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Night Life

DJs Restaurant, 1502 W. Innes St —• 7:30 pm Monday, Musical Bingo • 8 pm Tuesday, General Trivia • 9 pm Wednesday, Karaoke • 9 pm Friday Deejay T-Nice • 704-638-9647,

Grievous Gallery, 111 W Bank St — • 8-10 p.m. Tuesdays: Not So Open Mic. Showcase your weird talent. Grievous Gallery, 111 W Bank St., 980-330-1278,

The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 —8 p.m.Saturday: Bradley Mason opens for Rock of Salvation • Contemporary Christian music venue. Musicians invited to jam or schedule their group to perform. 704-213-1467.

Mean Mug Coffee Co., 110 N Main St. —

• TONIGHT: Board game night, 6-9 pm Thursdays. Bring yours or use one of ours. BINGO: $1 to play, winner takes all

• 7-11 pm Friday April 12: Open Mic Night Jam All performers welcome. Sign up begins 6:30

• 6-8 pm Sunday April 14: HotSpot Sunday concer

• 6:30-8 pm Mondays: Sidewalk Jammin.’ Bring a lawn chair

• 7-9 pm Tuesdays April 16: Knitting club. Open to all

• 6:30-8 pm Wednesdays: Spanish language lessons

• 110 N. Main St. 704-754-4615,

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

Morgan Ridge Railwalk, 421 N. Lee St —7:30-9:30 pm TONIGHT: Cory Luetjen • 8-10 pm Friday: Neil Jackson • 6-9:30 pm Saturday: Josh Tenery • 704-754-8379,

Sgt Pepper’s, 121 E. Innes St. — • 8 pm Friday • 8-10 pm Saturday • 1:30-6:30 pm Sunday: Sunday Funday Open Jam • Behind the The Italian Grille, entrance is in the rear. See for hours.

Sunrise Cafe, 210 Old Amity Hill Road, Cleveland — 6:30 pm Friday: CrossTie • 6:30 pm Saturday: David Leatherman and Stone County • Tuesdays: Karaoke with Crystal • 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays: Acoustic only Bluegrass k and eat jam. 704-402-3527. Behind the IGA store.

Music & more

Price of Freedom launches Old School Gospel Series — April 27 at 6 pm: The Cockman Family from Sherrills Ford. Admission is Free and refreshments will be served. 2420 Weaver Road, China Grove,

Dance Concert: Tribute to the Music of Seal —7:30 p.m. April 25-26: Catawba College Dance Ensemble presents A Tribute to the Music of Seal in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre. Free, open to the public. Donations accepted. Catawba College, 2300 W Innes St, 800-228-2922,

Catawba performs ‘Our Song VI’ — 4 pm April 28: Omwake-Dearborn Chapel. Catawba Singers, the Catawba Chamber Choir, and the Catawba PopAC Choir. Free and open to the public.

Friends of RPL Concert Series: Adam Miller— 7 p.m. April 30: Rowan Public Library Headquarters, 201 W Fisher St., 704- 216-8228

UNcensored — 8-11 p.m. May 3: Phennix hosts opening night open mic. Poets, live band, food. EastSquare Artworks, 120 E. Innes St. 704-754-6771

Matthew Weaver & Friends with the Salisbury Symphony — 7:30 p.m. May 4: A toe-tapping program of Appalachian Mountain tunes and arrangements. Keppel Auditorium, Catawba College, 2300 West Innes St., 704-216-1513,

Celebrate Children event — 2-4 p.m. May 4: Spencer Library Park Gazebo. d performers include musician Jacob Klutz, Greg Luster (rap/hiphop), NRHS Drama previews The Lion King, Mia Mason (8th grader with a voice), puppet shows and face painting.

St. John’s Men’s Chorus Spring Concert — 3 pm Sunday, May 5: St. John’s Men’s Chorus presents, “Wonder, Love, and Praise” a collection of favorite and time-honored hymns. St. John’s Lutheran Church Sanctuary.

FirstARTS presents the North Carolina Brass Band — 5 pm May 5: At Salisbury High School Auditorium, 500 Lincolnton Road. Free. For more information, call 704-636-3121, ext. 104.

Charlotte Jazz Festival returns — April 29-May 4: Uptown Charlotte s Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Broadway songstress Patina Miller with a tribute to Nina Simone, performances at The Jazz Garden Tent at Romare Bearden Park and free jazz concerts all week long. Tickets and info at

W-S Symphony presents: A Night at Woodstock — 7:30 p.m. May 11: Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne Road. Tickets $20-$76 at 336-464-0145 or

‘Way Off Broadway’ — 7-9 p.m. May 11: Popular Broadway songs by soloists, groups and ensembles. Free concert by Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 131 W. Council St., 704-796-9683.

‘Way Off Broadway’ — 4-5:30 p.m. May 12: Free concert by Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society at Milford Hills United Methodist Fellowship Hall, 1630 Statesville Blvd., 704-796-9683.

SRHS Chorus Concert — 7-8 p.m. May 16: South Rowan High School, 1655 Patterson St, China Grove, 704-857-1161.


LSt presents ‘Blood Done Sign My Name’ — 7:30 p.m. April 18-20 and 25-27: Mike Wiley brings to life the recollections of author Tim Tyson surrounding the 1970 murder of Henry “Dickie” Marrow in Oxford, NC and the events that followed. Lee Street theatre, 329 N. Lee St or 704-310-5507.

PPT Youth present ‘Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook’ — 7:30 p.m. May 2: Opening night: Hilarious and heartfelt based on the best-selling children’s book series by Barbara Park. The Norvell Theater, 135 E Fisher St., 704-633-5471

Spring Theatre presents The Secret Garden— May 17-19: Compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal. Hanesbrands Theatre, 209 N. Spruce St., W-S. Times and ticket info at or 336-747-1414.

‘Best Laid Plans’ Mystery Dinner Theater — 7 pm May 31: 1930s Hollywood whodunit performed by the Murder Mystery Company from Charlotte. Come dressed as your favorite actor or dressed to impress as your best self. Meal of pork loin or baked chicken included. Cost $30 per person. Tickets limited to 150. Christ United Methodist Church. Call Pat 704-433-4802, Ruth 704-213-1161, Nancy 704-213-1256 or Brenda 704-223-3427 for tickets.

‘Liberty Mountain: The Revolutionary Drama’ — Weekends June 28-July 21 with special July 4th performance: Sixth season. Held at Joy Performance Center in downtown Kings Mountain. The story of the 1780 Patriot victory at the Battle of Kings Mountain, which turned the tide of the American Revolution. or Kings Mountain Little Theatre 704-730-9408.

The Little Theatre of W-S — May 3-12: Man of La Mancha, inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ 17-century masterpiece Don Quixote. Das Barbecü (June 21-30). At SECCA, 750 Marguerite Drive, 336-725-4001 or

Wine & beer tastings

Salisbury Wine Shop — 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26: Wines of Portugal – Part 2 with Stephanie. $5/person • 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1: Longridge Wine Estate of Stellenbosch, South Africa Wine & Pizza Dinner with Norah Hudson, sales manager with Longridge and Andrew Alley, 17th Street Distributing. $30/person. Prepaid reservations. Limited seating. 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. 704-633-1137, 700 Cauble Farm Road,

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

Douglas Vineyards — 7696 Freeze Road, Kannapolis, 704-939-6260,

Douglas Vineyards Anniversary Party — 2-5 p.m. April 27: 7696 Freeze Road, Kannapolis, 704-939-6260,

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

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.

NC Transportation Museum

Carolina Classic Motorcycle Show — May 4: Makes and models of motorcycles 1900-1999. Sponsored by the Triad Classic Motorcycle Club of the Piedmont.

Lester J. Brown Memorial ATHS Truck Show — May 18: Trucks of all makes and models that carried goods across the United States will be displayed.

National Train Day, Train Show — May 18: Special train rides, tours and children’s activities.

Sensory Awareness Day — May 19 • 9 am-noon: Autism Friendly event. Regular exhibits plus special activities. Trained educators and volunteers. Quiet/Calm down spaces available.


Lakefront Hops Fest — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 27: Mooresville

A Day in the Garden — 8 a.m.-1 p.m. May 4: Free Granite Lake Park, 500 N Salisbury Ave (US Hwy 52, Granite Quarry

Kite Festival ‘Meet Him In The Air’ – new date — Noon-5 pm May 4: Free kites to youth. First Calvary Baptist Church, 400 S Long St, 704-633-2818,

Gold Rush Days Arts & Craft Festival — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 11: Gold Hill

Hippie Fest at the Rowan County fairgrounds —May 11-12: Family-friendly music and arts festival with entertainment for all ages. Free admission kids 10 and under. Tickets must be reserved in advance at

Annual Race City Festival Street Fair — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 11: Main Street & Broad Street Downtown, Mooresville

Spring into Arts Festival — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 11: Annual family-friendly event in Downtown Concord showcasing and promoting visual and performing arts. Union Street. 704-784-4208,

2019 Cheerwine Festival — May 18: Day-long event celebrating Salisbury’s own Cheerwine! Live music, craft vendors, food, shopping and more! Facebook event page title is 3rd Annual Cheerwine Festival). Multi-platinum band,Smash Mouth headlines.

113th annual Nazareth Fun Fest — June 1: Featuring the 23rd annual Classic Car Show. Held at 725 Crescent Road, Rockwell, largest fundraiser held annually by the non-profit organization. Awards will be presented in a half-dozen different categories. The first 100 entrants will receive dash plaques. Registration $20 at questions– Blair Wilson at 704.754.3802 or

Second annual Rowan Arts & Ag Farm Tour — June 1-2: Artisans and musicians at each of the 14 farms located around the county.

WVAC Family Fun Day — 10 am-3 pm June 1: Free multi-cultural public event at F&M Bank Trolley Barn and parking lot. Music, dance, rap artists, comedians; creative art stations. Info at

China Grove Farmers Day — July 20:

Carolina Bohemian Jam— Aug 16-18: Tribute bands, local musiciaans, arts and craft vendors, food, onsite camping. Family-friendly. Tickets on sale now.

Annual Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) BBQ event — Sept. 20-21: Food and merchandise vendors, Charity Poker Run for Salisbury Veterans Hose and No Vet Dies Alone Program, People’s Choice BBQ Tasting Contest. Tilley Harley-Davidson, 653 Bendix Drive, 704-202-8712,

This & That

Narrated trolley ride through historic downtown Salisbury — 11 a.m. One hour tour highlights the city’s past Saturdays April through October. $8 adults, $5 children age 5-10, free for under 5. Begins at Rowan County Visitors Center, 204 E Innes, 704-638-3100.

Alive After 5 Downtown Landis Cruise In — 5-9 p.m. April 26: Central Ave, Downtown Landis,

City Nature Challenge — April 26-29: Find wildlife, take a ture, then share on the Salisbury Parks and Rec Facebook page. Sponsored by Salisbury Parks and Recreation. Details at

Salisbury Toy And Comic Show — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 27: Salisbury Civic Center, 315 Martin Luther King Ave

Free Comic Book Day at Comic Monstore — 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May. 4: First Saturday of every May, participating specialty comic book stores give out free comics to anyone visiting their stores. Comic Monstore, 813 Jake Alexander Blvd. S. 704-636-0049,

NC Rowan County Anime Group — 11 am-3 pm May 4: Membership drive at the Comic Monstore on free comic book day.

Annual Haulers on Union Parade & Fan Fest — 5-8 p.m, May 16: More than 30 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car haulers make their way down Union Street en route to Charlotte Motor Speedway. The haulers that carry the race cars are loads of fun to watch, too. The 600 Festival hosts a huge free party along Union Street between Cabarrus and Corban Avenues with live music, activities for children, food, giveaways, race cars on display and more. For more information visit

Bike Night Joy Ride — 8-10 p.m. May 15 and all third Wednesdays: Free. Adult indoor joy ride. Uni, bi, tricycles, walkers, wheelchairs too. Grievous Gallery, 111 W. Bank St., 980-330-1278,

Change of location Cardinal Squares Square Dance Club — Dance every Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., $5 per person. Rufty Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. MLK Jr. Ave. Effie and Norman File, 704-633-9555; Caller is Marty Northrup, 864-909-3950.

Send your barn quilt photo — West Rowan Farm, Home & Garden is seeking to document barn quilts in Rowan County. If you have one or know where one is, post a photo of it to


Improv Charlotte — April 27: At Free Range Brewing, 2320 N. Davidson St., Chatlotte. Proceeds for all shows go to local charities. April- June proceeds benefit Classroom Central. Collecting school supply donations at our shows.

Showkase Comedy Spotlight Clean Edition — 7-9 p.m. April 27: 580 Dickens Pl NE, 580 Dickens Place Northeast, Concord

What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood — May 9: Amy Wilson returns to the Booth Playhouse with comedy writer Margaret Ables, two moms with tons of experience in parenting and in comedy. Tickets start at $24.50 at or 704-372-1000.

Charlotte Squawks 15: Quackceañera — May 30-June 23: Booth Playhouse. Charlotte Squawks celebrates “Quackceañera” — 15 years of funny. What is Charlotte Squawks? Saturday Night Live meets Broadway meets the Queen City. Tickets start at $24.50 at

Blood drives

Download the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767).

April 28 • Christiana Lutheran Church, 6190 Hwy 52 , Noon -4:30 pm

May 3 • Rowan County Rescue Squad, 1140 Julian Road, 11:30 am-4 pm

May 5 • Woodleaf United Methodist Church, 9000 Church St., Woodleaf, 1-5:30 p.m.


Spring Arts & Craft Show at Miller’s Ferry Fire Dept. — 9 am-3 pm May 4: Homemade crafts, direct sale vendors, homemade food and desserts. 2650 Long Ferry Road. Sponsored by Miller’s Ferry Auxiliary. Currently 29 vendors inside and outside.

Old shoes help rescue horses — Through June 3: Shoe drive fundraiser benefits local horse rescue organization Midnight’s Promise. Donate gently worn, used and new shoes; Midnight’s Promise will receive a check based on the weight of the total shoes collected. Drop shoes off on the porch at Happy Roots, 1026 S. Fulton St., or call Midnight’s Promise president Deborah Baker at 704-798-6641. Details at

Spring lobster sale for Meals on Wheels Rowan — 3-5 p.m. April 27: Order through April 18 at or call 704-633-0352. Meals on Wheels Rowan, 1307 S Salisbury Ave, Spencer.

9th annual St. Paul’s Cruise ‘n Barbecue — 10 a.m. April 27: Year of the Rat Rod. Classic car-street rod-motorcycle show, cruise-in, music, raffles, door prizes, $10 Port-a-Pit chicken dinners. Awards at 3 p.m. 205 St. Paul’s Church Road 704-239-1172,

Annual Flip Flops and Flamingos— 5-8 p.m. April 28: At The Trolley Barn, 125 E. Liberty St., 704-630-0481,

Rock-n-Stock Life Village Fundraiser — 6 pm May 4: Live concert by Adelaide, Tony Jones and Selfless Sunday to raise provisions for upcoming transitional home in Woodleaf for homeless mothers with babies. Held at Destiny City Church, 2324 S. Main St., Salisbury. Learn more at

St. Luke’s youth fundraiser for farmworker ministry trip — 8 m-noon May 4: Held in the parish hall by the youth of St. Luke’s Episcopal to benefit the church’s youth programming and upcoming trip to the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry in Dunn. Food and drinks also available for sale by the Parish Life Committee. Donations of items being accepted by appointment. Contact or 704-633-3221.

American Legion Post 143 Fishing tournament — 10 am-1 pm May 4: $8 adult, 44 child, $20 family of 4. Lake Corriher Wilderness Area, 955 Kimball Road, China Grove, across from South Rowan YMCA. Trophies awarded. Participants 16 and older must have valid fishing license. Entry fee includes park fishing pass, hot dog and water. Proceeds benefit American Legion Programs. Info at 704-637-3718 or 704-658-5325.

PPT’s Night On The Stage: A Fundraiser — 6:30-10 p.m. May 17-18: Biggest event of the year. Enjoy dinner on stage by Chef Santos followed by an intimate performance by one of Broadway’s biggest stars. Tickets at Meroney Theater, 213 S Main St, 704-633-5471,

NC Music Hall of Fame 8th Annual Rhythm & Run 5K fundraiser — 8 am May 18, Registration opens 7 am. $25 through May 18; race day $30. Jogging strollers permitted. 704- 934-2320 Donate during the Rhythm & Run fundraiser to support the NC Music Hall of Fame & Museum. 704-934-2320. www.NorthCarolinaMusic

Art of the Wild Art exhibit / fundraiser — 6-8 pm June 14: Opening reception. Showcasing NC wildlife through fine art. Benefists Mooresville Arts and Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists. See or LNWC at

Annual Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) BBQ event — Sept. 20-21: Food and merchandise vendors, Charity Poker Run for Salisbury Veterans Hose and No Vet Dies Alone Program, People’s Choice BBQ Tasting Contest. Held at Tilley Harley-Davidson, 653 Bendix Drive, 704-202-8712,


Historic Salisbury Foundation presents — April 27: Century Farms and Barns Bus Tour.

Victorian Hall House weekend tours — 1-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Dr. Josephus Hall House, 226 S. Jackson St, 704-636-0103,


J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. Events listed are open to the public. Call to reserve a seat at 704-636-0111.

May 2, 9 am: Shopping Trip: Ikea and others.

May 8, 1:30 pm : Cliff & Meryl, “Songs from the Front Porch”

May 14, 12:30 pm: Teresa Dakin, Trinity Home, “Connect-4-Good,” lunch provided

May 22, Noon: Lunch & Learn. “Debunking Information about Hospice Care”

May 23, 11:30 am: Horizons Tour trip plus (dutch) Romano’s Lunch

Coming Up: June 13, 9 am: FrogHoller Lavender Farm trip

Aug. 23, 9 am: Charlotte Women’s Show trip

Grief support, Wednesdays 9:30 am,

At Rufty-Holmes

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. 704-216-7714,

AARP Driver Safety Refresher Class for senior citizens — 12:30-5 pm Thursday, May 16: Driving safety strategies, review of driving skills and techniques, 40 pages of safety tips, developing defensive driving techniques, may get an insurance discount. $15 AARP members/$20 non-members. Space is limited, preregister at 704-216-7714.

Movie of the Month — 2 p.m. April 25: Free. “The Last Word.” Harriet Lawler hires a young writer to pen an obituary worthy of her.

Salisbury AARP — 1 p.m. May 2: Chris Resner, Volunteer Coordinator for Rowan Helping Ministries. bring non-perishable food and paper goods for RHM. Refreshments follow.


Friends of the LibraryAnnual Book Sale — May 2: 10 am-3 pm • May 3: 10 am-3 pm • May 4: 10 am-3 pm • May 6: 10 am-4 pm • May 7: 10 am-2 pm • RPL, 201 W Fisher St, Stanback Auditorium. or 704-216-8243.


Painting, crafts, dance, language, health and more available. Call or visit for schedules and pricing.

• Hive, 126 E Innes St, 704-951-7418

• Pottery 101, 101 S. Main St., 704-209-1632,

• Rowan Public Library,

• Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., 704-216-7714

• SoFul Yoga and Wellness, 1024 S Fulton St., or SoFulSalisbury Facebook

• Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St,

• West Rowan Farm & Garden, 11575 NC Highway 801, M t Ulla 704-278-2800 or facebook

Speakers & forums

Center for Fatih & the Arts Living in Gratitude series — 3 p.m. • May 12 – To: The Gift of Grace. CFA, 207 W. Harrison St., 704-647-0999 or

RSVP deadline for Phyllis Elvington conference— Sign up by April 29 at Rowan Southern Bapt. Assoc. office 704-637-3407 or “Better Together” Women’s Conference May 4, 9 am-1 pm. First Baptist Church Ministry Center 220 N. Fulton St., Light breakfast and lunch. Cost $10.

St. John’s Lunch And Learn — Noon, May 21: Leaders involved in the Growing Rowan and Brand Rowan Taskforce Initiatives present updates. Sign up by May 17. Bring lunch or sign up for a fee based lunch.

Growing Rowan Taskforce — Noon May 21: Paula Dibley, Mike Miller give update on Community efforts to market Rowan County. Bring your lunch or call for a lunch. Sign Up By May 17.

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.


Fine Frame Gallery — Exhibiting local artists Phyllis Stiemel, Robert Toth, Sharon Forthofer, Betty Sedberry, Clyde and photography by Terry Anthony until April 30. Tues-Fri 10-5:30, 10-3 Sat; closed Sunday-Monday. 105 S Main St., 704-647-0340,

Rail Walk Studios & Gallery — New Works & Such exhibit, April 4-June 1. Recent paintings and multi-media works presented by Rail Walk artists’. Gallery located at 409-413 N Lee St. Hours: Thurs-Sat, 11 am-4 pm, or 704-469-2781.

Art exhibit at Salisbury Business Center — Exhibit through April 26: ‘Through the Eyes of the City’ featuring photography and digital art by local artist Duane DuVall. Free, open to the public during business hours. 301 S. Main St., www.

WVAC— • Celebrating Young Artists: An exhibition of student artwork by Rowan County and Salisbury Middle Schools, showing April 3-27 • ‘Unity Through Art,’ Exhibition of Cultural Narrative, through May 18 • Waterworks Visual Arts Center. Free admission. 123 E. Liberty St,

Art of the Wild Art exhibit / fundraiser — 6-8 pm June 14: Opening reception for exhibit/fundraiser of art showcasing NCwildlife through fine art. People’s Choice Awards awarded at conclusion of the exhibit. Proceeds from sales benefit both organizations. See

Annual Gallery Gallop — 5-9 pm June 22:

Art scholarship — The Stanly Arts Guild is offering an art scholarship to be awarded June 6, 2019 to a high school senior or a college freshman enrolled in a visual arts or arts education program. To be eligible, applicants may be a resident of Stanly or adjoining county (Anson, Cabarrus, Montgomery, Rowan or Union Counties). Details at or at 704 982-0806.


Century Farms and Barns Bus Tour — 9 am-4:30 pm April 27: Historic Salisbury Foundation hosts. Experience agricultural history of western Rowan County.Stops on the tour include historic homes, barns, farm dependencies, and a church central to the families that built the community of Mt. Ulla. See how many popular barn quilts you can spot along the tour. See

New Zion Baptist Church senior group trip — July 26-28: National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, Tenn. For seniors age 55 and up. For more info call 704-633-9256 after 7 p.m.

Salt & Pepper Ramblers Christmas in Orlando trip — Nov. 19-22: Holy Land Experience, Gaylord Palms Resort, Harry P. Leu Gardens Holiday Hous , more.. $440. Info: Cheryl Kluttz, 704-633-3484

Call for vendors

China Grove Farmers Day — July 20: Contact Patti Price at 704-857-2466 or for application guidelines

Rowan County Fair is seeking — a non profit organization or church or restaurant to rent a permanent food booth at the fair. Fair dates: Sept 20-28.Call 704-640-2326 for more information.

Gold Hill Gold Rush Days Art & Craft Festival — Festival date May 11, deadline May 7: For artists, craft persons, service providers. Space fee $30. All items should be hand-made, applications subject to approval. Apply at; submit questions to goldhill merchantsassociation

Antiques and flea market — May 18-19: call for vendors. Rowan County Fairgrounds. Call for details 704-640-2326.

Chickweed: Call for vendors — 4-11 pm July 20: 8th Annual Chickweed music/art festival. At F&M Trolley Barn, 125 E. Liberty St. Set-up July 20 9 am-3 pm. Email for application: Vendor fee $40 | Food vendor fee $125. Deadline June 30.

Carolina Bohemian Jam / Arts & Crafts — Aug 16-18: Celebrating an era of music. Rowan County Fairgrounds. Apply at All items must be handmade originals, no downline or multi-level marketing. Exhibit space $150 or double space $225. Limited number of non-profit space available – $100.

Carolina Bohemian Jam / Food — Aug 16-18: $275. Nonprofit booth, limited availability, $100.

Annual Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) BBQ event — Sept. 20-21: Food and merchandise vendors welcome. Charity Poker Run, People’s Choice BBQ Tasting Contest. Tilley Harley-Davidson, 653 Bendix Drive, 704-202-8712,

Auditions/call for performers

2019 F&M Faith Idol contest — Accepting contestants. Call 704-279-5346. Faith Fourth of July event dates: June 28-July 4th.

Hickory Oktoberfest seeks musicians/bands age 12-25 — Oct. 11-13: Looking for local teen talent. To apply, send bio, ture, music to with name, address, email address and phone number of contact person. Parental consent required for musicians under age 18. Details at or

Call for artists/ artisans

Paint & Donate — Working Tuesdays and Fridays on the Biggest Community Barn Quilt Mural in NC. Paint in store and donate with our guidance, all supplies included for $45 per quilt square. Painted & donated to community barn quilt project to be displayed on the corner of Hwy 801 & Graham Road, Mount Ulla on the 100+ year old general store. West Rowan Farm, Home & Garden 11575 NC Hwy 801. RSVP to 704-278-2800. Deadline for all works to be completed May 18.

Downtown Hickory Art Crawls — May 15, Sept. 19: Seeking artists to participate in 2019 Downtown Hickory Art Crawls. Family friendly art in most disciplines will be accepted. No charge for participation. Get application at or 828-322-1121. Deadline April 15 for May 15 Crawl and Aug. 15 for September Crawl.

Two-fold art exhibition opportunity — Deadline April 30: 3-day juried group exhibition to coincide with Carolina Bohemian Jam: The Ultimate Hippie Tribute, followed by gallery exhibition at Waterworks. Free to enter. Entry requirements at

CFA announces ‘Never Silent’ — Deadline May 6, opening reception June 2: In conjunction with Salisbury Pride, exhibit coincides with 50th anniversary of Stonewell Uprising in New York City. Send digital submissions to Shane Manier CFA , 207 W. Harrison St.,

Gold Rush Days Art & Craft Festival — Festival date May 11, deadline May 7: Gold Hill Merchants’ Association welcomes artists, crafters, service providers. $30. All items should be hand-made, applications are subject to approval. Apply at

Spring into Arts Festival — May 11: Accepting applications for 2019 festival in Downtown Concord for jewelry, ceramics, wood, painting, photography, glass, textiles. Application fee $ or 704-784-4208.

Art of the Wild Art exhibit / fundraiser — Intake May 31-June 1: Opening reception June 14. Proceeds from sales benefit both organizations. Eligibility and guidelines at or Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists at

Hickory Full Circle Arts competition — Opening reception May 9: On display through June 1: “Color It Warm / Color It Cool.” $600 in awards plus honorable mentions and people’s choice. Entries should be hand delivered to Full Circle Arts, 42-B Third St. NW, Hickory.

Second annual Rowan Arts & Ag Farm Tour — June 1-2: Needed: talented artisans and musicians at each of the 14 farms located around the county. Wares must be hand crafted. You may sell your products but this is primarily a networking, meet the community event. Free, no space fee. Responsible for your own tables, chairs, tents, supplies, transactions. To participate contact Sue Davis at or 704-279-8542. To be a sponsor contact Rowan County Extension Office, 704-216-8970 or

Chickweed: Call for artists — 4-11 pm July 20: 8th Annual Chickweed music/art festival seeking makers, artists, healing arts, more. At F&M Trolley Barn, 125 E. Liberty St. Set-up July 20 – 9am-3 pm. Email for application: Vendor fee $40. Deadline to apply June 30.

Call for volunteers

Cheerwine Festival — May 18: Civic and service organizations invited to volunteer in groups of 10 or more. Festival hours are noon-10 p.m. Vendor load-in assistance, manage parking lots, serve in information booths, serve as a Cheerwine Festival street ambassador. 704-638-5294 or

Summer ARTventures — Rising 9th-12th graders can earn school community service credits by volunteering as teacher aides during Summer ARTventures at Waterworks. Download the application from

The Pedal Factory — Open first and third Saturdays. Volunteers welcome. 311 East Council St, 704-870-7145,

Faithful Friends can collector — Can Team kup helper for Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary. kup truck required. Call Linda at 704-630-4933.

Be a docent at the Historic Hall House — Email or call 704-636-0103 to learnmore.

Liberty Hose — For reading, music, life review, or placing a smile on a lonely face. Call Glenda at 336-596-5380. Liberty Commons, 4412 S. Main St.

Rowan Helping Ministries volunteers-k 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.

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Review: Two exceptional films, 'Skate Kitchen' and 'Minding the Gap,' find poetry and community in motion
'Tea With the Dames': Film Review