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Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum: 2014 September Events

HATTERAS, NC August 19, 2014: Salty Dawgs: History and the Hatteras Island Ecology Part 1September 2, 2 p.m.Meet and experience a presentation by Dave Kelmer, a resident expert on historic Hatteras ecology and changes made to the environment by European settlers.Free admission. Email: maryellen.riddle@ncdcr.gov. 252-986-2995, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, 59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras, NC 27943. www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum - Hatteras, North CarolinaMaritime Movies, First Thursdays: Titanic at 100, Mystery SolvedSeptember 4, 6:45 p.m. – 8 p.m. Feature films on underwater exploration and archaeology and maritime history and culture. Rated: G/PG. Film Room. Free admission. Email: maryellen.riddle@ncdcr.gov. 252-986-2995, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, 59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras, NC 27943. www.ncmaritimemuseums.comThe Civil War on Hatteras IslandSeptember 3, 10, 17, 24, 2 p.m. & 3 p.m.Author and local historian Drew Pullen shares the fascinating history of the Civil War on Hatteras Island. Free admission. Email: maryellen.riddle@ncdcr.gov. 252-986-2995, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, 59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras, NC 27943. www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. Painting Canvas-backed Decoys September 4, 11, 18, 25, 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.Painting Canvas-backed Decoys. Craftsman and waterman, Sam Green, demonstrates painting canvas-backed decoys and explains how he constructs them in the time-worn fashion used by local hunters. Free admission. Email: maryellen.riddle@ncdcr.gov. 252-986-2995, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, 59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras, NC 27943. www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. Sandcastles: Sea Crafts for Kids!September 4, 11, 18, 25, 10:30 a.m. – NoonMaritime crafts and history for kids on Thursdays. Enjoy hands-on craft-making while learning snippets of maritime history. All ages welcome; all supplies furnished, Free admission. Email: maryellen.riddle@ncdcr.gov. 252-986-2995, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, 59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras, NC 27943. www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum Underwater Heritage SymposiumSeptember 5 - 6, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is hosting an Underwater Heritage Symposium bringing together state, local and regional professionals in the diving and underwater archaeology fields. The two-day symposium provides the opportunity to connect with leading experts that bring knowledge from the Graveyard of the Atlantic to the surface. Discover what it takes to manage beach wrecks in the digital age and how State budget cuts affect that process and learn about educational opportunities such as the Nautical Archaeology Society Training Initiative and Maritime Heritage Education Programs. The symposium is open to the public. There is no fee to attend. For more information, call 252-986-2995 or email maryellen.riddle@ncdcr.gov. Visit the website at www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is located at 59200 Museum Dr., Hatteras, NC 27943. Salty Dawgs: History and the Hatteras Island Ecology Part 2September 9, 2 p.m.Meet and experience a presentation by Dave Kelmer, a resident expert on historic Hatteras ecology and changes made to the environment by European settlers.Free admission. Email: maryellen.riddle@ncdcr.gov. 252-986-2995, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, 59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras, NC 27943. www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. Salty Dawgs: Nautical Knots September 16, 2 p.m.Elizabeth IIcaptain, Robbie Putnam, joins us at the Museum to demonstrate tying nautical knots. Try your hand at knot tying under the tutelage of this experienced waterman. Free admission. Email: maryellen.riddle@ncdcr.gov. 252-986-2995, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, 59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras, NC 27943. www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. Hurricane Hazel 60th AnniversarySeptember 19, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.John Cole, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Newport, will give a presentation on hurricanes and the 60th anniversary of Hurricane Hazel. Free admission. Email: maryellen.riddle@ncdcr.gov. 252-986-2995, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, 59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras, NC 27943. www.ncmaritimemuseums.com Salty Dawgs: All About Shrimp!September 23, 2 p.m.Cookbook author and chef, Sharon Peele Kennedy, presents the art of cooking shrimp. Enjoy a down home presentation by this lively and learned lady. Free admission. Email: maryellen.riddle@ncdcr.gov. 252-986-2995, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, 59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras, NC 27943. www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. Where are the Whalers?September 27, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.Ryan Bradley is documenting the archeology and historical and cultural influences of whaling practices that occurred along the North Carolina coast. He will be available September 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to document your family photos, stories or artifacts that are related to North Carolina whaling. The East Carolina University graduate student is attempting to catalog artifacts, record stories and meet with descendants of whalers from the Outer Banks for his master thesis project. The public is invited to join him for this free event. Email: maryellen.riddle@ncdcr.gov. 252-986-2995, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, 59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras, NC 27943. www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. Salty Dawgs: The Civil War Service of Richard Etheridge September 30, 2 p.m.Outer Banks History Center director, KaiLi Schurr, presents a talk on the Civil War service of famed Pea Island Lifesaving Station keeper, Richard Etheridge. Free admission. Email: maryellen.riddle@ncdcr.gov. 252-986-2995, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, 59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras, NC 27943. www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.

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Contemporary Photographs from Allen G. Thomas Jr. Collection Featured at the N.C. Museum of Art

North Carolina Museum of Art Presents Private Eye: Allen G. Thomas Jr. Photography CollectionPhotographs are part of promised gift to the NCMA in honor of Lawrence J. Wheeler RALEIGH, NC August 19, 2014 — Beginning September 13, 2014, the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) presents Private Eye: Allen G. Thomas Jr. Photography Collection. The exhibition features a selection of contemporary photographs from a promised gift to the NCMA by North Carolina native Allen G. Thomas Jr. in honor of Lawrence J. Wheeler’s 20th anniversary as director of the Museum. The works will officially enter the NCMA’s permanent collection pending a vote by the Board of Trustees on September 10, 2014.

Kerry Skarbakka, Croatia, 2003, chromogenic print, 24 x 20 in., Promised gift of Allen G. Thomas Jr. in honor of Lawrence J. Wheeler, © 2003 Kerry Skarbakka

Kerry Skarbakka, Croatia, 2003, chromogenic print, 24 x 20 in., Promised gift of Allen G. Thomas Jr. in honor of Lawrence J. Wheeler, © 2003 Kerry Skarbakka

“I am honored and grateful to receive such a special gift from Allen G. Thomas Jr., who is one of the most important collectors of contemporary photography in the Southeast—if not nationally,” says Wheeler. “This exhibition featuring photographs from his extraordinary collection will offer our visitors the chance to see the work of some of the finest photographers of our time.” Ranging in date from 1993 to 2011, the photographs in the exhibition are by Jeff Bark, Matthew Baum, Jordi Bernadó, Jesse Burke, Anthony Goicolea, Bill Jacobson, Chris Jordan, Sze Tsung Leong, Chris McCaw, Ryan McGinley, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, Jack Pierson, Kerry Skarbakka, Alec Soth, and Shen Wei. The works on view present a range of photographic techniques and processes, from straightforward photography to highly manipulated, staged, and constructed images.  Including expressive portraits, otherworldly landscapes, and abstractions of the natural world, Private Eye provides both an introduction to the diversity of contemporary photography and the point of view of one singular collector. The exhibition complements 16 photographs previously given to the NCMA by Thomas, including works by Anthony Goicolea, Todd Hido, Bill Jacobson, Chris Jordan, Carrie Levy, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Erwin Olaf, Sarah Pickering, Paul Shambroom, and Joyce Tenneson. “Allen G. Thomas Jr. has an uncanny knack for discovering emerging photographers before the rest of the art world does,” says Linda Dougherty, chief curator and curator of contemporary art. “We’re fortunate to be promised this gift of 65 photographs from his collection, which will significantly expand the breadth and scope of the Museum’s photography collection. Not only will this gift augment works by photographers currently in our collection, but it will also add works by photographers previously not represented.” The NCMA’s first major contemporary photography show, In Focus (2005), featured 50 works from Thomas’s collection and wasa catalyst for expanding the Museum’s photography collection from 22photographs to currently almost 400. The exhibition also prompted an ongoingactive photography exhibition program, with galleries dedicated year round to photography exhibitions. “I purchased my first contemporary photograph nearly 20 years ago and quickly developed a tremendous passion for collecting,” says Thomas. “I collect images that speak to me on a personal level, so every work in my collection has a memory and a meaning. I’m thrilled to be able to give these photographs to Dr. Wheeler and to the NCMA and look forward to seeing them on view this September.” Private Eye: Allen G. Thomas Jr. Photography CollectionSeptember 13, 2014–March 22, 2015East Building, Level A, Julian T. Baker Jr. Photography GalleryFree Related EventGallery talk and tour of exhibition with collector Allen G. Thomas Jr.Friday, September 19, 6–7 pmNorth Carolina Gallery, East BuildingFree About the ExhibitionOrganized by the North Carolina Museum of Art. This exhibition is made possible, in part, by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources; the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.; and the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment for Educational Exhibitions. Research for this exhibition was made possible by Ann and Jim Goodnight/The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fund for Curatorial and Conservation Research and Travel. ### About the North Carolina Museum of ArtThe North Carolina Museum of Art’s permanent collection spans more than 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to the present, making the institution one of the premier art museums in the South. The Museum’s collection provides educational, aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural experiences for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond. The 164-acre Museum Park showcases the connection between art and nature through site-specific works of environmental art. The Museum offers changing national touring exhibitions, classes, lectures, family activities, films, and concerts. The Museum opened West Building, home to the permanent collection, in 2010. The North Carolina Museum of Art, Lawrence J. Wheeler, director, is located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. It is the art museum of the State of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, governor, and an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, Susan Kluttz, secretary.

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A Pirate's Exile: Lost in the City of Angels

Eatonville, WA, August 18th, 2014-Los Angeles is not for the faint of heart.  It is a dichotomy of how stunningly beautiful and depressingly ugly life can be.  As I pulled into the LA Greyhound terminal, I had a dollar to my name.  I traded it for quarters and called my Uncle Mickey.  Uncle Mickey is my Grandma's brother and also one of the most local Angelenos around.  He has been in the same apartment in San Pedro since the late '70s.  He and his neighbor, Jessica, came to pick me up.  It was late and I hadn't eaten much in the last three days.  I hadn't slept well in nearly three days and the combination of hunger and exhaustion made them the best thing I had seen in quite a while.  Mickey and Jessica took me the "scenic" way through downtown LA so that I could see the nightlife and some of the sights, like the Staples Center.  It was a whole different level of impressive.DSC_0145Los Angeles has a huge population that I wasn't quite prepared to understand.  I've been around a bit and I'm not ashamed to say that at first, it was every bit as overwhelming as I was afraid it would be.  The city itself is second only to New York in population and the easiest way to comprehend the number of people who live there is to witness the freeways and streets.  The cars stretch as far as the eye can see in every direction.  We pulled up to Mickey's place and I went upstairs and saw the view he had looked at for nearly 40 years.  That first moment, I understood why he had been there so long.DSC_0243My newest place to sleep looked out over Los Angeles Harbor, Cabrillo Beach, San Pedro, Wilmington and Long Beach.  It stopped me cold.  I was still reeling from describe what it feels like to have your entire mind blown with new things every week but this summer, that's exactly what I did.  Uncle Mickey heated up some dinner for me, which I destroyed in three minutes flat and I hit the sack.  Uncle Mickey got married 9 years ago and he hit the lottery (for the second time...).  His wife, Eileen, and I met the following morning.  It normally takes me a few days to get acclimated to a new place and this was no exception.  I slept in and took it easy.  That night, they treated me to dinner at Ports O' Call restaurant in Ports O' Call Village.  Apparently, my great grandfather, Henry Stelmark, had run this area while he lived in Los Angeles, just a few blocks away from where I was staying.  It was waterfront dining and there was a great band playing.  We sat and had dinner and some drinks before taking back off for the house.Now, I have to be honest, I had a very hard time in Los Angeles.  I don't like to be dependent on people beyond what I have to be.  Coming into town with a dollar to my name really restricted what I could do with myself.  I started looking for work as soon as I got there but there was something that I hadn't planned on.  LA is full of musicians and actors, all of whom have two and three jobs.  The market for employment there is horrible.  I wouldn't recommend just moving to southern California without a plan.  Having said that, if you are unemployed in LA, there is tons of stuff to do and see.  I spent most of my time in San Pedro because I was limited to riding the bus when I could afford it but that was plenty to keep me occupied for the first week or two that I was there.DSC_0147The first thing I found was the Marine Mammal Care Center, a great little place that rehabs injured seals and sea lions before releasing them back into the wild.  It was my first encounter with the seals and sea lions that call California home but it wouldn't be my last.  As I walked around taking in the critters and taking pictures, I had the opportunity to talk with one of the volunteers.  I wanted, pretty badly, to volunteer but I found out that because it was such a great place to volunteer, they only accept certain people.  You have to be willing to volunteer at least one day per week for a year before they will consider you, so I was out of luck.  On the upside, after I left, I wandered into a scene from one of my favorite movies.DSC_0050The Korean Bell of Friendship is in two scenes in the movie The Usual Suspects.  As I came up the hill and recognized it, I was stunned at not only the beauty of the park itself but also of the Pacific Ocean that it overlooks.  It is in Fort MacArthur, a remnant of World War II.  The bell sits atop a hill that used to house heavy machine guns and artillery, which is ironic, considering that it is a symbol of peace, and also because of the current situation in Korea.  I spent quite a good amount of time around the Korean Bell.  It was on the walk that Shadow (my uncle's dog) and I would take on some days.  The bell is rang on a few occasions, yearly, but I didn't have the chance to hear it.DSC_0011 Point Fermin Park and Lighthouse are just a hop, skip and a jump from there as well.  I spent quite a bit of time there.  It's a beautiful place where I actually got to see and hear some wild sea lions.  Most of the areas around San Pedro look out on the Pacific Ocean and I'll be the first to admit that it looks nothing at all like the ocean I'm used to seeing.  It's extremely blue and covered with kelp beds.  It has the same beachy smell but that's about where the similarities end.  The shorelines are covered with rocks and protected by cliffs that rise a hundred feet or better up to the roads and homes.  The tidepools are full of sea urchins, anemones, hermit crabs that gulls pick through, looking for treats.  The weather is unbelievable.  It stayed in the high 70s while I was there and there were very few days that didn't have a breeze blowing.  All in all, it's nothing like North Carolina at the same time of year.DSC_0141DSC_0154 One of the coolest things I did in LA was go to the Cabrillo Beach Aquarium.  I make it a point to see zoos and aquariums where I visit because I've always been amazed by the animals our planet serves as a home to.  This particular aquarium is incredible.  It's smaller than some but it's set up in such a way as to be very intimate.  I made mention to the friend who went with me that it was neat because it seemed like we were trespassing in a laboratory or a home aquarium.  They focus on the critters that are native to southern California and they do a great job of being a hands on experience.  There is an outdoor touch tank where you can get up close and personal with starfish, urchins and fish and we even had the chance to hatch some baby grunions that day.  Some of it is geared towards kids but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.DSC_0221DSC_0238I took the bus out of San Pedro on a few occasions.  The first was a trip to Hermosa Beach to catch up with a friend from Wilmington, NC, Andy.  Andy played music with our mutual friend, Chris Hayes, and we'd had a few chances to get acquainted.  I found out he was in Los Angeles and we decided to burn up a day wandering around the beach.  Suffice it to say that southern California looks like Baywatch with the exception that they aren't all platinum blondes with "enhanced" features.  In fact, most of the people that I saw looked like people anywhere else, just people.  The myth that Los Angeles is full of movie stars and models is garbage.  It's a city, just like any other, that's full of people.  Big people, little people, tall people, short people, skinny people, fat people, white people, brown people and any other type of people you can imagine all live and get along, for the most part.  Andy and I wandered around Hermosa for a while and he showed me a sweet little guitar shop up the street from the beach.  They were a Gibson dealer with some really impressive collector guitars.  I had the opportunity to play around a little on the Gibson J-Moohundred, a one of a kind acoustic that was painted to look like a cow.  With a price tag of $12,000 dollars, it was out of my budget's range but it was fun to check out.DSC_0009I also had the chance to check out Redondo and Venice Beaches.  Redondo was a job trip.  I scored an opportunity to apply and interview at a fine dining restaurant called Chez Melange and Bouzy Gastropub.  Apparently I had impressed them enough to land a "working interview" the next afternoon.  I showed up and got busy helping to prep for the evening's dinner service.  It was nice to get out of the house and around some foodie types.  The afternoon was spent chopping and cleaning garlic, chicken and the like.  I got my hands on some Scooby snacks (treats that don't make it out of the kitchen) and they were incredible.  Those folks have their stuff together and put out some incredible edibles.  Unfortunately, after my time in the kitchen was done, I had to admit to their sous chef that I didn't intend on sticking around for a year like they wanted and that I wasn't the guy for the job.DSC_0006 (3)Venice Beach is unreal.  The people are great and crazy and all over the place.  There are guys roller blading with hot pants on while playing guitar and girls promoting medical marijuana clinics.  Street performers bang away on instruments and put on shows right there on the boardwalk.  Skateboarders soar over each other in the skate park while spectators watch from the safety of the railings.  I spent a few hours walking around Venice Beach because my cousin, Raylene, who lives in PA had asked me about it.  It was cool to walk around knowing that the pictures that I took were going to show her something that she was curious about and that I had the opportunity to see.  I had read the book No One Here Gets Out Alive, a rock biography on The Doors, on the bus trip across country and it was something else to see the things that I had been reading about.  It really is another world in Venice Beach.DSC_0031 (2)DSC_0027Los Angeles was like entering another country.  People are just people but the mindset there is quite a bit different than what I've experienced just about anywhere else.  I spent a little more than a month and it definitely had a big impact on me.  Thanks to some of my friends who have taken it upon themselves to help me when I need it, I raised the funding to make it out of LA and into San Diego, where I experienced time travel, Comic-Con, Tijuana, Russians, Mexicans and beer pong on a Barbie table.  I took the Amtrak and once again, the train did not let me down.  Tune in for the next article soon, you won't be disappointed because SoCal didn't disappoint.DSC_0139 (3)

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This Week on Pleasure Island (Aug. 18-24, 2014)

CAROLINA BEACH, NC August 18, 2014 - As the summer approaches Labor Day, Pleasure Island has another great week of FREE activities for your vacationing and leisure-time fulfillment. There is always something for everyone on our little slice of paradise. Please plan to join us for Thursday nights’ FREE concert on August 14th from 6:30 until 9:30 featuring a mix of contemporary music performed by LYNNE AND THE WAVEAnd don’t forget to stay for our fantastic DOUBLE Fireworks show at 9:00 pm (weather permitting). Come join your family and friends at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk for a night of FREE fun, music and fireworks.

This Week on Pleasure Island - August 18-24, 2014

This Week on Pleasure Island - August 18-24, 2014

The following night, the Town of Kure Beach in conjunction with the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the fifth of our FREE Summer Concerts at Ft. Fisher Air Force Recreation Area from 6:30-8:30 pm featuring the hard-driving, country sounds of BAKKWOODZ.BAKKWOODZ is an in your face, Country/Southern Rock band from Gaston County,NC....One thing's for sure, when you come to a BAKKWOODZ concert, you will see a true band that thrives to play great music and put on one amazing show... Cause when all is said and done, you paid, and you came for a good time and let me tell you this band isn't satisfied until they have satisfied their audience... So saddle up and come on out to a BAKKWOODZ show... It's high noon somewhere and this band is about to rock some country in your home town!In Carolina Beach, this week’s Family Night will be at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk from 6:30-8:30, followed by Cash BINGO at the Gazebo Stage from 7:00-9:00 on Wednesday evenings. Let us not forget, the very popular Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market held every Saturday from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Carolina Beach Lake.At Kure Beach’s new Oceanfront Park, they have a slew of activities starting with Turtle Talks every Monday from 7:00-8:00 pm, followed by Tuesday’s Open Air Market from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. On Wednesday, bring the young ones to Story Time By The Sea from 10:00-11:30 am.To close out the week, this Sunday, August 24th, Boogie in the Park present the Funk, Rock, Pop & Soul of THE MILLENIA FUNK’N BAND at the Ocean Front Park from 5:00-8:00 pm.And finally, this week’s Classic Movie features the Winner of Best Picture of 1961 - WEST SIDE STORY – STARRING Natale Wood and Rita Moreno. The showing will be at 8:45 pm (again – weather permitting) at the Carolina Beach Lake at the corner of South Lake Park Boulevard and Atlanta Avenue.This romantic musical update of 'Romeo and Juliet' won ten Oscars. The tale of a turf war between rival teenage gangs in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen and the two lovers who cross battle lines has captivated audiences for four decades. The Stephen Sondheim/Leonard Bernstein score is just one of the reasons.All movies are weather-dependent, so be sure to call ahead (910-458-8434), if the weather seems threatening to make sure the show will go on.These films are free and open to the public. Popcorn, candy, soft drinks, cotton candy and other popular concessions are available at reasonable prices. This is a true summer time treat for adults and kids alike.Please contact the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce if you have questions and don't forget to check out our exciting Pleasure Island Calendar of Events.For more information please call the Chamber at 910-458-8434 or email at greg@pleasureislandnc.org.

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Macy's Hosts Ninth Annual Shop for a Cause

MACY’S HOSTS NINTH ANNUAL “SHOP FOR A CAUSE”

ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 23

AND CUSTOMERS SAVE STOREWIDE

Macy’s offers customers a one-day 25 percent discount with a $5 donation

to March of Dimes

 Macy's - Shop for a cause logoRALEIGH, NC August 18, 2014 - Macy’s and the March of Dimes invites customers to participate in its ninth annual national Shop For A Cause charity event on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Macy’s “Shop For A Cause” is a unique, one-day-only shopping event created to support local charities’ fundraising efforts. Since 2006, the program has helped raise more than $44 million for thousands of charities across the country.Macy’s has designated March of Dimes, the leading nonprofit organization in support of pregnancy and baby health, as its national beneficiary of all proceeds of sales of “Shop For A Cause” savings passes in Macy’s stores and on macys.com on Aug. 23."Macy's is committed to giving back, nationally and to our local communities," said Martine Reardon, Macy's chief marketing officer. "For the last eight years, Macy's Shop For A Cause program has provided our customers and associates the opportunity to show their support and give back to their local community organizations while enjoying great savings at Macy's. We are honored to partner with March of Dimes as our national in-store beneficiary and to offer our customers an easy and convenient way to make a positive difference in the lives of others."Customers can also shop online at macys.com, as passes purchased there on Aug. 23 will also benefit the March of Dimes.“Macy’s support has been critical in helping us provide moms and families with access to prenatal education programs important to improving baby health and in raising awareness of our work,” said Rebecca Moran, Volunteer Spokeswoman for the North Carolina Chapter of March of Dimes. “Shop For A Cause demonstrates Macy’s corporate responsibility and support for communities, volunteers and families across the country.”Last year’s Shop For A Cause one-day shopping event raised more than $25,000 in North Carolina to help the March of Dimes give more babies in our community a healthy start in life. Programs for moms and babies in our area that have benefited from those funds over the last year include centering pregnancy programs, free vitamin distribution to low income women and various preconception health outreach initiatives.March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health, working to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. By purchasing a shopping pass in store or online at macys.com on Aug. 23; customers can support the work of the March of Dimes while enjoying a day of spectacular discounts, entertainment and special events at Macy’s.March of Dimes - March for BabiesAbout Macy’sMacy's, the largest retail brand of Macy's, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy's offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy's is known for such epic events as Macy's 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy's flagship stores -- including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California -- are known internationally and leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy's helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $70 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers. About March of DimesThe March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.  For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.  For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Join Federation Advocate Mike Giles on a Rich Inlet Exploration

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC August 17, 2014 - The N.C. Coastal Federation along with Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours Inc. will sponsor two boat trips with the federation's Coastal Advocate Mike Giles and Capt. Joe Abbate to explore Rich Inlet and the Lea Island complex of shoals and sandbars north of Figure Eight Island.North Carolina Coastal FederationThe first trip is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 29 and the other for Friday, Sept. 26. Both four-hour trips start at 8 a.m.The boat trips, part of the federation's Coastal Adventures series, will explore diverse marine ecosystems, visit important birding areas and see first-hand the unspoiled Hutaff-Lea Island barrier island complex. Lunch will be provided aboard Abbate's boat, Shamrock."The trips will give people the chance to see what makes this inlet system special and why our inlets should be preserved as much as possible and not altered by dredging or hardened structures,"  said Giles. "We will observe a variety of shorebirds that call our coast home. We might even see the elusive piping plover or red knot."Space is limited. People, ages 10 and up, are asked to register early online at www.nccoast.org. The boat trips will begin at the federation's Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center, in the Wrightsville Beach Historic Square at 309 W. Salisbury St.The trips cost $40 for federation members and $55 for others. For more information or with questions, call 910-509-2838 or email mikeg@nccoast.org.From May to November, the federation will host a series of events at the education center as part of a Coastal Adventures series. Special guests will provide hands-on, engaging opportunities for you to learn more about your coast, critters and cool do-it-yourself projects. Times and prices vary.Additional summer programs offered at the Coastal Education Center include:

  • A Coastal Speaker Series, featuring notable guests who will share experiences and insights.
  • Touch Tank Tuesdays, an interactive, kid-friendly education session with coastal critters
Find out more about these programs on the federation's online Events Calendar at www.nccoast.org, call 910.509.2838 or email nccf@nccoast.org.About the North Carolina Coastal Federation: "Working Together for a Healthy Coast" The N.C. Coastal Federation is the state's only non-profit organization focused exclusively on protecting and restoring the coast of North Carolina through education, advocacy and habitat restoration and preservation. The federation's headquarters are at 3609 N.C. 24 in Ocean between Morehead City and Swansboro and the office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The federation also operates field offices in Wrightsville Beach and Manteo. For more information call 252.393.8185 or check our website at www.nccoast.org.

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Call for Artists - Seafood Blues and Jazz Poster Contest (Deadline 9-8-14)

CALL FOR ARTISTS21st Annual Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival Call For Artists (PDF form download )KURE BEACH, NC August 17, 2014 – Time is growing short, but there is still time to submit your entry for your vision to convey B L U E S   & J A Z Z, in an outstanding artistic form. We hold a Poster Design Contest to allow the artist within to express the Seafood Blues & Jazz feel, the BUZZ, the modaz.21st Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival with Robert Cray Band and Delbert McClintonDo you have an idea that you need to get down on paper?   Is there a creative doodle that just will not leave your mind? Take a few minutes and review the Entry Form and requirements, and sign up.   Come October, your creation could adorn the popular event t-shirts as well as the Commemorative Posters that have become a highly collectable. You will get a Cash stipend as well as a complimentary Booth in the Arts & Wine Garden and the honor (and bragging rights) of being THE ARTIST of the 2014 Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival! Past winners include great talents such as Barton Hatcher, Ivey Hayes, Robert Knowles and Kelly Hawes. Add yourself to this list and soon your art will adorn many backs and living rooms.   Deadline is September 8, 2014.For more information please call the Chamber at 910-458-8434 or email at greg@pleasureislandnc.org.

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Carolina RailHawks Join The Chef’s Academy for a “Cook-Off with a Kick” to Benefit North Carolina Food Bank

Aug. 28 community event to include team meet-and-greet, food tasting and beer samplingCARY, NC August 14, 2014 – The Carolina RailHawks will be stepping off the pitch Thursday, August 28, to compete for bragging rights in a food challenge at The Chef''s Academy’s, Morrisville campus, 2001 Carrington Mill Blvd, from 5 to 8 p.m. The event is open to the public, with a $5 donation or the contribution of five non-perishable food items per person, with all collections going to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.

Carolina RailHawks Join The Chef’s Academy for a “Cook-Off with a Kick” to Benefit North Carolina Food Bank

Carolina RailHawks Join The Chef’s Academy for a “Cook-Off with a Kick” to Benefit North Carolina Food Bank

“The Chef’s Academy has always enjoyed engaging our community in events to raise funds or collect canned goods for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina,” said Chef Jeffrey Bane, campus president and national dean for The Chef’s Academy. “And we are excited that our Carolina RailHawks partnership has allowed us to extend our reach through this unique cooking competition with some of the players and our students.” -“It is extremely exciting to be able to partner with The Chef’s Academy in order raise money for the local food bank,” says RailHawks Player Connor Tobin, who will join other teammates in the cooking challenge. “It is a great cause and it should be a fantastic night. I am looking forward to seeing all the RailHawks faithful come out and join the festivities.” Doors open at 5 p.m. for a team meet-and-greet, with the food challenge at 6 p.m. Judging begins at 7 p.m., with guest judges RailHawks Head Coach Colin Clarke, Trali Irish Pub’s Chef Eamonn Kelly and Monica Laliberte, restaurant reporter form WRAL. Attendees also can vote before enjoying the finished dishes. RailHawks players and coaches scheduled to attend include:
  • Connor Tobin (#20)
  • Jordan Burt (#25)
  • Jun Marques Davidson (#27 – Captain)
  • Jordan Gray (#14)
  • Tiyi Shipalane (#11)
  • Nazmi Albadawi (#5)
 Other partners include:
  • Johnson Maserati of Cary – Two cars will be on-site for viewing
  • White Street Brewery – One complimentary beer tasting with entry
  • Triangle Soccer Fanatics – Pre-pledged $500 donation to food bank
 No pre-registration required.

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Coach Danny Ford, Clemson featured on Havoline Football Saturdays this Saturday

Emmy Award-Winning Havoline Football Saturdays Wraps Up Summer with Episode 6 Airing This Weekend

This Week Features Coaching Great Danny Ford, Broadcasting Great Lee Corso, Louisville Linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin, and an All-Day Road Trip to Clemson

CHARLOTTE, NC August 14, 2014 – Raycom Sports’ multi-Emmy Award-winning summer television series, “Havoline Football Saturdays,” concludes its eleventh season this summer with Episode 6.  The series, with six one-hour episodes, is hosted by Tim Brando and syndicated in 92 markets throughout the country.
Havoline Football Saturdays

Havoline Football Saturdays

This week’s show features coaching great Danny Ford. Known as an old school coach, Ford played college football at Alabama, learning the sport from legendary coach Bear Bryant. He went on to become head coach at Clemson in 1978.   In 1981, he led the Tigers to a perfect 12-0 record and the school’s only National Championship. After 11 years and seven bowl appearances, he left Clemson and later became the head coach at Arkansas for five seasons. Visit with Ford on his 174-acre farm outside Clemson as he discusses his playing and coaching career, including lessons learned from Bear Bryant and Clemson legendary head coach Frank Howard.

TICKETS: Clemson Tigers Football (ACC Football)

Then catch up with broadcaster and Florida State alumnus Lee Corso. His high energy personality has made the football historian a pop culture icon for College Gameday. But his story began on the field as a quarterback and defensive back in Tallahassee, where he was a teammate and roommate of future movie star Burt Reynolds. When he retired from coaching, one phone interview set him on a new career path. Hear how he transitioned from coaching to the broadcast booth, and the story behind how his mascot headgear picks became a tradition.Follow the inspiring story of Louisville senior linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin. Growing up in Atlanta, Mauldin was shuffled through 16 foster homes, often split up from his siblings, and had a hard time developing trust in others. Football offered a path to overcome his hardships and inspire others to do the same. Eventually attending Louisville, Mauldin found a home with a caring support group, including his teammates, staff and fans. Hear from the player who is not only on the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list, but will graduate in December with a degree in communications.Finally, our Road Trip crew wakes up at 3:00 a.m. in the morning to fully experience gameday at Clemson. Host Tommy Kane gets a lesson tailgating and leads the pregame parade in a custom Clemson fire truck. After kickoff, T-K works the crowd as a member of the Clemson Central Spirit Flag crew.For a complete listing of local affiliates and airtimes, please visit www.FootballSaturdays.com.Charlotte-based Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports sales & marketing, syndication, event management and production firm. Raycom is the current syndicated television rightsholder of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts through 2027.In a partnership with the ACC, Raycom operates the ACC Network, which distributes ACC content through live television broadcasting, original programming via digital technologies, historical archives, mobile applications, social media, ACC Championship events and the official ACC website.Raycom Sports’ parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, Alabama, owns and operates 53 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.

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PS Charities - Ten for 10 Raffle Tickets to support GySgt Jonathan Gifford MARSOC Memorial Scholarship Fund

ALEXANDRIA, VA August 13, 2014 - In conjunction with PS Charities’ 6th Annual North Carolina Golf Tournament, we are offering tickets for a great raffle with TEN (10) chances to win!  Our great prizes include:

  • Remington 1911 with custom trigger job and Novak sights,
  • (2) iPad Minis,
  • (2) Ruth’s Chris Gift Cards,
  • $250 Williams-Sonoma Gift Card,
  • $500 Tiffany & Co. Gift Card,
  • $500 American Express Gift Card,
  • $500 Ritz-Carlton Gift Card, and
  • 42” Flat Screen TV!
Tickets are only 1 for $10 or 3 for $25 and the drawing will be held at the North Carolina Golf Tournament on September 29th.  Winner need not be present!  100% of the proceeds will benefit the GySgt Jonathan Gifford MARSOC Memorial Scholarship Fund.PS Charities - Professionals Supporting CharitiesTo purchase tickets, please visit pscharities.org or call Brynn at 571-329-1029.

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