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Celebrating 16 Years


Old Salem reopens for 2024 on Wednesday, February 7

Enjoy the Winter with Us! Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit oldsalem.org

Black History Month Events February 16

African American Foodways & The Hearth

February 29

Evening cooking demonstration and workshop celebrating the contribution of Africans and AfricanAmericans to Southern cooking. Tickets required and can be purchased on the Old Salem website.

Workshop: Black Historical Craftspeople and the Importance of African Americans to the Arts Gray Auditorium, Old Salem Visitor Center

Silent auction of artwork and displays previously exhibited at the St. Philips Log Church will raise money for renovations and revitalization of the building's interior displays.

MESDA Spring Events March 9-July 21, 2024 N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh

Layered Legacies: Quilts from the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts at Old Salem

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12 Random Holidays That You May Not Know About

16 Healthy Habits for Healthy Smiles in 2024

18 Balancing Breakfast For Your Family 25 COVER STORY: Lewisville Laser &

30 Fear is a Bully 38 Dewey’s Bakery: Making Every Day a Little Sweeter

40 Kale Salad 66 Date Night Q&A

Aesthetics Celebrating 16 Years




Every Issue For the Love of BBQ: Smoked Nachos Making Dollars, Making Sense: The Importance of Multiple Buckets Reflections of a Southern Yankee Child Safety Series The View from My Section - A Father’s Perspective Dining Guide: Celebrating Local Flavor Triad Moms on Main From Full House to My House: Becoming an Empty Nester It’s a Grand Life Artist’s Corner


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PUBLISHER Brooke Eagle • Brooke@ForsythMags.com SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Tamara Bodford ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Robin Bralley

This past week, the flu took me down. I mean, really took me down. I could hardly get out of bed and couldn’t get rid of my fever for days. A bad headache turned into a migraine that was so ruthless I couldn’t even look at any type of screen (No emails. No TV. No Instagram). I missed a speaking engagement; I missed more than a weeks’ worth of workouts. I kept thinking to myself, “this is not how I planned to start my year! I’ve got things to do!” Then it hit me. When you don’t take enough time to rest – your body will force you to rest. My body had had enough. It needed a break! So, I slept. And, I slept some more. Until finally, I was rested. I’m sharing this to encourage you to listen to your body and rest when you need it. Resting is not lazy, it is crucial! Give your body the rest and sleep it deserves, and I promise it will thank you! This month, we’re honored to feature the beautiful ladies of Lewisville Laser & Aesthetics on our cover. They are celebrating 16 years in business this month! I’ve been a patient at LLA since the beginning, and I cannot say enough great things about their entire team. If you need an updated skincare routine – they’ve got you covered. If you are looking for Botox or filler – they’ve also got you covered. Read all about LLA (and see their fabulous new logo) beginning on page 24. I’m thrilled to announce that Forsyth Family is launching a partnership with Triad Mom’s on Main! I won’t give it all away, but stay tuned for details about our next Kids’ Morning Out event in March as well as a very exciting lineup of events for 2024. I told y’all in January that one of the things I’m adding “more ‘’ in 2024 is collaborations, and I wasn’t kidding! Our sister magazine, Forsyth Woman, is hosting an extra special Galentine’s themed Girls’ Night Out event on Tuesday, February 13th at Robert Hall. Scan the QR code below to purchase your ticket! Before I close out, I must wish a very happy 90th Birthday to my Pop Pop Charlie! What a milestone! From living in a sailboat for years with my Mamaw to being a member of the boat club at Lake Norman today (at 90 years old!), this amazing man has some incredible stories to tell. I look forward to reading his column in LKN Magazine every single month. (You can read it online at lkn-magazine.com – just search “One Man’s Perspective”). I love him very much and can’t wait to celebrate him at the end of this month! Wishing you a month full of love,

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A Year of Festivities:

Random Holidays that You May Not know about by MEGAN TAYLOR

Did you know that January is “Be Kind to Your Server Month”? Or that February 26th is “Tell a Fairy Tale Day”? When it comes to holidays, a person usually thinks of the more widely celebrated ones like Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Then, it goes to the smaller ones such as Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day. However, there are hundreds of holidays throughout the year. These random, quirky and unique holidays are featured 365 days of the year. In fact, there is probably a celebration of some sort each day. There is something for everyone, no matter his or her interests. Do you see an entertaining day or two to add to your list of festivities?











6th 8th 17th 20th 31st 4th 10th 17th 20th 25th

National Shortbread Day Bubble Bath Day Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day National Cheese Lovers Day National Hot Chocolate Day Ice Cream for Breakfast Day National Flannel Day Random Acts of Kindness Day National Love Your Pet Day National Clam Chowder Day

1st World Compliment Day 3rd National Doodle Day 17th World Sleep Day 22nd National Goof-Off Day 26th Make Your Own Holiday Day 7th 16th 18th 26th 29th

National No Housework Day Go Fly a Kite Day Velociraptor Awareness Day Hug a Friend Day International Dance Day

3rd Great American Grump Out 5th International Space Day 9th Lost Sock Remembrance Day 22nd Sherlock Holmes Day 30th National Mint Julep Day 1st 18th 20th 26th 28th

Say Something Nice Day International Picnic Day Daylight Appreciation Day National Chocolate Pudding Day INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY

2nd I Forgot Day 8th National Ice Cream Sundae Day 16th World Snake Day 22nd Summer Leisure Day 30th National Cheesecake Day 1st 6th 12th 26th 31st

National Night Out International Forgiveness Day World Elephant Day Women’s Equality Day Eat Outside Day

SEPTEMBER 6th 13th 19th 25th 26th

Read a Book Day Fortune Cookie Day Talk Like a Pirate Day National Cooking Day National Pancake Day

2nd Name Your Car Day 11th It’s My Party Day 15th “I Love Lucy” Day 23rd National iPod Day 25th World Opera Day 3rd 5th 14th 24th 27th

National Sandwich Day Guy Fawkes Day National Pickle Day National Day of Listening Turtle Adoption Day


4th National Kitten Day 15th Bill of Rights Day 17th National Maple Syrup Day 23rd Festivus 30th No Interruptions Day

These random holidays are creative days to celebrate something out of the ordinary. Make it a goal this new year to choose at least one fun day to honor each month. Play some games or have some tasty treats – these lively commemorations are just reminders that life and all that it offers should be honored on a daily basis.



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Smoked Nachos Looking for a delicious appetizer or meal for your family? This one is spicy but delicious! Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cook Time: 20 minutes Yields: 5-10 servings Ingredients: 1-2 pounds of al pastor pork 1T spicy pork rub 1 diced jalapeño ½ diced red onion 1T pepper puree ½ cup cheddar cheese There are so many different variations of nachos you can do, but for these, I used al pastor pork. First, I used my griddle to cook the meat. You can use your stove, but nobody wants to cook inside! Season your meat with a spicy pork or beef rub. Once the meat is cooked, set it aside and grab a small sheet pan or tray.


Layer with your tortilla chips and start assembling your nachos. I used shredded cheddar, grilled jalapeños, diced red onion and Herdez avocado ranch. To kick these up in heat, I used a Carolina reaper pepper puree. You can find this online or can be purchased at The Fresh Market. Once your nachos are assembled, set your smoker to 300 degrees and get everything melted together. This takes 15-20 minutes. Serve and devour!

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Pit Master Tip: Feel free to make these nachos with any protein of your choice. They are delicious with chicken, steak or even shrimp. Feel free to add guacamole and sour cream, and mix it up to make them your own. I promise you are sure to love these if you like spicy and use these variations!


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Healthy Habits for Healthy Smiles in 2024

National Children’s Dental Health Month By Merhoff Pediatric Dentistry


ebruary is National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM), an annual observance dedicated to promoting good oral health practices among children. The primary purpose of Pediatric Dental Health Month is to raise awareness about the importance of dental hygiene, proper oral care, and preventive measures to ensure the well-being of children’s teeth and gums. Raising awareness about the importance of dental hygiene for children, emphasizing the pivotal role parents play, and highlighting the benefits of pediatric dentists for your little ones are top priorities for Merhoff Pediatric Dentistry throughout the year.

“It’s been our privilege to participate in National Children’s Dental Health Month and provide care to children in our community for over 20 years! Our goal is to continue changing lives one smile at a time.” Dental caries (cavities) remain a significant concern among children in North Carolina. Untreated cavities can lead to pain and negatively impact a child’s overall health and well-being. Even baby teeth are vulnerable to decay, and untreated cavities can affect a child’s health. We recommend an initial pediatric dental exam by age 1, which has multiple benefits. Early dental care can address issues as teeth erupt, and young children are exposed to dental visits early to help build comfort and confidence with their dental health providers. Like many other aspects of a child’s growth and development, parents play a crucial role in their child’s dental health. By setting a positive example and providing guidance, they help ensure their child’s smile remains bright and healthy for a lifetime. By encouraging good dental habits from an early age and being vigilant about their child’s dental care routine, parents instill habits for a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime.

Some simple guidelines for healthy habits: Regular Brushing and Flossing: Encourage your child to brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss once daily. Use a child-friendly toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste suitable for their age to make it a fun and engaging experience. Balanced Diet: Promote a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-sugar snacks. Limit sugary beverages and candies, as they can lead to tooth decay. Healthy eating is not only vital for your child’s overall health but also for their dental well-being. Mouthguard Protection: If your child participates in sports or activities with a risk of dental injury, invest in a custom-fitted mouthguard. It’s a small expense that can protect their smile for a lifetime. Lead by Example: Children often mimic their parents’ behavior. Show them the importance of oral hygiene by maintaining your dental health regimen. Make brushing and flossing a family activity to instill good habits early on.

Dental check-ups by a pediatric dentist for your child’s dental care offer several advantages. Pediatric dentists undergo three additional years of training focused on treating children, including those with special needs. We are equipped to handle the unique challenges and anxieties often accompanying pediatric dental visits. At Merhoff Pediatric Dentistry, we have created a child-centric environment. Pediatric dental offices are designed to create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for kids. From colorful decor to child-friendly dental equipment, the environment looks less “clinical, “ making dental visits more fun. Our team is skilled in behavior management techniques, helping children feel at ease during their appointments. This helps build trust and ensures a positive dental experience for parents and kids. We also educate parents and their children on proper hygiene but with fun and engaging activities.

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Regular Dental Check-Ups: Schedule regular visits to a pediatric dentist for check-ups and cleanings. This proactive approach can catch dental issues early and prevent them from becoming more significant problems.

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Bacon, cinnamon rolls, sausage, muffins, pancakes, cereal, toast with jelly…do any of these make their way into your family’s breakfast routine throughout the week? Breakfast is great for sending your kids off to school with a full stomach and ready to learn, but if you’re not careful, some of these common breakfast foods can be high in fat, sugar and carbohydrates. Consistent consumption of these foods every morning can influence their health. Take cereal as an example. Most cereals marketed to children are high in sugar with very little fiber or protein. This means that your child will eat it and momentarily feel full, but what’s happening inside of their body is an increase in blood sugar that then rapidly decreases. Your child will be hungry again sooner, and they may not be able to pay attention for as long as they would have if their breakfast contained more filling nutrients. And, the same rule applies to us adults! Our breakfasts need to be high in nutrients, as well. How do you provide breakfasts that will last longer and improve health? Pay attention to the number of food groups you and your family consume at breakfast, and look for foods that have fiber and protein. Fiber is a nutrient that is not absorbed and helps to lower blood sugar and fill us up. You can find fiber in fruits and vegetables as well as grain products, even some cereals! When looking at the food label, aim for at least three grams of fiber per serving of food. As you start looking at fiber on the nutrition label, you will notice the difference in quality of nutrients in some of your favorite cereals. Protein is also just as important as fiber. Protein is digested much slower than carbohydrates as it passes through our bodies which keeps us fuller longer and keeps our blood sugar stable. The average adult should be aiming for at least 100 grams of protein per day. If you eat three meals a day, that’s around 25-30 grams of protein at each meal (plus protein in your snacks) to get to 100 grams. That cereal you’re


eating at breakfast probably has very little protein. You’ll get protein from the milk you put with your cereal, but you may also need to add boiled eggs or a side of nuts to help you increase your protein intake. Here are some nutrient-dense breakfast ideas that your whole family can enjoy. Get your kids in the kitchen with you as you put some of these breakfast foods together. A few can be prepared ahead of time and then heated up in the morning. Others are quick enough to throw together before school and work! They include several food groups and can be higher in protein and fiber!


Breakfast Banana Split: One banana cut lengthwise, topped with Greek yogurt and sprinkled with high fiber cereal. Add additional fruit on top, if you’d like!

2 Protein Pancakes:

Use a pancake mix that is higher in protein and fiber. Top with blueberries and have scrambled eggs on the side.


Homemade Egg McMuffin: One piece of Canadian

bacon, a slice of cheese and scrambled egg whites placed inside of a toasted whole wheat English muffin. It’s a homemade version of a popular fast-food breakfast.


Muffin Quiches: Scramble eggs and mix with vegetables of your choice, such as onions and broccoli. Add in a touch of milk and shredded cheese. Pour into sprayed or lined muffin tins and top with paprika. After baking, you’ve got mini quiches that can be reheated for breakfast throughout the week.


Parfait: Layers of flavored Greek yogurt, fresh fruit and high fiber cereal. This one is similar to a breakfast banana split, but the presentation is fun!

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Triad Area Events in February February offers a variety of interesting and exciting events for families to experience in and around the Triad. Here are some of the top offerings: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents The Greatest Show On Earth Greensboro Coliseum Feb. 2-4, various times Tickets $20-$85 The new live show is performed in an immersive, 360-degree environment with new technology and unforgettable performers from all over the world. STOMP Steven Tanger Center, Greensboro Feb. 2-3, various times Tickets start at $29 “STOMP” is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique and appeals to all audiences. The group of eight uses everything but conventional instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder join the Winston-Salem Symphony Reynolds Auditorium Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $29-$95 Join the Winston-Salem Symphony for a performance with Ricky Skaggs, a 15-time Grammy winner and a country and bluegrass legend. Charles Bolden: Dreaming Big: The Past, Present, and Future of Human Space Exploration Guilford College Bryan Series Steven Tanger Center, Greensboro Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $60-$80 Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden Jr. was the NASA administrator from 2009-17. He was commander of the Space Shuttle Atlantis in 1992 and Discovery in 1994. Dancing with the Stars Live! 2024 Tour Ovens Auditorium, Bojangles Entertainment Complex, Charlotte Feb. 16, 8 p.m. Tickets start at $59 Dancing with the Stars is heating up the winter with a dazzling, sexy, high-energy live production. Featuring professional dancers from the TV series. Barbecue Patrons Theatre, UNC School of the Arts Feb. 22-March 2, various times Tickets $20 and $25 Don’t expect hamburgers, potato salad and cold drinks at this barbecue. This raucous play features five dysfunctional siblings trying to lure a friend to an intervention. Federally insured by NCUA.


Still I Rise: The Black Experience at Reynolda Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem Feb. 22-Dec. 31 Tickets $18 When Reynolda House opened in 1967, it provided a venue for black artists to celebrate their art. This exhibit examines Reynolda’s complicated past in a space designed for reflection and healing. The Central Carolina Boat & Fishing Expo Greensboro Coliseum Feb. 23-25, various times Tickets $6-$10 This is the Triad’s only boat and fishing show. There will be 16 marine dealers. On display will be gear for wakeboarding, tubing, fishing tackle, seminars, kayaks, bass boats, ski boats, center consoles, pontoons and deck boats. Keith Sweat, Tyrese and Pretty Ricky: Make It Last Forever Tour LJVM Coliseum, Winston-Salem Feb. 25, 7 p.m. Tickets start at $79 This is a spectacular celebration featuring Keith Sweat and Tyrese along with the group Pretty Ricky. Sweat, the maestro of romantic R&B, has been a dominant force in the genre for over three decades. An Evening With Gladys Knight Steven Tanger Center, Greensboro Feb. 27, 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $51 Gladys Knight is a seven-time Grammy winner who has had #1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B and Adult Contemporary. She has also been successful in film and television. Winter Dance Freedman Theatre, UNC School of the Arts Feb. 29-March 3, various times Tickets $20 and $25 In celebration of Black History Month, the School of Dance presents premiere works by prominent choreographers of color. The talents of students from both the contemporary and ballet programs will be on full display.

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Fancy Welcome back to the Fancy Fork! Your seasonal produce insight and farm-style recipes that are made to satisfy. The month of February kicks off with lots of gameday appetizers, cozy dinners, and sweet treats for your special someone. With Valentine’s Day and the Big Game only days apart, you’ll have plenty of delicious recipes to occupy your time as we embrace a cold few weeks before we Spring forward! Recipe developed by LAUREN SEPHTON (@BRIGHTMOMENTCO)

Like January’s produce, you’ll find hearty vegetables willing to embrace the chill outside such as celery, kale, kohlrabi, chicory, mushrooms, leeks, parsnips, potatoes, winter

squash, sunchokes, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, beets, bok choy, butternut squash, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, and collard greens. For fruit, you’ll find apples, grapefruit, kiwi, lemons and limes, passion fruit, persimmons, pomegranates, rhubarb, blood oranges, and pears. This month’s recipe will be highlighting one of the most versatile fruits: apples. Apples are a great source of nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants that may help support a healthy digestion, brain health, and even weight management. Studies have show that apples may also protect against certain chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. Plus, they are delicious!



3-4 lbs. Beef Chuck Roast 1 tbsp. EACH: Salt & Black Pepper 2 tbsp. Flour 2 tbsp. Olive Oil 1 tbsp. Butter 2 Yellow Onions, thinly sliced 2 cups Apple Cider


2 cups Beef Broth 4-5 large Carrots, chopped (Optional) 4 Yukon Potatoes, quartered 4 Garlic Cloves, chopped 1 Honeycrisp Apple, chopped 2 Bay Leaves and/or 3 Rosemary Sprigs

1. Preheat oven to 325F. 2. Slice the chuck roast in smaller portions. Season all sides with salt, then black pepper, then flour. 3. Add the olive oil to a large dutch oven over medium high heat. 4. Add the seasoned chuck roast portions to sear 2-3 minutes untouched on each side, until golden brown on the edges. 5. Remove the chuck roast to a plate. 6. Add the butter and sliced onions. Sauce for 5 minutes. 7. Add the garlic and sauce 1 minute. 8. Add the apple cider to deglaze the dutch oven for 2 minutes. 9. Add the beef back into the dutch oven with the chopped carrots, apples, potatoes, beef broth, and herbs. 10. Cover the dutch oven with its lid and place in the center rack of your oven to slow roast for 3-4 hours, until super tender. 11. Remove bay leaves and/or herbs and shred the beef between two forks. Enjoy warm!





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Your 16th birthday – do you remember how exciting that was? Finally getting your driver’s license, feeling like a new season of life with more independence and more adventure was just around the corner? For Dr. Leigh Summer and her team at Lewisville Laser & Aesthetics, the practice’s 16th birthday is just as exciting and holds just as much promise. “It’s hard for me to believe it’s been 16 years since this journey began,” said Dr. Summer, founder and medical director of LLA. “I remember when a practice entirely devoted to aesthetics and wellness was just a dream!” After spending almost two decades in family medicine, she’s glad she made that leap to aesthetic medicine in 2008, and she’s never looked back. As part of the celebration of this milestone birthday, Lewisville Laser & Aesthetics has unveiled a new, more streamlined logo and a more neutral, understated color scheme for the office. And while the practice has a new look, the philosophy of care remains the same: a commitment to helping patients look and feel their very best. “We have what you might call a ‘philosophy of authenticity’ at LLA,” said Dr. Summer. “Our goal is always to work with the unique and beautiful framework of each patient’s face, being mindful to never over-treat or over-fill. We aim for a natural outcome with all of our facial aesthetic treatments, and our patients have come to trust us for those naturallooking results.” Educating patients on how to care for skin and proactively fight the signs of aging are also of paramount importance to the patient experience at LLA. To make that process a little simpler, Dr. Summer often speaks of the processes of facial aging using four categories: the impact of muscles FEBRUARY 2024 / 25

pulling repetitively on the skin; bone and volume loss; loss of elasticity associated with age and changing hormones; and the pigmentation and texture issues that aging and sun damage cause. “I think it’s really vital that our patients know what’s happening to our faces as we age in order to know the best ways to subtly treat those changes,” said Dr. Summer. For example, it’s the consistent use of proven-effective neuromodulators (that’s the clinical terms for products such as Botox and Dysport) that helps to keep frown lines and crow’s feet smooth by gently relaxing the muscles that constantly pull on those areas. But, it’s as much art as science when it comes to making those results look natural. According to Dr. Summer, “neuromodulators are one of the most powerful tools in our arsenal for aging gracefully.” Just enough Botox or Dysport, injected in just the right areas, will give a relaxed and refreshed look. Too much, however, can lead to the face looking frozen or unexpressive. In order to ensure that each patient retains their unique facial dynamics, Dr. Summer and fellow injectors Kristen Murphy, PAC, Katie Warren, RN-BSN, Sheila Anderson, RN and Alisha Childress, RN stay up-to-date on the very latest techniques and knowledge. “Continuing education is so important to what we do,” said Dr. Summer. “I’m so proud of our team and the way they are always welcoming the opportunity to learn and grow in their injection techniques.” It’s one of the reasons Dr. Summer feels particularly excited to have welcomed Sheila Anderson to join her team in 2023. “Sheila has been teaching and training physicians, PAs and nurse injectors all over North America for


more than 20 years about the very latest and most impactful injection practices for both Botox and dermal fillers. We are ecstatic, and frankly honored, to have her as a member of our team. She brings a wealth of knowledge to bear for both our injectors and our patients.” The LLA team’s injection philosophy is vitally important to the use of fillers, as well. “Fillers are one of my very favorite aspects of practicing aesthetic medicine,” said Dr. Summer. “Used judiciously, there’s just nothing like dermal filler for a

dramatic yet natural effect on the face.” She continues, “I love the way a biostimulator like Sculptra can add volume to the temples and jaw area in an incredibly subtle way. And I love the way my patients’ faces light up when they see the instant results of a lip filler like Restylane Kysse to plump and hydrate their lips.” There’s more to maintaining a healthy, youthful look than injectables, Dr. Summer is quick to add. Energy-based treatment options such as fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Ultherapy are just a few of the options LLA’s team utilizes to create a unique and customized treatment protocol for each patient’s specific needs. “Tackling skin laxity and sun damage with energy treatments has gotten so much more effective in the last decade, with much less intense downtime” said Dr. Summer. It’s another reason patients have come to trust this team’s guidance when it comes to skin rejuvenation. Dr. Summer explains, “Before I was a physician, I was an engineer. Learning about the ways different energy-based treatments work gets me back in touch with those engineering roots, and I think it helps our team make decisions on treatments that really get results for our patients.” Multiple laser, ultrasound and radiofrequency treatment options are all available at LLA, operated by a team with a combined 50 years of aesthetics experience. As she looks back on the 16 years since Lewisville Laser & Aesthetics’ founding, the thing that makes Dr. Summer proudest is the relationships that have been built and sustained. “My team and my patients – that’s what brings me joy and makes me glad to come into the office each day.” said Dr. Summer. “Around here, we say that the ultimate compliment a patient can pay us is to recommend our services to a friend.” The team agrees with her and works to continually provide an atmosphere where patients feel warmly welcomed, and have the time and attention they need to share their specific concerns. “I love what we’ve built here, and I love what I do,” said Dr. Summer. And she’s inviting everyone to keep on the lookout for some of the fun (and potentially embarrassing!) ways the practice plans to celebrate turning 16! FEBRUARY 2024 / 27

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We save money for different purposes; retirement, travel, unexpected expenses, home renovations, etc. Here at Marzano Capital Group, we are big proponents of the “multiple bucket approach.” Different buckets (or savings vehicles) should be used for different purposes. Here are the different buckets I am referring to:

1. Emergency Fund – There is no exact science when

it comes to how much money you should have in your emergency fund. As a rule of thumb, at least three to six months of expenses would be a good starting point and on the higher end if you have a single income household. This bucket is important because it serves as protection, so you do not have to dip into retirement savings or investments that are allocated for something else when unexpected expenses arise. A basic savings account or money market are suitable for this bucket.

2. Pre-tax retirement – Common accounts within this bucket are: 401(k), 403(b) and Traditional IRA (Individual Retirement Account). Most employers offer a retirement plan as part of the employment benefits package. Usually, this retirement plan comes with an “employer match” that helps the employee accelerate their savings on a pre-tax basis (qualified savings). This is a great tool and one you should take advantage of, especially if a match is offered. IRAs are non-company sponsored accounts that you can open and fund on your own. There are contribution limits on these types of retirement accounts, and the earliest you can access this bucket without penalty is age 59 ½. 3. Roth – This bucket could be in the form of Roth IRA or

Roth 401(k). Roth savings are done on an after-tax basis and, while there is not a tax benefit during the accumulation stage, the tax-free nature of all withdrawals after age 59 ½ can prove to be impactful. This means all of your contributions AND all of your gains will be tax free. There are contribution limits for Roth IRAs, and the earliest you can access this bucket without penalty is age 59 ½, as well.

4. Non-retirement – These accounts can be in individual name or joint name and have several key components. The first is liquidity. With non-retirement accounts, you can access 28 / FORSYTHFAMILYMAGAZINE.COM

The Importance of Multiple Buckets by BRANDON JAMES, FINANCIAL ADVISOR

your money without penalty at any time. You may owe some taxes on withdrawals, depending which investments are sold to produce the money you need. Secondly, there are no minimum or maximum contribution limits. Therefore, you can fund nonretirement accounts with after-tax dollars at a comfortable level within your budget. Often, when someone retires before the age of 59 ½, it is the money in their non-retirement account that bridges the gap between their last paycheck and social security and/or retirement account distributions. A lot of people have goals for retiring in their 50s but fail to have a plan for how they will accomplish this. All of these buckets/accounts are important and serve a certain purpose. By utilizing each one of them, it can help keep you from using the wrong ones at the wrong times. We would be happy to help you navigate which buckets you should be adding to and help determine the savings rate for each one. Contributions to a traditional IRA may be tax deductible in the contribution year, with current income tax due at withdrawal. Withdrawals prior to age 59 ½ may result in a 10% IRS penalty tax in addition to current income tax. A Roth IRA offers tax deferral on any earnings in the account. Qualified withdrawals of earnings from the account are tax-free. Withdrawals of earnings prior to age 59 ½ or prior to the account being opened for five years, whichever is later, may result in a 10% IRS penalty tax. Limitations and restrictions may apply.



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What is the main thing that holds us back in our lives? I believe it to be FEAR. Fear of failure. Fear of rejection. Fear of the unknown. Fear of not having enough. I have come to the conclusion that fear is a bully. It tells us lies like: You could never do that. You won’t be successful. That’s too risky. People won’t like you if you do that. You aren’t worthy. Fear is defined as a distressing emotion aroused by an impending pain, danger, evil, etc., or the illusion of such. Did you know that we were born with only two fears? The fear of falling and the fear of loud noises. Most fear is learned. Fears of things like spiders, snakes and the dark are called natural fears. Our fears develop at an early age, influenced by our environment and culture. For example, a young child isn't automatically scared of spiders or snakes but builds on cues from his/her parents that he/she should be scared of these things. Other fears, outside of these natural fears, are learned over time from direct observation, transference from others or experiences. Fear isn’t all bad. Some fear is tied in with our fight or flight response and is designed to protect us from harm. However, the majority of our fears are irrational, and they hold us back from reaching our God-given potential.



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This can give you the awareness and strength to deal with them. Then you can talk to yourself about them. When you feel fear creeping in, identify it and try to bring your brain back to the present moment. Ask yourself, “What do I know to be true right now?” Sometimes our fears feel so real, we forget that they haven’t happened (and that they may not).


It may also be helpful to take small steps and do it afraid to get past your fear. An example might be to ask for help on something small if you are afraid to ask others for help. If you are fearful of public speaking, maybe lead a meeting to get your feet wet. Taking baby steps can turn into big steps!


If we are being honest, fear often results from not trusting God to do His job. Trusting in Him is our ultimate remedy for fear. First John 4:18 says that perfect love casts out fear and that He is love. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

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Don’t Become a Scrooge After the Holidays How to Continue the Spirit of Giving Throughout the Year by MEGAN TAYLOR

The holidays may have officially ended several weeks ago, but the spirit of the celebrations doesn’t have to end. When it comes to the holiday spirit, it is a feeling of warmth and giving. Not wanting to be a Scrooge, people are inspired by the meaning of the season and the holiday spirit to give back. During the months of November and December, charitable giving, usually through monetary donations, are up. In fact, it has been found that charities receive at least 40% of their total donations during this time. In addition, 10% of those contributions are usually given within the last three days leading up to Christmas. The grim news is that, once the holidays are over, charitable giving and donations drop. After all, days like Giving Tuesday have ended and people are settling back into their normal routines. We are also focused on repaying Christmas debt and strengthening our finances for the new year. However, there are still ways to give back after the holiday season that continue the spirit of giving. There are a few celebrations during the months of January through March. Many people are looking forward to the warmer temperatures of spring, so why not brighten someone’s day during the cold winter months by volunteering? Here are some ideas to help get you, your family and your friends started on a new tradition that can last throughout the year. •

One idea to carry on charitable giving is by donating or participating in a coat/winter clothing drive for nonprofits, such as the Salvation Army or a homeless shelter. Give a Kid a Coat Campaign is a collection drive of new and/or gently used winter coats and is one way to give back old coats.The campaign is in its 37th year and is sponsored by A Cleaner World. This year’s drive started in January and runs through the beginning of February. Donations can be dropped off at any location of A Cleaner World. This isn’t the only avenue to contribute winter coats. A quick clean or look through the closets at your home is a great way to collect coats and other winter wear that aren’t being used and give them to a local nonprofit.


Spend some time making no-sew tie blankets out of fleece for humans and animals. For this easy task, all you need are two pieces of fleece, any size you would like for the blanket to be. You will also need a ruler, a yardstick and a pair of scissors. Layer both pieces of fabric on top of each other. Then, using the ruler, cut five-inch slits around the edges, every inch. The yardstick will come in handy with this step as it can be utilized to space out the cuts every inch and help keep them in a straight line. Once you have made slits around the edge of the whole blanket, tie the fringes together. First, pull the two pieces of fringe over your finger to create a loop. Then, push the fringe through the loop. Lastly, pull the end through to create a knot. Tighten the knot by pulling the loop through completely. Do this for all of the fringes around the blanket and ta-da. These blankets are great, quick and easy ways to give back and fun for all ages to make.

Start a clean-up committee for your neighborhood, friends and family. Gather a few people and visit your loved ones, especially your elderly relatives, to clean up their Christmas decorations or clean their home, in general. Housekeeping tasks can be hard for some people, so this opportunity will be greatly appreciated. Another twist is to go to a park or public place and clean up. Helping the environment is a great way to give back!

Put together hygiene kits for homeless shelters and other organizations. Basic hygiene items can make a difference to a person who is struggling. Put mini soap, shampoo and conditioner, a comb, toothbrush and toothpaste, as well as hand sanitizers and tissues in a toiletry bag. You can also add in more fun items, such as nail polish and lotions for women and girls.

Bake a sweet treat and cook a meal to give away. Nonprofits, including the Ronald McDonald House, SECU Family House and others, have guests spending time overnight and away from the comforts of their home. Having a home-cooked meal or tasty treat to welcome them is a simple way to help ease their stress. Charitable giving doesn’t have to stop once the holidays are over. Use these ideas, plus many others, to continue it through the next 10 to 11 months. You and your family will be glad you did.


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Thanksgiving, Montreal Style My plan had been to spend Thanksgiving 2023 with my parents and a few of my siblings on the family farm in the Shenandoah Valley. But, those plans changed about two weeks before the holiday. I received a call out of the blue one evening from my friend David from Burlington, Vermont. I met David a little more than four years ago. I had made the long drive from WinstonSalem to Cape Cod where I joined my father and my middle brother on the ferry out to Nantucket. We were heading out to the island to spend a few days relaxing at my uncle’s house. As the ferry crept out of the harbor, I grabbed a cold one from the bar and headed outside onto the deck of the ferry to enjoy the fading light of day and the salty air. An older gentleman started making pleasant conversation with my father and me. I quickly learned that David was a kindred spirit who could talk to absolutely anyone, and we instantly became friends. Fast forward to early November 2023. I received that unexpected phone call from David, and he asked me what I was doing for Thanksgiving. I nonchalantly explained that I was probably heading up to Virginia like I usually do. His reply? “Hey, you wanna go to Montreal?” Montreal? My mind quickly started to turn and revolve like some old machine with lots of gears. I’d never been to Montreal. “Heck yeah!” I shouted into the phone. “Let’s do this!” David spent the next few minutes telling me the plans for the three days we would be going. He then told me the best area to search for a hotel. After a couple more excited, “All right, this is going to be great!” comments, I hung up the phone. Immediately, I opened up my Delta app and booked my flights. Then, I conducted my search for a hotel in the heart of Montreal. Within 10 minutes, my trip to Montreal was set. Six years ago, I went to the Florida Keys for Thanksgiving. This year, I would be heading up to Canada. For the next two weeks, I checked the 10-day forecast for Montreal. The Wednesday evening before my flight, I packed everything I would need for the Canadian cold, and early on


Thanksgiving morning, I boarded my flight for Atlanta. After a short layover, I boarded another flight to the land of Provinces and maple leaves. Upon landing in Montreal, I proceeded through the usual routine of going through customs, found my bag at baggage claim and ordered my Uber to the hotel. When my Uber driver pulled up, I climbed into the back seat. He was a young man who appeared to be of Middle Eastern descent, but who only spoke French. I thought to myself, “If this is how everyone is going to be, I’m going to have a hard time.” I sat silently looking out the window as the driver made the 20-minute trip to the hotel. As I rode, I reminded myself that I was now in a foreign city and I would have to play by their rules whether I liked it or not. But, the fact that I didn’t speak a lick of French only made me feel more uneasy. Upon reaching the hotel, I exited the vehicle and thanked my driver with one of the few French words I do know: Merci. I walked down the steps into the lobby of the hotel and approached the front desk. A young woman greeted me with a jovial, “Bonjour!” “Hello,” I replied back to her, thinking, “Oh no, I’m going to look like a fool.” Instead, the dark-haired woman with glasses came back with, “Oh, hello, how can I help you?” Needless to say, a huge weight was lifted off of my shoulders. After getting checked into my room, I studied the surrounding area on my phone. I had a few hours to kill before David arrived from Burlington. Not

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(continued from page 34) wanting to waste any time, I put on my scarf, peacoat and toboggan and headed for a quaint Irish pub around the corner. As I settled up to the bar, the bartender asked (in English) what he could get me. After ordering a locally brewed adult libation and some Buffalo wings, I sat and watched American football on the TV on the wall. A young couple making merry a little further down the bar were also Americans who were from Minnesota. There were perhaps 15 to 20 other people throughout the pub as I sat at the bar enjoying myself and feeling quite at home in Montreal. When David arrived, I settled my tab and walked the few blocks to another pub that happened to be one of his favorites. We spent the next few hours catching up with each other, as other people David already knew in Montreal began to join us. At some point in the evening, we both ordered the traditional Thanksgiving dinner that the pub was famous for serving (even though Canadians don’t celebrate it). Needless to say, it was all delicious and just a little more special considering we were north of the US border. Over the next few days, I used my morning runs to do my sightseeing. Despite the high of only 23° on Friday, I felt exhilarated as I ran through the streets of Montreal. As I got closer to Old Town Montreal with its cobblestone streets and old Europeans style architecture, I found myself stopping to take picture after picture of the beautiful churches, buildings and views. When my run took me to the walkway along the Saint Lawrence River, I stopped yet again to take videos and photos. The cold temperatures and biting winds out of the north weren’t going to chill my high spirits. The following morning, I decided to take a different route – this time up a gravel road with many switchbacks that led to the top of Mount Royal. After a 2 ½-mile run completely uphill, I reached the observation area that looks out over the entire city of Montreal. There were many people there, and they were all doing the same thing – taking pictures of the breathtaking views down below. When I wasn’t running and sightseeing, I was meeting David and his friends for meals at beautiful 100+ year old restaurants and pubs.


Friday evening, we attended a concert at a wonderful old venue where local musicians played hits from the 70s and 80s well into the night. When all was said and done Sunday morning, I was ready to hop on a plane and head back to the good ‘ol US of A. But, my Thanksgiving weekend in Montreal was unforgettable and absolutely wonderful. In fact, I’ve already decided that I will be returning to Montreal in the summer of 2024 when things will be just a tad bit greener and a heck of a lot warmer!

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Making Every Day a Little Sweeter BY TARYN JEREZ

Whether you’re a longtime patron, with decades of shared treat-filled memories at Dewey’s Bakery, or a newcomer enchanted by the magic within their glass cases, there’s always something new to discover and adore.

Sweetness Meant to Be Shared Stepping into one of the Triad’s three bakery locations presents you with a delightful dilemma. Do you opt for one of their tempting ready-made cake squares or pastries? Perhaps you’re drawn to the new Dewezy bar, offering layered dessert cups with custom toppings? And, let’s not forget the option to celebrate a loved one or indulge yourself with a special something from the ever-rotating gift shop, featuring myriad unique and thoughtful options. Then again, who says you have to choose? Establishing its flagship location at Thruway Shopping Center in 1955, Dewey’s is the sole original business that remains to this day. This marks almost 95 years of consistently offering cherished flavors and sweets that have become staples for local families and their traditions. Director of Operations Kayla Kubitz shared that “Dewey’s holds such a special place in people’s lives. I often find myself thinking how lucky we are that we get to be a part of so many positive and fun memories over time.”

Always Something Fresh & Fun At Dewey’s Bakery, the skilled culinary team collaborates closely with clients to transform special occasions into extraordinary moments through custom cake designs. From weddings, bridal parties and anniversaries, to birthdays and baby showers, their talented decorators craft cakes that keep customers coming back year after year.


Dewey’s takes pride in breaking away from tradition when it comes to cake creation. Beyond the conventional and well known designs, the team embraces the fun and creativity of current trends and pop culture, bringing to life cakes inspired by Bluey, Taylor Swift, Mean Girls and numerous personalized themes. A simple photo is all it takes for Dewey’s to turn a vision into a delicious reality; just bring in what you’re inspired by and they can make it happen! Navy Franco, the cake decorating manager, emphasizes, “The talented decorators are mostly self-taught and have adapted and mastered Dewey’s’ way of creating beautiful cakes for customers to share with their loved ones.” With a commitment to both original and trendy designs, Nancy shared that “we are always looking for ways to expand our talent and push ourselves to deliver fun cakes and smiles to our customers.” Of course, if you’re needing a cake at the moment, you can stop in and pick up a ready-made cake with custom wording decoration available!

Sending Sweetness Easier Than Ever Exciting news for customers! Ordering has never been more convenient with the new user-friendly online ordering platform. Simply visit local.deweys.com to place your order for custom cakes, cupcakes, pastries, cake square platters, ice cream and more. You can enhance your celebration by browsing the selection of party accessories such as candles, tableware, gifts and other essentials, all available for seamless addition to orders. During checkout, customers can effortlessly choose their preferred Dewey’s Bakery location for convenient order pickup.

For those eager to share the joy of local Dewey’s favorites with friends, family, clients or even themselves, they can visit Deweys.com! Dewey’s Bakery offers delivery services for its most popular cookies, Moravian sugar cake, gifts, gift cards and other goodies right to doorsteps. Customers can explore the ever-expanding inventory and take advantage of weekly promotions and discounts available online. Plus, they can enjoy free ground shipping on orders of $50 or more – a sweet bonus for valued customers!

The Gift of Good Taste When you’re looking for something for that someone special, or simply in a “treat yourself” mood, Dewey’s has diverse and creative gift options, available both in-store and online. Whether you’re in search of traditional, trendy or locally focused items, Dewey’s carries an assortment of giftable goodies for every occasion. Each item in their inventory is thoughtfully chosen, keeping in line with the latest trends. From accessories, earrings and sweatshirts to home decor, tumblers, gift books, Little Golden Books, baby and kid items, and collegiate licensed goods, the selection is extensive. Dewey’s features popular gift brands such as Dr. Squatch, Tervis, Swig, Harry Potter, Star Wars and Caspari designer paper goods. The buying team collaborates with brands across the country, offering a diverse assortment, including hyper-local goods showcasing Winston-Salem and North Carolina landmarks. You can find custom platters, tumblers, canvas art and a variety of pillows, textiles, linens and hand towels. Customers appreciate the distinctiveness of Dewey’s creative gift options, making it a go-to destination for thoughtful and unique presents.

From Oven to Outreach Just as Dewey’s has continued to provide its delicious pastries and cakes to its community over the years, it continues to give back and make a positive impact through a variety of donation and fundraising initiatives. Right now, they are gearing up for their Spring Catalog Fundraisers, designed to support local schools, youth sports and other

non-profit organizations. By selling Dewey’s Hero products, including Moravian Cookies, Moravian Sugar Cake and Cheese Straws, these fundraisers provide an easy and delicious way for groups to raise funds. Each $10 Dewey’s treat sold contributes $5 to the organization. This Winston-Salem landmark emphasizes its commitment to giving back, rooted in a historical event where the Winston-Salem community rallied to rebuild Dewey’s Bakery after a fire destroyed it on Easter Monday in 1955. Kayla reflects on this support, sharing, “We won’t ever lose sight that, at one point, the community gave back to us when we needed it the most.” To explore fundraising possibilities, interested parties can contact cake@deweys.com.

When You’re Ready to Indulge or Celebrate Whether you’re gearing up for a special milestone celebration or simply yearning for a delightful treat, we extend a warm invitation to visit your local Dewey’s Bakery or explore their website. And, who knows, maybe we’ll have the pleasure of seeing your smiling face at their weekly “free cake square” Monday – mark it on your calendar! Follow Dewey’s Bakery on social media to see special behind-the-scenes images and exciting first looks at new items and promotions! Facebook @deweysbakerywinstonsalem & Instagram @deweysbakerywinston

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4 cups curly kale (torn into small pieces) 1 pound beets, peeled and quartered 1 T olive oil 1 cup walnut halves 2 T maple syrup ½ cup goat cheese, or cheese of your preference Salt and pepper, to taste


Dressing Ingredients: 3 T apple cider vinegar 2 T honey 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar ½ tsp. Dijon mustard 1 clove minced garlic ¼ cup olive oil Salt, to taste

1. Roast quartered beets, tossed in one tablespoon olive oil, in oven on 425F. Roast for 30 minutes until they have softened. 2. While beets are roasting, toast walnuts on stove top. Top walnuts with maple syrup, salt and pepper and continue toasting until fragrant. Remove from pan and allow walnuts to dry. 3. Place kale in a large bowl. Top with toasted walnuts and roasted beets. 4. Whisk all dressing ingredients together and pour on top of kale salad. Mix kale greens and toppings well. 5. Sprinkle goat cheese, or your cheese of choice, on top of salad before serving. 6. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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The Triad Buying Co-Op Winston-Salem, NC The idea for a food cooperative in WinstonSalem began in the 1970s with a small group of people who wanted to purchase organic and sustainably grown food, not readily available locally. They met in the kitchen of one of the group members, ordered in bulk and divided the products among themselves. This was a buying club, which began as so many co-ops have. Soon, the group moved into a more formal space: first into the YWCA, then to a building on Burke Street and then to an old grocery store on Green Street becoming WinstonSalem’s first storefront co-op. The Green Street Co-op dissolved in 1983. In the fall of 1986, the co-op was revived as a buying club and operated out of Peacehaven Baptist Church. In 2003, the co-op moved to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Robinhood Road and substantially increased its membership. At that time, the club was incorporated as an entity, created bylaws and a Board of Directors, and became the Triad Buying Co-op Inc. (TBC). It continued in the UU location until it became unavailable. The next stop was the Bahnson Co. building on South Marshall Street, where a number of small businesses had found a welcoming space, named West Salem Square. Members rehabbed an area in the basement of the building, cleaning, painting and constructing the unconverted space. In 2009, with the help of Mitchell Britt, the coop started a farmers market in Krankies Coffee, the first producers-only market with organic and sustainably grown products in WinstonSalem. Every vendor who applied to sell at the market was visited and their practices verified. The Krankies Farmer’s Market was a success and moved across the street beside the Nissen building on a cobbled stone street, where it was renamed Cobblestone Market and is still going strong today in another location under new management. The TBC continued to operate in West Salem Square until 2016 when the building was sold and all the small businesses had to leave. The TBC was used to change and bravely set out to find a new venue. The group soon found a small building on Brenner Street in downtown Winston. Their stay there lasted until 2019, when the owners decided to upgrade the property, forcing


the co-op to find yet another home. After looking at a number of sites, all in need of extensive work, it was invited to move into Acadia Foods where Owners Jon Engel and Jessica McClure ran a restaurant and coffee shop. They also had a small grocery store and wanted someone else to run it so that they could concentrate on their main business. After 40 years as a buying co-op, the TBC became a storefront co-op once again. TBC is now operating the co-op and retail store in a vibrant and welcoming environment, offering to the public all of the products that it purchases for members. This includes local products from Camino Bakery, Dewey’s Bakery, Massey Creek, Harmony Ridge, Mill River, Joyce Farms, Red Clay Gourmet, Piedmont Fresh, Homeland Creamery, Charlie’s Soap, Old Mill Guilford, Lindley Mills, Happy Dirt and more. Most non-local items come from United Natural Foods and Frontier Natural Products Co-op. Since 2015, TBC has been using memberdonated dollars to buy food for local food pantries. Since arriving at Acadia Foods in 2019, store produce discards and the restaurant’s kitchen waste have been composted in local gardens. Becoming a member of the TBC gives one ownership in a member-run organization dedicated to increasing the availability and demand for more local and sustainable products in this area. Thanks to the Acadia Foods store, local farmers and producers have another market for their products and co-op members and shoppers make a bigger economic impact in our community.

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services. That email box can fill up with spam, and it won’t bother you a bit. Urgent pleas, tempting offers or vague threats are common phishing tactics. A subject line like “Urgent: Account Action Required” should trigger alarm. Stay vigilant, avoid making hasty decisions and, if in doubt, throw it out. The best way to protect yourself from phishing attacks is to hover over the sender’s email address and look for something amiss. Look closely and develop a keen eye. Are there typos, random characters, odd domain names or generic names like “admin?” Did you just get an email ostensibly from USPS that asks you to click to confirm your correct address – but the sender’s email address is admin@ gmail.com? Nope, that one’s not real. Delete. Don’t click, download or reply. If you get an email from your bank or credit card company that states there is an issue with your statement, asks for personal information or asks that you click on something, be very suspicious. Legitimate companies don’t ask for personal information through email, and never ever call the phone number provided in the email! If you think there could actually be an issue with your statement or bill, find the company’s phone number to contact the company directly if you have any doubts. Following these tips can protect you from being a victim of scams and spam. Managing your email accounts properly and reporting scams and spam are important steps in staying safe online. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. • • • • • •

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in and around Forsyth County by KAREN COOPER

Forsyth County turns out a beautiful fall with tree colors that rival those farther north. The winters are usually mild and temperate, although snow isn’t out of the question. Spring is a welcome respite with warmer temperatures returning, luscious trees and flowers blooming, and beautiful gardens to explore. Summer in Forsyth County can be hot and humid! Finding a pool or lake to cool off in is a fine idea on the most sweltering days. There are so many things to enjoy in Forsyth County, no matter the season. Here are some you might want to add to your list:


Winter in Forsyth can bring quite a chill. You could curl up inside with hot chocolate or, better yet, pile your family and friends in the car and head for Tanglewood! Tanglewood Park’s vast countryside transforms each holiday season into a sparkling winter wonderland with more than one million twinkling lights. The Festival of Lights at Tanglewood is open nightly from 6-11 p.m. from mid-November through January 1st. Entrance fees are paid at the gate; $20 cash/$23 credit for family vehicles (cars, trucks, vans). There are extra experiences to be had once inside the park, including a visit to S’moresville and rides in a horsedrawn carriage or tractor-pulled hayride. For a more historical experience of wintertime, discover early Moravian traditions as you walk the inviting streets of Old Salem Museums & Gardens, where the fragrances of pine-bough decorations greet you. Costumed interpreters invite you to explore centuries-old holiday customs inside the historically restored village which features more than 100 original buildings and structures.


Who can resist the color and renewal of spring? In the spring, seeds take root and plants begin to grow. The weather is warmer, and blooms are everywhere…but the increase in rain can be a dreary companion. From the gardens at Old Salem to those at Bethabara Park, Winston-Salem is known for its flowers in springtime. Reynolda House is one place to find an exquisitely tended garden. Having a proper garden meant a great deal to Katharine Reynolds, original resident of Reynolda House. The greenhouses and conservatory were built at least four years before the house was completed so work could begin on the gardens. Many surrounding estates of the time had equally grand and lavish gardens which was the style of life in the “country.” Reynolds wanted the gardens of Reynolda to always be accessible to the public.



In the summer, temperatures may increase to record highs and being outside may not be the most comfortable unless there is a cool body of water close by. Shacktown Falls at Shore-Styers Mill Park is close by in Yadkinville, NC. If you love waterfalls and are looking to get your feet wet, this may be just the place for you. Located about 30 yards from the parking lot, this waterfall is the perfect place to cool off. The waterfall is actually only about 10 feet high but is across a very wide stream with a large water flow. Perfect for a hot summer day. What would summer be without a night out with the Winston-Salem Dash? They are truly a hometown team. From their earliest days playing as the Winston-Salem Twins to their stint as the Warthogs playing at Ernie Shore Field, the Dash have held a place in Winston-Salem sports-lovers’ hearts since 1905. Almost every home game features a fun promotion – like a free Kids’ Zone, discounted beer or wine, and fireworks. Another great summer event is the Winston-Salem Open Tennis Tournament. The Winston-Salem Open is part of the American Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour 250 Event Series. Held at the Wake Forest University Tennis Complex, the week-long tournament has brought big names and world-class tennis to Winston-Salem.


From admiring fall foliage to sipping pumpkin-flavored brews, Forsyth County has many seasonal activities to make you fall for fall. From the foothills to the scenic summits of nearby Pilot Mountain State Park and Hanging Rock State Park, inspire your senses with views of the vibrant, colorful leaves on the trees. Stroll up Pilot Mountain to see the peak or embark on an exhilarating trek along the Hanging Rock Trail, where Blue Ridge Mountain views await. What could be more fall-ish than hiking and looking at leaves? After your hike, take advantage of one of the nearby wineries. RayLen Vineyards & Winery awaits you in the Yadkin Valley. The rolling hills and winding drive will fill you with anticipation as you drive through 35,000 European varietal grapevines. Once you arrive, taste the wines, tour the facility and settle yourself on the porch with a great bottle of wine. Or, spend the day at JOLO Winery & Vineyards for grand views of Pilot Mountain State Park and delicious food – like the salmon cake sandwich or filet salad – from its onsite restaurant, End Posts. Baking is taken very seriously in Forsyth County. Check out these local favorites, and indulge yourself in a sweet treat. Louie & Honey's Kitchen, Humble Bee Shoppe, Camino Bakery and Dewey’s Bakery. A special shout out to Winkler Bakery, the oldest continuously operating bakery in the country. Located in the heart of Old Salem, this shop offers a variety of bread and is known for its delightful Moravian sugar cake and Moravian cookies. Keep looking forward to each new season, and find something special about each one. We are certainly blessed in Forsyth County to witness every season of the year and delight in the infinite colors and experiences of all of them.

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Child Safety Series

Heart Health: Brugada Syndrome Trigger Warning: This article includes reference to the difficult subject of child loss. by TARYN JEREZ

Each month, this series will provide important facts and tips surrounding child safety in an effort to support parents and caregivers as they navigate reducing risks and creating the safest environment possible for the children in their lives. In the wake of an unimaginable journey marked by loss and grief, Brooke Arnold’s profound love as a mother has transformed into an unwavering commitment to raise awareness among parents about heart health and the crucial significance of advocating for both their own well-being and that of their children, especially in terms of early detection and genetic testing. Every day is a poignant reminder of her beautiful son, compelling her to share his story and serve as a catalyst for change in how individuals and doctors perceive and prioritize often undiagnosed conditions like Brugada and other heart conditions.

Can you share with us your family’s personal journey with Brugada Syndrome? Christmas 2015 was a beautiful day. Dylan had just turned 14, and I remember going for a walk together as he shared his excitement about playing the new PS4 games he got for Christmas. We held hands and continued talking about the car he wanted to get when he turned 16. He was all smiles and just so excited about all the good things coming up in his life. That night, we kissed him goodnight as he played online with friends and went to bed. The next morning, my husband woke up first and found Dylan passed away in his bedroom. That was the start of our nightmare. None of us knew what happened, but thankfully, we had a wonderful medical examiner who felt it could be heart related because everything else looked perfectly healthy. Prior to his death, my son had complained about not feeling well for a few months and every doctor and hospital we had taken him to blamed it on a past concussion he had two years prior. There was never a mention of his heart and not a single doctor ever looked into it. We were told he would be fine and to just give it time. With the medical examiner’s


suggestion, we sent Dylan’s samples out for genetic testing, as his heart looked good. We then found out my son had Brugada, a type of heart arrhythmia that could have been detected if he had an EKG. After learning that Brugada is an autosomal dominant genetic disorder, meaning it can be inherited from just one parent, we did further testing and confirmed that I also have it. Brugada worsens with each generation, especially for males due to their chromosomes. All those years, I never knew I had the condition or that I had passed it to my son.

Through the unimaginable loss of Dylan and your own diagnosis, your desire to advocate for heart health awareness and make Brugada Syndrome more well known was shaped. What do you wish more people understood? What most people may not know in general is that sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, it’s the leading cause of death of all ages on school campuses, and it is the leading cause of death in athletes. Brugada is just one of many electrical heart-related conditions. Over the last eight years, I’ve met many parents who have lost their children to other types of cardiac conditions. Many conditions do not show symptoms prior to SCA (sudden cardiac arrest) and, unfortunately, can only be detected by a simple EKG. Dylan happened to be one of the few that did show symptoms, but unfortunately, the medical professionals completely overlooked it and this continues to happen.

In light of your own and your son’s undiagnosed condition, how do you believe the medical field can improve its approach to detecting heart issues in children and adolescents? Most children have some type of physical exam whether it’s required for a yearly medical physical or for sports. Rarely

is an EKG provided to truly detect if there are any heart abnormalities. Through my own experience, if a child looks physically healthy, an EKG is not done. I strongly feel that all children should be given an EKG as part of a yearly physical.

You’ve shared that Dylan loved sports and, with youth sports playing such a significant role in many children’s lives, how can parents actively advocate and encourage the prioritization of heart health screenings? Be proactive. Require and demand your child have an EKG because a stethoscope exam is not enough to detect an abnormality. Almost every day, I hear of a story of a child passing away (especially young athletes) to some type of heart-related condition. Most of these cases could have been prevented. In Florida, sports physicals recommend an EKG but are not required. Recently, several counties here in Florida are now requiring mandatory EKGs to play sports, but it’s not the rule in every state or county yet. Whether your child plays sports or not, having a yearly EKG is the best way to be proactive in your child’s health. It’s a test that takes fewer than 10 minutes and could possibly save your child’s life. My son was 14 years old, almost six feet tall and looked like a healthy athletic preteen, but what couldn’t be seen was the underlying heart condition that ultimately took him from us.

Considering your firsthand experience, what advice would you give to parents who may be unaware of potential heart conditions in their children? It’s scary, but most of the time there are no signs that your child has an electrical heart issue. With so many of these cases, they are genetically passed from one family member to the next, often without realization. In my experience, I didn’t know I had Brugada or that I had passed it down to my son. It is important to try to know your family history with heart-related issues and to have your family members screened at first with an EKG. If a heart abnormality is found, the next step is to have your other children and immediate family members have a simple genetic blood test done to confirm if anyone else is a carrier. After we found out how Dylan passed and confirmed that I had it, we had my daughter tested immediately as well as my sister. Fortunately, neither one of them has the condition.

Have you observed any positive changes or initiatives within the medical field regarding early detection of heart conditions in young individuals? With each story of yet another child passing away due to an undiagnosed heart condition, awareness is growing. There are countless parents who’ve lost children to SCA, who have launched organizations to raise awareness for heart screens, the importance of having AED nearby, how to use them and how to give CPR. In fact, in Florida, we now have a law that students are required to have CPR training in order to pass freshman and junior years of high school. While there are states starting to listen and make changes that prioritize pediatric heart health, there is still so much that needs to be done to protect our children. A special thank you to Gail Holthaus from the Greg Holthaus Memorial Fund, Shawn Sima from Who We Play For {online article link: whoweplayfor.org} and Parent Heart Watch {online article link: parentheartwatch.org for providing additional information into Brugada Syndrome and other heart health-related insights for this article, as well as all they do to advocate for the health of our children.

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The View from My Section – A Father’s Perspective

An Adventure in Misfortune – Finding Love in the Unexpected by A. KEITH TILLEY

This story reads like “The Out-of-Towners” – a 1970 film by Neil Simon starring Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis about an Ohio sales executive who accepts a higher position within the company he works for, except, it’s in New York City. When he travels with his wife for his initial interview, things go wrong from the start. (IMDb. com) My version, unfortunately, isn’t fiction. It begins when my son plans a secret romantic adventure for himself and his girlfriend, presently long-distance, and away at college. She has (like most of us) a favorite musical artist. Unfortunately, this artist wasn’t playing in any venues near our area. My son decided Washington, DC wasn’t so far. Perhaps, not if you were staying overnight and didn’t have to drive more than four hours in one direction (to school), and four hours back in the opposite direction, just to get on commercial transportation (identity withheld to avoid offending) to travel the final eight-hour portion to DC. He had good intentions, however, being a young adult, sometimes they bite off more than they can chew. He knew the part where he was driving to the college would be tiring, so he hoped that by taking commercial transportation, he could rest up before they would arrive – three hours before the show, giving them just enough time to eat a nice meal and take an Uber to the theater. The drive to school and back to the initial start of their out-oftowners experience went well. They were excited and eager to see the show. They boarded the commercial transportation, referred to going forward as “CT” in the very early hours of Sunday morning and got comfortable to rest until their arrival in DC. Problems begin at their first stop, where the layover turns into a giant wrench wedged precisely into the gears of his romantic adventure. What should have been a short period, turned into a seven-hour, boring, tiring, disappointing and unwanted temporary hiatus. Seven hours after stalling at their first stop, their journey continued. They arrived in DC nearly six and a half hours after that, resulting in them completely missing the concert. They went directly to the theater upon arrival hoping to, at least, catch the last part of the show, but it was already over and everyone was leaving. I asked if they tried to tell their story

to anyone and perhaps get an autograph or something from the artist. They said, no, they just turned around and improvised the rest of their visit until it was time to return to the transportation center. I was disappointed for them and felt that, had they told their story to the theater official, they might have gotten something out of it. As Lisa Reuben, an expert legal analyst once said, “They didn’t try, and if you don’t ask, you don’t get.” A life lesson that often applies. To make matters worse, because of the excessive delay in their arrival, they only had three hours before they would be boarding the CT for their trip back. A hotel room overnight wouldn’t work because she needed to be back at school. Their timing was tight, and they still had the other half of their trip to complete. In the end, counting CT time only, within 27 hours, they were on the CT for 24 of those hours. Something that would severely dampen the pleasant memory of the trip for most couples (I’m part of that group), but not for this couple. When they spoke of their trip afterward, they, of course, included the long layover and its subsequent adverse effect on their plans, but they focused more acutely on the moments within the confusion and uncertainty. The story of how the commander of this mode of transportation gave an account of a passenger deciding unexpectedly to disrobe during one of his travels. The Chinese food they enjoyed upon their arrival in DC, making a dance video in a cultural landmark and the opportunity for some excellent pictures of them taken alongside beautiful sculptures, architecture and the theater. What they enjoyed the most, however, was the unfettered time they had to spend exclusively with each other. They talked and shared old stories while being observed kindly and friendly by a service dog of another passenger, provided a meal for a homeless gentleman on the streets of DC, enjoyed the twinkling lights of Crystal City in the evening and relished parts of our nation’s capital they hadn’t experienced before. Fortunately, their sealed memories weren’t of what they missed during the trip; it was the special, unique, one-of-a-kind moments that only come from accepting the challenges and obstacles placed in front of us and embracing the opportunity it brings. Choosing, instead, to write their own version of the story. Turning scars into stars, and adversity into unforgettable moments, one choice at a time. Musical Selection (Enjoy) – “Easily” by Bruno Major

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Driving into Winston-Salem on a late Friday afternoon, I suddenly had, what we used to call in English Literature graduate school, an epiphany. On the left shoulder of a hole-ridden, pockmarked highway, I saw a sign which said “prepare to stop.” Rushing to work (my usual mode), those words hit me like the proverbial ton of bricks – this message from the universe at large telling me to shift my ever-racing mind into slower and lower gear. At that very instant, my thoughts reverted to a classic 1966 movie I had just watched on-line – “Stop The World – I Want To Get Off” about a working-class stiff named Littlechap who is obsessed with being successful and will do anything to attain it, even as his own life spirals into intense unhappiness. He marries his rich boss’ daughter, becomes a member of the British Parliament, but is plagued with exponentially increasing problems. Deeply unhappy, each time something unsatisfactory happens, he stops the action of the film, directly faces the audience and calls out “stop the world” – precisely the sentiment that I have increasingly felt. The truth is that we all live in a culture which values speed and productivity, the “hustle mindset” which equates busyness with success – and we suffer immensely for it. Since the 2020 Covid epidemic, I’ve admittedly become more anxious, unable to extirpate the voices of fear and trepidation, spending time in front of my computer constantly doom-scrolling, feeling burnt-out and overwhelmed. The world seems to be imploding and I along with it. Finally


realizing that this all had to change (with a thank you to that road sign), I started reading about the slow moment and why it was so critical to slow down. After I read Carl Honore’s book, “In Praise of Slowness: Challenging The Cult Of Speed,” I was a believer.

HERE IS WHAT I LEARNED: Society pushes all of us towards a lifestyle of over-achieving. We are urged to be more productive, with the result that we are cutting down on relaxation for the sake of achieving more. When you live at this constant breakneck pace, it exerts a huge toll on your mental and physical health, relationships and getting things done efficiently. However, when you slow your life down, the consequence of that is one which is calmer and more focused with the quality of your work improving. When you give yourself time to rest, you effectively refresh your entire system and can focus on what is truly important to your life while thrusting aside the moments of everyday, non-stop acceleration. Carl Honore’s sage advice goes like this: “The great benefit of slowing down is reclaiming the time and tranquility to make meaningful connections – with people, with culture, with work, with nature, and with our own bodies and minds.” Mahatma Gandhi said it even more simply: “There is more to life than increasing its speed.” The road sign I saw that day powerfully reminded me that it was time to take back my life, put the cell phone away and stop worrying about answering the hundreds of emails that popped up every day that I never could get a grip on answering. My life was beset with unending worries – taking consummate care of my son, making scratch-made meals, working two jobs, paying the bills, cleaning the house and

caring for the dog, the car, the extended family and the neighbors who needed help. I had literally disappeared into some vacuum where the essential “me” no longer existed. As I read deeper into the literature of the slow moment, I realized that I had to recalibrate my relationship with the constantly switched-on, logged-in world. I started to follow the advice of making time to have fun. I drove to Raleigh for the heck of it, walking in different parks, taking photos of birds and other creatures I came across. I wandered – aimlessly. In accordance with strategies for slowing down, I began setting boundaries, saying no to things that didn’t align with my values or priorities. I disconnected from technology (phone, computer, TV) and started to savor small moments – time in nature, doing something creative with my hands, journaling, baking, playing piano and acts of service to others. I set the bar lower for happiness. As Honore averred in his book, there were palpable health benefits to slowing down: lowering stress which was adversely affecting my delicate, complaining stomach and decreasing my somewhat-too-high blood pressure. I began to feel better on every level. When I started to slow down my pace of life, it became more mindful, intentional and fulfilling. I got rid of a lot of detritus that had been plugging up my life with details and urgency. I stopped feeling that I had to read every magazine that found its way into my house. I unashamedly prioritized selfcare. A biologist friend told me that a philosopher named Lao Tzu had said “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” How true. I thank that orange Winston-Salem road sign for signaling to me the wisdom to live better, not faster.

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From Full House to My House:


I remember last fall, a couple months after my youngest had moved into her own apartment, feeling completely out of sorts. I was wandering through my days and nights feeling some sort of funky, and I didn’t know why. My business was doing well. All three girls were thriving in their new environments. I felt as good as a normal menopausal woman can feel, so what was wrong with me? And, then it hit me like a ton of bricks – I was an empty nester, and while that brings its own fun and rewards, it also meant a very significant part of my life was done. I was no longer a full-time, active-duty parent. What had once been a leading role was now whittled down to a recurring part. And, apparently, it was hitting me harder than I ever thought it would. As parents, no one really prepares us for this stage, or it’s met with visions of champagne toasts and burning rubber to some exotic vacation. And, while there are a lot of positives to it, it definitely takes some adjustments to go from a house of five to a house of two plus a bunch of pets. If you’re getting ready to wave off your last child or already have, here are some suggestions for navigating this next chapter of your life!

EMBRACE THE CHANGE The departure of your children can seem daunting, but it’s also an invitation to a new chapter of life. It’s natural to feel a mix of emotions, but remember, this phase is not about being left behind, it’s about embracing new opportunities. So, take a deep breath, shake off the fear and get excited about what might come next. You have earned this freedom!

REDECORATE YOUR HOME With your kids away, your home might feel a little too quiet. Why not give it a fresh makeover? Transform that unused bedroom into a cozy reading nook or a vibrant art studio. Redecorating can be therapeutic and help you create a space reflecting your personality and style.

TRAVEL SOMEWHERE NEW Traveling is a fantastic way to broaden your horizons and experience new cultures. Choose a destination from your bucket list and take the plunge. It could be a neighboring state or an exotic country. Exploring new places will stimulate personal growth and discovery, adding a whole new layer to this exciting phase of life. You’ll enjoy the journey no matter what you decide to do in your newfound freedom. Make sure to take time to appreciate the simple moments and be open-minded to new opportunities. Don’t forget to pause and take in the beauty of your physical and mental surroundings. “And, remember – those kids will be back to visit, and you’ll quickly realize that newfound peace and quiet really IS nice!

GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE You’ve spent years nurturing others; now it’s time to nurture your own interests. Always wanted to speak Italian? Sign up for a language course. Dreamed of doing a headstand in yoga? Now’s the time. Try something you’ve always wanted to do. Learning and experiencing new things will keep your mind active and your spirit young.

RECONNECT WITH YOURSELF As an empty nester, you have the luxury of time. Use it to rediscover yourself. Revisit old hobbies or explore new passions. Read that book you’ve been putting off. Start that painting project. Run that marathon. This is the perfect time to prioritize yourself and do what makes you happy.

RECONNECT WITH FRIENDS Over the years, you may have lost touch with friends or found it hard to make new ones. Now, you have the chance to reconnect. Plan brunches, movie nights, concerts or even simple game nights at home. Surrounding yourself with friends will fill your home with laughter and your heart with warmth.

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It’s a Grand Grand Life Love, Love, Love by SUSAN WOODALL

I didn’t realize until I was doing some research on the month of February that, even though it is the shortest month of the year (even when it’s a leap year), there were so many days that celebrated something. Some I could get behind – like National Dark Chocolate day on February 1st. Which was just one of five things listed on that day. February 2nd, besides Groundhog Day, had eight other events you could add to your calendar. There is not one day in February that doesn’t have a concern attached to it. Even February 29th, which only comes around every four years, had two. Besides Leap Day, it is also National Toast Day – who knew? This column is going to concentrate on February 14th, the day set aside for love. I fondly remember decorating a shoe box with paper, cut out hearts and a slot on the top where classmates put in their valentines in elementary school. It was always fun to read all the valentines to see if you would get a special one from someone you liked. My mom always volunteered to be a room mother. She made every party special with decorations, food, party favors and games. That evening at home, my sister and I had a gift waiting at our places at the table. My mom and dad exchanged gifts with each other, too.

Even though I loved celebrating Valentine’s Day, I didn’t need it as a special day to give or receive love. My sister and I always knew our parents loved us. Believe me, I had plenty of times when it was hard to like, much less love, me as a child. But, love me they did. I could be one stubborn, illtempered, sassy kid. Looking back, I spent a lot of time in my room thinking about the way I acted. I blame being born on what was the hottest day on record at the time. No matter, at bedtime there were still stories, hugs, kisses and prayers. Watching my daughters parent their children, I know my grandchildren are being raised in loving homes. They are taught to be respectful, to listen to their parents, to be kind and all the good things we teach children. Hopefully, this guidance will carry through adolescence and adulthood and on to their children. Like every person I know, there will always be days when you feel off, and children are no exception. If they don’t want to talk about what is bothering them, it is best to just leave them alone. Eventually, they may let on what caused their mood, but it may have just been that they woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Time spent alone until their mood improves is usually best. According to The Beatles, “Love, love, love…Love is all you need.” I disagree that it’s all you need, but it certainly is very important. Celebrating love on February 14th is wonderful, but showing it throughout the year means more! Spending time with our grandchildren, showing interest in what is important to them, being there for them and giving plenty of hugs and praise, means more to them than we realize. Recently, my youngest granddaughter was going with me to deliver food to the food bank. We went to lunch afterwards. As she finished eating, I asked her if she was ready to go. She said, “no, I want to stay longer ‘cause I like spending time with you.” Didn’t need to be Valentine’s Day for my heart to be filled with love.


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7th Annual Valentine’s Celebration and Live Auction Wednesday, February 14, 2024 6:30-10:00 pm at Old Town Club Drinks, dinner, and music by Red Umber Program . Live Auction at 8:15 PM $125/person . Reserve your spot by February 7, 2024

3 Ways to Register 1 GO TO https://event.gives/wsstreetschool 2 TEXT wsstreetschool TO 843.606.5995 3 Scan the QR code Winston-Salem Street School is a 501 (c)(3) corporation. FEBRUARY 2024 / 61

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” -William Wordsworth



3 FEATURED ARTISTS 1 Myah Butryn 8th Grade Hanes Middle School Barbara Butryn, Art Teacher 2 Kimberly Galian Alanis 10th Grade Carver High School Deborah Cummings, Art Teacher 3 Nellie Anderson 2nd Grade Speas Elementary Desiree Jackson, Art Teacher 4 Olivia Irby 3rd Grade Piney Grove Elementary Carol Mason, Art Teacher

















TRIAD GO RED FOR WOMEN LUNCHEON High Point Country Club, 800 Country Club Drive in High Point Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women. Join us to celebrate National Wear Red Day and learn how to love your heart. To purchase tickets, visit heart.org/triadgored.

RICKY SKAGGS & KENTUCKY THUNDER Reynolds Auditorium Bluegrass icon and 15-time Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs returns to the Symphony stage for a boot-scootin’ night of his legendary hits. Tickets and more at wssymphony.org.

GALENTINE’S DAY AT ACCENT PRONE Exclusive discounts, treats, pop-ups and more. Grab your Galentine(s) and come party with us!


Tickets must be purchased in advance! Learn more on page 31.



Old Town Club









022 South Main Street in Kernersville

7th annual Valentine’s celebration and live auction! Drinks, dinner and music by Red Umber Program and live auction at 8:15pm. Cost: $125/person. Reserve your spot by February 7th!


Hanesbrands Theatre – The Little Theatre of W-S Wiletta Mayer is a talented Black actress who has been cast time and time again in stereotypical roles in second-rate plays. Now, she’s been given a role in an upcoming Broadway play about anti-lynching in America. But it might not be the dream role nor the enlightened play she was hoping for, given the director is a white man, but that doesn’t mean it won’t sell out. intothearts.org/hanesbrands-theatre


Piedmont Jazz Alliance Experience the vibe! Tickets and information available at piedmontjazzalliance.com.



Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts

Winston-Salem will host the world premiere of a groundbreaking feature length documentary, “Oscar Wilde About America.” Partially shot in Winston-Salem, the film is an exploration of modern day America as seen through the wit and wisdom of the Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde. The film will screen at 8pm, preceded by a VIP “Dinner with the Stars” at 6pm. Cost: $20/person. More information can be found at outatthemovies.org/ world-premiere-of-oscar-wilde-about-america.














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2024 A MOVIE PROM WinMock at Kinderton


A movie prom is aperture’s signature annual gala. The event occurs Saturday, March 2, 7 pm-11 pm at the WinMock. Music by The Vagabond Saints’ Society Dancing, Drinks & Delectables. A silent auction with some amazing trips and other fun/fitting items to bid on! Prom or space-age-inspired dressy is encouraged!


Reynolds Auditorium

A fun work by composer Jessie Montgomery opens a concert featuring virtuoso bassist Edgar Meyer and Dvorak’s New World Symphony. Tickets and more at wssymphony.org.



Mountcastle Forum, 251 North Spruce Street in W-S Young Americans Zack and Abby move to Paris to start their new, perfect life full of big dreams. But soon, the foundations of their stable marriage begin to crumble when Abby finds Zack at home during an afternoon he’s supposed to be at work. She questions her husband’s fidelity, determined to find the answers no matter how dangerous the mission, and the answers that follow might destroy their beautiful, perfect life.



WinMock at Kinderton

Calling all sugar mamas! This unforgettable shopping experience is curated just for YOU! Enjoy an all-day event where you can indulge, unwind and celebrate yourself, unapologetically, at the beautiful WinMock at Kinderton! There are two ticket options – general admission tickets are free! You must register in order to attend the event. VIP tickets are $30 and include one-hour early admission into the event, a swag bag, a complimentary mimosa voucher and exclusive discounts from vendors.



The Little Theatre of W-S, 209 Spruce Street in W-S In this enchanting tale about the power of friendship and love, three aspiring writers will confront the secrets they kept from each other while exploring the vibrant city of New York in the summer. Escaping Dreamland is a beautifully crafted play and an ode to the children’s books of our past, New York City, and the strength of friendships. intothearts.org/hanesbrands-theatre



WinMock at Kinderton

Delve deep into self-discovery, and unlock your full potential. Limited tickets available. Cost: $99/person. Purchase your tickets at tinyurl.com/WOMC2024



Benton Convention Center

Sheroes In Action is committed to empowering women in law enforcement and first response by fostering a resilient and growth-oriented mindset, equipping them with tools and support to thrive in personally and professionally. This groundbreaking event promises to be an incredible opportunity for empowerment, education and excellence through knowledge sharing and professional development. Visit sheroesinaction.com for more information.


Piedmont Jazz Alliance Experience the vibe! Tickets and information available at piedmontjazzalliance.com.

*Event details are subject to change. Please check event websites & social media pages for updates as the dates draw near.*

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