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Tree celebration planned

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Asheville Jewish Community Center, 236 Charlotte St., will be holding a Tu B’Shevat seder and potluck on Jan 28, 7 p.m., in the Zimerman Room.

Tu B’Shevat is a holiday that celebrates the New Year of Trees. This is a time of reflection, eating special fruits and more.

Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share.

The JCC’s Rachel Pearlstein also said there was a planning meeting on Jan. 13 for the LGBTQJew/Young Adult Jews of Asheville Purim Party and Drag Show that will be held on Feb. 28, 8 p.m., at the center’s gym. Those who wish to help with the event should contact Pearlstein at

LGBTQJew is the center’s outreach to the LGBT community. Programming is gear toward safety and includes such things as dialogues around race, sexuality and heteronormativity, trips to Israel, pool parties and more.

The center also has its Gay & Lesbian+ of Western North Carolina (GLOW) initiative which further supports the LGBT community. Email to find out about its activities.

YAJA will hold a discussion session on feminism and gender roles on Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m., at the center. On Feb. 6, the LGBTQJew group will hold a Shabbat potluck at 7:30 p.m., at a private home. Enjoy a meal with friends, sing Shabbat songs and engage in camaraderie. Email Pearlstein to learn more.


Dancing welcomes new year

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The first women’s dance of the year will be held on Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m., at Eleven on Grove, 11 Grove St.

The event is hosted by Dance Divas and comes complete with DJ Esella Thompson who will spin for partygoers. Thompson has a wide range of talents. She has taught line dance, two-step and other partnered dance styles.

Capping off the evening will be a wedding festivities celebrating the first week of marriage of Kristi Rogers and Wendy Epley. They will provide a spread, complete with wedding cake.

The Asheville Lesbian Social Club will provide filtered water and a cash bar.

Admission is $10 and includes entrance to Scandals downstairs afterward.


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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.