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by Gus Lubin



Wednesday, Mar. 25

Winston-Salem Documentary Club Lewisville Library Branch; 6490 Shallowford Road, Lewisville; 336.406.9189; profile/wsdc; 6:30 p.m.; FREE For its sixth monthly meeting, the Winston-Salem Documentary Club will watch and discuss Moving Midway. The new documentary tells the story of a Raleigh plantation that is transported across the country to make room for a shopping complex — uncovering in the process a tome of family secrets. Previous screenings by the club include Grizzly Man, The Trials of Darryl Hunt, Young @ Heart and IOUSA All meetings are free and open.

Thursday, Mar. 26 Jeff Dunham LJVM Coliseum; 2825 University Pkwy., Winston-Salem; 336.725.5635;; 7:30 p.m.; $42.50 Comedian Jeff Dunham isn’t funny, but his toony puppets are. Among them are Achmed the Dead Terrorist — with his famed catchphrase, “I keel you!” — Jose Jalape’o and Walter the Grumpy Retiree. The ventriloquist has hosted several blockbuster specials on Comedy Central and recently appeared on Jay Leno. Watch clips on YouTube to see how he brings to life as many as six characters at once on stage. Dunham’s trip to Winston-Salem is part of his nearly sold out Spark of Insanity tour. Look for tickets on Ticketmaster.

Friday, Mar. 27 ACE Speedway Friday Night Star Tailgate Bash 3401 Altamahah Race Track Rd., Elon College; 336.585.1200;; 6:00 p.m.; $12 general admission Get revved up, fueled up, and charged up for racing at ACE Speedway (THE ACE) on Friday nights! The Friday Night Star Tailgate Bash and After Party produced by the Star Motorsports experience powered by Win Sports kicks off at THE ACE on Friday and marks the start of the 2009 racing season.

Saturday, Mar. 28 Oyster roast Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery; 914 Mall Loop Rd., High Point; 336.882.4677; 1-4 p.m.; FREE Oysters are delicious but expensive. Eat the crustacean en masse at Liberty’s oyster-eating contest, with a $5 entry fee. Other attractions at the 3 rd Annual Oyster Roast include noncompetitive oyster eating, burgers and hot dogs, music by Roy Day and fresh-brewed beer. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Oysters are $6 per dozen.

Sunday, Mar. 29 Community Day: Americans in Paris Reynolda House; 2250 Reynolda Rd., Winston-Salem; 336.758.5150;; 2-4 p.m.; FREE To get in the mood for selections of American Impressionism on loan from the National Academy Museum, enjoy an afternoon of 19 th -century springtime entertainment. There will be strolling accordion players, mimes, balloons, a calliope, sketching artists and French pastries and ices. Have your own “Sunday in the Park with George” on the rustic grounds of the Reynolda estate. The painting exhibit features some of Reynolda’s own Impressionist masterpieces, by Childe Hassam, William Merritt Chase and John Singer Sargent.

Monday, Mar. 30 Arthur’s Spring Break Camp Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem; 390 S. Liberty St.; 336.723.9111;; Monday through Friday, half-day camp for $90, full-day camp for $140 (bring a bag lunch) Kids ages 5-8 home for spring break? Send them off for a week of Arthur-themed games at the Children’s Museum of Winston- Salem. Children will stay busy with arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, stories and games, including special events like DW Flips with Salem Gymnastic and Fun and Furry Storytime with the Winston-Salem Humane Society. After all, most of us don’t have time to rent a puppy and play with kids for seven hours.

Tuesday, Mar. 31 The Coming Plague Sullivan Science Building; 301 McIver St., University of North Carolina at Greensboro; 336.334.4623; scienceandsociety/; 7:30 p.m.; FREE As bad as things are, they could get much worse. Medical writer Laurie Garrett reminds us of the real dangers of emerging diseases. Garrett won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for her coverage of an Ebola virus outbreak in Zaire — which, shockingly, occurred months after the release of disease thriller Outbreak. Garrett is currently a senior fellow at New York think tank the Council of Foreign Relations, which publishes Foreign Affairs. Her talk is part of UNCG’s ongoing Science on Campus series.

Wednesday, Apr. 1 Cash Drive Local Bank Financial Centers; Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point; 336.316.1231; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; FREE Every minute of every day, a bank needs money. That money can only come from a volunteer donor, a person like you who makes the choice to donate. There is no substitute for your donation. Banks will celebrate today’s four-hour cash drive with balloons and free lollipops for all donors. Try to eat before giving money, since you will not be eating afterward.