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HomeTown Heroes Decorating Your Porch for Fall Gift and Holiday Décor Guide

Holiday Sweets & Treats ~ Apple Pie Shake ~ Jack O’ Lantern Tarts ~ Caramel Apples Complimentary! October/November



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Fall is in the Air! With each issue we print, I believe we are growing stronger as a company. However, it is not the size that matters, it is the relationships we are gaining. Not only through our readers, but with our advertisers as well. Real relationships seem to be waning these days. I don’t know if it is because we are in a technological era, or if people are really changing. However, I believe the only way City Unwrapped will continue to grow and thrive is to nurture those relationships we have and look for new ones. We work hard at proving that we are real people that care about what both our readers and what advertisers want. As we go into the Fall season, I am taken back to what my Mom always taught me and that is to appreciate what you have and show that appreciation. Whether in words or actions, no one will know they are appreciated if it is not shown. To show our appreciation and thankfulness this Fall season we will be attending the Highland Creek Holiday Bazaar where we will be handing out issues of our magazine, promoting our advertisers, and offering gift baskets to give away! Thank you readers and advertisers! If it weren’t for you, we would not exist! Come see us at the Highland Creek Holiday Bazaar! November 10th 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Cox Elementary School Real Views. Real People. Real City. Katie Campbell Katie@CityUnwrapped.com 704.719.0979

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Table of Contents Seasonal

Home & Family

Here Comes Fall - Quotes About October & November Holiday Photo Ideas Local Pumpkin Patches & Farms North Carolina Festivals

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Other History Lesson - Civics 101 HomeTown Heroes Tips for Gift Giving Recycle Your Old Socks

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Decorating Your Porch for Fall Gift Giving Tips Take a Bite - Recipes Fall Sweets & Treats Kids Play Kids Submitted Coloring Pages Coloring Page Featured Pets Make Your Own Dog & Cat Treats Mr. Cool

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FEATURED BUSINESSES Audrey’s Fru Fru & Sassy Boutique Art Glass Works - Stained Glass Studio Veteran’s Art Works Sandy Alvis Realty and Consulting

pg 7 Shop ’Til You Drop in Down Town Concord pg 17 pg 8 Euro Cars pg 20 pg 13 Paws & Perms pg 29 pg 16

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Here Comes Autumn For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.

Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn. ~Elizabeth Lawrence

~Edwin Way Teale Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.

Thanksgiving dinners take Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. ~Stanley Horowitz

eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence. ~ Erma Bombeck

~ Henry Van Dyke “Fall colors are funny. They’re so bright and intense and beautiful. It’s like nature is trying to fill you up with color, to saturate you so you can stockpile it before winter turns everything muted and dreary.” ~ Siobhan Vivian,

Same Difference

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Adopt A Shelter Dog Month Apple Month National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month National Character Counts Week: 21st-27th October 5 - World Teacher Day October 8 - Columbus Day October 8 - Native American Day October 10 - National Stop Bullying Day October 12 - International Moment of Frustration Scream Day October 15 - I Love Lucy Day October 18 - National Chocolate Cupcake Day October 21 - Reptile Awareness Day October 27 - National Forgiveness Day October 28 - Frankenstein Day October 30 - National Candy Corn Day October 31 - Halloween October 31 - National Caramel Apple Day

National Native American Heritage Month National Georgia Pecan Month Adopt A Senior Pet Month National Young Reader's Week: 12th-16th November 1 - All Saints Day November 3 - Sadie Hawkins Day November 4 - Daylight Savings Time ends November 6 - Election Day November 10 - National Day of Play November 12 - Veterans Day Observed November 17th - Homemade Bread Day November 20 - Name Your PC Day November 22 - Thanksgiving November 24 - Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day November 27 - National Day of Listening November 28 - Red Planet Day November 30 - Stay Home Because You’re Well Day

Birthstone: Opal

Birthstone: Topaz/Citrine

Flower: Marigold

Flower: Chrysanthemum

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Decorating Your Front Door For Fall Fall is announced by not only the changing of the leaves, but also your front door, porch, or patio. Looking for ideas on how to decorate your front door? Pintrest.com is an awesome site to search for ideas on how to decorate your front door to celebrate the change in seasons!

Ideas Fall Foliage Use both real and fake fall foliage to define your porch. Use leaves to frame your door, display colorful mums. Use your imagination! Mums don’t have to be planted in traditional pots. Use decorative tins, bottles, or anything else to help the color of your mums pop! We used different sized tin buckets. Pumpkins & Gourds Also a people pleaser, use different shape pumpkins and colorful gourds to add texture to your front door. Again, put the small gourds in an “out of the ordinary” container. We used a large candle holder and just stacked them. Bales of Hay Use bales of hay to add height to your front door. Smaller “fake” bales of hay can be purchased at most craft stores. Wreath A fall wreath will define your front door. Look for something out of the ordinary, or if you are creative, make one yourself. We got ours from Deco Mesh Crazy, a new small company that makes custom designed wreaths!

Deco Mesh Crazy Deco Mesh Crazy is a recently created business by Bobbie McCrae, born from her love of crafts. After her friends and family got a look at the wreaths she was creating, they all wanted to buy one. One thing led to another and then a company wanted to buy her wreaths! Her craft has turned into a side business for her. She never would have guessed in such a short time she would be selling her wreaths. Just recently she had to close down her “order taking” in order to fulfill all the orders she already had! Deco Mesh Crazy takes custom orders for wreaths including football teams, seasonal wreaths, new baby wreaths and more. If you can come up with the theme, Deco Mesh Crazy can create it for you! Interested in purchasing a wreath? Check out the Deco Mesh Facebook page at: www.Facebook.com/DecoMeshCrazy Or, email Bobbie at DecoMeshCrazy@Yahoo.com.

Holiday Photo Ideas From Courtney at Lolavie Studios With the holidays quickly approaching (it’s already October!) family photos are something every mom and grandmother is going to want to capture. One fun idea for family photos is to duplicate a family classic with the kids. Take a photo of you and your siblings and pose your children the same way. Tacky Christmas sweaters are always great to throw on for these photos. You can then frame both of these photographs side by side to showoff both generations. One of my favorites, especially if there are any new babies in the family, is to take a wreath and put the child in it, letting the wreath frame them. If you have a tripod, you can have an older child in the frame and use Christmas lights to ‘light paint’ around them. This always is a fun photo to have by the tree. When photographing your subject, don’t be afraid to get too close. Filling the frame up makes a difference. Also move your subject to one side of the frame so that they are not dead center. As for light, make sure it is not directly behind the subject, it will make the subject silhouetted. To prevent clutter in the photos, make sure to look beyond your subject to see what’s in the background and the corners of the frame.

Audrey's Holiday Decor 8 Union Street South Concord, NC 28025 704-782-0520

Holiday Décor Ideas from Audrey’s Holiday Décor and Audrey’s Fru Fru & Sassy Shops Halloween



Audrey’s Fru Fru and Sassy 46 Union Street South Concord, NC 28025 704-786-7277

Art Glass Works - Stained Glass Studio You can find what you think is stained glass art in most retailers today, and because of that, the true art of stained glass seems to be lost. But walk into Art Glass Works Studio in Cornelius, and you will see what the true stained glass art is. Specializing in 3-D stained glass, the owners, Alan and Lisa Coyle, use only the best materials to create beautiful pieces of art. The Coyles take their craftsmanship very seriously. Only the best will do. While they do use both handmade and machine made glass, most of their work is done using handmade glass because of the higher quality. Mr. Coyle has been creating stained glass art since 1980 as a hobby, but opened Art Glass Works Studio in 1999. If you love stained glass, or love real art in general, you will be able to see the quality and attention to detail put into each stained glass piece at Art Glass Works. While their shop has a lot of unique, one of a kind items, custom stained glass art is their specialty. Art Glass Works can be found as far away as Sweden, England, Germany, Spain, and Japan. Innovation and new techniques are always being tested. Art Glass Works uses mixed media, 3-D etchings of photos, and both window and wall panels. Art Glass Works also offers customers everything they would need for stained glass and art glass projects including stained glass, supplies, books, and tools. Art Glass Works is a combination gallery, showroom, school, repair, and fabrication studio. Stop by and see Alan and Lisa Coyle and take a look around, you will not be disappointed.

Glass Classes Wanting to share the true beauty of stained glass art, glass classes are offered at Art Glass Works Studio. From beginner to advanced, these classes include everything you will need to learn the art of stained glass including studio time. Mosaic classes are also offered including: Mosaic Stepping Stone Mosaic on Clear Glass Mosaic on Wood Mosaic for Children Art Glass Works Studio 20850 Catawba Ave Cornelius, NC 28031 704.892.5995 artglasswks@aol.com www.ArtGlassWorks.net

Gift Guide from Art Glass Works Stained Glass Studio

History Lesson - Civics 101 Did you know that in order to become a U.S. citizen you must have lived in the United States for at least five years? Or if you are married to, and living with a U.S. citizen spouse, you can qualify after only three years? Did you know that you have to take Citizen test to prove that you know basic United States history and government, and are able to read, write, and speak basic English?

Something to think about. Below are sample of questions taken from the Citizen Test that people applying for U.S. citizenship must pass in order to become a citizen of the United States. Cover the answers on the right hand side and try to answer the questions. If you had to take the Citizen test would you be able to answer these questions?



1. What do the stripes on the flag mean?

1. The number of original states.

2. What do the stars on the flag mean?

2. The number of states.

3. What is the Constitution?

3. The supreme law of the land.

4. What do we call a change to the Constitution?

4. Amendment

5. How many changes are there to the Constitution?

5. 27

6. How many branches are there in our government?

6. 3

7. Name the branches of the government.

7. Legislative, executive, and judiciary

8. How many senators are there in Congress?

8. 100

9. For how long do we elect each senator?

9. 6 years

10. How many representatives are there in Congress?

10. 435

11. What is Congress?

11. The senate and house of representatives.

12. Name the thirteen original states.

12. Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Rhode Island, and Maryland

13. In what year was the Constitution written?

13. 1787

14. What is the Bill of Rights?

14. The first 10 amendments of the Constitution.

15. Who said, “Give me liberty or give me death”?

15. Patrick Henry

16. Which countries were our enemies during World War II?

16. Germany, Italy and Japan

17. What are the 49th and 50th states of the Union?

17. Alaska and Hawaii

18. How many terms can a President serve?

18. 2

19. Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.?

19. A civil rights leader.

20. Who has the power to declare war?

20. The Congress

21. What kind of government does the United States have?

21. Republic

22. Which President freed the slaves?

22. Abraham Lincoln

23. Who was the main writer of the Declaration of Independence? 23. Thomas Jefferson 24. What special group advises the President?

24. The Cabinet

25. Which president is called the “Father of our country”?

25. George Washington

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Sometimes, All They Need is a Little Hope

By Katie Campbell

Cancer. Five letters, that’s it. Five letters. I don’t know of another five letter word that causes so much fear and pain in people. Cancer. I would bet it has affected everyone reading this in one way or another. But, what if you got a call one day from your child’s pediatrician and that ugly word cancer was used in reference to your child? Your child had cancer. Then what? You take off work to have your child go through chemotherapy, have CT scans, MRI’s, blood drawn. You deal with hospitals and doctors you never, ever wanted to visit. Mentally, you are drained. Emotionally you are sick. Financially you may be hurt. And then you hear it, that familiar rumble of a motorcycle, you look out your window and you see HomeTown Heroes. Today they have come to put a smile on your child’s face, and you are thankful for that. That smile that brings HOPE back into your life. Hometown Heroes is a charitable organization that provides financial, emotional, and spiritual help for children and their families that are battling cancer. Throughout the year, Hometown Heroes organizes events and fundraisers in order to provide these families with what they need financially. However, it does not just end with monetary support. Each child becomes a part of the Hometown Heroes family. It is like these children now have a second family. “Hometown Heroes is dedicated to those kids that need some big friends. Our focus is to make these children and their families OUR families. “Big Kids Helping Little Kids” isn’t just a slogan, it’s a promise to make a difference in the lives of some kids that can use our help.” I first met the Hometown Heroes gang at their Christmas Tree lot on Mallard Creek two years ago. As one of their major fundraisers, the proceeds from the tree lot goes towards Christmas at Walmart for the Hometown Heroes children. The Walmart in Monroe closes early on Christmas Eve and allows Hometown Heroes and the families they support to come in and shop the night away with funds provided by Hometown Heroes. This night, no one is thinking about cancer, their treatments, how they will pay for Christmas dinner, or how they can pay for toys for their children. No. They are allowing themselves to enjoy this moment. To have fun . They are smiling. HomeTown Heroes None of this is possible without the help of the community, volunteers, or local businesses. I have been writing about HomeTown Heroes for two years. Not because they pay me, not because they asked me to, not for any reason than what they are doing for these children and their families is beautiful. I will continue to write about them until there is no such thing as cancer. You see, on November 29th, 2011 my Mom lost her battle with cancer. Our whole family was devastated and I did not want to celebrate the holidays last year. I wanted them to just go away. But the holidays aren’t about me so we went to the Kids Day at the Mallard Creek Christmas Tree lot for Hometown Heroes. The Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Department showed off some pretty spectacular vehicles! There was a bouncy house, several mascots, food, drinks, a helicopter that, and so much more! And I realized something at that moment.

Christmas Tree Lots Typical Hours Starting November 23: Monday – Thursday 3PM to 9PM; Friday and Saturday 9AM to 9PM; Sunday, 1PM to 6PM

Locations: I realized HomeTown Heroes came into my life to show me there is always Hope. Even when someone One lot in Charlotte loses their battle with cancer, there is always hope that one child will win their fight with cancer, that On Mallard Creek Church Road someone will find the cure for Breast Cancer, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Childhood Cancers, or any other where the annual BBQ happens. kind of Cancer. There is Hope in coming together as a united front to show cancer, it might win by taking our loved ones, but it can’t win by taking our spirit. We are much stronger as a group of people, Kids Day at Charlotte Location than on our own. And HomeTown Heroes shows that everyday to the families they have “adopted”. tentatively scheduled for December 8th 10-4 The children that Hometown Heroes help have cancer, some of them have terminal cancer. And yet, when you see them with the people of HomeTown Heroes, they are smiling. Their hearts are full of joy. Two lots in Monroe When HomeTown Heroes are around, these families seem lighter, like a weight has been lifted off their shoulders. It’s really very heartwarming and magical in a way to see the joy HomeTown Heroes brings to these families. I have learned a lot from HomeTown Heroes. You don’t take any minute for granted, you love people every minute of every day, and you realize that maybe when you smiled at that person in the grocery store and they just gave you a dirty look, that maybe, it is not that they are not nice, it is that deep inside they are hurting. They are truly unable to smile back at you. But smile anyway, You never know when you just gave someone a glimpse of Hope. Thank you HomeTown Heroes, for being there for those families when all they need is a little Hope. HomeTown Heroes holds several fundraising events throughout the year including the James Mclean Golf Tournament, Sugar Plum CookOff, Shaggin’ For Dollars, and many more. If you are interested in finding out more about HomeTown Heroes and their special events throughout the year, you can find them at www.HomeTownHeroesOnline.org or at www.Facebook.com/hometownheroes.monroenc. Pg 10 | www.CityUnwrapped.com | October/November 2012

Facts About Pumpkins       

Pumpkins are really a squash. Pumpkins are rich in Vitamin A and Potassium and are also high in fiber. The self proclaimed "Pumpkin Capital of the World" is Morton, Illinois. Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites. Native Americans flattened strips of pumpkins, dried them, and made mats. In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling. Colonists sliced off pumpkin tips; removed seeds and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey. This was baked in hot ashes and is the origin of pumpkin pie.

Local Pumpkin Patches & Farms Riverbend Farm

Aww Shucks Farms

12150 McManus Road Midland, NC 28107 www.RiverbendFarm.net

3718 Plyler Mill Rd. Monroe, NC 28112 http://www.awshuckscornmaze.com

Hours: Monday-Friday: 3:30 - 6 pm Saturday: 10-6 pm Sunday: 1-6 pm

Old Fashioned General Store, Hayrides, and visit the Pumpkin Patch. Animal Barn and an Old Rail Car from the 1800s. Six acre corn maze, kids play area, bonfire by the pond.

Fun and educational opportunities and an abundance of color, sights and sounds. Covered wagons will take you on a ride through the farm's rolling hills to see trees showing off their beautiful fall colors and bright orange pumpkins waiting to be picked. Twenty acres of pumpkins.

Maple Springs Farm 906 Dallas-Stanley Hwy. (NC 275) Dallas, NC 28034 Call for hours. http://sites.google.com/site/linebergersfarm/

Hodges Farm 3900 Rocky River Road Charlotte, NC 28215 http://www.hodgesfarmnc.com/ Pick your own pumpkin patch, Hayrides, Hay Mountain, Farm Animals, Corn Maze, Pony rides on Saturday and Sunday

Red Wolf Farm 1797 Water Plant Rd. Maiden, NC. http://www.redwolffarm.com/

Fall Festival atmosphere with lots of fun and educational Hours: activities including wagon rides, an old-fashioned corn and hay Sept. 29 - Oct. 28: Sat. 10am - 5pm & Sun. 11am - 5pm play area, a nature trail based on NC wildlife, a "Berry Land Maze," and a food and farms learning center called Hayrides, Farm Animals, Hay Mountain, Kids Play Area, Tubs of "Pumpkin Land." Corn, Pedal Tractors, Nature Trails, Creek,, Pumpkins Patch, Tractor Train, Picnic Barn Homegrown tomatoes, vegetables, peaches, and melons. Pg 11 | www.CityUnwrapped.com | October/November 2012

North Carolina Fairs & Festivals October Tour 10/13/2012 - 10/14/2012 Salisbury, NC Historic Salisbury Foundation’s 37th Annual October Tour is not to be missed. It will feature 11 historic sites dating from 1839 to 1930, including the magnificent 21-room HambleyWallace House. http://www.octobertour.com

People Fest 10/13/2012 Wadesboro, NC Community festival on the streets of uptown Wadesboro. Food, music, activities for kids, arts & crafts. Free event. Street fair starts at 9:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm. Night concert with fireworks starts at 7:00 pm at Ray Shelton Ball Field with fireworks at 10:00 pm. http://www.uptownwadesboro.com

Faith Rocks Fall Festival 10/26/2012 St. Mark Catholic Church Huntersville, NC Friday 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Concessions include pizza, cotton candy, popcorn, nachos, and soft-drinks. Silent auction, games including moon bounce, fishing, basketball punch, donut on a string, pie in a face, bowling and much more. Some of the crafts are decorated picture frames, cards, bracelets and one of the more popular booths is manicures. All proceeds from this event supports outreach projects like Operation Sandwich. http://www.stmarkcatholicschool.net

Halloween Hoot-n-Howl 10/27/2012 Huntersville, NC Saturday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Hoot of a day filled with Howl O' Ween fun! 1 pm Costume Contest; All Day Activities: Kraken Slime Creation Station, Face Painting, Spider Bingo, Cookie Decorating, Owl Masks, Tie-dying (BYO T-shirt): Extra $5 fee, Candy and Prizes. http://www.carolinaraptorcenter.org

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What Your Walls Say About You When choosing art for your walls, you choose something that touches you, that when you look at it you feel something. The art on your walls tells a story about you. It tells your audience, the people that come into your home, what makes you happy, what your favorite tree is, your favorite color, who your loved ones are, and more. Patrick, owner of Veterans Art Works, knows this.

Veterans Art Works Commissioned Art Work Murals Paintings Sketches

He knows when he is commisIf you can dream it, we can create it. sioned to create a wall mural of a pink dogwood, this is not We come to you. just a tree his client likes. This is her favorite tree. When Booth located at: she sees it, she is happy. Gallery 21 When she is happy, Patrick is 21 Union St happy. It’s all about creating a Concord, NC picture that creates emotion. (954) 224-6579 As far back as he can remember, Patrick always loved art. When he got older he wanted to be an architect and all through high school took advanced drafting classes. In order to help with college expenses, Patrick signed up for the military to take advantage of the GI Bill. That was the end of his architect dreams. Once he started in the military he never looked back. However, it wasn’t the end of his artistic dreams. In order to keep his sanity while deployed, Patrick drew sketches of what he was seeing. His comrades in deep thought, his comrades at work. Patrick felt something when looking at these people. Something inside him ticked. And he wanted to share what he was feeling inside by expressing it in drawings. He wanted people to feel something when they looked at these pictures. Patrick served the Unites States people for many, many years. He was trained as a medic in the military, and even when he left the military, he stayed on as a reservist. When 9/11 happened, he had a wife, two daughters, and an infant son. Right after 9/11 on a Sunday night he received a telephone call that he was being called up for active duty. He had to leave early the next morning. He was gone two years. Again, during that deployment, he would sketch in the middle of a mine field. He would sketch his friends. He would sketch his family that he dearly missed. Patrick continues to serve the people of his country, but now as a Paramedic. He continues to create art, but he does it knowing he is home with his family. Pg 13 | www.CityUnwrapped.com | October/November 2012

Patrick with his family. Cailey, Patrick, Ryan, Heather, Brianne For every piece of art work sold, Patrick donates a portion of the proceeds to the Wounded Warriors Project, an organization that provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life.

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704-301-5161 sandyalvis@alvissighting.com www.alvissighting.com 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.

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. Unlock the Possibilities . . . A TESTIMONIAL There are many adjectives you could use to describe Sandy Alvis. Our two favorites are professionalism and a good friend. We found our home on the 1st day and Sandy was there for all the inspections and the final walk through for us since we were still in Virginia. We often laugh together at how happy we are that Sandy planted us here in Concord, NC. Gail and Jim Headquartered in Mooresville with offices in Huntersville and Cornelius. Pg 15 | www.CityUnwrapped.com | October/November 2012

Dan Callahan - Broker 704-999-4524 dannycallahan@alvissighting.com

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

FALL IS FOR PLANTING In much of the country, fall is the ideal time to plant all kinds of things from cool-season vegetables, turf grasses and perennials to evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs. In the fall, the warm soil encourages root growth. Roots continue to grow through the winter until the ground freezes, or in areas with mild winters, roots may continue to grow.

FALL: MY FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR I grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. In the Fall I am reminded of the beautiful foliage, rides on the Blue Ridge Parkway, picking apples and making apple butter and cider. From our time in Michigan and Illinois, we have come to enjoy having our own October Fest. There is nothing like a good brat and German potato salad. (See my recipes on page 21.)

In early spring, roots continue to develop at a faster rate, and top growth begins. While the same plant planted in spring gets a slow start due to cool soils, the fall-planted plants are becoming well established. The spring-planted plant will lag behind. When summer finally arrives, the fall-plant is far better equipped to deal with heat and drought, largely due to its well established root system. There are other good reasons to plant in the fall: dependable rainfall, cooler temperatures and fewer pest and disease problems.

Living in Charlotte, I also enjoy the foliage and mild weather. Each fall we look forward to the Amazing Maize Maze at Rural Hill Farm. Another great family outing is the Renaissance Festival.

Sandy Alvis Owner - Broker 704-301-5161 www.alvissighting.com sandyalvis@alvissighting.com

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Shop ‘Til You Drop! Take a walk down Union Street in downtown Concord, NC and you will see a lot of unique, eclectic shops. There are three within feet of each other that you do not want to miss!

Audrey’s Fru Fru and Sassy Boutique 46 Union Street South Concord, NC 28025 704-786-7277 At Audrey's Fru Fru and Sassy Boutique you will find one of most eclectic and unique gift shops around. Filled with whimsical gift ideas, home decor, jewelry, accessories, and so much more.

Around every turn, every corner, you will find something you didn’t expect, something out of the ordinary, something that just yells “Take me home!” Be prepared to spend a little time in Audrey’s Fru Fru and Sassy Boutique. You will be surprised at the eclectic blend of home decor and furnishings, lamps, mirrors, wall decor, and pillows. Don’t forget to check out the large selection of purses, accessories, shoes, and fun gift ideas!

Audrey’s Once Upon a Time Boutique

Audrey’s Holiday Décor

12 Union Street South Concord, NC 28025 704-723-4099

8 Union Street South Concord, NC 28025 704-782-0520

Audrey’s Once Upon a Time Boutique is a children’s boutique at its finest. Carrying brand names like Cache Cache and Oopsy Daisy Baby. This is the only children’s boutique you need.

You will never worry about where to shop for holiday décor after visiting Audrey’s Holiday Décor. From season to season, holiday to holiday, Audrey’s Holiday Décor has it all.

In addition to finding all the styles and sizes you are looking for, you will also find one of a kind pieces, whimsical and practical gifts, accessories, and necessities like socks, shoes, diaper bags and more. Look for hand painted furniture, lamps, bedding, and unique floor coverings.

Audrey’s Holiday Décor is already stocked with Halloween, Fall, and Christmas décor. Goblets, wreaths, jewelry, garden items, and even Christmas items adorn Audrey’s Holiday Décor shop. Christmas decor includes wreaths, stockings, nativity scenes, gingerbread houses and ornaments. Their selection of ornaments includes fun, fanciful ornaments, blown polish glass ornaments, and more.

Audrey’s Once Upon a Time Boutique also offers the perfect Tea Birthday Parties for the little princess in your life.

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Tips for Gift Giving A little thought and time makes gift giving easier and more fitting for the person and occasion. Remember! It is the spirit of giving that matters! Think about these gift giving tips: When selecting a gift, consider the person’s interests. Thoughtful gift giving is always appreciated! Have a budget and stick to it! Put together a list of gift ideas and roughly how much you want to spend. Price compare online or even purchase online. Make something! Some of the best gifts can’t be purchased at any store. Create a painting, a piece of pottery, or use any of the talents you have! Give your time. The gift of your time for helping out or volunteering is also a form of giving, that very well be more appreciated than a material item. Uniqueness. When selecting a gift, look for items that are out of the ordinary. Shop local! Shop small businesses! They appreciate you taking time to visit their shop and so will the person receiving the gift. Pg 18 | www.CityUnwrapped.com | October/November 2012

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Getting Your Car Ready for Winter Weather – Top Ten Maintenance Tips While Summer seems to have just ended, in no time we will start to see the air cool and Winter Weather will sneak up on us. Is your car ready for Winter Weather? Check out these Maintenance Tips provided by Euro Cars Charlotte to make sure your car is in tip top shape for Winter!

1. Oil Change Are you due for an oil change? Don’t procrastinate. As it gets colder, oil tends to thicken and if it’s too thick it won’t do the best job of keeping your engine lubricated. For synthetic oil plan on getting an oil change every 7,000 miles and for nonsynthetic oil get one every 3,000 miles. If you don’t it will cause engine sludge and greatly take away from engine longevity. And as always, keep your scheduled maintenance per manufacturer recommendations .

2. Check Your Battery See corrosion on the posts and connections? It’s time to give that battery some love! Make sure the posts and connections are corrosion free and if your battery is over 3 years old, have a certified technician look it over. Do you really want to take the chance of having your battery die when it is 30 degrees outside?

3. Tires, Tires, Tires Get your tire pressure checked! Don’t know what your tire pressure should be? Your owner’s manual should tell you. As it gets colder, tire pressure drops. If your tires are not properly pressurized, you lose traction. Do you want to loose traction in snowy, wet, or icy conditions?

4. Four Wheel Drive? If you have four wheel drive, make sure that you check the status of your four wheel drive to make sure it is working properly. If you ignore minor issues in your Four Wheel Drive, they will become major, costly issues.

5. Get Your Antifreeze Mixture Correct! Have a 50-50 mix of antifreeze and water inside your radiator. This will prevent the mixture from freezing even at ridiculously cold temperatures. It’s easy to check the status of the mixture with an inexpensive antifreeze tester, which you can pick up at any auto parts store. If the mixture is off, your cooling system should be drained and refilled or flushed. Or, if you don’t want to do it yourself, take your car to a certified auto technician!

6. Windshield Wiper Check! Your windshield washer fluid needs to be an antifreeze solution. Make sure your wiper washer is in working order and that your wiper blades are in good shape and are actually wiping well. You might even want to use a winter blade in case of snow!

7. Check Your Belts and Hoses Be sure to check your belts and hoses and make sure they are free of any wear or tear. It doesn’t matter how old your car is, dry winter air can damage your belts and hoses.

8. Check Exterior Lights Have you ever had a neighbor come up to you and say “Did you know your left brake light was out?” Do a self check of all exterior lights. Including your hazards. You don’t want to be rear ended just because a brake light was out.

9. Can you see President Lincoln? Check your tire tread. Opinions vary on how much tread you should really have, but you can always use the Penny Test. Turn the penny upside down and place it in a tread. If Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, then the tire is still usable.

10. Safety Kit You should always have Safety Kit in your car, regardless of the season. Here is what you should have minimally in a Car Safety Kit:

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a blanket extra boots and gloves an extra set of warm clothes extra water and food, including hard candies an ice scraper a small shovel a flashlight windshield washer fluid windshield wipers flares

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jumper cables a tool kit tire chains a tire gauge a spare tire with air tire-changing equipment a first-aid kit paper towels a bag of abrasive material such as sand, salt or nonclumping kitty litter, which can provide additional traction if a tire gets stuck in snow.

These are just some of the ways you should get your car ready for winter. If you really want to get your car ready for winter and not do it yourself, take it to a certified auto technician. But don’t delay...Winter is fast approaching. This article is brought to you by Euro Cars of Charlotte where their motto is “We are committed to providing value and high standards of service at very competitive rates.” Servicing BMW, Mercedes Benz and Volvo cars in the Charlotte area. Pg 20 | www.CityUnwrapped.com | October/November 2012

Pumpkin Bread

Take a Bite Sandy Alvis, with Sandy Alvis Realty and Consulting (ad page 15) was gracious enough to share some of her favorite fall recipes with us! Enjoy!


1 can Apple Pie Filling 1/4 c. All-Purpose Flour 1 c. Quick or Old-Fashioned Oats 1/3 c. Brown Sugar 1/4 tsp. Salt 1 tsp. Cinnamon 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg 1/3 c. Butter, melted

1 c. Corn Oil 2 1/2 c. Sugar 3 Eggs 1 c. Pumpkin 1 c. Mincemeat (like Borden None Such) 2 c. Unsifted All Purpose Flour 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder 1 tsp. Soda 1 tsp. Salt 1 tsp. Nutmeg 1 tsp. Allspice 2 tsp. Cinnamon



Crunchy Apple Crisp Ingredients:

1. Place apple pie filling in shallow one-quart baking dish. 2. In a bowl combine flour, oats, sugar, salt and spices. Add butter and mix well. 3. Spread topping evenly over pie filling. Bake in 375 degree oven about 30 minutes. Makes 6 servings.

1. Mix all seasons and soda with flour and set aside. 2. Cream oil, sugar, and eggs together. Add pumpkin and mincemeat. Then add in flour and seasonings. Mix well. 3. Bake in 2 loaf pans (greased well). Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes.

German Potato Salad

Ingredients: 1/2 c. Onion 1/4 c. Butter 1 1/2 tbsp. Flour 1/4 c. Vinegar 1/2 tsp. salt 2 (1 lb.) cans Sliced Potatoes 1 c. Cucumbers, chopped 1/2 c. Radishes, chopped 1/4 lb. Bacon

Directions: 1. Fry bacon until crisp; set aside. SautĂŠ onion in butter. Stir in flour to absorb butter. Add vinegar and stir. Add potatoes, salt, cucumbers and radishes. Mix well. 2. Sprinkle crumbled bacon over ingredients. Heat and serve. Makes 6-8 servings.

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Fall Sweets & Treats Not Your Average Caramel Apple Ingredients: 16 small apples 16 wooden sticks 2 cups packed brown sugar 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk 1/4 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa powder 1 cup light corn syrup 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) 2 cups rice crisp cereal

Chocolate Jack ‘O Lantern Tarts Ingredients: 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk 1/4 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tbs. orange juice concentrate, thawed 1 package instant chocolate pudding mix (4 oz) 4 oz. frozen non-dairy whipped topping 2 packages single serve graham cracker pie crust Orange sprinkles, 6 green gumdrops halved Wax paper Directions: 1. In a large bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder, and orange juice. Beat in pudding mix. Chill 10 minutes. 2. Fold in whipped topping. Spoon mixture into crusts. Chill for at least 1 hour. 3. Cut out 36 tiny waxed paper triangles for eyes and noses. Cut out 12 mouths. Lightly spray each with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange cut out on tarts. 4. Shake orange sprinkles over tarts to cover wax tops. Carefully remove wax paper. Place halved gumdrop on top. Refrigerate leftovers.

Directions: 1. Wash and dry apples. Remove stems and insert sticks. Set aside. 2. Line baking sheets with foil, grease foil. Set aside. 3. In a heavy 3 qt saucepan combine brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk, and cocoa powder. Stir in corn syrup and butter. Boil gently over medium heat for 25 minutes stirring frequently. 4. Work fast! Dip each apple into the hot caramel, covering apple. Allow excess to drip off. Dip bottom of apple into cereal. Place on greased foil. Let stand at least 25 minutes or until cool.

Apple Pie Shake Ingredients: 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk, chilled 1 cup applesauce 1/2 cup apple juice 1/2 tsp. apple pie spice 3 cups crushed ice Apple wedges for garnish Directions: In a blender, blend sweetened condensed milk, apple sauce, apple juice, and apple spice until smooth. Gradually add ice, blend until smooth. Serve immediately. Garnish with apple wedges. Pg 22 | www.CityUnwrapped.com | October/November 2012

Recycle Your Old Socks You clean out your drawer and in front of you is a huge pile of old, holey, mismatched socks. Don’t even think about throwing them away! Here are some great ways to recycle your socks! 1. Make a Bottle Cover -Bottles of cooking oil seem to leave dirty marks in kitchen cupboards. Stop this by slipping an old sock over the bottom of the bottle. When the bottle is empty, throw the sock into the wash to be used again. 2. Use as packing material - Place glasses, knick knacks, or anything valuable inside the sock sole and wrap the higher part around the bottom. Add a tag on the outside of the sock so you remember what is inside. 3. Make a back and neck massager - Put a tennis ball inside the end of a long sock. Taking the long end of the sock, toss the sock over your shoulder so the ball lands on your back. Stand against a wall and lean against the sock and ball. Rub your back up and down against the ball, massaging away aches and pains. Use a shorter sock for a neck massager. 4. Wash the car - Put a sock on your hand and you have an instant cleaning cloth that is soft enough for a car. Use one for washing and one for buffing.

5. Make garden soap holders - Pop a bar of soap into the bottom of an old sock and tie a knot near the soap. Leave the long part of the sock for tying onto a faucet in the garden. It will be ready for you whenever you need to clean up outside after gardening. 6. Make a coin purse - You'll need an ankle sock. Use the whole sock and decorate this sock bag with sequins, beads, glitter, or any other decorative items you have about the house. Sew a strip of fabric onto the top for a handle, or a zipper across the opening. 7. Make a drink cozy - Cut the top of the sock off. Slide it over a bottle to keep the bottle cool (insulated). A shorter sock can be used for cups and cans. 8. Make a dust rag. - Slip the sock on your hand. Dampen it with water or a furniture polish and clean away! Use on furniture, window sills, floor spills, handles, and blinds. 9. Polish your shoes - Shine and polish shoes with old socks!

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Ingredients: 5 1/2 cups flour 2 cups salt 8 teaspoons cream of tartar 3/4 cup oil 1 (1.12 ounces) container pumpkin pie spice Orange food coloring (2 parts yellow, 1 part red) 4 cups water

What better way to spend a fall afternoon than by going on a leaf hunt! What you'll need:  A bag to collect leaves in *Scissors  Clear contact paper *Stapler  Construction paper *Glue stick  Leaf template (online) How to make your Leaf Book:

Combine dry ingredients in a non-stick pan. Add oil, water, food coloring, and stir until smooth. Cook and stir over medium heat until all lumps disappear. Knead the dough on a floured surface until it's smooth. Store in an airtight container. Dough will keep in a plastic bag for about a week.

1. Go on a walk and collect leaves. 2. Cut 2 pieces of contact paper that are the


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same size. Cut the sheets about an inch smaller than a piece of construction paper, so they will fit nicely in the construction paper cover. Peel the back off of one piece of contact paper. Arrange your leaves on the contact paper. When the leaves are stuck down, peel the back off the second piece of contact paper and carefully lay it on top of the first piece. Press the two pieces together well. Repeat until all your leaves are pressed. Use two pieces of construction paper as covers to your book. Cut them as needed to fit your contact paper. Staple the contact paper leaf sheets between the two covers. Print the leaf template and cut it out. Trace onto construction paper and cut it out. Glue it onto the front cover of your book and write "my leaf book" on it. You could also trace the leaf directly onto your book cover instead.

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Coloring Super Stars! Thank you for submitting your coloring pages from the August issue of City Unwrapped! We can’t wait to see your pictures from the October issue!

Happy Fall!

Coloring page reprinted with permission from http://www.freeprintablecoloringpages.net/ Name: _________________________ Age _____ Color the picture and send it to: City Unwrapped - Attn: Color 13016 Eastfield Rd Ste 231 Huntersville, NC 28078 We will choose a few random pictures to publish in the next issue, as well as publish them on CityUnwrapped.com.

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

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“I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.” - John Steinbeck

“I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.” - Doris Day

“In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag.” - W.H. Auden

“A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.” - Robert Benchley

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Make Dog and Cat Treats at Home Dogs Peanut Butter Dog Bones

Cats Yummy Tummy Tuna Treats



2 cups whole wheat flour

6 ounce can of tuna

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/4 cup water, drained from tuna

1 cup unsalted natural peanut butter

3 tablespoons cooked egg white, chopped

1 cup skim milk

1/4 cup cornmeal

Directions Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease cookie sheets. Stir together the flour and baking powder, set aside. In a medium bowl, mix together peanut butter and milk. Stir in the flour mixture until well blended. Put dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into shapes using cookie cutters. Place 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly brown. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine tuna, egg white and water. Add cornmeal and flour and blend to form a dough. Knead into a ball and roll to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into one-inch sized pieces. Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes. Makes 12 cookies. *With all recipes, check with your vet to before serving to your pet.

Chicken Dog Cookies Ingredients 2 cups wheat germ 3 (2.5 ounce) jars strained chicken baby food 1 tablespoon water Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix the wheat germ, baby food, and water together. Add more water if necessary to form a dough. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with a fork dipped in water. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

*With all recipes, check with your vet to before serving to your pet.

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Keeping Your Pets Clean and Fresh It’s hard keeping your pet clean between grooming appointments. With the rain, the heat, the red clay, is it even possible to keep your pet clean? It is if you know the right products to use. Shelly, from Paws & Perms, shares some of her favorite products with us. Freshen Up

Silky Smooth

Use Dry Dog Instant Clean between groomings to get rid of odor and refresh your pet. This all natural formula contains Ordinone, an ingredient that actually binds with, and removes bad smells.

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 Doesn't just mask odors, it gets rid of them

 Quick, easy and convenient  All natural Ordinone is safe and effective

 Refreshing scent of kiwi

Use Ruff to Smooth three ways: Use as an all over conditioner right after you've washed your dog. Use after bathing as a spot relaxer for particularly stubborn mats and tangles; Just spray on the problem areas to make brushing easier. Use as a spot detangler on a completely dry dog. Simply spray Ruff to Smooth on the stubborn tangle for tug-free brushing. Contains essential oil of lavender to help calm your dog.

Lasts 4 to 6 hours It Might Be Cold Outside, But The Bugs Still Linger Just because the weather is cooler does not mean all the bugs are gone. Fleas are still around during the cold months and your pets can get bit! Use Flea the Scene 3-in-1 Spray to help protect your pet: Fends off the enemy for up to four hours! Soothes irritated skin with Indian Frankincense and Aloe Vera!

Eyes & Ears Need Attention Too The Eye Pads are infused with eyebright that helps clean away the discoloration and colloidal silver inhibits the growth of the bacteria that cause it. Lavender refreshes the area. The Ear Wipes are a convenient way to clean your dog’s delicate ears. Alcohol- free Ear Wipes gently help to remove residue, odor and cleanse your dog’s ears. Witch hazel has been used for generations to safely cleanse and sanitize.

Helps provide UV protection with an all natural sunscreen! *Not meant to replace your current flea protection.

Keep Them Smelling Great! Looking for a scent to match your own favorite perfume?

The Cain & Abel Between Bath Spritz comes in Lavender and Peppermint.

Fursions offers designer pet fragrances in Chanel, Giorgio, Eternity, Calvin Klein, and more!

Essential oils provide benefits to the skin while neutralizing odors. A quick spritz is all it takes to keep your dog happy and smelling fresh.

All of these products and more can be found at:

Paws & Perms Pet Salon 13010 Eastfield Road Huntersville, NC 28078 (704) 947-2263

Paws & Perms Pet Salon offers you peace of mind that your pet is being treated with kindness while getting a quality cut and style.

Introducing Cowboy, aka “Mr. Cool” Woof! My name is Cowboy and I’m not ashamed to say that I’m the coolest dog in town. I am a Border Collie/Sheltie mix who lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado where the sun is very bright. While every knows I am super cool, I actually have very sensitive eyes. That is why I need to wear these sunglasses from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. everyday, but everyone thinks I just wear them to be cool. If that’s what they think, it is fine with me.

Nothing wrong with being Mr. Cool you know!

I have many chores here in Steamboat, my day is rough you know? I have to chase all the birds away in the morning, dive in the pond to see if it is still stocked with fish, and then hang out and keep watch in the yard for any varmints that may be looking for trouble. When I have had enough of the outdoors I take a nap in my apartment. After my nap I give my mistress the cool look and she jumps up to give me a snack.

What I always say, ”There’s a big difference between a Dog’s Life and a Cool Dog’s Life. Catch you later!

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