Weekly Picks

Join Peacetown Asheville, Veterans for Peace and the Mountain Area Interfaith Forum at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville for singing, dancing and more to celebrate the International Day of Peace on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Info: http://bit.ly/mWYpBr.

Enjoy live entertainment, a silent auction, a raffle, local cuisine and refreshments at Feasting for FEAST, a "special culinary event" to benefit Slow Foods Asheville, which "seeks to advance the benefits of locally produced food and healthy eating" through community advocacy and education. Held at The Venue, 21 N. Market St. in downtown Asheville, on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Info: http://www.slowfoodasheville.org.

Learn about the book arts, view submissions from around the world and watch live demonstrations as Book Works, 428 1/2 Haywood Road in West Asheville, hosts BookOpolis on Friday, Sept. 23 from 6-9 p.m. The event runs through Saturday, Sept. 24. Info: http://www.ashevillebookworks.com.

Help raise money for the 2011 Southeast Student Renewable Energy Conference at "Flip the Switch," a family-friendly afternoon featuring music, live entertainment, informational speakers and a silent auction, on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 3-11 p.m. on the quad of UNCA. Info: http://www.nonuclearwasteinwnc.com.

Meet the camel’s more exotic cousin at Alpaca Farm Day on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Held at Alpacas of Merritt Farm, 837 Hannah Mountain Road in Otto. The festival begins on Saturday and runs through the weekend. Info: http://www.alpacasofmerrittfarm.com.

Make the first sentence count at Smashing First Sentences, a writing seminar for wordsmiths of all levels, on Monday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Black Mountain Library, 105 N. Dougherty St. Info: 250-4756.

Learn about the German LGBT movement in the Nazi era at "Life Was a Cabaret," a lecture held at Cathedral of All Souls, 9 Swan St. in Biltmore Village on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 7-9 p.m. Info: 274-2681.

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