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Roundabout: What’s happening April 27-May 3

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.

East Rowan to present ‘Age of Aquarius’ — 7 p.m. April 28-29: This original musical follows three high school students and features music from the 1960s. Tickets $12. 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 sexy-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 

Tonight; Marc Hoffman Winston-Salem — 6-9 p.m. April 27: Jazz pianist/vocalist to perform at Thai Harmony, 102 W 3rd St. www.marchoffman.com

Open mic at Mean Mug 7-11 p.m. Friday, April 28: Hosted by fun and funky-punky Duke Wicker. Sign up begins 7 p.m. 1024 S. Fulton St., 704-754-4615, www.meanmugcoffeeco.com

Singing Saints Chorus Spring Concert — 4 p.m. Sunday, April 30: Volunteer chorus presents gospel music, hymns, classics. Robert L. Kennedy, director; Nancy Sloop and M.L. Marley, accompanists. Refreshments afterward.

‘Our Song4’ at Catawba College — 4 p.m. Sunday, April 30: The 80-voice Catawba Singers, the 40-voice Chamber Choir, and the PopAC ensemble in concert at Omwake-Dearborn Chapel, Catawba College. Directed by Dr. Phillip E. Burgess. Final choral program of the 2016-2017 academic year .

Sunday concert at Mean Mug — 5:30-8 p.m. April 30: Jeff Lumsden’s blues, rock, country acoustic music. 1024 S. Fulton St.,704-754-4615, www.meanmugcoffeeco.com

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

Trey Calloway coming to AmVets Post 460 — 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, May 5: Doors open 5 p.m., tickets $10, food and drink available for purchase. At the lake, 285 Lakeside Drive. 704-870-8777, www.treycallowayband.com

Music At The Mill — 7-9 p.m. Saturday, May 6: Featuring the sounds of Jeff Lumsden playing rock/country/blues. Bring a chair. China Grove Roller Mill, 308 Main St.

Triad Harmony Express performs ‘I Love Beach Music’ — 2 p.m. matinee and 7 p.m. evening show May 6: Barbership quartet’s Annual Spring Show in the Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive, W-S. $15 in advance, $20 at the door, age 10 and under free. For information call 336-774-4044.

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

Let Your Voice Be Heard with ‘Downtown Beats’ — 6-7 p.m. 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 or visit www.rowanpubliclibrary.org

Kannapolis is “Jazzing up” Sunday afternoons 1-3 p.m. April 30:  Nicci Canada Quartet. part of a new four-week jazz series. Free, held in Veterans Park, 118 N. Main St. Food available to purchase.

Pickin’ for the Master — 7 p.m. Friday, April 28: Concert with Gaining Ground followed by open jam session. Free admission, donations accepted. Trading Ford Baptist Church, 3600 Long Ferry Road, 704-633-5986, www.tradingford.net

‘When Doves Cry: A Tribute to Prince’ — 7:30 p.m. May 5: Lee Street theatre and Catawba College Vernaculars present “When Doves Cry: a Tribute to Prince and the Purple Rain Album” featuring four former Prince band members and students of Catawba’s Music Dept. $20 wristbands. Held at New Sarum Brewing, 109 N. Lee St. in the parking lot. Info at Lee Street theatre, 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, UDC. Info 704-637-6411 or southpaws@fibrant.com

Kannapolis History Associates presents ‘WRKB Radio: Early Beginnings’ — 7 p.m. Monday, May 1: Presented by Steve Hinson. Also, see the new display in the history room, it is a “big” surprise. A. L. Brown High School social room, 415 E. First St., Kannapolis. Phil Goodman 704-796-0803.

Confederate Memorial day Celebration — Wednesday, May 10 at 7 p.m.: Coltrane-Harriss Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy and Sons of Confederate Veterans honor the 125,000 troops the state of NC provided during the War between the States 1861-1865. Period music will begin at 6:30 p.m. Held at The Old Cabarrus County Courthouse 65 Union St. S, Concord.

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

Patriotic program and military awards bestowal service — 1 p.m. May 20: Free event at Stanback Auditorium, Rowan Public Library, by the Robert F. Hoke Chapter No. 78, UDC. Info Sue Curtis, 704-637-6411, southpaws@fibrant.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 27 and May 4: Bring your favorite board game. Free. 1024 S. Fulton St., 704-754-4615.

Salisbury Ghost Walk — Friday-Saturday, April 28-29 at 8 p.m.: Walk covers six-block area down town. Tales of shadow ghosts, apparitions, orbs in 1800s Salisbury. Bring camera, smart phone, flashlight. $5 students, $10 adults, 5 and under free. Salisbury Ghost Walk questions/reservations 704-798-3102.

Barnyard Bash Weekend at Patterson Farm – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 29 and noon-5 p.m. April 30: Meet baby animals up close and personal. Special barnyard crafts in our Barnyard Theater. 10390 Caldwell Road, Mt. Ulla. Info and pricing at www.visitpattersonfarm.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 • June 2-3: Gallery Gallop Art Festival • Aug. 4: Summer Sip Beer Crawl • www. downtownsalisburync.com

Make, Play, Learn Showcase at Horizons Unlimited —  3-5 p.m. May 6: Community and families invited to see the Maker Space offerings happening in the Rowan-Salisbury Schools. Planetarium shows every 30 minutes. 1636 Parkview Circle. Park and enter from Lilly Ave. www.rss.k12.nc.us/ horizons-unlimited- margaret-c-woodson-planetarium

Spencer Doll And Toy Museum — • 2 p.m. Thursdays: Downton Abbey Club • May 6: Children’s Scrapbooking Event (special price) • May 13: Musical guest Stephen Johnson • May 19-20: Western Movie Days featuring John Wayne • June 3: Fifth Anniversary Celebration • 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 — 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

Mother’s Day Make & Take weekend at Patterson Farm — May 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and May 7, noon-5 p.m.: Make a special gift for Mom at the Barnyard Theater, small fee required. 10390 Caldwell Road, Mt. Ulla. Info and pricing at www.visitpattersonfarm.com

Dance at Harold B. Jarrett Post 342 — 7-10 p.m. Friday, May 12 (second Fridays): Live music with Country Legend Band. $10 admission, finger foods will be served includes snacks and drinks. 1024 Lincolnton Road. Info 704-637-1722.

Band dance at the Y — 7-10 p.m. Saturday, May 6: Delmonicos Band. Bring a covered dish. $8 per person. Guests welcome. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111, www.rowanymca.org

Spring Fling Craft Fair at the Y — 8 a.m.-2 p.m. May 17: Guests welcome. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111, www.rowanymca.org

Line Dancing night at the Y — 7-10 p.m. Saturday, May 20: Delmonicos Band. Line Dancing night. Bring a covered dish. $8 per person. Guests welcome. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111, www.rowanymca.org

NC Transportation Museum hosts ‘The Texas Returns’ — April 28-30: Celebrating Historic 1856 Locomotive’s Restoration — This major event at the N.C. Transportation Museum will focus on the historic Texas locomotive, but will also feature a plethora of visiting rail equipment, steam engine train rides, and much more.

National Astronomy day — 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 28: 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

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 — 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 2 and every first Tuesday: At 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.

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

Repticon Charlotte Reptile & Exotic Animal Show — June 3-4: Reptile event featuring pets, supplies, feeders, cages, merchandise, live animal seminars, raffles for prizes. Family-oriented. Held at Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, 4751 Highway 49 N., Concord. See www.repticon.com/north-carolina/charlotte/ for pricing and hours

 

Comedy

The Comedy Zone at The Loft — Wednesday, May 3: Ken Evans. Doors 6 p.m. show 7 p.m. $10 admittance. City Tavern, 113 E. Fisher St., 704-603-4656.

 

Fundraisers 

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

Pool tournament to support the Shelter animals — April 29 from 2-6 p.m.: At Break-N-Run Bar and Billiards, 612 S. Main St. $5 entry. Live music by Adam & the Peculiars. BBQ plates/sandwiches $7. Half entry fee to winner, half entry fee to animals, 100% of event proceeds to Shelter Guardians. Info at 704-213-7270.

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.

Jesse’s Ride and Run for PTSD — May 6: 8 a.m. registration, $25. Faith American Legion Park. BBQ, hamburgers, hotdogs for sale. Door prizes for the Ride, Run and Poker Hand. Sponsored by Organ Lutheran Church and The Faith American Legion and Auxiliary. All proceeds go to Honor One, for creating financial help for veterans, firefighters, police offices suffering from PTSD. Donate at Gofundme and also register online.

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

BBQ fundraiser for hungry kids in Guatemala — 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 6: Proceeds benefit the Guatemala school, GRACES (https://wearegraces.org/), a U.S. based non-profit organization which supports La Escuela Integrada in Guatemala and the children of several communities near Antigua, Guatemala and whose mission is to provide education, food, medicine, and social opportunities to the poorest Guatemalan children and adolescents. Tickets $8 on site. Plate- beans, BBQ, chips. Mean Mug Coffee Company, 1024 S. Fulton St.

Davie County High School Auto Tech Car Show — 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 6: Davie County High School and SkillsUSA Auto Tech Car Show. Registration 8 -9:30 a.m., Entry fee $15. Held at Trailers of the East Coast, 418 Interstate Drive, Mocksville. Car show proceeds benefit Automotive Technology and SkillsUSA Chapter at DCHS • Also, Team Penske NASCAR race car transporter open for walk-throughs • Mustang Sampling show car #5 Corvette on display • Austin Dillon #3 show car on display. Info Seth James 336-751-5905 ext. 4084.

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. Limited seating. To reserve your seats call 704-633-5471. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. PiedmontPlayers.com

Third Annual Great Berry Ride at Patterson Farm— 8 a.m. Saturday, May 20: Benefits Rowan County United Way and Hospice. 20-40-60-mile course options. Start at 10390 Caldwell Road, Mt. Ulla. Individual and Team divisions. Register at www.sportoften.com. Info at www.visitpattersonfarm.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 28: Wines from Languedoc-Rousillon with Stephanie. A selection of wines from some principal Appellations of this Southern wine producing region of France. $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, 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. — Second Tuesdays. 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: Open Mic. Contemporary Christian music venue. Musicians invited to jam o-r schedule their group to perform. 704-213-1467.

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 28: Deep Roots • 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 9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Flower, plant and crafter vendors. 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. Hosted by West Rowan Farm, Home and Garden, Mount Ulla. Info at 704-278-2800. Musician questions? Call Elsie Bennett 704-278-2800.

Blue Ridge Music Center annual Summer Concert Series — May-October: The Steel Wheels, Steep Canyon Rangers, Mipso, Amythyst Kiah, Bill and the Belles, The Snyder Family, and more. Tickets $10-$20. The Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 213 near Galax, Va. www.blueridgemusiccenter.org or 866- 308-2773, ext. 245.

Eighth annual Wine and Craft Beer Festival — May 6: NC wineries and breweries line Mount Airy’s Main Street. Downtown events lead up to Saturday’s activities. Live music at the Blackmon Amphitheatre Thursday throguh Saturday. Friday: fourth-annual public art crawl kicks off. Mount Airy Rotary sponsors, all proceeds go to charity. Info 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

Let’s Get Connected Day — May 20, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Multicultural Celebration at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King Ave. • Dedication of Peace Pole at the Dream Park, 910 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. at noon. Sponsored by Covenant Community Connection . 704-636-6119.

Cheerwine’s Centennial Celebration — May 20: with Roomful of Blues. Downtown Salisbury, corner of Liberty St. and Main St., 704-637-5881. Free admission. www.cheerwine.com

Riot at Walnut Hill —3-7 p.m. May 21: Local food and drink, local music, family fun, 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. Tickets at www.breadriot.org or at the Salisbury Rowan Farmer’s Market after May 1.

Historic Gold Hill’s Tall Tale Tellers Festival — 1 p.m. Saturday, June 17: At the Arbor in the Village, 840 St. Stephen’s Church Road. Bring your blanket or beachy chair and sit and be entertained by local storytellers. Sponsored by the Gold Hill Merchants’ Association.

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

New 8-week guitar class — Starting Monday, May 1: For absolute beginners and intermediate students. At Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. No experience required. $40 plus $10 for workbook. Sign-up at 704-216-7714 or more Info at 704-640-0279.

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.

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.

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

Free programs at the Y — May 16 at 1:30 p.m.: Medicine Shop Presents: “What are Probiotics.”Open to the public, sign up at 704-401-8158 or 704-636-0111 • J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. www.rowanymca.org

Lunch and Learn at the Y — • Noon, May 24: Trinity at Home Presents: Nutrition. Bring covered dish, free, open to the public. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. W., 704-636-0111.

 

Home & Garden

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

Rowan County Extension Master Gardeners’ annual plant sale — 8:30 a.m.-noon May 6: Master Gardeners on hand to assist. Extension Office, 2727 Old Concord Road. Proceeds used to support Extension Office programs. 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. 129 S. Railroad St., 336-731-7317, www.lexingtonfarmersmarketnc.com

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

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

 

Auditions

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

PPT’s youth audition workshop for ‘Bring It On’ — 9 a.m.-1 p.m.Saturday, May 20: How to audition for a musical, specifically geared toward PPT’s upcoming production. Cost: $40. Sign up at 704-633-5471. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St., www.PiedmontPlayers.com

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

PPT youth auditions for ‘Bring It On’— May 23-24: By appointment only. Show dates. Sign up at 704-633-5471. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St. www.PiedmontPlayers.com

 

Art 

The Carolina Artists — 6:30 p.m. third Thursdays: May 18 At Rufty Holmes Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Visitors welcome.

Center for Faith and the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St. — “Unreasonable Fears” exhibit. 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

Last weekend for exhibit at 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 

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 • 9 a.m. Aug. 25: Charlotte Women’s Show • Exploring Scotland and Ireland, Oct. 15-26. If interested contact Barbara Franklin 704-223-1973 or Louise Klaver 704-636-0111 • Other trips are in the planning stages. Visit www.rowanymca.org • Buses leave from J. F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. Trip info and reservations 704-636-0111 or lklaver@ rowanymca.com

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

Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival — Event is Oct. 21. Application deadline May 15. Apply at www.rowanbluesandjazz.org and choose Upcoming Events or call 704-636-3277.

JCPrice Post 107 annual Memorial week celebration — May 26-June 3. Contact Daniel Haddock at 704-637-6231 or 980-234-3344. Food vendors must have Health Department permits by May 8.

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 storytellers

Historic Gold Hill’s Tall Tale Tellers Festival — 1 p.m. Saturday, June 17: Are you the best tall tale teller in town? Inaugural Festival at the Arbor in the Village, 840 St. Stephen’s Church Rd., Gold Hill. $250 top prize. Free admission for audience; $5 registration for Tall Tale Tellers. Registration and info at www.goldhillnc.com

 

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.

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

pull out Deadline Saturday: 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

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 Models

Be a model for bourbon tasting fundraiser — 3-7 p.m. Saturday, May 13: A non-paying gig, but feel free to use on resume. You will be given information on a specific bourbon that you will need to be able to communicate with the patrons. Must be at least 21 years old. Send head shots and contact information to David at darski001@gmail.com

 

Call for volunteers 

Salisbury’s inaugural bourbon tasting — 3-7 p.m. May 13: Potentially help with setup, breakdown and during Bourbon in the ‘Bury. Must be at least 21 years old to volunteer. Should be able to be on your feet for at least 2 hours. Held at City Tavern. Interested volunteers should contact Mollie at info@bourboninthebury.com

Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival — Event is Oct. 21. Application deadline May 15. Apply at www.rowanbluesandjazz.org and choose Upcoming Events or call 704-636-3277.

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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