Nearby Notes

Painting the blues Salisbury

As band plays, visual artist will perform too

N.C. artist Leo Rucker will be painting the blues live – during a concert by the Bob Margolin Blues Band, 8-11 p.m. Aug. 14 at EastSquare ArtWorks, 120 E. Innes St., Salisbury.

As the band plays, concertgoers will see Rucker create in the moment and view finished paintings of his blues and jazz-themed art.

The concert is the first of the Rowan Blues and Jazz Society Sneak-A-Peek Preview concerts. Tickets: $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Okey Dokey and Co. General Store and the Literary Bookpost in Salisbury; by calling: 704-636-2811; or by e-mailing the Rowan Blues and Jazz Society:

Surfing competition Wrightsville Beach

Women to hit waves for East Coast titles

The 12th annual Billabong East Coast Wahine Championship – billed as the East Coast's largest women's surfing competition – will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 16 (a Saturday) and 8a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 17 at Wrightsville Beach.

The surf action happens just south of Crystal Pier (near the Oceanic Restaurant) and will showcase 150 female surfers of all ages and abilities competing in the shortboard, longboard, bodyboard and NOVICE Divisions. New to the competition this year is the open shortboard (for all ages). There's also a guppy division (parental assistance allowed) for surfers 10 and younger, and bodyboarders. Indo Jax (a new local surf school) will have a tournament site set up for anyone wishing to learn. They will offer lessons, advice and tips to novice and guppy competitors. Their Web site is:

To enter the competition, go to and fill out the entry form. For a free “Visitors Guide for Wilmington and the Cape Fear Coast,” call 866-266-9690. For information on accommodations and events:

Money-saving tips Asheville

New online resource includes deals, coupons

To ease the collective squeeze on travelers' purse strings this summer, the city of Asheville has launched the new site

Asheville, named one of the world's top 12 must-see destinations by Frommer's, is only a tank of gas away from Charlotte. You can use this Web site to help maximize value when planning a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Web site features include: Free Things to Do; Top 10 Insider Travel Savings Tips; Gas Promotions; Wallet Friendly Itineraries; Park the Car Adventures; Deals and Coupons; and Budget Travel Packages. Asheville Convention and Visitor's Bureau: 828-257-4959; Rochelle Reynoldson