Weekly Picks

Visitors are invited to "capture views of the buildings, animals, flower gardens and landscape" on Wednesday, April 27, 9 to 2:30 p.m. at Art Day on Historic Johnson Farm in Hendersonville. Art will then be on display at a May exhibition. Info: 891-6585 or historicjohnsonfarm.org.

More than 100 local restaurants will donate a portion of daily sales to the WNC AIDS Project on Thursday, April 28 as part of Dining Out for Life. WNCAP provides prevention, education and outreach for men, women and youth at risk for HIV/AIDS. Participating restaurants: wncap.org or 252-7489.

Join Scott Jurek and Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run, for a 3-4 mile run on the trails and roads of UNCA. Held at the UNCA track on Friday, April 29 at 5 p.m. Learn about nearly barefoot running (though shoes are welcome). Info: malaprops.com.

Fire On the Mountain returns to downtown Spruce Pine to celebrate the history of blacksmithing in WNC and broaden awareness of contemporary iron work. The festival will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring master blacksmiths, demonstrations and more. Info: downtownsprucepine.com

Celebrate local businesses with the Big Love Fest at Pack Square in downtown Asheville on Sunday, May 1 from 1 to 8 p.m. The afternoon will feature music by Floating Action, Mad Tea Party, members of Reigning Sound and more. LaZoom will also offer comedy tours throughout the day. Info: loveasheville.org

Haven't heard of pickleball? Head over to Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, 30 G.W. Carver St., in Asheville, on Monday, May 2 at 9 a.m. to try out the ping pong/tennis hybrid. Groups meet weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Info: 350-2058 or stephenslee@ashevillenc.gov.

The public is invited to join clinical herbalist Heidi Berkovitz on Tuesday, May 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. as she discusses herbal remedies for first aid and demonstrates how to make a first aid kit using common weeds, garden plants and everyday kitchen ingredients. Held at A-B Tech's Madison campus, room 126 Ramsey. Info: abtech.edu/ce/registration.

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