Plus, recreational marijuana sales begin on the Qualla Boundary.
 
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🏅 Olympic dreams
A view of Paris, France decked out with Paris 2024 Olympics signs and banners.
The Paris 2024 Olympics run from Friday, July 26 to Sunday, Aug. 11.|Erin McPherson, 6AM City
Light the torch and cue that iconic Olympics theme song — we’re ready for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics happening Friday, July 26 to Sunday, Aug. 11.

At this summer’s Olympic Games, ~10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees will compete in 32 sports — including some new ones. Since we’re all about keeping it local, we’ve rounded up 10 Paris 2024 Olympians with ties to NC that you should keep your eye on. Let the games begin.

Leibfarth at the 2019 Canoe Slalom World Championships in Spain.

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Photo by Antoine Lamielle

Evy Leibfarth, women’s canoe slalom; women’s kayak slalom; women’s kayak cross
The Bryson City native is the first American woman to qualify for three different canoe and kayak events in the Olympics. But Leibfarth isn’t a stranger to records and accolades — at just 15 years old, she became the youngest World Cup medalist. Leibfarth’s journey to Paris will be her second Olympic Games, after competing in the kayak slalom and canoe slalom in Tokyo in 2020. See the schedule of Leibfarth’s events.

Ashley Hoffman, field hockey
The field hockey team’s co-captain graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2021. Team USA’s field hockey players practice at UNC Charlotte on an exact replica of the field the team will compete on in Paris. Field hockey will start on Saturday, July 27.

emily fox playing soccer for NC Courage

NC Courage acquired Fox from Racing Louisville in January 2023.

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Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Emily Fox, women’s soccer
The UNC Chapel Hill alum is going to the Olympics for the first time. But it’s no surprise after her NC Courage season racking up all sorts of personal bests and earning a nomination for US Soccer Female Player of the Year. Women’s soccer starts on Thursday, July 25.

Lily Williams, women’s track cycling
While the cyclist is now based in Europe, she’s a former Ashevillian, so we had to give her a spot on our list. Williams earned a bronze medal in Tokyo and a World Champion title in 2020. Women’s track cycling begins Monday, Aug. 5.
 
Asked
 
True or false: In the Ancient Olympic Games, all athletes competed naked.

A. True
B. False
 
 
Events
 
Monday, July 8
  • Mahjong 101 | Monday, July 8-Monday, July 22 | 1-4 p.m. | Woodfin YMCA, 40 N. Merrimon Ave., Asheville | Free | Join this session of the month-long program to learn the game or hone your skills.
Tuesday, July 9
  • Free Sewing and Mending | Tuesday, July 9 | 5-8 p.m. | Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St., Asheville | Free | Bring fabric items that need repairs, and let the skilled volunteers from WNC Repair Cafe work their magic.
  • Hoops and Flow Arts Jam | Tuesday, July 9 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Pritchard Park, 67 Patton Ave., Asheville | Free | Dance, spin, groove, and show off your hula hooping skills as a live DJ pumps up the jams.
  • Joe Pera | Tuesday, July 9 | 7 p.m. | The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave., Asheville | $35-$45 | See the demure stand-up stylings of the comedian, writer, and actor on “The PERAs Tour.”
Wednesday, July 10
  • Fringe Summer Nights | Wednesday, July 10 | 6 p.m. | Fleetwood’s, 496 Haywood Rd., Asheville | Free | The spirit of the Fringe Arts Festival continues into the summer season with pop-up performances from Skysail Theater, Cayla Clark, and Justin Evans.
  • Serenity Sound Bath | Wednesday, July 10 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Center for Spiritual Living Asheville, 2 Science of Mind Way, Asheville | Free, suggested donation | Bring a yoga mat and other materials to get comfy for a peaceful, immersive experience.
Thursday, July 11
  • ArborEvenings | Thursday, July 11 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | The North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville | Free with parking | Savor the summer air and stroll through the gardens while you listen to live music from local artists.
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🎉 You’re invited to Asheville Design District’s anniversary celebration
Two people and a young child stand facing away from the camera in the Asheville Design District.
Pro tip: join the Atelier Maison & Co. mailing list for handy event updates, upcoming sales + more.|Photo provided by Atelier Maison & Co.
Design, food, and fun collide at the Asheville Design District anniversary bash, coming to the Collaborative on Saturday, July 20.

This family and pet-friendly event celebrates the local art + design community with a full day of festivities, including:
  • Live music
  • Local food trucks
  • Morning outdoor yoga (led by Yoga Nut)
  • Asheville Marchè — a curated market of artisanal, handmade goods, art + crafts
Plus, Atelier Maison & Co. is having a special sale on heirloom furniture all day long.
 
News Notes
 
Regional
  • On Thursday, July 4, Great Smoky Mountain Cannabis Co. began selling recreational marijuana to people aged 21+ with a tribal ID. Recreational marijuana sales were approved by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribal Council in early June and will potentially be open to the public in August. (Blue Ridge Public Radio)
Eat
  • The state’s most egg-cellent breakfast tacos are right in our backyard. Taco Billy was highlighted in a recent article from Yelp, choosing one spot in each state for the best breakfast tacos. We’ll take a Migas and Mama’s Favorite, please. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Kids
Watch
  • This Thursday, July 11, the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center will host a screening of “Deep Listening,” a documentary about composer Pauline Oliveros. The electronic music pioneer inspired many, including Asheville-based musician Helado Negro, whose latest album includes an ode to deep listening in “LFO (Lupe Finds Oliveros).”
 
 
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🏕️ How it’s made
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See the factory warehouse up close and in person.|Photo via Diamond Brand Gear
Diamond Brand has been handcrafting sustainable outdoor gear since 1881. More than 140 years later, the company is still at it — and now you can see how it’s done. Starting this Friday, July 12, Diamond Brand’s headquarters at 145 Cane Creek Industrial Park Rd., Ste. 100 in Fletcher will be open to the public on Friday afternoons for a behind-the-scenes look at how the products are made.

The new Factory Fridays will offer tours and an up-close view of the manufacturing process — which is about to change. The company is switching up its product offerings to focus on crafting sustainably made canvas wall tents and upcycled bags. Beyond touring the facility, folks can shop deals on overstock inventory and retired products.

Bonus: The first 25 people to attend this week’s Factory Friday will get a swag bag filled with Diamond Brand products.
 
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From the editor
Last Thursday may have been Independence Day, but it also happened to be the 100th birthday of the Caesar salad. Big day, I know. As a connoisseur of the salad, I’ve had my fair share of the local options... but I’m always on the hunt for the best. Do you know which spot serves the most delicious Caesar? If so, please send your recs.
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