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Arts & entertainment news, April 6-12

Saturday: North Carolina Science Festival event 


Horizons Unlimited will be hosting a North Carolina Science Festival event on Saturday, April 8 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Join us for “A Magical Celebration” which includes potions class, story time in Setzer School, quidditch practice on the back lawn, Harry Potter Trivia, a visit from the Rowan-Public Library’s Bookmobile, a brand new Harry Potter star talk in the Margaret C. Woodson planetarium and much more! Come join the fun! Free to all, donations accepted. 1636 Parkview Circle. For more information, contact Horizons Unlimited at 704- 39-3004.


First Friday Night Out Downtown

Downtown Salisbury’s First Friday Night Out is 5-9 p.m. April 7: Hop Around Town at the Spring Showcase with Easter activities. Also at Friday Night Out, meet 14-year-old Virginia Moye Robertson of Salisbury, the first featured entrepreneur in Caniche’s new “Featured Entrepreneur Endeavor.” Virginia is the creator of handmade, jewelry she calls Mermaid Pearls. Caniche is located at 200 S. Main St.


‘Because We Care’ Night 

AmVets Post 460 presents its annual night of bingo and fun, with hot dogs and chips. The event is at 7 p.m. Friday, April 7 in the social room in Building 6 at the VA Hospital, 1601 Brenner Ave. To learn more, call thee post at 704-732-4316.

This weekend at the Rowan County Fairgrounds

Sunny Days Craft and Vendor Event — April 8 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and April 9 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $2, under 12 free. Antler Hill Band, Kid Zone, East bunner food vendors, 75+ craft vendors. Peggi Brown, 336-880-3554.

Ricky B’s Throttle Fest at the Fairgrounds — 7 p.m. April 8: Throttle King Qualifier, Mud Race, DOT, Outlaw Slick, Unlimited Tugs, Diesel and ATV Dirt Drags – , gates open at 5pm, Adults $15. Kids 10 and under $5 Tailgating Spot $20 per vehicl

Coming April 13: Spring Carnival — April 13-16: Free gate and admission Thursday-Friday 5 p.m.-close; Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m.-close; pay one price wristband for $20 ($15with coupon); wristband good all day. Rides, games, food. Amusement rides provided by Powers and Thomas Midway.

A Night at the Cirque’

Lee Street theatre presents ‘A Night at the Cirque’ on Friday, April 8. This live theatre and dinner experience is a black tie gala to benefit Lee Street theatre and its educational programs. See www.leestreet.org or call 704-310-5507 to learn more.

PPT announces the cast of ‘Tom Jones’

Piedmon Players Theater will present the classic tale, adapted by Jon Jory from the novel by Henry Fielding. Show dates are May 4-13. Tickets go on sale April 24 at 704-633-5471 or PiedmontPlayers.com

Meet the cast: Tom Jones — Marc Trent Tucker • Molly/Lady Bellaston — Melanie Gonzalez • Sophia — Jillian Rippey • Allworthy — Joe Mcgee • Squire Western — Shawn Van Wallandael • Blifil — Jon Mitchell • Mrs. Fitzpatrick — Theresa Pitner • Miss Western — Rita Treichler • Landlady — Sabrinah Hartsell • Mrs. Waters — Lori Van Wallandael • Ensign Northington — Darius Price


‘Night on the Stage’ 

Piedmont Players Theatre’s annual “Night on the Stage Fundraiser” stars Tony Award-winner Lillias White. The event is May 19 and 20. There is very limited seating for this exclusive event; to reserve your seats call 704-633-5471. The Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St., PiedmontPlayers.com

Auditions for ‘Big Fish’ at Lee Street theatre 

Auditions for Lee Street theatre’s “Big Fish” are April 9-10 from 7-9 p.m., a heartfelt, and magical musical about fathers, sons, and the stories that we use to define our identities. Prepare a 16-bar song selection for your audition. The production will be directed by Craig Kolkebeck, with music direction by Adrian Smith and choreography by Mavis Scully. Performances dates are June 15-24.  Lee Street theatre, 329 N. Lee St., 704-310-5507. See character descriptions at www.leestreet.org

RCCC student art & design exhibition opens Friday at ClearWater Gallery

CONCORD — ClearWater Artist Studios together with the Department of Fine & Applied Arts at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, announce the annual RCCC Student Art & Design Exhibition, “Impulse,” to be showcased in ClearWater’s Main Gallery. The opening reception is April 7 from 5-7 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Student artists and RCCC gaculty will be present. Refreshments will be served. The Impulse Student Art Show will be on exhibit through April 27.


Rowan History Club presents ‘Land of My Ancestors: Art in History’ 

The Rowan History Club will meet Tuesday, April 11 at 7 pm. The program will be presented by local artist Robert Alvin Crum about his work “Return to the Land of My Ancestors.” A descendant of Daniel Boone and the Bryan families of early Rowan County, Mr. Crum was born in Illinois and heard stories of his ancestors from early days. Upon moving to North Carolina in 1989, he discovered he was walking in some of the same places as those Boone and Bryan ancestors. Inspired by this, Crum has extensively researched and created a series of oil and water color paintings that tell the story of cultural conflict in the 18th century North Carolina backcountry. This conflict led to America’s initial expansion into Kentucky and beyond.

A roundtable format will allow for a 30-45 minute presentation, followed by a question and answer period. The Rowan History Club is open to anyone interested in the history of Rowan County. There are no dues or admission fees, and refreshments are served. For more information, contact the Rowan Museum at 704-633-5946 or email rowanmuseum@fibrant.com


AAUW Outlook Readers host author Susan King 

AAUW Outlook Readers host a discussion with author Susan King on Tuesday, April 11 at 10:30 a.m. in the Card Room at Trinity Oaks Retirement Center, 728 Klumac Road.

In April 2014, Susan King released the book, “Optimism for Autism: The Inspiring Journey of a Mother and her Autistic Son,” which she co-authored with her son Patrick. The book became an Amazon bestseller and was awarded 5 Stars by Readers’ Favorite. It has been a bestseller in Rowan County for several months. Susan and Patrick have spoken to more than 40 different audiences about their book in the past two years. Visit http://salisbury-nc.aauw.net to learn more.

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