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November 2017

FREE Santa Photos at Asheville Outlets

November 30 @ 11:00 am - December 24 @ 8:00 pm
Asheville Outlets, 800 Brevard Road
Asheville, 28806
FREE

FREE Santa Photos are back! From November 18 through December 24, every family who visits with Santa Claus at Asheville Outlets (www.shopashevilleoutlets.com) will receive two FREE 4”x6” Santa Photo Prints and a Digital Download of a single image. Additional photos and Christmas merchandise are available for purchase. One giveaway per family, per Christmas season. Some restrictions may apply. Santa’s Photo Hours are: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday and Sundays, 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Located at Food…

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December 2017

Holiday Greenery and Craft Sale

December 1, 2017 - December 2, 2018
Bullington Gardens, 95 Upper Red Oak Trail
Hendersonville, NC 28792 United States
Free

Bullington Gardens' 13th Annual Holiday Sale features premium, freshly-cut Fraser fir trees ranging 5-8' in height. These native trees come from the Western North Carolina mountains. Also available are premium garlands in two lengths plus unadorned 12” wreaths. An order form is available at www.bullingtongardens.org. Holiday greenery must be pre-ordered by Wednesday, Nov. 22, as limited quantities will be available at the Holiday Craft Sale. Greenery can be picked up during the Holiday Sale, and weekdays thereafter. The Holiday Craft…

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Ink + Imagery: Print Invitational

December 1 - December 22
Blue Spiral 1, 38 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
Free

Exhibitions open Thursday, October 26 - Friday, December 22, 2017. Ink + Imagery: Print Invitational (Main Level Gallery) A survey of Southern artists who use varying methods of printmaking on paper, fabric, glass, and ceramics. Mitchell Lonas + Cory Williams (Lower Level Gallery) An exhibition of new works by painter, Mitchell Lonas, and sculptor, Cory Williams. Both Artists explore the diverse technical and aesthetic possibilities of metal in their work. Art Werger (Small Format Gallery) The realistic and dream-like images…

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Ancient Forms, Modern Minds: Contemporary Cherokee Ceramics

December 1, 2017 @ 10:00 am - January 19, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Western Carolina Bardo Arts Center NC
Free

This exhibition features the work of 11 Cherokee artists, such as Joel Queen and Davey Arch, and brings together both historic and contemporary pottery techniques. The pottery of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians originated in Western North Carolina nearly 3,000 years ago. Pottery techniques have changed and altered over time, from initial constructions of large, thin-walled pots with stamped geometric designs to blackware from the early 20th century. Using contemporary techniques, Cherokee potters often incorporate Cherokee syllabary and other…

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Return From Exile: Contemporary Southeastern Indian Art Exhibition

December 1, 2017 @ 10:00 am - March 17, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Western Carolina Bardo Arts Center NC
Free

The exhibition features more than thirty contemporary Southeastern Native American artists working in a variety of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, basketry, sculpture, and pottery. The WCU Fine Art Museum will be hosting the national traveling exhibition Return from Exile: Contemporary Southeastern Indian Art, curated by Tony A. Tiger, Bobby C. Martin, and Jace Weaver. Return from Exile is one of the first major exhibitions to focus on contemporary artists from tribal nations with an historical connection to the Southeastern…

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Intro — Emerging Ceramicists in Western North Carolina

December 1, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - January 5, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Asheville Area Arts Council Gallery, 1 Page Ave. Suite 143A & 144
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
Free

The thing that defines a tradition is the way it grows and develops over time.  No traditional art form, whether it be music, painting or ceramics, remains static and easily labeled for very long.  New influences are always coming into play, as upcoming generations learn to appreciate and revere the work of established artists but are inevitably inspired to interpret the art in new and sometimes brilliant ways. This year, we look towards a fresh generation of potters inspired by…

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WCU Collects: Recent Acquisitions

December 2, 2017 @ 10:00 am - January 26, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Western Carolina Bardo Arts Center NC
Free

This exhibition showcases a selection of artworks given to the Museum during the past two years and includes a number of artists not previously represented in the collection. The WCU Fine Art Museum stewards a collection of more than 1,500 art objects in all media—from painting and printmaking to book arts, sculpture, ceramics, and contemporary craft. As we continue to research and interpret the collection, we also work to expand and strengthen our holdings through purchases and gifts. New acquisitions…

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Crafted Strangers

December 15, 2017 @ 10:00 am - January 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, 67 Broadway
Asheville, 28801
Free and open to the public.

In the United States and Canada government policies and popular media create a misleading narrative that places people of color at society’s margins. From cultural restrictions to harmful stereotypes the seemingly opposite experiences of the first and most recent people to live on this land share the same struggles. Framed within the Native American and immigrant experience, Crafted Strangers explores how craft can be used as a tool for regaining control over how one chooses to define themself. The seventeen…

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Winter Dance Spectacular: A Benefit for LEAF

December 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, 28801
$15

Studio Zahiya presents their annual Winter Dance Spectacular, a world dance showcase benefiting L.E.A.F. Community Arts on Tuesday, December 19th 2017, 7pm, at The Orange Peel. The show will feature various styles of Belly Dance, Indian, Hip Hop, Irish, Ballet, Fusion, and more, danced by students and professionals of all ages and levels. Tickets are available for purchase at squareup.com/store/studiozahiya/item/winter-show: $15 pre-sale, $17 at the door, $5 for kids, and $20 for VIP seating. All proceeds benefit L.E.A.F.'s community arts…

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FREE Santa Pet Photo at Asheville Outlets

December 21 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Asheville Outlets, 800 Brevard Road
Asheville, 28806

Your four-legged, furry friends (dogs & cats only please) will have the chance to meet with Santa Claus at Asheville Outlets (www.shopashevilleoutlets.com) to share their wish list and have their photos taken during the holidays on Thursday, November 30 and December 7, 14 and 21, 2017. 5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Food Court. Brother Wolf Animal Rescue will be on-hand and all donations are welcome. Leary PR for Asheville Outlets.

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Jargon’s New Year’s Eve Seven Course Dinner

December 31 @ 6:00 pm
Jargon, 715 Haywood Road
Asheville, NC 28806 United States
$75

Join us for our reservations-only New Year's Eve dinner! Seven delectible courses from one of Asheville's best new restaurants. View and salivate over the full menu at jargonrestaurant.com/menu.

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Endings, Beginnings – New Year’s Eve at Urban Dharma: A Candlelight Vigil of Release & Renewal

December 31 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Urban Dharma NC, 77 W. Walnut St.
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
Free

For our New Year's Eve candlelight service, participants are invited to write on small strips of paper any unresolved issues, emotional wranglings, destructive habits, resentments, grudges, unhappiness that they want to release and purify. These strips will then be offered into a large singing-bowl (which will be sounded 108 times to accompany the 108 singing of the Vajrasattva mantra) and at the end of the evening, all these strips of paper will be consumed in a fire symbolizing a new…

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January 2018

10th Anniversary of Lake Lure New Year’s Day Polar Plunge and Events

January 1, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Lake Lure Beach Area, 2724 Memorial Hwy
Lake Lure, NC 28746 United States
Varies

Don your costume and braveness for the 10th Anniversary of the Lake Lure New Year's Day Polar Plunge and Events such as a Dash & Splash Fun Run and Plunge-A-War contest. Registration begins at 9am or register online at the Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge's website. Or for more information go the the Lake Lure New Year's Facebook page or call Coordinator Kat Canant @ 828-243-0540

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Sierra Club Jan. 3: Greenways and Blueways

January 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
Free

Marcia Bromberg, President of Connect Buncombe, and Marc Hunt, Woodfin Greenway & Blueway, will explain the value of greenways and blueways to our community. They’ll share their enthusiasm for the Woodfin Greenway & Blueway, a visionary $13.9 million public project to be developed by the Town of Woodfin and Buncombe County, and explain how you can be part of the greenway movement in Buncombe County. The Woodfin Greenway & Blueway will include five miles of new greenway fronting on the…

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Purple Crayon Workshop: Let’s Make a T-Shirt Quilt!

January 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Purple Crayon, 9 Old Burnsville Hill Rd, Ste 5
Asheville, NC 28804 United States
$80

Now that the holiday crazies are over, it’s time to give YOURSELF a gift! Gather 16 of your favorite old t-shirts—from your favorite concerts, events, vacations, and school days (or, in a pinch, the local thrift store!)—and create a beautiful memory quilt! In this workshop, Purple Crayon's founder and avid quilter, Pam Robbins, will teach you the basic quilting skills you need to make an easy, but lovely (and snuggly!) blanket for your living room, basement, child's dorm room—or wherever…

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Grüt at Isis Music Hall

January 7, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Sunday, January 7, 2018 Doors 6:00pm || Show 7:30pm || All Ages Tickets on sale now! http://isisasheville.com/event/grut/ Formed in Atlanta in 2015, Grut has added new sounds to the city’s music scene while drawing on the region’s beloved improvisational and genre-blending traditions. Joining and furthering the musical conversations started by the likes of Kneebody, Donny McCaslin, Mark Guiliana, and Snarky Puppy, Grut combines original compositions with unique improvisational concepts. The band has performed extensively in Atlanta and New York, released…

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Intermediate Wheel Throwing with Nich Daunis

January 8, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Odyssey ClayWorks, 236 Clingeman Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
$360

ODYSSEY CLAYWORKS Winter Session Class Mondays 6:30-9pm January 8- February 26 This course caters to those who are already familiar with throwing on the wheel. It will explore throwing multiples, making cohesive dinnerware sets, combining thrown parts to create more complex forms, and cultivating a unique personal aesthetic. The class will also analyze and discuss the works of ceramic artists to better understand various creative processes and the subtleties of form. Level: Intermediate and Advanced Tuition: $310 + $50 Lab…

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Pottery Wheel 101 with Laurie Caffery Harris & Tyler-James Anderson

January 9, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Odyssey ClayWorks, 236 Clingeman Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
$300

ODYSSEY CLAYWORKS Winter Session Class Tuesdays 6:30-9pm January 9- February 27 Learn how to use the potter’s wheel to create your own unique ceramic ware. We will explore the fundamental forms for functional pottery and work towards altering them to make cups, mugs, bowls and more. Classes will include demos, group exercises, and plenty of one-on-one guidance. Students also have access to the studio outside of class time during open studio hours to practice new skills. Level: Beginner and Seasoned…

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Portraits in Clay with Mac McCusker

January 10, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Odyssey ClayWorks, 236 Clingeman Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
$360

ODYSSEY CLAYWORKS Winter Session Class Wednesdays 6:30-9pm January 10- February 28 Have you ever wanted to make your favorite person out of clay? Students will learn how to adapt photographs and 2-D portraits to create 3-dimnensional figures in clay. Students will build busts and small figures using several techniques including sculpting a form from a solid block, slab construction, and coiling. Pieces will be fired and finished with glazes and/or paint. All skill levels welcome. Level: All Levels Tuition: $310…

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Metal Clay with Barbara McGuire

January 11, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Odyssey ClayWorks, 236 Clingeman Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
$435

ODYSSEY CLAYWORKS Winter Session Class Thursdays 10:30am-1pm January 11- March 1 Experience metal in clay form! This is an introduction to working with silver, copper, and bronze metal clay to design components for uniquely wearable art. Each clay is different in its consistency, handling and firing. You will discover which methods work best for you. You will also learn fundamental wire skills in attaching and designing finished works. Join us for this very fast paced and inspirational class! Level: All…

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Ryanhood comes to Asheville at Isis Music Hall

January 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd.
Asheville, NC 28806 United States
$12

AZ-based folk-rock duo Ryanhood were named 'Best Group/Duo' in the International Acoustic Music Awards, and are often referred to as a modern day Simon and Garfunkel. Ryanhood is on tour in support of their most recent release, Yearbook. Cameron Hood’s rich and folky lead vocals, Ryan Green’s explosive guitar and mandolin riffs, and their airtight vocal harmonies prompted the Arizona Daily Star to call them, “a match made in radio heaven

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Enchanting Handbuilding Part II with Cynthia Lee

January 12, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Odyssey ClayWorks, 236 Clingeman Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
$360

ODYSSEY CLAYWORKS Winter Session Class Fridays 3-5:30pm January 12- March 2 Back by popular demand, it’s the return of Enchanting Handbuilding. In this second round, students will continue to create imaginative forms through hands-on instruction, but more time will be spent with finishes and surface demonstrations. This class will help develop basic handbuilding skills, glazing, and decorating techniques in a fun community atmosphere. Level: All Levels Tuition: $310 + $50 Lab Fee

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Ready, Set, Throw! One Night Pottery Classes with Kelsey Sickmeyer & Cayce Kolstad

January 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Odyssey ClayWorks, 236 Clingeman Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
$55

ODYSSEY CLAYWORKS ONE-NIGHT POTTERY CLASSES Friday, January 12 7:00 PM TO 9:00 PM Ever wanted to try your hand at the pottery wheel? Have you always wanted to learn to throw but you’re not sure if you want to commit to an 8-week class? Or maybe you and some friends are just looking for something different to do in Asheville on a Friday night. Well, look no further. Ready, Set, Throw is here! Even if you’ve never touched clay before,…

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Purple Crayon Open House

January 13, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Purple Crayon, 9 Old Burnsville Hill Rd, Ste 5
Asheville, NC 28804 United States
Free

Come play with us! Purple Crayon offers affordable studio space for women hobby artists, turnkey rental space for creativity-centered events, and a variety of arts and crafts workshops and classes. Comes see what all the excitement is about!

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Terrarium Workshop

January 17, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Bullington Gardens, 95 Upper Red Oak Trail
Hendersonville, NC 28792 United States
$45.00

Enjoy the warmth of our greenhouse while you create your own miniature garden in a glass jar with Mary Martin. All materials will be supplied. $45 Please call to register or register online!

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More Than Blue: The Genius of Joni Mitchell’s For the Roses

January 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Asheville FM, 864 Haywood Road
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
Free

Music Matters is a series of bimonthly appreciation lectures given by Asheville FM DJs, volunteers, and affiliates. On Thursday, January 18, from 6–8 pm, join AFM for the next presentation in this series, "More Than Blue: The Genius of Joni Mitchell’s For the Roses,” presented by Asheville FM DJ, Sarah B. This event will take place at the Asheville FM Station at 864 Haywood Road in West Asheville. “Most people hear Joni Mitchell’s name and they think of her fourth…

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Purple Crayon Workshop: Creating Children’s Picture Books

January 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Purple Crayon, 9 Old Burnsville Hill Rd, Ste 5
Asheville, NC 28804 United States
$112

Thinking of writing or illustrating a book for kids? Whether it’s for the children in your family, or for publication, award-winning writer Linda Lowery will walk you through the basics of what makes a terrific picture book. Since the writing always comes first (yep, even for Maurice Sendak!), in this workshop, you'll focus on how to: - Discover fresh story ideas - Find your natural, authentic voice - Play around with rhythm and rhyme - Work within industry-standard format, page…

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What’s in the Kitchen? For Kids Ages 7-12 with Sara Ballek

January 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Odyssey ClayWorks, 236 Clingeman Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
$225

ODYSSEY CLAYWORKS KIDS CLASS WINTER 2018 Winter Session 6-Weeks January 20- February 24 Saturdays 10am-12pm Learning about foods and objects in your kitchen can be exciting and fun to explore, but what if you had the chance to make some of your own? In this class students will develop work relating to items they use or find in their kitchen while learning a variety of techniques on how to make functional and sculptural objects. We will be focusing on using…

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Lyndsay Eli with GUNSLINGER GIRL (YA novel)

January 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Spellbound Children’s Bookshop, 640 Merrimon Avenue, #204
Asheville, NC 28805 United States
Free

Are you a fan of The Hunger Games? Then picture what Katniss would be like - with a gun. That's just a taste of the "new" West action Lyndsay Eli brings to Spellbound with Gunslinger Girl. She shares her debut novel on Saturday, January 20, at 6 p.m. The US has been fractured by a Second Civil War. Serendipity 'Pity' Jones finds a home of sorts in the corrupt, lawless city of Cessation (think Las Vegas on steroids). Her shooting…

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Lyndsay Ely with GUNSLINGER GIRL (YA Novel)

January 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Spellbound Children’s Bookshop, 640 Merrimon Avenue, #204
Asheville, NC 28805 United States
Free

Picture Katniss Everdeen crossed with Annie Oakley - that's Serendipity "Pity" Jones. She's the heroine the "new" West needs. Author Lyndsay Ely shares her debut novel, Gunslinger Girl, at Spellbound Children's Bookshop on Saturday, January 20, at 6 p.m. The book provides rip-roaring action for ages 14+. The US has been fractured by a Second Civil War. 'Pity' Jones finds a home of sorts in the corrupt, lawless city of Cessation (think Las Vegas on steroids). Her shooting skills make…

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January…New Beginnings

January 26, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

When your artists have been busy all month creating incredible art, you just can't wait to share. So we're throwing a mid-winter party. Call it our own little Gallery Walk, filled with never-before-seen fine art pieces from our award-winning artists just for you, our friends and patrons. Grab your coat and come help us celebrate our first full year in Number 7 Arts' fabulous gallery at 2 West Main Street in Brevard. Our artists will be waiting with refreshments and…

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Visualize Your Way to a More Satisfying Life

January 27, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Purple Crayon, 9 Old Burnsville Hill Rd, Ste 5
Asheville, NC 28804 United States
Free

Does your life feel a little off-course? Perhaps you're transitioning into a new phase of life, and you're uncertain where you're heading? If so, join life coach and Purple Crayon owner, Pam Robbins, for this fun, FREE vision board workshop! When created from the heart, a vision board will help you set a direction for your life and attract more of what you want, whether it's just a feeling or something more specific. All materials provided. Visit www.purplecrayonavl.com/workshops to register.

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February 2018

Sierra Club Feb. 1: “Skywalker” Shares Hiking in Nepal and the World

February 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
Free

On Thursday, February 1, the Sierra Club presents Bill Walker who will share his latest adventure – hiking the world’s greatest mountain range, the Himalayas. Known as “Skywalker” because of his seven-foot height, he has left his boot prints on the length of both the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails, as well as countless other trails in Europe and Asia. His experiences will both awe and inspire you. This event is free and open to the public. Important Note: Effective…

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Sierra Club Feb. 1: “Skywalker” Shares Hiking in Nepal and the World

February 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
Free

Sierra Club Feb. 1: “Skywalker” Shares Hiking in Nepal and the World On Thursday, February 1, the Sierra Club presents Bill Walker who will share his latest adventure – hiking the world’s greatest mountain range, the Himalayas. Known as “Skywalker” because of his seven-foot height, he has left his boot prints on the length of both the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails, as well as countless other trails in Europe and Asia. His experiences will both awe and inspire you.…

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Volunteer Expo

February 3, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Crowne Plaza Expo Center, 1 Resort Drive
Asheville, NC 28806 United States
Free

The Junior League of Asheville, Inc., one of Buncombe County's oldest women-led volunteer organizations, will host a Volunteer Expo on February 3, 2018 from 10am to 4pm at the Crowne Plaza Expo Center. Modeled after a job fair, the Volunteer Expo is an opportunity for residents of Western North Carolina to learn about local nonprofits, their volunteer needs, and other ways to support these organizations. To make this event a success, the League is pleased to partner with over 50…

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Valentine’s Day Pottery For Couples

February 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Odyssey ClayWorks, 236 Clingeman Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
$99

ODYSSEY CLAYWORKS COUPLES POTTERY CLASS Friday, February 9, 7-9pm We have a special treat in store for this Valentine’s Day edition of Ready, Set, Throw. Come sip a glass of wine and nibble on chocolates while you and your partner explore the sensual aspects of clay. You can dig your hands in the clay, or work on a piece together. We’ll even help you re-enact the scene from Ghost! We will glaze and fire the work for you, so you…

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Purple Crayon Open House

February 10, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Purple Crayon, 9 Old Burnsville Hill Rd, Ste 5
Asheville, NC 28804 United States
Free

Come play with us! Purple Crayon offers affordable studio space for women hobby artists, turnkey rental space for creativity-centered events, and a variety of arts and crafts workshops and classes. Comes see what all the excitement is about!

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Valentine’s Day Pottery For Couples

February 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Odyssey ClayWorks, 236 Clingeman Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
$99

ODYSSEY CLAYWORKS COUPLES POTTERY CLASS Saturday, February 10, 7-9pm We have a special treat in store for this Valentine’s Day edition of Ready, Set, Throw. Come sip a glass of wine and nibble on chocolates while you and your partner explore the sensual aspects of clay. You can dig your hands in the clay, or work on a piece together. We’ll even help you re-enact the scene from Ghost! We will glaze and fire the work for you, so you…

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Valentine’s Day Pottery For Couples

February 11, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Odyssey ClayWorks, 236 Clingeman Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
$99

ODYSSEY CLAYWORKS COUPLES POTTERY CLASS Sunday, February 11, 4-6pm We have a special treat in store for this Valentine’s Day edition of Ready, Set, Throw. Come sip a glass of wine and nibble on chocolates while you and your partner explore the sensual aspects of clay. You can dig your hands in the clay, or work on a piece together. We’ll even help you re-enact the scene from Ghost! We will glaze and fire the work for you, so you…

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Homestead Dreams: Design & Plan for Living on Your Land

February 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Living Web Farms, 176 Kimzey Road
Mills River, 28759
$65

Homestead Dreams is an entry-level, exploratory workshop designed to help you incorporate small-scale, self-sufficiency and sustainability into all aspects of your life. Regardless of whether you own or rent a home, or live in a rural or urban setting, you can move towards more self-reliance NOW! Excellent for those in the exploratory stages of getting started with a land-based life. We cover common sense, relevant information to help maximize your independence, increase your connection to community, place, and self, and…

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ASAP’s 2018 Business of Farming Conference

February 24, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
A-B Tech/Mission Health Conference Center, 16 Fernihurst Dr
Asheville, North Carolina 28801
$1. - $125

ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference brings together professional and aspiring farmers from across the Southeast to network and share resources to build viable farm businesses. The conference features business and marketing workshops led by regional experts and innovative farmers, a Grower-Buyer meeting where farmers and area buyers meet to explore potential matches, and individual consulting for farmers on legal, business, financial, tax, and insurance topics. ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference is for beginning and established farmers, and those seriously pursuing…

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March 2018

Interfaith Peace Conference at Lake Junaluska

March 1, 2018 - March 4, 2018
Lake Junaluska, 759 N Lakeshore Dr
Lake Junaluska, 28745 United States
$60 - $150

"Meeting the Other: Can We Talk?" In polarizing times, how can we communicate with civility and respect while upholding our core values and religious traditions? At this event, Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders offer lectures, worship, music, prayer and meditation to guide us in learning to talk across differences. Keynote Speakers: T. Anthony Spearman, Nancy Fuchs Kreimer and Juliane Hammer. Musical Guest: Abraham Jam Program Fee: $150/person Student Program Fee: $60/person CEU Credits: $10 (1.5 CEU Credits) Lodging and meal…

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Interfaith Peace Conference UNCA Special Session

March 2, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
UNCA, 1 University Heights
Asheville, 28804
$10.00

This Friday afternoon Interfaith Peace Conference special session at UNCA's Lipinsky Auditorium features a musical introduction from Abraham Jam; brief addresses by keynote speakers T. Anthony Spearman, Nancy Fuchs Kreimer and Juliane Hammer; and a panel discussion with feedback questions and responses from the audience. Visit lakejunaluska.com/peace or call 800-222-4930. * For individuals not attending the full Interfaith Peace Conference program, the option to attend just the Friday afternoon UNCA special session is available for a fee of $10. *UNCA…

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Advanced Care and After Death Care Directives

March 3, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Earthaven Ecovillage, 5 Consensus Circle
Black Mountain, 28711

Death is a journey that all must take, and establishing your path before the time arrives can make that journey easier for you and your loved ones. Perhaps you have thought about starting, completing, reviewing, or even finding your end of life documents. This workshop offers a casual group setting where you will work to complete your advance care and after death care documents. Over the course of two five-hour classes, you will produce a notarized set of end-of-life documents…

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Abraham Jam in Concert

March 3, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lake Junaluska, 759 N Lakeshore Dr
Lake Junaluska, 28745 United States
$18.00

Musical Guest of the Interfaith Peace Conference at Lake Junaluska Harrell Center Auditorium, Lake Junaluska A Muslim, a Jew, and a Christian walk into a concert hall… What may be mistaken for a stand-up comedian’s opening line is actually Abraham Jam, a trio of internationally-renowned musicians who have teamed up to create art strengthened by diversity. Abraham Jam–composed of Billy Jonas, David LaMotte, and Dawud Wharnsby–features three “brothers” from the three Abrahamic faiths. Jonas, LaMotte and Wharnsby have performed extensively…

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25th Annual Organic Growers School Spring Conference

March 9, 2018 - March 11, 2018
UNCA, 1 University Heights
Asheville, 28804
$59

The Spring Conference offers practical, regionally-appropriate workshops on organic growing, permaculture, homesteading, urban farming, and rural living plus a trade show, seed exchange, silent auction, special guests, and pre-conference, on-farm events. More than 70 sessions per day in themed tracks including Gardening, Soils, Livestock, Primitive Skills, Permaculture, Herbs, Alternative Energy, Sustainable Forestry, Homesteading, Cooking, Poultry, Farmers I and Farmers II, Mushrooms and Food Resilience. Cost: $59 for Saturday, $49 for Sunday: Early Bird Registration by January 31st. Registration is an…

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25th Annual Spring Conference

March 9, 2018 @ 9:00 am - March 11, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
UNCA, 1 University Heights
Asheville, 28804

Title: 25th Annual Organic Growers School Spring Conference For healthy eaters, home growers, & farmers! Date: March 9-11, 2018 Time: 9 am to 6:00 pm on both days Location: UNCA in Asheville, North Carolina Cost: Full Weekend: $99 before 1/31, $129 after 1/31/18 Saturday Only: $59 before 1/31, $74 after 1/31/18 Sunday Only: $49 before 1/31, $64 after 1/31/18 The Spring Conference offers practical, regionally-appropriate workshops on organic growing, permaculture, homesteading, urban farming, and rural living plus a trade show,…

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The Independent Farmstead–Smart, Savvy, Scalable Land Stewardship with special guests Beth & Shawn Dougherty

March 9, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Living Web Farms, 176 Kimzey Road
Mills River, 28759
$55

In our lifetimes, we’ve seen a significant decline in the home-grown American food community. How did farm families in the past provide nearly all their food needs directly from the farm? And how can we get there again? This full-day workshop, with Independent Farmstead authors Beth & Shawn Dougherty, is designed for the forage-based, family-scale, food producer hoping to create a secure, productive food system on small acreage. Date: March 9, 2018 Time: 9:30am-4:30pm Location: Living Web Farms, 176 Kimzey…

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Food for All – Growing our Community as we Grow our Food with Special Guest, Karen Washington

March 9, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Reuter Center at UNCA, 1 University Heights
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
$55

The current food system seems to have been designed for disconnection, marginalization, and fragmentation. Not only are we separated from the land, but also from each other, from our food traditions, and from making decisions that affect our communities. Join Karen for this lively and interactive conversation about food, social and food justice, inclusion, diversity, activism, land reform, waste management, ending hunger and poverty, and community building. Plan to become connected across social boundaries and expect to leave with passion,…

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Human Health=Soil Health with Dan Kittredge

March 9, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center, 455 Research Drive
Mills River, 28759
$55

Thriving and diverse gut flora as the key to health is becoming widely known. Science is discovering the vast similarities between the gut and root microbial communities. Their capacity for symbiosis and harmony or depletion and disease is all based how we approach them. When the soil is full of life-supporting probiotics, the food grown there is your ally in gut health, nutrient absorption, and immune resilience. When the soil is not healthy it leads to chronic disease and degeneration.…

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