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Montreat Presbyterian begins Wednesday series

Jeanne duBose will be the lead speaker for the three-part series on mindfulness at Montreat Presbyterian Church beginning Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 5 p.m. DuBose will be leading a discussion on the "spirituality of aging." The following Wednesday,Jan. 24 at 5 p.m., Keith Grogg will talk about "living each day with God." On Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 5 p.m., Ina Hughs will lead participants in a writing exercise to discover "what early experiences have influenced you." All classes will meet in the Allen Building on Lookout Road. The public is invited.

Register your little one for basketball skills

Registration ends Friday, Jan. 12 for Start Smart Basketball for children 3-5 years old. The hour-long clinic is held at 6:15 p.m. Fridays beginning Jan. 19 and lasts seven weeks. Held at Black Mountain Elementary School, Start Smart Basketball concentrates on fundamentals, development and fun. Register at Carver Community Center, over the phone at 669-2052 or online at  bmrp.recdesk.com/Community/Program.

Book group to look at racism and white privilege  

A book discussion group is being formed to discuss "Witnessing Whiteness: The Need To Talk About Race & How To Do It" by Shelly Tochluk on Mondays, Jan. 22-March 26 in the Black Mountain Library community room.

The discussions will be 4:30-6 p.m. The recommended donation of $10 a class will go to Be Present Inc., a nonprofit social justice organization rooted in black and female leadership.

This facilitated book discussion group is designed to assist people who identify as white to notice and respond to interpersonal and institutional racism, white privilege and white supremacy. It is meant to help participants understand and practice interrupting racism and to develop and practice skills to act as agents of change.

To sign up, contact Marybeth Wolf, mfrancescawolf@gmail.com. It is recommend that participants buy  and bring the second edition of the book to the first day of class.

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