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Table of Contents Seasonal

Home & Family

It’s All About Summer All About June Free/Almost Free in Charlotte Free Summer Reading Program Where Can We Watch Fireworks Summer Sun Safety North Carolina Summer Festivals

pg 3 pg 4 pg 11 pg 11 pg 12 pg 13 pg 14

Other History - Independence Square Facts About the Sun Summer Car Care “Little Cat”

pg 9 pg 14 pg 20 pg 27

No Sew - So Much Fun Craft Summer Gardening Coloring Page Kid’s Play Featured Pets Summer Pet Safety

pg pg pg pg pg pg

17 18 23 24 31 28

Food and More Tips for Shopping at a Famer’s Market Locations of Local Famer’s Markets Lemonade Three Ways Strawberry Jicama Salad Substitute Ingredients

pg 7 pg 8 pg 21 pg 22 pg 22

FEATURED BUSINESSES The Bead Lady pg 5 Euro Cars pg 19

Lenux Stables & Riding Academy pg 10 Cleaner Carpet Concepts pg 26

Sandy Alvis Realty pg 15 Paws & Perms pg 29

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It’s All About Summer “A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.” James Dent

“Bees do have a smell you know, and if they

don't they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.” Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine

“Summer-induced stupidity. That was the diagnosis...” Aimee Friedman, Sea Change

“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” Henry James

“Summer's lease hath all too short a date.” William Shakespeare

“In summer the empire of insects spreads.” Adam Zagajewski

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All About the Month of June June 2012 is Observed As:

Holidays Observed in June:

National Safety Month Caribbean-American Heritage Month Black Music Month Men's Health Month Cataract Awareness Month National Candy Month

June 1 - Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 7 - National Chocolate Ice Cream Day June 11 - Corn on the Cob Day June 12 - Peanut Butter Cookie Day June 15 - National Flip Flop Day June 16 - National Fudge Day June 17 - Father’s Day June 20 - First Day of Summer June 20 - American Eagle Day June 21 - Go Skateboarding Day June 22 - Take Your Dog to Work Day

Birthstone: Alexandrite, Pearl, & Moonstone Fruits & Vegetables for the Month of June: Cherries Plums Pluot Aprium Okra

June Flower: Rose Astrological Signs: Gemini (until 20th) & Cancer (beginning 21th)

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Stop in and experience “Bead Heaven� at in Concord. The Bead Lady is a full service bead store offering friendly service and all the newest bead trends. They have thousands of unique beads, a variety of a semi-precious stones, pearls, pendants and jewelry findings for all your beading needs. Their goal is to inspire your creativity. Kathleen Reeder and her husband, Justin, are the founders of The Bead Lady in Concord, NC. The shop is a unique retail/ wholesale bead and custom design jewelry studio. They opened their first bead store in November of 2002 and have been growing and serving Cabarrus County, the surrounding counties, and North Carolina for years.

is your one-stop shopping destination for: Czech glass beads in a huge variety of colors and shapes Pearls in all shapes, sizes, and colors Semi-precious stones, turquoise, coral, tourmaline, and more Wood, shell, and bone beads Sterling silver, gold filled, and copper plated wire in a variety of sizes Copper and other affordable base metal clasps and beads Chains of all sizes and styles in sterling silver, gold filled, and base metals An experienced staff, able to answer all of your beading questions Premade, one of a kind jewelry

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The Bead Lady d Lady 1 Union St. N. Concord, NC 28027 704-782-5699 Hours Tues - Fri 10:30-5:30 Sat 10:30-5:00 Closed Sundays & Mondays Find Us on Facebook Facebook/The-Bead-Lady Check Us Out Online www.thebeadladyinconcord.com


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Tips When Shopping at a Farmer’s Market Farmer’s Markets abound in the Charlotte Metro Area, from Uptown Charlotte to Huntersville and everywhere in between. Here are a few tips to get you started shopping at Farmer’s Markets.

Bring Cash/Small Change

Don’t Buy the First Watermelon

Depending on the size of the Market, the farmers will only have cash and they won’t have a lot of small bills to hand out. Gather your $1 & $5 dollar bills and your coins before you go.

This goes for all produce/goods at a Farmer’s Market. The price range can vary widely at a Farmer’s Market. Stroll the Market first -See what everyone is offering quality & price wise, then go back to those farmers that are offering the highest quality for the lowest price.

Bring Your Own Shopping Bags Most farmers will have plastic shopping bags to put your goods in, but just in case, bring your own shopping bags. If we are “doing the right thing” by shopping from local farmers, we might as well take the next step in saving our environment, too.

Shop Early or Shop Late Going to the Farmer’s Market early allows you to see the largest selection of items as well as have your pick of the freshest produce. Shopping close to closing time might get you in on deal; the farmers want to sell their produce so they may be willing to sell it at a reduced price.

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Don’t be Impatient A Farmer’s Market can get CRAZY depending on the day. The rows between the different farmers can also be a tight fit. You go to get some great produce from local farmers, it is not like shopping at a grocery store; you will need some extra time.

Have fun A Farmer’s Market is like a big mall of produce. Window shop, try things on, or buy something. Try out a new beet, smell a sunflower, buy a handmade birdhouse, or just people watch.


Local Farmer’s Markets Charlotte Regional Farmer’s Market This is the Charlotte area’s largest market. March – September: Tuesday – Saturday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Location: 1801 Yorkmont Rd. Charlotte, NC 28266 Huntersville Farmer’s Market June through October Tuesday and Saturday 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Location: 103 Maxwell St. Huntersville, NC 28078 Cabarrus County Farmer’s Markets Dates and Times: Monday 4 pm-7 pm, May - September (Located next to old restored post office on Robinson Church Road, Harrisburg.) Tuesday & Saturday 8 am- 12 Noon, April - October (Located corner of 518 Winecoff School Road and Orphanage Road.) Wednesday 11 am-1 pm, June - October (Located corner of Ashwood Street & Cabarrus Avenue-East, Concord) Davidson Farmer’s Market Saturdays 9 am – 12 Noon Location: Next to Town Hall between Main & Jackson Streets

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History Lesson - Independence Square Charlotte, NC was built upon two Native American crossroads. The intersection of these two paths is known as Trade and Tryon, or Independence Square. The four bronze statues at Independence Square were given to the City of Charlotte by The Queens Table, a philanthropic group. The statues were created by Washington D.C. sculptor Raymond Kaskey. The statues of Transportation, Commerce, and Industry represent elements of the past which have contributed to Charlotte’s growth as a major commercial center. The three statues are all looking towards the fourth statue, Future.

~ In the 1830′s and 1840′s gold miners walked through Independence Square headed for the U.S. Mint Building. ~ ~ Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his cabinet traveled through Independence Square after the fall of Richmond in 1865. ~ ~ Electric street cars started running through Independence Square in 1891. ~

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Lenux Stables & Riding Academy More than a horse riding academy‌ more than a barn... more than a place where horses live‌ Lenux Stables & Riding Academy is a place where relationships are built, confidence is gained, and smiles, fun, and laughter are never far away. When you meet Brooke, one of the owners and instructors, for the first time, you will feel her love for horses, children, and the passion for what she is doing. She will immediately put you at ease and you will feel as if you have known her forever. Besides being friendly and outgoing, Brooke is also an experienced rider and trainer and is passionate about teaching riding lessons, really knowing her students, their families, and passing on to each of them, her love for horses. Brooke and Quintus VanderSpuy share over 20 years of professional experience in training American Saddlebred Horses and teaching English Saddleseat Riding. Both are proud members of the United Professional Horseman's Association, The American Saddlebred Horse Association, the United States Equestrian Federation, American Road Horse and Pony Association, and the American Saddlebred Association of the Carolina's. They love to teach riders who come for a weekly fun ride, or riders who have a goal of becoming a world champion as well as every rider in between.

All Levels of Riders Welcome! Summer Camps Birthday Parties Ladies Night Out - Every Wednesday Family Fun Events Open to the Public

Riding Lessons Horsemanship Lessons Mommy & Me Sessions Professional Instruction Open 7 Days Week

Lenux Stables & Riding Academy 10610 Kerns Rd Huntersville, NC 28078 704.947.RIDE (7433) Check Us Out Online:

Lenux Stables & Riding Academy

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Free (or almost free) Things to Do in Summer Spray Grounds Cool down in any of the Mecklenburg Park & Recreations 5 Spray Grounds located at:  Nevin Park, 6000 Statesville Road  Cordelia Park, 2100 North Davidson Street  Latta Park, 601 East Park Avenue  Veterans Park , 2136 Central Avenue  West Charlotte Recreation Center Park, 2400 Kendall Drive

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve The Reedy Creek Park and Nature Preserve features fishing, 10 miles of trails, and serves as a habitat for 109 species of birds, 15 species of mammals, 20 species of reptiles, and 12 species of amphibians. 2900 Rocky River Rd. Charlotte, NC 704-336-8866

UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens The Botanical Gardens consist of three main areas – the McMillan Greenhouse complex, the 3-acre Susie Harwood Garden, and the 7-acre Van Landingham Glen. The three areas are located together, on the east side of the UNC Charlotte campus.

Bost Grist Mill Bost Grist Mill grinds corn into meal and grits with the same stones and techniques used during the 1800's as well as providing an opportunity for visitors to be a part of the mill's historic past. At this site, you can discover more information about the products and services the Bost Grist Mill provides, as well as a step back into the 1800’s. 4701 Hwy 200, Concord, NC.

Free Summer Reading Programs PBS Kids Summer Reading Challenge This challenge kicks off on June 6th and includes a FREE six week reading program and the chance for your kids to win daily prizes for their participation. http://www.ivillage.com/challenges/summerreading/signup Local Library Don’t forget to check out your local libraries to find out which programs they’ll be offering this summer. Scholastic Summer Challenge Log in your reading minutes to the Scholastic site and your child will be able to participate in a World Record challenge as well as earn digital prizes. http://www.scholastic.com/summer/

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Where Can We Watch Fireworks? U.S. National White Water Center July 2nd – 4th Three days of music and fireworks beginning Saturday July 2 and concluding Monday, July 4. Each day the music will begin at 4 p.m. with fireworks at nightfall. 5000 Whitewater Parkway, Charlotte, NC

Denver, NC Saturday, June 30th, 2012 East Lincoln High School, 6471 Highway 73 Celebrating our independence and community with a huge fireworks show, food, games, raffles, 'Battle of the Bands.'

Center City Charlotte The Presbyterian Hospital July 4th Spectacular at Memorial Stadium! Family-fun activities will take place from 4-9 p.m. Grab a blanket or chairs and claim a spot for the fireworks show beginning at 9:30 p.m. (weather permitting.)

Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway The weekly Summer Shootout Series is a family-friendly summertime tradition. In addition to a full program of Legends Car and Bandolero racing, the event includes special attractions. For July 4th expect a huge fireworks extravaganza.

WBT SkyShow WBT SkyShow will light up the sky over Knights Stadium following the end of the Charlotte Knights game. Queen’s Landing Mooresville July 4th 1459 River Highway Mooresville NC Lake Norman’s Largest Fireworks Show.

9th Annual Red, White and Bluegrass Festival July 1 - 4, 2012 The Red, White and Bluegrass Festival is back for the ninth year! Come down to Catawba Meadows Park and hear great Bluegrass music, browse vendor tents, and hang out family and friends.

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Summer Sun Safety The EPA offers extensive information on Sun Safety through their SunWise Program. The following are just basic guidelines on how to protect yourself and your children in the Summer Sun! While some exposure to sunlight can be enjoyable, too much can be dangerous. Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can result in a painful sunburn. By following some simple steps, you can still enjoy your time in the sun and protect yourself from overexposure. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends these action steps to help you and your family be “SunWise.” For more information, visit http:// www.epa.gov/sunwise.

Do Not Burn

Avoid Sun Tanning and Tanning Beds

Sunburns significantly increase one's lifetime risk of developing skin cancer, especially for children.

UV light from tanning beds and the sun causes skin cancer and wrinkling.

Generously Apply Sunscreen

Check the UV Index

Generously apply sunscreen: about one ounce to cover all exposed skin 20 minutes before going outside. Sunscreen should have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 and provide protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Reapply every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.

The UV Index provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities in ways that prevent sun overexposure. The UV Index forecast is issued daily by the National Weather Service and EPA.

Wear Protective Clothing

Seek Shade

Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses, when possible.

Seek shade when possible and remember that the sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow and Sand

Get Vitamin D Safely

Water, snow and sand reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.

Get Vitamin D safely through a diet that includes vitamin supplements and foods fortified with Vitamin D. Don't seek the sun.

Special Considerations for Children Recent medical research shows that it is important to protect children and young adults from overexposure to UV radiation. For babies under 6 months, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 1. avoiding sun exposure, and 2. dressing infants in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and brimmed hats. Parents can also apply sunscreen (SPF 15+) to small areas like the face and back of the hands if protective clothing and shade are not available. *Reprinted with permission.

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Facts About the Sun 

The Sun is the closest star to Earth.

The temperature of the sun’s surface is about 10,000° Fahrenheit. The temperature at the core, or very middle, of the Sun, is about 27 million° Fahrenheit.

The Sun is 109 times wider than Earth, and is 333,000 times heavier.

The Sun does not rise or set. It just looks like it does because the Earth is moving. The Earth orbits the Sun every 365 days.

The Sun rotates, too. It rotates every 25-36 days.

The moon does not give off light of its own. It is the Sun that gives light to the Moon. The Moon reflects the Sun’s light.

North Carolina Summer Festivals Christmas In July Festival 7/6/2012 - 7/7/2012 West Jefferson, NC Arts & Crafts, Live Music, Adventure & Fun for the Whole Family! http://www.christmasinjuly.info/ Carolina Mountain Ribfest 7/13/2012 - 7/15/2012 Fletcher (Asheville), NC The festival features professional barbecue competition chefs serving BBQ Ribs, Chicken, Brisket, and Pulled Pork. Live music, full Carnival, the Ribfest Arts & Crafts Show, Commercial Exhibits, Custom and Classic Car Show . http://www.wcpshows.com/ribfest.html

Krazy Night Out 7/20/2012 Salisbury, NC Free family event! 5-9 p.m. Music & entertainment around downtown, kids’ activities, shops open late, fun for the whole family http://www.downtownsalisburync.com/ Backyard BBQ 7/21/2012 Dobson, NC Vintage Car Show and Outdoor Games Live Concert featuring “Hot Sauce” http://www.sheltonvinyards.com Bele Chere 7/27/2012 - 7/29/2012 Asheville, NC http://www.belecherefestival.com/ The festival features four stages of free- live music and an impressive array of arts and crafts; as well as entertainment and activities for children. http://www.belecherefestival.com/ North Carolina Watermelon Festival 8/1/2012 - 8/4/2012 Murfreesboro, NC Enjoy a complimentary slice of the State’s finest melons in Historic Murfreesboro, NC! http://www.watermelonfestivalnc.com/ Pg 14 | www.CityUnwrapped.com | June 2012


Quick Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide Disinfect Meal Prep Areas Wipe surfaces with a paper towel or clean cloth soaked in 3% hydrogen peroxide. The solution will kill salmonella & other harmful organism without having to use chemical laden cleansers. Get Rid of Yellow Nails If dark nail polish has discolored your nails, simply pour enough 3% hydrogen peroxide into a bowl to cover your fingernails and then let them soak for 1 or 2 minutes. The hydrogen peroxide will help restore your nails to their natural color. Extend the Life of Flowers To make your beautiful cut fresh flowers last 4 or 5 more days, fill your vase a little less than half full with lukewarm water, then add 1 teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Keep Your Tooth Brushes Clean After each use, rinse your tooth brush with 3% hydrogen peroxide, then water to keep germs at bay. Do not swallow hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is dangerous if swallowed Pg 15 | www.CityUnwrapped.com | June 2012


Sandy Alvis Realty & Consulting 425 E. Statesville Avenue, Suite 104 Mooresville, NC 28115 Phone: 704-301-5161 Fax: 704-663-1080 sandyalvis@alvissighting.com

Service to Others and the Community I have been a broker in North Carolina for 12 years. In today’s market I believe that we need to offer a lot more to provide a valuable service to our clients. Now more than in the past we need to have a strong business acumen to best determine the market forces bearing on a particular property, as well as the desire and ability to really communicate with the client. For these qualities, I rely on by background as a teacher of economics and marketing and as an academic advisor. My personal home-buying-I have moved more times than I want to reflect on--has also come in handy. After having been through the process of buying, selling and building several homes, and being able to filter my personal experiences through my knowledge of economics and marketing, I knew that I had found something that I could not only excel in, but provide a means to help other people.

April was National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness month. Sandy Alvis Realty and Consulting helped sponsor the first Walk for Victims’ Rights in downtown Concord. “My goal is to give back to the community as much as possible.” Sandy Alvis

SMALL FIRM, BIG RESULTS We at Sandy Alvis Realty & Consulting concentrate on turn-key solutions for the client that minimize time, expense and hassles rather than sales and volume. People these days are very busy. They don’t have time to waste, especially in this competitive market. Good input, business skills and a comfortable relationship are essential to ensure the job gets done right. Dan Callahan - Broker 704-999-4524 dannycallahan@alvissighting.com

Equally important, I bring a passion for the Charlotte area to the task. I have always had a love of history and have learned to appreciate the roots of a city, as well as the culture and the people. This area is a great place to raise children and a wonderful repository of cultural opportunity.

By combining professional skills, a sincere passion for the service we provide and the community we represent, and a dedication to the highest standards of client care, we aim to make the realty experience a pleasant,

peaceful and profitable one.


Summer Gardening and Lawn Care for the Charlotte Region By Danielle Nicholson

Living in Charlotte provides an amazing opportunity to have a beautiful yard. Due to the high moisture content in the air during the summer, we are able to grow flowers that people in other zones only dream about! One of my all-time favorite blooms is the Hydrangea- it truly evokes all the beauty and charm the South has to offer. The early summer is an ideal time to plant these beauties, so long as you follow these few simple rules: Choose a location that receives morning sun and afternoon shade, if possible. The space must allow the hydrangea to reach its full size without pruning, which is about 4ft. by 4ft. Plant in well-drained soil. If soil is heavy, add roughage such as pine bark mulch. Do not plant too deeply. Use the depth that hydrangea was planted in existing pot as your guide. Hydrangeas require a lot of moisture, especially if they are exposed to afternoon sun. Be prepared to keep soil moist. Do NOT plant hydrangeas underneath trees, as the invasive tree roots will overpower the flowers quickly. ***Did you know the type of soil you plant your hydrangeas in can actually change their bloom color?? In the heat of the Summer… Rain Water Often Isn't Enough. A summer shower doesn't ensure that your garden plants are well-watered. Scratching the soil or mulch surface after rainfall often reveals dry soil. Yes, we wish Mother Nature would do the work for us by moistening the soil generously and deeply. Don't count on it though. It's up to us to keep our plants alive and healthy. Look at or feel the soil to determine if rain has penetrated deeply enough to wet plant roots. If not, water deeply and long so plant roots benefit.

SUMMER STEPS TO A LUSH FESCUE LAWN The key to a beautiful, green lawn is proactive preventative maintenance. If you want those shiny green blades of grass that your neighbor boasts, keep these summer lawn tips in mind: In the Summer months, let the grass grow longer by raising the height of your lawn mower to a height of 2.5 to 3 inches. This keeps the sod from drying out and losing too much moisture. Mowing too low will also cause tall fescue grass to thin out. In July and August, spray a “roundup type” herbicide if you have any stray weeds or weed grasses. Make sure this is done 60 days PRIOR to seeding. The heat will assist in killing the weeds fast and applying it early enough will not stunt the growth of your upcoming fall seeding and fertilizing. Pg 18 | www.CityUnwrapped.com | June 2012


The No-Sew So Much Fun Pillow Craft By Danielle Nicholson

This is an easy and fun way to dress up your daughter’s room without spending a lot of money or time. There is no sewing involved, and best of all, you can do it together! What You’ll Need: 2 square pillows of your choice 2 coordinating ribbon spools, 1 ½ - 2 inches thick 2 silk flowers of your choice, coordinated with ribbon Extra embellishments of your choice, such as thin coordinating ribbon, bead strings, etc. Low heat glue gun and glue sticks Scissors Instructions: Wrap a pillow with ribbon as if it were a present, making sure to leave approximately 6 inches extra on each side for the tails. You can make the ribbon as tight or loose as you’d like around the pillow dependent upon your preference, but make sure to knot it well so the tails will flow nicely. Take a strand of the opposite coordinating ribbon, approx. 9 inches long and secure into the existing knot, tying tightly. You may cut the coordinating ribbon into smaller strips after they’re secured or add a few more strands, whichever you choose. Repeat with any embellishments you selected, making sure to securely tie them to the existing center knot. Cut off the stem of the silk flower as low as possible and apply about a half dollar size amount of hot glue onto the back. Firmly press the flower down onto the center of the pillow where the existing knots are. Press and hold for about 1 minute until flower feels secure. Brush out all ribbon tails with your fingers and Viola! A pretty and fun pillow! No-Sew Easy! Now repeat all steps with the second pillow. However, make sure to use the opposite coordinating ribbon to wrap the pillow and use a different flower for a similar, yet fresh look.

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Summer Car Care Summer is quickly approaching and the time to get your car in check is now! Nothing will ruin family summer fun quicker than a blown tire, an overheating radiator, or windshield wipers that stop working! Hot weather can be tough on your vehicle. Here are just a few tips Jeff Albanese, owner of Euro Cars Charlotte, recommends in order to get your car in tip top shape for summer: Have a safety check done before any summer road trips to make sure car is going to get you to and from your destination safely. Check the tire pressure. Tires should be rotated every 5,000 miles. Tire pressure should be checked when the tires are cold. An improperly inflated tire can heat excessively, potentially causing a blow-out on the interstate. Over or under inflated tires can also cause excessive wear. Also, examine your tires for tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. Take it to a trusted mechanic for inspection. Check your air conditioning. If you don’t want to lose half your body weight a day in sweat sitting at a red light, make sure your air conditioning system is working properly. Remember that a marginally working air conditioning system will fail in hot weather. Take your car to a trusted mechanic to have the air conditioning inspected. Check coolant/antifreeze mixture. The ideal mixture of coolant and water inside your vehicle's radiator is 50:50. If the mixture deviates from this norm, then hot weather performance can be compromised. Have your fluids, hoses, and belts checked. Before heading out on the road this Summer, be sure to let a trusted mechanic examine the fluid reservoirs in your vehicle including engine oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, coolant, and wiper fluid. A failed belt can affect your car’s electrical system, air conditioning, cooling system, or power steering system. And while most of us couldn’t tell a good belt from a bad one, a trusted mechanic can tell at a glance whether or not one needs to be replaced. Check your windshield wipers. It would be really scary to be driving down the interstate and run into one of our summer storms just to realize your windshield wipers don’t work. The life expectancy of a wiper blade is one year. If your car's blades are dried out and not making full contact with the windshield, replace them. Make sure you check your entire wipe/washer systems. In Case of Emergency. It doesn’t matter what month it is, you should always be carrying an Emergency Kit in your car. Minimally, your Emergency Kit should include: A flashlight, a first-aid kit, jumper cables, paper towels, and extra water. Check Your Oil. Keep engine oil clean and change at every 3000 – 4000 miles for regular oil and 7000 for synthetic oil. Make sure oil is at proper levels.

These are only a few tips on getting your car ready for summer and is not meant to diagnose or treat any car problems. If you suspect something is wrong with your car or it just needs a Summer Ready Check, take it to a trusted mechanic.

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Home Made Lemonade Ingredients: 1 ½ Cups Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice (approximately 10 lemons) 1 Cup Sugar 5 Cups Water Directions 1. Combine 1 Cup sugar and 1 Cup of water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until sugar is dissolved, approximately 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely. 2. While sugar water is boiling, squeeze 1 ½ cups of lemon juice. (Use a reamer or juicer.) 3. In a large pitcher, combine the cooled sugar syrup, lemon juice and 4 cups of cold water. 4. Taste for tartness. If too tart, add a cup of water. Remember when the Lemonade is served over ice, the ice will dilute the Lemonade.

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade Ingredients: 1 ½ Cups Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice (approximately 10 lemons) 1 Cup Sugar 1 Cup Water ½ pound strawberries, plus extra for serving 3 Cups Club Soda Directions 1. Follow steps 1-2 from the Home Made Lemonade from above. 2. In a blender, puree the strawberries with ¼ cup lemon juice. Strain into pitcher. Add remaining lemon juice and sugar syrup to pitcher, stir, then refrigerate until cool. 3. Just before serving, stir in the club soda. Serve over ice and garnish with strawberries.

Lemon Mint Slush Directions Using the recipe for Home Made Lemonade, add 1 ½ cups lemonade, ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, and 2 cups of ice in a blender. Blend until ice is crushed and then serve. Serves 2. Pg 21 | www.CityUnwrapped.com | June 2012


In the Kitchen

Strawberry Jicama Salad Recipe Simple, yet delicious. Crunchy, yet sweet!

Substitute Ingredients Ingredient Allspice

Amount 1 tsp

Baking powder

1 tsp

Cayenne

1/8 tsp

Chives, finely chopped Cinnamon

2 tsp

Cornstarch

1 tbs.

Garlic

1 clove

Green onions, fresh Lemon juice Lemon peel, dried

1/2 cup chopped 1 tsp 1 tsp

Mint leaves, fresh chopped Onion powder

1/4 cup

Tomato sauce

2 cups

Ingredients 1 Head of Romaine lettuce, chopped 2 Celery stalks, chopped 1/2 Large jicama chopped 2 Cups sliced strawberries 1 Cup sliced raspberries (optional) 1/2 Bottle raspberry vinaigrette dressing Directions Mix all ingredients.

Recipe Submitted by Katie C., Charlotte

1 tsp

1 tsp

Substitute 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp ground cloves 1/3 tsp baking soda and 5/8 tsp cream of tartar 4 drops tabasco sauce 2 tsp green onion tops finely chopped 1/4 tsp Nutmeg or allspice 2 tbsp all-purpose flour 1/8 - 1/4 tsp garlic powder 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 tsp vinegar 2 tsp fresh grated lemon peel or 1/2 tsp lemon extract 1 tbsp dried mint leaves 1 tbsp instant minced onion 3/4 cup tomato paste plus 1 cup water

Have a recipe you want to share? Send it to Info@CityUnwrapped.com or mail it to: City Unwrapped - Attn: Recipe 13016 Eastfield Rd Ste 231 Huntersville, NC 28078 Please include your name, city, and email. Pictures are nice, but not required! Recipes may be featured online at CityUnwrapped.com or in the printed version. Pg 22 | www.CityUnwrapped.com | June 2012


Color the picture and send it to: City Unwrapped - Attn: Color 13016 Eastfield Rd Ste 231 Huntersville, NC 28078 We will choose a few of our favorites to publish in the next issue, as well as publish them on CityUnwrapped.com. Pg 23 | www.CityUnwrapped.com | June 2012

Name: _________________________ Age _____ City: __________________________________ *Email Address: ________________________ * Email address is only needed if you want us to let you know if your child’s picture was published.


It’s Kid’s Play!

Knock Knock Who’s there? Alec! Alec who? Alec-tricity! Isn’t that a shock!?

Go on a Scavenger Hunt!

nock Knock K there? ’s o h W Ivory! ho? Ivory w ng like o r t s y Ivor ! Tarzan

Hurry! Grab a friend or sibling and have a scavenger hunt! Set a designated “safe spot” for the items you find and then search for the items on this list in your house. The first one to find all the items wins! Use a clock to time yourselves!

Scavenger Hunt Items Spoon Red object Pillow Tube of toothpaste Book Magazine Brush Roll of tape Pair of socks Ball Hat Lipstick Pair of shoes

Lip Balm An invitation Empty toilet paper roll Empty bottle Dictionary Spare Change Bar of soap Bath towel Couch pillow Remote control Spatula Earrings Video game

Knock K Who’s nock the Jamai re? ca! Jamai Jamai ca who? ca mis take?

Did You Know? Tic-Tac-Toe can be traced all the way back to ancient Egypt? And an early version of Tic-Tac -Toe was played in the Roman Empire? It was called Terni Lapilli and instead of having any number of pieces, each player only had three, thus they had to move them around to empty spaces to keep playing. The game's grid markings have been found chalked all over Rome.

Ready! Set! GO!

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Eco-Friendly Carpet Cleaning and More is Just a Phone Call Away Cleaner Carpet Concepts offers carpet cleaning and more for Charlotte and surrounding areas. Our industry-leading carpet cleaning technology removes dirt and extends the life of your carpet. And it improves the air quality all around you. Satisfied Customer: "Carpets haven't been this clean since we moved in 6 years ago." We use 10 times less water than the steam cleaning method, resulting in a faster drying time. Over-wet carpets require longer drying times. Wet carpets that are walked on will almost always soil more quickly. This is because the chemicals and moisture act as a magnet, pulling dirt and debris into the carpet fibers. The long drying time increases the likelihood that mold and mildew will develop, seriously jeopardizing indoor air quality. With longer drying times, and if traditional carpet cleaning chemicals are used, there is a greater possibility that gases and volatile organic compounds will be released into the air. This can cause allergic reactions and respiratory problems, especially for young children. Uses 10 times less water than steam cleaning method All products and process are Green Seal Certified All natural cleaning agents

OTHER SERVICES: Marble Floors Wood Floors Linoleum Engineered Wood Floors Tile & Grout Residential and Commercial

Tips For Keeping Your Hardwood Floors in Tip Top Shape: Floor Mats Keep a floor mat at each entryway to catch dirt and grime before it touches your floors. Tiny particles, like dirt, can act like sandpaper and scratch your wood. Keep a floor mat in any area where water could be splashed. This may hinder any water damage. Use floor mats or rugs mad especially for hardwood floors.

Want to see a difference in your floor? Give us a call today! 980.202.0577 service@cleanercarpetconcepts.com

Regular Cleaning Regular dusting and cleaning keeps hardwood floors looking new. Be sure to clean under your mats because any buildup of dirt under the mat may damage the floor with movement of the mat. The more frequently you clean the easier it is to keep your hardwood floors clean, and the better care you take, the longer your floor will maintain its original beauty. Depending on the amount of traffic in your home, we recommend polishing the floors every 2-3 months and sanding and refinishing approximately every 3-5 years.

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About 18 months ago, my wife was diagnosed with cancer. We were ready to fight this disease. About this same time we met “Little Cat”. Lucy, our black cat, liked to go outside in the evening but she never left our yard. One evening I looked outside and Lucy was sitting on the porch staring at another black cat. I opened the door and called Lucy to come inside. But instead, the other black cat started meowing with the sweetest little meow I have ever heard. I walked out to see if there was anything wrong with the little cat and she rolled over on her back and just wanted to be petted. She was a tiny cat compared to Lucy; almost like she wasn’t full grown. She was very thin so I brought her a plate of food which she devoured right away. After she was finished eating she got up, looked around, and was on her way. A couple of nights later she was back meowing the same sweet meow. I petted her some more and gave her some more food. She started coming around every evening and we went through the same routine. I started leaving the garage open a crack so she could come in from the rain if she needed to. Because of her size, we started calling her “Little Cat”. Little Cat’s visits were a welcome diversion from our thoughts of cancer. After a few months, Little Cat started coming around to the back door. When I opened the door she came in and rolled over for her nightly pet, went to Lucy’s dinner plate, and sat and waited until I fed her. After eating, she would lie down for an hour, and then she goes back outside. This went on for a few months. She stayed in the garage by day, had her evening meal, and was off again at night. Eventually she started eating in the morning too. After eating Little Cat would go into the guest room and nap all day. She was so sweet we just couldn’t say no to her. She had become part of our family in a way; helping our family cope while my wife battled cancer. She became a symbol of hope, of calmness, of what was still good in a world full of pain. In a way I believe she was sent from somewhere to help my family through this trying and painful time. In November, things turned dramatically worse for our family. My wife passed away from cancer. Our world was thrown into a tailspin. We were all devastated (and still are), but the one constant that remained was the daily visits from Little Cat. I decided to move to a less expensive house, but then didn’t know what to do with Little Cat. My daughters said, ”Take Little Cat with you,” but I was worried how she would act in new surroundings especially since she always wanted to be gone at night. One day, Little Cat came in and looked all beat up, like she had been in a major cat fight. Still reeling from the loss of my wife, I made my decision. Little Cat was coming with me. I decided to take Little Cat to the vet to get her fixed up, get her shots, and ask the Doctor for advice as to what I should do with her. He took Little Cat to examine her and came back and said “What a friendly cat she is. She rolled over and couldn’t get enough petting from everyone here.” Then he told me Little Cat wasn’t a “she,” but a “He.” That was a shock. He then went on to tell me what shots Little Cat required and suggested I get him neutered. He said Little Cat would calm down after that. But then, everything changed. As the vet was examining “him,” he noticed Little Cat had a temperature and wanted to test him for some feline diseases. A few minutes later the vet returned and gave me terrible news. Little Cat had Feline HIV. That Little Cat should be euthanized for his own sake and for the sake of other animals he may come in contact with. He explained to me that if we didn’t euthanize him, he would die a horrible death. I agreed and broke down and cried like a baby. After losing my wife and then “Little Cat” it was just too much for me to handle. The vet was very sympathetic and showed a lot of compassion, which I truly appreciated. He did tell me though that I needed to bring my other cat, Lucy, in for testing the following week. I did take Lucy and she is fine. I am thankful for the professional service and personal service I received. Pg 27 | www.CityUnwrapped.com | June 2012


Preventing FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) in Cats FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is a contagious disease that can potentially spread from one cat to another. Once your cat is infected with the feline immunodeficiency virus, there is no cure for the infection. Cats that are sick from FIV are treated symptomatically. For example, if secondary bacterial infection is present, antibiotics may be necessary. The treatment necessary will vary depending on the symptoms being displayed. There is a vaccination for feline immunodeficiency virus. However, the vaccine is somewhat controversial and not all veterinarians recommend using it. The problem with the vaccine for FIV is that cats that have received the vaccine will test positive for FIV. This may complicate diagnosing your cat if he gets sick. You can help prevent infection with FIV by avoiding the things that put your cat at risk of infection like: Have your cat spayed or neutered Keep your cat indoors Test any new cats for FIV before you bring them into your household and allow them to interact with the cats already there. * If you suspect your cat is sick, the best thing for you and your cat is to visit your vet.

Keep Your Pets Safe This Summer Talk with your vet about flea and tick prevention medications. Have your dog's vaccinations updated if necessary. Beware of insect bites. If your dog is bitten or stung, remove the stinger and watch the site for an allergic reaction. If a reaction occurs or there have been multiple wasp, bee or mosquito bites, take the animal to the vet. Heartworm is a common problem for dogs. Take your dog to a vet and follow your vet's advice for heartworm precautions. Lawn and garden products may be hazardous. Make sure that plants and fertilizers within the dog's reach are not toxic. Never leave your dog unattended in direct sunlight or in a closed vehicle. Heatstroke can occur and lead to brain damage or death. Signs of heatstroke are panting, drooling, rapid pulse and fever. Immediately immerse the dog in cool water and seek emergency veterinary assistance. Never leave your dog unattended in a hot, parked car. When it's only 80 degrees outside, the inside of a car can heat up to more than 120 degrees in just minutes. Leaving the windows partially rolled down will not help. Your dog is susceptible to heat stroke and possible death in these conditions. Always make sure your dog has access to fresh water. All dogs should have proper identification at all times. Try to avoid strenuous exercise with your dog on extremely hot days and refrain from physical activity when the sun's heat is most intense.

No matter how careful and responsible you may be, accidents can happen. Make sure your vet's phone number is close and available to all family members. Pg 28 | www.CityUnwrapped.com | June 2012


What Your Pet Needs When you leave your pet in a groomer’s hand, you hope they are treated kindly, you hope they are comfortable, but unless you sit there and watch what happens, you don’t quite know for sure because your pet cannot talk to you. This is why Shelly, owner of Paws & Perms Salon, made it her mission to provide your pet with a relaxing, yet timely grooming experience. At Paws & Perms, pets are treated to private grooming stations and a calming atmosphere in a spa-like modern facility.

Paws & Perms Offers: Individual Appointments All Natural Shampoos & Conditioners Designer Bows, Bandanas, and Colognes Hand Fluff Drying Fancy Nail Color/Dremel Nail Filing Unique Pet Accessories & Gifts (704) 947-2263 Paws & Perms Eastfield Village Center 13010 Eastfield Rd, Suite 400 Huntersville, NC 28078

Happy Tails Professional Pet Sitting (704) 717-9113 Why send your pets away when you’re gone? Happy Tails visits your home to give your pets the care and attention they need when you are away. This includes feeding, walking, play time, cleaning up after them, and making them comfortable while you are away. Mid-day walks  Exercise  Play time  Feeding/Watering  Basic home services  30 - 40 minute quality visits   Licensed Bonded Insured   Ten Year Member of Pet Sitters International  At Paws & Perms Pet Salon and Happy Tails Pet Sitting, their goal is always quality over quantity. Your pet’s happiness and your satisfaction is what is most important!

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FEATURED PETS

“A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.� Roger Caras

"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."

- Unknown

"Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this." ~ Anonymous Pg 30 | www.CityUnwrapped.com | June 2012


MORE FEATURED PETS

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June/July 2012 City Unwrapped Magazine