Roundabout: Spencer Tree Lighting at 7 tonight in Park Plaza

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Holiday Happenings
Spencer Tree Lighting ceremony ó 7 p.m., Nov. 27. Park Plaza. Santa is going to ride in on a firetruck and will be on hand to help light the trees. Holiday Night Out in Downtown Salisbury ó 5-9 p.m., Nov. 28. Stores open late, seasonal music, children’s activities, Santa, Grinch. 704-637-7814.
Santa and the Grinch at the Bell Tower ó 10 a.m.-noon, Nov. 29, corner of West Innes and South Jackson Streets. Cookies, hot chocolate, ornament-making. Photos taken and posted at Sponsored by Innes Street Drug Co. 704-637-7814.
Santa’s Workshop, 506 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer ó Open 5-7 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night during the holidays. Meet Santa and elves. Have picture made with Santa for $5 or bring your own camera. Trees decorated with handmade ornaments by North Rowan Elementary students.
Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller ó 7 p.m., Nov. 30. Belk Theater, Blumenthal Center, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-372-1000. in Davidson ó 6-9 p.m. Dec. 4, 5 and 6. Vendors on Village Green, Santa, music, kids’ activities. 704-892-2118.
Tree Lighting Ceremony at City Park Lake ó 6-6:30 p.m., Dec. 5. Free. The Arc Festival of Trees ó 7-9 p.m. Dec. 5, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 6, 1-5 p.m. Dec. 7. F&M Trolley Barn, 125 E. Liberty St.
Celebration of Angels – 10-11 a.m., Dec. 6, Eastern Gateway Park, 300 E. Innes St. Free. Life-size painted angels on display. Refreshments and entertainment by Amadeus Youth Chorus. 704-637-7814.
Gingerbread house decorating contest ó Entries accepted 5-7 p.m. Dec. 5, at 506 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer. Winners announced Dec. 6. Entries on display through Dec. 20. For age categories and details call Beth at 704-239-3729. Train-North Carolina Transportation Museum, Spencer ó Dec. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21. Symphony Guild’s Annual Christmas Homes Tour ó 2-6 p.m., Dec. 6-7. Featuring tour of six homes in The Crescent along with musical performances. Begin at The Crescent Pool and Club House for Symphony Cider. Tickets $15 day of event, $12 advance, $10 students. For reservations, tickets and directions call Visitors Bureau, 704-638-3100.Charlotte Symphony “Magic of Christmas” ó 8 p.m. Dec. 5, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Dec. 6, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Belk Theater, Blumenthal Center 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-972-2000.The Singing Christmas Tree, Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte ó 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6; 3 p.m. Dec. 7. 2700 E. Independence Blvd. Carolina Voices, family bluegrass band Whippersnappers, southern-gospel singer Caroline Keller, gospel singer Dennis Reed and dancers from the Images Dance Ensemble and Chris Thompson and the Cultural Ensemble. $18-$30. 704-335-3100.
Christmas at Reed Gold Mine ó 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 6. Candlelight tour, refreshments, free. 704-721-4653. johnreed1799@gmail. com.Charity League of Lexington Holiday House ó 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 5; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 6. 202 Partrdge Lane, Lexington. $7, tickets at door. “The Shoppes of Holiday House” located in Kepley carriage house. Pfeiffer Christmas concert ó 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 7. Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble. Free. 704-463-3182.A Spencer Christmas Gathering ó 6-9 p.m., Dec. 12. Stores open extended hours with special pricing and door prizes. Carolers, carriage rides, international creche display at Central United Methodist Church. and the Grinch Fire Trucks ó 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 13, compliments of W.A. Brown and Son. Boarding in front of Okey Dokey and Co., 126 E. Innes. St. Refreshments while you wait. Free. Sponsored by First Bank.
Spencer Candlelight Tour of Churches ó 5:30-7:30 p.m., Dec. 19. Free. Tour brochures available night of event at churches. Trolley ride to churches is $1 for adults, $.50 for children, leaving from Park Plaza.
Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte presents “Rabbit Hole” ó Through Nov. 29. 650 E. Stonewall St., Charlotte. Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. 704- 342-2251.
Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” presented by N.C. Shakespeare Festival ó Nov. 30-Dec. 21. High Point Theatre, 220 E. Commerce Ave. $14-$31. 336-887-3001.
“A Christmas Carol” presented by Theatre Charlotte ó 7 p.m. Dec. 4-7; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7. $20 adults, $15 seniors and students, $10 children. 501 Queens Road, Charlotte. 704-372-1000. “Amahl and the Night Visitors” Piedmont Opera ó 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, First Presbyterian Church, corner of Second and Cherry Streets, Winston-Salem. $25 adults, $13.50 children, age 6 and under free. 336-724-3202.
“1940’s Radio Hour” Old Courthouse Theatre, Concord ó 8 p.m. Dec. 4-6, 11-13; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14. Theatre patrons are transformed into a radio audience for this nostalgic journey. 49 Spring St., NW, Concord. 704-788-2405. Music and moreDylan Gilbert ó 8 p.m., Nov. 28 at Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St., Salisbury. Also performing-The Lightning Bugs and Resident Patient. $3 advance, $4 at door. Tickets available at Spenzanelli’s, 329 N. Main St. and at Looking Glass. 704-245-2302.
Charlotte Symphony, “George Goes Gershwin” ó 8 p.m., Nov. 28 and 29. Belk Theater, Blumenthal Center 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. Albert-George Schram, conducting; Jeffrey Biegel, piano. 704-972-2000.Widespread Panic ó 8 p.m. Nov. 28 and 29. Asheville Civic Center. 828-259-5544.
Tribute to the King ó 7 p.m., Nov. 29. Featuring Elvis impersonators Chuck Ayers and Matthew Spalding. Edward C. Smith Civic Center, Lexington. $10, portion goes to Shriners. For reservations contact Rustee Lane-704-545-6618.
Boston Pops with conductor Keith Lockhart ó 7:30 p.m., Dec 1, Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 2825 University Pkwy, Winston Salem. 336-725-5635. of the Lough-A Celtic Christmas ó 7:30 p.m., Dec. 4. Performing seldom-heard traditional and folk music for the holidays from Ireland, Shetland Islands and England. McGlohon Theatre, Spirit Square, Charlotte. Tickets start at $24. 704-372-1000. Havens ó 8 p.m., Dec. 5. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St., Charlotte. $25 advance, $27.50 day of show. All ages. 704-372-1000. Night Out with Matt Walsh Band ó 8-11 p.m., Dec. 4: Black Box Theater at Looking Glass Artist Collective, 407 N. Lee St. Sponsored by Rowan Blues and Jazz Society. Donation: $8 advance, $10 at door. Light refreshments, beverages available. 704-636-2811. Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on tour, “Baroque Inspirations” ó 8 p.m., Dec. 7. Watson Chamber Music Hall, UNC School of the Arts, Winston-Salem. $12 adults, $10 students and seniors. 336-721-1945. Byrne ó 8 p.m., Dec. 10. Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte. $35-$45. 704-335-3100.
3 Doors Down ó 7:30 p.m., Dec. 12. Cricket Arena, Charlotte. $25-$45. 704-522-6500. Grant and Vince Gill Christmas Concert ó Dec. 16. Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte. www.charlotte
AC/DC’s “Black Ice” World Tour ó Dec. 18. Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte. 704-522-6500.
The Avett Brothers ó 8 p.m. Dec. 30; 9 p.m. Dec. 31. Belk Theater, Blumenthal Center, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. $29.50-$42.50.
The Eagles “Long Road Out of Eden Tour” ó Jan. 14. Time Warner Arena, Charlotte. Western Carolina 21st Christmas Art and Craft Show ó 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 28-29. Ramsey Center, WCU, Cullowhee. $3. 828-524-3405.
Annual Holidayfest craft and vendor sale at YMCA ó 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Dec. 3. YMCA lobby, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. 704-636-0111.First Annual Rail Walk Christmas Art and Fine Crafts Festival ó 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6in the 400 block of North Lee Street at Cascade Sculpture, Rail Walk Studios and Gallery and Looking Glass Artist Collective.
Dance”The Nutcracker” presented by UNC School of the Arts and Winston-Salem Symphony ó Dec. 6-14, Stevens Center, Winston-Salem. 336-721-1945.
“The Nutcracker” Salisbury Symphony and Piedmont Dance Theatre ó 2:30 and 6:30 p.m., Dec. 21. Keppel Auditorium, Catawba College. 704-6374314.
FilmThe Coffee Therapy First Monday Film Series at LGAC ó 7 p.m., Dec. 1: “The Secret.” Optional discussion follows films. 405 N. Lee St. (corner of N. Lee and E. Kerr Streets). 704-232-0923.
Classes Holiday Critters for ages 4-7 ó 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Creating “critter” constructed from found objects in nature. $30. Instructor: Anna Simmons. 704-636-1882. Dance sessions ó Social Dance: Fridays, six-week session begins Jan. 9, 7-8 p.m.; Swing Dance: Thursdays six-week session begins Jan. 8, 6-7 p.m. Both classes at City park Recreation Center. Diana Moghrabi, instructor. 704-267-5982.
Cruise to Hawaii, May 2009 ó Meeting for interested travellers 5:30 p.m., Dec. 3 at YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. Call Barbara Franklin: 704-636-0111.25th Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries Festival ó Dec. 5-6, 12-13. 800-962-1911.Valle Crucis Fireside Tour ó 1-6 p.m., Dec. 7. Self-guided tour includes galleries, shops, inns and churches. $10. 828-963-6511.
This & That Game of SKATE contest ó 6 p.m., Nov. 28 at SkateCity Skate Shop, 211 S. Main St. Skaters take turns performing tricks, and winner is person who does trick no one can duplicate. Deadline to register-5 p.m. day of contest. $5 registration fee. Prizes for first and second place. Helmets required, pads recommended. Under 18 require parents signature. 704-637-5877.
Wing Chun ó 7:30 p.m., Nov. 28. Sifu Herbert Maier gives Wing Chun demonstration and discusses the martial art. Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St. contact or call 704-640-2140.International Collectibles and Antiques Show, Charlotte ó Dec. 4-7. 704-663-1500.
First Fridays Holiday Mixer ó 7-10 p.m., Dec. 5, Wrenn House, 115 S. Jackson St. Featuring The Unit Band with Geri Hosey. Door prizes, dress to impress. Admission $10 plus canned food item for Rowan Helping Ministries. First Fridays is a young professionals networking group. For information contact Tajuan Kyles, 704-232-1922 or
Night life The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St. ó 9 p.m.-midnight Friday: Gigi Dover and the Big Love, no cover; 9 p.m.-midnight Saturday: Blueshabit, no cover. 704-797-0093. Street Tavern, 122 E. Fisher St. ó Nov. 28, starting at 10 p.m.-Contagious Blues Band, $5 cover. 704-637-6047.Escape the Daily Grind, 316 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer ó 8-10 p.m. this Friday and Saturday: Sam Havens plays Flamenco and gypsy guitar (www.myspace/flamencodelsol). First and second Fridays: Jazz with PCS Trio. 704-636-0160.Grove Inn, 1560 Hwy 29 South, China Grove óMonday: $1 draft, Monday Nite Football, open pool tournament; Tuesday: 7 p.m. Texas Hold ‘Em; Wednesday: Ladies Nite Out- karaoke/deejay dance; Thursday: open pool tournament; Friday: karaoke/deejay; Saturday: deejay dance /hilarious game contests or live band; Sunday: football/NASCAR party. 704-855-9901.High Rock Boat & Ski Club, 257 Boat Club Lane ó Private club for members and guests, memberships available. Now booking Christmas parties. November hours: Friday and Saturday 5:30-10 p.m. kitchen, 5:30 p.m.-2 a.m. bar. Closed Thanksgiving week. 704-633-0251.
The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 ó 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. Jokers Bar and Grill, 2168 Statesville Blvd. ó Monday: Monday Night Football, free pool, 35-cent wings; Thursday: pool tournament. 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. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. N, Charlotte ó 6:30 p.m., Dec. 2: Hawthorne Heights and Emery , also Tickle Me Pink and The Mile After, $20. 800-594-TIXX. SinglesPiedmont Singles ó 7:15 p.m. Fridays, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1908 Statesville Blvd. Nov. 28: covered dish (leftovers?). No joining fees, donations appreciated. Contact Frances Ward 704-637-3241.Highlighters Dance Club ó First and third Fridays. 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. 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. for artistsRowan 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.
Waterworks Visual Arts Center is currently seeking exhibition proposals for a year-long outdoor sculpture exhibition ó Deadline for submissions: Jan. 30, 2009. No entry fee. Sculptures for the Center’s Stanback and Cook Sensory Gardens. There is room altogether for three nfive sculptures; all artworks should be able to withstand outdoor conditions. For submission guidelines contact Sarah Leonard, exhibitions assistant,, 704-636-1882.
Auditions”The Sound of Music”-Old Courthouse Theatre, Concord ó Dec. 8: 6-8 p.m.-children only, 7:30-10 p.m.-adults only; Dec. 9: 6-10 p.m. adults only. 49 Spring St. NW, Concord. Performance dates: Feb. 12-March 1. For details visit
Seeking vendorsHolidayfest at JF Hurley Family YMCA ó Dec. 3. $10 for 9×8 space in the lobby. Bring own set up. 704-636-0111.North Rowan Elementary Winter Fun Festival ó Arts and crafts exhibitors sought for Dec. 6 event. Booth space $30. 704-278-3782.
ArtWaterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. ó Current exhibits by Don Moore, Tyrone Geter, Natalie Bork and Maja Godlewska. 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.
Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. ó Jazz music, poetry reading and art sale every third Wednesday 5-7 p.m. Gallery open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 704-431-8964.
Looking Glass Artist Collective Gallery, 407 N. Lee St. ó 7:30 p.m. Friday: Wing Chun demonstration. 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. Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte ó “Andy Warhol Portfolios: Life and Legends” through Feb. 15. 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.
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.MuseumsN.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.
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.
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