Community Calendar Highlights: Give!Local nonprofit events from 12/2 through 12/10

The 60-day Give!Local campaign is over halfway completed.  We are excited to have over 130 donors, with the average donation being $57.  The largest donation was $1020. There will be one more Big Give Day on December 15, so if you wish to donate and be entered to win some great prizes, it is a great day to give. Thanks to all those who have donated so far – your incentives will be arriving in January!

The Give!Local campaign provides a fun, fast and easy way to give online from $10 to the $1,000’s. Donors can give to as many of the 30 participating nonprofits as they like and pay with one easy credit card transaction. Plus, there are incentives to encourage donations from new givers, people who don’t get tax breaks, and a whole new generation of givers — children!

Children 12 or under who give at least $5 (with their parents permission of course) get a kiddie scoop from The Hop and are entered to win one of some special kid-oriented prizes like a kids bike from Motion Makers, horse riding lessons from the Equinox Horse Foundation, or a six-month Book-of-the-Month membership from Spellbound Children’s Books.

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Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue
• SA (12/5), noon-4pm – Animal adoption event & pet photos with Santa. Free to attend. Held at Patton Avenue Pet Company, 109 Patton Ave.


N.C. Arboretum
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, 665-2492,
• Through SA (1/3) – The Robot Zoo, exhibit featuring giant-size robots and interactive displays to teach biomechanics of animals. Regular parking fees apply.
• Through (1/3) – Fine-feathered Friends and Flowers, oil paintings by Mary Webster. Regular parking fees apply.

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design
67 Broadway, 785-1357,
• Through SA (1/9) – Made in WNC,  textile, furniture, ceramics, and art exhibit exploring how craft, design, and production relate.
• FR (12/4) through SA (1/9) – Tom Shields sculptural arrangements from found furniture. Artist talk: Dec. 4, 6pm.


Asheville Humane Society
828-761-2001 ext. 315,
• TH (12/3), 6:30pm – Tickets to “Brews & Brains: Quiz for a Cause,” team trivia series benefit the Asheville Humane Society. $10. Held at The Millroom, 66 Ashland Ave.

Flapjacks for Families
• SA (12/5), 8-10am – Tickets to this celebrity waiter competition and pancake breakfast benefit the Irene Wortham Center Early Learning Center. $10/Free with new unwrapped toy/Free for children under 2. Held at Hickory Tavern, 30 Town Square Unit 100

Heart Songs Tree of Lights
• FR (12/4), 5:30pm – Proceeds from this memorial celebration with luminaries, tree lights, music and crafts benefit Four Seasons hospice, palliative care, and grief counseling. Free. Held at First Citizens Bank Plaza, Main Street, Hendersonville

N.C. Arboretum Winter Lights
• SU (11/20) – SA (1/2), 6-10pm – Proceeds from this walking tour of the holiday animated light display benefit N.C. Arboretum programs, exhibits, and facilities year-round. $18/$16 children. Held at N.C. Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way


Held at Blue Ridge Community College, 180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock, 694-1885
• TH (12/3), 7pm – “Come Hell or High Water, Remembering the Flood of 1916,” presentation, film and forum. Registration suggested: $5.


Four Seasons Compassion for Life
• FR (12/4), 5:30pm – “Tree of Lights Celebration,” memorial celebration of life service with luminaries, tree lights, and seasonal music. Free. Held at First Citizens Bank Plaza, Main St., Hendersonville


The Lord’s Acre
• THURSDAYS, 11:30am – The Fairview Welcome Table provides a community lunch. Free. Held at Fairview Christian Fellowship, 596 Old Us Highway 74, Fairview


A Winter’s Tail
• SA (12/5), 10am-4pm – WNC Nature Center annual holiday celebration with festive crafts, face painting and photos with Santa. $10.95/$9.95 seniors/$6.95 kids 3-15 years. Held at WNC Nature Center, 75 Gashes Creek Road


Homeward Bound Holiday Benefit Concert
• SU (12/6), 3pm – Tickets to this Pan Harmonia Handel concert, “A Chamber Music Messiah,” benefit Homeward Bound of WNC. Admission by donation. Held at First Presbyterian Church of Asheville, 40 Church St.


Friends of the Smokies
• SU (12/6) – Last day to register for the “One Hike Three Waterfalls” moderately difficult 5.5 mile hike to the Juney Whank, Indian Creek, and Toms Branch waterfalls. Register online. $35/$10 members.


Our Voice
44 Merrimon Ave. Suite 1, 28801, 252-0562,
• Ongoing drop-in group for female identified survivors of sexual violence.


Montford Park Players
• TH (12/10), 7:30pm – A Christmas Carol. “Pay what we are worth night.” Admission by donation. Held at Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway

The Magnetic Theater
375 Depot St., 279-4155,
• THURSDAYS through SATURDAYS (12/3) through (12/19), 7:30pm – The 42nd Annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular! $18-$23.


Care Partners Foundation
• Through TH (12/24) – Volunteers needed for gift wrap station at Asheville Outlets. Registration required.

Homeward Bound WNC
218 Patton Ave., 258-1695,
• 1st THURSDAYS, 11am – “Welcome Home Tour,” tours of Asheville organizations that serve the homeless population. Registration required. Free to attend.

N.C. Arboretum
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, 665-2492,
• Through SA (1/2) – Hundreds of volunteers needed for the Winter Lights exhibit through SA (1/2) from 5:30-10pm nightly. Register online:


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