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Literary Bookpost to host book signing Friday evening

Glenda Smith Walters will sign copies of her new book “The Places That I Go …” Friday at Literary Bookpost, 110 S. Main St.
Walters will be there during the Summer Simmer event, when downtown merchants will be open late, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
The book is a collection of inspirational short stories on angels and near-death events, blessings, answered prayers, visions, dreams and visitations from deceased loved ones.
“It is my hope that these stories are proof there is life after death, that heaven and hell (do) exist and that God is very real,” Walters said in a press release.
Walters is a native of Lexington and has more than 16 years experience in hospice care.
The book is available at Literary Bookpost and through Walters’ website at glendawalters.com. It is also available as an e-book.

CONCORD — It is March and five bus passengers are stranded in the middle of the night at a diner, 25 miles west of Kansas City, Missouri.
Among the passengers is Cherie, a young night club singer trying to avoid the advances of Bo, a brash young cowboy that has decided he is going to marry Cherie and take her home to his ranch in Montana.
Written by William Inge, “Bus Stop” received four Tony nominations including one for Best Play.
Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Aug. 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 as well as 2:30 p.m. August 4, 11 and 18 at 2:30 p.m.
Old Courthouse Theatre is located at 49 Spring St., NW. For more information, call 704 788-2405 or visit oldcourthousetheatre.org

KANNAPOLIS — Kannapolis History Associates offers an exciting and informative look back at the beginnings of high school football in Kannapolis.
The special guest panel includes some of the oldest former football players, coaches and other “Ole Timers” sharing their memories and experiences.
Meet the oldest surviving Little Wonder football player in this look at Kannapolis’ football history from 1960 all the way back to 1925.
There will also be a special surprise feature. Wear maroon and black to really join in the fun.
Held in A. L. Brown High School social room; park east of the church and follow the signs.
For details, call the history room at 704-932-6125, extension 412.

The Salisbury Symphony Orchestra will hold auditions for principal second violin, second and third horn, second trumpet and any others who want to be on the orchestra’s substitute list.
Music Director David Hagy will hear auditions the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 8 in the Williams Music Building on the campus of Catawba College.
Those auditioning will be asked to play a prepared piece of their choice, excerpts of the music director’s choice and sight-reading.
For a list of excerpts and an appointment time, call the Salisbury Symphony office at 704-637-4314, email director@salisburysymphony.org, or write to Audition Information, Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, P. O. Box 4264, Salisbury, NC 28145.
More information about the Salisbury Symphony and its upcoming season is available at salisburysymphony.org
CONCORD — Old Courthouse theater is holding auditions Sunday and Monday for this summer’s ‘10 Minute Play Festival’ featuring seven original plays by various North and South Carolina writers.
Auditions are from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6. Register from 7 to 8 p.m.
Twelve males of various ages and seven to eight females are needed.
See the descriptions at www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.
If you find you are not in the correct age range, feel free to audition anyway.
Directed by Jonathan Ewart, Della Freedman, Andy Rassler and Brian Rassler; the common theme of the plays is “Eat Your Heart Out.” Performances are August 23 and 24.
The plays include:

• “There Will Be Fruitcake,” by Elaine Alexander
• “World’s Best Dog,” by Chuck Thurston
• “The Anniversary Party,” by Connie Dinkler
• “The Headline Today,” by Savannah Deal
• “A Change of Heart,” by Cale Evans
• “Where There’s a Will,” by Andy Rassler
• “The Little Red-Haired Woman,” by Bill Greene
For more information, call 704 788-2405.
MOCKSVILLE — Broadway’s Best Theatre Company’s first production of the Bare Bones Season: “Broadway — The 50s thru The 80s.” will open Thursday, Aug. 9.
Regarded as the golden age of the Broadway musical, the show traces the history of the American musical from “Oklahoma” to “Cats” and “42nd Street.”
Audiences will enjoy great songs from some of the most beloved and famous musicals, including The Music Man,” “My Fair Lady,” “Guys & Dolls,” “Fiddler On The Roof,” “Hello Dolly,” “A Chorus Line,” “Grease,” “Annie,” Chicago,” “Les Miserables” and many others.
Show dates are Aug. 9-11 and Aug. 15-19 at 103 Beechtree Place, just off the intersection of Interstate 40 and Farmington Road in Davie County.
Paintings by Mark Stephenson, new work by Phyllis Steimel and work by Sharon Forthofer that are featured in the book “Painting North Carolina, a visual journey” by Kimberlee C. Maselli., are on display at Fine Frame Gallery, 105 S. Main St.
The deadline for submitting to the Carolina Artists Expo 2013 is Wednesday, Aug. 7.
The Expo, which highlights local artists, will be held at the Salisbury Civic Center Aug. 21-23.
Work will be judged and prizes awarded.
Categories are oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography, and other art.
Registration forms are available at the Civic Center or downloadable at Thecarolinaartists.org.
For more information, call Mary Roakes at 704-636-6701 or Clyde at 704-639-1898.

LEXINGTON — Lexington hosts the Uptown Back to School Stroll from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Local bluegrass group The Oak Tree Boys will perform in the Conrad & Hinkle Square.
Beginning around 5:30 p.m., the classic cars start to line the four uptown squares. Car owners should be in place by 6:15.
There will be a children’s sidewalk chalk art area in the Monument Square.
For more information, call 336-249-0383, or viuptownlexington.com

KANNAPOLIS — As part of Kannapolis’ Summer Entertainment Series, The Fantastic Shakers will present a free outdoor concert next Thursday, Aug. 8 in the Thursdays on Main evening series in Veterans Park at the corner of North Main and East First streets.
The concert is from 6 to 9 p.m.
Visit cityofkannapolis.com for more information.
BLOWING ROCK — Riders In The Sky, America’s Favorite Cowboys, will take the stage August 10-11 at Tweetsie to perform “The Cowboy Way” at North Carolina’s first theme park.
Since 1977, the multi Grammy award-winning quartet has brought refreshing acoustic music and a wide repertoire of outrageous comedy.
Legendary cowboy singers such as Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers provided the inspiration to this talented cowboy band. Riders In The Sky will perform daily at noon and 3 p.m. at Tweetsie Railroad.
For details, visit Tweetsie.com or call 877-893-3874.
Comic legend James Gregory will be coming to Salisbury at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17.
Early in his career, he earned the moniker “Funniest Man in America,” but, he’s quick to tell you, “At that time there were only 13 states.”
His jokes are squeaky clean as, he says, “My mother wouldn’t let me tell them if they weren’t.”
It’s the kind of show you could feel comfortable bringing your date or your grandmother.
Gregory will present an evening of laughter with a wry sense of the absurd, a Southern accent and universal story-telling.
The ridiculous, the common and sometimes even the simplest events all become hilarious in the hands of this master storyteller and world-class comedian.
The Meroney Theater is located at 213 S. Main St. Tickets start at $27, available at 877-643-685 or 704-633-5471.
For more information, visit piedmontplayers.com
WINSTON-SALEM — “Driving Dixie Down Tour: Stoneman’s Raid of 1865 in North Carolina” will be offered Oct. 31 through Nov. 2.
In March 1865, in a driving rainstorm, Federal Maj. Gen. George Stoneman led a column of some four thousand blue cavalrymen out of Knoxville, Tennessee.
They rode eastward, launching a cavalry raid that would take them deep into the heart of the Confederacy.
Over the next two months, Stoneman’s cavalry galloped across six Southern states, fighting with Confederate forces and destroying enemy supplies and facilities. When the raid ended, Stoneman’s troopers had brought the war home to dozens of communities that had not seen it up close before.
In the process, the cavalrymen pulled off one of the longest cavalry raids in U.S. military history, and left behind an impact that still echoes in The Band’s 1969 hit recording, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.”
Stoneman’s 1865 raid was so vast it would difficult to cover the entire span in two days, but it is possible to understand the raid by focusing on one area.
This tour will visit sites from Danbury to Old Salem to Salisbury, and the historic Brookstown Inn will be the headquarters hotel.
The cost is $295 and includes motor coach transportation, two lunches, beverage and snack breaks, a map and materials package, all admissions and gratuities, and the services of author and historian Chris Hartley.
The hotel provides a complimentary continental breakfast.
Tour participants are responsible for transportation to the headquarters hotel, and securing a room reservation, if necessary. Tour goes out rain or shine. See brookstowninn.com/ for a description of the rooms and suites and call The Brookstown Inn, 200 Brookstown Ave., Winston-Salem, at 1-800-845-4262 and ask for the America’s History group rate. This rate will be guaranteed until Oct. 1.
For information and registration, call 1-855-OUR-HISTORY (687-4478) or email info@AmericasHistoryLLC.com

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