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December 23. 8:00 pm. NYC-GSO: Improvised

Music with Martin Hundley, Justin Poindexter, Paul Defiglia, and Ben Jensen. The Green Bean. 341 S. Elm St., Greensboro. Compelling jazz quartet returns from New York for a show focusing on the blues. For more information, call 336.691.9990.

December 31. 7:30 pm. Crystal Bright Performance. Meymandi Concert Hall, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh.

Crystal Bright of Greensboro, and recent winner of the Triangle Talent Search, will be performing with the NC Symphony. To learn more or purchase tickets, visit www.ncsymphony.org.

January 6. 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Intro to Drumming

Workshop. Golden Flower Tai Chi Center, 612 N. Trade St., Winston-Salem. Learn a traditional West African rhythm in an upbeat and relaxed atmosphere. For more information or to register, call 336.774.3898 or visit www.ttmws.com.

January 6. 7:00 pm. Jazz Loft Project.

Community Arts Caf’, 411 West Fourth St., Winston-Salem. Following the presentation, Ronnie Free and his trio will perform, and Sam Stephenson will sign copies of his book. Visit www. jazzloftproject.org or email piedmontjazzalliance@gmail.com for more information.

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January 8. 8:30 pm. Jonathan Byrd & Dromedary: An Evening with The Sea and The Sky. The ArtsCenter, 300-G East Main St., Carrboro. The original cast of musicians return to Carrboro to present theeir critically-acclaimed album in its entirety. For more information, call 919.929.2787 or visit www.

artscenterlive.org.

Mondays. 9:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. Open Jam. Walker’s Bar. 2116 Walker Ave., Greensboro. Bring your own instruments, PA and drums provided. Hosts Chris Carroll and Mark Harrison. For more information call 420-7711.

Wednesdays. 7:00-9:00 p.m. High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association Open Bluegrass Jams. First, third & fifth Wednesdays at the Cultural Arts Center, 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro in the rehearsal room. Second & forth Wednesdays at icoffee in Summerfield, intersection of 150 W. & Lake Brandt Rd. For more information visit www.highlonesomestrings.org.

Thursdays. Youth Music Lessons. Old-Time Music Heritage Hall, 218 Rockford St., Mount Airy. Free Fiddle, Guitar and Banjo Lessons for kids. Master musician Jim Vipperman of Vip’s Violins teaches fiddle at 5:30 p.m., and guitar and banjo at 6:15 p.m. No sign-up is required and instruments are available for use during the lessons. For more information call 786-7998.

Thursdays. 7:00-10:00 p.m. Weekly Jam Sessions. Old-Time Music Heritage Hall, 218 Rockford St., Mount Airy. Free, all ages welcome. Also held every Saturday from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the Downtown Cinema Theatre, 142 N. Main St., Mount Airy, followed by a live WPAQ radio broadcast of the Merry- Go-Round program. For information contact the Surry Arts Council at 786-7998.

Ongoing. Online Open Mic Contest. NCHipHopConnect.com. A grassroots initiative designed to spotlight some of the state’s best unknown rappers. Record a short video rhyming their own 16-bar verse and send the video to ncsweet16s@gmail.com.

( new age )

January 2. 3:00 – 4:30 pm. Laughter Playshop: The Yoga of Silly. New Planet Yoga, 1150 Burke St., Winston-Salem. Accentuate the positive and activate your funny bone! Experience laughter as an extreme stress-buster. For more information or to register, call 336.922.2955 or visit www.newplanetyoga.com.

4 th Tuesday of each month. Herbal

Thyme Guild, Kathleen Clay Edwards Library

,1420 Price Park Rd. Greensboro..7 pm. Nov. 23, Program: Make Holiday Wreaths-Fun, Simple, Beautiful. Guilford County Agricultural Center, 3309 Burlington Rd. GB. Visitors Welcome. 685-9135.

Every Monday. 6:00-8:00 p.m. Meditation

Techniques and Contemplative Practices. Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 501 S. Mendenhall, Greensboro. Park opposite the church. For details call 379-1000.

Second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Journey of the Spirit – an Experiential Lecture Series for the Triad. EBN Too, 406 State St, Greensboro. Guest speakers from different spiritual paths present in a non-judgmental, intellectual, and friendly atmosphere. For information, call 336-423-2091 or visit www.networkthelight.net.

Tuesdays and Thursdays. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Yoga for All. Center for Holistic Healing, High Point. The practice of yoga benefits all people–regardless of age, size, or physical fitness. For more information and other class schedules call 841-4307 or visit www. center4holistichealing.com.%u2029

Ongoing Classes. Triad Light Touch, 1515 W. Cornwallis Dr., Suite 201 in The Center for Body Health, Greensboro. For more information call 420- 2398 or visit www.triadlighttouch.com.

( kids/teens )

December 22-23, 28-30, & January 3. Artventure Days. The Center for Visual Artists, 200 N. Davie St, Greensboro. Art-filled days for Pre-K through 5th grade students when Guilford County Schools are out for Winter

Break. Call 336-333-7475 or visit www. greensboroart.org.

December 23. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Meet children’s book author, Michele Marlene Manderine. BenPhil’s Children’s Clothier, 1475 S. Stratford Rd., Winston-Salem. Buy a copy of Tristan, The Maine Coon Cat and get a free toy. For more information, call 777.0508.

December 28 – January 31. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Kwanzaa Crafts in Creation Station. The Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N Church St. Stop by Creation Station to make traditional Kwanzaa crafts. For more information, call 336-574-2898 or visit www.gcmuseum.com. December 30. 11:45 am. New Year’s Rockin’ Eve “Eve Party” with Big Bang Boom. The Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N Church St. Kids can romp and stomp and boogie on this day with Big Bang Boom as we countdown to “Noon” Year’s Eve Eve! For more information, call 336-574-2898 or visit www.gcmuseum.com.

Going on now. The Guilford County Teen Court Program of One Step Further is currently seeking youth volunteers to participate as peer jurors, clerks of court, and Defense and Prosecuting Attorneys for first-time youth offenders who are on a diversion from the juvenile court system. Interested youth should contact Teen Court directly at 275-3699, Ext. 207.

Now through May 2011. Acting Program. The Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem. For children PreK through 12th Grade. New this year are Specialty Electives for 6th through 12th Grade! For class schedules, registration and tuition information visit www. childrenstheatrews.org.

Ongoing. Daily at 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, and 4:00 pm. OmniSphere Shows. Natural Science Center of Greensboro, 4301 Lawndale Drive. an exciting new line-up of full dome, 3D and laser shows with lower admission prices. Visit www.natsci.org for show schedule and full descriptions.

Mondays. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Red Yellow and Blue Mondays. Green Hill Center, 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro. Art making fun for the little ones. $5 per adult, $5 per child. Green Hill members free. For more information visit www.greenhillcenter.org.

Tuesdays. 3:30 p.m. Culture of Color Program.

Greensboro Children’s Museum.

220 N. Church St. For more information call 574-2898 or visit www.gcmuseum.com.

Wednesdays. 3:30 p.m. Wee Little Kids on the Ball Program (ages 3-5 yrs). Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St. Get your kids moving in a fun way using kid-sized exercise balls! No pre-registration necessary. For more information call 574- 2898 or visit www.gcmuseum.com.

Thursdays. 3:30 p.m. Simply Story Time. Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St. Enjoy special story time in the Theater. For more information call 574-2898 or visit www.gcmuseum.com.

Saturdays, Sundays, & Guilford County Schools Holidays. 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm. Indiana Bones and Survival Science Spectacular. Natural Science Center of Greensboro, 4301 Lawndale Drive. Indiana Bones shows how putting the knowledge of

science to work has gotten him out of some pretty tough jams. Visit www.natsci.org.

( leagues/clubs )

Ongoing. Support Group Meetings. Mental Health Association in Greensboro. 330 S. Greene St., Suite B12. For a complete schedule of meetings call 336- 373-1402 or visit www.mhag.org.

Ongoing. Support Group Meetings. The Mental Health Association in Forsyth County, Inc., 1509 S. Hawthorne Rd., Winston-Salem. For a complete schedule of meetings call 768-3880 or visit www. triadmentalhealth.org.

Fourth Tuesday of every month. 11:00 a.m. Greater Greensboro Republican Women’s Club meetings. Starmount Forest Country Club, 1 Sam Snead Dr., Greensboro. Guests welcome. Optional lunch. Contact Libby Kendrick at 643-3066.

Fourth Tuesday of every month. 12:00 p.m. Brown Bag Monthly Lunch Series. YWCA of Greensboro, 4002-E Spring Garden St. (between Wendover & Market) Presenting provocative, relevant discussions on issues important to women. For more information call 273-3461.

Fourth Tuesday of every month. 7:00 p.m. Herbal Thyme Guild. Guilford County Agricultural Center, 3309 Burlington Rd., Greensboro. Sept. 28: Kathy Ryan, of New York Butchers presents “Herbal Cheese and More.” Visitors Welcome.

Tuesdays. 7:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. Series 7 Poker League at Zion Bar & Grille, 5601 Roanne Way, Greensboro. Lots of fun and great food. Call 834-1899 for more information.

Wednesdays. 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. Triad Toastmasters Club. Leonard Recreation Center, 6324 Ballinger Road, Greensboro. Open to residents 18 and older who are interested in improving their speaking, presentation and/or leadership skills. For more information, call 336-508-5870 or visit www.triadtm.org.

Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays. Piedmont Hiking and Outing Club. Hiking, biking, kayaking and/or social outings.

Since 1982. For more information, visit www.piedmonthikingandoutingclub.org.

Wednesdays. Join Support 4 Your Dreams: Real Business Networking. Gabriel’s, 4312 Big Tree Way, Greensboro (off of Wendover across from Hilton Garden Inn). Free food and no cover charge.

Thursdays. 1:30-4:30 p.m. Mah Jongg Players. Leonard Recreation Center, 6324 Ballinger Rd.,Greensboro. Play, refresh your skills or learn Mah Jongg, American Style, using the National Mah Jongg League card. For information call 292-3754

Fridays. 7:45-9:00 a.m. Professional Women’s Network (PWN) Meetings. 3150 N. Elm St. (upstairs in the BBT/ REMAX building), Greensboro. For more information visit www.pwngreensboro. org or contact Ann Hardee at 327-8440 or annhardee@remax.net.

Last Friday of every month. 9:00 p.m. Women’s Final Friday for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community and its supporters. Studio B, 520 S. Elm St., Greensboro. Live DJ, $5 entry fee for non-members and $4 for members. For more information visit www. StudioB-GSO.com.

( sports )

January 11 – March 3. Tues. and Thurs. 5:45 – 6:30 pm. Water Fitness Aerobics Classes. Smith Senior Center, 2401 Fairview St., Greensboro. The class is open to all adults who want to improve and increase endurance, muscle tone, and body

composition through water resistance. For more information, please call Smith Senior Center at 336-375-2234.

Ongoing. Greensboro REI Store Classes & Events. 3334 West Friendly Ave., Ste. 140. For more information call 323-3117. For a list of events visit www.rei.com/stores/108.

Ongoing through March 2011. Trout Fishing. Lake Higgins Watershed Park, Greensboro. Lake Higgins Watershed Park will offer trout fishing at the Taylor Turner Hatchery Pond for anglers of all ages.The fee is $1.00 to fish in the pond and $3.75 per pound of fish caught. All fish caught must be weighed and kept. For more information, please call the Lake Higgins marina at 336-373-3739.

Wednesdays through May 2011. Senior Bowling League. Triad Lanes, 21 Oak Branch Ln., Greensboro. Sponsored by Greensboro Parks & Recreation, the league is open to all Guilford County seniors, ages 55 and better! For more information call the Greensboro Seniors Unit at 375-2237.

Sundays. 4:00 p.m. Shuffleboard Tournament. Old Winston Social Club, 1131 Burke St., Winston-Salem. Call 723-0060 or visit www.OldWinstonSocialClub.com for more information.

( etc. )

December 22. 8:00 pm. Stories for Clara. The Green Bean, 341 S. Elm St., Greensboro. A reading with Brian Clarey, Vishal Khanna and Eric Wilson. The suggested $5 donation will benefit Clara’s House, a Greensboro shelter for battered women and their children. For more information, call 336.691.9990.

Now through December 23. Christmas Castle. Castle McCulloch, 3925 Kivett Dr, Jamestown. Acts including ice skaters, carolers, and Santa Claus perform throughout the indoor/outdoor Christmas trail at the largest live Christmas event in the Triad. www. christmascastlenc.com.

December 26. 8:00 pm. Great Winston-Salem Christmas Party. Old Winston Social Club, 1131 Burke St., Winston-Salem. The third year of this annual holiday party. For more information, call 336.723.0060 or visit www.oldwinstonsocialclub.com.

December 31. 7:30 & 9:30 pm. Chris Wiles’ 7th Annual Happy Wheeew Year Comedy Show. Odeon Theater, Greensboro Coliseum Complex, 1921 W. Lee St. Early show proceeds benefit the KT Foundation. For more information, visit www.ktfoundation.

org or www.greensborocoliseum.com.

December. Bill of Rights Exhibit. Central Library, 219 N. Church St., Greensboro. Mayor Knight’s proclamation of Bill of Rights Day is on display along with a copy of the U.S. Senate’s editorial markup of the original 1789 Bill of Rights. www. greensborolibrary.org.

January 6. 6:00 – 10:00 pm. High Point Historical Society Hosts New Year Celebration. High Point Museum, 1859 E. Lexington Ave., High Point. The theme of this third annual benefit is “The Junior Senior Prom” and will include extraordinary entertainment and fabulous food. For more information, call 885.1859 or visit www.highpointmuseum.org.

Now through December 22. 10:00 am – 7:00 pm Mon-Sat, 1:00 – 5:00 pm Sun. The Kernersville Arts and Crafts Guild 23rd Annual Christmas Store. 810 J North Main St., Kernersville. Next to East Coast Wings. Call 996-0441 for more information.

Now through December 31. Applications Accepted for City of Winston-Salem University. Marketing & Communications Department in City Hall, 101 N. Main St. Suite 336, Winston-Salem. The application will also be posted online at www.CityofWS.org. For more information, call 727-8000.

Now through January 1. ‘Downtown in December’ Offers a One-Stop Entertainment, Shopping and Din ing

Destination for Area Residents and Visitors. The initiative includes a dedicated website, www.downtownindecember.org, which lists holiday events, an online shopping showcase and merchant specials.

Now through January 2. Festival of Lights. Tanglewood

Park, Clemmons. A four mile route consisting

of 180 light displays. For more information, call 336- 778-6300 or visit www.tanglewoodpark.org.

Now through March 16. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily. Bodies Revealed. Traveling exhibit at the Natural Science Center of Greensboro, 4301 Lawndale Drive. A fascinating exhibit that respectfully displays more than a dozen real human bodies. For more information, visit www.natsci.org, www.bodiesgreensboro.

com or call 336-288-3769.

Third Thursday. 7:30-9pm. Triad Story Exchange. City Arts Conference Room (Suite 101) at the Greensboro Cultural Center, Greensboro. Inviting storytellers and would be storytellers of all ages and experience to join in. Share stories, give positive performance tips and spark ideas for new flights of story fancy. For more information call 336-373-2731.

Ongoing. The Women’s Resource Center Classes. 628 Summit Ave., Greensboro. Space is limited. Call 275- 6090 to register or visit www.womenscentergso.org.

Going on now. WCWG-TV Real Value School Fundraiser.

The $10 Real Value Coupon book was created

by WCWG-TV to help schools raise much needed money. One-hundred percent of the money is kept by the schools. The coupon book is filled with over 130 coupons, and includes over $1,000 in free or buy one get one free offers.

FaithAction is now offering new Beginning and Intermediate courses in foreign languages. FaithAction International House, 705 N. Greene St., Greensboro. Cost $65. For more information or to sign up for any of these language programs, please call 379-0037 ext. 1 or by e-mail at rnilsen@ faihouse.org. Register online at http://faihouse.org/ learn/classes/.

Ongoing. Classes, computer classes, book clubs, discussions, business and career services, story times, after school enrichment, children’s puppet shows and movies, family fun and arts & crafts are offered at the Greensboro Public Libraries (all branches). For information on these events call 373- 2471 or visit www.greensborolibrary.org.

( animals )

Third Tuesdays. 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Pet Loss Support Group. Highland Presbyterian Church Activi ties

Bldg, 2380 Cloverdale Ave., Winston-Salem.

Sponsored by Forsyth Humane Society. For more information, call 721.1303 or 777.1070.

Daily. 11:00 a.m., 1:30, 2:00 & 3:00 p.m. Animal Discovery Keeper Talks. Natural Science Center, 4301 Lawndale Dr., Greensboro. One-on-one in teraction

with highly trained zoo professionals gives visitors a very real and personal glimpse into the lives of the keepers and animals alike. For more information visit www.natsci.org.

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