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( music )

April 26 through 29. Merlefest 25. Wilkes Community College. 1328 S Collegiate Dr., Wilkesboro. With 90 performers on 14 stages, MerleFest is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, gathering to celebrate the memory of musician Eddy Merle Watson, beloved son of American music icon Doc Watson. For more info and tickets, call 800.343.7857 or visit www.merfest.org

April 27. 8-10pm. Yoga Music Party. The Yoga Gallery. 633 N Trade St., Winston-Salem. Join Wynne Paris as he blends an eastern Heart and a western Head for a great mix of yoga jams. For more info, visit www.yogagallery.net

April 27. Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands and Hopeforagoldensummer. CFBG Record and Art Co-op. 930 S Chapman St., Greensboro. North Carolina’s Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands combine an eclectic mix of influences and experience to create haunting gypsy tunes that verge on vaudeville at times, and sound to me like the soundtrack to a lost Tim Burton flick. For more info, visit www.cfbgs.com

April 28. 2pm. Space Rocks! K.R. Williams Auditorium. Winston-Salem State University. 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Winston-Salem. The Winston-Salem Symphony presents Space Rocks!, the final concert in its 2011- 2012 Discovery Concerts for Kids series. For more info and tickets, call 336.464.0145 or visit www.wssymphony.org

April 28. 7:30pm. Music for Mary: A Concert of Beautiful Music In Remembrance of a Beautiful Person, Mary D.B.T. Semans. Stevens Center, UNCSA. 405 W 4th St., Winston-Salem. Performed by the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra, with support from the faculty of the School of Music, under the direction of Conductor and Chancellor John Mauceri. For more info and tickets, call 336.230.0001

April 28. 8:30-11:30pm. Mint Julep Jazz Band. Oriental Shrine Club. 5010 High Point Rd., Greensboro. With their little big band lineup of 4 horns, rhythm section, and vocalist, the Mint Julep Jazz Band recreates the hot jazz sounds of the 1920s and 1930s through arrangements based on original recordings from the jazz age and swing era. For more info, visit www.piedmontswingdance.org

April 29 through May 1. The X Factor Registration & Auditions. The Greensboro Coliseum. 1921 E Lee St., Greensboro. THE X FACTOR is searching for America’s best undiscovered talent. If you are a solo artist or vocal group and are ages 12 and up, you can audition for THE X FACTOR Season 2. For more info, visit www.thexfactorusa.com

June 12. 7pm. Marvin Hamlisch Performance. Dana Auditorium, Guilford College Campus. 5800 W Friendly Ave., Greensboro. Hamlisch is a four-time Emmy winner and has earned three Oscars, four Grammys, one Tony, and three Golden Globe awards. NewBridge Bank and EMF are proud to present this special event in celebration of EMF’s 51st season. For more info and tickets, visit www. easternmusicfestival.org or call 336.272.0160

June 21-24. 2012 East Coast Songwriters Conference. Community Arts Cafe. 411 W Fourth St., Winston-Salem. The annual conference provides attendees with a weekend full of valuable resources for honing the craft of songwriting including workshops, seminars & showcases, with opportunities for face to face networking with the music industry Pros. For more info, visit www.communityartscafe.com

May 1. 7am. The X-Factor - Open Auditions. Greensboro Coliseum. 1921 W Lee St., Greensboro. Singers and vocal groups 12 years of age or older. Early registration is encouraged. For more info, visit www.thexfactorusa.com

May 4. 8pm. The Lost Trailers w/ Too Far Gone. Bucked Up Super Saloon. 1160 Hwy 66 South, Kernersville. For more info, call 336.416.2857

May 6. 4pm. Men Singing Their Faith VII. Providence Baptist Church. 1106 Tuscaloosa St., Greensboro. This concert will include the male choirs of various GSO churches and the individual choirs will sing both songs of their own choosing as well in a mass choir. Although the concert is open and free to the public, a donation for the Greensboro Urban Ministry will be taken. A reception with refreshments will be held after the concert.

( new age )

April 27. 6-8pm. Earrings: Basics and Beyond. Bubbling Well Bead & Tea Bar. 612 Trade St., Winston- Salem. Learn the art of making wrapped loops from wire, attaching top-drilled beads, dangle beads from chains, and wire hammering techniques. For more info, visit www.bubblingwellbeadandteabar.com

April 28. 7am-2pm. Herbal Thyme Guild Herb Festival. GSO Farmer’s Market. 105 Yanceyville St., Greensboro. Plants for Sale, Family Fun, Music, Facepainting, Food, Herbal Products, Demonstrations & Raffle. For more info, call 336.349.5512

May 9. 6-8pm. Beading Basics Classes. Bubbling Well Bead & Tea Bar. 612 Trade St., Winston-Salem. This class is for anyone who has no experience or wants to improve their basic skills. For more info, visit www.bubblingwellbeadandteabar.com

May 16. 2-3pm. Yoga for the Mind, Body, and Soul. Pennybyrn at Maryfield. 109 Penny Rd., High Point. The workshops, Caregivers Need Care Too, are free to family caregivers. Registration is requested in advance of each workshop. For registration and more info, call 336.373.4816

Happenin now. Lunch Time Yoga. Sunrise Yoga Studio. 6000 Meadowbrook Mall Ct. #1, Clemmons. For six weeks on Wednesday starting April 11, 2012, we will offer 45 minute sessions of Yoga. From 12 noon to 12:45 For students of all levels, including beginners. Attend 1 session or all 6. $60 for all 6 sessions. $15 single class. For more info, visit www.sunriseyoga.net

( kids/teens )

April 28. 9am-4pm. Children’s Book Signing. Lexington Women’s Club. 400 Greensboro Rd. Extension, Lexington. Children’s book author, Michele M. Manderine, will be reading from and signing copies of her book, “Tristan, The Maine Coon Cat”. Michele will also be selling her handmade cat & dog afghans and cat photo greeting cards featuring her cat, “Remi, The Ragdoll”.For more info, call 336.249.3907

April 28. 10am-1pm. Healthy Kids Day. Hartley Drive Family YMCA. 150 W Hartley Dr., High Point. This fun-filled event will feature activities such as happy hair, mascot appearances, martial art demos and more! For more info, call 336.869.0151

May 4 (6-9pm) & 5 (10am-6pm). Spring Carnival at Shadybrook Elementary. Shadybrook Elementary School. 503 Shady Brook Rd., High Point. Amusement rides including a ferris wheel, games, and a dunking booth will be at the first Shadybrook Spring Carnival. Tickets may be purchased at the event. For more info, call 336.819.2950

May 5. 1-4pm. Greensboro Cultural Center Summer Camp Fair. GSO Cultural Center. 200 N Davie St., Greensboro. Activities at the fair will include arts and crafts, face painting, food, music, and performances. Tours of the Greensboro Cultural Center’s various camp venues will be offered throughout the afternoon with opportunities to sign up for the summer sessions. For more info, call 336.373.2549 or visit www.greensboro-nc.gov/leisure

Happening now. Camp Pioneer registration. Hartley Drive Family YMCA. 150 W Hartley Dr., High Point. We will be going on field trips, playing games, swimming, assembly, arts and crafts, and much more! Space is limited so call 869-0151 or visit hpymca.org/hartley for more information!

Happening now. Kids Poetry Basketball. Kids Poetry Basketball is a literacy-enhancing program for children ages 4-13 developed in Greensboro. Kids learn about poetry, reading, grammar, and proper formation of sentences and more while playing basketball games. For more info, visit www.kidspoetrybasketball.com

( leagues/clubs )

May 1. 7-8:30pm. Mosaic Writing: Using Fiction, Poetry and Memoir in Creative Non-Fiction. Reynolda Manor Branch Library. 2839 Fairlawn Dr., Winston- Salem. with Marjorie Hudson, M.F.A., author, essayist, and poet. “This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.”For more info, visit www.wswriters.org

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. 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, Saturdays & Sundays. Piedmont Hiking and Outing Group Event. Our members represent a wide range of age and professional and family characteristics, and offers opportunities and challenges for everyone. For more info, 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.

( sports & fitness )

May 12. Declan’s Dash 5K & 1/2 mile fun run. Harmon Park. Harmon Lane, Kernersville. Registration details can be found on Precision Timing’s website -http://precisiontimingsystems.com/racecalendar.htm?evrec=E143. Proceeds from this year’s run will be used to build Declan’s second playground in Kernersville’s Beeson Park.

May 12. 10:30am-4:30pm. 12th Annual Bethabara Highland Games. Historic Bethabara Park. 2147 Bethabara Rd., Winston-Salem. With tartan-clad athletes throwing heavy stuff, the gathering of Scottish clans, pipe and drum bands, battle axe competition, children’s events and Border collie sheep herding demonstrations. For more info, visit www.bethabarapark.org

Now through May 5. “Get Fit Greensbro” Wellness Festival. Varying Locations. This event is to promote wellness activities and education to the community at large and raise awareness of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). All proceeds will benefit several families for the loved one diagnosed with ALS. For more info, call 336.851.1890 (ext 1406)

Going on now. Swim Lessons Enrollment. Hartley Drive Family YMCA. 150 W Hartley Dr., High Point. Enroll your child or yourself in swim lessons today! We offer classes that meet once a week for 6 weeks at a cost of $29 for members and $54 for non-members. For more info, call 336.869.0151

( etc. )

April 26. 6:30-7:30pm. Rough’n It: Intro to Camping. Bur-Mil Clubhouse. 5834 Bur-Mil Club Rd., Greensboro. Participants will learn the basics of living outdoors, including proper camping equipment, clothing, food and safety. For more info and registration, call 336.373.3819 or visit www.burmilpark.org

April 26. 7:30-9:30pm. Wine Tasting Benefit. The Fresh Market. 1560 Highwoods Blvd., Greensboro. You’ll enjoy Prime Rib, Shrimp Cocktail, Delightful Hors d’oeuvres, Distinctive Cheese PLUS a 15% Discount on wines you purchase that evening. For more info and tickets, visit this event on www.eventsbot.com

April 27. 8am-2:30pm. Women’s Health Conference. Global Learning Center. Bennett College. 521 Gorrell St., Greensboro. Women 18 and up are invited to attend this very informative and fun workshop. Presented by Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency. For more info and registration, call 336.274.1507

April 27. 7pm. NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet. Carver School Road Church of Christ. 4399 Carver School Rd., Winston-Salem. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver,II, President of the Congressional Black Caucus will be our speaker. For more info, call 336.767.3470

April 28. Child Abuse and BullyProof seminar. Team ROC Greensboro Mixed Martial Arts. 901-F Norwalk St., Greensboro. Children will not only receive continued training, but parents and caregivers will also receive training on strategies to keep their children safe. For more info, call 336.324.3197

April 28. 8am-6:30pm. NC Writers’ Network 2012 Spring Conference. Elliott University Center. UNCG Campus. 1400 Spring Garden St., Greensboro. The annual event, co-sponsored by UNC-Greensboro’s creative writing program, draws writers from across North Carolina and beyond for workshops in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, children’s writing, and publishing, led by distinguished writing faculty. For more info, visit www.uncg.edu

April 28. 9am-12pm. Transition Greensboro: Permaculture Gardening Workday. Interactive Resource Center. 407 W Washington St., Greensboro. Our friends at Transition Greensboro are helping us put in a garden We’re cohosting a planting day and permaculture workshop. Come help out, gain some new skills and meet some wonderful people. For more info, call 336.332.0824

April 28. 10am-4pm. Community Discussion: Moving Together Toward a More Humane Society. Dynacom Event Center. 2100 E Wendover Ave., Greensboro. There are Trayvon Martins in every city. Join the discussion. Engage the issues: mass incarceration, the school to prison pipeline,police abuse and profiling. It’s about you and our future. For more info, call 336.275.0840

April 28. 10am-4pm. Blacksmithing Demonstration. High Point Museum. 1859 E Lexington Ave., High Point. Come watch our costumed blacksmith in action as he crafts various iron pieces. All ages welcome. FREE. Drop-in. For more info, call 336. 885.1859 or visit www. highpointmuseum.org

April 28. 10am-6pm. Fiber Faire. High Point Museum. 1859 E Lexington Ave., High Point. Building on the Fiber of the Community, the High Point Historical Society will sponsor a Fiber Faire. Spinning, weaving, knitting and crocheting demonstrations will be held. For more info, call 336. 885.1859 or visit www.highpointmuseum.org

April 28. 11am-3pm. JR’s Famous Lexington style BBQ Lunch. First Baptist Church on Fifth. 501 W 5th St., Winston-Salem. Cost is $8 for an adult all-you-can-eat plate and $4 for a child’s plate. A plate includes BBQ, bun, slaw, baked beans and dessert. For more info, visit www.fbcw-s.org

April 28. 6pm. Name That Tune live. Penthouse of Vanessa and Roy Carroll. Overlooking Center City Park. Greensboro Join Maestro Dmitry Sitkovetsky and comedian Adam Growe of Cash Cab fame for a recreation of the game show: Name That Tune! For more info and to RSVP, 336.335.545

April 28. 6pm. The Triad Tribute to the Troops: Four Generations of American Heroes. Koury Convention Center.

3121 High Point Rd., Greensboro. The dinner event will feature WGHP Fox 8 Senior News Anchor Neill McNeill as masters of ceremony along with a variety of live music. For more info, visit www.uso-nc.org

( animals )

Now through May 31. AARF Older Cat Adoption Campaign. AARF. 311 Harvey St., Winston-Salem. Animal Adoption Rescue Foundation will be showcasing the adorable, older cats that we have for adoption.

September. Dog Park at Tanglewood Proposed Opening. Spend a day, a week or all summer with us at the School of Greensboro Ballet as we are offering a variety of camps, classes and an intensive training session. For more info or to make a charitable contribution, visit www.wsfoundation.org

Third Tuesdays. 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Pet Loss Support Group. Highland Presbyterian Church Activities 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 interaction 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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