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Music and more

Childress Vineyards, Lexington ó Free musical performances on the lawn between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting. 336-236-9463. www.childressvineyards.com.

“Faust”- Opera Carolina ó 8 p.m. Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23; 2 p.m. Oct. 26. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St, Charlotte. 704-372-1000. www.operacarolina.org.

WAM JAM Charity Concert ó 5 p.m. Oct. 18. Featuring Rick Springfield, Eddie Money, Lou Gramm and John Waite. Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium, Kannapolis. 704-932-3267. www.intimidatorsbaseball.com.

8th annual Cross Country Fall Fest 2008 Bluegrass Festival ó Oct. 18, Cross Country Camp Ground, Denver. Featuring the Grass Strings, Southern Junction, Southern Express, Flat Out Bluegrass, and Timber Ridge. Doors open 10 a.m. Open mike starts at 11 a.m.-midnight. Two bands will be booked for the April 2009 festival based on open mike performance. Advance tickets $10. Tickets at the door $12 and $ 15. Children 12 and under free with parent. To reserve tickets call Jerry or Nancy Johnson, 803- 328-3224 or 803-322-1589. Reserve tickets or campsite 1-800-852-4840 or at jsjohnson_@hotmail.com.

John Denver tribute concert, Albemarle ó 2 p.m., Oct. 18. City Lake Park, Albemarle. Bring chair or blanket. If it rains, will be held at Albemarle High School. $5 advance, $8 day of show. 704-984-9560.

The Duhks ó 8 p.m., Oct. 18. Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte. $15. www.neighborhood theatre.com.

Organ recital featuring Phillip Burgess at Pfeiffer ó7 p.m., Oct. 19, Henry Pfeiffer Chapel, Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer. Works by J.S. Bach, Bridge, Mulet and Widor. 704-463-3182.

Australian Pink Floyd ó 8 p.m., Oct. 21. Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte. $39.50-$42.50. 704-335-3100. www.ticketmaster.com.

Charlotte Symphony and the Pointer Sisters ó 8 p.m., Oct. 24, Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte. 704-972-2000. www.charlottesymphony.org.

Carrie Underwood ó 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Joel Coliseum Theatre, Winston-Salem. $35-$55. 336-722-6400. www.ticketmaster.com.

Corey Smith at Catawba College ó 8 p.m., Oct. 24, Keppel Auditorium, Catawba College. $15 advance, $20 day of show. Age 18+. 704-637-4410. www.coreysmith.com.

The Original Drifters and The Tams ó 8 p.m., Oct. 24. Cricket Arena, Charlotte. $22. 704-335-3100. www.ticketmaster.com.

Janis Ian ó 8 p.m., Oct. 26. McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St., Charlotte. 704-372-1000. www.carolinatix.org.

Push Play ó 8:30 p.m.Oct. 25, Visulite Theater, Charlotte. $10, all ages. www.visulite.com.

The Avett Brothers ó 8:30 p.m., Oct. 31. War Memorial Auditorium, Greensboro. $26.50-$32.50. All seats reserved. 336-852-1100. www.ticketmaster.com.

Amy Grant and Vince Gill Christmas Concert ó Dec. 16. Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte. www.charlotte rescuemission.org.

Festivals

Renaissance Festival ó 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 4-Nov. 16. North of Charlotte, Hwy 73 at Poplar Tent Road. Advance discount tickets: $17 for adults, $6 children 5-12, under 5 free. Tickets available at Harris Teeter or print your own at www.RenFestInfo.com. $1 more at gate. 877-896-5544.

FUNdraiser for Partners in Learning Child Development Center ó 3-6 p.m., OCt. 25. Practice field of Catawba College. Pinatas, hot dogs, game booths, children’s clothing sale, raffle, 50/50 raffle, inflatable, Putt-Putt, more. Bring kids in non-scary costumes. 704-638-9020.

Lexington Barbecue Festival ó 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Oct. 25. www.barbecuefestival.com.

Theater

“Peter Pan” Children’s Theatre of Charlotte ó Through Oct. 26. 704-973-2828. www.ctcharlotte.org.

“Traces” ó Oct. 7-Nov. 16. McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square, Charlotte. Blend of circus, physical theater and music. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.

“Aladdin, Jr.” Piedmont Players Youth Theatre ó 1, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. $6. 704-633-5471.

“Defending the Caveman” ó 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21-23, 8 p.m. Oct. 24 and 25, 3 p.m. Oct. 26. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. Tickets start at $29.50. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.

Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” Pfeiffer Theatre, Misenheimer ó 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24-25, 30-31 and Nov. 1; 3 p.m. Oct. 26. Campus Theatre, third floor of Administration Building. $8 adults, $6 seniors and students, $5 children 12 and under. 704-463-3070. doug.stauter@pfeiffer.edu.

“Communicating Doors” Davidson Theatre ó7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 and 23; 8:15 p.m. Oct. 24 and 25; 2 p.m. Oct. 26. Duke Family Performance Hall. $15 adults, $11 seniors. Adult language and content. www.davidson.edu/tickets. 704-894-2135.

Lee Street Theatre presents One-Act Play Festival ó 7:30 p.m., Oct. 23-25, Oct. 30-Nov. 1. Looking Glass Artist Collective Black Box Theatre, 407 N. Lee St. leestreettheatre@live.com.

Livingstone College Theater Dept. “Black Girl” ó 6 p.m. Oct. 25; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26, Nov. 1 and 2. Tubman Little Theatre, 701 W. Monroe St. Free, donations accepted. 704-216-6260.

Dance

Savion Glover: “Bare Soundz” ó 7:30 p.m., Oct. 27. Belk Theater, Blumenthal Center, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. $25-$55. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.

Film

Michael Moore’s “Sicko” ó 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27. Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St. Admission free. Concessions available. 704-245-2302. www.salisburyartists.org.

Comedy

“Mother Load” ó Through Oct. 26. Tuesday-Thursday: 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: 8 p.m.; matinees Thursday at noon, Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. New Stage Door Theater at Blumenthal Center, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-372-1000.

The Second City: “Deface the Nation” ó Oct. 14-19. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. $29.50 and up. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.

Frank Caliendo ó 8 p.m., Nov. 8. Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte. $39.75. www.ticketmaster.com.

Classes

Six-week workshop-beginner adult painting ó Thursdays, 2-4 p.m. beginning Oct. 16. Taught by Mary Setzer. Supplies furnished for first class, then supply list given for subsequent classes. $60 members of Mooresville Artist Guild, $90 non-members. 704-663-6661.

Explore Wing Chun 1 ó 7-9 p.m. Oct. 17. $30 to participate, $25 to watch. Couples-$45 to participate, $35 to watch. At LGAC, 405 N. Lee St. Broad, simple introduction to Wing Chun “Kung Fu”, also called “Chinese Boxing.” Wear comfortable clothing. Students must be 18 or older. Advance registration only. Taught by Herbert Maier. sifu@wangkiuwingchun.com. 704-640-2140. www.wangkiuwingchun.com.

Decorating With Ribbon design class, Piedmont Floral Galleries ó 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 18, free demonstration and class. Open until 2 p.m. 280 Furniture Drive. 704-636-7739.

Plein air oil painting workshop ó Oct. 22-26, taught by Mary Erickson. Limited to eight people. High Ridge Gardens in Marshville. www.highridgegardens.com, www.maryericksonart.com. 704-219-0391.

Art classes at Original Art, 21 Union St. S., Concord ó Private lessons and classes for all ages. 704-784-1549. dianelovesart@vnet.net.

Speakers and forums

Trips

Trip to Renfro Valley, London, Ky. sponsored by Davie County Senior Services ó Oct. 24-26. Includes Charlie Pride concert, “Gatherin’ Mountain Gospel Jubilee,” Col. Sanders Cafe and Museum, Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Cumberland Falls. Price includes hotel, breakfast and dinner. $369 double occupancy. $50 deposit. 336-753-6230.

Virginia Autumn Train Excursions ó Nov. 1 and 2 (two separate days) departing from N.C Transportation Museum in Spencer 7 a.m., scenic route to Charlottesville, Va. for shopping and dining, returns to Spencer 8 p.m. 704-636-2889. www.nctrans.org.

This and That

Big Band Dances ó 7-10 p.m. first Saturday of each month. Hurley YMCA. Music by The Hi-Liters. Bring a snack to share. $5. 704-636-0111.

H.A.R.V.E.S.T. Health Fair 5K and Family Fun Run ó 8:30 a.m.-Family Fun Run, 9 a.m.-5K race, Oct. 18. N.C Research Campus and Village, Kannapolis, beginning at Campus’ Core Lab on Biotechnology Drive. Registration fees: Fun Run-$5 by Oct. 10, $8 Oct. 11-187, $10 on race day; 5K race- $15 by Oct. 10, $20 Oct. 11-17, $25 race day. To register, visit Parks and Recreation Offices at Village Park, 700 West C St., Kannapolis or Kannapolis Branch YMCA or visit www.active.com.

Christmas Made in the South ó Oct. 24-26, Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, Concord. $6 adults, free for children under 12, one admission good for all three days, free parking. 704-847-9480. www,madeinthesouthshows.com.

Antique, Arts and Crafts Show at Carolina Lily, 1375 Kern Carlton Road ó 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 18. Local artisans/vendors set up on the grounds of the country farmplace. Jewelry, homebaked goods, fine art and pottery, shabby garden art, vintage linens and more. “Picnic in a pumpkin” available by reservation. 704-639-0033. carolinalily@peoplepc.com.

2008 Historic Mooresville Tour of Homes ó 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 18; 1-5 p.m. Oct. 19. $12 in advance, $15 day of tour. www.historicmooresvilletourofhomes.com.

Great Pumpkin Painting Contest at Carillon Assisted Living ó 2 p.m., Oct. 22. Pumpkins will be provided to the first 20 contestants (you must call to reserve a pumpkin) others may bring their own. painting supplies provided. Participants may also drop off pumpkins decorated at home or school prior to event. Prizes awarded. 704-633-4666.

Bill Kiser Memorial “Moon over the Mall” star party, Astronomical Society of Rowan County ó 4-9 p.m., Oct. 25, Carolina Mall, Concord. Open to public. Free. Rain date Nov. 1. 704-855-1591.

Southern Piedmont Woodturners ó 7 p.m., Oct. 21: hosting Frank Penta of Chapel Hill demonstrating multi-axis platters. Davis Theater in Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St. S., Concord. Free, visitors welcome. 980-521-3787.

The Amazing Maize Maze ó 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays until Nov. 2. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. $7-$10, free for 4 and younger. 704-875-3113. www.ruralhill.net.

North Carolina State Fair, Raleigh ó Oct. 16-26. www.ncstatefair.org.

“Sesame Street Live-When Elmo Grows Up” ó 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 16 and 17; 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 18; 2 and 5:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Cricket Arena, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte. $14-$23. 704-335-3100. www.ticketmaster.com.

“Off Your Rocker” Rock-A-Thon and Classic Car Show ó 3:30 p.m. Oct. 17-4 p.m. Oct. 18. Rock-A-Thon both days, car show Saturday. Sock hop Friday 7 p.m.-midnight with The Classics and DJ Doctor D. Also movies throughout the night. Benefit for Cabarrus Senior Center trust fund. Adults $7, children 5-12 $4, under 12 free. To register car or participate in rock-a-thon, call 704-920-3484.

NC Rowan County Anime Group ó 5:35 p.m. Oct. 18, meeting in from of Books-a-Million in Salisbury Mall, going to member’s home to watch anime movie “Blood the Last Vampire, rated R. rca_artist24@yahoo.com.35th annual Carolina

BalloonFest ó Oct. 24-26, Statesville Regional Airport. $8. Children under 5 free. 1-877-531-1819. www.carolinaballoonfest.com.

SAGA Kubb 2008 championship ó 1-6 p.m. Oct. 26. Salisbury Civic Center grounds, 315 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Free to watch. Bring lawn chair or blanket. Participant fee $5 per player. Contact tournament director Wayne Remes-704-637-2594. www.sagakubb.blogspot.com.

YMCA trip to see “A Day in Pompeii” at Discovery Place, Charlotte ó Depart 9 a.m., Nov. 7 from Hurley Family YMCA. $30 includes ticket and transportation. Lunch on your own. 704-636-0111.

Cruzin’ Round Spencer ó 4-9 p.m. second Saturday of each month. Classic vehicles, entertainment, food. 704-633-7178.

Halloween

Trunk or Treat, sponsored by Piedmont Area Moms ó 2 p.m. Oct. 18. Buffalo Wild Wings, 289 George Bay Court near Target in Afton Village. Awards for best costume by age group and best trunk. Games, 50/50 raffle. Public invited to decorate their trunk and participate. www.piedmontareamoms.com.

Ghost Train Halloween Festival, Tweetsie Railroad ó Begins at sundown Friday and Saturday nights through Nov. 1. 1-877-TWEETSIE. www.tweetsie.com.

Scarowinds ó 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 10-11, 17-19, 24-26, 30-31. At Carowinds. Includes three new mazes. Carowinds www.scarowinds.com.

Historic Gold Hill Ghost Tour ó 6-10 p.m. Oct. 25. Begins at Russell-Rufty Shelter in park. While waiting for tour, enjoy refreshments in Miner’s Hall and view video of the ghost documentary made in Gold Hill by the show “Legend Hunters.” $5 adults, $3 children under 10. www.historicgoldhill.com. 704-279-7897.

Forbidden Forest Horror Trail ó Oct. 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, and Nov. 1, Old Beatty Ford Road, Rockwell, entering their 12th year. Tickets go on sale at dark each night. Tickets/donations: $13. Concessions available (concession proceeds go to the Michael Yang Foundation). Other proceeds go to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. www.forbiddenforesthorrortrail.com. 704-223-2765.

Fourth annual Uncle Raymond’s Field Maze, Rockwell ó Weekends through Nov. 8. 7-11 p.m. Fridays, 2-11 p.m. Saturdays, 2-6 p.m. Sundays, Salisbury Street, Rockwell (just past Hunter’s Glen). Put on by Chuckwagon Gang for Relay for Life, proceeds go to American Cancer Society. $5 per person, age 5 and under free, groups of 10 or more-$4 per person. Refreshments. Bring flashlight. Groups encouraged to call ahead. Call Joe Haynes, 704-239-3771, or Tammy Haynes, 704-239-1867.

Boogerwoods Howl-o-ween Spooktacular, 31st year ó Oct. 24, 25, 31 and Nov. 1. Phaniels Church Road, Rockwell. New scenes this year: Snakeman, Booger Cemetery, Booger Diner, Tight Squeeze, They’re Coming, Jeepers; returning favorites include Club Booger, Boogerassic Park, Silo, Twister, Dr. Camacho, Splatter Room and Vortex, Booger Meat Packing and Mind Shaft. All proceeds to the cure of Cystic Fibrosis. Limited amount of tickets each night. www.boogerwoods.com. 704-855-7922.

Downtown Salisbury Hallowen FunFest ó 3-6 p.m. Oct. 25. Games, costume contest, haunted trolley rides. Trick or treat (age 13 and under) with merchants 4-5 p.m. 704-637-7814.

Halloween at the YMCA ó 5:30-8 p.m., Oct. 31. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA. Games, inflatables, costume contests, face-painting. Free. 704-636-0111.

“Halloween Daze and Spooky Knights” at Renaissance Festival ó 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26. Free admission for kids, free Halloween bags and treats, treasure hunt, costume contest. Poplar Tent Road, near Charlotte. www.RenFestInfo.com.

Night life

Alli’s All American Grille & Ale, 1504 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. ó Karaoke 8 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays. 704-637-7160.www.myspace.com/funatallis.

Benchwarmers, 113 E. Fisher St. ó 704-639-0604.

The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St. ó 9 p.m.-midnight Friday: Holy Ghost Tent Revival, $5 cover; 8:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday: The Polka Dots CD release party, no cover; 9:45 p.m.-midnight Saturday: Lonnie Carpenter, no cover. 704-797-0093. www.thebluevine.com.

Castaways, 119 N. Link Ave. ó 704-216-0130.

Escape the Daily Grind, 316 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer ó 7-10 p.m. Oct. 17: folk singer Susan Wetmore. First and second Fridays: Jazz with PCS Trio. 704-636-0160.

High Rock Boat & Ski Club, 257 Boat Club Lane ó Friday: deejay Steve Carter; Saturday: Marble Alley Band. Private club for members and guests, memberships available. Dinner 5:30-10 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Fridays: shagging and deejay; Saturday: Top 40, country mix. 704-633-0251.

The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 ó 8 p.m. Saturday: Invisible 1188. Open 7 p.m.-midnight Saturdays. Free refreshments, air hockey, foosball, pool. Public invited to jam or schedule their group to perform. 704-213-1467. www.inntheloop.blogspot.com.

Jokers Bar and Grill, 2168 Statesville Blvd. ó Oct. 18: Smilin’ Dogs. Monday: Monday Night Football, free pool, 35-cent wings; Tuesday: Juke Box Night-for every drink, one song on jukebox; Thursday: pool tournament, $5, winner takes all; Oct. 31: Halloween party with cash prizes.704-636-2583.Tabu Bar and Lounge, 329 S. Church St. ó Tuesdays-movie night; 10 p.m. Wednesdays: open mic; 10 p.m. Thursdays-play “Rock Band” with projector and P.A. 704-267-6246. www.tabubar.net.Three Fifteen, 315 E. Council St. ó704-633-1315. www.threefifteen.com.
CONCORD
1st Round Draft, 929 Concord Parkway S., Suite A ó 9 p.m. each Monday: Open Mic, hosted by Jason Rimmer and Ashleigh Honbarrier of Nonsense Deep. All types of performers welcome, including full bands. www.myspace.com/1strounddraftsportsbar.
WINSTON-SALEM
The Garage, 110 W. 7th St. ó 336-777-1127. www.the-garage.ws.
CHARLOTTE
Amos’ Southend, 1423 Tryon St. ó 704-377-MUSIC. www.amossouthend.com.

The Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. N, Charlotte ó www.visulite.com. 800-594-TIXX.

The Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., Charlotte ó 8 p.m. Oct. 16: Tracy Grammer, $12. 1-800-594-TIXX. www.theeveningmuse.com.

Singles

Piedmont Singles ó 7:15 p.m. Fridays, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1908 Statesville Blvd. Oct. 17: covered dish supper. No joining fees, donations appreciated. Contact Frances Ward 704-637-3241.

Highlighters Dance Club ó Oct. 17: Crimson Rose, 28th anniversary dance, dressy attire. Doors open 7 p.m., free line dance class 7:15 p.m. Open to singles 40 and over. Dress code. Heavy hors d’oeuvres served 8 p.m. BYOB. $10 members; $12 guests. Join for $20 and get in free the first night of joining. Non-smoking, dressy casual. American Legion Post 380, 4235 W. Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-548-9212. ssendecki@aol.com.

Piedmont Triad Singles Halloween Party ó 8 p.m.-midnight Oct. 17. George Ks, corner of High Point and Holden Roads, Greensboro. Costumes welcome, but not required. prizes for costumes. Deejay playing rock and roll, beach, swing, top 40. Cash bar, ladies choice dances, $12. Door prizes.www.piedmonttriadsingles.com. peggy15311@bellsouth.net.

Charlotte Zodiac Club ó Second and fourth Fridays. Doors open 7 p.m., food served 8 p.m. 7:15 p.m.-line dance lessons with Chuck and Joy. Open to single, divorced, widowed or separated, 45 and over. Hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks provided. $10 members, $12 guests. Dress code, no blue jeans or shorts. American Legion Post 380, 4235 West Tyvola Rd. 704-853-0490. www.charlottezodiacdanceclub.com.

Home and garden

Call for artists

Rowan Investment Company Arts-In-Education grants ó Three $1000 grants for artists and arts organizations working with with elementary, middle or high school students in Rowan County. Application deadline Jan. 16, 2009. Project must be completed by Dec. 31, 2009. For information, contact Rowan Arts Council, 704-638-9887. www.rowanarts.org.
PERFORMING ARTS
VISUAL ART
Submissions for Asheboro Downtown Sculpture Exhibition ó Deadline for submissions: Oct. 20. Sculptures will be on exhibit Jan. 18, 2008-April 25, 2010. Information: wwdonnan@earthlink.net or 336-672-3875.

Rail Walk Art and Fine Crafts Christmas Show ó 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6. Artist spaces available at Looking Glass Artist Collective during festival in 400 block of North Lee Street. Become a member by Nov. 26 to participate. Call 704-633-5107 or email rajschu@yahoo.com.

Mooresville Artist Guild is looking for qualified people interested in teaching art classes for children and adults. 704-896-9803.
PHOTOGRAPHY
The Blue Ridge Parkway and FRIENDS’ third annual photo contest ó Deadline Oct. 31. Winning entries published in FRIENDS newsletter, “High Vistas,” and monthly eNewsletters. For details, visit www.BlueRidgeFRIENDS.org.
OTHER
Writers Fellowships from NC Arts Council ó Deadline for submissions: Nov. 3. www.ncarts.org.

Auditions

Nutcracker ballet children’s chorus ó 3:30-5:30 p.m., Oct. 19. Auditions held for children in grades 4-6 Williams Music Building, Catawba College. Audition piece is on Salisbury Symphony Web site: www.salisburysymphony.org. Performances are Dec. 21. Rehearsals will be Sundays 3:30-4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. Contact Susan Trivette, education director, 704-637-4730 or strivett@catawba.edu. NC

Shakespeare Festival’s “A Christmas Carol” ó Details: www.ncshakes.org.

Seeking vendors

North Rowan Elementary Winter Fun Festival ó Arts and crafts exhibitors sought for Dec. 6 event. Booth space $30. 704-278-3782.

Rail Walk Art and Fine Crafts Christmas Show ó Art and craft vendor booths available at Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405-407 N. Lee St. $30 for 8×6 space for two-day event. Bring own table. Membership required, may join by Nov. 26 to participate. For details, call Jacqui-704-633-5107.

Art
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. ó Through Nov. 8: “Earth and Sky” by Jonas Howard and Jeremiah Miller; “In Place: Memory and Movement” by Michael Simpson and Kathleen Burke; “Plein Air Carolina 2008.” “Wind Instruments,” outdoor sculpture exhibit by Mike Roig, in Stanback and Cook Sensory Gardens. Admission free. Gallery open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Groups may arrange guided tour. 704-636-1882. www.waterworks.org.

EastSquare Artworks, 122 E. Innes St. óCurrent work by artists Syed Ahmad, Whitney Peckman, Connie Baker, Michael Baker. 704-798-0047. www.eastsquareartworks.com.

Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. ó RCCC art exhibit opens Oct. 31, reception 6-8 p.m. Nov. 7. Jazz music and art sale every third Wednesday 5-7 p.m. Gallery open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 704-431-8964. www.railwalkgallery.com.

Looking Glass Artist Collective Gallery, 407 N. Lee St. ó Current exhibit: “Through the Looking Glass-member Works.” Shop featuring art and crafts for sale by members is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and during special events. 704-245-2302. www.salisburyartists.org.

Center for Faith and the Arts Galleries, 207 W. Harrison St. ó Exhibit of paintings by Roger Hutchinson through Nov. 21. Open 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. 704-647-0999.

Creators Gallery ó Exhibit of art by Stella Isenberg. Free. John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 1620 Brenner Ave. Gallery open by appointment. 704-633-4333.

Green Goat Gallery, 516 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer ó 704-639-0606. www.greengoatgallery.com.

Cabarrus Arts Council Galleries, 65 Union Street, Concord ó “Free and Untamed: A Wildlife Exposition” on display through Oct. 23. Includes gourds by Whitney Johnson Peckman. Cabarrus Art Guild’s juried exhibition through Oct. 16. 7:30 p.m. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. 704-920-ARTS. www.cabarrusartscouncil.org.

Original Art, 21 Union St. S., Concord ó Exhibit of art by Dianne Overcash, inspired by travels to Costa Rica. Gallery open 2-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 704-784-1549. www.dianeovercash-paintings.com.

Depot Visual Arts Center, 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville ó Gallery hours: 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 704-663-6661. www.mooresvilleartistguild.com.

Court Street Gallery, 134 Court St., Statesville ó Exhibit of paintings by Judy McNeill, through Oct. 24. Gallery open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. www.iredellmuseums.org.

Grace and Cameron West Art Gallery, Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer ó Asheville artist’s “100 Plates” exhibit through Oct. 17. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. 704-463-3160. joshua.cross@pfeiffer.edu.

Arts United Gallery, 220 S. Main St., Lexington ó Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. www.co.davidson.nc.us/arts.

Davidson County Community College, Mendenhall Building, Lexington ó “Visions” works by eight artists including metal sculpture, oils, acrylics, photography and mixed media. On view through Dec. 12. Open during regular college operating hours. 336-249-8186.

Merrill-Jennings Galleries, 463 S. Main St., Davidson ó 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 704-895-1213.Moring Arts Center, 123 Sunset Ave., Asheboro ó Exhibit continues through Oct. 30. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Free. 336-629-0399. www.randolphartsguild.com.

North Carolina Pottery Center fall exhibitions, Seagrove ó 336-873-8430. www.ncpotterycenter.com.

The Light Factory, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St., Charlotte ó www.lightfactory.org. 704-333-9755.

Hart Witzen Gallery, 136 E. 36th St., Charlotte ó 704-334-1177.

Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte ó “Andy Warhol Portfolios: Life and Legends” through Feb. 15; “Scene in America: A Contemporary Look at the Black Male Image” through April 5, 2009. “The Art of Affluence: Haute Coutre and Luxury Fashions 1947-2007,” through spring 2010; “Jaguar:Power in the Ancient Americas” through Dec. 14, 2008; Open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission $6 adults, $5 seniors and students, $3 ages 6 to 17, free for members and children 5 and younger. Admission also valid for Museum of Craft and Design on the same day. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.

Mint Museum of Craft + Design, 220 N. Tryon St., Charlotte ó “Possibilities: Rising Stars of Contemporary Craft in North Carolina” through Nov. 30; “Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection” Aug. 16-Jan. 4. Admission $6 adults, $5 seniors and students, $3 ages 6 to 17, free for members and children 5 and younger. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 704-337-2000.McColl Center for Visual Art, 721 N. Tryon St., Charlotte ó 704-332-5535. www.mccollcenter.org.

Reynolda House, Museum of American Art, Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem ó 7-9 p.m. Friday, opening for “Seeing the City: Sloan’s New York” exhibit through Jun. 4. Open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday. $10 adults, $9 seniors, students with ID and children free. 336-725-5150 or www.reynoldahouse.org.

Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNC-Greensboro, corner of Spring Garden and Tate Streets ó 336-334-5770. www.weatherspoon.uncg.edu.

The Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, 2001 Campus Drive, Durham ó “El Greco to Velazquez: Art During the Reign of Phillip III” through Nov. 9. Adults $15, students and children $5, 919-660-1701. www.nasher.duke.edu/elgreco.

Parks

Dan Nicholas Park, 6800 Bringle Ferry Rd. ó Rowan Wildlife Adventures, home of black bears, bobcats, deer and other animals. Reptile center features 4,000 gallon Cheerwine Aquarium. Paddle boats, miniature golf, miniature trains, carousel, Miner Moose Gem Mine, playground, camping year-round, Hurley Splash Pad. 704-216-7800. www.dannicholas.net.

Ellis Park, 3541 Old Mocksville Road ó Two ballfields, concession stand, lighted tennis courts, volleyball court, horseshoe pits, bocce courts, game room, shelters, playground. Event center has riding arena and judges tower. A 1.5 mile walking trail connects facilities. Old Ellis Schoolhouse includes game room, ceramics workshop, large dining room with fully-equipped kitchen. Programs include ceramics, karate, horse shows, T-ball, baseball. Therapeutic Recreation division for Rowan County Parks housed here. 704-216-7783.

Gold Hill Mines Historic Park 735 St. Stephens Church Road, Gold Hill ó Located in the heart of the Carolina Gold Rush Territory, the park is home of the Barnhardt Gold Mine, the first mine shaft in the US dug to a depth of 500 ft., and Randolph Gold Mine which was dug to a depth of 850 ft. Gold Hill became know as the richest mining property east of the Mississippi creating one of the first gold rushes in history. Along with the mine shafts, sites in the park include the Gold Hill Jail, c.1845, the restored Chilean Ore Mill c. 1824 (the only complete ore mill remaining in existence in N.C.), the Assay Office, the Bernhardt Log Barn, the Russell-Rufty Shelter, the Powder House and Gold Hill Pond. The barn and shelter are available for rent for formal and informal public use. Another area of interest is the Gold Hill Rail Trail for hiking and biking enthusiast. The park is open daily until dark. Free. Historic tours of the park are available by appointment. Information about tours: 704-267-9439; rentals: 704-279-5777. www.HistoricGoldHill.com.

Sloan Park, 550 Sloan Rd. ó Hiking trails, picnic shelters, volleyball courts, softball diamond, playground, Kerr Mill-1823 grist mill that houses a museum of early Americana, Alice Stanback Monument Forest. Open year round from 9 a.m. until dark. www.co.rowan.nc.us/parks/sloan

Museums

N.C. Transportation Museum, Spencer óMuseum open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday. Train rides Saturday only, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. $6 adults, $5 children ages 3-12 and seniors ages 60 and up. Roundhouse Turntable rides at $1. Group rates available with advance notice. 704-636-2889 or 877-NCTMFUN. www.nctrans.org.

Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St. ó “North Carolina Militia: 1820-1850, The Eagle Spreads its Wings.” Museum is 1854 courthouse that survived Stoneman’s raid. Displays and interpretive exhibits reflect life and history of Rowan County. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $3 adults, $1.50 students, free museum members. 704-633-5946.

Utzman-Chambers House, 116 S. Jackson St. ó 1819 Federal townhouse built by Jacob Stirewalt, which reflects lifestyle of affluent citizens of early 1800s; features period rooms with Hepplewhite and Chippendale furniture and some from Rowan County craftsmen. Open 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 704-633-5946.Dr.

Josephus Hall House, 226 S. Jackson St. ó 1820 house museum features furniture and decoratives from Hall family and others. Costumed docents provide tours. $3 adults, $1.50 students, free to members of Historic Salisbury Foundation. For group tours, call HSF office, 704-636-0103.

Old Stone House, Granite Quarry ó Stately home built by German immigrant Michael Braun in 1766. Furnished with period pieces including local, North Carolina and Pennsylvania furnishings. Open 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 704-633-5946.

Historic Rockwell Museum, 102 E. Main St. ó Exhibit of election memorabilia through Nov. 16. Open Sundays 2-4 p.m. and by appointment. For information call Ann Teague: 704-279-5783.

China Grove Roller Mill Museum ó Guided tours 2-4 p.m. second Sunday of each month. Museum is operated by Historical Society of South Rowan. For special tours call 704-433-3912. www.hist-society-srowan.com.

Mill Village Museum, Old No. 14 Church St., Cooleemee ó 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Large groups by appointment. Operated by Cooleemee Historical Association. 336-284-6040.

Concord Museum, 11 Union St. ó 704-782-3688.

Davidson County Historical Museum, 2 South Main St., Lexington ó 336-242-2035. www.co.davidson.nc.us/museum.

Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte ó Family-friendly activities 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Regular admission is$6 adults, $5 students and seniors, $3 children 6-12, 5 and under free. Free admission Sundays. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. 704-568-1774. www.charlottemuseum.org.

Historic Latta Plantation, Sample Road, Huntersville ó 7 p.m. Friday; 7 or 8 p.m. Saturday: ghost tour, $12, by reservation only. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Museum hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $6 adults, $5 seniors and students, free for children under 5. www.lattaplantation.org. 704-875-2312.

Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte ó National Register Federal house built circa 1815, excellent example of backcountry NC federal period architecture. Originally part of a 911-acre plantation. $5 adults, $4 students and seniors. Groups of 10 or more $4 per. Guided tours 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. 704-335-0325. www.historicrosedale.org.

Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road ó Focus on activities for ages 8 and younger. $5. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 704-337-2671.

Discovery Place, Charlotte ó “A Day in Pompeii.” Interactive exhibit-“Flip It, Fold It, Figure it Out!” through Dec. 31. IMAX Theater: “Greece: Secrets of the Past.” “Dark Knight” extended through Vov. 1. Museum open 9 a.m-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday. 704-372-6261 or www.discoveryplace.org.

The Schiele Museum of Natural History, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia ó Museum hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday -Saturday , 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $4 adults, $2 students, seniors 704-866-6900 or info@schielemuseum.org.

Old Salem, Winston-Salem ó8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 12:30-5 p.m. Sunday. $21 adults, $10 children. 336-721-7300 or www.oldsalem.org.

The North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh ó Everyday Artistry” through June 2009. “A Thousand Words: Photographs by Vietnam Veterans;” “Bearing Witness: Civil Rights Photographs of Alexander Rivera.” Free. 919-807-7943. www.ncmuseumofhistory.org.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh ó Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit through Dec. 28. Museum admission is free. 919-733-7450. www.naturalsciences.org.

N.C. Museum of Life and Science, 433 Murray Ave., Durham ó Museum is science-technology center of lifelong learning for people of all ages. $10.85 adult; $8.85 seniors 65 plus and military personnel with ID; $7.85 children age 3-12; free for children age two and younger. Train rides additional $2.50 per person, ornithopher rides $1. 919-220-5429, www.ncmls.org.

Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St. ó Traveling exhibit “Healthier Ever After” an active fairytale forest runs through Jan. 4, 2009. Museum hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $6 adults and children. 336-723-9111 or childrensmuseumofws.org. For Roundabout items you may:
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