Roundabout: What's happening
Music & more
Union Street Live tonight — 6-9 p.m., Third Thursday, Aug. 18: live music with the Craig Woolard Band on the Historic Courthouse lawn. Free, www.concorddowntown. com, 704-784-4208.
Downtown Davidson Concerts on the Green — 6-8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 21: The Rusty Knox Band. On the Village Green in front of the public library; bring friends, family, chairs, blanket, picnic. Free, family-oriented, rain or shine.
Music on the Mountain — noon-6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27, Dunn’s Mountain Park: In honor of James “Coy” Pendergerass. Day full of music featuring The Snyder Family Band, also Michael and Gaynell Lambert, Mike Leazer, Dry Run, Eden’s Gate. Free admission, bring chairs or blanket and picnic lunch. Dunn’s Mountain Nature and History Preserve, 1740 Dunn’s Mountain Road, 704-216-7833, www.dannicholas.net
Gillian Welch at Knight Theater — 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, tickets $30. Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, 704.372.1000, www.blumenthalarts.org
Burning Coal Theatre’s MusiCoal Series — 7 p.m., Aug. 21: Honor by August, alternative rock; ticket prices vary depending on show, call 919-834-4001.Murphey School, 224 Polk St., Raleigh, 919-834-4001, www.burningcoal.org
Die Roten Punkte in Charlotte — Another change of dates: September 21-23 at Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St., Charlotte. All tickets $34.50, BlumenthalArts.org , 704-372-1000.
Festival of Native Peoples — Aug. 26-27, Cherokee, NC: Members of indigenous tribes from across North America p erform. Adults $10, children 6 and under free; 1-800-438-1601, Facebook or cherokee-nc.com
Old Courthouse Theatre presents “On Golden Pond” — Through Aug. 28, Tony award–winning 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, www.oldcourthousetheatre.org
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 www.NCCAST.com, 704-455-8542.
This & That
East Square ghost walk and investigation — 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19, $15 per person •Original ghost walk: 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., adults $10, students $5. 130 W. Innes St., reservations/information 704-642-1734 email@example.com .
Kannapolis Movies in the Park — 8:45 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19: “Tangled,” Village Park, www.cityofkannapolis. com/summerevents
Stories Under the Stars featuring Bobby McMillon — 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20: Folk/Traditional storytelling in partnership with Cabarrus County Library Kannapolis Branch, 850 Mountain St., Kannapolis, www.cityofkannapolis. com/summerevents
Open Art Night — 5:30 p.m., second and fourth Tuesdays. Aug. 23: Free, drop in, bring your own art or craft, supplies, personal beverage and snack. Before your first meeting, send name, address, phone, email, and type of art or craft to firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm. Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St.704-633-ARTS, www.salisburyartists.com
Cupcake Day — 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27: Decorate your own cupcake cone with two local authors who will share their most recently published stories, Cathy Eller and Dicy McCullough. $5 per person, Carolina Lily, 1375 Kern Carlton Road, 704 639-0033, www.carolinalily.com
NC Rowan County Anime Group — 1-6 p.m., Aug. 27: Membership drive, animation trivia contest, drawing for free comic books. Comic Monstore, 813 Jake Alexander Boulevard S. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NCRowa Countyanime/
Book Bites Club — 6:30 p.m., Aug. 30: “House Rules” by Jodi Picoult. Book discussion groups for both adults and children are held at South Rowan Regional Library the last Tuesday of each month, open to the public and anyone is free to join at any time. Boook discussion and light refreshments at each meeting. 704-216-8229.
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.
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. Stitchin’ Post, 104 S. Main St., 704-637-0708,www.faithithfulfriendsnc.org
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, more; ends with 5:30 p.m. concert by Half Dozen Brass Band. Since the 1940s, Sipe’s Orchard Home has been a safe and caring place for children. 4431 County Home Road, Conover. 828-256-5056 ext. 304, www.sipesorchardhome.org
Scarecrows for Charity — Through the month of September, local charities build scarecrows in the garden at Carolina Lily, visitors vote on their favorites, the winning charity receives $500. Complementary contest on facebook, for additional $100. Carolina Lily, 1375 Kern Carlton Road, 704-639-0033, www.carolinalily. com
Jazz concert and silent auction — Doors open at 7, pre-show at 7:30, concert begins at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10: presented by Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society. Free admission (donations appreciated), 30+ items to bid on, beer/wine/soda/water with donation. Looking Glass Artist Collective black box theater, 405 N. Lee St., 704-633-ARTS, www.salisburyartists.com
“A Night At The Opry” fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis — 7 p.m. Sept. 24: Music by DC & The Chosen Few, Lynn Owsley, Dottie Jack, David Ridenhour, G.W. Saunders. Doors open 6 p.m., food and drink will be available. St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 9275 Bringle Ferry 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. —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 — Now open for lunch Saturday-Sunday. Open Wed.-Sat. www.theboatandskiclub.com . 704-633-0251.
Rick’s BBQ and Grill, 929 S. Main St. — 7-9 p.m. tonight, Aug. 18: Mr. Youral Laney, karaoke performance of beach, 50s and 60s. 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 Shack, 1205 N. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — 7-p.m., Thursdays: karaoke. 704-637-0500.
The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St. — 9 p.m.-midnight Friday, Aug. 19: Motel Soap, Salisbury’s all-star classic rock band, $5 cover• 9 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20: Donna Hughes, no cover. www.thebluevine. com . 704-797-0093.
The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 — Saturday, Aug. 20: Chasing the Son, Shield of Salvation and Four13. 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. 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.
Garrigan at The Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., NoDa Arts District, Charlotte — Friday, Aug. 19: Singer/guitarist Jay Garrigan and drummist Shawn Lynch, doors 10 p.m./ music 10:30 p.m., $6 advance, $8 DOS, CarolinaTix, 1-800-594.TIXX, 704-372-1000.
Mamas Love at The Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte — 9 p.m., Saturday Aug. 20: “Unadulterated, hairy-chested rock and roll,”$7 advance and DOS. CarolinaTix, 1-800-594-TIXX. www.visulite.com, 704-358-9200.
Zumba fitness — 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays, First Baptist Church of Salisbury in old YMCA gym on Fulton St.
“Awakening to Life” class — 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 27-Oct. 18: Focusing on basic practices for establishing mindfulness; wear comfortable clothes, bring cushion. Sponsored by Mindful Living of Salisbury and The Center for Faith & the Arts. Classes held at the Center for Faith & the Arts, lower level Haven Lutheran Church, 207 W. Harrison St. Suggested donation of $10 goes toward Church facilities utilization.
Art Classes at Rail Walk Gallery — Oil painting, drawing instruction in the direct representational style for beginner and intermediate, studio and plein air (outdoors), 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 email@example.com
Plein Air workshop — a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17: Instructor Robert Crum will lead the class at Morgan Ridge Vineyard, 486 John Morgan Road, Gold Hill. Cost per student $120 adults 18 and older at beginning or intermediate level. Supplies and easels to be provided by each painting participant who may work in oils or acrylics. Lunch provided by the vineyard owners. Register by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-310-0382. Payment must be received at least two weeks before class.
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 email@example.com to reserve your space, www.catsfreestyleart.com . Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St., 704-633-ARTS, www.salisburyartists.com
Piedmont Singles — 7:15 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19: Program planning. 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. 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.
Appalachian film fest — The ninth annual Appalachian Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the Feb. 25-26, 2012 festival. Entry forms and submission guidelines: www.appyfilmfest. com/pages/entries.htm or enter your work at www.withoutabox.com/ For questions concerning this year’s festival contact Christopher Lusher (Festival Director), 1-304-690-2500 or http://firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for tractors
Restored antique farm equipment to show at BBQ cookoff — 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10: at annual China Grove Backyard BBQ Cookoff in conjunction with display of restored farm equipment and vehicles, gospel and bluegrass music, 9/11 remembrance ceremony. Sponsored by Oak Grove Baptist Church, held at Price of Freedom Museum, intersection of Weaver and Patterson Roads. Bob Mault, 704-857-7474, www.priceoffreedom.us
Call for vendors
Biker Blue & BBQ Rally — Sept. 22-24: with a KCBS barbecue cook-off; vendor applications at www.bikerbluesbbqrally.com 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 email@example.com .
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 www.AsheboroFallFestival.com . 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
Open mike night — 7:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26: Looking Glass Artist Collective hosts open mike night in their black box theater; all musicians invited to bring their instruments along with microphones if desired. No cover charge, beverages available.
Concert Choir Meet and Greet — 7:30 p.m., Aug. 29: New members welcome, St. John’s Lutheran Church choir room, regular rehearsals begin the following Monday for this season’s Christmas selections from Handel’s “Messiah.”
Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society — 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 6: 2011-2012 concert season kick-off, get to know current members, meet the director, at Meet & Greet, Coburn Memorial United Methodist Church,m light refreshments. Regular rehearsals begin Sept. 13. Facebook, www.facebook.com/Salisbury.Rowan.Choral.Society
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. www.hiddenitecenter.com
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
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. www.HistoricGoldHill.com, 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 www.ahlaraartfair.webs.com, 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. Cost$40 by July 31, $50 Aug. 1-Sept. 15. 828-632-0106, www.artintheshop.net, firstname.lastname@example.org
Minetta Lane Center for Arts and Peace seeks artists — For upcoming exhibition in Hickory,“Reflections on Peace and Peacemakers” to coincide with World Peace Day, Wednesday, Sept. 21. Fine art, fine craft, photography and written word accepted, focusing on the broader scope of peace. Show opens Sept. 21 with reception Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m., runs through Oct. 21. No entry fee, artists encouraged to offer works for sale. Minetta Lane Center for Arts and Peace, 270 Union Square, Hickory. Email email@example.com, for prospectus, visit minettalanecenter.org/
Speakers and forums
All-day writing symposium — Saturday, Aug. 27, Yadkin Cultural Arts Center campus, with writer Suzy Barile and poet Alice Osborn; $65 by Aug. 20, manuscript review also available for additional $25. Download registration form at www.yadkinarts.org, direct questions to Suzy Barile, 704-546-7900.
The Galleries, 65 Union Street S., Concord — “Making Arrangements” on display Aug. 15-Oct. 6, new group exhibition features multiple kinds of “arrangements” such as updated still lifes, multiple works from a series by the same artists, wall configurations and pedestal groupings; includes work by Syed Ahmad of Salisbury. 704-920-ARTS (2787), www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org
Pottery 101 at 101 S. Main St. — “Functional Beauty,” a show featuring works by Sylvia Coppola, Brenda Roberts, Bill Stewart, three artists who work with function in mind while adding their own perspective. Gallery hours 10 a.m-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m-6 p.m. Saturday. 704-209-1632.
Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. —“Art is Relative,” exhibit of art by three generations of the Foster Family showing through Aug. 27. Gallery open Saturdays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information contact Marietta Foster Smith at 704-431-8964, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.railwalkgallery.com
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@ gmail.com
Brick Wall Gallery, The Depot at Gibson Mill, 325 McGill Ave., Concord — “Miniature Exhibit,”on display until Sept. 30.
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. www.mintmuseum.org
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. www.mintmuseum.org
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, www.ncpotterycenter.org .
“West Side Story” — $85 includes orchestra center seating for performance Tuesday, Nov. 1, and transportation from YMCA to th e 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. www.nctrans.org
Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St. — 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. www.rowanmuseum.org
Utzman-Chambers House, 116 S. Jackson St. — New exhibit features artifacts of the late Honorable Spruce Macay (1755–1808), lawyer and Superior Court judge, best known for instructing Andrew Jackson. 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 — 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10: Backyard BBQ Cookoff in conjunction with display of restored farm equipment and vehicles, gospel and bluegrass music, 9/11 remembrance ceremony. Sponsored by Oak Grove Baptist Church. Intersection of Weaver and Patterson Roads. Bob Mault, 704-857-7474, www.priceoffreedom.us
China Grove Roller Mill Museum — Guided tours 2-4 p.m. second Sunday of each month. For special tours call 704-433-3912. www.hist-society-srowan.com
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. 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, www.NorthCarolinaMusicHallofFame.org
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. 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 NC Historic Site associated with the French and Indian War (1754-1763) or Seven Years War. Free, open 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., Sept. 3-4: Revolutionary War battle: see how Charlotteans defended their independence when Cornwallis came through the area in 1780. Saturday, reenactors will fight the Battle of Charlotte, which originally occurred at the corner of Trade and Tryon Streets. Sunday will feature the Battle of McIntyre Farm, which took place only a few miles from Latta, off Beatties Ford Road. The main battle is at 1 p.m. each day. $7 per person, ages 5 and under free. 704-875-2312, www.lattaplantation. org
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 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. 704-372-6261, discoveryplaceKIDS.org Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte — 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20: August Creature Feature, “Wild in the Water.” $6 ages 2 and older; younger than 2 and members are free. Free parking. 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” 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. www.ncartmuseum.org/rockwell
NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh — Current exhibits: “The Story of North Carolina,” “Community and Culture: North Carolina Indians Past and Present,” “Re-created interior of 1920s Drugstore,” “A Call to Arms,” “North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame,” “Toys, Toys, and More Toys!,” “Legends of Racing,” “North Carolina and the Civil War: The Breaking.” Across from the State Capitol. 919-807-7900, Facebook, ncmuseumofhistory.org
NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh —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,www.naturalsciences.org . Monday-Saturday., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. General admission is free.
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
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, www.gcmuseum.com