WNC Calendar

Happening today

SWANNANOA VALLEY MONTESSORI SCHOOL: Informational/registration meetings for Swannanoa Valley Montessori School, which is planning on starting pre-primary classes for ages 3-5 this fall in Black Mountain. All interested parents or other persons are invited to attend at 7 p.m. at Black Mountain Library. Call 669-8571 or e-mail swanmont@juno.com for more information.

NRA BASIC RIFLE SAFE HANDLING AND SHOOTING SKILLS COURSE: Registration deadline is today for 14-hour certificate course for ages 12 and up. Fee is $55. Start date is Saturday, April 26, at On Target Shooting Range, 1160 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville. Contact Mark at 258-2278 for more information.

ASHEVILLE COMPOSITE SQUADRON OF THE CIVIL AIR PATROL: Meets at 7:30 p.m. in the squadron headquarters building at 61 Aviation Drive in the General Aviation section of the Asheville Regional Airport. Anyone interested in joining is invited. For more information, e-mail Phil Kelley at nc4utvols@aol.com.

“MY FAIR LADY”: Performance begins at 7 p.m. at the James F. DeBruhl Theatre at North Buncombe High School. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Box office opens at 6 p.m. For advance tickets, call 645-4221, Ext. 20.

SELF HELP FOR THE HARD OF HEARING: A support group for those with hearing problems will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. in the third-floor conference room at 445 Biltmore Ave. (across from St. Joseph’s Hospital). Call 251-6190 for more information.

FAMILY NIGHT STORY TIME: At 7 p.m. at North Asheville Library, 37 Larchmont Drive. An evening of stories, songs, puppets and fun for children ages four through third grade. Call 251-4991 for more information.

CREATIVE JOB SEARCH: At 10 a.m. at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. Call 255-2503 for more information.

BUNCOMBE COUNTY SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION: Meets at 5:15 p.m. at 155 Hilliard Ave., Suite 205, Asheville. For more information, call Sandra 250-4787.

Friday, April 4

DOG PORTRAITS ART EXHIBIT: Opening party from 4 to 8 p.m. at Gourmet Perks, 165 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Lois Simbach presents dog portraits through the month of April. A percentage of the sales will benefit Friends of Madison County Animals. For more information, call 649-9768.

SENIOR GAMES AND SILVER ARTS REGISTRATION: From 9 to noon at Waynesville Recreation Center. A variety of athletic and artistic competitions for adults 55 and older. For more information, call 452-2370.

SPRING DANCE: For children ages 7 to 15, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Waynesville Recreation Center, 550 Vance St. There will be movies, pizza and drinks in addition to dancing. The price of admission is $5 and includes a slice of pizza and a drink.

WESTERN-STYLE SQUARE DANCE: Early rounds at 7:15 p.m. at East Asheville Community Center, Tunnel Road, with Asheville Allemanders Square Dance Club. $8 per couple for nonmembers. For more information, call 298-2870 or 298-0593.

“HOW TO DESIGN AND BUILD YOUR OWN HOME” COURSE: From 6 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Enka campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. Cost is $85 which includes text book. Bob Johnson, a licensed North Carolina general contractor, author and college instructor, will teach the course. To enroll, call 777-6866. Limited seating.

“THE ABSENCE OF A CELLO” PLAY: Will be performed at 8 p.m. at Peacock Playhouse in Hayesville. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students. Call 389-8632 or (877) 691-9906 for more information.

TAX TOUR 2003: At noon at Shoney’s Restaurant, Long Shoals exit off Interstate 26, Asheville. Sponsored by The John Locke Foundation and Citizens for a Sound Economy. For more information, call Thomas Croom at (866) JLF-INFO or e-mail tcroom@johnlocke.org.

ASHEVILLE FEDERATION OF NEGRO WOMEN: Meets at 6 p.m. at The Friendship Center, 141 Shiloh Road, Asheville. Call Claudia Tucker at 274-2198 for more information.

Saturday, April 5

SEN. JOHN EDWARDS AT SPRING GALA: The senator will speak at 6 p.m. at the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community Collge Enka campus. Dinner tickets are $35 each and may be purchased from the chairman of the Democratic Party in each of the 15 counties in the 11th District or by calling 274-1731.

HOW TO BE YOUR OWN EDITOR: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 29 1/2 Page Ave., downtown Asheville. Sponsored by The Writer’s Workshop. Cost is $50 for members and $55 for nonmembers. For more information, call 254-8111.

ELECTRONICS COLLECTION DAY: From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at National Guard Armory, Brevard Road, West Asheville. For more information, call Buncombe County Solid Waste at 250-5460.

WRITING THE SHORT STORY WITH KAREN ACKERSON: Teens will work on stories and learn how to revise work for publication or reading. Call The Writers Workshop at 254-8111 for more information.

PET ADOPTION FAIR: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at SuperPetz, 825 Brevard Road, Asheville. For more information, call Animal Compassion Network at 258-4820 or visit www.a-cnet.org.

“THE ART OF THE MILLINER” SYMPOSIUM: About the role of fashion and women in Appalachia at 10:30 a.m. at Tartan Hall, 24 Church St., Franklin. Refreshments will be served. Call Barbara White at 524-9758 for more information.

MATH N’ ART EDUCATION FAIR: From noon to 4 p.m. at the Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville. Call 252-8215 for more information.

HENDERSONVILLE SYMPHONY: “Joy and Sorrow” will be performed at 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 697-5884 or visit www.hendersonvillesymphony.org.

THE POTTING SHED SPRING LECTURE: Free admission. “Ramblings of a Rhodoholic Speaker” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., “Japanese Maple Mania” from noon to 1 p.m. and “Go Organic: Be Kind to Our Environment” from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at The Potting Shed, 408 Mills Gap Road, Fletcher. Call 684-8050 for reservations.

SERVICE NORTH CAROLINA DAY: UNC Association of Student Governments will hold a statewide event that unites universities in their efforts to give back to their communities through one day of service that will generate more than 30,000 service hours. For more information, call (919) 715-2431.

ANTIQUE TRACTOR PULL: Lawn and garden tractor pull at 10 a.m., antique tractors pull at 1 p.m. at Edneyville “speedway,” corner of South Mills Gap Road and U.S. 64 in Henderson County. Free admission. For more information, call 684-9661 before 8 p.m.

SONS OF UNION VETERANS OF THE CIVIL WAR: Meets at 10:30 a.m. in Candler to organize a Western North Carolina camp of this national patriotic organization. For more directions and information, call Tom Rightmyer at 225-0515.

BINGO: Activities start at 7 p.m. at Center Community Center, 2 East Fork Road, Marshall. Hot dogs and fixings will be on sale. All proceeds go to the center for utilities, payments, continuing a meal-site for seniors and the children’s tutoring programs. For more information, call 689-9021.

WNCwriters: A creative writing workshop using the Amherst Writers & Artists method. Two groups: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon and Sundays from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, contact facilitator Joy Bagley at jbagley030@earthlink.net or 658-9458.

BLUE RIDGE WATERMEDIA SOCIETY: Member’s paintings will be exhibited from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through May 4 at the Biltmore Estate’s Deerpark Restaurant. The event coincides with the estate’s Festival of Flowers.

NARFE: Chapter 156 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees will meet from 10 a.m. to noon at the UNCA Cafeteria, Asheville. Lunch will be available starting at 11:30 a.m. Call 658-3461 for more information.

NATURAL SINGING WORKSHOP: From 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Namaste Yoga & Healing Center, 57 Broadway, downtown Asheville. $35 or $45 day of event. Pre-registration is required. Call 253-6985 for more information.

BAKE SALE FUNDRAISER: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wal-Mart in Clyde to benefit Lake Logan-Cecil Volunteer Fire Department of Canton. Baked goods, Rada knives and utensils, planners, flavorings. For more information, call 648-8411 or 648-9917.

PAPERBACK BOOK SALE: From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at East Asheville Library, 902 Tunnel Road. Three books for $1. Call 298-1889 for more information.

“THE ABSENCE OF A CELLO” PLAY: Will be performed at 8 p.m. at Peacock Playhouse in Hayesville. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students. Call 389-8632 or (877) 691-9906 for more information.

PROMSTYLE: Prom fashion and makeover event from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Fletcher Town Hall for female high school juniors and seniors. Tickets are $7. Call 2 77-8419 or 687-0751 for information.

ETHOS PERCUSSION GROUP: Performs at 8 p.m. at The Porter Center for the Performing Arts, Brevard College. Call 884-8324 for more information.

BREAKFAST WITH EASTER BUNNY: From 9 to 10 a.m. in the food court at the Asheville Mall. Admission is $1.50 for adults and children. Enjoy face painting, cookie decorating and photos with the bunny. Reserve your breakfast by calling 298-5080.

RELAXATION WORKSHOP: From 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Blue Ridge Motor Lodge, room 280, Interstate 240 to Exit 6, Asheville. Presented by author of “800 Stepping Stones to Complete Relaxation.” For more information, call 273-4858.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR LITTER PICK UP: Clean up day in the Upper Hominy Valley community of Candler. Friends of Mount Pisgah and Protectors of Standhill Mountain will meet at 9 a.m. at the Stoney Fork picnic area. Orange vests and trash bags will be provided for litter pickup from the picnic grounds to top of N.C. 151. For more information, call Susan Gray at 771-5503 or e-mail susang@mtn.ncahec.org.

Sunday, April 6

BOOK READING: Authors Cynn Chadwick and Jeff Rackham will read from their books, talk about the art of writing and answer questions from the audience at Henderson County Public Library, 301 N. Washington St., Hendersonville. Free admission. Call 697-4725 for more information.

WILDFLOWER PROGRAM: At 2:30 p.m. at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. Free admission. For more information, call 255-5203.

VIDEOACTIVIST WORKSHOP: From 2 to 6 p.m. at Asheville Community Resource Center, 63 N. Lexington Ave. RSVP by email or phone to reserve a place at 664-0186 or info@mountaineyemedia.org. Sponsored by the Asheville Free School.

MARS HILL QUARTET: Madison County Arts Council’s “Hills Are Alive With Music” presents Mars Hill Quartet at 3 p.m. at Church of the Holy Spirit, Mars Hill (Bone Camp Road, off N.C. 213). Suggested donation $5. Call 689-5507 for more information.

EASTER EGG HUNT: From 2 to 4 p.m. at The Laurels of Summit Ridge, 100 Riceville Road, Asheville. For more information, call 299-1110.

WNCwriters: A creative writing workshop using the Amherst Writers & Artists method from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, e-mail jbagley030@earthlink.net or call 658-9458.

FREE HAIRCUTS FOR THE NEEDY: From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fantastic Sam’s in Weaverville local beauticians join together to help the underprivileged with a haircut and clothing. Call 645-7731 for more information or to make a donation.

CHANTING AND POSTURES FOR OPENING THE CHAKRAS: From 2 to 4 p.m. at Namaste Yoga & Healing Center, 57 Broadway, downtown Asheville. $35. Pre-regis