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Buncombe County Special Olympics’ annual Coffee for Champions fundraiser returns for a third year on October 1. During the month of October, local coffee shops donate up to five cents for each cup of coffee purchased at their establishments to support Special Olympics training and competitions for area youth and adults.
“We are a completely volunteer-driven, donation-funded program focused on inclusionary sporting opportunities for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities,” said Karla Furnari of Buncombe County Recreation Services, who is also a Buncombe County Special Olympics coach and Local Coordinator. “Coffee for Champions helps build connections between our athletes and the community. It also allows us to move away from labor intensive fundraising campaigns that often pull volunteers from other critical program needs such as coaching and transporting athletes.”
A map on the organization’s website lists participating coffee shops:
- Donating Five Cents Per Cup
- Ivory Road Café & Kitchen (1854 Brevard Road in Arden)
- Mosaic Café & Coffee House (1 Town Square Boulevard in Biltmore Park)
- Trout Lily Market (1297 Charlotte Highway in Fairview)
- Donating One Cent Per Cup
- Dynamite Roasting Company (3198 US Highway 70 in Black Mountain)
- PennyCup Coffee Company West (362 Depot Street in Asheville’s River Arts District)
- PennyCup Coffee Company East (6 Beverly Road in Asheville’s Haw Creek)
- PennyCup Coffee Company North (857 Merrimon Avenue in North Asheville)
- Round Earth Roasters (518 Hendersonville Road in Asheville)
Special Olympics was founded by Eunice Kennedy in 1968 to celebrate changing attitudes about the talents of people with intellectual disabilities. Buncombe County Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for youth and adults. Sports include alpine skiing and snowboarding, aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, cheerleading, gymnastics, powerlifting, soccer, and tennis. The organization also offers the Adaptive Athlete Program in a partnership with South Slope CrossFit and Buncombe County Recreation Services.
Trails Forever Work Days | Every Wednesday, June – November
The Trails Forever crew’s working season is beginning again and they are always happy to have a helping hand. Volunteer with the crew on Trillium Gap Trail every Wednesday from June through November. No experience or tools are necessary, but pre-registration is required.
Worthwhile Sounds Presents…
mike watt & the missingmen
at The Mothlight
Wednesday, October 16th
Tickets: $17adv, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mike-watt-the-missingmen-tickets-62436814192
Bassist Mike Watt was the living embodiment of the punk rock spirit. As a founding member of the highly influential Minutemen, he created one of the most important bodies of work in the American underground canon, delivering adventurous, fiercely polemical music informed by such disparate traditions as funk, folk, and free jazz. Although his subsequent material — most notably his records with the trio fIREHOSE, as well as his latter-day solo efforts — lacked the sheer impact of his earliest outings, Watt remained true to the D.I.Y. ethos that originally inspired him, emerging as one of the most highly respected figures in contemporary music.
Born December 20, 1957, in Portsmouth, Virginia, the young Watt and his family relocated to San Pedro, California, which was to remain his home base throughout the years to follow; there he became close friends with D. Boon, with whom he formed the Reactionaries during the mid-’70s. Inspired by the burgeoning punk movement, he and Boon founded the Minutemen in 1979, adding George Hurley on drums. So named in honor of the brevity of their initial songs, in 1980 the Minutemen debuted with the EP Paranoid Time, becoming just the second act to record for the legendary SST label. In the years to follow, seminal releases, including 1981’s The Punch Line and 1984’s two-LP set Double Nickels on the Dime, established the trio as one of the American indie scene’s brightest hopes — but on December 23, 1985, Boon was killed in a van accident following one of the band’s live dates.
Devastated, Watt and Hurley planned to retire from music but were coerced into returning to action by Ohio-born Ed Crawford, a fervent Minutemen fan inspired to learn guitar by the band’s records. Dubbing themselves fIREHOSE, the new group debuted in 1986 with Ragin’, Full-On, which was dedicated — as were all of the trio’s future releases — to the memory of D. Boon. That same year, Watt also teamed with his then-wife (and former Black Flag bassist), Kira Roessler, in the group Dos, a two-bass duo. fIREHOSE carried on the Minutemen’s spirit admirably, and after three indie releases, they were signed to major label Columbia, where they debuted in 1991 with Flyin’ the Flannel. fIREHOSE’s tenure on Columbia was largely disappointing, and after 1993’s album, the J Mascis-produced Mr. Machinery Operator, failed to launch them toward mainstream success, they quietly disbanded in early 1994.
In 1995, Watt issued his first solo LP, Ball-Hog or Tugboat?, an all-star affair featuring guest appearances from members of Sonic Youth, the Beastie Boys, Nirvana, Soul Asylum, and the Screaming Trees. On a subsequent solo tour, Watt’s standing within the alt-rock community was solidified by the roster of his backing band, which included Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Nirvana alum Dave Grohl; the same tour saw Grohl’s new band, the Foo Fighters, making their public debut as the support act. (In 2016, a recording from the Chicago date of the tour was released under the title Ring Spiel Tour ’95.) A year later, Watt played bass in Perry Farrell’s band Porno for Pyros, appearing on their sophomore LP Good God’s Urge. In 1997, he issued his long-awaited second solo effort, Contemplating the Engine Room, an autobiographical “punk-rock opera” also based on the lives of his father, a chief in the Navy, and D. Boon. That same year, Watt appeared on the self-titled debut by the Stephen Perkins-led experimental alternative jazz outfit Banyan. Watt spent the next year on the road supporting Contemplating, also finding time to record a cover of the Stooges’ classic “TV Eye” as part of the ad hoc group the Wylde Ratttz for the 1998 Velvet Goldmine motion picture soundtrack, and reuniting with former Minutemen/fIREHOSE drummer George Hurley for a track on the Hempilation, Vol. 2 compilation (the original composition “Sidemousin’ the Bong”). The next year, a second Banyan album was issued, Anytime at All.
In early 2000, Watt had a close brush with death due to flu-like symptoms (brought on by an internal abscess in his perineum that went undetected for a long time). After successfully recuperating, Watt got back into playing by covering Stoogessongs on a smattering of live dates accompanied by former Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis. Mascis invited Watt to play on his solo release More Light later the same year and participated in its ensuing tour (which was cut short in the summer of 2001 when the group’s van was involved in a serious accident in Sweden). Another Watt project arrived in 2002: the bass-organ-drums trio the Secondmen (featuring Madonnabe Pete Mazich on organ and drummer Jerry Trebotic), who were soon slated to begin work on their debut album. These plans were temporarily delayed, however, when Iggy Pop invited Watt to join him and the reunited, surviving Stooges on select 2003 concert dates throughout North America and Europe. These commitments fulfilled, Watt once again turned his attention to new releases, live appearances with others (Banyan, Hellride, Dos, etc.), and his Internet-related projects — such as hosting the web radio program The Watt from Pedro Show and maintaining his own site, Mike Watt’s Hootpage (www.hootpage.com).
Watt’s long-delayed Secondmen album with Mazich and Trebotic, a concept piece about his illness and recovery called The Secondman’s Middle Stand, was finally released in August 2004; a full-length debut by the Wylde Ratttz was expected that same year on the independent Ecstatic Peace label, but because of contractual difficulties, it was never released. On top of this collaboration, Watt filled his time playing with other groups over the next few years, including Unknown Instructors, Black Gang, Floored by Four, and No Age, and recording with the Stooges for their 2006 comeback album The Weirdness. In 2011, he released his fourth solo album, Hyphenated-Man, a 30-song “opera” that he was inspired to write after listening to the Minutemen for the first time since D. Boon’s passing in 1985.
Gate 7 opens Thursday. 8AM to 5 PM rain or shine
Adult Admission $8 a day or $20 for 3 days includes ACAETA pulls
Children under 12 free with paid adult.
Unreserved selling spaces $40, free admission to qualified exhibitors,
limited 2 people per registration; 3rd and above pay admission.
– Pulls –
Farm Tractors 1964 & earlier on Saturday at 10:00 am
Tractor Pulls will be under the covered arena – enter through Gate 7.
WNC Farmer’s Market
570 Brevard Road, in Asheville, North Carolina
Capture photos of your friends and family members enjoying the vivid hues of fall and enter them into our photo contest. We’ll use the winning entries on our website and Facebook album, and you’ll win some fun prizes. Photos must be taken within the Chimney Rock section of the Park.
No additional costs to enter.
The first-place winner will receive an overnight getaway to Hickory Nut Gorge with a stay at the Historic 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa, two passes to the Park, brunch for two at the Historic 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa and two tickets for a tour with Lake Lure Boat Tours.
The contest’s second-place winner will receive two passes to the Park, lunch for two at the Old Rock Cafe and two tickets for a tour with Lake Lure Boat Tours.
Chimney Rock’s Facebook followers will select the People’s Choice Award winner. Followers will have a week to like and share their favorite photo from an album of Winter Photo Contest entries posted on the Park’s Facebook page at facebook.com/chimneyrockparknc. The People’s Choice Award Winner will receive two passes to the Park, lunch for two at Old Rock Cafe and their photo will be featured on the Park’s Facebook page.
Shutterbugs interested in capturing Mother Nature’s wintry beauty can do so by entering Friday through Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the Park’s winter hours.
All entries must be submitted to [email protected] or to the Parks’ Facebook page through Facebook messenger.
John Mac Kah Studio Presents: Drawing or Painting
Classes, Workshops, and Private Fine Art Instruction.
– – Monday & Thursday, 9-4 p.m.
John Mac Kah Studio, 122 Riverside Dr., Studio H, Asheville
(828) 225-5000, www.JohnMacKah.com
- Friday: 5-8pm
- Saturday: 11am-8pm
- Sunday: 11am-6pm
Special Events: We offer field trip, birthday party, and corporate night experiences. Contact Chris Rainwater at [email protected] to schedule your event.Volunteer:Volunteers may work 3 hours shifts at one of our many attractions. Volunteers receive 2 FREE tickets to the Corn Maze for every shift served. More information at EliadaCornMaze.com.
Meet the artisans of the Southern Highlands exhibiting contemporary & traditional works of clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, & jewelry.
Thursday – Saturday, 10 – 6pm
Sunday, 10 – 5pm
John Mac Kah Studio Presents: Thursday Morning Demos –
Classes, Workshops, and Private Fine Art Instruction.
– – 10 a.m. to noon
John Mac Kah Studio, 122 Riverside Dr., Studio H, Asheville
(828) 225-5000, www.JohnMacKah.com
Did you know that you don’t need a medical background to volunteer at The Free Clinics?
In addition to our clinical volunteers, many opportunities exist for volunteers with skills as varied as front desk reception, building maintenance, Spanish interpreting, gardening, bicycle repair, and more!
Join us to learn more about available volunteer opportunities at The Free Clinics!
We will present a brief overview of all of the positions and duties that need volunteer assistance to keep The Free Clinics operational, and take you on a short tour of our facility.
Come join in the fun with stories and songs, then make a hands-on art project just for the little ones! The Education Department staff is visiting public libraries for preschool storytime at locations near your neighborhood.
Storytime & Art takes place at Skyland/South Buncombe Library on third Thursdays at 10:30am
Our program for preschool-aged students accompanied by an adult is at a library near you! During the school year, come join in the fun with stories and songs, then make a hands-on art project just for the little ones.
Buncombe County, North Carolina Library
West Asheville Branch Library, 942 Haywood Rd. Asheville, NC 28806
Preschool Fun (3-6 years old)
Burntyard Vineyards Wine Tastings
Wine Tastings Sunday – Thursday 12-6pm
Winery Tours 2 pm Daily
2695 Sugarloaf Rd. Hendersonville, NC 28792
The works in Unnatural History are portals backwards or forwards (or sometimes both at once) in geologic time, offering visions from before, after, and during the tenancy of humankind. Dioramas of cast resin depicting bizarre plants and animate slime suggest a post-human period wherein nature reclaims the planet. Artificial geodes made of oil paint, latex, foam, and soil transport viewers into a distant future where industrial waste has become fossil evidence of human activity. Abstract wall sculptures use motor and crude oil as raw material in the depiction of the vast, intricate industrial landscapes of the near future, while wooden mosaics made of materials salvaged from hurricane-affected cities and reconstructed glass objects found on beaches suggest a possible utopian remedy to decline, decay, and disintegration. Overall, the exhibition underscores and illustrates the many ways in which the technological processes of mass mining, manufacturing, resource extraction, and large-scale industrial agriculture have altered not only the present, but also the future history of our planet.
For more information, contact our Exhibitions Coordinator + Designer, Ashleigh Shuler, at 864.582.7616 x 254 or email [email protected].
This exhibition is generously sponsored by Bagwell Fence, SantoLubes, Kerin Hannah, Margaret + George Nixon, Sikanas Family Charitable Fund, and Susu + George Dean Johnson, Jr.
Orchard at Alta Pass
Live music performance at 1:45pm on Thursday and Friday, May through September
Take a break from the frenzy of everyday life and enjoy Smoke on the Mountain, a wholesome celebration of faith, community, and Appalachian Music. Set in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina around 1938, Smoke on the Mountain brings to life a small-town musical revival featuring the traveling Sanders Family as they play the best of bluegrass, gospel, and hymns. Audiences will recognize beloved songs such as “Rock of Ages”, “The Church in the Wildwood”, “A Wonderful Time Up There,” and more as they are performed by talented actor-musicians. Running October 4th – 19th, Smoke on the Mountain, showcases the power of music to bring us all together and will have audiences singing along.
Director, Amy Jones, describes the experience as, “an entertaining and inspirational evening full of rousing gospel music played by the cast while also getting to know the unique dynamics of the Sanders family through their witnessing. The music is beautiful and heartfelt, and the characters are fleshed out in a very real and relatable way.”