AutoFair to feature rocket ship car
CONCORD – The Euclid Beach Park Rocket Ship Car will serve as one of the attractions for the Pennzoil AutoFair on April 4 to 7 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The motorized rocket ship car will share space with a Ghostbusters tribute car, the 60th-anniversary display of Chevrolet’s El Caminos, an exhibit of Bonneville Salt Flats racers and a handful of Ridler award-winning custom machines.
The AutoFair features more than 50 car club displays and 10,000 vendor spaces with automotive parts and memorabilia.
More than 1,500 collectible vehicles of all makes and models will be available for sale around the 1.5-mile superspeedway.
Children can enjoy face-painting, bounce houses, games and entertainment in the Play Zone.
The event takes place 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, as well as 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Single-day tickets cost $11 for adults. A four-day pass costs $32. Admission is free for children 13 and younger with an adult. Buy tickets at 800-455-3267 or www.charlottemo torspeedway.com.
Museum explores Tank Town
MATTHEWS – The Matthews Heritage Museum opened its exhibit, “Tank Town: A Good Place to Live,” after a year of research into the area settled by former slaves and freedmen after the Civil War.
The exhibit explores the people, lifestyles, jobs, schools and community organizations of the neighborhood.
A special teaching unit has been developed for third-grade classes, which meets curriculum standards. This unit can be downloaded for free from www.matthewsheritagemuse um.org.
The museum opens from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays through Aug. 17 at 232 N. Trade St. The entrance fee costs $4 for adults, $2 for children 10 to 17, and free for children younger than 10. The first Saturdays of the month are free.
Schedule tours by calling 704-708-4996 or emailing email@example.com for details.
Munkens releases new novel
MATTHEWS – Kenneth J. Munkens has released a new novel, “Satan’s Shadow,” through Amazon and Kindle.
Terrorism is the subject of the story that forces readers to come face-to-face with personal conventions and standards.
His Bronx upbringing, congenital eye problems and loss of his mother at a young age shaped Munkens’ character, giving him the strength to face the real world head-on with a non-yielding spirit.
Some of his other books include “Downtown Dreams,” “Black Ice” and “Rude Awakening in 1969.”
Visit www.KennethJMunkens.com for details.
Providence UMC hosts chamber music concert
CHARLOTTE – The Providence Chamber Music Series continues with the “Dedicated Compositions” concert.
The concert features Krzysztof Penderecki’s Prelude for Solo Clarinet in B-flat (clarinetist Allan Rosenfeld) and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A minor, op. 50 (violinist Tatiana Karpova, pianist Tomoko Deguchi and cellist Oksana McKarthy).
The free concert starts at 7 p.m. March 24 at Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road.
Visit www.providenceumc.org/music for details.
Novel delves into near-death experiences
CHARLOTTE – Gareth Frank explores consciousness after death in his new novel.
“The Moment Between” is a psychological thriller that brings death to life through the story of Dr. Hackett Metzger, a neurologist still recovering from the passing of his wife. He becomes involved in a medical study of near-death experiences and falls for a woman with a dangerous past.
Hackett, a likable and brilliant doctor, is also a bit of an awkward nerd. He agrees to support the study even though his heart and mind tell him that death is final. Life and research are about to collide.
Frank will talk about his novel at 2 p.m. March 16 at Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road.
Experience the ‘Masquerade’ at Science on the Rocks
CHARLOTTE – Discovery Place Science offers a night of intrigue at an exclusive ‘Masquerade’ event for adults.
This month, Science on the Rocks guests will discover many thrills. They’ll immerse themselves in a costume contest, design an ornate mask and relish in the joy of dance and drinks.
The event takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. March 15 at Discovery Place Science. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Guests must be 21 or older. For an extra $3, step into the Bug Lab, a larger-than-life bug exhibition.
Complete the evening by getting to know bugs living under our noses in the IMAX film, “Backyard Wilderness.” Tickets to the 7 p.m. showing of the film cost $5 each.