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PRESS RELEASE: WNC Nature Center Red Panda Exhibit to Open Feb. 14

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The City of Asheville is excited to announce that the WNC Nature Center’s new red panda exhibit will open to the public on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2019 and includes the introduction of our new resident pandas, Leafa and Phoenix.

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“GNAR” Gnarliest Kid’s Adventure Race Celebrates 8 Years!

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Now celebrating our eighth annual, the Gnarliest Kids Adventure Race (a.k.a. THE GNAR presented by Providence Construction Group, offers kids ages five to fourteen the opportunity to experience adventure racing, alongside all of its thrill! This race is meant to expose kids to multisport events in a fun manner, while teaching invaluable lessons about teamwork, sportsmanship, and working to achieve goals in a suitable manner that they can bring with them for the rest of their lives. All proceeds from the race will benefit The Mountain Community School in Hendersonville, NC.

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WNC Nature Center Welcomes New Red Wolves

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The red wolves at the WNC Nature Center have long been a part of the important Species Survival Plan (SSP) program through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Through this program, the WNC Nature Center has proudly seen thirteen red wolf pups born into their care.

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Fundraising Goes Public for Red Panda Exhibit at Nature Center

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The Friends of the WNC Nature Center will fund 83% of the Asheville City Council’s approved $184,820 project: construction of a red panda habitat. “We’re excited to work with the City to make this project possible. We have agreed to donate $154,200 toward the construction of this habitat,” said Kelly Shanafelt, Executive Director of the Friends. The Friends will rely on individual donors as well as grant funders to raise the $154,200 and they’re already well on their way!

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First Girls Join Cub Scouts in Western North Carolina

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Today also marks the 108th anniversary of Scouting in America

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Gladiator Polo at TIEC Starting September 1st

Gladiator Polo™ has taken the equestrian world by storm, bringing together troves of fans from around the country to experience this new high-growth horse sport. With a successful inaugural season in Wellington, FL, during the winter of 2017 and an immensely popular showcase game at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in late June, worldwide interest and awareness of the game has increased significantly setting the table for a number of national and international initiatives that will be announced in the next month.

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Science Pub: 2017 Carolina Total Solar Eclipse

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The Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS) and The Collider announce their next co-hosted installment of the Science Pub, a free Friday night guest speaker series. “2017 Carolina Total Solar Eclipse” will be presented by Christi Whitworth, Director of Learning Experiences with the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI).

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Asheville’s Solar Eclipse Festival at Pack Square Park

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The Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS), Asheville City Schools, Buncombe County Schools, UNC Asheville, Mix 96.5, and the828.com are pleased to announce they will be co-hosting Asheville’s Solar Eclipse Festival on August 21st. From 12pm-3pm the community is invited to join in the festivities at Pack Square Park with music, food, and fun hands-on eclipse related activities led by local organizations. Be sure to visit ashevillescience.org/solar-eclipse for more detail!

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TRI LOCAL at the Annual Asheville Triathlon

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The Annual Asheville Triathlon is a local favorite, multi-sport event for the entire community to participate in on July 23rd at  Asheville Recreation Park, 65 Gashes Creek Road Asheville, NC 28805.  This is a popular fast & fun sprint triathlon to Asheville, NC for all levels and abilities of athletes! Athletes can choose to participate as individuals or part of a two or three person relay team.

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7 Local Stores that have All the Outdoor Gear You Need for Father’s Day

The French Broad River, along with its tributaries, is an ecological lifeline pulsing through our region. This year for Father’s Day, why not give dear ol’ dad what he needs to tap into that resource and have a great afternoon.

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