Roundabout: What's happening

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Piedmont Players Theatre presents “The Prisoner of Second Avenue” by Neil Simon— Through Aug. 6, adults $12, students/seniors $10. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. 704-633-5471, www.piedmontplayers. com.
Old Courthouse Theatre presents “On Golden Pond” — 8 p.m., Aug. 11-27; 2:30 p.m., Aug. 14, 21, 28, Tony award-0winning play the basis for Oscar winning movie of the same name. Tickets $15/$12/ $10. Reserve seats 704-788-2405. 49 Spring St. SW, Concord. 704-788-2405.
“The Rocky Horror Show” at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte — 7:30 p.m., Through Aug. 13: This ain’t your daddy’s Frank! Tickets begin at $24. Recommended for ages 16 and older. 650 E. Stonewall St., Charlotte. or 704-342-2251, ext. 21.
Carolina Actors Studio Theater presents “August: Osage County” — Aug. 25-Sept. 24; Thursday, Friday, Saturday performances at 8 p.m. New season opens in new theatre. A dark comedic drama – a booze-swilling, pill-popping evening of laugh-out-loud, cry-inside family dysfunction; winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award. New address: NODA@28 St., 2424 North Davidson, Charlotte, NC 28205. Reservations, 704-455-8542.
“Wonder Of The World” at Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh — 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4-14 (no performance on Aug. 6). Wild and wacky play about a woman who discovers something disturbing in her husband’s sock drawer, and sets out on a journey of self-discovery to reclaim faith in herself. $10. Burning Coal Theatre Company, Murphey School, 224 Polk St., Raleigh, 919-834-4001,
Music & more
Downtown Davidson Concerts on the Green — 6-8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 7: rhythm/blues/folk band Billy Jones & The Pocket. On the Village Green in front of the public library; bring friends, family, chairs, blanket, picnic. Free, family-oriented, rain or shine.
Tyler Bryant atThe Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., NoDa Arts District, Charlotte — 11 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, $8 advance, $10 DOS. CarolinaTix, PayPal, Music Today, 1-800-594-TIXX, 704-372-1000,
Mary Chapin Carpenter at Knight Theater — Friday, Aug. 12: Five-time Grammy Award winner celebrates her latest album, The Age of Miracles. NTNTalk. Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, 704-379-1257,
Winston-Salem hosts National Black Theatre Festival — Through Aug. 6: Choose from more than 120 performances of works performed by professional Black theater companies presented at venues throughout the city. Tickets $7-$44. 336-723-7907, NBTF@,
18th Frank Liske Park Powwow — Friday-Saturday, Aug. 19-20: Traditional southern protocol powwow; Native American music, singing, dancing, crafts, food, contests, auction. Frank Liske Park, 4001 Stough Road, Concord, for schedule and details.
Woodleaf Tomato Festival and Tomato Trot — 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20: Tomato Festival features silent auction, tomato recipe cook-off, bake sale, live music and entertainment, Ms. Tomato Queen contest, L’il Tommy Toe and L’il Miss Mater and Litte Mater Sprout contests, parade at 10 a.m. Tomato Trot 5K Friday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. See Facebook or 885 Woodleaf Barber Road, 704-224 5134.
30th Annual Hiddenite Center Celebration of the Arts — 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24: Arts and heritage festival, free admission, Hiddenite Church Road. or facebook, Friends of the Hiddenite Center.
This & That
Salisbury Ghost Walk — 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 5, part of Downtown Night Out, adults $10, students $5, 130 W. Innes St., reservations and information, 704-642-1734.
Uptown Lexington’s Back to School Stroll and Cruise In — 6-8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 5: music by Sound of Light in the Conrad & Hinkle Square, classic car cruise-in, line dancing in the street, sidewalk pig hunts, children’s sidewalk chalk. Car owners register in the green ULI tent in the square starting at 5:30 p.m., cars in place by 6:15, prize for oldest car registered. 336-249-0383, Facebook,
Big Band Dance at J.F. Hurley Family YMCA — 7-10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6: Big Band Dance featuring The Hi-Liters, $5 entry fee, bring a snack to share. 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.
Artist’s Night Out — 5:30-9 p.m., second and fourth Tuesdays. Aug. 9: Free, drop in, join other artists in a night of creativity, bring your own art or craft, supplies, personal beverage and snack. Before your first meeting, send your name, address, phone, email, and type of art or craft to We will get back in touch with you to confirm your first meeting. Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St.704-633-ARTS,
Japanese pop-music video night — 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 10, main branch of Rowan Public Library. All Japanese interpreters invited. Hosted by NC Rowan County Anime Group, group/NCRowanCountyanime.
5K Tomato Trot — 6:15 p.m. registration, Friday, Aug. 19: 5 K evening run begins at 7:30 p.m., kicking off the Aug. 20 Woodleaf Tomato Festival. Register at or email Pre-registration $20, $25 day of race. Entertainment and awards from stage. 885 Woodleaf Barber Road, Woodleaf, 704-224 5134.
Art gallery and paranormal tours — Highland Avenue Art Gallery and More. Art gallery hours Tuesday through Saturday, noon -6 p.m. Paranormal tours Monday-Saturday 8:30-10 p.m., reservations required. 1031 Highland Ave., 704-636-8134 to schedule tour.
Repticon at Cabarrus Arena —9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 7. Adults $10, children 5- 12 $5. Educators free with valid ID. Advance tickets available at Cabarrus Arena, 4751 NC Hwy 49, Concord,, 704-920-3976.
Concord Library summer reading program — • 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 9: Healthy Summer Cooking for Adults with Gina Guthrie of Bocca Felice in the auditorium. Healthy ways of preparing the summer’s bounty, emphasis on eating locally, samples provided, spaces limited, 704-920-2054 to register •5:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 11: Garden Irrigation with David Goforth in the auditorium. Ways and tips on keeping your garden irrigated and healthy throughout the seasons. Free. 704-920-2054.
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
Sasha’s birthday party — 11 a.m.-4 p.m.,Saturday, Sept. 10: give-aways, drawings, prizes, birthday cake. A portion of day’s sales donated to Faithful Friends, also bring a bag of pet food, receive a gift from Sasha. 104 S. Main St., 704-637-0708,
“A Night At The Opry” fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis — 7 p.m. Sept. 24, St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 9275 Bringle Ferry Road.
Sipe’s Orchard Home second annual Bloomin’ Orchard Festival, Hickory — 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27: Live entertainment, midway, ferris wheel, Irish step dancers, bi-plane kiddy ride, pony rides, striker bell, arts and crafts, children’s section; ends with 5:30 p.m. concert by Half Dozen Brass Band, grand finale 7:30 p.m. performance by Antsy McClain and The Trailer Park Troubadours. Since the 1940s, Sipe’s Orchard Home has been a safe and caring place for children; today, the Orchard serving children through a variety of programs. 4431 County Home Road, Conover. 828-256-5056 ext. 304,
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. —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 — Friday, Aug. 5: Deejay Butch Adiemy. Saturday, Aug. 6: Deejay Freddie Thompson. Open Wednesday-Saturday. Open for lunch Saturday-Sunday., 704-633-0251.
Rick’s BBQ and Grill, 929 S. Main St. — 7-9 p.m. tonight, Aug. 4: karoke performance by Donna James and Daughters. Bike Night 6-9 p.m. every Monday; Cruise-in 6-9 p.m. every Tuesday; karaoke 7-close every Friday-Saturday. 704-642-0050.
The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St. — 9 p.m.-midnight Friday, Aug. 5: Gigi Dover & the Big Love, $5 cover. 9 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6: Justin Dionne and Andrew Hodges with percussionist Duggan Murphy, no cover. www.thebluevine. com. 704-797-0093.The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 — Saturday, Aug.6: MSF and Predestined. Open 7 p.m.-midnight Saturdays, free refreshments, air hockey, foosball, pool. Free 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.
Bring-your-own-vase floral design summer special — 2-3 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Designing fresh cut flowers, Summer price: $5 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.
Chrismon classes — Beginner, Thursday, Aug. 18, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • Intermediate, Friday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m.-noon. Rufty’s Chrismon Shop, 280 Furniture Drive, 704-636-7790 for reservations/information,
Art Classes at Rail Walk Gallery — Oil painting, drawing instruction for beginner and intermediate, studio and plein air, small classes, framing and marketing tips, lots of extras, Tuesday or Wednesday, 10 a.m.-noon or 1–3 p.m., $30 per session, price breaks on six classes. Also offering weekly figure drawing/painting sessions, live model, $5/hour, no instruction. Rail Walk Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. Info, material list, registration contact Rachel Lee 704-202-4467 or
Line dance classes — Absolute Beginner: 3:30 p.m., beginning Aug. 9 • Easy Beginner: 4:30 p.m., Aug. 4 • Intermediate: 5:30 p.m., Aug. 4 • 4 lessons per mo.,$12/month or $5/lesson. Call 704-633-7862 Rufty-Holmes Sr. Center or teacher Cheryl Kluttz, 704-633-3484.
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 — J.F. Hurley Family YMCA holds the Card-Making classes every other Thursday evening starting July 28, 6-8 p.m. Cost $10, all supplies included. Call Terri Dockins 704-636-0111. 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd.
Watercolor classes 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 your space, Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St., 704-633-ARTS,
Piedmont Singles — 7:15 p.m., Friday, Aug. 5: ELVIS is coming (aka Michael Thomas), $5 at door. 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, Friday, Aug. 5: 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, Aug. 5. Oriental Shrine Club, 5010 High Point Rd., Greensboro. $10 at door. Business casual attire. Deejay Fast Freddie Thompson. 704-857-4650.
Old Courthouse Theatre “The Women” auditions — 7-9 p.m., Aug. 15-16. By Clare Booth Luce. Acidic comedic commentary on the pampered lives and power struggles of wealthy Manhattan socialites. Performance dates Sept. 29-Oct. 16. Spring St. SW, Concord.
Salisbury-Rowan Symphony Society auditions — By appointment, Sunday, Sept. 25, for musicians who want to be on the orchestra’s substitute list. Play a prepared piece of your choice, three to four standard orchestral excerpts, plus sight-reading. For suggestions of audition excerpts, contact music director David Hagy at Auditions will take place on the campus of Catawba College. For appointment, call 704-637-4314, email, or write Audition Information, Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, POBox 4264, Salisbury, North Carolina 28145. See
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. Add’l info 704-638-6044.
Hiddenite Center Celebration of the Arts — Saturday, Sept. 24: Hiddenite Center seeking regional vendors for arts, crafts, commercial items, food sales, public information booths. Applications/ fee scale 828-632-6966 or
Asheboro 39th Fall Festival — Submit completed registration forms and fees to The Randolph Arts Guild, P.O. Box 1033, Asheboro, NC 27204-1033. Download forms at Booth fee $50 until Aug. 31; until day of festival registration booth fee is $100 as space allows. Event dates Oct. 1-2, downtown Asheboro.
Call for musicians
Concert Choir Meet and Greet — 7:30 p.m., Aug. 29: New members who love to sing are welcome, St. John’s Lutheran Churchchoir room, regular rehearsals begin the following Monday for this season’s Christmas selections from Handel’s “Messiah.”
Hiddenite Center Celebration of the Arts — 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24: call for performers for 30th annual unique arts and heritage festival which will offers four live music and dance performance stages for performers from different genres of entertainment including musicians, bands, dance groups. Call The Hiddenite Center at 828-632-6966, ask for Karen Walker or Allison Houchins.
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
Sipe’s Orchard Home Annual Bloomin’ Orchard Festival, Conover — Seeking artists and craftpersons for festival Saturday, Aug. 27, Sipe’s Orchard Home, 4431 County Home Road, Conover. The Orchard serves children through a variety of programs. 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.
23rd annual Gold Hill Founder’s Day seeks artists/ crafters/exhibitors — Events committee of the Historic Foundation now accepting applicants for arts, crafts and expanded heritage living exhibits. Event date: Saturday, Sept. 24., 704-267-9439, Facebook at Historic Gold Hill, North Carolina. To request application : vivian@historicgoldhill. com or 704-279-1630, 704-267-9439.
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.
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 $50 through Sept. 15. 828-632-0106,,
The Carolina Arist’s “The Real Carolina Artist’s 2011 Expo” — Aug. 24-26, Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Ave. Artists reception 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 25, judge Jenn Selby; purchase awards given by Penninger Distributing Company and Salisbury Wine Shop •Paint with the Carolina Artists as teachers on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m-noon; Thursday, Aug. 25, 2-4 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 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.
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St.— Summer Exhibition “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,
Green Goat Gallery, 516 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” featuring art by Mary Alexander, Carol Dunkley, Denny Maloney, Sharon Stike. 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. — Aug. 6-27: “Art is Relative,” aexhibit by three generations of the Foster family, showing the art of 12 family members including paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastel along with metal art, photography, pottery, basket weaving, quilting, woodworking, wrought iron, handmade knives, sculpture and collage. Opening reception Saturday, Aug. 13. Gallery hours Saturdays 11 a.m.–5 p.m., 704-431-8964,,
Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St. — Member art show “Out of the Box” at the Black Box Theater runs through mid-Aug. Participating artists: Ann Cooper, Pamela Deal, Robin Harviel, Cathy Matthews, Norma Owen. Gallery hours: noon-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and during special events. salisburyartists@
Brick Wall Gallery, The Depot at Gibson Mill, 325 McGill Ave., Concord — 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 14: Art Guild reception for new “Miniature Exhibit,” art that is 8 x 10 or smaller, in any medium. On display until Sept. 30. Reception is open to everyone and is free, with soft drinks, wine for adults, appetizers.
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 — Premier American art museum with masterpieces by Mary Cassatt, Frederic Church, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Gilbert Stuart among its permanent collection. 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 — Aug. 19-Oct. 29: Two new exhibits, “Wild Fire,” Alamance County stoneware past and present and “Remember Me as You Pass By…” NC ceramic grave markers. Reception 5:30-7:30 p.m., Aug. 19. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, 336-873-8430,
Morgan Ridge Winery and McLaughlin’s Farmhouse — Depart 9:30 a.m., Aug. 5 from J.F. Hurley YMCA, $20 transportation only, open to all. Contact Barbara Franklin for details, 704-636-0111.
Shops and attractions of Cherokee — Tuesday, Aug. 9, sponsored by Kannapolis Parks & Recreation. $20 per person, 18 years and older, lunch/dinner not included. Registration deadline: Monday, July 25. Bus departs from Village Park, 700 West C St., Kannapolis; for timetable call 704-920-4343.
Bus Trip To Bedford, Va. — 8 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 17: Bus leaves Rufty-Holmes Senior Center to see D-Day Memorial, monuments, gardens, dutch-treat lunch at Ruby Tuesdays, then Poplar Forest, the summer retreat of Thomas Jefferson. $65 per person includes transportation, admission to the sites, tips. Pre-pay at the Senior Center. Must be a member to purchase a ticket. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. 1120 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., 704-216-7714,
“West Side Story” — $85 includes orchestra center seating for performance Tuesday, Nov. 1, and transportation from YMCA to the Blumenthal, Charlotte. First deposit $40 due now, final deposit due Sept. 29. Contact Barbara Franklin, J.F. Hurley YMCA, 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd., 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.
N.C. Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — Museum open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Saturday, 1–5 p.m., Sunday. Train ride schedule: Monday -Saturday 11 a.m. 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Sunday: 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Admission fee includes train ride: adults $10, seniors (60+)/Military $8, children ages 3-12 $6, children 2 and under free. Admission only rates available too. Museum hours and train ride schedules are seasonal. For details, 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 along Grant’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. — 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. Open 1-4 p.m. Saturday. $3 adults, $1.50 students, museum members free. 704-633-5946.
Old Stone House, Granite Quarry —Open 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $3 adults, $1.50 students, museum members free. 704-633-5946.
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. 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 — 10 a.m.-4p.m., Aug. 13-14: Live history lesson: see North and South battle it out across plantation grounds, see soldier camps, tour the plantation house and grounds, see drill and weapons demonstrations, see an 1860s ladies fashion show, watch the main battle at 2 p.m. each day. Admission $8 per person, ages 5 and under free. All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the preservation of the historic site. 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, — •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., 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 — National historic landmark interpreting 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, adGeneral 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 Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh — 5-9 p.m., First Friday, Aug. 5: Enjoy light fare plus beer and wine from the café, shop the museum store, enjoy the Nature Art Gallery, hear live music, stroll through exhibits. At 7 p.m., catch a free cult classic at The Natural Horror Picture Show: “The Beach Girls and the Monster,” a horror film in the beach party style, unlike most beach party films, it was shot in black and white. First Friday information, 919-733-7350, ext. 379, 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,
Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St. — Hands-on, interactive museum for children (infancy to 10 years of age) and families designed to inspire learning through play in a fun, energetic and safe environment. 336-574-2898,