Oct. 4: Roundabout - What's Happening
Piedmont Players Youth Theatre presents 'Much Ado About Nothing' - 2:30 p.m.Oct. 5-6. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St., 704-633-5471, www.PiedmontPlayers.com
Lee Street Theatre presents 'Dix' - 7:30 p.m., Oct. 4-6: "Dix, A Story of the Back-Ward Women," an original play about the Dorothea Dix Hospital by Janice Fuller. Contains adult language and situations. $10 DOS only. 10% of opening night ticket sales to benefit local Salisbury organization "Chickweed." Looking Glass Artist Center's black box theatre, 405 N. Lee St., 704-798-7768, www.leestreet.org
Old Courthouse Theatre presents '9-5 The Musical' - 8 p.m., Oct. 5-6. Also 2:30 p.m.Oct. 7. $15. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring Street NW, 704 788-2405, www.oldcourthousetheatre.org
'How I Learned to Drive' at UNCC - 7:30 p.m., Oct. 2-5, and Oct. 10-13: Black Box Theater of Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts, UNCC campus. Includes adult language and situations not intended for children.Tickets $14, 704-687-1849, www.performances.uncc.edu
'Faye Lane's Beauty Shop Stories' at the Davis Theater, Concord - 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19: Funny, sweet, upbeat, inspiring blend of mostly true, sometimes outrageous, stories and songs. $38. Davis Theatre, 65 Union Street S., downtown Concord, 7704-920-2753, www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org
Halloween & Fall
Scarrigan Farms, Mooresville - Open select nights Oct. 5-Nov. 3. Many new additions including mind-bending Vortex, 3-D Experience, Old-West mining town, gruesome forest ghouls, Tragic School Bus, Haunted Corn Maze. Guests enjoy bonfires, music, space to roam while waiting at the Carrigan Farms Rock Quarry. $20 per person, visit www.scarriganfarms. com for dates, details, discounts.
Boogerwoods - Six nights only: Oct. 19, 20, 25 26 27, Nov. 3: 35th year, nine new scenes, the Flatback is Back. Phaniels Church Road, Rockwell/China Grove. All proceeds to Cystic Fibrosis. Check daily sold-out message at 704-855-7922.
The Maize at Patterson Farm - Two-acre maze of sorghum, also hayrides, face painting, pumpkin painting, pig and duck races, cow-barrel train rides, hop-along bouncers, make-and-take scarecrows, pony rides, hay-bale maze, tractor tire mountain, pumpkin bowling, a hay-bale tunnel, corn pit, tomato slingshot, rope maze, coloring coop. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays; 12:30-6 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 10. 10390 Caldwell Road, Mount Ulla, $8-$12 per person, depending on activities.
Statesville's Regal Corn Maze - Weekends through Nov. 11. Giant cookie design celebrates Oreo's 100th birthday. Also bull roping on fake bull heads, giant sling shot, Regal Rodeo bouncy ponies. $5-$15, information at 704-348-1648, www.RegalCornMaze.com
Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze -Weekends through Nov. 4. Seven-acre corn maze in Huntersville. Also: family friendly flashlight mazes, 265 acres of historic site, hayrides, corn-hole, mini-mazes, picnic areas, hiking trails, pick a pumpkin. $10, ages 5-12 $7, children 4 and under free. www.ruralhill.net
Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock - Fridays-Saturdays, Sept. 28-Oct. 27: Ghost Train Halloween Festival, Tweetsie's Ghost Train with engineer Casey Bones; haunted house, Freaky Forest, trick-or-treating, more. Tweetsie. com, 877-893-3874.
Halloween at Historic Latta Plantation - • Ghost Tales in the Dark: Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20. RSVP required, $12 per person, must be 10 or older • All Hallow's Eve: Oct. 13, the history of Halloween and its famous characters, trick or treating, Halloween baking in the old kitchen, storytelling, pumpkin painting, costume contest. Free with regular site admission • Ghost Walk: Oct. 26-27, experience the darker side of Latta and what goes bump in the night, a candlelit tour of historic proportions, $8, not for children under 10 • 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704-875-2312, www.lattaplantation.org
'The Cabin in the Woods' - 6-9 p.m., Oct. 5: Film and discussion by Pfeiffer Pfilm Society, Pfeiffer University Theater, Administration Building, 3rd Floor, 48380 Hwy 52N, Misenheimer, free, no reservation required. 704-463-3432, firstname.lastname@example.org
'The Whisperer in Darkness' - 7 p.m., Oct. 11: H. P. Lovecraft's classic tale of alien terror filmed in the style of a 1930s horror film. Free. Davis Theatre, 65 Union Street S., 704-920-2787, wwww.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org, www.modernfilmfest.com
'Tales from the Haunted Uwharries' - 7 p.m., Thursdays Oct. 11 and 25: Scary real-life state park adventure stories, plus a haunting performance based on stories by Fred Morgan. Not recommended for children under 12. Held by the fireside in the Great Hall of the Lodge at Morrow Mountain State Park. Tickets $10, 704-986-3777.
Music & more
Bluegrass in Kannapolis - Doors 6 p.m., show 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10: National recording artist Rhonda Vincent live in concert, also local bluegrass artist Jeff Whittington. Prior to the show, enjoy an outdoors bluegrass jam downtown near the historic Gem Theater. Net proceeds will go to Downtown Kannapolis, Inc to benefit Kannapolis' revitalization efforts and the NC Music Hall of Fame. Tickets start at $15. www.downtownkannapolis.com
NC Symphony plays at Keppel - 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12:NC Symphony opens the Salisbury Symphony season with "Romance In The Air" with Maestro Tonu Kalam. Tickets 704-637-4314 or www.salisburysymphony.org, $22 adults, $6 students, $4 children 8 and younger.
Wingate University Chamber Choir - 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25: Sanctuary of St. John's Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St. Free. 704-636-3431.
46th GQ Fiddler's Convention - Saturday, Oct. 6: Cash prizes plus trophies, ribbons. Registration begins 4:30 p.m., competition begins 6:30 p.m.. $8, East Rowan High School, Granite Quarry. 704-633-5940, www.granitequarryfiddlers.com
15th annual "A Touch of Yesterday" at Bost Grist Mill - Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, October 7, 1-5 p.m. Door prizes, bluegrass music, fresh cornmeal, grits, ice cream, demonstrations of the grist mill, quilting, antiques, blacksmithing, wood carving, more. $5, children 5 and under free. 1401 Hwy 200, Concord, 704-782-1600, www.bostgristmill.com
33rd Autumn Jubilee - 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 6-7 at Dan Nicholas Park.
19th annual Carolina Renaissance Festival - 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., rain or shine, Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 6-Nov. 18. Advance discount tickets: $19 adults, $9 kids age 5-12 at Harris Teeter, $1 more at the gate. North of Charlotte between Concord/Huntersville, Highway 73 at Poplar Tent Road between I-77 and I-85. Toll free 877-896-5544, RenFestInfo.com
Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival - 2-11 p.m., Saturday Oct. 20, 200 W. Fisher St., across from the main library, downtown Salisbury.
Salisbury Symphony Guild's Oktoberfest - 6:30-10:30 p.m., Oct. 20: Traditional food and dancing accompanied by the Gootman Sauerkraut Band and gusto and fun flavor of an authentic Bavarian beer hall. F&M Trolley Barn, tickets $50 per person available at Convention and Visitors Bureau, Potttery 101, Salty Caper, Salisbury Symphony office, 704-637-4314, www.salisburysymphony.org
This & That
Anime event at Dead Ed's - 1-5p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12: NC Rowan County Anime Group membership drive at Dead Ed's, 123 E. Innes St. Anime Group http:\\ groups.yahoo.com/group/NCRowanCountyanime or Facebook.
Andrew Alley at Salisbury Wine Shop - 5-7;30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5: Free wine tasting with Andrew Alley of Epicure Wines. 704-636-5151. www.salisburywineshop.com, email@example.com.
Dance at J.F. Hurley Family YMCA - 7-10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6: For older active adults, music to dance the evening away. $5 entry fee, bring a snack to share. 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.
Floral Galleries display event - 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6: a series of special product displays. Piedmont Floral Galleries, 280 Furniture Drive, 704-636-7739.
37th Annual OctoberTour weekend - Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 13-14. Tickets 704-636-0103 or http://octobertour.com/tickets
Harvest Brewed event - 6-9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26: Features the best of craft beer from the Carolinas, home brewing demonstrations, an appearance by author Erik Lars Myers, "North Carolina Craft Beer and Breweries." Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont, 704-825-4490, www.dsbg.org
Historic Salisbury narrated trolley tour - 11 a.m. Saturdays, April through Oct. Tours begin/end at Visitor's Center, 204 E. Innes St. $8 for adults, children 4 to 10 $5, under 4 free. 704-638-3100, www.visitsalisburync.com
Concord Library events - • The Great Books Discussion Group: 6:30 p.m., Oct. 8: discussing Moliere's The Misanthrope. Registration required at 704-920-2054 • 411 Community Read program on The Hunger Games: lecture on "Long Legacies: Remarkable Survivals in Appalachian Folklore, 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, free, open to the public., 704-920-2053 • Discussion of the meaning of plants in The Hunger Games, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, at RCCC, room 115, NC Research Campus, 201 Main St., Kannapolis. Free, open to the public. 704-920-1180 • Panel discussion on the love triangle theme in The Hunger Games, 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12, Rocky River Coffee Company, 4350 Main St., Ste. 109., Harrisburg. Free, open to the public. 704-920-1184 • To conclude the 411 Community Read program: Final Challenge Event, 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, 4751 Hwy. 49 N., Concord. Open to everyone; after the awards ceremony, The Hunger Games will be shown • Concord Library, 704-920-2058, 27 Union St., N., Concord, firstname.lastname@example.org
Family laser show 'The Truth Behind 2012' - 5 and 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct 20: Will December 21, 2012 be the end of the world or just an average Winter solstice? Did the Mayan calendar really predict an apocalypse? Will Earth align with a supermassive black hole? What about the giant rogue planet that's supposedly going to collide with Earth? Explore the science behind the apocalypse claims. A Science 360 production of the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center. Admission $3 adults, $2 12 and under. 1636 Parkview Circle, park and enter in back, accessible from Lilly Avenue. Horizons Unlimited 704-639-3004.
Shindig 2012 - Saturday, Oct. 6: Noon until; live bands, cruise-in, food available, corn hole tournament. Proceeds to go Rowan Hospice House. Sponsored by Kannapolis Moose Legion.
Cardmaking benefits Family Crisis Council - 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6: Seventh Annual World Card Making Day, local Stamp Out Abuse event in Gold Hill. Bring donation of personal toiletries, home supplies such as paper towels or toilet paper, to card making event at Stamp With Glenda Studio, Gold Hill. All items donated to Family Crisis Council of Rowan County. Call 704-202-3527, email@example.com
Rock Grove UMC senior youth's car, truck, motorcycle show - Saturday, Oct. 6: Registration begins 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. judging begins, 2:30 p.m., trophies awarded. Food available, silent auction, K-9 demonstration by Concord Police at 11 a.m. Proceeds to senior youth mission trips. 704-202-6210
Looking Glass Classic Car Show in the Railwalk Arts District - Saturday, Oct. 13: registration noon-1 p.m., judging 3 p.m. Registration fee $20 on site, preregister for $15. Proceeds benefit Looking Glass Artists Center, 400 block N. Lee St. All models 1960 and earlier welcome. 704-633-2787, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Four Oaks Festival and Hometown Quilt Show of Davie - 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 12-13: 100 modern, traditional quilts on display, demonstrations, quilting, a raffle of Hometown Quilt. $5, children under 12 free. Portion of proceeds to Big Brothers/Big Sisters and The Dragonfly House Children's Advocacy Center, 336-940-3385. Held at Brock Gym, 644 North Main St., Mocksville.
Sixth annual Bradley Barnhardt Memorial Golf Tournament - Sat, Nov. 3, at Corbin Hills Golf Club, noon lunch by Gary's BBQ, 1 p.m., shotgun start, all proceeds go to Relay For Life, www.synergysoccer.org
Two-night benefit at The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St. - Oct. 5-6: "Keeping The Vine Alive for Chris!" • Friday, Oct. 5, Ashley Jo Farmer Band 9-10:15 p.m. and Divided by Four 10:30 p.m.-midnight • Saturday, Oct. 6, 9 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Jabe Fisher, Matthew Church, Tripp Edwards Band. 704-797-0093, www.thebluevine.com
Cooper's, The Gathering Place, 122 E. Fisher St. - 9 p.m.-midnight every Tuesday: Open mic night. 704-754-4907.
DJ's, 1502 W. Innes St. - 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday, Saturday: Live music. 704-638-9647, www.DJsRestaurant.com
Fat Jack's Pub, 120 Military Ave. - 8 p.m. until, Friday, Oct. 5: Open Jukebox , play your favorite music • Saturday, Oct. 6: 8 p.m. until, Karaoke with Mark Tomei.
The Fuel Depot Bar and Grill, 2168 Statesville Blvd. - • Tuesday, Open Mic • Wednesday, World Tavern Poker • Thursday, 8 ball tournament, deejay/ karaoke with Cherokee • Friday jam session with Monkey Wrench (free).
High Rock Boat & Ski Club, 257 Boat Club Lane - 8 p.m. until, Friday, Oct. 5: The Shag Connection Band • 9 p.m. until, Saturday, Oct. 6: The Southern Breeze Band. www.highrocklakerestaurant.com
The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 - Friday, Oct. 5: Christian metal night: Ekklasia, Montaukpoint, Fools Generation and MR GP • Saturday, Oct. 6: Christian rock bands All of a Kind and Redemption. Free refreshments, air hockey, foosball, pool, wi-fi. Public invited to jam or schedule their group to perform. 704-213-1467, inntheloop.blogspot. com
Rick's BBQ and Grill, 929 S. Main St. - 7 p.m., tonight, Oct 4: Karaoke performance by Terry Bowman • Beach night karaoke and Bike Night 7-9 p.m. Mondays • Cruise-in 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays • Karaoke 7-close Friday-Saturdays. 704-642-0050.
Spencer Buffet, 1205 N. Salisbury Ave., Spencer - 6 p.m., Wednesdays: karaoke. 704-633-1200.
Tamarac Marina, Bringle Ferry Road - "Karaoke on the Lake" 6-9 p.m. Mondays on the patio, full menu available, nightly specials. 704 636-1918.
E.H. Montgomery General Store - Friday Night Bluegrass Jam 7-9 p.m.: Open jam for all acoustic musicians. Historic Village of Gold Hill, www.HistoricGoldHill. com, Facebook: Historic Gold Hill, North Carolina, 704-267-9439.
The Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., Charlotte - Friday, Oct. 5: Sonny Skyyz and The Rainakers CD release party with Ken Dukes & The Stompers • Saturday, Oct. 6: Ryan Shupe and The Rubberband with Tamara Bailie. CarolinaTix, 704-372-1000, www.doubledoorinn.com
The Neighborhood Theatre, 511 East 36th St., Charlotte - • Friday, Oct. 5: live pro wrestling, PWX presents An Evil Twist of Fate • Saturday, Oct. 6: Drop !T Vol. 4, 18+ only. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com
The Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte - Friday, Oct. 5: Ben Miller Band • Saturday, Oct. 6: Big Mammas House of Burlesque. CarolinaTix, 704-358-9200, www.visulite.com
Fall classes at Waterworks - ?• Women & Wine Series, 6:30-9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11: Back by popular demand, indulge yourself, bring your girlfriends, make new ones. An evening with wonderful women, sipping wine, while exploring your creative side. Learn the basics of watercolor, pastel painting, collage in a relaxed, no-stress class as you create your own unique "masterpiece." Materials and wine provided. Bring a photo for drawing reference or your own collage materials. Instructor Phyllis Steimel. Register at www.waterworks.org or 704-636-1882. $30/session for members, $35/session non-members. 123 E. Liberty St., schedule for other classes at www.waterworks.org
Mind aerobics art class - 2-4 p.m., Mondays and Fridays, Robert Toth's introduction to drawing, pastel, sculpture. $10 per two-hour session. Rufty Holmes Senior Center, call 704-279-9301.
'Life Out Loud' - Book study and life coaching opportunity, part of the Looking Glass Artists Center Art of Living series; sessions to be planned around attendees' availability. $20. To register call Michelle Jamison 704-433-1626.
Belly Dancing - Mondays - Sarah's Treehouse upstairs, 506 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer. Wednesdays - Artemesia Artworks & Yoga Studio, 323 W. Harrison St., Salisbury. Full schedule, details at www.KalimaTribal.com or KalimaTribal@carolina.rr.com
Bring-your-own-vase floral design - 2-3 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Designing fresh cut flowers, $5 per class plus cost of flowers, call for reservations; instructor David Harrison, Harrison's Florist, 1012 Holmes Ave. off Grove St. near RRMC, 704-636-4251.
Fall classes at Pottery 101 - 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday or Wednesday or 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday. $200 includes #25 bag of clay, 5 additional hours of studio time. Register at Pottery 101, 704-209-1632, email@example.com, www.pottery-101.com
Creative Art Experiences for ages 5-18 - Art Lessons for children in your home, after school, evenings, weekends $15/hour, $10 each additional child. 413-884-4499 for appointment. Studio at Rail Walk Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. : firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Rail Walk Gallery, 409-413 North Lee St.
Shag dance classes - Mondays at Benchwarmers, 113 E. Fisher St., • Beginner 6:30 p.m. • Beginner II 7:15 p.m. • Intermediate/Advanced 8:15 p.m. $10/person, no partner needed. 704-202-9655 or 704-279-6168.
Zumba fitness - • 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, First Baptist Church of Salisbury in old YMCA gym on Fulton St. • 6 p.m. Thursdays, $3 per person, St. Matthews Church in Salisbury • 6 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Christ United Methodist Church, Hwy 150, email@example.com for details • J.F. Hurley Family YMCA's aqua zumba, 10:15 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, contact Gail Poulton, 704-633-9222, firstname.lastname@example.org
Card Making Class at the Y - 6-8 p.m. every other Thursday evening, next class 6-8 p.m., tonight, Oct. 4, all supplies included. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd., Terri Dockins 704-636-0111.
Piedmont Singles - 7:15 Friday, Oct. 5: Singing and music with John Pate. 1908 Statesville Blvd., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, no joining fee, donations appreciated, covered dish.
Fourth annual Modern Film Fest - 8 p.m., Oct. 5: Oscar nominated Nicholas Meyer appears for 30th anniversary screening of 'Star Trek: Wrath of Khan,' festival runs Oct. 5-7 Following the film Q&A session with Meyer. Festival runs Friday through Sunday. www.modernfilmfest.net
Hickory Community Theatre does 'A Christmas Story' - 7 p.m., October 15-16: Advance copies of script available at Theatre offices, open weekdays noon-5 p.m., 30 Third St. NW , Hickory. Performances Nov. 30-Dec. 16. www.hickorytheatre.org or 828-328-2283.
Call for submissions
Writers and artists - Salisbury Writers and Artists Guild, Inc. (SWAG) accepting submissions for upcoming six-day Writers and Artists Festival, and Tabula Rasa, print and virtual literary arts anthology. Authors, teachers, performers, musicians, students, artists encouraged to submit poetry, memoir, fiction, nonfiction, photography, 10 minute plays, film by Nov. 1. Housed at Literary Bookpost, downtown Salisbury, www.SWAGNC.org
Call for writers
Lee Street Theater's fifth annual Original 10-Minute Play Festival - Theme: "Hotel 6," submissions must be postmarked by Dec. 1, 2012. Performance dates May 15-18, 2013. For details contact email@example.com or Hotel 6 page at www.leestreet.org.
Speakers and forums
Rowan History Club - 7 p.m., Oct. 9: "Down The Barrell of a North Carolina Longrifle," by Bill Ivey, author and collector. Presented by Rowan History Club in roundtable format followed by Q and A. Free. Rowan Museum Messinger Room, 202 N. Main St., 704-633-5946, firstname.lastname@example.org
Waterworks lecture series - 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18: "The Journey of Printmaking. Master Printmaker and exhibiting artist David Faber with demonstration and lecture. 704-636-1882 to register. 123 E Liberty St., www.waterworks.org
?Meet Your Neighbor Forum - 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16: "Communities at Risk Part II," panel discussion of gang activity in our community, focusing on bringing awareness of how gangs impact our community and how the community can help our youth. Panelists include Dr. Windsor Eagle, retired principal of Salisbury Rowan High; Carol Ann Houpe, director of student service with the Salisbury Rowan School System; Sgt. Todd Sides, Salisbury Police Dept; Karen Carpenter, director of Youth Services of Salisbury Rowan. Bishop Ronald Hash of Love Christian Center will moderate the panel. Held at Tubman Little Theater, Livingstone College campus.
Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409-413 N. Lee St. - Opening Oct. 5: Pics & Pixcels, presenting multi-media art from two generations. Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 704-431-8964, www.railwalkgallery.com
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. - • Fall Exhibition The Vocabulary of Printmaking - Its Origins and Techniques, through Nov. 1 • "Faces of Abundant Living," special exhibition in partnership with Abundant Living Adult Day Services; its seventh year • Free admission, donations appreciated. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday 10 a.m-7 p.m, Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 704-636-1882, www.waterworks.org
Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St. - Through Oct. 30: Photographs and poetry of Del Perry of Mocksville. Noon-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. salisburyartists@ gmail.com. Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St., 704-633-2787, www.salisburyartists.com
Exhibition at The Galleries, 65 Union Street S., Concord - Through Oct. 4: "High 5: Fifth Anniversary Exhibition" features the return of 50 artists to The Galleries. Paintings, drawings, photographs, pottery, sculpture, quilts, glass, baskets. Free. 704-920-2787, www.CabarrusArtsCouncil. org
UNC-Charlotte Center City's Projective Eye Gallery - "E Pluribus Unum" through Nov. 1. UNC Charlotte Center City, 9201 University City Blvd., 704-687-8622.
Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts, 500 South Tryon St., Charlotte - "Vote for Art,"a project to educating the public on the electoral process and the process of building a world-class collection. The public cast votes on six specially-chosen works of art; the museum will acquire the three winners and add them to its permanent collection. Voting runs Oct. 1-Nov. 9, 704-337-2000, www.mintmuseum.org
Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte - $10 adults, free for members and children 5 and younger. Free on Tuesdays 5-9 p.m. 704-337-2000.
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem - 336-758-5150, reynoldahouse.org
The North Carolina Pottery Center, 233 E. Ave., Seagrove - 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, 336-873-8430, www. ncpotterycenter.org
YMCA sponsored trips - • Oct. 11: Brushy Mountain Farm and Orchard apple trip, $15 • Oct. 16: Mt. Airy, bus leaves 9 a.m., $20 for two museums, travel expenses • Reserve seats for Broadway shows: Les Miserables, Feb. 12, $95 a seat, best seats $40 each to hold. Pay in full by Nov. 10 • Wicked, March 13, $100 a seat, best seats $40 each to hold. Pay in full by Jan. 2 • Lion King, Aug. 30, $100 a seat, best seats $40 each to hold. Pay in full by Jan. 10 • Sign up at front desk. Buses leaves from J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd. Louise Klaver, 704-636-0111, lklaver@ rowanymca
Three days in Pigeon Forge - Motorcoach leaves from Davie County Senior Services, Mocksville, Nov. 13, returns Nov. 15. Attend Dixie Stampede, Country Tonight, Blackwood Bros. Breakfast Show, Titanic Museum. Reservations/info 336-753-6230.
Dan Nicholas Park, 6800 Bringle Ferry Road - Paddle boats, miniature golf, miniature trains, carousel, gem mine, playgrounds, family camping, picnic shelters, splash pad, petting zoo. 704-216-7800. www.dannicholas.net
Ellis Park, 3541 Old Mocksville Road - 26 acres of ball fields, tennis courts, volleyball court, shelters, playground, event center, walking trail. 704-216-7783.
Sloan Park, 550 Sloan Road, Mt. Ulla - Off NC Hwy 150 approximately 10 miles west of Salisbury. Features Kerr Mill, an 1823 grist mill.
Gold Hill Mines Historic Park 735 St. Stephens Church Road - Historic tours available by appointment: 704-267-9439, www.HistoricGoldHill.com
Gold Hill Rail Trail - Hiking, biking trail begins at Gold Hill Mines Historic Park, continues into Cabarrus County. 704-267-9439.
Dunn's Mountain Nature and History Preserve, 1640 Dunn's Mtn. Road - Trail walks, overlooks, see 120 miles in most directions, blacksmith shop display, Saturday-Sunday shuttle service, 704-216-7803.
NC Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer - • Tickets on sale for 2012 Autumn Train Excursions, Nov. 3: Appomattox, Va.; Nov. 4: Toccoa, Ga. • See www.nctrans.org for details, also for train ride schedule and admission information with and without train rides. 704-636-2889, 877-NCTMFUN, www.nctrans.org
Spencer Doll and Toy Museum, 108 4th St., Spencer - Museum features antique, vintage, modern collectible dolls, antique, vintage toys, train set, model tractor trailers, John Deere vehicles. Just steps from the NC Transportation Museum • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children. 704-762-9359, www.spencerdollandtoymuseum.com
Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St. - "Where's The Fire?" Exhibit honoring the history of firefighting in Rowan County; participating departments: Army Air National Guard, Rowan Fire Marshal Office, Rowan County Emergency Services, East Spencer, Woodleaf, Spencer, Bostian Heights, Mt. Mitchell, Cleveland, Faith, Ellis, South Salisbury, Franklin, Pooletown, Granite Quarry, City of Salisbury, Locke, Union, West Rowan, China Grove, Rockwell City, Rockwell Rural and Richfield/Misenheimer. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Contributions accepted. 704-633-5946, email@example.com, www.rowanmuseum.org
Utzman-Chambers House, 116 S. Jackson St. - Artifacts of the late Honorable Spruce Macay (1755-1808), lawyer and Superior Court judge, perhaps best known for instructing our country's seventh president, Andrew Jackson. Open 1-4 p.m. Saturday. $3 adults, $1.50 students. 704-633-5946, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rowanmuseum.org
Old Stone House, Granite Quarry - Two-story Georgian stone house completed in 1766. Located on Old Stone House Road in Granite Quarry. 1-4 Saturday, Sunday, $3 for adults and $1.50 for students. 704-633-5946, email@example.com, www.rowanmuseum. org
Dr. Josephus Hall House, 226 S. Jackson St. - 1820 house museum, costumed docents provide tours. $3 adults, $1.50 students. For group tours, call HSF office, 704-636-0103.
Historic Rockwell Museum, 102 E. Main St. - Special tours and info 704-279-4979. Free. Sundays 2-4 p.m. and by appointment.
Price of Freedom Museum, Old Patterson School building, China Grove - Sundays 3-5 p.m. and by appointment. American war memorial dedicated to men and women of the armed services. Free. Intersection of Weaver and Patterson Roads, 704-857-7474, www.priceoffreedom.us
China Grove Roller Mill Museum - Guided tours 2-4 p.m. second Sundays.Operated by Historical Society of South Rowan. Free. Special tours 704-433-3912. www.hist-society-srowan.com
NC Music Hall of Fame Museum, 109 West A St., Kannapolis - Oct. 11: Most exclusive event of the year - 2012 Induction Ceremony, held at Gibson Mill Vintage Motor Club Events & Conference Center, 325 McGill Ave., Concord. $80 includes 6 p.m. cocktail reception, dinner, entertainment by inductees. 704-934-2320. Museum info: Honoring musicians, singers, songwriters and producers from North Carolina. In the renovated old Kannapolis Jailhouse Building. 10 a.m.-noon, 2-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, admission free. 704-934-2320, www.NorthCarolinaMusicHallofFame.org
Historic Gold Hill,NC/Gold Hill Mines Historic Park - 19th century living history interpretative displays reflect life in the 1800s gold mining boom town. Free. 704-279-5674, 704-267-9439, www.HistoricGoldHill. com
Reed Gold Mine historic site, 9621 Reed Mine Road, off Highway 200 near Locust - Museum, visitor center, underground mine tour, operating stamp mill, panning area. Museum is free, panning tickets $3. 704-721-4653, www.nchistoricsites.org/ reed/
Fort Dobbs State Historic Site, 438 Fort Dobbs Road, Statesville - The only North Carolina Historic Site associated with the French and Indian War (1754-1763) or Seven Years War. Free, open Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 704-873-5882, www.fortdobbs.org
Reynolda House Museum, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem - House, gardens and village feature public garden, dining, shopping,walking trails. 336-758-5150, reynoldahouse.org
Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville - For ghost tales and other Halloween events, see Halloween and Fall lsitings. Circa 1800 cotton plantation and living history farm, 704-875-2312, lattaplantation.org
Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte - Civil War National Register Federal house circa 1815. historicrose dale.org
Discovery Place, Charlotte, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte - • Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. • Saturday: 1 a.m.-6 p.m. • Sunday: noon-5 p.m. • Visit the website for details on labs for kids. 704-372-6261, www.discoveryplace.org
Discovery Place KIDS Huntersville, 105 Gilead Road - $8 adults, children age 1-13; children under age one free. Events and activities free with admission. Event schedule at 704-372-6261, discoveryplaceKIDS.org
Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte - $6 ages two and older, younger-than-two free, parking is free. Events Event schedule at 704-372-6261, charlottenaturemuseum.org
Town Creek Indian Mound, Mount Gilead - NC's only state historic site dedicated to American Indian heritage. Town Creek Mound Road approx. five miles east of Mt. Gilead, between NC 73 and NC 731. 910-439-6802, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.towncreek.nchistoricsites.org
Old Salem, Winston-Salem - Faithfully preserved buildings, costumed interpreters, craftsmen, programs. $21 adults, $10 children. 336-721-7300, www.oldsalem.org
NC Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh - • Free general admission. Charge for some concerts, films, classes, performances. 919-839-NCMA, www.ncartmuseum.org
Contemporary Art Museum, 409 W. Martin St., Raleigh - • $5 general admission. 919-513-0946, camraleigh.org
NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh - Explore more than 14,000 years of the state's history. Admission free. Across from the State Capitol. 919-807-7900, ncmuseumofhistory.org or Facebook
NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh - 200+ Titanic artifacts; educational, emotional, appropriate for all ages. Free general admission, cover charge for special exhibits and 3D Theater. 919-733-7450, www.naturalsciences.org
NC Museum of Life and Science, 433 Murray Ave., Durham - Indoors, outdoors interactive exhibits. $14 adults, $10 children ages 3-12. Train and bungee rides small add'l cost. 919-220-5429, www.ncmls.org
Children's Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St. - Adults and children over 1 year old: $7. 336-723-9111, childrensmuseumofws.org
Natural Science Center of Greensboro,4301 Lawndale Drive - General admission includes admission to the Museum and Animal Discovery. $8 adults $8, $7 children ages 3-13. 336-288-3769, www.natsci.org
Greensboro Children's Museum, 220 N. Church St. - Hands-on, interactive museum for children (infancy to 10 years of age) and families. Adults $8/ Children 12 months and older $8. 336-574-2898, www.gcmuseum.com