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Halloween events are already in full swing around the county

Grays Pumpkin Patch — Saturdays and Sundays through October: Pumpkins for sale, face painting, a corn maze for children age 10 and under. Five-time blue ribbon winner for biggest pumpkin at the Rowan County Fair. Costumed attendants offer kids games in the maze for prizes and candy. Cost $5 per person. Located on 801 highway near West Rowan High School. Info at 704-880-6920.
Trail of Terror at Scarrigan Farms — Through Nov. 1: Visitors permitted at sunset on weekend nights in Oct. . Not for the faint of heart. Slide, crawl, run through the haunted forest of Carrigan Farms to escape wilderness ghouls and psychos. Enjoy bonfires, music and space to roam (and moan) while waiting at the Carrigan Farms Rock Quarry • Also: Good ‘Ole Fashioned Night Time Bonfire Hayride Bring hotdogs, s’mores items, roasting sticks. Information at www.Scarrigan farms.com and www.Carriganfarms.com or Facebook. Located in Mooresville. Exact dates, times, ticket prices, discounts at www.Scarriganfarms.com
Family friendly Pumpkin Patch — Oct. 11-25: Wednesday-Thursday-Friday 4 p.m. to dusk; Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. with a movie at 7 p.m.; Sunday 12:30-5 p.m. Face and pumpkin painting, story time at the top of the hour. Proceeds benefit Carson High School Theatre. Information lesliecataldo@bellsouth.net
The Salisbury Ghost Walk — Two tours, 7 and 9 p.m. each Friday and Saturday in October. The walk covers a six block area in downtown Salisbury where tales of shadow ghosts, apparitions and orbs will be revealed. Historical facts tell how in the 1800s Salisbury earned the reputation as the “wettest and wickedest” town in the state. Bring camera, smart phone and flashlight; some tales come to life via present day haunts. True stories of present day hauntings is all we reveal. In 2010 this walk received a tourism award from the Governor’s Office. $5 students and $10 adults. Make reservations by email to boo@salisburyghostwalk.com or call John at (704) 798-3102. Visit salisburyghostwalk.org for details.
Horizons Unlimited — Saturday, Oct. 11 • 3 p.m.: Free family theater movie presentation, see Briefs on 3D.
Horror night double feature at the Gem — 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18: Premiering of “Honeyspider,” a locally filmed and produced movie and George A. Romero’s zombie classic “Night of the Living Dead” from 1968. The Gem Theatre, 111 W. 1st St., Kannapolis. $5 for both movies. Free posters, raffles, giveaways, tricks, treats and more. A large potion of “Honeyspider” was actually filmed at this theater.
Forbidden Forest Horror Trail’s 19th year — Open Oct. 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, and Nov. 1 from dark until. Proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Located at 14210 Old Beatty Ford Road, Rockwell. Visit www.forbiddenforesthorrortrail.com for more info. Concessions available.
Fall Festival at Happy’s Farm — 2-6 p.m. Oct. 25: $5 admission includes hay ride on Happy’s Express, horse ride at the Pow Wow Coral, unlimited play at Jail Arcade, tickets for cotton candy walk, go fish, bean bag toss, potty toss and other carnival games; concessions will be sold; gift basket raffle $ 1 a chance; shop in Grace’s Country Cupboard; Michael “Hey You” Decker will be there creating his balloon animals. Happy’s Farm is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Fundraising proceeds will used for the animal rescue program. The Farm is located at 985 Parks Road, off Mt Hope Church Road near Happy’s Lake. Rain date Nov. 1. Info at 704-279-5268 or happysfarm.org
Gold Hill Ghost Tour — 6-9 p.m. check-In Saturday, Oct 25: Annual spooky tour at Gold Hill Mines Historic Park. www.historicgoldhill.com
Trick or Treat Gold Hill Village — 11 a.m. -5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25: Historic Gold Hill invites children to trick or treat at village shops.
Kannapolis Village Park Fall Festival — 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25: Family fun at the Kannapolis Village Park, come dressed in costumes and enjoy games, treats, crafts. 6:30 p.m.: movie under the stars with “Scooby-Doo Frankencreepy.” Info at 704-920-4311, www.kannapolisnc.gov
Albemarle history and a ghost walk — 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27: $3/plate hot dog supper followed by 6:15 p.m. ghost walk. Reservations required at 704-986-3755 or historicstanly.org

Lee Street theatre presents Comedy Fest with Kevin McDonald — 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24-25: Two nights only.   Stand up comedy from Butch Hudson, Johnny Millwater, Will Jacobs and headliner Kevin McDonald. Hosted by Cale Evans. Second act features Now Are the Foxes. Tickets $17 plus tax. Lee Street theatre, 329 N. Lee St., 704-310-5507, www.leestreet.org
Dave Chappelle coming to Ovens Auditorium — 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10: Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte. Tickets $53 at www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.

Catawba presents ‘Some Girl(s)’ — 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22, Oct. 23, and Oct. 25, with a 3 p.m. performance on Oct. 26: Follow the story of a self-involved journalist who jets around the country for impromptu reunions with his former flames before he walks down the aisle. Florence Busby Corriher Theatre. $4 students, $5 adults, 704-637-4481, www.catawba.edu/theatretix
‘Les Miserables’ — Piedmont Players and Salisbury Symphony’s ‘Les Misérables,’ see page 6D.
‘You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown’ at Broadway’s Best Theatre, Mocksville — See page 2D.
Old Courthouse Theatre presents ‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’ — Nov. 6-23. 1958 Springfield High School prom, the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams learn about life and love. Hear classic ’50s and ’60s songs. PG, Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. NW, 704 788-2405, www.oldcourt housetheatre.org
Old Courthouse Youth Theatre presents ‘On the Worst Day of Christmas’ — Dec. 12-21: Judy Blume, author. An adventure to save the annual Christmas Pageant. Tickets $12 www.old courthousetheatre.org. 49 Spring Street NW, 704 788-2405.

Tonight: Free concert at Bell Tower Park — 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9: At the gazebo in Bell Tower Park, corner of W. Innes and S. Jackson Streets.
Brown Bag Lunch Jam — Noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays: Bring your lunch and listen to free live music at the corner of Depot and East Innes Streets through Oct. 29.
LIVE at Lee Street — Friday, Oct. 10: See page 3D.
The Salisbury Swing Band — 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11: See Briefs. page 2D.
Piedmont Chamber Singers 37th season opens — 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11: Piedmont Chamber Singers present “Night Music” featuring the All-Night Vigil by Sergei Rachmaninoff, “Epitaph for Moonlight” by R. Murray Schafer. St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 2575 Parkway Drive, W-S. General admission $15, $5 students. Children free with paying adult.
Steep Canyon Rangers and Mipso at the Neighborhood Theatre — Saturday, Oct. 18: $17 advance, $20 DOS. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., Charlotte, www.neighborhoodtheatre.com/
FirstARTS presents — 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24: Mari-Yan Pringle, soprano and Matthew Michael Brown, pianist. Free. First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Church St.
Moondance Orchestra — Saturday Oct. 18: Classic hits of the past 40 years, at the Stanly County Agr-Civic Center in Albemarle. Sponsored by The Stanly County Concert Association. 704-986-3666 or www.stanlyconcert.com or www.moondanceorchestra.net
‘A Patriotic Salute to Our Nation’ — 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26: Piedmont Prime Time Community Band and Piedmont Choral Society joint concert at First Baptist Church, 200 Branchview Drive SE, Concord. Under the direction of Dr. Laurence Marks, info at 704- 608-2197.

Four Oaks Festival — 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11: Downtown Mocksville and Junker’s Outdoor Theater present crafts, Christmas gifts, ideas, kids area, free music at Junker’s Outdoor Theater starting at noon. Bring a chair; no coolers. Starting at noon, Flying Saucers doowap and music of the ‘60s • 1:45, Cast Iron Skillet, R&B and southern rock • 3:15, Legends, classic rock • 4:45, Phatt City, Beach music and rock of the ‘70s • Info 336-909-2263 or historicmocksville merchantsassociation@wordpress.com
SandyCreek Farm Fall Fest event and picnic — 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11: live music with Ken Davis, Fall Fare cooking demo by Jeannie Leonard, kids activity area. It is also Picnic Saturday at the Farm, reserve a catered lunch by Friday, Oct. 10 or bring your own picnic. Between Reeds and Tyro at 3160 South NC Hwy. 150, Lexington, 10 minutes from uptown. www.SandyCreekFarm150.com

Rowan Museum History Club — 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14: Doug Butler, NC Roads Scholar: NC Civil War Monuments. Light refreshments; free. Rowan Museum Messinger Room, 202 N. Main St., (rear entrance, use elevator) 704-633-5946, rowanmuseum@fibrant.com or www.rowan museum.org/
China Grove Roller Mill open — 2-4 p.m. every Sunday in Oct. and Nov. . Tours feature displays from the life in Rowan County in the early 1900s. 308 N. Main St. Operated by the Historical Society of South Rowan.
Gold panning at Reed Gold Mine — Tickets $3 per pan. Reed is open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 9621 Reed Mine Road, Midland, 704-721-4653, www.nchistoricsites.org/Reed/ Through Oct., weather permitting.

RC Airplane air show — 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12: Local RC flying club is all set to fly at Dan Nicholas Park.
Fall ice cream social at the Y — 1:30 p.m. Oct. 14: Fall Ice Cream Social, $2 per person. Features Meryl Vough Musical Talents.
Lunch and Learn at the Y — • 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22; Sponsored by Tender Heart. Open to the public, free, covered dish, must sign up at 704-636-0111. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd.
Wood carving show — 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25: Matt Hatley, chainsaw artist and carver of ‘wood spirits’ and member of The Chainsaw Sculptors Art Club will demonstrate and display at Garden Grove, 16008 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville.
Heroes & Horses parade — 5-8 p.m., Friday Nov. 7: Downtown Salisbury celebrates and honors Rowan County veterans with the Heroes & Horses parade on Fisher Street at 5:30 p.m.
NC Transportation Museum hosts The Polar Express™ — Nov. 28-Dec. 22: Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack. Exact dates, fares, excursion times available at 704-636-2889 ext. 257 or 237, or www.nctrans.org. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride!
Concord Library events — • County native and historian Janet Morrison discusses and sign copies of “The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina” Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. 704-920-2050 • Let’s Talk About It “Affirming Aging” series discusses “The Stone Angel” by Margaret Laurence Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. 704-920-2053 • Creators of Cool: Pumpkin Pony Beads Oct. 14 at 4:30 p.m. Cool Halloween tales, pumpkin pony bead craft. For ages 7-12. 704-920-2058 • 7 Union St. North, Concord, www.cabarruscounty.us/library or Facebook

Fall Festival and Craft Fair — 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Commons Nursing and Rehab, 4412 S. Main St., proceeds go to Toys For Tots. Contact Denise Daugherty, 704-245-5431.
Relay for Life breakfast fundraiser — 7:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday: Scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, grits, coffee, milk, juice buffet breakfast, silent auction, baked goods. Faith Lutheran Church Breakfast fundraiser for 205 S. Main St., Faith.
Food for Thought Oktoberfest Block Party — 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17:See page Briefs, 3D.
Skeet shoot fundraiser — 8 a.m. until Tuesday, Oct. 25: Rowan County Wildlife Association, 650 Majolica Road. Five member teams, each member gets to shoot a round of skeet (25 targets). Entry fee for team $125, lunch included. Individuals may shoot for $25. Awards and prizes afterward. Register at rcwanc@earthlink.net or jogg@northhillschristian.com. Sponsored by NHCS Booster Club, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to breast cancer awareness.
Psi Chi Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Golf Tournament — Saturday, Oct.25: Corbin Hills Golf Course. $50 per person, $200 per team. Information: Mammie Teasley-704-637-0577, Zena Thompson-704-277-1571.
Lee Street theatre presents Murder at the Mansion — 7p.m. Oct. 29-31: Second Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Fundraiser. Cocktail and dinner plus murder mystery show. Theme is ‘The Great Gatsby,’ so dress accordingly if you choose. Seating is limited each evening. Reservations require $150 donation per person at 704-310-5507. Lee Street Theater & Performing Arts Center, 329 N. Lee St., www.leestreet.org
8th annual Bradley Barnhardt memorial golf tournament — Noon lunch by Gary’s BBQ; 1 p.m. shotgun start, Saturday, Nov. 1: Corbin Hills Golf Club. $14,000 hole-in-one prize; All proceeds to benefit Relay For Life and Bradley Barnhardt Memorial Scholarship. Info at www.synergysoccer.org
Cleveland Elam memorial diabetes 5k and run/walk — 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 on Salisbury’s Memorial Park Greenway, $15 registration fee. Preregistration at Gethsemane Misisonary Baptist Church on Oct. 4 and Nov. 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Deadline for registration Nov. 1. Afterward first, second, third place medals award at the Miller Center with refreshments. Info at 704-647-1169 or b1elam@yahoo.com

The Loft at Benchwarmers, 113 E. Fisher St. — • 10:30 p.m. Friday: Deejay Doctor Hype • 10:30 p.m. Saturday: Deejay Aaron S • 2 p.m. Sunday: Back Deck band, musicians welcome to participate • Monday, NTN trivia • Tuesday, open Mike night • 704-639-0694.
The Carriage Room, 2141 Statesville Blvd. — Sign-up by 7 p.m. every Friday for in-house pool tournament, $5, start playing by 7:30; also open jukebox • Sundays are “Trenner Day,” open pool table all day • 704-647-9876, carriageroomnc@ facebook.com.
Cartucci’s Grapevine, 209 S. Main St. — • 9 p.m.-midnight Friday: Chuck Johnson and Charlyhorse, $5 cover • 9-10:30 p.m. Saturday: Comedy Night with Eik Eikenberry opening; Clint Nohr, headlining, $8 cover • Every Thursday Karaoke 6:30-10 p.m. • 6 p.m.-midnight Fridays-Saturdays, live music begins at 9 p.m. For age 21 and over • Open Sundays for football, food and drink • 704-870-2574, www.cartuccisgrapevine.com
CJ’s BBQ, 210 Old Amity Hill Road, Cleveland — • 6:30 p.m., Friday night bluegrass. 704-278-4070.
DJs Restaurant, 1502 W. Innes St. — • 7:30. p.m. Thursdays: Freeport Jazz house band, no cover • Sunday: NFL package • Monday: Money Night Football. Cash prizes • 704-638-9647, http://djsrestaurant.com
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: Curios, Tim Liske, Of Mountains and Seas, Eryn Hillburn and The Shine Effect • Set Free Church meets 5 p.m. Saturdays. Free refreshments, air hockey, foosball, pool. Public invited to jam or schedule their group to perform. 704-213-1467.
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. — • 9:30 p.m. Friday: Diamond Shaped Daylight • 9:30 p.m. Saturday: Wayward Reason, $5 cover • Mondays $1 day • Tuesdays Free pool • Wednesdays Open mic with the Twin City Buskers • Thursdays Deejay Cherokee • Fridays free jukebox. 704-762-9990, 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.
Uncle Buck’s All American Pub & Grub, 127 S. Main St. — • 10 p.m. Friday: The Millpond Boys opening for Yadkin River Theory • 9 p.m. Saturday: Pam Taylor and Robert Johnson, $5 cover or Buckstage Pass • 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16: The Barnyard Stompers all the way from Colorado • Magic Mondays 6-8 p.m. with magician Glen Yost • Bike Night Tuesdays 6-9 p.m. • 704-633-3750, www.facebook.com/unclebucksgrub
Old Stone Vino, 515 S. Main St., Kannapolis — Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays: Live music. 704-938-2337.
The Charlotte Zodiac Dance Club — American Legion, 4235 W. Tyvola Road, Charlotte. Dances on second and fourth Friday, dress code upscale casual, no jeans. Martha, 704-236-0344. www.charlottezodiacdanceclub.com

Salisbury Wine Shop — 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10: Red Zinfandel Wine Tasting with Stephanie. Taste six great examples of this robust red wine from its origins in Italy to California. $5/person • 106 S. Main St., 704-636-5151, sws@salisburywineshop. com, www.salisburywineshop.com
Cauble Creek Vineyard and Winery — North Carolina’s 100th Winery. Tasting room open Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 1-6 p.m. Wine tastings $8 per person with a selection of eight wines for tastings. Also juices, non-alcohol ciders, food products, gift items. 704-636-1137, 700 Cauble Farm Road, see www.caublecreekvineyard.com
Craft Beer Festival & Low Country Boil at Morgan Ridge Vineyards & Brewhouse — Noon–7 p.m. Oct. 11: Deejay Sounds by Eddie Reid noon-4 p.m. plus Salisbury Swing Band 4-7 p.m. $5 entrance for music only (Case Club members free), $25 meal ticket, food served 4-7 p.m. RSVP requested. 486 John Morgan Road, Gold Hill, 704-639-0911, www.morganridgevineyards.com

Kevin McDonald leads intensive comedy class — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct 25: Comedian, actor, writer,director Kevin McDonald of “The Kids in the Hall” teaches a 7-hour intensive comedy class at Lee Street theatre. $150 per student, very limited space. www.leestreet.org or 704-310-5507.
Pottery classes — At Pottery 101, 101 S. Main St., 704-209-1632, www.pottery-101.com
For kids: No experience needed; advanced registration required. For ages 6-14. Cost: $35. Saturdays 10 a.m.-noon • Oct. 11: Ahhh!!! Goblets • Nov. 8: Fall Leaf Bowl • Nov. 15: “Give Thanks” Table Decoration • Dec. 6: Your House as a Christmas Cottage
Paint your own pottery: Guided instruction, no artistic ability necessary, supplies and firing costs included. Age 14-adult. Cost: $35. 7-9 p.m • Monday, Oct. 13: Frankencan • Monday, Oct. 20: Floral Platter • Thursday, Nov. 13: Egg Tray • Thursday, Nov. 20: Christmas Project (TBA)
Tile party: Get a taste of Paint Your Own Pottery with a tile party for only $10. Age 14-adult. Cost: $10. Choose 6-7 p.m., 7-8 p.m., or 8-9 p.m Thursday, Nov. 6: Snowman Tile Party
Free basic computer classes — Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Classes run for two hours. Call 704-680-7317 or 704-870-8862 to schedule an appointment time. Knox’s Computer Business, 512 Klumac Road, Suite 8.
Let’s Get Messy — 7-9 p.m., Oct. 15 or 22. A one evening pottery class that offers the opportunity to try your hand at the potter’s wheel. A fun night out. Ages 14-adult, $35. Pottery 101. Call or come by to sign up 704-209-1632. www.pottery-101.com
Create a painting in just one class — 6- p.m. Saturdays: Children and adult classes taught by Grumbacher, certified art instructor. No talent required. Learn an overview of painting and leave with finished piece of art. Held at Michaels, 1465 Klumac Road. Register there or at michaels.com or 704-636-3130.
Ballet, tap, pointe, jazz, modern, hip hop, acrobatics — For ages starting at 2-1/2. Stress free, fun, friendly environment. Steppin’ Out Dance Company, 704-637-1222, www.stepoutdance.com, steppinoutdance @carolina.rr.com
Yoga or tap — Yoga, all levels. $5 each. 704-232-2427 • Adult beginner tap, $55/month, Spotlight Dance Company, 129 W. Corriher Ave., 704-637-3875.
Wine Down and Create — 6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6: Re-re-reopening at The Green Goat Art Gallery, 516 S. Salisbury Ave. Spencer, across from the N.C.Train Museum. Class is each first Monday. Canvases available for purchase; paints, easels, brushes, aprons, instructions, and fun provided. $25 per class. Bring your own beverage. Call Patt 704-232-6000 or Carol 704-213-6171 or www.winedownandcreate.com and Facebook.
Salisbury Art Station — 4-6 p.m. ongoing weekly classes: $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
Painting with Patt — Ongoing adult oil painting classes, Tuesdays 1-3 p.m., Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. Call for info or to sign up. Class size limited to four. Patt Legg, 704-232-6000, 704-762-9647, www.pattlegg.net
Card making at the Y — • 1-3 p.m., Oct. 20 • 6-8 p.m. Oct. 9 • Make six cards. Non-member $15, member $12, J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111 • Also 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 18: Special card class, Getting ready for the Christmas season, $18 per person.

Piedmont Singles — 6:15 p.m. Fridays: Bingo. For singles as well as those widowed or divorced. 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: social group of singles over 50, Captain’s Galley Restaurant in Mooresville. Visitors welcome. 704-677-2331.

Second Saturday Screenings — 3 p.m. second Saturdays: Beginning Sept. 13 double feature screening at Hall Gym, free admission • Oct. 11: The Incredibles, Tangled • Nov. 8: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire • Dec. 13: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Polar Express • 1400 W. Bank St., concessions available, 704-216-PLAY
Horror night double feature at the Gem — 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18: Premiering of “Honeyspider,” see Halloween listings.

Old Courthouse Youth Theatre ‘On the Worst Day of Christmas’ — 4-6 p.m.,Oct. 4 and 5-7 p.m. Oct. 5: Auditions for “On the Worst Day of Christmas” By Faye Couch Reeves, directed by Denise Ablard. Ages 8-18. Need only attend auditions one day. Performance dates Dec. 12-21.Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. NW, 704 788-2405, www.oldcourt housetheatre.org
St. Thomas Players auditions for ‘Becky’s New Car’ — See Briefs, page 3D

Center for Faith & the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St. — “Mark Stephenson Italian paintings and other recent works,” see Briefs, page 3D
The Framing Gallery, 320 N Main St. across from Koko Java — On exhibit: Art by Sharon Forthofer. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Tuesday and Saturday, 704-633-1246.
Fine Frame Gallery, 105 S. Main St. — Featuring paintings and prints by Wanda Clark and Salisbury photographs by David Lamanno. Monday/Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 704-647-0340, www.fineframegallery.com
The Green Goat Gallery, 516 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — Carve Into Life…Palette Knife Paintings of Patt Legg. Gallery hours Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. then 5- 8 p.m.; Sunday: 1-6 p.m. 704-431-4527, greengoatgallery@yahoo.com
Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409-413 N. Lee St. — Through Oct. 18: Paintings of Rail Walk artist Keyth Kahrs, original acrylics and watercolors. Free, open to the public. Gallery hours Thursday- Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment, Historic Salisbury’s Rail Walk Arts District. 704-431-8964, www.railwalkgallery.com
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. — • Exhibition Title: Spaces Within: Maria Michaelson, clay, wood, and bronze sculptures; also selections from the Sonia and Isaac Luski collection: Glass Works • Young People’s Gallery: On The Inside: exploring personhood and identity • Stanback and Cook Gardens: Jeannette Brossart, Durham, mosaic sculptures • Gallery hours Monday – Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., 704-636-1882, www.waterworks.org
The Mooresville Artist Guild — 32nd annual Artoberfest, judged competition and art show through Oct. 31. Opening reception and awards presentation 6-8 p.m. Oct. 10, award presentation 6:30 p.m. Mooresville Arts Depot, 103 West Center Ave., Mooresville, 704-663-6661, www.magart.org

YMCA sponsored trips — • 11:30 a.m. Nov. 4: Barn dinner theater matinee “Always a Bridesmaid,” $43 for lunch, transportation, tips, ticket. Almost full • Nov. 14: Southern Christmas Show, $23 per person • Belk Theater Feb. 15, 2015 “The Phantom of the Opera” orchestra seating. Pay in full by Nov. 1. Almost full • Non-members welcome, buses leave from J. F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. Details at 704-636-0111, lklaver@ rowanymca.com
Myrtle Beach trip with Davie County Senior Services — Nov. 17-19: Includes Thanksgiving feast, Alabama Theater, Christmas shows, Pirate’s Dinner Theater, Christmas lights show, beach walks, outlet shopping. Details at 336-753-6230.

Haunted Trolley actors — Haunted trolley cast for Halloween Funfest Saturday, Oct. 25 from 3 until 6 p.m. It is a paid gig with costumes provided. Several roles are available for male and female. A Trolley docent is needed as well, also paid. For details, contact Downtown Salisbury Inc. at mollie@visitsalisburync.com with “haunted trolley” in the subject line.
Singers — Join the Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society at rehearsals for their annual holiday concert on Dec. 13. Tuesday rehearsals at 7 p.m. at Coburn UMC, 901 S. Church St.). Choir dues $20. www.salisburyrowanchoir.com or 919-812-0742.

Fall Festival and Craft Fair — 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11: Vendors $10/booth. At Liberty Commons Nursing / Rehab, 4412 S. Main St., proceeds go to Toys For Tots. Contact Denise Daugherty, 704-245-5431.
Mt. Mitchell Autumn Fest — 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 18: Fourth annual Autumn Fest applications for arts, crafts, heritage crafts, exhibits, demonstrations. Exhibitors with demonstrations only and not selling wares not required to pay for space; application required for planning purposes. Contact Janice 704-796-1671 or jswchildofgod@gmail.com. Deadline Oct. 9. Sponsor: Mt. Mitchell United Methodist Church, 6001 Old Salisbury Concord Road, Kannapolis.

Help feed the horses — The Horse Protection Society of N.C. a 501(c)3 nonprofit, 2135 Miller Road, China Grove, needs volunteers to help feed the horses. www.horseprotection.org or email hps@horseprotection.org

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Catawba gets high marks in U.S. News and World rankings for fifth year

Business

China Grove soap store sets sights on expansion into Kannapolis

News

Charlotte, UNC game canceled after 49ers place players in quarantine

Crime

Blotter: Sept. 18