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Roundabout: What’s happening

Festivals

Autumn Jubilee ó 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Oct. 3 and 4. Dan Nicholas Park. Crafts, games, childrenís area, Heritage Village area. Performances: 3:30-5 p.m. Saturday ěToo Much Sylvia;î 4-5:30 p.m. Sunday: ěAlabama Blues Bros.î704-216-7803.

OctoberTour Night Out in Downtown Salisbury ó 5-9 p.m., Oct. 9. Stores open late, music, food, car show, trolley rides, kids activities. 704-637-7814. www.DowntownSalisburyNC.com.

Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival ó Oct. 10. Downtown Salisbury. Bring a lawn chair. www.rowanbluesandjazz.org.

Carolina Renaissance Festival ó 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m..Oct. 10-Nov. 22. Hwy 73 at Poplar Tent Road. Discount tickets online at RenFestInfo.com.

Sacred Heartís annual Oktoberfiesta ó 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Oct.16 – Award-Winning Louisiana Gumbo. The Catholic Daughters will be selling their Louisiana Turkey Gumbo on Friday October 16th from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm. New location in Brincefield Hall. Dinners are $8. and include gumbo, salad and dessert. Quarts are $9. Free delivery for orders of 10 or more. Saturday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Oktoberfiesta at new church property, 375 Lumen Christi Lane, across from Isenberg School. Inflatables, childrenís games, petting zoo, cake booth, food, raffle, 5K Run. 704-633-0591.

9th annual CC Fall Fest Bluegrass Festival ó 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Oct. 17. Cross Country Camp Ground, Denver. 803-328-3224. jsjohnson_@hotmail.com.

Music and more
Fiddlers convention at East Rowan High School Oct. 3 www.GraniteQuarryFiddlers.com.

Sonic Records Showcase ó 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Oct. 2. Club Liqwid, 127 S. Main St. Featuring Urban Detoxx, Beyond the Fade, The Shelter Boys, Yadkin River Theory, Brandon McSwain Band, Tony Fisher of The Closet Pop Junkies. $10, ages 18+. www.myspace.com/sonicrecordsshowcase.

Piedmont Opera ó ěHansel and Gretelî ó 7 p.m. Oct. 2; 2 p.m. Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7. Stevens Center, Winston-Salem. $15-$85. www.piedmontopera.org. 336-724-3202.

ěItís Elvisî ó 6:30 p.m., Oct. 3. Event Center, 315 Webb Road. VIP seats $28, general admission $18 and $22. Benefit for Humane Society of Rowan County. Presented by MC Productions Entertainment: 828-295-3880.

Ju-Taun ó 8 p.m., Oct. 8, benefit show for Relay for Life, hosted by Club Three Fifteen, 315 E. Council St., $5 cover. Also performing for Blues and Jazz Festival Oct. 10, Downtown Salisbury. www.rowanbluesandjazz.com.

Bluegrass and Old-Time music by Mike Compton and Joe Newberry ó 7:30 p.m., Oct. 9. Presented by Charlotte Folk Society. Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. Free. Concert is followed by refreshments, song circle and jams. 704-563-7080. www.folksociety.org.

Steve Martin performing banjo with Steep Canyon Rangers ó 8 p.m., Oct. 10. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. Special guest: dave barry. Tickets start at $54. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.

Carolina Chocolate Drops ó 7:30 p.m., Oct. 15. McGlohon Theatre, Charlotte. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.

Carolina Baroque, ěSacred Bach Cantatasî ó 7:30 p.m., Oct. 16. Chapel of St. Johnís Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St. $10 suggested donation. info@carolinabaroque.org.

Rowan County Concert Association presents Red Hot Jubilee Jam ó 3 p.m., Oct. 18. Keppel Auditorium, Catawba College. 704-636-0181. www.rccamusic.com.

Michael W. Smith, ěA New Hallelujahî ó 7:30 p.m., Oct. 24. Joel Theatre, Winston-Salem. 336-725-5635. www.ljvm.com.

AC/DC Black Ice World Tour ó Oct. 25, Greensboro Coliseum. www.aeglive.com.
Jewel ó 7:30 p.m., Oct. 28, Knight Theater, Charlotte. www.blumenthalcenter.org.

Styx and Reo Speedwagon with Night Ranger ěCanít Stop Rockin 2009î ó 7 p.m., Nov. 12. Joel Coliseum, Winston-Salem. $31-$51. www.ticketmaster.com. 800-745-3000.

Theater

ěReturn to the Forbidden Planetî Old Courthouse Theater ó 8 p.m. Oct. 1-3, 8-10, 16-17; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 4, 11, 18. 49 Spring St., NW, Concord. $15 adults, $12 seniors, $10 children 12 and younger. 704-788-2405.

NC Shakespeare Festival 2009 MainStage season: ěA Midsummer Nightís Dreamî ó Through Oct. 4, The High Point Theatre, 220 E. Commerce Ave. www.ncshakes.org.

ěA Chorus Lineî ó Sept. 29-Oct. 4. Belk Theater, Charlotte. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.

Catawba Theatre ěThe Womenî ó 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1-3. Hedrick Theatre. $10 adults, $8 seniors and non-Catawba students. 704-637-4481. www.showtix4u.com.

ěBlues Clues Liveî ó 10 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. Oct. 2; 11 a.m. Oct. 3. Twin-City Stage, at Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem. $8. www.childrenstheatrews.org. 336-725-4531.

Piedmont Players Youth Theatre ěThe Adventures of Tom Sawyerî ó Oct. 9, 10, 16, 17. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. 704-633-5471. www.piedmontplayers.com.

Twin City Stage ěThe Shadow Boxî ó 8 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10; 2 p.m. Oct. 11. 610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem. Talk back discussions follw with cast and representatives from Hospice and Pallative Care Center. 336-748-0857. www.twincitystage.org.

Lee Street Theatre presents David Mametís ěA Life in the Theatreî ó 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15-17 and 22-24. Looking Glass Artist Collective Black Box Theater, 405 N. Lee St. Starring Craig Kolkebeck and Brian Romans. leestreettheatre@gmail.com.

Comedy

Craige Shoemaker ó 7:30 p.m., Oct. 7. McGlohon Theater, Charlotte. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.

Classes

Classes at Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St. ó Beginning Watercolor, four individula workshops, 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 16, Oct. 20, Nov. 13, Nov. 18, $35. Must provide 15 x 18 piece of masonite or similar to tape the paper to, palette for mixing colors, assortment of brushes. Paper and paint are provided. To register, contact Cathy Matthews, 704-855-7952 or cat@catsfreestyleart.com.
Composite stone sculpture, No sculpting experience needed, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 15 or Nov. 17. $80-all materials provided. Bring bag lunch. Soft drinks will be provided. Reservations required for these classes. Call Cathy Matthews704-855-7952 or email cat@catsfreestyleart.com. 
The Joy of Movement: Alexander Technique ó 7:30-9 p.m., Oct. 19. No strenuous movement involved, but participants will be invited to sit, walk and engage in basic, everyday movements. Dress for comfort. $5. Led by Missy Barnes. 704-638-6493. mbarnes@catawba.edu.
Creative Writing ó 6:30-9 p.m., Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Nov. 10. For information, contact Diannia Baty, 704-213-7456.
Free trial belly dance class by Kalima Tribal, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 19. The next session of regular classes begins Monday, Oct. 26. Contact KalimaTribal@carolina.rr.com.

This & 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.

Rescheduled: Summers-End Antique, Art and Craft Show at Carolina Lily ó 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 3. Over two-dozen artisans. ěPicnic-in-a-Pumpkin by reservation. www.carolinalily. carolinalily@att.net.

18th Century Trade Faire at Fort Dobbs ó 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 3 and 4, Fort Dobbs State Historic Site, Statesville. www.fortdobbs.org.

Rowan Arts Council presents “Jazzy Art and Poetry” ó 5-7 p.m., Oct. 8. Rowan Arts Council in Rail Walk Studios & Gallery Building, 413 N. Lee St. Music by Jimmy and Lesley Alston. Featured poet: RL tha Gifted 1 (www.myspace.com/rlthagifted1). Free. 704-638-9887 rac@rowanarts.org

Historic Salisbury Foundation 34th OctoberTour ó 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Oct. 10; 1-5:30 p.m. Oct. 11. Eight homes on tour. Civil War living history encampment, musicians, artists, Bank Street Cafe, free trolley service. $16 in advance, $20 day of tour. Member and group rate: $13. Children $10. 704-636-0103. www.historicsalisbury.org.

N.C State Fair, Raleigh ó Oct. 15-25. www.statefair.org.

Oakboro cruise-ins ó 5 p.m., fourth Fridays. Burnout at 9:30 p.m. 704-467-4992. www.oakborocruisein.com.

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

Cruising Downtown Concord ó 3:30-9 p.m. fourth Saturdays. North and Union Street. www.concorddowntown.com.

Halloween and fall

Boogerwoods Haunted Trail 2009 ó Oct. 23, 24, 29, 30, 31. Proceeds donated toward cure for Cystic Fibrosis. www.boogerwoods.org. 704-855-7922.

Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze ó 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays through Nov. 1. 4431 Neck Road, off Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville. $10 ages 13 through adult; $7 ages 5-122; free age 4 and under. ěFlashlight Mazesî 7-8 p.m. Oct. 9, 23, 30-$15 ages 13+, $10 ages 5-12. Bring your own flashlight. 704-875-3113. www.ruralhill.net.

Ghost Tales and Ghost Hunts at Latta Plantation ó Ghost tales: 7, 8 and 9 p.m., Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24, RSVP required, $12. Ghost hunts: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Oct. 30-31, RSVP required, $60. 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312, ext. 301. www.lattaplantation.org.

Ghost Train Halloween Festival at Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock ó 7:30-11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 31. Includes debut of Freaky Forest. www.tweetsie.com.

ěScare on the Squareî in Raleigh ó 5:30-9:30 p.m., Oct. 17. Spooky tours of State Capitol, carriage rides, bluegrass music. Free, but registration strongly encouraged. 919-733-4994.

Speakers and forums

Symposium-ěëCurious Spectacle;í Charles Darwin and the Art of Observationî ó Noon-5 p.m. Oct. 3. $35. Reynolda House Museum, Winston-Salem. www.reynoldahouse.org. 336-758-5150.
Trips

Night life

The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St. ó 9-11 p.m. Friday: Celtic duo-Thistledown Tinkers (www.thistledowntinkers.com), no cover; 9-11 p.m. Saturday: Lonnie Carpenter, no cover. 704-797-0093. www.thebluevine.com.

Brick Street Tavern, 122 E. Fisher St. ó Open mic 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting 9:30 p.m. Performers of all types welcome-sign up as you arrive. 704-637-6047. www.thebrickstreettavern.com.

Dirty Water Saloon, 14910 Stokes Ferry Road, Gold Hill ó Deejay every Friday, no cover. 704-279-4286. www.myspace.com/dirtywatersaloon.

E.H. Montgomery General Store ó 7 p.m. Fridays: Community Night with bluegrass jam, Historic Village of Gold Hill. www.HistoricGoldHill. com. 704-279-5674, 704-267-9439.

Grove Inn, 1560 Hwy 29 South, China Grove ó 5-8 p.m., drink specials, deejay dance at 8 p.m. Every Friday: -9 p.m.to 1:30 a.m. karaoke/deejay dance.704-855-9901.

High Rock Boat & Ski Club, 257 Boat Club Lane ó Oct. 2: deejay Ervin Ellington; Oct. 3: deejay Eddie Harwood.Monday Night Football specials. Deejay every Friday and deejay or band every Saturday. 704-633-0251.

The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 ó 8 p.m. Saturday: Micole Wallace Band CD release concert and celebration. 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.

Looking Glass Artist Collective Black Box Theater, 407 N. Lee St. ó 704-633-ARTS.

Mimosa Restaurant, 117 N. Main St., China Grove ó Oct. 4: singer and guitarist Jeff brown. Food and drink specials: 50-cent buffalo wings, half-price house wine, $1.50 bottles of cottonwood pumpkin ale. 704-856-1200.

Stelia, 118 N. Main St. ó 704-638-6266.

Tabu Bar and Lounge, 329 S. Church St. ó 704-267-6246. www.tabubar.net.

Tastebuds Coffee and Tea, 106 N. Main St. ó . 704-212-7044.

Three Fifteen, 315 E. Council St. ó 704-633-1315. www.threefifteen.com.

Uncle Buckís All American Pub, 117 E. Innes St. ó 704-633-3750.

WINSTON-SALEM
The Garage, 110 W. 7th St. ó 10 p.m., Oct 2: Possum Jenkins and Holy Ghost tent revival, $7. www.thegarage.ws/boxoffice.
(336) 777-1127.

Singles

Piedmont Singles ó Meets 7:15 p.m. Fridays, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Oct 2: group discussions, covered dish. No joining fee, donations appreciated. Contact Frances Ward 704-637-3241.

Highlighters Dance Club ó Oct. 2: Crimson Rose. 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. ssendecki@aol.com.

Zodiac Club ó Meets second and fourth Fridays. Doors open 7 p.m., food served 8 p.m., live band starts 8:30 p.m.Open to mature singles over 40. $10 members, $12 guests. Dress code-upscale casual. Smoke-free. American Legion Post 380, 4235 West Tyvola Rd. Call 704-752-8824 or contact taylorbt@msn.com. Visit www.charlottezodiacdanceclub.com

Call for artists

Bluegrass musicians ó Bluegrass jam open to all Saturdays at Dixieís Roasting Co., 102 S. Main St., China Grove. 704-857-9169.
Thunder at the Rock Battle of the Bands 2009 ó Being held Oct. 10 at Tamarac Marina, High Rock Lake, Salisbury. Entry deadline Sept. 28. No entry fee. Grand prize is $1000 cash and a three-song demo recorded in a professional studio, opportunity to open for a national act. Second and third prizes will be awarded. Open to all genres of music. Bands must be unsigned to a label. and are encouraged to sell band merchandise. 704-213-1622. hawkseye12002@aol.com.

2nd Annual Art and Fine Crafts Christmas Sale ó 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 5. Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St. 8×8 booths available, $45 for nonmembers, $30 for members. Call Jacqui, 704-633-5107.

Auditions

Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, Charlotte, auditions for ěOur Lady of 121st Streetî ó Auditions begin 1 p.m., Oct. 11. Show runs Jan. 7-Feb. 6. Actors must be familiar with the script, know what roles they intend to read, and make an audition appointment. Contact Michael Simmons-mrsvictory@carolina.rr.com or 704-455-8542.

SCarowinds ó Carowinds needs to fill more than 450 positionsfor their ěHalloween Haunt.î Auditons for performance roles and interviews for others Carowinds Employment Office every Thursday and Sunday, 5-8 p.m. Must be 16 or older. www.scarowinds.com.

ëA Christmas Carolí auditions ó The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival holding auditions by appointment Oct. 9-10 at Spirit Center campus in High Point for December production. Auditionees should prepare a two-minute monologue from a play of their choice and sing a few bars of a Christmas song without accompaniment. Youth must be 9 or older. Actors are paid. To schedule audition call Joan Andrews between 9 a.m. and noon at 336-841-2273. Information: www.ncshakes.org.

Seeking vendors

North Rowan Elementary Harvest Festival ó Arts and crafts exhibitors sought for Nov. 21 event. Booth space $30. 704-278-3782.

2nd Annual Art and Fine Crafts Christmas Sale ó 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 5. Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St. 8×8 booths available, $45 for nonmembers, $30 for members. Call Jacqui, 704-633-5107.

Art

Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. ó 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. ó 704-798-0047. www.eastsquareartworks.com.

Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. ó Exhibit by Rail Walk artists. Gallery open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, and whenever the ěopenî flag is out. 704-431-8964. www.railwalkgallery.com.

Looking Glass Artist Collective Gallery, 407 N. Lee St. ó Shop featuring art and crafts for sale by members is open 2-6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, and during special events. 704-633-ARTS. www.salisburyartists.org.

Green Goat Gallery, 516 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer ó Exhibit of paintings by Statesville artist Amy Queen. 704-639-0606. www.greengoatgallery.com.

Cabarrus Arts Council Galleries, 65 Union Street, Concord ó ěFor Real? Art of Deceptionî through Oct. 10. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. 704-920-ARTS. www.cabarrusartscouncil.org.

Original Art, 21 Union St. S., Concord ó 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 Artoberfest 2009, Oct. 1-29. Gallery hours: 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 704-663-6661. www. mooresvilleartistguild.com.

Court Street Gallery, 134 Court St., Statesville ó Exhibit of pastels and collages of Betty Powell, on exhibit through Oct. 30. Gallery open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. www.iredellmuseums.org.

Grace and Cameron West Art Gallery, Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer ó 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 5-7 p.m. Student art exhibit. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. www.co.davidson.nc.us/arts.

Moring Arts Center, 123 Sunset Ave., Asheboro ó 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 Native American art collection (Grice): ěPassionate Journey.î ěMasterworks from the New Orleans Museum of Art.î ěThe Art of Affluence: Haute Coutre and Luxury Fashions 1947-2007,î through spring 2010; Open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Admission $10 adults, $8 seniors and students, $5 ages 6 to 17, free for members and children 5 and younger. Free on Tuesdays 5-9 p.m. 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 ěAmerican Quilt Classics, 1800-1980: the Bresler Collection.î Admission $10 adults, $8 seniors and students, $5 ages 6 to 17, free for members and children 5 and younger. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, free hours Tuesdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 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 óěThe Stieglitz Circle: Beyond OíKeefe.î 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.

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 Site of historic Barnhardt and Randolph gold mine shafts, Gold Hill Jail c. 1845, restored Chilean Ore Mill c. 1824 (the only complete ore mill remaining in existence in N.C.), Assay Office, Bernhardt Log Barn, Russell-Rufty Shelter, Powder House and Gold Hill Pond. Barn and shelter are available for rent for formal and informal public use. Gold Hill Rail Trail for hiking and biking. Park open daily until dark. Free. Historic tours 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 ó Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine Oct. 2-4; Disney’s “A Christmas Carol” Train Oct. 9-11(www.christmascaroltraintour.com). Museum open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Train rides Monday through Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 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 ěV for Victory: Uncommon Valor, Common Virtue,î displaying WWII items. Museum is 1854 courthouse that survived Stonemanís 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 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 Open 1- 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 704-633-5946.

Historic Rockwell Museum, 102 E. Main St. ó Museum 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.

Historic Gold Hill,NC/Gold Hill Mines Historic Park ó 19th Century Living History Interpretations and educational tours weekends April-October and weekdays by appointment. Interpretative displays reflect life in the 1800s gold mining boom town. Village merchants and interpreters dressed in period costume weekends. Free admission. www.HistoricGoldHill.com. 704-279-5674, 704-267-9439.

Fort Dobbs State Historic Site, 438 Fort Dobbs Road, Statesville ó 704-873-5882. www.fortdobbs. org.

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.

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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 10 and 11: Folklife Festival and Craft Show. 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 Civil War 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 Museum open 9 a.m-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 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 ó 8:30 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 919-807-7943. www.ncmuseumofhistory.org.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh ó ěChocolate: The Exhibitionî is a fully bilingual exhibition May 9-Sept. 7. Visitors can explore the plant, the products and the culture of chocolate through the lenses of science, history and popular culture. There is a charge for the exhibit. Museum admission is free. 919-733-7450. www.naturalsciences.org.

N.C. Museum of Life and Science, 433 Murray Ave., Durham ó 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 17: Cliffordís Dog FairMuseum 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.

Childrenís Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St. ó 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.

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