However you expect to face Friday’s inauguration and all the stormy days to follow, never forget that there’s plenty happening here in the Triad. Use these events to get to know new people in your community and appreciate the diversity and energy unique to the area we call home.

THURSDAY

  • Community coloring @ the Creative Center (GSO), 6:30 p.m.
    This free event encourages an ongoing, community experience as well as personal creative exploration. Bring coloring supplies, a snack and a friend. Artist Margaret Newlin and the Creative Center Executive Director Joseph Wright lead the event. More info is on the Facebook event page.
  • Raw Edges opening reception @ Delta Arts Center (W-S), 6 p.m.
    The Delta Arts Center opens an exhibit on African-American quilters. Featured artists speak briefly about their textile art works. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit shows in the Simona Atkins Allen Gallery from Jan. 17 through April 8. More info at deltaartscenter.org.

FRIDAY

  • Trump inauguration protest @ Central Carolina Worker Justice Center (GSO), 1:30 a.m.
    Catch a very early bus or van to Washington DC on the morning of the inauguration to join the tens of thousands protesting the racist, misogynistic and xenophobic dangers of the president-elect. More info on the Facebook event page.

SATURDAY

  • Art Jam @ Unleashed Arts Center (W-S), 12:30 p.m.
    Bring the kids to downtown Winston-Salem to create art and influence young imaginations. All ages are welcome and the event is free with no registration necessary. Art supplies are provided. More info at theafasgroup.com.
  • Peter Yarrow @ High Point Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
    A member of the legendary folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary, Grammy Award winner Peter Yarrow visits High Point. Join a night of conversation and song as Yarrow brings tales of the 1960s folk renaissance to the Triad. More info at highpointtheatre.com.

SUNDAY

  • Black Girls and Women Matter: Telling Our Stories @ Scuppernong Books (GSO), 1:30 p.m.
    Ahead of a town hall at Dudley High School on Feb. 4, black girls and women tell their stories during a four-hour mini-marathon on Sunday. All are invited, and black girls and women living in Greensboro are encouraged to read their own stories. More info at scuppernongbooks.com.

Pick of the Week (Arts)

  • Allen Jay and the Underground Railroad @ High Point Public Library, Saturday, 3 p.m.
    Josh Brown, editor of Autobiography of Allen Jay, discusses how Jay was inspired to become involved in the Underground Railroad, fight against slavery, promote education for freed slaves and encourage Quaker social activism. More info at highpointnc.gov.

Pick of the Week (Food)

  • Triad Local First @ Southern Lights Bistro (GSO), Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m.
    Join Triad Local First for a member mixer that includes light appetizers and a complimentary drink. More info at triadlocalfirst.com.

Pick of the Week (Music)

  • Magpie Feast @ The Garage (W-S), Saturday, 8 p.m.
    Raleigh-based folk-rock quartet Magpie Feast brings guitar, banjo, violin, bass and drums to the Triad. Their songs range from acoustic to gothic to dirty garage. Scrub Pine and Kyle Caudle join. More info on the Facebook event page.