More of what’s going around:
-Sheneika Smith, a community activist and the founder of the Date My City social organization aimed at enhancing the cultural identity of African-American communities in Western North Carolina, has announced that she’ll be running for one of three open seats on Asheville City Council this year. Smith is also the Tzedek Social Justice Fellow at Green Opportunities and a new board member of Center for Participatory Change. Racial and social justice issues will be big themes of Smith’s campaign, according to a press release. Smith joins the following announced candidates for City Council: Adrian Vassallo, Jeremy Goldstein, Rich Lee, Kim Roney, Cecil Bothwell, Gwen Wisler, Dee Williams and Vijay Kapoor. Mayor Esther Manheimer has announced she’s running for re-election for mayor, and Jonathan Wainscott has announced he’ll be running for mayor, as well. The candidates will start making their runs official on July 7 at the Buncombe County Board of Elections. A primary election will be held Oct. 10, and the general election will be held in November.
-Attention Asheville artists: The deadline is coming up for applications to be included in this year’s Big Crafty, set for July 16 at Pack Square Park. Sunday is the deadling. Vendor applications to the Big Crafty here.
-The All Go West music festival in West Asheville, set for June 17, has announced the festival lineup. The bands include: Gift of Gab, Empire Strikes Brass, RBTS WIN, Axxa/Abraxas, The Nude Party and much more.
-Free Comic Book Day is Saturday.
-The band Gov’t Mule, fronted by Warren Haynes who grew up in Asheville, may release its new studio album this month, according to Jambands.com. Gov’t Mule hasn’t release a new record since 2013.
-The first game for the new Asheville City Soccer Club, Asheville’s new professional soccer club, is set for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
-A new fitness studio, Fhiit Life, has opened up at 51 Thompson St., Suite D. The location is in the Biltmore Station shopping center near Biltmore Village. Fhiit Life offers a variety of classes throughout the week, including P90X Live, MMA, Barre and more. Fhiit Life is offering having a grand opening special deal for its unlimited classes-monthly package, $60 amonth with a 12-month contract.) The offer is good for the first 50 members who signup, according to a press release.
-Chimney Rock State Park will celebrate its 10th anniversary as a state park on May 21 by collecting canned goods for Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach, with tickets costing $10 for adults who donate a can or box of food. Items needed by Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach Food Pantry include such things as canned tuna and chicken, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, and Chunky soup, according to a press release.
-Mainspring Conservation Trust is hosting 20 events in 2017, including a hike in Panthertown Valley from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 18. The hike is open to the public. More:
The moderate, three-mile hike will be led by Friends of Panthertown founding board member Mike Purdy. Mainspring and Friends of Panthertown recently partnered together to raise money for the purchase of 16 acres of private property that borders the western entrance to Panthertown Valley and Salt Rock Gap near Cashiers in Jackson County.
The hike will begin on that newly acquired property and will go to Wilderness and Frolictown, stopping for lunch at scenic Granny Burrells Falls. This should be an exceptional time to view the spring blooms popping up in the valley.
The hike is limited to 20 participants and costs $15 per person, which includes a boxed lunch. RSVP to Sharon Burdette at 828.524.2711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.