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Roundabout — What’s Happening April 2-8

Easter Fun

Town of East Spencer hosts Easter Egg Hunt — 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 3 at Royal Giants Park, Robinson Road. Free hotdogs. Bring your own basket.

Easter egg hunt at J.C. Price American Legion 107 — 2 p.m. until, Easter Monday April 6: For age 12 and under accompanied by parents. Bounce house, egg roll and other entertainment. 1433 Old Wilkesboro Road. Contact Leonard Hall at 704-640-6360.

Easter Bunny Express — April 3-4: Annual N.C. Transportation Museum event; the Easter Bunny himself will ride and hand out treats for the kids. Special activities planned for April 4 only. Information at www.nctrans.org

Easter events in Gold Hill — begins 10 a.m. Saturday, April 4: Easter Egg Hunt (for children up to age 10) and Spring Fest. Children’s activities for a nominal charge incl. Easter treat hop, Easter egg dying, sand art, carrot ring toss, bean bag toss, kid tattoos, more. Easter Bunny available for photo opportunities. The village is located at 840 St. Stephen’s Church Road, Gold Hill sponsored by the Gold Hill Merchants’ Association; shops will be open.

Easter Eggstravaganza — 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 4 — Easter egg hunt, kids bicycle show, magician • 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Deejay Fast Freddie, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream and Nathan’s Hot Dogs. Tilley Harley-Davidson, 653 Bendix Drive.

Sniff ‘n Snag egg hunt for your fur-kids — Registration 11-11:30 a.m Saturday, April 18: Faithful Friends’ annual Spring egg hunt event for dogs. More than 1,000 eggs with treats inside will be hidden on the Faithful Friends property, plus a raffle for a chance to win prizes. Egg hunts starts at 11:30 a.m. Registration $10 per dog. A hot dog lumch will be available. Faithful Friends, 220 Grace Church Road. Call 704-633-1722, email frontdesk@faithfulfriendsnc.com or visit www.FaithfulFriendsNC.org

Easter in Old Salem — 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4: Annual Easter egg hunt in the Salem Tavern Meadow (10:30 a.m.); Hands-on Easter egg painting in the Vierling Barn (11 a.m.-Noon and 1-3:30 p.m.); Demonstration of Easter music on the Tannenberg organ in the visitor center (11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.); more. Activities included with an all-in-one ticket: $23 adults, $11 children ages 6-16. 336-721-7300 or oldsalem.org/easter.

 

Theater 

Closing weekend for Old Courthouse Theater presents ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ — April 3, 4, at 8 p.m. By Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, PG. 1970s rock opera on the last week of Jesus’s life, loosely based on the Gospels. Jesus Christ Superstar was first produced by OCT in the 1980-1981 season. 49 Spring St. NW, 704-788-2405, www.oldcourt housetheatre.org

 

Music & more 

Sun-Dried Lawn Party and Reggae performance by Sun-Dried Vibes at the Davis Theatre — 7:30 p.m. April 16: see email dated 3/24 65 Union St. S. in downtown Concord in Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse. 704-920-2753 or www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org

Union Grove Old Time Fiddlers Convention — April 3-4: More than $11,000 dollars given away in prize money to the best bands and individuals in Bluegrass and Old Time music categories. For the full competition schedule or information call 704-539-5493 or visit www.vanhoyfarms.com

An evening of Irish poetry and music — 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7: Featuring performances by Irish couple poet Anne-Marie Fyfe and poet/musician/critic Cahal Dallat. Hosted by Catawba College’s English and Music Departments. Tom Smith Auditorium in Ketner Hall, free and open to the public. Also Shaun Cammack members Vernaculars Roots, will hold an open jam session with Dallat. Musicians are welcome to join in.

Madrigalia: Songs of Fire — Saturday, April 11: Piedmont Chamber Singers’ spring program, a juxtaposition of fiery and passionate music by master madrigalists of the Renaissance and the 21st century. At Ardmore Baptist Church, 501 Miller St., Winston-Salem. Tickets $15. children free with accompanying adult. Call 336-722-4022 or see www.piedmontchambersingers.org/tickets.php

Local Bluegrass bands on last Fridays — 7 p.m. the last Friday every month: “Pickin’ for the Master” begins with featured local band and concludes with acoustic jam session, open to all. Concessions available. Trading Ford Baptist Church, 3600 Long Ferry Road, 704-633-5986, www.tradingford.net

Kannapolis Free Summer Entertainment Series starting in May— Complete schedule at www.kannapolisnc.gov

—Thursdays on Main, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.: Thursdays, performances by musicians. Thursday evenings on Main, 6 -9 p.m. second Thursdays, free music performances.

—Summer Concert Series, 7 p.m. A night of family entertainment in  Village Park

—Movies in the Park, Fridays: Most begin at 7:30 p.m. with music and entertainment. Movies start about 8:45 p.m. Village Park.

—Stories Under the Stars, 7 p.m. Saturdays: Unique literary performing arts event for families. Kannapolis Branch Library,

—Summer Reading Program, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Village Park.

Harrah’s Cherokee — • April 11: Loretta Lynn, the Coal Miner’s Daughter • May 30: Jay Leno • June 6: Merle Haggard • June 13: Jack Hanna’s Into The Wild Live • Ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000. Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee

NC Music Hall Of Fame 2015 Induction Ceremony — 7-9 p.m. Oct. 15: Historical, entertaining and educational evening honoring some of North Carolina’s most outstanding music makers. 600 Dale Earnhardt Blvd., Kannapolis. 704-934-2320. www.NorthCarolinaMusic HallofFame.org

The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center — 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, 704-372-1000, www.blumenthalarts.org, www.carolinatix.org • Potted Potter: April 14-19 • Dancing Pros Live: April 19 • An Evening With David Sedaris: April 20 • The Screwtape Letters: April 26 • Pippin: May 19-24 • Dr. John & The Nite Trippers: May 26 • Jay Leno: May 28 • An Evening with Chris Botti: June 6.

 

History 

Colonial Spring Frolic at Old Stone House — 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, April 4: $5 for adults,$3 for students. Old Stone House, 770 Old Stone House Road. Email rowanmuseum@fibrant.com or call 704-633-5946

18th Annual Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium — April 17-19: sponsored by the Robert F. Hoke Chapter No. 78 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Includes banquet, lectures, memorial services, tour of the prison site. Early registration $65 through March 27, $75 afterwards. Additional information: Symposium chair Sue Curtis, 704-637-6411 or southpaws@fibrant.com

Fort Dobbs hosts French and Indian War Re-enactment — April 18-19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday: Fort Dobbs State Historic Site, Statesville, allows visitors to meet soldiers, American Indians and civilians from the 250 years ago through encampments, trades demonstrations, battle reenactments. Battle re-enactment 2 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. $3 per person including sales tax.  Children under 5 free. Fort Dobbs, 704-873-5882 or www.fortdobbs.org

Historic Latta Plantation Artisan Day — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 25: See 18th and 19th century artistry skills and nteract with reenactors including backsmithing, book binding, gunsmithing, wood working, fiber-working, animal husbandry, more. Meet the Latta farm animals including the newest additions, Selah Grace and Bugle, two cotswald sheep born in March • $8 Adults, $7 seniors/students, children 5 and under free. 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704-875-2312, www.lattaplantation.org

Rowan History Club — 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14: “150 Years Ago: Stoneman Was Here.” Free; light refreshments. Rowan Museum Messinger Room, 202 N. Main St., (rear entrance, use elevator) 704-633-5946, www.rowanmuseum.org

Forsyth County Genealogical Society — April 7: Social 6:30 p.m.; program 7 p.m. “New Application Requirements and Use of DNA as Approved Source.” Free. Forsyth County Public Library-Reynolda Manor Branch, 2839 Fairlawn Drive, W-S.

An Introduction to Freedmen’s Bureau Records — 6:30-7:45 p.m.  April 13: A free program to help you use these records to uncover ancestors. High Point Public Library, Morgan Room.  www.highpointmuseum.org or ncroom@highpointnc.gov.

 

Comedy

‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)!’ — 7:30 p.m. April 2-4 and 9-11: See story page 6. $15 + tax. All 37 plays in 97 minutes! Lee Street Theater & Performing Arts Center at the Tom & Martha Smith Event Center, 329 N. Lee St., tickets $15 + tax at 704-310-5507 or www.leestreet.org/tickets

 

This & That 

Lazy 5 Vets 10-year celebration & open house —1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 4: Features petting zoo, bounce house, refreshments, prizes, behind-the-scenes tours. 2916 S. Main St., 704-636-1100, www.lazy5vets.com

Second Time Around Band dance at J.F. Hurley Family YMCA — 7-10 p.m., Saturday, April 4: Bring a snack to share. $7 per person, non-members welcome J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.

THD first bike night of summer — 6-9 p.m. April 9: Food, beer/wine vendor, music at Tilley Harley-Davidson, 653 Bendix Drive.

Horizons Unlimited early Earth Day Celebration — 3-4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11: Ecological activities at the Tom E. Smith Nature Exploratorium. Free • 5 p.m.: Planetarium show “ISS: Living and Working in Space,” $2. What life would be like to live as an astronaut aboard the International Space Station • 6:30 p.m.: Planetarium laser show: Laser Vinyl, $2. Laser concert representing the best of classic rock and light show • 1636 Parkview Circle. Park and enter at the rear from Lilly Ave. www.rss.k12.nc.us/horizons-unlimited-margaret-c-woodson-planetarium

Spring Photo Walk at Rowan Public Library— 10:30 a.m.-noon April 11: For all ages and skill levels. Begin at Rowan Public Library, 201 W. Fisher St., walk downtown. Staff will be available to assist. Bring your own camera (even if it’s on your phone) and wear comfortable clothing. Rain date April 18. Pre-register atwww.rowanpubliclibrary.org or call 704-216-8242.

THD demo day – 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. April 11: Deejay Fast Freddie, hotdogs. Rules apply. Tilley Harley-Davidson, 653 Bendix Drive.

Charity comic show ‘LexingCon’ — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday April 11: This year’s charity is the MS Society, with ALL funds coming in at the show going for research and patient assistance programs. Held at J. Smith Young YMCA W. 3rd Ave., Lexington. Admission is $2 per person, free for under 12 and anyone in costume. Contact us on facebook or at LexingCon@yahoo.com

9th Annual Touch-A-Truck — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18: Hands-on opportunity to explore a wide variety of vehicles and occupations. Free. Rain date May 2. To register a vehicle, call 704- 216-2708. Held in the Salisbury Post parking lot downtown. www.salisburync.gov/Play

THD Birthday Bash —11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 18: Live music by 3 Card Monte, free food, free caricatures, brews, ride simulator. Tilley Harley-Davidson, 653 Bendix Drive.

North Carolina Music Hall of Fame 5K Rhythm and Run — 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 18: 600 Dale Earnhardt Blvd., Kannapolis. Supports the NCMHOF Museum. Live music, a run for the kids, cash prizes, medals.

Earth Day on the Greenway Exploratory — 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, April 22: Interactive environmental education stations along the Greenway to teach the importance of nature. Free. Rain date April 29. Held at Prescott section of the Salisbury Greenway. To volunteer to help call: 704-216-2708. www.salisburync.gov/Play

Blood Drive at Lake Norman Medical Center — 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday, April 24: In Community Rooms A & B. Bring photo ID. 704-660-4859, www.redcrossblood.org

Spring Fling Craft Fair at the Y — 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 29. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.

Concord Library events — •  What Happened Historical Book Discussion 6 p .m. April 6 discussing “Chasing Lincoln’s Killer: The Search for John Wilkes Booth” by James L. Swanson. Register at 704-920-2054 •DIBS-Concord Book Discussion April 7 at 6 p.m. discussing “Factory Man” by Beth Macy. Register at 704-920-2053 • Reading Tails for ages 4-12 April 9 at 4:30 p.m. and April 11 at 3 p.m. Drop in and read out loud to a certified therapy dog. Register at 704-920.2058 •27 Union St. North, Concord, www.cabarruscounty. us/library or Facebook

 

Fundraisers 

Civitan Club of Salisbury Spaghetti Feast — Friday, April 10: Lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and dinner 5-7:30 p.m. All proceeds support local charities and scholarships. Salisbury Civic Center, $8 at the door.

Flapjack fundraiser breakfast — 8-10 a.m. Saturday, April 11: $7, benefits Student Nursing Association of RCCC. Held at Applebee’s, 205 Faith Road.  Info 704-791-8328.

4th annual Earth Day Jam — April 17-19: See FESTIVALS

Fundraising opportunity — April 24: Rowan County Fair Association will host Zerbini Outdoor under the Big Top Circus. Seeking an organization, school, church to do pre-sales. The amount of monies you receive is based on pre-sales and gate sales. Call Randall Barger at 704-640-2326.

JDRF One Walk, Rowan-Iredell-Cabarrus — Saturday, April 25: 8:30 a.m. registration; 9:30 a.m- 12:30 p.m. event to raise money for type 1 diabetes research. Information/registration at www.gwc.jdrf.org

Color Downtown Mocksville Fun Run — 9-11 a.m. Saturday, May 2: Historic downtown Mocksville’s first color fun run (1 mile) to benefit victims of domestic violence. $20 adults $10 students Kids 5 and under free. 336-751-3450 for info.

Meals on Wheels of Rowan gala event — 5:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday May 2: “Itchin’ for a Kitchen” At the F&M Trolley Barn. Pre-Derby party, complete with mint juleps and hors d’ oeuvres, followed by a live, large screen viewing of the Kentucky Derby at 6:25 p.m. Dinner by local restaurants and caterers in a “taste of Rowan County” style meal, local libations, dancing to music by Virtual Sounds, 50/50 raffles. Tickets $60 each, $100 per couple. Information at 704-633-0352, Facebook “Meals on Wheels of Rowan” or email mowrowan@gmail.com

American Children’s Home 17th annual Show-Off Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show — 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 16: Registration 8 a.m.–noon, $20 entry fee, free to spectators, vendor fee $40. Raffle, 50/50 drawing, silent auction, deejay, food, activities for kids. Top 25 plus Specialty Awards. 3844 NC Hwy 8 S., Lexington. Info at 336-357-7126 or cburris@ach-nc.org

PPT’s ‘Night on the Stage Fundraiser’ starring Broadway star- Katie Rose Clarke — May 29-30. Very limited seating for this exclusive event. To reserve your seats call 704-633-5471. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. PiedmontPlayers.com

 

Wine & beer tastings 

Salisbury Wine Shop — 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, April 3:  Stephanie’s Easter Favorites Wine Tasting.  Stephanie has selected six wines that pair perfectly with your Easter feast.  $5/person. SWS, 106 S. Main St., 704-636-5151, sws@ salisburywineshop.com

Cauble Creek Vineyard and Winery — NC’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. 704-636-1137, 700 Cauble Farm Road, see www.caublecreekvineyard.com

 

Night Life

The Carriage Room, 2141 Statesville Blvd. — • Friday: In-house pool tournament, $5 • Sunday: open pool table • 704-647-9876, carriageroomnc@ facebook.com

CJ’s BBQ, 210 Old Amity Hill Road, Cleveland — • 6:30 p.m., Friday Night Bluegrass with Longview Revival. 704-278-4070.

DJs Restaurant, 1502 W. Innes St. — 8 p.m. Tuesdays: live Trivia with prizes • 7 p.m. Thursdays: Jazz night with house band, no cover • 8 p.m. Sunday- Karaoke with live band • 704-638-9647, http://djsrestaurant.com

Go Burrito RumBar, 115 W. Fisher St. across from the mural — • Tuesdays 8-10 pm: Live team trivia • Wednesdays: Open mic night • Saturdays: Karaoke • Mondays: College night with pong tourney • Weekends: Live music, deejay, karaoke, water pong, more. www.facebook.com/GoBurritoRumBar

The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 — 8 p.m. Saturday 4/4 with Bernard Harris and his band. See Brief, page 2. Free refreshments, air hockey, foosball, pool. Public invited to jam or schedule their group to perform. 704-213-1467.

JackRabbit Slim’s Live Music Pub, 209 S. Main St. — • 6 p.m. Wednesdays: Danny Franklin hosts Songwriters Jam • 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11: Danny Franklin opens for Josh Sanders • 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7: solo performers series with Danny Franklin • 704-699-5126, www.facebook.com/jackrabbitslimspub

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

Mean Mug Coffee Company, 1024 S. Fulton St., next to Mambo Grill — • 5-8 p.m. Sundays: Jazz & blues open mic/jam hosted by Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen. Musicians should sign up by 4:30 p.m. • 6– 9 p.m. Thursdays: Bring Your Oldies But Goodies LP Night:  bring your favorite LPs in and play them on our turntable. Find Mean Mug on Facebook.

Nashville Nights, 125-127 E. Innes St. — • 9:30 p.m. Saturday: The Matt Tucker Band, $5 cover  • Thursdays karaoke • Fridays live deejay • 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.

Stars and Bars Tavern, 723 Klumac Road — Free pool Sundays, 8-Ball tournament Tuesdays 7:30 p.m.

Uncle Buck’s All American Pub and Grub, 127 S. Main St. — Friday: the MT Woodland Band • Saturday: Jeff Shepard and Rachel Kate opening for Rue Snider & The No Strand Band • Bike Night with Fast Freddie Tuesdays 6-9 p.m. plus open mic jam from 9 to midnight • Sunday 11 a.m.-7 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: no jeans. 704-236-0344. www.charlottezodiacdanceclub.com

 

Festivals

Colonial Spring Frolic at Old Stone House — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 4: See Brief, page 2. at Old Stone House, 770 Old Stone House Road. email rowanmuseum@fibrant.com or call 704-633-5946.

Hurley Park Spring Celebration — 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 12, at Lake Drive and Annandale Avenue  featuring The Salisbury Swing Band, Carriage rides by Horse & Carriage, LTD of Salisbury, Magic by Glen, City of Salisbury Fire Department, Carolina Artists, Rowan County Master Gardeners ,  Wacky Doo the Clown, Arbor Day Celebration, Juggling by Cole McDonnell. Free refreshments provided by Cheerwine & Hurley Park . Information: 704-638-4459 or email dbeck@salisburync.gov

4th annual Earth Day Jam — April 17-19: Music and arts festival benefitting LandTrust for Central NC. Musical lineup of 20+ artists, activities, games for kids and family, food from local farms, beverages from local breweries and vineyards. Showcases environmental education organizations, projects providing opportunities in sustainable farming, local food, conscious environmental choices, alternative energy and energy conservation, protection of resources, and natural healing. See www.earthdayjamnc.com/

MerleFest 2015 — April 23-26: Includes the Avett Brothers, Jim Avett and the Earls of Leicester, Robert Earl Keen, Lee Ann Womack, Trampled By Turtles and many more. Tickets at www.MerleFest.org or 1-800-343-7857.

Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival — Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, April 25: Belly dancers, poets, painters, pottery makers, arts, crafts, jugglers, clowns and other forms of arts and culture. Family friendly and free. New for 2015: expanded kids area, more arts vendors, more food vendors.

19th Annual Lexington Multicultural Festival — 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2: Starts with Parade of Nations and features five International villages plus free amusements, Purina Dog Show, Circus Stella, TeenScene and Community Non-Profit Organizations. 336-248-3960 www.LexingtonNC.gov

Mother Earth News Fair — April 11-12: Family-friendly sustainable living event featuring 200 hands-on workshops and demonstrations. $25 pre-order weekend wristband passes. $30 at the gate. Age 17 and under free. Held at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher (near Asheville). www.MotherEarthNewsFair.com or 800-234-3368.

Jiggy with the Piggy Jam — May 8-9: 35-year tradition hosting 100+ arts and craft vendors, concerts, 5k walk/run, car cruise-in, Friday Night outdoors movie campus, an all you can eat pancake breakfast at Cannon Memorial YMCA, a People’s Choice wings and pork tasting, National Train Day events at the train station. 113 West 1st St., downtown Kannapolis. Free admission. Info 704-920-4343 or www.kannapolisnc.gov/

The return of the annual Rowan Blues And Jazz Festival — May 16, at the Rail Walk Arts District at the corner of N. Lee and Kerr Streets. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.  www.rowanbluesandjazz.org

NC Open Workshop and Paint Out — Aug. 11-15: • Aug. 11-13: Plein Air Painting Workshop taught by John Ebersberger at Waterworks Visual Arts Center • Aug. 14-15: NC Open Plein Air Paint Out in Salisbury and Rowan County • Goodies for the first 100 to register and awards at the culminating exhibit. Register for each at www.waterworks.org or 704-636-1882.

 

Classes

Wine Down and Create — 6-8 p.m. first Mondays: Next class April 6, theme is: April Shower and flowers. Green Goat Art Gallery, 516 S. Salisbury Ave. Spencer, next door to Pinocchio’s and across from N.C. Train Museum. Canvases available for purchase, all else provided. $35. Bring your own beverage, light snacks provided. Sign up at www.winddownandcreate and find us on Facebook. Class size is limited. Sign up early.

Card making at the Y — • 1-3 p.m., April 2 and 20 • 6-8 p.m. April 6 and 30 • Make six cards. Non-member $15, member $12, J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.

Pottery 101 — Schedule your own Paint Your Own or Let’s Get Messy class, minimum of 8 participants required for private class. You provide the libations and snacks, we will provide the fun • Pottery 101, 101 S. Main St., 704-209-1632, www.pottery-101.com

Green Goat Gallery — Green Goat Gallery, 516 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer or call 704-431-4527. www.greengoatgallery.com

Plein Air Painting Workshop – Aug.11-13: Artist John Ebersberger teaches three-day plein air workshop at Waterworks in conjunction with NC Open Plein Air Paint Out, Aug.14-15. Information and registration at Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 704-636-1882 or www.waterworks.org

Spoon carving — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 28, May 23, July 25, Oct. 24: Instructor Steve Martin. No students under 18 without prior approval. River Pines Pottery, St. Stephens Church Road, Gold Hill. $50 covers instruction, materials and use of instructor’s tools. Preregister at 704-279-9087 or stephensmartin@msn.com

Center for Faith and the Arts —Yoga, belly dance, NIA classes, movement and spoken word improv. Details at www.faithart.org or 704-647-0999. CFA, 207 W. Harrison St.

Community Music Program at Catawba College — Private instruction or class/group lessons for all ages. Registration forms at www.catawba.edu/communitymusc.

Waterworks Visual Arts Center — Sign up at 704-636-1882. For details on classes visit www.waterworks.org. Located at 123 E. Liberty St.

Free computer classes on Saturdays — Knox’s Computer Business, 512 Klumac Road, Suite 8, between Jake Alexander and MLK Jr. Ave. Call 704-680-7317 or 704-870-8862.

Salisbury Art Station — Weekly classes: Instructors 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. ages 7 and up • Thursdays 4-6 p.m. 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

Oil Painting with artist/instructor Patt Legg — Tuesdays 12:30-3 p.m.: Ongoing adult oil classes, $45. Paint like the Old Masters, a more detailed and extensive class OR painting made simple for those who have never studied with Patt. Preregister at 704-232-6000. www.PattLegg.net

Free online courses through RPL — Gale Courses: high-quality, noncredit online courses free with your library card. New sessions of six-week courses start monthly. Enroll at www.rowanpubliclibrary.org and click Online Tools, or call 704-216-8243.

Mind aerobics art class — 2-4 p.m., Mondays and Fridays, taught by artist Robert Toth: introduction to drawing, pastel, sculpture. $10/two-hour session. Rufty Holmes Senior Center, call 704-279-9301.

Create a painting in just one class — 6- p.m. Saturdays: Children and adult classes taught by 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, 704-232-2427 • Adult beginner tap • Combination classes for all ages • Gymnastics/acro for all ages • Spotlight Dance Company, 129 W. Corriher Ave., 704-637-3875.

 

Speakers & forums

Margaret Maron at Pfeiffer’s annual spring luncheon —  11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 14: Discussing  her latest book “Designated Daughters,” Misenheimer campus, Stokes Student Center, 48380 U.S. Hwy 52N. Reservations and tickets $30 for non-members at 704-463-3035 or email advance@pfeiffer.edu by April 7.

 ‘Women are Empowered’ — 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16: Discussion and panel sponsored by Town of East Spencer, 105 S. Long St., 704- 636-7111.

Center for the Environment at Catawba College presents — Free,  open to the public.  Registration is required.

— Dr. Francis Koster on Communities Breathe Easier: Air Quality Success Stories. Tuesday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. Register at www.centerfortheenvironment.org.

— Dr. Kim Lyerly, M.D., on Clean Air Policy and Your Health. Tuesday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. Register at www.centerfortheenvironment.org.

— Heather White, Executive Director of Environmental Working Group on Igniting Change for Real Food, Healthy People, and a Vibrant Environment. Tuesday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. More information to come.

 

Singles

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.

 

Home & Garden

‘Growing a Healthy Garden’ — Noon, Wednesday, April 22: Speaker Darrell Blackwelder Free, bring covered dish open to the public, must sign up. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.

Kneeling Gardeners annual plant sale — 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday, May 2: Trinity United Methodist Church, 416 East First St., (across From A.L. Brown High School), Kannapolis.

 

Auditions

Lee Street theatre’s 7th annual 10-Minute New Play Festival “Yard Sale”— 7-10 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, April 7-8.  Visit www.leestreet.org/auditions/ for more information and for a complete list of available roles. No preparation necessary — the auditions will consist of cold readings.

Auditions for St. Thomas Players’ ‘A Doll’s House’ — 7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, April 27-28 at the Center for Faith & the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St. Performance dates June 18-20 and 25-28 at 7:30 p.m. By Henrik Ibsen. Visit www.leestreet.org/auditions/

 

Film

Special showing of ‘The Forgiven’  —  7 p.m. Thursday, April 16: Gem Theatre, Kannapolis, theforgivenmovie.com

RiverRun International Film Festival — Coming to Winston-Salem April 16-26: 165 films, including 74 features and 91 shorts. Tickets and info at www.riverrunfilm.com/donate or 336-721-1945.

Lee Street theatre to screen ‘Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine’ — 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23: By filmmaker Michele Josue on the 1998 murder of Matt Shepherd. Sponsored by Robert and Tara Van Geons who knew Matthew during his time at Catawba College. Tickets $5 + tax at www.leestreet.org/tickets

Inaugural Longleaf Film Festival premiere — 10 a.m.-7 p.m Saturday, May 2: Winning entries in romance, drama, comedy, documentaries. Awards presentation at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Held at N.C. Museum of History is located at 5 E. Edenton St., downtown Raleigh Details at LongleafFilmFestival.com or www.ncmuseumofhistory.org

 

Art 

Robert F. Phifer Art Collection — Robert F. Phifer Art Collection, on loan from NC Museum of Art. Exhibition includes 19th and early 20th century paintings last on public display in 1973. Collection resides at Concord Museum, 65 Union St. South. http://historiccabarrus.com/

Center for Faith and the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St. — 20 Years Of CFA: The Retrospective Exhibit. Parking and entrance behind Haven Lutheran Church. www.faithart.org or 704-647-0999.

The Framing Gallery, 320 N Main St. across from Koko Java — Artist of the month: Ingrid Erickson’s intricate cut-paper of nature and birds. The Framing Gallery. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Tuesday and Saturday, 704-633-1246.

Fine Frame Gallery, 105 S. Main St. — • New paintings by Phyllis Steimel, Winter paintings by Mark Brincefield and Clyde • Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 704-647-0340, www.fineframegallery.com

The Green Goat Gallery, 516 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — Fun and functional artwork by local and NC artists. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Thursday-Saturday evening, 6-8 p.m. 704-431-4527. See events and artist’s work at www.greengoatgallery.com

Pottery 101, 101 S. Main St. — ‘Assemblage’ on display through April 17: works by Michael Hamlin, Allison McGowan, Jennifer Mecca, Ron Philbeck, Amy Sanders, Julie Wiggins. Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 704-209-1632, www.pottery-101.com

Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409-413 N. Lee St. — An Exhibition of Art by Kenneth Koskela including watercolors, oils and etching. April 2–25. Opening reception Friday, April 10, 6-8 p.m. Thursday- Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Historic Salisbury’s Rail Walk Arts District. 704-431-8964, www.railwalkgallery.com

Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. — • In/Equity confronts human rights issues • Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., 704-636-1882, www.waterworks.org

Mooresville Arts, 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville — 60th anniversary events and opportunities. 704-663-6661, www.magart.org

The Galleries, in the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse at 65 Union St. S., Concord  — “Semantics,” an exhibition featuring words, phrases, symbols, language and literature in conjunction with artworks of various media. Through May 16.  The Galleries will be closed April 3-11. Activities, including the “I Spy” artwork scavenger hunt and “Art Boxes” craft projects, help children engage with the art. 704-920-2787 or www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org

The Guild Gallery, 11 Union St., lower level, Concord — A new exhibit of local artists in oil, w/c, acrylic, multimedia paintings, plus photography, through April 30. 3D art is shown at the Guild Gallery and Gift shop on the lower level. Free, open to the public. 704-795-1901 or www.cabarrusartguild.org

Iredell Museum, 134 Court St., Statesville — “A Continuation of Time and Place” exhibition by Don Moore of Salisbury, through April 3. Theme centers on early 20th century European history with museum artifacts paired with images in the paintings. 704-873-4734, www.iredellmuseums.org

Full Circle Arts — Spring exhibition” Art About Women,” honoring women and illustrating women’s issues. Through April 18. 42-B Third Street NW, Hickory, 828-322-7545, info@fullcirclearts.org

Hart Witzen Gallery, 136 E. 36th St. Charlotte — Free and open to the public. 136 E. 36th St., Charlotte, www.hartwitzengallery.com, Facebook

Potters Of The Piedmont Pottery Festival — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 11: 50+ regional potters. Leonard Recreation Center, 6324 Ballinger Road, Greensboro. Free, open to the public. www.pottersofthepiedmont.com
or www.facebook.com/PottersOfThePiedmont

 

Trips 

YMCA sponsored trips — • 3:30 p.m. July 14: “Annie,” Belk Theater, 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

Community Travelers trip — Seven days, six nights at Martha’s Vineyard with the Community Travelers. June 14-20. Contact Alfreda Brenda Cowan for details 704-633-9073.

Trip to Ohio’s Amish Country — June 2-5: Warther Museum, Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center, Lehman’s famous general store, Troyer Candle Shop, Hershberger’s Bakery, Guggesberg’s cheese factory, Walnut Creek country store and a play. RSVP to Davie County Senior Services, 336-753-6230.

 

Call for vendors

4th annual Earth Day Jam — April 17-19: Music and arts festival benefitting LandTrust for Central North Carolina. Environmental education organizations, projects providing opportunities in sustainable farming, local food, conscious environmental choices, alternative energy and energy conservation, protection of resources, and natural healing. See www.earthdayjamnc.com/

Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival — Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, April 25: Belly dancers, poets, painters, pottery makers, arts, crafts, jugglers, clowns and other forms of arts and culture. Family friendly and free. New for 2015: expanded kids area, more arts vendors, more food vendors. Also May 30 • June 27 • Sept. 26 • Oct. 24

19th Annual Lexington Multicultural Festival — Saturday, May 2: One-day event celebrates diverse cultures with foods, exhibits, demonstrations, live entertainment at Finch Park. Contact City of Lexington’s Recreation Department 336-248-3960 or www.LexingtonNC.gov

Gold Hill Merchants’ Association annual Gold Rush Days — Saturday, May 9: Artists, crafters, service and food vendors welcome to the village for this family-oriented event that will also include live music and gold panning. Vendor application at www.goldhillnc.com and send questions to goldhillmerchants association@gmail.com

American Children’s Home 17th annual Show-Off Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show —Saturday, May 16: $20 entry fee, free to spectators, vendor fee $40. 3844 NC Hwy 8 S., Lexington. Info at 336-357-7126 or cburris@ach-nc.org

JCPrice American Legion 2015 Memorial Week Celebration — Applications accepted for May 27-June 7 celebration. Contact Abe Daniels at 704-754-5412 or 704-640-1893. All vendors must apply to health department for permit 30 days prior to first day of event.

RockyFest in Alexander County — Saturday, May 9: Vendor applications being accepted for the third annual RockyFest being held at Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area, Taylorsville. Visit www.RockyFacePark.com/RockyFest or call Park Ranger Alisha Stamey at 828-632-1093.

Downtown Hickory’s 30th annual Oktoberfest — Oct. 9-11: Three-day outdoor festival with live entertainment, beer gardens, amusement rides, carnival games, juried arts and crafts show, food and commercial vendors. Registration deadline Aug. 1. Visit www.hickoryoktoberfest.com

 

Call for performers

Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival — Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, April 25: Belly dancers, poets, painters, pottery makers, arts, crafts, jugglers, clowns and other forms of arts and culture. Family friendly and free. New for 2015: expanded kids area, more arts vendors, more food vendors.

Lexington’s 19th Annual Multicultural Festival — Saturday, May 2, at Finch Park. One-day event celebrates diverse cultures with foods, exhibits, demonstrations, live entertainment. Contact City of Lexington’s Recreation Department 336-248-3960 or www.LexingtonNC.gov

Registration for Henderson guitar competition — Apply April 1 through May 1 for 21st annual Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition.Winner receives handmade Henderson guitar. The family-friendly festival is June 20 at Grayson Highlands State Park in Mouth of Wilson, Va. Application and details at www.waynehenderson.org

Downtown Hickory’s 30th annual Oktoberfest — Oct. 9-11: Three-day outdoor festival with live entertainment, beer gardens, amusement rides, carnival games, juried arts and crafts show, food and commercial vendors. Deadline Aug. 1. Visit www.hickoryoktoberfest.com

Gold Hill Bluegrass jam — Bluegrass jam for acoustic musicians. E.H. Montgomery General Store, Gold Hill. 7-9 p.m. Fridays. 704-267-9439. www.themontgomerystore.com

Blumenthal Performing Arts open mic nights — Free event openo performers, selected by lottery. E-mail openmic@ncbpac.org

 

Call for artists

Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival —  Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, April 25: Belly dancers, poets, painters, pottery makers, arts, crafts, jugglers, clowns and other forms of arts and culture. Family friendly and free. New for 2015: expanded kids area, more arts vendors, more food vendors. Also May 30 • June 27 • Sept. 26 • Oct. 24

RockyFest in Alexander County —Saturday, May 9: Vendor applications being accepted for the third annual RockyFest being held at Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area, Taylorsville. Visit www.RockyFacePark.com/RockyFest or call Park Ranger Alisha Stamey at 828-632-1093.

Downtown Hickory Art Crawl — Sept. 17: Juried show with artists. For application contact Barbara at blsinclair1@bellsouth.net or Connie at info@downtownhickory.com or call 828-322-1121. Deadlines April 1 and Aug. 1.

Downtown Hickory’s 30th annual Oktoberfest — Oct. 9-11: Three-day outdoor festival with live entertainment, beer gardens, amusement rides, carnival games, juried arts and crafts show, food and commercial vendors. Deadline Aug. 1. Visit www.hickoryoktoberfest.com

 

Call for volunteers 

Earth Day on the Greenway Exploratory — 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, April 22: Interactive environmental education stations along the Greenway to teach the importance of nature. To volunteer to help call: 704-216-2708 or visit www.salisburync.gov/Play

14th Annual Walk to End Lupus Now: Charlotte — Saturday, May 16 at Central Piedmont Community College Belk Plaza, 425 N. Kings Drive. Site set-up, registration, parking, kids area, first aid, support and gear vehicles, food and beverage, finish line cheerleaders, breakdown. Volunteers will be given a T-shirt and meal. Sign up at www.lupusnc.org, email info@lupusnc.org or call 877-849-8271, ext. 4.

Help feed the horses — At the Horse Protection Society, 2135 Miller Road, China Grove, www.horseprotection.org

 

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