Earth first!

Commemorate Earth Day with film screenings, lectures, festivities, seminars, workshops, family gatherings and live music.

• Ten Thousand Villages in Montreat (303 Outlook Road) hosts a special shopping event on Thursday, April 22, and will donate 10 percent of sales to volunteer group Rainbow Recycling. There's also a recycling scavenger hunt, a lesson on how to wrap herb pots in newspaper and free herb seedlings for participants to take home. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Info at 669-1406 or

Fourth-grader Maggie Anderson's untitled grand-prize winner from Art in the afternoon. Image courtesy of RiverLink

• Warren Wilson College's Environmental Leadership Center offers the Mountain Green Series, which consists of guest speakers and a walking tour. On Thursday, April 22, The Green Walkabout introduces participants to the best practices for building green. 1 to 2:45 p.m. in Canon Lounge, Gladfelter building. RSVP to The lecture "Taking Responsibility for a Sustainable World," with Maggie Ullman is held from 3 to 5 p.m., Kittredge Theater. Both events are free. Info at 771-3781 or

A-B Tech Green Power hosts a free showing of Kilowatt Hours: A Plan to Re-Energize America with a discussion following the movie. It's held Thursday, April 22, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Holly Library, room 121 (downstairs) on A-B Tech's main campus. For more information, email with "Kilowatt Ours" in the subject line of your email.

• The White Horse Black Mountain's Earth Day Minifest benefits Full Moon Farm (a sanctuary for wolfdogs and captive-bred wolves). Fifth World Planet, Joe Carlson and Joe Hallock & the Flat Rock Boys play the event. With pizza from Mellow Mushroom and a big raffle. Bring your styrofoam/computers/batteries to recycle.Thursday, April 22, 5 p.m. Free.

•  Awakening the Dreamer Symposium is held on Thursday, April 22, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville (1 Edwin Pl., 254-6001). "Celebrate changing the dream. Snacks and tea provided." 6 to 9 p.m., register at

• Sierra Club — America's oldest, largest and most influential grass-roots environmental organization — hosts its monthly meeting, also at the UU Church on Thursday, April 22. Hartwell Carson of WNC Alliance will speak on the water-quality impacts of the Progress Energy plant on the French Broad River. 7 to 9 p.m. Info at or 251-8289.

• Local nonprofit Culture's Edge sponsors a free program on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 7:30 to 9 p.m., at the UCC Church (40 Oak St.). Andrew Goodheart Brown will screen excerpts of the video "The Global Gardener." Info at 253-0095 or

• The Environmental & Conservation Organization (ECO) holds Earth Day events at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock. On Thursday, April 22, the award-winning documentary film, Earth Days, will screen. 7 p.m., $5 suggested donation.

On Saturday, April 24, return to BRCC for an outside daytime family community festival with an outdoor solar stage, local musicians, storytellers and performance artists. Workshops focus on sustainable gardening and green energy.  Other activities include a water festival, art projects and a green Olympics for kids, a greenway hike, a student short film festival, recycling of household batteries, tree planting, an electric car race and more. (Activities take place at the large field by the Spearman Building or in the BRCC Technology Building in case of rain.) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., free.

That evening, bluegrass band, Balsam Range and Americana artist Shannon Whitworth perform at the Blue Ridge Conference Hall. 8 p.m., $15-$20. Info at 692-0385 or

• Earth Day Flea Market & Recycling Collection takes place in Black Mountain in the public parking lot on Route 9, adjacent to Sun Trust Bank. Shop or rent a flea market space; Boogie Down Electronics and Rainbow Recycling team up to collect unwanted styrofoam packing, computers, cell phones, scanners, fax machines, regular and rechargable batteries, printers, small TVs, VCRs and DVD players. 9 a.m. to noon. Info at Black Mountain Recreation & Parks, 669-8610.

• RiverLink's Picnic at Carrier Park takes place Saturday, April 24, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring a picnic blanket, enjoy healthy snacks from Earth Fare and check out RiverLink's new childhood-obesity-prevention program Itty Bitty Bikes. Also on the itinerary: free hot air balloon rides from 9 to 11 a.m., a 10 a.m. nature walk, the Friends of the WNC Nature Center to bring animals at 10:30, a bike parade at 11 a.m., grilling from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., a guided walk at noon and a plant exchange (bring your extra seeds or plants) at 1 p.m. Free. Info at

• St. Luke's Episcopal Church (219 Chunn's Cove Rd.) holds an Earth Day celebration "intended to explore why environmental sustainability is a spiritual concern, and what we can do to help." Events include an outdoor ceremony of prayer, song and dance includes leaders or clergy of seven different faiths expressing how each faith honors the earth and nature as part of creation; planting new wildlife-friendly indigenous plants at St. Luke's; child-friendly educational activities and a potluck meal. Bring finger food for the potluck: No eating utensils will be provided. Azalea bushes will be collected to be donated to Habitat for Humanity. Participants are asked to carpool. Sunday, April 25, 3 to 5 p.m., info at 253-4911.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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.