New Go-Kart & Minature Golf Complex Coming To Evansville?

Evansville could be the home of a new indoor/outdoor facility where families can race go-karts and play miniature golf.

You hear some people say that there’s nothing for families to do in Evansville. I am one who disagrees with that statement. We have plenty of things to do such as Walther’s Golf & Fun, Bowling, cMOE, High Score Player Two, Bowling, Escape Rooms, Birdies, Burdette Park, and more. There are a lot of things to do here in Evansville, however, when I was growing up, there was one place that I used to love to visit. That place was Kart World. Evansville’s only go-kart track was located on Morgan Center Drive, in conjunction with Adventureland Golf, was a blast. I could have raced all day in those go-karts if my parents would have let me! However, Kart World closed down in the early 2000s leaving a void for those who enjoyed the thrill of racing their friends and family members in go-karts.

Ever since Kart World closed I have been hoping that another place like that would open up in the area. The closest place for public go-kart racing is in French Lick. However, that could soon change.

New Go-Kart Facility Eying Evansville

According to Evansville 411 News, a local developer is looking to bring a new go-kart and miniature golf complex to Evansville. My prayers have been answered! Evansville 411 News reports that the developer is looking to build the complex on Evansville’s east side and is in the early stages of planning. The complex details (as of this writing) include:

  • 6 miniature golf courses (18 holes each)
    • 3 indoor courses
    • 3 outdoor courses
  • 2 go-kart tracks
    • 1 indoor track
    • 1 outdoor track

I don’t know about you, but I am all for this happening. Since this

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Here’s what’s open and closed in Calgary this Heritage Day long weekend

It’s going to be a busy long weekend in Calgary and if you need some last-minute supplies, you’ll have to plan accordingly.

While several things may be closed, Heritage Day weekend offers a number of options for entertainment, activities, eats, and city services in Calgary.

If you’re choosing to stay in Calgary over the Heritage Day weekend, check out our list of what’s open and closed in the city so that you’re prepared.

Grocery and liquor stores

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Grocery and liquor stores across Calgary are generally open over the Heritage Day long weekend; however, some may have adjusted hours. We advise checking with your favourite location to confirm operations.

Calgary Co-op
Costco
IGA
No Frills
Real Canadian Superstore
Safeway
Save-On-Foods
Shopper’s Drug Mart
Sobeys
Walmart
Ace Liquor Discounter
Co-op Wine Spirits Beer
Crowfoot Wine & Spirits
Liquor Depot
Sobeys Liquor
Willow Park Wines & Spirits

Post offices

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According to its website, Canada Post is closed on national, provincial, and territorial holidays, including Heritage Day, with no collection or delivery of mail on this day.

Malls and attractions

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CF Chinook Centre (open 10 am to 6 pm on Monday, August 1)
CF Market Mall (open 10 am to 6 pm on Monday, August 1)
The CORE Shopping Centre (open noon to 5 pm on Monday, August 1)
CrossIron Mills (open 10 am to 8 pm on Monday, August 1)
Southcentre Mall (open 11 am to 6 pm on Monday, August 1)
Calgary Tower (open 10 am to 9 pm)
Calgary Zoo (open 9 am to 5 pm)
The Hanger Flight Museum (open 10 am to 4 pm)
The Military Museums (open 9 am to 5 pm)
Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (open 10 am to 5 pm with pay-what-you-can-admission)
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Jolly Christmas in July events add joy to a miserable month in Dallas


Baby, it’s hellacious outside. As the summer scorcher goes on and on, let’s rescue ourselves with visions of sugarplums, thoughts of frosty snowmen, and dreams of all things holiday.


These local “Christmas in July” events are here to bring joy and merriment to one long, sweaty month. After all, Christmas is just five months and some change away.


Santa Claus is coming to town, appearing at several places for photo opps. (Hello, Christmas card photos.) Don’t worry — he’s not requiring you to dig out your ugly sweaters, but an ugly T-shirt might just raise his spirits, too. Here are some holly jolly events and specials that’ll get us jingling all the way … at least until even-hotter August.

Christmas in July at Grandscape, July 21

Christmas in July comes early to the bustling shopping complex in The Colony, which hosts a festive event on the Grandscape Lawn from 5-8 pm Thursday, July 21. “Join Santa and Mrs. Claus as they take some time take time away from their summer vacation to meet with guests and take notes on everyone’s early Christmas wishes,” they say. The event also will include a big wave surf inflatable and tropical water slide, airbrush tattoos, Jugo and Pappas Snow Cones snack pop-ups, and pictures with one of Santa’s reindeer. The event is free and family-friendly, and food and drinks will be available for purchase from individual food vendors, the buzziest of which is the Portillo’s Beef Bus (details here).

Christmas in July at Lakewood Brewing, July 24

Santa will be donning his summer best for his first visit to this popular brewery’s new-and-improved beer garden, and he wants guests to do the same. There’ll be an “ugly T-shirt contest” with prizes for both humans and dogs. Even

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Plan ahead to make the magic happen at Disney World

Stamina, patience, perseverance and a determination to succeed. Preparation and attention to detail are key. Anything from six months to a year.

ut the hard yards in and the rewards will be great. It’s all about stealing a march, giving yourself an edge.

Apps will need to be downloaded, research conducted, early reservations made and daily itineraries finalised well in advance.

On this trip, spontaneity is eroded before you step foot on the plane.

Yet it works.

The magic of Disney World, Orlando, Florida is only intensified by a well co-ordinated and pre-planned trip.

Purchasing Disney tickets — currently there is a deal to buy a 14-day pass for the price of a seven-day pass — will no longer guarantee entry to the parks. Blame Covid. Instead, at your earliest convenience you must reserve a place each day at either Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom or Hollywood Studios. Failure to do so or leaving it last minute is likely to end in disappointment.

Of course, there is the option of the Park Hopper ticket, which allows you to move to a different theme park during the day after 2pm. As the holiday goes on, it’s a great alternative to have at your disposal.

Then you have an added extra of Genie Plus, a type of fast pass service which when I was there allowed you to book a time slot for rides every two hours, starting from 7am if staying in a Disney resort. With the expected large queues and where waiting times can be two hours, it’s a small price to pay to jump the line. As is a Lightning Lane pass, but only one attraction can be purchased from the app each day such as The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Magic Kingdom.

Your smartphone will be crucial

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Big Tech reform bill doesn’t have votes to pass

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told a collection of Democratic donors on Tuesday that a closely watched bipartisan antitrust bill to rein in Big Tech doesn’t have the votes to pass.

That puts the chief Senate Democrat at odds with Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who are both pushing the legislation and have claimed for months that they have the 60 votes needed to get it through the Senate. 

Schumer (D-NY) was asked about the bill during an evening question-and-answer session with donors at swanky Capitol Hill eatery Bistro Bis. He responded by saying that the bill was a “high priority” but doesn’t have the votes to pass. 

Schumer’s comments were first reported by Bloomberg.

The bill, called the American Choice and Innovation Online Act, would bar companies from “self-preferencing” their own products in search results.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer reportedly told a group of donors that he doesn't expect the American Choice and Innovation Online Act to pass.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer reportedly told a group of donors that he doesn’t expect the American Choice and Innovation Online Act to pass.
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For example, Amazon wouldn’t be allowed to give “Amazon Basics” products a leg up over third-party items, while Google would be barred from giving “Google Flights” priority over rivals like Expedia and Kayak. 

Schumer spokesperson Angelo Roefaro told The Post that the bill is a “high priority” for Schumer and that the majority leader “supports the bill and is working with Senator Klobuchar to get the votes.”

While 60 senators have not yet come out in support of the bill, many Capitol Hill insiders say the bill would nonetheless pass if Schumer brings it up for a vote, The Post reported on Sunday. 

In the words of one senior GOP Senate aide, Klobuchar and Grassley both have a “chicken and egg problem” in which senators don’t want to publicly support the bill unless they know

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Hillbilly Christmas in July raises tens of thousands for Shriners Hospital

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Shriners Children’s Hospital has been around for 96 years, and with the help of donations, they hope to continue their healthcare here in Lexington for decades to come.

Hillbilly Christmas in July raises money through community engagement and an annual bike ride, and it’s all for the children at the hospital.

Shriners serves patients from five different states, helping with anything orthopedic from a simple bone break to cerebral palsy. Wesley Scott, director of philanthropy at the hospital, said it’s incredible to see the difference donations like these make for their patients.

“When you see a patient come in, when you see a kid smile, who when they were born four or five years ago couldn’t walk. They weren’t sure if they’d be able to ever walk. And after four or five years of treatment they’re able to. And that’s incredibly rewarding,” Scott said.

Hillbilly Christmas in July donated $65,000 and with the help from Gearhart Communications, they added another $10,000 toward the donation.

People from the organization say it’s a no-brainer when it comes to helping children in need.

“When you come down to this hospital, I’ve made a few trips before I got to Christmas in July, before I started and when you see the kids, nobody has to tell you what you need to do, you just jump in and do it,” said Jimmy Kinney with Hillbilly Christmas in July.

Their goal is to raise a total of $1 million within the next three years for the organizations 20th anniversary.

The staff at Shriners Hospital is grateful for their generosity.

“They get to really see the impact of philanthropy on working with kids. We get to see this, this is a great part of my job. I get to do this all

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Tommy Bahama Jungle Cruise Tropical Shirt Launches at Walt Disney World Resort

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If you loved your Jungle Cruise expedition and wanted to take home a punny reminder of your travels, we spotted a new short sleeve Tommy Bahama button-up t-shirt filled with animals and jokes you’ve probably seen and heard on the river cruise.

Tommy Bahama Jungle Cruise Button Down — $130

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This tropical t-shirt was found at Plaza del Sol Caribe Bazaar in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom.

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The shirt is full of greenery and familiar animals from the Rivers of the World. Famous punny jokes from skippers are printed on the shirt, such as “I’ve Got a Sinking Feeling About This!” pictured with large hippos.

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Yellow “Jungle Cruise” banners, snakes, waterfalls, and plants definitely keep your eyes busy finding all the details in this shirt.

For more information on booking your next trip with our official travel agent sponsor, the Vacationeer, visit wdwnt.travel.

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On the inside of the collar, there is a “Disney Parks Collection by Tommy Bahama” tag.

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Will you be wearing this Tommy Bahama Jungle Cruise button-up on your next voyage down the Nile River…or are you in de-Nile? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Check out another new button-up shirt in Magic Kingdom.

For the latest Disney Parks news and info, follow WDW News Today on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

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Brighton Christmas 2022 The festive fun to discover

There’s something special about getting in the festive spirit when December arrives. The smell of cinnamon, cloves and roasting chestnuts in the air along with the nostalgic sound of holiday songs has the power to transform a town overnight.

Whether you love exploring the markets or your heart beats faster when the Christmas lights are switched on, Brighton has something to make you feel jolly. We’ve rounded up some of the best festive fun to discover. 

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Brighton Christmas Festival & Market 2022

Brighton Christmas Festival has plenty to offer, so you can indulge in festive drinks with your friends or take the kids for a fun-filled day out – you’re sure to find something to suit. Browse the stalls at the Christmas market and pick up some tasty snacks or head to the Après Ski Alpine Lodge Bar for a bev or two. 

With family shows and live entertainment also on the agenda, Brighton Christmas Festival is the place to go to feel jolly. The festival will run from Friday 25th November to Sunday 18th December 2022.

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Christmas wreath-making workshops in Brighton

Why buy a festive wreath for your home when you could make your own? Between Two Thorns in Brighton will be running several workshops on creating a Christmas wreath from scratch. You’ll start by learning the basics of wreath making and then the fun will begin, as you adorn your own design with cinnamon sticks, pinecones and other festive pieces. 

The workshops are available to book between 26th November and 17th December 2022.

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Brighton Christmas Lights 

The moment when a town’s Christmas lights are turned on is when it truly begins to feel festive, and the Brighton Christmas lights are no exception. Wrap up warm and gather your friends and family to experience

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Flights from Vancouver: Get tickets to Nadi, Fiji at a steal

Locals looking to get a taste of paradise at a steal have several options to take advantage of right now — but they’ll have to plan their holiday in advance.

Fiji’s flagship airline currently has several low-cost flights from Vancouver to multiple destinations in the South Pacific, including its hub city in Fiji, Nadi, as well as Australian cities such as Brisbane, Sydney and  Adelaide. It also flies to Christchurch, Auckland, and Wellington in New Zealand. 

Fiji Airways is currently offering flights from Vancouver that fly direct to the country’s capital city, Nadi, which is located on its largest island. 

From glistening white-sand beaches to vibrant coral reefs, rugged, tree-lined shores to vibrant, tropical flowers, Nadi oozes paradisaical enchantment. 

Right now, residents of the Lower Mainland can take advantage of airfare for as low as $739.06 CAD including all taxes and fees, which is approximately half the price of a regular ticket. But they may have to wait for a few months to enjoy their tropical getaway.

 The flight departs on Friday, April 21, 2023, and returns on Monday, May 8, 2023; both flights depart in the evening after 10 p.m. 

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Fiji Airways, which is Fiji’s national carrier, announced on July 5 that it will fly directly from Nadi to YVR, starting Nov. 25, 2022. 

You can book the deal with Fiji Airways online using Kayak’s flight calendar.

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Remembrance of Things Past: Summer vacations of yore

Not long ago, my granddaughters came bursting into the house singing and shouting, “School’s out!” Needless to say, they were excited about the last day of school. As a retired teacher, I could have told them they weren’t as excited as their teachers were. The half days before Christmas vacation and the last day of school are the longest days of the school year! I’m sure those girls will have lots to do this summer, especially since their cousins from Virginia are here for the season. There are a lot of specialized camps offered every summer. The Mystic Seaport has some great ones.

I must say that my granddaughters’ excitement brought back my memories of summer vacations. Even way back in the 60s, there were things to do. Some kids worked at Whittles. Many of us went to camp. Camp Wightman, a church camp, was very popular. The Girl Scouts operated Camp Pattagansett and Camp Laurel (which my daughters later attended), and I spent several weeks at Camp Wakenah in Salem, the Pequot Council Boy Scout Camp. I remember one summer working on canoeing and lifesaving merit badges, and mile swim. There was another private camp on Gardner Lake, Camp Trupin, which was a lot more expensive than Wakenah!

I spent a lot of time in the summer at Williams Beach, which was run by the Mystic Community Center. Being too young to drive, I’d climb on my Schwinn, which had coaster brakes, no gears and newsboy baskets on the back, and coast down Oral School Road to River Road and then pedal down Pearl Street to West Main. Left on West Main, being careful to avoid the trolley tracks, over the bridge and up to Mason’s Island Road. From there to Harry Austin Drive, named after the longtime beach

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