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Birthday Parties at The NC Arboretum Encourage Unique Experiential Adventures

Friday, October 30th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Remember how fun it was to explore nature as a child? The NC Arboretum invites families to participate in its birthday party program, offering safe adventure amid 434 acres of natural beauty and a fun, guided celebration that everyone will treasure for years to come.

The Arboretum’s birthday parties for ages 5 and up feature a 75-minute guided program of your choice along with 45 minutes for cake and a gift celebration. All programs are led by an expert environmental educator and take place in the Arboretum’s interactive children’s classroom as well as outside along the trails, creeks, pond, gardens and woodlands.

Party themes include:

Outdoor Adventure: Children embark on a short hike along the Arboretum’s trails as we learn how to build survival shelters and navigate with a compass. Party favors include a compass and bandanna for each child.

Bug Hunt: Participants get up close and personal with our collection of live invertebrates in the classroom, then head out to discover the amazing insects that call our pond, fields and woodlands home. Party favors include a magnifying lense and bug box for each child.

Wildlife of the Woods: Junior wildlife biologists will be thrilled by hands-on reptile and amphibian demonstrations, a wildlife match-up game, and a guided wildlife walk. Party favorsinclude a pair of binoculars and magnifying lense for each child.

Custom parties are also available, just let us know what your child would love to explore!

Parties are available on Saturdays at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. One adult for every 10 children are required to attend the guided program. Families may arrive 30 minutes prior to the party to decorate tables, chairs and the chalkboard (for the ecological reasons, no balloons allowed). A maximum of 24 children and 15 adults may attend. Party favors are available at an additional cost of $2.50 per child. Parties must be booked three weeks prior to the celebration. Parking fees are waived for

For information, visit Arboretum Birthday Parties or
contact Jonathan Marchal, Youth Education Coordinator, at [email protected] or
828.665.2492, ext. 228.

Bon Bébé Brings New Offerings to Biltmore Park

Friday, October 30th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Soft pastel colors, huggable gifts, and the cutest décor you could imagine. These are the newest offerings of recently-opened Bon Bébé in Biltmore Park Town Square. Whether shopping for your own children or perusing their selection of apparel and furnishing for friends and family, Town Square’s newest store is not to be missed. Bon Bébé is every pampering parent’s dream, and if you aren’t one yet, chances are you’ll want to be once you venture into the store.

Located in Suite 110 on Town Square Boulevard, the main road in Biltmore Park, their storefront display is a good representation of what they have to offer. The fashionable clothing and posh cribs, bassinets, armoires, and more will have you wishing for the days when you could spend your time snuggled deep under blankets without a care in the world. And even though you may not be able to return to that time, you can ensure that the children in your life enjoy their time with peaceful, comfortable, and, of course, fashion-forward days.

Bon Bébé is one of a group of retail stores that recently moved to Biltmore Park Town Square, and they are excited about adding to the variety of offerings in the mixed-use center in South Asheville. Town Square is quickly becoming a one-stop shopping destination, and when you visit Bon Bébé, you also have an opportunity to stop by retailers REI, Barnes & Noble, Sparrow Spa, and more. In the meantime, don’t forget to venture into Bon Bébé and welcome them to Town Square.

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Announces Seasonal Service to North Pole

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

BRYSON CITY, NC – In 1985, Chris Van Allsburg wrote The Polar Express, a story of a magical train ride on Christmas Eve. The train takes a young boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus. “The Polar Express,” published by Houghton Mifflin Company, has become a contemporary holiday classic, with over 6 million copies sold worldwide. In 2004 Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. reunited the Academy Award-winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis in an inspiring animated version. That same year GSMR began operating The Polar Express based on the storybook version. Over 40,000 passengers rode The Polar Express with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in 2008.

The one and half hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. Children’s faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at the “North Pole” to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa will board The Polar Express, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot.

The Polar Express 2009 schedule is November 6, 8, 12, 13, 15, & 19 departs at 6:30pm. November 7, 14, 22, 24, 25, & 29 departs at 5:00pm & 6:30pm. November 20, 21, 27, & 28 departs at 5:00pm, 6:30pm, & 8:00pm. December 2, 6, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, & 17 departs at 5:00pm & 6:30pm. December 3, 4, 10, & 11 departs at 11:00am, 5:00pm, 6:30pm, & 8:00pm. December 5, 12, & 19 departs at 2:00pm, 3:30pm, 5:00pm, 6:30pm, & 8:00pm. December 18, 20, 21, 22, & 23 departs 5:00pm, 6:30pm, & 8:00pm.

WNC Nature Center to Celebrate ‘Hey Day’

Monday, September 28th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Come to Hey Day, on Saturday, October 10th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the WNC Nature Center, 75 Gashes Creek Road in East Asheville. We’ve made the event a little greener with the addition of demonstrations on solar energy, chicken tractors, sustainable agriculture and water catchment. While being educated, families can still enjoy our special visiting animals and the following local entertainers:

– Jay Brown (10 a.m. – 11 a.m.) Founding member of the old time, swing band Lazybirds, Jay has toured throughout the southeast and as far as Alaska and has performed at festivals such as Merle Fest, Bele Chere and the Rhythm & Roots Reunion. He has shared the stage with artists including Doc Watson, Ritchie Havens, Gillian Welch and Sam Bush.

– Mountain Thunder Cloggers (11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) dance to many types of music – from Bluegrass & Country to 80s/Pop/Hip-Hop. A family-oriented team, they encourage the families watching them to join in!

– Haw Creek String Band (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) Whoop it up to the music of the Haw Creek String Band, featuring banjoist Brad Searson and ole time fiddler Bob Hill

– Forge Mountain Cloggers (12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.) LOVE to clog and they bring smiles and energy to their audiences.

John Bowers and David Ray (guitar/mandolin) (1:30 – 2 p.m.) play a mellow alternative country genre and play weekends only.

Sherry Lynn and the Mountain Friends Band (2 – 3 p.m.) play acoustic country and contemporary bluegrass. This is a strong team that combines fine musicianship and pure joy, giving audiences a highly entertaining show.

Mark DeVerges (3 p.m. to 4 p.m.) is a true balloon artist. He will create a massive custom object/animal/creature right before the audience with the help of many volunteers in a way that incorporates science, education, and visual art! Following the show, Mark will amaze the kids with his award winning balloon twisting!

Admission is $9 for adults, $5 for children, and FREE to Members of Friends of the Nature Center. Scrumptious food will be available at the Classroom Café onsite, so families can spend the whole day! This year’s generous Hey Day Gold level sponsors include Animal Hospital of Reems Creek, Harrington Electric Company and Dr. Ryan Haldeman, Orthodontist. Silver level sponsors include ABC Pediatrics, Allergy Partners of Asheville, Steven Cahan, Eye M.D., Greenworks Healing Center, Doug Sherry with Preferred Properties and the Toy Box. Media sponsors include Advantage Printing, Mountain Xpress and WOXL-FM.

Hey Day will be filled with fun for the whole family. Events include pony rides (extra $), weaving and spinning demonstrations, soapmaking, crafts, face painting($), a clown show, The Rainbow and You – a special storyboard performance, watercolor painting, pumpkin painting (extra $) and the always popular cake walk (extra $). Visiting animals include rescue Llamas, Fjord Horses and Miniature Ponies. Enjoy educational exhibits from the Asheville Fire Department, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, Ashevillage, a chicken tractor expert, Doubletree Farm, Rainbow Recycling (inventors of the Recycling Stomp!), Riverlink, Greenworks, Higher Ground Gutter Cleaners and Sundance Power Systems.

All proceeds benefit the Friends of the WNC Nature Center’s College Summer Internship program. The Friends’ mission is to support the programs, facilities and the residents of the Western North Carolina Nature Center, which showcases the fauna and flora of the southern Appalachian region. The Nature Center’s mission is to educate the public about the flora and fauna of Western North Carolina and foster an interest in the conservation of native plants and animals. . The Center is operated by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department of the City of Asheville. For more information on the Friends or Hey Day, contact Sarah Oram, Director, at (828) 298-5600 ext. 308

Just Ducky’s Asheville Store is Moving to Biltmore Village

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Just Ducky Originals, LTD, an Asheville-based children’s clothing manufacturer with stores in Asheville and Waynesville announced today that it will be relocating its Asheville store from 100 Charlotte Street to 10 All Souls Crescent in Biltmore Village. The new location has a planned opening date of Friday, September 4th – Labor Day weekend.

“We are excited to become a part of Historic Biltmore Village and its quaint shopping atmosphere,” said Sallie Broach, owner of Just Ducky Originals. “The location at the entrance to the Biltmore Estate with its large tourist draw for Asheville is what helped convince us to move.”

Sallie started Just Ducky nearly 30 years ago in the attic of her Asheville home. The company has grown to a multi-million dollar venture with over 300 women selling the children’s line in home shows across the country. Two Just Ducky retail locations specialize in classic fashions for boys and girls, where you’ll find the Just Ducky line at 30%-50% off, as well as other beautiful children’s lines, unique baby gifts, and a large selection of accessories.

Grandfather Mountain to Host ‘Kidfest’

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

LINVILLE, NC – On Saturday, September 12, Grandfather Mountain will celebrate Kidfest, a day designed to get kids excited about the nature and culture of the North Carolina Mountains through fun and entertaining activities.

Kidfest Schedule:

9am – Guided hike at the Woods Walk trail with Naturalist Jesse Pope.

10-11 – Story time and Craft lead by Watauga County Library

11 – Birds of the Blue Ridge live demonstration in the Nature Museum Auditorium.

11-2pm – Face painting at the Fudge Shop

12:30-2:30- Storyteller Glen Bollick in the Nature Museum auditorium

1:30 – “The Thicket Game” at the Woods Walk trail. A hide-and-go-seek style game that teaches the value of blending in with your surroundings.

2-3 – Kids Nature Crafts in the Nature Museum Lobby

3-4 – Staff on hand in Habitat area to answer questions

3:30 – Creepy Critters at the butterfly garden. We’ll introduce you to our educational animals and learn that even creepy critters have a place in the environment.

For more information call, 800-468-7325

WNC Nature Center Hosts ‘Overnight Delight’

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

WNC Nature Center

ASHEVILLE, NC – Here is your opportunity to stay at the WNC Nature Center overnight in your tent or in the safety of our Main Exhibit Building with the snakes, turtles, lizards and salamanders.

Join the WNC Nature Center’s education department for an evening of fun, food, and folly and camp all night under the stars on August 07, 2009 to August 08, 2009. Arrive at 6:00pm to set up your tent by the deer lot and get settled in.

Programs include:

  • a trek out to the wolf compound to investigate wolf ecology
  • an exploration how animals use their senses in the cover of darkness
  • create some clay-mation animals that you take home
  • snacks & story telling around our log cabin fire

In the morning, participants will be treated to a continental breakfast at 7:30 am followed by packing up our sleeping gear, tents, and belongings.

Please call (828) 298-5600, ext 305 to make your required reservations immediately as this event will fill quickly. Cost is $35.00 per child and $25.00 per adult.

Riverlink Hosts "Rockin’ RiverFest" on Saturday

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – RiverLink hosts its annual Rockin’ RiverFest Saturday, including a Raft Race, Kids’ Parade, Music Showcase & Competition, local food and beer, vendors, arts performances and recreational activities.

The festivities begin at 11 a.m. at the French Broad River Park with a Kids Parade for ages 12 and younger who can decorate their bikes, rollerblades or skateboards.

Surprise judges will award prizes to kids for their creativity and green means of transportation. After the parade, there will be fun activities including face painting and hula hooping.

The Music Showcase & Competition sponsored by 98.1 the River and the Musician’s Workshop starts at noon with local area bands competing for Best Band and Wild Wing’s Choice.

For more information including raft race registration, parking information and free shuttles and schedule of events, please visit www.riverlink.org.

Bele Chere’s Children’s Area Moves Locations

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Food Lion Children’s Area will be located in the Civic Center this year. The Civic
Center Arena floor will be transformed into downtown Asheville! This exciting location change allows us to run the children’s area no matter what the weather forecast calls
for. We will still be offering a mix of free crafts and activities as well as ticketed rides. Programming of the children’s area is still in the works- please check the bele chere website often for updates.

Bele Chere offers a Non profit Children’s Partner program to Western Carolina non profit 501-C3 agencies. In exchange for running an activity in the Children’s Area, organizations are given the opportunity to distribute information about the mission of the organization.

Please click here for an application and more information regarding this opportunity.

Spaces Still Available for August Session of Summer Theatre Camp at ACT

Monday, July 20th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – A popular summer theatre camp returns for Summer 2009 at the Asheville Community Theatre. Younger students will have a chance to work with acting, music, movement, and improvisation through innovation and imagination. Along with developing other skills, older students will also explore courses that delve deeper into scene and monologue work and split their days between the two major producing theatres in downtown Asheville. Each two-week session culminates with a performance showcase, so that each child will have a chance to perform for an audience of family and friends.

Classes include:

Acting and Improvisation

And … Cut!

Movement & Choreography

Musical Theatre

Design Crew

To receive a brochure, please contact Jenny Bunn at 254-2939 x21 or email her at [email protected] Or, click here to read the Frequently Asked Questions about Backstage Pass Summer Camp, http://www.ashevilletheatre.org/Classes/documents/FAQsonSummerCamp_000.doc