9/21/2012 - Asheville-area benefit parties, concerts & more
by Asheville Citizen Times
Concert to raise money for 'Messiah'
WEAVERVILLE - The Weaverville Music Study Club will present "A Tapestry of Sound" at 7 p.m. today at First Baptist Church, 63 N. Main St., as a benefit for a performance of Handel's "Messiah."
The "Messiah" performance will be at 4 p .m. Dec. 2 at the church.
Musicians for the Sept. 21 program will be violinist Dottie Peeke, accompanied by Frances Coates; harpist Fay Reinhardt; flutist Barbara Scott; and Hannah Pennell, soprano, and Scott Hale, tenor, singing excerpts from "Messiah," accompanied by Linda Jones.
In addition, Dr. Robert G. Boer, director of the December performance, will be introduced and Rev. Wendell Brittain will tell of the beginnings of the Weaverville performances.
An offering will be collected. To learn more, contact Harriet Burnette, 645-5798.
Alzheimer's walk is Saturday
ASHEVILLE - The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's will be Saturday at Pack Square Park. Registration is at 9 a.m., and the walk starts at 10 a.m.
"There has never been a greater need for the citizens of Asheville to join in the fight against Alzheimer's disease by participating in (the walk)," said Caitlyn Muskat-Thomas, an Alzheimer's Association development manager. "Funds raised will provide care and support services to the 170,000 residents of North Carolina living with Alzheimer's, while also advancing critically-needed research."
To learn more, visit www.alz.org/walk or call 800-272-3900. To learn more about the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, call that toll-free number or visit alz.org/northcarolina.
Yard sale to assist transplant hopeful
MILLS SPRING - Volunteers are planning yard sale for 8 a.m. Saturday, in the parking lot of the Mill Spring old baseball field to benefit Michael Conner, a candidate for a kidney transplant.
Conner, 40, has been undergoing regular dialysis since 2009, and is now in total renal failure and awaits a donor match for a transplant. The yard sale will help pay some of the more than $250,000 in expenses he will incur for the operation, and the ongoing expenses thereafter.
To learn more, contact Angie Sisk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 712-0011. To make a tax-deductible gift to Conner, visit www.transplants.org or send to the NFT North Carolina Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Ave., Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Write "in honor of Michael Conner" on the memo line.
Liberty Corner holds first benefit party
ASHEVILLE - A benefit for Liberty Corner Enterprises will be noon-5 p.m. Saturday in the back stage area of the Lexington Ave. Brewery, 39 N. Lexington Ave.
Admission is $50 and includes live music, beer, wine, soft drinks, a raffle and light appetizers. Scheduled to perform are Maria Lieteau (of Blues Topia Highway), All Strings Considered, Beta Maxx and Lisa Biales. For tickets, call 254-9917.
Liberty Corner Enterprises is a nonprofit that has supported Asheville area people with intellectual or developmental disabilities for 20 years. To learn more, visit libertycornerent.com.
Circus event fights mental illness
ASHEVILLE - The Greatest Show of Courage, a circus-carnival-parade fundraiser to combat the stigma of mental illness, will be noon-4 p.m. Sunday on the stage of Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square.
The event will feature the Runaway Circus, three local bands -- The River Rats, Elijah Hooker and The Zoodles -- food trucks, artists, a silent auction, raffle, cakewalk, games and a parade. (To join or sponsor the parade, visit www.namiwnc.org/circus-parade).
All proceeds benefit the Western Carolina National Alliance on Mental Illness's free education, support and advocacy programs. To learn more, call 505-7353.
Shop to help elephants
MONTREAT - Ten Thousand Villages, 303 Lookout Road, will celebrate Elephant Appreciation Day 1-5 p.m. Sunday with a shopping benefit for The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tenn. The shop will donate 15 percent of all sales that day to sanctuary.
In addition to shopping, enjoy games, light refreshments and webcam feeds from the sanctuary. To learn more, call Belinda Box at 669-1406.
Dine with your dog at Ave. M
ASHEVILLE - Asheville Humane Society will benefit from a Dine With Your Dog event on Sunday. Seatings are at 4 and 6 p.m. on the patio at Avenue M, 791 Merrimon Ave., Asheville.
Cost is $45 per human, including selections from a special menu plus a three-course feast for canine companions .
Call 350-8181 for reservations.To learn more about the humane society and its volunteer opportunities and events, visit www.ashevillehumane.org or call 761-2001.