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Community Calendar February 2015

The Earnhardt Story

Feb 2, 7 p.m.

A. L. Brown High School

Social Room, Kannapolis History Associates, 704-796-0803


Annual Historic Gold Hill meeting

Feb. 2, 7 p.m.

Russell-Rufty Memorial Shelter, Gold Hill Mines Historic Park. 704-267-9439, www.HistoricGoldHill.com



Piedmont Players Theatre

Feb. 4- at 7:30 p.m.



Gallery Gala: Celebrating Budding Artists

Feb. 5, 4-6 p.m.

Free, at Carillon Assisted Living, 1915 Mooresville Road. Bring the family and enjoy the works displayed by talented local school children from Partners In Learning.


AARP Local Chapter

Feb. 5 at 1 p.m.

Rufty Holmes Snr Ctr
Free. 50 & over welcome. Bill Godley speaker.

Eileen Kelly 704-216-7714


LIVE at Lee Street

Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Phil Keaggy

Lee Street Theatre 704.310.5507



Black History Month 

Feb 6, 5-8 p.m.

Literary Bookpost

110 S. Main Street, Book readings at 5:30, 6:15, and 7

Reading of three Coretta Scott King Book Award recipient children’s books by local community members.


Soup, sandwiches, and prayer

Feb. 7, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Feeding the community plus clothing giveaway while supplies lasts. By Project Cover Inc., 123 E. B Ave.


Crosby Scholars Final 7th/8th Grade Academy

Feb. 7, 9-9:30 a.m. Check-in at RCCC, parent pick-up 11:45 a.m. register at www.my.crosbyscholars.org.  704-762-3512


St. Paul’s UCC 59th Annual Chicken Noodle Dinner

Feb. 7, 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. Includes Bake Sale. Eat In, Carry Out, 811 N. Enochville Ave., China Grove



Band dance at J.F. Hurley Family YMCA

Feb. 7, 7-10 p.m.,

Bring a snack to share. $7 per person, non-members welcome J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.


Young Artists Gallery

Feb. 7 – Feb. 28 Independent/Home School. Rowan Co. www.waterworks.org Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 East Liberty Street



Feb 7-May 16

Waterworks Visual Arts Center Confronting concerns of past, present, and future human rights and cross-culture. www.waterworks.org Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 East Liberty Street


Novant Health / Salisbury Rowan Runners 32nd Annual Winter Flight 8k Run & 5k Walk

Feb 8, Noon. 8k course  USATF certified,  starts near Catawba College gym  ends in Catawba’s Shuford Stadium. www.sportoften.com/events/eventDetails. All proceeds to Rowan Helping Ministries.


Annual Chocolate Festival 

Feb. 10 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

for Middle-HS Teens. Enjoy chocolate trivia, games,  and fountain. Free. South Rowan Regional Library, 920 Kimball Road, China Grove. 704-216-7728

Dara.Cain@rowancountync.gov    www.rowanpubliclibrary.org



Computer Basics Class

Feb. 10, 7– 8:30 p.m.

Rowan Public Library HQ, 201 W. Fisher St., 704-216-8242 Paul.Birkhead@rowancountync.gov www.rowanpubliclibrary.org  Also on Feb. 26


Valentine’s Day

Feb. 14


Family fun at Horizons Unlimited

Feb. 14

3 p.m.: Free movie in the Planetarium “Under the Planetarium Stars,” (G).

5 p.m.: Educational Show + Live Sky, $2. Follow the Drinking Gourd. Did slaves really use this song as a secret code to find their way to freedom?

6:30 p.m.: Laser Show + Live Sky, $2. Laser Zeppelin Show. Relive the magical sounds of Led Zeppelin while enjoying a visual treat of custom laser imagery.

Valentine’s Day Dance
8 p.m. Salisbury Swing Band at Holy Spirit Catholic Church 537 NC 16 Business, Denver, NC. www.salisburyswingband.com


Midday Valentine Celebration

Feb. 14 ,11 a.m.-2 p.m.

For all ages. Includes bingo and food concessions. Sponsored by Omega Chapter 242 Order of Eastern Star, PHA. Held at Faithful Guide Lodge 376, 113 Krider St., Cleveland.


Valentine’s Gala at J. C. Price Post No. 107

Feb. 14, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

1433 Old Wilkesboro Road. Limited seating, call 704-220-7605


Adventure Club, RPL

Feb. 14, 11 a.m. – noon

Headquarters, 201 W. Fisher St., Salisbury, 704-216-8234 www.rowanpubliclibrary.org

Hands-on science; this month’s theme: “Sugar Cube Science.” Build an arch, bridge or tower with them.


Community Valentine Party at J. C. Price

Feb.15, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

J. C. Price Post No. 107 American Legion; 1433 Old Wilkesboro Road, 704-636-2950


Presidents’ Day

Feb. 16


Black History Month

Feb 1-28

Feb 16, 1960, 55 years ago on this day, three African American students staged a sit-in at the Woolworth food counter on S. Main Street in Salisbury, a few days after the Greensboro sit-in.


Shrove Tuesday 

Mardi Gras

Feb. 17

Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, the last night to eat rich foods before the Lent fast.


Annual Chocolate Festival

Feb. 17, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

for Middle-HS Teens. Chocolate trivia, games, and fountain. Free. RPL  HQ, 201 W. Fisher St., Salisbury. 704-216-8229  Jennifer.Nicholson@rowancountync.gov  www.rowanpubliclibrary.org


Community Forum

Feb. 17, 7:30pm

Catawba College Tom Smith Auditorium, Ketner Hall     704-637-4111 , www.catawba.edu


Ash Wednesday

Feb. 18

First day of Lent


Chinese New Year

Feb. 19


Book Chats book group

Feb. 19, 4:15 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Book Chats: A book group for grade 2s; Freckle Juice by Judy Blume. Limited books available, so registration recommended. South Rowan Regional Library, 920 Kimball Road, China Grove, 704-216-7728

Dara.Cain@rowancountync.gov    www.rowanpubliclibrary.org


Becky’s New Car 

Feb. 19-21 and 26-28 at 7:30 p.m.  Feb 22 at 2:30 p.m.

Becky’s New Car CFA / St. Thomas Players.

Lee Street Theatre 704.310.5507




Feb. 20, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Salisbury Confederate Prison Assoc. Sesquicentennial Exhibit at Rowan Public Library HQ, 201 W. Fisher St. SCPA: 704-637-6411 southpaws@fibrant.com

For dates of other Civil War commemorations see http://www.civilwar.org/150th-anniversary/150-events/



Feb 20 & 27 at 7:30 p.m., Feb 21 & 28 at 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Macbeth; Piedmont Players Theatre, Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St.    704-633-5471, www.PiedmontPlayers.com


Sweethearts after Valentine’s Day Dance at J.F. Hurley Family YMCA

Feb. 21, 7-10 p.m.

Bring a snack to share. $7 per person, non-members welcome J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.


Admissions Open House

Feb. 21

Catawba College

704-637-4111 www.catawba.edu


Catawba Piano Trio in free concert

Feb. 22, 4 p.m.

Dr. Daniel Skidmore, violinist; Anne Sellitti, cellist; Jacob Hahn, pianist. Held at 109 Penny Road, High Point.


Annual Quilt Show

Feb. 22-24

Trinity Oaks, Klumac Road, 704-603-2770  bzimmerman@trinityoaks.net


Daytona 500

Feb. 22, 1 p.m. 200 laps


Learn. APP. Grow. 

Feb. 23, 5:45 p.m.- 7 p.m.

South Rowan Regional Library, 920 Kimball Road, China Grove, 704-216-7841

www.rowanpubliclibrary.org     Free.  Explore free apps: get organized, get fit, and eat healthier.  Tricia Stagger.  Part of the 2015 Learn.Act.Grow. series.


Annual Chocolate Festival

Feb. 24, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

Annual Chocolate Festival for Middle-HS Teens. Chocolate trivia, games and fountain. Free. RPL East Branch, 110 Broad Street, Rockwell  704-216-7842. Emma.Rose@rowancountync.gov   www.rowanpubliclibrary.org


Martha Bassett in Concert

Feb. 24, 7-9 p.m.

Martha Bassett in Concert. RPL HQ, 201 W. Fisher St., Salisbury, 704-216-8240

www.rowanpubliclibrary.org Swing, jazz, folk, country, and rock, Free, www.marthabassett.com  by Friends of Rowan Public Library.


Comedy of Errors

Feb. 24-28, 7:30 p.m.

Catawba Theatre Arts, Hedrick Little Theatre

www.catawba.edu/theatre , 704-637-4481


Free Diabetes talk at the Y

Feb. 25, 4-5 p.m.

Diabetes, What to eat?  Open to the public, free, sign up at 704-636-0111. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd.

Computer Basics Class

Feb. 26, 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Rowan Public Library HQ, 201 W. Fisher St., 704-216-8242, www.rowanpubliclibrary.org Basic Computer skills.


African American Fashion Show 

Feb. 28, 3-5, p.m.

$10 admission includes museum admission, refreshments. Attendees are encouraged to show off their family heirlooms. Tickets  at the museum or by phone Thursday- Saturday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.


Celebrate Seuss

Feb 28, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

RPL East 110 Broad Street, Rockwell.  704-216-7842, www.rowanpubliclibrary.org

Dr. Seuss and his “Day of all Days!”  Light refreshments included.


Explorer Club

Feb. 28, 11 a.m. – Noon

RPL HQ, 201 W. Fisher St., Salisbury, 704-216-8234, www.rowanpubliclibrary.org

Step up to the challenge. Investigate different genre through fun activities 3rd-5th grade, This month’s theme “Kids cook too.”


Weekly Meetings


Refresh & Relax Yoga Classes; Mondays, ending Feb. 9

9-10:30 a.m. & 5:45-7:15 p.m. Taught by Debra McNeil.

Registration is required.

Center for Faith & the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St. 704 647-0999  faithart@bellsouth.net




Nia Technique Classes

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6-7p.m.   Taught by Elizabeth Cole, First-Degree Black Belt Master Teacher.

Center for Faith & the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St. 704 647-0999  faithart@bellsouth.net



Belly Dance Classes

Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. American Tribal Style Belly Dance Taught by Nancy Gaines. Center for Faith & the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St.  704 647-0999  faithart@bellsouth.net



Baby Time

Feb. 2 – April 30

Rowan Public Library (RPL) Headquarters, (HQ) Wed. 10 a.m.  East, Mon. 10 a.m. Stories and songs for babies 6 – 23 months with parent or caregiver.  About an hour. www.rowanpubliclibrary.org


Toddler Time

Feb. 2 – April 30

Rowan Public Library HQ, 201 W. Fisher St.,

704-216-8242. Tue. 10:30 a.m.  and at East, Mon. 11 a.m. Focus on sharing books, singing songs and encouraging listening skills; 18 – 35 months with parent or caregiver. About 30 mins.


Tiny Tumblers

Feb. 2 – April 30

Stories, musical scarves and instruments babies 6-23 months with parent or caregiver. Two times / week. RPL South, Tuesdays  & Thursdays 10:30 a.m.  30 mins.


Preschool Time

Feb 2 – April 30

Build reading readiness skills, 3-5 years, with parent or caregiver. RPL HQ Thurs. 10:30 a.m. East, Thurs. 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. 30 mins.



Noodle Head Story time    

Feb 2 – April 30

4 years and up. Silly books and tales RPL HQ Thurs. 4p.m. South, Mon. 4 p.m. 30 mins.


Art Programs 

Feb 2 – April 30

Activities and instruction. Activities vary by branch.  8 and under with adult. 30 – 45 minutes.    RPL HQ Art in the Afternoon, Thurs. 4:30 p.m.  East – Emma’s Easel, Thurs. 4 p.m. South – Art with Char, Wed. 4 p.m.


Free Meals

Feb 4, 11, 18, 25

Pine Ridge Baptist Church

880 Old Linn Road, China Grove 6:30 p.m. Free meal, brief inspirational thought, fun and fellowship.  704-857-3182 , 704-279-0574


Heavenly Hot Dog Sale

Mount Olivet UMC

301 Mt. Olivet Rd. Concord



Normally Fridays 10 -2  Homemade Desserts

Free Delivery over 10, take out available!




Monthly Meetings


Rowan Co. Commissioners

Feb. 5,  Thursday, 3 p.m. Newton Cohen Rm. 2nd floor, 130 W. Innes St


Rowan Republicans

Feb. 10  7 p.m.

Commissioners Room, 130 W. Innes St. Co. Convention Discussion (3/7/15)


Alzheimer’s Support Group 4th Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at Rufty Holmes Senior Center 1120 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. 704-633-7862. Education and  sharing time.  Light meal before meeting.  704-788-3399 Teresa Dakins.


ook Bites Book Club

6:30 – 8 p.m. Feb 24

South Rowan Regional Library, 920 Kimball Road, China Grove.  704-216-7841


www.rowanpubliclibrary.org Good books, fun fellowship, and tasty food. Free book club discuss a different book each month and serve refreshments loosely related to the theme.


Teen Advisory Boards (TAB)   Rowan Public Library all locations.  Teens provide input on RPL’s teen programming and book selection and discuss issues of interest in Rowan County. TAB meet once a month at all 3 sites.


Tue. Feb 3, 4:30– 5:30 p.m.


Thu. Feb 12, 4:30– 5:30 p.m.


Tue. Feb 10, 4:30– 5:30 p.m.

Jennifer.Nicholson@rowancountync.gov  704-216-8229 www.rowanpubliclibrary.org


Senior Circle

Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, Mooresville, first Wednesday of each month, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Community Rooms A and B. 704-660-4022

Leigh.Whitfield@lnrmc.com    To register, call 1-888-99LNRMC (56762). www.seniorcircle.com


Olde Rowan Fiber Guild   3rd Monday of the month 6:30-9 p.m. Center For Faith & the Arts, rear entrance of Haven Lutheran Church, 207 W. Harrison St, Salisbury. 704-647-0999



Rowan Democratic Party 4th Thursday of the month; 6:30 p.m. Commissioner’s Room, County Building, 130 W. Innes St.


dotgeofhoy@gmail.com. www.rowancodems.com


Senior Democrats

Rowan Co. Senior Democrats 3rd Tuesday of the month; 1 p.m. in the Hurley Room, Rowan Library, 201 W. Fisher St. 704-870-8380

or abryantmitchell@ymail.com


City Planning Board, 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 4 p.m., Council Chambers, 217 S. Main St.





Thomasville officer hospitalized after chase that started in Rowan County


Board of elections discusses upgrading voting machines, making precinct changes


Lawmakers finalize how state will spend COVID-19 funds


Salisbury Station one of several ‘hot spots’ included in NCDOT rail safety study


Essie Mae Kiser Foxx appeal denied, school considering options


Iredell County votes to move Confederate memorial to cemetery


Lara Trump may have eyes on running for a Senate seat


Rowan among counties in Biden’s disaster declaration from November floods


PETA plans protest at Salisbury Police Department on Friday


Essie Mae Kiser Foxx appeal denied, charter revoked


29 new positives, no new COVID-19 deaths reported


Blotter: Woman charged with drug crimes


Nesting no more: Eagles appear to have moved on from Duke’s Buck Station


The Smoke Pit leaving downtown Salisbury for standalone building on Faith Road



High School

High school football: Hornets’ Gaither set the tone against West


Salisbury to show off new fire station


Livingstone College to host virtual Big Read events this month


City makes some appointments to local boards, holds off on others to seek women, appointees of color


Education briefs: RCCC instructor honored by Occupational Therapy Association


Second quarter financial update shows promising outlook for city’s budget


Genia Woods: Let’s talk about good news in Salisbury


City attorney will gather more information for Salisbury nondiscrimination ordinance


North Hills planning to hold May fundraiser in person