Let’s do this chronologically. First up, on Wednesday, we’ve got a curator-led tour of the REGROWTH exhibition at the Green Hill Center in Greensboro. The free event features Edie Carpenter, who will introduce visitors to the nine artists featured in the show and explain the appeal of each piece. If you’ve been downtown in Winston- Salem recently, you’ve probably noticed the bright dog and cat sculptures blocking the sidewalks. They belong to the Forsyth Humane Society’s Art Unleashed project, an annual auction of original animal sculptures that raises money for animal shelter and spay/neuter programs. On Friday, online bidding opens at www.fhsartunleashed.org and the animals leave the streets. The public auction and reception will happen a couple weeks hence. This Friday’s Artist Conversation at Elsewhere in Greensboro features Leslie Kubica from Little Falls, NY. Kubica dabbles in multiple disciplines and flute music. She will be answering your woodwind and art related questions beginning at 8 p.m. Early the next day the Elsewhere crew gets together for some communal gardening. Come see how the Hanging Gardens of Greensboro are coming together. Troy, a small community due east of Charlotte, hosts Mayberry Nights in Troy on Saturday. The cast features actress Maggie Peterson from the original series, bluegrass band the Dillards and the Mayberry Tribute Artists. General admission tickets are $15 each with proceeds benefiting the Montgomery County DARE program. Triad Stage in Greensboro released single-performance tickets for the 2008-2009 season on Monday. The “Season of Spirit” begins at the end of August with Tennessee William’s Night of the Iguana. Tickets will also be available for two UpStage Cabaret productions, Dracula and The Santaland Diaries. BB&T awarded Old Salem a $200,000 grant to help renovate the museum’s education center. The total cost of the rehabilitation is expected to run $3.1 million. More than $2 million of that has already been raised, according to a press release. Borders bookstores in Winston-Salem and Greensboro are accepting new children’s and young adult books that will be distributed to needy families throughout the month of August. Five percent of the total sales from books contributed to the drive will in turn be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. US Rep. Mel Watt (D-12th Congressional District) was scheduled to visit Winston- Salem’s Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts on Tuesday and lead visitors through the exhibit Black and White all Mix’d Together: The Hidden Legacy of Enslaved Craftsmen. The event was part of Watt’s “Trading Places” program.