SPENCER — The Spencer Doll and Toy Museum will have an antique appraiser on hand at the museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Friday and Saturday.
Antiques dealer Michael Hansen will take a look at visitors’ items and will offer advice and information regarding a broad spectrum of general merchandise, including toys.
Bring family heirlooms, yard sale bargains and long-lost items salvaged from attics and basements, so experts can reveal the fascinating truths about these finds. No furniture or jewelry please.
The cost is $5 per item; limit two items per person, per day.
National Quilting Day is Saturday
SALISBURY — The Salisbury-Rowan Quilters’ Guild will celebrate National Quilting Day by working on various projects at the Rowan Public Library headquarters, 201 W. Fisher St. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.
Confederate Prison Symposium
The 16th annual Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium will be held from April 5-7.
This year’s event includes seven lectures relating to the 1861-1865 military prison, a banquet and numerous displays, books and prints.
The symposium is open to all who would like to register.
The fee is $65 until Saturday and $75 afterward.
Two memorial services on Sunday are free and open to the public. For more information contact the Robert F. Hoke Chapter No. 78, UDC, email@example.com, or PO Box 83, Salisbury, NC 28145-0088.
Bombadil benefit concert
Bombadil will be performing a benefit concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day.
The event will feature a spud bar, sponsored by the Livingstone College culinary program.
This family event will take place at The Heritage Room, 118 E. Council St.
All proceeds will benefit Rowan Helping Ministries New Tomorrows program.
Tickets are available at Pottery 101, Tastebuds coffee and Rowan Helping Ministries.
They are $15 for adults, $10 for students and $7 for children.
Classic Chicks at library
SALISBURY — Rowan Public Library presents its first Classic Chicks Film Festival & Spa Night in celebration of Women’s History Month.
The event will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21 in the Stanback Auditorium of the library, 201 W. Fisher St.
The evening begins with light refreshments, followed by a series of short films.
Classic TV commercials will be shown in between the films.
There will also be pampering with foot soaks, facials and more.
Admission is free, but space is limited. Register at www.rowanpubliclibrary.org or call 704-216-8229.
Free screening of ‘The Singing Revolution’
The Center for Faith & the Arts and Catawba College’s music department are offering a free screening of the documentary film, “The Singing Revolution” at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Tom Smith Auditorium at Catawba College.
The film tells the story of the Estonian people as they struggled for their independence from Russia, and the role music had in their freedom.
This event is made possible by a grant from the First United Church of Christ Foundations.
The Easter Bunny Express returns
SPENCER — The N.C. Transportation Museum hosts the Easter Bunny Express for two full weekends, March 23, 24, 29 and 30.
On the Easter Bunny Express, children and their parents receive a visit from the Easter Bunny as they enjoy the museum’s 25 minute narrated train ride.
The Easter Bunny has candy, a hand shake and a smile for each child as the train makes its way down the tracks.
Afterward, families can stop by the museum’s gift station for temporary tattoos for the kids to show off to all their friends. Then they can make a stop by the nearby Wagons, Wheels & Wings exhibit, where they can make their very own spring chick to take home.
The Easter Bunny Express is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and active military and $10 for children ages 3-12. Children 2 and younger always ride free. Tickets include museum admission, the train ride, tattoos and the craft.
A big finale is planned March 30 that includes the annual Easter egg hunt and the LeHigh Valley steam locomotive pulling the museum’s Caboose Train.
The annual egg hunt will take place at noon for kids up to 10 years old.
Colorful Easter eggs will fill the museum grounds with stickers, candy and toys. Children will be split into groups by age to make the most of the day’s fun. For each age group, a golden egg will be available with a special prize for the child who finds it. Be sure to bring your own basket.
For more information, call 704-636-2889 or visit www.nctrans.org
‘Treasure Island’ youth auditions
Piedmont Play is holding youth auditions for its spring youth production of “Treasure Island.”
Auditions are Tuesday and Wednesday, March 26-27 at the Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St.
They will be held at 4 and 5 p.m. Auditions are by appointment only and there are only 25 spots per time slot.
For information or an appointment, call 704-633-5471 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Latta Celtic Festival
HUNTERSVILLE — The Latta Celtic Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and learn about Celtic people, enjoy live music from Irish Temperance, performances by the Charlotte Scottish Country Dancing Society and Celtic re-enactors spanning from the Medieval Celts to World War II.
Shop with Celtic vendors, enjoy food from Scottish Cottage and grab a cold beer from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.
Vendors include The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Scottish Cottage, Scottish Leather and Lassie Wear, The Heelanhound, Near and Far Scottish, Scotia Metalwork. Clans Iinclude The Society of William Wallace ‘USA’, Clan Gun, Clan Mackintosh, Clan Graham and more.
Historic camps include Medieval Celt, Backwoodsmen, American Revolution, American Civil War and World War II.
Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for students. The event is free children ages 5 and younger.
A Celtic music night featuring Irish Temperance will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, with food, beer, clans, Scottish dancing, live music and more.
There will be a fundraising raffle and activities for adults and kids. Tickets are $10 per person.
Latta Plantation is about an hour from Salisbury at 5225 Sample Road in Huntersville, 704-875-2312, ww.lattaplantation.org
A.L. Brown presents ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’
KANNAPOLIS — A. L. Brown High School will present “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” by C. S. Lewis and dramatized by Joseph Robinette.
The performances will be held at 7 p.m. March 21, 22 and 23 as well as 3 p.m. March 23 and 24 in the Kannapolis Performing Arts Center at A. L. Brown High School.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.
“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” follows young Lucy, Edmond, Susan and Peter as they explore Narnia, a world that they discover through an old wardrobe.
They encounter the White Witch, the current and harsh ruler of Narnia, as well as her followers. Through the help of Aslan, the rightful king of Narnia, the children make friends with the animals and ultimately help them defeat the evil White Witch.
This performance features a cast of 21 actors and eight technicians.
Thirteen of the actors will be wearing facial prosthetics and theatric make-up to make their appearance resemble the animals that they are portraying on stage.
For more information, contact Jeremy Peterson at 704-932-6125 Ext. 419 or email@example.com.
Sign up to learn felting, make a scarf in a day
Rail Walk Studios & Gallery fiber artist Liese Sadler will be teaching wet felting techniques that will result in a “lacy” open scarf from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20.
All materials will be provided, including wools dyed in many different colors, so all you need to bring is your enthusiasm.
This class is open to those 12 and older. Cost is $30 per person. Space is limited to eight people for individual attention. You will go home with your finished piece.
Call Liese to register at 215-300-4369. Rail Walk Studios & Gallery is located at 409 N. Lee St. in Salisbury, just off the corner of Lee and Kerr.
Register online at www.waterworks.org or call 704-636-1882.
• Kid’s Workshops
— Faberge Egg Magic. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Ages 4-10, ages 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Create your own exquisite Faberge egg just in time to display for Easter, using gems, jewels, colorful foam, wire and beads.
Learn about this art form from professional artist who lived and studied in Russia, Marina Bare. $35 for members, $40 for nonmembers.
— Daddy & Me Workshop for Mother’s Day Surprises. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 11. Ages 4-10, ages 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
A fun workshop for daddies and their children to create special Mother’s Day surprises including cards, paintings, drawings and jewelry. $25 per child for members; $30 per child for nonmembers.
• Workshops for age 12 and up
— Pastels Workshop by Walter Stanford. “Animals.” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23.
Bring a favorite pet photo or create a creature that lives in your imagination.
Study with professional pastel artist Walter Stanford. Learn fun blending of colors and how to build layers of colors to create luminous pastel paintings.
Use shadows and lines to bring artwork into focus. Bring a bag lunch. $50 for members, $60 for nonmembers.
— Spring/Summer Wheel and Hand Building Clay Class. April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14.
Open studio for registered students, April 27 and May 11.
Have fun with clay in this new spring/summer class with Brent Smith.
Focus on basic and intermediate level techniques to create a variety of clay pieces using red and white clay bodies. Experiment with surface treatments and underglazes.
All skill levels welcome. $150 for members, $180 for nonmembers. Cost includes all materials and kiln firing.
On exhibit: Celebrating Rowan County’s Young Artists
Now in its 30th year, this rotating display of artwork features the works of nearly 800 students representing Salisbury-Rowan County’s public, independent, and home-schooled students.
Work by Rowan-Salisbury elementary school students is currently on display through March 27.
The reception will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21.
NC Symphony plays in Lexington
LEXINGTON — On Saturday, March 23, William Henry Curry will lead the North Carolina Symphony in an orchestral highlight of Edward Elgar’s Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, “Enigma,” Richard Wagner’s Music from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 in D Major, K.385, “Haffner.”
The performance takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Edward C. Smith Civic Center in Lexington. Tickets range from $15 to $35. Maestro Circle tickets of $50 include Orchestra Seating and an invitation to the Maestro’s Reception from 6-7:15 p.m. (Maestro’s Reception only is $25.) Both the Maestro Circle tickets and the special student ticket pricing are available only at the Civic Center. Students are $10 for Rear Orchestra seats or $5 for General Admission Balcony seats. Tickets are available online at www.smithciviccenter.com, at the Edward C. Smith Civic Center, or by calling 336-242-2783.
Burning Coal season auditions
RALEIGH — Burning Coal Theatre Company of Raleigh will hold auditions for its 2013/2014 on Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Actors of ages, races, genders and ethnicities are encouraged to attend. Bring two copies of your picture/resume and two one-minute contrasting monologues (one Shakespeare, one contemporary). To register for a timeslot, email firstname.lastname@example.org with a time you would like to audition. We will respond with a specific timeslot. Auditions will be held at Burning Coal Theatre, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh, NC 27604. See www.burningcoal.org for additional details.
NC Museum of Natural Sciences is tops
RALEIGH — For the first time in nine years the annual ranking of North Carolina’s most visited museums and historic attractions has a new leader. The newly expanded North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, which opened its innovative Nature Research Center last spring, has replaced Asheville’s Biltmore as the most visited attraction. The NC Museum of Natural Sciences is located at 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, and is four floors of live animals, hands-on activities and programs. General admission is free, and there is a cover charge for special exhibits and 3D Theater. 919-733-7450, www.naturalsciences.org