JAN. 8 Charlotte
Travel club’s Costa Rica program
Charlotte’s Magellan Travel Club will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 in Room 105 of the fellowship hall at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 E. Morehead St. There is no charge to attend; reservations not required. Details: 704-906-6483; firstname.lastname@example.org.
THROUGH JAN. 31 Beech Mountain
‘Skiing 101’ lessons offered
Through January, the town of Beech Mountain is offering “Skiing 101 at Beech,” a program that offers one night’s lodging, equipment rental, helmet rental, full-day lift ticket and a beginner skiing or snowboarding lesson at Beech Mountain Resort. It is offered Monday-Friday to anyone 8 or older. Cost: $101 per person/double occupancy.
To register, contact any of the participating lodging options listed at www.BeechMtn.com/skiing101 and ask for the Skiing 101 package. Details: 800-468-5506.
JAN. 18-19 Atlantic Beach
Compete in foosball challenge
The Crystal Coast Foosball Challenge returns to Atlantic Beach Jan. 18-19 with $1,000 in cash, prizes and trophies. The fundraiser will be held at The Beach Tavern, 313 W. Fort Macon Road. The event is part of the North American Bonzini U.S.A. Foosball Tour. Details: www.bonziniusa.com.
JAN. 24-27 Blowing Rock
15th annual WinterFest
WinterFest returns to Blowing Rock Jan. 24-27, with a mix of familiar and new indoor and outdoor winter activities. They include the Jan. 24 WinterFeast at Timberlake’s Restaurant at Chetola Resort, with items from their menu and from menus at other upscale area restaurants; a Jan. 25 WinterFashions show with live music, a cheese-and-art event and special prices at Appalachian Ski Mountain. The mid-morning Polar Plunge into Chetola Lake is Jan. 26; there’s also a wine tasting at the Green Park Inn, a chili cook-off, wine auction, evening bonfire and live music. There’s a jazz brunch at Canyons plus the Winter Paws dog show Jan. 27. Details (including prices): www.blowingrockwinterfest.com.
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