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Roundabout: What’s Happening April 23-29

Theater 

Opening Night for PPT’s Award Winning Comedy ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’  —  Tonight at 7:30 p.m. Adults $15, seniors/students $12. Meet the cast at a complimentary reception immediately following opening performance.  Value night Wednesday, April 29.  All tickets only $10.  7:30 p.m. April  23-25, 29-30 and May 1-2; matinee April 26 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets at 704-633-5471 or PiedmontPlayers.com. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. www.PiedmontPlayers.com

‘Cinderella: Pretty is as Pretty does,’ An Audience Participation Play — May 2 and 9  at 1 p.m. and  4 p.m.:  Audience participation play for ages 3–12 and for children of all ages. Presented by Activate Community Through Theatre. Free pre-show activities start thirty minutes before each show. Community School of Davidson ArtSpace, 404 Armour St., Davidson.  $10 adults, $8 children/seniors. Info/tickets at   www.activatecommunity throughtheatre.com or 704-707-6757.

Old Courthouse Theater presents ‘Red, White and Tuna’ — Performances: May 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 at 8 p.m.
May 10, 17, 24 at 2:30 p.m. – Sunday matinee. 49 Spring St. NW, 704-788-2405, www.oldcourt housetheatre.org

Twin City Stage presents ‘Anne of Green Gables’ — May 1-3: Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem. Tickets $12 at www.twincitystage.org

 

Music & more 

Remembrance and Celebration — The concert will be Friday, May 1, at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Downtown Salisbury. Admission is free . The Concert Choir is being joined by the Choral Society to bring you a concert celebrating the human spirit. In remembrance of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, we will perform The Holocaust Cantata. The text of the Cantata is from poetry and writings left by the Polish prisoners in the concentration camps. The writings have been translated and set to music. This cantata is both very beautiful and moving. Selected writings of Thomas Jefferson have also been set to music, as well as other pieces speaking to freedom.

St. John’s Men’s Chorus 20th annual spring concert — 4 p.m. Sunday, May 3: A Jubilant Song! Sanctuary, St. John’s Lutheran Church 200 W. Innes St., Downtown Salisbury. Offering will support Community Care Clinic. 704-636-3431, www.stjohns-salisbury.org

Kannapolis annual Summer Entertainment Series starts in May — See complete schedule at www.kannapolisnc.gov

Union Street live season in Concord — 6-9 p.m. third Thursday of each month May-August in Historic Downtown Concord • May 21: The Tams • June 18: Too Much Sylvia • July 16: Ken Knox & Company • Aug. 20: Jim Quick & Coastline. www.concorddowntown.com

Local Bluegrass bands on last Fridays — 7 p.m. April 24: “Pickin’ for the Master” begins with Connor Lambert and the BlueGrass Church Band from Troutman, concludes with acoustic jam session, open to all. Concessions available. Trading Ford Baptist Church, 3600 Long Ferry Road, 704-633-5986, www.tradingford.net

Questioning, Answers, & Understanding: 5 Mixed Media Works & Musical Responses Composed for the Piano & Violin — 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 11: Interactive experience of the collaboration between Steven Jordan, Brent Lawrence at  Center for Faith & the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St. (parking & entrance behind Haven Lutheran Church). Presentation followed by Artist’s Talk and Q&A. Free admission, reception to follow. www.faithart.org or call 704-647-0999.

Reynolds Auditorium — May 30: 8-Track Saturday Night with Ray Goodman & Brown, The Delfonics with William Hart, Blue Magic. Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne Road, Winston Salem. Tickets at reynoldsautidorium.com

Rascal Flatts Riot Tour With Scotty McCreery and Raelynn — July 25: PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte. LiveNation.com OR 800-745-3000.

Harrah’s Cherokee — • 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

The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center — 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. Complete listings at 704-372-1000 or www.blumenthalarts.org •  The Screwtape Letters: April 26 • An Evening with The Doobie Brothers: May 5 • Pippin: May 19-24 • Open Mic Night: May 22 • Dr. John & The Nite Trippers: May 26 • Jay Leno: May 28

 

History 

Historic Latta Plantation Artisan Day — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 25: See 18th and 19th century artistry skills and interact 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 • coming up • World War Two Reenactment: May 3-4 • Discover Latta Home School Day: May 6 • Buffalo Soldiers Event: May 30 • Civil War Reenactment: June 6-7 • $8 Adults, $7 seniors/students, children 5 and under free. 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704-875-2312, www.lattaplantation.org

Historic Gold Hill 2015 Events 840 St. Stephen’s Church Road, Gold Hill • May 9: Gold Rush Days, sponsored by Gold Hill Merchants’ Association. Visit www.goldhillnc.com

Rowan History Club — 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 12: “Carolina Backcountry Revolution.” Free; light refreshments. Rowan Museum Messinger Room, 202 N. Main St., (rear entrance, use elevator) 704-633-5946, www.rowanmuseum.org

 

Comedy

CHARLOTTE SQUAWKS 11 — June 5-28: “The 11th Glower.” It’s Saturday Night Live meets Broadway meets the Queen City. Tickets start at $24.50 at www.blumenthalarts.org or thttps://tix.carolinatix.org/

 

This & That 

Salisbury Ghost Walk — 8 p.m. Each Friday and Saturday in April: walk covers six block area down town. Ttales of shadow ghosts, apparitions, orbs; in the 1800s Salisbury earned the reputation as the “wettest and wickedest” town in the state. Bring camera, smart phone, a flashlight.  $5 students,  $10 adults, 5 and under free.Info at salisburyghostwalk.org, email reservations to boo@salisburyghostwalk.com or call John at 704- 798-3102.

THD family events — • Cornhole tournament, noon-4 p.m. April 25: $5 pre-register by April 19 or $8 after. Prizes for first, second, third place. Live music by Skyfold and also Deejay Fast Freddie. Ice cream, hot dogs, brew. Ride simulator • Demo day, noon-2 p.m. May 2: Radio remote with 99.7 The Fox, free refreshments. Rules apply. Tilley Harley-Davidson, 653 Bendix Drive.

‘My Time to Shine’ Talent Showcase — 6:-8 p.m. Saturday, April 25: At Livingstone College Auditorium, 701 W. Monroe St. Tickets $10. Info at 704-278-3314, tickets at www.dottieshome.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.

Second Time Around Band dance at J.F. Hurley Family YMCA — 7-10 p.m., Saturday, May 2: Bring a snack to share. $7 per person, non-members welcome J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.

Horizons Unlimited events are free May 9 — Saturday, May 9: Nature Trail rededication,  educational planetarium show,  laser show: Laser Retro. Ecological activities at the Tom E. Smith Nature Exploratorium. Free • 5 p.m.: Planetarium show,” $2 • 6:30 p.m.: Planetarium laser show: $2 • 1636 Parkview Circle. Park and enter at the rear from Lilly Ave. www.rss.k12.nc.us/horizons-unlimited-margaret-c-woodson-planetarium

First Friday Downtown — May 1: The ‘Come Tickle Our Ivories’ Project by the Salisbury Symphony will host its grand unveiling on Friday, May 1 from 5 – 9 p.m. in collaboration with Downtown Salisbury’s First Friday event series. Details at 704-637-7814 or email at mollie@vistisalisburync.com.

28th Thomasville Memorial Day parade and ceremonies —May 25: Grand Marshal North Carolina Lt. Governor Dan Forest. Pre-Memorial day event 6:30 p.m. Sunday May 24: concert featuring the Ladies for Liberty, a 1940s singing troupe Held at T. Austin Finch Auditorium. Info Joe Leonard, 336-239-2964.

Blood Drive at J.F. Hurley Family YMCA — 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. May 26: Walk-ins welcome. Details at 704-636-0111 for information or appointment. 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd.

Free health events open to the public at the Y — • Noon Wednesday, May 27: Travis the Massage Therapist; covered dish  • Open to the public, free, must sign up at 704-636-0111. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd.

Saving Grace Therapeutic Programs hosting NC Equine Expo — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 30-31: Clinicians, demonstrations, lectures, vendors centered around horses and pets. At Chandelle Farms, 565 Trexler Loop. $10 for one day, $15 for both days. Children 5-12 are $5 for one day, $8 for both days. Children 4 and under are free.  Tickets at www.savinggracefarm.com and click the Expo link or call 704-638-2339.

Concord Library events — • Minecraft April 27 at @ 5 p.m., for experienced players of all ages • Awesome Pageturners! for ages 8-10 on April 28 at 4:30 p.m. • Program on Wild Edibles April 28 at 6 p.m. Free, open to the public • BeTWEEN the Lines for ages 10-12  on April 30 at 4:30 p.m.  •  704-920-2058, 27 Union St. North, Concord, www.cabarruscounty. us/library or Facebook

 

Fundraisers 

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

Epilepsy Foundation of NC — • Spring Stroll for Epilepsy, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25: Irwin Belk Track UNC-C, $10 for walkers. Stroll to support epilepsy programs • Chili Cook-Off at Piedmont Farmers Market, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 2: Free except for tasting. Sandy Ridge Road off I-40 at Colfax. Small cost for tasting chili • Info 1-800-451-0694.

Do it yourself pet wash service benefits Shelter Guardians Inc.  — 7 a.m.- 3 p.m. every  Saturday in May: Uptown Dogs and Cats will donate 50% of do-it-yourself pet wash service sales. All DIY must be started by 2 p.m. 2125 Statesville Blvd.,  704 636 7260.

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

The Jerrod Sanders/Neal Wilkinson Concert — 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2: to benefit South Rowan High Alumni Scholarship Fund. Sanctuary of First Baptist Church, N. Fulton St.  No admission, donations will be taken.  704-857-5762 or  musicpat68@aol.com or www.SouthRowanAlumni.com

Major fundraiser for the purchase of summer hay for the horses — 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 2 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, May 3: Biennial ‘Tack and Treasure Sale’ for the Horse Protection Society of NC, at 2135 Miller Road, China Grove: www.horseprotection.org or email hps@horseprotection.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.

St. John’s Men’s Chorus 20th annual spring concert — 4 p.m. Sunday, May 3: A Jubilant Song! Sanctuary, St. John’s Lutheran Church 200 W. Innes St., Downtown Salisbury. Offering will support Community Care Clinic. 704-636-3431, www.stjohns-salisbury.org

5th annual golf tournament to benefit Rowan Helping Ministries — 8 a.m. Saturday, May 16: Corbin Hills Golf Course. In memory of Ted Luther. For info, to sign up or to sponsor call Paul Rogers 704-213-1986 or Wayne Kluttz 704-682-2910.

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

Piedmont Players Theatre’s ‘Night on the Stage Fundraiser’ — May 29-30: Starring Broadway’s Katie Rose Clarke. Very limited seating for this exclusive event. Call 704-633-5471. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. PiedmontPlayers.com

Salisbury Symphony Guild golf tournament — Saturday, June 13: Corbin Hills Golf Club. Proceeds benefit the Symphony’s educational programs. Participants and sponsors welcome. Call Lyndia Heward  704-762-9820 or Faye Cline 704-637-1034.

 

Wine & beer tastings 

Tonight at Salisbury Wine Shop — 7:30 p.m. Thursday: DuClaw Brewing Beer Tasting; beer from the latest brewery to enter the Salisbury market including a chocolate peanut butter porter called Sweet Baby Jesus.  $5/person • 5:30-7:30 p.m.Friday: French wine tasting with Mike Flock, Ararat Imports.  $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. Also juices, non-alcohol ciders, food products, gift items. 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

‘Cotton Eyed Joe’s’ inside The Hot Rod Barn, 807 Yost Road — Gates open 6:30 p.m. Saturdays, music 7-9 p.m. Bluegrass, gospel,country music jam. Seniors welcome, no alcohol, no bad language, smoke free. Just off WebbRoad.704 -239-6952.

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. — 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 p.m.: 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: Firm Foundation plus The Hess Family Band. 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 p.m. April 23 and 25: Danny Franklin,  also April 28 • 7 p.m. Friday Artist Showcase (open mic) hosted by Mo Brines • 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. 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 •  7-10 p.m. Fridays: Java Jam open mic night, hosted by Blazin’ Blues Bob, free. Sign up 6-7 p.m. • Find Mean Mug on Facebook

Nashville Nights, 125-127 E. Innes St. — • 9:30 p.m. Saturday: Wayward Reason, $5 cover • Thursdays karaoke • Fridays live deejay • 704-762-9990, www.nashvillenightsnc.com

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. —Tonight 7:30-11 p.m.: Catawba college Concert series every Thursday with student bands • Friday: Nathan Kalish and The Last Callers • Saturday: The Mt. Woodland 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

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.

13th Hickory Hops beer festival — 1-7 p.m. Saturday, April 25: Olde Hickory Station, 232 Government Ave. SW., Downtown Hickory. Live music by the Baby Black Orchestra, rain or shine. Come celebrate North Carolina’s craft beer industry. Tickets $30 at www.hickoryhops.com or $40 at the gate. For age 21 +.

Daniel Boone Family Festival — 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2: A celebration of Daniel and Rebecca’s wedding here in Davie County. Crafts, reenactors, historical tours, kids area, food, entertainment. In downtown Mocksville. Entertainment at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Stage. Event is free. www.danielboonefamilyfestival.com or 336-909-2263.

Gold Hill Gold Rush Days  — 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 9: Step back in time and join the folks in the Historic Village of Gold Hill for Gold Rush Days.  Local artists and craft persons will be displaying and selling their work throughout the village.   In addition to visiting the village shops and bakery, there will be gold panning, live bluegrass music, and food to enjoy throughout the day.   The village is located at 840 St. Stephen’s Church Road, Gold Hill, North Carolina, 28071. Our flyer for the event at www.goldhillnc.com. goldhillmerchants association@gmail.com. Artists and craft persons interested in being vendors may download the vendor application at www.goldhillnc.com. or visit village shops for a copy.   Gold Rush Days is sponsored by the Gold Hill Merchants’ Association.

BrickMagic LEGO Festival — May 9-10: Ticketed event at Embassy Suites Charlotte/Concord with cool car building contest, free build room (filled with loose LEGO bricks), theatre that shows non-stop animated LEGO films all weekend. A percentage of ticket sales and proceeds from benefit auction go to the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation. See www.brickmagic.org

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

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

Juneteenth 20th anniversary celebration — 10a.m.-8 p.m June 13:  Family fun-filled day with food and merchandise vendors, games. live entertainment. Held at Kelsey Park, 1920 Old Wilkesboro Road. Free admission.J

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

Smart Pedaling at RPL — 5:45-7 p.m. Monday, April 27:  Learn bicycle types, basic fitting, rules of the road, quick maintenance, bike-friendly trails, road routes, more. Led by David Freeze and Skinny Wheels bike shop. South Rowan Regional Library in China Grove. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No charge to participate but registration is required at www.rowanpubliclibrary.org or call 704-216-7841.

PPT’s  youth musical audition workshop for ‘Disney’s Tarzan’ — 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 9: Focuses on preparing students to audition, specifically geared toward PPT’s upcoming production.  Instructor Gwen Matthews. For elementary-high school,  $40, only 25 spots available.  704-633-5471 to sign up. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St.

Card making at the Y — • 1-3 p.m., May 4 • 6-8 p.m. May 7 • Make six cards. Non-member $15, member $12, J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.

Free two-day worship arts conference — Friday-Saturday, April 24-25: For worship leaders, musicians, pastors, youth, volunteers. Catawba College Worship Arts’  conference is at Life Church, 710 Jake Alexander Blvd. W. Register at www.catawba.edu/worshipcon

Free workshops at Green Goat Gallery — 516 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer, 704-431-4527 or greengoatgallery@yahoo.com or greengoatgallery.com

• Bugs, Bees & Butterflies, Tuesday, April 28, 6-7 p.m. Learn how to install a pollinator garden and go home with plants to get you started.  On hand: president of Rowan County Beekeepers Association.

• Urban Beekeeping, Tuesday, May 12, 6-7:30 p.m. Learn the difference between honey, carpenter and less beneficial bees; learn how to start your own backyard beekeeping project.

Evening guitar class now at Rufty-Holmes — Begins 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5: Beginners class • Also available, three day-time classes: ABC (Absolute Beginners Class), beginners class, intermediate class,   beginning Monday, May 4. Cost is $35 plus $10 workbook/materials fee. Sign up by calling Rufty Holmes Senior Center at 704-216-7714. Class info: Bob, 704-640-0279

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. May 23, July 25, Oct. 24: Instructor Steve Martin. River Pines Pottery, St. Stephens Church Road, Gold Hill. $50. 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 basic computer lessons —  Available 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday: How to use a computer or laptop (no email or facebook). See Robert Knox at 512 Klumac Road, Suite 8. Call 704-870-8862 for appointment or walk in. So everyone can learn to use a computer.

Wine Down and Create — 6-8 p.m. first Mondays.Next class May 4: Patt Legg will lead the painting of May 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.com and find us on Facebook. Class size is limited. Sign up early.

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 Patt Legg — Tuesdays 12:30-3 p.m.: 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: For children and adults, taught by certified art instructor. 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

Project Cover hosts third in the series of ‘Conversations from the Porch’ — 6-8 p.m. Tuesday April 28:  Community and Community Organizations and the resources that are available through them. Confirmed panelists Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, Community Care Clinic of Rowan, Rowan Concerned Citizens, Habitat for Humanity- Rowan County. Forum 3 will be held at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 200 West Innes St. Light refreshments will be served. Call 704-782-0072-weekdays deelady01@gmail.com

Jim Armstrong theorizes on the Lost Colony — 6 p.m. Thursday, April 30: Jim Armstrong, researcher and expert on North Carolina’s longest unsolved mystery, presents “The Lost Colony Discovered” at Rowan Public Library, 201 W. Fisher St. Presented by the Friends of Rowan Public Library. www.rowanpubliclibrary.org or cal 704-216-8240.

Thursday, April 30: Strategies for Successful Aging — 6:30 – 8:00 PM, Gateway Bldg., 204 E. Innes St. Panel presentation on financial planning, downsizing and relocation, home care services, selecting a retirement facility. Light refreshments; door prizes. No charge. RSVP by 2 p.m. April 30 at 704-267-5131.

 

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

Master Gardener plant sale — 8:30 a.m.-noon, May 2: 2727 Old Concord Road. Flowers, shrubs, perennials, vines, ground covers, more. Master Gardeners on hand to help. Plant Swap at 10 a.m., bring three plants, no more than two of the same and swap for someone else’s plants. Garden item-related silent auction, proceeds to  benefit Rowan County Extension Horticulture Program. 704-279-8542.

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

PPT’s Tony winning musical ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ — May 11-12 at 7 p.m. on the  third floor of  Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main Street. 704-633-5471.   www.PiedmontPlayers.com

PPT’s youth musical ‘Disney’s Tarzan’ — May 18-19 at 4 and 5 p.m.  Only 25 spots per time slot.  Auditions by appointment only at 704-633-5471 to sign up. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St., www.PiedmontPlayers.com

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/ Performance

Uwharrie Players host free audition workshop — 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 25: Fun, informative workshop designed to alleviate fear and anxiety of auditioning. McCain Clubhouse, 594 E, Main St., Albemarle. Register at www.uwharrieplayers.org or 704-983-1030.

 

Film

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, 5 E. Edenton St., downtown Raleigh Details at LongleafFilmFestival.com or www.ncmuseumofhistory.org

Movie Discussion Group at Concord Library — 2 p.m. May 9: The Concord Friends of the Library presents a free movie screening followed by a moderator-led discussion. The film is a 1960 Walt Disney live-action classic about a shipwrecked family, rated G, runs for 2 hours  6 minutes. Concord Library Auditorium, 27 Union St. S., 704-920-2054.

 

Art 

RCCC’s annual ‘LitFest’ — 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, April 27-Tuesday, April 28: Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s annual event on North Campus to  showcase student and faculty writing, artwork, and music.

Cabarrus Arts Guild  annual judged Spring show of 2D and 3D art — Reception 2 p.m. May 3; on display until July 10. 11 Union St. (lower level), Concord • CAG sponsoring new exhibit of A. L. Brown high school art at the same time, through the end of June.

Robert F. Phifer Art Collection — On loan from NC Museum of Art. Exhibition includes 19th and early 20th century paintings, July 14t. 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 — ngrid Erickson’s intricate cut-paper of nature and birds. 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. 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

Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409-413 N. Lee St. — Last weekend for exhibition of Art by Kenneth Koskela including watercolors, oils and etching. Through April 25. 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

The Galleries, 65 Union St. S., Concord — “Semantics” through  May 16. www.cabarrusartguild.org

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

 

Trips 

YMCA sponsored trips — • Mt. Airy, May 6: Visit two museums, see sights, shop. Leave 8:30 a.m. $23, lunch on your own •  Old Salem, September. Call for information • Chimney Rock/Lake Lure, October. Call for information for this trip • Christmas at Biltmore, December. Call for information • Broadway musical at Belk Theater, ‘Motown the Musical,’ Sept. 1, orchestra seating, limited space on  bus. $25 holds  seat • ‘Beauty and the Beast,’  Oct. 4, orchestra seating, limited space on the bus, $25 holds seat • 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

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

5th annual golf tournament to benefit Rowan Helping Ministries — 8 a.m. Saturday, May 16:  Corbin Hills Golf Course. In memory of Ted Luther. Companies/business may contribute goodies for giveaway bag. Call Paul Rogers 704-213-1986 or Wayne Kluttz 704-682-2910.

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.

Saving Grace hosting NC Equine Expo — May 30-31: At Chandelle Farms, Clinicians, demonstrations, lectures, vendors all centered around horses and pets. Vendors accepted until May 10. Sponsorships available as well. www.savinggracefarm.com or 704-638-2339 or email janna@saving gracefarm.com

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

Juneteenth 20th anniversary celebration applications — June 13 at  Kelsey Park, 1920 Old Wilkesboro Road. Food and merchandise vendors. Food vendors must have permit 15 day prior to event. Contact April Lee 704-433-8521, Johnny Moser 704-232-8291, Stanley McMullen 704-202-4686, Lisa Henderson-Braswell 425-210-5454, Jill Burch 704-267-2567, Patricia Blackmon 704-433-4639, Cheryle Moser 704-267-4295, Ebony Hooker 980-234-3031, Robert Jordan Jr. 336-971-4097, Robert Ware 704-658-2815.

4th annual Chickweed — July 18: Vendor applications accepted for 4th annual Celebrating Indestructible Women evening street festival with all-women artists and performers raising funds,awareness for Rowan Family Crisis Council battered women’s shelter. 405 N. Lee St. Artists, crafters, service, food vendors welcome. email wjbeeker@gmail.com

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. Register by Aug. 1 at www.hickoryoktoberfest.com

 

Call for writers

RPL’s annual Poetry SLAM — 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28: for middle and high school teens in celebration of National Poetry Month. Cash prizes. Stanback Auditorium at Rowan Public Library, 201 W. Fisher St. www.rowanpubliclibrary.org

 

Call for performers 

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

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

Juneteenth 20th anniversary celebration — June 13 at  Kelsey Park, 1920 Old Wilkesboro Road • For morning program: Apollo Kids, Apollo Teens, Apollo Adults; prize for each category winner • Gospel Program: soloist, gospel groups, choir, praise dancers • No charge for talent applications • Contact April Lee 704-433-8521, Johnny Moser 704-232-8291, Stanley McMullen 704-202-4686, Lisa Henderson-Braswell 425-210-5454, Jill Burch 704-267-2567, Patricia Blackmon 704-433-4639, Cheryle Moser 704-267-4295, Ebony Hooker 980-234-3031, Robert Jordan Jr. 336-971-4097, Robert Ware 704-658-2815.

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 open to performers, selected by lottery. E-mail openmic@ncbpac.org

 

Call for artists

Concord Arts Festival Funky Spring Display — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 2: Spring into Arts Festival hosting ‘spring’ display; create a unique sculpture or functional item using metal springs to be put on fun display at the Spring into Arts Festival. Questions? contact diane@concorddowntown.com or kristin@concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208.

RockyFest in Alexander County — See Call for Vendors. 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 828-632-1093.

Downtown Salisbury’s First Friday Gallery Gallop —  5-9 p.m. June 5:  Participating artists assigned a sidewalk or closed street location to display, no vendor fee required. Contact promotions director at mollie@visitsalisburync.com or 704-637-7814 weekdays. Deadline May 25.

Call for artists and patrons of the arts — NC Open Plein Air Paint Out August 14-15, come paint the Piedmont with professional and student landscape artists. Watch plein air artists at work on beautiful, historic sites. Enjoy the culminating exhibit/reception/sale at the F&M’s Trolley Barn in Salisbury on Aug. 15, 7 -9 p.m. Find lots of information at www.pleinaircarolina.com. Register for paint out at www.waterworks.org and scroll to NC Open Plein Air. $1000 First Place, $500 Second Place,  250 Third Place. Honorable mentions.

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. Deadline Aug. 1.

Downtown Hickory’s 30th annual Oktoberfest — Oct. 9-11: See call for Vendors. 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 

Downtown Salisbury Inc. — Volunteers for upcoming festivals and events including July 18, Aug. 8, Aug. 29, Sept. 4, Oct. 3, and Dec. 12. Receive recognition at annual awards ceremony and possible T-shirt. Contact Mollie Ruf at mollie@visitsalisburync.com or 704-637-7814.

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 get 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 or email hps@horseprotection.org

MLK Jr. celebration weekend — Human Relations Council needs volunteers to help plan MLK Jr. holiday parade and breakfast programs. A community event with input needed from community representatives. Find meeting dates at www.facebook.com/SRHumanRelationsCouncil.  Additional information, visit www.humanrelationscouncil.org or email humanresources@salisburync.gov.

 

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