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Arts & Entertainment news Sept. 3-9

Brown Bag Lunch Jam

WHAT: Brown Bag Lunch Jam

WHEN: Noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays in September

WHERE: Eastern Gateway Park, corner of East Innes and Depot streets

HOW MUCH: No charge

Grab a friend, grab a blanket and grab a spot at Brown Bag Lunch Jam. For consecutive Wednesdays in September (Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30), a free outdoor concert series will be taking place in Downtown Salisbury. These concerts are a great place for the community to socialize and enjoy the lunch hour during those fantastic Salisbury Fall days. For more information, email vkoon@salisburync.gov or visit www.downtownsalisburync.com/

Moondance in Mooresville 

MOORESVILLE — Moondance Orchestra will be performing Friday, Sept. 4, for the Music On Main Concert Series In Mooresville. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn adjacent to Mooresville Town Hall, 413 N. Main St. It is free and open to the public. For more information seewww.mooresville-nc.gov/ or www.moondanceorchestra.net


LSt’s ‘Calendar Girls’ news

Tickets now on sale: Tickets are now available for ‘Calendar Girls’ at www.leestreet.org/tickets/ Show dates are Sept. 17-19 and 24-26.

Volunteers needed: LSt is looking for volunteers for ‘Calendar Girls.’ A new volunteer guideline program is being implemented this year, so everyone must attend the training seminars on either Sept. 3 or 12. For more information and to sign up, email Emily Olszewski at volunteer@leestreet.org

Work call for ‘Calendar Girls’: Saturday, Sept. 5 is work call for “Calendar Girls,” including assembling the risers, building the set and painting. The work call is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a lunch break from noon to 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided. With questions or to RSVP, email Chris at td@leestreet.org

Mean Mug Sunday Concert Series with Greg Hathaway

Sunday, Sept. 6 from 5-8 p.m. Free performance. Greg Hathaway has been performing in Charlotte and surrounding areas for more than 20 years, including the world famous Double Door Inn, backyard barbecues and everything in between. His diverse musical palette is reflected in the number of genres he is able to cover in a performance.

Labor Day celebration and open mic at Mean Mug: Monday, Sept. 7 from 4-8 p.m. Featuring live open mic. Hosted by Taylor Hawes and Liam Pendergrass. Free hotdogs on the grill plus games and activities for the kids.

Don & Sons Winery tasting at Mean Mug: Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. Hosted by Kelsey Brown of Empire Distributing, $10/person; RSVP requested for this inaugural Second Tuesday wine tasting event. We will be holding these events on the second Tuesday each month. The wines will be paired with light appetizers. RSVPs are requested so we can prepare enough food for our guests.

Mean Mug Coffee Co., 1024 S. Fulton St., 704-754-4615, meanmugcoffeecompany@yahoo.com

Brain Fitness Fair at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center

Come for free to the Brain Fitness Fair, a drop-in event from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Everyone is welcome to attend this fun, interactive fair sure to challenge the brain and test the memory. Participants will be able to learn about brain health, play brain fitness and memory games, sample foods that are brain healthy, receive a head and shoulder massage, learn a Hawaiian dance and participate in a “Brains, Balance & Agility” mini exercise class.

Meet representatives from the Neurology Group of Novant Health and from the Alzheimer’s Support Group and refreshments will be provided by Oak Park Retirement Community.

Ssponsors are Novant Health Rowan Medical Center and Rufty-Holmes Senior Center; held at the Cener at 120 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. Call to register at 704-216-7714 by Friday, Sept. 4 if you plan to drop by.


The ESU presents Bernie Mann

The English Speaking Union Salisbury Branch begins its 2015-16 season with Bernie Mann, owner and publisher of Our State magazine, North Carolina’s premier travel, history and culture publication. Our State has been nationally recognized as the winner of two FOLIO: Gold Eddie awards, the magazine industry’s largest competition, for the “Best Full Issue: Regional Magazine.”

Mann is currently chairman of the board for the Greensboro Convention & Visitors Bureau, is a past president of the Greensboro Symphony and has also served on the board of directors for the North Carolina Arts Council. A Greensboro Rotary member since 1990, he served as president from 2006-2007. In 2015, Mann was recognized with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University.

This special dinner event, open to the public, is Thursday, Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Country Club of Salisbury. Reservations are $32. RSVP to Gerry Wood at gwood@gerrywoodauto.com


Ashamed to Speak — Spoken Word poetry event

A special event to raise awareness about mental health will be held at the Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25. It features poets, rappers, performers and more, working toward the goal of breaking the stigma of speaking about mental health.

Get tickets at ashamedtospeak.eventbright.com or at Dead Ed’s, 123 E. Innes St. downtown. Admission price is $5. All proceeds will go to benefit mental health awareness in our community. For more information, visit facebook.com/thebettyproject or email bettyprojectworldwide@gmail.com


Gold Hill Founders’ Day issues call for vendors

Gold Hill — Vendor applications are still available for Gold Hill Founders’ Day, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at Gold Hill Mines Historic Park, 735 St. Stephens Church Road.  Those wishing to reserve a space for arts, crafts, Heritage Living Exhibits or Heritage Living Demonstrations may call or email to request an application. Spaces are $20 each. No more than two persons can share a space.  To request an application, call 704-267-9439 or email vivian@historicgoldhill.com. More info can also be found at www.historicgoldhill.com


 Tickets available for the annual ‘Piggin out for Pink’ 

CONCORD — Join in an evening of dinner, dancing, raffles, a silent auction and fun to raise awareness and funds for Focus on a Cure. The annual “Piggin out for Pink” fundraiser is Saturday, Sept. 19, from 6:30 to 11:00 p.m. at The City Club, 325 McGill Avenue, NW. Special entertainment will be provided by artist Jared Emerson with music provided by 2 Trees Band. For ticket information, call 704-933-5600, or visit www.focusedonacure.org


Call for fiddlers

GRANITE QUARRY — The 49th annual Granite Quarry Civitan Fiddlers Convention will be held on Saturday, Oct. 10. Bands and individuals may pre-register for the competition which will be held beginning with Most Promising Talent for youths 16 and under at 6 p.m., followed by Adult Bands and Individuals. Those competing in band competition will be judged on their particular instrument/vocal during the bands performance. Those not competing as a band member may compete individually on only one instrument or vocal category. All entries must be registered or pre-registered by 6 p.m. on the day of competition. For more information or to pre-register call Vivian Hopkins at 704-267-9439 or Don Livengood at 704-633-5940. The Fiddlers Convention will be held at East Rowan High School, 175 St. Lukes Church Road.


The Phoenix Readers

The Phoenix Readers are twelve seasoned actors, directed by Jim Epperson, who bring to life unexpected words. Currently, they are readying these performances:

St. Thomas Players presents The Phoenix Readers’ Christmas Special. Savor the meaning of favorite songs when read, rather than sung, including “We Need a Little Christmas” by Jerry Herman and “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin. Chuckle at President Kennedy’s letter to a youngster concerned with the Russians bombing the North Pole and risking the life of Santa. Delight in the employee handbook “Santa Guide for the Macy’s Santa.” (Available starting in December)

St. Thomas Players presents The Phoenix Readers’ An Evening with Collins and Rash. Billy Collins, the beloved former Poet Laureate of the United States, takes ordinary words to extraordinary places in his imaginative and accessible poems. North Carolina writer Ron Rash’s “Burning Bright” won the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story award. Rash is also the recipient of the O. Henry Prize for excellence in short story writing and taught at Western Carolina University and Appalachian State University. (This program can also be divided and have only the Billy Collins or Ron Rash section performed, 30 min. each)

If you are interested in having them perform at your venue, call Center for Faith & the Arts at 704-647-0999.

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