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July 4th festivities and more
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Finally - it's almost here! We've waited all year for Fort Stewart's legendary 4th of July celebration and the big day is quickly approaching. However, there are plenty of other fun things to do in and around Liberty County as you look forward to food, fun and fireworks on post. Spend a summer day enjoying one of these events:

June 25

• The Long County Public Library continues its summer reading program at 1:30 p.m. today. Participants can enjoy a puppet show and funny tales told by storyteller Tommy Johns. Stop by today and register. For more information, call 545-2521.

• Molly Hatchet, Dead Man's Hand Band and Southern Outlaw Band will perform live at The Clubhouse at Rye Patch. The all-night party begins at 6 p.m. today. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $50 for VIP seats and an additional $15 for concergoers who bring tents, RVs and camping gear. For more information, call 545-2289 or visit The Clubhouse at Rye Patch's Facebook page.

July 1

• Participants may sign up for fall tackle football, cheerleading and soccer on Fort Stewart from July 1-13 or until teams are full. Football is open to CYSS members ages 7-13 years; cheerleading is open to children ages 6-13 years; and soccer is open to children ages 4-13 years. For more information, go to

• The Hinesville Arts Council is offering a series of fine art classes for adults and children. The classes, which cost $10 each, are Thursday, July 1, July 8, Aug. 5 and 12. For more information or to register, visit the Hinesville Art Council online at, call Christina Mansfield at 404-805-7350 or e-mail

• Hinesville's farmers market will be set up in Bradwell Park from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, July 1. For more information, check the farmer's market page on Facebook. The variety of goods changes weekly - don't miss it.

• The Old Liberty County Jail Museum will have a reception for its Stars and Stripes Quilt Guild Exhibit at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 1. Members of the guild will answer questions about the quilts.

• Tickets will go on sale Thursday, July 1 for Love-It Productions' latest play, "Mama Turn the Radio on III: It Is What It Is." Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at Tops Christian Book Store, WGML Radio, Static Business Solutions and Full Gospel Church of God. The play will run in Hinesville on Aug. 13-15 and in Jesup Aug. 21. For more information, call 977-3293.

July 2

• The 2010 Military Family Appreciation/ Independence Day Celebration on Fort Stewart is slated for Friday, July 2. Volunteers with the Hinesville Military Affairs Committee will serve free meals to soldiers and their families from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Darius Rucker and En Vogue will perform a concert; there will be games for children and a fireworks show. For more information, call 767-8610.

July 3

• Fort Morris will celebrate Independence Day with its Colonial Fair from 11 a.m. -3 p.m. Saturday, July 3. The event will include colonial games, music, prizes, musket firing, arts and crafts, history and family fun. Admission is free. Fort Morris is at 2559 Fort Morris Road in Sunbury. For more information, call 884-5999, go to or e-mail

July 4

• The 20th annual Summer Slam event is from 2-9 p.m. Sunday, July 4, at Salter's field on Highway 84. There will be a music contest, car show and a concert. Admission is $5. 2A and 2B, Dirty Red and many other performers will take the stage. For more information, call 980-4559.


• Hinesville Day Spa will offer a six-week belly dancing class in September, but anyone who is interested can pre-register and pay a deposit now. The dates will be released soon; beginners will meet from 6-7 p.m. and advanced dancers will meet from 7-8 p.m.
The class will feature Scarlett of the belly dance troupe Mei'attah Raqs. The course costs $120, which must be paid in full at the first class. Students will learn basic belly dance moves, drills, proper technique and execution. It's great exercise. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 222-4835.

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