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Sunday, October 17, 2021
Buncombe County Comprehensive Plan: Library Craft Kits for Kids
Oct 17 all-day
Buncombe County Libraries

Buncombe County is beginning a comprehensive planning process and would like to hear from residents of all ages. The comprehensive plan is used by local governments as a broad, long-range planning tool for the community. Our plan will focus on the next 20-year period and will look at the relationships between land uses, infrastructure, and key community needs. Information regarding the comprehensive planning process will be available online and in all 12 Buncombe County Libraries starting in October.

Also during October, the libraries will provide an opportunity for children in Buncombe County to participate in the Comprehensive Plan Post Card Project.  Come to the library and pick up your craft kits (while supplies last) that include a postcard where kids can draw what they want their neighborhood to look like. This is a chance for young people to vote for their future and say what they want County government to address in the next 20 years. These postcards will give the County valuable input and may be featured in the final comprehensive plan!  If you have any questions, contact your neighborhood librarian or visit the Comprehensive Plan online.

Continuum Art Market
Oct 17 2021 – Jan 7 2023 all-day
Continuum Art Gallery

[HENDERSONVILLE, NC, Saturday, September 4th, 2021]
On the first Saturday of each month, Continuum Art hosts an art market to showcase local artists and makers. Ranging in mediums from paintings, to textiles, to jewelry, you’re guaranteed to find something you love! Each market also hosts live music and local caterers. A free, family-friendly event and a great way to check out our space and upcoming events. Visit us from 12-5pm on September 4th!
If you’re interested in vending at one of our art markets, email [email protected] or DM on Instagram @continuumgallerync

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Oct 17 all-day
online

Fall LEAF Festival
Oct 17 all-day
LEAF

Fall LEAF Festival Tickets are NOW OPEN!

 

Ethno is one of the most amazing music programs on the planet and in 30 Countries. The 1st Ethno USA is happening in conjunction with Fall LEAF October 14-17, 2021.

Are you a young Musician 18-30 years old? Apply to participate in Ethno USA 2021 and you will also be a musician at fall LEAF! If you need Financial Assistance check this link. Experience Ethno where Kinobe of Uganda got his roots in building his worldwide network– stay curious and explore!

Fall Photo Contest – “Contrasting Colors”
Oct 17 – Nov 15 all-day
Chimney Rock State Park

It’s during this time of year that the mountains explode with autumn color. Capture photos of the fall season and enter them into our “Contrasting Colors” Photo Contest. We’ll use the winning entries on our website and Facebook album, and you’ll win some fun prizes. Photos must be taken within the Chimney Rock section of the Park.

GREAT PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO 3 WINNING ENTRIES

CONTEST RULES:

  1. There is no fee to enter the contest. All photographs must be taken inside Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park only in areas accessible to guests between October 15, 2021 – November 15, 2021.
    The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers.
  2. Up to three photos per person can be submitted via any of the following ways to be eligible to win:
    1. Facebook: First, like the Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park page and share our photo contest post on your wall. Then post your photo to our wall with the photographer’s name and a brief caption (25-75 words) through your personal Facebook account. Next, send us a private message including your contact information specified in rule #3.
    2. Pinterest: First, re-pin our photo contest pin to one of your boards and follow our 2017 The Different Seasons of Chimney Rock Spring Photo Contest Board so we can easily contact you. Then pin your photo with the hashtags #chimneyrock AND #photocontest with your personal account, and include the photographer’s name and a brief caption (25-75 words).
    3. Twitter: First, follow Chimney Rock Park and retweet our tweet about the photo contest. Then tweet your photo to @ChimneyRockPark with the photographer’s name and the hashtag #photocontest. Next, send us private messages with your brief photo caption.
    4. E-mail: If you don’t have access to any social media sites listed above, you may email your digital photo with your contact information specified in rule #3 to [email protected].
    5. Snail Mail: Send your print photo with the clearly marked photographer’s name, city & state, a brief typed photo caption and a phone number to: Photo Contest, Chimney Rock Management LLC, PO Box 39, Chimney Rock, NC 28720.
  3. Every entry should be clearly labeled with the photographer’s name, city & state, a brief photo caption your photo of the Seasons of Chimney Rock, an email address and the best phone number to reach you.
  4. Photos should be available at a minimum resolution of 1200 x 1600 pixels (1 MB minimum) to be eligible to win. Photos taken via smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices are welcome if they meet minimum requirements.
  5. For entries showing human faces, you must list their name(s) and have written permission from any photographed person(s) to use their image.
  6. Entries should reflect the photographer’s interpretation of love at Chimney Rock. Emphasis will be placed on quality, composition and creativity. All entries may be used in promotions of Chimney Rock and park-related activities.
  7. Digital images can be optimized but not dramatically altered with photo editing software. Black and white photographs are welcome.
  8. Decisions of the judges are final.

Winners will be notified and announced on Chimney Rock’s social media channels. For more information, call 1-828-625-9611 or email us at [email protected].

Nantahala River Rafting Fully Guided
Oct 17 all-day
Nantahala Outdoor Center

guests rafting on the Nantahala River Raft & Duck Rentals in North Carolina trip

A guided whitewater rafting trip is one of the best ways to experience the Nantahala Gorge. The crystal-clear Nantahala River is the perfect family-friendly river where experienced river guides will help you navigate through splashy Class II-III rapids and bouncy waves, with occasional calmer waters where you can enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery. The fully guided rafting trip the most popular adventure at NOC, with thousands of families returning year after year.

Private Caboose Party
Oct 17 all-day
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Ride in style on the historic Great Smoky Mountains Railroad aboard your very own restored Caboose. These are great for family reunions, birthday parties, private meetings, corporate field trips or just any time!

Our cabooses accommodate up to 15 people with seating on the main level and in the cupola. (And, remember, babies are people, too!) The cabooses feature heat, private bathrooms, windows that can be opened, and open air vestibules at each end for unobstructed views. Advanced reservations are required and availability of caboose rentals are limited.

A platter of cheese and crackers, and an assortment of 15 bottled Coca-Cola products are included. Plus, the caboose is the only place where you can bring your own food and drink (please, no alcohol) in picnic baskets or coolers.

You can charter the caboose on:

Best value for small groups and private parties up to 15 passengers. Available by phone only. Book now by calling 800-872-4681.

The wild ones need your help this fall!
Oct 17 all-day
online

Help save the wild ones this fall

The beautiful display of autumn color has begun to patchwork the mountains around us. As the leaves fall, the danger for wildlife is on the rise. Our native wildlife is out and about foraging for food to prepare for the coming winter, increasing their risk for injury.
Appalachian Wildlife Refuge needs your support to keep our doors open to orphaned and injured wildlife during this critical time!
Your financial gift will provide a much-needed resource to our community, fund life-saving medical care, and give orphaned and injured animals a second chance at life back out in the wild!
The 1st Ethno USA Camp is happening at October LEAF Festival
Oct 17 @ 12:00 am – Oct 20 @ 11:00 am
LEAF
The 1st Ethno USA Camp is happening at October LEAF Festival. Ehtno applications are open for musicians ages 18-30!

Experience this amazing program where Kinobe got his roots in building his worldwide network– stay curious and explore!

Grab Brunch at River’s End
Oct 17 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
River’s End Restaurant

River's End Restaurant exterior

River’s End Restaurant is an iconic spot for locals and visitors to Bryson City. Enjoy spectacular views of the gorge, with paddlers passing through as they complete their Nantahala River Rafting trip. Stop in for year-round lunch and dinner, with weekend brunch during the summer season, and choose from a wide range of appetizing entrees, burgers, salads, pizza, and sandwiches. Hang out for a while and enjoy a large selection of signature cocktails, wine, and beer, including local favorites.

In River’s End Restaurant, every seat has a view of the river! Enjoy music by the river and views of paddlers passing through as they complete their Nantahala River Rafting trip. Join our waitlist online to reserve a table or order online and grab your meal to go, for a sunny lunch right by the river!

Annual Eliada Corn Maze
Oct 17 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Elida Homes

 

Welcome to the 2021 Annual Corn Maze!

Join us for aMAZEing fun!

We are WNC’s ONLY non-profit Corn Maze with 100% of proceeds benefiting the children at Eliada!  Not only does your ticket purchase come with access to family-friendly fun, but it directly aids in the growth and success of Eliada’s kids!

Service Pets Only!


Dates and Times

Eliada’s 2021 Annual Corn Maze will be open from Friday, October 1st through Sunday, October 31st on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Fridays:

  • 3 pm – 7 pm

Saturdays:

  • 9 am – 7 pm

Sundays:

  • 10 am – 6 pm

You can purchase tickets, schedule birthday parties and corporate event nights. Tickets are $10 for adults and children 4 and up. Children 3 and under are FREE.

Aston Park Tennis Center
Oct 17 @ 10:00 am – 7:30 pm
Aston Park Tennis Center
people playing on the courts at aston park tennis center

 

Asheville Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce the opening of Aston Park Tennis Center on April 1 for the 2021 season.  The tennis facility will be open seven days a week with two sessions of court availability — a morning session from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and an afternoon session from 3 to 7:30 p.m. with a one-hour break for midday cleaning.

Visitors can expect some changes to typical operations to meet current state and local health guidelines including enhanced cleaning, social distancing and mandatory mask wearing except while actively engaged in tennis activity on the court.  The Pro Shop will remain closed to foot traffic, however basic tennis supplies, drinks, and racquet drop-off for restringing will be available at the window.  Court fees will also be accepted at the window by credit card only and water fountains and showers will not be available.

 

Tennis Center prices are the same as they were in 2019, with hourly rates beginning at $6 and $7 and season passes starting at $299 and $399 for City of Asheville residents.  For more information and to purchase a season pass, visit the City’s Parks & Recreation website at www.ashevillenc.gov/parks.

 

The Aston Park Tennis Center, 336 Hilliard Ave.,  is one of the finest public clay tennis court facilities in the US.  The complex is open from April through November and offers 12 lighted courts for play.

 

The City of Asheville Parks & Recreation Department is committed to providing quality facilities and programs in a safe environment for everyone in our community.  For more information about everything Asheville Parks & Recreation offers, visit the website at www.ashevillenc.gov/parks,  Facebook page at www.facebook.com/APRCA or call 828-259-5800.

Hayrides
Oct 17 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hickory Nut Gap Farm

May be an image of outdoors

We  have hayrides from 12-4 PM on the hour ($5/person, 10 people/ride) on the weekends, a corn maze, and food trucks most weekends in Sept. & Oct.
Come on out and enjoy this glorious weather, drink some local fresh-pressed cider, see the animals, and get in the fall spirit!
See y’all here! 🍂
Rocky Cove Railroad Exhibit Cancelled until further notice
Oct 17 @ 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.

PEANUTS™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express
Oct 17 @ 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Returning 2021 – 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. During your 1 hour and 30 minute layover, your activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include:

  • campfire marshmallows
  • coloring station
  • temporary tattoos
  • trick or treating
  • bouncy house (weather permitting)
  • wagon rides

And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes! There will be plenty of PEANUTS™ merchandise at the GSMR Gift Store and Train Museum! Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home.

Knit-n-Give
Oct 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Mission Rathbun House

Are you looking for an excuse to knit or crochet for a good cause? Help make baby hats and blankets and adult hats, scarves, and slippers to support at-risk newborns and homeless adults.  Your handmade knitwear will keep our neighbors warm.  Volunteers with basic skills in knitting or crocheting are welcome. Please bring your own needles or crochet hooks and a pattern.

Check out Knit-n-Give on WLOS: http://wlos.com/news/only-on-wloscom/close-knit-group-of-women-use-their-talents-to-help-asheville-charities

 

 

Coed/Hospitality Softball League
Oct 17 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Asheville Parks

Coed/Hospitality Softball League –

Fall ’21 Coed (Hospitality Rules) Softball League Individual Player Registration – Find your team and sign up with them prior to the start of your season!

Non-resident of Asheville fee and free agent (looking for a team) – $25
Game Day Information – Sundays, starting at 2:00pm, regular season & postseason tournament
3 Divisions; Upper, Middle, and Lower (divisions could be combined based on team registrations)

AA21030202-01 Coed/Hospitality Softball – Upper 08/08/2021 –11/07/2021 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm Su Martin Luther King
AA21030202-02 Coed/Hospitality Softball – Middle 08/08/2021 –11/07/2021 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm Su Montford Complex
AA21030202-03 Coed/Hospitality Softball – Lower 08/08/2021 –11/07/2021 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm Su Shiloh Ballfields
PEANUTS™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express
Oct 17 @ 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Bryson City Depot in Bryson City, NC.

Returning 2021 – 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. During your 1 hour and 30 minute layover, your activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include:

  • campfire marshmallows
  • coloring station
  • temporary tattoos
  • trick or treating
  • bouncy house (weather permitting)
  • wagon rides

And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes! There will be plenty of PEANUTS™ merchandise at the GSMR Gift Store and Train Museum! Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home.

Youth Production Class for High Schoolers
Oct 17 @ 4:30 pm – Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm
Asheville Community Theatre

Our first Youth Production Class is right around the corner! We will be offering TWO sessions of Clue (High School Edition) – 1 session for middle school students, and one session for high school students. Classes will meet afterschool, and each session will end with two performances on the Mainstage! Registration for both sessions will begin on Wednesday, July 14. Tuition will be $350.00 – payment plans and scholarships will both be available.

High School Cast:
Classes/rehearsals: Meet Monday and Wednesday afternoons August 30 – October 27, 2021 from 4:30-6:00 pm
Tech Week: Monday, November 1 – Thursday, November 4, 2021; 4:30-6:30 pm each night
Performances: Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 2:30 pm and Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Youth Production Class for Middle Schoolers
Oct 17 @ 4:30 pm – Nov 3 @ 6:00 pm
Asheville Community Theatre

Our first Youth Production Class is right around the corner! We will be offering TWO sessions of Clue (High School Edition) – 1 session for middle school students, and one session for high school students. Classes will meet afterschool, and each session will end with two performances on the Mainstage! Registration for both sessions will begin on Wednesday, July 14. Tuition will be $350.00 – payment plans and scholarships will both be available.

Middle School Cast:
Classes/rehearsals: Meet Monday and Wednesday afternoons September 6 – November 3, 2021 from 4:30-6:00 pm
Tech Week: Monday, November 8 – Thursday, November 11, 2021; 4:30-6:30 pm each night
Performances: Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 2:30 pm and Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 6:30 pm