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✍ Hi Barbara: Just wanted to send you a thank you for featuring ArtBrake! in your April issue. We were very pleased! We tried to keep tabs on where folks heard about us and we had several visitors as a result of Boom! The weather was pretty bad but we did get folks from as far away as Wake Forest and that was because of Boom! I really enjoy reading your magazine and am a Boomer myself. We have made a small donation to Boom! for your efforts and kindness. Thank you so very much! ~ Linda M. Anderson www.artbrake.net Hi Barbara: I just read your article Welcome to N’awlins ~ Music, Culture and Food [Boom! March 2013. Find the article here, www.boomnc.com/featured-articles/ welcome-to-nawlins-music-cultureand-food/]. New Orleans is so much fun and the food never fails. There is so much culture in that little city that there’s always so much to take in. I feel that way about North Carolina as well. I have been living in this area for over seven years now and I still feel as though there’s so much to learn about it. ~ Lacey Washington Hello Greg: I can’t remember if I wrote you after attending the concert [101 Years of Broadway] or not (senior memory) but it was WONDERFUL!!! What marvelously talented performers. I took a neighbor whose husband had attended Louisburg College many years ago and we enjoyed it immensely. We even ran into someone I knew. Thank you again; your magazine is really helpful and interesting and I will continue to read it regularly. ~ Bonnie Pearson Editor’s Note: Bonnie won a pair of tickets to see 101 Years of Broadway at the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center at Louisburg College. She won them simply by subscribing to our monthly Boom! Blast e-newsletter. If you would like to receive the e-newsletter, email greg@boomnc. com and he will add you to our contact list.
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emple Theatre has teamed up with Heffron Talent International and The Comedy Zone to bring nationally touring standup comics to Sanford in its One Night Stands at the Temple series. The comedy series is on the first Tuesday of each month; doors open at 6pm for 7pm shows that feature some of the country’s best comedic talent. Single show tickets are $15. Teachers and military service members buy one/get one free. Shows are produced by Chris deLambert and Steven Harrington. June 4 ~ Headliner: Kevin Bozeman. Bozeman has appeared on Comedy Central’s Comics Come Home and Premium Blend, has opened for singer Aretha Franklin, and is a past winner of the HBO Comedy Competition. Opening Act: Michael Brown. Straight from “Tornado Alley” in Northeast Arkansas, Michael Brown has been bringing his dead-on impressions, hilarious observations and down home, southern sensibility to talk radio and comedy clubs for nearly two decades. July 2 ~ Headliner: Tim Kidd. Easily described as a monkey with ADHD who needs his Ritalin, Tim’s childlike exuberance and high-octane fueled stage presence delivers a fast paced record of his life from an exceptionally funny point of view. Opening Act: Jamie Morgan. Jamie has been touring comedy clubs all over the nation for the last four years and whether it’s his clever wit or his absolute frustration with ordinary situations he always leaves audiences wanting more. To view the rest of the lineup for the year and to obtain tickets can call 919.774.4155 or visit www.templeshows.com. Dishcrawl Through Downtown Raleigh. Good Food, Great People and Fun Times on June 11. Dishcrawl, a national start-up founded on the premise that communities can be brought together through amazing food and good company, is going to be in downtown Raleigh! There are tons of great restaurants throughout Raleigh but downtown has some of the best, local restaurants that one can find. This Dishcrawl will include four of those wonderful restaurants where you’ll be sure to taste some amazing food and have fun with some great people. WRAL.com went on a previous Dishcrawl and here is what Caitlin Zanga had to say: “The restaurant crawl was a lot of fun, and we met some great people. It was a great way to explore new restaurants and sample their food. We would highly recommend going to on a Dishcrawl tour in the future!” Reserve your tickets now! Reservations for June 11, 2013 will be available for $45 for purchase at dishcrawl.com/rdu. The Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic, one of the nation’s premier celebrity golf events, strives to raise money to help find a cure for cancer and change the fact that one in two men and one in three women in the U.S. will develop cancer in their lifetime. But they cannot do it alone; they need your help. The 20th annual Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic is scheduled for August 23 -25 at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh, and volunteers are needed in several key areas. One of his favorite concepts was that ordinary people, working together, are able to achieve extraordinary things. “Volunteers are what make this event so magical,” said Pam Valvano Strasser, wife of the late Jim Valvano. “I just love to meet all the amazing people at the volunteer party who make a difference and make this magnificent tournament possible. It is, by far, the best part of the weekend for me.” How to volunteer: Applications can either be submitted online or through the
mail. All volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Volunteer positions needing the most help are Marshals, Transportation and Standard Bearers. For questions regarding volunteering, please call 919.369.9061. Volunteers can sign up online at www. golfclassic.org or by sending an application to: JVCGC, 130 Edinburgh South Drive, Suite 102, Cary, NC 27511. The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame recently inducted its 2013 class. The 11 new members are Kelvin Bryant, Ron Francis, Wade Garrett, Bill Guthridge, Tommy Helms, Marion Kirby, Rich McGeorge, Hugh Morton (deceased), Bob Quincy (deceased), Marty Sheets and Mildred Southern. “The achievements of this year’s class of inductees enrich our state’s remarkable sports heritage, and they certainly earned the honor of joining the 289 men and women who have been previously enshrined,” said Dr. Janie Brown, president of the Hall. “This is our 50th class and we will have a program to celebrate this special time in our state’s sports history.” The permanent exhibit N.C. Sports Hall of Fame at the N.C. Museum of History features significant artifacts donated by the inductees. The museum is open Monday through Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday from noon to 5pm. Admission is free. Biographies of the members can be found at www.ncshof.org. The Oaks at Whitaker Glen was recently recognized as one of the The Healthiest Retirement Communities in North Carolina, and honored for providing “Retirement Living at its Healthiest™.” The whole list may be accessed at www. HealthyRCs.org. To receive this recognition, The Oaks at Whitaker Glen and the other communities on the list had to achieve a superlative HealthyScore in the following five areas: 1. Healthy Campus Amenities (Outdoor & Indoor Options) 2. Healthy Resident Activities (Physical, Social, Intellectual, Spiritual, and Cultural Options) 3. Healthy Resident Involvement (Resident-Led Clubs, Groups, & Committee Options) 4. Healthy Resident Dining (Venue & Entrée Options) 5. Healthy Resident Care (Health Facilities & Service Options) “The main characteristic that sets these communities apart is their comprehensiveness,” said J. Keesey Hayward, president of Senior Hospitality International. “On a single campus they combine the resort services and amenities of active retirement communities with the healthcare services and amenities of supportive retirement communities.” Residents are also participating in a campaign with Logan Trading Company in a national program called Plant a Row for the Hungry. Residents will also receive training on using new Samsung tablets for keeping all of their activity appointments and staying in touch with the world. To find out more about Whitaker Glen visit www.whitakerglen.com. Triangle J Council of Governments and Durham Community Advisory Committees for Adult Care Homes and Nursing Homes announced a new program for dementia patients. The approach is based on Music and Memory©, a project backed up with neuroscientific research showing that music often calms chaotic brain activity and enables the listener to regain a connection to others. They recently kicked off the program with a screening at Carolina Theatre of the documentary film Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory, a new, full-length documentary that shows the striking and significant power of music to “awaken” those with dementia and other cognitive impairments. For more information contact Marla Dorrel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Case of the Missing Recycle Bin Q. Without warning, my Recycle Bin disappeared. Do you have any idea where it went or how I can get it back? A. Computers do things like this periodically just to let us know who is really in charge. There are several things you can try to return your Recycle Bin to the Desktop: In Windows Vista and 7, click Start > Search and type in “recycle bin.” From the search results, click Show or Hide Common Icons on the Desktop. In the Desktop Icons section, place a check mark next to Recycle Bin, then Apply > OK. You will also note the option to Restore Default. In Windows XP, right click your Desktop and choose Properties > Desktop tab > Customize Desktop button. In the middle of the Desktop Items dialog box you will see several icons. Click the one for the Recycle Bin, then click the Restore Default button. Click OK and your Recycle Bin should be back to its full and upright position on the Desktop. If it isn’t, don’t abandon hope! Instead, right-click an empty area of your Taskbar. From the menu that appears, click Toolbars > Desktop. The word Desktop will then appear at the end of your Taskbar, with a double arrow beside it. Right-click the arrows and you will see an option for the Recycle Bin. Drag and drop that Recycle Bin item to your Desktop, which will resolve the problem. Q. I am using Windows 7 and cannot figure out how to change to single clicking. Can you help? A. To change settings so instead of having to double-click anything, you can single-click, in the Start > Search field type “folder options,” then click the
search result. In the Folder Options dialog box that appears, select “Single-Click to Open an Item (Point to Select)” from the Click Items as Follows section. Click the Apply > OK to save your changes and exit. Your mouse will now be happy to respond to your single-clicks instead of double-clicks. I would suggest saving these instructions should you decide that single-clicking is not for you. Many people try it but ultimately find it confusing because they are so accustomed to double-clicking certain items. But give it a try and see what you think. Q. My computer shows time in the 1:30 PM format. I prefer the military version of time, that being 13:30. How can I change that? I’m using Windows XP. A. To display military time, go to your Control Panel > Regional and Language Options > Customize button > Time tab and choose HH:mm:ss from the dropdown menu. Click Apply > OK to save and exit. Q. How can I change the default font in Word 2007? A. Open a new Word document, then click Font in the Font group and choose the font style and size that you want to use as your default. Click Default and a dialog box will open and ask if you want to make the change to all new documents based on the Normal template. You do, so click OK. Close then reopen Word and enjoy your new default font. Use Promo Code MODEM when entering your six-month subscription to Mr. Modem’s award-winning, weekly computer-help newsletter and receive a seventh month for free! Visit www.MrModem.com.
One Hundred Most Beautiful English Words Words are my life, tragic as that may be, but I was most impressed by the number of words on this list that were new to me. All words are mellifluous (which is also on the list) and roll off the tongue. The site, courtesy of LiteraryTourist. com, presents an excellent opportunity to improve one’s vocabulary, as well. http://bit.ly/1082tbn Twisted Sifter This is a picture-of-the-day site with a twist: Every day at 5pm (Eastern), the site posts the most stunning image encountered during that day. There are a number of navigation options: You can scroll down the page and click whatever images tickle your fancy, or you have the option of using the navigation strip at the top of the page with its various sections. You also have the option of checking out whatever is being featured in the rotating selection of featured articles. The only thing I would steer clear of are the links at the bottom of the pages of picture sets because they tend to link to other websites, some of which may be offensive and some of which are questionable at best. Stick with Twisted Sifter and you won’t go wrong. http://twistedsifter.com Pocket Calculator Show The ’70s and ’80s introduced the world to a variety of new consumer electronic products such as pocket calculators, the Walkman, boom boxes and other aural annoyances. This site celebrates those gadgets, so if you want to reminisce about the good old days or check out the primitive “high-tech” devices we once used; this site is a hoot. www.pocketcalculatorshow.com
What’s Your Quotation Quotient (QQ)? by Arlen Grossman, Senior Wire 1. “People want to know why I do this, why I write such gross stuff. I like to tell them I have the heart of a small boy…and I keep it in a jar on my desk.” A. George Will B. Stephen King C. Edgar Allan Poe 2. “Unfortunately these days, there is a hell of a lot that keeps me awake.” A. Leon Panetta B. Leon Russell C. Leon Trotsky 3. “Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age.” A. Kaiser Wilhelm II B. Victor Hugo C. Bruce Springsteen 4. “Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must
necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things.” A. Ron Paul B. Patty Duke C. Alexander Hamilton 5. “Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, Don’t give up the fight.” A. Muhammad Ali B. Bob Marley C. Yoko Ono 6. “The future ain’t what it used to be.” A. Yogi Berra B. H. G. Wells C. Jude Law 7. “Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.” A. Taylor Swift B. Tom Swift C. Jonathan Swift
8. “Of course I lie to people. But I lie altruistically— for our mutual good. The lie is the basic building block of good manners. That may seem mildly shocking to a moralist—but then what isn’t?” A. Quentin Crisp B. Oprah Winfrey C. Lance Armstrong 9. “Jesus was the first socialist, the first to seek a better life for mankind.” A. Rick Warren B. J. Edgar Hoover C. Mikhail Gorbachev 10. “It may be that the old astrologers had the truth exactly reversed, when they believed that the stars controlled the destinies of men. The time may come when men control the destinies of stars.” A. Arthur C. Clarke B. Casey Kasem C. Galileo Galilei
Answers: 1-B, 2-A , 3-B , 4-C , 5-B , 6-A , 7-C , 8-A , 9-C , 10-A Scoring: 10 – QQQQ = Quote-Master 8-9 – QQQ = Scholar 6-7 – QQ = Literate 4-5 – Q = Semi-Literate 0-3 – No Q = Quote-Dunce —————— BONUS QUOTE OF THE DAY: “As to the Seven Deadly Sins, I deplore Pride, Wrath, Lust, Envy, and Greed. Gluttony and Sloth I pretty much plan my day around.” - Robert Brault (Blaut is a free-lance writer from Connecticut.)
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wo hundred and twenty six years ago our founders met to debate and write a new constitution to replace the Articles of Confederation which were wholly inadequate in providing for the nations’ survival and effective operation. After more than two centuries, we are still having some of the same debates that were argued during the years after the Convention up to the Constitution’s ratification in 1791. The arguments for a stronger federal presence and diverse economy that were made by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay comprise the Federalist Papers. The opponents were adherents to Jefferson’s idea of an agrarian citizen led a Republic dominated by local and state elected officials with weak federal powers. The shifting roles and power between the federal and state governments has ebbed and flowed over the course of the last two centuries. As we enter the third century, the debate seems as alive as ever. Issues, with modern twists our founders could not have anticipated, have required every branch of our government to respond. Your view of these responses may depend on which side of the Federalist debate you identify with—Jefferson’s weak government and a strict interpretation of the Constitution or Hamilton’s strong federal government with a loose, adaptive interpretation. Judicial The Supreme Court in its five to four decision in Gore v Bush, 2000, in effect elected a president by denying Florida’s Supreme Court the right to determine the correct time frame and date the votes had to be recounted by and which votes were legitimate (hanging Chads). In my mind, a direct violation of the separation of powers. Cities and states have seen some of their efforts to pass their own gun control laws overturned by the Supreme Court (District of Columbia v Heller, 2008) and state laws now being passed in the wake of the Newtown tragedy are sure to be challenged. We are still debating the limitations of the Second Amendment but we are living in the world of modern technology with lethal weapons our founders could not envision an individual or a militia possessing—assault
weapons, large capacity magazines and laser-guided sights. Perhaps most egregious of all: in Citizens United v FEC, 2010, the court held that corporations have the same First Amendment right to free speech as an individual person. Wait a minute, you mean Exxon and Bank of America have the right to pour unlimited funds into an election for a candidate of their choice, thus vastly overriding my individual vote? The founders are flipping in their graves. Perhaps no other decision has raised the ire of both individual citizens and legal scholars who are denouncing the decision as one of the worst in the court’s history. To quote Justice Stevens in his 90 page dissenting report (joined by Ginsburg, Breyer and Sotomayer), the ruling, “threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the Nation. The path it has taken to reach its outcome will, I fear, do damage to this institution.” He wrote: “A democracy cannot function effectively when its constituent members believe laws are being bought and sold.” Exactly! So the question is, how do we enhance our democracy with a balance of powers when the judiciary oversteps its bounds by interfering with legislative laws AND executive elections? Legislative The House of Representatives has, at current count, voted three times to overturn the Affordable Care Act. The Act survived a Supreme Court challenge, not on the grounds that it should have been upheld, though. The Act should have delivered a nine to zero vote that the Act was constitutional on the grounds of the federal power to regulate commerce. Instead it was decided by Justice Roberts on the power to tax, thus narrowing the commerce clause—perhaps a bigger longterm problem that Congress will have to deal with in the future. Again, the choice is Jefferson’s right of the individual and the state versus the right of the federal government to control its largest budget cost and provide for the general welfare of the people. Libertarians, and some Conservatives, call it the Nanny State. The preamble to the Constitution refers to it as “Promote the general welfare.”
Recently our Senators failed to agree on a provision that has over 80 percent of the public’s support, a comprehensive background check for all gun purchases. It is a common sense approach to knowing who is attempting to buy a weapon and to control who receives them. Society needs some form of control over a deadly weapon. The vote was a failure, probably for a few reasons, but I believe mostly as another supposed infringement on a person’s Second Amendment right. So much for the 80 percent approval of the American voter. Perhaps this is an individual right the majority of Americans are willing to cede the government some control. As mentioned in last month’s column, the filibuster has been invoked by the Republican members of the Senate more than any time in history. This is a disgrace. There are so many federal judgeships and Circuit Court nominations that have not been voted on that our judiciary is seriously hampered serving the needs of justice. On top of that, there are federal cabinet and agency offices vacant. This is obstruction of both the executive and judicial branches. The filibuster is simply a Senate rule—it is not in the Constitution and perhaps it is time for it to be removed entirely or at least severely restricted. Executive The executive branch has been hampered by Congress in its efforts to implement laws already passed for financial regulation (Dodd-Frank) and health care (Affordable Care Act). Proposed immigration reforms, dealing with long-term budget deficits and economic stimulus in the face of the Great Recession, have all been held captive to partisan interests, thus preventing the progress American’s deserve. Congress has prevented President Obama from closing Guantanamo because of their refusal to transfer captives to federal maximum security prisons and granting captives the right to face a trial in a federal court. This is a denial of a fundamental human right, to know the charges against you and trial by an impartial jury. Do Americans really believe in holding people forever without presentation of charges and granting a trial?
Congressional Republicans have refused to vote on Obama’s selection for the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and he was forced to make a recess appointment. These protections for all Americans came out of the excesses causing our near economic collapse in 2008. I simply do not understand the refusal to move forward. A longstanding issue between the executive and legislative branches of government, 1973’s War Powers Act, is the use of the executive privilege to wage war. Obama and past presidents have ignored the law requiring Congressional approval after 60 days. We saw this most recently in Libya. I wonder what Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Hamilton would have to say about this denial of approval and the current use of predator drone strikes against foreign citizens? Congress, however, has not shirked its duty to oversee the executive as we have seen hearings on the fast and furious gun tracking fiasco, misleading information about Benghazi and now the IRS treatment of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. What are they doing up there in the White House? Sounds to me like President Obama better get a little more hands-on with his administration. Thus we can see that our federal division of powers has some uphill work to do to restore the balance the founders envisioned. An activist judiciary, a dysfunctional, ineffective Congress hampered by partisanship and its own rules and an executive branch that is unable to move forward items as basic as a budget. The executive branch appears to be weak with domestic issues and too powerful in the exercise of hostilities. We can take heart however. This is the 40th anniversary of the Watergate scandal and the balance of power our founders wisely gave us worked in that crisis to restore political accountability and stability. Next month this column will address campaign finance reform. Comment online at BoomNC.com .
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Breast Cancer Screening
Benefits of mammography include early detection of a cancer while potential harms include over-diagnosis, false positive results, unnecessary procedures such as biopsies and increased health care costs. Early detection of breast cancer can mean less invasive therapy. Cherie Kuzmiak, DO, chief of the UNC Department of Radiology’s breast imaging division explains, “Mammography is the only non-invasive reproducible screening test for breast cancer.” Current USPSTF guidelines recommend biennial screening mammography for women ages 50-74, and add that the decision to start regular biennial screening mammography before the age of 50 years should be an individual one. The American Cancer Society (ACS) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) and other organizations recommend yearly mammograms starting at age 40. Dr. Kuzmiak says, “There are several compelling arguments behind the ACS and ACR recommendations for annual screening beginning at age 40. The evidence shows that mammography for women of all ages is a major factor in the 30 percent decrease in the death rates from advanced breast cancer since 1990.” Most national groups, including the USPSTF, agree that breast self-exam or clinical breast exam alone are not
Equally contentious is the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test. The PSA test measures the blood level of PSA, a protein that is produced by the prostate gland. The higher a man’s PSA level, the more likely it is that he has prostate cancer. However, there are additional reasons for having an elevated PSA level, and some men who have prostate cancer do not have elevated PSA. “It can be hard for men to determine how and when they should get screened,” says Matthew Nielsen, MD, UNC assistant professor of urologic oncology. “In 2012, the USPSTF gave PSA testing a “D” grade, based on some evidence that the harms—issues such as overtreatment—may outweigh the benefits,” he says. “The evidence also supports benefits in terms of reducing the number of men suffering from advanced and metastatic disease, however these benefits are not explicitly discussed in the Task Force’s recommendation.” Dr. Nielsen points out that 20 years ago, 20 percent of men diagnosed with prostate cancer had metastatic disease. Now only four percent have cancer that has already spread at the time of diagnosis. The American Urological Association released new guidelines at their May 2013 meeting: 1) Men under 40 should not get PSA tests; 2) Men ages 40 to 50 should not be routinely screened, if they are at average risk for the disease. Those at higher risk— such as African-American men and those with a family history of prostate cancer— should talk it over with their doctors; and 3) For men ages 55 to 69, the AUA panel recommends a shared decision by doctors and patient about the test. Once testing begins, the panel says it should be given every two years, rather than annually. Dr. Nielsen says, “The new AUA guidelines make explicit recommendations for contexts informed by the highest level of evidence, randomized trials; however there are data supporting screening in men under 55 from other studies, and the guidelines acknowledge that there is uncertainty regarding potential benefits in a broader group of men.”
Colon Cancer Screening
Screening for this cancer takes several forms: fecal occult blood test (a test to detect blood in a fecal sample), sigmoidoscopy (a flexible lighted tube enables the doctor to see only the sigmoid colon, whereas colonoscopy allows the doctor to see the entire colon. The USPSTF recommends that screening begin at age 50 and continue to age 75. They do not recommend routine colon cancer screening in adults ages 75-86, but note that there may be considerations that support screening in an individual patient. They do not recommend screening in adults ages 86 and older. Robert Sandler, MD, MPH, explains that there are a number of reasons why patients don’t follow screening guidelines. “Some patients lack insurance or the financial resources to afford screening tests. Sometimes it is inertia—people don’t get around to it. Primary care providers have a crowded agenda and sometimes don’t remind people. Finally, there are a lot of choices about how to be screened and sometimes choice is paralyzing.” Dr. Sandler, the Sessions Distinguished Professor and Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at UNC, notes that fecal tests are low tech, but have been shown to work. “In this country, we don’t use flexible sigmoidoscopy often and colonoscopy requires sedation and can be inconvenient. “High-risk patients are very different,” he continues. “With a parent or sibling with colorectal cancer you should start screening at age 40 or even earlier if your relative was diagnosed early in life.” Dr. Sandler runs a collaborative high-risk clinic with the UNC clinical cancer genetics program. “In this clinic we take a family history and make individual screening recommendations.” Lung Cancer Screening
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for men and women in the United States. One factor leading to the high mortality is that a majority of lung cancers are not discovered until the disease has progressed. By the time lung cancer is diagnosed, the disease has already spread outside the lung in 15 to 30 percent of cases. Therefore, researchers continued on page 12
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Drs. Nielsen and Pignone agree that doctors and patients should make decisions together.
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it is very challenging for the pathologist to be able to say, ‘This is an adenocarcinoma or this is a patient who has an adenocarcinoma with a specific genetic mutation.’ At the present time, this is very important information,” says Rivera. Cervical Cancer Screening
Dr. Wanda Nicholson, UNC associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, who also serves on the USPSTF, offers these recommendations for cervical cancer screening. “Pap smears should be performed every three years for women ages 21 to 65 and less frequently for women ages 30 to 65. Those older women who opt for less frequent screening may choose the combination of a Pap smear and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing every five years. “Women under the age of 21 should not be screened. Women ages 65 and older, who have had adequate prior screenings and are not at high risk, should not be screened nor should women who have had a hysterectomy. “About half of women diagnosed with cervical cancer have never had a Pap smear or have not been adequately screened. Therefore, it is important for clinicians and health care systems to get women into screenings who have never been screened, or who have not been screened in the last Dr. Pignone explains, “The National five years.” Lung Cancer Screening Trial results suggested that spiral CT could reduce the Making Informed Decisions about Screening chance of dying fairly substantially, so the Dr. Pignone suggests that patients review next step is for entities such as the USPSTF cancer-screening summaries from organizato look at the evidence now and make rec- tions such as the National Cancer Institute ommendations about that. They’ve not and the American Cancer Society. “Patients issued a recommendation about lung cancer should follow good, basic medical consumer screening yet. That will come in the next rules: ask more questions, make sure they year.” Professional groups such as the ACS understand the benefits and risks, and talk and the American College of Chest Physi- with their doctor about the implications of cians recommend that patients between the any kind of testing being proposed. “Decision aids are a good tool for getting ages of 55 to 74 with more than 30 years of more informed and can help patients realissmoking or former smokers, quit with the tically assess the likely outcomes of screenpast 15 years, talk with their doctors about ing, hopefully leading to better decision spiral CT screening. Dr. M. Patricia Rivera, UNC associ- outcomes. A good source for excellent deciate professor of pulmonary and critical sion aids is the Informed Medical Decisions care medicine, has spent the last decade Foundation.” Note: Dr. Pignone received researching screening methods for early grant support from this foundation. detection of lung cancer. She believes that technologies to detect lung cancer are Useful Websites improving, but the ability of the patholo- National Cancer Institute: cancer.gov gist to make accurate diagnoses based on American Cancer Society: cancer.org samples provided will play a critical role Informed Medical Decisions Foundation: informedmedicaldecisions.org in improving screening results. “We’re developing technologies that Dianne Shaw is deputy director of communications at will allow us to do less invasive diagnostic the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. procedures such as endobronchial ultra- For more information visit www.nccancerhospital.org. sound. Lymph node biopsies allow us to Comment online at BoomNC.com . take tiny samples and make diagnoses, but © MONKEYBUSINESS | DREAMSTIME.COM
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“Glucosamine and chondroitin perform an important job in the human body,” explains Mark Wood, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon with Wake Orthopaedics. “They are basically the building blocks that stimulate the formation and repair of cartilage. Cartilage is the lining that acts as a cushion between the bones in a person’s joint. While the glucosamine aids in the creation and repair of cartilage, chondroitin gives the cartilage its elasticity, absorbs fluid into the connective tissue, and prevents degradation. But as a person ages, the body’s cartilage deteriorates due to natural wear and tear, and that often leads to a form of arthritis called osteoarthritis. An estimated 27 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis.” The symptoms of osteoarthritis include painful inflammation, swelling and stiffness, as well as a loss of flexibility. Eventually, if the cartilage between the joints wears down completely, patients may be
left with bone rubbing on bone. X-rays and blood tests can be used to determine if a person has osteoarthritis and how severe it is. Unfortunately, there is no cure for the condition, but some patients have found relief in man-made nutritional supplements that combine glucosamine and chondroitin. Do the Supplements Work? “That’s a good
question, and the answer is, it depends upon the patient,” says Dr. Wood. “I have some patients who have tried these overthe-counter supplements, and they’ve experienced significant pain relief. Meanwhile, there are others who’ve used them with minimal effect. To be honest, we just don’t know because, unlike prescription medicines, nutritional supplements are not tested by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); therefore, their medicinal claims haven’t been proven. And since different supplement brands use different types and amounts of ingredients, consumers don’t have any guarantees about what’s in them.” Dr. Wood goes on to say that, while research hasn’t produced any concrete answers as to the effectiveness of glucosamine and chondroitin, there are only a few reasons to be cautious about trying the supplements. “Since glucosamine can be made from the animal products and shells of shrimp, crab, and other shellfish, people who have food allergies and hypersensitivities may have an allergic reaction to products,” he explains. “Also, some diabetic patients who have tried these supplements have seen an increase in their blood sugar. There are GI side effects reported too, but overall, these products seem to be safe for the majority of people. When discussing supplements with my patients, I encourage them to buy four to six weeks’ worth and see what kind of results they get. There is little down-side while there is a potential to decrease their pain.”
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Both ice and heat can be beneficial in treating an injury at different times. But determining which one to use can prove quite confusing. Following are top-line guidelines: • Ice is generally used after an initial injury to help prevent inflammation, swelling and pain. It can also be used to treat a “flare up” of and older injury following physical activity. Ice cools the injured muscle and tissue by limiting blood flow and provides a direct numbing effect to sensitive nerves.
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that can positively influence a person’s predisposition to the disease. “Heavier patients tend to have more osteoarthritic pain,” says Dr. Wood. “Simply losing a small amount of weight can enable a person to be exponentially more flexible and live a more mobile lifestyle. For every pound lost, the net effect is four to eight less pounds of pressure off the knees.” Dr. Wood points out that in addition to glucosamine and chondroitin, there are alternative pain relievers doctors frequently prescribe to help patients manage joint pain and swelling: • Acetaminophen (example: Tylenol): While this drug does relieve pain, it has minimal effect on reducing joint inflammation. • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (example: Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve): NSAIDs reduce inflammation and relieve pain. • Narcotics: These types of prescription medication typically contain ingredients similar to codeine and may provide relief from more severe osteoarthritis pain. There are other options for dealing with joint pain. If you’ve tried the more conservative methods and they haven’t provided adequate relief, you and your doctor may choose to discuss more invasive procedures like cortisone shots or even joint replacement. But in the meantime, there are measures you can take to improve your health and reduce your joint pain: • Know when to say when: Get adequate rest (12-24 hours) when you are experiencing joint pain. • Exercise, but choose low-impact activities like walking or swimming. The pounding and jarring of some activities can cause joint damage and increase pain and inflammation. Light weight lifting can help strengthen the muscles and bones, but check with your doctor prior to beginning. • Incorporate fish into your diet. Fish like salmon or mackerel that are high in omega-3 fatty acids may help keep your joints healthy and reduce inflammation. Or try fish oil supplements. • Eat a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D. These nutrients, which can be found in milk and leafy green vegetables, help build bone strength, which reduces your chance for falls and broken bones.
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Q. I am confused about fish oil. There are so many different products out there… can you help me with specific information? A. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil are commonly used for heart health. Fish oil can be found over-the-counter, but there is also a prescription fish oil product, which is used for high triglycerides, a type of fat in your blood. When picking a fish oil supplement, there are several things to keep in mind. First of all, you need to read the label on the back of the bottle to see how much EPa and Dha (omega-3 fatty acids) it contains. This is tricky because the front of the bottle might say it contains 1,000mg of fish oil, but what you are really interested in is the total amount of EPa plus Dha. For general heart health you need 1,000mg of EPa plus Dha daily, but for lowering triglycerides you need 3,000-4,000mg of EPa plus Dha daily. Since each fish oil supplement usually contains 200-400mg of EPa plus Dha, you could end up requiring quite a few fish oil capsules. Fish oil is fairly well-tolerated, but can cause some side effects. Some people experience a fishy after-taste or “fishy burp.” Freezing the fish oil supplements might help with this fishy taste (however do NOT freeze the prescription fish oil product). Fish oil can also cause nausea, but this can be minimized by gradually increasing the dose when you start taking the fish oil or by taking it at night. Normally, fish oil capsules will have a fishy odor, but if this odor is strong or it smells rancid it might be a sign that the product has spoiled and needs to be thrown away. Additionally, fish oil might not be appropriate if you are taking a blood thinner, such as warfarin, because fish oil may increase the risk of bleeding. Lastly, avoid fish oil if you have previously had an allergic reaction to fish. The prescription fish oil product differs in several ways from the over-the-counter products. The prescription product is more concentrated with EPa and Dha so you will not need to take as many capsules. Some fish oil supplements may contain mercury, which at high levels may be harmful to the body. While purity of fish oil supplements is generally good, the prescription product is even more pure. If you are concerned about the purity of the over-the-counter products consider buying one that has a USP symbol on the label, which means that it has been tested and has levels of mercury below the acceptable safe limit or one that is labeled “mercury-free.” You may have also heard about krill oil which is available over-the-counter. Krill are small crustaceans similar to shrimp. Like fish oil, krill oil contains omega-3 fatty acids. Each krill oil capsule usually contains less EPa and Dha than a typical fish oil capsule, so it is important to read the back of the bottle. Also, there is some evidence that the omega-3 fatty acids in krill oil may be better absorbed by the body than those in fish oil. However, unlike fish oil there is little evidence on the use of krill oil for heart health. Therefore, if you want the benefits of omega-3s, it is a good idea to start with fish oil. If you cannot tolerate fish oil, then krill oil is an option. Michelle Adams is a pharmacy student, and Gretchen Jenkins is a PharmD, both with Kerr Drugs, www.kerrdrug.com. Comment online at BoomNC.com .
What’s the Deal With Gluten? by JUmOkE LaDaPO, MD
luten-free products are getting lots of attention lately, and more and more gluten-free products are popping up on store shelves. Is glutenfree eating a fad diet or is there more to this gluten-free trend? Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). It is found mainly in foods but may be in other products like medicines, vitamins and supplements, lip balm, and even the glue on stamps and envelopes. Is gluten bad for you? For most people, not necessarily. But for people with Celiac Disease, gluten can be dangerous. Celiac Disease is an immune disease in which people can’t eat gluten because it triggers a serious autoimmune response in the digestive system, can damage the small intestine and keep it from absorbing nutrients. The disease affects each person in different ways. Symptoms may occur in the digestive system, or in other parts of the body. One person might have diarrhea and abdominal pain, while another person may be irritable or depressed. Irritability is one of the most common symptoms in children. Some people have no symptoms. Blood tests can help your doctor diagnose the disease. Your doctor may also need to examine a small piece of tissue from your small intestine. Treatment is a diet free of gluten. Eating Gluten-Free If you are gluten intolerant or just want to give gluten-free eating a try, check out these gluten-free tips and foods. Eating From Home When starting a gluten-free diet don’t automatically run to the store in search of gluten-free products. Take a look at the food in your home. Many items may already be gluten-free. Plan your meals and snacks in advance.
Make a shopping list to help you stay focused on gluten-free foods. Think about how to prepare the food ahead of time to avoid contaminating your food with gluten, especially if other members of your household eat foods that contain gluten. Eating Out
• Visit a restaurant’s website to review the menu; you may find a gluten-free section. • Call the restaurant manager or chef to ask about preparing gluten-free options. • Identify yourself to the waitstaff as a person who cannot eat gluten. • Ask about ingredients and how the food is prepared. Gluten-Free Foods More and more brands are hitting the shelves with glutenfree products, but remember that there are lots of naturally gluten-free foods too. • Dark leafy greens and crunchy vegetables: artichokes, peas, sweet corn, potatoes, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, carrots, broccoli, turnip greens, green beans • Gluten-free grains and flours: amaranth, brown rice, or buckwheat • Legumes: lentils, beans, pinto, garbonzo/ chick peas, kidney, navy, white, or soy • Seeds and nuts: flax seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds with skins, pecans, pumpkin, walnuts, pistachio, hazelnut • Oranges, grapefruit, apples, bananas • Fresh berries with skins and seeds: blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries • Fresh beef, pork, poultry, fish and eggs Having the support of friends and family members may help as you adjust to your new eating habits. And, as always, consult your doctor before making major changes to your diet. Dr.Jumoke Ladapo works at Lillington Medical Services, which is part of Harnett Health. For more information visit http://myharnetthealth.org/ lillingtonmedicalservices.
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ou may not even think about protecting your hearing until you notice that some damage has already been done. Studies now indicate that hearing loss among American adults is more common than previously thought. In fact, it is now estimated that as many as one out of ten Americans are experiencing some level of hearing loss. Experts are recommending that young adults get their hearing checked in addition to taking precautions to protect their hearing. Smoking, noise exposure and cardiovascular risks are just some reasons why people as young as 20 may be losing their hearing. For many people, hearing loss is so gradual that we often don’t realize how much it’s affecting our lives. You may think you’re getting along just fine but that may only be because others are helping you compensate for not being able to hear well. Did you know the average person waits approximately seven years before doing anything regarding their hearing loss? Most probably haven’t heard sounds such as ‘s’ or ‘sh’ for years. You may have even had a few arguments or hurt feelings because you were unaware that you missed crucial pieces of conversations. Just as hearing loss is unique for each individual, so are the laser-customized fit and programmable features of today’s discreet hearing aids. That’s why it’s important to consult a qualified audiologist. “My newer patients are amazed by the current breakthrough technology, such as Passion or the new Mind, that is comfortable, customizable and enables people to hear very realistically,” said Dr Susan Marshall, audiologist. Even if you aren’t experiencing hearing loss now, there are steps you should take to protect your hearing every single day. First and foremost is to avoid or at least limit exposure to noise when you can. Hearing damage is often cumulative. Remember that, in general, if you must shout to be heard three feet away, the noise level is high enough to cause damage. Other tips include: 1. Don’t stuff cotton or tissue in your ears. They aren’t very effective at reducing noise levels. Instead, wear well-fitting personal hearing protection such as ear plugs if exposure to loud noise is unavoidable. Remember that every day noise caused by lawn mowers, power tools, stereos, etc. may be loud enough to damage your hearing. 2. Move as far away from the source of loud noise as possible. By doubling the distance between you and the source, you can reduce the sound level by about one fourth. 3. Give your ears a 24-hour rest after exposure to dangerous levels of noise. 4. Get ear infections treated right away. 5. Wear protective equipment like bike helmets and seat belts to avoid head injuries. 6. Do not insert foreign objects in your ears such as toothpicks, hairpins, etc. in attempts to clean the ears. This may damage the lining of the ear canal or worse rupture your eardrum, which will certainly result in pain and some degree of hearing loss.
Here’s a quiz to determine if you have any of the nine classic signs of hearing loss: • Do I hear sound but have trouble understanding words? • Do I have difficulty hearing the soft-sounding voices of women or children? • Is it difficult to hear and understand others in public places such as restaurants, stores, theatres or any place where there is background noise? • Do others complain that the volume is too loud while I’m watching TV or listening to the radio? • Do I find myself asking people to repeat themselves? • Do people seem to mumble? • Do family members or friends get annoyed by my hearing difficulties? • Do I have a problem hearing while speaking on the telephone or cell phone? • At the end of the day, do I feel tired from straining to hear? If any of these apply to your hearing situation, you
need to have your hearing evaluated. The quick test questions are among the most common signs of hearing difficulties that could have started earlier on in your life. Only an experienced Hearing Healthcare Professional will know for sure if you should do something about your hearing loss. Here is how your hearing loss might be classified: • Mild hearing loss: you can’t hear soft sounds, and you have trouble understanding speech in noisy environments. • Moderate hearing loss: you can’t hear soft and moderately loud sounds, and have considerable trouble understanding speech especially in noisy environments. • Severe hearing loss: you can hear louder sounds but it is extremely difficult for you to communicate without a hearing aid. • Profound hearing loss (this loss involves the smallest percentage of patients): you can hear some extremely loud noises but it is essentially impossible for you to communicate without a hearing aid. The bottom line is that hearing loss affects people of all ages. And today, the technology has now advanced so you can hear better, feel comfortable and be discreet about it. By far, the smartest hearing aid available—the automatic one that seems to have its own ‘brain’– is the new Mind technology that brings the power of a computer to your hearing. Mind hearing instruments offer
High Definition Clarity, and they can actually talk to you in your choice of 22 major languages to prompt you to do things like change your batteries or switch from the music program you’ve been using to enjoy a concert to the normal mode once you’ve walked back to the parking lot. For the ultimate in discretion, tiny Passion hearing instruments are so small that they are virtually invisible when worn. Passion is the hearing aid that offers no compromise between performance and size. Old-fashioned hearing aids just can’t give you the crisp, clear sound available with today’s advanced hearing technology. You don’t just need to hear well in a quiet room. From listening to your favorite television or radio programs, to trying to have a conversation in a restaurant, to important business conversations to a grandchild speaking your name for the first time, to chimes of the microwave, to a telephone conversation, you need to hear in a variety of settings. Mind helps you to transition smoothly and quickly from one listening environment to another. Even more unique: its patented, one-of-a-kind Zen Program can help you relax. When you need a peaceful moment, simply activate Zen to unwind to soothing, harmonic tones and chimes. This feature has never been available before in any hearing instrument. Audiologists all across the country are also excited about the arrival of the new CLEAR hearing aids. Using breakthrough digital wireless technology, these hearing aids communicate with one another to transmit sound to create the seamlessness of more natural hearing, with high definition clarity. They believe their patients will be more willing to wear these hearing aids because they come in a range of models and colors, fit comfortably, and automatically adjust to help wearers hear and understand better when going from one sound environment to another. CLEAR also comes with a range of unique features so wearers can match their hearing aids to their particular needs. The Phone Okys feature enables wearers to hold a phone up to one ear and hear the conversation clearly in both ears. This is an enormous help to anyone who has difficulty communicating on the phone. The FreeFocus feature answers the challenge of someone hearing from different directions without having to turn their head. And, if a wearer is one of the 50 million Americans who suffer from the ringing in the ears known as tinnitus, CLEAR has a unique feature called the Zen Program that shows tremendous promise as a sound therapy tool for tinnitus relief. These breakthroughs couldn’t come at a better time. When it comes to hearing better, you want an instrument that, like the human mind, is incredibly smart, works incredibly fast, manages many situations, and helps you go about your daily business. Know your options and choose one that has the most potential to let you start hearing clearly again. Ellen Finkelstein is in the public relations department for Widex, www.widexusa.com.
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How to Prevent Bank Account theft by TEREsa AmbORD, Senior Wire
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Here are some highlights from a recent NBC News report on password security. Thieves run massive computergenerated programs, looking for passwords. Once they crack one of your passwords they try to use it to discover inroads to your other accounts, including banks and credit cards, and even social accounts like dating websites. Many people use the same passwords again and again, or the same password with a minor variation, which is what I did. NBC says the three most commonly used passwords, in order, are: Password. 123456. Let me in. Obviously if you are using any of these, change them immediately. The NBC report went on to tell of a technology specialist who had his e-mail account hacked. His password was 19 characters long, yet it was not safe enough. He recommends using multiple layers of ID authentication. In other words, when a site you visit, like your bank, asks you to answer security questions such as “What was the name of your first pet?” or “What was your high school mascot?” don’t bypass these, use them in multiples. When you provide answers to the security questions, don’t tell the truth. True answers are easier for you to remember, but if they can be discovered, some patient thief may crack your code. Instead of answering correctly, make up unlikely answers (just be sure to record your answers in a journal only you can access). Finally the specialist advises, change your passwords every 60 to 90 days. Eagen Financial Assistance #1r
hat’ll be $63,” said the cashier with a smile. I swiped my debit card, entered my ID, and a moment later, the cashier’s smile vanished. “Your card has been declined,” she said. “Let me try again.” It was common for me to mess up my PIN, so I re-entered it. “Sorry,” said the cashier, but she didn’t sound sorry. She sounded scornful. “The computer says your account doesn’t have enough funds to cover this,” she said, as though she was talking to a deadbeat. Normally I wouldn’t have tolerated such an attitude, but suddenly I was scared. Just hours earlier, I’d checked my bank balance and knew there should be $2,600 in the account, and nobody else had access. At least… nobody had legal access. I knew it was possible for thieves to hack into a bank account and clean it out. Either there was a bank error, or I’d been robbed. I rushed out of the store, leaving the snotty cashier to put away my groceries herself. Ten minutes later, I was in front of my computer, my hands shaking as I tried to log onto my bank. After a few tries, I finally got in and there it was… not only was my money gone, but I was overdrawn. Digging a little further, I saw there were three large, unauthorized withdrawals, and beside each one, a notation showing the withdrawals were made by someone with an Asian name, someone I didn’t know. To make it worse, when the money was gone, the thieves kept trying to take more, creating non-sufficient funds charges in the amount of $200.
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1. As I said, I used similar—though not identical—passwords for different accounts. I thought a minor variation would be good enough. In fact, I’d heard a news report which said changing from small letters to capital letters alone would make it much harder for thieves to capture similar passwords. I relied on this information, to my detriment. 2. To make it worse, my e-mail password was similar to the password of an account which connected indirectly to my bank, PayPal, and through PayPal, a credit card. 3. A few days earlier, my e-mail password had been hacked, and though I was annoyed, I failed to realize the seriousness of the situation. I quickly changed my Could this Happen to You? e-mail passwords and restored my access, Sorry to say, it very well could. I’m a former but if I’d understood how serious it was to accountant, educated and experienced in have thieves in my e-mail, I would have detecting fraud. Plus my son the computer done more, sooner. 4/24/10 4:54 PM Page 1
1. I immediately called my bank, PayPal and my credit card issuers. All accounts were closed or frozen and the cards reissued. 2. I changed all passwords and made them unique and complex. (See sidebar.) 3. When websites gave me the opportunity to choose security questions, I used several, and gave them fake answers (which I keep a discreet list of). 4. Even though I believe the computer I was using at the time of the theft is now secure, I have never again used it to log onto my bank or credit card. I use another computer which has higher security and has never been hacked. And I never, never, never access sensitive accounts away from home. If I need information, I call on the phone. The good news is, my bank and PayPal restored every penny within a few days and the bank removed the overdraft charges. They were enormously helpful (they told me they see this happen at least once a week). In the end, other than temporarily shattered nerves and a serious case of paranoia, I lost nothing. Note: I want it understood, PayPal was not at fault. I have used them for years and am using them again now, without problems. The fault was mine, for having improper passwords. To their credit, when thieves began requesting bogus withdrawals from my account, PayPal did as they had promised to do, which is send me e-mails notifying me of the requests and asking me to halt them if they were not real. Unfortunately because thieves had broken into my e-mail account, they had diverted those warnings, and I never got the warnings.
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n our year-long “Economics 101” series, we’ve reviewed basic economic concepts and the central bank of the United States, the Federal Reserve. This month, we’ll examine the aggressive and controversial actions taken by the Fed in response to the “Great Recession” of 2007-2008. Previous articles in this series are available on the www.boomnc.com website, where you can also find our prior “101” series on Estate Planning, Tax Planning, Financial Planning, and Investment Management. Quantitative Easing Normally, when the
Fed engages in “open-market operations” it buys or sells short-term Treasury securities. However, the “Quantitative Easing” (QE) strategies the Fed began in 2008 and are still continuing today are on a wholly different level in size and scope. The Fed moved beyond just Treasury securities, focused on long-term vs. short-term maturities, and did this on a previously unimaginable scale. Think of QE as openmarket operations on steroids. QE1 began in November, 2008 with the Fed buying $600 billion of mortgagebacked securities, as opposed to the traditional Treasury securities. Remember, when the Fed buys securities, this has the twin effects of increasing the money supply and lowering interest rates. In November, 2010, the Fed announced QE2, which involved buying $600 billion of Treasury securities. In the fall of 2011, QE2 was supplemented by “Operation Twist,” the buying of $400 billion of longer maturity Treasury bonds along with the selling of shorter maturity bonds. This was designed to drive down long-term rates and boost the economy by attracting more investment dollars to longer-term “risk” assets. QE3 arrived in September, 2012, with an open-end commitment to buy $40 billion of mortgage-backed securities each month. Finally, in December, 2012 the Fed announced an indefinite extension of the Operation Twist strategy, bringing the monthly purchasing of long-dated Treasuries up to $85 billion a month. The Fed also announced their intention of sticking with this strategy until the unemployment rate was below 6.5 percent or the inflation rate rose above 2.5 percent. The result of all of this has been a huge
increase in our nation’s monetary base, which is currency plus bank reserves. Economists are divided on whether or how much the Fed’s actions have helped. While markets have certainly improved, by many measures the economy is still just limping along—of course, we are limping much better than Europe is limping. Driving down interest rates has had many impacts: • Low rates benefit the government by reducing the interest on government bonds • Low rates encourage consumption—a potential spur to the economy • Low rates reduce the incentive to save • Low rates attract money to riskier assets, such as lower-quality corporate bonds and the stock market • Low rates help debtors—it is a great time to refinance your mortgage • Low rates hurt traditional savers— yields on CDs and money market funds are near-zero • Low rates hurt the elderly, as they are the ones most likely to keep their money in bank accounts. The fear among many investors and economists is that the unprecedented actions by the Fed (and other global central banks) and the huge increase in the money supply will ignite an inflationary spiral that will be difficult to contain. However, the reluctance of both individuals and corporations to borrow and use this newly created money, along with the stubbornly high unemployment rate and lukewarm economy, suggest that inflationary concerns, while real, remain premature. Within the Fed itself, there is a continuing debate about when and how to exit from their aggressive strategies. If they turn off the spigot of easy money too soon, either by raising rates or halting their bond buying, the economy might slip back into recession. However, if they wait too long to withdraw the massive liquidity on bank balance sheets, the Fed risks a sharp acceleration in the money supply and higher than desired inflation. As investors, we can only hope the Fed is able to mimic Goldilocks when she discovered the porridge of the three bears. One bowl was too hot and the second too cold, but the third was just right. Comment online at BoomNC.com .
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eginning in 2013, taxpayers claiming a home office deduction on their tax returns can choose between the traditional method of determining the deduction and a new simplified method. Which is better, and how do you decide?
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22 First of all, under either calculation, a home office must be used “exclusively and on a regular basis” as the principal place of business for any trade or business or as a place to meet clients or customers in the normal course of a trade or business. In addition, under both methods you need to determine the square footage of the space allocated to the home office. Traditional Method Under the traditional method, you complete IRS Form 8829 to
calculate your home office deduction. First, you must know the percentage of the total square footage of the home that the home office represents. So, if you have a 10 foot x 12 foot office, that’s 120 square feet. If your home has a total of 2,400 square feet, then the home office space equals 5.0 percent of your home. Next, you add up various costs of maintaining the home and multiply them by this percentage. These costs include utilities, repairs, and insurance. You also must multiply your home mortgage interest and property tax by this same percent and report the business portion on Form 8829. Finally, you also calculate depreciation on the home and multiply the total depreciation by this percentage. Even after calculating the home office deduction, you may not be able to actually use all of it, since it is limited to the income from the business minus regular (non-home office) expenses. However, if it cannot be used in a given year, it is carried forward to the next year. Simplified Method With the simplified method you multiply the square footage of your home office by $5, subject to
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really love my job. I like getting out and meeting new people. I like seeing the relief in their eyes that tells me they have one less thing to worry about. Most of all, I like helping folks prepare for the one eventuality that we all will ultimately face: death. No, I’m not a physician. I’m a lawyer. What I don’t like about my job is getting inquiries that begin with, “My father/ mother has Alzheimer’s; we need to get a power of attorney and a will for him/her. You make house calls. Can you help us?” My answer is usually, “No, I can’t. Sorry.” These are heartbreaking conversations, the ones that make me wish I could take out a full-page ad in the local paper that says, “Get your Legal Documents Prepared BEFORE You Need Them!” Because once you or your mother or father need them, it’s usually too late. You can’t just get a Power of Attorney for another person; that person has to give it to you. And to give the power to you, that person must have the mental capacity to do so. To validly sign a legal document requires that a person be of “sound mind” and have
the capacity to understand the nature and consequences of the document he is signing. It is a disqualifying circumstance if a person who is signing a legal document is so elderly or ill that he appears to be unaware of what is occurring, and/or if someone else is obviously coercing him to sign. The legalities of signing a will are a bit more complicated. As well as being of sound mind and understanding of the document he is signing, a person must also know the nature and extent of his property and who are the natural objects of this bounty, IOW, what does he own that he can bequeath to someone, and who would that someone—or several people—normally be? So, when the phone conversation includes the mention of “dementia” or “Alzheimer’s” my heart sinks as I answer, “I’m so sorry. It may be too late to do what you want.” There are certain exceptions, of course. Even persons with dementia have lucid intervals when they may have the legal capacity to execute documents. But why take a risk with something as important as this? It is imperative that the necessary legal
documents are prepared before a person’s mental capacity is in issue. If you wait to late, you may have to go to court to be appointed to act on his behalf, which is a lot more timeconsuming than having prepared the documents before you need them. And remember, although I am writing this in the context of your parents, it applies to anyone of legal age who has property or children. Do you really want the state to decide who gets your property when you die, or to appoint a guardian for your children? Another comment I often hear, and I love this comment, is, “I downloaded Suze Orman’s ‘Write-Your-Own-Will’ kit. Is it valid in North Carolina?” My reply? “While you were surfing the web, did you also download Dr. Oz’s “Remove-YourOwn-Appendix” kit? In my opinion you are equally qualified to do both.” It might seem like a smart-aleck response, but it expresses my opinion about the wisdom of doing either. The main problem I see with “do-ityourself-lawyering” is that the validity of your will won’t be proven until it is offered
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THE VALLEY OF THE SUN Sedona and the Grand Canyon
reg and I traveled with 15 other North Carolinians to Arizona November 4-9, 2012 as our first Boom!-sponsored trip. The weather was absolutely perfect; in the 80s every day. Even at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, which has an elevation around 7,000 feet, the temperature was in the 70s.
View from the Desert Watchtower ~ majestic!
We climbed aboard our bus and headed for magical, mystical Sedona—a town that is widely known for its energy fields; commonly referred to as the four vortexes. From the greatsedonahikes.com website: … Thousands of years ago, native peoples came to Sedona in search of food, shelter and a peaceful existence. Even then, [they] considered Sedona a special place and performed their ceremonies under the watchful eye of the red rocks. The term “vortex” as applied to the energy spots around Sedona is generally credited to Page Bryant who, in 180, was told by her teacher, Albion, that there are special places around Sedona where the life force of the earth is especially strong. Page Bryant credited Albion with calling these special areas vortexes, although she is usually given that credit. Today, four locations are considered to be
the main Sedona vortexes: Boynton Canyon, Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock and Airport Mesa. Thousands of visitors come to Sedona to experience these vortexes. Skeptics refer to these spiritual seekers as Woo Woos. At the sports bar where we watch our Sunday afternoon football, they have a special shot that they call Woo Woo. Based on personal experience, I would say the later is more powerful… No matter what you believe, Sedona is truly a magical place. Beautiful does not quite encapsulate the majesty of the red rock formations or the high desert beauty and the variety of cacti. Our hotel was the Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa, a five-star destination. Across the street from the hotel was an 18-hole championship golf course. The hotel also featured a full-service spa, three tennis courts and two pools. Greg and I enjoyed one of the two hot tubs after a particularly exhausting day of hiking the Grand Canyon (more on that later), and our travel group relaxed around the open fire pit on several occasions with a glass of wine or three. That evening we dined at The Grille at Shadow Rock, which is inside the hotel. As we were with our Boom! tour group, we did not order off the menu. But my salmon was excellent; the fish was not overcooked, was flavorful with just a touch of seasoning. Our tour of Sedona began the next morning when the Sedona Trolley picked us up outside of the hotel. Our tour lasted approximately 55 minutes and it is fully narrated with lots of good information on the history, geology, climate, flora and fauna of the area, as well as tips on hiking and biking trails, where to be for sunset and the best places for shopping and dining. A number of great photo opportunities are included. Our Trolly tour also included a visit to the Chapel of the Holy Cross. The church, which is still an active place of worship, was designed by sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude, and Senator Barry Goldwater helped Staude in obtaining a special-use permit.
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Downtown Sedona is basically a onestreet area filled with galleries, restaurants, New Age metaphysical shops and specialty shops. You can find all manner of southwest inspired clothing, jewelry and home furnishings in a variety of prices. If you want items that are made in Sedona proper, visit the Sedona Arts Center or the Sedona Heritage Museum. Stopping for a Mexican meal at Oaxaca (321 N. Hwy 89A), Greg and I ordered our first Prickly Pear Margarita, a must-have item when you visit. Pinkish in color, they are slightly sweeter than a traditional margarita, but other than that, I did not find them to-die-for, merely refreshing. Next on our agenda was off-roading with Pink Jeep Tours. You gotta love this clever marketing ploy—painting all of their vehicles pink. Makes it pretty easy to spot them against the Sedona-red backdrop. We signed up for The Scenic Rim Tour, which takes you up 2,000 feet to the very top of Mongollon Rim, and we saw a different, magnificent view every time we turned
a corner. Our tour guide was funny and very knowledgeable. He explained how the various layers in the rock were formed and the reason for the red versus white colors (oxidation of the iron as the waters receded caused the sandstone to turn red). We were on the tour bus at 7:15am the next day as we headed out of Sedona on Highway 89A traveling northeast. Our destination was Williams, Arizona where we would catch the Grand Canyon Railroad to take us to the Grand Canyon. First, a note on Highway 89A. This is a beautiful, scenic drive through Oak Creek Canyon, often referred to as a smaller cousin to the Grand Canyon! Oak Creek, a tributary of the Verde River, flows along the bottom of the canyon. Enjoy hairpin turns and majestic vistas for 13 miles. We arrived in Williams early morning. Gentle reader, the actual depot and Wild West Shootout show prior to departure was the highlight of this excursion. Although the train is pulled by an authentic vintage diesel locomotive, the two-hour train ride
tOP LEFt: You can’t miss the Pink Jeeps. bOttOm LEFt: Barbara and Greg on a canyon adventure. Right: The Chapel of the Holy Cross.
This is one of the views you will enjoy from the golf course at the Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa.
we were hot and sweaty when we returned to the motor coach. We enjoyed being off our feet as we headed to a different viewing site of the Canyon. We headed east along Desert View Drive (Highway 64) to the eastern most point of the South Rim before you head back down into the desert. I actually liked the views from this point more than the South Rim. This particular viewing site is called Desert View and it also contains the Indian Watchtower, also called the Desert View Watchtower. It was constructed in 1932 as a replica of an ancient Indian tower. Climb to the top of the 70 foot Watchtower and be amazed! The Painted Desert is to the east and the San Francisco Peaks are to the south. The interior of the Watchtower is painted by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie. The murals reminded me of being inside a Kiva—a room used by the Hopi and Pueblo Indians for religious rituals.
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Mural from the interior of the Watchtower painted by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie.
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The sun was starting to set as we headed into Flagstaff, Arizona for our dinner at Black Barts Steakhouse, Saloon and Musical Review. Your waiters are also vocalists who will entertain you with a variety of musical songs. As we were with a large party, we had dinner fixé. My petite filet was cooked to perfection and had a nice “oak” flavor. The rest of the food was marginal, however, but the evening was fun nonetheless. Some of the vocalists were actually quite good. It was late when we were delivered back to our hotel, exhausted but satisfied that we had just experienced a trip of a lifetime.
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to the south rim is BORING. Although they try to entertain you with musicians and “Cowboy Bob” types, unless you are older than four, the entertainment is marginal. The so-called scenic ride is just flatlands, bushes and trees. Barbara Petty recommends: skip the train ride, drive yourself and get there in half the time. Finally, we reach our destination: the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. President Theodore Roosevelt established the Grand Canyon as a National Monument in 1908. This is probably the heaviest concentration of tourists, so be prepared for
Warren Haynes: A tribute to Jerry Garcia Haynes Performs With the North Carolina symphony by GREg PEtty
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erry Garcia, singer, guitarist and songwriter, most known for his years as front man for the Grateful Dead, is recognized by musicians the world over for his eclectic musical explorations and excellent guitar work. Indeed, since his passing in 1995, he has become an American musical icon.
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After dropping out of high school in San Francisco at age 17, he entered the Army but was discharged for poor conduct within nine months. While surviving as a music teacher, he played folk and blues guitar solo or with pickup groups. He founded the Dead in 1965 and they
became an integral part of the San Francisco music scene and the hippie movement. The Dead became famous for their psychedelic rock representative of the Haight-Ashbury district. The group evolved musically far beyond psychedelic rock due in part to Garcia’s wide-ranging musical interests. Garcia loved bluegrass and formed a longterm friendship with mandolinist Dave Grisman. He also incorporated musical tones from Doc Watson. Blues influences included Freddie King, rock licks from Lonnie Mack and Chuck Berry, and jazz from Django Reinhardt. Country music crept into his music and Tom Brumley, from Buck Owens Buckaroos, inspired Garcia to play pedal steel guitar. He played the instrument for the New Riders of the Purple Sage and is featured in Crosby, Stills and Nash classic song Teach Your Children Well. Dead songs that are now in the American musical lexicon include Truckin, Sugaree and Ridin that Train. When the Jerry Garcia estate began to look at a new project to bring Jerry’s songs
and music to wider audiences they hit upon the idea to have guest performer’s play the music with various symphonic orchestras across the country. And whom, among the galaxy of stars, would they call on to sing and play Jerry’s music? None other than Garcia fan, accomplished guitarist, singer and songwriter Warren Haynes. Many of us know him from his work with the Allman Brothers Band and his own group, Gov’t Mule. This invitation, however,was not a shot out of the blue as Haynes had been a member of the remaining members of the Dead who wished to tour after Garcia’s death. In 1999 Phil Lesh asked him to join Phil Lesh & Friends and he joined the Dead again for 2004’s Wave That Flag Tour. When I recently had the opportunity to interview Warren I asked him about how the NC Symphony’s Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration project evolved. Haynes replied, “When this came about, basically we got a call from the Jerry Garcia estate, they were considering doing a series of shows of Jerry’s music with symphonies and doing it with guest artists. They were curious to
know if I wanted to be the very first one. I said yes, I would love to do it, and so we just went from there. I went through and picked out a bunch of material; we chose some arrangers and worked together on the arrangements. On the rehearsal side, we did two full days of rehearsal with the Pittsburgh Symphony and boom, off we go. Each symphony will have the same charts so to speak, and there’s a number of symphony’s that will be involved in different markets.” I asked Haynes if he had ever played with a symphony before and he said, “Not with a symphony. I’ve been involved with a lot of Dead projects since I’ve been working with Phil (Lesh) in the late 90s. But this is a first for me… I am very psyched about it and I think it will be a blast.” Warren was raised in Asheville, NC where he began singing at age seven. He received his own first guitar when he was 12 and he has been exploring it ever since. At this stage of his life he has joined the pantheon of guitar gods appreciated around continued on page 28
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fter more than 35 years in building businesses, one may think that the time has finally come for drinks on the beach and vacationing in Europe. However, for Adele Fine it means time to jump into the next entrepreneurial venture. At 66, Fine is the new owner of the retail boutique, The Shops of Baileywick, located at the Harvest Plaza shopping center in Raleigh. With a strong foundation of business accomplishments, entrepreneurial leadership and extensive community service, this ambitious attitude has led Fine to become a recognized name when it comes to successful business owners in the Triangle.
Adele Fine (Left) working with a family at Passage Home. (Also standing, Jeanne Canina Tedrow, Passage Home CEO (right).
Starting her career as the regional manager for an engineering supplies manufacturer, Fine was always looking for the next outlet to advance. Working with several companies specializing in reprographic services, she became the founding partner of Plain Paper Solutions (PPS), the first company in the Triangle to commercially produce “bond copies” in lieu of blue prints. After merging PPS with CAD Plus in 1991, the company grew over the next seven years to become one of the largest, most successful, womenowned businesses in North Carolina. A short time later in 2001, Fine formed a digital printing company called DocuSource with a vision to meet the unique needs of its clients. Today employing more than 35, the company continues to be recognized for innovation and
customer satisfaction. DocuSource’s pursuit of excellence reaches beyond the professional stage and into the community. As an owner, she has instilled a belief in the company to be a good corporate citizen, and DocuSource has a long-standing commitment to supporting organizations and causes that improve the lives of Triangle residents. Notable organizations include: North Carolina Children’s Hospital, Passage Home, Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and Safe Haven for Cats. In 2007 Fine and several business partners formed a nonprofit foundation called Legacy of Joy. The foundation supports activities that focus on education, removing cancer as a health threat and advancing the life of women and women’s issues. Realizing the need for nonprofits to engage in progressive, relationship-based marketing programs, in 2011 she partnered with The One to One Group, a Floridabased firm, nationally recognized for its fundraising success. This collaboration of collective resources results in one of the largest variable data companies in the South. The new entity, One to One DocuSource, now combines variable data, targeted messaging and the creative design of The One to One Group with the on-demand printing capabilities of DocuSource. “DocuSource has a 12-year history of corporate giving. Now we have the opportunity to expand our talent to help nonprofits increase their ability to raise funds more effectively,” says Fine. “Our partnership with The One to One Group brings new expertise to our nonprofit clients.” Fine explains, “In these economic times, nonprofits and associations must communicate differently with their constituencies in order to raise the money they so desperately need to operate. This multi-tiered approach will help organizations do just that.” Along with a heart for charitable causes, Fine has always loved interior design. “I have moved into new houses just so I could decorate,” she says. Having developed a skilled eye and refined taste in continued on page 28
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the world. At the tender age of 19 he was asked to join David Allan Coe’s band and received his first opportunity to play and tour professionally. While most of us know Coe for his country music, he was also a fan of the blues. Warren related, “[Coe] listened to Lightnin Hopkins, Jimmy Reed and even Freddie King. There were times in Europe and the States, if his voice was tired or he needed to warble in a different way, we would launch into Jimmy Reed songs before we got to the rest of the festivities… That was where he and I connected.” The Allman Brothers Band connection came about when their former guitarist Dickey Betts, during an Allman Brothers hiatus, asked Haynes to do vocals on his 1988 studio album Pattern Disruptive, and to tour with the band. The same year he co-wrote the title song for Gregg Allman’s Before the Bullets Fly. When the Allman’s reformed in 1989 he joined the band and has remained an integral part of the act since that time. In 2000 Haynes joined young prodigy Derek Trucks as “dueling” guitarists in an already impressive band. We had the pleasure of seeing them play together last summer, and the guitar
magic they created together was tremendous. When asked if their onstage improvisations change with each show Warren replied, “Yes… it changes on a momentary basis. One of the great things about keeping a unit together is that you learn each other’s stuff, styles musically speaking, there becomes this kind of communication that’s unspoken, and you get better and better at it. A lot of the stuff we do is completely unrehearsed, but we know each other’s styles and vocabularies so that we are aware and kind of make it appear to others that it is well rehearsed.” Warren is also known as one of the busiest and respected men in the music business. When not with the Allmans, he is touring with Gov’t Mule, the Warren Join Warren Haynes and the North Carolina Symphony in their Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration on June 20, 2013, 8pm at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater. Tickets are available at www.ncsymphony.org. The celebration will be directed by Nashville Resident Conductor Albert-George Schram, who is well known for his trend-setting Pop Series. See you there!
Haynes Band or working a variety of projects such as the upcoming NC Symphony’s Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration. Haynes gets to have fun with his musician friends from many genres when he holds his annual Christmas Jam in Asheville in early December. The lists of friends playing the event have included the Allman Brothers, Cheryl Crow, Jackson Brown, Derek Trucks and wife Susan Tedeschi, Bruce Hornsby, Peter Frampton and many others. Warren, his wife Stephanie (a DJ for Sirius Radio), and young son now live in the Hudson Valley of New York. I congratulated Warren on his eclectic body of work and mentioned that it must be rewarding to perform with so many musical talents. His response was, “I actually couldn’t have designed it better. If it were anything other than organic, I’ve had amazing opportunities that have presented themselves and been lucky that it’s worked out. It is something that I’ve always wanted to do anyway. I have always wanted to be in the situation where I can play a lot of different music with a lot of different people and take a different role in each project. It is really fun for me.” Comment online at BoomNC.com .
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decor, Fine purchased ownership stake of the 16,500-square-foot retail area known as The Shops of Baileywick in November of 2012. The Shops host 70 appointed boutiques owned by designers, artists and collectors offering fashionable apparel and accessories, jewelry, decorative décor, furniture and even gourmet foods. Fine’s vision is for the Shops of Baileywick is to be the premier, go-to destination for one-of-a-kind interiors and home décor in the area. She is committed to enhancements in infrastructure and technology along with improving the customer experience. She is also making cross-country buying trips to stock her own boutique booth, cleverly called “Adele’s Finds” which hosts merchandise that cannot be locally found. As the next phase of her encore career begins, it is hard not to step back and admire her numerous accomplishments. With a lifetime of business experience under her belt, and what looks like many more years to come, it just may be possible that the sky truly is the limit for Adele Fine. James Williams is on staff at Articulon, a full service PR and marketing firm in Raleigh, articulon.com. Comment online at BoomNC.com .
s the demographics of our country continue to change at an accelerated rate, we hear the word ‘diversity’ used more often. It is used to define social imperatives, cultural goals, workforce development needs and staffing goals. To some, this focus on diversity feels new. But not to Stan Kimer. Stan has lived the diversity issue for most of his personal and professional life. Now, in his second stage career, he is helping companies, organizations and individuals to understand that the measurable return on investment of a strong and executable diversity strategy. Stan’s family moved to Raleigh when he was 15-yearsold. He was a competitive kid who always wanted to excel and to do his best. Striving to be better has been a common thread in his life. Looking back now, he can see that a successful corporate career that would lead to entrepreneurship was his destiny. After graduating from Millbrook High School in Raleigh, NC he attended college at Georgia Tech. He joined IBM immediately after graduating from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. The job he was offered was located in Milwaukee; the place he had chosen to live. Very early on, Stan had placed qualityof-life above the job. When IBM gave him an opportunity to move back to this area, he jumped at it. He knew that the Research Triangle Park was one of the few IBM locations where he could build an entire career and steadily climb the corporate ladder without having to move. In his career at IBM, he was able to focus on the two things that he is most passionate about; career development and diversity. Stan officially came out as a gay professional in the mid 1990s. He was the third Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transvestite (LGBT) Diversity Manager on the IBM Global HR team; holding that position from 1999–2003. Then, as Director of Sales Operations for Global Business Systems, IBM’s consulting practice, Stan was able to remain involved with the diversity efforts,
especially for the LGBT community. This appealed to his passion for diversity. As the Sales Operations Profession Executive, Stan was the spokesperson for the sales profession inside of IBM. He oversaw the teams who had people development as part of their responsibility, making sure that they were properly preparing the IBM sales teams for success. This appealed to his passion for career development. Always a planner, Stan lived deliberately to ensure that he could live comfortably in retirement in a traditional retirement that did not include work, just fun. However, when retirement came, he discovered two things; that he was too young for traditional retirement, and he missed being able to help people. So, instead of retiring to have fun, he chose to work and have fun. He is looking forward to the challenge of creating a business that reflects his values and priorities and then running that business in a way that fits into his life style decisions. Total Engagement opened in November of 2010 as a lifestyle business offering diversity and career management consulting services. One of his signature offerings is a career mapping program that Stan developed. Stan loves working with his clients but is determined not to bring any workaholic habits into his life style business. His goal is to work in the business 50 percent of his time, to volunteer with a non-profit 25 percent of his time and to spend the other 25 percent traveling. After three years in business, Stan has been able to stick to his plan. His advice to others looking for their second stage career is to find their sweet spot by combining their passions with their skills. Then, whether volunteering, working for a company or building a business, they will find joy and deep fulfillment in their lives. Katie Gailes, CEO of SmartMoves International, is a marketing strategy consultant, speaker and trainer from Holly Springs, NC, smartmovesintl.com. Comment online at BoomNC.com .
oroptimist is a non-profit organization of business and professional women volunteers working to achieve their mission of “improving the lives of women and girls in our community and throughout the world.” The name Soroptimist is coined from the Latin “soror” and “optima,” meaning “Best for Women.” Founded in 1921, Soroptimist is an international organization of 80,000 members in over 120 countries. Soroptimist International is honored to have a consultative status with the United Nations where, as a Non Governmental Organization (NGO), it is a global voice for women promoting awareness, advocacy, and action. Soroptimist International of Raleigh, NC was chartered in 1987, proudly celebrating over 25 years of serving Triangle area women. The Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Award is the organization’s signature program. This award provides grants to women who are primary wage earners, helping them to further their education. Local winners are also eligible for grants offered at higher levels of the organization. Each year, more than $1.5 million is disbursed through cash awards at various levels of the Soroptimist organization. Raleigh Soroptimists also present two additional awards each spring. These include the Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award, which honors teen girls who take leadership volunteer positions in their communities; and the Soroptimist Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women, which recognizes women who, through their personal or professional activities, help women and girls. With the dollars awarded at the 2013 Triangle Women of Distinction event held on April 18, Raleigh Soroptimists have provided more than $30,000 dollars in grants to women. This year, five women were honored and the success stories of past winners were also shared. Other local Soroptimist service projects are focused on improving economic well-being of women and raising awareness of human trafficking, domestic violence and teen dating abuse in support of ending violence against women. Raleigh Soroptimists amplify their results in these areas by establishing strategic partnerships in the community: • In 2004, Raleigh Soroptimists launched a “Professional Clothing Closet” to provide professional attire to disadvantaged women. In 2009, they joined forces with Dress for Success Triangle in Raleigh to expand the services offered to women of Wake County. Dress for Success Triangle now operates the Raleigh Boutique, and Soroptimists continue to contribute as volunteers and by providing flash drives for the clients. • Over 15,000 Soroptimist Teen Dating Violence Awareness Bookmarks have been distributed to teens and parents through awareness programs as a result of Soroptimist’s partnership with InterAct of Wake County. • Raleigh Soroptimists brought together over 25 Triangle area government, community and non-profit organizations to raise awareness about the need to stop human trafficking. This effort was the impetus for the start up of a non-profit organization, Partners Against Trafficking of Humans in NC (PATH NC), of which Soroptimist is a founding partner. There are many ways to support the work of this dynamic organization. Soroptimist International of Raleigh, NC uses cash donations, in-kind donations and sponsorships to create and distribute awareness materials and to provide grants to award recipients. You can also learn more about Soroptimist and help spread the word about their work. This can be done by visiting their website, www.soroptimistraleigh.org and by liking them on Facebook. Becoming a member is the ultimate way to get involved. Raleigh Soroptimists meet September through May on the second Tuesday evening of the month. Interested individuals are welcome to participate in “meet and greet” receptions and attend up to three open meetings to learn more about the club. For more information, email email@example.com.
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Mega This and Mega That Deal Me In by Mark Pilarski, Senior Wire
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ear Mark: My question concerns the big progressive slots, like the Wheel of Fortune and Megabucks. They are in casinos— large and small—in many states. Is each machine programmed to the same payout amount, or “looseness,” or would a machine in a small, local casino, be more likely to pay off? Also, are ALL the machines, all over the country, tied in together, or is it state by state? ~ Victoria W. Both Megabucks and the Wheel of Fortune are a statewide network of progressive slot carousels that are linked together to produce those humongous jackpots. A small computer chip in each machine monitors every coin played and communicates that information electronically to a mainframe computer at IGT’s headquarters. The central computer keeps track of every Megabucks or Wheel of Fortune slot machine and maintains a constant tally of the jackpot. Then the computer projects the ever-changing jackpot total to all units where it is displayed on the digital tote board on each bank of machines. When the main jackpot is hit, a signal is sent to the other machines on the system to reset their progressive meters. As with any slot machines hooked together to create those progressive jackpots, each electronic machine within that network plays independently. Simply put, Victoria, you are playing an individual machine, linked to a statewide network of progressive slot carousels that produces those prodigious payouts. Each machine’s payback percentage, albeit extremely low because of its ginormous progressive, is the same as the payback percentage on all the other machines linked to it. To grow any progressive, a portion of each bet made funds the winning jackpot. The rate at which the meters progress upwards is based on a pre-set percentage of all the money cycled through the machine. It is a percentage of your losses cycled through the machine that provides a life-changing jumbo jackpot for someone else. These monster progressive jackpots on machines like Megabucks and Wheel of Fortune are paid by the manufacturer of the slot, in your example, IGT. If ever someone’s stars do truly align, IGT (the games vendor) would send a representative to authenticate the win, and then pay off the winner. The odds of hitting a life-altering Megabucks machine are approximately one in 50,000,000. To be exact, for those interested in such things, with each reel on a Megabucks machine having 368 virtual stops, and only one virtual stop assigned to the jackpot symbol, by multiplying 368 X 368 X 368, your calculator should spit out the chances of hitting the Megabucks at exactly 1 in 49,836,032. Either way, your chances of hitting pay dirt are slightly better than zero. Still, as they say, you can only win if you play, right? Plus, putting the top prize number aside, a Megabucks slot machine does offer an 80 percent long-term payback of the money wagered by its players. All state gaming regulations require networked progressives like Megabucks that are linked together to have the same payback percentages, but, what Megabucks machines do NOT do is cross state lines. Each state has a separate progressive total, with Joe in Michigan chasing one life-altering jackpot, and Josephine in Nevada chasing another. Gambling Wisdom of the Week: “Get this through your head; slot machines, dice, cards, or any other gambling device, have no memory! They do not remember past results and they don’t give a crap whether you win or lose.” ~VP Pappy
Ford’s New C-Max Contends for Hybrid Crown AutoMode by John Dickerson and John Kehlenbeck
t’s one thing to design a car that gets great gas mileage. It’s another to design a car that is fun to drive, handles with pleasing responsiveness and also gets great mileage. Ford has done just that, with its new C-Max, the first hybrid to seriously challenge the long-reigning Toyota Prius as the most comfortable and practical hybrid money can buy.
To combine an exciting driving experience with hybrid efficiency is a difficult engineering feat— just ask the folks behind the Prius V. While Toyota’s Prius remains the undefeated gold standard among high-mileage hybrids, Ford’s new C-Max offers competing mileage with a much more rewarding driving experience. The C-Max hybrid, which started life as a European economy car, has crossed the pond, rescuing us from the loud road noise, soft steering, and squishy suspension on Honda and Toyota hybrids. While the C-Max provides slightly fewer miles per gallon (47 combined mpg vs. the Prius’ 49 combined), it offers a more rewarding and exciting driving experience. I’m a long-time fan of Toyota’s Prius, but I found myself preferring the braking, handling and steering of the C-Max during a two-hour drive that included mountain passes, stretches of highway and city commuting. Much like the Prius and other hybrids, Fords’ C-Max’s pairs a 4-cylinder engine with two electric motors. The gas and electric engines combine for a total output of 188 horsepower. Dearborn engineers opted to forgo the normal Ni-Cad battery system in favor of an air-cooled lithium-ion pack rated at 1.6-kWh. The entire battery system is mounted underneath the cargo space at the rear of the car. Despite the batteries, the C-Max’s hatchback offers plenty of room for packing. Its high roofline and folddown rear seats offer surprising space for solo trips to Home Depot or family trips to the grocery store.
Inside, the C-Max feels a bit more like a sportcompact hatchback than a typical hybrid. The steering feel is tight and responsive, as are the brake and accelerator pedals. While the C-Max is certainly not a sports car, its overall handling inspires confidence and delivers a rewarding, predictable and enjoyable drive. The blue oval engineers have successfully packed European style handling and a pothole absorbing suspension into this five-person gas sipper. Acceleration around town is remarkable, thanks to the near instantaneous torque of the electric motor. Quality stitching and components craft a pleasant cabin for drivers and passengers alike. A “Smart Gauge” on the instrument cluster coaches drivers to earn peak miles per gallon. Ford’s MyFord Touch infotainment system, complete with navigation, iPod hookup and many more features, is both enjoyable and practical. Spacious, fun to drive, and easy on the gas pump, the C-Max hybrid is a welcome addition to any garage. Blurring the lines between hybrid and European compact, Ford hit the nail on the head with this new challenger to the Prius V. © 2013 John Dickerson and John Kehlenbeck, Horsepower Auto Reviews.
Ford C-Max Best Gizmo: Great rear lift gate. Most Annoying Feature: As with many hybrids, some consumers argue that their actual mileage is lower than the EPA figure of 47 mpg. MPG (as tested): 43 overall. MPG (as reported by the EPA): 47 city / 47 highway. Cars we smoked at stoplights: A GMC Yukon and a Dodge Caravan. Zero-60: 8.9 seconds. How Fast Is That? On par for a hybrid of this size. Where Do I Get One? Ford.com How Much? SE: $25,995 and SEL starting at $28,995. Options could push the price far north. Serious Contenders? Toyota Prius V, Honda Insight, VW Jetta Sportwagen Diesel.
ank Teller: “Good morning. How may I help you today?” Customer: “Uh … good morning. May I please get change for this one-trillion dollar coin?” Bank Teller: “Certainly you may. How would you like your change? Will a thousand one-billion dollar coins be okay?” Customer: “Would it be too much trouble to get 750,000 one-billion dollar coins, and 259,000 one-million dollar coins?” Bank Teller: “No trouble at all, sir.” Here’s the good news: The U.S. Treasury Department recently decided against producing one-trillion dollar platinum coins as a way to raise revenue to pay off our national debt without having to raise the debt ceiling. Now, the bad news: They actually considered doing it. Apparently—and thankfully—it was just a phase they were going through. The idea of creating one-trillion dollar coins gained favor among some Democrats as a way of sidestepping congressional Republican threats to reject a necessary increase in the debt ceiling unless deep spending cuts were made. Amounts like “billion” and “trillion” are routinely bandied about by our political leaders (stop snickering … that’s what they call themselves … leaders) without any of us having the slightest inkling as to how astronomical those numbers really are; but let’s try. A trillion dollars equates to tenbillion $100 bills. Yeah, I know; ten billion is still an incomprehensible number for all but the one percenters among us, so let’s put it another way: A stack of $1,000 bills fourinches tall would total $1 million. At $1 billion, the stack would reach a height of 358 feet—as tall as a 35-story building. Impressive, no doubt, but we’re talking about $1 TRILLION dollars—a one followed by 12 zeroes. To total that amount, our stack of $1,000 bills would have to extend 68 miles into the sky—through the troposphere— through the stratosphere—and eight miles into the mesosphere (whatever all that means.) Now, let’s try to grasp some relative understanding of the enormity of the amount of money—$16 trillion—we owe the Chinese and our other creditors. $1,000 bills stacked—not placed sideby-side, nor positioned end-to-end, but
stacked one on top of another—high enough to total $16 trillion would reach a height of 1,085 and ½ miles. If that stack was located in the parking lot at PNC Arena and was tipped over towards Texas, the bills on top of that stack would fall on the other side of Dallas. On the other hand, a stack of 16 onetrillion dollar coins would only be three inches tall. (Hmm … maybe the idea makes sense after all because our individual shares—yours, mine, and every other U.S. citizen’s shares—of the national debt is $50,794 and I’d much rather pay my part in inches than in miles. Wouldn’t you?) In their foolish folly, I’m sure our financial geniuses in Washington considered how big to make the one-trillion dollar coins, relative to the size of our other coins. Genius No. 1: “How big is a silver dollar? What’s its diameter?” GeniusNo.2:“Umm … lookslikeabout … oh … 1½ inches to me; Yep … it’s 1½ inches. Genius No. 1: “So, in that case, our new coin will need to have a diameter of 1.5 inches … times a trillion, and that equals … equals … Holy Cow!” These were, no doubt, the same geniuses that decided that our dimes would be worth twice as much as our nickels, but nickels would be twice as thick as dimes, and have a 19 percent bigger diameter. Go figure. Selecting a person whose image is appropriate for a trillion dollar coin would certainly be challenging. Who is of sufficient status and statue (big enough) to merit that honor? I’m thinking Oprah. (When she’s not dieting.) I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that, if we’re just going to arbitrarily mint coins to pay off a $16 trillion debt, we should create $20 trillion coins so we can get some change back; enough change, in fact, to pay the entire 2013 federal budget of $3.8 trillion. We must bear in mind throughout this whole minting-mega-money-madness phase that all new ideas, be they feasible or feeble, are initially problematic. Situation (Note handed to bank teller:) “Quietly put ten trillion dollars in small, non-sequentially numbered, unmarked coins into this coin purse, and no one will get hurt.” Problem: Where to hide the dye-pack. Bill Massey is a freelance writer, retired middle school teacher, and a former advertising executive.
Lifelong Learing by Jeff Davidson
f you’ve seen the movie, The Big Year, bird watching may be your cup of tea. Enthusiasts pursue this hobby with vigor. Why? The beauty of the birds themselves and the opportunity to spot a rare one keeps birders poised with their binoculars. The Internet offers considerable support for “watching the birdie.” What Bird, at www.whatbird.com, treats visitors to a bird search engine and step-by-step help to identify the type of bird you just spotted. Backyard Birds, at www.spruce.net/birds, addresses building a bird house, selecting a feeder, viewing or photographing birds, and joining other bird watchers. Another site, www.mikeatkinson.net/tutorials.htm, provides tutorials for hobbyists specifically interested in pursuing bird photography. The first tutorial is free; others are available for a modest fee. All About Birds at www.allaboutbirds.org offers descriptions, profiles, and pictures of nearly 600 species of birds including tips on how to identify the bird you are viewing, what each sounds like, and videos of the birds in flight. Here are some ways to support your newfound hobby: • Veteran bird watchers, even those owning the best of binoculars, can sometimes identify birds 200 to 300 feet away just by their silhouettes. Binoculars are unnecessary to see the birds, but they help. Caution: birds often take off before you can use your equipment. • What do you see when looking at birds? The more conscious you are of detail, the greater your enjoyment. You can observe the bird’s color, but what about the color of its legs? Or the length of the legs or the detail of the bird’s wings and tail? Watch for colorful patches and markings on the bird’s breast or wings. • Acquire a field guide for your part of the country. The Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Birds, and The Peterson Field Guide to Western Birds contain pictures as well as techniques and tips for identifying a wide variety of birds. These guides and others have been popular among new birders for years. • Observe how birds walk, flit from branch to branch, hold their tails, or peck at the ground in search of food. Birds are likely the descendants of dinosaurs. Their movements often mirror the ways in which we know dinosaurs ambled about. • Focus on how birds sound. Their chirps can be sweet music or irritating repetitions. As with their physical features, there are a wide variety of bird vocalizations. • Learn bird calls. Recordings are available on the web and found through popular search engines. Online book vendors and local bookstores have audios and CDs of local bird calls. • Search the web using “bird club” and the name of your town to find clubs in your vicinity. Joining with others who share your enthusiasm for the birds tends to enhance and invigorate your passion. • Some birders keep a journal, writing about the birds they’ve viewed and noting any particulars about the encounter. Some describe the vocalizations they’ve heard. Some make sketches of the birds or take photographs and then affix them to the journal pages. • Some birders seek to attract birds to their yard. You can do this by installing a bird feeder (one from which squirrels cannot steal the food), planting certain flowers, and keeping your yard free of machine noise, which scares away birds. You might receive regular visitors, some of whom could become your “friends.” Bird watching can be totally random. As long as it’s fun and enjoyable for you, keep it going. You can make a game of learning to identify birds, involve others, or maintain the hobby as a solitary pursuit. Just you and the birds, that’s all you need. Jeff Davidson (www.BreathingSpace.com) holds the registered trademark as “The Work-Life Balance Expert®.” His 56th book, Simpler Living was selected by four books clubs and is scheduled for Chinese translation. Jeff has developed 24 “Work Life Guides” apps available at www.itunes.com/ apps/BreathingSpaceInstitute.
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What Makes a Community senior-friendly?
Assisted Living settings Are More Diﬀerent than similar
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Christina Horsford, MSW, MPA is an assisted living companion expert. For more information about Assisted Living Comparison Experts, visit ALCE.unc.edu
A study, Livable Community Indicators for Sustainable Aging in Place, points to the best communities for those who are aging. Those communities offer accessible transportation, affordable housing opportunities, (if seniors should want to downsize their housing) neighborhood safety, support services connected with health care, familiar retail outlets, opportunities for social integration, and walkability. Indications are that senior needs can be met using information that is readily available and adaptable to local governments, said the study. The study was produced by the Stanford Center on Longevity and the MetLife Mature Market Institute. The Institute, in earlier research, found that people generally prefer to remain where they are as they age. Communities can now make assessments and begin to implement change with readily available public data, said Sandra Timmermann, director of the MetLife Mature Market Institute. Amanda Lehning, who collaborated with the Stanford Center on Longevity on the
lmost one million people live in assisted living residences, but few people who are in the market for assisted living realize how very different these settings can be. All assisted living residences provide supportive care, but they don’t all offer the same services, or for the same price. Residences differ in if they provide personal care (like bathing or using the toilet), housekeeping, laundry, special diets, help with medications, transportation, and recreation, and what they charge for these services. Also important is, who is allowed to move in and remain in the setting if the need for care increases? Assisted living residences differ in whether they’ll allow people to move in and remain there if they have needs such as a wheelchair or help eating, or in managing dementia symptoms. Because needs can be hard to predict, and tend to increase over time, it’s important to understand what a residence will allow. The number and type of people who are on staff are important also, as more staff translates into the ability to provide more care, and if they’re nurses, they can attend to medical needs. Not all assisted living residences have nurses, though, and those that do may have them for part of the day— which means they may not be there when needed. At an even more basic level, assisted living settings vary in how much they feel like “home.” While some settings serve as few as four people, others serve hundreds. Depending on how you define “home,” it may be easier to find that feeling in a smaller residence. Other areas that affect the feeling of home include whether people share a room or bathroom, whether there is space when families visit, and if pets are allowed. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill—Sheryl Zimmerman (a social worker) and Philip Sloane (a physician)—have worked in assisted living for more than 20 years, talked with thousands of people, and learned how little many people understand about assisted living and how to choose the one that best meets their unique needs and preferences. They learned that most people don’t realize the differences in assisted living settings, and so don’t know to ask the questions that matter most. Not knowing what to ask is a serious problem because choosing assisted living is a critical decision. Why critical? Five reasons: (1) The right choice can improve quality of life, while the wrong choice can cause worry and problems; (2) The wrong choice can require a second move, which is additionally disruptive and costly; (3) The average cost of an assisted living stay is almost $80,000, making the right choice an important financial one; (4) Making the right choice is timeconsuming, requiring weeks of telephone calls and Internet searches; and (5) Internet searches may be misleading because the information is often incomplete, imprecise, outdated, and designed to attract customers. To fix this problem, the researchers created a non-profit website, Assisted Living Comparison Experts. Assisted Living Comparison Experts lists all assisted living settings in North Carolina, and allows people to search and compare among them based on differences in their residence options, dementia and other care needs, staffing, activities and policies on pets, available services, and costs. It allows people to post reviews so you get information from people who have lived and visited there. And, because the information on Assisted Living Comparison Experts has been collected and compiled by researchers— not advertisers or marketing companies—it is unbiased and allows you to compare residences to find the one that best meets your unique needs.
t’s an indisputable fact of life that most seniors prefer to live where they are as they grow older. That location is where their friends—and often their families and their doctors and drug and grocery stores—are. There’s comfort in the familiar. What is new is that local governments can follow a low cost and relatively simple set of indicators to determine whether or not the services in a seniors community meets their needs and expectations.
report, said that although every community is unique, local governments should think about how best to adapt these indicators to best meet the needs of their residents. Efforts to help older residents who want to stay in place also can improve the community as a whole. They make valuable neighbors, caregivers and volunteers. And they patronize local businesses. Following are critical characteristics seen as an age-friendly livable community: 1. Accessible and affordable housing. Zoning laws that permit flexible housing, such as assisted living facilities or private homes on small lots. 2. Mass transit with senior transport programs, walkable areas safe for pedestrians. 3. Safe neighborhoods with low crime rates and emergency plans that take into account needs of senior residents. 4. An adequate number of physicians, including specialists, hospitals with preventable-care programs. 5. Home and community-based care-giving support services, the availability of home health care, meals-on-wheels, and adult care. 6. Retail outlets within walking distance, restaurants and grocery stores offering healthy foods, and policies supporting farmers markets. 7. Programs and organizations that promote social activities and intergenerational contact. Places of worship, libraries. 8. Museums and colleges, if feasible. The indicator system in the report was developed using these sources: a review of existing livable communities, a review of existing research literature on community characteristics that have an impact on senior health and well-being and ability to age in place, and interviews with aging-in-place experts. Of course, many communities may well have other priorities. But the study does show how providing the indicated facilities and policies can make life more livable for those who want to grow older where they presently reside. The mission of the Stanford Center on Longevity is to redesign long life, the report said. The Center studies the nature and development of the human life span looking for innovative ways to use science and technology to solve the problems of people over 50. The MetLife Mature Market Institute has had 16 years of research on senior issues.
have been playing golf at Knight’s of the sand trap with the ball actually Play in Apex for several years now. I landing on the green. I asked Ken to see if he would share like it for its convenient location near Highway 1 and for the fact that if the only some of his expertise with Boom! readtime I can get away to play is at night I ers. When I asked him what the most can just head to the course as it is well lit commonly asked for skill is, he replied, “Whether beginning or an established for evening play. There are two other aspects I like player, they always ask about becoming about Knight’s Play, first is the fact that more consistent. One of the biggest things it is a short game course. When you ask I try to emphasize is that the routine before the shot creates the professionals what is the most consistent result the best thing you can do because you can’t change to improve your scores, much in the swing…it is the answer will likely be going on its own by that to improve your short point. So how you set game. The other aspect up, grip, position of feet, I enjoy is the instruction distance from the ball, and practice facilities posture, all of that. If you that are available. get consistent about that The course consists and be meticulous, you of 27 holes designed by are bound to have more David Postlethwait that consistency, and that’s are well designed for the best way to create it. both those who wish to Pre-shot routine creates ride in a cart, or like me, consistency.” prefer to walk. I make a And for that all imporhabit of playing a diftant swing analysis, Ken ferent nine-hole section emphasizes that each if I only have time to play nine. If you can’t Ken Hamilton demonstrates a proper person is unique and will squeeze in the time to stance. (Note, it was raining the day we have a unique swing taichatted, thus the interior location.) lored to their body type play, visit the driving range or pitching and putting areas to and athletic ability. His goal is to maximize that uniqueness—not try to stanhelp keep that part of your game sharp. Head Pro Kevin Jones runs the facil- dardize it. Ken relates, “I teach technique ity assisted by Teaching Pro’s Tim Forte and positioning, but I try to help students and Ken Hamilton. I have had the plea- link the swing together as naturally as sure of taking a lesson with Ken Hamil- possible because, so often when you’re ton and he was quick to make changes in athletic, you do things correctly or in a my grip that elated me with the results! I very good fashion, naturally. So if you’re will be returning to take a lesson or two on balance after the swing you probably on those pesky 20 feet-and-in chip shots did a lot of good things to get there withwith your wedge as well as blasting out out thinking about it… Give [the swing] direction and understanding so that they can harness it that rather than negate it.” Ken left me with one final gem, “One last tip, don’t keep your head down; keep your eyes at the ball. If you do that, your body will stay right here [in the proper position] and you won’t be stiff. Head down is a real misnomer.” Head Pro Kevin Jones (left) and Teaching Pro Ken Hamilton.
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Vera Wright has over thirty years experience working in
law firms and legal recruiting. She graduated from Hardbarger Business College and attended North Carolina State University and the University of Virginia. In 1993, Vera founded Legal Placement Specialists, Inc., the first legal search firm in North Carolina. Vera’s experience in the legal search industry has enabled her to develop comprehensive knowledge in a wide variety of practice areas. Her specialties include opening new offices, in-house counsel, placing partners, practice groups and law firm mergers, in addition to working with associates. Vera is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners and served five years on the Board of Directors of The National Association of Legal Search Consultants (NALSC). She was past Secretary and Chair of the Ethics Committee of NALSC. A proud grandmother of eight, Vera enjoys golfing, playing bridge, and shagging (the South Carolina state dance.) Vera is a contestant in the 2013 North Carolina Senior America Pageant, the world’s first and foremost pageant to give honor to women who have reached the “Age of Elegance.” The competition will be held on June 15, 7pm at Owen Auditorium, Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst. Vera is truly a NAWBO Woman of Substance!
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n the warmer months, we find ourselves outside more often, enjoying nature while playing with the kids and maintaining our lawns. But this additional time spent outside means more home and garden tools and more opportunity for a mess. Here are some tips to keep your outdoor spaces cleaner and more organized: Storage Bench Use a storage bench to keep your gardening gloves, tools and children’s outdoor toys. Available in a wide variety of sizes and styles, you can find the bench that fits your décor. Plus, they offer an extra seating area when you have company. Bundle Cords No one likes the unsightly appearance or hazard of cords. Before your gatherings, bundle together stereo and electronic chords that are exposed, as well as any cords that run across the lawn. Helpful products, such as Velcro One-Wrap ties, keep your items bound tight and out of sight. Paver Pots Use old pavers to create plant containers. Simply stack the pavers together making a square shape. The heavy weight of the pavers keeps the dirt and plant contained together. Deck Space Use the space under your deck for additional, out-of-sight storage. Tuck plastic lidded storage containers underneath for easy access to children’s sporting goods and toys. Mesh Bags Pool toys, rafts and inner tubes need a space to dry off. Use mesh bags so these summer toys properly are properly dried, preventing mildew or molding. Proper Plant Care Stock up on essentials for a healthy garden, including the tools to make plant seedlings thrive, such as Velcro Peel Away seed pots. These pots make it easy to remove the pots without disturbing the roots, making transitions from pot to flower bed flawless. Repurpose Furniture Turn old furniture pieces, such as old filing cabinets, into instant garage storage solutions. Take out the drawers of the cabinet and turn it on its side. Each empty drawer area provides a spot for large items like brooms, shovels and rakes. Fence Storage Turn old coffee or paint cans into storage bins for smaller gardening tools like hand shovels and pruning shears. For easy access while in the garden, cut holes and use rope to hang around a close-by fence post. Tires Stack old tires on top of each other for an outdoor toy container that kids can easily access. Paint the outside to match the color of your house or whatever color you fancy. End of Season Storage Keep your garage area tidy by organizing similar tools together. Use One-Wrap ties to keep gardening tools grouped together, or to keep hoses tightly coiled and out of the way. This product also comes in a variety of colors and sizes so that you can keep everything neat and organized. For more helpful home décor, DIY and organization solutions, visit www. velcro.com.
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ounting carbs for swimsuit season doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the sun and fun. Savor every moment with these tips for summer entertaining on a diet. Ambiance—Lighting and décor are an essential part of any festive gathering. Keep ambient lighting simple with scentless candles, paper lanterns or luminaires. Light and Simple—One of the benefits of summer entertaining is being able to take advantage of gorgeous weather. When dining al fresco, it is important to keep meals light and simple. A low-carb diet, such as the Atkins Diet, inspires great meal options that are diverse and flavorful for summer months. Beverages—Summer means sunshine and longer days, so it’s important to hydrate. Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day, especially when outside. Add a festive twist by infusing water with different flavors like mint, lemon and orange. If you’re looking for something a little more exciting, try white wine sangria, which is a light, low-carb drink option. Seasonal—When entertaining, consider using plenty of seasonal vegetables and flowers, such as avocados, cucumbers and hydrangeas. Sticking to seasonal ingredients and décor will help play up the natural tastes and smells of summer. These delicious, Atkins-friendly Summer Rolls are a great recipe to serve during summer soirées as the traditional rice paper wrapping is replaced with lettuce leaves and incorporates fresh seafood and vegetables.
Servings: 4 | Prep: 25 min | Total: 50 min
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1 teaspoon fresh lime juice 1 teaspoon dark (toasted) sesame oil 1 small red chile pepper, seeded and minced ½ teaspoon salt ½ pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined 8 large green or red leaf lettuce leaves 1 medium carrot, julienned 1 small daikon radish, julienned ½ cup mung bean sprouts ¼ cup peanuts, toasted and chopped Combine lime juice, sesame oil, chile and salt in a medium bowl; set aside. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add shrimp; simmer until pink, about 3 minutes. Drain; add to lime juice mixture and toss to coat. Refrigerate until cool, about 10 minutes. Set lettuce leaves on a counter with stem ends toward you. Press against the “spines” until you hear a crunch to make it easier to roll. Divide carrot, daikon and sprouts among leaves, setting them in the centers toward the bottom. Divide shrimp among leaves; sprinkle with chopped peanuts. Roll lettuce from the bottom up. Place each roll, seam side down, on a sheet of plastic wrap; wrap tightly and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Remove wrap; cut rolls in half and serve.
Per Serving: Net Carbs: 4 grams; Total Carbs: 6 grams; Fiber: 2 grams; Protein: 15 grams; Fat: 7 grams; Calories: 150
For more recipes, tips, ideas and free tools, visit www. atkins.com. From “The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook” by Colette Heimowitz. Copyright © 2011 by Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. Printed by permission of Touchstone Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Evergreen Construction Company, the Triangle’s leading management company that provides affordable age-restricted housing, is now accepting applications for their one- and two-bedroom apartment homes
Evergreen raises the industry standards for quality, value, style and livability. • Wall-to-wall carpet • Laundry facilities • Computer center in most communities • Library • Community room • Exercise room in most communities • TV and lounge area • Planned activities • 24-hour maintenance • On-site management • Mini-blinds • Water, sewer and trash included • Frost-free refrigerator • Pets welcome! (up to 25lbs)
Western Triangle Locations Berkeley Spring Meadow Spring
Weatherstone Windsor Spring Spring 6219 Hunter St.
5521 Dixon Dr. Raleigh, NC 27609
190 Fieldspring Ln. 4000 St. James Church Rd. Raleigh, NC 27612 Raleigh, NC 27606 Raleigh, NC 27604 200 Weather Ridge Ln. (919) 791-1000 Cary, NC 27513 (919) 233-0084 (919) 871-5773
(Off of Millbrook and close to Six Forks Rd.)
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(Near Lynn Rd. and Creedmoor Rd.)
Must be 55 or older. Certain income limits apply. For more information visit www.evergreenconstructionco.com
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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.
Durham Regional Hospital offers monthly events for June that includes: Look Good Feel Better; Stroke Support Group; and Weight Loss Surgery Support Group. For meeting dates, times, and information: www.durhamregional.org/events.
3rd Annual Apex Jazz Festival is looking for musicians, sponsors, and volunteers for their Sept 21 festival. The only adult-focused fall festival in Central NC. The festival is still adding musical acts, street musicians, small combos and full bands. Info: 919.924.0425 or www.apexjazzfestival.com.
Northgate Heart & Soul Walkers Club meets the second Tuesday of every month at 8:30 in the food gallery. Enjoy mall walkers hours: 7am until 9pm Monday-Saturday, and 10:30 am until 6pm Sunday. Info: 919.286.4407 or www.northgateassociates.com.
Arts Access, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to make the arts accessible for people with disabilities, will be providing audio-described performances. For a listing of performances, dates, and information: www.artsaccessinc.org.
Duke Gardens is offering a new Health & Wellness Series. Activities include Social Dances, Dance Workshops, and Yoga. Sponsored by Duke Gardens, Carolina Dance Club and Triangle Swing Dance Society. For dates, times, registration or information: 919.668.1707 or www. gardens.duke.edu.
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham, is offering classes in visual and performing arts year round. Classes include drawing, painting, clay, glass, jewelry, photography, music and dance. Info: 919.560.2726 or www.durhamarts.org.
Music & Memory Program is coming to Durham County. Through a new initiative being undertaken by the Triangle J Area Agency on Aging’s Ombudsman Program and the Durham Community Advisory Committees for Adult Care Homes and Nursing Home, a project backed up with neuroscientific research showing that music often calms chaotic brain activity and enables the listener to regain a connection to others. For information on the program and events: 919.558.2706 or www. tjcog.org.
June 4 Do You Know Who I Am? Dementia Training Program, 7:30am-4pm, Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center, 3724 National Dr, Raleigh. Info: 919.371.2062 or www.guidinglightsnc.org.
June 8 Mud Run Race: A Legend Race, New Hill. Registration is now taking place for this 5-6-mile course complete with 20 obstacles, mud and water on rugged terrain designed to challenge and excite adventureseekers and athletes. Info: www.legendrace.com. June 18 & 25 The Triangle Caregivers Conference, 8am-3:30pm, McKimmon Center, NCSU-Raleigh (June 18) and Durham Convention Center, Durham (June 25). For anyone who is currently a caregiver or anticipates being one. Respite resolution and resources through exhibitors and industry speakers. Info: www.trianglecaregiversconference.com. June 22-23 Mama Juggs The Breast Health Show,
Health Touch Community Center, Durham. Award-winning actress, writer, producer and improve performer Anita Woodley is giving a benefit performance to benefit Cornucopia Cancer Support Center. Info: 919.401.9333 or www.cancersupport4u.org.
July 20 Sandhills Teen Challenge Charity Golf Tournament, 8am & 2pm, Longleaf Golf Club, Southern Pines. Info: 910.947.2944 or www.sandhillstc.org.
Resources Triangle Singles Dance Club has weekly dances, 8:30-11pm, Northbrook Country Club, 4905 North Hills Dr, Raleigh. A singles, 40+ social club. Info: www.trianglesinglesclub.com. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St, Durham, offers classes and events for adults and families. June’s calendar includes: Wild Areas & Waterfalls; Walk of the Wild Side; Twining For You Plants of Distinction; Gourds Squash & Pumpkins; Photographing Plants; and more. For a complete schedule of events, dates, times, and information: 919.668.6451 or www.gardens.duke.edu.
Newcomers Club of Raleigh invites all members and prospective members to their Welcome Coffees held the first Friday of the month, 10am-12pm, at JJ Crowder Masonic Lodge, 9920 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh. Info: www.newcomersclubraleigh.org.
The Durham Center for Senior Life, 406 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, has ongoing and special offerings. In addition, there are rooms for classes, meetings and exercise space. For a complete listing of activities and information: 919.688.8247 or www.dcslnc.org.
Wake County’s Libraries in the Community offers monthly events at selected Wake County Libraries. June features Flashback to the 1960s; Music from the 1960s; Stained Glass 1960s Art; Child Safety for Parents; Craft It Custom Coasters; Happy Gardeners Container Gardens; and Money Smart Pocketing Your Dollars; and more. For dates, times, locations, and information: www.wakegov.com. Wednesday Senior Night (60+), 4pm, Capital Buffet, 4011 Capital Blvd, New Hope Church Rd, Raleigh. Info: 919.878.9699 or www.capitalbuffetnc.com.
June 4-27 Pre-Pointe for First Timers/Beginners, Royal Expressions School of Dance, 1220-E Battleground Ave, Greensboro. Info: 336.944.6146 or www.royalexpressions.org. June 6 Freedom Coming Freedom for All: The
Emancipation Proclamation of NC, 7pm, Joel Lane Museum, 160 S. St. Mary’s St, Raleigh. Lecture by Earl Ijames. Info: 919.833.3431 or www.joellane.org.
June 7-9 Virtuoso: An Extraordinary Performance
Experience, Raleigh Ringers Central, Raleigh. The three-day event will include all aspects of preparing for and presenting a formal concert, including intensive rehearsals for music mastery, transportation logistics/ equipment, stage setup and tech and lighting rehearsals, culminating in a featured performance on a concert stage as special guests during The Raleigh Ringers’ Spring Concert at Meymandi Concert Hall. Info: www. rr.org.
June 8 Pesky Garden Pests, Prevention and Control, 9-10am, Logan Trading Company, 707 Semart Dr, Raleigh. June is National Pest Control Month. A free class. Info: 919.828.5337 or www.logantrd.com.
June 8 & 22 Square Dance Fun Nights, 7-9:30pm, First Baptist Church, 99 N. Salisbury, Raleigh. Info: 919.266.6986 or www.trianglesquaredance.org. June 9-11 Executive Leadership Conference, The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill. A two-day conference designed to connect participants to the community’s movers and shakers and generate meaningful dialogue among panelists and participants about governments, education, community challenges and economic development. Sponsored by Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and Partnership for a Sustainable Community. Info: 919.357.9989 or www.carolinachamber. org/events. June 15 Contagious Optimism Book Signing, 3-5pm, Barnes & Noble, 5400 New Hope Commons, Durham. Info: www.pcsnydermusic.com. Through June 21 Nurse’s Aid-1 Training Programs,
Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center, 3724 National Dr, Raleigh. Seven-week series. Special attention is given to care of the elderly, and to legal issues of caregiving. Info: 919.371.2062 or www.guidinglightsnc.org.
RSVP Volunteer Programs in Durham and Orange counties have opportunities for people 55 years of age and over who are eager to use their skills to serve an area near them: Garden Docents; Adult Tutors; Hospice; Animal Caregivers; Schools; Volunteer Drivers. RSVP staff interview volunteers and match them to opportunities available through one of many local agencies registered with RSVP for recruitment assistance. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org; Orange Co RSVP 919.245.4241 or vhill@orangecountync. gov orwww.orangecountync.gov/aging/RSVPindex.asp
Aug 7-13 Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park
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. The Durham Symphony is asking for individuals interested in helping at symphony events, concerts, fundraisers, marketing events and more. Have fun and make a difference. Info: 919.426.9580 or www.durhamsymphony.org. 3rd Annual Apex Jazz Festival is looking for musicians, sponsors, and volunteers for their Sept 21 festival. The only adult-focused fall festival in Central NC. Those interested in volunteering: 919.303.3345 or www.apexjazzfestival.com. Volunteers Needed for the 20th Annual Jimmy V Celebrity Gold Classic. Scheduled for Aug 23-25 at North Ridge Country Club, Raleigh. More than 600 volunteers are needed to make things run smoothly and helping to achieve the goal of finding a cure for cancer. Applications can be submitted online or through the mail. Info: 919.369.9061 or www.golfclassic.org.
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Activities for Children The Museum of Life & Science, 433 W. Murray Ave, Durham, is pleased to announce its June activities highlighted by Nikon Small World Photography Exhibit; Shark Tooth Hunt; Bug Safari; Summer Programs in the Lab; Blast Off!; Build It Bamboo; Science of Risk; and more. For a complete schedule, dates, times and information: 919.220.5429 or www.ncmls.org. NC Museum of History, Raleigh, offers special June programs, concerts and exhibits such as: Storytime in the Gallery; Registration is now open for their Summer Camps. For schedules and information: 919.807.7900 or www.ncmuseumofhistory.org. Marbles Kids Museum & IMAX Theatre, 201 E. Hargett St, Raleigh, offers June events and activities for children highlighted by Grand Re-Opening of Around Town; Garden Gourmet; Kick-off to Kindergarten; First Friday Kids Camp; Green Energy Workshop; Summer Camps; Superheroes and Superdads; Project Dance; and more. For a complete listing of activities, dates, times, and information: 919.834.4040 or www.marbleskidsmuseum.org. Wake County Public Library System continues their programs for children to incorporate Every Child Ready to Succeed. Their goal is to educate parents and caregivers on the skills they can use at home to help prepare children for success in school. The library system offers nearly 150 weekly programs for children. For programs, dates, times, locations, and information: www.wakegov. com/libraries/events. Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St, Holly Springs, wants families to know about their June line-up of events highlighted by The Little Red
Hen; Father’s Day Toolbox Card Kid Creation. For dates, times, and information: 919.567.4000 or www.hollyspringsnc.us. Raleigh Little Theatre is pleased to announce its Summer 2013 Theatre Camps, which include several new offerings; Camps for Track Two Families and New Teen Programming. For a complete listing of camps and information: www.raleighlittletheatre.org. Clayton Youth Theater wants rising 1st-6th graders to attend their week-long theater workshop on July 29-August 2. Participants will engage in a hands-on musical theater experience, working along side the cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The week culminates with a performance, showcasing what the students have learned during the week. Info: www. claytonyouththeater.com. Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock, kicks off its 2013 season with Wild West Family Adventure through Nov 3. Exciting amusement rides, live shows and more. Kids will love Day Out With Thomas; Dora the Explorer and Diego in June. For dates, times, and information: www. tweetsie.com.
June 1-2 Sesame Street Live, PNC Arena, Raleigh. Info: 919.861.2300 or www.thepncarena.com. June 24-28 Doll Camp for American Girls, Historic
Polk House, 537 N. Blount St, Raleigh. For ages 5-11. Bring favorite dolls, make crafts and doll accessories, games stories and movies. Info: www.facebook.com/polkhouse.
July 4 23rd Annual Independence Day Open House,
11am-4pm, Joel Lane Musueum House, 160 S. Saint Mary’s St, Raleigh. An old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration. Info: 919.833.3431 or www.joellane.org.
July 8-26 Justice Theater Project Summer Camps. Mornings are spent in age-appropriate groups rotating to art, music, dance, theater games and youth yoga. Afternoons we run the show! The camp culminates in a fully mounted musical theater production with two evening performances. Applications and information: www. thejusticetheaterproject.org.
DON’T MISS THE CONCERT OF THE SUMMER IN DOWNTOWN RALEIGH!
JERRY GARCIA SYMPHONIC CELEBRATION FEATURING WARREN HAYNES
WITH THE NORTH CAROLINA SYMPHONY
THUR, JUNE 20 | 8PM
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Activities for Adults NC Museum of History, Raleigh, offers June programs, concerts and exhibits activities; Senior Samplers of Around the Bend and Making an Impression; Quaker Pottery Tradition in NC: The Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble Performance; Music of the Carolinas with Sparky & Rhonda Rucker; Our State Day; Freedom Celebration Preview Reception; Saturdays in the Garden; The Legacy of Freedom Symposium; and more. Watergate: Political Scandal & The Presidency Exhibit runs through Aug 10. For schedules and information: 919.807.7900 or www. ncmuseumofhistory.org. The NC Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, has June exhibits, events, and concerts highlighted by Art of the Auction Benefit; Masterworks from the Chrysler Museum; 0 to 60: The Experience of Time through Contemporary Art; Dwelling: Interiors by Page H. Laughlin and Pamela Pecchio; Art in the Evenings; Art+Cuisine; Dining After Dark; and more. Summer offers their Outdoor Concerts and Films. In June watch for performances by Glen Hansard and Indigo Girls. They also offer lectures, classes and discussion groups. For dates, times and information: 919.839.6262 or www. ncartmuseum.org. The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts (formerly The Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts), Raleigh, has June performances that include: Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy Series; Video Games Live with NC Symphony; Once Upon a Mattress; Raleigh Ringers Spring Concert; Miss NC Pageant; and Sci Fi Spectacular with the NC Symphony. For a complete listing of events, dates, times, and information: 919.831.6060 or www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com. The Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St, Durham, hosts performances in June of Triangle Rising Stars Awards; Kevin James; Shankar Ehsaan Loy; Anthony Hamilton; Shen Wei Dance Arts; Kings of the Mic Tour; Pilobolus; Abraham in Motion; and Gladys
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Senior’S DAY “Lunch and a Movie” only $12 Per Person,
Second Tuesday of each Month $12 per person includes movie admission, lunch, beverage, tax and gratuity - groups welcome!
reservations are required!
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it’s a well known fact that the star of another children’s TV show first played clarabell the clown. what was his name? (Winner will be chosen by June 15. Prior winners should not enter for three months to allow other people to win.)
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ENJOY MUSIC ALL SUMMER LONG!
Bring lawn chairs, food and drink. Sit back and enjoy! PRESENTING SPONSORS
SUMMER LINEUP June 14 Long Time Gone June 28 The Moore Brothers Band July 12 The Trophy Husbands July 26 GB4 August 9 The Will McBride Group August 23 The Fantastic Shakers
Left: The Lockdown Blues Band. Below: The Will McBride Group.
All shows begin at 7pm except for August 23, which begins at 6pm.
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Knight & The O’Jays. For dates, times, and information: 919.688.3722 or www.dpacnc.com.
line-up of events highlighted by Springs Outdoor Concert Series with Long Time Gone and The Moore Brothers Band. For dates, times, and information: 919.567.4000 or www.hollyspringsnc.us.
The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St, Durham, wants readers to attend June performances of: Tracy Morgan; Hot Tuna Acoustic Tour; Spring Pitch Day; Tommy Emmanuel; Jake Shimabukuro; Aaron Lewis; John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension Tour; and Cary Dance presents Broadway. For dates, times, tickets, and information: 919.560.3030 or www.carolinatheatre.org.
Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St, Apex, has June events highlighted by Sscapes The Space Between; Music and Rock School Spring Showcase; and Triangle Brass Band. Also check their website for classes, workshops, and lessons. The Center now offers Track Out Camps at The Halle. For dates, times, and information: 919.249.1120 or www.thehalle.org.
The Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W. Garner Rd, Garner, brings readers its June line-up of performances and events that include: Step Ahead; and Music Off Main with Mikemickxer and The Band Heartbeat. For dates, times, and information: 919.661.4602 or www.garnerperformingartscenter.com.
Dance Seen: First Friday Gallery Walks take place the first Friday of each month at Arts Together, 114 St. Mary’s St, Raleigh. Event features The Even Exchange Dance Theatre. Free and open to the public. For time and information: 919.828.2377 or www.evenexchange.com.
Common Ground Theatre, 4815B Hillsborough Rd, Durham, hosts June events of Wholesome Twins; Improv Bender Colour by Numbers; Comically Challenged; and Debris. The theatre also announces lobby art from Outsiders Art & Collectibles on display for purchase that will change monthly. Info: www.cgtheatre.com. The Town of Cary and Cary Arts Center sponsors June performances and events for adults and families highlighted by Starlight Concert Series; Sertoma Series at Bond Park; Downtown Performers Series; and Seven O’Clock Rock Series. Also check the Town of Cary’s website for class offerings and art exhibitions. For a complete listing of events, dates, locations, and information: 919.460.4965 or www.townofcary.org. Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Regency Park, Cary, presents is summer-full of performances. June brings Summerfest with the NC Symphony; 25th Anniversary of the Philharmonic Association; Movies by Moonlight; Passion Pit; The Lumineers; Rascals: Once Upon a Dream; and Athleta Esprit de She in The Spirit of Her Race Series. Info: 919.469.4007 or www.boothamphitheatre.com. Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek, Raleigh, continues its summer season in June with Brad Paisley, Chris Young & Lee Brice; Zac Brown Band; and Heart & Jason Bonham. Info: www.walnutcreekamphitheatre.org. PineCone presents area performances all over the triangle. June features Big Medicine; Jake Shimabukuro; Sparky & Rhonda Rucker; Erin McDermott; and The Snyder Family Band. Also registration continues for their Bluegrass Music Camps for Youth. For dates, times, locations, and information: www.pinecone.org. The NC Symphony continues its season in June with: Video Games Live in Concert; Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique Symphony; Disney In Concert: Magical Music from the Movies; Sound Bites at the Pub; The Rite of Spring Centennial; Summerfest Concert Series at Koka Booth; and LeAnn Rimes in Concert. For dates, times, locations, and information: 919.733.2750 or www.ncsymphony.org. The ArtsCenter, 300G E. Main St, Carrboro, has June performances and events highlighted by Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line; Beppe Gambetta; John Fulbright; Sheila Kay Adams; Carper Family; Mike Compton & Joe Newberry; Songs from the Circle 2; and The Honey DewDrops & South Carolina Broadcasters. For dates, times, and information: 919.929.2787 or www.artscenterlive.org.
Art After Hours is a monthly community event where every second Friday local businesses find unique ways to expose the local artist community. The Cotton Company, 306 S. White St, Wake Forest, hosts an artist reception from 5:30-9pm inside The Gallery with refreshments and a wine tasting. Info: www.thecottoncompany.net. UnWined, 237 Center Grove Church Rd, Moncure, invites all to their June special events highlighted by Father’s Day Art Show. Every 2nd & 4th Fridays, 6:30-9pm, come enjoy grilled pizza from Bella Donna’s Restaurant. Every 4th Sunday, 3-5pm, it’s Mimosas & Muffins. These events include music performances. June brings performances by James Olden; Laura Thurston; Lynn Williams; and Tommy Edwards. Come relax, enjoy their uniqueness, and unwind. Info: 919.548.9384 or www.unwinednc.com. Bynum Front Porch Friday Night Music Series, 7-9pm, Bynum General Store, 950 Bynum Rd, Bynum. June features performances by Dark Holland Bros. Duo; Smith Family Band; John Howie Jr. and the Rosewood Bluff; and Samantha Casey and The Bluegrass Jam. They also host the Bynum Front Porch Pickin’ the second and fourth Saturdays each month from 10am-2pm. Bluegrass sessions open to musicians and singers of all ages and skill levels. Info: www.bynumfrontporch.org. The Six Sundays in Spring Concert Series presented by Wake Forest ARTS, brings the community together to provide fun for all ages. Free outdoor concerts, 3pm, E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Rd, Wake Forest. June features their final concert with Big Medicine. Info: www. wakeforestarts.org. Find Your Cool Summer Concert Series, CCB Plaza, 201 N. Corcoran St, Durham, every Thursday 7-8:30pm. June’s concerts include: The Pinkerton Raid; Mel Melton & the Wicked Mojos; Dark Water Rising; and Orquesta GarDel. Info: 919.682.2800 or www.downtowndurham.com. Sundays at Six Series, Southern Village, Chapel Hill. Concerts will run through Oct 13. June is highlighted by Music Maker Roots and Leaves Series; From the Delta to the Bayou; Carolina Blues and Gospel; and more. Bring lawn chairs and picnics. All performances are free. Info: www.southernvillage.com. Locally Grown Rooftop Music and Movie Series, Thursdays, 8pm, The Wallace Plaza, 150 E. Rosemary St, Chapel Hill. Beginning June 27 through Aug 29, grab a chair and head downtown where cool summer nights come alive. Info: 919.967.9440 or www.downtownchapelhill.com.
The Best of Sanford. June’s events include the Summer Farmers’ Market; One Night Stands at the Temple; Jazz at the Flame; and Function at the Junction. For dates, times, locations and info: www.discoversanford.com.
NC Mountains Complimentary Visitors Guide is now available. Details about hiking, rafting, fly-fishing and other outdoor activities are included. Call 800.962.1911 or submit a request online at: www.mountainlovers.com.
Downtown Fuquay-Varina’s Revitalization Association wants readers to know about their June events. They include: Growers Market, 10th Annual Celebration of the Arts; Dinner on Depot Street; 2nd Friday Art After Dark; Street Concert; and Movies Under The Stars. For dates, times, and information: www.fuquay-varinadowntown.com.
CAM Raleigh, 409 W. Martin St, Raleigh, has currently running exhibits of The Stars Are Not Wanted Now works by Melanie Schiff, and Frame/Ablate works by Jeff Whetstone. Info: 919.513.0946 or www.camraleigh.org.
Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St, Holly Springs, wants readers to know about their June
The Western Wake Farmers’ Market, 8am-12pm, Saturdays through Oct 26, 1225 Morrisville Carpenter Rd, Cary. June brings Healthy Eating Day; Eating for Energy Day; Farm-to-Fork Dinner; Community Garden Day;
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made its debut at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. Originally scheduled to play three performances in December 2012, an additional three shows had to be added to accommodate the demand for this unique concert experience. Completely original in its concept, The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream is a hybrid of a rock concert and a Broadway show, rock n’ soul dance party meets the Jersey Boys. The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream marks the first time The Rascals, America’s classic blue-eyed soul band, have played together since 1970. The show premiered on Broadway to critical acclaim this spring, selling
out 15 performances. The show is written by legendary guitarist Steven Van Zandt who also co-directs with Marc Brickman. Music is by Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati; stage, video and lighting design are also by Brickman. There are elements of the staging and light design never seen before, just as Marc Brickman has done in his previous groundbreaking work with Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Blue Man Group, the opening ceremony of the Olympics, and Roger Waters’ recent The Wall tour. Says Steven Van Zandt, “The show will be an uplifting inspiration for the fans that have been waiting all these years, praying for a Rascals comeback, and those who are younger will get a real taste of the ‘60s they missed the first time around. More than just a comeback or reunion, the show will remind audiences how uniquely inspirational, entertaining, and historically important the Rascals’ music is. Their music was unique not only in its greatness, but through their hit singles they told the entire story of the sixties.” On April 17, the Huffington Post wrote, “If you want to hear the difference between nostalgia and celebration, the difference between a tribute to rock and roll and real rock and roll, see The Rascals on Broadway. You can hear nostalgia in shows good (Jersey Boys), not so good (Rock Of Ages) and new (Motown: The Musical, which I haven’t seen yet). But for the genuine article, The Rascals are your only option.” Tickets for this special performance are on sale now and can be purchased at Booth Amphitheatre (Tuesday-Friday, Noon6pm, Saturday, 10am-1 pm) or through etix. com. By phone call 800.514.3849 For complete concert information go to www.boothamphitheatre.com or call 919.462.2025.
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he critically acclaimed, sold-out Broadway engagement of The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream comes to Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre for one night only at 8pm on June 14, 2013. Original band members Felix Cavaliere (keyboard & vocals), Eddie Brigati (vocals), Dino Danelli (drums) and Gene Cornish (guitar) will present a complete concert performance including songs that captured the spirit of America in the 1960s, such as their smash hits Good Lovin’, Lonely Too Long, It’s a Beautiful Morning, How Can I Be Sure and Groovin’. The production will also feature the history of the iconic group told through archival footage, narration, and dramatic film segments viewed on the latest LED screen technology. The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream
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Storytelling Day; and A Visit from the Umstead Hotel and Spa. Music performances are an added attraction each week. Their mission is for all people in the community to become educated about and benefit from locally grown food. For a complete listing of vendors and activities: www.westernwakefarmersmarket.org.
Southern Village Farmers’ Market, Market Street on Aberdeen Drive, Chapel Hill is back for its 10th season every Thursday 3:30-6:30 through Oct 31. Info: www. svfarmersmarket.com. Downtown Cary’s Farmers’ Market, 8am-12pm, Saturdays & Tuesdays, 301 S. Academy St, Cary. Through Nov 23. Come in June for Soulfully Nostalgic Live music by Paula C. Snyder. Info: www.caryfarmersmarket.com.
June 1 Mozart Meets McCartney, 8pm, Memorial
Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill. Performed by Voices of Chapel Hill. Info: www.voiceschapelhill.org.
June 1 Millstock Music & Arts Faire, 10am-4pm, Horne
Square, Downtown Clayton. Local artists, children’s art creation station, Chalk It Up Contest, live music on the square and more. Info: www.claytonvisualartsnc.org.
June 1 Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, 8pm, Forty Acres, 5109 Pine Cone Dr, Durham. Info: www.fortyacres.org. June 1 Southern Classics & NC BBQ Event, 12-4pm,
Falcon Engineering, 1210 Trinity Rd, Raleigh. Car, truck and motorcycle show featuring live music, BBQ competition and door prizes. Free admission. Proceeds benefit Staff of Hope. Info: 919.871.0800 or www.staffofhope.org.
Museum’s exhibition Dwelling: Interiors by Page H. Laughlin and Pamela Pecchio sparks the selection of the internationally acclaimed book Room by Dublin-born writer Emma Donoghue. Exhibition curator Jennifer Dasal delivers introductory remarks. To register call the Museum Box Office, 919.715.5923. Registration and payment required by 4pm on Wednesday before the program.
never picked up a paintbrush, now’s your chance to have fun engaging with art while taking a closer look at works in the Museum’s collection. Each class offers an informal gallery discussion paired with a studio experience. Supplies provided. To register (required) call the Museum Box Office, 919.715.5923. The museum is located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh.
June 6-29 Spectrum Exhibit, Local Color Gallery, 22
Through June 14 Continuing the Dream Exhibit,
Glenwood South, Raleigh. Info: www.localcoloraleigh.com.
June 7-23 Once On This Island, Raleigh Little Theatre,
301 Pogue St, Raleigh. Celebrate the art of storytelling with this rousing Calypso-flavored pop score. Info: 919.821.3111 or www.raleighlittletheatre.org.
June 7-27 Scope Exhibit: The NC Landscape, Visual Art Exchange, 309 W. Martin St, Raleigh. Info: 919.828.7834 or www.visualartexchange.org. June 8 Art of the Auction Benefit, 7pm, NC Museum of Art, Raleigh. A silent auction features juried works by more than 70 local artists as well as Weddings & Events, Food and Wine Experiences, Luxury Fashion Items, Porsche Items and Experiences; and more. Info: 919.664.6795 or www.ncartmuseum.org. June 8 Triangle Guitar Society presents All Spanish
Program, 8pm, Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro, Carrboro. Event is free. Info: www.triangleguitar.org.
June 9 Raleigh Ringers Spring Concert, 4pm, Mey-
mandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh. Will entertain all ages with a variety of music, including original handbell compositions and the group’s trademark classic rock ‘n roll selections. Info: www.rr.org.
Mercury Studio, 407 N. Mangum St, Durham. Info: www. artsaccessinc.org.
June 28 Sola Coffee Café featuring Paula Snyder, 7:30-9:30pm, 7705 Lead Mind Rd, Raleigh. Info: www.pcsnydermusic.com. Through June 30 NCSU Theatre’s Summer The-
atrefest, Thompson Hall, NCSU, Raleigh. Featuring one month, three shows: Dady’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will?, Murder at the Howard Johnson’s, and Black Coffee. Info: 919.515.1100 or www.ncsu.edu/theatre.
June 14-30 Fuddy Meers, Theatre In The Park, 107 Pullen Rd, Raleigh. The dark comedy that tells the story of an amnesiac. Info: 919.831.6936 or www.theatreinthepark.com.
Through June The Road Taken Exhibit, Tipping Point Gallery, 428 S. McDowell St, Raleigh. Info: www.tippingpaintartists.com.
June 14-30 Ragtime The Musical, Clare Hall, Saint
July 4 23rd Annual Independence Day Open House,
Francis of Assisi, 11401 Leesville Rd, Raleigh. A brilliantly written musical that tells the story of three very different families. Presented by Justice Theater Project. Info: www.thejusticetheaterproject.org.
11am-4pm, Joel Lane Musueum House, 160 S. Saint Mary’s St, Raleigh. An old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration. Info: 919.833.3431 or www.joellane.org.
June 21-23 State Annual Singing Convention,
July 10-14 Cirque Du Soleil’s Quidam, PNC Arena, Raleigh. Info: 800.745.3000 or www.cirquedusoleil.com/ quidam.
June 22 One Direction, 7:30pm, PNC Arena, Raleigh.
Through July 14 Sauda Zahra: With These Hands Quilting as a Spiritual Odyssey Exhibit & Selected Works by Nancy Tuttle May & Our House Exhibit, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham. Info: 919.560.2787 or www.durhamarts.org.
Downtown Benson. The oldest Southern gospel convention in the nation. Includes three days of gospel music competitions. Free. Info: www.gospelsingingconvention.org. Info: 919.861.2300 or www.thepncarena.com.
June 22-23 Mama Juggs The Breast Health Show,
Health Touch Community Center, Durham. Award-winning actress, writer, producer and improve performer Anita Woodley is giving a benefit performance to benefit Cornucopia Cancer Support Center. Info: 919.401.9333 or www.cancersupport4u.org.
Through June 2 Robert Patierno’s Woodblocks, Watercolors & Paintings, The Mahler, 228 Fayetteville St, Raleigh. Info: 919.896.7503 or www.thenmahlerfineart.com.
June 9 From the Convent to Abbey Road, 4pm, The ArtsCenter, 300G E. Main St, Carrboro. Performed by Voices Cantari. Info: 919.929.2787 or www.artscenterlive.org.
Through June 23 Whimsical Nature Exhibit, Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, 121 N. Churton, Hillsborough. Info: www.hillsboroughgallery.com.
June 4 Book Club Discussion, 6:30pm, presented by
June 11-25 Senior Sampler, 10am-2:30pm or 1:304pm, presented by the NC Museum of Art. Even if you’ve
June 27 High Society Orchestra, 7-9:30pm, Five Points Center for Active Adults, 2000 Noble Rd, Raleigh. Part of
the NC Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. The
The Cavalcade of Triangle Big Bands Summer Series. Info: 919.830.7357 or www.raleighmusicgroups.com.
Through July 21 Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic
Journey, Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham. More than 50 works from the mid-1990s to the present by this internationally renowned, multidisciplinary artist. The exhibit will be complemented by free programs and events. Info: www.nasher.duke. edu/mutu.
Through July 30 Haiti Revisited Exhibition, Gal-
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Among the items on display are: hE WatERgatE: POLiticaL • A memo and one page of the ScaNDaL & ThE PREsiDENcy enemies list. exhibit is now on display • A page from Sen. Ervin’s handat the North Carolina Museum of written draft of the opening stateHistory. May 17th marked the 40th ment he delivered on the first anniversary of the first televised day of Senate Select Committee Watergate hearings in Washinghearings. ton D.C. The exhibit runs through • One of the subpoenas served to August 10, 2013, one day after the President Nixon’s lawyer on July 40th anniversary of President Nix23, 1973, to obtain recordings of on’s resignation. It is estimated that Nixon’s White House conversa85 percent of the American people tions. The committee and Spefollowed the hearings throughout North Carolina Senator Sam Ervin Jr. (center) consults cial Prosecutor Archibald Cox the extensive television coverage. with others during a hearing of the Senate Select Committee subpoenaed the recordings after As someone who lived through those on Presidential Campaign Activities. Ervin served as chair Nixon refused to hand them events—I was a college senior at the of the committee that investigated President Richard M. over. A major turning point of the time—I clearly remember many of Nixon’s 172 campaign for re-election. Watergate scandal occurred when the hearings, the participants and the a witness revealed a secret taping revelations of those who were caught system in the White House. Nixon claimed executive in the crossfire of this momentous event in American history. privilege and refused to release tapes of his White House Do you remember the revelation of the enemies list? conversations. This exhibit brings it all vividly to life and highlights the role our own North Carolina Senator Sam Ervin played as • The gavel Sen. Ervin used while chairing the Senate Select Committee. It was presented to him by the Eastern Band head of the Senate Watergate Committee. Ervin, who referred of Cherokee Indians. to himself as “just an old country lawyer” was in actuality During the reception I had the pleasure of meeting Walker a brilliant Harvard trained lawyer with a keen intelligence. Ervin had faced tough opponents before, as he was instru- Nolan who served on the staff with Edmisten. He proudly mental in curbing the excesses of Senator Joseph McCarthy showed me newspaper clippings of the time about the hearin the early 1950s. He had a host of young North Carolina ings and a subsequent article from Time Magazine about lawyers on his staff who played vital roles, chief among them how the scandal would pave the way for campaign finance Rufus Edmisten, who went on to become both Attorney Gen- reform. We both remarked how after 40 years the nation was eral and Secretary of State for North Carolina. Edmisten, back to discussing campaign finance reform in the wake of deputy chief counsel to the committee, was the person who the Citizens United v FEC Supreme Court ruling. The more served Richard Nixon the subpoena for the White House things change, the more they stay the same! As the reception speakers noted and Poteat relates, tapes. Other NC committee staff members, who, along with “Watergate is important because it showed Edmisten, spoke at the May 17, 2013 opening that our constitutional separation of powers reception, related their roles in the hearwork. The legislative and judicial branches ings and the importance it holds for our were able to check and balance an aggresdemocracy. sive executive branch. And while Congress As Curator of Political and Social Hispassed campaign finance reforms in the tory, Raelana Poteat relates, “Since many wake of the scandal, many of those laws museum visitors will be too young to aimed at limiting large amounts of anonyremember Watergate, the exhibit tells the mous campaign money have since been story of this rather complicated scandal overturned. So the lessons of Watergate still in a very straightforward, engaging way… seem pretty relevant today.” Artifacts, photographs, video clips and a Admission to the exhibit is free. The 1970 living room setting will intrigue both The Watergate scandal permeated popular culture, inspiring board games, humor museum is located at 5 E. Edenton Street, younger visitors and those who recall this books, songs and other items. One example across from the State Capitol. Parking transformative time in our nation’s history. is The Watergate Scandal, “a game of is available in the lot across Wilmington Watergate also highlights North Carolina cover-up and deception for the whole Senator Sam Ervin Jr. and many other Tar family,” which claims, “Nobody . . . wins. Street. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9am to 5pm, and Sunday, noon to 5pm. Visit Heels who played important roles in invesThere are just losers.” www.ncmuseumofhistory.org. tigating the scandal.”
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June -23, presented by Raleigh Little Theatre (RLT)—Performed in the Cantey V. Sutton Theatre, this is RLT’s second production of the musical and first since the 1993-94 season. Once On This Island was nominated for eight Tonys during its original Broadway run. This heartwarming musical tells the story of a peasant girl, Ti Moune, who falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. The gods who rule the island test the strength of the young couple, who must decide if their love is enough to withstand the powers of hate and prejudice. The story is based on Rosa Guy’s novel My Love, My Love, with book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. RLT’s production is directed by L.D. Burris, a former member of Chuck Davis’
African American Dance Ensemble. Mr. Burris previously choreographed The Wiz at RLT in the 1988-89 season. Originally, Once On This Island was slated to be directed by Haskell Fitz-Simons, RLT’s artistic director of 30 years, who passed away earlier this month. The talented cast includes Tina Morris-Anderson in the role of Asaka, one of the island’s gods. Ms. MorrisAnderson has performed as a soloist with the North Carolina Symphony and played the role of Ti Moune in RLT’s original production. Her son, Noah Anderson, plays Papa Ge in this production continuing the RLT tradition of multi-generational casts. After the performances on June 9 and 16, there will be outdoor concerts in the Stephenson Amphitheatre at RLT. The Raleigh Concert Band returns on June
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9 with an all-Broadway program. The Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra presents the second annual Paul Montgomery Memorial Father’s Day Jazz Concert, featuring local and national jazz musicians, on June 16. Tickets for all events can be purchased by calling the box office 919.821.3111, Monday through Friday, noon-5pm, or by visiting the theatre’s website at www. raleighlittletheatre.org. Tickets are $22 for adults and $18 for students and seniors. Raleigh Little Theatre is located at 301 Pogue St., Raleigh, N.C. 27607, adjacent to the Raleigh Rose Garden. Founded in 136, Raleigh Little Theatre (RLT) is one of the oldest continuously operating community theatres in the United States. As a community theatre, RLT engages hundreds of volunteers under the guidance of professional staff to achieve its mission and bring quality live theatre to the Triangle region. Visit www.raleighlittletheatre.org for more information. Summer’s Coming, and so is TheatreFest
Through June 3, presented by University Theatre at NC State— University Theatre is gearing up for a whirlwind monthlong project: the three-show repertory theatre productions of TheatreFest. “We’ve been doing the summer shows since 1991,” said theatre Director John McIlwee, “with the exception of the years we were undergoing renovation at Thompson Hall.” Starting on Thursday May 30 and running through Sunday June 30, the shows are a popular introduction to what NC State offers the community in theatre arts. “The summer we reopened after our renovation, we presented Agatha Christie mysteries,” McIlwee said. “They were so popular that each time we empty our lobby show suggestion box, there are at least a couple of notes that beg us to bring back the mysteries. This year, we are doing one Agatha Christie, along with two other fun shows!” Presented with grant support from the City of Raleigh Arts Council, this summer’s shows include Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will by Del Shores, directed by assistant director Allison Bergman. The Turnover family of Lowake, Texas is trying to settle Buford Turnover’s affairs before he kicks
the bucket. Buford has misplaced his will, and his four dysfunctional children need to find it. The powerful, poignant, hilarious and too-familiar moments are the true magic of family. Opening June 6 is Murder at the Howard Johnson’s, directed by acting coach and instructor Rachel Klem, who is also owner and producer at Common Ground Theatre in Durham. Self-absorbed Arlene is married to blundering car salesman Paul, who adores her. Arlene’s dentist lover, Mitchell, joins her to plot the murder of her husband. But a betrayal shifts the alliances—and the intended victim. The target keeps changing in this rambunctious suspense comedy. Finishing the season is Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee, directed by John McIlwee. This little known mystery will surprise and delight Christie fans with many wonderful twists and turns in true Christie tradition. Noted atomic scientist Sir Claud Amory, on the eve of dispatching his formula for a powerful new explosive to the Ministry of Defense, realizes that someone in his family circle has filched the formula from his safe. Sir Claud assembles the suspects in hopes of extracting the truth, and Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings arrive at the height of this experiment. Look for some well-known faces such as Lynda Clark, David Ring, Tim Caudle, Danny Norris, Joanne Dickinson and Sandi Sullivan. “TheatreFest actually kicks off our fall season of student shows, because we use this unique series to promote the upcoming season with special season ticket promotions. And we keep it at such a bargain price there’s no excuse to miss it!” McIlwee said. Check the complete schedule and ticket information online at www.ncsu. edu/theatre/theatrefest. Season tickets are only $39, two-for special $28. Individual tickets $16, seniors $14, NCSU students $5. Location: Titmus Theatre and Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, Thompson Hall, NC State Campus. THE GPS address is 2241 E. Dunn Ave, make sure to include the E or you’ll be directed to N. Raleigh.
Art Workshops, Book Discussions, and More at the North Carolina Museum of Art
Sign up for a “Senior Sampler” to enhance your appreciation of art and try artists’ techniques in a relaxed atmosphere—even if you’ve never held a paintbrush. These 2 1/2-hour classes include a gallery tour and discussion followed by a “try it yourself ” studio experience. It’s a fun way to discover art throughout the ages and experiment with printmaking, sculpture, collage, drawing, mixed media, or painting. “Every session is a new vision, a new appreciation, a new experience,” says MarLynn Brock, a frequent attendee. For example, “Making an Impression” (June 25) explores how impressionist artists use light, color, and detail to make a painting come alive. Those who attend a special daylong session, “Portraits from the Past” (July 23) will look at European masterworks on special exhibition from Virginia’s Chrysler Museum and then sample painting techniques while making a self-portrait. Trying to read more this summer? Join the NCMA book club, where you can meet with others to discuss a selected novel inspired by the NCMA permanent collection or temporary exhibitions. On June 5 the discussion focuses on the novel Room, by Emma Donoghue, and the Museum’s exhibition Dwelling: Interiors by Page H.
Laughlin and Pamela Pecchio. On August 7 the book club discusses Cold Running Creek, by Zelda Lockhart; this session is co-sponsored by the Friends of African and African American Art. If you’re interested in learning more about a particular exhibition or artist, consider attending one of the many lectures by NCMA curators or visiting speakers. This summer, a series of lectures on the theme “Your French Summer” explores topics including Rodin and French provincial landscapes. A separate “Lunch and Lecture” in July features NCMA Curator of European Art David Steel, who discusses works by Degas, Renoir, Cassatt, Rodin, and others on loan from the Chrysler Museum; the event includes a lunch catered by Iris restaurant. Then, after a day in the art studio or lecture hall, relax with a glass of wine and live music at one of the Museum’s weekly Art in the Evening events, or take a stroll past sculptures and paintings interspersed throughout the Museum Park.
“With our adult and senior programming, we try to offer something for everyone, whether you want to learn how your favorite artist created his or her masterpieces, or try making your own,” says Diana Phillips, coordinator for seniors and special audiences in the NCMA’s Education Department. “The workshops, lectures, and discussions not only provide valuable learning experiences— no matter your age or skill level—but they also are a lot of fun.” Emily Kowalski is a communications specialist with the North Carolina Museum of Art, www.ncartmuseum.org. | Photos courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of Art; Christopher Ciccone, photographer.
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Not Just a Place to Live, but a Place to Start Living! Evergreen Construction Company, the Triangle’s leading management company that provides affordable age-restricted housing, is now accepting applications for their one- and two-bedroom apartment homes
Evergreen raises the industry standards for quality, value, style and livability.
• Wall-to-wall carpet • Laundry facilities • Computer center in most communities • Library • Community room • Exercise room in most communities • TV and lounge area • Planned activities • 24-hour maintenance • On-site management • Mini-blinds • Water, sewer and trash included • Frost-free refrigerator • Pets welcome! (up to 25lbs)
Eastern Triangle Locations Autumn Spring
3601 Eck Dr. Raleigh, NC 27604
100 So. Hollybrook Rd. Wendell, NC 27591
2830 Kidd Rd. Raleigh, NC 27610
320 Shotwell Rd. Clayton, NC 27520
601 Pony Rd. Zebulon, NC 27597
(Off Trawick Road, near WakeMed Hospital)
(Across the street from the Eastern Wake Senior Ctr.)
(Close to WakeMed East Campus and the Beltine)
(Minutes away from Hwy 70, shopping and medical services)
(Close to Hwy 96, Hwy 97 just off of US 64)
(919) 550-2890 (919) 404-4753
Must be 55 or older. Certain income limits apply. For more information visit www.evergreenconstructionco.com
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Boom! Magazine™ is a monthly lifestyle magazine serving the boomer generations with articles on health and wellness, travel, leisure and fin...
Published on Jun 1, 2013
Boom! Magazine™ is a monthly lifestyle magazine serving the boomer generations with articles on health and wellness, travel, leisure and fin...