Thursday, May 19, 2016

4th of July Events and Celebrations 2009: Petersburg, Virgnia

Independence Day also what most of us just call the 4th of July, however you call this day you are always looking for fun things to do or a place to watch the fireworks with your family! Here are a few places I found that could be tons of fun and an enjoyment to watch the fireworks going off.

1. Colonial Heights Fireworks in Colonial Heights, Virginia

These fireworks will be displayed off Charles Dimmock Parkway and they are sponsored by City of Colonial Heights. The suggested viewing area’s for these fireworks are the parking lots of either Wal-Mart or K-Mart. Be sure to bring a chair and blanket with you seeing as how the fireworks are not expected to start until 9:30 and will last for about 30 minutes so it may get a little chilly outside for some people.

2. Comcast’s 4th of July Celebration in Chesterfield, Virginia

This event is at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds. This event has children’s activities and fireworks to enjoy. The gates open at 5:00 pm and the fireworks will start after dark. This is a FREE event. Be sure to bring your chair and a blanket for this event as well. There will be no alcohol, glass, pets, or personal fireworks allowed at this event so make sure to leave them at Home so that it will not be an issue for you.

3. All-American Celebration at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond, Virginia

This event is FREE of charge into the gardens in honor of the 4th of July. You can dress up like a butterfly
or dress in Red, White and Blue for this event. There will be a Children’s Garden Parade so be sure to
bring a stroller or wagon to decorate for your kids to participate in the parade! There will be music, water play, activities, and live butterfly display! The activity hours are from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and the Garden Hours are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.


4. Independence Day Bash with the Richmond Kickers in Richmond, Virginia

The gates for this event at the University of Richmond Stadium will open at 11:00 am. This event features a splash zone, mascot dance off, and contest for the most patriotic fan. The soccer game will be the highlight of this event as the Kickers play the Charlotte Eagles at 1:00 pm. There will be fliers coming out, or you can download them at their website for a discounted $4.00 ticket coupon. The price for this event is $4.00 with the coupon or without the coupon is $12.00 for adults and $7.00 for youth.


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4th of July in Marietta, Georgia (and Other Summer Activities)

With summer just starting, kids are singing “Hallejulah!”, and parents are shaking their heads. College kids are sitting idle, trying to choose between visiting the pool and seeing another 3-D movie (why those are so popular is anyones guess). There are other activies to choose from this summer, but they vary from visiting White Water, Lake Lanier, or the zoo. Most of those other activities are expensive and not a very creative way to spend the summer. Local events and festivals are going to take place here in Marietta, Georgia, and here’s the when and where on most of ’em.

Taking place on the last Friday of every month until September, Glover Park will be the setting for free live concerts. The music cues up at 8 o’clock, no matter the weather conditions. For front row tables, the price is $45-55, seating 6-8 people. You are encouraged to set up blankets and lawn chairs in the park, but personal tables can only be erected in the street on North Park Square. Music selection varies from jazz, 80’s, and rock.

Every Saturday morning, you can attend the Marietta Square Farmer’s Market. From 9am-12pm, fresh foods are sold from booths all along the historic Marietta Square. Also in the Square on Saturday mornings will be the Artists Market. The Artists Market is a collection and display of local college artists in the area.

Beginning June 10th through the 26th, Rent will be playing at The Strand Theater. The Pulitzer-Prize Tony Award-winning play follows the lives of a group of characters struggling to live and love in New York City. Tickets range from $27.50-$48.70 and can be purchased online at the Atlanta Lyrical Theater website.

If you’re feeling particularly Georgian this summer, you might want to attend the annual Gone with the Wind Museum’s special event on June 10th and 11th. Three of the actors will be brought in (Ann Rutherford, Mickey Kuhn, and Patrick Curtis) for panel discussions, ‘breakfast with the stars’, and a general celebration of the 75th birthday of the famous novel that takes place June 30th. Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for seniors and students.

For a spookier turn, take part in Scary-etta, a bonafide ghost tour in some of Marietta’s most ‘haunted’ spots. The tour begins aboard a trolley, lasts for about 90 minutes, and ends with some walking though a cemetary, bar, and firehouse. One of the most highlighted stories on the tour is that of the “Lady in Black”. June 3rd, 15th, and 18th are a few of the scheduled dates for such ghost tours as Spirits and Spirits, and the Haunted Pub Crawl. Adult tickets cost $25, while kids 12 and under get in for $12. Reservations can be made by visiting the Historic MariettaTrolley Co. website.

Every Sunday through October 9th, alternative rock station 99X is hosting Unplugged in the Park, a free concert series that takes place at Park Tavern in Atlanta. Be there by 7 p.m. to catch the start of the show, and know that the concerts are only for those 21 and up. Children are allowed as long as they are accompanied by an adult. To look at a line-up of music artists taking part in Unplugged, check out the 99X website.

July 4th doesn’t have to be celebrated just one day. At least, not here in Marietta. Sunday, July 3rd, a patriotic concert and fireworks show will be held at the Mount Paran North Church of God off of All Good Road. Fireworks begin at 7:30 and the Georgia Symphony Orchestra will be there to perform alongside the visual display.

On Monday July 4th, there will be an all day event at Marietta Square called Fourth in the Park. It will start with the Freedom Parade at 10am (from the Roswell Street Baptist Church, ending at the Square), National Bell ringing at 2pm, Parade Awards Ceremony at 2:15pm, and fireworks will end the day as soon as the sky darkens. If rain ruins the plans, the festivities will be held the next day.

Glover Park Concert Series, Marietta’s Online Magazine

Marietta Square Artists and Farmers Market, City of Marietta Calender

Patriotic Concert and Fireworks, American Towns Database

Rent, Events on the Square

Scary-etta, Marietta Trolley Co.

Unplugged in the Park 2011, 99X online

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4th of July Family Fun in Davenport, IA

If you’re racking your brains trying to figure out where you and your family can go on the 4th of July for fireworks and fun in the Quad Cities, you have a choice of several places to take your whole family to watch the fireworks spectacular over the Mississippi River.

Red, White and Boom ~ Rock Island

Saturday, July 3rd, the City of Rock Island will host its annual Red, White, and Boom Independence Day event. The fun starts at the Sunset Marina at 9:00am for the Recycled Float Race.

Hang out at the river, then be at Schwiebert Riverfront Park by 4:00pm for the ribbon cutting and grand opening of Rock Island’s newest park. There will be food, inflatables for the kids, a playground, and live entertainment.

The Barehanded Wolf Chokers will kick off the evening entertainment at 4:30pm. Following the Barehanded Wolf Chokers, the Horizon Navy Great Lakes Band will be performing. Before the fireworks display, the Color Guard will salute our service men and women.

At 9:30pm, the fireworks extravaganza begins with a star spangled fireworks display over the Mississippi river with Patriotic Pops performed by the Quad-City Symphony simulcast on Star 93.

After the fireworks display, the fun continues with live music on the Great River Plaza Stage in The District presented by RIBCO.

Fireworks 2010 ~ East Moline

If you live in East Moline, and you want to watch a spectacular fireworks show on Saturday, July 3rd, Fireworks 2010 is the fireworks event you’re looking for. Fireworks 2010 promises a night of Patriotic music and star spangled fun for the whole family.

Parking and shuttles to Beacon Harbor Parkway are available at 6:30pm from the John Deere Harvester parking lot.

At 7:00pm the Dead Roots Band will provide musical entertainment.

The fireworks show will begin at 9:00pm with the MAVA Color Guard, followed by the singing of the National Anthem by Regina Knobloch. The fireworks extravaganza will start at dusk.

Make sure to bring your lawn chairs, but leave those coolers at home.

If it should rain out Saturday night, the show will go on Monday, July 5th.

Genesis Firecracker Run ~ East Moline

Lace up those running shoes, and get some exercise this 4th of July at the Genesis Firecracker Run. One of the most popular Quad-City runs, the Genesis Firecracker Run will offer 10K, 5K walks/runs, and a special 1 mile kid’s run. Come out to downtown East Moline, Sunday, July 4th and run with the best in the area.

For times and registration information please visit the event website.

Bettendorf Parade and Fireworks ~ Bettendorf

The Bettendorf Parade and Fireworks is a fun-filled day of crafts, food, rides, music, and patriotic excitement for the entire family.

Start your 4th of July celebration with the Bettendorf Parade at noon. The parade begins at the intersection of 23rd and State St, where it will wind through downtown, and end at 21st Street. The Bettendorf Chamber of Commerce Trailblazers will be judging the parade entries.

Opening ceremonies for the Bettendorf 4th of July Parade and Festival will begin at 2:00pm after the parade along Spruce Hills Drive, in front of Cumberland Square. To open the festival, Bettendorf High School student, Nathan Sullivan will sing the National Anthem.

Exciting rides and entertainment is planned for the entire event. The Quad City Skydiving Center’s Parachute Team will have shows through out the day, including an amazing evening show right before the fireworks spectacular.

Free ice cream will be handed out by Mayor Freemire and the City Council. City officials will be at the hospitality tent from 2pm- 4pm.

The Quad Cities Optimist Fishing Derby held at Middle Park Lagoon will be take place from 2pm-4pm. Prizes will be awarded; making this an exciting event for the fishermen in the Quad Cities.

The DCamp Family Band and the Bettendorf Park Band will both appear the Veterans’ Memorial Bandshell beginning at 5:00pm.

Other activities include: Miller’s Farmland Petting Zoo, Amusement Rides, Choo Choo Train, jousting, Airborne Adventure, and an Adult Bags Tournament.

After a full day of family- fun, don’t miss out on the fireworks show at Veterans’ Memorial Park at dusk. The Quad City Skydiving Center’s Parachute Team will have one last parachute jump for the day with the fireworks spectacular starting at dusk.

Shuttle service to the festival is at the former Eagle’s building parking lot (behind Whitey’s Ice Cream). Shuttle service begins at 2:00pm and ends at 9:00pm.

The rain date for the fireworks show and Park Band will be Saturday, July 10th.

52nd Annual AMVETS 4th of July Parade

The 52nd Annual AMVETS 4th of July Parade, a favorite Quad Cities event, will take place, Sunday, July 4th at 1:00pm in downtown East Moline. This year’s theme ‘Hats Off to the Red, White, and Blue will take you back to the old fashioned parades of yesteryear. Join in the celebration, and salute all of the veterans that have served our great nation in this spectacular tribute.

15,000 people are expected to attend; Line up early along 15th Avenue to insure a great spot for viewing the parade.

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4th of July Side Dishes

Decorate the table in patriotic red, white and blue, gather your friends and family and bring on the delectable 4th of July side dishes. This year, tempt your company with recipes for sweet and sour cabbage or broccoli sesame side dishes. These simple and quick recipes are sure to fetch compliments at the July 4th cookout.

Sesame Seed Broccoli Side Dish
1 bunch broccoli, cut into flowerets
2 tablespoons butter, melted (can use a heart-healthy substitute)
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
2 tablespoons soy sauce
A shake of garlic powder
A pinch of ginger (ground)

Steam broccoli (in a steamer) over boiling water for five minutes, or until tender; drain. Melt butter (just a second or two) in microwave. In a bowl, mix the butter with remaining ingredients. Add broccoli to a serving bowl and gently toss with the butter and sesame mixture. This July 4th side dish complements grilled sausage, burgers and fish as well. Adjust ingredients for large servings.

Mandarin Cabbage Side Dish
6 cups shredded cabbage
1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges
1 medium onion, chopped
1 glove pressed garlic
1-tablespoon canola oil
¼ cup white wine vinegar
1-teaspoon caraway seeds
¼-cup raisins
1-cup pineapple chunks (preferably fresh)

Drain oranges and save ¼ cup of syrup. Sauté cabbage, garlic and onion in a skillet just until onion has softened. Add the reserved syrup, vinegar and caraway seeds to the cabbage; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add oranges, raisins and pineapple, cook 5 more minutes. Makes approximately 4 servings. This 4th of July side dish goes well with barbequed steak, bratwurst, chicken and lobster.

Author’s Family Recipes (modified)

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4th St Food Co-op: Lower East Side, New York

It seems more and more that people are trending towards the greener way of life and trying to do things that are more environmentally friendly, eco-conscious, and more in line with a higher order. That is people’s view of human beings place in history, their beliefs about the world and humanity and all living things being created equal. However this can be a difficult attitude to sustain, particularly in a place like New York City. With people selling schnitzel and hot dogs and hamburgers and processed foods everywhere, it can come that one may begin to wonder where they go to get their green on. Fortunately for this individual there is the 4th St Food Co-op on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The 4th St Food Co-op is a place where everything is environmentally friendly. The 4th St Food Co-op is a storefront which is powered completely by wind energy and staffed completely by unpaid volunteers. These volunteers are people who care. At the 4th St Food Co-op they sell local food grown locally produced locally by local farmers.

The 4th St Food Co-op is open to the public and anybody can shop. However the 4th St Food Co-op also the membership program where members get discounts. So if you are a regular environmentally friendly food shopper or eco-conscious individual who is new to the produce in the Metro-Manhattan area, you should certainly become a member of the 4th St Food Co-op and share in the benefits of membership.

Another great thing the 4th St Food Co-op has begun is a monthly vegetarian/vegan potluck in front of the store. This is where vegetarians and vegans can share in their experiences, swap recipes, and make connections.

Some of the things of the 4th St Food Co-op specializes in includes bulk organic goods, organic packaged goods, organic produce, earth conscious groceries, and other products. A quick glance over there website shows carrots, eggplant, kale, Romaine lettuce, broccoli, scallions, cilantro, russet potatoes, watermelons, strawberries, raspberries, Valencia oranges, and so much more.

At 4th St Food Co-op thier slogan is “food for people, not for profit!” While this may seem like a noble endeavor on the surface the fact is that everybody has to make a profit; including the 4th St Food Co-op. For these loftier aims, the 4th St Food Co-op is making a co-op cookbook to sell at the store. They’re employing their shoppers to boot! Folks can add recipes and cooking instructions and herbal remedies or teaching tips and perhaps find themselves published in this book.

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4th of July Strawberry Lemonade Slush

This refreshing fruity slush really will perk up your taste buds and chase away the heat. I have made it for the 4th of July, summer potlucks and other occasions, and there is seldom any left.

Servings: 4

Prep: 5 min. + freezing

  • ¾ cup water

  • ¾ cup pink lemonade concentrate

  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen sweetened sliced strawberries, thawed

  • ¾ cup ice cubes

  • 1 cup club soda

In a blender, combine the water, lemonade concentrate, strawberries and ice cubes. Cover and process until blended.

Pour into a freezer container. Cover and freeze for at least 12 hours or up to 3 months.

Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour before serving. Stir in club soda. Pour into chilled glasses; serve immediately.

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5/16ths of a Mile Greyhound Races

The 5/16ths of a mile distance is the most featured event at any greyhound track, being run probably ninety percent of the time. Most of the dogs in America now are being bred to compete at the 5/16ths sprinter’s distance, which sees the dogs break out of the starting box on the lower left side of the racing oval, go around the quarter mile track once and then down the stretch to the finish line. Nothing is more important in a 5/16ths race for the handicapper than determining what dog is going to be leading into the first turn, because if they can establish the front in a 5/16th race, they have can put the rest of the race together from there.

Over the years, there have been many wonderful sprinters that dominated the 5/16th of a mile distance in this country, greyhounds like Lucky Pilot, Real Huntsman, Westy Whizzer, Perceive, Downing, and He’s My Man. All of these dogs ran the 5/16ths with varying styles, but the truly great ones all had one thing in common. These 5/16ths of a mile champions excelled at least in one specific part of the race, being so superior to the other competitors at it that they were able to run right into the Greyhound Hall of Fame when their careers were over. No dog ran faster in the backstretch than Downing, for instance, while Lucky Pilot was nearly impossible to beat down to the first turn.

In a 5/16ths of a mile greyhound race there are four important stages- the break out of the box, the rush to the first turn, the run down the backstretch, and the stretch dash to the wire. Beginning with the break, it is easy to see why that when you put eight speedy greyhounds in a starting box, it is a distinct advantage to be able to get in front of the rest early. When the box opens in a 5/16ths race, the dogs that come out of it quickly have less traffic to contend with as they make their way to the first bend. Conversely, the poor breaking greyhounds already will be in a position where it can be bumped and blocked before they have even made it into where the real problems occur, that first hook.

The dogs in the lead, especially if they are by themselves approaching the turn, have smooth sailing, while the ones in the pack will jostle and hit each other as they attempt to negotiate the corner. The first turn in a 5/16ths race is where the cast majority of falls occur in a greyhound contest, as dogs trip up while running through it. This makes a greyhound’s rushing speed, its ability to hurry down the front stretch and into the turn, of the utmost importance. A greyhound can make up for a bad break and still get to the front if it can “outrush” the rest of the field. Some dogs will develop a bad habit of slowing as they go into this turn if they are not all alone in front. This is known as checking, and can put a dog in last place in short order. As the dogs come out of the first turn and then straighten out as they run down the backstretch, the leaders are usually still running hard while the ones that need to come from behind, the closers, are trying to maneuver into a position to make a run at those in front.

The dogs will run down the backstretch in a 5/16th race in this manner, with closers passing the early speed dogs that tire as they move into the far turn. If an early speed dog makes the front with other similar styled greyhounds chasing it in a 5/16ths race, it is doubtful that they will be passed by the ones directly in back of them. This means that someone needs to come from a bit more off the pace, and before they can catch the leaders they have to run cleanly by all the other “pretenders” to do so. There is some bumping in the far turn of a 5/16ths greyhound race, mostly tiring dogs blocking the ones that are coming on that try to pass them too closely. Many dogs tend to run on the inside part of the track, and refuse to leave this area even when passing, meaning if the opening does not materialize as they drive for home, they will manage to get in trouble as they try to force their way through after the lure.

When the dogs have finally gotten out of the far turn, you will have the leader being chased by perhaps another tiring dog in most cases, with the closers in hot pursuit. If the original leader is a strong dog to begin with and does not typically tire, they will be home free. However, if the closers have made up enough ground successfully, they have a chance to win the 5/16ths of a mile race at the wire if the leader shows any quit at the end of the tilt. This lends the 5/16ths greyhound race to some exciting finishes as the dogs draw near the finish line, with photo finishes often having to be employed to separate the canines at the end. Depending on if the track conditions favor early speed or late speed, you may see the dogs that go to the front of a 5/16ths race hang on and win, or give it up later as someone with late foot runs them down.

It takes about 31 seconds and change to run a 5/16ths, with track records at most ovals now being in the range of 29 something seconds. Tracks like Palm Beach in Florida run a distance for sprinters that is fifteen feet short of the true 1,650 foot 5/16ths distance, while others, like Southland in Arkansas, run a longer course. But the concept of being in front still holds up no matter what the particular yardage is in these sprints, and the greyhound that can consistently make the front in these races is always going to have an edge.

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5 Absolutely Ridiculous Hi-Tech Gadgets

We are surrounded and dependent on gadgets.

Everywhere our daily life takes us, we are either exposed to gadgets that offer convenience or comfort ability. Most of us almost always never leave home without our smartphone, laptop, touchpad, gps, digital camera, or e-reader. Admittedly, many of these things have become more of a necessity than luxury for personal or professional reasons. Gadgets benefit and intrigue us, and we are always looking forward to the next best thing. Some gadgets, however, aren’t always the most practical, useful, or let’s face it – they are just silly.

Solar powered hat fans:

There are a variety of these available; some will clip on hats you already own, while others come built-in. Anyone is likely to see a few problems with this particular gadget. First and foremost, they look downright ridiculous while wearing. Additionally, the clip model app model – the fan is intended to blow in your face. This places spinning blades that dangle in your face while obstructing your view. Besides, even while standing directly in the sun (which in a small way defeats the purpose), can the fan really make that much of a difference.

The portable watermelon cooler:

For those that can’t cut up a watermelon and put it in a regular cooler, there is the portable watermelon cooler. When I saw this particular gadget online, I had to do a little more poking around to truly believe what I was seeing. Sporting a retractable handle like those found on small carry-ons, the portable watermelon cooler rolls on two wheels while being pulled. All product shots to be found of the cooler resemble a spaceship with a glass bubbled top. More important, however, is that the watermelon is sitting comfortably in the cooler which is the most important part here. I wasn’t able to find out whether it is compatible with other fruit.

Gizmodo calls it “One Insane Gadget” (Taser Gun + MP3 Player + Leopard Skin = One Insane Gadget)

In a push to become a bit more mainstream, Taser has integrated an MP3 player into a line of its Tasers so user can enjoy music while electrocuting someone. Take that idea and push it one step further with designer colors and patterns, such as, the leopard skin, and you have quite a product.

Puppy Tweets:

Just about everyone is on Twitter, so why not setup an account for your dog, and let him or her tweet? Mattel recently introduced Puppy Tweets a clip-on that you attach to a dog collar and can detect motion and sound, turning the actions into tweets that are received by a supplied USB receiver. Puppy Tweets can detect up to 500 different behaviors and will translate them into cute tweets, such as, “Guess what I’m licking right now.”

The Toilet Paper Dispensing iPod Dock:

Simply put, a toilet paper dispenser that accommodates an iPod and includes built-in speakers. I’m assuming the in a way, goes hand-in-hand with a shower radio. Can we not go 5-10 minutes (or perhaps longer) without music?


Solar Powered Fan Hat
Portable Watermelon Cooler
Taser with built in MP3 Player
Puppy Tweets
The Toilet Paper Dispensing iPod Dock

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