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8th Annual Pops at the Post concert by Salisbury Symphony — Sundown, Saturday, June 2, Salisbury Post loading dock, S. Church St. (rain venue: Keppel Auditorium, Catawba College), www.popsatthepost.org, www.facebook.com/PopsatthePost
Lawn chair concert — 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, June 2: Music by Shield of Salvation, food, family fun, no charge. Oakland Heights Baptist Church, 205 Newsome Road.
Salisbury Swing Band Pops pre-show — 5-7 p.m., Saturday, June 2, bank parking lot prior to Pops At The Post. Under the direction of Dr. Steve Etters.
Third annual Psalmist Workshop Spring concert — 4-6 p.m., Saturday, June 2, North Hills Christian School gym: North Hills Praise Team plus past and present students perform. Open to the public, free, donations accepted. Intermission with refreshments.
NC Symphony 2012-13 season — June 7 gala event kicks off 80th anniversary celebration, free community concerts across the state begin May 31 to lead up to official season opening Sept. 9. Information on subscriptions, dates, times, tickets at 919-733-2750, toll free 877-627-6724, www.ncsymphony. org
Charlotte Folk Society Gathering — 7:30 p.m., June 8: Viva Klezmer! Honoring the history of Charlotte’s Jewish citizens with Klezmer’z “Jewish jazz.” Free, donations appreciated. Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. www.folksociety.org
Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center — • Foreigner, June 8•Sheryl Crow, June 24 • Gary Allan Country Throwdown Tour, July 14• Deejay Pauly D, July 20. Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee. www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Theater
‘Them Greeks Wuz Funny’ — Examine one Aristophanes play per week 2 p.m., Wednesdays, Fridays, led by Catawba Professor Emeritus, James “Parkie” Parker • “The Birds”, June 13 and 15 • “Lysistrata”, June 20 and 22 • TBA June 27 and 29. Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, no charge, participants must purchase “The Complete Plays of Aristophanes,” Bantam Classic edited by Moses Hadas. Register for one or all. Details and registration 704-216-7714.
Old Courthouse Theatre presents ‘Crimes of the Heart’ — 8 p.m., June 14, 15, 16 and 2:30 p.m., June 17. Pulitzer Prize winning dark comedy. Tickets $20, includes hors d’oeuvres, dessert, wine tasting. (Wine tasting for Thur/Fri/Sat evening performances only). 49 Spring Street NW, 704 788-2405, www.oldcourthousetheatre.org
Old Courthouse Youth Theatre presents ‘Alice in Wonderland’ — 7:30 p.m., June 21-22 and 2:30 p.m., June 23-24. Non-Disney version. Tickets $15. 49 Spring Street NW, 704 788-2405, www.oldcourthousetheatre.org
George Hamilton in ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ at the Blumenthal — Through June 3: also starring Christopher Sieber. Tickets $20-$99.50. Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 North Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-372-1000, BlumenthalArts.org
Comedy
Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive Tour — 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 7: Rolling Stone’s “funniest man under 30.” Tickets $37, Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, carolinatix.org
Festivals
JC Price Post 107 Memorial Week celebration — Through June 3: 1433 Old Wilkesboro Road• Thursday: 9 p.m. dance with deejay K Connor • Friday: 9 p.m. dance with deejay Neak • Saturday: 9 p.m. dance with deejay Woody Wood • Rides on the midway May 30-June 3 • 704-636-2950.
First-Responders Day festival — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, June 9: to honor police, EMS, fire department and other first responders with a roasted pig, bouncy house, bluegrass band and other fun stuff. NorthGate Church, 1255 West Ridge Road, 704-633-7063.
30th annual China Grove Farmers Day — Friday, July 20: Singing in the Park • 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday, July 21: Farmers Day Festival, downtown China Grove.
18th Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival — 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, June 16: Music festival and guitar competition features bluegrass band the Gibson Brothers, Charles Welch, the Water Tower Bucket Boys, Larnell Starkey and the Spiritual Seven, Dori Freeman, and Wayne Henderson and Friends. Children’s activities. Rain or shine, Grayson Highlands State Park, U.S. 58, Mouth of Wilson, Va. Concessions available. $10, free for 12 and younger, $3 parking. www.waynehenderson.org, www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/gra.shtml.
This & That
Dance at J.F. Hurley Family YMCA — 7-10 p.m., Saturday, June 2: Music to dance by with the Hi-lighters. $5 entry fee, bring a snack to share. 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.
Historic Salisbury narrated trolley tour — 11 a.m. Saturdays, April through Oct. Tours begin/end at Visitor’s Center, 204 E. Innes St. $8 for adults, children 4 to 10 $5, under 4 free. 704-638-3100, www.visitsalisburync.com
Gold Panning competition at Reed Gold Mine — Saturday, June 9: Experienced gold panners, novices alike compete at Reed Gold Mine 2012 Pan-O-Lympics, 9621 Reed Mine Road, Midland, 704-721-4653, www.nchistoricsites.org/reed/
Faith Fourth of July Parade entries — Applications now being accepted, call James, Sylvia or Pam Alexander at 704-279-2256. Deadline June 18. For Faith Idol entry information, see Call for Musicians.
Presto! Magic Camp — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 11-15: Magic apprenticeship for all ages interested in learning, performing tricks, skills of a magician. Looking Glass Artists Center’s black box theatre, 405 N. Lee St.; bring a bag lunch. Headed by Buddy Farnan and other professional master magicians. 15 students only, $125 registration includes all materials. 704-633-2787, salisburyartists@gmail.com, www.salisburyartists.com
Concord book club — 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 5, discussing “Widow of the South” by Robert Hicks.Register at 704-920-2053, Concord Library meeting room, , 27 Union St., N., Concord, jseury@cabarruscounty.us
Music and lunch at Thursdays on Main — 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., VeteransPark, downtown Kannapolis; today, May 31: Baylor Drive Band, lunch on site from Sweet Pickle Bakery. www.cityofkannapolis. com/summerevents
Kannapolis Summer Entertainment Series — 7 p.m., Saturday, June 2: Preacher Stone and Darrell Harwood, Village Park, 700 West C St., Kannapolis, www.cityofkannapolis. com/summerevents
Kannapolis cruise-in — 3:30-9:30 p.m., June 9 and second Saturdays through November. Downtown Kannapolis. Cabarrus Events Association, 704-932-3808 or Facebook.
Historic Gold Hill Cruise-in —2 p.m. till dark, Saturday, June 16 and every third Saturday March-October, 50/50 raffle, classic, antique cars, street rods, cycles. 740 St. Stephens Church Road. Facebook or goldhillmerchantsassociation@gmail.com
EnviroMingle — 5:30-7 p.m., June 21, Kannapolis Intimidators Stadium, 2888 Moose Road, Kannapolis.
Blumenthal Performing Arts8th annual Tony Awards[0xae] party — 7 p.m., broadcast begins 8 p.m., Sunday, June 10, on 10×14-foot screen, McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square, free. Cash bar available. www.blumenthalarts.org
Fundraisers
Scottssing presents The Dosses in concert for Cystic Fibrosis — 7 p.m., Saturday, June 9, Brookdale Baptist Church, Kannapolis. Free admission, love offering taken for the cure of Cystic Fibrosis. All info at www.scottssing.com
Woodleaf Spring Festival Craft Fair, Car Show —June 16: Crafts open 10 a.m., car show 4 p.m., music by Broke ‘n Lonesome; hot dogs, drinks for sale. Kids decorate your bikes for the show. $10 to sell crafts, no entrance fee for antique vehicles. Proceeds benefit Woodleaf UMC Health Ministry Program.
‘Juneteenth — 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, June 16 and 1-6 p.m. Sunday, June 17: Two day community event benefits Back-to-School 2012 school supply giveaway. Radio 92.7 FM with Stacy Blackman to broadcast live from Kelsey-Scott Park.
Night Life
The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St. — 9-midnight, Friday, June 1: Salisbury Swing Band Combo, under the direction of Dr. Steve Etters, $5 cover • No music Saturday night, it’s Pops at the Post! 704-797-0093, www.thebluevine.com
DJ’s, 1502 W. Innes St. — 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday, Saturday: Live music. 704-638-9647, www.DJsRestaurant.com
ethos southern bistro and martini bar, 118 N. Main St. — Live music every Friday, Saturday night beginning 10 p.m. 704-639-2600, www.ethosdining.com
Fat Jack’s Pub, 120 Military Ave. — 8 p.m., Friday, Saturday night: Karaoke. 704-638-8996.
The Fuel Depot Bar and Grill, 2168 Statesville Blvd. — •Tuesday, Open Mic •Wednesday, World Tavern Poker•Thursday, 8 ball tournament, deejay/ karaoke with Cherokee•Friday jam session with Monkey Wrench (free).
The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 — Saturday, June 2: Band 3:16 and Grace Abounds•Free refreshments, air hockey, foosball, pool, wi-fi. Public invited to jam or schedule their group to perform. 704-213-1467, www.inntheloop.
The Loft at Benchwarmers, 113 E. Fisher St. — Friday, June 1: Gray Wise and Carolina Sky (rock/alternative country/ vintage)• Saturday, June 2: Big Something (rock/alternative rock). Doors open 9 p.m., must be 18+, www.reverbnation. com/venue/theloftbenchwarmers
Rick’s BBQ and Grill, 929 S. Main St. — 7 p.m., tonight, May 31: Karaoke performance by Kelly Meece • Bike Night 6-9 p.m. Mondays• Cruise-in 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays• Karaoke 7-close Friday-Saturdays. 704-642-0050.
Spencer Buffet, 1205 N. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — 6 p.m., Wednesdays: karaoke. 704-633-1200.
E.H. Montgomery General Store — Friday Night Bluegrass 6-10 p.m., open jam begins at 8 p.m. Historic Village of Gold Hill, www.HistoricGoldHill.com, Facebook at Historic Gold Hill, North Carolina, 704-267-9439.
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.
The Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., NoDa Arts District, Charlotte — Saturday June 2: Milkdrive. CarolinaTix, 1-800-594-TIXX, 704-372-1000, www.the eveningmuse.com
The Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., Charlotte — Friday, June1: The Barbed Wires • Saturday, June 2: Tom Principato 60th Birthday Celebration. CarolinaTix, 1-800-594-TIXX, 704-372-1000, www.doubledoorinn. com
The Neighborhood Theatre, 511 East 36th St., Charlotte — Friday, June 1: AZUCAR! A Caribbean Celebration, tickets first come first serve. www.neighborhood theatre.com
Classes
Chrismon classes, all new designs — Beginner, Thursday, May 31: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • Intermediate, Friday, June 1: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • New Beginner, Saturday, June 2: 9:30-11:30 a.m. • Advanced, Saturday,June 2: 9 a.m.-noon. Rufty’s Chrismon Shop, 280 Furniture Drive, 704-636-7790 for reservations/information, info@chrismons.com
Salisbury Art Station summer classes — Classes begin June 18, different classes begin weekly for different age groups, such as Exploring Art, Drawing and Painting, Multi-Media Art, All About Color, more. $165 per week ($11 per hour including supplies). Classes are 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. email contact@salisburyartstation.com for complete list.
Card Making Class at the Ytonight— 6-8 p.m. every other Thursday evening, next class 6-8 p.m., Jan. 12, 26 Feb. 9, 23, March 8, 22, April 5, 19 May 3, 17, 31, all supplies included. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd., Terri Dockins 704-636-0111.
Afternoon card-making class at the Y — 1 p.m., June 18, design 6 cards. Must preregister, $10. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111
Adult class at Pottery 101 — 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesdays and 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday or Wednesday evenings, June 12-Aug. 8 (no class week of July 4). All classes feature hand-building and wheel techniques, students not obligated to both but both processes will be demonstrated and available. Limited space, registration begins May 24. $200 includes 25# bag of clay, 8 classes and 5 hours of extra studio time. Additional studio time $5/hour. Pottery 101, 704-209-1632, pottery101nc@gmail.com, www.pottery-101.com
Summer ARTventures classes at Waterworks — Register now for Summer ARTventures classes. Visit www.waterworks.org for brochure, registration forms or pick up during gallery hours. Variety of classes for kids aged 4 and up. Class sizes are limited. 123 E. Liberty St., 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
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. Papier mache animals, mask making, watercolor painting bookmaking, clay, more. $15/hour, $10 each additional child. 413-884-4499 for appointment. Studio at Rail Walk Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. Email: ingridaerickson@yahoo.com with questions. Rail Walk Gallery, 409 N. Lee St.
Shag dance classes — Four-week sessions each monthat High Rock Boat & Ski Club, China Grove Methodist Church. Instructors are pro division dancers in Competitive Shag Association (carolinashaglessons.com). Available: Beginner, Beginner II, Intermediate/Advanced. $10/person; Contact Tobitha 704-202-9655 or tstewartrealtor@gmail.com; David or Diane Harrington 704-279-6168.
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, o2bamom@att.net for details.
Classical Method of Oils Painting with Patt — Beginner or intermediate ongoing classes Tuesdays 1-3 p.m., 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.PattLegg. 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.
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 salisburyartists@gmail.com . 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.
Singles
Piedmont Singles — 7:15 Fridays. Friday, June 1: Larry Chastain sings. 1908 Statesville Blvd, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, no joining fee, donations appreciated, covered dish.
Film
Modern Film Fest at the Davis — Free screenings of independent films. Tonight, May 31, 7 p.m.: “Pig,” a mystery sci-fi thriller about a man who awakes with amnesia in the desert and undertakes a search for his past. Davis Theatre, 65 Union Street S., 704-920-2787, wwww.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org, www.modernfilmfest.com
Auditions
Old Courthouse Theatre ‘Fox on the Fairway’ — 7-9 p.m., June 3-4, a tribute to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, cold read from the script. Performance dates Aug. 2-19. 49 Spring St. SW, Concord. 704-788-2405, www.oldcourthousetheatre.org
Call for vendors
Rail Walk event during Salisburys Arts Night Out — 5-9 p.m., Friday, June 22: Art and craft vendors invited to sell, reserve 8’x8’ inside Looking Glass Artists Center’s black box theater, 405 N. Lee St., $10. Set up begins at noon. 704-633-ARTS, salisburyartists@gmail.com, www.salisburyartists.com
Juneteenthat Kelsey Scott Park — June 16-17: Two day community event benefits Back-to-School 2012 school supply giveaway. Two-day vendor fee $55. Deadline June 7. Call Sherry Hawthorne 704-499-1197 or Walillian White 704-637-6528.
Biker Blues Rally — Second Annual Tilley Harley-Davidson Biker Blues BBQ Rally and Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned cook-off, Sept. 20-22: now accepting vendor applications. See www.bikerbluesbbqrally.com under forms for more information, contact Gary Moss 704-638-6044 or info@bikerbluesbbqrally.com
27th Hickory Oktoberfest — Now accepting applications for arts and crafts vendors for Oct. 12-14 event. 10×10 booth spaces, one craftsperson per booth. Early registration postmarked by Aug. 1: $100. Regular registration through Sept. 1: $150. Applications at www.hickoryoktoberfest.com
Call for parade entries
Faith Fourth of July Parade entries — Applications now being accepted, call James, Sylvia or Pam Alexander at 704-279-2256. Deadline June 18. For Faith Idol entry information, see Call for Musicians.
Call for musicians
Community singers invited to join — Piedmont Choral Society’s ninth All Patriotic Music/Benefit concerts: No cost, no audition, no previous choral experience is required. Rehearsals begin 7 p.m., Monday, June 4, Forest Hill United Methodist Church, 265 Union St., N., Concord; continue on the Mondays in June. Three concerts planned for end of June. Contact Kay Yates 704-699-6053, kayy2000@gmail.com
Faith Idol contest — Entries now being accepted for Faith Idol contest. Age categories: 12 and under, 13-18, 19 and up (adult). This event is held during the Faith Fourth of July celebration. 704-279-2256 for more information. Deadline June 18. For parade entry information, see This and That.
Bluegrass musicians — Bluegrass jam open to all, Saturdays at Dixie’s Roasting Co., 102 S. Main St., China Grove. 704-857-9169.
Speakers and forums
Meet Your Neighbor Forum — 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 12: “Communities at Risk” with Deborah Scales, a member of CCC working with mothers of youth who have experienced gang violence in their neighborhoods. Held at Livingstone College.
Home and garden
Davidson County Master Gardener 8th annual Garden Tour — Saturday, June 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, June 3, 1-5 p.m. “All Around the Town,” five private gardens within Lexington city limits. Tickets on sale days of the tour at the Agriculture Center, 301 E. Center plus a tour of the MG Demonstration Gardens. $10 per ticket, good both days. 336-906-7710, www.davidson.ces. ncsu.edu.
Reynolda and Hepburn — noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays , June 5-28: Reynolda House Museum of American Art’S eight-part film series titled “Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn,” free with museum admission •June 5“ Roses and Rose Gardens” • June 7 “Formal Gardens” •June 12 “Country Gardens” •June 14 “Public Gardens and Trees” •June 19 “Flower Gardens” •June 21 “Tropical Gardens” •June 26 “Japanese Gardens” •June 28 “Tulips and Spring Bulbs” 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, 336-758-5150, reynoldahouse.org
Art
Local art at Tastebuds — Featuring artists Rachel Lee, Sharon Forthofer, Lisa Flippin, Phyllis Stiemel, Barbara Duffy, Norma Owen, Joyce Cavanagh-Wood. Free, open to the public May-June, Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tastebuds Coffee & Tea, 106 N. Main St., 704-245-4134.
Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. — “A Round Paris,” opens today, May 24, runs through July 28 • North Gallery: “Round,” Rail Walk artists explore “the round” • South Gallery, themes of Paris. Special activities Friday, June 22, 5-9 p.m. as part of Downtown Salisbury’s first annual Arts Night Out. Rail Walk gallery hours Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 704-431-8964, www.railwalkgallery.com
Opening reception at Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. — • Summer Exhibition – With a Discerning Eye: Realism to Abstraction through Aug. 11; Artwork from five regional artists challenge the viewer to look beyond the obvious, to deepen their understanding of the realism in abstraction and the abstraction in realism. Opening reception Friday, June 1. Informal gallery talks with exhibiting artists at 5 p.m. followed by reception from 6-8 p.m. • 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
Exhibits at SECCA — • Paperless • Light and Space: The Sculpture of Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová • Tracey Snelling: Woman on the Run. Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem. 336-725-1904, www.secca.org
Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte — Threads of Identity: Contemporary Maya Textiles•The Transformed Self: Performance Masks of Mexico•The Shape of Life: Contemporary Native American Ceramics•Fashionable Silhouettes, all through through Dec. 31. Celebrating Queen Charlotte’s Coronation through Oct. 28. $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 — Fairytales, Fantasy, & Fear through July 8•Colorbind: The Emily and Zach Smith Collection through Aug. 12• Matthew Weinstein through Aug. 18. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem —Reynolda House Museum of American Art and Blue Star Museums offer free summer admission to active duty military and families•Project See Yesterday Today uses QR codes in eight locations; when scanned with a smartphone, see web page with archival information and an image about the location. Through Aug. 5, reynoldahouse.org/ seeyesterday •Exhibits: A Genius for Place through Aug. 5•Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum through Dec. 31.336-758-5150, reynoldahouse.org
The North Carolina Pottery Center, 233 E. Ave., Seagrove — Permanent exhibition: traces NC pottery from pre-historic Native American work through 21st century. 336-873-8430, www.ncpotterycenter.org
Trips
Two YMCA Trips —• Billy Graham trip, Tuesday, June 12: Leave 9:30 a.m., return 4 p.m. $10 per person. Lunch at cafeteria • Cauble Creek Vineyard trip, Wednesday, June 27: Leave 12:30 p.m., return 2 p.m. $10 per person. Buses leave from J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd., Louise Klaver, 704-636-0111, lklaver@rowanymca.com, www.rowanymca.com
Parks
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, — 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 — June 1-10: Thomas the Tank Engine™ photo opportunites, storytelling, children’s activities in the Imagination Station. Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Memorial Day Monday. Starting June 1 open 7 days. Tweetsie.com, 877-893-3874.
Museums
Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St. — 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon, June 3: Opening of “Elizabeth Hanford Dole: Home Town Girl–Public Servant–World Citizen,”exhibit honoring the life and service of Salisbury’s own Elizabeth Hanford Dole. 704-633-5946. www.rowanmuseum.org
Utzman-Chambers House, 116 S. Jackson St. — Artifacts of the late Honorable Spruce Macay (1755–1808), lawyer and Superior Court judge, perhaps best known for instructing our country’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson. 704-633-5946.
Old Stone House, Granite Quarry —Two-story Georgian stone house completed in 1766. Saturdays and Sundays. Old Stone House Road in Granite Quarry. 704-633-5946, www.rowanmuseum.org
Dr. Josephus Hall House, 226 S. Jackson St. — 1820 house museum, costumed docents provide tours. 704-636-0103.
Historic Rockwell Museum, 102 E. Main St. — 704-279-4979.
D-Day Remembrance at Price of Freedom Museum, Old Patterson School building, China Grove — 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, June 2: The Price of Freedom Musuem and ‘A’ Company of the CMVPA honor all Veterans of American wars. Neil Wilkerson sings the national anthem, SRHS ROTC Color Guard, recognition of all Vets. Military vehicles and helicopters on display, military weapons and war related memorabilia, VA mobile unit on site, free gift for all Vets. Food available. Price of Freedom Museum, intersection of Patterson and Weaver Roads (2420 Weaver Road) China Grove. www.pricoffreedom.us
China Grove Roller Mill Museum — 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. 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, 9621 Reed Mine Road, off Highway 200 near Locust — Museum, visitor center, underground mine tour, operating stamp mill, panning area. Museum is free, panning tickets $2. 704-721-4653, www.nchistoricsites.org/reed/
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). 704-873-5882, www.fortdobbs.org
Reynolda House Museum, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem — House, gardens and village feature public garden, dining, shopping,walking trails. Project See Yesterday Today uses QR codes in eight locations, through Aug. 5, reynoldahouse.org/ seeyesterday 336-758-5150, reynoldahouse.org
Historic Latta Plantation, 5225Sample Road, Huntersville — Circa 1800 cotton plantation and living history farm, 704-875-2312, lattaplantation.org
Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte — A Victorian Wedding, Saturday-Sunday June 2-3: One of the largest groups of living history re-enactors ever seen at Rosedale portrays two weddings from different social castes. Civil War National Register Federal house circa 1815. historicrose dale.org
Discovery Place, Charlotte, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, — Summer hours: May 26-Sept. 3 • Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. • Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. • Sunday: noon-5 p.m. World Alive encompasses aquarium, learning labs, rainforest • Think It Up, multi-sensory world of color, light, sound, creation • Project Build, explore the design behind everything from forts to pyramids to skyscrapers • Cool Stuff you learn the why of science • Discovery 3D Theatre: glasses required • 704-372-6261, www.discoveryplace.org
Discovery Place KIDS Huntersville, 105 Gilead Road — 704-372-6261, discoveryplaceKIDS.org
Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte — 704-372-6261, charlottenaturemuseum.org
Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte — Civil War Exhibit: Liberty on the Border. 704-568-1774, www.charlottemuseum.org
Town Creek Indian Mound’s 75th anniversary, Mount Gilead — NC’s only state historic site dedicated to American Indian heritage. Located on Town Creek Mound Road approx. five miles east of Mt. Gilead, between NC 73 and NC 731. 910-439-6802, towncreek@ncdcr.gov, www.towncreek.nchistoricsites.org
Old Salem, Winston-Salem — Faithfully preserved buildings, costumed interpreters, craftsmen, award-winning historical garden and horticultural programs. $21 adults, $10 children. 336-721-7300, www.oldsalem.org
NC Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh —•El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa through July 29•Rhythms of the Heart: The Illustration of Ashley Bryan through Aug. 19•Reflections: Portraits by Beverly McIver through June 24 •John James Audubon’s The Birds of America, ongoing • Free general admission. Charge for some concerts, films, classes, performances. www.ncartmuseum.org
Contemporary Art Museum, 409 W. Martin St., Raleigh — • José Lerma The Credentialist, through Sept. 2•919-513-0946, camraleigh.org
NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh — Explore more than 14,000 years of the state’s history. Free admission• At the Speed of a Girl, Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouting, through July 29. Across from the State Capitol. 919-807-7900, ncmuseumofhistory.org or Facebook
NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh —Four floors of live animals, hands-on activities, exciting programs: look at the natural world through NC’s geography, prehistoric past, geology, plants, animals. 919-733-7450, www.naturalsciences.org
NC Museum of Life and Science, 433 Murray Ave., Durham — Indoors: Sit inside a real Apollo Space Capsule, explore a full-scale Lunar Lander, touch a 13-foot tornado, see more than 75 animal species of Carolina wildlife •Outdoors: Explore the Wild, a 6-acre outdoor science center expansion linking people with plants, animals, interactive exhibits. Train and ornithopter rides small add’l cost. 919-220-5429, www.ncmls.org
Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St. — Climbing Lobby, Amazing Library, Build it!, Surprise Garden, The Enchanted Forest, Animal Alphabet, Amazing Airways, Krispy Kreme Doughnut Factory, Food Lion Supermarket. 336-723-9111, childrensmuseumofws.org
Natural Science Center of Greensboro, 4301 Lawndale Drive— A hands-on science museum, animal discovery zoological park and a state-of-the-art 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. — 336-574-2898, www.gcmuseum.com
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