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TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am
Creative Needles - Each Wednesday at 9:30am
R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am
Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm
Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm
AARP Chapter - Thursday, August 3 at 12:30pm
Golf Association of Rowan Seniors - Monday, August 7 at 8:30am
Ambassadors Club - Monday, August 7 at noon
Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, August 10 at 9:00am
Walk-Abouts Club - Thursday, August 10
Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, August 10 at 6:30pm
Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, August 14 at 2:00pm
Rowan Doll Society - Tuesday, August 15 at noon
Better Breathing Club - Wednesday, August 16 at 1:00pm
Sunny Days Quilters - Thursday, August 17 at 1:00pm
Carolina Artists - Thursday, August 17 at 6:30pm
National Active & Retired Federal Employees - Monday, August 21 at 1:00pm

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center,
1120 South MLK,
Jr. Avenue,
Salisbury, NC 28144

How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (totality), when the moon entirely blocks the suns bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality ( (link is external)).

Eclipse glass

The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight. Refer to the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers (link is external) page for a list of manufacturers and authorized dealers of eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers verified to be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for such products.

Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.

Always supervise children using solar filters.

Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter  do not remove it while looking at the sun.

Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.

Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer  the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.

Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device. Note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lens, or other optics.

USA map with eclipse pathIf you are within the path of totality ( (link is external)), remove your solar filter only when the moon completely covers the suns bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to look at the remaining partial phases.

Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the sun directly.

If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.

Note: If your eclipse glasses or viewers are compliant with the ISO 12312-2 safety standard, you may look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun through them for as long as you wish. Furthermore, if the filters aren't scratched, punctured, or torn, you may reuse them indefinitely. Some glasses/viewers are printed with warnings stating that you shouldn't look through them for more than 3 minutes at a time and that you should discard them if they are more than 3 years old. Such warnings are outdated and do not apply to eclipse viewers compliant with the ISO 12312-2 standard adopted in 2015. To make sure you get (or got) your eclipse glasses/viewers from a supplier of ISO-compliant products, see the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers (link is external) page.

An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially eclipsed sun is pinhole projection (link is external). For example, cross the outstretched, slightly open fingers of one hand over the outstretched, slightly open fingers of the other, creating a waffle pattern. With your back to the sun, look at your hands shadow on the ground. The little spaces between your fingers will project a grid of small images on the ground, showing the sun as a crescent during the partial phases of the eclipse. Or just look at the shadow of a leafy tree during the partial eclipse; you'll see the ground dappled with crescent Suns projected by the tiny spaces between the leaves.

A solar eclipse is one of natures grandest spectacles. By following these simple rules, you can safely enjoy the view and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime. More information: (link is external)

Additional Safety Information:

An eclipse is a rare and striking phenomenon you won't want to miss, but you must carefully follow safety procedures. Don't let the requisite warnings scare you away from witnessing this singular spectacle! You can experience the eclipse safely, but it is vital that you protect your eyes at all times with the proper solar filters. No matter what recommended technique you use, do not stare continuously at the sun. Take breaks and give your eyes a rest! Do not use sunglasses: they don't offer your eyes sufficient protection. The only acceptable glasses are safe viewers designed for looking at the sun and solar eclipses. One excellent resource on how to determine if your viewers are safe can be found here: (link is external)

Viewing with Protection --

Experts suggests that one widely available filter for safe solar viewing is welders glass of sufficiently high number. The only ones that are safe for direct viewing of the Sun with your eyes are those of Shade 12 or higher. These are much darker than the filters used for most kinds of welding. If you have an old welder's helmet around the house and are thinking of using it to view the Sun, make sure you know the filter's shade number. If it's less than 12 (and it probably is), don't even think about using it to look at the Sun. Many people find the Sun too bright even in a Shade 12 filter, and some find the Sun too dim in a Shade 14 filter  but Shade 13 filters are uncommon and can be hard to find. The AAS Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers page (link is external) doesn't list any suppliers of welder's filters, only suppliers of special-purpose filters made for viewing the Sun.To find out more about eyewear and handheld viewers go to (link is external).

Telescopes with Solar Filters 

Eclipses are best viewed directly when magnified, which means a telescope with a solar filter or solar telescopes. These will give you a magnified view that will clearly show the progress of an eclipse. Never look through a telescope without a solar filter on the large end of the scope. And never use small solar filters that attach to the eyepiece (as found in some older, cheaper telescopes.) (link is external)

Pinhole and Related Projection Methods (link is external) --

Pinhole projectors and other projection techniques are a safe, indirect viewing technique for observing an image of the sun. These provide a popular way for viewing solar eclipses. One viewing technique is to project an image of the sun onto a white surface with a projecting telescope. This is explained further here: (link is external)

The Exploratorium demonstrates how to view a planet in transit or an eclipse safely by projecting the image with binoculars: (link is external). There are commercially available projection telescopes as well.

Besides eye protection during solar eclipse viewing, one needs to pay attention to their personal needs and surrounding.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Locations in Rowan County

On Aug. 21, 2017, the Earth will cross the shadow of the moon. The last time this occurred was in 1994! From Rowan County you will be able to see about 96% of the eclipse and we have a roundup of the best places to catch a glimpse:

1. New Sarum Brewing's Solar Eclipse Party: Enjoy a new beer release that's as dark as the eclipse on New Sarum Brewing Company's patio.

2. Dunn's Mountain: Head to the top of Dunn's Mountain for an up-high view of the sky.

3. Go Burrito: Park yourself on the rooftop patio at Go Burrito with a Salisbury Pineapple Margarita and see the eclipse from above Main Street in Salisbury.

For an introduction on how to safely view the solar eclipse, head to the Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium on Aug. 21 for an overview of Eclipses and Phases of the Moon. Bonus: free solar glasses will be offered to attendees of this free event!


Wednesday, August 23 from 1:00-4:00pm. This is an open session for all watercolor painters to work on art creations. There is no instructor. Each artist must be responsible for his or her own supplies and for cleaning up afterwards. No registration is necessary.

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center
1120 S. Martin Luther King,
Jr. Avenue,
Salisbury, NC 28144-5658
phone: 704.216.7714
email: fax: 704.633.8517


Friday, August 25. Boone's Cave is part of the Davidson County Park System. Meet at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 8:30 am. Bring water, a bag lunch, insect repellant and $3.00 to help drivers with gas. Dress appropriately for the weather. Participation is at your own risk. New participants will need to complete an information sheet at the Front Desk. In case of inclement weather, call the Center, as the outing may be postponed. To register for this activity call 704-216-7714.

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center
1120 S. Martin Luther King,
Jr. Avenue,
Salisbury, NC 28144-5658
phone: 704.216.7714
email: fax: 704.633.8517

Back to School Bash (ages 0-18)

Saturday, August 26, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
South Rowan Regional Library
920 Kimball Road
China Grove, NC

Free books for new and existing RPL cardholders, ages 18 and under.
Storytime at 11:00 am T-shirt painting (paint provided; bring your own t-shirt)

Also, A Day in Kindergarten. Learning workstations include: Shoe tying, Name Writing, counting and more. children, family,

Back to School Basics
Transitioning from summer months to the school year can be challenging for both children and parents. However, taking a few simple steps can ensure a healthy and productive start to your childs school year, says Dr. Jude Thomas with McLeod Pediatrics Cheraw. Annual Checkup Schedule your childs annual checkup with the pediatrician before school starts to make sure your childs vaccinations are up to date. Its also a good idea to ask the pediatrician to check your childs vision before they return to the classroom

. If your child plans to participate in sports, remember to schedule a preparticipation physical exam, or PPE.

Its easy to keep up with vaccines when our children are little because they generally visit their doctor more frequently for scheduled check-ups. However, as children age, their visits tend to become spaced out. If we are not careful as parents, we could miss some of the recommended immunizations that ensure our childrens safety. Preteens and Teens Teen and pre-teen years are opportune times to protect children against the many types of diseases they may encounter now or when they ven-ture off after graduation. There are four additional vaccines each teen/pre-teen should consider before graduation. They are Tdap, Meningococcal, HPV, and the Flu vaccines.

- Tdap:
Protection for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (or whooping cough) are present in this vaccine. Tetanus is an infection that causes lockjaw and tetany. Diphtheria causes an infection that can make breathing and swallowing difficult. Pertussis is a respiratory illness that causes continual coughing that can lead to breathing difficulties and is often fatal in infants. Vaccination is recommended between the ages of 11 and 12.

- Meningococcal:
Meningococcal is swelling of the lining of the brain and spinal cord or blood infections. This condition can be fatal in children. Recommendations are a first shot at age 11 or 12 and a booster is recommended at age 16.

- HPV (Human Papillomavirus):
HPV is a virus that causes genital warts and is a contributor to several types of cancers, such as anal or cervical. A shot is recommended at 11 years of age. This is a three shot series over a 6-month period and is designed to protect our children before they become sexually active.

- Flu:
Annual flu shots can help prevent the spread of illness caused by the influenza virus. The flu is an illness that affects the lungs and respiratory track. It causes symptoms such as a high fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose, headache, fatigue and body aches. It is best to get vaccinated before flu season as it takes about two weeks after vaccination to be protected from the flu.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following tips to help your child eat healthy during the school day:
- Studies show that children who eat a nutritious breakfast function better. They do better in school, and have better concentration and more energy.
- Most schools regularly send schedules of cafeteria menus home and/or have them posted on the school's website. With this advance information, you can plan on packing lunch on the days when the main course is one your child prefers not to eat.
- Look into what is offered in school vending machines. Vending machines should stock healthy choices such as fresh fruit, low-fat dairy products, water and 100 percent fruit juice. Learn about your child's school wellness policy and get involved in school groups to put it into effect.
- Each 12-ounce soft drink contains approximately 10 teaspoons of sugar and 150 calories. Drinking just one can of soda a day increases a child's risk of obesity by 60%. Choose healthier options to send in your child's lunch. Pedestrian Safety Safe Kids Worldwide reports that more than 19,200 children seek medical attention for injuries sustained while walking, and almost 500 children die every year in pedestrian accidents. According to a 2012 report by the organization , pedestrian injuries among 16- to 19-year-olds increased 25 percent over the previous five years. Teens now account for half of all pedestrian deaths among children 19 and under.

McLeod Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal recommends the following tips to keep your children safe from pedestrian injuries:

- Put devices down while crossing the street. One in five high school students cross the street while distracted by technology. Teach your kids to put devices down, look up, listen, and make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.

- Walk with your kids to the bus stop and wait with them until it arrives. Tell kids to stand at least three giant steps back from the curb as the bus approaches and board the bus one at a time.

- Make sure your carpool is safe. Carpooling is a great way to save time for busy families. Make sure each child in the carpool has a car seat, booster seat or safety belt, based on individual age, weight and height. If there isnt, find an alternative way for your child to get to and from school.

A board certified Pediatrician, Dr. Jude Thomas cares for children at McLeod Pediatrics Cheraw.

August School Tools Drive

August School Tools Drive in partnership with Communities in Schools. Donate school supplies to assist Rowan County School children in need. Collection boxes will be at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center and the six Nutrition sites around the county.


Class meets each Tuesday from 9-11am. For students of all levels. Instructor is Frances Driscoll. $10 registration fee payable on first day of class. Call 704-216-7714 to register and obtain necessary supplies list.

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center
1120 S. Martin Luther King,
Jr. Avenue,
Salisbury, NC 28144-5658
phone: 704.216.7714
email: fax: 704.633.8517

Salisbury Gun & Knife Show

Saturday, September 09, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, September 10, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
West End Plaza Event Center
1935 Jake Alexander Blvd W
Salisbury, NC

Price: $7.00 Children 12 and under are Free.
The Best Little Gunshow in North Carolina!!! With nearly 300 tables of firearms and accessories, knives, and ammo. We do our best to keep this as a true gun and knife show and limit what products our vendors sell to the shooting and knife industry. Free Parking. Two day passes available at the door.
Contact Info: Brandon Cupp
Salisbury Gun & Knife Show 704-798-5449

Randy's Antique and Yard Sale

Saturday, September 09, 2017
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Saturday, October 07, 2017
Sunday, October 08, 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Rowan County Fairgrounds
1560 Julian Road
Salisbury, NC
Contact Info: (704) 425-9838

On the Road, On the Water, Dont Drink and Drive Campaign

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, State High- way Patrol and Mothers Against Drunk Driving kicked off the seventh annual On the Road, On the Water, Dont Drink and Drive campaign with a news conference Thurs- day at Upper Barton Creek on Falls Lake. The multi- agency safety initiative works to reduce alcohol-related accidents on the states roadways and waterways, both of which see increased traffic during summer months. Ac- cording to statistics published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Coast Guard, North Car- olina ranks 10th nationally in boating fatalities.
No person should have to suffer the loss of a loved one as a result of impaired driving, said Maj. Todd Kennedy of the Wildlife Resources Commission. Every alcohol-re- lated death on our roadways and waterways is preventable. Whether on the road or on the water, if alcohol is going to be a part of your plans, have a designated driver.
Starting Memoral Day weekend, enforcement officers are conducting sobriety checkpoints and promoting public awareness to deter impaired operation of vehicles and ves- sels. Awareness and enforcement efforts are centered on four of the busiest summer weekends, including:

" June 30July 2, 2017
(Operation Dry Water)

" July 79, 2017

" September 24, 2017

In North Carolina, a driver or vessel operator with a blood- alcohol concentration that meets or exceeds .08, or is sub- stantially impaired by alcohol and/or drugs, is subject to arrest.
The campaign is coordinated by the Wildlife Resources Commission, State Highway Patrol and Forensic Tests for Alcohol, and supported by local police and sheriffs offices, along with participating non-governmental organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

For more information on boating safety and regulations visit or call 919-707-0031.

Cheerwine: Celebrating 100 Years
2/16/2017 - 12/31/2017

Rowan Museum Details:

Celebrate 100 years of Cheerwine while learning about the historic soda brand that started right here in Rowan County! The exhibit is open Friday - Sunday from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 704-633-5946

New Opportunities to Hunt on Sundays

A new law, "Outdoor Heritage Enhanced," will increase opportunities to hunt wild animals and upland game birds on private lands. The law also gives authority to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (Commission) and other public landowners to implement new options for Sunday hunting on public lands. Sunday hunting for migratory birds, including waterfowl, remains prohibited. On private lands:

" Hunters may hunt within 500 yards of a residence, potentially opening millions of acres of private land previously off-limits to Sunday hunters.

" Hunters may not hunt at any time on Sunday within 500 yards of a place of religious worship, nor hunt deer with the use of dogs.

" Shooting hours remain unchanged, meaning private lands may be hunted for wild animals and upland game birds with a firearm on Sunday prior to 9:30 a.m. and after 12:30 p.m.

" Controlled hunting preserves are not restricted between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. if they are licensed pursuant to G.S. 113.273(g).

On public lands:

" Public land managers, including the Commission, may authorize hunting on Sundays with a firearm on the public lands for which they have jurisdiction.

" If public land managers allow Sunday hunting on their lands, hunters remain prohibited from hunting with a firearm between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., from hunting deer with the use of dogs and from hunting within 500 yards of a place of religious worship.

" Sunday hunting on the Commission's game lands re- mains prohibited.

" The Commission will implement a collaborative and inclusive process with constituents to evaluate options and opportunities to open Sunday hunting with firearms on the approximately 500,000 acres of game lands owned by the Commission. The process will include consideration of all user-group perspectives.

" The Commission will work collaboratively with govern- mental, private and corporate partners to determine inter- est in allowing opportunities to hunt on Sundays with a firearm on the approximately 1.5 million acres of game lands owned by those partners. If these partners are willing to consider this option, then the Commission will follow the process described for Commission-owned game lands. Migratory birds:

" Hunting of migratory birds on Sundays remains prohibited.

" The new legislation gives the Commission the authority to lift the prohibition on migratory bird hunting after March 1, 2018.

" The law also mandates that a study be conducted by the Commission to consider the biological and resource management impacts, economic impacts, and social impacts associated with hunting migratory birds on Sundays. For information on the Outdoor Heritage Enhanced law, visit New Sunday Hunting Regulations at

Wine Tasting at Mean Mug Coffee


Mean Mug Coffee Shop:

Every second tuesday of each month at 7:00PM, Mean Mug Coffee offers you the opportunity to try some fabulous wines and take a few bottles of your favorites home to enjoy! RSVP is required; please email: