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Summer Community Calendar

May 17
The ACH 16th Annual Show-Off Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show. 8 am-3 pm. American Children’s’ Home, 3844 NC Hwy 8, Lexington. The ACH expects 100 to 150 cars of all makes and models. DJ Gary Miron will be spinning all of your favorite oldies while the Trinity Boosters serves up hot dogs and hamburgers. The children or those young at heart can enjoy Sno-Cones, Popcorn, face painting, Bounce Houses, Bake Sale or a tour through the Southmont Fire Department’s ‘Smoke House.” The Silent Auction includes NASCAR memorabilia, jewelry, artwork, furniture and lots more. Registration is from 8 am – 12 noon and cost $20 to enter a vehicle. Judging begins at 1 pm with awards sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts given out at approximately 3 pm. The Silent Auction will run from 9 am to 1 pm. For more information call 336-357-7133 or visit www.ACH-NC.org.

May 23
Summer Stroll. 6 pm-8:30 pm. Historic Uptown Lexington. “Meet Us on Main Street” for the first stroll of the season. In the Square at Conrad & Hinkle the bluesy sound of Caleb’s Bridge awaits you. In the Square at the monument you’ll find Miss Charlotte, Uptown’s mascot, and art activities with Arts United for Davidson County. Many merchants will be open until 8 pm. Outdoor activities may be impacted by rain or storms; however, merchants will be open! For more information call 336-249-0383 or visit www.UptownLexington.com.

May 23 & 24, June 6 & 7, June 20 & 21, July 25 & 26, August 8 & 9
Yadkin Valley Youth Rodeo. Friday 8pm & Saturday 7 pm. The SX3 Arena, 586 Andrew Sink Road, Lexington. Yadkin Valley Youth Rodeo Association is a non-profit association dedicated to promoting western heritage through supporting children and young adults up to 20 years old. For more information call Rodeo Director Roy Sink at 336-240-1918, email sinkfenceco@ptmc.net or visit www.yvyranow.com.

May 24
Bee Yard Day. 10 am-3 pm. SandyCreek Farm, 3160 South NC Hwy 150, Lexington. Spend the afternoon on the farm. Do you have a fascination for honey bees? Bring the kids to the SandyCreek Farm exhibit and learn more about these wondrous creatures! Great fun for the entire family. For more information call 336-853-8834 or visit www.SandyCreekFarm150.com.

May 26
Annual Memorial Day Parade & Celebration. 11:00 am. Main Street, Thomasville. Opening ceremony at 9:30 am at The Vietnam Memorial Wall on I-85 .Gov. Pat McCrory will serve as the grand marshal during the 27th Thomasville North Carolina Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. Parade begins at the Big Chair, featuring 100 American flags in formation and the Army Ground Forces Band. Military vehicles and equipment, along with many veteran groups, are highlighted in the procession that continues to Memorial Park and Cushwa Stadium. At 12:15 pm Pat McCrory will address the families of fallen service members and the thousands in attendance. The Special Forces Association Parachute Team will close the program by parachuting directly into Cushwa Stadium. For more information call 336-472-4422.

May 31 & June 1
Davidson County Master Gardeners 10th Annual Garden Tour. Saturday 10 am-4 pm; Sunday 1 pm-5 pm. The tour will be in the Historic Area of Lexington, NC area this year and will feature six private gardens. For $10, you can attend both days. Tickets available in advance at the Agriculture Center, 301 E Center Street and The Backyard Retreat, 106 S. Main Street. On tour days tickets can be purchased at Edward Jones, 426 S. Main Street or at the Tour gardens. A program book with map will be provided with each ticket. Participants are encouraged to bring their cameras and notepads to gather ideas for their own gardens! For more information call (336) 956-0400 or 250-3014.

June 14 & 28, July 12 & 26, August 9 & 23
Instant Picnic Lunches. 12 Noon, SandyCreek Farm, 3160 South NC Hwy 150, Lexington. Make your reservation by 2 pm on Friday and we will have your lunch ready and waiting in our picnic area at noon on Saturday! You may bring your beer or unfortified wine (16% or less alcohol) or pick up your favorite at one of our local wineries or wine shops. Before and/or after, you can walk the Nature Trail, check out the Mushroom Forest, Greenhouses and Farm Store/Market. Get outdoors at SandyCreek Farm! For more information call 336-853-8834 or visit www.SandyCreekFarm150.com.

June 14, July 19, August 16

The Old-Time Square Dance. 7 pm. Denton Civic Center, 459 W. Salisbury Street, Denton. The dance features traditional Appalachian style square dance with old-time and bluegrass bands. Refreshments available. Admission fee; children under 12 free. For more information visit www.DentonDance.net or DentonDance93@gmail.com.

June 19
Alive After Five. 5:30 pm-8:45 pm. Lanier Hardware Parking Lot, corner of State Street and Third Avenue, Lexington. Summer concert series sponsored by the Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce featuring Too Much Sylvia. Come eat, drink and wiggle your feet. Free admission, food and drinks are available on site for purchase; no outside food, drinks or coolers. A bounce house will also be on site. For more information call 336-248-5929 or visit www.LexingtonChamber.net.

June 21
Tour de Kale. Denton FarmPark, 1072 Cranford Road, Denton. Registration 6:30 am-8 am. The Summit begins at 8 am with other race times beginning at 8:30. Races: Summit Challenge, 110K, 60K and 25K cycle events start and end at Denton FarmPark. The Summit boasts 90 mile views over High Rock Lake. There will be cash prizes for the first to reach the Summit. For more information call 336-313-9544, visit www.TourDeKale.com or email info@TourdeKale.com.

June 21
5K Twilight Glow Run. Harrison Park, 20 W. Salisbury Street, Denton. Registration 7:30 pm-8:45 pm. Race time 9 pm. 5K Twilight Glow Run in Downtown Denton at Harrison Park through the streets of Denton also features food and live a band. For more information call 336-313-9544, visit www.TourDeKale.com or emailinfo@TourdeKale.com.

July 1-5
44th Annual Southeast Old Threshers’ Reunion. 8 am-9 pm. Denton FarmPark, 1072 Cranford Road, Denton. The largest steam, gas and antique farm machinery show in the Southeastern US! Over 1,000 antique tractors on display, hundreds of gasoline engines on display, antique farm machinery demonstrations, tractor pulls, lawnmower pull, horse pull, auction, arts & crafts, flea market, 15 restored old buildings, country, bluegrass and gospel music, and some of the best food you will ever eat! Admission is $14 for adults; $6 for children under 12; pre-school free. Camping is available. For more information call 800-458-2755 or visitwww.FarmPark.com.

July 4
Fantastic Fourth of July Festival. 6pm-9:30pm. Finch Park, 15 Paul Beck Road, Lexington. Fantastic Fourth is sponsored by the City of Lexington. A great FREE family event with music, rides, inflatables and amusements for children and kids of all ages. Between 9 & 9:30 pm fireworks will begin! For more information call 336-248-3960 or visit www.LexingtonNC.net.

July 12
Tomato Madness. 8 am-12 pm. Lexington Farmer’s Market, 29 Railroad Street, Lexington. The Lexington Farmers Market will celebrate “TOMATO MADNESS.” Voting takes place from 9 am to 10:30 am for the best tasting tomatoes. Our market vendors will be bringing their best tomatoes for customers to vote on. This is a great time to try different varieties of tomatoes and decide which one you like best. Every customer who votes for their favorite tasting tomato can enter in a raffle for a basket full of market goodies. This year you can vote for your favorite slicing tomato and favorite cherry tomato. In addition to the best tasting contest there is a “Biggest” tomato contest. Everyone is welcome to enter their biggest tomato. The tomato weighing in the heaviest will win a cash prize. All biggest tomato entries must be entered by 9:45 am. All winners will be announced at 11 am. The market is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 am-Noon. At the market you will find locally grown meat, tomatoes, watermelons, cantaloupes, squash, cucumbers, blackberries, blueberries, shiitake mushrooms, sweet corn, baked goods and more. For more information visit www.LexingtonNCFarmersMarket.com or call 336-242-2085.

July 26-27

Davidson County Amateur & Senior Amateur Golf Tournament. 8 am- 2 pm. Lexington Golf Club, 200 Country Club Boulvard, Lexington. An individual two-day golf tournament that is flighted. Open to all amateurs 18 and older. For more information call J.J. Fashimpaur 336-248-3950 or visit www.LexingtonGolfClub.com.

August 2
Melon Mania. 8 am-12 pm. Lexington Farmer’s Market, 29 Railroad Street, Lexington. Join us for “Melon Mania” at the Lexington Farmers Market for a watermelon eating contest. The children’s competition (12 and under) starts at 10 am. Participants must sign up before 9:45 am. Adult competition (ages 13 and up) starts at 11 am. Participants must sign up before 10:45 am. Space is limited to the first 12 competitors with prizes for competitors who finish first. There will also be a raffle for a basket of bountiful, fresh farmer’s market goodies. Raffle tickets are $1. For more information visit www.LexingtonNCFarmersMarket.com or call 336-242-2085.

August 5
National Night Out. 6p m-9 pm,. Main Street, Lexington. Coordinated by the Lexington Police Department this annual event features exhibits by police, fire and safety units throughout Davidson County, live performances by area musicians, games for kids, information booths set up by community organizations and free hotdogs and drinks while supplies last. For more information call the Lexington Police Department 336-243-3303.

August 9
Lexington Marlin Tri. 8 am. Lexington Swim Club, 3 City Club Circle, Lexington. Specified age groups will start at interval times. All age groups will be timed by On The Mark sports. The J. Smith Young YMCA of Lexington will be offering a Kids Triathlon Training Program. For more information 336-224-5267 or visit www.LexingtonSwimClub.com

August 14
Alive After Five. 5:30 pm-8:45 pm. Lanier Hardware Parking Lot, corner of State Street and Third Avenue, Lexington. Summer concert series sponsored by the Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce featuring Honeysuckle Ridge. Come eat, drink and wiggle your feet. Free admission, food and drinks are available on site for purchase; no outside food, drinks or coolers. A bounce house will also be on site. For more information call 336-248-5929 or visit www.LexingtonChamber.net.

August 23
Health Fair at the Lexington Farmers Market. 8 am-12 pm. Lexington Farmer’s Market, 29 Railroad Street, Lexington. Several area agencies will be on hand to share information with you and your family. This would be the perfect opportunity to spend the morning at the market with your children with special activities for them to participate in. As usual there will be lots of fresh produce, plants, flowers, baked goods and locally grown meat at the market. The market is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 am-Noon at the Historic Southern Rail and Freight Depot. There is free parking at either end of the depot. Make the choice! Make a difference! Make it local! For more information about the Lexington Farmer’s Market call 336-242-2085 or visit www.LexingtonNCFarmersMarket.com.

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Summer Camp @ Home

The kids are out of school and home for the summer. Now what?

Why not host a summer camp at home? With a little planning and a few creative ideas, you can keep costs down but excitement up as you host your own summer camp with the kiddos. Each week you can check out books from the library that go along with the weekly the theme. This will keep kids excited about reading through the summer and get them out of the house and into the library each week!

Eleven Themed Weeks for the Perfect Summer Camp

Week 1 – Friendship Week
Talk about being a good friend.
Have a friendship day with water fun and a special pizza treat.
Write letters to a friend and make crayon art.

Week 2- Beach/ Under the Sea
Learn about different animals under the sea.
Have an Under the Sea Mega Movie Night (“Finding Nemo” and “The Little Mermaid”) with a special treat and campout in the living room.
Make some under the sea sand art, visit an Aquarium and go to a pet store to see the fish.

Week 3- Outdoor Fun
Have a S’mores Night campout.
Go for a hike and make a nature bracelet, outdoor art and painted rocks.
Make a bird feeder and get creative with some sidewalk paintings.

Week 4- Go America!
Participate in Fourth of July celebrations.
Make Patriotic art and a USA treat.
Enjoy pool fun, hold a yard sale and go for ice cream.

Week 5- Outer Space
Enjoy glow in the dark bubbles outside.
Make a spaceship or model plane, make an outer space mobile and visit a planetarium.
Eat dessert outside and watch the moon and stars.

Christmas-in-JulyWeek 6- Christmas in July
Host a Blizzard Party and make Christmas crafts.
Start a Christmas Saving Jar and give toys to a charity.
Enjoy a Christmas movie during the week.

Week 7- Pioneer Week
Make homemade bread, ice cream and butter.
Visit a history museum.
Talks about what a pioneer is.

Week 8- Trains and Transportation
Go on a train ride.
Participate in transportation activities (cars, buses, trains, planes, etc.).
Enjoy Hot Wheels® races with friends.

Week 9- Dinosaurs
Visit a science museum.
Make a dino model and dino art.
Make a “mudpie” dessert .

Week 10- Be Creative
Have a fancy family art show with a fancy dinner for the kiddos.
Make lots of art to show at the art show.
Enjoy lots of crafts this week.

Week 11- Sports and Water Play
Visit a new park, host an end of summer barbecue and enjoy pool play.
Host a Family Olympics and let the kids make medals for awards.
Enjoy back to school shopping and begin prep work for the new school year.

These are just a few ideas to get your started with eleven weeks of themed activities. The kids will love that each week includes new ideas, and don’t be afraid to take these themed weeks with you on vacation!

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Save Yourself – Healthy Habits for Summer

We all love to have tan bodies during the summer, but sun worshipers beware!  Melanoma, which is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, is also one of the most common forms of cancer and is connected to overexposure to UVA and UVB rays. Although you can have overexposure to the sun any time of the year, it’s more likely to happen during the dog days of summer.  Longer days, warmer temperatures and enjoying the outdoors during the summer months makes this season a prime time to overexpose your body to the elements. By following a few simple steps, you can be on your way to a safer and healthier summer.

Overexposure

When you think about the term “overexposure,” you probably think about sunburns or being in the sun for extended periods of time. For example, hours upon hours enjoying the sand at the beach, right? In actuality, overexposure means any more than 15 minutes exposed to the sun before 10 a.m. or after 2 p.m. Anything more than that is considered overexposure.

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The Difference Between UVA and UVB Rays

UVA rays are less intense than UVB rays and are more preventable as well. UVA rays are present any time of the day, even the cloudiest of days. UVB rays cause burns and reddening of the skin. UVB rays are the ones responsible for damaging the surface of the skin.

Aging and Wrinkles

Sun exposure gradually thins skin and that is what causes wrinkles. To keep the signs of aging away a little longer, it’s imperative to reduce your exposure to the sun as well as to apply sunscreen. Another idea is to invest in a few sun-proof shirts.  These shirts can be found at local outdoor sporting goods stores. They’re lightweight, allowing heat to flow away from the body, but protect the skin form the sun’s harmful rays.

Tips for Staying Sun Safe This Summer

sunblock and legsApply Sunscreen Regularly

  • Use sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. It’s no longer just about a high level of SPF in your sunscreen.
  • Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before exposure. This allows ample time for the sunscreen to be absorbed by the skin and offers the highest level of protection.
  • Your eyes need just as much protection from the sun as your skin. Make sure to wear sunglasses while exposed to the sun. Today there are so many varieties you can find a pair that offers protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

Moisturize Regularly

  • Lips need love, too! Keep your lips well-protected against damaging rays by applying an SPF lip balm or ChapStick® to your lips on a regular basis. This will help keep them moisturized and soft.
  • Moisturize often. Keep your skin pliable and soft by moisturizing throughout the day and throughout the year. Purchase a daily moisturizer that has at least 15 SPF (and this goes for the men as well). Women can purchase makeup with an added SPF and if your makeup doesn’t have it, make sure to apply a facial moisturizer that does before putting on your makeup.
  • As always, make sure your children are protected with hats, sunglasses and clothing that covers delicate skin. Use UVA/UVB sunscreens with at least 45+ SPF. Apply sunscreen often. Although some sunscreens are water repellent, it’s still a good idea to reapply frequently to avoid sunburns.

When it’s beautiful outside, make sure you take the right steps before enjoying the sun to avoid causing damage to your skin. With these helpful tips you can keep your entire family safe this summer and all year round!

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Penny Pinching – Saving Time and Money

By Stacy Vanzant

Let’s be honest. We’re all trying to save money, and the easiest place to blow your cash is around your home.  The Bible teaches us to be humble in our ways.  Although God will provide for our needs, we should take a closer look at what our needs really are and not be blindsided by our wants.

When you take a look around your house, what do you see?  When I took a deep look around my home I realized that as humans we want to make our lives easier, but at what cost and are there other alternatives?

When I watch infomercials on television or even walk down the aisle at a store, I’m bombarded with items that claim to make my life easier.  Steam vacuums, 3-in-1 dusters, cleaning supplies and even expensive organizational products all tell me they can save me time and effort.  So I took a look at many of the products I use around my house on a weekly basis and started looking for ways to be more frugal.

Here are a few of the keys finds that can save me hundreds of dollars each year and even a little elbow grease.

Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

On average, a container of store bought laundry detergent will cost anywhere from $10-$18.  This will average around 60-70 loads of laundry.  Here is a great and easy recipe to make your own detergent with very little effort and could save you hundreds of dollars each year.  The average cost per load using this recipe is around .01 per load. Wow!

Ingredients:

Bar soap – The most typical type of soap to use is Fels Naptha.  It is an old-fashioned type of soap usually found in the laundry aisle.  The other options for soap are Ivory or another brand called Zote.  Any of these will work.   If you use Ivory or your own homemade soap you will need to use the whole bar.

Washing Soda – This is not to be confused with baking soda.  They are not the same thing.  It is a white powder and its purpose is to help remove dirt and odors.   Arm & Hammer Washing Soda is one type that can be found in the laundry section of the grocery store.   If you’re having a hard time finding it, you can order washing soda online through Amazon.com

Borax – Borax is a naturally occurring mineral: Sodium Borate.  It is a white powder.  Its purpose is as a laundry whitener and deodorizer. The brand to look for is 20 Mule Team.  It comes in a 76 oz. box.  You should be able to locate this in the laundry detergent aisle.

Recipe:

1/3 bar Fels Naptha or 1 bar other type of soap, as listed above

½ cup washing soda

½ cup borax powder

You will also need a small bucket, about 2 gallon size

Grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan.  Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts.  Add the washing soda and borax and stir until it is dissolved.  Remove from heat.  Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket.   Now add your soap mixture and stir, then add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir.  Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel.  Use ½ cup per load.

If you want your soap to have a scent you can add ½ to 1 oz. of essential oil or fragrance oil of your choice.

The finished soap will not be a solid gel.  It will be more of a watery gel that has been accurately described as an “egg noodle soup.” The soap is a low sudsing soap, so if you don’t see any suds, that is ok.  Suds are not what does the cleaning; it is the ingredients in the soap.

Replace your Household Cleaners with Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide should really be called oxygen water, since it is basically the same chemical make up as water but with an extra oxygen atom (H2O2). Because of this it breaks down quickly and harmlessly into oxygen and water.  It’s non-toxic so it’s versatile and can be used around children, food and many other areas of your home.  No need to invest in the fancy brand name cleaners.

Replace your mouthwash

Use hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash to freshen breath. It kills the bacteria that cause halitosis. Use a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water.

Kitchen Cleaner

Clean your cutting board and countertop. Let everything bubble for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse clean. Wipe out your refrigerator and dishwasher. Because it’s non-toxic, hydrogen peroxide is great for cleaning places that store food and dishes.

Remove baked-on crud from pots and pans

Combine hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to make a paste, then rub onto the dirty pan and let it sit for a while. Come back later with a scrubby sponge and some warm water, and the baked on stains will lift right off.

Clean the toilet bowl

Pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl, let stand for 20 minutes, then scrub clean.

Toss the bleach

Remove stains from clothing, curtains, and tablecloths. Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a pre-treater for stains — just soak the stain for a little while in 3% hydrogen peroxide before tossing into the laundry. You can also add a cup of peroxide to a regular load of whites to boost brightness. It’s a green alternative to bleach, and works just as well.

Clean kids’ toys and play areas

Hydrogen peroxide is a safe cleaner to use around kids, or anyone with respiratory problems, because it’s not a lung irritant. Spray toys, toy boxes, doorknobs, and anything else your kids touch on a regular basis.

Around the House

Help out your plants. To ward off fungus, add a little hydrogen peroxide to your spray bottle the next time you’re spritzing plants.

Detox in the Bath

According to alternative therapy practitioners, adding half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide to a warm bath can help detoxify the body. Some are skeptical of this claim, but a bath is always a nice way to relax and the addition of hydrogen peroxide will leave you – and the tub – squeaky clean!

Steam Cleaner

Use one pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of water to clean humidifiers and steamers.

You can see a more in depth list of ways hydrogen peroxide can help around your home at Here

Toilet Tissue Savings

With a simple smash you can save a lot of money on wasteful toilet tissue runs. Smashing down your tissue rolls it prevents you or those in your family from running off more than they need.  It might sound silly, but just give it a squish and see how it works out for your family.

Unplug

This might sound like an easy way to save, but it can add up to  savings on  your utility bill.  By simply going around your home and unplugging phone chargers, appliances, computers and even microwaves, you could save big.  Even when not in use, these items pull energy from your home.  By bending over to unplug you could save up to 10% a month on your utility bill.  It might not sound true, but give it a bend and see what happens.