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Healthy Aging Month at YMCA of WNC

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Join the YMCA of Western North Carolina as we celebrate Healthy Aging Month at the ninth annual Healthy Aging Day on Sept. 5. The free event at the Reuter Family YMCA in Biltmore Park will feature group exercise classes, pickleball, flu vaccines, informative lectures, free health screenings, and vendor booths.

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YMCA Parkinson’s Programs Provide Treatment through Exercise and Community

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The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation estimates there are more than 1 million people in the United States with Parkinson’s Disease (PD), and more than 60,000 people are diagnosed each year. The main symptoms of the disease are movement related.

“It has been seven years since I’ve been diagnosed with Parkinson’s,” said Linda Sprouse, a participant in the YMCA of Western North Carolina’s Parkinson’s programs. “I was always active, but I listened to my doctor who said exercise, exercise, exercise was the best medicine you can take.”

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Shindig on the Green with Ashgrove Garland Dancers, Asheville Morris Dancers

Shindig on the Green® is proud to welcome the Ashgrove Garland Dancers and Asheville Morris Dancers to open the evening on Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Roger McGuire Green in downtown Asheville’s Pack Square Park.

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READING, RECYCLING, AND RADICALISM! FREE SUMMER SERIES BLOOMS

firestorm summer series

Firestorm Books & Coffee is excited to announce children’s summer programming taking place at the bookstore from July 6th through August 24th 2019, with an event every Saturday at 10:30am. The programming rotates each week between read alouds and arts and crafts events, all of which are focused on local ecology, using natural materials to make art, recycling and upcycling, and gardening.

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Bears Bees + Brews and Center for Honeybee Research to host ‘Pollinators: Secret Superheroes Dinner

bears bees + brews

Bears Bees + Brews is partnering with Center for Honeybee Research to host ‘Pollinators: Secret Superheroes Dinner,’ an intimate dinner experience highlighting the essential role pollinators play for the culinary world and for a healthy ecosystem. The dinner is a part of Asheville GreenWorks and Bee City USA— Asheville’s 7th Annual Pollination Celebration.

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INDEPENDENCE DAY 5K RACE HOSTED BY ASHEVILLE OUTLETS

independence day 5k

Asheville Outlets (ShopAshevilleOutlets.com) will host the Independence Day 5K on Thursday, July 4, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. Participants can choose from the timed 5K run/walk or the 1 mile unlimited walk. Registration pricing, day of or in advance is $30 for adults for the 5K Race and $15 for the 1 mile walk. Special senior and youth pricing available. $5 from every registration will go towards either the Wounded Warrior Project or Veteran for Peace. Event start and finish is at Asheville Outlets and all runners will receive a drawstring goodie bag from Asheville Outlets. For additional details, visit ShopAshevilleOutlets.com/Events.

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Uncommon Market Asheville Indoor Market June 2019

Uncommon Market Asheville will be enjoying a climate controlled environment at their next INDOOR market on June 29 and 30. Come beat the heat (or rain) and shop vintage, antiques, art and handmade from some of the regions best! The market is 9 am - 5 pm on Saturday and 10 am - 4 pm on Sunday.  Admission is $5, good for both days and kids (17 and under) are always free. Service dogs only are welcome.

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Asheville Navitat Discount Days Support the Smokies

Friends of the Smokies and Navitat Canopy Adventures are partnering to show their love for Great Smoky Mountains National Park on four special days this summer. Call and mention Friends of the Smokies to book your adventure with Navitat Asheville or Navitat Knoxville for June 15, July 30, August 17, or September 28 to receive a 10% discount, plus a portion of sales will be donated directly back to Friends of the Smokies.

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LOCAL NONPROFIT THE POP PROJECT REACHES $250,000 GIVING MILESTONE

independent bookstore day

50,000 strong, but there is still much work to do. Asheville nonprofit, the POP Project, turns 10 years old and is celebrating by hitting a few milestones this year. The first happened on May 12, when POP reached 50,000 lifetime books delivered. That total amounts to nearly a quarter million dollars worth of books distributed to places with needs throughout our community and state, all at no cost to the recipients.

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During National Water Safety Month, Ensure Your Children Know How to Stay Safe Around Water

free water safety lessons ymca

When it comes to teaching kids to be safe around water, you can't underestimate the fear factor. Take 5-year-old Waylon, who barely put one toe in the pool during his first swim lesson and didn't speak until his third. As his YMCA Safety Around Water sessions continued, however, Waylon became more comfortable with the water, his classmates, and the instructor. His mother was so impressed with his progress she signed him up for more lessons.

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