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Joey Coakley Beck Publisher & Owner jbeck@beckmediagroup.com Hayleigh Worgan Editorial Director hworgan@beckmediagroup.com Sara Coakley Office Manager bella@beckmediagroup.com ••• ADVERTISING DEPARTMENT To market yourself or your business to the women of Southwest & Central Virginia call us at (540) 904-6800 or email advertise@beckmediagroup.com or bella@beckmediagroup.com ••• Writing Contributors Tina Hatcher, Member One Federal Credit Union, Taylor Ward, Hayleigh Worgan Editorial Intern Taylor Ward, Roanoke College

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inside fall fashion

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Key pieces for updating your fall/winter wardrobe.

shop girl

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Shop talk with Ashley from Urban Gypsy!

local women

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Meet Southwest Virginia Ballet’s new Executive Director, Renée Hamilton.

bella eats

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Serving up unforgettable fall comfort recipes.

mind•body•soul Are barre classes worth the price?

save smarter

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Home equity basics from Member One Federal Credit Union.

kindness matters

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Local organization gives back to foster families in need.

meet the makers

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A preview of the makers you can expect at Riot Rooster this month!

home & garden

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Easing into fall entertaining with a few quick tips... & sangria!

happenings

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Give back to the community and spend time with those you love.

calendar of events

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Your go-to guide for local happenings in November. november 2017

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updating your fall wardrobe Shop local for all of your fashion needs! Written by Taylor Ward

Yarid’s

Urban Gypsy

Say goodbye to warm weather, and hello to comfy sweaters, trendy boots, and darling dresses! Since the summer heat doesn’t usually leave us till mid-late October, we have an excuse to wear our summer clothes even longer by layering our dresses with sweaters and leggings. Your favorite pair of jeans, your comfiest sweater, and those booties you just love to pair with that dress that’s been in the back of your closet…they’re all waiting for you to wear! Think it might be time for some new fall clothes? Spruce up your closet with fashionable fall finds from Yarid’s { yaridsshoes.com } and Punch Boutique { punchboutique.com }. A perfect place if you need to update your shoe collection, Yarid’s has sneakers, flats, boots, booties, you name it! Check out their metallic Toms, and take your outfit from day to night by pairing a chic dress with sneakers in the morning and changing into booties for an evening out with the girls! While you’re there, don’t forget to check out additional accessories like jewelry and handbags. Or head over to Picadilly Square and visit the girls at Punch Boutique for your complete wardrobe and accessory needs! Chic, upscale fashions and accessories from brands like Trina Turk, Tyler Boe, and Jude Connally arrive almost daily so you’re Punch Boutique sure to find something to help with transitioning into fall or just start completely over... we won’t tell! You ARE investing in your fall wardrobe, and quality items like these can last for years to come! Looking for a chic new dress, new pair of jeans, or a cozy new sweater to keep you warm when it starts to get chilly? Punch Boutique and Urban Gypsy { urbangypsyva.com } have trendy ensembles for any occasion and any day of the week. Saturday out with friends? Keep it cute and casual by pairing stylish, cropped jeans with a comfy t-shirt and sandals. For cooler weather, consider pairing your denim with a cute sweater complete with a fun crisscross open back (or other fun styles available). Not only will you look fabulous, but it will keep you comfortable and toasty in the crisp November air. Have a date night planned with someone special? 310 Rosemont { 310rosemont. com } has plenty of flattering, cute skirts that you can pair with leggings, accessories, a purse, and some heeled booties to put a little pep in your step! Visit them to update your work wardrobe as well. Confidence is key in both of these areas, and it is much easier to be confident when your outfit makes a statement. While you’re shopping with friends or treating yourself to a brand-new outfit, keep an eye out for fall trends: backless shirts and sweaters, high-waisted skirts, chic sneakers, nude ankle Urban Gypsy booties, and anything floral! With so many choices and staff dedicated to helping you define yor style, it will be hard to leave any of these local boutiques empty-handed!

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hanging with ashley shaffner

Why did you start Urban Gypsy? I’ve been in the business for years and you reach a point where you build your confidence and you say, “I can do this!” You kind of want to project your sense of style and where you’ve been, and help others build their confidence and find their own style. What do you love most about your job? There’s no greater feeling than walking down the street and seeing someone rock an outfit that you have put on them. I’m also incredibly fortunate to have each one of my girls on the staff. You can’t get anywhere in life solo. I come up with some really crazy ideas whether its windows, events, volunteering, and they just kind of go with it. How did you decide on Grandin Village for Urban Gypsy’s location? It was just this quaint neighborhood that I wanted to be part of, and I saw the potential of growth. It’s given me a sense of community. I love the people. It’s nice to just walk down the street, know practically everyone, and know they are rooting for you. What is your favorite quote as a business owner? “This too shall pass.” Whether it’s a trend that I cringe over or just a really bad day. My grandfather is my biggest inspiration, and maybe that’s where I get that from. He perseveres through every type of obstacle, and he has taught me strength. What else inspires you? I’m inspired by random acts of kindness. I take them as a sign that there is still humanity out there. What are you excited about for fall? Bright colors, sweater weather, and our redesigned website! This will be like a second store. There will be website exclusives that you can only get online, so be sure to check it out! www.urbangypsyva.com

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Southwest Virginia Ballet’s new executive director, Renée Hamilton, has been passionate about dance since she was a child. She began dancing very young, in elementary school, and continued dancing in different areas with a focus in ballet well into high school in Winchester, Virginia. Both in college and after graduation, she continued taking classes and remaining active on a voluntary basis. After spending time in Arkansas, Renée moved back to the east coast and connected with Southwest Virginia Ballet. From the moment she met Karen and Pedro, she knew it would be a good fit for her. Now, with the Southwest Virginia Ballet’s 22nd production of the Nutcracker approaching, her connection is accompanied by nostalgia. “The Nutcracker was the first performance I was ever in as a child. I played Clara, and my parents danced in the Nutcracker alongside me. It’s something that naturally brings back childhood memories every Christmas, and makes it magical from the beginning of the season all the way through,” says Renée. Artistic director, Pedro Szalay, is dedicated to adding something new every year in order to keep the performance fresh and new. Audiences who attend annually are often excited to see what changes he has made to costumes and choreography. “The other fun part is watching kids in the company and community members grow and change throughout. These are exceedingly well-trained, passionate, artistic kids,” adds Renée. In addition to supporting the participating young dancers, Southwest Virginia Ballet has a mission to give back to clients of human service organizations. If someone is going through a difficult time, and would have their holiday made better by attending a Nutcracker performance, their therapist or contact person can contact the office and say they are interested in receiving tickets for their client. If you’d like to be part of this great organization and work with talented creatives like Pedro and Renée, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities! “You don’t have to have a dance background to get involved. We will not turn away volunteers. We need people who sew, hair stylists, or any people who would like to get involved. We can look for a good match for their interests!” explains Renée. Learn more about the Southwest Virginia Ballet (and Renée!) by attending events like their Nutcracker Gala on November 18 at the Shenandoah Club. There, you can also participate in an auction of locally handcrafted painted nutcrackers and other treasures! Additional events include Readings with Clara and the SugarPlum Fairy at local libraries through November and December. Of course, we can’t forget the Nutcracker performances at the Berglund Performing Arts Center on Saturday, December 9, at 2 pm and 7 pm, and Sunday, December 10, at 3 pm. Visit www.svballet.org for more information and to purchase tickets! november 2017

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bella eats

seasonal treats with a secret ingredient

Crisp fall days call for flavorful desserts that warm you from the inside out. There’s no better way to capture the flavor of fall than with dishes that celebrate traditional seasonal favorites like cinnamon, spice and tart, juicy apples. These desserts are perfect for entertaining, and a secret ingredient makes them quick and easy so you have plenty of free time to work up an appetite and earn an extra bite (or two). Apple butter is more than just a spread for toast; it’s a versatile ingredient that can enhance your favorite recipes. One of our favorites is Musselman’s Apple Butter! Made the oldfashioned way for perfect texture and a deep, rich flavor, you can make it simple to satisfy your craving for a taste of autumn at its best. Enjoy these two recipes from Musselman’s and find more fall tips and recipes at www.musselmans.com.

caramel crumble bars

1 box (15 1/4 ounces) yellow cake mix, dry 1/2 cup butter, softened, plus 2 tablespoons, divided 3/4 cup Apple Butter, plus 3 tablespoons 1 egg 1 package (11 ounces) caramels, unwrapped 2/3 cup walnuts, chopped 2/3 cup flaked coconut, sweetened 2 tablespoons butter, melted Heat oven to 350 F. Grease 13-by-9-inch baking pan. With electric mixer on low speed, beat dry cake mix and 1/2 cup softened butter until mixture is crumbly. Spoon 1 cup cake mix mixture into medium bowl; set aside. Add 3/4 cup apple butter and egg to remaining mixture. Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Spread evenly into pan. Bake 20 minutes, or until starting to brown and top is set. Place caramels, 2 tablespoons butter and remaining apple butter in microwavable bowl. Microwave on high 3-4 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth and melted. Pour caramel mixture evenly over partially baked crust. If caramel has cooled and set, microwave 1 minute until soft and pourable. Combine walnuts, coconut and 2 tablespoons melted butter with reserved cake mix mixture. Mix until crumbly. Break up topping and sprinkle evenly over caramel. Bake 16-18 minutes, or until topping is starting to brown. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

easy apple pie bars

Nonstick cooking spray 7 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and diced 1 cup Apple Butter 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 frozen pie crusts, defrosted 1 egg white 2 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup powdered sugar 2 tablespoons milk Heat oven to 350 F. Grease 9-by-13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place diced apples in large mixing bowl. Add apple butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla and brown sugar. Mix until apples are evenly coated. Place one pie crust in bottom of greased pan. Slowly stretch out crust to cover pan’s bottom. Cut some edges off, if necessary. Spread apple filling evenly over crust. With rolling pin, roll second crust to make it same size as pan. Place second crust on top of apple pie filling and tuck down edges to cover. To make topping: In small bowl, whisk egg white until foamy and brush over crust. In another bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle evenly over crust. Bake 50-60 minutes until crust is golden brown. Remove from oven and cool slightly before cutting. To make glaze: In small bowl, combine powdered sugar, milk and remaining vanilla, and whisk until smooth. Drizzle over cooled bars and serve. w w w. l o v e l y b e l l a . c o m

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mind • body • soul

are barre classes worth the price? Written by Tina Hatcher

Tina Hatcher is the Owner of Earth Girl Wellness, LLC. Her passion for overall wellness has allowed her to work in multiple disciplines from corrective exercise, sports performance and sports nutrition, weight loss, and nutritional counseling across all ages from children through the elderly for the last 25 years. Check out her website, www.earthgirlwellness.com, or visit her on Facebook at Earth Girl Wellness. w w w. l o v e l y b e l l a . c o m

Tuck, turn out, releve’, tone, inhale, exhale and burn, baby, burn! What is this new craze in fitness? Is it effective? Is it worth the price? Barre classes are popping up around the country and the newest fitness craze is on fire....so are your buns! Barre classes promise long, lean muscles and maximum calorie burn in elegantly decorated studios with ballet barres and mirrors adorning the walls. Barre class combines yoga, pilates and ballet into one potentially challenging class. Classes can vary in length with a typical class lasting one hour. Promises from barre instructors and programs entice us with slender, ballerina-like bodies. But can the results match the hype? Barre classes offer substantial benefits. It is a “non-traditional” form of strength training for individuals who hate the idea of a gym with barbells or for those looking to change up their routine with cross training. Barre certainly strengthens muscle groups across your body (some of which you never knew existed) and appropriately focuses on core strength. It also improves and maintains balance which significantly declines with age when not properly trained or challenged. Flexibility certainly plays an important role in this class and is incorporated at various junctures to make it seem like it isn’t such a dreaded chore. Plus, barre can be a fun workout, especially for former dancers. There are a few drawbacks to the trend. An uncoordinated student can find the class discouraging due to the strict ballet positions most classes require. Awkward leg extensions, turnouts and exercises on your tip-toes can frustrate even some of the fittest students. Classes often move quickly between exercises. This can leave an athlete feeling as though she only completed half the workout because she couldn’t navigate to the new position quickly enough. Scripted classes have been around for decades and some exercisers thrive on the continuity. For those looking for a unique routine each class may feel a little bit bored with the same choreography every time. And, as is true with any form of exercise...but especially so with barre class, you only get out of it what you put into it. Putting partial effort into the class won’t help you achieve the long, lean look classes emphasize. Earth Girl recommends finding an exercise program that makes you feel connected and fulfilled. Barre classes can certainly meet that criteria for some individuals. For those new to barre class, find a beginner class that explains terminology and an instructor that is trained in exercise theory. Barre videos are great to introduce you to the technique and offer the privacy of your own home to master positions. Most barre classes and exercises can be completed using a kitchen chair. Barre can be a great way to releve’ and plie’ your way to a more holistic you! november 2017

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save smarter

Article courtesy of Member One Federal Credit Union

home equity basics

How to leverage the value of your home for large expenses.

Your home improvement to-do list is a mile long, but you’re lacking the funds to get anything done. Sound familiar? Since the likelihood of stumbling upon a pot of gold is none, consider tapping into your home equity—the difference between what your property is worth and what you still owe on your mortgage. Read on to learn more about how to leverage your home’s hidden value.

Do the math. Home equity is calculated by looking at the value of your home and subtracting the amount you owe on any mortgages. Let’s say your home is valued at $200,000, and you owe $150,000 on your mortgage. That means you have $50,000 in equity you could potentially use to fund a renovation.

Know the difference. With a home equity loan, you receive the money you’re borrowing in a lump sum payment. It usually has a fixed rate and is often best for large, one-time expenses like a new roof. A home equity line of credit (HELOC) operates more like a credit card in that you can draw money as needed from an available maximum amount. This is best for ongoing expenses that require spending flexibility. Shop around. You have to apply for a home equity loan or line of credit through a financial institution that offers it. As with any loan, shop around for the rate and features that fit your financial situation. It’s important to understand that committing to a home equity loan or line of credit means you’re using your home as collateral—if you don’t repay the loan, it could go into default, and you could risk losing your home. Make sure you understand the terms and only borrow the amount you can afford.

Budget accordingly. One of the most common ways to use a loan or line of credit is for renovations because they add even more value to your home. You can also use it for things you might not expect like college tuition, debt consolidation, or unexpected medical costs. Whatever you decide to fund, make sure it fits your budget. If your income is unstable and you can’t keep up with the payments, it’s probably not a good idea to incur more debt. If you don’t need to borrow much money or you’re just going to use this for basic day-to-day expenses, it might be wise to consider different options—such as a credit card—or reevaluate your spending habits.

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kindness matters

making a difference in the lives of foster families Written by Hayleigh Worgan

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Matthew’s Child opened their doors in 2013 with the goal to help create happy kids and foster healthy relationships in the foster and adoptive community. Husband and wife team, Jesse and Melanie Couch, saw a need for support for foster families in the area. Their first hand experience as foster parents and their relationship with the community helped them create programs that tailor to specific areas like first night meals, survival kits to meet basic needs, hygiene kits, car seats, clothing, and more. “There is this false stereotype that the government pays you to be a foster parent and takes care of you. While there is a small monthly stipend, it doesn’t cover the full physical needs of the child,” Melanie says. “It’s definitely something that, when you choose to be a foster parent, you are expected to be able to provide for that child. We’re not talking about just the physical things, we’re talking about meeting their emotional needs and the support needs of the families so they don’t get burned out. [They need to be] able to find the resources they need so they are able to take care of that child. It takes a lot, so these families need a lot of support. Foster care can be on the fringe of society, so sometimes you don’t think about that need being here in your own backyard.” To help foster families meet their needs, Matthew’s Child partners with psychologists and different local specialists to set up training for foster families and parents. Available trainings include, but are not limited to, ethnic hair care, biological family engagement, and independent living for teens. For those interested in becoming a member of a foster child’s team, they offer a course on working as a team member that includes information on the role of the foster parent, biological family engagement, the role of a caseworker, the role of the community, and the court process. “It takes a village to raise a child, whether it’s teachers, volunteers, Big Brothers Big Sisters, CASA volunteers, special advocates, down to the Grandin Theatre across the street hiring teenagers who need experience,” Melanie explains. “Not everyone can be a parent, but everyone can offer support.” With the holidays right around the corner, it is important to remember to help those out who might be experiencing a difficult year. If you can’t foster a child, consider donating gently used clothing and toys, or travel-sized hygiene products for the first night in foster care. Matthew’s Child is also accepting volunteers in any capacity. If you are interested in helping out with foster care, or if you’d like to learn more about how Matthew’s Child can help your family, visit www.matthewschild.com or call 540-523-1580. november 2017

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MAKERS Written by Hayleigh Worgan

A sneak peek at makers for this month’s Riot Rooster! The Paisley Poppy

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The 2017 Riot Rooster: Fire Rooster event kicks off on Friday, November 17 from 5-10pm. Friday evening will be our Bella Girls Night Out, and visitors can enjoy a photo booth, purchase food and beverages, and tour the vendors before the Saturday market! The Saturday market is the same day as the Grandin Children’s Parade. Beth Deel, organizer of Riot Rooster, encourages families to attend the parade and then visit Riot Rooster together. “A lot of people call this the beginning of the holiday season. It is a good weekend for gathering, right before Thanksgiving,” Beth explains. “Bring the whole family!” This will be Riot Rooster’s ninth year, and its fifth year at 16 West Marketplace. This month, we are featuring nine makers from the show to give a sneak peek of what you can expect. Check them out, and visit www.facebook.com/RIOTrooster for more details as the event approaches.

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Meridith Entingh, of Meridith Weaves, will participate in Riot Rooster for the second time this year. If you visited Meridith in 2016, you may remember her assortment of unique and beautiful handwoven projects. Although she will have a few of those available again this year, she will also offer hand dyed items such as towels as scarves. “I love color,” she says. “It’s the thing that attracts people the most. Working with color is a lot more fun for me than working with a pattern. My goal is to have people interested in weaving and textiles, but with a little more variety.” www.meridithweaves.com

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Icky Eye Ink, owned by Yashmin Barton, will be marking its third year at Riot Rooster this fall. Yashmin taught herself to knit over ten years ago, shortly after losing most of the vision in her left eye and part of the vision in her right eye. She makes scarves, hats, and blankets all year in preparation for the holiday season. Although she sticks to the same three projects, Yashmin allows herself to get creative with color selection. The result are bright, unique and fun pieces to guide her customers through what can be a dreary winter season. Her best seller every year is a piece she’s lovingly dubbed, “The Frankenstein.” Follow Yashmin on Instagram at #ickyeyeink and email her at ickyeyeink@gmail.com to come up with a new creation together!

Stina Anderson, of ARTeries by Stina, is a passionate environmentalist and advocate for recycling and clean living. She has found that upcycling is the best way to reuse and reinvent textile materials into new and beautiful clothing. This will be ARTeries Mobile Boutique’s second year at Riot Rooster. Based in Asheville, North Carolina, they love visiting Roanoke in their fashion truck, because it gives them the opportunity to see friends they’ve met from seven years at FloydFest. Customers can look forward to their holiday line of jewel toned velvet skirts, fingerless gloves, and hoodie scarves (which make great gifts!)! www.arteriesbystina.com

Heady Closet began when Jordan Holland decided to invest in silver wire and precious stones. She started self-taught wire wrapping in 2013, and her creativity helped her branch out from there. Currently, she makes adorable children’s clothing that can be stretched and unrolled to wear continuously from sizes 6M to 3T. She participated in Riot Rooster this past spring, but this will be her first fall experience. Jordan plans to have fun natural art pieces, baby and kids’ dresses, and shoe styles for babies and children. She loves seeing how happy her creations make those who visit her table— so make sure to stop by! www.facebook.com/headycloset

Piper Lane, of Magpiper Metalworks, has been passionate about jewelry, stones, and metals since she was a child. Every piece she makes is done with complete love for the craft. This will be her third year participating in Riot Rooster. At her table, customers will find custom, handcrafted jingle bells in two sizes. Silver, brass, and copper will be available. Piper will also be taking orders for personalized bells and jewelry. This year’s display will have more rose cut sapphire rings and pendants of several colors including pinks, blues, and some earthy shades. Also, don’t miss her hand stamped mandala pendants and affordable etched and stamped copper cuffs! www.magpipermetalworks.com

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The Paisley Poppy began in October 2015 after several years of encouragement and support for owner, Krista Nance. Krista loves to create new projects for herself and others, and custom orders are some of her favorite projects because she loves matching fabric to her customers. Among her best sellers at Riot Rooster are her “Unpaper Towels.” These cloth towels offer a convenient, stylish, and eco-friendly alternative to paper towels. Additionally, customers can purchase her accordion clutch wallets, pocket pillows, wet bags, and snack bags. Some new things she’s offering this year include aprons, memory games and I-spy bags for kids, Bed Caddies, and some limited series Roanoke zipper bags. www.thepaisleypoppystore.etsy.com november 2017

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Lyndsey Dickerson, of Unbound, grew up in an artistic family, and she began to explore the art of jewelry making about five years ago. As a self-taught silversmith, she is passionate about bringing her creative vision to life through nature-inspired metal and gemstone pieces. This will be her third year at Riot Rooster, and customers old and new will fall in love with her unique mountain collection of rings, necklaces, and earrings. Unbound body care products will make their Riot Rooster debut this year, including natural body butters and scrubs, deodorants, roll-on perfume oils, therapeutic essential oil blends, beard wax, and much more! www.etsy.com/shop/UnboundElements

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Frances West was inspired to begin making kinetic mobiles after a year-long stay in Denmark. A combination of the long Scandinavian winters and seeing the mobiles everywhere she turned led Frances to give them a try. Although she has been part of Riot Rooster for several years, this will be the year that her new business, Fulcrom Mobiles, makes its debut there. She will consider doing custom projects for customers, so consider visiting her to find out more about how a mobile can fit into your life! You can also contact Frances via email at FulcrumMobiles@gmail.com to receive more information about her mobiles and place your order.

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Lynn Donihe, of Willow Pine Studio, began working with mosaics because of a need to focus on something intently and an obsession with tiny little handmade Moroccan tile that packs so much intense color and texture into one itty-bitty surface. Belt buckles are her perfect canvas—small enough for the intricate designs she wanted and a fun and unexpected place for a little bit of art. This will be her fifth year at Riot Rooster, and she will bring new designs for buckles and pendants in addition to old favorites. Additionally, she will have a collection of small, stacked sculptures and wall pieces that include many of those same designs. www.etsy.com/shop/WillowPineStudio w w w. l o v e l y b e l l a . c o m


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home & garden

give a fall facelift to outdoor entertaining Whether it’s pumpkin spice everything, sweater weather or the anticipation of the holidays, there are many reasons to be excited about this time of year. Autumn is the perfect time to extend the warmweather fun and celebrate with some fall-focused outdoor entertaining. Just as the weather is changing, so can your approach to cooler weather celebrations. Try these tips to help you make the most of your fall festivities:

There’s no need to say farewell to the outdoors just yet. Make the focal point of your party a cozy outdoor setting, such as a patio with heaters or a fire pit. Add some warm blankets and comfy pillows, and you’ll hardly notice the lower temps.

Remember days get shorter as they grow colder, so a fall get-together may require special lighting to keep things going after the sun goes down. Fall-inspired string lights, lanterns or candles can add the perfect ambiance for a party that lasts well into the late-night hours. You can find great, affordable options online. While it may seem like time to swap the tiki drinks and frozen cocktails for hot toddies and spiked ciders, fall doesn’t mean you must say goodbye to warm-weather favorites. Put an autumn twist on go-to drinks by adding in fall spices. The easy mulled sangria recipe below is perfect for sharing with friends at outdoor celebrations. Find more ideas for fall entertaining at WineFix.com.

Cinnamon Mulled Sangria

Recipe courtesy of the World Wine Guys, authors of Red Wine

1 bottle Eppa Sangria 1 cup apple cider 1/2 cup Licor 43 liqueur 2 cinnamon sticks 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar 3 whole cloves 1 strip orange peel 2 green apples, sliced In large saucepan, mix sangria, apple cider, liqueur, cinnamon sticks, brown sugar, cloves and orange peel. Bring to simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring, 5 minutes, or until sugar dissolves. Stir in apples and simmer additional 5 minutes. Serve warm with desired garnishes. w w w. l o v e l y b e l l a . c o m

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Bella is excited to sponsor The Hill City Handmade Market in downtown Lynchburg on November 4 at the Urban Arts Garage on Commerce Street. Early birds can enter for $10 from 9am-11am, and the public can enter for $3 from 11am-5pm. This event will feature local and regional makers, food trucks, mini-maker workshops, a free photo booth, and more! Hill City Handmade plans to continue their support of small businesses in Lynchburg and beyond throughout the year. Their goal is to “highlight our phenomenal community of makers and encourage consumers to shop local.” At this special holiday market, visitors can expect jewelry, clothing, accessories, knits and crochet, vintage and repurposed items, signs, pottery and ceramics, edibles, body and skin care, home and office decor, furniture, art, stationary, photos, and more! There will also be fun items available for children. Go to www.thehillcityhandmade.com for additional details, and look for your favorite Bella girls at this event!

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Autumn Happenings

happenings

The 5th Annual Hope Soccer Festival will take place

on November 25, beginning at 9am. This event brings people of all ages together for a day of fun at Patrick Henry High School. Participants create four-player teams and compete in round-robin format in age divisions. Each game is quick, lasting 20-30 minutes, and teams are responsible for refereeing themselves. Proceeds from the festival create opportunities by paying educational expenses for refugee students through the Star City Soccer Foundation, ranging from cooking classes and public high school fees to tuition and fees at local colleges including VWCC, Roanoke College, Radford University, and UVA. Specifically, funds raised can help pay for PSAT/ACT/ SAT registration and test fees, monthly tuition for West End Center for Youth, tutoring, and after school care, college books, Roanoke City high school student fees, and more! To purchase a sponsorship for this event (as little as $50), visit www.hopesoccer.org.

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november 18 & 19

Left: Wearables by Jenny Swearington of Jennythreads Above: Jewelry by Tai & Tiara Kim

The Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair returns for its 54th year at the M.C. Benton Convention Center in downtown Winston-Salem. The fair will be open on Saturday, November 18 from 10am-6pm and Sunday, November 19 from noon-5pm. Exhibiting members include craft artists who work in clay, wood, glass, fibers, leather, metal, photography, printmaking, and mixed media creating one-ofa-kind works that can be functional as well as beautiful! This fair has a reputation for providing a relaxed, beautiful, and welcoming environment in which visitors can do their holiday shopping (and maybe grab a gift or two for themselves!). Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for students/seniors, and free for children under 12. A weekend pass can be purchased for $11. For more information, visit www.piedmontcraftsmen.org. november 2017

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Music

Ranky Tanky at the Jefferson Center, November 4 (7pm, 9pm) A Jazz Club performance, this concert will feature the music of Gullah culture with gospel, jazz, and R&B. “Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God.” The band’s name translates loosely as “work it,” or “get funky!” This show will cover everything from playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, and from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies. www.jeffcenter.org Lea DeLaria at Jefferson Center, November 16 (7:30pm) FEATURED Lea Delaria’s multi-faceted career as a comedian, actress, and jazz musician has spanned decades. With her standout role as Carrie “Big Boo” Black in the Netflix hit series Orange is the New EVENT PICK! Black, she has become a household name. Delaria has five records on the Warner Jazz and Classics label, and her book, “Lea’s Book of Rules for the World,” is in its third printing at Bantam Doubleday and Dell. Her sixth record, House of David: delaria+bowie=jazz, was released in the summer of 2015. www. jeffcenter.org Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, FEATURED November 17(7:30pm) Mannheim Steamroller, the best-selling Christmas artist, will kick off the holiday season in style! The spirit of the season comes alive with the signaEVENT PICK! ture sound of Mannheim Steamroller and dazzling multimedia effects! This year marks the 33rd anniversary of the Christmas Tour, and release of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, an album that revolutionized holiday music. www.salemciviccenter.com

Roanoke Symphony Orchestra presents Classical Genius: Mendelssohn & Mozart, November 18 (7:30pm), November 19 (3pm) Enjoy the sounds of Mendelssohn & Mozart with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra at the Shaftman Performance Hall in the Jefferson Center. Don’t miss violinist David Park, assistant concertmaster of the Utah Symphony and student of Jascha Heifitz, performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the RSO. Plus, the RSO premiere of David Winkler’s Forza Vita, Mendelssohn’s delightful Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Mozart’s colorful genius in the G minor Symphony No. 25. www.rso.com A Special Holiday Concert with Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, November 28 (7:30pm) David Stewart Wiley conducts the RSO Baroque Orchestra for the time-honored Christmas tradition of George Frederic Handel’s revered Oratorio, Messiah. Get in the spirit of the season with the masterful performance of Handel’s sacred masterpiece from Isaiah’s prophecies to the Hallelujah Chorus, you will be brought to your feet in the Messiah performance. www.rso.com

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Arts

Art by Night in Downtown Roanoke, November 3 (5-9pm) Local artisits will keep their gallery doors open late this Friday to allow people to come in and see their paintings, sculptures, prints, photography, and all other types of art. This free event brings the community together through art, live music, and demonstrations. Stop and support our talented, local artists! www.downtownroanoke.org Bella Girls Night Out and Riot FEATURED Rooster at 16 West, November 17-18 Bella will be celebrating our Girls Night Out on Riot Rooster’s kick EVENT PICK! off night from 5-10 pm! Come buy a drink, order food, and check out all the night market has to offer with us! Riot Rooster is a mecca of handmade, upcycled, recycled, odd and useful gifts. It features an A-list of curated regional and national artists, craftspeople, and purveyors of goodness. The Saturday craft bazaar lasts from 9am-6pm. There is no admission fee for this family-friendly event! www.facebook.com/ riotrooster

Community

Layman Family Farms Fall Festival in Blue Ridge through November 11 Partake in some fall fun this November by heading out to Layman Family Farms. Located in our very own Blue Ridge, this fall destination is quickly becoming a popular fall activity. Layman Farms includes an 8-acre corn maze, courtyard, pumpkin patch, giant pumpkin pillow, hay rides, cow train, corn cannon, pumpkin blaster, farm animals, and play area. Take the family or gather your friends for a fun-filled day of fall activities on the farm! www.laymanfamilyfarms.com The Meeks Manor Haunted House, November 2-4 (7pm) Catch a thrill at this year’s new haunted house attraction in Salem! Venture out to hear the story of the three Meeks family members who became the three deadliest psychopaths in Virginia. The manor includes a house haunt, vendors, a film viewing, music, and 19 terrifying rooms sure to give you a scare. www.themeeksmanor.com Smith Mountain Lake Chili and Craft Festival at Bridgewater Marina, November 4 This November head to Bridgewater Marina for the 15th Annual Chili and Craft Festival at Smith Mountain Lake. Enjoy music, crafts and try local batches of chili from vendors all competing in the all-day cook off. Trophies will be awarded to chefs for “Best Chili,” “People’s Choice,” and “Showmanship.” www.visitroanokeva.com w w w. l o v e l y b e l l a . c o m

Piedmont Craftsmen’s 54th Annual Craft Fair at the M.C. FEATURED Benton Convention Center, November 18 (10am-6pm) & 19 (noon-5pm) Held annually since 1963 by Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc., this fair EVENT PICK! showcases the handwork of more than 100 fine artisans from across the southeast in a setting that allows shopper to meet the crafts people, talk to them about their work, and view demonstrations of craft techniques. Admission is $7 at the door for adults, $6 for students/seniors, and children under 12 are free. You can purchase a weekend pass for $11. www.piedmontcraftsmen.org Drumstick DASH Family 5K Walk and Run in Downtown Roanoke, November 23 (9am-11am) The 12th annual Drumstick Dash is coming to Roanoke this Thanksgiving! Spend Thanksgiving surround by friends and family while you help out neighbors in the Roanoke Valley. The race will start at 9am on Williamson and Franklin Roads and will end near the Roanoke City market. Walk, run, it’s your choice! All proceeds will benefit the Roanoke Rescue Mission in their hopes of feeding over 250,000 meals to hungry families this holiday season. www.drumstickdash.net Winter Lights Festival in Downtown Blacksburg, December 1 (4pm-8pm) Get a head start on all the holiday activities this year by heading to Downtown Blacksburg for the Winter Lights Festival! Celebrate the holidays with live music, a Christmas parade, a tree lighting ceremony, and a chance to see Santa. Also take a stroll down the beautiful art walk or get a head start on picking out gifts for loved ones at the gift market. www.downtownblacksburg.com

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Gingerbread Festival at the Salem Public Library, December 2, 2017 (11am-4pm) What better way to begin celebrating the Christmas Holiday than by a Gingerbread Festival?! This year the Salem Public Library will have a friendly gingerbread competition, live holiday entertainment, craft activities for kids, s’mores, arts and crafts, and not to mention holiday treats. www.visitroanokeva.com

Literature, Theatre, and Film

Blue Ridge Literacy presents Finding Life in the Face of Death, November 1 (7pm) Featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Thomas Milam, this event will also include a panel of hospice chaplains and patients. Participants will discuss death and dying from a front-line and first-hand perspective in the Blue Ridge Literacy auditorium in the downtown Roanoke Main Library. This event is one of five in the Roanoke Valley Reads series on When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. www.brlit.org No Shame Theatre: Special Limited Run at Hollins University, November 8 (10pm) This limited run of six No Shame Theatres is being produced in conjunction with the undergraduate playwriting fundamentals course—taught by the inventor of No Shame, Todd Ristau—with support from the cast of Alpha Psi Omega, theatre honor society. No Shame is a place where anything can happen and usual does. General admission is $5 per person. All ticket proceeds will benefit Alpha Psi Omega and help offset play production costs at the KCACTF-Region IV festival in Georgia. www.hollins.edu

Blue Ridge Literacy presents WIT at Community High School, November 13 FEATURED (7pm) This award-winning film features Emma Thompson as a professor living with terminal cancer. Based on an award-winning play of the same name, it focuses on how she is forced to reasEVENT PICK! sess her life when she is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. This free event will conclude the Roanoke Valley Reads series on When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. www.brlit.org Author Emily St. John Mandel at Hollins University, November 16 (8:15pm) Emily St. John Mandel, author of New York Times bestseller Station Eleven, will be visiting Hollins University this November. Mandel, writer for The Millions and author of four books, has won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Toronto Book Award, and the Morning News Tournament of Books. She has numerous short fiction pieces and essays, some of which have been included in the Best American Mystery Stories 2013. Mandel will be reading at Hollins in the Wyndham Robertson Library on November 16 and answering questions the following day, November 17 at 11am. www.hollins.edu

The Santaland Diaries at Barter Theatre, November 29th (7:30pm) Recommended for mature audiences, David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries will have you falling out of your seats laughing. This absurdly hilarious holiday comedy will star Nicholas Piper, as a “rebel without a Claus”, Crumpet, as he tells his real-life story about being a Macy’s store elf for the holiday season. Sedaris’ comedy has quickly become one of the most popular Christmas shows in America. www.bartertheatre.com

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Email calendar@beckmediagroup.com for consideration! Keep in mind we will need event information a minimum of two months before it needs to run. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Bella Magazine - November 2017  
Bella Magazine - November 2017  

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