Church party kicks off summer

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Parrots, Christian rock, free food, more at Countdown to Summer III

by Frank DeLoache/Living Saviour Lutheran Church
Some fast-talking, whistling, colorful rescues will serve as the guests of honor for Countdown to Summer III from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19,  at Living Saviour Lutheran Church, 6817 Carmel Road, Charlotte.
Come meet the residents of Companion Parrots Rehomed, a nonprofit rescue organization in Parrot University in Pineville. Then sit under a shady tent or tree, enjoy free hamburgers or hot dogs (or both) and enjoy music by four local groups, including Tattered Remnants, a seven-member contemporary Christian praise band that will rock the neighborhood with popular Christian songs.
But that’s just a taste of the activities available for children and adults at this free pre-summer party the church throws for its neighbors and anyone who wants to drop by.  
The three-hour party takes place on the grounds and inside the church, located on Carmel just north of Johnston Road. You can’t miss the huge tarp sign with a colorful 6-foot-tall parrot.
Other activities include:
• Three other musical groups performing on the church’s front patio: The Donovan Family will kick off the music with gospel, ’70s rock and folk and some of today’s hits; followed by musicians from Trinity Episcopal School and the Sterling Sensations chorus from Sterling Elementary School.
• Alex, the trick dog who visits local libraries and retirement/nursing centers with his human, Dorothy Wiland. Kids can braid their own tug toy to take home.
• A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer with her cruiser; two CMPD Citizen on Patrol volunteers and their car; a big Charlotte Fire Department truck, with a crew of firefighters; and possibly paramedics with their MEDIC truck.
• A huge bounce house, sponsored by Living Saviour Preschool, and a host of games for all ages, from water guns and zing-bow archery to penny drop, ring toss and cornhole. Win tickets for playing games and turn them in for prizes.
• Spend time making a craft. Get your face painted or your hair colored and then go to our photo booth. Parents of young children and toddlers have a special play area of their own near the crafts.
• Besides hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and other fixings, you can cool off with your favorite flavor of sno-cone or munch on a bag of popcorn.
“Countdown started out three years ago as a way of saying hello to all our neighbors, especially those with children,” Pastor Angela Powell said. “But it has taken on a life of its own, becoming an event for adults just as much as the kids.
“We want people living nearby to feel welcome to stop in. Listen to some music, throw a cornhole bag, grab a hot dog and talk to some parrots. This party is for everybody to come and celebrate summer!”
Find more informationabout the party, visit livingsaviourlc.org or the church’s Facebook page.