Conscious Party Web Xtra: Storytelling for schools

WHAT: Tales from the Treehouse: Stories of Transformation

WHEN: Friday, May 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: 574 Haywood Road, Asheville

WHY: Fireside Asheville, a community group based on reflective listening, personal storytelling and community service, is presenting a night of storytelling and music to benefit local nonprofit Children First/Communities in Schools, whose mission is to empower children and their families to reach their full potential through advocacy, education and services. “These are real people from our community, not professional storytellers, telling real stories about that moment when you are able to see something from a different perspective,” notes Children First/CIS outreach and engagement coordinator Jodi Ford.

A variety of kid-themed snacks and refreshments will be available at the event, featuring such childhood favorites as Rice Crispy treats and ice cream donated by The Hop — “Salted caramel, if I have my choice,” Ford says. Interspersed throughout the night of stories will be music performed by locals Dusty Denae, Noah Wiese and Katie Knorovsky.

Tickets for the evening are $5 at the door, and all proceeds from the event will be used to support programming and services that advocate for and empower children and families in Buncombe County, such as their Family Resource Center at Emma, after school learning centers and Latino Outreach. Children First/CIS is also collecting new water bottles and towels for children participating in the organization’s six-week summer camp.

For more information, visit childrenfirstcisbc.org. — Michael McDonald

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