Running of the Balls

Registration closes Dec. 1 for this night run/walk on a 5K(ish) course through Sunset Hills at 6 p.m. Dec. 15. Started years ago, the residents of this neighborhood decorate their 50-foot-tall trees with enormous lighted Christmas balls. Recognized by Runners World as an internationally unique event, the race draws participants from around the world by allowing them to experience the enchanting Lighted Christmas Balls of Sunset Hills at night. Capped at 3,500 runners, the event annually raises more than $50,000 for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC. Adding to the ambiance of the race, the course has seven stages of music, homeowners enjoying the event with friends caroling by campfire and hot chocolate and cookies in the start/finish area. Parking is in designated areas only.  TheRunningOfTheBalls.com

Jeweler Wins Prestigious Design Award

Jeweler Jake Wosinski, owner of Jacob Raymond Jewelry, has won the platinum innovation award in the evening wear category from the American Gem Trade Association. The competition, which was held in New York in August, is regarded as the world’s pre-eminent gemstone and cultured pearl design competition. Jake’s handmade platinum ring features a 2.11-carat blue sapphire center stone, surrounded by four small sapphires and hand engraving. The ring is available for purchase. 

Toys for Tots Kickoff at Ward Black Law

Ward Black Law, 208 W. Wendover Ave., is inviting the public to its 11th annual Toys for Tots kickoff celebration Dec. 7. Those attending the event are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy or monetary donation. Last year, 44 boxes of toys and more than $1,600 were collected during the kickoff event. This year, attendees can enjoy free breakfast items from Biscuitville, Krispy Kreme and A Special Blend. A barbecue chicken lunch will be provided by Grill for God. Uniformed Marines will be on hand to collect the toys. Great Clips will be providing haircuts in exchange for donations. The event will take place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m  For more information, call 336.333.2244.

Downtown is the Place to Be in December

Head downtown in December for fun and festivities. Here’s a roundup of some of the highlights you can expect:

  • Piedmont Winter Fest: Enjoy ice skating at LeBauer Park. Opening times vary, (generally 4 p.m., or 11 a.m. on school holidays) so be sure to check the schedule. Open now until Jan. 27. PiedmontWinterFest.com
  • Greensboro Downtown Parade: 12 p.m. on Dec. 1, rain or shine. In addition to exciting professional floats, marching bands, dance and drill teams, it’s the only holiday parade in North Carolina to feature huge Macy-style balloons.
  • Santa at the Biltmore: Tell the kids to prepare their Christmas wish list. Santa makes his appearance at the Downtown Biltmore 11 a.m – 2 p.m. Dec. 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23.