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Choral Society presents holiday concert Sunday at St. John’s

The Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society presents “A Holiday Tapestry” Sunday at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St.
The concert, including a variety of holiday selections, will also feature the Burlington Boys Choir. Admission is free. Doors open at 2:15 p.m.
For more information, visit www.SRChoralSociety.com.
PPT auditions
Piedmont Players Theatre announces open auditions for “A Flea In Her Ear,” by Georges Feydeau. This is a classic farce, set in 1900s Paris.
Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 2-3 on the third floor of the Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. There will be a cold reading from the script. Newcomers are welcome.
Rehearsals typically run Monday-Friday from 7-10 p.m. Performance dates are Jan. 22-25 and 28-31.
Set construction will be Dec. 6 and 13 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Dec. 7 from 1-5 p.m.
For more information, call 704-633-5471.
Matt Walsh Band
The Rowan Blues and Jazz Society presents their next Blues Night Out from 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the black box theater at Looking Glass Artist Collective, 407 N. Lee St.
The show will feature Matt Walsh along with his band members Matt Hill and Chuck Cotton. They will also welcome special guest performer Bob Margolin.
RBJS is holding monthly events to raise funds for their youth music and education projects. Plans are currently underway to develop a “Blues in Schools” program.
Admission to the Dec. 4 event is an advance donation of $8 or $10 at the door. Tickets are available at Literary Book Post, 119 S. Main St. or by mail-RBJS, P.O. Box 176, Salisbury, NC 28145.
For more information call 704-636-2811 or visit www. rowanbluesandjazz.com.
Santa’s helpers
Volunteers are needed to be “Santa’s helpers” for The LandTrust for Central North Carolina, making edible tree ornaments for birds and squirrels.
Ornaments will be made in a workshop at Green Goat Gallery in Spencer from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. All materials will be provided. The ornaments can be taken home or used for the LandTrust Tree Trimming.
The Tree Trimming will be at the new Centennial Park in Fulton Heights, 4-5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7. Helpers both young and old are needed to decorate the tree with the edible ornaments. Rumor has it there will be a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Volunteers for both events are asked to call Barbara Lawther at 704-647-0302.
Cook pottery
GRANITE QUARRY ó David Cook Pottery will host an annual Christmas Home Studio Show of hand-crafted, hand-glazed pottery. The show will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on two Saturdays, Dec. 6 and 13, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on two Sundays, Dec. 7 and 14.
The show will take place at Cook’s home at 118 Yost Farm Road in Granite Quarry. The public is invited.
During the show there will be drawings for pottery gift certificates valued at $50 each. Participants in the drawing need not be present to win, but must sign up at the show. Winners will be notified after the end of each week’s show on Sunday evening.
To further show his appreciation for his patrons, Cook says all pottery at this show will be discounted, with a few pieces discounted up to 50 percent.
New this year are “Potter’s Premium” pots. These are are heritage pieces, usually passed down to children or family during the holidays. Some of these pieces can be seen at Cook’s new Web site, www.DavidCookPottery.com.
Following his tradition for several years now, Cook will donate a portion of the proceeds from all sales at this show to the Salvation Army for their Christmas Fund.
For more information or directions, call David or Elizabeth Cook at 704-279-3945.
Nutcracker shuttle
The Salisbury Symphony and Piedmont Dance Theatre, in collaboration with Catawba College, are pleased to announce that a shuttle service will be available for audience members attending “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 21. Performances are scheduled for 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. in Keppel Auditorium at Catawba College.
Vans will operate campus-wide to transport those who have to park in the more remote parking areas.
Tickets are $25 for adults (ages 19 and older) and $12 for children in the orchestra and mezzanine sections; $20 for adults and $10 for children in the balcony. Tickets may be purchased by check or cash from the Rowan County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 204 E. Innes St. Credit card sales are handled by the symphony office at 704-637-4314.
Bill and Nancy Stanback are the presenting sponsors for this holiday classic. Caniche is the artistic sponsor. The production sponsors are Raymond and Kay Coltrain. Dr. Paul and Wendy Capito are sponsoring the Salisbury Symphony’s music director, David Hagy; and Bob and Lois Pruehsner will be sponsoring Piedmont Dance Theatre’s owner and choreographer Rebecca Wiley.
For more information, call 704-637-4314, or visit www.salisburysymphony.org.
Baker sculpture
SPARTANBURG, S.C. ó Spartanburg’s Hub City Park officially opened this month with the unveiling of a sculpture by Salisbury artist Michael Baker.
The stainless steel work, “Solitude” was created specifically for the park to be a striking, eye-catching landmark.
What was once a wooded vacant lot littered with debris has been turned into this one-half acre part as a gift to the city, given by the Circle of 100, an anonymous group of donors who contribute toward various beautification projects.

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