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Holiday Roundabout: What’s happening Nov. 23-29

Community Calendar

 

Annual holiday downtown night out

Share in holiday cheer while enjoying shopping opportunities in the many charming shops during Holiday Night Out. East Fisher Street will be transformed into Downtown Salisbury’s very own Winter Wonderland.

Visit with Santa & the Grinch (5-9 p.m.) while enjoying live music from Lee and Allison Crowell Music (6-8 p.m.). Enjoy free holiday hayrides, make your own Christmas tree ornaments, take part in a fake snowball fight, and play in the bounce house.

Keep an ear out for holiday carols by Victorian Voices strolling around downtown. A giant Charles Dickens stiltwalker will be making a special appearance from 6-8 p.m.

Visit downtownsalisburync.com to learn more.

 

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Salisbury-Rowan Christmas events

• Santa and the Grinch at the Bell Tower — 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Nov. 25: Hot cocoa, treats, greet Santa and the Grinch at free photo-op at Downtown Salisbury’s historic Bell Tower. Arts and crafts activities. Visit downtownsalisburync.com for information regarding inclement weather.

• Scrooge’s Christmas Trolley Tour — $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 65 +, $15 for children ages 6-12, age 5 or younger free. Journey begins at Rowan County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 204 E. Innes St. Check in, get tickets, board the trolley. Tickets, times, info at Lee Street theatre box office, 704-310-5507 or www.leestreet.org

• ‘A Visit to Santa’s Workshop’ 2-5 p.m. weekdays Nov. 27-Dec. 23 plus by appointment on Saturdays at The Sugar Fairy Sweet Shop. Get a free candy cane from Santa; photos taken for purchase. For autistic or special needs children, book a 5-minute appointment with the big guy. Bring a wrapped gift ahead of time and Santa will give it to your child right from his big velvet toy bag. Info 704-239-2700. 1108 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer.

• Fifth annual Rail Walk Studios and Gallery’s Festival of Gifts — Through Dec. 9: Showcasing the work of local artisans, 409-413 N. Lee St., Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day. Free and open to the public. 704-469-2781, www.railwalkgallery.com

• The Arc of Rowan annual Festival of Trees — • 7-9 p.m. Dec. 1 • 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 2: Storytime at 1 p.m.; Santa & Mrs. Claus at 1:30 p.m. • 1-5 p.m. Dec. 3: Storytime at 2 p.m.; Santa & Mrs. Claus at 2:30 p.m. Free to the public. F & M Trolley Barn, 127 E. Liberty St., 704-637-1521, www.thearcofrowan.org

Jingle Mingle — 5-9 p.m. Dec. 1: Classic holiday fun with strolling carols, hot cocoa, special visits from Santa and the Grinch. downtownsalisburync.com

• Brunch with Santa — 10 a.m.- noon Dec. 2: Register in advance. Salisbury Civic Center. $6 per person or $20 per family of 4.

• Christmas Craft and Vendor Show — Dec. 2-3: Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $2 or 2 cans of food for food pantry. Children under 12 free. Rowan County Fairgrounds. Sponsored by Rowan County Fair Association.

• 20th annual ROBOJO — 2-3 p.m. Dec. 2: 20th annual children’s Christmas Show. In the Stanback Room, RPL, W. Fisher St. rowanpubliclibrary.org

• Come see Santa at the Lake — 3-5 p.m. Dec 2: At Granite Lake Park (Rain date Dec. 3). Free event for children of all ages. Enjoy Santa, his elves, hot chocolate, and the Christmas Trees lighting (around 5 p.m.) Make sure to bring your camera.

• Happy’s Farm Storybook Christmas — 4-7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3: $5 per person; $5 Activity Pass includes • horse ride • Western theme playground • jail arcade • hot dog with fixins’ and drink • meet and take pictures with storybook characters • ride Happy’s Express Hay Wagon • children can ride The Cress Express , the farm’s special Veteran train. Proceeds from this event support the farm’s Veteran H.E.R.O. Project. Happy’s Farm, 985 Parks Road, 704-279-5268, www.happysfarm.org

• Christmas on the Homefront at the Price of Freedom Museum — 3-6 p.m. Dec. 3 and Dec. 10: WWII-era three-room house decorated for Christmas, live traditional Christmas music, vintage Christmas items in the Do You Remember room, winter refreshments, special Pearl Harbor display in the Navy Room, all displays open, all branches represented. Music Dec. 3 by Strings of Victory; music Dec. 10 by Madison McCorkle. Free admission, donations accepted. The Price of Freedom Museum, 2420 Weaver Road, China Grove, 704-857-7474, www.priceoffreedom.us

• Tree Lighting in Hanna Park 7 p.m. Dec. 2: Second annual Lighting of the Town of China Grove Christmas Tree. Light refreshments and caroling.

• Fulton Heights Holiday Tour — 5-8 p.m. Dec. 2: . $10 suggested donation • Linda & Buddy Jones. 715 Wiley Ave. • Bret Busby. 507 Wiley Ave. • Susan & Mike Williams. 701 Maupin Ave. • Soful Yoga & Wellness. 1024 S. Fulton St. • Happy Roots. 1026 S. Fulton St.

• Swing into Christmas for Rowan Helping Ministries — 7 p.m. Dec. 2: Salisbury Swing Band live at the Salisbury Civic Center, 704-798-5840, salisburyswingband.com

Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society presents ‘Tales of St. Nicholas: The Art of the Gift’ — • 4:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Milford Hills UMC, 1630 Statesville Blvd., and • 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at First UCC, 207 W. Horah St. Holiday concert of familiar Christmas songs plus some new numbers. Bring a new unwrapped toy for children served by Rowan DSS. See Facebook page or call 704-796-9683.

• Gingerbread Workshop at Rowan Museum — Dec. 3: Advance registration required. Museum volunteers put the houses together, you and your child decorate. $35 per house. www.rowanmuseum.org

PPT Youth Theatre presents ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ — Dec. 7-9 and 14-16 at 7:30 p.m., Nov 9, 10 and 16 at 2:30 p.m. Classic animated television special comes to life; Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas. Tickets go on sale Nov. 27. Adults $12, students/seniors $10. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St., 704-633-5471, www.PiedmontPlayers.com

• Christmas Dance at Harold B. Jarrett Post 342 — 7-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8: (second Fridays): Contest and prize for the ugliest Christmas Sweater. Family friendly. Music by DJ Rawhide (Lee Clark). $10 admission, finger foods served. 1024 Lincolnton Road. Info 704-637-1722.

• Christmas in Gold Hill Village — Dec. 8-10: Christmas in the Village in Historic Gold Hill, Saint Stephens Church Road, www.goldhillnc.com

• Bethlehem Marketplace — 4-8 p.m. Dec. 9-10: Travel back 2000 years to a place called Bethlehem. A Roman centurion will guide you as you experience prophecy, angelic visitations, and a visit to a marketplace, a very full inn, and the stable birthplace of Jesus Christ. Admission is free. Children welcome. Handicapped accessible. North Main Baptist Church, 1501 North Main St., 704-637-2929 or www.northmainonline.com

• Horizons Unlimited — • 1-3 p.m. Dec. 9: Cookies with Santa and Holiday Lasers • Dec. 16: Holiday Lasers, Hall of Trees, silent auction, Holiday laser shows, Winter Story Walk and Setzer Christmas. 1636 Parkview Circle. 704-639-3004, www.rss.k12.nc.us/horizonsunlimited-margaret-c-woodson-planetarium

• Tea with Mrs. Claus at the NC Museum of Dolls, Toys & Miniatures — 2-4 p.m. Dec. 11: $28 includes adult/child ticket. Complimentary doll for each attendee. Must RSVP • 108 Fourth St., Spencer, 704-762-9359, www.NCMDTM.com

Christmas Tradition Stories & Music of Christmas — 7 p.m. Dec. 11-12: At the Meroney Theatre featuring Karl Hales and Neal Wilkinson with Lauren Stephenson, vocalists and Susan Trivette, pianist. Admission: canned item for Rowan Helping Ministries.

Rowan Big Band All Stars at Lee Street theatre — 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15: 18-piece community big band in the style of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, etc. $20 + tax. 329 N. Lee St., 704-310-5507, www.leestreet.org

• Salisbury Symphony’s ‘The Nutcracker’ with Piedmont Dance Theatre — Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 2:30 p.m. Keppel Auditorium. Tickets at salisburysymphony.org

Santa and the Grinch with Antique Fire Trucks — 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Dec. 16: Cruise around downtown. Cookies, cocoa, holiday crafts while you wait. Weather permitting. downtownsalisburync.com

• Christmas Open House at THD — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 16: free horse and carriage rides, Mr. & Mrs. Claus, Hot chocolate, cookies, craft vendors. Tilley Harley-Davidson, 653 Bendix Drive, 704-638-6044, www.tilleyhdofsalisbury.com

• Boston butt and turkey BBQ — Dec. 22, 5-8 p.m.: Cleveland Lions’ Den, Cemetery Street, Cleveland. Pre-order by Dec. 18, 704-278-2252.

• Handel’s Messiah by Salisbury Symphony and Salisbury Symphony Chorale — 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19: Holiday concert of Christmas excerpts from Handel’s “Messiah.” First Presbyterian Church at 308 W. Fisher St. $15 adults and $5 ages 18 and below. Free for children under 10. General admission. Tickets at www.salisburysymphony.org, or 704-216-1513.

• Old Stone Christmas — Dec. 30-31: at Old Stone House, Christmas like our Rowan County ancestors would have known 200 years ago. $5 adults $3 students. www.rowanmuseum.org

• New Year’s Eve at the Bell Tower — 9 p.m. – midnight Dec. 31: Hosted by Salisbury Parks and Rec. Celebrate at Salisbury’s historic Bell Tower. Live music, video feed of Time Square, hot cocoa, more. downtownsalisburync.com

 

Kannapolis Christmas events

• Official Kannapolis Tree Lighting Ceremony — 6 p.m. Nov. 25: Village Park, 700 West C St. Live music, entertainment, kid’s activities and fireworks. Free admission.

•Winterland Express train — Nov. 25-Dec. 30: 6-9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 6-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 250,000 Christmas lights. Admission and viewing is free; train and carousel tickets $2 per person per ride. Plus Santa in his studio and Kannapolis Singing Bears, Atlantic Coast S Gaugers group’s model trains.

• Holiday Market at The Laureate Center — 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 9: Kannapolis City Hall. Free admission. Info www.kannapolisnc.gov/christmas

 

Concord Christmas events

• Bill Gaither & The Gaither Christmas Homecoming at the Cabarrus Arena — 6 p.m. Dec. 2: Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 NC 49, Concord, 704-920-3976, www.cabarrusarena.com

Piedmont Choral Society’s annual Christmas concerts — Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 3 p.m.: 50-voice community choir with orchestra presents familiar carols and songs of the season at Forest Hill UMC, 265 Union St. North, Concord. Free, followed by reception. www.piedmontchoralsociety.org

The Barefoot Christmas Movement Show — 8 p.m. Dec. 16: Christmas favorites from International Bluegrass Music Association’s Band of the Year. $30. The Davis Theatre. 65 Union St., South in the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse. 704-920- ARTS or www.cabarrusartscouncil.org

 

Christmas events elsewhere 

• All Aboard: Denton Country Christmas Train — 9th Annual Country Christmas Train each weekend and other select weeknights through Dec. 27. 1 ½ -mile 20-min. loop around Denton FarmPark, past hundreds of light displays, live Nativity, and a short film about the Christmas story. Also, a gingerbread house with cookie decorating area for kids. Denton is about an hour from Salisbury. Information, hours and tickets at www.dentonfarmpark.com

•  A Tweetsie Christmas — Nov. 24- Dec. 30: Blowing Rock. Santa Claus in his shop, train ride through the Blue Ridge Mountains, carolers throughout the park, live Christmas show, roasted s’mores, select the perfect Christmas tree to take home. Advance tickets recommended at Tweetsie.com

Christmas in Old Salem — 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Dec. 9: 18th-19th century celebrations culminate in lighting of 16-foot-tall Moravian Christmas pyramid. Other days: candlelight tours, A Special Day with St. Nicholas, St. Philips Anniversary Lovefeast, Tannenberg Organ Recital Series, Christmas Week. See oldsalem.org for dates, times, details.

‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical’ at Ovens Auditorium — 7 p.m. Dec. 20: $29.50-$69.50 plus charges. Ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000. See rudolphthemusical.com

• High Point Ballet presents ‘The Nutcracker’ — Dec. 20-22: At High Point Theater, 220 E Commerce Ave., reserved seating, see highpointballet.org or call 336-887-4HPB.

26th Annual Tanglewood Festival of Lights — Begins 6 p.m. through Jan. 1: 26th annual Festival at Tanglewood Park, Clemmons. Also Santa and Mrs. Claus, performers, gift village, tractor-pulled hayrides. Reservations required at 336-766-9540 or http://www.forsyth.cc/Parks/Tanglewood/

 

Christmas Parades!

Cleveland Christmas Parade — 2 p.m. Dec. 2.

Kannapolis Christmas Parade — 6 p.m. Dec. 9.

 

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Music & more 

See also Night Life

Pickin’ for the Master — 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24: Concert by Lee Spears followed by open jam session Free admission, donations accepted. Trading Ford Baptist Church, 3600 Long Ferry Road, 704-633-5986, www.tradingford.net

Fridays@First Advent Series — Noon, Dec. 1: First United Methodist Church’s annual Fridays@First Advent Series begins with music by composers who died from AIDS, for World AIDS Day, performed by organist Matthew Michael Brown, harpist Bonnie Bach, flutist Lissie Shanahan, soprano Lurline Baccari. Continues each Friday of December. Concerts are 30 minutes, free, open to all. First UMC, 217 S. Church St., 704-636-3121, www.fumcsalisbury.org

The Gibson Brothers appearing at High Point Theatre — Dec. 2: Touring with longtime band featuring Mike Barber (bass), Jesse Brock (mandolin), Clayton Campbell (fiddle). High Point Theatre, 220 E Commerce Ave. Ticket info at 336-883-3401, http://www.highpointtheatre.com

Salisbury Symphony’s  Big Band Bash — Jan. 6: A night of music, wine, food, dancing.  This year’s theme “First Ladies of Swing” celebrates the music of Pearl Bailey and Ella Fitzgerald. www.salisburysymphony.org/tickets

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

Live at Harrah’s Cherokee — • Dwight Yoakam, Jan. 13 • A Paranormal Evening with Alice Cooper, March 17 • Ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000. Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee.

 

This & That 

Friday: David Freeze book signing at South Main Book Co. — 6-8 p.m. Nov. 24: David with his new book “Cycling the Northwest”  • 6-8 p.m. Dec 1: Susan Barringer Wells will talk about and sign copies of “A Game Called Salisbury.” South Main Book Co., 110 S. Main St., 704-630-9788, southmainbookcompany.com

Paint and Sip — 3-5 p.m. Nov. 26: Call to sign up. Followed by Open Mic. Morgan Ridge Railwalk, 421 N. Lee St., 704-754-8379, www.morganridgerailwalk.com

Band dance at the Y — 7-10 p.m. Saturday,Dec. 2: Delmonico’s Band. Bring a dish to share. $8, guests welcome. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111, www.rowanymca.org

Monthly Peace Circle — 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and every first Tuesday: At Mean Mug Coffee Co., 1024 S. Fulton St., 704-754-4615, www.meanmugcoffeeco.com

Christmas Dance at Harold B. Jarrett Post 342 — 7-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8: Contest and prize for the ugliest Christmas Sweater. Family friendly. Music by DJ Rawhide (Lee Clark). $10 admission, finger foods served. 1024 Lincolnton Road. Info 704-637-1722.

Bills Magic Show at the Y —  1:30 p.m. Dec. 9: Call to sign up. Free . Great family time. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111, www.rowanymca.org

Special Band dance at the Y — 7-10 p.m. Saturday,Dec. 16: Delmonico’s Band. Bring a dish to share. $8, guests welcome. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111, www.rowanymca.org

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, www.morganridgerailwalk.com

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. www.dannicholas.net

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. www.dannicholas.net

 

Comedy

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 www.blumenthalarts.org

 

Blood drives

J.F. Hurley Family YMCA — 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Dec. 19: American Red Cross Blood Drive at J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. Sign up at 704-636-0111.

 

Fundraisers 

Morgan Ridge Charity Night — 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29: A percentage of sales will be donated to Stepping Out Dance Company this week. 421 N. Lee St., 704-754-8379, www.morganridgerailwalk.com

Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary third annual PawBrokers — Dec. 1 from 5-8 p.m. and Dec. 2 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Jewelry fundraiser with hundreds of pieces of jewelry. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 131 W. Council St. www.faithfulfriendsnc.org

Support Tamara Brendle in her fight against stage 4 cancer — 2-5 p.m. Dec. 2: Morgan Ridge Vineyard, 486 John Morgan Road. Sip wine, shop for Christmas with vendors, raffles, photo ops with Santa. All proceeds go to help Tamara and her family. www.gofundme.com/prayfortamara

Christmas crafts, baked goods, hot dogs — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 2: Christmas ornaments, decor, home decor, gifts, cakes, cookies, snacks, candy. Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 4914 Old Beatty Ford Road, corner of Old Concord Salisbury and Old Beatty Ford Road, China Grove. 704-857-1377. Proceeds benefit the organ fund.

Salisbury Symphony’s  Big Band Bash — Jan. 6: Salisbury Symphony’s biggeset fundraiser.  This year’s theme “First Ladies of Swing” celebrates the music of Pearl Bailey and Ella Fitzgerald. www.salisburysymphony.org/tickets

 

History 

2018 Rowan County History Course — 13-week course Thursday evenings Feb. 1-May 3: Classes meet at various historic locations, beginning with the Rowan Museum. To register, email office@historicsalisbury.org or call 704-636-0103. Tuition may paid in advance. Info at historicsalisbury.org/education/history-class

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

 

Wine & beer tastings 

Salisbury Wine Shop 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24: Holiday Favorites: Best Gifts for the Wine Lovers in Your Family Wine Tasting with Andrew Alley, 17th Street Distributing.  $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.douglasvineyardswines.com

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

Mean Mug Coffee Co. — 7-9 p.m. Nov. 14 and every second Tuesday: $15 pp with RSVP to 704-754-4615. 1024 S. Fulton St. www.meanmugcoffeeco.com

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

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

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

Night Life

See also music & more

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

City Tavern Patio Palooza, 113 E Fisher St. — 8-11 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29: Austin McNeill, No cover. www.facebook.com/CityTavernSalisbury/

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 — Closed Saturday. Contemporary Christian music venue. Musicians invited to jam or schedule their group to perform. 704-213-1467.

Karaoke at Mean Mug — 7-10 p.m. Nov. 11 and every second Saturday. 1024 S. Fulton St.,704-754-4615, www.meanmugcoffeeco.com

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

Sunrise Cafe, 210 Old Amity Hill Road, Cleveland — 6 p.m. Friday: The Back Creek Bluegrass Boys and Tori Jones  • 5-8 p.m. Tuesdays: 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. 980- 216-1603.

 

Classes

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, www.RobertTothSculptor.com

Public Speaking for Professionals — Raleigh’s Burning Coal Theatre, March 12-April 2, 2018. For educators, business professionals, anyone who wants to speak confidently and comfortably in front of groups. Monday evenings. $155. www.burningcoal.org/classes/

 

Speakers & forums

Salisbury AARP — 12:30 p.m. Dec. 7: Light pot luck Christmas luncheon; bring a covered dish or dessert. Entertainment by renowned Randolph County guitarist Larry G. Davis, former studio musician encouraged by Chet Atkins, spurring him to achieve the status of one of today’s premier solo guitarists. Larry performed for Presidents Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter. Also membership drive. 704-216-7714. Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave.

S.N.A.G (Salisbury Neighborhood Action Group) — 10 a.m. First Wednesdays at the Salisbury Police Department, 130 E. Liberty St., 704-638-5333.

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

 

Auditions

Lee Street to present ‘The Realistic Joneses’ — Auditons 7-9 p.m. Dec. 10-11. Performances dates Feb. 22-March 3. 329 N. Lee St., 704-310-5507, www.leestreet.org

 

Film

Christmas Movies at the Y — 1:30 p.m. Nov. 24: Come Join the fun: seniors 55 and above. Go to www.rowanymca.com to see the lineup and more.

More free movies at the J. F. Hurley Family YMCA — Call today to ask about the schedule: 704-636-0111

 

Art 

Waterworks features Ben Martin retrospective — Commemorative retrospective of the late photojournalist Ben Martin, plus solo shows featuring textiles and clay. Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St., 704-636-1882, www.waterworks.org

Center for Faith and the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St. — Current exhibit: Creative Pilgrimage, the contemplative art of Karen Operrell Campbell. Also the Bishop Family Creche Collection  in gallery  through Jan. 6 • Christmas Eve: special candle light showing of the Bishop Family Creche Collection. Center for Faith and the Arts, behind Haven Lutheran Church. www.faithart.org or 704-647-0999.

Rail Walk Studios & Gallery, 409-413 N. Lee St. — Keyth Kahrs’ one man art exhibit at Rail Walk Studios & Gallery. Free and open to the public. 704-469-2781 www.railwalkgallery.com

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, www.waterworks.org

 

Trips 

Travel with the YMCA —  • 3:30 p.m. Nov. 30: Narrow Ways Theater, “The True Story of Christmas” • Dec. 2: 3-10:30 p.m. “Gaither’s Christmas Home Coming” • 11:45 a.m.-5:30 p.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 lklaver@rowanymca.com

Community Travelers to McAdenville — Departure 4 p.m. Dec. 16: Bus trip to McAdenville-Christmas City. $20.  Call Brenda Cowan 704-431-3974 or Cathy Alexander 704-433-5609 to reserve your seat.

Rowan Rambers — April 11: Glamour on Board, wardrobe from Titanic the movie at Biltmore in Asheville; see 45 beautiful costumes worn in the movie. $100 due by Feb. 15, 2018 • May 16-19: Ohio Amish Trip, Warther’s carvings, Amish farm tour, 2 shows, Step-on-Guide, Victorian mansion, in home Amish meal, Mrs. Yoder’s Country Kitchen, Lehman’s General Store, Heini Cheese, Der Dutchman Restaurant. Total cost double occupancy $470; $150 deposit by Jan. 9 Info: Cheryl Kluttz 704-633-3484.

 

Call for vendors

Christmas Craft and Vendor Show — Vendors wanted for show Dec. 2-3 at Rowan County Fair Grounds. Applications at rowancountyfair.net Sponsored by Rowan County Fair Association.

 

Call: performers

Salisbury Swing Band— SSB seeks instrumentalists. Auditions are Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. Contact Jim Grazcyk 704-798-5840 for more information.

Gold Hill Bluegrass jam — Acoustic Bluegrass jam. E.H. Montgomery General Store, Gold Hill. 7-9 p.m. Fridays. 704-267-9439. www.themontgomerystore.com

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

 

Call for artists artisans

Center for Faith & the Arts seeks artists — 5-8 p.m. Dec. 8: Holiday Suitcase Celebration. Bring one suitcase to display work. Prize for the most creative display. $10 entry fee. CFA, 207 W. Harrison St. Contact Nancy Gaines at ngaines@fibrant.com

 

Call for volunteers 

CFA art gallery — Staff the Center for Faith & the Arts  gallery Fridays 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 704-647-0999 or email info@faithart.org

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

 

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Reaper’s Realm owners promise beefed-up security after weekend shooting

Business

Contractor expands local footprint, takes on county’s coronavirus projects

News

Home Improvement: Holiday gifts to spark home improvement ideas

Elections

Political Notebook: Local parties will host watch parties for presidential debate

Crime

China Grove man cited for driving through school field

BREAKING NEWS

October closure hearings set for Faith, Enochville elementary schools

Crime

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

Crime

Police: Man charged after children call 911 from neighbor’s house

Ask Us

Ask Us: Who are people behind sign at City Park playground?

Coronavirus

Prison in Salisbury latest site of COVID-19 outbreak

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury Man charged with felony assault by strangulation

Nation/World

Trump vows quick Supreme Court vote, Biden urges delay for Nov. 3

Nation/World

New rule may strip pollution protections from popular lakes

East Spencer

East Spencer draws crowd for annual community day

Elections

In Rowan’s legislative races, Howard, Warren get off to strongest start in fundraising

Business

From Navy SEAL to Medicare agent, Trent Waller looks to continue serving his community

Elections

In 13th Congressional District race, Budd, Huffman differ on government’s role in COVID-19 help

Local

Rowan County Telecommunications joins new state digital 911 system

Education

School board will consider scheduling public hearings for Faith, Enochville closures

Business

Biz Roundup: Food Lion makes donation to support racial equality and justice