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Arts & entertainment news Jan. 26-Feb. 1

Kannapolis Arts’ creative networking event is tonight 

CONCORD — Cabarrus County’s creative community is strong and vibrant, with artists, writers, filmmakers, actors, jugglers, circus performers and Carolina Renaissance Festival performers living in the area. In order to help unite those different creative individuals, Kannapolis Arts/Downtown Kannapolis Inc. is organizing Creative Connections with the Concord Downtown Development Corporation and ClearWater Artist Studios.

Creative Connections is designed to be a networking event in Cabarrus and surrounding communities to come together and form partnerships that can lead to collaborations and help local artists, musicians and others in the community.

Creative Connections kicks off at 6:30 p.m.this evening at Piedmont Renaissance Center, 51 Union St S #101, Concord.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/KannapolisArts/ to learn more or RSVP to https://www.facebook.com/events/1633163316974556/


Spend an evening with the Benham Brothers

FAITH — Twin brothers David and Jason Benham are former professional baseball players, bestselling authors, speakers, and nationally acclaimed entrepreneurs. Their accomplishments have been recognized by dozens of business publications, including Inc Magazine, Wall St Journal, Business Leader Media, Franchise 500 and more.

Their success earned them a reality show with HGTV set to air in the Fall of 2014 — yet the show was abruptly cancelled because of their commitment to Biblical values. The Benham’s immediately found themselves in the midst of a cultural firestorm, yet they decided not to back down.

Appearing on CNN, Fox News, ESPN, ABC’s Nightline & Good Morning America, the Benhams continue to stand up for what they believe. Since their show was cancelled, over 51 million tweets about their story have been delivered to Twitter streams.

Faith Baptist Church, 203 N Main St., will host the Benham brothers event on Thursday, Feb. 2, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with music provided by The LeBeaus. Call 704-279-3629 or visit https://www.facebook.com/faithbaptistfaith/ to learn more.


Last call: Lee Street acting courses 

• Acting Stylish, Sundays 4-6:30 p.m. Jan. 29-April 23: Intermediate course explores five styles of performance. Pre-requisite: Meisner Intensive;

• Meisner Intensive, Mondays 6:30-9 p.m. Jan. 30-April 1: Twelve-week course explores impulse work as applied to repetition exercises; for all levels;

• Beginning Acting for Teens (ages 14-17), Mondays 4-6 p.m. Jan. 30-April 23: Introduction to basic skill s.

$250 one-time fee for each. Lee Street Theatre, 329 N. Lee St. www.leestreet.org or 704-310-5507.

 Chrismon classes 

Rufty’s Chrismon Shop will be holding Chrismon classes on Feb. 2, 3 and 4. Classes will begin at 10:30 a.m. and each day three levels will be taught.

Call for reservations and more specific info at 704-636-7790 or email info@chrismons.com. Rufty’s Chrismon Shop is located at 280 Furniture Drive.


Silver Arts and Silver Games registration

Salisbury/Rowan Senior Games duplicate bridge tournament is 1 p.m. Feb. 6 at Trinity Oaks. Register by Jan 27.

Salisbury/Rowan Senior Games contract bridge tournament is 1 p.m. Feb. 13 at Trinity Oaks. Register by Jan. 27.

Salisbury/Rowan SilverArts Registration deadline is March 1. Register at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, J.F. Hurley YMCA or rowanseniorgames.org

Salisbury/Rowan SilverArts extravaganza March 15-17 at the Civic Center. Register by March 1. Open to the public for viewing March 17.

Learn more at 704-216-7780 or rowanseniorgames.org


Special American Girl ‘Grace’ Camp 

SPENCER — On Saturday, Jan. 28, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., join The Spencer Doll & Toy Museum for an event inspired by American Girl’s Grace Thomas, the 2015 Girl of the Year. Grace is an ideas girl. Whether she’s inventing a new recipe or brainstorming ways to build a business with her friends, Grace is always dreaming up the next big thing. When an unexpected summer trip to Paris, France, is announced, Grace sees an opportunity for an exciting adventure —and a chance to really explore her passions. At this event, girls will learn about Grace and participate in activities related to her inspiring stories. Activities include icebreakers, games, recipe box craft, Bingo in Paris, cupcake decorating, Take home quizzes and activities, giveaway posters and more. Bring a bagged lunch. Snacks are provided.

Option 1: cost $25. Camp Only

Option 2: cost $45. Includes Grace 6-inch Mini Doll and a miniature abridged version of the first book in her series. (Retail value of doll $25+)

Option 3: cost $66. Includes Grace Mini Doll and 3 AG books. (Retail Value of books and doll $55 plus tax)

Deadline is tomorrow. R.S.V.P. by Jan. 27 to 704-762-9359.


Special children’s scrapbooking event

SPENCER — Coming Feb. 4 to the Spencer Doll & Toy Museum: a great opportunity to use those Christmas photos to paste into your new scrapbook and have a fun time on a winter day. Children will receive and create their very own scrapbook, and can also tour the museum, participate in a scavenger hunt, have scrapbooking time, enjoy snacks — plus, each child will receive a doll at the end of the program.

The cost of the event is $20 per child. Advance registration and payment is required. Seating is limited. All supplies are included. Make your reservation today at 704-762-9359.


Food awareness fundraisers

Scouting for Food —Starting Jan. 28: Local Scout troops will hand out bags to collect food donations. Bags will be collected on Feb. 4 and donations will go to Rowan Helping Ministries. Email Ann Barber at annbarber739@gmail.com for more info.

Empty Bowls — 5-7 p.m. Feb. 9: The Empty Bowls Soup Dinner raises awareness and funds in the battle to end hunger in Rowan County. Proceeds support Rowan Helping Ministries. Held at North Hills Christian School. $5/child, $10/adult, $25/family. Learn more at 704-637-6838. Tickets are available at www.rowanhelpingministries.org

‘Cheerwine: 100 Years’ exhibit opening reception 

Cheerwine celebrates 100 years in its hometown in the Rowan Museum exhibit which displays Cheerwine’s logo on merchandise produced through the years. Stop by the museum to enjoy the memmorablilia of the famous hometown soda, Cheerwine.

The opening reception, which is free and open to the public, is from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 202 N. Main St. The exhibit will be available for viewing at the museum until December 2017.

Call 704-633-5946 or visit www.rowanmuseum.org to learn more.


Great Women and Men United present Queens in Training

Queens in Training is an empowerment group for young ladies age 8-17; women are also welcome. This group is a setting for young teenage girls to be empowered through discussions, trainings, meetings, workshops and programs aimed towards bringing back the fundamental essence of being a lady.

Held at Rowan Public Library, 201 W. Fisher St. in the Hurley Room. Sessions will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 7 and 14 • March 2 and 23 • April 4 and 12 • May 2 and 23. For more information contact Chariel Dye (Minnette Smith) at 704-738-7077.



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