Archive for the ‘Whole Community: Diversity’ Category

SusanneAndAmandaAsheville Ability Arts Fair
Friday, March 22, 2013 4pm‐8pm

The focus of this event is to Expand the Conversation: on disability awareness, the arts, and community services.  It’s free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

Location: Lenoir Rhyne University at the Chamber of Commerce

Everyone is welcome!  Families with their children, individuals with disabilities, teachers, students, service provider staff, and all community members are warmly invited to an entertaining and educational evening!

Performances and Presentations, plus much more:

  • Storytelling: Narrative of Late Deafness, by Laura Hope‐Gill
  • Expressive arts: Puppets, poetry reading, theater performance
  • Films: Shorts and a documentary on inclusive theater
  • Artists with a disability exhibiting their work
  • Service providers sharing information on their programs

All events are on the 3rd floor of the Visitors Center, which is fully accessible.
A sign‐language interpreter will be available.
For more info, or to apply for a service‐provider table

Lenoir‐Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies
36 Montford Ave., 3rd Floor, Asheville, NC 28801

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The Joy of Community Inclusive Theater !

Monday, Feb. 25  Firestorm Cafe  6-8 p.m.

See  A New Kind of Listening, a profoundly moving film about an experimental theater group that includes people with and without disabilities. Then experience a performance by Interweave Asheville, Fringe Arts award-winning inclusive improv ensemble, followed by a talkback with the performers and co-producer of the film.

Free and open to the public.Wheelchair accessible. Film is captioned.

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Asheville-based band Zansa and friends have organized West African nights held every Thursday in November (except Thanksgiving) at Bobo Gallery. Start time is 8 p.m. and the evening includes West African drumming and dancing by a variety of folks. Toward the end of the month, they hope to offer West African dinner as well.

The first one is tomorrow night, November 1.  Check them out!

“Zansa” is a street word from the Ivory Coast meaning “a blend” and newly-formed Asheville-based electric West African ensemble Zansa (featuring members of Afromotive) is just that. The group mixes modern and traditional styles, African and American sounds, folk and Afropop, rock and reggae. Adama Dembele, a 33rd-generation djembe player from the Ivory Coast leads the group.

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NEW  Saturday Art Classes in September only $45!  Asheville Inclusive Arts Coalition is a diverse group of community artists building a more inclusive community through the arts.  Sept. 8, 15, 22 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in West Asheville. EVERYONE is invited!

Join a diverse community of visual artists for an affordable class series taught by local professionals. Saturdays in September will be an opportunity to learn new techniques and exhibit your work at a local venue. Artists of all levels of abilities and experience, high school age and up, are welcome!

Saturdays in September: September 8, 15, & 22,
11 am – 2 pm

Open Hearts Art Center
5 Woodland Ave
Asheville, NC 28806
(Off Old Haywood Rd. at Patton Ave.)Registration/materials fee for the series: $45Ginger Huebner (artist and owner at Roots + Wings School of Art) and Holly de Saillan will teach Encaustic and Mosaic on two different Saturdays. The third Saturday will be spent completing art projects and readying them for presentation, with support from Starr Hogan and Alisa Lumbreras.Please bring your lunch and plan to eat in; this is a great opportunity to make some new connections!

For more info or to register, call or e-mail the organizer, Polly Medlicott, at (828) 775-6333 or polly.medlicott@gmail.com. Please do not call Open Hearts.

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The Masonic Home For Children in Oxford, North Carolina is one of the charitable efforts maintained jointly by all Masons in the state.  Since 1875, the Campus has provided a home for children in need.  Our local Masons support this home, quietly and humbly.  They are asking for some support in this effort.

In addition to monetary donations, the Home and it’s residents appreciate usable goods.  The following Needs List has recently been distributed.  Perhaps you have some of these items around your own home and would be willing to part with them so that someone else may benefit.


Please review the list below and contact David Perkins at dperkins75@gmail.com or 828-298-7022.  Identify yourself and the items you have to donate on behalf of Nichols-West Asheville Lodge #650 and he will come to your house to pick them up.

General Needs:

Electric Can openers

Air wick – Air fresheners

Water Hoses with reel

New release movies

Wii Games

Wii Controllers

Posters and poster frames

Twin Comforters sets w/ sheets

Alarm Clocks

Picture frames

Storage totes (All sizes)

Beach Towels

Outdoor games’


Pool Toys

Pool Tents

Dish towels and Dish clothes

Electric Skillets

Computer bags

Memory sticks

Master Mason Cottage:

Yard/Gardening Tools

Large Dark Blue Area Rug for Living Room

Glass or plastic tumblers (dishwasher safe)

Corelle plates, saucers, cereal bowls

Curtains for girls room (Light Blue, Lime Green, Black , Purple)

Alumni Cottage:


Pot holders

Hot Plates

100ft extension cord

Water hose with reel

Electric can opener

Airwick – Air freshener

PG Movies

Poster frames

Cordless phone

More about the Masonic Home for Children

Over the course of its history, the Home has evolved  into a nationally accredited facility whose mission is to provide ” a safe, home-like setting for children until they are reunited with family or achieve independence.”  The thriving organization operates predominantly on donations from Masonic Lodges throughout the state, and the communities in which they live.

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It’s my sister Amanda’s birthday.  I’m thankful for her everyday.  She has spent 32 years teaching people how to love one another no matter what.  I couldn’t choose just one photo…and she deserves 500!


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