WNC Calendar

Happening today

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 this month. 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 textbook. 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.