Found Objects

by Amy Kingsley

Has the end of the Harry Potter series left you wondering if you’ll ever get another chance to spend a Friday night dressed funny and partying in a bookstore? If so, open your day planner. This week Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn hits the shelves — at midnight on Friday. To celebrate the release of the fourth and final installment of Meyer’s Twilight series, Borders and Waldenbooks will host “Twilight til Dawn” parties. The shindigs get going around 9:30 p.m. Costumes are encouraged. The Artists of Gateway really get around. This Friday finds them in Winston-Salem at the Karma Salon and Gallery, where they celebrate the opening of Art with a Heart. Pottery, photography, painting and jewelry will be available for purchase, with all proceeds benefiting the Enrichment Center, an organization that helps artists with disabilities. The reception starts at 7 p.m. Elsewhere in Greensboro advances its environmentally themed summer series with an open invitation to join the house for some gardening on Saturday, followed by a presentation by Ann Woodward, director of the Scrap Exchange in Durham at 2 p.m. Grant Heaps, a textile artist from Toronto, is making a quilt out of fabrics from the Elsewhere collection. If you want to talk to him about it, come out on Friday at 8 p.m., when he’ll be holding court. Students from the Greensboro Montessori School raise funds for foster kids this Saturday with a crafts sale at the Farmers’ Curb Market. The students have made hats, scarves and jewelry and will also offer copies of Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder. Local writer Amy Knox Brown is a contender… for the Glasgow/Shenandoah Prize for Emerging Writers awarded by Washington and Lee University. Brown was named one of the five finalists last week. She published the honored story collection, Three Versions of the Truth, last year through Winston-Salem’s Press 53. The publishing house has also extended its tentacles into other media, specifically radio. Garrison Keillor of “A Prairie Home Companion” fame featured Joseph Mills’ poem “The Good Nights” on his other program “The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor.” The poem was included in Mills’ latest poetry collection, Angels, Thieves and Winemakers, published earlier this year by Press 53. This week, Friday falls on the first, which means that it is also First Friday. We have columns by Jim Dowell and Foxy Moxy to help you with your excursions. Read them and plan accordingly.