Red Cross Blood Drive, noon-4:30 p.m., E.H. Dole Chapter, 1930 Jake Alexander Blvd.
Rockwell Board of Aldermen, 7 p.m., Town Hall, 202 E. Main St., Rockwell.
Kannapolis City Council, 6 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony at American Legion, 615 S. Main St.; 7 p.m. meeting in City Office Conference Room, 246 Oak Ave.
Spencer Shops book published by Acadia goes on sale in book stores.
Youth in Action Against Tobacco Council TRU meeting, 6:30-8:15 p.m., Rowan Public Library Hurley Meeting Room. Dinner provided.
Vietnam Veterans of America, Concord Chapter 909, 7 p.m., Cabarrus Senior Center, 331 Corban Ave. (NC 73). Light meal at 6:30 p.m.
TUESDAY, Aug. 9
Blood drive featuring build-your-own ice cream sundaes, First Presbyterian Church in Kannapolis, 2-6:30 p.m., chuch fellowship hall, 201 Vance St., 704-938-4623.
Rowan County Board of Health, 6:30 p.m., Health Department, 1811 E. Innes St.
Faith Board of Aldermen, 7 p.m., Town Hall, 100 N. Main St., Faith.
Salisbury Planning Board Committee 1, to discuss open space in the city, 3 p.m., first floor conference room, City Hall, 217 S. Main St.
Spencer Board of Aldermen, 7 p.m., Spencer Municipal Building, 600 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer.
Artist’s Night Out, 5:30-9 p.m., 405 N. Lee St. Send your name, address, phone, email, and type of art or craft to email@example.com. Looking Glass Artist Collective,704-633-ARTS, www.salisburyartists.com
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10
Introduction to Computers, Aug 10, 11 & 12, 9 a.m.-noon, Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. 704-216-7714.
Japanese pop-music video night, main branch of Rowan Public Library. All Japanese interpreters invited. Hosted by NC Rowan County Anime Group, http://groups.yahoo.com/ group/NCRowanCountyanime
Livingstone new and readmitted student orientation, students check into residence halls. First day of classes, Aug. 17.
Clint Johnson, Civil War writer from Ashe County, will speak to the Rowan Rifles Camp No. 405 Sons of Confederate Veterans, 6:30 p.m., Stanback Room of Rowan County Public Library.
THURSDAY, Aug. 11
Old Courthouse Theatre presents ěOn Golden Pond,î 8 p.m., Aug. 11-27; 2:30 p.m., Aug. 14, 21, 28, Tickets $15/$12/ $10. Reserve seats 704-788-2405. 49 Spring St. SW, Concord. www.oldcourthousetheatre.org. 704-788-2405.
FRIDAY, Aug. 12
Red Cross Blood Drive, 12:30-5 p.m., N.C. State Highway Patrol, 5780 S. Main St., Salisbury.
SATURDAY, Aug. 13
New students arrive at Catawba College; classes begin Aug. 17.
Love to Learn Conference for beginning and experienced homeschoolers, Central Piedmont Community College, 48 sessions. www.LoveToLearnConference.com
Trail Walk at Eagle Point Nature Preserve, 10:30-11:30 a.m., meets at Eagle Point parking lot for a nature walk led by Dan Nicholas Park Nature Center Staff. No fee.
Book signing, ěSouthern Railway’s Historic Spencer Shops,î with author Larry Neal, at the N.C. Transportation Museum, Spencer, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Pioneers on the Move: ěRich Man, Daniel Boone,î 1 p.m., Bob Julian Roundhouse, N.C. Transportation Museum, Spencer, featuring research historian Everett Gary Marshall.
Salisbury Historic Trolley, Salisbury-Rowan County Visitors Center
Too Much Sylvia, 7 p.m.,Village Park, Kannapolis. Concert followed by fireworks.
Project Devil Dog, taking donations of food and entertainment items for group of Marines in Middle East,Tilley Harley-Davidson of Salisbury. Music by Diesel, The UPside of Down and Alien Radio. 50-50 raffle.
2nd Saturday Art Crawl, Salisbury and Spencer, 1-5 p.m., in Salisbury and Spencer. Maps and free parking available at galleries and at the Rowan Arts Council office. More info: 704-638-9887.
Salisbury Historic Trolley, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Salisbury-Rowan County Visitors Center, 204 E. Innes St. Adults $8, children 4-10 $5, under 4 are free. 704-638-3100
SUNDAY, Aug. 14
Red Cross Blood Drive, 1-5:30 p.m., Calvary Baptist Tabernacle, 3760 Stokes Ferry Road.
MONDAY, Aug. 15
Fall semester at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College begins.
Rowan County Literacy Council four-session tutor training workshop begins, 7-9 p.m., in the Hurley Room of the Rowan Public Library. Other sessons follow on Aug. 22, 24 and 27. Registration $20. Reservations, 704-216-8266.
Salisbury Historic Preservation Commission, 5:15 p.m., City Council Chamber, 217 S. Main St.
TUESDAY, Aug. 16
Rowan County Tea Party Patriots, 6 p.m., Blue Bay Restaurant, Statesville Boulevard. Speaker Pro Tem Dale Folwell of the N.C. House will address the group and take questions. A volunteer of ParentalRights.org will explain proposed federal Constitutional amendment to protect the rights of parents.
Summer Family Movie Night, Rowan Public Library headquarters, 6:30 p.m., ěCloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.î
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17
Blood drive, 4:30-6:30 p.m., North Kannapolis Methodist Church, 1307 N. Main St., Kannapolis.
Thursday, Aug. 18
Back to school for teachers in Rowan-Salisbury Schools, with required workday on Aug. 18, required staff development Aug. 19 and 22, and another required workday Aug. 24.
Blood drive, 1-7 p.m., CMC NorthEast, 920 Church St., Concord.
FRIDAY, Aug. 19
Red Cross Blood Drive, 1:30-6 p.m., Walmart Supercenter, 323 S. Arlington St., Salisbury.
Kannapolis Movies in the Park, ěTangled,î 8:45 p.m., Village Park.
5K Tomato Trot ó 6:15 p.m. registration, 7:30 p.m. start. Register at Active.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Pre-registration $20, $25 day of race. Entertainment and awards from stage. 885 Woodleaf Barber Road, Woodleaf, 704-224-5134
18th Frank Liske Park Powwow, Friday-Saturday, traditional southern protocol powwow; Native American music, singing, dancing, crafts, food, contests, auction. Frank Liske Park, 4001 Stough Road, Concord, www.frankliskepowwow.webs.com for schedule and details.
SATURDAY, Aug. 20
School Tools Giveaway, sponsored by Communities in Schools.
Woodleaf Tomato Festival, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Silent auction, tomato recipe cook-off, bake sale, live music and entertainment, Ms. Tomato Queen contest, Líil Tommy Toe and Líil Miss Mater and Litte Mater Sprout contests, parade at 10 a.m. email@example.com.
Humane Society dogwash fundraiser, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the back entrance to the Salisbury Mall. Cost is $8, $10, $12 and $14. All dogs must be on leashes.
Hood Theological Seminary, new student orientation begins.
RiverDance, fundraiser for LandTrust for Central North Carolina. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kannapolis Stories Under the Stars, featuring Bobby McMillon, 7 p.m., patio, Kannapolis Branch Library, 850 Mountain St.
MONDAY, Aug. 22
Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education, 5 p.m., 110 S. Long St., East Spencer.
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24
The Carolina Artistís ěThe Real Carolina Artist’s 2011 Expoî ó Aug. 24-26, Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Ave. Artists reception 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 25 Paint with the Carolina Artists as teachers on Wednesday, Au. 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.
THURSDAY, Aug. 25
First day of school for Rowan-Salisbury School System, Kannapolis City Schools.
REACH (Rowan Education and Advocacy for Choices in Healthcare) Senior Fair and Open House, 9-11:30 a.m., Oak Park Retirement, 548 White Oaks Drive (off Enon Church Road). 704-636-4600. Free and open to the public.
SATURDAY, Aug. 27
Stanly County Agri-Civic Day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Stanly County Agri-Civic Center, 26032 Newt Road, Albemarle, sponsored by Friends of the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center .
Music on the Mountain, noon-6 p.m., Dunnís Mountain Park.
TUESDAY, Aug. 30
Book Bites Club ó Aug. 30, 6:30 p.m., ěHouse Rulesî by Jodi Picoult. Book discussion groups for both adults and children are held at South Rowan Regional Library the last Tuesday of each month. The group is open to the public and anyone is free to join at any time. There is a discussion of the book, as well as light refreshments at each meeting. For more information please call 704-216-8229.
SATURDAY, Sept. 24
ěA Night At The Opryî fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis ó 7 p.m., featuring music by DC & The Chosen Few, Lynn Owsley, Dottie Jack, David Ridenhour and G.W. Saunders. Doors open 6 p.m., St. Matthewís Lutheran Church. Food and drink will be available.