“Get Growing” gardener’s delight - one of the many entries in the Spring Fling Basket Fundraiser at the Harris Arts Center on March 31 through April 17.

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Dozens of themed specialty baskets brimming with gourmet goodies and gift certificates are offered for silent auction in the galleries at the Harris Arts Center, 212 South Wall St., from March 31 through April 17.

Generous businesses, board members and individuals have been very creative with their entries, the proceeds of which benefit artistic programming at the Harris Arts Center.

Sue Hibberts of SewSue Fabric & Quilt Shop handcrafts a precious quilt, stuffed bunny and bib for “Baby’s First Easter”. AGC Pediatrics’ basket delights children with a Dr. McStuffin theme. Girl and boy kiddie pools overflow with all types of summer fun toys, candy, and stuffed animals chosen by Rene and Randy Keese, owners of American Gold River Guns & Pawn. Four guests may visit the Children’s Museum in Atlanta, have lunch at the Fork Diner and enjoy toys and activity sets courtesy of Gray and Don Bridges, Bridges’ Discount Home Store. Bunnies frolic amid fanciful hand painted china for four donated by Beth and Martin Vaughn.

Artist Doris Babcock hand crafts a beautiful dyed reed basket with oak handle for the perfect heirloom gift. Planting season is almost upon us, and David and Dana Hammond supply everything a gardener will need to dig in the dirt: shovels, rake, hose, rubber boots, watering can, sprayer and gloves – all in a red wheel barrow. Friends Jean Overby, Elva McClure and Cheryl Parrott gather a solar powered butterfly garden ornament, rose bush, hand tools, seeds and watering can. Gordon County Master Gardeners’ entry will delight flower lovers as well.

Members of the Roland Hayes Museum Committee have provided beach chairs, an umbrella and “fun-in-the-sun” equipment you’ll need to hit the sand. Mac and Sandra Knight continue the beach theme with an Igloo cooler filled with beach towel, table cloth, paper goods, picnic edibles, frisbee and paddle balls.

Pam Stephens, owner of Fitness First, fills her basket with certificates for a month’s membership, two personal training sessions with Pam Bailes, a private Yoga session with Angela Deaton and assorted work out necessities. Dr. Mary Beth Cole, Dalton Dermatology & Day Spa, offers a $325 Botox gift certificate together with ZO facial products. Donna Carlson of Therapeutic Massage also gives a certificate for restorative health services.

Barbara Madison Salon pampers the ladies with style services and beauty products. Wedding planner, Denise Stripling, of All in Good Taste, designs her basket especially for the summer bride.

Furry friends are not forgotten. Kyle and Vivian Smith cater to cat fanciers with a scratching post, bed, toys and spay or neuter certificate from Calhoun Pet Care. “Going to the Dogs” rivals with a $35 gift certificate from Dog Necessities, free day of dog sitting from Jackie Jones, free pet sketch from doodlebug productions and leash, collar and mug from Best Friends Animal Hospital.

Judy Fehlenberg celebrates farm to table with “Fresh from the Farmer’s Market” cookbook, recipe stand, soup bowl, soup mix and harvest basket. Alexis Washington of Cake Addicts cupcakery and cake bakery supplies two jars of chocolate chip cookie mix, a $10 gift certificate and pink T-shirt and visor. For a romantic evening or dinner with friends, Doug and Debbie and Steve and Jen Thomason provide Douglas Hill wine and chocolates in a galvanized ice bucket. Jonathan Purser donates a Chick-fil-A nugget tray, gallon of tea, Tervis tumbler, mini cows, candy and toys in a logo bucket. 365 on Piedmont assembles soup and chili mix, specialty candle, Williams-Sonoma cookbook, oven mitt and bird salt and pepper shakers for a cozy dinner at home.

Community Chorus members share “sounds of Calhoun” with CDs by local celebrities. M & S Logistics bring the family together for card night with a selection of games and gourmet goodies gathered by Linda and Nick Sainato. Aaron Walkover of Old Hippie Metal Art has fabricates a one-of-a-kind fire pit to warm up any chilly evening. Chill your beverages in a galvanized cooler on a stand courtesy of Home Depot.

Additional generous donors are the GEM Theatre, HAC Music Guild and AllGood Pest Control.

“If you are looking for a very special Easter basket, need a unique present, or are perhaps thinking ahead to Mother’s or Father’s Day, we hope you will come see the beautiful selection of baskets we have on display in April,” said Toni Molleson, HAC Director.

Arts center hours are Monday, 9 am to 6 pm, Tuesday through Thursday, 9am to 4 pm, Friday, 9 am to 2 pm. For the Spring Basket Fundraiser, the center will be open Saturday, April 5, and April 12 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.harrisartscenter.com or call 706-629-2599.