New year, new clubs

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to meet new people and try new things? Of course it is! In honor of the new year, Xpress did a little digging and added a slew of clubs and groups to its community calendar.

Here are a few highlights of the clubs WNC has to offer. Visit for a full list. Dates and times have been confirmed, but it’s a good idea to double check before attending your first meeting. If you know of other clubs in the area, add them in the comments.

Asheville Area Anime offers “geeky films and fun” at Firestorm Cafe, 48 Commerce St. Free. Info: or 255-8115. Saturdays, 3 p.m.

Asheville Chess Club meets at the North Asheville Community Center, 37 E. Larchmont Drive. Children’s club meets from 5:15-6:30pm. $5 per session. Info: or 299-3715. Wednesdays, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Asheville Scrabble Club meets at Atlanta Bread Company North, 633 Merrimon Ave. Info: Sundays, 2-6 p.m.

Astronomy Club of Asheville meets in UNCA’s Reuter Center. See website for stargazing events. $20 per year. Info: 1st Thursdays, 7-9 p.m.

Asheville Free Media community radio station meets for a monthly mixtape swap and general meeting at DeSoto Lounge, 504 Haywood Road. Bring a CD or tape to share and take one home. Info: 4th Saturdays, noon.

Blue Ridge Toastmasters Club aims to “develop speaking and leadership skills in a supportive environment.” Meets at Asheville Chamber of Commerce/Lenoir Rhyne University, 36 Montford Ave., Room 317. Info: Mondays, 12:15-1:20 p.m.

Frugal Artist Meetup presents art films at Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League’s Red House Studios and Gallery, 310 W. State St., Black Mountain. No need to bring supplies. $5/$1 members. Info: or 3rd Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m.

Sisters in Stitches sewing group meets at The Drygoods Shop, 474 Haywood Road. Free. Info: 3rd Saturdays, 1 p.m.

Smoky Mountain Chess Club invites players of all levels to participate in friendly competition at Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. Free. Info: or 456-6000. Thursdays, 1-4 p.m.

Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society meets monthly at the West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road. $20 for year-long membership; meetings free to attend. Info:, 254-0513 or 1st Thursdays, 7 p.m.

Youth OUTRight offers weekly discussion groups and social activities for LGBTQ youth at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Sundays, 4-6 p.m.

Sisters in Stitches

Asheville Anime

Asheville Chess Club

Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society


Thanks for reading through to the end…

We share your inclination to get the whole story. For the past 25 years, Xpress has been committed to in-depth, balanced reporting about the greater Asheville area. We want everyone to have access to our stories. That’s a big part of why we've never charged for the paper or put up a paywall.

We’re pretty sure that you know journalism faces big challenges these days. Advertising no longer pays the whole cost. Media outlets around the country are asking their readers to chip in. Xpress needs help, too. We hope you’ll consider signing up to be a member of Xpress. For as little as $5 a month — the cost of a craft beer or kombucha — you can help keep local journalism strong. It only takes a moment.

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.