Grovewood Gallery Hosts 
Spring Awakening

On April 7 through 23, Grovewood Gallery in Asheville will host Spring Awakening, a pediatric patients’ exhibition to benefit Arts For Life, an Asheville-based nonprofit that provides pediatric patients and their families with arts education and engagement opportunities. An opening reception, sponsored by The Hop Ice Cream Café, will take place on Saturday, April 7 from 2-5pm and feature live music by the Haw Creek Sweet Hots, refreshments, and craft activities for kids. The exhibit will showcase spring-themed works of art created by pediatric patients in the Arts For Life educational art programs. All artwork will be available for sale, and 100% of proceeds will benefit Arts For Life. Grovewood Gallery will also donate 10% of all regular gallery sales from the exhibition’s opening day. Arts For Life’s  educational art programs decrease patient stress and anxiety, keep patients active and engaged, and help families cope with the realities of illness during the most difficult times of their lives. They turn hospital rooms into artist studios, where children can focus on building a mosaic tile, writing a poem, or crafting a song—not on the pricks, pokes, and treatments they’re about to receive. Since 2001, Arts For Life has delivered top-notch art, music, and creative writing lessons. Last year, their teaching team taught more than 22,000 lessons to over 6,900 patients, siblings, and family members! For more information on Arts For Life, or to make a donation, visit ArtsForLifeNC.org.

Night at the Museum

Need a date night without the children? Bring the kids to the Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS) for a night of science fun, courtesy of 828 Family Pizzeria! AMOS hosts Night at the Museum from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on the second Friday of every month with everyone’s favorite food–pizza, a movie, fun activities, and of course: the museum’s interactive exhibits for your 4-10 year old to have a blast! Parents can slip away for a couple, uninterrupted hours of romance while the little ones expand their minds. Kids and parents alike will have a night to remember! This month’s event takes place on Friday, April 13. Night at the Museum costs $12 for members of AMOS and $15 for non-members. Registration information can be found at AshevilleScience.org/Events. 

Inaugural Hi-Wire Brewing 
Company 8K

Fans of local brewery run clubs who are ready to take their jog up a notch can do so with the Inaugural Hi-Wire Brewing Company 8K. On April 14, runners will begin at the South Slope Hi-Wire location, threading their way through eight downhill kilometers of downtown streets to arrive at the Biltmore Village Big Top Brewery. There they’ll celebrate and cool down with pints of beer (and beer specials all afternoon), live music from 10 AM to 2 PM, an array of food trucks and lawn games. Every Hi-Wire 8K finisher earns a souvenir pilsner glass to commemorate their achievement. This glass is no boring pint glass: it features a thick base with flared sides that you’ll actually want to keep. For the event, Hi-Wire is partnering with the Blue Ridge Rollergirls, Asheville’s first all-female, flat track roller derby league. The league’s mission is to actively create, promote, and sustain an environment that fosters strength, courage, vitality, and the empowerment of women in the roller derby sport. For more details and to register for the 8K, check out HiWire8k.com.

A Slice of Life: 
An Evening of Stories

Connie Regan-Blake, an internationally recognized storyteller who lives here in Asheville, has delighted many by offering storytelling workshops for over 25 years. 

A number of her past workshop participants requested more advanced coaching in a group setting with an opportunity to perform their stories on stage. And so her popular “Taking Your Story to the Stage” weekend was born! The focus of this workshop is on storytelling performance. After a day of training, the storytellers bring their best to the stage to entertain and enthrall the listeners for the evening performance April 21, 2018 at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts (BlackMountainArts.org). For the last several years, this bi-annual performance has been a sold-out event, so be sure to get your tickets early!

Throwing Bones Runs Mountain to Sea

When local endurance athlete Kenny Capps (husband to Murphy Capps, highlighted in our February 2017 issue) was diagnosed with blood cancer, most expected him to shelve his running shoes. Instead, three years and one bone marrow transplant later, Kenny dons his trainers every day to take to the trails, running as both a release and as an attempt to accomplish the unimaginable and cure cancer. Beginning April 1, his past year and a half of training will come to fruition as he begins his 54 day journey along the Mountains to Sea Trail. North Carolina’s trademark trail winds its way across the state from the Outer Banks to Clingman’s Dome, a destination that serves as literal and metaphorical meridian for Kenny’s journey. You can follow his itinerary, join him for a run, or donate to the cause at ThrowingBonesRun.org. 

Color Me Goodwill

Most folks associate fashion shows with designer duds and unfathomable price tags, but in Asheville—as with most things—we do things a little differently. Once a year, the cast-out garments of Goodwill’s racks find new life in high fashion at the Color Me Goodwill Fashion Show. This annual event recruits six local designers to showcase garments designed entirely from materials purchased at local Goodwill retail stores. Each designer is assigned a color scheme; they dress six models (five of their own choosing, one representing Goodwill) in refurbished, refitted outfits within their color scheme. It’s a night of vibrant color and fantastic fashion, all for a good cause. The event benefits local Goodwill programs, but it also benefits the world by raising awareness of the benefits of up-cycling clothing. To snag a seat at this year’s premier fashion show, which takes place on Friday, April 27 at The Orange Peel, visit ColorMeGoodwill.org.