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Music on the Mountain — Noon-5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18: • Noon, Pat Ray• 1 p.m. Michael and Gaynell Lambert with Tim Ervin• 2 p.m. Mike Leazer• 3 p.m. Jim and Angela Gobble• 4 p.m. The Edwards Family (as seen on Bluegrass Roads TV)• Held at Dunn’s Mountain Nature and History Preserve, 1740 Dunn’s Mountain Road. Free, bring lawn chairs. 704-216-7833.
Charlotte Folk Society Gathering — 7:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10: 30th anniversary season opens with a concert by Wayne Henderson and Friends. Free. Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. www.folksociety.org
Brad Paisely’s Virtual Reality World Tour — Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion Raleigh, Aug. 24. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte, Sept. 14. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com
The Woodleaf Tomato Festival, 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, Unity Presbyterian Church, 885 Woodleaf Barber Road: silent auction, attic sale, parade with antique tractors, tomato eating contest, craft booths, fresh produce, live music, tomato tasting, the Miss Tomato Festival Pageant as well as competition for Little Mater Sprout, Little Miss Mater and Little Tommy-Toe, tomato recipe cook-off, Tomato festival t-shirts, gift basket raffle, hotdogs, hamburgers, tomato sandwiches, all day fun. email@example.com
Ralph Pennington Memorial Bluegrass Reunion — Aug. 24-25: Friday open stage and jam session, Saturday performances 1-10 p.m. Gold Hill Mines Historic Park, food available, bring a lawn chair.
Biker Blues Rally —Sept. 20-22: Second Annual Tilley Harley-Davidson Biker Blues BBQ Rally and Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned cook-off, raffle tickets for great prizes available at Tilley Harley-Davison on Bendix Drive, Salisbury. Info at www.bikerbluesbbqrally.com
St. Thomas Players present ‘The Return from Moscow’ — 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9-Aug. 11. At the Florence Busby Corriher Theater, Catawba College campus. $15, tickets available at www.stthomasplayers.org or at box office prior to each performance, 704-647-0999.
Old Courthouse Theatre’s ‘Fox on the Fairway’ — 8 p.m. through Aug. 18 with Sunday matinee 2:30 p.m. Aug. 12, 19. A tribute to great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s. $15. 49 Spring Street NW, 704 788-2405, www.oldcourthousetheatre.org
Old Courthouse Theatre announces Nancy Brewer’s ‘Memories of the Old South’ — 7:30 p.m., Aug. 25; 2:30 p.m. Aug. 26: Nancy B. Brewer performs as Lizzie from the pages of Brewer’s books; includes civil war reenactors, period music, highlights from “ Lizzie After the War,” set in Concord, NC 1867-1893. Refreshments, book signing follow the event. Tickets $10, reserved at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-788-2405. 49 Spring Street NW, 704 788-2405, www.oldcourthousetheatre.org
•Stanly County Fair, Aug. 22-25• Iredell CountyFair, Sept. 3-8 • Cabarrus County Fair, Sept. 7-15• Rowan County Fair, Sept. 17-22• Davidson County Fair, Sept. 17-22• Dixie Classic Fair, W-S, Sept. 28-Oct. 7• The State Fair, Raleigh, Oct. 11-21.
This & That
GMKC ‘Gone Doggin’ Summer Agility Trials at Cabarrus Arena and Events Center — 8:30-5:30 p.m., Aug. 9-12: Canine competitors run the agility courses for big prizes. Fun for the entire family. Admission free to spectators, parking $5. Cabarrus Event Center, 4751 NC Hwy 49, Concord, www.greatermonroekc.org. 704-920-3976, Ticketmaster.com
Rescheduled Lexington Summer Stroll — Friday, Aug. 10: Downtown Lexington. Classic cars, art activities, kids’ activities. 336-249-0383, www.uptownlexington. com
Kannapolis Summer Entertainment Series— 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11: National Country Artist Bomshel with The Gal Friday Band and FIREWORKS, Village Park, 700 West C St., Kannapolis, www.cityofkannapolis.com/summerevents
Kannapolis cruise-in — 3:30-9:30 p.m., Aug. 11, Brenda Drye @ Cabarrus Events Association at 704-932-3808 or visit us on Facebook.
Japanese music night — 6-8:30 .m., Aug. 15: Second Rowan County Japanese music night, Rowan Public Library Headquarters, Fisher St. 6-8:30 pm. The NC Rowan County Animé Group will host a display at RPL in August on anime, manga, cosplay. www.geocities.jp/jaclttest/ebonodori.html
‘Steinbeck Was Wrong’ — 8 p.m., August 15-31: Series of poignant, sometimes humorous stories on what it really was like growing up an “Okie” during the great depression and not as portrayed in Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. $12 in advance, www.carolinatix. org. Wine Up, 3306-C N. Davidson St., Charlotte.
‘Murder at Greystone Plantation’ dinner — 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17: comic interactive dinner theatre show set in the roaring 20s, winner receives a prize. $75 per person for three course gourmet meal, entertainment, two glasses of wine. Reservations: Julia Jones 336-236-9463 ext. 332. Childress Vineyards, 1000 Childress Vineyards Road, Lexington. Presented by Silver Moon Mysteries.
Historic Gold Hill Cruise-in—2 p.m. till dark, Saturday, Aug. 18: 50/50 raffle, classic, antique cars, street rods, cycles. 740 St. Stephens Church Road. Facebook or goldhillmerchantsassociation@ gmail.com
Photowalk 1 to 100 at Rowan Public Library — 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 20: Wayne Hinshaw, former Salisbury Post photographer, teaches basics of lighting, composition, camera functions; followed by outdoor photowalk, 30-40 minutes downtown. Afterward, learn how to download pictures. Bring at least one camera per family. Free, for all skill levels, ages. Register at 704-216-8229, April.Everett@rowancountync.gov
The 28th Southern Ideal Home Show —Aug. 24-26: Meet and talk with experts on home improvement and home products. $9 at door (under 15 free with paying adult). The Park Expo and Conference Center, Charlotte. 704-376.6594, www. SouthernIdealHomeShow.com
Annual children’s Labor Day picnic/membership drive — Noon-3 p.m., Monday, Sept. 3: JCPrice American Legion Post 107 sponsors music (God’s Given Talent Boyz), food, fun, games. School supplies and prizes given away. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Info: Comrade L. Hall, 704-278-9116.
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
A Day for Travis Casper — Noon, Saturday, Aug. 18: Rain or shine fundraiser for Travis, fighting Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, scheduled for bone marrow transplant. Barbecue chicken dinner $8 at site or take out, entertainment $5 donation with Porchdog , Wayward Reason , Blazin’ Blues Bob, shag deejay Eddy Harwood,The Remingtones, The Craven Moorehead Band. Five-card poker run starts at Tilley’s 11 a.m., raffles and drawings all day. Held at Salisbury Elks Lodge, 508 S. Main St. Information, tickets: TravisBenefit@yahoo.com, Nathan Harris 704-637-8622, Donnie Smith 704-642-0323.
Masonic Home fundraiser — 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18: Spencer Masonic Lodge’s first fundraiser for the Masonic Home for Children, Fourth Street in Spencer. Look for signs. 100 percent of proceeds go to the children. Tours available, see “Masonic secrets” inside. Call Master Anthony Fisher, 704-433-1951.
Diabetes Alert Dogs — 5-9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18: Fundraiser for Abigail Eagle and Caden Varmer to help raise money for their Diabetes Alert Dogs Meter and Dash. Bounce house, raffles, prizes, food, live band, some Diabetes alert dogs in action, huge pool, family fun. $5 per person includes swimming and water slides. Kannapolis Recretion Park, 2225 Fowler St.
Barron D. Goodson Memorial Classic Car and Truck Show — Saturday, Aug. 25: Open to all classic and late model muscle cars and trucks, trophies awarded. Food, prizes, raffles, silent auction, children’s entertainmen, giveaways, food, special music. Free admission. Backing Up Classics Museum, 4545 Concord Pkwy South, www.goodsonclassic.com, www. facebook.com/groups/393439324012256
Three-music weekend at The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St. — 9 p.m.-midnight, Friday, Aug. 10: Americana music with Porch Dog Revival from Elkin, $5 cover • 5-6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11: Junior singer/songwriter series with 16-year-old Jessie Aiken, granddaughter of Nadine and David Potts, no cover • 9:30-11:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11: Blue Vine favorite Lonnie Carpenter, no cover. 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
Fat Jack’s Pub, 120 Military Ave. — Friday and Saturday nights: Open juke box, come play your favorite songs with us. 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).
Now open: High Rock Boat & Ski Club, 257 Boat Club Lane —Shakin’ the Lake Poker Run, Aug. 11, noon until. Tickets and information: Kevin 704-202-5408 or Mike 704-02-0164. Net proceeds go to Relay for Life. 704-633-0251, www.theboatandskiclub.com
Three nights of music at The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 — •Thursday, Aug. 9: Christian Metal Night with Montaukpoint, Keep it Secret Keep it Safe, Bailey, Anatomy of an Ocean, East From West, To Be Radiant, Blood of the Martyrs, The Helper•Friday, Aug. 10: More Metal with Instead of Sleep, With Open Eyes, Sinai Vessel, Fools Generation, The Skyline Setting• Saturday, Aug. 11:Open mic • 7 p.m. Free refreshments, air hockey, foosball, pool, wi-fi. Public invited to jam or schedule their group to perform. 7 p.m.-midnight. inntheloop.blogspot.com, 704-213-1467
Rick’s BBQ and Grill, 929 S. Main St.— 7 p.m., tonight, Aug. 9: Karaoke performance by Larry Davis and Smiley • Beach night karaoke and Bike Night 7-9 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.
Tamarac Marina, Bringle Ferry Road — “Karaoke on the Lake” 6-9 p.m. Mondays on the patio, full menu available, nightly specials. 704 636-1918.
E.H. Montgomery General Store— Friday Night Bluegrass Jam 7-9 p.m.: Open jam for all acoustic musicians. Historic Village of Gold Hill, www.HistoricGoldHill. com, Facebook: Historic Gold Hill, North Carolina, 704-267-9439.
The Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., NoDa Arts District, Charlotte — Aug. 10: Moreland & Arbuckle• Aug. 11: Gasoline Bros. CarolinaTix, 704-372-1000, www. theeveningmuse.com
The Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., Charlotte— Aug. 10: Elliott & The Untouchables• Aug. 11: The Lenny Federal Band. CarolinaTix, 704-372-1000, www. doubledoorinn.com
The Neighborhood Theatre, 511 East 36th St., Charlotte— Aug. 11: Doug Stanhope’s Big Stink Comedy Tour, 18+ only, seated show.www.neighborhoodtheatre.com
The Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte—Aug. 10: Grown Up Avenger Stuff. CarolinaTix, 704-358-9200, www.visulite.com
Old Courthouse Youth Theatre’s ‘Introduction to Acting’ — 9-11 a.m., Saturdays Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29: For ages 8-18, $50/four week enrollment. Register at email@example.com or visit www.oldcourthousetheatre.org. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. NW, Concord, 704 788-2405.
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.
‘Life Out Loud’ — Book study and life coaching opportunity, part of the Looking Glass Artists Center Art of Living series; sessions to be planned around attendees’ availability. $20. To register call Michelle Jamison 704-433-1626.
Summer Slimdown Challenge— 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays: Learn about nutrition, lose weight, have a chance to win cash prizes if you’re one of the top achievers. Class size limited. Get details or pre-register at 704-638-0165.
Shakespeare workshop — 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15: NC Shakespeare Festival’s Hands On Shakespeare: Exploring Romeo and Juliet. $110 includes materials, snacks, lunch, dinner, attendance at NCShakes’ MainStage production of Romeo and Juliet at High Point Theatre, one CEU credit. Register 336-841-2273, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.ncshakes.org. Spirit Center, 807 W. Ward Ave., High Point.
Mind aerobics art class— 2-4 p.m., Mondays and Fridays, taught by artist Robert Toth: An introduction to drawing, pastel and sculpture. $10 per two-hour session. Rufty Holmes Senior Center, call 704-279-9301.
Creative Art Experiences for ages 5-18— Art Lessons for children in your home, after school, evenings, weekends. $15/hour, $10 each additional child. 413-884-4499 for appointment. Studio at Rail Walk Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. Email: email@example.com. Rail Walk Gallery, 409 N. Lee St.
Shag dance classes — Mondays at Benchwarmers, 113 E. Fisher St., instructors are pro division dancers in Competitive Shag Association• Beginner 6:30 p.m.• Beginner II 7:15 p.m.• Intermediate/Advanced 8:15 p.m. $10/person, no partner needed. Contact Tobitha at 704-202-9655 or Diane Harrington at 704-279-6168.
Art Classes Ongoing with Patt — Local artist Patt Legg continues to have adult (16 and over) art classes at her home studio located off Miller Road. Classes are • noon-2 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays • OR 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays. All classes are ongoing, 2 hrs. in length, pay as you go ($40/2 hrs.) Accepting students for noon-2 p.m. Tuesday class. Call for material costs, what to purchase, to sign up. Class size limited to 4. 704-232-6000, 704-856-8869. See samples www. pattlegg.com/
Card Making Class at the Y— 6-8 p.m. every other Thursday evening, next class 6-8 p.m., tonight, Aug. 9, all supplies included. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd., Terri Dockins 704-636-0111.
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
Piedmont Singles — 7:15 Fridays. Friday, Aug. 10: Bingo. 1908 Statesville Blvd., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, no joining fee, donations appreciated, covered dish.
Reynolda House hosts ‘Cinema Under the Stars’ — Seventh season at Reynolda House Museum, Fridays in August. Gates 8 p.m., films 9 p.m. Admission $5, cash only. 336-758-5150, reynolda house.org • Aug. 10: “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) • Aug. 17: “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962)2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, 336-758-5150, reynoldahouse.org
Concord Choral Academy — Now scheduling auditions/vocal placement interviews for children and youth (ages 7-20) to participate in three age-based choirs. Gary Shive, 704-786-7447 for more information. No preparation necessary. Cabarrus/Rowan County youth welcome. Choirs meet weekly at Calvary Lutheran Church, 950 Bradley St., Concord. Fall rehearsals begin Sept. 4. New singers accepted through September. www. choralacademy.org
Salisbury-Rowan Symphony Society auditions for orchestra’s substitute musicians— Music Director David Hagy will hear auditions on Saturday, Aug. 18 on the campus of Catawba College. Questions: David Hagy dhagy @wfu.edu or 317-357-7576. For appointment time, call Symphony office 704-637-4314, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write Audition Information, Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, POBox 4264, Salisbury, NC 28145.
Old Courthouse Theatre ‘Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None’— 7-9 p.m., Aug. 20-21: Auditions consist of a cold read from the script. Roles for 11 actors and actresses. Show dates Oct. 25-28. 49 Spring St. SW, Concord. 704-788-2405, www.oldcourthousetheatre.org
Shakespeare To Go — Auditions 4-6 p.m., Sept. 6-7 by The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival (NCShakes) for 2013 outreach/education program. Auditions held at Spirit Center campus (807 W. Ward Ave., High Point. To schedule an audition, call 336-841-2273. Prepare two one- to two-minute contrasting Shakespeare monologues, 8×10 headshot, detailed resume. www. NCShakes.org
Call for vendors
Biker Blues Rally —Second Annual Tilley Harley-Davidson Biker Blues BBQ Rally and Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned cook-off, Sept. 20-22: Accepting vendor applications. www.biker bluesbbqrally.com, Gary Moss 704-638-6044 or email@example.com
31st annual Hiddenite Center Celebration of the ARTS — Saturday, Sept. 22: Seeking regional arts and crafts vendors, commercial vendors, local performers. New artists and crafters must submit minimum three photos or slides representative of work they plan to offer for sale. Vendor spaces available for arts, crafts, commercial items, food sales, public information booths for non-profits. Vendor space $30 before Aug. 16, $40 after. Public information booths $15. Vendor applications available at 828-632-6966, firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for musicians
31st annual Hiddenite Center Celebration of the ARTS — Saturday, Sept. 22: Seeking musicians, bands, dance groups for four live music and dance performance stages. email@example.com or call 828-632-6966, ask for Karen Walker or Allison Houchins. www.hiddenitecenter.com
E.H. Montgomery General Store, Gold Hill— Bluegrass jam open to all acoustic musicians.Refreshments available, Admission by donation. Every Friday night 7-9 p.m., 704-267-9439.
Call for artists
Faith through art — Waterworks Visual Arts Center seeks submissions from artists who express their personal relationships to their faiths through art. Deadline for submission Aug. 30. Submissions should include current resume, artist’s statement, 5-10 digital images of current work available for exhibit. All mediums acceptable. Mail submissions to Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St., Salisbury NC 28144 ATTN: Exhibitions • This winter concludes the series Art of Faiths – Religions of the World: Diversity and Tolerance. Exhibition dates: Nov.26-Feb. 9, 2013. Opening reception Nov. 30.
Downtown Asheboro Sculpture Exhibition — For artists wishing to participate in sixth Downtown Sculpture Exhibition set to open this fall. Prospectus is at www.RandolphArtsGuild.com. Deadline Aug. 31, no application fee. 336-629-0399.
Home and garden
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden annual butterfly event —11 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10 and each Saturday-Sunday through Sept. 9: The Caterpillar Crib allows guests to study the lifecycle of butterflies up close. Because it is a natural experience, species vary from day to day. Free with Garden admission. 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490, www. DSBG.org
Digital Nature Photography Workshops — Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s popular photography workshops for all skill levels. Saturday classroom lectures/demonstrations followed by practice in the Garden. $60 for nonmembers • Photographing Hummingbirds, Aug. 18, 9:30 a.m.-noon • Macro and Close-up Photography, Aug. 18, 1:30-4 p.m. • Basic Digital SLR Photography, Aug. 25, 9:30 a.m.-noon. • Basic Flash Photography, Aug. 25, 1:30-4 p.m. • Participants bring their own digital SLR camera. Information/registration at www. DSBG.org or 704-829-1252.
Reception tonight for Carolina Artists EXPO 2012— Exhibit through Aug. 10, reception tonight, Aug. 9. Non-juried competition at the Civic Center, 315 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. S. www.the carolinaartists.org
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St. — St. John’s art exhibit: The Monday Rembrandts display artwork in St. John’s Art Gallery. Gallery open during business hours and by appointment. 704-642-0731.
New exhibit at Tastebuds coffee shop— Exhibit of Rail Walk Studio Artists including Ingrid Erickson, Sharon Forthofer, Karen Frazer, Annette Ragone Hall, Elizabeth McAdams, Liese Sadler and Marietta Foster Smith. Free to the public through through Aug. 31. 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, 409-413 N. Lee St.—Aug. 3-27: Reunion Exhibit of artwork by current and former Rail Walk Artists. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, free and open to the public. Open every Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m., plus most Thursdays and Fridays 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 704-431-8964, www. railwalkgallery.com
Last weekend for summer exhibit at Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. —• Summer Exhibition “With a Discerning Eye: Realism to Abstraction,” through Aug. 11 • Fall Exhibition “The Vocabulary of Printmaking – Its Origins and Techniques” begins Aug. 1. Free admission. 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
Exhibition at The Galleries, 65 Union Street S., Concord— Aug. 13-Oct. 4: “High 5: Fifth Anniversary Exhibition” features the return of 50 artists to The Galleries. Paintings, drawings, photographs, pottery, sculpture, quilts, glass, baskets. Free. 704-920-2787, www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org
Exhibits at SECCA — • Paperless • Curtis Mann: Modifications. Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem. 336-725-1904, www.secca.org
Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte — 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 —•Colorbind: Emily and Zach Smith Collection through Aug. 12•Matthew Weinstein: achieved notoriety in the art world as the first artist to focus exclusively on 3D animation, through Aug. 18. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem— •Beat the Heat Tour coming 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 19: Visitors go behind the scenes at Reynolda House to areas normally closed to the public, $15 non-members •“Affinities: Pairings from the Collection” through Dec. 2 • For August’s “Cinema Under the Stars,” see Films•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
YMCA sponsored trips — • Aug. 13: Shopping Mall Day, leave 9 a.m. • Aug. 14: Two Trips in One, leave 10 a.m., learn how they make stained glass windows for churches, then travel back in time to Ft. Dobbs in Statesville. Both trips open to the public. Bus leaves from J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd., Louise Klaver, 704-636-0111, lklaver@ rowanymca
Three days in Pigeon Forge —Motorcoach leaves from Davie County Senior Services, Mocksville, Nov. 13, returns Nov. 15. Attend Dixie Stampede, Country Tonight, Blackwood Bros. Breakfast Show, Titanic Museum. Reservations/info 336-753-6230.
Dan Nicholas Park, 6800 Bringle Ferry Road— 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— Coming Aug. 18-19: Riders In The Sky, America’s favorite cowboys, Grammy award-winning quartet. NC’s first theme park features live shows, amusement rides, concerts, a three-mile Wild West steam locomotive adventure. Tweetsie.com, 877-893-3874.
Free museum admission for vets— Blue Star Museums initiative offers free admission to active duty military and families through Labor Day, 1,500+ museums. Complete list at www.nea.gov/national/bluestarmuseums/index2012.php?st=NC#list
N.C. Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer— Aug. 11: Museum’s first All GM Show. Vehicle registration $6, regular museum admission applies for visitors. Pre-registration requested but not required: 704-636-2889 ext. 256• Tickets on sale for 2012 Autumn Train Excursions, Nov. 3: Appomattox, Va.; Nov. 4: Toccoa, Ga. • See www.nctrans.org for details, also for train ride schedule and admission information with and without train rides. 704-636-2889, 877-NCTMFUN, www.nctrans.org
Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St.— Exhibit honoring life and service of Salisbury’s Elizabeth Hanford Dole: “Elizabeth Hanford Dole: Home town girl, public servant, world citizen.” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 704-633-5946, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rowanmuseum.org
Utzman-Chambers House, 116 S. Jackson St.— Artifacts of the late Honorable Spruce Macay (1755–1808), lawyer and Superior Court judge. Open 1-4 p.m. Saturday. $3 adults, $1.50 students. 704-633-5946, email@example.com, www.rowanmuseum. org
Old Stone House, Granite Quarry—Two-story Georgian stone house completed in 1766. Located on Old Stone House Road in Granite Quarry. 1-4 Saturday, Sunday, $3 for adults and $1.50 for students. 704-633-5946, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rowanmuseum. org
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. — Special tours and info 704-279-4979. Free. Sundays 2-4 p.m. and by appointment.
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. Free. 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. Free. Special tours 704-433-3912. www.hist-society-srowan.com
NC Music Hall of Fame Museum, 109 West A St., 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
Spencer Doll and Toy Museum, 108 4th St., Spencer— Next door to the Post Office. Features antique, vintage, and modern collectible dolls, antique and vintage toys, a train set, and model tractor trailers and John Deere vehicles. Just steps from the NC Transportation Museum• 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children. 704-762-9359, www.spencerdollandtoymuseum. com
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 $3. 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) or Seven Years War. Free, open Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 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. 336-758-5150, reynoldahouse.org
Historic Latta Plantation, 5225Sample Road, Huntersville— Living History Saturdays bring history to life• Aug. 11: Beekeeping. 704-875-2312, lattaplantation.org
Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte— Civil War National Register Federal house circa 1815. historicrose dale.org
Discovery Place, Charlotte, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte— Summer hours through Sept. 3 • Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. • Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. • Sunday: noon-5 p.m. • Visit the website for details on August labs for kids. 704-372-6261, www.discoveryplace.org
Discovery Place KIDS Huntersville, 105 Gilead Road— $8 adults, children age 1-13; children under age one free. Events and activities free with admission. Summer event schedule at 704-372-6261, discoveryplaceKIDS.org
Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte— $6 ages two and older, younger-than-two free, parking is free. Events and activities free with admission. Summer event schedule at 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, Mount Gilead— NC’s only state historic site dedicated to American Town Creek Mound Road approx. five miles east of Mt. Gilead, between NC 73 and NC 731. 910-439-6802, email@example.com, www.towncreek.nchistoricsites.org
Old Salem, Winston-Salem — Faithfully preserved buildings, costumed interpreters, craftsmen, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, award-winning historical garden and horticultural programs. $21 adults, $10 children. 336-721-7300, www.oldsalem.org
NC Museum of Art, 2110 BlueRidge Road, Raleigh—•Rhythms of the Heart: The Illustration of Ashley Bryan through Aug. 19 •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•$5 general admission. 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.Admission free. 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, programs. Free general admission, cover charge for special exhibits and 3D Theater. 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 75+ animal species of Carolina wildlife •Outdoors: Explore the Wild, a 6-acre outdoor science center expansion linking people with plants, animals, interactive exhibits. $14 adults, $10 children ages 3-12. Train and bungee 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. Adults and children over 1 year old: $7.336-723-9111, 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. General admission includes admission to the Museum and Animal Discovery. $8 adults $8, $7 children ages 3-13.336-288-3769, 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. Adults $8/ Children 12 months and older $8. 336-574-2898, www.gcmuseum.com
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