Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Juneteenth Celebration begins 9 a.m. Saturday at Kelsey Scott Park.
The day includes food, live entertainment, service vendors and games for children, a softball game and horseshoe tournaments. A car and motorcycle show is set for 4 p.m.
Gospel groups include the Original Gospel Express and Willing Travelers, both of Mooresville. The Juneteenth program will include 35 area and local performers.
Service and merchandise vendors may rent a space for $55.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and umbrella.For more information, call Sherry Hawthorne, 704-245-0425, or Sarah Lightner, 704-637-6528, ext. 252.
Planetarium show
At 5 p.m. Saturday, the Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium presents “The Blue Planet,” a program that reveals the Earth as only a few people have ever seen it ó from space.
Visitors will see familiar landforms as viewed from 200 miles above the surface and witness how natural forces affect our planet.
Guests should park and enter in the back of the building, accessible from Lilly Avenue. Additional parking is available at the front entrance on Parkview Circle.
Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Admission is $2 per person over age 3. For information, call Horizons Unlimited at 704-639-3004 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.’Therapy’ on TV
ALBEMARLE ó “Coffee Therapy,” an independent film shot in Salisbury, will be broadcast on Image TV, Time Warner cable channel 19, daily during the coming week.
Broadcasts are scheduled at 8 p.m. on June 14, 15, 19-20, and at 10 a.m. June 16-17.
A new sitcom, “The Coffee News Guy,” a spin-off of “Coffee Therapy,” is currently in production and will be broadcast on Image TV beginning July 5.
Hank West will play the main character, Darnell Shacklebee, the same character he played in the movie, and Erin Fanelly also returns as his wife, Corrie. Sarah Drinkard plays Helena, a psychic. Most of the cast members are from the local area.
“The Coffee News Guy” is a production of Aroma productions, which also produced “Coffee Therapy.” Both the film and the show are written by Sam Post.
Dixonville display
Beginning the third week in June, Rowan Public Library debuts a new photographic display of Salisbury’s East End community.
The best-represented neighborhood in the collection is the former “Dixonville.” The Wiley Lash family donated the snapshots to the library’s History Room. The photographs were taken in the 1960s, of houses, businesses and churches before the Urban Renewal Project began. The Urban Renewal Project was part of a federal program, which was to provide new affordable housing and improve the environment of urban areas.
The library has 609 photographs of houses, shops and lots depicting the area block by block. Betty Dan Nicholas Spencer has enlarged approximately 60 of the pictures, and with the help of some former residents of this area, she has spent the last several months identifying each structure as well as some people appearing in the photographs. A Power Point program with all images will be available at the exhibit for those who wish to peruse the pictures for a specific address.
At 7 p.m. June 21 in the Stanback Auditorium, Spencer will share her experiences from the start of her search, which began by researching some tombstones at the Dixonville Cemetery, and has expanded to include scanning all photographs, meeting some former Dixonville residents and understanding the changes that the Urban Renewal Project created for Salisbury.
A reception will follow the presentation.
The exhibit will be in the lobby of the headquarters library from June 21-July 20.
Blue Moon Ball
The night of June 30 will mark two unusual events for downtown Mooresville ó a real blue moon and The Blue Moon Ball and Fine Art Auction.
While June’s second full moon shines overhead, the Mooresville Artist Guild will host an evening of food, drink, music and art.
Included in the festivities will be a cash bar offering North Carolina wines and beers, heavy hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants, live music by The Fantastic Shakers and art by award-winning area artists.
Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the Depot Fine Arts Gallery, 103 W. Center Ave. in downtown Mooresville, at Landmark Galleries, The Garden Party, Four Corners Framing and Gallery, and online at the Guild’s website.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Fund for Preservation of the Historic Depot and will be used exclusively to make much needed improvements.
For more information, call the Mooresville Artist Guild at 704-663-6661 or visit www.
‘Gimme the Mike!’
CHARLOTTE ó A Salisbury singer is among the 24 semi-finalists chosen for the fourth season of “Gimme the Mike! Charlotte.”
Local singer Gregory Luster is competing in the popular WSOC-TV singing contest.
Four semi-finalists will compete in each of six half-hour shows broadcast on Channel 9 8-8:30 p.m. and 8:30-9 p.m. July 11, 17 and 23. One person will be chosen from each show to compete in the finals, which will be broadcast 8 p.m. Aug. 1.
Viewers may also vote for the Carowinds Wildcard Contestant from among the contestants not chosen as finalists. Votes will be taken for wildcard contestants for 12 hours following each broadcast.
For more information, visit themikechar.
Unified auditions
CHARLOTTE ó The Metrolina Theatre Association will hold the 2007 Unified Auditions 1ń8 p.m., July 15 at the Wachovia Theater at ImaginOn, 300 E. Seventh Street in Charlotte.
Actors, 18 years of age or older who will be available during the 2007-2008 theatre season, have the opportunity to audition for several local and regional, professional, semi-professional and community theatre companies, as well as independent theatre producers.
Audition sessions will be held from 1-6 p.m.
Stage managers, designers and theater technicians will also have an opportunity to showcase portfolios and samples of their work, and to distribute resumes to companies and producers in attendance at an open house 6-7:30 p.m.
There is no cost to audition. Registration deadline is July 6. Companies, producers and casting agencies will pay a $25 fee, and must register in advance to participate.
Actors are asked to register by printing out the audition form and submitting it along with one copy of their headshot (or a recent picture) and resume to MTA. Actors will receive confirmation of their audition time via e-mail. Actors should arrive 30 minutes before their scheduled time to check in.
Actors should prepare a monologue (or contrasting monologues) no longer than 90 seconds. Singers may bring music to sing 16 bars of a song. An accompanist will be provided; please bring sheet music.
Membership in Metrolina Theatre Association is not required for participation in the unified auditions. Registration forms and additional details can be found at
Submit all materials no later than July 6 to: MTA Unified Auditions, P.O. Box 30861, Charlotte, NC 28230.
There will be a free “How to Audition” workshop 1-3 p.m., June 30 at Actors Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St., hosted by The Metrolina Theatre Association. on Saturday, June 30 from 1-3 pm.
For more information about the workshop, call 704-301-1564.