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Happening today DOG PORTRAITS ART EXHIBIT: Opening party from 4 to 8 p.m. at Gourmet Perks, 165 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Lois Simbach presents dog portraits through this month. A percentage of the sales will benefit Friends of Madison County Animals. For more information, call 649-9768. SENIOR GAMES AND SILVER ARTS REGISTRATION: From 9 to noon at Waynesville Recreation Center. A variety of athletic and artistic competitions for adults 55 and older. For more information, call 452-2370. SPRING DANCE: For children ages 7 to 15, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Waynesville Recreation Center, 550 Vance St. There will be movies, pizza and drinks in addition to dancing. The price of admission is $5 and includes a slice of pizza and a drink. WESTERN-STYLE SQUARE DANCE: Early rounds at 7:15 p.m. at East Asheville Community Center, Tunnel Road, with Asheville Allemanders Square Dance Club. $8 per couple for nonmembers. For more information, call 298-2870 or 298-0593. "HOW TO DESIGN AND BUILD YOUR OWN HOME" COURSE: From 6 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Enka campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. Cost is $85, which includes textbook. Bob Johnson, a licensed North Carolina general contractor, author and college instructor, will teach the course. To enroll, call 777-6866. Limited seating. "THE ABSENCE OF A CELLO" PLAY: Will be performed at 8 p.m. at Peacock Playhouse in Hayesville. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students. Call 389-8632 or (877) 691-9906 for more information. TAX TOUR 2003: At noon at Shoney's Restaurant, Long Shoals exit off Interstate 26, Asheville. Sponsored by The John Locke Foundation and Citizens for a Sound Economy. For more information, call Thomas Croom at (866) JLF-INFO or e-mail tcroom@johnlocke.org. ASHEVILLE FEDERATION OF NEGRO WOMEN: Meets at 6 p.m. at The Friendship Center, 141 Shiloh Road, Asheville. Call Claudia Tucker at 274-2198 for more information.

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Happening today SWANNANOA VALLEY MONTESSORI SCHOOL: Informational/registration meetings for Swannanoa Valley Montessori School, which is planning on starting pre-primary classes for ages 3-5 this fall in Black Mountain. All interested parents or other persons are invited to attend at 7 p.m. at Black Mountain Library. Call 669-8571 or e-mail swanmont@juno.com for more information. NRA BASIC RIFLE SAFE HANDLING AND SHOOTING SKILLS COURSE: Registration deadline is today for 14-hour certificate course for ages 12 and up. Fee is $55. Start date is Saturday, April 26, at On Target Shooting Range, 1160 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville. Contact Mark at 258-2278 for more information. ASHEVILLE COMPOSITE SQUADRON OF THE CIVIL AIR PATROL: Meets at 7:30 p.m. in the squadron headquarters building at 61 Aviation Drive in the General Aviation section of the Asheville Regional Airport. Anyone interested in joining is invited. For more information, e-mail Phil Kelley at nc4utvols@aol.com. "MY FAIR LADY": Performance begins at 7 p.m. at the James F. DeBruhl Theatre at North Buncombe High School. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Box office opens at 6 p.m. For advance tickets, call 645-4221, Ext. 20. SELF HELP FOR THE HARD OF HEARING: A support group for those with hearing problems will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. in the third-floor conference room at 445 Biltmore Ave. (across from St. Joseph's Hospital). Call 251-6190 for more information. FAMILY NIGHT STORY TIME: At 7 p.m. at North Asheville Library, 37 Larchmont Drive. An evening of stories, songs, puppets and fun for children ages four through third grade. Call 251-4991 for more information. CREATIVE JOB SEARCH: At 10 a.m. at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. Call 255-2503 for more information. BUNCOMBE COUNTY SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION: Meets at 5:15 p.m. at 155 Hilliard Ave., Suite 205, Asheville. For more information, call Sandra 250-4787. Friday, April 4 DOG PORTRAITS ART EXHIBIT: Opening party from 4 to 8 p.m. at Gourmet Perks, 165 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Lois Simbach presents dog portraits through the month of April. A percentage of the sales will benefit Friends of Madison County Animals. For more information, call 649-9768. SENIOR GAMES AND SILVER ARTS REGISTRATION: From 9 to noon at Waynesville Recreation Center. A variety of athletic and artistic competitions for adults 55 and older. For more information, call 452-2370. SPRING DANCE: For children ages 7 to 15, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Waynesville Recreation Center, 550 Vance St. There will be movies, pizza and drinks in addition to dancing. The price of admission is $5 and includes a slice of pizza and a drink. WESTERN-STYLE SQUARE DANCE: Early rounds at 7:15 p.m. at East Asheville Community Center, Tunnel Road, with Asheville Allemanders Square Dance Club. $8 per couple for nonmembers. For more information, call 298-2870 or 298-0593. "HOW TO DESIGN AND BUILD YOUR OWN HOME" COURSE: From 6 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Enka campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. Cost is $85 which includes text book. Bob Johnson, a licensed North Carolina general contractor, author and college instructor, will teach the course. To enroll, call 777-6866. Limited seating. "THE ABSENCE OF A CELLO" PLAY: Will be performed at 8 p.m. at Peacock Playhouse in Hayesville. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students. Call 389-8632 or (877) 691-9906 for more information. TAX TOUR 2003: At noon at Shoney's Restaurant, Long Shoals exit off Interstate 26, Asheville. Sponsored by The John Locke Foundation and Citizens for a Sound Economy. For more information, call Thomas Croom at (866) JLF-INFO or e-mail tcroom@johnlocke.org. ASHEVILLE FEDERATION OF NEGRO WOMEN: Meets at 6 p.m. at The Friendship Center, 141 Shiloh Road, Asheville. Call Claudia Tucker at 274-2198 for more information. Saturday, April 5 SEN. JOHN EDWARDS AT SPRING GALA: The senator will speak at 6 p.m. at the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community Collge Enka campus. Dinner tickets are $35 each and may be purchased from the chairman of the Democratic Party in each of the 15 counties in the 11th District or by calling 274-1731. HOW TO BE YOUR OWN EDITOR: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 29 1/2 Page Ave., downtown Asheville. Sponsored by The Writer's Workshop. Cost is $50 for members and $55 for nonmembers. For more information, call 254-8111. ELECTRONICS COLLECTION DAY: From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at National Guard Armory, Brevard Road, West Asheville. For more information, call Buncombe County Solid Waste at 250-5460. WRITING THE SHORT STORY WITH KAREN ACKERSON: Teens will work on stories and learn how to revise work for publication or reading. Call The Writers Workshop at 254-8111 for more information. PET ADOPTION FAIR: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at SuperPetz, 825 Brevard Road, Asheville. For more information, call Animal Compassion Network at 258-4820 or visit www.a-cnet.org. "THE ART OF THE MILLINER" SYMPOSIUM: About the role of fashion and women in Appalachia at 10:30 a.m. at Tartan Hall, 24 Church St., Franklin. Refreshments will be served. Call Barbara White at 524-9758 for more information. MATH N' ART EDUCATION FAIR: From noon to 4 p.m. at the Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville. Call 252-8215 for more information. HENDERSONVILLE SYMPHONY: "Joy and Sorrow" will be performed at 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 697-5884 or visit www.hendersonvillesymphony.org. THE POTTING SHED SPRING LECTURE: Free admission. "Ramblings of a Rhodoholic Speaker" from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., "Japanese Maple Mania" from noon to 1 p.m. and "Go Organic: Be Kind to Our Environment" from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at The Potting Shed, 408 Mills Gap Road, Fletcher. Call 684-8050 for reservations. SERVICE NORTH CAROLINA DAY: UNC Association of Student Governments will hold a statewide event that unites universities in their efforts to give back to their communities through one day of service that will generate more than 30,000 service hours. For more information, call (919) 715-2431. ANTIQUE TRACTOR PULL: Lawn and garden tractor pull at 10 a.m., antique tractors pull at 1 p.m. at Edneyville "speedway," corner of South Mills Gap Road and U.S. 64 in Henderson County. Free admission. For more information, call 684-9661 before 8 p.m. SONS OF UNION VETERANS OF THE CIVIL WAR: Meets at 10:30 a.m. in Candler to organize a Western North Carolina camp of this national patriotic organization. For more directions and information, call Tom Rightmyer at 225-0515. BINGO: Activities start at 7 p.m. at Center Community Center, 2 East Fork Road, Marshall. Hot dogs and fixings will be on sale. All proceeds go to the center for utilities, payments, continuing a meal-site for seniors and the children's tutoring programs. For more information, call 689-9021. WNCwriters: A creative writing workshop using the Amherst Writers & Artists method. Two groups: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon and Sundays from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, contact facilitator Joy Bagley at jbagley030@earthlink.net or 658-9458. BLUE RIDGE WATERMEDIA SOCIETY: Member's paintings will be exhibited from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through May 4 at the Biltmore Estate's Deerpark Restaurant. The event coincides with the estate's Festival of Flowers. NARFE: Chapter 156 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees will meet from 10 a.m. to noon at the UNCA Cafeteria, Asheville. Lunch will be available starting at 11:30 a.m. Call 658-3461 for more information. NATURAL SINGING WORKSHOP: From 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Namaste Yoga & Healing Center, 57 Broadway, downtown Asheville. $35 or $45 day of event. Pre-registration is required. Call 253-6985 for more information. BAKE SALE FUNDRAISER: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wal-Mart in Clyde to benefit Lake Logan-Cecil Volunteer Fire Department of Canton. Baked goods, Rada knives and utensils, planners, flavorings. For more information, call 648-8411 or 648-9917. PAPERBACK BOOK SALE: From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at East Asheville Library, 902 Tunnel Road. Three books for $1. Call 298-1889 for more information. "THE ABSENCE OF A CELLO" PLAY: Will be performed at 8 p.m. at Peacock Playhouse in Hayesville. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students. Call 389-8632 or (877) 691-9906 for more information. PROMSTYLE: Prom fashion and makeover event from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Fletcher Town Hall for female high school juniors and seniors. Tickets are $7. Call 2 77-8419 or 687-0751 for information. ETHOS PERCUSSION GROUP: Performs at 8 p.m. at The Porter Center for the Performing Arts, Brevard College. Call 884-8324 for more information. BREAKFAST WITH EASTER BUNNY: From 9 to 10 a.m. in the food court at the Asheville Mall. Admission is $1.50 for adults and children. Enjoy face painting, cookie decorating and photos with the bunny. Reserve your breakfast by calling 298-5080. RELAXATION WORKSHOP: From 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Blue Ridge Motor Lodge, room 280, Interstate 240 to Exit 6, Asheville. Presented by author of "800 Stepping Stones to Complete Relaxation." For more information, call 273-4858. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR LITTER PICK UP: Clean up day in the Upper Hominy Valley community of Candler. Friends of Mount Pisgah and Protectors of Standhill Mountain will meet at 9 a.m. at the Stoney Fork picnic area. Orange vests and trash bags will be provided for litter pickup from the picnic grounds to top of N.C. 151. For more information, call Susan Gray at 771-5503 or e-mail susang@mtn.ncahec.org. Sunday, April 6 BOOK READING: Authors Cynn Chadwick and Jeff Rackham will read from their books, talk about the art of writing and answer questions from the audience at Henderson County Public Library, 301 N. Washington St., Hendersonville. Free admission. Call 697-4725 for more information. WILDFLOWER PROGRAM: At 2:30 p.m. at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. Free admission. For more information, call 255-5203. VIDEOACTIVIST WORKSHOP: From 2 to 6 p.m. at Asheville Community Resource Center, 63 N. Lexington Ave. RSVP by email or phone to reserve a place at 664-0186 or info@mountaineyemedia.org. Sponsored by the Asheville Free School. MARS HILL QUARTET: Madison County Arts Council's "Hills Are Alive With Music" presents Mars Hill Quartet at 3 p.m. at Church of the Holy Spirit, Mars Hill (Bone Camp Road, off N.C. 213). Suggested donation $5. Call 689-5507 for more information. EASTER EGG HUNT: From 2 to 4 p.m. at The Laurels of Summit Ridge, 100 Riceville Road, Asheville. For more information, call 299-1110. WNCwriters: A creative writing workshop using the Amherst Writers & Artists method from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, e-mail jbagley030@earthlink.net or call 658-9458. FREE HAIRCUTS FOR THE NEEDY: From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fantastic Sam's in Weaverville local beauticians join together to help the underprivileged with a haircut and clothing. Call 645-7731 for more information or to make a donation. CHANTING AND POSTURES FOR OPENING THE CHAKRAS: From 2 to 4 p.m. at Namaste Yoga & Healing Center, 57 Broadway, downtown Asheville. $35. Pre-regis

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Happening today SQUARE DANCE: The High Mountain Squares will hold a dance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Macon County Facilities Building, U.S. 441 S., across from the Whistle Stop in Franklin. For more information, e-mail earledw@dnet.net. BALLROOM DANCING: New beginning adult dance classes will be offered from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m. at Blue Ridge Community College. This 12-session class will cover the basics of social dancing. The registration fee is $91.25 . Enrollment is limited. For more information, call 694-1742, 658-2242 or visit www.blueridge.edu. CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM: Municipal campaign finance reform efforts in the state of North Carolina will be the subject of the breakfast meeting of the League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County at 7:30 a.m. at The Cabin, 287 Weaverville Hwy. The public is invited; no reservations are necessary. For more information, call 658-2141 or 258-8223. SENIOR GAMES AND SILVER ARTS REGISTRATION: From 8 to 11 a.m. at Haywood Regional Fitness Center in Clyde. A variety of athletic and artistic competitions for adults 55 and older. For more information, call 452-2370. WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE FOR PEACE AND FREEDOM: Will honor several members for their commitment and service over the years at 5:45 p.m. at the YWCA, South French Broad Avenue, downtown Asheville. For more information, call 299-1414. BUNCOMBE COUNTY DEMOCRAT PARTY VOLUNTEER LUNCHEON: Will be held at noon at McGuffey's Restaurant, 13 Kenilworth Knoll, Asheville. Call 274-4482 for information. ASHEVILLE GARDEN CLUB: Meets at 10 a.m. at the Botanical Gardens building on Weaver Boulevard. The public is invited. GARDINIERE'S GARDEN CLUB: Meets at 10 a.m. at the Arboretum in the Bent Creek area of West Asheville. Meet at Ingles on Merrimon Avenue to carpool. For more information, call 254-8794. BEECH COMMUNITY CLUB SOFTBALL SIGN-UP: The spring/summer church softball leagues are being organized. We are considering women's, men's or coed leagues. Church or co-church sponsorship is required. Call 645-2571 for more information. MEDITATION MADE SIMPLE: From 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. at Namaste Yoga & Healing Center, 57 Broadway, downtown Asheville. $10. Call 253-6985 for more information. WEAVERVILLE BOOK DISCUSSION: At 12:30 p.m. at Weaverville Library, 41 N. Main St., to discuss "The Girl in Hyacinth Blue" and "The Girl with the Pearl Earring". Call 645-3592 for more information. HENDERSONVILLE ANTIQUE AUTO CLUB: Meets at 6 p.m. at Samovar Cafe, Church Street and Barnwell Avenue, Hendersonville. ASHEVILLE CITY SCHOOLS DEVELOPMENT PROCESS EXPLORED: Seminar from 6 to 7 p.m. at UNC Asheville. For more information, call 251-6420. "WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A SOUTHERN AUTHOR": A brunch with discussion and book signing by author Cecilia Budd Grimes from 10 a.m. to noon at Homewood, 19 Zillicoa St., in the Montford historic district of downtown Asheville. Sponsored by Friends of Mountain History. $20 includes entry and brunch, $12 each for signed books. Thursday, April 3 SWANNANOA VALLEY MONTESSORI SCHOOL: Informational/registration meetings for Swannanoa Valley Montessori School, which is planning to start pre-primary classes for ages 3-5 this fall in Black Mountain. All interested parents or other persons are invited to attend at 7 p.m. at Black Mountain Library. for more information, call 669-8571 or e-mail swanmont@juno.com. NRA BASIC RIFLE SAFE HANDLING AND SHOOTING SKILLS COURSE: Registration deadline is today for 14-hour certificate course for ages 12 and older. Fee is $55. Start date is April 26 at On Target Shooting Range, 1160 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville. Contact Mark at 258-2278 for more information. ASHEVILLE COMPOSITE SQUADRON OF THE CIVIL AIR PATROL: Meets at 7:30 p.m. in the squadron headquarters building at 61 Aviation Drive, in the General Aviation section of the Asheville Regional Airport. Anyone interested in joining is invited. For more information, e-mail Phil Kelley at nc4utvols@aol.com. "MY FAIR LADY": Performance begins at 7 p.m. at the James F. DeBruhl Theatre at North Buncombe High School. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Box office opens at 6 p.m. For advance tickets call 645-4221, Ext. 20. SELF HELP FOR THE HARD OF HEARING: A support group for those with hearing problems will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. in the third-floor conference room at 445 Biltmore Ave. (across from St. Joseph's Hospital). Call 251-6190 for more information. FAMILY NIGHT STORY TIME: At 7 p.m. at North Asheville Library, 37 Larchmont Drive. An evening of stories, songs, puppets and fun for children ages four through third grade. Call 251-4991 for more information. CREATIVE JOB SEARCH: At 10 a.m. at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. Call 255-2503 for more information. BUNCOMBE COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION: Meets at 5:15 p.m. at 155 Hilliard Ave., suite 205, Asheville. For more information, call Sandra 250-4787. Friday, April 4 DOG PORTRAITS ART EXHIBIT: Opening party from 4 to 8 p.m. at Gourmet Perks, 165 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Lois Simbach presents dog portraits through the month of April. A percentage of the sales will benefit Friends of Madison County Animals. For more information, call 649-9768. SENIOR GAMES AND SILVER ARTS REGISTRATION: From 9 to noon at Waynesville Recreation Center. A variety of athletic and artistic competitions for adults 55 and older. For more information, call 452-2370. SPRING DANCE: For children ages 7 to 15, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Waynesville Recreation Center, 550 Vance St. There will be movies, pizza and drinks in addition to dancing. The price of admission is $5 and includes a slice of pizza and a drink. WESTERN-STYLE SQUARE DANCE: Early rounds at 7:15 p.m. at East Asheville Community Center, Tunnel Road, with Asheville Allemanders Square Dance Club. $8 per couple for nonmembers. For more information, call 298-2870 or 298-0593. "HOW TO DESIGN AND BUILD YOUR OWN HOME" COURSE: From 6 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Enka campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. Cost is $85 which includes text book. Bob Johnson, a licensed North Carolina general contractor, nationally published author and college instructor, will teach the course. To enroll, call 777-6866. Limited seating. "THE ABSENCE OF A CELLO" PLAY: Will be performed at 8 p.m. at Peacock Playhouse in Hayesville. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students. Call 389-8632 or (877) 691-9906 for more information. TAX TOUR 2003: At noon at Shoney's Restaurant, Long Shoals exit off Interstate 26, Asheville. Sponsored by The John Locke Foundation and Citizens for a Sound Economy. For more information, call Thomas Croom at (866) JLF-INFO or e-mail tcroom@johnlocke.org. ASHEVILLE FEDERATION OF NEGRO WOMEN: Meets at 6 p.m. at The Friendship Center, 141 Shiloh Road, Asheville. Call Claudia Tucker at 274-2198 for more information. Saturday, April 5 SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS AT SPRING GALA: The senator will speak at 6 p.m. at the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Enka campus. Dinner tickets are $35 each and may be purchased from the chairman of the Democratic Party in each of the 15 counties in the 11th District or by calling 274-1731. HOW TO BE YOUR OWN EDITOR: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 29 1/2 Page Ave., downtown Asheville. Sponsored by The Writer's Workshop. Cost is $50 for members and $55 for nonmembers. For more information, call 254-8111. ELECTRONICS COLLECTION DAY: From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at National Guard Armory, Brevard Road, West Asheville. For more information, call Buncombe County Solid Waste at 250-5460. WRITING THE SHORT STORY WITH KAREN ACKERSON: Teens will work on stories and learn how to revise work for publication or reading. Call The Writers Workshop at 254-8111 for more information. PET ADOPTION FAIR: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at SuperPetz, 825 Brevard Road, Asheville. For more information, call Animal Compassion Network at 258-4820 or visit www.a-cnet.org. "THE ART OF THE MILLINER" SYMPOSIUM: About the role of fashion and women in Appalachia at 10:30 a.m. at Tartan Hall, 24 Church St., Franklin. Refreshments will be served. Call Barbara White at 524-9758 for more information. MATH N' ART EDUCATION FAIR: From noon to 4 p.m. at the Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville. Call 252-8215 for more information. HENDERSONVILLE SYMPHONY: "Joy and Sorrow" will be performed at 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 697-5884 or visit www.hendersonvillesymphony.org. THE POTTING SHED SPRING LECTURE: Free admission. "Ramblings of a Rhodoholic Speaker" from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., "Japanese Maple Mania" from noon to 1 p.m. and "Go Organic: Be Kind to Our Environment" from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at The Potting Shed, 408 Mills Gap Road, Fletcher. Call 684-8050 for reservations. SERVICE NORTH CAROLINA DAY: UNC Association of Student Governments will hold a statewide event that unites universities in their efforts to give back to their communities through one day of service that will generate more than 30,000 service hours. For more information, call (919) 715-2431. ANTIQUE TRACTOR PULL: Lawn and garden tractor pull at 10 a.m., antique tractors pull at 1 p.m. at Edneyville "speedway", corner of South Mills Gap Road and U.S. 64 in Henderson County. Free admission. For more information, call 684-9661 before 8 p.m. SONS OF UNION VETERANS OF THE CIVIL WAR: Meets at 10:30 a.m. in Candler to organize a Western North Carolina camp of this national patriotic organization. For more directions and information, call Tom Rightmyer at 225-0515. BINGO: Activities start at 7 p.m. at Center Community Center, 2 East Fork Road, Marshall. Hot dogs and fixings will be on sale. All proceeds go to the center for utilities, payments, continuing a meal-site for seniors and the children's tutoring programs. For more information, call 689-9021. WNCwriters: A creative writing workshop using the Amherst Writers & Artists method. Two groups: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon and Sundays from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, contact facilitator Joy Bagley at jbagley030@earthlink.net or 658-9458. BLUE RIDGE WATERMEDIA SOCIETY: Members' paintings will be exhibited from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through May 4 at the Biltmore Estate's Deerpark Restaurant. The event coincides with the estate's Festival of Flowers. NARFE: Chapter 156 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees will meet from 10 a.m. to noon at the UNC Asheville Cafeteria, Asheville. Lunch will be available starting at 11:30 a.m. Call 658-3461 for more information. NATURAL SINGING WORKSHOP: From 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Namaste Yoga & Healing Center, 57 Broadway, downtown Asheville. $35 or $45 day of event. Pre-registration is required. Call 253-6985 for more information. BAKE SALE FUNDRAISER: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wal-Mart in Clyde to benefit Lake Logan-Cecil Volunteer Fire Department of Canton. Baked goods, Rada knives and utensils, planners, flavorings. For more information, call 648-8411 or 648-9917. PAPERBACK BOOK SALE: From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at East Asheville Library, 902 Tunnel Road. Three books for $1. Call 298-1889 for more information. "THE ABSENCE OF A CELLO" PLAY: Will be performed at 8 p.m. at Peacock Playhouse in Hayesville. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students. Call 389-8632 or (877) 691-9906 for more information. PROMSTYLE: Prom fashion and makeover event from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Fletcher Town Hall for female high school juniors and seniors. Tickets are $7. Call 277-8419 or 687-0751 for more information. ETHOS PERCUSSION GROUP: Performs at 8 p.m. at The Porter Center for the Performing Arts, Brevard College. Call 884-8324 for more information. BREAKFAST WITH EASTER BUNNY: From 9 to 10 a.m. in the food court at the Asheville Mall. Admission is $1.50 for adults and children. Enjoy face painting, cookie decorating and photos with the bunny. Reserve your breakfast by calling 298-5080. RELAXATION WORKSHOP: From 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Blue Ridge Motor Lodge, room 280, Interstate 240 to exit six, Asheville. Presented by author of "800 Stepping Stones to Complete Relaxation". For more information, call 273-4858. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR LITTER PICK UP: Clean up day in the Upper Hominy Valley community of Candler. Friends of Mount Pisgah and Protectors of Standhill Mountain will meet at 9 a.m. at the Stoney Fork picnic area. Orange vests and trash bags will be provided for litter pickup from the picnic grounds to top of N.C. 151. For more information, call Susan Gray at 771-5503 or e-mail susang@mtn.ncahec.org. Sunday, April 6 BOOK READING: Authors Cynn Chadwick and Jeff Rackham will read from their books, talk about the art of writing and answer questions from the audience at Henderson County Public Library, 301 N. Washington St., Hendersonville. Free admission. Call 697-4725 for more information. WILDFLOWER PROGRAM: At 2:30 p.m. at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. Free admission. For more information, call 255-5203. VIDEOACTIVIST WORKSHOP: From 2 to 6 p.m. at Asheville Community Resource Center, 63 N. Lexington Ave. RSVP by email or phone to reserve a place at 664-0186 or info@mountaineyemedia.org. Sponsored by the Asheville Free School. MARS HILL QUARTET: Madison County Arts Council's "Hills Are Alive With Music" presents Mars Hill Quartet at 3 p.m. at Church of the Holy Spirit, Mars Hill (Bone Camp Road, off N.C. 213). Suggested donation $5. Call 689-5507 for more information. EASTER EGG HUNT: From 2 to 4 p.m. at The Laurels of Summit Ridge, 100 Riceville Road, Asheville. For more information, call 299-1110. WNCwriters: A creative writing workshop using the Amherst Writers & Artists method from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, e-mail jbagley030@earthlink.net or call 658-9458. FREE HAIRCUTS FOR THE NEEDY: From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fantastic Sam's in Weaverville local beauticians join together to help the underprivileged with a haircut and clothing. Call 645-7731 for more information or to make a donation. CHANTING AND POSTURES FOR OPENING THE CHAKRAS: From 2 to 4 p.m. at Namaste Yoga & Healing Center, 57 Broadway, downtown Asheville. $35. Pre-registration is required. Call 253-6985 for more information. WILDFLOWERS OF SOUTHERN APPALACHIA: A slide show at 2:30 p.m. at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. Free admission. Call 255-5203 for more information. "THE ABSENCE OF A CELLO" PLAY: Will be performed at 2:30 p.m. at Peacock Playhouse in Hayesville. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students. Call 389-8632 or (877) 691-9906 for more information. Call 669 8571 or e-mail swanmont@juno.com

04/02/2003
Empower America Co-Director Jack Kemp Testifies in Support of H.R. 49 to Make Permanent the Internet Tax Moratorium
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Empower America Co-Director Jack Kemp Testifies in Support of H.R. 49 to Make Permanent the Internet Tax Moratorium

Yesterday, Empower America Co-director, Jack Kemp testified before the House Committee of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law in support of H.R. 49, the Internet Tax Nondiscrimination Act of 2003, to permanently extend the current moratorium on Internet access taxes and multiple and discriminatory taxation on e-commerce.

04/02/2003
Empower America Co-Director Jack Kemp Testifies in Support of H.R. 49 to Make Permanent the Internet Tax Moratorium
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Empower America Co-Director Jack Kemp Testifies in Support of H.R. 49 to Make Permanent the Internet Tax Moratorium

Yesterday, Empower America Co-director, Jack Kemp testified before the House Committee of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law in support of H.R. 49, the Internet Tax Nondiscrimination Act of 2003, to permanently extend the current moratorium on Internet access taxes and multiple and discriminatory taxation on e-commerce.

04/02/2003
Oregon PERS Costing Taxpayers Billions
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Oregon PERS Costing Taxpayers Billions

The Oregon economy is in crisis: our state currently ranks last in the nation in unemployment rates and new job growth. This downward spiral will continue until the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) is reformed, and taxpayers are relieved of its burden. Ask your legislators to support, a defined contribution 401(k) style system for all public employees. Take Action Now!

04/02/2003
Oregon PERS Costing Taxpayers Billions
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Oregon PERS Costing Taxpayers Billions

The Oregon economy is in crisis: our state currently ranks last in the nation in unemployment rates and new job growth. This downward spiral will continue until the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) is reformed, and taxpayers are relieved of its burden. Ask your legislators to support, a defined contribution 401(k) style system for all public employees. Take Action Now!

04/02/2003
Regional Roundup
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Buncombe County New class to be offered in Asheville ASHEVILLE -- The free, 12-week Family-to-Family Education Class, sponsored by the National Association for the Mentally Ill, will be offered in Asheville from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays beginning May 1. Designed for families and friends of people with a serious mental illness, the course offers coping skills and up-to-date facts about bipolar disorder/manic depression, schizophrenia, clinical depression, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. A clinical psychologist who holds a doctorate and who has ill family members has written the extensive materials that are provided at no cost. Now offered in 44 states, NAMI Family-to-Family is an educational outreach of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and is taught by trained family members. Because class size is limited, registration is required. Call 252-6824. Warren Wilson gets Bible study grant SWANNANOA -- Warren Wilson College is among 24 schools related to the Presbyterian Church (USA) that will receive Bible study grants from the Office of Colleges and Universities in the denomination's higher education program area. A total of $207,400 was awarded to the schools in Grants for Teaching of the Bible to support new courses and pay for resources. The grant to Warren Wilson will provide $10,000, the maximum amount awarded to any one school, over three years to assist the development of the college's Bible and social ethics program. WNC Alliance to meet ASHEVILLE -- The Buncombe County Chapter of the Western North Carolina Alliance will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the First Presbyterian Church on Church Street in Asheville. Those attending will get an update on clean air and wind power, transit initiatives and the recent Earth Day celebration in Asheville. To find out more, contact Norma Ivey at 258-8737. Henderson County Knights of Columbus to present awards HENDERSONVILLE -- The Knights of Columbus will celebrate its annual Shield Awards at 7:30 tonight in the St. Francis Room on the lower level of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. This award honors members of Henderson County and Hendersonville police department who exemplify professionalism and especially service to the community. Honorees are selected by their individual department heads. The respective departments have selected the honorees, and the Knights of Columbus will present the awards. Henderson County Commissioner Grady Hawkins and Hendersonville Mayor Fred H. Niehoff Jr. will be presented awards and make remarks. Johnson Farm Festival coming up HENDERSONVILLE -- The 13th annual Johnson Farm Festival, a celebration of spring and mountain heritage, will take place Saturday. The festival highlights the historic Henderson County farm, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Those attending the festival can look forward to music, food and entertainment. Some features of the festival are bluegrass and dulcimer music, farm animals, homemade pound cake and fried apple pies. Twenty-six craftsmen, artists and demonstrators, 12 musical acts, plus school PTOs and festival volunteers donate their services to benefit the farm. The horse-drawn wagon rides will be offered again this year and are included with admission price. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children age 5 and older; preschoolers are free when accompanied by an adult. Festival hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Macon County Free health screening planned HIGHLANDS -- A free health screening sponsored by Highlands-Cashiers Hospital will be from 7 to 11 a.m. May 17 at the Highlands Conference Center. Participants will be checked for blood pressure, blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, height, weight, bone density and body composition. Participants must pre-register by visiting www.hchospital.org or by calling 526-1435. Registrations will be accepted until 5 p.m. May 15. Swain County Swain County group to meet BRYSON CITY -- A new chapter of the group Citizens for a Sound Economy will meet in Bryson City at 6:30 p.m. today at the Swain County Administration Building. Organizers say the group "hopes to raise public awareness and gain support for landowners currently involved in disputes with the U.S. Forest Service and other federal land agencies." The guest speaker will be Matt Bennett, co-founder and executive director of Treekeepers.org. To find out more about the group or the meeting, call 488-3096. Transylvania County Artist studio tour coming up BREVARD -- The Transylvania County Arts Council is presenting the Handmade in Transylvania Artists' Studio Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The arts center is at 321 S. Caldwell St. Tickets for the tour are $15 per person. For more information call 884-2787. 'Leave No Trace' workshop offered BREVARD -- The Cradle of Forestry historic site will offer a "Leave No Trace" educator workshop Saturday and Sunday designed for teachers, educators and Scout or recreation leaders. Educators can become certified to teach these skills to students, Scouts and campers. The program includes an overnight backpacking trip in Pisgah National Forest and will be led by two master trainers in Leave No Trace techniques. This workshop qualifies for NCEE criteria II or III and 1.2 CEUs. Registration is $40, including food and teaching materials. To register, call or e-mail Alice Cohen Goldstein at 877-3350, Ext. 203 or agoldstein@fs.fed.us. Watauga County Internet studies offered at Appalachian BOONE -- A new undergraduate concentration in Internet studies has been added to Appalachian State University's major in interdisciplinary studies. The goal is to provide students with the tools needed to be involved in policy-making decisions about Internet use, as well as practical experience with the technology. The concentration consists of 24 semester hours. Students take a minimum of nine semester hours from a list of technical/design courses, nine semester hours from a list of culture/politics courses, and a required seminar course. For more information, visit www.internetstudies.appstate.edu. Yancey County Battle of Burnsville program BURNSVILLE -- The Yancey County History Association invites the public to its fifth annual Battle of Burnsville weekend Friday and Saturday at the McElroy House in Burnsville. In April 1864, the town of Burnsville was invaded by what locals called "Tories." At 7 p.m Friday, interpreter Elizabeth Hardy will tell the story of the Battle for Burnsville from the perspective of one of the women who took part in the raid. On Saturday, interpreter Jim Priestmeyer will portray Mont Ray. At 2 p.m. interpreter Michael Hardy will restore order to the town through his portrayal of Palmer. For more information, call 682-3671. In April 1864, the town of Burnsville was invaded by what locals called "Tories." First came a group of 40 women who broke into the Confederate commissary and stole wheat. The next day, a group of 75 men led by a local Confederate deserter rode into town, wounding one Confederate soldier, taking weapons belonging to the state, stealing food and roughing up citizens. The town was saved a week later by a Mitchell County resident, Col. John B. Palmer.

04/01/2003
Regional Roundup
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Buncombe County Forum to focus on Asheville's assets ASHEVILLE -- The seventh and last in the current series of Leadership Asheville Forum's Critical Issues Luncheons will focus on several of Asheville's assets: Pack Square, The Thomas Wolfe House and a proposed mixed-use commercial development that would envelop a performing arts facility. Speakers at the forum will be Marilyn Geiselman for the Pack Square Project, Steve Hill for the Thomas Wolfe House and Crawford Murphy and Lilian Fischer for the proposed mixed-use commercial development. The luncheon is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. April 9 at Country Club of Asheville. The cost is $14 for Leadership Asheville Forum members and $16 for nonmembers. Reserve your place by calling Marylyn Seyler at 645-6659 or e-mail ucanoe2@aol.com. Deadline for reservations is Friday. Members who have made reservations and fail to attend will be billed. Restaurant to donate to charity SKYLAND -- Bellacino's Restaurant, 1854 Hendersonville Road, will donate 10 percent of its income on Wednesday to the Save the Children campaign. The money will be in support of the third annual Youth Day of Peace to be held Aug. 1, bringing together children, adults and the elderly in an intergenerational peace rally. For more information, call Save the Children at 299-1166, Ext. 313. Talk to focus on N.C. budget SKYLAND -- Don Carrington, vice president of the John Locke Foundation, will speak about North Carolina's state budget problems and the solution of limited government at noon Friday at Shoney's Restaurant at the Long Shoals Road exit off Interstate 26. The event is part of the annual Tax Tour, sponsored by the John Locke Foundation and Citizens for a Sound Economy. For information, call Thomas Croom at the foundation at (866) JLF-INFO or e-mail tcroom@johnlocke.org Principal to talk about development ASHEVILLE -- Carol Ray, Claxton Elementary School principal, will discuss the School Development Program being implemented throughout the Asheville City Schools' System at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Owen Conference Center at UNC Asheville. The School Development Program uses a "whole child approach" process to improve student development. For more information, call UNCA's education department at 251-6420. Lecture to explore calculus conflicts ASHEVILLE -- William Dunham, the Koehler Professor of Mathematics at Muhlenberg College, will discuss "Newton and Leibniz: Mathematicians at War" at 7 p.m. Thursday at UNC Asheville's Humanities Lecture Hall. Dunham's talk is the second annual Parson Lecture and is presented by UNCA's Mathematics Department. The event is free and open to the public. Dunham will trace the careers of England's Isaac Newton and Germany's Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, the geniuses who independently created calculus in the late 17th century. Dunham will describe the mathematicians' disputes and their dramatic outcomes. For more information, call UNCA's mathematics department at 251-6556. Fashion show to benefit charity ASHEVILLE -- Just Ducky Originals Children's Clothing will host a Welcome Spring! Fashion Show on Saturday at the 100 Charlotte St. store to benefit Children First. A portion of the day's proceeds will be donated to Children First. The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with live modeling and refreshments from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Just Ducky Originals Children's Clothing will also be raffling a Vera Bradley bag full of goodies before the event. Tickets are on sale at the store. For more information, call Allison Jordan with Children First at 259-9717. Novelist Rybka to speak at UNCA ASHEVILLE -- UNC Asheville will host a talk and book signing with novelist Laryce Harrison Rybka at 4 p.m. Wednesday in UNCA's Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall. The event, sponsored by UNCA's Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Office, is free and open to the public. "Guardian of the Lamp," Rybka's first book, is loosely based on her maternal grandmother's ancestry. The historical novel portrays three generations of women in antebellum South Carolina as they cross the line into forbidden love, advance the cause of abolitionism and work with the Underground Railroad. Rybka, a Raleigh native, is currently working on the sequel, "Legacy of the Lamp." For more information, call UNCA's diversity and multicultural affairs office at 232-5110. Leadership Asheville taking applications ASHEVILLE -- Leadership Asheville, a nine-month study program to strengthen leadership skills and understanding of community issues run by UNC Asheville, is accepting applications for its 2003-04 session. Following a two-day retreat in September, participants meet one day a month through May. Tuition is $1,200, and partial scholarships are available. Contact Mitchell Williams at 251-6125 or mwilliams@unca.edu for application materials or information. Henderson County 911 verification deadline extended HENDERSONVILLE -- The Henderson County Property Addressing office has extended the county's 911 database verification through April and has generated an e-mail address so people can e-mail their numbers and addresses to the office. If you have any questions, call Curtis Griffin, property address coordinator for Henderson County at 697-4916. Macon County EMS building to be dedicated TOPTON -- The Macon County Board of Commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. April 7 in the Nantahala EMS Building at 1096 Junaluska Road, Topton. A dedication and open house for the new EMS building will follow at 6 p.m. McDowell County Career planning and assessment offered MARION -- The JobLink Career Center in Marion will offer a career planning and assessment class Monday through April 11. The class is designed to help participants figure out what career direction to pursue. The class will be from 9 a.m. to noon and is free to unemployed and eligible individuals. For more information or to preregister, contact Jimmy Hensley at 659-6001, Ext. 105. Polk County Block House Steeplechase tickets on sale TRYON -- Tickets are now on sale for the 57th running of the Block House Steeplechase Races April 19 at the Sanlin Race Course at FENCE in Tryon. Gates will open at 10 a.m., with the first of five races beginning at 2 p.m. Parking spaces and boxes must be purchased in advance, and none will be sold on race day. Steeplechase tickets can be purchased in Asheville at Joseph Bank Clothiers and in Hendersonville at Boyd Pontiac-Cadillac-Buick. Call 859-6109 or (800) 438-3681.

04/01/2003
Senate Should Learn From History About Tax Cuts
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Senate Should Learn From History About Tax Cuts

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