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by Jordan Owens

A Christmas Carol

Triad Stage; 232 South Elm St., Greensboro; 336.272.0160;; 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; $24-$30

Ebenezer Scrooge’s last chance for redemption is one night with three spirits in this heartwarming production. Nineteen actors bring Dickens’ ghostly Yule-tide tale to life at Triad Stage on Christmas Eve. Buy tickets for either performance online at

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Wed., Dec 22


Stories for Clara

The Green Bean; 341 S. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.691.9990;; 8 p.m.; $5 suggested donation

Stories for Clara is a benefit reading for Clara’s House, a Greensboro shelter for battered women and their children.


Brian Clarey, Vishal Khanna and Eric Wilson will read from their works about being fathers. Books from Clarey and Wilson will also be available for purchase.

Thurs., Dec 23


Deck the Halls

Sawtooth School for Visual Art; 251 N. Spruce St., Winston-Salem; 336.722.2585;; 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; FREE

Wrap up your last-minute holiday shopping at Deck the Halls, the annual Sawtooth fundraiser held for the first time in the newly renovated Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. Gift

items range from inexpensive crafts to exquisite art pieces, including pottery, jewelry, paintings, quilts and soaps.

Sat., Dec 25

Merry Christmas!

Spend the day with family and friends passing out presents and sharing holiday cheer. The year is coming to a close, so take some time to count your blessings while you’re gathered around the tree.

Sun., Dec 26


Tanglewood Festival of Lights

Tanglewood Park; 4201 Manor House Circle, Clemmons; 336.778.6300;; 6-11 p.m.; $15 per car

Visit one of the largest holiday light shows in the Southeast for the perfect ending to your Christmas weekend. The 19 th annual Festival of Lights features a four-mile route decorated with 180 displays and about a million lights. Visitors will also have the chance to stroll through the trail by horse drawn carriage or enjoy roasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate by the fire.

Mon., Dec 27


Friendly Toastmasters

Ted Leonard Recreation Center; 6324 Ballinger Rd., Greensboro; 631.219.4596;; 7:00 p.m.; FREE

Improve your leadership skills, increase your self-confidence and become an extraordinary public speaker. The Friendly Toastmasters is part of a nonprofit organization that gives its members the opportunity to practice speaking to groups in a supportive environment.


Tues., Dec 28


Movies at the Museum: Happy Landing

Greensboro Historical Museum; 130 Summit Ave., Greensboro; 336.373.2043;; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; 30 cents

Come downtown for ice skating at festival park, then warm up with a retro Hollywood movie musical featuring an Olympic figure skating champion and a bevy of stars. Buy your 30 cent tickets for Happy Landing at the door and celebrate Greensboro’s hosting of the US Figure Skating Championships.

Wed., Dec 22


Meditation Gathering

Integrative Therapies; 7E Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro; 336.294.0910;; 6:30 p.m.; FREE

If you’re feeling stressed, this free meditation gathering can reduce your anxiety and relax your body and mind. A different meditation technique is highlighted each week, followed by a discussion on practical ways to reduce stress. Everyone from beginner to advanced meditation practitioner is welcome.