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GUILFORD COUNTY MOBILE OASIS FARMERS MARKET RECEIVES A NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The National Association of Counties (NACo) selected Guilford County’s Mobile Oasis Farmers Market for an Achievement Award in Health. The Mobile Oasis Farmers Market was recognized for being an effective county health program that enhanced the well-being of residents. Community partners are instrumental to this project and include: VisionTree CDC, East Market Street Development Corporation, UNC-Greensboro’s Department of Communications, the City of Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department and numerous volunteers and interns.

Merle Green, Guilford County Health Director said, “It is an honor for us to be recognized for such an award. We are grateful for the recognition this award brings not only to our Department and our community partners, but to our fight to address the crisis of food deserts in our community.”

NACo President Riki Hokama, Council Member, Maui County, Hawaii, said, “The National Association of Counties applauds county governments that are embracing innovative and more effective ways to serve their constituents. The Achievement Awards recognize counties’ outstanding efforts to strengthen services and deliver results for residents across the country.”

The awards will be presented at NACo’s 2015 Annual Conference and Exposition July 10–13 in Charlotte.

THIRD ANNUAL SUMMER NIGHT LIGHTS PRO- GRAM KICKS OFF ON JUNE 12

The City of Greensboro kicks off its third annual Summer Night Lights (SNL) program for teens ages 13-18 from 7-11 pm Friday, June 12 at the Greensboro Sportsplex, 2400 16th St. At this kick-off event, teens can participate in open play basketball and soccer tournaments and enjoy music by DJ A-Vegas, dancing, and refreshments.

“We anticipate a great turnout for the kick-off event and expect the Sportsplex to be packed,” said Michelle Gill-Moffat, youth development director for Parks and Recreation. “This program allows us to serve our community, help improve lives, and ultimately help build an even better Greensboro.”

Last summer, more than 5,000 teens ages 13-18 attended 120 SNL events, with a majority of the events offered in the evenings between 6-11 pm. The weekly events provided teens with a structured, safe environment through many activities offered during traditional high crime times for juveniles during the summer. Originally, SNL was built off the popularity of Parks and Recreation’s Midnight Basketball program.

This summer, the SNL program is offering free events and activities at City recreation centers, Greensboro Public Library branches, swimming pools, the Greensboro Sportsplex, and the Greensboro Cultural Center.

For more information on Summer Night Lights, visit www.greensboro-nc.gov/SNL or follow through social media on Twitter and Instagram at @GreensboroSNL, and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/GSOSummerNight-

Lights. Track all of the events at www.greensboro-nc.gov/ SNLCalendar. Watch social media daily for more specific information about each event, including room locations, and if pre-registration is requested.

PROSPECTIVE NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS: ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN

The National Folk Festival has unveiled its online tool for Volunteer Registration. With a minimum of 1,000 volunteers needed for the Festival to run smoothly, volunteer recruitment is key to the event’s success. Projected attendance is 100,000 for the three-day, FREE Festival, which is coming to Greensboro for the first time from September 11 – 13, 2015.

Volunteers may sign up individually or with groups of friends or business associates. Average volunteer shifts are three to four hours; prospective volunteers may sign up for several shifts during the three-day event. There will also be volunteer opportunities to promote the Festival throughout the summer.

With dozens of volunteer roles from which to choose, people may indicate the roles they’re interested in as well as preferred time slots when registering online. All volunteers will be asked to attend an orientation session; depending on their role, some volunteers will also participate in training sessions.

To learn about volunteer roles and to register, prospective volunteers should visit nationalfolkfestival.com/ volunteer or e-mail Festival Volunteer Coordinator Wendy Gibson at volunteer@nationalfolkfestival.com !

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