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Roundabout — What’s happening Sept. 15-21


Tonight: Connie Regan-Blake to perform at RPL — Doors 6:30 p.m., show 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15: Nationally renowned storyteller Connie Regan-Blake performs a one-hour family storytelling concert in Rowan Public Library’s Stanback Auditorium. Free, open to the public, for all ages. Rowan Public Library Headquarters, at 201 W. Fisher St., www.rowanpubliclibrary.org

Lee Street theatre presents ‘Exit Pursued by a Bear’ — 7:30 p.m. 15-17: Smart, dark revenge comedy. $15+tax. Lee Street Theatre, 329 N. Lee St. www.leestreet.org or 704-310-5507.

Catawba’s Blue Masque Theatre presents — 7:30 p.m. Sep. 27-28 and Oct. 1: “How I Learned to Drive,” by Paula Vogel. Tickets $8. Florence Busby Corriher Theatre. Tickets 704-637-4481, www.catawba edu/theatretix or at the door.

Catawba’s Blue Masque Theatre presents — 7:30 p.m. Sep. 29-30 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 2: “Exit the King,” by Eugene Ionesco. Tickets $8. Florence Busby Corriher Theatre. Tickets 704-637-4481, www.catawba edu/theatretix or at the door.

Old Courthouse Theatre presents ‘Death Trap’ — Sep. 29-Oct. 16. Tickets at www.showtix4u.com or box office 704-788-2405. Old Courthouse Theater, 49 Spring St. NW, www.oldcourt housetheatre.org

Piedmont Players Theatre season tickets — 10 shows, 2 theaters. Save over 20% on 2016-17 season. Complete details at piedmontplayers.com or 704-633-5471.

Cirque Italia comes to Greensboro — Sep. 15-18: 410 Four Seasons Town Centre, Greensboro under the grand, swirling White and Blue tent. Cirque Italia, the first traveling WATER circus in the US, completely animal-free show. For more information, check out www.cirqueitalia.com. Purchase tickets at cirqueitalia.com/tickets or 941-704-8572.


Music & more 

Union Street Live Concert & Block Party — 6-9 p.m. Sep. 15: Main Stage, Too Much Sylvia. North Stage, Below the Belt. Downtown Concord. www.concorddowntown.com

Music at the Mill — 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sep. 16: The Efird Family will perform on the front porch of the China Grove Roller Mill, 308 N. Main St. Bring a chair. 704-433-3912.

Rowan County Marching Band preview show — 6 p.m. Saturday Sep. 17: Jesse Carson High School hosts the Rowan County Marching Band preview show with all Rowan County bands present. Performances will end around 8 p.m. with a combined performance of all bands.

A night of music and mime — 6 p.m Sunday, Sep. 18: Demarcus Russell performing a mime routine and the Jones sisters bluegrass band in concert . Kirkwood Prestyterian , 900 Klondale Ave., Kannapolis.

Salisbury Symphony — 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sep. 24: “Fifty Years Later,” featuring Dreamtime Ancestors, Chris Theofanidis (North Carolina premiere), Don Juan, R. Strauss, Piano Concerto No.5, ‘The Emperor,” Beethoven, featuring soloist Frederic Chiu, piano. Catawba’s Keppel Auditorium, 704- 637-4314, www.salisburysymphony.org

City of Salisbury hosts Music at the Mural —8-11 p.m. Saturday, • Sep. 24: Big Break. Outdoor concert series at the Salisbury Mural on W. Fisher St. Bring a lawn chair. Info at www.salisburync.gov/play or 704-216-PLAY •

Pickin’ for the Master — 7 p.m. Friday, Sep. 30: Daryl Connor and friends in concert followed by open jam session. Concessions available. No admission charge, donations accepted. Trading Ford Baptist Church, 3600 Long Ferry Road, 704-633-5986, www.tradingford.net

Fourth annual Buskers~Bash & Best Busker Contest — Friday Oct. 7: Shops open 5-9, free performances 6-8 p.m. More than 40 street performers (buskers) play to earn your vote. A walking map shows where each performer is located. To vote, toss a customer ‘BUSKERS~BASH’ guitar pick in the performer’s bucket. Buckets collected at 8 p.m., votes counted, prize winners announced at a grand finale. See www.facebook.com /SalisburyBuskersBash/

Brown Bag Lunch Jam — Noon -1:30 p.m. Wednesdays in September (7, 14, 21, 28): Free, live entertainment at Eastern Gateway Park, corner of Depot and E. Innes Streets. Sponsored by Salisbury Parks and Recreation, www.salisburync.gov

Lee Street LIVE presents — Oct. 7 John Oates, Tickets: $50+tax • Nov. 26 Phil Keaggy • Dec. 16: Rowan Big Band • Tickets at Lee Street Theatre, 329 N. Lee St. www.leestreet.org or 704-310-5507.

The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center — 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. Complete listings at 704-372-1000 or www.blumenthalarts.org

Live at Harrah’s Cherokee — • NC native Ronnie Milsap FREE concert as part of its Birthday Bash celebration, Oct. 1 • Styx, Oct. 15 • Martina McBride, Oct. 22 • Bret Michaels, Nov. 19 • Celtic Woman, Dec. 9 • Ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000. Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee.



9-11 Remembrance event at the Price of Freedom Museum — Saturday, Sep. 17: At Weaver and Patterson Roads. 704-857-7474, www.priceoffreedom.us

Germanfest at Old Stone House — 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Sep. 17: Old Stone House. 770 Old Stone House Road.

Hall House tours — 1-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Dr. Josephus Hall House, 226 S. Jackson St., 704-636-0103, www.historicsalisbury. org/tours/hall-house-tours

Why Andy Didn’t Carry A Gun, The Hidden History Of Mayberry — 2 p.m. Sunday, Sep. 18: Dr. Gary Freeze, Professor of History at Catawba College. Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society, 1100 N. Main St., Mt. Pleasant. Details at Facebook: Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society.


This & That 

Dance at the Harold B. Jarrett Post 342 — 7-10 p.m. Friday, Sep. 16 : Live music by the band Crimson Rose. $10 admission includes snacks and drinks. 1024 Lincolnton Road. Call 704-637-1722 for info.

9-11 Remembrance event at the Price of Freedom Museum — Saturday, Sept 17: At Weaver and Patterson Roads. 704-857-7474, www.priceoffreedom.us

6th Annual Bikers, Blues & BBQ Event — Sep. 16-17: BBQ tasting and competition, poker run, vendors, food, beverages, deejay, live music, free admission both days. Tilley Harley-Davidson, 653 Bendix Drive, 704-638-6044, www.tilleyhdofsalisbury.com

THD family events — • Sep. 24 -25: Open house and food drive for Rowan Helping Ministries. Free lunch with donation of canned food • 6-8 p.m. Sep. 29: First Responder Appreciation Event. Free Dinner for First Responders. Please RSVP • Oct. 1: HOG Chapter Chili Cook-off, DJ Fast Freddie Thompson • Oct. 29: Spook-tacular Saturday with trick-or-treating, adult and children’s costume contest, motorcycle decorating contest, kid games, free Cheerwine, DJ Fast Freddie Thompson • Tilley Harley-Davidson, 653 Bendix Drive, 704-638-6044, www.tilleyhdofsalisbury.com

NC Rowan County Anime Group  • 6 p.m. Sep. 25: in the Conference room at Woodleaf Lanes; showing anime series called Gokusen  • http:groups. yahoo.com/neo/ groups/ncrowancounty anime/info

Salisbury Ghost Walk — 8 pm. Saturday, Sep. 17: Walk covers six-block area down town. Tales of shadow ghosts, apparitions, orbs in 1800s Salisbury. Bring camera, smart phone, flashlight. $5 students, $10 adults, 5 and under free. Salisbury Ghost Walk questions/reservations 704-798-3102.

Carolina automotive Swap and Show — Second Saturdays through Nov. At Kannapolis Intimidators baseball stadium, 600 Stadium Drive, monthly show through November. Contact carolinaswapand show@ yahoo.com or Facebook.

AmVets 460 turkey shoot — 10 a.m. every Saturday until Thanksgiving. At the lake, 285 Lakeside Drive.

Kannapolis Cruise-In — 1-7 p.m. Oct. 8 : Free. Downtown Kannapolis.

NHRA Carolina Nationals — Sep. 16-18: First race of countdown to the Championship at zMAX Dragway. Every ticket is a pit pass. Cost $25-$55. /www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/

Charlotte AutoFair — 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sep. 22-25: Hot rods, muscle cars, exotic sports cars, classic automobiles, collector car auction, over 10,000 automotive vendor displays, manufacturers’ midway, kids’ Play Zone, fun fair food and more. Cost $11. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/

Day Out With Thomas at the NC Transportation Museum — Sep. 23-25, 30, Oct. 1-2: See www.nctrans.org

Historic Gold Hill Village Founders Day — 9 a.m.-6 p.m.Saturday, Sep. 24: Parade, history hayrides through the 70 acre park, Civil War Living History Encampment and Skirmish along with food trucks and entertainment. 704-267-9439 or www.historicgoldhill.com or on Facebook at: Historic Gold Hill, North Carolina

C-Fest at the East Rowan YMCA — 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24: Christian focused, family-friendly fun festival held at the East Rowan YMCA. This free event features live entertainment from magician Fish The Magish and comedian Barry McGee. Activities and food for the whole family. Closing concert by Southern Gospel band The Chapeleers. Sponsored by the Saleeby-Fisher YMCA and area churches. Held at 790 Crescent Road, Rockwell, with questions call 704-279-1742.

Community Health and Ministry Fair — 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday, Sep. 24: Free screenings for BMI, blood pressure, glucose. Novant mammography unit on site, appointments available, insurance accepted, grant funds available, call 704-642-1658 to schedule. Vendors and information, demonstrations, children’s activities including face painting. Also mobile Hot Dog Shack and free raffles. Held at Christiana Lutheran Church, 6190 US Hwy 52.

Repticon Charlotte — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sep. 24-25: Family-oriented reptile event with vendors, live animal seminars, raffles. Cabarrus Event Center, 4751 Highway 49 N., Concord, 863-268-4273. Adults $10, children (5-12) $5, under 5 free. www.cabarrusarena.com

October Tour Night Out — Oct. 7, 5-9 p.m. Downtown Salisbury.https://downtownsalisburync.com/

41st annual OctoberTour — Oct. 8 and 9: $30 day of; $25 advance for non-members; $20 advance for members; $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets and details at www.octobertour.com/


Blood drives

Urgent: American Red Cross Blood drive at the Y — 11 a.m.–3 p.m.,Tuesday, Sep. 27: J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.



Children’s fundraiser sale at Forest Hill UMC — Sep. 16-17: 50 Elm Ave. (off 250 union street, north, Concord.Www.Foresthillumc.Org or 704 782-1109.

Community breakfast — 6:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17: Adults $6, children 10 and under $3. Full breakfast. All proceeds go to local commnity prjects and church needs. Thyatira Presbyterian Church, 220 White Road, 704-636-1595.

2016 Rowan Cabarrus Walk to End Alzheimer’s — 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sep. 17: Fundraising and awareness event for Alzheimer’s. Info at 980-498-7725.

Fit for the Cure — 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Sep. 22: One day bra fitting event. For every woman who participates, Belk and Wacoal will donate a total of $4 to Susan G. Komen Foundation. Call for appointment: 704-636-5241 x210 or x236. www.wacoal-america.com/main/our-community/fit-for-the-cure.htm

Third annual BBQ, Bands and Boots — 6:30-11 p.m. Sep. 24: With 20 Ride, Zac Brown Tribute Band, Jim ‘N Nicks BBQ, Bourbon on the Bread Truck, Cheerwine, beer, wine. At the F&M Trolley Barn, 125 E. Liberty St. $50/person or $95/couple. Proceeds support the need-based financial aid program for Rowan County Crosby Scholars students. RSVP at www.crosbyscholarsrowan.org

Grace Lutheran Church Men In Mission’s 8th annual fish fry fundraiser — 4 p.m. until, Saturday, Oct. 8: Benefiting 3-year-old Austin Mowry, diagnosed with T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma. Tractor show noon-4, live music by the Extraordinaries, bring your own lawn chair, basket raffle, dine-in or carry out, raffles drawn the same evening, playground, corn hole toss, dancing. 3020 Grace Church Road. Info at 857-8641.

Third annual Singing for WDFP Children — 6 p.m. Oct. 9: The communities of Tyro, Reeds and Churchland present The WDFP Gospel Singing with Matthew Weaver and the Gospel Voices. Donations go to West Davidson Food Pantry. Held at Tyro UMC, 4484 S. NC Hwy 150, Tyro. Info at Nancy Greene ASdkins 704-213-4404 or ngadkins@aol.com

Symphony Guild of Charlotte’s third annual Heart of the Home Kitchen Tour — Saturday, Oct. 15: This premier annual fundraiser actually begins with the Taste of the Tour cocktail party on Oct. 13.

Pregnancy Support Center Walk for Life — 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 15: Those who raise $100+ receive commemorative T-shirt. Prizes awarded to top fundraising adult and child walkers and to the walker with the best superhero costume. Plaque given to top fundraising church. Salisbury Community Park, 935 Hurley School Road. Info: Ashley at 704-633-7695.

Touring Joara 2016 — Saturday, Oct. 15:  Morganton. Rediscover the pleasures of backroad driving. Only 100 cars will be registered. $35 per car (day-of-the-event registration is $40). Online registration and more detailed information are at https://exploringjoara.org/


Wine & beer tastings 

Salisbury Wine Shop — 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Sep. 16: California Wine Tasting with Andrew Alley, 17th Street Distributing. $5/person • 106 S. Main St., 704-636-5151, sws@ salisburywineshop.com

Morgan Ridge Vineyards and Brewhouse — 486 John Morgan Road, Gold Hill, 704-639-0911 or www.morganridgevineyards.com

Cauble Creek Vineyard and Winery — Summer hours: open on Thursdays through September. Tasting room Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 1-6 p.m. $8. 704-636-1137, 700 Cauble Farm Road, see www.caublecreekvineyard.com

Douglas Vineyards — Tasting Room hours: Friday 2-8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 1-6 p.m. Wine Tasting $6. 7696 Freeze Road, Kannapolis, 704-939-6260, www.douglas vineyardswines.com or Facebook.

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, Hwy 64 W. Lexington. www.childressvineyards.com


Night Life

Open Mic at The Carriage Room, 2141 Statesville Blvd. — • 3:30-9 p.m. Sunday, Sep. 18 hosted by Danny Franklin • Fridays: In-house pool tournament, $5. 704-647-9876, carriageroomnc@ facebook.com

CJ’s BBQ, 210 Old Amity Hill Road, Cleveland — • 6:30 p.m. Friday: Bluegrass with The Golden Valley Crusaders. 704-278-4070.

DJs Restaurant, 1502 W. Innes St. — • Tuesdays, Live trivia 8 p.m. • Fridays, deejay 10 p.m. • 704-638-9647, http://djsrestaurant.com

Firewater, 122 Avalon Drive — • 7:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursdays: Karaoke with Cherokee • 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays-Saturdays: Live deejay • 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Sundays: Old School Jam, ladies free until 10:30 p.m., $5 cover • Age 25 and over, 704-870-8689, firewateratsalisbury Facebook page.

Go Burrito RumBar, 115 W. Fisher St. across from the mural — • 8 p.m. Mondays: Poker Night • 8 p.m. Tuesdays: Team Trivia • 9 p.m. Wednesdays: Open Mic • 10 p.m. Saturdays: Karaoke • www.facebook.com/GoBurritoRumBar

The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 — 8 p.m. Saturday: Thomas Lavine and Limited Time. 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

Nashville Nights, 125-127 E. Innes St. — • 9:30 p.m. Friday: DJ Caibel • 9:30 p.m. Saturday: Wayward Reason • Open 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday through 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. 704-236-0344. www.charlottezodiacdanceclub. com



6th annual Biker Blues & BBQ Rally and BBQ Classic — Sep. 16-17: KCBS- sanctioned BBQ event. Free admission, family friendly. Vendors, food, beverages, Darrell Harwood Friday and The Delmonicos Saturday plus Poker Run, People’s Choice Award BBQ tasting. Events support Salisbury Veterans Hospice House. Held a Tilley Harley Davidson of Salisbury, 653 Bendix Drive, 704-638-6044, www.bikerbluesbbqrally.com

Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival — Noon-5 p.m. Sep. 24: Singers, musicians, belly dancers, poets, painters, pottery makers, arts, crafts, jugglers, clowns and other forms of family friendly arts and culture come to the downtown Kannapolis streets. Questions? 828-231-5037 or kannapolisarts@gmail.com Recurring, Oct. 29. Free.

NC Transportation Museum hosts third annual Harvest Festival — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 15 : Old time festival with horse shoes, corn hole, old time games, corn shucking and corn shelling, antique tractors. Kids can make a corn husk doll and play with old timey marbles. Enjoy the train ride and hay ride. www.nctrans.org

Autumn Jubilee — Oct. 1-2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Food, crafts, musicm family fun. Dan Nicholas Park, 6800 Bringle Ferry Road, 704-216-7803.



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 art.notions@yahoo.com 215 Depot St.

Beginning and intermediate weaving — Private lessons on a floor loom. 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 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.

Center for Faith and the Arts — www.faithart.org or 704-647-0999. CFA, 207 W. Harrison St.

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.

Guitar classes — ABC Absolute Beginners Class at Rufty Holmes Senior Center. Starting Monday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. for 6 weeks. $40 includes guitar workbook. Also Fingerpicking Class available at 2:30 p.m. For details call Bob at 704-640-0279.


Speakers & forums

Rowan-Salisbury School Board candidate Q&A — 7 p.m. Sep. 20: At the Rowan Tea Party Patriot monthly meeting. Bring questions for the candidates. Meet for dinner at 6 p.m. Held at BlueBay Seafood Restaurant on Statesville Blvd.

Many Happy Returns: Favorite Natives for Piedmont Gardens — 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sep. 28: Hurley Park presents Paula Gross, Assistant Director, UNC– Charlotte Botanical Gardens.Held at Salisbury-Rowan Utilities, 1 Water St. A plant giveaway will follow the lecture. Free and open to the public. Onfo at 704-638-4459 or dbeck@salisburync.gov

Lunch and Learn — Noon Sep. 28: Alzheimer’s topic by TenderHearted Home Care. Bring covered dish to share. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.



PPT’s ‘The Boxcar Children’ Youth audition workshop — 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sep. 24: Cost: $40. Only 20 spots available. To sign up call 704-633-5471. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St., www.PiedmontPlayers.com

Polar Express 2016 — Noon-5 p.m. Sep. 25 and Oct 2: at Lee Street theatre, 329 N. Lee St., www.leestreet.org

PPT Youth auditions for ‘The Boxcar Children’ — 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sept 27-28: Auditions by appointment only. Only 25 spots per time slot. To sign up call 704-633-5471. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St. Show dates: Nov. 7-19. www.PiedmontPlayers.com

Salisbury Swing Band— SSB currently seeking instrumentalists. Auditions are Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. Contact Jim Grazcyk 704-798-5840 for more information.



Fine Frame Gallery, 105 S. Main St. — Featuring watercolors by Mark Brincefield, paintings by Guy Raymond. Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 704-647-0340, www.fineframegallery.com

Rail Walk Studios & Gallery, 409-413 N. Lee St. — Ramble On River, Water Currents of North Carolina, featuring acrylic paintings by Keyth Kahrs, through Oct. 1. Artist’s reception Sept. 16, 4:30-6 p.m. Free, open to the public Thursdays through Saturdays 11 a.m.–4 p.m. 704-431-8964, www.railwalkgallery.com

Sedberry’s Framing & Art Gallery, 324 W. Liberty St. — Artist of the month: Shane Tolliven, photographer and artist, displaying photographs and artwork after nearly a 30-year intermission. 704-633-1246.

Waterworks Visual Arts Center — “Personal Geometry” on display through Feb. 4, 2017: Two emerging North Carolina artists investigate the concept of Personal Geometry. Heather Gordon, Durham; Leslie Smith, Winston-Salem • 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 704-636-1882, www.waterworks.org

Robert Crum show at Clearwater Studio opening Sep. 9 — 5:30 -8:30 p.m. Friday, Sep. 9: Opening reception for exhibit by Salisbury’s Robert Crum • 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sep. 10: Artist Talk by Crum • Exhibit open through Sep. 30. Clearwater Artist Studios, 223 Crowell Dr. NW, Concord, 704-784-9535, www.clearwaterartists.com

Exhibit change at Cabarrus Art Guild’s Street Level Gallery, 11 Union St., Concord — Oil, water color, pastel, mixed media paintings as well as photography plus three-dimensional art made by our potters. On display until November. 704-795-1901, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. www.cabarrusartguild.org



Travel with the YMCA — • Oct. 11, 11:45 a.m. Barn Dinner Theater. Deadline Sep. 25 • Oct. 19-21, 8 a.m. Beach Trip. Deadline Sep. 15 • Nov. 12, Greensboro, “Gaither’s Home Coming.” Deadline Oct. 25 • Buses leave from J. F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. Call Louise for trip info and reservations: 704-636-0111.or lklaver@ rowanymca.com

Go with the Community Travelers — Sep. 17: Asheville Outlets and Hamricks • Oct. 1-2: Panthers in Atlanta • Call for details: Brenda Cowan, 704-431-3974.

The New Cherokee Casino — Sep. 24: Bus trip to the new casino in Murphy. Leave old Salisbury Mall at 7 a.m. sharp. Cost $45 with $20 given back. Sponsored by the Eloganze Social Club. Reservations: Lynda 704-310-8888 or Robin 704-706-8376 or any cl ub member.

Christmas at the Beach with Davie County Senior Services — Nov. 14-16: J&J Tours, accommodations at Caravelle Resort, meals including Thanksgiving feast, Christmas shows at two theaters, Ripley’s Aquarium with behind-the-scenes tour. Call Barbara at Davie County Senior Services, 336-753-6230.


Call for vendors

Gold Hill Founders Day — Sep. 24: Parade, history hayrides, Civil War Living History Encampment and Skirmish, food trucks, entertainment. Limited spaces available for arts, crafts, heritage living exhibits, old time living demonstrations, etc. Applications at www.historicgoldhill.com or Facebook at: Historic Gold Hill, North Carolina

Rowan County Fair — Visit rowancountyfair.net and print out application to send in. Most food vendor spots are taken. Call 704-640-2326 for availability.New Building spots are going fast.

Carolina automotive swap and show —Monthly shows through November. Vendors $20, admission $5. Held at Kannapolis Intimidators baseball stadium. Car -truck-motorcycle parts, related items. Contact carolinaswap andshow@yahoo.com or Facebook.

Kannapolis Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival — Sep. 24, Oct. 29: All forms of family friendly arts and culture welcome. Vendors register: http://kannapolisarts. com/vendor-form/

Fall Festival at the VA — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14: The W.G “Bill” Hefner Salisbury VA Medical Center’s Employee’s Association’s Fall Festival, Building #6, Gym. For vendor info contact Kelly.vanager@va.gov or Sharon Censi at 704-638-3330. This event is open to the public.

Autumn Craft Show — 10 a.m.-4 p.m Oct. 15: $35 indoor vendors, $25 outdoor vendors, at Salisbury Civic Center, 315 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Sponsored by Salisbury Parks and Rec, www.salisburync.gov

Bazaar vendors — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5: Annual bazaar at Central United Methodist Church in Spencer, looking for local vendors who would like to participate. Contact Melinda Dudley at 704-636-9190 or Rita Sims at 704-633-3415.

FBMC Holiday Faire — Saturday, Nov. 5: Holiday Faire at First Ministry Center of First Baptist Church, seeking crafters and independent vendors. Proceeds after expenses go to missions locally, around the world. Joyce 704-433-4251 or Rod 704-633-0431.

Christmas craft and vendor show — Nov. 19-20: At Rowan County Fairgrounds. Vendor spots $60 for 10×10 booth in new building; 50 for 10×10 in old building; food booths $100. Go to rowancountyfair.net to print an application or call 704-640-2326.


Call for film makers

NC Museum of History accepting entries for 2017 Film Festival — Deadline March 1, 2017 for May 12-13 festival: Third annual Longleaf Film Festival, the best of state, regional and international short- and feature-length documentary and narrative films. Cash prizes. Details at www.LongleafFilmFestival.com or www.facebook.com/LongleafFilmFestival


Call for parade entries

Gold Hill Founders Day — Sep. 24: Parade entries may call 704-279-7897 or see www.historicgoldhill.com. Email inquiries to vivian@historicgoldhill.com


Call for performers

Concert Choir begins rehearsal season — First practice 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sep. 19: Singing Verdi’s Requiem with the Salisbury Symphony. Rehearsals at St. John’s Lutheran Church, W. Innes St. Meet in the choir room, use side entrance at parking lot.

Bands and solo artists — Saturday, Oct. 8: Hickory’s Oktoberfest offers the opportunity to show off musical talent; participants will have 20 minutes to set up, perform, and break down. Deadline Oct. 6. Contact Hickory Music Factory 828-308-5659 or contact@hickorymusicfactory.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 openmic@ncbpac.org


Call for volunteers 

Kannapolis Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival — Sep. 24, Oct. 29: Festival of family friendly arts and culture. 828-231-5037 or kannapolisarts@gmail.com

Rowan Helping Ministries volunteers – Pick up donated food, stock food pantry, intake interviews, laundry, meals. Call Emily Huffman or Katie Murdock, 704-637-6838.

Help feed the horses — Horse Protection Society, 2135 Miller Road, China Grove, www.horseprotection.org or email hps@horseprotection.org

DAV transportation network of Rowan County — Looking for volunteers to take veterans to hospital appts. Inquire at VAMC Salisbury volunteer office or contact Jim Martin at 704-638-9000 x3904.

Novant Rowan Medical Center – Patient escorts, gift shop, surgical waiting room, flower delivery, ancillary support. dbhundley@ novanthealth.org

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Election 2021: Granite Quarry’s new mayor will be a veteran or a newcomer

Ask Us

Ask Us: If I received my vaccine in another county, is it recorded in Rowan?


Young entrepreneur raises $1,000 for Rowan County United Way with lemonade stand


Election 2021: Candidates in East Spencer hoping to continue moving town forward


Election 2021: Candidates detail their visions, goals if elected to Salisbury City Council

China Grove

Election 2021: China Grove Town Council candidates detail approaches to handling economic, residential growth


Elect 2021: Four candidates competing for three seats in town of Cleveland


County hopes software will streamline foster home licensing process


Election 2021:Four vie for pair of seats on Granite Quarry board

High School

High school volleyball: Carson tops Mustangs again


Judge: No waiting on NC budget to act on school funding


2 more House Democrats retiring, underscoring 2022 obstacles


Man jailed for shooting at Davie detectives in Rowan County given $560,000 bond


County Commissioner Craig Pierce pleads guilty to driving while intoxicated


Overdose call turns into homicide investigation on Ted Lane


Court judgment requires occupants to vacate Gheen Road home, site of two murders


Blotter: Oct. 17


Bill Clinton back home after hospitalization from infection


Early voting creeps along as county holds first municipal voting on Sunday


5 killed in single-vehicle crash in Raleigh