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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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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.

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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.

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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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Become a Work of Art During Color Downtown 2017–Register Today!

color downtownColor Downtown 2017 is an event the whole family will enjoy … dance and twirl in your tutu, hop, skip, run, or walk your way through downtown Mocksville and Rich Park on Saturday, May 20, and be transformed into a colorful work of art with each color station you pass.

Last year more than 500 people enjoyed being doused with colored cornstarch as they traveled a course through six different color stations. The Color Downtown 2017 kicks  off at Rich Park at 3 pm and ends with a color explosion grand finale.

“We are so excited about our biggest fundraiser which supports victims of domestic violence and sexual assault during their time of greatest need,” said Lorri Hayes, director of Davie Domestic Violence Services & Rape Crisis Center. “The funds raised provide the services our clients need during their crisis — emergency housing, food, shelter, the crisis line, and counseling.”

“This year’s numbers are low right now, so we really need people to sign up,” she added.

The Color Downtown raised $10,230 last year.  This year’s goal is $15,000.

Register now to join in the fun! The cost is $23 per person, $20 each for groups of two or more, and children five and under are free. http://www.active.com/mocksville-nc/running/distance-running-races/color-downtown-2017-29660255?int=

Event details and schedule
Color Downtown is a fun run so it will not be timed, but to keep count of participants on the day of the event, each will be assigned a bib number. The bibs will be distributed at packet pick-up and must be worn on the day of the event.

***After April 28th, t-shirts will only be available for PURCHASE at packet pickup and on event day! T-shirts will NOT come with registration***

Packet pickup will be held May 15-17 from 3 PM -7 PM at the Mocksville Library at 371 North Main St. Unfortunately, the day of the event will be too chaotic to include same day packet pick-up.

Presenting sponsors are Vogler Koontz PLLC and Family Care Center of Mocksville.

For more information, contact Molly Ridenhour at molly@davielife.com.

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Davie County High School Auto Tech Car Show – Saturday, May 6 at Trailers of the East Coast

car-show-anchorLove cars? Do you have a beauty you enjoy showing off, or do you just like to look, dream, and drool? If so, you won’t want to miss the 2017 Davie County High School and SkillsUSA Auto Tech Car Show at Trailers of the East Coast, 418 Interstate Drive, Mocksville, on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

Davie County High School Auto Tech Car Show
Car show proceeds will benefit Automotive Technology and the SkillsUSA Chapter at Davie County High School. Space constraints require us to limit the car show to the first 120 cars to register on the day of the show. Car show registration is from 8 until 9:30 AM on show day.

NASCAR Goodies on Display
In conjunction with the car show, Trailers of the East Coast will have a Team Penske NASCAR race car transporter open for walk-throughs/brief tours.

Action Express Racing, Mustang Sampling, Austin Dillon #3 & More Attractions Planned
The Mustang Sampling show car #5 Corvette will be on display as will the Austin Dillon #3 show car.  Details on additional family friendly car show attractions are still being finalized.

Voting, Classes & Awards
Judging will take place from 9:00 until 11:00 AM with awards presented at 12:15 PM. Entry fee for show cars is $15. A panel of judges will select the top three in each class while show attendees will vote on People’s Choice awards and Trailers of the East Coast staff will select the Sponsor’s Choice Awards.

Cars will compete in the following classes:
General Motors: Early to 1975, 1976-1981, 1981 to present
Ford/Mercury: Early to 1975, 1976-1981, 1981 to present
Chrysler/Mopar: Early to 1975, 1976-1981, 1981 to present
Euro, Exotics, Imports, Trucks, Tractors

Special Awards – Built by Automotive Students at Davie County High School
There will be special awards for Best of Show, Best Interior, Best Paint, Best Engine, and Sponsor’s Choice.   The special awards are built by the students in the automotive classes at Davie High School.

Hotdogs, chips and drinks will be available for purchase. The rain date for the car show is June 4th.

Davie County High School Auto Tech Car Show

Davie High Automotive Technology and SkillsUSA
All proceeds go to students enrolled in SkillsUSA for competition to win scholarships to jump-start their careers.

Each quarter, there are on average 44 students enrolled in Davie High’s Automotive Technology program taught by Seth James. On average, there are 20 students enrolled in level 2/3 are preparing for careers in the automotive industry.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel by providing educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in the nation’s classrooms. The organization serves more than 320,000 high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations.

For more information about this event, please call Seth James at (336) 751-5905 ext. 4084.

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Peachtree Farmers Market Opens This Friday! ~ Have Fun, Save Money & Live Longer

mocksville farmers market augustThe Peachtree Farmers Market will open this Friday, April 28th, from 3:30-7 pm in the parking lot at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Davie Medical Center in the Town of Bermuda Run.

A typical week’s offerings include: fresh eggs, goat cheese, vegetables, fruits, honey, grass-fed beef, pork, fresh NC seafood, jellies, jams, juices, breads, shiitake mushrooms, plants, cut and potted flowers, baked goods, farm crafts, stone-ground cornmeal, flour & grits, goat milk soap, dried apples, jumbo red-skinned peanuts.

For more information, please call (336) 655-4399 or email peachtreefarmersmarket@yadtel.net. Follow the Peachtree Farmers Market on Facebook for an up-to-date list of the week’s vendors.

The Farmington Farmers Market Opens Saturday, May 13th
The Farmington Farmers Market will reopen on Saturday, May 13, from 8 am- noon at the Farmington Community Center located at 1723 Farmington Road, Farmington. You will find seasonal produce, plants, honey & jams, fresh eggs, goat’s milk soaps & lotions, fresh baked goodies, and local hormone-free meats including beef, lamb, and pork.

This market supports small, backyard growers and only charges a fee of $5.00 to set up.

If you would like to be a vendor at the market, or for more information, please contact Melanie at 336-998-2912.

 

Mocksville-Farmers-MarketHave Fun
The atmosphere at the farmers market is warm and inviting. 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.

Save Money
Farmers markets in North Carolina are not taxed which saves you money.  In essence, a person is getting 6.75 percent more product for their money through the elimination of sales tax.

Live Longer
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 farmer’s markets offer organic choices, eliminating pesticides from your diet.

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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.

Davie County Farmers Market Schedule
Davie County Farmers Markets are now operating in the towns of Mocksville, Bermuda Run and Farmington.  There is a market open each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday according to the following schedule.

Wednesdays – Mocksville: The Mocksville Farmers Market is open on Wednesdays from 3-6 PM in the Junker’s Mill parking lot at 107 Salisbury St.

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

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.

See you at the Farmer’s Market!

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Davie County Chamber to Host Annual Signature Women’s Luncheon – Register Today!

Signature Women's Luncheon

The Davie County Chamber of Commerce will host its 2017 Annual Signature Women’s Luncheon on Wednesday, April 12th at WinMock at Kinderton in Bermuda Run. The event starts at 11:30 am. Guests will enjoy a delicious meal catered by J. Randall’s Catering and More. The featured presentation is I’m A Lady And A Woman – Embrace The Essence Of Your Femininity by Timogi Jackson, the Empowerment Specialist.

“The luncheon is always a great networking event for women, but it is also a wonderful learning opportunity. Our presentations often focus on topics of personal enrichment and professional growth,” said Carolyn McManamy, Davie Chamber President.

A speaker, educator, and life coach, Timogi inspires audiences all over the country to maximize their power. Her dynamic motivational keynotes, presentations, and panel discussions at colleges, businesses, and other organizations are always enlightening and engaging.

She is the author of Activation Required: Reconnecting To Your Purpose, Pack Light!: Packing With Your Purpose In Mind, and I’m A Lady And A Woman – Embrace The Essence Of Your Femininity. She is the host of Timogi Today and co-host of In Bold Print. Both shows air on public access TV in Durham and Chapel Hill.

Empowerment Call, Timogi’s weekly live telephone program, attracts men and women throughout the country to spend 15 minutes every Thursday night being empowered. Her YouTube channel is filled with videos educators and organizations can use today to empower professionals and students.

The Signature Women’s Luncheon is one of the many events the Davie Chamber hosts each year. The luncheon is made possible by the generosity and support of sponsoring businesses. The Chamber extends its sincere thanks to this year’s event sponsors and Chamber Champions: A Cleaner World, Allegacy Federal Credit Union, BB&T, Davidson County Community College Small Business Center, Davie Business Women’s Association, Corners Coffee + Art + Framing + Wine, Duke Energy, Edward Jones- Steve Talton Financial Advisor, Filet of Chicken, Funder, Avgol, Ingersoll Rand, Kelly Office Solutions, United Way of Davie County, Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center, Journal West, Yadtel Telecom, 360 Lawn Care, DEX Heavy Duty Parts, RayLen Vineyards & Winery and The Swicegood Group Real Estate & Auction.

Women of Davie County and the surrounding area are invited and encouraged to attend the 2017 Signature Women’s Luncheon. Reservations are required and tickets are $22 for Chamber members and $27 for guests. For more information or to make a reservation, contact the Davie County Chamber at 336-751-3304 or visit www.daviechamber.com.

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You’re Invited! Ribbon Cutting This Thursday to Celebrate Total Renovation of Mocksville Comfort Inn and Suites

Mocksville Comfort Inn StoryTo celebrate its total renovation, the Comfort Inn & Suites in Mocksville is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, March 23rd at 4:30 pm, and the public is invited to attend. The hotel is owned and operated by Davie Hospitality and is located at 629 Madison Road.

“We’ve replaced everything, right down to the bathtubs,” said Vijay Barad, Managing Partner, with a smile. “We can’t wait to show this beautiful property to the community and to invite them to use it for all of their lodging needs. We are well-equipped to serve business travelers, families, and groups in town for a special event.”

With 61 guestrooms, including 26 suites, the Mocksville Comfort Inn & Suites can accommodate individuals or groups of all sizes. The hotel features the Comfort brand’s new look and feel which includes a contemporary yet classic design, rich color hues and convenient amenities throughout the property. Guestrooms now feature new bedding packages which complement Comfort’s Truly Yours Pick Your Pillow program, which offers guests the option of firm and soft pillows on the bed.

The hotel features free high speed Internet, in-room coffee makers, refrigerators and microwaves, as well as a meeting room, outdoor seasonal pool, and exercise room. The Mocksville Comfort Inn & Suites also offers the brand’s signature complimentary hot breakfast, with healthy and satisfying options including a delicious flavored waffle station, hot eggs and meats, yogurt and a variety of fresh fruits.

This hotel participates in Choice Privileges®, the loyalty rewards program from Choice Hotels. Membership is free and offers points good towards free nights, airline miles, gift certificates and more while staying at any Choice Hotels properties.

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Mocksville Wins Bid to Host 2017 American Legion Junior State Tournament!

Mocksville Davie Legion Team Photo 7-9-2012-resized

American Legion Baseball has been a summertime mainstay in the Mocksville/Davie area for decades. I recall as a child watching the games with hundreds of supporting fans, sitting on “the hill” or in the stand with friends and family…ready to pounce at a stray ball and trying to not become a peanut gallery casualty.  Then I would wait for the end of the game, anxiously hoping the players would sign my hard-earned ball. I remember my grandfather taking us to the game but, never getting out of his car.  I also remember the Rich Park hot dogs, best around, as well as the popcorn and ice cold sodas.

Come and relive those good times this summer as the Mocksville-Davie American Legion Baseball Post 174/Post 54 hosts the 2017 North Carolina Junior American Legion Baseball State Championship Tournament!

The tournament will be held at Rich Park’s Mando Field July 14th– 19th, 2017.  The eight-team field will consist of four area champions, three runner-ups and the host team, Mocksville.  Mocksville has competed in the North Carolina Junior State tournament twice, once in Salisbury (2004) and once in Cherryville (2007).

baseball-400State Baseball Commissioners Select Mocksville after Visit to Mando Field and Rich Park
Mr. Charles Kurfees, former player and Junior Legion team coach, explained that the tournament rotates every year between the four areas of the state.  This year was our area’s turn. Our region, Region III, includes cities from Burlington to Albermarle.  Six out of 22 teams bid on the tournament. The bids and proposals are reviewed by the state baseball commissioners who also conduct a site survey of the facilities.  A vote is cast and Mocksville won over some great programs for this year’s slot.  Mr. Kurfees hopes that if the Post does well with this tournament, it will be elected to host a Senior tournament in the future.  A tournament like this creates a tremendous positive on the local economy.  The 2016 World Series Tournament held in Shelby, NC reported an attendance of over 117,000 fans!

Mr. Kurfees feels that “the Legion program is an excellent experience for high school age youth and that participation in the program instills an attitude of hard work, team work and friendly competition.”  He added that there are no fees to play. All transportation, uniforms, food and lodging is provided free of charge by the American Legion.

“Some of the best days of my life”
Former Junior and Senior ball player, Jacob Barber, commented that “the Legion program was the best. You compete with and get to know some of the best players in the state.  It’s hard work, you play a lot of games in a short span of time, and it’s hot, but it’s worth every minute of it.  It’s truly the Boys of Summer.  Those were some of the best days of my life.”

History of American Legion Baseball
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans’ service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service-members and veterans.

Hundreds of local American Legion programs and activities strengthen the nation one community at a time.

American Legion Baseball is a national institution that still stands behind the traditional values upon which it was founded in 1925.  It has thrived through wars, national tragedies, and times of despair.  American Legion Baseball has taught hundreds of thousands of young Americans the importance of sportsmanship, good health and faithful citizenship. The program promotes equality, making teammates out of young athletes, regardless of race, income levels, or social standings.  American Legion Baseball has been and continues to be one of many stepping stones to adulthood for millions of young men. Many  have gone on to serve the country or community, raise families, or compete at the highest level.

The league was first proposed at an American Legion state convention in Milbank, SD, when Sioux Falls attorney and Department Commander Frank G. McCormick invited his close friend, Maj. John L. Griffith to address the convention. Instead of a traditional speech, Griffith spoke about the positive impact athletics has on youth.

“The American Legion could well consider the advisability of assisting in the training of young Americans through athletic games,” Griffith stated during the convention. “Athletic competition teaches courage and respect for others, fostering their growth into active citizens.”

The convention agreed and passed a resolution urging the Legion to create an organized summer baseball league that started each June.  National Commander James A. Drain backed the resolution, which passed that fall at the Legion’s national convention in Omaha, Neb.  It read:

“RESOLVED: That the American Legion… inaugurate and conduct baseball leagues and tournaments for local championships. And that local champions determined by the competition be given the opportunity to compete in departmental, sectional and regional tournaments and that a junior world series championship baseball series be conducted at each national convention….”

The first program in the world to provide a national baseball tournament for teenagers, American Legion baseball was born.

N.C. Junior American Legion State Tournament Sites:
2001-Goldsboro
2002-Goldsboro
2003-Forest City
2004-Salisbury
2005-Hickory
2006-Cary
2007-Cherryville
2008-Kinston
2009-Asheboro
2010-Durham
2011-Hickory
2012-Swansboro
2013-Kernersville
2014-Raleigh
2015-Granite Falls
2016-Shelby
2017-Mocksville

Be sure to mark your calendar for this season’s events and come out and support your American Legion Baseball!

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Join the Fun — 29th Annual Shamrock Run this Saturday!

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Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will stay these leprechauns from the swift completion of their race. The 29th annual Shamrock 5K & 10K Run will be held on Saturday, March 4th, 2017. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to A Storehouse for Jesus.

Fun for the Whole Family!
“We have had many repeat runners who have participated in our race year in and year out, including the late Margaret Haggerty, who ran in the first 27 Shamrock Runs,” said David Taylor, parish business manager for St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. “Such loyalty from our runners shows that the race is a fun, family event for both young and old.”

People Helping People – 29 Years of Community Giving
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church has been hosting the Shamrock Run for 29 years to help local charities and the Davie County community! The Shamrock Run began back in 1988 as a church fundraiser.

Approximately 15 years ago, the church decided to have a greater impact on the community by sponsoring organizations that help those in need. The 2016 event raised money for the Dragonfly House Children’s Advocacy Center. The Shamrock Run has raised thousands for organizations in need throughout Davie County including Habitat for Humanity, Davie Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center, the Davie County Pregnancy Care Center, Hospice & Palliative Care of Davie County, and the Davie Family YMCA.

“In addition to raising money, we hope to bring awareness to the different organizations that serve those in need,” said Taylor. “Hopefully that awareness will provide them will new volunteers and additional donations.”

“We hope our participants get a little bit of enjoyment from running as they give back to the community as well,” he added.

Participants may register online at www.active.com until noon on Wednesday March 1st, and in person on Friday, March 3rd from 4-7 PM and on the day of the race.

This Corporate Challenge Fitness Run/Walk will be featured again this year. Each group with over 10 participants will be recognized at the awards ceremony after the 5K.

The 5k and 10k races are certified by the USA Track and Field Association and will run a scenic route through the heart of historic downtown Mocksville.

Race Schedule:

Friday, March 3rd
4PM – 7PM— In-Person Registration and Early Packet Pickup

Saturday, March 4th RACE DAY!
7:00AM—Race Day Packet Pickup begins
8:15AM—5K Run & Fun Walk
9:00AM—10K Run
9:15AM—5K Awards Ceremony & Festivities Begin
10:15AM—10K Awards Ceremony Begins

***All Morning: Refreshments and Entertainment featuring Josh Tenery of Exit 180 Band!

The Shamrock Run will  be using Racing Toes as the race timing provider.  The disposable chip system will assist with faster packet pick-ups, smaller lines, and less confusion on the day of the race!

Sponsors Make it Happen
“We appreciate the support of our local police and EMS over the years in directing traffic and having a medical presence in our downtown area,” said Taylor. “ We also appreciate the Davie County Chamber of Commerce for advertising the race on its billboard on I-40 as well as its  website each year. We’d like to give a special thank you to our sponsors, who truly make the charity and race possible. Our food has always set us apart from other races and we are thankful to have many different types of food to offer.”

St Francis of Assisi Church is located at 862 Yadkinville Rd., Mocksville, NC.

For additional information, please email  Director@ShamrockRunNC.com or call the church office at (336) 751-2973. Please visit and join them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shamrock-Run-Mocksville-NC/298722960174991, or on the web at www.ShamrockRunNC.com.

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POPSICLE 5K on Saturday, February 25th – Tell Cold Weather to Take a Hike!

Lace up your running shoes, and have a chillin’ good time while supporting a great cause — take part in the 6th Annual Popsicle 5k Run! All abilities are welcome. The route begins at Mocksville Elementary across from Rich Park and goes through Mocksville and the new Greenway. The Race kicks off at 8:30 am, with packet pick up and on-site registration beginning at 7:15 am. Click here to register today.

Not a runner? No worries! Walk for a Billion Steps – This year walkers are invited to join in and to help Davie County meet the Healthy Davie Challenge to Walk a Billion Steps in 100 days! Sign up to be a part of the fun!

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Race Day Fun

  • Come in your favorite wintery costume. The most crazy/creative Chilly costume will take home a prize!
  • Raffle – each registrant will receive a raffle ticket with their race number.
  • Brain Freeze Challenge- Eat a popsicle at the beginning, middle, and end of the race.
  • ZERO K- sign up the morning of the race if you are there to support a friend but do not want to run. You’ll get a t-shirt (up to the first 300) and coffee and not have to run an inch!
  • Fun Run- Kids (10 & under) there with a runner can participate in a short race after the 5K has finished.
  • “Sports Walk” where kids can win a Healthy Davie backpack of goodies.
  • Face Painting.
  • Popsicle Palooza – Eat the most popsicles in 3 minutes to win the prize!
  • There will be great food after the race, as well as raffle prize opportunities for participants.
Fees
$20 through February 18, and $15 for team registrants. New this year is a special category for Go Far Students ($10), and Davie County High School athletes and students ($15). There is a fee of  $10 for each child wishing to participate in the Fun Run. All fees go up beginning February 19th.

JanePopsicleSuitSURF Board ~ Empowering the Young People of Davie County
All proceeds from the Popsicle Run 5K support youth-led projects in Davie County! Organized under the Davie Community Foundation, the SURF (Students Understanding Real Futures) Board is a youth grant-making organization for high school aged youth in Davie County. Each year SURF hosts a fundraiser to raise money to grant out in the spring. The proceeds from the Popsicle Run empower young people by supporting their projects through grants from SURF.

SURF Board members seek sponsorships from local Davie County businesses and individuals. Last year the students were issued a $10K Challenge by Davie Community Foundation President Jane Simpson. They met and exceeded their sponsor goal, raising over $13,000. To celebrate their success, Simpson arrived at the run dressed as a grape and cherry Popsicle, riding in a decorated cart.

A Record $12,212 and Nine Grants Given in 2016!
That record-breaking success enabled the Davie Community Foundation SURF Board to award  nine grants totaling $12,212 to  youth- led projects that benefit the youth and children in Davie County..

“I am super proud of all of their hard work to raise the money, and their discernment as they heard grant requests, and made their decisions,” said SURF Advisor Tami Daniel. “They have raised over $14,000 in sponsorships so far this year, so I hope a lot of students will apply because the board will have a lot of grant money to give.”

For information on the 2016 grant awards, please visit SURF Board Awards $12,212 in Grants!

Funding for Your Youth Led Project
Does your school club have a service project idea, but lack money to get it started? Are you involved in a church youth group that could use a grant to fund an outreach project? You may be eligible for funding from the S.U.R.F. Board Youth Grantmakers. All 6th-12th grade students who reside in Davie County are eligible to apply.

How to Apply for a Grant
The SURF Board  is accepting applications for the 2017 grant cycle.  Applications will only be accepted through the online application process.  Deadline for submitting a grant request is March 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm.

Projects selected for grant awards must:

  • Address general issues that impact the youth of Davie County.
  • Involve at least two youth in planning & carrying out the project.
  • Have an adult ally (21 or older)

CLICK HERE to fill out a Grant Request.The request is online and can be found at https://www.daviefoundation.org/surf-grants/

“I have a passion for Youth and Service, and it has truly been a pleasure to serve as the advisor for this amazing Board of students the past three years,” said Daniel.  “While on the SURF Board, the students learn important life skills, and how to reach out and connect with community business leaders. Watching these students set personal and group goals and then working to achieve them is really rewarding.”

“We are so appreciative of everyone who has stood beside SURF in making great things happen through the SURF Grants. From Sponsors, Volunteers, Runners, Grantees, Grant Advisors, Friends, and Parents it could not happen without you! SURF says thank you for your support, and we look forward to accomplishing even greater things in the future!” she added.

New SURF Board Members Will be Selected in June
The SURF Board is made up of 21 high school students who are residents of Davie County. Homeschool students and high school students who attend school outside of Davie County are invited to apply. New board members are selected annually in June and interviewed by the current board of students.

For more information about the Popsicle 5K or the SURF Board, contact the Davie Community Foundation at 336-753-6903, or email tdaniel@daviefoundation.org.

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Davie Marketing Summit – February 9th Winmock at Kinderton – Plan Now to Take Your Business to the Next Level in 2017!

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Looking to jump start your business and develop a competitive edge in 2017?  You won’t want to miss “Strategies for Taking your Business to a Bigger Market” on Thursday, February 9th from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at Winmock at Kinderton.

Nationally and regionally known presenters will provide expert advice on reaching beyond borders to grow your business through top notch marketing and sales techniques. Hear stories of success after trials. Learn marketing trends. Discover the best use of grassroots techniques and how social media can play a role in branding your company.  

Guest speakers include:
Nick Hawks, Certified eBay Ed Specialist
David M. Frankel, Inventor/Entrepreneur
Kathy Wall, President, The Media Matters
Angel Guerrero, Entrepreneur/Speaker
Benjamin King, Wake Forest University
Grace Kanoy, GeoCore Films/Storyteller
Carl Shantley, President, Rohl Design & Marketing

This full-day marketing summit is co-sponsored by the Davie County Chamber of Commerce and the Davidson County Community College Small Business Center (DCCC SBC).

The cost is only $50 and includes coffee in the morning as well as lunch.

Click on https://www.ncsbc.net/workshop.aspx?ekey=170360101 to register, or contact Janet Caudle at DCCC Davie Education Center (336) 998-3220.  

For more information contact Martha Larson, DCCC SBC Director at (336) 224-4557 or mlarson@davidsoncc.edu.

WinMock at Kinderton is located at 168 E. Kinderton Way, Bermuda Run, NC 27006.

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Be a Part of Something Huge! Healthy Davie – 1,000,000,000 Steps in 100 Days

Healthy-DavieHas your New Year’s resolution to exercise more already been derailed? Could you use a little accountability to reach your goals? Step into a healthier 2017 by joining the 1,000,000,000 Steps in 100 Days Healthy Davie Challenge.

The kickoff for this community-wide initiative will be Saturday, January 21 at Davie County High School from 10 am – 2 pm. Kimberly Van Scoy, WXII, will emcee the opening program at 10 am.

The first 400 people will receive a Healthy Davie water bottle. There will be prize drawings for a Fitbit Charge 2, wireless headphones, a pair of tennis shoes from Fleet Feet Sports, a GNC $50 gift card, a 1-month YMCA family membership, Nike fitness bag, and more!

There will also be free Healthy Davie t-shirts, free health screenings, and free snacks and activities for kids.

To pre-register for a screening time slot, go to www.daviefoundation.org and click on Healthy Davie.

Rich Park Greenway – A Great Place to Walk!
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Healthy Davie is an initiative of the Davie County Foundation and the Mebane Charitable Foundation. The Healthy Davie initiative is comprised of thirty-nine nonprofit organizations and agencies working collaboratively to improve the lives of all Davie County citizens. Healthy Davie currently focuses on providing educational opportunities for our youngest students, moving families out of poverty, and improving the overall health of all residents.

The purpose of the Challenge is to raise awareness of the poor health of many members of our community at large; provide information about healthy habits; and encourage the entire community to participate in an effort to improve the physical health of Davie County citizens.

It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you walk, it’s the number of steps that count. Those can be calculated using a pedometer, phone app, or by converting each mile walked to 2,000 steps. You can even convert time spent in other activities like cycling, swimming, or exercise classes, or everyday activities such as vacuuming or working in the yard into steps. The general recommendation is to walk 10,000 steps a day, which is 5 miles based on the average stride.

“I’m hopeful the entire community will use these next 100 days to challenge themselves to take better care of themselves,” said Larry Colbourne, president of the Mebane Foundation. “Obviously, walking is great exercise and should improve our physical health, but walking is also a great time for reflection and/or conversation. Mr. Mebane used to tell me he believed people should take time every day to think and reflect.”

“Personally, I’ve set a goal of 200,000 steps over the next 100 days and my wife Beverly, a regular walker long before the challenge, will be sure to hold my feet to the fire on that one,” he added. “You can bet on that!”

Visit the Davie Community Foundation website at www.daviefoundation.org for more information and to sign up to record your steps for the Challenge. You will also find a variety of information to improve overall health along with links to Wake Forest Baptist Health and Novant Health for more detailed assessments.

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