-Astronaut Joan Higginbotham, who flew aboard a 2006 space shuttle mission to the space station, will speak at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at the Asheville Museum of Science in downtown Asheville. Higginbotham is only the third African-American woman to fly in space, and she will talk about her distinguished career. Tickets here.
-The I Heart Pisgah Coalition is a group “that supports strong, lasting protections for Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest, especially its trails, water, vistas, and recreational hotspots,” according to this Blue Ridge Outdoors story. The group has organized a meeting for 10 a.m. on Aug. 17 between children interested in the national forest and the supervisor of the U.S. Forest Service in North Carolina. The meeting is set for 10 a.m. at the Forest Service headquarters in Asheville. More:
Our basic message is that we want to protect Pisgah’s trails, waterfalls, old-growth forests, wildlife and endangered species, clean air, clean water, and scenic views. We will have signs, t-shirts, and stickers available for free for all kids (and grownups). You are certainly welcome and encouraged to make any other signs or stickers. We hope you and/or your child can attend. It’s a critical moment for the future of our forests and our region’s health, and our kids could truly have an immense impact on the outcome of this forest plan.
-Beverly-Hanks is sponsoring Rebuild the Village, an art exhibition that supports ABCCM’s new Transformation Village. The event is from 8-10 p.m. on Friday at the Haiku I Do venue on Sweeten Creek Road. All proceeds from ticket sales and raffles will go to support Transformation Village. More:
The event will include an exhibition launch of a portrait series that artist Marc Pierre LeMauviel has created with the ladies that live at Steadfast House, ABCCM’s transitional housing facility for women and children transitioning out of homelessness. The whole event is a street party themed interactive art experience, with music provided by buskers, a haiku writer, and a live painting by artist Hillary Frye that will be raffled off at the end of the night. There will also be a virtual reality walkthrough of Transformation Village and a very special game. Even the food will be a work of art. Food and beverage are included in the ticket price. VIP admission (7 pm; $50) is also available for a special artist talk and beer tasting with Hillman Brewery.
-One World Brewing is giving away a big stainless steel growler to celebrate the recent opening of their One World Brewing West location. Go to their FB page and enter.
-Check out JMPROTV, a community news channel staffed by Hispanic reporters. More:
JMPRO TV is your community channel. We produce live programs, reports, cultural notes, and interviews about issues affecting our community (such as racial equity, immigration, education, health, etc.). Topics are reported from the perspective of the people impacted. We share our stories through social networks. Tune in!
-The cost of newsprint is skyrocketing, and that could speed more changes to daily newspapers, the Financial Times reports.
–The Cabbage School is a new educational effort in Madison County that is inspired by rural craft schools, “which can empower the surrounding community while engaging school residents in local projects– contextualizing the learning environment within the anatomy of place,” according to its website.
–Created Education is a religious-based school in Black Mountain that aims to “empower high school graduates with a two year program that focuses on personal transformation.”