Roundabout: What's happening
Piedmont Players Theatre presents “Dreamgirls”— Oct. 6-8 and 12-15 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 9 at 2:30 p.m., adults $15, students/Seniors $12, box office opens to the public Oct. 3. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St., 704-633-5471, www.piedmontplayers.
Old Courthouse Theatre presents “The Women” — Through Oct. 16, Ticket prices: $15/$12/ $10, satiric comedy by Clare Booth Luce, 49 Spring Street NW, 704 788-2405, www.oldcourthousetheatre.org
Davidson Community Players present ‘Love Letters’ — Oct. 6-23, for age 13 and over, Pulitzer Prize nomintated play. 307 Armour St., Davidson. 704 892-7953, www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org
Julia B. Duncan Players present “The Wobble of Life” — 7:30 p.m., Oct. 28-30 and Nov. 4-5; 3 p.m., Nov. 6. Livingstone College Tubman Little Theatre.
West Side Story tickets available — Blumenthal Performing Arts hosts the national tour of the smash hit Broadway revival of West Side Story.Performance dates Tuesday, Nov. 1-Sunday, Nov. 6. Call 704-372-1000, BlumenthalArts.org
Queen City Theatre Company presents “Xanadu” — Opens tonight, Oct. 6, Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St., Charlotte, ticket discounts available online, www.carolinatix.org, 704-372-1000, www.queencitytheatre.com
Festival Stage of Winston-Salem presents “The Exact Center of the Universe” — Nineteen performances from Oct. 21-Nov. 6 by local, regional and national theatre artists, Hanesbrands Theatre at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in downtown Winston-Salem, 209 N. Spruce St. Tickets $10-$37, 336-747-1414, www.hanesbrandstheatre.org
Carolina Actors Studio Theatre presents “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” — Oct. 13-Nov. 6: An adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher. CAST-NODA at 28 St, 2424 No. Davidson St., Charlotte. Tickets start at $18, reservations 704-455-8542, www.NCCAST.com
“The Addams Family” kicks off 2011-12 Broadway Lights Series at Ovens — Oct. 11-16. Tickets available at 704-372-1000 or BlumenthalArts.org
“Molly Sweeney” at Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh — 7:30 p.m., Thursdays -Saturdays through Oct. 9: The story of her passage from blindness to sight. $10 919-259-0812 or email@example.com . Burning Coal Theatre Company, Murphey School, 224 Polk St., Raleigh, 919-834-4001, www.burningcoal.org
Music & more
Salisbury Symphony’s 45th season kickoff — 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8: The North Carolina Symphony performs “Great” Legends, Keppel Auditorium, Catawba College. Box office opens 6:30 p.m., $20 adults, $6 students, $4 children 8 years and younger. 704-637-4314, www.salisburysymphony.org
FirstARTS series: An American Songbook — 7p.m., Oct. 14: featuring acclaimed New York soprano Tami Petty and Matthew Michael Brown, pianist. First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Church St., 704-636-3121, ext. 104. Free.
Bishop Dready Manning plays for Charlotte Folk Society — 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14: Bluesman turned preacher, free, followed by jam sessions and dulcimer circles. Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave., uptown Charlotte. www.folksociety.org
Brick Street Live presents Too Much Sylvia — Saturday, Oct. 15: Gates open 6 p.m., live music with in the parking lot at Castaways, 119 Link Ave.; reserve seating tickets $25, general admission $5. 704-637-5363, www.brickstreetlive.com
Stanly County Concert Association hosts Spectrum Brass Quintet — 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16: Individual event tickets $20 adult, $10 student, reciprocal event for RCCA season ticket holders. Stanly County Agri-Civic Center, 704-986-3666, 26032 Newt Road #B, Albemarle, www.stanlyciviccenter.com
Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center lineup — •Ronnie Milsap, Saturday, Nov. 5 •Air Supply, Saturday, Nov. 19 •Dwight Yoakam, Friday, Dec. 2• Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee. Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Comedy Improv Musical Variety Extravaganza starring the Chuckleheads — 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8: Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte’s “Happy Birthday To Us IV”, $10 before Oct. 1, $15 before Oct. 8, 20 DOS. 650 E. Stonewall St. Reservations at www.planetimprov.com
Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival — Gates open 12:30 p.m., featured musicians 4-11 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15: Legendary women’s blues and jazz bands, Jackie Torrence tribute noon-3 p.m. $15, seniors $10, rain or shine, 200 W. Fisher St., no pets. rowanbluesandjazz.eventbrite.com
Gospel Fest at Kelsey Scott Park — 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15: Sponsored by Women in Progress, rain date Oct. 22.
Mocksville Four Oaks Festival — 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8: Crafts, foods, story telling, crafts for kids, entertainment at Junker’s Outdoor Theater, free, bring a chair, 336-909-2263, www.historicdowntownmocksville.com
Mooresville Ahlara Art Fair — 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8: Outdoor art fair includes potters, painters, photographers, jewelers, soap makers, fabric artists, wood turners, mixed media artists. 155 Joe Knox Ave, exit 36 off I-77. 704-663-6343.
Ava Gardner Festival — Oct. 7-9, Entertainment, reception, museum tours, film screenings, Ava Garndner Museum, 325 E. M arket St., Smithfield, 919-934-5830, AvaGardner.org
6th annual arts and crafts fall festival — 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29. Second Glance Shop at the Alamo House, 2080 Shue Road, China Grove, 704-213-0980.
Mount Zion UCC ghost tour in historical cemetery — Oct. 8, meal in church hut 6:30, tour begins 7 p.m. Historic mid-18th century cemetery comes to life as descendants of early church members garbed in period attire walk the grounds.$20. Mount Zion UCC, 1415 S. Main St., China Grove, 704-857-1169.
Historic Salisbury’s Haunted Trolley Tours — 7 and 8:30 p.m., every Friday-Saturday in October except for Oct. 15. One hour narrated trolley tour through Historic Downtown Salisbury begins and ends at the Visitors Center, 204 E. Innes St., adults $15, students $12, 5 and under free. 1-800-332-2343, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scarrigan Farms, Mooresville — Oct. 7-31: Fifth season, five scare zones with psycho clowns, the tragic bus, 3-D maze, corn maze. Also available Old Fashioned Night Time Hayride and Bonfire. Scarrigan Farms $20, Pumpkin Patch Hayrides $9. www.Scarriganfarms.com or Facebook.
Fright Light laser show — 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15: Halloween-themed show with images set to music by artists such as Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, Charlie Daniels Band, Oingo Boingo, Alice Cooper. Viewer discretion advised, younger audience members may find some images frightening. Doors open 4:30 p.m. Adults $3, 12 and under $2. Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium at Horizons Unlimited, park on Lilly Ave., 704-639-3004.
Forbidden Forest Horror Trail — Oct. 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 31 only. From dark-until. $13 admission, proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Concession proceeds go to the Michael Yang Foundation. 14210 Old Beatty Ford Road, Rockwell. 704-223-2765, www.forbiddenforesthorrortrail.com
Boogerwoods Howl-o-ween Spooktacular for the cure of Cystic Fibrosis — Oct. 21, 22, 28, 29, 31: Five nights only. Tickets go on sale at 2 p.m. each day for that night only. Reviewed as one of the top haunts in the Carolinas. New scenes include Booger North Pole, Booger Express, The Asylum and more. Info at 704-855-7922, www.boogerwoods.com or www.boogerwoods.org
Landis FUMC Trunk or Treat — 6-9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29: free for all ages; music, face painting, food, pumpkin patch, hayrides, trunk or treating. First United Methodist Church of Landis, 704-932-5330.
Salisbury Ghost Walk Event and Wrenn House Paranormal Investigation — 9 p.m.-midnight, Friday, Oct. 28, $25 per person. Reservations and details 704-213-4232, email@example.com
The Halloween Train — Saturday, Oct. 29: The N.C. Transportation Museum hosts the Halloween Train full of friendly ghosts and witches handing out Halloween treats for the kids, followed by a trip to the Roundhouse full of Halloween goodies, coloring and miniature haunted house. Annual costume contests held on the Turntable at noon. 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer, for schedule and fees 704-636-2889, www.nctrans.org
Art gallery and paranormal tours — Highland Avenue Art Gallery and More. Art gallery hours Tuesday-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.
NC Rowan County Anime Group cosplay contest— 1-5 p.m., Sunday , Oct. 30: Dress as your favorite anime, manga, vidoeo game character, for ages 10 and up. Salisbury Mall. www.groups.yahoo.com/group/NCRowanCountyanime/
Ghost Tales in the Dark at Latta Plantation — Oct. 14, 15, 21, 22: 8, 9, 10 p.m.: Candlelight tours, ghost stories. RSVP required, $12 per person, must be 10 or older. 704-875-2312 to register, www.lattaplantation.org Circa 1800 cotton plantation and living history farm, Huntersville. 704-875-2312, www.lattaplantation.org
Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock — Fridays-Saturdays, Sept. 30-Oct. 29: Ghost Train[0xae] Halloween Festival. Tweetsie.com, 877-TWEETSIE (877-893-3874),
This & That
Downtown OctoberTour Night Out– 5-9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7: Free, family-friendly event, shops open late, kids’ activities, drumming on Easy Street, Salisbury Ghost Walk, live music in front of shops, tour St. John’s Lutheran Church, classic car show, 704-310-6741, www.SalisburyRowanRunners.org
Salisbury Ghost Walk — 7, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., Oct 7-8, adults $10, students $5, Meet at 130 W. Innes St., reservations and information 704-642-1734, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Jazz Loft Project book signing and reception — 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13: Author Sam Stephenson will discuss and sign copies of The Jazz Loft Project, a collection of the photography of W. Eugene Smith taken in the late 1950s and early 1960s of the jazz scene in NYC. Tickets $10 at Literary Bookpost, Salisbury Visitor Center, jazzloft.eventbrite.com. Portion of ticket sales goes to Rowan Blues & Jazz Society. Ticket purchase price can be applied to purchase of book. Cash wine bar. Live jazz by the Ron Free Trio. Literary Bookpost, 110 S. Main St.
Laser Zeppelin light show — 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15: Rock Laser Show-Laser Zeppelin, light and music rendition of favorite Zeppelin songs. Viewer discretion advised, some songs may contain lyrics and images inappropriate for young children. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Adults $5, 12 and under $3. Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium at Horizons Unlimited, park on Lilly Ave., 704-639-3004.
TranqWool stop on third annual Charlotte Yarn Crawl — Through Oct. 9: Pick up a Yarn Crawl Passport, have it stamped at 11 of 13 shops to be eligible for grand prize drawing; also TranqWool offers its own raffle with prizes from Blue Ewe Yoga Studio, Salisbury Wine Shop, Don Fortner, DM, Pottery 101, Fine Frame Gallery. TranqWool Knitting Provisions, 310 Mocksville Ave., 704-431-4527.
Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze, Huntersville — Weekends through Nov. 6, open by appointment during the week – call for details. Admission ages 13+ $10, youth ages 5-12 $7. Children 4 and under free. www.ruralhill.net/ AmazingMaizeMaze.asp
Pro Wrestling EVO presents “Follow This” — 8 p.m., Oct. 8: Arena Atrium, adults $12, children 10 and younger $6, Military w/ID $8, $5 parking. Cabarrus Event Center, 4751 NC Hwy 49,Concord, 704-920-3976, www.cabarrusarena.com
State Fair — Oct. 13-23, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, concerts, fireworks, http://www.ncstatefair.org/2011
20th annual Civil War Show — Oct. 14-15: Buy, sell, trade Civil War memorabilia. Jake Alexander Blvd. Holiday Inn, $5, Terry Teff 704-463-5439.
NC Rowan County Anime Group shows film— 6-8 p.m.,Wednesday, Oct. 19: “E’s Otherwise,” Rowan Public Library, Fisher 201 W. Fisher St., www.groups.yahoo.com/group/NCRowanCountyanime/
The Let’s Talk About It Reading and Discussion Series — 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 20: Discussing Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamont; discussion led by Dr. Roxanne Newton. Registration required,704-920-2050, Concord Library auditorium, 27 Union St., N
Third annual “Ridin’ Hawg Wild” motorcycle fundraiser for Autism Speaks —Oct. 8: Registration 9 a.m., Poker Run departs 11 a.m. Car show, all day live music, vendors, food, children’s activities, silent auctions, raffles. Richard Childress Racing Museum, Welcome. All proceeds go directly to the non-profit organization Autism Speaks. Info 336-479-0987, www.ridinhawgwild.com
Faithful Friends second annual Holiday Bazaar — 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5: arts/crafts vendors, pet related vendors, door prizes, raffle, bake sale. $1 adult admission, children free. F&M Trolley Barn, Downtown Salisbury. Shannon Moore, 336-782-6197, FFVolunteerChair@yahoo. com
The FootLoose Project — 6-8 p.m., Nov. 6: The theme of shoes as done by local artists on exhibit with silent auction for the artwork benefits Alzheimer’s Association Walk For The Cure. Trinity Oaks Retirement Community, Klumac Road. Through Nov. 10.704-603-2770.
Benchwarmers. 113 E. Fisher St. — 7-10 p.m. every Friday: Handful of Dave. 704-639-0604.
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, Oct. 7: Newcomers dance contest with Mike Harding; Saturday, Oct. 8: live music; Wednesday, Oct. 12: Wednesday Beach Series with Sea Cruz. Open Wed.-Sat. 6 p.m., Saturday, Sunday for lunch, Monday night football 7 p.m. 704-633-0251, www.theboatandskiclub.com
Rick’s BBQ and Grill, 929 S. Main St. — 7-9 p.m. tonight, Oct. 6: Karaoke performance by Stan Wilson. Bike Night 6-9 p.m. every Monday; Cruise-in 6-9 p.m. every Tuesday; karaoke 7 p.m.-close every Friday-Saturday. 704-642-0050.
The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St. — 9 p.m.-midnight, Friday, Oct. 7: Salisbury Swing Band Combo, $5 cover • 9 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8: singer/songwriter/storyteller Alan Barrington, no cover. 704-797-0093, www.thebluevine.com
The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 — Friday, Oct. 7: The Inn hosts the Charlotte Music Awards, six bands compete for trip to Red Carpet Affair in Charlotte. Saturday, Oct. 8: Horsemen Let’s Ride and U-turn. 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.
Art Classes at Rail Walk Gallery — Oil painting, drawing instruction in the direct representational style, 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 •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
All-day painting workshop — 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, ages 12 and up, beginners or experienced painters. Bring a bag lunch, art supplies in the medium of your choice. In the studio or outdoors depending on weather. Instructor, Phyllis Steimel. $85 (members $70), held at Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 704-636-1882 to register.
Free design demonstrations — 10:30 a.m. and noon, Saturday, Oct. 8: Mesh Wreaths and Candle Rings/Whimsical Christmas. Piedmont Floral Galleries, 280 Furniture Drive, 704-636-7739. www.piedmontfloralgalleries.com
Fall classes at Waterworks — •Day-long painting workshop “Loosen Up” with Phyllis Steimel, Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $85 ($70 members) •Women and Wine Series “Ladies Night Out”, Nov. 1 “Watercolors and White Wine” and Nov. 15 “Pastels and Spicy Reds,” instructor Phyllis Steimel, $50/session ($35/session members), 704-636-1882 to register, information www.waterworks.org
Zumba fitness — 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays, First Baptist Church in old YMCA gym on Fulton St.
Line dancing — New classes begin • Absolute Beginner (no experience), 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays Oct. 11, 25; $5 per lesson • High Beginner/Intermediate (one or more years experience), 5 p.m. Thursdays Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27; $12 or $5 per lesson • Instructor Cheryl Kluttz, Rufty-Holmes Sr. Center, members pre-register 704-216-7714, Cheryl Kluttz.
Classical Method of Oils Painting with Patt — Beginner or intermediate, ongoing classes Tuesdays 1-3 p.m. at the studio of Patt Legg. One-on-one teaching of the Old Masters. $40. per 2 hour session, pay as you go. 704-232-6000, www.PattLeggFineArtStudio.com
Creative painting workshops — 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., ongoing series, beginning to intermediate, traditional oil painting. $200 for eight sessions; scholarships and sliding scales available. Registration/materials: 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 hosts classes every other Thursday evening, 6-8 p.m. $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; 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; reserve space at firstname.lastname@example.org . Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St., 704-633-ARTS, www.salisburyartists.com
Bring-your-own-vase floral design — 2-3 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Designing fresh cut flowers, $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.
Piedmont Singles — 7:15 p.m., Oct.7: Christmas cards for service men and women. We need help, bring scissors. 1908 Statesville Blvd, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, no joining fee, donations appreciated, covered dish. 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. Singles 40 and over and former members who remarry. $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. 704-536-5561. American Legion Post 380, 4235 W. Tyvola Road, Charlotte.
Singles dance, Oriental Shrine Club — 8 p.m.-midnight, first Friday, Oct 7. Oriental Shrine Club, 5010 High Point Rd., Greensboro. $10 at door. Business casual attire. Deejay Fast Freddie Thompson, 704-636-8348..
PPT youth auditions for “Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells” — By appointment only, call 704-633-5471. Available times: 4 p.m., Oct. 10-11. Show dates Nov. 11, 12, 18, 19. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St., 704-633-5471, www.piedmontplayers.com
Carolina Actors Studio Theatre auditions — Saturday, Oct. 15 by appointment only, for “Jack Goes Boating.”E-mail director Paige Johnston Thomas at email@example.com to schedule. Also seeking stage managers, running crew for this production. www.nccast.com. Actors may read scenes from the play or use a prepared monologue. 2424 No. Davidson St.
Call for vendors
Carolina Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway — Nov. 23-Dec. 31: Christmas light park and Christmas villages seeks arts and crafts vendors for Christmas Village. Materials coded for sale so vendors do not have to be on premises at all times. Information /application: Randall Barger 704-314-4711.
Looking Glass Artist Collective’s Art and Fine Craft Holiday Show — 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Nov. 12-13, for vendor application contact Cathy Matthews, 704-633-ARTS, www.salisburyartists.com
Call for artists
The FootLoose Project — The theme of shoes as done by local artists to support Rowan County Walk For The Cure (formerly called the Memory Walk), from fine works of art to actual footwear whimsically remade. New category this year: photographs from local artists, three or two dimensional. Deliver work to Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks by Oct. 14 with entry form. Forms and exhibit criteria: firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information, Brenda Zimmerman 704-603-2770. The Nov. 6 show and silent auction will be at Trinity Oaks Retirement Community.
Call for poets
Registration open for national ‘Poetry Out Loud’ competition — NC high school teachers have until Friday, Oct. 14, to register, designed for high school students in grades 9-12 in public, private, home schools, culminating in national finals in Washington, D.C., May 13–15. Teachers register online through 5 p.m. Oct. 14, www.poetryoutloud.org. Questions: Banu Valladares 919-807-6502, banu.valladares @ncdcr.gov, www.ncarts. org/freeform
Speakers and forums
Meet Your Neighbor public forum — “Persons with Disabilities:” 6:30-7:45 p.m., Oct. 11. Presenters: Daina Frederick, DSS Adult Services Supervisor of Rowan; Dr. Crystal Vail, RSSS Director of Exceptional Children; Jane Jackman, Supervisor, Association of Retarded Citizens; Dr. Shanyn Aysta, Recovery Coordinator, VA Medical Center; John Mitchell, Equal Employment Opportunities, VA Medical Center; Wanda Foil, RCCC instructor who is blind; Monica Foster, Human Relations Council member who is a wheelchair user; Darryl Bolt, citizen who is deaf. Sponsored by Covenant Community Connection. Civic Center of Salisbury, 315 S. Martin Luther King Ave.
“Honoring the Legacy, Embracing the Future: Public Policy Challenges Ahead” — 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13: Eileen Hanson-Kelly, sponsored by American Association of University Women, Salisbury branch, second floor Trinity Oaks, 728 Klumac Road. 704-798-2574.
UDC sesquicentennial lecture series presents author Chris Hartley — 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 29: Hartley is author of Stuart’s Tarheels: James B. Gordon and His North Carolina Cavalry. United Daughters of the Confederacy commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the War Between the States at the Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive. 704-637-6411, email@example.com
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. — • Art for the Soul exhibition by residents of Abundant Living Adult Day Services, a series offering creative opportunities which provide comfort, satisfaction, and a sense of well-being.Artwork includes photography, collages, sculptures, paintings through Nov. 12 • “Imprints” features three exhibitions through Nov. 19: “Through a Soldier’s Eyes: Remembering Vietnam,” Vietnam veteran Thomas L. Floyd’s lithographs and paintings in his work “Principles and Reality,” woodblock prints from Mona Wu • Free admission, donations appreciated. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday 10 a.m-7 p.m, Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 704-636-1882, www.waterworks.org
Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. — On exhibit through Oct. 22: “Outside Inside:” Paintings by Rail Walk studio artist Jim Haymaker and Woodwork by exhibiting guest wood artist, Jerry Michael. New hours: Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment, or if the “open” flag is flying. 704-431-8964, www.railwalkgallery.com
Cauble Creek 2011 Artist Invitational — Nov. 4-20, Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sundays 1-6 p.m.; Reception Sunday, Nov. 6, 3-6 p.m. A portion of the proceeds during the final week will go The Landtrust of Central North Carolina. Cauble Creek Vineyard, 700 Cauble Farm Road, 704-633-1137, www.caublecreekvineyard.com
Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte — Celebrating Queen Charlotte’s Coronation. 250 years ago 17-year old Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz left her family to marry King George III. $10 adults, free for 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 — Sheila Hicks: Fifty Years, through Jan. 29, 2012, the first museum retrospective devoted to this pioneering figure. Same hours, admission as above. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem — Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Oct. 7-Dec. 31. 336-758-5150, reynoldahouse.org
The North Carolina Pottery Center, 233 E. Ave., Seagrove — Through Oct. 29: “Wild Fire,” Alamance County stoneware and “Remember Me as You Pass By,” NC ceramic grave markers. www.ncpotterycenter.org
Day trips across North Carolina — • Nov. 16: Biltmore House, tour gardens, dine at finest restaurant, take Christmas Candlelight Tour, $100, dinner and admission included, register by Oct. 7 • For 18 and older. Bus departs from Village Park, 700 West C St., Kannapolis, payment due on or before registration deadline. Kannapolis Parks & Recreation Department 704-920-4343.
Annual Fall mountain trip — Oct. 19: Fall leaves, farm market, attractions in Cherokee. Depart 7 a.m. from the YMCA, $50 transportation only. Will stop for breakfast snack; lunch, dinner on your own. Arrival time home, 8 p.m. J F Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd. 704 -636-0111, Barbara Franklin.
Myrtle Beach and Georgetown, S.C. — November 15-17: includes hotel, 2 shows at Palace Theater, Ripley’s Museum, meals, deluxe motorcoach transportation. Davie County Senior Services, 336-753-6230.
Bethlehem, Pa., The Christmas City — Dec. 7-9: includes hotel, meals, night tour of city, Moravian church, Moravian museum, shopping. Davie County Senior Services, 336-753-6230.
Dan Nicholas Park, 6800 Bringle Ferry Rd. — Paddle boats, miniature golf, miniature trains, carousel, gem mine, playgrounds, family camping, picnic shelters, splash pad, petting zoo. 704-216-7800. www.dannicholas.net
Ellis Park, 3541 Old Mocksville Road — 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: 704-267-9439, www.HistoricGoldHill.com
Gold Hill Rail Trail — Hiking, biking trail begins at Gold Hill Mines Historic Park, 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 — Fridays-Saturdays, Sept. 30-Oct. 29: Ghost Train[0xae] Halloween Festival. Tweetsie.com, 877-TWEETSIE (877-893-3874), Facebook, Twitter @TweetsieRR
N.C. Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 15: Antique Automobile Club of America Show, visitors viewired for museum exhibits and regular train rides. www.nctrans.org for train ride schedule and admission information with and without train rides. 704-636-2889, 877-NCTMFUN.
Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St. — “When We Fought Ourselves-1861-1865,”with local emphasis. Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Contributions accepted. 704-633-5946. www.rowanmuseum.org
Utzman-Chambers House, 116 S. Jackson St. — Exhibit: Artifacts of the late Honorable Spruce Macay (1755–1808). Open 1-4 p.m. Saturday. $3 adults, $1.50 students. 704-633-5946.
Dr. Josephus Hall House, 226 S. Jackson St. — 1820 house museum, costumed docents provide tours. $3 adults, $1.50 students. 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. 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. Info: 704-279-5783.
Price of Freedom Museum, Old Patterson School building, China Grove — Sundays 3-5 p.m. and by appointment. American war memorial dedicated to men and women of the armed services. At Weaver and Patterson Roads, 704-857-7474, www.priceoffreedom.us
China Grove Roller Mill Museum — Guided tours 2-4 p.m. second Sunday of each month by Historical Society of South Rowan. Special tours 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. In the renovated old Kannapolis Jailhouse Building. 10 a.m.-noon, 2-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, admission free. 704-934-2320, www.NorthCarolinaMusicHallofFame.org
Historic Gold Hill,NC/Gold Hill Mines Historic Park — 19th century living history interpretative displays. 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., free admission. 704-721-4653, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fort Dobbs State Historic Site, 438 Fort Dobbs Road, Statesville — The only North Carolina Historic Site associated with the French and Indian War. Free, open Tuesday-Saturday. 704-873-5882, www.fortdobbs.org
Historic Latta Plantation, Sample Road, Huntersville — Help needed for ghost walk events, free volunteer training 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 8, Nicole Cheslak 704-875-2312 ext. 304 or email@example.com • Ghost Tales in the Dark, Oct. 14, 15, 21, 22: 8, 9, 10 p.m.: Candlelight tours, real ghost stories. RSVP, $12 per person, must be 10 or older. 704-875-2312 to register, www.lattaplantation.org
Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte — Civil War National Register Federal house circa 1815. www.historicrose dale.com
Discovery Place, Charlotte, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, — Through Oct. 13: Aerospace fun. Explore More Stuff lab. Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sunday: noon–5 p.m. 704-372-6261, www.discoveryplace.org
Discovery Place KIDS Huntersville, 105 Gilead Road — Tuesday-Sunday, closed Monday. $8 adults and children age one and older, children younger than age one are free. 704-372-6261, discoveryplaceKIDS.orgCharlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte — $6 ages 2 and older; younger than 2 and members are free. Closed Monday. www.charlottenaturemuseum.org
Town Creek Indian Mound, southern Montgomery County — NC’s only state historic site dedicated to American Indian heritage. Town Creek Mound Road approx. five miles east of Mt. Gilead, between NC 73 and NC 731. www.towncreek. nchistoricsites.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 — Works of Rodin from the personal collection of Iris Cantor. General admission is free, charge for some special exhibits. www.ncartmuseum.org
Contemporary Art Museum, 409 W. Martin St., Raleigh — 11 a.m.–6:30 p.m., $5 general admission. 919-513-0946, camraleigh.org
NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh — 3-4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 9: Music of the Carolinas – Blind Boy Chocolate and the Milk Sheiks; free. Across from the State Capitol. 919-807-7900, ncmuseumofhistory.org or Facebook
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? Free general admission. 919-733-7450, www.naturalsciences.org .
NC Museum of Life and Science, 433 Murray Ave., Durham — $10.85 adults; seniors, military, children discounted; children age two and younger free. Train and ornithopter rides small add’l cost. 919-220-5429, www.ncmls.org
Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St. — 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $6 adults and children. 336-723-9111 or childrensmuseumofws.org
Natural Science Center of Greensboro, 4301 Lawndale Drive — Home of the Animal Discovery Zoological Park and NC’s only 40 foot digital dome experience. 336-288-3769, www.natsci.org
Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St. — Hands-on, interactive museum for children and families. 336-574-2898, www.gcmuseum.com