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The month of May is filled with exciting holidays!

- May 1st is celebrated as “May Day” in many countries, marking the beginning of Spring with festivals and dances.

- May 4th has been unofficially dubbed as “Star Wars Day” with the pun “May the Fourth be with you,” referencing the famous line “May the Force be with you” from Star Wars.

- May 5th is Cinco de Mayo. Contrary to popular belief, it is not Mexico’s Independence Day but commemorates the Mexican Army’s 1862 victory over the French Empire.

- Mother’s Day falls on the second Sunday of May (don’t forget to mark your calendar).

- Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday in May, honors the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country. This year, Memorial Day falls on May 27th.

Additionally, May 11th holds special significance for me – it’s my parents’ anniversary! This year, they celebrate an incredible FORTY years of marriage. Wow! What a milestone. I recently came across a piece of wisdom: “Be kind to your parents; it’s their first time living a life, too.” It’s funny how we often see our parents as infallible role models, when in reality, they’re learning and growing just like us. Cheers to Keela and Teej

on 40 years. It’s a true blessing to have parents that are not only still married, but are happily so, loving life together. I love you both so much!

This month marks our final 2024 camp issue! Sending your child to summer camp can be one of the most rewarding experiences for both children and parents alike. From nurturing independence and resilience to creating lifelong memories and friendships, summer camps are invaluable. Check out page 42 for an array of fantastic local summer camp options for your little ones.

Gracing our cover this month is the remarkable Dr. Anna Nichols! Dr. Nichols and her team at Nichols Hearing & Audiology are dedicated to providing life-changing, personalized care. Discover more about Nichols Hearing & Audiology starting on page 22.

As the weather warms up, we know you are going to be on the hunt for the best play and splash destinations in and around Winston-Salem. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Turn to page 18 to see part one of a series we’ve got going on all summer long!

Stay connected with us beyond the magazine by following us on social media (@forsythmags), attending our events and tuning in to our podcast! The Forsyth Magazines podcast can be found on Spotify, Apple Podcast and now, YouTube!

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Am I a “Good” Mother?

Play & Splash Destinations Part 1

COVER STORY Nichols Hearing & Audiology

Navigating the Waters of Grief After Pet Loss

Hidden Gems in Forsyth County Part 1

Lessons the 90s Taught Us


Reading Revolution: Providing Books & Joy

Features TABLE OF
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Every Issue

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Reflections of a Southern Yankee

For the Love of BBQ: Smoked Baby Back Ribs

Fancy Fork: Oven-Baked Harrisa Salmon & Veggies

Triad Area Events in May

Child Safety Series: Bike Safety Month

Dining Guide

It’s a Grand Life

The Artist’s Corner

The View from My Section - A Father’s Perspective

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An exciting new 5K race is coming to the Clemmons community! Every year, the global running community celebrates Global Running Day on the first Wednesday of June. Join the local running community as we celebrate the sport of running together. The Big Run 5K will take place on Saturday, June 8th at Fleet Feet Clemmons. Emily Davis, owner of Fleet Feet, is thrilled to bring this fun, family-oriented race to Clemmons. She says, “We’ve been eager to bring a race to Clemmons that celebrates the sport of running and brings families together. We’ve seen running change many lives over the years and we look forward to celebrating it with the community.”


8, 2024


• 5K Registration $30 until May 8th, $35 through race day

• 1 Mile Fun Run Registration $10, includes race shirt

• Friday June 7th: Packet Packet Pick-Up and Late Registration @ Fleet Feet Clemmons 4PM-7PM

• Saturday June 8th: Packet Pickup @ Fleet Feet Clemmons 7AM-7:45AM

• A portion of race proceeds will be donated to Mission: Feet First shoe charity

Need help getting ready for the 5K distance?

Fleet Feet’s Spring  No Boundaries Beginner 5K Training Program kicks off April 22nd.

Fleet Feet Clemmons worked closely with the Sheriff’s Department and the Village of Clemmons to create a flat, fast, and safe course. Village Point Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic during the race, which allows for a wide and kid-friendly course. The race starts in front of Fleet Feet Clemmons and continues around Village Medical Circle and Village Point Lake before returning to the finish line in front of Fleet Feet. After the race, participants can enjoy food and activities at the post-race expo. This is a great way for kids to celebrate the end of the school year. Scan Here to Register



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REFLECTIONS of a Southern Yankee


When I was a child and the weather was bad, my grandmother would sing, “Rain, rain go away. Damian wants to go out and play.”

Anyone who has visited my apartment has seen something that might seem simple but actually has a very tragic backstory. Above the doorway that separates my living room from my kitchen is a word spelled out with four large black wooden letters – PLAY. The letters were purchased many years ago to honor a little boy whose life was taken far too early. The young boy was known for asking people if they wanted to play – he just loved to play. The horrible irony to the story is the fact that he was playing in his neighbor’s driveway, but the neighbor didn’t see him there while pulling in. The entire situation was heart wrenching. My adoptive father lost a little brother in a very similar way many decades ago. Again, it was the kind of incident that people never really get over.

As a child, I spent countless hours outside playing. Growing up in upstate New York meant that the number of nice days were limited compared to a state like North Carolina. I took my Tonka trucks outside to the gravel area next to the driveway. There, I crawled around making roads and pretending to be a heavy equipment operator. After moving to Virginia, I continued to play outside as much as I could.

As a father, I spent thousands of hours on the floor playing with my sons. I probably built miles of Thomas the

Tank Engine track as well as thousands of different Lego creations. As my sons grew older, the play evolved into throwing a baseball or a frisbee for hours.

As a 50-year-old man whose sons are now adults themselves, my “play” has become a lot different. Yesterday, for instance, my close friends and I met at a beautiful winery in the Yadkin Valley where we spent the entire afternoon on a sunny patio that looked out at the Virginia mountains. There, we laughed until our stomachs hurt, enjoying the gorgeous spring weather and each other’s company. That is our version of “playing” now.

As we go through life, we sometimes forget to do the things we loved as children. That’s very understandable. Life becomes busy. As adults, we accumulate more and more responsibilities and our priorities change. But, when life becomes hectic, think about that little boy as well as that four letter word and try to make some time to PLAY.


Spring at Old Salem

Visit the new Horticulture Center at the Single Brothers Workshop and learn more about what’s growing in our gardens!


Friday, May 17th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Visitors ages 13 and up can join in decorating their own pottery Slip Plate while learning the significant symbolism behind many creative Moravian designs. $75 per person, including having your plate fired and glazed afterwards. Please register in advance at oldsalem.org.

Old Salem and Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) are open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit oldsalem.org

Old Salem’s Living Legacy Lecture: Saturday, May 18th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Gray Auditorium of the Visitor Center.

Keynote speakers will discuss African American history and its impact on the Town of Salem. Admission is free, but there is a suggested $10 donation for this event.

Smoked Baby Back Ribs

For the LOVE of


Pit Master Tip:

There are a lot of different methods for baby back ribs. You can smoke hot and fast for two hours until a target temp of 203 degrees or low and slow for five hours. I take the membrane off to penetrate more smoke flavor. You can score it or keep it on. If removing, the easy way is to use a paper towel to peel it away from the back of the ribs.

Easy and fall-off-the-bone. You will love these ribs!

Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cook Time: 4-5 hours

Yields: 1 rack of full ribs


1 rack baby back ribs

2 T BBQ rub

1 stick of butter

2 T brown sugar

1 small container of apple juice

First, set your smoker to 250 degrees. While the grill is heating up, peel the membrane off the back of the ribs. Use mustard as a binder to get your seasoning to stick. Season your ribs with your favorite BBQ rub. I used the BBQ rub which can be found at Academy Sports.

Set the ribs on the smoker and close the lid. I spritz the ribs with apple juice every hour until you achieve the desired bark you want.

I used the 2-2-1 method for these. Smoke these for two hours, wrap in aluminum foil with butter and brown sugar. Lay face down back on the smoker. Smoke for another two hours and then remove foil.

I sauced them in Cackalacky NC Tarheels BBQ sauce. Place back on the smoker for one more hour; pull off and slice into delicious ribs.

I smoked this on my new Big Green Egg over lump charcoal. I love the quality of this smoker. It holds heat very well, there are a lot of different accessory options to choose from and it is easy to move around. You can get all their grills from Casual Furniture World in Winston-Salem or Greensboro. They carry the entire line of accessories you need, Big Green Egg rubs and Cackalacky BBQ sauce.


Am I A “GOOD” Mother?

“Am I a good mother?” This question lurks in many mothers’ minds at times throughout their motherhood journey. Thousands of decisions are made daily when caring for children. What will they eat? What activities do they need to be in? What information do they need to learn? How do we keep them safe? How do we help them build character? Are they doing okay socially? Are they healthy? Do they feel loved enough? The questions are endless; some decisions weigh heavier on us than others. In the background of these questions, we are often judging ourselves against standards, expectations and comparisons to the version of the “perfect” mother we have crafted.

Exploring Our Own Experiences with Mothers

Our relationship with a parent or caregiver is the first relationship we will have when we are born. Our early experiences and examples of a parent will likely play into our feelings about how a mother “should” be throughout our lives. As a therapist who works with women during their motherhood journey, this is a task that is regularly brought up in sessions. As we enter a new role in our lives, we are likely to look to others who have held this position, and we will either decide we want to adopt those characteristics or do things very differently.

Comparisons and Assumptions

As we grow into our role in motherhood, it is natural and common to look to others for reassurance that we are doing things “right.” It’s comforting when others are like us in their thoughts and actions; we feel a sense of acceptance and correctness. The difficulty of this in the modern age we live in is that we are exposed to endless examples of motherhood constantly through all forms of media. This never-ending stream of opinions and beliefs on what makes a mother “good” often eats away at our selfesteem and our belief in ourselves,

with how we are doing in this role. Another regular point in therapy sessions with mothers is the thought “Other mothers can do this so much easier, why can’t I? If I was a “good” mother, I would be different.” It is so easy to make assumptions about others when only glimmers of their motherhood experience are visible to us, a drop in the bucket of the many years, days, hours and minutes that this role covers. If we were able to see the difficult moments and the struggles, our comparisons would likely be less harmful to our confidence.

A Subjective Idea for a Lifelong Role

The question itself, “Am I a good mother?” is completely subjective, and yet we think of this concept as definitive. There is no official definition of a “good” mother. The absolute(s) of the word “good” is a very oversimplified descriptor for a role that cannot be put into one definitive category alone and is suggestive that the alternative is “bad.” This terminology lends itself to labeling women as who they are, rather than looking at their actions or decisions. Who we are the moment we become a parent is not definite. We will grow and evolve for the rest of our lives in this role, and we will also make mistakes as we develop our parenting skills. Our confidence in our role as mothers will become stronger when we identify what the best version of a mother is and align ourselves to that, drowning out the noise of the world and its many different opinions.

Our abilities as mothers are refined through experience, practice, and trial and error. When a child first learns to ride a bike, do we expect the child to ride immediately without a fall or struggle? Of course not. We know they will have to practice and develop this skill while wearing a helmet for protection because we know there is a high chance they will fall at some point. Growing up in our role as mothers is no different. This Mother’s Day, give yourself grace as you continue to show up for this lifelong role.

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Play & Splash Destinations Part 1

Terrific Themes – Imaginations Will Soar at These Themed Playgrounds and Splash Pads

Warm weather is here to stay which means it is time to get outside! What better way to enjoy the outdoors than by playing at the playground or splashing at a splash pad? Luckily, Forsyth Country has so many amazing playgrounds and splash pads. So many that I’ll be doing a five-part series on them from May to September!


Nothing is more fun than a great theme. Kids love them, and they make for fun add-ons to parks. Winston-Salem has eight different parks with themed playgrounds and/or splash pads. Each will let your child’s imagination soar!

Sedge Garden Park – Avast!

Both the playground and splash pad at Sedge Garden Park have a pirate theme. From checking out the treasure chest to steering a pirate ship, this place is full of pirate fun!

Location: 401 Robbins Road, Winston-Salem

Washington Park – Roar!

Aptly known as the Dino or Dinosaur Park, Washington Park has an impressive dinosaurthemed playground. The T-Rex, Stegosaurus and Dilophosaurus statues that are built into the playground are a huge hit with kids and dino-lovers.

Location: 1490 S Broad Street, Winston-Salem


The Quarry at Grant Park – Rock On!

This rock quarry turned park now features one of the city’s newest, and arguably coolest, playgrounds with its rock quarry theme. It has play excavators, embedded trampolines, a huge and impressive climbing tour, and all with an amazing view!

Location: 1790 Quarry Road, Winston-Salem

Leinbach Park – Ahoy!

This nautical-themed playground features the stern of a ship, the USS Leinbach. Kids’ imaginations will go wild with sailing playtime ideas from dropping an imaginary anchor to pretending to navigate the seas.

Location: 3635 Sally Kirk Road NW, Winston-Salem

Blum/Dinah D. Blanding Park – Mother Nature

This park captures the fun and whimsical aspect of nature. The playground is made up of structures resembling trees, rocks, plants and animals. From large cattail statues to a rope ladder leading to a tree structure hideout, there are plenty of climbing opportunities here.

Location: 2401 Ivy Avenue, Winston-Salem

Oak Summit Park – Blast Off!

At the center of the larger playground at this park is a structure that resembles a spaceship. Whether your child dreams of being an astronaut or simply loves outer space, it’s full of fun.

Location: 370 Oak Summit Road, Winston-Salem

Shaffner Park – Magical Adventure

Kids can pretend they are searching for dragons at this park and actually find one on the climbing structure. The other part of the playground resembles a ship, so kids can sail off on their magical adventures.

Location: 900 Yorkshire Road, Winston-Salem

Hathaway Park – Once Upon a Time

This playground designed like a castle is the perfect spot to act out your little one’s favorite fairytale. Plus, beside the playground is a splash pad for cooling off on a hot NC day.

Location: 301 Anita Drive, Winston-Salem

Be on the lookout for Part 2 of Play & Splash Destinations in next month’s issue. It’ll feature big water fun as I’ll cover all the splash pads in the area that are combined with pools.

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How to Choose a College Major & Minor

Asa current senior in college, I often look back and think about how long it took me to choose my major and minor. I decided on my major and minor at the beginning of my junior year of college. Early in my college career, I took advantage of the “undeclared” option that many colleges offer as I wanted to have more time to discover my interests. Oftentimes, it can be easy to think that during your freshman year, you have to decide on your major and minor. However, the comforting truth is that you have time, and even if you decide, you usually have time to change your decision before the start of your junior year. I am going to share some tips below that I have discovered for choosing a college major and minor when this decision feels overwhelming.

• Take a Variety of General Education Classes: In your early years of college, you have the opportunity to take a variety of classes that will help you discover your interests. By taking classes that cover a variety of subjects, you are allowing yourself to be introduced to possible majors and minors. Even if the title of a class does not sound interesting to you, I would still encourage you to take the class. Sometimes a certain class or professor will help you to develop an interest in a certain subject. The helpful aspect of taking general education classes is that these classes can potentially help you identify what major and minor you want to pursue.

• Schedule a Time to Meet With the Career Center: Most colleges have a career center on campus where you can schedule meetings with a career advisor. I would highly encourage any college student to spend time with an advisor in the career center because of the helpful resources that are offered by these centers. For example, these career centers offer personality quizzes that help match specific majors, minors and jobs to you. Also, these centers have websites that show you what jobs you can do with a specific major and minor. Being able to talk to an advisor in the career center about your interests, uncertainties, etc. helps begin the search for your major and minor.

• Do Not Be Afraid to Change Your Major and Minor: Even if you choose a major and minor during your early years of college, it is not unusual to change your major and minor before you graduate. It is important to talk with your academic advisor about wanting to change your major and minor because of the timeline, number of classes needed, etc. After my first two years of college, I decided to major in healthcare administration. However, after taking a few classes in this major, I knew it was not for me. At the beginning of my junior year in college, I completely changed my major to English and my minor to marketing. I had always been interested in English and enjoyed writing. I knew that majoring in English felt more like me and was more interesting. It is always better to change your major and minor earlier in your college career, but do not be afraid to change your major and minor as this change is common.

If you are a college student who is unsure of what major and minor you want to declare, I hope that this article will encourage you. It is normal for this process to take time, and it is normal to be unsure of your major and minor when you start college. There are plenty of resources available on campus to help you start thinking through these decisions. Do not be afraid to ask questions, make changes and take a variety of classes that will help you discover your interests.


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It’s no secret life is all about connecting. Your personal relationships and overall mental health can literally depend on it!

Focused on life-changing, individualized care, Dr. Anna Nichols and the Nichols Hearing & Audiology team recognize the urgency of being able to communicate needs and feelings. If you’re struggling through daily life with even slightly diminished hearing, you owe it to yourself to see – and hear – what essentials you may be missing. While it’s springtime, you don’t want to miss the sounds of birds singing and soon, happy children at play on summer nights!

Even minor hearing loss can make it harder to interact with family on a daily basis, not to mention with business associates. As communication becomes more difficult, you may withdraw – leading to depression and anxiety. If you’re shying away from sporting events or parties, you’re missing out on making new friends and learning new things, which are both essential to maintaining mental sharpness and the overall positive attitude that contributes to longevity. Dr. Nichols shares that there can be as much as a 60% increase in risk for depression and anxiety in those with moderate to severe hearing loss, and even a 30% increase for those with even a slight hearing loss. Those losses can also be tied to dementia.

“Support from family and friends is crucial, and we always recommend a spouse attend an initial hearing evaluation with their partner,” she explains. “Frustration with daily communication can occur on both sides, so we offer compassionate care, discussing coping strategies for both and explaining the level of hearing loss in detail.”

Some quick tips if you’re living with someone experiencing diminished hearing:

• Do not try to talk from room-to-room.

• Learn tactile cues such as touching someone’s shoulder before beginning to speak.

• Choose restaurants with low background noise.

• Always turn the TV off before beginning a new conversation.

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While hearing loss can be correlated to common disorders such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and kidney disease, there has always been a stigma attached to hearing troubles as an unwelcome sign of aging. However, Dr. Nichols says her practice has recently seen patients at a much younger age. Having a baseline reading from a hearing evaluation is always a good idea to stay aware of any future issues that may pop up.

Hearing loss should not feel as daunting as it once did, with all the new technology available, and more opportunities for early detection. If your individualized care plan includes hearing aids, the team uses technology to fit hearing aids that are unique to a patient’s specific needs. To achieve that, a microphone is placed into the patient’s ears to calibrate and adjust the hearing aid, frequency by frequency. With a fourweek trial period available, a patient can return during that time for any necessary adjustments. Plus, there are now new rechargeable techniques that allow hearing aid batteries to last up to five years – and a new design that’s easier for patients with dexterity issues as well. There are 48 million people in the United States with some amount of hearing loss – and those who have sought help will tell you the benefits of better hearing are tremendous!

Your initial visit with Nichols Hearing & Audiology will include a full evaluation that requires gathering your case history, a visualization of your external ear canal and a hearing test in the practice’s modern sound booth, using state-of-the-art equipment. Patients who have seen a life change share what sets Dr. Nichols and her team apart!


“If you’re looking for an audiologist but doubting all the five-star reviews, put your doubts to rest, because I assure you five stars aren’t enough! My initial phone call to set up an appointment was with Emily, and I immediately felt like family. My nervousness walking into my first appointment only lasted a few seconds! After speaking with Mary at the front desk and Emily again, I felt completely at ease, knowing I had made the right choice for my care. Dr. Nichols took me back for testing and, once again, even though I had never met her, it felt like I had known her my whole life. She checked my hearing, explained everything and I walked out the door with hearing aids that same day. I could hear things I haven’t heard in 30 years. These three beautiful ladies are simply the best in the business – they do not come any better!” - M.S.

“I’ve had hearing aids for 14 years – and even went to a big box store for some less expensive aids – but I have gone back to Dr. Nichols and Oticon aids. I’ve always been impressed with the staff’s personal attention and not trying to up-sell a patient to more expensive devices with bells/ whistles that might not be needed. Additionally, and this is critical for me, Dr. Nichols is very knowledgeable about bluetooth and linked technologies – helping pair a smartphone and discuss settings and filters that might be adjusted. She expertly adjusts the devices to the decibel range(s) that are needed, based on testing.” - S.B.

“Dr Nichols is an exceptional audiologist –compassionate, very well-educated and informed. I have worn hearing aids for 12 years, and along with my hearing loss, I also have low volume tinnitus. Two months ago, my tinnitus suddenly increased to an unbearable volume, and I was suffering mentally as the extreme high pitch was emotionally straining. I sought medical help, but doctors were unable to offer solutions. I went to Dr. Nichols in hopes she could help me, and she fitted me with a new set of hearing aids that have the capability of creating a masking sound. My tinnitus is relieved! I no longer hear the tinnitus when wearing the hearing aids, and at a lower volume when I take them off. I am beyond grateful to Dr. Nichols for her compassion and expertise, and I thank God she gave me my life back!” - L

Eager to help you hear what you’re missing and nurture your personal relationships, Nichols Hearing & Audiology is located at 3640 Westgate Center Circle, Suite B in Winston-Salem, 336.842.3437. They invite you to call any time with questions about your own hearing or the hearing of a loved one – and an evaluation could make a perfect Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift! Visit them online at HearWellLiveWellNC.com, and follow them on Facebook at Nichols Hearing & Audiology, and on Instagram @ nicholshearingandaudiology.

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A Snapshot of This Micro-Generation –

From Oregon Trail To Myspace, Xennials Had the Best of Both Sides of the Technology Surge

Oregon Trail. Nintendo. Polly Pockets. VHS. Spice Girls. Y2K. Pagers. Walkman. Tamagotchi. Phones WITH cords.

Beanie Babies. Game Boy. Full House. As if!

Do all these things make you smile and give you a sense of nostalgia? Were you born in the late 1970s to early or mid-1980s? Then, you are a Xennial!

Generations Define Us In Many Ways

When you are born drops you into a generation that often defines a lot about your lifestyle, how you were raised and even who you are as an individual. It’s almost a rite of passage to say what generation you are a part of as you grow up and even into adulthood.

How many times over the years have you been asked what generation you are or taken part of fun generation quizzes online? Likely a time or two, or more.

What If You Don’t Fit Into Your Generation?

Due to the rise of technology, some of us often don’t feel we fit in as either Generation X or a Millennial. Generation X were all in full adulthood when the internet peaked and Millennials all had the internet as a factor most of their lives. If you were born anywhere from around 1977 to 1985, it’s hard to feel like you fit in either of these two generations. Enter the micro-generation, Xennials.

Are there times where you don’t feel like you belong to your generation? Xennials often feel like that, so we have our own micro-generation, sometimes also called the Oregon Trail generation. Who can ever forget that game or your screen flashing the message, “You have died from dysentery”?

Xennials – Caught In Between Simple Times And The Technology Surge

For those of us born in this very slim window, we truly had the best of both worlds! We had a childhood unencumbered by technology. We ran free outside and weren’t tied to cell phones or smart watches.

As we entered high school or college, that’s when the internet and cell phones just became popular. But, we still got to have high school and college lives without the obsession of seeing what everyone was doing every second on social media. Yet, we still had enough technology to quickly get in touch with our friends.

We also had enough technology to show our personalities but keep our privacy. Who else misses Myspace? I wonder where Tom, everyone’s friend, is these days. AIM was the best for getting in touch with people and leaving clever away messages for our friends. Hearing, “You’ve Got Mail!” was always the highlight of signing online. To us, it was much more than a cute movie with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

Remember that login dial tone? The scene in the movie, The Proposal, where Sandra Bullock’s character hears that sound to sign in brings back all the feels.

So, fellow Xennials, anytime you feel like you don’t fit in a generation, remember, we stand apart from the rest with our little micro-generation!

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Navigating the Waters of Grief After Pet Loss

Fromthe very first moment we both laid eyes on each other, I knew Bella would become my best friend. She was my constant companion and truly went through everything with me. From moving to another city for graduate school, to meeting my husband, to losing my father, to finally having two babies – through it all, my best friend was by my side.

This said, I was devastated this past January 13th when the vet told me my sweet girl was in stage three of kidney failure. The signs had already been there. Over the prior few weeks, Bella had stopped greeting me at the door, stopped barking and was not herself. She was trying to tell me she was in pain. In my heart of hearts, I knew her time was ending.

While I was lucky enough to have Bella for 15 amazing years, this time went by too fast. As I laid her down, stroked her fur and held her little head in my hands, I will never forget the emotions that came with seeing the light go out of her brown eyes. To this day, it was the greatest heartbreak. I had lost my constant companion.

The veterinarian and nurse were both amazing and helped me throughout the process, giving both Bella and me the guidance we needed to take this last step. However, in the days that followed, I felt at a loss. My house felt different. Everywhere I looked, I saw her. From the paw prints on our floor, to the smell of her in our room, Bella was still all around me. At first, these feelings were incredibly hard to overcome. I did not know how to navigate these new waters of grief.

Upon picking up her ashes, I learned that these overwhelming feelings are common with pet loss. After taking time to investigate, I began to take the steps I needed to in order to get through this painful end of my life with Bella. Read on for the top three tips that guided me through this tough process.

TIP #1: Allow yourself the time and space to grieve properly. Make sure you also allow yourself peace and take time out to lean into the feelings of sadness. Allow yourself to cry and feel all the emotions that come with this loss. If you need to take a day off work – do so. If you need to have your family take care of the daily tasks – do so. Your heart deserves the chance to heal.

TIP #2: Surround yourself with people that are sympathetic. Some people will not understand the pain that comes with losing a pet, and that is not their fault. However, it is important that, during those first few days, you surround yourself with animal lovers, who can lend a sympathetic ear or shoulder to cry on. Below are a few groups that may be helpful to you.

• The Pet Compassion Careline which provides 24/7 grief support with trained pet grief counselors.

• Lap of Love which provides grief courses and 50-minute one-onone support sessions with a grief counselor.

• If you are part of a congregation, ask if your place of worship offers bereavement support for pet loss.

It is vital that you can talk about your loss, as this is part of the grieving process.

TIP #3: Celebrate their life in some way. From creating a devoted area for their ashes, to adorning jewelry with their name or initials, find some way to celebrate the life of your beloved. I did all the above, and in some way, having these little treasures around me has helped. I have a shrine in my closet for Bella’s ashes, picture and pawprints; and I also wear a bracelet with her name on it every day. All of these are sweet reminders that, while she is not with me on Earth, she is still in my heart.


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Butterflies are everywhere, the tomato vines are abundant and the days are growing warmer. The month of May has lots of bright produce, creating a multitude of opportunities for no-bake recipes! You’ll find endives, celery, cucumbers, spring onions, spinach, zucchini, tomatoes, radicchio, fava beans, broccoli, bell peppers, beets, asparagus, arugula and artichokes in greater abundance. You’ll

also have more fruits available such as cantaloupe, blueberries, blackberries, apricots, apples, nectarines, oranges, cherries, peaches, strawberries and raspberries.

This month’s recipe feature is all on asparagus and its hidden powers. Did you know that asparagus is rich in vitamin E and great for gut health? It is also rich in folic acid, full of vitamin K, can help with weight loss, is full of antioxidants as well as dietary fiber that can fuel good bacteria.




4 Salmon Filets

4 large Sweet Potatoes, thinly sliced

3 T Olive Oil

1 large Sweet Onion, thinly sliced

4-5 large Carrots, chopped (Optional) ½ bunch Asparagus, ends trimmed

1 8-oz Feta, crumbled

2 tsp. Indian Curry Powder


3 T Red Harissa Sauce

¼ T Melted Butter

Juice of 1 Lemon Green Olives, for serving Fresh Herbs, for serving, such as mint, dill and basil Naan, for serving Lemon Wedges, for serving

1. Preheat oven to roast 450F. Line a large rimmed baking pan with parchment paper.

2. Add the sliced sweet potato wedges to the prepared pan. Toss with the olive oil and a generous pinch of salt. Roast for 20-30 minutes, until almost crispy.

3. In the meantime, combine the melted butter, harissa sauce, lemon juice and curry powder. Mix well. Set aside.

4. Add the chopped carrots, sliced onion and asparagus to the baking pan. Toss with the roasted sweet potatoes and two tablespoons of the harissa mixture.

5. Make room in the center of the baking pan to add the salmon filets. Season with salt and black pepper, then slather a generous spread of the harissa mixture on each.

6. Drizzle the vegetables with any remaining harissa sauce.

7. Roast for 15-20 minutes, until the salmon is flaky and fully cooked.

8. Serve warm with the green olives, crumbled feta, fresh herbs, lemon wedges and naan to enjoy!

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Children’s Garden at Tanglewood Combines Nature, Learning, and Fun


I’m from Winston-Salem and have lived here most of my life, yet occasionally, I still find places that I’ve never heard of in the city or county. It’s so exciting to find these new spaces to explore and things to do. Over the next three months, I’ll be writing about three of my favorite hidden gems in the area. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! This month, I’m sharing a small piece of nature that is full of big fun right inside Tanglewood Park.


Tanglewood Park has so much to offer and is so large at 1,100 acres, it’s not surprising visitors could overlook something here. But, if you have kids, there is one spot that is a must visit in this park. While the playground and water park are tremendous fun for kids, there is one lesser known spot for them at Tanglewood.

One absolutely wonderful hidden gem here is the Children’s Garden. This space is filled with so much fun and learning for kids. It’s truly a unique destination in Forsyth County which only adds to its hidden gem status.


One great thing about the Children’s Garden is the emphasis on learning through nature. The gardens allow children to explore all five of their senses. They have items to see, hear, feel, smell and taste.

Not sure where to look or start? Don’t worry, throughout the gardens you’ll see signs to let you know that it is an item to explore with your senses. For example, visitors can explore through their sense of taste at the vegetable garden. Or, to tune into the hearing sense, kids can play the chimes available.


What better way to learn than by reading? Inside the Children’s Garden is a Lil’ Library. This cute structure is indeed little but perfect for kids to momentarily get out of the sun and look at some fun books. It has a wide range of fun books for a mix of ages.


Once you drive through the main entrance gate, stay straight until you see the Manor House on your left. There is a parking lot beside it. Behind the Manor House, you’ll find the Arboretum. Once inside the gates, stay close to the gate and go left. Keep following the upper path until you see the larger gravel opening, and the Children’s Garden entrance will be there to the left. You’ll recognize it easily with the beautiful sign over the entrance.


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Cost: $2 for personal vehicles

Hours: May 1st through September 2nd from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Note: It has a lot of gravel paths, so if you have a stroller, it might get bumpy!

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Letting Go of a Grudge and Why You Should Do it Yesterday

All of the grudges I have had could fill a small room. There were the early childhood grudges, shored up into a reef of disappointments and woes. One childhood memory is of my mother, out of whose head leapt an idea to relocate from Toronto to Buffalo, New York for no good reason I could discern, resulting in leaving behind beloved relatives and friends. There were the ice skates I dearly coveted but didn’t get for many years later when my financially challenged family finally felt they could afford that luxury but never the ice skating lessons I hoped would accompany them. There was the first grade boy who hit me with a snowball, catapulting me into a two-foot high snowdrift, while his compatriots and he wailed with laughter. The grudges continued through middle and high school when boys passed me over for more popular girls and several Ivy League colleges rejected my application. A job promotion on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. went to someone else (who was related to my boss) and my grudge was doubly amplified with self-pity. There were family members who criticized my husband who felt he was too good to work a full-time job. Recently, my lawyer brother’s two attorney daughters married – one to a man, the other to a woman – and neither of my nieces invited me to their weddings. It took me a lifetime to figure out that unforgiveness steals

life from our years and years from our life. I am SO DONE with grudges now, and I’m hoping you, dear reader, will make that decision, too.

Looking at the Mayo Clinic website last year was a lifechanger for me. There was a lot of language there about the ill effects of holding a grudge – and how one’s life becomes so wrapped up in the wrong that you simply cannot enjoy the present. Concomitantly, there is the danger of bringing anger and bitterness into new relationships and experiences or foreseeably, becoming anxious, irritable and depressed. Under the impression of the grudge, many commonly seek revenge, cut the offending person out of their lives, lash out at them or demand an apology. I recall a close girlfriend smashing all the windows of her boyfriend’s car when he was at work – hours after he ended their relationship. He retaliated by throwing paint on her brand new Toyota. We all know these grudge and revenge stories. We are united in the feeling of wanting freedom from the anger, hurt and turmoil, and what we get instead is feeling miserable – as if a grudge could ever give us satisfaction. The truth is that forgiveness is a gritty choice that requires courage – it is not for the faint of heart. It is a complex process that ultimately liberates us and takes us out of a place of bitterness and regret.

One writer on the Mayo Clinic website said the following: “We need to acknowledge our emotions about the harm done to you, recognize how those emotions affect our behavior and work to release them. Choose to forgive the person who’s offended you. Release the control and power that the offending person and situation have had in your life.” Here’s the really big issue to keep in mind – getting another person to change is not the point of forgiveness. Honestly, how often has the person you have the grudge against changed anyhow? It is about focusing on what YOU can control in the here and now. Forgiveness does not require forgetting, nor does it require that we have to trust or reconcile with the person who wounded us so deeply. We don’t have to be happy about a situation when things end badly and our expectations are disappointed. But, abandoning the toxicity of carrying forward a grudge can finally bring you peace, happiness and emotional and spiritual healing. An American actress Mackenzie Phillips once remarked “forgiveness is not to give the other person peace. Forgiveness is for you. Take that opportunity.” According to the Mayo Clinic commentators, the benefits of forgiving include improved mental health, selfesteem, less anxiety, stress and hostility, lower blood pressure and improved heart health. The writer, Maya Angelou, averred, “It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.” When our own need to win the grudge game is tossed away – debts or behaviors that we feel are owed – we become the real winners by being truly set free. In my own life, I realized how much letting go of a grudge grew me a better heart. I sent both of my nieces wedding gifts anyway and wished them well. Take that grudge and shove it – it isn’t working here anymore.

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Figuring out a schedule for your baby is always challenging! Here are some tips for how often to offer solids. We will also talk about allergens and choking versus gagging.


6 months: Offer 1 meal per day


Big 9 Allergens - Egg, cow’s milk, peanut, fish, shellfish, sesame, soy, wheat and tree nuts


- Breastmilk or formula are the main sources of nutrition until at least 9 months.

- Offer 1-2 pieces of food at a time (cut into strips and soft enough to mush). Any more may be overwhelming to your baby. If they are doing well, you can offer additional food.

- It is okay if they don’t put food in their mouth. This time is more about exploration.

7-8 months: Offer up to 2 meals per day

- Breastmilk and formula are the main sources of nutrition – but you may notice more food consumption.

- Continue to offer strips of food that are soft enough to mush.

9-12 months: Offer 3 meals per day

- The pincer grasp develops which gives the ability to pick up smaller pieces of food – food can be cut into bite-sized pieces.

12+ months: Offer 3 meals and 2 snacks per day

- Continue to offer a variety of meals and aim for a balanced plate.


Monday: 1 new fruit

Tuesday: 1 new vegetable

Wednesday: 1 new starch

Thursday: 1 new protein

Friday: 1 new allergen

On weekends, practice foods that your baby has previously tried.

Offer one allergen at a given time when getting started, and space trying new allergens one week apart. I love the saying “early and often” for allergens, as it is important to have continuous exposure to decrease the chance of food allergies in the future.

Allergic reactions typically occur within two hours of consuming the allergenic foods. Babies may not have a reaction the first time the allergen is consumed, be watchful on the subsequent exposures.


Mild: Itchy/runny nose, itchy mouth, a few isolated hives, mild nausea and GI discomfort.

Severe: Shortness of breath, wheezing, repetitive cough, pale/bluish skin, swelling of face/lips/tongue, widespread hives, vomiting and sudden lethargy.

If the child is having one mild symptom, call your pediatrician. If your child is having more than one mild symptom or any severe symptoms, call 911.

Sample schedule for starting allergenic foods:

Week 1: Greek yogurt (cow’s milk)

Week 2: Omelet (egg)

Week 3: Peanut butter puffs (peanut)

Week 4: Penne pasta (wheat)

Week 5: Tofu (soy)

Week 6: Salmon (fish)

Week 7: Hummus (sesame)

Week 8: Shrimp (shellfish)

Week 9: Almond butter (tree nut)

Gagging is very normal and part of learning how to eat. It is not an indicator that your baby isn’t ready for that food/texture. In fact, it means they are learning how to safely eat it!

Signs of gagging:

- Your baby’s face turns red or pink. - Your baby is making noise such as coughing or sputtering – this means that air is passing through.

Babies are just as likely to choke on purees as they are on finger foods when you are serving developmentally appropriate finger foods. Some high-risk choking foods are nuts/seeds, raw vegetables, whole grapes, dried fruits and popcorn.

Signs of choking

- Your baby turns purple or blue in the face.

- No noise – this means their airway is blocked. This is also an important reason to be fully present during meal times as you cannot hear choking – it is silent!

Before starting solids, I always recommend that parents watch videos of gagging to get comfortable with it! When a baby is gagging, you want to be calm and let them work through it. If you startle them or stick your finger in their mouth, this could lead to choking.

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Triad Area Events in May

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

LEAP: Artists Imagine Outer Space

GreenHill Center for NC Art

May 1-June 29, various times


This is GreenHill’s headline exhibition for 2024. It features artists who have created projected light and sound installations, fiber art, animation, photography, sculpture, painting and printmaking.

Greensboro Comedy Festival

Steven Tanger Center, Greensboro

May 3, 8 p.m.

Tickets $59 and up

This evening features a lineup of renowned comedians, including Sommore, Lavell Crawford, Bill Bellamy, Tony Roberts and Drankin. Each brings their own comedic style.

Get the Led Out

Steven Tanger Center, Greensboro

May 4, 8 p.m.

Tickets start at $40

Get the Led Out has captured the essence of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage. Six veteran musicians re-create their songs in all their depth and glory. It’s a highenergy Zeppelin concert.

Bored Teachers: We Can’t Make This Stuff Up! Comedy Tour

Ovens Auditorium at Bojangles Entertainment Complex, Charlotte

May 4, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $35

These teacher-comedians present their hilarious skits about the lives of teachers inside and outside the classroom.

Wanda Sykes: Please & Thank You Tour

Ovens Auditorium at Bojangles Entertainment Complex, Charlotte

May 9, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets starting at $49

Wanda Sykes is comedian, actress and writer. This promises to be a night of unforgettable comedy brilliance.

Nia Imani Franklin, Winston-Salem Symphony

Reynolds Auditorium

May 11, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets $10 to $95

Nia Imani Franklin, who grew up in Winston-Salem and won Miss America in 2019, follows her wildly popular Symphony Unbound concert and makes her subscription series debut. The concert highlights two of her passions: gospel and rhythm & blues.

School of Filmmaking Presents: M.F.A. Films

ACE Main Theatre, UNC School of the Arts

May 17, 1 p.m.


The films and series in this presentation were written and created by students in the graduate program during the 2023-24 school year.

Albert Cummings

The Reeves Theater and Café, Elkin

May 17, 8 p.m.

Tickets start at $25

Albert Cummings, a formidable force in the world of contemporary blues, is celebrated for his electrifying guitar prowess and soulful vocals. Cunningham continually pushes the blues genre, infusing it with his own style.

Henry Cho – From Here to There Tour 2024

Willingham Theater, Yadkin Cultural Arts Center

May 18, 5 p.m.

Tickets $35

Henry Cho, a critically acclaimed comic, returns to the Willingham Theater. He has a distinctive style that is edgy but clean. Cho is known for his versatile and family-friendly comedy routines.


Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance

May 24-26, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets $19 and $21

This is a fascinating, ambitious and original new musical by the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning creators of “Next to Normal.” The musical follows one woman’s two possible life paths, painting a deeply moving portrait.

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Lessons the 90s Taught Us


90s Were Packed With Important


That Transcend Well Into Later Decades.

Whilethere were some absolutely questionable fashion choices, the 1990s was a time like no other and had so much to offer. For those of us that grew up during that decade, we had the best of it all. For instance, we had a childhood where we got to be kids, an adolescence where we kept our privacy and a young adulthood where we enjoyed the benefits of technology emerging front-and-center.

In our current fast-paced digital world, it’s easy to forget those simpler times. But, it’s imperative to regularly reflect on the 90s as it was filled with so many invaluable life lessons. Decades later, these lessons carry through on their meaning and importance.

How To Be Patient

“Patience is a virtue.” ~ William Langland

When Langland said those words in the 1300s, he had no clue that once technology blossomed, patience basically disappeared. Unlike today’s instant gratification culture, in the 90s, we had to wait…a lot. There was no “skip” button or instant wireless internet connection. Don’t even get me started on how long it took to boot up those computers! But, even though it felt like forever during those seemingly long moments, we all patiently waited.

How To Research

“Research is creating new knowledge.” ~ Neil Armstrong Alright, so technically Google was founded in 1998, but it was not the search powerhouse it is today or even heard of until well into the 2000s. In the 90s, if you wanted to do research for a paper, project or work, you had to utilize books and libraries. You even had to use card catalogs to find the books in the libraries. We knew how to truly research and create new knowledge without saying “Hey Google” or asking Siri or Alexa and having an immediate response.

How To Find Our Way

“Maps encourage boldness. They’re like cryptic love letters. They make anything seem possible.” ~ Mark Jenkins

There was no Google Maps or GPS in the 90s. We had to read and decipher actual maps. The skill of reading a map is basically unheard of now. Yet, it’s an extremely vital skill to have. Sure, it is a way to find out where you are and where you are going, but it is so much more than that. Seeing an actual, physical map awakens the wanderlust quality in people and reminds them of all the possibilities in the world.

How To Use Our Imaginations

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” ~ Albert Einstein

During the 90s, well into middle school, we all relied on our imaginations for entertainment. From coming up with games for road trips to entertaining ourselves while playing outdoors, we had so much fun simply using our imaginations. As a parent now, it makes me sad to see more and more kids constantly relying on technology for entertainment. Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for my toddler watching Mrs. Rachel when I need to get things done! But, I also want her to just play as much as possible without technology and use her imagination throughout her childhood. It’s such a valuable mental asset that even helps build problem solving skills.

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Sending your child to summer camp can be one of the most rewarding experiences for both children and parents alike. Summer camps offer a plethora of benefits that extend far beyond just keeping kids entertained during their break from school. From fostering independence and resilience to creating lifelong memories and friendships, the advantages of summer camp are numerous and invaluable.

Still on the fence? Here are six reasons why you should consider summer camp for your kid(s):


Promotes Independence and Resilience: Camp provides children with opportunities to navigate new experiences away from home, fostering independence as they make decisions, solve problems, and explore their capabilities.


Prevents Summer Learning Loss: Research suggests that attending camp can lead to academic gains, as it offers hands-on learning experiences that reinforce key concepts in engaging ways, preventing the summer learning loss common during breaks from school.




Encourages Social Skills and Teamwork: Being surrounded by peers at camp encourages children to communicate effectively, resolve conflicts, and collaborate towards common goals. These experiences build crucial social skills and foster lasting friendships.

Explores Diverse Interests: Camp caters to a diverse array of interests, offering activities such as sports, arts, music, and science. This variety encourages children to explore new passions and talents in a supportive and encouraging environment.


Builds Confidence and Self-Esteem: Camp provides a safe and supportive environment for children to try new activities and challenge themselves. As they overcome obstacles and achieve goals, they gain confidence in their abilities, boosting self-esteem and self-assurance.

Creates Lasting Memories and Traditions: The friendships, adventures, and traditions formed at summer camp create cherished memories that last a lifetime.

Forsyth Family Magazine’s summer camp section is dedicated to helping you find the perfect camp option(s) for your child this summer! The upcoming pages have tons of local options for you to consider. ENJOY!


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Packing for summer camp can be an exciting yet daunting task, but with careful planning and organization, you can ensure that your child has everything they need for a fun and comfortable experience. Here are some helpful tips for packing for summer camp, along with a list of essential items you shouldn’t forget:

• Check the Camp’s Packing List: Many camps provide a detailed packing list outlining essential items to bring. Review the list carefully and use it as a guide when packing to ensure you don’t forget anything important.

• Label Everything: Clearly label all of your child’s belongings, including clothing, towels, toiletries, and equipment, with their name or initials. This will help prevent items from getting lost or mixed up with those of other campers.

• Pack Light and Practical: While it’s tempting to pack everything but the kitchen sink, remember that camp accommodations are often limited. Pack only the essentials and prioritize lightweight, multipurpose items to save space and weight.

• Consider the Weather and Activities: Take into account the weather conditions and planned activities at camp when packing clothing and gear. Pack appropriate attire for both warm and cool weather, as well as any specialized equipment needed for outdoor adventures.

• Pack Essentials First: Start by packing essential items such as clothing, toiletries, bedding, and any required medications. Then, if space allows, you can add extra comforts or optional items.

• Pack Medications: Ensure your child’s medications are packed in their original containers and clearly labeled with instructions.

• Don’t Forget Sun Protection: Pack sunscreen with a high SPF, lip balm with SPF, sunglasses, and hats to protect your child during outdoor activities.

• Include Entertainment and Comfort Items: While camp is all about unplugging and enjoying the great outdoors, it’s still nice to have some comfort items from home. Consider packing a favorite stuffed animal, books, or games for downtime between activities.

• Pack Snacks and Hydration: Include plenty of snacks and a refillable water bottle to keep your child fueled and hydrated throughout their camp adventures.

• Check Camp Rules and Restrictions: Be aware of any specific camp rules or restrictions regarding items such as electronics, food, or personal belongings, and pack accordingly to avoid any issues upon arrival.

ULTIMATE GUIDE: Packing Tips and Essentials for Summer Camp Success



• Clothing (including underwear, socks, and sleepwear)

• Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, etc.)

• Bedding (sleeping bag or sheets, pillow)

• Medications and first aid kit

• Sunscreen, lip balm with SPF, sunglasses, and hats

• Entertainment items (books, games, etc.)

• Snacks and refillable water bottle

• Comfort items from home (stuffed animal, photos, etc.)

With these tips and a comprehensive packing list, you can ensure that your child is well-prepared for their summer camp adventure, equipped with everything they need for a memorable and enjoyable experience.



Welcome to summer at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts! Whether your passion is dance, drama, filmmaking, music or visual arts, you’ll find hands-on experiences and individual attention from professional artists in an arts conservatory environment close to home.

UNCSA Summer Intensives for High School Students: 1 to 4-week programs in Animation, Dance, Drama, Filmmaking, Music, and Visual Arts. Commuter and Residential options available!

UNCSA Preparatory Dance for ages 3 – adult: Join the Children’s Ballet Summer Intensive, Young Dancer Summer Intensive, Saturday Art and Dance Camps, or Adult Summer Intensive. All experience levels are welcome!

UNCSA Acting Out Summer Camps for rising grades 3 – 9: Acting I and Acting II summer day camps build the foundational skills of acting while meeting new friends and building essential life skills such as confidence, public speaking, discipline, collaboration, and creativity.

The UNCSA Community Music School offers a wide array of private lessons and engaging summer classes for students ages 5 through adults!

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Crafting a Beautiful, Creative Summer


Whensummer camp also calls for creativity (young artists, we see you out there!), Sawtooth School for Visual Art delivers the perfect space and resources to learn a new creative skill or make a stunning masterpiece!

For kids of all ages, skill levels and backgrounds, Sawtooth offers classes in a variety of visual art and craft mediums –perfect to enhance a budding passion and keep those young minds thinking over summer vacation.

Each week from June 17th through August 9th, morning (9:00 a.m. - noon) and afternoon (1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.) camp classes are offered for ages 6-8, 9-11 and 12-16. Offerings are split by week and then into morning and afternoon sessions, providing a unique summer flexibility for families. Campers can participate for one week, one month or all summer long! New this year – extended care options are available from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., or both, for children attending the full day, at an additional cost.

Gathering in Sawtooth’s downtown studio is a treat for students, and camp instructors are working artists who provide high-quality, age-appropriate education, always through hands-on learning. Sessions range from drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking and photography, to textiles, glass, metals and wood. The growth and creative possibilities for your kids are truly endless!

“Camp Sawtooth is a unique experience for the little artist in your life, sparking a lifelong passion for self-expression and creative problem-solving,” said Whitney Stahl, Sawtooth’s Director of Youth Programs. “We hear from many professional artists, instructors and Sawtooth staff members who credit Camp Sawtooth as their first encounter with studio art, helping guide them towards their current career paths.”

Camp Sawtooth also offers tuition assistance and scholarships, reserving spots in each class for scholarship students.

“We encourage families who qualify to apply for assistance even if a class is marked as full on the website,” said Whitney. “In many cases, financial aid and a reserved spot may still be available.”

Read on for just a sampling of all the creative fun coming this summer!


Illustrating + Painting | Ages 9-11

Use the expressive flowery organic and asymmetrical line to illustrate the ornamental style of art that flourished at the turn of the century.


Printing on Textiles | Ages 9-11

Learn how to make and apply block prints onto various surfaces, from tea towels to t-shirts or whatever textiles students want to bring.


Photography + Storytelling | Ages 6-8

Armed with digital cameras, illustrations and magazines, they will embark on a remarkable adventure of capturing and immortalizing moments that define their lives and personalities.


Ages 12-16

Learn printmaking in a professional studio. Explore multiple techniques and create prints by hand using gelatin plates and found materials.

Sawtooth School for Visual Art is a non-profit community art school located in the heart of Winston-Salem at 251 N. Spruce Street, Winston-Salem, 336.723.7395. Summer Camp registration is available online at sawtooth.org/campsawtooth, or for more information and other inquiries, contact the registrar at registrar@sawtooth. org. Follow Sawtooth School on Instagram @sawtoothschool.

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Experience the Thrills of Aviation at ACE Academy Summer Program

Join us for an unforgettable journey into the world of aviation at the Jim Shaw ACE Academy Summer Program, hosted by Jim Shaw ACE Academy in partnership with Forsyth Tech Aviation Lab, Smith Reynolds Airport and the Federal Aviation Administration. This action-packed five-day program is designed to ignite the passion for aviation in middle and high school students, offering hands-on experiences, field trips and exclusive opportunities to connect with industry professionals. At the end of the camp, students get to fly in a four-seater plane over Winston-Salem with an experienced pilot!


Middle School Session: June 24-28, 2024

High School Session: July 8-12, 2024

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Forsyth Tech Aviation Lab and Smith Reynolds AirportWinston Salem, NC


Participants will immerse themselves in the exciting world of aviation through hands-on activities, field trips to aviation businesses and engaging sessions with guest speakers, drone pilots, engineers, airplane pilots, flight attendants and more. From exploring the inner workings of aircraft to learning about the latest innovations in aerospace technology, students will gain valuable insights and experiences that will spark their curiosity and inspire future career paths!


Register today at shawaceacademy.com/ ace-academy to secure your spot. The registration fee for 6th-12th grade students is $150. Spots for this exclusive program are limited, so secure your place today.



The kids can’t have all the fun. Join us for a day of golf and giving back at the Jim Shaw ACE Academy Golf Tournament! This premier event promises a day of excitement, camaraderie and philanthropy in support of our mission to empower the next generation of leaders in aviation, STEM and aerospace. All proceeds and donations generated from the ACE Academy Golf Tournament directly support our nonprofit organization and are tax-deductible.


Location: Oak Valley Golf Course – Advance, NC

Tournament Highlights:

• Enjoy a thrilling round of golf on a pristine course with stunning views.

• Network with fellow golf enthusiasts and industry professionals.

• Compete in exciting challenges and contests for fantastic prizes like $10,000 or a Rolex watch.

• Indulge in delicious food and beverages throughout the day.

• Support a worthy cause and make a difference in the lives of aspiring young aviators and STEM enthusiasts.


Secure your spot today and make a meaningful impact at shawaceacademy.com/-golf-tournaments! Sponsorship opportunities are also available for businesses and organizations looking to showcase their support for education and workforce development initiatives. Don’t miss this opportunity to tee up for a cause and help shape the future of aviation and STEM education!


For more information or inquiries, please contact us at 336.306.8145 or email us at shawaceacademy@gmail.com. Detailed information about locations, times and required materials will be provided closer to the camp dates. Join us for an unforgettable summer adventure at ACE Academy!

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The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem is bringing its popular summer camps back starting this June through August. Campers will expand their creativity and communication skills, which will serve them well onstage and off. With eight unique camp options, there is guaranteed fun for campers of all ages and experience levels!


The fun begins June 24th with Shrek The Musical JR., a performance-based camp where campers will immerse themselves and bring the fairytale story of Shrek to life. It’s a “big bright beautiful world” as everyone’s favorite ogre leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Shrek The Musical JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.

This camp runs from June 24th-28th and July 1st-12th, with performances on July 12th and July 13th at 7 pm.


Make A Scene with us! This is a week-long camp where campers will explore the parts of a scene –characters, set, costumes and story. They will learn basic stage direction and theatre skills while creating their own scene to perform. This is storytelling with the actions of an on-stage performance!

This camp runs from July 8th-12th for grades K-4 and July 15th-19th for grades 5-8.


Creating The Character is the most fundamental part of acting. In this weeklong camp, campers will explore how their voices, bodies and facial expressions change a character. They will gain an understanding of how a character’s motivations shape the decisions they make.

This camp will run from July 15th-19th for grades K-4 and July 22nd-26th for grades 5-8.


From July 22nd-26th, campers will create plenty of Creative Movement. Movement allows us to express feelings, tell a story and keep us active in a fun and exciting way. Campers will explore different creative movements that go beyond dancing in a way that allows them to express themselves freely.

This camp is for grades K-4.



Tell Me A Story is from July 29th to August 2nd. This camp allows the campers to become storytellers. We will explore how their voices and body movements can help tell a story while also exploring different kinds of storytelling including traditional, puppet and improvisational.

This camp is for grades K-4.


Theatre is a way of storytelling in real time. With this week-long camp, we Bring A Story To Life. In this camp, campers will explore the different ways, places and styles of storytelling.

This camp will run from July 29th-August 2nd for grades 5-10.


Let’s Laugh together! Campers will explore elements of comedy including how to tell a joke, what expressions to use and how it all ties together to create a witty, laugh-out-loud story.

This camp will run from August 5th-9th for grades K-4.


Up your theatre game with Intro to Improv. Campers will improve their acting skills as well as their public speaking and confidence skills, which can be used outside of the performing arts.

This camp will run from August 5th-9th for grades 5-10.

All camps run MondayFriday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with options for before and aftercare. Registration is open now at ltofws.org/summer-camps. Camp tuition ranges from $250-$575. Needsbased scholarships are available on a first come, first served basis. Spots are limited, so families are encouraged to sign up soon. For more information, call 336.725.4001.

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A Camp Sounds Heavy But Lightens Hearts

Summer camps are synonymous with summer fun and provide great opportunities to grow in body, mind and spirit. It may seem rather unusual to read about a grief camp, but if your child or teen has experienced a loss, Camp Carousel may be the perfect camp available to him or her. This camp weaves together some of the fun you would expect from a summer camp with expert counseling and support that is specifically designed to help nurture and heal hearts and minds impacted by the death of a loved one.

This July, Trellis Supportive Care will offer the 34th annual Camp Carousel for rising 1st-12th graders. Grief is a natural response to loss, and it is especially important for children and teens to have opportunities to tell their stories and receive support. Campers learn coping skills that can help them thrive well into adulthood.

Campers will develop skills for healthy coping, find support with peers of their own age and explore ideas for expression and remembering. “We know that fun, creative, meaningful activities, as well as the chance to tell stories, can foster connection and deepen the healing process,” said Susanna Lund, a longtime art therapist and grief counselor with Trellis Supportive Care.


Here are some tips for supporting the children and teens in your life. (Hint: These are great tips for adults, too!)

• Make time to listen. Offer opportunities to talk without forcing conversations. Make it known that you are available and ready to listen to whatever feels important to share.

• Accept all feelings as okay. Grief encompasses a wide range of emotions, and there is no script for how someone should or should not feel. Allowing space in which all feelings can be expressed and heard is critical to healthy grieving.

• Invite questions. Provide simple, honest responses. It is okay if you do not have all of the answers! Access support if you need help talking with your child.

• Invite the sharing of memories. Practice traditions or create new memories that honor your loved one. Encourage storytelling and connection with comforting items or photos.

• Stick to routines. Maintaining school and home routines, as much as possible, helps to create feelings of security during a time that may feel uncertain.

• Allow space. Kids are adept at getting in touch with honest and deep emotions and will often need time to be alone or to play. Allow space for drawing close to family as well as for space to be alone or with peers.

• Model healthy grieving. It is okay to share tears with your child and to share how you are feeling. Honor your own grief and self-care needs, and turn to support for help.

Camp Carousel will also offer a day retreat for adults who are grieving the death of a loved one this summer. This retreat includes rituals for remembering, mindfulness practices and expression through the arts.

Trellis Supportive Care offers this camp for the community at no charge to participants. For more information about Camp Carousel sessions and online registration, visit TrellisSupport.org or call 336.331.1300.

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RISE UP All Sports Summer Camp: Where Fun and Fitness Meet

As summer approaches, parents are often on the lookout for engaging activities to keep their elementary-age children entertained and active. Fortunately, RISE Indoor Sports in Bermuda Run, NC offers the perfect solution with its RISE UP All Sports Summer Camp. This dynamic day camp is designed to provide kids with an unforgettable summer experience filled with fun games, exciting sports, and valuable skills development.

At the heart of the RISE UP All Sports Summer Camp is a commitment to promoting physical activity and healthy living in a safe and supportive environment. RISE’s dedicated staff members are passionate about inspiring children to lead active lifestyles while fostering sportsmanship and having FUN!

One of the standout features of the RISE Up All Sports Summer Camp is its range of activities. From traditional sports like soccer, basketball, and volleyball to unique games and challenges, there’s something for every child to enjoy. Each day brings new opportunities for exploration and skill-building, ensuring that campers remain engaged and enthusiastic throughout the summer.

In addition to promoting physical fitness, the camp also emphasizes the importance of teamwork and cooperation. Through games and group activities, children learn valuable skills that will serve them well both on and off the field. Whether they’re working together on a craft or cheering on their teammates, campers develop a sense of friendship and cooperation that extends beyond the boundaries of the sports arena.

RISE Up All Sports Summer Camp also provides an inclusive environment where children of all skill levels can thrive. This approach not only helps children improve their athletic abilities but also boosts their confidence and self-esteem. Friendships are forged as campers bond over experiences and common interests. In an age where screen time often dominates free time, the camp provides a refreshing opportunity for kids to unplug, interact face-to-face, and create lasting memories.

Parents can rest assured knowing that their children are in good hands at RISE Indoor Sports. The camp prioritizes safety at all times, with trained staff members supervising activities and maintaining a secure environment. Whether indoors on the spacious courts and fields or outdoors enjoying the sunshine, campers are always under the watchful eye of caring professionals.

As the summer winds down and children prepare to return to school, they’ll carry with them the lessons and memories from their time at RISE UP All Sports Summer Camp. From learning new skills to making lifelong friends, the RISE camp experience shapes their summer by instilling a love of sports and an appreciation for teamwork.

Ready to join us? See the available sessions and sign up here: https://www. riseindoorsports.com/summer2024/

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Summer Camp Dos and Don’ts

Summer camp can be a fantastic experience for children, providing them with the opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills, and create lasting memories. However, it is essential to keep in mind some dos and don’ts to ensure that your child has a safe and enjoyable time at camp. Here are some of the key things to keep in mind:



Make sure your child has appropriate clothing and gear for the activities they will be participating in. This may include items such as comfortable sneakers, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a water bottle. Check with the camp ahead of time to see if they have any specific clothing or gear requirements.

Don’t Do


While it may be tempting to send your child with expensive electronics or jewelry, it is generally not recommended. These items can be lost or stolen, and they may distract your child from fully participating in camp activities. Stick to essentials and items that can be easily replaced.


Encourage your child to participate in all camp activities, even if they are outside of their comfort zone. This can help them build confidence and make new friends. However, make sure they feel comfortable and safe in all activities and that they have the option to opt-out if necessary.



Make sure to communicate any special needs or concerns with the camp staff before your child arrives. This may include information about allergies, medications, or behavioral issues. Additionally, make sure to check in with camp staff during your child’s stay to get updates on their progress and any issues that may arise.



Make sure your child understands basic safety rules, such as staying with a buddy and following the instructions of camp staff. Teach them about how to stay safe in different situations, such as in the water or during a hike.



While it can be tempting to sign your child up for every available activity, make sure to leave some downtime for them to rest and recharge. Overscheduling can lead to burnout and make it difficult for your child to fully enjoy the camp experience.

Summer camp can be a wonderful experience for children, but it is essential to keep these dos and don’ts in mind to ensure their safety and enjoyment. By packing appropriate gear, encouraging participation, communicating with camp staff, teaching safety rules, and avoiding overscheduling, your child can have a safe and memorable summer camp experience.

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While knowing about the types of chocolate and the science behind it can be interesting, in the end, the most important aspect of chocolate is that it is incredibly delicious! Read on for five innovative ways to enjoy this delicious desert, especially since May 15th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

Chocolate Appreciation Tip #1: Chocolate is not only for dessert, try it for breakfast, too! There are plenty of recipes which feature chocolate as one of the key ingredients for breakfast. Try delicious zucchini bread, featuring chocolate chips, or chocolate pudding. Both recipes were featured within the article, “18 Chocolate Chip Recipes to Try,” from the website “Eat this, not that!”

Theretruly is a science behind why chocolate can be so addictive and appealing. According to the Washington Post article, “Why chocolate is so delicious, according to science,” when chocolate first meets the tongue, a type of “chocolate sensation is set into motion,” the article states. After the chocolate begins melting, solid cocoa particles in the chocolate are released and digested, alongside the well-known rush of happiness-boosting endorphins. It is the happiness-boosting endorphins that set the brain into a short span of euphoria. Numerous studies report how specifically consumption of dark chocolate is known to reduce odds of clinically relevant depressive symptoms.

Since it is reported that dark chocolate has the greatest effect on lowering depressive symptoms, what are the other types of chocolate, and are they beneficial? According to the Cacao. com article, “Types of Chocolate: The Ultimate Guide,” there are three main categories of chocolate, however, within these three categories lie many smaller subcategories. Dark, milk and white chocolate are the three main types of chocolate. True dark chocolate is supposed to only have three ingredients, which would include “cocoa mass (which includes ground cocoa nibs and any added cocoa butter), sugar, lecithin and sometimes vanilla,” the article states. Dark chocolate also has the highest mass of cocoa, which ranges from around 65-99% cocoa. Milk chocolate “is made of between 35-55% cocoa mass, about 20% milk powder and 20-25% sugar.” Finally, white chocolate has the addition of “30-45% cocoa butter, 25-40% milk powder and 25-55% sugar,” the article defines.

Chocolate Appreciation Tip #2: Make it a CHALLENGE to try and add chocolate to everyday recipes. During this month, have fun with chocolate! Most foods taste better with this delicious addition. For example, try adding chocolate chips to regular banana pancakes for a savory delight. Mix up your coffee by adding a few chocolate chips to your regular cup of joe.

Chocolate Appreciation Tip #3: Chocolate is not just kid friendly; it is friendly for adults, too! Some of the best alcohols feature chocolate. Have a fun night in, or out, and try one of these delicious alcoholic drinks which feature chocolate as a key ingredient. For example, “The Grasshopper” is a delicious combination of crème de cacao, crème de menthe and heavy cream. This combo creates a drink that is delicious, and low in alcohol, so it can also be an after-dinner drink.

Chocolate Appreciation Tip #4: Chocolate is not only good for the palate but also the mind. Enjoy reading a new book featuring chocolate as one of the heroes, or villains. A quick search yields countless genres which feature chocolate. From young adult fantasy, “The Dragon with the Chocolate Heart,” to romance, “The Girl with No Shadow,” there are many savory books out there to dive into and enjoy the sweet sensation of chocolate without the calories.

Chocolate Appreciation Tip #5: Have a chocolate-themed night in, enjoying chocolate cuisine while also watching a movie featuring chocolate. There are plenty of movies that feature chocolate as a key character within the plotline. Many know about the movies, “Chocolat,” as well as “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” However, there are countless movies which feature chocolate as a key ingredient. Try watching “Romantics Anonymous,” a French film which features two strangers working through their anxiety within a support group. In one, Jean-Renê Van Den Hugde (Benoît Poelvoorde) is an owner of a failing chocolate business called the Chocolate Mill, while the other, Angélique Delange (Isabelle Carré), is a young woman with formal training as a chocolate maker.


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The Art and Science of Creative Cooking

Bit burned out and frustrated following recipes to a tee, getting nit-picky about measuring out each teaspoon, whether scant or heaping? Or feeling limited by some of the ingredients listed, but wanting to branch out and cook outside the box?

Add a personal flair to your dishes and even impress your guests by breaking the barriers of being boxed in with your culinary creations. Consider these approaches as DIY try-ables, for those who love to cook.

Even the most cooking-challenged chefs can step out of their comfort zones and branch out, trying new ingredients, techniques and flavor combinations to enjoy cooking as much as eating. Combining fun and creativity, conquer the culinary in your kitchen and get crafty with your senses.


What happens when you’re lacking some ingredients listed in a recipe? Are you stuck with a last-minute grocery run, or can you simply adapt and substitute with different ingredients? This is where the art and science of substituting ingredients comes in. You may be missing ingredients on your list, but you can work with what you’ve got. Open your mind to other options based on what you do have.

As the saying goes, “cooking is an art, baking is a science.” There is science behind ingredient substitutions, but there’s also room for experimentation and adding your own personal touch to a dish. Look up common kitchen substitutions for oils, eggs, butter, cream and flour, then finesse your way forward with savvy substitutions. Unleash your creativity in the kitchen dish by dish and ingredient by ingredient, letting your senses be your guide.

You never know what new dish you might create that you or your loved ones could love. You may be surprised or shocked at ingredients you never thought would work that go even better as variations on a theme.


One of the first things to focus on after you decide the dish you’d like to make is to take stock of what you have. Take chicken stock, for example. Maybe you have beef or vegetable broth

or bouillon instead – or maybe none at all. If that’s the case, there’s nothing to prevent you from still making the soup you wanted. You could switch it up and just use hot water or tea, or you could add meat with bones to make your own homemade bone broth. A different nutritious and delicious substitution might be coconut milk, but for a creamier soup, you could use a different plant-based milk or could try substituting dairy, such as milk, cream or half and half. Other dairy options might be sour cream and cream cheese. The options are endless.

If you want to amp up the health benefits of your soup, spice it up with spices! From cayenne pepper to turmeric with black pepper, add healthy dashes of flavor to any dish. A simple pinch of sea salt or pink Himalayan salt can amplify the flavor and pungency.

Try adding a dash of this or that and keep tweaking until your taste buds tell you you’ve reached that magic moment of “tastetation” realization.


Add ambiance to cultivate your creative concoctions. Open a window to let fresh air in, spritz the space with homemade room spray and/or light a scented candle. Add fresh flowers and/or herbs to your windowsill, cook with them and use as garnishes.

Put on some music, listen to a podcast or TED talk, Julia Child’s cooking show or the film “Julie and Julia” with Meryl Streep. Or, put your friend(s) on speakerphone or virtual video chat for a cooking catch-up session.

Cooking has become much more than just a means to satisfy hunger. Today, it’s also an artform where chefs and home cooks alike use their culinary creativity, innovation and imagination to elevate dishes from ordinary to extraordinary.

Explore and experiment. Expand your realm of personal tastes. It’s the ultimate gamechanger, and you’ll be ready to say “bon appetit” and dig in.

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Reading Revolution:

Reading Revolution was started by two local women to combat Winston-Salem’s book deserts.

Sometime in the mid-2010s, Unite for Literacy coined the term “book desert.” These are geographical areas where it is difficult to obtain access to books and reading materials. They define it as a majority of homes in a geographical area having fewer than 100 printed books. Most of these book deserts are in low income areas.

Unite for Literacy even created a US Book Desert Map. If you zoom in on Forsyth County, you’ll notice almost the entire central section of the county is in a below average zone of books. A large section of the eastern side of that section is in a “least likely” zone indicating a severe book desert right here in our city and county. Thankfully, we have two local women who care deeply about fixing this issue.

Nikki Francis, a veteran WSFCS teacher and Amy Lawson, Nikki’s long-time friend, met for coffee one day to discuss this very matter. That was the day that their non-profit, Reading Revolution, was truly born and has been making a difference in the lives of children within our community.


“The driving force behind Reading Revolution is a profound belief in the transformative power of reading and its ability to unlock the potential and curiosity in children,” shares Francis.

What started as two friends having coffee and sharing a dream to help children in Winston-Salem’s book deserts have access to free books has turned into a thriving non-profit organization. As a teacher, Francis has a passion for literacy and, more importantly, sharing that love for reading with children. Through this passion, she was driven to leave her teaching position and start Reading Revolution.

After meeting with Lawson in the first part of last year, the two women began asking friends and family for book donations

Providing Books & Joy

to distribute in Winston-Salem’s book deserts. Francis contacted HOPE of Winston-Salem, a local non-profit committed to making regular distributions of nutritious meals and food to families struggling with food insecurity in the area. She knew the correlation between food deserts and book deserts, so she wanted to follow the HOPE delivery truck on their weekend route to deliver books to children receiving their lunches. In just the first weekend, Reading Revolution delivered more than 100 books to children who had little, if any, access to books.

Francis and Lawson knew after only a few months and seeing the joy on the faces of the children when they picked out books, that Reading Revolution needed to become an official non-profit. On October 11, 2023, Reading Revolution was officially approved as a 501c3.


In the near future, the organization will partner with preschools and daycares to provide story time followed by a free book fair. They are already beginning a partnership with the backpack programs at various schools to provide books to the students that they serve.

Francis shares, “The ultimate goal of Reading Revolution is to have a bookmobile available to drive to neighborhoods and schools to provide a free book store experience to all children in Winston-Salem.”


Both Francis and Lawson share that their absolute favorite part about running Reading Revolution is seeing the joy on childrens’ faces when they get to pick out a book! “It is such an easy concept to get behind, and we are thrilled when we get to share our love of reading with kids in the Winston-Salem community,” they share.




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The Dog Who Taught Me How to Chill

In September 2016 – my birthday month – I was diagnosed with a generalized anxiety disorder by my primary physician. After prescribing the relevant medication, he remarked, rather wryly, that “you might also want to get a husband or a dog. Depending on the quality of either, that might significantly help with the anxiety.” Finding a husband was clearly a more difficult proposition, not to mention being more labor-intensive and psychologically challenging. So, I took the easier option and went to the local animal shelter with my son and adopted a rambunctious 1 ½ year old Bichon Frise we named Jackson. Little did I know at that time how much this creature would positively change the arc of my anxiety-fraught psychodynamics.

Jackson taught me lessons about living and getting my priorities right which the numerous psychological texts I poured over didn’t quite hammer home. In my case, I learned, with my puppy’s help, to look anxiety in the face and say “you don’t live here anymore.” The first lesson I probably grasped was to TAKE IT SLOW. Normally, I was always running and rushing around, stressed out with a laundry list of at least 20 things I felt needed doing every day. There were times when I was hyperventilating, caught in a pattern of endlessly checking my emails (there were hundreds), my cell phone messages and struggling to meet the demands of three part-time jobs. A friend actually told me that I looked like a trainwreck. But even that did not succeed in getting me off the tracks of interminably continuing a path of high-intensity living. Jackson, on the other hand, illustrated the notion that there is NO SHAME IN REST. Watching him take constant naps and

falling into a peaceful sleep made me realize that rest equals self-care. Following his lead, I realized that slowing down makes you more mindful. Taking him on a walk made me focus on just that – like him, I suddenly began to really look at my surroundings, to notice the flowers in bloom, the overarching boughs of trees, the song of a bird, the shadows on a building.

Focusing on Jackson also gave me a reason to stop giving in to distractions. A therapist friend mentioned how critical it is to live in the now and rejoice in the moment you are in. Someone named Robert Falcon Scott said “the dog lives for the day, the hour, even the moment.” I noticed that when I hung out with Jackson, I felt happier, less anxious and my mind seemed more translucently clear. As I began to notice things in a much more intimate and carefully close way, I found myself letting go of constantly having agendas and scripts in my head telling me what to immediately do. I watched my beautiful dog simply surrender to life, running around in a natural scape sniffing plants, throwing himself excitedly into the air, rolling in a mud puddle, animatedly greeting other dogs, frolicking as though he hadn’t a care in the world. I gained another lesson from observing him: MAKE TIME FOR PLAY. I began to schedule playtimes for myself which Jackson shared, of course getting cuddles when he could. By his example, Jackson also taught me that IT IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA TO GO OUTSIDE. Even if we only walked around

the block, I came home feeling more relaxed and happier than when we started. I walked slower, no longer a slave to the frenetic pace that had always been some sort of commandment in my head. When I came across an article on thehopkinsmedicine.org website, I couldn’t help but agree with its thesis that dogs help with anxiety and depression. There was, of course, a comment about unconditional love and how dogs teach us that as well. Being with Jackson made me understand that to him I was totally lovable whether I was overweight, unemployed, moody or grumpy. Jackson’s was a love without reservation. I saw a quote in my reading travels by Thich Nhat Hanh that “peace and calm are contagious.” I had never heard of him, but he sure had that right. Looking at Jackson, I understood that dogs don’t regret the past or ruminate about the future – they can just BE. I’m trying to follow suit.

Research has shown that simply petting a dog lowers the stress hormone cortisol. Giving Jackson a hug assures me that is true. “To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring – it was peace” an author named Milan Kundera wrote. My dog has taught me to chill and, by doing so, keep the anxiety at bay.


my career

When I was seven years old, my dad told me about the sport of BMX. He told me he had participated in it when he was my age with his twin brother. My dad took me to look at bikes at Walmart. I chose a teal Mongoose (which I have today). He took me to the local track he grew up riding, and I fell in love with the sport and my BMX family. I’ve made many friends along the way, but my first friend was Ella. We have become like BMX sisters.

My parents and family have supported me on this journey. My Meme came to a lot of my races and got to see me win my first race! She really enjoyed watching us ride. She now watches from heaven, and I feel her presence with each drop of the gate. We pray before each race for the safety of all the riders, glorifying God through good sportsmanship, thanking Him for the gifts and opportunity to race. We end each prayer time with a “race for Meme” cheer.

After I started to gather a few wins, Dad knew it was time to start changing the bike setup for better parts, faster gearing and, in short, a lighter bike. We looked around at several local bike shops to discover they weren’t specialized in the BMX arena. Through a stroke of fortune, I won the “Holeshot Award” at my local BMX track and won a $25 gift card to a BMX shop Downtown Bicycle Works in Summerfield, NC! This was the break that set my career in motion. On a whim, we drove the 45 minutes to


the shop, and Dad’s jaw dropped at the inventory of BMX parts, encouragement and support. During the summer of 2020, that $25 got me some gloves and a vested interest in my career. He saw my Walmart Mongoose and determination to race hard. He gave me my first Chase BMX bike; though used, it propelled my BMX career with everything needed to succeed. Downtown Bicycle Works not only sponsored me, but picked up my whole family in the sport, as well – so very thankful and grateful for them on this journey.

got to participate in my first BMX Clinic with pro rider Carly Kane. We exchanged addresses, and we’ve written several times back and forth as BMX penpals. She’s been another source of encouragement along the way and an excellent mentor in everything BMX- and life-in-general-related. Dad built a small training track around the house to hone in on the skills learned from the clinic. We participated in our first National in which we all made Podium. I went on to win State #1 in the 10G class. Our family sponsor awarded me with some BMX goodies. Little did I know the weight of my efforts in training. In the winter of the following year at the annual banquet, I was awarded “Most Improved Rider” in the girls’ division at my home track of Burlington BMX. In 2023, we tested our skills a little more and not only raced the NC State Series for the third year in a row but also expanded our travel outside the state to race at a supercross track in Rock Hill, SC as well as a stone dust track in Richmond, VA. As I grew, I was going to need a new bike. After the long-awaited release of the new Chase RSP 5.0, my dream bike, Downtown Bicycle Works went to the extreme

In 2021, we ventured out into the NC State Series to gain experience on other local tracks. That year, just before the State finals, I lost my Meme. It was a tough race to push through. I finished sixth in the nine-year-old Novice/Intermediate class. Technically, I was the first Novice Girl to earn a plate out of 17 riders.

In 2022, on the brink of my 10th Novice win and the first State Qualifier at Hornet Nest track in Charlotte, my dad challenged me with yet another pivotal point in my BMX career. Race the boys/girls combined Novice for a shot at win number 10 or race ONLY the girls and move up to Expert without an option of ever going back! It was a tough choice to make, but the challenge was accepted. I didn’t qualify for the main race. My parents and BMX family were there to encourage me in my disappointment. With a few bike adjustments and permanently in the Girls’ Expert class, I was ready to put in the training needed to excel. I

(within our budget) to order me my first pro-size bike. Adam French, the owner of Downtown Bicycle Works, even stayed late, very late the evening my bike arrived. He awarded me the opportunity to come alongside him, and I got to help build my new bike – an experience I’ll cherish forever! That was in June and, since then, I collected 17 wins on my new bike, it’s true…WinWithChase isn’t just for the pros to use. I wrapped up the 2023 season with a Backto-Back State #1 Championship victory.

In 2024, with my first win of the season in the books, it was time for the previous season’s Award Banquet for Burlington BMX. After receiving “Most Improved Rider” the previous season and knowing my brother and dad were getting a move up award to Expert class, I didn’t think I would get anything and was looking forward to reuniting with my BMX family. Out of NOWHERE, the track operator called my name for the “Track Champion” Girls’ division! I was utterly in shock as were my parents. My reflection was that hard work is paying off. I returned the challenge to my dad and asked for a shot at the Team USA World Qualifier for my birthday…being held on my birthday! After only racing one National race two years ago, I wanted to test my skills on yet

another level and compete against girls all over the east coast for a chance to race the best of the best from all over the world. My parents ONLY expectation was to do my best, this opportunity only comes around once in a lifetime. It was a great experience to get to race on an indoor quick build track; the atmosphere was electric; the emotions were running wild; the competition was fierce; I was just a local race girl on the big stage of 16 riders all competing for the same goal. The gates dropped for three motos, and I raced that 800 feet with everything I had in me and finished first, second and second! When all the points were tallied, I had done it! I made Team USA! They handed me my medallion with congratulations. It wasn’t until we got back to the tent with our BMX family that more news came in from those who race the National Circuit more frequently. Not only had I qualified for Team USA…I was the number one 12 Challenge Girls Qualifier for the NE Regional race! I cried and thanked my parents for believing in me and allowing me to chase my dreams (pun intended). I’m looking forward to seeing what God has in store for the rest of 2024 in my BMX career.

The UCI World Championship will be held the week of May 10th-18th in Rock Hill, SC. Find more information at 2024bmxworlds.com.

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Child Safety Series Bike Safety Month

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.

If you’ve been counting down for warmer days and later sunsets, you’re not alone! May is National Bicycle Safety Month and the perfect time to gather your family on a bike ride and enjoy the sunshine together. From the tiniest of tots to teenagers, we want to ensure your family members are staying safe and healthy when riding their bikes, so we’ve put together some research-based tips from the National Safety Council to help you lead your family in the right direction all season long.


One of the most critical safety measures for cyclists of any age is wearing a helmet. Making sure your children have properly fitting helmets can literally make a life or death difference in the case of an accident. Help your kids feel excited and empowered by letting them choose their own helmet with colors, characters or designs they like. Ensure helmets fit snug and sit level when worn on their head, covering their forehead without tilting back and forth. Always lead by example as the adult and wear a helmet so your family learns that this is part of riding.


This is one of the safety steps that can be most skipped by adults due to the desire to pass down a gently used bike, but having the right size bicycle is as important as their helmet. Riding a bike that is too large or too small can compromise your little rider’s control and increase the risk of accidents. Make sure your child can straddle the bike with both of their feet flat on the ground and have a slight bend in their knees when sitting on the seat. You also want to check that the handlebars and seat are adjusted to a comfortable height to give them the right control when riding and promote proper posture.


No matter what age your children are, you can begin teaching them traffic signals and bicycle safety. Remember the age old game, “red light, green light?” Start with stopping at red lights and stop signs and then begin teaching yielding to pedestrians, and using hand signals to indicate turns or stops for drivers nearby. Encourage children to avoid all distractions and always stay alert and aware of their surroundings when riding.


Riding bikes as a family and with friends and neighbors not only creates fun memories but helps reinforce bike safety and awareness together, as well. As your kids are learning the rules of the road and starting to ride a little more on their own, riding together can help spot anywhere they are falling short on the safety rules. Conducting a short safety check from time to time on all family bikes (checking the tires for proper inflation, making sure the brakes are working and ensuring the chains are lubricated) can help reduce injury. On family rides, designate a leader to set the pace and help navigate any safety concerns on the trail!


This annual event, celebrated by hundreds of communities across the United States, is a great opportunity for those families living within close distance to their students’ schools! This event encourages kids of all ages to embrace an environmentally friendly mode of transportation while being active and reminding them of bike safety. Reach out to neighboring families to see who is planning to bike to school that day, so your kids can stick together and enjoy their ride.

For more information and resources on bike safety, head to nsc.org.

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Dining Guide supporting local restaurants in winston-salem: More Than Just a Meal

Winston-Salem isn’t just famous for its rich history and Southern charm; it’s also a foodie’s paradise! From classic Southern comfort food to innovative fusion dishes, the local restaurants here offer a culinary journey like no other. But why should you dine local? Let’s dive into the vibrant world of Winston-Salem’s dining scene and explore the importance of supporting these culinary gems.


Did you know that Winston-Salem is often referred to as the “City of Arts and Innovation”? This creative spirit is vividly reflected in its diverse food scene. Whether it’s the mouth-watering BBQ joints that pay homage to North Carolina’s rich barbecue heritage or the trendy cafes serving up artisanal coffee and baked goods, there’s something for every palate.


When you choose to dine at local restaurants, you’re not just satisfying your taste buds; you’re also supporting the local economy. Local restaurants are often small businesses that contribute significantly to the community’s economic vitality. They create jobs, purchase supplies from local vendors, and generate tax revenue that funds essential public services. By dining local, you’re playing a crucial role in sustaining Winston-Salem’s vibrant economy and helping it thrive.

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Winston-Salem’s culinary landscape is a melting pot of flavors and traditions passed down through generations. Local restaurants often pride themselves on using time-honored recipes and sourcing ingredients from nearby farms and producers. By supporting these establishments, you’re helping preserve these cherished culinary traditions for future generations to enjoy.


One of the best things about dining at local restaurants is the personalized experience you receive. Unlike chain restaurants, local eateries often offer unique menus crafted by passionate chefs who take pride in their craft. They’re more likely to accommodate special requests, offer personalized recommendations, and create memorable dining experiences that keep you coming back for more.


Last but certainly not least, dining at local restaurants fosters a sense of community. It’s a chance to connect with neighbors, meet new people, and share stories over a delicious meal. Many local restaurants also host events, live music nights, and community gatherings, making them the perfect place to socialize and build meaningful connections.

Supporting local restaurants in Winston-Salem is about more than just enjoying a great meal; it’s about investing in your community, preserving culinary traditions, and fostering a sense of belonging. So the next time you’re craving a culinary adventure, why not explore what Winston-Salem’s local restaurants have to offer? You’ll be supporting a worthy cause while indulging in some of the best food the Piedmont Triad has to offer!


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Kill Them With

Kindness is not something you would usually associate with conflict, but it can be a very valuable tool when working to de-escalate conflict and ultimately resolve it. There is strength in using kindness as a strategy to recognize the harm that has been caused by the conflict and attempt to set things right. It allows everyone affected to know they are seen and understood and know that an attempt is being made to stop bad feelings from continuing.

This approach to conflict is strong and grounded because it conveys humanity and recognizes the same in another person. It acknowledges that we all have bad days, we all get angry and we all lash out in frustration, sadness or irritation. You can still be assertive and kind. You can still disagree, even argue and be kind. Here are five things to keep in mind:


Before you can respond in kindness to someone you may be clashing with, you need to observe what triggers your own emotional responses. When you understand your place in the conflict, you can step back from your feelings and decide how you wish to respond; keeping in mind that the other person might simply be having a bad day or your perception of what’s going on may be off. When in doubt, assume goodwill.


Take the high road, and show the person you’re in conflict with that you genuinely want to resolve the problem. Stay humble in this approach; do not try to manipulate or guilt the other person into a reconciliation. Simply lay your cards on the table, and show that you are ready to work things out in a reasonable and trustworthy way. If you believe you have done something

wrong, be quick to offer a sincere apology and acknowledge the other person’s suffering. This will show that you value the other person’s feelings.


Work to gain an understanding of the thoughts and emotions that brought you and the other person to this moment. Are there situational aspects at play in the other person’s life that may have caused an unexpected reaction? Is there more you could have done to be sensitive and empathetic? If you reach out from a place of generosity and willingness to understand how you may have blundered in your interaction, it can soften the communication between you and set the stage for a resolution.


Communicating constructively, acknowledging the emotions of the other person and expressing a will to cooperate are all active ways of being kind to the person with whom you are in conflict. There are hundreds of ways that you can demonstrate you are not a threat. A smile is a great starting point, as is open body language, a gentle tone of voice and a willingness to listen.


If you think showing kindness may not change the situation, sometimes the kindest thing to do may be to allow the person you are in conflict with to continue behaving as they are. This is particularly true if their behavior is irritating to you but has no real damaging effect on you or your wellbeing. For example, it may sometimes be better to walk away from the conflict than try to resolve it. Expressing anger or trying to talk it out may not be the most productive option. The bonus here is that you avoid a difficult conversation.

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School’s Out For Summer –Almost!

I love this time of year. The weather is warming up but hasn’t gotten to the “ugh, it’s so hot” stage. Meetings of organizations and clubs are winding down and, soon, children will be out of school for the summer. For some parents, summer vacation is something they look forward to around February. Mornings mean starting the day when the children wake up without the sound of an alarm clock. It’s a time to slow down and recharge, take a trip or two to visit friends or relatives, go to the beach or mountains, or just be spontaneous.

I was fortunate to have those days at home with our girls. We belonged to a club that was very close to our home. Each girl took swimming lessons at an early age and joined the swim team as soon as she could. After practice, the days were free to do whatever suited their fancy. The only definite plan made was our annual trip to Florida to visit grandparents. This was a wonderful vacation. My sister and nieces usually came with us, and my parents were in heaven having their daughters and granddaughters all together under their roof. As the girls aged, some changes came to summer plans, but wonderful memories were always made.

My daughters have been fortunate enough to be home with their children when school is out of session. It made me wonder what they would do with their kids, especially over long breaks like Christmas, spring break and summer if they worked full time. I assume if they had always held a full time job that arrangements would have been made well in advance. For those new to the workforce, where do they turn?

If you are the one they turn to, there are some options that may make it easier for you and fun for the children. If you need time in the day for your own activities, check into day camps that may have openings that work with your schedule. Some may offer morning and/or afternoon sessions. Often, these camps have several weekly themes for different age groups. The children have fun, make new friends and have new experiences to share, while you have a few hours to run errands, go for brunch with friends or just relax. Is there a pool nearby? Maybe it’s time for some swim lessons. Do they want to learn to play tennis or another sport? Check your church to see if they are having a vacation Bible school that aligns with the time your grandchildren will be with you.

Whether you are keeping your grandchildren at your home or theirs, have some ideas of things to do or places to go to make it an enjoyable time. What are they into? If it’s art, have paper, markers, crayons and/or paint. Make salt dough with which they can sculpt. Have a selection of ageappropriate board or card games. Work a puzzle together. Have a fun cooking class making their favorite cookies. On nice days, croquet or badminton is a great way to get some fresh air. Whatever you do or wherever you go, just keep in mind that this is their summer vacation. You don’t have to be on the go all the time, but when they go back to school, it would be nice for them to be able to have a lot to write about for the “what I did on summer break” essay.

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6-9pm, Robert Hall Secret Supper Society. You are cordially invited to join us for an unforgettable evening of bourbon appreciation hosted by the Robert Hall Secret Supper Society! Indulge your senses as you explore a curated selection of premium bourbons, thoughtfully crafted by Winston-Salem’s very own Broad Branch Distillery. As a complement to the night’s bourbon escapades, Rooster’s will be serving up an array of tantalizing hors d’oeuvres, perfectly paired to enhance your enjoyment and elevate your palate. Tickets for this event are priced at $65/person and are currently on sale for all Secret Supper Society members. Not a member, but interested in learning more? Visit our website at RobertHallSecretSupperSociety.com.

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9am-9pm (2nd-3rd); 8am-2pm (4th), 500 Deacon Boulevard. On Saturday, all items are ½ price. Parking and admission are FREE! The sale will be held in the Education Building at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. There will be thousands of used books and other items on hand at exceptional prices. All proceeds benefit the agency’s programs and services for older adults in our community. For more information, call 336.748.0217 or visit shepherdscenter.org.

MAY 3-4


8am-2pm, The Arboretum at Tanglewood Park. Enjoy the beauty of the gardens while making your way to one of Forsyth County’s premier plant sales. Selections include herbaceous perennials, flowering shrubs and trees, native plants, milkweed, annuals, herbs and more. Shop early for best selection. Sales are cash or check only. For additional information, call 336.703.2850.



The Atrium at Wake Forest Biotech Place. The fundraiser is a blend of fun and fellowship with 100% of the evening’s proceeds supporting

Hospice patients in need. Enjoy a live stream of the race, live music, Derbythemed heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and no shortage of signature mint juleps. Cost: $75-$150/person. For tickets, call 336.331.1323 or visit trellisderbyparty. org.



10am-4pm, 6410 Shallowford Road. Join us as we celebrate moms with sips, snacks and specials. There will be a special grand reopening of The Dogwood Boutique at The Dogwood in Lewisville. You don’t want to miss all the fun. See you there!



9-10am. Join us on Saturdays for our Free Run Club at 9am! All levels, paces, kids and fur babies are welcome. We have a two-mile walking route and a four-mile running route, and we will meet on our patio before and land at Cobblestone Farmer’s Market afterwards!


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11am-12pm. Join us at Synergy WinstonSalem for the return of our FREE Community Yoga! All levels welcome and classes are beginner friendly!

MAY 6-11


11:30am, Due to popular demand, we are now open six days a week for lunch! We offer 20% off to first responders, military and veterans!



Participating restaurants. Try a new restaurant or visit an old favorite to support Hope du Jour. Participating establishments donate 10% of that day’s proceeds to Crisis Control Ministry. For the growing list of participating establishments, visit hopedujour.org.



5-7pm, 204 South Stratford Road in W-S. Come join the Junior League of W-S at Vestique Winston-Salem for a pop-up information session. Mention the Junior League at check out and receive 15% off your purchase.



5pm-until. Midtown Cafe & Dessertery, 151 South Stratford Road in W-S. Grab your girlfriends and enjoy a much-needed Girls’ Night Out! Enjoy drink specials like ½ price wine by the glass, dinner specials like $12 burgers, $5 select desserts and ½ price appetizers. As always, we’ll have out fabulous prize board with tons of awesome prizes!


PUBLIC SPEAKING WITH LISA ALLEN 11:30am-1pm, Historic Broyhill, LewisvilleClemmons Chamber of Commerce. Join us for Lunch and Learn: Public Speaking with Lisa Allen. With more than 25 years of leadership and coaching experience, she equips others to identify their Godgiven wiring and empowers them to live confidently in their sphere of influences, whether in their role at home or on the job.



5:30-9:30pm, 4151 Thomasville Road, Ronald McDonald House Charities Piedmont Triad. The sip-sational event will be at Legacy Stables and Events. An irresistible blend of fashion and compassion, Wine Women & Shoes is all about putting the “fun” in fundraising. This is your opportunity to get glamorous with your girlfriends while tasting wine, shopping a boutique marketplace, mingling with a fun “Shoe Crew” and taking in a fashion show by Dillard’s, all for a good cause. Tickets are on sale now! General admission tickets are $125, and limited VIP tickets are $175 with all proceeds benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities Piedmont Triad, helping


provide a home away from home for families with children receiving medical care. Be there and be fabulous!

MAY 11


Bailey Park in W-S. Barenaked Ladies featuring Crenshaw Pentecostal. Tickets on sale at ticketmaster.com. For complete information, visit giving.wakehealth.edu/ summerlark.

MAY 11



9am-12pm, UR Coliseum, 4421 Poindexter Road in Walkertown. Ladies, come and gain imperative financial knowledge and skills focused on debt elimination, budgeting and investing! Something for everyone no matter where you are on your financial journey! Tickets: $35/members; $50/nonmembers.

MAY 15


6-7pm, The Junior League of Winston-Salem, Inc. (JLWS) is an organization of women whose mission is to advance women’s leadership for meaningful community impact through volunteer action, collaboration and training. Come join our current members at the league’s downtown location for an information session.

MAY 17


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

MAY 18


9-11am, Tanglewood Park. Join us at Softgolf at Tanglewood Park – make new friends and support our philanthropic focus of providing scholarships for single mothers!




6-10pm, Join the Robert Hall Secret Supper Society for a night of Shag Dancin’ & Shrimp Boilin’. Society members will get to enjoy a low country boil by Chef Charley

Smith. Then, The Holiday Band will be performing Carolina Beach music for guests to enjoy and shag dance to. Tickets for this event will be available for purchase for all Secret Supper Society members. Not a member, but interested in learning more? Visit our website at RobertHallSecretSupperSociety.com.



8-10am, Fleet Feet Clemmons, 6339 Jessie Lane in Clemmons. A new race is coming to Clemmons! Timed 5K and onemile fun run. runsignup.com/Race/Info/ NC/Clemmons/thebigrunclemmons




8:30-10am, The Farm at Henley Hill, 6890 Henley Hill Drive in Pfafftown. What is goat yoga? Well, you will get an amazing hour of yoga led by our certified instructor, Fontaine Gervasi, while the goats enjoy grazing and hanging out with you. Yoga is for all levels and most ages. The goats are very gentle and completely adorable. All you need to bring is a water bottle, a yoga mat or towel and an open mind.




2-5pm, a/perture cinema. The country that gave the world football has since delivered a painful pattern of loss. Why can’t England’s men win at their own game? With the worst track record for penalties in the world, Gareth Southgate knows he needs to open his mind and face up to the years of hurt to take team and country back to the promised land.

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The View from My Section – A Father’s Perspective Advice for the Class of 2024

To all those graduating students who began their latest educational journey in the fall of 2020, Congratulations, Class of 2024! The official last graduating class of the “Covid Era.” Despite Covid being a continuous threat we must vaccinate and protect ourselves from in the future, it will be nice not to have to refer back to that very difficult period so often, as it relates to a graduate’s journey.

You’re embarking on one of the biggest milestones in your life, that point where you cross the threshold into true adulthood. You’re excited, relieved, stressed, nervous, confused and hopefully will be somewhat inspired about what comes next in your journey. You’ve finished your classes and last exams, taken your senior pictures in front of the notable landmarks on campus, planned your celebration activities and maybe even have a job offer already. You’re experiencing one of the all-time highs of life. You’ve achieved something that takes discipline, determination, perseverance, maturity and so much more. Know that your accomplishment is being celebrated by an entire team including your family, friends, faculty, staff and many others right behind you, as you alone, walk across the stage at commencement and receive your well-earned recognition. Enjoy this moment, as this is your time in the spotlight. Life doesn’t offer those moments very often.

The monumental psychological challenge you’re all facing is effectively outlined nicely in the following quote from a story about product development by electronicdesign. com. “The normal human psychology for us is to exaggerate the wisdom of the choices that we make for ourselves and to question the wisdom of choices that are made for us by others…we will quickly question the wisdom of going down an avenue that someone else has selected for us when even the slightest obstacle emerges. This is due to a very basic principle of psychology. People prefer to feel good about themselves. Part of this preference includes viewing their own choices as superior to those of other people. This inherent bias that’s present in all cultures distorts our perception of reality.”

That’s the good news. Unfortunately, the bad news is we, the collective public, owe all you young people an apology. As you float on a cloud through the doorway to the next chapter, you won’t like what you see on the other side, at least not initially. We’ve evolved into a bit of chaos. Our system of government is facing challenges of historic proportions. Our planet is hurting, which doesn’t bode well for it or us. Not unlike other tumultuous times in history, unwarranted attacks that lead to all-out wars are happening on multiple fronts across the globe. And here, in our country, our state, our town and maybe even our family, divisions are occurring that challenge the strength and structure of our most sacred and cherished tradition – family. This is what we created while you were busy studying science, math, business, art and the humanities. Perhaps, you’ve read, heard and even written about some of it for your course assignments and projects. It’s different though when you are studying it, and then you begin actually living it. This is our bad; we messed it up, and no matter which side of the divide you’re on, it still feels like we’re continuing to do so. Well, now that I sufficiently bummed you out, let me give you, as the great Paul Harvey used to say, “… the rest of the story.”

Now that you understand some of the issues, in the words spoken to Mr. Phelps in Mission Impossible – Class of 2024, “Your mission, should you choose to accept it...” is to do your part in sifting through our wreckage and finding new approaches, paving new paths, developing new ideas and making a genuine commitment to repair the information and communication quagmire that we didn’t see coming. We haven’t lived like most of you with advanced technology all our lives, which makes you especially valuable to bridging this continental divide and establishing a sense of civility in our union once more. Where we can respectfully agree, disagree and, if necessary, agree to disagree. But, most of all, to create a society where we coexist peacefully, despite differences in politics, religion, race, gender, sexual orientation and everything else.

I don’t pretend it’ll be easy. Winston Churchill said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” The world is looking for us to return to our proper democratic ways, respect our collective beliefs and values, and restore their faith in us as the beacon of hope for mankind (and that’s not hyperbole).

“Great moments are born from great opportunity. You were meant to be here tonight; this is your time. Now go out there and take it!” (Miracle, 2004)

Congratulations Class of 2024; may your glass always be half-full.

Video selection: Miracle Speech - You were born for this - Herb Brooks, Movie: Miracle.

URL: youtube.com/watch?v=tdmyoMe4iHM

Music selection (language): Lily Meola - Daydream

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