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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.

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.


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.

American Civil Liberties Union WOMEN’S RIGHTS PROJECT & Action Events WNC

In 1961 the Supreme Court, under Chief Justice Earl Warren, unanimously upheld the constitutionality of a jury selection system that discriminated against women on the grounds that “women are at the center of home and family life.” The observation reflected dominant social values at the time, but the Court was unable then to see how such values thwarted the promise of equality for women implicit in the Constitution.

LIVEWIRE – Performing Arts Asheville

Asheville’s artists and entertainers shape the soul of this community. Our stage is expansive, spilling out the stage doors and onto sidewalks, into verdant parks and summer meadows, and large enough to accommodate a regular cast of all ages all year long. No matter what sparks your interest—be it Shakespeare or Sketch Comedy, Gershwin or Garage Rock, Ballet or Bluegrass—our spotlights and streetlamps will ignite your passion no matter what form it takes. There’s a show about to start. Discover the power of performance. Let LiveWire light the way.

Find out who’s playing and what’s playing where and when at LiveWire,Asheville’s source for performing arts schedules and information.  Click here for performing arts schedule and times




 Innovative programming utilizing an outstanding collection of American art of the 20th and 21st centuries has established the Asheville Art Museum as a leader in the arts for Western North Carolina and the Southeast. It is the only organization of its kind providing cultural and educational experiences for residents and visitors to the 24 county region.Established by artists and incorporated in 1948, the Asheville Art Museum is committed to being a vital force in community and individual development and to providing life-long opportunities for education and enrichment through the visual arts.

HART Haywood Arts Regional Theater

 Welcome to one of the treasures of Western North Carolina. The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, founded in 1985, is a volunteer-based community theatre showcasing the talents of the people of the region. HART, under the leadership of Executive Director Steven Lloyd, has grown into one of the most active theatres in the Southeast, producing a year-round schedule of plays and musicals from its home, The Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House. Opened in 1997, and funded by the support of people throughout the community, HART’s home is a stunning facility constructed in the style of the traditional Summer Stock playhouses of the 1920’s. Architect Joe Sam Queen and builder Pat Burgin used native materials to create a facility that is both grand and informal.   Click here for seasonal shows Haywood Arts Regional Theater

Sly Grog Lounge at the Downtown Market

Sly Grog Lounge …your local bar!

We are a private club and music venue…..all are welcome to join for a one time membership fee of $1.00

(See below for our membership policies)

HOURS and regular events

Mondays CLOSED (unless there is a show)

Tuesdays 3pm- 9pm

Wednesdays 3pm-2am After 8pm – Electronic Experimental  Jam All welcome!

Thursdays- 3pm-2am -(look for shows)

Fridays– 3pm -2am (look for shows)

Saturdays- 3pm- 2am (look for shows)

Sundays- 7pm-2am  Open Mic, for any one, musicians, comedians, performance, spoken word etc!!! 7pm   

See our up coming music and events schedule for more fun stuff

Our library of cool geeky and eclectic books is here for your perusal or to buy!

Come have a drink with us….. and from 3pm to 7pm you can also shop the over 60 different  booths of new, vintage, upcycled clothes, accessories and jewelry, furniture, books, records, mid century coolness, outdoor gear,  costume wear and make-up, locally crafted herbal products, hand made candles, plants…and so much more….all in The Downtown Market!




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.

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 


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

The Asheville City Market’s new location this season: North Market Street!


The Asheville City Market is moving to a new location this season: North Market Street! The freshest, best-tasting food in the area will now take over two blocks of downtown Asheville every Saturday morning. You’ll still find your favorite vendors of farm-fresh produce, meat, dairy, and local artisan products, as well as brand-new offerings in the expanded market.

Asheville City Market South remains at its location in the center of Biltmore Park Town Square and will be open every Wednesday afternoon for your
mid-week shopping needs.  Click for more information

*The Block Off Biltmore – restaurant, social club, gathering place

MISSION of THE BLOCK off biltmore

To be a place for people to converge in order to build community and inclusive friendships between diverse movements, where social justice issues are discussed, actions formulated, and deep, healing magic happens.

Radical magic is created through a compassionate, comfortable, cruelty-free atmosphere, along with music, art, spoken word, film and other conscious, value-driven events. Fun, laughter, friendship, unity, empowerment and action are the ultimate byproducts.

We have a lot of exciting & enjoyable types of events at THE BLOCK off biltmore. Stay tuned to our website and please sign up for our e-newsletter (see bottom of webpage) to stay up to date. See you soon!

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