Community News – Asheville Blog http://ashevilleblog.com Your Source for all things Asheville Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:14:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.14 Western North Carolina Activists Take Fight For Free Healthcare To Streets In Washington DC http://ashevilleblog.com/fight-for-free-healthcare/ http://ashevilleblog.com/fight-for-free-healthcare/#respond Sun, 10 Jun 2018 17:54:23 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11698 On Saturday, June 23, Western North Carolina advocates for National Improved Medicare for All join other National Improved Medicare for All advocates from across the country to take to the streets to make the case for Single Payer Healthcare for All.

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On Saturday, June 23, Western North Carolina advocates for National Improved Medicare for All join other National Improved Medicare for All advocates from across the country to take to the streets to make the case for Single Payer Healthcare for All.

The group will join forces with Health Over Profit for Everyone, who has worked in conjunction with the Backbone Campaign to  organize the Medicare for All aspect of the march. The Western North Carolina group and the two organizations  listed above  support H.R. 676, which has a record 122 co-sponsors — more than half of all Democrats in the US House of Representatives. The Senate bill, S. 1804, has 17 co-sponsors, including Sen. Bernie Sanders the lead sponsor.

The healthcare component of the march will feature people telling their personal stories explaining why they support National Improved Medicare for All. Visuals will include a massive ball and chain symbolizing the burden of current health care in the United States which includes high premiums as well as co-payments and high deductibles and narrow healthcare networks which are all barriers to care. At the same time Medicaid, which provides healthcare to 74 million people, is being cut, burdening low-income people with healthcare costs.

The Western North Carolina group is bringing six 10-ft vertical banners that say “Health Justice” and four 6-ft horizontal banners that say “Medicare for All, Everybody In” and “Medicare for All, Nobody Out.”  In addition they are bringing a 20-ft tall deer fence banner and bringing dozens of handmade signs that call for Medicare for All. Organizers will distribute health security cards to demonstrate how single payer would provide lifelong healthcare including dental, optical and access to all health providers without premiums or co-pays.

More information available at www.healthoverprofit.org AND PeopleForHealthcare.org

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Better Dads Festival Returns to Asheville with Grammy Award-winning Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, plus Lyric and The Willies http://ashevilleblog.com/better-dads-festival-returns-asheville-grammy-award-winning-secret-agent-23-skidoo-plus-lyric-willies/ http://ashevilleblog.com/better-dads-festival-returns-asheville-grammy-award-winning-secret-agent-23-skidoo-plus-lyric-willies/#respond Fri, 08 Jun 2018 17:59:03 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11701 This Father’s Day weekend, the Better Dads Festival returns to Asheville with its unique mix of active, soulful, inspirational, fun, and educational activities to celebrate fatherhood. The event welcomes people of all ages from Asheville’s diverse communities.

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This Father’s Day weekend, the Better Dads Festival returns to Asheville with its unique mix of active, soulful, inspirational, fun, and educational activities to celebrate fatherhood. The event welcomes people of all ages from Asheville’s diverse communities.

The musical lineup will include Grammy Award-Winning Band Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, acclaimed local artist LYRIC (who performs with her father) and The Willies from Nashville. Storytellers Ray Christian and Passion join the festival this year. More than 20 Community Partners will attend the festival, providing information about resources for parents. Food will be supplied by a wide array of Asheville vendors.

Live music, dance, games, costumes, drumming, storytelling, crafts, poetry, and a dress-your-dad photo booth will provide opportunities to play together. Community speakers and sharing circles will invite festival goers to explore how men show up in their lives, their challenges, and new possibilities.

Better Dads Festival is an outgrowth of the work done by men involved with the ManKind Project (MKP), specifically within the Greater Carolina community. MKP is a nonprofit training and education organization with three decades of success hosting life-changing experiential personal development programs for men. MKP supports a global network of peer-facilitated men’s groups and supports men in leading lives of integrity, authenticity and service.

Better Dads Festival was created by Hendersonville resident Alan Kay. “In today’s world, it’s up to all of us, with all of our diversity, to create the next generation of compassionate and authentic men committed to the common good. It’s our collective responsibility to mentor and create a nurturing environment so that all children can grow up in an equitable community. How men show up in the world begins with what our children learn in their families, from the media, in their schools and from their peers. Women and men share equally in determining how we communicate, maintain relationships, respect one another and welcome diversity. While the festival focuses on nurturing dads, all of us have a role to play. We’re delighted by the support of various women’s organizations that have agreed to participate in this event. We all have much to share. We all have much to learn.”

What Better Dads Festival

Where Roger McGuire Green in Pack Square Park, downtown Asheville

Date Saturday, June 16, 2018 (Father’s Day weekend)

Time 12:30 to 9:30 PM

Price Free to the public

Contact Jeffrey Goldwasser, jeffreygoldwasser@gmail.com

Director Tim Chumley, 804-519-2810, thebetterdadsfestival@gmail.com

Website betterdadsfestival.org

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GreenWork Makes the Dream Work http://ashevilleblog.com/greenwork-makes-dream-work/ http://ashevilleblog.com/greenwork-makes-dream-work/#respond Wed, 06 Jun 2018 18:09:45 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11708 To help keep Asheville’s natural lands and waterways free from trash, Asheville Yoga Center is raising funds for Asheville GreenWorks as its Charity of the Month for June 2018.

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Asheville Yoga Center Fundraises to Support local nonprofit Asheville Greenworks

To help keep Asheville’s natural lands and waterways free from trash, Asheville Yoga Center is raising funds for Asheville GreenWorks as its Charity of the Month for June 2018.

All month long, AYC will have donation boxes stationed at the AYC Studio and Boutique for guests to directly contribute funds, and on Thursday, June 28, 10% of all drop-in and community class sales will be donated to the local nonprofit. Along with class donations, AYC will contribute $250 to enhance the community through educational and volunteer-based environmental programs

“Asheville’s natural resources are beloved by the community, and it is incredibly important that we keep our lands healthy and thriving for future generations,” says Melissa Pennscott, General Manager of AYC. “We are grateful for the diligent efforts of Asheville GreenWorks and the hands-on opportunities they provide to our community, and we are happy to support them in any way we can.”

For nearly 50 years, Asheville GreenWorks has worked to provide educational and volunteer-based programs to preserve and protect Asheville’s beautiful landscape. From cleanups along rivers, roads, and forests, to educational programs for effective recycling and waste reduction, Asheville GreenWorks has made a tremendous impact on the quality and health of Asheville’s natural resources.

“Through hands-on service work in our local environment, GreenWorks volunteers form deep connections to the natural world and to other members of the community,” says Dawn Chavez, executive director of Asheville GreenWorks. “A cleaner, healthier environment benefits us all. We are proud to have this opportunity to partner with the Asheville Yoga Center, whose sustainability goals and community-building efforts mirror our organization’s mission and programs.”

On June 16th, GreenWorks will hold its 17th Garden Tour. This year’s tour takes place in the Historic Montford Neighborhood and has a focus on gardens that support native pollinators. The self-guided tour begins at 9:30 am at the Isaac Dickson Elementary School. Tickets and details are available on the GreenWorks website: www.ashevillegreenworks.org/garden-tour.

For more information on Asheville Greenworks, go to ashevillegreenworks.org.

About Asheville Yoga Center

Asheville Yoga Center (AYC) is a leader in providing world-class instruction and support for personal growth through yoga. Founded in 1997, AYC offers classes, teacher trainings, and a retail boutique for yoga practitioners of all levels. Learn more at youryoga.com. 

About Asheville GreenWorks

Asheville GreenWorks inspires, equips and mobilizes individuals and communities to take care of the places we love to live. Since 1973, GreenWorks has worked to enhance the community through educational and volunteer-based environmental programs. With thousands of volunteers, GreenWorks engages the community in grassroots projects such as tree plantings, environmental cleanups, anti-litter and waste reduction education, creation and maintenance of green spaces, and care and preservation of Asheville’s rivers and trees.

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Wayfinding banners help support River Arts District vitality during RADTIP construction http://ashevilleblog.com/wayfinding-banners-help-support-river-arts-district-vitality-radtip-construction/ http://ashevilleblog.com/wayfinding-banners-help-support-river-arts-district-vitality-radtip-construction/#respond Wed, 06 Jun 2018 18:05:16 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11705 With the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) underway, the City of Asheville is helping to support businesses near RADTIP construction in a variety of ways.

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With the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) underway, the City of Asheville is helping to support businesses near RADTIP construction in a variety of ways.

One way to support the vitality of this business district is a $25,000 City-designated fund to help keep businesses open during RADTIP construction. The RAD Vitality Partnership is between the City of Asheville, the River Arts District Business Association and the River Arts District Artists Association. Explore Asheville is also hosting a website at www.explorerad.com as part of this partnership.

This work is being done as a collaboration. Members of the River Arts District Artists Association (RADA), the River Arts District Business Association (RADBA) and the City of Asheville meet monthly to review the needs of the district during construction.

The first priority for the district is installation of RAD wayfinding pole banner signs. Some 114 pole banner signs are being installed throughout the district as part of the collaboration. Area businesses raised more than $24,000 to support this initiative. The banners are designed to last through the construction project.

“The banners are helping with not only wayfinding but also beautification,” said Studio A artist Andrea Kulish, who designed the pole banners. “The banners show the breadth of artists in the district.”

The partnership will also fund a trolley for Second Saturdays and staff 14 Riverside Drive Arts and Culture Center every Saturday during the community-wide Summer of Glass extravaganza happening from now until mid-October.

“The traffic these efforts are generating has been really positive,” said 310 Art studio owner Nadine Charlsen. “We’ve had a lot more local people in the RAD.”

The collaboration between partners for this project is making an impact.

“This collaboration during RADTIP sends the message that we are open for business during construction,” said RADBA President Dave Campbell. “The community engagement has been fabulous for this project and everyone from artists, business owners, the City and other partners have all worked together.”

Designed as a business district development exercise, both RADBA and RADA are working together for the benefit of the district.

“In the past, the district hasn’t always come together. But this has been a great opportunity to use this partnership to bring everyone together for the greater good for the River Arts District,” said River Arts District Artist Association (RADA) President Chalkley Matlack.

The pole banner initiative has the potential to evolve as a method to support businesses past RADTIP construction.

“The opportunity to build the wayfinding component for the RAD at a time that will influence the permanent wayfinding is really exciting,” said Curve Studio owner Pattiy Torno.

About RADTIP

The River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) is a City of Asheville multi-modal transportation project that includes the installation of sidewalks, street trees, public art, bike lanes and greenways in the River Arts District, adjacent to the French Broad River.

For more information about the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project visit the RADTIP project webpage on the City of Asheville website.

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Uber & Lyft Resume Service At Asheville Airport http://ashevilleblog.com/uber-lyft-return-asheville-airport/ http://ashevilleblog.com/uber-lyft-return-asheville-airport/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 13:48:18 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11688 Announcement from the Asheville Regional Airport:

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Announcement from the Asheville Regional Airport:

The Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority (GARAA) is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached to return rideshare services to the airport.  The airport is in the process of amending its ground transportation operating procedures to allow rideshare companies to pick up in a designated pick up area.  Uber and Lyft have agreed to this operating requirement and have resumed operations in the interim until the final changes have been made.

“We have been working diligently with rideshare organizations to establish a mutually agreeable solution at the airport that would be equitable for all,” said Lew Bleiweis, GARAA Executive Director.  “Travelers prefer ground transportation choices, and the Authority is pleased that a solution has been established that is returning more choice of ground transportation providers at the airport.”

“We are pleased to announce with the Asheville Regional Airport that we have reached a mutually satisfactory agreement and are thrilled to be resuming operations. We are looking forward to building off this partnership to provide great service to all of those looking for affordable, reliable transportation options to or from the airport,” said Michael Black, Uber Technologies, Inc. General Manager. 

“As our airport continues to grow, it is our obligation to manage ground transportation in a responsible manner,” said Bleiweis.  “Our goal is to remove vehicular traffic from the front curb to improve safety for all travelers; and we are required to administer equitable procedures with all ground transportation providers – whether they are taxis, shuttles, limos or rideshare.  The new changes to our procedures will help us accomplish this safety measure, and also provide a suitable pick-up area for rideshare drivers.”

The rideshare pick-up area is located past the north end of the airport terminal. The pick-up area for all other ground transportation (taxis, for-hire and shuttles) is located at the south end of the airport terminal, near baggage claim.  All ground transportation providers pay operating fees.

Further info: https://flyavl.com/article/uber-lyft-have-resumed-service-avl

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Brews and Bears May 11 @ WNC Nature Center http://ashevilleblog.com/brews-bears-may-11-wnc-nature-center/ http://ashevilleblog.com/brews-bears-may-11-wnc-nature-center/#respond Thu, 05 Apr 2018 19:09:00 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11621 On Friday, May 11 from 5:30-8:00PM the WNC Nature Center will host the first Brews and Bears event of their 2018 season! Due to the popularity of this after-hours event, there will be three occurrences this year: May 11, July 13, and September 14.

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It’s Happy Hour at the WNC Nature Center

On Friday, May 11 from 5:30-8:00PM the WNC Nature Center will host the first Brews and Bears event of their 2018 season! Due to the popularity of this after-hours event, there will be three occurrences this year: May 11, July 13, and September 14.

“Brews and Bears has sold out each year we’ve had it, and people enjoy it so much. This year we added two more dates to make sure that everyone who wants to join in can do so,” said Kelly Shanafelt, Executive Director of the Friends of the WNC Nature. The fundraiser gives attendees the rare opportunity to visit the Nature Center past 5PM. “Many of our animals are more active in the evening and guests really enjoy seeing them in this different setting,” said Shanafelt.

The May 11 happy hour celebration will feature beer from Highland Brewing Company and cider from Black Mountain Ciderworks. Food will be available for purchase from Melt Your Heart and The Hop Ice Cream Co. There will be music and yard games, and guests will have the chance to view an exciting enrichment activity for black bears, Uno and Ursa.

Admission to Brews & Bears is $8 for Friends of the WNC Nature Center members, and $10 for non-members. The event is intended primarily for adults, although youth are welcome to attend with the purchase of a ticket. Children under 2 are free. Tickets are available online at www.wildwnc.org/event or in person at the Center. Proceeds from both ticket and beverage sales will go to support the Friends of the WNC Nature Center. The May 11th Brews and Bears event is sponsored by Carolina Alliance Bank, Festiva, and The Biltmore Company.

The Friends’ mission is to support the programs, facilities and the residents of the Western North Carolina Nature Center, which showcases the fauna and flora of the southern Appalachian region. The WNC Nature Center connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region’s rich biodiversity. For more information on the Friends of the WNC Nature Center, or to join the Friends and support future projects, visit www.wildwnc.org .

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Story Slammers Showcase Asheville June 2nd 2018 http://ashevilleblog.com/story-slammers-showcase-asheville-june-2nd-2018/ http://ashevilleblog.com/story-slammers-showcase-asheville-june-2nd-2018/#respond Wed, 28 Mar 2018 21:21:31 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11529 A Story Slammers Showcase, featuring some of the nation's top story slammers, will be presented in downtown Asheville on Saturday June 2nd.

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A Story Slammers Showcase, featuring some of the nation’s top story slammers, will be presented in downtown Asheville on Saturday June 2nd.

Scott Whitehair, from Chicago, is a professional storyteller and story teacher who has appeared at the Chicago Improv Festival, Hong Kong’s Story Worthy Week, The National Storytelling Conference and at the prestigious National Storytelling Festival.  Scott brings a dynamic blend of vulnerability, humor and insight with his stories.

Raymond Christian, from Boone, NC., is a ten time Moth Story Slam champion and winner of the National Story Slam in 2016.  He has been featured on NPR, Reader’s Digest, This American Life, Risk and has recently toured with Snap Judgement.  Raymond is a beloved gentle giant in the storytelling community.

David Joe Miller, originally from the Storytelling Capital of the World, Jonesborough, TN, is the former staff storyteller for the National Storytelling Association.  He created the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild in 1994 and has told stories for Disney, The Smithsonian, Library of Congress and former Vice President, Al Gore and family.

Alison Fields, from Carrboro, NC, is a professional writer and story slammer.  She most recently won The Moth Grand Slam here in Asheville and is a regional favorite at the Asheville Moth Story Slam.  Alison’s heartwarming stories are filled with humor and wit.

Chuck Fink, from Weaverville, NC, is a retired corporate trainer and local storytelling favorite.  Chuck is known for his work at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNCA and is the founder of  Men’s Wisdom Works here in Asheville.

Pete Koschnick, from Weaverville, NC, is a Moth Story Slam Champion and Synergy Story Slam Champion.  With a background in theatre and decades of storytelling experience, Pete brings his sly humor and thought provoking stories to the stage.

Lee Lindsey, from Johnson City, TN, is also a Moth Story Slam Champion and graduate of the East Tennessee State University Masters Degree Program in Storytelling.  Lee has hosted numerous Spoken Word Open Mic shows and has a wickedly funny sense of humor.

These seven exceptional storytellers will take the stage to tell their best and favorite stories at Habitat Tavern and Commons, 174 Broadway St. in downtown Asheville on Saturday night, June 2nd.  Seating will be limited so purchasing tickets online in advance of the show is highly recommended.  Tickets are only $15.00 online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/story-slammers-showcase-tickets-44634930278  or $18.00 at the door on the night of the show.  Doors will open at 6pm for this 7pm, general seating show.

It is a rare opportunity to see seven fantastic storytellers in a single show.  It is almost like a mini storytelling festival, the likes of which may only happen once a year.  Don’t miss this incredibly exciting and rare storytelling showcase of story slam favorites!  For more information, contact David Joe at davidjoetells@yahoo.com or visit http://www.storytellingcalendar.com/

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Asheville Yoga Festival Announces 2018 Schedule http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-yoga-festival-announces-2018-schedule/ http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-yoga-festival-announces-2018-schedule/#respond Wed, 28 Mar 2018 21:16:29 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11527 Asheville Yoga Festival is pleased to announce the 2018 schedule. Taking place July 26th through 29th, the festival will feature over 30 presenters and 90+ offerings, ranging from yoga to music to meditation to outdoor recreation.

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 2018 Festival to Take Place July 26-29

Asheville Yoga Festival is pleased to announce the 2018 schedule. Taking place July 26th through 29th, the festival will feature over 30 presenters and 90+ offerings, ranging from yoga to music to meditation to outdoor recreation.

Now in its second year under the ownership and direction of Asheville residents and veteran yoga practitioners Amanda Hale and Sara Levine LaStella, Asheville Yoga Festival aims to build on last year’s success and continue its growth toward becoming the Southeast’s preeminent yoga festival.

“This year’s festival feels even more thoughtful and impactful than our first year,” said LaStella. “We are bringing together an incredibly qualified group of instructors to teach traditional methods of yoga alongside some current topics that are close to our hearts, such as gender identity, diversity, body positivity and the yoga practice outside of the classroom. Our hope is that everyone feels as though this festival was created for them and that they walk away feeling filled up and more connected, inside and out.”

This year’s lineup again brings together many notable local and nationally recognized instructors to create an immersive experience and expose festival goers to a wide variety of yoga styles and philosophies.

  • 2018 Scheduled Presenters:
  • MC YOGI Sara Clark
  • Stephanie Snyder
  • Chelsey Korus
  • Michael Johnson
  • Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band
  • Taylor Harkness
  • Jean Jacques Gabriel
  • Tymi Howard
  • Chelsea Jackson Roberts
  • Lillah Schwartz
  • Rusty Wells
  • Lisa Zahiya
  • Stephanie Keach

The Festival will again utilize indoor and outdoor venues throughout downtown Asheville, including Pack Square Park, the YMI Cultural Center, Hilton Garden Inn, and the Masonic Temple. New locations this year include the AC Marriott and The Asheville Social Hall. The footprint makes it easy for festival goers to walk from venue to venue, while being exposed to the vibrant culture of downtown.

The Mountain Air Market in Pack Square will be open to the public again this year, giving everyone the opportunity to listen to live music, view and participate in various demonstrations, and explore an exceptional mix of health and wellness businesses, both local and from across the country. There will also be a daily community yoga practice that’s open to the public at no charge.

Stretching beyond yoga practice, festival goers can participate in guided nature hikes, stand-up paddle boarding, educational workshops, evening concerts, and much more. The goal is to take advantage of as many experiences the Asheville area has to offer.

Giving back to the community is also a key component of Asheville Yoga Festival’s guiding philosophy. A portion of the Festival’s proceeds will be donated to local non-profit Light a Path. Light a Path’s mission is to create community and resilience in underserved populations of WNC through offering yoga, mindfulness, and other somatic therapies at no cost. For more information visit lightapath.org.

Full information is available at ashevilleyogafestival.com. Follow @AshevilleYogaFestival on Facebook and Instagram.

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Mercy Urgent Care Offers $25 Sports Physicals to Student Athletes http://ashevilleblog.com/mercy-urgent-care-offers-25-sports-physicals-student-athletes/ http://ashevilleblog.com/mercy-urgent-care-offers-25-sports-physicals-student-athletes/#respond Wed, 28 Mar 2018 21:10:29 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11524 Mercy Urgent Care is offering a special rate of $25.00 on sports physicals for all elementary through high school students from now through May 31, 2018. Individuals may drop in to one of the four urgent care locations in Buncombe County or the one in Transylvania County at their convenience.

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Mercy Urgent Care is offering a special rate of $25.00 on sports physicals for all elementary through high school students from now through May 31, 2018. Individuals may drop in to one of the four urgent care locations in Buncombe County or the one in Transylvania County at their convenience.

Parents and guardians of student athletes should their school’s physical form with them for their physical. Students 18 years and older must present a valid photo ID. Students under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult with a valid photo ID. Payment can be made with cash, check, or credit card. Insurance will not be accepted for this special offer.

There are approximately 5,500 student athletes in the Buncombe County School System alone. Mercy Urgent Care hopes that the convenience and affordability of their sports physicals will ensure children who would like to participate are not deterred by the cost of a physical.

About Mercy Urgent Care: Mercy Urgent Care has served more than one million patients in the Asheville area since 1985. Providing, high-quality, affordable and convenient medical care for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries, the Buncombe County locations (three in Asheville, one in Weaverville) are open seven days a week, 362 days a year, except for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. A fifth site in Brevard provides care for the residents of Transylvania County. The West location has the most extensive hours and is open Monday-Friday: 7 a.m-8:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. More information about hours and locations can be found at www.mercyurgentcare.org

 

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Asheville Outlets To Host Kids Day http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-outlets-host-kids-day/ http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-outlets-host-kids-day/#respond Mon, 26 Mar 2018 21:30:09 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11535 ASHEVILLE OUTLETS TO HOST GIVE TO THE MUSIC KIDS DAY (AND THEN SOME!)

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ASHEVILLE OUTLETS TO HOST GIVE TO THE MUSIC KIDS DAY (AND THEN SOME!)

Asheville Outlets will host Kids Day (And Then Some!) with Give to the Music on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be a free fun-filled day for kids and their families and will feature a performance by Rock Academy, Busker Event, Summer Camp Expo, Truck City AVL, Field & Stream Casting Event, crafts, face painting, balloon art and more!

“Asheville Outlets is pleased to present Kids’ Day (And Then Some!) with Give to the Music,” explains Sharon Morgan, General Manager, Asheville Outlets. “This amazing day of free family activities has something for everyone and will be set-up throughout the center and outside the Food Court.”

Asheville Outlets Kids’ Day (And Then Some!) Activity Schedule:               

Music and other entertainment from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. includes Rock Academy, Buskers, Land of the Sky Barbershop Chorus, The Buskits, Spintastic Sounds, Enka High School Band, interactive booths and displays, strolling magic, balloon art, face painting, mega-games, Field & Stream Casting Event and VF Outlet’s Wheel of Deals.

Also from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., families will enjoy the third annual Summer Camp Expo. The expo will give parents and campers the opportunity to meet representatives and view booths and displays from a variety of area camps, including traditional overnight camps, sports camps, arts camps, day camps, academic camps and more. 

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., visitors are invited to get into the driver’s seat during Truck City AVL, a free hands-on experience hosted by the City of Asheville Parks & Recreation Department. Local representatives and their vehicles from emergency, construction, transportation and military will be parked outside the Food Court. Trucks and vehicles at the event will include EMS vehicles, Asheville Fire Department, Asheville Police Department, Helicopter MAMA, Army military vehicles and more.

For more information visit www.ShopAshevilleOutlets.com.              

 

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