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CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT FUNDRAISER: Lowes Home Improvement (191 Porter's Neck Road, Porters Neck) hosts a fundraiser on Dec. 5 from 10am to 2pm with all proceeds benefiting Kids Making It. The Wilmington Area Woodturners Association (WAWA) will sponsor the event and be on hand creating wooden Christmas ornaments on turning lathes. For a small donation, kids ages 5 to 12 will have the opportunity to paint an ornament of their own to take home. Kids Making It (KMI) teaches woodworking and life skills to low-income and at-risk kids. Call (910) 763-6001.

GET FIT, FEED THE HUNGRY: GoGirl Fitness Studio (914 South Kerr Avenue, Suite E, Wilmington) is open to all Wilmington residents Nov. 25-28 for Turkey Burn Workouts: Wednesday, 5:45-6:30pm; Thursday, 10-11am; Friday, 10-11am; and Saturday, 9-10am. The cost of admission is one can of food (preferably vegetables) benefitting "Bread for Life," a Gleaning Ministry for Aging in Place Seniors. Please pre-register online.

POST-THANKSGIVING FUN: There's a lot going on the Saturday after Turkey Day as we gear up for the December holidays. Keep an eye out for the ever-popular North Carolina Holiday Flotilla and expanded Festival in the Park; the Jingle Bell Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus; the Christmas by the Sea Lighting Ceremony; the new and improved Holiday Market in Kure Beach; and A Trailer Park Christmas; the Light & Train Spectacular; Enchanted Airlie; Family Weekend at Poplar Grove; Santaland Diaries; the Cape Fear Festival of Trees; the Gingerbread & Lantern Festival; the Holiday Train Expo; and Santa's Village at Mayfaire.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW: Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, poet, and feminista Ani DeFranco is coming to the Brooklyn Arts Center in January. More details here. Also on sale: Rocker Grace Potter and soul balladeers The Stylistics.

YOGA AND BEER: Front Street Brewery (9 South Front Street, Wilmington) offers Warrior Twos & Brews every other Monday. The 75-minute, all-levels class is strictly donation-based ($10 suggested), and each participant gets a free beer after class. Instructors vary and proceeds go to the instructor's local non-profit of choice. Call (910) 251-1935 for more information.

RAFFLE FUNDRAISER: Art in Bloom Gallery (210 Princess Street, Wilmington) is having a raffle of fine art to benefit Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, an emergency food pantry helping hungry people in our community. Raffle tickets may be purchased for $1 each and/or by bringing one non-perishable food item in exchange for a ticket between Nov. 27 and Dec. 12. The winning raffle tickets will be randomly selected and announced at 6pm on Dec. 12, and participants need not be present to win. Fine art for the raffle includes Crimson Poppy, an oil painting by Debra Bucci; a metal outdoor or indoor sculpture by Matthew Leavell; a handmade wooden box by David Klinger; a throw pillow by Robyn Gahr;, a decoupage table by Sherry Hellmer; and a temari embroidered spheres by Cathie Schumaker. Call (484) 885-3037 for more details.

WE LOVE A PARADE: The 13th Annual Holiday Parade in downtown Wilmington, scheduled for Dec. 6, is seeking participants through Nov. 18. Entry forms can be found online.

(910) 798-6516