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Spooky fun events begin to appear around the city, county

NC Quarter Midget Track of Terror — Hay ride, haunted trail • Kid friendly night: Saturday Oct. 12 from 8-11 p.m. • Terror nights: Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 1-2 from 8-11 p.m. (last ticket sold 10:30 p.m.)• Adults $15 (get $5 off with 3 canned goods), children (12 & under) $10 (get $5 off with 3 canned goods). Hotdog and drink sale. NC Quarter Midget Track, 1130 Speedway Blvd., Salisbury, www.ncqma.com
Scarrigan Farms, Mooresville — Sunset on Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights Oct. 5-Nov. 2: Run, slide, crawl through 1/2-mile, multi-leveled haunted trail. Bonfires and music while waiting your turn. Also: Good Ole Fashioned Night Time Bonfire Hayride, a private, reserved bonfire site and 45-minute wagon hayride. 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville. Prices, schedules at www.Scarriganfarms.com or www.Carriganfarms.com or Facebook. 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville, www.scarriganfarms.
‘Fright Light,’ planetarium laser shows — 5 and 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19: Intense and exciting experience of laser light, Halloween-themed show entertains with images set to popular music by artists such as Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, Charlie Daniels Band, Oingo Boingo, Alice Cooper, more. Viewer discretion advised: Some images and lyrics may be inappropriate for young viewers. Audiences are encouraged to wear tasteful costume. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show. $3 adults, $2 12 and under. Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium, 1636 Parkview Circle, park and enter in the back from Lilly Avenue. Horizons Unlimited, 704-639-3004.
Discovery 3D theatre gets creepy — Prepare for Halloween with the help of 3D glasses and a house full of eye-popping surprises. The cat looks normal as you follow it into the house. But wait, did those toys actually move? Did something just brush by you? As the hair on the back of your neck stands up and a chill runs down your spine, you suddenly realize that things are not quite right in this house…(caution: some scenes may be scary for young visitors.) Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. Charlotte, 704-372-6261, Facebook, Twitter, www.discoveryplace.org
The Darker Side of Latta Plantation — • Oct. 11-12, 18-19: Ghost Tales in the Dark, tour the plantation by candlelight, hear real ghost stories. RSVP required, $15 per person, for age 10 and up. Registration is now open and tour sizes are limited. Call 704-875-2312 for times and to register • 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19: All Hallow’s Eve, trick or treating around the plantation, Halloween baking in the old kitchen, storytelling, pumpkin painting, costume contest, more. Free with regular site admission ($8 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, ages 5 and under free • 7-10 p.m., Oct. 25-26: Ghost Walk, venture through the plantation at night on a candlelit tour, led by a guide through a haunted site filled with historical scenarios such as explosive battlefields, a family mourning their lost loved ones in the parlor, haunted field hospitals, creepy cemetery. Groups depart every few minutes. $10 per person,not recommended for children under 10. Details at www.lattaplantation.org
Tweetsie Railroad — 7:30-11:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday nights through Nov. 2: 24th annual Ghost Train Halloween Festival. Due to the popularity of this annual event, a limited number of tickets are available for each evening. Many nights often sell out; ordering advance tickets online at Tweetsie.com is strongly recommended. Admission $28 adults and children, ages 2 and under free. Tickets at Tweetsie.com.
‘RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead’— 8 p.m.Thursday, Oct. 24: The zombie film that started it all comes to select cinemas nationwide. Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett offer a live hilarious never-before-seen take on the classic horror film broadcast live at Cinemark Tinseltown, 305 Faith Road.

The Lunsfords with the GV Band in concert at RPL — 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3: The Lunsfords with the GV Band. Stanback Auditorium, enter from Fisher Street near Henderson Law Office. Doors open 6:30 p.m., admission is free. 704-216-8229, www.rowanpubliclibrary.org
Downtown Salisbury’s first Busker’s Bash — Friday, Oct. 4: Street performer throughout downtown perform for votes from the public. Event begins 5 p.m.; busker jam after winner announced at Uncle Buck’s at 9 p.m. www.facebook.com/SalisburyBuskersBash/events
Windsong Recorder Consort concerts — 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13: “Music Through the Years,” free concert at McGill Baptist Church, 5300 Poplar Tent Road, Concord. Music from the Renaissance, folk songs, music from the Civil War and patriotic tunes. The concert will be repeated at 3 p.m., Oct. 27 at New Gilead Reformed Church, 2400 Old Salisbury-Concord Road. Information 704-425-3508.
2013 NC Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony— 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17: General admission $25 includes general theatre seating and the induction ceremony, http://ncmhof.eventbrite.com or 704-934-2320. Held at the historic GEM Theatre, downtown Kannapolis. Call for VIP ticket availability.
Fourth annual Old Fashioned Hymn Sing — 3 p.m. Sunday Oct. 20: Piedmont Choral Society’s free program featuring older, traditional, beloved hymns and anthems and stories behind the hymns, at Forest Hill UMC, 265 Union St. N., Concord. Other special music plus audience participation. Reception follows. Bring canned goods for CCM. To suggest a hymn or for information, 704-699-6053 or kayy2000@gmail.com
Salisbury Symphony season 2013-14 — 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26:“Fantastique!” Music by Dukas, Saint-Saens, Berlioz. Marjorie Bagley, violin, soloist. David Hagy, conductor. Keppel Auditorium. 704-637-4314; salisburysymphony.org
Robert Earl Keen at the The Neighborhood Theatre — Friday Oct. 18: “The road goes on forever!” Robert Earl Keen with Andrea Davidson. Doors 7 p.m., music 8 p.m., $26 advance, $30 DOS CarolinaTix or 704-372-1000. 511 East 36th St., Charlotte, 704-358-9298, www.neighborhoodtheatre.com
Si Kahn & The Looping Brothers at Charlotte Folk Society’s free Gathering Concert — 7:30 p.m. Friday Oct. 11, Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave., Uptown Charlotte. Family-friendly and free; refreshments, song circle, jam sessions follow the hour-long concert; visitors are welcome to join in or simply listen. www.folksociety.org
Gaither Vocal Band at Cabarrus Arena — Nov. 22. Tickets begin at $22.50. Cabarrus Arena, 4751 Highway 49 North. Box Office 704-920-3976 or Ticketmaster.com
Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center — • Lynyrd Skynyrd, Oct. 11 • Willie Nelson, Oct. 18 • Ron ‘Tater Salad’ White, Nov. 23 • Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee. www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center — • Gospel celebration featuring Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Oct. 8 • Aimee Mann, Oct. 8 • Michael McDonald, Oct. 9 • Buddy Guy, Oct. 10 • Potted Potter, Oct. 15-20 • Rickie Lee Jones, Oct. 24 • Corner of 5th and College Streets, Charlotte. 704-372-1000, BlumenthalArts.org

A Touch of Yesterday at Bost Grist Mill — Saturday Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday Oct. 6, 1-5 p.m.: Wood carving champion Ron Knight, food, ice cream, music, grist mill demonstrations, quilting, blacksmithing, gold panning, pumpkin carving, kids’ games, farm animals, door prizes, more. Admission $5; free for age 5 and under. 4701 Hwy 200, Concord, 704-782-1600, www.bostgristmill.com
Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival and Art Walk — 1-5 p.m., Saturday Oct 5: Family-friendly cultural arts event, downtown Kannapolis.Info: Michael Knox, 828-231-5037, mknox@modernfilmzine.com
47th Annual Granite Quarry Civitan Fiddler’s Convention — Saturday, Oct. 5: Registration begins 4:30 p.m., competition begins 6:30 p.m., $1,700 in cash prizes plus trophies and ribbons. Adults $8, under 12 free. Held at East Rowan High School, Granite Quarry. 704-633-5940, 704-279-9439, www.GraniteQuarryFiddlers.com
34th annual Autumn Jubilee — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Oct. 5-6: Live entertainment, crafts, games, heritage village, children’s area, food, Mayberry Gang members roaming the park. Free admission. Dan Nicholas Park, Bringle Ferry Road
38th annual October Tour of Historic Homes — 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday Oct.12 and noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday Oct. 13: Tour 14 historic sites from 1815-1912, Bank Street Café, live music, Civil War display, more. Advance tickets $20 at www.OctoberTour.com, Day of tickets $25.
Downtown Mocksville Four Oaks Festival — Saturday, Oct. 12: Crafts, kids area w/inflatables, pedicabs, climbing wall, face painting, foods, entertainment, crafts 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. • Music at Downtown Junker’s Theater noon-7 p.m. with Tony Baily, Mystery Hillbillies, Tony Montieth, NoCand w/Mel Jones, Don Story. Free, bring your own chair. www.historicdowntownmocksville.com
Heritage Day at St. John’s Lutheran Concord — 9 a.m. Oct. 12: Displays include restored tractors, quilting, chair caning, horse shoeing, early collectibles, oil lamps, historical stamps, envelopes, more. 6200 Mt. Olive Rd. Concord. 2 p.m. dedication of monument to slaves buried in the cemetery. Buy breakfast, lunch prepared by youth. 704-782-2550.
Harvest Festival — Saturday Oct. 19: Local crafters and vendors, a chili cook-off, booking signing by local author Don Davis, face painting, more. To benefit Franklin Heights Christian Academy. Franklin Heights Baptist Church, 704-932-6245.
30th Lexington Barbecue Festival — 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday Oct. 26: Uptown Lexington, www.barbecuefestival.com

Kannapolis History Associates — 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7: An evening with Janet Litaker Chance, “Ghosts of K-Town, Then and Now,” who’s haunting the old depot? A. L. Brown High School social hall, 415 E. First St., Kannapolis. Park East of Trinity Methodist Church. 704-932-6125.

Lee Street Theatre ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’— 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3-5: LST’s first musical. Rated PG-13 for some adult language and situations. $15 at www.leestreet.org/tickets/ or 704-310-5507. 405 N Lee St., www.leestreet.org
PPT Youth Theatre presents ‘Twelfth Night’ — 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4-5: Adults $10, seniors/students $8. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St. For tickets call 704-633-5471. www.PiedmontPlayers.com
Old Courthouse Theatre presents ‘Hello, Dolly!’ — Oct. 3-5, 11-12, 18, 19 at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees Oct. 6, 13, 20 at 2:30 p.m. PG. $15/adults, $12/senior citizens and students, $10/children 12 & younger. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring Street NW, 704 788-2405, www.oldcourthousetheatre.org

Band dance at J.F. Hurley Family YMCA — 7-10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5: Older adults dance, live music, $5 each and bring a snack to share. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.
Christmas open house — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday Oct. 5: Short presentation “Reflections of Nature” at 10:30 a.m. Piedmont Floral Galleries, 280 Furniture Drive, 704-636-7791.
TranqWool participates in yarn crawl — Through Oct. 6: TranqWool Knitting Provisions is one of 13 local yarn shops on the 2013 Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl, new thus year: Mystery Shawl, knitted in 13 squares, one at each shop. Visitors to TranqWool may win a daily prize; also knitwear designer Cindy Colbert hosts trunk show. 516 S. Salisbury Ave., 704-431-4527, facebook, www.tranqwoolknittingprovisions.com
Musical petting zoo at RPL — 6:30 p.m.Tuesday, Oct. 8: Presented by Rowan Public Library and Salisbury Symphony, children’s room, 201 W. Fisher St., www.rowanpubliclibrary.org
National Astronomy Day star party — 5-9 p.m. Saturday Oct. 12: Telescopes on display for the general public to see and use, sponsored by Astronomical Society of Rowan County, held at Carolina Mall in Concord. Rian date Oct. 19. Info Ralph 704-855-1591 or Alice 704-857-2788.
NC Rowan County Anime Group — 6-8 p.m. Oct. 17, Woodleaf Lanes conference room, showing of Rosario + Vampire.
Spencer Doll and Toy Museum event — • 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, Indian Princess Night for ages 5-11. $15  members, $18 non-members. 704-762 9359. Spencer Doll and Toy Museum, 108 4th St., www.spencerdollandtoymuseum.com
Seventh annual Fall Festival at Second Glance Shop at the Alamo House — 9:30 a.m,.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12: artists and craftsman vendors are invited, spaces at no charge, 2080 Shue Road, China Grove. 704-213-0980.
Concord Library events — • Historical book discussion, Monday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m., Buddy Levy’s “Conquistador,” preregister at 704-920-2054 • Learn about the history of origami, perfect your paper folding skills, create autumnal origami wreath; for ages 7-12, Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 4 p.m., 704-920-2058 • Concord Book Discussion, Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. discussing “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, 704-920-2053 • 27 Union St. North, Concord, www.cabarruscounty.us/library or Facebook
Lake Norman Delta Waterfowl youth day — 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 19: Lake Norman Delta Waterfowl second annual Youth Day for children age 5-15, held at S&S Outdoors, 4410 Amity Hill Road Cleveland, to introduce children to conservation and ethical, safe hunting practices. Limited to first 100 children that pre-register. Hamburger/hot dogs lunch, no cost but children must be preregistered at info@lakenormandeltawaterfowl.org. Additional information at http://lakenormandeltawaterfowl.org/home/events

NCQMA inaugural charity poker run — Registration 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5: Any vehicle welcome, $20 per person includes lunch. 1130 Speedway Blvd. Salisbury, proceeds benefits non-profit NC Quarter Midget Assoc.to provide and maintain safe environment for Quarter Midget racing for children 5–16 and families. Admission free. Early registration 704-913-5706, www.ncqma.com
Fourth Annual Literary Feast Featuring Jill McCorkle — 6:30-9 p.m. Friday Oct. 25: Dine with award winning author Jill McCorkle, Salisbury Civic Center. $75 per person or $500 for a table of eight, proceeds go to RPL Foundation. Call 704-216-8231 or email pam.nance@rowancountync.gov to reserve ticket by Wednesday, Oct. 16.
HSDC HOWLoween Poker Run — 10 a.m-2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19: Walk the trails of Paradox Farm while playing poker hands for prizes. Leashed dogs allowed. Dog costume contest; face painting; games; spooky food, drinks, t-shirts for purchase; door prizes, more. $10 admission, kids under 8 free. Benefits Humane Society of Davie County, held at Paradox Farm, 145 Paradox Lane, Mocksville on 601 South. 336-751-5214 or hsdcmarketing@gmail.com, www.davienchumane.org, Facebook
Old Courthouse Theatre’s Halloween fundraiser — Oct. 25, 26, 31, Nov. 1 and 2, at 8 p.m. also Oct. 27 at 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinee. “Veronica’s Room” by Ira Levin (author of ”Rosemary’s Baby,” “Deathtrap,” “Stepford Wives”) $15/person. PG-13 for adult themes and language. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring Street NW, 704 788-2405, www.oldcourthousetheatre.org

Last Hurrah at The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St. — Friday night, Oct. 4: The Blue Vine will be closing its doors forever. Motel Soap will play at the “Blue Vine Last Hurrah Party.” Details on page 2D. 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.
Cooper’s, The Gathering Place, 122 E. Fisher St. — 8-11 p.m. Tuesdays: Open mic night. 704-754-4907, www.coopersofsalisbury.com, Facebook
DJAaronS presents Saturday Night Live at Benchwarmers — 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday Oct. 5: Banging the Greatest Hits at Benchwarmers, 113 E. Fisher St., free before 10 p.m., $5 cover after 10. Men: neat Casual, ladies: wear what you like.
Fat Jack’s Pub, 120 Military Ave. — Friday-Saturday: open jukebox. 704-638-8996.
Go Burrito, 115 W. Fisher St. — • Mondays: Game night • 9 p.m. Wednesdays: Karaoke night • Thursdays: Trivia night. www.facebook.com/GoBurrito
The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 — • 8 p.m., Saturday Oct. 5: Comedy night with the Color Blind cast and The Don. Set Free Church meets at 5 p.m. Free refreshments, air hockey, foosball, pool, wi-fi. Public invited to jam or schedule their group to perform. 704-213-1467.
E.H. Montgomery General Store — 7-9 p.m. Fridays: Open Bluegrass jam for acoustic musicians. Historic Village of Gold Hill, www.HistoricGoldHill. com, Facebook, 704-267-9439.
Nashville Nights, 125-127 E. Innes St. — • Saturday: Live music • 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays: Line dance lessons • 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays: Open mic • 8 p.m. Thursdays: College night • 9:30-1:30 p.m. Fridays: Deejay Snow • 704-762-999, www.nashvillenightsalisbury.com
Richard’s Bar-B-Que, 522 N. Main St. — • 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays: Cruise-In, 10 percent off. 704-636-9561.
Rick’s BBQ and Grill, 929 S. Main St. — • 6 p.m. Monday, Thursday: Karaoke • 6 p.m. Tuesday: 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 plus local talent with Karaoke • Saturdays: Open juke box • Tuesdays: Pool league night. 704-310-5503.
Old Stone Vino, 515 S. Main St., Kannapolis — Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays: Live music. 704-938-2337.

Salisbury Wine Shop — • 5-8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4: Cabernet Sauvignon wine tasting – six Cabs from USA, Europe, South America with Andrew Alley of Epicur Wines, $5/person • 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5: Drop in for a free wine tasting • 106 S. Main St., 704-636-5151, sws@salisburywinehsop.com, www.salisburywineshop.com

Card making at the Y — 1-3 p.m., Monday Oct. 7: Make six cards/$10, J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.
PPT youth theatre Fall audition workshop — 9 a.m., Saturday Oct. 5: Preparing students to audition for ‘Story Theatre’ includes stage movement, character development and how to audition for a non-musical. 20 spots available, $40. 704-633-5471 to sign up. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St. PiedmontPlayers.com
Kaleidoscope workshop with artist Sue Davis — 1-3 p.m., Sunday Oct. 13 or Saturday Nov. 16: Appropriate for ages 8-14; adults also welcome. $45 includes all materials. Students should bring drawing or photograph to personalize, can be a collection of small pieces or one piece, no larger than five” square. TranqWool Knitting Provisions, 516 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer,704-431-4527, www.tranqwoolknittingprovisions.com
Needle Felting Workshop — 1-4 p.m. Saturday Oct. 19: Learn to needle felt with two different projects, felted ornament and then bead embellished earrings. $35, supplies included. Appropriate for ages 12 and up. Call Liese Sadler at 215-300-4369 or email livethreadstudio@gmail.com. Class will be held in Liese’s studio in Salisbury.
Workshop with award-winning fiber artist — Friday, Oct. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (bring bag lunch) at Waterworks Visual Arts Center. Must attend both days, tuition $200, pre-register by Oct. 10 at www.waterworks.org or 704-636-1882. With textile and book artist Peg Gignoux students will create sculptural handmade book from start to finish using the Coptic stitch binding method.
Yoga in the Parks — All classes 9:-10:15 a.m. Saturdays. Hatha Yoga certified instructor Christine Zimmer; wear comfy clothing, bring mat or blanket, for all levels • Oct. 5 and 19, Forest Hills Park (230 Grove St.) • Nov. 2 and 16, Foil Tatum Park (223 N. McCoy Road). On site registration $5 per class, arrive 15 minutes early. Sponsored by Salisbury City Parks & Rec, 704-638-5275.
Community Yoga — 6-7 p.m., Fridays in Oct.: Introductory, bring mat, arrive 10 minutes ahead to register. Cabarrus Health Alliance, 300 Mooresville Road, Kannapolis. 704-920-1257, yoga@cabarrushealth.org
New Beginner Line Dancing — 4:45-5:30 Thursdays Oct. 3 through Nov. 21: Seven lessons $26, call Rufty Holmes Senior Center to register 704-633-7862.
Senior adults guitar lessons — Adults 55+ at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, beginner and intermediate levels. Mondays 2 p.m. (beginner) and 3:30 p.m. (beginner/intermediate), ongoing 8-week classes. $35 per class includes workbook. Questions: Bob Wingate 704-636-9395, or sign up at RHSC 704-216-7714, more info at www.guitarheel.com
Pottery 101 2-hour workshop — “Let’s Get Messy,” 7-9 p.m. most Wednesdays: For ages 14-adult, two-hour Pottery Wheel class in one evening offers opportunity to try the potters wheel without committing to a full session of classes. Available dates: Oct. 9, 23, 30; Nov. 6, 13, 20; Dec. 4, 11, 18. Cost $35, class limited to eight, groups or individuals welcome. Pottery made during class ready for pickup two weeks from the class date. Advance registration required at 101 S. Main St., 704-209-1632, pottery101nc@gmail.com, www.pottery-101.com
Children’s clay classes — Saturdays 10 a.m.-noon, for ages 6-14, $35 per class includes instruction, all materials, firing. Instructor Jessica Buckwalter. Pay minimum three days in advance to hold a space • Scaredy Cat: Oct. 5 • Harvest Candle Holder: Oct. 19 • Fall Garland: Oct. 26 • More classes through Dec., call Pottery 101, 704-209-1632, www.pottery-101.com
Salisbury Art Station — Openings available in 4-6 p.m. ongoing weekly classes where instructors share their knowledge of historical, technical, conceptual aspects of art. $25 per class. Tuesdays 4-6 p.m. for ages 5-7 • Wednesdays 4-6 p.m. for ages 7 and up • Thursdays 4-6 p.m. for ages 7 and up. 704-754-0853 or art.notions@yahoo.com
Beginning and intermediate weaving — Private lessons on a floor loom. Day or evening times available. Liese Sadler at215-300-4369,livethreadstudio@gmail.com
Fall classes at Waterworks Visual Arts Center — 123 E. Liberty St., register at 704-636-1882 or www.waterworks.org • Hand Building & Wheel Pottery: Ages 12 and up, Tuesdays 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 8, 15. • Figure Drawing From Life: Ages 21 and up, Tuesdays 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12. • Printing On The Press: Ages 16 and up, Thursdays 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 10, 17.
Zumba fitness — • 5:30 p.m., Mondays, Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 704-216-7714 • 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, First Baptist Salisbury, old 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 — Adult oil painting classes, ongoing, pay as you go. 6 p.m. Tuesdays in “the Artist’s Bungalow” (Patt’s home studio). Call for info about supplies, etc. or to sign up. Class size limited to four. Patt Legg, 704-232-6000, 704-762-9647, http://www.pattlegg.com/
Mind aerobics art class — 2-4 p.m., Mondays and Fridays by artist Robert Toth: 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; Harrison’s Florist, 1012 Holmes Ave. off Grove St. near RRMC, 704-636-4251.

Dixie Classic County Fair — Oct. 4-13, Winston-Salem, www.dcfair.com/
NC State Fair — Oct. 17-27, Raleigh, www.ncstatefair.org/

‘Safety, Self-Defense and Resources for Women’ — 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10: Short presentations on maintaining overall physical fitness, simple techniques related to self-defense, resources available for protections, who to contact when feeling threatened. Questions afterward. Light refreshments. Free. Sponsored by American Association of University Women. Held at J. F. Hurley YMCA, 828 Jake Alexander Blvd. W., check in at front desk. Information: Kyndall Moore, kyndall.moore@gmail.com

Piedmont Singles — • 7:15 p.m. Fridays. 1908 Statesville Blvd., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, no joining fee, donations appreciated, covered dish.

PPT youth: ‘Story Theatre’ — By appointment only, 4 and 5 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday Oct. 8-9 : 25 spots per time slot. Held at the Norvell Theater. Schedule audition at 704-633-5471, md@piedmontplayers.com. Performance dates: Sept. 27-Oct. 5. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St.
Old Courthouse Theatre ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ — 7-9 p.m., Sunday-Monday-TuesdayOct. 13-14: Show dates Dec. 5-21. 49 Spring St. SW, Concord. 704-788-2405, www.oldcourthousetheatre.org for detailed character descriptions.

Davidson County Master Gardeners plant sale — 8 a.m.–noon Saturday, Oct. 5: at Lexington Farmers Market at the Depot, Railroad Ave. Plants for sale are grown and propagated by the Master Gardeners who will be on hand to answer gardening questions.
Extension Master Gardener fall plant sale — 9-11 a.m. Saturday Oct. 19: Fall is the best time to plant small shrubs and perenials. Master Gardenerss on hand to help with selections and questions. Also tour the Pocket Gardens on the Extension Campus, 2727 Old Concord Road, Salisbury, 704-216-8970.

Fine Frame Gallery, 105 S. Main St. — Miniature Paintings of Rowan County Scenes by Mark Brincefield and Clyde. Displaying Regional Artists. 704-647-0340, www.fineframegallery.com
Larry’s Loft, above Southern Spirit Gallery, 102 St. S. Main St. — Art show Friday Oct. 11: Mook TLC, art by Mark Brincefield, Tim and Lisa Kluttz and Clyde; 6-9 p.m. Questions? Call Clyde, 704-639-1890.
Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. — Oct. 3-Nov. 2: “Details,” Karen Alexander, Karen Frazer, Judith Kandl, Elizabeth McAdams, Linda McMurrer, Don Moore, showing work with an architectural theme. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 • Free, open to the public. Salisbury’s Historic Rail Walk Arts District, 409 N Lee St. Gallery hours Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 302-598-8812, www.railwalkgallery.com
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. — Fall/Winter exhibition “Restructure: Contrast and Balance,” through Feb. 1, 2014 • Young People’s Gallery: Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Faculty Art Show through Nov. 16 • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Student Art Show, Nov.21-Feb. 1, 2014. 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. 704-636-1882, www.waterworks.org
Sundae Art Gallery, above Cabarrus Creamery, 21 S. Union St., Concord — “Seasonal Adjustments,” group show by seventeen artists, part of the continuing series of Second Friday art exhibits at the gallery. Each month a new show is presented. 704-953-4304, www.sundaeartgallery.com
Hart Witzen Gallery, 136 E. 36th St. Charlotte — “Showdown,” interdisciplinary visual art competition, winner determined by patron vote. Closing reception 7-11 p.m. Friday Oct. 4, with musical performance by Chandler Martin, Julie Tipton. Best in Show announced 10 p.m. Free and open to the public. 136 E. 36th St., Charlotte, www.hartwitzengallery.com, Facebook

YMCA sponsored trips — • Nov. 12: Shopping Day-Ikea; leave 9 a.m., $15 transportation fee • Nov. 22: Gaither’s Homecoming at Cabarrus Arena, leave 3:30 p.m., $28 transportation/ticket fee • Broadway show trips coming up, must sign up to reserve orchestra seating: March 4, 2014 “Evita;” April 1, 2014 “Ghost the Musical;” Aug. 20, 2014 “Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess” • Questions, 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.

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Blotter: Thousands of dollars in lumber taken from Newsome Road house

Local

Locals react to Chauvin verdict, reflect on work still to do

Business

‘Believe me, they’ll be fresh’: Patterson Farm welcomes strawberry crop

Business

With remote expansion, outsource provider FCR looks to become an ‘exceptional part’ of Rowan community

Local

City expects $1.5 million surplus in current budget, ability to raise some wages for police, public works

Education

Enochville Elementary to host farewell event May 1

High School

High school softball: Carson beats West in a wild one

College

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson will speak at NC State graduation

High School

Wonders, Trojans facing off Monday on Cannon Ballers’ field

Local

City approves two apartment developments, more than 160 new units

Nation/World

Crowds react with joy, wariness to verdict in Floyd’s death

News

Bill seeks to end pistol purchase permits from NC sheriffs

Coronavirus

Rowan County sees 300th death attributed to COVID-19

News

Chauvin convicted on all counts in George Floyd’s death

Local

Top North Carolina House finance chair, Rowan representative stripped of position

Crime

One charged, another hospitalized in fight between cousins

Business

Commissioners green light additional houses at Cherry Treesort in China Grove

Local

Bell Tower Green renamed to honor Stanbacks; Nancy Stanback receives key to city

Education

A.L. Brown will hold in-person, outdoor graduation

Local

Granite Quarry awards FEMA contract for Granite Lake Park