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Arts and entertainment briefs

Planetarium program
“Where are the Stars?” is the theme of the program at Horizons Unlimited’s Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium this Saturday at 5 p.m.
This two-part program will feature a short planetarium show called, “Welcome to the Universe” and a short documentary about light pollution called, “Saving The Night.”
Most of us don’t see a clear, dark sky from our backyards, but much can be done to correct the situation. Visit the planetarium to see the night sky that you are missing and to learn how our “security” lighting on earth is doing a great job of illuminating the sky, but is not very effective on the ground.
Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under.
Guests should park and enter in the back of the building accessible from Lilly Avenue.
For information, contact Horizons Unlimited at 704-639-3004 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Choral Society
The Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society will be holding their first rehearsal for the 2008-09 season Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. in the St. John’s Lutheran Church choir room.
The new music director, Damien Evans, has announced that anyone ages 16 and up is welcome. No experience is needed, just a love of singing all genres of music, from classical to pop and Broadway.
There is no audition. However, everyone will be listened to in a small group setting to ensure proper part placement. There will be an auditioned small group.
Rehearsals will continue on Tuesday nights from 7-9 p.m.
For more information, call 704-224-7148 or visit www.srchoralsociety.com.
Crafts Guild show
WINSTON-SALEM ó The juried members of the Winston-Salem Crafts Guild are hosting a special summer show of their works Aug. 21- 24. Hours will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
The show takes place in The Barn at Reynolda Village, 2201 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem.
Over 30 artisans will be displaying their works for sale. There will be original jewelry, pottery, stained glass, fabric art, nut crackers and smokers.
Some featured items will be hand-turned wood bowls and vases by Edgar Ingram of Statesville and kaleidoscopes by Sue Davis of Salisbury.
For more information, call 336-784-8824.
Dragway open house
CONCORD ó The zMAX Dragway @ Concord will host an open house 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 23. The event is open free to the public and will include a variety of games and activities along with tours of the 125-acre facility.
NHRA drag racers Doug Herbert and Greg Anderson will be on hand to greet fans and sign autographs. Several drag racing show cars will also be on display and the first 200 guests to register will be able to speed down the quarter-mile concrete strip during the street-legal drag races.
Tickets for the track’s opening race, the NHRA Nationals on Sept. 11-14, will be given away throughout the event and there will be numerous inflatable play stations for children.
Known as the “Bellagio of drag strips,” zMAX Dragway @ Concord is the only drag strip in the world to feature four, all-concrete racing lanes. It has 30,000 seats, 40 plush luxury suites and the sport’s finest starting-line tower. It is located across Highway 29 from Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord.
For more information call 704-455-3241 or visit the speedway’s web site at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.
Concert Choir
Concert Choir of Salisbury will have its first rehearsal of the 2008-09 season at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 25, in the choir room of St. John’s Lutheran Church. All past and present members are invited, as well as those interested in joining.
The first concert will be Nov. 21 at St. John’s.
For more information, call Music Director Dean Orbison at 704-433-8015.
Grassroots grants
The Rowan Arts Council awards Grassroots Arts grants to Rowan County non-profit organizations conducting arts programs. These grants are made available by the N.C. General Assembly on a per capita basis through the NC Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program.
In Rowan County, the Rowan Arts Council serves as the “Designated County Partner” as nominated by the Rowan County Commissioners and approved by the N.C. Arts Council. The goals of the program are to enhance and strengthen the cultural community and broaden the artistic services offered to Rowan County citizens.
Grassroots funds may be used to support programs in the visual arts, crafts, dance, drama, film and video, folk arts, literature, music, photography, architecture and the visual environment. The program must take place between July 2008 and June 2009.
Deadline for application is Aug. 31, 2008, at 5 p.m.
The Rowan Arts Council uses a panel comprised of citizens from Rowan County that are independent from the Rowan Arts Council and not members of the board or staff of any applying organization. Interested citizens should contact the arts council.
Grassroots funding must be matched dollar-for-dollar with cash raised locally and spent on the same project during the same granting period for which funding is requested.
Funding for this program is from the N.C. Arts Council, the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Applications may be obtained from the Rowan Arts Council by going to www.rowanarts.org.
Organizations may also visit the Arts Council office at 413 N Lee St. in Salisbury or call 704-638-9887.
Applications are also available on the North Carolina Arts Council website: www.ncarts.org.
Art gourd classes
Whitney Peckman will be leading art gourd classes and workshops at EastSquare ArtWorks, 120 E. Innes St. during September.
“Getting Started Painting Gourds-Art Gourds 101” will meet Sept. 13-14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The fee is $175. “Art Gourds : Finding Your Voice-Art Gourds 102” will meet Sept. 27-28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The fee is $225.
The fee for each workshop includes a selected gourd (additional gourds may be purchased) paints, use of all tools and safety equipment needed for project, and a lunch buffet at EastSquare ArtWorks with Peckman and other students.
For more information call 704-754-6771 or visit www.whitneypeckman. com.
 

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