Roundabout: What's happening
E.H. Montgomery General Store Bluegrass Christmas— 6-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 23: bluegrass jam, finger foods, lots of music. Historic Village of Gold Hill. www.HistoricGoldHill.com . 704-267-9439, 704-279-5674.
Carolina Christmas light show — 6-10 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31: Drive-through Christmas light park, Charlotte Motor Speedway, exit 49 off I-85. Tickets online or at gate, $20 per car, truck or SUV up to eight passengers. 1-800-455-FANS, www.charlottemotorspeedway.com
Holiday events at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden — • Through Dec. 31:Holiday Lights at the Garden, a display of a half-million lights •Saturday, Dec. 24 and Thursday, Dec. 29: from 6-8:30 p.m., acoustic guitarist Chris Hertz •Friday, Dec. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 31: from 6-8:30 p.m., James East on the piano •These evenings include model train displays, carriage rides, family Christmas Crafts, holiday carols, the spectacular 16-foot-tall Orchid Tree featuring more than 300 orchids, hot chocolate, holiday music, shopping •Admission $12 adults, $11 seniors 60+, $6 children 4-12. Nov. 25-Dec. 31 •Carriage rides Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights through Dec. 31, 6.50 adults, $4.50 children •6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Check website for up-to-date listings at www.DSBG.org
Old Stone House, Granite Quarry —Closed for winter months except for The Annual Old Christmas Celebration at the Old Stone House Saturday, Dec. 31, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 1, noon-4p.m. $3 adults, $1.50 students. 704-633-5946.
North Carolina Symphony New Year’s concert spectacle — 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 31: An annual tradition, “New Year’s in Vienna,” conducted by Music Director Grant Llewellyn, featuring soprano Sari Gruber. Tickets start at $33. Meymandi Concert Hall, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 877-627-6724, www.ncsymphony.org
John Tosco’s New Years Eve — Doors open 7:30, music 8 p.m., Saturday Dec. 31: A family-friendly variety show in the spirit of The Ed Sullivan Show. General admission $21.11 at the Box Office, CarolinaTix, 704-372-1000. The McGlohon Theatre, 345 North College St., downtown Charlotte.
WBT Holiday on Ice — Through Jan. 8: The area’s only outdoor skating rink, $9, skate rental $3, 400 E. Martin Luther King Blvd., Charlotte, www.wbtholidayonice.com
Music & more
An afternoon of free music — 2-5 p.m. today: guitarist Moon Mullins, flutist Meryl Vogh, classical guitarist Rob Howle. South Rowan Regional Library. Light refreshments. 920 Kimball Road, China Grove, 704-216-7727, www.rowanpubliclibrary.org
The Moody Blues come to the Blumenthal — March 26: Tickets start at $49.50. Belk Theater, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, 704-372-1000, www.blumenthalarts. org, https://tix.carolinatix.org/
Opera world premiere at UNCC — 8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9: “Songs of the Fisherman,” chamber opera by Timothy Nelson inspired by Homer’s “Odyssey” and the Genesis creation story. Belk Theater of the Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts, UNCC campus. Tickets $9, 704-687-1849, www.performances.uncc.edu
Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center lineup — • Charley Pride, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012• Sara Evans, Saturday, Feb. 25• The Moody Blues, Friday, March 30. Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee. www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte presents ‘Jingle Jangle Christmas’ — Through Dec. 23; Musical comedy set in 1944 Christmas Eve. 650 E. Stonewall St., Charlotte. 704-342-2251 or www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org
Loretta Swit (Hot Lips Houlihan) headlines ‘Love, Loss, and What I Wore’ — Jan. 24-29 in the McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, Charlotte. Written by Nora Ephron (Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally) and Delia Ephron. BlumenthalArts.org, 704-372-1000 or box office in the Belk Theater lobby, 130 N. Tryon St.
‘Agnes the Giant, free at Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh — 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 29: Reading of dark comedy by Kelly Doyle. Free admission. Burning Coal Theatre Company, Murphey School, 224 Polk St., Raleigh, 919-834-4001, www.burningcoal.org
This & That
Art Sale from the RJ Reynolds Collection — Feb. 10-12. Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. Sale of hundreds of pieces of artwork to benefit local arts organizations and artists. Not an auction. $5 entry fee, held at Mountcastle Forum and Reynolds Place in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, Winston-Salem. 336-747-1412, email@example.com
Concord Book Club — 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan.3, discussing “The Weird Sisters” by Eleanor Brown. Registration requested, 704-920-2053, Concord Library meeting room, 27 Union St., N
Cabarrus Literacy Council Literacy Tutor Training — 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, Kannapolis Library meeting room, 850 Mountain St. Participants instructed on the adult learner, the Laubach Way of Reading, tutor resources, procedures. 30 minute lunch break, bring bag lunch, water provided. Registration, information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-920-ABCD.
Celebration to benefit OCAA — 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 23: Dress to impress, live jazz, $10 at the door, portion of proceeds goes to Our Community Appreciation Awards. A Little Sumthin’ Sumthin’ 117 West Innes St., 704-245-6461, www.alittlesumthinsumthin.com
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 — Dec. 20-25: closed for Christmas. Dec. 26: Monday night football. Tickets on sale for New Year’s Eve Party with Big Sam. Wednesday-Saturday; lunch Sunday; Monday night football 7 p.m. 704-633-0251, www.theboatandskiclub. com
Rick’s BBQ and Grill, 929 S. Main St. — 7 p.m., tonight, Dec. 22:karoke performance by Terry Bowman. Bike Night 6-9 p.m. Mondays; Cruise-in 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays; karaoke 7-close Friday-Saturdays. 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, Dec. 23: Salisbury Swing Band Small Combo with Lonnie Carpenter, $5 cover. 704-797-0093, www.thebluevine.com
The Fuel Depot Bar and Grill, 2168 Statesville Blvd. — Live music New Year’s Eve with Soakin Wet. Tuesdays, open mic nite 9 p.m.; Wednesdays World Tavern poker; Thursdays 8-ball tournament, deejay and karaoke with Cherokee; Fridays free jam session with Monkey Wrench. 704-636-2583
The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 — Closed Christmas eve, open Dec. 31 with New Years Eve bash with Shield of Salvation, Arms of Mercy, All of A Kind and Broken Yesterday. Bring snacks and drinks to share. Open 7 p.m.-midnight Saturdays, free refreshments, air hockey, foosball, pool, wi-fi. Public invited to jam or schedule their group to perform. 704-213-1467. www.inntheloop.
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.
PPT Youth Winter Workshops — • Jan. 14: Stage makeup workshop for students who enjoy doing stage makeup • Jan. 21: Light design workshop for students who enjoy working backstage. For times, fees, registration Piedmont Players Theatre, 704-633-5471 or www.piedmontplayers.com
Annual Rowan County history course — Weekly, February-May, sponsored by Rowan Museum and Historic Salisbury Foundation. Course on local history taught by various speakers at various locations. 704- 636-0103 to sign up, $35.
Creative Art Experiences for ages 5-18 — Art Lessons for children in your home, after school, evenings, weekends with Ingrid A. Erickson, K-12 Certified Art Educator and Artist. Lessons include papier mache animals, mask making, watercolor painting basics, observational and gesture drawing, printmaking, handmade paper and bookmaking, collage, clay, weaving, your requests. $15/hour, $10 each additional child. 413-884-4499 for appointment. Studio at Rail Walk Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. Email: email@example.com with questions. Rail Walk Gallery, 409 N. Lee St.
Draw or Paint the Figure — Work from a live model each Wednesday 1-4 p.m., $5 hr, no instruction. Rail Walk Studio & Gallery, 409 N Lee St. Contact Rachel Lee, firstname.lastname@example.org
Register for winter classes at Waterworks — Artists’ talks/demonstrations: 7-8:30 p.m., four Tuesdays beginning Jan. 17, tuition $15/session or 4/$50 • My Career as an Illustrator – Walter Stanford. Discussion and demonstration of working with pastels • Why Impressionism? – Phyllis Steimel. Thoughts from an artist who studies the principles of Impressionism and Fauvism • Post-Impressionism – Don Moore. They set the stage for the major art movements of the 20th Century • Within the Wood – Rick Sorensen. Demonstration of the art of wood sculpture ••• Studio classes: •Life Drawing, instructors Robert Toth, Phyllis Steimel, Robert Crum, Don Moore, eight Tuesday evenings 6:30-9 beginning Feb. 14, $200 ($160 members), includes model •Beginning/Intermediate Pottery, instructor Beth Wright, six Tuesday evenings 6:30-9 beginning Feb. 14, $180 ($150 members) •Beginning/Intermediate Painting, instructor Phyllis Steimel, six Thursday evenings 6:30-9 beginning Feb. 16, $150 ($120 members) •Perfecting Your Darkroom Skills, instructor Wayne Wrights, six Thursday evenings 6:30-9 beginning Feb. 16, $180 ($150 members) •704-636-1882, www.waterworks.org
Zumba fitness — •6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, First Baptist Church of Salisbury in old YMCA gym on Fulton St. •6 p.m. Thursdays, $3 per person, St. Matthews Church in Salisbury •6 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Christ United Methodist Church, Hwy 150, email@example.com for details.
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 methods 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; ask about scholarships and sliding scales. 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 — No meeting on Dec. 23 •7:15 Friday, Dec. 30: Bring $5 gift for Dirty Santa exchange. 1908 Statesville Blvd., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, no joining fee, donations appreciated, covered dish.
Appalachian film fest — Ninth annual Appalachian Film Festival accepting submissions for Feb. 25-26, 2012 festival. Entry forms and submission guidelines: www.appyfilmfest. com/pages/entries.htm or enter at www.withoutabox.com/ Christopher Lusher, 1-304-690-2500, email@example.com
Old Courthouse Youth Theatre ‘Broadway Babies’ — 7-9 p.m., Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 9-10. For ages 10-18, prepare to a sing a verse and the chorus of a Broadway song. No recorded music, an accompanist will be provided.49 Spring St. SW, Concord. www.oldcourthousetheatre.org
Burning Coal Theatre Company’s ‘Across the Holy Tell’ — 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, for a staged reading of June Guralnick’s Across the Holy Tell, directed by Jonathan McCarter. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for audition slot and a copy of ‘sides.’ Bring two copies of picture resume. Murphey School, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh.
Call for musicians
Songwriting contest — Waterworks Visual Arts Center hosts songwriting competition in conjunction with Art of Faiths exhibition, sponsored by Dr. Phillip Burgess and Mr. Daryl Bruner. Texts for the songs are the Poems of American Slavery found in the book “I Lay My Stitches Down” by Cynthia Grady and illustrated by exhibiting artist Michele Wood. The songs may be for vocal solo, duets, choral, etc. Must be an original composition, not an arrangement of a currently published work. Copies of texts available at Waterworks. If chosen, provide a performer for your original work. Top winners presented at closing reception in Feb. Deadline for submission Jan. 18, 2012. First Prize $300; second prize $200; third prize $100. All prizes based on quality of works submitted. Mail copies of your work to Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Music Competition, 123 E. Liberty Street, Salisbury NC 28144. Call 704-636-1882 with questions.
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
Call for fiber artists — Green Goat Gallery and TranqWool Knitting Provisions are accepting original work, up to two pieces per artist, for Fiber Art show on Jan. 21. $5 per entry. Pieces will be available for sale during show. Entries accepted through Jan. 14. Green Goat Gallery 704-639-0606 or TranqWool Knitting Provisions 704-431-4527.
Call for artists for Caldwell County 2013 gallery exhibit — Caldwell Arts Council accepting portfolios with resumes, artist statements, biographies from artists or art groups interested in exhibiting in 2013 at the Arts Council Gallery. Juried review open to artists and art groups in all mediums. Complete submission guidelines at www.caldwellarts.com, “For and About Artists” then “Portfolio Submission Guidelines.” Deadline Jan. 13, 2012. Caldwell Arts Council, Lenoir, NC, 828-754-2486.
N.C. Museum of Art seeks art for auction fundraiser — Request for proposals for original works of art to be considered for inclusion in “Art of the Auction,” a silent and live auction event, to be held at the Museum’s East Building Saturday, April 14, 2012. Proceeds from Art of the Auction will benefit Museum programs. Must be original and recent works of art created by the artist submitting the entry and not to exceed 32 x 32 x 32 inches, selected for inclusion based upon the aesthetic considerations that guide the North Carolina Museum of Art’s collecting principles. All categories of art will be accepted. Submission details and full Request for Proposal at www.ncartmuseum.org/auction. Deadline Jan. 31, 2012.
Home and garden
Orchid Spectacular at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden — Annual showcase of orchids Jan. 20-March 18: guests “join” a 19th century orchid expedition. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490, www.DSBG.org
8th annual Greater Charlotte Home and Landscape Show — Jan. 27-29: The latest in decorating, remodeling, landscaping, renovating resources. Roger Hazard, host of Sell This House, Sell This House: Extreme, And Move This House, shares expertise in seminars. $7, 16 and under free, 65+ $5, $1 off coupon at www. showtechnology.com. Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, 4751 Hwy 49, Concord. www.cabarrusarena.com
Lee exhibit at Tastebuds, 106 N. Main St. — Exhibit of architecture by Woodleaf artist Rachel Lee through Feb. 2012. Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 704-245-4134 or Facebook.
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. — “Art of Faiths, Religions of the World” along with Artist Invitational through Feb. 11, 2012. A multi-year program exploring diversity of faiths. This year features artists Ed Byers, Robert Doares (posthumously), Michele Wood: Christianity. Upcoming years, will feature the art of Judaism, Islam, Buddhism • Ten regional artists exhibit mixed media work in the ninth annual Artist Invitational: Lisa Durbin, Ric Erkes, Sharon Hamilton, Mary Linn Norvell, Cara Reische, Kirsten Reynolds, Ron Slack, Mark Stephenson, Matthew Thomason, Wayne Wrights • Art students of Rowan Helping Ministries’ “New Tomorrows” outreach program studied Jackson Pollack, created their own Pollack-style paintings. Through Jan. 7 • 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
Green Goat Gallery hosts opening, 516 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — Family Ties, exhibit featuring paintings by father and daughter artists Dennis Mial, Tamiko LaSharma Patterson. 704-639-0606, email@example.com . Gallery hours Tuesday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 704-639-0606.
Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. — “Petals and Wings: Works in Cut Paper” by Ingrid Erickson, through Jan. 28. Rail Walk gallery hours Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. or whenever the green open flag is flying. 413-884-4499, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte — Celebrating Queen Charlotte’s Coronation. 250 years ago seventeen-year old Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz left her family to marry King George III. $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 — 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 — “Domestic Bliss: Art at Home in Britain and America, 1780-1840”in the West Bedroom Gallery through May 20, 2012. Admission to this exhibition as well as “Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum,” on view through Dec. 31, is included in price of admission. 336-758-5150, reynoldahouse. org
The North Carolina Pottery Center, 233 E. Ave., Seagrove — 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, 336-873-8430, www.ncpotterycenter.org
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 — 26 acres of ball fields, tennis courts, volleyball court, shelters, playground, event center, walking trail. 704-216-7783.
Sloan Park, 550 Sloan Road, Mt. Ulla — Off NC Hwy 150 approximately 10 miles west of Salisbury. Features Kerr Mill, an 1823 grist mill.
Gold Hill Mines Historic Park 735 St. Stephens Church Road, Gold Hill — Historic tours available by appointment: 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.
N.C. Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — Winter Fever: A 25-minute train ride aboard classic train cars pulled by an antique diesel locomotive. Tickets can be purchased at Barber Junction Visitor’s Center at N.C. Transportation Museum on Dec. 28-31 at 11 a.m., 1, 2, 3 p.m. Regular museum admission applies, $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and active military and $6 for children. Children 2 and under ride free. 704-636-2889, 877-NCTMFUN, www.nctrans.org
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. — The Utzman-Chambers House has closed for the winter months. 704-633-5946.
Old Stone House, Granite Quarry —Closed for winter months except for The Annual Old Christmas Celebration at the Old Stone House Saturday, Dec. 31, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 1, noon-4p.m. $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.
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. Intersection of Weaver and Patterson Roads, 704-857-7474, www.priceoffreedom.us
China Grove Roller Mill Museum — Guided tours 2-4 p.m. second Sundays.Operated by Historical Society of South Rowan. 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. 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 reflect life in the 1800s gold mining boom town. Free. 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., admission free. 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, open Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 704-873-5882, www.fortdobbs. org
Historic Latta Plantation, Sample Road, Huntersville — Circa 1800 cotton plantation and living history farm, 704-875-2312, 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, — Extended hours for Mummies of the World exhibition: Open until 6 p.m. Dec. 26-30. Advance tickets recommended for world’s largest collection of real mummies. 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 — 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 are free. 704-372-6261, discoveryplaceKIDS.orgCharlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte — Through Dec 31: Family programs on winter creatures. Full schedule listing at 704-372-6261, www.charlottenaturemuseum.org
Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte — Free. 704-568-1774, www.charlottemuseum.org
Town Creek Indian Mound, southern Montgomery County — NC’s only state historic site dedicated to American Indian heritage, Town Creek Indian Mound interprets the history of the American Indians who once lived here. Located on 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 — A loan of ten works of Rodin from the personal collection of Iris Cantor includes a rare marble sculpture of Eve, a monumental sized bronze of Eve standing 68 inches tall, Final Study for the Monument to Balzac, the monumental Torso of the Falling Man, three of Rodin’s Burghers of Calais. 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., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Noon–5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday.$5 general admission. 919-513-0946, camraleigh.org
NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh — At the Speed of a Girl, Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouting, through July 29, 2012. Across from the State Capitol. 919-807-7900, ncmuseumofhistory.org or Facebook
NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh —Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. 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; fhildren 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 OmniSphere Dome Theater, 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 (infancy to 10 years of age) and families. 336-574-2898, www.gcmuseum.com