A weekend’s worth of conscious parties

Fill your weekend with conscious parties, barbecues for a cause, beers for pups and much more!

• Do you see beauty in what others discard? Then don’t miss the upcoming Trashion Show, featuring inventive clothing and accessories made from “reused and upcycled” materials, on Friday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. at Asheville’s new Creative Reuse Center, located at 95 Thompson St., in the River Arts District. All proceeds from the $10 admission fee benefits Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, a no-kill animal shelter. Info: 808-9435.

• “PBR for Pups,” a beer-drinking benefit for the Asheville Humane Society, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Universal Joint Bar, 784 Haywood Road, in West Asheville. Proceeds from sales of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer will benefit AHS’s adoption program and services for fuzzy friends. Info: 761-2001.

Carpenter’s Heart, a faith-based nonprofit committed to initiating community projects, such as building wheel-chair ramps and organizing back-to-school ministries, hosts “When Pigs Fly,” a barbecue fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Newbridge Baptist Church, 199 Elkwood Ave., Asheville. All proceeds benefit an international orphanage project sponsored by Carpenter’s Heart. There is a $5 admission fee for adults and children under 10 are welcome free of charge.

• A “Singing and Auction for Soldiers” event, featuring special guests Greg Day, Naomi and the Segos, The Green River Boys and J.J. Waddell, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m. at the Tryon Fine Arts Center, a gallery located at 34 Melrose Ave., in Tryon. All proceeds will go to send care packages to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Free admission, but donations are encouraged. Info: 859-8322.

• Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Asheville presents “Art From the Heart,” a silent auction of original Haitian art, on Sunday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Funds benefit Haitian artists and enable Haitians to deliver health care and education in their own communities. The church is located at 789 Merrimon Ave. Info: 253-0542.

For more on area benefits/fundraisers, check out the “Benefits” section of the Xpress Community Calendar at www.mountainx.com/events.


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About Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt
Aiyanna grew up on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. She was educated at The Cambridge School of Weston, Sarah Lawrence College, and Oxford University. Aiyanna lives in Asheville, North Carolina where she proudly works for Mountain Xpress, the city’s independent local newspaper.

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