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SHEVILLAGE

Here’s a compilation of some of the fabulous, year-round fairs, festival offerings and stuff to do that the Western North Carolina region has to offer. Festival organizers: please contact: info@sheville.org if you wish to be considered for inclusion into SheVille of WNC.
Outdoor Adventures     Hot Springs Natural Hot Mineral Waters     Chimney Rock Park     History at Hand     North Carolina Festivals     Explore Asheville Events Calendar     Asheville Herb Festival

 

EARTH DAY ASHEVILLE April 22 (& things to do everyday actually!)

From Explore Asheville
April 22, 2018 
Earth Day is more than just a single day — April 22. It’s bigger than attending a rally and taking a stand. Here are 25 different ways you can celebrate Earth day. 
1. If you are in a situation where you can actually walk, ride your bike, or carpool in order to get from place to place, then it may be time for you to consider that. The fewer cars on the road, the better off that we will be when it comes to our atmosphere.

2. You can volunteer your time to organizations (local or national) that put effort into making the world a better place and helping the environment. There are a lot of great things that you can do, and on Earth Day, there are usually local activities as well.


Energy Innovation Task Force Announces Cancellation of Duke’s Peaker Plant, Honors Community Partners

The Energy Innovation Task Force (EITF) is excited to announce that through community collaboration, the gas-fired peaker plant, originally planned for 2023, has been pushed out beyond 2032. “Delaying the need for any additional natural gas-fired generation in Buncombe County beyond 2032 is a big deal. The facility would have cost residential and business ratepayers more than $100 million paid for through higher electricity bills,” notes EITF member and Chair of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Brownie Newman. The peaker plant would have been used to ensure electricity production during peak demand times such as the coldest winter days.  Click here to read more


The Growing Voice of the ERA, Muffet McGraw – Notre Dame’s Women’s Basketball Coach

The Equal Rights Amendment was front and center on the national stage this week with Notre Dame women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw’s awesome response to the reporter who asked her about the importance of women’s leadership in sports. The video, which has since gone viral, starts out with a major callout to the ERA:

Did you know that the Equal Rights Amendment was introduced in 1967 and still hasn’t passed? We need 38 states to agree that discrimination on the basis of sex is unconstitutional,” said Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw.


The Top-Secret Feminist History of Tea Rooms

By: Cara Strickland in JSTOR Daily

When you hear the words “tea room,” it’s likely that you immediately think of a Victorian-inspired establishment best suited to special occasions, a place for women in pearls. If you’d lived at the turn of the 20th century in Scotland, or the early 1900s in America, however, it’s likely that you would have a different picture entirely.


THE NEW COLUSSUS by Emma Lazarus (followed by Readers’ Poems for 2017)

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”


The Woman Subject and 6 Trailblazing Women

The Woman Subject

There is more that unites than divides analytic and continental feminist philosophies – not least, efforts to define ‘woman’

Georgia Warnke  is distinguished professor of political science and director of the Center for Ideas and Society at the University of California, Riverside. She is the author of Debating Sex and Gender (2010). She lives in California. Click here to read more


OUR VOICE Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events Continue All Month!

Our VOICE will be partnering with members of the Asheville Brewers Alliance to present Pints for Our VOICE
 an awareness and fundraising campaign to support survivors.

Members of the Asheville Brewers Alliance raise funds to support survivors of rape and take a stand to minimize sexual assault by participating in The BAR Outreach Project, a curriculum developed by Our VOICE that educates bar owners and staff about DFSA while addressing bystander intervention strategies that can help protect patrons and employees alike.


How Reconstruction Still Shapes American Racism

by Henry Lewis Gates, Jr. in Time and offered by History News Network

Henry Lewis Gates Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher university professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

During an interview with Chris Rock for my PBS series ­African American Lives 2, we traced the ancestry of several well-known African Americans. When I told Rock that his great-great-­grandfather Julius Caesar Tingman had served in the U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War — enrolling on March 7, 1865, a little more than a month after the Confederates evacuated from Charleston, S.C. — he was brought to tears.


Womansong 2019 Spring Concert: ROOM AT THE TABLE, May 17 & 18 **Tickets on Sale Now!

Asheville’s longest-running women’s community chorus presents its annual spring concert, “Room at the Table.”  

Tickets at www.womansong.org   

 ASHEVILLE (March 28, 2019) Womansong, Asheville’s largest and longest-running women’s community chorus, invites you to its spring concert, “Room at the Table. The concert will be held at Fletcher United Methodist Church, 50 Library Road, Fletcher NC 28732, on Friday May 17 at 7:30 PM and Saturday May 18 at 3 PM.


NORTH CAROLINA STATE POLICY WATCH – Supreme Court weighs its role in limiting partisan gerrymandering

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared willing Tuesday to rein in partisan gerrymandering — desperate even, for attorneys to give them some sort of manageable numeric standard by which they could determine how much politics is too much when it comes to redistricting.

It wasn’t that simple, though, and after considering three challenges to congressional maps — two to the 2016 GOP-drawn map in North Carolina and one to a Democratic-drawn map in Maryland — at least two conservative justices seemed unconvinced to expend any more judicial energy on the issue. Continue reading


News from The Center for Art & Inspiration

THE CENTER FOR ART & INSPIRATION TO ANCHOR DOWNTOWN HENDERSONVILLE’S SOUTH MAIN ST.

Hendersonville, NC –  A new destination for theatre and the arts will anchor South Main Street in Downtown Hendersonville when The Center for Art & Inspiration opens its doors at 125 S. Main on February 23, 2019.

A vision of theatrical writer and producer Jeanie Linders, the project also brings to the area a pop-up Malaprop’s Books, the renowned independent bookstore in downtown Asheville, and The Artful Cup Coffee Bar featuring the gourmet roasts of Independent Beans of Hendersonville’s 7th Avenue Historic District.


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