The Arts Council of Henderson County will be presenting “The Artists of Tomorrow” and “Elementary Art” exhibits through April 18th in its “The Art of Our Children” series in Hendersonville, North Carolina.  “The Art of Our Children” series is dedicated to all art teachers as well as the students they inspire and mentor along the way.  “The Artists of Tomorrow” exhibit features art by local secondary schoolchildren and will be ending this Saturday, March 28th.   The “Elementary Art” exhibit will start on April 3rd and continue through April 18th.  This is the 14th year that the Arts Council has featured children’s artwork from local area schools.  This series is free and open to the public.  So, take advantage of this marvelous program while it lasts.

The Blue Ridge Community College will play host to the Parrini Piano Quartet at the college’s Patton Auditorium at 3pm on Sunday, March 29th.  This is part of the ongoing Hendersonville Chamber Music Series in Flat Rock.  For more information, please call (828) 890-4411.  This concert only costs $17 per ticket.

With performances on March 27th-29th and April 3rd-5th, the Flat Rock Playhouse YouTheatre will be presenting “Princess Reform School”, a wonderful play about what a princess needs to know to unlock her inner princess power, written by Flat Rock’s very own Lisa K. Bryant.  Evening shows are held at 8:15pm and you can catch a matinee performance on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:15pm.  For more information, please call (828) 693-0731.

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Fresh cut flowers bring beauty and wonderful fragrance into your home.Are you ready to say “goodbye” to Winter blahs and “hello” to Spring?  Here are some quick, inexpensive ways to spruce up the interior of your home to welcome in the renewal Spring has to offer:

1. Rearrange: This means furniture, accessories, artwork, etc.  Try moving the furniture around in a room to create new and interesting conversation areas.  Maybe take some books off the shelves and put them on the fireplace mantle.  Even moving artwork from one wall or room to another can create a whole new look and feel for your room.

2. Fragrances: This doesn’t just mean candles or diffusers.  You can bring fragrances in through fresh cut flowers or fragrant branches from your outside foliage.  If you must have fresh cut flowers and don’t have anything outside you can use, pick up a bouquet from the supermarket, separate the bouquet into different groups of flowers and spread them around the house in a variety of smaller vases.

Use brightly colored throw pillows to freshen up a room's interior.3. Bedding: New bedding can brighten a room in no time.  Get rid of the heavy winter comforter and bring in a lighter coverlet for the warmer evenings ahead.  Bring in more color with accent pillows in fun, springtime colors.

4. Good Day, Sunshine: Open up the windows.  Pull those heavy drapes back and add a shade or even sheer fabric that will allow the sunlight to come in.  And, for goodness sakes, clean the windows!

5. Accessorize: Simply changing the little things can create a whole new atmosphere for a room.  Buy throw pillows in bright fabrics.  Get a festive colored vase to hold those lovely tulips or daisies.  Use brightly colored candles to relay a feeling of Spring renewal.

These are all quick, easy and inexpensive ways to spruce up your home for Spring.

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On Saturday, March 14th, come to historic downtown Hendersonville from 10am-9pm to watch the March of the Leprechauns St. Patrick’s Day Festival.  There will be a parade at 10am, a fun costume contest at 1pm and there will be entertainment going on throughout the day.  I hope to see you there.

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The Community Foundation of Henderson County’s annual Vintage Carolina fundraiser will be held Monday, March 9th at the Hendersonville Country Club from 6-9pm.  International food and wine stations will be set up around the country club as “ports of call” at the cruise-themed festivities.  Some of the countries represented at different ports of call will be France, Italy, Australia, South Africa and Spain, just to name a few.  Tickets are $75/person and space is limited.  So, reservations are required.  Please call 697-6224 to make a reservation or come to the Community Foundation of Henderson County in person to place your request.

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