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Admission is free and the benefits are endless! Davie County Farmers Markets are now operating in the towns of Mocksville, Bermuda Run and Farmington. There is a market open each Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday according to the following schedule.
Tuesdays – Town of Bermuda Run: The Peachtree Farmers Market is open on Tuesdays from 4-7 PM in the parking lot at Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center in the town of Bermuda Run.
Wednesdays – Mocksville: The Mocksville Famers Market is open on Wednesdays from 3-6 PM in the Mocksville Town Hall parking lot located at 171 South Clement Street in Mocksville, just a block down West Depot Street from the town square.
Fridays – Town of Bermuda Run: The Peachtree Farmers Market is open in Fridays from 4-7 PM at 111 Peachtree Lane (behind the Bojangles) in the Town of Bermuda Run on the corner of NC Highway 801 and Peachtree Lane.
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.
Have fun shopping at Davie County farmers markets
The atmosphere at the Davie County farmers markets in Mocksville, Bermuda Run, and Farmington 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 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.
Have fun, save money & live longer by frequenting your Davie County Farmers Markets. Your family will thank you.
Sign up Today – Instruction Is Free, Material Fee Only - There is more than meets the eye at Sugar Valley Airport (SVA). In addition to a wide range of aviation-related activities, SVA is also the home of Sugar Valley Craftsmen, a group of craftsmen with wide-ranging interests and creative activities.
Sugar Valley Craftsmen are pleased to present a series of Fiber Art Classes with Joanna White, Fiber Artist in the Fiber Art Studio located in the Blue Hangar Mezzanine.
Class instruction is offered free of charge. The cost for the classes represents only a material fee. Please contact Joanna White at 336-413-2662, firstname.lastname@example.org, to register or Sugar Valley Airport at 336-998-3971. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and class size is limited. All materials for classes will be furnished unless otherwise stated below.
Sugar Valley Airport is becoming a hub of community events all year long. The 65 acre airport with a 2,400 foot runway and lots of hangar space for rent is situated in a beautiful lakefront setting. Adjacent to the lake is a Friendship Fire Circle overlooking the lake. The large fire circle is a center of activity for visitors who use the facility for overnight camping sessions.
Introduction to Silk Painting – Part I and Part II: Various silk painting techniques and dyes will be explored. Participants will make samples and paint a scarf of their own design. Bring your own lunch and beverage.
- April 19, Saturday – 9am – 2pm (Part I) – $8.00/Material Fee
- April 26, Saturday – 9am – 2pm (Part II) – $8.00/Material Fee
Knitting with Silk: Explore a quick way to dye silk to create continuous strips to knit a beautiful one of a kind scarf. Silk and dye will be provided. Basic knitting skills of casting on, knitting and binding off are required. Please bring your own needles, Size 11 – 15. Cost: 25.00/5 hour class/silk & dyes
- May 3, Saturday: 9 – 2pm (Bring your own lunch and a drink)
Zentangles – The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over the world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages. We believe that life is an art form and that our Zentangle Method is an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life.
- Part 1 – Friday Night, May 9th: 6:30 – 8:30 – $6.00/Material Fee (Introduction to Zentangles)
- Part II – Friday Night, May 23: 6:30 – 8:30 – $6.00/Material Fee (Exploring Zentangles with Color)
Part III – Magic of Zentangles on Silk – Zentangle patterns can be drawn on silk with wax or resist and then painted to create beautiful one of a kind scarves.
- Date of workshop to be announced. Time: 9am – 3pm. Materials Fee: $25.00
Nuno Felting on Silk – 2 Day Workshop: Try a new textile technique that will bring an exciting focus to your art quilt, garment, book or interior decoration. Combine silk-painting and felting to create nuno-felt scarves, patches or yardage. Sampling with paints and dyes, silk fabrics and merino fleece quickly progress to project planning and personal color palette work. Novices welcome. This is an active class requiring much time on your feet and some upper body strength. Two day class: iWe will paint silk and then felt our own hand-painted silk with merino fleece to create one of kind silk scarves. Cost: $50.00/Materials fee which includes 2 yards of silk, dyes and fleece
- June 7, Saturday: 9am – 3p (bring your own lunch and beverage)
- June 14, Saturday: 9am – 3pm (bring a beverage, lunch and a snack)
Fiber Visions… Art to Wear (Hand Crafted Clothing)
For more information about hand painted silk clothing, visit www.fiber-visions.com
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
Businesses looking for skilled employees to fill available positions and area job seekers have the opportunity to come together at a summer job fair to be held from 9 a.m. to noon on May 20 at the Davie Campus of DCCC, the Community College of Davidson and Davie Counties.
The event is seeking participation from businesses in the region that have job openings for recent graduates and other community members. The job fair will be held in the Davie Administration Building on the Davie Campus of DCCC, located at 1205 Salisbury Road in Mocksville and is open to the public.
Resume Assistance Available
Job fairs sponsored by DCCC allow employers to feature manufacturing jobs available in the Triad area and talk with potential employees. The college also assists job-seeking participants in preparing a resume, which is required for job fair entrance. Opportunities to speak with a college academic adviser are available.
“This will be our second job fair on the Davie Campus. Local industries are eager to market their company, with the hope of finding skilled workers to fill their current workforce needs,” states Teresa Kines, dean of the Davie Campus. “Participants looking for employment will be able to network with these industry representatives.”
The job fair is limited to the first 10 employers who register. Employers interested in participating should contact Janet Caudle at email@example.com for details.
Founded in 1963, DCCC, the Community College of Davidson and Davie Counties was founded in 1963. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit DCCC on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.
Resource: Davie County Jobs Listing Updated Daily!
Dozens of full time and part time job openings in and around Davie County have been posted this week to the Davie County Jobs listing.
New Job Openings Posted Daily
Here is a sampling of openings posted this week: Welding Fabricator at Trailers of the East Coast, Maintenance Supervisor at Ingersoll Rand, Maintenance-PIV Technician at Ashley Furniture, Salesperson at Sheetz, Restaurant General Manager at Taco Bell, Advanced Manufacturing Engineer at Trane, Assistant Manager at Rent-A-Center, Stylist at Great Clips, Machining Quality Engineering Supervisor at Ingersoll-Rand, CDL truck driver, Licensed Practical Nurse, customer service, and many more.
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About Davie County Jobs
The job openings are an aggregation of publicly available data provided by various national resources. Job listing data is geo-targeted to Davie County but the radius includes surrounding areas.
While every effort has been made to include only the most reliable and nationally recognized job listing services, we do not control the data. The Davie County jobs listed are only a small portion of the jobs listed on each of the major online job sites.
Visit the beautiful and historic square in downtown Mocksville on Monday evening, April 7th for a classic car “Cruise-In” presented by the Piedmont Classic C.A.R.S. Club. Festivities begin at 5:30 and continue until dark.
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 250 cars.
A Symphony of Sights and Sounds
For three hours on a warm, Monday evening, the town square is transformed into a colorful, busy symphony of sight and sounds.
The cruise-ins also provide car owners the opportunity to get out and drive, which is the real fun of owning a classic 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.
Come on out and join us! If you can’t make it this Monday, Classic Car “Cruise-Ins” are held in Mocksville on the first and third Monday of each month from April through October.
New Citizen Reporting System Now Available
Davie County is pleased to announce a new system to receive citizen service requests. 311GIS.com is an online and mobile system that allows a registered user to report service needs in Davie County, Bermuda Run and Mocksville.
Citizens can report missing street signs, animal control concerns, street light outages, non-emergency utility issues, and much more. There is no cost to register to use the system, but a contact email address is required so that someone making a request can be informed as work is completed on the request.
The 311gis application allows citizens to be involved in the upkeep of their community by interactively creating a work request and submitting that to the appropriate agency. Once you arrive at 311GIS.com, you can view the requests that have been submitted in your area. You can view the request type, the date it was submitted, any comments that have been made, as well as photos that have been uploaded. Help and instructions on using the 311gis system is only a click away.
(Warning: visit 311gis at your own risk ~ the site may take a chunk of time out of your day before you know it as this is a very interesting view of our community and the work of the various public service and safety agencies across Davie County.)
Efficiency and Improved Communications
“The goal of this system is to provide a convenient and easy method for the public to notify County or Town personnel of non-emergency service needs and to provide status updates as the requests are processed” said John Gallimore, GIS & Public Safety Administrator for Davie County. “Local governments are looking for ways to improve communication with their citizens and be more efficient in providing services. 311GIS.com will allow us to do that” he said.
Download the Mobile App for Your Smartphone
“We began implementing 311GIS.com in December of last year. Since then, departments have had an opportunity to use the system and get familiar with the workflow. If a citizen makes a service request, that request is sent directly to the staff person to investigate and begin work,” said Gallimore. To register with the 311GIS.com system, just visit www.311GIS.com or download the mobile app from the Google Play Store or Apple iTunes Store by searching 311GIS.
Cooleemee citizens may use the system to report issues requiring attention from a Davie County department (for instance, an animal control issue). Non-emergency issues requiring attention in the Town of Cooleemee should continue to be reported directly to the Cooleemee Town Hall for attention.
About the GIS Department
The Davie County GIS Department provides administration of the County’s Geographic Information System(GIS) including database administration and maintenance, data collection and editing, data distribution, mapping, E911 addressing maintenance and support, public safety applications support for 911 Communications, EMS, Fire/Rescue and Sheriff, and management of the County’s online mapping application – GoMaps.
FREE TO EVERYONE!!
- Health Screenings
- One-on-One Counseling
- Healthy Lifestyle Vendors
- Samples & Products
- Product Info giveaways
For Your Health Expo runs from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and is free to the public. This annual community event brings vendors of healthy lifestyle products and services together under one roof to offer Davie County residents a convenient one-stop healthy lifestyle information experience.
With healthcare costs on the rise and interest in personal well-being at an all time high, For Your Health Expo provides Davie County residents with a great opportunity to take positive steps toward improving their health.
Sponsored by both Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center, and Novant Health – Forsyth Medical Center, the For Your Health Expo offers access to important information as well as direct interaction with several medical service providers. Several free health screenings will be offered.
For Your Health – a Community Partnership
For Your Health is a collaborative effort of the Davie Family YMCA and the Davie County Chamber of Commerce to connect our health and wellness businesses directly with our community in an environment that promotes complete health in spirit, mind and body. “It was established as a community service event but it also provides an opportunity for both of our organizations to serve our members and further the missions of both the Y and the Davie Chamber.” Said Carolyn McManamy, President of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce.
The first step in any wellness journey is knowledge, and the For Your Health Expo is a great place to gather information about making healthy choices for your whole family.
For more information contact the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at 751-3304 or the Davie Family Y at 751-9622.
About the Davie County Chamber of Commerce
For over 40 years, the Davie County Chamber of Commerce has served the business community as the catalyst of business growth and economic development. We believe in working together to promote a strong and vibrant business community throughout all of Davie County.
About the Davie Family YMCA
The Davie Family YMCA, located near downtown Mocksville, has served the community for more than 20 years, and offers a wide range of programs for the whole family including swim lessons, licensed before- and after-school care, and youth sports. The Y includes a comprehensive Wellness Center with on-duty staff, group exercise programs, and SilverSneakers® classes.
We need your help; our Davie County Library is conducting an online survey, the “Impact Survey,” to collect information about public technology resources and services. Even non-users are encouraged to take the survey; several questions relate to use of technology in general, and perceptions of the role of the public library in providing access to technology and digital resources. The higher the level of participation, the more valuable the survey will be in helping to map the technology component of your local public library.
The survey takes only about 10 minutes to complete, is completely anonymous, is available in English and Spanish and will only be available until April 13. Please access the online survey through the library website homepage, www.library.daviecounty.org, click on Lib Tech Impact Survey on the left side menu; a window will open with a link to the survey, (or click here).
Davie County Library – Your Technology and Digital Resource Center
The library’s 2012 strategic planning exercise cited technology and digital resources as key elements in planning for the future, Davie County Public Library is working on several initiatives to move forward on this strategic front.
Computer Skills Classes
The library recently rolled out free computer skill classes at a basic level, and will build on the first set of classes in the near future. The classes will provide assistance on multiple fronts including education and employment as well as small business incubation. This program was supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. The grant made possible the purchase of laptops to be used in the classes. A library staff member leads the classes.
National EDGE Initiative
In addition, Davie County Public Library is participating in the national EDGE Initiative. EDGE is a management and leadership tool for public libraries that provides a suite of tools that assess current technology services and support continuous improvement and reinvestment in public technology services. The EDGE Initiative was developed by a national coalition of leading library and local government organizations, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and led by the Urban Libraries Council. Library leadership will use the results of the assessment tool to prioritize library-based technology-related programs and services for the future.
The third initiative requires active participation from the community.
The information gathered from the Impact Survey will help the library evaluate our current services to enable better outcomes and to communicate the value of public access technology with library stakeholders.
The Impact Survey collects data across the following domains: general use of library and online resources, education, employment, entrepreneurship, health & wellness, eGovernment, civic engagement, eCommerce, and social inclusion. Results from the Impact Survey will help to inform the strategic decisions made as part of the EDGE Initiative.
The Impact Survey is the result of a successful research initiative from the University of Washington with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Thanks for your help in evaluating the Davie County Library technology services!
Continue the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day ~ wear something green and come to the Zachary House Grounds at 131 Church Street in Cooleemee. Wind permitting, there will be a kite flying contest at 1 pm (bring your own or buy one there).
Grill Master Walter Ferrell will once again stay up the night before roasting and smoking Boston Butts. Last year, in a short hour and a half, all the meat was gone. More is being ordered for this year.
For $3.00 one can purchase a BBQ sandwich. For $6 a BBQ plate is available with slaw, hush puppies and a drink. You can order a whole Boston Butt for $30 if you call (336) 284-6040 before 5 pm on Saturday, March 15th.
No better BBQ can be found this month than at the Shamrock Bar-B-Que event in Cooleemee. No one is claiming that Carolina’s BBQ tradition came from Ireland, but it is definitely a local favorite.
Support all 3 Heritage Museums in Davie County
Proceeds from all that eating go to keep Cooleemee’s three heritage museums open. In a town of less than a thousand souls, this history-minded town operates the Textile Heritage Center Museum, the Mill House Museum and also has the claim for North Carolina’s smallest museum, the Fire Fighters Museum.
“These museums are memorials to our ancestors, witnesses to their story and testaments to their way of life,” says Tony Steele who is president of the Cooleemee Historical Association. “We have also made them into living legacy classrooms for our local school children,” he added.
Cooleemee’s museums are visited by over four thousand people each year, drawing a wide range of visitors from Maine to Florida to California. Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am until 4 pm. To schedule a group tour please call at least two weeks in advance.
Photo Caption: At Cooleemee’s Mill House Museum visitors are taken back to the early 1930s life of a mill hand’s family. Although one could “keep time” by the mill whistle’s blasts, mill workers had enough weekly pay to afford pocket watches and clocks. Authentic local artifacts make up 97% of the items displayed inside the 1903-built mill house. Photo by K.C. Smith
The trip, scheduled for April 6-8, will take participants to New York City and give them the chance to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city… and the opportunity to spend an evening at the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center to see Davidson County native Victoria Livengood, performing “Arabella,” followed by a VIP backstage tour led by the “Dixie Diva” herself.
Sponsored by the DCCC Community Travel Club, the trip will give guests a chance to see a variety of landmarks around the city, such as the Empire State Building, the Museum of the City of New York, The Natural History Museum and more.
DCCC Community Travel Club
“DCCC has a rich history of offering travel opportunities like this to the community,” says Jenny Varner, vice president for External Affairs and executive director of the DCCC Foundation. “The DCCC Community Travel Club provides our friends and neighbors with valuable experiences by visiting amazing places, both in the United States and abroad.”
Varner adds that the upcoming trip in particular provides a great three-day getaway for busy people and also a great opportunity to see Livengood, who is from Thomasville.
Past DCCC community trips have included travel to China, Italy, Switzerland and Peru. This summer, a campus-community group will travel to Australia and New Zealand.
NYC Trip Details
Travel package is $1,650 per person; a $250 deposit is required to hold your reservation. The trip includes airfare from Charlotte, airport ground transfers, double occupancy hotel room in Midtown Manhattan, two hotel breakfasts and a special Monday night dinner.
Two tours are included; guests may choose from the Empire State Building, Museum of the City of New York, water taxi around the Statue of Liberty, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Natural History Museum or the Top of the Rock.
The trip also includes an evening at the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center. Interested travelers should register by March 15. Call 336-224-4680 for more details.
The 26th annual Shamrock Run, Walk and Tots Trot will be held on Saturday, March 1st, 2014. A portion of the proceeds from this annual event will be donated to Davie Domestic Violence Services and Rape Crisis Center. The 2013 event raised $1,000 for the Davie Pregnancy Center! Online registration is closed but runners may register in person on Friday, February 28th from 4-7 PM and on the day of the race. Download and complete the 2014 Shamrock Run registration form which includes the schedule of events, fees, directions, etc.
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.
Friday, February 28th
4PM – 7PM— In-Person Registration and Early Packet Pickup
Saturday, March 1st RACE DAY!
7:00AM—Race Day Packet Pickup begins
8:00AM—Tots Trot Begins (Note New Time!)
8:15AM—5K Run Steps off
8:15AM—Competitive Walk & Fun Walk
9:00AM—10K Run Steps off
9:15AM—5K Awards Ceremony & Festivities Begin
10:15AM—10K Awards Ceremony Begins
For additional information, please visit http://www.shamrockrunnc.com/ and join them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shamrock-Run-Mocksville-NC/298722960174991.
Our partners in economic development and job creation from the North Carolina Department of Commerce flew clients into Mocksville on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.
The North Carolina Department of Commerce is helping their client select the very best possible location for their business. Davie County is competing for this project with other sites in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
While North Carolina Department of Commerce projects are a normal part of what Terry Bralley and your Davie County Economic Development Commission work on throughout year, the arrival by helicopter stirred up a little more interest (and straw – see video) than usual.
Davie County Schools will be closed for students and staff on Friday, February 14, 2014. There will be no school on Saturday. We hope to be back on a regular schedule on Monday, February 17. Make-up days will be announced at a later date. In the meantime, enjoy some pictures of the snow storm below. Full resolution copies of the images below are available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/daviecounty/sets/72157640951597474/show/
There will be a shelter open at the Brock gym today staring at 4pm today. The red cross will be operating the shelter. If there are clients with special needs please bring a care giver with you. If you have questions about a shelter you can contact Jerry Myers with Emergency Management at 753-6163.
A Mocksville Police Car was selected one of the best looking and best equipped law enforcement vehicles in the State of North Carolina as a 3rd place winner of the 2014 “Blue Light Special Competition” during the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP) Symposium held in Concord, North Carolina during the second week in January.
More than 600 North Carolina law enforcement officers, district attorneys, magistrates and judges voted on entries from across the State of North Carolina in the 2014 Blue Light Special competition during the annual GHSP Safety Symposium.
The mission of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program is to promote highway safety awareness and reduce the number of traffic crashes and fatalities in the state of North Carolina.
iShopDavie ~ Mocksville Police Department Shops Local
Thank you to the Mocksville Police Department for shopping local! In a terrific example of iShopDavie at work, the graphics on the Mocksville Police car were developed and installed by Trailers of the East Coast in Mocksville, NC. In addition to the attention getting graphics, Trailers of the East Coast installed the emergency lighting, radio, radio console, passenger cage and dividers and other emergency equipment.
Technicians at Trailers of the East Coast assist law enforcement and first responder agencies from across the state with everything from attention-getting graphics and emergency lighting to installation of any equipment required by law enforcement, fire fighting and emergency responder communities.
Visit the Davie County Chamber of Commerce today for more information on how you can help create jobs and opportunity in Davie County, or for more information on how the Davie County Chamber of Commerce can help you grow your business.