News Briefs: July 31 to Aug. 6

Wesley Chapel officially opened its Dogwood Park with a special ceremony on July 12. The park is located at 121 Lester Davis Road. UCW file photo

Wesley Chapel officially opened its Dogwood Park with a special ceremony on July 12. The park is located at 121 Lester Davis Road. UCW file photo

Work days scheduled at Dogwood Park

WESLEY CHAPEL – The community is invited to take part in volunteer work days at Wesley Chapel’s new Dogwood Park on upcoming Saturdays.

Work days are scheduled for Aug. 2, 9 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Jobs are available for all ages and the town will sign off on volunteer hours. 

The park is located at 121 Lester Davis Road.

Work beginning on Wesley Chapel roundabout

WESLEY CHAPEL – Crews were expected to start work Wednesday, July 30, on the roundabout at the intersection of N.C. 84 and Airport Road in Wesley Chapel.

The project will close the intersection through Sept. 8, according to a news release, though work could be extended depending on weather and other potential delays. A detour will be posted along Rocky River, Goldmine, Wesley Chapel, Potter and Newtown roads. 

The roundabout aims to reduce delays and congestion at the intersection by keeping traffic moving, according to the release. 

Library system wins eReading Room

MONROE – The Union County Public Library recently earned a new eReading Room for Kids through OverDrive.

Union County was part of a contest where library systems could earn the $3,000 eReading Room if enough eBooks and eAudios were “checked out” from the digital collection during a certain timeframe. Union County Public Library patrons checked out more than 5,000 eBooks and eAudios in June, according to a news release.

The eReading Room is accessible from the library’s website,

“Just as we have a separate section of the physical library designated for children, the eReading Room for Kids provides the same separation in the digital collection,” Nina Meadows, Union County Public Library director, said in the release. “We are grateful to our patrons who helped us win the eReading Room for Kids.” 

People must have a library card to use the service.

Stallings Fest approaches

STALLINGS – This year’s Stallings Fest will take place Sept. 20, a Saturday, and include free rides, music, arts and crafts and food available for purchase.

This year’s event will have a carnival theme, according to a news release. There will be performances by clowns, magicians, face painters, balloon artists and more, the release said.

Find more information at

Taste of Union scheduled for late September

MONROE – The sixth annual Taste of Union event will take place Sept. 27, a Saturday, at the Union County Agricultural Center, 3230 Presson Road in Monroe.

The event will include restaurants across the county offering selections from their kitchen, as well as a silent auction, raffle and music. Cost to attend is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets for children 10 years old and younger are available for $10.

Proceeds from the event will support Operation Reach Out, which works to support people in need in the community through food, clothing and medicine donations while helping people become self-sufficient. Find more information on the organization at

Find more information on Taste of Union at

Arts Council joins year’s grant program

MONROE – The Union County Community Arts Council will take part in the Regional Artist Project Grant Program.

The program provides awards for individuals and groups of unincorporated artists to pursue projects that further enhance their artistic development, according to a news release. Grants are available up to $2,000 to pay for one professional development or to purchase or rent one piece of equipment.

“The Union County Community Arts Council recognizes that Union County has a strong arts community that can benefit from these grant funds,” Barbara Faulk, executive director of the arts council, said in the release. “As an arts council, our goal is to assist artists by providing services and opportunities that help them evolve as artists.”

Find more information on the program and how to apply at

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