News About Town: Jazz fans rejoice! This winter, Parks and Rec will host a Cool Vibes Winter Music Series in the Fullwood Theater at the Community Center. The cool vibes will be especially strong during the concerts when the Community Center becomes a speakeasy, with era-appropriate decor and staff dressed in 1920s apparel. No need for bathtub gin, you can purchase beer and wine. The two scheduled dates are January 10 and March 13, 2020.
News Around Town: We’re in peak hurricane season, and thankfully it looks like Dorian won’t visit Matthews. As Tropical Storm Fernand stews off the Gulf of Mexico and a Tropical Storm Warning is in place for a portion of Texas, let’s revisit some hurricane preparedness resources. First off, if you have to have a Pop Tart in the morning, go ahead and stock up. Along with water, strawberry Pop Tarts are in high demand when hurricanes loom. Sign up for any readiness alerts here. Also, according to ready.gov, have enough food and water for at least three days. Check your medications and refill any necessary prescriptions; have on hand a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
One Fun Thing: Want a trip to Jamaica without the price tag? Head on over to the Levine Senior Center on September 14 for the Karen Dale Foundation’s Caribbean Gala. The gala includes a cocktail hour, a meal of Jamaican, Trinidadian, and Haitian cuisine, and, of course, a steel drum band. The foundation itself focuses on the health care needs in the Caribbean Region, as well as educational support for children of Caribbean heritage here in the US. Proceeds from this event will go toward purchasing medical equipment for St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital. For all the details, visit their website.