Thomas the Tank Engine: The famous TV and storybook locomotive hero will visit the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer Sept. 20-22 and 27-29 for “A Day Out With Thomas.” Children and families can take a ride with Thomas, star of the popular “Thomas & Friends” series. Children will take a 25-minute ride with Thomas on his latest adventure and participate in Thomas-themed activities.There also will be games and activities featuring a mystery element; a chance to meet Sir Topham Hatt controller of the Railway; a “Thomas & Friends” Imagination Station; featuring stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on arts and crafts, train tables and coloring sheets; and storytelling, video viewing and live music with Mr. Billy, Magician Ryan Short, two bounce castles, a hay bale maze, miniature golf and more.Hours are 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at the museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer, just northeast of Salisbury on Interstate 85.Tickets are $22 for Fridays and $24 for weekend days, plus tax, for ages 2 and up (service charges and fee may apply). For tickets call Ticketweb toll-free at 866-468-7630 or visit www.ticketweb.com/thomas.html or www.nctrans.org. For information and directions, call the N.C. Transportation Museum at 704-636-2889 or visit www.nctrans.org. For information on “Thomas & Friends,” visit www.thomasandfriends.com/dowt. Regional artist grants: Cabarrus County artists have until noon Sept. 19 to apply for Regional Artist Grants through the Cabarrus Arts Council.The Arts Council is one of the sponsors of the Regional Artist Grants, which provide up to $2,000 for individuals and groups of unincorporated artists to pursue projects that enhance their artistic development by attending a professional development experience or purchasing or renting a piece of equipment. Visual, performing, film/media and literary artists may apply. Applicants must have been permanent residents for at least 12 months of one of the participating counties: Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Rutherford, Union or York, S.C. Artists must also be at least 18 and not enrolled in a degree-granting undergraduate or graduate program. Artists apply through their home county arts council.Applications must be made through the online grant system, found at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org/grants. The Cabarrus Arts Council partners with other arts councils in the participating counties to offer the grants program. It is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources; the Blumenthal Endowment; and the participating arts councils. Cabarrus County Fair: Advance tickets and wristband vouchers for rides are available for sale through Sept. 5 at www.cabarruscountyfair.com. The fair will be Sept.6-14 at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, 4751 N.C. 49 N., Concord. Advance adult admission tickets for ages 12 through 64 are $5, a $2 savings off the gate price. Advance ride wristband vouchers can be purchased for $15, which is a $5 savings. Ride wristbands are offered every day of the fair and allow fair-goers to ride unlimited mechanical rides at one price. Digital award: The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties recently announced Cabarrus County as a winner of its 2013 Digital Counties Survey. For the second straight year, Cabarrus placed eighth in the 150,000 to 249,999 population category.The survey evaluates municipalities on their ability to demonstrate successful outcomes through technology. Cabarrus County’s Information Technology Services Department has pursued programs and partnerships with other county departments, school districts and local jurisdictions, according to a news release. The increased use of technology allowed for more transparency, the ability to do more with less and improved service delivery, according to the release. Choral Academy auditions: The Choral Academy is scheduling auditions/vocal placement interviews for ages 7-20 to participate in three age-based choirs. If you have children who love to sing and would like to develop their musical talents in a disciplined choir program, call Gary Shive at 704-425-7447 for more details or to schedule an audition. No preparation is necessary. All youth in Cabarrus and surrounding counties are welcome. Each choir meets weekly on Tuesdays through mid-May at Calvary Lutheran Church, 950 Bradley St., Concord, to study and perform a broad range of choral literature selected with age and vocal capabilities in mind. Rehearsals for fall semester will begin Sept. 3. www.choralacademy.org. Nutrithon: Register for the Kannapolis Rotary Club’s third annual Nutrithon, scheduled for Sept. 7 in downtown Kannapolis. Runners of all abilities can participate in 5K and 8K races at 7:45a.m. The course takes runners through the North Carolina Research Campus and scenic greenways. The finish-line celebration will include pizza and beverages for all participants. A duathlon will start at 9 a.m. with a 5K run, 25K bike ride and 3K run to the finish-line celebration. Register before Sept. 2 for early-bird discounts. Proceeds go toward funding future housing downtown for students working and studying at the Research Campus. Details and registration: www.nutrithon.com. Kannapolis Library: The library, 850 Mountain St., will offer these free programs. Details: 704-920-1180.• eReaders & eBooks, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 27.• Email Basics, 10 a.m. Aug. 28. Concord Library: The library, 27 Union St. N., will offer these free programs:• Introduction to Computers class, 6 p.m. Aug. 26 in the library’s meeting room. Registration: 704-920-2054.The Awesome Pageturners! Book Discussion, for ages 8-10, will discuss “White Fur Flying,” by Patricia MacLahlan, at 4 p.m. Aug. 27 in the Children’s Program Room. Details: 704-920-2058.• The BeTWEEN the Lines Book Discussion, for ages 10-12, will discuss “The Westing Game,” by Ellen Raskin, at 4 p.m. Aug. 29 in the Children’s Program Room. Details: 704-920-2058. Compiled by Joe Marusak
Friday, Aug. 23, 2013
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