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ach year, I’m amazed at how early stores start stocking shelves with Christmas items. In early October, you can easily find Christmas trees, ornaments, lawn decorations and more. And long before the kids have had a chance to digest their Halloween candy, they are busy creating holiday wish lists, thanks to an abundance of TV commercials advertising the latest toys. In recent years, Christmas shopping has even spread to Thanksgiving Day, with more and more stores opening on the holiday and promoting can’t-miss deals once reserved for Black Friday. In this month’s issue, writer Laura Krupicka asks the questions: “How do I cultivate gratitude in my family amid a consumer culture that has made an art of creating wish lists? How do I sustain the thankful spirit for more than 24 hours?” (A Thanksgiving Wish, page 18). They aren’t easy questions to answer, but for Krupicka, it means no wish lists until after Thanksgiving. For my family, it means daily dinnertime conversations with each of my children about what they are grateful for that day. We discuss high points and lows, and I hope sharing these moments will teach my kids to be thankful, no matter the time of year. If you are also looking for ways to make the spirit of gratitude last, see our Thanksgiving-themed events on page 25 with several choices — story times, arts and crafts, performances, and even a showing of “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.” We also have a Thanksgiving craft idea from our art director, Renée Canada, that will be fun for you and the kids to work on together and add something unique to your fall décor (Fall Leaf Candle Jar, page 7). And once the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone and you are finally ready to make a shopping list, we have listed our top picks for toys and board games (Holiday Gift Guide, page 13). We’ve divided the items into three age groups: 0-4, 5-9, and ages 10 and up. We hope our guide will make shopping easier. As we kick off the holiday season, I also want to take a moment to let you know what I’m thankful for — my three kids, my husband of 16 years, and numerous family and friends. I’m also thankful for this magazine, our advertisers and the talented staff whose hard work makes Piedmont Parent possible. I’m also most grateful to you, our readers. Thank you. I wish each of you a very happy Thanksgiving.

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Helping children organize their writing My fourth-grade son has a difficult time trying to organize his writing. He is a great reader, but getting his thoughts down on paper seems to be impossible for him. What suggestions do you have so I can help him to improve his writing skills?

Because your son is a good reader, the library is a good place to start. Check out short children’s books such as “Curious George” or a “Clifford” book. Read with your son. Encourage him to tell you what happened first in the book, next and then at the end of the story. By doing this, your son has just completed a verbal ask the outline. Explain that this is one way teacher that authors organize their thoughts, and it is a way that he could organize his own writing. Read another book together and show him how to make a timeline of the events that happened in the story. Have him write the beginning and ending events on the line and then fill in the middle of the line with a few other events that

Holiday food safety Thanksgiving and the winter holidays are upon us, so it’s a good time to remind yourself and family members of basic food-safety tips:

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happened. Point out that this is another way to organize his writing. Another technique is to simply talk to your son about what he wants to say or what he knows about a topic. What he says should then be written down on 3-by-5 cards and placed, by him, in the order of their importance. He can then complete his writing assignment. Remember this — the more your son writes, the better his writing skills will be.

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Parents should send questions and comments to dearteacher@dearteacher. com or go to dearteacher.com. — Peggy Gisler and Marge Eberts

• Cook foods to a safe temperature using a food thermometer. Ground beef and pork should be cooked to 160 F (71.1 C); steaks, roasts and health fish should be cooked to at least 145 F (62.8 C); and chicken and turkey need to be cooked to 165 F (73.9 C).

• Wash your hands, utensils and food surfaces with warm, soapy water before and after handling or preparing food. Use hot, soapy water and bleach, if cutting raw meat, to wash utensils, cutting board and other surfaces.

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• Refrigerate or freeze perishable foods promptly, within two hours of purchasing or preparing them. If the room or air temperature is above 90 F (32.2 C), refrigerate perishable foods within one hour. • Defrost safely. Do not thaw foods at room temperature. Instead, defrost foods in the refrigerator or microwave the food using the defrost or 50 percent power setting.

• When in doubt, throw it out. If you aren’t sure if a food has been prepared, served or stored safely, discard it. Food left at room temperature too long may contain bacteria or toxins that can’t be destroyed by cooking. Even if it looks and smells fine, it may not be safe to eat. • Food poisoning is especially serious and potentially life-threatening for young children, pregnant women and their unborn children, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. These individuals should take extra precautions. — Katherine Kopp


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Colfax Persimmon Festival to be held Nov. 2 Since 2008, the Colfax Persimmon Festival has continued to grow. Planned activities and demonstrations include a blacksmith, woodworker with foot-powered pole lathe, a flintnapper, a chainsaw artist, displays of antique tractors and farm machinery, antique automobiles and trucks, live music, children’s area with games and a flea circus, Revolutionary War and Civil War talks, along with an encampment and cooking demo. For more information, go to colfaxpersimmonfest.com.

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The annual Colfax Persimmon Festival, held at the Historic Stafford Farm, celebrates the persimmon with a variety of exhibits, demonstrations, arts and crafts, live music, and of course, many persimmon-related items for sale. This year’s festival will be held Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (An inclement weather date has been set for Nov. 9.) Admission is $5 per person at the gates. Children under age 12 are free. Attendees are asked to not bring pets, coolers or alcohol.

The Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem kicks off 2013-14 season

Winston-Salem Symphony Discovery Concert for Kids to present ‘Tricks & Treats’ The Winston-Salem Symphony is presenting its first Discovery Concert for Kids of the 2013-2014 season on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. “Tricks & Treats” will feature diabolical musical delights in honor of Halloween and will take place at Reynolds Auditorium at 301 N. Hawthorne Road in Winston-Salem. Audience members are encouraged to come in their Halloween costumes, and members of the orchestra also will be participating in a costume contest of their own. The doors will open an hour earlier, at 2 p.m., for a variety

of child-friendly preconcert events including musical activities, games and an instrument petting zoo. Preconcert activities are included in the price of the concert ticket. Tickets can be purchased by calling the symphony box office at 464-0145 or at WSsymphony.org. Additional Discovery Concerts for Kids for the 2013-2014 season include the “Carolina Christmas Spectacular” on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. at Reynolds Auditorium and “Red, White & Blue” on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. at Reynolds Auditorium.

The Children’s Theatre of WinstonSalem’s 73rd season recently kicked off with “The Teacher from the Black Lagoon & Other Story Books” on Oct. 4. The 2013-14 schedule also includes: • “Peter Pan” • “Stuart Little” • “City Mouse, Country Mouse” • “The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites” • “The Monster Who Ate My Peas” • “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” • “Romeo & Juliet” All shows are held at the Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive in Winston-Salem. Tickets are $9 for general admission on Fridays and $10 general/$14 reserved seats on Saturdays. To order tickets, call 748-0857 (ext. 210) or order at childrenstheatrews.org.

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Set a kid-friendly table Keep kids entertained before and after your Thanksgiving meal with Eggnog’s colorin tablecloths and placemats, designed by renowned United Kingdom illustrator Kate Edmonds. Remember the foldable fortune tellers you used to make as a child? Your child can color Eggnog’s “fortune teller” placemat before folding it up, resulting in hours of coloring fun first, followed by fortune telling later. Color-in tablecloths feature holiday images, teatime fun, seaside adventures, knights and maidens, and more. $4.49-11.99. eggnog.co.uk.

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PARENTING TOOLBOX “Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book” by Diane Muldrow (A Golden Book, $9.99) takes you — and your kids — back to a time when picture books cost 25 cents and were sold not only at bookstores, but at five-and-dimes and department stores as well. Good advice is as valuable now as it was then. Flip through pages of iconic Golden Book art paired with helpful tips such as “Go on a joyride!” with art from “Tommy’s Wonderful Rides” by Helen Palmer, to “Be a hugger” with art from “George Finds a Grandpa” by MiriamYoung. Enjoy art by Richard Scarry, Mary Blair, Eloise Wilkin and other famed illustrators. randomhouse.com.


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Fall Leaf Candle Jar SUPPLIES:

Note: Use a dabbing technique on glass

• Glass jar (a Mason jar works great) • Fall leaves* • Mod Podge Paintbrush • Acrylic Spray (optional) craft • Raffia corner • Tea light candle

where there are no leaves. This will

1. Brush jar all over with an ample coat

of Mod Podge, avoiding the bottom and the top ridges (if using Mason jar).

2. Attach your leaves one by one, arranging and slightly overlapping as you go. Smooth down the edges and brush with additional Mod Podge as necessary to adhere them well. Let dry. Be sure to not cover your entire jar with leaves or you won’t have very much light shine through.

3. Once dry, brush with one more coat

look nicer than brush strokes once dry.

4. If desired you can also seal with a coat of acrylic spray after Mod Podge is dry.

5. Tie raffia bow around top and pop in a tea light. Your candle jar is ready for your Thanksgiving table! * You may use pressed and dried fall leaves. Or if you are short on time and don’t have the two weeks necessary to properly dry your leaves, you can also use artificial silk ones. Just make sure your leaves don’t contain rigid veins and are pliable enough to adhere to the jar’s curves.

of Mod Podge and let jar dry fully.

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Teaching kids appropriate risk-taking By Malia Jacobson | Freelance writer and mother of two

Every parent wants his or her child to soar. But daring to dream big means learning to take appropriate risks — and learning when to hold back. Cultivating a healthy approach to risk is vital to helping a child achieve her full potential. Whether your child is a timid toddler or a thrill-seeking teen, you can teach appropriate risk-taking — and help your child take flight.

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Love lessons

A child’s willingness to try new things — food, clothing, or the new jungle gym at the park — is a good indicator of his tolerance for risk. Kids who avoid risks and dislike new experiences may be labeled shy, stubborn, or picky, but these labels skirt the truth. In reality, a risk-avoidant child simply needs extra time to process new experiences and places a premium on making a good choice. Parents can help risk-adverse kids step out of their comfort zone by dialing down pressure around simple choices. Let a child choose when to try a new food instead of coaxing her, for example, or let her know that you won’t be disappointed if she doesn’t climb the jungle gym today. Making sure your child knows that she’s loved unconditionally — regardless of how a choice pans out — can increase her willingness to take small risks.

Skill building

School-aged kids are old enough to learn about the many shades of risk, both good and bad, says licensed marriage and family therapist Amanda Lis. “Not all risk is bad — some risks are positive. Taking risks like trying out for a team and being accepted can build confidence.” As grade-schoolers become more independent, they need to learn how to recognize a dangerous situations and safe people to talk to or appropriate places to go when they need help, says Lis. “Asking children what they perceive as risky, or to name situations in which they feel at risk, can guide parents in knowing which topics could be an issue.” At this age, critical thinking skills are still under construction, so practicing how to react in a dangerous scenario can be helpful. Giving kids a “script,” so that they know what to say in a stressful or risky situation, is another important step.

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Teens and risk go hand-in-hand — or rather, smartphone-inhand. Tweens and teens can easily put themselves at risk by sharing too much information online, says Charlotte father of three Paul Adkinson, creator of ZABRA, an online service that sends detailed reports to parents about risks kids are taking on social media sites. “Young people now live in a world of over-sharing,” he says. “Some 92 percent of teens post their real name to social media sites, 91 percent post pictures of themselves and 71 percent post the city or town where they live.” Teaching older children good cyber habits can help keep them safe online. Tweens and teens should set their profiles on social media sites to “private,” so that people they don’t know won’t have access to their personal information. If your teen is on Facebook, you should be, too — parents should always “friend” or follow their teen on social media. “Parents should let their kids know that it’s OK for them to be on Facebook and Twitter, but that they should be careful in terms of what they share,” says Adkinson. “A good rule to live by is to never post anything that you don’t want the whole world to see.”

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Holiday Gift Guide Toys and board games for all ages Ready to hit the stores? We have great suggestions for toys and board games your kids will love in three age groups: 0-4, 5-9 and 10 and older. Next month, check out part two of our Holiday Gift Guide, which will feature electronics, books and stocking stuffers.

ages 0-4 Big Hugs Elmo. The most responsive Elmo ever. When you hug him, he hugs back. Big Hugs Elmo also features fun songs, dancing and fun imagination scenarios so kids can pretend. $59.99. hasbro. com. Ages 18 months-4 years. My First Crayola Mess-Free Touch Lites. With no muss or mess, this is perfect for the little artist. Tiny fingers can draw and scribble or use fine motor skills with the stylus. Each color has a corresponding tune to combine art and music. $28.99. crayola.com. Ages 24 months+. Wiggimals. These soft, round animals move and shake to encourage babies to crawl in pursuit. With the touch of their heads, the Wiggimals make animals sounds, play “Old McDonald” and travel around the floor. $14.99. littletikes.com. Ages 6 months+. Mooshka Tots Doll. Collect all these adorable, washable and colorful dolls. Each comes in a gift box with a finger puppet doll and a paper-doll chain. mooshka.com. $12.99. Ages 2+. Skip Hop Giraffe Safari Activity Gym. Soft and colorful, this multisensory play mat is perfect for the budding baby explorer in your life. Baby can explore the mats’ textures, gaze into the turtle mirror and reach for miniature stuffed animals that

can be hung from the sort arches. skiphop.com. $75. Ages 3-12 months. PlasmaBug Rider. This rider is sturdy and light with front and rear compartments to store a child’s favorite toys or snacks while he or she zooms around the house. It swivels and easily fits through small spaces, making it a perfect toy for indoor play. plasmarttoys.com. $60. Ages 18 months+. Begin Again Buddy Blocks. Made from sustainably harvested rubber wood, this puzzle is perfect for the ecofriendly family. The four-piece puzzle makes six different sea creatures, including an octopus, crab, sea turtle, starfish, ray and shark. beginagaintoys. com. $13. Ages 18 months+. Go! Go! Smart Wheels Construction Playset. Your tiny construction worker can have hours of fun playing with the rotating play claw and the SmartPoint dump. There is also a conveyor ramp and a weigh station that is sure to utilize his or her imagination. vtechkids. com. $34.99. Ages 1-5. Bunny Peek-A-Boo. Give the gift of fun and learning with a 3D puzzle that promotes logic, problem-solving and spatial dynamics. Children can try to put together the puzzle to match the challenge cards or just play with it as a wooden toy. smartgames.eu. $24.99. Age 2+.

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ages 5-9 Bananagrams. Requiring no pencil, paper or board, Bananagrams is an anagram game that comes in a portable banana-shaped pouch and is perfect fun for all the family. $14.95. bananagrams.com. Ages 7+. Appleletters. A game for early readers where players work together to build a “word worm” by adding words to the head or tail. $14.95. bananagrams.com. Ages 5+.

NFL Rush Zone Board Game. Players split into teams and a coin flip starts the game. The offense rolls dice to keep the drive alive, while the defense tries to sack the quarterback and force a turnover. Average playtime is 20-30 minutes per game. $19.99. technosourcehk. com. Ages 7+.

Playscape Mega Creativity Kits. More than 1,100 craft supplies are tucked inside this kit with foam and felt stickers, pom-poms, pony beads, and chenille stems. Included are idea sheets for bookmarks, flowers, jewelry and pom critters. Choose from girl- or genderneutral-themed kits. pomtreekids.com. $12.99. Ages 5+. Bitty Baby from American Girl. Girls can select their own 15-inch Bitty Baby with 11 choices in a variety of skin tones and hair colors. Includes “Bitty Baby and Me” picture book. $80. americangirl. com. Ages 3+. Nerf N-Sports Cyber Hoop. Turn any room into a virtual stadium. To begin play, fans simply download the free app on to their iDevice. Players can select from one of five basketball challenges to start shooting hoops. The set transmits players’ scores to the iDevice, and the app provides exciting commentary, tracks game stats and captures games on video. $19.99. hasbrotoyshop. com. Ages 8+.

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Codee. Codee is an activity toy, puzzle, building toy and collectible all in one. Made of flexible, linked blocks marked with letters and symbols, Codee twists, clicks and transforms into characters, animals, vehicles and more by following a simple code. Codee Starter Packs come in monster and robot themes and include one 64-link Codee strand, accessories and two creation codes. $7.99. technosourcehk.com. Ages 7+. B-Daman Break Bomber Battlefield Arena. Inspired by the “B-Daman” Season 1 TV series. Arena players must master power, speed and precision to keep up with the frenetic marble-shooting play as they shoot at the rows of blocks. $29.99. hasbrotoyshop.com. Ages 6+.


Aerobie SkyLighter Lighted Disc. Light up the sky with this LED-powered, translucent disc, which features a cushioned rim for soft catches and long, accurate flights. $14.99, aerobie.com. Ages 10+.

ages 10+ 14-in-1 Solar Robot. This solar-powered robot transforms into 14 different modes, including a dog wagging its tail, a beetle that runs, a crab that walks, a surfer, a speedster, a zombie chaser and more. $35.99, owirobot.com/14-in-1-educational-solar-robot-kit. Ages 10+. Crayola’s Marker Maker. Create custom markers in minutes using the product guide or your imagination. The kit includes a marker maker unit, color guide, three bottles of ink, marker labels and two storage boxes to hold the markers. $24.99, crayola.com. Ages 8+.

What’s Up? Journal. Capture pictures, keepsakes and dreams in this hard cover, spiral-bound journal, which includes 20 pages (40 layouts), graphics, Japanese-style washi tape, pearls, rhinestones, stickers, keepsake envelopes and more. $24.99, fabercastell.com. Ages 7 and older. Rainbow Loom. The rubber band bracelet-making craze that started in summer 2013 is still going strong. BPA-free, phthalatesfree, lead-free and chromium-free, these bands offer hours of creative entertainment. $14.99, rainbowloom.com. Ages 8+.

Loaded Questions. Find out how well you know your opponents with more than 1,000 questions that spark laughter and in-depth discussions, such as “What is the worst piece of clothing someone can wear?” and “If you were to wipe one country off the map, which would you choose?” $24.99, familyandparty games.com. Ages teen-adult. Dabble. Spell out five separate words with just 20 letters as quickly as possible. Five words must be comprised of a two-letter, three-letter, four-letter, five-letter and sixletter word. $24.99, inillc.com. Ages 10+. Perplexus Epic. Bend, twist and turn your way around 100 gravity-defying barriers in this maze game, where players maneuver a small marble around a transparent sphere to develop motor and dexterity skills and improve hand-eye coordination. Players can race each other or the clock. $29.99, perplexus.net. Ages 6-12. Slicer Sled. Sled on snow or grass-covered slopes with this innovative product, which works like a regular sled in the snow, but features a hollow, double-walled construction with two “Icers” that can be removed from inside the sled and frozen to form thin ice blocks that attach to the bottom of the sled. In above-freezing outdoor temperatures, the melting ice provides a slippery surface for winter sledding fun in the summer. $79.99, icesled.com. All ages.

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A Thanksgiving Wish Making the spirit of gratitude last longer than the holiday By Laura Krupicka

I’m making leftover turkey sandwiches — pieces of toast spread with mayonnaise and topped with thin slices of turkey and globs of homemade stuffing. The phone rings, and I quickly lick my fingers, savoring the zip of sage, before grabbing the receiver. It’s my mother-in-law, calling with her annual day-after-Thanksgiving request. She’s not asking me to go shopping. Instead she’s calling with another question: What do my children want for Christmas? Pretty soon there will be others emailing and phoning to find out the same thing. Aunts, uncles, grandparents and great-grandparents will all want to know what my children would like for Christmas. I glance at my three girls, scattered around our kitchen setting out food and plates, preparing for our lunch. I know what their answer will be. It’s the same every year. They won’t want much, not yet at least. But they will soon enough, once I start prodding them. The irony of the situation slaps me like a linebacker hitting his opponent. The words of gratitude, the remembrances of all the plenty we enjoy, have barely died on our lips. The leftovers of our Thanksgiving dinner have yet to be relished. And now I have to ask my girls what they want. What possibly could they want? The rods in their closets are crammed with filled hangers. Bins of Polly Pockets, Legos and American Girl doll accessories cover the toy shelves in our house. Our two-car garage can only fit one car beside the bikes and outdoor toys. They have all they need and much of what they hadn’t even thought to want. Every year the question of what my kids want for Christmas leads me to

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How do I cultivate gratitude in my family amidst a consumer culture that has made an art of creating wish lists? How do I sustain the thankful spirit for more than 24 hours?

using tactics that would make a telemarketer blush. First I ask for their lists. But rarely are those lists long enough to match the number of people shopping for them. So I shove toy catalogs and store wish books into their hands. I remind them of things they’ve noticed on shopping outings. I urge them to think of something more, some object they think they’ll enjoy. I do these things in the name of pleasing others — pleasing those who love my daughters and want to show it by bestowing well-liked gifts. I do it to please my girls, however momentarily, in the receiving of those gifts. I do it to please everyone but myself. Each year when I badger my children for their wish lists, I feel a bit of myself slipping away, that part of me that says to “let them be.” The part that says they can enjoy Christmas without so much stuff. Am I selling us out, myself and my children? Am I bowing to consumerism to blot out gratitude so quickly? What if we made no wish lists? Would we continue to be thankful for what we already have? And my biggest question: How do I cultivate gratitude in my family amid a consumer culture that has made an art of creating wish lists? How do I sustain the thankful spirit for more than 24 hours? My biggest wish this year is for a holiday from the holiday

rush. I wish for Thanksgiving to extend beyond one parade-and-turkey-andfootball-filled day. I wish that Christmas would move back to its place (at least back to December) and stop stealing the show from Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for leftover turkey sandwiches. I’m thankful for three grinning girls sitting around my counter eating them. And I’m thankful for grandmas who faithfully call each year to find out what these children would enjoy receiving. The only thing I still need on this day after Thanksgiving is a little more time to enjoy how fortunate we are. My grip on the phone receiver relaxes as I turn away from my children and gaze at the Thanksgiving decorations on the mantel in the next room. “Can I get back to you on that?” I ask my mother-in-law. I breathe a sigh of gratitude as she agrees to let it go for today, because today I plan to continue making a list of what we have to be thankful for. And that’s the list I need most right now. Lara Krupicka is a freelance writer who is fortunate to have a terrific husband and three lucky girls. She’s grateful for the abundance that her family enjoys and the people who enjoy bestowing it on them.


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Composting 101 It’s not as hard as you think! Plus, it’s educational (and fun) for the kids By Jan Wharton

We all want to be good stewards of the Earth, and with landfills across the country overflowing, reducing the amount of trash we make has never been more important. According to the EPA, food scraps and yard waste make up 20 percent to 30 percent of what we throw away. Composting is a fun, easy way turn this type of trash into something useful for our gardens and landscape beds. And through composting, children get a hands-on experience in recycling from start to finish with an activity that involves dirt, water and digging. What child wouldn’t enjoy that? Mary Jac Brennan, assistant extension agent for Forsyth County, says composting is an easy way to be green. “Compost has such great value for our gardens and farms. It makes no sense to just send it off to the landfill,” she says. Backyard composting speeds up the natural process of decay that continually replenishes topsoil. A compost bin creates optimum conditions for the microorganisms responsible for that decay so they can do their job more quickly. The resulting compost can then be applied to gardens or landscaping beds to improve soil structure and add nutrients. Building your own compost bin starts with deciding where to put it. Brennan suggests an area near your garden and easy to access when carrying scraps from your kitchen. “You also want to be a good neighbor about where you site it,” she says.

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If your bin will be placed in an area in full sight, you will want to use a more attractive system. If your area has known rodent problems, you may want to use a closed commercial system. Brennan also recommends starting with a smaller bin because it will be easier to maintain. The simplest type of compost bin can be made using wire mesh (otherwise known as chicken wire), which can be purchased at local hardware stores. To make a bin 4 feet in diameter, you will need about 12.5 feet of 3-to-4-foot wide wire mesh. (This width will become the height of your bin.) Wrap the wire mesh into a cylinder and secure the edges together with clips or short pieces of wire. Set the cylinder on its end in your chosen spot. Simple plans for many other types of compost bins can be found online. You can also purchase compost bins or kits at local hardware stores and

garden centers. Many of these bins are made from plastic and may be a good choice for keeping rodents and domestic animals from raiding your compost. Once your compost bin is complete, the real fun begins. Add a couple of inches of fallen leaves to the bottom of your bin. Fall is a wonderful time of year to start as leaves make a great base for your bin. Then collect your kitchen scraps. Hardware stores and garden centers sell kitchen compost jars with charcoal filters to control odors, or you could simply use a closed plastic container. Add these kitchen scraps to your base of leaves along with grass clippings, shredded paper and other organic materials (see below). Successful composting requires an equal mix of carbon-rich items (sometimes called browns) and nitrogen-rich items (sometimes called greens).


family fun BROWNS (carbon-rich items) Leaves Eggshells Shredded paper Straw Pine needles GREENS (nitrogen-rich items) Veggie/fruit scraps Grass clippings Coffee grounds/filters Tea bags Green plants Do not compost meat, dairy products, or cat and dog manure. These items are difficult to compost completely and will attract animals. Turn (or mix) the pile every few days. Special compost-turning tools can be purchased, but a pitchfork or shovel will work just as well. Also be sure your pile stays moist by misting lightly with water during dry conditions. A well-maintained bin can make finished compost in as little as eight weeks. To speed up the process, be sure to cut materials into small pieces, which provides more surface area for microbes to work. How do you know if your compost is working? Composting generates heat as part of the decay process. This heat comes from the metabolism of microorganisms as they digest organic matter. Brennan recommends buying a compost thermometer to see if your pile is getting hot enough. She said home compost piles

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If your compost is not heating, make sure: • Your brown and green mix is roughly equal. • You are cutting materials into small pieces. • Your pile is staying moist. • You are turning your pile regularly. Your compost is finished when you see large amounts of dark, sweet-smelling soil (called humus) collect on the bottom of the pile. Brennan suggests using hardware cloth or screen with ¼-inch squares stapled to a wood frame for harvesting compost. Put the frame over a bucket or wheel barrow and shovel compost on top. The finer material that falls through the screen is ready to be used in your garden or landscaping beds. Gardening and composting go hand-in-hand and give children the opportunity to experience a true circle of life. You grow the food, you eat the food and you return the scraps to the soil to feed next year’s planting. If you have or are planning to plant a spring garden, starting a compost bin now will ensure you have plenty of finished compost to improve the soil in your garden before spring planting. Jan Wharton is a Winston-Salem-based freelance writer and mom of three.

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NOV. 1-2 Kersey Valley Spooky Woods. Halloween is serious business at Kersey Valley. $13-$99. Sundays and Thursdays 8-10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m.-midnight. 1615 Kersey Valley Road, Archdale. spookywoods.com.

NOV. 1-9 Metabolic Effect for Moms. Bring your kids to the playground to get some energy out while you exercise. Intense Metabolic Effect workouts are 30 minutes, so your kids won’t have time to start fussing. Bring a mat, hand weights if you have them and water. $10 per class; attend multiple classes per week for discounts. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. Tanglewood Shelter 4 by the playground, Clemmons. projectmomsanity.com.

NOV. 1-30 “Life After Death: The Day of the Dead in Mexico.” Museum of Anthropology’s annual exhibit includes new information with sections about the celebration’s history and its unique folk art. The centerpiece is a traditional Mexican ofrenda: a home altar with sugar skulls, colorful tissue-paper cutouts, food and beverage offerings, marigolds, and photos of deceased relatives to honor them. A children’s ofrenda and a digital photo essay illustrating aspects of the

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celebration are also on display. Text is in English and Spanish. Free. Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University, Wingate Road, W-S. 7585282. moa.wfu.edu. Nano mini-exhibit at SciWorks. Learn the basics of nanoscience, discover real world applications, and explore the societal and ethical implications of this relatively new technology in this bilingual interactive exhibit. Included with cost of museum admission. SciWorks, 400 W. Hanes Mill Road, W-S. 767-6730. sciworks.org. “Take Flight” exhibit at SciWorks. The “Take Flight” exhibit is devoted to the creative exploration of flight. Visitors of all ages can try their hand at Paper Airplane Launchers, the Hoverport, a Rocket Launcher and other flight experiences. Inspiring and stimulating curiosity about what makes flight possible and offering fascinating explanations of the principles and forces involved. Free with paid museum admission. Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. SciWorks, 400 W. Hanes Mill Road, W-S. 767-6730. sciworks.org.

NOV. 2-30 Decorate SciWorks Holiday Tree. Make your own ornament and help decorate the holiday tree in the SciWorks Great Hall. Crafts table will be open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. daily (except Mondays)

until the tree is full. SciWorks, 400 W. Hanes Mill Road, W-S. 767-6730. sciworks.org.

NOV. 5-30 “Creating: Quilts and Crafts of the Lakota.” Twenty eye-dazzling quilts and 32 items of apparel and dance regalia made in traditional style by 20th-century Lakota artisans are on display in this exhibit. MOA shares the exhibit with Delta Arts Center, with each venue displaying about half the quilts and crafts. Free. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University, Wingate Road, W-S. 758-5282. moa.wfu.edu.

NOV. 9-17 UNCG Theatre’s “Peter Pan.” Fly with the boy who refuses to grow up as he takes the Darling children to Neverland where they encounter fantasy, fierce pirates and a world of adventure. An original adaptation by Janet Allard directed by Rachel Briley. $7-$15. 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 9 and 16; 2 p.m. on Nov. 10 and 17; 9:30 a.m. and noon on Nov. 12-15. UNC Greensboro, Taylor Theatre, 406 Tate St., GSO. brownpapertickets.com.

NOV. 15-16, 22-23, 29-30 Old Salem Museums & Gardens Christmas by Candlelight 18th-century Tours. Take a guided tour by candlelight through the


calendar Historic District where the customs and traditions of an 18th-century Salem Christmas will be brought to life. The evening will include music, games, food and drink, and interacting with our staff to create special memories. During the tour you will visit the Saal of the Single Brothers’ House and the tavern. $20/adults, $15/children ($18 and $13 for Friends of Salem). Tours will meet at the Herbst House at 6:30, 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m. Old Salem Museums & Gardens, 600 S. Main St., W-S. 721-7300. oldsalem.org.

make some slimy goo and relax. Free. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Central Library, 219 N. Church St., GSO. 373-2471. greensborolibrary.org. Knitting Club for All Ages at Hemphill Library. Learn to knit and practice with friends. Bring your own needles; yarn will be provided. For all ages. Free. 4:305:30 p.m. Hemphill Branch Library, 2301 W. Vandalia Rd, GSO. 373-2925. greensboro-nc.gov. La Leche League of Greensboro Monthly Meeting. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers are welcome for breastfeeding information and support. Babies and toddlers also welcome. Free. 10 a.m. Leonard Recreational Center, 6324 Ballinger Road, GSO. lllofnc.org.

NOV. 16-24 “The Wizard of Oz.” Community Theatre of Greensboro and PNC Bank present the 19th annual production of “The Wizard of Oz.” $10-$30. Nov. 16, Nov. 22, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.; Nov. 16-17 and Nov. 23-24 at 2 p.m. The Carolina Theatre, 310 S. Greene St., GSO. 333-2605. ctgso.org.

Red, Yellow and Blue. Art exploration for preschoolers and their caregivers. Enjoy painting, Play-Doh and more. Offered in partnership with ArtQuest of GreenHill Center. Free. 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Hemphill Branch Library, 2301 W. Vandalia Road, GSO. 373-2925. greensborolibrary.org.

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Small Fry Friday. Enjoy story time with your preschoolers and then create a fun craft. Free with paid museum admission. 11 a.m. Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St., W-S. 723-9111. childrensmuseumofws.org.

WFMY News 2 Piedmont Winterfest. Outdoor iceskating on the area’s largest rink and a Christmas tree lot in downtown Greensboro. $10 (includes skate and saucer rental for two hours). Monday-Thursday 4-9 p.m.; Friday 4-10 p.m.; Saturday and school holidays 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday noon-7 p.m. Festival Park, 200 N. Davie St, GSO. 207-5216. piedmontwinterfest.com.

Studio Plus Painting. Come enjoy a different painting technique each week. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Free. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Hemphill Branch Library, 2301 W. Vandalia Road, GSO. 373-2925. greensboro-nc.gov.

NOV. 29-30 Christmas at Korner’s Folly. All 22 rooms of Korner’s Folly will be beautifully decorated in traditional Victorian Christmas decor. $6-$10. Children 5 and under, free. Thursday 10 a.m.-4 p m., Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m. Visitors should arrive at least an hour before closing. Korner’s Folly, 413 S. Main St., Kernersville. 996-7922. kornersfolly.org.

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“The Matchmaker” Dinner Theatre. Hop on the merry-go-round of romance as Calvary Baptist Day School presents “The Matchmaker,” Thorton Wilder’s side -splitting Broadway hit that became the musical smash “Hello, Dolly.” Catch the performance Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. or Nov. 2 at12:30 or 6 p.m. in the dining room of Calvary Baptist Church, 5000 Country Club Road, W-S. Tickets on sale now in the Upper and Lower School offices until Wednesday, Oct. 30. 714-5412. cbdscougars.com.

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$2 First Friday Nights. Experience the fun for an affordable price. 5-8 p.m. Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St., GSO. 574-2898. gcmuseum.com.

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Cheerleading Exhibition. Cheerleading squads from all citywide football teams will showcase their skills, including a performance from an All-Star squad. For more information call 883-3509. $3 per person. 2-5 p.m. Allen Jay Recreation Center, 1073 E. Springfield Road, HP.

Brews & Barrels for Belle, presented by BB&T Oak Ridge. A wine, beer and food tasting event benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Carolinas chapter. Purchase tickets at itrulycare.com/events/brews-barrels-for-belle. Registration required. 6-10 p.m. Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, 215 S. Main St., Kernersville. itrulycare.com/ events/brews-barrels-for-belle. Family Flick Friday (Kernersville). A free familyfriendly movie the first Friday of the month. Plenty of popcorn and drinks. All ages. 4 p.m. Kernersville Library, Room 1 (lower level), 130 E. Mountain St., Kernersville. 703-2930. forsyth.cc/library.

Colfax Persimmon Festival. Celebrating the persimmon harvest and traditional farming at the Historic Stafford Farm, the event includes a variety of persimmon products, food, music, arts and crafts, vintage children’s games, and more. $5 per person at the gates (children under age 12 are admitted free). 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Historic Stafford Farm, 558 N. Bunker Hill Road, Oak Ridge. 6825328. colfaxpersimmonfest.com.

Kids’ First Friday Fun at Central Library. Students in grades 1-5 will have the opportunity to observe how different molecules react under tension. Come

Day of the Dead Program at Glenwood Library. Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is celebrated in Mexico on Nov. 1 and 2. It is not a scary time, even though you

will see many skeletons. It is a time of feasting, visiting with family and friends, and trips to the cemetery to honor those who have died in the past year and long ago. Participants will watch a movie and create a skeleton puppet and mask. Free. 10-11 a.m. Glenwood Branch Library, 1901 W. Florida St., GSO. 297-5000. greensboro-nc.gov. Hispanic League Annual Hispanic Youth Scholarship Golf Tournament. To participate, register through hispanicleague.org or by mail. Fees will include lunch, practice balls, greens fees, cart rental, beverage, cart snacks and drinks, and tee gift prizes. Net proceeds will benefit Hispanic League programs and initiatives. All ages. Registration required. Packages starting at $100. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Salem Glen Golf and Country Club, 1000 Glen Day Drive, Clemmons. 770-1228. hispanicleague.org. Old Salem Puppet Show: “The Legend of Betsy Ross.” Betsy Ross and General Washington work together to make a flag for a new nation. Puppet shows are included in All-in-One tickets or cost $2 per person without an All-in-One Ticket. 10, 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1 p.m.; Nov. 2 (Scout Day): 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 1 and 1:30 p.m. Frank L. Horton Museum Center, Old Salem Museums & Gardens, 600 S. Main St., W-S. 7217300. oldsalem.org. Saturday Children’s Story Hour. Join dynamic leaders from the community as they conduct a story hour every Saturday. After the stories, children will complete a make-and-take arts activity. 5-12 years. Does not include museum admission. Adults, $6; ages 6-12, $4; under 6, free. Saturday 11 a.m. International Civil Rights Center and Museum, 134 S. Elm St., GSO. 274-9199. sitinmovement.org. Saturday Movie Matinee at Central Library: “Hook.” Rated PG. 142 minutes. Free. 2-3 p.m. Central Library, 219 N. Church St., GSO. greensborolibrary.org. “The Matchmaker” Dinner Theatre. See Nov. 1 listing. UNCSA “Nutcracker” Preview Event. Create a “Nutcracker” craft in the art studio and enjoy a special story time. Watch in wonder as cast members from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ “The Nutcracker” perform a short preview of the ballet. Then, learn some dance steps, meet and greet “Nutcracker” performers, and enjoy light refreshments. Included with price of museum admission. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St., W-S. 7239111. childrensmuseumofws.org. Winston-Salem Youth Chorus 20th Anniversary Concert. Led by Founding/Artistic Director Barbara Beattie, the concert provides the occasion of the world premiere of “The Playful Rainbow,” a cycle of four pieces composed by Dan Locklair with text by Fred Chappell. The evening’s program, featuring about 100 WSYC members and children participating in the Fall Forward outreach program offered in third, fourth and fifth grades, will piedmontparent.com

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also include favorites from concerts performed during the past 20 years. Tickets can be purchased at the Stevens Center box office, at uncsa.edu/performances or by calling the box office at 721-1945. Tickets prices are $20 and $50 for VIP seating. 7 p.m. Stevens Center, 405 Fourth St. NW, W-S.

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Family First: Felt Bird Workshop. Find many feathered friends in the fine and decorative arts of Reynolda House, then create a bird ornament out of colorful felt with decorative stitching. For school-aged children accompanied by an adult. Registration required. $8 members, $10 non-members per person. 2-4 p.m. Reynolda House Museum of Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, W-S. 758-5599. reynoldahouse.org. Knights of Vandalia Chess Club. Learn strategy and develop critical thinking. All skill levels welcome. For ages 6-18. Free. Sunday 2-4 p.m. Hemphill Branch Greensboro Public Library, 2301 W. Vandalia Road, GSO. 373-2925. greensborolibrary.org. Winston-Salem Symphony Discovery Concert for Kids. “Tricks and Treats” will feature diabolical musical delights in honor of Halloween. Single tickets are $5 for children ages 3-12 (age 2 and under are admitted free) and $16 for adults. Season tickets for the 20132014 Discovery concerts are $74 for each adult and $32 for each child. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Symphony box office at 464-0145 or online. 3 p.m. Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne Road, W-S. wssymphony.org.

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Burlington Youth Council Meeting. The Burlington Youth Council (BYC) is a community service organization that meets the needs of the Alamance/Burlington middle- and high-school students. This active group of teens volunteer for various events and assists with local programs in the Alamance County area as well as offering activities for themselves. To become a member

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of BYC, students must be enrolled in an Alamance County school and maintain satisfactory grades. Members must attend BYC meetings and events on a regular basis. For more information or an application call 222-5134. Ninth through 12th grade (Junior Members: sixth through eighth grade). Free to join. 6-7 p.m. Thataways Youth Center, 1334 Overbrook Road, Burlington. burlingtonnc.gov. Busy Bees. For Greensboro Children’s Museum members only. This program is best suited for preschool-aged children (12 months-4 years) and their caregivers. Dance, sing, create, explore and discover the world. GCM’s educational play program offers fun activities parents can do with their children focusing on music and movement, children’s literature, arts and crafts, and the ESY. Hive Time begins the morning with music, movement and the parachute. Buzz over to the Edible Schoolyard afterward for garden time and fly into Creation Station for a craft. 10-11 a.m. Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St., GSO. 574-2898. gcmuseum.com. Family Game Night at Hemphill Library. Enjoy old favorites and learn a game. Free. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Hemphill Branch Library, 2301 W. Vandalia Road, GSO. 373-2925. greensboro-nc.gov. Teen to Teen Theatre. Explores difficult issues that affect adolescents through the creation and presentation of dramatic skits and workshops. Teens perform original and scripted works including plays, musicals and videos. Participants receive training in basic acting and character development, plus helpful information about community-based assistance and learning to make healthy life choices. For ages 13-19. Free. 7-8:45 p.m. Thataways Youth Center, 1334 Overbrook Road, Burlington. 570-6516. burlingtonNC.gov/teen2teen. The Poetry Project. The Poetry Project is for kids age 12-18 who have a love for words and expression. Join the fun by sharing your talents and making friends. Free.

5:30-7 p.m. McGirt-Horton Branch Library, 2501 Phillips Ave., GSO. greensboro-nc.gov.

5 TUESDAY “Monsters University” at Glenwood Library. Rated G, 104 minutes. Mike and Sulley were not always friends, and their days at Monsters University show the competition between them. Free. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Glenwood Branch Library, 1901 W. Florida St., GSO. 2975000. greensboro-nc.gov. Movie Matinee at Central Library: “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.” Rated PG. 90 minutes. Free. 2-3:30 p.m. Central Library, 219 N. Church St., GSO. 3732471. greensborolibrary.org. Music and Movement (Central Library). Songs, music, dancing and movement-based fun for parents and caregivers and their infants through 5-year-old children. Free. 11-11:45 a.m. Central Library, 660 W. Fifth St., W-S. 703-2665. forsyth.cc. Special Populations Dance. Dances are designed to offer those with developmental disabilities an opportunity to socialize. For all ages (recommended for age 16 and older). Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thataways Youth Center, 1334 Overbrook Road, Burlington. 222-5134. BurlingtonNC.gov/thataways.

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Kids’ Art Event at Hemphill Library: “Ojos de Dios.” Create a traditional God’s Eye craft with yarn and straws. Children ages 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Free. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Hemphill Branch Library, 2301 W. Vandalia Road, GSO. 373-2925. greensborolibrary.org. La Leche League of Winston-Salem. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers are welcome for breastfeeding information and support. Babies and toddlers also welcome. Free. 10 a.m. Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 1046 Miller St., W-S. 462-5782. lllofnc.org.


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Thanksgivingthemed events

Old Salem Puppet Show: “The Legend of Betsy Ross.” See Nov. 2 listing. Our Town Theater: “Heroes and Villains, Superhero Joe.” Each week, explore aspects of theater through games, songs, performances and art. Free with paid museum admission. 3:30 p.m. Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St., GSO. 5742898. gcmuseum.com. Pregnancy Yoga. A one-hour class incorporating gentle and relaxing postures suitable for any fitness level or stage of pregnancy. Light refreshments provided after class on Wednesdays, giving each woman an opportunity to meet other soon-to-be mothers. $12 for a single rate. Can also purchase monthly passes at reduced rates. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Forsyth Medical Center: Maya Angelou Center Community Room 2 (first floor), 3333 Silas Creek Parkway, W-S. 414-5942. forsythmedicalcenter.org. Preschool Films. Preschool-age children and parents/ caregivers are invited for films on the big screen. Free. 10-10:50 a.m. Central Library, 660 W. Fifth St., W-S. 703-3040. forsyth.cc/library. Science Storybook. Preschool-aged children enjoy a sciencethemed story and craft. Free with museum admission. 10:30 a.m. SciWorks, 400 W. Hanes Mill Road, W-S. 767-6730. sciworks.org. Special Populations Bingo. Bingo designed to offer those with developmental disabilities an opportunity to have fun playing and socializing. All ages. Small cost for games and concessions. 7-8 p.m. Thataways Youth Center, 1334 Overbrook Road, Burlington. 222-5134. BurlingtonNC.gov/thataways. The Poetry Project. See Nov. 4 listing.

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Kapla Block Building. Create an awesome structure with these unique wooden blocks. All ages. Free. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Hemphill Branch Greensboro Public Library, 2301 W. Vandalia Road, GSO. 373-2925. greensborolibrary.org. Kids’ Building Event at Hemphill Library. Release your inner architect with a different building material each week. Explore Tinker Toys, Legos, Kapla Blocks and more. Free. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Hemphill Branch Library, 2301 W. Vandalia Road, GSO. 373-2925. greensborolibrary.org.

Messes and Masterpieces. Put on your painting clothes and join for Messes and Masterpieces. This will be a time to imagine, create and experiment with paints, collage and various materials. Children will be introduced to classic masterpieces as inspiration. Free with paid museum admission. 2 p.m. Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St., GSO. 574-2898. gcmuseum.com. Mocha Moms. Mocha Moms is a support group for mothers of color who have chosen not to work full time outside the home to devote more time to their families and communities. Mocha Moms serves as an advocate for mothers and encourages the spirit of community and activism. Free. 9:30 a.m. Georgia E. Taylor Recreation Center, 471 W. Clemmonsville Road, W-S. 650-7695. mochamoms-winston.tripod.com.

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Greensboro Storybook Theatre’s “Tiny Turkey.” These tales are retold with Greensboro Storybook Theatre’s trademark wit, twists and original music. Reservations required. Admission $3.50 person; kids under 2 are admitted free. 10 a.m. Muirs Chapel Christian Playschool, 314 Muirs Chapel Road, GSO. 420-9277. storybooktheatre.net.

Arts and Crafts Club. The arts and crafts club discusses holiday stories and designs a Thanksgiving craft. Ages 12-18. Free. 4-5 p.m. McGirt-Horton Branch Library, 2501 Phillips Ave., GSO. greensboro-nc.gov.

Thankfulness. Children will learn through stories and a project how others have shown kindness toward each other. This program is for school-age students ages 12-18. Free. 4-5 p.m. McGirt-Horton Branch Library, 2501 Phillips Ave., GSO. greensboro-nc.gov.

Nov. 8 Krafty Kidz Night: Thankful Treat. Create a thankful treat for Thanksgiving with Burlington Recreation and Parks. Admission includes dinner (two slices of pizza and a drink). Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register call 2225134. Ages 6-12. $5 per person. 6-7:30 p.m. Thataways Youth Center, 1334 Overbrook Road, Burlington.

Nov. 16 Kids at the Table: A Whole Foods Market Cooking Class. Set the kids’ table with kid-friendly desserts, savory sides and decorating ideas for Thanksgiving. Ages 5 and up with a parent. Registration required. Cost is $35 per parent with child, $8 for each additional child. 1-2:30 p.m. Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St., GSO. 336-574-2898. gcmuseum.com.

Kids’ Art Event at Hemphill Library: Hand Turkeys. Celebrate Thanksgiving with this traditional turkey craft. Children ages 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Free. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Hemphill Branch Library, 2301 W. Vandalia Road, GSO. 373-2925. greensborolibrary.org. Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts at Central Library. Time to celebrate Thanksgiving at the library with afternoon stories and crafts for children in grades pre-K to fifth grade. Free. 4-5 a.m. Central Library, 219 N. Church St., GSO. greensboro-nc.gov.

Nov. 23 “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.” Celebrate Thanksgiving by watching the classic movie and enjoy a Charlie Brown-style lunch. For ages 5-10. For more information call 8833407. $3 per person. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Deep River Recreation Center, 1529 Skeet Club Road, HP.

Nov. 27 Our Town Theater: “Jive Turkey, Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving.” Each week, explore aspects of theater through games, songs, performances and art. Free with paid museum admission. Wednesday 3:30 p.m. Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St., GSO. 574-2898. gcmuseum.com.

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calendar Musical Mayhem: Veterans Day Winter Camp Nov. 11

Mommy and Baby Yoga. Practicing yoga with your baby is a wonderful way to enjoy his or her first year. This one-hour class helps new mothers regain flexibility, strength and confidence. Babies are incorporated into the poses, and each class ends with a massage for baby. $12 for a single rate; can also purchase monthly passes at reduced rates. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Forsyth Medical Center: Maya Angelou Center Community Room 2 (first floor), 3333 Silas Creek Parkway, W-S. 414-5942. forsythmedicalcenter.org. Preschool Discovery. An action-packed program for children including stories, music, movement and more. Free with paid museum admission. 11 a.m. Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St., W-S. 7239111. childrensmuseumofws.org.

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$4 Fun Friday Nights. Explore the Greensboro Children’s Museum with the family when admission is discounted to $4 per person. 5-8 p.m. Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St., GSO. 574-2898. gcmuseum.com. Knitting Club for All Ages at Hemphill Library. See Nov. 1 listing. Members Night at SciWorks. Here’s a chance for SciWorks members to have the museum to themselves. Explore the exhibits, see a planetarium show and enjoy a special “Animal Encounter.” 4-8 p.m. SciWorks, 400 W. Hanes Mill Road, W-S. 767-6730. sciworks.org. Mommy/Daddy and Me Story Time. 9:30 a.m. Greensboro Montessori School, 2856 Horse Pen Creek Road, GSO. 668-0119. thegms.org. Old Salem Puppet Show: “The Legend of Betsy Ross.” See Nov. 2 listing. Red, Yellow and Blue. See Nov. 1 listing. Small Fry Friday. See Nov. 1 listing.

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Blacksmithing Demonstration in the Historical Park. Watch a blacksmith craft various iron pieces. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. High Point Museum, 1859 E. Lexington Ave., HP. 885-1859. highpointmuseum.org.

Community Day at SECCA: Kids as Designers. Kids see and create design magic every time they pick up a crayon or paintbrush. This event is a special family day filled with activities including art making and a special interactive petting zoo app. Free. Noon-4 p.m. SECCA-Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, 750 Marguerite Drive, W-S. 725-1904. secca.org. Cookie Mouse Visits GCM. Join us for special appearances and activities. Free with paid museum admission. 1-4 p.m. Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St., GSO. 574-2898. gcmuseum.com. Forsyth Academy PTE Bazaar. Vendors include crafters, local artisans, food, 50/50 raffle, a bake sale and more. See Facebook page “Forsyth Academy PTE Bazaar” for updated information. Free. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Forsyth Academy, 5426 Shattalon Drive, WS. 922-1121. forsythacademy.org. Friends of Central Library Fall Book Sale. Thousands of books, magazines, CDs, records, DVDs and VHS tapes. Numerous Spanish-language items also available. Sunday all remaining items half-price or $5 per bag. All sales support the Central Library and its programs. Gently used books, CDs, etc. gladly accepted at Central Library. Tax receipt provided upon request. For information call 703-3019 or email FriendsofCentralLibrary@gmail.com. Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Nov. 10, 1-5 p.m. Forsyth County Central Library, 660 W. Fifth St., W-S. Greensboro Zombie Run. In a flag-football-style race, a 2-mile course awaits runners through downtown Greensboro as they try to avoid having flags taken

by participants dressed like zombies. Free T-shirts, a finisher’s medal, live music, free beer and food await participants at the finish area. Spectators welcomed along the course and at the finish. Proceeds benefit Ignite the Spirit, which helps take care of the families of firefighters in Greensboro. $40-$55. 2-7 p.m. Hamburger Square Park (corner of South Elm and McGee streets), downtown Greensboro, greensborozombierun.com. HPU Kappa Delta Super Hero Dash. High Point University’s Kappa Delta Sorority will host the First Annual Superhero Dash in support of Family Service of the Piedmont. This race will include a 5k, an ages 10 and under 1k, an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, kids’ activities, and a silent auction. Local merchant sponsors will have booths set up at the end of the race. Superhero costumes encouraged. Participants are asked to preregister at safeandhealthyfamilies.com/superherodash. Registration is $25 for adults, $12 for ages 10 and under. Each runner will receive a Superhero Dash T-shirt (under 10 will receive a cape). Check-in is at 9 a.m. High Point University (on campus at the Greek Village), 833 Montlieu Ave., HP. 889-6105, ext. 1130. safeandhealthyfamilies. com/superherodash. Saturday Children’s Story Hour. See Nov. 2 listing. Saturday Morning Lego Club at Central Library. Children in grades 1-5 will work in groups to create a Lego bridge and then test its strength. Free. 10-11 a.m. Central Library, 219 N. Church St., GSO. greensboro-nc.gov. Saturday Movie Matinee at Central Library: “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” Rated PG. 87 minutes. Free. 2-3 p.m. Central Library, 219 N. Church St., GSO. greensborolibrary.org.

10 SUNDAY

Friends of Central Library Fall Book Sale. See Nov. 9 listing. Knights of Vandalia Chess Club. See Nov. 3 listing.

11 MONDAY

Busy Bees. See Nov. 4 listing.

Making Stone Soup Schools Out Camp. For ages 7-11, a drop-off camp. Harvest ingredients in The Edible Schoolyard Garden, rehearse and perform a play, and prepare Stone Soup for a mid-afternoon snack. Registration required. $30 members, $40 non-members. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St., GSO. 574-2898. gcmuseum.com. Musical Mayhem: Veterans Day Winter Camp. For kids in first through fourth grade. Join us for a Big Bang Boom rock concert and a day of listening, moving and creating music in a drum circle. You’ll be singing in your sleep after spending a day surrounded by sound. Advance registration and program fee required. $35 members, $45 nonmembers. Snacks included; please bring a sack


calendar lunch. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St., W-S. 723-9111. childrensmuseumofws.org. Teen to Teen Theatre. See Nov. 4 listing. The Poetry Project. See Nov. 4 listing.

12 TUESDAY

Music and Movement (Central Library). See Nov. 5 listing.

Open House for Pre-k to 8th Grade. Join for a schoolwide open house and learn more about Our Lady of Grace School. All ages. Free. 9:30 a.m. Our Lady of Grace School, 2205 W. Market St., GSO. 275-1522. Special Populations Dance. See Nov. 5 listing. Teen Girl Talk at Central Library. Young ladies in grades 9-12 join to talk about whatever is on their minds. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Central Library, 219 N. Church St., GSO. greensboro-nc.gov.

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Kids’ Art Event at Hemphill Library: Mirror Painting. Express your creativity with this unique painting technique. Children ages 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Free. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Hemphill Branch Library, 2301 W. Vandalia Road, GSO. 373-2925. greensborolibrary.org.

Movie Date. Bring your little princess to watch “Tangled” with Rapunzel. Snacks and juice included. All ages. Registration required. $20. 3-5 p.m. Girls Only-Play Palace and Dress Up Parties, 310-B E. Sycamore St., GSO. 255-2739. girlsonlygso.com. Old Salem Puppet Show: “The Legend of Betsy Ross.” See Nov. 2 listing. Our Town Theater: “It’s a Jungle Out There, Giraffes Can’t Dance.” Each week, explore aspects of theater through games, songs, performances and art. Free with paid museum admission. 3:30 p.m. Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St., GSO. 574-2898. gcmuseum.com. Pregnancy Yoga. See Nov. 6 listing. Preschool Films. See Nov. 6 listing.

Science Storybook. See Nov. 6 listing. Special Populations Bingo. See Nov. 6 listing. The Poetry Project. See Nov. 4 listing. Wigwams and Dreamcatchers Kids’ Event at Kathleen Clay Edwards Branch. School-age children will learn about Eastern Woodland Native American culture, enjoy a snack and make a dreamcatcher. Free. 4-5 p.m. Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Road, GSO. greensboro-nc.gov.

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Adoption Fair. In honor of National Adoption Month, public and private agencies will provide information on all phases of fostering and local, national and international adoption. Exhibits highlight foster care, pregnancy crisis centers, maternity homes, adoption support and interaction with adoptive/ fostering families. Free. Noon-8 p.m. Grace Reformed Baptist Church, 939 S. Third St. Extension, Mebane. grbc.net. Big Brother/Big Sister. See Nov. 10 listing. Bunnicula. A floppy-eared bunny with mysterious habits is staking out its place in Theatreworks USA’s spinetingling new musical. Tickets $8. 9:45 and 11:45 a.m. Greensboro Coliseum, 1921 W. Lee St., GSO. 1-800-272-8874. classicproductions.org.

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Kapla Block Building. See Nov. 7 listing. Messes and Masterpieces. See Nov. 7 listing. Mocha Moms. See Nov. 7 listing. Mommy and Baby Yoga. See Nov. 7 listing. Preschool Discovery. See Nov. 7 listing.

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$4 Fun Friday Nights. See Nov. 8 listing.

“City Mouse, Country Mouse.” A mouse named Maudie Mae thinks country life is mighty fine while her cousin, Montague, wouldn’t live anywhere but the big city. Their musical adventures begin when they decide to pay each other a visit. The two travelers discover new sights, tastes and noises than they ever imagined on their way to proving there

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calendar ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Nov. 16-24

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Build a Holiday Pyramid Class. Participants will use basic hand skills and tools to assemble a traditionally styled wooden pyramid used in period Christmas decorating. Pre-registration required by Nov. 12. Minimum age: 16. $95 ($85 for Friends of Old Salem). 6-9 p.m. Single Brothers’ Workshop, 10 W. Academy St., W-S. 721-7300. oldsalem.org.

Creative Crafts. Join in learning how to make cool crafts from objects around the house. Create something fun to take home. Ages 6 and up. Registration requested. For more information call 703-2970. Free. 4 p.m. Rural Hall Library, 7125 Broad St., Rural Hall. foryth.cc/library.

is no place like home. $9 general Friday, $10 general Saturday/$14 reserved Saturday. Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. and noon; Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. Children’s Theatre of WinstonSalem, 610 Coliseum Drive, W-S. 748-0857, ext. 210. childrenstheatrews.org. Junior League of Winston-Salem’s Boutique. This year’s boutique will offer two exciting days of shopping with vendors providing specialty foods, crafts, gifts and clothing just in time for the holidays. This event, along with other fundraisers, makes it possible for the Junior League of Winston-Salem to support and promote volunteer projects throughout the WS/FC community. Shopping hours: Friday 4-5:30 p.m. “Happy Hour Downtown Shopping,” downtown employees get a first peek at all the vendors ($2 tickets); 6-9 p.m. “Girl’s Night Out Bubbles, Baubles & Bags” ($30 tickets or four for $100); Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. “All Day Shopping” ($4 tickets). Benton Convention Center, 301 W. Fifth St., W-S. jlws.org. Knitting Club for All Ages at Hemphill Library. See Nov. 1 listing. Old Salem Puppet Show: “The Legend of Betsy Ross.” See Nov. 2 listing. Red, Yellow and Blue. See Nov. 1 listing. Small Fry Friday. See Nov. 1 listing.

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Children’s Painting Class. Paint Frosty the Snowman. The cost is $25 for the three-hour class and completed painting. Ages 7-12. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Michael’s Burlington, 1455 University Drive, Burlington. “City Mouse, Country Mouse.” See Nov. 15 listing. NOVEMBER 2013

Junior League of Winston-Salem’s Boutique. See Nov. 15 listing. Krafty Kids “Simple Scarecrows” at Deep River Recreation Center. Make a simple scarecrow in this fun class for kids ages 3-5. All materials provided with fee. For more information go to highpointnc.gov/pr or call 883-3407. $3 per person. 11 a.m.-noon. Deep River Recreation Center, 1529 Skeet Club Road, HP. Saturday Children’s Story Hour. See Nov. 2 listing. Saturday Movie Matinee at Central Library: “The Rescuers.” Rated G. 72 mins. Free. 2-3 p.m. Central Library, 219 N. Church St., GSO. greensborolibrary.org.

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Bethabara: Celebrating 260 years. Join us for “Bethabara: Celebrating 260 years, 1753- 2013.” Free. 1:304:30 p.m. Historic Bethabara Park, 2147 Bethabara Road, W-S. 924-8191. cityofws.org. Knights of Vandalia Chess Club. See Nov. 3 listing.

Blacksmithing Demonstration in the Historical Park. See Nov. 9 listing.

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Holidays Made Easy: Shop Local. All of your favorite local vendors under one roof for a day of shopping fun. Find your holiday gift ideas and support local business. Bring the family for pictures with Santa. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mebane Arts and Community Center, 633 Corregidor St., Mebane. 919-306-8824. facebook/ holidaysmadeeasy.com.

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Burlington Youth Council Meeting. See Nov. 4 listing. Busy Bees. See Nov. 4 listing.

Teen to Teen Theatre. See Nov. 4 listing. The Poetry Project. See Nov. 4 listing.

Holiday Hearthside Cooking Class: A Winter’s Eve Supper. Learn to cook a simple, seasonal meal of beef ragu, pumpkin fritters and chocolate torte. Pre-registration is required by Nov. 12. Minimum age is 12. $40 ($36 for Friends of Salem). 6-8 p.m. Single Brothers’ Workshop, 10 W. Academy St., W-S. 721-7300. oldsalem.org. Hunger Games Party. Ready for the “Catching Fire” movie to come out? Before you hit the theaters, come dressed as your favorite character for a Hunger Games party for games, snacks, crafts and more. For ages 18 and under. For more information call 703-2930. Free. 4 p.m. Kernersville Library, Room 1 (lower level), 130 E. Mountain St., Kernersville. forsyth.cc/library. La Leche League of Kernersville. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers are welcome for breastfeeding information and support. Babies and toddlers also welcome. Free. 7 p.m. Fountain of Life Lutheran Church, 323 Hopkins Road, Kernersville. lllofnc.org. Music and Movement (Central Library). See Nov. 5 listing. Nanotechnology Day at SciWorks. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. Discover the many applications of nanoscience in energy, medicine, electronics and consumer products and learn about careers in this fascinating field. Included with the price of museum admission. School groups must pre-register by calling 714-7105. 9 a.m.-noon. SciWorks, 400 W. Hanes Mill Road, W-S. 767-6730. sciworks.org. Special Populations Dance. See Nov. 5 listing. Teen Game Night at Central Library. Youth in grades 6-12, bring your friends to play Wii games. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Central Library, 219 N. Church St., GSO. greensboro-nc.gov.

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Happy Birthday CMWS. Celebrate the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem’s 9th birthday with a special craft from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a Miss Jennie music program at 11 a.m., followed by a sweet treat. Free


calendar with paid museum admission. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St., W-S. 7239111. childrensmuseumofws.org.

Mommy and Baby Yoga. See Nov. 7 listing.

Small Fry Friday. See Nov. 1 listing.

Preschool Discovery. See Nov. 7 listing.

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Slip Trail Plate Pottery Class. Join Mike Fox, manager of the Single Brothers’ Pottery, and decorate two slip trailed plates. Slip trailing was used to decorate many types of Moravian pottery. Pre-registration required by Nov. 14. Minimum age is 14. $35 ($30 for Friends of Old Salem). 6-9 p.m. Single Brothers’ Workshop, 10 W. Academy St., W-S. 721-7300. oldsalem.org.

Old Salem Puppet Show: “The Legend of Betsy Ross.” See Nov. 2 listing. Our Town Theater: “Outer Space, There’s No Space Like Space.” Each week, explore aspects of theater through games, songs, performances and art. Free with paid museum admission. 3:30 p.m. Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St., GSO. 574-2898. gcmuseum.com.

Teen & Tween Craft: Origami. Get an introduction to origami and learn how to make the classic paper crane. Ages 10+. For more information call 703-2940. Free. 4-5 p.m. Lewisville Branch Library, 6940 Shallowford Road, Lewisville. forsyth.cc/library/Lewisville/default.aspx.

Pregnancy Yoga. See Nov. 6 listing.

Create a Holiday Wreath. Join Betsy Overton to decorate an evergreen wreath for your home in historic fashion with dried and fresh materials. Each class lasts about one hour, and all tools and materials are provided. Pre-registration required by Nov. 19. Minimum age: 10. $40/adults and children ($36 for Friends of Old Salem). Classes take place at 10 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. Old Salem, Vierling Barn, 463 Church St., W-S. 721-7300. oldsalem.org.

Korner’s Folly Family Revue Puppet Show. On the fourth Saturday of every month, join for the Korner’s Preschool Films. See Nov. 6 listing. Folly Family Revue Puppet Show. Kids and their families Science Storybook. See Nov. 6 listing. will love learning about Jule Korner and his eccentric house through music and puppetry. The puppet show is Special Populations Bingo. See Nov. 6 listing. followed by a make-and-take sock puppet craft. Great $4 Fun Friday Nights. See Nov. 8 listing. The Poetry Project. See Nov. 4 listing. for children of all ages. Puppet show tickets are $2 per Kid’s Night Out at Deep River Recreation Center. person, or free when purchasing regular tour admission Issue: From: Telephone: Fax: Kids are bored on a Friday night and parents want some on the same day. 10:30 a.m. Korner’s Folly, 413 S. Main May 2013 production@charlotteparent.com time to 704.248.5226 themselves? Bring them to Deep River Recreation 704.344.1983 St., Kernersville. 996-7922. kornersfolly.org. Greensboro Storybook Theatre’s “Tiny Turkey.” Center for pizza, activities and fun for the evening. These tales are retold with Greensboro Storybook Mocksville Christmas Parade. Gather along Main Pickup time is 10 p.m. sharp. For more information visit Theatre’s wit, twists and original music. two proofs.) e appropriate box below andtrademark note changes, if any. (Maximum Street in downtown Historic Mocksville to watch the highpointnc.gov/pr or call 883-3407. $15 per person. Reservations required. Admission $3.50 person, kids annual hometown Christmas Parade. 2-5 p.m. Main and return via fax noted above or e-mail no later than APRIL 10, 2012. 6-10 p.m. Deep River Recreation Center, 1529 Skeet Club under 2 admitted free. 10 a.m. The Mebane Arts & Street, Mocksville. daviecounty.com. as is and you will be billed accordingly if changes or approval are not submitted by return date noted above. Road, HP. Community Center, Corregidor Drive, Mebane. 420-9277. Saturday Children’s Story Hour. See Nov. 2 listing. APPROVED AS ISstorybooktheatre.net. APPROVED w/CORRECTIONS NEW PROOF Knitting ClubNOTED for All Ages at Hemphill Library.SUBMIT See Nov. 1 listing. Kapla Block Building. See Nov. 7 listing. Saturday Movie Matinee at Central Library: “The YES! I want Event to reach 39,000 web-savvy this month on charlotteparent.com! Lion King.” Rated G. 88 minutes. Free. 2-3 p.m. Central Kids’ Building at Hemphill Library. See Nov. 7 parents Old Salem Puppet Show: “The Legend of Betsy Library, 219 N. Church St., GSO. greensborolibrary.org. Please contact me about web advertising! listing. Ross.” See Nov. 2 listing. Whole Foods Drop-off Cooking Class. For ages 7-11. _________________________________________________ ________________________________________ Make your own pewter spoon. Participants will __________________________ leave Preteen Dance Party @ Thataways. Enjoy hanging Move beyond french fries and potato chips with some Date Website address with a finished spoon and a second spoon casting to out with Burlington Recreation and Parks at Thataways super-delicious snacks from the garden. Registration finish at home. Participants should wear long pants and with friends. Dance to the newest music, play arcade required. Cost is $30 per child. 2-3:30 p.m. Greensboro closed-toe shoes. Pre-registration required by Nov. 14. games or the Wii, or challenge friends to billiards. For Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St., GSO. 574-2898. Minimum age is 14. $40 ($36 for Friends of Old Salem). more information call 222-5134. Ages third, fourth and gcmuseum.com. 6-9 p.m. Single Brothers’ Workshop, 10 W. Academy St., fifth grade only. $4, or $1 if you bring a canned good W-S. 721-7300. oldsalem.org. to donate. 6-9 p.m. Thataways Youth Center, 1334 Overbrook Road, Burlington. Messes and Masterpieces. See Nov. 7 listing. Family Fun Sunday at Four Seasons Town Centre. Four Seasons Town Centre presents Family Fun Sunday Mocha Moms. See Nov. 7 listing. Red, Yellow and Blue. See Nov. 1 listing.

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calendar | business directory on the fourth Sunday of every month. 3-5 p.m. Center Court at Four Seasons Town Centre, 410 Four Seasons Town Centre, GSO. 292-0171. shopfourseasons.com. Family Movie Night. Bring your blankets, pillow and chairs if you’d like for family time and a movie with Burlington Recreation and Parks. Popcorn, hot chocolate, nachos and cheese, and soft drinks will be available to purchase. For more information call 222-5134. For all ages. Free (small cost for games). 7 p.m. Thataways Youth Center, 1334 Overbrook Road, Burlington. Knights of Vandalia Chess Club. See Nov. 3 listing.

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Teen to Teen Theatre. See Nov. 4 listing. The Poetry Project. See Nov. 4 listing.

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preschools After Turkey Day Basketball Challenge. Black Friday shopping not for you? Work off some of those Thanksgiving calories playing basketball. For ages 16 and up. Snacks and drinks provided. For more information call 883-3508. $5 per person. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oakview Recreation Center, 503 James Road, HP. 883-3508. highpointnc.gov/pr.

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Cookies and Cocoa With Santa. Kids can visit Santa and tell him their fondest Christmas wishes, then enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, storytelling from one of Santa’s elves, make a craft, and mail Santa a postcard from the Railway Express Office train car. It’s an evening of fun and a great family tradition for the family. $15 for adults; $12 for children ages 3-12; children 2 and under admitted free. 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. N.C. Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer. 704-636-2889. nctrans.org.

Preschool Films. See Nov. 6 listing.

Read-a-saurus Roundup. Enjoy author-led story times at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Create a dinocraft and search for fossil replicas in our dinosaur dig. Books available for signing, $10-$15. “Dear Santasaurus” by Stacy McAnulty is a funny and playful picture book based on a series of letters from Ernest B. Spinosaurus to Santasaurus throughout the year, chronicling all of Ernest’s nice (and naughty) behavior; “Alphasaurus,” “Countasaurus,” “Shapeasaurus” and “Colorasaurus” by Megan E. Bryant are a series of dinosaur-themed board books that teach early learning concepts in a fun and engaging way. Children’s Museum of WinstonSalem, 390 S. Liberty St., W-S. 723-9111. childrensmuseumofws.org.

Science Storybook. See Nov. 6 listing.

Santa Train. See Nov. 29 listing.

Special Populations Bingo. See Nov. 6 listing.

Saturday Children’s Story Hour. See Nov. 2 listing.

The Poetry Project. See Nov. 4 listing.

Saturday Movie Matinee at Central Library: “Up.” Rated PG. 96 minutes. Free. 2-3:30 p.m. Central Library, 219 N. Church St., GSO. greensborolibrary.org.

Music and Movement (Central Library). See Nov. 5 listing.

Special Populations Dance. See Nov. 5 listing. Teen Movie Night at Central Library: “The Great Gatsby.” Rated PG. 142 minutes. Preschoolers. Free. 6-8:30 p.m. Central Library, 219 N. Church St., GSO. GSOlibrary.org.

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Cat-stravaganza. Adopt a stuffed cat, visit the vet for a checkup and make your kitten a special collar. $4 per cat while supplies last; registration not required. Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St., W-S. 7239111. childrensmuseumofws.org. Santa Train. Boarding at the Barber Junction Visitor’s Center, kids and their parents can enjoy a daytime train ride to the Roundhouse with Santa and his elves. Ol’ St. Nick and his helpers will be handing out candy canes and oranges, a Southern tradition. $10-$14. Saturday ride times: 10, 11 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.; Sunday ride times: 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. N.C. Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer. 704-636-2889. nctrans.org. Small Fry Friday. See Nov. 1 listing.

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Saturdays With St. Nicholas. Bring your family to the Old Salem Historic District and start a holiday tradition. Enjoy the beautiful historic neighborhood accented by holiday decorations and special programming for children and the young at heart. $7 ticket (ages 2 and up) includes all activities, a souvenir photo and a holiday snack. Children under 2, free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Frank L. Horton Museum Center, 924 S. Main St., W-S. 721-7300. oldsalem.org. Calendar compiled by Eleanor-Scott Davis Send your organization’s events to calendar@piedmontparent.com. The deadline is the 1st of the preceding month. For more events, including story times, visit our website at piedmontparent.com.

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December 2013 free organ recitals Dec. 4 — Susan Keck Foster Susan Keck Foster is organist at Home Moravian Church in WinstonSalem and has performance degrees from Converse College, Spartanburg, S.C. and Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University, Winchester, Va. She also has studied organ, harpsichord and early music performance practice at Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y.; Oberlin Conservatory of Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio; and The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.

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Dec. 18 — Leon Couch Leon Couch is assistant professor of music at Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, Ala., and is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and the University of Florida.


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