Save the day(s)

2007, it’s been nice and all, but we’re moving on. A whole new year is on the horizon, and with it, a slew of new locally produced calendar.

Some of them hold universal appeal, but others, to be frank, are not for everyone. So here’s an overview of the ones Xpress learned of during a recent search. Each of the calendars will help you plan you days with a distinctly local approach.

They’re baaaaack: For the third year in a row, the men of Westville Pub are letting it all (or most of it) hang out for a good cause: proceeds for the $10 calendar go to Helpmate, a domestic-violence prevention group. “We objectify our men to help women,” explains one of the men behind the effort. Pick up a copy at the pub (777 Haywood Road); call 225-9782 to learn more.


Still Standing: Local conservation group Quality Forward present another of its stunningly shot photo calendars. This year, the focus is on “Treasured Trees”—noted local survivors of development, pestilence and pollution. With photography by Benjamin Porter, the large-sized calendar sells for $15. Find it 29 Page St. in Asheville, or call 254-1776 for other options.


Grin and bare it: Local breast-cancer survivors age 25 to 73 serve as models for this tastefully artful fundraiser for Bares it ALL for Breast Cancer, which raises funds and awareness in WNC. Dubbed “A Celebration of Life and Hope,” the calendar costs $10 and is available at all Mountain Trust Bank locations. Call 243-1451 for more info.


The back story: A new offering from the Asheville Brewing Company is sure to turn some heads. The “Bottoms Up!” calendar features female staffers of the pizza joint in the nude and from the rear—with many of them sitting on the bar. It’ll cost you $15, but you’ll get $75 in coupons inside, and a portion of the proceeds benefits the rape-crises hotline Our Voice. Available at both the Merrimon and Coxe avenue locations.


The long forecast: For $6, UNCA’s Western North Carolina Weather Calendar offers a year’s worth of valuable local-weather information, prepared by the folks at the university’s Atmospheric Sciences Department. This is the 23rd year they’ve prepared the calendar, which, in addition to months, days and dates, features everything from temperature and precipitation normals to moon phases to sunset and sunset times. Order one by mailing a check for $6, payable to “Weather Calendar,” to Dr. Alex Huang, UNCA Atmospheric Sciences Dept., One University Heights, Asheville, NC 28804-8511.


Come fly with me: Asheville-based nonprofit SouthWings, which works to capture and share aerial perspectives on ecology, shares some of its most compelling images in the “Conservation through Aviation” calendar. Available for $15 at the group’s office (35 Haywood St., Suite 201); visit www.southwings.org or call (800) 640-1131.

 

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About Jon Elliston
An Asheville-based mountain journalist: Former Mountain Xpress managing editor. Investigations and open government editor at Carolina Public Press. Senior contributing editor at WNC magazine.

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