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Monday, Jan. 17
Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Salisbury Post, banks, post offices, schools, government offices and some businesses closed.
25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. at J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 Jake Alexander Blvd. W. $8 per person. Keynote speaker: Robert J. Brown of B & C Associates management consulting marketing research and public relations firm in High Point.
MLK Day Procession, 9:30 a.m., from YMCA to Liberty and Church streets. Led by Dr. Grant Harrison, Soldierís Memorial AME Zion Church.
MLK Day Parade: 11 a.m., begins at Liberty and Church, ends at Civic Center, 315 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. S.
MLK Day Live Performances, 12:30-4:30 p.m., Civic Center. eqadirah@carolina.rr.com, 704-636-2811
Blood drive for Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4-7 p.m., McGill Baptist Church, 5300 Poplar Tent Road, Concord.
tuesday, jan. 18
Rowan County Commissioners, 6 p.m., 130 W. Innes St.
Salisbury City Council, 4 p.m., City Hall, 217 S. Main St.
The Rowan County Tea Party Patriots, Bluebay Seafood Restaurant on Statesville Blvd., 6 p.m. fellowship and dinner followed by meeting at 7 p.m. In the event of severe weather , check with the Bluebay, or call 704-633-8867 or 704-433-4505.
Wednesday, Jan. 19
ěIíve Got a New Computer So Now What?î sponsored by Rowan Computer User Group, 6:45 p.m., South Branch of Rowan Public Library, 920 Kimball Road, China Grove. 704-267-1371
Salisbury Mall, in foreclosure, to be auctioned.
FRIDAY, Jan. 21
Legislative Breakfast, sponsored by Rowan County Chamber of Commerce, 7:30-9 a.m., Holiday Inn. $15. 704-633-4221.
Saturday, Jan. 22
10th Annual Wedding Extravaganza, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Salisbury Civic Center. 704-638-5275
ěThomas & Friends Live Onstageî ó Jan. 22-23, Thomas the Tank Engine and friends at Bojangles Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., tickets begin at $17, www.ticketmaster.com, www.bojanglescoliseum.com.
Piedmont Playersí Youth Audition Workshops ó 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Jan. 22: How to Audition for a Play: 6th-8th graders. $40, bring a lunch.[0xa0]704-633-5471 to sign up, spaces limited. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St.
Sunday, Jan. 23
Old Courthouse Theatreís Living Room Reading Series ěMrs. Murphy’s Porchî ó 4 p.m., free admission, 704-788-2405, OCT main stage, www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.
Three Red Cross blood drives: 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Bethel Lutheran Church, 355 East Ridge Road, 704-636-0331; 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Millbridge Ruritan, 340 Sloan Road, 704-637-9011; 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 108 W. Rice Street, Landis, 704-857-7884.
Monday, Jan. 24
The Kneeling Gardeners ó 7 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, Kannapolis. Authors and Master Gardeners Joyce and Jim Lavene speak on their use of native plants in their writing. 704-933-1127.
Wednesday, Jan. 26
ěPlato Not Prozacî ó 4-5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26 and 7-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27: Dr. Jim Spiceland leads discussion of book by Lou Marinoff. Purchase books at Literary Book Post, 110 S. Main St., discussions held at Center for Faith & the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St. (lower level Haven Lutheran Church), no cost to attend, pre-registration requested, 704-647-0999, faithart@bellsouth.net.
Thursday, Jan. 27
Piedmont Playersí ěThe Three Musketeersî ó Jan. 27-30, Feb. 2-5. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. 704-633-5471. www.piedmontplayers.com.
SATURDAY, Jan. 29
Winter Flight 8K, NC State 8K Championship, 28th Annual, benefits Rowan Helping Ministries, www.salisburyrowanrunners.org
Sunday, Jan. 30
ěAmerican Heroesî Family Concert by Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, 4 p.m., Varick Auditorium, Livingstone College, featuring the All-County Fifth Grade Honors Chorus; tickets at door, $2-$17, www.salisburysymphony.org/performancestextonly.asp

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