State Parks hosting student volunteers on Tennessee Promise Day, June 24

JUNE 14-- Tennessee State Parks are offering volunteer events across the state to help Tennessee Promise scholars log community service hours on Saturday, June 24.

“Tennessee Promise Saturday is a way for our parks to connect students to the outdoor opportunities available here in Tennessee while supporting their academic goals,” said Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Conservation Brock Hill. “This partnership highlights two of the greatest things about Tennessee: accessibility to higher-education and our nationally-recognized state parks system.”

All 56 Tennessee State Parks are offering volunteer events, which include litter cleanups, trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, summer event assistance, and more. Projects are intended to beautify Tennessee’s parks as well as provide meaningful outdoor experiences for volunteers. Tennessee Promise mentors and the general public are invited to volunteer on June 24 as well.

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Celebrate Old Glory today with Hardin County's 'Raise the Flag' group

JUNE 10--The Stars and Stripes, Old Glory, The Star-Spangled Banner. 

These nicknames all label the same piece of hallowed cloth, the flag of the United States of America.

Each year the flag’s ability to unite and inspire Americans is celebrated on Flag Day, June 14. However, in Hardin County, local organization Raise the Flag is joining with the county fire department to help celebrate the American flag’s rich history on Saturday, June 10 with a number of events.

All fire stations in Hardin County will have open house from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. that day, with flag raising ceremonies at 10 a.m. at each location.

Station 12, at 90 Walnut St. in Savannah, is hosting a “Firefighter for a Day” event. It’s a  time to meet local firefighters, try on turnout gear, see firefighting equipment, go through a teen-adult obstacle course, watch a fire extinguisher demonstration and even become a volunteer.

Kids can play in the Sparky Bounce House or go through the kids obstacle course.

The public is invited to Raise the Flag’s centralized flag lowering ceremony at Shiloh National Military Park at the National Cemetery at 5:30 p.m. with assistance from members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

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Open auditions Saturday for 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'

The Savannah Performing Arts Company is holding open auditions for its upcoming summer production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”

Auditions will be held at the Historic Savannah Theater on Court Square, on Saturday, June 10. The roles of Aslan the Lion and the White Witch, also known as the Snow Queen, will be cast as adults. All other characters, including the children Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter; Mr. and Mrs. Beaver; Tumnus; the unicorn and centaur; Fenris Ulf; the dwarf; Father Christmas; the elf; the white stag; Aslan’s followers; the Witch’s army and wood nymphs and all other creatures of Narnia will be cast as children and young adults from age 6 and up.

Auditions for children and young adults are from 2-4 p.m., and adults hoping to land the role of Aslan or the White Witch will audition from 4-6 p.m.

The play requires a minimum cast of 16 actors, but there are fun parts available for a much larger cast, and in a play like this, it is truly “the more, the merrier.” This is a perfect play for everyone from beginner actors to seasoned thespians.

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