There's a cool way to beat the heat and enjoy some gorgeous scenery. Just head up 6,700 feet to
The foundation, which also raises funding for its forest programs, brings a series of concerts to the mountains each summer. The popular series, Music in the Mountains, offers predominantly classic rock tribute music at the
For us Baby Boomers, it's almost heaven.
Fans love the music under the stars amongst the trees, with plenty of food and drink available -- what's not to love?
The concert scheduled for Saturday is the second in a three-concert series at the Discovery Center, located east of
Don't Stop Believin,' touted as the number one Journey tribute band in the country, stages a one-night-only show on Saturday under the stars at the Discovery Center, the largest visitor center on a national forest.
Special guest, The PettyBreakers, A Tribute to
Ticket sales venues are online at www.mountainsfoundation.org, at the
Summer's grand finale is set for
The Discovery Center offers a wide variety of fun outdoor programs, including a summer campfire series and the new Eco Tours -- via hikes, canoes and kayaks.
"As you can see, we offer a broad spectrum of diversity through our workforce development programs, public events and outdoor adventure tours," said
New for summer 2014 are the Hiking Eco-Tours. You can explore the
The hikes, which are offered Thursdays and Fridays from
Eco-Tour Hikes are
So get your hiking boots on, folks, it's time to hit the trail.
One of the largest programs of the
This is a genius idea, conceived by the late UCC leader
The mission of the
This means these young people, ages 18 to 25, work as a team on projects that include emergency response, park maintenance, community revitalization, trail building and wildlife habitat restoration.
They are doing all this community service and getting on-the-job-training while going to school. By the time they earn their high school diploma, they are ready to find jobs or pursue higher education.
So to use a cliche, it's a win-win-win-win-win.
The dozen graduates of the 2014
Graduates completed their high school diploma program in 1.5 to 2 years through an academic/workforce development partnership with the on-site
But wait, there's more....
Because the corps is headquartered in the city, the
The pilot program includes commercial grade, all-electric landscape equipment, featuring "The Green Machine" lawn mower, which will be used by the
"These different types of projects and programs all seek to engage local community-based partnerships, volunteers and corps members," Sarah said, adding that the
The Discovery Center -- a "gateway to adventure" for our mountain treasures.
And here's a thought for the day: The evening news begins with "Good Evening," and then goes on to tell you why it isn't.
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