A come-together community festival in Mt. Ulla Saturday

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mt. Ulla Community Spring Festival — 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday March 29: Free community event with live blue grass music, local crafters, artists, vendors. Mt. Ulla Feed Store, Hwy 801, Mount Ulla, 704-278-2800.
Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention — Friday and Saturday March 28-29: Friday night dance with three bands; Saturday of jam sessions, music competitions; multiple Saturday workshops led by expert artists. Surry Community College in Dobson. 877-999-8390, www.surryoldtime.com
Potters of the Piedmont festival — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday April 12: More than 50 regional potters in the block between South Elm and Arlington on Lewis St., downtown Greensboro.
Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival and Art Walk — noon-4 p.m., Saturday April 26: Family-friendly cultural arts event, downtown Kannapolis. Free for patrons, participants. Info: Michael Knox, 828-231-5037, mknox@modernfilmzine.com
Concord Spring into Arts Festival — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday May 3: Professional entertainment, Spring ALIVE! Youth Talent Showcase, street performers. info@concorddowntown.com or 704-784-4208.

‘The Fantasticks’ at Catawba — 7:30 p.m. March 25-29: Florence Busby Corriher Theatre. $4 students, $5 adults, 704-637-4481, www.catawba.edu/theatretix
Broadway’s Best Theatre, Mocksville — March 27-April 6: “Funny Stuff From Broadway,” comic songs from Broadway’s funniest shows. 103 Beechtree Place in Davie County, intersection of I-40 and Farmington Road. Ticket info at www.broadwaysbest.biz or 336-575-4446 or email broadwaysbest@triad.rr.com
PPT’s ‘Chicago’ — April 3-5 and 9-12 at 7:30 p.m., April 6 at 2:30 p.m. Adults $18, seniors/students $15. 704-633-5471, Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St., PiedmontPlayers.com
Lee Street theatre presents the world premier of ‘The Sugar’— 7:30 p.m. April 3-5 and 10-12: World premiere new play by Denise Stewart (“Dirty Barbie & Other Girlhood Tales”), directed by Jim Epperson; dark comedy about kooky clients, M&Ms, doughnuts, addictions, and justice. Tickets on sale now at leestreet.org/tickets or 704-310-5507. Lee Street Theater & Performing Arts Center, 329 N. Lee St., 704-310-5507, www.leestreet.org
Carson High performs ‘Annie’ — April 4 and 5 at 7 p.m., April 5 and 6 at 3 p.m. Price: $7 general admission and $10 Premium Seats. Advanced ticket purchase recommended. Contact Alex Reynolds reynoldsat@rss.k12.nc.us or 704-855-7297
LC Julia B. Duncan Players present ‘On Strivers Row’ — April 10, 11, 12 at 7:30 p.m. and April 9 (LC Student Night) at 7:30 p.m.: By Abram Hill, directed by Samuel Exum III. Tubman Building, Tubman Little Theater. $10. Info at 704-216-6260 or 423-946-8314.
East Rowan annual Broadway revue — April 11-13: Dean Orbison’s final show after 18 years as director, the choreographer’ final show after 8 years as choreographer. The largest running collaborative effort in the school system.

Holy Ghost Tent Revival at The Evening Muse — Friday March 28, doors 9 p.m., music 9:30 p.m., $10 advance/$12 DOS. CarolinaTix or 704-372-1000.
The Teetotallers: special Charlotte Folk Society ticketed event — 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4: an alliance of three traditional Irish music superstars. Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, www.folksociety.org
Carolina Chamber Symphony Players join Piedmont Chamber Singers — 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 11: “Purcell and the English Baroque,” an exploration of Henry Purcell’s music. James A. Gray Jr. Auditorium, Old Salem, $15 general admission, www.piedmontchambersingers.org/tickets.php or 336-722-4022.
Randy Stonehill in concert — Saturday, April 19: Legendary CCM singer/songwriter Randy Stonehill in concert at The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Road. Tickets $10 available at 1-800-965-9324. The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Road. For information call 704-213-1467. Jeremy and Jessica Vess will open.
‘8-Track Saturday Night’ — 8 p.m. April 19: The Emotions,The Main Ingredient with Cuba Gooding,The Delfonics with William Hart. Reynolds Memorial Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne Road, Winston-Salem. Tickets, info rjreynoldsauditorium.com

Sacred Places Tour — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29: Seven historic churches and two cemeteries of Rowan County, docents will offer info, answer questions; preceding the tour Susan Waller to talk at 9:15 a.m. First UMC Salisbury (217 S Church St.). By Historic Salisbury Foundation. Tickets $15 per person at Historic Salisbury Foundation 704-636-0103 or Facebook.
Iredell Museums presents Iredell County’s Irish History — 10 a.m.-2. p.m. Saturday, March 29: Traditional Irish music and stories, Irish Celtic dances, see what late 1800s life was like for Scots-Irish settlers in Iredell County. At Gregory Creek Homestead, 1335 Museum Road.704-873-4734, www.iredellmuseums.org
Local history buffs wanted — 6:30 p.m. Tuesday April 1: Rowan Public Library and local history buffs to edit Salisbury/Rowan Wikipedia entries. 704-216-8232 or www.rowanpubliclibrary.org
The War of 1812 and the Backcountry’ — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, April 4: Free program focuses on role played by NC in the little understood war including Andrew Jackson. Speakers Donald Hickey, Gary Freeze, Howard Kittell. Info: Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St., 704-633-5946 or LeRae Umfleet at the Office of Archives and History at 919-807-7289.
1766 Old Stone House season opening — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday April 5: Tours of the only surviving colonial house in Rowan County with guides in period costumes, crafts including dyeing Easter eggs with natural dyes, muskets will be fired, woodworking, weaving, spinning, candle making, open fire cooking, children’s games, colonial dancers, music, animals, more. $5 adults, $3 students. Granite Quarry, 770 Old Stone House Road.
Rowan Museum History Club — 7 p.m. Tuesday April 8: NC Civil War Ironclads, Andrew Duppstadt. Presented by Rowan History Club in roundtable format followed by Q and A. Light refreshments; free. Rowan Museum Messinger Room, 2
Blacksmithing demo at High Point Museum — Saturdays, April 12 and 26, 10 am to 4 pm: Free. Drop-in. 885-1859 , www.highpointmuseum.org
Largest French and Indian War re-enactment in the Carolinas — Begins 10 a.m. April 12-13: Fort Dobbs State Historic Site offers a glimpse life from 250 years ago. “War for Empire” with battle re-enactment at 1:30 p.m. Admission $2, under 5 years old free. 704-873-5882, www.fortdobbs.org.

Quest for the Golden Shoes — Every Saturday in March: visit Dan Nicholas Park to search for the Golden Shoe, hidden somewhere in the park. Clue posted at www.dannicholas.net. Visit www.dannicholas.net for clues, information. Grand prize of Nook Color drawn April 1 from list of weekly winners. 6800 Bringle Ferry Road, 704-216-7803.
Robin Sloan Comes to RPL — 6 p.m. Thursday, April 3: Robin Sloan, author of ‘Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore,’ at Rowan Public Library headquarters. See www.rowanpubliclibrary.org or call 704-216-8229.
First Friday Downtown — 5-8 p.m. April 4: Celebrate Founder’s Month in Downtown Salisbury plus free “Night at the Museum” movie at Rowan Museum, scavenger hunt for Lord Salisbury, promotional offers from restaurants and merchants, more. Pick up Walking Map and Scavenger Hunt information at tent on the square. 704-637-7814, www.visitsalisburync.com/
Annual Touch a Truck event — 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday April 5: by Salisbury Parks and Recreation, in the parking lots of First Bank and Salisbury Post, corner of Innes and Church. Free.
Night Train Band at J.F. Hurley Family YMCA — 7-10 p.m., Saturday, April 5: Older adults dance, live music, $6 each and bring a snack to share. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.
Pirate Panning Palooza at Reed Gold Mine — April 5: panning season begins. A few special gold nuggets will be given away throughout the day. Panning tickets $3 per pan, must be eight years or older to participate. Other activities are free. 9621 Reed Mine Road, Midland, 704-721-4653, www.nchistoricsites. org/reed/reed.htm
Family Health and Wellness Day — 5-6 p.m. Monday April 7: Nurses, community volunteers, health-related information, Free blood pressure screenings, activities promoting physical fitness and general wellbeing in a family atmosphere. Miller Recreation Center, 1402 W. Bank St., sponsored by Psi Chi Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority
Spencer Doll and Toy Museum celebrates GI Joe’s birthday — GI Joe turns 50 this year, SDTM celebrates with a display of America’s first militry action figure. 108 Fourth St., Spencer. Open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. www.spencerdollandtoymuseum.com, 704 762 9359
Symphony Guild 2014 event — 6-10 p.m. Saturday April 12; I Spy, Salisbury citywide Scavenger Hunt. 704-637-4314 Kate Davis, kldavis302@gmail.com
Planetarium show ‘Sunlight and Shadows’ — 5-6:30 p.m, Saturday, April 19: In modern times, various blends of high technology and clever thinking drive cosmic discovery. But long ago, people carefully drew the locations of the shadows at different times of day, and created sundials as a measurement for time. $3 adults, $2 12 and under. Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium, 1636 Parkview Circle, 704-639-3004.

Woofstock — 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday March 29: Festival of music, dogs, demonstrations with musical performances by Shafiqu Sami Moujohed, Takia Guthbertson, Matthew Church, Josh Sanders Band. Demonstrations by Central Piedmont Search & Rescue. Lots of local dog related booths. Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Proceeds go to Salisbury’s first dog park.Details 704-754-2537.
‘Unsung OCT’ — 8 p.m. March 28-29 and 2:30 p.m. March 30: An OCT fundraiser musical revue showcasing songs from the Golden Age through contemporary Broadway, all from shows OCT has never done. Tickets $15 at oldcourthousetheatre.org or 704-788-2405. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. NW, 704 788-2405, www.oldcourthousetheatre.org
East Rowan High School’s Relay for Life team — 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday March 29: Vendor Fair includes merchandise, food. Proceeds benefit ERHS team. Info 704-279-5232.
‘Mayberry Daze: Convicts at Large’ dinner theater fundraiser — Saturday April 5: Dinner 5:30 p.m., show 7 p.m. Dinner features Aunt Bee’s famous fried chicken and peach cobbler. $15 adults, $7 age 12 and under. Encore performace 3 p.m. Sunday April 6. All proceeds go to construction fund at Mt. Zion UCC China Grove, 1415 S. Main St., 704-857-1169, mtzionchinagrove.com for more information.
Feeding Frenzy 5K for Compassion International — 9 a.m. Saturday April 5: Third annual race to raise funds for Compassion International, at CMC-NorthEast Stadium, home of Kannapolis Intimidators. Bring stuffed animal donation for Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital Child Advocacy Center. Preregistration $20 adults, $10 children 18 and under, at www.feedingfrenzy5k.com or race day registration/ check-in 7:45-8:45 a.m. at the ballpark. Information at feedingfrenzy5k@gmail.com
Scrabble Scramble 11 – 5:30-9 p.m. Tuesday April 8: at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 West Innes St. Buffet dinner and 3 rounds of team Scrabble. $30 per person; $300 table of 10. Sponsored by Rowan County Literacy Council to promote awareness of the illiteracy problem in Rowan County and to raise funds to provide program materials for our clients. Call 704-216-8266 by April 3 for reservations.
Statesville area Bark For Life event — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 12: To participate as a sponsor, vendor, and/or registrant, complete applicable forms found at www.relayforlife.org/barkstatesvillenc
Fourth Annual St. Paul’s Cruise ‘n Barbecue — Saturday, April 26: 10 a.m.– noon Poker Cruise. Noon-4:30 p.m. Cruise-in, car and bike show, music, port-a-pit chicken. Door prizes, raffles, more. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 205 St. Paul’s Church Road, 704-239-1172, www.facebook.com/stpaulscruisenbarbecue
Bark in the Park Top Dog Festival — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 26: Booths, information, vendors, freebies, giveaways, demonstrations, contests, Pooch Parade. Free. Historic Rural Hill, Huntersville, www.ruralhill.net
Third annual Natty Greene’s Brewing Co.’s Earth Day Jam — 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday May 3: 16 bands on two stages with 50 booths of vendors and resources to raise awareness for environmental protection and wellness. Saving Grace Farm, 565 Trexler Loop, www.earthdayjamnc.com
6th Annual ACH car, truck, motorcycle show — 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday, May 17: Held at American Children’s Home, 3844 NC Hwy 8, Lexington. All proceeds benefit American Children’s Home. 336-357-7126, at www.ach-nc.org or e-mail cburris@ach-nc.org

CJ’s BBQ, 210 Old Amity Hill Road, Cleveland — • 6:30 p.m. March 28: Friday Night Bluegrass with David Leatherman and Stone County. 704-278-4070.
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 March 29: All of A Kind and The Josh Gilbert Band • 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 acoustic musicians. Historic Village of Gold Hill, Facebook, 704-267-9439, www.themontgomerystore.com
Nashville Nights, 125-127 E. Innes St. — • Saturday March 29: Sunset Renegades • Mondays $1 day • Tuesdays Free pool • Wednesdays Open mic with the Twin City Buskers • Thursdays Deejay Cherokee • Fridays free jukebox. 704-762-9990, new website with events posted at www.nashvillenightsnc.com
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.
Statesville Shag Club, 139 Jordan Lane, Statesville — Second and fourth Fridays, members $5, others $7. Large dance floor, cash bar, great menu, 50/50. VFW Post 2031. www.statesvilleshagclub.com
TJ’s, 2675 Providence Church Road — 9 p.m. until, Friday March 28: Shagging Deejay Curtis Treece. Thursdays-Saturdays 4 p.m. until. www.highrocklakerestaurant.com
Uncle Buck’s All American Pub & Grub, 127 S. Main St. — • 9 p.m. Friday March 28: Josh Daniel of the New New Familiars with special guest Darrin Aldridge • 9 p.m. Saturday March 29: Analog Daze hosting first benefit for Big Break front man David Myers. Proceeds go to The Big Donate Fund • Magic Mondays 6-8 p.m. with magician Glen Yost • Bike Night Tuesdays 6-9 p.m. • 704-633-3750, www.facebook.com/unclebucksgrub

The Ghostbuster Guy (with his car) hosts Laugh Tracks — Thursday-Friday-Saturday March 27-28-29: Guest host Doc Geressy of the Carolina Ghostbusters; musical guest Takia Cuthbertson • 8 p.m. Thursday: Laugh Tracks Preview, the whole show uncut, $5, free for students with ID • 8 p.m. Friday: Laugh Tracks, $10 at the door. Improv at 10 p.m., free • 8 p.m. Saturday: Laugh Tracks, $10 at the door. Spoken Space Theatre, 405 N. Lee St., www.spokenspace.com
Charlotte Squawks’ Tenth Edition — June 6-29: A timely musical parody that has become a Charlotte tradition. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St., 704-372-1000, https://tix.carolinatix.org, www.blumenthalarts.org

Salisbury Wine Shop — • 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, March 28: Wines from Chilean Winery Vina Ventisquero with Josh Lavis of Country Vintner. $5/person. 106 S. Main St., 704-636-5151, sws@salisburywinehsop.com, www.salisburywineshop.com
Morgan Ridge Vineyards — Saturday April 5: Wine, Nine & Dine, nine-hole professional putting course, wine tastings after each three holes, buffet dinner on the patio, prizes. Meet and greet 6:30, shotgun start. RSVP by April 3 at 704-639-0911 or www.morganridgevineyard.com/wine-nine-dine-april-5-2014.html. 486 John Morgan Road, Gold Hill. morganridgevineyards.com

Wine Down and Create — 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thurdsays: Painting for fun with Patt LEgg and Carol Dunkley, $25/session to paint, easels, paint, brushes, aprons provided. Bring your own canvas. Special menu for pareticipants. Held at Gritz restuarant, 1221 E. Innes St., reservation r equired at Patt 704-762-9647 or Carol 704-636-0633.
Card making at the Y — • 1-3 p.m., March 31, April 7 • 6-8 p.m. March 27, April 10 • Make six cards /$10, open to the public, J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.
Chrismons, all new designs — • Thursday April 3, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., New Beginners • Thursday April 3, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Intermediate 1 • Friday April 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Intermediate 2 • Friday April 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Advanced 1 • Saturday April 5, 10 a.m.-noon, New Beginners • Saturday April 5, 10 a.m.-noon, Beginner • Saturday April 5, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Advanced 2 • Rufty’s Chrismon Shop, 280 Furniture Drive, 704-636-7790 for reservations/information, info@chrismons.com
Learn how to carve a spoon — 9 a.m.-5 p.m., choose from Saturdays March 29, May 24, Aug. 23, Oct. 18: Using tools provided, students are guided through the spoon carving process. Instructor Steve Martin has 25+ years experience. Must be at least 14, age 14-18 must have prearranged agreement with instructor. Advance registration required, $40 per participant per day. Held at River Pines Art in The Little Log Cabin, Gold Hill. Register at stephensmartin@msn.com or 704-279-9087.
Ballet, tap, pointe, jazz, modern, hip hop, acrobatics — For ages 2-1/2 to 102, Steppin’ Out Dance Company. Stress free, fun, friendly environment. 704-637-1222, www.stepoutdance.com, steppinoutdance@carolina.rr.com
Free online courses through RPL — Learn4Life high-quality, noncredit online courses free with your library card. New sessions of six-week courses start monthly, with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, assignments, discussion. Enroll at www.rowanpubliclibrary.org and click Online Tools, or call 704-216-8243.
Plein Air Painting Workshops at Waterworks — Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., April 5, April 26: Basic principles of light, how to apply color, develop strong compositions, use perspective, learn powers of observation, develop your own style. Instructor Phyllis Steimel. Classes designed to be independent. For ages 12-adult. www.waterworks.org or 704-636-1882. Members $35/session, nonmembers $45/session.
Monotype Printmaking Workshop at Waterworks — 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday May 17: Approach monoprinting in a fun, unique way.No experience necessary.  Design and create an original single (mono) print. Learn how to prepare a plate by brushing on vibrant inks.  Learn the basics to try fun projects at home.  All skill levels welcome.) Tuition $50 (members $40). Register at www.waterworks.org or 704-636-1882. 123 E. Liberty St.
‘Let’s Get Messy’ — 7-9 p.m., one evening pottery wheel class at Pottery 101, 101 S. Main St.; also make and decorate a pot. Ages 14-adult, most Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Available dates April 2, 9, 16, 23. Cost $35, advance registration required. 704-209-1632, www.pottery-101.com or email pottery101nc@gmail.com
Pottery 101 — Classes Saturdays: 10 a.m.-noon for ages: 6-14, $35 per class includes instruction, materials, firing. Instructor Jessica Buckwalter • Bring on the Sunshine!: April 12 • Spring Blue Birds: April 26. • Pottery 101, 101 S. Main St., 704-209-1632, pottery101nc@gmail.com, www.pottery-101.com
Salisbury Art Station — 4-6 p.m. ongoing weekly classes: Instructors share 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 215 Depot Street, 704-754-0853
Beginning and intermediate weaving — Private lessons on a floor loom. Day or evening times. Liese Sadler, 215-300-4369, livethreadstudio@ gmail.com
Open knit at Tranqwool/Green Goat — TranqWool’s open Knit Night Thursdays 6-8 p.m. • Pilates by Karen on site • Sunday 1-6 p.m., Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday closed, Thursday- Friday-Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m. then 5-8 p.m. 516 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer 704-431-4527, www.tranqwoolknittingprovisions.com
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. Tuesday classes 1-3 p.m., Wednesday classes 6-8 p.m. at “the artist’s Bungalow” studio. Call for info or to sign up. Class size limited to four. Patt Legg, 704-232-6000, 704-762-9647, www.pattlegg.net
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.

Abstract and Modern Art: What is it and Why is Important? — 5:45-7 p.m.,Tuesday April 8: Francine Kola-Bankole, RCCC professor of Art and Art History, gives a lively illustrated history of abstract art and its origins, the origins of abstract art, dating back to Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, and continuing to the Fauves and Impressionists. Featured artists include Pollock, Rauschenberg, Warhol, and Rothko. Q&A after the presentation. Delhaize Conference Room, Waterworks Visual Art Center, 123 E. Liberty St. Free and open to the public. RSVP to marketing@waterworks.org or 704-636-1882.
Center for the Environment — 6:30 p.m. April 22: Marchisa C. Weiss speaks on Think Pink, Live Green. Free, open to the public, Center for the Environment, 2300 W. Innes St. at Catawba College. Register at 704-637-4727 or centerforenv@catawba.edu

Piedmont Singles — 6:15 p.m. Fridays. 1908 Statesville Blvd., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, no joining fee, donations appreciated, covered dish.

NC Transportation Museum’s Easter Bunny Express — April 12-13 and 18-19: massive Easter egg hunt and steam caboose rides, includes Iron Peddler’s Antique Tractor Show April 12. Easter Bunny Express is $14 adults, $12 seniors and active military, $10 children age 3-12. Tickets include museum admission, train ride, tattoos and craft. April 19 also includes some special added benefits. The annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place at noon for kids 0 to 10 years old. 411 S. Salisbury Ave. Spencer,704-636-2889, www.nctrans.org
Historic Village of Gold Hill annual Easter egg hunt and Spring Fest — • 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19: Gather with your children up to age 10 behind the Bakery, 840 St. Stephen’s Church Road, Easter Bunny on hand for photo ops, shops will be open • 11 a.m.-1- p.m.: For a nominal fee there will be activities for children including Easter Treat Hop, Go Fish game, Carrot Ring toss, Bean Bag toss, Easter egg dying, cool tattoos, more • Sponsored by Gold Hill Merchants’ Association, goldhillmerchantsassociation @gmail.com

Science and technology Film Series at UNCC — 7 p.m. March 29-April 9: UNC-Charlotte Science Film Series presents four free full-length films, each followed with panel discussion led real-life scientists and other authorities. UNC Charlotte Center City auditorium, beginning with “Contagion,” 2011 science fiction thriller. http://ncsciencefestival.uncc.edu or 704-687-5743.
16th annual River Run Film Festival — April 4-13: Held in Winston-Salem, festival features 145 films, including 63 features and 82 shorts from 33 countries. Tickets on sale at www.riverrunfilm.com or 336-721-1945. Purchasing tickets in-person at the Stevens Center or via phone recommended to avoid third-party handling fees. Up-to-date information, venues, film list, etc at www.riverrunfilm.com or 336-724-1502.

Rowan Redbuds — 1 p.m. Thursday March 27: “Return of the Hummingbirds” presented by Wild Birds Unlimited. RPL Stanback Room, 704-637-0928, 704-638-0575 or www.Facebook. com/RowanRedbudsGardenClub
Taste of Home Cooking School — Doors open 5 p.m, Thursday April 3: General admission tickets $10 until March 31, $12 after. Vendors display various products from 5-6:30 p.m., the cooking school begins at 6:30 p.m. Michael Thomas will emcee and perform as ‘Melvis’ during pre-show activities. Tickets at EventBrite.com or salisburypost.com/tasteofhome or 704-797-4220 or at the Salisbury Post, 131 West Innes St.
Gardening talk at Coffee Perks seminar — 10 a.m. Thursday April 3: Steve Christy of Christy’s Landscaping and Nursery on gardening. Bethpage Presbyterian Church, 6020 Mooresville Road, Kannapolis. Open to everyone, especially seniors. Refreshments. RSVP to annmeasmer@comfortkeepers.com or 704-640-5152 or 704-630-0370.

Center for Faith & the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St. — Retrospective of James Donaldson’s work on exhibit through second week of April. Lower level of Haven Lutheran Church, http://faithart.org/
The Framing Gallery, 320 N Main St. across from Koko Java — Artist of the Month Connie Loflin Peninger; also on exhibit Betty Sedberry. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Tuesday and Saturday, 704-633-1246.
Fine Frame Gallery, 105 S. Main St. — Showing Sam Rigling, Marina Konovalova-Bare. Monday/Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 704-647-0340, www.fineframegallery.com
Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. — Through March 29: “Art From the Heart” solo exhibit of Elizabeth McAdams’s work. Free, open to the public. Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment, Historic Salisbury’s Rail Walk Arts District. 704-431-8964, www.railwalkgallery.com
Abstract and Modern Art: What is it and Why is Important? — 5:45-7 p.m., Tuesday April 8: See details under Speakers and Forums listings.
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. — • Through March 29: “Celebrating Rowan County’s Young Artists” Elementary School exhibition • Spring exhibition “Relationships.” 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

Spring trip to Amish Country — May 7-9: Davie County Senior Services trip to Lancaster, Pa. includes tours, meals at Amish restaurants, visit with an Amish teacher, “Moses” at the Sight and Sound Theater, “Jacob’s Choice” show, Wilbur Chocolate Candy Store and Museum, accommodateions at Western Revere Inn, motor coach travel. 336-753-6230.
YMCA sponsored trips — • 9 a.m. April 8: Biltmore House and Gardens $68 includes ticket, transportation • May 6-9: Beach Cove Resort trip • May 6-9: Beach Cove Resort Trip • “Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess” July 20, must sign up early. Bus departs 3:30 p.m. • Questions, reservations: Louise Klaver, Active Older Adult Director, 704-636-0111, lklaver@rowanymca.com, www.rowanymca.org • Buses leave from J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd.

Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival — 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26: Open to all forms of family friendly arts, culture, performances. Downtown Kannapolis. To register e-mail info@kannapolisarts.com
Second annual May Fest — May 14-18: Exhibitor, food vendors needed. Exhibitor inside booths $100. Food vendors outside booths $300. Craft show Saturday, May 17, Craft booths outside 10×10 – $30, 10×15 – $45, 10×20 – $75. Vendor application online at rowancountyfair.net or Rowan County Fair Office on Julian Road.

Fourth annual Biker Blues BBQ Rally — Sept. 19-20: Annual event at Tilley Harley Davidson of Salisbury reaches thousands of people. Contact Gary Moss 704-638-6044 or visit www.bikerbluesbbqrally.com.

Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival — 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26: Free festival that lets artists and performers set up for free. Open to all forms of family friendly arts, culture, performances. Downtown Kannapolis. To register for free to be an artist vendor or performer e-mail info@kannapolisarts.com
Rowan’s Got Talent contest — May 14-18: Held at the Rowan County Mat Fest. Deadline for entry April 15. Any talent accepted with the exception of bands. $500 first prize. To enter call Randall Barger at 704-640-2326. Talent show preliminaries May 14-16 with finals on May 17.
Gold Hill Bluegrass jam — Bluegrass jam for all acoustic musicians. Admission by donation. E.H. Montgomery General Store, Gold Hill. Every Friday night 7-9 p.m., 704-267-9439. www.themontgomerystore.com

Center For Faith & The Arts — Artists with physical and/or mental disabilities to submit artwork by March 31 for the first “Outside the Lines & Labels” show opening April 30, 2014 with an artists’ reception to be held May 9th from 5:30-8pm at Center for Faith & the Arts, in the lower level of Haven Lutheran Church, 207 W Harrison Street, Salisbury, NC. Call for entry guidelines 704-647-0999 or visit CFA’s website faithart.org and look under Gallery Exhibits. Email faithart@bellsouth.net for detailed instructions.
Annual Concord Spring into Arts Festival — April 15 deadline for May 3 event: opportunity for artists. Juried art show includes prizes of $500, $300, $200. Interested artists find information/application at www.concorddowntown.com under Events or call 704-784-4208.
2014 “Faces Of Trinity Living” portrait exhibit — Deadline Aug. 8 for exhibit at Waterworks beginning Sept. 17, opening reception Sept. 25. Portratis to be presented to family members in November. Biographies of participants available. Artists may work in their medium of choice. To participate call Trinity Living Center 704-637-3940 or email cjoyce@trinitylivingcenter.net or bgarwood@aladc.net