Roundabout: What’s happening March 9-15

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 9, 2017


PPT presents Tony nominated musical ‘Sister Act’ — Show dates March 16-18 and 22-25 at 7:30 p.m. , March 19 at 2:30 p.m. Adults $20, students/seniors $17. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. 704-633-5471 or

Old Courthouse Theatre presents ‘The Music Man’ — April 21-May 7: 49 Spring St. NW. Tickets at or 704-788-2405.

Catawba College’s Blue Masque presents ‘25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ — March 29-April 1 at 7:30 p.m. Eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Florence Busby Corriher Theatre, Catawba College, or 704-637-4481.

PPT present “Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing” — Mar. 30-Apr. 8. Youth Theatre, Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St., 704-633-5471,

 Music & more 

Open mic at Mean Mug Coffee Co., 1024 S. Fulton St. — 7-11 p.m. March 10: Java Jam weekly Open Mic hosted by Dalton Rowland. All are welcome, musicians, poets, storytellers. Signup begins 7 p.m. 704-754-4615,

Fifth annual Handbell Festival Concert — March 10-11 at First Presbyterian Church Lewis Hall, 308 Fisher St. 191 bell ringers at two day workshop. Public concert on March 11 at 5 p.m.

Ringing in St. Patrick’s Week — March 11: Ringing in St. Patrick’s Week at Mean Mug 7-9:30 p.m. Irish and Americana folk musician Jim Sharkey. 704-754-4615,

Mean Mug second anniversary party, 1024 S. Fulton St — 3:30-8 p.m. March 12: Blazing Blues Bob at 3:30, bluegrass/newgrass band No.9 Coal at 5:30 p.m. Buddy the Magician’s sleight-of-hand throughout the evening. 704-754-4615,

PaddyPalooza open mic at Mean Mug, 1024 S. Fulton St. — 7-11 p.m. March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Open Mic, with host Cameron Dingess. All are welcome, musicians, poets, storytellers. Signup begins 7 p.m. 704-754-4615,

Let Your Voice Be Heard with ‘Downtown Beats’ — 6-7 p.m. March 27: Community sing impromptu chorus presented by Rowan Public Library. No experience or extended commitment and is free of charge. Stanback Auditorium at RPL Headquarters. Meet the last Monday of each month, Jan.-April. Contact Abigail Hardison at 704-216-8248 or or visit

Tonight: Salisbury Symphony hosts the North Carolina Symphony — March 9 at 7:30 p.m. NC Symphony conductor David Glover leads “Our State’s Finest” with NC Symphony, featuring Jubilation Overture, Ward Lo, Caroline Shaw Symphony No. 4, Tchaikovsky. Keppel Auditorium, Catawba College, 704-637-4314 or

Lee Street theatre presents Classic Country Concert — March 17 at 7:30 p.m. with Salisbury’s own Graham Carlton, Tripp Edwards, Mary Gillespie, Carol Harris, Matthew Weaver. Tickets $20+tax at or 704-310-5507. 329 N. Lee St.

Pickin’ for the Master — Friday, March 31 at 7 p.m. Concert followed by open jam session. Concessions available. No admission charge, donations accepted. Doors open 6 p.m. Trading Ford Baptist Church, 3600 Long Ferry Road, 704-633-5986,

Charlotte Jazz Festival 2017 — April 20-23: Blumenthal Performing Arts’ jazz festival featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra under the leadership of Wynton Marsalis, at Levine Center for the Arts and Romare Bearden Park. Full schedule at


Bennett Place March lecture series — Durham’s Bennett Place State Historic Site, 1 p.m. Saturdays March 11, 18 and 25: Programs show the sacrifices of women during the Civil War. $5 admission • March 11: Michele Lanier on the experience of African American women. Bennett Place was the site of the largest surrender of the Civil War. 4409 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham, 919-383-4345 or

Rowan History Club ‘Cycles of Life’ — March 14 at 7 p.m. Tim Moore on the Cycles of Life and the importance of bicycles. Short history talk and discussion with light refreshments. Free and open to the public. Rowan Museum Messinger Room, 202 N. Main St., 704-633-5946,

‘Mt. Pleasant by the minutes’ — Sunday, March 19 at 2 p.m. at Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society. Ben Callahan presents readings from newest book based on the transcription of the Town of Mt. Pleasant Board of Commissioners minutes 1883-1908. $5 admission. Info Donna Carter at

8th Annual Colonial Spring Frolic — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 1: Old Stone House, 770 Old Stone House Road, Salisbury. Celebrate Spring and the re-opening of the Old Stone House for the season. Historical tours of Michael Brown’s Colonial home, Easter egg dyeing activity, musket firing demonstrations, woodworking, open fire cooking demonstrations and tasting, candle making, children’s games, colonial dancers and music. Open to the public. Admission $5 adults and $3 students.

‘Cheerwine: 100 Years’ exhibit —Cheerwine celebrates 100 years in its hometown in an exhibit at Rowan Museum. Through December 2017. 202 N. Main St. Free. 704-633-5946 or

This & That 

Tonight Game night at Mean Mug Coffee Co. — 6-9 p.m. Thursday March 9: Bring your favorite board game. Free and family-friendly. 1024 S. Fulton St., 704-754-4615.

Dance at Harold B. Jarrett Post 342 — 7-10 p.m. Friday, March 10 (second Fridays): Live music with the band The Country Music Legends Band. $10 admission includes snacks and drinks. 1024 Lincolnton Road. Call 704-637-1722 for info.

Southern Piedmont Woodturners — March 11 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday:  Open Studio opportunity to learn about wood turning, freshen up skills, learn how to sharpen your tools, choose a design, finish your project, select different finishing techniques and select wood for your project.  Meet and visit with other artists on display. Clearwater Artist Studio and Gallery, 223 Crowell Drive NW, Concord, 704-796-0803.

Spencer Doll And Toy Museum —• Thursdays at 2 p.m. Downton Abbey Club • March 11 at 2 p.m. A Special Tribute Day to Barbie • March 18: African American Fashion Show • March 24-25: Antiques Appraisal Fair (Roadshow Style) • March 25: Author Randell Jones, author of “In the Foot Steps of Daniel Boone” • Spencer Doll And Toy Museum, 108 Fourth St., Spencer, 704-762-9359,

MASH nurse at South Main Book Co. — • March 11 from 1-3 p.m. Virginia Graves, former M.A.S.H. nurse that served during the Korean War. South Main Book Co., 110 S. Main St., 704-630-9788,

Band dance at the Y — 7-10 p.m. Saturday, March 18: Delmoninco Band . Line Dancing night • Bring a covered dish. $8 per person. Open to the public. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111,

60+ Bingo — 2 p.m. third Wednesdays. Info: Dawn or Eva, 336-250-8585 or mdor.mkt@The Meadows of Rockwell. 612 China Grove Highway, Rockwell.

Coffee with a Cop at Mean Mug — 9-10 a.m. Tuesday March 14 and 28: Every second and fourth Tuesday. Free. 1024 S. Fulton St., 704-754-4615.

Catawba sponsors free community reading of King Lear — 7 p.m. Tuesdays March 14, 21: Downtown Catawba, Plaza Building, Suite 103, 100 W. Innes St. Led by Dr. Bethany Sinnott. Info at or 704-637-0136.

Repticon Charlotte — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 11-12: Vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, merchandise plus live animal seminars, free raffles for prizes. Family-oriented. $10 adults, $5 children age 5-12, under 5 free. Visit for offers on tickets.

The 2017 Miss Black & Gold Experience — Thursday, March 16 at 7:06 p.m. Gamma Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha wpresents Miss Black & Gold Scholarship Pageant, Varrick Auditorium, Livingstone College, 701 W. Monroe St. Free for students, $3 for guests. 704-253-0290.

Sole Hope shoe cutting party at Morgan RIdge — 5-8 p.m. March 15. Morgan Ridge Railwalk Brewery, 421 N. Lee St. Free; all supplies provided. Info at

Visit Horizons Unlimited — 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. March 18: New laser show featuring movie music hits of John Williams Including Star Wars, Superman, ET, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. $2 admission. A public opening at The Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium • Also from 1-3 p.m. March Make Event, Glow in the Dark Art. Bring a jar and join the fun. 1636 Parkview Circle. Free admission; donations accepted. 704-639-3004.

Crop Day at Davie County Senior Services — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 18: For scrapbookers and those who want to. Free. Bring your own project and supplies. Preregister at 336-753-6230 or Davie County Senior services, 278 Meroney St., Mocksville.

Coming to the Rowan County Fairgrounds — See Call For Vendors for booth info. • March 18-19: Randy’s Antique event. • March 25-26: CBA Swap meet and Bike Show. • April 8-9: Sunny Day’s Craft and Vendor Show. Info: Peggi Brown, 336-880-3554.

Fairlane Club of America Show — 7 a.m.-1 p.m. April 1: At Kannapolis Intimidators Stadium. $5 admission or free with your 1962-1976 Fairlane car or Fairlane parts to sell. Details at or 704-738-5758


Tonight: 16th annual ‘Laugh for the Cure’ — March 9 at 7:15 p.m. Craig Shoemaker and Jason Allen King perform at the McGlohon Theater. Survivor reception, VIP cocktail reception, complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres buffet, silent and live auctions, entertainment, full-length PG-13 comedy show. VIP ticket $80; general admission $65 at

Blood drives

North Hills — March 14: 2-6:30 p.m. in the Rev. Bill Adams Chapel. For appointments, go to and enter the sponsor code: North Hills

J.F. Hurley Family YMCA — 11 a.m.–3:30 p.m., March 23: American Red Cross Blood Drive at J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. Sign up at 704-636-0111, ask for Louise.


Concord on Canvas — March 10: Original paintings created by area high school and professional artists auctioned off to benefit art programs in Cabarrus County High Schools. Ticket includes A Taste of Downtown Concord. Held at the Bridge Building at Gibson Mill. $35. See

Brunswick stew for international missions — March 11 from 2-5 p.m. or until sold out. Eat in or take out; also by the quart. By donation. Faith Baptist Church, 203 N. Main St. Faith, 704-279-3629.

Children’s consignment sale — March 10-11: Benefits Forest Hill United Methodist Church, 50 Elm Ave., Concord. 704 782-1109.

Center for Faith & the Arts Gala — 7 p.m.-midnight March 11: Entertainment by Catawba Danceworks, Rowan Youth Symphony. $75 includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert, entertainment, open bar. Tickets at or 704-647-0999. Held at Lee Street theatre, 329 N. Lee St.

Meals on wheels 9th annual BBQ fundraiser — March 14 from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church. Food prepared by College bbq. $8.50/plate, dine-in or take-out. Minimum 5 meals for delivery, deadlinne 5 p.m. March 13. Call 704-633-0352. Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels of Rowan.

AAUW Women’s History Month benefit brunch — March 18 at 9:30 a.m. “The Roots to Grow and the Wings to Fly: Changing the World with the Power of Education” by Janet N. Spriggs. Guest artist Teresa A. Moore-Mitchell. Hosted by American Association of University Women at First UCC, 207 W. Horah St. Brunch $10 per person. RSVP by March 10 to Eileen Hanson-Kelly, 704-855-8353 or

Too Much Sylvia in concert — March 25: Morgan Ridge Vineyards benefit “Boogie for Boobies,” Sippin and Shakin for a cure. Ticket proceeds go to the Avon Walk for Cancer. Purchase at or day of concert. Bring your own chair. Morgan Ridge Vineyards, 486 John Morgan Road, Gold Hill, 704-639-0911,

Deacon Dash for Down Syndrome — March 25 at 8:30 a.m. 5K race with additional .11 mile added for a total distance of 3.21 miles. Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. Also 1 mile Fun Run at 8 a.m. Fees and registration info at

Spring Craft & Garden Faire — April 1: Featuring local craftsmen. Held at Christ United Methodist Church, 3401 Mooresville Hwy. Admission $3 adults, $2 students, children 5 and under free. Event hosted by Youth United. Proceeds to assist with youth events and youth missions.

IMPACT 2017: Celebrating 50 Years — April 6 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open 6 p.m. Resere seats on sale at North Hills Christian School, Helen Kelley Smith Gymnasium. $50/seat . Free childcare available. Contact the school at 704-636-3005 ext. 110. Reserve your seat online at (Impact 2017 – Celebrating 50 Years)

Rhythm & Run 5K — April 7 at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 203 West Ave., Kannapolis. Early registration $20 by Feb. 24; $25 Feb. 25-April 6; race day $30. Register at run-5k

St. Paul’s annual Cruise ’n Barbecue — 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 29: Poker Cruise: 9 a.m. Port-a-Pit chicken, music, cruise-in, raffles & door prizes noon-4 p.m. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 205 St. Paul’s Church Road. Info at or or 704-239-1172.

Wine & beer tastings 

Salisbury Wine Shop — 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, March 10: New French Wines from Grapevine Distributing with guest host Felix Lamirand of France. $5/person • 106 S. Main St., 704-636-5151, sws@

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

Cauble Creek Vineyard and Winery — NC’s 100th Winery. Tasting room Friday -Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 1-6 p.m. $8. 704-633-1137, 700 Cauble Farm Road, see

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 or Facebook.

Cougar Run Winery — 704-280-3624. Cougar Run Winery, 363 N. Church St., Concord.

Mean Mug Coffee Co. — 7-10 p.m. March 14: Live mUSIC by The DLX, off-the-wall-pop brainchild of Shawn Chambliss, a Hattiesburg MS singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. $15 pp with RSVP to 704-754-4615.1024 S. Fulton St.

Old Stone Winery — 704-279-0930, 6245 US Hwy. 52.

Rocky River Vineyards — 704-781-5035. 11685 Reed Mine Road, Midland.

Childress Vineyards — 336-236-WINE, 1000 Childress Vineyards Road, exit 89 off I-85, Hwy 64 W. Lexington.

Night Life

The Carriage Room, 2141 Statesville Blvd. — Sundays 2-7 p.m. Open Mic hosted by Danny Franklin • Fridays: In-house pool tournament, $5. 704-647-9876, carriageroomnc@

DJs Restaurant, 1502 W. Innes St. — • Tuesdays, Live trivia at 8 p.m. • Fridays, deejay at 10 p.m. • 704-638-9647,

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

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 •

The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 — Saturday: Genuine Remedy and Strength Betrayed. Contemporary Christian music venue. Musicians invited to jam or schedule their group to perform. 704-213-1467. 704-213-1467.

Bluegrass Saturday Night  at Mario’s Restaurant, 8850 Statesville Blvd., Cleveland — 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday: Live music with Hazy Ridge Bluegrass Band. 704-278-4444,

E.H. Montgomery General Store — 7-9 p.m. Fridays: Open acoustic Bluegrass jam. Historic Village of Gold Hill, Facebook, 704-267-9439,

Stars and Bars Tavern, 723 Klumac Road —Tuesdays at 7 p.m. 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


Spring into Arts Festival — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 13: Free annual family-friendly event in Downtown Concord showcasing visual and performing arts. Juried art show, musical entertainment, food, children’s area, outside beer and wine fest.

Rowan Chamber Dragon Boat Festival — July 29: Rowan Shrine Club on High Rock Lake, 6480 Long Ferry Road. Free to attend; see for team signup costs.


Great Women and Men United present Queens in Training — 6-8 p.m. on • March 23 • April 4 and 12 • May 2 and 23. An empowerment group for young ladies age 8-17 for teenage girls to be empowered through discussions, trainings, meetings, workshops and programs aimed towards bringing back the fundamental essence of being a lady. Hurley Room Rowan Public Library, 201 W. Fisher St. Info: contact Chariel Dye (Minnette Smith) 704-738-7077.

60+ Gentle exercise — Fridays at 9 a.m. at The Meadows of Rockwell, 612 China Grove Hwy. Low-impact. Pre-register with Devan Bertch at 704-698-6459.

Country dance lessons at the Harold B. Jarrett — 6:30-9 p.m. Thursdays: $4 per person. Harold B. Jarrett American Legion Post 342, 1024 Lincolnton Road. 704-450-7446.

Meditation classes — First and third Sundays at 4 p.m. Donation only. 120 N. Church St. Studio A. See

Classes at Waterworks Visual Arts Center

• Children. Clay Easter Basket. $35/$45. April 1. 10 a.m.-noon. Age 4-12; 4-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult. Ready for pick up before Easter.

• Adults. Hand and Wheel Pottery. $150/$180. Tuesdays, 6:30-9 p.m. April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9. Open studio for registered students May 13, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Ages 15-adult. 6-week class for all levels.

• Toddler Time Workshop. Toddler Time II: Spring Colors and Creations. $20/$30. April 8. 10-11 a.m. Age 18 months-3 years, MUST be accompanied by one adult per child.

• Pre-register at 123 E. Liberty St., 704-636-1882 or

Eight-week pottery class at Pottery 101 — Beginning and intermediate wheel and glazing techniques. $200. Register at Pottery 101, 101 S. Main St., 704-209-1632, Choose

•Thursdays 6:30-9 p.m. March 16-May 4 or

•Wednesdays 6:30-9 p.m. March 15-May 3 or

•Tuesdays 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 14-May 2.

W4VEC Amateur Radio License Exams — 9:30 a.m. Saturdays March 18, May 13, Sept. 16, Nov. 18. W4VEC VEC Amateur Radio Exams Technician through Extra Class. $12 testing fee. Held at Bostian Heights Fire Dept., 8211 Old Concord Road,

Classes at Mooresville Arts — Children’s guitar lessons. Info at or 704-663-6661.

— Youth art classes. Call or email for info.

103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville, 103 W. Center St., 704-663-6661,

Speakers & forums

Bright Ideas — 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays March 9 and March 16 plus open house 2-5 p.m. March 12 . Find and develop ideas and resources at coworking facility 10Thread, 1024 S. Fulton St.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority annual Youth Symposium — March 11 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Isenberg Elementary School. Focus on healthy living, healthy choices, healthy generations. Free to youth ages 12-18 and parents/guardians. Lunch is provided. Register at

Free programs at the Y — • March 15 at 3 p.m. Diabetes Education-Medications • March 22 at noon. Home Instead presents Photography (covered dish) • Programs open to the public, sign up at 704-401-8158 or 704-636-0111 • J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. Visit to learn more.

RSVP by March 17 for Stop the Violence Summit —  Summit is 10 a.m.-4 p.m., March 18 with 9 a.m. check-in at the Tubman Little Theatre,  Livingstone College, 701 W. Monroe St. Free. Participants can submit ideas, engage others and come up with solutions. Requires all day attendance.Snacks and lunch provided. Pre-register by email to and indicate how many will attend or for more details on the event.

Information Fair — 2-5 p.m. March 18, Matika Village Mobile Home Park, 1010 Airport Road. Free food, games, information. Sponsored by The Hispanc Coalition. Info at 704-638-5217 or


PPT auditions for ‘Tom Jones’ — 7 p.m. March 20-21: Held on the 3rd floor of the Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. Show dates March 16-25. See available roles at

Lee Street theatre auditions For ‘Boeing Boeing’ — March 26-27 at 7 p.m. Classic French farce set in the 1960s. Directed by Brad Stephenson. Performance dates May 18-20 and 25-27. Scripts available for perusal at 329 N. Lee St., or visit or call 704-310-5507.


2017 RIVERRUN Film Festival — March 30-April 9: Stevens Center in Winston-Salem. Annual Family Day is April 1. Tickets and info at or 336-721-1945.


Carolina Artists Guild annual Rowan/Salisbury Student Art Expo — Thursday, March 23 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday, March 24 from 10 a.m.-noon for public viewing at the Rowan Civic Center. Student art Kindergarten-12th grade on display. Awards reception is March 23 at 6 p.m.

The Carolina Artists — 6:30 p.m. March 16 At Rufty Holmes Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.; a nonprofit made up of aspiring artists of every skill level. Those interested in art and over 18 years of age are welcome.

Fine Frame Gallery, 105 S. Main St. — Displaying gallery artists Ann Bourque, Robert Toth and Phyllis Steimel. Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 704-647-0340,

Group Exhibit at Rail Walk Studios & Gallery, 409-413 N. Lee St. — 8 artists “Group Exhibit” runs through March 25. Meet the artists reception Feb. 17 from 5-7 p.m. Open Thursdays through Saturdays 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Near the new Morgan Ridge Rail Walk.704-469-2781,

Sedberry’s Framing & Art Gallery, 324 W. Liberty St. — Artist of the month: Salisbury’s Eric Ward. 704-633-1246.

Exhibit at Salisbury Business Center — 301 South Main St., 704- 209-4589, www.salisburybusiness Carson High School Visual Arts Show at The Salisbury Business Center. March 16, 5-7:30 p.m. Opening. Over 60 Works on display. Music and appetizers.

Waterworks Visual Arts Center — •

• Through May 20: “A Sense of Place,” features Harriet Hoover’s Family Fruit, sculptures, drawings, and performance; • Contemporary Southern photography titled The Do Good Fund; • Ann Marie Kennedy, New Work, installation and works on paper. • 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 704-636-1882,

ClearWater Artist Studios — Group show of four regional artists. Clearwater Artist Studios, 223 Crowell Dr. NW, Concord, 704-784-9535,


Travel with the YMCA — • 9 a.m. March 21: Flight Museum, includes plane that landed in the Hudson River • 9 a.m. April 11: Popcorn Factory/ Hanes Mall shopping • 11:30 a.m. May 2: Barn Dinner Theater, “Art of Murder” • Exploring Scotland and Ireland, Oct. 15-26. If interested contact Barbara Franklin 704-223-1973 or Louise Klaver 704-636-0111 • Buses leave from J. F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd.

Bus trip to Harrah’s Cherokee — Saturday, April 1: Sponsored by J C Price Hall of Fame. For reservations contact Brenda Cowan at 704-431-3973 or 704-633-9073

Steam powered train excursions — April 8-9: The N.C. Transportation Museum and Virginia Museum of Transportation offers a full day excursion, pulled by the iconic Class J #611 steam locomotive, to Lynchburg, Va., and also two half day excursions, one to Charlotte and another to Greensboro. Full details at or 1-844-613-0611.

Davie County Senior Services trip to Pigeon Forge — May 9-11: Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg open again after forest fires. See three shows, tour local attractions and shops. Call Barbara at Davie County Senior Services, 336-753-6230.

Senior Group of New Zion Baptist Church — July 22: Road trip to Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Ga. For age 55+. Call 704-633-9256 after 7 p.m.

Call for vendors

Randy’s Antique event — March 18-19: Call 704-425-9838. Held at Rowan County Fairgrounds.

Women In Progress 7th year anniversary — Noon–3 p.m. March 25: Inviting representatives from community groups and locally owned businesses. Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, 719 S. Caldwell St. Contact Melissa at 704-754-1813 or

CBA Swap meet and Bike Show — March 25-26: Rowan County Fairgrounds. Info

Craft and garden vendors needed — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 1: $35 for 10×10 indoor space, $35 for 15×15 outdoor space. Contact Tamra Meres, 704-798-2046 or

Sunny Day’s Craft and Vendor Show — April 8-9: Info: Peggi Brown, 336-880-3554. At the fairgrounds.

37th Jiggy with the Piggy — Annual event is May 5-May 6. Limit 20 vendors per category: arts and crafts, food, and commercial. Information/registration at

China Grove Farmers Day — Craft vendors needed for China Grove Farmers Day Saturday, July 15. Contact Patti Price 704-857-2466 or

Call for performers

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

Gold Hill Bluegrass jam — Acoustic Bluegrass jam. E.H. Montgomery General Store, Gold Hill. 7-9 p.m. Fridays. 704-267-9439.

Blumenthal Performing Arts open mic nights — Free event open to performers, selected by lottery. E-mail

Call for artists

Deadline Friday: Visual and spoken word artists — Center for Faith & the Arts seeks visual and spoken word artists for upcoming exhibit exploring bias, prejudice, intolerance. Deadline March 10 • Gallery event of spoken word performances April 14. Spoken word artists deadline March 31 • Nancy Gaines,

The Seasons of Hurley Park: 30 Years — Call For North Carolina Artists. Deadline for entries: Oct. 20. Waterworks Visual Arts Center in partnership with Hurley Park Foundation presents a special juried group exhibition in celebration of the park’s pearl anniversary. No fee to enter Exhibition dates  Feb. 10 – May 19, 2018. All 2- and 3-D media accepted. Participants must reside in the state of North Carolina. Work must be inspired by Hurley Park. Details on requirements and guidelines at 704-636-1882 or

Upcoming Downtown Hickory Art Crawls — May 18, Sept. 21: Deadline April 15 for May 18; Aug. 15 for Sept. 21. For application, contact Barbara at or Connie at or 828-322-1121.

Artists and crafters — Saturday, May 13: Historic Gold Hill’s 2017 Gold Rush Days Art and Craft Festival. Applications are at All items should be hand-made, applications subject to approval. Deadline April 29 . Questions? goldhill

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