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Friday, January 28, 2022
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Jan 28 all-day
online

Student Poetry Contest – “Ambition”
Jan 28 all-day
online

January through April

Actors performing Sandburg's works on stageActors portray characters from Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Story “Three Boys with Jugs of Molasses and Secret Ambitions.”

NPS Photo

Educators in grades 3-12 are invited to submit original poems written by their students in February. The poems will be judged and winners announced in April. Find the 2022 Poetry Contest Information and submission guidelines here. The theme “Ambition” is from one of Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Stories, to celebrate it’s 100th year of being published. “An ambition…creeps in your heart night and day, singing a little song, ‘Come and find me, come and find me.”

Students are invited to submit a poem to Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site’s annual Student Poetry Contest. The contest encourages youth to explore writing their own poetry, and is open to students nationwide!

Submissions are accepted from grades 3-12 and must be postmarked by March 1, 2022. See below for submission rules.

Winners will be notified by April 8, 2022, and will be invited to participate in a special virtual program on April 22.


2022 Contest Rules

Theme – “Ambition”
Carl Sandburg wrote millions of words reflecting on the American experience of the 20th century. Though his words often focused on war, labor, and social injustice, as a father of three, he also wrote imaginative, zany, and fantastical children’s stories, called “Rootabaga Stories.” Carl Sandburg’s “Rootabaga Stories” were first published in 1922 and celebrate 100 years of entertaining readers of all ages this year. The theme “Ambition” is from one of these stories. “An ambition…creeps in your heart night and day, singing a little song, ‘Come and find me, come and find me.” Read the story here.

Poems submitted for the 2022 contest should reflect the theme of “Ambition.” By definition, a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work. Or setting goals to achieve success.

Submission Rules

  • Poetry accepted from 3-12th grades only. Poems will be grouped for judging by 3-5th, 6-8th, and 9-12th.
  • Poems must be submitted by a teacher (traditional classroom or homeschool teacher).
  • No more than three poems per class. Teachers with multiple classes, can submit up to three poems per class period.
  • Poem will be judged on its ability to communicate the theme.
  • Poem can be written in any style, but must not exceed one-page in length. No illustrations.
  • Poems must be typed, no handwritten entries, using standard computer fonts, like Times, Arial, etc…
  • Do not place any identifying information (name, school, grade, etc…) on poem sheet, that will go on the accompanying submission form.
  • Submission form must be complete to be accepted:
    • Paperclipped to poem, no staples
    • Must be signed by parent, student and teacher
    • Submissions must be postmarked, faxed, or e-mailed to [email protected], by March 1, 2022. Emailed submissions must be docs, .pdfs or scans. Low resolution pictures of the submission will not be accepted.

Judging
Judges from the literary community will make the decision for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place within each grade category (3-5th, 6-8th, 9-12th).

Poetry Partners
The 2022 Poetry Contest is a result of tremendous community support including the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, and literary volunteers who serve as judges. Thank you.

Poetry Resources
You may also find curriculum resources to use in the classroom at the park’s website: www.nps.gov/carl/learn/education/index.htm.

Send Submissions to:
Carl Sandburg Home NHS
Attn: Poetry Contest
81 Carl Sandburg Lane
Flat Rock, North Carolina 28731
Fax 828-693-4179
Email: [email protected]

Asheville Parks and Recreation 2022 Winter/Spring Program Guide
Jan 28 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
online

The beginning of the year is a great time  for Ashevillians of all ages to explore, connect, and discover with Asheville Parks & Recreation. Now is the time to take a look at winter and spring offerings in the new activity guide with registration dates, information, and listings for hundreds of fitness and active living classes, sports and clubs, arts and culture programs, out-of-school time activities, outdoor recreation, and more.

 

The latest winter-spring edition of Asheville Parks & Recreation’s activity guide can be found online or at community centers across the city. Community members may also download the new AVL Rec app for iPhone or search programs on AVLrec.com.

 

Winter-Spring Guide highlights

All opportunities and events are free to Asheville residents unless noted.

  • Afterschool programs with homework assistance, games, arts projects, and more are divided into three age groups: kindergarteners through fifth-graders, fifth- and sixth graders, and sixth- to ninth-graders.
  • Fitness center memberships at Stephens-Lee and Linwood Crump Shiloh Community Centers feature free weights, exercise machines, and cardio equipment.
  • Celebrate Black history with events, including a soul food supper, pie baking contest, community cleanup on Burton Street, movies, and a pop-up Black history museum.
  • Glow-in-the-dark basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, laser tag, and climbing.
  • Adaptive and inclusive exercise classes, drop-ins, afterschool programs, tennis, and archery as part of the therapeutic recreation program. Noncompetitive basketball and baseball leagues teach the basics with an extra emphasis on fun for $40 per player.
  • Festivals and special events include a Valentine’s Dad and Daughter Dance, Mardi Gras party for older adults, and Truck City 2022.
  • The Asheville Fit 50 Challenge encourages all community members to stay active by walking, running, or rolling 50 miles on their own schedules between February 1-April 1. It’s a great way to prepare for events in the spring including Track 10K ChallengeCarrier Park Relay Race, and WNC Nature Center’s Running of the Goats 5K.
  • Boyz 2 Men and All About Me are clubs for boys and girls, respectively, that meet monthly to take field trips, throw afterparties, host sleepovers, play games, volunteer, and more. Fee, if any, is based on activity.
  • Learn something new, like healthy Latin eating (taught in English and español), basic vehicle carepainting, and more.
  • Outdoor programs for all ages feature hikes, biking, paddling, archery, disc golf, and making lures for fly fishing.
  • Check out weekly opportunities for retirees and older adults to line, tap, and folk dance; play games like canasta, Mexican Train dominoes, and billiards; and socialize through woodworking, sewing, and writing clubs. Low-cost clay sculpting and weaving classes are also a great way to socialize and hone a skill.
  • Competitive and recreational sports include dodgeball, softball, baseball, flag football, and sand volleyball for all ages. Open gym times for pickleball, volleyball, and basketball are available throughout the week. Club sports include rugby, lawn bowling, ultimate, inline hockey, cycling, lacrosse, and disc golf. Prices vary.
  • Events for dogs and their human companions include Smooch Your Pooch social media celebration at Azalea Dog Park, St. Waggy’s Day at Burton Street, and Southside Bark Park pop-up.
  • Summer camp registration begins at 6 p.m. February 7. These spots go quick, so mark your calendar!

 

If you have additional questions about programs or the activity guide, please email [email protected] or call 828-259-5800. Keep an eye on our websiteFacebook page, and Instagram feed for additional opportunities and the latest updates.

 

Some individual activities or events may be canceled or rescheduled due to inclement weather or COVID-19’s continued spread in the community. When programs that have a cost associated with them are canceled, customers receive a refund.

Get Started  Dance can be life-changing: The Academy at Terpsicorps Studios
Jan 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Academy at Terpsicorps Studios

Get Started

 Dance can be life-changing. We want to show you how.  Come try two weeks of classes for just $29.99

Fall/Winter Schedule 2021/2022

Additional Information

ATTD New Fall 2021-2022 Class Schedule – August 22, 2021- May 27, 2022

*Note that ages serve only as a guideline.  Below represents our Curriculum based ballet programs.  Look for additional class offerings of Int/Adv Tap, Jazz & Hip- Hop TBA. Combo I – Elementary II placement is based on age.  Level 1 and above are skill based placement.  All schedules are subject to change.

Combo I : Pre- Ballet/Pre- Tap Curriculum (Age 3-4 )

Monday 4:00-5:00

OR
Wednesday 5:00-6:00

OR
Saturday 9:45-10:45

OR

Saturday11:00-12:00

Combo II : Ballet/Tap Curriculum Age (5-6)

Monday 4:00-5:00

OR

Wednesday 5:00-6:00

OR

Saturday  9:45-10:45

OR

Saturday 11:00-12:00

Elementary I : Introduction to Classical Technique w/Tap & Jazz (Age 6-7)

Monday 5:00-5:45 Ballet: Section A

5:45-6:30 Tap & Jazz : Section A

Wednesday 5:00-5:45 Ballet: Section B

5:45-6:30 Tap & Jazz : Section B
Elementary II: Introduction to Classical Technique w/ Tap, Jazz & Repertoire(Age 7-8)

Monday 5:00-5:45 Ballet:
5:45-6:30 Tap / Jazz
Thursday 5:00-6:15 Ballet
6:15-7:00 Repertoire

Boys Class:
Wednesday 6:00-6:45 w/Mr. Merz Elementary I- Level II

Level I : Classical Ballet Technique, with Repertoire and one enrichment class (Age 8-10 placement required)

Tuesday 4:30-5:30 Conditioning w/ Jazz Contemporary

5:30-6:30 Ballet Technique

Thursday 5:00-6:15 Ballet

6:15-7:00 Repertoire

Level II : Classical Ballet Technique, w/ Repertoire and 2 enrichment classes (Age 9-11 placement required)

Tuesday 4:30-5:30 Conditioning w/ Jazz Contemporary

5:30-6:30 Ballet Technique
Thursday 5:00-6:15 Ballet
Friday 4:00-5:30 Ballet Technique

5:30-6:30 Repertoire

Level III : Classical Ballet Technique w/Repertoire, pre-pointe, conditioning, specialty classes (Age 10-12 placement required)

Monday 5:00-6:30 Ballet Technique
6:30-7:15 Pre- Pointe/Variations
Tuesday 4:30-5:30 Conditioning w/ Jazz Contemporary

5:30-6:30 Ballet Technique
Friday 4:30-5:30 Ballet Technique
5:30-6:15 Repertoire

Level IV/V : Classical Ballet Technique w/ Repertoire, pointe, conditioning, specialty classes ( Placement required)

Monday 4:30-6:00 Ballet Technique

6:00-7:00 Repertoire

Tuesday 4:30-6:00 Ballet Technique

6:00-7:00 Modern
Wednesday 4:30-6:00 Ballet Technique

6:00-7:00 Pointe/Conditioning

Thursday 4:30-6:00 Ballet Technique

6:00-6:45 Pointe

*Saturday 11:00-12:15 Warm-up Technique **ONLY WHEN CALLED**

12:30-2pm Rehearsal **ONLY WHEN CALLED**

PreProfessional Day Program : Vocational Ballet Training ( Age 14- audition required)

Monday: 2:00-3:30 Ballet Technique

3:30-4:30 Pointe-Conditioning/Pointe

4:30-6:00 2nd Technique barre en pointe

Tuesday  2:00-3:30 Ballet Technique center en pointe

3:30-4:30 Modern

4:30-6:00 2nd Technique barre en pointe

Wednesday 2:00-3:30 Ballet Technique

3:30-4:30 Pointe/Repertoire

4:30-6:00 2nd Technique

Thursday 2:00-3:30 Ballet Technique

3:30-4:30 Pointe Variations

4:30-6:00 2nd Technique

Friday 2:00-3:30 Ballet Technique

3:30-4:30 Pas de Deux

*Saturday 11:00-12:15 Warm-up Technique

12:30-2pm Rehearsal

Winter Reading Challenge for Kids and Teens at the Library
Jan 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
all Buncombe Libraries

Photo of typewriter

New year, new adventures! Buncombe County Public Libraries’ 2022 Winter Reading Challenge encourages young readers to explore diversity, empathy, and action through reading.

This year, we are exploring what animals do during the winter months with two distinct challenges for children and teens. Children will complete fun activities while learning fascinating facts about local Western North Carolina animals. Teens will navigate winter reading quests and take home a collectible postcard. Both challenges will encourage youth to enjoy the winter season together in a screen-free, socially distanced way. These free activity sheets are designed with kids and teens in mind, but everyone is invited to participate.

Beginning Jan. 4, pick up a Winter Reading Activity Sheet from any Buncombe County Public Library. Warm up your winter with our reading challenge, and we’ll see you at the library.

250 Free Student Tickets for Neil deGrasse Tyson
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Harrah’s Cherokee Center - Asheville Box Office Only

In conjunction with Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS) and AVLtoday, the Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville (HCCA) is proud to announce an offer for 250 Buncombe County middle school and high school students to receive (1) free ticket each to attend Neil deGrasse Tyson: An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies – The Sequel on Monday, February 7 at 7:30 pm. In addition to the student tickets, parents and attending chaperones will be eligible to receive a discounted ticket. Tickets are available only at the HCCA Box Office during business hours on a limited basis.

STUDENT INFORMATION: As ticket quantities allow, eligible middle school and high school students will receive (1) free ticket to the event with an accompanying chaperone or adult with a limit of four students per adult. Accompanying adults may purchase a ticket up to a 50% discount. To pick up tickets, visit the HCCA Box Office between 10:00am and 4:00pm on Tuesday through Friday. Tickets are limited, so stop by the box office soon to take advantage of this offer.

Colleges and local university students may purchase tickets at a 30% discount with a valid student ID card and will be limited to 2 tickets per purchaser. Above offers are not valid on previously purchased tickets and are only available at the HCCA Box Office. No refunds/No Exchanges.

Asheville Parks and Rec Afterschool Programs: Afternoon Adventures
Jan 28 @ 2:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Asheville Area

Pre-registration required. FREE for the 2021-2022 school year
August 23, 2021-June 3, 2022 | Monday-Friday | 2:45-6pm
K-6th graders.
Does your child enjoy having fun and making new friends? Offering
arts, crafts, special events, homework assistance and more!
Families currently enrolled in the school system’s reduced or free
meal program, please contact your recreation center for discount
fee information.
Locations: Burton, Grant, Montford, Shiloh, Stephens-Lee

Montford Pre-Teen Afterschool Program
Jan 28 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Montford Community Center

Montford Pre-Teen Afterschool Program
Pre-registration required. FREE for the 2021-2022 school year
August 23, 2021 – June 3, 2022 | Monday-Friday | 3:30-6pm
5th-6th graders.
New program designed to meet the needs of your pre-teen.
Providing time dedicated to school assignments, life skills, arts,
communication, leadership, fitness, nutrition, and loads of fun.
Location: Montford

Teen Leadership Program
Jan 28 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Asheville Area

Teen Leadership Program
Pre-registration required. FREE for the 2021-2022 school year
August 23, 2021-June 3, 2022 | Monday-Friday | 3:30-6pm
6th-9th graders.
Looking for a cool and enriching alternative for your Teen to attend
this school year? We offer creative activities, diverse projects,
field trips, and more.
Locations: Grant, Shiloh, Stephens-Lee

Greenville Swamp Rabbits vs. Florida Everblades
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm
Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Saturday, January 29, 2022
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Jan 29 all-day
online

Nantahala Outdoor Center 2022 Adventures are open to book
Jan 29 all-day
Nantahala Outdoor Center
Raft splashing into 2022

We are excited to announce that all of our 2022 adventures are open to book! Grab your calendar, find the perfect whitewater, zip line, or biking adventure, and book the trip before the perfect day slips by you.

Plan your next adventure with Nantahala Outdoor Center! NOC offers more than 100 itineraries that you can sort by Whitewater Rafting, Zip Lining, Mountain Biking, and more! Filter by location, experience level, or activity type. Mix and match your favorites or book one of our packages for a full-day of fun! Planning your next adventure has never been easier.

BOOK EARLY & WIN!

We love when you plan ahead!

Book by December 31st, 2021 and

be entered to win a sweet limited edition 50th MERCH PRIZE PACK including a t-shirt, insulated mugs, Nalgene, magnets, sticker pack and a $50 Gift Card to use at our stores, on a meal or on an adventure! A $120 Value!

Student Poetry Contest – “Ambition”
Jan 29 all-day
online

January through April

Actors performing Sandburg's works on stageActors portray characters from Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Story “Three Boys with Jugs of Molasses and Secret Ambitions.”

NPS Photo

Educators in grades 3-12 are invited to submit original poems written by their students in February. The poems will be judged and winners announced in April. Find the 2022 Poetry Contest Information and submission guidelines here. The theme “Ambition” is from one of Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Stories, to celebrate it’s 100th year of being published. “An ambition…creeps in your heart night and day, singing a little song, ‘Come and find me, come and find me.”

Students are invited to submit a poem to Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site’s annual Student Poetry Contest. The contest encourages youth to explore writing their own poetry, and is open to students nationwide!

Submissions are accepted from grades 3-12 and must be postmarked by March 1, 2022. See below for submission rules.

Winners will be notified by April 8, 2022, and will be invited to participate in a special virtual program on April 22.


2022 Contest Rules

Theme – “Ambition”
Carl Sandburg wrote millions of words reflecting on the American experience of the 20th century. Though his words often focused on war, labor, and social injustice, as a father of three, he also wrote imaginative, zany, and fantastical children’s stories, called “Rootabaga Stories.” Carl Sandburg’s “Rootabaga Stories” were first published in 1922 and celebrate 100 years of entertaining readers of all ages this year. The theme “Ambition” is from one of these stories. “An ambition…creeps in your heart night and day, singing a little song, ‘Come and find me, come and find me.” Read the story here.

Poems submitted for the 2022 contest should reflect the theme of “Ambition.” By definition, a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work. Or setting goals to achieve success.

Submission Rules

  • Poetry accepted from 3-12th grades only. Poems will be grouped for judging by 3-5th, 6-8th, and 9-12th.
  • Poems must be submitted by a teacher (traditional classroom or homeschool teacher).
  • No more than three poems per class. Teachers with multiple classes, can submit up to three poems per class period.
  • Poem will be judged on its ability to communicate the theme.
  • Poem can be written in any style, but must not exceed one-page in length. No illustrations.
  • Poems must be typed, no handwritten entries, using standard computer fonts, like Times, Arial, etc…
  • Do not place any identifying information (name, school, grade, etc…) on poem sheet, that will go on the accompanying submission form.
  • Submission form must be complete to be accepted:
    • Paperclipped to poem, no staples
    • Must be signed by parent, student and teacher
    • Submissions must be postmarked, faxed, or e-mailed to [email protected], by March 1, 2022. Emailed submissions must be docs, .pdfs or scans. Low resolution pictures of the submission will not be accepted.

Judging
Judges from the literary community will make the decision for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place within each grade category (3-5th, 6-8th, 9-12th).

Poetry Partners
The 2022 Poetry Contest is a result of tremendous community support including the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, and literary volunteers who serve as judges. Thank you.

Poetry Resources
You may also find curriculum resources to use in the classroom at the park’s website: www.nps.gov/carl/learn/education/index.htm.

Send Submissions to:
Carl Sandburg Home NHS
Attn: Poetry Contest
81 Carl Sandburg Lane
Flat Rock, North Carolina 28731
Fax 828-693-4179
Email: [email protected]

Asheville Parks and Recreation 2022 Winter/Spring Program Guide
Jan 29 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
online

The beginning of the year is a great time  for Ashevillians of all ages to explore, connect, and discover with Asheville Parks & Recreation. Now is the time to take a look at winter and spring offerings in the new activity guide with registration dates, information, and listings for hundreds of fitness and active living classes, sports and clubs, arts and culture programs, out-of-school time activities, outdoor recreation, and more.

 

The latest winter-spring edition of Asheville Parks & Recreation’s activity guide can be found online or at community centers across the city. Community members may also download the new AVL Rec app for iPhone or search programs on AVLrec.com.

 

Winter-Spring Guide highlights

All opportunities and events are free to Asheville residents unless noted.

  • Afterschool programs with homework assistance, games, arts projects, and more are divided into three age groups: kindergarteners through fifth-graders, fifth- and sixth graders, and sixth- to ninth-graders.
  • Fitness center memberships at Stephens-Lee and Linwood Crump Shiloh Community Centers feature free weights, exercise machines, and cardio equipment.
  • Celebrate Black history with events, including a soul food supper, pie baking contest, community cleanup on Burton Street, movies, and a pop-up Black history museum.
  • Glow-in-the-dark basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, laser tag, and climbing.
  • Adaptive and inclusive exercise classes, drop-ins, afterschool programs, tennis, and archery as part of the therapeutic recreation program. Noncompetitive basketball and baseball leagues teach the basics with an extra emphasis on fun for $40 per player.
  • Festivals and special events include a Valentine’s Dad and Daughter Dance, Mardi Gras party for older adults, and Truck City 2022.
  • The Asheville Fit 50 Challenge encourages all community members to stay active by walking, running, or rolling 50 miles on their own schedules between February 1-April 1. It’s a great way to prepare for events in the spring including Track 10K ChallengeCarrier Park Relay Race, and WNC Nature Center’s Running of the Goats 5K.
  • Boyz 2 Men and All About Me are clubs for boys and girls, respectively, that meet monthly to take field trips, throw afterparties, host sleepovers, play games, volunteer, and more. Fee, if any, is based on activity.
  • Learn something new, like healthy Latin eating (taught in English and español), basic vehicle carepainting, and more.
  • Outdoor programs for all ages feature hikes, biking, paddling, archery, disc golf, and making lures for fly fishing.
  • Check out weekly opportunities for retirees and older adults to line, tap, and folk dance; play games like canasta, Mexican Train dominoes, and billiards; and socialize through woodworking, sewing, and writing clubs. Low-cost clay sculpting and weaving classes are also a great way to socialize and hone a skill.
  • Competitive and recreational sports include dodgeball, softball, baseball, flag football, and sand volleyball for all ages. Open gym times for pickleball, volleyball, and basketball are available throughout the week. Club sports include rugby, lawn bowling, ultimate, inline hockey, cycling, lacrosse, and disc golf. Prices vary.
  • Events for dogs and their human companions include Smooch Your Pooch social media celebration at Azalea Dog Park, St. Waggy’s Day at Burton Street, and Southside Bark Park pop-up.
  • Summer camp registration begins at 6 p.m. February 7. These spots go quick, so mark your calendar!

 

If you have additional questions about programs or the activity guide, please email [email protected] or call 828-259-5800. Keep an eye on our websiteFacebook page, and Instagram feed for additional opportunities and the latest updates.

 

Some individual activities or events may be canceled or rescheduled due to inclement weather or COVID-19’s continued spread in the community. When programs that have a cost associated with them are canceled, customers receive a refund.

Get Started  Dance can be life-changing: The Academy at Terpsicorps Studios
Jan 29 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Academy at Terpsicorps Studios

Get Started

 Dance can be life-changing. We want to show you how.  Come try two weeks of classes for just $29.99

Fall/Winter Schedule 2021/2022

Additional Information

ATTD New Fall 2021-2022 Class Schedule – August 22, 2021- May 27, 2022

*Note that ages serve only as a guideline.  Below represents our Curriculum based ballet programs.  Look for additional class offerings of Int/Adv Tap, Jazz & Hip- Hop TBA. Combo I – Elementary II placement is based on age.  Level 1 and above are skill based placement.  All schedules are subject to change.

Combo I : Pre- Ballet/Pre- Tap Curriculum (Age 3-4 )

Monday 4:00-5:00

OR
Wednesday 5:00-6:00

OR
Saturday 9:45-10:45

OR

Saturday11:00-12:00

Combo II : Ballet/Tap Curriculum Age (5-6)

Monday 4:00-5:00

OR

Wednesday 5:00-6:00

OR

Saturday  9:45-10:45

OR

Saturday 11:00-12:00

Elementary I : Introduction to Classical Technique w/Tap & Jazz (Age 6-7)

Monday 5:00-5:45 Ballet: Section A

5:45-6:30 Tap & Jazz : Section A

Wednesday 5:00-5:45 Ballet: Section B

5:45-6:30 Tap & Jazz : Section B
Elementary II: Introduction to Classical Technique w/ Tap, Jazz & Repertoire(Age 7-8)

Monday 5:00-5:45 Ballet:
5:45-6:30 Tap / Jazz
Thursday 5:00-6:15 Ballet
6:15-7:00 Repertoire

Boys Class:
Wednesday 6:00-6:45 w/Mr. Merz Elementary I- Level II

Level I : Classical Ballet Technique, with Repertoire and one enrichment class (Age 8-10 placement required)

Tuesday 4:30-5:30 Conditioning w/ Jazz Contemporary

5:30-6:30 Ballet Technique

Thursday 5:00-6:15 Ballet

6:15-7:00 Repertoire

Level II : Classical Ballet Technique, w/ Repertoire and 2 enrichment classes (Age 9-11 placement required)

Tuesday 4:30-5:30 Conditioning w/ Jazz Contemporary

5:30-6:30 Ballet Technique
Thursday 5:00-6:15 Ballet
Friday 4:00-5:30 Ballet Technique

5:30-6:30 Repertoire

Level III : Classical Ballet Technique w/Repertoire, pre-pointe, conditioning, specialty classes (Age 10-12 placement required)

Monday 5:00-6:30 Ballet Technique
6:30-7:15 Pre- Pointe/Variations
Tuesday 4:30-5:30 Conditioning w/ Jazz Contemporary

5:30-6:30 Ballet Technique
Friday 4:30-5:30 Ballet Technique
5:30-6:15 Repertoire

Level IV/V : Classical Ballet Technique w/ Repertoire, pointe, conditioning, specialty classes ( Placement required)

Monday 4:30-6:00 Ballet Technique

6:00-7:00 Repertoire

Tuesday 4:30-6:00 Ballet Technique

6:00-7:00 Modern
Wednesday 4:30-6:00 Ballet Technique

6:00-7:00 Pointe/Conditioning

Thursday 4:30-6:00 Ballet Technique

6:00-6:45 Pointe

*Saturday 11:00-12:15 Warm-up Technique **ONLY WHEN CALLED**

12:30-2pm Rehearsal **ONLY WHEN CALLED**

PreProfessional Day Program : Vocational Ballet Training ( Age 14- audition required)

Monday: 2:00-3:30 Ballet Technique

3:30-4:30 Pointe-Conditioning/Pointe

4:30-6:00 2nd Technique barre en pointe

Tuesday  2:00-3:30 Ballet Technique center en pointe

3:30-4:30 Modern

4:30-6:00 2nd Technique barre en pointe

Wednesday 2:00-3:30 Ballet Technique

3:30-4:30 Pointe/Repertoire

4:30-6:00 2nd Technique

Thursday 2:00-3:30 Ballet Technique

3:30-4:30 Pointe Variations

4:30-6:00 2nd Technique

Friday 2:00-3:30 Ballet Technique

3:30-4:30 Pas de Deux

*Saturday 11:00-12:15 Warm-up Technique

12:30-2pm Rehearsal

Winter Reading Challenge for Kids and Teens at the Library
Jan 29 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
all Buncombe Libraries

Photo of typewriter

New year, new adventures! Buncombe County Public Libraries’ 2022 Winter Reading Challenge encourages young readers to explore diversity, empathy, and action through reading.

This year, we are exploring what animals do during the winter months with two distinct challenges for children and teens. Children will complete fun activities while learning fascinating facts about local Western North Carolina animals. Teens will navigate winter reading quests and take home a collectible postcard. Both challenges will encourage youth to enjoy the winter season together in a screen-free, socially distanced way. These free activity sheets are designed with kids and teens in mind, but everyone is invited to participate.

Beginning Jan. 4, pick up a Winter Reading Activity Sheet from any Buncombe County Public Library. Warm up your winter with our reading challenge, and we’ll see you at the library.

Rocky Cove Railroad Exhibit
Jan 29 @ 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.

Greenville Swamp Rabbits vs. Florida Everblades
Jan 29 @ 7:00 pm
Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Sunday, January 30, 2022
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Jan 30 all-day
online

Nantahala Outdoor Center 2022 Adventures are open to book
Jan 30 all-day
Nantahala Outdoor Center
Raft splashing into 2022

We are excited to announce that all of our 2022 adventures are open to book! Grab your calendar, find the perfect whitewater, zip line, or biking adventure, and book the trip before the perfect day slips by you.

Plan your next adventure with Nantahala Outdoor Center! NOC offers more than 100 itineraries that you can sort by Whitewater Rafting, Zip Lining, Mountain Biking, and more! Filter by location, experience level, or activity type. Mix and match your favorites or book one of our packages for a full-day of fun! Planning your next adventure has never been easier.

BOOK EARLY & WIN!

We love when you plan ahead!

Book by December 31st, 2021 and

be entered to win a sweet limited edition 50th MERCH PRIZE PACK including a t-shirt, insulated mugs, Nalgene, magnets, sticker pack and a $50 Gift Card to use at our stores, on a meal or on an adventure! A $120 Value!

Student Poetry Contest – “Ambition”
Jan 30 all-day
online

January through April

Actors performing Sandburg's works on stageActors portray characters from Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Story “Three Boys with Jugs of Molasses and Secret Ambitions.”

NPS Photo

Educators in grades 3-12 are invited to submit original poems written by their students in February. The poems will be judged and winners announced in April. Find the 2022 Poetry Contest Information and submission guidelines here. The theme “Ambition” is from one of Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Stories, to celebrate it’s 100th year of being published. “An ambition…creeps in your heart night and day, singing a little song, ‘Come and find me, come and find me.”

Students are invited to submit a poem to Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site’s annual Student Poetry Contest. The contest encourages youth to explore writing their own poetry, and is open to students nationwide!

Submissions are accepted from grades 3-12 and must be postmarked by March 1, 2022. See below for submission rules.

Winners will be notified by April 8, 2022, and will be invited to participate in a special virtual program on April 22.


2022 Contest Rules

Theme – “Ambition”
Carl Sandburg wrote millions of words reflecting on the American experience of the 20th century. Though his words often focused on war, labor, and social injustice, as a father of three, he also wrote imaginative, zany, and fantastical children’s stories, called “Rootabaga Stories.” Carl Sandburg’s “Rootabaga Stories” were first published in 1922 and celebrate 100 years of entertaining readers of all ages this year. The theme “Ambition” is from one of these stories. “An ambition…creeps in your heart night and day, singing a little song, ‘Come and find me, come and find me.” Read the story here.

Poems submitted for the 2022 contest should reflect the theme of “Ambition.” By definition, a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work. Or setting goals to achieve success.

Submission Rules

  • Poetry accepted from 3-12th grades only. Poems will be grouped for judging by 3-5th, 6-8th, and 9-12th.
  • Poems must be submitted by a teacher (traditional classroom or homeschool teacher).
  • No more than three poems per class. Teachers with multiple classes, can submit up to three poems per class period.
  • Poem will be judged on its ability to communicate the theme.
  • Poem can be written in any style, but must not exceed one-page in length. No illustrations.
  • Poems must be typed, no handwritten entries, using standard computer fonts, like Times, Arial, etc…
  • Do not place any identifying information (name, school, grade, etc…) on poem sheet, that will go on the accompanying submission form.
  • Submission form must be complete to be accepted:
    • Paperclipped to poem, no staples
    • Must be signed by parent, student and teacher
    • Submissions must be postmarked, faxed, or e-mailed to [email protected], by March 1, 2022. Emailed submissions must be docs, .pdfs or scans. Low resolution pictures of the submission will not be accepted.

Judging
Judges from the literary community will make the decision for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place within each grade category (3-5th, 6-8th, 9-12th).

Poetry Partners
The 2022 Poetry Contest is a result of tremendous community support including the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, and literary volunteers who serve as judges. Thank you.

Poetry Resources
You may also find curriculum resources to use in the classroom at the park’s website: www.nps.gov/carl/learn/education/index.htm.

Send Submissions to:
Carl Sandburg Home NHS
Attn: Poetry Contest
81 Carl Sandburg Lane
Flat Rock, North Carolina 28731
Fax 828-693-4179
Email: [email protected]

Asheville Parks and Recreation 2022 Winter/Spring Program Guide
Jan 30 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
online

The beginning of the year is a great time  for Ashevillians of all ages to explore, connect, and discover with Asheville Parks & Recreation. Now is the time to take a look at winter and spring offerings in the new activity guide with registration dates, information, and listings for hundreds of fitness and active living classes, sports and clubs, arts and culture programs, out-of-school time activities, outdoor recreation, and more.

 

The latest winter-spring edition of Asheville Parks & Recreation’s activity guide can be found online or at community centers across the city. Community members may also download the new AVL Rec app for iPhone or search programs on AVLrec.com.

 

Winter-Spring Guide highlights

All opportunities and events are free to Asheville residents unless noted.

  • Afterschool programs with homework assistance, games, arts projects, and more are divided into three age groups: kindergarteners through fifth-graders, fifth- and sixth graders, and sixth- to ninth-graders.
  • Fitness center memberships at Stephens-Lee and Linwood Crump Shiloh Community Centers feature free weights, exercise machines, and cardio equipment.
  • Celebrate Black history with events, including a soul food supper, pie baking contest, community cleanup on Burton Street, movies, and a pop-up Black history museum.
  • Glow-in-the-dark basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, laser tag, and climbing.
  • Adaptive and inclusive exercise classes, drop-ins, afterschool programs, tennis, and archery as part of the therapeutic recreation program. Noncompetitive basketball and baseball leagues teach the basics with an extra emphasis on fun for $40 per player.
  • Festivals and special events include a Valentine’s Dad and Daughter Dance, Mardi Gras party for older adults, and Truck City 2022.
  • The Asheville Fit 50 Challenge encourages all community members to stay active by walking, running, or rolling 50 miles on their own schedules between February 1-April 1. It’s a great way to prepare for events in the spring including Track 10K ChallengeCarrier Park Relay Race, and WNC Nature Center’s Running of the Goats 5K.
  • Boyz 2 Men and All About Me are clubs for boys and girls, respectively, that meet monthly to take field trips, throw afterparties, host sleepovers, play games, volunteer, and more. Fee, if any, is based on activity.
  • Learn something new, like healthy Latin eating (taught in English and español), basic vehicle carepainting, and more.
  • Outdoor programs for all ages feature hikes, biking, paddling, archery, disc golf, and making lures for fly fishing.
  • Check out weekly opportunities for retirees and older adults to line, tap, and folk dance; play games like canasta, Mexican Train dominoes, and billiards; and socialize through woodworking, sewing, and writing clubs. Low-cost clay sculpting and weaving classes are also a great way to socialize and hone a skill.
  • Competitive and recreational sports include dodgeball, softball, baseball, flag football, and sand volleyball for all ages. Open gym times for pickleball, volleyball, and basketball are available throughout the week. Club sports include rugby, lawn bowling, ultimate, inline hockey, cycling, lacrosse, and disc golf. Prices vary.
  • Events for dogs and their human companions include Smooch Your Pooch social media celebration at Azalea Dog Park, St. Waggy’s Day at Burton Street, and Southside Bark Park pop-up.
  • Summer camp registration begins at 6 p.m. February 7. These spots go quick, so mark your calendar!

 

If you have additional questions about programs or the activity guide, please email [email protected] or call 828-259-5800. Keep an eye on our websiteFacebook page, and Instagram feed for additional opportunities and the latest updates.

 

Some individual activities or events may be canceled or rescheduled due to inclement weather or COVID-19’s continued spread in the community. When programs that have a cost associated with them are canceled, customers receive a refund.

Rocky Cove Railroad Exhibit
Jan 30 @ 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.

Greenville Swamp Rabbits vs. Florida Everblades
Jan 30 @ 3:00 pm
Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Monday, January 31, 2022
Student Poetry Contest – “Ambition”
Jan 31 all-day
online

January through April

Actors performing Sandburg's works on stageActors portray characters from Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Story “Three Boys with Jugs of Molasses and Secret Ambitions.”

NPS Photo

Educators in grades 3-12 are invited to submit original poems written by their students in February. The poems will be judged and winners announced in April. Find the 2022 Poetry Contest Information and submission guidelines here. The theme “Ambition” is from one of Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Stories, to celebrate it’s 100th year of being published. “An ambition…creeps in your heart night and day, singing a little song, ‘Come and find me, come and find me.”

Students are invited to submit a poem to Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site’s annual Student Poetry Contest. The contest encourages youth to explore writing their own poetry, and is open to students nationwide!

Submissions are accepted from grades 3-12 and must be postmarked by March 1, 2022. See below for submission rules.

Winners will be notified by April 8, 2022, and will be invited to participate in a special virtual program on April 22.


2022 Contest Rules

Theme – “Ambition”
Carl Sandburg wrote millions of words reflecting on the American experience of the 20th century. Though his words often focused on war, labor, and social injustice, as a father of three, he also wrote imaginative, zany, and fantastical children’s stories, called “Rootabaga Stories.” Carl Sandburg’s “Rootabaga Stories” were first published in 1922 and celebrate 100 years of entertaining readers of all ages this year. The theme “Ambition” is from one of these stories. “An ambition…creeps in your heart night and day, singing a little song, ‘Come and find me, come and find me.” Read the story here.

Poems submitted for the 2022 contest should reflect the theme of “Ambition.” By definition, a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work. Or setting goals to achieve success.

Submission Rules

  • Poetry accepted from 3-12th grades only. Poems will be grouped for judging by 3-5th, 6-8th, and 9-12th.
  • Poems must be submitted by a teacher (traditional classroom or homeschool teacher).
  • No more than three poems per class. Teachers with multiple classes, can submit up to three poems per class period.
  • Poem will be judged on its ability to communicate the theme.
  • Poem can be written in any style, but must not exceed one-page in length. No illustrations.
  • Poems must be typed, no handwritten entries, using standard computer fonts, like Times, Arial, etc…
  • Do not place any identifying information (name, school, grade, etc…) on poem sheet, that will go on the accompanying submission form.
  • Submission form must be complete to be accepted:
    • Paperclipped to poem, no staples
    • Must be signed by parent, student and teacher
    • Submissions must be postmarked, faxed, or e-mailed to [email protected], by March 1, 2022. Emailed submissions must be docs, .pdfs or scans. Low resolution pictures of the submission will not be accepted.

Judging
Judges from the literary community will make the decision for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place within each grade category (3-5th, 6-8th, 9-12th).

Poetry Partners
The 2022 Poetry Contest is a result of tremendous community support including the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, and literary volunteers who serve as judges. Thank you.

Poetry Resources
You may also find curriculum resources to use in the classroom at the park’s website: www.nps.gov/carl/learn/education/index.htm.

Send Submissions to:
Carl Sandburg Home NHS
Attn: Poetry Contest
81 Carl Sandburg Lane
Flat Rock, North Carolina 28731
Fax 828-693-4179
Email: [email protected]

Asheville Parks and Recreation 2022 Winter/Spring Program Guide
Jan 31 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
online

The beginning of the year is a great time  for Ashevillians of all ages to explore, connect, and discover with Asheville Parks & Recreation. Now is the time to take a look at winter and spring offerings in the new activity guide with registration dates, information, and listings for hundreds of fitness and active living classes, sports and clubs, arts and culture programs, out-of-school time activities, outdoor recreation, and more.

 

The latest winter-spring edition of Asheville Parks & Recreation’s activity guide can be found online or at community centers across the city. Community members may also download the new AVL Rec app for iPhone or search programs on AVLrec.com.

 

Winter-Spring Guide highlights

All opportunities and events are free to Asheville residents unless noted.

  • Afterschool programs with homework assistance, games, arts projects, and more are divided into three age groups: kindergarteners through fifth-graders, fifth- and sixth graders, and sixth- to ninth-graders.
  • Fitness center memberships at Stephens-Lee and Linwood Crump Shiloh Community Centers feature free weights, exercise machines, and cardio equipment.
  • Celebrate Black history with events, including a soul food supper, pie baking contest, community cleanup on Burton Street, movies, and a pop-up Black history museum.
  • Glow-in-the-dark basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, laser tag, and climbing.
  • Adaptive and inclusive exercise classes, drop-ins, afterschool programs, tennis, and archery as part of the therapeutic recreation program. Noncompetitive basketball and baseball leagues teach the basics with an extra emphasis on fun for $40 per player.
  • Festivals and special events include a Valentine’s Dad and Daughter Dance, Mardi Gras party for older adults, and Truck City 2022.
  • The Asheville Fit 50 Challenge encourages all community members to stay active by walking, running, or rolling 50 miles on their own schedules between February 1-April 1. It’s a great way to prepare for events in the spring including Track 10K ChallengeCarrier Park Relay Race, and WNC Nature Center’s Running of the Goats 5K.
  • Boyz 2 Men and All About Me are clubs for boys and girls, respectively, that meet monthly to take field trips, throw afterparties, host sleepovers, play games, volunteer, and more. Fee, if any, is based on activity.
  • Learn something new, like healthy Latin eating (taught in English and español), basic vehicle carepainting, and more.
  • Outdoor programs for all ages feature hikes, biking, paddling, archery, disc golf, and making lures for fly fishing.
  • Check out weekly opportunities for retirees and older adults to line, tap, and folk dance; play games like canasta, Mexican Train dominoes, and billiards; and socialize through woodworking, sewing, and writing clubs. Low-cost clay sculpting and weaving classes are also a great way to socialize and hone a skill.
  • Competitive and recreational sports include dodgeball, softball, baseball, flag football, and sand volleyball for all ages. Open gym times for pickleball, volleyball, and basketball are available throughout the week. Club sports include rugby, lawn bowling, ultimate, inline hockey, cycling, lacrosse, and disc golf. Prices vary.
  • Events for dogs and their human companions include Smooch Your Pooch social media celebration at Azalea Dog Park, St. Waggy’s Day at Burton Street, and Southside Bark Park pop-up.
  • Summer camp registration begins at 6 p.m. February 7. These spots go quick, so mark your calendar!

 

If you have additional questions about programs or the activity guide, please email [email protected] or call 828-259-5800. Keep an eye on our websiteFacebook page, and Instagram feed for additional opportunities and the latest updates.

 

Some individual activities or events may be canceled or rescheduled due to inclement weather or COVID-19’s continued spread in the community. When programs that have a cost associated with them are canceled, customers receive a refund.

250 Free Student Tickets for Neil deGrasse Tyson
Jan 31 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Harrah’s Cherokee Center - Asheville Box Office Only

In conjunction with Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS) and AVLtoday, the Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville (HCCA) is proud to announce an offer for 250 Buncombe County middle school and high school students to receive (1) free ticket each to attend Neil deGrasse Tyson: An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies – The Sequel on Monday, February 7 at 7:30 pm. In addition to the student tickets, parents and attending chaperones will be eligible to receive a discounted ticket. Tickets are available only at the HCCA Box Office during business hours on a limited basis.

STUDENT INFORMATION: As ticket quantities allow, eligible middle school and high school students will receive (1) free ticket to the event with an accompanying chaperone or adult with a limit of four students per adult. Accompanying adults may purchase a ticket up to a 50% discount. To pick up tickets, visit the HCCA Box Office between 10:00am and 4:00pm on Tuesday through Friday. Tickets are limited, so stop by the box office soon to take advantage of this offer.

Colleges and local university students may purchase tickets at a 30% discount with a valid student ID card and will be limited to 2 tickets per purchaser. Above offers are not valid on previously purchased tickets and are only available at the HCCA Box Office. No refunds/No Exchanges.

Asheville Parks and Rec Afterschool Programs: Afternoon Adventures
Jan 31 @ 2:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Asheville Area

Pre-registration required. FREE for the 2021-2022 school year
August 23, 2021-June 3, 2022 | Monday-Friday | 2:45-6pm
K-6th graders.
Does your child enjoy having fun and making new friends? Offering
arts, crafts, special events, homework assistance and more!
Families currently enrolled in the school system’s reduced or free
meal program, please contact your recreation center for discount
fee information.
Locations: Burton, Grant, Montford, Shiloh, Stephens-Lee

Montford Pre-Teen Afterschool Program
Jan 31 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Montford Community Center

Montford Pre-Teen Afterschool Program
Pre-registration required. FREE for the 2021-2022 school year
August 23, 2021 – June 3, 2022 | Monday-Friday | 3:30-6pm
5th-6th graders.
New program designed to meet the needs of your pre-teen.
Providing time dedicated to school assignments, life skills, arts,
communication, leadership, fitness, nutrition, and loads of fun.
Location: Montford

Teen Leadership Program
Jan 31 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Asheville Area

Teen Leadership Program
Pre-registration required. FREE for the 2021-2022 school year
August 23, 2021-June 3, 2022 | Monday-Friday | 3:30-6pm
6th-9th graders.
Looking for a cool and enriching alternative for your Teen to attend
this school year? We offer creative activities, diverse projects,
field trips, and more.
Locations: Grant, Shiloh, Stephens-Lee