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Let’s encourage our kids to explore the world beyond screens. Limit phone and tablet time, and instead, plan outdoor adventures. Take them on nature walks, picnics in the park, or stargazing at night. Visit local museums, farmers markets, or zoos for educational fun. Engage in arts and crafts projects, board games, or sports together. By reducing screen time and embracing real-world experiences, we can create lasting memories and foster creativity in our children.

❤️ Katrina Morgan, Editor

In This Issue

The “People of Action”(L-R) Chief Michael Lamb, Asheville Police Department, Dr. Joel Callahan, UNC Health Pardee Hospital, Victoria Roberts, Read to Succeed, Trish Hickling Beckman, Asheville Women’s Wellness and Education Center, Ken Brame, Sierra Club, Renee Fortner, RiverLink, Matthew Bacoate, Jr., and Pat Snyder, Rotary Club of Asheville President. Not pictured: Judy Mattox, Sierra Club. Photo submitted.

  • Lady Bearcats, ‘Foo Fighters’ Go Furthest in Soccer Playoffs

    It was a rainy Waterloo-like exit for local girls soccer teams in round four on Thursday, May 23, as the last two teams playing concluded their playoff runs on slick wet fields.

  • Schools Still Busting the Budget in Buncombe

    Buffy Fowler of Francine Delany asked the county commissioners not to defund nurses in charter schools. Without restoring the positions, the county is still looking at a 2.55-cent property tax increase after drawing down $11.8 million from fund balance.

  • Hazards of EMF: Solutions for Safer Technology

    A panel of experts, including world renowned scientist and activist Devra Davis, Ph.D, MPH, gathered at A.B. Tech to participate in The Hazards of EMF & What You Can Do About It. Discover Solutions for Safer Technology. Is it time to unplug?

Upcoming Events

Murphy Oakley Park. Photo submitted.

 Black Mountain:
  • Visit the Old Depot Gallery located at 207 Sutton Avenue in Black Mountain, NC. Housed in the original train depot and operated by volunteers of the Old Depot Association, this gallery showcases artwork and master crafts from over 125 local and regional artisans. The gallery hosts two juried art shows annually: Art By The Tracks on the first Saturday in June and the fourth Saturday in October. Explore the diverse and talented offerings at this unique gallery in Black Mountain. For more information, visit their website at or call 828-669-6583.
  • Celebrate National Trails Day at Chimney Rock on June 1 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Included with park admission, this event offers guided hikes along Chimney Rock’s six unique trails. Learn about the park’s history, flora, and fauna from naturalists. Additionally, Waypoint Adventures will lead excursions for disabled hikers, making the event inclusive for all. Visit for more details and to plan your day of outdoor exploration. For inquiries, contact Chimney Rock Management at 828-625-9611 or email Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with nature and enjoy the beauty of Chimney Rock Park on National Trails Day.

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