Local arts & entertainment news Oct. 11-17
South Salisbury Fire Department community open house
Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13
the family to 3207 Old Concord Road and visit the firefighters, tour the station and and see the trucks. Also on hand will be the Novant MedFlight helicopter and its crew, the Rowan County Rescue Squad, the NC Highway Patrol’s antique and modern car display, Rowan County Rescue Squad, Rowan County Fire Marshal’s Office and Rowan County EMS. Enjoy snacks, drinks, freebies and lots of kids’ activities. See www.facebook.com/southsalisbury
Attend West Fest and Celebrate West Rowan Library
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13
CLEVELAND — At Rowan Public Library’s West Fest enjoy activities, games and live performances at Cleveland Town Hall, 302 E. Main St.
This free, fun, and fall-themed event celebrates RPL’s future West Branch. Anyone who wants to offer feedback is welcome to join the moderated Community Forum inside the Town Hall at 11:30 a.m. The forum, like the Festival, is open to the public.
History Room supervisor Gretchen Witt will lead tours of the future site of West Branch – the current media center and auditorium of Cleveland Elementary School – from 11 a.m.-noon.
The Little Library, RPL’s honor-system library, which is housed in a historic building on the Town Hall property, will also be open and available for informal tours.
Other festival features include a performance of “Alice in Wonderland” by Brightstar Theatre of Asheville, beginning at 10:30 a.m., and live music by musicians Matthew Weaver and Clay Lunsford fron noon-2 p.m. Nancy Gaines of Salisbury’s Center for Faith & the Arts will lead a community drum circle from 2-3 p.m. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets.
The Game Zone includes pumpkin ring toss and fun with bubbles for children, pumpkin tic-tac-toe for all ages, and yard game versions of Jenga, Connect Four, and Angry Birds for adults and teens plus face-painting. Purchase a pumpkin from Patterson Farm’s mobile patch and paint a pumpkins or just take one home.
West Fest will go on in the case of inclement weather. For more details, call 704-216-8243 or visit www.rowanpubliclibrary.org
‘Rowan Has Talent’ fundraiser
6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13
and Son Produce will host another Rowan Has Talent celebration on Saturday. There is no cost for the entertainment, food and ice cream but donations will be accepted. Those donations will benefit the Rowan Pregnancy Support Center.
Shari Evans will emcee a free concert featuring the West Rowan High School Small Ensemble, Raising Glory Southern Gospel band, Neal Wilkinson and the Life Church contemporary Worship Band.
The family friendly event will have prizes and giveaways, with lots of food and ice cream. Barbecue will be available. So, bring your lawn chair, and plan to spend the evening.
Father & Son Produce Market, 1774 Sherrills Ford Road, 704-636-6630.
43rd annual OctoberTour of Homes
OctoberTour is going off the rails, so to speak, for 2018 by exploring the railroad history between Salisbury and Spencer. Historic Properties in Spencer as well as the North Carolina Transportation Museum will be featured this year along with North Main Historic District and Downtown properties in Salisbury.
Tickets are $20-$30. Free trolley services are available for Tour ticket holders. Generally trolley service is available one-half hour before and after Tour.
Historic Salisbury Foundation, 215 Depot St., 704-636-0103, www.OctoberTour.com
Festival at Library Park
10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Oct. 13-14
New location this year only: The annual Bank Street Cafe and Festivities will move to Library Park in Spencer and will feature food, beer and wine, crafts, live musical entertainment and activities for the entire family Saturday and Sunday during tour hours.
Plein Air artists will be painting in neighborhoods throughout the Tour and will display their work at the Artists Reception from 5-7 p.m. Saturday on the Library Park Lawn. Tickets are not required for this portion of the weekend’s activities.
Kidney transplant benefit for Russ
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 13
Live music with Night Groove and the LeBeaus, silent auction, bake sale, face painting, hair tinsel braiding, karaoke, snow cones, free popcorn, bounce house. Hot dog lunch $5, chili dinner with refill $6. At Flower Town, 729 W. Innes St. http://give.transplants.org/goto/russburkhart
Grace Lutheran’s 10th annual Fish Fry plus Tractor Show
Oct. 13: Tractor show 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; fish fry 4 p.m.-until
Dine in or carry out. All proceeds go to Scott Brady, diagnosed with stage 3C breast cancer. Games, prizes, raffles, food, music. Grace Lutheran Church, 3020 Grace Church Road. 704-857-8641.
Lee Street Halloween Fundraiser
6:58 p.m. (dusk) Oct. 27
Enter 508 Fulton if you dare
But be prepared
for a Lee Street Affair.
A Fundraiser unfolds
behind the Hambley walls,
In the seemingly Haunted
We are dying for you to join us!
Hambley-Wallace Mansion. All proceeds benefit Lee Street theatre.
Tickets and info at www.leestreet.org or 704-310-5507.
2018 Induction Ceremony at NC Music Hall of Fame
7:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18
KANNAPOLIS — NC Music Hall of Fame will hold its 10th annual Induction Ceremony, to commemorate the musical legacy of North Carolina’s greatest music makers, at the historic Gem Theater, 600 Dale Earnhardt Blvd., downtown.
Inductees: John Tesh, Calvin Richardson, Chris Daughtry, Dolph Ramseur, The Hoppers, Blind Boy Fuller and Luther Barnes.
Scheduled to perform live: Luther Barnes, The Hoppers, Calvin Richardson, John Tesh and David Childers (courtesy of Dolph Ramseur).
Inductees that enter the NCMHOF have reached national recognition in their field of at least ten years, and have roots in North Carolina.
General admission tickets are $45. Learn more at NorthCarolinaMusicHallofFame.org
Duke CTSI to host 5K and wellness festival
9 a.m.-noon Saturday
KANNAPOLIS — Fans of fitness, family fun and healthy living will find something for everyone at the Duke Dash 5K & Healthfest on Saturday.
The public is invited. To register for the 5K, go to www.duketranspop.org/dukedash5k/
This event at the NC Research Campus will be hosted by the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the MURDOCK Study from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 13. and will feature free yoga, Zumba, line dancing, health education, Walk With A Doc and more. Bring expired or unused medication to the drop-off. Other activities include entertainment, a photo booth and vendors, plus door prizes given away throughout the morning.
Duke CTSI puts on the Duke Dash 5K & Healthfest — part of the Run Kannapolis Series — as a gift to the community and the more than 12,400 participants who have joined the MURDOCK Study. Duke CTSI manages the MURDOCK Study and other clinical research projects based in Kannapolis.
“It’s the fifth year of the Duke Dash 5K and Healthfest, and we are more excited than ever,” said Perla Nunes, community engagement leader. “Our research to better understand health and disease depends upon our participants and the community, and this event is our gift to them.”
Walk-up registration for the Duke Dash 5K starts at 8:15 a.m. in front of the Core Laboratory Building, 150 Research Campus Drive. The 5K and Walk With A Doc begin at 9 a.m. Walk With A Doc is a 1-mile stroll with local physicians and features a discussion about heart health. To learn more about the MURDOCK Study and TransPop, visit www.duketranspop.org
PPT announces youth auditions for ‘A Christmas Story’
4 and 5 p.m. Oct. 16-17
PPT is holding open auditions for the Christmas youth production, “A Christmas Story.” This timeless classic will be presented on stage in the Norvell Theatre this December.
Auditions will be held Oct. 16-17 at 4 and 5 p.m. at the Norvell Theatre, 135 E. Fisher St.
The audition will consist of cold readings from the script and theatre games. PPT encourages all levels and experience to audition. Youth productions are perfect for actors age 6-18.
The roles are listed on PPT’s website along with character descriptions. Participants must pre-register for an audition slot on the Piedmont Players website. There is no cost to audition or perform.
Production dates are Dec. 4-15. The PPT Youth also seeks teens and college students interested in working behind the scenes as student stage managers, running crew and technicians, if you are interested email email@example.com
To register for an audition slot and read additional details visit piedmontplayers.com call 704-633-5471.