Citizen’s Police Academy
Asheville Police Department is accepting applications for the Spring 2017 semester of the Citizen’s Police Academy. The Academy is held on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. for fourteen consecutive weeks at the Municipal Building in downtown Asheville. For more information, contact Officer Keith McCulloch at (828) 259-5834, or via email to email@example.com.
Tuesday, February 14
World Affairs Council Lecture
Come to the Reuter Center for fascinating lectures and discussions that aim to advance international awareness and foster Western North Carolina’s global ties. OLLI members receive a discount on WAC annual membership fee. World Affairs Council meetings offer a lively line-up of topics and compelling presenters. The Great Decision Lecture series is scheduled for the Winter and Spring terms on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. All lectures are scheduled in the Reuter Center’s Manheimer Room, free to WAC members and students, all others $10 at the door. Prof. Jim Lenburg will speak about the South China Sea.
Wednesday, February 15
Authors for Action
The Blood of Emmett Till is a full reconstruction of the murder of 15-year-old Till, the trial of his killers, and their crucial impact on our history. Join award-winning author Timothy Tyson for a discussion of the book at 6 p.m at Malaprops Bookstore, 55 Haywood Street in downtown Asheville.
Wednesday, February 15
New Jim Crow Discussion
Discussion of Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow, led by Eryka Lynn Peskin. Anyone is welcome to jump in anytime. 6:30 p.m. at Firestorm Books & Coffee, 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, February 19
Ethical Humanist Society
Bill Waltz presents “Keeping a Moral Compass When Society Seems to Have Lost Its Own” at 2 p.m. at the Asheville Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road, Asheville. All are welcome. For more information, call (828) 687-7759, email EHSAsheville@gmail.com, or visit EHSAsheville.org.
Tuesday, February 21
Showing Up For Racial Justice
This weekly discussion group focuses on risk-taking, accountability, mutual interest and how to call more white people into racial justice work. Anyone with a passion for working with white people on racial justice is welcome. The group meets at 10 a.m. at Firestorm Cafe & Books, 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at email@example.com for more information.
Saturday, February 25
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Prayer Breakfast
The 27th Annual Swannanoa Valley Memorial Prayer Breakfast brings the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the community. Breakfast is at 9 a.m. Purchase tickets online at svmlk.org/mlk-prayer-breakfast.html. The breakfast takes place at Camp Dorothy Walls, 495 Fragment Road in Black Mountain.
Wednesday, March 1
James McMahon, CEO of The Collider in Asheville, will present “Accelerating Climate Change” in the Reuter Center, room 102A, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. This lecture on climate change, hosted by OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville, is free and open to the public. For more information, visit olliasheville.com.
Wednesday, March 1
Sierra Club Meeting
The Sierra Club presents Scott Varn of Preserving a Picturesque America. Varn will speak about the locations of the adventure artists of the 1800s and ways to preserve those natural and historic places. Varn, founder of Preserving a Picturesque America (PAPA), will show how his organization is using history, art, and adventure to help preserve our country’s beautiful natural treasures. He will also suggest ways that the public can join in the adventure. This event is free and open to the public and will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place in north Asheville (Charlotte Street and Edwin Place). For more information, contact Judy Mattox, (828) 683-2176, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, March 4
Walk to Protect our Peoples and the Places We Live
Walk to stop the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The walk will last about 2 weeks, and will pass through Northampton, Halifax, Wilson, Nash, Johnston, Sampson, Cumberland, and Robeson counties. (Possibly also: Scotland and Richmond counties). For more information, weekly updates, to register, and to donate to the Walk, please visit 2017acpwalk.org. You may also call of email Steven Norris, email@example.com. All potential participants are encouraged to register early.