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Community Calendar for December 2014


Dec. 1, at 6 p.m.

Lexington Christmas Parade

Uptown Lexington’s Courthouse Square, 336-249-0383.


Dec. 1 and 2, 7 p.m.

Auditions for PPT’s ‘Lombardi

Third floor the Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. Piedmontplayers.com


Dec. 3, from  8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Craft Fair at the Y

J. F. Hurley Family YMCA, Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111, www.rowanymca.org


Dec. 3, 3-4:30 p.m.

Senior Circle Social

Lake Norman Regional Medical Center Mooresville  Senior Circle Holiday Social. Refreshments, games, prizes. Info: 704-660-4859, or email Mitzie.mccurdy@LNRMC.com


Dec. 3, at 5:15 p.m.

NHCS Booster Club 

Meeting at North Hills Christian School, 2970 W. Innes St., www.northhillschristian.com


Dec. 3-31, Saturdays

Santa Search

The Great Museum Santa Search at the Spencer Doll & Toy Museum: rules and entires at 108 Fourth St., Spencer, 704-762-9359, SpencerDollAndToyMuseum.com


Dec. 4, noon-6 p.m.

Port-a-Pit pickup

Dinner fundraiser pick-up for Darrin DiMarzio at Rowan County Fairgrounds.  Order at 704-637-6080


Dec. 4, at 12:30 p.m.

AARP Holiday Meal

Salisbury AARP covered dish followed by Buddy Poole speaking on “50 Years in Radio.” Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 MLK Drive. Free. All seniors 50+  704-216-7714.


Dec. 4, 1:30-3 p.m.

Stroke Support Group

Lake Norman Regional Medical Center War Memorial building, 220 N. Maple St., Mooresville. Free, open to everyone, no registration. Info: 704-660-4859.


Dec. 4

‘White as Snow’

North Hills Christian School  Christmas concert at the Meroney Theater). Ticketed event, call 704-636-3005 ext. 130 to reserve seating.



Dec. 5, 6-7 p.m.

Tree Lighting Ceremony 

and Candy Cane Hunt at City Park Lake, no fee. Carols, cookies, hot chocolate. Bring your flashlight. www.salisburync.gov/PLAY


Dec. 5, noon

First United Methodist Church’s Fridays@First Advent Series with a concert by the Catawba Singers, at FUMC, 217 S. Church St., www.fumcsalisbury.org


Dec. 5-7

The Arc Festival of Trees

The Arc of Rowan Festival of Trees: 7-9 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. F&M Trolley Barn, 127 E. Liberty St., free. www.thearcofrowan.org 704-637-1521.


Dec 5, at 6 p.m.

Hood Carols Service

Observance of Lessons and Carols Service at Hood Theological Seminary, The Aymer Center, on the campus at 1810 Lutheran Synod Drive.


Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.

Concert Choir Holiday Concert

The Concert Choir Christmas Concert, St. John’s Lutheran Church. Seasonal pieces, the entire Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah and the Halleluia Chorus, accompanied by chamber orchestra. Also a prelude and interlude by the young musicians of the Rowan Youth Orchestra.


Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m.

Live@Lee Street cocnert

Woody Pines and the Blue Eyed Bettys. Tickets at www.leestreet.org or 704-310-5507.


December weekends

Scrooge’s Trolley Tour
Scrooge’s interactive Christmas Trolley Tour and performance. Through Dec. 20. For tickets and schedule see visitsalisburync.com


Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4 p.m.

Victorian Christmas at the Hall House

1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in December: The theme at the Dr. Josephus Hall House will be “Nutcracker.” $5 admission.


Dec. 6, from 7-10 p.m. 

Second Time Around Band at the Y

Bring a snack to share. $6 per person, non-members welcome. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.


Dec. 6, at 2 p.m.

Cleveland Christmas parade 

Cleveland Lions Club 43rd annual Cleveland Christmas parade starts at former West Rowan YMCA.

Dec. 6, from 10 a.m.-noon

Brunch with Santa 

Salisbury Civic Center, $20 family of 4 or $6 person. Pre-registater at www.salisburync.gov/PLAY


Dec. 6, at 10 a.m.

Christmas ball workshop

Lighted Christmas ball workshop at John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 1620 Brenner Ave. Free;, for each ball you wish to make bring 200 mini-lights. All other materials supplied. Bring a donation of canned food for Rowan Helping Ministries.


Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Winter Wonderland 

Craft Show at SHS Gymnasium, 500 Lincolnton Road,

Salisbury High School. Softball fundraiser to support Lady Hornets.


Dec. 6, 1-8 p.m.

CF Holiday Farmhouse Tour

Helen and Ralph Brown and Linda and Derby Holshouser host a Country Christmas tour of the Holshouser’s 1910 farmhouse on highway 150. Tickets $5 at 101 Pottery, the Spencer Doll Museum, Anne Roland Furniture. All proceeds go to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Info: 704-636-5902.


Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. 

RoBoJo Holiday Show 

RoBoJo Theatre Troupe returns to Rowan Public Library for the 15th annual Holiday Theater. Hour-long variety show of skits, songs, readers’ theater, audience participation. Free. 704-216-8234, 201 W. Fisher St.


Dec. 6, from 5-8 p.m.

Fulton Heights Holiday Home Tour

Suggested $10 donation • 229 Maupin Ave., 1925 Craftsman bungalow • 522 Maupin Ave., 1925 Neo-Classical square plan cottage • 301 Maupin Ave., 1925 Craftsman bungalow • 406 Mitchell Ave., 1925 brick Craftsman bungalow. Info: 704-754-2536.


Dec. 6, and 7 at 7 p.m. 

Kyle Matthews in concert

Christmas concert with  award winning singer/songwriter Kyle Matthews along with the Sanctuary Choir, Adult Handbells and Kingdom Kids Choir. First Baptist Church Kannapolis, free. 101 N. Main St., Kannapolis, across from Gem Theater. 704-938-4697.


Dec. 6-30, 6-10 p.m.

Speedway light show 

Holiday light show at Charlotte Motor Speedway, except for Christmas Day. $20/car when Christmas Village is open and $15/car on nights when it is closed. Group rates for vans and buses. CMS, 5555 Concord Parkway S, Concord. Use  Speedway’s main entrance. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or 1-800-455-FANS (3267).


Weekends in December 

Denton Christmas Train

Denton FarmPark Country Christmas Train, Dec. 4-7; 11-14; 18-23; 26-27. Entrance 4259 Handy Road, Denton. Call for times: 336-859-2755 or email: manager@threshers.com; www.countrychristmastrain.com


Dec. 7  

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day


Dec. 7, from 1-4 p.m.

Ginger Bread House

Workshop Sunday at Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St. Preregister at 704-633-5946.


Dec. 7 at 4 p.m.

Sing We Now of Christmas

St. John’s Men’s Chorus Christmas concert, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St. Free, benefits Rowan Helping Ministries. 704-636-3431.


Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Cabarrus Christmas Party

Cabarrus County seniors Christmas party, free admission for senior citizens, . Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 N. Carolina 49, Concord, 704-920-3976, www.cabarrusarena.com


Dec. 9, 11:45 a.m.

Cancer Support Group

Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, Mooresville, no registration required. Free lunch served. 704-660-4859.


Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Nutcracker Dance at RPL

Piedmont Dance Theatre ‘Nutcracker’ program for children at RPL, music by members of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra. Details 704-216-8234. RPL headquarters, 201 W. Fisher St.


Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.

History Club Meeting

Tuesday, Bob Plott: Our State Dog: the Plott Hound, Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St., rowanmuseum@fibrant.com


Dec. 11, noon

Moravian Lovefeast

St. Philips African Moravian Church to hold Christmas Lovefeast at St. Philips African Moravian Church at Old Salem. Free.


Dec. 11 and 13, 7:30 p.m.

Christmas in the Country. Holiday classics in true country fashion. Almost sold out. Lee Street theatre, 329 N. Lee St. Tickets $15+tax at 704-310-5507 or www.leestreet.org


Dec. 12, at 7 p.m.

Piedmont Choral Society

Christmas concert with orchestra, First Presbyterian Church, 201 Vance St., Kannapolis. 704-699-6053 or kayy2000@gmail.com.


Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Piedmont Chamber Singers Christmas ‘Snow’ 

Shallowford Presbyterian Church, 1200 Lewisville Clemmons Road, Lewisville. $15, $5 students.


Dec. 12-14

Christmas in the Village

Village of Gold Hill. Friday-Saturday-11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Held in the Historic Village of Gold Hill. www. historicgoldhill.com


Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m.

Opening night for ‘A Seussified Christmas Carol’

PPT youth theater production at Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St. Tickets and info at 704-633-5471 or piedmontplayers.com


Dec. 13, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.

‘A Seussified Christmas Carol’

PPT youth theater production at Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St. Tickets and info at 704-633-5471 or piedmontplayers.com


Dec. 12-21

Nutcracker Winston-Salem

UNCSA’s production of ‘The Nutcracker’ at UNCSA’s Stevens Center, 405 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem. See uncsa.edu/nutcracker.


Dec. 12, at 5 p.m.

Homecoming at NHCS

North Hills Christian School homecoming, games at Helen Kelley Smith Gymnasium.


Dec. 12, 8 p.m.

North Hills Christian School  Class Reunion

Graduating classes 2001-2014, www.northhillschristian.com


Dec. 13, at 10 a.m.

Santa & the Grinch antique fire truck ride

126 E. Innes St., in front of Okey Dokey. Downtown rides, weather permitting. Also refreshments and DIY ornaments.


Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m.

‘Christmas Movie Classics’

Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society’s annual holiday concert at St. John’s Lutheran Church, free. Bring new unwrapped toys. www.salisburyrowanchoir.com


Dec. 13, 11 a.m.

North Hills Christian School  Class Reunion

Graduating classes 1991-2000. RSVP to dplummer@northhillschristian.com


Dec. 13, 1 p.m.

North Hills Christian School  Class Reunion, graduating classes 1967-1990. RSVP to neagle@northhillschristian.com


Dec. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Salem Christmas

Old Salem Museums & Gardens day concludes with carol singing and lighting of the 16-feet-tall Moravian Christmas pyramid. Ticket info at salem.org


Dec. 13

Three music and Laser planetarium shows

Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium at Horizons Unlimited. 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $2. www.rss.k12.nc.us/ horizons-unlimitedmargaret-c-woodsonplanetarium


Dec. 14, at 3 p.m.

Piedmont Choral Society Christmas concert with orchestra, Forest Hill UMC, 265 Union St. North, Concord. A reception will follow.  704-699-6053 or kayy2000@gmail.com


Dec. 14, at 5 p.m.

The Embers Christmas Show

The Event Center, 315 Webb Road. Tickets $25,704-633-0621.


Dec. 14, at 4 p.m.

Ecumenical Choir of Salisbury

“The Glory of Christmas” at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.  A reception will follow. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 131 W. Council St., 704 633 3221.


Dec. 14, at 4 p.m.

PPTCB Christmas Concert

The Piedmont Prime Time Community Band at Living Water Church of God, 166 N. Little Texas Road, Kannapolis. $5, children under 13 and senior citizens over age 65 free.


Dec. 15-16, at 7 p.m.

‘A Christmas Tradition’

10th annual Music and Stories of the Season with Karl Hales, Neal Wilkinson, Leslie Dunkin, Susan Trivette, Cost: One canned good for Rowan Helping Ministries. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St.


Dec. 17, at 4 p.m. 

Board Meeting

Rowan Museum Board of Directors, 202 N. Main St.


Dec. 18 at 3 p.m.

Winter Arts Concert

Harp and flute concert plus winter and Christmas artwork. Refreshments. No charge for concert. at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave.


Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m.

‘A Seussified Christmas Carol’

PPT youth theater production at Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St. Tickets and info at 704-633-5471 or piedmontplayers.com


Dec. 20, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.

‘A Seussified Christmas Carol’

PPT youth theater production at Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St. Tickets and times at 704-633-5471 or piedmontplayers.com



Dec. 19, 6:45-9 p.m.

Spanish Fiesta

Rowan Christian Assembly, 923 N Salisbury GQ Ave., Salisbury, 704-279-6676. English translation provided.


Dec. 20

The Community Travelers bus trip to Christmas City: McAdenville

Call Brenda Cowan at 704-633-9073.


Dec. 20, at 6:30 p.m.

‘The Nutcracker’

Salisbury Symphony’s presentation at Keppel Auditorium, Catawba College. www.salisburysymphony.org for tickets and information


Dec. 21

Winter begins


Dec. 21, at 2:30 p.m.

‘The Nutcracker’

Salisbury Symphony’s presentation at Keppel Auditorium. www.salisburysymphony.org


Dec. 21, 5-8 p.m.

Live Nativity, petting zoo, free bowl of chicken stew, and “free yard sale” for those in need of winter wear (caps, gloves, coats, scarves). Rowan Christian Assembly, 923 N. Salisbury GQ Ave, Salisbury, 704-279-6676.


Dec. 23, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Blood Drive at the Y

J.F. Hurley Family YMCA. Drop in, 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.


Dec. 24, from 6-8 p.m.

Victorian Christmas at the Hall House

Nutcracer theme at the Dr. Josephus Hall House. On Christas Eve by donation. www.historicsalisbury.org


Dec. 25

Christmas Day


Dec. 26, noon

Decorate Old Stone House Friday, 770 Old Stone House Road. www.rowanmuseum.org


Dec. 27-28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and noon-4 p.m.

Old Christmas at the Old Stone House

Rowan Museum 30th annual Old Christmas. Old Stone House, 770 Old Stone House Road. www.rowanmuseum.org


Dec. 31

Old Courthouse Theaters’s 24th annual New Year’s Eve murder mystery dinner theatre

At the Speedway ballroom. Tickets and info at www.oldcourthousetheatre.org


Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve at the Bell Tower


Dec. 31

Woodleaf’s New Year’s Eve Big Tomato Drop

Woodleaf’s first ever New Year’s Eve drop at Unity Presbyterian Church, 885 Woodleaf Barber Road. Festivities begin indoors at 9 p.m. with music, beverages, food available.  704-278-4248.



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