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Prenatal exercise Staying active is crucial to a healthy pregnancy.


Several retailers that cater to parents are based in the Asheville area.

Midwives in WNC Dozens of families choose to have the help of a midwife in childbirth.

Circumcision controversy

Blue or pink? Couples find unique ways to tell family and friends of their baby’s gender.



Promote reading Tips for getting your school-age child to find more joy in books.

Parkway, northbound Make a day trip of heading north on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Coming next month: Toddlers

Learn about moms’ groups that can add friendship (and sanity) to your life, about the Kindermusik programs for toddlers and beyond, and more. And be sure to check our Facebook page for giveaways in September!

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Pregnancy and babies By Katie Wadington

Baby business

More parents are choosing to not circumcise their babies.



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September is our baby issue, which every year reminds me how big my babies are now (9 and 12 years old). Even though 1999 wasn’t that long ago, enough time has passed that there are things for babies now that we didn’t even imagine in 1999. Take, for instance, video monitors. Genius! (If there were video monitors in 1999, I don’t remember them and they were likely outrageously priced.) Another brilliant device: This full-body floaty that my friend has for her toddler. With its inflatable arm bands and buoyant panel that rides across the boy’s chest, the kid can swim — swim — no matter how deep the water. There’s more, way more, I’m sure. Asheville is a great town for businesses that cater to babies and their gear. From storefronts to catalogs to online retailers, we’ve got them here and our story on Page 6 profiles them. If you’re waiting on baby, staying fit while pregnant and your delivery are likely on your mind. We look into exercise options in the story on Page 4. And on Page 11, you’ll learn more about midwifery in Asheville. The focus for most parents in September is school. With an eye to this, we take a look at how parents can get children to pick up a book when they are reluctant readers. That story is on Page 24. It’s hard to believe, but fall is upon us. See you in October!

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Susanne Jobson, left, and Rachel Long-Balde take a prenatal yoga class at the downtown YMCA. It is one of the specialized exercise options available to women in Asheville during pregnancy.PHOTOS BY BILL SANDERS/WSANDERS@CITIZEN-TIMES.COM



How to stay fit safely through pregnancy 4

By Casey Blake WNC Parent contributor

Enjoy it while it lasts, ladies. This is the one time when looking svelte should not be your fitness goal. But experts say one of the best ways to make baby’s nine-month staycation in the womb a healthy one is for mom to stay fit and active — even if “active” is toned way down. As with any pregnancy-related activity, exercise plans should be approved by a physician first and will vary depending on the mom-to-be, but here are a few universal rules for a healthy prenatal workout regimen.

Listen to your body

According to Dr. Mary Katherine Goodwin, an OB-gyn with Asheville Women’s Medical Center, the best prescrip-

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tion for safe exercise during pregnancy is a simple one: listen to your body. “Usually your body will tell you very clearly when you can’t do something anymore,” Goodwin said. “If it feels uncomfortable or just doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.” Goodwin said that what will work during pregnancy is typically based on what mom has done in the past. If you were a marathon runner in pre-pregnant life, keep pounding the pavement — just slow it down. “Most of the same activities can still be done in some form or another during pregnancy,” said Jay Goodson, a personal trainer with O3 Health and Fitness Center, who holds a special certification in pre and postnatal training. “What changes mostly is the intensity. There are a lot more rest periods and a focus on stretching. Weights are lessened, and we focus less on strength training.” Even with the lighter fitness load, there are a few never-do activities for a safe preggercise routine. Exertion comes more easily even early on in a pregnancy, so the “push-till-youdrop” exerciser will have to stop before dropping. During the second and third trimesters especially, experts recommend avoiding exercise that involves lying flat on the back as this decreases blood flow to the uterus. A few select activities, like scuba diving, are not recommended because the pressure is dangerous in deep water. But Goodwin said the biggest no-no for the expectant exerciser is pretty basic: Don't bruise baby. “For the most part, it’s common sense,” Goodwin said. “Don’t go downhill skiing, don’t jump out of a plane and don’t play contact sports — just avoid anything that will probably lead to falling or injury. If you’ve never been a biker, don’t start during pregnancy because you may fall.”

Benefits and breath

Experts agree that as long as mom is smart about fitness fun, keeping active during pregnancy can only help — and it can help a lot. “It is so much safer and better for the baby to stay active and moving than to be sedentary during pregnancy,” Goodson said. “It won’t change the symptoms of pregnancy but it can help manage some of the major ones like back pain, nausea and coping with spinal changes and a new center of gravity in a really big way.” Goodson said he sees a common misconception with moms-to-be that exerciserelated exertion can mean stress and less

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Exercise isn't going to hurt a baby during pregnancy. If anything, it will do both mom and baby good.

GUIDELINES FOR PRENATAL EXERCISE Never exercise to the point of exhaustion or breathlessness. Wear comfortable exercise footwear that gives strong ankle and arch support. Take frequent breaks, and drink plenty of fluids during exercise. Avoid exercise in extremely hot weather. Avoid rocky terrain or unstable ground when running or cycling. Your joints are more lax in pregnancy, and ankle sprains and other injuries may occur. Avoid lifting weights above your head and using weights that strain the lower back muscles. During the second and third trimesters, avoid exercise that involves lying flat on your back as this decreases blood flow to the uterus. Include relaxation and stretching before and after your exercise program. Eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables and complex carbohydrates. Source: American Pregnancy Association,

oxygen for baby. “Even during maximum-intensity exercise, a decrease in fetal oxygen consump-


tion does not occur,” Goodson said. “A higher heart rate for mom does not mean stress on the baby. Done correctly, exercising will only help mom and child.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well, the risks of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, are very low for healthy pregnant women. Physical activity does not increase chances of low birth weight, early delivery or early pregnancy loss. “You’re basically preparing for the most athletic experience of your life,” said Jennifer Gianni, owner and instructor with Fusion Pilates in Asheville, which offers pre and postnatal Pilates classes and oneon-one training. “A lot of it is about learning to be strong, but a big element is learning to soften.” Gianni said that half the fitness battle in preparing for labor — and for life as a mom — is more than muscle tone. It’s learning to relax and using the breath. “One of the things traditional Pilates focuses on is really good breathing techniques, and that’s one of the most important tools during pregnancy and in labor,” Gianni said. “The body changes so much during pregnancy and after birth, so we want to help mom look at the big picture and become more aware of her entire body to find balance for labor and for everyday life.”



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In the baby business

Several home-grown retailers cater to the needs of little ones 6

By Mike McWilliams WNC Parent contributor

Asheville is known its strong local business climate, so it’s not surprising that parents looking for locally made clothing and accessories for their youngsters have a wealth of options here. From formal wear for toddlers to hemp diapers, it can be found at one of the many local stores that cater to babies and young children. Several also are focused on providing green, eco-friendly options for children. What follows is a sample of some

of the local businesses in the booming baby industry.

Nest Organics

Nest Organics started when a pregnant Sarah Easterling and her mother, Truly Ball, started researching baby products. The mother and daughter knew what they wanted, but couldn’t find it in area stores. “She was pregnant with her first child and could not find nontoxic and chemical free baby products except online,” Ball

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said. “Also, our lifestyle choices have been organic, sustainable, healthy and ecofriendly. It was a natural for us to open an organic homestore, with half of our store devoted to baby and children’s products.” It’s been five years since Nest Organics opened in downtown Asheville. Besides baby products and accessories, the store hosts “Nesting Parties” for parents every six weeks to help raise happy and healthy babies. The store strives to find and sell locally made products. “A large part of what we do revolves around educating the customer,” Ball said. “We demo cloth diapering, safe babywearing and talk about chemicals to avoid with babies and children. We care deeply about the families we worth with and are now seeing the birth of the second child in many of the families we’ve worked with for several years now. “We are now finding our families are well-informed and very savvy shoppers.”

Pumpkin Doodle

The philosophy behind Pumpkin Doodle is simple — have a healthy home so you can raise a healthy child and family. That’s why Lisa Hawkins started the online baby products store in 2006. “After having my youngest daughter Emma, who we called ‘Pumpkin Doodle’ at the time, I wanted to continue to be a selfemployed, work-at-home mom,” Hawkins said. “Since green living was our lifestyle at home, and I had a long list of wonderful products I had researched, I decided to start a web store. I had no idea at the time that it would grow into such a passion.” When Hawkins started Pumpkin Doodle, much of the baby market was focused

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Katie Hurley, left, and Aimee Cressend work on a display of clothing at Just Ducky in Biltmore Village. JOHN FLETCHER/JFLETCHER@CITIZEN-TIMES.COM primarily on cleaning products, baby clothes and cloth diapers. Although those are important items, much of the home has toxins and other dangerous chemicals that children are exposed to, which can be found in mattresses, furniture and adult clothing. “Toxic chemicals are in so many of our daily products and these chemicals get into (children’s) mouths and the air they breathe,” Hawkins said. Much has changed in the baby product industry since Pumpkin Doodle started. Besides more competition, Hawkins said

more and more green products are available, and consumers are catching on. “People are becoming more aware of the hazards of the chemicals that are put into their bodies and new laws are being passed to protect our children and our environment,” Hawkins said. “We have a long way to go still and more laws need to be passed and more people need to get involved to make a huge difference, but I feel we are on our way. I love it. I really love to see the green movement going viral.”

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Just Ducky Originals Sallie Broach knew she didn’t want to be a teacher for the rest of her life. So she and a fellow elementary school teacher decided to explore other opportunities. “We thought of several possible businesses to start and finally realized that we both loved fabric and sewing,” said Broach, who is now president of Just Ducky Originals. “Children’s clothing seemed simpler to work with than woman’s couture and the overhead was low, so we decided to give it a try.” Over the next 31 years, Just Ducky grew from a home-based business to a factory and retail store space. Just Ducky still uses many home sewers from around Western North Carolina, Broach said. But the heart of Just Ducky is its national home show program. Each season, Just Ducky designs a new collection and it ships 36 sample collections to homes around the country. Orders are placed and made custom in the Asheville factory, Broach said. “The concept of the retail store is built around the idea of selling these sample sets to the local market at a discounted rate,” Broach said. “As the stores have grown, we have expanded our store products to include many other adorable children’s clothing lines and gifts.” Broach has watched both positive and negative changes in the baby product industry over the years. One positive is the expansion of the infant product line. A negative is that it’s very difficult for retailers to receive full price on a product because more and more customers expect markdowns.

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Regardless, Broach said there will always be a market for children’s clothing, simply because kids outgrow their clothes. “Our goal at Just Ducky retail store is to provide moms with a variety of products in many different price points that are so cute that they can’t walk away without a Just Ducky bag in their hand,” she said.

i play. Inc.

Like many other entrepreneurs who start a baby product business, Becky Cannon gained inspiration from her own experiences of motherhood. Unlike most, however, it was where Cannon had her first child that left the deepest impression. “In Japan and the traditional Japanese culture, they have so much tradition around being pregnant and having a baby. They’re just really into it,” Cannon said. “And having my first baby there, the experience was so supported by the community, and here I didn’t find that. The whole experience was so different … and I just wanted to be able to offer my experience to other parents.” Cannon, who moved to Asheville from Japan in 1980, started i play in 1982. It now makes safe, baby-friendly clothing and other products through its i play and green sprouts lines, which are sold at stores around the world. Besides the support from the community, Cannon said the variety of baby products in Japan also struck her. For example, cloth diaper covers did not exist in the United States, but were widely used in Japan at the time. “They had so many neat products that

were focused on the baby, not just convenience,” Cannon said. “It seemed like at that time, the products here were just focused on convenience, which I think is important, but there weren’t really thinking of the baby’s perspective.” The most rewarding part of Cannon’s job — making a difference for babies. “Sometimes you have to educate the parents to get to the babies and sometime that’s challenging,” Cannon said. “But nowadays I think there are more parents that are interested in doing what best for the their baby.”

William & Grace

Brenda Youngblood and her daughter, Thea Shook, started their own children’s clothing store to fill what they saw as a void in the Asheville area. “She had moved back her from Atlanta, with two small children, and she decided there was not a quality children’s clothing store in town that carried traditional classic clothes,” said Youngblood. Six years later, William & Grace, the names of Shook’s children, continues strong in Biltmore Village. Youngblood and Shook both worked as social workers before entering the children’s clothing milieu. William & Grace features clothing from 40 children’s fashion designers, and specializes in sizes ranging from newborn to age 6 in boys and 10 in girls. Products range from matching brother and sister outfits, to formal wear and playwear. Youngblood said she enjoys working with the public, shopping for and buying Continues on Page 10

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clothes for her store. “We don’t really compete with the big box store because we carry an entirely different type of clothing,” Youngblood said. “Grandparents are probably our best customers because they have the money to spend and young couple don’t have that money to spend.”

Babee Greens

Tia Gilbert and Rachel Friel forged a friendship when their sons attended the same preschool. One day while working out together, they decided to start a business together. “We just started talking about it and decided we wanted to do something environmentally friendly and green,” said Gilbert. “We got started with this and then Rachel found the girl who previously owned the business and she was trying to sell her design and her machines. “So we purchased that from her and she now works for us as our designer and head of quality control. It’s really great for


her because we’ve been able to take it to the level that she wanted to, so she’s getting to see her dreams as well.” Babee Greens, formerly Baby Greens Diaper Co., started nearly a decade ago. Gilbert and Friel bought the business about a year and a half ago, and have expanded the product line from five to 20, all of which are made in Asheville. Babee Greens’ main products are its organic cotton and hemp diapers. But the retailer also makes nursing pads, detergents, diaper covers and clothes. The products are sold online and are featured in boutiques and storefronts around the world, including several local shops. Being green is an important part of Babee Greens because of Gilbert and Friel’s concern for the environment, and the waste produced by items such as disposable diapers. “We just feel like it’s a really big contribution to help spread the word about babies’ health and the environment,” Gilbert said.

RETAILER INFORMATION The retailers described are just a sample of Asheville-area stores that cater to families. Babee Greens: i play.: Just Ducky Originals: 10 All Souls Crescent, Asheville, 277-7084, Nest Organics: 51 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, 258-1901, Pumpkin Doodle: William & Grace: 4 Swan St., Asheville, 277-8991,

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Delivery room advocates Midwives bring added expertise into childbirth

By Betty Lynne Leary WNC Parent contributor

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For centuries, midwives have ridden a roller coaster of public opinion. In biblical and Colonial times, midwives were revered and sought after for their birthing expertise. Ihe early 19th century, the profession was deemed unsafe when compared to the country’s medical schools, which were experiencing an explosion of new information at the time. By the mid-1930s, barely 10 percent of births in the U.S. were attended by midwives. It wasn’t until the late 1970s and early ’80s that the practice of nurse midwifery truly began to grow. Improvements in training and safety led more and more women to choose a midwife for their obstetric care.


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The state of North Carolina regulates the practice of midwifery and practitioners must be a certified nurse midwife to legally attend deliveries in the state. A certified nurse midwife is a registered nurse who graduates from an accredited nurse midwifery education program and passes a national certification exam. Certified nurse midwives, more than 10,000 of them nationally, have been practicing in the U.S. since the 1920s. Two groups of midwives practice in the Asheville area. Both the New Dawn Midwifery Center and the Mountain Area Health Education Center have four certified nurse midwives on their staffs. The MAHEC midwives deliver at Mission Hospital, while New Dawn delivers either at Mission or in a home setting for mothers with low-risk pregnancies. Last year, the midwives at New Dawn delivered 188 babies, with 158 of these delivered at Mission . They have been delivering at the hospital for five years. “We have found the nursing staff, as well as the administration, to be supportive and helpful in providing midwifery care to our clients,” says Jan Verhaeghe, certified nurse midwife and director of New Dawn. Midwives at MAHEC delivered 172 babies last year at Mission. Midwives must maintain a working relationship with an obstetrician, who provides backup in case of complications or if a cesarean section is needed. In a hospital setting, nurses typically assume the labor support role until it’s time for the obstetrician to deliver. In contrast, a nurse midwife takes a much more active role in managing a woman’s labor with support from the nursing staff. “We do a nice job at Mission matching up nurses who like working with patients who are using a midwife and who want a natural childbirth experience,” says Sheila O’Brien, a labor and delivery nurse at Mission for 18 years. “Midwives are definitely a very much appreciated part of our care here, and they work pretty fluidly

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with our nursing staff. Midwifery is a great choice for women.”

‘They empower women’

Although Ansari started out with an OB during her first pregnancy, she switched to the midwives at MAHEC as she was striving for an unmedicated birth. For her subsequent pregnancies, she went to New Dawn. “I think midwives have more experience with that type of birth, and they empower women giving them confidence in their ability to give birth,” Ansari ex-

plains. Although she suffered with mild pre-eclampsia during her first pregnancy, Ansari studied the risks involved and was confident she could proceed with a natural birth for her second baby as well. “That’s one of the best parts of working with midwives,” she explains. “They took the extra time needed to work through my feelings about pre-eclampsia so we were all on the same page. They supported and encouraged my desire to continue to strive for an unmedicated birth.” Using a midwife can mean lower costs to the patient, fewer recovery complica-


tions, and reduced mortality rates due to cesarean sections. And while Ansari admits that childbirth can be unpredictable and medical intervention may indeed be necessary, she states that having a frank conversation with a practitioner about your desired birthing experience is a good starting point. “I think having both a doula and a midwife helped us to have the birth experience we wanted with our boys,” she says. “I’m confident that our baby girl will be welcomed into the world in the same loving environment.”


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Shifting attitudes seen on circumcision Gannett

It was one of the easiest decisions that Greg and Megan Floyd made during her recent pregnancy. Both agreed that they wanted to have their newborn son circumcised. Greg, a first-time father, knew that studies have shown circumcision reduces the risk of cancer and some sexually transmitted diseases. And he didn’t want his son to look different from him. A few days after Cole Enzo Floyd was born on July 9, Dr. Richard Gates removed the skin covering the tip of the penis, known as the foreskin. “It would be tough to explain to your son why you’re different,” Greg said. Not everyone agrees. Once performed on the majority of newborn boys in the United States, circumcision has plummeted in popularity in recent years. A 2010 study found that from 2006-09, the rate of circumcision dropped from 56 percent to 32.4 percent. So-called intactivists, who see the practice as mutilation, have persuaded San Francisco lawmakers to put an initiative on the ballot in November to ban the practice outright. The prohibition would apply also to Jews and Muslims, who typically circumcise their boys in a ritual outside of the hospital. At Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, there has been a definite shift in attitudes about circumcision, said Dr. Sarah Hill, medical director of the newborn nursery “I think we’re seeing a recent change just because people are thinking twice about medical procedures that they may not have in the past,” Hill said. “There is more discussion in the lay press about the positives, negatives, so I think that discussion invites a little more thoughtful decision-making.”

Regional differences abound

A 2008 government report found that nearly three-quarters of newborn boys were circumcised in the Midwest, compared with less than a third in the West.


Megan and Greg Floyd decided to have their son Cole, circumcised. Recently, a backlash has developed, leading parents to consider not circumcising. MATT KRYGER/GANNETT In the Northeast, nearly two-thirds (64.5 percent) of newborn boys were circumcised and in the South about 56 percent. In 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics published a statement laying out the pros and cons of the procedure. » Pros: A slightly lower risk of penile cancer, a rare disease; a slightly lower risk

of urinary tract infections in the first year of life; easier genital hygiene; and a decreased risk of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. » Cons: Risks, which are rare and minor but include bleeding and infection; belief that the foreskin protects the penis; and belief that removing the foreskin decreases sexual pleasure.

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Shifting attitudes seen on circumcision Gannett

It was one of the easiest decisions that Greg and Megan Floyd made during her recent pregnancy. Both agreed that they wanted to have their newborn son circumcised. Greg, a first-time father, knew that studies have shown circumcision reduces the risk of cancer and some sexually transmitted diseases. And he didn’t want his son to look different from him. A few days after Cole Enzo Floyd was born on July 9, Dr. Richard Gates removed the skin covering the tip of the penis, known as the foreskin. “It would be tough to explain to your son why you’re different,” Greg said. Not everyone agrees. Once performed on the majority of newborn boys in the United States, circumcision has plummeted in popularity in recent years. A 2010 study found that from 2006-09, the rate of circumcision dropped from 56 percent to 32.4 percent. So-called intactivists, who see the practice as mutilation, have persuaded San Francisco lawmakers to put an initiative on the ballot in November to ban the practice outright. The prohibition would apply also to Jews and Muslims, who typically circumcise their boys in a ritual outside of the hospital. At Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, there has been a definite shift in attitudes about circumcision, said Dr. Sarah Hill, medical director of the newborn nursery “I think we’re seeing a recent change just because people are thinking twice about medical procedures that they may not have in the past,” Hill said. “There is more discussion in the lay press about the positives, negatives, so I think that discussion invites a little more thoughtful decision-making.”

Regional differences abound

A 2008 government report found that nearly three-quarters of newborn boys were circumcised in the Midwest, compared with less than a third in the West.


Megan and Greg Floyd decided to have their son Cole, circumcised. Recently, a backlash has developed, leading parents to consider not circumcising. MATT KRYGER/GANNETT In the Northeast, nearly two-thirds (64.5 percent) of newborn boys were circumcised and in the South about 56 percent. In 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics published a statement laying out the pros and cons of the procedure. » Pros: A slightly lower risk of penile cancer, a rare disease; a slightly lower risk

of urinary tract infections in the first year of life; easier genital hygiene; and a decreased risk of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. » Cons: Risks, which are rare and minor but include bleeding and infection; belief that the foreskin protects the penis; and belief that removing the foreskin decreases sexual pleasure.

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Most telling, though, for many was the academy’s lack of a stance either way. “When a family asks me, I say it’s purely up to you. If there was stronger evidence to recommend it, I would,” said Hill, whose own sons are circumcised. “When someone asks me, I say it is a decision that you should make as a family.” Gates agrees: “It’s probably safe to say that the science is relatively thin on any true medical benefit.” The lack of a ringing endorsement for a medical benefit for circumcision has contributed to the decision of 18 states to refuse to pay for the procedure for Medicaid patients.

Parents have mixed experiences

Not every parent endorses the procedure. When Christie Kild’s first son was born seven years ago, she thought about not doing it, but her husband persuaded her. The boy took about a week to recover, screaming at every diaper change. “Huge mommy guilt,” Kild said. Still, when her second son was born 20 months later, she consented to another circumcision, figuring the two boys should look alike. He wound up having complications that lasted until he was 5. Online, she started seeing reports of boys having to repeat the procedure. So Kild and her husband agreed not to circumcise their younger two sons, ages 3 and 2 1/2 months. “Circumcising the first two is, thus far, the only parenting decision that I regret,” she said. “I believe that circumcision is a human-rights issue. … If they want it done as adults, that is their decision.” Gates said he and his colleagues have a multipronged pain-management procedure. Before the procedure, the child is given a sucrose pacifier and then a local anesthetic to numb the area around the foreskin, and Tylenol afterward. Often, the infants cry more before the procedure as they’re being restrained than during it, Gates said. In some cases, they don’t make a noise. Just before Gates circumcised Cole Floyd, parents Greg and Megan saw the doctor in the hospital hallway. Five minutes later, he was in their room. Greg recalls asking the doctor if anything was wrong. “Nothing,” he said. “I’m done.” Post-procedure, Cole healed quickly, confirming the Floyds’ decision to do the circumcision. “It’s painful. The baby doesn’t get to choose,” Greg said, “but when you can prevent disease down the road, I’m a firm believer in that.”


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First-time parents Jason and Jolene McGill weren’t sitting in a doctor’s office when they found out their baby’s gender. Instead, Jason came up with the idea of making a party to reveal it. They got their doctor to write down the gender on a piece of paper, and without looking at it, they took it to an Asheville bakery, The Sisters McMullen. They asked the bakery to make a yellow-frosted cake with blue or pink colored cake

tated. “The cake said, ‘It’s a…?’ on the top with lots

of questions marks all around,” Jason said. At the party, the couple sliced the cake in front of all their friends. “I blurted out ‘It’s a boy!’ when we cut into the cake,” he said. “The place erupted.” He said it wasn’t until after the event that he realized gender revealing parties were a big trend that is growing popular in Asheville.

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Jason and Jolene McGill chose to find out the gender of their baby at the same time as their friends by throwing a gender reveal party. SPECIAL

Most people learn the gender of their babies before they’re born, according to Dr. Ruchi Moore of Laurel Ob/Gyn. Gender is the first thing you can identify about a baby. It shapes your view of the pregnancy and it’s exciting, said Moore. “It makes it more personalized,” she said. So what to do with info? How can a couple amp up excitement without creating a self-focused celebration? Three different parents give their takes .


A revealing shower

Chad and Lindsay Mackey, first-time parents, included the revealing of their baby’s gender with the shower they had in May. They asked people to bring presents that were gender neutral — like necessities and a few clothes. “The cupcakes had blue frosting in the middle,” explained Chad, who said Cakes by Jane in Asheville made the treats. Lindsay and Chad decided to find out the baby’s gender long before the revealing. “It was fun keeping the secret from Continues on Page 18


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Susan Barbee is pregnant with her second child, and she’s debating whether or not to have a gender reveal party. “It’s fun to find out your friend’s baby’s gender,” she said, “but people aren’t waiting with bated breath.” With a 2-year-old boy who would be thrilled with a party for the baby, though, Barbee said she thinks it might be a fun way to get excited about the new addition to their family. Barbee said her first pregnancy was exciting, but the second one has had fewer surprises. “And you’re so busy with your child,” she said. “With my first pregnancy, my thoughts were consumed with being pregnant, but now I’m busier thinking about other things.” She goes back and forth. While a party would be fun, she thinks, she doesn’t want people to think she’s trying to make it a really big deal. She said she may ask around to see what her friends think of the idea. Party or not, Barbee said she’ll definitely find out the gender of the baby for herself

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Making it fun for everyone

Having a party wasn’t just about the baby, according to the McGills. They looked at it as an opportunity to introduce their friends to their child. “Kids need a community setting,” Jason said. To add to the festivity, they bought pink and blue plates, and asked people to pick their plate based on what they thought the child would be or what they wanted. “I was surprised by the amount of people that got into it,” said Jason. “It was a cool vibe.”

Revealing via cake

Pastry makers in downtown Asheville don’t see a ton of parents coming in with ideas for gender revealing parties, but they think it’s a good idea. Andrea McMullen, the owner of The Sisters McMullen, and Sarah Resnick, the pastry chef at City Bakery, both said that they’re open to not only ideas but also creativity. McMullen said that she’d prefer if people just had the doctor email them. That way, the parents wouldn’t be tempted to look.




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“Brothers are so annoying and they are so impatient. Sisters I do not have. But they are annoying. I feel bad for all the brothers and sisters.” Riordan Burns, 10, Asheville

“The worst thing about having a brother is that they always tell on you. The worst thing about having a little sister is that they bother you too much and they hit you too much.” Kelsion Rouse, 10, Asheville

“The best thing about having a brother is he plays with me. We play football. The worst thing about having a brother is we argue.” Camor Whiteside, 9, Asheville


“Why I love having a brother and sister because they are there for me and they protect me and I love them. Why I don’t love having a brother and sister is because we sometimes don’t get along and sometimes we fight and sometimes we don’t share.” Angelica Castillo, 8, Asheville

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Tips for getting children to like reading By James Shea WNC Parent contributor

Some children just take to reading. They read books on the bus, in the car and at home. Parents can’t get them away from a book. Other children have no interest in reading. They complain that reading is boring or too much work. But reading is an important part of learning and aids in the advancement of writing. It also enhances brain development. According to a 2009 Carnegie Mellon study, students who read have increased brain function and cognitive ability. So, what can parents do to encourage a child to read when a child has the ability to read? Here are some tips from Monica


Ponder, Buncombe County Schools elementary instruction coach:

“It’s parental modeling,” she says. “Kids need to see the parents reading.”

Make reading part of a routine

Family book club

Parents should read to a child at an early age, and it should be part of a child’s daily routine. This can be done at night before the child goes to bed or in the morning. As the child develops, parents should take time every day and encourage reading. Kids should read to themselves every day. “Make it so it is part of the day,” says Ponder. “It can be in the morning or after they come home from school.”

Parental modeling

Parents should read themselves, making sure to read during the day so the children see that reading is an important part of life. This can be a newspaper or magazine in the morning at breakfast or a book in the evening after dinner. Reading should be part of the family culture and dynamic.

A good way to encourage children to read is by starting a family book club. The children and parents select a book together. Everyone in the family reads the book and then finds time to sit down and discuss the book, like any other book club. “The family can even get together once a week and talk about what they have read,” Ponder says.

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Children should be encouraged to go to the library, Ponder suggests. While looking at books is important, story times and other events there encourage reading and learning. “The library always has events with authors,” she says. “Kids love storytellers.”

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Parents should make a variety of reading material available to children. Each child has different interests and will take to different reading subjects. There should be magazines, books and even comic books or graphic novels. “A lot of curriculum is taught with fiction and (nonfiction) material,” Ponder says.

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There are so many different types of magazines. “It doesn’t matter what they read,” Ponder points out. Kids can read about topics that interest them. If a kid likes football, encourage him or her to read a children’s sports magazine. Even the teen magazines about Hollywood stars require reading. Ponder said she particularly likes National Geographic Kids magazine.

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Movies and books

A lot of movies these days are based on books. Ponder advises encouraging a child to read a book before seeing a movie or reading the book after a movie. This can encourage interaction about the story and inspire learning. “They really get hung up on how the book and the movie are different,” she says.

Record an audio book

If a child likes audio books, encourage him or her to record an audio book. The activity encourages them to read and can be shared with friends and family. A child can gain some positive feelings about reading.


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Penny Williams is a Realtor, freelance writer and blogger. She is the creator of the blog A Mom’s View of ADHD. She and her husband, Tim, a cabinet builder with Heritage Kitchens and custom woodworker, live in Swannanoa. They have two children, Emma, 12, and Luke, 8. Q: How did you get into real estate? After my son was born, we wanted to move to Asheville to be closer to family. I arrived with a background in marketing and corporate communications but couldn’t find a job in my field. So I decided to get my real estate license.

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about ADHD. Starting out it was just me, but the readership grew so quickly that I transformed it to a collaboration where 11 of us currently share our experiences with parenting a child with ADHD. A Mom's View of ADHD morphed into not only a place to see that we are not alone in our special parenting struggles, but a compilation of articles and resources I've discovered along the way, and maybe even a dose of been-there-done-that wisdom thrown in. Q: How did you first know your son might have ADHD? Luke was like a square peg being painfully thrust into a round hole the moment he started kindergarten. I was called in to meet the teacher on day two! It took a year of torment and a change in schools to realize there was something more than being ill-prepared for school taking place. At the onset of first grade, we sought a professional evaluation but never suspected ADHD, ironically. Q: What adjustments has your family had to make to accommodate your son’s needs? We have learned to be flexible and Continues on Page 28

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patient. We try to structure family life with as much normalcy as possible but we always take Luke’s differences, talents and interests into account. We are sure to spend some time one-on-one with Emma as well. Q: The blog has turned you into a published writer. Have you always enjoyed writing? Had you thought about making a career of it? I hope to publish a book someday. I have wanted to be a writer since I was a young teen. I guess back then I thought the notion of being an author was romantic. It has been a long journey to come to the point of being published and the catalyst was completely unexpected. Q. How would you describe your children? In a nutshell, creative with vivid imaginations. Emma loves to read fantasy books; Luke often gets himself down a long and windy “what-if” bunny trail; and they both are into science and problem solving. Q: You have a daughter in middle school. What do you the two of you like to do together? Eat chocolate and lots of it! Emma and I go out for chocolate goodies many times

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when we want to do something, just us girls. We also both really enjoy photography . Q. What do you find the most challenging about a tween daughter? Do you have any advice for other moms of middle schoolers? Everything! This age is incredibly hard, especially for girls. My No. 1 (piece of) advice is to listen to them, really listen. No matter how much you disagree with what they’re saying, no matter how exaggerated and dramatic their spiel, let them finish without interruption and really listen to what they are saying because this is how they share how they feel. Q: What do you love most about being a parent? Has anything surprised you that you didn’t expect? The job of parent is much more difficult than I expected. Of course, this new motherhood of parenting a child with ADHD and learning disabilities magnifies that difficulty ten-fold. The surprise, real-

Q: Supposing that between work and the blog and family, you get some free time. How do you like to spend it? Free time is nearing extinction. I have way too many things that interest me and too many ideas I want to bring to life outside of family obligations. When I am able to squeak out a minute to myself, I take photos — I love to capture quiet moments and fleeting memories. Q: Do you and your husband get out on date nights? Where is your favorite place to go? Sadly, we do not have enough date nights. Sometimes that means just watching the same thing on TV together after the kids are in bed. When we do get out, we like to enjoy Asheville cuisine, like Zambra and Tupelo Honey. Q: What do you enjoy doing together as a family? Our favorite thing to do as a family is go to the beach. At the seashore, each has the opportunity to play wild and free and focus on what they enjoy, and I get to watch my family at peace.

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Craggy Gardens The Craggy Gardens area is less than an hour from downtown Asheville and offers one of the most spectacular highelevation views of rhododendron anywhere on the parkway. Located at Milepost 364.5, a visitor center perches on the edge of the mountain and boasts a stunning vista to the valleys north and west. From the parking area, the familyfriendly Craggy Gardens Trail leads to a large shelter built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Just beyond the shelter, an expansive rhododendron bald serves as a platform for extraordinary views of Montreat and the Black Mountain range. A picnic area is located half a mile from the shelter. For one of the best 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains explore the Craggy Pinnacle Trail just north of the visitor center. The trail is less than a mile long and gains only 250 feet of elevation, making it a popular destination hike.

Crabtree Falls

Continuing north on the parkway to Milepost 339.5, the Crabtree Falls area offers a bit more challenging hike, a 2.5mile loop, to the base of Crabtree Falls which tumbles 60 feet to the rocks below. “Crabtree Falls has a nice campground with tents and RV sites,” says Tina White,

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View of Linville Falls from Erwin overlook with Chimney View overlook at top left. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE/SPECIAL TO WNC PARENT district interpretive ranger with the National Park Service. “There are no hookups or electricity so this campground is often enjoyed by visitors seeking a quieter, more peaceful experience.” The campground, open from May through October, also offers ranger-led programs during the season. “This area has some of the most beautiful spring wildflowers,” explains White. “And in the summer and fall, the open fields are filled with late-blooming flowers. We often see deer, turkey, other small mammals, and occasionally we see bear.” On Sept. 16-17, just up the road at Mile-

post 331, Blue Ridge Parkway staff will be hosting the Overmountain Victory Celebration, a Revolutionary War event highlighting the march of the Overmountain Men through this area and on to victory at the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780. “Visitors can stop by the encampment, watch cultural demonstrations, and weapon firing demonstrations,” says White. On Friday and Saturday nights, from 7-9pm, rangers will lead candlelight tours of the encampment. “These events are all great for families,” she notes.

Linville Falls If the family is willing to get an early start, the Linville Falls area, located at Milepost 316.5, is a very rewarding day trip. From its source high on Grandfather Mountain, the Linville River begins its tumultuous race almost 2,000 feet down through a rugged gorge of virgin forest. “Visitors here walk to the head of the falls where you can look out into the gorge,” says Peter S. Givens, interpretive specialist with the National Park Service. Continues on Page 32



Views along the Craggy Pinnacle Trail at Craggy Gardens. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE/SPECIAL TO WNC PARENT Continued from Page 31

“This is the oldest wilderness area in the eastern United States, and Linville Falls is a spectacular sight.” Two trails lead to views of the falls, both of which meander through a mixed forest of hemlock, pine, oak, hickory and birch. The Erwins View Trail is a 1.6-mile round trip starting from the visitor center and features four different overlooks along the way each with different perspectives of the falls. The Linville Falls area has picnic space and a campground with 55 sites for tents and recreational vehicles. “These sites lie along the Linville River which makes them somewhat unique


among parkway campgrounds and picnic areas,” Givens explains. He says the Duggers Creek Trail is also a “can’t miss” opportunity here. “This is a small creek near the visitor center parking lot that tumbles off the mountain into plunge pools under very cool and shady rhododendron,” he says. “Just a few minutes up the trail from the parking lot and it opens into a whole new world.”

Picnic perfect

A successful family outing on the parkway means taking your time. Bring a picnic, and if a trail, creek, or shady spot looks inviting, stop, spread out the blanket,

and take it all in. “The parkway is very much a rideawhile, stop-awhile kind of place,” Givens notes. “Discovery as you go is a better option than setting an itinerary and trying to make time.” With so much of our daily lives, and the lives of our children, organized to the last minute, national parks and other outdoor places help visitors break free of the scheduling and enjoy the natural world at a more leisurely pace. “The National Park Service recognizes the importance of connecting youth to the outdoors,” Givens says. “So take your kids and take advantage of all the recreational, educational, and experiential opportunities the parkway has to offer.”

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ARC offers after school programs for ages 4 and up. Sessions are 4 weeks. There are introductory programs for the beginner and competitive programs for the advanced player. For the older players we have clinics tailored to the tournament level competitive juniors as well as recreational intermediate players. Sessions start Tuesday, September 6th

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Find peaches in abundance at summer's end. SAM UPSHAW JR./GANNETT

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Peaches have been a favorite still-life subject for painters, who find it challenging to try to capture the subtle coloring of the skins — yellow and orange and magenta-pink flowing almost to red, under the delicate fuzz (which modern peaches have had all but bred out of them). And they are a favorite food for all ages. When I recently suggested to colleagues that cherries were the perfect Continues on Page 34

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summer fruit, I was quickly challenged: “No — peaches are.” (It was too early in the year for the watermelon contingent to be heard from, I guess.) The mom adage, “If it is sloppy, eat it over the sink” might have been inspired by excellent ripe peaches. It is hard to bite into a peach out of hand without the juices running down one’s chin. Most good fruit announces its quality within a few seconds of biting into it, but few will disappoint more than a dry, mealy peach. Instructions on how to choose ripe fruit usually suggest sniffing, and here peaches really advertise their quality. You can detect the fragrance of a good, ripe peach just by walking down the produce aisle. If you pick up a peach, stick it under your nose and detect nothing in particular, put it down and move on. If you can’t smell a peach, you won’t taste much either. Since antiquity, the Chinese have regarded peaches as a symbol of immortality, according to food historian Waverly Root. Peach trees, on the other hand, are relatively short-lived orchard stock, needing to be replanted every decade or so. Though it seems clear that peaches were

first cultivated in China, they were introduced into Europe via Persia, leading to their botanical name, Prunus persica. Peach flesh can be pale, almost white, or richly yellow, tending to orange. Early bearing fruit often are clings, with the flesh firmly gripping the stone. Later in the summer, freestone varieties come to market. I have found that slicing peaches in half around the equator, rather than vertically from the stem end, makes it easier to twist the two halves free of the stone. In recent years, a newer variety has found popularity, the so-called donut peach, a smaller, flattened fruit with a relatively small pit. I find them cute, but not always as tasty as more conventionally shaped peaches. Into early September, the local peach season is in swing. For a while, at least, farmers markets are likely to have vendors offering peaches from orchards in North and South Carolina. With any luck, we should be able to find such local peaches available into early September. Today, we offer some ways to use this quintessentially summer fruit in ways that will keep your chin from getting too sticky.

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Chicken with gingered peach sauce 1 tablespoon canola oil 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, about 1¼ pounds ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons rice vinegar ¼ cup orange juice 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger 2 cloves garlic, minced ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth 4 large firm-ripe peaches, cut into ¼-inch slices 2 tablespoons sliced almonds

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper, add to the skillet and cook until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Meanwhile combine the brown sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar and orange juice in a small bowl, and set aside. When the chicken is browned, transfer to a plate, and set aside. Add the ginger and garlic to the pan, and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the chicken broth, the soy sauce mixture, and the peaches to the pan. Turn the heat up to high, and cook, uncovered, for about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sauce is nicely thickened and the peaches soften. Add the chicken back to the pan with the sauce, turn the heat down to moderate-low, cover and cook for about 5 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. In the meantime, toast the almonds in a dry skillet over a medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until golden brown and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Serve the chicken topped with the sauce and sprinkled with the toasted almonds. Serves 4.

Chicken with gingered peach sauce. /GANNETT


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by Leah McGrath, RD, LDN

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Food Safety During Pregnancy During pregnancy the need to pay special attention to food safety risks increases. Mom’s immune system may not be able to fight off the effects of illness caused by bacteria or harmful organisms and this may put both the mother and the growing fetus at risk. Always pay attention to the basic food safety tips: 1. Wash hands before cooking or preparing food. 2. Sanitize/Wash with soap and hot water cutting boards and cooking utensils before using.

Melon Super Smoothie Ingredients • Ingredients 2 cups fresh melon (honeydew, cantaloupe) in cubes w/ seeds removed • 1 ripe(the riper the better) banana • 1 cup 0% fat plain Fage Greek yogurt

3. Don’t use the same cooking surfaces or cutting boards with raw proteins and cooked proteins without cleaning/sanitizing first. 4. Keep hot foods HOT and cold foods COLD. Beware of the “danger zone” -> 40degrees & < 140degrees. Refrigerate or reheat cooked food if it is not eaten. Discard food left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours. In addition, pregnant women should pay special attention to the risk of: 1. Listeria a bacteria that causes listeriosis - found in “Refrigerated, ready-to-eat foods & unpasteurized milk products”

• 1 cup ice cubes • 1/2 tsp dried ginger • Couple of fresh mint leaves • (optional - 1-2tsp of honey if not sweet enough)

Directions Put all ingredients in a blender and blend.

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Peach and cherry cobbler

Cissy Gregg’s peach pudding

Why not combine the two best summer fruits?

2 pounds peaches 2 cups water 4 eggs 1 cup sugar ¼ teaspoon almond extract ¾ cup flour ¼ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder Milk Peachy sauce (recipe follows)

Cream cheese pastry dough:

1 cup sifted cake flour 1 teaspoon sugar plus 1 tablespoon for sprinkling on top Pinch of salt ¼ cup chilled cream cheese 4 teaspoons unsalted butter ¼ cup skim milk plus 1 tablespoon for glaze

Peel and slice peaches. Save peels for sauce. Place sliced peaches in a 9- by- 13- by 2-inch casserole. Add water. Cover dish with foil. Bake in a 350-degree oven until peaches are done, about 20 to 30 minutes. When peaches are tender, remove from oven, drain off and reserve juice. Allow to cool. Beat eggs well. Gradually add sugar and almond extract. Sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside. Measure juice from peaches. If necessary, add enough milk to make 2 cups liquid. Add to egg mixture. Gradually stir in sifted dry ingredients. When smooth, pour batter over peaches, filling baking dish ¾ full. Turn oven to 325 degrees, and bake uncovered about 45 to 50 minutes, until top is nicely browned and pudding is firm. Makes 8 to 12 servings. Peachy sauce: Cook the skins from 2 pounds of washed and scrubbed peaches in 2 cups water for 15 to 20 minutes or until soft. Strain and measure juice. Add half as much sugar as juice, and boil 3 to 5 minutes, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Add dash of salt and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Use hot or cold on peach pudding. Makes about 2 cups.

Fruit filling: 4 cups cherries, pitted 4 to 6 ripe peaches, peeled pitted and sliced 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons kirsch or Grand Marnier (optional) ½ cup packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons cornstarch ¼ teaspoon cinnamon Pinch of salt Vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt (optional)

In a bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. With a pastry cutter or your fingers, cut in the cream cheese and butter until mixture has texture of coarse corn meal, with different sized pieces of fat visible. With a fork, work in the cold milk until dough comes together in a ball. Wrap dough in plastic wrap, flatten into a thick disk, and refrigerate at least 30 minutes. (May be made a day ahead and stored in refrigerator.) Heat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, combine cherries, sliced peaches, lemon juice and liqueur (if using). In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and salt. Sprinkle that mixture over the fruit, and toss well. Transfer fruit to a shallow 2-quart baking dish. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry dough to a ¼-inch thickness. Place carefully over the fruit. tuck edges underneath and flute the edge all around. Brush the top of the dough with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Cut several slashes in the pastry to vent steam. Bake 45-55 minutes, until pastry is golden and fruit bubbles up. Cool. Serve room temperature or warmed, by itself or topped with vanilla ice cream. Serves 6 to 8.

Peach cherry cobbler. /GANNETT

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Exit 51 off I-40 828-277-2FUN Asheville’s Fun Depot is true family entertainment – Fun for all ages!! What began as a simple quest to spend more quality time with family, evolved into what IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) called “Top Family Entertainment in the World” in less than one year of operation. Asheville’s Fun Depot claimed that title for 2 consecutive years! David and Mary Beth Day are the owners of Asheville’s Fun Depot and upon moving to Asheville with 4 small children they kept hearing that “there’s nothing to do here”. That is when they started creating the concept of Fun Depot. They wanted to create a wholesome fun environment where they could provide the perfect blend of traditional arcade games with the more high-tech attractions like laser tag and gocarts. Once the property was purchased, purchase Dave set to work using his creative engineering and construction skills in making this dream a reality. Five months and one week later, Asheville’s Fun Depot opened to a large amount of community support. Without the community embracing Fun Depot, we would not have been recently voted #1 Place to have Birthday Parties for the 4th year in a row, #1 Best Rainy Day Activity, as well as in the Top 3 for Best Miniature Golf and Best Party Entertainer!! “We love Asheville and our community!!” To keep things “fresh”, we are t tl updating d ti our games andd adding to our inventory. In past years, constantly we expanded from 36,000sqft to 65,000sqft and added a ¼ mile outdoor go-cart track which has been a huge success. Some recent additions were 2 large inflatables, located upstairs, and a hurricane simulator. Our Depot Diner provides a place to fuel up for more fun or just a place for parents to relax and enjoy free wi-fi too. There truly is something for every age! Fun Depot’s mission statement of “Impact Others’ Lives In A Positive Manner” is something that we all feel is a powerful statement to live by and something we take seriously. We are blessed to have great employees, for not for them, there would be no customer service and our mission statement would not be fulfilled.

90 Springside i id Drive, behind TC Roberson High School In 1993 when Cynthia D. King open her dance studio, idea factory inc., she wanted to create a place where people could pursue their “ifs” in a positive nurturing environment. The idea factory inc. dance studio is a place where dreams are encouraged and supported. Ms Cynthia relocated to Asheville in July 1991 with her husband, Kevin, from the metro New York/New Jersey area. As a young girl, she loved to perform, especially dance. The first cognitive memory she has of performing is a jazz dance performed in the first grade. Dancing as a Bluebird, she can still vividly remember the blue leotard, gold tights and beaked headpiece that she wore when she performed. Sharing dance with her students in Asheville has enabled her to create memories as vivid as this for her dancers and their families. Having studied her craft in the NY/NJ area, she had the opportunity of learning from the best. Cynthia studied with the Joffrey Ballet, the Alvin Ailey Dance Co., Luigi, Frank Hatchett and many others. After her studies she traveled the United States extensively as an actress, dancer and choreographer. These experiences enable her to mentor her students when they have the opportunity of auditioning for parts. Life lessons are also shared at Idea Factory, such as celebrating after auditioning and getting the part, and surviving and moving on with grace when you did not. A healthy body attitude is also a strong value at idea factory inc. Being asked what the perfect size for a dancer is, Ms. Cynthia and the staff of idea factory will reply to you that there is no “perfect” size. Dancers come in all shapes and sizes, and in idea factory classes, we focus on teaching the “whole person”. Being a dance student at idea factory means becoming part of a dance family. idea factory welcomes the youngest dancers at the age of 2 and offers classes all the way through the adult level. Our programs include many disciplines of dance from ballet to musical theater dance to hip hop/funk. Offering outreach programs at a number of local elementary schools enables idea factory’s staff to share the gift of dance with even more students in the WNC community. At idea factory inc, we believe that dance is a performing art not a competitive sport. Our three non-competitive performance groups, Senior, Apprentice and Petite share dance with people who would not ordinarily have the opportunity to see young dancers perform. Monthly shows are performed at nursing homes, assisted living facilities and hospitals throughout the area. These talented dancers also perform at festivals and special events in western North Carolina. Idea Factory has high expectations for all of its dancers, but we also know it is important to have fun while learning proper dance technique. This expected quality of instruction and technical performance standards are sharing by the entire staff of idea factory.

We are devoted to excellence, while maintaining our desire to be an industry leader who reflects a solid relationship with God, who makes all things possible. Thank you Asheville for letting Asheville’s Fun Depot be a part of your community for the last 7 years! We look forward to many more FUN years ahead!


“A great gift to share”, is a quote from one of her teachers when she attended her private all girls high school in NJ. While not really knowing what that meant at the time, Cynthia D. King, director of idea factory inc dance studio, has now come to realize that it meant doing what she has done for the past 18 years, sharing her love and gift of dance with all of idea factory’s students.



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Mushroom magic: Fungi fabulous for pot or plate By Ron Mikulak Gannett

Mushrooms are among the most mysterious of the tasty things we eat. They grow in unlikely places -some of the tastiest, like morels, find burnt-over land very hospitable. Wild mushrooms will appear suddenly, seeming to pop up out of nowhere overnight. Some kinds of mushrooms can be predictably grown in managed environments, and others, such as truffles, defy human management. Many mushrooms delight our taste

buds, and a few will kill us quite horribly. But a variety of edible mushrooms are readily available commercially. The common button mushroom is creamy white when young, brown when a bit older (marketed as cremini mushrooms, at a premium) and brown and as large as a hamburger patty when mature (what stores sell as portobello mushrooms). Mushrooms are high in protein, minerals and B vitamins, and recent studies have shown that, in drying, shiitake mushrooms increase their already relatively high content of vitamin D. Edible mushrooms convey a variety of

flavor profiles. The common button mushroom has a bland sponginess that absorbs flavors in which it is cooked. “Wild” mushroom varieties, such as shiitake, hen of the woods, oyster or black trumpet, can be woodsy in flavor, or spicy, or have subtle notes reminiscent of seafood, or have a mouth feel that mimics meat. Combining different varieties of mushrooms worked very well in these soup and pasta recipes. And I made one flatbread pizza with beech mushrooms, and one with a mixture; both were very tasty.

Garlic mushroom soup I used a combination of button and wild mushrooms, and the soup turned out great.

20 cloves fresh peeled garlic (or 2 to 3 tablespoons bottled chopped garlic) 1 pounds fresh mushrooms 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided 4 cups toasted breadcrumbs 1 bunch fresh parsley, stems removed, chopped fine 10 cups chicken broth Salt and pepper to taste Dash Tabasco sauce Dry sherry wine to taste (optional)


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In a food processor or by hand, finely chop the garlic and 1 pound of the mushrooms. Cut remaining mushrooms into thin slices. In a 4-quart saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, and saut garlic and all the mushrooms, chopped and sliced. Cook, stirring, until softened, 5 minutes or more. Remove from pan and set aside. Saute breadcrumbs in remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Add garlic-mushroom mixture to crumbs, stir in parsley; saute 5 minutes. Add broth, and simmer, stirring frequently, 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt, pepper, Tabasco and dry sherry, if you have it. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

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Creamy wild mushrooms and penne 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 pounds mushrooms (I used a combination of portobello, cremini and button) 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary 1 teaspoon salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 cup white wine 2 15-ounce cans diced tomatoes 1 and one-half pounds penne or other tube pasta 8 ounces fresh goat cheese 1 cup coarsely grated Romano, Asiago or Parmesan cheese

Heat olive oil in a wide, deep pot, and when shimmery, add garlic. Remove and discard stems from mushrooms. Slice the mushrooms in half if their caps are wider than 4 inches, and then slice the mushrooms thinly. Add to the skillet with the garlic, and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Add herbs, salt and pepper, and cook 5 minutes more. Add wine, and let it boil away; then add tomatoes with their juices, and simmer. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook until just barely tender. Drain. Add goat cheese to the pot with the sauce, stirring and breaking it up until it's completely melted. Toss sauce with drained pasta. Add a little boiling pasta water to the dish if it seems a little dry -it should be creamy. Serve in a wide bowl topped with grated cheese. Serve with green salad and bread. Serves 6 to 8.

Wild mushroom and brie flatbreads 3 ounces wild mushrooms 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 teaspoon crushed garlic 1/2 red or yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced 4 flatbreads, such as lavash 4 ounces brie cheese, thinly sliced (about 1 cup) 1 cup diced fresh tomatoes 1/3 cup thinly sliced scallions (green onions)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Remove stems from mushrooms (use stems in stews, to flavor broths, etc.); thinly slice caps. Heat olive oil in a skillet, and when shimmery, add garlic, sliced mushrooms and sliced peppers. Saute, stirring, until vegetables soften, 5 to 7 minutes. Place lavash on a baking sheet. Cover with brie. Scatter tomatoes and mushroom mixture over cheese, and sprinkle with scallions. Bake until cheese melts, about 10 minutes. Cut each flatbread into serving portions. Serves 4 as appetizer or 2 as a light meal, with a salad.

Stuffed shiitakes 1 baguette, cut into 12 slices about one-fourth inch thick 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted Juice of 1 large lemon 12 shiitakes, stems removed 4 ounces Roquefort cheese 1 egg, beaten 12 walnut pieces 1/2 sweet red pepper, thinly sliced


Brush baguette slices lightly on both sides with butter, and bake on foil 2 minutes per side at 400 degrees. Toss mushroom caps in lemon juice, then toss again in remaining melted butter. Mix Roquefort with enough beaten egg to make a smooth filling (I used about 1 tablespoon of egg). Fill mushroom caps with cheese, and place one cap on each baguette slice. Garnish each mushroom with one walnut piece and two strips of red pepper. Broil for about 5 minutes, or until browned. Serves 4 as appetizer.



Turning 40 has become a rite of passage, and many women are using it as an opportunity to embrace the fact that 40 is the new 20 and they aren't old yet. Lisa WIlkins, center, celebrates her 40th at a party with friends. TYLER R. MALLORY/FOR USA TODAY

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The Big 4-0 loomed large for Jennifer O’Donnell of Sebastopol, Calif. But she didn’t bemoan the fact that she’s on the cusp of middle age. She planned to party. “Turning 40 is a pretty big deal to most people,” says O’Donnell, the mother of two, ages 3 and 6. Because she and her sister-in-law Melyssa Watson turn 40 within two weeks of each other and are good friends, the families are celebrating with a beach vacation. “On my actual birthday, my request is that I have a spa day,” says O’Donnell, who works for a nonprofit. She’s not alone . Many of today’s Gen X women see the Big 4-0 as the midpoint of their lives and are embracing it with a new zest. They’re celebrating with girlfriend getaways or exotic no-kids vacations with spouses, or making special family memories. In many cases, it’s a party. Whether a lavish spread or a gathering at home, such soirees are almost like a new Sweet 16. But rather than a coming-of-age statement, the 40th party is a way to proclaim they’re healthy, they’re sexy and they haven’t lost their mojo. “What we did is pretty decadent,” says Christy Swildens of Tiburon, Calif., who flew to Mexico with her friends for her 40th last fall. “My mom thought it was pretty ridiculous. … Very few people were flying to Mexico with their friends just because

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they were 40. It is a very different time.” Sociologist Richard Settersten Jr., a professor at the Center for Healthy Aging Research at Oregon State University in Corvallis, attributes the attitude to societal changes such as marrying and having children at older ages. What used to happen in the 20s and 30s is moving into the 40s, he says. “It naturally means your 40s are completely different. For many, the 40s are active years of childrearing. Just a couple of decades ago, the bulk of childbearing and childrearing was done by 40.” David Tutera, author of the 2006 book Big Birthdays, says he has been getting more requests for help with milestone birthday parties. “They do it to create shared experiences,” says Tutera, host of My Fair Wedding on WE tv. Lisa Wilkins, who has two sons, ages 7 and 9, hosted a catered “grown-ups-only” party at her Chicago home in June to mark her 40th . “I always knew I wanted to have a party for my 40th,” she says. “I do think it’s a rite of passage.” Mommybloggers Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile, both 42, say the milestone of 40 brings with it all sorts of feelings. “It’s that expectation to be at a certain place and feel at a certain place. You don’t magically turn 40 and reach it,” says Ashworth, of Ross, Calif., whose kids are 11, 9 and 7. “In your 20s, you look to the future and think ‘At 40, I will have peace in my life and a big house and 2.2 kids.’ You have this list you expected to accomplish. Then you get to 40 and the list is not filled up yet. It’s a scary door to walk through.” Nobile, a mother of two, ages 7 and 8, in Hingham, Mass., says the 40th birthday party isn’t about “hanging onto the past.” “It’s showing the world that 40 isn’t what it used to look like. ‘Look at me. I have so much more life to live and I’m very vibrant and successful,’ instead of crying in the corner,” she says. Elisabeth Glassey, of Canton, Conn., didn’t go the party route. Her birthday was on Super Bowl Sunday. They made chili and watched the game, she says. “I don’t necessarily feel 40,” Glassey says. “A lot of my friends had children later in life. That may be impacting our view of what 40 is: 40 is the new 30.” Just 10 days ago, she added a second son to the family. She and her husband have two other kids, ages 5 and 3. Glassey says her world at 40 is very different from what her parents experienced . “At this point for my mom, we were well on our way to high school and off to college. She made that comment, ‘I was almost a grandma when I turned 40.’”

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When we were 21 and 25, my husband and I bought our first house. The fact that someone was willing to give us a mortgage then should have foreshadowed the downfall of the banking industry. Miraculously, we did not default. We spent several years in that tiny house, with its microscopic kitchen and vinyl floor emblazoned with a faux brick pattern. We ate a lot of bad meals (cooking has a learning curve and the floor was an appetite killer), brought our first baby home and battled termites within its walls. It was perfect, but it wasn’t long before our growing family needed something bigger. Our second house was for real grown-

ups. It was our youngest child’s first home and to our delight, it had as many bedrooms as inhabitants. I learned to can veggies and bake bread in our big kitchen, tried my hand at planting things (with mixed results) and marveled at the notion of empty closet space. My daughter’s entire preschool class once walked over from school for parachute games in the front yard. It was perfect, but we couldn’t turn down an opportunity to move closer to family. This house has been the home of my children’s childhood memories — years of running down the stairs to see what Santa brought, approximately 429 different coats of paint applied with my two little hands, Legos, Barbies, video games, homework, home school, learning to walk and learning to drive. It is perfect. Putting a “for sale” sign in the front yard took months of thought and waffling

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Dear new mother, Welcome to perhaps the hardest yet quite possibly the most rewarding job you will ever have. Motherhood. As someone who has been doing this for only six years now, I don’t pretend to know it all, but I thought I would share a few tips about what I’ve learned along the way, one mother to another. I’ll write the letter that I wish someone had written for me, back when I came home from the birth center with my first daughter wondering, “What on Earth could they be thinking?” letting me take this tiny, fragile baby home when I obviously didn’t know a thing about taking care of it! The learning curve was steep, some

things came more naturally than others, and wonder of wonders, not all babies are alike! My second child was and is completely different from the first. So here is what I wish someone had told me when I became a new mother: » Meal trees are genius. If a friend offers to organize one for you, don’t hesitate, say yes! And if an offer isn’t forthcoming, don’t be shy about asking a friend to arrange one for you; there are websites like Meal Baby ( that make it super easy. As someone who had a meal tree for the second baby but not the first, I’m telling you they are SO good to have. Hot meals delivered to your doorstep will make such a big difference when you’re seriously sleep deprived and fumbling through the first few weeks of this thing called motherhood. » Ask for help or advice if you need it. Parenting is hard. Especially that first year. Don’t feel like you have to have to go

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out there. As someone who has read a LOT of them, I can tell you that the advice in every parenting book you read conflicts with the advice given in the previous parenting book. Listen to your gut, be willing to try different things, and discard what isn’t working. » Get together with other parents regularly. The families from my prenatal class met weekly even after the class was over and all the babies were born. Having that to look forward to every week kept me sane and gave me an outlet for my questions, concerns, and even tears. Later, when I moved across the state, I started a playgroup knowing how important that first group was to me. (It was actually a toddler art group, but it was as much about hanging out with the other moms and letting the kiddos play as it was about art.) » Make your environment childfriendly. Don’t think you can confine your kids and their toys to a nursery or playroom. They are full-fledged members of your family. Accommodate them and welcome them in every room. Invest in a child-sized table and chairs. They will be used for the next five or six years, more if you have more children. Toys, even the best toys, may be ignored while household items such as spoons, cups, water and string may get a lot of mileage. If you’re going to spend money on toys, choose those that can be used in multiple ways over the years, such as playsilks (great for all kinds of pretend play and dress up), blocks, dolls, cars and balls. » Stay loose and flexible. Encourage creativity. Be open to learning from your child. Read beautifully illustrated children’s books, cook together, go for nature walks, do art. You can hand your baby a chunky, unwrapped crayon anytime after about 10 months when he’s sitting in his highchair. Tape a piece of paper to the tray and let him make marks. Direct his hand to the paper at first. If he’s not into it, try again in a few weeks. You can also let babies “fingerpaint” with food (applesauce, yogurt, whipped cream) after their meals. It’s mostly a sensory experience, which is good. And don’t worry that you’re teaching them to play with their food. They won’t remember. » Last of all, keep your own passions, interests and goals in mind even if you are a full-time stay-at-home mom knee deep in diapers. It may be hard, especially at first. Your life is turned upside down ; try to hold on to a bit of yourself and your dreams and let them grow as best as you can. Think baby steps. Also, be open to

Babies will shake your world like little you've ever experienced. But tips from experienced moms may make the transition a bit easier. JEAN VAN'T HUL/SPECIAL TO WNC PARENT Books I’d recommend to guide the first few years of parenting: » “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk,” by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (Harper Paperbacks, 1999) » “Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids,” by Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross (Ballantine Books, 2010) » “The Toddler’s Busy Book: 365 Creative Games and Activities to Keep Your 1 ½- to 3-Year-Old Busy,” by Trish Kuffner (Meadowbrook, 1999) » “First Art: Art Experiences for Toddlers and Twos,” by MaryAnn F. Kohl (Gryphon House, 2002) » “The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections,” by Amanda Blake Soule (Roost Books, 2008) » “The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two,” by William Sears and Martha Sears

embracing new passions and interests that you might find along the way. I discovered a new passion in children’s art and creativity as a mother and slowly moved toward it, first by reading a couple of books, then by starting the toddler art group, writing a magazine article, starting a blog, and now by working on a book. Interests have a way of snowballing if you let them. Motherhood is a journey. You can do no


better than to begin it with an open heart, faith in yourself, a bit of hard work, and a sense of wonder. To end, I’ll quote Robert Brault, “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” Jean Van’t Hul blogs about children’s art and creativity at The Artful Parent (


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Even wiggly tots will love these books By Jennifer Prince WNC Parent columnist

Toddlers are a busy bunch. They are curious, energetic and mobile. They are explorers and discoverers. To them, every inch of floor space is a possibility. Every object in their reach is something to hold, pat or try to put in their mouths. Because toddlers can be so wiggly and distractible, it is easy to assume they are not interested in books. Really though, most toddlers love books. The trick is to find the books that are designed especially for them. The newly published “Baby Says ‘Moo!,’” written by JoAnn Early Macken and illustrated by David Walker, is one such book. Tapping into the ubiquity of toddlers loving animal sounds, Macken spins a quick, cheerful story about a toddler who loves to say “moo.” As the toddler and her parents drive home from the store, they come across various animals: a bird, a cat, a horse, a dog. The parents encourage the toddler to imitate each animal's sound. Regardless of what the animal is, the toddler answers “moo.” The parents contradict the toddler sweetly and in rhyme: “A dog says moo? What silly stuff! Everybody knows that a dog says ruff.” Each rhyme ends reassuringly: “Isn't that true? A cow says moo, sure as you're my lovey-dove, and I'm yours, too.” Walker's acrylic paint illustrations are spot-on perfect for the story and its toddler audience. Bright, cheerful colors and airy, unfussy figures are full of toddler appeal. Another new book with great appeal to toddlers is “Itsy-Bitsy Babies” written by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Jan Ormerod. Not a story per se, “Itsy-Bitsy Babies” presents several rhyming couplets that describe various scenarios. Each scenario is peopled by babies


and toddlers. Each two-page spread features one couplet. One reads: “This itsy-bitsy baby looks at cats. That itsybitsy baby tries on hats.” Another reads: “This itsy-bitsy baby loves sitting in a lap. That itsy-bitsy baby goes clap, clap, clap.” All of the featured activities are exactly the kinds of things babies and toddlers love doing: banging on a toy drum, hugging, snuggling, splashing water and so on. Ormerod's winsome illustrations are the colors of spring. Pale pink, yellow, green and blue predominate in the patterned backgrounds and clothes. Ormerod shows the babies and toddlers of various ethnicities in all of their plump cuteness, engaged in the activity being described. Both of these books make great readaloud stories for sharing with groups or for sharing one-on-one. Both books are available through the Buncombe County Public Libraries, and most branches offer story times designed specifically for the developmental stage of toddlers.

Buncombe County Public Libraries Visit Black Mountain, 250-4756 Preschool: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Mother Goose: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday Toddler: 10:30 a.m. Thursday East Asheville, 250-4738 Preschool: 11 a.m. Wednesday and Saturday Enka-Candler, 250-4758 Preschool: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Toddler: 10:30 a.m. Thursday Fairview, 250-6484 Preschool: 10:30 a.m. Thursday Toddler: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Leicester, 250-6480 Mother Goose: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday Preschool: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday North Asheville, 250-4752 School Age: 3:15 p.m. Thursday Preschool: 11 a.m. Wednesday Toddler: 10 a.m. Wednesday Oakley/South Asheville, 250-4754 Mother Goose: 11 a.m. Thursday Toddler: 11 a.m. Wednesday Preschool: 10 a.m. Wednesday Pack Memorial Library, 250-4700 Preschool: 10:30 a.m. Mondays Mother Goose: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays Toddler: 10:30 a.m. Thursdays School Age: 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays Skyland/South Buncombe, 250-6488 Preschool: 10:30 a.m. Thursday Toddler: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Swannanoa, 250-6486 Preschool: 11 a.m. Thursday Toddler: 10 a.m. Thursday

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‘Dependent’ is not a dirty word By Nicole McKeon WNC Parent columnist

One of the most perplexing things that happens when I tell someone that we homeschool, is the response, “I could never stand to spend that much time with my kids.” It makes me want to have the ability to make my head spin around and my eyeballs pop out. I just don’t get it. I love being with my kids. It is my absolute favorite place to be. Now, I am not saying that there aren’t days when I need a break, when I feel like my brains are going to drip right out my ears if someone asks me one more time to please come play Candyland. But, mostly, I am very, very happy being with my children. I realize there are lots of parents who send their children off to school each day and still love being with them. But I also



have noticed there seems to be a recurring theme I hear from my non-home-schooling friends. They “can’t wait for spring break to be over,” “when do they go back, it’s not soon enough.” This is a foreign land to most of my home-schooling pals. I have heard all the arguments against spending lots of time with your kids. They will become too dependent, they need to “toughen up,” they will be socially dysfunctional because they haven’t been socialized at school. I’ve given it a lot of thought. First, isn’t it a universal right of a child to be dependent for a period of their life? I remember my sister-in-law telling me that they were using the Ferber method to get their first baby to sleep, and that it required them leaving the child to cry alone in bed until he “calmed himself.” Nothing about this sounded healthy to me then, or now. It doesn’t make sense. To me, it is just common sense to understand that the way a child learns to “calm himself” is by realizing that someone is going

to respond to his needs until he can respond to them himself. My children are dependent to the extent that they need to be for this season of their lives. Being dependent is not a dirty word. Being dependent is part of learning to be independent. It is a process of growing that works really well when there is a safety net for a period of time. Yes, my babies slept with me, and we do lots of stuff together as a family, and we listen to our children’s dreams and desires. This is our way of teaching trust and independence. So far, it’s working beautifully. Second, I don’t want my child “toughened up.” I want him to be himself, tough and tender, like all human beings should be. I want my kids to know they can trust me because I am pretty sure this will transfer over to them trusting themselves. So far, it’s working beautifully. Third, I have serious concerns about the job the schools are doing in socializing our children. It saddens me when I ob-

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Lice can happen to anyone By Dennis Thompson HealthDay

They’re the ultimate creepy crawler. Creatures that truly give people the willies. And they’re apt to make you feel unclean, or maybe even a bad parent (neither of which, experts say, is valid). Head lice truly are nasty little buggers — parasitic insects that infest the head, eyebrows and eyelashes of their human hosts and cause the creepiest tickling sensation along the scalp. They’re a worldwide phenomenon, but in the U.S. they infect mostly school-age

children, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vigilance is the key to heading off an infestation, said Deborah Altschuler, president of the National Pediculosis Association, a nonprofit group aimed at head lice prevention. “The best way is to know what to look for, screen often and detect the problem as soon as possible,” she said. Any child can get head lice. Dr. David Flinders, a family physician in Provo, Utah, stressed that getting head lice shouldn’t reflect badly on children who have them or on the children’s families. Head lice spread through close contact.

They can’t jump or fly, so they must crawl between people who are touching each other, or through the sharing of combs or hair brushes. If children get lice, parents need to shift into treatment mode quickly. Most doctors recommend using overthe-counter or prescription lice treatments that contain mild pesticides such as pyrethrins, which are extracted from chrysanthemums. Altschuler's group is among those who don't like the idea of using such treatments. Instead, she recommends parents brush the lice and nits out of a child's hair.



At Carolina Day School, we encourage children to embrace the world, to respect and value pointsof-view and cultures different from their own, and to reach out and make a difference in the greater community and world through service projects and activities. Both within and beyond the school walls, our students learn that service to others is one of the deepest satisfactions the human spirit can know. Do you want to ensure that your child’s horizons are expanded beyond the classroom? Please call Ryn to discuss how your child can be a part of our dynamic community of learning for grades Pre-K through 12. Call 828.274.0757 to learn more.

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‘NUTCRACKER’ AUDITIONS: Ballet Conservatory of Asheville hosts auditions for its third-annual "Nutcracker," to be performed Dec. 15-16 at Diana Wortham Theatre. Auditions 6-7 p.m. for girls and boys ages 8-15 at Five Points Studios, Broadway and Chestnut Street, Asheville. RSVP. Ages 6-7 may call about performing. Visit www.BalletConservatory or call 255-5777.

Aug. 30

FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE: Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts offers an NFL league for boys and girls ages 5-14. $25 for residents, $30 for nonresidents. Registration is 5-6:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Contact Kim Turner at 232-4526 or

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Family Health Center Medical Office Building, 709 N. Justice St. Babies and children welcome. Registration required at PARDEE CHILDBIRTH CLASS: A two-session class for expectant parents covering the labor and delivery process, relaxation, breathing patterns, birth options, positioning and comfort measures. Runs 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 1 and 8. Free. Registration required at At Pardee Hospital Orientation Classroom, 800 N. Justice St., Hendersonville. Call 866-790-WELL. PEACE ART CONTEST: Fairview Library is marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with a display of art that conveys “peace.” Create your “peace” art with pencil, paint, markers, chalk, crayon and/or collage on a sheet of paper no bigger than 18x24 inches. Submit to the library by Sept. 21 with name, grade, school, parent or guardian’s first and last name, and phone number on the back. For kindergarten through 12th grade. One winner chosen in three age categories. Call 250-6484 or email

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MILE HIGH KITE FESTIVAL: Beech Mountain hosts its ninth-annual Mile High Kite Festival. 10 a.m. Free admission; free kites to the first 300 children under 12. Kites for purchase or bring your own. Visit or call 387-9283.

Sept. 9-18

NC MOUNTAIN STATE FAIR: Family oriented agricultural fair with competitions, displays, midway games, food and more at the WNC Ag Center in Fletcher. Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-midnight, Sunday from 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Monday-Thursday 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, $3 for ages 6-12 and 65 plus. Group discounts available.

FALL INTO THE FARM WITH SANDBURG: A free family festival at Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock. Programs include square dancing, dairy goat demonstrations, bird walks, nature tours and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit MILL AROUND THE VILLAGE: Festival celebrating the heritage of bluegrass music and other Appalachian specialties. Includes children’s activities. At Beacon Mill Village, Swannanoa. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit

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FLOCK TO THE ROCK: Learn about the birds of Chimney Rock. This weekend is the annual hawk migration over the area, when hawks travel to their Southern wintering grounds. Guided walks with an ornithologist at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. both days. Visit OLD TIMEY DAY: Henderson County Curb Market Old Timey Day with sausage and ham biscuits cooked on a wood stove, music, antique display, demonstrations and more. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Henderson County Curb Market. Call 692-8012 for more information.



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BOOK SALE: Weaverville Library will have books of all kinds, plus VHS and DVD titles, for sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. At 41 N. Main St. Call 250-6482. F.U.N. AT WATERROCK KNOB: Families Understanding Nature program at the Waterrock Knob Visitor Center, Milepost 451.2 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This week, join park rangers to learn about the migration of the Monarch butterfly and where you can see it on the parkway. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Call 456-9530, ext. 3, for questions or directions. NESTING PARTY: Nest Organics hosts a party for parents and parents-to-be. Learn about cloth diapering, baby wearing, protecting children from harmful chemicals and more. Free. RSVP to 258-1901. REUTER FAMILY YMCA SWIM LESSONS: Classes for ages 6 months-12 years are Saturday mornings, Sept. 3-24. Registration deadline is Aug. 31. Starts at $20. Call 651-9622 or visit SHINDIG ON THE GREEN: Traditional bluegrass, clogging and more, 7 p.m. at Pack Square Park. Visit WRITERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; WORKSHOP: Free creative writing classes for ages 12-15, 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays in September at Pack Memorial Library Activities Room. Students should bring pen and notebook. No experience necessary. Register by emailing or calling 254-8111. YMCA PARENTSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; NIGHT OUT: At Downtown Asheville YMCA for ages 2-12. Activities include swimming, arts and crafts, inflatable obstacle course, snacks and a movie. Register online or in person (at least 24 hours before scheduled program). Offered 6-10 p.m. the first Saturday of each month. $15 for members ($30 for nonmembers), with $2 sibling discounts. Call 210-5622 or visit

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ORIGAMI FOLDING FRENZY: Learn new folds and share favorites. All levels welcome. Paper is available at the museum store or bring your own. Cost is museum admission. From 4-5 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at The Health Adventure, 2 S. Pack Place. Call 254-6373 or visit

Sept. 9

WNC MOUNTAIN STATE FAIR: Through Sept. 18 at WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher. Celebrates heritage of the mountains with agriculture, music, arts and crafts, food, midway rides and more. Visit

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must bring birth certificate or baptismal record for proof of age. From 10:30 a.m.-noon at Enka Middle School. No football shoes, turf shoes, cleats or bare feet allowed. Four age divisions compete in punting, passing and place kicking. Top finishers advance to sectional competition. Call Jay Nelson at 250-4269 or email for details. ‘STAR WARS’ PARTY: Blue Ridge Books hosts a

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Bookshop’s Readers of Young Adult Literature will discuss “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Nancy Werlin at 4 p.m. at 19 Wall St., Asheville. Call 232-2228 or visit

YWCA SWIM LESSONS: New session of Red Crosscertified lessons starts for all skill levels. September session offers three meetings. Visit or call 254-7206, ext. 110.

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Sept. 14

ART CLASS: Roots + Wings School of Art offers an eight-week art workshop, “Explore Imagism,” for second- to fourth-graders. Students will alternate between writing poetry and painting. Sessions are 4-5 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 12-Oct. 31. $100 per child. Classes at The Cathedral of All Souls, 3 Angle St., Biltmore Village. Visit or call 545-4827. FAMILY TO FAMILY: Free, 12-week program to help caregivers and family members understand and support individuals with mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. Provided by National Alliance on Mental Illness. 6-8:30 p.m. through Nov. 29. Register by calling 888-955-6264. At Pardee Health Education Center in Blue Ridge Mall, Four Seasons Boulevard, Hendersonville. HENDERSONVILLE CHILDREN’S CHOIR: Open to all interested singers ages 6-13. Register at the first practice, at 4:15 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2101 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville. $40 per child ($80 family cap). Practices are 4:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays. With two fall concerts. Visit PARK RIDGE CHILDBIRTH CLASS: Park Ridge Health's The Baby Place offers a childbirth class in a one-day session, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. A tour of the Baby Place is included. Call 681-BABY or visit to register. $90. The hospital is at 100 Hospital Drive, Hendersonville.

HOLISTIC PARENTING FORUM: Free group to provide support, education and resources for a community of parents committed to natural living. Meets 6-8 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at Earth Fare in West Asheville. Children welcome. Call 230-4850 or email

Sept. 15

‘KIDS, WEALTH AND CONSEQUENCES’: UNC Asheville’s Family Business Forum hosts Richard Morris, co-author of “Kids, Wealth and Consequences,” who will offer talk designed to help family business owenrs pass sound financial values to their children. at 8:30 a.m. at UNCA Reuter Center Manheimer Room. $50; free for members of forum. Call 232-5091 or visit PARDEE PARENTING CLASSES: Both at Pardee Hospital, 800 N. Justice St., Hendersonville. Call 866-790-WELL or visit to register. » BREAST-FEEDING CLASS: Learn the art of breastfeeding. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Registration required. » DADDY DUTY CLASS: Learn helpful ideas and tips for dads during the labor and birth process. 6:30-8 p.m. in Video Conference Room. Free. Registration required.

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BOOK SALE: Weaverville Friends of the Library host a book sale as part of Art in Autumn craft festival, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the library, 41 N. Main St. Call 2506482 or email CELEBRATE PREGNANCY CLASS: The Baby Place at Park Ridge Health offers a twist on a normal childbirth class, covering important labor techniques and support. Includes a ($65 value) massage voucher with the $99 fee. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call 681-2229 or visit to register. END OF SUMMER BLUES FESTIVAL: Benefits St. Gerard House Autism Center. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. at Camp Green Cove in Tuxedo. With music, food, children’s activities, more. Tickets are $10. Visit FALL INTO THE FARM: Family fun day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Carl Sandburg Home, Flat Rock. Visit FAMILY FIELD DAY: Park Ridge Wellness sponsors an afternoon of with scavenger hunts, activities, prizes and more. The Health Adventure will be there, too. 3-4:30 p.m. at Fletcher Community Park, off Howard Gap Road, Fletcher. TEEN AWESOME GROUP: Weaverville Library’s group for teens works on its book movie trailer. From 4-5:30 p.m. at 41 N. Main St. Call 250-6482. TOTS ON TOES BALLET WORKSHOP: Classes Saturdays through Oct. 8 at Stoney Mountain Activity Center in Hendersonville. Ages 3-4, 10-10:45 a.m.; ages 4-5, 10:45-11:30 a.m., $35. Contact Dory Jones at or 242-6643 Visit

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KINDERMUSIK: Try a free Kindermusik class at Asheville Performing Arts Academy on Sept. 19 and 20. Visit or call 253-4000. REUTER FAMILY YMCA SWIM LESSONS: Classes for ages 6 months-12 years on Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 19-Oct. 12. Registration deadline is Sept. 15. Starts at $40. Call 651-9622 or visit

Sept. 20

REUTER FAMILY YMCA SWIM LESSONS: Classes for ages 6 months-12 years on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 20-Oct. 13. Registration deadline is Sept. 15. Starts at $40. Call 651-9622 or visit

Sept. 22

INFANT CARE CLASS: Pardee Hospital offers a course on infant care from A to Z. From 6:30-8 p.m. at Pardee, education classrooms, 800 N. Justice St., Hendersonville. Free. Registration required at or call 866-790-WELL. MONTESSORI OPEN HOUSE: Montessori Elementary School of Asheville hosts an open house, 4-7 p.m. At 235 Weaverville Highway, Asheville. Enrolling first through sixth grades. Visit AN-0000284735


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MOMS GROUPS A sampling of support groups for moms in WNC. Arden Moms Meetup Group: A group for stay-at-home moms of preschoolers or babies in the Arden/South Asheville/Fletcher area. Visit or contact Susan Toole at Meet and greets for moms while kids play. Two sessions, 11 a.m.-noon and 3-4 p.m. Wednesdays at The Hop Ice Cream and Coffee Shop, 640 Merrimon Ave. Asheville Moms with Multiples: Group for moms with multiples meets 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the Women's Resource Center on Doctors Drive, behind Mission Hospital. Meetings are an opportunity to share experiences and offer support in a social setting. Call 444-AMOM. Biltmore Baptist MOPS: Group for all mothers of children from infancy through kindergarten. Meets 9:3011:30 a.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month at Biltmore Baptist Church, 35 Clayton Road, Arden. Visit La Leche League of Asheville mornings: Pregnant moms, babies and toddlers welcome at all meetings. Meets at 10 a.m. the second Monday of the month at First Congregational Church on Oak Street. Contact a leader: Susan, 628-4438; Jessica, 242-6531; or Falan, 683-1999.

Sept. 23

FACE PAINTING: Hands On! A Child’s Gallery hosts face painting artist Donna Ramsey from 2-4 p.m. All ages. Free with admission. At 318 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Visit

Sept. 24

BABYSITTER’S TRAINING CLASS: For ages 11-15. Learn how to care for a child, develop a baby-sitting business, and more. Basic first aid, child CPR and infant CPR included. Dress comfortable and bring lunch. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Asheville-Mountain Area Chapter, American Red Cross, 100 Edgewood Road,

La Leche League of Asheville evenings: Pregnant moms, babies and toddlers welcome at all meetings. Meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of the month at Awakening Heart on Merrimon Avenue. Contact a leader: Yvette, 254-5591; or Molly, 713-7089. La Leche League of Hendersonville: Offers information and support for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Meets at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville, 2021 Kanuga Road. Babies and toddlers are welcome. For more information, Contact a leader: Andrea 676-6047, Katie 808-1490, or MC 6939899. Mom2mom: Christian moms group meets at St. Paul's Church, 32 Rosscraggon Road, Rosscraggon Business Park Building B, Asheville. Moms with any age children are welcome. Call 388-3598. Mommy and Me: Park Ridge Hospital offers a support group for moms at 10 a.m. the fourth Monday of the month. Contact Amy Mast at 216-7244. The hospital offers a luncheon for moms and babies, noon-1 p.m. the third Monday of the month, at the hospital's private dining room. Call 6812229. MOMS Club of Hendersonville: A support group open to mothers of all ages in the Henderson County area, including mothers who have homebased businesses and those who work Asheville. $85. Visit or call 258-3888. FALL MILITIA ENCAMPMENT: Vance Birthplace State Historic Site hosts a look at what life was like for militia members in the early 19th century. With demonstrations of camplife activities and drill routines, as well as hands-on activities for kids. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sept. 24 adn 1-3 p.m. Sept. 25. Free. On Reems Creek Road in Weaverville. Call 645-6706. HIKE-A-THON: Hike 4 miles of trail at New Direction Farm in Mars Hill (shorter hike available). Proceeds benefit farm’s ministries. Register by Sept. 10. Visit or call 689-4850.


part-time but are home with their children during the day. The group meets for speeches and topics for discussion, park days, playgroups, nights out, holiday activities and service projects benefiting needy children in the community. Meets 9:30 a.m. the first Thursday of the month at Hendersonville Church of Christ, 1975 Haywood Road, Hendersonville. Children welcome. Call Kerry at 692-7724 or visit www.hendersonvillemomsclub. MOPS at Mud Creek: Mothers of Preschoolers (infancy through kindergarten) provides an open, faithbased atmosphere. Meets second and fourth Wednesdays, 9:15-11:15 a.m., September-May, at Mud Creek Baptist Church, 403 Rutledge Drive, Hendersonville. E-mail or visit http://mops North Asheville MOPS: Meets 9:3011:30 a.m. the first Monday of each month at Maranatha Baptist Church, 1040 Lower Flat Creek Road, Weaverville. Contact Jennifer Warner at 4236180 or Liban Morris at WNC Mountain Mamas: Moms and kids can meet up and play at 11 a.m. Wednesdays the Hop Ice Cream Shop, 640 Merrimon Ave. Enjoy half-priced coffees and ice cream. Encompassing, supporting and uniting WNC families. Visit www.wncmountainmamas. OLD TIMEY DAY: At Henderson County Curb Market, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. With food, music, antique display, demonstrations and more. KIDS’ FISHING TOURNAMENT: For ages 15 and younger. 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Lake Julian Park. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Bring pole and bait. No boat fishing. Kids must be accompanied by at least one adult. Prizes by age. Sponsored by Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Services. Call 684-0376 or email

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CRAZY CHEMISTRY: Hands On! A Child’s Gallery offers a program for ages 3 and up at 10:30 a.m. Free with admission. At 318 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Visit

Sept. 29

‘MYSTERY AND MISCHIEF’: Autumn Players of Asheville Community Theatre perform an all ages show at 6:30 p.m. at Swannanoa Library, 101 W. Charleston St. Free. Call 250-6486 or email

Sept. 30

SING-ALONG: Hands On! A Child’s Gallery offers a sing-along with Tania at 10:30 a.m. All ages. Free with admission. At 318 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Visit

Oct. 1

‘PINOCCHIO’: Asheville Puppetry Alliance performs at 2 p.m. Oct. 1 and 2 at White Horse Black Mountain. Tickets $7. Call 669-0816 or visit School performance at 10 a.m. Sept. 30 at Diana Wortham Theatre. Public welcome at $7 price if seats available. Call 210-9837. RUNWAY 5K AND HEALTHY FUN DAY: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Asheville Regional Airport with a 5K run on a portion of the runway and airport campus. Starts at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit Ladies Night Out, a program that provides mammograms and screenigns to women who can’t afford them. Healthy Fun Day festival is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with aircraft on display, health and wellness education, live music, low-cost airplane rides, more. Visit YMCA PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: At Downtown Asheville YMCA for ages 2-12. Activities include swimming, arts and crafts, inflatable obstacle course, snacks and a movie. Register online or in person (at least 24 hours before scheduled program). Offered 6-10 p.m. the first Saturday of each month. $15 for members ($30 for nonmembers), with $2 sibling discounts. Call 210-5622 or visit

Oct. 3

YWCA SWIM LESSONS: New session of Red Crosscertified lessons starts for all skill levels. Visit or call 254-7206, ext. 110, for details.

Oct. 5

ART CLASS: Roots + Wings School of Art offers


four-week art sessions for ages 3-6. Sessions are 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 5-26 (focus on art from nature). $50 per child. Classes at The Cathedral of All Souls, 3 Angle St., Biltmore Village. Visit or call 545-4827.


KINDERMUSIK: Enrolling for fall semester. Four unique curricula promote creativity, listening skills, self-esteem, problem solving, vision and focus, language and literacy, hand-eye coordination, emotional and social skills, balance and coordination. Classes for newborns through 7-year-olds. Call: Lora Scott, 649-2320, (Biltmore Village); Beth Magill, 298-9350, (downtown Asheville); Yvette Odell 253-4000, (North and South Asheville); Debra Huff, 206-3145 or 689-1128, (Madison County); Sonja Gorsline, 883-8538 (Brevard). YMCA AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM: The YMCA offers after-school care from 2:30-6 p.m. at 17 Bun-

combe County schools and serves three Asheville City Schools at the YMCA Beaverdam location. Curriculum focuses on arts and humanities, literacy, health and wellness, conflict resolution, math and science, service learning and cultural diversity. For information on how to register, visit or call 210-2273. FAIRVIEW PRESCHOOL: Registration is open for the 2011-12 school year. Fairview Preschool will provide a developmentally age-appropriate, handson learning environment for children ages 2-5 (pre-K). Classes will meet 8:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. At 596 U.S. 74, behind Fairview Library, in Fairview. Call 338-2073, email or visit SWANNANOA VALLEY MONTESSORI SCHOOL: Registration for the 2011-12 school year for ages 18 months to sixth grade. Drop-In tours every 9 a.m. Tuesday. Preschool at 130 Center Ave., Black Mountain. Elementary at Carver Community Center, Black Mountain. Call 669-8571 or visit

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GROVE PARK INN PROGRAMS: The Sports Complex at the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa offers two programs for children. Children will enjoy playing games and sports, making arts and crafts, swimming, eating pizza and watching a movie. For reservations, call 252-2711, ext. 1046, or email » Kids’ Night Out: 6-10 p.m. each Friday and Saturday, for children ages 3-12. Cost is $45 per child. Advance registration required. » Cub’s Adventure Camp: A full-day (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) or half-day (9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-4 p.m.) program on Saturdays. Lunch included. Cost is $65 for full day; $45 for half-day morning with lunch; $30 for halfday afternoon. T-BONE’S RADIO ACTIVE KIDS: Kid-friendly radio hosted by Asheville-area kids from 8-10 a.m. Saturdays on Show features interviews, music, call-ins, jokes and prizes. PARENTS’ MORNING OUT PROGRAM: St. Eugene Catholic Church is enrolling children for its parents morning out program. Two teachers for each 10 children. For ages 6 months to 4 years. Program is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Church is at 72 Culvern St., Asheville. Call Cynthia Francis at 254-5193, ext. 25, or e-mail DANCE LESSONS: Asheville Clogging Company offers clogging, Irish step dancing, hip-hop, jazz,

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ballet and tap classes for all ages, preschool to adult. Visit, call 329-3856 or e-mail TENNIS LESSONS: Asheville Racquet Club offers tennis lessons this fall in two locations, ARC South on Hendersonville Road and ARC Downtown, at 1 Resort Drive, Asheville. Classes starting at age 4-14, as well as a tournament program for ages 9-18. For ARC South, contact Mindy Sheppard at 274-3361, ext. 310, or For ARC Downtown, contact Bo Webb at 545-4939 or MERRIMON AVENUE BAPTIST PRESCHOOL: Enrolling for its classes for ages 1 to pre-kindergarten. Classes run 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday;

3- to 5-year-olds also meet Mondays. $15/day. The structured pre-kindergarten class focuses on kindergarten readiness and is taught by a licensed birth-kindergarten teacher. Call Sara Calloway at 252-2768, ext. 315, or e-mail BREAST-FEEDING EDUCATION: Introduction to tips and tricks that make breast-feeding easier. 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays at Women's Wellness and Education Center, 24 Arlington St., Asheville. $25. Classes are taught by Holly Major. For details or to register, call Holly at 250-0226. PRESCHOOL PLAY DATE: The Health Adventure hosts interactive fun just for preschoolers led by museum facilitators at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Visit

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