Jason Sandford

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

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Here’s more of what’s going around, including candidates signing up to run for Asheville City Council in Election ’17:

-The chance for candidates to file to run in this year’s municipal elections, including Asheville City Council, ends Friday afternoon. Here’s who has filed to run for mayor: incumbent Mayor Esther Manheimer and Jonathan Wainscott. Here’s who has filed to win one of the seats held now by Gwen Wisler, Cecil Bothwell and Gordon Smith on City Council: Gwen Wisler, Cecil Bothwell, Pratik Bhakta, Jeremy Goldstein, Vijay Kapoor, Jan Howard Kubiniek, Rich Lee, Kim Roney, Sheneika E. Smith, Adrian Vassallo, Dee Williams and Gwen Wisler. A scheduled October primary will cut the City Council field down to six candidates.

-The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands is this weekend at the US Cellular Center in downtown Asheville.

-Harvest Records is hiring for a full-time, salaried manager and a part-time employee. Email them at [email protected].

-Comedian Kevin Hart is playing two shows at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville on Sept. 17.

-There are several upcoming meetings for city officials to gather input on the big infrastructure project in the River Arts District. They are set for  3 to 5 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 28, at 14 Riverside Drive, the community’s new Arts and Culture facility in the River Arts District; and 10 a.m. to noon and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 29, 14 Riverside Drive. Following an introduction, attendees will have the opportunity to talk with staff and learn more about the concepts that have been introduced and the results of the initial analysis, according to a press release.

-Pine Gate Renewables, a solar energy equipment supplier, has pulled permits for renovation work at 45 Banks Ave. on the South Slope. That’s the former location of Fifth Season Gardening.

-Outside Magazine spends 24 hours in Asheville.

-Have you noticed a new, British-accented voice reading you your morning news and weather on Blue Ridge Public Radio? That’s voice over specialist Mike Cooper.

-Black Star Line Brewing Co. has launched a crowd-funding effort seeking to raise $25,000 to open Western North Carolina’s first black-owned craft beer brewery.

-Matt Coffay, who earlier this year announced he would challenge U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows in WNC’s 11th congressional district, has suddenly dropped his bid, the Smoky Mountain News reports.

-Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan and N.C. Rep. Brian Turner will be featured speakers at a panel on the opioid epidemic at 1:30 p.m. on July 29 at Enka Intermediate School, according to a press release. Other panelists include Michael Harney of the WNC Aids Project, Dr. Blake Fagan of Mountain Area Health Education Center, and Jesse Smathers of Vaya Health. The panel will highlight the different successes and obstacles surrounding the opioid crisis in Buncombe County. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions during a Q&A as well as visit the tables of a number of local nonprofits, such as the Steady Collective and the Substance Free Youth Coalition, for resources addressing the epidemic.

-Table Asheville will present the final even in its series of community- and charity-based series at 1 p.m. on Aug. 14 at Table, with an after-party (open to the public) upstairs at The Imperial Life. The cost is $50. Here’s more:

This one’s for the kids – the industry kids that is. With a portion of the proceeds going to CORE, an organization that supports the children of food and beverage employees who are navigating life-altering circumstances or conditions. Reservations will be made exclusively for those working in the industry. Join the Table crew for a gathering that breaks the conventions of fine dining. We’d like you to enjoy a coursed luncheon with natural sparkling wine pairings – without pretentiousness. If you are like us, you love good food and interesting wine. You like to talk about it, read about it, research it, experiment with it, serve it and enjoy it. However, after serving table after table, the fine-dining-formula gets a bit tired. With this luncheon, we invite you to play, to challenge one another, to test your palate and to have a damn good time. Five courses are paired with natural sparkling wine served Chambong style. The wine service is “blind.” Each course comes with a tasting challenge. You’ll be testing your chops against your cohort’s, eating good food and letting the bubbles go to your head.

Jason Sandford

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

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