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FREE EVENT! Come see all that Salem Gymnastics & Swim has to offer with a variety of individual activity stations and two warm water pools with amazing instructors!

If you’d like to give the pool a try, don’t forget your bathing suit and towel! Children under 3 must be accompanied with a parent in the pool.

Each adult also receives 4 tickets for the fabulous prize board drawings!

We strongly encourage you to sign up for gymnastics OR Swimming ahead of time at salemgym.com/ kids-morning-out/

These monthly events are hosted by

Monday, March 11th 10am-11am

SALEM GYMNASTICS & SWIM 4870 Country Club Road Winston-Salem

History Lives Here

Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit oldsalem.org


Opens March 9 at N.C. Museum of Art

Thanks to a partnership with the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA), a collection of 30 bed coverings belonging to Old Salem and MESDAmany never before displayed - will be exhibited at the NCMA from March 9 to July 21, 2024.

Layered Legacies: Quilts from the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts marks the first time the 30 pieces have ever been hung together. It is also the NCMA’s first exhibition devoted to historic needlecraft. A companion book to the exhibit is already available for sale at MESDA and online.

14 Aging Safely at Home 16 Forsyth Country Day Creates Modern Classrooms for Better Learning 25 COVER STORY: Like Family, Merhoff Pediatric Dentistry 30 The Benefits of Adopting Rescue Dogs Features TABLE OF CONTENTS 25 22 32 Understanding and Navigating Dyslexia 42 Returning to Our Roots with Heritage Harvest Farms 44 2024 Guide to Summer Camp 52 Spring Bucket List 22 8 / FORSYTHFAMILYMAGAZINE.COM
For the Love of BBQ: Smoked Jalapeno Poppers 12 Reflections of a Southern Yankee 34 Child Safety Series 54 Dining Guide: Celebrating Local Flavor 56 Triad Moms on Main: Introducing New Ownership 58 It’s a Grand Life 60 Artist’s Corner 62 The View from My Section - A Father’s Perspective 66 Every Issue 62 MARCH ‘24 38 MARCH 2024 / 9

A few highlights in this issue…

Every single year, I am surprised at how much the weather impacts my mood. When spring finally arrives (or when we get the random tease of a warm streak during February), my mood is instantly boosted. Sunshine is often the best medicine, right?

“Happiness? The color of it must be spring green.” ~ Frances Mayes

We’re thrilled to bring you the March issue of Forsyth Family magazine! As always, this issue is chock full of fabulous local info for you and your family.

Kids’ Morning Out is happening on Monday, March 11th at Salem Gymnastics! Learn more on page 4

March marks the first of our 2024 summer camp issues! Learn about some of our favorite local summer camps beginning on page 44

We’re honored to feature Dr. Tina Merhoff and her incredible team on our cover this month. Merhoff & Associates takes pride in changing lives and creating a community legacy, one smile at a time. Head to page 25 to read more!

Have you heard of the Sugar Mamas Movement? Amy Jah is creating something special! Check out the fabulous photos from one of their most recent events and learn more about this movement on page 22.

Katie Maxey wrote a heartwarming article on raising our children to have servant hearts. This one is extra special – find it on page 36

We were thrilled to feature Heritage Harvest Farms in this issue! Claire Parrish of HHF shared, “We experienced a broken food system and had a passion to become a meaningful part of its change.” Read the full article on page 42

Last, but certainly not least, Hakka Chow Asian Eats is our Dining Guide feature this month. Hakka Chow is a longtime favorite restaurant of mine. The combination of the great food, the authentic atmosphere and the family that runs this incredible restaurant make it well worth the visit. Read more on page 56

From our team to you, we genuinely hope you enjoy reading through this entire issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together. If you want to stay up to date with all things Forsyth Mags, be sure to subscribe to our email newsletter at forsythfamilymagazine. com, follow us on Instagram and Facebook @forsythmags and, finally, check out our podcast! The Forsyth Magazines podcast can be streamed on any and all major podcast streaming platforms and is now available to watch on YouTube!

Wishing you a month filled with health and happiness.

All my best,


Brooke Eagle Brooke@ForsythMags.com


Tamara Bodford


Robin Bralley




JEJ Photos


Jodie Brim Creative JEJ Photos

Photo Artistry by Melinda

Sail Off Photography

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Meghan Corbett


Martie Emory • Carolyn Peterson


Damian Desmond • Bethany Godwin

Amy Hill Brian Jared

Taryn Jerez Jean Marie Johnson

Debbie Linville Katie Maxey

Halleigh Milleson Lauren Sephton

Renee Skudra Megan Taylor

Keith Tilley Susan Woodall

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Ann Garner Riddle

For the LOVE of

Smoked Jalapeño Poppers

Easy Appetizer for the Upcoming Football Playoff Games or Tailgate Gatherings

Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yields: 20 servings


10 fresh jalapeños

1T BBQ rub

1 block of cream cheese

½ cup diced pineapple

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 pack of bacon

1 cup chipotle BBQ sauce

First, grab your jalapeños and core the seeds out of them. Slice lengthwise so it gives you kind of like a boat shape. Fill each sliced jalapeño with your cream cheese and cheddar cheese mixture and then wrap each one with one piece of bacon using a toothpick to secure.

Pit Master Tip:

Make sure the bacon you are using is not a thick cut because it will be harder to wrap around the poppers. You can season in whichever rub you like, but my favorite is The BBQ Rub which can be found at Walmart. This recipe will yield 20 poppers, but you can make as many as you like.

Sprinkle with your favorite BBQ rub and place on the smoker at 250 degrees. Once your bacon is crispy, they are done.

For the sauce, I used a chipotle BBQ sauce and mixed it with diced pineapple. Baste your poppers for five minutes before pulling them off to set the glaze. This will give them a sweet flavor with a kick of heat.

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Aging Safely at Home

If you’re preparing an aging loved one to live at home alone, you already know the value of peace of mind. When it comes to his or her safety, turning to the experts at Forsyth Medical Supply is the best first step!

Serving the community from the same location for more than five decades, Forsyth Medical Supply is the most trusted resource – among individuals and medical professionals alike – for medical supplies, furniture and assistance equipment.

“We have a large showroom of more than 8,000 products for customers to touch, feel and visualize,” said Store Manager Brenna Chandler. “Plus, our staff shares knowledgeable information and can answer many questions family members have. Caregivers and loved ones often visit us just to browse their options and see what’s available to their aging parents and grandparents.”

What are known as “daily living aids” come in all forms, and some are simply products to help with everyday tasks. Some of the most popular items include a sock aid that allows seniors to put socks on without reaching all the way to their feet, and simple shoe horns that make putting on their shoes easier. Weighted and bendable utensils will steady their hands to assist in feeding themselves, while reachers or “grabbers” allow them to pick things up off the floor without bending over, which always reduces the risk of a fall.

For all-important bath time safety, long-handled sponges are essential, while more extensive bathroom safety and hygiene items include shower chairs, grab bars and elevated toilet risers to raise the height of the commode. Rinse-free products such as shampoo and bathing wipes are a great tool to keep loved ones clean in between regular bathing.

“Mobility plays the largest role in determining if a loved one can remain safely at home, and various models of canes, walkers, rollators, wheelchairs, mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs are assembled right on the sales floor,” said Brenna. “Our staff can correctly adjust canes and walkers to the appropriate height and help choose the rollator that would work best for your parent or grandparent.”

A three-wheel rollator is a great option for tighter spaces in the home, while a wider model may be appropriate for someone of larger size or height. An electric wheelchair is a great tool for those with limited mobility, given its excellent turning radius. And, it can be easily broken down to allow the caregiver to load and unload in the car for transport. Portable ramps are also displayed in-store, and the staff can help you choose the length of ramp to work best for your specific space.

If you’re still unsure which product will work best for your family member, some of these are available to rent for a short time before deciding to purchase.

“We have more than 25 therapeutic reclining lift chairs made by Golden Technology on our sales floor in different styles, sizes and fabric options,” said Brenna. “A lift chair can be a big help for those who struggle with getting up and down from a seated position. Our models not only include the lift but also provide relief to the muscles and joints, can include power lumbar and head support for the spine, reduce swelling in the lower extremities in specialty positions, as well as lay flat like a bed. Some customers use their chairs as much as they do their beds. We encourage customers to come try them out with a staff member to get the right fit. Technicians are on staff to help with any problems that arise in the chair for the lifetime of the product.

During the process of helping your family member settle into a safe, secure daily routine, stop by Forsyth Medical Supply for insight and inspiration on the best home care products available. The showroom is located at 3033 Trenwest Drive, Winston-Salem, NC, 336.768.5512, and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m.5:30 p.m. Visit forsythmedicalsupply.com to view available products.

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Imagine a modern classroom. Rather than having a “sage on a stage” - where teachers stand at the front of the room and students face them - imagine an adaptable space that allows the teacher’s desk, technology, and all student seating to move in order to adapt to what the class is doing on any given day. Imagine natural light in every room, with adjustable artificial light so that the teacher can adjust the lighting to fit the task at hand. Imagine a space that allows students to make choices about how they sit and experience the class. That is a modern classroom at Forsyth Country Day.

Creating modern classrooms is all about helping students to develop cognitive, emotional, and social skills. “As we look at the modern classroom, we want to make sure it’s structured in such a way that it attends to those three areas,” she said. “It needs to limit distractions, provide clear visual clues about what type of learning happens in that space, and help students identify and manage their emotions.”

If that seems like a tall order for a room full of desks and chairs, know it’s about a lot more than that. “The learning environment is a third teacher,” Dr. Klosterman said. “What you post on the wall, how you use the walls, the color, texture, and design…these all play a role,” she said. “The teacher’s voice can be welcoming but authoritative or loud and harsh. The room can be cluttered or calming and welcoming. The furniture in the classroom must to moveable and flexible to allow for student choice and voice in where and how they sit and congregate and learn.”

The good news is that some of these improvements are free or very inexpensive. “A no-cost way of doing this is reducing clutter,” Dr. Klosterman said. “It’s more conducive to learning and the wellbeing of students.” What’s on the walls shouldn’t overwhelm, and it should relate to what is being learned at the time.

“Classroom updates aren’t just about the furniture,” said school architect Lauren Frye. “They will also be about wellness. Each element in our classrooms will be intentionally chosen to support student belonging and wellbeing. These are things that can’t be shown in images, but that are critical to creating classrooms of the future.”


“Modern classrooms positively impact students’ brain development. We want to provide our littlest learners with classrooms that are accessible, but most importantly, ensure that they feel safe and secure in their space.”

“We are redesigning spaces while considering their uses and users, and keeping in mind that there is no separation of emotions, thinking, and learning.”

“The modern classroom allows teaching to be responsive to the needs and experiences of all students. Flexibility in teaching (and seating) helps instill collaboration, sharing, and confidence in students as they learn and grow together.”

“Because teaching and learning involves movementteams, partners, discussion circles - classrooms need to be movable! They also need to be welcoming to students - the lights, layout, and organization matter a lot for the atmosphere of learning. Students spend more time in classrooms than many other places, and they should feel excited and happy to be in those spaces.”

If your child would thrive in an interactive and engaging learning environment, we encourage you to visit our campus and see our students and classrooms for yourself. Schedule your tour by visiting FCDS.org/admission or by calling 336-946-1692.


The Kindness of strangers

and the Little Red Flyer Tricycle

On a difficult day, albeit a resplendently beautiful fall one, with autumn colors shooting their vibrant and riotous tones into the world, I felt an overwhelming sense of despair. It was the year that I couldn’t afford to buy anything, let alone a birthday card for my three-year-old son. The landlord had raised our rent $500.00/month, my Toyota had gotten smashed in a cryptic hit-and-run by an elderly woman with a beehive hairdo, the bathroom sink was stopped up once again, and my favorite cousin had stopped talking to me for reasons unknown. I suddenly thought about comic Robin Williams’ comment that “everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.” Not even kind to myself I was part of that metric with financial woes that grew asymptotically in an ever-expanding calculus of despair. Recalling my therapist’s advice to “ask for help if you need it, don’t delay” I picked up my phone and called her, and asked if she had a solution to obviate the tidal wave of grief and anxiety that seemed unnavigable.

The advice that she gave me was literally heartstopping. “Stop focusing on yourself and raise others up. Be that rising tide that lifts all boats and stop thinking constantly about how you’re sinking yourself!” I suddenly felt ashamed of the pity party I was so adept at throwing myself. As serendipity would have it, I had been reading one of my favorite authors – the Victorian novelist Henry James – and was almost finished with his magnum opus “The Ambassadors”, despite interminable interruptions from complaining family members, the Medicare Supplement people who phoned three times every day, the dog who insisted emphatically on walking every hour and two successive power outages. There on a bookmark in that tome was something I had written weeks ago that James had said: “Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind,. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” Shifting the focus from myself to others was a veritable and critical epiphany.

There is a saying that “when the student is ready a teacher appears.” I don’t know who said that but the very next day a stranger came into my life with a lesson that needed learning. His name was Ron Engel and I had met him at some event which featured a toney free lunch. Being hungry, and thinking of our pretty bare cupboard and refrigerator, I piled my plate high with hummus, chicken kebabs and grilled vegetables. After making our acquaintance Ron insisted on buying me some roses at the event and I laughingly said

to him “I’m a single parent, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” He knew Tennessee Williams’ play “A Streetcar Named Desire” and laughed out loud. When he asked when my son’s birthday was I mentioned it was actually that week and he said “does he have a tricycle?” I was too embarrassed to tell him that I couldn’t afford things like that for the moment, while stuffing the remainder of our lunches in a paper home for dinner later that night.

I will never know how Mr. Engel found out where we lived. Since “Engel” is the German word for angel and derives from the Greek “angelus” meaning messenger, perhaps he simply was one of those celestial guys who looks out for other’s well-being. The following day after we returned from the local food pantry the FedEx people knocked on my front door and left a mysterious delivery against it. By my doorstep was a gleaming brand-new children’s red flyer tricycle wrapped in huge red ribbons with the words “Happy birthday Nils! your friend, Ron.” In that moment serendipity and the miraculous merged as I instantaneously understood Jean Jacques Rousseau’s observation “what wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness”. The arrival of the bicycle carried the message to do good, with an open heart and an unbridled will.

I spent the next twenty-four hours doing things for others. The minute I started to freely and unconditionally do that the architectonics of my life radically changed. Wonderful things happen when you initiate acts of kindness—they are magnifiers for other events. An act of kindness sends out proverbial ripples which continue to multiply. Or, as Amelia Earhart once opined, “A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” The funny thing about spreading kindness was, at the self-same time, my depression dissipated and, to borrow a phrase, an incredible lightness of being took place. I never saw Ron Engel again but his act of kindness forever changed the trajectory of my life.

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Triad Area Events in March

March offers a variety of interesting and exciting events for families to experience in and around the Triad. Here are some of the top offerings:


The Reeves Theater and Café, Elkin

March 1, 8 p.m.

Tickets start at $45

Named after Ukrainian nomads, Scythian plays roots music from Celtic, Eastern European and Appalachian traditions.

Seen & Unseen: Photographs by Imogen Cunningham Reynolda House Museum of American Art

March 1 - June 2

Tickets $18

Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976) created images that reflect crucial developments in art and photography during her 70-year career.

The 6th Annual Queen City Blues Festival Bojangles Coliseum, Charlotte

March 2, 7 p.m.

Tickets start at $64

This special night of emotive lyrics and guitar-driven accompaniment features performances by Calvin Richardson, Tucka, King George, Pokey Bear, J’Wonn and West Love.

Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach

Yadkin Cultural Arts Center, Willingham Theater

March 2, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets $24

“James and the Giant Peach” features a wickedly tuneful score by a Tony Award-nominated team.

Peter Frampton: Never Ever Say Never Tour

Steven Tanger Center, Greensboro

March 3, 8 p.m.

Tickets start at $55

Peter Frampton, a Grammy-winning guitarist, is one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history.

Concert for Community Winston-Salem Symphony, Wait Chapel March 9, 3 p.m.


The annual showcase features a large orchestra led by Youth Symphony members paired with professional counterparts. It begins with the world premiere performance of a new work by a young local composer.

Legacy Reunion: Earth, Wind, And Fire Alumni Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte

March 14, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $39

This reunion tour will feature monster grooves and high energy. Some of the greatest musicians in the world will perform hits that combine jazz, R&B, disco and soul.

Cirque du Soleil: Corteo

Greensboro Coliseum

March 14-17, various times

Tickets start at $55

This production, first premiered in 2005, has amazed over 10 million spectators in 20 countries. Corteo is a festive parade imagined by a clown.

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Schaefer Center, Boone

March 21, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets $15

Stand on the highest peaks, ski the steepest slopes and be a part of gripping adventures. The festival now reaches over 40 countries and has brought mountain films to more than 550,000 people.

Gabriel Iglesias

LJVM Coliseum, Winston-Salem

March 23, 8 p.m.

Tickets start at $39

Gabriel Iglesias is one of America’s most successful comedians. On YouTube, he has almost a billion views and more than 25 million fans.

TINA: The Tina Turner Musical

Steven Tanger Center, Greensboro

March 26-31, various times

Tickets start at $44

This is an uplifting comeback story. It’s the inspiring journey of a woman who broke barriers and became the Queen of Rock n’ Roll.

ZZ Top & Lynyrd Skynyrd Greensboro Coliseum

March 29, 7 p.m.

Tickets start at $40.50

Lynyrd Skynyrd resonates as profoundly today as they did in 1973. ZZ Top, formed in 1969, continues to deliver rock, blues and boogies in 2024.

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Sugar Mamas Movement




Venue: Eastern Standard

Caterer: Catch This Tee

Desserts: Lei Lei’s Bakery

Desserts: Macaron and Me

Cotton Candy & Fruit Bar: Denise Royall

Photography & Videography: Jodie Brim Creative

Photo Backdrop: Dare to Design

Balloons: Hip Hip Hooray

Photobooth: Capture Booth

DJ: DJ Louis Don V

Flowers: Tilted Tulip


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Ato Remember

Here’s a trio of reasons to love the month of March:

4 WEATHER: “In like a lion, out like a lamb.”

4 SPORTS: March Madness

4 CELEBRATION: A day when everyone is Irish! But wait, there is so much more. Knowing how to create our own meaning and conjure our own fun is a skill that we can draw on all year long. And guess what? Ranging from the significant to the silly and everything inbetween, there is something good to honor or indulge in every day of March 2024.

A Family Affair

Here’s my thought: get a jump-start by going out and buying a large calendar or downloading and printing out a template. As you peruse the days of March, decide which you will have some fun with or spread some special joy on, and mark that on your old-time calendar. Now take things a step further by making it a family affair. When you do, you’ll teach the kiddos a valuable life lesson in how to create meaning and joy. You’ll also make it a March to remember. Spoiler alert: There are lots of food-related ideas in this rich sampling of days!

Have Some Fun

MARCH 1: On World Compliment Day, challenge each family member to extend a sincere compliment to one another.

MARCH 2: Celebrate National Read Across America Day by reading out loud, to one another, or visiting a library to pick up a new book.

MARCH 6: On National Oreo Cookie Day, surprise the kids with cookies and milk for their snack.

MARCH 12: On National Girl Scouts Day – founded in 1912 - get the kids outside and encourage them to immerse their fingers in the thawing earth in anticipation of spring!

MARCH 17: St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday, topping off the ultimate “green” weekend, so buy a shamrock plant and engage the kids in making a traditional corned beef and cabbage feast. Research timeless Irish folklore and jokes: Be Irish, if only for a day!

MARCH 19: Certified Nurses’ Day gives your family the opportunity to honor a nurse in your life. Surprise him or her with a bunch of daffodils, perhaps?

The Spring Equinox is also on the 19th this year. It is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the arrival of spring by planting flowers or making a special spring dish.

MARCH 22: On National Daffodil Day, buy some daffodils for yourself and then give a gift to a neighbor or, maybe a teacher in your life.

MARCH 23: Don’t hold back on National Chip and Dip Day. Encourage the kids to help find a healthy or healthier chip and dip recipe.

MARCH 26: Yay! It’s National Spinach Day! Switch things up by challenging the kids to find a “fun” spinach recipe. Frittata anyone?

MARCH 29: Go all out on National Mom and Pop Business Owners’ Day. As always, small businesses appreciate your support. Make a point of stopping in, thanking them for what they bring to the community and leaving with goods in tow.

MARCH 30: Get out there on Take a Walk in the Park Day and establish a new family tradition that includes regular walks in the great outdoors.

MARCH 31: National Farm Workers’ Day falls on a Sunday this year, so plan ahead to make a field trip to a working farm. When you get there, be sure to use the opportunity to thank the folks who help to bring healthy, fresh food to your family table!


March 31st is also Easter Sunday. Don’t miss this significant opportunity to engage your children in this meaningful holiday by embracing time-honored traditions or creating new traditions to cherish.


Family Like Family Like

Merhoff Pediatric Dentistry

The success of Merhoff and Associates Pediatric Dentistry is built on many pillars. Since April 2002, Dr. Tina Merhoff (aka Dr. Tina) established a strong foundation for the practice founded on her faith, a commitment to community, and treating everyone like family.

If you’ve noticed the covers of Forsyth Family over the years, you’ve seen Dr. Tina’s daughters grow up before your eyes. Her oldest daughter, Maddie Bea, is now thriving at Clemson University on the pre-medicine track. Her youngest, Abbie, is considering choosing between pre-dental programs at The Honors College at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill or Auburn University in the fall. Both girls are following in their parents’ footsteps as they want to receive doctorates and Abbie will pursue pediatric dentistry after graduation. Many years passed in the blink of an eye since their first cover photo with Mom in July 2009. They spend some of their free time helping in the practice with events, playing tooth fairy, or demonstrating how to brush with puppets. So many memories are packed into a seemingly short time, and the pictures tell the tales. This is part of their legacy. They’ve learned since they were small children that a healthier and

Melissa Blake, DMD Board Certified Pediatric Dentistry Tina Merhoff, DDS Board Certified Pediatric Dentistry Victoria O’Neal, DMD Board Eligible Pediatric Dentistry
MARCH 2024 / 25
Photo by JEJ Photos
And life is just like that. In a blink, our children are grown.

happier community is shaped by investing in caring for others.

“As a pediatric dentist, our time with our patients is fleeting. They begin to outgrow our ‘giraffe room’ as they enter their teen years. So, from the moment these beautiful faces look up at us for the first time, we provide a sanctuary for them,” Dr. Tina says.

“That is why, as pediatric dentists, we play such important roles in a child’s life,” She adds. “We want to see them early so we can show them our office is a safe and fun place to be. We want to help parents build a strong foundation for their child’s dental care. And most importantly, we want kids to take ownership of their dental care as they grow into their teens and adulthood. This process starts early.”

A lifetime of healthy smiles starts at age 1, according to Dr. Tina, when the first teeth erupt. Our “Toddler Tooth Time” is a no-cost and no-obligation opportunity for young children and their parents to meet our team, talk to the “tooth fairy,” and ask questions. We are happy to take the time to discuss any questions parents may have about their child’s dental care.

But don’t worry. If your child is older and has yet to see a dentist, Dr. Tina and her team are uniquely qualified to help children of any age. “We consider age, apprehensions, and any special needs,” Dr. Tina says. “No matter their needs, we just want them to feel safe.”

Our safe sanctuary also applies to our parents’ state of mind. Parents may be anxious about filings, restoration, or complex dental work. Again, that is one of the benefits of a dental practice focused on children. “Dr. Tina, Dr. Victoria, and I are all board certified pediatric dentists - but we are also mothers. We understand parents’ concerns and treat all children as if they are our own,” Dr. Melissa says.

“We think about what we worry about regarding our own children. We set the highest standards with our state-of-theart dental technology, including sedation, restoration, preventative care, and safety. Because we would want that for our children, and every child deserves that,” she adds.


Our commitment to integrating the latest in sedation dentistry, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry sets us apart from other dental practices for treating children. We utilize a precise anesthetic delivery system (SOAN) that places local anesthesia where needed. It is nearly painless and eliminates the discomfort associated with numb cheeks and gums. This is an excellent solution for much of the general dental care needs and fillings.

Though our caring and patient staff is sometimes enough to take the edge off a worried young one,

there are times when nitrous oxide, conscious sedation, and occasionally outpatient general anesthesia are needed to facilitate the dental work. We evaluate each patient individually and decide about any type of anesthesia according to the child’s needs.

“If your child requires some dental attention that may be a bit lengthy, or if she is worried about the procedure, we take our time to discuss all the options available. We want to determine - with you - what is best for your child,” Dr. Victoria says.

Merhoff Pediatric Dentistry set the standards in pediatric cosmetic dentistry as well. It was the first pediatric dental practice in WinstonSalem to offer pediatric Zirconia crowns. For years, stainless steel crowns were the “go-to” standard of care for severely decayed primary teeth. However, recent advances in ceramics technology make Zirconia crowns a healthier, stronger, and more natural aesthetic option for repairing decayed teeth. “We have families who live hours away from our office who come here because of our care and restorative services,” Dr. Tina says.

“I credit our deep faith as guiding our daily activities. Whether seeing and treating our patients or organizing a food drive, our faith is a common thread among our team. As a family-centered and faith-centered practice, we follow a simple philosophy: treat every child how we want our children to be treated. And now we have former patients who are grown and bring their little ones here for dental care to pass on that legacy of healthy smiles.”

Maddie Merhoff (far left) and Abbie Merhoff (Tooth Fairy) discuss the importance of healthy teeth with young patients.

Tina Merhoff, DDS

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

The privilege to serve the families of WinstonSalem for over 25 years has been an incredible opportunity that I hold most sacred. Living in a world that is ever changing, providing a safe sanctuary for families to receive exceptional, compassionate, and family-centered care has become more crucial than ever before. Families will experience the difference when they enter our care and their lives are changed as we provide the gift of a healthy smile. To us it is more than caring for primary teeth, each moment with our patients is precious and a chance to influence a child’s life for the better. It was once said, “Speak life to others today. Share a kind word with everyone you interact with. You never know how much their soul might need it.”

Melissa Blake, DMD

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

My desire to become a pediatric dentist blossomed from the core values that I strive to uphold in my life; love others, serve others, and use all your divine gifts and talents to accomplish this life’s mission. I have found that the best way to shine my light in the world has been to pour out all I have on the most vulnerable individuals around us, our children. This is best conveyed by Nelson Mandela who once said, “We have the obligation to put sunshine into the hearts of our little ones. They are our precious possessions. They deserve what happiness life can offer.” Dentistry has been a fulfilling life’s work that has allowed me to use my creativity, knowledge, and interpersonal skills to positively impact generations to come, I can’t imagine a more rewarding career.

Victoria O’Neal, DMD

Board Eligible Pediatric Dentist

I was born and raised in Winston-Salem. Dr. Tina Merhoff has been my mentor ever since I decided in college that I wanted to become a dentist. I was able to visit the practice as a student and throughout dental school. This practice has always been a dream of mine to join. The way the dentists and staff treat every child that walks through this door is unmatched. Every person treats the patients as if they were our children. Being able to return to the community I grew up in and treat the children of Winston-Salem has been the biggest blessing. I thank God for this opportunity every day.

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“Legacies are defined by what happens now,” Dr. Tina explains. Our practice is building a legacy of healthy smiles for generations to come - early on and one child at a time. And with that, we are also building family legacies as our children grow and give back to their future communities.”

Changing Lives

Brenda Hanson, CEO of Sprig Oral Health Technologies came with her team to shoot Dr. Tina’s Changing Lives patients. Dr Tina was chosen as one of six in the US to be a part of the Changing

Dr. Tina’s daughter, Abbie, often visits the office as the “Tooth Fairy” to bring joy to the young patients. Volunteering

Call us today! 336-659-9500 or visit dentist4kids.com 185 Kimel Park Drive, Suite 202 Winston-Salem, NC 27103 For more information, please visit our website, Dentist4Kids.com, or call us to schedule your consultation. We look forward to seeing your children in the new year! Community outreach is central to Merhoff and Associates Pediatric Dentistry. The entire staff participates in educational and benevolent activities to benefit children in our region. Give-a-Kid-a-Smile Serving the community for 22 years with no-cost dental care to children in need.
non-profit led by Merhoff and Associates Pediatric Dentistry that uses triathlons to inspire teamwork and empower women in crisis.
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The Benefits of Adopting

Rescue Dogs

When I was in eighth grade, I started asking my parents for a dog. I had never had a dog before, but I knew I was ready to have a furry friend. One Saturday, my dad took me to an adoption fair in Winston-Salem. I walked through the line of dogs that were available for adoption and then when I looked back towards the front of the line, I saw my sweet Bailey. My eyes locked with her eyes, and I immediately knew that she was going to be my first dog. I got to spend seven amazing years with Bailey. Having a rescue dog allowed me to show love to Bailey, but in reality, she showed me more love than I could have imagined. I am passionate about rescuing dogs, and I desire to share why it is beneficial to consider adopting a rescue dog.

• A New, Hopeful Life: When you adopt a rescue dog, you are giving that dog hope for a better life moving forward. Many rescue dogs have unknown pasts that are often not positive experiences. The fortunate truth is that we can give these dogs a safe, happy home to live in despite their past experiences. When Bailey first came to our house after we adopted her, I could tell that she was unsure. She sniffed around and seemed to be a little afraid. However, as time went on, she quickly warmed up to our family and made herself right at home. Even though I am not sure what Bailey experienced before she came to the rescue organization, it was comforting to know that she had a hopeful life ahead of her as a part of our family.

• A Love Beyond Measure: I never knew just how powerful a dog’s love could be before I had my first dog. Being able to come home and have Bailey wagging her tail at me, spinning in circles and jumping up on me made me extremely happy. Being able to show love to Bailey by giving her hugs, treats and taking her on walks, etc. was meaningful to me because it showed her that she was loved. As my mom often tells me, “Bailey brought out something in me that I didn’t know I had in me.” Rescue dogs may have never experienced true love in their lives before. Frequently, rescue dogs come from unstable situations. Therefore, when a rescue dog has an owner who shows them genuine love, they quickly show that genuine love right back which is amazing. Knowing that I had a sweet friend who would lay beside me and follow me around everywhere made me feel so loved.

• Supporting Local Rescue Organizations: When you rescue a dog from a local organization, you are providing essential support that helps these organizations continue to provide rescue dogs with loving homes. There are many local rescue organizations in the Winston-Salem area. I recommend searching on Google for rescue dogs available for adoption in your area, and plenty of websites will come up from various organizations. I am thankful for rescue organizations that spend time rescuing dogs, rehabilitating them, locating available foster parents and finding permanent, loving homes dropping are making impact on the groups of people who dedicate time to furthering a new, hopeful life for rescue dogs.

After reading this article, I hope that you will consider the importance of providing rescue dogs with loving homes. By rescuing a dog, donating supplies or being a foster parent, you are making a positive difference in the lives of dogs that are ready to experience true love.

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Understanding and Navigating

The ability to read is one of the most fundamental skills a child and an adult can have to be successful in life. Putting together letters, words and sentences to form meaning has many advantages for readers. Yet, learning how to read is one of the most difficult processes and involves decoding sounds and words, comprehending what is on the page and maintaining fluency. Reading is a function that varies from person to person due to numerous reasons, one of which is reading disabilities.

A reading disability or disorder is when a person has trouble reading words and/or understanding what they have read. Some fancy examples include phonological deficiency, processing speed/ orthographic processing deficiency and comprehension deficiency. However, one of the most common types of reading disabilities is dyslexia.


Dyslexia is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects a person’s ability to read, write and spell. According to researchers, an estimated 5-10% of the general population is affected. Despite being relatively common, dyslexia is often misunderstood. It is a specific learning disability that affects the way the brain processes information related to reading. Individuals with dyslexia may have difficulty recognizing and decoding words, spelling and understanding written text.

One of the key challenges is difficulty with phonological processing – the ability to recognize and use the sounds of the spoken language. This can lead to struggles in connecting letters to their correct sounds and decoding words. In addition, dyslexia may impact fluency, comprehension and spelling. The impact

of this reading disorder goes beyond academics as children and adults may experience frustration and anxiety towards reading and writing activities.


Recognizing dyslexia early is essential for providing support. Common signs of dyslexia in children include:

• Difficulty with Phonemic Awareness – Struggling to identify and use the individual sounds within words.

• Challenges in Decoding Words –Difficulty sounding out unfamiliar words and relying on sight words to create meaning.

• Poor Spelling – Inconsistent spelling patterns and difficulty remembering sight words.

• Slow Reading Speed – Reading at a slower pace and struggling to maintain fluency, which means the ability to read with speed, accuracy and proper expression.

• Difficulty with Sequencing –Challenges in recalling the order of letters, numbers or events.

Once dyslexia has been recognized, there are many ways to support a child or adult who has the disorder.

• Early Intervention – Early detection and intervention are crucial for managing dyslexia effectively. If a child shows signs of dyslexia, it is essential to seek professional assessments and support from educators and specialists.

• Structured Literacy Programs –Structured literacy approaches focus on teaching the structure of language in a systematic process. These programs, such as Orton-Gilligham and the Science of Reading, help children with dyslexia build phonemic awareness, decoding skills and spelling proficiency.

• Multisensory Learning – Engaging multiple senses in learning can be beneficial for children with dyslexia. Using tactile, visual and auditory methods can work together to reinforce learning and memory retention.

• Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and 504s – Work closely with your child’s teachers and school to develop an Individualized Education Plan or a 504 plan that addresses the specific needs of the child. These plans incorporate accommodations and modifications, such as extended time on tests, audiobooks or assistive technology, to support the reading success of the child.

• Building Confidence – Encourage a positive attitude toward learning by celebrating small achievements. Foster a growth mindset by emphasizing effort and persistence over innate abilities.

• Assistive Technology – The use of assistive technology tools can support reading and writing. Audiobooks, speech-to-text software and text-tospeech tools can be valuable resources for struggling students.

Understanding dyslexia is the first step toward supporting children and adults with reading disabilities. People with dyslexia are able to become fluent and proficient readers with the needed support and interventions.

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REFLECTIONS of a Southern Yankee

road warriors

I’m sitting in a lounge chair with a pool directly in front of me and four large palm trees off to my left. The temperature is about 70 degrees under overcast skies (the least nice day since I arrived in Scottsdale, Arizona four days ago). Back home in North Carolina, my friends and family are experiencing a midJanuary Arctic blast that is keeping their temperatures below freezing for highs. I can’t help but smile a little bit of a devilish grin as I relax in temperatures 40 to 50° warmer. This is just one of the perks that happens to come along with my job - a job I never even knew existed 7 years ago.

A handful of people go through life and remain in the same career the entire time. I think that was more common decades ago, but I’m sure it still happens from time to time. Some people make career changes, but still remain in a similar type of job or position as they previously had. And then there are those who make what I would call an extreme career change. I feel pretty confident that I fall into that category.

When I left teaching 7 years ago, I went to work for a good friend who started his own construction company. My experience in construction was pretty limited other than minor projects I had taken on around the house. But over time I’ve acquired a set of skills that I can use quite proficiently, thanks to my friend.

After a year or so, another friend introduced me to a company he had been working for. The position required a great deal of travel and wasn’t ideal for him, so he suggested the job to me. After an interview, I was hired and started working a job that I never even knew existed. The company basically goes to PGA tournaments and builds venues for other companies such as FedEx, Tito’s, and Nike just to name a few. My very first trip with the company was to complete a hospitality tent for AT&T in Augusta, Georgia. Since that trip, I’ve solely focused on building what is called the Fan Shop - the tent where people buy merchandise at each tournament.

For the past six years (minus a COVID year) I have travelled to about a dozen cities a year to set up and tear down the Fan Shop. Basically, I’m similar to what some refer to as a roadie.

Most of the time I fly to the city I’ll be working in, rent a car to get around, and then rent a 26 foot box truck. The company hires truck drivers to transport our trailers to the locations I’ll be working in. There my crew and I will spend anywhere from a week to a month (depending on the size of the Fan Shop) building a store with floor fixtures, walls, and everything else needed to display and sell merchandise. Once everything is set up, another company comes in behind us and actually sets out the merchandise to be displayed and sold. When the tournament is over, my crew and I return, tear everything down, pack it all back up in the trailers and off it goes to the next tournament. It’s hard work, but I don’t mind it, even at 50. Plus I have a great crew of young men (most of whom are half my age) who work hard and make it fun.

Some other perks (other than being in a warm climate when my friends are freezing their buns off) are getting to see the many unique parts of the country. I’ve visited cities enough to know them fairly well and can even get around most of them without a GPS now. My favorite perk by far however is the FOOD. Here in Scottsdale, I will eat lunch several times at one of the best authentic Mexican restaurants I’ve ever been to. In New Orleans, I always order the raw and char-grilled oysters (my mouth waters just thinking about it). In Jacksonville, Florida, some of the best collard greens and BBQ sandwiches I ever tasted were prepared in a small hole in the wall by a burly man with one arm they called “Lefty”. Sadly he sold that restaurant a couple of years ago, so i’ll have to find another one the next time I’m there. When I go to Hartford, I routinely eat at the local delis and pizza places (up north is where you find the best Subs and pizza!).

The year ahead is going to be one of the busiest in a while. From Scottsdale where I sit writing this article now, I’ll spend almost another 180 days traversing the country and going to 13 different cities. This year I’ll end up in Montreal (a city I wrote about last month) for the President’s Cup.

As they say, life is a highway. I can surely attest to that. Being on the road constantly isn’t easy, but hey, somebody’s got to be a road warrior!


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A native of Asheville, N.C., Dr. Usher joined Lyndhurst Gynecologic Associates in 2024 following completion of his residency at Wake Forest University. Prior to moving to WinstonSalem, Dr. Usher received academic scholarships to complete both a B.S. in Biology from The Citadel Honors Program and his D.O. from Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine. Understanding the importance of peer scholarship, Dr. Usher was hand selected by Wake Forest University medical students for the resident teacher award in his final year of training.

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Raising Our Children

In the early years of raising our children, we have a responsibility to raise them to know the importance of giving back to the community and teaching them why it matters. Whether it’s volunteering in the community at a local agency or crafting something at home to give to a neighbor, it all matters. As a mom of two elementary-aged kids, I want my kids to see how they fit into society and be thriving members of the community. I want them to see the needs of others and recognize if they can fill that need. Overall, I want them to constantly love others and put others first. The next generation needs to value the importance of a “you first” mentality and know they can make a positive difference in the lives of others. But, here’s the hard part – to teach your kids to love others first, it means you must model loving others first. How are you serving others and showing your kids that others matter?

We’ve all heard that modeling healthy habits such as eating well and exercising is important to model to our children, but have you thought about how you’re giving back to your community? It doesn’t mean you have to be an active volunteer at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter to model loving others. When you hear of a neighbor that is sick and not doing well, how do you respond? Or, better question, do you respond? Creating a care package to send them or writing them a “get well soon” card is a great way to love your neighbor. When you go to visit someone in the hospital or nursing home, have you ever thought to thank the care team by bringing some baked goods or personally going to them and thanking each one for all they are doing? These small acts of kindness go a long way, and your kids are watching you. You can make an impression on not only the people you are serving and loving, but by instilling this “you first” mentality, on your children as they watch you in action, as well. If this is you, and you look for ways to love others throughout the week, round of applause! It doesn’t come naturally for many of us. You must be attentive and listen to the needs of those in your community and then take action to respond. Sometimes it’s uncomfortable and not always convenient, but that’s all part of the process, right? Putting others first and loving big is not always convenient, but the reward is amazing.

Small ways to instill these values into your children include baking cookies for friends and neighbors, tipping big at a restaurant, leaving a handmade card in your mailbox for the mailman, sending a care package to friend or family member that is serving in the military, bringing your neighbors trash can back to their house after it’s emptied or cleaning up litter around the playground. It doesn’t have to be large or official to make it have meaning and to make a difference in the lives of others.

to Have Servant Hearts

In addition to finding small, daily ways to serve others while including your children, you can also seek out community service opportunities at local agencies and programs.

1. Get involved at a food bank or homeless shelter – There are opportunities to sort food, count food, create food boxes and serve warm meals at several agencies throughout the area. Being behind the scenes at an agency prepping and sorting food is a great community opportunity for those that are not as extroverted but still want to be hands on helping the food insecurity needs in our community.

2. Donate items to local shelters – Many local shelters and agencies throughout the triad take used donations to either give away to those in need or to sell in their thrift store to help with funding their programs. Many organizations also have a list of their most-needed items on their website, and you can purchase and donate to support their programs.

3. Visit retirement and nursing homes – Seniors love children and light up when they spend time with them. Many nursing homes have opportunities for you to visit with seniors or craft alongside them. If you have a child that is quiet and prefers to be behind the scenes, you can have them craft and create items to donate to nursing homes. Just by dropping off items and having your child see the environment and who their craft is going to makes an impression on not only your children, but the staff and seniors, as well!

4. Provide hope and healing for those going through medical challenges – Our local hospitals provide volunteer opportunities to support patients as well as healthcare workers. In addition to local hospitals, look around at outlying community agencies that support the local hospitals. End-of-life centers and non-profit organizations that house family members of patients are agencies where you can get your family involved. Some agencies need meals to provide family members or love having community members make window art for patients and family members to look at throughout the day. There are a variety of needs and opportunities in our area for you to get involved!

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

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Fancy fork

Welcome back to the Fancy Fork! Your seasonal produce insight and farm-style recipes that are made to satisfy.

The month of March is a time of new blossoms, warmer days and awe-inspiring sunrises. It’s the perfect weather to sip on a hot cup of coffee on the back patio, plan for your summer garden and rediscover the new harvest spring brings. And, since Easter is coming a little early this year, it gives us the perfect excuse to gather the whole family together for a seasonal meal!

You’ll still find some winter produce like sweet potatoes, beets, bok choy, celery, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, carrots, cabbage and radishes. But, you’ll also begin noticing more asparagus, avocado, artichokes, arugula, turnips, kale, spring onions and cucumber.

We’re still in the citrus season, so you’ll find clementines, grapefruit, lemons, limes, tangerines, persimmons, kumquats and maybe even some strawberries!

This month’s recipe will be highlighting two vegetables that pack a punch with flavor and nutrition, but most often go unnoticed! First, you have carrots that are full of benefits such as promoting healthy vision, balancing blood sugar, lowering your risk of cancer, helping to regulate blood pressure, improving immunity and boosting brain health. Second, you have spring onions that are extremely versatile to garnish dishes from buffalo chicken dip to Japanese-inspired miso soup. Spring onions may help to boost the immune system, relax muscle cramps, combat urinary tract infections (UTI) and reduce skin inflammation. The very definition of small but mighty!






2 T olive oil

1 yellow onion, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 large carrots, peeled and chopped

2 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. smoked paprika

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

1 can (14.5oz) petite diced roasted tomatoes


1/2 cup salsa verde

6 cups chicken broth

1 lb. chicken breasts, skinless and boneless, or 2 cups cooked shredded chicken

2 cups cooked basmati rice

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped Shredded Mexican cheese, for garnish

Lime wedges, for serving Tortilla chips, for serving

1. In a large soup pot, add the olive oil over medium high heat.

2. Add the chopped onion, garlic and carrots to cook for 5-6 minutes.

3. Add the seasonings, petite diced tomatoes and salsa verde. Cook for one minute.

4. Add the chicken breasts, reduce heat to LOW, cover with a lid and simmer for 15-20 minutes until fully cooked. (Substitute: You can replace this with 2 cups of cooked shredded chicken.)

5. Remove the chicken to shred between two forks or in the stand mixer. Add back to the soup pot.

6. Stir in the freshly chopped cilantro and cooked rice.

7. Serve warm with shredded Mexican cheese, lime wedges and tortilla chips to enjoy!

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During the transition to parenthood, every aspect of our lives is affected. Our interests, energy, lifestyle, social connections, etc. are all impacted by the addition of a baby and the role of being a parent. Our time is much scarcer when we are responsible for a child, making it hard to find time for ourselves and what we need. As a therapist, many of the parents I see are struggling to care for themselves, in different ways. Many are unsure of what self-care looks like in parenthood, feel unsupported by their partner or feel guilty about taking time for themselves. Self-care does look different in parenthood, but it is ever so important.


The six components of self-care are mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, social and practical.


Many parents I speak to often feel unsupported by their partner with finding time to engage in self-care. Parents are often overloaded with tasks to be done and easily feel overwhelmed when one partner is not available to help. However, working together to find ways to compromise and encouraging each other to tend to their needs will help improve the quality of life and reduce resentment in the relationship. When making plans for the weekend, check in with each other to identify a need and how you can support one another to make that happen.


• Mental refers to your thinking and your cognitive health. Often, as a parent, our minds are full of details to remember and tasks to complete. What helps calm your mind?

• Emotional refers to the many different emotions we have and our ability to process them. How do you express common emotions such as anger, sadness or anxiety?

• Physical refers to the needs of our body. Does your body need movement or rest? What is soothing to you physically?

• Spiritual refers to connecting to something bigger than ourselves – this can be religious-focused or a cause that is important to you. Is there a community group that would fulfill this need?

• Social refers to relationships in your life that are nurturing and meaningful. Our social relationships can change when transitioning to parenthood – are there fellow parents you are connected to already or a group to check out?

• Practical refers to the things we need to do for our life to run efficiently. Our living spaces are often impacted by the presence of children – do you find yourself wanting more organization or a need to purge items no longer needed?

Sometimes parents struggle with feeling guilty when taking time to focus on themselves. There may have been an unspoken opinion in the home that a “good parent” sacrifices everything they need for the good of the children. These children grow up to be parents and often struggle to tend to their own needs due to the fear they have of being “selfish.” How do we balance caring for ourselves while also tending to the needs of others?

I encourage new parents to expand their perspective when approaching this issue. When we are intentional about caring for ourselves, we are modeling and communicating to our children that this is important and that it is a necessity, not a luxury. The small child they are currently may not understand why their parent is taking time for themselves, but the adult they will become in the future will thank you. This will benefit them greatly; your example will help them embrace their needs rather than ignoring them. Unmet needs create larger stressors and often result in dysfunction. Providing an example of balancing your needs as a person with the needs of others will help reduce the people pleasing behaviors many adults struggle with today.

We all have needs; let’s recognize them and do what we can to tend to them. Ignored needs inevitably lead to burnout – we can all likely relate to that at some point in our lives. Our children do not need a “perfect parent” – children need a healthy parent who embraces their humanness with the responsibility of parenting. Remember – practice, not perfection.

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Returning to Our Roots

with Heritage Harvest Farms

You have likely heard the phrase “You are what you eat” and, in a literal sense, that is absolutely true! The nutrients received from the food we eat have a direct impact on the way in which our bodies make new cells to replace the old ones. Cells actually have an “expiration date.” For example, a red blood cell lives about four months, a skin cell about a month and a stomach cell only has a “shelf life” of about a day or two. The health of each cell is determined by what we put in our mouths. If a diet is full of highly processed foods that are low on nutrients and high on additives, colorings, flavorings, sweeteners and hormones, the body doesn’t have much to work with. However, eating whole foods that are minimally processed (if at all) and come as directly from nature as possible, creates healthy cells that work optimally and make us less susceptible to disease and premature aging. Think nourishment. Think one-word ingredients like lentils, avocados, almonds and spinach.

the environment, aid and expand natural resources and make the best use of nonrenewable resources.” Sustainable farming offers solutions to the myriad problems embedded within the conventional agricultural system and provides a pathway to create a robust agricultural structure and safeguard the future. It is, in many ways, a return to a more traditional way of farming centered on healthy food and protecting the environment.

Until relatively recently, farming was a mostly organic industry (food grown using no synthetic fertilizers and pesticides); but, in an effort to keep up with the rapid population growth and make farming more efficient and lucrative, conventional agriculture ramped up and began relying on synthetic chemicals, gene manipulation techniques, etc. to increase yield. In the process, unintended consequences arose – degradation of the natural environment, deteriorated soil quality and the elimination of biodiversity (USDA. gov). America desperately needs a better, reliable, costeffective and practical way to feed its citizens healthier food. Enter sustainable agriculture! As defined by USDA.gov, “Sustainable agriculture is farming in such a way as to protect

And yet, small family farms with their iconic barns and sprawling rural landscapes have been disappearing at an alarming rate since the 1970s. Due in part to challenging economic conditions, frequently referenced as “asset rich, cash poor” and the fact that younger generations are opting for bright city lights and high-paying jobs over running the family farm, an estimated 100 family farms close each week. Knowing that sustainable farming can make a significantly positive difference in the quality of our lives (e.g. uses up to 56% less energy per unit of crops produced and creates 64% fewer greenhouse gas emissions per 2.5 acres) suggests it is past time to rise up, learn all we can and encourage more and more forward-thinking individuals to have a go at sustainable and regenerative agriculture.

“We experienced a broken food system and had a passion to become a meaningful part of its change.”

At a recent Old Salem Garden Club meeting, Claire Parrish of Heritage Harvest Farms, Stemz and Kardin Supply shared about the importance of sustainable and regenerative agriculture and the journey she and her husband, Drew, took when they decided to roll up their sleeves and restore their seventh generation family farmland. When asked why this venture was so important, Claire responded, “After my grandfather passed away, the farm fell fallow. My husband and I felt drawn back to the family farm to reset and restart, with hopes of creating meaningful connections with the community around us, as it had been in the past.” This NC Century Farm, originally founded in the 1860s, has been beautifully restored and, today, offers a host of delicious and optimally nutritious foods, fungi, flowers, honey and wellness products. Not only are Claire and Drew sustainable farmers, they are also certified beekeepers, mushroom foragers and cultivators, licensed hemp growers, collaborators with area restaurants and partners with the best of the best in the local farming community (click on SHOP NOW at heritageharvestfarms.com to purchase). Customers can opt for home delivery, self-pick up at the farm or from one of their local partner locations.

Heritage Harvest Farms Products:

• Heirloom Food: Food grown from the non-GMO seeds of generations past are more nutritious & flavorful vs. grocery store varieties bred solely for shelf-life and shipping. Heritage Harvest has locally grown food available for purchase year-round via subscription service or a la carte.

• Culinary Mushrooms: Multiple varieties including Lion’s Mane, Shiitake, Oyster and more. A great source of vegan protein and packed with essential vitamins and minerals.

• Flowers: The connection between flora and wellness is fascinating. A huge variety of unique perennial and annuals are available each season, with flower subscriptions or a la carte.

• Functional Mushroom Extracts and Full Spectrum CBD Wellness: Curated variety of options may relieve a multitude of issues naturally. Mushroom extracts can support the immune system, reduce inflammation, promote relaxation and help manage stress. CBD oils focus on relief from pain, anxiety, insomnia, gut issues and much more.

• Local Raw & Creamed Honey: Delicious and packed with benefits (e.g. counteracting environmental allergens and enhancing digestive health).

• Wellness Honey: Mushroom extracts infused into raw honey. Each of the broad spectrum full-double extracts promote homeopathic wellness.

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Forsyth Family is your local resource for the many outstanding camps and programs offered this summer in our area!

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Benefits of

Although March may seem early to be thinking of summer camps, the brief months of summer will be here before you know it. Summer means many parents are now faced with the daunting task of keeping their kids responsibly looked after and entertained. While many turn to babysitters and family for parental supervision, summer camps are another great choice, due to the wide variety of options available.

According to the website all4kids.org, here are the top reasons summer camps seem to trump other childcare options:


One of the benefits of summer camp for youth is that they get to socialize and meet new people. During summer break, children often find it difficult to form or maintain friendships with peers their own age. Not only do children develop important life skills through socializing, such as sharing, setting boundaries and problem-solving, they also are learning how to develop strong, healthy relationships through interacting with their peers. A summer camp program provides a safe

environment for them to develop social skills, decision-making skills and maybe even experience the great outdoors. In fact, socialization during childhood may accomplish more for growth and development than reading or eating vegetables! A fun environment like summer camp is a fantastic way to encourage this in your own children, from early childhood into adolescence.


Most summer camps focus on a theme or incorporate aspects of learning, exploring, character building and personal growth. If you are looking for fun summer activities for your children, there are many different types of camps to consider, such as sports camp, cooking camps, art camps, science camps and many more. You can be certain that your child will not only be

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entertained, but also educated and challenged, as well. While they are having fun and exploring their own interests, they are also increasing their own capacities for learning, teamwork, problem solving, knowledge and self-awareness. In fact, studies have shown that, of families who send their kids to summer camp, 70 percent of parents report that their child gained self-confidence while at camp. A strong sense of self is so important, and this is only one of the many ways that attending summer camp can positively impact your son or daughter. Learning about themselves and the world outside of the traditional classroom environment can do wonders for their growth and development.


In a world full of technology, sedentary-related conditions are on the rise. In fact, physical inactivity is currently the leading cause of disease in the US, and it all starts in childhood. According to the World Health Organization, sedentary lifestyles increase all causes of mortality, double the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and obesity, and increase the risks of colon cancer, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, lipid disorders, depression and anxiety – which, for the most part, are entirely preventable. While some extra creativity to get your children active and limit screen time at home during the summer is often required, summer camp is a perfect solution. Most of these programs are situated in the great outdoors and offer a number of physical activities for the children to partake in. Not only will they get out of the house and have some fun, but they are sure to get some solid exercise in, as well – from activities such as hiking, archery, horseback riding, swimming, zip-lining and team sports. Allowing your children to explore the outdoors and interact with a diverse group of peers is an excellent way to broaden their perspective and have a variety of experiences for their summer break.


Another benefit of summer camp is that it provides your child with the opportunity to interact with positive adult role models. Typically, camp counselors are younger adults who

are choosing to volunteer or working part-time over their own summer break from college. Not only are these counselors energetic, but kids see them as “cool” and often a little more relatable than their own parents. This can be a tremendous asset in the lives of your children. Building these role model relationships can help kids to develop the confidence, selfesteem and skills they need to be successful in school and in life. Overall, the more healthy, positive adult relationships that a child or youth has in their life, the more likely they are to thrive in all areas, long after summer camp has ended.


Unfortunately, children today are missing out on some of the simplicity of life before the technological era. While times have certainly changed and there is tremendous value in that, there is nothing quite like preserving those simple, unplugged, childhood memories. Aside from gaining decision-making skills, leadership skills and social skills at a summer program, they also get plenty of physical activity! Yes, your child may miss their phone, tablet or gaming system at first, but once they start exploring, interacting with their peers, engaging in a variety of activities and having new adventures, they are sure to leave summer camp with stories, photographs, friendships, life lessons and memories that will last a lifetime.


As parents, we want the best opportunities for our children. Having healthy, happy, well-adjusted children translates to successful and content adults. Children need guidance and life skills to achieve their goals. Important skills acquired at summer camp, such as self-reliance, socialization, independence and physical activity, will benefit them long after their summer camp days are over. Your children will return from camp with more self-confidence and a stronger sense of identity. They will have developed valuable skills, made new friends and created memories to last a lifetime. So, if you are on the fence about summer camp for your child or children, it’s time to come down, get the family together and pick a camp!

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Summer Camp Unlock a World of Adventure for Your Kids at YMCA Summer Camps

YMCA camps open the door to a world of exploration for kids, offering them the chance to delve into new places, activities and ideas beyond their everyday lives. At camp, they discover new talents, new interests and new friends. With a rich legacy of fostering leadership, self-confidence and a deep respect for community, YMCA camps have been a trusted choice for parents for generations. We offer a large variety of camp locations, options and formats, so no matter what your background or summer schedule, there is a place for your kids at a Y camp.

From day camps to specialty camps, the Y provides a variety of engaging programs designed to nurture personal growth and create lasting memories.


Summer Day Camps are full-day experiences tailored for students in first through eighth grade. These camps offer a blend of enriching learning environments, healthy activities and positive role models. Activities include swimming, games, arts and crafts, and sports in a safe and supportive setting.

Each week, campers embark on a new adventure featuring different themes,

from Disney Week to Mad Scientist Week and Party in the USA Week. During the week, they participate in educational activities matching the theme, may dress up as their favorite character and sing songs from their favorite movies.

Campers are grouped in age-appropriate huddles, and breakfast and lunch are included in the weekly price. To accommodate your family’s schedule, we offer camps in two, three and five-day options! Camp starts on June 10th and runs right up until school starts.

Registration is open, so visit ykidscamp.org today!


Whether your child is into Legos, art or sports, YMCA Specialty Camps cater to various interests and passions. Options like Lego and Art Camps at the Jerry Long Family YMCA, or sports camps such as Camp Play Ball and Camp Play Ball Elite, offer half-day program options.

At Art Camp, kids get to express themselves by painting, exploring various art mediums and learning about different artists and artistic styles. At the end of the week, they get to show off their projects in an art show!

While at Lego camp, kids work in teams to build a project, vote on their favorites and take home their Lego kit at the end of the week.

Sports camps at Camp Play Ball reach far beyond developing youth’s skills in sports they love (including flag football, lacrosse, pickleball, baseball, soccer, all-sports and more) with drills, competition games, scrimmages and character development. Camp Play Ball Elite is taught by experts experienced in their sport who not only coach the fundamentals, but also share their vast knowledge to elevate your child’s game in volleyball and basketball, as well.

Spots are limited! Go to ykidscamp.org for more information and to register today!


YMCA Camp Hanes is the perfect place to disconnect from devices and connect to the great outdoors with peers. Offering both day and overnight camp options, Camp Hanes promises summer days filled with fun activities and lifelong memories.

Day campers experience the excitement of residential camp without spending the night. Transported from the Robinhood Road and William G. White, Jr. Family YMCAs, they enjoy activities like canoeing, swimming, a lake slide, water zip line, archery, riflery, arts and crafts, nature walks and field games.

Overnight campers get the best of both worlds – participating in day camp activities and exclusive experiences like horseback riding, paintball, weekly dance parties, campfires and more. While the overnight camp lasts a week, the memories and friendships made last a lifetime!

Ready to embark on a summer of adventure? Register today at camphanes.org or call 336.983.3131 for more information.

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Spring Bucket List

The chill in the air is almost gone, and finally, it is almost spring! This season is a wonderful time to reevaluate, cleanse and get out of your comfort zone. A great way to do that is by creating a spring bucket list and sticking to it. Below are some fun ideas to add to your list!


You don’t need to travel to DC to see one of the highlights nature offers every spring. In 2020, Reynolda Gardens planted 44 beautiful cherry trees. Now, every spring, they bloom, providing that iconic pink flower show. They tend to bloom on the earlier side of spring. Keep an eye on Reynolda Gardens’ website and social media for bloom updates.


Instead of focusing on only spring cleaning this year, try focusing on decluttering. When people hear decluttering, they often think of merely going through things and tossing them. That’s partially true, but there is more to it than that. It’s a way to literally get rid of the old and refresh your house and your mind. So, tackle decluttering that junk drawer, your inbox or your wardrobe this spring.


Water is one of the single most important things we consume. While it’s vital to our bodies, it can get a little boring to drink. Get creative with your water intake by trying infused water. The options or recipes are virtually endless. It also has numerous health benefits such as hydration, immune defense and blood sugar regulation.


Did you know there are 10 splash pads in Winston-Salem? Each has its own unique theme and offerings. They offer a great way to cool down prior to pools opening for the season. Take the time this spring to tour each one with the kids!


Self-care is vital to your mental and physical health. Take time during this season of growth to focus on yourself. Self-care doesn’t always just mean a spa day. Pampering yourself could also be taking a walk or sipping tea on a patio. It’s anything that helps you feel refreshed and balanced.



Last month, the new Kaleideum opened in downtown Winston-Salem. It’s truly a site that provides fun and mental stimulation for all ages. From water exhibits to a planetarium, there is learning and fun for everyone. Whether you need a way to keep the kids busy on a rainy spring day or just want to see something new, Kaleideum is the place to go!


One of the best things about a nature scavenger hunt is it is easy to tailor to any age. It is also a wonderful learning tool for the entire family. It can be as simple as finding pieces of nature, like rocks or flowers or as complex as finding all the native birds in the area. Have fun creating it as well as implementing it into your family’s routine.


What are some areas in your life you want to focus on starting over? A clean slate doesn’t have to be simply an expression. Grab a journal and start writing down all those ways you will enjoy new beginnings this spring.


This is a great time of year to get in the car and explore nearby destinations. Pick a small town, research all the things to do there and go check it out! Another great day trip idea is finding a spot to hike. This could be at a state park or one of the many NC locations that boasts beautiful waterfalls.


Temporarily set aside your normal book genre, and look for inspirational books. They will help you feel renewed and motivated going into spring. Whether you prefer a physical book or e-book, there are countless options available. All you need to do is look!

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Child Safety Series

Poison Proofing Your Home

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.

During Poison Prevention Week, the nation unites to raise awareness and promote safety measures against poisoning incidents. Since 1961, this awareness week has been focused on educational endeavors around the perils of poisoning incidents, emphasizing the importance of vigilance and precautionary measures to help citizens and their families.

Despite advancements in awareness, the sobering reality of 3,809 poisonrelated fatalities in 2021 serves as an uncomfortable reminder of the ongoing necessity for preventative action. With more than 90% of poison incidents unfolding within the confines of homes, recognizing and addressing potential hazards can keep your children safe.


Learn how to identify poison risks and take simple steps to keep your home a safe place. It’s critical to take inventory of which products and substances you have throughout your home, both indoor and outdoor. Start by understanding what poses a true risk, and create a plan for storing each safely and responsibly, making sure other family members living in the home share the same understanding.

Substances leading to poison-related incidents within households include the following:

• Opioids

• Household Products

• Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

• Prescription Medicines

• Non-Prescription Medicines

• Cleaning Products

• E-cigarettes

• Food Poisoning

• Glow Sticks

• Hydrocarbons (kerosene, gasoline, oils, etc.)

• Lead Poisoning

• Mercury (thermometers)

• Mothballs

• Silica Gel

• Poisonous Plants

• Insect Sprays

• Week Killers & Outdoor Substances


The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) recommends families create an intentional plan for reducing risk of poison-related injury by going room by room in your house, including the garage and backyard. What do you see that is dangerous, especially if handled by a child? Where do you see safer storage opportunities? How about options to reduce or remove the substance altogether?

To help you poison proof your home, we’ve put together a list to help you review each area to ensure safety. Kitchen

• Secure cabinets and drawers with child safety locks

• Label and store food properly at correct temperatures.

• Dispose of expired food and all waste correctly and timely.

• Monitor cooking appliances and check plugs regularly.

• Always turn off gas ranges when not in use.


• Secure cabinets and drawers with child safety locks

• Store all medications in their proper prescription packages.

• Lock up medications and place them in higher areas, out of reach of children.


• Be careful of houseplants that can be toxic when ingested by children and pets.

• Remove access to batteries, especially button batteries.

• Install carbon monoxide detectors near all bedrooms.

• Place personal care items like lotions, hand sanitizer, etc. in safe places.

Garage & Outdoor

• Never keep a vehicle running with the garage door closed.

• Dispose of all hazardous wastes or chemicals properly

• Store paint, antifreeze, gas and other chemicals in locked cabinets

• Keep detergent products up and out of reach.


Whatever plan you create to remove hazards and reduce risk, make sure you share this information with all adults and caregivers in your home. Since most poisons that have the potential to hurt children are products that we use in our daily lives, it’s important to incorporate prevention habits and educate children of all ages. Explain the risk to your children, and show them which areas or products are off limits and dangerous for them. Even kids as young as one year old can benefit from age-appropriate awareness.


In the unfortunate event that your child accidentally ingests or comes in contact with a harmful substance, you should seek help immediately. Contact your local poison control center through the toll-free Poison Helpline at 1-800-2221222. The Poison Helpline works 24 hours a day to respond in the event of a poison emergency. If you are unsure about the severity of an accident but have immediate concern, don’t wait to call 911.


• Poison Help Website – PoisonHelp. hrsa.gov


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Dining Guide : HakkaChow asian eats

Winston-Salem is home to many Asian eateries, but HakkaChow remains one of the Triad’s most beloved spots for sushi, gyoza and cocktails. HakkaChow’s location and stylish dining room help provide patrons with an elevated Asian cuisine experience. Perfect for a date night or a casual business lunch, HakkaChow’s versatile lunch, dinner, sushi and cocktail menus keep customers coming back meal after meal.

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year, HakkaChow was created by the parents of Owner Jonathan Chung in February 2014. Chung’s parents lived a humble life in Calcutta, India before migrating to Hamburg, Germany to improve their quality of life. They opened and operated two restaurants in Hamburg for 25 years before moving to the United States where Chung’s brothers also migrated to live a better life.

Restaurant ownership runs deep in Chung’s family. His brothers Freddy Lee and Terry Lee own local restaurants Bernardin’s Fine Dining, Bleu Restaurant and Bar, and Cibo Trattoria. Additionally, his brother Lucas was the original owner of local favorite Szechuan Palace. Over the last 10 years, Triad locals and out-of-town visitors have established HakkaChow as their go-to night-out haunt, as well as their take-out option of choice for family dinners.

Customers take advantage of HakkaChow’s daily specials. While closed on Mondays, Tuesdays are notorious for $2 off Moscow mules. Wednesdays are known for $2 off mojitos, while Thursdays offer


half-price wines by the glass. Looking to enjoy the weekend at HakkaChow? Fill up on $2 off draft beer and $1.50 off bottled beer on Fridays and Saturdays. Keep your “Sunday scaries” at bay with $6 mimosas and bloody Marys, half-price flavored sake by the glass and buy-one-get-one half-price sushi.

It goes without saying that HakkaChow’s extensive offering of delicious appetizers makes it difficult to save room in your stomach for sushi. Choose between delicious dishes such as kimchi cheese fries, Kobe beef dumplings, or light and simple edamame to start off your meal. Diners can also order the striking HakkaChow’s Sushi Tower layered with sushi rice, spicy tuna, crab salad and avocado to share. With a vast selection of nigiri and sashimi, adventurous sushi lovers can also take advantage of the extensive list of classic and specialty maki options, in addition to poke bowls that have risen in popularity. Of course, Asian fusion favorites without fish are menu staples as well, such as pad thai, General Tso chicken and HakkaChow’s fantastic fried rice entrée.

With the help of Chung, his staff and the wonderful chefs, HakkaChow’s chic interior, dining experience and service are exceptional from start to finish. Grab a cocktail at the restaurant’s beautiful bar, or enjoy your meal with family and friends on the patio during warmer months.

Reservations are recommended for dinner, especially for larger parties, as tables fill up quickly during prime dining time. Visit HakkaChow at 615 St. George Square Court in Winston-Salem, and view the menu and order online at www.hakkachow.com. Book a reservation using the OpenTable app, or call the restaurant directly at 336.893.8178. Gift certificates are available for purchase in-store.

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Introducing New Ownership of Triad Moms on Main

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Rachel and Katie have sold TMoM to a new owner, Sarah Marchwiany. Sarah shares her excitement about this new role; she previously was a sales representative for TMoM.

When I first moved to the Triad, I was looking for a way to connect with other parents and learn about kid-friendly activities going on. I asked around, and the consensus was I needed to follow Triad Moms on Main. I quickly fell in love with TMOM for its informative articles, comprehensive event calendar, and supportive community of parents.

I started advertising my photography business through TMOM and had a lot of success with that.I saw a post looking for more sales reps, so I reached out. I knew I was planning on doing more advertising with TMOM and thought it might be a fun way to connect with more moms. As a stay-at-home/work-from-home mom, I’m always trying to find a balance between work and family. Along with my photography business, I am also a temp Dental Hygienist. I love my jobs, but I also want to be able to have a flexible schedule to spend time with my kids and attend all of their activities. I thought taking over Triad Moms on Main would be a great opportunity to get my work fix while doing kidfriendly activities with my family. One morning, by some miracle, I woke up before my kids and the house was quiet. I decided to reach out to Rachel and Katie and see if they would be interested in selling the business to me. I thought possibly since they had the managers running it, and they were on to a new chapter in their lives, they would be interested. To my surprise, they responded right away with interest!

After several weeks of discussions to iron out all the details, I’m thrilled to announce I’m the new owner and operator of Triad Moms on Main! I’m planning to continue providing the same high-quality content that Triad Moms on Main readers have come to expect. However, I also plan to add some new things, such as:

• A new look! Fingers crossed for a rebranding soon!

• More local community events and meet-ups.

• A more active social media presence

I’m so grateful for the opportunity to take over Triad Moms on Main. I’m excited to continue to help families make the most of our great community.


Triad Moms on Main has been such an integral part of my life for 13 years. I felt like I raised my children along with our followers and loved being able to share info about the Triad area with other moms as I discovered it myself. Nothing made me happier than hearing someone say that they found out about an event,

business, park or idea because they read it on our site. I hope that the support that local moms have found through our website will last a lifetime.

It’s bittersweet to say goodbye to a company that we started from scratch, but to everything there is a season, and I definitely know it’s time for fresh ideas and a new generation of moms to step in. I am so proud of what we created and look forward to seeing amazing growth in the future!


“It’s been an incredible ride these past 13 years, and I’m so proud of what the site has become. What started as a simple idea grew into a trusted resource for so many moms (and dads) in our area, and that was our number one goal all along. I cannot count how many new friends and relationships I have gained over the years as a result of this site. Or the number of times I’ve been touched by a reader’s genuine thank you, or a heartwarming – or heroic – story about a local mom. I am so thankful for this experience and am especially grateful for the partnership with Rachel as well as the support of our fabulous team. It’s a new day for Triad Moms on Main, and I know Sarah will do even greater things as the new owner!

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It’s a Grand Life Grand

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Recently, my husband and I drove to Orlando to watch our grandson, Jack, play in a soccer tournament. We had been planning on it for several weeks as we needed a getaway and some warmer weather for a few days. Plus, we love watching him play. Jack is on a traveling team, and they play teams from several states. It’s definitely a commitment, but one the family has embraced. Unlike most games, this tournament involved missing two days of school. Jack was able to get his homework for the missed days to do while away, but it wouldn’t work for his siblings. So, it was decided that his dad would stay home. My daughter hated that he would miss it but embraced the idea of making it a fun mother-son trip.

Like most families these days, parents are always on the go. Having some one-on-one time with each child is precious. The extended uninterrupted time opens up conversations that might not happen otherwise. Our entire family goes to Disney World every other year, so we are very familiar with the drive. There are several places along the way we like to stop. Even though we weren’t going to Disney World, this trip was no exception. We met our daughter and grandson for lunch at our go-to stop in Savannah. It was obvious that they were having a good time. We talked a little about the upcoming games. The start times for each game were not great for 12-year-old boys, but they had dealt with such before.

My husband and I were staying at a different hotel, so we wouldn’t see them until we went to the game together. The team had to get to the field an hour before game time. The boys seemed relaxed during the short time they had to warm up. I don’t know about the teams, but the spectators were anxious for the game to start. Looking over at the opposing team’s bench, we noticed seven substitute players. Our team had three. So…why is this article titled good parenting? What has any of it had to do with that?

The game was, to say the least, not their best. The team we were used to seeing was not the one we were watching. It was not the fault of the guest players they had or the lack of substitutes. It was lackadaisical play by most of them, Jack included. We watched him hold back, not pushing through and getting to the ball first. He was not alone, but it was frustrating to watch. Needless to say, they lost the game. And, this is where the good parenting comes in.

In frustration, it would be so easy to immediately tell them they didn’t play well. Instead, my daughter gave him a hug and then let him talk. As we walked back to the car, she would ask him questions in response to his answers. Eventually, it would get to the point where he admitted he didn’t play well. From there, they could discuss what he needed to do to prepare for the next day’s game. Obviously, the game wasn’t entirely on him, but taking responsibility for his play was. Our daughter letting him talk his way through it without making him feel bad was a wonderful way to handle the situation. The result was a complete turnaround in the next day’s game. Not only for Jack, but for the entire team, as well. They also won the next day with Jack scoring the winning goal.

All my daughters show patience at times when I would have lost mine. Of course, there will be times when trying to reason doesn’t always work and some time alone works best. Giving them the chance to correct their behavior before imposing a punishment puts the decision on them. Of course, time outs don’t work after a certain age. That’s when calm conversations, listening and working through the issue will show them how much you care. That’s good parenting.

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The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem



MAR 2-3



Ages 16+ get musical theatre ready. In this workshop, students will go over the basics of dance moves and techniques used in musical theatre. Whether you’ve always wanted to learn, or you want a brush up, this four-week workshop will get your comfortable and ready for audition season.


Trained and certified AARP Tax Aide volunteers will assist in preparing and e-filing your 2023 Federal and State personal income tax returns. Everyone is welcome regardless of age or income. Clients do not need to be a member of AARP. Available at the following locations: Reynolda Branch Library: 2839 Fairlawn Drive, Winston-Salem (Monday & Tuesday); Central Branch Library: 600 W. 5th. St.,Winston-Salem (Wednesday & Thursday); Clemmons Branch Library: 6365 James St, Clemmons (Friday); Beginning March 13th: Southside Branch Library: 3185 Buchanan St., Winston-Salem (Wednesday & Thursday). To get started, visit wstaxaide.com or call 336.777.6189 to schedule an appointment. 6-8PM


St. John’s Lutheran Church and School

For dads (grandfathers, uncles and special friends) and daughters of all ages. Join us for a night of food, photos, fun and great memory making. Don’t miss the chance to show her how special she is!


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.


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.


Downtown Winston-Salem

The purpose of the parade is to promote the economic development of local women-owned businesses/organizations in our city and to encourage others to support women-owned businesses and organizations in our community. The parade route starts at the intersection of Fourth Street and Broad Street and continues down Fourth Street. The parade turns left on Liberty Street and ends at Corpening Plaza Park. There is an entry and registration fee for those that would like to be in the parade. Free for spectators.



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Love+Well Boutique

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Who doesn’t love popcorn?! Pop into Love+Well for Popcorn & Playful Toppings! Enjoy the fun treat, and let our stylists help you shop!


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


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4916 Old Country Club Road in the Harper Hill Commons Shopping Center on Country Club Road in W-S We are a children’s boutique offering a variety of everyday durable, comfy clothing, sizes NB - Youth 16 in both boys and girls. We also carry women’s leggings, bath products, local handmade candles, handmade bows, washable stuffies, never-full bags for moms, adorable bamboo blankets in various sizes and prints, lots of accessories, gift ideas and more. gretchenstreasurechest.com



120 Kinderton Boulevard in Bermuda Run

$5 per brown grocery bag or equivalent size box. Cash only. Rain or shine. Proceeds go to various Davie County community organizations supported by the Garden Club. Contact Marie at 336.650.5518 with questions.


Legacy Stables & Events



Enjoy cocktails, appetizers, a silent and live auction with incredible items, dinner and, of course, your favorite casino games! Plus, win amazing prizes! Tickets can be purchased at onecau.se/tccn24. Pretty In Pink Foundation’s mission is to provide uninsured and under-insured breast cancer patients in North Carolina with financial assistance for quality, life-saving medical treatment.


Winston-Salem Fairgrounds

Piedmont Earth Day Fair is the largest Earth Day event in the state, drawing crowds of more than 8,000 people! This event is free to the public and held yearly at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. There will be local business and organization exhibitors, food, music and sustainability/science attractions. We also have a Kid Zone.


This is a one-day, self-guided crawl to boutiques around the Lake Norman area! There will be 10+ participating stores ready to roll out the red carpet for you and your crew! Your general admission ticket is your all-access pass to exclusive discounts, specials and refreshments at all participating boutiques! There will also be gift card giveaways, door prizes at every stop and a grand prize giveaway! But wait, there’s more! Start the day at our pre-game party where we will have sponsor booths, music, photo ops, and coffee + treats to get you energized before you head out for the crawl! tinyurl.com/LKNMagBoutiqueCrawl24


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The View from My Section – A Father’s Perspective It’s Time to Dance Again

Historically, March has been a special time for me. The appetizer was the familiar sound of multiple basketballs bouncing on the gym floor and the sound of the scoreboard buzzer in the local community rec center (this particular one was in Pfafftown) when my little boys played in the local youth leagues. The main event, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, included the excitement of hearing the crowd noise, whether at the game in person or walking into my cousin’s man cave and hearing the sound turned up on the televised version. The fun of totally legal March Madness Pools, picking upsets and champions, for bragging rights. There’s nothing like the unique experience of “March Madness,” or the “Big Dance,” as it’s also called; of which, a definition is totally unnecessary for any true Tobacco Road fan. Folks in this part of the country grew up on ACC Basketball, and of course, the tournament. And, just like all of them, I have my special recollections of family traditions taking place on this page of the calendar.

former President Nelson Mandela once said that sport, “has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.” And, every March, it brings together thousands of groups, much like ours, to celebrate this hallowed occasion.

As a child, I grew up adamantly following the University of Virginia, as that’s where I’m from originally. Two members of my family, my late uncle Jerry, an inductee in the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, and my nephew, Jordan, both graduated from “The Grounds” in Charlottesville. Yet, I dare say, those of us who didn’t get the sheepskin from UVA were just as much, or even more, fanatical than those two. I must add in support of my son, the student, as of 2023 thanks to him, we’re also members of the North Carolina State Wolfpack family.

Years before that, however, I, along with my aunt and uncle, my cousin’s family, some precious and dedicated folks from Ohio, and another friend or two sprinkled into the mix, all purchased tickets to the NCAA Tournament each year. This went on for several years before age and other factors, beyond our control, caught up with us and we discontinued our version of MarchMania. It was a true family event. As some of you know well, when you purchase the tickets far in advance, you don’t know who’s going to be playing in your region. Typically, there would be one team, at least, from the ACC that fans could get behind. That is, of course, if it’s not your rival. So, with it being a grab bag of sorts, all you knew was that you were going to see some good teams, and likely, some exciting basketball at the best time of the year with our familiar crew. And that we did. My cousin and I have been at, or nearly, courtside during many a “one shining moment.” Some of which included our very favorite team.

Not everyone’s a fan, I understand. Fortunately, on Tobacco Road, you can find plenty of them to enjoy everything from a small gathering on the weekends to a big party at the local sports pub. Sports have a way of bringing people together, even those notso-inclined to follow the sport. The late South African leader and

Most of the time, by the second week, my bracket was busted (too adventurous), my team had lost or was on the verge of doing so, and so the excitement of the madness was fading. I must include here there was one moment in 2019 when the excitement lasted long past the first week in April. A hint, it involved redemption for the Wahoos. (That’s a classic sports story you should look up sometime.) But, regardless of how quickly the flame of madness burns out, nothing can erase the fond memories and total exhilaration of walking into the coliseum on Day 1. Where, at that point, no one’s team had lost yet, so every fan was excited! There’s nothing like that feeling and the opportunity to share it with an entire row of family and friends. The jokes, dinners, competition and camaraderie among us, matched perfectly with thousands of other fans sharing in this same collective experience, appropriately named “March Madness.”

The games, most of which I’ve long forgotten, have all passed from those days. Yet, one thing that hasn’t passed is the sheer enthusiasm and thrill of this time of year. And a big part of that comes from those experiences and the good times we shared. As you enjoy this unpredictable season supporting your team, take in who you’re sharing it with, and plant the memory into your long-term storage. It’s a keeper. And now, it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy “The Big Dance” – southern style.

The musical selection this month can only be the official anthem of March Madness. One Shining Moment (Luther Vandross Version)

So, turn up the music, and let’s go dancing!

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