Roundabout — What’s Happening Dec. 24-31
Celebration of Lights and Winterland Express — Through Dec. 31: 6-9:30 p.m. at Village Park, 700 West C St., Kannapolis. Free (excluding train rides, $2 per rider). 250,000+ lights at Village Park nightly (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Marshmallows, s’mores, Santa. Kannapolis’ own Singing Bears perform each hour beginning at 6 p.m. http://kannapolischristmas.com/celebration-of-lights/
Kwanzaa Celebration — 6-8 p.m. Dec. 26: at City Park Recreation Center. Family fun, entertainment, refreshments, door prizes, African market. See www.salisburync.gov/PLAY or call 704-638-5291.
New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Bell Tower — 8 p.m.-midnight Dec. 31: Annual downtown Salisbury tradition in partnership with the Salisbury Parks & Recreation Department.
New Year’s Eve Tomato Drop — 9 p.m. – midnight Dec 31: Annual Woodleaf event in affiliation with the Woodleaf Tomato Festival. At Unity Presbyterian Church, Woodleaf. Details at 704-278-4248 or woodleaftomatofestival @yahoo.com
31st annual Old Christmas at Old Stone House — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 2 and noon-4 p.m., Jan. 3: Rowan Museum’s 31st annual German Christmas Celebration at the Old Stone House (1766), 770 Stone House Road. 704-633-5946, www.rowanmuseum.org
Out of Town Traditions
Tanglewood Festival of Lights — Through Jan. 3, Clemmons: Light tours plus family activities. http://visitwinstonsalem.com/
Christmas Town USA — Through Dec. 26, McAdenville. In this mill town west of Charlotte, the 375 Christmas trees on view outnumber the households. www.mcadenville-christmastown.com/
Christmas at Old Salem — Through Dec. 31, Winston-Salem. Candlelight tours, holiday music, attend the Moravian Candle Tea. http://www.oldsalem.org/
National Gingerbread Competition — Through Jan. 3, Grove Park Inn, Asheville. www.exploreasheville.com/
Gardens aglow — Various locations: • Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, Holiday Lights at the Garden through Jan. 3 • Asheville, Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum through Jan. 2 • Cape Fear Botanical Garden in Fayetteville, Holiday Lights in the Garden through Dec. 27. See VisitNC.com
Christmas at Biltmore — Through Jan. 10. Candlelight tours through Jan. 2. Asheville. See http://christmas.biltmore.com/
Music & more
LIVE at Lee Street — 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9: Chatham County Line. Lee Street theatre, 329 N. Lee St. Tickets $25+ tax at www.leestreet.org or 704-310-5507.
Lee Street theatre presents ‘Broadway Lullabies’ — 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21-23, 28-30 and Jan. 31 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets $15+ tax. Lee Street Theatre, 329 N. Lee St. www.leestreet.org or 704-310-5507.
This & That
Horizons Unlimited — Jan. 16, 2016: 6-9 p.m.: Parents’ Night Out: ‘Twilight at the Museum,’ $10/child. Horizons Unlimited, 1636 Parkview Circle. Park and enter from Lilly Ave. www.rss.k12.nc.us/horizons-unlimited-margaret-c-woodson-planetarium
Events at the Y open to the public — 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Jan, 2: Delmonico’s Band, bring a snack to share. $7 per person • 3-4 p.m. Jan. 20: Diabetes Academy presents “Just been diagnosed, what to do?” Free, must sign up • Noon, Jan. 27: American Red Cross Presents Lunch & Learn, free, covered dish, must sign up • J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.
NC Rowan County Anime Group’s Ichiban Con 7 — Dec. 31-Jan. 3 (2016): First home convention. Panels presented by Robert Clyde Allen. Guests Vic Mignogna, Cassandra Lee Morris, Chuck Huber, Spike Spencer, Jennifer Cihi, more. Embassy Suites Hotel, 5400 John Q Hammons Drive NW, Concord. See FB or ichibancon.com/ or https://groups.yahoo.com/ neo/groups/NCRowanCountyanime/info
Annual Winter Stamp and Postcard Show — Jan. 16-17: Annual show sponsored by Columbia Philatelic Society held at Spring Valley High School, 120 Sparkleberry Lane. Show hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Information, email email@example.com
Salisbury High classes of 70s and 80s Party with a Purpose — 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26: 70s and 80s and today’s dance music. Collecting gifts for male residents of the Veterans Home. Tickets $15. King Tut Cafe & Hookah Lounge, 220 N. Lee St . Email “RESERVE” with names and number of tickets to urbaneenvironments @gmail.com
A Salute to Sinatra — 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9, 2016: Salisbury-Rowan Symphony Society’s Big Band Bash celebrates Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday. Dinner, dancing, big Band and Ol’ LBue Eyes.
Wine & beer tastings
Third annual Wine About Winter — 5-9 p.m. Feb. 5: Downtown Salisbury’s third annual tasting crawl. $20+tax in advance, $30 event day. Details at https://downtownsalisburync.com/
Salisbury Wine Shop — The next wine tasting at Salisbury Wine Shop will be Friday, Jan. 15. 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. 704-636-1137, 700 Cauble Farm Road, see www.caublecreekvineyard.com
Mean Mug Coffee Co. — 7 p.m. second Tuesdays monthly wine tasting. Eight wines paired with appetizers, $15/person, RSVP to 1024 S. Fulton St., 704-754-4615, firstname.lastname@example.org
Douglas Vineyards — Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. • Sunday 1 -6 p.m. Tastings$6 per person, choice of 6 wines, keepsake Douglas Vineyards wine glass. 7696 Freeze Road, Kannapolis, 704-939-6260, www.douglasvineyardswines.com
Morgan Ridge Vineyards and Brewhouse — 4-7 p.m. Dec. 17: Open house. 486 John Morgan Road, Gold Hill, 704-639-0911, www.morganridgevineyards.com
Cougar Run Winery — 704-280-3624. Cougar Run Winery, 363 N. Church St., Concord.
Old Stone Winery — 704-279-0930, 6245 US Hwy. 52. www.oldstonewines.com
Rocky River Vineyards — 704-781-5035. 11685 Reed Mine Road, Midland. www.rockyrivervineyards.com
Childress Vineyards — 336-236-WINE, 1000 Childress Vineyards Road, exit 89 off I-85, on Hwy 64 W. Lexington. www.childressvineyards.com
The Carriage Room, 2141 Statesville Blvd. — Fridays: In-house pool tournament, $5. 704-647-9876, carriageroomnc@ facebook.com
Cotton Eyed Joe’s inside The Hot Rod Barn, 807 Yost Road — 7-9 p.m. Saturdays: Bluegrass, gospel, country music jam. No alcohol, smoke free. Just off Webb Road. 704-239-6952.
CJ’s BBQ, 210 Old Amity Hill Road, Cleveland — • 6 p.m. Tuesdays: Crystal’s deejay and karaoke • 6:30 p.m., Friday Night Bluegrass. 704-278-4070.
DJs Restaurant, 1502 W. Innes St. — • Mondays, Money Night Football, cash prizes • Tuesdays, Live Trivia 8 p.m. • Fridays Deejay 10 p.m. • 8:30 p.m. Saturday: , $10 cover • Sundays NFL Ticket • 704-638-9647, http://djsrestaurant.com
Go Burrito RumBar, 115 W. Fisher St. across from the mural — • Tuesdays 8-10 p.m.: Team trivia • Wednesdays: Open mic • Saturdays: Karaoke • Weekends: Live music, deejay, karaoke, water pong, more. www.facebook.com/GoBurritoRumBar
The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 — Free refreshments, air hockey, foosball, pool. Contemporary Christian music venue. Musicians invited to jam or schedule their group to perform. 704-213-1467.
E.H. Montgomery General Store — 7-9 p.m. Fridays: Open acoustic Bluegrass jam. Historic Village of Gold Hill, Facebook, 704-267-9439, www.themontgomerystore.com
JC Price American Legion Post 107 — 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Easy Living Weekends downstairs. 1433 Old Wilkesboro Road. Park in rear. Wide screen tvs , music by deejay Danny “D,” $3/person, $5/couple. Proper ID, casual dress. Info: John 704-638-7355 or Abe 707-640-1893.
Nashville Nights, 125-127 E. Innes St. — Open from 6 p.m. until on Christmas Eve to all our regulars who may need to get away for an hour or so • Closed Friday • 9:30 p.m. Saturday: Right Turn Clyde is back, $5 cover • 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Yoga, $5 • Open 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 704-762-9990, www.nashvillenightsnc.com
Stars and Bars Tavern, 723 Klumac Road — 7 p.m. Tuesdays: Pool tournament. Free pool on Sundays.
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, no jeans. 704-236-0344. www.charlottezodiacdanceclub.com
Ring in the New Year, learn the guitar — 6-8 week classes starting Monday Jan. 4. $45 includes workbook and website. For more info, call Bob at 704-640-0279.
Free basic computer lessons — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday: How to use a computer or laptop (not email or facebook). Robert Knox, 512 Klumac Road, Ste 8. 704-870-8862.
Salisbury Art Station — Weekly classes, $25. 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 email@example.com 215 Depot St.
Beginning and intermediate weaving — Private lessons on a floor loom. Liese Sadler, 215-300-4369, firstname.lastname@example.org
Oil Painting with Patt Legg — Tuesdays 12:30-3 p.m.: Adult oil classes, $45. Paint like the Old Masters OR painting made simple. 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. www.rowanpubliclibrary.org or call 704-216-8243.
Mind aerobics art class — 2-4 p.m., Mondays and Fridays. $10/two-hour session by artist Robert Toth. Rufty Holmes Senior Center, call 704-279-9301.
Pottery 101 — Pottery 101, 101 S. Main St., 704-209-1632, www.pottery-101.com
Center for Faith and the Arts — www.faithart.org or 704-647-0999. CFA, 207 W. Harrison St.
Waterworks Visual Arts Center — 704-636-1882 or www.waterworks.org. Located at 123 E. Liberty St.
Speakers & forums
Salisbury-Rowan AARP —1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7: Steve Simpson, Information and Assistance Director, on senior services available at the center, installation of officers, refreshments. Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 MLK Jr. Ave. For seniors 50+. Information 704-216-7714.
ESU presents — 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14: TBA. Sponsored by The English Speaking Union Salisbury Branch. Country Club of Salisbury. Dinner reservations $32 each; RSVP to Gerry at 704-213-6008. Info at www.esuus.org
PPT’s youth audition workshop — 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 2: Instructor Ed Whitney on effective audition techniques specifically geared towards PPT’s upcoming Shakespearean comedy ‘Taming of the Shrew.’ Sign up at 704-633-5471. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St. www.PiedmontPlayers.com
PPT youth auditions for ‘Taming of the Shrew’ — 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Jan. 4-5: 25 spots per time slot, by appointment only. Sign up at 704-633-5471. Third floor Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St., Show dates Feb. 17-27 at the Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St. www.PiedmontPlayers.com
Access Broadway Dance / Talent Competition — Jan. 23: Cabarrus Arena and Events Center Gold Halls 1 and 2. 4751 N Carolina 49, Concord, 704-920-3976, www.cabarrusarena.com
Center for Faith and the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St. — 207 W. Harrison St., behind Haven Lutheran Church. www.faithart.org or 704-647-0999.
The Framing Gallery, 320 N Main St. across from Koko Java — Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Tuesday and Saturday, 704-633-1246.
Fine Frame Gallery, 105 S. Main St. — Encaustic paintings by Karen Frazer and Plein Air oil paintings by Phyllis Steimel. Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 704-647-0340, www.fineframegallery.com
Pottery 101, 101 S. Main St. — 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 & Gallery Invitational Festival of Gifts exhibit — Through Dec. 19: Features 21 invited regional artists. Crafts accompanied by the Small Works Exhibit featuring two dimensional pieces of art by Rail Walk artists. 409-413 N Lee St. Thursday 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 704-431-8964, www.railwalkgallery.com
Waterworks inaugural miniature art show and sale — Through Jan. 30: Art no larger than 4” x 4” x 4” at 123 E. Liberty St. — Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., 704-636-1882, www.waterworks.org
Travel with the YMCA — • Jan. 14: Black Mountain Chocolate Factory/The Olio Glass Factory. Members $35, others $40. Does not include lunch • Feb. 9: Carolina Raptor Center/Latta Plantation. Members $45, others $50. Does not include lunch • Feb. 16: Barn Dinner Theatre matinee “Sex, Please we are Sixty.” Members $60, others $70, includes ticket, lunch, travel • Feb. 26: Charlotte Southern Spring Show. Members $25, others $30 • March 8: Barn Dinner Theatre matinee “Leading Ladies,” Members $60, others $70 • Buses leave from J. F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. For prices call 704-636-0111 or email lklaver@ rowanymca.com
Call for vendors
Downtown Salisbury Nights Out — Vendors, artists, crafters, musicians for downtown nights out. 704-637 7814 or email email@example.com
Food, beer, merchandise vendors for public events — Non- or not-for-profit organizations for fundraising opportunities. Contact Beatrice at 704-638-6044 Tilley Harley-Davidson, 653 Bendix Drive.
Call for writers
Eighth annual 10-Minute Play Festival: Diversified— Lee Street theatre’s Original 10-Minute Play Festival. Deadline March 1. Show dates June 16-18.Submission information at www.leestreet.org or email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for performers
Downtown Salisbury Nights Out — Artists, crafters, musicians, more. 704-637 7814 or email email@example.com
Gold Hill Bluegrass jam — Acoustic Bluegrass jam. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for artists
Concord Spring into Arts Festival — Currently accepting applications for 2016 juried art show and festival May 14 Downtown Concord. First deadline Jan. 31, 2016, then fee goes up. Applications available at www. concorddowntown.com or 704-784-4208.
Downtown Salisbury Nights Out — Artists, crafters, musicians, more. 704-637 7814 or email email@example.com
Caldwell Arts Council 2017 exhibitions — Lenoir- based council accepting portfolios for 2017 exhibitions. Deadline Jan. 30, 2016. Details at www.caldwell arts.com/157-guidelines/
Call for volunteers
Help with horseback riding lessons for special needs kids — 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 9: Mandatory volunteer training at Wings of Eagles Ranch, 4800 Faith Trails, Concord, must be 14 or older. Call 704-784-3147 or see wingsofeaglesranch.org
Rowan Helping Ministries volunteers – Pick up donated food, stock food pantry, intake interviews, laundry, meals. Call Emily Huffman or Katie Murdock, 704-637-6838.
Downtown Salisbury Inc. — Volunteers for upcoming festivals and events. 704-637-7814 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Novant Rowan Medical Center – Patient escorts, gift shop, surgical waiting room, flower delivery, ancillary support. Training provided. dbhundley@ novanthealth.org
Help feed the horses — Horse Protection Society, 2135 Miller Road, China Grove, www.horseprotection.org or email email@example.com
MLK Jr. celebration weekend —Help plan MLK Jr. holiday parade and breakfast. See www.facebook. com/SRHuman RelationsCouncil or www.humanrelations council.org or email human firstname.lastname@example.org
1820 Dr. Josephus Hall House — 226 S. Jackson St. Admission info 704-636-0103, www.historicsalisbury.org
China Grove Roller Mill — Original equipment in place. Admission info 704-433-3912. www.hist-society-srowan.com
Cooleemee’s Textile Heritage Museum — Historic Zachary Holt House and Cooleemee’s Mill House. Admission info 284-6040.
Historic Gold Hill/Gold Hill Mines Historic Park — Displays reflect life in the 1800s gold mining boom town. Admission info 704-279-5674, www.HistoricGoldHill. com
Historic Rockwell Museum — 102 E. Main St. Admission info 704-279-4979.
NC Music Hall of Fame — Honors musicians, singers, songwriters and producers from North Carolina, 109 West A St., Kannapolis. Admission info 704-934-2320. www.NorthCarolinaMusic HallofFame.org
NC Transportation Museum — 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer. Train ride schedule and admission information 704-636-2889, 877-NCTMFUN, www.nctrans.org
Old Stone House, Granite Quarry — Two-story Georgian stone house completed in 1766, Old Stone House Road in Granite Quarry. Admission info 704-633-5946, www.rowanmuseum.org
Price of Freedom Museum — Sundays 3-5 p.m. and by appointment. American war memorial dedicated to men and women of the armed services. Intersection of Weaver and Patterson Roads. 704-857-7474, www.priceoffreedom.us
Rowan Museum — 50th Anniversary Vietnam War commemoration. 202 N. Main St. 1-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 704-633-5946 or www.rowanmuseum.org
Spencer Doll and Toy Museum — 108 4th St., Spencer. Just steps from the NC Transportation Museum. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday- Saturday. Admission info 704-762-9359, www.spencerdolland toymuseum.com
Utzman- Chambers House — Artifacts of the late Honorable Spruce Macay, best known for instructing president Andrew Jackson. 116 S. Jackson St. Admission info 704-633-5946, www.rowanmuseum.org
• Hurley Park, Lake Drive — 14-acres of woodlands, streams, gardens, pathways, gazebos. 704-633-8950.
• City Park Center, 316 Lake Drive — 41 acre park with community center, play structures, tennis courts, picnic shelters, scenic lake.
• Kelsey Scott Park, 1920 Old Wilkesboro Road — Play structure, picnic shelter with tables and grills, softball field, basketball courts, 9-hole disc golf course. www.ci.salisbury.nc.us/pkrec
• Jaycee-Optimist Sports Complex, 1113 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. — Three lighted baseball/softball fields, play structure, basketball goals, picnic tables. www.ci.salisbury.nc.us/pkrec
• Lincoln Pool, 110 Old Concord Road — One acre park with play structure, multipurpose court with basketball goals, picnic tables. www.ci.salisbury.nc.us/pkrec
• Salisbury Greenway — Natural green space corridors being developed to connect parks, schools, community businesses. www.ci.salisbury.nc.us/pkrec
• Salisbury Community Park, 935 Hurley School Road — District park/athletic complex with soccer fields, grassy fields, walking trails, ball fields, picnic area, playground. www.ci.salisbury.nc.us/pkrec
• Dan Nicholas Park, 6800 Bringle Ferry Road — Walking trails, paddle boats, miniature golf, miniature trains, carousel, gem mine, playgrounds, family camping, picnic shelters, splash pad, petting zoo. 704-216-7800. www.dannicholas.net
• Ellis Park, 3541 Old Mocksville Road — 26 acres of ball fields, tennis courts, volleyball court, shelters, playground, event center, walking trail. 704-216-7783.
• Sloan Park, 550 Sloan Road, Mt. Ulla — Features Kerr Mill, an 1823 grist mill. Off NC Hwy 150 approximately 10 miles west of Salisbury.
• Gold Hill Mines Historic Park 735 St. Stephens Church Road — Historic tours available by appointment: 704-267-9439, www.HistoricGoldHill.com
• Gold Hill Rail Trail — Hiking, biking trail begins at Gold Hill Mines Historic Park, continues into Cabarrus County. 704-267-9439.
• Dunn’s Mountain Nature and History Preserve, 1640 Dunn’s Mtn. Road — Trail walks, overlooks, see 120 miles in most directions, blacksmith shop display, Saturday-Sunday shuttle service, 704-216-7803.
• RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls: ‘The Bullhole’ — Picnic shelter, canoe portage, hiking trails, 8 a.m. to sunset. Hwy 801 in Rowan Co., west on Needmore Road and right on Erwin Temple Church Road, drive to end. 336-751-2325.
• Tweetsie Railroad Wild West theme park, Blowing Rock — NC’s first theme park. Live shows, amusement rides, concerts, a three-mile Wild West steam locomotive adventure. Tweetsie.com, 877-893-3874.
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