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Celebrating Diversity in the Community at Rocky Mount International Festival of Cultures

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On Saturday, March 2, just a few minutes up the road from your new home at the Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community on the campus of Nash Community College, there will be a celebration of diversity with in the local community as a part of the Rocky Mount International Festival of Cultures.

Starting at 12:00 pm and running until 4:00 pm at the on campus, Brown Auditorium, the Rocky Mount International Festival of Cultures has become an annual favorite among local events. “This festival brings our community together and shows us how our diversity empowers us,” said city of Rocky Mount Director of Human Relations, Archie Jones.

There will be many tastes, sounds, and sights on hand at the Rocky Mount International Festival of Cultures for all to enjoy on March 2. These will include an array of exotic foods for sampling from across the globe, and vendors, who likewise will be selling and showcasing items representing a variety of ethnicities and cultures. In addition, there will be a fashion show and also multi-cultural live music and entertainment to enjoy at the Rocky mount International Festival of Cultures.

Slated to be represented and on display at the Rocky Mount International Festival of Cultures are communities and traditions to include Central American, Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian, African American, and the Hawaii-Saponi Indian Tribe.

Summing up the great community feel of this celebration of diversity, Jones concluded his statement on the official city website saying, “From the food to the fashion and the friendly atmosphere, this event showcases some of the best of our city-the many cultures that call Rocky Mount home.”

For more information on the Rocky Mount International Festival of Cultures, visit the City Of Rocky Mount website at rockymountnc.gov.

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Rocky Mount Listed Among Best Cities to Raise a Family in North Carolina

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The real estate and moving experts at homesnacks.net have released their final list for the end of the year 2018 and supporting your “family friendly” move to the Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community is their ranking of the city of Rocky Mount among the Best Cities to Raise a Family in North Carolina.

Collecting the most current data from proven and true sources, it is explained at the official Homesnacks website that in their final poll of the Best Cities to Raise a Family in North Carolina they “limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For North Carolina, that meant a total of 60 cities.”

Going further in the explanation of the process in which they determine the Best Cities to Raise a Family in North Carolina, it notes, “We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of North Carolina, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

Thus, in utilizing that system to determine the final listing of Best Cities to Raise a Family in North Carolina, the higher the “Family” score they arrive at, the higher the rankings. Rocky Mount was one of the most improved on the final list of 60 municipalities this year, seeing the most improvement on the list of nearly any of those listed. This put the city in the upper half of the cities listed for the very first time in the storied history of this poll.

In the overall ranking of the city of Rocky Mount, in addition to making the climb up the Best Cities to Raise a Family in  North Carolina listing, other very strong areas in which the site was complimentary of the city included affordability (cost of living), diversity, amenities, and commute/location.

To see more on Rocky Mount’s inclusion in the listing of the Top 60 Best Cities to Raise a Family in North Carolina or the entire list in detail, visit homesnacks.net.

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“ASPIRE for Lifestyle Redefined” in the New Year with Adult Studies at NC Wesleyan College

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With the countless options in outdoor living and active lifestyle in Rocky Mount, the reasons to choose the premier NC golf and retirement community,Belmont Lake Preserve are plentiful, however, for those looking to continue or revisit your education, North Carolina Wesleyan College offers up maybe the top reason to Retire in North Carolina.

Located directly next door to Belmont Lake Preserve, and ranked fourth statewide for return on investment for their graduates, North Carolina Wesleyan College (NCWC) specializes in those returning students choosing to Retire in North Carolina and others their adult years through their highly accredited ASPIRE programs. (Adult Student Programs: Innovative, Respected, and Engaging).

According to the NCWC website these programs aimed at returning students who Retire in North Carolina or otherwise, “are nonresidential baccalaureate degree programs designed to meet the educational needs of adult learners.” The explanation at ncwc.edu continued to say,  “ASPIRE under the Office of Adult & Professional Studies allows mature women and men to tailor their degree work to meet personal, career, and life goals. Learners work at their own pace with the option of maintaining full-time or part-time course loads.”  They piece went further to detail that “Because mature adults like those set to Retire in North Carolina are highly motivated and capable of self-directed learning, ASPIRE learners can take advantage of 5-week, 8-week, hybrid, and online classes, as well as opportunities for earning credit through alternative options such as CLEP and DSST testing.”

So, if academically “re-inventing” yourself as you Retire in North Carolina in hopes of pursuing a new business venture or if you just would like to learn about new subjects and take some courses at NCWC, your next move in your education is literally minutes away from your new home at the Belmont Lake Preserve. The school offers degree programs in Business Administration, Psychology, Religious Studies, Criminal Justice, Education, Accounting, and Computer Information Systems, and individual on site courses on Management, Organizational Development, and Human Resource Management through its Corporate Advantage Program (CAP).

On top of the conveinience of both location and choices to continue your education at NC Wesleyan as you Retire in North Carolina, the actual time involved in completing the courses also weighs heavily in your favor, as courses can be completed in just eight weeks, night classes from 6-10 p.m., and college credit can be earned and applied to a degree through the CAP courses if desired.

To see a detailed description of ASPIRE and all the adult education options at NCWC, visit the adult studies page on their website at www.ncwc.edu.

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Make it a “Game Day” for the Whole Family at Rocky Mount Event Center

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By now, most residents are aware of the recent opening of the spectacular Rocky Mount Event Center, just minutes away from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve new home community. However, in addition to hosting national recording artists, the best in entertainment, and local and professional sporting events, open year-round with in the facility is Game Day Adventure and Arcade, giving you and the kids a fun way to beat the boredom that sometimes goes along with winter and enjoy a fun filled day for all ages in the process.

According to the Rocky Mount Event Center website, “Game Day has something for everyone and all ages, featuring state-of-the-art video arcade as well as Ballocity soft play arena for the little ones.” The site goes on to describe the Game Day facility, located inside the Rocky Mount Event Center, saying, “There will also be a Sky Trail Aerial Ropes Course and several unique fun wall-climbing elements that offer both adventure and challenge for everyone ages 4 and up.”

The arcade area is open Wednesday through Sunday of each week. (It is closed on both Mondays and Tuesdays unless in case of special events) “Game day” opens its doors at 11:00 am on both Wednesday and Thursday and stays open until 9:00 pm. On Fridays, they still close at 9:00, however they open an hour earlier at 10:00 am. Weekend hours are also slightly different, with a 10:00 am opening time on both Saturday and Sunday, but closing times differing. (10:00 pm on Saturday and 6:00 pm on Sunday)

Outside of your classic arcade game fun, the Rocky Mount Event Center Game Day Arcade offers “an indoor aerial adventure,” with its indoor rope challenge. A test of strength, stamina, balance, and most importantly, fun, the qualified staff on hand will brief you and other visitors before you attempt to tackle the course and the courses begin every hour on the hour.

Likewise, the themed climbing area features obstacles of all shapes, sizes, and heights, allowing you and the youngsters to be as daring as you’d like in this area. Utilizing the special TRUEBLUE devices to clip all climbers in and assure their 100 percent safety, this is one part of the arcade you will not want to miss. For the smaller children, the Ballocity area “is a great option for kids and families to have fun in  a safe environment. “ The Rocky Mount Event Center website goes on to say that  in this area, “All of the equipment is designed for safety, made with high-quality material that can withstand rigorous use, and with bright colors to engage small children.”

To keep up with all the great happenings and fun at the Rocky Mount Event Center, or to reserve or schedule an event at the Game Day Adventure and Arcade, visit rockymountevents.com.

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“Start with Some Art” in 2019 with Rocky Mount Family Programs at Imperial Centre

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Always a great spot, that’s only a short drive from your home at Belmont Lake Preserve, to find countless educational and enjoyable activities alike for members of the whole family, the ongoing schedule and upcoming Spring 2019 slate of Rocky Mount Family Programs at the downtown Imperial Centre is sure to offer up a way for you and your kids alike to expand your horizons and add some culture to your life as you can learn and experiment with many different mediums depending on your course of choice.

There is registration needed for some of the courses, classes, and workshops offered as part of the Imperial Centre’s Rocky Mount Family Programs,  and this can be done online at imperialcentre.org. The upcoming Spring 2019 schedule for Rocky Mount Family Programs will be released very soon, and current offerings for the entire family posted at the Imperial Centre website are as follows:

-Make Art Saturdays (Every Other Saturday 11 am-1 pm)
January 12 and 26, February 9 and 23, March 9 and 23, April 6 and 20, May 4 and 18

(Registration is not required) Experiment with different types of art as part of this program. Travel around the Imperial Centre, observe sculpture, paintings, drawings, photographs, architecture, and many more artist-made objects, and then make your own.

-Family Sundays (Every Other Sunday 2-4 pm)
January 20, February 3 and 17, March 3, 17, and 31, April 14 and 28, May 12 and 26

(Registration is not required) At the Imperial Centre, Sundays are for Family! Bring your family to the art gallery for an afternoon full of family-friendly activities. Drop into the gallery for art making, interactive play, gallery sketching, or go on your own exhibition tour.

-Lunch and Learn (Select Fridays to be announced at 12-1 pm)

(Registration suggested by the Wednesday preceding the program date you intend to attend) Bring a lunch and interact with artists! From painters, to photographers and all artists in between, learn about process, discuss projects, and ask questions during an hour-long interactive gallery talk and demonstration.

In addition to these great Rocky Mount Family Programs being offered, there will soon be dates available to schedule for the upcoming Spring for the “Sculpture, Talk, and Draw” classes as well. To keep up on these courses, and all the fantastic stuff being offered at the Imperial Centre, visit their website at imperialcentre.org.

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Events in Rocky Mount to Remember “A Dream” with Martin Luther King Day Events

On their official website, the City of Rocky Mount explains in a recent posting that the municipality has long been linked to the inspirational and world- changing words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as one of his speeches immediately prior to the famous “I have a dream” address he gave was right in the city. The pride in the Doctor’s strong words is still as evident as ever locally and can be experienced just minutes from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve at any of the recently announced Martin Luther King Day Events in Rocky Mount celebrating his legacy.

Martin-Luther-King-Day-Events-in-Rocky-Mount-Belmont Lake PreserveThe City of Rocky Mount piece went on to explain that “January will be a month where the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission and the city of Rocky Mount pause to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through community events.”

Continuing to speak of each of these Martin Luther King Day Events in Rocky Mount, the city website went on to tell that,”The theater at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences will be the location for the MLK Oratorical Competition on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 beginning at 9 am. Students in grades sixth through eighth will speak to the theme “Building Bridges,” while speeches for contestants in grades ninth through 12th will speak around the “Unfinished Work of a Dreamer” theme.”

The main event will as always be the annual Unity Breakfast, to take place this year on Monday, January 15 at 7:00 am, and will take place just a few steps away from your new home at the Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community at the Dunn Center on the campus of NC Wesleyan College.

Detailing the annual breakfast, the site said, “Keynote speaker, Rick Glazier, executive director of the N.C. Justice Center, will serve as the keynote speaker for the 31st annual Unity Breakfast that will be held beginning at 7 a.m. on Jan. 21 at the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of N.C. Wesleyan College.”

Going on to explain why Mr. Glazier was the selection for keynote speaker, the posting said, “Glazier’s resume is extensive. He previously represented Cumberland County for seven terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives. He also served as a visiting professor in Criminal Justice at Fayetteville State University for eight years and has taught pre-trial civil law at Campbell University’s School of Law for the past 24 years.”

Following the  Annual Unity Breakfast, volunteers will team together for the annual Day of Service projects. All events are free and open to the public. City of Rocky Mount Human Relations Director addressed the annual “Day of Service” and what it means to him and the community as a whole, stating, ““We are always excited about the start of a new year, providing everyone an opportunity to look beyond our differences and focus on the things that unite us as we strive for an inclusive community,” Human Relations Director Archie Jones said.

For more information on any of these Martin Luther King Day Events in Rocky Mount, please contact the city of Rocky Mount’s Human Relations Department at 252-972-1181.

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Lou Reda’s Offers a Unique “Taste of America” Among Rocky Mount NC Restaurants

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Delicious steaks, chops, and like dishes are always popular at “An American Table”

The state of North Carolina has long been known for its wide array of incredible and unique food offerings ” The city of Rocky Mount NC Restaurants can certainly offer up a wide variety of dining options and one of the most unique and delicious experiences you will find state wide is just minutes from the premier North Carolina golf community at Belmont Lake Preserve , at Lou Reda’s” An American Table Restaurant.

An immediate favorite among Rocky Mount NC Restaurants since opening doors in the Fall of 2013, Lou Reda’s has impressed both the local residents and travelers passing through town on either US Highway 64 or I-95 with what they refer to on their own website as “ a wide variety of tantalizing upscale American cuisine.” The uniqueness of such an incredible array of choices on the brunch, lunch or dinner menus is unparalleled by any other Rocky Mount NC restaurants and combines all of the elements and menu options from your favorite steak houses, seafood restaurants, and comfort food joints.

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A variety of succulent seafood dishes and pastas are a staple of Lou Reda’s menu

Continuously striving to build on a reputation for their commitment to that “one of a kind” dining experience, as well as to set the standard for authentic quality taste and freshness among Rocky Mount NC Restaurants, Lou Reda has spent over two decades in the culinary field and prides himself on every item from sauces to butters being made in house.

The local favorites on the ever-evolving menu at Lou Reda’s is nearly impossible to list with so many popular items and such a wide variety of choices. However, mouth watering items such as the slow cooked brisket and ribs, fresh cut varieties of fish and seafood options, chicken-n-waffles, or a juicy 14 ounce rib eye steak are just a few staples that keep the locals choosing Lou Reda’s as their number one among Rocky Mount NC restaurants. Additionally, they take the Rocky Mount NC Restaurants experience “across the globe” on a weekly basis, changing menu options to represent a different area or ethnicity, possibly offering a Creole-style Cajun menu one week, to be followed by one resembling an Irish or British pub, with maybe more Asian themed dishes the next.

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Lou Reda’s sandwiches and burgers are some of the best in the land!

With an unbelievable variety on their lunch, dinner, and brunch menu, Lou Reda’s: An American Table restaurant is sure to please every appetite at your own personal table, one way or another. They also offer several catering options for all your special events and much like their food menus, boast the widest selection among Rocky Mount NC Restaurants behind the bar also, with an incredible list of “bourbon infused” cocktails, all featuring home made syrups and puree’s used in the drinks.

Lou Reda’s: An American Table is located at 3646 Sunset Boulevard in Rocky Mount, to see their full menu and all the details on what is sure to be your most unique experience among Rocky Mount NC Restaurants, check out their website at www.louredas.com

 

(Photos Courtesy of Lou Reda’s American Table)

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Specialty Burgers and Craft Beer…Just a Few of Our Favorite Things at Barley and Burger

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The newest addition to the Rocky Mount  restaurant scene, Barley and Burger  is located just a few minutes from your family’s new dream home in the Belmont Lake Preserve new home community and features not only some of the area’s most sought after craft beers and specialty, delicious ,burgers but also hosts a variety of community based events that truly define the “neighborhood feel” that is always so prominent in the town’s downtown area.

Backing that description of itself, on the official website of Barley and Burger , they actually identify theirselves similarly, stating, “We believe in community. Located in the heart of Rocky Mount, our North Carolina products … have quickly made us a destination for families and friends to gather.”\

Barley and Burger in  boasts an always rotating selection of area craft beers in addition to offering some of the other more popular brews from across the nation. Likewise, the unmatched selection of coffee drinks available at the Mill  starts with its coffee from local roaster Joe Van Gogh, and includes numerous delicious options not only in coffee, but also espresso drinks, specialty lattes, chai, and other hot and cold beverages that are sure to satisfy the desires of any thirsting customer.

Looking to bring a bit of the community feel from Barley and Burger back home after a visit…no problem…the ever growing retail store on site allows you to bring home locally roasted coffee beans, fine wines, hard-to-find beers, and a nice assortment of Mill merchandise for you to select from.

On top of all of this, Barley and Burger  also hosts events where they bring in some of the most popular food trucks in the area and if it is your own personal event you are looking to host, the “high ceilings, exposed brick, and tasteful décor make the Mill the perfect location for corporate gatherings, wedding receptions, and private parties as well. To get more information on hosting an event at Barley and Burger , call 919-557-2123.

 

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“Tis’ the Season” for a Holiday Edition of First Friday at the Imperial Centre

Normally held on the first Friday evening of each month, the December 6 installment of First Friday at the Imperial Centre will carry a Christmas theme, featuring activities for the whole family in all sections of the downtown Rocky Mount arts center only a few minutes from your family’s new home at Belmont Lake Preserve new home golf community.

The Imperial Centre website listed the following special activities that will be taking place on the December 6 First Friday at the Imperial Centre in addition to the lighting of the Imperial Centre Christmas tree, a visit from Santa Claus for the kids, and carriage rides and bounce houses in the courtyard where there has been a forecast for “snow,” to get all in the mood of the season.

In the Childrens’ Museum at First Friday at the Imperial Centre will be:

  • Free admission featuring new exhibit, “Rainforest Adventures”
  • Kid’s activities
  • Rocky Mount Wildlife Rehabbers
  • Planetarium Show: Season of Light at 7 pm
  • Lasershow: Laser Holiday at 8 pm
  • Braswell Memorial Pop-Up Library

In the Arts Center at First Friday at the Imperial Centre will be:

  • Live Music with Susan and Thomas Wells
  • Photo Booth
  • Gallery Sketching
  • Art Activities and Demos
  • Art Exhibitions open to the public

In the Main Lobby Area atFirst Friday at the Imperial Centre will be:

  • Art Demonstartion
  • Vendors
  • Dance USA information and demos
  • Tar River Piecemakers Quilt Guide information table

In the Theatre atFirst Friday at the Imperial Centre will be:

  • “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and the Christmas Chorus at 7:30 pm

The Imperial Centre is located at 270 Gay Street in Rocky Mount. For more information on First Friday at the Imperial Centre and all their fun upcoming family friendly events, go to imperialcentre.org.

 

 

 

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Deck the Halls for the 63rd Annual Rocky Mount Christmas Parade

Following in the classic holiday tradition that is trimming the tree, hanging the stockings, and awaiting Santa to descend down the chimney, the 63rd annual Rocky Mount Christmas Parade returns on Sunday, December 2, just down the street from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve, bringing holiday joy and the yuletide spirit once again to downtown Rocky Mount. 

This years’ Christmas Parade in Rocky Mount has a very special theme, as the city officials and members of the community will band together with the United States Marine Corps Reserve, who will be on hand to collect donated toys for less fortunate youngsters in the area to help ensure a special Christmas morning for the little ones who may not normally receive such gifts. The representatives from the Marine Corps will be located near City Hall, on the corner of Church and Nash Street before, during, and after the Christmas Parade in Rocky Mount to collect the “Toys for Tots.”

The 63rd annual Christmas Parade in Rocky Mount will commence at 3:00 p.m., ringing in the holiday season as the community and all its residents “get in the spirit of the season” as they march through downtown in grand fashion. In addition to the area schools, bands, dance groups, and other groups that are sure to impress with there individual floats that are encouraged to be decorated in accordance with this years’ worthy them of “Toys for Tots,” the little ones will also be thrilled to know that once again, Santa Claus himself, along with Ms. Claus will also be on hand as a part of the 2018 Christmas Parade in Rocky Mount.

For more information on the 63rdannual Christmas Parade in Rocky Mount, you can email susan.ball@rockymountnc.gov, or call the city’s Parks and Recreation Department office at 252-972-1159.