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Shortcuts July 11 2001

CHATTANOOGA
A home for skaters, skateboarders and BMX riders is only two hours away from Atlanta. The Sanctuary Skate Park, located on two acres in the southside area, now is open seven days a week for use and instruction. A one-year membership is $30; sessions are $3-$7 and rental gear is available from the pro shop. Operating hours vary. 1825 Carter St. 423-267-4005 or www.sanctuaryskateparksusa.com

ASHEVILLE, N.C.
Chef Damon Lee Fowler of Savannah kicks off the Biltmore Estate Winery's Guest Chef Series July 16-17. Cooking demonstrations begin at 3:30 p.m. each day. Free with $25-$33 admission to the estate. One North Pack Square. 828-255-1776 or www.biltmore.com

SPARTANBURG, S.C.
The Harambee Festival features vendors, arts and crafts, African artifacts, a bike showcase and live music. Bring blankets and chairs and listen to Mystic Vibrations' reggae, the Enforcer Band, Freeflow and Deepcover. July 14. 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $3-$5. Spartanburg Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds. 864-921-0432 or 964-948-1923.

Brattonsville, S.C.
Historic Brattonsville, S.C., recreates The Battle of Huck's Defeat on its original site, 221 years after the fact with 200 re-enactors participating. In addition to the reenactment, the weekend event features activities that evoke the America of the Revolutionary era, including period music, an 18th century merchants row, cooking demonstrations and the British Oath of Allegiance. July 14-15. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. $3-$8. 803-684-2327.

BEREA, KY.
The ArteVida International Music and Dance Festival celebrates music and dance from around the world. Performing at the Berea Craft Festival and venues around Berea and Richmond, Ky., will be such groups as Los Llaneros, Gujera of the Bluegrass, Jeff Hatmaker and the Chinese musicians Panda. July 13-15. $8 ($20 for a three-day pass). 800-598-5263. www.berea.com

BREVARD, N.C.
Lasting through Aug. 5, the Brevard Music Festival features pop and classical musicians from around the globe, including the Transylvania Concert Band on July 11 and soprano Kathleen Battle July 13-14. June 20-Aug. 5. Tickets range from free to $25. Brevard Music Center, 1000 Probst St. 888-454-1213. www.ncarts.org

-- Lea Keel and Curt Holman??





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