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Live Music at Chimney Rock’s July 4th Family Activities

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is offering more local “flavors” at its restaurant, the Old Rock Cafe, starting the 4th of July weekend. On Fridays and Saturdays from 6-8 p.m. throughout July, local artists will perform at Beats, Burgers & Brews with no cover charge at the Old Rock Café next to the park entrance. The music series kicks off July 5 with West End String Band and July 6 with Grits and Soul, two bluegrass/Americana bands. The Old Rock Café’s local flavors include WNC craft beers, best enjoyed while relaxing outdoors on their riverside deck, along with Hickory Nut Gap’s 100% grass-fed beef burger. The full lineup of bands is listed below and online at chimneyrockpark.com.

The park’s climbing tower will be open to kids for a free climb at noon-3 p.m. on Thursday to Sunday, July 4-7, and every following Saturday and Sunday in July with paid park admission, weather permitting. Try real rock climbing during a two-hour, half- or full-day lesson with Fox Mountain Guides anytime by booking in advance at (888) 284-8433.

Fuel your hiking and climbing with a family picnic at Chimney Rock with a $6 special (plus tax) for a grilled hot dog, bag of chips and 20-oz. soft drink or bottled water from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday to Saturday, July 4-6, next to Cliff Dwellers Gifts.

Award-winning Mountain Music.  National storyteller and award-winning old-time musician John Fowler will perform authentic Appalachian storytelling and songs at 2 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 5-6 at Chimney Rock’s Meadows area. Park musician John Mason will be playing music from old time to ragtime on a hammered dulcimer daily in front of Cliff Dwellers Gifts.

Additionally, Grady’s Wildlife of WNC family-friendly programs will be offered every day in July (except July 4-7) at 2 p.m. at the Outdoor Classroom on the Meadows. Chimney Rock’s Ticket Plaza is open daily 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with the park closing at 7 p.m. Admission is $12 adult, $6 youth (ages 5-15) and children under five are admitted free.

July Bands Lineup at the Old Rock Café:
July 5 – West End String Band, Bluegrass/Americana
July 6 – Grits and Soul, Bluegrass/Americana
July 12 – Carrie Morrison & Steve Whiteside, Singer-songwriters
July 13 – Grits and Soul, Bluegrass/Americana
July 19 – Dulci Ellenberger, Singer-songwriter
July 20 – Carrie Morrison & Steve Whiteside, Singer-songwriters
July 26-27 – Taylor Martin, Folk/Americana

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is one of the Southeast’s most iconic and popular international outdoor travel destinations and has been for more than 100 years. Known for its stunning 75-mile views overlooking Lake Lure, Chimney Rock’s unique hiking trails, guided rock climbing, live animal education programs and ancient geological features attract visitors from around the world. It’s the only state park in the Southeast with an elevator inside a mountain. Chimney Rock is located only 45 minutes southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. Call (800) 277-9611 or go to chimneyrockpark.com to plan your visit.

About John Fowler

With family ties to the Southern Appalachians, John Fowler presents a rich anthology of Appalachian stories and songs collected from generations of Carolina old-timers, ballad singers and storytellers. He has shared his talents at festivals, classrooms and performance halls coast-to-coast for 25 years. On stage, John’s performances for all ages are hilarious, creative, energetic and historically informative. He is a master harmonica player and has won awards at national banjo and guitar competitions like the prestigious Mountain Dance Folk Festival in Asheville, N.C. He co-produces a very popular old-time music show, “This Old Porch” on NC public radio WNCW 88.7. Learn more at www.hairytoeproductions.com.

Wild Family Fun Hey Day at the WNC Nature Center

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The Friends of the WNC Nature Center are pleased to host the 36th annual Hey Day fall festival at the WNC Nature Center, Asheville’s Wildlife Park, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 6. The tradition continues as the City of Asheville produces another day of fun, play and engagement with wildlife native to the Southern Appalachian Mountains.


Admission to the Center is $6 for adults ($8 for non-Asheville residents), $5 for seniors ($7 for non-Asheville residents), $4 for youth ages 3-15 and children age 2 and under are free, Members are free (join before you visit at www.wildwnc.org).
As always, Hey Day presents live performances on the main stage. This year, special performances will feature the Asheville Hoops Troupe; Haw Creek String Band; Eric Everett performing Animal Party, An Earth Rockin’ Musical Adventure; the Thunder Mountain Cloggers, and Professor Whizzpop! 
Festivities include delicious food and snacks from Café Azalea, Celebrity’s Hot Dogs and Rita’s Italian Ice, a variety of fun activities and exciting animal encounters with our furry and feathered ambassadors.  From face painting to pumpkin painting to watching a blacksmith demonstration, there is fun around every corner at Hey Day!
The Friends of the WNC Nature Center appreciate the support and generosity of this year’s sponsors: Allergy Partners of Western North Carolina, Charlotte Street Animal Hospital, Diamond Brand Outdoors, Greenhands Healing Center, Forest Commercial Bank, Blue Ridge Pediatric Dentistry, and Steven L. Cahan, MD.

For additional information visit www.wncnaturecenter.com or call 828-259-8080.

The Friends provide support to the WNC Nature Center- Asheville’s Wildlife Park!  Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) the zoo features over 250 animals native to the Southern Appalachians including cougars, red wolves, otters, birds of prey, black bears, and reptiles.  For more information on the Friends of the WNC Nature Center, or to join the Friends and support future projects, visit www.wildwnc.org .

August 7 is National Night Out

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The Asheville Police Department and Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office, with the sponsorship support of Target, Inc., will host a local National Night Out (NNO) kick off event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7.

NNO is a nationwide, annual crime prevention and community policing event.

The local kick off will be at the Dr. Wesley Grant, Sr. Southside Center at 285 Livingston Street, Asheville, NC.

Neighborhoods are encouraged to participate in the family oriented kick off celebration, which will feature food, backyard games with law enforcement officers, public safety vehicles and a canine demonstration.  Police officers will also be available to offer tips and facts about crime prevention. NNO events are designed to strengthen neighborhood spirit and community-police collaboration by promoting crime prevention.  After the kick off, neighbors are also encouraged to host picnics, block parties or simple meet and greets to increase community building and solidarity against crime.

More than 35 million people across the nation are anticipated to take part in NNO events. This year’s sponsorship is part of the ongoing support that Target, Inc. provides to local law enforcement agencies and community groups throughout the country.

For more information about local National Night Out activities, contact Officer Allen Dunlap, APD Crime Prevention Unit, at (828) 552-1517 or [email protected].

For more information about the national initiative, visit http://www.nationalnightout.org/nno/.

4th of July Fireworks

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Last year’s display attracted over 4,000 people & this year’s show promises to be even bigger!ASHEVILLE NC – July 4th is the most American of all celebrations and the highlight of summer at Lake Julian Park! The park hosts one of the largest fireworks displays in Western North Carolina. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and find a spot along the lake. All seats are perfect for a view of the fireworks display reflected on lovely Lake Julian.

Lake Julian Park is located just off Long Shoals Road in Arden. The park offers picnic tables, grills, a sand volleyball court, two horseshoe pits, boat rental and a playground. Bring your family and a picnic supper and plan to spend the evening at Lake Julian Park. Picnic shelters cannot be reserved for July 4 but there are plenty of picnic tables available, first-come, first-serve.

The park opens at 8 a.m. Fireworks start at dark. Parking will not be permitted inside the park on July 4. Parking is available in the parking lot of Estes Elementary School located across Long Shoals Road. Wear comfortable walking shoes for the walk from Estes to the park and bring a jacket or sweater. Evenings can be cool at the lake, even in July.

Last year’s display attracted over 4,000 people and this year’s show promises to be even bigger! For more information, contact Lake Julian Park at 684-0376.

More Fireworks in the Area…

There are places all around Buncombe County where you can see fireworks for the Fourth:

  • July 4:
    • Big Ivy Community Center (Barnardsville): There will be music, food (hot dogs and barbeque), and drinks. Fireworks begin at dark.
    • Black Mountain/Montreat: Montreat will host a parade at 10:30 a.m. Black Mountain will have family fun and fireworks beginning at 7 p.m.
    • Brevard: Morning 5K/10K Firecracker Run. During the day, downtown streets are closed to an overflowing crowd. Transylvania Community Arts Council hosts its Annual Fine Arts & Craft Showcase. The Classic Automobile Show stretches for blocks and delights even the casual aficionado of 1920s to 1970s vintage vehicles. The Courthouse Gazebo is center stage for day-long musical entertainment. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
    • Cherokee: Celebrate America’s Independence with a bang at Cherokee’s Annual 4th of July Fireworks display, located at the Acquoni Expo Center. The festivities kick off at dark.
    • City of Asheville (Pack Square Park): An event for the whole family, the Ingles Fourth of July Celebration festivities start at 4 p.m. in Pack Square Park and close with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. The day features live music, old-fashioned games, a variety of food from area vendors and a grand fireworks finale.
    • Hendersonville: Fireworks display at dark, viewable from downtown Hendersonville, with free live outdoor music 7-9 p.m. downtown at 201 South Main (Visitors Center).
    • Lake Julian Park: Fireworks begin at dark.
    • Maggie Valley: Red White & Boom! Free admission. Fireworks at Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.
    • McCormick Field: Fireworks after the Asheville Tourist Game.
    • Town of Weaverville

Asheville’s Health Adventure, New Location and Great Events for 2012!

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
ASHEVILLE NC – The Health Adventure invites you to come see our expanded exhibit area and beautiful new classroom and theater spaces! It’s also very convenient to unload the students directly at our door, and we have plenty of bus parking.
All programs at The Health Adventure are referenced by Competency Goals from the North Carolina Standard Course of Study as well as the NC Essential Standards. Time at The Health Adventure is Time on Task!
**Remember, teachers are welcome to come check us out for free – just show your school ID.
Dental Month February 2012: Tooth Sleuth, Dental Detective
Spaces are filling up quickly for Dental Month (February 2012). This year’s theme is “Tooth Sleuth, Dental Detective!”  Help our detective solve the case of the “Cavity Caper.” We’ll round up the usual suspects: sugary snacks, failure to floss, spit tobacco, and poor brushing habits!
Schedule your group today!
Call 828.665.2217 x324
Traveling Exhibit: Your Spitting Image, February – April 2012
What does your saliva say about you? Solve this and many other mysteries when you enter the National Museum of Dentistry’s fascinating traveling exhibition, Your Spitting Image!  Step into the role of a forensic investigator to solve mysteries, see what’s in that remarkable fluid called saliva, and find out how scientists are using bioengineering to grow teeth.  This innovative and interactive three-part exhibition highlights the convergence of genetics and dentistry with hands-on experiments and interactive computer activities.
Your Spitting Image offers numerous educational opportunities:
• Learn how to solve mysteries using forensic technology
• Discover the health secrets revealed by saliva
• Explore remarkable advances in oral health made possible by the science of bioengineering
• Find out how good oral health affects the whole body
• Learn how to have a healthy mouth for a lifetime

Give the Gift of Family Fun this Holiday Season

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Are you looking for some great family fun and terrific holiday gifts? The Health Adventure is the perfect solution!

Now conveniently located in the Biltmore Square Mall, The Health Adventure offers unlimited fun and learning for your family for only $75.00.

You can give others their own membership to adventure by purchasing gift memberships, too. An entire year of interactive play, discovery and time with your family is just a click away!

Give the gift of quality family time…join The Health Adventure today! For more information, visit us online at: thehealthadventure.org/memberships

Events at the Health Adventure Include:

**Preschool Playdate** Every Thursday at 10:30 AM

Preschool Playdate is back with Ms. Mary. Bring in your wee ones and participate in various activities and projects each

Science WOW Every 2nd Wednesday at 3:30PM

From liquid nitrogen ice cream to egg science, you’ll enjoy science demonstrations of all kinds. Are you daring enough to lie on our bed of nails? Will you sing a silly science song with us? You never know what to expect during Science WOW!, but you can be sure it will be “Smart Fun”!

Scout Days Every 1st Wednesday

On the 1st Wednesday of every month, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts who are wearing their vest, sash, or uniform can explore in the museum at a reduced rate of $5 per Scout. There is no charge for leaders, but additional parents and siblings must pay normal admission.

20th Annual Park Ridge Health Frostbite Running Events and Family Fun Day

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

HENDERSONVILLE NC – The Park Ridge Health Foundation will host the 20thAnnual Frostbite 10K, 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 starting at 2:15 p.m. This premier race-event will take place on a flat to gently rolling course, and will begin and finish at the Lelia Patterson Center located at Howard Gap Road and Naples Road in Fletcher.  The Frostbite event also will feature a Family Fun Day at the Leila Patterson Center from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with games, booths, refreshments and live music.

Registration fees before Feb.1 are $25 for the 10k race and $20 for the 5K race.. Both races are $35 after this date. The Fun Run/Walk is $10. The first 700 runners who register by February 1 will receive a long-sleeved performance tech shirt, while all Fun Run/Walk participants will receive a short-sleeved cotton shirt. To register for the Frostbite race, please visit www.active.com.

Race packets for registered participants and late registration will be available on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Foot Rx Running Store in the Turtle Creek Shopping Center on Highway 25 in south Asheville.   Race-day registration and packet pick-up will take place on Feb. 19 at the Lelia Patterson Center from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.  For more information or to receive a race registration form, please contact James C. Carter at 828.687.5644 or [email protected].

Frostbite proceeds will benefit the Park Ridge Health Wellness on Wheels program (W.O.W.). W.O.W. is a mobile medical unit and care team that offers free and low-cost health screenings throughout the region. Since 2006, W.O.W. has provided more than 45,000 early detection health screenings throughout Western North Carolina. Every year, three out of every ten individuals screened learn they are at-risk for developing a serious health condition such as heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, prostate or breast cancer. For more information on the W.O.W. program and for a calendar of screening dates and locations, please visit parkridgehealth.org.

Frostbite sponsorship offers an excellent opportunity for area businesses to reach nearly 1,000 fitness enthusiasts and their families.  To reserve a sponsorship, please contact James Carter with the Park Ridge Health Foundation, at 828.687.5644 or [email protected].

About Park Ridge Health:

Park Ridge Health was built by Henderson County residents, and more than 100 years later, they are still a beloved piece of the growing community’s health care network – providing quality, compassionate care in a Christian environment. In 1986, Park Ridge partnered with Adventist Health System, joining more than 44 exceptional not-for-profit community hospitals in the U.S., and leading the way in many medical firsts for the region.  For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit parkridgehealth.org or call 855.PRH.LIFE (774-5433).


It’s Time for ‘Howl-O-Ween’ at the WNC Nature Center

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – The Western North Carolina Nature Center will celebrate ‘Howl-O-Ween” from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Oct. 22.

Admission to the Nature Center is $6 for adults ($8 for non-Asheville residents), $5 for seniors ($7 for non-Asheville residents) and $4 for youth ages 3-15. Children age 2 and under are free.

Guests can walk through the “creepy crawler cabin,” watch a pumpkin carving demonstration by a local artist and paint a pumpkin.  Children of all ages are encouraged to come dressed in costume and participate in the costume contest at 5 p.m.

Arts and crafts and animal presentations will also be part of this family friendly event. Food will be available for sale.

For more information, including directions, exhibits, special programs, and amenities visit the WNC Nature Center website at www.wncnaturecenter.com or call 828-298-5600.


The Western North Carolina Nature Center is Asheville’s wildlife park and features more than 250 animals native to the Southern Appalachians including cougars, red wolves, otters, birds of prey, black bears, and reptiles.  The Nature Center is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is operated by the City of Asheville.

It’s ‘Hey Day’ Time at the WNC Nature Center

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The WNC Nature Center is inviting the community to the 35th annual Hey Day fall festival, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 1.

The Nature Center will be bustling with excitement as more than 30 interactive education stations and entertainers are set to join the fun.

“Hey Day is our biggest event of the year,” notes Chris Gentile, director of the Nature Center.

In addition to familiar favorites such as cloggers, live bands, food, and hands-on activities, this year’s event will feature a special pumpkin painting contest, a blacksmith demonstration, and special animal encounters throughout the day.

Admission to the WNC Nature Center is $6 for adults ($8 for non-Asheville residents), $5 for seniors ($7 for non-Asheville residents), $4 for youth ages 3-15 and children age 2 and under are free.

For more information, including directions, exhibits, special programs, and amenities visit www.wncnaturecenter.com or call 828-298-5600.

Hey Day is produced by the City of Asheville in collaboration with the Friends of the WNC Nature Center.

The Western North Carolina Nature Center is Asheville’s wildlife park and features more than 250 animals native to the Southern Appalachians including cougars, red wolves, otters, birds of prey, black bears, and reptiles.  The Nature Center is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and welcomes more than 100,000 visitors annually.

The North Carolina Arboretum Celebrates Take a Child Outside Week

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The North Carolina Arboretum is participating in a growing nationwide effort geared toward getting young people off the couch, unplugged from technology, and enjoying the outdoors in their local community. Taking place September 24 through 30, Take a Child Outside week is a program that urges all citizens to participate in outdoor activities. The event is designed to help break down obstacles that keep children from discovering the natural world, and to provide parents, teachers and other caregivers with resources and recreational activities for exploring local habitats.

The Arboretum provides a perfect location for families in the community to connect with nature during the week, or any other time of year. Stunning color in 65 acres of cultivated gardens, as well as 10 miles of hiking and biking trails offer children and families a place to embrace and explore their world. To enhance the experience, Discovery Packs are available to check out from the Visitor Information Desks at the Baker Exhibit Center and the Education Center. Each pack includes a notebook, binoculars, insect net, magnifying jar, seasonal activity and kid’s guide to discovering the Arboretum. Packs are free to borrow, but an Arboretum membership card or driver license must be retained while the pack is on loan. Packs must be returned by 4:45 p.m.

Also taking place on Saturday, September 24 is Heritage Crafts Day at The North Carolina Arboretum. Held from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., the event features artists and crafters whose work reflects the heritage of Western North Carolina. In addition to the fine crafts featured, there will be children’s activities from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m.

Started in 2007 as an initiative of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Take a Child Outside week is held in cooperation with partner organizations across the United States and Canada. The goal of the movement is to help children across the country develop a better understanding and appreciation of the environment in which they live, and a burgeoning enthusiasm for its exploration. More information can be found online at www.takeachildoutside.org.

The North Carolina Arboretum believes children want to embrace and explore their world. This exploration shapes their lifelong relationship with their parents and the environment. Stress reduction, greater physical health, a deeper sense of spirit, more creativity, a sense of play, even a safer life, are the benefits for a family when it invites nature into their lives.

Heritage Crafts Day and general admission to the Arboretum is free for Arboretum Society members or with the standard parking fee ($8 per personal vehicle). For information, call (828) 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org. The central mission of The North Carolina Arboretum, an affiliate institution of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, is to cultivate connections between people and plants.