Activities, Accessories Help Nature Center Animals

The WNC Nature Center has a lot going on this month, starting with a volunteer work day on Wednesday, Sept. 22, to help plant a new bamboo garden for the center’s hungry red pandas.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Nature Center is located at 75 Gashes Creek Road.

For information, email

If you’re looking for an option to the standard blue surgical face mask, the Nature Center has you covered with its homage to some of the center’s favorite residents. The creative face coverings let you show off your wild side with snouts and whiskers that feature a double-layer of cotton/polyester, adjustable ear loops and a nose bridge. The masks come in adult and children sizes and range in price from $10.95 to$14.95.

The masks are available for pre-order now at

Appreciation Day at the Farmers Market

If you’re a healthcare worker, the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) would like to say thank you for all your hard work during these recent stressful times.

Stop by the ASAP booth at the A-B Tech Farmers Market, 340 Victoria Road, on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon, to receive a reusable ASAP tote bag filled with handouts and swag, including $10 in tokens to spend at the farmers market and a free car pass for ASAP’s Farm Tour (which takes place Sept. 18-19 and is a $35 value).

Physicians and other healthcare practitioners are invited to visit ASAP’s Farm Fresh for Health booth to learn about ASAP’s healthy eating local food initiatives, including double SNAP at farmers markets and the Farm Fresh Produce Prescription Program, where physicians can prescribe a farmers market visit to their patients where the patients receive free tokens for food.

Apply Now for Healthcare Scholarship

Mission Health is accepting applications for the Kesha Young Health Careers Scholarship, with the aim of making college more affordable for minority high school seniors and college students from Western North Carolina pursuing careers in healthcare.

Scholarship amounts range from $1,500 to $2,500 for the 2021-22 school year. Application forms may be found at

The scholarship is named in honor of Kesha Young, a 22-year-old, bi-racial woman who was born with mental and physical disabilities and underwent multiple surgeries at Mission Hospital.

The completed application, along with supporting materials, must be received by 5 p.m., Sept. 13 for consideration. Winners will be notified in October.

Deadline Approaches for Equine Fundraiser; volunteers needed

The Biltmore Fall Endurance Ride to Benefit Hope for Horses gets underway Sept. 24-25. The race will be held at Biltmore Estate and launch from the Equestrian Center.

Deadline to register for the race is Sept. 17. The entry form and fee structure can be found at Note that a copy of a negative Coggins test current to Sept. 26 for each horse must be submitted with the application.

Five different races are scheduled for the two-day event, ranging from 25- and 30-mile limited-distance races to 50- and 75-mile endurance runs. Approximately 150 equestrians are expected to participate.

Individuals interested in volunteering can review the material at

Those with prior experience as a vet scribe, course spotter or timer assistant can reach out directly to Jennifer Troeger, volunteer coordinator, at

Caregivers Focus of Upcoming HEAL Conference

The Carolina Resource Center for Eating Disorders (CRC for ED) offers caregivers of all kinds the opportunity to rejuvenate and reconnect during its annual Healthy Eating and Living (HEAL) Conference on Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Lake Eden Events in Black Mountain.

“CRC for ED has had a significant increase in calls to our helpline, clinicians and treatment centers are on extensive waitlists, and people are joining our virtual support group from all over the country,” said Simone Seitz, executive director of CRC for ED.

For the past 14 years, CRC for ED has hosted its annual HEAL symposium, inviting professionals, clinicians and the public to learn and share about disordered eating and eating disorder treatment. “Historically, the event offers workshops, continuing education and networking opportunities for providers as well as resources for those seeking services,” added Seitz.

This year, CRC for ED will offer a more nurturing alternative for caregivers, adding dynamic presenters and care-for-the provider sessions like Mindfulness as Self- Healing Tool and Resourcing the Provider.

Registration is $125 for the general community; $75 for members

of CRC for ED’s Professional Member Network.

For more information or to register, visit

Fall Athletic Programs Organizing Now

Youth Basketball

For youth in grades K through 8 and divisions by age group. Registration starts Sept. 27; practices begin Nov. 29; games start Jan. 8. All teams will be created by a blind draw and each team will have one practice and one game per week. Cost, $10.

Youth Basketball Training

This free program will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. through Sept. 30. Registration is required; spots are limited.

Girls Volleyball

Registration is open. The free program serves girls ages 11 and up. Games run Oct. 12 to Nov. 23 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 pm. All equipment is provided.

Adult Flag Football

A dual-gendered league with divisions for all skill levels. Registration opens Sept. 24 and games will be played Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, October through February. Cost, $600 per team, plus $25 for each non-City of Asheville resident.

Adult Basketball

A dual-gendered league for all skill levels. Registration opens Nov. 1 and games will be played Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, November to March. Cost, $600 per team, plus $25 for each non-City of Asheville resident.

Register online for all fall athletic programs at

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