As both a father and a grandfather, I know that involving children in activities that promote their mind and their body’s health is a wonderful step in creating a thriving member of the community.  One great event that the Asheville City Market is hosting throughout the summer is the Kids Corner Market.  Hosted by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP), the Kids Corner Market is a series of free activities to promote local farmers as well as a healthy, well-balanced diet and fun exercises for kids to enjoy.  It’s also a great way to connect with other members of the Asheville community.  The Kids Corner Market will be held every Saturday from 10am-12:30pm at the Asheville City Market (161 S Charlotte St) until August 29th and is absolutely FREE to the public.

The schedule of activities for the rest of the summer for the FREE Kids Corner Market is:

June 27: Cooking demo and food art
July 4: Transplant activity, Bountiful Cities Project
July 11: Flower press crafts and herbal tea tasting
July 18: Hands-on activity by a Parkway Ranger
July 25: No Market – Bele Chere
August 1: Obstacle Course
August 8: Healthy eating games
August 15: Scavenger Hunt
August 22: Cooking Demo
August 29: (Last Day of Market) Fun farm activities

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Donate blood and platelets for the American Red Cross in Hendersonville NC on June 25th.The Henderson County chapter of the American Red Cross is holding its annual blood drive at Grace Lutheran Church in Hendersonville on June 25th all day long (7am-6pm).  All donors will receive a free Operation Blood Drive T-shirt and will be eligible to win a cruise for two in a special drawing.  The summer is an especially hard time for blood banks because many people are out of town on vacation.  Donors become scarce.  To put the importance of this event in perspective, the American Red Cross needs to have 1600 people donate blood as well as platelets every weekday to supply hospitals in the Carolina region alone.  You can give blood every 56 days and platelets every two weeks as long as you are in good health, weigh 110 lbs or more and are at least 17 years old (16 with a parent’s permission).  To schedule your appointment to donate blood or platelets, please call 693-5605 or visit http://www.membersforlife.org/cbsr/ and use code #6304 when logging in.  While walk-ins are welcome, we encourage you to make an appointment for less waiting time.  Make sure to give life by giving blood on June 25th (or anytime) in Hendersonville.

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During the warm summer months, the Visitor’s Information Center in Hendersonville (201 S Main Street) will be hosting its “Music on Main Street” event every Friday evening from 7-9pm for free starting this Friday, June 5th, and continuing through August 28th.  All you need to do is bring the family, your dancing shoes and a chair to rest in between musical interludes.  No pets or alcohol are allowed.  Enjoy music of all kinds, including classic rock, oldies, big band, pop, beach music and even an Elvis tribute.  This year’s festivities will begin and close with the great Tuxedo Junction band, who will be performing hits from the 1940’s through the 1990’s.  The schedule for Hendersonville’s summer music series is:

June 5: Tuxedo Junction (music from the 1940’s-1990’s) and Classic Car Show
June 12: Tom Brown-One Man Band (oldies rock)
June 19: Night Crawlers (classic rock)
June 26: Sound Investment (oldies rock) and Classic Car Show
July 3: Special Edition (oldies rock)
July 10: Capital Sound-Army Band (patriotic, big band and pop), Classic Car Show
July 17: Caribbean Cowboys (beach music)
July 24: The Crew (Top 40) and Classic Car Show
July 31: Night Crawlers (classic rock)
August 7: Asheville’s Mix 96.5 House Band (dance)
August 14: Sound Investment (oldies rock)
August 21: Phil Urban & The TCB Band (Elvis tribute) and Classic Car Show
August 28: Tuxedo Junction (music from the 1940’s-1990’s)

So, put on your dancing shoes, kick up your heels and head on down to Hendersonville’s Visitors Center every Friday this summer to enjoy real music with real people.  I hope to see you there!

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