Weekly Picks

Local mystery writer Mark de Castrique will thrill audiences with his new novel The Sandburg Connection on Wednesday, July 13 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, 52 N. Market St. Info: wolfememorial.com or 253-8304.

Transport your kids beyond the textbooks with a life-sized outdoor board game about the Civil War. On Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m., Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger Programs will lead a discussion and games at the Parkway Visitor Center, MP 384 in Asheville. Free, but registration is required. Info: 298-5330.

Turn your tattered clothes into wardrobe treasures at Freeskool Asheville’s “Upcycling Thrift-Wear" class on Friday, July 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. RSVP for directions: gammarae55@gmail.com.

Strap on a bib and get ready for the Asheville Wing Wars, featuring 10 local restaurants and music by Vertigo Jazz Project, Brushfire Stankgrass and more. Held on Saturday, July 16 at 6 p.m. at the Garage at Biltmore, 101 Fairview Road in Asheville. Admission includes beer, wings and pizza. Info: lushlifetoday.com.

Join Simon Thompson and Chris Jaquette at Wild Birds Unlimited, 1997 Hendersonville Road, for a presentation on their "many visits" to the Peruvian Amazon on Sunday, July 17 at 3 p.m. "From tropical birds to jungle lodges and canopy walkways, you can re-live a visit from the air conditioned comfort of the bird store." Info: 687-9433 or asheville.wbu.com.

Warren Wilson College hosts an old-time concert at Kittredge Theatre, 710 Warren Wilson Road, on Monday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Swannanoa Gathering's Old-Time Week. The Gathering runs through August and features weeklong workshops on a variety of folk arts. Info: swangathering.com.

Join health counselor Samantha Pollack at Malaprop's, 55 Haywood St., in downtown Asheville, for a discussion on sugar addition, cravings and how to "permanently gain control" on Tuesday, July 19 at 7 p.m. Info: malaprops.com.

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