Weekly Picks

Enjoy local music and poetry while honoring the season at a winter solstice celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 21 from 7-9 p.m. Transition Hendersonville will host the festivities at Black Bear Cafe, 318 Main St. Info: www.transitionhendersonville.com

Need a break from the holidays? The Land of Sky UCC will lead a “blue” holiday service for people experiencing loss or grief. Held on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 15 Overbrook Place. Info: amanda@landoftheskychurch.org.

Enjoy scenic views, waterfalls and native trees during a moderate five-mile hike above the N.C. Fish Hatchery on Friday, Dec. 23 at 9:30 a.m. Hike departs from the Pisgah Ranger Station parking lot, 1600 Pisgah Highway. Info: rogerskillman@anderson5.net.

A Hanukkah party for adults will feature Chinese food and a trip to the movies. This informal Jewish tradition will be presented by the Asheville Jewish Community Center at Oriental Pavillion, 48 Westgate Parkway on Saturday, Dec. 24 at 5:30 p.m. Info: judyinasheville@aol.com or 225-3805.

Unity Center, located at 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road in Mills River, will host a Christmas day celebration on Sunday, Dec. 25 at 11 a.m. Info: www.unitync.net or 684-3798. More holiday events can be found at www.mountainx.com/events.

Improve your strokes or learn to swim for the first time as the YWCA, 185 S. French Broad Ave., kicks off Community Swim Week on Monday, Dec. 26. Free classes for adults and children will be offered throughout the week. Call for registration: 254-7206.

If you like your art in small bites, visit Gallery 86, 86 N. Main St. in Waynesville for It’s A Small, Small Work, featuring more than 100 pieces of art that are 12 inches or smaller. The gallery will be open on Tuesday, Dec. 27 and the exhibit will be on display through Dec. 31. Info: info@haywoodarts.org or 452-0593.

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