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It’s time for summer parties in the park, fireflies, popsicles, and races through the sprinkler. And please don’t forget the joy of discovery found in summer reading. There’s plenty to do this month and we’ve got more events, plus summer travel tips, online. Get updates and more at wncparent.com. Stay in touch on social media @wncparent and put your organization’s family events on our calendar by emailing [email protected]

The cinema in the plaza of Grovemont Park is at 8:30 p.m. on June 3. Join in for an evening of dancing, mischief, and the 2022 Oscar-winning animated film “Encanto.” Refreshments will be available for purchase. Bring a picnic blanket or camping chair. For more details, visit https://www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/library/branch-locations/swannanoa.aspx?trumbembed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D159730440

A free summer reading kick-off party will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on June 4 at the East Asheville Library. Dive into Oceans of Possibilities at the library this summer. Start with a performance by local kids’ favorite, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo. The event includes beach party games, mermaid encounter, mini golf and more. Visit buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/library/branch-locations/east-asheville.aspx.

Reptile and Amphibian Encounters are held June 7 from 4-5 p.m. at the West Asheville Library. Join this educational program in partnership with the North Carolina Arboretum to learn more about the reptiles and amphibians around us. Call 828-250-4750 or email [email protected]

Rock Stars is at 10:30 a.m. on June 8 at the Enka-Candler Library. Vulcan Industries has partnered with AMOS Science Museum to offer an interactive geology program. Immerse yourself in the world of geology by interacting with rocks and minerals like a geologist and discovering the details of their properties. Identify rocks and their place in the rock cycle based on their characteristics. Imitate the rock cycle using crayons. For details, visit buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/library or contact 828-250-4758 or [email protected]

Chautauqua History Comes Alive 2022 will take place June 9-19 in Asheville and Brevard, Greenville and Spartanburg (South Carolina) and Athens (Georgia). See historical artists bring characters to life, including Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Houdini, Robert Kennedy, Georgia O’Keeffe and Pauli Murray. Almost all performances are free. For a full schedule, visit historycomesalive.org.

Look forward:

See B-Rad the Magical Buccaneer on June 10 at 11 a.m. at the Fletcher Library and 2 p.m. at the Henderson County Main Library. Visit hendersoncountync.gov/library or call 828-697-4725.

Intro to Rhythm and Drumming with TRAP of Asheville takes place June 10 at 4 p.m. at the Pack Memorial Library. The event is aimed at families and adults. No drum experience necessary. Registration is compulsory and limited to 15 people. Feel free to bring your own drums or percussion instrument. Contact 828-250-4700 or [email protected]

Family Friday – Join the Buncombe Partnership for Children at Asheville Parks and Recreation’s Free Outdoor Movie Night on June 10 at Pack Square Park. The fun starts at 7 p.m. with Rec n Roll games, giveaways and activities for kids and teens. At dusk, watch “Space Jam: A New Legacy.” Visit buncombepfc.org.

The celebration of the 50th anniversary of the NOC Jubilee will take place on 11 and 12 June at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. The event includes vendor booths, live music, giveaways and more. Kids Fun Pass $20 – Kids can play in unlimited tree nets and on the rock climbing wall, face painting, bubble party, kids boat demo, t-shirt coloring, and more Again. For more details, visit noc.com/events/50th-years-of-adventure-celebration.

A perk for Luna Sea Sanctuary is 1-3 p.m. June 11 at ArtPlay. Folk Art for the Farm will be offering a project to benefit Woodfin’s Luna Sea Sanctuary, a farm animal rescue organization. Create 3-DFolk artwork using recyclable materials provided by the gallery to raise awareness and funds for Luna Sea Sanctuary. Take your creations home or leave them to be sold and the proceeds will go to Luna Sea. For more details, visit artplay-studio.com.

“Zipping for Autism,” a family fundraiser to benefit Camp Lakey Gap Autism Services, will take place June 12 at the Adventure Center in Asheville. All donations and funds raised by participants help individuals with autism in western North Carolina attend summer camp or receive support services. Both individuals and teams can participate. For more details and to register, visit zippingforautisme.com.

Plan now:

Summer registration is June 20-30 – Kaleidoscope Play and Learn is offered this summer in-person for 5-year-olds and their parents/guardians in Buncombe County. KPL is a once-a-week 90-minute adult-child group that offers a mix of free play, outdoor play and group activities/circle time. It is free and open to people ages 0-5 who reside in Buncombe County and are not enrolled in a licensed child care center. Groups for 3-5 year olds and their parents/guardians are 9-10:30 a.m. Monday-Thursday at Asheville Elementary School in West Asheville. Classes start the week of July 11-14 and end August 15-18. Registration is mandatory. To register, contact Marna Holland by email ([email protected]) or by phone (828-350-2904). Toddler groups are offered at Asheville Primary on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Infant group is from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Trinity Episcopal in downtown Asheville. Classes start the week of July 11-14 and end August 15-18. Registration is mandatory. To register, contact Grace Ragaller by email ([email protected]) or by phone (828-350-2932).

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