With Christmas fast approaching, one may feel compelled to spend whatever free time they have searching for that unique gift or being stuck in traffic in an attempt to get to that perfect gift. Why not do something different this year, like be selfish and conveniently forget to buy presents for everyone. And if that won’t work, how about grabbing the family and spending some quality time together at one of the many events going down in the Triad instead of wasting away in a line that has no end in sight?


Ron Haviv and Ed Kashi @ SECCA (W-S), 6 p.m.

International photojournalists Ron Haviv and Ed Kashi visit the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art to discuss the integral role photojournalism plays in documenting catastrophic and groundbreaking world events. Work from collections covering the 2016 presidential election, Syrian refugee crisis, Black Lives Matter movement and Arab Spring will be made available for public viewing. More information at


Hoops for Hounds @ Hartley YMCA (HP), 5 p.m.

Local animal rescue groups and pet welfare organizations come together for a first-annual animal basketball fundraiser. Donations are welcomed and the whole family is encouraged to attend this festive fur baby fundraiser. For more info email [email protected]

Meditative exploration @ Ohana Arts & Wellness Center (HP), 5:30 p.m.

Reiki master/teacher Dee Dee hosts a meditative workshop that focuses on several forms of meditative healing and energy work. Break away from the rat race of the holidays to participate in a little self-care and re-centering. More information can be found at


Chain gang make-over @ International Civil Rights Center and Museum (GSO), 1 p.m.

GrowingChange, an organization led by North Carolina youth, hosts “The Legacy of Chain Gangs,” a presentation to discuss the history of a prison site once used for chain gangs that they now intend to turn into a sustainable farm manned by veterans and youth involved in the justice system. More information can be found on the International Civil Rights Center & Museum Facebook event page.

Yule ball @ Geeksboro (GSO), 4 p.m.

The self-proclaimed “Hogwarts of NC,” Geeksboro invites the wizarding world to Phoenix, this year’s Harry Potter Yule Ball, for a night of hob-knobbing, gaming, magical music by Tonks & the Aurors and wizard rock group Gred & Forge and a possible friendly game or two of Wizards Chess. More information on Geeksboro’s Facebook page.

Art show & sale @ Temple Emanuel (GSO), 7 p.m.

Temple Emanuel holds its first annual art show featuring more than 30 Jewish artisans, including Jay Rotberg, Gary Fischer, Alexis Lavine, Beatrice Schall and Noe Katz, while showcasing a variety of media such as clay, glass, jewelry and books. More information can be found at

Magpie Thief EP release @ On Pop of the World Studios (GSO), 8 p.m.

Magpie Thief celebrates the release of its new EP, Say What You Mean, with the help of a few of their friends, Harry and Vaughn Aed, for a night of beautiful music collaboration and merriment. More information can be found on Magpie Thief’s Facebook page.


Holiday home tour @ Historic West End Holiday Homes Tour (W-S), 1 p.m.

The Historic West End Holiday Homes Tour is offering a day of classic car tours of nine historic Winston-Salem properties in the historic district along with wine and food tasting for the holidays. More information at

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