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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



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


THEATRE TOUR: My Grandfather’s Prayers – Lisa Sturz and Red Herring Puppets






MY GRANDFATHER’S PRAYERS premiered this past Sunday, June 18th to a full crowd. The feedback has been very moving and encouraging. We have a few more bookings over the Summer and will begin marketing the show to other locations. If you have connections within the community that would help us, please send them along. If you know people in the Cleveland, Boston, or Mpls. area, please let them know about our upcoming performances.   Ticket price is $15.

EVENTS at THE BLOCK off biltmore – Asheville’s First Eco-Vegan, Social Justice, Solidarity Bar

Click to see our monthly events: THE BLOCK ONGOING EVENTS 

We believe Asheville is ready to support a unique, multicultural, progressive, vegan gathering spot for activists, artists, educators, community organizers, and others. Here we can come together to socialize, dream, and to create positive social change in Western North Carolina and beyond – over reasonably-priced sustainable wines, artisan beers, classioc craft cocktails, and light, vegan, organic fare. THE BLOCK off biltmore functions as a local melting pot for people who thirst for a more just, inclusive, and peaceful world.

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How to Be an Ally to Muslim Women and Truly Embrace Intersectional Feminism


In Donald Trump’s America, few groups are as demonized as Muslims — and women worldwide are always oppressed based on their gender. But given the current president’s past comments about Islam, Muslim women will suffer the double-edged sword of Islamophobia and misogyny, and if they are Black or darker-skinned, they will experience discrimination as well. Intersectional feminists need to show up for Muslim women in the face of these dueling axes of oppression, because we cannot push for the rights of some without working towards the rights of all.  Continue reading

An Interesting Definition of Diversity

by  in the Guardian

The Trump administration has an interesting definition of diversity.

Now that the Republicans have passed a bill to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, they’ve got to start the hard work of putting together an Unaffordable Care Act, better known as Trumpcare – and they’ve found just the right men for the job. “Men” being the operative word: 13 men and zero women were initially chosen for the Senate healthcare group.

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



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! 

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

The Fitzsimon File: Monday Numbers: Summing up the Senate healthcare debate

By Chris Fitzsimon

July 3, 2017

22 million—number of people the Congressional Budget Office says would lose health insurance coverage under the health care plan currently being considered by the U.S. Senate (“CBO: Senate Bill Would Raise Premiums, Deductibles, or Both for Most Marketplace Consumers, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, July 26, 2017)

1,300—amount in dollars more that a 40-year-old with an income of $26,000 would pay in premiums for a silver level health care plan under the Senate health care plan (Ibid)


CLICK HERE for Top 3 Ways to Help Planned Parenthood Right Now

In October 2016, Planned Parenthood turned 100 years strong. Planned Parenthood was founded on the revolutionary idea that women should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams — no ceilings, no limits. Learn more about how 100 years of care, education, and activism have changed everything.

American Civil Liberties Union WOMEN’S RIGHTS PROJECT & Action Events WNC

In 1961 the Supreme Court, under Chief Justice Earl Warren, unanimously upheld the constitutionality of a jury selection system that discriminated against women on the grounds that “women are at the center of home and family life.” The observation reflected dominant social values at the time, but the Court was unable then to see how such values thwarted the promise of equality for women implicit in the Constitution.

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