Almost summer: Plan your week ahead with WNC Parent

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Summer is just on the horizon, and there is plenty to keep little ones busy until then. Get updates and more at wncparent.com, where you will also find some great ideas for quick weeknight meals, tips for getting kids in the kitchen and an easy (mostly healthy) dessert recipe – all part of our Kids in the Kitchen issue. Stay in touch on social media @wncparent, and get your organization’s family-friendly events on our calendar by emailing chris@worthyplace.com.

“The Giver,” adapted by Eric Coble from the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry, continues through May 22 at Asheville Community Theatre. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $26 each for adults and $15 each for ages 3 – 17. Call 828-254-1320 or visit ashevilletheatre.org.

Little Explorers Club is at 9 a.m. May 20 at the Asheville Museum of Science. The program is for ages 3 – 5. For details and registration, visit ashevillescience.org.

TRAP (The Rhythmic Arts Project) is at 3 p.m. May 20 at the Enka-Candler Library Library. TRAP educates individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities as well as typical children and teens, by embracing a unique methodology that encompasses rhythm as a modality to address basic life and learning skills. The class is meant to be fun and engaging, enhancing the mind, body, and spirit through playing drums and percussion instruments in an all-inclusive environment. This program is designed for ages intermediate school through high school. This is an inclusive program, welcome to everyone of all abilities. Registration is required. Email enka.library@buncombecounty.org or call 828-250-4758. For details, visit buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/library.

The Saluda Arts Festival is 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. May 21 in historic downtown Saluda. For details, visit saluda.com/saluda-arts-festival.

Kolo Bike Park Spring Saturday Shred Session is 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. May 21. These outdoor facilitated programs are for riders ages 8 – 15 to refine their bike skills, build confidence on pump tracks, berms and jumps and have fun with other mountain bikers. Campers must be comfortable riding bikes on purpose-built and natural trails and pump tracks. Reservations are required. The cost is $75 per session. For details and reservations, call 828-225-2921 or visit ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/camps.

Fresh Water – Fact or Myth for grades K-5, with WNC Nature Center, is at 4:30 p.m. May 24 at the Enka-Candler Library. For details, visit buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/library.

Looking ahead:

The Highlands Nature Center opens for summer hours, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mondays – Saturdays, closed Sundays, beginning May 27. Free, daily educational programs are available beginning May 30, including garden tours, animal feedings, nature art, and creature features. For details, visit highlandsbiological.org.

ecoEXPLORE Herptology Family Activity is 1 – 4 p.m. May 28 at the Highlands Biological Station's Valentine Meadow (888 Horse Cove Road). Create a nature-themed craft. Focus on reptiles and amphibians that call the Plateau home as part of ecoEXPLORE's Herpetology Field Season Badge. Visit ecoexplore.net.

The Asheville Memorial Day Weekend Festival of the Arts is May 28 – 29 at Pack Square Park. For details, visit artfestival.com/cities/asheville.

The Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival is May 28 – 30 in Lake Lure. The event includes food, entertainment and children’s activities. For hours and details, visit lakelureartsandcraftsfestivals.com.

Hendersonville’s Garden Jubilee Festival is May 28 – 29 in downtown Hendersonville. For details, visit visithendersonvillenc.org/garden-jubilee.

A Spring Fling Art & Craft Walk is May 28 in Dillsboro. It features entertainment and craft demonstrations and more. Visit visitdillsboro.org.

Nature Center Night: Salamander Meander is 9 – 10 p.m. May 31 at the Highlands Nature Center. Search for salamanders in the Botanical Garden. Discover strange and fascinating facts about our slimy amphibian friends, then join naturalists on a walk through the gardens to find local species. Bring a flashlight. This program is weather-dependent. Registration is required. Visit highlandsbiological.org.

This article originally appeared on Asheville Citizen Times: WNC Parent Family Weekend Calendar May 20-22: Almost Summer