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Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance looks forward to fall events after successful summer

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance looks forward to fall events after successful summer

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – Summer 2022 comes to its unofficial end this weekend and for downtown Harrisonburg, it was a busy season with many events making their first comeback in years.

“It’s felt really good to bring the community back together and to celebrate being in Harrisonburg and to provide something fun for our communities and tourists to do while they’re here,” Andrea Dono, the Executive Director of the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, said.

Thousands of people flocked to the Turner Pavilion for the Rocktown Beer and Music Festival in April and the sold-out Downtown Dinner Party brought people together in May. Both events came back from a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Best.Weekend.Ever. featured live music, a sip and stroll, and food trucks in June. Block Party in the ‘Burg welcomed James Madison University students back to the Friendly City at the end of August. Both events were able to happen last summer.

“They come back because they love Harrisonburg and they just need an excuse to come here, so it’s really important for people to maintain their connections with our community,” Dono said. “I think people are just hungry for togetherness and for activities to get back into things.”

Events were reformatted so they are all not at the Turner Pavilion or Court Square, but all around the 40-blocks making up downtown Harrisonburg.

This fall there are still plenty of events and festivals to look forward to:

Harrisonburg International Festival: Saturday, Sept. 22, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Shenandoah Valley Pride: Saturday, Oct. 8 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Skeleton Festival: Saturday, Oct. 15, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Harrisonburg Half Marathon: Oct. 15 at 7 a.m.

“It’s just going to be a phenomenal time in downtown Harrisonburg starting this month,” Dono said.

While big events happen several times a season in downtown Harrisonburg, Dono encourages people to check out events that small businesses host frequently and check out First Fridays every month.

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Maple Ridge horse jumping team takes top spots in Dog Days of Summer event – Maple Ridge News

Maple Ridge horse jumping team takes top spots in Dog Days of Summer event - Maple Ridge News

A Maple Ridge team championed in multiple events at the latest hunter jumper show at the Maple Ridge Equi-Sports Centre.

The Dog Days of Summer Hunter Jumper Show had more than 85 competitors from across the Lower Mainland, in addition to Squamish, and the Interior.

Kaitlyn Harbour’s team from Empire Equestrian accumulated many accolades at the event including:

• Geordan Krysak and horse Story Time took the title of Champion in the Cross Rail Hunter division, with Andrea Sylvestri and horse Attie close behind, earning the title of Cross Rail Hunter Reserve Champion, with the second highest points.

• Georgia Dalrymple and horse Athena championed in the Two Foot Hunter division and received third place in the Hunt and Go division, with Sienna Shayler and horse Hemi taking the reserve spot in the Two Foot Hunter division and sixth spot in Hunt and Go.

• Danika Sojka and horse Flower took first place and top ribbons in the Two Foot Hunter and fifth in the Hunt and go.

• Grace Beeley and horse Secret came second in the Accumulator, third in the Empire Medal, and was the Reserve Champion in the .85 Jumpers division.

• Ivory Butler and horse Cruise were Champions in the 1.10 Jumpers and had other top placings.

• Hannah Pringle and horse Maisy were Reserve Champions in the .90 Jumpers division.

• Emily Bettesworth and horse Echo earned top place ribbons int he Cross Rail Hunter and Equitation on the Flat.

• Kate Payne and horse Sugar also earned many top placings in the Trot Rail and Cross Rail divisions.

• And owner and trainer Kaitlyn Harbour with horse Cosmo had top three finishes throughout the weekend in the Open 1.0 category.

The jumper classes were judged on speed, time, and having no faults, explained Harbour. Hunter classes, she added, were judged on rhythm, style, and position of the rider.

“We have been training year round preparing for our competition season,” said Harbour about the team’s great results.

The team is gearing up for competitions in September at both the Maple Ridge Equi-Centre and Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. Next for the team is the September Fall Day Classic Hunter Jumper Show that runs from Sept. 1-4 in Maple Ridge.

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Foodie Events from August 18-24: Tiki parties, pop-ups & summer nights

Foodie Events from August 18-24: Tiki parties, pop-ups & summer nights

Did you know? The second Saturday of August has become an annual day of celebration in the world of Polynesian Pop culture: International Tiki Day. It makes sense why there are luau-related events going on this week. Check them out for yourself!

Don’t forget, you can check out our Events Directory for a full list of Foodie events happening this week and other upcoming things to do.


Now – Friday, August 19 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
2041 S. Craycroft Rd.

Image provided by Mama Louisa’s

Follow your gym and tan routine with some lunch from Mama Louisa’s pop-up menu. They’ll be offering things like:

  • #10 Can Stacked and Layered with Seasoned Waffle Fries – with Italian pico, alfredo cheese sauce, and maple wood-smoked brisket
  • Stracciatella Cheese – with roasted tomatoes, arugula, EVOO, and balsamic Reduction served on torta bread
  • Maple Wood Smoked Brisket – with pepperoncini, pickled onions, provolone, asiago, and white cheddar, served on sourdough

If you’re thinking of skipping lunch, fuggetaboutit and make your way down to Mama Louisa’s.


Thursday, August 18 at 6 p.m.
4625 E. Broadway Blvd.

Image provided by Flash in the Past

Come and celebrate Tucson’s historic Kon Tiki Lounge with Flash in the Past 1960s style! Dress to impress the Gods: vintage/retro tropical attire encouraged.

Exclusive cocktails, menu, and more. Plus, admission is free.


Friday, August 19 at 4 p.m.
2045 N. Forbes Blvd. Suite 105

Image provided by 1912 Brewing.

Cool off this Friday with an Ice Cream and Beer Float pairing at 1912 Brewing Company. The brewery will feature three different flavor combos including Sours and Stouts.


Saturday, August 19 – Sunday, August 20
2660 N. Campbell Ave.

Menu provided by On the Fly Kitchen

On the Fly kitchen is back and they’re bringing you some more delicious, savory, and unforgettable food. There’ll be an abundance of fried goodies such as catfish, chicken, whiting fish, and more!

A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the @tucsonjaguars and the @tucsonseminolesfootball.


Saturday, August 20 from 2 – 6 p.m.
151 E. Broadway Blvd.
AC Hotel

Photo courtesy of SWOON Media

Nothing quite beats spending a sunny afternoon by the pool.

Bring a rubber ducky to the downtown AC Hotel pool and receive a complimentary punch from their poolside lounge bar. Party to DJ Walters and the Don’s beats and then enjoy food by Little Love Burger and HUB Ice Cream Parlor. Help them fill the pool with rubber duckies for a photo opp like no other.


Saturday, August 20 from 6 – 8:30 p.m.
2150 N. Alvernon Way

Image provided by Tucson Botanical Gardens

Join the Tucson Botanical Gardens this weekend and next for its Sunset Saturdays live concert series with local Tucson bands.

Celebrate summer evenings with some of the best things in life: good people, good music, and good food all in Tucson’s coolest urban oasis!

Doors Open at 6 p.m. and music is from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 20: Dry Wash Anglers, bluegrass guitar and vocals duo with soulful harmonies and skillful guitar work
Saturday, August 27: Daytrails, an indie rock band that takes inspiration from the desert landscape with emphasis on melodic songwriting and emotional connection


Saturday, August 20 from 6 – 10 p.m.
119 E. Toole Ave.
Borderlands Summer Nite Beer Fest (Photo courtesy of Borderlands Brewing Company on Facebook)

Borderlands Summer Nite Beer Fest (Photo courtesy of Borderlands Brewing Company on Facebook)

Oh hoppy days! Borderland’s Summer Nite Beer Fest will feature 15+ local breweries, games, food, and live music. VIP, General admission, and DD tickets are still available, but act quick! Tickets will not be sold at the door.



Sunday, August 21 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
550 W. Orange Grove Rd.

Image provided by Arizona Winery Tours

Arizona Winery Tours proudly presents: A Food & Wine Pairing Dinner featuring Chef Pablo of Scratching the Plate and Old Pueblo Cellars. Expect a three-course meal, delicious wine, and date tastings.

Cost: $110 per person. Call (520) 201-6905 to make your reservation.


Tuesday, August 23 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Rd.

Image provided by Hacienda del Sol

Tiki Tuesday is back at Hacienda del Sol!

Enjoy Tiki-themed cocktails and an island-inspired food menu from 11 a.m. to close every Tuesday at Terraza Garden Patio & Lounge. Even better, you’ll also be able to enjoy live steel drum music from 6 – 8 p.m. in the restaurant. Take advantage of their Happy Hour specials from 3 – 6 p.m. and don’t forget that they have Tiki mugs available for purchase, so be sure to take one home!

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Google Searches For Extreme Weather Events Peaked This Summer As U.S. Battled Floods And Heatwaves

Google Searches For Extreme Weather Events Peaked This Summer As U.S. Battled Floods And Heatwaves


Online search interest in phrases like “heat wave” hit an all-time peak this summer as record-breaking high temperatures and extreme weather events across the U.S. are increasingly drawing public attention to the climate crisis.

Key Facts

According to U.S. Google Trends data, online searches hit an all-time peak in July this year as several cities across the U.S. broke decades-old or all-time temperature records.

With the exception of 2020—when most of the focus was on the Covid-19 pandemic—search interest in the phrase “heat wave” has consistently peaked higher every summer for the past five years.

Extreme temperatures across the U.S. have led to unprecedented droughts in parts of the country and this is reflected in Google Trends data showing searches for “drought” peaked twice in the last five years—in June 2021 and July 2022.

U.S.-wide search interest in the term “floods” for the year 2022 also peaked in the last two weeks as at least four separate regions across the country witnessed once-in-a-millennium floods.

Despite the rising search interest in these extreme weather events, searches for “climate change” in the U.S. has remained largely steady except for a very steep spike on Earth Day in 2022—likely a result of the Google Doodle published on that day.

Globally, however, searches for the phrase “climate crisis’ hit a ten-year high in March as parts of South Asia witnessed a deadly and record-breaking heatwave.


As Europe witnessed its own unprecedented heat wave this summer, the region also saw similar search trends. The term “heat wave” hit an all-time peak last month in the U.K. as the country faced its hottest day on record. In France, search for “vague de chaleur” also hit a record peak as the country faced hot temperatures and devastating forest fires. The search term “ola de calor” hit an identical peak in Spain—which reported more than 1,000 heat-related deaths in June.

Key Background

Climate scientists have raised the alarm that the record heat waves hitting parts of Europe and North America may soon become the norm as climate change drives average global temperatures higher. An unchecked rise in temperatures could lead to more severe droughts and even more devastating forest fires. President Joe Biden has called climate change “an existential threat” to the U.S. and the rest of the world. Earlier this week, Senate Democrats passed a landmark bill—which the House is voting on Friday—that will earmark hundreds of billions of dollars for energy and climate programs.

What To Watch For

However, global climate action could be complicated by Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine and rising tensions between China and the U.S. The energy crisis triggered by the war in Ukraine has forced countries like Germany to reactivate coal plants. Angered by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan last week, China has suspended all climate talks with the U.S.

Further Reading

Historically Hot: Boston Breaks 1928 Daily Record High – These Are The Key Record-Breaking Temperatures For Summer 2022 (Forbes)

These U.S. Cities Could See Record-Breaking Temperatures As A Heat Wave Hits The Northeast (Forbes)

Photos: Extreme Heat Leaves Parts Of Europe Engulfed In Forest Fires, No Respite Expected Today (Forbes)

U.S. Has Seen Four 1-In-1,000 Year Rainfall Events This Summer (Forbes)

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Juno-winning singer/songwriter Susan Aglukark headlines Wainfleet Summer Games event

Juno-winning singer/songwriter Susan Aglukark headlines Wainfleet Summer Games event
Juno-winning singer and songwriter Susan Aglukark will headline the special one-day Canada Summer Games event taking place in Wainfleet on Aug. 16
Juno-winning singer and songwriter Susan Aglukark will headline the special one-day Canada Summer Games event taking place in Wainfleet on Aug. 16

It’s not every day that a Juno Award-winning artist makes the trek all the way to Wainfleet, but ‘Fleeters will get to see a big-name Canadian act perform — for three, to boot — when the township hosts its 2022 Canada Summer Games 13 for 13 Cultural Festival event next week.

The Games, which kicked off Aug. 6 and have brought more than 5,000 athletes, coaches and managers, and volunteers from across Canada, are seeing each of Niagara’s 12 cities and towns hosting events. They will showcase the unique cultural heritage, entertainment, art and culinary experiences of different provinces and territories.

Wainfleet is hosting the Nunavut experience on Tuesday, Aug. 16, in Wainfleet Arena park at 31943 Park St. The event will feature headliner and Juno Award-winning Nunavut performer and songwriter Susan Aglukark.

The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with kids/francophone programming, followed by a performance by local artists Great Lakes Swimmers at 7 p.m. and Aglukark at 8:30 p.m.

Last fall, Wainfleet Township’s director of operations, Richard Nan, told township council that the regional Summer Games committee suggested each municipality establish their own Games committee to hold special one-day events. Nan, who sits on Wainfleet’s committee, said the committee lucked out by having one member with deep connections with the tourism and culture industry in Nunavut in the far north.

That helped pave the way for the township to land Aglukark.

Nan said the township was also moving its local farmers market from its regularly scheduled day to coincide with the 13/13 event on Aug. 16.


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New Glasgow Mayor Nancy says Local Events in the Early Part of the Summer a Success

New Glasgow Mayor Nancy says Local Events in the Early Part of the Summer a Success

After a successful first part of the summer, New Glasgow Mayor Nancy Dicks said she is happy

New Glasgow Mayor Nancy Dicks

to see people getting out in the community.

Dicks pointed to the success the town saw through the attendance at the Festival of the Tartans as well as the New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee. Dicks credited both events for having seamless operations despite the two year hiatus. She also noted the weather cooperated as well.



With Ribfest on the way this weekend and other events on the slate for later in the summer, Dicks said the early success bodes well for upcoming events. She said the fact the events were outdoors helped, noting it is encouraging to see people getting out and enjoying themselves.


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Top 10 events in Nottinghamshire this summer | West Bridgford Wire

Top 10 events in Nottinghamshire this summer | West Bridgford Wire

In a region where you can see 1,000 years of history at Nottingham Castle, experience Nottingham’s thriving music and arts scene, and explore some of the best green spaces anywhere in the UK (including the historic hideout of Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest) you’ll be spoilt for choice!


Nottingham Beach – City by the Sea

Old Market Square, Nottingham, NG1 2BY

On now until Sunday 4 September.

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•  Pictures: Nottingham Beach opens for the first time in three years

Nottingham Beach has made a welcome return this year for everybody to enjoy over the summer holidays, engulfing Old Market Square in summer fun. New for 2022 is the Giant Slip ‘n Slide, a ticketed attraction within Nottingham Beach that comprises two giant inflatable waterslides.


Open Air Theatre at Newstead Abbey

Newstead Abbey, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG15 8GE

Dates vary until Sunday 04 September 2022.


A fantastic season of open-air theatre performances awaits this summer at Newstead Abbey. The manicured gardens and beautiful sites of the Abbey make the perfect backdrop for enjoying an outdoor theatre experience. Come and enjoy timeless favourites such as Much Ado About Murder, Jayne Eyre and Peter Pan.


Nottingham Riverside Festival

Victoria Embankment, Nottingham, NG2 5FB

Friday 5 to Sunday 7 August

•  Riverside Festival: Massive weekend ahead as free music programme announced

The East Midlands’ biggest free summer festival will be back on Nottingham’s Victoria Embankment from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 August, with over 250,000 visitors expected at the Riverside Festival after a two-year hiatus. The festival traditionally features a wide range of fun for all ages. Music is, as ever a big part of the festival with three massive live music stages. There will be a whole mile of fairground rides, games and attractions along the banks of the Trent plus numerous street food and drink vendors, a Riverside market and all kinds of river-based activities from dragon boat racing to the annual duck race.


Luminarium – Dodecalis

Lakeside Arts, Highfields Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Saturday 6 – Sunday 14 August 2022 | 11am-5.15pm (last admission)


Following a three-year gap, and in their thirtieth anniversary year, we’re delighted to welcome back this Nottingham-based, internationally renowned company with the Nottingham premiere of a new luminarium. Dodecalis cleverly draws visitors through its labyrinthine shapes and three domes where they’ll enjoy stunning, neon-like, vibrant colours. Architects of Air’s luminaria are always sensory, always magical, and make for a truly memorable experience.


Robin Hood Festival 2022

Sherwood Forest Country Park, Swinecote Road, Edwinstowe, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG21 9HN

Weekends all summer until 29th August | 2022

•  Robin Hood Festival returns over seven weekends this summer

The Robin Hood Festival has returned to Sherwood Forest after three years away, and this time it is all summer long. from 4th August to 7th August, the hugely popular Cavalry of Heroes bring their spectacular equine display show to the forest. For the first time ever, there’ll be a Viking invasion in Sherwood on the weekend of 12th to 15th August, recreating the era of Scandinavian occupation of England.


Gloworm Festival at Thoresby Park

Thoresby Park, Netherfield Lane, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG22 9EP

Friday 12th – Sunday 14th August | 2022


The Gloworm Festival is a brilliant 2-day festival that has been especially created for grown-ups and their little people. Festival goers are invited to come and play in a warm, welcoming and creative environment, lose their inhibitions, let their hair down and have some fun. Gloworm believes that children are the most important people in the world, which is why the event is aimed at families with kids aged 0-13, with plenty for teenagers and grown-ups to enjoy too.


Nottinghamshire Day

Various locations throughout Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

August 25th 2022

•  Nottinghamshire Day Festival: Line up revealed for first-ever county day music festival

Nottinghamshire Day takes place on the 25 August as this date marks the anniversary of the start of the English Civil War, an event triggered by Charles I raising the royal standard at Nottingham Castle in 1642. A Day to celebrate all things Nottinghamshire especially the Legendary Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham. Various activities and events celebrating Nottinghamshire’s civil pride will be taking place across the region all day.


Nottingham Carnival 2022

Victoria Embankment

Sunday 21st August | 2022 | 1pm – 8pm


Come, see and experience a programme of colourful costumes, music and cuisine showcasing the influence of Caribbean, Brazilian and African cultures on our city. As always, the parade will be the centrepiece of the Carnival. At any point on the route, spectators can watch a spectacle featuring hundreds of colourful costumes dancing to the lively beats of soca music, steelband and samba drums. As before, the parade will follow a circular route around the Victoria Embankment and The Meadows Recreation Ground.


Clumber Park Festival of Food and Drink

Clumber Park, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3AZ

Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 September 2022


Now in its ninth year, the Festival of Food and Drink takes place on 17th & 18th September 2022 at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire. This celebration of local producers and global flavours attracts some of the UK’s best traders and street food vendors, with stalls selling out fast. There’s also a delicious selection of Vegan food for all to enjoy with plenty of new companies making their debut. With lots of entertainment for all the family including children’s cookery workshops, live music, giftware, cocktail bars and breweries, it’s no surprise that the Festival of Food and Drink is the biggest and most popular in the region.

Titus T. Rex is King

Wollaton Hall and Deer Park, Nottingham, NG8 2AE

Ongoing – 31 August 2022

• T-Rex dinosaur sculpture in the eye of a needle

Titus: T. Rex is King is an extraordinary exhibition, showcasing the first real Tyrannosaurus Rex to be displayed in England for over a century. Explore the world of this titanic predator and his story: you’ll see the skeleton of the T. Rex himself, as well as digital and interactive virtual media displays that will immerse you in his extraordinary journey from discovery in the Montana Badlands in the USA, through the experience of excavation, curation, examination, rebuild and final reveal.

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3 Late Summer Events for the Design Lover

3 Late Summer Events for the Design Lover

The roots of local interior designer Nadia Watts’ debut fabric collection can be traced back more than a century: Her great-great-grandfather Louis Comfort Tiffany (yes, of that Tiffany family) created stained-glass windows, vases, and lamps for his iconic design house. Watts’ new collaboration with Kravet pays homage to the vibrant hues—think chartreuse, teal, and fuchsia—found in Tiffany’s collectible pieces. Marrying vibrant colors with graphic patterns and tactile fabrics, Watts’ textiles prove that talent runs in the family. Launches Summer 2022,

Colorado architect Don Ruggles of Ruggles Mabe Studio has been exploring the connection between building design and human health for more than a decade. This feature-length documentary is produced by Ruggles and brings ideas from his 2018 book release, Beauty, Neuroscience, and Architecture, to life on the small screen. Featuring interviews with architecture and neurology experts (and narration by Martha Stewart), the movie ponders the questions, “What makes a building beautiful?” and “How does that beauty impact our wellbeing?” Available on iTunes, Amazon, and most streaming platforms

Take your Zillow-browsing hobby to the next level at this multiweek tour of Denver-area homes. Peer inside dozens of stylish for-sale houses—including a modern townhouse in Westminster, a 6,000-plus-square-foot farmhouse in Parker, and an energy-efficient home in Aurora’s Painted Prairie neighborhood. At the end, cast your vote for the People’s Choice award—and if a home really strikes your fancy, hey, why not make an offer on it? Open to the public 12–5 p.m. on Thursdays–Sundays, August 11–28,