The Laurel of Asheville‘s Community Events Calendar

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November 2017

Stacy McAnulty – Pajama Story Time for EARTH: MY FIRST 4.54 BILLION YEARS

November 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Spellbound Children’s Bookshop, 640 Merrimon Avenue, #204
Asheville, NC 28805 United States
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Free

North Carolina’s Stacy McAnulty is one busy writer. The author shares her new picture book with us on Tuesday, November 14, at a special bedtime Story Time starting at 6 p.m. Getting close to bedtime? No worries, bring the kids in their jammies – Spellbound is having a Pajama Party with Stacy and her new book, Earth: My First 4.54 Billion Years. In Earth, "Planet Awesome" tells kids her story from her point of view. In this funny yet informative…

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Interfaith Peace Conference

November 16 - November 19
Lake Junaluska, 759 N Lakeshore Dr
Lake Junaluska, 28745 United States
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The Interfaith Peace Conference at Lake Junaluska is an ongoing response to God’s call to peacemaking and reconciliation. Affirming the community of Abrahamic faiths, the Interfaith Peace Conference seeks to work in partnership with Christians, Jews, Muslims, and members of other religious traditions to advance the work of reconciliation and peace. Lodging and meal packages are available at Lake Junaluska.

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It’s A Wonderful Life: Live From WVL Radio Theater

November 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Isis Restaurant & Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd.
Asheville, 28806
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15$ - 20$

The Golden Age of Radio is alive and well at the Isis Music Hall, as Immediate Theatre Project's "WVL Radio Theater" brings this classic story to life before your very …ears! When a winter storm derails WVL’s plans to present It’s A Wonderful Life, a small band of station employees take matters into their own hands. Join George Bailey, Mr. Potter, Clarence the Angel and many more for this perennial story celebrating the power of community.

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December 2017

Balsam Range Art of Music Festival

December 1 - December 2
Lake Junaluska, 759 N Lakeshore Dr
Lake Junaluska, 28745 United States
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Balsam Range is a bluegrass and acoustic music group founded in 2007 in Haywood County, N.C. The two-day Art of Music festival will feature some of the top bluegrass and acoustic musicians in the nation. In addition to two nights of performances by a variety of artists, the event will also include workshops on traditional music, instrument-building and dance. Lodging and meal packages are available.

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Holiday Greenery and Craft Sale

December 1, 2017 - December 2, 2018
Bullington Gardens, 95 Upper Red Oak Trail
Hendersonville, NC 28792 United States
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Free

Bullington Gardens' 13th Annual Holiday Sale features premium, freshly-cut Fraser fir trees ranging 5-8' in height. These native trees come from the Western North Carolina mountains. Also available are premium garlands in two lengths plus unadorned 12” wreaths. An order form is available at www.bullingtongardens.org. Holiday greenery must be pre-ordered by Wednesday, Nov. 22, as limited quantities will be available at the Holiday Craft Sale. Greenery can be picked up during the Holiday Sale, and weekdays thereafter. The Holiday Craft…

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An evening with Victor & Penny

December 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd.
Asheville, NC 28806 United States
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$10.00

An Evening with Victor & Penny Join us in the upstairs lounge for Swing-infused jazz and pop rooted in the riff-driven Kansas City style, delivered with class, joy, and soaring musical improvisation. “...this duo hits it out of the park with something charming and subversive at the same time.” --Chris Spector – Midwest Record $10 Advance | $12 Door 5:00pm Doors 7:00pm Show Seating is limited; advance tickets recommended

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Purple Crayon Workshop: Mini-Gourd Ornament Painting

December 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Purple Crayon, 9 Old Burnsville Hill Rd, Ste 5
Asheville, NC 28804 United States
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$38

Looking for a unique ornament to hang on your tree or decorate your table this holiday season? Or not quite sure what to give that special someone on your list? Consider creating a gourdgeous painted mini-goard! ​ In this fun holiday workshop, Anna Holbrook will provide everything you need to turn miniature “dancing gourds” into works of art. You'll receive two to four clean, dried gourds, examples of techniques you can use to decorate your gourds, strategies for successful designs,…

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Christmas Fair at The Wool Room

December 2 @ 10:00 am - December 3 @ 5:00 pm
The Wool Room, 630 Boxcar Street
HENDERSONVILLE, NC 28792 United States
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Free

Christmas Fair at The Wool Room Where you’ll find a unique collection of handmade textiles and crafts from the best in WNC! A beautiful handmade piece will be raffled off on Sunday afternoon. Take some chances, buy your gifts and don’t miss this year’s fair. Saturday, Dec. 2, 10-5 and Sunday, Dec 3, 12-5 at 630 Boxcar Street, Hendersonville. (828)-692-7373

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Appalachian Christmas at Lake Junaluska

December 7 - December 10
Lake Junaluska, 759 N Lakeshore Dr
Lake Junaluska, 28745 United States
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Let the nostalgic charm of Appalachian hospitality warm you this holiday season. Awaken the spirit of Christmas through festive live music, hearty meals and local artistry. Festivities include a performance of Handel’s Messiah, the Lake Junaluska Singers Christmas concert, a matinee performance by The Cockman Family and the Appalachian Christmas Craft Show. Lodging and meal packages are available for those attending this event through Lake Junaluska.

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Handel’s Messiah Performance

December 8 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Lake Junaluska, 759 N Lakeshore Dr
Lake Junaluska, 28745 United States
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Let the nostalgic charm of Appalachian hospitality warm you this holiday season. Awaken the spirit of Christmas through festive live music, hearty meals and local artistry. Festivities include a performance of Handel’s Messiah to open the weekend on Friday, December 8th, other concerts and the Appalachian Christmas Craft Show showcasing dozens of local artisans. Lodging and meal packages are available for those attending the full event at Lake Junaluska.

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Appalachian Christmas Craft Show

December 9 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Lake Junaluska, 759 N Lakeshore Dr
Lake Junaluska, 28745 United States
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Let the nostalgic charm of Appalachian hospitality warm you this holiday season. Awaken the spirit of Christmas through festive live music, hearty meals and local artistry. The Appalachian Christmas craft show brings together vendors from all over the Appalachian region to sell their unique and beautiful crafts. Lodging and meal packages are available for those participating wishing to stay at Lake Junaluska.

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The Cockman Family at Lake Junaluska

December 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lake Junaluska, 759 N Lakeshore Dr
Lake Junaluska, 28745 United States
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Let the nostalgic charm of Appalachian hospitality warm you this holiday season. Awaken the spirit of Christmas through festive live music, hearty meals and local artistry. Festivities include a matinee performance by the Cockman Family on Saturday, December 9th, other concerts and the Appalachian Christmas Craft Show showcasing dozens of local artisans. Lodging and meal packages are available for those attending the full event at Lake Junaluska.

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Lake Junaluska Singers in Concert

December 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lake Junaluska, 759 N Lakeshore Dr
Lake Junaluska, 28745 United States
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Let the nostalgic charm of Appalachian hospitality warm you this holiday season. Awaken the spirit of Christmas through festive live music, hearty meals and local artistry. The Lake Junaluska Singers will perform a Christmas concert on Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. as part of Lake Junaluska’s Appalachian Christmas event.

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Asheville Jewish Community Center Hanukkah 8K

December 10 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Asheville Jewish Community Center, 256 Charlotte Street
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
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$35

2017 JCC Hanukkah 8K Please join us for the Asheville Jewish Community Center’s 2nd annual JCC Hanukkah 8K!  The race begins at 9:15 am on December 10 at the Asheville JCC, 236 Charlotte Street.  Runners and walkers of all ages are encouraged to participate. The event is a community-wide celebration of the upcoming 8 day Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights. Proceeds of the JCC Hanukkah 8K will benefit Shalom Children’s Center. Race day registration is…

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January 2018

10th Anniversary of Lake Lure New Year’s Day Polar Plunge and Events

January 1, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Lake Lure Beach Area, 2724 Memorial Hwy
Lake Lure, NC 28746 United States
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Don your costume and braveness for the 10th Anniversary of the Lake Lure New Year's Day Polar Plunge and Events such as a Dash & Splash Fun Run and Plunge-A-War contest. Registration begins at 9am or register online at the Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge's website. Or for more information go the the Lake Lure New Year's Facebook page or call Coordinator Kat Canant @ 828-243-0540

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Purple Crayon Workshop: Let’s Make a T-Shirt Quilt!

January 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Purple Crayon, 9 Old Burnsville Hill Rd, Ste 5
Asheville, NC 28804 United States
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$80

Now that the holiday crazies are over, it’s time to give YOURSELF a gift! Gather 16 of your favorite old t-shirts—from your favorite concerts, events, vacations, and school days (or, in a pinch, the local thrift store!)—and create a beautiful memory quilt! In this workshop, Purple Crayon's founder and avid quilter, Pam Robbins, will teach you the basic quilting skills you need to make an easy, but lovely (and snuggly!) blanket for your living room, basement, child's dorm room—or wherever…

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Purple Crayon Workshop: Creating Children’s Picture Books

January 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Purple Crayon, 9 Old Burnsville Hill Rd, Ste 5
Asheville, NC 28804 United States
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$112

Thinking of writing or illustrating a book for kids? Whether it’s for the children in your family, or for publication, award-winning writer Linda Lowery will walk you through the basics of what makes a terrific picture book. Since the writing always comes first (yep, even for Maurice Sendak!), in this workshop, you'll focus on how to: - Discover fresh story ideas - Find your natural, authentic voice - Play around with rhythm and rhyme - Work within industry-standard format, page…

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