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Camp Julian Day Camp – Sign Up Now!

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Diamond Brand Outdoors is teaching 2 days of kayak instruction.ASHEVILLE, NC – Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Services will host the 2011 Camp Julian Day Camp the week of August 1 – 5. The camp will be held daily at Lake Julian Park in Arden from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Choose the number of days your child attends. He or she can come for just a few days or for the whole week. Camp is limited to 20 campers per day. Camp Julian is open to rising 1st grade through 8th grade children.

Some great activities are planned for this year’s campers:

  • Diamond Brand Outdoors is teaching two days of kayak instruction and outdoor skills.
  • For up and coming sleuths, a Crime Scene Investigation will be led by a Buncombe County Sheriff’s deputy and detective.
  • Nutty Newton will have campers experimenting with the incredible forces of physics.
  • Ben Prater with North Carolina Wildlife introduces campers to the wonders of nature.
  • Campers will experience hands on activities with the Oricha Drum circle.
  • Land lubbers will have a chance to try their lake legs on a pontoon boat ride on Lake Julian.
  • Gerry Locklear with NC Wildlife and Fishing will teach lessons in water
    safety, fishing and outdoor skills.
  • Sweet Tea Miniature Golf will set up nine holes of golfing for campers.
  • and More! Including fishing in Lake Julian.

Learn about Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) with a Sheriff deputy & detective. Registration has begun, and will end when all slots are filled. The cost is $160 per week, or $40 per day. Fees are due at the time of registration and include all programs, and morning and afternoon snacks. Campers will need to bring their own lunch and drink unless otherwise instructed.

For more information contact Grace Young at 250-4265 or email her at [email protected].

Take A Kid Fishing – Free Fishing Events Scheduled for Late May, Early June

Monday, May 16th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Kids can fish for free and register to win prizes at one of more than 40 kids’ fishing events conducted across the state in late May and early June. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with partners such as Neuse Sport Shop, Trout Unlimited, Bass Pro Shops and the U.S. Forest Service, is supporting these fishing events as part of National Fishing and Boating Week 2011.

Grab the kids, pack your fishing gear and find a fishing event near you. New events are being added, so check back often.

Kid’s Fishing Tournament at Lake Julian, April 30th

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Kid’s Fishing Tournament at Lake Julian Park will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2011. The semi-annual event is open to all children ages 15 and under and is sponsored by Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Services.

The Kid’s Fishing Tournament begins at 8:30 a.m. and is over promptly at 11:30 a.m. Preregistration for the Tournament is advised, or children can register the day of the Tournament starting at 8 a.m. at Lake Julian Park. The cost for the Tournament is $5 per child. No fishing license is required for children under 16 years of age.

This is a Catch and Release event. Lake Julian Park will supply a bucket for each competitor’s catch. After the fish has been weighed and measured, it will be released back into the lake. Participants bring their own pole and bait. Any type of pole and bait is permitted.

Fishing is allowed anyplace inside the Lake Julian Park boundaries. No boat fishing is allowed. All children must be accompanied by at least one adult.

There are prizes galore! Children will be grouped into one of five age categories and prizes will be awarded in each of these categories.

Prizes will be given for the biggest fish, the smallest fish and the most fish caught. In addition, all competitors in every age group will have an opportunity to show off their casting skill. Casting poles and targets are provided by Lake Julian Park and children can demonstrate their ability anytime during the Tournament. There are prizes for the winners of the casting competition, too!

To register, fill out the registration form attached below. Please register only one child per registration form.

Bring the family and enjoy the day at Lake Julian Park. Picnic tables and grills are located throughout the park and there is a playground for young children. Paddle boats are available for rent and the ducks are always ready for a snack.

For more information, view the Kids Fishing Tournament PSA, call Lake Julian Park at 684-0376 or email [email protected].

Fishing Tournament Registration Form

Natural Fun: Birthday Parties at The NC Arboretum Encourage Unique Experiential Adventures

Monday, March 28th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Remember how fun it was to explore nature as a child? The NC Arboretum invites families to participate in its birthday party program, offering safe adventure amid 434 acres of natural beauty and a fun, guided celebration that everyone will treasure for years to come.
The Arboretum’s birthday parties for ages 5 and up feature a 75-minute guided program of your choice along with 45 minutes for cake and a gift celebration. All programs are led by an expert environmental educator and take place in the Arboretum’s interactive children’s classroom as well as outside along the  trails, creeks, pond, gardens and woodlands.

Party themes include:
– Outdoor Adventure: Children embark on a short hike along the Arboretum’s trails as we learn how to build survival shelters and navigate with a compass. Party favors include a compass and bandanna for each child.
– Bug Hunt: Participants get up close and personal with our collection of live invertebrates in theclassroom, then head out to discover the amazing insects that call our pond, fields and woodlands home. Party favors include a magnifying lense and bug box for each child.
– Wildlife of the Woods: Junior wildlife biologists will be thrilled by hands-on reptile and amphibian demonstrations, a wildlife match-up game, and a guided wildlife walk. Party favors include a pair of binoculars and magnifying lense for each child.
– Custom parties are also available, just let us know what your child would love to explore!

Parties are available on Saturdays at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. One adult for every 10 children are requiredto attend the guided program. Families may arrive 30 minutes prior to the party to decorate tables, chairs and the chalkboard (for the ecological reasons, no balloons allowed). A maximum of 24 participating children and 15 adults may attend. Party favors are available at an additional cost of $2.50 per child. Parties must be booked three weeks prior to the celebration. Parking fees are waived for participants.
For information, visit www.ncarboretum.org/education/youth-programs/eco-adventure-birthdays or contact Jonathan Marchal, Youth Education Coordinator, at [email protected] or 828.665.2492, ext. 228.

Play in the Mini Golf Tournament, Register by April 4

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The 6th Annual Different Strokes Miniature Golf Tournament is on Saturday, April 9. The Tournament will be held at Tropical Gardens Mini Golf located at 956 Patton Avenue and is open to teams consisting of one adult and one child.

The Tournament is from 1 – 3 p.m. Trophies will be awarded to the 3 top scoring teams.

The cost is $15 per team and includes 36 holes of golf. Children ages 5 to 15 are eligible to be partnered with an adult to compete for some splendid trophies. Teams can register from March 1 – April 4 and the Tournament is limited to the first 12 teams to register.

For more information or to register, call Jay Nelson of Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Services at 250-4269 or email him at [email protected]

Registration Opens for the Asheville Art Museum’s Summer Art Camp 2011

Monday, March 21st, 2011
ASHEVILLE, NC – The registration for its Summer Art Camp 2011 has begun.
The Asheville Art Museum offers its popular Summer Art Camp to rising K through 12the grade students. Students may sign up for morning, afternoon or all-day sessions. Each class visits the Museum’s galleries to inspire creativity and learn about art and technique.Students experiment and create original art over the course of a week. Classes are held in the bright and spacious studio of the Museum’s WNC Art Resource Center that overlooks Pack Square in downtown Asheville — it’s the coolest place to come to camp! All-day students will have a supervised lunch break. Weekly sessions begin the week of June 13th and run through the week of August 1st.
 
 The range of weekly sessions includes such classes as drawing, painting, printmaking, cartooning and sculpture. Each week presents age-specific fun and creative activities. All levels are welcome and there is something for everyone, so join the fun!
 
 Camp costs:
 
5-day sessions:Morning (9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) or Afternoon (1:30 – 5 p.m.) 

Members: $85
Non-Members: $95
All-Day (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Members: $150
Non-Members: $170
Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration includes admission to the Museum and all materials necessary for each class. Registration begins March 1, 2011. For more information, please contact Sharon McRorie at [email protected] or call 253-3227, ext. 122.

Read Aloud to Children – Spread the Joy!

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Do you love to read? Do you like children? The Preschool Outreach Project (POP) is looking for volunteers.

POP is an outreach service of Buncombe County Public Libraries, a program designed to bring the joy and excitement of books to children in child care centers. The children we work with are often unable to attend story time programs in their local libraries, so we bring the very best the library has to offer straight to them. Our volunteers offer stories, songs, puppets and smiles to our youngest book lovers, children ages 2-5.

No formal experience is needed, just a strong commitment to both children and reading. Most volunteers spend a

Youth Baseball and Softball Signup Dates Now Posted

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Spring is just around the corner. Area Youth Baseball/Softball Leagues will be holding signups beginning in February.

Buncombe County
Youth League Sport Date Time Location Cost
Erwin Baseball &
Softball
2/5
2/12
2/19
2/26
10am – 2pm VFW on Leicester Hwy. $60 per child
Hominy Valley
828-665-1053
Baseball &
Softball
2/2
2/19
11am – 4pm Enka High School 1 Child=$75
2 Children = $140
3 or more = $175
North Buncombe
828-779-0355
Baseball &
Softball
1/29
2/5
2/12
2/19
12pm – 2pm North Buncombe Park Fieldhouse $80 per child
Owen/Swannanoa
828-686-0493
Baseball &
Softball
2/5 9am – 1pm Burger King in Swannanoa $45 per child

For additional information on youth sports in buncombe county call buncombe county parks, greenways & recreation services 828-250-4260 email: [email protected].

City of Asheville
Youth League Sport Date Time Location Cost
East Asheville
Leah Trexler
828-273-3799
Baseball &
Softball
2/12
2/19
11am – 2pm East Asheville Community Ctr.
906 Tunnel Rd.
$65 Asheville City Resident
$70 Non-City Resident
West Asheville Little League
Will Wolfe
828-702-7417
Baseball &
Softball
3/4
3/5

3/5
3/23

6pm – 8pm

10pm – 2pm

West Asheville Community Ctr.
970 Haywood Rd.
$65 Asheville City Resident
South Asheville
Little League
Bill Flood
828-777-2191
Baseball &
Softball
2/5
2/12
2/19
2/26
10pm – 2pm Oakley Community Ctr.
749 Fairview Rd.
$65 Asheville City Resident
South Buncombe Recreation
Steve Wiggins
828-691-0902
Baseball &
Softball
2/12
2/19
9am – 1pm Valley Springs Middle School Cafeteria
224 Long Shoals Rd.
$65 Asheville City Resident
$70 Non-City Resident
North Asheville Little League
Marc Lifchez
828-258-0607
Baseball &
Softball
2/19
2/26
9am – 2pm N. Asheville Community Ctr.
37 Larchmont Dr
$55 Asheville City Resident
$60 Non-City Resident

For additional information on youth sports and athletics in the City of Asheville contact Kim Turner at 828-232-4526 or email: [email protected].

The ‘Great Pumpkin Patch Express’ Returns to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Book Your Ticket to Ride The Great Pumpkin Patch Express PEANUTS. The Great Pumpkin Patch Express returns to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for 2010. As the leaves are turning in October and pumpkins are ready to be carved, Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy return to the GSMR Pumpkin Patch October 2, 2010.

Guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch. Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. Activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include: campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment. And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes! There will be plenty of PEANUTS™ merchandise at the Smoky Mountain Trains gift shop! Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home.

Dates & Times:
October 8, 15, 22, & 29 departs Fridays at 3:00pm
October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, & 30 departs Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30pm & 3:00pm

Crown Class Seating – Each ticket holder will recieve their own GSMR souvenir tumber with unlimited fountain soda refills and each child will select their own pumpkin from the Great Pumpkin Patch to take home. Adults $65, Children ages 2-12 $37. Children under 2 $9 (no tumbler).

Coach Class Seating – Each child will select their own pumpkin from the Great Pumpkin Patch to take home. Adults $53, Children ages 2-12 $31. Children under 2 ride complimentary.
For tickets, more information and directions contact the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad at (800) 872-4681

Fall Kids’ Fishing Tournament to be Held Sept. 25

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The semi-annual Kid’s Fishing Tournament at Lake Julian Park is on Saturday, September 25. The Tournament is open to all children ages 15 and under. The tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end promptly at 11:30 a.m. Preregister for the Tournament (preferred) or children can register the day of the Tournament starting at 8 a.m. at Lake Julian Park. The cost for the Tournament is $5 per child. No fishing license is required for children under 16 years of age.

Children will be grouped into one of five age categories and prizes will be awarded in each of these categories. Prizes will be given for the biggest fish, the smallest fish and the most fish caught. In addition, all competitors in every age group will have an opportunity to show off their casting skill. Casting poles and targets are provided by Lake Julian Park and children can demonstrate their ability anytime during the Tournament. There are prizes for the winners of the casting competition, too!

This is a Catch and Release event. Lake Julian Park will supply a bucket for each competitor’s catch. After the fish has been weighed and measured, it will be released back into the lake. Participants bring their own pole and bait. Any type of pole and bait is permitted. Fishing is allowed anyplace inside the Lake Julian Park boundaries. No boat fishing is allowed. All children must be accompanied by at least one adult.

For information about this event, call David Blynt at (828) 684-0376 or email him at [email protected].

Fishing Tournament Rules:

  • Fishing begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. and ends just as promptly at 11:30 a.m.
  • No fish will be weighed or measured after 11:30 a.m.
  • Bring your own pole and bait.
  • Fish only from the shore. No boat fishing allowed.
  • This is a Catch and Release event. All fish must be returned to Lake Julian.

To register fill out the registration form attached below. Please register only one child per registration form.