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ON THE COVER Neomonde’s roots date back to 1977, when Cecilia began baking bread using their traditional family recipes. Her oldest son Sam, runs the restaurant and bakery with his brothers Joe and DeGaulle, and his son Chris.

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The kitchen crew – Sam, Betty, Chris, Cecilia, Ibtissam, Sheila, Oula, Santa, Aster, Chef Matt, and Ramona

The Legacy of Neomonde By Catherine Morell • Photos by Nancy Thomas


ow does one write an article about an extremely successful, family-run food business that has won numerous awards, been written up in umpteen news publications, and pleased customers in the Triangle and beyond for 40 years? What can be added to the raving accolades that have already been duly given? As I was pondering this question I remembered the first words that came out of Sam Saleh’s mouth after introductions were made. “Let’s get you some food.” This seemingly unassuming remark was actually quite filled with meaning. It said that generosity and attention to guests comes first, and anyone who frequents Neomonde can easily attest to this truth. But there had to be more. What truly is the key to the Saleh family’s success? It began in a village near the mountains of northern Lebanon where Cecilia Saleh, now 88, raised and cooked for her six children. Learning to be creative with meals out of necessity, she knew how to use the basic ingredients from their garden, and, in the winter, she used dry beans and any other ingredients saved from the summer. Cecilia cooked ultra fresh, super simple food; not what most of us would call sophisticated. When the family moved to Raleigh in the 70s to escape the war, they opened a bakery to create bread just like Cecilia lovingly baked in their village oven back in Lebanon. And so, our beloved Neomonde was born. With Cecilia in the kitchen as the creative force, and the rest of the family pitching in, the Saleh business evolved from bakery to restaurant to market, moving to larger and



additional locations, and then expanding their catering business. For the past six years, Chris Saleh, grandson of Cecilia, has slowly been taking over the helm from his father Sam, the eldest of Cecilia’s sons. And as this legacy continues, Sam and Chris share their thoughts on how they have made it this far. Sam believes that, “In business there are certain guiding principles you need to follow, especially in the food business.” The Saleh family feels an incredible responsibility to their customers to ensure they have an amazing experience every time they come in to dine or shop. One principle is their seemingly basic rule of using fresh and natural ingredients, not just because it tastes better, but also because it’s healthier. He goes on to say that they want to provide their customers with food that feeds both body AND soul. In recent years, consumers have begun to realize that the Mediterranean diet is a very healthy way to eat. Over time, Neomonde regulars know that each time they come to visit, they can always count on the food tasting the same each time. “Consistency is important,” Sam stresses. I stopped to think about what Sam meant when he said they aim to “feed the soul” of their guests. It occurred to me that people return again and again to Neomonde, not only just to eat delectably healthy and tasty food, but also to absorb the atmosphere that has been created by the Saleh family. Whether it’s because of their Lebanese culture or because they have worked side by side for so many years, the family naturally exudes a soulfulness that can be felt in the tremendous care that is taken to prepare each dish and in the environment where people can relax

to eat. It’s part of the Neomonde culture that the Salehs and their employees are more than happy to share with each and every one of their customers. Chris explains that they want people to understand that the food they prepare in the kitchen every day is what the Saleh family also eats, and that figuratively, they are bringing the family table out to their guests. Picture a communal dining room where family and friends gather to partake in each other’s lives for the most rudimentary and yet the most meaningful of daily activities: sharing a meal. It is this vision that the Saleh family has organically developed and that Chris desires to focus on more as the business evolves. “We offer a combination of clean, honest, family food, in a place where people feel warm and where they can embrace our family mentality,” Chris explains. He quickly adds that the “approachable price point” is also a draw as many of their menu items are under $10.

The Saleh family feels an incredible responsibility to their customers to ensure they have an amazing experience every time they come in to dine or shop.

Without a doubt, there is something everyone can eat at Neomonde, regardless of whether they are a meat lover, a vegetarian, or a vegan. They offer more than 60 prepared items daily and over 100 items between the entrée and catering selections. Just a few items include the kafta, chicken, beef, and lamb kabobs served with a delicious garlic spread, as well as salmon kabobs and salmon burgers (served with cabbage slaw and potato buns made in their bakery).

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Sam Saleh, Jorge Acevedo, Charles Scott, Chris Saleh, Chef Matt Scofield In addition to several sandwiches and platters, they have seven types of specialty savory pies that are made daily, including beef, three-cheese, tomato & olive, zaatar, spinach carre, spinach fatayer, and spinach & feta. There are 24 freshly made cold salads and cold sides, and an additional 10-15 that are rotated seasonally. They offer seven hot sides and two feature entrées a day, with roughly 20 rotating recipes. And, if that isn’t enough, for dessert they offer 11 staple baklava and Middle Eastern pastries and a large variety of French-style cakes that rotate. They also offer a whole selection of gluten-free pastries, also made daily. Chris’s wife Laura is the Director of Catering and Events and puts together full-service wedding and banquet packages that offer additional off-menu entrées, bar service, tables, linens, china, cutlery, etc. It is no surprise that with this expansive array of food items and services, the Saleh family’s idea of expanding becomes quite daunting. Enter the new staff. While Sam passes on the business knowledge to Chris, Cecilia and Sam’s wife Betty are passing on the food know-how to their new chef Matt Scofield. Matt was raised in New York and just so happened to have the Culinary Institute of America practically in his backyard. He seized the nearby opportunity and graduated from the CIA in ’97. After graduating, Matt moved to Cary where he opened and ran his own restaurant for five years, worked for Four Square in Durham, and then moved back to New York where he was executive chef at The Wishing Well in Saratoga Springs. In 2008, he moved back to Raleigh to become the executive chef for the next seven years at the then-new Sitti, which is co-owned by the Saleh family and the downtown Raleigh Empire Eats group. With Matt already having been a member of their

team, and because of his love for Lebanese cuisine, his move to Neomonde was a natural step. As part of his personal culinary training, he went traveled with the Saleh family on a visit to Lebanon to immerse himself in the food and culture. Chris’s goal for Matt is for him to begin creating his own new and exciting dishes without compromising the integrity of true Lebanese cuisine, thus allowing Matt to aid in the expansion of Neomonde. Also on board the Saleh train are two new general managers. Michael Giacomini now runs the Morrisville location, and Charles Scott works out of the Raleigh location. Scott was previously the owner of Raleigh’s Ciagos, his family’s restaurant, which they recently sold. He was brought on not only because he was looking for a growing company, but also because he was a perfect fit for Neomonde. Scott understands what the family dynamic in business is like. “All I did was move from one family business to another,” Scott said with a smile. As overseer of operations, he has his hand in all areas of the business. His goal is to use Neomonde’s current model to expand further throughout the Triangle area. Back in the kitchen Sam’s wife Betty momentarily stops to take off one of the many hats she wears (not the least of which is her hat as the creator of new recipes), to further reveal the multifaceted features that have chiseled the diamond that is Neomonde. She is quick to acknowledge the fact that having great team members in the kitchen (some of which have been around for 25 years!), focusing on top-notch customer service, treating their staff (and customers) like family, and offering great value for fresh cuisine have all been tantamount to the business. But she goes even further in saying, “Because this is a family business, our heart is completely in it,” and that “driving the work ethic into the younger generation has

had a big impact on our continued success.” Their core values of hard work, being passionate about what they do, and upholding the family name in the most respectable manner in order to serve the community have been their cornerstones. Betty explains, “The community is our family now because we have been here so long, and so we feel the responsibility to give our all to the business. It’s a privilege and an honor that Neomonde is considered to be an institution in the area.” She concedes that their hope to expand isn’t just because they want to, but because the customers want them to. With three generations of the Saleh family working with the business, the legacy of Neomonde continues to evolve. But there’s one thing that is certain not to change, and that is of course the food, which is some of the freshest, most delicious, and healthy food you can find anywhere in the Triangle. B For a detailed, saliva-inducing description of many of Neomonde’s dishes, visit our sister publication Triangle Downtowner Magazine’s website www.WeLoveDowntown.com, scroll down to Volume 11 (2015), and click on Issue 108: The A to Z’s of Neomonde.!

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American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and the Isle of Shoals By Donna Brewer

and The Century. The drawings are delightful, more in the style of Tasha Tudor than his later works. By the age of 28 he listed himself as “an artist” and would go on to paint many hundreds of oils, watercolors, and etchings. He did so as much out of his gift and passion for painting as to support his family. His vocation and his avocation were truly the same. Childe Hassam (pronounced with emphasis on the first syllable) reconfigured his name at the suggestion of the poet Celia Thaxter. She pointed out that, if he wanted to become famous, his middle name was far more memorable than his first.

To become familiar with this artist is to be transported into the center of Paris or Boston or New York or, as in this exhibition, the Isle of Shoals.


n my bucket list: to visit the Isle of Shoals, a cluster of small islands off the coast of New Hampshire and Maine. Really. On March 19, I will be able to do so at the North Carolina Museum of Art’s exhibition American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and the Isle of Shoals. The announcement of this exhibition, in all likelihood, evoked exclamations of anticipated delight from many and evoked puzzled expressions from others. The average visitor would recognize well-known Impressionists like Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Paul Cezanne, and Vincent VanGogh, and perhaps be able to connect them to their paintings. But how many people can correctly pronounce Childe Hassam’s name, much less identify his work? You may be familiar with an iconic painting, clearly viewed over the shoulder of President Ronald Reagan in the Oval Office or more recently, President Obama. The Avenue in the Rain is part of the White House private collection, donated during the Kennedy administration. Painted during World War I, it is one of a series that Hassam painted of American and Allied flags flying over Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. To become familiar with this artist is to be transported into the center of Paris or Boston or New York or, as in this exhibition, the Isle of Shoals. Frederick Childe Hassam was born outside of Boston in 1859. He dropped out of high school and began working as an engraver of wooden blocks. His creative interest, along with a need for income, led him to start illustrating children’s stories in Harper’s, Scribner’s,

Although the artist spent several years painting in Paris and would be praised as America’s finest Impressionist, Hassam viewed himself in less restricted terms. “Art, to me, is the interpretation of the impression which nature makes upon the eye and the brain…going

straight to nature for inspiration and not allowing tradition to dictate to your brush.” Nature was certainly a driving force behind the artist’s inspiration at the Isle of Shoals, the focus of this exhibit. Beginning as early as 1886, the artist and his wife made regular summer trips to the resort hotel on Appledore Island, the seasonal home of Celia Thaxter. The setting provided haven for Hassam and other New England artists and writers, including Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Greenleaf Whittier, and fellow artist William Morris Hunt. Childe Hassam found a close friend in Celia Thaxter, who hosted an artistic salon at her cottage. Many of his paintings depict her celebrated garden, an explosion of color out of the rocky island soil. As one views “Moonlight” in the exhibition, Thaxter’s words of shared appreciation for the island are reflected in her poem of the same name: Be silent and behold where hand in hand, Great Nature and great Art together stand! Just as Hassam might have explored the island in order to find the ideal site for a painting, the visitor is invited to walk “around the island” viewing the scenes depicted by the artist in the sequence they would naturally occur. Members of the Museum’s team made numerous fieldtrips to Appledore. John Coffey, co-curator for this exhibition, explained that “the primary goal of the field work was to locate and document the artist’s painting sites. This allowed us to compare the actual site with Hassam’s interpretation to determine how much or how little the artist manipulated the scene for his artistic ends.” >>


Adjacent to the Hassam show, the concept of island life is introduced in another exhibition created especially for families and younger viewers. The original artwork for the classic children’s book Island Boy by Barbara Cooney provides a delightful transition into Hassam’s impressions of a Maine island. Recounting the story of a young boy growing up amidst the hardships of island life, Cooney’s illustrations highlight the beauty of place, echoing that same appreciation found in the paintings of Childe Hassam. This exhibition is free and offers the younger participant the opportunity to adjust from the outside world of modern technology to the quiet enchantment of the work done by hand. Ticketed along with the Isle of Shoals exhibition Marks of Genius: 100 Extraordinary Drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Please refer to www.ncartmuseum.org for more information. The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) announces the schedule of events for Art in Bloom, the Museum’s festival of art and flowers this April 7–10. Included is a presentation by Erica Anderon: Impressions of an Heirloom Garden on April 9. Erica was the first horticulture intern on Appledore Island. Using photographs from her work in the recreated garden of 19th century poet Celia Thaxter, Anderson transports us to the beloved garden featured in Childe Hassam’s paintings from the Isle of Shoals. B! Donna Brewer is a full time freelance writer, following a career as a Social Studies teacher and a worker at American Airlines with over a decade of experience. She lives in a fixer-upper on a lake in Lee County. Future articles will focus on upcoming cultural events, travel, and history.

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Make My Room Bright and Tall By Diane Makgill | Photos by Woody Howard, New View Photography, Inc.


e’ve all heard it. A mirror will make a room seem bigger. Did you know a well-placed mirror or a mirrored accessory can also make a room seem taller, broader, and brighter? Designers use many mirrors in their creations. It is their secret weapon. I recommend one mirror per room. This preference of mine doesn’t mean every room has to have a store-bought, framed mirror hanging on a wall. In fact, there are many other ways to incorporate mirrors into the design of a room in order to achieve the sought-after designer look. 1. Let’s start with your bathroom. Are you stuck with a wall-to-wall mirror directly over the vanity? Would you like a custom mirror instead? Add decorative tiles to the four sides of the mirror to make an interesting frame. This process takes a bit of measuring, but you can finish this project in just one day. If you choose a shiny mosaic tile, you will double the sparkle. I prefer a 4- to 6-inch border of tile. Any less and the mirror won’t look “designerish.” (Not a word, I know, but we all use it.)

2. Place a mirrored tray on your coffee table

so the remote controls still work. The sensor should be behind the mirror, not behind the frame. Now, when your guests come to visit, the big black screen isn’t calling their name… unless you want it to.

4. Stand a tall, full-length mirror on the floor and safely secure it to the wall in your bedroom. If it is across from a window, the mirror will provide the perfect lighting for makeup application. An added feature of this placement is that it will reflect the landscape outside your window. Pretty and functional. 5. For an elegant touch, add a mirrored chest of drawers to any chosen room. You will not only have extra storage, but you will also seem to have a brighter and larger room. The light will bounce off of the chest of drawers and illuminate the surrounding space. 6. Mirrored light fixtures have made a comeback

in the last few years. I especially like mirrored sconces running down a hallway. The space will seem wider and more interesting.

and add a candle or two for an extra shine. Be creative with the remotes, and hide them in a decorative box to be placed on the tray. I like to take a plain box and wrap it in a wallpaper sample. You could use thick gift wrap as well. To top it off, add a large flower in a single vase. Voilà!

7. Add identical mirrors behind bedside table lamps. A winning combination, as long as you

3. Hide your TV behind a mirror in the living room. Who invented the wall-hung TV? I could kiss them! And the newest TVs are so slim, which we can use to our advantage. Hang a framed, two-way mirror on top of the TV. Remember to keep the TV sensor exposed

There you have it, seven more designer secrets. Let me know if you have a topic you would like me to cover. Until next time, happy decorating! B! The home in these photos is currently for sale for $1.125M and is located at the Paramount in downtown

keep the top of your end tables somewhat tidy. Hang the mirrors 6 inches above the end tables to keep the composition together.

Raleigh. This luxury condo is two combined units for one amazing space, and has been completely renovated from top to bottom. New hardwoods, custom tile, two kitchens, custom closets, top-of-the-line audio system, motorized black-out shades, and custom-built hot tub. This home was built for a local celebrity game designer and no expense was spared in its design. Qualified buyers may request a showing by calling Steve Gillooly at 919.612.9885. More photos and info at www.bitly.com/618northboylan. Diane Makgill, owner of 3D by D Designs, LLC |Restaurant & Home Interior Design | 3DbyDdesigns.com



NY Giant Perry Williams: Mentoring Youth; Inspiring Change By Heather Leahwood


s a two-time Super Bowl winner and former NY Giant, Perry Williams knows a lot about carving a personal path to success. But long before he muscled his way into NFL history, Williams spent his childhood in small town North Carolina, where a series of mentors helped him on his way to the top. Now, paying it forward, he shares his motivational and personal stories with youth and budding professionals alike. You can hear the passion in his voice when he says, “I’m a living example of a few words changing a person’s life. A pat on the back. Just a few words. That’s all it takes to change a kid’s life.”

The Road to NC State

“There was a guy at NC State, one of the greatest basketball players that ever lived. David Thompson. He’s a legend,” shares Williams. “I was running track and field at 11 years old at the Junior Olympics. All the kids found out David was in the stands, watching us run. Literally, hundreds of kids swarmed him.” “When I got to him,” recalls Williams, “He looked at me and asked my name. He said, ‘I saw you run. I’m going to come back for finals next week and see you.’” Williams slept with Thompson’s autograph under his pillow for a week. When the day came, he ran, and got first place. Thompson approached him after the game and walked with Williams around NC State’s campus, sharing encouraging words as his new mentor. Not even a teenager yet, Williams knew he had a future at the university. “One day, Mr. Thompson,” he said, “I’m going to be at NC State. I’m going to run track.”

Paying It Forward

Even during his time with the Giants, Williams discovered mentors who would come into his life and motivate him towards success. Ken Vehrekens encouraged him to continue his college education and earn a Master’s degree



while still playing football. During this time, he was also inspired to mentor youth – the same way so many incredible people had mentored him. “These kids are very impressionable,” Williams shares. “They see someone come from the public image and television. Professional athletes are role-models. I take it as a challenge, to open-heartedly and open-handedly encourage these [youths].” One pat on the back at a time, Williams hopes to encourage youth towards education and lift them towards their own goals. Since 1985 he’s provided outreach to nearly 500 schools. With a lesson plan he’s created, and programs like FFD1 (Focus from Day 1), he helps kids build character and life skills. “It’s my moral obligation to motivate kids to appreciate education.”

Teaching Leadership Skills For Life

Whether he’s working with Gator Communications to foster leadership skills in young athletes, lecturing at universities, or heading up his own initiative (the Perry Williams Three Sports Challenge), Williams takes his mission seriously. “My childhood was like the real life version of the movie The Blind Side,” he says, citing the popular movie about a homeless teenager who eventually finds a guardian to take him in and help him reach his athletic and academic potential. “Charlie Bishop was my mentor. My father figure for 44 years,” Williams explains. He credits the many mentors, who took a moment of their time to pat his back and share encouragement with him, with his success. These mentors include, but are not limited to: Pete Carroll, Bill Belichick, and Jim Valvano. Even having won two Super Bowls, he tells kids, “School is a necessity, and it was the most important thing I’ve ever done in my life.” B!

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Taylor’s Fine Wine, Live Bait, and Craft Beer

By Joel Morgan • Photos by Nancy Thomas


ike many cities in the southeast, Raleigh has its share of unique Mom & Pop stores that serve as gas stations, convenience stores, local hangouts, etc. Many of these stores survive by becoming part of a corporate chain of generic, uninteresting places where customers can “get in and out” quickly. Most that were unable to adapt to changing trends faded away, but a rare few managed to maintain their unique character and were committed to being a part of their surrounding community. Raleigh is lucky to have one such place that has not only adapted and changed with the times, but also became a local mecca for a wide variety of people with diverse interests. That place is Taylor’s, located on Six Forks Road in Raleigh, just north of Interstate 540. From its humble beginnings to today, Taylor’s is a place you can find a little bit of everything. When you first pull up to Taylor’s, you will see a sign that says, “Taylor’s Fine Wine, Live Bait, and Craft Beer.” To many, that will seem very confusing (if not comical), but to understand the sign you have to understand the history. In 1980, just a brief nine days after their wedding,



Taylor Cash and his bride Gail signed their lives away on a small store at a gas station on the outskirts of North Raleigh. Most of what is familiar today on that part of Six Forks Road didn’t yet exist and Falls Lake was still being created. On their very first day open, Taylor recounts, “We didn’t even have cash for the register. Luckily, Gail had some ones and change in her purse and I had a little change. We were just hoping that no one would come in and pay with a $20 bill!” Taylor and Gail were a perfect foil for each other in their business. Taylor was a kindhearted and generous Southerner, almost to a fault. Gail, on the other hand, was from Brooklyn, New York, and had a very practical, no-nonsense approach to business. This quality served as a grounding influence for Taylor. Nothing in life was free as far as Gail was concerned, which made her the ideal partner for Taylor in both work and in life. She had no problem saying “no” to whatever products vendors were trying to sell. Taylor and Gail settled into their routine and the store began to grow with the needs of the neighbors in

their area. When Falls Lake was created in 1981, Taylor’s became a stopping point for anglers on their way up to fish at the lake. You could find fishing poles, line, hooks, sinkers, lures, and, yes, live bait. Taylor’s sold then – and still sells today – live bait in the form of nightcrawler worms and red wigglers (also known as “The Cadillac of Worms”). As the popularity of Falls Lake grew, so did the influx of traffic from folks heading up to the lake. This is where the “Live Bait” portion of today’s sign originated. The 80s not only brought the completion of Falls Lake, but also growth and changes to Taylor’s. Taylor and Gail took over the side space that had housed a real estate office and began to serve breakfast and lunch daily. Also at that time, video arcades had become so popular that most malls in the US contained an arcade. As a result of their popularity, Taylor decided to put in a few video games at the shop. He recalls expressing, as he did with any new addition, “Let’s see how it works out.” They had 15 video games that brought players both young and old to the store to spend their salaries (or their allowance). Taylor’s son Ben fondly remembers traveling with his grandfather

Local anglers can still pick up a container of live red worms at Taylor’s

to Sanford to buy video games for the store. The arcade lasted a few years and was then replaced with a growing trend at the time: video movie rentals. As the price of the VCR became affordable to almost every household in the US, Taylor once again adapted and changed in order to grow his business. Taylor’s was now a Live Bait and Video Rental shop, which of course made perfect sense to Taylor. After a long day of fishing, customers could stop back in at Taylor’s and pick up a movie to watch that evening. But, as the idea of renting videos became more popular, Blockbuster and other companies corporatized the business. These corporate stores had multiple copies of the newest and most popular titles. “We only had one or two copies at the most because the movies were NOT cheap to buy

Gail’s personality and influence helped drive Taylor’s to where it is today

back then,” Taylor said. “A single copy of a movie could easily cost $89.” So what did Taylor do? He adapted and changed with his surroundings yet again. Rather than try and compete with the large corporate video rental stores, he removed the videos and used the space to add more merchandise inventory. Fast forward few years and Interstate 540 is now being built and completed in segments from exit to exit. The large number of construction crews provided a positive economic impact for Taylor’s. Their purchases of food, fuel, and other goods help boost the bottom line at Taylor’s. In 1999, Taylor and Gail were at a nearby Harris Teeter and passed by the wine section. He began to think


aloud, “If they can sell wine here, why can’t we?” Now before I tell you Gail’s response, you need to know this bit of background. At that time, Taylor did not drink or even like wine. So when Gail heard Taylor say this, she looked at him like he was crazy. But Taylor had the idea stuck in his head and wanted to give it a shot. He called their beer distributor, who also carried wine, and asked them to send out 15-20 different, entry-level bottles that were well known and could be found in most grocery stores. His logic was that people would buy the wines they recognized from the grocery store. Sales were modest, but enough for Taylor to keep their wine section in the store. At the time, North Raleigh was experiencing an explosion of new suburban neighborhoods, and with this growth came more wine sales. It was somewhat of a



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curiosity to find a gas station that sold good wine, but it seemed to fit in with the overall unique character of their store. Taylor and Gail also began to drink more wine and as their palate expanded, so did the store’s wine selection. Along with larger and more expensive homes in the area came customers that could afford fine wines. Taylor and Gail responded to what their new customers wanted. As they continued to expand the higher end wine offerings, Taylor began to run into new obstacles, not from the consumers, but from their suppliers. “I would call up and ask for a case or two of Silver Oak and would be told by the distributor they didn’t want to sell it to us because we were a gas station.” The wine distributors didn’t think customers would come in to buy good wines. Taylor’s Gas Station and Live Bait was transitioning into Taylor’s Gas Station, Live Bait, and Fine Wine. With the rise of craft beer, not only across the US but also here in North Carolina, Taylor’s recognized the need to expand their beer selection beyond the standard big breweries. They started with national microbreweries, eventually expanding to include North Carolina breweries and then as Raleigh’s craft beer scene grew, including many locals like Big Boss Brewing. Change and adaptation, the core concept of Taylor’s, was once again at work. Their selection became even more diverse to match the tastes of beer drinkers from “Hop Heads” to “Lager Lovers” to “Beer Knurds,” as craft beer aficionados were known. Taylor’s became a Bottle Shop in North Raleigh long before the term “Bottle Shop” became popular. Taylor’s Live Bait and Fine Wine had become Taylor’s Live Bait, Fine Wine, and Craft Beer. But the story doesn’t end here. On the heels of the craft beer movement came the coffee revolution. Taylor had long been a fan of good coffee and wanted to provide more than the regular, burnt black liquid found in most gas stations. “I liked good coffee. So if the coffee I had wasn’t good enough for me, why should I serve that to my customers?” he said. He had originally approached Counter Culture about selling their coffee in his store but found once again was confronted with a distributor who didn’t want to sell their higher end product to a gas station.



As much as Taylor had done to dispel the stigma of the store being merely a gas station, some businesses weren’t able to share his vision. Taylor’s then approached local producers Larry’s Beans and came to an agreement to sell their coffee. This became an immediate hit with their customers, and Taylor’s quickly became the biggest client of Larry’s Beans. So big, in fact, that Larry’s had to buy larger equipment to keep up with the demand from Taylor’s. Other brands followed and Taylor’s began to sell coffee beans by the pound, with clients placing orders from as far away as California. Taylor’s has also expanded into selling locally made chocolate but their sign was too full to change the name to Taylor’s Live Bait, Fine Wine, Craft Beer, Quality Coffee, and Local Chocolate. In 2010, Taylor and Gail celebrated the final payment of their business loan for the building. They had come a long way from that first day in 1980 when they filled the cash register with a just a few dollars and some change from Gail’s purse. The following year, tragedy struck and Taylor’s wife Gail passed away unexpectedly while recovering from back surgery. Gail had been a constant force in the success of the store and was the backbone of the business. Gail and Taylor had worked with many local charities in the area like the Frankie Lemmon School and Triangle Wine Experience, local YMCA chapters, and the Angus Barn’s Walk for Hope. Even after a full day of working in the store, neither Gail nor Taylor ever hesitated at attending charitable organization meetings or volunteering at events throughout the Triangle. Her passing left a void at Taylor’s but her presence can still be felt in the store. Before her passing, she suggested using the logo part of their wooden wine crates to put on the walls of the store. The neon beer signs were taken down and Gail installed the new wooden art on the walls herself. Her natural practicality worked in tandem with her creativity to find a way to decorate the store, forming a sort of wine lover’s wall paneling. The wooden wine crate art is still there today and I very much doubt it will ever come down. Several of the crate facings are even signed by the winemakers themselves.

Biscuit Bill serves up breakfast at Taylor’s

The story of Taylor’s is one that exemplifies the American dream: a dedicated work ethic, becoming a part of the neighborhood, giving back to the local community, and embracing change. No one would have ever expected a small gas station to become what it is today. Taylor’s son Ben has been working hand in hand with him over the past few years and is putting his own stamp on the store, most recently with the addition of sake and fresh local honey. They’ve also added an outside produce stand that offers locally sourced items. With the next generation of the Cash family heavily involved in Taylor’s, we can expect the unique character of this store and their charitable efforts to continue on for another generation. What’s the next thing to become part of the experience at Taylor’s? I wouldn’t be surprised if it were live music. Whatever happens next, I’ll definitely be stopping in to see for myself. B! For those wanting to visit or learn about wine and craft beer, be sure to check out their monthly calendar for tastings and events.

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By Anne Barrington This humble-looking root, or rhizome, is not only intensely flavorful – especially when eaten fresh – but has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries among many cultures. I love ginger. I cook and bake with it. I use it in teas, make homemade “ginger-ade,” and never pass up an opportunity to try anything ginger-flavored. Containing numerous anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds beneficial to health, such as gingerols, beta-carotene capsaicin, caffeic acid, curcumin, and salicylate, ginger or officially Zingiber officinale, has many health claims with plenty of research and double blind studies to back them up.

Ginger relieves gastric upsets

• Relieves nausea during pregnancy, motion sickness, and after-cancer treatments better than many medications and with no side effects • Relieves gas, bloating, and heart burn • Stimulates saliva and bile production • Suppresses gastric contractions • Contains prebiotics and special fibers good for digestion

Ginger is anti-inflammatory

• Studies show that a small amount is more effective than NSAIDS (like Advil or Ibuprofen). • Reduces pain from inflammation, muscle pain, and menstrual cramps. • Reduces inflammatory swelling • Reduces inflammation markers in osteoarthritis • Reduces inflammation markers in the colon • Improves breath • Helps clear inflamed sinuses

Ginger stabilizes blood sugar

In a controlled study where patients took 3mg of ginger daily for three months, the results showed: • Improved glycemic control • Improved blood glucose and insulin levels • Improved insulin resistance and A1C

Ginger strengthens immunity

• Research on ovarian cancer cells showed cancer cell death • Drink ginger tea if you feel a cold coming on. It warms the body and promotes healthy sweating

Ginger improves circulation

• Lowers blood pressure by suppressing vasopressin • Is known as an aphrodisiac that works by improving circulation • Relieves frostbite by improving circulation

How to enjoy:

• Ginger tea: steep 20-40 g freshly sliced or grated ginger in hot water with a slice of lemon and a drop of honey for taste • Grate into dishes like stir-fries and curries • Use in juices, smoothies, and salad dressings • Bake dried ginger into cookies and cakes • Can be used as an essential oil behind the ear • For convenience you can freeze ginger by crushing a large amount in a food processor with some water and pouring it into an ice cube tray. Voilà, you have fresh ginger to add to smoothies any time • If you choose a ginger supplement, make sure you get an organic brand free of fillers

My favorite “Ginger-ade” recipe: Ingredients 6 oz. ginger, peeled, finely chopped, grated, or crushed in food processor 6-9 lemons or limes or a combination, juiced and lightly zested 4 cups of boiling water 1 cup ice water 2 cups of seltzer water or plain water Honey to taste ½ to ¾ cup (or stevia to taste) Directions Pour boiling water over ginger and citrus zest and let steep for 10 min. Add sweetener and ice water and let cool in fridge, strain. Add lemon juice and soda or seltzer water for sparkling drink, or just water for regular gingerade. Add a muddled mint leaf (optional) and pour over ice. Yields about 8 cups, or 8-16 servings. Enjoy! I hope I have inspired you to add ginger to your grocery list. No matter how you use it, you should be able to experience its great benefits. B! Anne Barrington is an RN and a Certified Health Coach who helps clients find their path to wellness through individualized coaching, group coaching, seminars, retreats, and short cleanse programs. She offers free consultations with a health history and is available for talks upon request. More information on Anne can be found at www.annemaritwellness.com and at anne@boomnc.com Joe Lizana she Octcan09be contacted 9/23/09 5:54 PM Page 1

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Organizing Your Home for Productivity and Peace of Mind By Barbara Hemphill Do you think of “getting organized” as: • A big project you’ll do someday – when the kids get older, when you have more money, when you retire, etc.? • Not really that important in the grand scheme of things? • Out of the realm of possibility with your personality and/or in the household in which you live? Organization is the foundation for success in anything you want to do in life – whether it’s building a new house, improving a relationship, or parking your car in a clean garage. Organizing is also a skill; and like any other skill, it requires tools, techniques, and practice.

Start with yourself!

It’s so easy to see everything that other people could do to get more organized. We tell our children, “Clean up your room!” Often, they don’t. Why? Frequently, they are just overwhelmed. And it could be that they don’t have to look very far to see that you don’t value organization very much, so why should they? Perhaps you’ve tried getting organized in the past and failed, so now your family is skeptical of yet another attempt. Don’t tell them what you’re up to. Just do it! And if you can’t do it alone, asking for help is a sign of wisdom. Whether you hire, barter, or bribe, “together we are better.” Your ability to get results is positively enhanced by your willingness to focus on what you do best.

Less is more!

Give the things you don’t use to someone who will use them or finds them valuable. If you have difficulty letting go of things, finding someone else who needs them more than you do will make it easier and add more value to the item.

Organize all of the paper in your life.

In spite of the promise of a paperless world, the biggest challenge in organizing most homes is the paper – bills, newspapers, junk mail, medical records, etc. Today’s mail is tomorrow’s pile. Ignore the piles of the past and set up a system that will accommodate every new item that comes into your life. Then, incorporate the old ones into the new or get rid of them altogether!

Put similar items together.

One of the biggest stumbling blocks in finding what you need is simply not having a place for things. To make that happen, gather similar items together, such as all of the office supplies and all of the holiday decorations (divided into specific holidays).



Identify the size and quantity; then find the location.

Have you ever gone into a store and seen a really neat container, such as a basket or tray, brought it home, and then tried to figure out what to do with it? Months later, it’s a holder of miscellaneous, unidentified objects. Gather all the objects of one type together, decide how much space you’re willing to give up for that area of your life, and then find a location that will hold it. Find a space or container large enough to hold the largest amount you’re willing to keep. When the container or space is full, toss or give away!

Half of any job is using the right tool – one that is right for you!

Thinking a smart phone will help you become organized is like thinking a piano will help you become a musician. Do not be unduly influenced by the latest and greatest gadgets – or by what other people do or think you should do! Instead, pay attention to what tools work for you. Many hi-tech people find a paper planner to be their greatest life management asset.

A place for everything…

Whether it’s your favorite writing instrument or the instructions for the digital camera, everything needs a place. The problem is not the clutter – the problem is that when you would like to put the clutter away you don’t know where it belongs. How do you decide? Whenever you’re frustrated looking for something, ask yourself, “Where could I find this next time?” Store items according to where and how often you use them. Label them clearly so others can understand the system you are using. To avoid accumulating clutter, eliminate any container that does not have a specific purpose.

Getting children to help

As a parent, it is your responsibility to be your children’s role model for organization and teach them how to organize. You may not see the results of your efforts while they live under your roof (especially when they’re

teenagers), but trust me, when they get into the “real world,” your efforts will be appreciated and remembered.

Make organizing a way of life.

Ask yourself “What will I do?” instead of “What should I do?” Organizing is an art, not a moral issue. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to get organized. When you wonder whether something is as organized as it should be, ask yourself these questions: 1. Does it work? 2. Do I like it? 3. Does it work for the people I care about? If you answered “yes” to all three of these questions, then ask yourself one more: “How quickly can I recover?” Let’s face it, life is messy, and to think that you can always be organized is a major myth.

Never give up hope!

In every organizing process, things often feel worse before they get better. This is normal, and not the time to stop for a cup of coffee! End every day by asking: “What’s the most important area of my life for me to organize?” Then, design a plan to do it! It’s wonderful to have grandiose dreams, but regardless of what you want to accomplish in life, you have to organize your daily life and work if you want to have any quality of life at all. Try some of these ideas and you will be well on your way to creating a productive environment – an intentional setting in which everything around you supports who you are and who you want to be – so you can accomplish your work and enjoy your life. If you are continually disappointed in your progress, don’t hesitate to ask for help from someone you trust. B!

Barbara Hemphill, author of Less Clutter More Life, helps individuals and businesses eliminate physical, digital, and emotional clutter through consulting, training, and speaking. She is the founder of Productive Environment Institute, which offers training to become a Certified Productive Environment Specialist. She can be contacted at barbara@ProductiveEnvironment.com.

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Strong vs. Weak Currencies By Gerald Townsend


hat is the largest financial market in the world – stocks or bonds? Neither one. Billions of dollars change hands each day in the global equities market, but trillions of dollars are exchanged daily in currencies. Recently, several European central banks, along with Japan, moved their interest rates into negative territory. The US took a baby step in the other direction, with the Federal Reserve increasing the target federal funds rate by 0.25%. Negative interest rates? That is something we never studied in Economics 101. Commercial banks normally park their excess reserves with central banks, earning some interest on the money. But, with negative interest rates, central banks effectively are charging commercial banks a storage fee to hold their excess reserves. The intent of these negative policies is to spur commercial banks to lend the money and hopefully stimulate sluggish global economies. One of the consequences of negative interest rate policies is the weakening of a currency. While there are other factors at work, the currency of a country with low or negative interest rates often falls, relative to a country with higher interest rates. And, it seems that is exactly the consequence many countries desire – a cheapening of their currencies.

Why would a country want its currency to be less valuable? •Expert Growth– If the Japanese Yen falls in value versus the US Dollar, it makes Japanese exports to the US less expensive. This consequence could potentially boost sales, spur economic growth, and create more jobs in Japan. • Inflation – After many years of battling inflation worries, central bankers are now preoccupied with poor global growth and deflation concerns. If you cheapen your currency it makes imported goods more expensive, which should result in more inflation.

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Does It Work?

Countries with weaker currencies may see some shortterm benefits, but there are negative impacts as well. Currency exchange rates are relative – if one goes up, another must go down. Ultimately, this is a zero-sum game. If too many countries seek to increase their share of global exports by trashing their currencies, then no country really achieves their goal. In that case, they may erect trade barriers or other measures designed to protect domestic industries and stimulate inflation. Tactics such as these may also help in the short-term, but eventually, by limiting free trade, they make economic activity less efficient and global growth consequently suffers.

Impact on Investors

With other countries pursuing negative interest rate policies and weak currencies, the US Dollar may remain strong due to the small, but positive, interest rate policy of the Federal Reserve. This idea implies that the sales and profits of companies with weaker currencies may benefit, which could boost their stock prices in their own currency, but weaken their stock price when translated back to US Dollars. One way to participate in foreign markets in climates such as these is to hedge your currency exposure. For most investors the most practical way to do this is to utilize mutual funds or exchange-traded funds that actively employ currency hedging techniques. B! Gerald A. Townsend, CPA/PFS/ABV, CFP,® CFA,® CMT is president of Townsend Asset Management Corp., a registered investment advisory firm. Email: Gerald@AssetMgr.com

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March 5-20 (Raleigh) The Wolf, Kennedy Theatre - Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St. Theatre Raleigh presents this encore production that brings dance, theatre and imagination together in a whole new way. 919.832.9997 or www.theatreraleigh.com

Cotton’s Fun With Music Program, 2101 S. Main, Wake Forest, is an ongoing Triangle favorite for two decades with weekly music fun hosted by Cafe Euro, for babies on up. Enjoy traditional and original guitar music with play-along instruments provided every Tuesday at 10:30am. For more information, call 919.761.5002.

April 14-17 (Durham) Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, 8pm (Fri/Sat) & 2pm (Sun), The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St. The Durham Savoyards Ltd presents this event. 919.560.3030 or carolinatheatre.org April 22-24 (Raleigh) The Southern Women’s Show, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd. This premier weekend-long event for women in the Triangle community features celebrity guests, shopping and workshops on food, fashion, beauty, health and fitness, business, education, home, travel and more. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.SouthernShows.com/WRA

Single Date Activities for Adults March 6 Sun (Cary) Sole Mates, 2:45pm (Kid Sprint); 3:00pm (5K & 10K Start), 201 Soccer Park Dr. $10 Kids Sprint, $20 for 5K, $40 for 10K. Open to all ages, walkers, joggers, and runners. Register at www.FitandAble.com March 6 Sun (Raleigh) A Toast to the Triangle, 6pm, NC State University’s McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St. Benefitting Tammy Lyn Center or Developmental Disabilities, join Steve Daniels of ABC-11 featuring the Triangle’s best restaurants silent auction and raffle. Tickets are on sale for $75 per person. For more information, visit www.atoasttothetriangle.org March 13 Sun (Raleigh) North Carolina Master Chorale Concert, 3pm, Meymandi Concert Hall Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St. The North Carolina Master Chorale performs Berlioz: L’Efance du Christ. 919.856.9700 or www.ncmasterchorale.org March 18 Fri (Cary) The Clothesline Muse, 7:30pm, Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. The Marvelous Music Series presents this multi-discipline theater project featuring a cast of six and jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon, as “The Muse”. 919.462.2055 or www.townofcary.org

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April 9 Sat (Carrboro) No Shame Theatre, 8pm, The ArtsCenter, 300-G East Main St. An open performance venue to experience 15 original works of art that has never been seen before. 919.929.2787 or www.artscenterlive.org April 16 Fri (Carrboro) The Chuckle & Chortle Comedy Show, 8:30pm, The ArtsCenter, 300-G East Main St. As a local comic, Michelle Maclay hosts and interacts with the audience while sharing live comedy. 919.929.2787 or www.artscenterlive.org

Ongoing Activities for Adults Bluegrass Jam, 225 S. Wilmington St, Raleigh, is sponsored by Terrapin Beer Company and presents bluegrass musicians of all levels, who gather on the second and fourth Monday of every month at the Busy Bee Café. The jam is a great place for musicians to congregate and get to know each other, which is free and open to the public from 7 to 10pm. For more information, visit www.pinecone.org.


CALENDAR MARCH 2016 Gregg Museum of Art & Design and NCSU Libraries, 2 Broughton Dr, Raleigh, presents Life’s Little Dramas: Puppets, Proxies, and Spirits, an exhibition that includes an entire cast of 19th century English Punch and Judy figures, Indonesian shadow puppets, a Chinese Opera troupe and a large Yayaroba figure from the Bamana tribe of Mali. Through February 28, 2016 at the D.H. Hill Library Exhibit Gallery, adjacent to Special Collections Ready Room. Visit lib.ncsu.edu/hours/ hill/general for hours. Please contact Zoe Starling at zoe_starling@ncsu.edu or 919.513.7244 to arrange a tour. NC Museum of History, 5 East Edenton St, Raleigh, offers programs, concerts, exhibits, and activities highlighted by Treasures of Carolina: Stories from the State Archives through July 2016 and North Carolina’s Favorite Son: Billy Graham and His Remarkable Journey of Faith through July 2016. 919.807.7900 or www.ncmuseumofhistory.org The NC Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, has exhibits and events highlighted by American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and the Isle of Shoals from March 19 to June 19. In addition to exhibits and performances, the museum offers lectures, classes, book clubs, and discussion groups. 919.839.6262 or www.ncartmuseum.org Irregardless Cafe & Catering, 901 W. Morgan St, Raleigh, offers live music every night featuring over 200 talented local musicians and touring ensembles. On week-nights, musical ensembles perform from 6:30pm-9:30pm or 10pm with shows beginning after 8:30pm. Saturday night’s NIGHT LIFE features two SHOWS: 9pm-10:15pm and 10:45pm-12am. For more information, visit www.irregardless.com/music/ Raleighwood, 6609 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh, serves great casual food, beer, and wine during movies. They operate for afternoon family matinees, evening and late shows. On the second Tuesday of each month, seniors receive a special offer! For more information, visit www.RaleighwoodMovies.com or call 919.847.0326 Triangle Track & Field Team (USATF) invites adult athletes of all ages and abilities to participate in jumps, throws, springs, and distance running events. Beginning on March 3 through June, the registration fee is $40 per month and $140 quarter year – family discounts are available. For more information, visit FitandAble.net or email FitandAbleCoach@gmail.com

Activities for Children & Youth March 6 Sun (Cary) Sole Mates, 2:45pm (Kid Sprint); 3:00pm (5K & 10K Start), 201 Soccer Park Dr. $10 Kids Sprint, $20 for 5K, $40 for 10K. Open to all ages, walkers, joggers, and runners. Register at www.FitandAble.com March 19 Sat (Cary) The Tortoise & the Hare… The Musical, 3pm, Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Marvelous Music Family Series presents Atlantic Coast Theatre For Youth and puts an updated twist on Aesop’s beloved fable, Tortoise & the Hare. 919.462.2055 or www.townofcary.org

The NC Museum of Life & Science, 433 West Murray Ave, Durham, is pleased to announce its November activities and events highlighted by Behind the Scenes Tour: Bears Up Close (3yrs and older) and Butterfly House Tour (5 yrs and older). 919.220.5429 or www.ncmls.org The NC Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, has continuous monthly activities and events for children and families such as Weekend Family-Friendly Tours; What’s In the Box; and Family Fun Saturdays. For more information, visit www.ncartmuseum.org. The NC Museum of History, 5 East Edenton St, Raleigh, offers children and families with monthly events and activities like Time for Tots; History Hunters; History Corner; and more. For more information, visit www.ncmuseumofhistory.org.

Physical Fitness Activities You Call This Yoga (YCTY), McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St, Raleigh, offers continuing education seminars for teachers and advanced students including yoga classes for youth ages 6 and up. This organization is hosting YogaFest NC 2016 on Saturday, April 2 with online registration opening on February 1. For more information on this upcoming event or free classes, visit youcallthisyoga.org. National Senior Games Association is hosting North Carolina Senior Games (exclusive to instate participants) at a variety of locations and events: September 26-Oct 2 at Cary & Raleigh (St Finals); October 24-26 at Walnut Creek/Raleigh (Softball). For more information, contact Brad Allen at 919.851.5456 or email ncsg@ncseniorgames.org or visit www.ncseniorgames.org. Wake County Senior Games offers a variety of events for seniors around the Triangle. These events include: KICK OFF Event! on Tuesday, February 23 at Crabtree Valley Mall (4325 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh) from 10am-12pm; SilverArts Display & Reception on Friday, April 22 at the Cary Senior Center (120 Maury Odell Pl, Cary) beginning at 10:30am; Track and Field events on Saturday, April 2 from 9am-2:30pm; Celebration of Performing Arts! on Wednesday, April 6 at Garner Performing Arts Center (742 W. Garner Rd, Garner) beginning at 4pm; Horseshoes for Men & Women on Thursday, April 7 at the Cary Senior Center from 1pm-4:30pm; Billiards on Friday, April 8 at Buck’s Billiards (1102 Buck Jones Rd, Raleigh) from 1pm-4pm; 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament for Men and Women (separate) on Friday, April 8 at the Apex Community Center (53 Hunter St, Apex) from 4pm-8pm; Basketball Shooting for Men & Women on Friday, April 8 at the Apex Community Center from 4pm-6pm. Online registration begins January 25 until March 10. For more information, visit call 919.469.4081 or visit www.wcseniorgames.org. SEEDS, 706 Gilbert St, Durham, is a non-profit organization that offers free martial arts, movement, and African dance classes. Classes are on

Lupus Foundation American North Carolina Chapter (LFANC), 6:30-8pm, Waters Edge Office Park Conference Room, 4917 Waters Edge Drive, Suite 250, Raleigh. The monthly support group in Wake County meets the fourth Thursday of each month. Also available is a monthly teleconference series. 877.849.8271 or www.lupusnc.org.

Thursday from 6-7:30pm in their new Eco Friendly Event Space. Sign up at Tbennett@SEEDSnc.org or call 919.683.1197. High Gravity Adventures, located in Blowing Rock, presents the 2016 season of the outdoor aerial adventure park with this exciting highropes course for the whole family with challenges fit for adults and little ones as young as fouryears-old and begins on March 18. For a limited time, general admission tickets and season passes are available for a discounted price online at highgravityadventures.com.

Lupus Foundation of American North Carolina Chapter (LFANC), 6-7:30pm, First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St, Durham. The monthly support group in Durham County will be hosting for those living with lupus, their family, and caregivers. The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month. There is no charge to attend the meeting, and drop-ins are welcome. Contact the LFANC at info@lupusnc.org or at 877.849.8271 ext. 1. For more information, visit www.lupusnc.org

Health Related The American Red Cross, Central North Carolina Chapter continues its need for blood donations. Take an hour of time to save a life. For Triangle locations and schedules: 1.800.448.3543 or www.givelife.org.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is a non-profit weight loss support program that welcomes all. Meetings are weekly throughout NC. First session is free. 919.621.3613 or www.tops.org.

Cary Rotary Clubs present the Memory Café, 4:30-6pm, Third Tuesday of each month, Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place, Cary. A fun, safe and welcoming place for guests with Alzheimer’s and/or dementia and their caregivers. Free and offers fellowship, dinner, music and dancing. Reservations are required. 919.233.0075

Pre-season Track & Field Clinics are open to athletes of all ages and abilities. The clinics include jumps, throws, springs, and distance running events on February 21 & 28. Registration is now open for a $10/month. For more information, visit FitandAble.net or email FitandAbleCoach@gmail.com

Cornucopia Cancer Support Center sponsors events and resources to support those journeying with cancer. www.cancersupport4u.org, or call 919.401.9333.

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Arts Access, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to make the arts accessible for people with disabilities, provides audio-described performances. For a listing of performances, dates, and information: www.artsaccessinc.org. Second Journey, an Aging in Community organization, features events for the second half of life. Watch their website for upcoming events, film series, and seminars. www.secondjourney.org.

Volunteers RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) of Durham County has opportunities for people

The Volunteer Center of Durham serves the Triangle area and works toward connecting volunteers with area non-profits. They offer a new online volunteer matching system called HandsOnTriangle. They represent over 700 non-profits and all their services are free. For a full list of their volunteer needs, and information: 919.613.5105 or www.handsontriangle.org. B!


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The Durham Garden Forum, meets in an informal group the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 6:308pm, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, to enrich gardening knowledge and skill. Local experts

The Newcomers Club of Raleigh invites all members and prospective members to their Welcome Coffees held the first Friday of the month except July at 10am. The coffees will be held at the Harrington Grove Swim and Racquet Club, 12201 New Leesville Blvd, Raleigh, 27613. To learn more about the organization’s diverse interest groups and events, go to our website at: www.newcomersclubraleigh.org.

55 years of age and over who are eager to use their skills to serve the area near them. RSVP staff interviews volunteers and match them to opportunities available through one of many local agencies registered with RSVP for recruitment assistance. Current volunteerism is needed in: Tax Preparers; Greeters; helping preserve history; delivering meals to shut-ins; Healthy Futures for older adults; providing hospitality for international visitors; consulting services to nonprofits; tutors for elementary students; working with young adults to pass the GED test; and a Hospital Auxiliary in the gift shop and more. To learn more about these or other opportunities, contact the RSVP agency in your county or go online to find an upcoming Volunteer Information Session. Durham Co RSVP 919.536.7247 or rsvpdurhamnc@durhamtech.edu.

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Red Cross Ball!

Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. North Ridge County Club, Raleigh North Carolina

Join us to celebrate 25 years of the best event in the Triangle and support the lifesaving services of the Triangle Red Cross for over 100 years.

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www.RedCross.org/TriangleBall Community support of the largest local Red Cross fundraiser of the year helps ensure that we can fulfill our mission of providing relief to families in crisis.

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