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WNC AIDS Project hosts quilting group in preparation for World AIDS Day

Do you have a loved one or family member who died from AIDS? The Western North Carolina AIDS Project invites community members to join volunteers to create a quilt panel their memory. The panels created at the group will be displayed during WNCAP’s World AIDS Day commemoration events, including an induction ceremony, and will be sent to join the National AIDS Day Memorial Quilt. The quilting group will meet Saturday, Sept.6 at 10 a.m. Sewing experience is not necessary.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt has more than 40,000 panels representing people who have lost their lives to AIDS, and it continues to grow. Each year, there is a local exhibition of the quilt in Asheville in November. If you have a friend or loved one who is memorialized on the AIDS Memorial Quilt and would like to request their panel to be part of the Asheville exhibit please email or call Jesse at 828-252-7489 by Wednesday, Sept. 10.

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Park Ridge Health South Asheville to host Grand Opening Celebration 

Obtaining care at Park Ridge Health just got a little more convenient for Asheville residents. Park Ridge Health — a Hendersonville-based full-service hospital — will host a grand opening celebration at its new South Asheville campus on Thursday, Sept. 4 from 5-8 p.m. More than 20 physicians and providers will offer care at the new locaiton with extended hours, weekend hours and same-day appointments available. Three primary care providers are accepting new patients at this time.

The grand opening celebration is open to to community. Attendees will be able to meet care providers and enjoy refreshments from Travinia Italian Kitchen, live music, tours of the new facility, a chance to meet Park Ridge Health staff, prizes, giveaways and more.  The new location is off I-26, Exit 37, across from the entrance to Biltmore Park. More info at


WNC’s largest corn maze opens Sept. 5 at Eliada Homes

Eliada Homes is best known for its nonprofit work serving families and children in WNC, including its residential and day treatment for high-risk adolescents. But the organization has another claim to fame as home of the largest corn maze in WNC. The 12-acre maze has two longer trails and two shorter children’s trails called the “Storybook Trails.” These trails take kids on an adventure as they read the stories of “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” and “Cinderella and the Little Glass Slipper.”

In addition to the maze, the event features attractions including a tube slide, corn cannons, a pumpkin patch, snacks and more. The maze is open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, starting Friday, September 5th through Sunday, October 26th. Ticket proceeds go directly to Eliada Homes. $9/adults. $6/children.

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Laughter is the best medicine

We know it feels good to laugh, but why? And how can we access those good feelings at will? On Saturday, Sept. 6, Lavinia Plonka will attempt to answer these questions and more at the Asheville Movement Center with her workshop titled “Laughter is the Best Medicine: A Feldenkrais/Creative Body Workshop.”

After 25 years performing and teaching internationally as a mime and clown, Plonka transitioned to the healing arts, specializing in teaching the Feldenkrais Method. In addition to using the Feldenkrais Method, which focuses broadly on the connection between movement and emotions, Plonka will present research, comedy and other somatic techniques around the emotional expression and physicality of laughter. “Workshop participants will learn some of the reasons we laugh, as well as tools for accessing delight, joy and humor for healing, including the actual body patterns involved in the emotions of joy,” says Plonka.

Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Asheville Movement Center, 9:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. $45. Register at or call 828-258-7220.





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About Lea McLellan
Lea McLellan is a freelance writer who likes to write stories about music, art, food, wellness and interesting locals doing interesting things.

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