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YES! WEEKLY DONATES $15,000 IN ADVERTISING TO GREENSBORO COLLEGE’S HEALING BLUES PROJECT

YES! Weekly, a Piedmont Triad-based arts and entertainment publication, has agreed to donate $15,000 worth of advertising to an effort organized by Greensboro College to benefit the homeless.

The advertising will support and promote the college’s Healing Blues Project, which seeks to raise money to benefit the nonprofit Interactive Resource Center, a day center in downtown Greensboro for people dealing with homelessness and related issues.

The Healing Blues Project unites local homeless people, called “storytellers,” with area musicians, including the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society, to turn the storytellers’ life stories into blues songs. A CD of the songs was released in October 2014.

The Healing Blues Project Vol. 2, which will include both songs and spoken-word compositions, is scheduled to be released in June 2016.

Proceeds from sales of the CDs, as well as concert performances of the music, benefit the Interactive Resource Center. Storytellers also receive songwriting credit and a portion of the royalties.

“The Healing Blues Project is something that is near and dear to my heart,” YES! Weekly publisher Charles Womack said. “As a long-time supporter of the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society and the annual (blues) festival, a blues music fan and someone who wants to do anything and everything I can to help those in need, this is something we wanted to get behind in a big, big way.”

He added, “It made sense to me that promoting and creating awareness of The Healing Blues Project to the generous and caring readers of YES! Weekly would make a significant impact and bring in some needed donations.”

Kim Thore, the college’s marketing director, says the college will use the advertising to promote Healing Blues benefit concerts and the release of the Healing Blues Vol. 2 CD.

“We are very grateful for this support from YES! Weekly,” Thore said. “Advertising is very important to the success of any project, and this gift will help ensure that the Greensboro community and beyond are informed of all of the exciting events that will be coming from this next phase of the Healing Blues Project.”

BOOKMARKS, ASSOCIATED ARTISTS AND SAWTOOTH SCHOOL FOR VISUAL ART PRESENT HOLIDAY SHOPPING OPPORTUNITIES ON DECEMBER 4

Bookmarks is teaming up again with Associated Artists and the Sawtooth School for Visual Art with several events on Friday, December 4 to help with your holiday shopping! All events will be held inside the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts at 251 North Spruce Street in Winston-Salem.

The Bookmarks Holiday Bazaar will feature local vendors and artists selling book crafts and books from 4 to 8 p.m. This will include signed first editions, handmade crafts including cards, journals, and artwork as well as books for every person on your list from preschool aged to grandparents!

Charlie Lovett, New York Times bestselling author, will be giving two short talks about his new book The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge. He’ll speak at 5:30 and 7 p.m. in the Hanes Conference Room. Following his presentation, the first public screening of a short film about Bookmarks, created by NC School of the Arts students, Peter Brown and Eric Gesualdo, will be shared.

A reception for “The More the Merrier,” Associated Artists’ annual holiday art exhibition, will take place beginning at 5 p.m. This show transforms the Womble Carlyle Gallery into a wonderful art filled menagerie of affordable artwork, prime for the holiday shopping season. Unlike traditional exhibits, art can be bought and taken home by patrons immediately. All artwork is priced $50, $100 or $150.

“Deck the Halls” is Sawtooth School for Visual Art’s largest fundraising event. Beautifully displayed in their gallery and gift shop setting, Deck the Halls features a unique variety of work from Sawtooth faculty, students, and regional artists. This year, Deck the Halls will be free and open to the public beginning December 4 and running through December 21. Hours of operation on December 4 are 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

In addition, Spring Theatre presents the second Annual Winter Showcase Spectacular at 7 p.m. in Mountcastle Forum, on the second floor of the Rhodes Center. The event will feature performances by Spring GLEE, Finale, Coda & Guest Performers, and The Giving Arts Dance Project. Tickets: 336-283-8688. !

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