Weekly Picks

Some birds may be heading south for the winter, but Lake James State Park wants to know exactly how many are left. A bird census will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 8:30 a.m. at the park’s Paddy’s Creek Area on N.C. Highway 126. Info: 584-7728.

If you’ve ever wished you were part of the Upright Citizens Brigade, take a workshop on improv comedy on Thursday, Dec. 29 at 7p.m. Held at the Anam Cara Theatre Company, 203 Haywood Road. $10 or $3 with original haiku. Info: http://avl.mx/86

Start New Year’s celebrations early at the Hendersonville Ballroom Dance Club’s pre-New Year’s Eve dance on Friday, Dec. 30 from 7:30 p.m.-midnight. Held at the Elks Lodge, 546 N. Justice St. in Hendersonville. $15/$10 members. Info: 692-8281.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with dance parties, masquerade balls and more on Saturday, Dec. 31 throughout Western North Carolina. See http://www.mountainx.com/events and search for “festivals” for a full list.

Spend the first day of 2012 reviving your spirit with a worship service from the Eckankar Center of Asheville, 797 Haywood Road, on Sunday, Jan. 1 from 11 a.m.-noon. Info: http://www.eckankar-nc.org. 

Keep active with fitness classes for seniors, starting on Monday, Jan. 2, at Waynesville Parks and Recreation Center, 550 Vance St. Free with membership or admission. Info: 456-2030.

Find out if foster parenting is right for you at an orientation for potential foster parents, hosted by the Buncombe County Department of Social Services, on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 6 p.m. Call for location and registration: 250-5868.

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