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Raul Midón Performs at Wortham Center

Wortham Center for the Performing Arts invites you to experience musical creativity with no bounds as renowned singer-songwriter Raul Midón performs on Saturday, April 15, at 8 p.m. Blind since birth, Midón lives in a world of sound, singing with the passion of the best classic soul singers and playing guitar with the instrumental chops of history’s most accomplished jazz musicians.

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Education Lifestyle

Spotlight On: Partnership for Appalachian Girls Education

Partnership for Appalachian Girls Education (PAGE) is a Madison County nonprofit program committed to offering meaningful learning opportunities for girls in order to help them achieve a bright and impactful future. “This is a big-picture mission that goes beyond just getting girls into college,” says program director Maia Surdam.

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Outdoors Recreation

Outdoors: It’s Time to Try Pickleball

Created by vacationers on Bainbridge Island near Seattle in 1965, pickleball is a hybrid game with elements of Ping-Pong, badminton and tennis. Between 2020 and 2021, the sport grew by nearly 15 percent, now with an estimated 4.8 million players in the US according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association.

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The Laurel of Asheville lifestyle magazineThe Laurel of Asheville lifestyle magazine is available in both print and digital editions

We are delighted you have chosen us to be your gateway—both through our popular print Asheville lifestyle magazine and our website—to the arts, culture, and communities that comprise the remarkable area that is Western North Carolina. In these pages, you will find behind-the-scenes stories about the region’s concerts, theatre and dance productions, festivals, restaurants, artists, and the multitude of locally-based businesses. We also enjoy bringing you features about the people and organizations who are caring for those in need, protecting our historic heritage, preserving our rich and diverse environment, and nurturing our cultural soul.