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Lots of music, theater, festivals, fundraisers and night life this weekend

Salisbury Symphony season opens — 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26: Fantastique, Marjorie Bagley, violin, Keppel Saturday, Oct. 26: 7:30 p.m. – Keppel Auditorium, Catawba College. “Fantastique!” Salisbury Symphony, David Hagy, conductor. Music by Dukas, Saint-Saens, Berlioz. Marjorie Bagley, violin, soloist. 704-637-4314; salisburysymphony.org
Catawba College Singers Fall Concert — 5:30 p.m. Sunday Oct. 27: Franz Schubert’s Mass in G and works by Mozart, Basler, Forrest, others. Accompanied by string ensemble, piano, organ, French horn. Featured soloists include Christina Pier, Dr. Barry Sang, Jacob Hahn and student vocalists. Omwake-Dearborn Chapel, Catawba campus. The 40-member Singers under the direction of Dr. Phillip Burgess. Free and open to the public.
Windsong Recorder Consort concerts — 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27: “Music Through the 88Years,” free concert at New Gilead Reformed Church, 2400 Old Salisbury-Concord Road. Information 704-425-3508. Music from the Renaissance, folk songs, music from the Civil War and patriotic tunes.
FirstARTS presents — 7:30 p.m. Friday Nov. 1: Adaskin String Trio with pianist Sally Pinkas, First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Church St., 704-636-3121, matthew@fumcsalisbury.org
Special Children’s Concert — 10 a.m. Saturday Nov. 2: by Piedmont Prime Time Community Band, GEM Theatre in Kannapolis, 111 W. 1st St., under the direction of new conductor Dr. Laurence Marks. Free concert features compositions by Disney, John Williams, medley of selections from all eight Harry Potter films, also selections by Dutch composer Jan van der Roost and American composer Frank Ticheli’s unique setting of Amazing Grace. 704-608-2197, www.primetimeband.org or markslaurence@yahoo.com

Lee Street Theatre’s Grand Opening production — 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7-9 and 14-16: “All The Great Books (Abridged),” tickets go on sale Oct. 28. $15 at www.leestreet.org/tickets/ or 704-310-5507. Performances are located at the NEW Lee Street Theater & Performing Arts Center, 329 N. Lee St., 704-310-5507, www.leestreet.org
Tony Award Nominated Musical ‘Leap Of Faith’ closing weekend — 7:30 p.m. tonight thru Saturday: Adults $18, seniors/students $15. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St., 704-633-5471. PiedmontPlayers.com
Broadway’s Best Theatre, Mocksville — “Broadway’s Tricks And Treats,” Oct. 24-27 • “Holidays On Broadway,” Nov. 29-Dec. 1 and Dec 5-8 • Individual and season tickets at 336-575-4446 or www.broadwaysbest.biz. Single tickets $25 adults, $20 seniors, $15 students. 1s03 Beechtree Place in Davie County, intersection of I-40 and Farmingon Road.

Isenberg Elementary School annual Fall Festival — 5:30-8 p.m. tonight, Oct 24.
Salisbury Ghost Walks — 6:30 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 25-26: Join “Boo” and the 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. hear tales of hauntings from days gone by. Bring camera, smart phone, flashlight: some tales come to life via present day hauntings. Adults $10, students $5. Reservations recomended at boo@salisburyghostwalk.com or 704-798-3102. Walks scheduled each weekend and Halloween night.
RPL Fall Photowalks — Headquarters (Salisbury): 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Bring at least one camera per family, charge batteries beforehand, wear comfortable shoes. Rain or shine. Light refreshments, prizes, top picks included in traveling photo exhibit at each location. Register at www.rowanpubliclibrary.org or 704-216-8229.
Cornerstone Fall Fest — 1-4 p.m., Saturday Oct. 26: Features Pro Town BMX Stunt Team. Wristbands required for activities, $5 or 5 non-perishable items for Rowan Helping Ministries. Also food, games, hay ride, prizes, bounce houses, mechanical bull, BMX Bike Giv-A-Way, more. Free admission, 315 Webb Road, to register call 704-855-1218, www.corner
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
Band dance at J.F. Hurley Family YMCA — 7-10 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2: 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.
‘Comet Tales,’ planetarium laser show — 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16: Comets have long fascinated, impressed, even terrified superstitious observers. Modern science has shed light on these spectacular lights in the sky. 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.
YMCA Christmas craft fair — 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 11: Details, Louise Klaver, 704-636-0111, lklaver@rowanymca.com, www.rowanymca.org
Concord Library events — • Wii Open Play 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, play Wii Sports, Guitar Hero, Smash Brothers Brawl more, 704-920-2053 • The Awesome Pageturners! Book Discussion ages 8-10, Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. discussing “Out of Boneville” by Jeff Smith, 704-920-2058 • Spooky Story Time Thursday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m., a special Halloween preschool story time and craft, 704-920-2058 • 27 Union St. North, Concord, www.cabarruscounty.us/library or Facebook
Open house — 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26: New Rowan Animal Clinic, 4155 Statesville Blvd., light refreshments.

30th Lexington Barbecue Festival — 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday Oct. 26: Uptown Lexington, live entertainment on four stages, carnival and family fun area, Bicycle Stunt Shows, Hogway Speedway, Car Show Extravaganza, Lumberjack Sports Show, wine garden, tournaments and races, more. Free admission, www.barbecuefestival.com

Third annual Helping Handbags — Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Nov. 29: Raising money for Christmas Happiness by accepting new or gently used handbags, totes, wallets at the Salisbury Post. The Handbag sale will be the first week of December – exact dates and times to come.
Fundraiser trick-or-treat bake sale — 7 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday Oct. 26: Benefiting continuing music programs of Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society. At Coburn United Methodist Church parking lot, 901 S. Church St. See singing ghosts and goblins in their Halloween costumes.
Cauble Creek Vineyard Artist Invitational reception to support Lupus — 6-9 p.m. Friday Nov. 1: Opening reception is free and open to the public kicks off 2013 Artist Invitational featuring 16 artists, Nov. 1-17. Proceeds benefit Lupus Foundation of America, NC Chapter. Hosted by Crystal’s Crew as a team fundraiser for the 2014 Walk to End Lupus Now in Charlotte on Sunday, May 4, at CPCC. Cauble Creek is at 700 Cauble Creek Farm Road, caublecreekvineyard.com
Center for Faith & the Arts OddBall — 7 p.m.-midnight Nov. 2: Hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, entertainment, silent and live auctions, sign-up parties, costume contest,deejay for late night dancing. Tickets $30 now, $35 after October 20. Come in costume or cocktail attire. F&M Trolley Barn, 125 E. Liberty St. Call CFA for tickets 704-647-0999 or www.faithart.org
Seventh annual Bradley Barnhardt Memorial Golf Tournament — Saturday Nov. 2: Noon-1 p.m. lunch by Gary’s BBQ, 1 p.m. shotgun start at Corbin Hills Golf Club. All proceeds benefit Relay For Life. Details at www.synergysoccer.org
Third annual Cooleemee Chicken Stew — 4:30 p.m. Saturday Nov. 16: At Zachary House; All you can eat stew $5, hotdogs, drinks. Tournaments with cash prizes: 1 p.m. cornhole, 3 p.m. horseshoes, $5 entry fees. Proceeds go to Cooleemee Recreation Department.
Old Courthouse Theatre’s third 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 (au”Rosemary’s Baby,” “Deathtrap,” “Stepford Wives.” $15/person. PG-13 contains adult themes and adult language. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring Street NW, 704 788-2405, www.oldcourthousetheatre.org

CJ’s BBQ, 210 Old Amity Hill Road, Cleveland — Live music 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday nights. 704-278-4070.
Cooper’s, 122 E. Fisher St. — • 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19: The Band of Opportunity, no cover • 8-11 p.m. Tuesdays: Open mic night. 704-754-4907, www.coopersofsalisbury.com, Facebook
DJAaronS presents — 9 p.m.-2 a.m. fourth Sunday, Oct. 27: A Sunday Night at Post 107, $5 all night, dress nicely, adults only. 1433 Old Wilkesboro Road, www.djaarons.com/
Danny Franklin — (Acoustic hits of the last 50 years) • 8-11 p.m. Friday Oct. 25: The Condord Wine Room at Afton Village, 5401 Villge Drive. See dannyfranklinelectric guitar or danny franklin acoustic guitar on youtube.
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, form teams, win prizes. www.facebook.com/GoBurrito
The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 — • 8 p.m., Saturday Oct. 26: Arsena Schroeder, Spoken Strings. 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. 704-213-1476.
E.H. Montgomery General Store — 7-9 p.m. Fridays: Open Bluegrass 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. — • Saturdays, 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 [NN contact: kellyfink0730@gmail.com 704- 213-6828]
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. s704-310-5503.
TJ’s, 2675 Providence Church Road — • Winter hours: Thursday-Saturday 4 p.m. until. www.highrocklakerestaurant.com
Old Stone Vino, 515 S. Main St., Kannapolis — Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays: Live music. 704-938-2337.

Salisbury Wine Shop — • 5-7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25: Wine Tasting – Six wines from four wine regions in Italy with Andrew Alley, Epicur Wines. $5/person • • 106 S. Main St., 704-636-5151, sws@salisburywinehsop.com, www.salisburywineshop.com

PPT’s Tony Award winning comedy ‘The 39 Steps’ — 7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday Oct. 28-29: Performance dates Dec. 5-1. Details at www.piedmontplayers.com. Meroney Theater 213 S. Main St., 704-633-5471, www.PiedmontPlayers.com

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 • 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 for registration. Cabarrus Health Alliance, 300 Mooresville Road, Kannapolis. 704-920-1257, yoga@cabarrushealth.org
November senior adults guitar lessons — For adults 55 and older at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, beginner and intermediate levels. Mondays 2 p.m. (beginner) and 3:30 p.m. (beginner/intermediate), ongoing 6-week classes. Cost $25 per class plus $5 for 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. Instruction on wheel throwing basics, make and decorate a pot on the potter’s wheel. Available dates: Oct. 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 • Picasso Rooster: Nov. 9 • Santa’s Cookie Plate/Mug: Nov. 16 • Gingerbread House: Nov. 23 • Never Enough Mugs!: Nov. 30 • Cookies for Santa- Plate & Cup: Dec. 7 • Ornaments: Dec. 14. Pottery 101, 704-209-1632, pottery101nc@gmail.com, www.pottery-101.com
Kaleidoscope workshop with artist Sue Davis — 1-3 p.m., Saturday Nov. 16: Appropriate for ages 8-14; adults also welcome. $45 includes all materials. Students should bring drawing or photograph to personalize the cover, can be a collection of small pieces or one piece, no larger than five inches square. TranqWool Knitting Provisions, 516 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer,704-431-4527, www.tranqwoolknittingprovisions.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; foster manual dexterity, motivation, problem-solving, healthy communication. $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, intermediate weaving — Private lessons on a floor loom. Day or evening available. Liese Sadler , livethreadstudio@gmail.com
Waterworks Visual Arts Center — 123 E. Liberty St., register at 704-636-1882 or www.waterworks.org • Figure Drawing From Life: Ages 21 and up, Tuesdays 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 29, Nov. 5, 12
• Women & Wine Series, age 21+, Thursdays 6:30-9 p.m., different medium each session • Oct. 24 – Acrylic Painting & Pinot Grigio • Nov. 14 – Creating Collages & Cabernet • Instructor Phyllis Steimel
• Build Your Own 3D House, ages 4-12 (4-year-olds must be accompanied by adult), Saturday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m.-noon
• Thanksgiving Workshop: Life-sized Turkey, ages 4-12 (4-year-olds must be accompanied by adult), Saturday, Nov.16, 10 a.m.-noon
Zumba fitness — • 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. and 6 p.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) in Salisbury. Call for info about supplies, etc. or to sign up. Class size limited to four. Patt Legg, 704-232-6000, 704-762-9647, 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.

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

Bring Your Own Pumpkin! events — 10:30 Saturday Oct. 26: Make a Fairy Garden-in-a-pumpkin, $20 • 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2: Pansies-in-a-Pumpkin, $15 • RSVP to Carolina Lily, 704 639-0033, carolinalily@att.net, www.carolinalily.com

Today: ‘Stump ‘n Stew’ candidate luncheon — Drop-in 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Meet the candidates at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 South MLK, Jr. Ave.,
Today: ‘Behind the Scenes’ Symphony Guild Gathering and Talk — 6-7:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24: for members and friends, free. Can also attend open rehearsal following talk. Conductor David Hagy on considerations when selecting a program. Executive Director Linda Jones on what it takes to get the musicians onboard and onstage. Marjorie Bagley, violin soloist, on what it is like to perform as a soloist with a new orchestra. Keppel Auditorium, Catawba College campus. Refreshments.
Today: Program on bullying — 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday Oct. 24: Friends against Bullying presentation, free, at Cornerstone Church, Webb Road. rowanparentsagainstbullys@gmail.com
Candidates at Spencer Woman’s Club — 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 29: Meet the candidates, light refreshments, at Spencer Woman’s Club building, 100 3rd St., Spencer.
‘What is in your Drinking Water?’ — 2:30 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 5: Free, sign up at front desk or 704-636-0111. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd.
‘The Role of Women in Agribusiness’ — 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14: AAUW lecture series with Domisty Menius, Wild Turkey Farms co-owner/operator, on sustainable agriculture methods. Opportunity to buy Wild Turkey Farms products afterward. Light refreshments. Free. Held at J. F. Hurley YMCA, 828 Jake Alexander Blvd. W., check in at welcome desk. Information Kyndall Moore kyndall.moore@gmail.com

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
The Framing Gallery, 320 N Main St. — Artist of the Month: (October) E.J. Brincefield, on display in October. 704-633-1246.
Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. — Through Nov. 2: “Details,” Karen Alexander, Karen Frazer, Judith Kandl, Elizabeth McAdams, Linda McMurrer, Don Moore, showing work with an architectural theme. 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. — • Exhibition of student artwork of Hispanic Heritage Month Art Contest students grades 6-12, through Nov. 23 • Summer ARTventures Volunteers Window Exhibition showcase, in the front windows through Dec. 15 • 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 • 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

Community bus to view foliage in mountains of Blowing Rock and Boone — Saturday, Oct. 26: $20 before 10/18. Also Tanger Outlets on Shoppes on the Parkway. Call Brenda Cowan 704-633-9073.
YMCA sponsored trips — • Nov. 12: Christmas shopping at Ikea Southpark Mall; leave 9 a.m., $16 • Nov. 15: Southern Christmas Show, $20. leave 9 a.m. • Nov. 22: Gaither’s Homecoming at Cabarrus Arena, leave 3:30 p.m., $28 transportation/ticket fee • Dec. 10: Tangelwood, $17, leave 3:30 p.m. • Broadway show trips, 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.
Davie Co. Senior Services holiday trip — Nov. 11-13: Early Thanksgiving feast, Christmas show at Alabama Theater, Myrtle Beach, Legends In Concert, Hot Jersey  Nights, ocean front suites, plus shopping. Call Barbara Thornton 336-753-6230.
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.

Glory of Christmas rehearsals — Salisbury Ecumenical Choir begins rehearsals for annual Glory of Christmas Concert 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Rehearsals in parish hall of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Attend enough rehearsals to be comfortable with the program • 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays Nov. 6, 13,; 2

Five nights only: Boogerwoods Howl-o-ween Spooktakular — Oct. 25, 26, 31 and Nov. 1 and 2: Tickets $15, go on sale at 2 p.m. each day, ticket is for that night only. Six new scenes and all the favorites. All info at http://www.boogerwoods.org . Rated one of the most entertaining haunts in the Carolinas.
Halloween trolley rides in Salisbury and Spencer — Fun-scary trolley rides appropriate for all ages • Salisbury: Oct. 25 at 8 / 9 p.m. / Oct. 26 at 9 p.m. / Oct. 31 at 8 and 9 p.m. • Spencer: Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by and benefit the Spencer Doll and Toy Museum. Reservations 704-762-9359. Adults $12, kids $10. 704-762 9359. Spencer Doll and Toy Museum, 108 4th St., www.spencerdollandtoymuseum.com
Halloween Holiday Musical Revue — Oct. 24-27: Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday -Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Saturday Oct. 26 an additional 2 p.m. matinee. $25 adults, $20 seniors, $15 students. Opening night, Friday Oct. 18: free pre-show reception with snacks, punch. Located off the intersection of I-40 and Farmington Road in Davie County, www.broadwaysbest.biz
NC Quarter Midget Track of Terror — Hay ride, haunted trail • 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
18th year of Forbidden Forest Horror Trail — Oct. 24, 25, 26, 31, and Nov 1, 2: Tickets go on sale at dark. Proceeds go to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Concessions available on site. Located at 14210 Old Beatty Ford Road, Rockwell. 704-223-2765, www.forbiddenforesthorrortrail.com or call 704-223-2765.
Happy’s Farm Haunted Western Town — 6-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday Oct. 25-26: Family friendly, $5 admission includes hay wagon through the haunted forest, unlimited play in the jail arcade, horse rides at the Pow Wow Corral, Happy’s Haunted Hotel, s’mores kit to enjoy around the campfire, 1 Go-Fish ticket for Kohl’s Cares Corral, 1 chance on Happy’s Cupcake Walk. Age 3 and under free. Concessions available. 985 Parks Road off Mt. Hope Church Road near Happyls Lake. 7004-279-5268, www.hppysfarm.org
Trick or Treat at Gold Hill village shops — 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday Oct. 26: Children may trick or treat at Historic Gold Hill village shop; dress up in your favorite costume! www.historicgoldhill.com/
Gold Hill Ghost Tour — Guided walking tours and hayrides begin 6 p.m. Saturday Oct. 26: Ghost stories, gold mines. ‘The Powder House’ is reputedly one of the most haunted sites in Gold Hill Mines Historic Park and Rowan County. Ghost stories and tours begin at Russell-Rufty Shelter in the park. Tickets must be purchased no later than 9 p.m. at the Russell-Rufty Shelter on the night of the tour only. $5 adults, $3 children 6-10, under 6 free. Wear comfortable walking shoes, no sandals, flip-flops, open-toes. Dress for warmth, plan on being entertained until 11 p.m. depending on how late you arrive and register you group. Halloween costumes, masks not recommended as they hamper vision and ability to walk. A safe, light hearted fun event with no theatrics or horrifying costumes, just honest to goodness ghost stories from the mining era passed down through the generations. 704-267-9439, www.HistoricGoldHill.com or Facebook.
Scarrigan Farms, Mooresville — Sunset on Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights through 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.
Trick or treat at the Renaissance Festival — 10: a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 26-27: Fun, free, and safe place, also a Halloween Treasure hunt, costume contest with prizes. Ages 5-12, normally $11 admission, will be admitted free courtesy of Harris Teeter (under age 5 is always free). www.royalfaires.com/
The Darker Side of Latta Plantation — 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
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
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
Halloween at Rural Hill — Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26: Games, arts, crafts vendors, moon bounce, pumpkin patch, face painting, live music, food, children’s costume contest, more. Free, open to all.  Daytime Amazing Maize Maize will be open and at 6 p.m. the Family Friendly Flashlight Maze begins. Bring your own flashlight. ww.ruralhill.net
Tonight: ‘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.
NCShakes Presents ‘Jack’ — Two shows only, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25: NC Shakespeare Festival’s spine-tingling telling of Jack the Ripper, for ages 14 and above, part of a fundraising project to allow NCShakes to rebuild. 336-841-2273, www.ncshakes.org and available by calling 336-841-2273. 807 W. Ward Ave., High Point.

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11 locals will make up Empire Redevelopment Task Force

Local

New finance director excited to prove himself, continue on path set by predecessor

Coronavirus

County health officials report four new COVID-19 deaths

Elections

Trump promotes health care ‘vision’ at stop in Charlotte but gaps remain

Crime

Blotter: Woman charged with stealing mom’s dog

Business

Rowan County hires Howden as new finance director

Local

Exhibit about Jim Crow-era travel on display at NC Transportation Museum

Elections

GOP elections board members resign over absentee settlement

Crime

Drive-by shooting injures 24-year-old Salisbury man

Crime

Highway Patrol: Vehicle fled after striking, killing pedestrian on Camp Road

Local

Locals to be inducted into NC Military Veterans Hall of Fame

Business

Fall fun, with a twist: Patterson Farm adjusts to guidelines, offers new version of traditional events

Nation/World

Sayers, Piccolo friendship lives on in ‘Brian’s Song’

Education

Partners in learning passes last year’s special needs fashion show fundraiser with all-virtual event

Education

Shoutouts

Elections

Former history teacher to use ‘working knowledge of the issues’ in state House race

Business

Chamber adds more than 50 new businesses during Total Resource Campaign

Education

School board candidates for Salisbury seat split on consolidation