Bulletin Board

May – June 2024

May 14 & 18
Pianist Olga Kern
Kern will join the ASO for this season’s Masterworks series finale, “Masterworks 7: Titan,” Saturday, May 18, at 2 p.m. at Brevard Music Center’s Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium. She will also play a solo recital at Brevard Music Center on Tuesday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Parker Concert Hall. Tickets can be purchased online at www.AshevilleSymphony.org or by contacting the Asheville Symphony Box Office at (828) 254-7046.

Saturday, May 18
Hard to Recycle
Items accepted include books, electronics, computers, phones, toner cartridges, styrofoam, Brita water filters, plastic cutlery, and empty personal care containers (mouthwash bottles, deodorant containers, toothpaste tubes). 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at AC Reynolds High School, 1 Rocket Drive in Asheville. More details at www.ashevillegreenworks.org/hard2recycle.

Saturday, May 18
Wilma Dykeman’s Birthday Anniversary Celebration

Open house style; come and relax for a few minutes or an hour. 1-4 p.m. at Black Wall Street AVL, 8 River Arts Place.

Sunday, May 19
Kim Waters Smooth Jazz
Prepare for an evening like no other as The Orange Peel transforms into the ultimate Smooth Jazz Supper Club. Joining him for this special night will be his equally talented daughter, pianist, and composer Kayla Waters. VIP ticket holders will have a chance to enjoy a Southern-style buffet by Asheville favorite Twisted Laurel before the 8 p.m. show. The Orange Peel is located at 101 Biltmore Avenue in Asheville. For tickets, visit theorangepeel.net. For more information, please call (828) 398-1837.

May 21, 22 and 23
Baptist Ministers Union Citywide Revival
The Baptist Ministers Union of Asheville and Vicinity will host the annual Citywide Revival beginning at 6:45 p.m. nightly. Rev. Dr. Ronnie Williams, pastor of the Generostee Baptist Church of Starr, SC, will be the guest evangelist. Musical selections will be rendered by local choirs. Reverend Dr. John. H. Grant, President of the Baptist Ministers Union, will serve as host pastor. The services will be held at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 47 Eagle Street in Asheville.

May 24-26
GrindFest AVL 2024
Three days full of music, games, live performances, food, local vendors, educational connections, plus employment and partnership opportunities. This block-party-style event takes place at the A-B Tech Conference Center, 16 Fernihurst Dr. in Asheville. Visit grindfestavl.com for more information.

Saturday, May 25
Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh
On the Outdoor Stage at Salvage Station. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 on the day of the show; kids under 7 admitted at no charge. Purchase tickets at grindfestavl.com. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the music starts at 6:30 p.m. for this all-ages show. Free shuttle service to the free satellite lot at Asheville Visitor Center begins at 5:30 p.m. Salvage Station is located at 466 Riverside Drive in Asheville.

Monday, May 27
Walk & Talk Meeting
Hosted by Black Birders of WNC at Four Seasons Rotary Park in Hendersonville, NC. We will talk about birding in the park at the covered shed area beginning at 5 p.m. and tour the bird sanctuary. Everyone is welcome!

Tuesday, May 28
“Wind Beneath My Wings”
A special talk by Crystal Cauley about her journey of being an advocate for birding while Black—and how God has had his eye on the Sparrow. Join us for this wonderful opportunity to learn and grow at 6 p.m. at Agape World Outreach, 2024-F Asheville Highway, Hendersonville, NC 28791.

Friday, June 7
This event is geared towards youth and focused on gun safety and gun violence prevention. From 2-6 p.m. there will be music, speakers, and activities; food trucks will be on site. Community members are invited to come early at 12:45 p.m. for a photo opportunity to show commitment to gun safety. Participants are encouraged to wear orange. Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville.

Friday, June 7
First Friday on The Block
Experience the vibrancy and creativity of this historic community from 5-7 p.m. downtown at Eagle and S. Market St.

Fridays, June 7, July 5, August 2
Southside Block Parties
This free event is held from 6-9 p.m. at the Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Community Center. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a free night of live music from DJ Audio, plus food and fun for the entire family!

Movies in the Park
Bring blankets and lawn chairs for a night under the stars. Movies begin at dusk in Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville.
• June 14 – Barbie
• July 12 – Guardians of the Galaxy
• August 9 – Toy Story
Treats from Kona Ice of Asheville and Kernel Mike’s World Famous Kettle Corn will be available to purchase. Pre-show games, giveaways, and other activities for kids and teens. More details at ashevillenc.gov/parks.

Saturday, June 15
Juneteenth Family Fest
Join us for youth events and activities, live music, food trucks, vendors, and more! Bring your friends and family to this free event beginning at at 11 a.m. at the Mary C. Jenkins Community & Cultural Center, 221 Mills Avenue in Brevard, NC. For more details, please visit marycjenkins.org.

Friday, June 21
Downtown After 5
In a special collaboration with the MLK Foundation, celebrate Juneteenth with the soulful Sierra Green & the Giants headlining and Lyric setting the mood. Come out for dancing, food, local crafts, and much more from 5-9 p.m. on North Lexington Avenue in Asheville. Full line-up at ashevilledowntown.org/downtown-after-5.

Racial Justice Coalition of Asheville Lunch & Learn
Held on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 12:30-2 p.m. at Amerihealth, 216 Asheland Avenue in Asheville. The events are free to attend, and childcare and lunch are provided. The Racial Justice Coalition highlights Black-led organizations and partners that share resources on health and wellness, housing, education, economic development, and criminal justice.

Hood Tours
Learn more about Asheville’s historically Black areas on walking, driving, and specialty tours led by artist, poet, and visionary DeWayne Barton. Tours last approximately 1.5 hours. Book your tour today by going to www.hoodhuggers.com/tours. Call (828) 275-5305 or email [email protected].


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