Roundabout: What’s happening Sept. 28-Oct. 4

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 28, 2017

Music & more 

Pickin’ for the Master — 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29: Concert by award winning Sons of the South,  2016 winners of Galax Fiddler’s Convention bluegrass band competition, followed by open jam session Free admission, donations accepted. Trading Ford Baptist Church, 3600 Long Ferry Road, 704-633-5986,

13th annual ‘A Night At the Opry’ — Saturday, Sept. 30: Doors open 6 p.m., music begins at 7 p.m. Featuring Darrell Connor & The Country Music Legends Band and friends. Hotdogs, hamburgers go on sale at 6 p.m. St Matthews Lutheran Church Family Life Center, 9725 Bringle Ferry Road. No cover charge; donations appreciated.

Music at the Mural — 8-11 p.m. Sept. 30: Knaughty Pine • Free concert series hosted by Salisbury Parks and Rec, at The Mural on W. Fisher St. W. Fisher St.

Open mic at Mean Mug 7-11 p.m. Friday,  Sept.   29:  with host Robert Trice. Sign up begins at 7 p.m.  1024 S. Fulton St., 704-754-4615,

Sunday concert at Mean Mug — 5:30-8  p.m. Oct. 1: Jabe Fisher. No cover. 1024 S. Fulton St., 704-754-4615,

Jeff Whittington at The Davis — Oct. 12: The Jeff Whittington Show. 65 Union St., South in the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse. Tickets at 704-920- ARTS or

FirstARTS presents Ensemble Chaconne — 7:30 p.m.  Oct. 13: 17th and 18th century gems performed on period instruments. From  Boston, Mass. At First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Church St. Free. For more information, call 704-636-3121, ext. 104.

51st annualGranite Quarry Fiddlers Convention — Oct. 14:  At ERHS. Lanny Merrell, Granite Quarry Civitan Club, 704-213-1992.

Concert by Elisabeth Von Trapp — 4 p.m. Oct. 15: Free admission; love offering will be taken, suggested donation $10). Partial  proceeds go to support St. Luke’s new hospitality room for first responders. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 131 W. Council St. Info at 704-633-3221 or

The Kruger Brothers Live at Lee Street — 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14: $20 + tax. Lee Street theatre, 329 N. Lee St. or 704-310-5507.

NC Music Hall of Fame  Induction ceremony — Oct. 19: 2017 inductees Anthony Hamilton, Bucky Covington, Jim Lauderdale, Richard Lewis Spencer, The Sensational Nightingales, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Etta Baker (deceased; family will accept) all scheduled to attend. 109 West A St., Kannapolis. Ticket info at 704-934-2320 or

Music on Means Concert Series — 6-9 p.m. Oct. 19: Live music  with The Tams plus food trucks and pop-up market, Downtown Concord. 704-784-4208 or

Patio jammin’ at Mean Mug — 6:30-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2: Musicians of all genres and caliber jam on the patio at 1024 S. Fulton St.,704-754-4615,

The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center — 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. Complete listings at 704-372-1000 or

Live at Harrah’s Cherokee — • ZZ Top, Oct. 6 • Willie Nelson and Family, Oct. 13 • Alabama, Nov. 3 • Sammy Hagar and The Circle, Nov. 9 • or 1-800-745-3000. Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee.



Morgan Ridge Charity Night — 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday • A percentage of sales will be donated. 421 N. Lee St., 704-754-8379,

Homemade chicken & noodle supper — Sept. 30: Serving 6-7:30 p.m., entertainment starts at 6:45 p.m. with The Efird Family Singers and Special Friends. Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church, 750 Mt. Moriah Church Road, China Grove. All donations go to the parking lot fund. With questions call  704-857-5034 and leave a message.

Spencer Woman’s Club‘s annual mum and pansy sale — 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30:  100 3rd St. Mums $5, pansies- $13 per flat. Call 704-636-7836 to reserve.

9th Annual Big Chili Cook-Off — 6:30-11 p.m. Oct. 7: Benefits Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St., 704-636-1882,

Milford Hills United Methodist Pumpkin Patch for Missions — Oct. 7- 31.: At 1630 Statesville Blvd., Monday-Friday noon-7 p.m., Saturday ,10 a.m.-7 p.m. For more information or to schedule a school group, call 704-636-0471.

Second annual Rockwell Area Hunger Awareness Walk —2 p.m.  Sunday, Oct. 1: Approximately 3-mile walk beginning at Rockwell United Methodist Church, 430 E Main St. Benefits Freedom Christian Worship Center’s food pantry. Sponsored by Ursinus United Church of Christ.  Sponsor forms are available at 704-279-2197.

Rowan Museum Chicken & Pickin’ at China Grove Roller Mill — 5-7 p.m. Oct. 7: homemade chicken-n-dumplings, music by MGM.The mill will be open for tours plus coutnry activities for the kids. Meal is $10 for adults, $5 for kids. All proceeds go towards the operation of the China Grove Roller Mill.

Craft- vendor-  fundraising sale at Kennedy Hall — 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 7: Legion Post 106, 6250 Hwy 801, sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 106. Proceeds from hotdog sale will benefit veterans.

The Gospel Voices with Matthew Weaver — 6 p.m. Oct. 8: In support of West Davidson Food pantry’s Weekend Feeding. At Tyro UMC,. 4484 South Hwy 150, Lexington. Info: Nancy 704-213-4404 or Florence 336-787-5630 or 704-223-2602.

OctoberTour Patrons’ Party — 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12: Music, dancing, cocktails, food.

Grace Lutheran Men In Mission’s 9th annual Fish Fry Fundraiser — 4 p.m. until, Oct. 14: Benefiting Felix Bautista, rehabilitating after a hemorrhagic stroke. Felix and Holly have a 1-year-old daughter. Live deejay, raffles, bring your own lawn chair, parking shuttle service available, dine-in or carry out. 3020 Grace Church Road, 704-857-8641.

North Hills Christian School fundraising events — • Oct. 27:  “Fore the Future” golf tournament at Country Club of Salisbury,  registration 11:30 a.m.,     shotgun start  1  p.m. • Oct. 27 – Thanksgiving Boston Butt Sale Begins,  Proceeds benefit the NHCS Athletic Department • For both, contact or 704-636-3005 ext. 503.

Cleveland Lions’ Brunswick Stew — 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Oct. 28: or until sold out. Dine in  $7; Take out available: quart, half gallon, gallon. Cleveland Lions Den, 106 Cemetery St. Info and prices at 704-278-0974.

Veterans’ coat drive deadline — Nov. 1: Last day to donate to Gold Hill Lions and Nofolk & Southern Railroad coat drive for homeless and needy veterans. Drop off at most churches in Rockwell, Organ Lutheran, Wesley Chapel Lutheran of Misenheimer.  Pick-up available if there are several. Call Morris VanVleet at 704-783-5164.

The Arbor UMC annual pork and chicken BBQ —  11 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 4: Cooked on a pit on-site plus whole and half chickens, bbq sandwiches, homemade desserts. Eat-in or take-out.  Proceeds go to missions. 5545 Woodleaf Road.

Holiday Faire — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 4: Handmade crafts, vendors. Info Joyce Curl at or Rod Kerr 704-633-0431 ext. 105. First Baptist First Ministry Center, 220 N. Fulton St.

Christiana Lutheran’s 5th annual car show — Noon-4 p.m. Nov. 4: Open to all vehicles, years, models. Poker run 9 a.m.-noon. Judging, prizes, raffles, music, food. Pregregister  and save, details at 704-633-3503. Christiana Lutheran Church, 6190 Hwy 52 across from  Erwin Middle and ERHS. All proceeds go to ABrightenthe Beacon fund.

Rowan Museum 64th Annual Antiques Show Patrons’ Party — Nov. 9: at West End Plaza Event Center. 6pm-9pm. Advance registration required. $75.

Rowan Museum 64th Annual Antiques Show — Nov. 10-12: at West End Plaza Event Center. Antiques dealers from across the Southeast showing and selling some of their finest wears. First time in the shows 64 year history that it has expanded to three days instead of two.


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,

Patio Palooza at City Tavern, 113 E Fisher St. — 8-11 p.m. Wednesdays. Live music.

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 •

Karaoke at Mean Mug — 7-10 p.m. Oct. 14 and every second Saturday. 1024 S. Fulton St.,704-754-4615,

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

Bike Night at Morgan Ridge Railwalk, 421 N. Lee St. — 6-9 p.m. Oct. 4: Featuring Greg Brangle playing live music on the patio. 421 N. Lee St., 704-754-8379,

Sunrise Cafe, 210 Old Amity Hill Road, Cleveland — 6:30 p.m. Friday  Lonesome Road Bluegrass band • 5-8 p.m. Mondays: Karaoke with Crystal • 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays: Acoustic only Bluegrass pick and eat jam. 704-402-3527.

Break-n-Run Bar & Billiards, 612 S. Main St. — • Wednesday Ladies night • Tournaments: 9 Ball Friday night, 8 Ball Saturday night, APA league Monday-Tuesday-Thursday, cash league Wednesday • Free pool Friday • Car show fourth Saturday. Open Monday-Saturday plus Sunday during football season. 980- 216-1603.


Kannapolis Fire Truck Parade and open house — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30: Parade begins 11 a.m. Indoor festivities in The Laureate Center at City Hall. Free open house, emergency vehicles, music, entertainment, helicopters, inflatable games.Kannapolis Firefighters’ Assistance Foundation offers hamburgers, hotdogs, drinks for purchase plus silent auction. Profits assist local firefighters in need.

Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival Returns —  10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. rain or shine  eight consecutive weekends Sept. 30-Nov. 19: Twelve stages of continuous music, dance, comedy, circus entertainments; craft vendors and activities for children. Highway 73 at Poplar Tent Road between I-77 and I-85. Tickets at  Harris Teeter Stores, at the gate or at

Stanley  Gospel Fest at Country Fest —  11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 7: A day of gospel music with SPHC Blugrass, Adam Beard, Sam Watts, Don Herbert, The Drye Family, Tony Burchette, We R Forgiven. Emcee Bill Ward. Stanley is about an hour from Salisbury.

38th annual Autumn Jubilee — 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 7-8:  Food, crafts, music, displays, art, and 30,000 friends at Dan Nicholas Park, 6800 Bringle Ferry Road. Free admission, free parking, handicapped  parking and  rides available, shuttle pick-up in front parking lot. Sorry, no pets, no bikes, rollerblades, skates or skateboards. 704-216-7803.

Foothills Folk Art Festival — 10 a.m.-4 p.m Oct. 7: Downtown Newton hosts  family-friendly festival with 100 artists plus art activities for children, art demonstrations, beer gardens, live musical entertainment. or Facebook.

Annual Fin, Feather and Fur Outdoor & Off Road Expo — Oct. 13-15: Rowan County Fairgrounds. Kick off concert Friday with Thompson Square. Advance tickets $25; Beginning Oct. 9 tickets $35. See or call 704-279-9383.

Salisbury VA Medical Center’s Employee’s Association Fall Festival — 9 a.m..-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20: Held in  the gym in Building 6. Info at at 704-638-3410.  Open to the public.

18th annual Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival — Oct. 21: “It’s Reunion Time!” Remembering the early years. Gates open 12:30 p.m., featured musicians 4-11 p.m. Mac Arnold and Plate full O’ Blues, Blazin Blues Bob Paolino, Live House, Stephen R. Gordon Jazz Trio, Joe Robinson and Friends, Diana Tuffin, Butch Stewart. Also interantional food, arts, crafts. 200 W. Fisher St., For early bird group reservations contact or see or call 704-636-3277.

Landis Fall Festival — 7-10 p.m., Oct. 21: N. Central Ave. downtown Landis featuring Darrell Harwood.

Fall Festival ‘Come to the County Fair’ — 4-6 p.m. Oct. 29: Inflatables, games, prizes, fire truck rides, food. Concert at 6 p.m. First Baptist First Ministry Center, 220 N. Fulton St. Info at 704-633-0431 ext. 105.

Annual Holiday Faire — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov 4: Salisbury’s Christmas Show offers handmade crafts, art work, homemade jellies and goodies plus products of independent vendors. Admission $3, children under 12 free, free parking. Proceeds after expenses go to missions. 223 N. Fulton St., First Ministry Center.


Wine & beer tastings 

Salisbury Wine Shop — 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 29:  Football Reds Wine Tasting with Cindy Sweasey, Grapevine Distributing.   A selection of reasonably priced fine red wines you can sip while watching football games.  $5/Person. $5/person • 106 S. Main St., 704-636-5151,

Morgan Ridge Vineyards and Brewhouse — 486 John Morgan Road, Gold Hill, 704-639-0911,

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,

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,

Cougar Run Winery — 704-280-3624. Cougar Run Winery, 363 N. Church St., Concord.

Mean Mug Coffee Co. — 7-9 p.m. Oct. 10 and every second Tuesday: $15 pp with RSVP to 704-754-4615. 1024 S. Fulton St.

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

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

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


Catawba College Blue Masque Theater presents ‘The Conference of the Birds’ — 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22-30: Florence Busby Corriher Theatre. A mythical story told through dance, puppetry, shadow play. $15 adults, $10 non-Catawba students and senior adults, at

LSt Mothers and Sons — Sept. 28-30 and Oct. 5-7 at 7:30 p.m.: A woman pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son’s partner. Lee Street Theatre, 329 N. Lee St. Tickets $15+tax . or via phone 704-310-5507.

ppt and Landesbuhnen Sachsen presents ‘In God’s Own Country’  Oct. 12-14 and 18-21 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 15 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets $25.  Groups of 20 or more $20. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. 704-633-5471,

The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem presents ‘Mamma Mia!’ — Oct.  6-15:  LTW-S is the first community theatre in the Southeast to produce “Mamma Mia!” Tickets $27.50. Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive in Winston-Salem. or 336-725-4001.

Mooresville Community Children’s Theatre presents ‘In the Heights, School Edition (musical)’  — Oct. 19-20-21 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville. See At each performance, the cast will collect canned goods for the Mooresville Soup Kitchen.

This & That 

Tonight Game night at Mean Mug Coffee Co. — 6-9 p.m. Thursday  Sept. 28, Oct. 5: Bring your favorite board game. Free. 1024 S. Fulton St., 704-754-4615.

A Day Out With Thomas — Sept. 29-Oct. 1 and Oct. 6-8: Thomas the Tank Engine returns to the NC Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer. Schedule and admission info at 704-636-2889,

Band dance at the Y — 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct.  7: Second Time Around Band. Bring a covered dish. $8, guests welcome. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111,

Novant Mobile Mammogram  at the Y — 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct.  13: Open to the public; pre-register at  J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111,

Bill Ragsdale-Magic Show at the Y — 1 p.m. Oct.  14: Open to the public, for all ages. Sign up at  J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111,

Community drum circle — SECOND FRIDAYS 6:-8 p.m. Oct. 13: Center for Faith & the Arts. No experience needed, extra drums available. 207 W. Harrison St. behind Haven Lutheran Church. Free.

Line dancing at the Y — 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct.  21: With the Delmonico Band. Bring a covered dish. $8, guests welcome. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111,

Meet Officer Chun of the Salisbury Police Dept at the Y — Noon, Oct. 25: Safet program. Covered dish  lunch, open to the public Call to sign up at J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111,

NC Rowan County Anime Group — 6-8 p.m. Oct. 29: Showing the anime series Devil May Cry. Woodleaf Lanes Conference Room.

Yoga in the brewery —  6 p.m. Wednesday at Morgan Ridge Railwalk. $6 includes a pint of beer and a one hour class.  421 N. Lee St., 704-754-8379,

NC Museum of Dolls, Toys & Miniatures —  Coming events •  2 p.m. Sept. 30: Michael Eury on Captain Action, the original super-hero action figure • Oct. 21: Night at the Museum 3 • Nov. 17-18: Benefit sale and Antiques Appraisal Fair (Roadshow Style) •   108 Fourth St., Spencer, 704-762-9359,

Fall National astronomy day — 6-9 p.m. Sept. 30: Star party at Carolina International School. 9545 Poplar Tent Road, Concord. Astronomical Society of Rowan,

Monthly Peace Circle — 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 and every first Tuesday: At Mean Mug Coffee Co., 1024 S. Fulton St., 704-754-4615,

Dance at Harold B. Jarrett Post 342 — 7-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13: (second Fridays): Music by deejay “Rawhide” Lee Clark. $10 admission, finger foods served. 1024 Lincolnton Road. Info 704-637-1722.

Last CG Cruise In of the season with Southern Breeze —  Oct. 21: Cruise in, Main Street in China Grove. Southern Breeze band will play in Hanna Park 3-6 p.m.

Annual Night at the Museums — Oct. 21: The NC Doll and the Miniature Museum/Rowan Museum. Two museums come alive for one night only. Kid-friendly meal included. Advance registration required. $25 adults $15 kids, $75 family (2 adults 2 kids). 704- 633-5946

top by the Utzman-Chambers House — Rowan Museum invites everyone to stop by the Utzman-Chambers Hous, 116 S. Jackson St., on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 5-7 p.m. for wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres.  Pause to listen to the Rowan Jazz and Blues Festival and go on to see PPT’s “In God’s Own Country,” or Salisbury Symphony’s opening concert. A suggested $10 donation helps Rowan Museum maintain the Utzman-Chambers House.

Fall Spruce Up Week — Oct. 23-27: Public Service Department & Community Appearance Commission offer appliance and tire collection.

Annual meeting of the Rowan Museum — 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at the museum, 202 N. Main St. Enjoy tours of the museum’s Cheerwine and regular exhibit starting at 6  p.m., a recap of what the museum has done over the last year, a chicken and dumpling meal, and a special presentation of two Norvell Cups to outstanding volunteers. Donations accepted. With questions call 704-633-5946.

Fifth annual Buskers~Bash — 5-9 p.m. Friday Oct. 6: 40+ street performers on  the sidewalks of downtown Salisbury, visitors vote for favorite buskers: musicians, magicians, even a juggler. Shops open 5-9 p.m.;  performances run 6-8 p.m.  Use the walking map or the Salisbury Trolley.  Grand Finale 9 p.m. at City Tavern, 113 E. Fisher St., winners announced, cash prizes awarded, open jam session follows.  Free voting Pick-Packs available at  Salisbury Business Center, Salisbury Visitors Center, Rowan Museum.

Clearwater Concord National Night Out — 6-8 p.m. Oct. 10: Information tables, food, drink, kids’  activities, meet and greet neighbors, local businesses, nonprofits, service officers, city workers, some officials and candidates. Bring a potluck dish and tour ClearWater Artist Studios’ new event space, 223 Crowell Drive NW, Concord.

Bear feeding every Saturday and Sunday at Dan Nich — 2 p.m. weather permitting. At Wildlife Adventures section. Dan Nicholas Park, 6800 Bringle Ferry Road, 704-216-7800.

Meet The Animal every Saturday and Sunday at Dan Nich — 3 p.m. weather permitting. At Wildlife Adventures or Nature Center. Dan Nicholas Park, 6800 Bringle Ferry Road, 704-216-7800.



Christian comedian at St. John’s    4 p.m. Oct. 1: Christian comedian Anita Renfroe and “high-octane, estrogen-flavored” humor. At the Faith Center of St. John’s Lutheran Church. Enter on Jackson Street across from the Child Development Center. Learn more at Free; a love offering will be taken; to attend, RSVP by email to

Colin Quinn: One in Every Crowd — Jan. 19, 2018: At the Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Prices begin at $25. N. Tryon St., Charlotte. Details at 704-372-1000 or


Blood drive

Laureate Center at City Hall — 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30: Sponsored by Kannapolis Fire during Fire Parade and Open House. Register at and enter Kannapolis Fire Department or visit



Legends by Lantern tour at the NC Trans Museum

7:30-9 p.m. Oct 20: A nightime walking tour of the museum, exploring Spencer Shops’ historic structures and  tellings of North Carolina railroad legends and Spencer Shops, illustrated by the museum’s extensive collec tion of vintage railroad equipment. Ticket info at

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.

‘Cheerwine: 100 Years’ exhibit —Cheerwine celebrates 100 years in its hometown in an exhibit at Rowan Museum. Through December. 202 N. Main St. Free. 704-633-5946 or

OctoberTour of Historic Homes — Oct. 14 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Oct. 15 Noon-5:30 p.m.: Visit through 11 private, historic homes dating from 1820-1929. Bank Street: Children’s games, story-time, antique fire trucks, beer and wine tasting, Bank Street Café, and more.

Victorian Hall House tours — 1-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through December. Dr. Josephus Hall House, 226 S. Jackson St., 704-636-0103, www.historicsalisbury. org/tours/hall-house-tours




PPT’s Youth Theatre Academy — Structured 14-week curriculum, October through January with a break in December. Classes: ‘Tackling the One Act’ and ‘Shall We Dance?’ Tuition and registration  info at 704-633-5471, 213 S. Main St.or

Mind Aerobics art class — 2-4 p.m. Mondays: Introduction to mass drawing, pastels, sculpture. Rufty-Holmes Center, 1120 S. MLK Jr. Ave. $10/2 hr. session. For beginner and advanced adult. Sign up at 704 216-7714. Instructor Robert Richard Toth,

AARP Driver Safety Refresher Class for senior citizens — 12:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18: Rufty/Holmes Senior Center. The latest research based driving safety strategies, review of driving skills and techniques, 40 pages of safety tips, developing defensive driving techniques, may get an insurance discount. $15 for AARP members/ $20 for non-members. Space is limited. Preregister by at 704-216-7714.


Speakers & forums

Salisbury City Council candidate forum — 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 28: Salisbury City Council candidate forum sponsored by Rowan Concerned Citizens, The Vine Event, Project Cover, and Salisbury Indivisibles.Held at Mission House, 120 Statesville Blvd., streamed on Facebook Live through the Rowan Concerned Citizens Facebook page. On forum day, moderators will accept Twitter questions via @citzensrow. Due to time restraints, a limited number of questions can be asked. Park behind the building.

Salisbury-Rowan AARP — 1 p.m. Oct. 5:  Game show “What’s My Line?” led by AARP member Flora White. Members may bring non-perishable items for Rowan Helping Ministries.  Refreshments follow. Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

Bright Idehas — 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays: Networking at 10Thread, 1024 S. Fulton St.


Home & Garden

Free Beautification workshop at Godley’s— 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, Oct.  19: Three discussions; Pollinators, Ornamentals, Trees. Free class, lunch provided. Godley’s Garden Center, 2281 Statesville Blvd. Reservations required by Oct. 16 ay 704-216-8970.



Auditions for The Polar Express Train Ride — Noon-5 p.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 1, Oct. 7, Oct. 8: At Steppin’ Out Dance Company, 1401 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer. 58-68 roles to be cast. Presented by NC Transportation Museum and Lee Street theatre. Performances are Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and some weeknights, Nov.17-Dec.22. Call for additional information 704.310.5507 or email



Movie day at the Y —  1:30 p.m. Oct.  20: “Les Miserables.” Open to the public, please sign up at J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111,



Carolina Artist Expo 2017 — Exhibit Sept. 26-30. Community reception Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Held at the Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

Waterworks features Ben Martin retrospective —  Commemorative retrospective of photojournalist Ben Martin, who passed away earlier this year, along with two other solo shows featuring textiles and clay. Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St., 704-636-1882,

Center for Faith and the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St. — • Current exhibit: Creative Pilgrimage, the contemplateiv art of Karen Operrell Campbell. Center for Faith and the Arts, behind Haven Lutheran Church. or 704-647-0999.

Fine Frame Gallery, 105 S. Main St. — Fine frame gallery  displaying art by Leslie Hudson Tolles, Alee Johnson, Robert Toth. 704-647-0340,

Rail Walk Studios & Gallery, 409-413 N. Lee St. — “When Nature Inspires Art,” local professional plein air artists’ work on display. Coming up next: Keyth Kahrs opens one man art exhibit at Rail Walk Studios & Gallery Thursday, Oct. 5. Artist reception is Oct. 6  from 4:30-6 p.m. Free and open to the public. 704-469-2781

WVAC Fall exhibition ‘Architecture and History’ — Through Feb. 3, 2018: at Waterworks Visual Arts Center. Hours Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 123 E. Liberty St., 704-636-1882,

OctoberTour AfterHours Plein Air Artist Reception — 5-7 p.m. Oct. 14: Relax with a glass of wine and artwork created by North Carolina’s Plein Air Artists. Ticket info

Pottery 101, 101 S. Main St. — Reception for Dustin Fowler and Kelsey Sorensen on Friday, Oct. 13, from 6-9 p.m. Both potters are recent additions to the gallery.Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 704-209-1632,



Trip to Harrah’s Cherokee —  Oct. 7: Sponsored by Price High School Hall of Fame Committee.  Contact Wayne Woodruff or Brenda Cowan  704-431-3974

Trip to the NC Mountains —  Oct. 14: Shatley Springs and Blowing Rock with the Community Travelers Contact Brenda Cowan 704-431-3974 or Cathy Alexander  704-433-5609.

Travel with the YMCA — • 8 a.m. Oct 24: Blowing Rock trip by motor coach • Nov. 10: Southern Christmas Show • Nov.  14   8 a.m.   Southern Christmas open to the public • 3:30 p.m. Nov. 30: Narrow Ways Theater, “The Real Christmas Story”  • 11:45 a.m. Dec. 6: Barn Dinner Theater, “A Groovin Christmas” holiday musical  • Trips are open to the public • Buses leave from J. F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. 704-636-0111 or

Davie County Senior Services trip — Nov. 13-15: Wilmington beach trip, Christmas special at the Carolina Opry, Alabama Theater Christmas show, tour of the city, shopping. Call Davie County Senior Services, 336-753-6230.


Call: vendors

2nd Annual East Spencer BBQ Pig Pickin — Oct.  7  at Royal Giants Park from 1-5 p.m. Performance and vendor slots available. Contact  Curtis Cowan  704-433-5135 or  Rudendo Martin   336-432-3716. Volunteers needed as well.

Craft- vendor-  fundraising sale at Kennedy Hall — 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 7: Legion Post 106, 6250 Hwy 801, sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 106. Inside and outside spaces available. Call Cheryl Kopetzky, 336-749-7553.

Salisbury VA Medical Center’s Employee’s Association’s Fall Festival — 9 a.m..-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20: Held in  the gym in Building 6.Contact at 704-638-3410 for more information.  This event is open to the public.

Central UMC — Seeks vendors for annual church bazaar. Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call Rita Sim, 704-633-3415  or Melinda Dudley 704-636-9190.

42nd OctoberTour — Historic Salisbury Foundation seeks vendors for Oct. 14-15. The ‘Bank Street Cafe’ features food and art. See, call 704-636-0103 or email or visit

Music on Means Pop-Up Market — Oct. 19: Artists/vendors of hand-made items. Refundable deposit $30 for one concert; $50 for both. forms/d/e/1FAIpQLS cUyOfUd7hNBnZspftY 5qX4hjyu6VZTD eEFUt9xH77Hmmw8g/

Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival — Event is Oct. 21. Food trucks inquire at or 704-636-3277.

Holiday Faire — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 4: Seeking crafters and independent vendors. First Ministry Center, 223 N. Fulton St. All proceeds after expenses go to missions. Contact Joyce Curl at 704-433-4251 or email or Rod at 704-633-0431 ext.105.

Christmas Craft Fair  at the Y — 8 a.m. Nov.  15: Vendors welcome. Call Louise 704-636-0111. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd.


Call: parade entries

Kannapolis Christmas Parade — 6 p.m. Dec. 9: To participate visit visit christmasparade. pdf?ver=2017-08-11- 093536-490


Call: performers

Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society — Tuesdays at 7 p.m.: All singers, especially altos and basses, invited to Meet and Greet at Coburn Memorial UMC, 901 S. Church St., as they begin rehearsing Dec. 3 and 8 holiday concerts on. Info  704-796-9683 or

2nd Annual East Spencer BBQ Pig Pickin — Oct.  7  at Royal Giants Park from 1-5 p.m. Performance and vendor slots available. Contact  Curtis Cowan  704-433-5135 or  Rudendo Martin   336-432-3716. Volunteers needed as well.

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.

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


Call: artists artisans

Crafters, wood artisans — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 4: The Auxiliary at Millers Ferry looking for homemade craft vendors and wood working vendors. To participate send an email to: and someone will send you an application.

Arts at the Mill — Nov. 10-12: Indoor national fine arts festival at the historic Mill in Downtown Mooresville, 500 S Main St. Application deadline Oct. 2. Application fee $25 (non-refundable) fee, booth fee $200. Visit or email

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

Oktoberfest juried arts and crafts show — Downtown Hickory’s 32nd Annual Oktoberfest accepting applications for Oct. 13-15 event. See Applications for commercial and non-profit vendors also available.

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.  Exhibition: Feb. 10-May 19, 2018. Opening reception Feb. 16, 2018 at Waterworks Visual Arts Center. Requirements and guidelines at 704-636-1882 or


Call: volunteers 

2nd Annual East Spencer BBQ Pig Pickin — Oct.  7  at Royal Giants Park from 1-5 p.m. Performance and vendor slots available. Contact  Curtis Cowan  704-433-5135 or  Rudendo Martin   336-432-3716. Volunteers needed as well.

Staff the CFA art gallery — The Center for Faith & the Arts seeks volunteers to staff the art gallery Fridays 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Contact the center at 704-647-0999 or email

42nd annual OctoberTour — Oct. 14-15: Be a docent in a historic home, help with Bank Street Cafe, Patrons Ball, more. Historic Salisbury Foundation 704-636-0103 or email or visit

Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival — Event is Oct. 21. Inquire at or 704-636-3277.

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,

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.


County Fairs 2017

Stanly County Fair — Sept. 26-30, Albemarle,

Dixie Classic County Fair — Sept. 29-Oct. 8 , Winston-Salem,

NC State Fair — Oct. 12-22, Raleigh,

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