Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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Ashvegas: The City You Love. The News You Want.More of what’s going around:

-West End Bakery is under new ownership: Details coming.

-New film festival coming to Asheville: The 5Point Film Festival is coming to Asheville this summer. It is described as “a film festival inspiring adventure through short film, founded on the 5 guiding principles of respect, commitment, humility, purpose, & balance.”

-Bonfire Barbecue is hiring: The new barbecue restaurant coming together on Patton Avenue in West Asheville is hiring.

-Burial Beer is hiring: A brewer/cellarman. Job description:

Burial is seeking a self-starting brewer to join us in Asheville, NC. The job covers many aspects of the brewery including raw material purchasing & handling, production scheduling and tracking, manual wort production, CIP, general cleaning, sanitation, kegging, bottling & bottle conditioning, barrel-aging and management and beer recipe formulation and evaluation. As with all of our staff members, we expect the candidate to be a part of our creative process, helping to formulate and perfect our beer catalog.
The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable in technical recipe design, building water profiles, operating a brew house, and performing cellar, yeast and barrel management. We prioritize those with a history working with farmhouse and belgian beer, as well as those with a history at a packaging brewery.

-Fox & Beggar Theater seeks funding: Fox & Beggar Theater in Asheville has a Kickstarter going. They’re seeking $10,000 for a new stage production featuring circus arts, visual arts, music, technology and dance.

-Hank West and the Smokin’ Hots seek funding: Asheville band Hank West and the Smokin’ Hots are seeking $2,000 via Kickstarter for a new album.

-Alli Marshall seeks funding for book tour: Mountain Xpress music writer/review Alli Marshall has a new novel out, How to Talk to Rockstars, and she’s launched an indiegogo campaign seeking $2,000 for her book tour.

-New chapter of Click and Drink starting in Asheville: The first meeting and photo walk is 6 p.m. on April 16, with the meeting starting at Asheville Brewing on Coxe Avenue. From the press release:

Co-leaders Leigh Santen-Lewis of Asheville Brewing and Sheryl Mann of Flying Dogs Photography are excited to announce the newest chapter of Click and Drink™ in Asheville, NC. Interested photographers meet to have a drink and talk about photography and social media. They then move to another location and take pictures in between. Each month has assigned photo challenges with possibility of prizes from Camera gear to local area business gift cards. Leigh and Sheryl are very excited to start this group and encourage all skill levels. They hope to facilitate a supportive environment that will marry Asheville’s love of drink with Asheville’s love of photography and our incredible scenery. For more information, please contact Sheryl Mann at 828-380-9774 or email [email protected]
Photography Skill level: all levels welcome
Photo challenge for April: Urban Exploration

-Donor drive: Family and friends of a young woman in Asheville recently diagnosed with cancer have organized the following event:

Please join us to help support the Fore family at the Be The Match donor registry drive in honor of Melanie Fore on Friday, April 17th from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Clubhouse. Melanie was recently diagnosed with acute leukemia. For the past several weeks she has been a patient at Mission Hospital. Within the coming days she will be going to UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine where she will receive a stem cell transplant. The Fore Family has partnered with Be The Match in hopes that their story will inspire other to join the registry and provide hope for all patients who need a matching donor to make a transplant possible.

Melanie’s friends, neighbors and colleagues have organized this event. A representative of Be The Match will be present to conduct a cheek swab donor screening. In addition, a spaghetti dinner provided by The Chefs Kitchen at Ingles will be served. The price is $10 per person. Music by bands from The Rock Academy will perform on the Pavilion (weather permitting, bring lawn chairs), and a silent auction will take place, featuring works by noted local artisans, gift certificates from popular local restaurants, among other items of value.

For more information on how to donate to Be The Match or contribute an item to the silent auction please contact:

Ami Bullock – [email protected]
Melanie Rider – [email protected]
Marilynne Herbert – [email protected]

Donations may also be made directly to to help cover Melanie’s medical expenses:

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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