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Welcome to WNC Parent’s annual Camp Guide, our biggest and best yet. As I compile this each year, it amazes me how many options parents have for keeping their kids busy over the summer. The Camp Guide starts on Page 30. This year marks a camp milestone for my family, as we send our younger child to his first overnight experience. He’ll try out three nights at camp while his sister is there for a week. (No children in the house for nearly four days!) There are many reasons to send your kids to camp, and we examine them in a story on why camp matters on Page 2. As you pack for camp this summer, consult our list of do’s and don’ts, on Page 12. Two things are new to the magazine this month. First, our new column by Jean Van’t Hul, who writes The Artful Parent blog. She’ll bring fantastic craft and activity ideas each month. See her column on Page 22. And this is my first month truly at the helm of the magazine. I’ve been copy editing and designing it for years, and I look forward to putting my stamp on it. I would love to hear from readers: What do you like? What would you like to see more — or less — of ? My e-mail address is below. Katie Wadington, Editor

This month’s features

2 Why camp?

What do kids learn from a week at camp? Plenty.


4 Little campers

Even the tiniest tots can benefit from spending time at camp.

8 Staying healthy

Swine flu flared up at camps last summer. Tips for parents — and camps — on keeping germs away.

12 Camp packing tips

Five items kids should pack that you might not think of — and 5 things that should stay at home.


14 Beyond traditional

Several programs teach campers the unexpected, like cooking and riverkeeping.

17 Special camps

Children with special needs are campers, too. Two area camps cater to kids with disabilities.

20 Easter events

Egg hunts abound around WNC.

25 Family Choice Awards

Cast your ballot in our annual contest to find the most family-friendly businesses.

crafts 30 Camp Guide 22 Spring From one-day adventures to The Artful Parent shares an Easter craft and recipe to make with your kids.

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Why send your child to a camp like Camp Henry, above? They can learn independence, self-expression, athletic skills, risk-taking, communal sharing and other personal development skills.


Kids gain skills, independence By Barbara Blake WNC Parent writer Elizabeth Tester, director of Camp Henry at Lake Logan Episcopal Center in Canton, tells the story of a 7-year-old girl who had yearned to attend Camp Henry after hearing about it from her older sister for years. When the time finally came for her great adventure, she found herself so homesick that she cried all through the first night. Luckily, her caring counselor took her out on the porch and rocked her to sleep — and did so every night the whole week of camp. “The days were fun, but the nights were rough — and she was relieved when she returned home to her own bed and her own mother,” Tester said. The next year, the girl watched camp time approach with a wary eye. After much encouragement, she decided to try camp again, and found to her surprise that she slept through the night without any problems. She was hooked, and returned to camp every summer, going on to become a counselor, then assistant director, and, finally, the director. “That girl was me,” said Tester, “and I can safely say that without camp, my life would be a lot less colorful than it is. Camp Henry gave me many gifts — among them, my passion for working with kids, encouraging young adults (counselors and counselors-in-training) to be their best selves, being in loving community with each other and the world, and an appreciation of nature and the Earth’s creatures.” Tester’s story reflects just a few of the myriad benefits children can receive from an overnight camp experience — even though the initial visit might involve homesickness and tears. Those benefits range from new-found independence, self-expression, athletic skills, risk-taking, communal sharing and other personal development skills that can help shape them into young people and adults who will excel and contribute to their communities.

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Doug Gregory, of the YMCA’s Camp Greenville in Cedar Mountain, says parents routinely tell him that campers come home “much more independent and confident.”

sions for themselves and taking a leader“The one comment I hear repeatedly ship role in their activities and friendfrom parents is that their children come ships.” home from camp much more indepenHer daughters “learned to live with a dent and confident,” said Doug Gregory, variety of girls from different states and executive director of YMCA Camp countries, while respecting — and more Greenville in Cedar Mountain. importantly, embracing — their differ“I believe the sense of community ences,” she said. (cabin life) that camp provides helps “Both my older and younger daughter them learn to work with others with the have had the opportunity to do activities guidance and support of caring counsethey would have never exlors,” he said. “I think many children are Camp benefits range from perienced in our urban setting,” Crumbaugh said. accustomed to having newfound independence “Keystone Camp has their own room — and and self-expression to truly shaped my girls into maybe own bathroom the young women they have — and the group living athletic skills and communal sharing. become,” she said. “The experience puts them friendships they have made into a situation where with girls from all over the country — they have to express themselves, share we drove eight hours over Christmas to and work together in order to be happy a camp-friend reunion — as well as the and comfortable.” decision-making skills and integrity they Laura Crumbaugh, of Birmingham, have developed make it clear that KeysAla., saw up close the impact camp can tone Camp has been an invaluable exhave on children when she became a perience for both my girls.” “camp mom” after her daughters — now Tester said camp impacts children — ages 17 and 13 — had experienced five and even their adult counselors and summers at Keystone Camp in Brevard. directors — in different ways, but a com“Before I became a camp mom I had mon thread is the connections that often noticed my older, somewhat quiet child last a lifetime. coming home with much greater inde“Most of all, (camp) has given me the pendence and decision-making qualigift of being in relationships with wonties,” she said. “But having the opportuderful people who will be friends for nity to see the camp in full swing really life,” Tester said. “If there is any gift we brought so many intangible qualities to can give our young people, it is the oplife.” portunity to be in loving community For example, Crumbaugh said, “girls with others. And who wouldn’t want who remain quiet and indecisive at that?” she said. “That gift was given to home develop into outgoing and decisive me, and it has made all the difference in young women; they begin making decimy world.”



The littlest campers By Stephanie Jadrnicek WNC Parent contributor Summer camps aren’t just for big kids. From music and art to gymnastics and nature hikes, there are a lot of options for little campers, too. But when does camp become camp and not just baby-sitting? Debra Huff, owner of Kindermusik in Mars Hill, says her classes differ from baby-sitting because of their structure. “There’s not one minute of down time or immobilization,” Huff said. “It’s a completely planned lesson and we move from one activity to the next. It doesn’t give the child time to be idle.” The classes do include quiet time, though, when children get the opportunity to sit and reflect on the day’s activities. But Huff said she believes this is an important habit to create within children. “They need to learn to give themselves time to recuperate.” PHOTOS SPECIAL TO WNC PARENT

Little day campers at Kindermusik have fun with a beach ball and a parachute.


Music camp Emma Randall, 4, first attended Kindermusik summer day camp when she was 18 months old. Since then she hasn’t missed a summer session of Kindermusik. Her mother, Christine Randall,

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thinks the program has been a vital tool in Emma’s development. “We were thrilled to have Emma start early in the Kindermusik program, not only because she has a strong love for music but mostly because she has Down Syndrome. My husband and I knew that it would benefit her to be around her peers and to be motivated by their skills and friendship,” Randall said. “Her participation in Kindermusik has surpassed our expectations. Emma started out as a ‘baby’ participant and now she has become a veteran — sometimes taking on a leadership position.” The Kindermusik curriculum focuses on music and movement while introducing instruments to kids. Huff teaches classes for children ages 1–3 1/2 years old. Parents are required to stay and participate. Using instruments as guides, they demonstrate movements, such as twirling fast and slow or dancing forward and backward, to teach their kids basic movement concepts. “The program’s designed for the full holistic development of the child and focuses on six domains of the brain,” said Huff. “They’re working on developing their fine motor skills and muscle tone. And by playing the instruments with both hands they’re using both sides of their brain and helping to develop their vestibular system.” This year, Huff will teach two summer sessions.

Art camp If music isn’t your child’s thing, then you might want to check out Roots + Wings School of Art, which meets at The Cathedral of All Souls in Asheville’s Biltmore Village. For ages 3-6, the camp offers kids an opportunity to develop visual arts skills through art forms such as clay, painting, drawing, printmaking and creating collages. Ginger Huebner, founding director of Roots + Wings School of Art, says its camps foster creativity and promote early development in problem solving, critical thinking and social interaction through art-making. “A camp becomes a camp and not just baby-sitting when the children are truly engaged in their work and focused on the project at hand,” she said. “In provid-


Little day campers get engrossed in their art projects at Roots + Wings School of Art, which meets in Biltmore Village at All Souls church. ing an atmosphere of structured freedom, students are encouraged to view art as a means of self-expression and learning, and it is an amazing process to be a part of.”

Nature camps As a mother of two little ones, Molly Pritchard looks for several characteristics in days camps — affordability, organization, interesting activities, a safe environment and, of course, lots of fun. Her children Paxton, 5, and Bridges, 3, have both attended camps at the N.C. Arboretum. “I went to both camps with my children and had a great time learning right beside them,” Prichard said.

Hahn’s Gymnastics Summer Adventures run June 14-Aug. 20. Visit Kindermusik The five-week camp will take place on Fridays, May 21–June 18, and a weeklong camp will run July 19-23. All classes are 10–11 a.m. Contact Debra Huff at 2063145 or N.C. Arboretum “Curious Critters” is June 7-11; “Gone Buggy” is July 5-9. Both classes are 9:30–11:30 a.m. Visit Roots + Wings School of Art Classes are 9 a.m.– noon, July 21-23, July 5-7 and July 19-21. Visit

The N.C. Arboretum offers two summer day camps for ages 2-4. “Curious Critters” is a wildlife based camp designed to teach younger children about animals in Western North Carolina. Kids learn how to identify certain types of lizards, salamanders and birds. “Gone Buggy” focuses on invertebrate animals such as butterflies, dragonflies and insects that live underwater. “Our programs are definitely not baby-sitting, they have an academic focus,” said Jonathan Marchal, Discovery Camp coordinator for the N.C. Arboretum. “The best thing about our camps is that they get kids outside and physical at Continues on Page 6



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an early age. The programs also help to develop a stronger environmental ethic within the kids.” The property at the N.C. Arboretum easily caters to younger campers. With so many different types of habitat in close range to the building, little hikers don’t have to walk too far.

Gymnastics camp If your little day-camper likes physical activity, he or she may enjoy Summer Adventures at Hahn’s Gymnastics in Arden. The camps run Monday–Friday for 11 weeks, June 14–Aug. 20. Summer Adventures keeps kids busy and active by providing activities such as gymnastics, trampoline, parachute games, nature exploration, water play, dancing, sports, outdoor games, and arts and crafts. “Camp is about the experiences the camper can’t have anywhere else — like making a giant mud puddle, having a watercolor water fight or sitting next to your camp friends at lunch,” said Vicki Hahn, owner of Hahn’s Gymnastics. “A camp becomes a camp when your child is begging you not to pick them up or can’t wait to see their new friends the next day.”

Campers at “Curious Critters” at the N.C. Arboretum look under rocks for insects.


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Camps prepare for the flu By Nanci Bompey WNC Parent writer

Most parents don’t think about their child getting the flu when they send them off to summer camp, but all that changed last year. The H1N1, or swine, flu sickened campers around the country, including dozens in Western North Carolina. The virus spread easily among staff and campers who come from around the country and are living, playing and eating in close quarters. Camps started taking temperatures of every camper, isolating those who were sick and putting out bottles of hand sanitizer. “It did change how camps were run last summer,” said Sue Ellen Morrison, disease control specialist at the Buncombe County Department of Health. This year, local camps are once again getting ready to fight the flu. Camp Daniel Boone, the Boy Scout camp in Canton, is following measures similar to the ones it implemented last summer after dozens of scouts fell ill. These measures include encouraging sick campers to stay home, taking temperatures when campers arrive and throughout the week they are at camp, isolating sick campers, putting out hand sanitizers and encouraging good personal hygiene. The camp is encouraging campers to get the H1N1 vaccine. The camp is also reviewing guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and talking to local health officials. This year, the camp is offering cancellation insurance for campers. The camp spent a few thousand dollars in refunds last year, said Connie Bowes, CEO of the Daniel Boone Council. “If you know your child is sick, don’t send them to camp,” he said. Continues on Page 11


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Camp Tekoa near Hendersonville is taking similar measures. Last year, staffers put hand sanitizer on every dining table and made announcements about washing hands. Sick campers were sent home or put in isolation, and all campers were monitored for fevers. Business manager Karen Rohrer said the camp kept a close eye on any guidance released by the CDC and any recommendations from the local health department. TIPS FOR PARENTS “I imagine we’ll do that ◆ Get your kids vaccinatagain to see ed. Be sure vaccinations if anything are up to date. has ◆ Practice good personal changed,” hygiene. Teach your kids she said. to cover their nose or Morrison mouth with a tissue when said the they cough or sneeze and health deto throw the tissue in the partment trash. Teach them to wash will contact their hands often with camps about soap and water, espetheir health cially after they cough or procedures sneeze. Pack small bottles this spring. of hand sanitizer. She said ◆ Be proactive. Find out parents can how you will be notified if start thinkyour child becomes ill and ing now what the procedures are about prefor caring for sick children. cautions Keep kids at home when they can take to enthey are sick. sure their child has a healthy and safe summer. These include getting kids vaccinated and talking to them about proper handwashing and coughing etiquette. Morrison said parents can call camps to find out what they are doing to prevent the spread of H1N1 flu, what they do in emergencies or if children get sick, and if they have a nurse or doctor at camp. “There is just a great opportunity to spread germs, H1N1 or really anything,” at camp, she said.



What to bring, what to leave behind 10 items you might not think about when packing for camp

By Barbara Blake WNC Parent writer Summer camp is an experience like no other, so it makes sense that the items that go in a camper’s suitcase or duffel bag — as well as items that stay at home — should reflect that singular experience. Packing for camp should be done with care, keeping in mind the dos and don’ts on the camp’s list, as well as considering some individual items that might make the camping adventure even more memorable. We asked area camp directors to give us some suggestions for the best and worst items to take to camp. Here are tips from Page Lemel, director of Keystone Camp in Brevard, Elizabeth Tester, director of Camp Henry in Canton, and Doug Gregory, director of YMCA Camp Greenville in Cedar Mountain.


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Top 5 things to bring to camp

Top 5 things to leave at home

Gregory suggested a journal with some pre-written questions by parents “to make the camper think about the experience while they are there.” “If there is one game that never dies, it is playing cards,” Tester said. “Whether it’s UNO, Go Fish or Spades, cards are always a great alternative when you need quiet time but are too wired to nap. Also, you can connect with friends and make new friends in the process. “Photos of family, friends and pets can be great for sharing and feeling comfortable away from home,” Gregory said. Lemel suggested bringing one or two “crazy” items. “You never know what kind of creative opportunity will arise when you might need an inflatable vinyl guitar, a rainbow wig, a chartreuse spandex body suit, a pair of striped toe socks or flashing, oversized sunglasses,” she said. “Stamped, pre-addressed envelopes/postcards to send to parents, grandparents, family and friends,” Gregory said.

“Anything electronic, including cell phones,” Tester said. “Camp is a time to unplug and get un-wired. If parents and campers want to stay in touch they might try the old fashioned way: writing letters.” “Leave expensive clothes and jewelry at home, as well as special items that can’t be replaced,” Gregory said. “Parents shouldn’t send care packages,” Tester said. “It’s a bummer when everyone but you has gotten a care package and you are left wondering if your parents just don’t love you. Sidestep that by writing letters and sending photos.” “Campers should not bring food,” Gregory said. “We can’t monitor the campers’ eating habits for problems if they are eating food we are not aware of.” “Campers shouldn’t bring a bad attitude,” Tester said. “Camp is all about being in community with others. If you come with a ‘I’m taking my ball and going home’ attitude, you can guarantee you will have a hard time.”



Beyond campfires

Nontraditional camps teach children everything from ecology to cooking to creative writing By Lockie Hunter WNC Parent contributor

Looking for a special experience for your child this summer? Are you raising a budding environmentalist? Does your child have a gift for telling stories? Perhaps your child loves to cook or enjoys growing vegetables and herbs. Nontraditional camps can nurture many aspects of your child’s soul and may fill him or her with lasting impressions of the bounty of our beautiful mountains and the creative people who inhabit them. Here’s a sampling of what’s available in Western North Carolina, beyond the traditional camp.

RiverLink RiverCamps RiverCamps offer your child an opportunity to get up-close and personal with our very own French Broad River. “RiverLink is excited to work through our education and volunteer programs with the next generation of river stewards,” said Karen Cragnolin, RiverLink executive director.


Typical camp activities include (but are not limited to) environmental education, river recreation, service learning, poetry and art lessons, rafting trips, river games, river animals puppet shows, river cleanup community service projects and interpretive nature walks (plant and animal identification). “The summer camp experience creates lasting childhood memories, as


Teach your camper to cook the Italian way at Carolina Day’s Summer Quest Italian cooking camp.

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RiverLink’s RiverCamps teach children about the French Broad River in both fun and serious ways.

well as what we hope will become a lifelong relationship with our French Broad River,” Cragnolin said.

Hickory Nut Gap Farm Camp A day camp for 6- to 13-year-olds, Hickory Nut Gap Farm Camp tries to give children the kind of time they might have had on their grandfather’s farm years ago. “We spend time collecting eggs, leading the ponies, learning to ride the horses, swimming, making pots, playing with the chicks and at the end of the week giving a play for all friends and relatives,” says Annie Ager, an owner of the farm.

And don’t forget the horses. “You learn to ride in the ring and on the trail, and there are popsicles to cool you off on hot days,” adds Ager. “Sometimes we visit the pigs or take creek walks and pick berries. Some days we go to Crawdad Falls and have s’mores.”

Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism Earth Sprouts Herbal Day Camp

At Earth Sprouts, campers take plant walks and explore the organic gardens at Soulflower Botanical Sanctuary, the school’s 30-acre facility near Leicester. “Through exploration of the plant and animal kingdoms, children gain a deeper

respect and understanding for the natural world and reconnect with the inherent wisdom that all living beings are interdependent,” said Ceara Foley, ASHH director and instructor. Earth Sprouts learn to recognize safe, common, medicinal plants. “They love to pet the Nigerian Dwarf goats, make fresh herbed butter, and debate which came first; the chicken or the egg,” Foley said. “Basic gardening skills are taught and children bring home calendula seedlings to add to their gardens. Children make sun teas, herbal root beers, wild salads, salves, flower essences, spritzers, compresses, styptics Continues on Page 16



Camps with unique experiences

CAMP INFORMATION RiverLink RiverCamps Camp dates: June 14-18 and 21-25 (rising 3rd-5th grade); July 5-9 and 12-16 (rising 6th-8th grade) Cost: $200 per week, $25 registration fee (fee waived for parents/guardians who are RiverLink members) Call Rebecca Childress at 252-8474, ext. 111, or Hickory Nut Gap Farm Camp Dates: June 21-July 23 Cost: $350 per week Call Susie at 628-3546 or Annie at 2736236 or visit Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism Earth Sprouts Herbal Day Camp Dates: July 26-30 Cost: $175 Call 350-1221 or visit Cooking camps at Carolina Day School’s Summer Quest Camp dates: Candy Making, June 14-18; Italian Cooking July 19-23 Cost: $165 per session Call Libby Roland at 274-0757 or Terra Summer Camp dates: June 14-July 9 and July 19Aug. 13 Cost: $880 per four week session Call Sybil Fix at 782-7842 or visit True Ink writing camp Dates: Starts June 14 Cost: fees vary Call Janet Hurley at 215-9002 or visit

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and wound washes. They bring home a versatile and highly effective first-aid kit that they have created and know how to use. “Earth Sprouts will bestow your child with empowerment, fond memories, new friends and the knowledge that all life is sacred and deeply entwined,” Foley added.

Carolina Day School Summer Quest cooking camps

Mangia mangia! Take Play-doh to the next level at Carolina Day’s Italian Cooking Camp and make homemade pasta. Campers will make pizza, pasta, pastries and breads. Campers don’t need to bring lunch — they’ll eat everything they make. Do you have a sweet tooth? Learn to make your own candy at Candy Cooking Camp. Children will make chocolates, hard candy and lollipops. Both camps are open to rising thirdto sixth-graders.

Terra Summer Terra Summer, whose motto is “Thinking through Food,” is an experiential, interdisciplinary, out-of-the-box day camp that uses the magical world of food and the story behind what we eat to get children to think about their place in the world and the impact that they as individuals can have on the world. Everything at Terra is anchored to food, from learning to grow vegetables, to cooking, to group discussion about the history of food. “The daily group cooking time teaches children cooking skills, empowers them and helps them develop a healthy, mindful relationship to food,” said Sybil Fix, the founder and director



Terra Summer’s four-week camp deals with everything about food, from growing it to cooking and enjoying it. of Terra Summer. Fix added that campers also discuss many of the environmental, social and economic issues that relate to food and food production. “We eat together, make food art, work on a food-related portfolio project, and take many fun food-related field trips.” The camp is for children ages 11-14.

Writing Camp at Thomas Wolfe Memorial

The Thomas Wolfe Memorial provides the home base for the summer writing camp program facilitated by local writer and freelance creative writing teacher Janet Hurley. She helps children discover their creativity through experiential exercises, fun writing prompts, group discussions and individual attention. A favorite activity has been the writing safaris when participants “hunt inspiration” in downtown Asheville. Each participant has the opportunity to read for friends and family in the Visitor Cen-

ter auditorium. This summer, in addition to the basic writing-sampler program for younger writers who want to dabble in poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction, two new collaborations are in the works for older students. The first, with Black Mountain College Museum and Art Center, will bring art and writing together, and be co-facilitated by Hurley and local writer Sebastian Matthews. The second is a graphic novel camp, which will incorporate cartooning and drawing lessons from local artist Jeff Kinzel.

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Special needs, special camps


Talisman Camp gives children with disabilities the same camp experiences that children without disabilities would have.

Talisman, Camp Lakey Gap offer kids with disabilities the chance to experience friendship in the outdoors By Barbara Blake WNC Parent writer For all children, summer camp is a unique opportunity to practice independence from their families and integration into a new community. Children with social and communication needs, such as those with autism, ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome and specific learning disabilities, are no different. There are two camps in Western North Carolina that offer the camp experience for special needs children, particularly those on the autism spectrum. And the skills and personal development they achieve during their camping adventures can have an impact that continues long after the last campfire is Continues on Page 18



Special camps for children with special needs

Part of the value of camps for special needs children is the low camperto-staff ratio, which is often no more than two campers per staff member.

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doused. “The self-confidence that is built during a positive camp experience very often carries far into the camper’s life, even if specific skills do not,” said Linda Tatsapaugh, executive director of Talisman Camps in Zirconia, which serves children with autism, Asperger’s, ADHD and other disabilities. “The camper who has felt true success at camp hesitates less in the next new environment, and is more likely to reach out to new friends,” Tatsapaugh said. “She can also draw on this new inner strength by remembering those successes when faced with new challenges, and knowing there is a place


where she belongs and to which she can return again next year.” In the camp setting, children are likely to attempt things they would not at home — from completing a morning routine or trying a food to climbing a rock or performing in a skit, she said. “They are able to practice friendshipmaking in a place where they fit in, and have supportive staff to coach them,” Tatsapaugh said. “The successes of new

accomplishments, new friends and a new level of self-care lead to a more positive self image and increased self esteem. When they feel better about themselves and their abilities, they are often more likely to continue the hard work of improving social skills further.” Camp Lakey Gap, on the campus of Christmount conference center in Black Mountain, is a new camp operated by the center, but with the same director, Elsa

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Berndt, who oversaw the Mountain Adventure camp operated by the Autism Society of North Carolina for eight years before it closed last August. The mission is the same: “To nurture individuals on the autism spectrum with an enriching summer camp experience not possible in a traditional camp setting,” Berndt said. To say that the camp was an enriching experience for 9-year-old Nicholas Hemachandra would be an understatement, said his father, Ray Hemachandra, who works with Lark Books in Asheville. “The first time he went to camp (at Mountain Adventure), Nicholas screamed, held on and tore at my clothes as I left,” he recalled. “I waited in town for a while for the call telling me I had to come get him. But he persevered, acclimated and had a fantastic time. “He was still happy to see my wife and me when we came to pick him up, but at each camp subsequently I got the increasing feeling he wished camp would just go on forever,” Hemachandra said. “That first camp, especially, made a sea-change difference in his sense of self,

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPS ◆ For more information about Talisman camps, visit or call 697-6313. ◆ For more information about Camp Lakey Gap, visit or call 669-8977. ◆ Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts offers two summer camps for children with special needs. These are listed in the Camp Guide on Page 32. ◆ For other special needs camps, see Page 56. and it continues to grow with each camp experience he has. Camp is magic to Nicholas.” Part of the value of camps such as Lakey Gap and Talisman is the extremely low camper/staff ratio, offering highly individualized attention, and the fact that counselors are trained to deal with children on the autism spectrum. “Camp Lakey Gap has only 16-18 campers a week, and each camper has a 1:1 or 1:2 staff ratio,” Berndt said. “Because of this, our campers are able to try new

things, be themselves and have the guidance and support that they need throughout the day. Many of our campers leave with a more positive self esteem, and confidence that they can do what so many typical children are doing in the summer.” For typical children, making new camp friends is expected and predictable. For kids with autism, it’s a triumphant achievement, Berndt said. “I have introduced many parents at our camper talent show so that they could help their children stay in touch with the friends,” she said. “So many parents don’t believe me at first; then, once they see their children interacting with their camp friends, they are so thankful for this new connection.” Hemachandra, who said “camp and Christmas are the highlight of Nicholas’ yearly calendar,” recommends camp “especially to parents of autistic and other special-needs children who seem too dependent or fragile for the camp experience.” “For such children, game-changers are rare,” he said. “Camp can be one.”



Enjoy egg hunts, parades galore Fill your basket with Easter eggs and other treats at these events. Easter is April 4.

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Smith-McDowell House Museum Easter egg hunt Find Easter eggs on the grounds of Smith-McDowell House Museum, Asheville’s oldest surviving home. Runs 10 a.m.-noon. Admission is $5 per child, adults free. Call 253-9231. The museum is at 283 Victoria Road, on the campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. Zeugner Center egg hunt and swim Zeugner Recreation Center, behind Roberson High School off Springside Drive, hosts an Easter egg hunt with crafts, face painting, games and more. Registration starts at 2 p.m.; hunt begins at 2:15. Pool open to swimmers after the hunt. Hunt is free. Pool admission is $1. Call 684-5072.


April 1

MOMS Club of Hendersonville Easter egg hunt MOMS Club of Hendersonville hosts its annual open house and Easter egg hunt, with food, prizes and a chance to meet other at-home moms. At 9:30 a.m. at annex building of Hendersonville Church of Christ, 1972 Haywood Road, Hendersonville. Call Kerry at 692-7724 or Liz at 595-4165, or visit

April 2-3

Train ride with Snoopy, the Easter Beagle Ride the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad with Snoopy, the Easter Beagle. Train departs Bryson City at 1 p.m. Hunt and decorate Easter eggs, and meet Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy, the Easter Beagle. Call 800-872-4681 or visit for reservations.


Madison and Isabella Barker prepare for the Biltmore Estate’s annual Easter egg hunt.

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April 2-4

Lake Junaluska Easter events Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center hosts a Good Friday Service at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, 5K and 8K Run and Walk start at 8 a.m. and a Fun Run at 9 a.m. Easter egg hunts, Easter egg painting contest and crafts for children ages 1-12 run from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Stuart Auditorium/Harrell Center Area. Enjoy brunch with the Easter Bunny at the Terrace Hotel, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Easter vigil, 7-10 p.m. Easter service at 7 a.m., followed by breakfast and lunch. For information, visit easter.

April 3

Dillsboro’s Easter Hat Parade Dillsboro will host its 22nd annual Easter Hat Parade at 2 p.m. Ladies, gentlemen, children and dogs welcome. Winners in several categories. For information, call the Jackson County Visitors Center at 800-962-1911 or see Fletcher Easter egg hunt Parade of Hats begins at noon and the 5th annual Easter Egg Hunt starts at 12:15

p.m. at Fletcher Community Park. Kids can gather prize-filled eggs spread over six fields. For information, visit

April 4

Biltmore Easter egg hunt The Easter rabbit makes his annual appearance on Biltmore’s front lawn on Easter Sunday, along with special children’s entertainment including a magician, music, storytelling and crafts. Easter egg hunts at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Children 9 and younger may attend the egg hunt for free when accompanied by an estate pass holder or a ticketed adult. For information, visit Chimney Rock Park sunrise service Celebrate Easter at Chimney Rock Park’s 55th annual Easter sunrise service. Gates open 5-6 a.m. for the 6:30 service. Free. Interdenominational worship service is filled with song, scripture, music and sunrise views over Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge. John Mason, the park’s featured hammered dulcimer player, will perform. Arrive early, dress warmly and bring a flashlight. For more information, visit



the artful parent

Celebrate spring by creating Easter fun By Jean Van’t Hul WNC Parent contributor Easter is around the corner! And, like at all holidays, there are so many fun arts and crafts that we can do with our children to prepare for and celebrate this time of year. By March we are more than ready for images of spring — of bunnies, chicks, eggs, birds, nests, flowers, and lambs — whether we’re already seeing them around us or need to create them on paper. And after the dark, drab winter, cheerful colors are practically a necessity. So pull out the art supplies and let’s begin! Draw pictures of spring and hang suncatchers in the window. Make bunny ear headbands and string jelly beans into necklaces. Grow grass on the windowsill and dye eggs. And remember to have fun! With small children, the process is more important than the finished product. Here are two Easter projects to get you started — an easy, no-bake cookie nest filled with candy eggs and stained glass Easter eggs. Happy creating! Jean Van’t Hul blogs as The Artful Parent at


No-Bake Nests

This recipe comes from children’s gardening guru Sharon Lovejoy’s new book, “Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars: Grandma’s Bag of Tricks.” While it’s aimed at providing grandparents with ideas to do with their grandchildren, don’t let the grandmas have all the fun! Her activities are perfect for parents as well. 34 large marshmallows 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 teaspoon pure vanilla JEAN VAN’T HUL/SPECIAL TO WNC PARENT 4 cups cornflakes Easter nests, from the book “Toad Cottages 1/4 cup toasted coconut & Shooting Stars.” Candy eggs In a large saucepan, stir the marshmallows and the butter together over medium heat. Add the vanilla to the melted marshmallow mixture and stir. Remove from heat. Fold in the cornflakes and the coconut, and mix. Drop 1 teaspoonful of the mixture into each cup of a greased muffin pan. Show your child how to form a small nest by carefully sticking thumbs into the ball and pinching gently around the edges to make a cup shape. Remove once they’re formed, place on a baking sheet covered with waxed paper or parchment. Nestle a pair of small, colored candy eggs inside each one. Cover with plastic wrap and let harden overnight on the countertop. Store nests in a single layer in a tightly covered container. Makes 36 nests. Excerpted from “Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars,” copyright © 2009 by Sharon Lovejoy. Used by permission of Workman Publishing Co. Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Easter egg stained glass

This beautiful “stained glass” project is appropriate for toddlers through older children. Children can do all the steps, from tearing the tissue paper to drawing the egg to sticking the tissue paper pieces on the egg. Materials: Clear contact paper Colored tissue paper, torn into small pieces Ribbons or pieces of lace (optional) Masking tape Tape one piece of clear contact paper, sticky side up, on a table or window. Draw an egg outline on the contact paper with a sharpie or other marker. Set ribbon pieces across the egg for stripes, if desired. Fill the remainder of the egg outline with tissue paper pieces. You can crumple them first for a nice effect. Lay another piece of clear contact paper on top of the first one, sandwiching the tissue paper between the two pieces of contact paper. Add a masking tape border if desired. Hang in your window and let the sun shine through it! Ooh and ah…


Kids can design their own egg creations to display in the window.




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Do you go out of your way to frequent a business because it is friendly to families? Is there a shop or restaurant in your neighborhood so fantastic that all of WNC should know about it? Here’s your chance to give kudos to your favorite area businesses, organizations or destinations. The WNC Parent Family Choice Awards recognize the region’s best offerings in 64 categories. The winners are decided entirely by the magazine’s readers. A couple of quick rules: Vote in at least 20 categories for your ballot to count. Don’t enter a particular business or organization in more than 3 categories per ballot, or your ballot will be disqualified. (For complete rules, see the back of the ballot.) Rather vote online? Visit for a link.



Most family-friendly restaurant for breakfast__________________________ Most family-friendly restaurant for lunch____________________________ Most family-friendly restaurant for dinner____________________________ Best bakery_______________________________________________ Best ice cream/custard shop___________________________________ Best hot dog______________________________________________ Best pizza_______________________________________________ Best kids’ menu____________________________________________ Most family-friendly grocery store_________________________________


Best bowling alley__________________________________________ Best place for swim lessons____________________________________ Best place for horseback riding lessons_____________________________


Best miniature golf__________________________________________ Best museum_____________________________________________ Most family-friendly fair, festival or special event_______________________ Best family-friendly hiking trail___________________________________ Best rainy day activity________________________________________ Best summer day camp_______________________________________ Best summer overnight camp___________________________________ Most family-friendly vacation in North Carolina________________________ Most family-friendly day-trip destination_____________________________

Best parent/child program_____________________________________

Best place to take child for the morning or afternoon____________________

Best gymnastics program______________________________________

Best holiday event__________________________________________

Best music program_________________________________________ Best dance program_________________________________________ Best paint-your-own pottery studio________________________________ Best sports club/league_______________________________________


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Best radio station for entire family________________________________

Most family-friendly movie theater________________________________ Most family-friendly stage theater_________________________________

AROUND TOWN Best park_______________________________________________ Most family-friendly place of worship______________________________


Most family-friendly place to work________________________________

Best consignment store_______________________________________ Best consignment sale________________________________________ Best place for children’s furniture_________________________________

Best place for family fun______________________________________


Best store for pet supplies_____________________________________

Best place to relax without your children____________________________

Best children’s shoe store______________________________________

Best date night restaurant_____________________________________

Best children’s clothing store___________________________________

Best weekend getaway for two__________________________________

Best toy store_____________________________________________

Best place to get back into shape________________________________

Most family-friendly bookstore___________________________________ Best place for costumes_______________________________________ Best place to find organics_____________________________________


Best family/child specialty photographer____________________________

The Family Choice Awards are decided solely by WNC Parent readers. Winners and runners-up will be printed in the June 2010 issue. Winners will be determined by the total number of votes received, and all decisions are final. Votes may be submitted using this ballot or the online ballot found at Deadline to enter is April 30. Follow these rules, or your ballot won’t count: ◆ A business or organization may be entered in no more than 3 categories per ballot; more than 3 entries will disqualify the ballot. ◆ A business or organization may win first place in no more than 2 categories. ◆ Voters must submit their choices in at least 20 categories. ◆ A name and contact information must be included for verification purposes on all ballots. ◆ Ballots submitted by mail must be originals. ◆ Entries on print ballots must be written clearly. Mail ballots to: WNC Parent Family Choice Awards, P.O. Box 2090, Asheville, NC 28802.

Best place for birthday parties___________________________________

Name: _________________________________________________

Best birthday party entertainer__________________________________


Most family-friendly car dealer_________________________________

SERVICES Best pediatric practice_______________________________________ Best family dentist__________________________________________ Best orthodontist___________________________________________ Best family eye doctor________________________________________ Best veterinarian___________________________________________

Phone or e-mail address:______________________________________

EDUCATION Best preschool____________________________________________ Best after-school program_____________________________________ Best child care____________________________________________ Best home-school program____________________________________


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kids’ voices

Dreaming of spring

The most difficult part of the One of the worst After a winter like snowy, freezing, icy winter was things was having to shothe one the mountain when I got sick and couldn’t play vel our driveway, (which region has experiin the 10-inch-deep snow. The is) very, very, very long enced, even kids can most exciting thing about spring and it was so thick. The get weary of frigid, for me is going to every park in thing I look forward to Disney World. I’m so excited most about the spring is snowy weather. We because I get to spend time with the gorgeous nature and asked fifth-graders in almost all my family. I’m really cool weather it brings. Michelle Hill’s class at excited to have a character breakfast with Pooh! Hana Barazi Veritas Christian AcadAnnaellis Vaughn emy in Fletcher to tell us about some of their Most of the time, I pray for snow. But with all of the snow blizzards in Asheville, (this one) was the winter challenges, and most difficult to travel because of how deep it was. what they’re most lookAfter it snowed even more, I realized that my only ing forward to when wish was a disaster. My thoughts of spring bring joy spring finally comes. to me. Being able to listen to nature, and write Here’s what they told poems until fall comes around again. Daniel Norton staff writer Barbara Blake.


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The most difficult thing about the winter was that we missed our Christmas party at school. I was really looking forward to it because we get to do a fun gift exchange. We also missed decorating cookies. I’m very excited for spring because I get to start soccer. Gabriela Bogdanoff Being stuck on an island is hard enough but being deserted at your house, surrounded by nothing but snow, is hard. When I’m done with snow, I’ll be so snuggled with warmth and will actually get a tan. I just can’t wait until I get my new sandals and maybe a nice bathing suit for my birthday. Maya White I really enjoyed it the first time but then when it kept snowing over and over it got tiresome! Once spring gets here, I’m looking forward to spring break. I always enjoy going to fun places! I also like just being off from school and relaxing. Azana Green

I think the most difficult part of this snowy, icy winter is scraping the driveway. We put down almost 300 pounds of ice melt. Once spring comes, I am looking forward to playing with my black lab in the baking sun and just relaxing and getting excited about sixth grade. Austin Hampton

The most difficult part of this winter was the ice. The snow froze on top and you couldn’t even walk on top of it. In the spring, I am looking forward to going to the beach for spring break. Julianne Vanderkwaak

The most difficult part has been missing school, because we have to make up days. When spring comes, I am looking forward to riding my bike! I just got a mountain bike for Christmas, and I haven’t ridden it. I like riding in my neighborhood. Mary Elaine Bridges



Discover summer camp

camp guide 2010

If you’re looking for a summer camp for your children, you’ve come to the right place. WNC Parent has compiled the region’s biggest listing of camp offerings. Need a day camp? A place to put your kids over spring break? Or an overnight experience as short as four days or as long as eight weeks? Read on. The Asheville area is chock full of opportunities for children to learn new skills, forge new friendships — or renew past ones — and get outdoors. While this is a significant list, it should not be considered all-encompassing. (Some camps had not completed their plans by press time, and they will be included in the April issue.) For more information on a particular camp, visit the camp’s Web site. Compiled by Katie Wadington


Campers at Ton-A-Wandah enjoy time on the water.


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SPRING BREAK Camps are April 5-9 unless noted.

ABYSA, FUNdamentals Camp; Ages 5-14. Games-centered teaching approach to soccer education. Half-day ($110) and full-day ($190) camps at John B. Lewis Soccer Complex.

Asheville JCC Just Kids Spring Break; Sepi Shams,, 253-0701, ext. 105 Kindergarten-fifth grade. Just Kids Spring Break, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. April 5-9. Trips include High Flight Gymnastics, Fun Depot, Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, Gatlinburg Ripley’s Aquarium, The Health Adventure. $42 per day ($33 members), plus fees.

Camp Cedar Cliff at The Cove; 450-3331 Kindergartners to sixth-graders. Songs, camp activities, Scripture Adventure, swimming. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $185 for full week or $40 per day.

Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts, 285-0210, Ages 5-12. Make sculptures, spend time on potters’ wheel, create garden art, more. 9 a.m.-noon or 2-5 p.m. $140. Sibling discounts. At 236 Clingman Ave.

Outdoor Family Fun Center; 698-1234 Ages 7-15. Kingdom Golf Academy offers golf in-


Appalachian Homestead Farm

Heritage Alive Youth Camps, June-August; Vera Guise, 2931013, Ages 7-14. Pottery, basketry, archery, growing and cooking food, farm animal care and planting. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 21-25, July 5-9 and 19-23. Aug. 2-6 session for ages 8-14 only. At 3446 Tilley Creek Road, Cullowhee. $300, scholarships available.

Appalachian Institute for Creative Learning

Summer Enrichment Camp, July 18-24 and 25-31; 800-951-7442; Rising third- to 12th-graders. Arts, drama, society and culture, science, math, more. At Warren Wilson College. $525 residential; $275 day camp.

Appalachian School of Holistic Herbalism

Earth Sprouts! Herbal Day Camp, July 26-30, 350-1221 Learn about gardening, natural healing, medicinal

struction, recreational activity, skills evaluation, lunch. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $69 per day, $179 for three days, $289 for week.


Youth drama camp, 689-1384 Ages 7-15. Learn a musical and perform at the end of the week. Full day in Mars Hill. Cost TBD (estimate is $200-$250). Extended day available.

Western Carolina Soccer Academy

Tammy DeCesare, 227-2025, Girls ages 15-18. At Western Carolina University, Cullowhee. $130. WCSA Spring Mini Camp No. 1: March 13-14. WCSA Spring Mini Camp No. 2: April 24-25.

YMCA YMCA School’s Out Program Spring Break Camp: Kindergarten to fifth grade. YMCA School’s Out Program offers spring break camp with outdoor activities, nature hikes, salamander hunts, camp songs, science, arts and crafts, games. Two daily snacks. At Avery’s Creek Elementary and YMCA Beaverdam. Operates on the days designated for spring break on the Asheville City and Buncombe County Schools calendars. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. $28 (state subsidy child care vouchers accepted at Avery’s Creek Elementary). Call 210-2273. YMCA, Corpening Branch, Marion: March 21-28. Swimming, indoor rock climbing, more. 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Snacks provided, but campers will need to bring a lunch. $60. Call 659-9622.

YWCA; 254-7206, ext. 111 Kindergarten-age 12. Runs 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m. April 6-9. $25/day. At 185 S. French Broad Ave. herbs, raising chickens and dairy goats, and create an herbal first aid kit. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $175.

Asheville Art Museum

Summer Art Camp, June 14-Aug. 6; 253-3227, ext. 122; Rising kindergartners to 12th-graders. Drawing and painting, sculpture, cartooning, more. Morning, afternoon and all-day sessions. Half-days: $85 members, $95 nonmembers; full-days: $150/$170.

Asheville Arts Center

Day camps, June-August; 253-4000 Ages 2-18. Half- and and full-day sessions. Themes for ages 3-6 include Shrek, Tinkerbell’s Fairy Tale, Swans and Stories, more. Themes for 7 and older include So You Think You Can Dance, Irish dance, Best of Broadway, more. Kindermusik camps for youngest campers. Musical Theater Production Camp with “Aladdin Kids!” for ages 4-7 and “Guys and Dolls Jr.” for ages 8 and older.

Asheville Athletic Club

Tennis camp, June 14-July 2 253-5847 Nike Junior Camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays for three weeks. Quickstart, Future Stars, Junior

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Asheville Community Theatre

Tanglewood Summer Camp, July 19-Aug. 13, Ages 5-15. Summer theme is “Healthy Play, Healthy Kids.� 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for ages 5-7 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for ages 8-15. Acting, writing, musical theater, design and production, more. Older students will write scenes and monologues, put movement to music, create short films. Camp information nights, 4-6 p.m. March 26 and June 4.


FUNdamentals soccer camp, June-August;; 299-7277 Ages 5-14. At the John B. Lewis Soccer Complex at Azalea Park. FUNdamentals Soccer Camps offer a games-centered teaching approach. Half-day camps (9 a.m.-noon) for 5- and 6-year-olds for $110; full-day camp for 7- to 14-year-olds for $190. Early Bird drop-off available. Daily pool visits.

Asheville Christian Academy

Summer Alive; 581-2200 Rising first- to eighth-graders. Half- and full-day camps in athletics, math, science and art. At 74 Riverwood Road, Swannanoa. $70-$210.

Asheville Dance Theater

Dance camps, June 28-July 1 and July 12-15; 298-0258 Ages 4-9. Ballet, tap, creative movement, tumbling, crafts. Hip-hop and jazz for older students. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at River Ridge Business Center, Fairview Road. Call for prices.

Asheville Jewish Community Center

Camp Ruach, June 21-Aug. 20; Seth Kellam, 253-0701; Rising first- to eighth-graders. Four two-week sessions, one weeklong session. Field trips, water activities and swim lessons, overnights, sports, cooking, arts and crafts, more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with extended care at 8 a.m. available. $445 (members)/$510 for two-week session with 10 percent discount before March 15. Other discounts, scholarships available. At 236 Charlotte St., Asheville.

Asheville Lightning Junior Olympics; Bill Agrella, 242-0404; Lee Pantas, 779-1569 Ages 6-18. Youth track and field program, sponsored by U.S. Track and Field. Practice is 6:15-8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, rain or shine, April 26 through July at Reynolds High School. $125 full membership; $100 practice-only membership.

Asheville Parks and Recreation

Summer Playground Program, June-August: Rising first- to fifth-graders. At Asheville area community centers. Games, crafts, cultural art and field trips. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Contact your community center or Charles Lee, 251-4081 or



A camper at Asheville Art Museum creates her dream house. Summer Teen Leadership Program, June-August: Ages 12-15. The nine-week Temp-Teen Enrichment Program offers creative activities, diverse projects, field trips, more. Charles Lee at 251-4081 or Summer Day Camp, June 14-Aug. 20: Rising first- to fifth-graders. Swimming, skating, cultural arts, science exploration, crafts, games and field trips. Snacks and lunch provided. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday at Jones and Vance schools. $105 residents/$115 nonresidents with $25 registration fee. Family discounts. Subsidy vouchers accepted. Amy Rickman at 251-4080 or Therapeutic Recreation Summer Enrichment Camp, June-August: Ages 6-13, with or without mild to moderate cognitive or developmental delays who meet eligibility requirements. Inclusive program with games, arts and crafts, nature exploration, more. One-on-one workers attend free. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Randy Shaw, LRT/CTRS, or Lauren Weinstein, LRT/CTRS, 251-4031 or Therapeutic Recreation Teen Summer Camp, June-August: Middle and high schoolers with or without mild to moderate cognitive or developmental delays, who meet eligibility requirements. Inclusive camp with games, arts and crafts, nature exploration, special events and field trips. Randy Shaw, LRT/ CTRS, 251-4031 or Summer Theater Camp, June-August: Youths to adults with disabilities. Performance at end of camp. Janet Price Ferrell, 277-1315 or Food Lion Skate Park: Ages 6-15. Sharpen skateboarding skills. 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday. $75. Corner of Flint and Cherry streets, downtown Asheville. For dates, call 225-7184. USA Tennis Program: Eight-week sessions for youth, beginners and intermediates, at Malvern Hills and

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Campers at the Colburn Earth Science Museum show off volcanoes they made. Aston parks; Reynolds and Roberson high schools; Enka, North Buncombe and Owen middle schools. Weekly 90-minute practices in early evening. $15. Registration ongoing. Call 251-4074 or e-mail

Asheville Parks and Recreation Outdoor Adventure Programs

For information and to register, contact Christen McNamara at 251-4029 or outdoorprograms@, or visit Adventure Camp, June 21-25, July 5-9, July 26-30: Ages 8-12. Hiking, swimming, rafting, caving, camping. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, with overnight campout Thursday and pickup at noon Friday. Meets at Montford Recreation Center, 34 Pearson Drive. $155 residents/$160 nonresidents. Eco-Explorers Camp, June 16-18: Ages 6-8. Environmental education focus with hiking, climbing at Montford Wall, stream investigation, field trip. $65 residents/$70 nonresidents. Teen Adventure Camp, July 13-15: Ages 12-14. Climbing at the Montford Wall, tubing, hiking, canoeing, whitewater rafting or inflatable kayaking. $120 residents/$125 nonresidents. Teen Canoe Camp Overnight, June 29-July 2: Ages 12 and older. Canoe almost 25 miles on the New River in northern North Carolina. Participants must be able to swim 50 meters and be comfortable in the water. Campers will help set up and break down primitive camps, cook meals and follow all safety rules. $250 residents/$255 nonresidents. Teen Adventure Biking Camp: Call for details. Beginner Outdoor Adventure Camp: Call for details.

Asheville Physical Therapy

Speed camp, June 21-24, July 12-15, Aug. 2-5; Brian Lawler, 277-7547 Ages 10-18. Weeklong speed camps teach athletes how to perfect technique and perform drills to improve their acceleration, deceleration, agility,

strength, flexibility and explosive power. Runs 90 minutes, Monday–Thursday. $99 with sibling discount.

Asheville Racquet and Fitness Club

Tennis and sports camps, June 14-Aug. 13; Mindy Sheppard, 274-3361 Ages 4-14. Little Sneakers tennis camp is for ages 4-6, from 9 a.m.-noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. $80 per week, $135 any two weeks for members/$100 and $165, nonmembers. All Day Sports Camp, for kids 8-14, teaches tennis and lets campers participate in other activities like basketball, racquetball, soccer, badminton, aerobics, and swimming. Daily swimming. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. $180 per week, $300 any two weeks for members/ $200 and $360 nonmembers. At 200 Raquet Club Road, off Hendersonville Road.

Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

Summer Dance Workshops; 255-5777 Weeklong, half-day dance workshops for ages 5-10, $125. Four-week Summer Ballet Intensive (auditions Feb. 7) for intermediate and advanced students taught by former New York City Ballet dancer, $1,800. At 6 E. Chestnut St.

Black Mountain Center for the Arts

Arts camp, July 12-30; 669-0930 Kindergartners to fifth-graders. Activities may include visual arts, pottery, music, movement and theater. At 225 W. State St., Black Mountain. Starts at $90.

Bullington Center

Nature Explorers Camp, June 28-July 2; 698-6104 Rising third- to sixth-graders. Explore plant life and wildlife of fields, streams, forests and gardens. At 33 Upper Red Oak Trail in Hendersonville. $130.

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Buncombe County Parks and Recreation

Camp Julian Day Camp, Aug. 16-24 Grace Young, 250-4260, Rising first- to eighth-graders. Nature program, Caribbean drum lessons, fishing, pontoon boat ride, more. 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Lake Julian Park off Long Shoals Road. $150 per week or $35 per day. Limited to 20 campers per day.

Camp Arrowhead for Boys

Day camp, June 21-July 9; 692-1123; Boys ages 6-10. Christian camp with kayaking, rock climbing, backpacking, archery, riflery, swimming, mountain biking, paintball, horseback riding, more. 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday in Zirconia. Transportation provided from a central location in Hendersonville, with pickup at 8:15 a.m. and drop-off at 4:30 p.m. $275 with sibling discount.

Camp Broadstone

Gifted enrichment program, June 13-July 30;; 828963-4640; Third- to ninth-graders. Summer enrichment for academically gifted students at Appalachian State in


Boone. Classes in science, environmental studies, arts, music, creative writing, more. Canoeing, high ropes course, climbing wall, hiking, alpine tower, group problem solving. $250.

Camp Cedar Cliff at The Cove

Day camp, June 14-Aug. 20; 450-3331 Rising kindergarten to sixth-graders. Weekly sessions, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Swimming, arts and crafts, zip line, field trips, Scripture Adventure, more. At the Billy Graham Training Center in East Asheville. $185.

Camp Rockmont

Day camp for boys, June 7-Aug. 6; 686-3885 Kindergartners to fourth-graders. Nature, archery, homesteading, singing, story time, hikes, crafts, more. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in Black Mountain. Transportation from Oakley Plaza on Fairview Road. $275.

Camp Tekoa

Day camps; 692-6516 Ages 5-11. Hikes, devotions, challenge course, zip line, boating, arts and crafts, tree climb, swimming, field and water games, more. $175-$190. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday in Hendersonville.

Carolina Day School

Summer programs, June 14-July 30; Libby Roland,; 274-0758, ext. 305 Rising pre-K to fifth grade for Summer Quest; rising middle schoolers for Summer Explorations; rising

high schoolers for Summer Workshops. Summer Quest offers 75 different academic and quest options including arts and crafts, sports, science, cooking, technology, more. Summer Explorations and Summer Workshops offer in-depth experiences in particular subjects like drama, creative writing, ethical leadership or law. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. with early and late options available at 1345 Hendersonville Road. Starts at $150; discount before April 9.

Carwile-Dodson Studio for Pottery Instruction

Pottery camp, June 14-Aug. 13; 884-5771 Sessions for ages 6-10 meet 9 a.m.-noon; ages 11-16 meet 1:30-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Learn the pinch, coil and slab methods of pottery construction and basics of sculpture. Older children will try wheel throwing. $190. Next to Mud Dabbers Pottery, south of Brevard on U.S. 276.

Center Stage Dance Studio

Dance camps, June 14-Aug. 6; 654-7010 Ages 3-11. Camp themes for ages 3-6 include Broadway Babies, Royal Tea Parties, Water World, more. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $130 before May 16, $150 after May 16. Camps for ages 7-10 include hip-hop and American Girls. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $170 before May 16, $190 after May 16. Camps for ages 4-11 focusing on ballet, tap, jazz, more. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 or 2:30 p.m. At 38 Rosscraggon Road, South Asheville. $150-$200. Continues on Page 36

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East Asheville United Methodist

Music camp, June 28-July 2 298-3211 or 299-9742 Rising first- to seventh graders. Learn and perform a musical, outdoor activities, crafts. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at East Asheville United Methodist Church, 48 Browndale Road. $5, lunch provided.

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Climbmax Climbing Center

Climbing camp, June 21-25, July 5-9 Ages 8-17. At 43 Wall St. June session for ages 8-12 teaches basic climbing techniques and skills like tying knots, movement, belaying skills, equipment management. $375. Two days on real rock in Pisgah National Forest. July session for ages 13-17 works on basic and advanced skills. Four days in Pisgah National Forest, with one camping overnight. $675.

Colburn Earth Science Museum

Day camp, July 5-Aug. 13; 254-7162 Rising kindergartners to fifth-graders. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; Science Sprouts for rising kindergartners and first-graders is 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Hands-on science fun and learning. Themes include Rockhounds, Science Sisters, Do Try This at Home Science Camp, more. Full-day camps: $185 members ($210 nonmembers). Science Sprouts: $100 for members ($125 nonmembers). In Pack Place, downtown.


Basketball camp, June 14-July 22; 255-9111 Ages 6-17. Half- and full-day and overnight basketball camps. Times and locations vary: First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, ages 6-12, 1-4:30 p.m. June 14-18; Asheville Christian Academy, ages 6-12, 1-4:30 p.m. June 21-25, and ages 6-17, 1-4:30 p.m.


Elevate Life and Art


N.C. Arboretum offers day camps for pre-kindergartners to eighth-graders. July 5-9; Mars Hill College, ages 9-17, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. July 19-22. Overnight camp for ages 10-17, July 18-22 at Mars Hill college.

Cub Scout Camps

Camp Stephens, June 21-25 Joel Helms, 651-9227, SoQua District Cub Scout summer camp offers archery, BB riflery, crafts, games, sports, water fun, nature, more. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Camp Stephens, Clayton Road in Arden.


Martial arts, June 21-25; July 19-23; Aug. 9-13; 681-5023 Starts at age 5. Three weeklong sessions of mixed martial arts. Sibling discounts. $125 members, $150 nonmembers plus registration fee. At 36 A/B Rosscragggon Road, South Asheville.

Day camps, Aug. 2-6; 318-8895 Age 4 to 12th grade. Kiddo’s Art Camp (4 yearssecond grade) covers song, dance, puppets and crafts ($50), 9-11:30 a.m. Help beautify Asheville at half-day Creation Camp (second- to fifth-graders), which teaches campers how to grow things and why things grow ($75). Half-day Creating Camp has singing, dancing, acting, building, painting and sewing with a full production at week’s end ($75). Combo Camp ($150) combines Creating and Creation camps. Camps are 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. At 34 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville.

Eliada Home for Children

Day camp, June-August; 254-5356, ext. 224 Rising first-graders to age 13. Swimming, ballfield, mini-bike lessons and riding trails for children ages 9-13, golf driving range. Horseback riding adventures, space and science, sports, drama, dance and art. Two-week sessions, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $270, includes three meals a day, plus a $25 registration fee before March 31 ($50 after April 1). Buncombe County child care vouchers accepted. At 2 Compton Drive, West Asheville.

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Summer Rocks, June 14-Aug. 13; 281-8182 Rising kindergartners to sixth-graders. Academic enrichment, field trips, arts and crafts, tae kwon do, gymnastics, sports, more. 9 a.m.-noon MondayFriday; extended day of 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. available. Rising sixth- to ninth-graders can participate in the drama camp’s production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Audition information night is 6-7:30 p.m. March 3. Auditions are 6-8 p.m. June 1-2. At 51 Wilburn Place, Asheville.

Fired Up! Creative Lounge

Art Camp, June 14-18 and 21-25; 253-8181 Ages 6-12. Campers will work with a variety of art mediums including pottery, clay and canvas. 9 a.m.noon. $125 plus tax for full week sessions or $30 plus tax for individual sessions. At 26 Wall St.

Fletcher Community Park

Day camp, June 9-Aug. 13; Cheyenne Youell, 687-0751; Rising first-graders to age 11. Themed weeks, including drama, water fun, being green. Field trips, learning activities, art and more. Starts at $100 plus registration fee. Registration starts March 13 for residents, March 22 for nonresidents. 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at park, 85 Howard Gap Road.

Girl Scouts’ Camp Rhoades

Day camp, June 21-Aug. 6; Jenny Sliker, 252-4442, ext. 3314, Rising first- to sixth-graders. Six weekly sessions with themes like Aloha Summer and I Like to Move It! Move It! One off-site field trip per week. Rising eighth-graders and older can serve as program aides. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. with early and late care at extra cost. $160; $50 for aides. One-time $25 fee for girls not registered as Girl Scouts. At Asheville Program Center, 64 WT Weaver Blvd.

Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa

Summer Fun Camp, June-August Monica Miller, or 2522711, ext. 1046 Ages 6-12. Four weeklong sessions with swimming, arts and crafts, movies, field trips, more. Themed weeks include arts, sports, nature and summer fun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. $220. Tennis Fun Camp, June-August Stewart Atkins, or 2522711, ext. 1046 Ages 4-14. Play tennis in the morning and swim in the afternoon. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. $225.

Gwynn Valley Camp

Day camp, June 14-July 23; 885-2900 Rising first- to fifth-graders. Nature exploration, horseback riding, crafts, drama, music, swimming, farm, more. 8:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Monday-Friday in Brevard. $375, sibling discounts and scholarships available.

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Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts

Clay camps, June 7-Aug. 20; 285-0210; Ages 4-12. Make sculptures, spend time on the potters’ wheel, create garden art, more. 9 a.m.-noon or 2-5 p.m. $140. Sibling discounts. At 236 Clingman Ave.

Hahn’s Gymnastics

Day camp, June 14-Aug. 20; 684-8832; Ages 3-12.(Must be potty-trained.) Half- and full-day programs. Gymnastics, crafts, games, more. Themes include Fairytopia, Super Soakin’, Silly Olympics, Wacky Week, more. Field trips. $140 full-day; $75 half-day. At 18 Legend Drive, Arden.

Hickory Nut Gap Farm

Farm camp, June 21-July 23; Annie, 628-2616 or, or Susie, 628-3546 Ages 6-13. Swimming, art, pottery, horseback riding, more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. $375.

High Flight Gymnastics

Day camp, June 14-Aug. 20; 252-8746 Ages 5-13. Gymnastics, swimming, field trips, arts and crafts, more. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; extended day, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $135 per week or $35 per day. At 50 Coxe Ave., Asheville.

Historic Johnson Farm

At 3346 Haywood Road, Hendersonville. Fabulous Fiber Fun, June 14-18: Rising third-graders and older. Work with weaving and fibers, including wool carding, shaving cream dyeing, stick weaving, more. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $75. Heritage Weavers, 458-0738; Ruth Howe, Art Camp, June 22-24: Rising fourth- to eighthgraders. Focus on drawing skills with pencil and colored pencils. With artist Carolyn Serrano. 9:3011:30 a.m. $40.

Joyful Noise Community Music & Arts Center Music and arts camp, July 26-30;, Karen Poorbaugh, 551-0854 For string players of all ages and skill levels, from

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The Jewish Community Center of Asheville hosts Camp Ruach in two-week sessions. early intermediate to advanced. Orchestra, bluegrass, chamber music and masterclass instruction. Electives include percussive dance, visual arts, drama, and world music. End-of-week performance. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.$225. Merit and need scholarships and sibling discounts available.


May 21-June 18 and July 19-23 Debra Huff, 206-3145 or Ages 1-3 1/2. Music and movement for toddlers with parental participation. 10-11 a.m.

New Hope Presbyterian Church

Summer Adventures, June 7-Aug. 13; 259-3653; Ages 5-13, including Cool Fun Camp (ages 5-7), Ultimate Frisbee & Fun Camp (ages 8-10) and Ultimate Exploration & Fun Camp (ages 11-13). Tennis lessons for 8 and older. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. with extended care. Half-day tennis camps and digital photography/Photoshop classes for middle and high schoolers in July. Daily swimming. $200. discounts available. At 90 Zillicoa St., Asheville.

Outdoor Family Fun Center

Golf camp, June-August; 698-1234 Ages 7-15. Kingdom Golf Academy offers golf instruction, skills evaluation, more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 21-25, July 12-16 and Aug. 9-13. $69 per day, $179 for three days, $289 for week. At 485 Brookside Camp Road, Hendersonville.

Pack Place

Kidshine Performing Arts Day Camp, Aug. 9-13 274-0191; Rising third- through eighth-graders. Music, drama, dance, puppets, instruments, scenery painting, more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, with a performance Friday night. $125; scholarships available. At 3070 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville.

Pack Place Potpourri, July 5-9 254-6373 Rising third- to fourth-graders. Sample the greatest hits of Pack Place. Campers will visit three museums each day: The Health Adventure, Colburn Earth Science Museum and Asheville Art Museum.

Discovery camps, June 7-Aug. 20; Jonathan, 665-2492, ext. 228 Pre-K to rising eighth-graders. Weeklong camps combine outdoor recreation and science. Wildlife

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Rainbow Mountain Children’s School

Day camp, June 7-Aug. 6, 258-9264, Rising third- to eighth-graders. Modern art, Green mythology, Sew Fun!, Qigong Art, Algebra Boot Camp, more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. $150, RMCS students; $165, non-RMCS students. At 574 Haywood Road, Asheville.


Adventure Day Camp, June 28-July 30 669-3760 Rising second- to seventh-graders. Weeklong sessions include Bible stories, field trips, nature workshops, arts and crafts, miniature golf, water games, outdoor adventures, more. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Black Mountain. $105 plus registration fee.


River camps, June 14-July 16; 252-8474; Rising third- to eighth-graders. Environmental education, river recreation, service learning, interpretive nature walks, river cleanup, community service, river games. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; one-week sessions. $200, plus $25 registration fee (waived for members).


Richmond’s Studio

Art camp, June 14-Aug. 6, 777-3345, Ages 5-18. Morning or afternoon weeklong classes taught by contemporary artists. In Phil Mechanic Studios in the River Arts District. $150.

Rock Camp

June-August Mary Fierle, 253-6014 or Ages 9-18, who play guitar, bass, drums or keyboards, or sing. Music theory course; rock music appreciation; songwriting, composition and arrangement; instrument clinics. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. MondayThursday with Friday performance. $175. At 1408 Patton Ave., next to Asheville Music School West.

Roots + Wings School of Art

Art camps, June-July Ages 3-12. Three-day camps, explore clay, drawing, painting, collage, more. 9 a.m.-noon MondayWednesday at the Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village. $145, with $15 sibling discount.


Drama camps, 689-1384

Sewing Camp

June 14-July 2 Danielle, 254-5591 Pre-teens and teens. Sew a garment to completion, no experience necessary. Students learn to use own sewing machine, decide pattern style/size and learn

time-saving techniques for working with textiles. 9:30 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday. In West Asheville. $75.

Soccer Speed camp

June 8, 10, 15, 17, 22 and 24;; 779-1569 Ages 8-18. Speed development camp created by Reynolds High School sprints coach Lee Pantas to teach young athletes, especially soccer players, the fundamentals of proper sprinting and starting techniques. Covers basic sprint biomechanics and sprinting form, individual correction of major running faults, starting and reaction skills, and drills. Six sessions, 6-7 p.m. $100.

Soudings Studio

Soundings summer camp, July-August Rising third- to 12th-graders. Camps train young singing actors. Mini-musical or play at week’s end.

Southeastern Fitness and Rehabilitation

Swim camps, start in June 274-2188, Camps for all ages of children at indoor heated pool. At 23 Turtle Creek Drive, Asheville.

Swannanoa 4-H Camp

Day camp, June 14-Aug. 6;; 686-3196 Ages 4-13. Arts and crafts, hiking, archery, riflery ropes courses, Appalachian heritage, climbing tower. 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. in half- and full-day sessions that are one or two weeks long. Starts at $60.

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Students work on their speed skills at Asheville Physical Therapy, which offers speed camps.

Swannanoa Valley Montessori

Day camp, June-August; 669-8571; Ages 3-10. Four one-week sessions with these themes: Construction, Creative Life, World Travelers and environmental education. Sessions from June 14-18 and 21-25 are for ages 3-6. Sessions from July 12-16 and Aug. 16-20 for ages 6-10. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. $120.

Terra Summer

Day camp, June 14-July 9 and July 19-Aug. 13; 782-7842 Rising fifth- to ninth-graders. An experiential, interdisciplinary day camp that uses the world of food and the story behind what we eat to get children to think about their place in the world and the impact they can make. Includes farm time, kitchen time, food art, field trips, more. Two four-week sessions. 8:45 a.m-3:45 p.m. Monday-Friday in Mills River. Scholarships and transportation available.

The Health Adventure

Discovery Science camps, June 21-Aug. 6; 254-6373, ext. 316; Rising first- to eighth-graders. Programs include Family Robotics Workshop, Sounds Like Fun, Science Shenanigans, The Art of Science, BioExplorers, The Science of Super Heroes, Girls Quest, Boys Quest, more. Full- and half-day weeklong sessions. Starts at $100. Family Robotics is $20 members/$25 nonmembers. At Pack Place, 2 S. Pack Square, Asheville.

The Little Gym

Anytime Summertime Camps, June 21-Aug. 20, 667-9588 Ages 3-11. Themes like “Beach Party” and “Paws, Fins, and Feathers.” Combines fitness, gymnastics and play with arts and crafts. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Prices vary. At 1000 Brevard Road, Suite 168, Asheville.

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Transylvania Community Arts Center, 884-2787, Summer Art Camp, June 14-18: Ages 5-12. Visual arts, music, dance and pottery. 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. $75. Film Camp for teens, July 12-16: Ages 12-16. Create a movie in a week. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $250.

Trinity Presbyterian Church

Mothers Morning Out, June 22-Aug. 26 299-3433, ext. 308 Infant to elementary-age. Water play, outdoor sports, parties, field trips, service projects, arts and crafts, more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Registration day is March 17. At 17 Shawnee Trail, East Asheville.

True Ink writing camps

Starts June 14; 215-9002 Rising fourth- to ninth-graders. Through fun, thoughtprovoking writing exercises, experiential activities and discussion, young writers explore the writing that they want to do. Weeklong camps are organized by writing genre and age. Times and prices vary. Based at Thomas Wolfe Memorial Site in downtown Asheville.

UNC Asheville

Betsy Blose Girls Basketball Camps, June 22-27: Rising kindergartners to 12th-graders. Fundamental Day Camp, 9 a.m.-noon or 5 p.m. June 22-25. $150 half day, $250 full day. Shooting Camp, 1-5 p.m. June 26 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 27. $75. Visit or contact Katie Baldwin at 251-6905 or Eddie Biedenbach Basketball School, June 15-18 and June 29-July 2: Ages 6 and older. Improve fundamental skills and increase understanding of the game. 8:30 a.m.-noon or 5 p.m. $285 full-day, $150 half-day, sibling discounts available. Visit oaci or contact Nick McDevitt at 251-6935 or for information. Nike Running Camp, July 11-30: Rising ninth-graders and older. Weeklong sessions led by college-level track and cross country coaches. Advanced Place-


Campers enjoy "Retro Rewind" week at a YMCA day camp.


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swim, gardening, field trips, recreation, outdoor fun, weekly themes, arts, crafts, enrichment, cultural activities. $140 (members), $150 (nonmembers) per week. At 185 S. French Broad Ave.

ment Cross Country Class for elite runners with college-level instruction about art and science of running. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. $555. Overnight option, $655. Visit

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Vance Elementary

Camp Invention, July 12-16; 800-968-4332; Robbie Lipe, 350-6632 Rising first- to sixth-graders in Asheville City Schools. Program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation. Campers save avatars by rebuilding a virtual world, bring robotic creatures to life, more. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Vance. $210; discount before March 31. Sibling discounts.

Veritas Christian Academy; 681-0546 See the April issue of WNC Parent for camp listings, or contact the school directly.

Warren Wilson College

◆ Upper 90 Soccer and Adventure Camp, June 14-18; Stacey Enos, 771-3737, Girls ages 9-15. Soccer, climbing, swimming. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $225. ◆ Basketball camps Warren_Wilson_Basketball_Camp_(2010).doc Camps with WWC coach Kevin Walden, 9 a.m.-noon at DeVries Gymnasium at Warren Wilson. Skills camp, July 12-16: Rising fourth- to 12thgraders. Improve offensive and defensive skills. $70. High school camp, July 17: Rising ninth- to 12thgrade boys. Experience a typical college practice environment. $30.

Waynesville Parks and Recreation

◆ British Soccer Camp, July 26-30; 465-2030; Ages 3-16, plus adults. British coaching staff teaches skills and team tactics. Ages 3-4, 9-10 a.m., $69. Ages 4-6, 10 a.m.-noon, $94. Ages 6-16, 9 a.m.noon or 1-4 p.m., $111. Ages 8-16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $159. Advanced and adults, 5-8 p.m., $111. ◆ Day Camp, June 14-Aug. 18; 456-2030; Rising first- to sixth-graders. Swimming, arts and crafts, playground, sports, relays, games, hands-on science experiments, field trips, end-of-camp festival, weekly themes, more. 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $100 per week or $25 per day for Waynesville Recreation Center members ($110 or $35 nonmembers).

Western Carolina University; 828-227-7397 or 800-928-4968 ◆ Catamount Adventure Camp for boys, dates TBA: Rising sixth- and seventh-grade boys. Hiking, rock climbing, an introduction to whitewater kayaking and rafting, self-discovery and leadership skills. $199. ◆ Cullowhee Creativity Camp, June 21-25: First- to eighth-graders. Multimedia software, digital video recording, robotics and other technology courses. Runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $109. ◆ Eco-Adventures Camp, dates TBA: Rising sec-


Kids at WCU’s Mountain Mysteries camp try their hand at weaving. ond- and third-graders learn to be backyard naturalists. At Mountain Heritage Center. 8:30 a.m.-noon. $30. ◆ Geocaching (My Buddy and Me), July 9: Adult and child. One-day camp teaches art and science of geocaching, a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. ◆ Girls Catamount Outdoors Camp, dates TBA: Rising sixth- and seventh-grade girls. Hiking, rock climbing, introduction to whitewater kayaking and rafting, self-discovery and leadership skills. $199. ◆ Mini-Camp for Middle Schoolers, dates TBA: For rising sixth- and seventh-graders. Cultural history themed camp. $30. ◆ Mountain Mysteries, July 6-10: Rising fourth- and fifth-graders. Cultural history camp exploring heritage of southern Appalachia. 8:30 a.m.-noon. $30. ◆ Soccer Camp, July 26-30: Ages 4-11. $85 halfday, $165 full day. Shuttle from Waynesville/Cashiers available. Visit ◆ Tiny Tot Swim Program, May-August: Offered in several sessions. Ages 6 months-5 years. $39. ◆ Youth Swim Program, May-July: Ages 6 and older. Beginner-advanced skills. $72.

Westminister Presbyterian Preschool

Summer Camp, June 15-July 1 and July 20-Aug. 5; 298-9167 Ages 1-8. Arts and crafts, stories, games, picnics, water fun days. Themed sessions. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays each session. $150 plus registration fee. Sibling discounts. At 15 Overbrook Place, East Asheville.

YWCA of Asheville

Day camp, June 14-August; 254-7206, ext. 111; Rising first-graders to age 12. Swim lessons, free

Registration begins March 15. Registration fee waived for first 100 registrants. Bring immunization record, current color photo and $20 deposit for each week of camp and family registration fee ($35 per child/$50 per family unless noted) to registration. Child care vouchers accepted. Financial assistance available. Costs are for members/nonmembers. ◆ Asheville YMCA camps, 210-9622 Iddy Biddy Sports Camp: Age 3-rising kindergarten. Soccer, basketball and baseball, playground games, more. At New Bridge Baptist Church, Merrimon Avenue. Sessions start June 14, July 19 and Aug. 16. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. $80/$110 with registration fee of $15/$25. Flag Football Camp: Ages 8-13. At New Bridge Baptist Church, Merrimon Avenue. 9 a.m.-noon. Starts July 28. Monday-Friday. $100/$120. Mild Adventure Camp: Ages 8-14. For kids who like the outdoors and physical activity. Field trips, hiking, swimming games, more. Sessions start June 21, July 5 and 19, Aug. 2 and 15. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. MondayFriday. Early drop-off/late pickup available. Drop off at YMCA Camp Beaverdam. $150/$175. Wild Adventure Camp: Ages 10-14. Hiking, climbing wall, whitewater rafting, bouldering, swimming holes, mountain biking, more. Drop off at YMCA Camp Beaverdam. $175/$195. ◆ Child Care Services, 210-2273 Rising kindergartners to sixth-graders. Arts and crafts, sports, games, science, water play, music, more. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 14-Aug. 20. At Camp Beaverdam, 201 Beaverdam Road, with East Asheville drop-off/pickup at Haw Creek Elementary. $140. Child care vouchers not accepted here. ◆ Corpening Memorial YMCA, 659-9622, ext. 117 All camps run in 10 weeklong sessions, 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 14-Aug. 20. Day camp: Rising kindergartners to fifth-graders. Outdoor exploration, drama, music, adventure, arts and crafts, field trips, more. $65/$85. Leaders in Training Camp: Rising sixth- to eighthgraders. Learn life and leadership skills. $65/$85. Counselors in Training Camp: Rising ninth- to 12thgraders. Learn what it takes to become a YMCA counselor. $40/$55. ◆ Reuter Family YMCA, 651-9622 Little All-Star Sports Camp: Ages 3-6. Focus on fundamentals of several sports, including T-ball, soccer and basketball. 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday. Sessions start June 21 and July 26. $80/$110 with $15/$25 registration fee. Youth Volleyball Camp: Rising third- to seventhgraders. Focus on fundamentals aspects of volleyball with scrimmages and one-on-one training. 9 a.m.noon July 12-16. $100/$120 with $15 per child/$25 family registration fee. ◆ YMCA Buncombe County School Camps, 2102273 Rising first- to sixth-graders. Based at Glen Arden Elementary in Arden and Hominy Valley Elementary in Enka. Field trips, swimming, games, camp songs, outdoor exploration, nature walks, team sports, arts and crafts, more. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 14-Aug. 13. $140.



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OVERNIGHT - COED Appalachian Christian Camp, Unicoi, Tenn.; 423-743-3910 June 13-Aug. 6, 2-day to 12-day sessions Rising kindergartners through high school. Nondenominational Christian camp with hiking, sports, swimming, open-air worship center, air-conditioned dormitories, more. Starts at $220, with discounts before April 1 and May 1.

Appalachian Institute for Creative Learning; 800-951-7442; July 18-24 and 25-31 Rising third- to 12th-graders. Campers choose four classes; topics include visual arts, drama, society and culture, science and math, more. At Warren Wilson College. $525.


Campers at Eagle’s Nest Camp in Pisgah Forest work on the camp’s farm.

Asheville Ballet; 258-1028; Ann Dunn, Blue Ridge Dance Camp, Aug. 8-13 Ages 11-18. Asheville Ballet is accepting applications for its intensive camp, which offers daily classes in ballet, pointe, repertoire, modern, jazz, choreography and dance history. Workshops in Hindu dance, tap, musical theater and conditioning. $650, with $25 nonrefundable deposit.

Blue Star Camps, Hendersonville; 692-3591 June 13-Aug. 6, 4- to 8-week sessions Ages 6-16. Jewish camp with riding, swimming, land and water sports, trips, dramatic arts, whitewater kayaking and canoeing, a ropes course, rock climbing, tennis, more. $4,900-$8,000.

Buffalo Cove Outdoor Education Center Earth Camp, Blowing Rock; 964-1473; July 5-28, 1- and 2-week sessions Ages 8-17. Traditional earth skills, crafts, adventure, community, more. Walk About is an expedition for Earth Camp alumni 14 and older. Earth Camp Explorers is a shorter version of Earth Camp for ages 8-12. $500-$1,400.

Buffalo Mountain Camp, Jonesborough, Tenn.; 423-929-9037; May 31-July 24; half- and full-week sessions Rising second- to 12th-graders. Christian camp with horseback riding, rock climbing, kayaking, leadership training, Bible studies, more.

Camp Broadstone, Appalachian State University, Boone;; 828-963-4640; June 13-July 30; 1- and 2-week sessions


Third- to ninth-graders. Summer enrichment for academically gifted students. Enrichment classes in science, environmental studies, arts, music, creative writing, more. Canoeing, high ropes course, climbing wall, hiking, alpine tower, group problem solving, and a four-day camping and rafting trip for older campers. $975-$1,900.

Camp Cedar Cliff, Asheville; 450-3331 June 12-July 23; 3-day, 1- or 2-week sessions Rising second-graders to graduated seniors. Christian camp with archery, BBs, zip line, high ropes course, rappelling, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, team-building activities, Bible studies, swimming, more. $350-$1,370.

Camp Celo, Burnsville, 675-4323 June 13-Aug. 14; 1-, 2- and 3-week sessions Ages 7-12. Camp program is born out of the Quaker values of nonviolence, simplicity and environmental awareness. There is no religious program but there is a spiritual element to life at camp. Swimming, picnics, crafts and daily farm chores. $750, $1,250 and $1,675.

Camp Chatuga, Mountain Rest, S.C.; 864-638-3728 June 14-July 31; 1- to 4-week sessions Ages 6-16. Christian camp with horseback riding, waterskiing, canoeing, crafts, drama, creative writing, sports, more. $605-$2,840.

Camp Cheerio, Glade Valley; 800-226-7496 July 11-Aug. 20; 1- and 2-week sessions Ages 7-15. YMCA camp in Glade Valley, 160 miles northeast of Asheville. Kayaking, canoeing, archery, riflery, climbing, high ropes, newspaper, cheerleading, horseback riding, fishing, soccer, football, bas-

ketball, arts and crafts, hiking, rocketry, swimming, drama, dance, nature study, tennis, tumbling and more. $730-$1,650.

Camp Harrison, Herring Ridge; 800-514-1417; June 6-Aug. 14; 1- and 2-week sessions. Ages 7-16. YMCA camp with swimming, horseback riding, sailing, kayaking, high ropes, sports, crafts, mountain biking, target sports, teen leadership programs and more. $900-$1,800.

Camp Henry, Lake Logan Episcopal Center, Canton; 646-7230 June 13-July 24, 4-day and weeklong sessions Rising third-graders to high school. Operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina. Sailing, canoeing, field games, crafts, whitewater rafting, an alpine tower, hiking, more. $385 for mini-camp, $495 for regular sessions. Discounts before May 1. Outdoor School available for middle and high school students.

Camp Highlander, Mills River; 866-891-7721 June 6-Aug. 13; 6-day to 4-week sessions Ages 5-16. Canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, water skiing, arts and crafts, pottery, archery, riflery and more. Family camp offered over Memorial Day weekend. $1,100-$4,400.

Camp Judaea, Hendersonville, 800-788-1567 June 14-Aug. 5; 2-, 4- or 8-week sessions Jewish camp for rising third- to 11th-graders. Horseback riding, basketball, softball, arts and crafts, ceramics, drama, field trips and more. $1,925$4,445.

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Camp Living Water, Bryson City; 488-6012 June 27-July 30; weeklong sessions Ages 7-17. Tubing, swimming, crafts, Bible study, singing, campfires, games, horseback riding, rafting and more. Daily chapel. $185-$215. High Trek Adventures takes campers ages 10-16 on weeklong wilderness trips in the mountains and on the lakes of Western North Carolina. Campers learn backpacking and canoeing skills, while sleeping and cooking outdoors. Places emphasis on spiritual growth, with time for Bible reading, prayer and group discussions.

Camp Lutherock, Newland, 684-2361 June 6-Aug. 7, 1-week sessions Rising fourth-graders through high school. Ropes courses, hiking, alpine tower, caving, whitewater rafting, backpacking, Bible study, more. Starts at $454, with discounts before May 15 and earlier.

Camp Pinnacle, Hendersonville; 692-2677 July 11-Aug.7, 1- to 4-week sessiosn Separate sessions for girls and boys, ages 6-15. Archery, swimming, water skiing, crafts, horseback riding, trips and more. Adventure Trek includes backcountry hiking, whitewater boating and rock climbing for girls and boys ages 13-15. $1,100-$3,500.

Camp Pinewood, Hendersonville; 692-6239 June 20-Aug. 15; 4- to 8-week sessions Rising second- to 11th-graders. Swimming, crafts, horseback riding, archery/riflery, hiking, field trips, tennis, golf, canoeing, kayaking, gymnastics, heated pool and all land sports. $3,950-$6,850.

Camp Tekoa, Hendersonville; 692-6516 June 13-Aug. 14; 4-day to 1-week sessions Ages 7-17. Boating, swimming, tree climb, zip line, bouldering, arts and crafts, hiking, challenge course, campfires and talent show. $200-$465.

Camp Wayfarer, Flat Rock; 696-9000 June 20-July 29; 1- to 6-week sessions Ages 6-16. Canoeing/kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, riflery, swimming, drama, dance, music, crafts, cheerleading, fencing, sports, Bible studies, more. $850-$4,200.

Camp Woodmont, Lookout Mountain, Ga., 706-298-0833 June 6-July 23, 1- and 2-week sessions Ages 6-14. Horseback riding, archery, aquatics, drama/dance, arts and crafts, sports. $745 and up. Discount available before April 1.

Cheerio Adventures, Mouth of Wilson, Va.; 800-226-7496 June 13-Aug. 14; 3- to 14-day sessions Ages 10-17. YMCA camp with kayaking, zip line, canoeing, caving, backpacking, mountain biking,


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camp guide 2010 rock climbing, rappelling, whitewater rafting, sailing, sea kayaking and more. Also offered are three-day parent-child trips and two-week extreme camp sessions. $899-$1,797.

CLIMBE at Montreat College,, 800-349-CAMP June 20-July 30, weeklong sessions Middle and high school students. Science-intensive adventure trips. Campers will examine unique ecosystems, work with scientists to collect data and learn about environmental protection. $100-$500 per week, based on a sliding scale. Discount if registered by Feb. 15.

Crossfire, Mars Hill College; 255-9111 Basketball camp, July 18-22 Ages 10-17. Overnight basketball camp.

Eagle’s Nest Camp, Pisgah Forest,, 336-761-1040 June 12-Aug. 15, sessions are 8-20 days. Finished kindergarten-12th grade. Backpacking, rock climbing, whitewater canoeing, gardening, songwriting, photography, blacksmithing, horseback riding, sports, more. $1,280-$2,990.

Green River Preserve, Cedar Mountain; 698-8828; June 5-Aug. 8; 5- to 20-day sessions Rising second- to 12th-graders. Small, noncompetitive camp with focus on science and ecology. Expeditions for high school students to Outer Banks and within Blue Ridge Mountains. Natural history hikes, fly fishing, fly-tying, climbing, archery, BB skeet, pottery, theater, canoeing, dance, drumming, guitar, gardening, outdoor cooking, outdoor living skills, primitive skills, juggling, yoga, swimming, more. $850-$3,350.

Gwynn Valley Camp, Brevard;; 885-2900 June 11-Aug. 15; 8-, 10-, 13- and 21-day sessions Rrising first to ninth grades. Horseback riding, rock climbing, working farm, mountain biking, sports, arts, natural history, whitewater canoeing and kayaking, swimming, more. Adventure skills for younger campers. $1,325-$3,125.

Holston Presbytery Camp, Banner Elk; 898-6611 Discovery Camp, April 30-May 2: For first-time campers in first to fifth grades and their families. Arts and crafts, hikes, paddling, campfire, more. $90. Residential Camp, June 13-July 16: Ages 8-17. Six-day sessions. Christian camp with swimming, crafts, mountain sliding, climbing walls, games, evening worship, more. $325-$470. Backpacking, rafting, rock climbing, for older campers.

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camp guide 2010 Continued from Page 51; 866-813-5210 June 13-July 23; 6-day to 12-day sessions Ages 12-17. Backpacking, rock climbing, caving and whitewater rafting on French Broad, Watauga and Nolichucky rivers, learning outdoors skills. $650$1,400.

Kanuga, Hendersonville; 692-9136 Camp Kanuga, June 5-Aug. 10: Christian camp for ages 7-15. Archery, backpacking, ropes course, rock climbing, canoeing, fishing, swimming, arts and crafts, sports and performing arts. Sessions are nine or 13 days. $875-$1,265. Trailblazer Adventure and Paddle and Pack Trailblazer Adventure, June 16-July 14: Trailblazer Adventure is an eight-day, 45-mile backpacking trek along the Appalachian Trail, including rock climbing and whitewater rafting for ages 15-16. Paddle and Pack Trailblazer Adventure is a four-day, 25-mile backpacking trek, and a four-day flat-water canoe camping trip, including whitewater rafting, rock climbing and wilderness camping, for 16-year-olds. Two-week sessions. $1,375-$1,650.

Lutheridge, Arden, 684-2361 June 6-Aug. 7 Rising second-graders-high school. Crafts, Bible study, swimming, hikes, sports, more. Music week, Fourth of July week and Christmas in July week are special themes. Outdoor Adventure Program for middle and high school youths includes canoeing, backpacking, whitewater rafting, alpine tower and much more. $237 for half-week; starts at $449 for full week. Discounts available.

North Carolina Outward Bound


Swannanoa 4-H Camp offers overnight camp for children ages 8-16.

MAHEC Health Careers or contact school guidance counselor June 20-26 Mountain Area Health Education Center and Western Carolina University will host a camp open to underrepresented minority or economically disadvantaged rising seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders with an interest in a health care career. $50 plus $10 application fee. Students will live on WCU campus.;; 866-282-6262, ext. 1 June-August; 4-, 8-, 14- and 21-day sessions Parent-child course is for ages 12 and older; other sessions ages 14-16 and 16-18. Wilderness-based, programs may include backpacking, rock climbing and/or whitewater canoeing. Some include a formal service project; all include learning to use a map and compass for navigation and leadership and outdoor skill development. $745-$3,995.

Quaker Lake Camp, Climax; 336-674-2321 June 5-Aug. 7 Ages 5-17. Christian camp southeast of Greensboro. Bible study, crafts, swimming, theater, climbing tower, hayrides, boating and organized recreation. Starts at $200. One-day camp for 5- and 6-year-olds ($40).

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Ridge Haven Conference and Retreat Center, Brevard; 877-862-3916 June 7-July 31 Rising third- to 12th-graders. Christian camp at Presbyterian Church in America’s conference center. Ropes courses, climbing tower, archery, swimming, games, whitewater rafting, more. Starts at $450. Discounts before March 15 and April 15.

South Mountain Christian Camp, Bostic; 245-3322; June 20-July 30 Ages 7-15. Fishing, boating, swimming, climbing, ropes courses, sports, small-group Bible devotionals, nightly chapel services, more. $155. Financial assistance is available. No child is denied the opportunity to attend camp for financial reasons.

Summer College in Biotechnology and Life Sciences, N.C. State July 5-31 Rising juniors and seniors with 3.5 GPA and teacher/ principal recommendation. Students interested in a career in science participate in a college-level pro-


gram in state-of-the-art labs at N.C. State. $1,958 (includes program fee, tuition, room and board). Scholarship deadline is May 7.

Placement Cross Country Class for elite runners with college-level instruction about art and science of running. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. $555. Overnight, $655.;; 686-3196 June 20-Aug. 6; 3-day to 1-week sessions Ages 8-16. Arts and crafts, hiking, archery, riflery, low and high ropes, Appalachian heritage and a climbing tower. Specialty camps go whitewater rafting, rock climbing or caving.; 828-227-7397 or 800-928-4968 ◆ Broadway Triple Arts Series, July 18-Aug. 1: Performance camp for young artists. Experience the art and craft of musical theater with Broadway stars Terrance Mann and Charlotte d’Amboise. ◆ Mountain Dulcimer Week, July 18-23: Skill development classes for beginners-experts. $299 registration fee; housing and meal packages available. Scholarships available. Visit ◆ Summer Symposium for the Marching Arts, July 12-16: High school students join the band directors of the WCU Pride of the Mountains Marching Band for a week of learning and fun. $355 for double occupancy. ◆ Western Carolina Soccer Academy Elite Camp: Girls ages 10-18 and boys ages 11-16. July 21-24. $299 commuter, $395 resident. Visit westerncarolinaSA/.

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For information and registration forms, call or call 251-6558. ◆ Bug Camp, June 20-25 and June 27-July 2: Rising sixth- to eighth-graders. Campers investigate the amazing world of insects. Go on collecting field trips; identify, curate and experiment with insects. Work in university laboratories. Accommodations in residence halls. Free tuition, room and board, and gear. Application and teacher reference form required. ◆ Spring into Wellness, June 13-19: Rising eighthand ninth-graders with an interest in a health care career. Administered by Mission Hospitals, UNCA and Mountain Area Health Education Center. Learn about college options, education tracks for health care careers, visit hospital, learn about health eating and personal care habits. Free, with $10 application fee. Call Bob Turner at 213-5601 for application. ◆ Nike Running Camp, July 11-30: Rising ninthgraders and older. Weeklong sessions led by collegelevel track and cross country coaches. Advanced

Western Carolina University

YMCA Camp Greenville, Cedar Mountain; 864-836-3291 June 6-Aug. 7; 4-day to 2-week sessions Ages 7-15. Archery, canoeing, drama, team sports, backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing, community service projects, horseback riding and more. $335-$1,475.

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Camp Merri-Mac for Girls, Black Mountain

OVERNIGHT - GIRLS; 669-8766 June 6-Aug. 7; sessions are 6 days to 5 weeks Ages 6-16. Christian camp with riding, backpacking, tennis, rock climbing, gymnastics, archery, spelunking, riflery, swimming, canoeing, music, sports, ropes course, fencing, rafting, dance, drama, more. Brother camp is Camp Timberlake. $1,150-$4,950.

Blue Star Camps, Hendersonville; 692-3591 June 13-Aug. 6, 4- to 8-week sessions Jewish coed and separate boys and girls camps for ages 6-16. Riding, swimming, land and water sports, trips, dramatic arts, whitewater kayaking and canoeing, a ropes challenge course, rock climbing, tennis, more. $4,900-$8,000.

Camp Pinnacle for Girls, Hendersonville; 692-2677 July 11-Aug.7, 1- to 4-week sessions Ages 6-15. Archery, swimming, water skiing, crafts, horseback riding, trips and more. Adventure Trek includes backcountry hiking, whitewater boating and rock climbing for ages 13-15. $1,100-$3,500.

Camp Carysbrook, Riner, Va.,, 540-382-1670 June 20-Aug. 15, 1- to 8-week sessions Ages 6-16. The oldest summer camp for girls in Virginia. Horseback riding, outdoor living skills, sports, nature study, swimming, caving, rock climbing, more. $815-$4,750 with 5 percent sister discount.

Camp Ton-A-Wandah, Flat Rock; info@; 800-322-0178 June 7-Aug. 7, 2- and 3-week sessions Ages 6-16. Horseback riding, archery, dance, photography, drama, sports, arts and crafts, riflery, rock climbing, tennis, swimming, backpacking, pottery, wood burning, basketball, cheerleading, ropes course, games, hiking, more. $2,100-$3,100.

Camp Cheerio, Glade Valley; 800-226-7496 June 6-July 10, 1- and 2-week sessions Ages 7-15. YMCA camp in Glade Valley, 160 miles northeast of Asheville. Kayaking, canoeing, archery, riflery, climbing, high ropes, newspaper, horseback riding, fishing, sports, arts and crafts, hiking, rocketry, swimming, drama, dance, nature study, tennis, cheerleading and tumbling, more. $730-$1,650.

Camp Crestridge, Ridgecrest; 800-968-1630; June 13-Aug. 13; 1- to 8-week sessions Ages 7-16. Christian camp with archery, mountain biking, Bible study, horseback riding, riflery, swimming, canoeing, tennis and volleyball. $700-$5,300 with sibling discounts.

Camp Glen Arden, Tuxedo; 692-8362; June 6-July 30; 1- to 4-week sessions Ages 6-17. Archery, horseback riding, canoeing, gymnastics, sailing, rock climbing, pottery, photography, kayaking, sports, performing arts, more. “Progression system� allows girls to set their own pace within activity schedules. $1,100-$4,450.

Camp Green Cove, Tuxedo; 800-688-5789 May 29-Aug. 15; 5-day to 5 1/2-week sessions Ages 6-17. Swimming, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, mountain biking, backpacking, rock climbing and horseback riding. $925-$5,650. Brother camp is Mondamin.

Camp Greystone, Tuxedo, 693-3182 May 31-Aug.13; 5-day to 4-week sessions Kindergarten-11th grade. A Christian camp on Lake Edith. Horseback riding, gymnastics, rope course, water skiing, sailing, tennis, softball, archery, ceramics, knitting and painting. $1,000-$4,950.

Camp Hollymont for Girls, Asheville, 686-5343, June 13-Aug. 6, 1-, 2- and 4-week sessions Ages 6-15. Christian camp with cooking, horseback

Girl Scout camps


The Girl Scouts Peaks to Piedmont Council offers four camps in Western North Carolina.

riding, swimming, arts and crafts, tennis, dance, more. $1,470-$5,595.

Camp Illahee, Brevard; 883-2181; June 6-Aug. 13; 5-day to 4-week sessions Rising second- to 11th-graders. Christian camp with archery, arts and crafts, sports, canoeing, cooking, dance, diving, drama, gymnastics, needlecraft, horseback riding, more. $1,175-$4,450.

Camp Kahdalea, Pisgah National Forest; 884-6834 June 6-Aug. 4; 2-weeks to full summer Ages 7-17. Christian camp with backpacking, tennis, horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, high ropes challenge course, nature study, mountain biking, drama, sign language, arts and crafts, riflery, rock climbing, archery, fishing, dance, more. Brother camp is Camp Chosatonga. $2,275-$6,680.

Camp Merrie-Woode, Sapphire; June 4-Aug. 11; 2- to 4-week sessions Ages 7-17. Canoeing, kayaking, sailing, climbing, hiking, riding, nature, tennis, drama, studio art, photography and pottery. Registration packets are mailed in August for the following summer to current campers and families who have inquired in the past 18 months; new campers are considered for enrollment starting in October. $2,100-$4,750.; 800-672-2148; June 20-Aug. 6; weeklong sessions Rising first- to 12th-graders. Four camps to choose from: Camp Ginger Cascades in Lenoir; Camp Golden Valley in Bostic; Camp Pisgah in Brevard; Keyauwee Program Center in Greensboro. Rock climbing, horseback riding, swimming, canoeing and kayaking, arts and crafts, rafting, adventure trips, backpacking, llama treks, more. $130-$750.

Keystone Camp, Brevard; 884-9125 June 6-Aug. 13; 5-day to 4-week sessions First- to 9th-graders. Daily horseback riding, archery, riflery, arts and crafts, swimming, canoeing, adventure sports, performing arts, golf, tennis, team sports, more. $1,125-$4,550.

North Carolina Outward Bound;; 866-282-6262, ext. 1 July 6-26 Wilderness-based, overnight program with backpacking, whitewater canoeing, rock climbing, Leave No Trace, service project, personal challenge event. $3,295.

Rockbrook Camp for Girls, Brevard; 884-6151; June 6-Aug. 12, 2-, 3- or 4-week sessions Ages 6-16. Horseback riding, adventure activities, whitewater rafting, ceramics, crafts, gymnastics, riflery, more. $2,300-$4,400.

Skyland Camp for Girls, Clyde; 627-2470 June 28-Aug. 2; 2 1/2- to 5-week sessions Ages 6-15.Horseback riding, tennis, swimming, archery, arts and crafts, dramatics and mountain trips. $2,350-$4,700.



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OVERNIGHT - BOYS Blue Star Camps, Hendersonville; 692-3591 June 13-Aug. 6, 4- to 8-week sessions Jewish coed and separate boys and girls camps for ages 6-16. Riding, swimming, land and water sports, trips, dramatic arts, whitewater kayaking and canoeing, a ropes challenge course, rock climbing, tennis, more. $4,900-$8,000.

Camp Arrowhead, Tuxedo,, 692-1123 June 6-July 31, 1- to 4-week sessions Ages 6-16. Christian camp with kayaking, rock climbing, backpacking, archery, riflery, swimming, mountain biking, paintball, horseback riding, more. $970-$4,280.

Camp Carolina, Brevard; 884-2414 June 6-Aug. 12, 2- to 10-week sessions First- to 12th-graders. Music, team sports, mountaineering, arts and crafts, EarthWorks, water sports, horseback riding, more. $2,600-$9,500.

Camp Chosatonga, Pisgah National Forest; 884-6834 June 6-Aug. 4; 2-week to full summer sessions Ages 8-17. Emphasis on Christian ideals but respectful of Jewish roots. Backpacking, tennis, horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, high ropes challenge course, nature study, mountain biking, drama, arts and crafts, rock climbing, archery, fishing, more. Sister camp is Camp Kahdalea. $2,275-$6,680.

Camp Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp, Canton; Daniel Rogers, 254-6189, June 13-July 31; weeklong sessions Boy Scouts ages 11-18 and coed Venture Scouts ages 14-20. Scouts register through their troops. Merit badges, rock climbing, rafting, hiking, more. $220 for Daniel Boone Council-registered Scouts.

Camp High Rocks, Cedar Mountain; 885-2153 June 6-Aug. 14, 6-day to 4-week sessions Ages 7-16. Starter camp and mini sessions for younger campers. Horseback riding, sailing, swimming, sports, canoeing, backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing, crafts and archery/riflery. $1,175-$4,575.

Camp Mondamin, Tuxedo; 800-688-5789 May 29-Aug. 15; 5-day to 5 1/2-week sessions Ages 6-17. Backpacking, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, more. Sister camp is Green Cove. $925-$5,650.

Camp Pinnacle for Boys, Hendersonville; 692-2677 July 11-Aug.7, 1- to 4-week sessions Ages 6-15. Archery, swimming, water skiing, crafts, horseback riding, trips and more. Adventure Trek includes backcountry hiking, whitewater boating and rock climbing for ages 13-15. $1,100-$3,500.

Camp Ridgecrest for Boys, Ridgecrest; 800-968-1630; June 13-Aug. 13; 1- to 8-week sessions Ages 7-16. Christian camp with archery, mountain

biking, Bible study, horseback riding, riflery, swimming, canoeing, tennis and volleyball. $700-$5,300 with sibling discounts.

Camp Rockmont, Black Mountain; 686-3885 June 6-Aug. 6; 6- to 27-day sessions Ages 6-16. Christian camp with air rifles and riflery, sailing, canoeing, swimming, rock climbing, horseback riding, Bible study, sports, trap shooting, more. $1,050-$4,550.

Camp Timberlake, Black Mountain; 669-8766; June 6-Aug. 7; sessions are 6 days to 5 weeks Ages 7-16. Christian camp offers riding, backpacking, tennis, rock climbing, wrestling, paintball, archery, spelunking, riflery, mountain biking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, guitar, soccer, volleyball, ropes course, fencing, rafting. Sister camp is Camp MerriMac. $1,150-$4,950.

Christ School’s Revolution Lacrosse Camp, Arden, July 6-10 Ages 10-18, all levels of play. Professional players and college coaches lead lacrosse camp, which includes a 6-1 camper to coach ratio. $395 for day campers, $445 for boarding campers.

Falling Creek Camp, Tuxedo; 692-0262 June 6-Aug. 13; 6- to 27-day sessions Rising second- to 11th-graders. Mountain biking, rock climbing, backpacking, canoeing and whitewater kayaking, water activities, sports, horseback riding, more. Sessions are one to four weeks long. $1,150$4,450.

SPECIAL NEEDS Camp Coqui, Hendersonville; Lesley Edwards, 213-5548 July 5-10 Ages 7-16. Residential camp for children with diabetes at Camp Bob at Kanuga, Hendersonville. Climbing tower, hiking, field games, swimming, boating, co-op course, arts and crafts, music, campfires and archery. $500 for in-region children ages 7-13; $550 for inregion teens 14-16; $600 for out-of-region children ages 7-13; $650 for out-of-region teens 14-16. Financial assistance available.

Camp Funshine, Yancey County


Camp Coqui is offered by Mission Hospital for children with diabetes.


Lucy Wilson,, 682-1199 June 21-25 Day camp for children and adults with any disability. Campers should have a family member or worker attend with them. At Toe River Valley Campground in Micaville. Themed days with swimming, rafting, fishing, crafts. Thursday night is family night. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 21-23; 3-10:30 p.m. June 24; 9 a.m.-noon June 25.

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Camp Lakey Gap, Black Mountain; Elsa Berndt,, 669-8977 June 13-July 23; weeklong sessions Ages 4-17. Camp Lakey Gap strives to nurture individuals on the autism spectrum with an enriching summer camp experience not possible in a traditional camp setting and provide guardians with a time of respite. Must live or have an emergency contact person in an eight-hour driving radius of Black Mountain. Swimming, hiking, outdoor games, arts and crafts, canoeing, etc., in a structured and adapted fashion. Staff ratio is 1-to-1 or 1-to-2. $1,600.

Camp Spring Creek, Bakersville; 776-5032; June 20-Aug. 6, 4- to 7-week sessions Ages 6-14. All-inclusive academic and recreational residential camp supporting children with dyslexia. One-on-one Orton-Gillingham tutoring, supervised study hall and independent reading, daily keyboarding and writing skills sessions, art classes, swimming, hiking, water skiing, kayaking, field trips, more. $5,785 to $10,645.

Camp Tekoa, Hendersonville; 692-6516 June 16-20 Ages 8-12 with developmental disabilities. Campers have full participation in activities and learn side-byside with other elementary day campers. Nature hikes, devotions, challenge course, zipline, boating, arts and crafts, tree climb, swimming, field games and water games. $200. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Talisman Programs, Zirconia; Laura Centers, 888-4588226; June 13-Aug. 6, multiweek sessions Ages 6-22. Programming for children with attention deficit and learning differences, and Asperger’s or high-functioning autism. Swimming, canoeing, hiking, rock-climbing, backpacking, whitewater rafting, more. Starts at $2,400.

Victory Junction, Randleman; 336-4989055 4- to 5-day sessions Ages 6-16. A NASCAR-themed, year-round camping facility that serves children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. Founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty. With archery, athletics, boating, fishing, horseback riding, arts and crafts, more. Free.



Children talk so children listen Online radio show lets kids be the DJs By Lindsay Nash WNC Parent contributor It was a dreary Saturday morning outside. But inside, Estes Elementary students Alex Stewart and Caroline Hardy were warming the Asheville airwaves with stories about campfires and hiking trips. The two 11-year-olds were the co-hosts of a new kids radio show in Asheville, “T-Bone’s Radio Active Kids” show. The program airs 8-10 a.m. Saturday mornings on the online-only station As the two talked about activities they could do along the Blue Ridge Parkway — their theme of the week — their guest speaker led them in song about how not to run from bears. “Just the fact that I’m on the radio is pretty cool,” said Stewart. “It’s my first time on the air,” Hardy said. “But I definitely want to come back.”

A family experience Local community educator Tim “TBone” Arem, owner of T-Bone Productions, started the radio program. He joined forces with, a


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Western North Carolina Internet-based community radio station. Schools like Francine Delany, Rainbow Mountain and Claxton Elementary have already expressed interest in providing content for the kids program. And Arem is looking for more children to help co-host and more schools and groups to be partners. “The idea is to have a communitybased show for families that they can tune into and turn off the TV for a couple of hours,” he said. Arem is no stranger to children’s radio. In the 1990s, he hosted a children’s radio program in Los Angeles that featured celebrities such as Mr. Rogers, Cheech Marin and Raffi. “Our motto is to be a kid-friendly radio program that won’t drive the adults or parents up the wall,” Arem said. And the parents are definitely on board. As their children sat in the studio, earphones on and talking into their microphones, parents sat in the small room next door, listening to their show. “This opportunity to be on the air — it’s a great opportunity for kids to say what they want to say and be heard,” said Chad Stewart, Alex Stewart’s father. “It just proves there are a lot of bright kids out there.” Stewart has seen his son improve on the airwaves — from the times he was too nervous to speak on the air to this day, when he was telling stories about campfires and asking questions about kids programming to guest Jason Urroz of Kids in Parks. “Having his friend here definitely helps,” Stewart said of Caroline Hardy. Hardy’s father said the radio opportunity is a great chance for his daughter to learn more about thinking quickly on her feet. “I tell her this isn’t like being on the morning news — nobody can see her,” he said. “So she has to give more than one-word answers.”


From left, Caroline Hardy and Alex Stewart co-host the T-Bone Radio Active Kids radio show on Asheville FM.

Parkway, with guest speaker Urroz talking about all the programs for kids in the area parks. The show, which targets children 5-12 years old, aims to cover a variety of top-

ics, Arem said. “One of the things I like about having children in the studio is that they can help ask questions, help come up with ideas, and help interview the guests,” “It’s a great Arem said. opportunity And on this particfor kids to say ular Saturday, Hardy what they want and Stewart were to say and be asking away. heard.” As they read from their prepared notes, CHAD STEWART, they asked about upFATHER OF DJ ALEX coming programs, STEWART how to play Frisbee golf, and what they should do if they see a bear. Between talking segments, they played music from Arem’s personal collection, as they got ready for the next segment. “I’d definitely like to do it again,” Hardy said, as she adjusted her mike, rustled her papers back into order, and slipped back on her earphones.

Kids ask the questions The content of the show is broken down into themes. On this certain Saturday, it was all about the Blue Ridge



Kids page



Word search


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1. Edible root of Pacific islands 5. ___ Wiedersehen, good bye 8. Type of ski lift 12. Arabian chieftain 13. European sea eagle 14. Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest character 15. ____ David 16. No volume 17. Encyclopedia Brown’s first name 18. Tolkien fairy tale 20. Bring home the bacon 21. Pertaining to the ear 22. ___-been 23. Like Scrooge of “Christmas Carol” 26. Harry Potter’s aunt 30. Base of the decimal system 31. Doyle’s detective 34. Orange cover 35. Mount Etna may do this 37. Rowboat propeller 38. Girlfriend of No. 36 Down 39. 43,560 square feet 40. Military offensive 42. Food morsel 43. Water running with the wind 45. C. S. Lewis’ fantasy realm 47. Old English for before 48. Veil fabric 50. Prefix for “beyond” 52. Medal for distinguished American picture book 56. Elect or appoint 57. One of British Isles 58. ACL location 59. Long bones of forearms 60. It’s often shed when one’s upset 61. South American potato, pl. 62. “____ there, done that” 63. It turns a prince into a princess 64. Parents are alone when it’s empty

11. Scottish hero Rob 13. Fertilized egg 14. Sheep sound 19. Should 22. The Chiffons hit “___ So Fine” 23. Take a base 24. 9 a.m. prayer 25. Become hardened to 26. Heart of Inca empire 27. Sheer silky fabric 28. Lemur from Madagascar 29. Inner shrines of ancient temples 32. Describes Ranger who rode Silver 33. Sea in Spain 36. Hook’s rival

38. Pinocchio’s prison? 40. Lyric poem 41. More than snide 44. Extremely angry 46. Suppose 48. Greek amphorae, e.g. 49. Palm leafs used for writing 50. North or South end 51. First-rate 52. Repeat a passage 53. Fairy-tale opening 54. Black or green, hot or cold 55. It can be written or oral 56. Mowgli in “The Jungle Book,” e.g.

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1. Consideration in dealing with others 2. Wet nurse 3. Coating of ice particles 4. Oliver Twist, e.g. 5. Island resort in Netherlands Antilles 6. “_____ we meet again” 7. Hairy on a hobbit 8. It’s on Stevenson’s island 9. Pet sticker 10. Shakespeare’s “at another time”



Anna-Kate, 8, and Alex Self, 4, of Asheville, make a dragon in the snow. They got creative and painted "Golden" the dragon with some poster paint and water mixed in a spray bottle. Submitted by mom Kelli.

Campbell Dickelman, 6, plays in the snow. She lives in Arden. Submitted by Kristyn Dickelman.

Ruby Gaddy, 2, of Asheville, checks out a sandbox. Her mom, Chantal Saunders, submitted the photo.


We welcome photos of your children. Send high-resolution images, along with names, ages and hometowns of everyone pictured. Include your name, address and phone number. Send to Katie Wadington by e-mail at or to WNC Parent Photos, P.O. Box 2090, Asheville, NC 28802.

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area story times Asheville Art Museum

March 2: The Art Museum is an official site for NEA Read Across America Day. Story time, 11 a.m.-noon. The museum is at Pack Place, downtown Asheville.

Buncombe County Public Libraries

For more information visit governing/depts/Library/default.asp. March 16: Bilingual Story Time: 6:30 p.m. Weaverville Library, 41 N. Main St. Call 250-6482. Mother Goose Time (ages 4-18 months) 11 a.m. Mondays: West Asheville 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays: Fairview 11 a.m. Wednesdays: Swannanoa, Weaverville 11 a.m. Thursdays: Oakley 11:30 a.m. Thursdays: Enka-Candler Toddler Time (ages 18-36 months) 10 a.m. Wednesdays: North Asheville 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays: Fairview, Skyland/South Buncombe 11 a.m. Wednesdays: West Asheville 10 a.m. Thursdays: Swannanoa 10:30 a.m. Thursdays: Black Mountain, Enka-Candler 11 a.m. Thursdays: Weaverville (first Thursday only) Story time (ages 3-5) 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays: Weaverville 10 a.m. Wednesdays: Oakley 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays: Black Mountain, EnkaCandler, Leicester 11 a.m. Wednesdays: East Asheville, North Asheville 10:30 a.m. Thursdays: Fairview, Skyland/South Buncombe 11 a.m. Thursdays: Swannanoa, West Asheville 11 a.m. Saturdays: East Asheville School-age story time (ages 5-7) 3:15 p.m. Thursdays: North Asheville Family story time 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays: Weaverville Storyline Call 251-5437 for a story anytime.

Haywood County Public Library

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Henderson County Public Library

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Barnes & Noble

Asheville Mall, 3 S. Tunnel Road, 296-7335 Ongoing story times: 11 a.m. Mondays (toddlers) and 2 p.m. Saturdays (young readers). Biltmore Park, 33 Town Square Blvd., 687-0681. Ongoing story times: 11 a.m. Wednesdays (toddlers) and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Spellbound Children’s Bookshop

19 Wall St., 232-2228, Story time Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. (ages 3-5) and 3:30 p.m. (ages 5-7). Free.



librarian’s picks

New books reveal world of fairies By Jennifer Prince Buncombe County Public Libraries Children who thrive on stories about tiny, gossamer-winged beings flitting about in woodland scenes will be enchanted with two new picture books. “Come to the Fairies’ Ball” by veteran author Jane Yolen relates a time of great excitement. The fairies have been invited to a ball. In rhyming quatrains, Yolen describes the flurry of activity to get ready: “Where are my boots? And where is my crown? And please tell me, where is my spider-web gown?” After much ado, all of the fairies are ready except for one. This fairy has a dress, but it is ragged. She is too embarrassed to go to the ball. It is not a fairy godmother who comes to her rescue, but a few industrious ants. They encourage her to make a new dress. Using her creativity and skill, she fashions a lush green and yellow ball gown out of ferns, flower petals, vines, and other small foliage. Everyone has a great time at the ball — especially this fairy. She meets the


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Fairy Prince and they fall in love, of course. Artist Gary Lippincott’s watercolor illustrations for “Come to the Fairies’ Ball” are brilliantly imagined. Each page is rich in lively, intricate detail. The illustrations reveal tiny stories going on amid the larger, narrated one. Children will enjoy spotting a fairy riding on a snail, and another fairy arriving at the ball in a coach pulled by a groundhog. While just about every color can be found in the pictures, subtle washes of yellow add light, warmth and a visual sense of continuity. Equally delightful is Ammi-Joan Paquette’s new “The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies.” Paquette ushers readers right in to her adventure by asking them to go with her as she looks for clues that fairies might be nearby. A backyard walk yields several possible hiding places: a bed of tulips, a rock, a stream, a tree stump. But so far, no fairies. Then, just when it is time to go home, something magical happens. Christa Unzner’s unique illustrations are beguiling. She uses a blend of photography and drawing to create a backyard where anything can happen. In a close-up photo of tall grass, fairies can be seen climbing around. In a close-up photo of tulips, fairies can be seen hiding and peeking. Periodically, human children’s hands and feet can be seen as they tiptoe around, looking for fairies. Throughout, it is evident to the reader that the children are looking in all the right places, but the fairies are just tricky enough to remain hidden. These books are available through the Buncombe County Public Libraries. Visit

home-school happenings

Being a mom is exhausting, inspiring and humbling By Nicole McKeon WNC Parent columnist

Being a mom is often exhausting. There. I said it. To be a mom, and to do a good job of it, requires endless amounts of energy, patience, love, understanding, compassion and the ability to bake 24 cupcakes at a moment’s notice. This is something that all moms share — home-schooling, public-schooling, private-schooling, unschooling, doesn’t matter. It is an adventure into the wild with the limited tools you bring to the job. (Hand sanitizer and paper towels are a must.) I am a reader, and as a young mom I read every child care expert book I could get my hands on. My husband would look at me, behind my book, and roll his eyes. What was I looking for? The ultimate instruction manual. The one that told me how to do everything right, so my children would grow up to be happy, successful and confident adults. So they would turn out better than me. I haven’t found the manual yet. And now I realize, as a more experienced mom, that the manual doesn’t exist. At least not in written form. I am the manual. Who knows my children better than me? No one. Most people will tell you that the key to being a good mom is remembering to take time for yourself. I don’t buy it. Yes, of course we all need time to ourselves, and common sense would tell us that we each need whatever it is that we require to recharge. But, I don’t believe that thinking about ourselves more is what it takes to be a good mom. I think there are a lot of moms who spend too much time thinking about themselves, and not enough time thinking about what’s good for their kids.

HOME-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES March 9, Asheville Art Museum: For firstto fifth-graders, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $4. Call 253-3227, ext. 121 or 122, or e-mail Visit March 10, The Health Adventure: For ages 5-7, Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog. Ages 8-10 focuses on Forces and Motion. 1:30-2:30 p.m. $7 per child, $5.50 for members. Call 254-6373, ext. 316. Visit March 18, Colburn Earth Science Museum: For first- to third-graders. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Topic is “What’s the Matter?” $5 for members, $6 for nonmembers. Call 2547162 or visit I know this is not a popular opinion. I realize that this makes people feel bad. But, the truth is, it’s hard to spend a lot of time with your kids. It’s also wonderful, and humbling and educational and awe-inspiring. It’s also exhausting. And, I am exhausted, so perhaps this is an indicator that I am doing a good job? When you home-school, you spend a lot of time together. A lot of time. It’s one of the things you learn to love and also one of the biggest challenges. You really get to know your kids, your spouse and yourself. It has made me realize that all moms, all families, are really just works in progress. When you put your family in the incubator of home education, it really shines a light on your strengths and your weaknesses. I am inspired to use my new insight to make better choices, and set a better example. I am trying to be the best mom I can be. Will this make my kids happy, confident and successful adults? There are no guarantees. I am writing the manual. I am exhausted, but I am hopeful. And hope is a great energizer. Nicole McKeon is a home-schooling mom in Asheville. Contact her at



Slow cook an ethnic dinner Gannett News Service When slow cookers were introduced in the ’70s, they built a reputation as stodgy workhorses, dishing up beef stews as soft as baby food and ribs with meat that slid off the bone in gooey clumps. The tradeoff for convenience was bland dishes. Today, slow cookers still do most of the work, but they’re dishing up spicy meals from around the globe. Improved technology and a library of slow-cookery cookbooks make it easy to turn out top-notch slowcooker ethnic dishes, from Pacific Rim braised short ribs to chicken tagine to Chinese braised chicken to Italian beef braciole. The beef-chuck, potato and carrot ingredients of yesteryear have been replaced by such international ingredients as hoisin sauce, lemon zest and pecorino-Romano cheese. “Every cuisine has traditional meals that take hours to cook, so it only makes sense to use the slow cooker for dishes that have been ethnic favorites for generations,” says Diane Phillips, author of the recently published “Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever” (Chronicle Books, 2009, $24.95). But slow cookers can’t do everything. A slow cooker doesn’t roast, sauté or fry. Simply put, it cooks food slowly in liquid. That’s why slow-cooker versions of ethnic dishes generally require less liquid than if cooking on the stovetop or in the oven, Phillips said. Contrary to the mindset of the past, when cooking times were vague and dishes came out gray or unappealing, timing is critical, especially for ethnic dishes. “The dump-and-run theory has been proven wrong. You need quality ingredients to bring out the global flavors, and you need to pay attention to how long something needs to cook,” Phillips says.


Fruited chicken tagine

8 chicken thighs, skin and bones removed 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cayenne 1/4 cup olive oil 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1/4 cup dried apricots, cut into quarters 1/2 cup dried plums 1/4 cup orange juice Grated zest of one orange 1 1/2 cups chicken broth 1/4 cup water mixed with 2 tablespoons cornstarch 3 cups cooked couscous Sprinkle the chicken with the salt and cayenne. Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the chicken a few pieces at a time and brown on all sides. Transfer the browned chicken to the insert of a 5- to 7-quart slow cooker. Add the onion, turmeric, garlic, cumin, ginger and brown sugar to the skillet and saute until the onion begins to soften, about 4 minutes. Transfer the contents of the skillet to the slow-cooker insert. Add apricots, plums, orange juice, orange zest and broth to the cooker. Cover and cook on high heat for 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours, until the chicken is tender and the fruit is plump. Stir in the cornstarch mixture and cook for an additional 30-45 minutes, until the sauce is thickened. Serve the chicken, fruit and sauce over a bed of the couscous. Makes 6 servings. Source: “Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever”

Chinese braised chicken

1 cup chopped onions 3-pound package chicken parts 1 cup water 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce 2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger 2 tablespoons sugar 1 clove garlic, crushed Salt and pepper to taste Chinese relish: 1 cup finely chopped green onions 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil 1 tablespoon rice-wine vinegar or sherry Toasted sesame seeds (optional, garnish) Place onion in slow cooker; add chicken. In a small bowl, combine water, soy sauce, ginger, sugar and garlic; pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low setting for 6 to 7 hours. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Combine ingredients for Chinese relish. Sprinkle chicken with sesame seeds and serve with relish. Makes 5 to 6 servings. Source: “Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever”

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divorced families

Camp can help child of divorce By Trip Woodard WNC Parent columnist I have fond memories of going to camp as a child. Granted, this was during the Jurassic period, but when I wasn’t running from a pack of velociraptors (usually disguised as camp counselors), I was happy making things like clay ash trays. As a single father, I sent my son to camp with mixed feelings — for me, not for him. My mixed emotions had to do with how camps have become so much more specialized and that quality control can be tricky as a result. You may, for example, spend a lot of money on a hightech sports camp only to find out that it is staffed by people who don’t truly know children. I sent my son to one such camp (which will go unnamed), where the personnel knew a lot about certain sports, but nothing about managing simple childhood issues like homesickness. Lesson learned from that one: Check out references! So, what should one know about camps and families going through the transition of divorce? First, camps can indeed be both a good experience and promote healing for divorcing families. Children can make new friends and grow their selfesteem through learning competency in various sports, arts or crafts. It is an unfortunate reality that single parents can sometimes fuel unhealthy anxiety in their children by encouraging excessive “clinginess.” There is a line between comforting your child and promoting the idea that the world is always


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out to get you and can’t be trusted. Children need to learn judgment, not blind fear, from their parents as they try new life experiences. Second, don’t be intimidated by the listed price of a camp. Ask for scholarships if you need them. Some of the very best local camps I know of offer such programs. Just keep in mind that scholarships may be limited, so the earlier you apply, the better your odds at getting financial support. Third, what types of camp experience might your child enjoy? Examples could include Bug Camp at UNC Asheville (the title explains the camp); Wilderness Trail, where you spend a week on the Appalachian Trail (sponsored by several local church groups like Central United Methodist); a drama camp (no, this isn’t divorce court); Project SOAR, which has offered some Outward Bound-style experiences for youngsters, and the list goes on. These camps mentioned and others can all be checked out initially through the Internet (if you don’t own a computer, remember that the public library has them). There are also camps designed for therapeutic purposes, such as for ADHD or autism, which may accept insurance reimbursement for payment. If your child sees a therapist, he or she should be able to obtain a list of camps appropriate for your child’s diagnosis. There are so many choices in camp experiences, and overnight camps are not necessarily better than or more beneficial than day camps. You have to factor in the age of your children and their particular activity interests in making the best selection. And be aware that letting your child stay at home all summer long playing video games in the basement does not constitute camp. What about camps for the divorcing adults? There are actually some listed nationally to encourage dialogues between separated parents, but none local (though some of my clients have suggested paintball courses). But, then, I can’t imagine that would encourage constructive dialogues. Trip Woodard is a licensed family and marriage therapist and a clinical member of the N.C. Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Contact him at 6068607.



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Things to do

The deadline to submit items for April’s calendar is March 10. Send event information to

March 1

Food allergy group

COCOA — Caring for Children with food Allergies — is a free group for parents of food allergic children that meets at 6:45 p.m. the first Monday of the month at Earth Fare on Hendersonville Road in South Asheville. E-mail Kristie at

Starts March 1 Art classes

Roots + Wings School of Art offers weekly art sessions for children ages 7-10, from 3:45-4:45 p.m. Mondays, March 1-22, or Wednesdays, March 3-24. $50 plus $10 supply fee. Sibling discount. Classes held at the Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village. Call 545-4827 or visit

March 1-4

‘Aristocats!’ auditions

Asheville Arts Center is auditioning children ages 4-7 for “Aristocats!” From 3:30-4:30 p.m. March 1 and 3 at the North location, behind Atlanta Bread Co. on Merrimon Avenue, and 3:30-4:30 p.m. March 2 and 4 at the South location, 10 Miller Ave. Call 2534000.

March 2

Knitting groups

◆ Skyland Library Knitters, 6-8 p.m. Call 250-6488. ◆ Swannanoa Library Knitters, 5-7 p.m. Call 2506486.

March 2-18

NAMI BASICS education program

NAMI WNC is offering a free six-session family education class for parents and primary caregivers about children and teens with behavioral and emotional issues including ADD, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, anxiety disorders, major depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, more. Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Call Donna at 684-5477 or Jeannie at 664-1146. Course description available at


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March 3May 5 Lifeguard training

YWCA of Asheville and American Red Cross offer training for lifeguards, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays at YWCA, 185 S. French Broad Ave., Asheville. $185. Call 254-7206, ext. 110, to register.

March 4

Francine Delany school open house


Francine Delany New The YWCA is offering School for Children, at American Red Cross 119 Brevard Road in lifeguard training from West Asheville, is March 3-May 5. holding an informational meeting for prospective families from 6-7:30 p.m. Call Nancy at 236-9441, ext. 0, or visit

Girl Scout program at The Health Adventure

Junior Girl Scouts can earn the “Making It Matter” badge through science experiments with slime, circuitry and more. Runs 3:15-5:15 at the museum, 2 S. Pack Square. Cost is $6 per scout. Call 2546373, ext. 327, or visit

‘How to Become a Foster Parent’

Buncombe County DSS hosts an information session on foster parenting. Learn the steps needed to become a foster parent and get questions answered. To sign up, call Erica Jourdan at 250-5868 or e-mail

March 4 and 11 Childbirth class

A two-session class for expectant parents covering the labor and delivery process, relaxation, breathing patterns, birth options, positioning and comfort measures. Bring two pillows and a blanket. Also includes tour of the Pardee Women and Children’s Center. Runs 6:30-9 p.m. March 4 and 11. Cost is $40, or free with Medicaid. Registration required. At Pardee Hospital Orientation Classroom, 800 N. Justice St., Hendersonville. Call 866-790-WELL.

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Bryce Lotz, Sam Bible-Sullivan, Sarah Plaut, and Jean Louise Webb perform in Asheville Community Theatre’s production of “The Boxcar Children.”

March 5-21

‘The Boxcar Children’

Asheville Community Theatre presents the play “The Boxcar Children,” based on the books by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Orphaned and in danger of being sent to different foster homes, the four siblings run away and make their home in an abandoned railroad boxcar. Pursued by the authorities and a mysterious stranger, the children discover the rewards and perils of life on the run, as well as the joy of keeping their family together. For tickets and information, visit

March 6

Healthy Parks, Healthy You 5K Fun Run

Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Services hosts the first Healthy Parks, Healthy You 5K Fun Run at 10 a.m. at Buncombe County Sports Park in Candler. All ages, jogging strollers welcome. Free. Contact Jay Nelson at 250-4260 or

Paintball outing

Waynesville Parks and Recreation will offer a paintball package including an all-day pass, 500 paintballs, gear, and transportation. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $30 per person for Waynesville Recreation Center members ($40 nonmembers). Call 456-2030 or e-mail

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calendar of events swimming, arts and crafts, inflatable obstacle course, snacks and a movie. Register online or in person (at least 24 hours before scheduled program). Offered 6:30-9:30 p.m. the third Friday of each month. Cost is $12 for members ($24 nonmembers), with $2 sibling discounts for everyone. Call 210-5622 or visit

Starts March 6

Tots on Toes Ballet Workshop

Tots on Toes offers ballet workshops Saturdays, March 6-27. Mommy and Me pre-school class (ages 2-3), 10-10:30 a.m. Preschool class (age 3), 10:3011:15 a.m. Preschool class (ages 4-5), 11:15 a.m.noon. $35. At the Stoney Mountain Activity Center in Henderson County. Contact Dory Jones at 684-9201 or or visit

March 6-7

Empowered Birthing childbirth class

Weekend intensive childbirth class offered by The Women’s Wellness and Education Center. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 6 and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. March 7. $175. At 24 Arlington St., Asheville. Call Trish, 231-9227.

SOCCER REGISTRATION Upward soccer: Registration is open through March 16 for kindergarten-sixth grade boys and girls at the Biltmore Baptist Church or online at Registration is $70 before March 8, and each additional child receives a $10 discount. Call 687-1111, ext. 112, or YMCA soccer: Registration is open through March 22 for spring soccer at the YMCA Youth Services Center, 201 Beaverdam Road. The season is eight weeks, with practices once during the week and Saturday games. Cost: $70 members, $90 nonmembers (includes jersey, trophy, and end of season celebration). Contact Brennan Splain at 777-6035 or

March 6-April 17

ROYAL Book Club

Super Saturday is UNC Asheville’s six-week academic enrichment program third- to eighth-graders. Courses cover math, physics, computer music, photography, pottery, bookmaking and more. Class runs Saturday mornings. Visit

March 8

Super Saturday

March 7

Breast-feeding and Newborn Parenting class

Learn about breast-feeding at parenting a newborn, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at The Women’s Wellness and Education Center, 24 Arlington St., Asheville. $25. Call Holly Mason, 250-0226.

Readers of Young Adult Literature Book Club for adults to discuss young adult books at 4 p.m. at Spellbound Children’s Bookshop, 19 Wall St. March selection is “Fire,” by Kristin Cashore. Call 232-2228.

Preschool open house

Merrimon Avenue Baptist Church Preschool will host an open house at 6 p.m. The school is enrolling for ages 1 to pre-kindergarten. Classes from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays. Children ages 3-5 meet Mondays also. $15 per day. Call Sara Calloway at 252-2768, ext. 315, or e-mail

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Park Ridge Hospital Baby Place classes

Call 681-BABY to register. The hospital is at 100 Hospital Drive, Hendersonville. ◆ Childbirth class: One-day class meets 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $90 per couple. ◆ Sibling class: Class designed to help the soon-tobe big brother and/or sister get ready for the new baby. Includes a craft, a big sister/big brother T-shirt, and tour of the Baby Place. $25. Runs 7-8 p.m. ◆ Infant/pregnancy massage class: Class designed for pregnant women and their partners/birthing partners. Learn various massage techniques to help mom to relax and ease her discomforts in pregnancy and labor. Bring two large towels and two pillows. $125. Starts at 6 p.m.

March 9

Sit and Knit

Weaverville Library offers knitting and needlework for all levels, 3 p.m., 41 N. Main St. Call 250-6482.

March 10

Holistic Parenting Forum

The Holistic Parenting Forum is a free group that meets monthly to provide support, education and resources for a diverse community of parents committed to natural living. All meetings take place on the second Wednesday of every month at Earth Fare in West Asheville from 6-8 p.m. Children are wel-


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Odyssey Community School open house

Odyssey Community School is hosting an open house, 5:30-7:30 p.m., for the 2010-11 school year (preschool to high school) and its summer adventure camps and classes (June 7-Aug. 13). At 90 Zillicoa Street, Asheville. Call 259-3653 or visit

Origami Folding Frenzy

Learn new folds, share favorites, and meet fellow origami enthusiasts. All levels welcome. Cost is museum admission. From 4-5 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at The Health Adventure, 2 S. Pack Place. Call 254-6373 or visit

Starts March 11

Musical theater class

Asheville Community Theatre offers a class in musical theater for ages 10-18. Thursdays, 4:30-6:30 p.m., March 11-May 13. . Visit or call 254-1320.

March 11-21

‘Schoolhouse Rock Live!’

YouTheatre of Flat Rock Playhouse presents “School-

house Rock Live!,” the stage adaptation of the awardwinning cartoon series. Performances are March 11-14 and 18-21, at 4 p.m. Thursdays, 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $18 for adults, $10 for students and children. Call 693-0731 or 866-7328008 or visit

March 12

Parents’ Night Out

Fired Up! Creative Lounge, 26 Wall St. in downtown Asheville, offers a Parents’ Night Out from 6-9 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 will paint a bisque piece, have pizza and play games. $25 per child. Call 253-8181 for reservations.

March 12-27

Henderson County art exhibit

The Arts Council of Henderson County presents “The Art of our Children – Elementary School Exhibit,” in the D. Samuel Neill Gallery, 538 N. Main St., second floor, Hendersonville. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Free. E-mail or call 693-8504.

1 p.m. at Hendersonville First Baptist Church gym, Fourth Avenue. Call 693-8312.

Family Day Hike

Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department is offering a family day hike at the Rough Creek Watershed. Transportation provided. Leave Waynesville Recreation Center. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Participants will need to bring lunch and water. $5 per person for center members ($15 nonmembers). Call 456-2030 or e-mail

Shamrock Run

Asheville Catholic School hosts the fourth-annual Shamrock Run, 5K, 10K and 1-mile fun run races. Events begin and end at school, off Beaverdam Road. Pick up a brochure at area running stores or call the school for details at 252-7896.

March 14

Daylight Saving Time

Set clocks ahead an hour at 2 a.m.

Harlem Globetrotters

The Harlem Globetrotters perform at 3 p.m. at Asheville Civic Center. Tickets start at $20 and are available at

March 13

Children’s Super Sale

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March 15

Childbirth refresher class

This class is designed for a couple that just needs a brush up on labor and birth choices. The class covers relaxation techniques, birthing options, pain relief techniques, medications and medical procedures, as well as a tour of Park Ridge Hospital’s Baby Place. Runs 5:30-8:30 p.m. $55. Call 681-BABY to register. At 100 Hospital Drive, Hendersonville.

March 17

St. Patrick’s Clay Day

Kids ages 6-12 can shake off the boredom and express themselves in clay on an early release day from school. $35. From 2-4 p.m. at Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts, 238 Clingman Ave. Call 285-0210 or visit

Swannanoa Library Knitters

Casual knitting and needlework group for all skill levels, 5-7 p.m. Call 250-6486.

March 18

Breast-feeding class

Learn the art of breast-feeding. Class covers breastfeeding basics to help give moms a good start. From 6:30-8 p.m. at Pardee Hospital, education classrooms, 800 N. Justice St., Hendersonville. Call 866-790-WELL. Free. Registration is not required.

Daddy Duty class

Helpful ideas and tips for dads during the labor and birth process. At 6:30-8 p.m. at Pardee Hospital, Video Conference Room, 800 N. Justice St., Hendersonville. Free. Registration not required. Call 866-790-WELL.

March 19

Mothers of Multiples’ rummage sale

Asheville Mothers of Multiples’ Spring Rummage Sale offers gently used baby and children’s clothes, toys, books and equipment, maternity clothes, and yard sale items. Early bird sale, 7-7:30 a.m., with $1 admission. Regular sale, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (free). Items half-price from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Cash and credit only. At Blue Ridge Motion Pictures, 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Asheville.

Weaverville Library Teens

Weaverville Library’s Teen Awesome Group is seeking input from kids ages 12-18. What programs would they like the library to have? Speak out at the next meeting, at 4 p.m. Call 250-6482 or e-mail

YMCA parents’ night out

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March 20

Spare Me Bowling Tournament

Support Special Olympics Buncombe County by bowling with a team. Family games, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Adult games, 5-8 p.m. At AMF Star lanes, 491 Kenilworth Road, Asheville. $20 per person, five-person teams. Fee includes two games, shoe rental and T-shirt. Sign up at

March 21

Joyful Noise showcase and raffle

Joyful Noise Community Music and Arts Center’s students will show what the center offers, from chamber music to clogging, drama and more. All ages. At 2:30 p.m. at Grey Eagle Music Hall. Free. Joyful Noise is raffling a queen-size log cabin quilt to raise money for music and art scholarships. Drawing at the showcase. Winner need not be present. Raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $25. Tickets available until March 15 from Joyful Noise faculty, students/families, and at these businesses: Shop Around the Corner, Zuma Coffee in Marshall, Soli Classica, Acoustic Corner, and West Asheville Music and Art. Visit

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MOMS GROUPS A sampling of support groups for moms in WNC. Arden Moms Meetup Group: A group for stay-at-home moms of preschoolers or babies in the Arden/South Asheville/Fletcher area. Visit or contact Susan Toole at Asheville Moms with Multiples: Group for moms with multiples meets 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the Women’s Resource Center on Doctors Drive, behind Mission Hospital. Call 444AMOM or visit ! Biltmore Baptist MOPS: MOPS is for all mothers of children from infancy to kindergarten. Meetings are 9:30-11:30 a.m. the first, third and fifth Wednesday of each month at Biltmore Baptist Church, 35 Clayton Road, Arden. Call 687-1111, e-mail or visit La Leche League of Asheville: Pregnant moms, babies and toddlers welcome at all meetings. Monday morning group meets at 10 a.m. the second Monday of the month at First Congregational Church on Oak Street. Contact a leader: Susan, 628-4438, Jessica, 242-6531, Falan, 683-1999, or Tamara, 505-1379. Monday evening group meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of the month at Awakening Heart on Merrimon Avenue. Contact a leader: Yvette, 254-5591, or Molly, 713-7089. La Leche League of Hendersonville: Meets at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville, 2021 Kanuga Road. Babies and toddlers welcome. Contact a leader: Andrea 676-6047, Katie 808-1490, or MC 693-9899. Mom2mom: Christian moms group meets at St. Paul’s Church, 32 Rosscraggon Road, Rosscraggon Business Park Building B, Asheville. Moms with any age children are welcome. Call 388-3598. Mommy and Me: Park Ridge Hospital offers a support group for moms at 10 a.m. the fourth Monday of the month. Contact Amy Mast at 216-7244. The hospital offers a luncheon for moms and babies, noon-1 p.m. the third Monday of the month, at the hospital’s private dining room. Call 681-2229. MOMS Club of Hendersonville: A support group open to mothers of all ages in the Henderson County area, including mothers who have home-based businesses and those who work part-time but are home with their children during the day. Meets 9:30 a.m. the first Thursday of the month at Hendersonville Church of Christ, 1975 Haywood Road, Hendersonville. Children welcome. Call Kerry at 692-7724 or visit Montreat/Black Mountain MOPS: Meets 9-11 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Black Mountain United Methodist Church, 101 Church St. Free child care available. Call Michelle at 6698012, ext. 4001, to reserve a spot. North Asheville MOPS: Meets 9:30-11:30 a.m. the first Monday of each month at Maranatha Baptist Church, 1040 Lower Flat Creek Road, Weaverville. Contact Jennifer Warner at 423-6180 or Liban Morris at



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Starts March 22 YWCA swim lessons

The YWCA of Asheville offers swim lessons for all skill levels, from 6 months to adults. Join at any point in the session. At 185 S. French Broad Ave., Asheville. Call 254-7206 or visit

March 23

Knitting groups

◆ Black Mountain Library Knitters: knitting and needlework for all skill levels, 6:30 p.m., at the new Black Mountain Yarn Shop, 203-A W. State St. Call 250-4756 or the yarn shop at 669-7570. ◆ Weaverville Library Sit and Knit: knitting and needlework for all levels, 3 p.m., 41 N. Main St. Call 250-6482.

March 24

Breast-feeding class

Park Ridge Hospital’s Baby Place offers a workshop teaching the benefits of breast-feeding, feeding patterns, proper latch and positioning. At 7 p.m. Call 681-BABY to register. Cost is $25. The hospital is at 100 Hospital Drive, Hendersonville.

March 25

Foster parent training session

Buncombe County DSS starts it spring training session for prospective foster parents. The 30-hour training is designed to help individuals and families decide if they would like to become foster parents. Course is free. To sign up, call Erica Jourdan at 250-5868 or e-mail familiesforkids@

Infant care class

Pardee Hospital offers a course on infant care from A to Z. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Pardee, education classrooms, 800 N. Justice St., Hendersonville. Free. Registration not required. Call 866-790-WELL.

Peaceful Beginning forums

Peaceful Beginning Doulas offers a free Normal Labor and Birth Forum at 7 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at the Wellness center on the Mission Hospital campus. The forums are offered “birth circle” style and are open to all pregnant women and everyone who provides labor support. March’s topic is “Movement and Labor Positions to Help Baby Descend for a Normal Birth.” Visit or call Cheryl Orengo at 258-3327.

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Lifeguard training

YWCA of Asheville and American Red Cross offer training for lifeguards at YWCA, 185 S. French Broad Ave., Asheville. $185. Call 254-7206, ext. 110, to register.


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March 27

Babysitter’s Training class

For children ages 11-15. Learn how to care for a child. Basic first aid included. Dress comfortable and bring lunch. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Asheville-Mountain Area Chapter, American Red Cross, 100 Edgewood Road, Asheville. $45. For details and to register, visit and click on “Take a Class” or call 258-3888.

‘Zane’s Trace’ book release party

House Infant Toddler Program. Donations for the sale will be accepted 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday through April 9. Contact Caroline Rasch at 2530701, ext. 109, or


Swannanoa Valley Montessori School registration

Registration continues for the 2010-11 school year at Swannanoa Valley Montessori School, which serves ages 18 months-sixth grade. Preschool is at 130

Center Ave., Black Mountain. Elementary students are at Carver Community Center in Black Mountain, with future plans to move those ages to a new site in Asheville. Visit, call 669-8571 or e-mail

T-Bone’s Radio Active Kids

Kid-friendly radio, hosted by Asheville-area kids from 8-10 a.m. Saturdays on

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Local poet and author Allen Wolf will read and discuss his award-winning novel, “Zane’s Trace.” Interactive presentation and refreshments, with signing to follow. At 3 p.m. at Spellbound Children’s Bookshop, 19 Wall St. Call 232-2228.

March 30

Leicester Library Knitters

For all skill levels, 6:30-8 p.m., 1561 Alexander Road. Call 250-6480.

March 30-May 15

Mountain bike program

Fletcher Parks and Recreation offers a mountain bike program for kids ages 11-15. Meets 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at various locations (Fletcher Park, Jackson Park, Patton Park, etc.). Learn topics like gear usage, controlled braking, maintenance, uphill/downhill riding, jumping, more. Trail rides offered on certain Saturdays. $40. Contact Chris Wiener at 687-0751 or Visit

March 31

Infant CPR class

Park Ridge Hospital’s Baby Place offers a class on infant CPR at 7 p.m. Call 681-BABY to register.

April 1

MOMS Club of Hendersonville open house

MOMS Club of Hendersonville hosts its annual open house and Easter egg hunt, with food, prizes and a chance to meet other at-home moms. At 9:30 a.m. at annex building of Hendersonville Church of Christ, 1972 Haywood Road, Hendersonville. Call Kerry at 692-7724 or Liz at 595-4165, or visit

April 11-12

Kids’ Stuff Rummage Sale

The Asheville Jewish Community Center will hold its annual Kids’ Stuff Rummage Sale with gently used children’s clothing, equipment, toys, books and more from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 11, with a half-price sale 7:30-11 a.m. April 12. At 236 Charlotte St. Proceeds benefit the JCC’s early childhood programs, including the new Shalom Preschool, Shalom Children’s Center Early Childhood Education Program and Hilde’s



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Mindbender Mansion

The Health Adventure’s new exhibit, through May 5, is Mindbender Mansion, an eclectic place full of brainteasers and interactive challenges guaranteed to test the brain power and problem solving skills of even the most experienced puzzlers. Call 254-6373 or visit

Flu vaccinations

Buncombe County Department of Health is offering H1N1 flu vaccine by appointment to anyone age 6 months or older. Seasonal flu vaccinations up to age 18. Call 259-3000 to schedule. Free.

‘The Scoop on Poop’

N.C. Arboretum presents an exhibit on “the science of what animals leave behind.” It explores how poop is used by animals, scientists, power companies and more. Runs through May 9 at the Baker Exhibit Center at N.C. Arboretum, off N.C. 191. Call 6652492 or visit

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