Roundabout: ‘A Life in the Theatre’ opens tonight at the Black Box Theater on Lee Street
Lee Street Theatre presents David Mamet’s “A Life in the Theatre” 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. $10, seniors and students $8. Mature themes. firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Return to the Forbidden Planet” Old Courthouse Theater ó 8 p.m. Oct. 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.
Piedmont Players Youth Theatre “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” ó Oct. 16 and 17. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. 704-633-5471. www.piedmontplayers.com.
Rogers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” ó Nov. 10-15, Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. Charlotte. www.blumenthalcenter.org. 704-372-1000.
Music and more
Carolina Baroque-Sacred Bach Cantatas ó 7:30 p.m., Oct. 16. Chapel of St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St. $10 suggested donation. www.carolinabaroque.org.
Carolina Chocolate Drops ó 7:30 p.m., Oct. 15. McGlohon Theatre, Charlotte. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.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.
“Lift Every Voice and Sing” community choral event ó 4 p.m., Oct. 18, St. Lukes Episcopal Church. Massed choir from area churches organized by Kay Wright Norman and Dr. Phillip Burgess. Soloists: Rebecca Stinson, Joe Judge, Teresa Moore, Quentin Woodward, Emil Foster. Accompanied by organist Matthew Brown and Phyllis Partee and ensemble of strings. Free. Reception follows in parish hall. 704-633-3221.
Paul Basler, horn artist, with Pfeiffer wind ensemble and concert choir ó 7 p.m., Oct. 20. Stokes Community Room, Misenheimer campus. 704-463-3182. email@example.com.
Carman ó 7 p.m., Oct. 24. Doors open 6 p.m.. Guaranteed seating pass $5. The Event Center, 315 Webb Road. 704-855-1218.
Salisbury Symphony, “Chasing Light” ó 7:30 p.m., Oct. 24. Keppel Auditorium, Catawba College. Featuring works by Haydn, Schwantner, Nielson, and a clarinet concerto by Persis Vehar. Adult $20; senior $17; student $6; children $4. 704-637-4314. www.salisburysymphony.org. Michael W. Smith, “A New Hallelujah” ó 7:30 p.m., Oct. 24. Joel Theatre, Winston-Salem. 336-725-5635. www.ljvm.com.
AC/DC Black Ice World Tour óOct. 25,Greensboro Coliseum. www.aeglive.com.
Jewel ó 7:30 p.m., Oct. 28, Knight Theater, Charlotte. www.blumenthalcenter.org.
Willie Nelson ó 8 p.m., Oct. 30. Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte. www.ticketmaster.com. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band ó Nov. 3. Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte. www.ticketmaster.com. 800-745-3000.
Styx and Reo Speedwagon with Night Ranger “Can’t Stop Rockin 2009” ó 7 p.m., Nov. 12. Joel Coliseum, Winston-Salem. $31-$51. www.ticketmaster.com. 800-745-3000.
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 Heart’s annual Oktoberfiesta ó Saturday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Oktoberfiesta at new church property, 375 Lumen Christi Lane, across from Isenberg School. Inflatables, children’s 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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farmington Fall Expo, 1723 Farmington Road, Mocksville ó 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 24. Shopping, food, music, hayride. Benefits playground fund.
Lexington Barbecue Festival ó8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Oct. 24. Free admission. www.barbecuefestival.com.
Carriage Room First Annual October Fest ó Begins at noon, Oct. 24, in parking lot at 2141 Statesville Blvd. $5 includes food and entertainment-Cherokee 1-5 p.m.; Divided By Four 7-10 p.m. Door prizes and 50/50 drawing at 11 p.m. with proceeds benefitting American Cancer Society.
Classes at Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St. ó Beginning Watercolor, four individual 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 email@example.com;
Composite stone sculpture, No sculpting experience needed, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org;
Performing with Ease: Alexander Technique for Musicians ó 7:30-9 p.m., Oct. 19. No strenuous movement involved. Instrumentalists invited to bring instrument, piano is available, vocalists also welcome. Dress for comfort. $5. Led by Missy Barnes. 704-638-6493. email@example.com;
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.
“Creating Your Own Designer Christmas Packages and Table Top Trees” ó 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 24. Free. Piedmont Floral galleries, 280 Furniture Drive. 704-636-7739.
Vocal masterclass with Arlene Shrut ó 6:30-8:15 p.m., Oct. 22. Livingstone College. Free. 704-798-7085.
Shim Sham Workshop and practice dance ó 5-8 p.m., Oct. 24. All ages, $5 per person. Led by Diana Moghrabi at Salisbury Parks and Recreation City Park Center, 316 Lake Drive. 704-638-5295.
Introduction to the Art of Mosaic ó 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 7, Robert Crum Studio, 116 E. Council St. $150. Supplies, tools and light lunch included. For adult beginners. Payment must be received no later than one week in advance to reserve spot. 704-797-0364.
This & That
Oyster Roast to benefit Prevent Child Abuse Rowan ó 6:30 p.m., Oct. 17. Castaways Seafood and Oyster Bar, 119 N. Link Ave. Tickets $30 in advance, $35 day of event. Tiki bar, door prizes, corh hole tournament. 704-216-0130.
N.C State Fair, Raleigh ó Oct. 15-25. www.statefair.org.
NC Rowan County Anime Group ó Meet at 5:35 p.m., Oct. 17 in front of Books-a-Million to go to meeting location at 5:50 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Nations Day ó 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 18. Celebrates different ethnic groups in Rowan County with fellowship and cuisine. Cornerstone Church. 704-855-1218. www.cornerstone-church.net.
Community Free Clinic 2009 Harvest Homes Tour, Concord ó 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 22 and 23; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 24; 1-6 p.m. Oct. 25. Featured: home of Mike and Sherri Bradner, 3565 Trinity Church Drive. $10 in advance, $15 at door. 704-782-0650. www.CommunityFreeClinic.org.
Parade of Breeds horse exhibition ó Oct. 25, Chetola Farms, Monroe. www.carolinahorseandhound.com/POB. 704-563-2310.
Sesame Street Live-“Elmo’s Green Thumb” ó Nov. 12-15 at Bojangles’ Coliseum. www.sesamestreetlive.com. An Evening With Garrison Keillor ó 7 p.m., Nov. 22. Belk Theater, Blumenthal Center, 135 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. Tickets start at $24.50. www.BlumenthalCenter.org. 704-372-1000.
Bill Kiser memorial Moon Over the Mall star party ó 5-9 p.m., Oct. 24. Hosted by Astronomical Society of Rowan County at Carolina Mall, Concord. 704-855-1591.
Halloween and fall
“Fright Light” at Woodson Planetarium, Horizons Unlimited ó 5 p.m., Oct. 17. Laser light show and images set to music of Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, and Charlie Daniels Band. $3 adults, $2 children. (Younger children may find some images frightening). Park and enter in back of building, accessible from Lilly Avenue. 704-639-3004.
Boogerwoods Haunted Trail 2009 ó Oct. 23, 24, 29, 30, 31. Proceeds donated toward cure for Cystic Fibrosis. www.boogerwoods.org. 704-855-7922.
Halloweenies Dress-up Dog Parade to benefit Faithful Friends ó 10:30 a.m., Oct. 24. Carolina Lily, 1375 Kern Carlton Road. Entry/donation fee-$10 minimum. Prizes for best couple (owner and dog) purtiest, funniest, and best overall. Best overall winner will have a $100 donation made to Faithful Friends in their honor and get a $50 gift certificate. 704-639-0033. www.carolinalily.com.
Carowinds’ new Howl-O-Fest’s Boo Blast ó Noon-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 1. Paladium Amphitheater. “Scream-free” family option. www.carowinds.com.
Scarowinds ó 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 16-18, 23, 25, 29, and 30; 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Oct. 24 and 31. Although there are no specific age restrictions, SCarowinds is likely to frighten people and is only recommended for those over the age of 13. Those younger than 13 and people who prefer not to be scared would be better served by the Howl-O-Fest. www.carowinds.com.
Forbidden Forest ó Begins at dark Oct. 22-24 and 29-31. Old Beatty Ford Road, Rockwell. $12. Proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. 704-2243-2765. www.forbiddenforesthorrortrail.com. Trunk or Treat at Kimball Memorial Lutheran Church ó3-5 p.m. Oct. 24. For all ages. Includes games, hay ride, crafts, food. 101 Vance St., Kannapolis.
5th Annual Fall Festival at Trinity United Methodist Church ó 3-5:30 p.m., Oct. 25, 416 E. First St., Kannapolis. Game booths, relay games, inflated slide, face painting, pumpkin painting, hayrides, Trunk or Treat, prize drawings. Children encouraged to wear costumes if they wish to enter a costume fashion show. Hot dogs, popcorn, lemonade. 704-933-1127.
Haunted Gold Hill Gost Tour ó 6-10 p.m., Oct. 31. Guided walking tour of historic sites and landmarks. Storytellers, hayride. Paranormal investigators on hand to answer questions. Visitors must check in and register as a group at the Russell-Rufty Shelter in the park between 6-9:30 p.m. Wear walking shoes, warm clothing, camera. $5 adults, $3 under 12. www.HistoricGoldHill.com. 704-267-9439, 704-279-7897.
Boo at the Zoo at Tiger World ó 6-9 p.m. Oct. 30, 5-9 p.m. Oct. 31. Exotic animals, haunted house, games, prizes, giveaways, face painting trick or treating. Boo the tiger makes guest appearance. Spots limited, sign up to reserve space for children: 704-279-6363.
The Big Top on Hill Top ó 6:30-10 p.m. Halloween night.2725 Hill Top Drive, Spring Valley Development off Miller Road. Carnival/circus themed activities and frights, games, popcorn, candy. Contact Donnie or Joy Canup, 704-856-0697.
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.
“Flashlight Mazes” 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.
Organ at Davidson presents “Hunchback of Notre Dame” ó Halloween tradition continues Oct. 30 with 7:30 and 11 p.m. showings of the 1923 classic horror film featuring Lon Chaney with spine-tingling organ improvisations by St. Alban’s Henry Lebedinsky. Sanctuary of Davidson College Presbyterian Church, free with donations encouraged to continue the annual series. www.dcpc.org. 704-892-5641.
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.
“Scare on the Square” 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.
Clifford’s Howl-lo-ween Party ó 9-11 a.m., Oct. 31. Childrens Museum of Winston-Salem. Registration required. $10. www.childrensmuseumofws.org.
Speakers and forums
Meet Mike Minter ó Former Carolina Panther, motivational speaker, business owner, speaking 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at Carson High School. Followed by reception and book signing. 704-642-0700. www.educaterowan.org.
Music of Kenya ó Lecture by Fulbright Scholar, composer Paul Basler. 10 a.m., Oct. 19. Henry Pfeiffer Chapel, Pfeiffer University. Free. 704-463-3182.
The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St. ó 9 p.m.-midnight Friday: Tin Pan Alley, $5 cover; 9-11 p.m. Saturday: Blazin’ Blues Bob Paolino, no cover. 704-797-0093. www.thebluevine.com.
Brick Street Tavern, 122 E. Fisher St. ó Closed to public until 9 p.m. Saturday for private event. Open mic 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Performers of all types welcome-sign up as you arrive. 704-637-6047. www.thebrickstreettavern.com.
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.
High Rock Boat & Ski Club, 257 Boat Club Lane ó Oct. 16: deejay Butch metcalf; Oct. 17: Mike Harding. Monday Night Football specials. Deejay every Friday and deejay or band every Saturday. 704-633-0251.
The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 ó Oct. 17 and 24: 4-Given Souls. 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 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15-17 and 22-24-David Mamet’s “A Life in the Theatre,” $10. 704-633-ARTS.
Piedmont Singles ó Meets 7:15 p.m. Fridays, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. This week: group discussions, covered dish. No joining fee, donations appreciated. Contact Frances Ward 704-637-3241.
Highlighters Dance Club ó Oct. 16: Looks EZ, 29th anniversary dance-dressy attire. 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. email@example.com.
Piedmont Triad Singles Dance ó 8 p.m. to midnight, Friday, Oct. 16. George Ks, 2108 Cedar Fork Drive (corner Holden and High Point Road) Greensboro. Deejay playing 70’s/80’s, beach music, top 40, swing music. Cash bar, door prizes. Casual dress. Ladies choice dances, $12. www.piedmonttriadsingles.com. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. Visit www.charlottezodiacdanceclub.com
Call for artists
Bluegrass musicians ó Bluegrass jam open to all Saturdays at Dixie’s Roasting Co., 102 S. Main St., China Grove. 704-857-9169.
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.
Nutcracker chorus ó Amadeus Youth Chorus holding auditions for children’s chorus that will be a part of the upcoming Nutcracker ballet performance presented by Salisbury Symphony and Piedmont Dance Theatre. Auditions in parish hall of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Church and Council Streets at 5 p.m. on Oct. 22 and 29. Children auditioning must have unchanged voices and the ability to sing on pitch. Not required to be a member of Amadeus to audition. Performances 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Keppel Auditorium. Rehearsals 6:15-7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 1-2:30 p.m. Dec. 19, and Thursdays at 5 p.m. during the month of November at St. Luke’s. Contact Sarah Hall, 704-637-7326 of firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Fine Frame Gallery, 105 S. Main St. ó Kenneth Koskela oil and ink works on display through Nov. 14. 704-647-0340.
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 “open” 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 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, through Oct. 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.
Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte ó 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 “American Quilt Classics, 1800-1980: the Bresler Collection.” 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 óOpen 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.
Dan Nicholas Park, 6800 Bringle Ferry Rd. ó 704-216-7800. www.dannicholas.net.
Ellis Park, 3541 Old Mocksville Road ó 704-216-7783.
Gold Hill Mines Historic Park 735 St. Stephens Church Road, Gold Hill ó Information about tours: 704-267-9439; rentals: 704-279-5777. www.HistoricGoldHill.com.
Sloan Park, 550 Sloan Rd. ó www.co.rowan.nc.us/parks/sloan
N.C. Transportation Museum, Spencer ó 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 “V for Victory: Uncommon Valor, Common Virtue,” displaying WWII items. 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 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 óGuided 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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: Clifford’s Dog Fair 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 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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