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ECO, the Environmental and Conservation Organization, is hosting the fifth annual Environmental Film Festival on Friday, Nov. 8, from 6-9 p.m. at the Hendersonville Little Theatre, 229 South Washington St.

The festival will feature an award-winning environmental film YERT-Your Environmental Road Trip, an absorbing, entertaining and fast-paced two-hour documentary.
"This film truly has it all — and it's not the typical environmental documentary that leaves you feeling despair for the future," said Rachel Hodge, ECO's executive director. "You'll laugh, maybe even cry for a moment, and gasp at the state of reality you witness, but you'll also be inspired and in awe at the simplest of things we can each do to move forward sustainably as a society."
Tickets can be purchased online at, at the ECO office by Nov. 6 or at the door. ECO is located at 611 N. Church Street (Biz611), Suite 101. Admission is $15, $10 for students with valid ID and $7 for youth 12 and under. Concessions available for purchase will be provided by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville, Hendersonville Community Co-op and Jongo Java.

Sponsors are, GreenBy3, Green River Preserve, Hendersonville Community Co-op, Whole Log Lumber, Holly Spring Nursery, ECHO Data, Mast General Store, Beverly-Hanks & Associates, Western North Carolina Green Building Council, The Bicycle Company, Jongo Java and Highland Lake Inn. For information call ECO at (828) 692-0385.

Literacy council rocks for reading

Blue Ridge Literacy Council is hosting "Rock & Roll for Literacy" on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Hendersonville Elks Lodge. The concert and dance will feature the music of Jimmy Baker and the Profits with emcee Mark Warwick, general manager of WTZQ-AM 1600.
"The concept was to create a fun, affordable event around an informal gathering of friends, supporters and the general public at our intimate rock and roll house party with live music," said Steve Kirkland, executive director of BRLC and the guitar player for Jimmy Baker and the Profits. "We also want to continue to inform/engage others about the challenges and opportunities surrounding illiteracy in Henderson County."
The band formed about 10 years ago in Asheville from a nucleus of friends that were jamming together on a regular basis.
The fundraiser includes a silent auction, cash bar and light refreshments. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door and can be purchased by contacting the Literacy Council at 828-696-3811 or

Duo debuts a song for heating aid benefit
The fourth annual Warmth of Home Concert will be held at the Flat Rock Cinema on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m.
The concert, produced by Howard Molton and sponsored by WTZQ, Morris Broadband, Carolina Investment Brokers, Carolina Ace Hardware and Flat Rock Cinema, will feature local artists Tom Fisch and Terry Wetton and the debut of the new song, appropriately titled "Warmth of Home," written by Fisch, Wetton and Molton.
Fisch first became inspired to help in 2010 after hearing about the challenges some local residents face in paying for electricity just to keep their heat on.
"Something about that just grabbed me," Fisch says. "Most of us take electricity for granted. It's hard to imagine working extra hours and still not having enough to pay the electric or heating bill."
Once Interfaith Assistance Ministry embraced the benefit idea, "the ball just started rolling," Fisch says. From there, Fisch, Wetton and Molton began their mission to bring the show to life.
"Tom and Terry are great musicians and performers and they're both extremely entertaining," Molton said. "Their music is suitable for all ages so it's a lot of fun to see all the smiles. Since this is our fourth year, I thought it would be nice to do something different and write a song for the event. It's about a character who benefited from IAM's service — the story that tugged at Tom's heart and set this all in motion. I'm proud and honored to be a part of it and can't wait to hear it live."
Tickets are $15 and proceeds go to the IAM's Winter Heating Fund. Tickets are available at IAM and Flat Rock Cinema. Call 828-697-7029 for more information and visit for driving directions and food and beverage menu.

DuPont Rescue drill is Nov. 8-10

The seventh annual DuPont Rescue Experience will be held Nov. 8-10 at DuPont State Forest.
The exercise will simulate search and rescue operations in a wilderness environment. Search crews, dog crews, and technical rescue teams are encouraged to participate.
For more information contact coordinator Wike Graham at 828-329-8594 or or visit