Now Hiring! Morrisofa Global Inc. Chooses Mocksville for its First US Distribution Center

SouthPoint Business Park Mocksville - Photo: Ed Simmons

SouthPoint Business Park Mocksville – Photo: Ed Simmons

Morrisofa Global, an importer and distributer of upholstered furniture, has chosen SouthPoint Business Park in Mocksville for its first US distribution center. The company is currently hiring for its warehousing operation which will begin in July.

Now Hiring
The company is accepting applications for both warehouse supervision and material handlers. Interested parties may apply in person at 130 Enterprise Drive or call 336.753.8300.

Morrisofa’s parent company, Morris Holdings, which started in 2002, designs and manufactures one of the top lines of upholstered sofas and sofa products, including stationary and motion sofas as well as sofas with smart home features like audio, massage, beverage cooling, luetooth, and USB ports. In addition, they are one of the leading exporters of sofa products from China to the United States. This new distribution center will ship to retailers all over the US, including two of their largest customers, Sam’s Club and Costco.

Wayne Stewart, vice-president of Morrisofa Global Inc., anticipates the company will generate $10 million in sales through the distribution center during its first year. That number will increase when the company begins manufacturing operations at the facility, as early as the end of this year.

JOBS – SouthPoint Business Park Helps Davie with Another Win!
Morris Holdings chose the SouthPoint Business Park, located on US 601 S., after an intensive two-month search of North Carolina.

Stewart stated that the company leased the 92,000 sq. ft. building from The Hollingsworth Companies because of its logistical advantage of both North-South and East-West transportation corridors, the availability of skilled labor, and the excellent value of the property.

Terry Bralley, president, Davie County Economic Development Commission said, “We are excited to have the new jobs added to our community, and welcome Morrisofa Global to Mocksville and Davie County. We are in the heart of furniture country, and perfectly located on the east coast for transportation and logistics.”

He is also thankful for the role the SouthPoint Business and The Hollingsworth Companies played in yet another economic development win for Davie County.

“Having a building partner like The Hollingsworth Companies makes a big difference in a rural community.  Without a building program this project would not have happened in our community, even though it’s a perfect fit for us!  This is the 8th company attracted with this public/private partnership with The Hollingsworth Companies.”

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Free Concert! Two Great Bands in Downtown Mocksville – Saturday, June 24th

taylor vaden intNot one, but two exciting bands will perform on Saturday, June 24th from 6-10:30 pm at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater in Downtown Mocksville.

Elvis Tribute Band- Taylor Vaden and the Memphis Thunder at 6 pm

Don’t be a hound dog, put on your blue suede shoes and come reminisce to the sounds of Taylor Vaden and the Memphis Thunder, an incredible Elvis tribute band, from 6-7:30 pm.

Taylor’s performance highlights the persona of Elvis as well as his musical career.

Taylor began his musical journey at the tender age of 7 as an Elvis tribute artist. At 10 years old he performed in front of a sold out audience at Reynolds Auditorium in Winston-Salem. At 12 he learned to play the guitar and joined the church band and found his true calling as a Contemporary Christian singer and songwriter.  In 2012, Taylor found himself playing guitar and singing back-up vocals for American Idol finalist, Chelsea Sorrell, at local concerts and festivals. They opened for acts such as Charlie Daniels, Rascal Flatts, Montgomery Gentry, Florida-Georgia Line, Colt Ford and more. He released his own Christian album in 2013.

Today, Taylor continues to perform his Elvis Tribute shows while following his heart and writing and performing Contemporary Christian music.

Memphis Thunder
Memphis Thunder, an authentic 50’s era band, is made up of Taylor Vaden as lead vocals/acoustic guitar, Brad Ford on drums, Todd Phillips on upright bass/background vocals,  and Scott Williams on electric guitar/background vocals. Together they won first place in the non-pro division Elvis Tribute Artist Contest at the 2016 Myrtle Beach Elvis Festival held at Legends in Concert. This year they were named the 2017 Georgia Elvis Festival Non-Pro Champions.

silk groove intBeach, Motown, R&B, and Classic Soul- Silk Groove Band at 8 pm
Silk Groove is an energetic and dynamic eleven-piece show band made up of multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated musicians and vocalists featuring live horns, bass, keyboard, guitar and drums. The guys rock the stage, interact with the crowd, and DANCE not only on stage but with their audiences as well.

This band will “make you wanna (shout!), kick your heels up and (shout!), throw your hands up and (shout!)” as they take you on a journey down memory lane, performing beach, motown, R&B, and classic soul. Their performances include the sweets sounds of legendary groups like the Drifters, the Temptations, and Journey, as well as solo artists like Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. You’ll be clapping, dancing, and singing along with all your favorite hits of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.

No coolers allowed. Food, drinks, and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

The Mocksville Rotary club will be collecting canned goods and nonperishable foods for A Storehouse for Jesus.

Grab your lawn chair and invite your friends and family to twist, shag, and boogie the night away!

Junker’s Mill Outdoor Stage is located at 107 S. Salisbury St, Mocksville. For more information about the Summer Fun Beach Days Concert, call 336 753-6705.

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Moving the Needle on Early Childhood Literacy – Introducing “DavieLEADS” – Literacy Empowers Everyone in Davie to Succeed!

DavieLEADS Kickoff-dcbThe desks have been emptied, books packed up, and goodbyes said; but Davie County’s pre-K and elementary school teachers are already looking ahead to an inspiring new literacy program beginning next year, thanks to the Mebane Foundation.

The Mebane Charitable Foundation announced in April a grant of almost $2.5 million to Davie County Schools to support DavieLEADS (Literacy Empowers All in Davie to Succeed), a five-year early literacy initiative to improve kindergarten readiness and to increase the percentage of students reading proficiently by the end of third grade.

The goals of the initiative are to improve kindergarten readiness from 70 percent to 90 percent and to increase reading proficiency in third grade from 66 percent to 80 percent by 2022.

Details of how those goals would be achieved were introduced to more than 400 Davie County pre-K and elementary school personnel during an end-of-year celebration at Calvary Baptist Church – West Campus complete with pom poms, music, and a few spontaneous dance moves.

The celebration kicked off with a skit designed to allay any fears teachers might have about DavieLEADS and to encourage them to relax and to be open to the exciting literacy initiative to come.

Larry Colbourne, president of the Mebane Foundation, then congratulated teachers and staff on a successful year and shared his enthusiasm about the partnership that begins next year.

“When Dr. Hartness and his staff presented this proposal to my board it was a scary moment for everyone,” said Larry Colbourne, president of the Mebane Foundation. “What we hope to accomplish is a daunting task. But when we left that meeting, we had a $2.5 million 5-year deal that we are really thrilled about.”

Larry Colbourne - DavieLEADS dcb“I told my board, that without a doubt, if there is a system in North Carolina that can do this, it will be Davie County Schools. You folks in the room can make it happen. I’m confident of that.” – Larry Colbourne

“I would like to make you a promise,” Colbourne added. “The Foundation does not want to get in your way. We are not going to make your jobs any more difficult than they already are. This is about Davie County Schools, the people in this room, and how we can support you.”

Dr. Darrin Hartness, superintendent of Davie County Schools, added, “We wanted to bring you together to help you share in the excitement that we have in what is on the horizon and the things that are ahead for us. I have never been as thrilled about an opportunity as I am about this one. In my career in education, I’ve never seen a commitment from a private entity investing in what we do every day. This initiative with the Mebane Foundation is going to make you an envy of teachers across North Carolina.”

“This is not some silver bullet, some shiny new thing in our school system. Instead, this is an investment in the most important factor in a child’s education because this is an investment in you.”

DavieLEADS Teachers dcbJinda Haynes, assistant superintendent for academic services, shared a historical perspective of some of the past partnerships between the Mebane Foundation and Davie County Schools which included providing Smart Boards in every classroom, funding preschool classrooms at each of the elementary schools as well as a second classroom at Pinebrook Elementary this year, funding a team of teachers to earn their Master’s degrees in Instructional Technology, providing intensive training for teachers in Hill Center methodology, and funding Read to Achieve Camps for struggling readers.

She added that although Davie County Schools is doing well, it is always seeking ways to do even better.

“This school year we began to hear from Dr. Hartness and Larry Colbourne the phrase “moving the needle”. They started asking, “How can we “move the needle”? How can we improve? How can we do even better than we are already doing?

DavieLEADS Skit2 dcb“Everyone in this room knows the importance of education,” Haynes said. “Education allows students to break the cycle of poverty and it opens the doors of opportunity for our children. We know that research tells us the importance of being able to read proficiently by the end of third grade which is why it is a national focus, not just in North Carolina or Davie County.”

“As much as we have to celebrate, and as well as we are doing, the reality is that we still have students that are not on target at the end of third grade and they are not making it,” she added.

“As we looked at our 2015-2016 data, the problem we identified is that 30 percent of our students aren’t ready for kindergarten and  34 percent of our students are not proficient at reading at the end of third grade. As well as we are doing, about a third of our students aren’t making it and we can’t be okay with that one third not being prepared for the future.” – Jinda Haynes

Those questions and concerns led to a series of Mebane Roundtable discussions involving Colbourne, SmartStart, and Davie County Schools administrators,and pre-K – 3rd grade representatives from each elementary school with varied perspectives brainstorming how to improve early childhood literacy. Focus groups involving principals, instructional coaches, reading specialists, media coordinators, private child care directors, and SmartStart gathered input, prioritized, and built buy-in. Together they carefully crafted DavieLEADS, the long-term plan designed to move the needle in early childhood literacy in Davie County.

The grant from the Mebane Foundation provides professional development, materials, and specialized support staff, with supplementary funding for the Read to Achieve Summer Camp for at-risk first, second, and third graders who need extra academic support beyond the regular school year.

DavieLEADS Dr Hartness dcb“We have a chance here and we have to make the absolute most of it,” Dr. Hartness said. “We can be #1 in North Carolina and we can be a place in America where people want to come and learn about how to teach children to read.”

“Larry, this is a tremendous investment in each of the people in this room and into their classrooms. You and your foundation could invest in any district in America and I know you personally travel across America finding the best practices. For you and the Foundation to say you believe in Davie County says something about the people in this room and their commitment to excellence.”

“On behalf of Davie County Schools and our board members that are here today we want to say a tremendous thank you to the Mebane Charitable Foundation for making the largest investment in your history as a Foundation in Davie County Schools.”

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Awesome Summer Activities and Reading Programs for Students at Davie Library

child reading intAs school ends and summer begins, thoughts go to trips to the beach, splashing in the pool, or a little rest and relaxation.

But summer is also a perfect time to boost your child’s developing literacy skills and love of learning. Studies show that reading just 4-5 books during the summer can prevent a decline in a child’s fall reading scores.

The Davie County Public Library has a number of fun, educational, age-appropriate summer programs that encourage kids to keep reading even when school’s out. And best of all, they are free!

Build a Better World
According to Youth Services Librarian Julie Whittaker, better known as Miss Julie to Pre-K and elementary school students across the county, the Davie County Public Library is ready to welcome youth for the Summer Reading Program of 2017, “Build a Better World.”

“We have 8 weeks of events and programs to engage people of all ages in activities that keep academic skills sharp, foster a “Better World” and prevent boredom during the summer months,” she said.

Sign-up for the “Build a Better World” begins on June 19th and is ongoing through August 7th.
The purpose of incentive programs is to encourage reading everyday/regularly throughout the summer. Participants choose between two programs; the easy timed reading Build a Better World Easy or the Build a Better World Challenge with activities. Age is not a consideration; rather the reader’s ability and desire determine which program is best for each individual. The Easy Record is based on reading / listening to at least 15 minutes of literature each day, enter the number of minutes read on the sheet. Prizes are based on reading or attending a program each day of the week earning small prizes and free books when goals are met. Build a Better World Challenge involves completing four tasks and recording the number of minutes read each day, then returning the reading record to collect noted prizes. As a guide, 40 min a day, 5 days a week over 8 weeks equals 1,600. Opportunities to earn 2 free books are available.

child imagine 3d reading intPrograms Available Daily – Some Require Pre-Registration
There are different programs almost every day of the week, but some require advanced sign-up.  The following list of activities can be found at www.daviecountync.gov/400/Public-library. Those requiring advanced registration are highlighted below. Please download a printable calendar of events.

Mondays
6:30 pm– all programs are available to the public regardless of SRP registration. Consult DCPL’s web-calendar for program specific details.

M 6/26 & 7/24 only 2-5:00 pm – Teens Paint the Wall for Middle and High School artists or interested in art, see Tuesdays for description.

Tuesdays
10:30 am:  Elementary Build It: Planned for elementary students; participants will consult books on the day’s Build It Activity and then build. 2 MAD Science Workshops are scheduled with limited seating, patrons must register to participate in these free workshops for elementary aged youth, and registration opens for these events on M, 6/19 for 6/27 and 7/17 for 8/1. All others open with free general admission.

2-5:00 pm: Teens Paint the Wall: For Middle and High School teens who would like to use their creativity and artistic talents to help paint 2 wall scenes in the Multi-Purpose Room. Mentored by volunteer Bruce White of Wild Mountain Designs & Art. (4th Tuesdays are Blood Drive, so this activity will be offered on M 6/26 & 7/24) Also available on Thursdays from 10am -12 pm. 

Wednesdays
11 am Munchin’ at the Movies-rated PG usually less than 2 hours.    

1 pm Snackin’ at the Cinema-rated PG & PG 13 usually 2 hours. 

Participants are welcome to bring lunch or snacks, blankets & pillows; the library will  provide a big screen showing of a recent release or theme related film, floor space, chairs and trash cans.  Parents are responsible for deciding if movie content / ratings are appropriate for their family, and can check on www.commonsensemedia.org.  A movie list  is available on the DCPL’s calendar.

Thursdays
10am-12pm- Teens Paint the Wall

Reading & Code Clubs Brochures / flyers with specifics and registration are available at DCPL and on the library  website. Please note these bulleted programs are not ‘drop-in’, as participants prepare in advance to read or discuss the selected book and equipment and space is limited. Register at DCPL’s Youth Services Desk or email jwhittaker@daviecountync.gov

o   11 am-12 pm Reading with Ranger- any age participant may sign-up for a 15 minute time slot to read to Ranger, a live Golden Retriever certified by Therapy Dog International. No drop in, registration 2 days in advance.

o   1-2pm-Next Chapter Book Club-for adults & teens with intellectual differences, see brochure for info.

o   2:15 pm Reader’s Clubs –Middle School and Young Adults enjoy snacks while discussing a common read. See brochure and calendar for alternating dates, and meetings with extra time for movie viewing.

o   3:30-4:30 Coding Club- Ages 8-14- SIGN-UP REQUIRED available 1 week in advance of class. 10 seats with 5 waiting spots. See program flyer for details of weekly lessons.

3:15-5:15 Games & Legos: the Lemoncello Game & Robo Lego carts will be out for families to engage in creative building or gaming as they wish. Parents are strongly encouraged to play with and supervise their children and friends during these opportunities for good quality interaction between kids and adults. Please supervise an orderly clean-up of materials used.

Fridays
Pre-K Story-Time- 11 am- is planned for and focused on the youngest patrons.  Siblings and older folks who enjoy the magic of stories, rhyme, rhythm and song are welcome. Ellie, Miss Julie and Mrs. Archer alternate hosting story time throughout the year.

Saturdays
11am-12pm Reading with Ranger- any age participant may sign-up for a 15 minute time slot to Read to Ranger, a live Golden Retriever certified by Therapy Dog International. No drop in; 2 day advance registration.

New NC Kids Digital Library is Free!
Families can also take advantage of the NC Kids Digital Library. The new NC Kids eBook collection is targeted just for children, pre-K through elementary school. Children can enjoy a variety of both ebooks and audiobooks. Many of the selections for younger children can also be viewed as a video.

The Davie County Public Library is located at 371 N Main St, Mocksville, NC 27028 and  can be reached at (336) 753-6030 or www.library.daviecounty.org. The library is open Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 8:30 pm; Friday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm; Saturday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm; and Sunday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

The library’s Cooleemee Branch is located at the Cooleemee Shopping Center on Highway 801 South. It can be reached at (336) 284-2805 and is open Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; closed Saturday and Sunday.

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Free Independence Day Activities Abound in Davie County!

Old Glory American Flag 2Patriotism and love of country are alive and well in Davie County.  As our nation celebrates its 241st birthday, our community has a weekend planned that is filled with fun for all ages! Davie County will host fireworks, live music, parades, antique tractors and more as we head into the traditional 4th of July summer holiday season.

Free Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Extravaganza  – Saturday, July 1st at Rich Park
Come out and spend the night at Rich Park/Mando Field & Davie Family YMCA (Athletic Complex) The fun begins at 6 p.m. Enjoy family and kids activities, food, music, and the annual fireworks extravaganza! Trial by Fire – Tribute to Journey will perform from 6 – 8:15 p.m.  followed by the fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Free parking will be available at Davie Family YMCA, Mocksville Elementary, Mando Field and Rich Park until the lots are full. Nearby parking is available at Brock Recreation Center, North Main Street Church of Christ, Davie County Public Library, First Baptist Church, and Downtown Mocksville.

The rain date is Sunday, July 2nd (fireworks only.)  For questions or for more information call Davie County Recreation & Parks at 336-753-8326.

Piedmont Antique Power Association Tractor_ShowFree Event – 18th Annual Tractor & Engine & Show Parade

All day Friday, June 30th,  and Saturday, June 1st – The weekend will be full of the sights and sounds of yesteryear at the 18th Annual PAPA Antique Tractor and Engine show.  Again, this event is free and boasts antique tractors, farm equipment, and a host of vendors. Step back in time this Independence Day weekend and celebrate the heritage of Davie County with this event which runs Friday and Saturday. PAPA stands for Piedmont Antique Power Association, Inc.  This nonprofit group exists to assist charitable organizations in the community. The annual tractor parade through historic downtown Mocksville is a celebration of North Carolina’s rich farming heritage and a celebration of the great American spirit of Independence with a tribute to our military veterans.

There are wagon rides through Rich Park and kiddie train rides on both days. Friday promises fun with antique displays, bingo games ($5 entry fee for cow patty bingo), tractor pulls, live music, and various other activities.  Saturday begins with a parade of tractors through historic Downtown Mocksville at 10am.  After the parade, there will be a kiddie pedal pull, auction sale, and raffle in which someone will win a tractor or prize money! Here is a list of activities to enjoy:

Friday Events:

7 a.m.  – Gates open to the public  –  No entrance fee
All day – Tractors, Hit & Miss engines and farm equipment on display
Farm equipment demonstrations throughout the day

 Afternoon and Evening events:

  • Kiddie train rides
  • Kiddie pedal tractor race
  • Bounce House
  • Tractor skill events
  • Wheelbarrow race
  • Ladies frying pan toss
  • Wagon rides through Rich Park
  • 5 p.m. Cow pattie bingo ($5.00 entry fee)
  • 6:30 p.m.  – Live Music by Gaining Ground

Saturday Events:
7 a.m. – Gates open to public  –  No entrance fee
All day – Tractors, Hit & Miss engines and farm equipment on display

 Morning events:

  • 9 a.m. – Tractors begin to line-up for the Parade through downtown Mocksville
  • 10 a.m. – Parade begins through Mocksville
  • 11 a.m. – Kiddie pedal pulll

 Afternoon events:

  • 12:30 p.m. – Auction of consigned and donated items
  • Tractor skill events
  • Cow pattie bingo ($5.00 entry fee)
  • Wagon rides through Rich Park
  • Kiddie train rides
  • 3 p.m. – Raffle drawing for tractor or prize money

The Mocksville Masonic Lodge will have food for sale both days. PAPA will be selling ice cream.

For more information http://www.piedmontantiquepowerassociation.com or call Arthur Bostick 336.492.5992.

lawn mower paradeFree Event ~ Lawn mower Parade with Free Ice Cream and Watermelon- Tuesday, July 4th in Cooleemee
Since the 1990s, Cooleemee has honored Independence Day with a lawn mower parade that begins at Cooleemee School. Anyone can participate by lining up a patriotically decorated lawn mower, float, car, bicycle or pet by 9:30 a.m. The parade begins at 10 a.m. Bring your lawn chair and view the parade along Marginal Street.

WalMart of Mocksville, a sponsor for this event, is offering free ice cream to the community as well as three $25 prizes for parade entries. Entries must be decorated with an Independence Day theme to be eligible to win a prize.

Festivities follow the parade at the Zachary House and include free watermelon, free ice-cream, and a free inflatable water slide. Hot dogs will be sold by the VFW Post of Cooleemee.

Happy Independence Day!

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Free Event This Saturday – Mocksville Concerts on the Square Series

Mocksville concerts on the square posterMocksville will be rocking as Surry Line kicks off the free Concerts on the Square concert series this Saturday night, June 10th, from 7 pm-10 pm in the quad near Restaurant 101 in downtown Mocksville.

Five Free Concerts for 2017
This is the first of five free concerts sponsored by the Town of Mocksville. Future performances are July 15th — Josh Tenery & Joel McCarson (soft rock, country); August 19th– Tin Can Alley & Mel Jones (America, soft rock, blues); August 26th — Tess Black & Blue Band (motown, beach) and September 23rd — Brad Ratledge (acoustic country, rock). All of the concerts begin at 7 pm.

Break out your lawn chairs this Saturday!
Although Surry Line is known for its own unique sound, it’s genre of music would fit mostly into the Americana, Country, Rockabilly style. Surry Line has a long list of cover tunes that span all the way from Elvis to Guns and Roses, Johnny Cash to Creedence Clearwater Revival, Webb Pierce to Janis Joplin, and Charlie Daniels to Darious Rucker to name a few. One thing that sets Surry Line apart from other bands that cover these artist is their unique sound and their ability to make these cover songs, that have been done thousands of times, into something that sounds fresh and new.

While the songs that they cover keep the audience entertained, it’s the original songs of Surry Line that keep the audience interested and coming back for more. These songs have proven to hold the attention of strangers and passers by from the first time Surry Line performed in 2014.

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this free concert. Don’t forget to check out the delicious restaurants and unique shops.

All concerts will be held in the quad on Main Street in downtown Mocksville near Restaurant 101. For questions or to get more information contact Tami Langdon at (336) 753-6705 or visit http://www.mocksvillenc.org.

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Free Ice Cream Wednesday at the Mocksville Farmers Market

Mocksville Farmers Market 2017 Ini1Davie County farmers markets are always warm and inviting, but come out to the Mocksville Farmers Market this Wednesday for a free cold treat.

During the the month of June, the Mocksville Farmers Market will be hosting a dairy campaign with a different special offer each week:

Wed., June7th…FREE ICE CREAM for customers from 4-5 pm, while supplies last.

Wed., June 14th…COOKIES AND MILK…Sample our vendors’ cookies with a glass of COLD milk

Wed., June 21st…CHEESE & CRACKERS & BREADS…Sample vendors’ delicious BREADS & CRACKERS with a chunk of CHEESE

Wed., June 28th…SWAP DAIRY RECIPES…Recipes that even the kids can make! And let’s sample a few of these recipes.

Davie County Farmers Markets Every Wednesday, Friday & Saturday – Admission is free and the benefits are endless!
Enjoy Davie County Farmers Markets each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the towns of Mocksville, Bermuda Run and Farmington according to the following schedule.

Mocksville Farmers Market 2017 Ini2Wednesdays – Mocksville Farmers Market Getting Bigger & Better
The Mocksville Farmers Market is growing and adding new producers for even more fresh, healthy and local products. In addition to fresh produce, the market offers  baked goods, candles, soaps, creams, lotions, farm art, honey, meats, pralines, berries, eggs, and more.  

Fridays – Town of Bermuda Run: The Peachtree Farmers Market is open Fridays from 3:30-7 PM in the parking lot at Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center in the Town of Bermuda Run.

Peachtree Farmers Market – So Much More Than Produce
In addition to produce, the Peachtree Farmers Market offers a variety of specialty items such as water buffalo cheese, seafood, meats, Moravian chicken pies, and handmade jewelry and pottery. Complete details can be found on the market’s Facebook page. The following producers are among those who attend the Peachtree Farmers Market each Friday.  Each Thursday, the Peachtree Farmers Market posts an updated list of vendors attending the market that Friday.

Saturdays – Farmington: The Farmington Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 8 AM until noon at the Farmington Community Center located at 1723 Farmington Road, Farmington.

Mocksville Farmers Market 2017 Ini3Farmington Farmers Market – Family-Friendly Fun
The Farmington Farmers Market is a family-friendly market that provides homegrown produce and goods. You will find seasonal produce, plants, honey & jams, fresh eggs, goat’s milk soaps & lotions, and fresh baked goodies.

After you’ve visited the market, you may want to walk the walking track, play some tennis, do some bird watching or take a hike on the new Farmington Nature Trail, located behind the community center.

Have fun shopping at Davie County farmers markets
Farmers markets provide an opportunity for local farmers to get together in a social setting along with members of the local community.  These gatherings strengthen communities, create a sense of belonging and ownership, and often lead to greater involvement in local issues by those who share a common interest in healthy environments and healthy lifestyles.

iShopdavie LogoSave money at Davie County farmers markets
One of the reasons to shop at a farmers market is to support the local economy.  Everyone benefits when dollars stay in the local community.  The farmers are supported and can continue to grow their crops, and the money spent stays in the community rather than being shipped elsewhere.  This helps the local economy thrive.

Farmer’s markets in North Carolina are not taxed which saves you money by making the products purchased a greater value. In essence, a person is getting 6.5 percent more product for their money through the elimination of sales tax.

Live Longer Consuming Local Produce from Davie County farmers markets
There are distinct health benefits to eating local, fresh produce.  One of these benefits is that fresh produce is harvested when it is ripe.  The greatest amount of vitamins naturally found in produce is available ONLY when the crop is picked ripened.  Most chain stores purchase produce from other states, and therefore the crops are picked early and ripen off the vine in a truck.  This renders the vitamins much weaker to the consumer.

Another health benefit is that because the produce is not shipped, it does not need to be waxed or treated.  This again gives the produce not only an excellent flavor, but also makes it a healthier choice.  Finally, most area farmers markets offer organic choices, eliminating pesticides from your diet.

iShopDavie
Everyone benefits when dollars stay in the local community.  The farmers are supported and can continue to grow their crops, and the money spent stays in the community rather than being shipped elsewhere.  This helps the local economy thrive.

For even more ways to save while supporting your friends and neighbors please check out iShopDavie, an exciting and rewarding program from your Davie County Chamber of Commerce.

Have fun, save money & live longer by frequenting your Davie County Farmers Markets.  Your family will thank you.

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“Cruise-In” Monday Night in Mocksville!

PIEDMONT_CARSVisit the beautiful and historic square in downtown Mocksville on Monday evening, June 5th, for  “Cruise-In” presented by the Piedmont C.A.R.S. Association.  Festivities begin at 5:30 and continue until dark.

All types of cars ranging from old classics to the cars of tomorrow will be on display.  The cruise-in draws participants from the surrounding areas stretching from the Virginia border to the Sandhills ~ West from Wilkes County and East to Alamance and Wake Counties.  If the weather is kind, the cruise-in will draw as many as 300 cars.

In addition to the cars, the event features music by DJ, Barry Rentz and 50/50 drawings. Don’t forget to visit the downtown restaurants and shops.

The cruise-ins also provide car owners the opportunity to get out and drive, which is the real fun of owning a specialty  car.  Enthusiasts come together to share their love of cars with others and to answer questions about cars, the town of Mocksville, and the cruise-ins.

Piedmont C.A.R.S Association
Piedmont C.A.R.S. Association is a non-profit organization comprised of people with a love of cars. Members are devoted to using their interest in classic, antique, restored, and special interest cars to bring together car owners with similar interests while acting as a service organization dedicated to participating in service projects that benefit the community.

Come on out and join the fun!  If you can’t make it tonight,  Downtown Mocksville Cruise-Ins are held on the first  Monday of each month from April through September. For more information, call 336.492-6053.

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Davie County Schools – Give Five, Read Five Book Drive ends This Friday, June 2

book-driveIs summer brain drain a reality? Studies show that teachers spend an average of 4-6 weeks re-teaching material that students have lost during the summer, but summer reading can help diminish these loses. Reading just 4-5 books during the summer can prevent a decline in a child’s fall reading scores.

To help get reading materials in the hands of its students, Davie County Schools is participating in the NC Department of Instruction’s 5th annual statewide summer reading book drive– NC Reads.

The goal is for each elementary school student to leave for the summer with five books of their own to read over the summer break. Cooleemee, Pinebrook, Shady Grove and William R. Davie elementary schools are participating this year.

Donations from the community of new and gently-used books are GREATLY appreciated and will be accepted through Friday, June 2nd at the participating schools and at the Administrative Offices at 220 Cherry Street, Mocksville.

“Reading is extremely important for maintaining and even continuing academic growth over the summer,” said Jinda Haynes, assistant superintendent for academic services for Davie County Schools.  “Students are excited to have new books, and access to books of interest and appropriate reading level is key.  Donating books for the “Give Five–Read Five” Campaign is a wonderful way for the community to support students locally.”

Without these books, many students would not have a selection of reading materials at home. A study (in the Handbook of Early Literacy Research, Volume 2, edited by Susan Neuman and David Dickinson) shared that in middle income neighborhoods the ratio of books per child is 13 to 1, while in low-income neighborhoods that ratio is a staggering 1 age appropriate book for every 300 children.

Summer Reading Statistics

  • Students experience significant learning loss when they do not participate in educational activities during the summer months. Research shows that students on average score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer than they do on the same tests at the end of the school year. Low-income students experience greater summer learning losses than their higher income peers. On average, middle-income students experience slight gains in reading performance during summer vacation. Low-income students experience about a two month loss in reading achievement.
  • The achievement gap in reading scores between higher and lower income students increases over summer vacation. The research shows that achievement for both middle-and lower-income students improves at a similar rate during the school year.
  • Reading just 4-5 books during the summer can prevent a decline in a child’s fall reading scores.

Book drive ends this Friday, June 2.  Books are being accepted at the participating schools and at the Administrative Offices located at 220 Cherry Street, Mocksville.

 

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Davie County Remembers – Community will Honor Heroes on Memorial Day

USA_Flags_Mocksville_NC_Tree_of_HonorMemorial Day Observance 11 a.m. Monday at the Brock
On Memorial Day, we pause to honor the men and women who have given their lives in service to our country, especially the more than 400 who are memorialized on the Davie County Veteran’s Memorial in Downtown Mocksville.

Please join us at the Brock Performing Arts Center at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 29th to participate in an authentic remembrance honoring the heroes who make our freedom possible and celebrate the unity and sacrifice that are among the core values that continue to sustain our nation.

The Davie High JROTC will present the colors and the Davie Singing Seniors will perform.

Guest speaker will be Mocksville Mayor, Will Marklin.

All veterans attending the ceremony will be recognized, and will receive a free lunch at Marco’s Pizza, courtesy of the Mocksville Rotary Club.

Memorial Day began as a day of remembrance for fallen servicemen, first observed on May 30th, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

From its inception, this was a solemn occasion. Businesses closed for the day, and towns large and small held parades ending at the local cemetery, where eulogies were delivered and prayers offered for the fallen. Citizens tended the graves of the honored dead, decorating them with flowers and flags.

If you can’t make it to the memorial service at the Brock Center, take some time this Memorial Day to honor the ultimate price so many have paid which allows us to enjoy the promise of freedom and opportunity.

Thank you to all of the service men and women serving around the world today and to all those who have served in the past, and thank you to the Town of Mocksville, Davie County and Graham Funeral Home for sponsoring this annual event.

“All Gave Some, Some Gave All”

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Free Sounds on the Square Concert this Saturday in Bermuda Run – Special Occasion Band!

Special Occasion Band-intThe Town of Bermuda Run will be alive with the sounds of beach music as Special Occasion Band (SOB) kicks off the Sounds on the Square concert series this Saturday night, May 27th, from 7 pm-9 pm at the gazebo near Town Hall in the Kinderton Business Park.

This is the first of three free concerts co-sponsored by the Town of Bermuda Run and the Davie County Arts Council. The next concert, the Ardmore Brass Band, will be held June 24th at 7 pm. Eric & The Chill Tones, who play the top hits of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, will perform on August 26th at 7 pm.

If You Love Beach Music
Special Occasion Band is known throughout the Carolinas for its versatility and depth of talent. This Winston-Salem-based band has been together since the 80’s offering the best of  Carolinas’ Beach Music, Top 40, Oldies, and Country.  Their beach repertoire includes favorites like “I Love Beach Music,” “Carolina Girls,” “60 Minute Man,” and “Brown-eyed Girl.”

Grab Your Favorite Carolina Girl or Guy and Dance the Night Away!
There is plenty of space, so bring your lawn chairs, a cool drink and snacks, and maybe your shaggin’ shoes, and enjoy this free concert.

The concert’s rain date is Sunday, May 28th.

The Kinderton Business Park Gazebo and Green is located at 120 Kinderton Boulevard, Bermuda Run, NC 27006 (off Highway 158). For questions or to get more information contact the Davie County Arts Council, (336) 751-3112, www.daviearts.org.

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The Town of Bermuda Run Ranked #1 in the Triad & Ranked # 4 in all of North Carolina

townofbrlogosmWhat are the best places to buy a home in the Triad? Small towns.  That’s according to Niche.com, a Pittsburgh-based company that provides research and reviews on K-12 schools, colleges and neighborhoods.

Niche’s 2017 Best Places to Buy a House survey ranked The Town of Bermuda Run as #1 in the Piedmont Triad and #4 in the state of North Carolina. Lewisville was ranked #7 and Clemmons was listed at #16.

The rankings provide a comprehensive assessment of the housing and community of an area. This grade takes into account key factors of a location’s housing market, including home values, taxes, crime rates, and quality of local schools, in an attempt to measure the quality and stability of an area’s real estate market. Data for the list comes from the U.S. Census Bureau, FBI and Niche.

Bermuda Run received an overall grade of an A as well as A’s for housing, jobs, outdoor activities, and being a good place for families.

According to Lee Rollins, Bermuda Run Town Manager, “We recognize that the Town of Bermuda Run has a lot going for it, but it sure is rewarding when others outside of our community recognize it too.”

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Free Community Event This Saturday ~ KidsFest: Fun for the Whole Family

BlockFest Collage 2KidsFest: Fun for the Whole Family will be held Saturday, May 20th from 10 a.m.until 2 p.m. at the Brock Gym and Masonic Picnic Grounds located at 644 North Main Street in Mocksville.

This free community event is sponsored by Smart Start of Davie County in conjunction with Davie Recreation and Parks and Davie Family YMCA, and will occur rain or shine.  The goal of KidsFest is to provide a fun day of learning for children and to raise awareness for the services and activities available to families of young children in Davie County.

A Host of Activities for Children and Families
Kids of all ages will enjoy the excitement of an inflatable obstacle course, bounce house,  bunnies, a magic show and balloonist, Zumba, face painting, and much more.

The Davie YMCA is providing a “smoothie bike”. Riding the bike powers the attached blender to make smoothies! The YMCA will offer a youth training session at 10 a.m. on the main stage and the Senior Center Boogie Brigade Dancers will showcase their fancy footwork at 10:20 a.m. in the picnic area.  A combined all-county elementary school choral performance will be presented at 11 a.m.

kidsfest anchor1New This Year
New this year to KidsFest is BlockFest, a research-based exhibit that helps raise awareness of early math and science learning by offering hands-on block play experiences to families with young children. Parents, preschool teachers and the community will become more knowledgeable about the importance of early math and science learning as it affects both school readiness and later math success.  BlockFest is for children birth-5 years old and will be held in the Brock Gym from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Space for BlockFest is limited.

Home Safety classes will be offered at 10 a.m. and at 1:15 p.m. Free home safety kits will be given to the first 15 families registered for each session.

Family Resources
This year’s featured parent/child session is called Kidpower. Hosted by Davie Domestic Violence in conjunction with Kidpower North Carolina, Kidpower teaches personal safety and boundary-setting skills. There will be a session at 10:30 a.m. for ages 2-5 years and a session at 12:30 p.m. for ages 5+.

There will be many representatives from community non-profit and service agencies hosting crafts, games and providing information to parents on family resources. Each vendor inside the gym will feature an interactive activity for children. Smart Start will be giving away free T-shirts to young children attending the event, while supplies last.

“Smart Start celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and we want to thank the community for their support of our organization offering early education programs and family support since 1997,” said Gena Taylor,  Executive Director of Smart Start of Davie County.

“Our annual KidsFest shows families how much fun it can be to learn and do activities together. We want to encourage parents to visit with the variety of local agencies to learn more about the programs and services that are available to them in Davie County.”

All events at KidsFest are free, but registration is required. There were over 1,000 people in attendance at this event last year. Save time by visiting the Smart Start website to pre-register at www.daviesmartstart.org. After completing the online registration, stop by one of the three registration tables the day of the event to get your welcome goodie bag! Smart Start will also be raffling a Radio Flyer tricycle.  Everyone that registers will receive a door prize ticket for a chance to win and can earn more tickets by visiting the vendor tables and learning more about resources.

Volunteers are still needed and will receive a free t-shirt!  Sign up on the Smart Start website.

Smart Start of Davie County, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization serving all children in Davie County, from birth to five, by providing quality resources and services for families and child care providers that build a foundation for lifelong learning and success. Call Smart Start at 336-751-2113 or visitwww.daviesmartstart.org for more information.

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Bermuda Run Garden Club Invites you to “Feed the Beast!” – Shred Event Saturday, May 20th

Bermuda-Run-Shred-EventbPurge those piles, clean out those cabinets, and support your community.

The Bermuda Run Garden Club would like to help you get rid of your old, outdated paperwork during their biannual paper-shredding event on Saturday, May 20th, rain or shine.

The event will take place from 9 am – noon in the Bermuda Run Town Hall parking off US 158 at 120 Kinderton Boulevard.

Cor365’s mobile truck, “The Beast,” will shred your papers onsite to protect your privacy. Shredding outdated personal documents, bank statements, insurance policies, etc. helps to eliminate identity fraud as well as protects our environment by recycling paper. The shredded material is recycled into paper towels and napkins.

The cost is $5 cash per brown paper grocery bag or equivalent sized box. This event is for paper shredding only. Please do not include cardboard, carbon paper, plastics, transparencies, or electronic materials, like CDs or microfiche.

Bermuda-Run-Shred-EventcFeed the Best is a Win-Win for Everyone!
This event is a win-win for everyone. Not only do you get to safely and securely rid yourself of superfluous paperwork, the proceeds go to community programs supported by the club.

Through its fundraisers, the Bermuda Run Garden Club has donated thousands of dollars to various Davie County community programs. .

The club has supported A Storehouse for Jesus, by donating food, sponsoring meals at Thanksgiving, conducting a blanket drive, and creating centerpieces for the annual Christmas dinner.

Other projects have included donating books on horticulture and design to the Davie County Public Library, creating small bouquets of flowers once each quarter for the Meals on Wheels food trays, providing centerpieces for a dinner that benefits Hospice, and supporting Pearls of Empowerment. Many club members serve as lunch buddies for Pinebrook Elementary School.

In November, the club hosts a Thanksgiving dinner for the exceptional children and teachers from the Davie County schools.

In addition, the club gives money to the Davie Community Foundation to support the Children’s Reading Program Summer Camp, which provides students with the extra reading assistance they need to move on to the next grade level.

The club also combined proceeds from the shredding events and the annual geranium sale to establish a $5000 endowed fund with the Davie County Community Foundation. The Bermuda Run Garden Club Community Fund provides grants to projects that impact youth, literacy, and healthy living in Davie County.

The club’s next shredding event will be held at the Bermuda Run Town Hall in October.

For more information, contact Marie at (336) 650-5518 or check out the Bermuda Run Garden Club’s website.

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Ashley for the Arts Festival – Saturday, May 13

ashleyfortheartsanchorDavie County Schools will hold the Ashley for the Arts Festival on Saturday, May 13 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Davie County High School. Everyone is welcome and invited to enjoy this spring celebration!

The Incalculable Value of the Arts
In its seventh year, this festival is a free annual event that brings the community together to celebrate the arts and art education. As a proud supporter of the arts and a partner of Davie County Schools, Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. generously donates $10,000 each year to support arts education through competitive grants offered for special projects, art supplies, performance materials, specialized equipment, and musical instruments. Todd Wanek, President & CEO of Ashley Furniture, believes, “The Arts have the power to enhance society with extraordinary grace and incalculable value.”

The heART of it all!
The theme of the Ashley for the Arts Festival is “The heART of it all.” Art comes from the heart. It’s how we interpret and experience the world, and it connects all cultures. For so many students, the arts are the heart of education—their passion, and they love the opportunity to learn in different ways. As a critical part of a well-rounded education, arts are a way of learning, communicating, developing the brain and cognitive abilities, and cultivating creativity. Furthermore, students acquire valuable soft skills and learn discipline and perseverance as they work together as a team in the performing arts.

The spring festival is a wonderful way for families to spend some quality time together over the Mother’s Day weekend. The opening ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the main gym, with a special presentation focused on this year’s theme. Throughout the festival, student performances in music, theatre arts, and dance will showcase students’ talent and hard work. An array of visual arts will be on display in the small gym, and children and adults alike can participate in hands-on “make and take” art sessions. A variety of arts and crafts vendors and refreshments will be available on site as well.

Come enjoy and experience “The heART of it all” at the Ashley for the Arts Festival on May 13

Reposted with permission from Davie Life.

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