This weekend on a shoestring

This weekend brings an eclectic mix of entertainment that includes educational programs, local films, literary readings, raucous rock ‘n’ roll, old-time spirituals and zombies. As always, these events are budget-friendly and sure to keep that wallet where it belongs: in your pocket. Share more lost-cost options in the comments section.

NC Arboretum reintroduc­es American chestnut to its grounds (blight resistant, this time)

When white folks arrived on these shores, American chestnuts were the dominant tree from Georgia to Maine; then in the early 1900s, an imported disease virtually wiped them out — an estimated 4 billion trees. Now, thanks to the American Chestnut Foundation—and its genetic improvement program—the trees are positioned to make a comeback. Here, ACF President Bryan Burhans and Natural Landscape Crew Leader Tony Morrison pose with one of the newly planted, blight-resistant young trees.

A guide to green organizati­ons

Appalachian Voices Bringing people together to solve the environmental problems that have the greatest impact on the central and southern Appalachian Mountains. Info: 262-1500 or www.appvoices.org. Asheville Green Drinks Community members who are interested in environmental issues and topics meet for drinks at BoBo Gallery, 22 Lexington Ave. A guest speaker usually makes a short […]