Weekly Picks

Historic Johnson Farm, 3346 Haywood Road in Hendersonville, invites the public to a family-friendly storytelling festival featuring traditional tales and free popcorn on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 10:30 a.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Info: historicjohnsonfarm.org. 

Contribute to a good cause just by enjoying a delicious meal as a number of local restaurants donate a portion of proceeds to the Paws On a Mission pet therapy program on Thursday, Aug. 11. For a complete listing of participating establishments: bit.ly/nsMtai.

Check out hidden local talent as the Sourwood Idol Contest, an individual singing competition, opens the 34th annual Sourwood Festival in Black Mountain on Friday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. Winners take home cash prizes. Info and entry form: sourwoodfestival.com.

Enjoy an afternoon of BBQ and music at "When Pigs Fly," a benefit to raise funds to build an orphanage in Honduras, on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Held at Newbridge Baptist Church, 199 Elkwood Ave. in Woodfin. Info: thecarpentersheart@yahoo.com.

Three women meet by chance on a bus to Nashville. That sounds like the beginning of a knock-knock joke, and it’s also the premise of Asheville Community Theatre’s production of Honky Tonk Angels. On Sunday, Aug. 14 at 2:30 p.m., 35 E. Walnut St. in Asheville will be filled with the sounds of 30 classic country songs. The show continues weekends through Aug. 21. Info: ashevilletheatre.org.

Bring cucumbers, beets, peppers and anything else worth pickling to Freeskool Asheville’s fermentation extravaganza on Monday, Aug. 15 from 6-8 p.m. Don’t forget a crock or jar. Held at 40 Congress St. Info: http://db.tt/pGgRBXx.

Get your heart pumping at a step aerobics class on Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Enhance strength, flexibility and cardio while having fun with other exercise enthusiasts. Held at Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, 30 G.W. Carver St. in Asheville. Class meets Tue. and Thu. evenings from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Info: 350-2058.

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