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Roundabout: What’s happening April 20-26

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.

East Rowan to present ‘Age of Aquarius’ —  7 p.m. April 28-29: This  original musical follows three high school students, Guy, Rick and Donna. Guy and Rick are in “love” with Donna and try to convince her to choose one… as the three and others rehearsal for the school’s musical. Who will she choose? Original script written by director Dean Orbison and choreographed by Laura Troutman. Features music from the 1960s: “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “In the Year 2525,”“Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In,” “Proud Mary” and more. Tickets $12 at the school 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on April 24-27 and at the door if supplies last. Held in the ERHS auditorium, 175 St. Lukes Church Road, 704- 279-5232. Limited seating.

‘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.704-633-5471, PiedmontPlayers.com

Music & more 

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

Open mic at Mean Mug April 21: Hosted by singer/guitarist Bob Trice. Sign up begins at 7 p.m. 1024 S. Fulton St., 704-754-4615, www.meanmugcoffeeco.com

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. www.meanmugcoffeeco.com

Sunday concert at Mean Mug — 5:30-8 p.m.  April 23: Kevin Dale Bridges, founding member of The Snakehandlers, No Alibi, the Dancing Hobos. 1024 S. Fulton St.,704-754-4615, www.meanmugcoffeeco.com

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. Last Monday of each month Jan.-April. 704-216-8248 or Abigail.Hardison@rowancountync.gov or visit www.rowanpubliclibrary.org

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

Salisbury Symphony —  • May 13 at 7:30 p.m.: Pops concert featuring the works of Gershwin at Varick Auditorium, Livingstone College • June 3: Annual Pops at the Post. 704-637-4314, Salisburysymphony.org

 Kannapolis is ‘Jazzing up’ Sunday Afternoons — Four-week jazz series 1-3 p.m. each Sunday April 23-May 14. Concerts are free, in Veterans Park, 118 N. Main St. • April 23 – Dwayne Jordan Trio • April 30 – Nicci Canada Quartet • May 7 – Brad Bailey • May 14 – John Gurske BanD. Visit kannapolisnc.gov

‘When Doves Cry: A Tribute to Prince’ — 7:30 pm May 5: Lee Street theatre in partnership with Catawba College: The Vernaculars. Tickets $20.Held at New Sarum Brewing, 109 N. Lee St. Info at 704-310-5507.

History 

Historic Salisbury Trolley Tour — 11  a.m. Saturdays through Oct. 28. $8 adults/ $5 kids. Narrators describe historic sites, shopping, restaurants, theaters, public art. One-hour tour begins at the Rowan County Visitors Center, 204 E Innes St.

20th annual Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium —April 28-29-30: Sponsored by 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 Stanback Auditorium, RPL, by the Robert F. Hoke Chapter No. 78, United Daughters of the Confederacy. Info Sue Curtis, 704-637-6411, southpaws@fibrant.com

Gold Hill Gold Rush Days — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 13: Historic Gold Hill Art and craft booths, gold panning, live bluegrass music and food. Saint Stephens Church Road, www.goldhillnc.com

‘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 www.rowanmuseum.org

This & That 

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

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

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.

Tour the renovated Washington Building downtown — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 22: Grand opening of the Washington Building; tour the street level retail, second floor offices, third floor spartments, have refreshments. Info 704.798.5726, www.JayneHelms.com

Spencer Doll And Toy Museum — • 2 p.m. Thursdays: Downton Abbey Club • 2 p.m. April 22: Blue-grass Music by the Jones Sisters with John Lee. Regular admission applies to events. Spencer Doll And Toy Museum, 108 Fourth St., Spencer, 704-762-9359, www.spencer dollandtoymuseum.com

NC Rowan County Anime Group —  6-8 p.m. April 23: Conference room at Woodleaf Lanes • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 6: Membership drive at the Comic Monstore on Free Comic Book Day. https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ncrowancountyanime/info

NC Transportation Museum hosts ‘The Texas Returns’ — April 28-30: Celebrating Historic 1856 Locomotive’s Restoration. 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer. 704-636-2889, www.nctrans.org

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

Downtown Salisbury First Friday Night Out — 5-9 p.m. May 5: “Come Tickle Our Ivories” Downtown piano reveal and Cinco De Mayo Celebration. www. downtownsalisburync.com

Millers Ferry Fire Dept Auxiliary Spring craft event — 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. May 6: This event will support the auxiliary at Millers Ferry Fire Dept.

Carolina Swap and Show — 7 a.m.-1 p.m. May 13: $5 admission or $20 swap space includes two people. 600 Stadium Drive, Kannapolis. Info:  704- 267-5664

Corvette Show and Cruise in — 7 a.m.-1 p.m. May 13: Free with your corvette car to show. All others $5. 600 Stadium Drive, Kannapolis. Info  704- 267-5664

Monthly Peace Circle —  6 p.m. May 2 and every first Tuesday: Community based initiative for open and honest dialogue. Mean Mug Coffee Co., 1024 S. Fulton St., 704-754-4615, www.meanmugcoffeeco.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.

Community drum circle — 6:-8 p.m. May 5: At Center for Faith & the Arts. No experience needed, extra drums available. 207 W. Harrison St. behind and below Haven Lutheran Church. Free; donations accepted.

Haulers on Union street party — Thursday, May 18 at 5 p.m.: More than 30 monster energy nascar Cup car haulers en route to Charlotte Motor Speedway. A free party in the streets with Chairmen of the Board and The Entertainers, activities for children, food trucks, giveaways, race cars on display, more. Info at 704-454-4522 or www.600festival.com

Comedy

The Comedy Zone at The Loft —  April 26: Shaun Jones. Doors 6 p.m. show 7 p.m. $10 admittance. City Tavern, 113 E. Fisher St., 704-603-4656.

Fundraisers 

Barbecue chicken supper — 4-7 p.m. April 22:  1/2 pit-cooked chicken, baked beans, slaw, dessert, beverage $8. Hot dogs too. Providence United Methodist Church, 6450 Bringle Ferry Road, near Dan Nicholas Park. Proceeds go to missions. 

New Sarum’s 1 Year AnniBEERsary Bash benefits non-profits — 1-11 p.m. April 29: 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.

Miller’s Ferry Fire Department Spring Craft Show— 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 6: Homemade crafts, direct sale vendors, homemade food and dessert. Proceeds support your local Fire Department Auxiliary & Vendors. 2650 Long Ferry Road.

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. Additional fees/tax not included. 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

American Children’s Home 19th annual car, truck, motorcycle show — 8 a.m.-3 p.m. May 20: Free spectator admission and parking. Proceeds benefit the boys and girls who call the campus Home. Info at ecrews@ach-nc.org

‘Grace!’ by St. John’s Men’s Chorus — 4 p.m. Sunday, May 21: 22nd annual Spring Concert, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St. Offering benefits Community Care Clinic. Free. Nursery provided. 704-636-3431. www.stjohns-salisbury.org.

Carolinas CARE 5K Run — 8 a.m. June 3: $35. Annual Carolinas CARE 5K run at McAlpine Creek Park, 8711 Monroe Road, Charlotte. Free T-shirts, finisher medal, food, family entertainment. Register at https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Charlotte/CarolinasCARE5k

Wine & beer tastings 

Salisbury Wine Shop — 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21:  Blind Wine Tasting with Certified Sommelier Drew Summers.  Learn the secrets of identifying wines by taste, smell and other characteristics.  Structured, seated tasting with light appetizers.  RSVP recommended.  $10/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, 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, 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

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

Mean Mug Coffee Co. — 7-9 p.m. second Tuesdays.  $10 presale or $15 at the door. RSVP 704-754-4615. 1024 S. Fulton St. www.meanmugcoffeeco.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

Firewater, 122 Avalon Drive — • 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

The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 — 8 p.m. Saturday:  Jhustin Hall in concert. Contemporary Christian music venue. Musicians invited to jam o-r schedule their group to perform. 704-213-1467.

Live at The Loft – Salisbury Swing Band — 7-10 p.m. April 22: The Salisbury Swing Band featuring vocalist Laura Millspaugh playing swing and jazz from the 1940s-80s. $10 cover charge. The Loft at City Tavern, 113 E. Fisher St., 704-603-4656

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 — •  6-8 p.m. April 21: The Jones Sisters Band •  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, vendor event. Some proceeds benefit West Rowan Volunteer Fire Department • 6 p.m. Summer Barn Dance: The Back Creek Bluegrass Boys & Tori Jones followed by open practice jam for local musicians, individual or groups. Richard Luther from the Lutheridge Cloggers will call the square dance. Hosted by West Rowan Farm, Home and Garden, 11575 NC Hwy 801, Mount Ulla. Info at 704-278-2800. If musicians have any questions they can call Elsie Bennett at 704-278-2800.

Eighth annual Wine and Craft Beer Festival  — May 6: A selection of NC wineries and breweries will line Mount Airy’s Main Street to celebrate a new growing season in the Yadkin Valley. Downtown events lead up to Saturday’s activities. Live music at the Blackmon Amphitheatre Thursday throguh Saturday. On Friday, the fourth-annual public art crawl kicks off. Mount Airy Rotary sponsors the festival, and all proceeds go to charity. Information and tickets at www.BudbreakFestival.com

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

Riot at Walnut Hill —3-7 p.m. May 21: An afternoon of local foods and drink, local music, and fun for the whole family, held at The Vista at Walnut Hill, 1090 Mountain Road, Cleveland. Adults $35 and children 6-16 are $15, age 5 and under free. Correll Farms and Two Pigs Farm offering free farm tours from 2-4 p.m. in conjunction with our event. Tickets at www.breadriot.org or at the Salisbury Rowan Farmer’s Market after May 1.

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

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/

Pottery 101 — Eight week class: beginning and intermediate wheel and glazing techniques. Cost: $200. Tuesdays: 10:30-1 p.m. May 16-July 11 or Wednesdays: 6:30-9 p.m. May 17-July 12 or Thursdays 6:30-9 p.m. May 18-July 13. no class the week of July 4 • Register at Pottery 101, 101 S. Main St., 704-209-1632, www.pottery-101.com.

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. Hurley Room Rowan Public Library, 201 W. Fisher St. Info: 704-738-7077.

Chrismon classes — May 4-6: Chrismon classes at Rufty’s Chrismon Shop. Classes will begin each day  between 10-10:30 a.m. and all levels will be taught. Call for reservations/info at 704-636-7790. Rufty’s Chrismon Shop, 280 Furniture Drive, info@chrismons.com

Classes at Falling Rivers Gallery — • May 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Workshop taught by Patti Duncan. Experimental technique with melted oil pastels. $40, materials provided • May 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Stained glass workshop taught by Sue Smith. $45, materials provided • May 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Workshop taught by Patti Duncan. Create a canvas of a spring landscape in oil pastels. $40,  materials provided • Bring bag lunch and drink.  119 W. Main St., Albemarle, 704-983-4278. http://www.fallingriversgallery.com

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

Home & Garden

Salisbury Farmer’s Market — West Fisher and South Jackson Streets. Saturdays and Wednesdays 8 a.m.-noon.

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.

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.

Speakers & forums

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

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

Free programs at the Y —  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

Salisbury-Rowan AARP —  May 4 at 1 p.m.: “Fitness for Seniors” provided by one of our fitness instructors, Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Bring non-perishables for Rowan Helping Ministries. For seniors 50+.

Learn about strawberries  7 p.m.May 6: Doug Patterson, VP of Patterson Farm and President of the NC Strawberry Association speaks at the Corriher Grange monthly meeting   Enjoy strawberry shortcake and learn more about Rowan County’s commercial strawberry business.  The Grange Hall, 1585 Corriher Grange Road, NCGrange.com

Art 

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

Tomorrow: 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.  Program begins at 7:30 p.m. 207 W. Harrison St., behind Haven Lutheran Church. www.faithart.org or 704-647-0999.

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

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

Trips 

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.

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.

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

Annual BBQ event at Tilley H-D of Salisbury — Sept 15-16: One of Salisbury/Rowan County’s largest events accepting vendor applications for KCBS sanctioned event free to the general public. Friday night’s entertainment: The Nantucket Band. 704-202-8712, www.bikerbluesbbqrally.com

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

Middle School Art Contest — Submission accepted  May 10-June 7. Eligible to submit are middle school 6th-8th graders. Judging will be June 17. First, second and third place winners announced June 24.  The Art Celebration will be at E&M Art Gallery, 907 S. Main St.,  2-6 p.m. June 24. Live entertainment and refreshments available for purchase. Deadline June 7. For rules and other info contact Elijah Belton, Mickey Chambers or artist Delores Medlin at 877-454-3487 or 336-564-6399 or 980-432-3428.

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.

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

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

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

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 featuring work intensely influenced by and displaying the spirit of folk, visionary and outsider art. Fees, deadlines, guidelines, etc available at hickorymuseumofart.org or 828-327-8576 ext. 210. Newton is about an hour from Salisbury. Apply at www.foothillsfolkartfestival.com/artist-information

Call for volunteers 

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

41st annual OctoberTour — Salisbury Foundation seeks volunteers for Oct. 14-15. House docents (tour guides) especially. http://www.octobertour.com/ or Historic Salisbury Foundation 704-636-0103.

Salisbury Pride — June 24: Time slots 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Complete the volunteer form at www.salisburypride.com

Rowan Helping Ministries volunteers – 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. Call Jim Martin at 704-638-9000 x3904.

Novant Rowan Medical Center – Patient escorts, gift shop, surgical waiting room, flower delivery, more. 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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