BLAINESWORLD #817, Section 12A (NC)

(1) Catherine F. in NC: REMINDER

2012 Strive Not to Drive Challenge
May 21-25, 2012

We congratulate the 88 Center members who signed a pledge to “strive not to drive” this week and encourage them to act on that pledge by adopting a new habit of walking or biking, forming a carpool or taking a bus. If you didn’t get a chance to sign the pledge, remember that you can still join the effort to create active and sustainable transportation in Asheville and Buncombe county by making a personal commitment to use methods of transportation other than your personal automobile. To learn more about Strive Not to Drive activities in the Asheville area, click here.

(2) TBX3 Community Arts Space Fundraiser Show!

Thursday, May 31, 2012
7:00 p.m.

An awesome variety show to benefit Toy Boat, Toy Boat, Toy Boat Community Arts Space! Music, Juggling, acrobatics, Comedy, Aerial Arts, & More!
Tickets available at the door. Suggested donation $15-$20, but any amount accepted (no one turned away!)
Featuring:
– members of Runaway Circus & the Loose Cabooses
– Forty Fingers & a Missing Tooth
(more info coming soon!) Club Metropolis
Asheville, NC

(3) SPRING AWAKENING!

Bioflyer Productions is bringing to Asheville the award winning Broadway hit for the first time in Western North Carolina! The dates are two weekends, June 22–July 1, at Asheville Masonic Temple. Winner of 8 TONY Awards, including BEST MUSICAL this is the groundbreaking show that celebrates an unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with power, poignancy, and passion.The exciting score of this famous rock musical will feature Chuck Taft as returning Music Director. This year’s production will also benefit Planned Parenthood, one of the area’s most powerful community outreach organizations for young people and family education.SPRING AWAKENING takes its inspiration from one of literature’s most controversial masterpieces–a work so daring in its depiction of teenage self-discovery, it was banned from the stage and not performed in its complete form in English for nearly 100 years. This was not because of its bold depiction of rebellious youth, but rather the perceived evils of a sexually repressive and socially rigid society. On Broadway, the show became famous because it did not look like a regular musical, and it did not sound like a regular musical. It was truly fresh, innovative, and a magnet for younger theater goers.

Performances are June 22-23 at 7:30pm, June 24 matinee at 2:30, June 29-30 at 7:30, July 1 matinee at 2:30. Tickets are $15 in advance thru Etix or at Planned Parenthood, 603 Biltmore Ave in Asheville. Suggested for mature audiences.

(4) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
steveNyou Presents:
a SPECIAL FUNDRAISING and ENTERTAINMENT EVENT for
Gabriel’s Gift Foundation,   Sunday, June 3rd 2012, @ 3 P.M.,
BoBo Gallery,   22 Lexington Avenue, Asheville.
Entertainment by singer Peggy Ratusz  with accompanist Jonathan “JP” Pearlman.

Gabrielle’s Gift Foundation (GGF) is a non-profit organization that provides financial aid, education, mentoring, and peer support to those surviving with type one and two diabetes.  GGF raises  money for diabetes supplies for children and their families who support them.  JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) is an essential research foundation, but GGF will focus on aiding families in need.GGF seeks to lessen the financial hardship of this disease through ambitious fundraising and aggressive education and publicity.  Our fund drive includes raising money for diabetes pumps (which cost $5,000- $7,000 each) and the essential and costly supplies of glucose monitors, test strips, insulin and syringes.  Our target population is the ever growing under-insured family.  If one is indigent one can get Medicaid, and, if fortunate, a family also has good insurance to cover the approximate $300 per month extra cost for supplies.  Many families fall into an insurance gap without coverage, and, unfortunately, if a child exhausts their insulin or other supplies, their only option is to incur exorbitant costs at a hospital emergency room.

The emotional burden of this disease is very high for the entire family, and GGF will help through education, mentoring, counseling and support groups with families who have raised children through the difficulties of this disease.Our very first public event is on Sunday, June 3rd at Bobo Gallery, from 3:00 P.M., featuring Peggy Ratusz and Jonathan “J.P.” Pearlman playing blues/jazz standards.  This will be a small event, just to make an introduction.  We’re hoping to have a few members from Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Charlotte on hand to support us as we, Gabrielle’s Gift and steveNyou Presents, support JDRF for it’s upcoming Walkathon in October.  Our plan is also to represent JDRF’s recent decision to open a chapter in Asheville, and to help build a strong campaign to improve education, diets, and raise awareness of diabetes throughout the community.

For more information, contact Gabriel’s Gift Foundation
55 Thea Lane, Fletcher NC 28732
828-216-1263
Founded by Sherrie & Lester Leslie, inspired by their son, Gabriel.

Peggy Ratusz is a well-established presence on the Asheville music scene, blues chanteuse Peggy Ratusz performs an infectious, sultry and multi-layered brand of original, traditional and modern Blues, Soul and Jazz.  While influences such as Ray Charles and Bonnie Raitt are prominent, her unique soul and her voice are one of a kind.  She and her backing band are particularly impressive during live performances where audiences witness her polished core, inspired by the rhythm, the melodies and the stories she tells.  Her emotion is authentic proving that she’s a confident servant of the blues tradition.

For more information, contact Peggy Ratusz pmarie43@yahoo.com

For more information, contact BoBo Gallery 22 N. Lexington Asheville NC  28801
828.254.3426

steveNyou Presents:  is Steven L. Liebenhaut and John Ullmann, raising money for worthy causes.  Eight fundraising events have been held for the following Asheville organizations since 2006:  Loving Food Resources, Our Voice, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of WNC, Aerial Space Student Scholarships, Forty Fingers and a Missing Tooth Juggling and Performance Troupe and Prison Books.  Disparate venues have been utilized such as The Grey Eagle Tavern, Asheville Jewish Community Center, Bywater Bar.
For more information, contact steveNyou Presents
Steven L. Liebenhaut
liebsteven@yahoo.com
828-335-7931
John A. Ullmann
ullmannone@gmail.com
828-216-6663

steveNyou Presents
Raising Money For Worthy Causes
2385 Hendersonville Road Box 62
Arden NC 28704-4506
see also:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezCJOXSVpfU

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