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Adult Classes – Wednesdays 5:00 – 6:30

1st class only one hour: September 20 (5:00 – 6:00) 

1 ½ Hour Classes: September 27, October 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15

No Classes October 4 or November 22 – Last Class November 29

9 Classes for $100

Student Classes for Ages 10 – 18 – Tuesdays and Thursdays

Level 1 (no marimba experience) 4:00 – 5:00

Level 2 (with instructor approval) 5:00 – 6:00

September 19, 21, 26, 28, October 3, 5,10, 12 17, 19, 24, 26 (No Class October 31),

November 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21 (No Class November 23)  November 28, 30             

20 classes for $200

All Classes will perform in a Final Concert – Dress Rehearsal  – Friday, December 1

Concert on Saturday, December 2

All classes and the concert will be held at Rainbow Community Center, 60 State Street in West Asheville


Contact Sue Ford if you are interested.  828-776-7918

10/13/2017 SOUTHEAST WISE WOMEN HERBAL CONFERENCE – A Weekend Dedicated to Women’s Natural Health

The Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference began thirteen years ago as a gathering of 200 women who came together to immerse themselves in the study of herbal medicine and the Wise Woman tradition of Earth-based healing. This year, organizers expect over 1200 women, of all ages and backgrounds, to attend the weekend event—held from October 13-15 at Lake Eden in Black Mountain—making it one of the most popular and vibrant herbal events in the country.

UNC Asheville’s GREAT SMOKIES WRITING PROGRAM Announces Fall 2017 Classes

How to Start a Garden – The Ultimate Guide by Jenn

What are the most important lessons I have learned over the years? How would I advise someone to begin for guaranteed success? People garden with different objectives in mind.

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.  

Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective

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






Summer’s over and you’ve kissed your beach reads goodbye just in time to fall for reading all over again. Malaprop’s Bookstore and Cafe is here for you, YA fans! Announcing our first ever young adult author festival, YALLAPALOOZA 2017. FromSeptember 15th through October 23rd, meet publishing’s most popular YA authors at events happening in the store and all around the city of Asheville! There’s something for everyone: edgy realism, smart sci-fi, digital dystopias, ‘banned’ books, nail-biting horror, fantasy, and New York Times bestsellers galore.

Flatiron Writers Room West Asheville – 2017 Schedule

Write Here. Write Now.

We host Flatiron Writers workshops and events; in addition, our space is available for rent to writers who want to teach, host a book launch, or hold a writers’ group or book club meeting.Our goal: to nurture a vibrant and supportive writing community–inspired by Asheville’s rich literary history–while providing writers with quiet, affordable space in which to write, and classrooms in which to teach or participate in classes and workshops.

10/13/2017 PAN HARMONIA OCTOBER CONCERT “All Hallowed Viola” & Midday Music at OLLI

All Hallowed Viola

Enjoy a rare opportunity to revel in the deep, rich voice of the solo viola. At times lyrical, then mischievous, then majestic, come experience the viola in all its facets. The program features unaccompanied works by JS Bach and Henri Vieuxtemps, along with works for viola and piano: the soaring tone poem “Adagio” by Zoltan Kodaly, and the heroic Sonata op. 11 No. 4 by Paul Hindemith. 

Audiences may know Kara Poorbaugh as the Principal Violist of the Asheville Symphony, and the violist of the Opal String Quartet. She has also performed with Pan Harmonia for many years. She will be joined by the inestimable Tate Addis on piano.  See 

Kathryn Stripling Byer, 1944-2017 – from the North Carolina Writers’ Network

CULLOWHEE—In 2013, we held the Squire Summer Writing Residency at Western Carolina University, where Kathryn Stripling Byer taught for so many years, and she led the poetry workshop at the Residency that weekend.

WCU was a welcoming host and venue, with one exception: in the building where we slept and took our classes, the air conditioning was stuck on overdrive, and we were freezing.

And then, after our first lunch together, Kay disappeared.

10/27/2017 Inaugural WOMEN’S CONVENTION – Detroit – We are the leaders we have been waiting for

The Women’s Convention is the beginning of a political groundswell, showing that the rise of the woman IS the rise of the nation.
​The Women’s Convention will bring thousands of women, femmes and our allies of all backgrounds to Detroit from October 27 – 29, 2017, for a weekend of workshops, strategy sessions, inspiring forums and intersectional movement building to continue the preparation going into the 2018 midterm elections.


Join us for cheese and crackers and a down-to-earth discussion about different money topics. Refreshments are sponsored by Asheville Savings Bank.  
Money Clubs are an engaging new way for women to come together to achieve their money dreams while supporting each other and rewriting their financial stories. Our next club will consist of 6 sessions every other Tuesday afternoon, beginning the first week of October, from 12:00 to 1:30 pm.

Class dates: 
  • Tuesdays, October 3, 17, 31 November 14, 28 & December 12


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.

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

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