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Roundabout: What’s happening May 11-17

Theater

Closing weekend for ppt’s swashbuckling comedy ‘Tom Jones’ —Tonight through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Adults $17, seniors /students $14. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St.704-633-5471, PiedmontPlayers.com

Lee Street theatre presents ‘Big Fish’ — 7:30 p.m. June 15-17: Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Motion Picture. Lee Street Theatre. 329 N. Lee St., www.leestreet.org or 704-310-5507.

St. Thomas Players presents ‘Pride & Prejudice’ — 7:30 p.m. June 20-29: $15 + tax. Aadapted for the stage by Jenny Hubbard. Tickets available June 20. Performances run July 20-23 & 27-29. Lee Street theatre, 329 N. Lee St. www.leestreet.org

 

Music & more 

Kannapolis ‘Jazzes up’ Sunday afternoons 1-3 p.m. May 14: John Gurske Band. Veterans Park, 118 N. Main St.

Open mic at Mean Mug 7-11 p.m. Friday, May 12: Hosted by Tom Williams. Sign up begins 6:30 p.m. 1024 S. Fulton St., 704-754-4615, www.meanmugcoffeeco.com

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

20th annual Pickin’ in the Park Bluegrass Festival — May 13: Free annual bluegrass festival at 5920 Hagan-Stone Park Road, Pleasant Garden, about an hour away, near Greensboro. Rain date May 14. 336-674-4009 or www.highlonesomestrings.org/

Mother’s Day Sunday concert at Mean Mug — 5:30-8 p.m. May 14: local singer/songwriter Sue McHugh. 1024 S. Fulton St.,704-754-4615, www.meanmugcoffeeco.com

FirstARTS hosts art gallery and music — May 14 at 11 a.m.: First United Methodist Church’s ninth season: service of music featuring Ola Gjeilo’s “Sunrise Mass” accompanied by string orchestra and choir. Info 704-636-3121, 217 S. Church St.

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

Let Your Voice Be Heard with ‘Downtown Beats’ — 6-7 p.m. May 22: Community sing impromptu chorus presented by Rowan Public Library. 704-216-8248 or Abigail.Hardison@rowancountync.gov or visit www.rowanpubliclibrary.org

Memorial Week Gospelfest — 6-9 p.m. May 29-30-31: Annual event hosted byt JCPrice American Legion Post 107, 1433 Old Wilkesboro Road. Free. To participate, contact Dan Haddock 704-637-6231, Wayne Hill 704-754-1774 or John Marshall Knox 704-310-6256.

 

History 

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, southpaws@fibrant.com

Bennett Place Memorial Day Military Timeline Event — May 27 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday May 28 from 110 a.m.-3 p.m. Military living historians represent the American soldier of various time periods throughout history. Free. Bennett Place, 4409 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham. 919-383-4345 or www.bennettplacehistoricsite.com.

Historic Salisbury Trolley Tour — 11 a.m. Saturdays through Oct. 28. $8 adults/ $5 kids. One-hour tour begins at the Rowan County Visitors Center, 204 E Innes St.

 

This & That 

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

Dance at Harold B. Jarrett Post 342 — 7-10 p.m. Friday: Live music with The Country Music Legends Band. $10 admission, finger foods will be served. 1024 Lincolnton Road. 704-637-1722.

Spencer Doll And Toy Museum — May 13: Musical guest Stephen Johnson • May 19-20: Western Movie Days featuring John Wayne • 2 p.m. Thursdays: Downton Abbey Club Regular admission applies to events. Spencer Doll And Toy Museum, 108 Fourth St., 704-762-9359, www.spencer dollandtoymuseum.com

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

Haulers on Union street party — May 18 at 5 p.m.: 30+ nascar cup car haulers en route to Charlotte Motor Speedway. A free party in the streets with Chairmen of the Board and The Entertainers. Info at 704-454-4522 or www.600festival.com

58th annual Rowan Rose Society Show — 1-5 p.m. Saturday, May 20: Rowan Rose society’s annual Rose show held in the former JCPenney building at West End Plaza, 1935 Jake Alexander Blvd. West. Area rose growers invited to enter roses 6:30-10 a.m. that day. Show will feature hundreds of beautiful roses of all kinds as well as rose arrangements. Info: Clyde Harriss, 704-633-7024.

Spotlight Dance Company annual recital — 2 p.m. May 20: Keppel Auditorium Theme: “Grease!” Children’s version of the 1950s movie. Free to the public. Ages 2-94 performing.

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

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

Turn Back the Clock Night at Horizons Unlimited — 1-4 p.m. May 20: Showcasing a Living History Museum, Make Space Fun and learning and Laser Shows in the planetarium on the hour. Horizons Unlimited is preparing for its summer meal and activity program for local school children and we are actively seeking donations of gently used children’s books for our “Little Free Library.”. 1636 Parkview Circle. www.rss.k12.nc.us/ horizons-unlimited- margaret-c-woodson-planetarium

Picnic before the Pops — 5 -7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3: At the Utzman-Chambers House, 116 S. Jackson St. Picnic supper with wine and beer, $25 per person all proceeds go towards maintaining the house. Reservations required call Rowan Museum 704-633-5946 for more information and to reserve a spot.

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.

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

New starting time: The Comedy Zone at The Loft — Wednesday, May 17: Headlining is Jodi White. Opening is Jamie Utley. Doors 7 p.m. show 8 p.m. $10 admittance. City Tavern, 113 E. Fisher St., 704-603-4656.

 

Fundraisers 

Deadline today: annual Lights of Love fundraiser for The Humane Society —Dusk-9:30 p.m. Friday; rain date Saturday. Around the Salisbury City Lake. Luminaria in honor or in memory of loved ones, pets or people. $3/luminary. Call HSRC at 704-636-5700 or email to humanesociety ofrowancounty@windstream.net

Midnight’s Promise Spring Fling — Saturday from 2-7 p.m.: Midnight’s Promise Equine Rescue Spring fundraiser and open house with tours, music, games for the kids, food for sale. Tethered hot air balloon rides from 5-7p.m. for $10 per person. Free admission.685 Delta St. Learn more at 704-798-6641 or visit Midnight’s Promise Inc on Facebook.

Friends Of The Symphony Golf Tournament — Friday, May 19: At The Revival at The Crescent. Tee time 1 p.m., $75 per player. For more information contact Angie Smith – 704-431-4447

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

Seventh annual Riot in the Pasture — 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, children 6-16 are $15, age 5 and under free. Correll Farms and Two Pigs Farm offering free farm tours 2-4 p.m. Event provides income for other Bread Riot events. Bring a chair. Tickets at www.breadriot.org or the Salisbury- Rowan Farmer’s Market.

‘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.

Father and Son Produce hosts concert and car show June 3: Gospel and contemporary Christian concert and classic car cruise-in at Father & Son Produce Market. Car show noon-6 p.m. with hot dogs and hamburgers available from 5:30-6:15 p.m. Southern gospel band Raising Glory from 6-7 p.m. and Destiny City Church contemporary Christian band from 7-8 p.m. Free family event with donations benefitting Rowan Helping Ministries. 1774 Sherrills Ford Road. Info: 704-636-6630.

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

Second annual Kegs for K9s — 7-11 p.m. June 10: Live music by The Lilly Brothers. Benefits Saving Grace K9s, a nonprofit that trains service dogs for veterans with PTSD. $10. 50/50 raffle and raffle prizes. First 100 guests get free SGK9s bracelet. At High Rock Outfitters, 13 S Main St., Lexington. More info on Facebook.

 

Wine & beer tastings 

RSVP to Salisbury Wine Shop — 6 p.m. Friday, May 12: Aperitifs, Cordials and Bitters Tasting Part 1: Vermouth – Find out the different ways to drink and mix Vermouth. Hosted by Drew Summers, Sommelier with Advintage Distributing. Light appetizers. Structured, seated tasting. RSVP. $10/person • 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17: Bitterness Beer Tasting. Learn how bitterness affects the taste of beer starting with very little bitterness and working toward high. $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. $10 presale or $15 at the door. RSVP 754-4615. 1024 S. Fulton St. www.meanmugcoffeeco.com s

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: Tribe Called Praise. Contemporary Christian music venue. Musicians invited to jam or schedule their group to perform. 704-213-1467.

Sunrise Cafe, 210 Old Amity Hill Road, Cleveland — • 6:30-8 p.m. May 12: Bluegrass Friday Night with NuHiWay. • 5-8 p.m. every Monday: Karaoke with Crystal. 704-402-3527.

 

Festivals

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

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 — 6:45 p.m. Saturday, May 20: with Roomful of Blues. Downtown Salisbury, corner of Liberty St. and Main St., 704-637-5881. Free admission. www.cheerwine.com

111th anniversary Nazareth Fun Fest — 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 3: Breakfast 7 a.m. Live entertainment 1-4 p.m. by The Holiday Band, The Heirs of Salvation, Cook Family and more. Raffle tickets $5. Drawings at 4 p.m. for 2017 Toyota Corolla LE donated by Cloninger Ford-Toyota-Scion. 855 Crescent Road, Rockwell, www.nazcfc.org

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.

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.

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. Information 252-398-7695 or info@ncwatermelonfest.com

18th annual Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival — Oct. 21: “It’s Reunion Time!” Remembering the early years. 200 W. Fisher St., For early bird group reservations contact rgjs1720@carolina.rr.com or www.rowanbluesandjazz.org or call 704-636-3277.

 

Classes

Classes at the Y — • 6-7 p.m. May 22: Taste of vegan free cooking class. J.F. Hurley YMCA, 828 Jake Alexander Blvd. West. Reserve a spot at 704-636-0111 • 6 p.m. Tuesdays: In Step for Life free 4-week walking class, 305 Rudolph Road. Free T-shirt at the end of the program. Email to register health@salisburysdachurch.org

Mean Masterpieces With Melody — 2-4 p.m. May 13: Paint-off classes second Saturdays with Melody Martin; $25 for canvas, paint, brushes, supplies. RSVP to 704-754-4615. Held at Mean Mug Coffee Shop, 1024 S. Fulton St.

Pottery 101 — Eight week class: beginning and intermediate wheel and glazing techniques. $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 • Register at Pottery 101, 101 S. Main St., 704-209-1632, www.pottery-101.com.

Yoga at CFA — Refresh & Relax Yoga • Mondays 5:45 to 7:15 May 22-June 26 OR Tuesdays 5:45-7:715 May 23-June 27 OR Wednesdays 9:30-11 May 24 to June 28. One session $90 or $15/class. May try a class before registering. Register with Debra McNeil at inspiredwellness@bellsouth.net or 704-637-1671 or visit www.faithart.org

Classes at Falling Rivers Gallery — • May 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Stained glass workshop. $45, materials provided • May 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Create a canvas of a spring landscape. $40, materials provided • Bring bag lunch and drink. 119 W. Main St., Albemarle, 704-983-4278. http://www.fallingriversgallery.com

W4VEC Amateur Radio License Exams — 9:30 a.m. Saturday May 13. Bostian Heights Fire Dept., 8211 Old Concord Road, www.w4vec.org

Country dance lessons at the Harold B. Jarrett — 6:30-9 p.m. Thursdays: $4 per person. Harold B. Jarrett American Legion Post 342, 1024 Lincolnton Road. 704-450-7446.

 

Speakers & forums

Genealogical Society of Rowan — 7 p.m. Tuesday May 16: meet in the Hurley Room, Rowan Public Library, featuring Catawba History Professor Dr. Gary Freeze on “The Ulster Migration.”

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

PFLAG meeting — 6-8 p.m. May 18: At Mean Mug Coffee Company third Thursdays. 1024 S. Fulton St.

Alzheimer’s information — • 1-3 p.m. May 15: Care Giver Challenges • 1-3 p.m. May 22: Strategies for Tackling Everyday Tasks • Info: Cyndi Reinhardt, 336 460-1741 • 10thread, 1024 S. Fulton St.

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 — 8 a.m.-noon. Saturdays and Wednesdays West Fisher and South Jackson Streets.

13th annual Lexington Master Gardener Garden Tour — June 3-4; Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m. Six private gardens off Harborgate Drive, Denton, at High Rock Lake. Tickets: $10. For more information, including garden sites see NC State Extension Master Gardener Volunteers, Davidson County Facebook Page or https://davidson.ces.ncsu.edu/ or 336-210-5365.

Lexington Farmers Market — 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesdays. 129 S. Railroad St., 336-731-7317, www.lexingtonfarmersmarketnc.com

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

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

 

Auditions

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’— 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. May 23-24: By appointment only. Show dates. Sign up at 704-633-5471. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St. www.PiedmontPlayers.com

PPT auditions for ‘Tom, Dick & Harry’ — 7 p.m. May 30-31: Meroney Theater third floor, 213 S. Main St. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds needed. Auditions consist of cold reading from the script. Show dates July 27-Aug. 5. See available roles at www.PiedmontPlayers.com

 

Film

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. City Park. Free. www.salisburync.gov/PLAY or play@salisburync.gov or 704- 216-PLAY.

 

Art 

Tonight: Celebrating Rowan County’s Young Artists at Waterworks Visual Arts Center — 5-6:30 p.m. May 11: Public reception for 34th Annual High School Student Exhibition. 123 East Liberty St., 704-636-1882, www.waterworks.org

 

Trips 

Travel with the YMCA — • 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

‘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

Randy’s Antique event — May 13-14: Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 9 a,n,-4 p.m. Call 704-425-9838. Held at Rowan County Fairgrounds. Coming June 3-4: Pop’s antiques and collectibles show.

JCPrice Post 107 annual Memorial week celebration — May 26-June 3: For a spot on the midway contact Daniel Haddock at 704-637-6231. Food vendors must have permit by May 8.

China Grove Farmers Market — is looking for interested vendors. The market is open 4-6 p.m. every Friday until the end of September.

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

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.

42nd OctoberTour — Historic Salisbury Foundation seeks food vendors for Oct.14-15. See www.octobertour.com, call 704-636-0103 or email suemch@aol.com

 

Call for performers

Faith F&M Idol Contest sign ups — Categories • ages 12 and under • 13-18 and • 19 and above. Registration is $10. Entries must be in by June 15. Three divisions and each have a cash reward of 1st place $300; 2nd place $200 and 3rd place $100. A form can be printed from www.faith4th.com

 

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

6th annual CHICKWEED — July 22: Vendors of arts and crafts (handmade items) for the sixth annual “Celebrating Indestructible Women.” Evening event; setup complete by 2:30 p.m. Proceeds support Rowan Family Crisis Center and battered women’s shelter. Email Nancy Gaines at chickweedvendors@gmail.com or Sue McHugh, 704- 577-9965, chickweedwomen@gmail.com

42nd OctoberTour — Historic Salisbury Foundation seeks artists (handmade items) for Oct.14-15.See www.octobertour.com, call 704-636-0103 or email suemch@aol.com

Middle School Art Contest — Submission s accepted through June 7. For middle school 6th-8th graders. Judging June 17. First, second and third place winners announced June 24. Art Celebration will be at E&M Art Gallery, 907 S. Main St., 2-6 p.m. June 24. Deadline June 7. For rules and other info contact 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.

 

Call for volunteers 

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.

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

42nd annual OctoberTour — Salisbury Foundation seeks volunteers for Oct. 14-15. House docents especially. Historic Salisbury Foundation 704-636-0103 or events@historicsalisbury.org or visit www.octobertour.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

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Police say man gave false name after high speed chase, crashing into lumber truck

Coronavirus

Nearly 400 cases considered currently active in the county

Education

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College creates free course to help parents tackle virtual learning

Business

New unemployment claims down in August, could indicate positive trend for businesses

Crime

Salisbury man faces drug possession charges after overdose call