Dover High School's Senator Band's annual appearance on The Green is a highlight of the week, as is the appearance of June Evans and Mercy City, also on The Green. And for those closer to Smyrna, the 4th Annual National Night Out will be sure to entertain.

Dover High students rock downtown
    Downtown Dover will be humming – actually, it might be shaking – at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, when the Dover High School Senator Band holds its annual Band-A-Thon on The Green.

    The band will try to tackle 15 songs in an hour as a way to get some valuable practice, kick off the marching band season and raise money for its activities.

    The community is encouraged to bring a chair or blanket, relax and hear some of the city’s young musicians.

Celebrate National Night Out with?Smyrna block party
    The Smyrna Downtown Renaissance Association will celebrate Smyrna’s fourth annual National Night Out from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5.

    Most of the activities are planned in the heart of Smyrna’s historic district, with activities for the whole family offered on Market Street Plaza in front of Smyrna Town Hall, on South Main Street and West Commerce Street as well as under the ancient oaks in front of John Bassett Moore Intermediate School on South Street.

    Children will enjoy games with prizes, a visit from clown Snippy Doodles with her balloon art, exhibitions by community groups including the New Castle Dance Academy, a demonstration by Delaware State Police’s bomb-sniffing dog Pockets and lively music with DJ Jay Pappas.

    Local merchants are in on the act, too, with free pizza and dessert tasting, coupons and giveaways. This also will be the second year for the Funny Hat contest from 6 to 8 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the funniest hat worn during the evening in different age categories. For more information, call 659-2699.

    There also will be safety demonstrations and more.

    For more information about National Night Out or the Smyrna Downtown Renaissance Association, call Quentin Schlieder at 653-6449.

June Evans and Mercy City returns to The?Green
    One never knows what they’re going to hear when June Evans and Mercy City takes the stage. It could be Jet’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl,” or maybe “Midnight Hour” by Wilson Pickett or even “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison. Regardless of what the band plays, audiences know it’s going to be a rollicking good time.

    The classic R&B and soul band will bring a touch of the blues to the Concerts on The Green series at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31.

    Admission is free.

    Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair.

    For series information, call the city’s Parks and Recreation Department at 736-7050 or visit its website at In the event of inclement weather, call 736-7155 for relocation or cancellation information.