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USGA Announces "Open For All" Fan Programming To Amplify Historic 2014 U.S. Open Championships

New Experiential and Online Fan Engagement to Run Through Championship Weeks

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, NC April 21, 2014 – As part of its commitment to make golf more accessible and enjoyable, the United States Golf Association (USGA) has announced “Open For All”, a series of beyond-the-gates experiential initiatives surrounding this year’s historic back-to-back U.S. Open Championships. The fun and interactive events have been designed to attract new audiences and celebrate golf fans’ connection to the game.
A look at the 16th hole at Pinehurst No. 2, which will host the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open in consecutive weeks in June. (USGA/John Mummert)

A look at the 16th hole at Pinehurst No. 2, which will host the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open in consecutive weeks in June. (USGA/John Mummert)

The U.S. Open Championships will be held in consecutive weeks at Pinehurst No. 2 in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C. The 114th U.S. Open will take place June 12-15, followed by the 69th U.S. Women’s Open Championship, June 19-22. Three primary elements will define 2014 “Open for All” programming: The U.S. Open: Drive to Pinehurst, U.S. Open Championship Trophy Tour; the first ever on-site Bob Jones Award ceremony; and two weeks of interactive programming and spectator entertainment known as the “U.S. Open Experience”. “Anyone who has ever attended a U.S. Open knows how special an experience it is,” said Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman. “’Open for All’ is our anthemic opportunity to bring the excitement of these championships beyond the gates, and deeper into the community. Our championships are defined by the people who volunteer, view and participate and we’re excited to create opportunities for these important audiences to grow in their connection to a game we all love, and open up golf and the USGA to new audiences.” The U.S. Open: Drive to Pinehurst In late May, the USGA’s beyond-the-gates programming will kick off with The U.S. Open: Drive to Pinehurst video series, in partnership with Lexus. The three segments will chronicle the captivating stories of three North Carolina-based amateur golfers and their unique and special connection to this year’s Championship. Told through the voice of the individual golfer, each video will share their affinity for the game and their personal golf journey. Filmed in Pinehurst, Raleigh and Greensboro, the vignettes will be featured on usopen.com and promoted actively throughout online social channels including Facebook, Google and YouTube leading up to commencement of the championship in early June. Bob Jones Award Ceremony 2014 marks the first year that the USGA will begin a tradition of hosting its annual Bob Jones Award ceremony on-site at the U.S. Open Championship. The Bob Jones Award is the USGA’s highest honor and annually recognizes an individual who personifies the values of its namesake: sportsmanship, integrity and respect for the game. On Tuesday, June 10th, U.S. Open Championship ticketholders are encouraged to attend the on-site ceremony and join the USGA, friends and family as they celebrate the life and career of 2014 Bob Jones Award winner Payne Stewart. Spectators will be able to view the ceremony live at 5pm EDT from the Lawn Area near the Pinehurst clubhouse. For those not attending the Championships in Pinehurst, the Award Ceremony will be streamed live in its entirety on www.usga.org. Stewart joins previous winners who include Francis Ouimet, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Nancy Lopez, Annika Sorenstam, President H.W. Bush, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. Separately, a public screening of a new USGA Film on Payne Stewart’s 1999 U.S. Open victory will run later in the evening in the Village of Pinehurst, beginning at 8pm EDT. The new film entitled, The 1999 U.S. Open: One Moment in Time, was produced through a true collaboration between the USGA Museum and Ross Greenburg, a 51-time Sports Emmy Award winner. The U.S. Open Experience Building on the success of last year’s family-friendly events in Philadelphia’s Center City district, the USGA is elevating and expanding its popular “U.S. Open Experience” in 2014. This year’s “U.S. Open Experience” will feature live musical performances, roundtable discussions, golf films, local cuisine, and interactive golf experiences designed to showcase the game and the host region. Conveniently located in Tufts Park in the center of the Village of Pinehurst, the “U.S. Open Experience” will feature two weeks of special events with free admission to the public. Festivities will begin at the conclusion of daily practice or championship play, and will run from June 10th through June 22nd. Scheduled activities include: 6/10    A Tribute to Payne Stewart and screening of a new USGA film paying tribute to the late Stewart, entitled The 1999 U.S. Open: One Moment in Time 6/11    A Tribute to the U.S. Military featuring a performance by the 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus 6/12    Spirit of the U.S. Open Film Series and Media Panel Discussion 6/13    A Performance by the North Carolina Symphony 6/16    U.S. Open Volunteer Appreciation Night 6/18    Family Night and Kids’ Skills Challenge 6/19    Spirit of the U.S. Open Film Series and Historical Discussion 6/21    A Performance by the Carolina Philharmonic A complete and up-to-date schedule of events will be available at www.usopen.com/usopenexperience “The USGA has an extraordinary partner in the Village of Pinehurst and their special events committee,” said Sarah Hirshland, USGA senior managing director of business affairs. “Together we are working to fulfill our shared vision for the activities surrounding these historic Championships. Their welcoming spirit and openness will leave U.S. Open fans with an outstanding impression of the community and a desire to return.” “The Village of Pinehurst is pleased to be working with the United States Golf Association to develop an outstanding line-up of events and activities for presentation in the Village of Pinehurst during the U.S. Open Championships,” said Nancy R. Fiorillo, Mayor of the Village of Pinehurst.  “We’re excited at the thought of our community residents, their guests, and those spectators who have traveled to Pinehurst from around the world experiencing the rich history and traditions that make the Village of Pinehurst a wonderful place to live and visit.” About the USGA The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s working jurisdiction comprises the United States, its territories and Mexico. The USGA is a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and funds an ongoing “For the Good of the Game” charitable giving program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries. For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org.

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NC Baptists Plan Statewide, One-Day Wheelchair Ramp Build

By: North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry THOMASVILLE, NC April 21, 2014 - On Saturday, April 26, North Carolina Baptist wheelchair ramp building teams will once again rise before the sun, load pickups with lumber, hammers and saws, and head out to spend the day building wheelchair ramps for those in need in their communities. Rampin' Up - North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry Rampin’ Up! is a biennial event jointly sponsored by North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry (NCBAM) and North Carolina Baptist Men. The outreach is held in conjunction with NC Operation Inasmuch – a one-day mission opportunity blitz across North Carolina. Ramp-building teams will be at work in every county. Call 1.877.506.2226 to learn where ramps are scheduled to be built in your area as well as information about the recipients. The joy and camaraderie of Baptists building ramps provide great photo and video opportunities for local media. All ramp recipients have signed photo releases with NCBAM. In 2012, the Rampin’ Up! event brought new levels of freedom and improved quality of life to more than 300 aging adults in North Carolina. Dr. Sandy Gregory, director of NCBAM, explains the reason for the event, “Baptists build wheelchair ramps every weekend. This biennial event brings to light their ministry and increases awareness of the fact that many aging adults are trapped inside their homes every day with only a few steps preventing them from connecting with their communities and enjoying a higher quality of life.” A story from 2012: Eighty-five-year-old Lorene Clodfelter of Davidson County was recovering from knee-replacement surgery when she fell from her front steps. This injury set back her recovery and confined her to four walls. North Carolina Baptists joined together to build a wheelchair ramp for Lorene—providing their labor of love at no cost.

NCBAM - North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry

NCBAM - North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry

Lorene is now able to get fresh air and exercise every morning and afternoon. “This ramp is the best thing that ever happened to me. I was amazed; they came one Saturday morning and after about five hours it was built!  I hope others who need a ramp can get one.” Hundreds of lives will be similarly impacted on April 26, 2014 as North Carolina Baptists work with saws, hammers, drills, and the love of Christ to make life better for neighbors in need.   # # #   North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry connects the aging and their families with resources to meet needs and coordinates practical ministries. NCBAM provides “help for the journey”—seeking to enable the aging to maintain their independence and enjoy quality lives. Baptist Men has 14 different ministries and is an auxiliary to the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Baptist Men help churches involve their members in missions and ministry in Jesus’ name.

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Western Wake Music Fest this Sunday at Booth Amphitheatre!


  CARY, NC April 21, 2014 - The Western Wake Music Fest brings together extraordinary talent from four local Western Wake County High School music programs. Koka Booth Amphitheatre logo Support the arts in your community and bring a picnic to Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre on Sunday, April 27th, from 4 – 8 p.m. to enjoy this entertaining and FREE event!  Guests are sure to tap their feet to the stylings of the jazz ensembles from Cary, Green Hope, Panther Creek and Athens Drive high schools.  For that relaxing vibe, the sounds of the Athens Drive Strings Orchestra are just the thing for a lazy Sunday.  In a special highlight concert-goers will be treated experience the passionate program that the Athens Drive Wind Ensemble performed just last month at Carnegie Hall. If that’s not enough, the harmonic voices of the Athens Chorus will be featured as well! Enjoy a glorious spring evening of music in the beautiful, tranquil surroundings of Koka Booth Amphitheatre. While the event is free to attend, donations are welcome! Picnics are allowed but no alcohol please. 3:30 p.m. -- Gates Open 4:30 – 8 p.m. – Concert   Lawn seating is free and table seating will be available for $10 per seat. For complete concert information go to www.boothamphitheatre.com or call (919) 462-2025. For advance concert announcements and ticket specials sign up for the Amphitheatre newsletter at boothamphitheatre.com


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Old Crow Medicine Show announce Raleigh & Charlotte dates


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OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW will play Red Hat Amphitheater Raleigh on August 20 & Uptown Amphitheatre Charlotte on August 21.   Tickets go on sale Friday April 25 at 10am at LiveNation.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, or charge by phone 800-745-3000.   Tickets for the August 20 Raleigh show will also be available at Duke Energy Center box office and Belk box office at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre.   Tickets for the August 21 Charlotte show will also be available at The Fillmore Charlotte box office.   For more information go to livenation.com.   # # #   About Live Nation Entertainment: Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation Management and Live Nation Media/Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors

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Kings of Leon announce fall tour coming to Charlotte and Raleigh



Kings of Leon - 2014 Mechanical Bull Tour 







Kings Of Leon announced the third leg to their 2014 MECHANICAL BULL TOUR. Produced and promoted by Live Nation, the band will kick off the summer amphitheater tour on Thursday, July 31 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Mo. Joining Kings Of Leon on select dates this summer will be Young The Giant and Kongos. Tickets for the general public go on sale starting Friday, April 25 through the Live Nation mobile app and at www.livenation.com.   KINGS OF LEON will bring their 2014 Mechanical Bull Tour to PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte (formerly Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre) on September 16 & Walnut Creek Amphitheatre Raleigh on September 17.   Tickets go on sale Friday April 25 at 10am at LiveNation.com, the venue box offices, all Ticketmaster outlets, or charge by phone 800-745-3000.   The first leg of the 2014 MECHANICAL BULL TOUR was a resounding success. The Hollywood Reporter attended the sold-out Madison Square Garden show and exclaimed, “The throngs of mostly 20 somethings seemingly knew the words to every song. The concert was exemplary," while the Detroit News enthused, “The show was a muscular, high-end production."   For more information go to livenation.com.   # # #   About Live Nation Entertainment: Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation Management and Live Nation Media/Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors

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Maxwell's Summer Soulstice Tour to play Durham & Charleston this summer







  MAXWELL will bring his Summer Soulstice Tour to DPAC Durham on Saturday July 26 & the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on July 29.   Tickets go on sale Friday April 25 at 10am at Ticketmaster.com, venue box offices, all Ticketmaster outlets, or charge by phone 800-745-3000. Maxwell, the platinum soul star known for his show-stopping performances, has announced the 35+ date "Summer Soulstice" tour this June, July and August, his first major dates since 2010. In concert, the singer and songwriter is lauded for his impeccable vocals, his connection to his audience and the sheer physicality of his performance. Last summer, at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, AOL's "Black Voices" wrote "[T]his night belonged to Maxwell…a perfect show. From the set's beginning until its end, the audience sang along to every note, every lyric, and every riff as the balladeer performed some of his biggest hits and crowd favorites." On his last tour, the Chicago Tribune wrote that Maxwell "worked his band like Cab Calloway or James Brown, the horns slicing and dicing with Ginsu-knife precision, a Hammond organ taking us to church, the drums peppering everything with syncopated beats” while the NY Post observed that he "became the quintessential soul brother… half singing, half preaching as if he were possessed by the spirit of Sam Cooke." The Atlanta Journal Constitution said "within mere seconds, Maxwell was turning up the heat -- running up and down stairs on the set, sliding across the floor."   Fan presales for select tour dates begin Tuesday, April 22nd at 7am local time for Upfront members at www.crowdsurge.com/maxwell/upfront Regular fan presales begin Tuesday, April 22nd at 12pm local time atwww.crowdsurge.com/maxwell/summersoulstice Maxwell began redefining classic soul music for a new generation with the release of his critically-acclaimed debut album, ‘Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite,’ in April 1996. Fueled in part by the RIAA gold single, "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)," the Grammy-nominated ‘Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite’ achieved double platinum status. Maxwell followed up with his ‘MTV Unplugged’ EP, released in July 1997. His second full-length album, ‘Embrya,’ was released in June 1998. Maxwell’s 2009 album, the “unapologetically deep” (LA Times) ‘BLACKsummers’night’ ignited the charts and debuted at No. 1, winning him two Grammys and another platinum award. To date, Maxwell has achieved 12 gold and platinum certifications from the RIAA for his albums and singles.   For more information go to ticketmaster.com.   # # # About Live Nation Entertainment: Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation Management and Live Nation Media/Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors

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Airlie Gardens Welcomes Spring with Concert Series Line-up Announcement

WILMINGTON, NC April 16, 2014 - Airlie Gardens has unveiled its slate of musical performers for the 2014 Summer Concert Series. True to tradition, a concert will take place every first and third Friday of the month from May until September. Along with returning favorites, though, this year’s program will offer several new local acts, including the series’ first ever country and first ever reggae bands. Airlie Gardens - Wilmington, NC “Every year around this time, the entire Airlie staff starts getting so excited for the coming months – the warm months – particularly for these great concerts to take place,” Airlie Gardens’ Development Manager Janine Powell said. “We are even more excited this year because we know the new offerings will not only draw larger crowds, but will provide our regular concert-goers with something new and different than what they have experienced year after year from us.” The schedule includes returning acts that most regulars now expect and demand, including L Shape Lot and The Imitations. In addition, guests will have the chance to experience several new bands. The schedule concludes with more performers that already have played against the unique backdrop that is Airlie. The Summer Concert Series has grown to become a staple of summer fun in Wilmington, helping earn the Gardens a Top 3 win for Encore’s 2014 Best Local Tourist Attraction. According to Powell, “Every year the Concert Series grows, proving to us that families still value spreading out a blanket, eating yummy snacks and enjoying good music on summer nights in Wilmington, so let the countdown begin!” The full schedule for the 2014 Summer Concert Series is as follows:

​May 2 ​Heartbeat of Soul ​Beach
​May 16 ​Jack Jack 180 ​Pop/rock/alternative
​June 6 ​40 East ​Country/Covers
​June 20 ​'Shine ​Soft Rock
​July 4 ​The Imitations ​Dance
​July 18 L Shape Lot ​Folk Rock
​August 1 ​BLP ​Dance
​August 15 Signal Fire ​Reggae
​September 5 ​Stardust ​Jazz/Old Standards
​September 19 ​The 360 Degrees ​Dance
For more information about the 2014 Summer Concert Series, or to purchase tickets closer to the concert dates, please visit www.airliegardens.org.

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Bikers for Bruce Hemmingway Fundraising Festival

WILMINGTON, NC April 15th, 2014 - Bruce Hemmingway was riding home on his motorcycle on April 12, 2013.  The driver of a van was Texting while driving and did not yield the right of way.  Despite the fact that Bruce was wearing his helmet, he suffered spinal cord injuries and is currently a quadriplegic with his life forever changed.

Cathy Dixon Boles with Bruce Hemmingway

Cathy Dixon Boles with Bruce Hemmingway

Bikers for Bruce, A Fundraising Festival will be held on Sunday, June 22, 2014.  100% of the proceeds will go to Bruce and Vicki Hemmingway to help with physical therapy and rehabilitation so that Bruce may walk again. The day will begin with registration at Logan’s Roadhouse located in Jacksonville, NC from 11-12 and at Fat Tony’s Pub in Wilmington, NC from 12-1. Registration is $20 per person and includes a Tshirt, poker hand, food and entertainment for the day. There is an optional rider fee of $10 that includes food, poker hand and entertainment. Cars and motorcycles are both welcome with the same registration fee per person. A tally sheet will be given to each person at registration along with the stops along the route. At each stop the rider will pull one card and the volunteer will record it on the tally sheet. The stops are as follows: Fat Tony’s (Wilmington), Logan’s Roadhouse ( Jacksonville), Liberty Tavern (Wilmington), Jebby’s on 17 (Hampstead), Lo-re-lie Pub & Grill (Snead’s Ferry). Last Bike in will be at 3:30pm. There will be a Prize for Best Hand and Worst Hand.
Bikers for Bruce Hemmingway

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There will be a Bake Sale and entertainment from 1-6pm to include Motorcycle Stunts , Belly Dancers, Face Painting and Live Music by several Local Bands. General admission for Non Poker Run participants will be $10 to include food and entertainment. Additional Tshirts will be for sale. There will be a 50/50 Raffle with half of the proceeds going to Bruce and the winner gets the other half. There will be raffles, live auction and silent auction with prizes from gift certificates to local businesses to include restaurants, salons and spas, hotel stays and more. The day will end between 5-6 pm after raffles, 50/50, auction and winners have been announced. Please join us in supporting Bruce and Vicki as well as reinforcing the “DON”T TEXT AND DRIVE” message. All too soon we see the effects that result from texting and driving, yet to see Bruce fighting so hard to rebuild the life he had physically is such an inspiration to many. We support Bruce and the message.   If you would like to donate raffle items, be a sponsor or contribute to this event please see contact info below. There are sponsorships available starting at $100 to have your name on the T-shirt and any sponsorship over $500 will get their logo on the shirt. All sponsorships must be sent in by June 5th in order for printing deadline. All sponsors on T-shirt will receive FREE admission to the event.     Contacts: Denise Albea 252-327-4247 denisealbea@gmail.com Cathy Dixon Boles (910)-777-9965   heathersblooming2@charter.net

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NC Aquarium Earth Day Party for the Planet

PINE KNOLL SHORES, NC April 14, 2014 - The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores offers a personal touch to make the conservation connection at the annual Crystal Coast Earth Day Festival this Saturday. The Aquarium’s traveling touch tanks put live animals such as sea stars and horseshoe crabs at your fingertips during the event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fort Macon State Park visitor center. Also enjoy live music by Gumbo Lily and fun, hands-on activities for children. More than 20 organizations annually join together for the observance, which is free.

Look for traveling touch tanks from the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores this Saturday during the Crystal Coast Earth Day Festival, 10a.m. - 2 p.m., Fort Macon State Park visitor center.

Look for traveling touch tanks from the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores this Saturday during the Crystal Coast Earth Day Festival, 10a.m. - 2 p.m., Fort Macon State Park visitor center.

The Aquarium continues its celebration with a week-long Party for the Planet through April 26, emphasizing green places and spaces. Look for helpful displays among the exhibits on how to apply simple but effective changes in your own home and backyard. The annual Cakes for Conservation competition April 22 is a sweet way to underscore the week’s theme. Bakers ages 5 and up express their philosophies in frosting and compete for cash prizes with confections that depict “Backyard Buddies” – amphibians, birds, snakes, turtles, insects and plants. There is no entry fee. Judges will be looking for creativity, taste, portrayal of the theme and use of local, organic and sustainable ingredients. Cash prizes to be awarded include $100 to the winner in the professional category; $50 for the top confection in the amateur division; and $25 for the best effort in the junior amateur category for ages 5-17. Completed cakes should be delivered to the Aquarium between 3 – 5 p.m. April 21 or between 8 – 10 a.m. on April 22. All cakes will be on display from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on April 22. Winners will be announced at 3:30 p.m. After the awards, visitors are invited to partake in a taste test of all the entries. The Aquarium Party for the Planet activities are free with admission or membership.    

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Hilton Head Island Chamber Bike & Dine Week Returns

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC April 14, 2014 - May is national biking month and Chamber Bike & Dine Week, presented by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, April 28 through May 4th, offers bicycling enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy fantastic cuisine island-wide.

Hilton Head Island Chamber Bike and Dine 2014

Now in its second year, Chamber Bike & Dine Week, sponsored by Coligny Plaza, celebrates the island's ranking among the nation's best destinations for biking and fine dining. Participating restaurants will offer Bike & Dine Week menus to patrons arriving by bike along with special dining offers. With a full line-up of events, Chamber Bike & Dine Week celebrates the island's bicycle friendly setting with  lunch meet-ups at Bomboras Grill during the week and Saturday's free bike ride.  The Islander's Beach Ride @ Coligny, starts at 10:00 a.m.on Saturday, May 3rd at Coligy Beach Park. The ride, organized by the Town of Hilton Head Island and the Bicycle Advisory Committee is an open-to-all free bike ride from Coligny Beach to Palmetto Dunes and back. It's a great week to bike and dine with choices from Bomboras Grill to Street Meet Tavern, Mellow Mushroom and more. Participating restaurants are listed on the Chamber's website at www.ChamberBikeandDine.com.

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