Sept. 4-Oct. 3

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

As part of its 16th season, the Community Theatre of Greensboro (CTG) will perform “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” Sept. 4-Oct. 3. In the play, six quirky middle school students — played by adults — vie to win the ultimate spelling bee and prove their worth to themselves and their peers. CTG’s other performances for the 2010-2011 season include “The Wizard of Oz” Nov. 12-21; “Periphery” Feb. 18-27, 2011; “Hairspray” April 7-17; and “13 — The Musical” May 13-15.

Phone: (336) 333-7470, ext. 206

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Sept. 11

Bookmarks Festival of Books

The Bookmarks Festival of Books will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Downtown Arts District, located at Sixth and Trade streets in Winston-Salem. The event brings writers and readers of all ages together as authors, illustrators, storytellers, and chefs share their work and insights through readings, presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and book signings. The festival is free and open to the public.

Phone: (336) 460-4722

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Sept. 17

Bob MacKay Memorial Golf Tournament

The 17th annual Bob MacKay Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Sept. 17 at the Bryan Park Golf & Enrichment Center in Greensboro. Tickets cost $175 per person; all proceeds from the fundraiser go toward blood and marrow transplant, leukemia, and hematology research at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Section on Hematology and Oncology. The event features a round of golf and dinner, as well as a chance to win a round of golf for four at TPC Sawgrass. To date, more than $900,000 has been raised through the tournament.

Phone: (336) 286-4930

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Sept. 18

Apple Fest

Apple Fest 2010 will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Historic Bethabara Park in Winston-Salem. The festival will include unique crafts, traditional music, food, demonstrations, colonial re-enactors and games, and horse-drawn wagon rides. The event is free and open to the public.

Phone: (336) 924-8191

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Sept. 24

Art Unleashed 2010

The Forsyth Humane Society presents Art Unleashed 2010 from 6-11 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Millennium Center in downtown Winston-Salem. Adopt artfully decorated, full-sized dog and cat sculptures and original art in a variety of media for your business, home or garden during the event, which also features a silent auction. Tickets cost $20 per person or $300 for a table of eight; proceeds benefit the nonprofit organization.

Phone: (336) 453-4456

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Sept. 24

Jonathan W. Flowers Memorial Golf Tournament

The YWCA of High Point will host the Jonathan W. Flowers Memorial Golf Tournament Sept. 24. The annual golf tournament benefits the Jonathan W. Flowers Endowment Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarship opportunities for regional YWCA youth programs.

Phone: (336) 882-4126

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Oct. 1-10

Dixie Classic Fair

The Dixie Classic Fair will be held Oct. 1-10 in Winston-Salem. The annual event features a world-class carnival with rides and games, nationally known musical entertainment, food and beverages, livestock and poultry exhibits, and arts and crafts. This year, animals will be available for adoption through several local agencies.

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Oct. 2

Harvest Festival

RayLen Vineyards & Winery in Mocksville hosts the Harvest Festival from 1-5 p.m. Oct. 2. Bring lawn chairs to the outdoor event, which will include barbecue from Bennett’s Smokehouse and musical entertainment by Charlene Williams & Friends. Tickets cost $10 per person. The winery also will host a Halloween Open House from 6-10 p.m. Oct. 30.

Phone: (336) 998-3100

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Oct. 9

Rabies Vaccination Clinic

The Animal Control Program of the Guilford County Department of Public Health hosts an animal rabies vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 9 at Pleasant Garden Town Hall. Vaccinations cost $5 per shot, per animal; cash and personal checks will be accepted during the clinic.

Phone: (336) 641-7777

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Oct. 14

Dark in the Park

Dark in the Park will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 14 at Historic Bethabara Park in Winston-Salem. The event includes live music with a Halloween twist. Bring the entire family in costume to the free event, which also will feature hayrides and children’s activities. The park also will host a holiday band concert from 7-8 p.m. Nov. 18 at Maple Springs United Methodist Church.

Phone: (336) 924-8191

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Oct. 19, 27

Gathering of Friends

The 15th annual Gathering of Friends dinner will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Grandover Resort & Conference Center featuring actress Vicki Lawrence. There also will be a luncheon beginning at 11:45 a.m. Oct. 27 at the Sheraton Four Seasons Koury Convention Center featuring Kelly Corrigan. Both events are hosted by Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test. Dinner tickets cost $75 per person, and lunch tickets are $50 each.

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Oct. 26

YWCA/Belk Lancome Fundraiser

The YWCA of High Point and Belk will host a Lancome event Oct. 26. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward programs of the YWCA.

Phone: (336) 882-4126

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Nov. 4

March of DimesSignature Chefs Auction

The 19th annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction will begin at 6 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Empire Room in downtown Greensboro. During the fundraiser, 15 of the city’s chefs will compete for top awards; the event also includes a silent auction. Tickets cost $100 per person. All proceeds from the event benefit the March of Dimes Foundation.

Phone: (336) 231-3766

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Nov. 4-6

Gingerbread Arts & Crafts Fair

The Gingerbread Arts & Crafts Fair will be held Nov. 4-6 at the South Fork Community Center, located at 4403 Country Club Road in Winston-Salem. Hourly door prizes will be awarded during the fair, which is free and open to the public.

Phone: (336) 403-7476


Nov. 13

RayLen Vineyards Thanksgiving Open House

RayLen Vineyards & Winery in Mocksville hosts a Thanksgiving Open House from 1-5 p.m. Nov. 13. Stop by for a complimentary tasting to learn which wines pair best with holiday meals. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature Chef Stacy Johnson of From Thyme to Thyme. The winery also hosts a Holiday Open House from 1-5 p.m. Dec. 11.

Phone: (336) 998-3100

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Nov. 14

Lake Wobegon Days

The Stevens Center of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) in Winston-Salem will present Garrison Keillor in his highly acclaimed one-man-show, “Lake Wobegon Days,” for two performances at 4 p.m. and 7:30 pm. Nov. 14. The show tells tales of the quirky personalities of the fictional Minnesota town of Lake Wobegon, “where the women are strong, men are good-looking and children are above average.” Keillor is the host of public radio’s popular “A Prairie Home Companion” and author of the bestselling “Lake Wobegon Days.” Tickets cost $57 per person for orchestra-level seating, and $38 and $46 for balcony seats.

Phone: (336) 721-1945

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Dec. 2

Guilford Education Summit

The 2010 Guilford Education Summit will begin at 7:30 a.m. Dec. 2 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. The event features keynote speaker Ron Clark, a North Carolina native and Disney American Teacher of the Year.

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