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This section shares information, tips, stories or ideas about parenting, family life, children, outings and trips, finances, self-care, customs,  stories about cultural heritage and tradition, our furry pet companions and any other aspects of every day experience in Asheville and Western North Carolina.
We remember those who have made a significant contribution to gender equality and women’s lives and well-being. 
OurVoice, Inc.: Domestic Violence
Pet Soup and Brother Wolf Rescue
Animal Compassion Network
Sarge’s Animal Rescue

Hands On!-A Child’s Gallery – August Programs

Tues. 8/1 – Fri. 8/4    All day and up to 3:30 on Friday. Critter Craft –Fish. All ages. Create a fish while learning about shapes. Sponsored by the Etowah Valley Veterinary Hospital. Free with $5 admission/free for members.

Tues. 8/1       11:00 am-12:00 pm. Mad Scientists on Wheels. Join Dr. Beaker and Dr. Bunsen at the Green River Library for science fun! Pre-registration required. Call 697-4969 to register.

Tues. 8/1       2:00 -3:00 pm. Mad Scientists on Wheels. Join Dr. Beaker and Dr. Bunsen at the Etowah Library for science fun! Pre-registration required. Call 891-6577 to register.

 Wed. 8/2       11:00 am-12:00 pm. Mad Scientists on Wheels. Join Dr. Beaker and Dr. Bunsen at the Edneyville Library for science fun! Pre-registration required. Call 685-0110 to register.

Wed. 8/2        2:00 -3:00 pm. Mad Scientists on Wheels. Join Dr. Beaker and Dr. Bunsen at the Hendersonville Main Library for science fun! Pre-registration required. Call 697-4725 to register.

Tues. 8/8Fri. 8/11     All Day. Play a Pipe Piano!  All ages. Explore the sounds that air can make by playing giant pipe pianos. Drop-in self-directed activity in our Party Room. Free with $5 admission/Free for members. Sponsored by Hunter Subaru.

Tues. 8/8       10:30 am-12:00 pm. Over The Rainbow! Ages 3-6. Explore the colors of the rainbow. Learn to mix and separate colors and make colorful crafts!  $20 non-members, $15 members. Students must be potty trained or attend with an adult and should bring a snack. Pre-registration required. Call 697-8333 to register. Sponsored by Van Winkle Law Firm.

Wed. 8/9        10:30 am-12:30 pm. Don’t Try This At Home! Ages 7-11. Do crazy chemistry at Hands On! Do you love to watch things fizz, foam, and bubble? Make elephant toothpaste, gummy worms, and exploding liquids to understand the science of chemical reactions. $25 non-members, $20 members. Students should bring a snack. Pre-registration required. Call 697-8333 to register.

Thurs. 8/10     10:30 am-12:30 pm. Maker Space! Ages 7-11. Dream it, plan it, and build it as we use everyday materials to create, innovate, and learn! $25 non-members, $20 members. Students should bring a snack. Pre-registration required. Call 697-8333 to register.  Sponsored by Carland & Anderson, Inc. Certified Public Accountants.

Thurs. 8/10     11:00 am-12:00 pm. Blue Ridge Humane Day! Come visit a special animal from the Blue Ridge Humane Society. Learn fun facts and take home a craft. This activity is free with $5 admission/free for members.

Fri. 8/11       10:30 am-12:00 pm. Royal Tea Party (Ages 3-6) Princes & Princesses are invited to a Royal Tea Party.  Create a crown, learn tea party manners, and participate in a royal parade and enjoy tea with the king and queen. Must be potty trained to attend w/o adult; younger can attend accompanied by adult.  $20 nm/$15 m. Pre-registration required. Call 697-8333 to register.

Tues. 8/15 – Fri. 8/18  All day and up to 3:30 pm on Friday. Orbiting Objects! All ages. Prepare for the solar eclipse on August 21 by learning about orbiting objects.  Free with $5 admission/free for members. Sponsored by Drs. Reid & Reid, Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics.

Thurs. 8/17     5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Rhythm and Brews! Join Hands On! Educators and volunteers in the family fun zone. Sponsored by Advocates for the Arts of Henderson County.

Mon. 8/21       1:00 pm- 3:00 pm. Mad Scientists on Wheels. Join Dr. Beaker and Dr. Bunsen at the Hendersonville Main Library for solar eclipse fun! This total eclipse will be the first visible for some parts of the United States in 40 years!  Pre-Eclipse events will take place from 1:00-2:00 pm in the Kaplan Auditorium located in the Hendersonville Main Library. Then join us on the field behind the library to view the eclipse. Call 697-4725 for more information.

Tues. 8/22Fri. 8/25    All day. Gone Fishing! Come to the fishing hole and catch fish as you learn about colors, counting, and fish identification and habitat. Self-directed activity in our Party Room. Free with $5 admission/free for members.

Tues. 8/29 – Fri. 9/1   All day and up to 3:30 pm on Friday.  Late Summer Flower Festival! All ages will enjoy creating flowers using the left behind paintings from our art area. Create beautiful flowers to put in a vase, wear in your hair, or give to others. Free with $5 admission/free for members.

Tues. 8/29      4:00-5:00 pm. Mad Scientists on Wheels. Dr. Beaker and Dr. Bunsen hit the road for science fun with Salvation Army students! This program is closed to the public.

The mission of Hands On! is to provide “hands on” educational experiences that stimulate the imagination and motivate learning in a fun, safe environment.  For additional information about their educational programs and facility, please visit their website at or call 828-697-8333.

Our mailing address is:
Hands On! A Child’s Gallery
318 N. Main Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792



Youth Financial Literacy – Important Tips from Starks Financial Group

In October 2016 and May 2017, Starks Financial Group sponsored several rock concerts for area middle and high schools.  Rock concerts, you say?  What on Earth does this have to do with financial literacy?  Well, these were very special rock concerts!  These concerts were in partnership with Funding the Future, a non-profit dedicated to helping get the word out to today’s young people about the importance of financial literacy.

A PREDATORY MODEL that can’t be fixed: Why banks should be kept from reentering the payday loan business

By the Progressive Blog Policy Watch

[Editor’s note: In the new Washington, D.C. of Donald Trump, many once-settled policies in the realm of consumer protection are now “back on the table” as predatory businesses push to take advantage of the president’s pro-corporate/anti-regulatory stances. A new report from the Center for Responsible Lending (“Been there; done that: Banks should stay out of payday lending”) explains why one of the most troubling of these efforts – a proposal to allow banks to re-enter the inherently destructive business of making high-interest “payday” loans should be fought and rejected at all costs.]

Banks once drained $500 million from customers annually by trapping them in harmful payday loans. In 2013, six banks were making triple-digit interest payday loans, structured just like loans made by storefront payday lenders. The bank repaid itself the loan in full directly from the borrower’s next incoming direct deposit, typically wages or Social Security, along with annual interest averaging 225% to 300%.

This woman’s name appears on the Declaration of Independence. So why don’t we know her story?

By Petula Dvorak in the Washington Post 

The Declaration of Independence printed with the names of the signers. Mary Katharine Goddard’s name is at the bottom. (Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Continental Congress & Constitutional Convention Broadsides Collection)    Continue reading



On Being – Running as Spiritual Practice

by Billy Mills, Christina Torres, Ashley Hicks, et al

We explore a topic our listeners have called out as a passionate force and a connector across all kinds of boundaries in American culture: running. Not just as exercise, or as a merely physical pursuit, but running as a source of bonding between parents and children and friends, as an interplay between competition and contemplation; as a way to understand body image and survival and healing.  
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Calling Volunteers to Support our Riverkeeper Concert: Michael Franti and Spearhead August 3

We are getting super excited for our upcoming 2017 French Broad Riverkeeper concert featuring Michael Franti and Spearhead at the Salvage Station on August 3!

In order to make sure this concert event flows smoothly and is enjoyed by all, we need a number of volunteers to help us manage payments, direct traffic, check in attendees at the door, and more. If you’re interested in volunteering at this event – and getting to enjoy the show for free! – please visit our volunteer sign up page to select your preferred volunteer position.

If you have any questions, please contact me at

Thanks for your support!

Susan Bean, Community Engagement Manager

ARE YOU MOUNTAINTRUE? MountainTrue members help protect our forests, water and air, and have the opportunity to hike with experts, volunteer to monitor streams, maintain our amazing Paddle Trail along the French Broad River, and clear trails in the national forest. Have fun with us, learn more about the incredible natural treasures of our region, and make a difference in your community — DONATE and be a member today! 

State-by-State Coverage and Government Spending Implications of the Better Care Reconciliation Act – The Urban Institute

Abstract by Linda J. Blumberg,  Matthew Buettgens, John Holahan, Bowen Garrett, Robin Wang

The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) was introduced in the Senate on June 22, 2017, and is now under debate. The bill would eliminate much of the Affordable Care Act. In this report, we present state-by-state estimates of the impact of the BCRA on health care coverage and costs. Nationwide, we find that there would be 24.7 million more uninsured people under the BCRA by 2022. Federal funding for Medicaid, premium tax credits, and cost sharing reductions would be $140.4 billion lower under the BCRA in 2022, while state Medicaid spending would increase by $565 million. Continue reading


Tales, Tips, and Love from Women Caregivers – Our Bodies Ourselves

by Elayne Clift

Women have always been caregivers. Whether looking after small children, elders, other family members or friends in small communities, tending to others in urban settings with limited support systems, or acting as professional caregivers in institutional settings, we have been the primary providers of physical care and emotional support in a variety of settings and circumstances throughout the ages.  Continue reading

Planned Parenthood at a Glance – Some Stats About Who We Are

Planned Parenthood is one of the nation’s leading providers of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, and the nation’s largest provider of sex education. Planned Parenthood also works with partner organizations worldwide to improve the sexual health and well-being of individuals and families everywhere.

Planned Parenthood has 56 independent local affiliates that operate more than 600 health centers throughout the United States, providing high-quality services to women, men, and teens. Planned Parenthood often is the only source of family planning for a large proportion of the women we serve.  Continue reading

Social Issues – Catholic nuns in PA build a chapel to block the path of a gas pipeline planned for their property

By Julie Zauzmer – Washington Post

 The end of the road, where the street suddenly stops and the towering wall of corn begins, always called out to Linda Fischer. She would pedal her bike there slowly as a child, back before they built any houses on the road, when it was just the cornstalks growing thick toward the sky. It was the silence she found there, the holiness she felt in that stillness, that led her to dedicate her life to God.

Fischer has always known this land as sacred.

Now the 74-year-old nun and her sisters in their Catholic order suddenly find themselves fighting to protect the land from an energy company that wants to put a natural gas pipeline on it.

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“A mortgage is one of the largest financial decisions a consumer will ever make, and CFPB’s rules help ensure consumers have the easy-to-understand information they need before making a decision that will significantly impact their financial lives,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “Our updates will clarify parts of our mortgage disclosure rule to make for a smoother implementation process for lenders and consumers.” 

WNC Solidarity Concert Series: Fundraiser for Youth Outright Sunday July 30, 3 – 5 pm

Concert to Benefit Youth OUTright WNC, Inc
Tickets:  $10.00 per person at the door

THE BLOCK off Biltmore
39 S. Market St, Asheville, North Carolina 28801

Two acts will be performing:

  • Michael Jefry Stevens/Jason DeCristofaro, and the
  • Wendy Jones Quintet

100% of all proceeds from the door will be donated to Youth Outright.  
All musicians are donating their time.  

Your support is very important to area LGBTQ youth.

Is North Carolina stuck in an abusive relationship?

By Rob Schofield 

Behavior of state leaders, state policy community raise warning flags

The last seven years in North Carolina politics and policy have been extraordinary. In a very short period of time, a once moderate state has been transformed into a kind of laboratory for far right policies and a testing ground for what we are coming to know now as Trumpism. On issue after issue, state legislative leaders have aggressively pursued an ultra-conservative agenda that seeks to radically remake the state’s social contract.

[NukeWasteWNC] History today 07/07/2017 – 122 countries voted for nuclear ban

BIG NEWS TODAY—world is moving towards NUCLEAR-FREE on weapons!  This is the treaty the United Nations voted to adopt

“The Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons”  and here is the vote:

There will be a long process as nations decide (or not) to ratify this new agreement—don’t hold your breath on our fine nation adopting this—but let’s sing and dance and PARTY for a strong move in the world in the right direction!

#DisruptTheNarrative: Youth Leadership Summit – August 5

The Representation Project and Jennifer Siebel Newsom are excited to host our second annual #DisruptTheNarrative: Youth Leadership Summit on August 5 at Lucasfilm in San Francisco. This intensive, immersive experience will bring together 250 youth leaders (age 16-24) who are eager to acquire language and skills to lead on equality, ground their leadership practice in an understanding of their unique selves, and create a personal action plan to drive cultural change.  Continue reading


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