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Candidates' forum - The League of Women Voters of Guilford County will sponsor a forum for District 4 and at-large candidates for the Guilford County Board of Commissioners at 4 p.m. in Brown Summit Elementary School.

NASCAR Days Fall Festival will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Main Street in Randleman. NASCAR drivers Richard Petty, Kyle Petty, Rick Mast, Geoff Bodine, Jimmy Spencer and Chad Little will make appearances. Also featuring live music, arts and crafts, children's rides and food. Free.Swamp Cats performs New Orleans jazz at 2 p.m. in the Zoo Plaza at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children. (919) 879-7000.

North Carolina State Fair runs through Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to midnight daily, at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. Free nightly music begins at 7 p.m. Entertainment includes Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers, today; Aaron Tippin, Monday; Tammy Wynette, Tuesday; Highway 101, Wednesday; Trisha Yearwood, Thursday; Doug Stone, Friday; Charlie Pride, Saturday; and Tanya Tucker, Oct. 25. $5.

Gem and Mineral Show is set for noon to 5:30 p.m. in the National Guard Armory, West Ninth Street, Lexington. It is sponsored by the Lexington Lapidary Club. $1, seniors free.

Lollipops Carnival, the opening celebration for the children's Lollipops concert series, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in Winston Square, Sawtooth Building, 226 N. Marshall St., Winston-Salem. The event is presented by the Winston-Salem Piedmont Triad Symphony. Free.

Happy birthday! Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., is 71.


Candidates' forum - Candidates for the District 3 and at-large seats on the Guilford County Board of Commissioners will have a forum at 7 p.m. in Northwest High School. The League of Women Voters of Guilford County is the host.

Greensboro City Council meets at 6 p.m. in the council chambers, Melvin Municipal Building, Greene and Washington streets.

Open auditions for the Oscar Wilde play ``Salome' will be held at 7 p.m. by the Community Theatre of Greensboro. The auditions will be held in the Greensboro Cultural Center, 200 N. Davie St. All roles are open to anyone in the community. 333-7470.

Piedmont Triad Regional Coin and Stamp Show will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the American Legion Hall, 729 Creek Ridge Road, near I-85 and Randleman Road intersection. (704) 365-3292.

``The Ghost and the Dog' will be presented by the Old Greensborough Storybook Theatre at 10 a.m. in The Broach Theatre, 520 S. Elm St. 855-7773.


Shorts for Lunch will be presented from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. in the fourth floor recital room, Stevens Center, 405 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem. Free.

Greensboro Housing Coalition will sponsor two public sessions to review the city's five-year Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy. The sessions will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1210 S. Eugene St. Baby-sitting is available by reservation. 691-9521.

Free concert - Baritone John Muriello will perform with pianist Todd Sisley at 8 p.m. in Yeager Recital Hall, Elon College. Free. 584-2231.


Forum scheduled - Candidates for the Guilford County Board of Commissioners and the legislature will be featured during a forum from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Weaver Education Center. The event is sponsored by Coalition 2001.


Candidates to appear - Candidates for the District 7 and at-large Guilford County Board of Commissioners races will have a forum at 7 p.m. in Grimsley High School. The League of Women Voters of Guilford County is the host.

Bad Company will be in concert with Jude Cole at 7:30 p.m. in Charlotte's Blockbuster Pavilion. $15, $10. 852-1100. Bad Company also will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday in Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, Raleigh. 852-1100.

An Evening of International Music will be presented at 8 p.m. in Yeager Recital Hall at Elon College. Free. 584-2199.

Alive After Five, featuring music by Streetfeet, will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Corpening Plaza, One Triad Park, First and Liberty streets, Winston-Salem. Rain location is The Elms, 452 N. Cherry St. Free. 724-1399.


Heavy metal band Kiss will perform with Faster Pussycat and Trixter at 7:30 p.m. in the Charlotte Coliseum. $19.50. 852-1100.

``A Salute to American Music,' featuring music by American composers Leonard Bernstein, Charles Ives and Randall Thompson, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in Odell Auditorium, Greensboro College. $7.50. 271-2248.


Turn your clocks back! Daylight-saving time ends Sunday at 2 a.m.

Dog Olympics to raise money for the Animal Shelter League will be held at Nanhall Pet Resort from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is a fee to enter dogs in certain events. $1; children under age 6, free. 272-6584.

Zoofest events will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the North Carolina Zoo. Events include the Boo at the Zoo Halloween celebration for children, a parade and costume contest from 5 to 6 p.m., and Boo at the Zoo After Dark from 7 to 8 p.m. Activities are free with zoo admission of $5 for adults, $3 for children.

The Embers will perform at 8 p.m. in Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Stadium, Winston-Salem. $15. 852-1100.

Santana, Third World and the Dixie Dregs will perform at 6 p.m. at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, Raleigh. $17.75, $14.75. 852-1100. Also, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Charlotte's Blockbuster Pavilion. $22, $18, $12. 852-1100.


``Snowflake,' a one-woman show presented by former Barnum & Bailey clown Gale LaJoye, will be held at 1:30 and 4 p.m. in the Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem. $5. 725-1711.


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