Family – Asheville Blog http://ashevilleblog.com Your Source for all things Asheville Tue, 16 Oct 2018 17:22:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.15 New Volunteerism Centered Book Club http://ashevilleblog.com/new-volunteerism-centered-book-club/ http://ashevilleblog.com/new-volunteerism-centered-book-club/#respond Mon, 27 Aug 2018 21:10:54 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11774 There's a new all-ages book club coming to Spellbound Children's Bookshop called the Action Book Club. For each meeting of the book club, attendees will read about a subject and then take concrete action together to make the community a better place, partnering with a different non-profit organization each time. 

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There’s a new all-ages book club coming to Spellbound Children’s Bookshop called the Action Book Club. For each meeting of the book club, attendees will read about a subject and then take concrete action together to make the community a better place, partnering with a different non-profit organization each time. 

Spellbound’s Action Book Club will meet every other month with the current theme and a list of suggested books at various reading levels announced ahead of time on the bookstore’s website and Facebook page. Pick one book for the whole family to read together or everyone who wants to participate can read a book on their own. There will be titles appropriate for kids, teens, and adults on the suggested reading list. Adults and teens are welcome to come on their own; kids under thirteen years of age must have an adult accompanying them and staying for the whole meeting.

At each meeting, attendees gather to take part in an easy and fun service project that ties in with the theme. The youngest kids may need help from an adult, but everyone should be able to participate.

For the very first meeting of Action Book Club, Spellbound is partnering with Asheville Humane Society. The action part of the meeting will be making easy no-sew toys for dogs and cats (with plenty of instruction and all materials provided) while a representative of AHS gives a talk about the organization and how people of any age can find a way to help. There may even be time to chat about some of the books everyone read!

All ages welcome. Free to attend. No purchase required. The first meeting of Spellbound’s Action Book Club will take place on Thursday October 4th from 5:00 to 6:00pm at The Hop Ice Cream Cafe on Merrimon Avenue. Please see www.spellboundbookshop.com for details.

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ASHEVILLE OUTLETS TO HOST BACK TO SCHOOL GIVE TO THE MUSIC KIDS DAY http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-outlets-host-back-school-give-music-kids-day/ http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-outlets-host-back-school-give-music-kids-day/#respond Fri, 27 Jul 2018 16:37:58 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11739  

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 Sunday, August 5, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Asheville Outlets will host a Back-to-School Kids Day with Give to the Music on Sunday, August 5, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free for children and their families and will feature live music from Rock Academy, arts & crafts, interactive booths and displays, strolling magic, face painting, balloon art and more!

“Asheville Outlets is pleased to partner with Give to the Music for a day of fun, all for a good cause,” explains Sharon Morgan, General Manager, Asheville Outlets. “Give to the Music provides the opportunity for children to participate in musical expression who otherwise may not be able due to financial hardship.”

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Better Dads Festival Returns to Asheville with Grammy Award-winning Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, plus Lyric and The Willies http://ashevilleblog.com/better-dads-festival-returns-asheville-grammy-award-winning-secret-agent-23-skidoo-plus-lyric-willies/ http://ashevilleblog.com/better-dads-festival-returns-asheville-grammy-award-winning-secret-agent-23-skidoo-plus-lyric-willies/#respond Fri, 08 Jun 2018 17:59:03 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11701 This Father’s Day weekend, the Better Dads Festival returns to Asheville with its unique mix of active, soulful, inspirational, fun, and educational activities to celebrate fatherhood. The event welcomes people of all ages from Asheville’s diverse communities.

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This Father’s Day weekend, the Better Dads Festival returns to Asheville with its unique mix of active, soulful, inspirational, fun, and educational activities to celebrate fatherhood. The event welcomes people of all ages from Asheville’s diverse communities.

The musical lineup will include Grammy Award-Winning Band Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, acclaimed local artist LYRIC (who performs with her father) and The Willies from Nashville. Storytellers Ray Christian and Passion join the festival this year. More than 20 Community Partners will attend the festival, providing information about resources for parents. Food will be supplied by a wide array of Asheville vendors.

Live music, dance, games, costumes, drumming, storytelling, crafts, poetry, and a dress-your-dad photo booth will provide opportunities to play together. Community speakers and sharing circles will invite festival goers to explore how men show up in their lives, their challenges, and new possibilities.

Better Dads Festival is an outgrowth of the work done by men involved with the ManKind Project (MKP), specifically within the Greater Carolina community. MKP is a nonprofit training and education organization with three decades of success hosting life-changing experiential personal development programs for men. MKP supports a global network of peer-facilitated men’s groups and supports men in leading lives of integrity, authenticity and service.

Better Dads Festival was created by Hendersonville resident Alan Kay. “In today’s world, it’s up to all of us, with all of our diversity, to create the next generation of compassionate and authentic men committed to the common good. It’s our collective responsibility to mentor and create a nurturing environment so that all children can grow up in an equitable community. How men show up in the world begins with what our children learn in their families, from the media, in their schools and from their peers. Women and men share equally in determining how we communicate, maintain relationships, respect one another and welcome diversity. While the festival focuses on nurturing dads, all of us have a role to play. We’re delighted by the support of various women’s organizations that have agreed to participate in this event. We all have much to share. We all have much to learn.”

What Better Dads Festival

Where Roger McGuire Green in Pack Square Park, downtown Asheville

Date Saturday, June 16, 2018 (Father’s Day weekend)

Time 12:30 to 9:30 PM

Price Free to the public

Contact Jeffrey Goldwasser, jeffreygoldwasser@gmail.com

Director Tim Chumley, 804-519-2810, thebetterdadsfestival@gmail.com

Website betterdadsfestival.org

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Mercy Urgent Care Offers $25 Sports Physicals to Student Athletes http://ashevilleblog.com/mercy-urgent-care-offers-25-sports-physicals-student-athletes/ http://ashevilleblog.com/mercy-urgent-care-offers-25-sports-physicals-student-athletes/#respond Wed, 28 Mar 2018 21:10:29 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11524 Mercy Urgent Care is offering a special rate of $25.00 on sports physicals for all elementary through high school students from now through May 31, 2018. Individuals may drop in to one of the four urgent care locations in Buncombe County or the one in Transylvania County at their convenience.

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Mercy Urgent Care is offering a special rate of $25.00 on sports physicals for all elementary through high school students from now through May 31, 2018. Individuals may drop in to one of the four urgent care locations in Buncombe County or the one in Transylvania County at their convenience.

Parents and guardians of student athletes should their school’s physical form with them for their physical. Students 18 years and older must present a valid photo ID. Students under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult with a valid photo ID. Payment can be made with cash, check, or credit card. Insurance will not be accepted for this special offer.

There are approximately 5,500 student athletes in the Buncombe County School System alone. Mercy Urgent Care hopes that the convenience and affordability of their sports physicals will ensure children who would like to participate are not deterred by the cost of a physical.

About Mercy Urgent Care: Mercy Urgent Care has served more than one million patients in the Asheville area since 1985. Providing, high-quality, affordable and convenient medical care for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries, the Buncombe County locations (three in Asheville, one in Weaverville) are open seven days a week, 362 days a year, except for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. A fifth site in Brevard provides care for the residents of Transylvania County. The West location has the most extensive hours and is open Monday-Friday: 7 a.m-8:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. More information about hours and locations can be found at www.mercyurgentcare.org

 

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Asheville Outlets To Host Kids Day http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-outlets-host-kids-day/ http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-outlets-host-kids-day/#respond Mon, 26 Mar 2018 21:30:09 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11535 ASHEVILLE OUTLETS TO HOST GIVE TO THE MUSIC KIDS DAY (AND THEN SOME!)

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ASHEVILLE OUTLETS TO HOST GIVE TO THE MUSIC KIDS DAY (AND THEN SOME!)

Asheville Outlets will host Kids Day (And Then Some!) with Give to the Music on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be a free fun-filled day for kids and their families and will feature a performance by Rock Academy, Busker Event, Summer Camp Expo, Truck City AVL, Field & Stream Casting Event, crafts, face painting, balloon art and more!

“Asheville Outlets is pleased to present Kids’ Day (And Then Some!) with Give to the Music,” explains Sharon Morgan, General Manager, Asheville Outlets. “This amazing day of free family activities has something for everyone and will be set-up throughout the center and outside the Food Court.”

Asheville Outlets Kids’ Day (And Then Some!) Activity Schedule:               

Music and other entertainment from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. includes Rock Academy, Buskers, Land of the Sky Barbershop Chorus, The Buskits, Spintastic Sounds, Enka High School Band, interactive booths and displays, strolling magic, balloon art, face painting, mega-games, Field & Stream Casting Event and VF Outlet’s Wheel of Deals.

Also from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., families will enjoy the third annual Summer Camp Expo. The expo will give parents and campers the opportunity to meet representatives and view booths and displays from a variety of area camps, including traditional overnight camps, sports camps, arts camps, day camps, academic camps and more. 

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., visitors are invited to get into the driver’s seat during Truck City AVL, a free hands-on experience hosted by the City of Asheville Parks & Recreation Department. Local representatives and their vehicles from emergency, construction, transportation and military will be parked outside the Food Court. Trucks and vehicles at the event will include EMS vehicles, Asheville Fire Department, Asheville Police Department, Helicopter MAMA, Army military vehicles and more.

For more information visit www.ShopAshevilleOutlets.com.              

 

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A Winter’s Tail at WNC Nature Center Dec 2nd 2017 http://ashevilleblog.com/a-winters-tail-wnc-nature-center-2017/ http://ashevilleblog.com/a-winters-tail-wnc-nature-center-2017/#respond Tue, 07 Nov 2017 23:12:08 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11246 On Saturday, December 2nd the WNC Nature Center will host their annual holiday celebration, A Winter’s Tail from 10am-4pm. There will be festive crafts, games and of course, animal programs.

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On Saturday, December 2nd the WNC Nature Center will host their annual holiday celebration, A Winter’s Tail from 10am-4pm. There will be festive crafts, games and of course, animal programs.

Event activities include photos with Santa, garland crafts, candle dipping, pine cone feeders, free temporary tattoos, and special animal enrichment programs. Photos with Santa will be from 12-4pm.

Regular Nature Center admission rates apply; Friends members receive free admission.

Additional event information available at wildwnc.org/event/a-winters-tail .

The Friends of the WNC Nature Center appreciate the support and generosity of this year’s sponsors including: Festiva and The Biltmore.

About

The Friends of the WNC Nature Center’s mission is to support the programs, facilities and the residents of the Western North Carolina Nature Center, which showcases the fauna and flora of the southern Appalachian region. The WNC Nature Center connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region’s rich biodiversity. For more information on the Friends of the WNC Nature Center, or to join the Friends and support future projects, visit www.wildwnc.org.


 

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7 Local Stores that have All the Outdoor Gear You Need for Father’s Day http://ashevilleblog.com/7-local-stores-outdoor-gear-need-fathers-day/ http://ashevilleblog.com/7-local-stores-outdoor-gear-need-fathers-day/#respond Sun, 18 Jun 2017 16:37:47 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11104 The French Broad River, along with its tributaries, is an ecological lifeline pulsing through our region. This year for Father’s Day, why not give dear ol’ dad what he needs to tap into that resource and have a great afternoon.

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The French Broad River, along with its tributaries, is an ecological lifeline pulsing through our region. This year for Father’s Day, why not give dear ol’ dad what he needs to tap into that resource and have a great afternoon.

Is your dad the type who prefers the quiet of local rocky streams for early morning trout fishing? Is he a thrill-seeker, riding the whitewater in a custom kayak? Or would he rather band with friends and family for an intense mountain hike, floating down the river afterwards to cool off and enjoy a local brew?

However dad prefers to enjoy the river, he’ll need the right gear. Here are 7 locally-owned outdoor gear stores that have what dad needs.

Black Dome Mountain Sports

Asheville’s original full-service outdoor outfitter, Black Dome carries all the major brands, plus gear from smaller brands and local suppliers. Their CONSPIRACY bar is a great place to watch action films while enjoying a pint and popcorn.

140 Tunnel Road, Asheville | (828) 251-2001

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Diamond Brand Outdoors

Opened in 1964, Diamond Brand is WNC’s first outdoor gear shop. What began as a factory seconds warehouse has grown to a Top 100 outdoor specialty retailer with two locations dedicated to quality brands and high service.

Parkway Center: 1378 Hendersonville Road, Asheville | (828) 684-6262

Downtown Asheville: 53 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville | (828) 771-4761

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French Broad Outfitters

Located right on the French Broad River, French Broad Outfitters is Asheville’s largest and only full-service, locally-owned paddle shop. They also offer full camping gear rentals, the city’s largest selection of disc golf supplies, and host a variety of river trips.

704 Riverside Drive, Asheville | (828) 505-7371

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Frugal Backpacker

Frugal Backpacker utilizes decades-old relationships to get samples and first-run gear at unbelievable prices—and pass on that savings to you! Their experts help offer tips and advice to help you find the gear that you really need.

52 Westgate Parkway, Asheville | (828) 209-1530

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Hunter Banks Fly Fishing

Learn, fish, and shop at Hunter Banks. In addition to offering apparel, tackle, gear storage, and accessories, their two locations offer a variety of classes and guided trips. Whether you’re a fly fishing novice or a pro who’s picky about his gear, they have exactly what you need.

29 Montford Avenue, Asheville | (828) 252-3005

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Mast General Store

“From cradles to caskets,” the original Mast General Store opened in 1883 to serve a wide variety of community needs. Now with nine locations in three states, they offer outdoor gear, clothing, home items and accessories, food, toys, and iconic barrels of classic candies.

15 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville | (828) 232-1883

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Second Gear

Second Gear is Asheville’s answer for affordable outdoor gear and clothing. In addition to offering used gear and dealer samples, the store also carries a selection of new items, including guidebooks and maps.

444 Haywood Road, Asheville | (828) 258-0757

secondgearwnc.com

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Better Dads Festival Comes to Asheville http://ashevilleblog.com/better-dads-festival-comes-asheville/ http://ashevilleblog.com/better-dads-festival-comes-asheville/#respond Sun, 21 May 2017 14:34:47 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11099 This Father’s Day weekend, the Better Dads Festival will create an active, soulful, inspirational, fun, and educational space for the Asheville community to explore and celebrate fatherhood. The event welcomes people of all ages. Live music, dance, games, costumes, drumming, storytelling, crafts, poetry, and a dress-your-dad photo booth will provide opportunities to play together. Community speakers and resource booths from Asheville’s diverse communities will invite festivalgoers to explore how men show up in their lives, the challenges they face, and new possibilities.

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This Father’s Day weekend, the Better Dads Festival will create an active, soulful, inspirational, fun, and educational space for the Asheville community to explore and celebrate fatherhood. The event welcomes people of all ages. Live music, dance, games, costumes, drumming, storytelling, crafts, poetry, and a dress-your-dad photo booth will provide opportunities to play together. Community speakers and resource booths from Asheville’s diverse communities will invite festivalgoers to explore how men show up in their lives, the challenges they face, and new possibilities. For those seeking deeper connection, there will be sharing circles.

The musical lineup will include acclaimed local artists LYRIC (who performs with her father), David LaMotte, and the Billy Jonas Band. And, Asheville storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake will bring her magic to the stage.

Awesome food and beverage vendors- Corner Kitchen Catering, Ghan Shan Station, Flat Rock Bakery Pizza, Highland Brewing Company, to name a few- will be on site.

The Better Dads Festival is the brainchild of Hendersonville resident, Alan Kay who has aspired to create a celebration of healthy fatherhood in all its forms. When asked, “Why the name Better Dads?” Alan responded with:

“Great question! In today’s world, it’s up to all of us, with all of our diversity, to create the next generation of compassionate and authentic men committed to a common good. It’s our collective responsibility to mentor and create a nurturing environment so that all children can grow up in an equitable community. How men show up in the world begins with what our children learn in their families, from the media, in their schools, and from their peers. Women and men share equally in determining how we communicate, maintain relationships, respect one another, and welcome diversity. While the festival focuses on nurturing better dads, we know that we all have a part to play. We’re delighted by the support of various women’s organizations that have agreed to participate in this event. We all have much to share. We all have much to learn.”

The Better Dads Festival is an outgrowth of work done by men involved with the ManKind Project (MKP), specifically within the Asheville community. MKP is a nonprofit training and education organization with three decades of success hosting life-changing experiential personal development programs for men. MKP supports a global network of peer-facilitated men’s groups and supports men in leading lives of integrity, authenticity, and service.

This will be a very lively and visual event that will invite participants to consider how to make a better world together. To learn more about the Better Dads Festival please visit BetterDadsFestival.org.

What: Better Dads Festival
Where: Roger McGuire Green, Pack Square Park, downtown Asheville
Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017 (Father’s Day weekend)
Time: Noon to 9:30 PM
Price: Free admission (including the music!)

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Malaprop’s Announces the Inaugural Rise Up and Read Together Program http://ashevilleblog.com/malaprops-announces-inaugural-rise-read-together-program/ http://ashevilleblog.com/malaprops-announces-inaugural-rise-read-together-program/#respond Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:46:00 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10987 Malaprop’s Bookstore has announced the Rise Up and Read Together, a year-long program that invites all residents of Asheville to read the same book. Rise Up and Read Together is modeled on the “One City One Book” program, and is designed to build a sense of community and promote literacy. Like “One City One Book,” Asheville’s Rise Up and Read Together takes the idea of a localized book discussion club and expands it to cover an entire community.

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Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café to Launch Program on March 26 with the first book of March trilogy and author Andrew Aydin

Malaprop’s Bookstore has announced the Rise Up and Read Together, a year-long program that invites all residents of Asheville to read the same book. Rise Up and Read Together is modeled on the “One City One Book” program, and is designed to build a sense of community and promote literacy. Like “One City One Book,” Asheville’s Rise Up and Read Together takes the idea of a localized book discussion club and expands it to cover an entire community.

Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café has selected the inaugural book, Vol. 1 of the March trilogy, March: Book One. Malaprop’s will host a visit by author Andrew Aydin on Sunday March 26, at 3:00 pm. The event also will announce the launch of the Rise Up and Read Together program. Tickets to the event are free and available at malaprops.com. Malaprop’s will sell March: Book One at a 10% discount throughout the duration of this year’s program.

Asheville Mayor Esther Mannheimer said: “This program is a way to expand the conversation that starts when families read together to neighborhoods, schools, faith institutions, community groups, retirement communities and the city as a whole. I hope this common ground of sharing will strengthen our community and create connections where there have been divides.” Emoke B’Racz, Malaprop’s owner and founder, added: “Malaprop’s has been a resource to the Asheville community since it opened its doors in 1982. Our mission has always been to create a welcoming environment in which all kinds of people can come together around words, books, and ideas. The March trilogy is the kind of work that will inspire discussion across generations.”

“We are excited to bring this landmark book to the Asheville community,” said Melanie McNair, Malaprop’s Director of Marketing and Author Events, “and we are delighted to welcome Andrew Aydin to Malaprop’s. March is a work that will be enjoyed and appreciated by both kids and adults. It’s our aim and our hope that reading March: Book One will get families and generations talking together about the important events and themes presented in the book. As an independent bookstore, we believe that books can be a powerful constructive force for bringing people together.”

The March trilogy is an award-winning, New York Times #1 best-selling graphic-novel memoir trilogy offering an inside story of the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of one of its most iconic figures, civil rights leader and Congressman John Lewis. The series is written by Lewis and Andrew Aydin, and illustrated and lettered by Nate Powell. March is the first comics work to win the National Book Award, and is a recipient of the Will Eisner Comics Industry Award for “Best Reality-Based Work,” the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Special Recognition, and the Coretta Scott King Book Award (Author) Honor. The Washington Post heralded the completion of the March trilogy, saying, “There is perhaps no more important modern book to be stocked in American school libraries than March. The closest American peer to Maus has arrived.”

Community groups, faith groups, social justice organizations, and book clubs are encouraged to participate by reading March: Book One together and creating discussion groups among their members. YWCA Asheville, Stand Against Racism, BeLoved Asheville, Word on the Street/La Voz de los Jovene, Building Bridges, Movement in Faith, Rainbow Community School and Faith for Justice Asheville have already signed on as official partners. Area schools and libraries are exploring programming around the book. There is a Facebook group anyone can join who would like to collaborate and connect with other readers: www.facebook.com/groups/riseupandreadtogether.

“It is our hope that we will start something this year that the community will take on and keep going year after year,” McNair said. “There is a powerful longing among our customers to connect to others in a real and genuine way – not through the avatars of social media – and we hope this ongoing initiative will fulfill at least part of that need..”

The first “One City One Book” program was “If All of Seattle Read the Same Book,” in 1998, started at Seattle Public Library’s Washington Center for the Book. Since then, other communities have adopted similar initiatives and The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress tracks all known programs and the books they have used. Buncombe County had a “Together We Read” program in 2002 and 2003 that featured a book by a regional author in each of those two years.

Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café is an independent bookstore and café founded in Asheville, NC in 1982. Malaprop’s bring books, writers, and readers together in an environment that nurtures community, diversity, and the joy of reading.

 

About Andrew Aydin and the genesis of the March trilogy:

An Atlanta native, Andrew Aydin grew up reading and collecting comic books. After college, upon taking a job with Congressman John Lewis, Andrew learned that the civil rights legend had been inspired as a young man by a classic 1950s comic book, Martin Luther King & The Montgomery Story. Aydin and Lewis discussed the impact that comic books can have on young readers, and decided to write a graphic-novel memoir together about the civil rights era. A few years, later, the March series was born.

Today, Andrew serves as Digital Director & Policy Advisor to Congressman John Lewis in Washington, D.C. While studying at Georgetown University in Washington, Andrew wrote his master’s thesis on the history and impact of Martin Luther King & The Montgomery Story. As March has grown into a bona fide phenomenon, Andrew continues to publish and lecture about the history of comics in the civil rights movement, including at the headquarters of Google and Apple, where CEO Tim Cook called March, “a very unique way to present what is probably the most important story of my entire lifetime. My hope is that everyone reads this, and I would love to see the day that it is required reading in every school.”

March Book One cover 300dpi (1)-1

About the March trilogy:

Almost sixty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. edited a 16-page comic book about the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Distributed by hand in churches, schools, and nonviolence workshops, Martin Luther King & The Montgomery Story dramatized the fledgling movement and its tactics to a generation of future leaders including a young John Lewis.

Today, Congressman Lewis is continuing that legacy, and using comics to educate and inspire a new generation. Together with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, Lewis has created a transformative work of literature in the graphic-novel memoir series March, a #1 New York Times bestseller that brings his memories of the civil rights movement to urgent new life.

As a graphic novel memoir, March engages readers with unforgettable imagery and first-person narration, combining the disciplines of art, literature, and history in a single document. Students will not only understand the history of the civil rights movement but also connect in a deeply personal way with the story of nonviolent activism in America. March is also a catalyst for vital discussions about diversity, society, and active engagement in one’s community, in ways that are not just historical but directly relevant to today’s world. And what’s more, it focuses specifically on the role of young people.

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Local Mentors Win Statewide Acclaim as “Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year” http://ashevilleblog.com/local-mentors-win-statewide-acclaim-big-brother-big-sister-year/ http://ashevilleblog.com/local-mentors-win-statewide-acclaim-big-brother-big-sister-year/#respond Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:59:45 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10948 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina is proud to announce local mentors William Dickerson and Lynne Keating as North Carolina’s Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina is proud to announce local mentors William Dickerson and Lynne Keating as North Carolina’s Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year.

Each year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America affiliates nominate local mentors to be considered for the Big Brother and Sister of the Year award for their state. A host of criteria are considered in the selection process, including how effective the relationship has been in assisting the child to achieve positive outcomes in the face of obstacles. Each chairperson for each state additionally looks at each “Little” brother or sister’s improvement in social-emotional wellness such as self-confidence and relationships with peers and family as well as how invested and active the nominated “Big” volunteer has been in engaging their community in the mission and work of BBBS.

It’s been five years since Dickerson, a resident of Buncombe County, first met his “little brother” Isiah.

“In these times—when so many things could divide us—being a Big to Isiah has allowed me diversity in life that I cherish to be a part of.”

As a result of their relationship, Isiah has discovered the opportunity to discover his talent in soccer through enrollment in a local soccer league as well as embracing his capacity for academic achievement.

“I always look forward to spending time with my Big Brother because when I’m with William, we always do something new,” says Isiah.

The coming year will be marked with yet another milestone and growth opportunity for Isiah as he steps into The American Adventure Service Corps—a year round program dedicated to inspiring young people to become compassionate and conscientious community members

Experiencing new things and expanding horizons are common benefits reported by both Bigs and Littles as a result of their match, explains Elizabeth Spaulding, BBBS Program Director of Cashiers, who’s been providing match support for NC’s Big Sister of the Year, Lynne Keating, and her “little sister” Sophie.

“Lynne has been a champion for Sophie, encouraging her and nudging her gently to spread her wings and set her sights high. Their relationship has blossomed with time, and through that, Sophie has become a more independent, confident, vocal, and successful young woman,” says Spaulding.

When they were first matched over three years ago, Sophie’s interest in art quickly became clear to Keating, who found an opportunity to nurture that nascent talent with frequent trips to local art center Bascom.

With Keating’s help, Sophie is now enrolled as an art student at a private school in north Georgia, where she is not only developing her artistic talents, but also discovering opportunities for leadership and project collaboration.

“Not only has Lynne helped me immensely these past couple of years, she’s proven to be an amazing friend,” says Biaso, “She’s never spoken to me as if I were a child. She’s always honest and willing to discuss, which is something I greatly appreciate. I think without Lynne I wouldn’t have been pushed to go out of my comfort zone in many situations, and I don’t think I would have progressed this much as a person without her.”

The National Big Of The Year Selection Committee will announce the National Big Of The Year in April, 2017.

Author Bio
Jordan Foltz is a advocacy writer, traveler, father, mentor and homesteader who lives just north of Asheville, NC.  He spent four years as a contributing writer at Mountain Xpress, covering sustainability, religion and spirituality and currently works both as Communications Coordinator with Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC and as Program Director for local mentoring and rites of passage organization Journeymen Asheville.

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