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How to be more environmentally friendly at tennis events

How to be more environmentally friendly at tennis events

We’re getting ready for yet another action-packed summer of grass court tennis in Britain – Nottingham, Birmingham, London, Eastbourne… it’s going to be something special.

But while we’re all getting excited to see the world’s biggest stars take centre stage, we want to make sure that that our events don’t leave a negative impact on the environment around them.

For those of you lucky enough to have tickets to one of our events this year, here are four things you can do to be an eco-friendly tennis fan.

Ace your recycling

Disposing your waste responsibly, in the correct streams, is really important and we’ve made it easier than ever recycle your rubbish at our events.

Recycling helps to reduce the amount of waste in landfills, reducing the greenhouse gas emissions produced when breaking down materials. It also means more of our providers can save energy on extracting new materials to make more products in the future.

There are several different types of waste streams you can use on site, including – general waste, mixed recycling, glass, food, coffee cups, reusable cups and wood.

We’ll have many recycling bins located across each site at Nottingham, Queen’s Birmingham and Eastbourne so keep an eye out as your walking around and enjoying the tennis!


Free water anyone?

According to Thames Water, every second, around 185 single-use plastic bottles end up in landfills, rivers and oceans across the UK.

To reduce the plastic waste on site, we’ll have a host of water taps at each venue where you can re-fill and re-use your bottles. Best of all, filling your water bottle is completely free.

Return your cups

All of the bars and cafes at our events will issue reusable cups for every drink purchased to again reduce the amount of plastic waste on site.

At the cinch Championships alone we’ve removed 160,000 with the new reusable cup scheme.

Every time you visit one of our vendors, just make sure to take these back so we can wash and use them again. Don’t forget to return these before you leave for the day as well!

Think transport

Choosing alternative methods of transport to driving, can significantly help reduce your carbon footprint.

Reports show that the greenhouse effect of gas emissions per km by rail is 80% less than cars, while buses give off under half the amount of CO2 per passenger.

We understand that it’s not always easy to use other forms of transport but check out our tournament pages to find alternative ways to reach our events:

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Music Friendly Communities’ Events Round-Up

Music Friendly Communities' Events Round-Up

May 12, 2022





Music Friendly Communities

As the Texas Music Office’s Music Friendly Community program has grown to include more than 30 communities and cities, the events that the cities produce and promote continue to grow too. Check out what’s happening across Texas in the various communities in our Music Friendly Communities’ Events Round-Up:


EarthX Film, May 12-15, 2022,  

The 2022 EarthX Film Festival is four days of film, music and interactive environmental programs and events set in the heart of Dallas Arts District, May 12-15th. Our mission is to bring awareness of the environmental crisis in order to create sincere action on both an individual and communal scale; to inspire local and global change on how we as humans affect our home planet and our fellow beings. We aim to include Texas, and the Southwest, in the conversation on climate change through compassionate, positive, truthful storytelling.


The Texas Music Revolution is coming up June 3-4 in McKinney’s downtown. Attendance is expected to be around 5,000 with 3,500 of those being paid admissions (for access to special areas). Today’s report was we have 102 bands/music acts over two days!


May 22nd it’s the SOLD OUT 24th annual KNBT Americana Music Jam, where a who’s who of Americana artists gather in support of the Crisis Center of Comal County and the Hill Country Youth Orchestra. Can’t wait to tell you about the good it does for the community!

New Braunfels is proud to welcome new resident, Grammy-nominated musician and producer, Alex Meixner. Alex will grace the Krause’s Cafe stage May 27 and 28

The 26th annual Two Ton Tuesdays are back! It wouldn’t be summertime without popular rock-a-billy band Two Tons of Steel holding court in Gruene Hall every Tuesday evening from June 7th through August 16th. If you haven’t felt the energy of Two Tons live, grab your dancing partner and get ready for a rockin’ night! Doors open at 7:30pm. Show starts at 8:30pm. Just $8 at the door. Make sure you come early for Swing Dance Lessons!


Odessa Arts is teaming up with the Ector Theater, the Texas Music Office, and Downtown Odessa, Inc. to host Battle of the Bands on July 2 during Firecracker Fandango.

Local talent will be able to upload their entry videos through May 15. The public will then be able to vote on their favorite band. Each vote costs $1, and the funds support Odessa Arts. The top four vote getters will perform live at the Ector Theater on July 2 live in front of a panel of judges that includes Marc Fort of the Texas Music Office, Adam Nunley, executive director of the Ector Theater, and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Kathy Valentine of The Go-Go’s. Tickets are $5 for adults, under 12 free and available at

The winner will receive a headlining slot for the closing night of Hot Summer Nights, a music video shoot, courtesy of Young Guns Entertainment, and graphic design services for logos, printed and digital assets courtesy of Kathy Swindler Creative.


Southern Coast Open and PALMFest are being held May 13 & 14.


We are kicking off our Music on Main springtime concert series today, May 4th, just one day shy of our Music Friendly Community-versary! In tandem with this, we have put up an art exhibit of concert photography from past Music on Main events by photographer Henry Huey in our Round Rock City Council Chambers Gallery (on view through September 6, 2022).


Taco Fest – this Saturday, May 14 –

Press – Santiago Jimenex to drop new album –

Tech Port Opens – new venue – 


Railyard Nights Concert Series

Saturdays in June – June 4, 11, 18, 25

This will be an annual concert series, with touring artists headlining and local artists opening each date.

October 29

Texas Country Reporter Festival – largest one day arts and music festival in the state of Texas

GO TEXAN Grown Local stage

We will have 7 Ellis County artists perform. June 1-30 artists can submit.  July 1-31 the community votes. Lineup is announced in August.

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Family friendly ENC events happening on Saturday

Family friendly ENC events happening on Saturday

There are a variety of events happening on Saturday for family and friends to enjoy.

In Greenville:

  • East Carolina University is hosting it’s 5th annual Storm the Stadium where people can tackle 3,200 steps for a great cause. The event is one of ECU’s most challenging new traditions. Participants can register here and the cost is $25. Waves start every 30 minutes at Dowdy Ficklen Stadium.
  • Spring into Wildwood Park is set to begin at 10 a.m. The event will feature live music, inflatables, kayaks and pedal boats. There will be several food trucks onsite. The event ends at 2 p.m.

In New Bern:

  • The New Bern Historical Society’s Annual Harry Goodman Battlefield Adventure Day is happening on Saturday. The day is full of learning activities, period games and living history. The event is open to guest of all ages with special activities for children 6 to 12-years-old. Check in begins at 11:30 a.m. with activities beginning from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. New Bern Battlefield Park is located off Hwy 70 at the entrance to the Taberna subdivision at 300 Battlefield Trail.
  • Pepsi is bringing an exclusive first taste of the New Nitro Pepsi to New Bern, the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola. The event offers residents the chance to experience the soft drinks before the product hits stores across the state. Pepsi fans can get their hands on the new Nitro Pepsi at the Pepsi Store from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at 256 Middle Street. The live giveaways will be at 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

In Jacksonville:

  • Onslow Memorial Hospital and the Onslow Memorial Hospital Foundation is hosting the 1st Annual HetuStrong Race Against Cancer event. The event is at the Goodyear All American Speedway in Jacksonville at 2 p.m. Pit Gates open at 8 a.m., grandstands open at 12 p.m. and the green flag is at 3 p.m. All proceeds will be donated to Radiation Oncology. Events include Carolina mini stock challenge plus bomber, legends, bandolero, and powder puff. The race is in memory of Ronnie Hetu.

In Atlantic Beach:

  • Fort Macon State Park is hosting WW II Living History Weekend. The event will have reenactors giving small talks and demonstrations from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. A large collection of WW II military vehicles will be on display.

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Why the fatal Newport shooting led a LGBTQ group to reconsider events at the Friendly Sons

Why the fatal Newport shooting led a LGBTQ group to reconsider events at the Friendly Sons

NEWPORT — The timing of a fatal double-shooting on Feb. 14 that occurred the night after the Friendly Sons of Newport hosted its second LGBTQ event has caused the organizers to move away from holding events at the social club in the future.

During the early morning hours on Monday, Feb. 14, the Friendly Sons of Newport social club at 3 Farewell St. became the center of an ongoing homicide investigation after a double-shooting resulted in the death of Yordi Arevalo, 25, of Newport and the hospitalization of Aroldo M. Noel Paniaqua, 30, also of Newport. 

Two arrests in connection to the crime were made, and a warrant has been issued for a third suspect. The two arrested suspects — Shamik Steele, 30, of Tiverton and Xavier Perry, 28, of Providence — have been charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, among other charges.

The incident came as a shock to the community, including Newport Bliss co-founder Michael Johnson, whose organization held an LGBTQ nightclub event at Friendly Sons the Saturday night before the shooting called “Return to Raffles.”

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The event, which was intended to be held every Saturday up to and throughout the summer, was to pay homage to Raffles, one of Newport’s last gay bars located at the space that now houses Friendly Sons. 

“It took me by surprise that something like that would happen and immediately my thoughts traveled back to Pulse nightclub and the old Puzzles nightclub and the things that happened there,” Johnson said. “My first thought immediately was, ‘Was this a targeted attack against our community?’ Or because the Sons had agreed to host a gay event, were they being targeted for some reason?”

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Puzzles Lounge in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and Pulse in Orlando, Florida, are both former gay bars that became the scenes of violent attacks against patrons, the latter of which is the second deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

While little information has surfaced over the motives or reasons behind the double-shooting at Friendly Sons, Johnson has since concluded it was likely an isolated incident unrelated to the LGBTQ event held the day before. 

Still, Newport Bliss announced on Facebook the day after the shooting it would be postponing future events “out of an abundance of caution and concern” for the safety of those who attend. Johnson confirmed he is looking to take the event to a different venue.

“Whenever you put on an event that’s LGBTQIA+ based, your thoughts always go to how this is going to mix with the regular crowd that goes into an establishment,” Johnson said. “You’re always ready for some pushback, especially from a social club like Friendly Sons. But at the end of the day, good business is good business.

“When good business turns into dangerous business, it’s time to reevaluate.”

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Newport Bliss has been running LGBTQ party nights in various Newport venues for the past nine years, but Friendly Sons was the first location that allowed the organization to take over multiple Saturday nights. Johnson made a deal with the club’s board members and the owner of the building to host a gathering and received reassurance the event patrons would be welcome at the social club.

Johnson said this was exciting news to him and other members of Newport’s LGBTQ community, which has lacked a gay bar or designated gathering space since Castaways Bar closed in 2006.

That weekend also was significant for Newport’s LGBTQ nightlife scene as NewportOUT co-founders Sean O’Connor and Daniel Cano-Restrepo launched their new collaborative event NPT HAUS at Bar and Board Bistro that day.

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O’Connor said there have not been multiple LGBTQ-centered nightlife events in Newport for at least two decades.

“There really hasn’t been two options that could be found under that ‘queer umbrella’ since Raffles and David’s were both operating at the same time, which I think was maybe the (1980s) or the ’90s,” O’Connor said. “It’s been a long time, so I think that was really interesting that literally the first time there was two options for the community, unfortunately the night after, this horrible event happened.”

After speaking with the police, O’Connor also does not think the double-shooting is related to the LGBTQ event from the night prior, but said he would still like to know the motives behind the crime.

“I think it’s very important as a community that we know,” O’Connor said. “What are the motives behind this horrible crime? Was there any homophobia? Was there xenophobia? Was there any elements to this crime that maybe we want to think about as a community? I don’t know.”