Wilson Tobs 3rd Annual Homerun for Hunger Food Drive!

Mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual Homerun for Hunger Food Drive!WILSON, NC Dec. 16, 2014 - The Tobs are proud to announce the date for the 3rd Annual Homerun For Hunger Food Drive. Come out July 28th to watch the Tobs take on the Gastonia Grizzlies. Gates open at 6 P.M. Bring your non perishable food items for free entry into the game! Mark you calendars and make plans to attend the largest food drive held in Wilson!Wilson Tobs 3rd Annual Homerun for Hunger Food DriveThe Tobs greatly appreciate your help and support and look forward to seeing you out at the game!Sincerely,Thomas Webb Wilson Tobs Baseball Club

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Getting People Underwater

Getting Underwater Article 2014 Jim Abernethy Credit Coastal communities are no different than any other with one big exception: the Ocean.  Folks who live at the coast have a common environmental bond, whether they have realized it or not.  In West Palm Beach, it is Jim Abernethy’s mission to bring locals together to strengthen that bond while creating an entire community of environmental champions who take marine conservation very seriously.  Jim and his network of local stewards are not only practicing efforts to cleanup, conserve, and protect their coastal community environment; they also mentor others to continue the movement.I met Jim while on a dive vacation and we struck up conversation as I returned my tank to his shop after an impromptu underwater cleanup at the Blue Heron Bridge.  I asked if I could drop the recyclables collected during the cleanup in his recycle bin.  From there it turned into a meeting of the like-minded and I knew at that moment that we would be working together on future conservation projects.Jim invited me back most recently for a cleanup that his crew at Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures put together with three of the non-profits they support.  I was blown away how this large group of people from different walks of life came together as a family of concerned citizens who deeply care about their coastal community environment. Jim Abernethy 2014 CleanupOne such non-profit, Operation: Blue Pride, is a group dedicated to the message that “the Ocean needs an Army.”  Conceived as a documentary project, Jim originally envisioned Operation: Project Blue Pride as a means to save the ocean, but discovered along the way that the benefit was mutual.  “The Ocean is saving them,” Jim explained, referring to our veterans and heroes who have been injured.  According to research over the last few years, diving improves the life of injured veterans.  “Being underwater actually negates PTSD,” Jim said.  In fact according to John Hopkins Medicine, a group of veterans with spinal cord injuries found relief from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and muscle movement improvement after diving for just four days.The mission of Operation: Blue Pride is to get veterans underwater, in service to veterans and the ocean, particularly sharks.  Jim Abernethy and his team of diving mentors and instructors get veterans certified, but also take them out to see sharks in the natural environment, teach them about shark and ocean conservation, and enable them to become mentors for other veterans as well as a positive voice for sharks.  Jim describes Operation: Blue Pride as “veterans saving sharks and in-turn saving themselves”.Scuba diving is big business in the West Palm Beach area and keeping the area attractive to divers is a large part of making sure the local economy is thriving.  The nearby Blue Heron Bridge at the Phil Foster Park is one such area.  World renowned for its diverse marine life and ease of access, Blue Heron Bridge was chosen as the best dive site in the world by PADI’s Sport Diver magazine in 2013.  Still, many locals have no idea what lies beneath the surface.  As Jim would say, “it is important that locals realize what they have.”  In an effort to bring awareness, conservation, and youth empowerment together, non-profit Project Seahorse teaches locals how to swim and snorkel at no-cost.  Project Seahorse also teaches local youth about marine life that needs their support and protection, the importance of local ecology, community environment sustainability, and how that in-turn relates to their well-being.Local supporter, Dana Fahey, stated that “in 100 years from now, the only thing that really matters is the impact we have on the life of a child.”  With Project Seahorse, these impacts are already having an effect, not only on the children themselves, but on an entire community that now realizes the value of this amazing resource right at their doorstep.Another group that supports this local synergy is “Rising Tide Shark Pride.”  Rising Tide is the name a local car wash that was started by Tom D'Eri.  At just 25 years old, Tom was the youngest to win the Miami Herald's 20 Under 40 Award, and if you were ever to meet him and his family, you would understand why.  Tom was inspired by his brother Andrew and thoughts he had while on a scuba diving trip with Jim Abernethy and his crew.  He started a car wash business that trains young adults who have autism and offers them a career.  For a business that usually has high staffing turn-over, the Rising Tide Car Wash has had zero turn-over.  The car wash is a huge part of the local community, and has embraced local ecological sustainability efforts with Rising Tide Shark Pride, a collaborative effort between Tom and Jim. The program provides training and education for young adults to learn about local ecology, being underwater, and using the knowledge to further conservation efforts -- specifically shark conservation.I spoke with one of Jim’s newest team members, Josh Childress, who has traveled over 40 countries as a dive instructor and he finds that “Jim is one of the most inspirational people” that he has ever met and how “unique he is to the dive industry" because of his efforts using social action and conservation to bring a community together.  Josh described his reason for coming to work there because of Jim’s “passion for conservation”.  To know Josh, you would certainly know that he is a huge movie fan, but finds that “Jaws” and “Shark Week” are the perfect examples of creating sensationalistic fear that is not based on reality”.  I met Josh as my instructor for the fairly new PADI Shark Conservation certification.  He describes that certification as “one of the more important certification classes created in the last decade”.   I would tend to agree, especially after learning that about 70 million sharks are being killed each year and shark species have been depleted by 90-100% worldwide.All three of these social action organizations along with Jim Abernethy and his crew at Scuba Adventures work in harmony to embrace all the resources that a coastal community has to offer.  These groups support those that might not ever get the chance to see some of those resources because they are hidden underwater.  I think we could all learn a lot from what the West Palm Beach area and Jim Abernethy and his crew are establishing there.  The evolving support system being created is something that is truly benefiting their coastal community and the region.The Ocean and it’s diverse ecosystem bonds us all.  Taking up 71% of the planet’s surface and 97% of the planet’s water, the ocean is something we all have in common no matter where we live, but in a coastal community it is also our responsibility to make sure the Ocean, including all marine life, is there and thrives for future generations to come.  What I have learned from Jim and his crew is that we can not only do our part as an individual, but we can also share our experience, mentor, and encourage others to do the same.* Photos by Jim Abernethy  

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South Carolina Gamecocks Baseball To Host Leadoff Dinner

COLUMBIA, SC Dec. 15, 2014 – South Carolina baseball will host the first-ever Leadoff Dinner on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at Seawell’s highlighted by a panel of former Gamecock baseball head coaches Bobby Richardson, June Raines, Ray Tanner and current Gamecock head coach Chad Holbrook.South Carolina Gamecocks baseballCoach Richardson, Coach Raines, Coach Tanner & Coach Holbrook have combined for 30 NCAA Regionals , 11 College World Series trips to Omaha, five national championship appearances and two national championship titles.VIP tickets that include a reception before the event are $125.  Dinner tickets are $75.  Fans who want to purchase a table of 8 for $1000 will receive 8 VIP tickets as well as your dinner ticket.  This will be the first time that all four coaches have been together in a panel setting at the same time.Tickets can be purchased online.Online Ticket RegistrationFans may also call (803) 777-4276 to purchase tickets.The VIP reception begins at 5 p.m.  It will include the 2015 Gamecock coaching staff and special guests including former Gamecock players as well as all four of the keynote speakers.Doors open for the dinner and silent action at 5:45 p.m.  Dinner, live auction and the panel will begin at 6:45 p.m.  Gamecock radio announcers Andy Demetra and Tommy Moody will serve as moderators for the panel. Signed memorabilia, jerseys, items from the 2010 and 2011 national championship teams as well as other items will be available for bid.

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Chris Brown/Trey Songz announce two NC concerts


Chris Brown, Trey Songz - Between the Sheets Tour

Time Warner Cable Arena Charlotte - February 9

Greensboro Coliseum - February 10

  – Two of Music's Heavyweights Join Up for Mega Tour, Hitting 25 Cities throughout North America –  – Tickets On Sale Starting Monday, Nov. 17 at LiveNation.com and through the Live Nation Mobile App –  LOS ANGELES (Nov. 10, 2014) – Multi-platinum selling artists Chris Brown and Trey Songz announce their upcoming BETWEEN THE SHEETS TOUR kicking off in 2015. The tour was announced today at the House of Blues on Sunset Boulevard in front of a packed house of fans and people worldwide via a live stream who were treated to a special performance by the two mega-stars. Produced and promoted exclusively by Live Nation, the BETWEEN THE SHEETS TOUR will take the two entertainment heavyweights to 25 cities across North America starting Jan. 28, 2015 in Hampton, Va. at the Hampton Coliseum, with additional dates lined up in Brooklyn, Atlanta, Dallas, Philadelphia, Chicago, Toronto, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Tyga will be a special guest on the tour. Chris Brown / Trey Songz will bring their Between the Sheets Tour 2015  with Tyga to Time Warner Cable Arena Charlotte on February 9 and Greensboro Coliseum on February 10.  Tickets go on sale Monday November 17 at 10am at LiveNation.com, via the Live Nation app, at the venue box offices, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000.  A Citi® cardmember pre-sale begins Wednesday, Nov. 12 through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Tickets for the general public go on sale Monday, Nov. 17. Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Chris Brown recently made his sixth #1 album entry on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart with his latest release X (RCAS Records). The album also debuted at #2 on Billboard's Top Albums chart, marking his sixth album debut within the Top Ten. X sold over 140,000 units in its first week while Spotify streams of the album continue to rise. With his incredible national television debut performance of the album’s title track on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and recent much-buzzed about performance of “New Flame” with Usher at the iHeart Music Festival, combined with the ongoing chart-topping success of “Loyal,” there’s no question why the talented Chris remains a mainstay at top of the charts.  His latest album, Trigga, debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart and is the sixth studio album by the Grammy-nominated entertainer/artist known as Trey Songz. The album was released on July 1, 2014, by Songbook and Atlantic Records. Following the release of his fifth studio album Chapter V (2012), which also debuted #1, Songz made his acting debut in Texas Chainsaw 3D and Baggage Claim in (2013). The same year Songz began work on his sixth studio album collaborating with artists including Nicki Minaj, Mila J, Ty Dolla $ign, Justin Bieber, and Juicy J. For more info go to www.ticketmaster.com.  Presented by Live Nation.

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Alt-J announces Raleigh concert this spring

ALT-J ANNOUNCE 2015 NORTH & SOUTH AMERICAN TOURAlt-JRed Hat Amphitheater - RaleighFriday April 3 SET TO PERFORM ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE ON DECEMBER 15 “This Is All Yours is a weirder, darker, more intensely singular piece of work — and better to boot.” --‐‑ Stereogum “This Is All Yours is as brilliantly charming as anyone could have expected.” Under the Radar “They'ʹre simply my favorite band of the decade” -- Bob Boilen, NPR Today, alt-J announce their 2015 North and South American Tour. The brief 11 date tour will kick off at Festival Estereo Picnic and will include dates at Lollapalooza Chile, Lollapalooza Argentina,and Lollapalooza Brazil. Following those dates, the band will head to New York City for their Madison Square Garden debut on March 30. alt-J will play a handful more shows throughout theU.S. and finish the short run at Oklahoma City’s Chevy Bricktown Events Center on April 8. Pre-sale tickets go on sale this Wednesday, November 19 at 10:00am. Alt-J will play Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh on Friday April 3. Tickets will go on sale Friday November 21 at 10am at Livenation.com, via the Live Nation app, at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre and Duke Energy Center box offices, all Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Produced by Live Nation in association with Cat’s Cradle.  For more information go to catscradle.com or  livenation.com.

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The Piano Guys to play Red Hat Amphitheater Raleigh

Friday August 7 - Red Hat Amphitheater - Raleigh

TICKETS: The Piano Guys

What do you get when you mix up a marketing genius that does video, a studio engineer that writes music, a pianist that had a successful solo career, and a cellist that does pretty much everything? The Piano Guys: a miraculous meeting of “guys” with the same intrinsic purpose – to make a positive impact in the lives of people all over the world through music videos.Keep Calm and Play - Red Hat AmphitheatreIt all started in a piano store in a little Southern Utah town called Saint George. Paul Anderson, the store’s owner, was looking for a new, unconventional way to market pianos. The name of the piano store? The Piano Guys. Paul embarked upon a self-guided study of social marketing and started a YouTube channel and a Facebook page. He had seen videos “go viral” and was fascinated by this exponential phenomenon. He set out to engage potential customers with music videos that were entertaining and that showcased the pianos he had in his store – envisioning “viral videos” doing his marketing for him. Paul was an ambitious, talented risk taker and felt inspired that if he could find the right people to work with he could create the number one music video channel in the world. In walked Jon Schmidt. Literally. Jon had built a career in solo piano performance and had a concert in the St. George area. He asked Paul if he could practice on one of the store’s pianos in preparation for his gig that night. Paul explained his idea to Jon and asked if he would be willing to be in a video promoting both the store and Jon’s music. It was a win-win. Jon brought so much to the table. He had experienced the “music business” first hand. He had a gift for combining multiple genres of music in such an entertaining way that he had captivated and captured a broad, substantial fan base. Enter Steven Sharp Nelson. When Steve was 15 years old he met Jon when they had shared the stage at a concert in which they were both performing. Steve started joining Jon at more and more of his concerts. This rapidly grew into a great friendship and a complementary stage chemistry that had audiences in stiches and in tears in two songs or less. Steve was a multi-instrumentalist that had pioneered a new approach to the cello and to song writing. And his ADHD-fueled creative mind contained a queue of song and video ideas waiting to be produced. Then came Al van der Beek. Al showed up on Steve’s doorstep to help when Steve was moving in just down the street. Al had heard Steve was a musician and he invited his new neighbor to his home where he housed a decked-out studio. Steve and Al began writing tunes together and discovered a supernatural songwriting partnership. Al’s studio and his engineering skills were to become the most important music-writing tool for The Piano Guys, except of course for Al himself, whose innate ability for songwriting had an essential sleek edge to it. Meanwhile, back at the piano store, employee Tel Stewart, who started as a piano mover, was just completing a degree in videography. His videography and editing skills rounded out TPG’s beginnings and made it possible to include special effects like the “Steve clones” and lightsaber cello bows! Jeremy Crawford, who also worked at the store, was arguably the best and most fearless piano mover in the world (at least as far as we know!) Without Jeremy, our Piano Stunt Coordinator, no one would have ever asked the question that we get so often, “How the heck did they get the piano up there?” Jeremy also stepped up to fill an important operations role as TPG grew so fast we couldn’t keep up. Shaye Scott, a friend of Paul’s, jumped onboard during the genesis of TPG and lent tremendous videography talent – a natural ability to capture the grandeur of nature, where most of TPG videos are filmed. Shaye’s entrepreneurial talent also ably aided the business side of TPG behind the scenes. ThePianoGuys will play Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh on Friday August 7. Tickets will go on sale Friday December 12 at 10am at Livenation.com, via the Live Nation app, at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre and Duke Energy Center box offices, all Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.livenation.com.

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Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings Seeking New Members

WILMINGTON, NC Dec. 12, 2014 – The Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings will hold auditions for new members on Thursday evening, January 15 at the UNCW Cultural Arts Building.  Appointment times are by appointment and assigned upon application.  Applications and required music are available at www.wilmingtonsymphony.org, or by calling the symphony office at 910-791-9262.Wilmington Symphony OrchestraDee Perry’s daughter, Blythe plays violin in the Junior Strings program. Perry says of her daughter’s experience in the program, “Not only have her violin skills increased, but also her confidence and comfort level playing in front of a large audience. She now plays a wide variety of music and enjoys playing everything from fiddle tunes to classical. Blythe looks forward to her practices and performances with the Junior Strings. We are lucky to have such an amazing program in our community.” The mission of the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings is to enrich the lives of Cape Fear area youth by providing talented young musicians with unique orchestral training and performing opportunities.  These ensembles perform four concerts per year, which creates opportunities for more than 100 young musicians to perform on stage. The Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra is conducted by Dr. Steven Errante and managed by Robert Norem. The Junior Strings is directed by Jane Tierney. For more information about the WSO's youth education programs, please visit http://wsoyouth.blogspot.com/.

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Boe Edens & The Dixie Driver Band rockin’ the after Christmas party

"It is what it is..." CD by Boe Edens & The Dixie Driver Band

Make sure to arrive early for Boe Edens & The Dixie Driver Band live at Lo-re-lei Pub & Grill in Sneads Ferry, North Carolina on Friday night!The dance floor will certainly fill up quick as the house will be rockin' to HOT Southern Country originals and covers.Make sure to get your copy of the latest CD "it is what it is..." by Boe Edens & The Dixie Driver Band!

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Boe Edens & The Dixie Driver Band performing live at Lo-re-lei Pub & Grill

"It is what it is..." CD by Boe Edens & The Dixie Driver Band

Make sure to arrive early for Boe Edens & The Dixie Driver Band live at Lo-re-lei Pub & Grill in Sneads Ferry, North Carolina on Friday night!The dance floor will certainly fill up quick as the house will be rockin' to HOT Southern Country originals and covers.Make sure to get your copy of the latest CD "it is what it is..." by Boe Edens & The Dixie Driver Band!

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Kevin Hart "What Now" tour coming to Columbia


Kevin Hart



 Presented by Live NationIf there’s one thing Kevin Hart can do, it’s sell shoes.  If there’s one thing Kevin Hart can do better than sell shoes, it’s explode into one of the foremost comedians and entertainers in the industry today.

TICKETS: Kevin Hart "What Now" Tour

Hart has continued to work non-stop and 2014 is no exception.  Kevin will next be seen in the Chris Rock directed film, Top Five, alongside Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld and Whoopi Goldberg, and has already completed production on three other comedies slated for 2015, Screen Gem’s The Wedding Ringer, Get Hard, opposite Will Farrell and Ride Along 2, the sequel to this year’s one-hundred-million-dollar blockbuster hit of the same name. Hart starred earlier this year in About Last Night, a re-make of the iconic 1986 film, which opened to huge box-office success as well.  The consummate worker, Hart is a force in television too, Executive Producing the show, Real Husbands of Hollywood which premiered its third season in September.  Kevin’s determination and work ethic is simply a roll-over from a banner 2013 where he starred in Grudge Match for Warner Brothers, opposite Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro, and Think Like a Man Too, the sequel to its enormously successful predecessor, for Screen Gems.  Kevin also released a feature version of his comedy show Let Me Explain, in the same year.Hart began his career sizing men and women for footwear, when a chance, electrifying performance at amateur night in a Philadelphia comedy club changed his life.  Kevin quit his shoe salesman job and began performing full time at such venues as The Boston Comedy Club, Caroline’s, Stand-Up NY, The Laugh Factory, and The Comedy Store in Los Angeles.  However, it was his first appearance at the “Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival” that led Kevin into roles in feature films such as Paper Soldiers, Scary Movie 3, and Along Came Polly opposite Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston.In 2012, Hart was tapped to host the 2012 MTV VMA’s, garnering much industry praise for his appearance, before his next comedy tour, “Let Me Explain” took him to 90 American cities along with Europe and Africa.  Records have not withstood under his LME tour either, as Kevin became only the second American in history to sell out London’s O2 Arena. Kevin spent the fall of 2012 filming two movies back to back: Screen Gem’s re-make of Sexual Perversity titled About Last Night, and Universal’s buddy Cop movie Ride Along, opposite Ice Cube.  Kevin continued his incredible run with a starring role in Screen Gem’s Think Like A Man, a comedy based on Steve Harvey's bestselling book, which grossed $95 Million worldwide, and had a supporting role in the Universal, Nick Stoller comedy, Five Year Engagement, produced by Judd Apatow.In September, 2011 Hart released “Laugh At My Pain,” the feature film version of his comedy tour (under the same name).   The movie grossed over $7 million, and was 2011’s most successful film of those released in less than 300 theaters.  The LAMP tour was so successful, it catapulted Hart to 2011’s number one comedian on Ticketmaster, and in February, 2011, he sold out the Nokia Theater for two nights in a row, breaking the record previously set by Eddie Murphy. This lead to the LAMP DVD hitting double platinum in February 2012, after being on sale for only a month.Hart’s previous film credits include Little Fockers with Robert DeNiro and Ben Stiller, Death at a Funeral, Fool’s Gold and The 40 Year Old Virgin.In 2009, Hart’s one-hour Comedy Central special I’m A Grown Little Man became one of the highest rated specials for the network, and in 2010, Hart’s DVD Seriously...Funny was one of the fastest selling DVDs, going triple Platinum, aided by and the Comedy Central special of the same name, which was the highest rated comedy special of 2010.Hart’s other television credits include, hosting BET’s classic stand-up comedy series Comic View: One Mic Stand, ABC’s The Big House, which he also executive produced and wrote, and recurring roles on Love, Inc, Barbershop, and Undeclared.With his passion for stand-up and entertainment, Hart continues to tour the country to sold-out audiences.Hart currently lives in Los Angeles with his family. # # #About Live Nation Entertainment:Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation Management and Live Nation Media/Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors

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