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Roundabout: What’s happening Jan. 25-31

Night Life

The Carriage Room, 2141 Statesville Blvd. — Sundays 2-7 p.m. Open Mic hosted by Danny Franklin • 704-647-9876, carriageroomnc@facebook.com

The Fish Bowl, 125-127 E. Innes St — • 10 pm-2 am  Friday 26. Chasin the Rain $5 cover • Saturday 27. 9daytrip 10 pm-2 am $5 cover.• 704-438-8938, https://www.facebook.com/Thefishbowlsalisbury/

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

Open mic at Mean Mug —Friday  Jan 26: 7-11 pm with host Duke Wicker • Friday Feb  2  7-11 pm   with hosts Jamie Slate & Rev. Rich • Sign up begins at 6:30. 1024 S. Fulton St, 704-754-4615, www.meanmugcoffeeco.com

Sunday concert at Mean Mug — 5:30-8 p.m. Jan 28   – Aleta Johnson & Anna Hester.  Ukulele songstress Aleta Johnson joined by bassist Anna Hester.  No cover. 1024 S. Fulton St, 704-754-4615, www.meanmugcoffeeco.com

Noche De Ritmo Salsa Dance Night — 7-10 p.m. Jan 27: Fourth Saturday. Salsa dancing with instructor, Tapas buffet. $8/person $15/duo. RSVP to Mean Mug Coffee Co., 1024 S. Fulton St, 704-754-4615, www.meanmugcoffeeco.com

Mean Chili Cook-Off at Mean Mug — 4-8 pm Sunday Feb  4: Bring your crockpots of your favorite chili recipe. Live music.  All the tastes you can eat for $3 donation.  Mean Mug Coffee Co  1024 S. Fulton Street.

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

Tonight at Morgan Ridge Railwalk, 421 N. Lee St — • 730-930 pm Thursday: Mitch Hayes • 8-10 pm Friday: Joel  McCarson •  8-10 pm Saturday: Brad Rattledge •  6-8 pm Sunday: Open mic  hosted by Mama Tried • 704-754-8379, www.morganridgerailwalk.com

Sunrise Cafe, 210 Old Amity Hill Road, Cleveland —• Friday, Jan 26 at 6:30 pm. Destination Bluegrass Band • Tuesdays: Karaoke with Crystal • 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays: Acoustic only Bluegrass pick and eat jam. 704-402-3527.

 

Music & more 

Downtown Beats, Rowan’s Impromptu Chorus — 6 p.m. Jan. 29: Free community sing requires no experience or commitment, no charge, no prior registration is required. Rowan Public Library Headquarters, 201 W Fisher St., 704-216-8228.

Pickin’ for the Master — 7 p.m. Friday, Jan 26: Concert by the Griggs Family Bluegrass Band followed by open jam session Free admission, donations accepted. Trading Ford Baptist Church, 3600 Long Ferry Road, 704-633-5986, www.tradingford.net

Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society — 7 pm Tuesdays: Rehearsals for for May concert “Seasons of Life” at Coburn Memorial UMC, 901 S. Church St. All voice parts welcome. Info: 704-796-9683 or https://www.facebook.com/Salisbury.Rowan.Choral.Society

FUMC FirstARTS presents — 7:30 pm Friday Feb. 9: Colin Lynch, Concert Organist from Boston, Mass. Free. First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Church St. 704-636-3121

W-S Symphony present the Steep Canyon Rangers — 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb 10, Grammy Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers at Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne Road in Winston-Salem. Tickets $20–$67 at 336-464-0145 or WSsymphony.org.

‘Amadeus Meets the Duke’ — 7:30 pm Feb. 15: Danielle Talamantes, soprano; Kerry Wilkerson, bass-baritone; Renee McCachren, piano perform songs by Mozart, Ellington, Bernstein, Turina, Faure and more. Omwake-Dearborn Chapel, Catawba College. Free, open to the public • Vocal Masterclass: 3-5 pm Feb 14: Omwake-Dearborn Chapel; free and open to the public.

On Stage at the Davis: Get re-acquainted with the Pinball Wizard — 9:30 pm Saturday, Feb 17: The Hillbenders’ TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry live at the Davis Theatre. The Hillbenders recreate the entire 1969 album in their trademark bluegrass style. Tickets $30. Davis Theatre, located inside the Historic County Courthouse at 65 Union Street, South. 704-920-2753, www.cabarrusartscouncil.org

Wilmington Celebration Choir — 6 pm Feb. 17: Traveling gospel choir at First Baptist Church, First Ministry Center Gym, 220 N Fulton St. Free admission. A fundraiser for Kentucky Missions Efforts and Hope Boxes. A love offering will be taken as well as canned soups and new socks for children ages 4 -14.

Salisbury Symphony annual family concert — 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb 18: Bernstein & Prodigies Family Concert with Rowan County Fifth Grade Honors Chorus and several young soloists. Tickets at Salisburysymphony.org

MerleFest on the Road comes to Greensboro — 8 p.m. Feb 24: The Way Down Wanderers, The Barefoot Movement, and Andy May to perform at downtown Greensboro’s Van Dyke Performance Space, 200 N. Davie St. Tickets $23.04 general seating, $34.07 reserved seating; purchase at TheVanDyke.org or call 1-800-838-3006. $25 general seating, $35 reserved seating DOS.

First in Flight Tour Concert — 7 p.m. Saturday March 17: Christian Hip Hop concert with Parxx, DJ Besbleve, Virtuous and 1ne Chance. Salisbury Civic Center, 315 Martin Luther King Jr Ave. Free, donations accepted. Info at 704-798-8970. RSVP to www.eventbrite.com/e/first-in-flight-tour-salisbury-tickets-41913258685?aff=eac2

 

Theater

Final weekend St Thomas Players’ ‘Doubt: A Parable’ — Jan 18-27,at 7:30 p.m. ; matinee Jan 21 at 2:30 p.m.: A nun accuses a priest of inappropriate behavior with a child in her school. Lee Street theatre, 329 N Lee St Tickets available Dec 18 at www.leestreet.org or 704-310-5507.

PPT Youth Theater presents ‘Julius Caesar’ — Public show dates: Feb 16-17 and 23-24 at 7:30 pm. Tickets go on sale Feb 12. Adults $12, students/seniors $10. 704-633-5471 or PiedmontPlayers.com. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St.

Catawba College Theatre presents ‘Twilight Los Angeles’ — Feb. 13-17: Catawba College, 2300 W. Innes St. Tony-nominated drama documents the aftermath of the acquittal of the four LAPD officers charged with assaulting Rodney King. Tickets: $10-$15 at 704-637-4481 or http://www.catawba.edu/theatretix

The Realistic Joneses — Feb. 22-March 3   at 7:30 p.m. $15 + Tax. The Joneses must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities. Lee Street theatre, 329 N. Lee St Tickets  at www.leestreet.org or 704-310-5507 .

Ovens Auditorium and the Blumenthal, Charlotte — • Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, April 17-22• Yanni, May 6 • Herb Alpert, May 1 • Complete listings at 704-372-1000 or www.blumenthalarts.org

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

 

Wine & beer tastings 

Salisbury Wine Shop —5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday:  Wines of Zolo Winery of Argentina with Cindy Sweasey, Grapevine Distributing. Fine selection of wines from one of the most technologically advanced wineries in Argentina.  $5/person • The Dark Beer Tasting scheduled for tonight is rescheduled toThursday, Feb 15 • 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. 704-633-1137, 700 Cauble Farm Road, www.caublecreekvineyard.com

Douglas Vineyards — 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. Second Tuesdays: $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

 

Events at The YMCA

J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. Events listed are open to the public. 704-636-0111, lklaver@rowanymca.com or www.rowanymca.org

Band dance — 7-10 pm Saturday Feb  3: Cheyenne Band. Bring a dish to share. $8.

Novant Presents — 1:30 pm Tuesday Feb  6 Heart Issues. Please sign up

Diabetes Academy — 3 pm Wednesday Feb  21: Learn how to manage your diabetes. Please sign up.

Lunch and Learn — • Noon Wednesday Feb  28: Fall Risk. Covered Dish Please sign up.

Rite Aid-presents — Diet as You Age. 1:30 pm Monday Feb 12: Please sign up.

Travel with the Y — • Feb 14: Trip to see NarroWays play, “Not Just Another Love Story.” Leave 4:30 pm • Feb 23: Trip to Southern Spring Show, leave 9 am • Buses leave from J. F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd.

Coming up — Wednesday March 14: Spring Fling Craft Fair

 

Rufty-Holmes events 

Rufty-Holmes Senior Services Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.Leisure travel adventures, mammogram and blood pressure screenings, fitness classes, health and wellness clubs, art classes, computer classes, educational seminars, fun and games, day trips, more. Call 704-216-7715 or visit www.ruftyholmes.org

 

RPL programs

Rowan Public Library programs are free and open to the public • More info at www.rowanpubliclibrary.org

This & That 

Tonight Game night at Mean Mug Coffee Co. — 6-9 p.m. Thursday  Jan 25 Feb 1: Bring your favorite board game. Free. 1024 S. Fulton St, 704-754-4615.

Cardinal Squares Square Dance Club — Dance every Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., 316 Lake Drive. Caller Marty Northrup, marty.northrup@gmail.com; Lines: Linda Cauble, 704-633-9147, presidents: Effie and Norman File 704-633-9555.

14th Annual Greater Charlotte Home & Landscape Show — Jan 26-28: Celebrity guests Mark Bowe and Boyce Thompson plus thousands of square feet of exhibits. Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, 4751 Highway 49 North, Concord, free parking, 704-920-3976, www.cabarrusarena.com. Tickets at https://showtechnology.ticketbud.com/14th-annual-greater-charlotte-home-landscape-show

Pray Rowan — 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb  3: A gathering of all ages, denominations, backgrounds. At Isenberg Elementary School, 2800 Jake Alexander Blvd N. Info at prayrowan@gmail.com or Tonya Skelly 843-991-4142  or www.facebook.com/prayrowan/

Kannapolis Daddy/Daughter Dance — 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb 10 at the Laureate Center. For girls ages 5 and older, plus father, step-father, grandfather, brother, etc. Dressy to casual. $40/couple, each additional girl $15. Advance tickets only at 704-920-4343 or https://apm.activecommunities.com/kannapolisnc/Activity_Search/400)

NC Rowan County Anime Group convention — 6-8 pm Feb 24: Meeting at Comic Monstore, 813 S. Jake Alexander Blvd. Free, open to the public. Showing anime series called Samurai 7. For age of 12 and up. https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ncrowancountyanime/info

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

Horizons Unlimited — • 5-8 p.m. Feb. 17  : A Starry Night and Telescopes. Third annual amateur astronomer night. 1636 Parkview Circle. Park and enter from Lilly Ave. 704-639-3004, www.rss.k12.nc.us/horizonsunlimited-margaret-c-woodson-planetarium

Community reading ‘The Winter’s Tale’ — Reading dates Feb 6, 13, 20 and 27, and March 6: Catawba College again offers a community reading and study of a Shakespeare play, 7 p.m. on Tuesdays in February and March, led by Dr. Bethany Sinnott. Read one act each week, Rendleman Conference Room, second floor Hedrick Admin Building, 2301 W Innes St. Attend one or all sessions. Learn more at bethanysinnott@hotmail.com or 704-637-0136.

 

Comedy

‘Laughter With Grace’ — First Presbyterian Church, 308 W. Fisher St., Rev. Susan Sparks, pastor, lawyer, author, comedian •Feb 24: Ladies lunch, “Laugh your Way to Grace,” 11:30 am $10 RSVP • Feb 24: “Its our Time to Move” 5-6 pm with music by Catawba College Praise Band • Feb 25: “Trust Jesus and Elvis,” at 10:30 am in the sanctuary • Feb 25: “Weathering the Storms of Life,” 5:30-7 pm, evening dinner program, free but RSVP required. Reservation deadlines Feb 14. Call 704-636-1321.

Gabriel ‘Fluffy’ Iglesias — Feb 25: One Show Fits All World Tour celebrates Iglesias’ 20 years of comedy. Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte. Prices begin at $42. Ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000, 2700 E. Independence Blvd.

Darren Knight aka Southern Momma — April 28: He’s been compared to Jeff Foxworthy. At Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Event Center, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee, Tickets at Ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000.

‘Whose Live Anyway’ improv show — 7:30 pm May 18: Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte, hosts the current cast members Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis and Joel Murray of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Tickets start at $29.50. Ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000

 

Book signings

Four Author Book Signing — Feb 2: South Main Book Compan, during Downtown Salisbury’s annual Wine About Winter event. Meet new local authors Philip Lewis, MJ Simms-Maddox, Nicki Lynn, Fabio Hurtado.

Jonathan Cahn at the Billy Graham Library — 1-2:30 p.m. March 10: New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Cahn, author of The Harbinger, will sign copies of The Paradigm: The Ancient Blueprint That Holds the Mystery of Our Times. 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte, 704-401-3256 or LibraryEvents@bgea.org or https://billygrahamlibrary.org/event/book-signing-jonathan-cahn/

 

Blood drives

Livingstone College — Feb 7, 11 am-2:30 pm: 701 W Monroe St. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 1-888-59-BLOOD or www.cbcc.us

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church — Feb 12, 2:30-6:30 pm. 205 St. Paul Church Road. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 1-888-59-BLOOD or www.cbcc.us

Alex Yates Birthday Celebration — Feb 20, 11 am -3 pm. Catawba College, 2300 W Innes St. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 1-888-59-BLOOD or www.cbcc.us

Providence United Methodist Church — Feb 26, 3:30- 6:30 pm. 6450 Bringle Ferry Road. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 1-888-59-BLOOD or www.cbcc.us

 

Fundraisers 

54th annual Milford Hills UMC Bar-B-Que — 11 am-7:30 pm Jan 26: Milford Hills United Methodist Church, 1630 Statesville Blvd. Pit cooked BBQ, homemade slaw, buns, dessert, drink $8. Eat in, drive thru, take out, free delivery with 5 or more orders. Details at 704-636-0471.

Chicken n’ dumplings and Bluegrass with The Jones Sisters Band — Scholarship fundraiser meal Saturday, Jan  27 from 5-8 p.m. at Millbridge Ruritan Club, 690 Sloan Road, Mount Ulla.

You Are Precious in His Eyes sixth annual fundraiser — 2-5 p.m. Feb. 3: Celebrating radically transformed lives. Tickets $25, Country Club of Salisbury, 747 Club Drive. Info at 704-749-0797.

Scottish Music Fuels Fort Dobbs — Feb 7, 6:30 pm. 18th century Scottish tunes of fiddle/cello duo of Tim MacDonald and Jeremy Ward to raise funds for Statesville’s Historic Fort Dobbs site. Sample award-winning bourbons of Southern Distilling distillery. $25 advance tickets include cost of a bourbon tasting. RSVP to Fort Dobbs 704-873-5882 or info@fortdobbs.org. Learn about Fort Dobbs at www.ncdcr.gov

Special Olympics Rowan County Polar Plunge — 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb 10, $25. At Salisbury Elks River Park, Long Ferry Road (I-85, exit 81). Info at 704-738-5134.

Southern City Church’s 25th Four Seasons Dinner Theater — 6 p.m. Feb 10: Salisbury Civic Center. Tickets are $20 at 704-797-8392 or 704-870-8531.

Scottssing presents Mercy’s Well in concert — Feb 24: At First Baptist Church of Gold Hill. Free concert with a love offering going to the cure of Cystic Fibrosis. Info at www.scottssing.com or call 704-239-6134.

6th annual Justin Monroe and Victor Isler Memorial Skeet Shoot — Choose March 9 or 10: Five man teams for $150. Includes 250 targets from eight stands. Registration also includes lunch. Individuals may register for $30 and includes 50 targets and lunch. At the  Rowan County Wildlife Club, 650 Majolica Road. Proceeds benefit NCFFF and scholarship. Contact Jody Hall 704-239-6744; www.memorialskeetshoot.com

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

 

History 

Pirate’s day at Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge 1718 — Jan. 27: At the NC Transportation Museum, a limited-time, traveling exhibit of weaponry, nautical tools, personal items recovered from the pirate’s wrecked flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge. Wednesday – Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults $6, seniors/military $5, $4 for ages 3-12. nctrans.org or 704-636-2889.

Tonight: Gary Freeze to speak at Iredell Museum — Jan 25 at 6:30 pm: Catawba College professor Gary Freeze on “Backcountry Mosaic: the Pattern of the Peopling of the Early Piedmont, 1754-1763.” Free and open to the public. Iredell Museums, 134 Court St, in Downtown Statesville. www.iredellmuseums.org

‘Fashionistas of the 19th Century’ at Rosedale— Jan 25-March 11: ALooking into the fashion dos and don’ts of the 1800s as part of Rosedale’s 25th anniversary celebration. Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 North Tryon St, Charlotte, http://www.historicrosedale.org/

History of the attack on Fort Dobbs — Feb 8, 6:30 pm: In the dark of the night on Feb 27, 1760, Fort Dobbs was attacked by a band of Cherokee Indians. Scott Douglas, Site Manager of Fort Dobbs, to present a free program. Learn more at www.iredellmuseums.org or Facebook or 704-873-7347.

 

Classes

Chrismons — Rufty’s Chrismon Shop classes Feb 1-3. Classes begin each day at 10:30am and all levels will be taught.Call for reservations and more specific info at 704-636-7790. Rufty’s Chrismon Shop, 280 Furniture Drive, info@chrismons.com

Relax and Paint with Patt Legg at ‘The Artist’s Bungalow Studio’ — Immediately: beginner/intermediate adult oil painting class, Mondays or Tuesdays, 2 hour class, morning or afternoon. Weekly classes, comfortable studio,  pay as you go. Call for hours available, price, info 704-232-6000, leave voicemail. www.PattLegg.net

WVAC Spring ARTPops — 6:30-9 p.m. third Thursdays Feb-June: Single-session classes • Feb 15 Caligraphy • March 15 Quilting • April 19 Floral Design • May 17 Watercolor • June 21 Culinary arts/Summer cocktails • Non-members $50; members $40 • Become a member as you register and save up to $65 when you sign up for all five classes. Also see www.waterworks.org for information on Adult Hand & Wheel pottery classes beginning Feb 6, Youth workshops (ages 4-6 and 7-12) for Valentine’s and Easter; Toddler Time sessions scheduled in March and May. Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E Liberty St.

Hablas Español (Do you speak Spanish) — 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays: Free Spanish language lessons in an informal and conversational setting. Mean Mug Coffee Co., 1024 S. Fulton St, 704-754-4615.

Mind Aerobics art class — 2-4 p.m. Mondays: Introduction to drawing, pastels, sculpture. Rufty-Holmes Center, 1120 S. MLK Jr. Ave. $10/2 hr. session. 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  . Monday evenings. $155. www.burningcoal.org/classes/

 

Speakers & forums

Salisbury AARP — 1 p.m. Feb 1: Program by a member of Volunteers’ Services Dept at the Hefner VA. They will tell us of the many volunteer needs the medical center has. Having volunteers decreases extra payroll in many areas. This allows for better care to our Veterans. Refreshments will follow. For seniors 50+ .704-216-7714. Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave.

Historic Gold Hill annual meeting — 7 pm   Feb 5: Russell-Rufty Shelter in Gold Hill Mines Historic Park. Updates, projects and goals, Preservation Awards followed by reception in the Veterans Room. 735 St. Stephens Church Road, Gold Hill , www.historicgoldhill.com or 704-267-9439

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

 

Film

Free movies at the J. F. Hurley Family YMCA — J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. Call to ask about the schedule: 704-636-0111.

Movie of the Month at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center — 1120 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Call 704-216-7714 for details.

Free movies at Rowan Public Library East—  ‘Arsenic and Old Lace,’   2 p.m. Feb. 9 • ‘The Lake House,’  5:30 p.m. Feb. 13 • Popcorn and lemonade provided. Rowan Public Library East, 110 Broad St, Rockwell, www.rowanpubliclibrary.org

 

Art 

Shurtz exhibit at Rail Walk Studios & Gallery, 409-413 N. Lee St — Through January: Tatyana Shurtz’s original artwork. Free and open to the public. 704-469-2781 www.railwalkgallery.com

Currently at Waterworks   — Through Feb. 3: Iconic photographs commemorating the LIFE and TIMES of Salisbury native Ben Martin; Architecture and History; In  Stitches; Go To…Go By. Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St, 704-636-1882, www.waterworks.org

‘Immediacy’ at  CFA — Works created by Stephenson putting the principles of “The Zen of Seeing” into action. Center for Faith and the Arts, www.faithart.org or 704-647-0999.

‘Making a Mark’ exhibit at Salisbury Business Center —Artists from Jesse Carson Fine Arts Program through Feb 23: Free, open to the public. Artists interested in exhibiting contact Sue McHugh, receptionist@integro-tech.com. Salisbury Business Center, 301 S. Main St, www.salisburybusinesscenter.com

Second annual RCCC faculty art show — Through March 2: Collective show exclusively of full-time and adjunct Visual Arts Faculty in the Fine & Applied Arts Department of RCCC. At ClearWater Artist Studios Gallery, Concord, www.clearwaterartists.com or  www.rccc.edu/finearts/fine-applied-arts-faculty/

Waterworks’ 35th Annual Student Exhibitions — Feb. 14-24: Celebrating Rowan County’s Young Artists in four rotating exhibits featuring 800+ works by youth grades K-12 in public, private, independent and home schools. Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 East Liberty St.,704-636-1882 www.waterworks.org

‘Altered States: Digitally Enhanced Photography’ — Full Circle Arts, Hickory. Awards will be given at the reception. Through Feb 17. 42-B Third Street NW, Hickory, www.fullcirclearts.org

 

Trips 

Trip with Rowan Rambers — April 11: Glamour on Board, wardrobe from Titanic the movie at Biltmore in Asheville; $100 due by Feb. 15 • 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 due by March 28. Info: Cheryl Kluttz 704-633-3484.

New Zion Baptist Church Senior Group Trip — July 27-28: Overnight trip to one-of-a-kind Biblical history museum in LaGrange, Ga. For seniors age 55 and up. For more info call 704-633-9256 after 7 p.m.

 

Call for vendors

Spring Craft and Vendor Show at the Fairgrounds — April 14-15: Rowan County Fairgrounds indoor show $60  for 10×10 spot. Applications at rowancountyfair.net under events. 704-640-2326 for more information.

Gold Hill Gold Rush Days Art & Crafts Festival — May 12 : Artists, craft persons, service providers apply at www.goldhillnc.com. Space fee $30. All items should be hand-made. Applications subject to approval. Early registration recommended. Deadline May 5. Questions? email goldhillmerchantsassociation@gmail.com

Hippie Fest — Noon-7 p.m. rain or shine May 19  : Artists and vendors offering an endless array of bohemian goodies. Rowan County Fairgrounds, 1560 Julian Road. $5 tickets (reservations required) See hippiefest.org for vendor application

 

Auditions/call for performers

Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society— Rehearsals begin 7 pm Jan. 16 for May concert “Seasons of Life” at Coburn Memorial UMC, 901 S. Church St. All voice parts welcome. 704-796-9683 or Facebook

Spring musical ‘Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein’ — Auditions Feb. 12-13. Show dates April 13-15 and 19-22. The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem, Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive, W-S. www.TheLittleTheatreofWS.org

Salisbury Swing Band— SSB seeks instrumentalists. Audition 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings. Info Jim Grazcyk 704-798-5840.

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

Rowan Arts & Ag —Seeking local artisans to participate in a year-long celebration of agriculture and arts.Handcrafted/handmade items welcome. Apply at http://rowanartsandag.com/ Deadline March 2.

Gold Hill Gold Rush Days Art & Crafts Festival — May 12 : Artists, craft persons, service providers apply at www.goldhillnc.com. Space fee $30. All items should be hand-made. Applications subject to approval. Deadline May 5. Questions? email goldhillmerchantsassociation@gmail.com

Hippie Fest — Noon-7 p.m. rain or shine May 19  : Artists and vendors offering an endless array of bohemian goodies. Rowan County Fairgrounds, 1560 Julian Road. $5 tickets (reservations required) See hippiefest.org for vendor application

Spring competition ‘My North Carolina’ — Full Circle Arts of Hickory: Enter a new themed exhibition titled “My North Carolina: Personal Views of Life in our State”. March 8-April 14 . Judged and juried for acceptance.Cash awards of $300, $200 and $100. Opening receptionMarch 8 where refreshments awards will be presented. Downtown Hickory, 42-B Third Street NW. Call 828-322-7545 or email info@fullcirclearts.org or visit www.fullcirclearts.org

 

Call for volunteers 

Volunteer at 30th Annual VIP Putt Putt Tournament — April 14: Volunteers assist Visually Impaired Persons with lining up putts, describing the course, pointing out obstacles. Registration deadline March 19 for VIPs and volunteers. Entry fee $5/person. Lunch provided free for participants and volunteers. Info: 704-216-7780.

Staff the CFA art gallery — 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. 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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None speak against closure during hearing to shutter Faith Elementary

Crime

Blotter: Police find car windows shot out, bullet holes in home on West Horah Street

Crime

Five held at gunpoint in East Lafayette Street robbery

Ask Us

Ask Us: Readers ask questions about Shober Bridge, voting safeguards

Elections

Political notebook: More than 1.4 million votes cast already in North Carolina

Elections

‘Souls to the polls’: More than 1,300 cast ballots on first Sunday of early voting

Crime

Crime blotter: Salisbury man faces charges for firing shotgun in city limits, drug possession

Local

Search continues for missing hiker from Asheville

Local

A stroll through the scarecrows: fall-themed activity draws visitors to NC Transportation Museum

Elections

Despite scandal, Cunningham maintains small lead in Senate race; supporters say policy positions more important

Lifestyle

Rowan Helping Ministries golf tournament raises $20,000

Local

Town of Spencer forging ahead five years after drafting plans for Park Plaza

Business

Biz Roundup: RCCC to host conference on diversity, equity and inclusion

Business

Elderberry syrup: the popular purple product that has become a mainstay in local stores

Local

Trinity Oaks to host Halloween Spooktacular

Entertainment

Lee Street theatre improves virus prevention tactics, “determined” for ‘Fun Home’ to open

News

Deficient NC absentee ballots frozen pending further rulings

News

Cunningham outraises Tillis, enters October with less cash

News

Ex- GOP lawmaker charged with assaulting poll worker

Nation/World

Trump leans into fear tactics in bid to win Midwest states