Up & Coming Weekly

July 23, 2019

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM JULY 24-30, 2019 UCW 11 Fayetteville offers the experience for people to immerse themselves in art and entertainment every month for 4th Friday. e enrich- ing event takes place in the historic downtown area, where people can enjoy food from restaurants, walk through shops and browse local art galleries. e theme for July's 4th Friday, which falls on July 26, is "Parking Lot Party." "Downtowns are the 'free throw line' of any city," said Greg Weber, president and CEO of e Arts Council of Fayetteville/ Cumberland County. "To win a game, you need to get to the free throw line and hit those buckets. "e Arts Council is increas- ing its investment in bringing people to Fayetteville's 'free throw line' — downtown activity on 4th Friday. We are working to sink more buckets, and our expansion of activities on 4th Friday is an important first step." e Arts Council's newest 4th Friday Artist's Pro- gram will foster a space for artists to create and show their work and share their passion with others. Artists can visit www.theartscoun- cil.com/ParkingLotParty to sign up to showcase their work. e Parking Lot Party will begin at 6 p.m., but other downtown organizations are getting involved in the fun, too, by providing their own activities. e Market House will be open Friday from 6-10 p.m. for a free exhibit called "Vintage Postcards." e display offers a look into the past, displays of documents like vintage receipts, bills, and letters from businesses past and present in downtown Fayetteville. At Cape Fear Studios, attendees can see the creations of visual artists on display as part of the "8 by Exhibit." e art will reflect the work of visual artists of a variety of mediums, and each piece has to have one dimension that is 8 inches. Enjoy a free performance from the local musicians of the Bella Venti Woodwind Quintet at e Wine Café at 6:30 p.m. e professional musicians play the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn. Cash tips are encouraged. e Fayetteville Woodpeckers will be playing against the Carolina Mudcats, and they're celebrat- ing Christmas in July. e game starts at 7 p.m. and features a Woodpeckers Winter Hat Giveaway for the first 700 fans through the gate. A fireworks show will take place after the game. After strolling around and enjoying the art, attend- ees can catch a show at Gilbert eater. As a part of its Summer Play Fest, at 7 p.m. there will be perfor- mances of "A Ghost Story, Abridged," "e Devil You Say" and "Grocery Store." Tickets cost $16. e Summer Play Fest starts on July 24. e pur- chase of one ticket buys access to all of the shows for the week, through July 28. For more information or to buy tickets, call the theater at 910-678-7186. Call the Cool Spring Downtown District at 910- 223-1089 or visit www.theartscouncil.com to learn more about 4th Friday. 4th Friday features Parking Lot Party and more by JENNA SHACKLEFORD EVENT e Arts Council of Fayetteville/ Cumberland County's newest 4th Friday Artist's Program will foster a space for artists to create and show their work and share their passion with others. JENNA SHACKLEFORD, Assistant Editor. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcom- ingweekly.com. 910-484-6200. In 2004, the North Carolina General Assembly created the North Carolina Military Business Center — the only statewide military business center in the United States. e NCMBC is a business development entity of the North Carolina Community College System, headquar- tered at Fayetteville Technical Community College. e mission of the NCMBC is to leverage military and other federal business opportunities to expand the economy, grow jobs and improve quality of life in North Carolina. e Department of Defense has an annual impact of $66 billion and is the second-largest sector of North Carolina's economy at 12% of gross domestic product. With six major military bases, 116 National Guard facilities and 40 Army Reserve facilities — and the third-highest number of uniformed military per- sonnel in the country — the state of North Carolina created the NCMBC to leverage opportunities with these installations, DoD commands and federal agencies operating worldwide. Since its opening in January 2005, NCMBC busi- ness development specialists have supported North Carolina businesses in identifying, competing for and winning over 3,256 contracts, worth a minimum value of $12.8 billion. In fiscal year 2018, federal prime con- tracts executed in North Carolina increased by $1.03 billion to $6.15 billion. Cumberland County topped the county list with $1,319,570,487.78 in federal prime contracts. Durham County came in as a close second with $1,278,139,493.46. roughout the year, the NCMBC hosts multiple strategic, industry-specific major events to help educate North Carolina companies about the upcoming trends and opportunities and cur- rent and future needs of the industry. ese events also provide the opportunity to network with major defense contractors and Depart- ment of Defense buyers. Government and military agencies can also build relationships and learn more about defense procurement processes at these events. Major NCMBC events that have already occurred this year include the Camp Lejeune Small Business Outreach Event in May and the Medical, Biomedical and Biodefense: Support to the Warfighter Sympo- sium in June 2019. e 18th Annual North Carolina Defense and Eco- nomic Development Trade Show, Fort Bragg Business Outreach Event, and Mission and Installation Contract- ing Command – Fort Bragg Fourth Quarter Forecast is set for Aug. 6 in Fayetteville. is event includes a one- day trade show, extensive networking opportunities and government procurement workshops for both pro- spective and current federal contractors. e purpose is to build relationships between senior representatives of the congressional delegation, the DoD, other federal agencies and numerous defense contracting firms, including North Carolina small businesses. e event will include a traditional trade show, static displays and demonstrations of military equip- ment, informal networking opportunities, installation small-business panels and contracting workshops. For more information, visit www.ncmbc.us/2019dts. e 2019 Southeastern Opportunities in Aerospace Regional Summit is set for Aug. 12-13 in Raleigh. e SOARS is a business development and team event focused on highlighting aerospace challenges and demands, presenting opportunities and showcasing regional capabilities to provide solutions to the chal- lenges and demands. e Summit will showcase companies within the Southeast region engaged in manufacturing, logistics, research and development and other aerospace-related activities. Suppliers and service providers will be able to connect with national aerospace primes, first-tier subs and both military and civilian aerospace customers. Visit www.ncmbc.us/2019aerospace to learn more. e 2019 Southeast Region Federal Construction, Infrastructure & Environmental Summit is set for Oct. 23-24 in Wilmington. "e Summit" brings together over 700 representatives of the Corps of Engineers, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Fort Bragg, Marine Corps Installations East, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, other Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps installations, U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Veterans Affairs, General Services Administration, other federal agencies, general and specialty con- tractors, designers and construction suppliers from throughout the Southeast of the U.S. For more infor- mation, visit www.ncmbc.us/2019summit. For more information on the North Carolina Mili- tary Business Center, visit www.ncmbc.us. EDUCATION NC Military Business Center at FTCC brings opportunities by COURTNEY SMEDICK COURTNEY SMEDICK, FTCC Statewide Integrated Marketing, Events Coordinator and Government Relations. COMMENTS? Editor@ upandcomingweekly.com. 910-484-6200.

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