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Holiday celebrations kick off this weekend with trolley tour and more

Center for Faith & the Arts Holiday Organ Tour —12:45 p.m. Saturday, November 30: Board the trolley at First UCC, visit three sacred spaces, hear their organs played by four talented local musicians. St. John’s Lutheran, St. Mark’s Lutheran of China Grove, First United Church of Christ. Tour ends at First UCC followed by reception. $15 per person.704-647-0999 or faithart.org
Santa Train at the NC Transportation Museum — 10 a.m. Nov. 29 and 30, Dec. 7. Dec. 14, Dec. 21: Children and their parents make a daytime trip to the roundhouse shop as Ol’ Saint Nick hands out candy canes and oranges – an old railroad Christmas tradition. Make a take-home craft and more. 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer. Admission information at http://www.nctrans.org
Cookies & Cocoa with Santa at the NC Transportation Museum — 10 a.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, 20, 21: Children will hear a Christmas story aboard the train and before meeting Santa Claus in the Roundhouse. Cookies and cocoa will be served and children can make a craft and send a postcard to Santa. 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer. Admission information at http://www.nctrans.org/
Happy’s Farm’s Country Christmas Town and Lights — 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30; Saturday, Dec. 7; Friday, Dec. 13; and Saturday, Dec. 14. $5 admission includes a ride on Happy’s Express through Christmas lights display, horse rides, lesson in making reindeer food to use on Christmas Eve, Christmas cookie decorating, unlimited play in the jail arcade Age 3 and younger free. Toy Walk and Go Fish game tickets 50 cents each/3 for $1. Concessions available for purchase. 985 Parks Road, just off Mt. Hope Church Road, 704-279-5268, happysfarm.org
Catawba’s Service of Lessons and Carols — Two evenings; Monday Dec. 2 and Thursday, Dec. 5: Catawba College’s 26th annual Service of Lessons and Carols in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel. Prelude of Christmas music begins 6:30 p.m., Service of Lessons and Carols at 7 p.m. Shuttle service to the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel begins 5:30 p.m. from Robertson College-Community Center, Ketner Hall, Shuford Stadium parking lots. Shuttle will also return guests to their vehicles afterward. Free admission, tickets required, limit four tickets per individual, available at Catawba College Development Office, 704-637-4396.
The Concert Choir winter concert — 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6: Including Bach’s Magnificat and Rutter’s Gloria; the Rowan Youth Orchestra will also perform. St. John’s Lutheran Church in Salisbury; no charge.
The 10th Arc Festival of Trees — Dec. 6 -8: Showcasing a collection of beautifully decorated Christmas trees at the F&M Trolley Barn, sponsored by anyone interested in helping The Arc of Rowan. Details at 704-637-1521, www.thearcofrowan.org
Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society Holiday concert — 7 p.m. Dec. 7: ‘Winter, Why the World Sings,’ musical journey around the world. Free. Bring a new unwrapped toy for Rowan County Department of Social Services. St. John’s Lutheran Church, Downtown, www.salisburyrowanchoir.com
‘Winter, Why the World Sings’ holiday concert — 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7: Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society’s musical journey around the world. Bring new, unwrapped toy for Rowan County Department of Social Services. Free concert, St. John’s Lutheran Church, www.salisburyrowanchoir.com
Fulton Heights Holiday Home Tour —5-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7: Sponsored by the Fulton Heights Neighborhood Association, $10 suggested donation. Houses on tour • Home of the Youngs, 117 Maupin Ave. • Home of the Klusmans, 115 Maupin Ave. • Home of the Palmers, 103 Mitchell Ave.
‘Come Let Us Adore Him’ — St. John’s Men’s Chorus, free concert, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, sanctuary of St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St., Salisbury. Benefit for Rowan Helping Ministries.
The Singing Americans Of Stanly County — 3 p.m. Sunday Dec. 8: The choir of about 40 voices with 4-5-6 part harmony presents its annual Christmas concert “Appalachian Winter with Christmas Classics,” some of the best and most loved Christmas songs, a blend of Celtic and folk music. Stanly County Agri-Civic Center, Hwy 24/27 at 26032-B Newt Road in Albemarle. Free admission, contributions appreciated. 704-982-9340, www.singingamericans.org and Facebook
The Symphony and RPL present ‘Excerpts from The Nutcracker’ — 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10: Special story and ballet program complete with musical excerpts and sample performances with the ballerinas from the Piedmont Dance Theater. Stanback Auditorium, 201 W. Fisher St., meet the ballet dancers after the program. For children of all ages. 704-216-8240.
Piedmont Choral Society presents Vivaldi’s “Gloria” — 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13: with orchestra, favorite Christmas carols at First Presbyterian Church, 201 Vance St., Kannapolis and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. at Forest Hill UMC, 265 Union St. N., Concord. Free. Joe Judge, director; Carol Link Soles, accompanist. Reception follows Sunday concert. 704-699-6053 or kayy2000@gmail.com
‘Laser Holidays,’ planetarium laser shows — 5 and 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21: heartwarming program of favorite holiday music and laser light images, delight to the sounds of Sleigh Ride, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bell Rock, Frosty the Snowman, more. For a little added fun, the audience may wear their tackiest, yet tasteful, holiday attire. 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.
RoBoJo Theatre Troupe returns — 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7: Rowan Public Library and RoBoJo Theatre Troupe present “Bringing Books to Life,” a readers theatre performance of a special collection of childhood holiday favorites. Stanback Auditorium, free. admission for children of all ages. 201 W. Fisher St., Salisbury, 704-216-8228, www.rowanpubliclibrary.org
‘Miracle on Monroe Street’ — 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8: Livingstone presents a Christmas concert with members of Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and a live nativity scene; a tree lighting ceremony follows the concert for which ornaments can be purchased for a nominal fee through the Office of Institutional Advancement. Proceeds help cover the cost of the Christmas dinner for needy families. $8 adults; $4 children 12 and under and senior citizens. Varick Auditorium on Livingstone campus. 704-216-6044
‘Holidays On Broadway’ at Broadway’s Best Theatre, Mocksville — See details under THEATER
Old Courthouse Theatre presents ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ — See details under THEATER
Lee Street theatre presents ‘OrnaMENTAL’ by Jenny Hubbard — See details under THEATER
Salisbury Symphony and Piedmont Dance Theater perform ‘The Nutcracker’ — 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday Dec. 22: A production of the Salisbury Symphony and Piedmont Dance Theatre in Keppel Auditorium, Catawba College. Reserved seating, for tickets, visit tickets.salisburysymphony.org
Christmas Downtown — • Scrooge’s Christmas Trolley Tours Nov. 29-Dec. 21: A classic Dickens story of “The Christmas Carol” on the trolley through Historic Downtown Salisbury, 6 p.m. every Friday-Saturday. $20 adults, $15 children/seniors • Holiday Night Out, Friday Nov. 29: 5-9 p.m., Santa & the Grinch make their first appearances downtown, Victorian Voices provide strolling seasonal music • Santa & the Grinch at the Bell Tower, Saturday Nov. 30 10 a.m.-noon: Bell Tower Park, photo-ops with Santa and the Grinch. Refreshments and crafts for children • Ride with Santa & the Antique Grinch on antique fire trucks, Saturday Dec 14 10 a.m.-1 p.m., board at Okey Dokey & Co. at 126 E. Innes St. Free, weather permitting • Victorian Christmas at the Hall House, Every Saturday-Sunday in Dec. . 1-4 p.m., $5, theme: “Toyland, Toyland!” • Details for all events at www.visitsalisburync.com/downtownholidayevents
Christmas in China Grove — Christmas Tour of Homes, tours at 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday Dec. 7: Annual Christmas Tour of Homes and Dinner, guests may tour the mill, tablescapes on display. Buses leave from historical China Grove Roller Mill, 308 N. Main St., includes four homes in South Rowan, sponsored by Historical Society of South Rowan. Info 704-425-5323. Tickets $30 and include tour, meal, transportation. Proceeds go to maintenance of historical China Grove Roller Mill.
Christmas in Kannapolis — 6 p.m. Saturday Nov. 30: annual Tree Lighting Ceremony with live music by Piedmont Choral Society, fireworks follow at 6:30 p.m. • 6-9:30 p.m. nightly through Dec. 30 except Christmas Eve and Day: Celebration of Lights boasts more than 250,000 lights, rides on Winterland Express, visits with Santa, Kannapolis Singing Bears, see interactive model train display open on select dates • 2-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7: free Kannapolis Christmas Festival with family-friendly fun, craft and food vendors, carnival rides, inflatables, live entertainment • 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21: Live nativity scene, live choir music, petting zoo, pony rides, vendors. Information at www.cityofkannapolis.com (search for A Kannapolis Christmas), 704-920-4343.
Christmas in Gold Hill — 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6: Miss Merry Christmas Pageant at the Arbor, Bluegrass music at Montgomery General Store, 7-9 p.m. • 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7: Breakfast with Santa at Frankie’s Cottage, email reservations to hutto810@windstream.net; Merry Christmas Parade, 1-2 p.m.; marshmallow roasting at the Arbor, 2-4 p.m.; pictures with Santa at the Arbor, 3-5 p.m.; live Nativity scene, 5:15 p.m. at Gold Hill Methodist Church; live entertainment at Frankie’s Cottage garden, 5-8 p.m.; Bluegrass/Christmas music at Montgomery General Store, 7-9 p.m. • Sunday, Dec. 8: Santa in the Village; horse and carriage rides 1-4 p.m., ticket includes Christmas Story by author Nancy Brewer and roasted goodies at the Arbor, $10. Email goldhillmerchants association@gmail.com for schedule and details.
Christmas in Cooleemee — 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14: Cooleemee Christmas Tour of Homes; eight homes, five historic churches, two museums. Proceeds go toward a new Splash and Swim Center in Cooleemee. Tickets $10 available at Town Hall, Village Auto, Zachary House, Davie Chamber of Commerce; also the day of the event at the Zachary House. Hellen Daywalt 284-4339 or John Chandler 284-2141.
Christmas in Concord — • 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 30: Concord native and author Michael Eury’s Roving Book Signing, at eight locations and times downtown • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 7: Free horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, Gingerbread Candy Hunt for children, $5 per child, reservations suggested at 704-784-4208, www.cabarrusevents.org
Christmas in Statesville — 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and 5:15-7 p.m. Saturday Dec. 7: “Christmas at the Cabins 1863” at the Gregory Creek Homestead; step back in time 150 years to experience life in Iredell County during the war in 1863 while watching preparations for Christmas and the coming winter during a time of conflict in North Carolina. Christmas daytime tours at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Candlelight tours start every 20 minutes from 5:15-7 p.m. $8 adults, $4 children, includes demonstrations and tours. Reservations recommended. Gregory Creek Homestead, 1335 Museum Road, Statesville, 704-873-4734, www.iredellmuseums.org
‘RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians’ — See “FILM” listings for details.
Christmas at Latta Plantation — • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 29-30: See an 1860s Victorian Christmas, visit the plantation house, kitchen, cabin. Meet a Victorian St. Nick. $8 adults, $7 seniors, $6 students, 5 and under free • 1-3 p.m. Saturday Dec. 7: Christmas Tea and Craft for mothers and daughters. Pre-registration required • 6-9p.m. Dec. 14: Step into an 1820s candlelit Christmas, tour the plantation at night, meet the animals in the carriage barn, see dancing in the house, share the excitement of children before bedtime, see cooking in the kitchen, a slave Christmas in the cabin. $8 per person, 5 and under free • 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704-875-2312, www.lattaplantation.org
Tree-lighting tradition at the State Capitol — 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12: Gov. Pat McCrory and First Lady Ann McCrory light the Christmas tree, free and open to the public. Holiday music by Raleigh Concert Band and Garner Magnet High Die Meisters. 6:30. p.m.: Annual holiday open house, public is invited inside • Bring donations for NC Rural Shelters for abandoned pets: food, blankets, towels, toys, treats to the State Capitol Rotunda on Dec. 12, 13, 14, 15.
Civil War Christmas at Bentonville Battlefield — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 7: Help decorate 1860s style Christmas tree, spend time with Confederate soldiers around the campfire, sip cider with civilian living historians, tour the circa 1855 Harper House. Free and open to the public. 910-594-0789, www.nchistoricsites.org/bentonvi/
Christmas all over the state — Festive family fun to fit any budget at art and history museums, historic sites and the North Carolina Symphony. See NC Department of Cultural Resources, www.ncculture.com. Events free unless indicated.

PPT presents ‘The 39 Steps’ — 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5-7 and 11-14; 2:30 p.m. Dec 8: Tony Award winning comedy. Opening night Dec. 5; VALUE NIGHT Wednesday Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Other nights adults $15, seniors/students $12, 704-633-5471. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St., PiedmontPlayers.com
Broadway’s Best Theatre, Mocksville — • “Holidays On Broadway,” Nov. 29-Dec. 1 and Dec. 5-8: Songs that celebrate a year of American holidays starting with New Years’ and following the calendar right through Christmas • Thursday Dec. 5: All tickets $15 for 7 p.m. early bird performance. Friday/Saturday evening performances at 7:30, second Saturday/Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. • First Friday Club for Opening night gets 20% off all tickets plus opening night reception. 336-575-4446, www.broadwaysbest.biz. Single tickets $25 adults, $20 seniors, $15 students. 103 Beechtree Place in Davie County, intersection of I-40 and Farmingon Road
Old Courthouse Theatre presents ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ — Dec. 5-7, 13-14, 20-21 at 8 p.m., Dec. 7, 14, 21 at 2:30 p.m., Dec. 8 and 15 at 2:30 p.m.: A wild adventures of a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just won’t take no for an answer. PG, $15/adults, $12/seniors and students, $10/children 12 and younger. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. NW, 704 788-2405, www.oldcourthousetheatre.org
Lee Street theatre presents ‘OrnaMENTAL’ by Jenny Hubbard — 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-8: True-to-life comedy revolves around an annual Christmas tree decorating contest that brings together a diverse blend of characters. Audience talk-backs afterwards. Lee Street Theater & Performing Arts Center, 329 N. Lee St., 704-310-5507, www.leestreet.org
Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh presents ‘(Three Man) Tempest’ — Dec. 5-22: Shakespeare. Three men. A table. Tickets and times at 919-834-4001 or www.burningcoal.org. Burning Coal Theatre Company, Murphey School autidorium, 224 Polk St., Raleigh, 919-834-4001, www.burningcoal.org

Salisbury Symphony and Piedmont Dance Theater perform ‘The Nutcracker’ — See listing under CHRISTMAS for details.
Fuzzbucket at The Davis Theatre — 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 19: The Ed Sullivan Show, The Grand Ole Opry and Prairie Home Companion = The Fuzzbucket Music Company. $12 at CabarrusArtsCouncil.org or 704-920-2753. www.fuzzbucketmusic.com or www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org or 704-920-ARTS, The Davis Theatre , 65 Union Street S, downtown Concord, 704-920-2753, www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org
Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center — • Kool & The Gang, Dec. 29 • ZZ Top, Dec. 31 • Reo Speedwagon, Feb. 14, 2014 • Comedian Gabriel Iglesias, March 22 • Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee. www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center — • Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes, Dec. 4 • Colors of Christmas, Dec. 20-21 • The Book of Mormon, Dec. 26-Jan. 5 • B.B. King, Jan. 12 • Wayne Brady, Feb. 23 • Alton Brown Live!, Feb. 24 • Kenny Loggins, April 27 • Corner of 5th and College Streets, Charlotte. 704-372-1000, BlumenthalArts.org

Christmas in history — For holiday events with an historical twist, see listings under CHRISTMAS
Kannapolis History Associates — 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2: Christmas dinner at Gary’s Bar B Que,China Grove. $12 per person, RSVP 704-796-0803 or 704 932-6125 ext 412 by November 29. A. L. Brown High School social room, 415 E. First St., Kannapolis. Park East of Trinity Methodist Church. 704-932-6125 x 412.
Salisbury Confederate Prison Exhibit — 10 a.m-4 p.m., Friday Dec. 6: Salisbury Confederate Prison Association, Inc. members available to discuss the Prison and those who were there. The 8’x12’ Weinhold display of handmade model Prison buildings will be set up. View images of the Prison, prisoners, guards, and civilians along with quotes from letters, diaries, official records, and newspapers. Stanback Auditorium, Rowan Public Library, 201 West Fisher St., free and open to the public. 704-637-6411, www.salisburyprison.org, email southpaws@fibrant.com
Rowan Museum History Club — 7 p.m. • Dec. 10: Blood and War at my Doorstep: Civil War NC Civilians— Brenda Chambers McKean • Presented by Rowan History Club in roundtable format followed by Q and A. Light refreshments; free. Rowan Museum Messinger Room, 202 N. Main St., use rear entrance, 704-633-5946, rowanmuseum@fibrant.com
‘Rowan County/Salisbury: Our Place in History’ — Thursdays 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 6- May 8, 2014: Annual 13-week history course on Salisbury and Rowan County. Teachers – Continuing Education Credits available. First class held at Rowan Museum, following classes at various historic locations. Basic text “Rowan County…A Brief History” by James S. Brawley available at the library or on CD at the class for $10. Course fee $30 (discounts apply). Register at HSF 704-636-0103 or office@historicsalisbury.org
Seeking historic Gold Hill photos —Photo history of Gold Hill and Gold Hill Mining District being compiled for publication and release prior to the 25th Founder’s Day event in 2014. 704-267-9439 or 704-279-7897.

‘RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians’ — 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5: Hilarious never-before-seen take on the family holiday ‘classic,’shown live at Tinseltown, 305 Faith Road. Tickets at box office or www.FathomEvents.com

NC Rowan County Anime Group — • 6-8 p.m. Sunday Nov. 24: Showing “Sin The Movie.”
Everyone’s invited to ‘A Holiday Gala’ — 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday Dec. 7: Sponsored by the Piedmont District Funeral Directors, tickets $15, held at Rowan Museum Messinger Room, music by deejay. Info and tickets at 704-633-2424 or 704-696-2603.
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
‘Laser Holidays,’ planetarium laser shows — 5 and 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21: See details under CHRISTMAS.
Concord Library events — • Historical Book Discussion, Monday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. discussing “The Battle for Christmas” by Stephen Nissenbaum, register at 704-920-2054 • Delve Into Books (DIBS), Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. discussing “Step-Ball-Change: a Novel” by Jeanne Ray, 704-920-2053 • “How to Stay Organized Through the Holidays” 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. Joanna Clausen, organizational specialist, gives tips. Free, open to the public, 704-920-2053 • Local author and historian Michael Eury, Monday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m., shares the chronicles of Concord’s most famous, familiar, infamous residents.704-920-2050 • 27 Union St. North, Concord, www.cabarruscounty.us/library or Facebook

Terrie Hess House Prevent Child Abuse Rowan — 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 3: Dine-in or take out $8 includes BBQ, slaw, beans, roll, dessert. Free delivery for 10+ orders. Held at Second Presbyterian Church, 732 Lincolnton Road. Proceeds benefit Terrie Hess House. Get tickets from Matthew Marsh at The Forum, Beth Moore at beth@preventchildabuserowan.org or Janice Helsley-Junda at jundajanice@gmail.com
Support Stanly Habitat — Drawing noon Dec. 7: Stanly County Habitat for Humanity partnering with RPM cycles, raffle tickets $20, prizes include cycles and cash. Habitat Restore, hwy 24/27 West Albemarle, 704-985-1050 or Hfh-nc-stan.huterra.com
Ashleigh’s Angels’ Gospel Singing and Chicken ‘n Dumplings — 2-8 p.m. Saturday Dec. 14: Ashleigh’s Angels raises money to help parents of kids going through brain cancer, in memory of 3-year-old Ashleigh Jade Higgins. Dinner 2-7 p.m.; Gospel singing 4-8 p.m. Children 3 and under free; $5 for age 4-12; Carryout only $7; Dine-in only $8 includes drink. Music by The Dosses, The Gospelairs, The Enlighteners. Southside Baptist Church, 500 Morlan Park Road (corner of Jake and Morlan Park Road.
Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society —Taking orders for Christmas cookie trays and fudge; small cookie tray (3 doz.) $10; large cookie tray (6 doz.) $20; assorted fudge: chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter (3 lbs.) $20. 704-433-7908 or srcshistorian@gmail.com. Orders delivered Dec. 17-18.
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 Dec. – exact dates and times to come.
To benefit Meals on Wheels of Rowan — Kathleen Boggs at Genevieve’s Salon, 1921 W. Innes St., will donate proceeds from all haircuts first Saturdays. $15, by appointment

Cooper’s, The Gathering Place, 122 E. Fisher St. — • 8-11 p.m. Tuesdays: Open mic night. 704-754-4907, www.coopersofsalisbury.com, Facebook
Danny Franklin plays live — 8-11 p.m. Friday Dec. 6: Vino Hops West A St., downtown Kannapolis. Former lead singer of Jericho.
Fat Jack’s Pub, 120 Military Ave. — Friday-Saturday: open jukebox. 704-638-8996.
Go Burrito, 115 W. Fisher St. across from the mural — • 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 Nov. 30: Open Mic Night • Set Free Church meets 5 p.m. Saturdays. 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. — • 9:30 p.m. Saturday Nov. 29: Ambush, from Raleigh • 7 p.m. Tuesdays: Free pool • 8 p.m. Wednesdays: Open mic • 9 p.m. Thursdays: College Night and Karaoke, ages 18+ welcome with college ID • Fridays: Deejay Snow • 704-762-9999.
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 plus local talent with Karaoke • Saturdays: Open juke box • Tuesdays: Pool league night. 704-310-5503.
Uncle Bucks All American Pub & Grub, 127 S. Main St. — 10 p.m. Friday Nov. 29: The Bloodworth Project • 10 p.m. Saturday Nov. 30: The Grand Ol Uproar. No covers. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday. Closed Sundays. 704-633-3750, https://www.facebook.com/unclebucksgrub‎
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, November 29: Friday Night Out Wine Tasting. $2/person • 106 S. Main St., 704-636-5151, sws@salisburywinehsop.com, www.salisburywineshop.com
Old Stone Winery — 704-279-0930, 6245 US Hwy. 52, 1 mile south of Granite Quarry. www.oldstonewines.com
Morgan Ridge Vineyards — 704-639-0911. 486 John Morgan Road, Gold Hill. morganridgevineyards.com
Cauble Creek Vineyard — 704-636-1137, 700 Cauble Farm Road off Highway 150/Mooresville Highway, western Rowan County. www.CaubleCreekVineyard.com
Rocky River Vineyards — 704-781-5035. 11685 Reed Mine Road, Midland. www.rockyrivervineyards.com
Childress Vineyards — 336-236-WINE, 1000 Childress Vineyards Road, exit 89 off I-85, on Hwy 64 W. Lexington. www.childressvineyards.com

Lighted Christmas ball workshop — 10 a.m. Saturday Dec. 7: Fourth annual workshop to make lighted Christmas balls, for each ball you wish to make, bring 200 mini-lights. All other materials supplied. Held at John Calvin Presbyterian Church fellowship hall, 1620 Brenner Ave. Also bring canned food for Rowan Helping Ministries. Pictures of the balls illuminating neighborhoods can be seen at Lighted Christmas Ball Blog.
Annual Gingerbread House Workshop at The Rowan Museum — 1-4 p.m. Sunday Dec. 8: Choose 1, 2 or 3 p.m. start time. $35 per child (price includes ONE attached adult) for decorating a gingerbread house, photo with Santa, tours of the Museum, refreshments. Messinger Room, 202 N. Main St., 704-633-5946, rowanmuseum@fibrant.com
‘Rowan County/Salisbury: Our Place in History’ — Annual 13-week history course on Salisbury and Rowan County. See History listings.
Senior adults guitar — 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 704-433-4461 or sign up at RHSC 704-216-7714, more info at www.guitarheel.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. Must pay minimum three days in advance to hold a space • 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
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: Dec. 4, 11, 18. $35 includes everything; class limited to eight, groups or individuals welcome. Pottery made during class ready for pickup two weeks from the class date. Three-day advance registration required at 101 S. Main St., 704-209-1632, pottery101nc@gmail.com, 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; 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 and intermediate weaving — Private lessons on a floor loom. Day or evening times available. Liese Sadler 215-300-4369,livethreadstudio@gmail.com
Waterworks Visual Arts Center — 123 E. Liberty St., register at 704-636-1882 or www.waterworks.org • Children’s Holiday Ornament Workshop, ages 4-12 (4-year-olds must be accompanied by adult), Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-noon, make a series of artistic ornaments using texture, color, line, shapes to create original works of art in painting, mixed media, sculpture. Project adapted to age and skill level. Instructor Marina Bare, $30 members / $40 nonmembers
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 at Patt’s home studio in Salisbury. Call for info 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 — • 6:15 p.m. (new starting time) Fridays • Nov. 29: no meeting; enjoy being with family! • Dec. 6: Bingo. 1908 Statesville Blvd., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, no joining fee, donations appreciated, covered dish.
New Beginnings Singles Club of Lake Norman — 6:30 p.m. third Thursdays (tonight, Nov. 21): social group of singles over 50, Captain’s Galley Restaurant in Mooresville. Visitors welcome. 704 528 3864.

Old Courthouse Theatre ‘Summer and Smoke’ — Only adults 7-9 p.m., Sunday-Monday Dec. 8-9 • Only children 7 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 10: by Tennessee Williams. Eight female/nine male roles; for children to mature (senior) adults. PG. Show dates Feb. 6-23. 49 Spring St. SW, Concord. 704-788-2405, See www.oldcourthousetheatre.org for detailed character descriptions.

Carolina Lily events — • Nov. 28-30: Wind & Willow & Winearita Weekend, loads of sampling • Dec. 12 and 14: ‘Snowball Fight’ • Dec. 19 and 21: Snow Fairy Tea Party, make a spoon fairy, decorate your own cupcake and cocoa bar, come dressed in your fairy finery • RSVP to Carolina Lily, 704 639-0033, carolinalily@att.net, www.carolinalily.com
Bonsai Winter Silhouette Exhibition — 1-5 p.m. Dec. 7-8: Artistry and beauty of bonsai, also meet a Bonsai Master. David H. Murdock Core Laboratory bldg., 150 N. Research Campus Drive, NC Research Campus. Free. www.winterbonsai.com

Fine Frame Gallery, 105 S. Main St. — Displaying new paintings by Phyllis Steimel, and Rowan County Miniature’s by Clyde, and Mark Brincefield. 704-647-0340, www.fineframegallery.com
The Framing Gallery, 320 N Main St. across from Koko Java — Artist of the Month: Elizabeth (Libba) and David Willingham, through November; also the work of Edward Brincefield (Mark’s brother). Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Tuesday and Saturday, 704-633-1246.
Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. — Closed Thanksgiving weekend November 28-30; reopening Dec. 6 with “Small Works,” a group show of the Rail Walk studio artists. Located in Historic Salisbury’s Rail Walk Arts District, 704-431- 8964, www.railwalkgallery.com
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. — • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Student Art Show, Nov. 21-Feb. 1, 2014 • Window exhibition showcasing original 2-D and 3-D artwork by Summer 2013 ARTventures Volunteers on exhibit through Dec. 15 • Fall/Winter exhibition “Restructure: Contrast and Balance,” through 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
The Galleries, 65 Union S. St., Concord — Two new exhibitions: Shop Seagrove and Piedmont Pottery and Soft Focus, through Dec. 19. Free, 704-920-2787, www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org
Sundae Art Gallery, above Cabarrus Creamery, 21 S. Union St., Concord — Each month a new show is presented. Info at 704-953-4304, www.sundaeartgallery.com
Frank Selby work in ‘Entropy’ exhibit — through Jan. 4, 2014: Group exhibition curated by Vassilios Doupas at Galeri Zilberman, Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey. Info at galerizilberman.com

YMCA sponsored trips — • 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.
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.

Juried exhibit and competition — Mooresville Artist Guild’s first juried exhibit and competition, cash prizes, plus gift certificates to Lake Country Gallery. Juror: Anne Scott Clement of Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Salisbury. Intake Jan. 10-11, 2014. Information/prospectus at www.magart.org, questions jadehart7@gmail.com Mooresville Artist Guild 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville, www.magart.org

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