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LOCAL BRIEFS: Habitat, charter school, R&B, Co-Op

Celebration of Home raises funds for Habitat

Henderson County Habitat for Humanity will hold its 2015 Celebration of Home Fundraising Dinner and Auction featuring music by The Lonesome Road Band, a silent auction and dinner, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Technology Education and Development Center at Blue Ridge Community College.
Proceeds from the event will help support Habitat to build twelve new homes this year for partner families.
Silent auction items include art, jewelry, gift certificates, weekend getaways, golf merchandise and rounds, culinary items and experiences, beauty and fitness services, handmade items, collectibles, and household items for the lawn and garden.
Performing a dynamic mix of bluegrass, traditional and progressive music, the Hendersonville-based Lonesome Road Band brings an acoustic sound of banjo, guitar, upright bass and mandolin instrumentation mixed with seamless vocal arrangements and soaring harmonies. The event guest speakers include Ruth Birge, recent recipient of the 2015 Richard C. and Vina L. Sauer Charitable Leadership Award, and a Habitat partner homeowner who will share an encouraging personal story.
Tickets are $45 each. Table sponsorship for eight guests is $400. Tickets may be purchased at or in person at the Henderson County Habitat office and ReStores. For more information, call 828-694-0340 or email events@habitat-

FernLeaf sets information sessions

FernLeaf Community Charter School will host a series of public information sessions to provide interested families and the public with information about FernLeaf Community Charter School including opening date, enrollment, educational approach, size and other relevant information.
The sessions will be 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at Earth Fare, 1856 Hendersonville Road, Asheville; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6, at Fletcher Town Hall, 300 Old Cane Creek Road, Fletcher; and 10:30 a.m. Nov. 14 at the Biltmore Park Campus of Western Carolina University.
FernLeaf is a K-8 tuition free public school expected to open in Henderson County in August 2016. The school is dedicated to providing students with engaging, hands on, experiential learning opportunities.
For additional information, contact board member Michael Luplow

Hometown favorites headline R&B

Eric Congdon and Aaron Burdett, two of Hendersonville’s most loved local musicians, will take to the stage and share the headliner spot in a split set at Rhythm & Brews on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 6-9 p.m.
The name of Congdon’s fourth CD, “Acoustic Wanderer,” perfectly describes the singer’s ability to play various acoustic instruments and pull a crowd into his own musical adventures.
Singer-songwriter Aaron Burdett blends original Americana music with folk-rock, bluegrass and blues. His songs will take you on a journey and his voice will lead you through backroads and bring you home again.
Desiree Ricker, one of Hendersonville’s own, will perform at 5 p.m., bringing her smooth acoustic folk and Indies sound.
The free concert is at the Azalea Parking lot in downtown Hendersonville on King Street between Third and Fourth avenues.

Mills River Methodist joins Stephen Ministry

Mills River United Methodist Church recently joined some 12,000 congregations nationwide when it sent Craig Kirkpatrick as its first Stephen Leader to a seven-day Stephen Series Leader’s Training Course in Pittsburgh.
“Stephen Ministry gives Mills River UMC an effective way to train and organize members to provide one-to-one Christian care to individuals struggling with a crisis like grief, divorce, loneliness, relocation, hospitalization, a terminal illness, or unemployment,” said Rev. Ashley Crowder Stanley, senior pastor at Mills River Methodist. “The need for this type of care greatly exceeds what pastors alone can provide. All Christians are called to care for and love one another—it’s just not the pastor’s job. By equipping lay people we can help them fulfill their calling as Christians and also expand the amount of caring ministry available through Mills River UMC.”
As a Stephen Leader, Kirkpatrick will recruit, select, and train members of Mills River UMC to be Stephen Ministers to provide one-to-one care.

Free Clinics offers stop-smoking classes

The Free Clinics will offer a free seven-week Freedom from Smoking Program on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7 Oct. 6 through Nov. 17. The program, taught by a trained facilitator, includes quit kits and group support in a fun, interactive, small group setting. Call 697-8422 to sign up or for more information. The Free Clinics is located 841 Case Street.

Program focuses on eating disorders

The Hendersonville Community Co-op and T.H.E. Center for Disordered Eating will present, “Living Life in the Balance” from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, in the Coop Community Room.
This seminar will cover:
• Mindful Eating: overeating, digestive issues, sugar cravings…these issues that everyone seems to struggle with are ones that can be helped with mindful eating.
• Movement for Body and Soul with YAM (Yoga and Massage): You don’t have to beat your body into the group to be fit, strong and centered.
• Reclaiming Beauty: a session on body image.
• The real “skinny” on eating disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder: eating disorders are NOT a choice and are the number leading cause of death among all mental illnesses. Learn the signs, symptoms, and causes, as well as the resources your can tap to get help, and perhaps save a life.
Cost is $15 per person and space is limited. To register call (828) 337-4685 or visit

Art exhibit benefits Historic Depot

SALUDA — Organizers of the Saluda Historic Depot are sponsoring an exhibit of Jim Carson’s work at the Saluda Historic Depot during September to benefit the ongoing fundraising efforts to purchase the train depot and operate the future museum.
Carson has been painting in both oil and acrylic for over 25 years. He was the managing partner in the law firm of Chambless, Higdon and Carson, Macon, Ga., when his wife gave him a painting course for Christmas. In July, 2003 he retired from law practice and moved to Saluda and now paints full time. He lives in Saluda with his wife, Beth Carson who retired from education and is an avid volunteer with the Saluda Tailgate Market and the Saluda Arts Festival. He has received a number of awards in both local and national shows, and gives both outdoor and indoor workshops throughout the United States.
The exhibit runs through Sept. 30 at the Saluda Historic Depot is at 32 Main Street.