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The first day of Fall is Saturday, Sept. 22, and it's the perfect excuse to get outdoors and explore the beautiful mountain trails that are only a hop, skip and a jump away. 

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One of the largest sporting events in the world of equestrian sports is currently in North Carolina - in the nearby community of Tryon, just 45 minutes southeast of Asheville - bringing with it an economic boom that is sure to be unmatched.

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It’s the spookiest time of the year again at Tweetsie Railroad. The Ghost Train will return on Friday and Saturday nights from Sept. 21 to Oct. 27, transforming North Carolina’s first theme park into a delightfully frightful destination.

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The state of the city and the county was the theme in the opening session of Leadership Asheville Forums 2018/2019 critical issues luncheons. Invited to speak were Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer and chair of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, Brownie Newman. 

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Trained high school and college students serve as peer instructors at Zaniac, an academic enrichment program that focuses on science, technology, engineering, design arts and math for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade youngsters.

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School is not always easy, and some students struggle as they transition from grade to grade. As students get older, some who may have experienced smooth sailing as youngsters may find they need some extra help grasping the material as coursework becomes more complicated.

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This fall season the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of North Carolina Asheville is offering senior adults a wealth of programs and events in addition to its popular College for Seniors, which is getting under way next week.

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For those who resolve to garden organically in 2018, Brandon Greenstein with Organic Growers School offers sustainability consultations designed for everywhere from homes to farms. Chris Charnitski recently won a free home consultation from the school’s Get Growing survey drawing.  

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If you’re wondering what to do with company — or want to explore amazing experiences in Asheville and the surrounding mountains — check out what’s new at Leap Frog Tours. The transportation company is expanding (literally) by leaps and bounds, with interesting and unusual experiential outings. 

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By 2020 there will be 1.4 million jobs available in computer science, but U.S. universities are only on track to produce qualified graduates to fill less than a third of those jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Looking for an outdoor family getaway but pressed for time? School may have started, but summer isn’t over yet. Join Buncombe County Recreation Services for a quick nature escape and celebrate the Great American Campout, end of summer edition.

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Flame azaleas growing wild on mountain hillsides along with other native plants that make Western North Carolina incredibly beautiful are also hardy, environmentally-friendly choices for gardeners, says Bill Jones of Carolina Native Nursery. 

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Seeds and Sprouts Kids will be hosting its bi-annual kid's consignment sale, providing quality, low-cost items to families, support for Western North Carolina’s growing foster care needs, and Abba’s House from Oct. 6-7.

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Mornings can test the patience and stamina of busy families as adults and children hurry to get out the door on time. Starting off the morning already stressed can lead to feeling tense throughout the rest of the day. There is no magic formula to make mornings less hectic, but the following …