Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 28, 2011

7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 30: David Payne and Friends Jazz Band, Great Minds Poetry Society with Teresa Vinson, Looking Glass Artists Collective’s black box theater, 405 N. Lee St. Advance tickets $8 available at Literary Book Post. 704-636-3277,
Rockwell Elementary’s Spring Fling — 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, May 7: Silent auction, vendors, food from Darrell’s BBQ, Rockwell Elementary t-shirts. Free games for kids with donation of canned goods to Rowan Helping Ministry, games $2 without donation, proceeds go to RHM. 114 Link St.
Concert Choir’s spring concert — 7:30 p.m., May 13-14: Concert/fund-raiser, performing the romantic “Liebeslieder Waltzes Opus 52” by Brahms followed by dessert and coffee reception. Performance will be at Union Lutheran Church, 4770 Bringle Ferry Road. Call 704-603-3310 or stop by the Convention & Visitors Bureau for tickets. Tickets are $10 adult, $7 student with ID.
Dunbar Reunion Committee presents “Grand Slam” — May 13 and 15 at Looking Glass Artists Collective black box theater,405 N. Elm St. “Grand Slam” is a story about one of America’s greatest Negro baseball players, James Jones. Proceeds support the Dunbar Reunion Committee, graduates of the now closed Dunbar school in East Spenser. 336-833-1537.
Cerebral palsy victim David Ring speaks at fundraiser — 7 p.m., Saturday, May 21, free rally benefiting Nazareth Children’s Home, a love offering will be taken. East Rowan High School auditorium, 175 Saint Luke Church Road.
Music & more
Chairmen of the Board on Fisher Street — 7:30-9:30 p.m., tonight, April 28, part of the Brick Street Live series. Gates open 5 p.m. General admission $5 in advance, 704-637-5363 or No coolers allowed.
Cannon School Arts Jam — 5 p.m., Friday, April 29, free celebration of music, dance, theater, visual arts including Omimeo Mime Theatre, jazz ensemble Air Apparent; Jazz on the Lawn begins 6:45 p.m. 5801 Poplar Tent Road, Concord.
Catawba College Community Music Program recital —1:30 p.m., Sunday, May 1, Omwake-Dearborn Chapel, students representing piano studio of Jennifer Drake, voice studio of Mara Stewart, studio of Community Music’s director, Erin Harper. 704-881-1565,
“Movie Memories: An Evening of Songs” at Lee Street Theatre — Doors open at 6:30; show 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 5 – Saturday, May 7, Looking Glass Artist Collective,tickets $10, 405 N. Lee St (corner of Kerr), contact
Rowan County Concert Association presents The Diamonds in concert — 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 7: hits from the 50s-60s and tribute to classic four-part vocal groups of the era. Keppel Auditorium, Catawba College. $20 adult, $5 student 18 a nd under. 704-633-1474, www.rccamusic. com.
Grammy award-winning David Holt in concert — 7p.m., Thursday, May 12, Stanly County Senior Center, tickets $10 at the Senior Center or 704-986-3769 to charge by phone. Stanly County Senior Center, 283 N. 3rd Street, Albemarle.
John Rutter’s “Requiem,” with orchestra — Piedmont Choral Society and the sanctuary choir of First Presbyterian Church, Concord, combine to present John Rutter’s “Requiem” with orchestra, 7 p.m., Friday, May 13 and 3 p.m., Sunday May 15; director Jeff Price, organist Jacqueline Yost. Free admission, reception in the fellowship hall afterward. Forest Hill United Methodist Church, 265 Union St., North, Concord. Information, Kay Yates 704-699-6053, kayy2000
Piedmont Prime Time Community Band’s “Space, the Final Frontier” concert — 7:45 p.m., Friday, May 13, ninth annual spring concert “Space, the Final Frontier,” featuring music related to space. Audience members welcome to wear space costumes. All Saints Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 525 Lake Concord Road, NE, Concord, across from Copperfield, behind Carolina Mall theatres. Free admission, donations accepted. 704-932-9438 or 704-425-3508.
Barney Live in Concert: Birthday Bash! — 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 3: Interactive concert party, tickets: $15/$25. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte. Tickets 800-745-3000, Info 704-335-3100,,
An evening with Rush — 7:30 p.m., June 8, Bi-Lo Center, Greenville, SC, tickets start at $40.50.,, 800-745-3000.
The Wiggles! come to Charlotte — 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 13: Anthony, Sam, Murray and Jeff at Time Warner Cable Arena, tickets start at $17.50, www.ticketmaster. com, 1-800-745-3000.
Elvis Costello and The Imposters at the Blumenthal — July 16, tickets start at $34.50, Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, 704-372-1000 or
Rascal Flatts at Verizon Amphitheatre — Friday, July 29, with Sara Evans, Easton Corbin, Justin Moore. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m., April 30 at, The Hardee’s Thickburger Box Offices at the venues, Ticketmaster or charge by phone 800-745-3000.
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 RCCC for 100+ butterflies and other related items). 336-248-3960,
Rural Hill presents NC Brewers and Music Festival — 10 a.m.– 8 p.m., May 14: Celebration of NC brewing and music, headlined by Chatham County Line and Eric Lindell, Charlotte’s own New Familiars, Moonshine Racers, Sol Driven Train, The Mantras, and Do it to Julia. Tickets include a sampling glass; onsite camping available, advance tickets $45 per person and “Under 21” or designated driver tickets $30 per person.
Fiddler’s Grove Ole Time Fiddler’s and Bluegrass Festival — May 27-29: 87th annual competition, Fiddler’s Grove Campground, Union Grove. Oldest fiddler’s competition in North America, includes competitions for bands and individuals, free workshops, on-site camping. Family-run, family-friendly. 828-478-3735,, 2011 — May 28: Celebration of Gospel Music at Carowinds Paladium Amphitheater features Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Marvin Sapp, Canton Jones, comedian Sinbad, emcee Bone Hampton. Tickets at Ticketmaster outlets, 1-800-745-3000,
This & That
Faith 4th parade entry info— Entries being accepted for Faith 4th parade at 10 a.m., Monday, July 4: entry fee $25 (exemptions include Legion, Legion Auxiliary Post, Veteran organizations, military organizations. Deadline for entries Friday, June 17. No late entries accepted. Contact 704-279-2256.
Tour de Yadkin — April 30: Tour de Yadkin final paddle day, paddle the Uwharrie River to Morrow Mountain State Park with a wrap-up celebration at Badin Inn, tastings from local wineries, Riverkeeper presents pictures of the month-long tour • Sponsored by REI. See for donation information.
Eighth annual Family Fun Day — 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, May 14, free, at the F&M Trolley Barn, sponsored by Waterworks Visual Arts Center and City of Salisbury Public Art Committee.
“Heart of the Artist” weekly discussions — 7 p.m. Tuesdays through June 21; written by Rory Nolan for artists by an artist, sponsored by Blackwelder Park Baptist Church Kannapolis, at Oak Tree Coffee Co. coffeehouse, Cannon Village.Contact Vic Daniel, 980-621-1256
6th annual Spring Fling — 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., April 30: Local craftsmen, artists, antique vendors, food. Second Glance Shop at the. China Grove. 704-213-0980.
Big Band Dance with The Hi-Liters at J.F. Hurley Family YMCA — 7-10 p.m., May 7, $5 entry fee, bring a snack to share. 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.
Salisbury Spring Ghost Walks — 7, 7:30, 8:30 p.m., Fridays, April 29 and May 6, adults $10, students $5, reservations boo@salisburyghostwalk or 704-642-1734.
Concord Book Club on Jeannette Wall’s “The Glass Castle” — 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 3, Concord Library auditorium, 27 Union St., N. Reservations 704-920-2053.
“Blood Done Sign My Name” at the Davis Theater — 8 p.m., Friday, May 6: Theatrical adaptation about the murder of a young black man in Oxford, NC, in 1970. Performed by playwright and actor Mike Wiley, accompanied by gospel singer Mary D. Williams, Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S., Concord, 704-920-2753, www.cabarrusartscouncil. org/ davis-theatre.
“Mamma Mia!” at the Blumenthal — One week only: July 26-31, Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St., tickets start at $30,, 704-372-1000.
Queen City Theatre Company features Jonathan Coarsey in “Chess – The Musical” — 8 p.m., May 19-June 11, Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St., Charlotte, tickets start at $24, special discounted performance, $14 Wednesday, May 25,, 704-372-1000,
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’on the grounds of UNC Charlotte — Through May 1. Presented by College of Arts and Architecture Department of Theatre, performance outside Robinson Hall, will move to Lab Theater inside Robinson Hall in the event of inclement weather. Tickets $14, $9 senior citizens, $6 for all students. www.performances.,704-687-1TIX (1849). See SPEAKERS AND FORUMS for lecture by Peter Holland, former director of the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford upon Avon.
Carolina Actors Studio Theater presents “Agnes of God” — Through May 21. 1118 Clement Ave., off Central Ave., 704-455-8542.
Night Life
Benchwarmers. 113 E. Fisher St. — 7-10 p.m. every Friday: Handful of Dave. 704-639-0604.
Brick Street Tavern, 122 E. Fisher St. — 8 p.m., Saturday, April 30: Peredy, album release concert. 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. 704-638-8996.
Philip’s Steak and Pasta House, 1504 Jake Alexander Blvd W. — 8 p.m. Mondays: karaoke; 8 p.m. Tuesdays/Thursdays: Live Team Trivia; 7 p.m. Wednesdays: Texas Hold ’Em Tournament Style, second game follows; 9 p.m. Saturdays: Karaoke with Cherokee. 704-637-8844.
Rick’s BBQ and Grill, 929 S. Main St. — 7-9 p.m., tonight, April 28: karaoke with Donna james, plus karaoke every Friday and Saturday. 704-642-0050.
Smitty’s North Rowan 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, April 29: americana duo Rod Picott, Amanda Shires. 9-11:30 p.m., Saturday, April 30: one man band David Lamanno, no cover. www.theblue 704-797-0093.
The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 — Saturday, April 30: Battleground and Seventh Vessel. 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.
E.H. Montgomery General Store — 7-9 p.m. Fridays: bluegrass jams. Historic Village of Gold Hill. 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. Robin and Linda Williams And Their Fine Group at The Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., NoDa Arts District, Charlotte — Friday, May 13: of Prairie Home Companion fame, doors 7 p.m./ music 8 p.m., $22 advance, $25 DOS, CarolinaTix, 1-800-594.TIXX, 704-372-1000.
Tab Benoit with guitarist Anders Osborne at The Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte — 9:30 p.m., Friday May 13, $22 advance, $25 DOS. CarolinaTix, 1-800-594-TIXX., 704-358-9200.
“Loosen Up!” workshop — 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., May 14 and 21: Bring your choice of art medium and a bag lunch and join professional artist Phyllis Steimel in learning to “loosen up” and have fun with painting! One Saturday workshop $40 member, $55 non-member; both Saturdays $75 member, $90 non-member. Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St., 704-636-1882 to register, deadline Friday, May 6.
Waterworks Visual Arts Center summer classes — Register NOW for Waterworks Visual Arts Center Summer Classes. Spaces are limited, some classes are already full. Visit for a complete schedule. Call 704-636-1882 to register.
Watercolor class at LGAC — 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 to reserve space, Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St., 704-633-ARTS,
Knitting and spinning — • Nuno felted scarf workshop: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, May 7, no knitting required, create a wearable work of art using silk and wool roving, kit and lunch included, $85 • Sip-N-Learn: 6 p.m., Monday, May 2: Wine tasting and short lesson in continental knitting at Salisbury Wine Shop, 106 S. Main St. Take home your glass, yarn and needles, $25. 704-431-4527 to register for all classes. TranqWool Knitting Provisions, 310 Mocksville Ave.
Mindful Living class — 7-8:30 p.m., Thursdays May 5-26: “Awakening to Life” for those interested in beginning or continuing a meditation practice of sitting mindfully. Bring cushion or mat. Cost $10. Center for Faith & the Arts, lower level of Haven Lutheran Church, 207 W. Harrison St. Register 704-639-8971 before 8 p.m.,
Chrismons classes — •New beginner, Tuesday, May 3, 10:30 – 12:30 •Beginner, Thursday, May 5, 10:30-12:30 •Intermediate, Friday, May 6, 10:30-12:30•Advanced, Saturday April 2, 9 a.m.-noon. Call 704-636-7790 for reservations or information. Rufty’s Chrismon Shop, 280 Furniture Drive,
Creative painting workshops — 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 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.
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.
“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.
Piedmont Singles — 7:15 p.m., Friday, April 29: “Getting to Know,” Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1908 Statesville Blvd. No joining fee, donations appreciated, covered dish. Contact Frances Ward 704-637-3241.
Highlighters Dance Club — April 29: First fifth Friday dance, covered dish, live music with Looks EZ. First and third Fridays. Doors open 7 p.m., dancing 8-11 p.m., free line dance class 7:15 p.m. Open to singles 40 and over; former members who remarry are welcome. $10 members; $12 guests. Join for $20 and get in free the first night of joining. Non-smoking, dressy casual. Free set ups provided, bring your own snacks. Information 704-536-5561. American Legion Post 380, 4235 W. Tyvola Road, Charlotte. Information 704-536-5561.
UNCC hosts advance screening of ‘Freedom Riders’ — Three free screenings April 27, 28 and May 2 in advance of May PBS television premiere. Groundbreaking documentary focuses on a group of more than 400 black and white Americans who stood against the Jim Crow laws by riding buses together throughout the southeastern United States in 1961. Held in student union movie theatre, show times 2 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 7 p.m. Monday. http://campusnews.
“Route 66” open auditions at Lee Street Theatre — 7-9 p,m., Monday-Tuesday, May 2-3: Roles for men and women of various ages, no experience necessary, for June production of “Route 66: 3rd Annual Ten-Minute Original Play Festival.” Auditions held at the Looking Glass Artist Collective (home of the Black Box Theatre), 405 N. Lee St. Contact leestreet
Faith Idol competition — Registration now being accepted for the Faith Idol Competition, held during the Faith 4th of July Celebration, categories are • 12 and under • age 13 – 18 • adult (19 and up). Registration fee $10, deadline Wednesday, June 15, contact Pam Alexander 704-279-2256.
Piedmont Players Theatre “Grease” auditions — May 23-24 at the Norvell, because of high turnout rate, auditions will be by appointment only, more information to come.
“How to Audition for Musicals”— Tips for auditioning for musical theater, call Piedmont Players Theatre to reserve space in either May 14 or May 21 workshop, scholarships available. Call 704-633-5471.
Call for vendors
Art and food for Art on Easy Street — 8th Annual Art on Easy Street, May 14. Applications available at Information 704-638-9887,
J.C. Price Post 107 Memorial week celebration — Single and double spots available for May 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,
Call for musicians
Henderson guitar contest — 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. Application deadline 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:
Call for musicians for Summerfest 2011 — June 18: seeking musicians interested in participating in day long festival. Music 10 a.m.-8 p.m., held in parking lot of NeelyD’s, Hickory. Call Neel Hudson at 828-397-7711.
Call for artists
Randolph Arts Guild 29th Annual Juried Arts Show — Artists may deliver entries Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4. Selected entries exhibited during June in the Sara Smith Self Gallery at Moring Arts Center, 123 Sunset Ave. downtown Asheboro. Entry $20 RAG members, $25 non-members. Submit up to three current pieces; at least one piece by each artist will be exhibited. Cash for Best in Show, first, second, third place. Open to all artists in any media. Opening reception 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 7. Information 336-629-0399, entry forms
Call for artists, crafters for Summerfest 2011 — June 18: seeking artists, crafters interested in participating in day long festival. Crafters area open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., held in parking lot of NeelyD’s, Hickory. Spaces are limited, call Neel Hudson at 828-397-7711.
Speakers and forums
“Rowan’s Pirates Baseball Team” by Joel Smeltzer rescheduled — 7 p.m., May 10, program about the old Rowan baseball. Presented by Rowan History Club in roundtable format followed by Q and A. Free. Rowan MuseumMessinger Room, 202 N. Main St., 704-633-5946, rowanmuseum@carolina.
One-day leadership training event — May 6: Internationally acclaimed leaders speak at Chick-fil-A Leadercast at The Event Center, broadcast live from Atlanta., local ticketing information 704-855-1218,
Renowned Shakespearean actor speaks at the Mint Museum of Art — 10-11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 30, at The Mint Museum of Art. The UNCC Shakespeare in Action Center presents Peter Holland, former director of the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford upon Avon, England. or 704-687-1TIX (1849). See THEATER for UNCC’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” performance details.
Home and garden
Rowan County Master Gardener Volunteer Association annual plant sale, perennial plant swap, silent auction — 8:30 a.m., Saturday May 7: shrubs, plants, ornamental grasses, annuals; bring up to five potted, labeled plants for the swap; take home five plants from another gardener’s yard. $5, profits go to the Master Gardeners’ community projects. 2727 Old Concord Road.
Rowan Rose Society’s annual Rose Show — Saturday-Sunday, May 21-22 at new location, Salisbury Mall. Area rose growers may enter roses between 6:30-10 a.m. Saturday morning. Show features hundreds of roses as well as arrangements. 704-633-7024.
Salisbury Symphony’s Festival of Summer Gardens — June 25 -26, tickets $12 in advance, $15 tour days. Perennial tour of eight country gardens, three historic gardens. Music by Salisbury Symphony Children’s Strings and local musicians. Sunday: Lunch at Carolina Lily, $16, must be pre-ordered. Reserved tickets at Visitors Bureau, 704-638-3100, www.salisburysymphony. org, 704-603-4652 or 704-645-8300.
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St.— 28th annual youth exhibition “Celebrating Rowan County’s Young Artists,” in the Young People’s Gallery, features the works of nearly 800 students representing Salisbury-Rowan County’s private, independent and home schools, and public elementary, middle, and high schools. The high school exhibition will be on display with a reception for family and friends on Thursday, May 5 from 5-6:30 p.m. • 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 •www.waterworks. org, 704-636-1882.
Hart Witzen’s group exhibit of works by mothers — Opening reception 6-10 p.m. May 6. Mothers Day Reception 2-4 p.m., Sunday, May 8. 136 E. 36th St., Charlotte.
Green Goat Gallery, 516 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — New work by artist Martha Olson, “Beyond Mosaics: Painting with Paper” features large- and small-scale altered paper collages, from impressionistic mountain views and landscapes, to expressionistic abstract works, employing a technique the artist refers to as “painting with paper,” runs through Mother’s Day, May 8. Contact Anne Waters at 704-639-0606. Gallery hours Tuesday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 704-639-0606.
Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. — “It’s Hip to be Square,” group show featuring Rail Walk Studio artists. Gallery open to the public Saturdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m., by appointment or by chance if the green open flag is out. 704-431-8964.
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem — “Trains That Passed in the Night,” the photographs of O. Winston Link, through June 19•“Thomas Hart Benton, America’s Master Storyteller,” features large-scale oil masterpiece, “Bootleggers,” alongside lithographs based on scenes the artist created for the mural program of the Missouri State Capitol Building. Through July 31. House, gardens, village, 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,
Dan Nicholas Park, 6800 Bringle Ferry Rd. — Paddle boats, miniature golf, miniature trains, carousel, gem mine, playgrounds, family camping, picnic shelters, splash pad, petting zoo. 704-216-7800.
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.
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.
N.C. Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — 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.
Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St. — “When We Fought Ourselves-1861-1865,”remembering the events that changed America 150 years ago with a local emphasis on events taking place in Rowan County. Museum hours Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Contributions accepted. 704-633-5946.
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 who gave all, with the goal of teaching all generations the true price of freedom. Intersection of Weaver, Patterson Roads., 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.
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,
Historic Latta Plantation, Sample Road, Huntersville — Circa 1800 cotton plantation and living history farm, located within Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. Tours of the Latta home are guided, and tours of the grounds are self-guided. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $7 per person, ages 5 and under free. www.lattaplantation. org. 704-875-2312.
Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte — 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., rain or shine Saturday, May 7: annual Arts Festival at Historic Rosedale pottery and craft sale. Wares for sale by some of NC’s best-known potters; also jewelry makers, copper craftsman, wood turner; historical re-enactors in costume give demonstrations; free tours of house and newly renovated historic garden; lunch be available for purchase on the grounds; historical activities for children and free pony rides, story teller, Carolina Raptor Center demonstration. Event tickets: $10 adults, $5 children, students ages 5-18. Children 4 and under free. Civil War National Register Federal house circa 1815, excellent example backcountry NC federal period architecture. Originally part of 911-acre plantation. www.historicrose dale.
Discovery Place, Charlotte, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte — Registration for summer camps for kids pre-school through rising 8th grade. Campers participate in new science-based adventures each day. Full list of camps, dates, times, locations and grade levels at>/education •“Born to be Wild” now showing at IMAX[0xae] Theatre, follow young orphaned elephants and orangutans from birth to their rebirth into the wild. Also, “Tornado Alley” narrated by Bill Paxton (Twister, Titanic), continues.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
Discovery Place KIDS Huntersville, 105 Gilead Road — Summer camp listings and registration can be found online at>/education. 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 — Summer camp listings and registration online for Charlotte Nature Museum at www.charlottenaturemuseum. org/education. for details. $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.
Town Creek Indian Mound, southern Montgomery County — NC’s only state historic site dedicated to American Indian heritage, interprets the history of the 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.
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
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.
NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh — May events for kids • History Corner – Workin’ in the Mills: 10-11 a.m., Wednesday, May 4, ages 6-9 with adult, learn about the jobs kids did in Piedmont textile mills • History Hunters – Sweet History: 10-11 a.m., Wednesday, May 4, ages 10-13, how people sweetened things in the past, how our tastes have changed over time, then make a sweet treat to take home • To register, call 919-807-7992• Exhibit: The Photography of Lewis Hine: Exposing Child Labor in North Carolina, 1908-1918, 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 — Programs and events for all ages including storytime, daily programs, special events.Museum admission is free. 919-733-7450.
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,
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