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c o n t e n t s WNC’s sporty kids This month’s features

2 Get your kicks

An inside look at Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association.

4 Hockey on wheels

Asheville Hockey League’s inline program gains popularity.

8 Pretty picnicking

We find 10 picnic spots with beautiful views of WNC.

12 Explore the Smokies

From hikes to picnic spots, 10 must-see things for families in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

16 New at Dollywood

With a new coaster and KidFest, June is a great time to visit Dollywood.

20 Summertime first aid

Clip and save our handy chart on how to treat common summer ailments.

25 Kids vs. professionals Contributor Brian Lawler looks at the difference between child and professional athletes.

38 Family Choice Awards So who won?! We’ve got the results to our fourthannual awards right here.

Chances are you know — or act as chauffeur and cheerleader for — one of the thousands of boys or girls who play soccer with ABYSA. The scope and depth of the Asheville-Buncombe Youth Soccer Association’s program serves as a bit of an inspiration for this issue. In June, we’re shining a spotlight on children and sports. For a look at the numbers behind ABYSA, see our story on Page 2. But soccer isn’t the only game in town. Hockey, for instance, is growing in popularity, even without an ice rink in Asheville. Learn about the Asheville Hockey League on Page 4. This month’s issue also sings the praises of area businesses through our Family Choice Awards. Our readers cast more than 700 ballots, and a list of the winners starts on Page 38. Thank you to everyone who voted, and congratulations to our winners and runners-up! As summer starts, it’s a fantastic time to enjoy the great outdoors. What better place to do that as a family than Great Smoky Mountains National Park? We list 10 must-see destinations in the park on Page 12. Another fun destination is Dollywood. Find out what’s new in this Pigeon Forge park on Page 16. Enjoy the start of summer! By Katie Wadington, editor

Coming next month: Birthdays

Look for WNC Parent’s annual Birthday Guide in July, with ideas on where you could host a party, who could bake your child’s cake and who might keep the kiddos entertained.

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Girls in the U8 division play soccer at the fields on Azalea Road as part of the Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association.

WNC’s soccer powerhouse A by-the-numbers look inside ABYSA

By Michael McWilliams WNC Parent contributor The Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association considers its birthday as January 1981, when a brief article pub-

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lished in Asheville Citizen-Times solicited players to sign up. Now, 30 years later, ABYSA is bigger and stronger than ever. The organization has easily coached tens of thousands of Western North Carolina youth

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soccer players and is involved in adult leagues, too. But Executive Director Mike Rottjakob wants ABYSA to be known for being more than just WNC’s largest soccer league. For the past four years,


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ABYSA BY THE NUMBERS

From May 2010-May 2011… 5,010: Total children participants Number 3,338: particiof leagues pants in Recreation program 304: participants in Challenge/Academy program 814: participants in Outreach program 295: soccer players in summer camp program 545: players on 36 teams in Classic program 187: players in total children adult recreation and adult program participants 1,095: number of players in Asheville Buncombe Adult Soccer Association program 14: number of years a child could participate if he or she played from youngest to oldest levels soccer balls 14: number of bought per year soccer fields used at John B. Lewis Soccer Complex on Azalea Road 11: number of fields used at the Buncombe County Sports Park in Candler. Many: soccer balls kicked into the Swannanoa River

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ABYSA’s Soccer in Schools program teaches thousands of children about the game each year. the organization has done Soccer in the Schools, where an ABYSA coach helps lead an area school’s gym class for a week. “It’s trying to reach kids who otherwise would not participate in sports activities,” Rottjakob said. “It’s our mission to serve kids and provide them healthy sports activities. Kids who participate in team sports are much more likely to exercise as adults, so we’re really also trying to do our part to address long-term health issues.” ABYSA also has a financial aid program that has doled out more than $70,000 during the current fiscal year to help underprivileged children play soccer. Children who might have problems getting to a soccer game because of transportation issues can participate through outreach programs that bring the soccer to children, Rottjakob added. “We really want to serve the whole community, not just those kids whose

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parents can walk in here and write a check,” Rottjakob said. “We don’t want only to be known as big, but to be known as compassionate, to be known as concerned, and that we’re really making an effort to serve the entire community.” Kim Bava and her family moved to WNC from Florida when the oldest child, Daniel, was about 13. Daniel is now 27 and is one of eight Bava children — five girls and three boys — who have

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4,335: uniforms bought per year 1,750: practice T-shirts bought per amount of year financial aid 3,415: games for 2010 played per year among all divisions 100: number of referees 300+: number of games coached by Kim Smith, who has coached the most games and is still active 42: schools in Buncombe and Madison counties served through Soccer in the Schools 21,000: number of children served in Soccer in the Schools during 2010-11 tournaments 1,332: hours of hosted in 2010 instruction from Soccer in Schools during 2010-11 school year 4,757: hotel rooms booked because of tournaments More than $2.7 million: estimated economic impact from tournaments 11: full-time employees estimated 41: part-time volunteer hours paid coaches per year 380: volunteer recreation coaches per year

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participated in ABYSA over the years, the most of any family. “We were driving by one day and saw kids out there playing soccer, and I said, ‘Wow, they have soccer up here,’ ” Kim Bava said of how she first learned about ABYSA. “I think it’s a really good organization that strives to have a positive atmosphere for the kids, and they really encourage good behavior and sportsmanship.”

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Fun on wheels

League introduces kids to hockey on inline skates By Pam J. Hecht WNC Parent contributor Christy Kendall’s daughter, Nicole Medford, 13, was never remotely interested in sports. Through the years, Kendall tried to keep Nicole active, encouraging her to try gymnastics, cheerleading and swimming. Nothing clicked until Nicole discovered hockey. She’d been playing hockey in her school’s gym during P.E. class and said she wanted to play it as a sport, says Kendall, of Fairview. “I told her we didn’t have hockey here and a week later, she came home with a flier from the Asheville Hockey League about roller hockey,” Kendall says. “We didn’t know it existed — hockey’s not a sport everyone talks about,” says Kendall. Roller hockey, also known as inline hockey, is similar to ice hockey but played with inline skates on a dry, smooth playing surface with some differences in equipment and rules. Formed in 2000, the Asheville Hockey

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Cowan Ramirez watches his teammates in an Asheville Hockey League game at Carrier Park. League youth program includes teams for kids ages 4-14, with plans to add teams for ages 15–17. The league plays during spring and fall at Carrier Park’s outdoor roller hockey rink in Asheville.

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Grace McKeon passes the puck during a league game in the 14 and under Asheville Hockey League division.

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offers adult hockey. The youth league is growing, with about 80 kids playing this past spring, up from 22 three years ago, says Hutch Kerns, president of the AHL board. The AHL is a close-knit group, and many parents volunteer with administrative, coaching and fundraising tasks, says Kerns. Many of the parents — mostly dads — are hockey players themselves. “Everyone knows everyone and it’s not so competitive — kids want to win but that’s not the emphasis,” says Lori Cole, of Asheville, whose 7-year-old son, Aidan, started playing when he was 5. “As a mom, I love the sense of community and it’s a comfort thing for the kids.” Kendall’s son, Tyler, 8, inspired by his sister, started playing hockey this spring. He also plays baseball but enjoys hockey because he loves to skate, Kendall said, and there isn’t as much individual pressure as other team sports like baseball or basketball. “It’s a group effort,” she says. “Learning to be part of a team is one of the best benefits.”

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TO SIGN UP Online registration for the fall season begins Aug. 1. Registration fee: $65, Asheville residents; $70 nonresidents; plus $30 insurance fee. Practices are on Tuesdays, with Saturday games and periodic clinics to introduce new players to the game and for experienced players to enhance skills. For more information and to register, visit ashevillehockey.org.

No experience necessary While the league’s program for kids younger than 8 focuses on learning to skate and building confidence, skating ability is not required to start playing at any age. During practices, those who don’t skate can quickly learn. “Coaches do drills and teach skating during practices,” says Kerns, who also plays, along with his 10-year-old son. “Just give us two or three weeks and they’ll be zipping around.” “Even the older kids don’t feel weird or any less if they can’t skate,” says Kendall. “It’s a supportive environment and kids don’t make fun of others while they’re learning.”

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hockey is much tamer, partly because “checking” — using the body to knock into an opponent — isn’t allowed. “People have the impression that hockey is violent from what they see on TV,” says Kendall. “But these kids don’t have to worry about that and can concentrate on learning skills and having a good time.” “And they’re so well-padded that if they fall, it’s not going to hurt,” says Kerns. Cole says hockey has helped her son, who’s small and sensitive, become confident. “He’s not a real tough kid and playing hockey has helped him physically and mentally, making him a stronger person,” she says. “He was shy and quiet but hockey has brought him out — he talks

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more and explains things better because he has to communicate with coaches and other players during the game.”

Equipment costs For new players, a $75 startup equipment package from AHL provides everything except skates and sticks. Players can use Rollerblades but experienced players typically prefer special inline hockey skates. AHL provides a buy-back program for used equipment, hosts swap sales for discounted equipment and sponsors programs providing carpools and equipment to kids in need. Sticks are periodically for sale at cost. Hockey equipment can also be found online. While some items, such as Rollerblades, are available locally at sports equipment stores like Play it Again Sports, families often go to places like Greenville, S.C., and Charlotte for hockey equipment.

Hockey on ice Ice hockey was offered at the Asheville Civic Center until the ice rink closed in 2010. The AHL is working with the city to buy and reopen the rink in the next year or two and plans to offer both roller and ice hockey teams, says Kerns. Pam J. Hecht is a freelance writer and editor. E-mail her at pamjh8@gmail.com.


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The French Broad River Park

You don’t have to travel far to enjoy this urban but leafy park at the intersection of Amboy and Meadow roads, where the French Broad floats lazily by a canopy of trees shading picnic tables, grills and grassy areas for play. The park features a winding walking By Barbara Blake, WNC Parent writer trail and has restrooms. And if The picnic basket is packed with sandwiches, brownies, deviled eggs and pota- your pups like to play after picnicking, walk down a short path to salad. Now comes the hard part: choosing among the vast array of sites in the to the large, fenced dog park. mountain region to lay out your spread.

From sunny mountaintops with panoramic views to shady grasslands along meandering rivers, the options for a lazy afternoon with food, family and friends are seemingly endless. Whether your basket is filled with fried chicken and sweet tea or an assortment of breads, brie and a bottle of burgundy, there’s a perfect picnic spot nearby. Here’s a small sampling of suggestions.

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Craggy Gardens About 24 miles north of Asheville at Milepost 367.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Craggy Gardens Picnic Area has dozens of picnic tables and grills dotting a hillside above the scenic roadway. A 1.5-mile-round trip hiking trail nearby offers one of the most stunning views on the parkway at its summit. For many families in Western North Carolina, it’s been a long tradition to wake up before dawn and make breakfast at Craggy. Others take a picnic near dusk on a clear evening and enjoy stargazing after dinner.

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Lake Tomahawk This beautiful lake in Black Mountain offers a variety of activities for picnickers who want to move around before or after their feast on the grounds or under the covered picnic pavilion. Besides walking/jogging paths around the water, there are tennis courts, a playground, horseshoe pits, fishing piers and boating. Visitors in midsummer will be awed at the spectacular display of night-blooming primroses beside the Arbor House Bed and Breakfast fronting the lake, where thousands of blooms come alive at dusk.

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Triple Falls in DuPont State Forest Anywhere in this state forest between Brevard and Hendersonville is a great setting for a picnic, but the Triple Falls area is one of the best. With three distinct cascades totaling about 120 feet in vertical drop, picnickers have a fabulous view of the waterfall. Picnic sheds with tables can be rented for gatherings and parties. Or picnickers can take a short hike with a bag lunch and sit on rocks below the falls.

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Triple Falls in DuPont State Forest provides a beautiful backdrop for a picnic. The park, on the right before the entrance to Montreat College, has fabulous playground equipment under a bounty of shade trees, walking paths and streams for kids to splash in. Beyond Lake Susan on the gravel road to the Montreat Campground are picnic tables and grills tucked into the rhododendron near a meandering creek.

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One of the best advantages of living in Western North Carolina is the abundance of outdoor activities. Besides state parks, national forests and the Blue Ridge Parkway winding through our back yard, the biggest gem among these wilderness treasures is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park, which straddles North Carolina and Tennessee, is one of the oldest and most biologically diverse areas in the world. Close to 10 million visitors traverse these mountains each year, making the Smokies the most visited national park in the country. With more than 800 square miles of roads, hiking trails, horse trails, picnic areas, waterfalls, campgrounds and fishing streams to choose from, it can be difficult to know what to see first. So here are 10 suggestions on must-see places for family adventure in the Smokies.

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1. Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

The trail, just outside Gatlinburg, Tenn., offers an amazing variety along this six-mile, one-lane road. Several preserved farmsteads including cabins and a streamside tub mill are on display. Numbered pulloff areas offer scenic views and an auto tour booklet describes the area in detail. Take a hike to Grotto Falls where the water tumbles over a rock formation wide enough to allow hikers to walk behind the falls. Even on a rainy day, the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is a delight. Turn off the main parkway in Gatlinburg at traffic light No. 8 and follow Historic Nature Trail Road to the Cherokee Orchard entrance to the national park.

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Grotto Falls can be found along a trail off the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail near Gatlinburg, Tenn.

2. Greenbrier This area is only six miles outside Gatlinburg but a world away from the clamor of town. Traffic is sparse and slow on Greenbrier Road, which mimics the turns of the Little Pigeon River that it follows. A favorite among locals for picnicking, swimming and fishing, Greenbrier offers plenty of pulloffs where visitors can spread out a blanket beneath large stands of Northern red oak and Eastern hemlocks. For hiking, try the easy Porters Creek Trail or the challenging Ramsey Cascades Trail, which leads to the highest falls in the park. Take U.S. 321 East out of Gatlinburg for seven miles. Turn right onto Greenbrier Road.

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trip hike on the Carolina side takes you to Midnight Hole, without a doubt the best swimming hole in the entire park. A bit further up the trail, hikers delight in the 45-foot Mouse Creek Falls. The Big Creek campground provides a dozen tent sites along with a picnic area. Take I-40 to Tennessee Exit 451 at Waterville Road. Turn left after crossing the Pigeon River; proceed 2.3 miles to an intersection. Continue straight, past the ranger station, to a parking area at road’s end.

5. Cataloochee Valley The valley is often called the “quiet Cades Cove.” While Tennessee may have the more popular and crowded Cades Cove, North Carolina’s treasure is Cataloochee. With shady picnic spots, tumbling creeks and hiking trails both easy and hard, the valley offers fun for everyone. Bring your binoculars to spot elk, deer, wild turkeys and black bears. A self-guiding auto tour booklet describes the historic structures including

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6. Oconaluftee Visitors Center

This North Carolina site is home to the park’s newest visitor center, which showcases the area from prehistoric times to pioneer days to the creation of the national park. Visitors can explore the Mountain Farm Museum, which features a barn, farmhouse and working

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blacksmith shop along with such artifacts as farm tools and a whiskey still. Nearby, the Oconaluftee River Trail and the Mingus Creek Trail are short, easy hikes. Be sure to pick up a Junior Ranger booklet at the visitor center. Kids complete the activities then return the booklet to receive a Junior Ranger badge. Take U.S. 19 through Maggie Valley U.S. 441 North or take the Blue Ridge Parkway south until it ends on U.S. 441.

7. Appalachian Trail

The trail crisscrosses the North Carolina/Tennessee line at Newfound Gap. One of the trail’s most beautiful sections runs south from there through beech gaps and a spruce-fir forest to Indian Gap. This high-elevation trek, reaching more than 5,000 feet, is a moderate walk with stunning views. While most people will never walk all of the AT’s 2,200 miles, this portion is well worth exploring. Park in the Newfound Gap parking area, cross U.S. 441, and look for the trailhead near the low stone wall.

8. Deep Creek

This area on the North Carolina side offers some spectacular waterfall hikes that are easily accessible for children and


PARK INFORMATION Detailed directions, maps and information on the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Junior Ranger and other summer programs are available at nps.gov/grsm. is one of the few places where biking on trails is allowed. The loop hikes include Juney Whank Falls, Three Waterfalls Loop and Deep Creek-Indian Creek Loop. Both tent and RV camping are available April through October. Drive to Bryson City and follow the signs three miles to Deep Creek. Trails start from the large parking area at the end of Deep Creek Road.

9. Metcalf Bottoms

Back on the Tennessee side, Metcalf Bottoms picnic area is one of the most popular picnic spots in the park thanks to its prime location on the banks of the Little River. The 165 picnic sites are available year-round. Take a refreshing dip in the cold mountain waters or a leisurely tube ride downstream. A short hike through the woods leads to the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse, which looks much as it did back in the 1930s. A mile beyond the schoolhouse is the Walker Sisters cabin, the old homestead of five sisters who initially refused to sell their land to the government. From U.S. 441, turn onto Little River Road at the Sugarlands entrance. Travel about six miles to Metcalf Bottoms on your right.

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WHAT’S NEW AT DOLLYWOOD

FAMILY FUN, DOLLY STYLE

By Bruce C. Steele WNC Parent writer

Harry Potter may be the new kid on the theme park block, but Dolly Parton’s got one up on the young wizard, whose Wizarding World recently opened in Orlando, Fla. Parton’s Dollywood recently won the international Applause Award, the pinnacle of amusement park honors. In 30 years, only 14 other parks in the world have earned the award, bestowed upon a park that has “inspired the industry with (its) foresight, originality and sound business development,” according to its Sweden-based presenters. Disneyland, three Sea Worlds and some 19 Six Flags parks, to name a few, will have to wait another couple of years for a shot at their own Applause Award. Not that Dollywood is resting on its laurels. This year’s new attraction is the Barnstormer thrill ride, a pair of giant pendulums that swing 16 people each nearly 120 degrees from the ground. At the pinnacle, as the pendulum pauses to change direction, riders hang momentarily weightless, 81 feet in the air with the ground seemingly over their heads. The ride has a 48-inch height require-

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New to Dollywood this year is the Barnstormer pendulum ride. As always, Dollywood features country atmosphere, thrill rides and children’s rides, the year-old Adventure Mountain obstable course, musical performances and its signature cinnamon bread from the Grist Mill. ment, so younger children will have to sit it out — much to the relief of many parents who might themselves prefer the kind of swing featured in the park’s many musical shows. Children of all ages are the focus of

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of Meatballs 4D” experience (in its 3-D moving-chair theater), roving kid-friendly characters, the Junk Beats (a duo that drums on everything except drums), “The Gazillion Bubble Show” and more. Dollywood’s Penguin Players, who recently performed preschool shows in Buncombe County libraries, will be on hand performing “The Little Engine That Could” and two other storybook tales. For families visiting during KidsFest or anytime, Dollywood’s permanent attractions excel in a number of areas that will particularly appeal to children age 12 and younger: ■ Interactive water features. For children who love to get wet — very wet — in splashy, spraying water, the River Battle attraction is a treat. Riders, seated in boats that hold about a dozen, are armed with water guns that spray onlookers on the sidelines, and other rafts. Onlookers can shoot back with their own sprayers.

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Dolly Parton rides through Dollywood, which is home to rides and shows for family members of all ages and adventure levels.

It’s a hoot. The park also has the Daredevil Falls flume ride, the Mountain Slidewinder water toboggan ride, the Smoky Mountain River Rampage raft ride, countless interactive fountains and more water. When the damp gets to be too much, there’s a family-size full-body drier outside the River Battle ($3). If that’s not enough, plan another summer day to visit Dolly’s Splash

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Honor Moor with husband John Menkes and kids William, 9, and Ava, 7, at their North Asheville home.

Honor Moor is an actress, community leader and more By Barbara Blake WNC Parent writer Asheville native Honor Moor is director of development for the new Altamont Theatre Company and formerly

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Moor and her husband, John Menkes, co-owner of G/M Property Group, are the parents of William, 9, and Ava, 7, who both attend Jones Elementary School. She is a member of the Public Art


Board and Downtown Cultural Arts Committee, founder of Affiliates, past board member of the N.C. Arboretum board of governors, Asheville Community Theatre, Jewish Community Center, and Junior League, and is a graduate of Leadership Asheville 18. Q. Tell us about the new Altamont Theatre Company. A: What excites me about this wonderful new professional theater company is not only did they build a fantastic LEED-certified building in downtown Asheville, they will also be bringing Broadway talent to town for a cool and edgy array of smaller, lesser known musicals in their first season. I am delighted to see them support the new show “Prime Ribbing,” a political “newsical” much in the style of Capitol Steps with satire at both a local and national level. I have had fun plugging our local City Council members and commissioners into cameo roles on each night of the performance. Q: You’ve said that working part time allows you to mesh your professional and parenting roles in a great way. Tell us about that. A: I am able to spend the afternoons focused on my children and their needs and still provide some semblance of balance in my professional life. Although it often feels as if I am working hard all of the time and not staying on top of either the house or my career, because when pickup time rolls around, everything must stop with my work. I believe that women, especially mothers, are hardest on themselves, and we could be a little more gentle in regards to our decisions and choices no matter what they are. Q: Tell us about your latest acting gig. A: I am playing my alter ego, Lexie Richards, in “The Dixie Swim Club” opening June 10 at Asheville Community Theatre. It is fun playing a woman who runs through five husbands, never has children and basically puts herself first most of her life … but that changes toward the end of the play.

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Q: What do you do just for yourself, to stay healthy and sane? A: Taking a simple walk keeps me sane, while staying involved in the community and playing an active role in the theater all keep me balanced. Q: How involved are you in volunteering at the kids’ school? A: I have served in a variety roles, from event planning, fundraising, grant writing and teacher appreciation. It is evident that our public schools thrive on the duality of the parent/ teacher relationships. The best moments of volunteering have been in the actual classroom, ever reminding me how active and enthusiastic children are and how each comes with a unique fingerprint. Q: What’s the most challenging part of parenting? A: Mothering is the great leveler and

restaurant. I also love the Southern backdrop of kindness, civility, warmth and respect. We are not cold, beautiful Burlington or dry and light Santa Fe. We are our own brand of super green Asheville with strong opinions, good beer and a ton of cultural happenings. People still wave and smile here. Go figure! They still blow their horn in the tunnel … even if there might be a law or an ordinance against it. Q: What do you most wish for your children? A: That they have the coping skills to thrive at doing something cool that stimulates their minds. I hope they will pay attention, keep an open mind and have the discipline to try something really hard. I hope they like to read forever. I hope they are involved in their community. I hope they work at something that adds to the world. I hope they don’t forget their manners. I hope they don’t feel sadness for too long and I hope they make a few amazing lifelong friends that they are able to keep. And like all mothers … I hope they stay safe and healthy forever.

equalizer and I continue to be humbled each day. The most challenging part of parenting — and I can see this for my future — is letting the natural consequences do the teaching. I tend to want to stay organized and I need to stand back and let them fall down and learn by doing. Q: You’ve long been active in politics. What are some issues you’re passionate about? A: Lately I have been steamed up about the state priorities and how budget cuts are affecting our children. It is unfathomable to me that our teachers have not had raises for three years. I could go on and on, but I believe our city schools do a great job day in and day out. Q: What do you love about living in Asheville? A: This town seems to bring out the best in people. People move here to better connect with other people, to try something new, to convene with our natural beauty or to heal. I love the smallness of this community and yet it is large enough that I love going out and not seeing a single person I know at a

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Vary sports to balance muscle strength

By Brian Lawler WNC Parent contributor

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the difference between your 10-year-old and a professional athlete? Surprisingly it is not as much as you think. Even though professional athletes may be larger in physical stature and possess advanced skills, they also frequently develop a number of muscular imbalances during their sports career. It is not uncommon to see highly skilled professional athletes perform basic movement patterns, such as squats and hip hinges, with about the same level of proficiency as a 10-year-old athlete. This is because the majority of movements in sports are quadriceps dominant. As an athlete runs, jumps or kicks

a ball, the quadriceps muscles (the muscles on the front of your thigh) are primarily activated. Over time, the quadriceps muscles become stronger and stronger while the hamstring muscles (the muscles on the back of your thigh) fail to increase in strength. Such strength imbalances can lead to poor movement patterns such as only being able to perform a shallow squat or by not being able to extend fully through the hip joint while sprinting. In fact, studies have found that female athletes do not develop strength in their hamstring muscles after the age of 11 and males after the age of 14. This is one of the reasons that female athletes have a higher incidence of serious knee injuries, such as ACL tears; and why the injury rates in college are greater than they are in high school. To counteract these muscular imbalances, it is important for your child to engage in a well-designed strength and stretching program to address specific

deficits in strength and flexibility. The most apparent difference between elite and young athletes is in core strength. Young athletes demonstrate very poor trunk strength secondary to rapid growth in their skeletal system and from the hours spent sitting in a slumped posture while at school or on the computer. It is important for them to focus on core strengthening during their middle and high school years. Encourage your children to participate in a variety of sports and activities. Make sure they perform supplemental exercise to keep their their muscular development well-balanced. This will help reduce the risk of injuries and help them perform at the highest possible level. Brian Lawler is co-owner and a sports physical therapist at Asheville Physical Therapy. Contact him at 2777547 or brianlawler@juno.com.Visit AshevillePhysicalTherapy.com.

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Reconsidering what we put on our kids’ feet

By William Scott Tiernan WNC Parent columnist

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In April, Christopher McDougall spoke at UNC Asheville about his best-seller, “Born to Run.” The book tells the story of the world’s greatest runners, the Tarahumara Indians, who knock off hundred-mile trots wearing makeshift sandals, smiling along the way. While documenting his efforts to organize a race that pitted the Tarahumara against elite U.S. super runners, McDougall makes a strong case that what we now call running shoes — motion-control, shock-absorbing, indestructible run-them-over-with-a-car foot suits — may actually hinder our ability

to run well, run safely and have fun doing it. McDougall brought with him a few guest speakers. One was running guru Eric Orton, who trained McDougall for the 50-mile race with the Tarahumara. Orton talked about how much his daughter loved running, but how restricted she felt wearing name-brand running shoes. He talked about the joy of running, about the need to keep it simple, about how, essentially, all humans are built for it. Six months ago I didn’t think my 3-year-old daughter was built for running. Sophia hadn’t grown into her long legs and fell down once every 10 steps. She had a decent pair of Nikes but fought wearing them — acted like I was trying to dip her feet into boiling water. Rarely did I find her running around the playground when I picked her up

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from preschool. She was usually swinging, climbing or playing a game of princesses. Whenever I suggested we go for an evening walk or short jog, she always countered with an indoor game. Anything to not have to put those running shoes on! Still, Sophia, like many kids, loves to dance. She spends hours charging around hardwood floors, twirling to the music of Taylor Swift. As I watched her attempt some pirouettes a few weeks ago, I thought of “Born to Run” and Orton’s story. Essentially, Sophia was dancing like the Tarahumara run: freely, gracefully and with abject joy. And she was doing so in slippers. Maybe then, when it came to running, she simply had too much shoe. Before his speeches McDougall leads a “Naked Run.” Folks are encouraged to wear flimsy footwear or nothing at all


from the ankles down in an effort to promote a more natural running gait. After watching Sophia dance, I stole a page from the McDougall playbook and let her wear her dance shoes to school for a week. I don’t think her dance teacher would’ve approved, but Sophia was beyond thrilled. The first day I found her charging around the playground, immersed in a game of tag with her friends. She looked confident and comfortable in her new kicks, a huge smile on her face as she made laps around the playground. “I run very good in these shoes,” she announced. This particularly pair of dance shoes was on its last legs, so I let Sophia wear them everywhere — to the supermarket, to the park, to ride her bike and on evening walks, which she actually wanted to participate in. My wife and I were encouraged enough to let her attempt a 1K fun run in them. It ended up being too wet, but still, she looked more comfortable in her athletic shoes after wearing the dance equivalent for a week. Parents always want to do right by

their kids. Part of this means supplying them with quality equipment — tennis rackets with strings, backpacks without holes, lunch boxes with cool action figures. But after attending the “Born to Run” talk and experimenting with “lower end” running shoes for my daughter, I’m not so sure $50 shoes are the way to go for children. I now suspect the running industry is trying to pull one over on us. Even if it isn’t, I’m thinking of creating a running shoe for kids that’s a cross between a Vibram Five Fingers and a dance shoe. If I can get Disney to stamp the shoes with Rapunzel and equip them with blinking lights, maybe they will give Nike a run for their money. If not, I’d still encourage parents to check out “Born to Run.” Health experts are always telling us to think carefully about what we put in our children’s bodies. McDougall makes us think carefully about what we put on their feet. William Scott Tiernan is an author, freelance writer and communications consultant in Asheville. E-mail him at wstiernan72@yahoo.com.

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the artful parent

T-shirts for Dad

By Jean Van’t Hul WNC Parent columnist

Every dad needs T-shirts, right? What better way to provide him with custom T’s than to help your children make some for Father’s Day. Here are two simple projects that they will have fun creating for the dads and grandads in their lives.

Muffin tin printed tee (ages 2 and up)

Try this easy printmaking technique to create your own artful Tshirt. ◆ Muffin tin ◆ Fabric paint (I like Jacquard) ◆ Mini roller or paint brush ◆ Q-tip ◆ T-shirt

1. To prepare for the project, turn a muffin tin upside down on work surface. Pour fabric paint into a shallow dish. Spread out T-shirt face up on table. 2. Use a mini roller to cover bottom of muffin tin sections with fabric paint. You can use one color for all sections, a different color for each or even multiple colors on each. 3. Draw pictures, designs or scribbles in the paint with a Q-tip. 4. Carefully position the muffin tin on the T-shirt paint side down (adult may want to help with this step), then press down all over with hands to transfer the design evenly. 5. Lift up muffin tin to reveal the design.

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Jean Van’t Hul blogs about children’s art and creativity at The Artful Parent (artfulparent.typepad.com).

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Daddy’s girls

Girls love their dads, and all of them have special memories of a time they’ve spent one on one together. With Father’s Day approaching on June 19, we asked sixth-graders at Hanger Hall School for Girls to describe a special moment or memory they have of their dads. Here’s what they told staff writer Barbara Blake. “Every time I have ever hurt myself, my father has gotten out of work early just to take care of me. This is special to me because I know, even more than I thought before, that he loves me.” Amanda Wood

“Lately I’ve been stressed with homework and after school activities, but when I go home and see the smile on my dad’s face and all the joy in his voice, he makes me feel like it’s not the end of the world, and I don’t have to worry.” Isabel Parker

“My dad used to be a photojournalist and he takes photographs all the time. I remember a lot of the times we’ve spent taking pictures together, but I think my favorite is when I was 8 or 9 and we were cooking dinner — another thing we both like to do. I spent about 10 minutes arranging the scallions I was sautéing so they covered the whole bottom of the pan. When I was finished, I looked at it and said, ‘That would make a great picture.’ My dad went and got my camera and let me take a picture of the pan. It was a great picture — a little reminder of how awesome my dad is.” Rachel Conley

“Every now and then my dad and I go to a sandwich shop and we both get half of a full sub sandwich, my dad gets little cakes and I get the drinks, a root beer and an iced tea. We sit at a table near the map of New Jersey, and my dad tells me stories of growing up in New Jersey and stories about me from when I was too little to remember while I gulp down one of the little cakes. My dad is the best dad I could ever ask for. I am grateful he tells me moral stories, lessons and much more. I love my dad.” Andalyn Lewis

“When me and my dad did the father-daughter dance it was so special. He has a hard job but he spends as much time with me as he can. We have been doing the fatherdaughter dance for two years, and it is so much fun. We perform at Center Stage. It is such a special moment to be on stage with my dad — I love him so much. He always encourages me to make my goals. We are a great dance team. It is so special when he gives me the flower. I will keep it forever.” Ali Scannell

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“It was a cold Christmas night and I was only 4. My dad laid down next to me. He was holding the book, ‘The Night Before Christmas.’ I had my bears and my footie pajamas, and he started reading to me. About halfway through, he put a blanket on me, then at the end he kissed me on the head and tucked me into bed.” Katie Truitt

“My father does not live with me; he lives in Florida, so we only talk on the phone. We talk about once a week but it is still not that much at all. One day I picked up the mail and found a letter addressed to me. It was a typed letter from my father, and it said that he had looked up my name and found a piece of my art on the Internet. I had won second place in an art contest and my art was put in a magazine. It meant the world to me because I knew he really thought of me.” Avia Ziv Kalfa

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When school doesn’t work

By Nicole McKeon WNC Parent columnist

We are not “from birth” home-schoolers. I mean, we’ve been learning together as a family from birth, but our daughter went to school through third grade. Home-schooling after being in school is a different experience. I have one child who has never been to school and one who has. This is the time of year, the make it or break it time, EOGs, report cards, teacher/parent conferences, ugh … I remember it well. The time when parents start to look at how things are going for their child. If your child is struggling, unhappy or just not excited about school, I urge you to consider home-schooling.

your economic, philosophic, spiritual, physical and emotional bank account. Then, if you find that home-schooling might be a viable option for your family, take time to discuss this option with your child/children. Most kids will be reluctant to give up school, no matter how bad it is, because home-schooling is the “unknown.” My daughter had endured a yearlong bullying situation, and struggles with boredom and disinterested teachers. Yet she still took time to cross over to the idea of home-schooling. You must be honest with your child about your feelings about his or her experiences at school and thoroughly discuss the options as you see them. Ultimately, you know what’s best. If school feels wrong, listen to your instincts. I can’t tell you how glad I am that I did. Since we’ve been out of school, our daughter has expressed to us new and heartbreaking instances of the daily

If your experience is anything like ours was, you will have a child who has lost his or her enthusiasm, not just for learning, but for life itself. The spark is gone. They may say things like, “I am stupid,” “nobody likes me,” “school is boring.” If you’re anything like my husband and me, these are like little knives in your heart. This really scared us, enough to make the decision to homeschool. It was a choice we had batted around for years, but about which we felt very uncertain and, frankly, scared. If you find yourself at this point, here is what I would recommend: First, read as many books as you can find about learning styles, home-schooling and alternative education. Read them with an open mind. Then carefully assess your own gifts and challenges. Sit down with your partner in parenting and discuss your worries related to your child and the options open to you related to

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struggle she endured in school. I am thrilled to report to you that after a year of “de-schooling” and two years of home-schooling, we have regained the bright, enthusiastic, creative, confident child whom we put on the bus one sunny day in Florida. So, while I am the first to say that home-schooling isn’t easy, I also believe it is the solution. I think that home-schoolers are leading the way back to the America that we all used to love. The one where family was paramount. Do I think home-schooling can save a lost child? Yes. I think that any child who grows up in a family where there is love, learning and true devotion of parents to child, will thrive. Does that mean I think school is bad? No. I just think that children learn better surrounded by the people who love them most — their family. Someone once asked Mother Theresa what could be done to make the world better, and she said “go home and love your family.” I believe that home-schooling your child is the ultimate gift of love. Email Nicole McKeon at homeschoolstation@hotmail.com.

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10 points of advice for single parents By Trip Woodard WNC Parent columnist

Do you remember playing that “Bejeweled” game on the computer? Maybe you still play, as it is a popular smartphone app. The game is simple: Arrange at least three of the same jewels in a row, they will explode and the row will fill in with new jewels. Some guys might not care for the “jewels” part, but most of my gender will appreciate things that explode. Apart from exploding, however, was a deep voice on the game saying “good, excellent” or “perfect” whenever you made more than a series of three jewels explode in sequence. Many times I had nothing to do with earning this outcome

as it was a random result. I have often thought about how wonderful it would be as a single parent if I heard similar voices whenever I made good parenting decisions, especially if they were not necessarily well thought out, but more of the instinctive, “accidental” type. Unfortunately, our society doesn’t operate that way and if I did hear such voices, I am sure I would be given a medication to make them go away. No, I think that parents, particularly single ones, tend to hear more about what they do wrong than what they do right in their parenting decisions. Now for you fathers out there, here are 10 reasons why you need to stay in your children’s lives. (Although this pitch is focused on single fathers, it applies to single mothers as well. Children need both parents in their lives and while this may not be realistic or pos-

sible, I encourage all single parents to hang in there if they are thinking of walking away just because of their fear of “single parenting.”) 1. Male therapists (including myself) can’t replace you. Male teachers can’t replace you. Male youth leaders of all stripes can’t replace you. Your children need you. 2. If you are separating or divorced, you’ve taken some major hits in life. Your children can learn from you and your example on how to go on. 3. Boys need encouragement as they get older how to make decisions from thinking and not just feeling. Trust me: It is a developmental brain thing. Who better to learn this from than you? 4. There are lots of people out there who can help you with parenting strategies for free or minimal cost. “Love and Logic” courses, as an example, are taught regularly in Buncombe County. Call 211

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TOPS IN WNC Which are the Asheville area’s best businesses for families? We asked and you answered. Hundreds of you, showing your support for your favorite spots, for buying local and for the most family-friendly establishments in town. Without further ado, here are the winners WNC Parent’s fourthannual Family Choice Awards.

Katie Wadington, WNC Parent editor

education

Best preschool

1. Montessori Country Day 158 Bradley Branch Road, Arden, 654-9933, montessoricountryday.org. 2. Grace Lutheran Church Preschool 1245 Sixth Ave. West, Hendersonville, 693-4890; gracelutherannc.com 3. (tie) Arden Presbyterian Preschool 2215 Hendersonville Road, Arden, 684-7256; ardenpres.org. Mountain Area Child & Family Center 2586 Riceville Road, Asheville, 298-0808, and at Montmorenci UMC, 89 Old Candler Town Road, Candler, 670-7300; macfc.org.

Best after-school program

1. YMCA Child Care Services At various Buncombe County Schools sites and YMCA Beaverdam, 210-2273; ymcawnc.org. 2. Dojoku Martial Arts 36 Rosscraggon Road, Asheville, 681-5023; dojoku.com 3. Hahn’s Gymnastics 18 Legend Drive, Arden, 684-8832; hahnsgymnastics.com.

Best child care

1. (tie) Montessori Country Day 158 Bradley Branch Road, Arden, 654-9933, montessoricountryday.org. Mountain Area Child & Family Center 2586 Riceville Road, Asheville, 298-0808, and at

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Best home-school program

1. (tie) Biltmore Baptist Church, biltmorebaptist.org/homeschool Grow with Me Learning Cooperative, growwithmecoop.wordpress.com


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1. Blue Sky Cafe 3987 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher, 684-1247; iloveblueskycafe.com. 2. Chick-fil-A Several area locations; chickfila.com. 3. (tie) CiCi’s Pizza 80 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville, 290-0010; 1829 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, 274-1979; cicispizza.com McDonald’s Various area locations, mcdonalds.com.

Most family-friendly restaurant for dinner

1. Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co. 675 Merrimon Ave., Asheville; 254-1281; ashevillepizza.com. 2. Papas and Beer 1996 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, 684-4882; 17 Tunnel Road, Asheville, 255-2204; 1000 Brevard Road, Asheville, 665-9070; 1821 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville, 692-9915. 3. Blue Sky Cafe 3987 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher, 684-1247; iloveblueskycafe.com.

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Best date night restaurant

1. (tie) Frankie Bones Restaurant & Lounge 2 Gerber Road #101, Asheville; 274-7111; fbdining.com. Zambra! 85 W. Walnut St., Asheville, 232-1060; zambratapas.com. 3. Carrabbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian Grill 10 Buckstone Place, Asheville, 281-2300; 332 Rockwood Road, Arden, 654-8411; carrabbas.com.

Best ice cream/custard shop

1. The Hop Ice Cream Cafe 640 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, 254-2224; 721 Haywood Road, Asheville, 252-5155; thehopicecreamcafe.com 2. Marble Slab Creamery 14 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 225-5579; 421 N. Main St., Hendersonville, 697-0480; marbleslab.com.

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Lauren Seager, left, receives a cup of ice cream from Mary Lambert. Family Choice Awards voters say The Hop has the best ice cream.

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1. Carolina Mountain Bakery 1950 Hendersonville Road, Suite 11, Asheville, 681-5066. 2. City Bakery 88 Charlotte St., Asheville, 254-4289, and 60 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 252-4426; citybakery.net. 3. The Sisters McMullen 840 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, 252-9330; The Cupcake Corner, 1 N. Pack Square, Asheville, 252-9454; thesistersmcmullen.com.

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1. (tie) Blue Sky Cafe 3987 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher, 684-1247; iloveblueskycafe.com. Chili’s Grill & Bar 420 Airport Road, Arden, 684-5067; 253 Tunnel Road, Asheville, 252-4999; chilis.com. 3. Papa’s and Beer 1996 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, 684-4882; 17 Tunnel Road, Asheville, 255-2204; 1000 Brevard Road, Asheville, 665-9070; 1821 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville, 692-9915.

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1. Marco’s Pizzeria 946 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, 285-0709; 1854 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, 277-0004. 2. Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers 50 Broadway, Asheville, 236-9800; mellowmushroom.com. 3. Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co. 675 Merrimon Ave., Asheville; 254-1281; ashevillepizza.com.

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3. Gap Asheville Mall, 3 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville, 2988200, gap.com.

Most family-friendly grocery store

2. LuLu’s Consignment Boutique 3461 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher, 687-7565, ilovelulus.net. 3. Munchkin Market Sales in February and August. munchkin market.com.

Best consignment store

1. PetSmart 150 Bleachery Blvd., Asheville, 298-5670; 3 McKenna Road, Arden, 681-5343; petsmart.com. 2. Asheville Pet Supply 1451 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, 252-2054; ashevillepetsupply.com. 3. Petco 825 Brevard Road, Asheville, 665-7977; petco.com.

1. Ingles Multiple locations, ingles-markets.com. 2. Earth Fare 1856 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, 210-0100; 66 Westgate Parkway, Asheville, 253-7656, earthfare.com. 3. Harris Teeter 1378 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, 274-5304; 637 Spartanburg Highway, Hendersonville, 6978988; harristeeter.com 1. LuLu’s Consignment Boutique 3461 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher, 687-7565, ilovelulus.net. 2. Children’s Trading Post 633 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, 254-5432; 140 Airport Road, Arden, 684-5438. 3. Goodwill Several area locations, locator.goodwill.org.

Best consignment sale

1. Wee Trade Best Made Sales in February and August at WNC Agricultural Center, Fletcher; wee-trade.net

Best children’s shoe store

1. Tops For Shoes 27 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, 254-6721, topsforshoes.com 2. Stride Rite Asheville Mall, 3 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville, 296-8524, striderite.com 3. Discount Shoes 1266 Brevard Road, Asheville, 6670085

Best pet store

Best children’s clothing store

1. Old Navy 2 McKenna Road, Arden, 687-1042; Asheville Mall, 3 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville, 298-3150; oldnavy.com. 2. The Children’s Place Asheville Mall, 3 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville, 2968351, childrensplace.com

Best toy store

1. (tie) Dancing Bear Toys 144 Tunnel Road, Asheville, 255-8697; 418 N. Main St., Hendersonville, 693-4500; dancingbeartoys.com. O.P. Taylor’s 1 Biltmore Park Town Square, Asheville, 681-1865; 2 S. Broad St., Brevard, 883-2309; optaylors.com. 3. Toys R Us 877 Brevard Road, Asheville, 665-8697, toysrus.com.

Most family-friendly bookstore

1. Barnes & Noble Asheville Mall, 3 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville, 2967335; 33 Town Square Blvd., Asheville, 687-0681; barnesandnoble.com.

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Best place to find organics

1. Earth Fare 65 Westgate Parkway, Asheville, 253-7656; 1856 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, 210-0100; earthfare.com. 2. Greenlife Grocery 70 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, 254-5440, greenlifegrocery.com. 3. The Fresh Market 944 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, 252-9098; thefreshmarket.com.

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destination fun

Best park

1. Fletcher Community Park 85 Howard Gap Road, Fletcher, fletcherparks.org. 2. Carrier Park 220 Amboy Road, Asheville, ashevillenc.gov. 3. Azalea Park 498 Azalea Road, Asheville, ashevillenc.gov.

Best museum

1. The Health Adventure 2 S. Pack Square, Asheville, 254-6373; thehealthadventure.org. 2. Hands On! A Child’s Gallery 318 N. Main St., Hendersonville, 697-8333; handsonwnc.org. 3. Colburn Earth Science Museum 2 S. Pack Square, Asheville, 254-7162; colburnmuseum.org.

Best paint-your-own pottery studio

1. Fired Up! Creative Lounge 26 Wall St., Asheville, 253-8181, and 321 N. Main St., Hendersonville, 698-9960; fireduplounge.com. 2. Claying Around 1378 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, 277-0042, clayingaround.com

Best miniature golf

1. Tropical Gardens 956 Patton Ave., Asheville, 252-2207 2. Asheville’s Fun Depot 7 Roberts Road, Asheville, 277-2386; ashevillesfundepot.com 3. Shadowbrook 701 N.C. 9, Black Mountain, 6695499

Most family-friendly fair, festival or special event

1. Mountain State Fair Sept. 9-18 at WNC Agricultural Center, Fletcher. mountainfair.org. 2. Bele Chere July 29-31 in downtown Asheville. belecherefestival.com. 3. North Carolina Apple Festival Sept. 2-5 on Main Street in downtown Hendersonville. ncapplefestival.org.

Best family-friendly hiking trail

1. N.C. Arboretum trails 100 Frederick Law Olmstead Way, Asheville, 6652492, ncarboreum.org. 2. DuPont State Forest Between Hendersonville and Brevard. For trails, visit dfr.state.nc.us/contacts/dsf.htm. 3. Bent Creek For trails in Pisgah National Forest, visit cs.unca.edu/ nfsnc.

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Campers ham it up at Camp Tekoa in Hendersonville, winner in both Best Day Camp and Best Overnight Camp categories.

Best rainy day activity

1. Asheville’s Fun Depot 7 Roberts Road, Asheville, 277-2386, ashevillesfundepot.com. 2. Movies 3. The Health Adventure 2 S. Pack Square, Asheville, 254-6373, TheHealthAdventure.org.

Best place to take child for the morning or afternoon

1. WNC Nature Center 75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, 298-5600; wildwnc.org 2. The Health Adventure 2 S. Pack Square, Asheville, 254-6373; thehealthadventure.org. 3. Park

Best summer day camp

1. Camp Tekoa Hendersonville, 692-6516, camptekoa.org 2. YMCA 30 Woodfin St., Asheville, 210-9622; 3 Town Square Blvd., Asheville, 651-9622; 348 Grace Corpening Drive, Marion, 659-9622; ymcawnc.org 3. (tie) Dojoku Martial Arts 36 Rosscraggon Road, Asheville, 681-5023; dojoku.com.

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Gwynn Valley 301 Gwynn Valley Trail, Brevard, 885-2900; gwynnvalley.com.

Best summer overnight camp

1. Camp Tekoa In Hendersonville, 692-6516; camptekoa.org 2. Camp Pisgah (Girl Scouts) In Brevard; camppisgah.org. 3. Lutheridge In Arden, 684-2361; lutheridge.com

Most family-friendly day-trip destination

1. WNC Nature Center 75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, 298-5600; wildwnc.org 2. Dollywood In Pigeon Forge, Tenn.; dollywood.com 3. Chimney Rock State Park U.S. 64/74A, Chimney Rock, 277-9611; chimneyrockpark.com.

Best holiday event

1. Gingerbread houses at Grove Park Inn Competition is Nov. 14. Houses on display Nov. 16-Jan. 1. Visit groveparkinn.com. 2. Asheville Holiday Parade Parade is Nov. 19. ashevilleparade.org 3. Biltmore Estate Christmas at Biltmore is Nov. 4-Jan. 1. Visit biltmore.com.


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Best place to relax without your children

1. Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa 290 Macon Ave., Asheville, 252-2711, ext. 2772, groveparkinn.com. 2. Hot Springs 3. French Broad Chocolate Lounge 10 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville, 252-4181; frenchbroadchocolatelounge.com.

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1. YMCA 30 Woodfin St., Asheville, 210-9622; 3 Town Square Blvd., Asheville, 651-9622; 40 N. Merrimon Ave., Suite 101, Asheville, 505-3990; 348 Grace Corpening Drive, Marion, 659-9622; ymcawnc.org 2. The Rush Fitness Complex 1818 Hendersonville Road, 274-7874; 1056 Patton Avenue, 274-7874, therush247.com. 3. Fletcher Community Park 85 Howard Gap Road, Fletcher; fletcherparks.org.

Best place for a moms’ night out

1. French Broad Chocolate Lounge 10 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville, 252-4181; frenchbroadchocolatelounge.com. 2. Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa 290 Macon Ave., Asheville, 252-2711, ext. 2772, groveparkinn.com. 3. Canvas Paint & Mingle 735C Haywood Road, Asheville, 254-4486; paintandmingle.com.

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services Best pediatric practice

1. Blue Sky Pediatrics 5 Walden Ridge Drive, Asheville, 687-8709, blueskypediatrics.com 2. ABC Pediatrics 64 Peachtree Road #100, Asheville, 277-3000, abcasheville.com. 3. Mountain Area Pediatrics 500 Centre Park Drive, Asheville, 254-4337, mountainareapediatrics.com.

Best family dentist

1. Great Beginnings Pediatric Dentistry (Drs. Chambers, Baechtold, Haldeman and Pratt) 10B Yorkshire St., Asheville, 274-9220; 50 Bowman Drive, Waynesville, 454-9156; greatbeginningspedo.com. 2. Asheville Pediatric Dentistry (Dr. Jenny Jackson) 76 Peachtree Road, Suite 100, Asheville, 277-6788, ashevillepedo.com 3. (tie) Dr. Dennis Campbell Pediatric Dentistry 172 Asheland Ave., Asheville, 254-7291; babytoothdoc.com Reid & Reid Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics 685 Blythe St. Court, Suite B, Hendersonville, 6962245; reidandreid.net.

Best orthodontist

1. Haldeman Orthodontics (Dr. Ryan Haldeman) 10B Yorkshire St., Asheville, 274-8822; 50 Bowman Drive, Waynesville, 454-9156; drhaldeman.com. 2. Blue Ridge Orthodontics (Dr. Luke Roberts) 2 Walden Ridge Drive, Asheville, 687-0872, blueridgeorthodontics.com. 3. Black Orthodontics (Dr. Keith Black) 5A Yorkshire St., Asheville, 277-7103, kblacksmiles.com.

Best family eye doctor

1. Asheville Eye Associates 8 Medical Park Drive B, Asheville, 258-1586; 2001 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, 684-2867; ashevilleeye.com. 2. Champion Eye Center 825 Merrimon Ave. #B, Asheville, 236-0099; 300 Julian Lane, Asheville, 650-2727; championeyecenter.com. 3. Dr. Scott McDonald 1000 Haywood Road #A, Asehville, 254-1821; drscottmcdonald.com.

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Best veterinarian

1. Animal Hospital of North Asheville 1 Beaverdam Road, Asheville, 253-3393; ahna.net. 2. Asheville Veterinary Associates 1275 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, 274-0646; ashevillevet.com. 3. Fletcher Animal Hospital 5515 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher, 684-4244; fletcheranimalhospital.com.

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Best place for birthday parties

1. Asheville’s Fun Depot 7 Roberts Road, Asheville, 277-2386; ashevillesfundepot.com. 2. Chuck E. Cheese’s 104 River Hills Road #H, Asheville, 299-3750; chuckecheese.com. 3. The Health Adventure 2 S. Pack Square, Asheville, 254-6373; thehealthadventure.org.

Best birthday party entertainer

1. The Balloon Fairy 423-2030, balloonfairymagic.com 2. Par-T Perfect 687-2494, par-t-perfect.com 3. Asheville’s Fun Depot 7 Roberts Road, Asheville, 277-2386; ashevillesfundepot.com.

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activities Best parent/child program

1. Kindermusik Area licensed educators: Lora Scott, 649-2320, allsoulscathedral.org/music-choirs/kindermusik (Biltmore Village); Beth Magill, 298-9350, magills.net (downtown Asheville); Yvette Odell, 242-1548, kindermusickwithyvette.com (Asheville, Weaverville); Debra Huff, 206-3145 or 689-1128, dhuff@mhc.edu (Madison County). 2. YMCA programs ymcawnc.org 3. The Little Gym 1000 Brevard Road, Suite 168, Asheville, 667-9588; tlgashevillenc.com

Best gymnastics program

1. Hahn’s Gymnastics 18 Legend Drive, Arden, 684-8832; hahnsgymnastics.com. 2. The Little Gym 1000 Brevard Road, Suite 168, Asheville, 667-9588; tlgashevillenc.com 3. Asheville Gymnastics 50 Coxe Ave., Asheville, 252-8746; phoenixgymnastics-etc.com

Best music program

1. Kindermusik Area licensed educators: Lora Scott, 649-2320, allsoulscathedral.org/music-choirs/kindermusik (Biltmore Village); Beth Magill, 298-9350, magills.net (downtown Asheville); Yvette Odell, 242-1548, kindermusickwithyvette.com (Asheville, Weaverville); Debra Huff, 206-3145 or 6891128, dhuff@mhc.edu (Madison County). 2. Asheville Area Music Together Contact Kari Richmond at karirichmond@charter.net or 545-0990. AshevilleAreaMT.com or musictogether.com. 3. Asheville Arts Center 308 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, 253-4000; ashevilleartscenter.com.

Best dance program for children

1. Center Stage Dance Studio 38L Rosscraggon Road, Asheville, 654-7010; centerstage2.com. 2. Asheville Arts Center 308 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, 253-4000; ashevilleartscenter.com. 3. Ballet Conservatory of Asheville 6 E. Chestnut St., Asheville, 255-5777; balletconservatoryofasheville.com.

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Vicki Hahn, owner of Hahn’s Gymnastics, assists Dana Witherspoon with a hand-stand. Hahn’s was voted No. 1 in gymnastics lessons.

Best art lessons for children

1. M’s School of Art 302 Davis St., Hendersonville, 329-1329; msartschool.com. 2. Roots + Wings School of Art 545-4827; rootsandwingsarts.com 3. Asheville Arts Center 308 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, 253-4000; ashevilleartscenter.com.

Best sports club/league

1. Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association/ Highland Football Club 299-7277, abysa.org 2. YMCA ymcawnc.org 3. Upward upward.org

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Best place for swim lessons

1. YMCA ymcawnc.org 2. YWCA 185 S. French Broad Ave., Asheville, 254-7206, ywcaofasheville.org. 3. (tie) Asheville Racquet and Fitness Club 200 Racquet Club Road, Asheville, 274-3361; at the Crowne Plaza Resort, 1 Resort Drive,, Asheville, 253-5874; ashevilleracquetclub.com. Brevard Health and Racquet Club 1325 N. Country Club Road, Brevard, 883-3005; brevardhealthandracquetclub.com.

Best place for horseback riding lessons

1. Biltmore Equestrian Center 225-1454, biltmore.com. 2. Hickory Nut Gap Farm 57 Sugar Hollow Road, Fairview, 628-1027; hickorynutgapfarm.com. 3. Cedar Hill Farm 25 Cedar Farm Road, Asheville, 450-0470; cedarhillfarm.com.


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librarian’s pick

‘Mirror’ tells Arab, Australian boys’ stories

Jennifer Prince Buncombe County Public Libraries

Ingeniously designed and impeccably executed, Jeannie Baker’s new picture book, “Mirror,” is a marvel. It tells two stories. One story shows a day in the life of a boy in Australia. One story shows a day in the life of a boy in Morocco. The book opens like a standard Western book, the book cover being flipped from left to right. Once the book is open, readers discover that the book’s binding is not traditional. There are no pages attached to the spine of the book. Rather, the Australian’s story is bound on the far left. The pages turn like a standard Western book. The Mo-

roccan story is bound on the far right. As a result, the pages flip from right to left. The idea is for readers to turn two pages at once, one page for the Australian boy, the corresponding page for the Moroccan boy. Since the stories are told entirely through pictures, readers can see the differences and similarities between the boys’ lives. Both of them wake up to the warm familiarity of family. The boys’ lives are not just a series of parallels, though. Baker creates a compelling portrait of how each boy’s life affects the other’s. As the Australian boy and his dad get in the car and go the store, the Moroccan boy and his dad get on their donkey and head to the market. The Australian boy and his dad are

shopping for a rug. The Moroccan boy and his dad are taking a rug they made to the market to sell. Their rug ends up in the Australian store where the boy and his dad see it, love it, and then buy it. The illustrations in the book are photographs of collages Baker made using mixed media. She fills each world with captivating details: light and shadows, merchandise for sale, crowds of people. Baker’s “Mirror” is a compelling, unforgettable tribute to the fact that the world is full of diverse wonders, yet it is still one world. Look for this book in the Buncombe County Public Libraries. Visit buncombecounty.org for a schedule of story times.

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June 4

Things to do

June 2-3

‘Coppelia’: Ballet Conservatory of Asheville performs at 7:30 p.m. June 2, and 5 and 8 p.m. June 3 at Diana Wortham Theatre. Visit dwtheatre.org or balletconservatoryofasheville.com.

June 3-12

Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine: Thomas the Tank Engine visits Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock. Take a 25-minute ride with a full-size Thomas the Tank Engine. With storytelling, music, activities, more. Adults (13 and older) $34; ages 3-12, $22; children 2 and under are free. Visit tweetsie.com or thomasandfriends.com/dowt.

Family Wellness Day: Chimney Rock State Park hosts a family event with guided hikes, health screenings and more. Free with admission. From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit chimneyrockpark.com. Flat Rock Ice Cream Social: Free ice cream, face painting, entertainment and more, noon-4 p.m. at Flat Rock Village Hall. Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site will host four free walking tours of the grounds as part of the event. Rain date June 5. Horse show: Etowah Riding Club hosts, with Western, English, Gaited and games classes. Starts at 9 a.m. $2 adults, $1 children. At corner of Turnpike and Brickyard roads. Visit etowahridingclub.org. Kids’ Fishing Day: Children fish for free and can register to win prizes, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Lake Powhatan, in Pisgah National Forest off N.C. 191 in Asheville. Register on site. Visit ncwildlife.org. Pan Harmonia kids concert: Kate Steinbeck, artistic director of Pan Harmonia collective, hosts a free concert for kids. At 5 p.m. at Toe River Arts Council Gallery, Spruce Pine. Visit Pan-Harmonia.org.

Starts June 4

Reuter Family Y swim lessons: For ages 6 months-12 years on Saturday mornings, June 4-25. Register by June 2. Starts at $20. Call 651-9622 or visit ymcawnc.org.

June 6 and 13

Love and Logic workshop: Park Ridge Health’s The Baby Place offers a workshop to help parents gain

Spend a day with Thomas the Tank Engine at Tweetsie Railroad in June and Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in July. SPECIAL TO WNC PARENT

practical skills in the Love and Logic method, which uses humor, hope and empathy to build healthy adult-child relationships. 5:30-9 p.m. $100 per couple. Call 681-2229 or visit parkridgebabies.com.

Starts June 8

Connemara performances: The Vagabond School of the Drama performs excerpts of the play “The World of Carl Sandburg,” at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock at 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through Aug. 6. A 30minute performance of Sandburg’s “Rootabaga Stories” for all ages will be 10:15 a.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. Visit nps.gov/carl.

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calendar of events Continued from Page 59 Pan Harmonia kids concert: Kate Steinbeck, artistic director of Pan Harmonia collective, hosts a miniconcert for kids at 2 p.m. at The Grotto at Highsmith Union, UNC Asheville. Free. Visit Pan-Harmonia.org.

Starts June 15

HCC day camp: Haywood Community College’s Regional Center for the Advancement of Children will offer day camp for ages 6-12, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 15-Aug. 17. $460 per month. Includes activities and field trips on campus. Call Rita Wilson at 565-4187.

June 15-23

‘African Folktales’: Bright Star Children’s Theatre performs for children ages 4-12 at Henderson County libraries. Free. Visit henderson.lib.nc.us. June 15: Mills River, 10:30 a.m.; Etowah, 12:45 p.m. June 22: Main Library, 12:45 p.m. June 23: Green River, 10 a.m.

June 16

Foster parent training: 30-hour training from Buncombe County DSS to help individuals and families decide if they would like to become foster parents. Free. 6-9 p.m. Thursdays for 10 weeks. Call Erica Jourdan at 250-5868 or email familiesforkids@buncombecounty.org.

Summer Library Fest: Buncombe County Public Libraries kick off the summer reading program with shows at 10 and 11:30 a.m. for kids of all ages featuring sonnets, hip-hop verses, songs and stories from local poet and storyteller Allan Wolf. Free. At Smith-McDowell House Museum, 283 Victoria Road, Asheville. Visit buncombecounty.org/library or call 250-4720. Tap-n-Shake: Join Sonia Brooks at 11 a.m. at West Asheville Library as part of the summer reading program. Ages 2-5. Visit buncombecounty.org/library. WNC Nature Center free day: Asheville residents can visit for free for this day only. Regular admission rates apply to nonresidents or those without proof of residency. At 75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville. Visit wncnaturecenter.com or call 298-5600. Weaverville Library Teen Awesome Group: Work on a video trailer for “The Forest of Hands and Teeth,” by Carrie Ryan. 4-5:30 p.m. Call 250-6482 or email weaverville.library@buncombecounty.org.

June 18

Punk your wardrobe: Bring clothes to shred and modify to East Asheville Library at 3:30 p.m. Ages 11-18. Visit buncombecounty.org/library. Splash & Dash Family Fitness Fun Day: Cheshire Fitness Club hosts a benefit for Black Mountain Pastoral Care & Counseling Center. Events include Splash & Dash, Spring & Dash and Dip & Dash, with running and swimming at different distances. With awards for ages 11-17 and adults. Includes raffle, dancing and bake sale. Visit cheshirefitnessclub.com. Summer Reading Program kick-off: Haywood County Libraries hosts an event with magician Ric Sing-

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City residents can visit the WNC Nature Center and its new cougars for free on June 16. leton and free treats. All ages. 1-4 p.m. at outdoor amphitheater. Visit haywoodlibrary.org.

Starts June 18

Downtown YMCA swim lessons: For children 6 months to 12 years old. Lessons are Saturday mornings for four weeks, June 18-July 16 (no lesson July 2). Register by June 17. Contact Kaela Magee at Kmagee@ymcawnc.org or 210-9605.

June 19

Father’s Day: Honor your Dad! For a craft activity, see the Artful Parent on Page 28.

June 20

Celebrate Pregnancy class: Covering important labor techniques and support. 8 a.m.-noon at The Baby Place at Park Ridge Health. Includes a massage voucher with the $99 fee. Call 681-2229 or visit parkridgebabies.com to register. Experience the Baby Place: Park Ridge Health offers a tour of its Baby Place, along with questionand-answer time, at 6 p.m. Free. Call 681-2229 or visit parkridgebabies.com to register.

Starts June 20

Buncombe County pools swim lessons: For ages 3 and older. Lessons are divided into five levels of swim experience, including a preschool level. June 20-30, with lessons 11-11:45 a.m. Monday-Thursday. Evening lessons are offered for some levels, 6-6:45 p.m. Registration starts at noon June 13. Sign up at the pool you plan to attend. $30. First Marks — A Toddler Art Experience: Joyful Noise Community Music and Arts Center in Weaverville and the Madison County Arts Council in Mar-


shall offer class for ages 1-3. Parent or caregiver must stay with child. Mondays through Aug. 8. At 10-10:45 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, downtown Weaverville, and 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Madison County Arts Council Building in downtown Marshall. $80 with $15 materials fee. Call 649-2828 or email joyfulnoiseartscenter@gmail.com to register. Downtown YMCA swim lessons: For children 6 months to 12 years old. Lessons are evenings, Monday-Thursday, June 20-30. Register by June 17. Contact Kaela Magee at kmagee@ymcawnc.org or 210-9605.

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Cherokee storyteller: Lloyd Arneach will speak as part of the summer reading program. Visit buncombecounty.org/library. ∝1:30 p.m. at Black Mountain Library. All ages. ∝6:30 p.m. at West Asheville Library. Ages 5 and up. Downtown YMCA swim lessons: For children 6 months to 12 years old. Lessons are Tuesday and Thursday mornings for four weeks, June 21-July 14. Register by June 17. Contact Kaela Magee at Kmagee@ymcawnc.org or 210-9605. Teen Writing Workshops: Waynesville Library hosts workshops for kids ages 12-17. Free. Runs 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays, June 21-July 12. Visit haywoodlibrary.org.

June 22

Nature Scavenger Hunt: For parents and children at 10 a.m. at Historic Johnson Farm, on Haywood Road, Hendersonville. Find a variety of natural elements on the trails of the farm. At 10 a.m. Free. Call 8916585. Cherokee Storyteller: Lloyd Arneach will speak as part of the summer reading program. ◆ 11 a.m. at East Asheville Library. All ages. Free ticket required. Call 250-4738. ◆ 2 p.m. at North Asheville Library. Ages 6 and up. Free ticket required, available at the library June 10. Please bring a donation to MANNA FoodBank. Pen Pals Across the Globe: Summer reading program at 10:30 a.m. at Pack Memorial Library. Ages 8-12. Register at the library or call 250-4720.

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Balloon Lady: Join Donna Pruett at South Buncombe/Skyland Library at 2:30p.m. as part of the summer reading program. All ages. Visit buncombecounty.org/library. Birds of Prey show: Doris Mager, known in Haywood County as “The Eagle Lady,” performs at 10 a.m. at Waynesville Library. Visit haywoodlibrary.org. Storytelling: Join David Novak at 3 p.m. at Weaverville Library as part of the summer reading program. All ages. Free ticket required, available at the library June 16. Visit buncombecounty.org/library. T-Shirt Extravaganza: Bring a light colored T-shirt to decorate at 11 a.m. at Leicester Library as part of the summer reading program. All ages. Visit buncombecounty.org/library.

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ASAP Family Farm Tour Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project has organized a tour of 41 WNC farms. Buy a tour button at tailgate markets or familyfarmtour.com, which also has maps and tour tips. $25 in advance. One button admits a carload. Tour is 1-6 p.m. both days.

around the world at 10:30 a.m. at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St.Ages 5-10. Visit buncombecounty.org/library. Snakes Alive: Ron Cromer brings his snakes and more at 2 p.m. at North Asheville Library as part of the summer reading program. Ages 5 and up. Free ticket required, available at the library June 15. Please bring a can of food for donation to MANNA FoodBank. Visit buncombecounty.org/library.

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Continued from Page 61 required, available at the library after June 10. Visit buncombecounty.org/library. ‘Annie, Jr.’ Asheville Community Theatre’s Tanglewood Youth Theatre performs “Annie, Jr.” at 7:30 p.m. June 24 and 2:30 p.m. June 25-26. Visit ashevilletheatre.org. Cherokee Pow Wow The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians hosts a pow wow at Acquoni Expo Center, 1501 Acquoni Road, Cherokee. Visit cherokee-nc.com. Dora and Diego at Tweetsie Railroad Meet Dora the Explorer and Diego at Tweetsie Railroad, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. Visit tweetsie.com. Drumming program: Join the Moozic Lady at 11 a.m. at Swannanoa Library as part of the summer reading program. All ages. Visit buncombecounty.org/library.

Balloons and storytelling: Join the Balloon Fairy at 2 p.m. at Enka-Candler Library as part of the summer reading program. All ages. Visit buncombecounty.org/library. Birds of Prey show: Doris Mager performs at 10 a.m. Canton Library. Visit haywoodlibrary.org. Roger Day performs: Children’s musician Roger Day performs an all-ages show at 10:30 a.m. at Fletcher Library and 2 p.m. at the Main Library in Hendersonville. Free. Visit henderson.lib.nc.us.

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Babysitter’s Training class: For children ages 11-15. Learn how to care for a child. Basic first aid included. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Asheville-Mountain Area Chapter, American Red Cross, 100 Edgewood Road, Asheville. $45. Visit redcrosswnc.org or call 2583888. Bug Day The Cradle of Forestry hosts an all-ages program on insects and other arthropods, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. With guided bug hunts, pond exploration, buggy games and a craft. On U.S. 276 in Pisgah National Forest. Call 877-3130 or visit cradleofforestry.org.

Australian Aboriginal Painting: All-ages summer reading program, at 10:30 a.m. at Black Mountain Library. Visit buncombecounty.org/library. Birds of Prey show: Doris Mager performs at 10 a.m. at Fines Creek branch. Visit haywoodlibrary.org. Didgeridoos Down Under!: Summer reading program with music, movement and fun facts about Australia at 1 p.m. at Canton branch library. Visit didgrevolution.com or haywoodlibrary.org. Magician: Steve Somers presents magic from

Hobey Ford’s Golden Rod Puppets: Presentation at 2:30 and 4 p.m. at Weaverville Library as part of the summer reading program. All ages. Free ticket required, available at the library June 23. Visit buncombecounty.org/library. Snakes Alive: Ron Cromer brings his snakes and more at 2 p.m. at North Asheville Library as part of the summer reading program. Ages 5 and up. Free ticket required, available at the library June 15. Please bring a can of food for donation to MANNA FoodBank. Visit buncombecounty.org/library.

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Day out with Thomas the Tank Engine: Take a 25-minute ride on Thomas along Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City. With storytelling, music, activities, more. $18 per person for ages 2 and up; $30 one-day unlimited ride pass. Visit gsmr.com or thomasandfriends.com/dowt or call 800-872-4681.

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