Weekly Picks

Firestorm Cafe & Books, 48 Commerce St., in downtown Asheville, hosts "Night Against Nukes!," a show and informational session featuring local activists and a performance by Ash Devine, on Wednesday, July 6 from 7p.m. to 10 p.m. Info: firestormcafe.com.

Freeskool Asheville, a "teaching and learning network organized by and for the community," invites the public to a class on edible forest gardens on Thursday, July 7 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Held at Pearson Garden, 408 Pearson Drive in Montford. Info: tinyurl.com/6j3nxw9.

Join Indian meditation master Sri Swamiji for silent meditation, Indian spiritual songs and more at Jubilee Community Church, 46 Wall St., in downtown Asheville, on Friday, July 8 at 7 p.m. Info: 252-5335 or shivabalamahayogi.com.

Witness a canvas come to life as local artist Jonas Gerard opens his studio, 240 Clingman Ave., in the River Arts District, for a live painting demonstration on Saturday, July 9 at 2 p.m. Info: jonasgerard.com or 350-7711.

Hands-on workshops and presentations about bamboo will transport you to Japan at the 5th annual Bamboo Festival on Sunday, July 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the N.C. Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way in Asheville. The festival begins on Saturday, July 9. Info: ncarboretum.org or 665-2492.

The WNC Alliance invites the public to join the Muddy Water Watch, a program to monitor logging operations and prevent the erosion of trails and campsites. A training program will take place on Monday, July 11 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the A-B Tech’s Asheville campus, 340 Victoria Road. Info and registration: riverkeeper@wnca.org.

Curious about The Republic of Moldova, North Carolina’s sister state? This former Soviet block country will be discussed on Tuesday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Henderson County Library, 301 N. Washington St. in Hendersonville. Info: www.hendersonvillesistercities.org or 696-9419.

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