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DANCE FOR LIFE – We Teach People How to Dance

 

 

Do you want to enjoy dancing with your partner? How about having some fun dancing at a downtown pub? Maybe you want to learn a dance for your wedding, or dance at someone else’s wedding? What about dancing the night away on your next Cruise?  How about a dance event for your organization or a group class for your employees to enhance Teamwork and Morale?


Kani Louise Nicolls DDS PA

Types of Dental Services We Offer:

General and Restorative Therapies: From laser teeth fillings to dentures, our comprehensive treatments help you to get your smile back on track without jeopardizing beauty or comfort.

Preventive and Periodontal Care: Find out how oral probiotics could help you combat gum disease, or get a custom oral appliance to manage sleep apnea. Our preventive options extend far beyond routine cleanings.


Burt Langley Attorneys at Law

The Asheville based attorneys at the law firm of Burt Langley PC focus their practice in the areas of business law, employment law, estate planning, and transactional law. We are building our practice on relationships. We serve businesses and individuals in Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood, Madison, and surrounding counties,

through highly personalized, professional legal advocacy. From starting your business through planning your legacy, we are committed to our clients’ success.

April M. Burt is a transactional lawyer. Katherine Langley is a trial lawyer. Collaboratively we provide full spectrum legal services for individuals, entrepreneurs, and businesses in Western North Carolina.

Call us at 828-367-7090 to schedule an appointment or visit us online at burtlangley.com


Building Community Through Music  – Village Marimba  

by Sue Ford

Playing music and singing with other people is a powerful way of creating community. Harmonizing with voices and instruments is a beautiful expression of synergy.  Synergy is “the interaction of two or more ingredients to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.” When we make music as a group, we have the potential to tap into an archetypal power of music.  I am not talking about engaging in the profession of music, I am referring to making music with others for the love of music and community.


IF WE ADDRESS TOXIC MASCULINITY, WE CAN CHANGE OUR CULTURE OF VIOLENCE

Sunday night in Las Vegas, a white male shooter claimed the lives of 58 people, injuring more than 500. We are heartbroken by the lives lost. We are heartbroken for the injured. We are heartbroken for their families and loved ones. We are heartbroken that we can’t pass commonsense gun laws in our nation. But we will not let our broken hearts keep us from getting to the root cause of this violence and taking action.

It is time to connect the dots between mass shootings and our cultural reality: Men commit 98% of mass murders in America. Women have equal access to guns (and let’s be honest, plenty of reasons to be angry). Nevertheless, women don’t commit such acts of mass violence. We have to stop conditioning boys and men to think solving their problems through violence is normal. We can no longer tell boys at the earliest of ages to repress their emotions and deny parts of themselves. Look where it’s gotten us today!     Continue reading


North Carolina State Policy Watch – Experts express concerns about consequences of eliminating judicial primary elections By Melissa Boughton

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[Note: This post has been updated.] North Carolinians will lose their “precious right to vote,” as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg calls it, in at least one election next year if lawmakers override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of Senate Bill 656.

“The Electoral Freedom Act” eliminates next year’s primary election for judicial races among other things. It was passed in both chambers last week and Cooper vetoed it earlier this week. His veto will be up for an override vote by January at the latest—though some lawmakers have been told that an override vote could now be scheduled for as early as next Tuesday, October 17.

The only public explanation for the language about eliminating judicial primary elections next year (which was slipped into the bill via a last minute maneuver of the kind that have become commonplace at the General Assembly in recent years) has been to give lawmakers more time to tweak the redrawing of judicial and prosecutorial districts.

That measure, House Bill 717, was passed by House lawmakers and is expected to be taken up by the Senate in January. It was another surprise bill and if implemented will have dramatic effects on the state’s judiciary. Continue reading

 


THE 2017 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE – awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

By Michael Birnbaum

The world has some 15,000 nuclear weapons. This year’s Nobel Peace Prize honors the quest to abolish all of them.

 The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, a recognition of its efforts to avoid nuclear conflict at a time  of greater atomic menace than at any other period in recent memory.

The group was honored because of its efforts to foster a global ban on nuclear weapons, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was approved in July by 122 members of the United Nations and opened for signatures last month. The 10-year-old grass-roots civil society movement pushes for nuclear disarmament across the world.  Continue reading

 
 

CONSERVING CAROLINA

We are Conserving Carolina, formed by the consolidation of two sister organizations, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and Pacolet Area Conservancy. Our organizations, each with deep roots and strong histories of conserving our lands and natural resources, have united to increase conservation efforts in our area. Combining our expertise, talents and resources under a consolidated banner, we can do more for you! 


HOBEY FORD MASTER PUPPETEER – UNCTV Arts Series

See the debut episode of MUSE: The Arts Show featuring Weaverville’s master puppeteer Hobey Ford. Join host Laura Ritchie as MUSE: The Arts Show takes you across the country, and all around North Carolina, showcasing the artists, craftspeople and local groups putting their talents to work in their communities.  Hobey Ford| Master Puppeteer | UNC-TV Arts | PBS


Nuclear Information Resource Service – Tell Your Reps to VOTE NO to Nuclear Waste on our Roads

Contact your US Representatives NOW  and tell them to vote NO on the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017 (H.R. 3053)—a nuclear waste bill that threatens nearly every state with decades of nuclear waste shipments.  The vote could be taken as soon as this week!

Please Call 202-225-3121 to be connected to your Representative’s office and ask if you can count on them to VOTE NO on H.R. 3053. Then let us know via this quick form. 


Ray’s Gutter Service LLC

Gutters & Downspouts Installation, Cleaning & Repair, Seamless Guttering, Gutter Cover Retrofit  and lots more!

Efficient, clean, dependable work at a fair price. 

We serve the Asheville, Black Mountain, Marion areas as well as the surrounding Western North Carolina region.

Poorly installed or rusted & clogged gutters can cause damage to your home by forcing water into your fascia, soffit or behind your siding or brick. These types of repairs can be expensive.


Economic Security for Survivors

Economic insecurity has devastating consequences on the lives of survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Abuse can impose significant expenses on survivors, including physical and mental health care costs, lost wages, safety planning, and relocation costs. Furthermore, economic abuse can result in life-long consequences due to job loss, debt, damaged credit, or coercion into crime. When combined with today’s high cost of living, shortage of good jobs, and diminished safety net, these impacts of abuse severely limit survivors’ options and ability to achieve safety and justice.


FLATIRON WRITERS ROOM GIFT CERTIFICATES

Not sure what to give the writer in your life for the holidays? Gift certificates for Flatiron Writers Room workshops, retreats and events make a wonderful gift. A gift certificate can be for any amount you’d like. You can find a full list of current events on our website at www.flatironwritersroom.com

Once you purchase a gift certificate, just send the confirmation email to the lucky recipient or print it and put it in a card to be delivered by hand. Once the recipient selects an event to attend, we will instruct them on how to register using their gift certificate.


HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES: STORIES – Malaprops Bookstore & Cafe

THIS MONTH’S #1 INDIE NEXT LIST PICK…

By Carmen Maria Machado

(Graywolf Press 9781555977887, $16, trade paper)

“Reading the stories in Her Body and Other Parties has been among the greatest literary pleasures of 2017 for me. Carmen Maria Machado writes with fearless exploration, precision, and tenderness, which would prompt envy if gratitude and admiration weren’t first to arrive on scene. From the lovely apocalyptic love story ‘Inventory’ to the dizzying and original ‘Especially Heinous,’ Machado’s work is curious, inventive, and thrilling. It’s feminist and pop culture, classic and weird; the stories are complex and the characters are haunting. What a debut!”

–Chorel Centers, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA  Continue reading

FEATURED BOOK A Piece of Sky, A Grain of Rice: A Memoir in Four Meditations by Christine Hale


MOUNTAIN TRUE

OUR MISSION: MountainTrue champions resilient forests, clean waters and healthy communities in Western North Carolina.

OUR VISION: MountainTrue envisions Western North Carolina with thriving communities that are connected to and help sustain a healthy natural environment. To achieve this, MountainTrue will foster and empower advocates throughout the region to be engaged in policy and project advocacy, outreach and education, and on the ground projects. MountainTrue will be known as the region’s best respected and highest impact conservation organization and will be seen as a national model.  


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