Nearby Notes: Festivals, events and more

North Carolina

Black Mountain, Oct. 15-18. Lake Eden Arts Festival. Details:

Asheville, Oct. 15-18. Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands. Details: (click “Shops and Fairs”).

Raleigh Oct. 15-25. N.C. State Fair. Details:

Statesville, Oct. 16-18. Carolina BalloonFest. Details:

Sparta, Oct. 16-18. N.C. Mountain Arts Adventure. Details:

Valle Crucis, Oct. 17. Valle Country Fair. Details:

Fayetteville, Oct. 17. Volksmarch & Festival. Details:

South Carolina

Columbia, Oct. 14-25. S.C. State Fair. Details:

Kingstree, Oct. 16-17 Kingstree Pig Pickin’. Details: (search for “Kingstree/Bi-Lo Pig Pickin' Festival”).

Walhalla, Oct. 16-18. Oktoberfest. Details:

Georgetown, Oct. 18. Wooden Boat Show. Details:

Use technology for cheaper, safer travel

Tuesday, the Magellan Travel Club features a presentation by Charlotte-based tech consultant Megan Riley on using technology when planning your trip. She will demonstrate ways to utilize credit card points and other methods to obtain lower and, sometimes, free air fares; she will also cover what you need to know to better protect yourself and your personal property. Riley’s presentation begins at 7 p.m. on the second floor of the fellowship hall at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 E. Morehead St. Reservations are not required; there is no charge to attend. Details: Bob Taylor, 704-906-6483 or