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Saturday, January 25, 2020
Organic Growers School 27th Annual Spring Conference, March 6–8
Jan 25 all-day
Mars Hill University

The 27th Annual Spring Conference—for farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, and sustainability seekers—is hosted by Organic Growers School (OGS), an Asheville-based non-profit organization. The conference takes place Friday–Sunday, March 6–8, 2020. The weekend event takes place at Mars Hill University in Mars Hill and the pre-conference events are in Buncombe and Henderson Counties.

Cost for  the pre-conference workshops are $60 with conference registration (Saturday, Sunday, or both) and $75 without. Cost for the weekend conference if registered by January 31, 2020 is $65 for Saturday and $80 for Sunday with the full weekend for $110.  For registration  after January 31, the cost of Saturday is $80, Sunday is $70 and the full weekend is $140.

The Spring Conference offers practical, region-specific workshops on farming, gardening, permaculture, urban growing, and rural living and includes a trade show, a seed exchange, special guest speakers, and a Saturday evening social.

More than 150 classes—both 90-minute sessions and half-day workshops—are offered on Saturday and Sunday in 17 learning tracks:

  1. Community Food

  2. Cooking

  3. Earth Skills

  4. Farmers: Beginning

  5. Farmers: Experienced

  6. Gardening: Beginning

  7. Gardening: Experienced

  8. Herbs

  9. Homesteading

  10. Livestock

  11. Mushrooms

  12. Permaculture

  13. Poultry

  14. Soils

  15. Sustainable Forestry

  16. Sustainable Living

  17. Thinking Big

This one-of-a-kind event brings people of all walks of life together for a weekend of learning, inspiration, and networking and features a host of local and regional experts. The mission of the Spring Conference is to provide down-to-earth advice on growing and sustainable living while remaining affordable and accessible. The Spring Conference is the largest locally run sustainability conference in the Southeast and is proudly focused on regionally appropriate growing methods.

Three full-day, on-farm, pre-conference workshops with special guest instructors are available on Friday, March 6, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They are:

  1. Mushroom Cultivation at the Farm & Home with William Padilla-Brown & Leif Olson at Creekside Farms Education Center in Arden, NC.

  2. Healing Our Soils through Compost, and Compost Tea: Safe & Natural Fertilizers with Troy Hinke at Living Web Farms in Mills River, NC

  3. Chickens & You: From Egg to Table with Pat Foreman & Meagan Coneybeer at Franny’s Farm in Leicester, NC.

The conference will also host an evening lecture on Friday, March 6, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Leah Penniman entitled, Farming While Black: African Diasporic Wisdom for Farming & Food Justice. The location for this event is the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center, 285 Livingston St, Asheville, NC 28801.

The Spring Conference features a trade show on Saturday and Sunday that showcases a wide array of exhibitors and products from local farms, gardening suppliers, and cottage industries that specialize in organic products and resources. Also featured on Saturday and Sunday is the annual Seed and Plant Exchange booth which offers the opportunity to preserve genetic diversity and protect regionally adapted varieties. Attendees may bring excess seeds and small plants to share, barter, or trade.

For more information, visit the website at https://organicgrowersschool.org/conferences/spring/ and see the entire weekend schedule at https://organicgrowersschool.org/conferences/spring/schedule/.

Redesigning Our Future: National Environmental Summit for High School Students
Jan 25 – Jan 29 all-day
Catawba College
The Silver Pen Scholarship Competition
Jan 25 all-day
online

 

 

1st Place –   $2,500

2nd Place –   $750

3rd Place –   $500

 

 

 

Spartanburg, South Carolina – Local senior living community, Summit Hills is currently accepting applicants for their annual Silver Pen Writing Competition. This writing competition will award three local high school seniors with scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,500. This year, the essay topic is “Discuss an accomplishment, event or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.” Participants are required to submit an essay with a minimum of 1,000 words, application form and transcript.

 

The Members at Summit Hills play an integral role as judges in the competition. “It’s a great scholarship opportunity and way to connect our Members with the local community,” said Regina Fargis, Summit Hills Executive Director. “The students submit their essays based on the topic and our Members sit on a panel of judges, where they assess and score the entries based on the set criteria”. Once the winners are selected, they are invited to a dinner celebration where they meet the judges and are recognized for their achievements. The winners will participate in a special ceremony where they are awarded their scholarship money, a framed certificate and an engraved silver pen with their name.

Entries must be received by February 14, 2020. The complete rules, eligibility and submission information for The Silver Pen Competition are available on the official website,  www.silverpen-slc.com . Summit Hills is an all-inclusive luxury retirement community offering independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services.

 

Wings for Autism®
Jan 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Asheville Regional Airport

The fifth annual Wings for Autism© at Asheville Regional Airport is Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 9am to noon. The free event provides an immersive, simulated airport experience for people on the autism spectrum and their families or caregivers. Participants will arrive at the airport, check in for their “flight” at the ticket counter, go through airport security, wait at the gate, enjoy a meal, and board the plane for their pretend trip.
Travel is a wonderful experience for many; however, for our autistic friends, the air travel experience can be unfamiliar, potentially stressful, and feel out of reach. We are pleased to partner with The Arc of Buncombe County, Allegiant, Worldwide Flight Service, the Transportation Security Administration and Bojangles’ of WNC to provide a practice airport experience to help our autistic friends and neighbors become more comfortable with the airport and airplane environments.
Seven Centuries of Keyboard Instruments
Jan 25 @ 10:00 am – Apr 24 @ 5:00 pm
Carolina Music Museum

“Seven Centuries of Keyboard Instruments”, takes the visitor through a tour of the important keyboard developments, from the early fourteenth century with the ‘Eschequer d’ Anglis’ or English Chekker, to the harpsichord and clavichord, and forward to the eighteenth and nineteenth century piano, and then electric keyboard instruments of the twentieth and twenty first century. Visitors will see and hear important examples of these keyboards which make use of the broad collection now at the Carolina Music Museum, and will likely be surprised and delighted to encounter not only the instruments known to Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin, but keyboards of a type used by ‘The Animals’, ‘Led Zeppelin’, and TV show themes such as Seinfeld and others! ‘Seven Centuries’ will be a musical tour like no other. Tueday – Saturday 10-5 pm, Sunday 1-5 pm

The Utley Collection of Brass Instruments
Jan 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Carolina Music Museum

The exhibit features selected pieces from one of the world’s finest collections of over 600 historic brass instruments from the Joe and Joella Utley Collection of Spartanburg, SC. In collaboration with the National Music Museum (NMM) in Vermillion, South Dakota, which will soon house the Utley Collection, Dr. Sabine Klaus, curator of the Utley Collection, worked closely with Tom Strange, Curator and Artistic Director of the Carolina Music Museum to prepare the exhibit.
Tuesday – Saturday 10-5 Sunday 1-5

Family Science Saturday- Winter Tree Identification
Jan 25 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
S.C. Botanical Garden; Conference Center, downstairs

Family Science Saturday- Winter Tree Identification

Drop in to the Nature Center between 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. for family-friendly, hands-on science explorations and fun activities with some of our Master Naturalists and other special guests. Free, donations appreciated.

January 25, Winter Tree Identification
Learn about winter tree identification from the people who wrote the book. This recently published work from Clemson University Press is a welcome addition to any library. A must for hikers, naturalists, and even the newly transplanted resident to the upstate. This truly beautiful, useful book will be available for purchase. Refreshments served.

Sunday, January 26, 2020
Music Instrument History at The Sigal Presents: The Age of Invention Lecture
Jan 26 all-day
Carolina Music Museum

Sunday, January 26 at 3:00 pm
Join us for a lecture by Christopher Belluscio who is a leading expert on historical trumpets. Mr. Belluscio regularly presents lecture-demonstrations at various museums, notable musical instrument collections, academic conferences, and University music departments throughout the United States.
The Age of Invention
The period between 1790 and 1850 saw a Pan-European movement to fully chromaticize the trumpet with various successful instrument designs developed in tandem with their own unique repertoire.  Experience the English Slide Trumpet, Keyed Trumpet, Keyed Bugle, and early valve trumpets and the beautiful music written for them. Tickets $10 Adults, $5 Students. Call 864-520-8807 to reserve your seats now.

Organic Growers School 27th Annual Spring Conference, March 6–8
Jan 26 all-day
Mars Hill University

The 27th Annual Spring Conference—for farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, and sustainability seekers—is hosted by Organic Growers School (OGS), an Asheville-based non-profit organization. The conference takes place Friday–Sunday, March 6–8, 2020. The weekend event takes place at Mars Hill University in Mars Hill and the pre-conference events are in Buncombe and Henderson Counties.

Cost for  the pre-conference workshops are $60 with conference registration (Saturday, Sunday, or both) and $75 without. Cost for the weekend conference if registered by January 31, 2020 is $65 for Saturday and $80 for Sunday with the full weekend for $110.  For registration  after January 31, the cost of Saturday is $80, Sunday is $70 and the full weekend is $140.

The Spring Conference offers practical, region-specific workshops on farming, gardening, permaculture, urban growing, and rural living and includes a trade show, a seed exchange, special guest speakers, and a Saturday evening social.

More than 150 classes—both 90-minute sessions and half-day workshops—are offered on Saturday and Sunday in 17 learning tracks:

  1. Community Food

  2. Cooking

  3. Earth Skills

  4. Farmers: Beginning

  5. Farmers: Experienced

  6. Gardening: Beginning

  7. Gardening: Experienced

  8. Herbs

  9. Homesteading

  10. Livestock

  11. Mushrooms

  12. Permaculture

  13. Poultry

  14. Soils

  15. Sustainable Forestry

  16. Sustainable Living

  17. Thinking Big

This one-of-a-kind event brings people of all walks of life together for a weekend of learning, inspiration, and networking and features a host of local and regional experts. The mission of the Spring Conference is to provide down-to-earth advice on growing and sustainable living while remaining affordable and accessible. The Spring Conference is the largest locally run sustainability conference in the Southeast and is proudly focused on regionally appropriate growing methods.

Three full-day, on-farm, pre-conference workshops with special guest instructors are available on Friday, March 6, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They are:

  1. Mushroom Cultivation at the Farm & Home with William Padilla-Brown & Leif Olson at Creekside Farms Education Center in Arden, NC.

  2. Healing Our Soils through Compost, and Compost Tea: Safe & Natural Fertilizers with Troy Hinke at Living Web Farms in Mills River, NC

  3. Chickens & You: From Egg to Table with Pat Foreman & Meagan Coneybeer at Franny’s Farm in Leicester, NC.

The conference will also host an evening lecture on Friday, March 6, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Leah Penniman entitled, Farming While Black: African Diasporic Wisdom for Farming & Food Justice. The location for this event is the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center, 285 Livingston St, Asheville, NC 28801.

The Spring Conference features a trade show on Saturday and Sunday that showcases a wide array of exhibitors and products from local farms, gardening suppliers, and cottage industries that specialize in organic products and resources. Also featured on Saturday and Sunday is the annual Seed and Plant Exchange booth which offers the opportunity to preserve genetic diversity and protect regionally adapted varieties. Attendees may bring excess seeds and small plants to share, barter, or trade.

For more information, visit the website at https://organicgrowersschool.org/conferences/spring/ and see the entire weekend schedule at https://organicgrowersschool.org/conferences/spring/schedule/.

Redesigning Our Future: National Environmental Summit for High School Students
Jan 26 – Jan 30 all-day
Catawba College
The Silver Pen Scholarship Competition
Jan 26 all-day
online

 

 

1st Place –   $2,500

2nd Place –   $750

3rd Place –   $500

 

 

 

Spartanburg, South Carolina – Local senior living community, Summit Hills is currently accepting applicants for their annual Silver Pen Writing Competition. This writing competition will award three local high school seniors with scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,500. This year, the essay topic is “Discuss an accomplishment, event or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.” Participants are required to submit an essay with a minimum of 1,000 words, application form and transcript.

 

The Members at Summit Hills play an integral role as judges in the competition. “It’s a great scholarship opportunity and way to connect our Members with the local community,” said Regina Fargis, Summit Hills Executive Director. “The students submit their essays based on the topic and our Members sit on a panel of judges, where they assess and score the entries based on the set criteria”. Once the winners are selected, they are invited to a dinner celebration where they meet the judges and are recognized for their achievements. The winners will participate in a special ceremony where they are awarded their scholarship money, a framed certificate and an engraved silver pen with their name.

Entries must be received by February 14, 2020. The complete rules, eligibility and submission information for The Silver Pen Competition are available on the official website,  www.silverpen-slc.com . Summit Hills is an all-inclusive luxury retirement community offering independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services.

 

The Utley Collection of Brass Instruments
Jan 26 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Carolina Music Museum

The exhibit features selected pieces from one of the world’s finest collections of over 600 historic brass instruments from the Joe and Joella Utley Collection of Spartanburg, SC. In collaboration with the National Music Museum (NMM) in Vermillion, South Dakota, which will soon house the Utley Collection, Dr. Sabine Klaus, curator of the Utley Collection, worked closely with Tom Strange, Curator and Artistic Director of the Carolina Music Museum to prepare the exhibit.
Tuesday – Saturday 10-5 Sunday 1-5

Music Instrument History at The Sigal Presents: The Age of Invention Lecture
Jan 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Carolina Music Museum

Join us for a lecture by Christopher Belluscio who is a leading expert on historical trumpets. Call 864-520-8807 for tickets.

 

Monday, January 27, 2020
The Utley Collection of Brass Instruments
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Carolina Music Museum

The exhibit features selected pieces from one of the world’s finest collections of over 600 historic brass instruments from the Joe and Joella Utley Collection of Spartanburg, SC. In collaboration with the National Music Museum (NMM) in Vermillion, South Dakota, which will soon house the Utley Collection, Dr. Sabine Klaus, curator of the Utley Collection, worked closely with Tom Strange, Curator and Artistic Director of the Carolina Music Museum to prepare the exhibit.
Tuesday – Saturday 10-5 Sunday 1-5

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
The Utley Collection of Brass Instruments
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Carolina Music Museum

The exhibit features selected pieces from one of the world’s finest collections of over 600 historic brass instruments from the Joe and Joella Utley Collection of Spartanburg, SC. In collaboration with the National Music Museum (NMM) in Vermillion, South Dakota, which will soon house the Utley Collection, Dr. Sabine Klaus, curator of the Utley Collection, worked closely with Tom Strange, Curator and Artistic Director of the Carolina Music Museum to prepare the exhibit.
Tuesday – Saturday 10-5 Sunday 1-5

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
The Utley Collection of Brass Instruments
Jan 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Carolina Music Museum

The exhibit features selected pieces from one of the world’s finest collections of over 600 historic brass instruments from the Joe and Joella Utley Collection of Spartanburg, SC. In collaboration with the National Music Museum (NMM) in Vermillion, South Dakota, which will soon house the Utley Collection, Dr. Sabine Klaus, curator of the Utley Collection, worked closely with Tom Strange, Curator and Artistic Director of the Carolina Music Museum to prepare the exhibit.
Tuesday – Saturday 10-5 Sunday 1-5

Thursday, January 30, 2020
The Utley Collection of Brass Instruments
Jan 30 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Carolina Music Museum

The exhibit features selected pieces from one of the world’s finest collections of over 600 historic brass instruments from the Joe and Joella Utley Collection of Spartanburg, SC. In collaboration with the National Music Museum (NMM) in Vermillion, South Dakota, which will soon house the Utley Collection, Dr. Sabine Klaus, curator of the Utley Collection, worked closely with Tom Strange, Curator and Artistic Director of the Carolina Music Museum to prepare the exhibit.
Tuesday – Saturday 10-5 Sunday 1-5

Friday, January 31, 2020
The Utley Collection of Brass Instruments
Jan 31 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Carolina Music Museum

The exhibit features selected pieces from one of the world’s finest collections of over 600 historic brass instruments from the Joe and Joella Utley Collection of Spartanburg, SC. In collaboration with the National Music Museum (NMM) in Vermillion, South Dakota, which will soon house the Utley Collection, Dr. Sabine Klaus, curator of the Utley Collection, worked closely with Tom Strange, Curator and Artistic Director of the Carolina Music Museum to prepare the exhibit.
Tuesday – Saturday 10-5 Sunday 1-5

Saturday, February 1, 2020
Redesigning Our Future: National Environmental Summit for High School Students
Feb 1 – Feb 5 all-day
Catawba College
The Utley Collection of Brass Instruments
Feb 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Carolina Music Museum

The exhibit features selected pieces from one of the world’s finest collections of over 600 historic brass instruments from the Joe and Joella Utley Collection of Spartanburg, SC. In collaboration with the National Music Museum (NMM) in Vermillion, South Dakota, which will soon house the Utley Collection, Dr. Sabine Klaus, curator of the Utley Collection, worked closely with Tom Strange, Curator and Artistic Director of the Carolina Music Museum to prepare the exhibit.
Tuesday – Saturday 10-5 Sunday 1-5