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Music to Our Ears

The musicians of the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra will play personal favorites like Mozart’s Oboe Quartet to highlight their virtuosity on a streaming concert from Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 8 p.m. Then, on Saturday, Jan. 30, the orchestra will perform J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, also streaming from Meymandi, at 8 p.m. For more information visit

Dueling Authors

In an embarrassment of riches, celebrated novelist John Grisham will join six-time New York Times bestselling author John Hart to discuss Hart’s new novel, The Unwilling, in a free Zoom event at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Copies of the book can be obtained at The Country Bookshop. For information visit

Ruth Pauley Lecture Series

Linda Carrier, the uber marathoner, will talk about “Seven Marathons, Seven Days, on Seven Continents” on Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Despite having type I diabetes, she ran 183 miles in 168 hours — and intends to do it again. Her lecture can be streamed on Facebook at @RuthPauleyLectureSeries or through

Return of the Stampede

For a second year 12 painted horses will appear on the streets of Southern Pines beginning Jan. 30, and will graze there until the end of March in the Painted Ponies Art Walk and Auction. Afterward the horses will be sold to the highest bidder with the proceeds benefiting the Carolina Horse Park Foundation. For more information visit

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