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Tuesdays and Fridays
Geri-fit Workout Class for Seniors
Free, video-led fitness class held from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at Pack Memorial Library. Classes held twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays for 45 minutes. Most of the exercises will be performed seated in a chair. Bring your own 2 or 3-pound dumbbell weights and a stretch band. Sign up by calling 250-4718, or stop by Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood Street, Asheville.

January 11 & 12
Stories, Songs and Spoons with Abby The Spoon Lady
Well known Asheville buskers (street entertainers), Abby and Chris produce a unique sound of “Appalachian Blues” as they combine their talents of rhythm and tune. Parking is free in the Moog Music parking lots after 5:30 p.m. For more information visit storytellingcalendar.com. Show begins promptly at 7 p.m. at Habitat Brewing Company Tavern & Commons, 174 Broadway Street, Asheville.

Saturday, January 12
Saturdays at ACT: African Folktales
Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre at 10 a.m. Join a variety of characters in stories from the folktale traditions from across Africa. African music helps to set the stage for these energetic stories. Stories include Anansi, porquoi tales, and trickster tales. Best for Grades Pre-K – 5th. Part of our Saturdays at ACT series! Tickets are $7. Visit www.ashevilletheatre.org or call (828) 254-1320. ACT, 35 East Walnut Street, Asheville.

Saturday, January 12
Kid Hop Hooray!
Wintertime Indoor Dance Party. Open floor dance party for kids with DJ Oso Rey playing child-appropriate dance music from the Jackson 5’s “ABC” to “Shake it Off” to old-school hip hop tracks, favorites from 23 Skidoo, and more! Free glow accessories for your little dancers, and plenty of room to run and dance. Snacks available for purchase from Asheville Pizza Co and the Hop Ice Creamery. Padded area for crawlers and new walkers to play and explore. Cost: 12 and under $3; under 2, free; everyone else, $5. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave , Asheville.

Friday, January 18
Make a Poster for Women’s March
Everyone who’s interested in social justice can come and create some powerful posters and banners for this year’s Women’s March! Share your thoughts, ideas, and inspiring art with others in safe collaborative atmosphere. Paint, brushes, repurposed canvas, will be provided. Bring poster paper and paint, if you can. Feel free to bring snacks and drinks of your choice! Donations to Our VOICE will be accepted. 5 p.m. at The Regeneration Station, 26 Glendale Ave., Asheville.

Saturday, January 19
Make a Sand Mandala
Use colored sand to make a beautiful mandala design. Children’s mandalas are easy to color or decorate and will feature concentric circles with sunburst, flower or geometric shapes. Best for youngsters who can manage small details and patience. Younger crafters may have a parent willing to help them or may be offered a mandala coloring sheet as an alternative. Cost: $5 per crafter – $2 for coloring sheet. Limited to 12 crafters. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Smith-McDowell House Museum, 283 Victoria Road, Asheville.

Saturday, January 19
Hard 2 Recycle
Bring your broken electronics, appliances, batteries, wire, scrap metals, books, styrofoam, and more to be recycled at 1298 Patton Avenue in Asheville from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Fees: $10 for tube televisions; $1 for bag of styrofoam (any size). Hosted by Asheville GreenWorks. For more details, please visit www.ashevillegreenworks.org/hard-2-recycle.html.

Saturday, January 19
1970s Disco Dance Party
Throw on your favorite disco attire and come get down to the best of ’70s disco with DJ Heidi Renee. Ages 18+. Doors open at 8 p.m.; dance begins at 9 p.m. Free; donations for the DJ appreciated. 9 p.m. at Ambrose West, 312 Haywood Road, Asheville.

Sunday, January 20
Ethical Humanist Society
“A Freethinker’s Gospel” will be presented by Chris Highland at the meeting of the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville, 2-3:30 p.m., at Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road in Asheville. Informal discussion and refreshments will follow the presentation. For more information: call (828) 687-7759, email EHSAsheville@gmail.com, visit EHSAsheville.org, or www.meetup.com/Ethical-Society-of-Asheville.

Tuesday, January 22 & 29
Auditions for the Asheville Symphony Chorus
Our members come from all walks of life and range from professional musicians to talented high schoolers. The love of music, the classical choral repertoire, and performing at a high amateur level are all at the heart of an Asheville Symphony Chorus member. Auditions are by appointment. Contact Dr. Michael Lancaster, at mlancastercond@gmail.com to schedule. 3-6:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 20 Oak Street, Asheville.

Tuesday, January 22
Elevate Demo Day
Hear pitches from the startups that have advanced through Venture Asheville’s Elevate Entrepreneurship Program over the past year. Several are investment-ready and actively raising funds. Others will highlight the milestones they plan to hit over the next six to twelve months. Gain first-hand insight into Asheville’s emerging high-growth economy. Pitches from 4-6 p.m. Cocktail party from 6-7 p.m. at The Collider, #4th floor, 1 Haywood Street, Asheville.

Saturday, January 26
Hot Chocolate Races
5K, 10K, Kids Hill Climb, and Marshmallow Dash events benefit the Isaac Dickson Elementary School PTO. To register, visit www.hotchocolate10k.com. The 1K Kids Hill Climb is for children 12 and under (although parents can run along side for free!) The Marshmallow Dash ,for children 8 and under, is a short and safe event for the little ones. Each runner can enjoy a steaming cup of hot chocolate post-race. 8 a.m to 12 noon at Issac Dickson Elementary School, 125 Hill Street, Asheville.

Saturday, January 26
Barnes & Noble Puzzle Party
This all-ages event has something for everyone including activities from Curious Jane Magazine, crosswords, word searches, a puzzle tournament, and jigsaw puzzles. 2 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Asheville Mall, 3 South Tunnel Road in Asheville.

Saturday, February 2
Tuff Gong Festival
Celebrate the birth of Bob Marley with a full line-up of bands, art & craft vendors, food, raffles, and plenty of family-friendly fun. All ages. Standing room only. Cost: $10; VIP $25 (includes merch, VIP lounge, & more). Line-up: PMA Positive Mental Attitude, Saylyn Roots Reggae, TurnUp Truk, Chalwa, Dub Kartel, and others. 3 p.m. at Ambrose West, 312 Haywood Road, Asheville.

 

Fringe Arts Festival Events

Thursday, January 24 & Saturday, January 26
Double Feature: The Oracle of Everything and A View From My Backyard
The Oracle of Everything: A One-Woman Performance of Divination, Poetry, Folk-Wisdom and Weirdness recreates the story of the mythical Oracle of Delphi while also divining the answers to anonymously-submitted audience questions. Part spoken-word narrative, the show incorporates elements of magic such as Asheville-centric Tarot, tea leaves, and fortune telling, to tackle life’s hard-to-answer questions. A View From My Backyard sheds light on childhood memories growing up in Texas and in a vibrant Latino community through movement, storytelling and ice cold beer. Cost: $13. 7-8 p.m. at Sly Grog Lounge, 271 Haywood Street, Asheville.

Thursday, January 24 & Saturday, January 26
Black When I Was a Boy
An honest, moving, and even humorous look at a complex, fascinating, and powerful coming of age story. Cooper Bates autobiographical recollection of the extraordinary inner life of his younger self, Frankie Bates, who grew up as the only black child in a small white community in Kansas. Part of the Fringe Arts Festival. Cost: $13. 7-8 p.m. at The Magnetic Field, 372 Depot St Suite 50, Asheville.

Thursday, January 24 & Saturday, January 26
Double Feature: Huevos con Cascos and Echo
Huevos con Cascos Dance theatre piece choreographed by Fany Ortiz of Merida, Mexico that explores femininity and masculinity of four men in surprising, sensitive and humorous fashion. Echo is a multimedia collaboration between dancers Shari Azar, Kathy Leiner, and cellist Emmalee Hunnicutt, exploring the obstacles that challenge our voice. Cost: $13. 9-10 p.m. at BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce Street, Asheville.

Friday, January 25 & Sunday, January 27
Physical Poetry
Yuhas & Dancers, contemporary dance collective from Columbia, SC, present a collaboration with Charleston’s esteemed Poet Laureate, Marcus Amaker. The female dance troupe of all shapes, sizes, and colors, awarded the 2018 Fringe Fan Favorite, returns to reflect a world of discourse and kinesthetic empathy, revealing our position of response in the face of adversity through poetry, dance, and a lot of duct tape. Come join the movement. Cost: $13. Friday 7-8 p.m., Sunday 4-5 p.m. at BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce Street, Asheville

 

Hood Tours

An interactive tour focusing on Asheville’s resilient African American history and future in the arts, environmentalism, and entrepreneurship. Tours run most Thursdays through Saturdays, lasting approximately 1.5 hours. Call (828) 275-5305 or email info@hoodhuggers.com for details and to register.

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