The Weekender: The Lent Edition

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Mardi Gras has come and gone, not that it meant much to you anyway. In more pressing news, suddenly you know who’s Catholic by the ash on their forehead. Now just 40 days until Easter!

Start counting down the days with some great local events:

WEDNESDAY

  • Timothy Tyson @ Scuppernong Books (GSO), 7 p.m.
    Professor and historian Timothy Tyson discusses his new book The Blood of Emmett Till, which examines the 1955 lynching of 14-year-old African-American Emmett Till and the trial and national actions that followed. More info at scuppernongbooks.com.

THURSDAY

  • Computer basics class @ High Point Public Library, 10 a.m.
    Reading Connections teaches the basics of computer operation as well as the physical parts of a computer. Students become familiar with typing, email, using Google and working with Microsoft Office to create, edit and format documents. No registration is required. More info at highpointnc.gov.
  • Teacher of the Year @ Wake Forest University (W-S), 7:30 p.m.
    Teacher of the Year, a documentary screening at the Pugh Auditorium in the Benson University Center, discusses teaching in the 21st Century and explores the forces that influence a teacher’s performance. The filmmakers and teacher featured in the film participate in Q&A after the screening. More info at events.wfu.edu.

SATURDAY

  • Poetry Out Loud @ Triad Stage (GSO), 10:30 a.m.
    North Carolina high school students from 30 school districts take the stage to compete in the annual statewide Poetry Out Loud semifinals and final competition. The state winner advances to the Poetry Out Loud finals in Washington, DC this April. More info at ncarts.org.
  • MerleFest on the Road @ the Van Dyke Performance Space, 7:30 p.m.
    Triad Acoustic Stage and the Blue Ridge Music Center team up for a concert that features Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboys, Locust Honey and Mark Bumgarner. More info at thevandyke.org..

TUESDAY

  • Community meeting: resistance @ the Community Mosque of Winston-Salem, 7 p.m.
    Join the coalition fighting to make Winston-Salem a “sanctuary city.” The group works to ensure the safety and dignity of immigrants, Muslims, refugees and others. More info on the Facebook event page.

Pick of the Week (Arts)

  • Birdhouse workshop @ the Old Salem Visitor Center, Saturday, 10 a.m.
    Create unique birdhouses from local salvaged wood. The workshop includes bird specifics for entry holes, the size of nests and ventilation, as well as a construction demonstration. More info at oldsalem.org.

Pick of the Week (Food)

  • Chili in Glenwood @ 2010 Coliseum Blvd. (GSO), Saturday, 1 p.m.
    (This event has been postponed one week. It will now take place on March 11 at 1 p.m.)
    Enjoy vegetarian or meat chili with your neighbors in Glenwood. Raffle tickets are available and proceeds are split with the Greater Glenwood Neighborhood Association. More info on the Facebook event page.

Pick of the Week (Music)

  • Martha Bassett @ the Carolina Theatre (GSO), Friday, 8 p.m.
    Hear Martha Bassett and her new band perform original music as well as songs from the New American Songbook. The performance features Bassett’s distinctive vocals and includes songs on the sextet’s upcoming record. More info at carolinatheatre.com.

Pick of the Week (Sports)

  • NC high school western regional basketball championship @ LJVM Coliseum (W-S), Saturday, 12 p.m.
    Games occur at approximately noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Teams and match-ups are to be determined and posted as soon as they are set. More info on the Facebook event page.