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Momofuku Hosting 3 Events to Benefit American Red Cross

Momofuku Hosting 3 Events to Benefit American Red Cross

As we've mentioned time and time again, New York restaurateurs are a tough bunch, and as David Chang has reiterated, they can handle the devastation of Sandy.

So it's no surprise that Chang is organizing a charity dinner to raise funds for the American Red Cross.

The biggest event takes place Nov. 2 at 6:30, where Momofuku has teamed up with Café Boulud for cocktails and canapés, a six course dinner, plus wine pairings. Since most of the Momofuku restaurants are downtown, and thus out of power, the dinner will be hosted at Café Boulud at the Surrey Hotel. Tickets are $495, including gratuity and tax, and all proceeds go to the American Red Cross.

Other, slightly cheaper events for Momofuku? For lunch and dinner today, Má Pêche will be hosting Booker and Dax's cocktails in the balcony bar, and Momofuku MIlk Bar in Williamsburg will host a bun pop-up (two buns for $10). All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross. More info over at Momofuku's website.

Elsewhere in the New York dining sphere, Greenpoint favorite Five Leaves is also donating 100 percent of today's earnings to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, Eater reports. Go get that burger, Brooklynites.

Sam Ash Music Hosts Blood Drive To Benefit The American Red Cross

June 4, 2008 - PRLog -- Sam Ash Music is hosting a Battle Of The Bands/Blood Drive to benefit the American Red Cross at their Ontario Mills location on Sunday, June 15th from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. All blood donors will receive a VIP pass to the 2008 Van's Warped Tour. Bands interested in performing should contact the store for more information at (909) 484-3550.

This event is sponsored by Sam Ash Music, Zildjian Cymbals, Samson Technologies, ESP Guitars, Audix Microphones and Electro-Voice.

Sam Ash is located at 4449 Mills Circle, Ontario, CA 91764. event/view.asp? EventID=659& StoreID=21

Established in 1924, Sam Ash Music operates 45 stores nationwide. Known the world over for offering the most complete selection of musical instruments and accessories at famous discount prices, Sam Ash Music retains the same goals that their founder established when he opened that first store in Brooklyn by offering the most complete selection of quality products at the lowest possible prices.

Tailgaiting for a Cause

(l-r) Joe Hannon, Jody Weyers, Andy Kaye, Mauree Childress and Steve Hansen

“We are excited to say we doubled the funds raised from last year for the American Red Cross,” said Andy Kaye, Co-Owner, of Recoveron Restoration. “When we started the tailgates the main objective was to raise funds for American Red Cross and increase awareness of the needs of our community and we are excited to see it working,” said Kaye.

Andy, his staff and their friends and family put on a free tailgate party for the community at six home games this Packers season. Guests were treated to brat, burgers and refreshments for a donation to the Red Cross.

“I am so thankful to the Recoveron staff and their families to make this event even bigger this year to support the Red Cross financially and create an awareness of the needs,” said Kaye. “You can count on us to do it again next year.”

Have fun at these South Jersey fundraisers

A Southwood Bar Benefit Poker Run benefiting Sebastian Yeager & autism research will be held on Saturday, April 30. Sign in from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Southwood Bar, 859 Mantua Boulevard, Woodbury. Cost of $20 per bike, $5 per passenger. Poker Run through South Jersey ending at Southwood Bar. Featuring an outdoor party and free barbecue and inside buffet. Bands start at 1 p.m. including Green River, Wicked Elixir and Next In Line. Also, vendors, 50/50, prizes & giveaways, Chinese auction - winners announced at 5 p.m. Rain date, Sunday, May 1. Questions, call John and Nancy,

Six-year-old Sebastian Yeager suffers severely with Autism. He is unable to talk and is still in diapers. He also suffers from a chromosome mutation: gastroenteritis and vitamin D deficiency. Eating is a major challenge as he suffers from food allergies including eggs, corn, wheat, rice, apples, chicken and other common foods.

Mickleton’s Little Red Schoolhouse will host its annual Community Yard Sale on Saturday, April 30, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on its grounds at Harmony and Democrat Roads near Kings Highway. Large, outdoor spaces are $25 and can be reserved by phoning

. Previous announced date was incorrect.

Pitman Manor Auxiliary will be having their Spring Clothing Sale at Pitman Manor, 535 N. Oak Ave., Pitman on Tuesday, April 12. Shopping hours for the public will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations of good, clean clothing will be accepted on Monday, April 11, only.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Greater Delaware Valley Chapter will sponsor a walk on April 17 at Washington Lake Park in Sewell. At 9:30 a.m., team Casey and the Sunshine Clan will include more than 700 of the estimated 1,100 walkers participating.

Gloucester Township resident Sheryl Casey is a leader of a walk team called “Casey & the Sunshine Clan”, a group of nearly 600 family and friends, who have walked for 10 years. Sheryl was recently awarded the “Camden County Freedom Award” for bringing awareness of the disease and inspiring the community to follow her lead.

This year students & faculty from Kingsway Regional, Paulsboro and Gloucester Twp. High Schools, along with members from Camden County College and The Main Stage Center for the Arts will participate.

For more information to join with the team or to make a tax-deductible donation contact Sheryl Casey at

at the Greater Delaware Valley office for general walk information.

Spring is the time for yard sales and Glassboro High School students and parents are in on the act with the annual Spring Indoor Yard Sale slated for Saturday, April 9. The event, scheduled from 7 a.m.-12 p.m. in the school gymnasium, will benefit Project After Prom.

Vendors and yard salers are invited to contact Mora at

, to reserve a space or table for the yard sale. The cost for a space is $25, $30 with table provided. Make check Payable to GHS-After Prom Yard Sale. Setup is Friday, April 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. Project After Prom will haul away anything that is not sold during the sale.

The Monroe Township Historical Society is sponsoring a History Fashion Show entitled “Founding Mothers” and Luncheon at the Pfeiffer Community Center, 301 Blue Bell Road, Williamstown from 11:30 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 to benefit the restoration of the Grand Theater which suffered a collapse last May. Reservations are $25. Mail checks payable to Monroe Township Historical Society to 313 South Main Street, Williamstown. For further details contact Susanne McKee, president,

Delsea Project Graduation

Delsea High School Project Graduation is hosting a social at Star Cross Fire Hall on April 9 from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $25 or 2 for $45 for a catered buffet by La Casa Fratellos. There will be a DJ, auction and entertainment. Contact Matt DeChristopher for more information

. Profits go to providing graduating seniors with an all night, safe, drug-free and alcohol-free party.

The Women’s Association of The Presbyterian Church at Woodbury, Broad and West Centre streets, will hold their one day Spring Rummage Sale on Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our $1.50-A- Bag Sale is from 2-3 p.m. We offer a huge selection at lowest prices. Something for everybody. New elevator for handicap access. For more information, call

Franklin Twp. Community Day

Crafters are invited to take part in the 19th annual Franklin Twp. Community Day Event, which will be held on Sept. 10 (rain date Sept. 11). The event is sponsored by the Recreation Commission and features all day entertainment and food. For further information or registration form contact Carol Coulbourn at

Coach Bingo Fundraiser

The American Red Cross Gloucester County Chapter will host an authentic Coach Bingo Fundraiser on Saturday, April 16 at Wedgwood Country Club, 200 Hurffville Road, Turnersville. Doors open at 6 p.m. Bingo begins at 7 p.m. Hors d’oeurves will be served with a cash bar and Chinese Auction. Tickets are $35 and additional game cards are available for $10. Call (856) 256- 8300 for tickets and information or register online at

. Proceeds benefit American Red Cross Gloucester County Chapters’ programs and services.

American Red Cross Annual Golf Outing

American Red Cross Gloucester County Chapter’s annual Golf Outing will be held at Ron Jaworski’s RiverWinds Golf & Tennis Club in West Deptford on Monday, June 13. Registration is at 11:30 a.m. with 1 p.m. Shotgun Scramble. Cost $150 per golfer includes barbeque buffet and dinner at RiverWinds Restaurant.

Sponsorship and additional information is available online at or call

Dinner guests welcome at $30 per person.

A “Beef ‘N’ Beer Spring Social” to benefit the Broomall String Band will be held April 2, 8 p.m. to midnight at 522 Hessian Ave., National Park. Tickets $20 per person. Tickets are limited. Call

National Park Boat Club will sponsor the 16th annual Jim MacDonald Sr. Catfish Tournament on June 4. Tournament entry fee is $25. There will be a 75% payout to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, the remaining 25% will be donated to the American Cancer Society. There is also an optional lunker pool (heaviest single fish) which is $10 a person winner will receive 100% of money. Applications must be received by Saturday, June 4, 9 a.m. Fish either by land or boat, begin fishing at 7 a.m. anywhere on the Delaware River and its tributaries. Tournament entry includes food, soda and draft beer from 3 to 7 p.m. Bad Whiskey will be performing again this year, we will also have a DJ.

Experience a 'Taste' of Volunteering

The Volunteer Center of Gloucester County presents the 13th Annual “A Taste of Gloucester County” fundraiser on Monday, April 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Auletto Caterers in Almonesson. “Taste” is the organization’s signature charitable event, with over 400 participants each year.

In 2011, the Taste of Gloucester County includes a newly added wine tasting, along with sampling of cuisine from 20 of the county’s most popular restaurants and eateries. Some of these restaurants include Auletto Caterers, Arugula Restaurant, Filomena Lakeview Restaurant, Outback Steakhouse, Rode’s Fireside Restaurant and Tavern, J.G. Cook’s Carolina Blue and Venice Pizza & Italian Eatery. Desserts include Classic Cake Company, Sweetsboro Pastry Shoppe, Dippy’s Ice Cream, Cold Stone Creamery, Crescent Moon Coffee & Tea, Duffy’s Fine Chocolates and Edible Arrangements.

In addition, the event offers silent, Chinese and live auctions, 50/50 cash drawing, cash bar, entertainment by Mike Edwards Trio and much more. The auction includes themed baskets for patrons to bid on from local businesses and artists donations of original artwork.

Mingle With Tingle

Don’t miss your chance to “Mingle with Tingle!” On December 14th, critically acclaimed Boston comedian, Jimmy Tingle, will take center stage in Red Cross efforts to support disaster relief. Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream- Live on Stage & Screen will be a two hour theatrical production at The Regent Theater in Arlington and will combine a screening of the documentary “Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream” with a short Q&A and live performance. Reserve your tickets for $25.00. Preferred seating and tickets to the “Mingle with Tingle” after party are $50.00.

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Evans Garment Restoration to Host Golf Outing Benefits

Evans Garment Restoration will host its 1st annual Charity Golf Tournament benefiting the American Red Cross at Orchard Hills Golf Club (600 Hwy 16, Newnan, GA) on Friday September 24th. Evans Garment Restoration will donate all proceeds from the event to the local chapter of the American Red Cross, which has offered compassionate emergency response services to those in need since 1881.

The event, sponsored by AirTran, Budweiser and Hooters, will begin with registration from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. The tournament format is a shotgun start and will begin at 11:00 a.m. There will be hole in one, closest to the pin and longest drive prizes awarded throughout the day and two lucky golfers will get a shot at winning $100,000.

A reception with dinner and drinks will be held at the Evans Garment Restoration facility (78 Marion Beavers Rd., Sharpsburg, GA) after the tournament. Awards and raffle prizes will be given out, including a Grand Prize of two roundtrip tickets to Las Vegas courtesy of AirTran Airways accompanied by a 3 night stay in the Hooters Hotel.

“10 years ago, I lost everything in a fire when I was away for Christmas with my family,” said Tournament Director Karri Kendall, Account Manager at Evans. “I had no renters insurance, it was 17 degrees out and I had a 5-year-old daughter to take care of. The Red Cross was there for me when I needed help the most, so I am very grateful that Evans can give back to such an important and noble organization.”

The cost to attend the tournament is $100 per golfer. There will be an additional $25 per player fee added for golfers registering after September 19. For additional details, call Karri Kendall at 678-850-8524.

Evans Garment Restoration will also host its 1st annual Golf Invitational benefiting The Sunshine Kids Foundation at Bulle Rock Golf Course (320 Blenheim Lane, Havre De Grace, MD) on Monday September 27th. The Sunshine Kids Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children with cancer. They have provided quality group activities, trips, events and emotional support to children receiving cancer treatment in hospitals all over North America since 1982.

Registration will take place on the day of the event at 8:00 a.m., followed by breakfast and driving range and video lessons with a PGA teaching professional. The format of the event is a Shotgun Start “Ryder Cup Style” Captains Choice Scramble, which will begin at 10:00 a.m. Dinner and an awards ceremony will be from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. including a silent auction and a guest speaker. Several children who have benefited from The Sunshine Kids will be in attendance with their families.

“I’m thrilled we’re in a position to benefit The Sunshine Kids and their families,” said Chip Cunningham, President of Evans Mid-Atlantic. “They had an enormous impact in my hometown of Houston, and as a volunteer I saw firsthand how much their efforts mean to the families they support. I’ve never worked with a more worthy charity or seen a staff so dedicated to those they serve. As they continue to grow, I think it’s awesome that those plans include our mid-Atlantic region.”

For additional details and payee information, call Justin Sapp at 888-382-6762.

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Said the great American author Henry James: "Summer afternoon — summer afternoon to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language."

We're right there with you, Henry.

To help you revel in this quintessential season for chillaxing, the News-Leader got to reporting — and reached out to readers on social media — to dig up more than 200 fun things to do, from Independence Day weekend all the way through the September equinox. Did you know fall doesn't start until Sept. 23? On that day, the sun shines directly on the equator, causing equal minutes of night and day throughout the world. Buh-bye, summer.

But before the onslaught of pumpkin-spice coffee drinks and salads festooned with cranberries, there's still plenty of time for days (and nights) on the lake, ice cream socials, backyard barbecues, fireworks, concerts, free days at the zoo — or the art museum — yoga, cardio, musical book clubs, summer classes for kids, and so much more.

A garden of fun grows in our place. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Careful caveat: This is a big list, but it could still grow online. Tweet us @GregHolmanNL with your news tips on what we missed. If we can cover it, we will.

Creating An American Identity, ongoing exhibition, Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside. Since its inception in 1928, the museum has grown to hold more than 9,000 works of art in the permanent collection. Beginning with the first landscape painting acquired, this show continues from the 18th century on to show the development of U.S. art, including artists George Caleb Bingham, Grandma Moses and Jackson Pollock. 417-837-5700,

Fandom Jr., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Library Center, 4563 S. Campbell. Children 3-6 are invited to drop in and enjoy games, stories and activities celebrating the characters they love. This week's is Froggy. Join Froggy on his many adventures and share a favorite Froggy story. 417-882-0714,

Farmers Park Fitness Collective, 7-8 p.m. Fridays, Farmers Park, 2144 E. Republic. Each Friday, this event features cardio, dance, zumba and more. Details:

First Friday Art Walk, 5 p.m., participating galleries in downtown Springfield.

Friday Fun Hour, 4-5 p.m., Brentwood Branch Library, 2214 Brentwood. Kids in grades K-5 play and learn with hands-on games, art, science experiments and other STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) activities. 417-883-1974,

Liberty Light Up Concert and Fireworks at Branson Landing, 6 p.m., 100 W. Branson Landing Blvd., Branson. Performers include Sandi Patty Springfield Symphony Orchestra Dino and Cheryl Kartsonakis Denver and the Mile High Orchestra Cor Captis and Cadence. Fireworks at 10 p.m. Free.

Madison Avenue and Ryan Spilken, 6 p.m.-midnight, Springfield Brewing Co., 305 S. Market. Maddi Butler and Dan Stricker cover cross-genre favorites by artists such as the Beatles, Jack White, Nirvana. Ryan Spilken plays 9:30 p.m.-midnight. The singer-songwriter's debut album, "Beloved Villain," released June 29 for pre-order.

"Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure," 8 p.m., Craig Hall Plaza Tent, 1147 E. Grand. A witty, fast-paced whodunit with all the elements of classic Conan Doyle plot twists, disguises, adventure, intrigue and humor. Tickets: 417-836-7678

Springfield Cardinals vs. San Antonio Missions, 7:10 p.m., Hammons Field, 955 E. Trafficway. 417-863-0395

Start Your Engines: A Century of Motor Racing in the Ozarks, now through Aug. 29, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, History Museum on the Square, 157 Park Central Square. Experience the rich history of motorsports in southwest Missouri, from drag racing to stock cars and motorcycles. Admission: $5 adults, $3 kids, free to museum members. 417-831-1976,

Susi Steinitz Ettinger: Ciphers and Glyphs, now through Nov. 8, Tuesday-Sunday, hours vary, Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside. Born in Berlin, Susi Steinitz Ettinger came to the United States in 1939, worked as a freelance cartoonist in New York, then moved to Springfield in 1964, teaching at Missouri State University for 20 years. Her work pulls from multiple styles and media ranging from crayon drawings to collage she creates ciphers and glyphs to invent her own personal symbolic language. 417-837-5700,

Trace Adkins at Downstream Casino, 8 p.m., Downstream Casino, 69300 E. Nee Road, Quapaw, Okla. Tickets are $25-$50. 918-919-6000

Uncle Buck's Bull Blast, 7 p.m., Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Academy at Big Cedar Lodge, 612 Devil's Pool Road, Ridgedale. Live music kicks off this Independence Day celebration, followed by a bull-riding showcase at 8 p.m. by former pro bull-riders Luke Snyder and Dusty LaBeth. More music by Grammy Award winner Billy Dean and the Steel Horses caps off the evening, including a fireworks show overlooking Table Rock Lake. Food and drinks available for purchase. Parking on-site at the academy. Tickets: $49.95 adults $24.95 kids 4-12 3 and younger free. 417-335-2777,

Watercolor USA, now through Aug. 23, Tuesday-Sunday, hours vary. Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside. Since 1962, this annual exhibit presents the best in contemporary American watermedia. 417-837-5700,

Yoga on the Square, noon-12:45 p.m. Fridays, Park Central Square. Every Friday in July, you can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors during these sessions led by YMCA instructors Rod Buckner and Miranda Dusenberry. This program is free and open to the public. Bring your own mat and water. If it's raining or over 100 degrees, go to the YMCA at 417 S. Jefferson. 417-862-7456

4th of July Charity Shoot, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., 4800 Towne Centre Drive, Ozark. The Sound of Freedom celebrates its fifth anniversary with a fun shoot, raffle, food, prizes and more. Proceeds benefit American Legion Post 434. $5 for lane rentals, $5 for fun shoots. 417-484-4867

Benjamin Del Schreve, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Springfield Brewing Co., 305 S. Market. Fayetteville-based musician uses an electronic technique, looping, to simultaneously record and perform while playing multiple instruments: ukulele, mandolin, acoustic guitar, electric bass, electric lead guitar and cajon drum.

C-Street City Market, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturdays, C-Street Pavilion, 321 E. Commercial. The weekly farmers and artists market offers fresh produce, meat, eggs, bread and honey plus art and more. 417-365-5975

Farmers Park Fitness Collective, 8-9 a.m. Saturdays, Farmers Park, 2144 E. Republic. On Saturdays, this event features cardio, progressive fitness and impact training.

Independence Day Events

Sequiota Bike Shop Fourth of July Lawn Party, noon-7 p.m. Free family-friendly live music including Ken Hopper and Clawhammer, 3521 S. Lone Pine, 417-881-4488

Springfield's Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade & Celebration, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Begins on Benton Ave., right on Calhoun Street, left on Washington Avenue and right on East Locust Street. to Washington Park. Events continue until 1 p.m. at Washington Park (800 S. Belview Ave.) with the Norman Jackson Band, games and more.

Fireworks displays at dusk:

2nd Annual Lights on the Ridge, 5 p.m. Timber Ridge Baptist Church, 535 Timber Ridge Road, Marshfield. Webster County's largest firework show. Live music by Changed and Inheritance Quartet. Food, drinks, bounce house and more. Free. 417-468-6640

Echoes of Thunder Independence Day Fireworks. Cape Fair Marina, 1500 Shadrack Road, Cape Fair. Free. 417-538-4163

Fireworks in the Park, 5 p.m., 5434 Tower Drive, Battlefield. Parking will be at First Baptist Church, Assembly of God Church, Subway and Wilson Creek School. 65 South will be performing at 6 p.m. 417-883-5840

Big Cedar Lodge, 612 Devil's Pool Road, Ridgedale. Games, crafts, pony rides and a family barbecue start at 3 p.m. it's free to visit the property, but costs to participate include $30 for all-you-can-play wristbands adult barbecue plate is $10 kids' barbecue plate (up to age 12) is $6. Clay Self Band performs on the Swimmin' Hole Lawn at 7 p.m. fireworks at dusk. 800-225-6343

Chateau on the Lake, 415 N. Hwy. 265, Branson. A barbecue with live music is 5 to 8 p.m. adult plate is $26 kids' plates $12 for kids age 4 to 12 age 3 and younger free. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. $5 per car admission charge applies free to resort guests. 417-334-1161

Fireworks at the Field, 9:45 p.m., Hammons Field, 955 E. Trafficway. Celebrate Independence Day with southwest Missouri's largest fireworks display — last year, 15,000 people attended. Admission is $9. Tickets to the 5:10 p.m. Springfield Cardinals game also include free ice skating and kids activities 2-5 p.m. at Mediacom Ice Park, 635 E. Trafficway, plus art activities and face-painting at the Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman. Fireworks follow the ballgame. 417-863-2143

Hollister Independence Day Celebration, Chad A. Fuqua Memorial Park, 312 Esplanade Drive, Hollister. 62nd annual event begins at 5:30 p.m. with the Little Miss Firecracker Pageant. New Premiere Dance Academy performs at 8 p.m. fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Hook & Ladder Pizza and Sno Angel Sno Balls will sell food Hollister Ozark Mountain YMCA will have a bounce house on site. 417-334-3262,

Kimberling City Fireburst Celebration, 9:15 p.m., 28th annual fireworks display over Table Rock Lake. Watch in parking lots near the Kimberling City Bridge on Highway 13 at Table Rock Lake, or rent a boat from a local marina and watch from on the water. 417-739-2564,

Life360 Freedom Fest 2015, 6-9 p.m. Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, 3001 N. Grant. Gates open at 6 p.m. Bounce houses, food and more. Free. 417-833-2660

Monett Freedom & Fireworks, Monett City Park, 105 S. Lincoln (southeast corner of highways 60 and 37), Monett. Event kicks off with a barbecued chicken dinner 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tickets are $7. Children's carnival activities begin at 2 p.m. through the evening. Unlimited ride wristbands are $15 after July 1. Live entertainment includes local band Vagrant, at 4 p.m., the Flyin' Buzzards bluegrass band at 6 p.m., and the Mark Chapman Band from 7:30-9 p.m. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Parking available at the YMCA, 115 S. Lincoln Ave., 417-235-7919,

Nixa's Sky High 4th of July Celebration, 5 p.m. High Pointe Elementary school, 900 Cheyenne Road, Nixa. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with a huge fireworks show lighting up the sky at dark. Activities include food vendors, face painting, live entertainment, music, inflatables for kids, lip sync battles, and more. Parking will be available on the field at the corner of North Street and Cheyenne Road. Parking spaces for people with physical disabilities will be located at Summit Intermediate school on Cheyenne Road. There will also be a shuttle from The X-Center and Century Elementary available. 417-725-3785

Rich Hill's 4th of July Celebration, 600 E. Park, Rich Hill. Car Show at noon, parade at 3 p.m., music begins at 8 p.m. 417-395-2223

Rockaway Beach, 2762 Missouri 176, Rockaway Beach. Highway 176 will be blocked off near the Rockaway Beach Community Center, with food vending underway at noon. Kids' games include a dunk tank and water balloon toss. If rain occurs Saturday night, the display will be postponed until Sunday night. 417-561-4424

Shell Knob Fire & Thunder Fireworks, 7 p.m. kicks off a boat parade fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Watch the 40th year of this celebration along with 800 to 1,000 other boaters on the waters of Table Rock Lake, or set up your lawn chair at the old CCC Camp in the Shell Knob Recreation Area, located on State Hwy. YY about 1 mile east of State Hwy., just north of Shell Knob. Free, 417-858-3300,

Springfield Cardinals vs. San Antonio Missions, 5:10 p.m., Hammons Field, 955 E. Trafficway. 417-863-0395

2015 Miss Firecracker Pageant, 5 p.m., Galena Community building, 1026 W. State Hwy 248. For information on ages, dress codes and more, contact Sara Etchison at 417-527-1070

Dallas Jones and Molly Healy, 7-10 p.m., Sundays, Springfield Brewing Co., 305 S. Market. For more than 12 years, this duo has played a mellow mix of country and folk, pairing acoustic guitar with violin. Inspiring, hopeful lyrics.

Farmers Park Fitness Collective, 1-3 p.m. Sundays, Farmers Park, 2144 E. Republic. This event features Crossfit at 1 p.m. each Sunday at 2 p.m. martial arts (first and third Sundays) and krav maga (second and fourth Sundays).

Military Appreciation Day, 9 a.m., Dickerson Park Zoo, 3043 N. Fort. Free admission all day for members of active military units and their immediate families (or one guest). Please present your military ID. 417-833-1570

Springfield Cardinals vs. Corpus Christi Hooks, 6:10 p.m., Hammons Field, 955 E. Trafficway. 417-863-0395

Barak Hill, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays, Springfield Brewing Co., 305 S. Market . Indie folk singer-songwriter sings original material and covers artists such as Neil Young, The Band, CCR, Steve Earle and Otis Redding.

Ozarks Pickleball Club, 6 p.m. Mondays, Gillenwater Tennis Complex, 3635 S Jefferson. Play this racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis.

Springfield Cardinals vs. Corpus Christi Hooks, 7:10 p.m., Hammons Field, 955 E. Trafficway. 417-863-0395

Springfield Metro Chorus, 6 p.m. Mondays, Pursuit Church, 3636 E. Sunshine. Guests are welcome to view or join in open rehearsals of this women's barbershop chorus, a member of Sweet Adelines International. 417-860-9995,

Aquathon Series, Check-in from 6-6:45 p.m., aquathon 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays July 7-28, Doling Park and Meador Park. Ages 5 and older. This family-friendly run/swim race series takes place each week this month. Top three competitors in each age group will be recognized online following the final race. $10 per race per individual $35 for all four races in the series. 417-837-5900,

Farm 2 Table Cooking Class, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Jordan Valley Community Health Center, 440 E. Tampa. Free series demonstrating healthier recipes (with tasting samples!) brought to you by Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition and the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. 417-864-1667,

Farmers Park Fitness Collective, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, 2144 E. Republic. Taco Tuesday Cycling Group meets weekly.

Madison Avenue, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Springfield Brewing Co., 305 S. Market. Maddi Butler and Dan Stricker cover cross-genre favorites by artists such as the Beatles, Jack White, Nirvana.

Springfield Cardinals vs. Corpus Christi Hooks, 7:10 p.m., Hammons Field, 955 E. Trafficway. 417-863-0395

Candy Lee, 9:30-11:45 p.m., Springfield Brewing Co., 305 S. Market. Award-winning singer-songwriter combines her love of folk, jazz and indie music to create an ethereal style featuring smart lyrics.

"Hairspray," 8 p.m., July 8-11, 13-19, Craig Hall Plaza tent pad, 901 S. National. Bursting with bouncy '60s-style pop and R&B tunes, "Hairspray" boasts multiple Tony Awards. This joyful, campy comedy is big fun for everyone. Tickets can be purchased by calling 417-836-7678 or toll free at 888-476-7849 or visit

Little Acorns: Slithery Snakes, 11-11:45 a.m., Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way. Kids ages 3-6 get up close and personal with nature's most misunderstood reptile. Registration begins July 1, limited to one Little Acorns program per month. 417-888-4237

Christian County Fair, 5-11 p.m., Finley River Park, 328 Plumtree Drive, Ozark. Livestock competitions, music entertainment, food and commercial vendors, carnival, horse show and more. Free. 417-581-3558

Farmers Park Fitness Collective, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Farmers Park, 2144 E. Republic. On first, second and third Thursdays of the month, this event features yoga and family fun run/walks. Details:

Hometown Heroes: Springfield in WWII, 7-9 p.m., Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway. Library local history associate Michael Price discusses life in Springfield during World War II (1941-1945). Learn about hardships and patriotism on the home front during this decisive period in American history. 417-865-1340

Mid America's Grand Slam 48th Annual Show, 7 p.m., Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, 3001 N. Grant. Mid America Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association welcomes the wonderful world of the foxtrotter. 417-833-2660

Parties at the Park, 5 p.m., Farmers Park, 2144 E. Republic. Grab a drink from the beer garden and enjoy live entertainment from local favorites. This family-friendly event will also feature pocket discs and hammocks courtesy Dynamic Earth Equipment Company, a new outdoor kids play area and local food at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks. The July 9 event includes Mizzou Alumni Party at the Park Mizzou alums can RSVP to [email protected] General Parties at the Park info: 417-414-0285

SIVA Currents Visiting Artist Lecture Series featuring Chelsea Knight, 6:30-8 p.m., Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside. Drury's Summer Institute for Visual Arts puts on this art talk series at the museum. Hear from Chelsea Knight, artist and educator specializing in video installation, experimental narrative and documentary forms. Recently she has worked with a survivalist militia in upstate New York, a United Nations diplomat, interrogators from the Iraq War, second- and third-wave feminists, and Tea Party members. Free. 417-837-5700,

Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall at American Legion Post LZ639, 24 hours a day. American Legion Post LZ639, 2660 S. Scenic. The traveling memorial includes photographs taken by the 101st Airborne Division and other items from the Vietnam era. On display until the morning of July 12.

American Red Cross Dancers Announced for the 4th Annual Dancing with the Stars Fundraising Event

On Wednesday, September 28 the ten celebrity all-star dancers were announced for the 4 th Annual Dancing with the Stars for the American Red Cross. This event will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at the Radisson Hotel, Green Bay.

The 2012 “Dancing with the Stars celebrity line-up includes:

  • Kate Burgess, Owner/President of FulfillNet
  • Tommy Fox, On Air Personality WIXX
  • Brad Hutjens, Vice President/Chief Credit Officer of Nicolet National Bank
  • Staci Kring, Senior Vice President, Retail Sales, of Schreiber Foods
  • Tom Lemkuil, Architect
  • Dawn McCoy, Owner of Tranquility Spa
  • Tricia Nell, Attorney, Liebmann Conway Olejniczak & Jerry, S.C.
  • Rebecca Schuld, Meteorologist, WBAY-TV2
  • Matt Smith, Weekend Morning Anchor, WBAY-TV2
  • Robert (Bob) Warpinski Jr, IBM Senior Location Leader & Client Executive, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Brown County

To view additional pictures of the live announcement click HERE.

These ten celebrities will be trained in two ballroom dances by DanceSport of Green Bay under the direction of Janet Gollnick, former Midwest champion. Their dance partners will be accomplished and skilled college-aged dancers from DanceSport of Green Bay.

The winner of the Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy will be the dancer who is most supported by public and event votes. Votes will be in the form of dollars donated in support of the star dancer, both at the Dancing with the Stars event and dollars pledged in the name of the dancer prior to February 18. Awards presentation include “Judge’s Choice” and “People’s Choice” trophies.

We are honored to have Dan Messenger of Milwaukee, a former National Champion and acclaimed Ballroom Judge, as judge. Master of ceremonies for the event will be WBAY Anchors Cami Rapson, George Graphos and Chris Roth.

All proceeds for the event go to support local programs and services for the American Red Cross.

Tickets for the event will be on sale at the American Red Cross in Green Bay, starting January 4, 2012.

In the spirit of community outreach and Halloween, the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Bill Dodge in hosting, Thirsty for Blood &ndash a blood drive with a twist. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 30 th from 1-6pm at Bill Dodge Hyundai on 262 Bath Rd. Brunswick.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. As the nation&rsquos single largest supplier of blood and blood products, the American Red Cross is dedicated to ensuring that every patient who needs a lifesaving transfusion is able to receive one. In fact, the American Red Cross must collect more than 17,000 pints of blood each day to meet the needs of patients at more than 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. It is the blood on the shelves today that helps save lives tomorrow.

This will not be an ordinary blood drive, there will be Chamber Ambassadors dressed as Vampires, showroom vehicles to Trunk &ndash n- Treat in and door prizes to give away.

We are looking for door prizes and Trunk - n - Treat sponsors. A sponsorship is $50.00 and we will have your business name highlighted on the trunk along with yummy treats. If you are interested in sponsoring a trunk or donating a door prize please contact Tom Mixon at [email protected] or Barbara Rapoza at [email protected] If you are a Chamber Ambassador you can earn 25 points by dropping off a bag of Halloween candy or decorations you think we can use to Julie at the reception desk of the chamber.

Most importantly, we are looking for blood donors. Below are appointments that are currently available:

2:00pm, 2:15pm, 2:45pm, 3:00pm, 3:15pm, 3:30pm, 3:45pm, 4:00pm, 4:15pm, 5:00pm, 5:15pm, 5:30pm and 5:45pm.

To schedule a time to donate, call Amanda Leland at 207.837.5785 or email her at [email protected], please give her 2 time slots that may work for you as they are starting to go fast. Amanda will confirm your appointment time and we will also send out reminders via email and phone as we get closer to the event.

We look forward to seeing you all at the blood drive whether you are donating, showing your support, or trick or trunking!

Willie Nelson performs May 22, 2010 at Charley’s in Maui, Hawaii. (photo: Jessica Pearl)

Maui resident Willie Nelson has been added to the all-star lineup performing at “Kokua for Japan,” a fund raising event for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The event, staged by Clear Channel Radio Hawaii and Oceanic Time Warner Cable, will take place at the Great Lawn at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross for the Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami relief efforts. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser is also a sponsor of this event.

All entertainers, on-air personalities, and event producers are donating their time for the program.

Nelson will join previously announced entertainers including: Henry Kapono with special guests Michael McDonald and Mick Fleetwood, Loretta Ables Sayre, The Brothers Cazimero, Cecilio & Kapono, Kalapana, Cecilio & Kompany, Amy Hanaiali‘i Na Leo, John Cruz, Natural Vibrations, Manoa DNA, Robi Kahakalau Mailani Makainai, Taimane Gardner, Go Jimmy Go, Jerry Santos, the Gregg Hammer Band, and Kenny Endo’s taiko group.

Tickets are available for $15 via Honolulu Box Office, either charge-by-phone at 808-550-8457 or online at .

“Kokua for Japan” will also be simulcast on KFVE, KGMB, KHNL, KITV, and OC16, plus radio stations AM940, Island 985, KCCN-FM 100, KHVH-AM, Hawaiian 105 KINE-FM, KSSK 92.3 FM, and KSSK-AM 590. In addition, Clear Channel Radio Hawaii, OC16 and KITV will stream the event live on their respective websites.

For information, visit or contact KSSK FM at 296-9292, KSSK AM at 296-5959, KHVH 830 AM at 521-8383, or Island 985 FM at 296-9850.

In addition to the “Kokua for Japan” concert, the following benefit events are also scheduled:

» “Eat the Street for Japan” food truck and street rally from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday will benefit the American Red Cross relief efforts in Japan. The event will take place at the Kamehameha Schools’ parking lot at 555 South St. Vendors include Zarie’s Mediterranean Cuisine, Elena’s Filipino Foods, Sweet Leilani Treats, T.A.S.T.E. (Tasty Asian Style Taco Eatery), Xtreme Tacos, Cholo’s Homestyle Mexican, Why’z. Zsoli’s Chimney Cake Hawaii, Malia’s Pasteles and Poke, Gogi Korean Tacos, Baja Style Mexican Food, Hawaii Hot Dogs, Jawaiian Irie Jerk, Camille’s on Wheels, Aloha Ice Cream Tricycle, Hula Shrimp Company, Fairycakes, Four Caterers, Local Stop, Jus’ Right Kettle Corn Popcorn, Summer’s LavaDogs, Onopops, Simply Ono, Melt, Dixie Grill, Tacos Vicente and Shogunai Tacos. The event is organized by .

» “Beachfront Aloha for Japan” will be held from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Pacific Beach Hotel on Kalakaua Avenue, with entertainment by Palani Vaughn, Bruce Shimabukuro, Johnny Helm, Jeremy Hirokawa, juggler Greg Gabaylo and others. Highlights include massage and nail stations, food booths and a silent auction. All donations collected will benefit the Aloha for Japan relief effort.

» Donations will be accepted for the Aloha for Japan Fund at the Taste of Marukai event from 6 to 9 p.m. April 7 at Marukai Wholesale Mart, Dillingham (2310 Kamehameha Highway), featuring specialty dishes by Nobu Waikiki, samples of more than 50 sake, live entertainment and more, $95. Proceeds benefit the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, the Honolulu Chamber of Commerce, Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Hawaii United Okinawa Association. Tickets available online at .

»?The Dragon Upstairs is hosting a classical music night and fundraiser for Japan’s earthquake and tsunami victims at 8:30 p.m. April 8. Performing will be pianist Yoko Matsui and vocalist Takamasa Yamanura. There is a $10 cover charge. The Dragon Upstairs is located at 1038 Nuuanu Ave. call 526-1410.

» Twenty-four restaurants, including Le Bistro, Pagoda, Hukilau Honolulu, Murphy’s Bar and Grill, and Hy’s Steakhouse, are collaborating to raise funds for Tohoku University Hospital in Sendai, Japan. The “With Aloha” event will be held at Pagoda Hotel from 5 to 9 p.m. April 9, with a crane-making booth, silent auction, wine and beer tasting stations and entertainment by Brother Noland, Juke Joint nd Ka‘ala Boys. Tickets are available at for $50, or $60 at the door. Monetary donations can be made online or by mail to: Tohoku University Hospital-Japan Relief Fund, 1000 Bishop St., Suite 610, Honolulu 96813. Checks should be made payable to:?Tohoku University Hospital-Japan Relief Fund.

» The weekly Pakele Live! Hawaiian music series with Tony Solis is hosting a series of benefit concerts to aid victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Concerts will be held 6 p.m Thursdays through April 14 at the Willows Restaurant. Coming up on Thursday are Kainani Kahaunaele, the Jeff Teves Quartet, and Jon Yamasato with David Kamakahi. The nightly menu and a la carte menu will be available during the concert. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. All proceeds will be donated to Japan relief organizations. Call 952-9200.

» The group Aloha Moms are organizing a walk for Oahu’s keiki, with proceeds benefitting the American Red Cross Fund for the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami. The Keiki Walk for Japan starts at 8:30 a.m. April 9, at the Mililani High School track. The activities will be divided into a 25-meter “diaper dash” or a one-mile keiki walk. Cash donations will be collected on-site. To register, call 540-845-7443 or email [email protected] .

» The Hawaii Youth Symphony will host a benefit concert 4 p.m. April 10, at the Blaisdell Concert Hall for Aloha for Japan/American Red Cross disaster relief efforts, featuring award-winning artists, guest musicians and singers. In lieu of an admission fee, HYS is asking attendees to make a donation, with all proceeds collected at the concert going to relief efforts. Themed “Collaborative Collage,” HYS’ Youth Symphony I will play with guest performers the Honolulu Symphony Chorus and Utah’s award-winning pianist Michael Stewart, who recently received top honors at the Aloha International Piano Festival. World-class pianist Lisa Nakamichi will also perform and will speak about the devastation in Japan while she was there. Honolulu Symphony Concertmaster Iggy Jang will also be a guest violin soloist during the world premiere of “Liu-Si,” written by HYS alumnus Michael Thomas-Foumai. Tickets are free but required for entry and are available through the Blaisdell Center box office. Call 591-2211.

» The Halekulani and Nobu Waikiki have joined to present the menus of three acclaimed chefs in a culinary benefit on April 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. “For Japan — Culinary Artists for the Japan Relief Effort” will feature Halekulani Executive Chef Vikram Garg, and chefs Nobu Matsuhisa and Yuji Wakiya. Garg will present a “Neo-Classic Indian Cuisine” menu, Matsuhisa “Japanese-Peruvian Cuisine,” and Wakiya “Haute Chinese Cuisine.” Donations are $95 per person, with all of the proceeds going towards the statewide initiative “Aloha for Japan,” with the Japan-America Society of Hawaii as the designated recipient benefiting the Japanese Red Cross Society. For reservations, call 931-5040.

» Chef Nobu Matsuhisa will donate $50 from each $150 omakase to a Japan-based relief organization through an international fundraiser with his 26 global Nobu and Matsuhisa restaurants. The omakase includes toro tartar with oysters seared kanpachi sashimi salad with matsuhisa dressing roasted lobster with shisho-garlic butter wagyu beef with foie gras and truffle-soy reduction sushi miso soup and a dessert trio. Call 237-6999 for reservations.

»?“Kokua Japan” T-shirts can be purchased at all Foodland and Sack N Save Stores. Cost is $15, with all proceeds donated to the American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts in Japan. The shirt was designed by Foodland’s in-house creative department. T-shirts can also be ordered online at . A matching gifts program is also conducted at the checkouts. Foodland and Western Union will match donations up to $150,000.

» “Aloha for Japan” T-shirts are being sold at HiLife/ButiGroove Hawaii (500 Piikoi St.) Fitted Hawaii (1438 Kona St., #B) In4mation locations, (Ward Warehouse and Pearlridge) Aloha Army (226 Lewers St.) and Barefoot League (880 Kapahulu Avenue). T-shirts cost $20, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Hawaii Red Cross to support victims in Japan.

» Honolulu-based photographer, Zachary Purcell is donating 20 percent of his sales to the American Red Cross-Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami efforts through April 15. Purcell shoots still photos throughout Oahu and Maui, focusing largely on nature, landscapes and cityscapes. His photos may be purchased at .

» Safeway customers can make donations at all check stands using cash, checks or credit cards. The company will make a $100,000 donation and match all employee contributions.

» Whole Foods Market customers can make pledges of any amount at the Kahala and Kahului stores to benefit American Red Cross Japan disaster relief fund. Call 738-0820.

Get to know DWOS Executive Producer: Shawn Kiser

After spending nearly two decades in radio and television, I challenged myself to make a bigger difference in this world and ventured into the non-profit sector.

This is my sixth year producing Dancing with Our Stars and I’ve developed many great relationships through this wonderful event. In addition to my DWOS duties, I also serve as the Development Director at Acts 1:8 Ministry where we share God’s love through Planned Acts of Christian Kindness. Faith, family and helping the less fortunate are my priorities and that’s providing me with a very blessed and fulfilled life! Thank you all for supporting this amazing group of community volunteers!

A quick trip down memory lane – I vividly remember a conversation I had with Donald Driver in December of 2012 in which I told him I wanted to do an all-star event for the 10th anniversary. Keep in mind DWOS wasn’t even five years old at that time! It’s cool to see it come to fruition although bittersweet since it doubles as the final chapter in this amazing story. Planning for this event began about two years ago. Let’s make it a grand finale!