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This & That
Artemesia Artworks & Yoga Studio open house — 7 p.m., March 12: Ten year celebration. Certified Sivananda Yoga instructor Lewellen Padgett and students answer questions, entertainment by Mystery Snail, refreshments, gift drawings. 704-637-7193, www.artemesiayoga.com.
Pro Wrestling Evo — “A new breed of professional wrestling,” 7:30 p.m. (doors 6:30), Saturday, March 12, $10 advance, $12 DOS. One child 10 or younger admitted free with paying adult, additional children 10 and younger $5. Gold Hall 2, Cabarrus Arena and Event Center, 4751 NC Hwy. 49 N., Concord. www.cabarrusarena.com, www.prowrestlingevo. com.
“Luck of the Irish Day” craft/vendor sale — March 16. also “Souper Wednesday Lunch” to commemorate the day before St. Patrick’s Day, serving shepherd’s pie, $5 includes salad, entrée, drink, cookie. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA. 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.
“Laser Country” family laser show — 5 p.m., March 19: Fast-paced, toe-tapping program for country music fans. Legends such as Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline along with contemporary artists such as Rascal Flatts, Zac Brown Band. $3 adults, $2 12 and under. Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium at Horizons Unlimited, 1636 Parkview Circle, park and enter in the back of the building from Lilly Avenue. 704-639-3004.
“Hypnotica” rock laser show — 7 p.m. , March 19: New show never shown in Salisbury, dynamic techno/laser dance show experience featuring selections from Fat Boy Slim, Chemical Brothers, Delerium, Crystal Method, more with pulsing beats, dazzling lights, incredible imagery. Doors open 6:30 p.m. $5 adults, $3 children, 12 and under. Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium at Horizons Unlimited, 1636 Parkview Circle, park and enter in the back of the building from Lilly Avenue. 704-639-3004.
Public notification of board meetings — The Rowan Arts Council Board of Directors is scheduled to meet on the first Thursday of every month except in the months of July, August, and December. Board meeting dates are as follows: April 7, May 5, June 2, Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3.
Wayne Henderson Festival T-shirt Design Contest — Deadline is March 14 for the T-shirt design contest for the Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival in June.The festival committee will present one artist $100 and two passes for the winning T-shirt design. The design must not be larger than 16 inches by 16 inches and can be submitted as an original design or electronically as a high resolution jpg or pdf. The artwork must be original and done in black and white for one-color printing on T-shirts.Details: www.waynehenderson.org.
Paranormal weekend athaunted Gold Hill —7 p.m., April 8-9, $40, one-hour presentation on paranormal investigation using scientific methods, followed by four hours of investigation time at four different locations in the historic park; fundraiser hosted by Historic Gold Hill and Mines Foundation and Special Guest Investigators of Carolina Paranormal Society, North Carolina TAPS family team. www.HauntedGoldHill.com, 704-267-9439.
Classes
Creative painting workshops — 9:30a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesdays starting March 16. Ongoing series, beginning to intermediate, traditional oil painting. $200 includes eight sessions; ask about scholarships and sliding scales. Registration/materials list: 704-245-6456. Instructor James E. Taylor, Contemporary Realism Studio, 211 S. Main St.
Center for Faith & the Arts memoir-writing workshop — 10 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, March 22: “Opening the Door,” workshop for the writer already in the process of composition; participants required to submit ahead of time two typed pages of work in progress to be shared with the group. Led by Jenny Hubbard, Writer-in-Residence at Center for Faith & the Arts. Limit 10, to reserve a spot, mail your pages and a check for $10 (made payable to Jenny Hubbard) to Center for Faith & the Arts, PO Box 4098, Salisbury, NC 28145-4098. Questions: 704-647-0999, faithart@ bellsouth.net. Center for Faith & the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St., lower level Haven Lutheran Church.
“Make ‘em Laugh” Comedy Workshop — 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5: Featuring comedian, author, screenplay writer Sid Davis with on-the-spot “punch-line coaching” to individuals in the audience, useful tips, humorous examples, personal stories, inspiring ideas. Free. Cannon School, Concord, 5801 Poplar Tent Road, Concord. Sponsored by Yawn Patrol Zone Toastmasters, yawnpatrol.freetoasthost.net, 704-701-1120.
Children’s Saturday Workshops at Waterworks — Family SmARTs! Saturday, April 16, 11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m., ages 4-7 years with adult, Earth Day workshop for the family, learn about our planet while creating an “earthy” art project, dress for mess, fee is for one child and one adult. Instructor M.T. Sidoli, $25 per child/adult. 704-636-1882 (ext 202) www.waterworks.org.
Classes at LGAC — • Basics of crochet: 6:30-8:30 p.m., March 21, by Nancy Gaines, four basic stitches, materials, equipment included except scissors, pre-register/prepay $25 by March 17 to Nancy Gaines-Crochet, 405 N. Lee St., Salisbury, NC 28144. “Basics of crochet is taught every third Monday night with a different project each night • Watercolor classes: instructor Cathy Benfield Matthews, no experience needed; choose Mondays 1-3 p.m. or 5:30-7:30 p.m., or Saturdays 10 a.m.-noon, $35 each 2 hour session or $180 for 6, materials provided except brushes; email salisburyartists@gmail.com to reserve your space, www.catsfreestyleart.com. Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St., 704-633-ARTS, www.salisburyartists.com.
PPT spring youth drama workshops — Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St., each $40 •Basic Dance Choreography for Auditions, Level 1: 6th-12th grade, March 14 and 18 OR March 15 and 17 •Basic Dance Choreography for Auditions, Level 2, 6th-12th grade, March 22 and 24 •Audition Techniques for a Play, Level I, 6th-8th grade, March 19 or 26 •Audition Techniques for a Play, Level I: 3rd-5th grade, March 19 or 26 •Audition Techniques for a Musical: 6th-12th grade, May 14 or 21 •704-633-5471 for times, registration. www.piedmontplayers.com.
“Make Time for Music,” introductory adult music-reading/performance class — 6:15-7:15 p.m., Tuesdays, March 22-April 19 •Noon-1 p.m., Wednesdays, March 23-April 20. Students are required to attend the first week in order to participate.Open to beginners or those who wish to review previously-learned music skills. Instructor: Sarah Hall. Center for Faith & the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St., lower level Haven Lutheran Church. Registration required in advance. Tuition: 4 classes $30; 5 or more classes $35. Info: faithart@bellsouth.net, 704-647-0999.
Classes at the Y — “Introducing Scrapbooking,” 1-3 p.m., Tuesdays, $10 includes supplies for 2 pages. 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.
Absolute beginner line dance — Tuesdays, no experience necessary, $12/month, teacher Cheryl Kluttz, Rufty Holmes Senior Center, Martin Luther King Ave., 704-633-3484.
Express Yourself!”African drumming and dance workshop — 5:30 p.m. Saturdays for grades K-12, family participation encouraged, small donation appreciated. Conducted by Master Drummer Allen Boyd, sponsored by Sankofa Held at Salisbury high school auditorium, 704-637-6857.
Music & more
Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings at the McGlohon — Doors 7:30/Music 8 p.m., Friday, March 11, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center’s McGlohon Theatre, tickets start at $$29.50, 345 N. College St., Charlotte, 704-372-1000 or ww.carolinatix.org.
Leo Kottke at the McGlohon — March 15, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center’s McGlohon Theatre, tickets start at $22.50, 345 N. College St., Charlotte, 704-372-1000 or ww.carolinatix.org.
An evening with Rush — 7:30 p.m., June 8, Bi-Lo Center, Greenville, SC, tickets start at $40.50. www.ticketmaster.com, www.aeglive.com, 800-745-3000.
Theater
Old Courthouse Theatre’s Living Room Reading Series “Piece of My Heart” — 4 p.m., Sunday, March 13: True drama of six women who went to Viet Nam: five nurses and a country western singer booked by an unscrupulous agent to entertain the troops. Free admission, 704-788-2405, OCT main stage, www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.
Old Courthouse Theatre hosts “Paying Tribute” — 8 p.m., March 18-19; 2:30 p.m., March 20. A theatrical and musical celebration about and for the heros called veterans, told from the remembrances of the men and women who returned from duty, through music, dialogue, movement. Call 704-788-2405 to reserve a seat. 49 Spring Street NW, NC, www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.
Mel Brooks musical “Young Frankenstein” at Belk Theater — March 15-20, tickets begin at $20, Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, 704-372-1000, www.BlumenthalCenter. org.
Blue Man Group at Belk Theater — Apr. 19-24, tickets begin at $20, Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, 704-372-1000, www.BlumenthalCenter. org.
Night life

Benchwarmers. 113 E. Fisher St. — Friday, March 11: Yadkin River Theory CD release party, also A Handful of Dave beginning 7 p.m. 704-639-0604.

Brick Street Tavern, 122 E. Fisher St. — 10 p.m., Saturday, March 12: King Friday, no cover. Thursday, March 17: live music with Irish duo, watch for details. Tuesdays: open mic, performers of all types welcome, sign up as you arrive; 8 p.m. Wednesdays: team trivia; 9:30 p.m. Thursdays: plugged open mic night. www.thebrickstreettavern. com, 704-637-6047.

Fat Jack’s, 120 Military Ave. — 8 p.m. until, every Friday and Saturday night: karaoke with Mark Tomei.

High Rock Boat & Ski Club, 257 Boat Club Lane — March 11: Deejay Clyde Waller; March 12: From the Ground Up Benefit show featuring B. Bussey, B. Rogers, Celso P; proceeds to the Thomas family. Memberships available, open Wed.-Sat. www.theboatandskiclub.com. 704-633-0251.

Rick’s BBQ and Grill, 929 S. Main St. — 7-9 p.m., tonight, March 10: Karaoke performance by Carol “Smiley” Tysinger, plus karaoke every Friday and Saturday. 704-642-0050.

Smitty’s North Rown Bar-b-que 1205 N. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — 7-9 p.m., Thursdays: karaoke. 704-636-2122.
The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St. — 9 p.m.-midnight, Friday, March 11: blues band The King Bees, $5 cover. 9-11:30 p.m., Saturday, March 12: Acoustic duo Matt Miller and Brandon Caraway, no cover. www.theblue vine.com. 704-797-0093.
The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 — 8 p.m.: March 12: Shield of Salvation opens for Jerry’s Bones. 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.

Tabu, 329 S. Church St., (beneath La Cava) — March 17: Saint Paddy’s Party with A Handful of Dave. Doors 9, music 10 p.m.-1 a.m., no cover. 18 and up. www.tabubar.net.

Snake Oil Medicine Show at The Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. — Friday, March 11, doors 9 p.m./music 10 p.m., $10 advance & DOS. www.doubledoorinn.com.

E.H. Montgomery General Store — 6-8 p.m. Fridays: bluegrass jams. Historic Village of Gold Hill. www.HistoricGoldHill.com. 704-267-9439, 704-279-5674.

Old Stone Vino, 515 S. Main St., Kannapolis — 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays: guitarist, singer, songwriter Marty DeJarnette. Fridays, Saturdays: various artists. 704-938-2337.

Singles
Piedmont Singles — 7:15 p.m., March 11: Group discussion, program planning. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1908 Statesville Blvd. No joining fee, donations appreciated, covered dish. Contact Frances Ward 704-637-3241.
Zodiac Club — March 11: music by Crimson Rose. Second and fourth Fridays, alternate fifth Fridays. Providing live-band dances and social events for both Carolinas for 41 years. The longevity of the club speaks to the character of the members and guests. Doors 7 p.m., band 8 p.m. Free soft drinks, water, snacks welcome. Covered dish dinner on fifth Friday dance night. $12 guests, $10 members, join for $20 with free admission on the night you join. American Legion Post 380, 4235 W. Tyvola Road, Charlotte, 704-752-8824, taylorbt@msn. com, www.charlottezodiacdanceclub.com.
Festivals
Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention — March 25-26: Highlights: three noted bands playing Friday night dance, jam sessions, fiddling competitions Saturday, fiddle workshop Saturday by Paul Brown of National Public Radio, also youth dance competition, music competitions for individuals and bands. Admission for two-day event $5 per person. Surry Community College in Dobson. www.surryoldtime.com, 877-999-8390.
14th annual Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival — 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, March 26, Hickory Metro Convention Center, I-40, Exit 125 Hickory, $6 adults, $2 children 12 and under. Ticket holders entered in drawing for door prizes. Bring a piece of pottery of unknown background, representatives from NC Pottery Collectors’ Guild on hand to offer expert opinions on possible background and history of individual collectors’ pieces. 828-322-3943, www.catawbahistory.org.
Cabarrus Earth Fest — Concord, Kannapolis, Cabarrus County hold second annual Viva Verde Earth Fest, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 16, North Cabarrus Park, in honor of Earth Day. www.vivaverdeearthfest.wordpress.com.
15th annual Lexington Multicultural Festival — 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday, May 7, Finch Park, Lexington. Family-friendly festival of ethnicities, customs and cuisine with Parade of Nations, five cultural villages, related cultural entertainment and second annual Butterfly Arts Initiative (thanks to welding students and staff at Rowan Cabarrus Community College more than 100 butterflies and other related items). 336-248-3960, www.lexingtonnc.net.
17th annual Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition — Saturday, June 18, Grayson Highlands State Park, Mouth of Wilson, Va., with the Boxcars, George Hamilton IV, April Verch Band, Harris Brothers, Bobby Ingano, Wayne Henderson and Friends, children’s events. $10, children 12 and younger free. www.waynehenderson.org, www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/gra.shtml.
Film
Vietnam War films — 1-3 p.m. and 3-5 p.m., Saturday, March 12, two films about the Vietnam War, one a documentary about the children of Vietnam veterans who have served in Iraq. Parental guidance suggested. Free. Concord Library auditorium, 27 Union St., N, Concord. 704-920-2053.
Call for proposals
Art for the Soul — Abundant Living Adult Day Services is accepting proposals for Art for the Soul, a fine arts program at the center. The deadline to receive proposals is April 1. Interested artists should call 704-637-3940.
Call for scripts
Lee Street Theatre’s third annual 10-Minute Play Festival — Now accepting original scripts from NC playwrights for June 2011 festival entitled “Route 66,” six comedies about travel to be produced. Postmark deadline March 31, 2011. Guidelines, rules, questions: Jenny Hubbard 51 College St., #403 Asheville, NC 28801 or jen4hubbard@ aol.com.
Call for vendors
J.F. Hurley YMCA “Luck of the Irish Day” craft and vendor sale — March 16, sign up now, $10 per table, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.
VFWPost 3006 spring bazaar craft/vendor sale — Saturday, April 16, $10 per table, sign up now. 1200 Brenner Ave., 704-636-2104.
Art and food for Art on Easy Street — 8th Annual Art on Easy Street, May 14. Applications available at www.rowanarts.org. For information: 704-638-9887, rac@rowanarts.org.
J.C. Price Post 107 Memorial week celebration — Single and double spots available for May 2 27-June 5 event, permits required for food vendors; rental info Abe Daniels 704-640-1893; event info 704-636-2950 or 704-213-2397.
15th Lexington Multicultural Festival — Applications accepted for artisans, crafters, demonstrators, cultural exhibitors, vendors as well as community organizations, churches, youth groups or schools interested in participating in the parade May 7. Lexington Recreation and Parks Department, 336-248-3960, www.lexingtonnc.net.
Call for musicians
Henderson guitar contest — Registration opens April 1 for guitarists who want to perform at the 17th Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition, Grayson Highlands State Park, Va. Finalist wins a handmade Henderson guitar. Applications should be postmarked no earlier than April 1 and received by May 1. Send completed application form and $20 fee by personal check or money order payable to the Wayne C. Henderson Guitar Competition, (form is at www.waynehenderson.org), mail to: Wayne Henderson Guitar Competition, c/o Herb Key, 1423 Dragway Road, Wilkesboro, NC 28697. Details: www.waynehenderson.org.
Call for artists
Call for mother artists — Hart Witzen is accepting submissions for group exhibit of works by mothers to take place May 6 and 8. Deadline: April 8. Eligibility: All mothers welcome to apply: paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, installations, mixed and new media. Work does not have to be for sale. Artists may submit original, recent work (within 2 years) for consideration. Send up to 3 images via email to hartwitzengallery@hotmail.com with Yo Mama in the subject line.
Concord-Kannapolis Earth Fest — Applications now available for enntries in second annual Viva Verde Earth Fest, April 16, North Cabarrus Park: Recycled Art Contest for K-12 students, winners receive laptops from Powerhouse Recycling for artwork made from materials that can be recycled and is open to all public, private and home school students•Photo Contest with five categories in both Student and Open Divisions. Each category winner receives $50, grand prize winner in the Student Division receives igital camera, grand prize winner of the Open Division receives $250• Entry deadline April 4. www.vivaverdeearthfest.wordpress.com, look for “Contests” tab at top of page.
Bluegrass musicians — Bluegrass jam open to all, Saturdays at Dixie’s Roasting Co., 102 S. Main St., China Grove. 704-857-9169.
Speakers and forums
Meet Your Neighbor Public Forum: Immigration Reform — 7-8:30 p.m., March 15, Teaching Auditorium, Rowan Cabarrus Community College. Dr. Mark Sills, Director of the FaithAction International House of Greensboro, on historical and ethical perspective. Promoted by Covenant Community Connection, sub-group of the Salisbury Rowan Human Relations Council. Sponsored by Dr. Carrol J. W. Fisher in memory of his late wife, Sonia Trutie-Fisher, long time supporter of the International Women’s Club of Salisbury, immigrant of Cuba.
“Perspectives on History” lecture series, Raleigh — Featuring nationally recognized scholars from the National Humanities Center • Sunday, March 20, 2 p.m. “Freedom Papers: One Family’s Struggle to Refuse Slavery and Secure Respect, 1785-1945,” Rebecca Scott, University of Michigan, tracing the history of a family across four continents and five generations • Sunday, April 3, 2 p.m. “Correspondent Lines: Poetry and Journalism in the U.S. Civil War,” Eliza Richards, UNC-Chapel Hill, during the Civil War, new technologies (telegraph, steam-powered printing press) gave Americans unprecedented access to the battlefield, changing our reactions to the news and our thinking about war itself. Lectures free, registration necessary at 919-807-7847. NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., across from the State Capitol, 919-807-7900, ncmuseumofhistory.org, Facebook.
14th Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium — April 8-10, sponsored by Robert F. Hoke Chapter No. 78 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, $75. Checks made payable to Robert F. Hoke Chapter No. 78, mailed to P.O. Box 5093, Salisbury, NC 28147-0088. Contact: Sue Curtis 704-637-6411, southpaws@salisbury.net.
Art
Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St. — Through March 11: Student art show featuring students from at least five schools. Cindy Morgan, Curator. Gallery hours: noon-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and during special events. salisburyartists@ gmail.com.
“Déjá vu” at Center for Faith & the Arts — 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12: Opening reception for “Déjá vu: return of the prize winners.” Three winners from last year’s Abstraction and Beyond artist invitational return for a three-person show. Exhibit features art by Luther Sowers, Barbara Richmond and Stephen Hoke. 207 W. Harrison St., lower level of Haven Lutheran Church. Free. faithart@bellsouth.net or 704-647-0999.Student Art Expo — The Carolina Artists group sponsors the annual Student Art Expo, Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Jr Ave. Show opens with reception and awards 5 p.m., Thursday, March 24. Artwork on display from all Rowan schools, 12. New to this year’s show: a display of artwork done by the art teachers of each of the schools. Show closes 4 p.m., Friday, March 24.
Traveling photography exhibit “A Thousand Words: Photographs by Vietnam Veterans” — As part of the One Book One Community-Cabarrus Reads program, “A Thousand Words” on display at the Carolina Mall, 1480-120 US Hwy. 29 N., Concord, through March 16, containing reproductions of 60 photos taken by North Carolina Vietnam veterans during their tours of duty and a PowerPoint presentation with additional photos and quotes from the veterans. Free, open to the public.
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St.— Two solo exhibitions and a group show: NC artist Katie Claiborne and SC artist Susan Lenz exhibit in Stanback Gallery Hall and the Osborne and Woodson Galleries •You and Me, a group multi-media show featuring the works of eleven regional artists exploring the question of individualism through self-portraiture, exhibits in the Norvell Gallery •28th annual youth exhibition “Celebrating Rowan County’s Young Artists,” in the Young People’s Gallery, features works of nearly 800 students representing Salisbury-Rowan County’s private, independent and home schools, and public elementary, middle, and high schools. The first exhibition of the three-month rotation is currently Independent and Home Schools through March 12. A reception to honor students and their families as well as school administrators and art specialists are held during each exhibition rotation.For schedule details www.waterworks. org, 704-636-1882.
Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. — The RED Show through March 26: Vibrant group show featuring Rail Walk studio artist interpreting the color red has been has been held over. Open to the public-Saturdays 11a.m.-5p.m. or by appointment or by chance if the green open flag is out. 704-431-8964. www.railwalkgallery. com.
Waterworks artists EXPO 2011 — April 7-9, three-day juried art show to promote and encourage relationships between artists and collectors, enhance the presence of art in our community, and enrich the community’s experience in the arts. www.waterworks.org, 704-636-1882.
Grace and Cameron West Art Gallery, Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer — Through March 25: exhibiting works of last year’s “Emerging Artists” recipients Everitt Clark and Albemarle’s Heidi Ramseur. Artists’ reception 6–8 p.m., Friday, March 18, free and open to the public. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. 704-463-3160. joshua.cross@pfeiffer.edu.
Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte — 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. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem — “Trains That Passed in the Night,” the photographs of O. Winston Link depicting the end of the steam railroading era with photos of the rural landscapes of Virginia and North Carolina that these trains passed through, through June 19•“Thomas Hart Benton, America’s Master Storyteller,” features large-scale oil masterpiece, “Bootleggers,” alongside three lithographs based on scenes the artist created for the mural program of the Missouri State Capitol Building that re-tell familiar stories. On view through July 31. House, gardens and village feature public garden, dining, shopping,walking trails. 336-758-5150, reynoldahouse. org.
The North Carolina Pottery Center, 233 E. Ave., Seagrove — Through April 30: “Tea Time: Series I (Teapots and Tea cups),” featuring functional NC teapots and tea cups, handmade by more than 70 potters from across the state. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, 336-873-8430, www.ncpotterycenter.org.
Trips
Cirque du Soleil — March 20, $85 ticket/transportation to Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ‘Under the Big Top,’ contact Barbara Franklin, J.F. Hurley YMCA, for details, 704-636-0111.
Steps of St. Paul and the Book of Revelation Alive Cruise — November 2011, contact Barbara Franklin, J.F. Hurley YMCA, for details, 704-636-0111.
Parks
Dan Nicholas Park, 6800 Bringle Ferry Rd. — Paddle boats, miniature golf, miniature trains, carousel, gem mine, playgorunds, family camping, picnic shelters, splash pad, petting zoo. 704-216-7800. www.dannicholas.net.
Ellis Park, 3541 Old Mocksville Road — 26 acres of ball fields, tennis courts, volleyball court, shelters, playground, event center, walking trail. 704-216-7783.
Sloan Park, 550 Sloan Road, Mt. Ulla — Off NC Hwy 150 approximately 10 miles west of Salisbury.Features Kerr Mill, an 1823 grist mill.
Gold Hill Mines Historic Park 735 St. Stephens Church Road, Gold Hill — Historic tours available by appointment. Information about tours: 704-267-9439; rentals: 704-279-5777. www.HistoricGoldHill.com.
Gold Hill Rail Trail — Hiking, biking trail begins at Gold Hill Mines Historic Park at Miner’s Field, continues into Cabarrus County. 704-267-9439.
Dunn’s Mountain Nature and History Preserve, 1640 Dunn’s Mtn. Road — Trail walks, overlooks, see 120 miles in most directions, blacksmith shop display, Saturday-Sunday shuttle service, 704-216-7803.
Museums
N.C. Transportation Museum, Spencer — March 19: Spring Kick-Off. Magician, kids events, special train rides, the FLagg 75 steam locomotive, roundhouse historical designation ceremony and more. Museum open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Train rides Saturday 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. www.nctrans.org.
Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St. — Current exhibit: “With These Hands,” annual Black History Exhibit showcasing te arts and crafts of local black citizens from past and present. Museum hours Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Contributions accepted. 704-633-5946. www.rowanmuseum.org.
Utzman-Chambers House, 116 S. Jackson St. — Open 1-4 p.m. Saturday. $3 adults, $1.50 students, museum members free. 704-633-5946.
Dr. Josephus Hall House, 226 S. Jackson St. — 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 —Open 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $3 adults, $1.50 students, museum members free. 704-633-5946.
Historic Rockwell Museum, 102 E. Main St. — For special tours call 704-279-4979. Museum open Sundays 2-4 p.m. and by appointment. For information call Ann Teague: 704-279-5783.
Price of Freedom Museum, Old Patterson School building, China Grove — Sundays 3-5 and by appointment. American war memorial dedicated to men and women of the armed services. Intersection of Weaver, Patterson Roads. www.priceoffreedom.us, 704-857-7474.
China Grove Roller Mill Museum — 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 — 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. 704-279-5674, 704-267-9439. www.HistoricGoldHill. com.
Reed Gold Mine historic site, 12 miles southeast of Concord — Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sunday, Monday and major holidays, admission free. Part of Division of State Historic Sites, Office of Archives and History,704-721-4653, reed@ncdcr. gov.
Fort Dobbs State Historic Site, 438 Fort Dobbs Road, Statesville — The only North Carolina Historic Site associated with the French and Indian War (1754-1763) or Seven Years War. Free and open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 704-873-5882, www.fortdobbs.org.
Historic Latta Plantation, Sample Road, Huntersville — 10 a.m.-4 p.m., March 19: Backcountry Circuit Court. Relive our legal past with a chance to serve as jury in the reenactment of three historic Mecklenburg County cases and observe a historic duel. Tour the plantation, have lunch, let the kids become involved in the kid’s court, headed by West Mecklenburg High debate team. Free with regular admission, $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 students, ages 5 and under free. www.lattaplantation.org,704-875-2312.
Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte — Civil War National Register Federal house circa 1815, excellent example backcountry NC federal period architecture. Originally part of 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.historicrose dale.
Discovery Place, Charlotte, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, — “Arabia” the story of an extreme desert environment that —through its people’s thirst for knowledge and the riches of global trade — has become one of the most powerful yet least understood regions on Earth, IMAX Dome Theatre. Exhibits and interactivity: A World Apart, World Alive, Think It Up, Explore More Stuff Lab, more. Museum hours: 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.
Discovery Place KIDS Huntersville, 105 Gilead Road — Open 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m., Sunday, closed Monday. Admission $8 for adults and children age one and older, children younger than age one and Members are free. Discounts available for groups of 15 or more. discoveryplaceKIDS. org, 704-372-6261.Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte — $6 ages 2 and older; younger than 2 and members are free. Parking is free. Tuesday-Thursday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. -5 p.m.; Sunday noon–5 p.m.; closed Monday. www.charlottenaturemuseum.org.
Town Creek Indian Mound, southern Montgomery County — National historic landmark and NC’s only state historic site dedicated to American Indian heritage; interprets the history of American Indians who once lived here; visitor center features interpretive exhibits, audiovisual displays. Tour groups welcome. Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Located on Town Creek Mound Road approx. five miles east of Mt. Gilead, between NC 73 and NC 731. www.towncreek. nchistoricsites.org.
Old Salem, Winston-Salem — 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.
NC Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh — General admission $15, students, seniors, military, groups of 10 or more $12. Children 7-12 $7.50, children six and under free. www.ncartmuseum.org/rockwell.
NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh — Exhibit reception, The Photography of Lewis Hine: Exposing Child Labor in North Carolina, 1908-1918, 6-9 p.m., Friday, March 11, light refreshments, photographs by National Child Labor Committee staff photographer Lewis Hine documenting the plight of child workers in the state’s textile mills a century ago. Across from the State Capitol. 919-807-7900 or ncmuseumofhistory. org or Facebook.
NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh — 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, March 12: 18th annual Reptile and Amphibian Day, featuring the Year of the Turtle, free. Museum admission is free. 919-733-7450. www.naturalsciences. org.
NC Museum of Life and Science, 433 Murray Ave., Durham — $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, ornithopter rides $1. 919-220-5429, www.ncmls.org.
Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St. — 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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