Lone Derangers. $10. At the Grey Eagle. Denim Swap • TU (9/1) through WE (9/30) - Wink Heads and Threads will be accepting gently worn denim. Trade old blues for some that are new to you. Donated jeans will be given to ABCCM for women in need. Info: 277-4070 or 259-5300. Fundraiser Gala and Silent Auction • SA (8/29), 6pm - Presented by Events Unlimited to benefit orphans and the poor in Haiti. There will be
sanctuary where people of all faith traditions may openly and safely celebrate the Divine Feminine,” the group says on its Web site. “The sanctuary fulfills the community’s needs which include but are not limited to worship, religious education, community outreach and other charitable and religious activities. Performances at “In the Mother Grove” will include dance, puppetry, spoken word, a women’s choir, soloists and drumming. a formal dinner and live jazz music. $35. Held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1 Resort Dr. Info: 545-4567 or email@example.com. Girls on the Run Girls on the Run is a nonprofit dedicated to educating and preparing girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Info: www.gotrwnc.org or firstname.lastname@example.org. • TH (8/27), 6-8pm - Girls on the Run International founder Molly Barker will serve as the keynote speaker at the “Growing Strong Girls” dinner held to benefit the organization’s WNC council. Food, live music and a raffle. $26.50. Info: 713-4290. Great Smoky Mountains Bed and Breakfast Tour • TH (9/3), 3-6pm - Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park while visiting six Waynesville inns on a self-guided tour. Reception at the end of the tour. All proceeds from the tour will go to the Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Info: 452-3089. Haywood County Arts Council’s FUNd Party Series Pick up a FUNd Party book at 86 N. Main St. in Waynesville or call 452-0593 for details on events and reservations. • SU (9/13), 4pm - Wolf Tales IV. Meet and touch a magnificent timber wolf, with expert Rob Gudger. $35/$15 children. Register by August 31. Literacy Council of Buncombe County Located at 31 College Place, Bldg. B, Suite 221. Info: 254-3442, ext. 205. • FR (8/28), 6pm - The annual fundraiser “Authors for Literacy Dinner and Silent Auction” will be held at DoubleTree Biltmore Hotel in Asheville. Sara Gruen, bestselling author of Water for Elephants, will be the keynote speaker.
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You say trolley, I say tram: A vision for public transit Once upon a time, Asheville had a premier electric-trolley system. Between 1889 and 1934, several private companies operated lines that ran about 40 cars and totaled 18 miles of track. The service linked the main train depot, downtown and surrounding areas. Why not build a new system that transforms the city into a modern model for public transportation? ask planning expert David Johnson and architect Joachim Bruder. Just months after the first American system was installed in Richmond, Va. in 1888, Asheville got the second. George Vanderbilt had installed a generator and electric lights at the Biltmore Estate, Johnson recounts. With more electricity than he needed and a keen interest in using new technology, Vanderbilt helped establish a powered trolley line that ran from Biltmore Village to downtown Asheville. It quickly expanded into a-state-of-the-art network that shuttled customers between the city center and its “suburbs,” such as Montford and West Asheville. Old photos show the hustle-bustle of people boarding and disembarking as trolley cars converged on Pack Square. Johnson has a flyer from 1899 on which you’ll find the name of his wife’s grandfather, Charles E. Waddell, who served as superintendent for the Asheville and Biltmore Street Railway and Transportation Company. In-town rides were a mere nickel, the flyer notes. A quarter fare would get you to Weaverville. “With climate change and the need to save energy, there’s reason to restart a streetcar system,” says Johnson, a professor emeritus of planning at the University of Tennessee who is on the board of the Asheville Design Center. Semi-retired, Johnson now lives in Asheville. “We’ve been building highways to solve all our transportation problems, and that era is over.”
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Bruder and Johnson recommend integrating existing buses and bus routes with a network of electric, rubber-tired trams, creating an improved and expanded publictransit system that would cut carbon emissions and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. It would also reduce the need for more highways and more parking lots — two contentious topics in Asheville. The city was once a trendsetter in transportation, with one of the first trolley systems in the world, says Bruder, who’s from Germany. “If Asheville wants to be a greener city, we have to do something.” More commonly called streetcars in America, “trams” once referred to the cars used in British mines. Modern trams come in a host of designs that are compatible with auto traffic and easily accessed by the disabled and cyclists, says Bruder, as he shares photos of tram systems from around the world and a photo montage that shows what an Asheville tram might look like. Kenosha, Wis. — a city of about 90,000 located north of Chicago — runs a short tram line using vintage Art Deco cars connected to an overhead power line. The tram routes link to the city’s regular bus system and regional rail stations. In much bigger Strasbourg, France, the trams are ultra-modern, running on light rails and offering such amenities as powered wheelchair ramps and enclosed shelters at stops. Whatever their size and design, electric trams are more efficient than gasoline-powered buses, and when well designed, the system blends into the urban landscape and invites ridership, Bruder claims. He explains how it would work: Small electric buses could bring riders from outlying areas to tram stops linking downtown Asheville, smaller town centers, colleges like UNCA, local schools like Asheville High, the Asheville Regional Airport and even tourist attractions such as the Biltmore
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Imagine this: A composite rendering suggests what a modern tram coming up Biltmore Avenue might look like. image courtesy Joachim Bruder
Estate and the Blue Ridge Parkway. “It would be a big network, bringing outlying people to the stations,” says Bruder. It would encourage better urban planning and help make city centers more walkable, he continues. The price tag? About $250 million, but the system could be phased in, says Johnson. “For the cost of the Interstate 26 connector, you could have an entire public-transit system in the Asheville area,” he estimates, suggesting there may be some federal funding available for a tram system. Considering the carbon-reduction requirements that may come out of the climate-change legislation being debated in the U.S. Congress, along with growing local interest in smart growth that
slows urban sprawl, Asheville may just be ready to try the idea, Johnson suggests. Mentioning the interstate highway system and such local amenities as the Blue Ridge Parkway, Johnson adds: “These things happened because people and civic leaders wanted them to happen and made them happen.” He recommends working with the city’s Master Transit Plan but looking a few steps further into the future. “Let’s get ready to do something before the feds set greenhouse-gas limits,” Johnson urges. “Cities with a plan will be a step ahead.” X Send your environmental news to mvwilliams@ mountainx.com or call 251-1333, ext. 152.
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“Wednesday morning?” offered Ballard Branch Farm’s Paul Litman, prompting the 30person crowd to make a sound that fell halfway between a cheer and a sigh. While farm dinners are a well-established element of the local food scene, few restaurants have tried to replicate the casual ease and pastoral vibe that prevails at those events. Masterson is probably the only chef in Western North Carolina — and perhaps in the Southeast — offering straight-from-the-field meals for the urban set. “When I think about the best thing I do, this is it, right here,” Masterson reflected. “My dream would be to have this dinner on a regular basis with a long waiting list.” Masterson selects three local food producers for each dinner (“I’m starting it with just my buddies,” she says) and builds a menu around their products. While she’d prefer to fashion a meal from whatever she found at the market the day before the event, her commonsense sister warned her that some guests might not welcome her whimsy. “She said, ‘People want to know what they’re going to eat,’” Masterson says. Last month, the bill of fare included a waxbean salad showered with a cloudburst of Black Cherry, Cherokee Purple and Sun Volt tomatoes from Ballard Branch, hearth-baked bread from Wake Robin Farm Breads and fat, tail-on shrimp submerged in buttery, coarse grits milled by Blue Hill Farm’s Wayne Uffleman from his Hawkins Prolific corn. “It’s like maybe the equivalent of cooking for one’s mother-in-law,” Masterson told the diners. “I said to Wayne: ‘Four to one, right?’ He said, ‘Yup, you don’t want to cook them too long, it ruins them.’ Wayne, I hope you like the way I cooked your grits tonight.” The grits were so popular that a number of diners went back for second helpings — and maneuvered the serving spoon around the shrimp. “I’ve gotten more into poverty foods, foods people can grow and live on,” Uffleman
explained during his turn addressing the group. “I’ve tried to revive that.” Masterson pretty much leaves it up to the farmers to decide how they’ll use the time they’re allotted to explain their food. While she’ll sometimes steer the conversation, farmers usually don’t require much prompting to tell the story of how they built their farm or expound on the state of modern agriculture. Many of the guest farmers veer into political talk, condemning restrictive regulations designed for industrial-sized farms and lamenting the high cost of farmland with a fervor that only someone who’s stared at a balance sheet could summon. Uffleman’s commentary centered on the changing status of local food, a category that had little cachet when he first started farming an old tobacco field in Madison County. “We tried to take vegetables to the north Asheville market 30 years ago,” he recalled. “Nobody was there. Now it’s a circus. I can’t tell you how much I love what’s going on now. People buy stuff from me and tell me how great I am.” Masterson said her favorite farmer talk was delivered on behalf of East Fork Farm by Steve and Dawn Robertson’s young daughters, who explained their farm’s operations in exquisite detail. While East Fork’s lamb regularly surfaces in Masterson’s always local-leaning deli case, the girls’ discourse gave even Masterson a new appreciation of the family farm. “I love people’s stories,” Masterson says. “That’s what it’s about. Last month, we had eight guests and eight farmers. And it’s like, to heck with the money. This is it.” Laurey’s, at 67 Biltmore Ave., plans to host at least two more farm dinners this year, with the next one scheduled for Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. Dinners are priced at $37 per person, with a $10 alcohol surcharge for guests who’d like wine or beer with their meal. To learn more, call 252-1200. X
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