Weavervilleans love a parade
Little towns and big parades go together like pecan pie and chocolate sauce -- and both go down sweet.
This year promises to be no different for the little town of Weaverville, where Christmas Parade organizer/Town Council member Dottie Sherrill reported having racked up 74 parade entries as of early last week.
Parade participants will step out at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 from the Rose's Plaza on Weaver Boulevard. (They'll start lining up at 11 a.m., if you want a sneak preview.)
Dilly-dallying marchers and beauty queens, take heart -- you may still be able to get in on the fun. If you give Sherrill a call, she might just tack your float or marching band to the end of the parade, right before Santa.
For more info, call Sherrill at (828) 645-7579.
The gift of art
In the midst of the mad holiday frenzy, the Black Mountain-based nonprofit organization Open Art is focusing on programs to tap into the inner realm of creativity.
On Saturday, Dec. 1, Asheville "creativity consultant" Sara Deutsch will present a daylong session called "Stirring Up Your Creative Genius." The program aims to develop participants' creative gifts and help them express their talents through writing, music, art or even the "medium of their lives," according to the program description. Techniques will include mind-mapping, free-flow writing, energy prints and other ways to send the inner critic on vacation. Participants also will learn to keep inspiration flowing during the various phases of their creative projects.
And on Saturday, Dec. 8, Deutsch will take a broader approach to creativity in a daylong session called "The Art of Collaboration." Participants will explore the frontiers of collective wisdom through collaborative drawing, collage, poetry, toning, painting and intuitive processes.
Cost: $100 per session or $175 for both one-day workshops.
Aside from these special events, Open Art has ongoing weaving and painting programs for parents and children. Programs ($5 each) take place 1-5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Group activities for children of all ages are available by appointment.
All of the programs will be held at Open Art's satellite at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 W. State St.
Jingling all the way
There's nothing like dashing through the streets of Asheville with jingle bells on your toes.
That's what organizers of the Arby's Reindeer Romp are counting on as they gear up for their seventh annual 5K (3.1 mile) run and 1-mile fun walk/run on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 2.
And it's all for a good cause. Money raised will go to the local chapter of the American Lung Association, which fights against lung disease.
"The funds raised will be used to address local issues such as WNC's high rate of asthma among children," reports honorary chair Mike Bettes, who is chief meteorologist at WLOS-TV.
All registered participants will receive specially designed, long-sleeved T-shirts and jingle bells for their running shoes. You can call ahead to register or just show up: race-day registration will be held from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Haywood Park Hotel Atrium, 1 Battery Park Ave. in downtown Asheville.
The "fun run" kicks off at 1:15 p.m. at the hotel, followed by the "fun walk" (1:30 p.m.) and the 5K run (2 p.m.).
Along with Arby's, sponsors include Asheville Parks and Recreation, the Asheville Smoke, WKSF (KISS Country FM) radio station and Jus' Running.
For more info or to register before race day, call 252-2071 or (800) 452-8283. You can also check out www.lungnc.org.
Wreath yourself in cheer
If an uninspiring clump of plastic greenery is what passes for holiday decoration at your house, you may be interested in -- nay, in desperate need of -- an upcoming library program.
Floral-design instructor Brinda Caldwell is at your service, demonstrating creative, simple techniques for fashioning charming holiday wreaths and centerpieces. The program, sponsored by the Friends of East Branch Library, will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the East Asheville Library (902 Tunnel Road).
For more info, call 298-1889.
Room at the inns
It's not every day that one can indulge an interest in country inns and help the American Cancer Society.
But on Tuesday, Dec. 4, those seemingly separate paths converge in the 2001 Bed and Breakfast Tour. The event is hosted by the Foothills Bed and Breakfast Association.
The self-guided driving tour (11 a.m.-6 p.m.) will feature The Red Horse Inn, Melrose Inn, Pine Crest Inn, Mimosa Inn, The Bell Tower Inn, Stone Hedge Inn, Tryon Old South Bed & Breakfast and The Foxtrot Inn.
Tickets ($15) are available at any of the inns or at the American Cancer Society's Asheville office. Tour proceeds will support the American Cancer Society's Polk County Relay for Life 2002. Flat shoes are recommended, both for comfort's sake and to prevent anyone from scuffing up the inns' floors.
For more info, call Mark Hicks at the American Cancer Society at 254-6931.
Art on the town
Time was, your lovingly scrawled crayon drawing of a reindeer was enough to melt anyone's heart.
But unless you're still 8 years old, that just won't cut it anymore in the gift department.
One solution may be the upcoming Holiday Art Sale and Celebration, hosted by the Artists' Roundtable of the Asheville Area Arts Council. The sale -- featuring original pottery, sculpture, photography and more -- will take place 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Asheville Community Theatre (35 Walnut St.).
The Artists' Roundtable (a group of artists and representatives of local arts organizations) meets the first Tuesday of every month at 5:15 p.m. The next meeting will take place just before the sale; any artist or individual is welcome to attend.
The Holiday Art Sale and Celebration is a special version of Artists-After-Hours, a bimonthly event giving artists in the region a chance to meet and network.
For details, contact Lisa Morphew at 251-2449. Some Roundtable artists' work can be seen at www.ashevillearts.com.
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