Roundabout: What's happening

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 30, 2011

This & That
Big Band Dance at J.F. Hurley Family YMCA — 7 p.m., Saturday, July 2: Big Band Dance featuring The Hi-Liters, $5 entry fee, bring a snack to share. 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.
“Weekly Wine Down” at Old Stone Winery — 5-9 p.m., Friday, July 1: live music by Dave Foraker, no cover charge. 6245 US Hwy. 52, 1 mile south of Granite Quarry. 704-279-0930,
Faith Fourth week continues — Live musical entertainment and wrestling nightly; culminates Monday, July 4 with 10 a.m. parade, 7 p.m. Faith Idol finals, 10:30 p.m. fireworks.
Spencer Circus Train — 7:30 p.m. every Saturday through July 30: Puppets, animals, songs, games, free snow cones at Library Park, 3rd Street in Spencer, sponsored by Spencer Central UMC for 13th year. Bring blanket or lawn chair, 704-636-4101.
Art gallery and paranormal tours — Highland Avenue Art Gallery and More. Art gallery hours through Saturday, noon -6 p.m. Paranormal tours Monday-Saturday 8:30-10 p.m., reservations required. 1031 Highland Avenue, 704-636-8134 to schedule tour.
Rocky River Vineyards Summer Concert Series — 7-10 p.m., July 2: Music by Cruise Control, come ready to dance. $20 admission includes glass of wine and refreshments. RSVP 704-781-5035. 11685 Reed Mine Road, Midland.
Dancing with the Stars Champs coming to Charlotte — Saturday, July 23: Pittsburgh Steelers’s Hines Ward with Kym Johnson appear at SouthPark, also Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl wide receiver Steve Smith, Super Bowl XL Champion and future Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis, four-time Super Bowl Champion and former Carolina Panthers coach Donnie Shell, and four-time Super Bowl Champion running back Rocky Bleier. Ticket and other information at
Summer reading program at Rowan Public Library — Weekly programs through July 28, themed “One World, Many Stories.” Pre-registration at all library locations for children age 12 months to rising fifth-graders., 704-216-8234.
Catawba’s Community Music program summer camps — Four-day camps and private lessons available, contact Erin Harper or 704-881-1565 for details, register at
Concord Library teen summer reading program — 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 5: Teen movie in the auditorium, rated PG, free, popcorn provided •2-3 p.m., Thursday, July 7: “Cleared for Takeoff,” presented by the Science Museum from Discovery Place, for rising 6th graders and up, participants climb aboard a virtual flight to Frankfurt and learn the hows and whys of flying. Spaces limited, registration required 704-920-2054. Concord Library, 27 Union St., N.
Concord Book Club — 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 5, discussing Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” Register at 704-920-2053, Concord Library auditorium, 27 Union St., N.
Concord Gun and Knife Show at Cabarrus Arena — July 16-17: 1:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults $8, children under 12 free with paying adult. Cabarrus Arena, 4751 NC Hwy 49,Concord,, 704-920-3976.
Music & more
“Downtown Davidson Concerts on the Green — 6-8 p.m., July 3: music by Rough Draft. On the Village Green in front of the public library; bring friends, family, chairs, blanket, picnic. Free, family-oriented, rain or shine.
Avett Brothers concert simulcast — July 9 concert from Morrison, Co. simulcast live on 80-foot-by-200-foot HDTV at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Gates open 8 p.m., Grace Potter and the Nocturnals scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m., Avett Brothers scheduled to perform around 11 p.m. Tickets $10 until July 1, $15 until July 8, $20 DOS, 1-800-455-FANS (3267). Charlotte Motor Speedway Twitter at CLTMotorSpdwy or Facebook fan at
Charlotte Folk Society’s 6th annual Old-Time Music Jam and Ice Cream Social — 1-4 p.m., Sunday, July 10: hosted by Historic Rosedale Plantation, featuring Storytellers Guild of Charlotte. 3427 N. Tryon St. near intersection with Sugar Creek Road, Charlotte. www.folksociety. org.
Die Roten Punkte in Charlotte — Change of dates: July 28-30 at Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St., Charlotte. All tickets $34.50, on sale now at, 704-372-1000.
American Idols Live — 7 p.m., Thursday, July 28, Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte. Tickets $45/65.,, 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,, 1-800-745-3000.
Elvis Costello & The Imposters: The Revolver Tour at the Blumenthal — July 16, tickets start at $34.50, Belk Theater at Blumenthal PerformingArts Center, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, 704-372-1000,
Rascal Flatts at Verizon Amphitheatre — Friday, July 29, with Sara Evans, Easton Corbin, Justin Moore. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte. Tickets on sale at, The Hardee’s Thickburger Box Offices at the venues, Ticketmaster or charge by phone 800-745-3000.
Old Courthouse Theatre’s Living Room Reading Series— 4 p.m., Sunday, July 17: “Barbra’s Wedding” by Daniel Stern. Free admission, 704-788-2405, OCT black box theatre, 704-788-2405,
“The Fool’s Lear” at Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh — 7:30 p.m. June 30, July 1-2; 2 p.m. July 2. By Grant Neale, presented by Nomad Theatrical Company of New York City. Tickets $10 tonight (Thursday), $18 Friday through Sunday.Burning Coal Theatre Company, 224 Polk St., Raleigh, 919-834-4001,
“Mamma Mia!”— One week only: July 26-31, Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, tickets start at $30,, 704-372-1000.
Martin Lawrence at Time Warner Cable Arena — one night only Aug. 18, tickets on sale through,, the Life Lock Box Office at Time Warner Cable Arena, Ticketmaster outlets, or charge by phone 800-745-3000.>.
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. — 10 p.m., Saturday July 2: Matt Stratford. Tuesdays: open mic, performers of all types welcome, sign up as you arrive; 9:30 p.m. Thursdays: plugged open mic night. www.thebrickstreettavern. com, 704-637-6047.
DJ’s, 1502 W. Innes St., — Live music Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays starting at 8:30 p.m. 704-638-9647.
Fat Jack’s, 120 Military Ave., — 8 p.m. until, every Friday and Saturday night: karaoke with Mark Tomei. 704-638-8996.
High Rock Boat & Ski Club, 257 Boat Club Lane — July 1: Deejay Clyde Waller. July 3: Locked & Loaded, Big Sam. Now open for lunch Saturday-Sunday. Memberships available, open Wed.-Sat. 704-633-0251.
Rick’s BBQ and Grill, 929 S. Main St. — 7-9 p.m. tonight, June 30: Deb Kelley. Cruise-in 6-9 p.m. every Tuesday, karaoke 7-close every Friday-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, July 1: Little Johnny Trailer Trash, $5 cover gets two people in Friday night only. 9 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Saturday, July 2: Lonnie Carpenter, no cover. www.thebluevine. com. 704-797-0093.
The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 — July 2: Music by Shield of Salvation and Writing Home. Open 7 p.m.-midnight Saturdays, free refreshments, air hockey, foosball, pool, wi-fi. 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.
Learn counted cross stitch embroidery — 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesdays: Beginners classes. $30 includes materials for your first project; bring a small embroidery hoop (optional) and a pair of embroidery scissors to class. Class size is limited to ten people, minimum age requirement twelve years old. Fee payable by cash or check. To reserve space: 704-637-8647 or Spring Robin Custom Framing and Needlework, 113 W. Fisher St.
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.
Card Making Class at the Y — 6-8 p.m., every other Thursday, next class June 30; $10 includes all supplies. 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.
Classes at LGAC — For kids: “Being Creative -LGAC” for children ages 8-14, through Aug. 20. Each class runs from 9-11:30 a.m., costs $8, limited to 10 participants. All materials are furnished unless otherwise noted. At least two LGAC artist members will supervise each activity. Registration and payment by check or cash only must be made no later than one week prior to starting class date. Sponsored by LGAC and artists Ann Cooper, Cathy Matthews, Nancy Gaines, and Pamela Deal • July 2, Canvas Mosaic: Use various materials to create a work of art on canvas • July 9,Wearable Art: Paint a t-shirt with acrylic paint and fabric medium suitable for wearing. All materials furnished except t-shirt: bring cotton or cotton-blend t-shirt • July 16, Stamping Project: Learn to use stamps and ink, then design and assemble at least one greeting card and matching envelope.
For adults • 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 to reserve your space, Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St., 704-633-ARTS,
Bring-your-own-vase floral design — 2-3 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 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.
Absolute beginner line dance — Tuesdays, no experience necessary, $12/month, teacher Cheryl Kluttz, Rufty Holmes Senior Center, Martin Luther King Ave., 704-633-3484.
Piedmont Singles — 7:15 p.m., Friday, July 1: Kacey Hoover with program on environment for clean air. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church behind CVS, Statesville Blvd. Covered dish, no joining fee, donations appreciated. Contact Frances Ward 704-637-3241.
Highlighters Dance Club — 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.
Singles dance, Oriental Shrine Club — 8 p.m.-midnight, first Friday, July 1. Oriental Shrine Club, 5010 High Point Rd., Greensboro. $10 at door. Business casual attire. Deejay Fast Freddie Thompson. 704-857-4650.
Carolina Renaissance Festival auditions include feature role of King — 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, July 9 and 6:30-9 p.m., Wednesday, July 13: open auditions for street characters, musicians, dancers, variety acts at Spirit Square Arts Center, 345 N. College St. Charlotte. Also seeking adult male actors for featured role of King; required to meet additional requirements found at Prepared material, head shots, resumes appreciated but not required. Must be 16 or older. 704-896-5555 or to schedule an audition appointment. The 18th annual Renaissance Festival is Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 8-Nov. 20.
Call for vendors
Biker Blue & BBQ Rally — Sept. 22-24: with a KCBS barbecue cook-off; vendor applications at or Tilley’s Harley-Davidson, Salisbury. Info 704-638-6044.
Asheboro 39th Fall Festival early registration deadline June 30 — Submit completed registration forms and fees to The Randolph Arts Guild, P.O. Box 1033, Asheboro, NC 27204-1033. To qualify for $25 early registration forms must be postmarked on or before June 30. Forms may be downloaded at After June 30 deadline booth fee goes to $50 until August 31; until day of festival registration booth fee is $100 as space allows. Event dates Oct. 1-2, downtown Asheboro.
Call for musicians
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
Carolina Artist’s “The Real Carolina Artist’s 2011 Expo” — August 24-26, Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Ave. Entry forms/information available there or by contacting Deadline: mailed by Aug. 10. Big prizes, $100 first prizes and peoples choice.
Sipe’s Orchard Home Annual Bloomin’ Orchard Festival, Conover — Seeking artists and craftpersons for festival Saturday, August 27, Sipe’s Orchard Home, 4431 County Home Road, Conover. Early bird rate by July 30, regular registration rate by Aug. 15, late registration rate by Aug. 20. Information/applications at or 828-256-5056.
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,,
Ahlara Art Fair — Second annual Mooresville Ahlara Art Fair, Saturday, October 8: seeking all kinds of artists, painters, potters, jewelers, photographers, woodworkers, etc. Application is at, click on applications button. Myrna Reiss, 704-663-6343.
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St.— “In The Details” features a variety of artist’s meticulous approaches, creating worlds in their artwork where every inch matters. Featured artists: woodcarver Dan Abernathy, fiber artist Nancy G. Cook, artist Michelle Heinz, clay artist Holden McCurry, artist Trena McNabb. R. Dean Crouch, our Dare to Imagine Award winner is also featured. Exhibition runs through Aug. 13. Free admission, donations appreciated. Gallery hours Monday, Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday 10 a.m-7 p.m, Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 123 E. Liberty St., 704-636-1882,
The Carolina Artis’s “The Real Carolina Artist’s 2011 Expo” — August 24-26. Classes will also be held during the exhibit for anyone who wants to paint with the Carolina Artists as teachers on Wednesday, August 24, 10 a.m-noon; Thursday, August 25, 2-4 p.m.; Friday, August 26, 6-8 p.m. Bring your own art supplies, any medium. Register one week before class, 704-638-5275. Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Ave.
Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. — “Glimpses of Carolina” by Plein Air Carolina, a group of professional and amateur artists who meet each week to paint on location; “Plein Air” is a French term meaning “open air.” Free admission, runs through Saturday, July 30. The exhibit may be viewed each Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 409-413 N. Lee St.,, 704-657-8321 Open to the public Saturdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment. 704-431-8964
Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte — “North Carolina Pottery: Diversity and Traditions;” “Chanel: Designs for the Modern Woman.” Open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Admission $10 adults, , free for members and children 5 and younger. Free on Tuesdays 5-9 p.m. 704-337-2000.
Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts, 500 South Tryon St., Charlotte — “Attitude and Alchemy: The Metalwork of Gary Noffke;” “From New York to Corrymore: Robert Henri and Ireland.” Same hours, admission as above. 704-337-2000.
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem — Last weekend for “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. House, gardens and village feature public garden, dining, shopping,walking trails. 336-758-5150,
Dinner theater trip — Friday, July 8: Narroway Dinner Theater, Fort Mill. “Not Just Another Love Story.”$50 includes dinner, transportation, production. Depart 4 p.m. from J.F. Hurley YMCA, Jake Alexander Blvd. Details, 704-636-0111.
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.
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.
Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock — 54th annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, 9:30 p.m., Monday, July 4. Rain date July 5 • July 2, 9 and 16: Cool Summer Nights, park stays open until 9 p.m. featuring a new evening train show, chuck wagon dinner, toe-tappin’ live music of local talent. Open seven days a week., 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.
Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St. — Exhibit updated: New view of Stoneman’s Raid on Salisbury added to “When We Fought Ourselves-1861-1865,”with local emphasis. Closer scale version of the Steven Wise diorama of events that took place alongGrant’s Creek. Museum hours Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Contributions accepted. 704-633-5946.
Utzman-Chambers House, 116 S. Jackson St. — New exhibit features artifacts (including photos and books) of the late Honorable Spruce Macay (1755–1808), lawyer and Superior Court judge, perhaps best known for instructing our country’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson. Numerous Macay family items were original gifts to the Rowan Museum in 1953; additional artifacts came from the estate of the late Jo White Linn and from the William C. Coughenour family. From the latter were many books from the Macay-McNeely estate bought in the 1950s, comprised of history, religion, literature and novels (including early 19th century works of Sir Walter Scott.) 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., 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.
NC Music Hall of Fame Museum, 109 West A Street, Kannapolis — Honors musicians, singers, songwriters and producers from North Carolina, more than 50 major inductee exhibits including Randy Travis, Charlie Daniels, Roberta Flack, John Coltrane, Andy Griffith, Shirley Caesar, Doc Watson, Chairmen of the Board, Earl Scruggs, Maurice Williams. Located in the renovated old Kannapolis Jailhouse Building. 10 a.m.-noon, 2-4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Admission free, donations appreciated. 704-934-2320,
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 — Summer camp programs: choose Farm Camp, Civil War Soldier Camp, 53rd Call To Arms Camp, Revolutionary War Soldier Camp, Miss Jane’s Academy or Historic Encounters Camp., click on summer camps. 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 — 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, — July’s hands-on “Explore More Stuff” lab: Energy – Create power with a hand crank generator, test wind turbines and solar panels for power output, measure the efficiency and cost of different kinds of lighting, and add units of energy to a train set to increase speed •July’s hands-on “Explore More Life” lab: Aquatic Macroinvertebrates – Discover the world of dragonflies and other creatures you may find living right outside your own backyard •Extended summer hours: Monday–Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.;Sunday: noon–5 p.m. 704-372-6261 or
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.
Town Creek Indian Mound, southern Montgomery County — A national historic landmark and NC’s only state historic site dedicated to American Indian heritage, Town Creek Indian Mound 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 — “Mirror Image” explores 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. General admission $15, students, seniors, military, groups of 10 or more $12. Children 7-12 $7.50, children six and under free.
Contemporary Art Museum, 409 W. Martin St., Raleigh — 11 a.m.–6:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, closed Tuesday. Noon–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,
NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh — History Corner: I Dig History, Wednesday, July 6, 10-11 a.m., ages 6-9 with adult. Get your hands dirty and learn some history, explore what archaeology teaches us about people who lived long ago, only $1. Register at 919-807-7992 •Current exhibits: “The Story of North Carolina,” “Behind the Veneer: Thomas Day, Master Cabinetmaker,” “Community and Culture: North Carolina Indians Past and Present,” “Re-created interior of 1920s Drugstore,” “A Call to Arms,” David Marshall “Carbine” Williams,” “North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame,” “Meet the Statues,” “Toys, Toys, and More Toys!,” “The Photography of Lewis Hine,” “Legends of Racing,” “North Carolina and the Civil War: The Breaking.” Across from the State Capitol. 919-807-7900 , Facebook or
NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh — First Friday: The Museum stays open 5-9 p.m. on the First Friday of every month, featuring a (classic) sci-fi or horror movie, open exhibits, live music with Museum curator of the blues Steve Harvell. First Friday is a free, family-friendly, social event. The Natural Horror Picture Show (a vintage, sci-fi flick of ‘B’ movie caliber) begins at 7 p.m. Arrive early for live music and a film short from the A/V Geek archives. For information call 919-733-7350, ext. 379.•Through Nov. 6: Art inspires. Science educates. What happens when those roles are reversed – or combined? “Witness Our Expanding Oceans,” a comprehensive art and education exhibit created by artist Mary Edna Fraser and scientist Orrin Pilkey. 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