This weekend on a shoestring

Thursday, Feb. 28

• Just in time for spring planting, the Buncombe Soil and Water Conservation will host its annual tree seedling sale at Jesse Israel and Sons Garden Center, 570 Brevard Road. Seedlings range from 25-75 cents. Sale runs through Saturday, March 2. Info: 250-4785.

• Buncombe Country Extension Master Gardeners offers insight into attracting bees and other pollinating insects with “Our Precious Pollinators: Bees and Beyond.” Presented by Diane Almond at the Swannanoa Library, 101 W. Charleston St. 6:30 p.m. Free. Info: 250-6486.

• UNCA music instructors will show off their chops during a faculty showcase at the university’s Lipinsky Auditorium. $5/students free. Info: 251-6432.

Friday, March 1

• Dobra Tea, 78 N. Lexington Ave., will host “an infused experience of international tea, music and cultural outreach,” to benefit LEAF International, featuring performances by Lisa Zahiyah, River Guerguerian, Chris Rosser and more. Free; donations appreciated. Info and schedule here.

• The Juniper Bends Reading Series, a “quarterly literary reading series seeking to create a space for hard-working local writers to share their work with the world,” continues this weekend at Downtown Books and News, 67 N. Lexington Ave., featuring readings by Rachel Howard, Caleb Beissert, Laura Patterson and A.K. Benninghofen. 7 p.m. Free to attend; wine by donation. Info:

• Harvest Records hosts an opening reception for its latest art exhibition, Swish and Fade, multiple exposure photographs by local artist Samantha Carter. The opening will include refreshments and a collection of Carter’s pottery for sale. 415 Haywood Road. 7 p.m. Free.

• From a press release, “Beautiful Possibility is a traveling exhibition and research project by Alison Pebworth that takes the prototype of the 19th century American traveling show as inspiration for engaging others about what it means to be American. … Drawing upon the nostalgic allure of the circus and Wild West show, itinerant explorers and Chauttauqua lecturers, Pebworth travels with an exhibition of ten painted narrative banners that mix eras and integrate obscure and popular American figures and myths to make history laden comments on contemporary culture.” The Beautiful Possibility Tour stops in Asheville at The DryGoods Shop, 474 Haywood Road. 7-9 p.m.

Saturday, March 2

Penland School of Crafts, “a national center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives,” invites the public to an afternoon of hands-on workshops and demonstrations in clay, glass, iron, metals, textiles and more during an open house event in its renowned studios. 67 Doras Trail, Penland. 1-5 p.m. Free.

• Tired of rock bands and electronic dance shows? Need a break from bluegrass and old-time? Join the Blue Ridge Orchestra as it performs classic selections by Bizet and Beethoven at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 789 Merrimon Ave. Free. More info here.

• “We call it ‘chicken-fried gospel soul,’” begins The Carpenter Ants’ bio. “Lots of feel-good harmonies and a solid groove. Together for nearly 25 years, the band has played throughout the South Atlantic Region, twice toured Moscow, and joined the Rev. Jesse Jackson for a 10-city tour.” Catch the Charleston-based quartet during an early show at Jack of the Wood, 95 Patton Ave. 5 p.m. Free.

Sunday, March 3

• Looking for love? Luckily, you’re not alone. Asheville Professional Singles will host a singles meet and greet, ages 25-45, featuring games and a bonfire, at The Bywater, 796 Riverside Drive. 7-10 p.m. Free.


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