Mountain Xpress, March 23 2011
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MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 � mountainx.com contact We want to hear from you. letters Sandy Mort's "health assessment" needs to be reassessed The document referenced in "State Health Assessment Finds Most CTS Neighbors Not at Risk" [March 2 Xpress] is a slap in the face to ArdenresidentsbySandyMortofN.C.Health andHumanServices.Peoplewholivenearthe abandonedCTSsitehavedealtwithlife-threatening maladies for years from contaminants such as vinyl chloride and trichloroethylene (TCE)seepingfromthesite. In her "health assessment," Mort states, "groundwater contaminants, including the volatile organic compounds trichloroethylene and vinyl chloride, are not expected to harm people'shealth."Infact,vinylchloride,aknown carcinogen, is No. 4 on the ATSDR's "Top 20 HazardousSubstancesList."TCEranksNo.16. Mortclaimsvinylchloridehasnotbeenfound offsite;however,in2004,inastreamdown-gradientfromCTS,MACTECEngineeringdetected vinylchlorideatseventimesthelegallimit. Mortlikewisedoesnotrevealtheastronomical levels of TCE discovered around the CTS site, stating "[off-site] levels were lower than the levels expected to harm people's health." In 2007 Xpress reporter Rebecca Bowe sampled a spring in Southside Village. Pace Analytical founditsTCEcontenttobe630partsperbillion (126timesthedrinking-waterlegallimit),which There are many things I'd like to say in topped out their measuring instrument (see responsetoDianaRonald-Szabo["Call Abortion "Fail Safe," July 11, 2007 Xpress at http://avl. mx/2t). Another finding Mort neglects in her final Letters continue reportactuallyappearsintheJanuary2010draft of her document. It reveals a well in The Oaks subdivision that, in 2007, tested at 57 ppb for TCE. Thedangersofthesechemicalsarenotdebatable. As the mother of two children who have survived tumors (one a benign bone tumor, the other a malignant thyroid cancer), I am disheartened that a representative of the N.C. Department of Public Health omits pertinent evidence of contamination, and will not admit to the dangers posed by the abandoned CTS facility. Thoughsomearearesidentshavebeenplaced on municipal water, noxious waste continues to flow through streams where children and animalsplay.Thisisunconscionable.Themess needstobecleanedupandCTSshouldfootthe bill. Sandy Mort is in a position to advocate for us;insteadwehavetofightagainstheraswell asCTS,andinthemeantimepeoplecontinueto getsick. For more information, visit the Facebook page"CleanUpCTSAsheville." -- Lee Ann Smith Arden Good Clean Fun Spa & Lodge call 88.5. 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April 1-3, 2011 Spark Your Transformation at this Spring Yoga Retreat! 3 luxurious days of yoga, meditation, gourmet ayurvedic cuisine in the awesome North Carolina Mountains. You can even get a massage during the retreat! Held at the Prama Institute in Marshall, NC 828.273.6617 � ushasyoga.com 6 MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 � mountainx.com WA N T E D COMMUNITY CALENDAR EDITOR Are you community-minded? Do you have a serious eye for detail, and top-notch organizational skills? Xpress is looking for a Calendar Editor to join our A&E department. The person will be responsible for compiling and editing the Community Calendar, both in print and online at mountainx.com/events. This is a 30/hour a week position, offering medical, dental and 401K. For other Molton cartoons, check out our Web page at www.mountainx.com/cartoons What It Is: Murder,"Feb. 9Xpress]andthosewho sharehermyopicandoppressiveviewsregarding a person's right to choose when or if they will bear a child. Really, though, the last thing we need is a public rehashing of the same old ideological arguments surrounding this issue. SoI'dliketofocusonmyownpersonalexperiencewithchoice,andleaveitatthat. IhaveknowneversinceIcanrememberthat Iwantedchildren,andIhavealwayshadhigh expectations for the quality of parent I would onedaybe.Inowhaveatoddlerwhoishealthy, happyandhaseverythingheneeds.Hedoesn't havetoworryaboutaccesstofoodandshelter, orsafetyfromabuseandneglect--thesethings areabirthrightinhisworld.Heknowsthathe islovedandwanted,andhemovesthroughlife with a confidence and security that blows my mindattimes.Hehasandisallofthesethings because,beforehewasborn,Ihadnotonlythe right, but the ability and support I needed to makemyownreproductivechoices. Becomingamotherhasonlyfurthersolidified mybeliefthateverypersonshouldhaveagency over their fertility and parenting decisions. I haveheardpeoplesaythatsometimeschoosing abortionisaparentingdecision--whetheritis the decision to put your resources toward the children you already have or the decision to wait so that you can one day be the quality of parentyoualwayswantedtobe. March10wastheNationalDayofAppreciation for Abortion Providers. On behalf of my son, and myself, I'd like to thank the doctor, staff and volunteers at Femcare, our local clinic, for workingsohardtogivepeopleandfamilieslike ourstheopportunitytomakethesechoices. -- Erika Harrison Asheville dren, ages 12 and 5, to see the film. The older one,afanofShakespeare,wasskeptical. But, being young and mainly happy (read: easily pleased by a movie date with mom on $5 Tuesday) she was won over. She was glad forthehappyending,notbeingabletoimagine killingsuchcutegardenornaments.My5-yearoldsonlovedthemovieandthemusic.Myonly complaint is with my son: He made me move totheveryfirstrowofseats,about10minutes beforetheend. At the risk of being too direct, I'm going to gently tell Mr. Hanke what I tell my children: only boring people are bored. They never like that statement and I see by the number of "cranky"Hankeletters,hewon'teither. -- Kathryn Fiddyment Chicago Park, Ca. Please send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org Commissioners: It's our money, not yours! It appears our commissioners haven't acceptedthefactthattheyareemployeesofthe taxpayersofBuncombeCounty. Their travel allowance was just reduced from$650everytwoweeksto$320everytwo weeks, which is still unacceptable. Chairman Gantt wants the commissioners to be paid for the average miles they travel "as long as it's not too far out of line." He also stated, in an interview,"thenewallowancemightnotcover thecostofgoingtothemanyeventsthecommissionersfeelpressuredtoattend." Hello!Amileagelogpaysforalltheirtrips, Spring Special Buy One Entree Get A Second One 1/2 Price Choose from 9 Delicious New Entrees Domestic Beer California Roll Small Hot Sake $1.50 $1.50 $1.50 heyyou We want to hear from you. Please send your letters to: Editor, Mountain Xpress, 2 Wall Street Asheville, NC 28801 or by email to email@example.com. Sunday thru Thursday 4:30-6:30pm Offer available for a limited time. Only at the Green Tea Fusion location. Hey, Hanke: Some of us are happy with "crappy"! I actually felt hurt when I read Mr. Hanke's reviewoftherecentlyreleased Gnomeo & Juliet ["Cranky Hanke,"Feb. 16Xpress].Itookmychil- Green tea SuShi: West Asheville, 2 Regent Park Blvd., Asheville, NC, 828-252-8300 Green tea fuSion: South Asheville, 1840 Hendersonville Rd. Suite 101, Asheville, NC, 828-277-3838 mountainx.com � MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 7 eventhe200to250meetingshesaidheattends each year. They should be paid for the exact numberofmilestheytravel;nomore,noless. Thatwouldbeacceptable.Theyareexhibiting pureselfishnessandgreed. Inthelasttwoyears,thecommissionershave receivedatotalof$214,500,or$42,900eachin travelandtechnologyallowances!Forthenext two years, even with the recent reduction in allowances, they will still receive $89,700, or $17,940each.Theseareperks,notsalaries,and thisisstillunacceptable. Therearemanyupcomingpoliticalconventions and meetings, which some or all of the commissioners will be attending, and gas and plane fares will be exorbitant. We must see frugality in the commissioners' expenditures. Andwemustseefairandhonestreportingof, andpaymentfor,theactualexpenses.Mysuggestionistopostonlineeverymeetinganyor all of the commissioners attend. And they get paidbyusingamileagelog. -- Peggy T. Bennett Leicester The left lane is for passing Thankyou,VernonHill,forbringingupthe most annoying habit to grace our highways: carsresidinginthefastlane,otherwiseknown as Fast-Lane Hogs ["Drive, He Said," March 16 Xpress]. Nothing enrages me more than drivers taking up occupancy in the passing lane. On a recent trip, I was graced with a middle fin- ger twice for tailgating in the fast lane while patientlywaitingtopass.Howscrewyisthat? I have learned that folks simply won't budge and am forced to find an opening to pass in the wrong lane. However foolhardy, I have even gone so far as to pass fast-lane hogs, get infrontofthemandslowdowntogivethema tasteoftheirownmedicine.Iamflabbergasted bythepandemicofthoughtlessanddiscourteousdriversinthispartoftheworld--orisit a nationwide problem? The words I call them whiledrivingareunprintable. I would happily donate to the N.C. State Troopers,whocallfordonationsallthetime,if ticketing fast-lane hogs were on their agenda. Knowingthisisanother"freedom"thatwillgo unaddressed. I am reduced to putting a bum- per sticker on my car that says, "The left lane isforpassing."Itisnexttothestickerthatsays "Beingnicetopeopleisareallygoodidea." In the meantime, I will continue to pass in the wrong lane, give fast-lane hogs a grimace andwaveinthankstothosethatdopullover intotheslowlaneinordertoletmepass. -- Julia Brooke Black Mountain All aboard, Asheville! Letusnothesitatetobuildanewtransportationsystemthatimplementslightrail,busand bikelanesasanadditiontoAsheville'scurrent transportation system. The long-term effects of implementing this infrastructure now far outweighanydoubt,hesitationorfearofcost. Long term, a light rail could bring residentsfromMarshallorCantonorWaynesville -- even Swannanoa -- directly to Asheville. Family members could travel to church without the hassle of using a car. This would also eliminatemuchofthedrivingundertheinfluence that already happens; citizens could easily take a system of light rail and bus to their destination. Additionally, by building this dream now, wecanpreserveourpreciousforestsandfragile ecosystems -- those same forests and ecosystems that we use in our livelihood, work, homesandeverydayliving.Weareblessedto havesuchawell-preservedsylvanlandscape. Unfortunately, urban sprawl will happen, has happened and will continue to happen. Nobody really wants to see it happen; it just does. But we can easily make Western North Carolina resistant to urban sprawl: Build the light-rail and bus system now so we can save our culture and heritage, and dignify the city ofAsheville. -- Jesse Moore Asheville A small investment in the arts yields a high return Regarding the upcoming 2011-2012 state budget,theWNCJazzSocietywantslegislators tomakeinformedandresponsibledecisionsfor fundingtotheNorthCarolinaArtsCouncil. The arts mean business in North Carolina. Most citizens would be surprised to learn that the state invested $6.6 million in arts funding in 2009, yet employees of the funded organizations returned $3.3 million in income taxes back to the state. Funded organizations generate$223millionintotalincomeforNorth Carolina. Whenapersonbuysaticketforanonprofit arts performance, grants subsidize the ticket pricetokeepitaffordablesomorecitizenscan participate. Yet, for every ticket purchased, citizensspend,onaverage,anadditional$27.50 perticketonrestaurants,parkingandtransportation,giftsandsouvenirs,concessions,etc. Acontinuedstrongandvitalpresenceofthe artsinNorthCarolinaisnecessaryinorderfor our state to continue to thrive in the 21st century. -- Bo Farson WNC Jazz Society Asheville 8 MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 � mountainx.com Help build a Haven in Transylvania County In the 2009-2010 school year, 142 children in the nine Transylvania County elementary, middle and high schools were identified as homelessatsomepointduringtheyear.Mostof thoseidentifiedwere"sofasurfing,"ortemporarilylivingwithanotherfamily.Despitehaving extensiveservicesforthehomeless,Transylvania Countyhasnoshort-termemergencyshelterfor homelessfamiliesandindividuals. The mission of The Haven of Transylvania County is to assist homeless families and individualsincrisisinTransylvaniaCountybyproviding safe, temporary refuge in a clean, comfortable shelter. This facility will accommodate 18 people and will be located on the grounds of The Bread of Life, a local food bank. The totalcostofconstructionforTheHaven,a1400squarefootfacility,willbe$234,800.Operations areestimatedtocost$90,500peryear. The Institute for Women In Leadership at BrevardCollegeisraisingfundsforTheHaven tohelpwiththecostsofconstructionandoperation. The IWIL will host an online auction of art, goods, services and trips in a MissionFish auction,througheBay.Theseitemswillbepresented at a kick-off party scheduled for April 1.TheauctionwilllastfromApril1untilApril 14. To donate or buy items, go to missionfish. org and search for The Haven of Transylvania County. Help us make this online auction a success.Themoremoneyraised,thefasterThe Haven'sdoorscanbeopenedtothosewhoneed itmost. If you have any donations or questions, please contact IWIL member Taylor Spivey at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about The Haven, please visit thehavenshelter. org. -- Leighia Eggett Institute for Women In Leadership Brevard ernment waste has to stop because America simply cannot afford it any longer. Why not helpallelectedofficialsfigureoutwhatneedsto bedonetorestoretheAmericanDreamthathas already been destroyed by a government that violatesourunalienablelibertiesandrobsfrom ourfuturegenerations. -- Bernard Baruch Carman Asheville Don't let public media go to static! ThefutureofpublicbroadcastingintheU.S. is seriously in doubt. The Republicans are tryingtocutoutallfundsforpublicradioandTV, which would be devastating not only to NPR andPBS,buttoWCQS,publicradioforourarea, andUNC-TV,publicTVforourentirestate. Some argue that if the $430 million in taxpayerfundsgoingtopublicradioandTVwere todisappear,supportersofpublicbroadcasting would make up the difference with voluntary contributions. They ignore the fact that for the past 40 years only one out of 10 NPR listeners and one out of 10 PBS viewers has contributed to their local stations, despite the incessant on-air requests and tedious membership drives.Whywouldthischangeiffederalfunds ceased? Free enterprise zealots might argue that if public broadcasting advocates aren't willing to payfortheservices,theydon'tdeservetoexist. But private enterprise in the U.S., with all the radio and TV stations that it owns, and all the money at their disposal, has not given us any- thingremotelyapproachingtheconsistentqualityandin-depthreportingofNPRNews,northe educationalprogramsforchildrenandadultsof PBS.AllthisdespitethefactthatpublicTVand radio have never been adequately or securely funded. It would be fine with me if Congress cut all funds to public broadcasting, as long as they voted to provide the system with adequate funding from another source. For example: the FCC could charge annual license fees for all commercial uses of the public airwaves that wouldbeusedtoautomaticallyfundsomeorall ofthenoncommercialapplications. -- Fred Flaxman Weaverville In response to the MoveOn.org "Defend the American Dream" rally I'm not a Republican or a Democrat; I just want to ask MoveOn.org how long it plans to contributetoAmerica'sgreatdivide? Regarding recent budget-cut proposals, or "Republican attacks" as you called them in your recent "Defend the American Dream" campaign, I'm certain that there are errors in whatever cutbacks the Republicans have put on the table. I'm also certain there are tons of governmentcutsneededatalllevels. Over time, "we the people" have allowed government to become bloated by bureaucrats servingtheirowninterestsonbothsidesofthe political divide, rather than the people's interests.Leftoutinthemiddlearetherestofuswho suffertheconsequencesofpoorgovernance. IaskbothD-andR-leaninggroupsthesame question,because,frankly,thegrowingdichotomyissickening;itcontinuestotearAmericans apart,ratherthanbringthemtogetherinunity. It'strue:Unitedwestand,dividedwefall. So, rather than perpetuating the "blame game," perhaps consider the reality that gov- mountainx.com � MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 9 Looking for a career that helps to preserve the planet in Western North Carolina? � Are you a person who thinks "Green"? � Are you comfortable working independently? � commentary An unfinished story by Bob Collins Editor's note: Roving local historian/photographer Bob Collins is on a mission to document the fastdisappearing remains of the area's fascinating past. His book Hidden Historic Treasures: Henderson County, N.C., was produced, as he puts it, "to put the old structures that have been overgrown and forgotten for all these years together with the people who once inhabited them" while paying tribute to his deceased wife (and editor), Jackie Collins/Bodnar. Here are some excerpts: "This story began over 200 years ago here in Henderson County, and I suspect it will never be finished. I stumbled onto it through an encounter with Doug Shipman, who was born and bred in N.C. He told me of an old cemetery deep in the woods. My first attempt at finding it was fruitless. ... There were no visible paths or any other signs that gave evidence of our objective. We had to hack our way through numerous briar patches and gullies. I say `we' because I had my dog, Portia, with me. She trailed along reluctantly and at one point resisted and wanted Local author stalks vanishing history I revisited the site three times after this, and each time Portia stayed on the perimeter. I wondered what she knew that I didn't. to turn back, and I opted to listen to her because I thought we were lost. But I later realized she was warning me that I was close to my goal. She just had no liking for a cemetery. "Being determined, I went back to see Doug. He jumped into my pickup and said, `Let's go.' We parked on the same gravel road and again entered the woods. Doug took the lead through the sticker bushes, and again Portia was trailing behind. We wandered aimlessly about, and I thought Doug was also lost. Finally we came to a knoll, and there was the hidden treasure: about 15 very old tombstones. "I then realized Portia wasn't with me. She had stopped short of entering this hallowed ground, just as she did when we unknowingly came close on our first try. I revisited the site three times after this, and each time Portia stayed on the perimeter. I wondered what she knew that I didn't. ..." ��� ��� ��� "The tombstones date back to the Revolutionary War. ... The inscriptions are almost gone. ... Some of the stones may have been removed by vandals; consequently we may never know how many are buried there. "There are several schools of thought on how to treat such hallowed ground. Some believe that old cemeteries should be restored and kept up. Others believe that the dead should be left in peace. Of course, there is the developer's theory, which is to plow over the graves and, if caught, move the bodies elsewhere and continue with the development..." "I first saw Alma's house on a cold winter North Carolina night eight years ago. You could see the inside light shining through the walls. At the time, I thought the people living there were tough as nails, never suspecting it was just one elderly lady. "The house has been in her family for 140some years. It was a kin to her that carved those logs by hand. Like the house, those people were tough as nails -- and like the house, they will soon be forgotten. ..." ��� ��� ��� "Long John Mountain looms quietly above Lake Rugby, stretching from Broyles Road to downtown Hendersonville. ... The first colonial settler here, he must have been quite a sight to see. Most people of that era were of small stature, but Long John McCarson was allegedly 6 feet tall and lanky; he would walk with long, determined strides, his red hair reflecting the bright sunlight ... "If you sit very quietly on the trail, you may catch a glimpse of a tall, lanky man, his red hair flying in the wind. This explorer has experienced this, but only after a low growl from his dog and a strange swirl of wind that came out of nowhere. "Never abandon a belief in the magic, mystery and unseen footprints of previous lives around you: They may have left an imprint as a reminder to care deeply and tread softly within the hidden spaces of Mother Earth. It is all that is left; it is our responsibility to do no harm for the next generation." X Bob Collins lives in Hendersonville. He can be contacted at email@example.com. Are you a problem solver? � Are you interested in leveraging your sales skills to increase your income level? If so, then you want to call us for a career opportunity that can benefit you, our clients and the planet. (888) 930-2255 Locally owned and operated since 1996 by pharmacists Mike Rogers & Bill Cheek, with 70 years of combined pharmacy experience. 10 MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 � mountainx.com news Reaching out City, county aim to expand social media efforts Changing our look: Buncombe County's website, soon to undergo an overhaul as part of county government's effort to better communicate with the public. by david forbes Asheville and Buncombe County are all a-Twitter. Both local governments are looking to ramp up their online presence, taking advantage of social media to enhance their communicationscapabilities. For its part, the city has recently shifted staffaspartofanongoingefforttoboostits social media involvement and add another dimension to community relations. Former Asheville Police Department spokesperson Melissa Williams is moving into a generalcommunity-relationsroleoverseeingthe city's blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts; Lt. Wally Welch will step up as the APD's newpublic-informationliaison. "We'vefoundthere'salotofvalueinusing asmanyplatformsaswecantocommunicate with the public," notes city spokesperson dawa Hitch. "We saw an opportunity there where we could redefine Melissa Williams' previous role to include keeping up with the blog, Twitter and Facebook. There's a lot we need to do there, and having Melissa Williams join the community-relations team opensupthespaceforustodothat." Overthepasttwoyears,thecityhasrelied on outside contractors to help develop its socialmediaefforts. BuncombeCounty,meanwhile,haslimited its online presence to a website plus central Twitter and YouTube accounts. That's about tochange,however,ClerktotheBoardKathy Hughesreports. "Wearesoexcited:Itvastlychangeswhat we'vegot,"Hughessaysaboutanupcoming websiteoverhaul."Andsocialmediaisfront and center. Everything you should need, you'llonlyneedoneclicktogetthere." The county aims to have the retooled site upandrunningbyApril15. Former Xpress reporter Brian Postelle has been running the city's social media efforts on a one-year contract that expires March 24. Hitch praised Postelle's work "getting our program off the ground, assessing what things the community found useful. ... He's doneanamazingjobwithus." After Williams leaves, Welch will take over as the APD's public-information officer, assisted by Special Projects Coordinator Kendra Turner. "It'sreallyjustbeenareorganizing--just identifying where we can be most efficient withourresources,"Hitchreveals. Toes in the water mountainx.com � MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 "Do we have the time and resources to have someone sit and answer tweets and posts all day long? We don't." -- City spokesperson Dawa HitCH Hughes, meanwhile, says the updated countywebsitewillmakeaccessingitssocial media activity much easier. "You're going to see our links to Facebook, Twitter and all thatinthecenter,"sheexplains."Peoplewill be able to post comments there. We won't respondtothemonthesocialmedia,butwe dorespond." In addition, says Hughes, "We've overhauledourYouTubechanneltomakeitmore useful, and you'll see video all through the siteaswell." As for the city, says Hitch, "We have our toesinthewaterasfarassocialmedia.Iforesee, in the future, we'll step that up a level, and there will be more accessibility. Do we havethetimeandresourcestohavesomeone sitandanswertweetsandpostsalldaylong? Wedon't.It'sjustasmallpartofeverything we do in community relations. But it has a bigimpact,andwerecognizethat." Specific plans are still being worked out. Will the APD, for example, follow the lead of the Fire Department and the city itself by establishing an informational Twitter account? "We'll have to assess the need -- and whether we're doing other things that we'll stop if we move in that direction," Hitch reports. "Working with the media and the community to identify what kinds of information will be useful to them. We need to think about where there's overlap: We don't wanttocreateanyredundancies." "In the next six months," she adds, "we'll be looking to hear from the public on what they want -- on whether it's better for us to be decentralized or have everything on the city of Asheville home page. We'll have to feelthatout." The county has so far opted for a centralized approach. Asked if it might expand its Twitter presence beyond a single account, forexample,Hughessays:"Rightnow,we're funnelingeverythingthroughhere.Asweget moreusedtoitandseewhatmorepeopleare interested in, that certainly may expand. It's been really popular, considering we haven't pusheditatall." The county is holding off on actively promotingitssocialmediaeffortsuntilthenew websitedebutsnextmonth."Hopefully,we'll getalotoffeedbackonwhatwecoulddobetter,"notesHughes. X David Forbes can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 137, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 � mountainx.com ncmatters Stock-car racing on track to become N.C.'s state sport by nelda Holder Two bills introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly recently came directly from the people -- 13 elementary-school students, to be exact. And if they're passed, the state will have its first official sport: stock-car racing. The Mooresville"pitcrew"workedsecretlyatfirstso asnottotipofffansofanyothersport,according to a report in The Charlotte Observer. Then they obtained the cooperation of Rep. Grey Mills, a MooresvilleRepublican,who'stheprimarysponsorofHB 333.Meanwhile,Sen.Martin Nesbitt,a BuncombeCountyDemocratandlongtimestockcar aficionado, teamed up with Hendersonville Republican Tom Apodaca to introduce sB 322, andtheracewason. The Iredell County students compiled a number of compelling facts about the homegrown sport that are cited by the bills. They include: thestate'sclaimtoracinglegendsRichard Petty, Junior Johnson and the late dale earnhardt; the industry's estimated $6 billion-plus annual economic impact in the state; the NASCAR Hall ofFameinCharlotte;andthefactthatmorethan 90percentoftheNASCARSprintCupteamsare basedhere.Furthermore,thestudentsthemselves hailfromtheLakeNormanandMountMourneIB schoolsinMooresville,akaRaceCityUSA.(Think Dale Earnhardt Inc., JR Motorsports, Kyle Busch Motorsportsandmore.) Nesbitt,meanwhile,isinvolvedwiththesport in conjunction with son Mart Nesbitt of Nesbitt RacingEnterprises.TheyoungerNesbittisaracingveteranwhotookthe2010SuperLateModel ChampionatNewportSpeedwayandwhose13year-olddaughter,Taylor,hadthreewinsinher 2010rookieyear. A call to the Atlantic Coast Conference headquarters in Greensboro (think basketball and more) went unanswered, leaving the question of a potential basketball/stock-car-racing legislative rivalrystalled. Reaching further back in N.C. history is a resolution honoring the Marquis de Lafayette. Fayetteville was the first U.S. city in named for Lafayette, known as the "Hero of Two Worlds" because he fought in both the American and Frenchrevolutions.ThetownwasNorthCarolina's capital when the state's delegates ratified the U.S.ConstitutionandcharteredtheUniversityof NorthCarolina.TheHousehasadoptedHB191; at this writing, the companion bill (SB 142) was pendingintheSenate. OtherbillsintroducedtheweekofMarch7that WesternNorthCarolinalegislatorswereinvolved withincludedthefollowing: � HB 237 (Economic Impact/Regulatory Legislation):Wouldrequireeconomic-impactstate- Nelda Holder can be reached at email@example.com. ments for all bills proposing regulatory changes Follow our Statehouse news at mountainx.com/spethat would create "substantial economic impact" cial/ncmatters. (definedas$1millionforeveryoneaffectedwithin a 12-month period, or $1,000 for any one person).Passedfirstreading;referredtoCommitttee on Commerce and Job Development. Buncombe CountyRepublican Tim Moffittco-sponsored. �HB 241(NorthCarolinaFirearmsFreedomAct): Wouldexemptfirearms,accessoriesandammunitionmanufacturedandretainedinthestatefrom federalregulation"undertheCommerceClauseof theUnitedStatesConstitution."Passedfirstreading; referred to Committee on Judiciary. Spruce PineRepublicanPhillip Fryeco-sponsored. �HB 247(EnhanceCharterSchoolAccountability): Wouldeliminatethecaponthenumberofcharter schools in the state, establish the N.C. Charter School Commission and "provide for enhanced accountabilityforcharterschoolacademicperformance, along with other changes in the current law.(See"BackdoorVouchers?"March9Xpress.) Passed first reading; referred to Committee on Education.Primarysponsor:MarsHillDemocrat Ray Rapp. Co-sponsors: Buncombe County Democratssusan FisherandPatsy Keever;Sylva DemocratPhil Haire. � HB 326 (Buncombe Involuntary Annexation Moratorium): Would establish a moratorium on annexationsbyBuncombeCountymunicipalities until July 1, 2016, including annexation proceedingsnotyetincludedinatown'sordinancesand anythatarethesubjectoflitigationasoftheproposedlaw'seffectivedate.Filed.Primarysponsor: BuncombeCountyRepublican Tim Moffitt. �HB 327(IncorporateLeicester):Wouldincorporatethe"TownofLeicester,"subjecttoareferendum. Filed. Primary sponsor, Buncombe County Democratsusan Fisher. � sB 268 (Enhance Protection of Victims and Witnesses): Would allow testimony by people not present in court to be admitted if offered against a party that engaged in wrongdoing to make the witness unavailable; would also increasethepenaltyforintimidatingorinterfering with a witness. Passed first reading; referred to Committee on Rules and Operations. Co-sponsors: Hendersonville Republican Tom Apodaca, YoungsvilleDemocratdoug Berger,SprucePine RepublicanRalph Hise. � sB 334/HB 84 (Expand Inpatient Psychiatric Bed/Funds): Would provide additional funding for more local inpatient psychiatric beds or bed days (as recommended by the Committee on Mental Health, Development Disabilities and SubstanceAbuseServices).Filed.Senateprimary sponsor: Buncombe County Democrat Martin Nesbitt;co-sponsor:YoungsvilleDemocratdoug Berger. House co-sponsor: Mars Hill Democrat Ray Rapp.X mountainx.com � MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 Jivamukti Yoga, Sound Yoga, Bhakti and Dharma Workshops with David Gluck thebeat After seven straight wins, a Big South Conference championship and a first-round NCAA tournament victory, the "UNC Asheville Bulldogs' dream Run ends,"reportedtheAsheville Citizen-Times. The Bulldogs had a tough St. Patrick's Day. On March17,theylosttothePittsburghPanthers,which knockedthemoutoftheNCAAtournament. "It'sbeenareallygoodrun,andIcouldn'tbeprouder of my team, how they played and the effort they gave,"coacheddie Biedenbachsaidafterthegame.A small but vocal group of supportive UNCA students represented Asheville at the game in Washington, D.C. However,ithasn'tbeenallfreethrowsandlayups forthecollege'sundergrads. The Carolina Public Press reported last week that four students have been working side by side with Buncombe County detectives to investigate the 2002 missing persons case of Joseph d'Aquisto, an Ashevillemanwhowentmissingin2002,attheageof 61. In their report, "UNC Asheville students Investigate Public records, Help Reopen Buncombe County Cold Case," the students explained, "Unlike the worlds portrayed in Law & Order and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, making sense of and using available, open information does not come easily. The glamour of Hollywood's on-demand field samples andquickevidenceprocessingfadesintherealworld, oratleastinBuncombeCounty,wheresystematicand complexprocessesprevail." Theyplantocontinueworkingwiththedetectives andreportingontheexperiencethroughMay. It'sthekindofschoolprogramthatGov.Bev Perdue impliedshewouldliketoseecontinuewhenshespoke in Asheville last week. According to "In Asheville, Gov. Perdue vows No Retreat on schools,"thegovernorpledgedtotheCitizen-Timeseditorialboardthat shewon't"gobackwards"oneducation. "This state has been transformed since the `50s by one method -- through education. We were cotton, low-wagemanufacturingandtextiles,andthisemphasis on education has transformed North Carolina ... and I don't believe we can go backwards, and my budgetdidnotdothat,"Perduesaid. Inastorythatbroughttheongoingnuclearcrisisin Japanalittleclosertohome,theCitizen-Timesdevoted front-page space to "Asheville-area Residents Make Run on Potassium Iodide Pills." "Demand for products with iodine has cleared shelves at pharmacies and other businesses selling health merchandise nationwide amid fears over the threat of meltdowns in several of Japan's nuclear powerplants,"wrotereporterJoel Burgess. AshevillecompanyNature'sPharmacyhadexhausted its 600-capsule supply of potassium iodide by Tuesday,andonWednesdaywasmaking6,000more pills. The capsules, which help prevent radioactive iodinefromcausingthyroidcancer,weresellingfor$1 each,accordingtothearticle. However, much of the fear driving sales was misplaced,saidexperts. around town UNCA Bulldogs get an NCAA spotlight, WNC residents buying iodide Working with Sound Fri. 3/25 � 7-10pm All Levels Jivamukti Sat. 3/26 � 1-2pm How the Mind Leads to the Heart in 6 Levels Sat. 3/26 � 2:30-5pm & Sat. 3/27 � 1-4:30pm Dharma Talks westashevilleyoga.com Authentic Beauty LLC presents organic salon a full service hair salon and more "Where Beauty Comes Naturally " Kids' Cuts Available $15 - $25 all done in a relaxing environment � cuts & styles � organic hair color & perms � sulfate & paraben free products � facials & massage (including Brazilian) call now for free consultation or book online: waterlilysalon.com 7 beaverdam road, asheville, nc Iodine, hunger and gas Defending the dream? about 80 people gathered at pack square park on the cold, rainy afternoon of March 15 to rally against a national republican budget proposal that opponents say would cut needed services and jobs. pHoto By Jerry neLson � waxing 828.505.3288 "Youjustaren'tgoingtohaveanyradiologicalmaterialthat,bythetimeittraveledthose large distances, could present any risk to the American public," explained Greg Jaczko, NuclearRegulatoryCommissionchairman. Meanwhile,anewreportrevealedthatmanyarearesidentsarehavingahardtimeaffordingthenecessitiesoflife.AccordingtotheXpressonlinepost, "Hunger study: Asheville seventh Worst Metro Area in Country,"23.9percentofthearea'spopulation(definedas Buncombe,Madison,HendersonandHaywoodcounties)struggledtofeedthemselvesand theirfamiliesatsomepointin2010. Theregion'srisinggascostscertainlywon'thelp. AccordingtoanotherXpressonlinepost,"Gas Prices steadily Rising,"pricesinAsheville averaged$3.54agallonasofMarch14,a4.5centper-gallonincreaseovertheweekbefore. Thenationalaveragethatweekincreased3.8centspergallonto$3.53. -- by Jake Frankel MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 � mountainx.com themap Hendersonville was struck by two small earthquakes last week. A 2.1-magnitude tremor was recorded the night of March 15 and another 2.3-magnitude rumble occurred the next morning. No damage was reported. weekly news bits After a winter of silence, the weekly Friday evening drum circle returned to Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville on March 18. Anthony Lee Wadsworth of Bartlett Street was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury on March 19 after striking a victim repeatedly with a wooden broom handle, causing lacerations to his head and face. N VANCE MONUMENT A contract worker installing underground cable for security cameras at Hillcrest Apartments was shot in the back of the neck with a pellet gun March 16. The shot didn't pierce his skin, and he declined medical treatment. An Asheville man allegedly fled from APD officers trying to arrest him for assaulting another man at Magnolia's nightclub on March 20. The man then headbutted another officer before finally being restrained and taken to jail. Pre-K to 8th Grade March 26, 9:30am - noon 574 Haywood Road � Asheville, NC 828-258-9264 � www.rmcs.org OPEN HOUSE mountainx.com � MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 15 science kids! WNC kids get scientific! Most kids want to know all about the world around them. They're full of questions and curiosity, and this issue is full of ways to encourage that drive. From homemade volcanoes to handbuilt rockets, from summer camps to Saturday programs, we'll tell you how and where to help your kids learn. Want to find out how science can be a blast? Fasten your seatbelts and come along for a fun (and educational) ride! what's inside: 8 Exploding science Into the woods 6 Do the robot! 8 DIY science projects 0 Smart play: science toys Where to send the kids to camp Edited by Melanie McGee Bianchi and Rebecca Sulock Illustration by Nathanael Roney 6 MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 � mountainx.com These Brands and many more... FREE KIDS SCOOP to Anyone Who Buys a Single Scoop & Mentions this ad (Offer Good thru April 30th) To b e a d u l t ... just like a kid Lucia & Kevin Barnes � 1070 Tunnel Rd. 828.296.1234 � 195 Charlotte St. 828.258.1515 C O M I N G THIS SPRING! ULTIMATE I C E C R E A M O N L E X I N G T O N AV E N U E ! ! mountainx.com � MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 7 828.884.2222 107 N. Caldwell St. � Brevard, NC Exploding science by Anne fitten glenn If you're a parent, you may know just how importantitistogetkidsfocusedonscience. Kidsknow,too,fromwatchingTVshowslike Sid the Science KidandMagic School Bus. Buthowtogetkidstheknowledgetheyneed, whenscienceeducationishamperedbybudget cuts? In WNC, there are science museums brimming with interactive programs and exhibits (AshevilleishometobothTheHealthAdventure andTheColburnEarthScienceMuseum).There are summer camps and after-school programs (many of which are listed in this issue). And, ofcourse,thereareourschools,someofwhich havespecificscienceandtechnologymandates, including Hall Fletcher Elementary, Evergreen Community Charter School and the School of InquiryandLifeScienceswithinAshevilleHigh School(SILSA). Turnsouttherearemanygoodreasonstoget ourkidstofocusonthesciences. According to recent research, America's students lag behind their counterparts in many EuropeanandAsiancountrieswhenitcomesto scienceandtechnology. Resultsfromanationalexamrevealthatless than a third of U.S. students in fourth, eighth and 12th grade have a solid grasp of ageappropriatescience.Thesescores,fromthe2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress, werereleasedinJanuary. While North Carolina's fourth graders performedonparwiththenation'sfourth-graders, thestate'seighth-and12th-gradestudentswere significantly behind the nation when it comes toscience.Infact,theSouthtrailstherestofthe country. Western North Carolina educators offer a couple of different explanations for the dismal test scores of both our nation's and region's studentsonthese(andother)scienceexams. ManyblamethefederalNoChildLeftBehind Act,whichrequirestestinginmathandreading, butnotscience.Becausetheresultsofthetesting directlyaffecteachindividualschool'sfunding, teachersfeelforcedtoteachtothetests,oftento thedetrimentofothersubjects. "I think [the low test results in science] are an unintended consequence of the No Child LeftBehindtestingprogram,"saysJasonCarter, associate director for grades 5-8 at Evergreen CommunityCharterSchool."Ithinkifwedon't testit,wedon'tvalueitasmuch." The U.S. Department of Education administers the National Association of Educational Progress assessment, while North Carolina requires end-of-grade science tests for grades 5 and 8 -- but those statewide tests in science werefirstadministeredin2008. "It'sonlybeeninthepastfewyearsthatelementary and middle schools have been testing The boom to get kids engaged in the subject that may matter most Incorrect formula Blue Ridge Montessori School Summer Camp 2011 June 6, 2011 - July 29, 2011 arts & Crafts Cooking Gardening Splash Get curious: How to keep the kids interested? asheville (and the surrounding area) is lucky to have a bevy of camps, after-school programs and activities, such as the the Health adventure's super science saturday program, each week from noon to 2 p.m. pHoto By JonatHan weLCH www.blueridgemontessori.org 828-281-0505 please call Gayle rayfield, m. ed. science at all," says Greg Townsend, principal atSILSA,whosecurriculumemphasizeshealth and life sciences. "The emphasis has been on high-stakestestinginmathandreading." Educatorsalsonotethattherearefewerqualified teachers and fewer teacher positions, both ofwhichimpactsciencestudy.Budgetcutshave decreased the number of teacher jobs in North Carolinasignificantly.Thesecutshaveimpelled manyteacherstowidentheirspecialtiesinorder to keep their jobs. At the elementary-school level, science teachers are rare. Asheville City Schoolsemploysonesciencecoachforallfiveof itselementaryschools. And,ofcourse,testingoftencanonlyreveal so much in terms of student knowledge and ability.Educatorsemphasizetheimportanceof learningthescientificmethodinordertoapply itslogictootheraspectsofschoolandlife. "It's not knowledge that's as important in science.It'saprocessandawaytoexplorethe worldaroundyouusingthescientificmethod," 8 MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 � mountainx.com mountainx.com � MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 9 explains Carter. "It's about learning skills that willlastwaybeyondschool." Inoculatingourkidswithsciencenotonlycan helpthemcatchupwiththerestoftheworld's students,butcanofferlife-longbenefitstothem andtooursocietyastheymovefromtheeducationalworldintotheworkworld.Fromfarming to construction work, from law to the healthcare profession, ability to apply the scientific methodcanbekey. "I think that what you learn through the study of inquiry-driven science is process," says Townsend. "I think it's essential that we continuetodeveloptheabilityofthestudentsto solveproblems.Thisisthechallengewefacein allofoureducationalenvironments:Howdowe changewhatwe'redoinginawaythatenables studentstomoveforwardinatimeofuncertain futureintermsofcareerdevelopmentandnontraditionalwork?Ifwecangivethemtheability to problem-solve in a variety of situations, we'vedevelopedtheircapacitytosucceed." Hungry to get ahead www.swan4h.com � 828-686-3196 If many of our schools are failing our kids, with testing mandates and budget cuts, where canparentsturn? There are the previously mentioned extracurricular science programs, one of which, the national Science Olympiad, fields teams from at least 13 Western North Carolina public and independentschools. Carter co-coaches Evergreen's Science Olympiad team, which consists of 18 middleschoolstudentswhocompeteinsciencecompetitionsattheregional,stateandnationallevels. Making it happen: above, at the Health adventure at pack place. Below, students of evergreen Community Charter school's science olympiad team test their experiments before the big competition. that program is in jeopardy, with state funding on the chopping block. pHotos By JonatHan weLCH The students spend their Saturdays preparing for both written and experiential tests, which includebuildingactualcontraptionsandapplying the scientific method in situations such as crimesolving. "Allthestudentshavetobereadytogointo two or three different events," Carter says. "Thesecompetitionsreallygetkidsentrenched inscience.They'regivinguptheirSaturdaysto dothis,andthey'reexcitedandhungryforit." Despite the popularity of the program in the state, Governor Beverly Perdue's proposed budget cuts include cutting funding for the Science Olympiad, which could leave the students involved having to raise money to continuecompeting. Moreteachersareworkingtogether--across age groups -- to support science learning. For example, SILSA technology facilitator and lead teacherShannonBaggetthelpedorganizeaKids Inquiry Conference between SILSA students and12AshevilleCitySchoolselementaryclassrooms. The SILSA students visited classrooms toworkwithkidsingrades3through5.Then, onMarch30,they'llhelptheyoungerstudents present their science projects at a special event heldatUNCA. There are other regional examples of educators, nonprofits and institutions who are steppinguptothescienceplateinordertofeedthat student hunger. Whether or not North Carolina students will catch up to the rest of the U.S., and U.S. students will catch up to the rest of theworld,remainstobeseen.Inthemeantime, parents can avail themselves and their progeny of the myriad opportunities in our area. And to quote Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus, "Takechances,makemistakes,getmessy."X Anne Fitten Glenn is an Asheville-based freelance writer. 0 MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 � mountainx.com mountainx.com � MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 Into the woods by tracy Rose Nature Center camp and club delve into hands-on environmental education $1 Sundays Movie Line 828-665-7776 Biltmore Square - 800 Brevard Rd Asheville, NC 28808 Students & Teachers always get 10% OFF Think back to the science classes you had when you were a kid. Mine conjure up the acridsmellofformaldehydeasmyhigh-school biology classmates and I dissected enormous, pale, flatworms that seemed too otherworldly toslitherontheearth. Nature photographer Kevin W. FitzPatrick hasasimilarlyuninspiringstory. "WhenIwasakid,you'dsitatablackboard and you'd look at chemistry and physics and science,andifyouweren'tofaminditwasjust --Idon'twanttothinkaboutit,"herecalls. Luckily,timeshavechanged. "Ifyouknowabitabouteducation,youknow thatmoreandmorepeoplearenowtakingtheir kids out into streams and into the forest and they'reseeingitfirsthand,"hesays. Thehands-onapproachisthecornerstoneofa summerdaycampofferedthroughtheWestern NorthCarolinaNatureCenter,aswellasabuddingyear-roundclubsponsoredbyFitzPatrick, a board member of the Friends of the Western NorthCarolinaNatureCenter. "Thekidsarejustdyingtogetintoscience," FitzPatricksays. 2010wastheinauguralyearforthedaycamp, in which 10 sixth- through ninth-graders gatheredinalogcabinattheNatureCenterfortalks byscientistsabouttheirspecialties.Thenitwas off to the nearby Swannanoa River or Trillium Trailforfieldwork. Scientific collection methods are followed at the camp, though FitzPatrick notes that the insects,mollusksandotherlifeformsareexaminedalive,thensafelyreturnedtotheirhabitat. One research method involved the campers marking off a plot of ground and studying all thediverselifeformstheycouldfindthere. "That made an impression on the kids," recalls Karen Boekschoten, whose 14-yearold son, Nico, an eighth-grader at Evergreen CommunityCharterSchool,wasanenthusiastic participant. Another day involved campers blocking off asmallsectionoftheSwannanoaRivertolearn Net worth: the western north Carolina nature Center offers a hands-on approach to learning -- which sometimes involves getting dirty. pHotos CopyrigHt kevin w. fitzpatriCk Downtown Asheville w w w. t r u e b l u e a r t s u p p l y. c o m MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 � mountainx.com about water quality and the fish, insects and other aquatic life that live there. In other sessions, a scientist brought along 15 or so cases ofbutterflyspecimens,whileasnakespecialist toted along his own live snakes for the kids to handle. "It was AMAZING!" 12-year-old Serena Morgan Dotson-Smith declares via e-mail. "I can't quite put the feeling of what walking in thestream,searchingintheforest,andrunning withwolveswaslike!Weallmadegreatfriends, learnedsomenewscientifictermsandplain-out just had fun! It was an experience not worth missing,infactnotworthtradingforathousand dollars!"(Toclarify,theseventh-graderatNorth Buncombe Middle School notes that the kids ran on the outside of the wolf enclosure, while the wolves ran back and forth on the inside. Oneofthebestpartsofthecamp,sheadds,was meetingotherpeoplewhosharedherinterestin wildlife.) Oncelastsummer'scampwasover,thekids werehungryformorehands-onscience.Those campers form the core of a nascent club that willmeetonceamonthonweekends,following much the same format as the camp. (Though there's a fee for the summer camp, the club is free.) FitzPatrickadmitsthatthecampsuffersfrom a somewhat unwieldy name: The ATBI (All mountainx.com � MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 Your old furniture not looking so great? Get it custom painted! � Family Portraits � Famous People � Favorite Musicians � Cool Themes Get it done right on a coffee table, chair, cabinet, desk, you name it. Discover Your Unique Traits and Vocational Aptitudes. 631.793.1115 � www.flooredart.com Asheville, NC � Stephanie@flooredart.com N at u ra l Ba by St ore 2008 � 2009 � 2010 (Mtn. Xpress Reader's Poll) Who's that little guy?: the camps offer a chance to learn about new species -- and make friends with other kids who have similar interests. pHoto CopyrigHt kevin w. fitzpatriCk Voted Best-Of-WNC Natural - Baby not for sale clothing � bedding � diapers � toys books � accessories Mon-Sat 10-6 � thelittlestbirds.com 647 Haywood Rd. in West Asheville � 253-4747 Photo by Paul M. Howey � � � � � � � Turning 4 Years Old This Week � � � � � � � EVERYTHING ON SALE 15-50% (now through Sat, March 26) � � � � � � � � � � Thank You WNC! � � � � � � � � � � Taxa Biodiversity Inventory) Camp, thanks to itsconnectiontoanambitiousscientificproject in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Through the nonprofit organization Discover Life in America (based at the national park), the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory seeks to identifyandrecordalloftheestimated100,000 species in the park. So far, the project has discovered903speciesnewtoscience,accordingto Discover Life in America's website (www.dlia. org/atbi/). On a smaller scale, the ATBI database manager plans to work with Nico to create a mini databasetodocumentthespeciesthekidsfind, which will help the club as well as serve as a schoolprojectforNico. "I guarantee you that there are species on that trail that have never been seen before," FitzPatrick says. Finding one, he adds, "would makeourday." Meanwhile,Serenahaslaunchedthewebsite for the ATBI Club (wncnaturecenteratbiclub. webs.com) and encourages other kids to get involvedwiththecampandclub. Apart from learning about, say, a specific speciesofdragonfly,thissortofenvironmental educationyieldslessobviousbenefits. "Itkindofdeepensthekids'appreciationof where they live," Boekschoten says. "I think it also fosters stewardship of the environment, whichiswhatit'sallabout." The ATBI Camp runs June 20-24 and is just oneofthenature-orientedWildWeekssummer camps to be offered through the WNC Nature Center.Formoreinfo,visitwildwnc.org/education/summer-camporcalltheNatureCenterat (828)298-5600.FormoreinfoontheATBIclub, contactFitzPatrickatkevinfp@gmail.com.X Tracy Rose still gets the willies over the science project that came after the worm: namely, the frog. explore Learning about nature = good times Budding naturalists can indulge their interests through a cluster of camps in the Asheville area. The N.C. Arboretum offers a variety of nature-themed Discovery Camp programs for preschoolers through high-school students, including an intriguing Advanced Eco Detectives camp for second- and third-graders. For more info, see ncarboretum.org/education/discovery-camp or call (828) 665-2492. And Bug Camp is back this summer at UNCA, although a funding shortage has downscaled it from a residential camp to a day camp, says UNCA biology professor Tim Forrest. Two sessions run June 20-24 and June 27-July 1, with a maximum of 20 students per camp. Bug Camp, free for rising sixth- through rising eighth-graders, involves working in the lab and the great outdoors -- usually the national forest -- where campers collect various insects for study the next day. They also run experiments in the field, including measuring the pulling force of beetles that live in logs, and then calculating what that force would equal for a child. "It turns out to be a Volkswagen microbus, pretty much," Forrest says with a laugh. For more info, call Forrest at (828) 232-5150 or visit facstaff.unca.edu/ tforrest/BugCamp2011.htm. MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 � mountainx.com mountainx.com � MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 5 Do the Robot! by Cara Ciliberto Local clubs get kids interested in engineering, technology and more Resources for Transformation and Inner Peace Books, Music, Crystals, Jewelry, Tarot Statuary, Candles, Incense and Events The traditional view of a kids' summer camp is steeped in a nostalgic woodsy setting. There's alwaysalakeforswimmingandcanoeinganda nightly campfire with singing, swapping spooky storiesandroastingvarioustreats-on-a-stick. Thisclassicdesignwasthe"forest"usheringin a growing acceptance of "trees" -- or the rising tideofspecialtycamps,whichcatertoabroader range of specific interests. Worldwide, camps and clubs are gaining attendance. Participants areeagertotryvariousactivitiessuchasfencing, playing in a rock band, dramatic arts or even explosives (it's an engineering science, don't ya know?). A Sanctuary for the Spiritual Seeker Since 1989 5426 Asheville Hwy. (Hwy.25) � mi. S. I-26 exit 44 � Mon-Sat 10-6 crystalvisionsbooks.com � 687-1193 But even for kids raised without television, the inevitable desire for an iPhone moves in as naturally as osmosis. Exciting possibilities: students with the girls scouts first Lego League team from asheville Middle school work on a robot. the program helps keep girls interested in science, technology, electronics and math. pHoto Courtesy Carrie Myers For some parents and educators, electronic media has garnered a taboo reputation -- its encroachment is feared as limiting, passive or violating.Butevenforkidsraisedwithouttelevision,theinevitabledesireforaniPhonemovesin as naturally as osmosis. More positively, today's savvy "elders" raised in the Atari age have utilized their digital roots to pursue engineering, computer programming, graphic designing and film or video editing; now in leadership roles, they'vecreatedengagingtechprogramsthatmay provideathresholdofinterestforthenewestgeneration. SaraSanders,whoteachesthebuddingRobotics ClubatOdysseyCommunitySchoolinAsheville, willearnherBachelorsofScienceinEngineering with a Mechatronics concentration from both UNCA and North Carolina State University this spring.TheclubwasstartedbyOdysseyExecutive Director Dr. John Johnson, who runs the private Pre-K through 12th-grade campus on a foundationofexperientiallearning. Healsokeepsakeeneyeonthetrendsofthe future."Iwantkidstohaveexposuretoengineeringskills,togainaninterestasearlyaspossible," hetellsXpress. Johnson initiated a collaboration with the NCSU Office at UNCA to offer Odyssey gradeschoolstudentstheafter-schoolprogram(thelocal college supplied all model kits and materials to minimizestudentcost). SandersteachesRoboticsClubmembersrelated computer-programming skills and electronic-circuitry know-how. The seven enrolled students, boysage8to13,workinteamsoftwotobuildand programtheirown"Sumobot"RobotKit(manufacturedbyParallax).Theirautonomouscreations willbeabletofollowaline,navigateamazeand "ultimately duke it out in a Sumo competition," promisesalineintheprogram'scurriculum. The club meets biweekly after school in Odyssey's hushed, cozy computer lab. "In this case, the computer is not a medium for social alienation or isolation. It is a tool that the kids havetocooperativelyusetodeveloptheirrobots," explains Sanders as the boys barely glance up fromtheirscreens. Attheprogram'shalfwaypoint,Sandersoffers some intriguing observations: "I think initially theytendtohaveaveryimaginativeideaofwhat buildingrobotslookslike.Mostkidswanttomake these huge, Transformer-style robots that will blowthingsup. "When they see that the robots we are working with are quite small, they are a little disappointed,"shesays."Butastheylearntoprogram andusethesensorstocontrolthe'bots,theygetan understanding -- the possibilities become much moreexciting." Evenin2011,maleengineersstillsignificantly outnumbertheirfemalecounterparts.Accordingly, there'sbeenagroundswellinrecentyearstocoax preteen girls back into typically male-dominated schoolsubjects. Around third grade, some studies say, girls Freelance writer Cara Ciliberto enjoys searching for begintoloseinterestinmathandscience.Among other groups endeavoring to correct this, North images in cloud formations with her sons. Not just a boy's club Carolina's"PeakstoPiedmont"chapteroftheGirl Scoutsistakingpartinanewinitiative:TheSTEM program uses girls' existing connection to their peers to foster a collective interest in the fields representedbytheacronym:science,technology, electronicsandmath. Thegroupiscontinuingtoworktowardgrants and funding to strengthen its development, says Carrie Myers, director of programs for Peaks to Piedmont. "It is our goal to nurture this interest so that moregirlsbuildastrongSTEMfoundation."The ultimatehope,explainsMyers,istocreate"future femaleleaderswhowillmeettheincreasingneed forscienceandtechnologyprofessionals." Thiscampseason,theSTEMSummerAcademy is an opportunity for girls to build and program LEGOMindstormrobots,participateinsessionsof digitalphotographyandcomputerprograms,and bondwithgirlsofsimilarinterest. But it's not just a summer stint. The girl who may have discovered a particular interest, "can potentiallycontinuethisactivityduringtheschool year,suchasjoiningaFirstLegoLeaguerobotics team,"saysMyers. While the community ethic is an underlying tenet of woodsy camp life, the more specialized youth clubs and camps seem to celebrate the uniqueness of the individual, a developmentally appropriate tool in any adolescent or tween's questforidentity.X 6 MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 � mountainx.com A Great Haircut. Guaranteed! greatclips.com Children's haircuts are just $10 GreAt HAirCut SAle March 30th�April 8th when every haircut will be $6.99 ASHEVILLE 129 Bleachery Blvd - 828.298.5100 1378 Hendersonville Rd - 828.274.5353 640 Merrimon Ave - 828.252.9010 5 Westgate Parkway - 828.251.6008 ARDEN 300 Airport Rd - 828.676.2211 Don't forget our mountainx.com � MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 7 DIY Science Projects by Mackensy Lunsford Bored? Want to make a minor mess and learn something at the same time? Do try these experiments at home (with a parent's permission, of course). (Thanks to SaraKate and Abby Makoviney for helping with these experiments and deciding that science is "delicious and fun.") Two fun (and only slightly dangerous) experiments that kids can do at home fireinthehole! Exploding soda fountain We've all seen the baking-soda volcano. It's a classic example of an experiment that can be performed with common kitchen ingredients. While non-damaging and safe explosions are fun in any respect (if planned), this one seems a little meek. In perhaps the best use of diet soda and Mentos we've ever seen, here's a similar experiment that makes a sky-high eruption -- and a pretty big mess. Note: Absolutely do this outside, away from anything that wouldn't benefit from splatters of soda (for example, a laundry-laden clothesline). Also, diet soda is not essential, but keeps the experimenters from getting too sticky from the sugar. Regardless of stickiness, the soda will splatter, so make sure to wear old clothes. What you need: 1 roll of Mentos (keep wrapped until right before the experiment in order to construct your "candy chute"). 2-liter bottle of diet soda index card Construction paper Scissors Scotch tape What to do: 1. The Mentos must be stacked in a neat column, with minimal space between them, so that they can be dropped all at once into the bottle. Make a "candy chute" by cutting a small piece of paper about the length of the package of Mentos and about four inches wide. 2. Wrap the paper around the Mentos package to form a tube. Tape it so it holds its shape. Now you have your chute. 3. Take everything outside! Open your soda bottle. Everything will happen fast once you get started, so make sure that you set everything up. 4. Place the index card over the opening of the soda bottle, then place your chute on top of that so that the end of the chute lines up scream! Ice cream in a bag Almost everyone likes ice cream, except the lactose intolerant, of course. Wouldn't it be nice to make your own? You can, and you don't even need your own ice cream churn; just a few bags, some ice and salt and the desire to shake things up. This is a fun and delicious experiment that must be done in an area where it's OK to spill a little milk. After all of the ingredients are combined and it's time to shake the bags, it's best to wear gloves -- the bag may be cold enough to damage your skin. Go ahead and throw on a scarf and a hat, too ... just to be silly. What you need: 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 tsp vanilla 1/2 to 3/4 cup of rock salt 2 cups ice 1-quart zipper bag 1-gallon zipper bag measuring cups and spoons Note: Make as many recipes as you want. Also, experiment with flavors -- add chocolate syrup or chocolate chips, for example. What to do: 1. Put the sugar, milk, cream and vanilla into the quart bag. Seal the bag very securely -- and we mean very. Salt water can ruin the ice cream! 2. Put 2 cups of ice into the gallon bag. 3. Add salt to the bag of ice. 4. Place the sealed quart bag inside the gallon bag of ice and salt. Seal the gallon bag very securely. 5. Rock the gallon bag from side to side. Throw it around! Dance a little! 6. Continue to rock and roll until the liquid ice cream has firmed up into solid(ish) ice cream. 7. Remove the quart bag, scoop out your ice cream and enjoy. Why it works: Salt lowers the freezing point of ice. By lowering the temperature at which ice is frozen, the milk mixture can freeze (at a temperature below 32 degrees Fahrenheit) into ice cream. So, why do you need to shake the bag anyway? The motion breaks up larger ice crystals, making a smoother ice cream. sky-high soda: who knew that candy and diet soda could cause such a mess? pHoto By sCott Courtnay-sMitH with the opening of the bottle. 5. Fill your chute with the Mentos and let the adults run away to a safe place. 6. Open your full 2-liter bottle of diet soda. Remove the index card quickly, and let the Mentos drop into the bottle. Why it works: Bottled soda contains carbon dioxide that's dissolved in liquid. When the bottle is opened, pressure is released, making the gas bubble out of the liquid, which is what makes soda fizzy. A few different things happen when the candies are dropped into the soda, but here's the most significant factor in the eruption: When the Mentos fall into the bottle, they start to dissolve, releasing ingredients like gelatin and gum arabic into the soda. Those two things lower the surface tension of the soda (like softening an egg shell) making it easier for the bubbles in the liquid to expand and escape. 8 MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 � mountainx.com mountainx.com � MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 9 Local indie toy retailers reveal a few new things under the sun by Melanie McGee Bianchi When it comes to the explosive intersection of kids and chemicals, it's not just about the bakingsoda-and-vinegar volcano anymore. Solar-powered vehicles and other greenthemed toys are on the rise; likewise modern adaptations of beloved classics. Xpress contacted local independent stores whose primary retail space is devoted to toys, and discovered the very latest in weird science. Smart play candy'ncircuits Photos by Jonathan Welch Dancing Bear Toys (dancingbeartoys.com) 144 Tunnel Road, Asheville. 255-8697. 418 N. Main St., Hendersonville. 693-4500. "We have a whole, large science section," says Cassidy Cloyed, assistant manager of the Asheville store. She recommends the spinning top generator from Toysmith's Green Science line, and also the Ultimate Gum Kit from Scientific Explorer, where kids employ chemical knowledge to make various gooey concoctions. Although the majority of science kits are tailored for age 8 and up, Dancing Bear also sells a My First Science Kit for younger wunderkinds. Once Upon a Time (biltmorevillage.com/onceuponatime) 7 All Souls Crescent, Biltmore Village. 274-8788. Once Upon a Time owner Stan Collins gives his rubber stamp to Snap Circuits, an award-winning electronics kit that does away with the old days of scraping wires and other fun-inhibiting stressors. "There are 300 things you can do with it," he notes. He also sells Toysmith's popular crystal-growing kit, and speaks particularly well of the Carson Optical Digital Microscope Once an object is stabilized on the microscope's platform, it can be wired to a computer to be viewed to fuller advantage. 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Bulldog recreation camp Bulldog Recreation Camp is dedicated to providing a memorable experience for every camper in a safe, fun filled and caring environment. It is a great opportunity to participate in summer activities on UNC Asheville's beautiful campus. The camper's schedule will include swimming, indoor and outdoor activities and weekly Friday field trips. All programs will be geared towards an exciting array of age and developmentally appropriate activities that will capture the interest of each camper and keep it all month long. Date July 5-8, 2011 July 11-15, 2011 July 18-22, 2011 July 25-29, 2011 Cost $130/child $160/child $160/child $160/child The Toy Box For More Camp Information Contact: Debby Schwartz 828-250-3839 firstname.lastname@example.org Rising 1st - Rising 5th Graders Registration @ http://recreation.unca.edu/summer-camps MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 � mountainx.com 793 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. 254-8697 Toy Box owner Gary Green praises the "un-gimmicky" science kits offered by Thames & Kosmos, including the consistently well-reviewed Chem C500 Set which contains more than 30 experiments including investigations of metals and salts, acids and bases, and various electrochemical changes. "It's not just a bunch of chemicals and mixes -- kids learn the science behind why these experiments work," says Green. He also recommends the Green Science Kit's Solar Rover: the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) named this aerodynamic wonder one of its best toys of 2010. Budding engineers learn how sunlight is converted to power -- and get a stellar toy vehicle in the bargain. presented by 5K walk/run and 1 mile Fun run SATurdAy April 9, 2011 - 9 AM Walkers and runners of all ages will enjoy this scenic course which begins at the Girl Scout Center on W.T. Weaver Blvd and winds around UNCA and the surrounding neighborhood! 1/3 of the course is trail through the Botanical Gardens. � All participants will receive a free box of Thin Mints and tee-shirt!! � Tee-shirts are guaranteed with registrations received by 03/23/11 and will be first come, first served after the 23rd. � Families and Teams are welcome! � Go to thinmintsprint5k.com for registration and more details sponsored by � Mission Children's Hospital � Roberts & Stevens, P.A. � Eblen Short Stop Stores � MAHEC � Biltmore Oil Company � Mellow Mushroom Thin MinT SprinT!! Asheville's First thinmintsprint5k.com 828-252-4442, ext. 3302 mountainx.com � MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 Summery summary The 2011 Kids' Camp Guide OPENING Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 at 5pm Photo courtEsy of thE N.c. ArborEtuM DiscovEry cAMP Compiled by Jaye bartell and Melanie Mcgee bianchi WesternNorthCarolina'smanysummercamps are keeping up with the techie times. Some offer up-to-the-minute instruction in rocketry, robotics, ecology, Web design and music production, among other creative subjects. Delve intothescienceofsummer! Nature, Adventure, Health and Science askateboardingcampandatheatercamp.An Outdoor Adventure Campserieswillhighlight nature exploration for all ages, peaking with the Teen Canoe Camp, an overnight odyssey for older kids with primitive camping and a 25-mile canoe trip down the New River in northern N.C. Programs run June 14 through Aug.11;ratesvary.Formoreinformation,contactAmyPruettRickmanat251-4080ore-mail email@example.com. An outgrowth of Black Mountain-based residentialcampsMerri-MacandTimberlake,local Black Mountain expeditions has taken teens totheliteralendsoftheearthinsearchofthe ultimate hiking challenge. French Alps, anyone? Or how about topping a summit in the BolivianAndes?Thisyear'sseriesoftreksrun June11throughJuly16.SequoiaNationalPark is in view, as well as the N.C. High Country. See www.blackmountainexpeditions.com or call669-8766. Open 7 Days � Breakfast � Lunch � Dinner Lodging � Gifts � Crafts (828) 235-8228 � Call for road conditions www.pisgahinn.com Located between milepost 408 & 409, South of Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway Appalachia school of Holistic Herbalism offersanearth sprouts! summer CampAugust 1-5 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. "Soulflower Botanical Sanctuary" teaches kids about medicinal plants,farmanimalsandhealingwithherbsin a setting that cultivates a love of nature. Each childreceivesabotanicallycorrectwildflowercoloringbookandmakesanherbalfirstaidkit to bring home. Call 350-1221 or e-mail info@ Fromdeepinsidetheearthtowayupinspace, herbsheal.com. The Colburn earth science Museum has the Asheville Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts sciences covered for preschoolers through risadministers an ambitious series of programs ing fifth-graders. In a variety of weeklong aimedatrisingfirst-gradersthrough12th-grad- sessions running June 27 through Aug. 5, ers, including traditional day camps, a Teen participants mine for shining gemstones, dig Leadership Program, therapeutic sessions for for real fossils, blast off into outer space and kids with cognitive or developmental delays, exploreourhomeplanetthroughexperiments, MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 � mountainx.com KIDS SUMMER CAMPS - JUNE 13 - AUGUST 12 Gabe's Groovalicious Clay Games Fun Clay! Captain Gabe's Clay Adventure Let's Get Dirty! Planes, Trains & Automobiles Back to the Drawing Board! Wild Wild Animal World Painted Clay Clay Puppet Spectacular! Photo courtEsy of DANDElioN hill activities,craftsandgames.Findabrochurefor 1-, 2- and 3-week sessions designed for rising thispopularday-campseriesatwww.colburn- second- through rising 12th-graders. (Older kidsgetachancetotraveltotheOuterBanks.) museum.orgorcall(828)254-7162. Naturalist "mentors" lead campers in wilThe Health Adventure's extremely popular derness exploration, and afternoon art might discover science summer Camp series runs include pottery, drama or creative writing. June13throughAug.5,forrisingfirst-through CampsrunJune4throughAug.6,plusafourrising eighth-graders. This year's high-energy dayFamilyCampheldLaborDayweekend.At themes include "Far Out Science" (exploring presstime,sessionswerefillingupfast.www. the great beyond), "Around the World" (in greenriverpreserve.org. which kids "journey to all seven continents") and "Bodyology," (where kids look inward to AdivisionofUSARaft,Mountain Adventure discover the science of the human body). Info Guides sponsors a series of 12-day and 18and registration at www.thehealthadventure. day overnight summer Adventure Camps org or (828) 254-6373, ext. 316. (Spaces fill up June 26 through Aug. 4, for kids ages 12-17. Counselor/camper ratio is small and expectaquickly.) tionsarehigh.MAGcampsfeatureruggedoutdiscovery Camp at the North Carolina doorexcursionsinawildernessareastraddling Arboretumoffersabountyofnature-intensive the N.C./Tenn. Border -- including caving, daycampsasvariedasthevastexpanseofbio- rafting,advancedhikingandoutdoorcooking. diversity they explore. Programs -- including No cabins here: The young adventurers are "Curious Critters," "Gone Buggy," "Feathers, expected to make their beds under the stars Fur and Scales," "Boots, Pedals and Wheels," everynight.Gearisincludedintuition,anda "Eco Challenge" and "Leadership Adventure good attitude must be packed along with bug Camp" -- start June 6 and run through late spray.Theprogram'smottosaysitall:"Weput August. Summer activities are geared for pre- thecampingbackincamp."Seewww.mtnadschoolersthroughhighschoolers.Forfullinfo, ventureguides.comorcall866-813-5210. visit www.ncarboretum.org/education/discovery-camporcall665-2492. Twin camps Mondamin and Green Cove, in lushTuxedo,N.C.,aregearedrespectivelyfor ThelocalGirl scoutcampisopentothepub- boys and girls 6-17. Mountain sports are the lic;allgirlsenteringgradesK-12arewelcome. standout here, among them kayaking, rock Camp Pisgah for Girls in Brevard, with day climbing, mountain biking and extended wilcampandovernightprograms,isACA-accred- derness excursions. Canoeing and horseback itedandfeaturesayurtoption(soAsheville!). ridingareoptions,too,roundingoutaneclecForthefulllowdown,seewww.girlscoutsp2p. tic experience that draws campers from all 50 orgorcall(828)252-4442. statesandevenfromothercountries.Awealth ofsessionsareoffered,includinganewAugust Green River Preserve,apristinelysituated,con- opportunity,allbeginningMay29.(Mondamin servation-minded residential camp in breath- wasnamedoneofthecountry'stop-fivesumtaking Cedar Mountain (south of Brevard), mercampsbyOutsidemagazine!)www.mondaassuresparentsthatnokidleavesherewitha min.comandwww.greencove.com. "nature-deficitdisorder."Immersionin--and respect of -- the outdoors is paramount, with An aquatic adventure awaits rising third- Advanced Techniques for Young Potters It Came From Outer Space New Spring Dance Sessions Starting Now Summer Dance Classes, Workshops and Intensives Begin the week of June 13, 2011 Come See our Performance Groups Dance Halftime at the Harlem Globetrotters Game Sunday, March 27 Asheville Civic Center Check our website for details at www.ideafactoryinc.org mountainx.com � MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 5 We have done the research for you. Photo courtEsy of thE hEAlth ADvENturE organic plush toys non-toxic wooden toys beeswax crayons baby registries teethers � bottles baby carriers organic mattresses & bedding organic clothes through rising eighth-graders who attend Riverlink's French Broad summer River Camps.ThefirstsessionrunsJune13-17(third- throughfifth-graders);thesecondsessionruns June 20-24 (sixth-through eighth-graders). Environmental education and service learning (including river clean-up and interpretive nature walks) are emphasized in this reasonably priced adventure, but there's plenty of water recreation too. For more information, e-mailBeccaChildressateducation@riverlink. orgorcall252-8474. Another well-seasoned local camp, Brevard's Rockbrook Camp for Girlsgoesbacksofarit even boasts fourth-generation attendees. And yetthecurriculumisdefinitelyofthemoment. Open to girls 6-16, Rockbrook is a traditional overnight camp whose 3-week sessions run June 5 through Aug. 11. Swimming, tennis, equestrianendeavors,yoga,journalism,visual artandmusicaltheatercomprisetheshortlist of activities. For full info: www.rockbrookcamp.com. program revolves entirely around the magical worlds of food, cooking and farming. What is the story behind what we eat? What is the importance of those choices? Campers learn elements of science, history, geography and other academic topics while exploring important environmental, economic and social justice issues related to food. Three sessions are scheduledfor2011.ThefirststartsonJune13. Fullandpartialscholarshipsareavailable,asis transportation.Pleasevisitwww.terrasummer. orgformoreinformationabouteachsession,or callSybilFixat782-7842. Your one-stop shop for organic, pure and sustainable products for your home. 828.258.1901 � Mon - Sat 11-6 51 North Lexington Ave., Asheville � shop online: www.nestorganics.com Used Books, MUsic and More Mr. K's Asheville's lArgest Used Bookstore New & Used: Books � CDs Video Games � Books on Tape � DVDs BUY � seLL � TRAde Large Selection of New and Used Children and Young Adult Books at Great Prices! *Mr. K's has summer required reading titles. Open Mon. - sat. 9am-9pm � sun. 12-6pm � 800 Fairview Rd. River Ridge Shopping Center � Beside A.C. Moore � Hwy 240 exit #8 299-1145 � www.mrksonline.com A free overnight camp sponsored by UNCA, the irresistibly named Bug Camp (for rising sixth- through rising eighth-graders) happens in two sessions spanning June 20-24 and June 27throughJuly1Theprogramusesinsectsto inspire creative thinking through hands on, interactive,discoverybasedlearning.Activities includecollectingfieldtrips,identifying,curating and experimenting with insects to investigate biological principles. Enrollment, contingent on reference from a teacher, is limited The swannanoa 4-H Center was the first 4- to20studentspersession.Seehttp://facstaff. H camp in the state and does the mountains unca.edu/tforrest/BugCamp2011.htm for regproudwithacomprehensiveseriesofdayand istrationforms,orcall(828)232-5150. residentialcampsrunning3,6and10daysfor kids4-16.Specialtyprogramsaboundforthose Other camps sponsored by UNCA include a kidswhowanttopursueaparticularskill(e.g., seriesofdayandovernightvolleyball Camps rock climbing, mountain biking, white water for kids 10-18, held July 11-16 (contact Julie raftingorcaving).Aspecialweekforchildren Torbett at firstname.lastname@example.org, (828) 232-5659); ofmilitaryfamiliesisofferedfreeofcharge.But and smoky Mountain Running Camps for themenualsoincludeslotsofall-aroundtradi- thoseenteringninthgradeandabove,heldJuly tionalfun.Pricesvarybasedonlengthofcamp 10-15, July 17-22 and July 24-29. (www.unca. and interests. Some sessions were already full edu/oaci/sumYouth/sumYouth.html). at press time; check www.swan4h.com for updatesorcall828-686-3196. Wild Weeks summer Camp at the Western North Carolina Nature Centeris,well,wildly Terra summer is an experiential, interdisci- popular. This comprehensive series of day plinary summer day camp for children 11-14 camps, designed for kids from age 2 through located on an organic farm in Mills River, 20 ninth graders, comes in weeklong segments minutes south of downtown Asheville. The including "Pioneer Living," where pre-teens 6 MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 � mountainx.com Photo courtEsy of truE iNk will barter for goods and make cheese from scratch; "Staying Found," i.e., how not to get lost in the woods; "Rhythms of the Earth," a new, highly experiential camp this year, focused on the patterns and cycles of nature; and "Forest of Lilliput," another new camp, invitescampersto"discoveroftheAppalachian forest." (Most programs, including the PeeWee Camp for preschoolers, emphasize some interaction with the Nature Center's resident animals.) Wild Weeks runs June 1 through Aug.5.www.wildwnc.org. Asheville Art Museum offers morning, afternoon and all-day programs for rising kindergarteners through rising 12th-graders, presented in a true studio environment in the museum'sspaciousWNCArtResourceCenter, June 13 through Aug. 1. Among the full spectrum of media, kids might learn printmaking, cartooning and sculpture. Classes include regularvisitstoAAM'svariousgalleries.This popular program fills up fast. Info at (828) 253-3227,ext.122,ore-mailSharonMcRorieat email@example.com. Carolina day schoolpresentsaseriesofpublic,weeklongdaycampsforpre-kindergarteners through rising 12th-graders, divided by age group into "Quests," "Explorations" and "Workshops." Activities are definitely on the cutting-edge side of creative: Consider everything from junior engineering to candy making, fashion to ecology, Web design to stage combat.Swimmingandoutdoormountainfun arealsoabigpartofthemix.June13through Aug.5.www.cdschool.org. dandelion Hillcelebratesthejoyofchildhood inahome-likeenvironmentforkidsages3to9. FollowingtheWaldorfearly-childhoodmodel, three-andfour-daysessionsrunbetweenJune 28 and Aug. 4. Dandelion Hill will provide an organic healthy snack each day. Children will bring lunches from home. Daily activities include songs and finger-puppet theater. Story times are also a daily experience where traditionalfolktalesaresharedandthenserve asaspringboardfordelvingintopuppetryand drama.Kidscanalsoexpectpainting,modeling and seasonal crafts -- and plenty of outdoor play. Send inquiries by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Arts and Academics Enrollment is open for Appalachian Institute of Creative learning's Summer Enrichment Camp, held at scenic Warren Wilson College in two weeklong sessions: July 17-23 and July 24-30. Rising third- through rising 12th-graders are invited to attend either day camp or overnight sessions. Arts and academics are highlighted.Seewww.appalachianinstitute.org orcall(800)951-7442. Asheville Arts Center nurtures budding performers year-round, and that means two full months -- June 13 to Aug. 12 -- of "music, drama,danceandlife!"Kidsages3andupcan expecteverythingfromIrishdancetothecircus offunandperformancethatis"UndertheBig Top."Thereturning"AshevilleIdol"series(for kids 8 and up) is sure to stay a hit. A varied menu of musical theater, including "Gleeeeee Camp,""SuperheroestotheRescue"and"The LittleMermaid,"isavailable--butthefulllist is extensive, so see www.ashevilleartscenter. comfordates,ratesandthewholelowdown. mountainx.com � MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 7 GREEN PEACE "As soon as Bill and I held our first born child it cemented our interest in preserving our environment for our children and their children. Each and every one of us can do our part--large or small--to help not only the environment of our community but of our world." -Dr. Kari Williams In our office, we: � recycle � proudly offer digital x-rays reducing radiation by 90% and eliminating the need for toxic developing solutions � have installed an Amalgam Separator Receptacle which prevents contamination of our WNC waters � have decreased our paper consumption with paperless charts, electronic insurance claims, patient reminders via email/text and specialist communication by email Photos courtEsy of WAyNEsvillE PArks AND rEcrEAtioN The First stage Youth Theatre of Madison CountypresentsitsSummerWorkshopCamp forareakidsages8-18.Theseriesofweeklong programs -- "by kids and for kids" -- culminates in a production and after-play picnic. Workshopsstartmid-Julyandemphasize"the skillsofdiscipline,concentrationandteamwork so prominent in the theater and in real life." Todd Weakley returns for the seventh year as SummerCampDirector.Toddisaprofessional theatre artist, Playwright and Director, and holdsamastersdegreeintheatereducation.As usual, Todd has developed two full weeks of theatre fun for students. See www.firststageyouththeatre.comfordetails. Flat Rock Playhouse, the official state theatreofNorthCarolina,hostsacomprehensive selection of summer-long programs in acting andstagecraft--checkout"AesoptoBeBop" --throughtheirYouTheatredivision.Morning anddaycampsareintendedforkindergarteners through rising ninth graders, and a series of specialty camps for (including a film program) is offered for seventh- through rising 12th-graders.SessionsrunbetweenJune6and Aug. 5. Check www.flatrockplayhouse.org for full postings on this year's themes and rates. (Tuition assistance for qualifying families is available.) Green-minded Gwynn valley in Brevard gets kids down to earth with an assortment of overnight (1-3 weeks) and daylong programs geared strongly toward traditional crafts and survival skills. Basketry, gourd sculpture, tiedying, leatherwork and candle making are among the artsy offerings. Way-cool sports include ultimate Frisbee and cricket. Older kids get to try wilderness training. And all attendees help out on the farm, a vital part of theGwynnValleyexperience(70percentofthe camp'sfoodisgrownonsite).Sessions,running June 10 through Aug. 14, are for kids who've finished kindergarten through eighth-grade. Infoat(828)885-2900oratwww.gwynnvalley. com. NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS Dr. Bill Williams, DMD � Dr. Kari Williams, DMD 3272 Hendersonville Rd., Suite A, Fletcher, NC 28732 828-681-8888 8 MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 � mountainx.com Photo courtEsy of thE hEAlth ADvENturE John C. Campbell Folk schoolinBrasstown, N.C.,isn'tjustagreatplaceforadultstofind theirroots.Theirsummerkids'programs,the little Folk school and Middle Folk school for rising seventh- through rising 12th-graders, aim to teach the next generation about Appalachian culture. Nearly 30 classes in danceandcraftaretraditionallyoffered,running the week of June 19. Find updates and details at www.folkschool.org, or call 1-800FOLK-SCHtogetonthemailinglist. Roots + Wings school of Art, for preschoolers,familiesandadultsbasedattheCathedral of All Souls at Biltmore Village, will offer three-dayart-explorationcampsforkidsages 3-12.SessionsrunJune13throughAug.8and includeinstructioninclay,drawing,painting, collage,printmakinganddesign.Classestend to fill up fast, so call soon: (828) 545-4827 or email@example.com. Offering a unique day-camp experience that includes up-close-and-personal immersion in the most fascinating eras of the past, smith-Mcdowell House Museum will host a Hands-On History camp July 25-29 for rising second- through rising fifth-graders. This year'stheme,"WhoWeretheVictorians?"will include major costume fun, old-time photos, themed crafts, and even making homemade icecream.CamprunsMondaythroughFriday from9a.m.to5p.m.Registrationislimitedto 12students.Call(828)253-9231ore-mailLisa Whitfield at firstname.lastname@example.org for registrationinformation. sessionsJune27throughJuly8,forkids5-17. Each series is capped with a performance on ACT'sMainStage.Seewww.ashevilletheatre. orgorcontactCampDirectorJannaHoekema email@example.com. Transylvania Community Arts Council has a busy summer planned! It all starts with the outdoor "fun-in-the-sun" Kids Art Day on May 7 (part of the Transylvania County Sesquicentennial Celebration). summer Art Camp begins on July 11 this year, through July 29 at the Transylvania Community Arts CenterinBrevard,morningsorafternoons,for kids ages 5-12. Visual art, pottery, dance and music will all be explored. Flanking the art camp,The Carwile-dodson studio's summer Pottery Camphoststwosessions,June27-July 1 and July 11-15. See www.tcarts.org or call (828)884-2787forregistrationinfo. True Ink's Creative summer Programs for young writers (elementary through high school)areexperientialandactive,andinclude visual art, crafts, dance, performance, math, science,publishing,music,history,bookmaking and more. Program locations such the ThomasWolfeMemorialSite,theNewSchool ofDancestudio(bothindowntownAsheville) and the River Arts District give kids the chance to work in the realm of real practitioners past and present. New this year: a collaborationwithRoots+WingsSchoolofArt, which will include a summer intensive for high-school teens. Returning instructors Jeff Kinzel, cartoonist, and Allan Wolf, internationally renowned performance poet, author Tanglewood Youth Theatre, a division of and musician, are examples of some of the Asheville Community Theatre, hosts many esteemed faculty. Camps begin the week of youth-oriented theater programs each year, June13,schedulesandfeesvary.Forcomplete including its well-known Tanglewood descriptionsandregistration,visitwww.truesummer Camp, which runs in 2-week-long ink.comorcall215-9002. mountainx.com � MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 9 Photo courtEsy of truE iNk Traditional DANCE CAMPS If you love to dance, then this is the camp for you! Enjoy classes in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical and acrobatics. Spend your day polishing up your skills and acquiring new ones. We will also learn about nutrition, dance history, costume design, stage makeup and scenery and create special arts and crafts projects. Our week culminates with an informal performance for friends and parents on Friday to showcase everything we have learned! Petite Dance Camp, ages 4-6, 9 am - 1 pm, $150 ($160 after 5/6/11) Mini Dance Camp, ages 7-9, 9 am � 2 pm, $200 ($215 after 5/6/11) Junior Dance Camp, ages 9-12, 9 am � 2 pm, $200 ($215 after 5/6/11) Early drop off 8-9 am available for an additional fee of $35. Camp Ton-a-Wandah for girls is located in a cozy cove in Hendersonville. Camp runs June 5 through Aug. 5 in 2- and 3-week residential sessions, for girls ages 6-16. The curriculum is particularly eclectic, including rappelling, whitewaterrafting(itsnamemeans"bythefall of water") on the Nantahala and Pigeon rivers and horseback riding. Find full info at www. camptonawandah.com. Boasting one of the most affordable -- and popular--day-campprogramsinthearea,the 188-acre,five-stareliada summer Campoffers fieldtrips,golfing,horsebackriding,confidencebuildingexercises,mini-bikingandswimmingin aheatedpool.Activitiesaregearedforkids5-12. The related eliada summer sports Academy, for kids ages 8-12, features focused instruction in lacrosse, basketball, baseball, soccer, and more.Seewww.eliada.org,orcallDeniseWest at254-5356,ext.224,tocheckoutsummerdates andratesforSummerCamp.E-mailjcarnivale@ eliada.org for Sports Academy info. But be quick!Registrationisalreadyinprocess. Asheville Gymnastics Summer Gymnastics Fun Camp for kids ages 5-13 emphasizes fun physical activity: Think Indoor gymnastics, a climbing wall and walking field trips in the downtown area. Camp runs June 13 through Aug.5,9a.m.-5p.m.,MondaythroughFriday. See www.ashevillegymnastics.com for rates, or call252-8746. In its 10-week day-camp program running June 6 through Aug. 12, Odyssey Community school in Montford promises "sheer fun and relaxation"alongwithsoccer,ultimateFrisbee, dailyswimmingandtennislessonsledbyBrad Lawrence (who's coached such stars as Andy RoddickandVenusandSerenaWilliams).Atraditionalarts-and-craftsprogramisdistinguished bysuchuniqueofferingsasdidgeridoo-making andplaying.Sessionsaredividedintothreeage groups (5-6, 7-9, and 10-13), and campers may attend as many sessions as they wish. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and before- and aftercampcareisavailable.Threeweeksofhalf-day summer Intensives for Teens(13-17yearolds) areofferedmid-JulythroughearlyAugustand include Digital Photography with Photoshop, DigitalVideoShootingandEditingwithiMovie, and 3D Modeling and Animation with Google Sketchup. For rates and more information, call 259-3653 or e-mail office@odysseycommunity. org. Waynesville Parks and Recreationwillofferits third annual summer Camp, a series of weeklongdaycampsthatrunJune17throughAug. 5 for rising first- through rising fifth-graders. Lots of outdoor sports and educational field tripsarehighlighted,7:30a.m.�5:30p.m.,M-F. For rates and registration info, call 456-2030 or firstname.lastname@example.org. wayensvilleparksandrc.com. YMCA of Western North Carolinafacilitatesa comprehensiveselectionofday-campprograms runningJunethroughAugust.Ycampsareheld atvariousareaschools,andcentralpick-upand drop-offlocationsareavailableforparents'convenience. Theme programs and environmental awareness are emphasized. Around for more than100years,Ycampsarealwayscoveted,so don'tdelayincheckingoutwww.ymcawnc.org forregistrationinfo. At the YWCA summer day Camp, kindergartenersthroughsixth-gradersenjoyweeklyfield trips, nature hikes, swimming lessons, music, art and much more. Camp will starts June 15. Hoursare7:30a.m.to6p.m.,Mondaythrough Friday.CallCiCiWestonat254-7206,ext.111,or email@example.com. THEME CAMPS Join us for a week dance studio fun, each with a unique theme. Every day is a dream come true with dress-up in fabulous costumes, innovative craft projects, structured play activities and games and daily dance class where basic routines are learned. Each fantastic week features a photo shoot on Wednesday, water day on Thursday and an adorable, informal parent show on Friday for friends and family to enjoy! TIME: 9 am � 1 pm (early drop off 8-9 am available, $35) COST: $150 before May 6th or $160 after that THEMES: Broadway Baby, Dancy Nancy, Superheros, Princess & Frog, Bunny Hop, Sea Cruise, Rapunzel, Princess for a Week, Fairytale Fun, Royal Tea Party, Pirate Adventures www.centerstage1.com (828) 654-7010 � Rosscragon Business Park, Asheville 0 MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 � mountainx.com Caricatures for children and adults by Asheville artist Brian Vasilik. Brian has drawn cartoon portraits at the Bele Chere festival, Grove Park Inn and many family and company events. W W W . B R I A N VA S I L I K . B L O G S P O T. C O M Sat. april 2nd 1-3 pm Celebrating national poetry month Kubo's Ja pa n e s e s u s h i & F u s i o n F o o d Free Events at Spellbound are scientifically proven to increase your family's weekend fun 5 B B i l t m o re Ave nu e � A s h ev i l l e � 2 5 1 - 1 6 6 1 � w w w. k u b o s j a p a n e s e - a s h ev i l l e . c o m Celebrating Sat. april 30th 1-3 pm kIDS LOVE SUSHI TOO! 7 D AY S diverSity in BookS and in life kIDS SpECIAL Mention this ad and receive a FREE California Roll Sample Joining yWCa in itS Stand against raCism LUNCH & DINNER 19 Wall St. � Asheville 828-232-2228 www.spellboundchildrensbookshop.com 640 MERRIMON AV E . SUITE 205, ASHEVILLE � 828-225-6033 mountainx.com � MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 41 Spiritual Camp Cedar Cliff, based in Asheville, has a simple mission: "communicating the truth of Christ's love in word and deed." For grades K-12, with nine sessions starting June 13 and going until Aug. 12, there is plenty of adventure and fun as well. Even the program names are fun -- "20,000 Leagues Under the Cedar"; "Around the Cliff in 80 Days; Clifflock Homes"; and "Wild, Wild Cedar Cliff" are just a few. For more information, and to register, visit www.campcedarcliff.org, call 828.450.3331 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Camp Celo is a scenic, noncompetitive overnight camp near Burnsville that has operated for more than 50 years. Though not overtly religious in its mission, the program seeks to teach boys and girls the Quaker values of nonviolence, simplicity and environmental awareness. The arts, including performance and traditional crafts, are a major element of the experience, as is animal stewardship and enjoying the nearby South Toe River. Sessions (June 12 through Aug. 13) are designed for kids 7-12. A low counselor-to-camper ratio is a hallmark of Camp Celo. www.campcelo.com. Camp Hollymont on Lake Eden in Black Mountain is a Christian residential camp for girls 6-15. An expansive list of activities includes digital photography, sewing, modeling, guitar, horseback riding, tennis, creative writing and "outdoor living." Program options include 1-, 2- and 4-week sessions, June 19 through Aug. 12. www.hollymont.com. Traditional overnight camps that emphasize visual arts, music, sports and high-octane outdoor adventure in a nondenominational Christian atmosphere, Camp Merri-Mac for girls 6-16 (www.merri-mac.com) and Camp Timberlake for boys 7-16 (www.camptimberlake.com) also boast low camper-to-counselor ratios and special wilderness trips. Sessions run June 12 through Aug. 13 in programs ranging from 1-5 weeks. Both camps are located in Black Mountain; registration is available online. Camp Rockmont, a Christian residential camp for boys in Black Mountain, is better known locally as the site of the biannual Lake Eden Arts Festival. Like the festival, the camp draws kids from all over. A particularly gorgeous setting is one highlight, as is an ambitious roster of activities that includes disc golf, storytelling, lacrosse, zip-lining and rocketry. Sessions include day-camp options for grades K-4; the overnight programs run six days to a month, June 12 through Aug. 12, for boys 6-16. www. rockmont.com. The Jewish Community Center's five-star-rated Camp Ruach (Hebrew for "spirit") combines traditional day-camp activities for boys and girls with cooking, gardening, Israeli dance and instruction in Jewish values and concepts -- including environmental stewardship and charitable deeds. The two-week sessions, Summer Day Camp!!! Take care of your "own" horse for a week! June 20th - June 24th July 11th - July 15th July 25th - July 29th Open to girls and boys ages 7-15 Hours: 10am - 4pm, Monday- Friday Cost: Current Lesson Students $275 if registered before May 1st / $300 after May 1st Non-Lesson Students - $325 if registered before May 1st / $375 after May 1st Photo courtesy of the N.c. Arboretum Discovery cAmP designed for rising first- through rising eighthgraders, begin June 13 and go through Aug. 5. Field trips take advantage of the area's scenic beauty. Other unique highlights include Israeli dance, archery, weekly Shabbat celebrations and guided nature expeditions. See www.jccasheville.org for information on a counselorin-training program for rising 9th and 10th graders and for more details on camp. Pretty Camp Wayfarer, a Christian overnight camp for boys and girls in Flat Rock, offers the typical summer-camp experience, including classes in such wide-ranging subjects as "pioneering" and puppetry -- plus an emphasis on confidence building. Mini sessions are available for kids as young as kindergarten age, while main camp (for kids age 6-16) runs for various lengths up to five weeks, June 19 through July 28. www.campwayfarer.com. Emmanuel Lutheran School in Asheville has all the cultural bases covered with its Summer Rocks! 2011 series of day camps running June 13 through Aug. 12. The long, varied list of programs, held on the school's 8-acre campus, are targeted for rising kindergarteners through rising sixth-graders. Highlights include gymnastics, Tae Kwon Do, a Cooking With Kids week and Survivor Week. For older campers, a two-week drama series will culminate with a performance of The Wizard of Oz. For details on auditions for the play or for general camp information, see www.emmanuellutheranschool.org or call (828) 281-8182. X Summer Riding Lessons Available Too! www.windingcreekstablesnc.com email@example.com 42 MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 � mountainx.com mountainx.com � MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 43 greenthumb Petal to the metal Spring accelerates with a flower festival and some soil-based how-to "Orchids are not difficult to grow, just misunderstood." That's the description of the opening discussion at the annual Western North Carolina Orchid Society Show and Sale, scheduled for Saturday, March 26, and Sunday, March 27, at the North Carolina Arboretum. The event features three presentations each day, from the 11 a.m. opener to Sunday afternoon's "Repotting Your Orchid." Presenters include Linda Wilhelm, Hadley Cash, Mark Reinke, Shan Nassar, Cynthia Gillooy and Linda Thorne. Of course, a key part of the event is the display of hundreds of orchids. There will also be orchid paintings by Gary Gessford as well as music by Western Carolina University's Gamelan Gunung Biru (Gamelan is an Indonesian-based musical form involving xylophones, gongs, flutes and other instruments)