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Here’s your opportunity to sing with the Symphony

The Salisbury Symphony Orchestra will be performing Carol Orff’s Carmina Burana on Saturday, March 22, at 7:30 PM, in Keppel Auditorium at Catawba College.
Members of several local choirs — including Catawba College Singers, Livingstone College Concert Choir, Concert Choir of Salisbury, Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society, Wake Forest University Concert Choir, and the Winston-Salem Children’s Chorus — are lending their voices to this monumental work.
Additional voices are invited. If you are interested in singing this powerful and dramatic work, consider singing with either the Concert Choir of Salisbury, which rehearses Monday nights, or the Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society which rehearses Tuesday nights. Both choirs are conducted by Matthew Newton who can be reached at matthew.newton87@gmail.com or call 919-812-0742.
For more information, contact the Symphony office at 704-637-4314, or email ljones@catawba.edu.
These events at the Center for Environment, on the campus of Catawba College, are free and open to the public. Registration required at 704-637-4727 or centerforenv@catawba.edu
• At 6:30 p.m. on Monday Feb. 10, Nancy Sleeth, author of “Almost Amish: One Woman’s Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life,” leads a workshop called A Simple Plan that Simply Works at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10. Participants will leave with a personal action plan for de-cluttering their lives. To learn more about Nancy Sleeth and this event, visit centerfortheenvironment.org
• The Center for the Environment will hold its next EnviroMingle in partnership with Cougar Run Winery and Cabarrus County Food Policy Council on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Cougar Run Winery located at 363 North Church St., Suite 100 in Concord. EnviroMingles are open to anyone with an interest in creating a more environmentally sustainable future in this region and beyond. Registration is required for this event. Wine by the glass will be available for purchase from Cougar Run Winery. 

This Saturday, Feb. 8, the Center for Faith & the Arts will host a one day women’s retreat from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. “Authentic Voice: Creative Soul,” slightly different than last year’s event, will again include creative, reflective, and meditative components. Instructors include Karen Campbell, the CFA board president and retreat organizer, Jane Ritchie, Myra Tannehill, Susan Lee, and Claudia Galup.
Like the first retreat held last May, women will meditate, pray, create a reflective piece of art, and center themselves physically and spiritually.
Attire is comfortable clothing that might get a little messy with some art supplies. Lunch will be provided with a vegetarian option available. Snack and drinks will be available as well. CFA is located in the lower level of Haven Lutheran Church at 207 W. Harrison Street, with the entrance near parking in the back of the building. Pre-register by 10 a.m. today. The $65 fee may be paid at faithart.org or call CFA at 704-647-0999.
CONCORD — This weekend the Concord on Canvas outdoor art display is installed on Union Street and Church Street in Historic Downtown Concord. Thirty-three original paintings created by area professional and high school artists will be on display for four weeks leading up to the live auction on March 14.
Purchase tickets for the Concord on Canvas live auction on Friday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at $30 each or $200 for a table of eight. Tickets include food, complimentary beverages, and a seat at the live auction of 34 original paintings created by area artists. A silent auction is also held the same evening, featuring a variety of items from businesses throughout the community. See www.concorddowntown.com/events#.UvJgtvb5meI
All who submit an opening bid of $100 or more on a Concord on Canvas painting is automatically entered into a drawing for a single passenger hot air balloon ride, compliments of Soaring Adventures of America.
When a well-meaning but ambitious wellness coach takes on a 14 year-old who’s off her meds, a frustrated attorney, a homeless guitarist, and a bloated detective, chaos ensues. Auditions are at 7 p.m. on Feb. 10 and 11 at Lee Street Theater & Performing Arts Center, 329 N. Lee St. Email info@leestreet.org or call 704-310-5507.

CHARLOTTE — Hear Blues singer/ guitarist/historian Scott Ainslie perform on Friday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave.
Ainslie is a traditional acoustic blues singer, guitarist, historian, and songwriter with personal roots in the Civil Rights era and a great affection for cross-cultural exchange. The concert will focus on North Carolina blues traditions, both African American and European American.
Monthly second-Friday Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are family-friendly and free; donations are appreciated. Refreshments, a song circle, jam sessions, and an Appalachian dulcimer group follow the hour-long concert; visitors are welcome to join in or simply listen. Free parking is available in a deck adjacent to the Stella Center. Note: due to street repairs on Elizabeth Avenue, enter parking deck from 4th Street. Exit the back of the deck to the Stella Center parking lot.
Hear Tanya Kummerow, Council Director of the Iredell and Rowan County Girls on the Run, speak at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13.
It will be held at J. F. Hurley YMCA Salisbury Branch, 828 Jake Alexander Blvd. West. Attendees may check in at the welcome desk with YMCA personnel on arrival.
Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Salisbury branch.
Girls on the Run is a nonprofit prevention program for girls in the 3rd through the 8th grade, with over 200 councils in the United States and Canada. Each council is committed to the mission of inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively combines training for a 5k (3.1 miles) running event with healthy living education.

The North Carolina Arts Council 2014-2015 grant guidelines for organizations are available at ncarts.org. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, March 3.
The Arts Council’s grant programs are designed to sustain and advance the state’s arts industry, to enhance the education of the state’s children and youth, and to ensure that all North Carolina citizens have access to a wide range of high quality arts programs.
Information and eligibility requirements are available at the Arts Council website, http://ncarts.org/grants/grants-for-organizations/

The second annual MayFest is coming to the Rowan County Fairgrounds May 14- 18.
Exhibitor inside booths are $100; food vendors’ outside booths are $300. For the Saturday craft show, craft booths outside are 10×10 – $30; 10×15 – $45; 10×20 – $75.
Exhibitor and food vendors are invited to apply at rowancountyfair.net or at the Rowan County Fair office on Julian Road.
Citizen scientists across North Carolina are directing their eyes to the sky for Audubon’s Great Backyard Bird Count from Feb. 14 to 17. The four-day event, now in its 17th year, encourages bird watchers of all ages and skill level to contribute to research and conservation efforts on a global level.
The GBBC allows anyone, anywhere, to become a citizen-scientist when they count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, and submit their sightings to www.BirdCount.org. The information gathered by volunteers helps track the health of bird populations at a scale that would not otherwise be possible.
Audubon has created games and activities to help parents engage their kids in the count, and foster a love of citizen science from an early age.
See http://birds.audubon.org/great-backyard-bird-count for details.

The Spring exhibition at Waterworks Visual Arts Center, “Relationships – Art of the Human Condition and its Effects on the Environment,” will be on display Feb. 8 through May 17.
Three artists investigate the relationship of the human condition and its effects on the environment. Each work expresses the subject in the context of human values, contemporary culture, and events of a specific space, both physical and psychological. The exhibition takes a fresh look at conventional representations of nature to push boundaries and offer interesting ways to evoke emotional responses.
Next Friday, Feb. 14, informal gallery talks with the artists will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. These events are free and open to the public.
Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
WVAC is located at 123 East Liberty St., in the East Square Cultural District of historic downtown Salisbury.

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