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Numerous National Dog Day events planned in Chesterfield

Numerous National Dog Day events planned in Chesterfield

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) – As the dog days of summer near an end, Chesterfield County has big plans for National Dog Day on Friday.

Representatives from the county will be out and about at six locations with free swag for your furry family members, as well as opportunities to get professional photos of your pup.

You can visit the following locations during the day:

  • Goyne Park (5300 Ecoff Ave.) – 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Midlothian Mines Amphitheater (13301 N. Woolridge Road) – 8:30-9:30 a.m. (Pack Walk)
  • Rockwood Park (3401 Courthouse Road) – 8:30-10 a.m. (Free dog photos with registration)
  • Harry Daniel Park – Playground/Shelter 3 (6600 Whitepine Road) – 5-6:30 p.m. (Free dog photos with registration)
  • Clover Hill Dog Park (13900 Hull Street Road) – 6-7 p.m.
  • Fest Biergarten (7044 Woodlake Commons Loop) – 6-7 p.m. (Live Music and Pet Supply Drive benefiting Chesterfield Animal Services)

Visit for more details on the sites and activities.

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National Play the Parks event series coming to New Westminster

National Play the Parks event series coming to New Westminster

Music may be the centrepiece of a nationwide event that’s coming to New West – but there are plenty of other offerings at the upcoming Play the Parks event series.

New Westminster is one of 13 Canadian cities selected to host four Play the Parks events in September. Play the Parks is a free, musically and culturally diverse concert series that will spotlight more than 100 diverse artists from Black, Indigenous, Chinese, South Asian and 2SLGBTQ+ communities. 

“There’s been so many great events this summer,” said Lisa Kemp, the city’s program coordinator of special events. “It’s nice to have something to do in September when the weather’s still, hopefully, really nice.”

In addition to a musical performance, a variety of family-friendly activities will be taking place at each event, including Jedi training, dancing with Elsa and superhero training with Spiderman. A food truck has also been invited to attend the events, which are taking place on four Fridays in September.

Play the Parks is presented in partnership by the City of New Westminster, the TD Music Connected Series, and is curated by Canada’s Music Incubator. (Canada’s Music Incubator is a not-for-profit organization that helps emerging artists and bands of all genres develop their businesses, push their craft and expand their networks.)

“At TD, we believe music plays an important role in fostering a sense of belonging and helping to unite diverse communities,” said Michael Armstrong, vice president of brand and corporate sponsorships at the TD Bank Group. “Play the Parks is an opportunity to help bring Canadians together to experience art, culture and nature, while helping to celebrate the summer and sustain a sense of pride and connection.”

In addition to New Westminster, concerts are taking place in dozens of parks between Aug. 15 and Sept. 30 in Victoria and Surrey, B.C.; Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Toronto, London, Brantford, Barrie and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario; Sydney, Nova Scotia; and St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Play in the Parks was launched in Toronto in 2012. This is the first year that artists and fans will be gathering in person to experience Play the Parks in other Canadian cities. 

“We are very excited to have been selected amongst so many larger cities from across Canada,” Kemp said.

Kemp said she’s been in conversations with Canada’s Music Incubator for some time, but plans for Play the Parks kept getting derailed by COVID-19. She said the city’s role is to enhance the musical offerings by providing other activities at the events.

“They select the performers, they have a stage manager that’s there, and they are coordinating the larger program. So they’re all about the music and we’re all about the space, city services, like access to the park and power and all that, and then enhancing the experience.”

Everything at Play the Parks is free, except the food. In keeping with the Canadian Music Incubator them, the city has aimed for diversity with the food choices being offered at the events.

Play the Parks is envisioned as an event where folks may bring a blanket or chair and enjoy a picnic dinner or food truck fare, and take in some fun activities before enjoying the performances that will begin at 7 p.m.

Attendees are welcome to bring alcoholic beverages to three of the neighbourhood events. (Alcohol isn’t permitted at the event in Moody Park, as that one is being offered in partnership with the New West Youth Centre.)

“We thought that was kind of unique too,” Kemp said. “There’s been so many community events, but they’re usually like more beer gardens, whereas this would be like a bring your own. There won’t be alcohol sales.”

Kemp said the event is a great way of supporting local musicians and local parks.

“There’s something for everyone. We’re really trying to have activities that are for the little ones, like Elsa, but then also like the caricature artists that like age would be interested in. So there’s something for everyone,” Kemp said. “You can bring a picnic, or you can support the food truck. It’s very open; you can choose what you like.

What’s happening at Play the Parks?

Friday Sept. 2, 6 to 8 p.m. at Westminster Pier Park.

Activities will include a chance to sing and dance with Elsa, face painting, balloon twisting and lawn games. A caricature artist will also attend tonight’s event. Vietnamese Banh Mi will be available at the Camion Café food truck. At 7 p.m., the Will Clements Jazz Trio will perform.

Friday, Sept. 9, 6 to 8 p.m. in Upper Hume Park

Activities include Superhero training with Spiderman, and police car and fire truck tours. Mexican food will be available from the Dos Amigos food truck. A concert featuring Parlour Panther begins at 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 16, 6 to 8 p.m. at Westminster Pier Park

Activities include Jedi training with Rey Skywalker, face painting, balloon twisting and lawn games. A caricature artist will also attend tonight’s event. Mexican and Greek food fare will be available from the Meet2Eat food truck. Hyaenas will perform at 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 23, 6 to 8 p.m. at Moody Park

Activities include a professional yo-yo champion and photo booth. Jamaican food will be available at the Jerk Shack food truck. At 7 p.m. Incendiary Sweet will perform.

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Northern youth make an impression at national leadership event

Northern youth make an impression at national leadership event

The highlight of the trip was a two-day canoe trip in Jacques-Cartier National Park

The hunting and outdoor survival skills of five Junior Canadian Rangers from Northern Ontario made an impression on Junior Rangers from across Canada at a national leadership training event in Quebec.

“Their outdoor skills impressed,” said Sgt. Steven Botelho, a Junior Ranger instructor who accompanied the five to the event. “They passed their skills along and it was nice to see them doing it.”

The five representing Ontario at the event were among 36 top Junior Rangers who completed an eight-day annual leadership course, called the National Leadership Enhanced Training Session, at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier, just north of Quebec City. The Junior Rangers is a Canadian Army program for youth aged 12 to 18 living in remote and isolated communities across the Canadian North.

The five were McCartney Beardy of North Caribou Lake, Ryan Kakekaspan of Fort Severn, Thunder O’Keese of Kasabonika Lake, Summer Southwind of Lac Seul, and Madden Taylor of Constance Lake

“They all enjoyed their time and they all learned something new about leadership skills that they can take back to their communities,” Botelho said. “They had a good time and they learned a lot.”

The training included instruction in classrooms and in the outdoors. They were kept busy for eight days.

Outdoor events included a challenging but fun zip line, shooting, canoeing, a visit to a bowling alley, a shopping mall, and one to the cultural centre at the Huron Wendat First Nation.

A highlight of the training was a two-day canoe trip on the spectacular Jacques-Cartier River in Jacques-Cartier National Park, 50 kilometres north of Quebec City. It included challenging portages, negotiating white water rapids, and working together.

“It was the best thing we did,” said Beardy, whose canoe partner was a Junior Ranger from Nunavut. “Connecting with her was great. We talked about our different backgrounds, how we hunted, and how we lived differently. We learned from each other.”

The Junior Rangers from Ontario and those from elsewhere in Canada encountered, some for the first time, living with the French language.

“Yes, I wasn’t used to it,” McCartney said. “I found it fascinating to find out how different some lives were to mine.”

“The kids helped each other in communicating with Junior Rangers who either could not speak English well or spoke no English,” Botelho said. “It was nice to see. It was all part of their learning process.” 

Sgt. Peter Moon is a Canadian Ranger with the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group at Canadian Forces Base Borden

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Dunkirk, Fredonia host National Night Out events

Dunkirk, Fredonia host National Night Out events

Dunkirk Police Officer Ryan Thompson hands out balls to members of the community.

Not all interactions with police or first responders have to take place in times of conflict or danger. On a warm, clear Tuesday night in early August, residents of Dunkirk and Fredonia had a great opportunity to see that for themselves.

“It’s a beautiful day, the sun is shining, it seemed like a lot of people wanted to come out and have a good time,” said Fredonia Police Officer Ben Kravitz on Tuesday evening.

Dunkirk and Fredonia each hosted a National Night Out celebration, an event held by police departments and first responders across the country to promote positive engagement between local departments and their communities.

“The focal point of an event like this is to get the police involved with the community so that young kids can realize we are their friends, we’re not the bad guys. We’re here to help them if they ever need us,” Kravitz said.

Fredonia’s event, which began at 5 p.m. at Russell Joy Park, featured many amenities for a crowd that grew as the night went on.

Fredonia police officer Ben Kravitz dances with a child during the National Night Out event on Tuesday at Russell Joy Park.

“We had a lot of fun things to do here — some bounce houses for the kids, a DJ, free food — pizza, doughnuts … and then a bunch of cool cops,” Kravitz said with a smile.

The event was the second of its kind for Fredonia since its return a year ago. Fredonia Mayor Douglas Essek stressed the importance of the event.

“We look to make sure the community understands that our first responders are part of the community. They can trust and talk to them and rely on them,” he said. “I look forward to many more years of this continued success.”

Dunkirk’s event followed Fredonia’s at 6:30 p.m. at Washington Park. Tuesday marked the 29th consecutive year for the event in the city of Dunkirk since its inception.

“It is the 29th consecutive year for the city of Dunkirk hosting this event here in the city. That’s something to be proud of, because not all communities have been doing it that long consecutively,” said Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas.

Six-year-old Piper Kane gets her face painted at the National Night Out event on Tuesday in Fredonia.

Like Mayor Rosas, Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano is proud of the event and what it represents for the community his department serves.

“The partnership we have with the community that we serve is outstanding,” Ortolano said. “This is a night when our police officers, our firefighters, we can interact with the community in a 100 percent positive way. Usually when you see a police officer, it’s not something good, but this is a night where we can interact positively with everyone from our little kids to our senior citizens here tonight.”

Dunkirk’s event featured live music — including an appearance by Mayor Rosas playing the bongo drums — as well as a movie at dusk, free food and drinks, bounce houses for the kids to play in and police officers handing out balls to play with.

“This is a very important event for our community because it provides them with the opportunity to interact with our police officers, as well as our firemen, in another environment. They can interact and meet each other and get to know each other,” Rosas said. “This is a family-friendly affair here, not just for kids but we encourage parents to be here, as well, so they can all interact together. … We’re all here together. We’re one community and it’s good to see everyone enjoying themselves together.”

One highlight the two events shared was an appearance from Mo Sumbundu, a representative from Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office, who delivered an official proclamation from the State of New York signed by Hochul recognizing the efforts by local law enforcement and their engagement within their communities.

Five-year-old twins Cora English and Jacob English, along with their mother, Elizabeth English pose for a photo with Sparky in Fredonia.

“This year we have been blessed with having a representative from the governor’s office, Mo Sumbundu, here with us. I think that’s important, to know that the governor and the state level in Albany know we are hosting this event. For (Gov. Hochul) to send a representative to read a proclamation shows that they are paying attention,” said Mayor Rosas.

While the governor’s office was paying attention to the good work of the local police and first responders, so were the members of the communities in attendance.

“It’s a good community event. I think having the police department here to support the community and create a safe environment helps a lot. It’s good for children to be around,” said Elizabeth English, a mother who brought her five-year-old twins, Cora and Jacob, to Fredonia’s National Night Out event. “I think it’s important for my children to grow up respecting and feeling comfortable with the law, because you never know when they may need (the police) and I want them to feel comfortable with getting the help that they need.”

Tuesday night for Kravitz — who played a big part in organizing Fredonia’s event — was one of the best nights on the job.

“I’d much rather be doing stuff like this than out writing tickets. I’d rather see those smiles on the face, it’s nice seeing all the kids having a good time and their parents enjoying it,” said Kravitz. “I’m thankful for having a wonderful community to live in and work in. It’s definitely a blessing to work in a small community like this. It makes the job so much more enjoyable.”

Officer Emily Foy of the Dunkirk Police hands out balls to children at Dunkirk’s National Night Out event at Washington Park on Tuesday.

Essek, Rosas and Ortolano all praised the efforts of their local departments, volunteers and sponsors who helped make the event such a success in each community.

“It’s just a good night for the community to come together and think about public safety and think about what it takes to make that happen. We are very lucky that we have the community we do that stands behind us,” Ortolano said. “They support us 100 percent, and in turn we give 100 percent back to them for public safety.”

Pictured are the attendees from the Dunkirk community at the National Night Out event on Tuesday at Washington Park.

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Reports & Events Monthly Calendar – August 2022 | National Academies

Reports & Events Monthly Calendar - June 2022 | National Academies

“Reports & Events” is a monthly tip sheet for the news media that highlights selected meetings of interest and reports from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Selected Events in August 2022
Click on each event title below to access meeting details, an agenda, and registration information, or contact the Office of News and Public Information (e-mail Reporters should register for all meetings. Find more National Academies events at

Pediatric Disaster Science
Aug. 1 and 2
Pediatric disaster science involves research that investigates the impacts of exposure to trauma, infectious diseases, and other hazards during a public health emergency or disaster on the pediatric population. This virtual symposium will gather government, academic, clinical and community stakeholders, and subject matter experts to examine perspectives and scientific needs related to disasters affecting infants, children, and adolescents. 

Children’s Environmental Health
Aug. 1-4
This workshop will bring together experts in epidemiology, toxicology, dose response methodology, and exposure science to discuss the state of science for children’s environmental health. Sessions will discuss what is known about vulnerability to environmental exposures at specific stages of life and development, and opportunities to improve regulatory decision-making about environmental health, among other topics.

Air Force Needs for Modern-Day Warfare
Aug. 2
New technologies and widespread digitization are changing modern-day warfare. Discussions during this webinar will focus on how the Air Force can overcome the operational, organizational, and technical challenges that result from these changes.

Evaluating COVID-19 Related Surveillance Measures for Decision-Making
Aug. 3
A webinar will highlight new and updated COVID-19-related data measures and surveillance strategies — such as wastewater surveillance and genome sequence testing — and discuss how they can be used to inform policy decisions.

Alternative Protein Sources: Balancing Food Innovation, Sustainability, Nutrition, and Health
Aug. 17 and 18
This virtual workshop will explore the state of the science on alternative protein sources as they relate to issues around diet quality, nutrition, and sustainability. Presenters will look at the health, environmental, socioeconomic, and ethical impacts of alternative proteins in the diet, as well as the implications for industry, consumers, and regulation.

Indoor Air Management of Airborne Pathogens
Aug. 18
This workshop, the first in a new series, will explore building management to reduce the transmission of airborne pathogens. Participants will share their experiences with managing enclosed spaces during the pandemic, and identify promising practices that could be adopted to make these places safer. Speakers will highlight progress made since 2020, identify critical research gaps, and explore barriers to implementation.

Climate Conversations: Wildfire
Aug. 25
Climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of wildfires and extent of area burned in the U.S., putting more people at risk of exposure to fire and smoke. This webinar will explore how planners and decision-makers are coping with these challenges and working to protect the built environment and human health.

National Tools of the Trade Conference
Aug. 29-31
This annual event brings together a wide array of practitioners in the transportation sector to discuss methods, tools, and techniques designed to improve transportation planning for small and medium-sized communities. Transportation to and within national parks and federal lands will be a focus of this year’s conference.

Reports Scheduled for Release in August
Release dates for the following consensus reports and proceedings from the National Academies depend on successful completion of the review process and publishing schedules. Reporters who would like to be notified when a report is due for release should contact the Office of News and Public Information (e-mail and ask to be placed on a contact list.

Emerging Hazards in Commercial Aviation
The first in a series, this report provides an initial assessment of major trends and potential emerging hazards in air transportation in the United States, reviews safety culture and how air safety is monitored, and lays out a plan for further studies.

Review of Fate, Exposure, and Effects of Sunscreens in Aquatic Environments and Implications for Sunscreen Usage and Human Health
This report reviews the state of science on UV filters found in sunscreen, their effects on aquatic environments, and potential public health implications associated with changes in sunscreen usage. The report will identify information gaps and future research opportunities.


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Salisbury combines Community Resource Fair, National Night Out events to celebrate community, neighborhood partnerships

Salisbury combines Community Resource Fair, National Night Out events to celebrate community, neighborhood partnerships

SALISBURY, N.C. (WBTV) – Salisbury will celebrate local community agencies, neighborhoods and law enforcement partnerships at a combined Back-to-School Community Resource Fair and National Night Out event, Tuesday, Aug. 2, beginning at 6 p.m. at Bell Tower Green Park.

Each summer and winter the Community Resource Fair brings together local agencies specializing in health, addiction, education and family support in one place to help local families as students head back to school. Information on senior services is available also. As in previous years, students will receive backpacks with a selection of school supplies. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Backpacks will be provided while supplies last.

Founded in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch, National Night Out is an annual campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and builds neighborhood camaraderie. The nighttime event, typically held on the first Tuesday in August, also increases awareness of local law enforcement programs such as neighborhood watch and anti-crime initiatives.

“The Community Resource Fair and National Night Out are two of our community’s most popular, signature events of the year,” said Salisbury City Manager Jim Greene. “The timing and camaraderie of both events make sense to combine them as one, with a more efficient use of staff resources. We’re looking forward to this one-stop occasion for providing much-needed resources and safety information to Salisbury and Rowan County residents.”

This year, the Salisbury City Council meeting will be held on the same date, however, at an earlier 3 p.m. start time so Council members can join in the information sharing after the meeting. The Human Relations Council, an official city commission focused on inclusion, acceptance and appreciation, is a lead partner in this bi-annual event.

Participants attending evening activities are encouraged to post photographs on social media platforms using the hashtag #SalisburyNightOut.

For more information, please contact Anne Little, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at, or call (704) 638-5218.

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