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Asheville Adventure Hunt Gives a Taste of the Outdoors

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Too old for Easter Egg hunts? Perfect for an Adventure Hunt! BANGS Shoes and Blue Ridge Chair Works present Asheville’s very first Adventure Hunt! Bringing together a booty of 10 local company’s prizes, the Hunt takes place on August 6th, 2016 beginning at 10am.

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Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine To Open At Asheville Outlets

Chimney Rock gemstone

Asheville Outlets will soon be home to a new outpost for Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine. Headquartered in the Hickory Nut Gorge in historic Chimney Rock Village, the mine has long been a draw for tourists and locals alike. The Asheville Outlets mine will open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22nd and will be Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine’s third location. There is also a mine and retail store in downtown Greenville, South Carolina. 

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New River Access on the French Broad River at Pearson Bridge

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Ribbon cutting ceremony marks the opening of a new river access on the French Broad River in Asheville

 
On Wednesday, June 22 at 4:30 p.m., at the Pearson Bridge river a

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2016 Asheville Triathlon & Kids’ Splash N Dash Returns to Gashes Park

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What an amazing way to have fun in the summer with the whole family by participating on July 17th, 2016 in the Asheville Triathlon & Kids’ Splash N Dash. iDaph events and Right on Time Productions have united again to bring this popular fast & fun sprint triathlon to Asheville, NC! The race consists of a beautiful outdoor pool swim in a 50-meter pool, rolling bike course and a flat and fast run course which is super event for every level of triathlete, from novice to elites. Novice + Beginner triathletes love this race! The pool swim is great for new swimmers & the run is a flat, ‘easy’ course to navigate. Elite athletes – get ready for a PR! This race is fast and is a huge hit among local elites.

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LEAF Announces 2nd Annual LEAF Downtown Theme & Lineup

Leaf Downtown Asheville

Come Get Downtown for SoulTown at the 2nd Annual LEAF Downtown AVL, taking place July 30-31, 2016 in the heart of Downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park.  Join LEAF for soul at its finest – infused throughout stages, conversations, connections, roaming art and then some!  LEAF Downtown AVL seeks to be an inclusive, family-friendly, FREE event that showcases talent in a wide variety of musical genres and backgrounds with artists such as WAR playing hit songs on the main Pack Square stage; the eclectic Big Sam’s Funky Nation; and Bill Myers & The Monitors, world-class ensemble musicians; and many others from national and regional stages.  Visit theLEAF.org/downtown for more info!

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YMCA of Western North Carolina Dedicates YMCA Camp Watia

Camp Watia

The YMCA of Western North Carolina will be holding a dedication ceremony for its new overnight summer camp, YMCA Camp Watia, on June 8, 2016, on the grounds of the camp, located outside Bryson City, N.C. Attendees will include YMCA executive leadership, its board of directors, donors, and other supporters of YMCA Camp Watia. 

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Salvage Station set to open its doors on June 1st in Asheville, NC

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The Salvage Station is proud to announce that its doors will officially open on June 1st at 2pm. The full service bar and restaurant venue located along the French Broad River will be open to the public five days a week and available for rent to private parties and events. The venue will also serve as a hub for live music featuring local, regional, and national artists. Upcoming events include The Hip Abduction with Les Amis on Friday, June 3rd (free show), and an official Grand Opening Party on June 10th.

The new venture, developed by Danny McClinton and co-owned with Jimi Rentz, Patrick Huss, and Matt Ragaller, will incorporate many of the food service and outdoor traits that make Asheville great. "We will have the ability to serve delicious food and drink options and also provide a family-friendly outdoor experience for all of our guests. Plus, live music will play a huge role in our upcoming events calendar.", said McClinton. 

The food menu will feature a range of small, shareable Asheville street food items and full plate offerings including tacos, sliders, and house-smoked Appalachian BBQ served with Southern sides. The kitchen will be led by Josh Heald, formerly of Barley’s Taproom, and Gwendolyn Hageman from Artisan Cafe. The full-service bar will have liquor, can beer, wine, and hand-crafted cocktails.

The venue will be open to the public unless otherwise posted Wednesday-Thursday from 2pm - 12am, Friday-Saturday from 12pm-2am, and Sunday from 12pm-10pm. Only certified service animals are allowed. The live music calendar can be found SalvageStation.com/events.

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Bike from Work Week: 5 WNC Breweries Support Bicycle Advocacy

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 National Bike to Work Week is May 16-20 and a handful of WNC breweries are hosting Bike from Work week. Enjoy a beer, support bicycle advocacy, and have your bike tuned at Wedge, HiWire, Highland, Wicked Weed and New Belgium Brewery on your way home from work. Proceeds from pint sales will be split between bicycle advocacy organization Asheville on Bikes and greenway non-profit Friends of Connect Buncombe. Each brewery will host an evening of bike-centric activities. On Friday, May 20 at 6 p.m. at New Belgium Brewery, the breweries will donate collective proceeds to the two non-profits.

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Owen Park Kids Fishing Derby Offers Youth a Chance to Get Hooked on Fishing

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Junior anglers enjoyed a favorable spring morning at Charles D. Owen Park testing out their fishing skills at the Kids Fishing Derby. Over 50 children participated in the event, organized by Buncombe County Recreation Services in partnership with the NC Wildlife Commission.

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19th Annual Kiwanis Biltmore 15k/5k Classic

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Runners mark your calendars! The Kiwanis Club of Asheville presents the 19th Annual Kiwanis 15k/5k Classic Sunday, May 15th, 2016 at 7:15 am upon the grounds of Asheville's very own Biltmore Estate. This race draws all levels of competitors every year from across the region, and never fails to thrill onlookers as runners post fast times and battle it out from the starting gun to exciting kicks to the finish tape. Thanks to the efforts of race organizers, sponsors, and the support of local businesses, this race offers a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience year after year. The race attracts a positive influx of traffic into the local economy, and supports the good work of the Kiwanis Charities. 

Course Overview-The race takes place against the backdrop of the world-renowned Biltmore Estate. Striding across cobbled courtyards, passing formal gardens and skirting the boundaries of the tranquil French Broad River, competitors may find themselves daydreaming: imagining they are making their rounds as Old World barons and baronesses from another time. Both courses are run entirely on the scenic grounds of the Biltmore Estate. Beginning at Antler Hill Village, the 15k course climbs to Deerpark Restaurant then follows the undulating main road to Biltmore House. Here, runners will loop in front of its massive front doors. Runners will then circle through the Walled Garden, pass by the Azalea Garden and lagoon along the French Broad River, and finish by returning to Antler Hill Village. The first half of the course has two challenging hills, while the second half is downhill-to-flat. The proximate 5K course is a flat, out-and-back course starting at the Village and paralleling the French Broad River, and is a great venue to grab a new PR!

Kiwanis Charities-Proceeds from the race will be used to help fund the Kiwanis Charities. Specifically, shares of these revenues will be used to support the following local Kiwanis Initiatives: Sleep Tight Kids, Smart Start, 4-H Calf Program, "Paun-demonium" Chess, School Spelling Bees, Bike Giveaway, Family Fun Day, Christmas Shopping Spree, Down Syndrome Buddy Walk, Action Club, Key Club, Terrific Kids, Asheville Buncombe County Christian Ministry, Salvation Army, and Boys & Girls Clubs. These youth-centric programs aim to improve the quality of life for local kids, and your participation in this race will help them to stay afloat and back the leaders of our collective future.

Registration- A cap of 1,100 participants has been set for the Biltmore/Kiwanis races. The races have a history of selling slots out quickly, so act fast to secure spots. There is NO race day registration. The races are also part of the Royal Trifecta Challenge, which offers prizes and recognition for runners who compete in all three iDaph events at Biltmore: The Asheville Marathon & Half, The Kiwanis Classic 15k/5k, and Asheville Duathlon,10k Trail Run and Inaugural Bike event the Gravel Grinder. For registration information visit: http://biltmorekiwanisclassicrace.com/

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