Wednesday, February 7 & 28
Community Voices Lecture Series
A-B Tech’s Black History Month lectures will include presentations by Oralene Simmons, of the Martin Luther King Jr. Association and Nicole Townsend. Simmons will discuss the work of the Martin Luther King Jr. Association at 3 p.m. on February 7. Townsend will discuss colorism and its implications for the African American community at 3 p.m. at A-B Tech’s Ferguson Auditorium.
Saturday, February 10
Ride to Moral March on Raleigh
Need a ride to the H.K. On J. Moral March? Bus departs from Asheville. Please note that bus transportation does have a fee, but if you are unable to pay or need a discounted rate, there are different price options available. Contact Edward Peters at (336) 601-9534 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, February 10
Swannanoa Valley MLK Prayer Breakfast
The 28th Annual Swannanoa Valley Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Prayer Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. at Camp Dorothy Walls on Cragmont Road in Black Mountain. This year’s speaker is George Logan, a native of Black Mountain and son of Wayne and Lillian Logan. Tickets are $15. For more information, go to svmlk.org.
Monday, February 12
Progressive Democrats of Buncombe County Meeting
6:30-8 p.m. at Buncombe County Democratic Party HQ, Old Fairview Road, Asheville. We work to get big money out of politics and bring power to the people—not just corporations. We believe higher education needs to be available to anyone willing to do the academic work. We stand up for single-payer health care. Come and join us—make these ideals a reality! Contact Kris Kramer at pdobPRESIDENT@gmail.com.
Sunday, February 18
Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville
Deborah Miles, Executive Director of the Center for Diversity Education at UNC Asheville will present “Accountability, Equity and Inclusion” at 2 p.m. at Asheville Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road in Asheville. Q&A and refreshments follow the presentation. All are welcome. For more information: call (828) 687-7759, email EHSAsheville@gmail.com, visit EHSAsheville.org, or www.meetup.com/Ethical-Society-of-Asheville.
Sunday, February 18
Dinner & A Movie
Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin will be screened. Bayard Rustin was a tireless crusader for justice, a disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and the architect of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The film and potluck dinner will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. Discussion follows at 7 p.m. Held at Providence Baptist Church, 1201 Oakland St., Hendersonville.
Wednesday, February 21
Beer & Politics Letter-Writing Drop-In
An informal letter-writing drop-in is held from 5:30 – 7 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at the Westville Pub, 777 Haywood Rd. in West Asheville. Fact sheets, stationery, cards, pre-addressed labels, and stamps are provided. Write our elected representatives about issues that matter to you.
Thursday, February 22
Memories from Stephens-Lee High School. Stories and experiences from our friends and neighbors who attended the Castle on the Hill before it became one of our recreation centers. 6:30-8 p.m. at 30 George Washington Carver Avenue in Asheville.
Wednesday, February 28
Ending Racial Inequity in Our Schools
Lecture by Nikole Hannah-Jones from 7-8:30 p.m. at UNCA’s Lipinsky Hall. Tickets are $25; $75 includes a 6 p.m. special reception. To purchase tickets call Rebecca Abide at (828) 350-6174. For sponsorship opportunities, call Copland Rudolph, (828) 350-6139 or email email@example.com.
Free Income Tax Preparation
Through April 17
You may be eligible for FREE income tax preparation. OnTrack WNC’s certified IRS-trained tax preparers will prepare simple tax returns FREE for individuals and families with 2017 household income of less than $54,000. Claim your refund and save those filing fees! You may also be eligible for up to $6,318 from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Four of five eligible workers claim and get their EITC. We want to raise that number to five out of five. You earned it, “now file, claim it and get it.” See if you qualify at www.irs.gov/eitc.
Auditions for Different Strokes!
African American or bi-racial actress capable of playing ages 14-17 sought for Different Strokes! all African American production of Eleemosynary. Call Stephanie at (828) 484-2014 for additional information, or sign up to schedule an audition today at the link below. All auditions are by appointment only. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a084ea8ae2ea75-eleemosynary
Hood Tour Tickets
An interactive tour focusing on Asheville’s African American resilient history and future in the arts, environmentalism, and entrepreneurship. The tour visits neighborhoods with existing and active green spaces, art, and grassroots initiatives. Tours run most Thursdays at 1 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m., and by appointment for groups. Tours last approximately 1.5 hours. Cost is $25 per person. Tours begin at the Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, 30 George Washington Carver Avenue. Call (828) 275-5305 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.