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Featured Artist: DAVID LA MOTTE

LaMotte’s first album in a decade offers twelve new songs played by three dozen musicians from six continents. A fusion of cultural influences, from blues to bluegrass and from Latin to African, are mixed together by LaMotte and his two co-producers, Chris Rosser and Tom Prasada-Rao, to create an aural travelogue that mirrors LaMotte’s own geographical journey in the last ten years. The songs are also informed by his personal journey—becoming a father, living and working around the world, and exploring his own capacity for positive impact in questions of justice and peace.  


THE PRESERVATION SOCIETY presents A DANCE THROUGH TIME, September 23, 2017

Saving Places in Asheville & Buncombe County that are important to you.

Special Event to Kick Off at the YMI Cultural Center

The soul of Asheville is in our rich cultural diversity and community. To honor that diversity, The Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County’s annual gala on September 23, 2017 will feature locations that represent not only different eras, but the variety of different people who have made this historic city what it is today. Asheville’s foundation was built by immigrant artisans, inspired entrepreneurs, farmsteaders and scholars. This year’s gala will kick off at the YMI Cultural Center followed by visits to Zealandia Castle and Sondley Estate. Buildings like these epitomize PSABC’s 41 year long mission of protecting, preserving and promoting the historic resources of our region that contribute to Buncombe County’s unique heritage.  www.PSABC.org


Planned Parenthood at a Glance – Some Stats About Who We Are

Planned Parenthood is one of the nation’s leading providers of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, and the nation’s largest provider of sex education. Planned Parenthood also works with partner organizations worldwide to improve the sexual health and well-being of individuals and families everywhere.

Planned Parenthood has 56 independent local affiliates that operate more than 600 health centers throughout the United States, providing high-quality services to women, men, and teens. Planned Parenthood often is the only source of family planning for a large proportion of the women we serve.  Continue reading


Youth Financial Literacy – Important Tips from Starks Financial Group

In October 2016 and May 2017, Starks Financial Group sponsored several rock concerts for area middle and high schools.  Rock concerts, you say?  What on Earth does this have to do with financial literacy?  Well, these were very special rock concerts!  These concerts were in partnership with Funding the Future, a non-profit dedicated to helping get the word out to today’s young people about the importance of financial literacy.


Lisa Unger Baskin Collection – Duke University Libraries “The unifying thread is that women have always been productive and working people and this history essentially has been hidden.”

Collection Overview

The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection arrived at Rubenstein Library in April 2015. Carefully assembled over forty-five years by noted bibliophile, activist, and collector Lisa Unger Baskin, the collection is a transformative body of material documenting women at work. In Baskin’s own words,

“The unifying thread is that women have always been productive and working people and this history essentially has been hidden.”

The collection includes many well-known monuments of women’s history and arts, as well as lesser-known works produced by female scholars, printers, publishers, laborers, scientists, authors, artists, and political activists. Taken together, they comprise a mosaic of the ways that women have been productive, creative, and socially engaged over more than five hundred years.   Continue reading


Consumer financial Protection Bureau – UPDATES TO “KNOW BEFORE YOU OWE” MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE RULE

“A mortgage is one of the largest financial decisions a consumer will ever make, and CFPB’s rules help ensure consumers have the easy-to-understand information they need before making a decision that will significantly impact their financial lives,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “Our updates will clarify parts of our mortgage disclosure rule to make for a smoother implementation process for lenders and consumers.” 


On Being – Running as Spiritual Practice

by Billy Mills, Christina Torres, Ashley Hicks, et al

We explore a topic our listeners have called out as a passionate force and a connector across all kinds of boundaries in American culture: running. Not just as exercise, or as a merely physical pursuit, but running as a source of bonding between parents and children and friends, as an interplay between competition and contemplation; as a way to understand body image and survival and healing.  
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OnTrack Financial Education Class Schedule through September, 2017

All Classes are free of charge unless otherwise noted.

Pre-registration is required for all classes. Call 828-255-5166 to register.

Housing Classes

Homebuyer Education – ($50.00 participant fee, add 3 credit reports and FICO scores for $15.00) held at OnTrack WNC Offices)

(2-part class) Saturdays, May 13 & 20 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

(4-part class) Mondays and Wednesdays, June 12, 14, 19 & 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm

(2-part class) Saturdays,  July 15 & 22 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

(4-part class) Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 15, 17, 22 & 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm

(2-part class) Saturdays, September 9 & 16 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm 


Courtney Martin

“Women throughout history have traded their very lives for the idea that there is nothing more important than nurturing others. In some ways, I believe that. In other ways, I know that idea, unexamined, threatens my sanity and health.”


YWCA Launches New Evidence-Based Model for Diabetes Program

YWCA Launches New Evidence-Based Model for Diabetes Program

 ASHEVILLE, NC – Beginning in August 2017 the YWCA Diabetes Wellness & Prevention Program (DWP) is taking on a new model. Through our new evidence-based curriculum, DWP aims to help program participants lower A1C blood sugar levels, lose weight, increase energy, and build a community of support.


Science Says Period Brains Aren’t A Thing: Women Are Not Surprised – Our Bodies Our Blog

Finally, a study shows what those of us who menstruate already know: there is no such thing as “period brain.” According to researchers in Switzerland and Germany who collected data on 88 women, there is “no consistent association between women’s hormone levels, in particular, estrogen and progesterone, and attention, working memory, and cognitive bias.”

Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective 2017 Season

Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective Inc. is a 501(c) 3 certified non-profit organization which purposes to increase and sustain opportunities for more diversity within the Western North Carolina performing arts community, by producing, and working with other performance artists or groups to present works which confront issues of social diversity in a provocative way; and by providing opportunities for audiences to explore visions of our diverse world.

Click here for tickets: Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective 2017 Season

 

 

 


Social Issues – Catholic nuns in PA build a chapel to block the path of a gas pipeline planned for their property

By Julie Zauzmer – Washington Post

 The end of the road, where the street suddenly stops and the towering wall of corn begins, always called out to Linda Fischer. She would pedal her bike there slowly as a child, back before they built any houses on the road, when it was just the cornstalks growing thick toward the sky. It was the silence she found there, the holiness she felt in that stillness, that led her to dedicate her life to God.

Fischer has always known this land as sacred.

Now the 74-year-old nun and her sisters in their Catholic order suddenly find themselves fighting to protect the land from an energy company that wants to put a natural gas pipeline on it.

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A PREDATORY MODEL that can’t be fixed: Why banks should be kept from reentering the payday loan business

By the Progressive Blog Policy Watch

[Editor’s note: In the new Washington, D.C. of Donald Trump, many once-settled policies in the realm of consumer protection are now “back on the table” as predatory businesses push to take advantage of the president’s pro-corporate/anti-regulatory stances. A new report from the Center for Responsible Lending (“Been there; done that: Banks should stay out of payday lending”) explains why one of the most troubling of these efforts – a proposal to allow banks to re-enter the inherently destructive business of making high-interest “payday” loans should be fought and rejected at all costs.]

Banks once drained $500 million from customers annually by trapping them in harmful payday loans. In 2013, six banks were making triple-digit interest payday loans, structured just like loans made by storefront payday lenders. The bank repaid itself the loan in full directly from the borrower’s next incoming direct deposit, typically wages or Social Security, along with annual interest averaging 225% to 300%.


This woman’s name appears on the Declaration of Independence. So why don’t we know her story?

By Petula Dvorak in the Washington Post 

The Declaration of Independence printed with the names of the signers. Mary Katharine Goddard’s name is at the bottom. (Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Continental Congress & Constitutional Convention Broadsides Collection)    Continue reading

 

 


Women Proutists of North America Newsletter Rising Sun

Mission Statement
Women PROUTists are working together to create a world in which all people have the opportunity to develop their full potential. We educate and organize our communities to resist oppression, exploitation and discrimination. Women PROUTists support the all-round physical, economic, intellectual and spiritual development of women.  Visit our website  – Women Proutists of North America


WNC Solidarity Concert Series: Fundraiser for Youth Outright Sunday July 30, 3 – 5 pm

Concert to Benefit Youth OUTright WNC, Inc
Tickets:  $10.00 per person at the door

THE BLOCK off Biltmore
39 S. Market St, Asheville, North Carolina 28801

Two acts will be performing:

  • Michael Jefry Stevens/Jason DeCristofaro, and the
  • Wendy Jones Quintet

100% of all proceeds from the door will be donated to Youth Outright.  
All musicians are donating their time.  

Your support is very important to area LGBTQ youth.


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