Up & Coming Weekly

November 14, 2017

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20 UCW NOVEMBER 15 - 21, 2017 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM Hope Mills News & Views EVENTS Paradise Acres presents Christmas in Paradise by DR. SHANESSA FENNER Paradise Acres presents Christmas in Paradise ursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from ursday, Nov. 30 through Saturday, Dec. 23, from 5-9 p.m. "Christmas in Paradise is a 12-acre park, and we are going to have it decorated inside and outside," said Shane Taylor, owner of Paradise Acres. "We have been out here for 33 years, and for the last five years, we have been aiming to do something different like this so that we can invite the public to Paradise Acres." Taylor added that they have been doing private events, so it was decided to open to the public to be able to serve and allow people to come out and enjoy Christmas. e event will include Santa Claus, a train ride, marshmallow roasting, a holiday buffet, local entertainment, a children's playground, Christmas lights and inflatables. "A bonfire will be set up outside to roast marshmallows," said Taylor. "We will have an outside section where we will sell fried moon pies, Oreos, Brunswick stew, hot chocolate and apple cider." Taylor added that Santa Claus will be onsite and it is free to take selfies with Santa. Every night there will be live entertainment featuring performances by two bands and local students. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer's Association of North Carolina. "My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease years ago, and we are taking care of her now," said Taylor. "We will have a couple of boxes set up so that you can give directly to the Alzheim- er's Association, and we will also give back a per- centage of the proceeds at the end of Christmas. "We just want people to feel free to come out and enjoy our family-friendly venue during the holiday season." Admission is free. Reserved seating for large groups is available. e buffet dinner is from 5–9 p.m. e cost is $14 for adults and $8 for children 10 and under. e train ride is $2 and the in- flatables are $1. Paradise Acres is located at 1965 John McMillan Road. For more information, call (910) 424-2779. Public notices a STAFF REPORT • Nov. 15 Historic Preservation Commis- sion meeting at 5 p.m. at the Hope Mills Parks and Recreation Center. The purpose of the meeting is to review guidelines for the commission. • Nov. 20 Public hearing for Case No. P17-40 at 7 p.m. at the Town of Hope Mills Regular Meeting. e meeting will be held in the Bill Luther Board Meeting Room in the Town Hall at 5770 Rockfish Rd. • Nov. 20 Audit Finance Committee special meeting at 6 p.m. in the Town Hall Board Room to discuss the fiscal year 2017 audit. • Dec. 7 Multimodal Congestion Manage- ment Plan Public Meeting No. 2 at Hope Mills Parks and Recreation Center from 6-8 p.m. Open house starts at 6 p.m., presenta- tion starts at 6:30 p.m. Several potential transportation alternatives will be pre- sented to address transportation issues in Hope Mills. The Hope Mills Board of Com- missioners may be attending the meeting, and there could be a possible quorum. To learn more about the study, visit www. HopeMillsPlan.org. For more information, contact Joel Strickland of the Fayetteville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization at jstrickland@co.cumberland.nc.us or (910) 678-7622. DR. SHANESSA FENNER, Prin- cipal, WT Brown Elementary School. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. (910) 484-6200. Christmas in Paradise in Hope Mills features inflatables among many other things. Shop Local, Shop Hope Mills

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