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Singing in the Park kicks off China Grove Farmers Day fun

Singing in the Park — 6-10 p.m., Friday July 19: Farmers Day kickoff at Hannah Park with The Edwards Family and Atlantic Groove Band.
China Grove Farmers Day — 9 a.m. until fireworks at 10 p.m., Saturday July 20. Downtown China Grove, Little Mr. & Miss Farmers Day Contests, Live bands, Local Entertainment & Performers, Food & Craft vendors, Street Dance at 7 p.m.,. fireworks at 10 p.m.
An Appalachian Summer Festival’s 29th season — Festival events through Aug. 1 include Boz Scaggs (July 20), Lyle Lovett (July 27), Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin (Aug. 1) plus dance, theatre, visual arts, film events, workshops. Tickets $5-$47, 800-841-2787, appsummer.org
Third annual Beech Mountain Bikes, Brews and Views weekend — July 19-21: live music by Acoustic Syndicate and four other acts, Saturday beer festival, mountain biking all weekend, Monster Energy Series races, disc golf, hash run. www.BeechMtn.com or 800-468-5506.

Tonight: Union Street Live in the Evening — 6-9 p.m., free outdoor summer concert on Concord’s Historic Courthouse lawn, third Thursdays May-Sept. • July 18: Too Much Sylvia • Aug. 15: Craig Woolard • Sept. 19: Atlantic Groove Band. www.concorddowntown.com, 704-784-4208.
Morgan Ridge concert festival — Saturday, July 20: 1-4 p.m. Sue McHugh; 4-8 p.m. Stella and The Boys. Slide By Saturday lunch buffet $15, RSVP to 704-639-0911. From 4-6 p.m. food available at the Pavilion. Blankets and lawn chairs permitted, coolers and pets prohibited, no cover charge. www.morganridgevineyards.com
Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center — • The Black Crowes, Aug. 2 • Trace Adkins, Aug. 10 • Hank Williams Jr., Sept. 1 • Rodney Carrington, Sept. 28. Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee. www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.

PPT Youth Theatre presents ‘The Little Mermaid Jr.’ — July 18-20 at 7:30 p.m., matinees July 20 at 2:30 p.m. Adults $12, seniors/students $10. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St., 704-633-5471, www.PiedmontPlayers.com
PPT presents ‘The Nerd’— Opening night Thursday, July 25 7:30 p.m., join the cast for complimentary reception, third floor Meroney immediately following opening performance. July 25-27, 31 and Aug. 1-3 at 7:30 p.m., matinee July 28 at 2:30 p.m. Adults $15, seniors/students $12. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St, 704-633-5471. PiedmontPlayers.com
St. Thomas Players present ‘Circle Mirror Transformation’ — 7:30 p.m. July 18-20 and 24-27. 2:30 p.m. July 21. Subtle comedy about five very different people in a community acting class. Florence Busby Corriher Theatre, $15, 704-647-0999, www.faithart.org/stthomasplayers/upcoming.html
Broadway’s Best Theater, Mocksville — July 19 to 21: “Broadway’s Best for Kidz, Tweens and Teens,” Broadway’s favorite musicals for kids and families. Show times Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 1, 4 and 7 p.m., and Sunday 2 p.m. 103 Beechtree Place in Davie County, intersection of I-40 and Farmingon Road. Reservations/info 336-575-4446, www.broadwaysbest.biz
Free performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs — 7 p.m. July 20: Piedmont Dance Theatre’s presentation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with comedic touches at Kannapolis Village Park Amphitheater. No tickets required. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, picnic. Rain location: 163 West B St., Kannapolis. PSMD1234@gmail.com
National BLACK Theatre Festival — July 29-Aug. 3: 13th biennial NBTF offers a wide range of theatrical performances including dramas, comedies, musicals, choreoplays, multimedia. Choose from more than 140 performances of new works and Black classics performed by professional Black theatre companies from across the country and abroad. Shows are presented at venues throughout Winston-Salem.Tickets $7-$45 at 336-723-7907 or www.NBTF.org
Uwharrie Players present ‘Big River’ — July 26-28, and Aug. 2-4, at Stanly County Agri-Civic Center, Hwy. 24/27 one mile west of Albemarle. Uwharrie Players, www.uwharrieplayers.org or 704-983-1020.
‘I Love Lucy’ LIVE on stage — Aug. 7-18: It’s 1952 and you are a member of the studio audience awaiting the filming of two hilarious and episodes. Tickets start at $20. Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, 430 South Tryon St., Charlotte, 704-372-1000, www.blumenthalarts.org

Living History Saturdays at Historic Latta Plantation — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Aug. 17: Living history demonstration in addition to regular site activities at the last remaining Catawba River Plantation open to the public, daily tours of the circa 1800 Latta home and 11 outbuildings, kitchen garden, rare and endangered breeds of historic livestock. Free with regular site admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 students, 5 and under free) • July 20 – Hide Tanning • July 27 -28th- Civil War Soldiers • Aug. 3 – Gold Panning- you try too • Aug. 10 – Natural Dyeing • Aug. 17 – 18th- World War II Living History • Located on Sample Road off Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville.
Stained Glass Trolley Tour — 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10: A tour of historic stained glass in Salisbury incl. Haven Lutheran, St. John’s Lutheran, St. Luke’s Episcopal, Soldier’s Memorial, Omwake-Dearborn Chapel, followed by lunch at Center for Faith & the Arts. Reservations/advance payment required, $20 includes lunch. www.faithart.org/events.html.

Downtown Salisbury Krazy Night Out — 5-9 p.m., Friday, July 19: Brick Street Live concert with On The Border (Eagle Tribute Band), free trolley rides, shops open late, classic car show on N. Main St., kid’s activities all around town, live entertainment all night. Free, family-friendly event. 704-638-3100, www.visitsalisburync. com/calendar
Salisbury Ghost Walk — 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 19: Join “Boo” and gang for a walk around downtown Salisbury to hear tales of how in the 1800s Salisbury earned the reputation as the “wettest and wickedest” town in the state. Bring camera, smart phone, flashlight: some tales come to life via present day hauntings. Adults $10, students $5. Questions 704-798-3102, reservations recommended at boo@salisburyghostwalk.com or call 704-798-3102.
NC Rowan County Anime Group — 6-8 p.m., Sunday July 21, Woodleaf Lanes conference room, showing anime series High School Of The Dead.
Downtown Mocksville Criterium — Tuesday, July 30: 6 p.m.; kids race at 6:45 (bring your bike), last race at 8:45 p.m. Kids area, lots of food, beer garden, no admission. Info Davie Co. Chamber of Commerce 751-3304 or Town Hall 753-6700.
Movies in the Park Salisbury — 8 p.m. pre-movie; 8:45 p.m. movie begins, admission free. On the City Park lawn, Club Drive at Jackson St. • Aug. 2: “Madagascar 3.” www.salisburync.gov
Free Tuesday movie at RPL — 6:30 p.m. Tuesday July 23: free movie in Stanback Auditorium, Headquarters. Complimentary popcorn and lemonade. “Calendar Girls” (PG13). 704-216-8229, www.rowanpubliclibrary.org
Gold Hill Village Ghost Walk — Registration 7:30 p.m. at the Arbor (behind the bakery), Saturday, July 27: Ghost Walk starts at 8 p.m. Guided walks $5, children under 6 free, see map on directional signs in village, 840 St. Stephens Church Road, Gold Hill.
Annual Circus Train puppet show — Saturdays through July, Library Park, Third St., Spencer. 7 p.m. free hot dogs, 7:30 p.m. show begins. Sponsored by Central UMC. Bring lawn chair or blanket. Free snow cones. 704-636-4101.
2013 Kannapolis Summer Entertainment Series — • Concert at Village Park, 700 West C St., 7 p.m. Saturday, July 27: Jim Quick & Coastline • Movie in the Park Kannapolis, approx 8:45 p.m. Friday, July 19: Back to the Future (PG)
Concord Library events — • Teen Summer Reading Program Wii Mario Kart tournament practice Saturday, July 20, 2-4 p.m. Open to teens entering grades 6-12. 704-920-2053 • Wednesday, July 24, 2 p.m.: Teens, come get spooked by John Tucker’s ghost stories, 704-920-2053 • Children’s Summer Dig Into Reading: Fossils, 3 p.m., Thursday, July 25, dig up your own shark tooth fossil, make plaster casting of it to take home!, 704-920-2058 • Book Discussion for ages 10-12, Thursday, July 25, 4 p.m., discussing “Holes” by Louis Sachar, 704-920-2058 • The Wii Mario Kart Tourney, Saturday, July 27 2 p.m. Teams from Concord, Harrisburg, Kannapolis compete for prizes. 704-920-2053 • 27 Union St. North, Concord, www.cabarruscounty.us/library or Facebook

The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St. — • 9-p.m.-midnight Friday, July 19: Classic rock/alt country with Kayte Bost and the Lady Luck Band, no cover • 9-11:30 p.m., Saturday, July 20: Brian Rogers and Billy Bussey, no cover. 704-797-0093, www.thebluevine.com
CJ’s BBQ, 210 Old Amity Hill Road, Cleveland — Live music 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday nights. 704-278-4070. note to me: contact Cathy (?) 704-680-2361
Cooper’s, The Gathering Place, 122 E. Fisher St. — • 9 p.m., Saturday July 20: Motel Soap • 8-11 p.m. every Tuesday: Open mic night. 704-754-4907, www.coopersofsalisbury.com
Fat Jack’s Pub, 120 Military Ave. — Friday-Saturday: open juke box. 704-638-8996.
Go Burrito, 115 W. Fisher St. across from the mural — • Mondays: Game night featuring Crimes Against Humanity, LRC, Farkle, chess, backgammon, Boggle • 9 p.m. Wednesdays: Karaoke night • Thursdays: Trivia night, form teams, win prizes. www.facebook.com/GoBurrito
The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 — • 8 p.m., Saturday, July 20: Live music with Relentless Flood and solo artist Sean Spillane. Free refreshments, air hockey, foosball, pool, wi-fi. Public invited to jam or schedule their group to perform. 704-213-1467.
Danny Franklin, former lead singer of Jericho, plays live — 8-11 p.m. Saturday Aug. 3 and 17: Vino Hops, 219 W. “A” Ave., Kannapolis • 5-7:30 p.m. Monday July 22 and Aug. 5: The Pub, Main Street Kannapolis.
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.
Nashville Nights, 125-127 E. Innes St. — • 9:30 p.m., Saturday July 20 Tony Bailey Band • 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays: Line dance lessons • 7-11 p.m. Wednesdays: Bike Nite with deejay Ron • Thursdays: Karaoke contest • 5-7 p.m. Fridays: Deejay Snow, line dance lessons 7 p.m. • 704-762-999, www.nashvillenightsalisbury.com
Richard’s Bar-B-Que, 522 N. Main St. — Tuesdays,Wednesdays: Live music on the patio • Mondays, Kids’ Night Out • Tuesdays, Bike Night • Wednesdays Cruise-In. All evenings begin at 5 p.m. 704-636-9561.
Rick’s BBQ and Grill, 929 S. Main St. — Thursday Nights at Rick’s will now feature regular Karaoke • 6 p.m. Mondays: Karaoke • 6 p.m. Tuesdays: Cruise-in • 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday-Saturday: Karaoke. 704-642-0050.
Stars & Bars Tavern, 723 Klumac Road — • 8 p.m., Fridays: Deejay T-RAV spinnin tunes and handing the mic over for fun local talent with Karaoke • Saturdays: Open juke box • Tuesdays: Pool league night. 704-310-5503.
Tamarac Marina, Bringle Ferry Road — “Karaoke on the Lake” 6-9 p.m. Mondays. 704 636-1918.
Statesville Shag Club, 139 Jordan Lane, Statesville — 8- 11 p.m., Saturday July: “Shall We Shag Now?” Statesville Shag Club hosts deejay Donnie Meadows at The Black Angus Grille, 125 N Center St., 704-872-4200. $5 per person at the door, rservations accepted.
TJ’s (formerly High Rock Boat & Ski Club), 2675 Providence Church Road — Noon, Saturday July 20: Outside cookout with corn hole tournament and deejay • Summer hours Thursday-Friday: 4 p.m. until, Saturday-Sunday: 11 a.m. until. www.highrocklakerestaurant.com
Old Stone Vino, 515 S. Main St., Kannapolis — Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays: Live music. 704-938-2337.

The Blue Vine — Wine tasting and dinner first and third Tuesdays: Aug. 6. 209 S. Main St., 704-797-0093, www.thebluevine.com
Salisbury Wine Shop — • Tonight, July 18: Beer Tasting; selection of six Saison/Farmhouse beers from France, Belgium, U.S., $$5/person • 5-8 p.m., Friday, July 19: Friday Night Out Summer Wines Wine Tasting, $2/person, three wines open. Stop by while visiting downtown and try some great Summer wines • 1-4 p.m, Saturday, July 20: Drop in for free wine tasting • 5:30-7:30 p.m., 106 S. Main St., 704-636-5151, sws@salisburywinehsop.com, www.salisburywineshop.com

Piedmont Singles — 7:15 p.m., Friday July 19: Music by Larry Chastain. Friday, July 26: Bingo. 1908 Statesville Blvd., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, no joining fee, donations appreciated, covered dish.
Tri-City Singles dance — 8 p.m.-midnight, fourth Saturdays. Elk’s Lodge, 2201 W. Cornwallis Drive, Greensboro. Admission $12. Dress to impress. Info at Peggy15311@yahoo.com

Chrismons, all new designs — • Beginner I: Tuesday, July 23, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • Beginner II: Thursday, July 25, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. • Intermediate: Friday, July 26,10 a.m.-1 p.m. • Advanced: Friday, July 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Rufty’s Chrismon Shop, 280 Furniture Drive, 704-636-7790 for reservations/information, info@chrismons.com
New Beginner Line Dancing — Aug. 1 thru Sept. 26: New Beginner Line Dance class at 4:45-5:30 Thursdays. $30, call Rufty Holmes Senior Center to register 704-633-7862.
Deadline tomorrow: ‘Please Play My Song on the Radio’ seminar — 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday Aug. 3: Exclusively designed for independent artists, singers, producers, independent record labels, music aficionados who desire to get their songs on radio stations. How to submit music to major radio stations and satellite stations for airplay, important dos and don’ts, more. Register online $35 at www.lightfootquit.com. Held at LGAC black box theater, Lee St. Deadline for registration July 19.
How to dress a dollhouse doll — 9 a.m. Saturday, July 20: Doll artist Rachel Bonney on how to dress a dollhouse doll like Little Red Riding Hood. $65 includes all-porcelain jointed and wigged doll, outfit, accessories, stand. RSVP by July 17 at 704-762 9359. Spencer Doll and Toy Museum, 108 4th St., www.spencerdollandtoymuseum.com
Arts Adventures summer camps — 4-6 p.m., focusing on creative fun in the arts for ages 6-13 • Cuisine art, July 22-26 • $150 per camp, register by June 24 with deposit. McGill Music Studios, 608 Catawba Road, 704-431-8502.
Stained glass — 6-8 p.m. Mondays. Pre-register at 704-796-2260. Glass artist Yolonda Shimpock, Celestial Glasworks, 664 N.Cannon Blvd., Kannapolis, www.celestialglasworks.com
Pottery 101 — Children’s: Saturdays 10 a.m.-noon. Students create an art piece based on various themes. Ages: 6-14, $35 per class, all materials included • July 20: Summer Berry Bowl • July 27: Handmade Chia Pet • Aug. 10: Name Plaque. Call or come in to reserve a spot. 101 S. Main St. Salisbury, NC 28144, 704-209-1632.
Summer classes at Salisbury Art Station — All classes 9 a.m.-noon, must have minimum 5 students, $35 non-refundable deposit, full payment needed before class begins, it is possible to drop child off at 8 a.m. for $12 fee • Wild About Nature, July 22-24, ages “older” 5 and up, $95: Learn to be forever inspired by nature and all its beauty, plants, flowers, bugs, trees; observe, create, learn • Tie-Dye & Colors, July 25-26, ages 7 and up, $70: Tie-Dye shirts, a fascinating introduction to color theory will make for a wild & interesting experience • Creating Creatures, Aug. 5-8, ages “older” 5 and up, $130: Building forms 2- we will have a blast focusing on the basic elements of art; take basics and spin it into wild creations • 704-754-0853 or email contact@Salisburyartstation.com
PPT’s summer theatre camps through Aug. — Elementary-high school with new K-2nd grade camp. Complete list of camps and instructors at www.PiedmontPlayers.com.
Beginning, intermediate weaving — Private lessons on a floor loom. Day or evening times available. Liese Sadler 215-300-4369, livethreadstudio@yahoo.com
Zumba fitness — • 9 a.m.,Saturdays through Aug., Westside Swim and Racquet Club, Neal Road. 45-min. classes open to the public, $3 • 5:30 p.m., Mondays, Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 704-216-7714 • 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, First Baptist Church of Salisbury, old YMCA gym on Fulton St. • 6 p.m. Thursdays, $3 per person, St. Matthews Church Salisbury • J.F. Hurley Family YMCA’s aqua zumba, 10:15 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Painting with Patt — Patt Legg now accepting students (adults age 16+) for upcoming oil painting class, beginner/ intermediate. Tuesdays 6-8 p.m. beginning Aug.6. Advance pay for first 3 classes at reduced pricing of $90 expected, then $40 per class, pay as you go. Basic techniques of Old Masters will be taught (layered/drying between layers). Easels provided. Studio is at Rail Walk Studios on Lee St. Call 704-762-9647 or 704-232-6000 for class fees and material list, www.pattlegg.com/
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.
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.

Rowan County Extension Master Gardeners Plant Sale — 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 31: Help with plant selection, answers to questions; visit the newly planted Southern Living Demonstration Garden, updated and newly planted Sloop Garden, Pollinator Garden. Extension Office, 2727 Old Concord Road. Proceeds will be used to support programs of the Extension Master Gardeners. 704-216-8970.

Old Courthouse Theatre ‘Hello, Dolly!’ — 7-9 p.m., Sunday-Monday July 28-29: Prepare 32 bars of a song of your choice, sheet music or a capella. Sides from the script available to look before the audition, actors will be asked to read based on singing audition. Brief movement combination taught. Wear comfortable Show dates Aug. 1-18. 49 Spring St. SW, Concord. 704-788-2405, www.oldcourthousetheatre.org for character descriptions.

Erickson exhibit at Art In Healing Gallery, 321 Mulberry St. SW, Lenoir — Through Sept. 30: Ingrid Erickson exhibit, “Birds and Blooms,” gallery hours 7 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Free and open to the public. Information, Caldwell Arts Council 828-754-2486, www.caldwellarts.com
Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. — “Multiple Personalities” through July 27: Two woman exhibit of figurative art by Patt Legg and Marietta Foster Smith. Free and open to the public in Salisbury’s Rail Walk Arts District. Gallery hours Thursday-Saturday, 11 AM-4 P.M. 413-884-4499, www.railwalkgallery.com
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. — Four female artists examine function, meaning of memory and its role in nature/nurture in shaping cultural norms for women • Also, solo exhibition from this year’s Dare to Imagine Award winner, Kaitlin Crouch, art student at East Rowan High School. Admission free.Gallery hours Monday-Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. www.waterworks.org
The Galleries, 65 Union S. St., Concord — “Fantasy Island,” through July 25: Group invitational featuring artwork that lets you escape the ordinary through artistic flights of fancy and whimsy. Includes Salisbury artist John Morehead. Free, 704-920-2787, www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org
The Sundae Art Gallery, above Cabarrus Creamery, 21 S. Union St., Concord — Group show “Eight ways from Sundae,” featuring eight artist graduates plus instructors from Artist in Residence program of Braitman planned for every second Friday. Also: “Painting in the Gallery,” series of classes for artists seeking to find their own style. www.sundaeartgallery.com
Green Goat Gallery, 516 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — Don Moore exhibit “At Seventy: The Salisbury Years.” greengoatgallery@bellsouth.net. Tuesday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 704-639-0606.

Open house fundraiser — 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, July 20: To support breast cancer and Alzheimer’s research. Vendors, refreshments, ten-cent games, prizes, balloons. Bring your camera for photo booth fun. At Angels Creation Craft Shop, 2050 Dunns Mtn. Road, 704-633-5118.

YMCA sponsored trips — • Aug. 13: Leave 4 p.m. Knight Theater, “I Love Lucy on Stage,”orchestra seating • Aug. 15: Carolina Lily, Tea Party in a Hat. leave 10 a.m., $27 • Sept. 15: Motor coach to Shatley Springs, lunch, transportation, fresco paintings, Ashe County Cheese Factory; leave 8 a.m., $59 • Reservations: Louise Klaver, 704-636-0111, lklaver@rowanymca.com, www.rowanymca.org • Buses leave from J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd.
Travel with the Friends of Rowan Public Library — • California New Year’s GetAway featuring Tournament of Roses Parade, Dec. 29, 2013-Jan. 2, 2014: behind-the-scenes float viewing, gala New Year’s Eve party, Bandfest • Call Melody Moxley 704-216-8230.

Grateful Dead Meet Up at the Movies 2013 — 7:30 p.m. Thursday Aug. 1: Third annual Meet Up features “Sunshine Daydream,” AMC Concord Mills 24, 8421 Concord Mills Blvd., tickets at theater box office and www.FathomEvents.com
Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 — 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 13: Allman Brothers, Blake Mills, Booker T., Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr., Gregg Allman, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Keith Richards, Keith Urban, Los Lobos, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes. Shown at Tinseltown, 305 Faith Road. Tickets at www.FathomEvents.com

15th annual Blues & Jazz Festival — Saturday, Oct. 19: Arts, crafts and international food vendors needed as well as volunteers. www.rowanbluesandjazz.org
Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival — Every last Saturday except July: artists and performers invited to cultural art and performing art event. Free, but advance registration required. Info at info@kannapolisarts.com or Michael Knox, 828-231-5037.
Biker Blues BBQ Rally and sanctioned BBQ Classic — Plans are for 65 competition teams, free entertainment. Fall 2013. Interested vendors or sponsors see www.bikerbluesbbqrally.com or call Gary at 704-638-6044.
32nd annual Hiddenite Center Celebration — Sept. 28: Arts and heritage festival seeking regional arts and crafts vendors, commercial vendors, local performers. Submit minimum three representative photos or slides. Spaces available for arts, crafts, commercial items, food sales, public information booths. Applications at 828-632-6966 or email info@hiddenitecenter.com

Open Bluegrass jam — Open to acoustic musicians. Refreshments available, admission by donation. E.H. Montgomery General Store, Gold Hill. Every Friday night 7-9 p.m., 704-267-9439.
32nd annual Hiddenite Center Celebration — Saturday, Sept. 28: Arts/ heritage festival seeks local performers. Submit minimum three representative photos or slides. 828-632-6966 or email info@hiddenitecenter.com

Carolina Artists Expo 2013 — Carolina Artists Expo 2013 at Salisbury Civic Center Aug.21-23: Highlighting local artists, judged and prizes awarded. Categories are oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography, other art. Registration forms available at the Civic Center or download at Thecarolinaartists.org, Deadline Aug. 7. Information Mary Roakes 704-636-6701 or Clyde 704-639-1898.
Tiny art — Hickory’s Full Circle Arts (29 Second St. NW) seeks artists to participate in Tiny Art Show Aug. 15-31. Deliver up to five pieces on July 25-26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. or Saturday July 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Maximum size 10 inches in any direction, including frames. Opening reception Aug. 15. Call 322-7545 with questions. www.fullcirclearts.org. 
Sculpture artists — Tucker’s Gallery in Lenoir seeks sculpture artists to feature in outdoor gallery. Send photos of up to six pieces to info@caldwellarts.com. Artists selected guaranteed one year contract in the gallery. Must be suitable for outdoor display. Guidelines at www.caldwellarts.com or 828-754-2486. 601 College Ave, SW, Lenoir.
Downtown Hickory Art Crawl — Sept.19: Juried show with artists selected by committee. No participation fees for artists selected. Apply to blsinclair1@bellsouth.net or info@downtownhickory.com or 828-322 1121 by Aug. 21. www.downtownhickory.com
Hart Witzen ‘Showdown’ visual arts exhibit/competition — Show dates Sept. 28-Oct. 4: paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, installations, mixed and new media. For consideration send up to three images via email by Aug. 19 to hartwitzengallery@hotmail.com with SHOWDOWN in the subject line.Send full name, address, email address, web site, brief description of each piece, size, materials, techniques used. www.hartwitzengallery.com for more details, 136 E. 36th St., Charlotte.

Lunch and Learn — 12:15 p.m., July 24: Brain Issues Use it or Lose it, covered dish, free, but must preregister at 704-636-0111 or lklaver@rowanymca.com. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd.


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