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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



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! 

ASHEVILLE MUSIC GUIDE Shows You Won’t Want to Miss:

Cllick here for THIS WEEKS SHOWS!

Why we exist

Asheville has a vibrant music community, but reading through dozens of venue websites can be tedious and time consuming. With so many shows happening each week, it can be easy to miss one of your favorite bands. Asheville Music Guide (AMG) is an independent, locally developed online resource that aims to help fans of live music stay up to date with shows happening at all of the venues in Asheville.


Being avid concert goers, musicians, and Asheville residents, we realized the need for something to keep track of upcoming concerts in the area, and then decided to build it. From intimate acoustic sets to dirty rock ‘n roll bands to nationally-known headlining artists, AMG is the home for all things Asheville Music. But, we’re more than just your run of the mill online event calendar. We recognize that you have certain preferences and your own eclectic music taste. Build and save a personalized schedule of your can’t-miss shows, favorite musicians, and go to venues. There’s an everest of music out there, let us be your guide.

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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“The Karma’s Gonna Come On Down” by Lytingale

Angry old white man sittin’ in a tower.

Angry old white men sittin’ on the bench.

Angry old white men clingin’ to your power

But the karma’s gonna come on down.

Lies are lies, not alternative facts.

Lies are lies, and the truth’ll come out.

Lies are lies, you better clean up your act

Cause the karma’s gonna come on down


The karma’s gonna come on down.

The karma’s gonna come on down real soon.

Do unto others what you want done to you,

Cause the karma’s gonna come on down.  Oh, yeah.

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.

Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe July Events

Wednesday, July 5 at 7 pm


The thirteenth work of fiction by Knoxville native and Black Mountain resident David Madden consists of four novellas that weave together the life of the inimitable Lucius Hutchfield as he moves from youth to middle age and between vocations and adventures. Robert Morgan calls David Madden “a master Appalachian storyteller.” Whether you count yourself among Madden’s longtime fans or simply appreciate well-drawn characters in well-told tales, you won’t want to miss this event.

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.


Upcoming Events at BMCM+AC

June 22—PRESENTATION: Robert Motherwell*
Jerald Melberg, founder of the Jerald Melberg Gallery in Charlotte, NC, and representative of the Dedalus Foundation (Robert Motherwell Estate), will discuss the artist’s balance between wildly expressive work and his deep intellectualism and consideration of literature, music, and politics. Motherwell’s background will be covered as well as the artist’s Surrealist roots. 7 pm, 56 Broadway, FREE for BMCM+AC members + students w/ID / $5 non-members

BREVARD MUSIC CENTER 2017 Festival Performances – July & August

The Brevard Music Center is a community of student and professional musicians who aspire to ever-higher levels of artistry. Since all members of the community reside on campus, learning occurs constantly and is manifest through intensive practice and rehearsal and a challenging concert schedule. A consistently high level of public performance is a hallmark of the Brevard Music Center.

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