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

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More of what’s going around:

-An expanding Asheville brewery is forcing an arts venue to find a new home, the Mountain Xpress reports. French Broad River Brewery is expanding into space that’s been home to Toy Boat Community Art Space for the past five-plus years, reporter Edwin Arnaudin writes.

-In case you missed it: The Junction restaurant in the River Arts District has closed, with owners Charles and Tanya Triber selling the business to the owners of Salt & Smoke, Shannon McGaughey and her husband Chef Josiah McGaughey, the Asheville Citizen-Times reports. The Junction opened in 2011. The new restaurant will be called Vivian.

-Biscuit Head is opening a new restaurant, its fourth, on Hendersonville Road in South Asheville, the Asheville Citizen-Times reports.

-Asheville Music Professionals and the Asheville Area Arts Council will host a 6 p.m. presentation Nov. 13 at The Refinery regarding the council’s grant programs for artists and musicians.

-Also the music front, put this on your calendar: African music collective Les Amis will celebrate its two-year anniversary with a party from 8-10 p.m. on Nov. 15 at 5 Walnut Wine Bar. More:

Special guest performers include a smorgasbord of Asheville musicians, including Stephanie Morgan, Derrick Johnson, Tyler Housholder, Alex Bradley, Jonathan Cole, and more, along with core members Adama Dembele, Jeremias Zunguze, Drew Heller, Justin Perkins, Trey Crispen, and Ryan Reardon.

-Warren Wilson College has launched a new free tuition program. From the school’s press release:

“Beginning with the fall 2018 incoming class, we will launch the Warren Wilson College NC Free Tuition Plan, a program that guarantees every North Carolina undergraduate student who is eligible for federal or state need-based aid can attend Warren Wilson tuition-free,” said college President Lynn Morton. “Simultaneously, we are introducing Milepost One, a program that will award full-tuition scholarships to 25 incoming students whose family income levels are equal to or below $125,000 per year, expanding access to our out-of-state and middle-income families.”

-Speaking of Warren Wilson College, the school’s Board of Trustees has named it’s new pool after a former student who was a basketball star. Rodney Lytle went on to work for the college for 44 years and is the school’s retired alumni relations director. The pool closed in 2014. Major renovations are finally nearing completion.

-And speaking of pools, the Jewish Community Center’s brand new indoor/outdoor pool is finished and will open Monday.

-The Asheville Museum of Science recently received a $100,000 Duke Energy grant build a French Broad River water table exhibit, according to a press release. The river exhibit will serve as a hands-on educational tool to enhance the public’s understanding of the importance associated with a healthy French Broad River waterway. The grant is part of the Water Resources Fund, a $10 million, multi-year commitment from Duke Energy that will leave a legacy of improved water quality, quantity and conservation in the Carolinas and neighboring regions, according to the release.

-Contributing writers to UNC Asheville’s The Great Smokies Review literary magazine will share their works when the monthly Writers at Home series has its final public reading of the fall at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 19, at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., downtown Asheville, according to a press release. This event, hosted by UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program, is free and open to everyone. Here’s more:

Elizabeth Lutyens, editor of The Great Smokies Review, will host the reading, which will include poetry, prose and creative nonfiction by these writers:

· Lillian Augspurger, the UNC Asheville 2017 intern for The Great Smokies Review and a double major in creative writing and French, will read from her essay, Writing, Procrastination, and the Muse: Thoughts from a Millennial.

· Lisa Bloom, professor and special education program coordinator at Western Carolina University, will read from her Prayers for an Insomniac, which begins, “My mom killed my dad. Not intentionally of course. She did it with her cooking.”

· William B. Caldwell, a partially retired nurse and marriage and family therapist, had his interest in poetry heightened by reading to a friend dying of AIDS. He has been writing poetry ever since.

· Ginger Graziano, a graphic designer and artist, is the author of the memoir, See, There He Is, and of poems, including FIRE, which appears in the fall 2017 issue of The Great Smokies Review.

· Kim Winter Mako, the 2017 recipient of The Ramsey Library Community Author Award at UNC Asheville, also was guest editor for the current issue of The Great Smokies Review. She will present her two Editor’s Choice contributing writers – writers who were chosen, she wrote, “for their dark and beautiful imagery. They lingered with me, haunted me.” Those writers are April Nance and Georgia Smith.

· April Nance, an Asheville native who gets up every morning at 5:30 to write before heading to work as a ministry assistant at First Baptist Church of Asheville, will share her poetry.

· Georgia Smith, a writer and artist raised in Tennessee, educated in Texas, and now living in Asheville and working in the service industry, will read from her Breaking it Down, reflecting on food, culture, life and death.

· Callie Warner, an artisan like her father, will read from her memoir recounting her exploration of his tools and parts of his life revealed in his writing discovered posthumously.

Writers at Home is presented the third Sunday of the month at Malaprop’s. For more information about the series and about UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program, call 828.250.2353 or visit The Great Smokies Review can be found at


Jason Sandford

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

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