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Group Fitness at Flowers YMCA

Group Fitness YMCA Flowers Plantation

We’re excited to announce the introduction of Outdoor Group Fitness with the Flowers YMCA. Outdoor classes start Monday, July 13. Classes will be held in the parking lot of the Pineville Club at Flowers Plantation. YMCA Group Fitness instructors will bring a variety of classes and options to meet all interests and experience levels. Classes are listed below.

In order to meet the requirements of state and local orders during COVID-19, classes are limited to 24 participants. All participants must make a reservation in advance on the YMCA website. Class reservations open 48 hours in advance. To learn how to reserve your spot in our class, watch the short video below.

Be sure to bring a towel and bottled water, as temperatures are warming up for the summer. To keep up with all of the latest about the Flowers YMCA, be sure to:

• Like us on Facebook
• Join our Facebook Group Fitness Group
• Visit our website and sign up to receive updates on the Flowers YMCA

For more information about Group Fitness at the Flowers YMCA, contact Joy Pariz.

Blood Drive at Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter at Flowers Crossroads
67 Crossroads Way
Clayton, NC 27527

July 15, 2020  |  1PM-6PM

The Blood Connection is proud to offer COVID-19 Antibody Testing to all donors, at no cost! This testing will detect if the donor’s blood contains the COVID-19 antibodies. This is not COVID-19 diagnostic testing. Positive test results do not confirm infection or immunity. The test is done in partnership with the Medical University of South Carolina. Donors must complete a donation to have this testing done.


In terms of U.S. fruit consumption, blueberries rank only second to strawberries in popularity. Blueberries are repeatedly ranked in the U.S. diet as having one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings. And they taste so good in our recipes!

History of Blueberries

Blueberries hold a special place in the foods of North America, since more species of blueberries are native to North America than any other continent. To this day, the United States cultivates and supplies over half of all blueberries in the world. Among the 275 million pounds of blueberries grown in the U.S., Maine, Michigan, New Jersey, Oregon, and North Carolina are states most heavily involved in blueberry farming. Because of its special interest in lowbush blueberries, the state of Maine is actually the largest lowbush blueberry producer in the world.

How to Select and Store Berries

Choose blueberries that are firm and have a lively, uniform hue colored with a whitish bloom. Shake the container, noticing whether the berries have the tendency to move freely; if they do not, this may indicate that they are soft and damaged or moldy. Avoid berries that appear dull in color or are soft and watery in texture.

Before storing, remove any crushed or moldy berries to prevent the rest from spoiling. Don’t wash berries until right before eating as washing will remove the bloom that protects the berry’s skin from degradation. Store ripe blueberries in a covered container in the refrigerator where they will keep for up to 3 days. If kept out at room temperature for more than a day, the berries may spoil.

Ripe berries can also be frozen, although this will slightly change their texture and flavor. Before freezing, wash, drain and remove any damaged berries. To better ensure uniform texture upon thawing, spread the berries out on a cookie sheet or baking pan, place in the freezer until frozen, then put the berries in a plastic bag for storage in the freezer.

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Donna Bailey-Taylor started as the Director of the Visitors Bureau in August 1996, and continues to love her job and promoting the county. Donna has deep roots in the county as her father’s family is from Benson and her mother was born in Clayton. Donna has big dreams for the county in the area of tourism development, hoping the Mountains to the Sea Trail will be completed between Clayton and Smithfield and the new Visitor Center/Museum at Bentonville Battlefield will happen. There are many tourism development projects in the works and it’s an exciting time for tourism growth in the county. Keep in touch via Donna’s blog!


Map to Flowers Plantation
Visit Flowers Plantation!
Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Welcome Center:
500 NW Flowers Parkway, Clayton, NC 27527
East Triangle YMCA: (919) 719-9989
Call us at (919) 553-1984