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Saturday, May 30, 2020
Asheville Art Museum Summer Art Camp To Go!
May 30 all-day
online classes
Summer Art Camp To Go!

Join us for Summer Art Camp To Go! Sessions are available for K–12 students. Each weekly session includes several age-appropriate art projects using a variety of materials to engage students in an exploration of art through creativity and imagination. Enrollment is limited, and registration is required.

Registration includes instructional videos for each project, art materials, and daily virtual classes. Virtual classes—beginning at 10am via Zoom—include time for inspiration, Q&A, and sharing. Streaming instructional videos and creative challenges are designed to provide hours of creative engagement at your own pace each day. All art materials necessary for each session are available for curbside pickup at the Museum the week before each session begins; if you prefer to ship materials to your home, then two weeks’ advance registration is required. Registration starts this Monday. For more information, email Sharon McRorie, education programs manager, or call 828.253.3227 x124.

Members: $85, Non-Members: $95 (additional charge for shipping materials)

Buncombe County Youth Leagues, Independence Day Celebrations Canceled
May 30 all-day
Buncombe County

COVID-19 has led to local youth sports leagues canceling spring and summer schedules due to physical distancing and mass gathering limitations. Buncombe County’s Independence Day celebration at Lake Julian Park has also been scrapped this year under the same guidance. All other local municipalities have also canceled or rescheduled their annual Independence Day festivals.

Helpful Resources: Parents Educating kids at home
May 30 all-day
online
Henderson County Parks & Recreation Updates
May 30 all-day
Henderson County Parks

  • Parks and Recreation Indoor Facilities are Closed until further notice.
  • Park Playgrounds are Closed until further notice.
  • Park Restrooms will reopen on Friday May 8th at 5:00pm.
  • Outdoor Tennis and Pickleball Courts will reopen on Friday May 8th at 5:00pm.
    • If you are waiting to use a court please wait outside of the fence or in your vehicle.
    • If others are waiting to use a court please keep your playing time to 60 minutes.
  • Outdoor Parks remain Open.
  • Fields and shelters are Open, however groups must kept to 25 people or less.  If you are waiting to use a field or shelter please do not wait in the immediate area; please wait outside of the field or shelter in an open area or in your vehicle.

If you choose to utilize Henderson County Parks please be respectful of other users, keep your group to 25 or less and provide others with appropriate social distancing.  PLEASE NOTE that the trails at Hickory Nut Gorge are controlled by Conserving Carolina and they have closed them until further notice.

 

Redesigning Our Future: National Environmental Summit for High School Students
May 30 all-day
Catawba College
Summer Reading Program 2020: Imagine Your Story
May 30 all-day
Online

Libraries are currently closed to the public but your local librarians are working hard to provide resources and programs to keep you entertained from home.

Check out the BCPL Summer Reading Program website for virtual programs, activities you can do from home, links to get you started with e-books, e-audiobooks, and more. Be sure to keep checking back throughout the summer. We are coming up with new ideas every day!

We would love to see what you are up to this summer. Tell us about the books you’ve been reading or share pictures of the projects and activities you are doing from home! Tag Buncombe libraries on Facebook or Instagram using our hashtag #yourstorymatters. You can also email photos and stories to [email protected]. We miss you and look forward to seeing your faces and hearing your stories when we reopen. In the meantime, be safe, be kind, and keep reading!

The Virtual 44th Clean Streams Day GreenWorks+ Mountain True
May 30 all-day
online

Environmental Education

Clean Streams Day is going virtual! We’re partnering with MountainTrue and Asheville GreenWorks to share a mix of educational videos and activitiesaction steps and petitions, and hands-on service opportunities to highlight the 44th Clean Streams Day. Connecting with our streams and rivers is vital during these difficult times, and we hope you will join us on social media from May 21-30 to learn about our waterways, create positive environmental change, and help clean up our community!

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Since 1976, Asheville GreenWorks has held “Clean Streams Day” to kick off the summer river cleanup season. Teams sign up prior to the day of the event to take on a particular stream, river or roadside of their choosing. Teams then report back their findings at the after cleanup party.

Thousands of bags of trash and tires have been removed over the last 42 years making our waterways cleaner and safer to use.


Contact our Volunteer Coordinator if you have any questions about this event or if you would like to be a sponsor. Ph 828-232-7144
Youth Education Video – Our Mountains
May 30 all-day
online

Youth Education Video – Our Mountains

Click Here to View Our Mountains Video
Have you ever wondered how the southern Appalachian mountains were formed, or how the underlying geology affects the biodiversity we work to protect? Check out this short 5-minute lesson, followed by a fun craft for all ages.
View More SAHC Videos on YouTube
Mystery Hill + Tomahawk Hill Now Open Daily
May 30 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Mystery Hill

Mystery Hill Now Open Daily 9am-6pm

Under the guidelines of North Carolina’s Phase 2 opening plan, Mystery Hill is now open at limited capacity. We are taking every precaution to ensure that social distancing is observed and will continue our strenuous sanitizing efforts. We also want to make sure you know about our EXTENDED VORTEX PASS discount! Save $20 on the VORTEX PASS and get FREE VISITS through December 31, 2021

Mystery Hill + Tomahawk Hill Reopening
May 30 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Mystery Hill

Mystery Hill and our rowdy neighbor, Tomahawk Hill, will be reopening from 9 am to 6 pm only on Fridays, Sat-
urdays, and Sundays, starting May 15th. As part of the Covid 19 Phase One business openings instituted in North

Carolina, we will abide by the safe distancing rules, and will have limited, time-slotted tickets. We encourage
visitors to buy tickets in advance on our website to avoid wait times outside. All attractions will be operating with
some operational changes to help with social distancing and ramped up sanitation procedures. Front Porch Eats
will operate for take out only but the onsite picnic areas have been setup for social distancing and will be open.
We are going to extend the expiration date on all current Vortex Pass Memberships to December 31, 2021 and for the
rest of May any vortex passes purchased or renewed will get $20 off and will also be valid until December 31, 2021.
Here are just some of the precautions we are taking:
• Separate entrance and exit doors to limit cross traffic
• 6 ft separation in ticketing queue line
• Plastic barriers separating staff and guests in ticketing line
• Staff will wear a mask and maintain social distance
• Anomaly tours will start every 30 min and will be private for only one group traveling
together

• Access to the Museums, Tomahawk Hill and Gift Shops will be limited by occupancy to help with social dis-
tancing

• The Old Time Photo Parlour will not be open yet so for tickets that include photos guest can choose to either
have a souvenir photo done in the Mystery House, Platform, Bubblerama, or Tomahawk Hill or they can get a
voucher to use for the Old Time Photo when it reopens
• Front Porch Eats will operate for takeout only but guests can use our picnic tables which have been spread
out to maintain social distancing
• We are adding hand sanitizing stations at the entrance to each of our exhibit areas and asking the guest to
sanitize before they enter
• We are increasing our daily housekeeping cleaning of fixtures, exhibits, and handrails to several times per day

The Rock and Roll Playhouse Presents Live From The Playroom
May 30 @ 3:00 pm – Jun 23 @ 3:30 pm
Virtual Event

The Rock and Roll Playhouse presents Live From The Playroom, our new FREE DAILY FAMILY CONCERTS for you and the kids. We’re here to keep your kids engaged and happy every day of the week!

Sing and dance with us on RRPH’s Facebook every Monday through Friday at 3:00PM ET. Want to keep the fun going on the weekend? Tune into our livestream at 1:00PM ET on Saturdays on Industry City’s Facebook and at 11:00AM ET on Sundays back on RRPH’s Facebook.

The Rock and Roll Playhouse is a family-friendly rock concert series that has hosted shows in over 28 cities at 35 venues across the country and welcomed special guests such as Warren Haynes, Phil Lesh, George Porter Jr, Questlove, Anders Osborne, Holly Bowling, and more. We’re now bringing live music to your homes with our livestream series Live From The Playroom! Live From The Playroom offers kids and families delightfully bite-sized programs featuring 20-minutes of music that the whole family can dance and sing to.

Much of the magic of Live From The Playroom lies within our star-powered musical guests! Special guests such as David Shaw (The Revivalists), Oliver Wood (The Wood Brothers), Kyle Hollingsworth (The String Cheese Incident), Kanika Moore (Doom Flamingo), and Joe Russo (Further, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead) make regular appearances on Live From The Playroom! Tune in every day to rock out with new and exciting musicians!

Check out our website for more info at bit.ly/therockandrollplayhouse and make sure to subscribe to our YT channel for more videos and livestreams: bit.ly/RRPH_youtube

Interested in partnering with us? Email us at [email protected]

Follow us on Instagram: bit.ly/RRPH_instagram
Follow us on Facebook: bit.ly/RRPH_Facebook
Follow us on Twitter: bit.ly/RRPH_Twitter

Sunday, May 31, 2020
Asheville Art Museum Summer Art Camp To Go!
May 31 all-day
online classes
Summer Art Camp To Go!

Join us for Summer Art Camp To Go! Sessions are available for K–12 students. Each weekly session includes several age-appropriate art projects using a variety of materials to engage students in an exploration of art through creativity and imagination. Enrollment is limited, and registration is required.

Registration includes instructional videos for each project, art materials, and daily virtual classes. Virtual classes—beginning at 10am via Zoom—include time for inspiration, Q&A, and sharing. Streaming instructional videos and creative challenges are designed to provide hours of creative engagement at your own pace each day. All art materials necessary for each session are available for curbside pickup at the Museum the week before each session begins; if you prefer to ship materials to your home, then two weeks’ advance registration is required. Registration starts this Monday. For more information, email Sharon McRorie, education programs manager, or call 828.253.3227 x124.

Members: $85, Non-Members: $95 (additional charge for shipping materials)

Buncombe County Youth Leagues, Independence Day Celebrations Canceled
May 31 all-day
Buncombe County

COVID-19 has led to local youth sports leagues canceling spring and summer schedules due to physical distancing and mass gathering limitations. Buncombe County’s Independence Day celebration at Lake Julian Park has also been scrapped this year under the same guidance. All other local municipalities have also canceled or rescheduled their annual Independence Day festivals.

Helpful Resources: Parents Educating kids at home
May 31 all-day
online
Henderson County Parks & Recreation Updates
May 31 all-day
Henderson County Parks

  • Parks and Recreation Indoor Facilities are Closed until further notice.
  • Park Playgrounds are Closed until further notice.
  • Park Restrooms will reopen on Friday May 8th at 5:00pm.
  • Outdoor Tennis and Pickleball Courts will reopen on Friday May 8th at 5:00pm.
    • If you are waiting to use a court please wait outside of the fence or in your vehicle.
    • If others are waiting to use a court please keep your playing time to 60 minutes.
  • Outdoor Parks remain Open.
  • Fields and shelters are Open, however groups must kept to 25 people or less.  If you are waiting to use a field or shelter please do not wait in the immediate area; please wait outside of the field or shelter in an open area or in your vehicle.

If you choose to utilize Henderson County Parks please be respectful of other users, keep your group to 25 or less and provide others with appropriate social distancing.  PLEASE NOTE that the trails at Hickory Nut Gorge are controlled by Conserving Carolina and they have closed them until further notice.

 

Summer Reading Program 2020: Imagine Your Story
May 31 all-day
Online

Libraries are currently closed to the public but your local librarians are working hard to provide resources and programs to keep you entertained from home.

Check out the BCPL Summer Reading Program website for virtual programs, activities you can do from home, links to get you started with e-books, e-audiobooks, and more. Be sure to keep checking back throughout the summer. We are coming up with new ideas every day!

We would love to see what you are up to this summer. Tell us about the books you’ve been reading or share pictures of the projects and activities you are doing from home! Tag Buncombe libraries on Facebook or Instagram using our hashtag #yourstorymatters. You can also email photos and stories to [email protected]. We miss you and look forward to seeing your faces and hearing your stories when we reopen. In the meantime, be safe, be kind, and keep reading!

Youth Education Video – Our Mountains
May 31 all-day
online

Youth Education Video – Our Mountains

Click Here to View Our Mountains Video
Have you ever wondered how the southern Appalachian mountains were formed, or how the underlying geology affects the biodiversity we work to protect? Check out this short 5-minute lesson, followed by a fun craft for all ages.
View More SAHC Videos on YouTube
All branches Madison County Libraries Reopen June 8.
May 31 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Madison County Libraries
All branches of the Madison County Library are scheduled to reopen June 8. New procedures, including acrylic shields and social distancing markers, will be in place at every circulation desk. Library staff will be wearing masks when not behind the shields and will undergo temperature checks twice-a-day, according to Kim Bellofatto, director of the Madison County Library. While patrons will be encouraged to follow guidelines from the Center for Disease Control regarding the wearing of face masks when in public, they will not be forced to do so.

a store front at day: Named the Best Small Library in America by Library Journal in 2018, the Madison County Public Library is one of just six in North Carolina to offer some services during the first weeks of the coronavirus pandemic.

Animal Habitats VIP Tours
May 31 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain

See where the cougars and otters sleep overnight, meet black bears that are not commonly on display, learn the ins and outs of what it takes to care for the animals year-round, observe a training session and find out why the animals call Grandfather Mountain home.

Offered on weekends, April – October.

Mystery Hill + Tomahawk Hill Now Open Daily
May 31 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Mystery Hill

Mystery Hill Now Open Daily 9am-6pm

Under the guidelines of North Carolina’s Phase 2 opening plan, Mystery Hill is now open at limited capacity. We are taking every precaution to ensure that social distancing is observed and will continue our strenuous sanitizing efforts. We also want to make sure you know about our EXTENDED VORTEX PASS discount! Save $20 on the VORTEX PASS and get FREE VISITS through December 31, 2021

Mystery Hill + Tomahawk Hill Reopening
May 31 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Mystery Hill

Mystery Hill and our rowdy neighbor, Tomahawk Hill, will be reopening from 9 am to 6 pm only on Fridays, Sat-
urdays, and Sundays, starting May 15th. As part of the Covid 19 Phase One business openings instituted in North

Carolina, we will abide by the safe distancing rules, and will have limited, time-slotted tickets. We encourage
visitors to buy tickets in advance on our website to avoid wait times outside. All attractions will be operating with
some operational changes to help with social distancing and ramped up sanitation procedures. Front Porch Eats
will operate for take out only but the onsite picnic areas have been setup for social distancing and will be open.
We are going to extend the expiration date on all current Vortex Pass Memberships to December 31, 2021 and for the
rest of May any vortex passes purchased or renewed will get $20 off and will also be valid until December 31, 2021.
Here are just some of the precautions we are taking:
• Separate entrance and exit doors to limit cross traffic
• 6 ft separation in ticketing queue line
• Plastic barriers separating staff and guests in ticketing line
• Staff will wear a mask and maintain social distance
• Anomaly tours will start every 30 min and will be private for only one group traveling
together

• Access to the Museums, Tomahawk Hill and Gift Shops will be limited by occupancy to help with social dis-
tancing

• The Old Time Photo Parlour will not be open yet so for tickets that include photos guest can choose to either
have a souvenir photo done in the Mystery House, Platform, Bubblerama, or Tomahawk Hill or they can get a
voucher to use for the Old Time Photo when it reopens
• Front Porch Eats will operate for takeout only but guests can use our picnic tables which have been spread
out to maintain social distancing
• We are adding hand sanitizing stations at the entrance to each of our exhibit areas and asking the guest to
sanitize before they enter
• We are increasing our daily housekeeping cleaning of fixtures, exhibits, and handrails to several times per day

Rocky Cove Railroad Exhibit
May 31 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
NC Arboretum

On exhibit Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 4 p.m., Rocky Cove Railroad is a G-Scale (garden scale) model train that demonstrates the coming of trains to western North Carolina at the turn of the 20th century. The exhibit is located below the Grand Promenade. Please note, Rocky Cove Railroad will not operate in rainy or wet conditions.

Monday, June 1, 2020
Summer Reading Program 2020: Imagine Your Story
Jun 1 all-day
Online

Libraries are currently closed to the public but your local librarians are working hard to provide resources and programs to keep you entertained from home.

Check out the BCPL Summer Reading Program website for virtual programs, activities you can do from home, links to get you started with e-books, e-audiobooks, and more. Be sure to keep checking back throughout the summer. We are coming up with new ideas every day!

We would love to see what you are up to this summer. Tell us about the books you’ve been reading or share pictures of the projects and activities you are doing from home! Tag Buncombe libraries on Facebook or Instagram using our hashtag #yourstorymatters. You can also email photos and stories to [email protected]. We miss you and look forward to seeing your faces and hearing your stories when we reopen. In the meantime, be safe, be kind, and keep reading!

Janet’s Planet Online Astronaut Academy
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
online

Every week day, Janet’s Planet gives children a daily dose of science and space topics from around the world.

This is for ages 7-16!

Come and join us! See the Event Brite link below to register. Parents must register for their children.

Once I get your confirmation of your invite, I will personally send you the link to the class.
This is a measure to keep you safe. You can also email me at [email protected] for any questions.
Am hopefully going to get you all a calendar soon of all the talks. More astronauts to come!
Greenville Zoo Keeper Check-In
Jun 1 @ 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm
via Facebook

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Join us daily, at 2:30pm, for a Keeper Check-In. We’ll visit with a different keeper every day for an exciting encounter with one of our amazing animals!

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Summer Reading Program 2020: Imagine Your Story
Jun 2 all-day
Online

Libraries are currently closed to the public but your local librarians are working hard to provide resources and programs to keep you entertained from home.

Check out the BCPL Summer Reading Program website for virtual programs, activities you can do from home, links to get you started with e-books, e-audiobooks, and more. Be sure to keep checking back throughout the summer. We are coming up with new ideas every day!

We would love to see what you are up to this summer. Tell us about the books you’ve been reading or share pictures of the projects and activities you are doing from home! Tag Buncombe libraries on Facebook or Instagram using our hashtag #yourstorymatters. You can also email photos and stories to [email protected]. We miss you and look forward to seeing your faces and hearing your stories when we reopen. In the meantime, be safe, be kind, and keep reading!

Janet’s Planet Online Astronaut Academy
Jun 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
online

Every week day, Janet’s Planet gives children a daily dose of science and space topics from around the world.

This is for ages 7-16!

Come and join us! See the Event Brite link below to register. Parents must register for their children.

Once I get your confirmation of your invite, I will personally send you the link to the class.
This is a measure to keep you safe. You can also email me at [email protected] for any questions.
Am hopefully going to get you all a calendar soon of all the talks. More astronauts to come!
Curbside Hold Pick Up Now Available at the Library
Jun 2 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Buncombe County Libraries

Curbside hold pickup is now available at the library. You can pick up your holds on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 1-5 p.m. at the North Asheville Library, West Asheville Library, South Buncombe/Skyland Library, and the Black Mountain Library. Park in the library parking lot, have your library card handy, and call the phone number on the sign posted at your parking space. A librarian will bring your books out to the hold table and leave them for you to pick up. Your books will be checked out to you and ready to go.

You can place holds online using the library catalog link on the library webpage. You can also call (828) 250-4700 or email [email protected] for assistance placing or transferring holds.

Bookdrops are open

All library book drops are open. You may return your materials to any library book drop.  No fines will be charged while the library is closed.

If you need a library card, email [email protected].

We look forward to seeing you at the library!

While library programs are on hold, our Children’s Librarians are hosting online storytimes for kids of all ages on all library Facebook pages and YouTube. We also have a collection of stories you can listen to anytime on our StoryLine. Just call (828) 250-KIDS (5437) and hear a story read by your favorite librarian.

Since you can’t come to us while the libraries are closed, we are bringing some of our programs to you using Facebook live and ZOOM broadcasts.

Buncombe County Public Libraries have free wifi hotspots available outside any library building. To use the wifi, look for the LibraryGuest network and use the password readmore.

While the libraries are closed, you can call Ask-A-Librarian at 828-250-4700 with any questions you may have about library materials, digital services, or reference assistance. Librarians will be staffing the phones Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. to connect you with all the resources we have available.

Forest Plan Info Session: Invasive Species
Jun 2 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
webinar

There are various plants, insects, and other invasive species that threaten the biodiversity and overall resilience of our forests. Join us on June 2, for a webinar during which Bob Gale, MountainTrue’s Public Lands Director and Ecologist, will look more closely at how the draft management plan for the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests proposes to address and manage invasive species. Register to receive access to the webinar.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Summer Reading Program 2020: Imagine Your Story
Jun 3 all-day
Online

Libraries are currently closed to the public but your local librarians are working hard to provide resources and programs to keep you entertained from home.

Check out the BCPL Summer Reading Program website for virtual programs, activities you can do from home, links to get you started with e-books, e-audiobooks, and more. Be sure to keep checking back throughout the summer. We are coming up with new ideas every day!

We would love to see what you are up to this summer. Tell us about the books you’ve been reading or share pictures of the projects and activities you are doing from home! Tag Buncombe libraries on Facebook or Instagram using our hashtag #yourstorymatters. You can also email photos and stories to [email protected]. We miss you and look forward to seeing your faces and hearing your stories when we reopen. In the meantime, be safe, be kind, and keep reading!