People & Places Sunday, Feb. 19

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 19, 2017

Elks leading the way for 149 years 

Elks were founded on Feb. 16, 1868. Over the past ten years the local lodge has invested more than $100,000 in the community through various grants, donations  and time. For example, the Salisbury Elks Lodge, at 508 S. Main St., hosts Bingo on Mondays to raise funds for its charities. Early games start at 5 p.m. and regular bingo at 7 p.m.

Last year alone, the Elks as a whole donated approximately $283 million in cash, gifts and time to make our communities better places to live. The Elks are one of the premier patriotic and charitable organizations in the United States of America.

Elks volunteers visit thousands of hospitalized Veterans who have protected our freedoms. The Elks vow, “So long as there are Veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.”

The Elks support both active military forces and retired veterans. Elks furnish food, comfort care items, therapeutic items and gifts, host holiday celebrations and recreational activities at bases and hospitals, and stand ready to fulfill any need when called upon.

The Elks have entered into a partnership with VHA to support efforts to rescue homeless Veterans in their communities and have pledged $4 million dollars to the cause. Annually, the Elks award college scholarships across the nation totaling more than $4 million. The Elks’ Community Investments Program [CIP] will award nearly $10 million towards enriching our communities.

Call 704-798-8168 to learn more, or visit


Autism Society of NC Rowan County

The Autism Society of NC Rowan County Chapter will meet 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at First United Methodist Church, room 108, at 217 S Church St. Enter on the Church Street side of building through the doors to right of the courtyard.

Linda Woodruff, vocational rehabilitation services representative, will speak on “What is VR and How Can They Help with Employment?”

ASNC  Rowan County Chapter provides a place for families of children and adults with autism to meet, share and learn.  Meetings are held on third Tuesdays. For more information contact Nancy Popkin at 704-894-9678 or or 704-603-4919.


Genealogical Society 

The Genealogical Society of Rowan will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 in the Hurley Room at Rowan Public Library headquarters. Learn how to use History Room internet programs to research your family history. This is free.


The cure of Cystic Fibrosis will be having Southland in concert Saturday Febuary 25th. 7pm at First Baptist Church of Gold Hill NC. This will be a free concert with a love offering taken and will go to the cure of Cystic Fibrosis. Great group of singers. All info at call or text 704-239-6134.


Cardinal Squares open house, lessons

By Pete Prunkl

Looking for something fun to get you moving? Those new to modern Western square dancing have an opportunity to try out a few steps at the Cardinal Squares Dance Club Open House on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at the City Park Rec Center, 316 Lake Drive. Try some basic steps and watch a square dance demonstration by club members. There is no cost or obligation for attending the open house.

For years, the Salisbury club danced on Tuesdays and conducted lessons for new dancers on Thursdays. Beginning Feb. 28, caller Marty Northrup will conduct lessons on Tuesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. The club dance for members is 7:30-9 p.m. Lessons and dances are held at the City Park Rec Center. Graduation for new dancers is expected to be May 30 after 14 weeks of lessons. Lessons are $5 per person per night.

For more information, call 704-633-9641.


Seeking visual and spoken word artists

Center for Faith & the Arts is seeking visual and spoken word artists for an upcoming exhibit  and gallery event exploring bias, prejudice, and intolerance in our society.

So often intolerance arises out of being afraid of what is different. Different races, different religions, different lifestyles. CFA wants to explore through art how these fears impact our lives and how we respond to such unreasonable fears.

A small selection of the works will be hung in the lobby of Lee Street theater during the performances of Voices from the Margin, March 23-25 and will then be moved to the galleries at CFA to join the other works.

The gallery event of spoken word performances at CFA will be on April 14.

Get information on guidelines and deadlines from Nancy Gaines, program coordinator, at


King Lear readings 

Beginning this week, Catawba College will again offer a community reading and study of a Shakespeare play at its downtown venue at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays in February and March. This year’s play will be King Lear.

Reading dates are Feb. 21 and 28, and March 7, 14, and 21. The group will read one act each week at Downtown Catawba, located at Plaza Building, Suite 103, 100 West Innes Street.

Dr. Bethany Sinnott, Catawba’s retired Shakespeare professor, will again conduct the weekly sessions, which consist of the participants sitting in a circle and reading aloud each scene before discussing it briefly. Everyone is encouraged but not required to read aloud.

With questions, contact Dr. Sinnott at or 704-637-0136.


Women’s history month benefit brunch

The American Association of University Women  Salisbury (AAUW) will hold its Women’s History Month Benefit Brunch on Saturday, March 18, at the First United Church of Christ, 207 W. Horah St. at 9:30 a.m.

The topic is “The Roots to Grow and the Wings to Fly: Changing the World with the Power of Education,” presented by Janet N. Spriggs.   The guest artist will be Teresa A. Moore-Mitchell.

Ms. Spriggs presently serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. She has worked within the North Carolina Community College System for over 20 years.  In her current role, Spriggs leads the Student Success and Service Excellence team which includes student success and support services, finance, human resources, and institutional effectiveness.

Ms. Moore-Mitchell is well-known in the Salisbury Community as an outstanding classical vocal artist.  She has performed throughout the country for over 29 years, including solo appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York City.

The Benefit Brunch will help to send two local students to the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) in June. Donations are welcome.

The Brunch is open to the public.  Reservations are required by March 10.  The cost is $10 per person.  RSVP to  Eileen Hanson-Kelly, treasurer, at 704-855-8353 or

For information, contact Dr. Carol Cody, president, or Kathy Pulliam, secretary,


Catawba Choirs Spring Concert 

On Sunday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel, The Catawba Choirs will present the first of two Spring concerts. “Give My Regards to Broadway” will feature the Catawba Singers, Chamber Singers, and PopAC choirs in music selected from Broadway Musicals.

Drawn from the long history of Musical Theatre, the program will feature pieces familiar to most, and a few new selections drawn from more recent musicals. Represented musicals include: The Sound of Music, West Side Story, Candide, Sweet Charity, Wicked, Hair and Pippin to name a few.

Two new arrangements by current Catawba students and graduating seniors will be featured on the program. Caleb Garner’s arrangement of Make Them Hear You from “Ragtime” will be sung by the men of the choir. PopAC will premier Conway Hahne’s arrangement of Seasons of Love from “Rent.”

Student conductor and graduating senior Robert Thornton will direct the Catawba Men in Tell My Father from “Civil War: An American Musical.”

The program features a wide variety of featured soloists. Student musicians will provide accompaniments on many selections. Each selection will be introduced by student actors providing the context for the pieces to be performed.

Catawba Choirs are under the leadership of Dr. Phillip E. Burgess, assistant professor of music and director of choral/vocal studies. The choirs are accompanied by Jacob Hahn and Susan Trivette.


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