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Author: The County Journal

Playing bridge at Fay’s leads to active minds and healthy lives

In 1955, when I was 8 years old, young mothers from the First Congregational Church, members of a circle called the Evening Bells, were offered the opportunity to learn to play bridge. They jumped at the chance. Those young women were Mary Lou Schneckenberger, Joyce Ells, Donna Mae Johnson, Donna W. Johnson, Margie Clever, Midge Sherman, Joyce Sparks, and Nancy Cook. Fifty-nine years later, five of the original eight plus Connie Bazaire, Sandy Maatsch, and Bev Trumley, and a number of substitutes too numerous to mention, are still playing. They originally met in their respective homes in the evenings....

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Exciting things happening in October at Crosswalk Teen Center

As fall begins and teens seek to settle into their school schedule, Crosswalk Teen Center continues to provide and pursue ways to assist students in achieving their full potential. The month of October is packed with opportunities for students to stretch their horizons and try new things. Teens are encouraged to sign-up for classes as soon as possible, due to limited space. Classes include: Frugal Foods – Mondays, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Foods don’t have to be expensive to taste great.  Sign-up to create meals that can stretch the dollar while providing a delicious entrée. An Introduction to Stress Management — Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Learn a simple technique that has been scientifically proven to reduce the harmful effects of stress, resulting in a healthier, more productive life. You will leave this class relaxed and renewed with everything you need to start a daily practice to manage your stress. Teens and adults are welcome. Instructors are Holly Makimaa and Mike Limauro. Intro to Piano Keyboard — Wednesdays, Oct. 8, 15 and 22 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. It’s never too late to learn the piano. Take the leap, learn the basics, and be on your way to becoming a musician. Whether you’ve dreamed of becoming a musician or are just curious as to whether you might like playing the...

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Anticipation building for crafts on the Courthouse lawn

You may not notice the the leaves on the trees starting to change colors or that some have even begun to fall to the ground. That’s only because your eyes will be transfixed by the sheer number of white tents, colorful crafts and people filling Courthouse Square for the annual Charlotte Frontier Days arts and crafts show. The food wagons will be in place and the city will be all a buzz. The yearlong process of meetings, emails, mailings and phone calls is about to become a reality. Behind the scenes on the 1885 Courthouse Square lawn, the map layout will be laid, the tents and canopies will be set up, water, electric and picnic tables ready, thanks to my husband, Randy, son-in-law, Gary Reichert, cousin, Olivia Belger, nephew, AJ Luna, Julie Kimmer, Chris Garrison, Sally Starkweather and the Charlotte Department of Public Works crew. Just as all of that work settles down, the arts & crafters make their way to Charlotte with their canopies and tables for the busy weekend. This year’s event will feature a wide assortment of Amish baked goods, wind chimes, leather goods, jewelry, maple syrup products, sweat shirts, t-shirts, oak furniture, wood crafts, crocheted/sewn items, ceramics, caricatures, photography, fudge, cement yard ornaments and metal art, to name a few. With the help from the Charlotte Police Department for traffic control, Friday, Sept. 5 morning...

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Big hair not mandatory but encouraged for 80s night

Thursday, Sept. 4 is Throw Back Thursday in the truest sense of the phrase since social media went overboard categorizing every day of the week. Can you honestly think of a greater time to throwback to than the 1980s with its crazy hair and gaudy fashion? The Charlotte Frontier Days Board can’t either, that’s why they are introducing 80s Night at the Candy Ford Saloon. Ladies, it’s time to break out all of that extra Aqua Net you’ve been storing away and tease those bangs to epic heights once again. Gentlemen, it’s time to bust out your parachute pants, gold chains and dust off those old Adidas, because let’s face it, who doesn’t love the 80s? The evening will include your favorite tunes performed by the band, Square Pegz. Drink specials all night include slushy drinks and $1 pucker shots. If nothing else, you won’t want to miss the “I Want Candy” candy buffet, featuring a variety of 80s candy favorites. So, help us celebrate Throwback Thursday by coming to the biggest 80s party of the year. The Charlotte Frontier Days Board wants everyone to have a good time. Please drink responsibly. Cabs will be available. Stay safe and don’t drink and...

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Claim your spot early, Frontier Days Parade begins at 10:30 a.m.

Cochran Avenue begins to fill with people earlier and earlier each year on the Saturday of Frontier Days. Some people claim their spots at dawn, others take their chances, but everyone wants a good spot to watch the annual Frontier Days Parade. This year, the fun gets underway at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6 as the lights and sirens of the Charlotte Police Department lead a cast of hundreds down Lawrence and Cochran avenues. Team One Chevrolet of Charlotte is sponsoring this year’s parade, which promises to be as good as ever. Saturday morning’s festivities feature entertainment for the entire family. You will enjoy a variety of parade entries, including floats, horse drawn wagons, riders on horseback, high school bands and clowns.  You will also see fire trucks, old tractors, antique cars, and much more. The 2014 Frontier Days King, Queen, Prince and Princess will travel in mule-drawn wagons and a special car will carry this year’s Grand Marshals.  This year Charlotte Frontier Days is honored to introduce Joe and Lori Pray as 2014 Grand Marshals. The Pray Family has a history of service to the Charlotte community and Joe and Lori have played an important role in that history. It is in recognition of their many contributions that they were selected to be this year’s Grand Marshals. Frontier Days is a celebration of Charlotte as a community....

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