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Fifty Local Businesses & Organizations Ready to Play at Open Streets Asheville Event

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Grab your walking shoes, bikes and Big Wheels and come play on car-free downtown streets Sunday, September 18 from 1-5 PM. Open Streets Asheville is a free, all-ages event that’s building a healthier, happier Asheville! Join us for an afternoon of free yoga, dance and gymnastics workshops; sport skill clinics; community arts; special promotions and more presented by nearly 50 locally-owned businesses and organizations. Just announced: the raffle of a new kids’ Schwinn Frontier bicycle.

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YMCA of Western North Carolina Dedicates YMCA Camp Watia

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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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Author Megan Shepherd Presents Teen Writer Workshop

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Megan Shepherd, author of the acclaimed Madman’s Daughter trilogy, 

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Asheville Outlets and Buncombe County Schools Host Countdown to Kindergarten

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Starting kindergarten can be scary for both kids and their parents, so Asheville Outlets has teamed up with the Buncombe County Schools to create an event that will make that step just a little easier. On Tuesday, November 17th, over twenty-two schools and ten different county school curriculum departments will set up informational and interactive booths and displays in the Food Court at Asheville Outlets. Families with future kindergarten students are encouraged to attend to find out more about what to expect for the first year of school. The event takes place from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. 

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Halloween on Vermont Avenue; A West Asheville Tradition

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Neighbors in West Asheville are banding together to assemble the 3rd closing of the popular street for children and families who gather for Trick or Treating this Halloween. Vermont Avenue will be barricaded and manned by volunteers to assure safety and convenience for the trick or treaters and residents. Candy donations are also being gathered at local businesses and through online donations to supplement the houses who are hit the hardest by the thousands of children who arrive.

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Asheville’s Greatest Free Paper for Kids Seeks a New Way

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Asheville Flyer for Kids has added a crowd-funding campaign to their traditional ad sales model for raising money to print their fun, free monthly paper that's just for kids, and completely unique to Asheville.

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Keeping A Toddler Busy: Busy Bags

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If you are a momma like me, you have a "To-Do" list made out every single day, but with a little one clinging to your leg, that list hardly ever gets accomplished. In my desperation to just be able to entertain my one-year-old and get some chores done around the house, I searched Pinterest and found a slew of things to make to keep my little one busy. They call them "Busy Bags" the greatest mom idea EVER if you ask me. Basically, you take a few household items, create a game or activity out of them and 'bada-bing' you have hours worth of fun. Forget going out and buying a brand new thirty dollar toy, try these!

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I’m not selfish – I don’t want children

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There is a huge push in our society to raise children, especially here in the South. Most women are born and bred to go to school, get married, and have children - in that order. Sometimes I feel like we have been raised in such a society that you may not realize that you have been predestined for a certain track in life, and you don't question that trail - you just take it. Being a mom is often proclaimed to be the most important job in the world - and I'm not here to dispute that fact. Without my own parents, my mom especially, I would not be here today. However, just because my parents made the decision to procreate and bring another child into this world, does not mean that I have any obligation to do so myself. 

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15 Reasons To Not Have Children

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I know I know, children are the greatest thing since sliced bread. Well, now that I think about it, since kids were around before sliced bread, would that make them the best things... ever? I digress.

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Asheville Community Children’s Chorus Auditions

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The Asheville Community Children's Chorus will be holding auditions starting March 27 - April 6th in search of new members. The chorus is open to any/all children living in/around the Asheville community, who are ages 9-14, and have an interest in singing. The Asheville Community Children's Chorus puts on concerts of their own throughout the year and also provides many performance opportunities for its members around our community. 

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