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contents This month’s features 19

Chef in the house

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Area chefs share tips on how they get their children to eat right.

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Kid-friendly meals

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Go take a hike

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Dinnertime — or breakfast or lunch — can become instantly more healthful by adding a fruit here or a veggie there. WNC is chock full of places to have fun as a family. We list some of the best places to hike with little ones.

Shape up Keeping your children from becoming overweight — or helping them get fit — is an effort the entire family needs to work on.

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25 Good reads

Try these books to introduce young readers to fitness and nutrition.

26 Running together

A Fairview church finds inspiration to hit the ground running.

Hold the meat Have a teen who wants to be a vegetarian? Just make sure they get the right nutrients.

29 Family Choice Awards

Get in the garden

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It is easy to get children involved in growing their own food. Make this the year you start a family garden.

Community efforts Programs that involve kids in outdoor activities are springing up across WNC.

When talking to my pediatrician about beginning solid foods, he recommended starting my twin girls off with the yellow vegetables when they were about 6 months old, then adding the green vegetables and lastly the fruits. This seemed to work well, as my daughters have never been picky eaters nor have they had a weight problem. Having a good eating and exercise regimen for your child from the start is a good way to combat the potential for being overweight. See our story on Page 10 for other tips. When my girls were as young as 2, their Popsie started taking them on “mini-hikes” in the Pisgah National Forest. They so enjoyed those trips that they continue to this day. My daughters have a great love of the outdoors, a respect for the environment, a good working knowledge of tree and trout names, and ability to cast a fly rod. Having such a wonderful natural resource nearby can make family hikes an easy exercise option. See our story on Page 8 for more family hiking ideas. Exercising and eating right as a family can make being healthy a terrific bonding activity. Nancy Sluder Editor

Cast your vote in our Family Choice Awards on this ballot. Try one of these 10 outdoor games to keep your little ones entertained.

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Pretty playhouse Mills River is now home to a precious playhouse that hosts tea parties for little girls.

In every issue Kids voices ......................................................28 Growing Together by Chris Worthy..........................31 Divorced Families by Trip Woodard.........................34 Show and Tell ...............................................36-37 WNCmom.com Page ...........................................38 Kids and Sports by Tom Kuyper.............................39 Parenting in a Nutshell by Doreen Nagle ................42 Story Times ......................................................50 Camp Guide 2009..............................................51 Puzzles .......................................................53-54 Calendar .....................................................55-63

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WHEN DAD (OR MOM) IS A CHEF What do the children of local culinary pros eat? By Carol Motsinger Staff writer Todd Levick, general manager of Savoy and vice president of operations for Dining Innovations, will never force his two children to eat anything. Tucker, 11, and Elizabeth, 13, are part of the process, from the shopping to the stove, he said, noting he lets them “help design the food.” “My mother force-fed me a lot of things,” Levick said. “With my kids, I never wanted to do that. I want them to want to eat, and I want them to be proud of what they are eating.” But sometimes, it’s not as easy as giving your children the power of choice to get them to eat well. And let’s face it, if given the helm on the shopping cart, your child may only fill it with candy, cereal and soda. So how do you get your children to develop healthy eating habits early? Three faces in the local restaurant industry — Levick, George Ettwein, chef and owner of The Black Forest, and Cookie Hadley, chef and owner of The Morning Glory Café in Black Mountain — shared their tips and

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Savoy chef and general manager Todd Levick and his daughter Elizabeth, 13, consider "Bulls Blood" beets at Greenlife Grocery. suggestions for feeding the young mouths at your table. Ettwein has two girls, Aliyah, 10, and Isabelle, 7, and Hadley’s daughter, Ciel, is 6.

Breakfast Levick: “My kids are not big breakfast eaters, but yogurt is always a simple quick and easy fix.” Ettwein: “Whole wheat French toast. Kids love it because they get to put

syrup on it. Calcium, protein, carbs — it’s got everything. Also, a quick omelet. You can use veggies from the night before and you can hide in the omelet,” he said. He also suggests cheesy eggs and bacon, but only once a week. Hadley: “She likes hard boiled eggs. It’s so easy you can just make a dozen eggs and peel them and keep in them in the fridge.” Ciel also likes smoked trout on a bagel with cream cheese.

Lunch Levick: “Make sure it is wholesome, nutritious and will be eaten, then worry about balanced.” When Levick packs an on-the-go lunch for his children, he chooses simple and easy foods, like cheese, fruits, almond or peanut butter and great breads. Ettwein: He always packs a sandwich on whole wheat bread. “Once you give it to them a couple

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times, they realize that it tastes good,” he said of whole wheat bread. Also, his girls always get one veggie, one fruit, a cold bottle of water, a protein and a dairy. “Orange slices are convenient,” he said. “You just put them in the box.” Hadley: “A lot of times we will have leftovers from the night before. … [Ciel] loves quiche. It’s a great way to sneak in things like broccoli, greens and onions.”

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Snacks Levick: “I am a firm believer that children can and want to eat healthy; it makes them feel better. Eliminate the junk and fill them with quality products, they will immediately feel more energized and need less to satisfy them. It’s getting back to basics — local, natural, organic, etc. — the way food was intended to be eaten and nurture the soul.” Ettwein: “Fruit is a great snack. Pickles are great for kids, especially sweet ones.” He also recommends all-fruit popsicles. Hadley: “We have carrots, celery, bell Tucker Levick, 11, whose father is a Savoy chef and general manager, and his friend Eliot peppers and cucumbers with dipping Koerner, 12, of Florida, pick out some broccoli at Greenlife Grocery. sauce. Also, quesadillas are a way to throw in some greens.”

Dinner Levick: “Work around their limits and slowly introduce flavor combinations of individual items that they enjoy separately into a meal that the whole family will enjoy. Again use local, wholesome — organic or at least all-natural whenever possible — ingredients and teach them how to eat, not what to eat.” Hadley: “We kind of have a rule that she has to at least try things. What ends up happening a lot of times, she gets surprised and likes it.” Ettwein: “Kids are just like adult

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people when they go out to eat — they eat with their eyes. I use a little plate presentation with the kids, and that helps. If it looks like a glop of gloop, they aren’t going to eat it. … If you make it look pretty and if you put your heart and care in it, they will know it.”

Whole wheat French toast A slice of whole wheat bread 2 eggs ½ cup of low fat or non-fat milk A dash of vanilla ½ teaspoon of cinnamon Whisk all the ingredients together and add to a pan or griddle that’s been heated to 425 degrees. Drop in the slice of bread and brown on both sides. It should be done in 6 minutes. Source: George Ettwein, Black Forest Restaurant

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1 tablespoon olive oil ½ red onion (diced) ¼ cup leek (diced) 1 clove garlic ½ red pepper (diced) 1 carrot (peeled and diced) 1 zucchini (diced) 1 squash (diced) 1 head fennel (diced) 1 can chopped tomatoes 1 cup vegetable stock 3 tablespoons tomato paste 1 teaspoon sugar 1 tablespoon basil Salt and pepper to taste Simmer all ingredients until tender and puree. Serve over whole wheat pasta. Makes four servings. Source: Duane Fernandes, chef de cuisine of Horizons restaurant at The Grove Park Inn

Mushroom salad Salad mix Favorite mushrooms Olive oil Shallots Roasted peppers Raspberry vinaigrette Walnuts Gorgonzola cheese Make your own mix of romaine, spinach and iceberg lettuce. Slice up your favorite mushrooms and sauté in a bit of olive oil, with shallots and roasted peppers. Add the spinach mix, raspberry vinaigrette. Top with walnuts and gorgonzola cheese. Source: George Ettwein, Black Forest Restaurant


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Meals with a health kick Kids are never too young to start eating right By Rick McDaniel WNC Parent contributor Hurry, hurry, hurry! Step right up and watch The Amazing Mom as she performs her stupendous nightly balancing act. Watch as she juggles what the kids SHOULD eat with what they WILL eat. It’s truly amazing, ladies and gentlemen! Getting your kids to eat healthy, balanced meals can sometimes feel a little like a circus act, but with a little planning and a few tips from the pros, you can find the right balance between “good” and “good for you.” So what makes a healthy meal for kids? “One of the most important things is to get a good combination of vegetables and fruits into your child’s diet,” said Margit Strout-Abernethy, a nutritionist with the Buncombe County Health Center. “A good balance of lean meat, vegetables, fruit and grains makes for a healthy meal.”

Learn some tricks Getting the recommended five servings of

DINNER IDEAS Menu 1 Teriyaki wings Cooked rice Pineapple chunks or mixed fruit cup Menu 2 Stroganoff stew Green salad Carrot sticks and apple slices Menu 3 Super sloppy joes Raw carrot and celery sticks Garden salad Banana and fresh strawberry slices

fruits and vegetables a day into smaller children might seem impossible, but Strout-Abernethy says it’s easy if you’re creative (and even a little sneaky). “When I make spaghetti sauce, I put tomatoes, peppers, celery, spinach, zucchini, even artichoke hearts, although my son says that ruins perfectly good spaghetti sauce.” With all the health concerns about cholesterol and fats among adults, should parents be worried about these things in their kids? “Childhood is the perfect time to get kids on track for having healthy hearts,” said Carolyn Crook, Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Coordinator at MAHEC. “You want top get

Teriyaki wings 10-15 chicken wings or drumettes 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon canola oil Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Toss wings in large plastic bag with soy sauce, brown sugar and oil until coated. Spread evenly on baking sheet and bake until juices run clear. Source: Adapted from kidapprovedmeals.com

Stroganoff stew 1 pound stew beef, browned and cubed 2 cups water 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 t teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon worstershire sauce 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream Cook beef in water until fork tender. Stir in remaining ingredients except for sour cream and warm over medium high heat until bubbly. Stir in sour cream and serve. May add cooked, drained egg noodles to make this recipe stretch for a larger crowd. Source: Adapted from kidapprovedmeals.com

Super sloppy joes 1 tablespoon canola or olive oil 1 large red or yellow bell pepper, finely diced (about 1 1/2 cups) 1 small onion, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup) 1 1/4 pounds lean ground beef or turkey (90 percent lean or higher) 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder One 26-ounce jar pasta sauce 6 whole wheat hamburger buns, halved and toasted 6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bell pepper and onion and cook until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the beef and garlic powder and cook, breaking up the large pieces, until the meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Drain excess fat. Add the pasta sauce, reduce the heat, and simmer until heated through, 3 to 5 minutes. Serve openface style over hamburger buns and top with Parmesan cheese. Makes 6 servings. Source: mealmakeovermoms.com

them started on skim milk, and keep them away from sugary sodas and sports drinks, which are filled with empty calories.” Choosing leaner cuts of meat and substituting healthier oils for cooking instead of butter can also go a long way toward heart health, Crook said. “Unless the child has an existing problem, counting calories and cholesterol in kids isn’t really necessary,” Strout-Abernethy said. “If you’re buying and serving healthy foods, you’re going to be OK.”

Healthy start You can give your kids a delicious, healthy breakfast by getting rid of the sugary cereals and pastries and replacing them with bran pancakes and low-sugar syrup and/or fruit.

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Whole-wheat tortillas filled with fruit, scrambled eggs, or cheese and turkey bacon are delicious and your kids will have fun eating them, paying no attention to the fact that it is actually good for them.

A better dinner Dinnertime can include homemade pizza topped with cheese and vegetables, or soft tacos made with shredded chicken and cheese. Chicken strips prepared in the oven are always a hit and you could include an assortment of fresh vegetables and whole-grain breads. Fish sticks are relatively healthy if you prepare them in the oven rather than fried. To get you started on serving healthy dinners, above are a few sample menus and recipes.


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Take a hike Happy trails for families PHOTO BY STEVE DIXON

The Hoscom family hikes toward the Pisgah Inn along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Do your homework before hiking with kids to make sure trails are suitable and you’ve packed appropriately.

By Karen Chavez Staff writer

good’ and getting lost or caught in a rainstorm without the right gear.”

gain, have interesting features along the way and have a destination such as a scenic overlook, a swimming hole or a waterfall. Cindy Carpenter, interpretive specialist with the Hiking can be one of the cheapest and easiest Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah National Forest, leads ways to get young children outdoors and exercising. What’s a kid-friendly hike? many programs and guided hikes for children and But to keep children safe, as well as excited about Not all trails are created equal, especially for families. She said having something to look forward the sport, parents need to have a game plan, say children. Trails to avoid are those that are long or local outdoor experts and educators. strenuous, and those with hazards such as cliffs and to on the hike can make a big difference. “Choose trails with a destination or exciting “Kids have all this energy. But you don’t want steep drop-offs, Sherrill said. elements,” she said. “The waterfall at Moore Cove them to poop out halfway into the hike and have to Good trails for kids are well-marked paths that Falls Trail is very heavily used but is good for famicarry them back,” said Lee Sherrill, education speare easy to follow, have relatively little elevation lies, and it’s only 0.7 miles each cialist with the Pisgah Center for way. The Andy Cove Nature Trail Wildlife Education, an education PLAY IT SAFE WHEN HIKING WITH CHILDREN has a swinging bridge that is excitcenter operated by the N.C. Wilding for children.” life Resources Commission. ◆ Plan ahead. Scope out a trail’s length, difficulty and possible hazards by talking with ranCarpenter also suggests bringing “Start off slow. You want them to gers, reading trail guides and consulting maps. magnifying glasses or binoculars to have fun. You don’t want to go out ◆ Stay on well-marked trails. Do not venture off the trail. aid in exploration and letting chilwith a 5-year-old on a 10-mile hike, ◆ Bring a map and compass. dren have a small backpack to carry weighed down with heavy gear. ◆ Always let someone know where you plan to hike and when you plan to return. their own gear and make them feel They will not want to do it again.” ◆ Bring full-sized water bottles for children (rather than pint-sized) and extra snacks. important. Sherrill leads naturalist pro◆ Bring a first aid kit that includes ointment for insect bites. Ben Colvin, education outreach grams and hikes for children of ◆ Bring sunscreen. coordinator for the N.C. Arborevarying ages. All have different ◆ Bring extra layers of clothing, including raingear. tum, said the length of the trail you interests and energy levels, so he ◆ Avoid cotton. When cotton gets wet, it stays wet and absorbs body heat, creating a risk for choose should depend on your said it’s important to plan, tailoring hypothermia. child’s age and physical abilities. hikes to each child. ◆ Have children wear sturdy footwear with ankle support, not flip-flops or Crocs. “For first- to third-graders we “The biggest thing is planning Source: National Park Service, Cradle of Forestry, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education don’t go more than a half-hour out ahead of time, not just pulling over and half-hour back,” Colvin said. to a trail and saying, ’This looks

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“The most important thing is to take a trail that has a lot of exploration where they’re hitting creeks, shaded gullies, scrambling over rocks. Present them with a challenge.” The Carolina Mountain Trail, about a mile one way, starts near the arboretum’s Visitor Center. “It’s not steep, but has a lot of change in direction, is tree-covered and shaded,” he said. “When we hike to John Rock (a trail near the Pisgah Wildlife Center), we take a break by the creeks, turn rocks over to see what’s underneath, splash in the creek,” Sherrill said. “Have a game — who can count the most birds? Have a scavenger hunt. Take a guidebook. It adds another level to the hike. If you don’t make it interesting, you’ll lose to Nintendo every time.”

Where to go? Elizabeth Daniels, leader of Moms Adventure Club, suggests heading to DuPont State Forest, particularly Bridal Veil Falls. Closer to Asheville, “the arboretum is always nice.” Emily Sampson is a founder of

Family-friendly hiking trails The following hikes and trails are good for family hikes. Those friendly to jogging strollers are indicated.

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Kids hike on the Moore Cove Trail in Pisgah National Forest. Asheville Hiking Moms, a small group of moms that takes in weekly hikes. If you need to bring a stroller Spivey Mountain in West Asheville, along, she also recommended several Bradley Falls in Saluda, Newberry areas of DuPont State Forest, includCreek in Old Fort and the trails at the ing Lake Dense and Hooker Falls. Carl Sandburg Home National Histor“Just about all the hikes out there ic Site in Flat Rock. are along old road beds, and strollers do well,” she said. Staff writer Katie Wadington conSampson also suggests hikes on tributed to this story.

Blue Ridge Parkway For more information, visit nps.gov/blri/. ◆ Folk Art Center Loop Trail: This half-mile loop starts behind the Folk Art Center at Milepost 382 in Asheville. It is a wellmarked, relatively flat, educational trail, with interpretive signs describing the trees found on the trail. Its proximity to the Folk Art Center, bathrooms and picnic tables makes it good for kids. It also connects to the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Good for jogging strollers. ◆ Destination Center Loop Trail: Starts at the Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center at Milepost 384 in Asheville. Loop is 1.2 miles. ◆ Rattlesnake Lodge Trail: This is a one-mile round trip, strenuous climb to the ruins of Rattlesnake Lodge, starting at Milepost

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Help your kids get fit Teaching and maintaining healthy habits in fight against obesity takes a family effort By Pam J. Hecht WNC Parent contributor In our high-tech, fast-paced world, it can be a challenge to keep the family fit. For some kids, the weight piles on and, suddenly, what was once “baby fat” becomes an issue. Childhood obesity is at an all-time high nationwide. What’s worse, says Dr. Paul Trani, a Hendersonville pediatrician who created an obesity prevention/treatment program for middle-schoolers, is that this generation is the first to have shortened life expectancies because of obesity. But take heart — the formula for keeping your children healthy and fit for life is simple, and if your child’s weight is getting in the way, there are resources out there that can help.

How do you know if your child is overweight? Being overweight has little to do with a number on a scale, says Dr. L. Keely Carlisle, an Asheville pediatrician with a special interest in childhood obesity prevention. Some kids have denser bones or muscles than others, for example, Carlisle says. “Look at your child’s growth trend over time,” she says. “Your doctor can point out if your child’s weight has rapidly gone off the chart and is a concern.” For Betsy Cameron, of Arden, her 9-year-old daughter’s weight became an issue a year ago when her classmates began to tease her about it. Cameron says she wanted to make

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Cyndi Pittman, a pediatric dietitian at Mission Children’s Hospital, chases Courtney Cameron, 9, around a playground during a follow-up appointment. Pittman has been working with Cameron and her family on ways to eat healthier.

SOME RESOURCES FOR EXTRA HELP ◆ Mission Children’s Hospital Child Weight Management Center, ENERGIZE, 12-week programs for overweight children at YMCA/YWCA, personal consultations, family nutrition/fitness classes, 213-1740. ◆ UNC Asheville, Family G.I.F.T. Program (Getting into Fitness Together), eight-week family fitness program, Melissa Himelein, 251-6834. ◆ N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, Buncombe County Center, Eat Smart – Move More program, cooking, nutrition and fitness classes for individuals and families, weight management class for adults and adolescents, 255-5522. ◆ Park Ridge Hospital, Hendersonville, KidPower ENERGIZE, 12-week children’s weight management program, 650-6960. ◆ For more information about local programs, tips on nutrition and fitness, and other resources, visit eatsmartmovemorenc.com and myeatsmartmovemore.com. sure her daughter’s weight was under control before it started affecting her self-esteem.

of wellness advancement for Western North Carolina YMCA. Don’t approach the problem as “weight loss” or use the word “overweight” — talk about adopting a What can you do? healthy lifestyle instead, says Cyndi “Eat healthy and play every day as a Pittman, a registered dietitian with Mission Children’s Hospital Weight family,” says Kristin Weaver, director

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Management Center. While enrolled in the center’s weight management program, offered at the Reuter Family YMCA in South Asheville, Cameron says her daughter learned some practical — and fun — ways to make healthier choices and manage her own health.

Encourage active play The goal is to make a permanent lifestyle change — an hour a day of exercise for children should be part of their daily routine, says Melissa Himelein, a health psychology professor at UNC Asheville who is active in local obesity prevention and intervention efforts. Fitness doesn’t necessarily have to revolve around sports. Encouraging

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other ways to enjoy being active together can have long-term health benefits for your child, says Cathy Hohenstein, a registered dietitian and family and consumer sciences agent with the Buncombe County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. “Things like walking and gardening are activities that are easy to continue doing as an adult,” Hohenstein says.

Eat healthy Reserve certain foods for special occasions and get into a healthy eating routine, Trani suggests. “Educate yourselves and your kids on portion sizes but don’t make it about going on a diet,” says Ellen Seagle, coordinator of the children’s weight management program at Park Ridge Hospital in Hendersonville. We often don’t recognize true hunger or fullness anymore, says Lesley Edwards, a registered dietitian and program manager of Mission Hospital’s weight management programs for children. She recommends serving one portion and waiting 30 minutes before offering more. Plan a weekly menu and keep healthy snacks in the car, says Pittman. “We make wrong choices when we’re tired and hungry.” Instead of celebrating with food, like ice cream, Cameron says her family will often go somewhere fun, like the park, as a reward.

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FAMILY NUTRITION AND EXERCISE TIPS ◆ Eat three meals and five fruits or vegetable daily ◆ Eliminate sugary drinks ◆ Stock up on easily accessible healthy snacks ◆ Eat meals at the table ◆ Limit daily screen time to two hours or less ◆ Be sure kids exercise at least one hour daily ◆ Make exercise all about family fun ◆ Model good eating, exercise habits ◆ Focus on ways to be fit, rather than losing weight ◆ Registered dietitian Cathy Hohenstein recommends two books: “Your Child’s Weight: Helping without Harming” and “Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family,” both by Ellyn Satter.

Work together as a family “If changes are being made for one child, they need to be made for the whole family,” says Trani. “It’s not fair if only one family member has to cut out soda, and it won’t stick.” Parents are role models — when kids see you being active and eating sensibly, it rubs off, Hohenstein says. Meanwhile, some kids need to hear it from an outside source. “Parents tell me, ‘When you said it, they listened,’” Edwards says.


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374.4, 10 miles north of Asheville, just before the Tanbark Ridge Tunnel. Good for older children. Not stroller-friendly. ◆ Graveyard Fields Loop Trail: A moderate, two-mile hike through fields of wild blueberries, starting at the Graveyard Fields Overlook at Milepost 418.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The trail through Graveyard Fields is relatively flat, but there is a short steep descent from the parkway into a high mountain valley. Good for kids. Not stroller-friendly. Cradle of Forestry The Cradle of Forestry on U.S. 276 in Pisgah National Forest has two short, paved trails, suitable for children, strollers and wheelchairs. There is also a Discovery Center with exhibits, a movie and a cafeteria. The Cradle also offers naturalist programs and guided hikes. There is an entry fee. For information, call 877-3130 or visit cradleofforestry.com. ◆ The Biltmore Campus Trail is a one-mile trail that winds through the Biltmore Forest School’s rustic campus. ◆ The Forest Festival Trail is a 1.3-mile trail

191 and the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 393, has several trails suitable for children, as well as naturalist programs for kids. Call 665-2492 or visit ncarboretum.org. ◆ Carolina Mountain Trail: This short, onemile trail starts behind the Visitor Education Center and winds and twists through the woods, crossing streams.

that passes by an ozone garden, antique sawmill and a 1915 Climax locomotive. Pisgah National Forest Nearby the Cradle of Forestry and the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education are many trails within Pisgah National Forest. The main artery through the forest, U.S. 276, leads to some easy to access trails. Any hike should start with a visit to the Pisgah Ranger District Office on U.S. 276, where staff can answer questions and provide trail maps. Call the ranger station at 877-3265. ◆ The Andy Cove Nature Trail: This 0.7-mile loop trail starts behind the Pisgah District Ranger Office and winds through the woods. A high (yet safe) swinging bridge is a highlight for young hikers. Not stroller-friendly. ◆ Moore Cove Falls: This 1.4-mile round-trip hike is very popular, especially with children. It is on U.S. 276 with easy access about one mile west of Looking Glass Falls. It rises slowly, with a few wooden bridge stream crossings and a gentle waterfall at the end. Not stroller-friendly. ◆ Pink Beds Loop Trail: This loop trail is on U.S. 276, just past the Cradle of Forestry. It

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site The Carl Sandburg Home in Flat Rock is a unit of the National Park Service. It has a pond, five miles of hiking trails and a dairy goat barn. There are also ranger-led programs. For information, call 693-4178 or visit nps.gov/carl. PHOTO BY ERIN BRETHAUER

Harold Ward takes his granddaughter Liza Christian for a hike at the N.C. Arboretum.

is relatively flat, with stream crossings and a wide variety of vegetation, offering opportunities for nature study and getting wet. Dams created by resident beavers often flood and reroute the trail. Stream crossings may make it harder for strollers. N.C. Arboretum The N.C. Arboretum, off Brevard Road/N.C.

Chimney Rock Park Great Woodland Adventure Trail at Chimney Rock Park is a 0.6 mile trail just for kids. For information, visit chimneyrockpark.com. DuPont State Forest DuPont State Forest includes more than 10,000 acres of forests, trails and waterfalls between Hendersonville and Brevard. Familyfriendly trails include those to Bridal Veil Falls, Triple Falls and Lake Dense. For more information, visit dupontstateforest.com, the site of the Friends of DuPont State Forest.

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Kids meals, hold the meat As more children choose vegetarian diets, ensuring they get enough nutrients is key By Katie Wadington Staff Writer and Gannett News Service Thirteen-year-old Elizabeth Morenzoni loves animals so much that she can’t bring herself to eat one, so she eats a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch every day. When the Phoenix girl was 11, she told her parents that she wanted to be a vegetarian. They had her research how she could stick to the diet and still get the protein, iron, calcium and vitamins that a growing child needs. Peanut butter is protein, she soon found out. “You would think that I would get sick of it, but I don’t,” Morenzoni says. About 1 in 200 kids, or 367,000 children across the country, are vege-

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nutritionist working with pediatrics at Mission Hospital, says kids can be perfectly healthy by following a vegetarian diet, but the important thing is figuring out how many foods they’re really going to restrict. tarians, according to a recent study Some children will call themselves that provides the federal government’s vegetarians but still eat fish. Others first estimate of how many children will be lacto-ovo vegetarians, consumdon’t eat meat. ing no meat but eating dairy or eggs. The new estimate of young vege“Most kids are more informed than tarians comes from a Centers for Disthey were in the past … and they do it ease Control and Prevention study of in an educated way,” Hogan says. alternative medicine, which included She says children who are vegans – interviews with about 9,000 parents and guardians about children’s eating vegetarians who don’t eat any animal products, including dairy and eggs – habits. need to be more careful about getting Vegetarians differ the vitamins and minerals that they need. Vegetarian diets exclude meat, but Concern arises when teens don’t the name is sometimes used loosely. get a wide enough variety of foods Some self-described vegetarians eat and “decide they just want to eat pizza fish or poultry, while more stringent all the time,” Hogan adds. ones — called vegans — won’t eat animal products of any kind, including Complex diet eggs and dairy products. Jo Hogan, a registered dietitian and If it’s done right, a vegetarian diet

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RAISING VEGETARIANS A vegetarian diet can be a healthy one, says Janet Iurilli, a registered dietician and nutritionist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Here are nutrients that vegetarians need and some of their best food sources: ◆ Vitamin B12: dairy products, eggs, vitamin-fortified cereals and breads, soy and rice drinks, nutritional yeast. ◆ Vitamin D: milk, D-fortified orange juice and other products. ◆ Calcium: dairy products, dark-green leafy vegetables, broccoli, dried beans and calcium-fortified products. ◆ Protein: dairy products, eggs, tofu and other soy products, dried beans, nuts. ◆ Iron: eggs, dried beans, dried fruits, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, iron-fortified cereals and bread. ◆ Zinc: wheat germ, nuts, fortified cereal, dried beans and pumpkin seeds. Gannett News Service


can be very healthful, says Janet Iurilli, a registered dietitian and nutritionist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Vegetarians eat the kinds of foods that most adolescents don’t get enough of — fruits, grains and vegetables. But it’s a complex way of eating for children to navigate, Iurilli says. Parents have to help to ensure youngsters get sufficient amounts of protein and other important nutrients that they’d typically get from meat and enough calories to fuel growth. Iron, calcium, zinc and vitamin B12 fall into that category, Hogan says. “Those are the nutrients that are supplied primarily in most American diets by animal products.” To learn more about keeping up a vegetarian diet, she recommends consulting the Vegetarian Resource Group. The group’s Web site — at VRG.org — has a section devoted to children and teen vegetarians. “They are definitely the best place to get reputable, scientific-based information,” Hogan says. Another good resource she suggests is the site of the American Dietetic Association, at EatRight.org. More recipes on Page 18.

Lasagna with leeks and roasted red pepper 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 cups chopped leeks 2 red bell peppers, washed, cored and diced or roasted red peppers, diced 1 pound mushrooms, cleaned and sliced 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil 1 cup shredded fat-free or light mozzarella cheese, separated 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, separated 2 cups light ricotta cheese 1 teaspoon green peppercorns, crushed 3 cups favorite pasta sauce such as a jar of spicy red pepper 8 ounces no-boil lasagna noodles or enough for 3 layers 1/2 cup fat-free or light shredded mozzarella cheese Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12-by-8-by-2-inch lasagna pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. In a large nonstick skillet, warm the olive oil. Add the leeks and saute until they soften, about 5 minutes. Add the red peppers and saute an additional 3-4 minutes. Add the mushrooms and saute until they give off their juices, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in the fresh basil and set aside. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese and crushed green peppercorns. Mix well. Spread about 1/2 cup of the pasta sauce on the bottom of the prepared dish. Place a layer of noodles on top of the sauce. Top with half the sauteed vegetables, 1 cup of the remaining pasta sauce and half of the cheese mixture. Repeat with another layer, using 1/2 cup of the remaining sauce. For the final layer, place a layer of noodles followed by the remaining pasta sauce. Mix remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese and 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over lasagna. Cover with foil and bake for 30-40 minutes or until the vegetables are bubbly and the top cheese layer has melted. For the last 10 minutes of baking, remove the foil. Remove from oven, and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes before serving. For a complete meal, serve with crusty Italian bread and a tossed green salad. Preparation time: 25 minutes Total time: 1 hour, 45 minutes. Makes eight servings. Nutritional information: 421 calories (34% from fat), 16 grams fat (8 grams sat. fat), 48 grams carbohydrates, 23 grams protein, 712 mg sodium, 38 mg cholesterol, 441 mg calcium, 5 grams fiber. Source: “High Fit-Low Fat Vegetarian” (University of Michigan, $14.95).

Vegan brownies 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 2 cups white sugar 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup water 1 cup vegetable oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Pour in water, vegetable oil and vanilla; mix until well blended. Spread evenly in a 9x13 inch baking pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the top is no longer shiny. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting into squares. Yields 16 brownies. Source: Allrecipes.com

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Fruit pizza

2 pounds soft tofu 1/2 cup soy-based or regular mayonnaise 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon cayenne 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill 1/2 cup diced green onions Salt and pepper Place the tofu in a mixing bowl and mash with a wooden spoon. Mix in the remaining ingredients and combine well. Chill slightly, then serve on a bed of mixed greens or as a sandwich. Prep Time: 10 minutes. Makes four servings. Source: Food Network

1/2 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup white sugar 1 egg 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon cream of tartar 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese 1/2 cup white sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 3/4 cup sugar until smooth. Mix in egg. combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. Press dough into an ungreased pizza pan. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 1/2 cup sugar and vanilla until light. Spread on cooled crust. Arrange desired fruit on top of filling, and chill. Prep time: 25 minutes. Cook time: 10 minutes. Makes one pizza Source: Allrecipes.com

Bean burrito casserole 1 onion, chopped fine 4 garlic cloves, minced 3 tablespoons olive oil Two 1-pound cans black, pinto, or pink beans, rinsed and drained 1 cup tomato sauce 2 teaspoons ground cumin 4 fresh or pickled jalape単o chilies if desired, seeded and chopped (wear rubber gloves) or 1 small can green chilies 1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander if desired Twelve 7- to 8-inch flour tortillas warmed 1 1/2 cups grated Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese (about 6 ounces) Guacamole and tomato salsa as accompaniments In a large heavy skillet cook the onion and the garlic in the oil over moderately low heat, stirring, until the onion is softened, add the beans, and mash about half of them coarse with the back of a wooden spoon. Add the tomato sauce, the cumin, the chilies, and salt and black pepper to taste, simmer the mixture, stirring, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until it is thickened slightly, and stir in the coriander. Makes 12 burritos, serving six. Source: Epicurious.com

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Growing little gardeners Introduce kids to the wonders of raising their own food by starting a family garden member. “We have lettuce growing right now, and we’ve planted white radishes, carrots and snow peas so far,” she said. “It’s fun to garden, because you get to If they grow it, they will eat it. eat the food after you’re done growing it. And you That’s the unfailing testimony from farmers and can really tell the difference between food you buy gardeners who’ve witnessed the remarkable pheat the store and food you grow yourself — it’s nomenon of a child lighting up with joy as he bites sweeter and crunchier.” into a head of broccoli or giggling at the feel of We asked area gardeners and farmers to talk bright red beet juice running down her chin. about starting, maintaining and harvesting crops The source of that joy starts right in the family from a family garden, with an eye on how children garden, which can be created in space as large as a nearby field or as small as a few 5-gallon pots on the can be involved from beginning to end — including deck. Large or small, a garden is an opportunity not cooking and eating the bounty from the land (or the patio pot). only to enjoy an activity as a family, but to teach Here are tips from Emily Jackson, a founder of children about the life cycle of food and instill a the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project lifelong appreciation for fresh, wholesome fruits and vegetables and the health benefits they provide. and program director of its Growing Minds It’s already a given for Mallory Ciesla, a thirdgrader at Vance Elementary School, who has helped Continues on Page 20 with her family’s garden for as long as she can reBy Barbara Blake Staff writer

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Dickson Elementary School student Addis McDonald carries a flat of lettuce plants to the school’s garden.

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farm-to-school program; Casey McKissick, owner of Foothills Family Farms in Old Fort and a sustainable agriculture teacher at Community High School in Swannanoa; and Patti Evans, teacher and school gardener at Dickson Elementary School.

How to start a family garden “It’s important that you include your children in the planning of the garden as well as the gardening itself; have children help you select what you plan to grow, and make sure it’s mostly edibles but also include flowers, because children appreciate beauty as much as adults — maybe more,” Jackson said. Evans said the ideal garden begins in the fall by planning the area, layering thick newspapers across it and mounding it with fall leaves, compost and manure. “Let it sit four months, and then you’re ready to go,” she said. “But if

Dickson student Annika Stewart samples a lettuce leaf.

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Dickson Elementary School students, from left, Annika Stewart, Luke Scherr and Ryan Hunter work with Kate Fisher in the school’s garden. you want to plant this spring, just start digging!”

Some of the easier vegetables to grow “Summer squash, green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers and basil are all pretty easy,” McKissick said. “Sweet corn will not pollinate well unless you do it by hand or have enough space to plant an 8-by-8 or larger area; don’t try to plant five or six plants and expect much corn.” “The best veggies to grow with kids, starting now with seeds, are Swiss chard and spinach, carrots, onions, sugar snap or edible pod peas, broccoli and Brussels sprouts, Russian kale and collards, and lettuce, radishes and beets,” Evans said. “After danger

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of frost, plant cherry tomatoes, squash and zucchini, peppers, eggplant, more carrots, beans, cucumber, pumpkin, melons and all kinds of herbs.” Jackson said radishes are good for kids to grow because they grow quickly. Conversely, traditional carrots require deep soil and are somewhat difficult to grow, but round carrots, found in seed catalogs such as Johnny’s, Fedco or Pine Tree, don’t require deep soil and are quicker to grow. “Lettuce mixes are great because there are many colors and leaf shapes, and I never met a kid that didn’t like sugar snap peas,” Jackson said. “Some need to be trellised or stacked, but this is another plus because kids enjoy things that grow up. And the sunflower or bean tepee sounds trite and clichéd, but kids love having hidey places.”


Garden chores kids can do themselves “A 2-year-old can start weeding and harvesting,” McKissick said. “I’ve worked with kids as young as 3 in our summer garden camp,” Evans said. “There is always something they can do, and you have to keep in mind that it doesn’t have to look perfect. The more structure you give them — say, make the little holes for the seed and they drop them in, or you pull the weeds and they dump the bucket into the compost — the better for everyone.”

Growing vegetables in containers “Many veggies can be grown in containers, and lots of herbs, too. Look for ‘patio’ varieties,” Evans said. “Cherry or patio-type tomatoes, most kitchen herbs, small cucumbers and squash do OK as long as the container is 5 gallons or so,” McKissick said. “Potted vegetables need plenty of water as they tend to dry out quickly. Another mistake new gardeners make is not providing veggies with enough sun. Six to eight hours is needed for most summer garden vegetables.” For those who don’t mind a “junk style” look in the yard, seed potatoes can be planted in old tires stacked on top of each other and filled with dirt as they grow, McKissick said. “It’s a fun and easy way to grow potatoes, and fresh potatoes are a real treat.”

Dickson students Ryan Hunter and Luke Scherr check out a lettuce plant as they work in the school’s garden.

Kid-friendly secrets for the family garden

Will kids eat the veggies? “Yes, yes, yes!” Evans said. “If they grow it, they eat it. But even better, let them wash, chop and cook it, too. Our kids in the garden camp will eat anything they cook. They also love to share the harvest — if they can bring food to a neighbor, or to MANNA FoodBank, that is very empowering.” “Parents should not buy into the myth that kids won’t eat vegetables,” McKissick said. “The truth is, if they grow it they will eat it, and no funny shapes or purple ketchup are needed.” Jackson said she has seen in ASAP’s Growing Minds program that children will eat almost anything if they’re involved in growing or cooking it, or have a connection to the farm or farmer who produced it. “A school in Haywood County hosted a family night where food from the school garden was served,” Jackson

A sign on a dogwood tree warns would-be climbers in Dickson’s school garden.

Lana Lemmel plants lettuce in Dickson Elementary’s garden. said. “A child got up during the meal to get seconds of salad. His mother

leaned over and said, ‘Knock me over with a feather! I’ve been trying to get that boy to eat salad for years, but I’m not going to say anything to him — I don’t want to break the spell.’”

“Try writing your child’s name with a nail or other sharp object — but don’t pierce the skin — on a pumpkin while it’s still small and watch your child’s name grow as the pumpkin does,” Jackson said. “Sweet potatoes are good raw — who knew? — and regular potatoes are like buried treasure.” “A fun thing to do is grow a big pickle in a small jar,” McKissick said. “Place a small-mouth jar over a tiny growing cucumber, securing it with twine so the jar doesn’t rip the cucumber off. When the cuke is grown to fit the jar, harvest it, pour in vinegar and seal it — kind of like the ship in the bottle effect.” McKissick said families shouldn’t be disappointed when plants don’t do well, and should celebrate successes by eating them together. “Many veggies are good eaten raw from the garden — green beans, corn, cucumbers. When I was young, I used to walk around in the garden in the evening with a salt shaker in my back pocket.”

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Get kids moving WNC community initiatives promote activities that push kids off the couch and outdoors By Barbara Blake Staff writer In today’s plugged-in society, it’s no wonder that children are less likely to be outdoors than in eras past, when moms had to stand on the front porch at dusk and cajole their kids into coming inside for the night. Researchers say North Carolina has the fifth highest rate of obese children in the country, more than triple the number 20 years ago, with one in three children in the state overweight or obese. Research also shows that children spend about 6.5 hours each day engaged in some form of electronic entertainment, and that nearly 23 percent of all children in North Carolina get no physical activity at all during their leisure time. But even in the face of those sobering statistics, there are plenty of outdoor opportunities to compete for kids’ attention, and parents should seize

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those opportunities as a means of keeping their children active, healthy and happy. One of the newest is the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s Healthy Kids/Healthy Parks initiative, aimed at combating childhood obesity by increasing physical activity, improving nutritional choices and engaging families in outdoor activities leading to a more active lifestyle. “Our project focuses on modifying existing resources to increase physical engagement and activity — in this case, the existing resource is our national parks, the backyard of millions of Americans,” said Carolyn Ward, Healthy Kids/Healthy Parks project director.

On TRACK The first program within the initiative, which will launch this summer at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Destination Center, is TRACK: Trails, Ridges

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and Active Caring Kids. TRACK will provide multimedia-led discoveries for children and families using kiosks, “TRACK Packs,” interpretive brochures and Webbased strategies to keep children engaged longer and more often in outdoor recreation, Ward said. And keeping kids engaged is the key, she said. “It can’t be just about getting healthy; it has to be fun, rewarding, easy and economical. You can’t take a child who is plugged into something for over six hours a day and expect them to jump up and down to go exercise or play outside,” Ward said. “I call what we are doing ‘motivational moving.’ And since the program will be on the SPECIAL TO WNC PARENT Blue Ridge Parkway, in Tyler Joe Leverette, of Pisgah Forest, marvels at Rick and your backyard, you won’t Rock, the horses that plow the Cradle of Forestry’s garden on opening day. The Cradle of Forestry offers a number of outhave to join, pay or buy door activities for families. something to get the Community focus benefit of the experience. The TRACK program will provide motivAnother initiative is the Henderson ational incentives for walking and County Partnership for Health, a immediate positive reinforcement broad-based coalition of organizations with benchmarks by which particiand volunteers working together to pants can gauge success,” she said. The TRACK Packs will be available improve the health status of all Henderson County residents through at libraries, visitor centers and other education, awareness, activities and venues so families can explore the park a la Dora the Explorer, with clues other tools to encourage healthier lifestyles. leading the visitor through an experiAmong its projects are the Childence of finding treasures along the hood Obesity Prevention Project and “trails,” which will have themes such the ENERGIZE! program for youths as plants, animals and cultural discovidentified as being at risk for developeries. ing diabetes. The 12-week program for Healthy Kids/Healthy Parks and children ages 10-18 and their families other outdoor recreation programs helps them learn how to lead active, give children more than just physical healthy lives, while the KidFit nutriexercise, Ward said. tion program works with younger “We know that a child interacting children and those who can’t particiwith and being in nature has many restorative and health benefits that go pate in the 12-week program. The PREP (Preschoolers Reaching Educawell beyond what just exercise does,” tional Potential) Program will add she said. “Everything from lower levheight and weight assessments to els of depression and ADHD drug developmental screenings to identify dependence to better performance and refer overweight children. academically have all been linked to being in nature. The benefits of this program are for the whole child.” Continues on Page 24

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Terri Wallace, executive director of the Partnership for Health, said families don’t have to be involved in formal programs to achieve a healthier lifestyle. “With the time change and it being light later in the evening, it gives families a perfect opportunity to do outdoor activities even if both parents work,” she said. “Some ideas include driving up to Jump Off rock to see the beautiful view and hike the short trails, or visiting the Carl Sandburg home and walking around the lake and up to the house to visit the goats.” Other suggestions are taking bikes to Jackson Park and walking or biking the Oklawaha trail, or walking the Main Street trail in downtown Hendersonville and putting together a scavenger hunt finding items in store windows, Wallace said. “If nothing else, go outside your house and play catch, 4 Square, basketball or tag for 20 minutes — I guarantee you’ll have fun and all feel bet-

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ing and Folkways” event that allows visitors to see work horses in the garden along the Biltmore Campus Trail. ◆ The Cradle of Forestry is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. from April 11 through Nov. 8. Admission The Migratory Bird Day Celebration is $5 for adults and free for children younger than 16. Call 877-3130 or visit cradleofforwill be May 16, with activities for chilestry.org. dren in the afternoon, and outdoor ◆ The N.C. Arboretum is open 8 a.m.-9 p.m. April through October and 8 a.m.-7 p.m. scavenger hunt kits can be requested November through March. Admission is $6 per personal vehicle, free on Tuesdays. Call at any time, Carpenter said. 665-2492 or visit ncarboretum.org. Another great resource for outdoor ◆ For information on the Henderson County Partnership for Health, call 698-4600 or activities is the N.C. Arboretum off visit p-f-h.org. Brevard Road and the Blue Ridge ◆ For information on the Healthy Kids/Healthy Parks program, call 271-4779, ext. 312, Parkway, with 434 acres and miles of or visit brpfoundation.org. trails for biking or walking. ◆ For information on Asheville’s parks system, visit ashevillenc.gov, click on DepartAnd there are dozens of parks ments, then Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts. throughout Asheville and Buncombe ◆ For information on Buncombe County’s parks system, visit buncombecounty.org, click County that offer myriad opportuniDepartments, then Parks, Recreation and Greenways. ties for kids and entire families to be active. One of Asheville’s premiere facilities is Carrier Park on Amboy ter,” she said. “We all need an outlet, of Forestry in America Historic Site in Road, on the site of the old Asheville and physical activity along with Speedway, which has volleyball Pisgah Forest, which has two paved healthy eating is the best gift we can courts, a giant playground, a rollerinterpretive trails that are “scenic give to ourselves and our children.” hockey rink, a basketball court, a mulwalkways that put the forest at the fingertips of all ages,” said Cindy Car- tiuse track, a lawn bowling court, a paved trail and a penter, educaCradle of opportunity tion/interpreta“With the time change and it being multiuse sports field for baseball Another venue for outdoor activition program light later in the evening, it gives and soccer. ties is the U.S. Forest Service’s Cradle manager for the families a perfect opportunity to Wallace said site. the mountain “The Biltmore do outdoor activities even if both region offers Campus Trail and parents work.” unparalleled opthe Forest Festival portunities for Trail are perfect TERRI WALLACE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF outdoor exercise for strollers, too, PARTNERSHIP FOR HEALTH for children and for families with entire families, children of differand encouraged parents to get their ent ages,” Carpenter said. “There are kids — and themselves — moving wayside exhibits along the way that more. can help parents explain to kids what “Our area is a wonderful place to they are seeing, and kids love to walk enjoy nature, the scenery and the out to the old logging locomotive on fresh air,” Wallace said. “It’s been the Forest Festival Trail and climb up proven that active children learn betto ring the bell.” April 11 is opening day at the Cradle ter, are more alert and are healthier. of Forestry, with the “Old-Time Plow- And this holds true for adults, also.”

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Get kids into fitness, nutrition with these titles By Jennifer Prince Buncombe County Public Libraries Getting kids interested in nutrition and fitness does not have to be drudgery, especially when books just for kids abound with lessons that are by turns gentle, exciting, even funny. The books reviewed here are perfect for preschoolers and early elementary school-aged kids. Lizzy Rockwell’s “The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness” is the perfect introduction to the importance of exercise. In simple, lively language Rockwell explains how the body benefits from exercise. Rockwell explains that the body is more than a just a shell that happens to hold a brain. “Your body,” she says, “is meant to be busy… your body is built to move.” Bones, muscles, brain, heart and nerves work together to clap, twirl, dance and run. Rockwell offers kids an expanded sense of how marvelous the human body is. The illustrations, also

done by Rockwell, are cheerful and they enlarge the sense of energy conveyed by the writing. Children’s authors Rosemary Wells and Marc Brown team up to produce an extreme look at nutrition in “The Gulps.” The comparisons of two drastically dissimilar families, the Gulps and the Spratts, create humor while being instructive. The Gulps love junk food: Devil Dogs, winky-twinks and Bloat Burgers. Exercise of any kind is anathema to them. On their way to Dizzyworld, the Gulps’ Dreamliner trailer will not make it over a hill because it is so heavy. An encounter with the farming Spratt family ushers in a new way of thinking for the Gulps, but not before the Gulps cause a waterslide and dance floor at the county fair to collapse under their collective weight. Wells’ light, conversational writing works perfectly with Brown’s bright illustrations. Cheery stripes, polka dots and checkered patterns add interest, while the anthropomorphized characters come across as friendly and likable. With her inimitable optimism, author Nan-

cy Carlson showcases her bright, child-animal characters in her new “Get Up and Go!” Happy animals run, skate, play soccer, canoe and swim. Carlson portrays exercise as an avenue to excitement and adventure. “Exercise,” she exclaims, “Can take you to some amazing places, like to the top of a mountain [or] way down to the bottom of the sea.” Carlson’s corresponding illustrations show a smiling pig standing triumphantly amid snowcapped mountains and a deep-sea diving rabbit surrounded by exotic, colorful fish. All in all, “Get Up and Go!” is fun, informative and

inspiring. Mary Ann Fraser’s cute classroom pet, I.Q. the mouse, makes another appearance in “I.Q. Gets Fit.” It is health month for Mrs. Furber’s class. I.Q. wants to learn about fitness right along with the students because he wants to win the gold ribbon at the end of the month. Once I.Q. learns that Mrs. Furber’s instructions to eat many different kinds of food does not mean eating a lot of a new kind of brownie, he begins to understand what being fit really means. Fraser’s pencil and watercolor illustrations hold great child appeal. Kids will enjoy seeing I.Q. lifting weights (a Q-tip), exercising (running on his hamster wheel) and ultimately winning a special prize.

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Families find inspiration to run Christian running group meets at Fletcher park “I just think its great family time. We’re so busy doing stuff, life in general. It’s so nice all of us getting together,” Kanupp said. “You can actualWhen Murphy Kanupp, of Fairview, ly go from a couch potato to be runstarted training for a five-kilometer ning a 5K.” race last year, she says she was having The training begins with learning trouble running for one minute. to stretch, McCall said. “I went from that to training last “In the beginning, we learn how to year for a half marathon. I just fell in stretch and to run safely because an love with running, and I’m hoping I injury can throw off the training proccan get that instilled in my children,” ess,” she said. “We start off a simple Kanupp said. Murphy Kanupp and her daughter Sydney are program. We started off running one Kanupp and her daughter Sydney minute and walking two.” took part last year in Runnin’ 4 Him, a taking part in the Runnin’ 4 Him training McCall said the program is not just Christian running group organized by program. for church members. Jennifer McCall. “We have nonmembers too, just She started the group last year The program will culminate with a through her church, Trinity of Fair5K race May 9 at Fletcher Community anybody that wants to run. I think we have a lot of people from Biltmore view. The program is open to families, Park. Baptist now,” she said. and participants meet twice a week For Kanupp, it has given her an Tony Rice, who attends church for 12 weeks. activity the whole family can take part with McCall, said he has enjoyed par“We use a 12-week program that in and she hopes will instill some kind of builds up gradually,” McCall exercise habits. Her two sons and her ticipating with his family. “I didn’t like running in the milisaid. husband are also taking part this year. By Julie Ball Staff writer

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group also has a devotion time and a prayer before training. “I love at the end to see the happiness on their faces when they make it (through the 5K),” McCall said.

Members of the Runnin’ 4 Him group say a prayer before starting their training program at Fletcher Community Park.

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Healthy foods we’ll eat Greta Ciesla, a third-grade teacher at Vance Elementary School in West Asheville, has her students grow flowers and vegetables at school and has done several healthy cooking demonstrations in her classroom. We asked her kids to tell us about their three most favorite healthy foods. Here’s what they told staff writer Barbara Blake. “I like eggs scrambled with salt and butter. Carrots are great sliced with butter, salt and a little bit of pepper. Pumpkins are delicious baked with salt and butter. We grow pumpkins at school.” Elliot Randolph

“I like blueberries frozen. A yummy summer treat. Raspberries are super right off the bushes. Yum, yum. We have a raspberry row at school. Snow peas, I like them fresh. Do you like snow peas fresh?” Alana Holder

“I like strawberries right off the bush. And apples right off the tree. I like green beans cooked.” Lucienne Wrenn

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“I love carrots cooked on the stove and then chopchopped. I am growing some at school. Broccoli fresh with ranch dressing is the best snack. Peas cooked on the stove and served with pepper is great with any meal.” Jace Dover

“My three favorite healthy foods are artichokes, blueberries and snow peas. Artichokes steamed and dipped in melted butter are delicious. Blueberries picked from the Blue Ridge Parkway are the best summer/birthday treat. Snow peas picked fresh from our school garden are so yummy.” Wild Day Freeborn

“I like blueberries fresh. Yum! I love tomatoes cooked. I love fresh strawberries off the bush.” Grace Kennedy

“It’s so good to eat apples fresh off the tree. Munch, munch! Strawberries fresh off the plant. Homemade sandwich wrap with ranch dressing, turkey and spinach is a great snack.” Kincaid McGee

“My three favorite healthy foods are raspberries and blueberries, salad and avocado. I like eating the fruits right off the bushes and freezing them to put in smoothies. Yum, yum. I like to chop the salad up, add whole wheat crackers, shredded cheddar cheese, cucumbers and blue cheese dressing. Avocados are great to eat fresh with a spoon. It’s so good!” Mallory Ciesla

“Yummy, yum. I like my broccoli cooked. Fresh carrots and celery are great.” Enyja Brooks

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“I like broccoli fresh and steamed in a stir fry. I like when my mom boils corn. Mixed vegetables with chicken is a great dinner.” Edlynn Koniske

“I love orange juice fresh. I like grapes off the vine and made into a juice. Potatoes cut into fries and baked are a yummy snack.” Luis Perez

“I like to cook peas like a chef. I love corn on the cob with butter. I like to make soup out of potatoes.” Deleisha Bowman


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2009 Family Choice Awards Do you go out of your way to frequent a business because it is more family-friendly? Is there a shop or restaurant in your neighborhood so terrific that all of Asheville should know about it? Show your favorite area businesses or destinations a little love and vote for them in WNC Parent’s Family Choice Awards. This contest will be decided entirely by readers; the magazine won’t influence results. Winners and runners-up will be announced in WNC Parent’s June issue. To have your ballot count, please vote in at least 20 categories. A business or organization can be entered in no more than three categories and can win in no more than two. For complete rules, see the back of this ballot. Rather vote online? Visit www.WNCmom.com.

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Best bowling alley ______________________________________________________ Best place for swim lessons _______________________________________________

Most family-friendly restaurant for breakfast ___________________________________ Best place for horseback riding lessons ______________________________________ Most family-friendly restaurant for lunch ______________________________________ Best place for miniature golf ______________________________________________ Most family-friendly restaurant for dinner _____________________________________ Best bakery __________________________________________________________

destination fun

Best ice cream/custard shop ______________________________________________

Best museum _________________________________________________________

Best hot dog __________________________________________________________ Most family-friendly fair, festival or special event ________________________________ Best pizza ____________________________________________________________ Best family-friendly hiking trail _____________________________________________ Best kids’ menu _______________________________________________________

Best rainy day activity ___________________________________________________

Most family-friendly grocery store ___________________________________________

Best summer DAY camp __________________________________________________

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Best summer OVERNIGHT camp ____________________________________________ Most family-friendly vacation in North Carolina _________________________________

Best parent/child program ________________________________________________ Most family-friendly day-trip destination ______________________________________ Best gymnastics program for children ________________________________________ Best place to take a child for the afternoon ____________________________________ Best music program for children ____________________________________________ Best place to visit Santa _________________________________________________ Best dance program for children ___________________________________________ Best holiday event ______________________________________________________ Best paint-your-own pottery studio __________________________________________ Best place for birthday parties _____________________________________________

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Best preschool ________________________________________________________

entertainment Best after-school program ________________________________________________ Best TV station for entire family ____________________________________________

Best child care ________________________________________________________

Best radio station for the entire family _______________________________________

around town

Most family-friendly movie theater __________________________________________ Most family-friendly theater (stage) _________________________________________

Best park ____________________________________________________________ Most family-friendly church _______________________________________________

shopping Most family-friendly place to work __________________________________________ Best maternity clothing store ______________________________________________

Best place for family fun _________________________________________________

Best consignment STORE ________________________________________________

just for you

Best consignment SALE __________________________________________________ Best place for children’s furniture ___________________________________________

Best place to relax without your children ______________________________________

Best store for pet supplies ________________________________________________

Best date night restaurant ________________________________________________

Best children’s shoe store ________________________________________________

Best weekend getaway for two _____________________________________________

Best children’s clothing store ______________________________________________

Best place to get back in shape ____________________________________________

Best toy store _________________________________________________________

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Most family-friendly bookstore _____________________________________________ Family Choice Awards are decided by our readers — not the magazine’s editors. Winners and Best place for craft supplies _______________________________________________ The runners up will be printed in the June 2009 issue. Winners will be determined by the total number of

Best store for costumes __________________________________________________ Best shopping center/mall ________________________________________________ Best place to find organics _______________________________________________ Most family-friendly car dealer _____________________________________________

votes received, and all decisions are final. We ask that readers adhere to these guidelines: All ballots must include a name and contact information for verification purposes. BALLOTS WITHOUT THIS WILL NOT COUNT. Voters must submit entries in at least 20 categories for ballots to be valid. A business or organization can be entered in no more than three categories per ballot and can win no more than two categories. Ballots submitted by mail must be originals. Ballot deadline is April 30. Illegible ballots will be disqualified. Mail ballots to: WNC Parent Family Choice Awards, P.O. Box 2090, Asheville, NC 28802. Or vote online at www.WNCMom.com.

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Name _______________________________________________________________

Best hospital in which to have a baby ________________________________________

Address _____________________________________________________________

Best pediatric practice ___________________________________________________ Phone ______________________________________________________________ Best family dentist _____________________________________________________

E-mail address ________________________________________________________

Best orthodontist ______________________________________________________ Best family eye doctor ___________________________________________________ Best place for children’s haircuts ___________________________________________ Best family/child specialty photographer _____________________________________

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growing together

We all have a different definition for ‘camping’ By Chris Worthy WNC Parent columnist “OK, kids. We need you to wait here on the bus while we remove a snake from the cabin area.” That was my introduction to summer camp, circa 1979. I did not return. It’s no wonder that my idea of camping is doing without an omelet station and a jetted garden tub. My husband is not only the love of my life, but the first person I would pick to have on my side in the event of a natural or manmade disaster. He is an Eagle Scout and knows everything there is to know about the outdoors, at least as far as I can tell. Sometimes I still wonder why he married me. When it came time for my oldest to venture off for her first summer camp experience, I wanted a snake-free,

comfortable, safe environment for her. She arrived home in one piece, making plans to go back the next summer. I would like it noted for the record that she still prefers to have an omelet station close by. The boy is forging a different path, sometimes literally. Much like his father, he loves sleeping (or, more accurately, lying on the ground) in a tent, finding new trails and examining the stars without the interference of a city’s light pollution. Me? I’m making progress. I have found that I really enjoy hiking, though the uphill parts still make me wheeze and wish for an umbrella drink served poolside. The escape from the ordinary is definitely the appeal for me. I can abandon technology, see life on a simpler level and feel the gifts of nature I too often miss as I whiz by on the highway. I can commune with God and my family free of cell phones and e-mail. And the men in my life love it, so I

am inspired to give it a chance. I ventured back to a camp last fall. Snakes were tucked away in their winter abodes, somewhere out of my sight. The lake was drained, the canoes stacked and waiting for kids to venture out in the summer sun. My son will be one of those kids in just a few short months. He is going to love it. I’m looking forward to going back when the leaves are changing and the nights are crisp and clear. I will have my hiking shoes and camera ready

and my Scouts by my side. I’m hoping for a cabin free of snakes. Chris Worthy is an attorney who took down her shingle to be a stay-athome mom. Write to her at growingtogether@chrisworthy.com.

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divorced families

Don’t let divorce sour your eating habits By Trip Woodard WNC Parent columnist Do you remember that first time that you got away from home and either got a job or went to college? Remember that feeling you had, without parents around, and that experiment you tried about living on nothing but pizza, for a solid month? And, how about that time that you refer to now as the “Cheez Whiz” incident? Getting divorced can sometimes result in very similar feelings. After the compromising and accommodation that marriage can require, newly divorced people may feel an interest and energy in doing all the things they were “not supposed to do” when they were married. Such as living off pizza and, perhaps, re-creating the “Cheez

Whiz” incident. A complication, however, is that you have children. And while you may go out and finally buy that Harley or the albino snake that you have always wanted, your choice of diet is a different matter and it affects everyone. Here are some points to consider: ◆ Foods affect mood and body development. Simply put, divorced families under stress need to eat foods that will boost their immune system and feed their brain. Getting into bad habits like junk or fast food because they are quick solutions will come back to haunt you. ◆ If it takes too much time to cook “slow food,” then get your kids involved with the process. Even younger children can participate in preparing dinner, and this can have an added benefit toward promoting family togetherness. ◆ If your ex-partner has a radically different diet, do what you can to accommodate him or her, within rea-

son. The greatest ally you have is your own child. As they grow older, tweens and teenagers can surprise you when it comes to judgment about their diet. This is especially true when it comes to comparing a good one with a poor one as they develop a keener interest in their body shape and overall fitness. ◆ If your child resists your particular diet interests, try to accommodate them by giving them as many choices as possible. Children experiencing divorce may have some legitimate control issues over what is happening in their life. Doing things as simple as asking, “Do you want that water with or without ice,” is a small thing for a parent to do but signals a choice to the child. A simple rule of thumb is the more choices, the better. ◆ Holidays and special foods can be inseparable. Be sensitive to this fact and consider bending a few rules in the emotional interests of your child. If you are vegetarian, for example, and it is important for your child to eat turkey on Thanksgiving, consider how you might meet this desire. Try not to make this an issue between you and your carnivore expartner. ◆ See if your ex-partner can agree upon a vitamin regimen without it reflecting on their personal diet choices. Chewable vitamins, for example, could be a helpful suggestion for young children that might supplement their diet base without stirring up a divorce conflict. This could help your concerns about any dietary deficiencies in their meals. ◆ When shopping, conceptualize

your grocery store as having two rings. The outside ring of the store is healthier, while the inside tends to contain processed food which is less healthy. My son, Weston, would strongly disagree about this, but what does he know? He doesn’t even know about the “Cheez Whiz” incident. ◆ Ask your child about his or her favorite food at home and why. You may be able to accommodate this in a healthy way. For example, you might add broccoli to their mac and cheese. ◆ Teach your children about healthy “fast food” like cucumbers, carrots and dip, apples, nuts, bananas. ◆ A difficult, but necessary, point to consider is that you may decide to move on with your life both for your needs and as a model for your children. Your new partner adds another layer to the diet decision process and this is something for you to take into account during courtship. I am grateful that my girlfriend, Dee, believes in better living through better eating. Luckily, she also doesn’t know about the “Cheez Whiz” incident. ◆ Finally, remember that you are a model for your children and that includes how you, yourself, eat. While you are playing with your new albino snake, don’t munch on a double cheeseburger from a fast-food restaurant and then tell your children it is bad to be eating the cheeseburger. Eat the snake instead. Trip Woodard is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a clinical member of the N.C. Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Contact him at 606-8607.


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Ayla Orta, 2, plays in the snow last month in Swannanoa. Submitted by mom Deana Orta. Cousins Hannah Hensley, 7 months, and Colton Duyck, 10 1/2 months, play together. Submitted by Colton’s mom, Tracy, of Swannanoa.

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Lauren Ledford, 8, and Jack Ledford, 7, of Fletcher, show off their snowman after the March 1 snowstorm. Submitted by Karen Ledford.

Joey Gantt, of Candler, celebrates his 5th birthday at The Health Adventure in downtown Asheville. Photo taken by Martha Pollay and submitted by his mom, Lisa.

Khristian Atkins, 10, of Asheville, plays adaptive soccer, a league only for disabled children. Submitted by his cousin, Crystal Stephenson.

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Brooklyn Thompson, 3, of McDowell County, enjoys a holiday cruise to the Bahamas with her mom, Kimberly Killough, and Nana, Ruby Killough, who submitted the photo.

We welcome photos of family, neighborhood, school, church and other social activities involving children. Send your high-resolution photos, along with a brief description of the event, and names, ages and hometowns of everyone pictured. Don’t forget your name, address and phone number. Send to Katie Wadington by e-mail at kwadington@citizen-times.com or to WNC Parent Photos, P.O. Box 2090, Asheville, NC 28802.

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Ava and her great-grandmother, posted by Christina.

Linz asks in ‘Child care in Asheville’: “I’m 9 weeks pregnant, and it’s been suggested to me that I start looking into daycare options now. I just moved to Asheville in January and Googling ‘Asheville Childcare’ has not yielded very helpful results. Any suggestions?”

Brigette replies: “Hi! Where did you move from? We are moving to Asheville in June or July, and I am very nervous. We have three kids. I work [part-time] and also from home and will need some type of child care for our two youngest. Our oldest will be starting first grade. Do you have any advice on what areas to target for a neighborhood? We are visiting in four weeks to start looking around for a rental. Thanks. Maybe we can meet sometime in person in the next few months.”

Isa in her punk rock phase, posted by Molly Lane Ackerman.

Shannon replies: “First of all, congratulations! You are smart to start looking now. I just moved back into the area a few months ago and had a hard time finding child care, until I started looking on the N.C. Division of Child Development Web site (http://ncchildcaresearch.dhhs.state.nc.us/search.asp). You can search all surrounding counties, specify if you want your child in a day care facility or a family home, look at star ratings. All of the places are state certified and it even lists violations the facility has had (if any) in the past. It really is a lot of good info and I found a wonderful lady to take care of my child in Henderson County through this site. You can also call the office — for me they were very helpful.”

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10 things kids’ baseball coaches should know By Tom Kuyper Gannett News Service “Batter up!” That’s right, it is baseball season again! Parents are signing up their kids all over the place and league officials are in a panic trying to find more parents to be volunteer coaches. So, each year I consider it my responsibility to nationally put out my 10 rules for youth baseball coaches. Here we go: 1. Young kids need to play every position. It is so important for the development of proper mechanics and in gaining a better understanding of the game. A shortstop will become a better shortstop when he plays a little bit at first base and even right field. This also gives those less talented players a chance to experience more things than just how to go to sleep every inning of every game in right field. 2. Change the batting order. This helps them develop different kinds of hitting skills for the kids. Your power hitter may be put in a position to bunt. Hit-and-run situations come now to different kids. Games involve diverse hitting situations that are great for learning more skills and understanding different strategies. 3. The long line rule! Don’t do any drills to require putting the whole team in one line so one kid does the drill and the others wait their turn. The most common is to put one long line in the outfield and the coach hits fly balls one at a time to the kids. This is the worst drill ever in the history of baseball and is a huge waste of time. Find helping parents so that you can do rotating station drills. 4. Give every kid a chance to be a base coach. 5. Make sure the “big 3” is accomplished. At the end of the season, you should be able to look back and see that the kids’ skill levels improved, they understand the rules and how to adjust game strategies, and that they made new friends and learned the importance of relationships. 6. Postgame snow cones are a must! We all know that kids don’t play to win;

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One rule youth baseball coaches should follow: Change up the batting order. they play for the postgame treat. This is also one of the best drills to develop foot speed and coordination as they quickly weave in and out of all the people to race to the snack bar. This is when you recognize your fastest runner for those pinch-runner situations. 7. The glove award. This is the award given out to the kid that meets the glove requirement in these three categories: 1. the oldest glove. This is that glove handed down from Grandpa and looks like it went through World War II. 2. The too-big glove. This is the glove that goes all the way up the kid’s elbow. 3. The goofiest glove. Who ever invented the pink or Spider-Man glove anyway? 8. Check for gopher holes. There is nothing more distracting to a 6-yearold second baseman than a gopher popping its head out between pitches. This can help with those long boring games though, so it’s up to you if you want to fill in the hole. 9. Make it fun for yourself. Enjoy it! If you can’t have fun, then don’t coach! 10. Make it fun for the kids. Be creative, and do random and different kinds of things. Remember, they are kids — having fun is most important. E-mail Tom Kuyper at tomkuyper@kidsandsports.com.

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Get outside and play! By Barbara Blake ◆ Staff Writer There are plenty of old-fashioned outdoor games that will give children a fun and physical workout and don’t cost a penny. Think tag, hopscotch, dodge ball, jump rope or duck, duck goose. To supplement the cache of backyard games, we asked toy store owners to give us some suggestions for both classic and modern varieties that are designed to get kids moving while they’re having fun. Here are some ideas from Erika and Sarah Evers at Dancing Bear Toys (144 Tunnel Road, 255-8697, dancingbeartoys.com); Gary Green at The Toy Box (973 Merrimon Ave., 254-8697); and Stan Collins at Once Upon a Time (7 All Souls Crescent, 274-8788, biltmorevillage.com/onceupon.htm.)

Classic games

classic includes two oversized rackets and two huge shuttlecocks for active play as kids chase the birdie and Bounce Around Trampoline bat it back across the net. For ages 5 and This sturdy trampoline is perfect for indoor or outdoor fun for kids ages older. By International Playthings. Price: 3 and older. Heavy duty springs are around $35. covered for safety and durability, and the padded foam, adjustable-height Sack Race set handle aids with balance. By International Playthings. Price: around $100. They aren’t your grandpa’s potato sacks, Monster Badminton but kids ages 3 and older will get an old-fashioned workThis modern take on a timeless

out racing in these nylon sacks with woven handles. Comes in two styles: kangaroo and rabbit or frog and monkey. By Alex Toys. Price: around $20.

Tie-dyed Fun Gripper hoop Gone is the hard plastic of the classic Hula Hoop, but the movement is the same with this colorful hoop covered with nylon fabric. The nonslip surface that covers the hoop’s insides creates a gripping action to keep it up and spinning. By Saturnia. Price: around $10.

Pogo sticks Kids will get a fun and hearty workout on these old-fashioned jumping toys, now covered with foam and nonslip safety handles, foot pads and rubber tip. For ages 5 and older. By SBI Enterprises. Price: starting around $35.

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Hyper Dash This electronic tag game allows kids to set out the targets to build their own course. The Hyper Voice calls out commands, and players must race the course, tagging the targets with the Hyper Dash unit. For up to eight players. By Wild Planet. Price: around $34.

Stomp Rocket Bungee Jumper

Rody and Rody Max A favorite with children to learn balance and coordination while hopping on their Rody. Made of super strong latex-free vinyl, it can be inflated according to the size and weight of the child. Recommended for children ages 2-4. By Toy Marketing. Price: $40 to $50.

Get more bounce for the ounce with this soft foam pogo bouncer. Hop on, grab hold of the tethered handle and get jumping. The more “umph” you put into it, the more height you’ll get out of it. For ages 5 and older. By Monkey Business Sports. Price: around $20.

Step on the launch pad as hard as you can, or take off running across the yard and jump on it to send an air-powered, foam-tipped rocket zooming up to 200 feet in the air. Launching and running to retrieve the rocket is so much fun you won’t realize you’re exercising. By D&L Co. Price: around $16.

Super Sports Disk A new toy last year that gained great popularity. The disk has a padded outside rim and a center that acts like a trampoline. One player bounces the ball high into the air while the other tries to catch it and hit it back to the sender. By Ogo Sport. Price: $20$30 depending on size.

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parenting in a nutshell

Make sure time in the tub is good, clean fun By Doreen Nagle Gannett News Service The excitement of learning to stand and move about at will is too much for some older infants and young toddlers to sit still during bath time — but all that thrashing about in a watery and slippery bathtub puts gray hairs on many parents. Where’s the happy compromise? How can you get your little one to stay safe at bath time while still making the experience enjoyable for him (the “bathee”) and for you (the “bather”). ◆ Tub time serves a few purposes, not the least of which is getting clean. But it’s also a time for babies, toddlers and preschoolers to have some fun together with their parents while parents can delight in bath time giggles without the worry.

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◆ Gather everything you need — towels, soap, shampoo, diapers, etc. — before you place your child in the tub so you don’t have to go fishing around for these supplies as your child lingers in the tub unprotected. ◆ Keep a towel flung over your shoulder so you can wipe down a standing slippery little one and hold on as he wiggles and giggles. Grab your child at the waist/hip area so you can get a good grip. If you have to turn away for a moment to pick something up, grab a wrist or upper arm so you are still holding on in the event your child slips. ◆ Use a bath seat while your baby is still small enough to fit into one or has not yet started to stand on his or her own. Always make sure the tub is lined with rubber appliques to keep the bather from slipping. Purchase a soft spout protector to put over the tub spout. ◆ Diversions in the tub are a fantastic way to keep your little bathee

seated, or at least crouched down enough so you can do a quick washcloth swipe. Get some fabulous wind up toys that swim and float through the water and are tailor made for tub time. Check your favorite local toy store or go online to search for “bath toys” or “tub toys.” These are usually very inexpensive and can make great gifts the next time some kind presentgiver wants to know what to buy. You will get many years use out of tub toys. ◆ Your child is probably going through a stage where she likes to “dump and fill” — indulge her by throwing some cups, small plastic containers, a child-sized watering can and more (choose pliable plastic) into the bath so that your child can fill them with water and then dump out the water — repeat and repeat! — while you get to run some shampoo through her hair. Use the watering can to rinse the shampoo away. Teach your child to close her eyes and gently

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lift her chin so she will tilt her head back while you rinse. ◆ Bring out the bubbly — bubble bath, that is. There is an enormous variety of baby-gentle bubble bath with delightful smells on the market. Choose wisely: make sure the ingredients are ones that are kid-safe. ◆ Your bathroom is built to withstand some splashes, so don’t argue if your child wants to splash a little water around to see what it does. Join in rather than yell at him to stop. Never, under any circumstances, leave your child while you “just” answer the phone for a moment or for any other reason. You may have heard this statistic before, but it’s important to remember: a small child can drown in just 1 inch of water in minutes. Doreen Nagle is author of “But I Don’t Feel Too Old to Be a Mommy” (HCI, $12.95). She welcomes your parenting tips and concerns at parentinginanutshell@joimail.com.


crafts

Let your creativity shine with these beaded cocktail rings By Kathy Cano-Murillo Gannett News Service No matter how hard I try, I can never make things that are slick and uniform in design. I love the crazy combinations of textures, sizes and themes. Imagine my delight when, on a recent trip to New York City, I found all kinds of over-the-top beaded paper and fabric cocktail rings. They were in trendy accessory boutiques and in the

booths of street vendors. I came home inspired to whip up my own version. Embrace individuality! No two rings will be alike, and you can work in a color story or mix and match as I did here. Special thanks to beader Margot Potter for help with the closing technique. Kathy Cano-Murillo is a freelance craft designer and author. Send your questions or ideas to her at kathy@craftychica.com or visit her Web site, craftychica.com

Beaded cluster cocktail ring 1 ring base with eight loops 1 spool of 30-gauge wire Needle-nose pliers Wire nippers Small- to medium-size glass or crystal beads Using the wire nippers, cut a 12-inch-long piece of wire. Thread it through the first hole on the end, leaving a 1-inch tail. Add a small bead on the other end and insert it through the loop on the ring. Bring the wire through the opposite loop; add another bead. You need to tug gently so the beads will be snug. Continue that pattern. Save the larger beads for the center. Once you reach the end, work your way back to where you started, adding more beads for filler where needed. You are finished when you return to the 1-inch tail. Using the pliers, twist the two wire ends together, nip the excess and tuck under one of the beads.

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Bold cocktail rings are all the rage, and you can make your own.

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Old playhouse gets new life as venue for children’s tea parties By Julie Ball Staff writer

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Lizabeth Hartzog spent years renovating and collecting items for Anna’s Playhouse in Mills River.

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Lizabeth Hartzog had seen pictures of her aunt’s old playhouse in Gaffney, S.C. “I used to look at these pictures and go, ‘Wow, somebody had this as a playhouse’,” Hartzog said. The house was not your ordinary playhouse. It was constructed in the 1920s to three-quarters scale, and came complete with electricity and plumbing, hardwood floors and heat. Hartzog’s great-grandfather had the structure built for Hartzog’s aunt Anna. Hartzog’s dad also played in the playhouse. However, about 40 years ago, the property, including the playhouse was sold. About six years ago, Hartzog got the opportunity to buy the playhouse back and relocate it to Mills River. “I actually had the playhouse cut in two sections because of the way it was located on the lot,” she said. The building was in rough condition. “It was horrible,” she said.

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FIND OUT MORE For more information about Anna’s Playhouse, call 6746653 or visit annasplayhouse.biz. But after six years of renovation work, the playhouse is again hosting tea parties for little girls who love to play dress up. Hartzog has opened Anna’s Playhouse as a venue for small tea parties for children. Parents can purchase a package that includes games, dress up and a tea party. “I’ve totally furnished it, and it’s just too precious to sit empty,” she said. The playhouse has been painstakingly restored. “I had a lot of local artisans do it (work on the house), and I’ve worked on it myself tremendously,” Hartzog said. “I scraped layers and layers of paint off of it.” Many of the pieces inside are original including the bed, the stove and two sinks. Over the years, Hartzog also collected pieces here and there that fit the small scale of the playhouse.


Everything inside the playhouse is designed to a child’s scale. “I tried to keep as much original as I could,” she said. Everything inside was built for a child, including the small doors and fixtures. “It’s just so warm and cozy and inviting,” said Cindy Piercy, who took her granddaughter, 6-yearold Katy Conner, to the playhouse. “She had absolutely the most wonderful time.” From the original stained glass to the fixtures, “It’s such a lovely, lovely place,” Piercy said. “It is every little girl’s dream to go and play. It is out of this world.” Hartzog has renovated a nearby cottage, and would like to offer package deals for moms to rent the cottage. Their children could enjoy a tea party at the playhouse, which is just down the road.

This playhouse was built in the 1920s. Lizabeth Hartzog had it moved to Mills River where she restored it.

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Know the truth about sex abuse to keep kids safe By Dr. Cynthia Brown April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and a good time to clarify the myths and facts about sexual abuse and what we as parents can do to protect our own children and other children in the community. Myth: Child sexual abuse is rare and it’s just the sensational media coverage that makes it seem more common. Truth: Multiple studies indicate that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys experience unwanted sexual contact during their childhood. (A comparison: The oneyear odds of dying in a car crash is 1 in 6,500.) The median age of children diagnosed as sexually abused is 8. Myth: It won’t happen to my children because I am very careful about the people I allow them to be around. Truth: The adults who sexually

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abuse children look and act like everyone else. They often appear to be kind and caring and will intentionally work hard to develop a positive image in the community and a trusting relationship with the child and his/her family. In more than 85 percent of cases, the abuser is someone the child and family trusts and believes they know well; many times the abuser is even related to the child. Many abusers are men who are married or in relationships with women. The abuser often purposefully seeks positions that allow easy access to children, such as coaching in sports leagues, youth groups within churches and faith centers, and in the schools. Because the abuser often carefully chooses to molest one child out of many they may work with, they count on the other children, their families and the community to rally around them if they are accused of abuse. Myth: I would be able to tell by how my child acts if someone was hurting her. Because of what I have taught her, I know she would tell me right away.

Truth: It is important to talk to your child about privacy and to establish rules about safety; however, there are many tactics that abusers successfully use to keep children from telling. They lead the child to believe that it is okay for them to let it happen, or make them feel responsible for it. The abuser may threaten the child and warn them that no one will believe them. Some children hesitate to tell because they don’t want to upset their family or get the abuser in trouble. When children do tell, it is common for them to wait a long time and they may tell a friend first. Myth: Hundreds of innocent people have been falsely arrested and sent to prison for molesting children. Truth: Children rarely lie about being sexually abused. Research consistently finds that most abusers are never identified or incarcerated. This happens in part because many cases are never reported to the authorities. Of those that are reported and investigated, the cases are difficult and often boil down to whether a young

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child will be able to testify and whether a jury will believe the child or the accused. What to do: Educate yourself. Talk to your children — teach them safety rules and appropriate names for their genitals. Check that the organizations your child is involved with have policies that train their staff to recognize potential abuse situations and how to reduce the risk. Monitor your child’s Internet use. Remember, if you suspect that a child has been abused, report your concerns to the Department of Social Services. A good resource is Darkness to Light, an organization working to increase awareness of child sexual abuse and the decrease its incidence and impact on children. It has practical advice for families and for organizations that serve children (darkness2light.org/). Dr. Cynthia Brown is a physician at Mission Hospital.


Step into spring with fresh asparagus By Susan Selasky Gannett News Service When you start seeing an abundance of brilliant green asparagus spears showing up in stores, it’s a sure sign of spring. Asparagus tastes best cooked just crisp tender — almost al dente. It can be roasted, steamed or sauteed. You can even thinly slice it and toss it raw in salads. A great way to prepare asparagus is to place it on a sided baking sheet, drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roast for about 8 minutes, depending on the size of

the spears. Finish with fresh lemon zest. If you’ve never tried prosciutto — Italian for ham — this recipe is a good one to start with. Unlike a traditional smoked ham, prosciutto is seasoned, salt-cured and air-dried. The result is a rich ham flavor with a dense, almost leathery texture. Prosciutto can be eaten raw and tends to be on the salty side. It is often paired raw with melon slices or figs and can be wrapped around asparagus. If you’re cooking prosciutto, such as in today’s recipe, it should be cooked briefly. Long cooking tends to toughen it and make it too chewy. Because of its intense flavor, prosciutto should be very thinly sliced.

Gemelli pasta with asparagus and prosciutto 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into strips 1 large clove garlic, peeled, minced 1 cup fat-free (or regular) half-and-half 3 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese 1 pound gemelli pasta 3/4 pound asparagus, tough ends peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, or more as desired 1/2 cup chopped basil, optional Freshly ground black pepper Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the prosciutto pieces and cook until lightly browned and crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. To the same skillet, add the garlic and cook about 1 minute. Stir in the half-and-half and cream cheese. Cook, while stirring, until the cream cheese melts and the sauce is slightly thickened. Add the pasta to the water and cook about 9-10 minutes total; during the last 2 minutes of cooking, add the asparagus to the pasta. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water and drain the pasta and asparagus. Return the pasta and asparagus to the pot and add the cream sauce, Parmesan cheese and, if using, basil. Add reserved cooking water a little at a time to thin the sauce if needed. Season with freshly ground black pepper to taste. Divide into portions and sprinkle each portion with crispy prosciutto. Serves 4. Gannett News Service

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Muffins, quick breads lead tasty resurgence in baking By Jolene Ketzenberger Gannet News Service

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Cindy Hawkins uses alternative flavors in her baked goods at Circle City Sweets in Indianapolis.

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Baking is back. With home cooking growing in popularity, you knew it wouldn’t be long before people began pulling out the mixing bowls and baking their own sweet treats — and saving money along the way. With more than 25 percent of consumers opting for sweet baked goods like muffins and scones when picking up a weekday breakfast treat, making them at home just makes sense. A new batch of baking books came out last year, offering plenty of inspiration for both novices and seasoned home cooks. From the family focused “Mom’s Big Book of Baking” (Harvard Common Press, 2001, $16.95) to the 450-page “The Art & Soul of Baking” (Andrews McMeel, 2008, $40), consumers can find loads of

ideas for creating fresh-baked flavors at home. For those just venturing into baking — or those just pressed for time — muffins and quick breads offer the perfect place to start, says pastry chef Cindy Hawkins. Hawkins, who owns Circle City Sweets in Indianapolis and creates desserts for other city restaurants, says such recipes are easy, versatile and offer a quick payoff. Because they rely on baking powder or baking soda instead of yeast to rise, such breads often can be mixed, baked and pulled from the oven in less than an hour. “With muffins, all you need is one good basic recipe,” says Hawkins. “You really can’t mess up.” She advises home bakers to find a favorite muffin or quick-bread recipe, and then experiment. “If you’ve got a

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blueberry muffin recipe you like, just forget the blueberries and look in the pantry and see what you’ve got,” she says. “Use whatever you have around.” And don’t be afraid to try unusual combinations. Her pumpkin apple bread is a perfect example. “The pumpkin apple is really popular at the markets,” says Hawkins. But quick breads don’t always have to be sweet, says Hawkins. They can be savory as well. She makes an olive oil bread topped with pine nuts that could easily include more savory flavors. “Sun-dried tomatoes would be great in it,” says Hawkins. “You could add olives to it or things like fennel or garlic and onions.” The key, she says, is to relax and enjoy the baking process — as well as the results. “Don’t stress,” says Hawkins. “Just have a good time with it.”


SECRETS FOR GREAT BAKED GOODS Ready to bake a batch of muffins? Pastry chef Cindy Hawkins offers these tips: ◆ Use high-quality ingredients. ◆ Don’t be afraid to try new combinations, says Hawkins. “I love lemon and ginger together now.” ◆ Measure carefully. Unlike stovetop cooking, in which you can add a pinch of this and a splash of that, baking requires careful measuring.

◆ Don’t overmix the batter. Stir just until dry ingredients are incorporated. “You can do it all by hand. You’re less likely to overmix it.” ◆ Dress up your baked goods. Use decorative muffin liners or bread papers, Hawkins says. “They’re so much fun to use. I like the little wooden boxes, too. You bake them right in the box with the liners.” Look for decorative liners at kitchen stores such as Sur la Table (surlatable.com). Hawkins finds Panibois wooden baking molds at technobake.com.

Pumpkin apple bread

Olive oil quick bread

3 cups flour 2 teaspoons cinnamon 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 3 cups sugar 1 (15-ounce can) pumpkin (not pie filling) 4 eggs 1 cup oil 1/2 cup water 2 apples, chopped Combine flour, cinnamon, soda and salt and set aside. Mix together sugar and pumpkin. Add eggs, oil and water. Add dry ingredients. Fold in apples. Bake in greased bread pans at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until a wooden pick comes out clean. Makes 2 loaves.

2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder Pinch salt 1 cup sugar 2 eggs, lightly beaten 3/4 cup milk 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 cup regular and golden raisins Grated zest of 1 lemon 1/4 cup pine nuts Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, stir flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in sugar. Add eggs, milk and olive oil and beat well. Toss raisins in a little flour to coat lightly. Add raisins and lemon zest to flour and egg mixture; stir to distribute evenly.Butter and flour a loaf pan. Transfer batter to pan and smooth the surface. Sprinkle top with pine nuts. Bake for 55 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out dry. Cool for a few minutes; remove loaf from pan and cool on wire rack. Makes 1 loaf.

Carrot muffins 2 cups flour 2 teaspoons cinnamon 2 teaspoons baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/4 cups sugar 2 cups shredded carrots 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1/2 cup raisins 1/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut 3 eggs 1 cup oil 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 apple, small diced Sift together flour, cinnamon, soda, salt and sugar. Add carrots, pecans, raisins and coconut. Whisk together eggs, oil and vanilla. Add to flour mixture. Fold in apples. Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each two-thirds full. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. Makes 1 dozen.

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Story times around WNC Buncombe County Public Libraries For more information visit buncombecounty.org/ governing/depts/Library/default.asp Mother Goose Time (ages 4-18 months) 11 a.m. Mondays: West Asheville 10 a.m. Tuesdays: Pack Memorial (walkers) 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays: Fairview 11 a.m. Tuesdays: Pack Memorial (nonwalkers) 11 a.m. Wednesdays: Swannanoa, Weaverville (second and fourth Wednesdays) 11 a.m. Thursdays: Oakley/South Asheville Toddler Time (ages 18-36 months) 11 a.m. Tuesdays: Leicester 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: Pack Memorial 10:30 a.m. Thursdays: Black Mountain, EnkaCandler 11 a.m. Thursdays: Pack Memorial, Weaverville (second and fourth Thursdays only) Story time (ages 3-5) 11 a.m. Tuesdays: Weaverville (first and third Tuesdays of month) 10 a.m. Wednesdays: Oakley/South Asheville 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays: Black Mountain, EnkaCandler, Leicester 11 a.m. Wednesdays: East Asheville, North Asheville, Pack Memorial 10:30 a.m. Thursdays: Fairview, Skyland/South Buncombe 11 a.m. Thursdays: Swannanoa, W. Asheville

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11 a.m. Saturdays: East Asheville School-age story time (ages 5-7) 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Pack Memorial. 3:30 p.m. Thursdays: North Asheville Storyline Call 251-5437 for a story anytime. Spanish Story time Asheville-Buncombe County Library System, West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road, Asheville. Free story reading in Spanish for preschool through kindergarten. Parents need to remain in the library. Call 251-4990 for more information.

Henderson County Public Library Story time sessions run Feb. 11-April 1 at Main Library and Feb. 16-April 9 at branch libraries. For more information, visit henderson.lib.nc.us. Family story time for all ages 10 a.m. Tuesdays: Fletcher 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays: Mills River 10 a.m. Thursdays: Green River 10:30 a.m. Saturdays: Main Library Bouncing Babies (ages 0-18 months) 11 a.m. Wednesdays: Main Library 9 a.m. Tuesdays: Etowah 9 a.m. Wednesdays: Fletcher Toddler time (18 months-3 years) 9:30 a.m. Mondays: Edneyville 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays: Etowah 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays: Fletcher 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays: Main Library 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays: Fletcher Preschool story time (ages 3-5)

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Barnes & Noble, which opened last month in its new Asheville Mall location with a visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog, offers several story times each month. 10:30 a.m. Mondays: Edneyville 7 p.m. Mondays: Main Library 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays: Etowah 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays: Main Library 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays: Fletcher

Barnes & Noble Asheville Mall, 3 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville, 2967335 Story time: 11 a.m. Mondays and 2 p.m. Saturdays. American Girl Club: Discussion and crafts based,

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4 p.m. third Saturday. Magic Tree House Club: 4 p.m. fourth Sunday with discussion and activities.

Growing Young CafĂŠ 611 Tunnel Road, East Asheville, 299-4420 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays.

Osondu Booksellers 184 N. Main St., Waynesville, 456-8062 Preschoolers story time: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. From staff reports


camp guide 2009

Get your kids back to nature this summer The following camps provided new or changed information after the publication of WNC Parent’s March issue, which included the annual Camp Guide. To view the full Camp Guide, visit WNCmom.com.

Bullington Center, Hendersonville, July 13-17 Nature Explorers Camp is a day camp for rising third- to sixth-graders. Campers explore the wildlife and plants in fields, forests, streams and gardens through hands-on activities and games. Runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost is $130. The center is on Upper Red Oak Trail off Zeb Corn Road in Hendersonville. Call 698-6104 or visit bullingtoncenter.org for more information.

F.E.N.C.E., June 22-Aug. 14 Foothills Equestrian Nature Center offers half- and full-day camps for children ages 5-12. Programs range from horse camp to nature camp to art camp. Cost starts at $100. F.E.N.C.E. is at 3381 Hunting Country Road, Tryon. Call 859-9012 or visit fence.org.

Hendersonville Christian School, Super Summer Camp, June 1-Aug. 14 Camp for kids ages 5-13 includes swimming, crafts, sports and hiking. Hendersonville Christian School is at 708 Old Spartanburg Road. For more

information, call the school office at 692-0556.

Terra Summer, Mills River, June 15-Aug. 14

Operation Purple camps The National Military Family Association sponsors free, weeklong, overnight camps for military children. Any military child can apply; but priority is given to those children who have a parent/ guardian or family household member deployed between May 2007-November 2008. If all spaces are not filled with campers who meet the deployment criteria, the remaining camp slots are filled with any military child from any service branch, the National Guard, Reserve, PHS and NOAA. Registration deadline is April 20. For information, visit nmfa.org. These area camps will host Operation Purple campers: ◆ Camp Tekoa, Hendersonville, June 7-12: Camp for children ages 7-17. Activities include boating, swimming, zip line, arts and crafts and more. ◆ Camp Bob, Hendersonville, June 28-July 3 and Aug. 2-7: Camp for children ages 8-15. Activities include swimming, hikes, tie-dye, archery, canoeing, rock climbing, drama and more. Campers 13 and older will experience whitewater rafting and the camp’s high ropes course. ◆ Swannanoa 4-H Camp, Aug. 2-7: For campers ages 8-16. In addition to activities like archery, swimming, climbing tower and sports, the camp offer activities specific to the mountains like rock climbing, rafting and hiking.

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Swannanoa 4-H Camp is one of three camps offering Operation Purple camp for military children.

RiverLink, river camps, June 15-July 17 Discover the French Broad River in Asheville and around the watershed at RiverLink’s camp for rising third- to eighth-graders. Play river games, complete a cleanup project, tour parks and greenways, build a rain garden and more. Runs 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in four, one-week sessions. Cost is $200 with $25 registration fee. Visit riverlink.org/ camps.

Terra Summer is an eight-week academic enrichment program for children 11-14 that uses the world of food to link and explore geometry, geography, history and science. Guided by a farm team, a chef and teachers, campers will grow their own food, work on the farm, cook and eat, and discuss the social, economic, and ethical issues related to food. Terra Summer features guest artists and chefs. Children run a produce stand, journal, do portfolio projects and presentations, and look at the world and themselves through a new lens. Runs 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. There will be a weeklong break July 12-19. Weekly fee is $150; full and partial scholarships are available. Terra Summer is at Jafasa Farm in Mills River. For more information or to apply, call 782-7842 or visit terraschool.org.

Wellspring Adventure Camp, Canton, starts June 7 The most effective weight loss camp for teens will offer its first summer session in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Kids learn how to achieve long-term weight loss during a fun-filled vacation. Campers lose an average of four pounds per week while enjoying activities like mountain biking, kayaking and hiking. Enroll for four to 12 weeks. For information, visit wellspringadventurecamp.com.

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The beautiful weather drew a large crowd last spring to Fletcher’s annual Easter egg hunt at Fletcher Community Park.

Easter events around WNC Hop on over to one of these community events and get your fill of Easter treats.

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Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.

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Community Easter egg hunt The community is welcome to hunt Easter eggs and enjoy inflatAnointed Word Church Easter egg hunt Anointed Word Church will hold its fourth annual Easter egg hunt at ables, basketball, crafts, refreshments and more. For toddlers through third-graders. Runs 10 a.m.-noon. Sponsored by St. Paul’s 11 a.m. at Kate’s Park, next to the Fletcher Library on HendersonChurch, 32 Rosscraggon Road, Building B. For more information, ville Road, across the highway from CVS Pharmacy. Families are welcome, with activities geared for 2- to 12-year-olds. There will be call 277-7730. Fletcher Easter egg hunt games, candy, prizes, puppet show with a Bible message, and the Fletcher’s 14th annual Easter Egg Hunt and Parade of Hats starts at Easter egg hunt. For more information, call Rebecca at 242-8781. 12:15 p.m. at Fletcher Community Park. Kids can gather prize-filled In case of severe weather, the event will be held April 11. All chileggs spread over six fields. For information, visit fletcherparks.org. dren must be accompanied by an adult. Grovewood Easter egg hunt Bojangles’ Easter Eggstravaganza Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department hosts the The hunt begins at 11 a.m. on the historic grounds of Grovewood Gallery and the Grovewood Café in North Asheville. Activities inEaster Bunny for the area’s largest free Easter celebration. The fun clude egg decorating, a bunny bean bag toss and a visit from the includes giant inflatables, crafts, face painting, balloon twists, a Easter Bunny. Prizes and snacks included. For children ages 2-9. magician and a performance by the Mountain Thunder Cloggers. Bring your own basket. Registration is $10. RSVP by April 6. For The event is 1-3 p.m. at Carrier Park, along the French Broad River more information, visit grovewood.com or call 253-7651. on Amboy Road. Egg hunts for ages 4-10 will be offered at 2 p.m., Lake Junaluska Easter events with a special egg area set up for ages 3 and younger. All children Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center hosts a 5K and 8K will receive a free Easter goody bag. Bring your camera for a family photo with the Easter Bunny. For information call 828-253-3714 or Run and Walk starting at 8 a.m. and a Fun Run at 9:30 a.m. Easter egg hunts, Easter egg painting contest and crafts for children ages visit www.ashevillenc.gov. 3-12 run from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Stuart Auditorium/Harrell Center Calvary Baptist Church Easter egg hunt Hunt for eggs, hear Bible stories, do crafts and more. At 10 a.m. at Area. For information, visit lakejunaluska.com/easter. Malvern Hills Park Easter egg hunt the church, 531 Haywood Road, West Asheville. Malvern Hills Presbyterian Church hosts a community Easter egg Marion Easter egg hunt and parade The Marion Business Association and the Corpening YMCA will host hunt for children ages 2-10 from 1-3 p.m. at Malvern Hills Park. Hunts start at 1:15 and 2 p.m. For information, call 258-8624 or the 20th annual Easter Bonnet Parade and Egg Hunt, 10 a.m.-1 visit malvernhillspca.org. p.m. at the YMCA soccer fields. Activities are for children 12 and younger. Prizes will be awarded and the Easter Bunny will visit. Bring Dillsboro’s Easter Hat Parade your own basket for the hunt. Healthy snacks and entertainment will Dillsboro will host its 21st annual Easter Hat Parade at 2 p.m. Participants of all ages are welcome, as well as pets. Winners will be provided. For more information, call 652-2215 or 659-9622. be declared in more than 20 categories. Hat-making before the Smith-McDowell House Museum Easter egg hunt parade will be on the lawn of Dogwood Crafters. The Easter Bunny Find Easter eggs on the grounds of Smith-McDowell House Musewill visit, too. For information, call the Jackson County Visitors um, Asheville’s oldest surviving home. Runs 10 a.m.-noon. Admission is $5 per child, adults free. With games, a sing-along program Center at 800-962-1911 or see visitdillsboro.org. and light refreshments. Reservations are recommended. ParticiApril 11-12 pants are encouraged to bring their own basket. To register, call 253-9231. The museum is at 283 Victoria Road, on the campus of Train ride with Snoopy, the Easter Beagle Ride the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad with Snoopy, the Easter

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Grovewood Gallery will host its egg hunt, complete with the Easter Bunny, on April 11. Beagle. Train departs on a Nantahala Gorge excursion at 10:30 a.m. from Bryson City to the Nantahala Outdoor Center, where refreshments are served. During the layover, children seek out bunnies carrying brightly colored eggs. Photo opportunities with Snoopy. Call 800-872-4681 or visit www.gsmr.com for reservations.

April 12 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 occur at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Children 5 and younger may attend the egg hunt for free when accompanied by an estate pass holder or a ticketed adult. For information, visit Biltmore.com. Chimney Rock Park sunrise service Celebrate Easter at Chimney Rock Park’s 54th annual Easter sunrise service. Gates open at 5 a.m. and close at 6 a.m. for the 6:30 service. No admission fee. Guests are welcome to enjoy the park for the day. The nondenominational worship service is filled with song, scripture, music and sunrise views. Arrive early, dress warmly and bring a flashlight. For information, visit chimneyrockpark.com.


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DOWN 1. Racing sled 2. Type of mountain goat 3. Chimneysweep’s dirt 4. Father Mulcahy of “MASH,” e.g. 5. ’80s TV show “Remington ______” 6. “Willing and ____” 7. Paul’s cousin in “Mad About You” 8. Reverted to China in’99 9. Game featured in major fashion logo 10. Viking name 11. “____ the Cheerleader” on “Heroes” 12. Deed hearing 15. Asking price minus cost 20. Dolenz of “The Monkees” 22. Acid drug 24. Direct phone line 25. Head of “The Office”

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Things to do March 31 Hendersonville Christian School open house Hendersonville Christian School will host an open house information session at 6:30 pm. All interested families are invited to tour the newly renovated campus, meet teachers and hear from Headmaster Greg Mosely. The school is at 708 Old Spartanburg Road, Hendersonville. For more information, call the school office at 692-0556.

Storytelling Quilt Workshop for kids Storyteller and author Lynn Salsi tells stories about the rich culture and traditions of North Carolina. Students in first to eighth grades are invited to bring their best family or pet story idea, and Salsi will give tips on how to create a storytelling experience to share with others. Salsi will bring her famous story quilt, and students will learn how pictures can

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come to life through stories. Young writers will especially benefit from this experience which explores the power of ideas and creativity. At Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St., Asheville. Call 250-4700 for information.

A family participates in handson art activities at Asheville Art Museum’s family day. This year’s Family Art pARTy is April 5.

April 1 Breast-feeding and Calming a Fussy Baby class A fun interactive class that teaches tips and tricks to feed and calm and soothe your sweet baby. Don’t just prepare for labor — prepare for a newborn. Class runs 6-9 p.m. and is taught by Holly Mason, RN, at the Women’s Wellness and Education Center, 24 Arlington St., Asheville. Cost is $25. For information or registration call 2500226.

‘Building Wellness for Kids and Families’ Learn how the ways you move, eat and think have a powerful effect on your family’s overall health at this free program with Dr. Jennifer Liming, a chiropractor specializing in children, at 6 p.m. at Blue Ridge Wellness Center. The center is at College Street at Asheville Office Park, Building D, Suite 120. Space is limited; call 252-7553 to

make a reservation.

April 1 and 15 MOPS Mothers of Preschoolers meets at Biltmore Baptist Church in Arden on the first and third Wednesday mornings of each month, 9:30-11:30. For more information, call 687-1111.

April 2 Family Folklore and Story Night Join a family folklore and story night at the Oakley Library at 7 p.m. Children of all ages are welcome. The library is at 749 Fairview Road. Call

250-4754 for information.

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 Doctor’s Drive, behind Mission Hospitals. Meetings are an opportunity to share experiences and offer support in a social setting. For information, call 444-AMOM or visit ashevillemom.com.

Preschool Play Date The Health Adventure’s Preschool Play Date series provides children ages 3-6 with a unique and safe venue to play and a chance for parents, grandpar-

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ents, and caregivers to socialize and bond. includes hands-on take-away activities led by an educator from the museum for children ages 3-6. Free for members or with museum admission. Runs 10:30-11:30 a.m. every first Thursday of the month. No registration in required. Call 254-6373 or visit thehealthadventure.org.

April 2-4 Enka-Candler Library Used Book Sale The Friends of the Enka-Candler Library will host a used book sale, with preview night for Friends members 6-8 p.m. April 2 and open to the public 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 3 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 4. All proceeds will benefit the library, at 1401 Sandhill Road. Call 250-4758 for information.

Starts April 3 Spanish classes Hands On! A Children’s Gallery will offer Spanish classes for children ages 3-10 at 10 a.m. each Friday in April. Call The Spanish Tree House at 699-4221 for more information. Cost is $10 plus museum admission. Hands On! is at 318 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Admission is $5. The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Call 697-8333 or visit handsonwnc.org.

Hands On! A Children’s Gallery offers music with Jenny Arch at 10:30 a.m. She’ll have her guitar and will get out musical instruments for visitors to join in. This is offered every month, the first Friday at 10:30. The museum is at 318 N. Main St. in downtown Hendersonville. Admission is $5. The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Call 697-8333 or visit handsonwnc.org.

National Acrobats of China Asheville Bravo Concerts presents the National Acrobats of China at 7:30 p.m. at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Highly skilled, rigorously trained and superbly talented, the National Acrobats of China are part of a classical Chinese tradition that has been practiced for 3,000 years. Tickets are $20$50 at Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 2515505. Students receive half-price seating.

Parents night out Malvern Hills Presbyterian Church offers a parents night out, 6-8 p.m. the first Friday of the month. Open to community children, ages 2-11. Pizza dinner included. MHPC also offers a program for community youths ages 10 and older that runs consecutively with the Parents Night Out program. Donations accepted, but not required. For more information, call the Rev. Sean Maney at 2428402 or visit malvernhillspca.com.

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April 3-5 ‘Princess Reform School’ Flat Rock Playhouse’s YouTheatre presents “Princess Reform School,” a new play by Lisa K. Bryant that shows that being born a princess is no

guarantee that a princess knows how to behave as one. Performances at 7:15 p.m. April 3-4 and 2:15 p.m. April 4-5. Tickets are $15 for adults, $6 for children and students. For tickets, call 6930731 or 866-732-8008. Visit flatrockplayhouse.org.

April 3 and 17 RiverLink Outdoor Education Days Learn more about the French Broad River with RiverLink in a more casual class setting that combines the mobile technology of the ROVER van with nets, waders and outdoor equipment to provide a unique, hands-on experience perfect for any age. At Carrier Park next to the Wetland, 3-5 p.m. For more information, visit riverlink.org.

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Princess tea Have tea with members of the cast of “Princess Reform School,” a new play presented by the YouTheatre of Flat Rock Playhouse. Runs 1-2 p.m. in the Rehearsal Hall. Fairy tale attire encouraged. Tickets are $10 per person, and all proceeds will benefit the YouTheatre Educational Program. For information, call the box office at 693-0731 or toll-free at 866-732-8008.

April 5 Family Art pARTy Celebrate spring and Earth Day as the Asheville Art Museum marks its 60th anniversary with an afternoon of fun. From 2-4 p.m., try hands-on art experiences in the Pack Place Lobby and visit the opening reception of RiverLink’s Earth Art Contest, a student art and writing competition, in the Pack Place Community Gallery. For more information, visit ashevilleart.org.


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Origami Folding Frenzy Learn new folds, share favorites, and meet fellow origami enthusiasts. All levels welcome. Paper is available at the museum store or bring your own. No club dues, just the cost of museum admission. From 4-5 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at The Health Adventure in Pack Place. For information, call 254-6373 or visit thehealthadventure.org.

April 6 Food allergy group Would you like to have COCOA — Caring for Children with food Allergies — in Asheville? A free group for parents of food allergic children is meeting at Earth Fare on Hendersonville Road in South Asheville. If you are interested, come to meetings at 6:45 p.m. the first Monday of the month or e-mail Kristie at cocoa_in_asheville @yahoo.com for details.

The freshest, most nutritious vegetables come from your own garden. You don’t need a lot of space to grow your own vegetables — apartment dwellers can even grow an assortment of vegetables in containers. N.C. State Cooperative Extension Agent Linda Blue presents this free workshop at 6 p.m. at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St., downtown. Call 250-4700 for information.

Hendersonville Children’s Choir concert At 6:30 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2101 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2.50 for children. For information, call 693-8504.

No need for a big space to grow a garden of vegetables and herbs. Try pots, and learn how to use them April 7 at Pack Memorial Library. Other gardening workshops are planned throughout April.

April 8 Breast-feeding Basics 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. Two Tuesdays, April 7 and 14, 6:30-9 p.m. Cost is $90, or free with Medicaid. Registration required. At Pardee Health Education Center in Blue Ridge Mall, Four Seasons Boulevard, Hendersonville. Call 692-4600 for information.

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Come join other moms for fun, laughter and friendship. Group meets the first Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8 p.m., fourth floor of the Henry Building at Geneva Place in Montreat. Free child care is available. Call 669-8012, ext. 4001, to reserve a spot.

Childbirth 101

Starts April 8 Four interactive classes on Wednesday evenings focus on natural childbirth, positions for comfort, and hands-on massage techniques for labor. VBACs welcome. Classes are at the Women’s Wellness and Education Center, 24 Arlington St., Asheville. Cost is $175 for the series taught by Laura Beagle, LMBT, and Trish Beckman, CNM. Class runs 6-9 p.m. April 8-29. For information or registration call 231-9227.

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Park Ridge Hospital in Hendersonville offers a course on the basics of breast-feeding, 7-9 p.m. Held in the hospital’s Duke Room. Call Sheri Gregg at 681-2229 for information or to register.

Knitty Gritty Night East Asheville Library hosts a casual knitting group for all skill levels the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Call 250-4738 or e-mail eastasheville.library@buncombecounty.org for more information. The library is at 902 Tunnel Road.

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museum exploration time and a 75-minute program. Cost is $5 per scout (adults are free). For information, call 254-6373 or visit thehealthadventure.org.

April 9 Brownie Try-It Day at The Health Adventure Learn about science in crazy ways and earn the Science in Action badge. Make a weird substance that is both a solid and a liquid. Blow up a balloon without using your breath! Watch a light show and decode secret messages with color filters. Runs 3:30-6 p.m., with 75 minutes of

Garden Science Investigation Garden Science Investigation at the Botanical Gardens is a series designed to engage kids in observation and investigation of living and nonliving things using their senses and simple tools. Classroom and garden activities will engage the kids, ages 5-11. April’s focus is “Trees: Why are their leaves green?” Participants will take home a book for identifying the most common eastern trees. Cost is $7/per child. Each session is limited to 12 participants. All programs take place at the Botanical Gardens, 151 W.T. Weaver Blvd. (next to UNCA) from 9:30-11:30 a.m. For information or to register, call 252-5190.

April 11 and 25 Creativity day camps A full-day camp designed to inspire children’s unique creative expression at The Rainbow Well.

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Holistic Parenting Forum The Holistic Parenting Forum topic for April is “Returning to the Garden,” presented by Chama Woydak. Come learn different techniques to inspire your little ones to garden with you and learn lazy gardening for busy parents. The Holistic Parenting Forum is a free group that meets monthly to provide an opportunity for a diverse community of parents committed to natural living to gather. The group provides support, education and resources. All meetings take place on the second Wednesday of every month at Earth Fare in West Asheville at 6 p.m. Children are welcome. For more information, call 230-4850 or e-mail shantisunshine@gmail.com

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‘Back to Basics: Backyard Small Fruit’ Many small fruits are not difficult to grow in Western North Carolina. Learn about strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and grapes suitable for backyard gardens. N.C. State Cooperative Extension Agent Linda Blue presents this free program at 6 p.m. at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St., downtown. Call 250-4700 for information.

Includes rotating musicians and artists, art direction, child expertise, Creativity Camper Assessment (for parents) and more. For information, visit therainbowwell.com or call 505-0383.

‘Fancy Nancy’ parties Osondu Booksellers in downtown Waynesville offers fancy fun for young readers at its popular parties based on the “Fancy Nancy” books. Parties start at 3 p.m. Call 456-8062 for reservations. The store is at 184 N. Main St.

Mom2Mom group St. Paul’s Church’s Mom2Mom group, a monthly group serving moms of any age children, meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Rosscraggon Business Park, 32 Rosscraggon Road, Building B, Skyland. Refreshments and child care will be provided. Contact Beth at 388-3598 for more information and directions.

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April 13 Chimney Rock home-school program The vision for Earth Day was for people young and old to take responsibility for the world in which we all live. Join us to learn about the history of Earth Day and easy ways you can help create a healthier planet. Cost is $12 per student, $11.50 for parents (passholders are $7 for students and free for parents). Call 800-277-9611 to register.

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Tracie Hanson shows off a corn snake to children at Foothills Equestrian Nature Center in Tryon. F.E.N.C.E. brings its animals to kids at Hands On! A Children’s Gallery on April 15. Congregational Church on Oak Street. Pregnant moms, babies and toddlers are welcome. For information, contact a leader: Susan 628-4438, Falan, 253-2098, or Tamara 505-1379.

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port group for new moms with babies younger than 4 months. Ten moms and their babies and a trained facilitator meet for 12 weeks from 1-3 p.m. Mondays at the Women’s Wellness and Education Center, 24 Arlington St., Asheville. To register, call Shelley at 582-4653. For information, visit AshevilleWomensWellness.com

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The Foothills Equestrian Nature Center brings its program F.E.N.C.E. Comes Alive with live animals to Hands On! A Children’s Gallery at 3 p.m. The museum is at 318 N. Main St. in downtown Hendersonville. Admission is $5. The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Call 697-8333 or visit handsonwnc.org.

April 16 Bedtime Bash Put on pajamas and come to the East Asheville Branch Library at 6:30 p.m. for an evening of bedtime stories, songs, and fun. Ideal for ages


calendar of events 3-6, but all ages welcome. Free. Snacks provided. The library is at 902 Tunnel Road. Call 250-4738.

Colburn home-school program The Colburn Earth Science Museum at Pack Place is offering a trip to Grove Stone Quarry with a focus on geology for April’s home-school program for children in first to third grades. Class runs 10-11:30 a.m. Minimum class size is six students. Cost is $5.50 per child per class, and prepayment is required. To register or for information, call 254-7162.

Poetry workshop Spellbound Children’s Bookshop offers a poetry workshop with North Carolina author Julia Ebel. It is open to kids, parents and teachers. Runs 4-5 p.m. at 19 Wall St., downtown. For more information, call 232-2228 or visit spellboundchildrensbookshop.com.

April 17 Home school day at the railroad Take a Nantahala Gorge excursion on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Special school rates available to home-schooled children. Train departs at 10:30 a.m. from Bryson City Depot. For details, visit gsmr.com or call 800-872-4681.

Weaverville Library’s Teen Advisory Group Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Weaverville Library’s Teen Advisory Group Coffee House. This is your chance to share poetry, stories, or any other original writing. Perform an old favorite, bring something new to share, or just come to relax and enjoy the show! Refreshments will be served. Bring all your friends to this new event. At 4 p.m. The library is at 41 N. Main St. For information, call 250-6482.

April 18 All About Dirt A gardening program for kids for all ages at 11 a.m. at Swannanoa Library, 101 W. Charleston St. This program is free and presented by the Friends of the Swannanoa Library. Call 250-6486 for information.

Asheville Earth Day Celebrate Earth Day at a free event at Martin Luther King Park in downtown, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Visit an expansive Eco-Village, listen to live music and educational speakers, and take your children to Kids Universe, featuring arts, crafts, face painting and storyteller Laura “Lulu” Edmonds from the Oakley Library. For more information, visit avlearthday.org.

Trillium Spring Festival The Unitarian Universalist Church in Black Mountain will host its fifth-annual spring festival, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. rain or shine. The family oriented event will offer games, contests and fun for all ages. There will be live music, a rummage sale, plant sale, cake walks, a bake sale and door

prizes. Free, with a small charge for games and cake walk. Proceeds will benefit a partner church in Romania. For information, call 669-8050 or e-mail admin@uusv.org.

April 18-21 and 25-26 Spark Creative Wellness open houses Learn more about using expressive arts — poetry, collage, mask-making, sand play, drama, music, or movement — to bring out the best in your child, age 7-17. Themed open houses run 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For information or to schedule a consultation for these sessions, visit sparkcreativewellness.com or call Jessica Chilton at 301-5172. ◆ April 18-19: Spark Self-Confidence: Do you have a child who is experiencing shyness, insecurity, fear, or anxiety? Learn how creativity can help a child experiencing shyness, insecurity, fear or anxiety. ◆ April 20-21: Home schooler’s Creative Wellness: Learn how individual or group Creative Wellness sessions can enrich development and add empowering creative experiences to homeschooling curriculum. ◆ April 25-26: Sparkle Sisters: Learn how expressive arts can help empower girls challenged by cliques, drama, body image and stereotypes and give her a positive sense of self.

April 19 JCC Kids Stuff rummage sale Find great bargains on a wide array of children’s gently used clothing, furnishings, equipment, toys, books and more. 236 Charlotte St. Runs 10 a.m.-3 p.m. All proceeds will benefit Shalom Children’s Center and Hilde’s House Infant and Toddler Program. Contact Caroline Martin at 253-0701 or caroline@jcc-asheville.org for more information.

April 20 Grandparent class This free course covers how grandparents can help, how childbirth has changed, gift ideas, safety and a tour of the Park Ridge Hospital obstetrics unit. Class is at 7 p.m. in the Duke Room at Park Ridge, 100 Hospital Drive, Hendersonville. For information or to register, call 681-2229.

La Leche League Monday evenings La Leche League meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of the month at Awakening Heart on Merrimon Avenue. Pregnant moms, babies and toddlers welcome. For information, contact a leader: Jen at 713-3707 or Yvette at 254-5591.

Mommy and Me luncheon The Baby Place at Park Ridge Hospital in Hendersonville welcomes new moms to its Mommy and Me luncheon, noon-1 p.m. the third Monday of each month. Bring your new baby, visit with other new moms and enjoy a short speaker. This luncheon is in the hospital’s Private Dining Room, ground floor by the café, and will take place on the third Monday of each month. Please call 681-2229 to RSVP.

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Starts April 20 Play and Learn Parents/caregivers and children ages 2-5 in Buncombe County are invited to attend a series of six free Play and Learn group sessions at 10 a.m. Tuesdays, April 28-June 2, or at 10 or 11 a.m. Wednesdays, April 29-June 3. The sessions include pre-literacy activities including songs, fingerplays, puppets, movement, and instruments. Adults receive free information and ideas each week for activities to do at home with children. Each 45 minute session will be in the Family Resource Center at Asheville City Schools Preschool, 441 Haywood Road in West Asheville. For information, call Marna Holland at 255-5423. Attendance is required at four of the six sessions. Registration is required by email (marna.holland@asheville.k12.nc.us) or phone. New participants may register April 20. Returning participants may register April 23.

April 20-22 Jazzercise open house Susan Welch, an Asheville-area Jazzercise instructor, will offer a citywide free-for-all Jazzercise open house April 20-22 at South Asheville Jazzercise Fitness Center, 3426 Sweeten Creek Road. Learn more about the Jazzercise program and work out for free. For information, call 891-8413.

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Roots + Wings Art Studio offers art lessons for children ages 18 months to 5 years at The Cathedral of All Soul’s in Biltmore Village. Cost is $50 plus a $10 supplies fee, with a $10 sibling discount available. For specific times and more information, visit gingerhuebner.com/roots+wings.

April 21 ‘Back to Basics: Dollar Wise in the Landscape and Garden’ Maintaining a landscape and vegetable garden takes money. Plan wisely to minimize costs and spend effectively. NC State Cooperative Extension Agent Linda Blue presents this free workshop at 6 p.m. at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St., downtown. Call 250-4700.

Breast-feeding class Learn the art of breast-feeding. Class covers breast-feeding basics to help give moms a good start. From 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Pardee Health Education Center in Blue Ridge Mall, Four Seasons Boulevard, Hendersonville. Call 692-4600. Class is free; registration is not required.

Buncombe County Special Olympics More than 450 athletes will compete in the Buncombe County Special Olympics Spring Games. Opening Ceremonies begin at 9:20 a.m. with a parade of athletes. These competitors and their student helpers are from all over the county and represent county and city schools and group homes. Roberson High School in Skyland hosts

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Paul Costanzo and Reid Usedom help unwrap a granola bar for Eli Kohatsu as they wait for the softball throw in the Special Olympics last year. This year’s event is April 21. this free event. Events include softball throw, relay races, 50- and 100-meter runs, standing long jump and running long jump. For wheelchair bound athletes there are races and developmental events. For more information contact Teri Gentile at 684-5072 or teri.gentile@ buncombecounty.org. Rain date is April 22.

Earth Day Eve Join Adrienne Outcalt and Hands On! A Children’s Gallery for an Earth Day Eve program at 4 p.m.

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The museum is at 318 N. Main St. in downtown Hendersonville. Admission is $5. The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Call 697-8333 or visit handsonwnc.org.

Family Fun Night Weaverville Library hosts story time at 6:30 p.m. with a selection of songs, stories and poetry to celebrate National Poetry Month. The library is at 41 N. Main St. Call 250-6482.


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Flat Rock Playhouse YouTheatre hosts a spring festival. Rain date is April 26. Cost is $5 for adults, free for kids free. For information, call 693-0731 or 866-732-8008.

Composting 101 Learn the basics of composting in this free program at 6 p.m. at the Swannanoa Library, 101 W. Charleston St. Call 250-6486.

Historic Johnson Farm Festival Experience wagon rides, animals, craft and heritage exhibits, children’s activities, bluegrass, square dancers, house tours and more at a celebration of spring and mountain heritage, suitable for families and people of all ages. Food available for purchase. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for students in kindergarten through 12th grade and free for preschoolers. Historic Johnson Farm is at 3346 Haywood Road, Hendersonville. Call 891-6585 or visit historicjohnsonfarm.org.

Earth Day Hooray! Join Enka-Candler Library for an Earth Day story time and toy exchange at 10:30 a.m. Kids are encouraged to bring three toys or books in good condition to exchange with one another. Any remaining items will be donated to local children in crisis. The library is at 1401 Sandhill Road. Call 250-4758.

School-age reading club Calling all kids ages 7-11. Weaverville Library’s club meeting will celebrate National Poetry Month. Come learn about different types of poetry and how to write your own. Bring all your friends down to the library for this new program at 4 p.m. The library is at 41 N. Main St. Call 250-6482.

April 23 Asheville Catholic School open house Visit Asheville Catholic School and learn more about its pre-kindergarten, elementary and middle school curriculum, sports and fine arts programs from students, parents and teachers at an open house, 9-11 a.m. For more information, visit ashevillecatholic.org or call 252-7896. The school is at 12 Culvern St.

Game Night Bring a favorite board or card games to share, and get together for a night in at the East Asheville Branch Library from 6-7:30 p.m. All ages welcome. Snacks provided. The library is at 902 Tunnel Road. Call 250-4738.

Junior Girl Scout event at The Health Adventure Be a scientist at the “Making it Matter” workshop. Make slime and identify mystery substances. Rig up a real circuit. Launch rockets into the air. Runs 3:30-6 p.m. and includes 30 minutes of museum exploration time. Cost is $7 per scout (adults are free). For information, call 254-6373 or visit thehealthadventure.org.

Soundings Women’s Ensemble concert The Soundings Women’s Ensemble will present a concert of Hebrew motets, Spanish lullabies and

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Celebrate Historic Johnson Farm in Hendersonville at its festival April 25. Above, one of the Johnson brothers takes children on a hayride in this vintage photo. The farm operated as a summer boarding tourist retreat from 1913-58. Ladino folk songs at 7 p.m. at Temple Beth Ha Tephila, 43 N. Liberty St., Asheville. Free.

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Get a taste of summer camp fun with activities like archery, BB guns, zip line, and climbing wall. Enjoy lunch, inflatables, face painting and live music. Free, but please register in advance at campcedarcliff.org or by calling 450-3331.

‘Grow Your Own Food in Your Own Front Yard’ Gardening expert Diana Schmitt McCall will lead a program about growing your own food at 7 p.m. at Black Mountain Library. McCall, who helps run the community gardens in Black Mountain, will include pointers on how to start your own garden and what grows best in containers. Dee Casey will share her success with turning her lawn into a garden. The library is at 105 Dougherty St. Call 250-4756.

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The Asheville Jewish Community Center will host its second annual 5K Run/Walk and Kids 1K Fun Run. The 5K will start at 3:00pm at The Congregation Beth Israel, 229 Murdock Avenue. The Kids 1K Fun Run will start at 3:45 p.m. across the street at Weaver Park. The runs are part of Congregation Beth Israel’s Celebration Israel Festival, which runs 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The 5K entry fee is $23; Fun Run is $10. Register at setupevents.com. Discount for Girls on the Run participants. For information, visit jcc-asheville.org or call 253-0701, ext. 108.

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Tot Swap Trade and Sale Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts hosts Tot Swap Trade and Sale from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Montford Center, 34 Pearson Drive. Bring infant and toddler clothes, toys and gear for trade or swap. Call for table reservations by April 17. Tables are $5 each. For information or table reservation, contact Candy Shaw at 251-4042 or oakleyrec.c@ashevillenc.gov or Jessica Johnston at 251-4041 or eastrecctr@ashevillenc.gov.

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Pardee parenting classes Classes at Pardee Health Education Center in Blue Ridge Mall, Four Seasons Boulevard, Hendersonville. Call 692-4600 for information. Classes are free. Registration is not required. ◆ Infant care class: Learn the basics of infant care, 6:30-8 p.m. ◆ Prime-time with a pediatrician: Learn from a local pediatrician what to expect with a newborn in your home, 8-9 p.m.

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Girl Scout Day at McCormick Field The Asheville Tourists host the Girl Scouts for a 2:05 p.m. game. For $10 each, scouts will receive a ticket to the game, meal voucher, badge and more. For information, visit theashevilletourists.com or call 258-0428.

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Enjoy six bands, camping, swimming, open jams, song circles, food and more, starting at 1 p.m. at Camp Ton-A-Wandah in Flat Rock. This indoor The Black Mountain Library knitting group will event will go on rain or shine. Tickets are $35 for meet at 7 p.m. Knitters of all experience levels are adults, $17.50 for kids ages 11-17, free for chilwelcome. The library is at 105 Dougherty St. Call dren 10 and younger. “Trash boat” construction, 250-4756. launching and rides around the lake will entertain kids from 2-6 p.m. For information and tickets, visit flatrockmusicfestival.com.

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Starts April 26 Park Ridge Hospital’s program designed for the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes is accepting physician referrals for the April session, which starts April 26 at the Lelia Patterson Center in Fletcher. KidPower ENERGIZE! Participants, ages 8-18, and families are given comprehensive nutrition education, instruction in behavior modification and exercise training over a 12-week, 36-session program. A physician referral is required for participation. Qualified applicants are ages 8-18 and are now or are at risk of becoming overweight or obese, and/or are now or are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. For information, contact Ellen Seagle at 650-6960 or ellen.seagle@ahss.org.

students. Get tickets from a TLC family or student, by calling 686-3080, at the door, or use PayPal through thelearningcommunity.org. The benefit will include a silent auction, raffle and food and beverages.

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Kids get ready to run in the Falafel 1K Fun Run. This year’s event is April 26, part of the Celebration Israel Festival at Congregation Beth Israel. profoundly affect physical, mental and spiritual well-being. The group meets 7-8 p.m. the fourth Tuesday at the Pardee Health Education Center in Blue Ridge Mall, 1800 Four Seasons Blvd, Hendersonville. This month’s topic is “Labor Induction: Do Benefits Always Outweigh the Risks?” with Barbara Davenport, certified nurse-midwife. For information, e-mail birthnetworkofwnc@gmail.com or visit birthnetwork.org.

Glen Arden Elementary Spring Fling

An interactive class that teaches tips and tricks to feed and soothe your baby. Don’t just prepare for labor — prepare for a newborn. Class runs 6-9 p.m. and is taught by Holly Mason, RN, at the Women’s Wellness and Education Center, 24 Arlington St., Asheville. Cost is $25. For information or registration, call 250-0226.

Glen Arden Elementary’s PTA hosts a spring carnival with fun for kids of all ages, including inflatables, a dunk tank, cake walk, more than 20 games, food and more from 2-6 p.m. Cost is $10 for a wristband that includes unlimited play on many games. The school is at 50 Pinehurst Circle, Arden. For information, call 654-1800.

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‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Students of The Learning Community School will perform in “Fiddler on the Roof” as a school benefit at 6 p.m. May 1 and 2 p.m. May 2 at Asheville Christian Academy auditorium. Tickets are $7 for adults (ages 12 and older) and $5 for

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Glenn C. Marlow Elementary is hosting a yard sale to benefit the Marlow Children’s Medical Fund, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Household items including children’s toys and clothes will be on sale, as well as craft and vendor items. Hot dogs, snow cones and popcorn will be available. Donated children’s books will be on sale for 25 cents. The Marlow


calendar of events Children’s Fund helps students in need purchase glasses and assists with medical concerns. The school is at 1985 Butler Bridge Road, Fletcher. Call 654-3225 for information.

May 2-3 ‘Discover Your Spark’ open house Do you have a child, age 7-17, who needs support in discovering her/his own strengths, gifts, and unique identity? Is your child interested in using expressive arts — poetry, collage, maskmaking, sand play, drama, music, or movement — as a way to experience positive affirmation and self-discovery? Learn more at Spark Creative Wellness’s open house, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Visit sparkcreativewellness.com or call Jessica Chilton at 301-5172.

May 3 Asheville Waldorf May Faire The Asheville Waldorf Group is hosting its May Faire from 2-5 p.m. Dance around the maypole, make flower garlands, listen to live music, join in the activities for all ages and shop for handmade crafts, toys and biodynamic produce. The Faire will end with a potluck social at 4:30 p.m. Event is free with small charge for some activity booths. At the Grow With Me Homeschooling Co-op at Groce Methodist Church on Tunnel Road. For more information see spiritualseasons.net or contact Elizabeth at 296-8323.

Ends May 3 ‘Moneyville’ exhibit Where can you play the stock market, run your own lemonade stand, put your face on a million dollar bill, and see samples of currency from pounds to pesos? In Moneyville, The Health Adventure’s new exhibit, which runs through May 3. Hands-on activities range from creating your own “money” to exploring anti-counterfeiting measures to seeing what a million dollars looks like. At 2 S. Pack Square, Asheville. For details, visit thehealthadventure.org or call 254-6373.

May 9 Family Fest Gather resources and information on products and services for families, meet Elmo, enjoy games and activities and shop from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Blue Ridge Mall, Four Seasons Boulevard in Hendersonville. Visit inspiredproductionsinc.com.

Kids Art Day Children ages 5-12 can stop by TC Arts Council in Brevard from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and create works of art to display on the arts center lawn throughout the summer. Cost is $5 per child. For reservations, call 884-2787. Visit artsofbrevard.org.

Whole Bloomin’ Thing Spring Festival Held in Waynesville’s historic Frog Level area, the seventh-annual all-day event features local growers, area artisans and an array of nature-related professionals. The festival ushers in the growing season and boasts a grand array of garden starts

Ongoing

Mission Wellness Resource Center Room. Mommy/baby yoga for pre-crawlers is 9:30-10:15 a.m.; guest speaker/open discussion is 10:3011:30; walk and talk is 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Please call 213-8098 or e-mail shantisunshine@gmail.com to register.

SpiralScouts

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and Mother’s Day gifts. Music, demonstrations and kids’ activities runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fun for the entire family and free to the public.

Black Bear Circle No. 182 of SpiralScouts meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6 p.m. at Montford Community Center. SpiralScouts is an Earth-based scouting program for boys and girls, ages 3-18. For more information, e-mail MicheleC@spiralscouts.org.

Swimming lessons Learn to swim at the YWCA of Asheville. Red Cross certified swim lessons are now in session and can be joined at any point in the session. Classes are offered for babies, preschoolers, youth, teens and adults. Call 254-7206, ext. 110, for more information or sign up at the YWCA, 185 S. French Broad Ave. Visit ywcaofasheville.org.

Asheville Hiking Moms Join a group of moms that takes babies and kids hiking in Asheville and surrounding areas. Most of the hikes are between two to six miles in length with one or two breaks along the way to eat and let the kids play or swim. Most hikes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, e-mail avlhikingmoms@gmail.com.

Mommy and Me for Babies This is a free group that meets weekly in two locations to provide an opportunity for new parents to gather. Group resumes April 20. On Mondays, meet at the new Woodfin YMCA. On Tuesdays, meetings are at Reuter Family YMCA in the

Toddler Fun is a free group that provides an opportunity for parents to have some structured fun with their toddlers including 45 minutes of songs, stories, finger-plays, parachute play and more. Starting April 20, is at 10 a.m. Mondays at the new Woodfin YMCA. To register, call 213-8098 or e-mail shantisunshine@gmail.com.

Spanish immersion program Immersion programs are the most effective way for children to learn Spanish. Kids will learn naturally in small, age-appropriate classes through fun experiences, music, visual aids, books and games in classes taught by professional native speakers. Enrollment is year-round in classes for children 3-12 with discounts for siblings. Please contact Claudia McMahan at 6810843 or Beatriz Riascos-Socarras at 687-9620 or e-mail mm_spanish@hotmail.com.

Mom’s meet-up Join other moms at The Hop, 640 Merrimon Ave., at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month, and then every Tuesday the rest of the month at 11 a.m. There is a carpeted children’s area with toys, and moms enjoy half-priced coffees and teas. Moms with kids of all ages welcome. The Hop Ice Cream Shop is at 640 Merrimon Ave. For information, Call 252-8362.

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