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Roundabout: What’s happening April 13-19

Theater

Old Courthouse Theatre presents ‘The Music Man’ — April 21-May 7: Fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize, despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall. Old Courthouse Theater, 49 Spring St. NW. Tickets at www.oldcourthousetheatre.org or 704-788-2405.

One Acts Festival at Catawba — April 21-22 at 7:30 p.m. in Florence Busby Corriher Theatre, Catawba Theatre. Free. catawba.edu/theatre or 704-637-4481.

‘Alice in Wonderland: A Dance Fantasy’ — 7:30 p.m. April 27-28-29: Lee Street theatre, Catawba College, Steppin’ Out Dance Company team up in an experimental fantasy. $15. Performances will take place in the Lee Street Theatre, 329 N Lee St. www.leestreet.org or call 704-310-5507.

PPT presents swashbuckling comedy ‘Tom Jones’ — May 4-6 and 10-13 at 7:30 p.m., May 7 at 2;30 p.m. Adults $17, seniors /students $14. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St., 704-633-5471, PiedmontPlayers.com

 

Music & more 

Tonight:The Living Last Supper’ — 7:30 p.m.: Da Vinci’s famous painting brought to life • 7:30 p.m. Friday: Cast and choir members portray the witnesses at Calvary. Christiana Lutheran Church, 6190 US Highway 52, www.christianaelc.org or Facebook or 704-279-4655.

Zoe & Cloyd at Charlotte Folk Society’s free Gathering — 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 14: Zoe & Cloyd are a duo with deep roots in Appalachian music. The Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. Free. www.folksociety.org

Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society’s two spring concerts — 7:30 p.m. April 21 at First United Church of Christ, 207 West Horah St. • 4:30 p.m. April 23 at Milford Hills United Methodist Church, 1630 Statesville Blvd. • Theme: “Sounds of the Jungle.” See https://www.facebook.com/Salisbury.Rowan.Choral.Society/

Jeff Whittington at The Davis — May 4 at 7:30 p.m.: Jeff Whittington Bluegrass Show. Davis Theatre, 65 Union St., South in the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse. Tickets $16. at 704-920-2753 or www.cabarrusartscouncil.org

Open mic at Mean Mug — 7-11 p.m. April 14: hosted by local favorite ‘Old Rocker’ Orland Carra. Sign up begins at 7 p.m. 1024 S. Fulton St., 704-754-4615, www.meanmugcoffeeco.com

Easter Eve concert at Mean Mug — 7-9:30 p.m. April 15: Colton Sherrill, a unique take on 60s British rock favorites. Free. 1024 S. Fulton St.,704-754-4615, www.meanmugcoffeeco.com

Charlotte Jazz Festival 2017 — April 20-23: Blumenthal Performing Arts’ jazz festival at Levine Center for the Arts and Romare Bearden Park. Tickets at CharlotteJazzFestival.com or 704-372-1000.

Noche de Ritmo — 7:30 p.m. April 22: Salsa dancing fourth Saturdays. $8/person or $15/couple. Mean Mug Coffee Co., 1024 S. Fulton St., 704-754-4615.

Kannapolis is ‘Jazzing up’ Sunday Afternoons Four-week jazz series 1-3 p.m., Sundays April 23-May 14, Veterans Park, 118 N. Main St. F

Let Your Voice Be Heard with ‘Downtown Beats’ — 6-7 p.m. April 24 and May 22: Community sing impromptu chorus presented by Rowan Public Library. Free. Stanback Auditorium at RPL Headquarters. 704-216-8248 or Abigail.Hardison@rowancountync.gov

East Rowan’s Spring Musical: ‘Age Of Aquarius’ — 7 p.m. April 28-29: featuring music from the 1960s with original script and choreography. East Rowan High School Auditorium. Tickets $12, on sale at the school office, 175 St. Lukes Church Road, 704- 279-5232. Limited seating.

 

History 

20th annual Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium —April 28: Friendship Banquet with lecture, paid event •April 29: lectures at Catawba College • April 30: public memorial services. Robert F. Hoke Chapter 78, United Daughters of the Confederacy. Info 704-637-6411 or southpaws@fibrant.com

Patriotic program and military awards bestowal service — 1 p.m. May 20: Free event at Rowan Public Library, by the Robert F. Hoke Chapter No. 78, United Daughters of the Confederacy. Info Sue Curtis, 704-637-6411, southpaws@fibrant.com

Reed Gold Mine 40th anniversary celebration — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 22: Rare, special living history demonstrations, costumed interpreters.Pan for gold, take turns on the cradle rocker, guided tours and exhibits. Ticket info at 704-721-4653. Reed Gold Mine is in southeastern Cabarrus County, 12 miles southeast of Concord

Gold Hill Gold Rush Days — May 13: Gold Hill Gold Rush Days.

 

This & That 

Tonight: Game night at Mean Mug Coffee Co. — 6-9 p.m. Thursdays April 13 and 20: Bring your favorite board game. Free. 1024 S. Fulton St., 704-754-4615.

Spring Carnival at the Fairgrounds — 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.

Dance at Harold B. Jarrett Post 342 — 7-10 p.m. Friday, April 14: With deejay Lee Clark. $10 admission, finger foods will be served. 1024 Lincolnton Road. Info 704-637-1722.

Band dance at the Y — 7-10 p.m. Saturday, April 15: Delmonicos Band. Bring a covered dish. $8 per person. Open to the public. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111, www.rowanymca.org

Spencer Doll And Toy Museum — • Thursdays at 2 p.m. Downton Abbey Club April 15 – Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt at 2 p.m. for Children K – Grade  • April 22 – Blue-grass Music by the Jones Sisters. Spencer Doll And Toy Museum, 108 Fourth St., Spencer, 704-762-9359, www.spencer dollandtoymuseum.com

11th annual Touch a Truck event — April 22 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Get up close and hands-on with trucks and equipment in the City Hall parking lot, 217 S. Main St. Rain date 5/6. Free. Info at salisburync.gov/PLAY or 704-216-7529. To register a vehicle, call 704-216-2708.

Piedmont Bottle & Pottery Club 11th annual antique show and sale — Saturday April 22 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Bottles, jars and pottery. No early buyers. Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. Marin Luther King Jr. Ave.(formerly S. Boundary St.) Free admission, free parking free appraisals. Chair John Patterson 704-636-9510 ncmilks@carolina.rr.com

National Astronomy day — 6-9 p.m. April 29: Star party at Carolina International School, 9545 Poplar Tent Road, Concord. Astronomical Society of Rowan, www.astrowan.org

Music all day and test rides — April 29: Motorcycle test rides 9-11 a.m., music all day, Sip-N-Shop from noon-3 p.m., free food. Tilley Harley-Davidson, 653 Bendix Drive, 704-638-6044, www.tilleyhdofsalisbury.com

L&R Beach Bingo and Vineyard — 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday. Not-for-profit, proceeds used for community projects. 960 Talbert Blvd., Lexington. 704-310-8888.

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

 

Fundraisers 

‘Pass the Plate’ for Rowan Helping Ministries — • April 22, 6-10 p.m.: Annual fundraiser for Rowan Helping Ministries. Food, live band, silent auction, casino games. Catawba Crystal Lounge, 2300 W. Innes St. Kris Mueller, 704-637-6838 ext 103 or kmueller@rowanhelpingministries.org

Cabarrus Co. Master Gardeners’ Spring Herb and Plant Festival — 8 a.m.-4 p.m. April 22: To raise funds for community and school horticulture projects. With 85+ vendors. See mastergardeners cabarrus.org

New Sarum’s 1 Year AnniBEERsary Bash benefits non-profits — 1-11 p.m. April 29: Free event with five bands (Paper Wasps, Big Break, The Get Right Band, Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey, The Trongone Band) in the parking lot between New Sarum and Lee St. Proceeds benefit Happy Roots and Prevent Child Abuse Rowan. Features a homebrew competition, a raffle, lots of vendors and food trucks plus Rock 92 and 2 Guys named Chris. https://www.facebook.com /events/ 390207101336742/

Ted Luther Memorial Golf Tournament, — April 29 at 8 a.m. Benefits Rowan Helping Ministries.Corbin Hills Golf Club, 704-637-6838, ext. 117, rowanhelpingministries.org

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 Timdeal@bellsouth.net or www.facebook.com/stpaulscruisenbarbecue or 704-239-1172.

Flip Flops and Flamingos — April 30, from 5 p.m. until: Summer Kickoff for Families First fundraising event. F&M Trolley Barn, 125 E. Liberty St. For age 21 and over, tickets $10 for food and drink, silent auction, music by MidLife Crisis. For tickets Call 704-630-0481.

MuckFest MS — May 6: Fun mud run at Concord Speedway, 7940 U.S. Hwy 601 S. raises money to fight MS. Ticket price $80 until 4/19/17. Day-of ticket price is $105. Register at www.MuckFestMS.com

Bourbon in the ‘Bury — 3-7 p.m. May 13: “A tasting of generous spirits.” Tickets $40 each, include admittance, bourbon tasting, hor d’oeuvres, live music, raffles for prizes. In partnership with Chickweed. Admission ticket required for non-drinkers too. City Tavern Salisbury, 113 E Fisher St. www.eventbrite.com/e/bourbon-in-the-bury-a-tasting-of-generous-spirits-tickets-32541252763 or www.bourboninthebury.com

PPT’s annual ‘Night on the Stage’ — May 19-20: Piedmont Players Theater fundraiser starring Tony Award winner Lillias White. Very limited seating for this exclusive event. To reserve your seats call 704-633-5471. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. PiedmontPlayers.com

 

Wine & beer tastings 

Two tastings at Salisbury Wine Shop — 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, April 14:  Wines For Easter Tasting with Sommelier Drew Summers.   $5/person • 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19: Beers from Scotland Tasting. $5/person • 106 S. Main St., 704-636-5151, sws@ salisburywineshop.com

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

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 www.caublecreekvineyard.com

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 vineyardswines.com or Facebook.

Cougar Run Winery — 704-280-3624. Cougar Run Winery, 363 N. Church St., Concord. www.cougarrunwinery.com/

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

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

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

 

Night Life

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

DJs Restaurant, 1502 W. Innes St. — • Tuesdays, Live trivia. • Fridays, deejay • 704-638-9647, http://djsrestaurant.com

DjAaronS at Firewater, 122 Avalon Drive — • Sunday, April 16: Grown & Sexy Old School Bash; ladies free before 11 p.m. • Thursdays: Karaoke •Fridays-Saturdays: Deejay • Age 25+. 704-870-8689.

Go Burrito RumBar, 115 W. Fisher St. across from the mural — • Monday: Poker Night • Tuesday: Team Trivia • Wednesday: Open Mic • Saturday: Karaoke • www.facebook.com/GoBurritoRumBar

Mario’s Restaurant, 8850 Statesville Blvd., Cleveland — 704-278-4444, www.facebook.com/Mariosbarberjunction

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

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

Sunrise Cafe, 210 Old Amity Hill Road, Cleveland —5 -8 p.m. every Monday: Karaoke with Crystal. 704-402-3527

Old Stone Vino, 515 S. Main St., Kannapolis — Live music Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. 704-938-2337.

The Charlotte Zodiac Dance Club — American Legion, 4235 W. Tyvola Road, Charlotte. Second and fourth Fridays. 704-236-0344. www.charlottezodiacdanceclub. com

 

Festivals

The Children’s Book Festival — 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Saturday, April 29: On the front lawn of Livingstone College. Bounce houses, storytelling, games and other activities, food and each child gets to choose two new books to take home.

Jiggy with the Piggy — May 5-6: The City of Kannapolis’ annual BBQ and music event, Friday through Saturday. kannapolisnc.gov/jiggywiththepiggy.

Fifth Annual Mount Ulla Spring Festival — May 6 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Flower, plant, crafter and vendor event. Some proceeds benefit West Rowan Volunteer Fire Department • 6 p.m. Summer Barn Dance Kick-Off where local musicians are invited to join in and jam out. Hosted by West Rowan Farm, Home, and Garden, 11575 NC Hwy 801, Mount Ulla. Info at 704-278-2800.

Spring into Arts Festival — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 13: Free annual family-friendly event in Downtown Concord. http://www.concorddowntown.com

Denton Antiques Festival — June 30-July 4: Annual Denton Antiques Festival at Harrison Park in downtown Denton. Daily from 7:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. Info at 336-859-4231.

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

NC Watermelon Festival in Murfreesboro — Aug. 2-5: 32nd annual festival with live entertainment, arts and crafts, food, 5K race/walk, fireworks, rides and games. Band schedule: Aug. 2 Band of Oz; Aug. 3 Backyard Groove; Aug. 4 Steve Owens and the Summertime Band; Aug. 5 Pizazz. Information 252-398-7695 or info@ncwatermelonfest.com

 

Classes

Genealogical Society of Rowan — 7 p.m. April 18: Meet in the Hurley Room, Rowan Public Library. Learn the tools which are available to perform your genealogical research.

State and Federal Grant Writing — April 25 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: One day workshop. Cost $197. Register at http://fundingforgood. org /product/state-federal -grant -writing-hickory-nc-425/

Great Women and Men United present Queens in Training — 6-8 p.m. on • 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.

Meditation — First and third Sundays at 4 p.m. By donation only. 120 N. Church St. Studio A. See www.spotlightdancescene.com

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. Country Couples Circle Dance, Line Dance, Contra, more. Harold B. Jarrett American Legion Post 342, 1024 Lincolnton Road. 704-450-7446.

Classes at Waterworks Visual Arts Center — • Pre-register at 123 E. Liberty St., 704-636-1882 or www.waterworks.org

W4VEC Amateur Radio License Exams — 9:30 a.m. Saturdays 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, www.w4vec.org

 

Speakers & forums

Bright Ideas — 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Find and develop ideas and resources. 10Thread, 1024 S. Fulton St.

Free programs at the Y — • 3-6 p.m. April 19: Novant wellness screenings, call for appointment • Noon April 26: Family Crisis presents Lunch & Learn 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 www.rowanymca.org

ESU hosts an evening of music — 6:30 p.m. April 20: The English Speaking Union Salisbury Branch hosts Dr. Burgess, director of Choral Activities at Catawba College and about 30 students from the Catawba College School of Music to offer a sampler of music. Country Club of Salisbury. Reservations $32. You do not have to be a member of the Country Club or the ESU to attend. RSVP to Gerry at 704-216-2660.

PFLAG meeting — 6-8 p.m. April 20: Support meeting at Mean Mug Coffee third Thursdays, 1024 S. Fulton St. 704-754-4615, www.meanmugcoffeeco.com

 

Home & Garden

Salisbury Farmer’s Market — Opens for the season April 15: West Fisher and South Jackson Streets. Saturdays 8 a.m.-noon. Wednesday Farmer’s Market opens April 19.

Rowan County Extension Master Gardeners’ annual plant sale — 8:30 a.m.-noon May 6: Shrubs, vines, perennials, more. Master Gardeners on hand to assist. Extension Office, 2727 Old Concord Road. Proceeds used to support Extension Office programs, gardens around the Agricultural Center and education offerings. Raffle for tile planter created by Edward Tezlaf, framed photograph by Shane Tolliver and 80-gallon rain barrel for use with home down spouts.

Lexington Farmers Market — Opens for the season May 6, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 7, and Wednesdays during peak season, plus Harvest and Holiday Market in November and December. 129 S. Railroad St. inside the Old Railway Depot, 336-731-7317, www.lexingtonfarmersmarketnc.com

Kannapolis Farmers Market — Thursdays, 4-7 p.m. May through September, at the corner of Vance Ave and Dale Earnhardt Blvd.

China Grove Farmers Market — The Market at the Mill kicks off its eighth season 4-6 p.m. Friday, May 5, at the China Grove Roller Mill, 308 N. Main St. May through September. 704-633-5946.

 

Auditions

Burning Coal Theatre Company auditions for 2017/18 season — Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. at Murphey School auditorium, 224 Polk St., Raleigh. To shedule for an acting or backstage position email burning_coal@ipass.netor or visit www.burningcoal.org or call 919-834-4001.

Lee Street theatre auditions for ‘Pride & Prejudice’ — May 21-22 at 7 p.m. Adapted for the stage by Jenny Hubbard. Performance dates June July 20-29. Script info available at 329 N. Lee St., 704-310-5507, www.leestreet.org

 

Film

‘Immigrants for Sale’— 7 p.m April 20: Information about the impact of our immigration system. Free, sponsored by Center for Faith & the Arts. Mean Mug Coffee Company, 1024 S. Fulton St.

Free ‘Movies in the Park’ — 9 p.m. May 26, June 9, June 23, July 7, July 21, Aug. 4 at City Park Flag Concourse, corner of W. Miller and Jackson Streets. Entertainment begins at 8 p.m. Info: City of Salisbury, 704-638-5295.

 

Art 

Art scholarship to a high school senior — Stanly Arts Guild is offering an art scholarship for residents of Stanly, Anson, Cabarrus, Montgomery, Rowan or Union County. Deadline May 20. Info: 704-982-0806. Application at www.fallingriversgallery.com

RCCC Student Art & Design Exhibition at ClearWater Gallery — “Impulse” at ClearWater Artist Studios, free and open to the public. On exhibit through April 27. 223 Crowell Dr. NW, Concord, 704-784-9535, www.clearwaterartists.com

Center for Faith and the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St. — April 21, 6-9 p.m: Gallery event and opening of “Unreasonable Fears” with spoken word poetry and music. 207 W. Harrison St., behind Haven Lutheran Church. www.faithart.org or 704-647-0999.

The Carolina Artists — 6:30 p.m. third Thursdays: April 20 at Rufty Holmes Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Visitors welcome.

Fine Frame Gallery, 105 S. Main St. — New watercolors by Kenneth Koskela, oil paintings by Phyllis Steimel, assorted works by other local artists. Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 704-647-0340, www.fineframegallery.com

Rail Walk Studios & Gallery, 409-413 N. Lee St. — Oil Paintings by June Battle “When Thoughts Become Art” through April 29.​The gallery is free and open to the public Thursdays through Saturdays 11 a.m.–4 p.m. 704-469-2781, www.railwalkgallery.com

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

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

 

Trips 

Travel with the YMCA — • 11:45 a.m. May 2: Barn Dinner Theater, comedy “Art of Murder,” Lunch included • 9 a.m. May 4: Duke Power Plant Tour/ Latta Plantation Tour. Lunch on your own. stopping at a shopping center • 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. www.rowanymca.org

Bus trip to Harrah’s Cherokee — Saturday, April 29: Sponsored by JC Price Sports Hall of Fame. $40. Contact Brenda Cowan 704-633-9073 or Wayne Woodruff 704-890-0916 for reservations by April 15.

Steppin’ Out Social Club trip to Harrah’s Cherokee — Leave old Belk’s parking lot 7 p.m. Friday, May 5, return Saturday 8 a.m. Cost $40 with $20 returned upon arrival at casino. Small coolers welcome. Contact 704-232-5201 or 704-640-6993 to pay your money.

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.

‘The Ark Encounter’ — May 30-June 2: Woodleaf Joy Group is going to Kentucky to the Ark Encounter (Noah’s Ark), Creation Museum, Botanical Gardens, riverboat cruise, tour of Cincinnati, Kentucky Horse Park. 4 days, 3 nights. Contact Janie Waller 704-278-4803.

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

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 kannapolisnc.gov/jiggywiththepiggy

Salisbury Pride Festival vendors — June 24 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Information at www.salisburypride.com

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

 

Call for performers

Registration for Wayne Henderson guitar competition — Deadline May 1 for guitarists who wish to compete at the 23rd annual Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition. The champion wins a handmade Henderson guitar. Application and details at www.waynehenderson.org. The family-friendly festival will be June 17 at Grayson Highlands State Park in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia.

‘Come Tickle Our Ivories’ 2017 — 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 April 21 to info@downtownsalisburync.com

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. www.themontgomerystore.com

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

 

Call for artists

Gallery Gallop Art Festival in Downtown Salisbury — 11 a.m.-3 p.m. June 3: Accepting applications for artists. Email info@downtown salisburync.com or visit downtownsalisburync.com for more information.

Hart Witzen’s Spring Free-for-All —April 22: All artists welcome to apply: musicians, painters, sculptors, photographers, performance artists, installation artists. No submission fee. www.hartwitzengallery.com/

The Seasons of Hurley Park: 30 Years — Juried group exhibition in celebration of Hurley Park’s pearl anniversary, no fee to enter. Deadline Oct. 20, 2017. Exhibition: Feb. 10-May 19, 2018. Opening reception Feb. 16, 2018 at Waterworks Visual Arts Center. Requirements and guidelines at 704-636-1882 or www.waterworks.org

Full Circle Arts seeks tiny art — May 11-June 10: “Tiny Arts Show” for artwork no larger than 7 inches in any direction; total with frame no larger than 12 inches. $10 for up to 5 entries. Reception May 11 from 6-8 p.m. 828-322-7545 or info@fullcirclearts.org or visit www.fullcirclearts.org

Artists and crafters — May 13: Historic Gold Hill’s 2017 Gold Rush Days Art and Craft Festival. Applications at www.goldhillnc.com. All items should be hand-made, applications subject to approval. Deadline April 29. Email goldhill merchantsassociation@gmail.com

Deadline Saturday: Downtown Hickory Art Crawls — May 18, Sept. 21: Deadline April 15 for May 18; Aug. 15 for Sept. 21. For application, contact Barbara at blsinclair1@bellsouth.net or Connie at info@downtownhickory.com or 828-322-1121.

Ongoing call for sculpture artists — Caldwell Arts Council seek sculptors for annual Lenoir outdoor sculpture sales gallery. www.caldwellarts.com, 828-754-2486, email info@caldwellarts.com

Newton’s Foothills Folk Art Festival — Saturday, Oct. 7: Juried folk-art themed show. Fees, deadlines, guidelines at 828-327-8576 ext. 210, www.foothillsfolkartfestival.com/artist-information. Newton is about an hour from Salisbury.

 

Call for volunteers 

41st annual OctoberTour — Salisbury Foundation seeks volunteers for Oct. 14-15. House docents (tour guides) especially desired, but there are many fun ways to take part. http://www.octobertour.com/ or Historic Salisbury Foundation 704-636-0103.

Concord Spring into Arts Festival — May 13: From set up to break down and everything in between. Call 704-784-4208. To promote your non-profit email holly@concorddowntown.com

Rowan Helping Ministries – Pick up donated food, stock food pantry, intake interviews, laundry, meals. 704-637-6838.

Help feed the horses — Horse Protection Society, 2135 Miller Road, China Grove, hps@horseprotection.org

DAV transportation network of Rowan County — Take veterans to hospital appts. Inquire at VAMC Salisbury volunteer office or call Jim Martin at 704-638-9000 x3904.

Novant Rowan Medical Center – Patient escorts, gift shop, surgical waiting room, flower delivery, ancillary support. dbhundley@novanthealth.org

 

Call for contestants

36th annual China Grove Farmers Day Festival — July 15: accepting applications for entries into the 2017 Little Mr & Miss Farmers Day Contest on May 1. Pre-registration is required. All entries MUST be received by 5 p.m. July 12. No late entries will be accepted. Contest open to first 20 applicants of each age group. Categories: • Infant to 2 years old Male • Infant to 2 years old Female • 3-5 years old Male • 3-5 years old Female. Apply to Patti Price, 333 N. Main St., China Grove, 704-857-2466.

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With remote expansion, outsource provider FCR looks to become an ‘exceptional part’ of Rowan community

Local

City expects $1.5 million surplus in current budget, ability to raise some wages for police, public works

Education

Enochville Elementary to host farewell event May 1

High School

High school softball: Carson beats West in a wild one

College

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson will speak at NC State graduation

High School

Wonders, Trojans facing off Monday on Cannon Ballers’ field

Local

City approves two apartment developments, more than 160 new units

Nation/World

Crowds react with joy, wariness to verdict in Floyd’s death

News

Bill seeks to end pistol purchase permits from NC sheriffs

Coronavirus

Rowan County sees 300th death attributed to COVID-19

News

Chauvin convicted on all counts in George Floyd’s death

Local

Top North Carolina House finance chair, Rowan representative stripped of position

Crime

One charged, another hospitalized in fight between cousins

Local

Bell Tower Green renamed to honor Stanbacks; Nancy Stanback receives key to city

Business

Commissioners green light additional houses at Cherry Treesort in China Grove

Education

A.L. Brown will hold in-person, outdoor graduation

Local

Granite Quarry awards FEMA contract for Granite Lake Park

Local

City to vote on apartment developments, final phases of Grants Creek Greenway project

High School

High school football: North receiver McArthur a rising star

Columnists

Carl Blankenship: Pollen and prejudice make their return

News

Harris pitches $2.3T spending plan on trip to North Carolina

Nation/World

Murder case against ex-cop in Floyd’s death goes to the jury

Crime

Sheriff’s office: Man takes deputies on chase with stolen moped