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Catch ‘Christmas in Swingtime’ on Sunday at Christ UMC

Rowan Big Band All-Stars will present “Christmas in Swingtime” at 7 p.m. Sunday at Christ United Methodist Church, 3401 Mooresville Road.
A program of traditional holiday favorites set in Big Band Style will feature local soloists.
A love offering to benefit the work of Communities in Schools of Rowan County will be taken up during the event.
Dr. Ron Turbyfill, board chair, is leader of the band.
The Big Band Bash, a popular fundraiser for the Salisbury Symphony will be held from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Crystal Lounge on the campus of Catawba College.
The event will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres and toe-tapping music by two big bands.
The Salisbury Symphony Big Band, led by orchestra maestro Dr. David Hagy, will lead off the evening of music, food, drink and dancing at 6:30 p.m.
The Salisbury Swing Band, led by Catawba College director of instrumental music Dr. Steve Etters, will continue the evening of music at 8:30 p.m.
Attire for the event is cocktail. Tickets are $75 per person.
Wine and mixed drinks will be available throughout the event with food being served from 7 to 9 p.m.
Proceeds will go to support the many activities of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra.
Purchase tickets by calling the symphony office at 704-637-4314, or through PayPal on the Symphony’s website at salisburysymphony.org.
The Historic Salisbury Foundation and Rowan Museum will kick off the annual history course on Salisbury and Rowan County on Feb. 6.
This 13-week course will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays through May 8.
Continuing education credits are available for teachers.
The first class will be held at the Rowan Museum, with following classes presented at various historic locations.
Classes include information on Native Americans, early pioneers, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, industrialization and more.
The basic text is “Rowan County…A Brief History” by James S. Brawley, available at the library or on CD at the class for $10.
The course fee is $30 for members of Rowan Museum or Historic Salisbury Foundation. The cost is $25 for nonmembers. Those who have lived in Salisbury less than a year can attend for $20.
Contact the Historic Salisbury Foundation at 704-636-0103 or by email to office@historicsalisbury.org to register.
Uncle Buck’s All American Pub & Grub, 127 S. Main St., will host live music by The Dubber on Friday.
Moses Jones, a Charlotte-based band who performed earlier this year during Earth Day Jam, will take the stage Saturday.
There will be a New Year’s Eve party Tuesday with Pinetop Lightning Band. That night only there will be a $10 party cover.
Celebrate performance, self-expression and the New Year at Spoken Space Theatre, also known as the black box.
Musicians, singers, comics, poets and other types of artists are invited to perform. Performers sign-in at 9 p.m. The show begins at 10 p.m.
Kick back and enjoy the beginning of 2014 with free admission.
Drinks and snacks will be sold during the event.
Salisbury Believer’s Fellowship Youth Group will host a barbecue chicken dinner Saturday, Jan. 4, to benefit the family of Marco Kauffman.
One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go to meet the needs of his wife, who is expecting a baby boy in 8 weeks.
The $8 plates include chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, homemade rolls and choice of drink. Homemade apple and cherry fried pies will also be available for purchase.
The event is being held at Troyer’s Country Market, 4077 Statesville Blvd.
Plate reservations may be made at 704-637-0733.
A half million free paperbacks will be handed out across America on April 23 by enlisting 25,000 volunteer book lovers to promote reading by personally giving specially printed books to light or non-readers as well as to those without the means or access to them.
The idea is for book-loving volunteers to fan out and give away 20 free copies of a book at a location in their area.
Rowan Public Library is helping to promote this project. Lend support by volunteering to be a book giver and give a book to a stranger or to people you might know, but who may not be avid readers.
Participants can go to a coffee shop, hospital, church, community center, after work party, shopping mall or local school to give out 20 free paperbacks.
These paperbacks will be specially-produced, not-for-resale World Book Night U.S. editions, and there are more than 30 titles for you to choose from including “The Dog Stars,” “Code Name Verity,” and “Wild.”
Volunteer to be a book giver by signing up through Jan. 5 at us.worldbooknight.org.
Participants will be notified in February if they have been chosen to be a book giver and which of the three books you will be given to hand out.
They will choose which local bookstore or library to pick up the box of books in advance of World Book Night. Rowan Public Library has been chosen as one of the pick-up locations.
Find out more about the project by visiting us.worldbooknight.org or calling the library at 704-216-8240.

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