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Arts & Entertainment news March 23-29

Benefit concert by Too Much Sylvia

March 25: Too Much Sylvia concert at Morgan Ridge Vineyards will benefit “Boogie for Boobies Sippin and Shakin For a Cure.”

Today: Reception for Carolina Artists Guild annual student art expo

Student artists from kindergarten through 12th grade display their work beginning today, March 23 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and continuing Friday, March 24 from 10 a.m.-noon. The awards reception is this evening March 23 at 6 p.m.

The exhibit and reception are open for public viewing at the Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. MLK Jr. Ave.


RPL hosts outdoor Americana concert on Tuesday 

On March 28, Rowan Public Library kicks off Spring with a free outdoor concert featuring Wayne Henderson, Clay Lunsford and Matthew Weaver. Part of the Friends of Rowan Public Library and Cheerwine concert series, the event will be held on the terrace at the back of the library. Bring a lawn chair. The free concert begins at 7 p.m. In case of inclement weather, it will be held in the Stanback Room with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Henderson, Lunsford, and Weaver’s collective repertoires in Americana music include gospel, country, bluegrass, and Appalachian.

Henderson hails from Grayson County, Va., and is known for his fingerpicking method. Henderson is a recognized luthier who produces about 20 instruments a year. Since its inception in 1995, the Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition has awarded $160,500 in scholarships to aid local young musicians in continuing their educations.

Lunsford, instrumentalist and vocalist from Union Grove, has played for more than 50 years in the styles of Chet Atkins and Merle Travis. He formed the NC Thumb & Finger Style Guitar Players in 1999 to preserve the heritage of thumb and finger style guitar playing.

For Weaver, whose family moved to Salisbury in 1984, “Music is [his] life and passion.” He’s performed since his teens and in 2011, he made his debut performance at the Grand Ole Opry.

For more information, visit www.rowanpubliclibrary.org or call 704-216-8240.


Too Much Sylvia benefits ‘Boogie for Boobies’ 

4-8 p.m. March 25: Concert at Morgan Ridge Vineyards will benefit “Boogie for Boobies Sippin and Shakin For a Cure.” Ticket proceeds go to the Avon Walk for Cancer. Purchase advance tickets on-line or day of concert. Bring your own chair. Morgan Ridge Vineyards, 486 John Morgan Road, Gold Hill, 704-639-0911, www.morganridgevineyards.com

Spencer Doll and Toy Museum hosts author/historian

SPENCER — On Saturday, March 25 from 2-4 p.m., meet author and storyteller Randell Jones, the author of “In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone,” winner of the 2006 Willie Parker Peace History Book Award, as well as “In the Footsteps of Davy Crockett.”

He produced “On the Trail of Daniel Boone,” the companion DVD which received a 2006 Paul Green Multimedia Award from the NC Society of Historians. With his daughter, he co-edited in 2004 “Scoundrels, Rogues and Heroes of the Old North State” by Dr. H.G. Jones (no relation). A second edition was released in 2007. Regular admission applies. The Spencer Doll and Toy Museum is located at 108 Fourth St., Spencer. Call 704-762-9359 or visit www.spencerdollandtoymuseum.com


Authors’ discussion group at South Rowan Regional Library 

CHINA GROVE — From 5:30-7 p.m. Monday March 27, meet local authors Jennifer Hubbard, David Freeze and Doug Creamer, who will talk about the process of getting published in this latest installment of the The Learn. Act. Grow. series. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers. The “Share That Story Workshop” will be hosted by the South Rowan Regional Library at 920 Kimball Road.

Adult fiction author Hubbard, adult fiction author Creamer and nonfiction adventure author Freeze will share experiences, and lessons learned and give tips on how to proceed if you have the urge to tell your own story. Attendees will learn how to take your thoughts from drafting to publication.

Attendees under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Although the The Learn. Act. Grow. serie is free, you must register at www.rowanpubliclibrary.org and clicking on the Learn.Act.Grow. icon or call 704-216-7734.

Call for performers

Downtown Salisbury is searching for performers to play the pianos in the “Come Tickle Our Ivories” Grand Reveal event on Friday, May 5. If interested, or for more information, respond by Friday, April 21 to info@downtownsalisburync.com

Phoenix Readers perform 

On Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. the Phoenix Readers troupe will perform “All You Need Is Love” at Rowan Public Library Stanback Room, featuring poems about all kinds of love, selected by Garrison Keillor for their wit, frankness, and passion and included in his books “Good Poems.” For more information, contact Kate Davis at kldavis302@gmail.com. Held at Center for Faith & the Arts, 704-647-0999, www.faithart.org

Delphinian Society’s annual Princess Party 

On Sunday, March 26 from 2-4 p.m. little girls are invited to an afternoon with “royalty” at Cannon Student Center at Catawba College where they can learn to walk like a princess, play Pin the Nose on Olaf and have their picture taken with a “princess.” There also will be arts and crafts. Ticket are $20 and are available at the door or in advance at 704-645-4514. Sponsored by the Delphinian Society at Catawba College.

Photowalk at the NC Transportation Museum 

SPENCER — All aboard! This year, the North Carolina Transportation Museum will host Rowan Public Library’s spring photo walk. Aspiring photographers of all ages and skill levels are invited to attend this free event on Saturday, April 8, from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Bring your own camera (phone cameras are fine) and wear comfortable clothing.

Afterward, participants may submit photos to RPL’s Flickr gallery (www.flickr.com/photos/rowancountypubliclibrary/). Select photos will also be displayed at RPL Headquarters in May. To reserve a spot, visit www.rowanpubliclibrary.org and click on the photowalk link or call 704-216-8242. If inclement weather occurs, the event will be moved indoors; it will not be canceled. Learn more at www.rowanpubliclibrary.org


Rhythm & Run 5K

KANNAPOLIS — The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame’s Rhythm & Run 5K fundraiser will be held on Friday April 7, at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Kannapolis. The event will include a ½ mile kids fun run titled the Half Note for children 12 and under. The Half Note fun run begins at 6:30 p.m. and the 5K portion begins at 7 p.m. Start and finish line is located downtown near West A Street. Register to run or walk at https://racesonline.com/events/rhythm-and-run-5k

Registration is $25 until race day; on race day $30. Half Note registration is $10. Walkers and beginners are welcome and jogging strollers are permitted. For more information, contact Veronica Cordle at 704-934-2320 or visit northcarolinamusichalloffame.org

Rhythm & Run is an annual fundraiser for the NC Music Hall of Fame & Museum.


Strawberry keynote speaker at benefit luncheon

CONCORD — Former MLB player Darryl Strawberry will share his own personal story of addiction and recovery at the fundraising luncheon to benefit Serenity House. It will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 6 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 525 Lake Concord Drive.

Hope Haven’s Serenity House is a 10-bed residential aftercare facility providing rehabilitative services to chemically dependent men within a supportive environment, leading to independence.

Serenity House is also partnering with the Kannapolis Intimidators in this endeavor and Mr. Strawberry will be attending a VIP Meet and Greet and celebrating the Intimidators’ season opener.

Learn more at 704-372-8809×341 or www.hopehaveninc.org

Final week for Rail Walk group exhibit

Eight artists group exhibit through March 25 at Rail Walk Studios & Gallery, 409-413 N. Lee St. Open Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Call 704-469-2781 or visit www.railwalkgallery.com

Let your voice be heard with ‘Downtown Beats’ 

From 6-7 p.m. on March 27 and the last Monday of each month. Join a community sing impromptu chorus presented by Rowan Public Library. Participate for free with no obligation. Meet in the Stanback Auditorium at RPL Headquarters, 201 W. Fisher St. Contact Abigail Hardison at 704-216-8248 or Abigail.Hardison@rowancountync.gov or visit www.rowanpubliclibrary.org to learn more.


Volunteers needed

CHARLOTTE — The Lupus Foundation of America needs 175 volunteers for its 16th Annual Walk to End Lupus Now on May 6 at Central Piedmont Community College at North Kings Drive, anytime between 6 a.m-3 p.m. for site set-up, registration, parking, kids area, first aid, rest stops, route guides, support and gear vehicles, food and beverage, finish line cheerleaders, and breakdown. See www.lupusnc.org or email charlottewalkvolunteers@lupunc.org



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