Roundabout: What's happening
FestivalsPatterson Farm Strawberry Fest and Craft Show — 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, May 21: fresh strawberries, artisans, crafters, food, activities. Petting barn, playground, picnic area and Cow Barrel Train, all available with purchase of berries. Lunch available, raffle throughout the day. Free admission to craft show and farmer’s market.Caldwell Road off Highway 150 between Salisbury and Mooresville at 10390 Caldwell Road, Mount Ulla. 704-797-0013 or www.pattersonfarminc.com.
Let’s Get Connected Day — Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., May 21: eighth annual festival of faith at Kelsey Scott Park, 1920 Old Wilkesboro Road. Features the Community Choir under the direction of Dr. Phillip Burgess, Salisbury High drum and dance team under the direction of Sakinah Riley, presentations of art, essay contest winners, free hot dogs/hamburgers. Circle of Prayer at 12 noon, dedication of fifth Peace Pole which proclaims “may peace prevail on earth” in eight languages.Sponsored by The Covenant Community Connection, sub-group of Salisbury Rowan Human Relations Council.
Fiddler’s Grove Ole Time Fiddler’s and Bluegrass Festival — May 27-29: 87th annual competition, Fiddler’s Grove Camground, 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, email@example.com, www.fiddlersgrove.com.
Joyfest 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, Ticketmaster.com.
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, Eddie Pennington, Harris Brothers, Bobby Ingano, Wayne Henderson and Friends, children’s events, rain or shine, free parking. $10, children 12 and younger free. www.waynehenderson.org, www.dcr.virginia. gov/state_parks/gra.shtml.
Music & more
Neko Case with Y La Bamba Knight Theater tonight— 7:30 p.m., Levine Center for the Arts, 430 South Tryon St., Charlotte. Prices begin at $25.50, 704-372-1000.
‘Bugs Bunny at the Symphony’ at the Belk Theater — May 19-20, Charlotte Symphony POPS: Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, tickets start at $26.50, 704-372-1000 or ww.carolinatix.org.
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.
Die Roten Punkte in Charlotte — July 14-16 at Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St., Charlotte. All tickets $34.50, on sale now at BlumenthalArts.org, 704-372-1000.
Elvis Costello and The Imposters at the Blumenthal — July 16, tickets start at $34.50, Belk Theater at Blumenthal PerformingArts Center, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, 704-372-1000 or ww.carolinatix.org.
Rascal Flatts at Verizon Amphitheatre — Friday, July 29, with Sara Evans, Easton Corbin, Justin Moore. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte. Tickets on sale 10 at LiveNation.com, The Hardee’s Thickburger Box Offices at the venues, Ticketmaster or charge by phone 800-745-3000.
Queen City Theatre Company presents 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, www.carolinatix.org, 704-372-1000, www.queencitytheatre.com.
Carolina Actors Studio Theater presents “Agnes of God” — Through May 21. 1118 Clement Ave., off Central Avenue in Plaza-Midwood, Charlotte. Reservationswww.NCCAST.com, 704-455-8542.
Blumenthal Performing Arts presents “Cats”— May 24-29, tickets begin at $20, Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, 704-372-1000, www.carolinatix. org.
Old Courthouse Theatre presents “Comedy of Errors” — June 16-26: Summer Youth Production, directed by Andy Rassler. Tickets $15/$12/$10. 704-788-2405 to reserve a seat. 49 Spring Street NW, NC, www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.
“Mamma Mia!”— Show runs one week only: July 26-31, Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, tickets start at $30, BlumenthalArts.org, 704-372-1000.
This & That
Classic car and truck show — 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, May 21, Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation, all cars $15 entry fee; trophies, awards, door prizes, raffle, entertainment.828-322-3343.
Gold Hill Historic Preservation Society’s 12th annual group Gold Hill bike ride — “Mine to Mine,” Saturday, May 28, a 50K or 100K ride routing cyclists from Gold Hill Mines to Reed Gold Mine. Registration $20 begins 7:30 am.; ride begins at 9 a.m. Registration includes lunch beginning at noon. Darrius Hedrick, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faith 4th parade entry info— Deadline for entries Friday, June 17. Faith 4th parade is at 10 a.m., Monday, July 4: entry fee $25 (exemptions include Legion, Legion Auxiliary Post, Veteran organizations, military organizations. No late entries accpeted. Contact 704-279-2256.
Catawba’s Community Music program summer camps — Four-day camps and private lessons available, contact Erin Harper email@example.com or 704-881-1565 for details, register at catawba.edu/communitymusic.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 980-621-1256 www.thepark.cc.
Crazy Eights Junior Dance Team Beach Night dinner and dance fundraiser — Dinner served 6:30-8 p.m., Saturday, May 21, Salisbury Elks Lodge, $10 per person, with deejay Dana Grubb, silent auction, music by the Crazy Eights.
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.
Benchwarmers. 113 E. Fisher St. — 7-10 p.m. every Friday: Handful of Dave. 704-639-0604.
Brick Street Tavern, 122 E. Fisher St. — 10 p.m., Friday, May 20: Random House. 10 p.m., Saturday, May 21: Sleepy Creek. 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., — Friday, May 20: Karaoke with Mark Tomei, 8 pm until. Saturday May 21: First time appearing Ziggy Pockets Band 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 704-638-8996.
High Rock Boat & Ski Club, 257 Boat Club Lane — Friday, May 20: Dejay Butch Metcalf. Saturday, May 21: Five 2 One. Wednesday Beach Night, May 25: Jim Quick and Coastline. Memberships available, open Wed.-Sat. www.theboatandskiclub.com. 704-633-0251.
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: Jeff Myers, karaoke performance, 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, May 20: Martha Bassett Trio CD release show, www.marthbassett.com, $5 cover. 9 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, May 21: The Morreheads, who have previously appeared at the Blue Vine as the Craven Moorehead Band, $5 cover. www.theblue vine.com. 704-797-0093.
The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 — Saturday, May 21: LifeGiver and the band Redemption.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. 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.
“Loosen Up!” workshop — 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., May 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! $40 member, $55 non-member. Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St., 704-636-1882 to register, deadline Friday, May 6.
Oil classes the Old Master way — 1-3 p.m., Tuesdays: adult classes in oils, beginner or intermediate, learning the technique of the Masters of the 16th/17th centuries. $45 per session, 704-232-6000 for materials list, info, registration. Limited number of students. Patt’s studio, 409 N. Lee St., Rail Walk Arts District.
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.
Waterworks Visual Arts Center summer classes — Space limited, some classes already full, www.waterworks.org for complete schedule. 704-636-1882 to register.
Free design demonstrations on special Saturday opening — 10:30-11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 21: “ Wild flowers and daisies designs;” Noon 1 p.m.: “Memorial Day and patriotic designs,” Piedmont Floral Galleries, 280 Furniture Drive, 704-636-7739. www.piedmontfloralgalleries.com.
Chrismons Christian symbols classes — •New beginner, Saturday, June 4, 9:30-11:30 a.m.•Beginner, Thursday, June 2, 10:30-12:30 •Intermediate, Friday, June 3, 10:30-12:30•Advanced, Saturday, June 4, 9 a.m.-noon. Call 704-636-7790 for reservations or information. Rufty’s Chrismon Shop, 280 Furniture Drive, email@example.com.
Mindful Living class — 7-8:30 p.m., Thursdays through May 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., mindfullivingsalisburync.vpweb.com.
Bring-your-own-vase floral design — 7-8 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: Designing fresh cut flowers, $15 per class plus cost of flowers, call for reservations; instructor David Harrison, Harrison’s Florist, 1012 Holmes Ave., off Grove St. near RRMC, 704-636-4251.
Piedmont Singles — 7:15 p.m., Friday, May 20: How this Economy affects Seniors and everybody else. Meet Dei Lutheran Church behind CVS, Statesville Blvd. Covered dish, no joining fee, donations appreciated. Contact Frances Ward 704-637-3241.
Highlighters Dance Club — May 20: Live music with Visions.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. $10 members; $12 guests. Join for $20. 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.
Auditions for St. Thomas Players’ “Almost, Maine” — 11 a.m.-1 p.m., May 21-22, Florence Busby Corriher Theatre (FBC), Catawba College campus behind Keppel Auditorium. Auditions consist of cold readings from the script. Parts available for performers who can play mid twenties to late thirties. Directed by Justin Dionne.Performances: Aug. 3-13. 704-647-0999 , faithart@bellsouth. net.
Piedmont Players Theatre “Grease” auditions — May 23-24 at the Norvell, by appointment only, for all current middle and high school students. To schedule an audition time call 704-633-5471. Afterward, an audition form will be emailed; fill out the form and bring it to your audition.
Lee Street Theatre “Henry V” auditions — 7-10 p.m., June 6. Toungue-in-cheek performance;. dates July 10-16. Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St., 704-754-2321.
Old Courthouse Theatre “On Golden Pond” auditions — 7-9 p.m., June 13-14. 49 Spring St. SW, Concord. www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.
Faith Idol competition — Registration deadline Wednesday, June 15 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.
“How to Audition for Musicals”— Tips for auditioning for musical theater, call Piedmont Players Theatre to reserve space in May 21 workshop, scholarships available. Call 704-633-5471.
Call for vendors
Strawberry Fest and Craft Show at Patterson Farm — May 21, artisans, crafters, food vendors.Contact 336-247-1899, www.simply-yummy.com/events.
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.
Call for musicians
Piedmont Choral Society — Community singers invited to join the choral society for the eighth annual Patriotic Benefit Concert Sunday, June 26. Rehearsals begin 7 p.m., Monday, May 23, no audition or previous musical training needed, and no cost. Forest Hill UMC, 265 Union St. N., Concord, firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-699-6053.
Southern Piedmont Singers — 2 p.m. Sundays, new members accepted May 22, June 5 and 12, open to adults and youth ages 13 and up, only requirement is love of music and dedication to the choir. Now preparing pop, jazz, Broadway concert. N. Kannapolis United Methodist Church choir room, 1301 N. Main St., Damien Evans, director. 704-224-7148, southernpiedmontsingers @gmail.com.
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.
Bluegrass musicians — Bluegrass jam open to all, Saturdays at Dixie’s Roasting Co., 102 S. Main St., China Grove. 704-857-9169.
Call for artists
Call for works in black and white — Center for Faith & the Arts seeks works for summer invitational art show, “The Art of the Silhouette-Exploratory Media in Black White.” Works accepted in 2D and 3D media, but must be black and white and include an underlying theme of one or more of the following: grief, despair, forgiveness, acceptance. Submit a digital photo and description via email. Submission deadline: June 1. Drop off for selected worksJune 17, 18, 20. Opening reception Friday, June 24. Exhibit June 24-Aug. 13. Entry fee $15 for one piece, $25 for two pieces. Prizes: $75 first prize, $65 second prize, $50 third prize. 704-647-0999. email@example.com.
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.
Artists sought for Art in the Shop — Art in the Shop is seeking artists interested in showing at the 13th Annual Art in the Shop in Bethlehem, NC, Oct 1., encompassing bonsai, sculpture, paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, garden art. Quality original artwork and fine crafts only, no kits accepted. Cost$40 by July 31, $50 Aug. 1-Sept. 15. 828-632-0106, www.artintheshop.net, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Damhsa Gasra presents “We Will Raq You” — 7 p.m., Saturday, June 18: hard rock/heavy metal-themed belly dance show featuring more than 40 performers, The Old Creamery, 363 Church St., Concord. Tickets $8 at wewillraqyou.eventbrite.com or $12 DOS. Info damhsagasra.weebly.com.
Speakers and forums
War Between the States Lecture — 7 p.m., Friday, May 20: Dr. Gary Freeze, history professor and author, presents lecture “North Carolina Secedes,” Tom Smith Auditorium, Ketner Hall, Catawba College. Sponsored by the NC Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy Sesquicentennial Committee. Free. Sue Curtis, 704-637-6411, email@example.com.
Rowan Public Library centennial year event — 7 p.m., Tuesday May 24: “Hard Times at the Mill: Working Lives Past and Present,” program on NC’s rich textile heritage as told through stories, songs, images of the people who worked in the mills. By Dr. Roxanne Newton. Reception follows, South Rowan Regional Library, China Grove, 704 216-7732.
Home and garden
Davidson County Master Gardeners’ annual garden tour — 10 a.m.-4 p.m., May 21 and 1-5 p.m.,May 22: High Rock Lake area, east side of the lake off Hwy 8. Advance tickets $10 Agricultural Extension Building, 301 E. Center Street, Lexington, 336-242-2087.
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: Learn the art of planting in container gardens, learn from master gardeners and watch Plein Air artists at work. 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.
Purple Shoe Exhibit — A moving statewide memorial honoring homicide victims and friends and family members, on loan from the Family Violence Coalition of Yancy through May. Sponsored locally by Spencer Woman’s Club and Family Crisis Council of Rowan. Exhibit is at Spencer Library, Fourth Street.
Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. — “It’s Hip to be Square,” group show featuring Rail Walk Studio artists through May 28. 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. www.railwalkgallery.com.
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 photograhs of O. Winston Link, 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.
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 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.
Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock — Theme park features live shows, amusement rides, concerts, a three-mile Wild West adventure behind Tweetsie’s historic steam locomotives. Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays; seven days a week on May 27. Tweetsie.com, call 877-TWEETSIE (877-893-3874), Facebook, Twitter @TweetsieRR.
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. www.nctrans.org.
Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St. — Current exhibit: “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. 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.
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. 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., May 21-22: World War II Reenactment, relive WWII as the Allied and Axis forces battle across the plantation grounds. Main battle 2 p.m. each day. Admission $7 per person, ages 5 and under free. Free admission to World War II veterans, $2 off to all other veterans and active duty military. 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. www.historicrose dale.
Discovery Place, Charlotte, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, — New exhibition opens May 25: “Life, A Journey Through Time,” photographic celebration of the wonder of life on earth through the imagery of wildlife photographer Frans Lanting•“Born to be Wild” now showing at IMAX Theatre, follow young orphaned elephants and orangutans from birth to their rebirth into the wild. 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 — 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Saturday, May 21: Calling All Rock Hounds: join Charlotte Nature Museum and The Charlotte Gem and Mineral Club for an event that celebrates the beauty and magic of rocks, gems and minerals. www.charlottenaturemuseum.org 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. www.charlottenaturemuseum.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 — “Mirror Image,” what it means to be a woman in today’s culture as seen through the perspectives of 13 North Carolina female artists. North Carolina Gallery, East Building, admission to exhibition is free. Meet the Artists: 7 p.m., Friday, June 24, free. 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.
Contemporary Art Museum, 409 W. Martin St., Raleigh — 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, closed Tuesday. 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday. First and third Friday of the month open until 9 p.m. $5 general admission, wheelchair accessible. 919-513-0946, camraleigh.org.
NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh —Small exhibit “North Carolina and the Civil War: The Breaking Storm, 1861-1862,” Saturday, May 21, the State Capitol presents “North Carolina Secedes,” a living history program that includes a re-enactment, period music, a drill and dress parade, lectures and more. Across from the State Capitol. 919-807-7900 or ncmuseumofhistory. org or Facebook.
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.