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by Erica Katz

CAROLINA BLUES FESTIVAL

Festival Park; 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro; 336.275.4944; www.piedmontblues.org;

IT’S THE 24TH ANNUAL CAROLINA BLUES FESTIVAL BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE PIEDMONT BLUES PRESERVATION SOCIETY AND YOUR VERY OWN YES! WEEKLY! THE CAROLINA BLUES FESTIVAL IS THE CLOSING EVENT IN THE ANNUAL WEEK LONG EMF JAZZ & BLUES SERIES. JOIN US FOR A GREAT DAY OF BLUES UNDER THE BIG TENT, RAIN OR SHINE! ACTS IN- CLUDE SLEEPY-EYED JAY & CHICAGO SLIM, CHARLLEY WARD BAND, MATT WALSH BAND, THE DEBBIE DAVIES BAND WITH ROBIN ROGERS AND TINSLEY ELLIS. GATES OPEN AT 1 P.M. AND THE MUSIC STARTS AT 2. GET YOUR TICKETS ONLINE NOW!

Wed., May 5

CINCO DE MAYO TRIAD-WIDE

All across the Triad; Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem Today is Cinco de Mayo! It’s a holiday that commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Here, it’s a holiday for eating food, listening to music, dancing and getting drunk. In the Triad we have plenty of places for you to do just that. Experience traditional Mexican food at Mexico Restaurant, Kiosco Mexican Grill, San Luis, Poncho Villas or Las Estrellas. Check out live music at the Pour House or Cooper’s Ale House. Or you can go dancing at Much or Heaven. Wherever you choose to celebrate, we hope you have a happy Cinco de Mayo!

Thurs., May 6

SECOND ANNUAL WINE-DINE

Studio B at the Broach Theatre; 520 S. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.373.0811; www.winwinresolutions.org; 7 p.m.; $65 Join Win-Win Resolutions for their second annual Wine-Dine Silent Auction Gala! There will be a mix of extraordinary food, fine wine, live jazz, and a silent auction. Tickets are available online and are being sold individually for $65 or $100 per couple. The event benefits Win-Win Resolutions’s efforts to reduce violence and prejudice in our schools and community. Local chefs from Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Table 16 Restaurant, Lucky 32 Restaurant and more will provide the food. Old North State Winery, Grove Winery and Vineyards, Stonefield Cellars Winery and others will pair the food with the appropriate wines.

Fri., May 7

WINSTON-SALEM DASH GAME

BB&T Ballpark; 1 st St. & Peters Creek Pkwy., Winston-Salem; 336.759.2233; www.wsdash. com; 7 p.m.; $7 If you haven’t enjoyed a game at the new BB&T Ballpark in downtown Winston-Salem then tonight’s the night! The Dash are back at home and playing against the Salem Red Sox. Tickets are available online or at the box office prior to the game. Season ticket packages are also available. Be sure to stick around after the game for a Friday fireworks spectacular!

Sun., May 9

MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION

Downtown Arts District; 6 th & Trade streets, Winston-Salem; 336.760.9218; www.theafasgroup.com; 1 p.m.; FREE Today is Mother’s Day! Hang out with Mom in downtown Winston-Salem at the Arts on Sunday festival. There will be art, crafts, a kid’s corner and live music by Claire Culbreath and Patrick Biggahm. Art for Art’s Sake (AFAS) events are held every Sunday afternoon in May. They are free and open to the public. Activities take place on the sidewalks of 6 th and Trade streets. AFAS is a group that provides mentoring programs and scholarships to emerging artists and public platforms designed to build, educate and celebrate community through art-based events, community projects, art demonstrations, outreach programs, educational workshops and emerging artist exhibitions.

Mon., May 10

FITNESS BY THE FOUNTAIN

Center City Park; 200 N. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.272.1222; www.centercitypark.org; 6:30 p.m.; FREE It’s 5:30. You’re glad Monday is over. You’re tired but know you should probably get some exercise. Why not head over to Center City Park for their weekly Fitness by the Fountain class? Just bring yourself, comfortable attire and a water bottle! No prior experience is needed for any class. This Monday’s theme is African Dance with Wesley Williams. Classes are being held now through October. Visit the website for more information.

Tues., May 11

GYC CARNIVAL Greensboro Coliseum; 1921 W. Lee St., Greensboro; 336.373.7400; www.www. greensboro-nc.gov; 4 p.m.; FREE to $4 The Greensboro Youth Council Carnival is back! Come out to the Greensboro Coliseum and enjoy the fair with your entire family! Tickets are $2 for children and $4 for adults, but if you come tonight admission is free and one price unlimited ride stamps are only $12 with your $3 discount available at Wendy’s restaurants. This offer is good tonight only. For discount information, tickets and a carnival schedule visit the above website. The Greensboro Youth Council exists to develop leadership and volunteer opportunities for Guilford County high school students through the planning and implementation of unique youthrun programs that benefit and serve the community.

Wed., May 12

PIEDMONT HIKING & OUTING CLUB WALK AND DINNER

Piedmont Environmental Center; 1220 Penny Road, High Point; 336.883.8531; www.piedmonthikingandoutingclub.org; 6:30 p.m. Cost of dinner Every Wednesday night the Piedmont Hiking & Outing Club meet for a walk and dinner. The group gathers in the parking lot of the Piedmont Environmental Center at 6:30 p.m. for a brisk walk, rain or shine. Afterwards, they go to dinner. Potential members are welcome to attend any hike or outing. If you’re interested, visit the website to get in touch with one of the club members. The Piedmont Hiking & Outing Club is an all volunteer group that was founded in 1982.

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