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Complimentary December 2013

BOUTIQUE & GIFTS

Family, Fashion & Fun! FAITH & FAMILY

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

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AGES & STAGES

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DINING GUIDE


For Generations... A Holiday Shopping Tradition Apparel / Shoes

Bonefish Grille

Ann Taylor Loft

Kilwins Ice Cream/Fudge

Chico’s

The Juice Shop

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers

McDonald’s

Hanesbrands Outlet

Dewey’s Bakery

White House | Black Market

Ichiban Japanese

Be Shoes

Moe’s Southwest Grille

Omega Sports

Kyoto’s Fantasy Express

Carter’s Baby & Kids Coldwater Creek

Specialty

Great Outdoor Provision Co.

Plow & Hearth

Stein Mart

Pet Supermarket

Christopher’s Formal Wear

Christie’s Hallmark

Talbots

Wells Fargo

Francesca’s Collections

The Jewel Box

Rolly’s Children’s Fine Furnishings

Hair Body & Soul

Bevello

Hand & Stone Massage/Spa

New Balance Winston-Salem

Fast Med Urgent Care

Room Shoes Metro Thruway Rack Center Soma Intimates Eateries / Food Trader Joe’s Chick-fil-A Fox & Hound English Pub/Grille The Carving Board The Loop Pizza & Grill Harris Teeter Bonefish Grille Kilwins Ice Cream/Fudge

Eli’s Pack & Ship C. Distinctive Eyewear Hannoush Jewelers Digit’s Nails GNC Note Worthy Fine Paper & Gifts Van Davis Aveda Salon & Spa Fed Ex Kinkos Palm Beach Tan Mattress Firm CPR Cell Phone Repair Southern Home & Kitchen

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Publisher Robin Bralley | Robin@ForsythMags.com Account Executives Tamara Bodford | Jessica Barney | Kelley Carnall Adele Casanova | Brooke Eagle | Jennie Hess Heather Spivey | Erin Webster Advertising advertising@forsythmags.com Graphic Artist Moonlight Designs | www.MoonlightDesignsNC.com Cover Photography The Portrait Gallery Contributing Photographers The Portrait Gallery | Bob Hebert Christine Rucker | Gwen Smith One Shot Photography | Tom McCulloh Photography Content Editor Tim Sellner Senior Staff Writer Carolyn S. Peterson Staff Writer and Communications Specialist Meghan E. W. Corbett Project Manager Denise Heidel | Denise@ForsythMags.com

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Social Networking Kelly Melang Contributing Writers Morry Brown | Nikki Byers | Emily Eileen Carter Meghan E. W. Corbett | Lisa S.T. Doss | Sarah Fedele Justin Cord Hayes | Denise Heidel | Christie Jordan Paul Francis Lanier | Kristi Johnson Marion Cecilia Marshall, PhD | Debbie McCaffrey Isabella Migliarese | Katie Moosbrugger Victoria Nnadi | Tim Roberts | Tami Rumfelt Heather Spivey | Sara Stanley | Keith Tilley Kim Underwood | Susan Woodall | Phanmaly Nguyen Web Design/Maintenance Launch Media & Marketing IT Support Chuck Goad, Brookstone Technology Services, LLC Contact www.forsythfamilymagazine.com / 888-892-3204 Forsyth Family Disclaimer Please note that the inclusion of stories and articles in Forsyth Family magazine does not imply endorsement of products or people. The views of the authors are presented for information and entertainment only, and may not necessarily reflect the views of Forsyth Family. Specifically, Forsyth Family in no way endorses any claim associated with health and/or well being with respect to any particular person. We disclaim all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. We will not be held responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any loss or damage that is caused or alleged to have been caused in connection with the use of, or reliance on, any content in this magazine.

Forsyth Family reserves the right to deny any advertisement or listing that does not meet Forsyth Family standards. Submissions are welcome but unsolicited materials are not guaranteed to be returned. Forsyth Family assumes no responsibility for information, products, services or statements made by advertisers or editorial contributors. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher is prohibited. ©2007 Forsyth Family Magazine

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Hip Chics Boutique & Gifts Special Interview: Family, Fashion, and Fun

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Screamin’ Deacons Are Ready to Welcome the ACC’s Newest Members

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The Holidays at Old Salem – Family Fun to Get All in the Holiday Spirit!

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Tips for Talking With Your Child about Weight and Body Image from the Experts at Brenner FIT

Holiday Traditions – Family Memories

Motivated to Move Locked Up! Holiday Gift Guide SciWorks’ Festive Family Friday: A Holiday Tradition for Many Forsyth Families

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Rolly’s Baby Boutique What I’d Like My Son to Know About Friends

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Forsyth Woman: 100 Issues Strong

Leveling the Playing Field

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The Family Dilemma: What School is the Best Choice?

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Segways in the Triad

V’s Barbershop Merry ADHD Christmas! Snowbird Farms Honda of Winston-Salem Do You Hear What I Hear?

Got Holiday Stress? Holidays With the Family: Fun Events for Everyone to Enjoy

Shopping Local for the Holidays

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departments

from the heart 22 36 38

The View from My Section… Christmas Abundantly House2Home 40 - Chamberlain Place Apartments 42 - DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen: Raising the Bar in Remodeling

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Faith & Family 60 - Calendar of Events 61 - Tami’s Devotion 62 - Be(come in)volved 63 - Musing About…The Perfect Christmas

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Creating Meaningful Christmas Memories

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Arnold Palmer Delivers Five Millionth Meals-on-Wheels Meal

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Kids’s Morning Out (Parents are welcome too!)

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Triad Mom’s on Main: Tales From a Boob

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Ages & Stages 80 - Motivating Middle School Readers Small Stories for a Big World

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December 2013

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The Artists’ Corner Family Friendly Dining Guide: Phoenix Grille

Thursday night, and I just finished watching what has become one of my most favorite television shows – Parenthood. Have you seen it? Craig T. Nelson plays the dad, Zeek Braverman, and Bonnie Bedelia plays his wife, Camille. He and his wife have four grown children. Following the story lines with each of the children’s families and the own issues that Zeek and Camille face can give new insight or put your own problems into perspective. They deal with real life issues hat families face every day. I can’t help it, but I love these drama shows! Certainly a nice break from all the reality and talent shows that have taken over.

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Very soon Christmas specials and everyone’s favorite holiday classics will take over the usual line-up and permeate the networks. It’s a Wonderful Life, Charlie Brown Christmas, A Christmas Story and How The Grinch Stole Christmas will certainly be watched at the Bralley house. Parties, pageants, parades and family gatherings will fill the days leading up to the big day. Amid the hustle and bustle, for some, including my family, it will be a very different scene this year. For those suffering a loss of their loved one(s); it will be a difficult time and only serve to amplify the loss suffered. Our family gathering will not be the same, and we will surely miss Ryan. My prayers go out to others who have lost a loved one this past year. May the memories of past holidays surround and comfort you. Hip Chics Boutique & Gifts are featured on what I have to say is one of our most beautiful covers ever this month! An absolute must shopping destination for anyone this holiday! They are truly a “family” business and have a wonderful story to share. Be sure to check out the “Shop Local” article on pages 44-45, and keep our local retailers in mind as you’re making your list and checking it twice! Many of our local vendors offer competitive pricing to the big box competitors but with stellar customer service and usually a unique product selection. If we want them to stay around then we have to support them, so I urge you to consider our local folks first and foremost! Wishing everyone a most blessed holiday season!

iTalk Out and About in Winston-Salem: Senior Services…And an Evening for Alzheimer’s Care

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Kids in the Kitchen: Christmas Cooking with Kids

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Calendar of Family Events

Blessings!

Robin Bralley PS—Mark your calendars for the December Kids’ Morning Out at the newly renovated Lowe’s Foods in Clemmons on December 4th from 10am to noon. See page 71 for full details.

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Holiday Traditions – Family Memories By Susan Woodall

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am extremely blessed—always have been. I grew up in a wonderful household with parents who loved me, supported me, gave me a strong moral, ethical and religious foundation, roots and wings as well as traditions. It is this time of year when traditions play a major role in my holiday celebration. As a child growing up in a big city, I experienced certain things I wish I could have shared with my children; but living just outside Washington, DC, meant doing and seeing things not available in a smaller town. I always thought my Christmases would be the same—spending them at Mom and Dad’s with my husband and children. Of course, life changes things. I realized soon after I married that, as I was now part of a new family, we would start some of our own traditions. When we were children, my parents always felt that we should spend Christmas in our home. The door was open to relatives and friends if they chose to join us, but my sister and I never worried whether Santa would know where to find us. That was one tradition we kept with our girls, as well. While I wondered what other traditions we would keep and which new ones we would establish, it wasn’t long before many fell into place. Living in WinstonSalem, a town so steeped in history and the arts, there are myriad ways to start, or add to, holiday traditions. We begin our holiday season by heading to the mountains the weekend after Thanksgiving to find and cut down the perfect Christmas tree. As little girls, our daughters each had their own small tree to

Photo by Tom McCulloh Photography

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decorate and keep in their rooms. It was fun to see them get creative with construction paper ornaments and strings of popcorn. Cutting down a tree, instead of choosing one from a lot, was one of my new traditions, and it still continues to this day. It has, however, always been, and will be, a Frasier fir. Once the tree is home and set up, it is then time to bring out the boxes and boxes and boxes of ornaments and decorations. The first thing out is the manger scene I made as a child in Sunday school—a bit worn, with chipped and faded paint, it is still my favorite Christmas item. The advent calendar goes up next, and on and on until the house is holiday-ready. Baking, shopping and wrapping are things we all experience, but what are some of the community activities in which we can participate? Nothing puts you more in the holiday spirit then attending a performance of The Nutcracker by the very talented students at the North Carolina University School of the Arts. The superb dancing, scenery, costumes and music stay with you throughout the season. Another wonderful family endeavor is going to the Candle Tea in Old Salem. Taking place in the Single Brothers House, it is a step back in time. Guests are ushered in and enjoy singing Christmas carols accompanied by an antique organ. From there, guests move to a beeswax candlemaking demonstration and are then treated to a piece of sugar cake and Moravian coffee. Next there is the beautiful “putz,” detailing the village of early Salem, the beautiful nativity “putz” and the story of Christ's birth. Besides these, there are a number of other things you can do each year. The lights at Tanglewood, the Christmas parade, the lighting of the city’s tree and Christmas concerts are just a few ways to make family memories. Our family’s traditions also include the Christmas Eve love feast service at the Moravian church and coming home to the aroma of roast beef cooking. Having my family gather around the dining room table, sharing laughter, stories and good times, will always bring me joy. I realize, just as my parents did, that these traditions can’t last forever. I am excited about our daughters, now grown, married and starting families of their own, having their own Christmas traditions and the memories they will bring. May they bring them as much joy as ours have always brought me. Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Screamin’ Demons Are Ready to Welcome the ACC’s Newest Members By A. Keith Tilley are two words that describe what basketball fans in this area can look forward to this season and the seasons that follow, and they are “New Look.” This season promises to excite the fans with the improvements and changes taking place in Deacon Country, and the Atlantic Coast Conference, alike.

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For starters, Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum’s inside has gotten a bit of a facelift. The concession areas have all been renovated to improve the overall fan experience at Wake Forest games. And that’s just the beginning. After Wake Forest University officially purchased “The Joel” on August 1st of this year, officials began discussing the types of changes and improvements that can be made to make the coliseum more indicative of what it truly is. That is, the home of Demon Deacon Basketball, including all the history and heritage that goes along with it. To make what is already one of the most difficult venues to play in for opponents even more intimidating, Wake Forest officials will be taking ideas from multiple sources, including the student body, to build the type of atmosphere that celebrates Wake Forest Basketball. In addition, the Atlantic Coast Conference also has a “new look,” as it welcomes some impressive new members this year. At the league’s annual preseason media gathering, ACC Commissioner John Swofford commented, “This may be the strongest collection of basketball programs ever assembled in one conference.” As the ACC welcomes Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame (in all sports except football) into the conference, fans of the Triad’s ACC team have even more to look forward to. Newcomers Syracuse and Notre Dame, combined with traditional ACC foes UNC, NC State, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Clemson, Boston College and Duke, will all be venturing into “The Joel” this season as part of the home schedule for the Deacons. If you’re looking for exciting basketball in a thrilling environment, Lawrence Joel is your ticket. Triad families already know the thrill of hearing the music ramp up as the crowd starts to roar, and the Deacon mascot makes

his way onto the court, riding his famous gold-andblack-clad motorcycle before player introductions. That experience in itself is worth the price of admission. But the excitement doesn’t end there, of course. For when it comes to basketball, fans in the ACC know it doesn’t get any better than this. This year’s home schedule is something to get excited about. In addition to the ACC schedule, beginning this month Deacon fans can also enjoy home games with Tulane, Richmond, Saint Bonaventure and UNC-Greensboro. And, of course, on January 25 and 29, history will be made once again as Notre Dame and Syracuse respectively will come in as newly official ACC opponents. These are two special games you won’t want to miss! Season tickets and Special Package Options, including “Pick 9” and the “Best Darn Package,” which includes North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Duke, are available for purchase. Select single-game tickets are also available now. Visit the Wake Forest athletics website at www.wakeforestsports.com to purchase tickets and get your chance to be a part of Tie Die Nation. Two additional items to note: the Deacons are showing their support for two very worthy causes this month. For the Wednesday, December 4th, home game versus Tulane, they will be promoting “Make a Difference” for Breast Cancer Awareness, by having the team wear specially designed pink uniforms and shoes as a sign of appreciation for those who have fought against breast cancer. A silent auction will be held, and funds raised will benefit the North Carolina Triad affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Also for the Saturday, December 7th, home game against Richmond, the Deacons are promoting Fox 8 Gifts for Kids. WGHP Fox 8 is partnering with Wake Forest athletics to promote their Gifts for Kids initiative. Fans who arrive with a new toy (with a retail value of $10 or greater) will receive a free ticket to the game. All donations from this event will be collected by The Salvation Army for children in the WinstonSalem area. Don’t forget, fans can purchase tickets for Wake Forest Basketball online at www.wakeforestsports.com or by calling (336) 758-6409. Tickets for select contests can also be purchased in person at Lawrence Joel Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum. Inset photos by Bob Hebert Background photo by A. Keith Tilley


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© Old Salem Photo by Christine Rucker

The Holidays at Old Salem

Family Fun to Get All in the Holiday Spirit! for holiday activities that your whole family can share? Come to Old Salem Museums & Gardens and find holiday fun perfect for all ages. While there, you can experience authentic history, indulge in fresh-baked treats, purchase unique holiday gifts and enjoy seasonal concerts. From November 1st through December 31st, Old Salem Museums & Gardens will be filled with holiday activities and everyday experiences that will bring holiday joy to all.

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Just a few of the highlights are included here. For a full list of events and activities, visit oldsalem.org. Old Salem’s newest holiday activity, started last year and called Saturdays with St. Nicholas, will take place November 30th, December 7th, 14th and 21st, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. A lot of enjoyable activities have been planned for each Saturday, including a souvenir photo with the Jolly Old Man (photo included in ticket price).

Old Salem’s annual Salem Christmas—the quintessential holiday celebration, full of the sights, sounds and smells of the holiday season—will take place on December 14th from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. At Salem Christmas you can stroll (or take a wagon ride) through the historic district, decorated for the holidays (each building has decorations appropriate to the time period when it was built). You can watch hearth-cooking demonstrations of delicious Moravian treats, sample Christmas cakes, enjoy a holiday-themed puppet show, Photo by Christine Rucker

In addition, participants can watch a puppet show called Herr Kater’s Christmas and listen to a storytelling of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Visitors will enjoy a holiday snack

from Winkler Bakery, and there will be an opportunity for kids to shop for family and friends in a special holiday children’s shopping area! Tickets to Saturdays with St. Nicholas cost $7 per person, ages two and up. Children under two are free. For more information, visit our website, oldsalem.org, call 336-721-7300, or e-mail info@oldsalem.org.

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listen to a Soulful Christmas Concert at St. Philips, take part in holiday-themed, hands-on activities and more! If that’s not enough to fill your soul with the holiday spirit, the day finishes with a wonderful tradition: carol singing and the lighting of the Christmas pyramid in Salem Square at 5:15 p.m. Activities are included with an All-In-One ticket, which is $23 for adults and $11 for children ages 6–16. Don’t forget that Old Salem is the perfect spot for holiday shopping, even for that hard-toshop-for person on your list. Shop in our stores or online at shop.oldsalem.org and find unique gifts. If you are looking for holiday cheer this season, make Old Salem your destination!


Holidays at old salem Experience authentic history, fresh-baked treats, unique holiday gifts, seasonal concerts and the holiday spirit.

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visit old salem or shop online for unique holiday gifts For a full list of events, classes & concerts, visit oldsalem.org or call 336-721-735o

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After more than 25 years By Meghan E.W. Corbett compares to the customer service and diligent, dependable work ethic one sees at a small, family-owned business. The attention to detail that small business owners possess is what separates the successes from the failures. After more than 25 years as a beautiful success story, Rolly’s Baby Boutique is a treasure to all who call Winston-Salem home.

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Today’s shoppers are faced with so many decisions, because there are so many choices out there. For some, cost is the top priority, but more often than not, price reflects quality. At Rolly’s, every item is handpicked by owner Melanie Barbee to be nothing but the best. “We are a luxury specialty local boutique that offers everything for small children and their parents,” said Barbee. “It is a happy store [where] anyone who shops here wants the best to spoil, nurture and love their new addition to the family. Rolly’s is successful

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because the products we carry are of premium quality. They are unique [compared] to things you might find at big box and chain stores, and we pay special attention to the customers—anything they want, we try to find. We wrap the packages beautifully, so that when the gift is presented, the recipient knows that there is something special inside and the person giving it cares enough about them to shop at Rolly’s.

new lines of sustainable and green toys for little ones, an organic line of clothing, cloth diapers that are totally revolutionary in the cloth diaper business, new designs of chairs, and we will be offering complete nurseries with bedding, mobiles, lamps, art, murals and rugs. We have beautiful things now, and we just want to add to the special uniqueness of the store and satisfy requests by our customers.”

Though Barbee is new to her role as owner f Rolly’s, she is not new to the store itself. “I have been admiring Rolly’s (and shopping there) for years,” said Barbee. “Rolly herself had an amazing vision and created an institution here in Winston-Salem. It is a great business that provides for those who want something unique.”

One of the great ways Rolly’s adds to the fabulous customer service of a local business is by offering private consultations, whether during store hours or after hours. “While we are open 10 a.m.–6 p.m. six days a week, we offer private consultations for anyone whose schedule does not work with our regular business hours,” said Barbee. “During [consultations], we help expectant parents choose from many different furniture lines, comparing pricing, quality, finishes and sizes for their rooms. We allow the new mother to open her baby registry and take the time to go throughout the store, picking out things she

One way in which Rolly’s remains a muststop shop for those with, or expecting, young children is by constantly adding new, indemand products. “We are bringing in lots of things,” said Barbee. “We are adding four


Rolly’s Baby Boutique is a treasure to all who call Winston-Salem home. just loves for the new baby. We are here to answer any questions about any product in the store. It is overwhelming for a new mom and dad. They may have never had a child before; they don't know what kind of crib they need, what a Blooming Bath is for and what size to ask for in clothes. We do know, and we are here to help!” No matter what you need for your newest bundle of joy, Rolly’s Baby Boutique can point you in the right direction. The best in furniture,

clothing, blankets, gifts and accessories is just a short drive to Thruway! Rolly’s is located at 272 S. Stratford Road in Thruway Center. For more information, call 336.722.6713, email mel@rollysbabyboutique.com or visit the website at www.shoprollys.com. Photos by One Shot Photography

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What I’d like My Son to Know about Friends By Justin Cord Hayes

son, Parker-John, is on the autism spectrum. As folks with autistic kids say, “You know one kid with autism…you know one kid with autism.” In other words, the disorder can manifest itself in innumerable ways. But it does tend to make forging connections with others difficult. Consequently, making friends can be particularly challenging for my son. ParkerJohn is sweet, responsive, kind, intelligent and affectionate. He loves other people. He just doesn’t always know how to interact with them or how to play games with complex rules.

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Sometimes I see Parker-John get with a group of boys and throw a football to the “wrong kid.” Parker-John doesn’t “get” that he has teammates. He just likes to throw the ball, and he’s got a good arm, if I do say so myself. When other kids yell at him and act disgusted because he’s “messing up” and throwing an interception, I want to jump in and save him. I want to cry. I want to tell those other kids not to be judgmental. But I stay out of it and act the part of “armchair quarterback” later. I won’t always be around to fight Parker-John’s battles. And he doesn’t need me to do it anyway. He’s 16 • forsythfamilymagazine.com

small and slight, but surprisingly strong. He knows he’s special, and I don’t mean in terms of autism. I mean he knows he’s a special, awesome guy. That’s why I interviewed him, to get his thoughts about friendship. Heck, I know this piece is supposed to be about MY advice to him, but nine-year-old Parker-John William Hayes has his own advice, and I think he’s spot-on. First, I asked Parker-John what he looks for in friends. “Friends are important because they’re nice,” he said. But what if someone isn’t nice? “Some people are mean because they don’t have friends, so you should try to be a friend and not argue,” he said. That’s my boy! He’s right. Most people who act unpleasant are sad, depressed, or lonely. Those folks need friends more than anyone. Arguing doesn’t solve problems. Listening does. Empathy does. Searching for common ground does. My fear is that, as Parker-John gets older, other kids will be less patient, more judgmental…in short, meaner, crueler, to my son. His conversation tends to be “borrowed” from various TV shows and movies he watches. He’s not very adept at having a genuine give-and-take discussion. But he’s

got the right idea about how to make friends. “When I get older, I’m going to have lots of friends,” Parker-John said. “To make friends, you should be good to other people. You can promise to play nice and not to argue about something meanly.” And he knows that part of being a friend is supporting your buddies when they’re feeling down. I loved his opinion on this issue, and I think it’s sage advice, as good as anything you’ll find in the self-help section of your local bookstore. “If your friends are feeling sad, you should get them to do silly stuff,” Parker-John said. “Silly stuff makes them laugh and not think about their troubles. Friends should cheer up each other.” Finally, I asked my son if he had anything else he wanted to say about friends and friendship. He sat for a moment, his eyes narrowed in thought. “Some friends have to do things right. They should always do their best, and I should try to help them be their best,” Parker-John said. He watched me type his answers, and he read his words out loud back to me. Then, he turned to look at me. “Did I do OK, Daddy?” he asked. “Oh, yes, son,” I replied. “You were more than OK. You were perfect.”


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Leveling the Playing Field By Justin Cord Hayes

Levitt has a simple goal: He wants Leveling the Playing Field, his nonprofit organization, to become a household name. Its mission is to get gently used sports equipment into the hands of underprivileged children. Though based in Maryland, the Leveling the Playing Field Executive Director partners with organizations throughout the country. Recently, his agency arranged a three-on-three basketball tournament between local youth and members of the Wake Forest University basketball team. “The smiles on the kids’ faces were priceless,” Levitt said.

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He used the event as a chance to gather used sports equipment for local agencies such as The Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, the Ken Carlson Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers/ Big Sisters, Youth Opportunities and recreational centers. “We collected over 1,000 pieces of sporting equipment from a variety of sources,” Levitt said. “Some of our biggest donors were Calvary Baptist, Summit School and Soccer Unlimited.” Levitt began his organization two years ago after working three seasons with the Syracuse University football team as an equipment manager, for three summers with the Washington Redskins, and with the recreation department of a Washington, D.C., suburb. “I noticed that at each destination we were throwing away a huge amount of sporting equipment,” Levitt said. “I couldn’t think of an organization that existed to funnel this equipment to communities and children that desperately need it.” Levitt is a realist. He understands that communities—including many in Forsyth County—comprise, in effect, two communities: the haves and the have-nots. For many children, sports equipment just piles up before it’s ultimately thrown away. Meanwhile, kids who would give their eye teeth for that equipment don’t have it. Sportsequipment donations won’t just give kids a chance to learn the fundamentals of football, basketball and soccer. They’ll learn teamwork, participation, and leadership. They’ll funnel their youthful vigor into healthy competition.

Obviously, not all those kids deprived of athletic equipment will turn to other, less savory, pastimes, but kids have a lot of energy. If it’s not funneled into positive pursuits, then many of these children living in lower socioeconomic neighborhoods will be confronted with plenty of negative opportunities. For that matter, Levitt hopes his organization will allow nonprofits to re-allocate their expenses. Nonprofits tend not to be flush with cash. And if the Ken Carlson Boys & Girls Club, for example, doesn’t need to apportion part of its budget for sports equipment, then it frees up the funds to be used for tutors, homework help, psychological services and other necessary programs. Levitt has done his research. He pointed to the fact that children who participate in athletics are 60 percent less likely to drop out of school than those who stay on the sidelines. He noted that underprivileged youth are three times less likely to participate in sports than their “have” peers. One reason for that is they simply don’t have access to rudimentary equipment: soccer balls, pads, bats, sticks, etc. The equipment netted by the recent sports equipment drive will do immeasurable good, Levitt believes. “We are excited about putting sporting equipment in the hands of children who are not fortunate enough to afford their own,” he said. “These kids love to participate in athletics, but up to this point, they have not had the proper equipment to facilitate this. This donation is going to go a long way for these kids.” To learn how you or your organization can help Leveling the Playing Field get used sports equipment to underprivileged youth in our community, call Max Levitt at (301) 801-0738 or e-mail him at mblevittlpf@gmail.com. To learn more about Levitt’s organization, visit www.levelingtheplayingfield.org.


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V’s Barbershop By Justin Cord Hayes

Barbershop is a locally-owned franchise, the motto of which is, “It’s a guy thing.” Step inside, and you’ll see why. You’re confronted with a guy version of paradise, a man cave with barber chairs. And not just any barber chairs. V’s Barbershop has original chairs from the 1950s!

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Over each barber station is a large-screen television, projecting the sport du jour. Banners from local colleges; photos of sports that range from baseball to NASCAR; golf equipment placed in strategic locations; and an array of manly magazines concerned with sports and gentlemanly fashion create a masculine environment. Even before he gets into a chair, any man will feel manlier just walking through the door. Every barber who cuts and shaves at V’s is a certified Master Barber. I was fortunate enough to get a head shave and facial shave on a recent weekend. In my case, Master Barber Shane Derrick did the honors. My head shave was first. I should note that I’ve been shaving my head at home for about six years, but I’ve never had it done professionally. The process was more complex than I ever would have imagined. I lost track of the number of different potions and lotions placed on my pate. Hot towels were used between…let’s call them “courses.” Eventually, out came the straight razor…or should I say straight razors, plural. Of course, not every man wants to have his head shaved. That’s OK. V’s also offers excellent hair styling by its Master Barbers as well. During the time I was there, other barbers cut hair of a local soldier, a ten-year-old boy in a baseball uniform and a distinguished older gentleman. V’s doesn’t just offer guys a chance to look their best, it offers a place in which it’s OK to be a guy and talk about guy things. While there, I overheard conversations dealing with college football, the wisdom of military actions and the manly inability to understand women. The bottom line is that V’s offers a great experience for those of any age who carry a y chromosome And if your hair is already spiffy, don’t worry. You can always get one of those old-fashioned shaves one remembers from times gone by. It’s a lost art, and one that should wage a comeback.

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I got to put my feet up and relax. Layers of skin bracers and moisturizers were applied prior to lathering up my face. Now, I don’t have a beard, but I’ve got that kind of facial hair—a la Fred Flintstone or Richard M. Nixon— that gives me a five o’clock shadow by 10 a.m. The hot towels opened my pores and felt great. Various straight razors made my 10 a.m. shadow a thing of the past. The stubble on my face was attacked like a platoon storming an enemyinfested beach. After about thirty minutes, my face was smooth as a baby’s…well, let’s just say it was really, really smooth. When the battle with my head and facial hair was won, I actually felt lighter and refreshed. I also felt very, very manly. Every man within driving distance of V’s should experience a real shave. And he should get it at V’s Barbershop from a Master Barber who wields a straight razor with ninja-like precision. In addition to great haircuts and shaves, V’s also offers men’s facials and even has an old fashioned shoe-shine attendant. V’s carries an extensive array of hair, shave and skin products—to use when you are not at V’s—from great brands such as Aveda, Redken, The Art of Shaving, Jack Black and American Crew. Be sure to stop into V’s Barbershop and get the treatments you deserve. If you want to give a great gift to someone, be sure to pick up a V’s Gift Card as well. V’s Barbershop is located at 380 Knollwood Street, Suite C, across from the entrance to the Thruway Center. Drop-ins are welcome, or make an appointment by calling 336-245-8461, or find them online at vbarbershop.com.


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If you have LBP, you are not alone. Nearly everyone at some point has back pain that interferes with their life. The initial episode usually occurs between 20 and 50 years of age. Back pain is the second most common neurological ailment in the United States, only headache is more common. Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on LBP. It is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work. Fortunately, most occurrences of LBP cease within a few days. Others take much longer to resolve or lead to more serious conditions. Back pain is characterized as acute or chronic. Acute LBP can be defined as six to 12 weeks of pain between the rib cage and buttock fold that may radiate down the leg (sciatica). Recent studies suggest that one third to one fourth of patients in a primary care setting may still have problems after 1 year.2, 3 The goals of treatment for acute LBP are to relieve pain, improve function, reduce time away from work, and develop coping strategies through education. Optimizing treatment may minimize the development of chronic pain, which accounts for most of the health care costs related to LBP.4 Mild acute low back pain may be managed at home. Things you can do include: use ice/heat, maintain daily activities and good posture. Smoking cessation, diet/exercise, and over the counter pain relievers may also help. Be sure to talk with your doctor/pharmacist before using them to check for any drug interactions with your current medications and determine if they are safe to use. Sometimes LBP is clearly serious and call your doctor if:

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Merry ADHD Christmas! By Cecilia Marshall, Ph.D.

is coming . . . . . . how many days left? Can I open my presents early? Why do we have to eat turkey? I want a new X Box, a red Ferrari and a pony! Where’s the wrapping paper? Has anyone seen the cat?

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If this sounds like your house, you may be having an ADHD Christmas! Having a child (or adult) with ADHD in the family presents special challenges at Holiday time. Common issues such as difficulty waiting, needs for novelty, difficulty remaining seated and emotional reactivity can be aggravated by the over-stimulated environment that accompanies the Holidays. Here are a few tips that may help: 1. Focus on strengths. While lots of energy and becoming easily excited can be problems in some situations, they can be helpful in others. Consider ways to channel and harness that ADHD energy with special activities and projects. If your child often becomes excited easily, consider occasionally following his/her lead and get excited yourself: forget the “to do” list and dance a jig, enjoy the lights, sing a song. 2. Provide help with waiting. The Holidays are a time of waiting . . . not usually an easy task for a child with ADHD! Try using an Advent Calendar (if this fits your family’s faith tradition) or a paper chain to mark off the days until your family’s Holiday celebration begins. It sometimes helps to spread out the celebration and not save all the fun for a single 24-hour period! 3. Maintain routines. While everyone enjoys sleeping a little later and being more relaxed during the Holidays, maintaining some structure and routine to the days and nights may help avoid conflicts and meltdowns. 4. Avoid the big three: hunger, fatigue, and overstimulation! These factors tend to aggravate the reactivity and impulsivity that can present problems for people with ADHD. The hunger and fatigue can be managed by following the above tip about maintaining routines. Avoiding overstimulation can be a bit more tricky! Planning regular “breaks” can help everybody— breaks from TV, breaks from electronic media, breaks from playing, breaks

from opening presents. Make the “breaks” a family affair and see what happens—you may be surprised how much you enjoy them! 5. Speaking of overstimulation . . . what about the gifts? Gift opening is part of the celebration of many faith traditions; but it has also been elevated to a national obsession by the marketing media! Consider developing a ritual for opening gifts one at a time, rather than having a giftopening frenzy. There are parents who open gifts at some distance from the tree to avoid the temptation to snatch or grab. Open a few gifts; do another fun activity; and then open a few more. You may find that you enjoy this as well! Finally, remember the priceless gifts of love and forgiveness—and give them generously! In the words of the familiar Holiday tune, “Have Yourself a Merry Little (ADHD) Christmas!”

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Snowbird Farms

By Justin Cord Hayes

days are shorter. The air carries a pleasant chill. Children are on their best behavior, out of respect for Santa’s notorious naughty/nice list. Pre-Black Friday sales began to run the day after Halloween.

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All that’s missing is a spectacular tree under which nice kids can find all the gifts on their list. Odds are, if your tree is top-of-the-line, then it came from Snowbird Farms. Snowbird Farms has distributed more than two million premium-quality Fraser Fir Christmas trees to retailers throughout the East and Gulf coasts since the company’s founding in 1967. Bridget Henderson is among the third generation of Hendersons who continue to run Snowbird Farms. She’s also the owner of Sweet Repeat Consignment Shop. And a nurse anesthetist. Needless to say, life is very, very hectic for the time being. “Our busiest time of year is right now,” Henderson said. “I’m doing wholesale and retail both. Our busiest time is several weeks before Thanksgiving.” On the wholesale end of things, Snowbird Farms ships its trees as far south as Florida and as far west as Texas and Illinois. Locally, Henderson and her elves—oops, employees—operate four Christmas tree lots. They’re in Advance, Winston-Salem along South Main, Lexington, and one is near Tanglewood. “We cater to high-end homes and nurseries,” Henderson said. “Our trees are the best you can buy.” Fraser Firs, which are the variety grown by Snowbird Farms, are referred to as the “Cadillac of Christmas Trees” by growers and retailers alike, because Frasers keep their needles longer than many trees, and because they have strong boughs that can be laden with innumerable strands of garland and lights. They don’t show up overnight. For five years, Snowbird’s Fraser Firs grow in lineout beds that resemble rows of corn. After that, they’re moved to a large field and grown for an additional seven to ten years before they’re harvested. They grow at an elevation of more than 4,000 feet, which is ideal for Fraser Firs. They’re engineered for freshness as well. “One reason families sometimes choose to purchase artificial trees is needle retention,” Henderson said. “No one wants to have a pile of dry needles to clean up once the holidays are over.” To that end, Snowbird Farms begins irrigating its trees in late September, just as fall officially takes the baton from summer. The water content in Snowbird’s trees is so great that the firs can weigh as much as thirty pounds more than their competitors’ trees. In addition, Snowbird Farms waits as long as possible to harvest its crop. “Our goal is to ship within thirty-six hours of harvest,” Henderson said. “While waiting to be loaded, our trees are stored in 100-percent shade and moistened sawdust, to facilitate continued water absorption.” At Snowbird Farms’ local lots, the fresh trees aren’t the only attraction. Henderson tries to make each lot a little Winter Wonderland, complete with inflatable decorations that make a visit a wonderful experience for kids. And speaking of kids, will Henderson’s sons join the family tree business someday? She’s not sure. She noted that her boys can see all 26 • forsythfamilymagazine.com


the different things their parents do. She hopes that she and her husband—a cardiologist—have inculcated the lesson that multiple streams of income and various professional options make life fulfilling. “For my kids, it will be up to them if they join the family business,” Henderson said. “We’ll support whatever interests them.” For more information about Snowbird Farms, call (800) 511-6404, e-mail trees@snowbirdfarm.com, or log on to www.snowbirdfarm.com.

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Special Interview FAMILY, FASHION and FUN

Photo by The Portrait Gallery

By Debbie McCaffrey

HIP CHICS BOUTIQUE and GIFTS The mother/daughter duo share their joy over the recent expansion of Hip Chics and why their growing relationship is the best gift of all. “We’ve never been closer.”

Kristina and Logan Prysiazniuk

could accurately be called the “dynamic duo.” This mother-and-daughter team is accomplishing amazing fashion feats at Hip Chics Boutique and Gifts in the heart of Clemmons. After opening the store in March of 2007, Hip Chics has grown from a tiny corner gift shop to a well-known shopping destination in the Triad. “Everything about this experience has exceeded my wildest dreams,” shares store owner, Kristina Prysiazniuk. From a growing business to a heavy course load, this duo is beyond busy. These fabulous fashionistas took a break from their crazy schedules (a coffee break of course!) to talk with Forsyth Family about thriving in the midst of change, growing in their relationship and what the future holds for Hip Chics. ~ Debbie McCaffrey December Issue 2013 • 29


2013 was an exciting year for Hip Chics. Kristina, can you tell us more about that? “In March of this year, we unveiled a brand new clothing boutique, almost doubling the size of the store! We essentially have two different shopping experiences at one convenient location. Hip Chics Gifts is where you’ll find popular items, such as Lily Pulitzer, Willow Tree; collegiate items; picture frames; initial items; and a selection of spiritual gifts. The boutique side is focused on trendy and affordable clothing (for juniors and women of all shapes and sizes), accessories, shoes, pocketbooks and spectacular jewelry such as Trollbeads, Waxing Poetic, and Alex and Ani.” You took quite a risk to bring a clothing boutique into Clemmons. How has it been received? “We’ve been beyond blessed by the support of our amazing customers. It has been such fun to see women discover this little secret in the heart of Clemmons. Our customers are excited to find a shopping destination with fantastic fashions at affordable prices, great customer service, convenient parking and complimentary gift wrapping.” What type of clothing do you carry?

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“We like to think we have something for everyone. I represent the 40+ crowd (she says with a wink), while my daughter, Logan, looks out for the tweens, teens and young women. One of our most popular draws is our “Curvy Closet” for full-figured women. Our number-one priority is that women leave with something that makes them feel good about themselves.

Some women focus on comfort, while others are looking for high fashion. We strive to find the perfect piece for each lady who stops in the boutique. All women are beautiful, and we believe in celebrating that.” Logan, what have you been up to in the past year? “My life is pretty crazy with a lot of different activities. I am a sophomore at Davie High and very focused on my education, so school is my number-one priority. In March, when my mom expanded Hip Chics and began to carry clothing, I became much more involved with the store. From becoming a buyer to assisting with a fashion show, my role at the store has certainly increased. I also spend a lot of time with my family, friends, youth group, volunteer opportunities and cheerleading.” Speaking of work, many recognize you as the creator of Logi B scarves. Are you still pursuing that business? “Absolutely! Logi B will always be something that is very important to me. My Nana (Faye Kapp) has Logi B on a Southeastern fall tour right now. They’ll be making stops at holiday craft shows in VA, NC, SC, GA and FL! Because of my challenging school schedule, I’m not able to be as involved in the day-to-day production, but the design element will remain my focus. The holiday season is always a very busy time for Logi B, and I must say that they make a perfect Christmas gift!” Obviously entrepreneurship runs in the family. Kristina, where do you girls get this drive? “It probably began with my parents, Faye and Jerry Kapp. My mom owned her own interior design business in Clemmons and my dad his own mortgage firm. I grew up watching them work hard and never give up. Although I was fairly certain that I wouldn’t follow in their footsteps with interior design or mortgage lending, they had set an amazing example for me as a future business woman. I hope to do the same for Logan. No matter where Logan’s business dreams take her, I hope that she will have learned valuable life lessons by watching me establish and grow Hip Chics.”

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Logan, it’s clear that you have a love for fashion and design. What is your favorite part of working with your mom at the store? “Well, of course, I love having the opportunity to wear all of the new clothes when they arrive! It’s fun to know that I’m keeping up with the latest trends and helping my mom’s business, all at the same time. I suppose I’m kind of like a walking advertisement. Going to the Atlanta Apparel Market has been an awesome experience! My passion is actually in the design element of fashion, so working the market as a buyer is a blast for me.” Kristina, did you ever think your daughter would one day work side-by-side with you? “I certainly had hoped that it would work out that way and I’m so blessed that it did. Logan is a bigger help than she realizes when we go to market. It’s an exhausting five days and her youthful energy and her eye for fashion are invaluable! I don’t think I could do it without her, now that I’ve gotten so accustomed to her partnership. Logan has an amazing gift for “trend spotting,” meaning that she can spot a trend ahead of the rest. She keeps Hip Chics on the cutting edge of clothing and accessories.” So Logan, we’ve learned that you are a big part of the Atlanta market shopping experience. What other roles do you play here at Hip Chics? “I work on social media for the store a lot. It’s important to stay up on Instagram and Facebook, because so many teenagers especially look to those sites for tips on trends and fads. I also do quite a bit of the print modeling for our advertisements, as well as placing store orders, working special events, and I helped to coordinate our first Hip Chics’ teen fashion show this past August.” Wow, you are growing up right along with the store. When we first met Logan Prysiazniuk, she was just 9 years old. At 15 you sure do have a lot of responsibility, how do you manage it all? (laughing) “I’d have to say that my life is a balancing act. I’m very busy but I wouldn’t have it any other way. My parents and grandparents are all driven and energetic, so I suppose I come by it honestly.” With Christmas right around the corner, I don’t think things will slow down for you two anytime soon. How are you handling the busy Christmas season? “Every year we prepare to put our best foot forward during this very special time. We feel so blessed that our customers trust Hip Chics to provide them with memorable gifts to place under their family tree. Christmas is clearly our busiest time of the year, and we love it! I’ve actually hired five new staff members to help us maintain the level of customer service that we are known for. Our number-one priority is that each customer feels welcome and appreciated each time they come in

the store. As always, we look forward to helping each customer find the perfect gift and sending them home with a complimentary gift-wrapped treasure.” What are some hot items that we should look for this Christmas? “We are confident that any gift that you purchase from Hip Chics will be well received, but there are a few that we can highlight as some of our most popular items. Scarves are still very popular. They make a perfect gift for any age and any style. Boots (riding, cowboy and combat) are the footwear that everyone is looking for, and we have a great selection. Aztec print clothing is super “in” right now, for juniors as well as adults. As far as jewelry goes, Waxing Poetic, Alex and Ani, and Trollbeads are three of our best selling lines. The truth is that we have so many great gifts that it’s hard to narrow it down!” You two are such a pleasure to be with and you are very inspirational. Any thoughts that you’d like to leave with the readers? “I think that we can both agree that we feel incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to serve others through Hip Chics and enjoy the gift of working together. Times haven’t always been easy, and we’ve weathered our fair share of storms…but with God and our family, we have all that Hip Chics is located at we ever need. We want to wish 2668 Lewisville-Clemmons Road all of the readers of Forsyth in Clemmons. Family a very Merry Christmas 336-766-8122. and a Happy New Year!” Look for them on Facebook, Instagram and at www.hipchicsgifts.com.

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The View from My Section...

By A. Keith Tilley

Christmas Abundantly that time of year again where it’s acceptable to be excessive. From Christmas lights to decorations, wreaths and holly; to cookies and assorted treats; and perhaps, most of all, to Christmas packages themselves, “The more the merrier” is the mantra of the season.

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I get my appreciation and joy of Christmas excessiveness honestly, I guess you could say. When I was a small child growing up at Christmas, we had our usual traditions like most families. On Christmas Eve the entire extended family would come together at my grandmother’s house, enjoying the usual potluck dinner followed by a social hour. All this culminated with the small children gathering in the living room, surrounded by the adults, as gifts were passed around to all in attendance. For my immediate family, consisting of mom, dad, my brothers and sister, the evening didn’t end there. We had our own special unique tradition that I grew to love almost as much as getting gifts myself. After arriving back home and taking just a few minutes to cut a slice of cake and pour a glass of eggnog or other assorted beverages, we would gather in our living room for what became a most exciting time for all of us. Even as a young child, knowing that any remaining gifts I would receive would come from Santa on Christmas Day, I still sat in the floor in jubilant anticipation of what was about to happen next. Mom would begin by taking her appointed place in the middle of the couch in perfect view of everyone in the room. Next, dad would walk over to the tree and pull out about five or six gifts he had personally selected for mom and begin laying them out on either side of her. One by one she would slowly pull off the extra-large, brightly colored bows and the silky ribbon from each package. This took a little more time than usual, because dad always made sure that each gift was wrapped exquisitely. As she opened the gifts the ladies were impressed with the store names imprinted on the gift boxes, showing just how nice the contents were, even before she opened the box. With each opened gift there would be the typical “oohs and ahhs,” from both mom and those in attendance, at the beautiful clothing outfits inside. And when I say outfits, I mean each box would have multiple items, such as a top with a matching skirt, or sweater with a matching scarf, and so on. After mom had gone through all her gifts, even though she had done this so many times before, she would act so happy and content with what she had just received. Of course, we all knew this was only the beginning. That’s right, that’s what made this part of Christmas Eve so memorable for me. I can still feel the warmth and love from that time flowing through me as I recall vividly the atmosphere in the room.

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“Even as a young child, knowing that any remaining gifts I would receive would come from Santa on Christmas Day, I still sat in the floor in jubilant anticipation of what was about to happen next.” What happened next is what made the evening really special. Dad would quietly leave the room as the others were talking among themselves and go outside to his car, gather more gifts and bring them inside and into the living room. Mom would always show surprise and excitement, even though Dad had done this habitually for years. We watched, commented and laughed, sharing the joy of the opening of each gift with her. Once more after she had finished opening the gifts, he went outside, this time to the shed to get the final group of presents chosen especially for her. When it was over, mom always broke out into tears of joy, coupled with a sense of humbleness at not being worthy of all this, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Everyone would tease dad about overdoing it and making the rest of us look bad. He, of course, took it in stride, smiling embarrassingly and saying little in response. This was his way of showing what she was worth to him. Looking back, I realize in reality it may have been a little too much, perhaps. Yet the children never sacrificed any of their Christmas wishes for it, and it always provided something special for those fortunate to be there to see it. We were witnessing a show of love between two people that was so great it transcended those two, and the warmth of their love flowed over everyone else in the room. Today, I understand all-too well that the true joy of Christmas doesn’t come from an abundance of gifts purchased or received; however that wasn’t what I took away from this childhood experience. I realize Christmas is the perfect time to show all the ones you love just how much they are worth to you. This could be in the form of a gift, but it also could be in sharing this special time with them, creating a heartwarming feeling that only this time of year can bring. I wish you all your own special holiday memory this year and for many years to come as you share in the joy of this holiday season.

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Honda of Winston-Salem By Meghan E.W. Corbett

I was a kid, I absolutely loved snow! We had several wonderful snowfalls in Winston-Salem, and playing in the snow was a welcomed event. I still love snow, but I also dread the nearly inevitable loss of power. This area of the country is known for ice storms, and nothing is harder on power lines than a thick build-up of ice. While power outages can cause issues year round, such as spoiled food in the refrigerator and a lack of hot water, a winter outage can cause devastating damage if pipes burst, or outside temperatures dip dangerously low.

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This is an annual concern, so why not prepare yourself and your home with a generator from Honda of Winston-Salem? “Honda of WinstonSalem is North Carolina’s leading Honda–CanAm–SeaDoo dealer for motorsport vehicles and service,” said Rick Chappell, President of Honda of Winston-Salem. “The company is familyowned and -operated, and has proudly served customers for more than 11 years. During that time, it has earned numerous awards for sales and

customer-service excellence. We have a full line of personal and commercial generators in stock; all Honda generators are powered by our reliable 4-stroke engines. Honda engines are legendary for being easy to start and super quiet. They have a well-earned reputation for reliability and durability. Honda products are tested extensively and manufactured using the best quality materials. Our generators offer dependable power for your camping, tailgating and recreational good times, and are backed by Honda’s comprehensive warranty.” Purchasing a generator can be a complicated process, as the needs of homes and businesses will vary based on size and power needs. “Our power equipment specialists are trained to assist you in selecting the appropriate generator model for your needs,” said Chappell. “They will also provide instruction on safely powering the necessities during a time of emergency. Generators provide assurance that, in the event of power outages, you do not have to worry about heat, refrigeration and lights. The right size generator can provide enough power to keep your refrigerator and freezer operating long enough to keep food from spoiling.” People should think of generators as an insurance plan. It is best to buy before you need one, and it will be there when you do. “As winter approaches, it is important to consider your options for back-up power sources and heating needs,” said Chappell. “This is also the time to review the maintenance and safety tips for your generator, and have your generator properly serviced by an authorized Honda dealer.”

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Before purchasing a generator, it is important to consult the experts. “All generators are not the same,” said Chappell. “When choosing a generator, you must determine your power needs. The quiet, portable Honda generator is an affordable solution for recreation applications, job sites and emergency-backup power. First, decide what is important to power— does it have to run continuously? Do not try to run everything at once, because it is not necessary to power everything at the same time. Alternating from one appliance to another will help minimize the amount of power needed. Portable generators cannot be operated anywhere; they must have proper ventilation and must be operated outdoors away from doors and windows. Honda has a wide variety of models available, and each generator and model series offers unique advantages to consumers. Regardless of the model you choose, the most important aspect of a generator is that it provides power when needed.” Honda of Winston-Salem offers financing options with credit approval, as well as affordable prices to keep everyone warm this winter! Honda of Winston-Salem is located at 591 S. Stratford Road in Winston-Salem. For more information, call 336.765.0330, or visit the website at www.hondaws.com.


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Do You Hear What I Hear?

By Paul Francis Lanier twenty years ago, Debbie and I attended a Christmas production called “Young Messiah.” It was an adaptation of Handel’s original masterpiece. Creators had breathed fresh ideas and energy into the orchestral and choral arrangements without violating its enduring, endearing majesty.

Some might question, “Why attend a concert that you can't hear?" And I can understand the logic of that question. But as I watched them, I realized…they did hear the music! If it was only about the words, they could easily have purchased the book and read the lyrics in the privacy of their own home. They could’ve avoided the awkwardness of sitting in a different section or having people stare at them.

I really wanted to attend that production. I wanted to hear that music. So we purchased the tickets. We asked my mother to watch our children for the evening. We traveled to Charlotte and became intimate with thousands inching forward in the inevitable traffic jam. We then parked our car in another country and walked farther than any woman should ever walk in those heels. But we finally arrived. Soon, the lights dimmed and rapturous sounds greeted us, and promised that it would be an extraordinary experience.

But I am convinced they heard more of Handel’s music than I did, because they were determined to hear it. You see, all I had to do was show up and sit there. In fact, I couldn't avoid the pounding tympanis or complex harmonies of the choir. There were moments when its glory seemed nearer than my next breath. Still, I could tragically miss it. I could sit in that arena, be surrounded by walls of sound, and yet allow my mind to drift and never hear Handel’s music or Scripture’s lyrics

At some point in the concert, Debbie nudged me and pointed to a small section of the arena. There, in a little room, was a group of two or three people. They sat there astutely, watching a woman move her hands in strange configurations that totally confused me. And yet, they seemed fully connected to what she was doing. It was fascinating . . .they were actually communicating with one another. She was speaking to them in sign language. They were experiencing Handel on another whole level, and I was in awe of them.

But it was very different for those precious people. They had to be fully engaged in that moment and watch every movement of their own skilled conductor. They had to be as attentive as any musician on the stage. And they surely were. Though they didn’t hear the car horn on the way to the coliseum… though the sound of thousands’ applause eluded them…by their own stubborn will, by their enviable determination… they heard the “Hallelujah Chorus.” They heard Handel’s Messiah!

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Chamberlain Place Apartments By Justin Cord Hayes

you even step inside one of Chamberlain Place Apartments’ spacious residences, you know you’ve found a place that’s a cut above the rest.

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To begin with, these one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartment homes are just off Interstate 40 in the desirable, upscale Village of Clemmons. If you work, for example, at Wake Forest Baptist University Hospital, your commute is a mere 15 minutes. Yet, you can spend your free time in chic, safe and coffee bar-friendly Clemmons. Next, stroll around the grounds of Chamberlain Place. They’re immaculately sculpted and a feast for the senses. Over there, you’ll see a waterfall. In that direction, you’ll feel the spray from a beautiful fountain. Listen to the sounds of pleasant conversation emanating from Chamberlain Place’s gazebo or the tip-andrattle reverberations of golf balls falling into putting green cups. And that’s not all. You and your loved ones can amble on the community’s nature trail. Young residents can go bananas and swing and play all over Chamberlain Place’s playground. You can make friends of neighbors and compete on the tennis courts, or become work-out buddies, ensuring that no one sloughs off crunches and reps in the fitness center. “We love all residents, from families to empty nesters,” says Jill Burrus, manager of Chamberlain Place Apartments.

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“We offer activities and amenities you won’t find in most communities.” Now, it’s time to check out the inside of your prospective apartment home. First of all, you’ll need to decide which size home works best for you. You’ll have many choices. Floor plans begin with one-bedroom, 1.5-bath residences of 852 or 909 square feet. If that’s not enough for you and your growing family, you could inspect two-bedroom, two-bath apartment homes that range from 1,145 to 1,345 square feet. If you need even more room to stretch out and relax after a hard day’s work, Chamberlain Place Apartments offers threebedroom floor plans of 1,377 to 1,458 square feet. Chamberlain Place’s apartment homes contain gourmet kitchens that feature granite countertops, tile floors and black appliances that will look sleek and shiny, even if you’re too busy to clean them as often as you’d like. The main living area of your home-to-be contains a gas fireplace with a ceramic tile hearth, just perfect for cozy winter nights. Track lighting creates a calm, relaxed atmosphere. Ceiling fans keep you cool on warm days and circulate the heat in the depths of winter. Each apartment home contains washer and dryer hookups. If you’re looking for fresh air— and privacy—Chamberlain Place will meet your needs. Ground floor units have patios and upstairs units have balconies.


Have pets? Up to two are welcome, with a refundable deposit. For now, the complex is waiving its pet fee. Chamberlain Place Apartments are committed to offering residents the finest of everything, and that includes management. “Our staff sets us apart from our competitors,” Burrus says. “You won’t find a group of people so genuine and ready to help you. We genuinely care about our residents and do whatever we can to provide our residents with both a community and a home.” Chamberlain Place Apartments offers a great location, bountiful amenities and affordable luxury for all individuals and families. “Our residents are an amazing group of diverse people,” Burrus says, “and they all have a common interest: making Chamberlain Place home!”

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DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen:

Enhancing Lives. Improving Homes. By Phanmaly Nguyen Bath & Kitchen of Winston-Salem, a division of Anderson-Moore Builders, Inc., offers comprehensive renovation, design/build, and restoration services to expertly take homeowners from design to completion on any project. Anderson-Moore Builders, Inc. has been a locally and nationally recognized company since its inception in 1996. To better meet the needs of their clients, the company became a part of the DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen franchise network in 2009.

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Making It Easier Deciding to renovate or remodel is an intimidating process. In order to make the experience less daunting, the team of experts at DreamMaker will oversee your project from start to finish. By bypassing the middleman, the remodeling process with DreamMaker is seamless. The process includes an in-house interior designer to collaborate and guide you through design ideas and licensed contractors to bring your vision to fruition. One of the key elements to a successful remodel is quality control, and what better way to ensure quality than to do it yourself? Owner Erik Anderson explains, “We are licensed contractors performing the work ourselves.” With decades of experience in the industry, the DreamMaker staff knows the work they do not only has to be beautiful, but it also has to endure. To ensure you are at ease during the project, the company also offers clients weekly progress meetings, 24-hour emergency contact numbers, a production checklist, and numerous internal QA/QC checks for each activity. Clients can rest assured that their homes are in good hands; DreamMaker uses their staff members for the majority of the project so clients know who is entering the home and when. “Clients come to us because they have other things to do in life and stressing out about a remodeling project shouldn’t be one of them,” says Erik. “They hire us to make their remodeling project easier and that is what we deliver. What Our Clients Say A recommendation is the best compliment a client can give any company. Realizing their success is the direct result of satisfied clients, DreamMaker

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makes excellent customer service a top priority. So much so, that they have voluntarily signed on with GuildQuality - an independent customer satisfaction surveying company - to get honest reviews and feedback from clients. DreamMaker can then use that information to evolve their process if necessary. Here’s what one client, Brad Fulk, had to say: "I am very pleased with the caliber of work performed! I experienced firsthand how your team took the time to listen to what I wanted, made suggestions and then delivered the right finished product. Please add my name to the list of very satisfied customers who will call on you again for the next project or update. Thank you so very much for a job well done. You guys are true professionals in every way!” To read more testimonials, visit www.dreammakernc.com and click on GuildQuality. An Industry Leader Owner Erik Anderson is well-credentialed and highly experienced in the industry and is committed to serving the homebuilder community. His credentials include: served as 2012 President of the North Carolina Home Builders Association, the largest in the country with nearly 14,000 members; serves on the executive board for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB); chairs the Education Committee for the NAHB; and shares his knowledge by teaching classes all over the state. Erik also shares his knowledge with listeners through his weekly radio show “Around the House” on 600 WSJS every Saturday at 10 a.m. Get Started Trust your next home improvement project to the professional staff at DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Winston-Salem, a division of AndersonMoore Builders. If you would like additional information about DreamMaker, stop by their Design Center located at 425 West End Blvd. or call (336) 722-3625 to schedule a complimentary design consultation. You can also visit their website, www.dreammakerNC.com, to view completed projects and read testimonials.


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Motivated to Move If

By Sarah Fedele

you ask Luke Pike, age 10, about football, he’ll tell you that he has been a Wake Forest fan since birth. He is serious about football. Now he is also serious about his health.

Last winter, a group of Luke’s friends started playing football, and he decided to join them. During the summer, he started practicing four days a week in order to play for the Union Cross Bobcats. However, at 135 lbs., he would need to either drop to a maximum weight of 119 lbs. to be able to play with his 5th-grade friends, or would need to move up to play with 7th- and 8th-graders. His parents, Jennifer and Jonathan Pike, would not allow him to move up to play with the older kids for his first year of football. Luke started running! “I ran every day outside of my house,” says Luke. “My dad suggested that I even run with my helmet on, so I could get used to the five extra pounds. When I first started, sprints were the hardest. Now they have gotten a lot easier.” Luke also does sit-ups and push-ups. As the left offensive tackle for the Union Cross Bobcats, Luke practices three days a week after school. Luke is also active with mixed martial arts. He is a 2nd-degree Green Belt at Core Karate. “Sparring is definitely my favorite,” Luke shares. Luke has also made major changes to his diet, and his family has helped. He stopped eating unhealthy snacks and has cut fried and processed foods out of his diet. He also started eating more fruits and vegetables. “We took all of the soda, junk food and sweets right out of the house,” says Jennifer. “Heart disease runs in our family, with Luke’s great grandfather dying of a massive heart attack at 59 years old. This lifestyle change was very important for Luke and our entire family.” “The hardest thing to cut out was burgers and my favorite, sushi. I just want to eat too much of it,” says Luke. “Even when I have a ‘cheat day,’ I still make myself run outside first and then I can eat a ‘cheat meal.’” Luke’s original goal was 119 lbs. He has surpassed it, coming in at 110 lbs. at his last weigh-in. “I’m still running every day. I don’t want to go back to where I started,” says Luke. “I feel a lot stronger, a lot more confident, and I like it. I wish other kids would cut out the junk food and run. They would feel a lot better, too.” “We are so proud of Luke,” says Jonathan and Jennifer. “He doesn’t understand how big of a deal this is. He just really took on the challenge, cleaned up his diet and got running. With that kind of commitment and drive, there is nothing that he can’t do if he sets his mind to it in the future.” Luke was named the 2013 Kid’s Lifestyle Change Award winner for the American Heart Association’s Tanglewood Heart and Stroke Walk, sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Health. Corning Cable sponsored the Kid’s Lifestyle Change Award to recognize children in our community who are making healthier lifestyle choices now, to curtail childhood obesity and create lifelong healthy habits to prevent heart disease in their futures. This is the first generation of children that may have shorter lifespans than their parents, due to poor diets and decreased physical activity. For more information and easy ways to start heart-healthy habits for your family, visit www.heart.org.

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But he was recently arrested. In fact, Bralkowski, Director of U.S. Operations for Global Future Solutions, was one of 144 Winston-Salem executives “arrested” on Nov. 6. Their crime? Having a big heart. “Having a big heart?” Bralkowski said. “That’s a new one. Hopefully some other criminals figure that one out.” The “arrests” were part of the MDA Lock-up, a national fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), where executives are nominated by co-workers or members of the community to be put behind bars “for good.” Executives then have to raise money for their “bail,” which goes toward financing research, equipment purchases and repairs, clinics, flu shots, a summer camp and support group sessions for local families that deal with one of 43 neuromuscular disorders. Bralkowski had never been arrested before. But there’s a first time for everything. “I was honored they asked me to do this, but a bit nervous about the whole jail part,” Bralkowski said. “I kept thinking, hopefully this will be the first and last time I’m arrested.” Volunteer law enforcement and firefighters arrested Bralkowski and the other executives at their offices Nov. 6, wielding a warrant and a pair of handcuffs. However, instead of being taken to an actual jail cell, the MDA jailbirds were taken somewhere a little more glamorous: the Piedmont Club in downtown Winston-Salem. Upon arrival, the executives were fed bread and water and had their mug shots taken in striped jailbird suits behind bars. They then had an hour to call friends and families to raise their bail money. “It’s a great networking opportunity and a good way to bring awareness to muscular dystrophy in the community,” Brittne Stevens — Executive Director of the Greensboro MDA — said. “The money they raise can do a world of good for so many of our local families.” Altogether the jailbirds raised over $123,000 at the event — an amount that could fund 28 hours of research or send 154 local kids to MDA’s summer camp. Allan Clayton, a North Wilkesboro resident with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, attended the MDA summer camp for 11 summers. Muscular dystrophy, a group of genetic diseases characterized by progressive weakness and degeneration of the muscles that control movement, has been a challenge to live with, Clayton said. But the MDA has helped him and his family out by purchasing wheelchairs and supporting him in everything he does. Clayton, 20, attended a MDA lock-up a few years ago in North Wilkesboro and was touched by the number of people there fundraising and rooting for him. “It definitely means a lot that people are raising money for research of muscular dystrophy,” he said. “I can probably speak for everyone with any form of muscular dystrophy when I say that it provides hope for us, and for future generations, of finding new treatments, and possibly a cure.” The Greensboro MDA district office serves 900 families affected by the disease in 18 North Carolina counties, including Wilkes and Forsyth counties. Forty percent of these families reside in Forsyth County, Stevens said. After meeting their bails, executives were given the chance to meet with some of the local families affected by muscular dystrophy, as well as the other jailbirds. “It was fun meeting my fellow criminals and knowing we were making a difference,” Jerry Barker, who also participated in the Winston-Salem lock-up, said. “I think we all really came through.”

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Barker, president of Ocular Systems Inc., said he knew about the program and the good work it had done in the community before, but the phone call he received in October notifying him he had a warrant in his name still came as a surprise. “Most people are pretty shocked when we call and tell them they’ve been nominated to be one of the area’s ‘most wanted,’” Stevens said. “But they warm up to the idea of being arrested once they know it’s for a good cause.” Although, Barker jokingly admits he’s miffed one of his employees wanted him in jail. While some community members confessed to nominating their bosses prior to the fundraiser, others opted for anonymity and were placed in the “witness protection program.” “I still don’t know who it was, but they better have paid up to spring me out of jail,” Barker joked. “But in all seriousness, I’m glad I have this opportunity to give back.” Barker said he enjoyed the lock-up— which was much better than real jail, and not as hardcore—and is already eagerly looking forward to next year. “Gosh,” he said. “I never thought I’d be so excited to go to jail.”


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Festive Family Fr ’ s k r o SciW day Tradition for Man iday i A Hol Forsyth Families

Tanglewood’s Festival of Lights and Old Salem’s Candle Tea to the Children’s Museum’s Breakfast with Santa and the City of Winston-Salem’s tree-lighting, the Triad offers a multitude of opportunities for families to celebrate the holiday season and create lasting memories. In recent years, another holiday event has become a can’tmiss tradition for many families—SciWorks Science Center’s annual Festive Family Friday celebration. This year’s event will take place on Friday, December 13, from 4:00–8:00 p.m.

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As its name suggests, Festive Family Friday is just the thing to get you and your family into a festive mood! Throughout the evening, the SciWorks Great Hall will echo with the joyful sounds of holiday music, provided by the Piedmont Wind Quintet, a guitar ensemble, a flute choir, and the Twin City Tuba Ensemble. Visitors will enjoy refreshments (while they last!), including chicken nuggets and cookies, donated by Chick-fil-A of Stanleyville, and a tiered holiday cake donated by Dewey’s

Bakery. Bring your camera, because you’ll also have the opportunity to meet some very special guests, including Bolt, Elmo, DJ Lance (from TV’s Yo Gabba Gabba), Chick-fil-A’s Baby Cow and, of course, the big guy himself… Santa Claus! The SciWorks Planetarium will present two shows that evening—“The Alien Who Stole Christmas” (at 6:00 p.m.) and a holiday laser show, featuring the music of Mannheim Steamroller (at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.). Along with all of the special guests and programs, Festive Family Friday offers visitors a chance to explore and enjoy the museum. The “Take Flight” Traveling Exhibit has been delighting people of all ages since it opened in September. The exhibit allows participants to uncover the fundamental principles of flight as they build and launch their own planes, helicopters and rockets. SciWorks’ outdoor exhibits (including the barnyard, wildlife habitats and Science Park) will be open for visitors until it gets dark (from 4:00–5:15 p.m.).

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You can also cross a few items off your Christmas list because the SciShop will offer a 20% discount throughout the evening. (Discount does not apply to sale or clearance items.) As a special incentive to encourage visitors to purchase SciWorks memberships for themselves or to give as a gift, staff will hold drawings for four FREE memberships (one per hour) that night. Anyone who buys or renews a membership at Festive Family Friday will be entered into the drawing for a chance to win that membership FREE for one year! (Renewals will be valid beginning one year from the current expiration date.) Admission to Festive Family Friday Festive Family Friday is just $1 per person, and SciWorks members are free. SciWorks is located at 400 W. Hanes Mill Road (just off University Parkway near the Grand Theatre and off Hwy 52 at exit 116) in Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.sciworks.org.

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Tips for Talking with Your Child about Weight and Body Image from the Experts at Brenner FIT By Christine Jordan, EdS, LMFT I try to talk with my daughter about what she eats or her physical activity, our conversation turns into me lecturing while my daughter gets angry and cries. She is beautiful, and it is painful to hear her say she does not like her body. I want her to know more about being healthy, but she just does not listen. If she would not shut me out when we talk about her body and weight, maybe I could help,” says a mother.

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Many parents can identify with how this mother feels. Talking with our child about her weight or body image can feel like an impossible conversation. Deciding how to have this conversation with our child is difficult because of the many pressures we experience as a parent. We may feel pressure from ourselves to teach our children important skills needed to navigate in an unhealthy world. Pressure may come from outside of our home through another family member, a teacher, a coach or a pediatrician. If we are concerned about our child’s weight, these pressures can fuel the fears we have about our child’s health. Our fears can often lead us to criticize the choices our child makes about food or activity. Below are a few tips to help you talk with your child about health, weight and body image. Listen. Getting our children to talk with us about any issue, particularly those related to weight and body image, starts with listening. As parents, we have a natural urge to fix problems for our children. Resist this urge to make it all better by just listening to your child without offering advice or solutions. Our children listen more after they feel heard (listened to).If your child is worried about weight, offer your support rather than a diet or a trainer. Continue exploring your child’s feelings and consider what will be most helpful. Age matters. The types of support we provide about health habits can be adjusted based on the age of our child. With younger children (under 56 • forsythfamilymagazine.com

age eight), changes made by parents at home may be all that is required. Children between eight and eleven years old can be more involved in changing behaviors with support. They do not understand the “why” of health habit changes and will need reminders of the steps involved in making changes. Children age 12 and older are more able to understand the “why.” Parents provide a supportive environment and framework for any changes while the older child learns to make more choices independently. Teamwork. Make any health habit changes together as a family. The changes we make in the family can apply to everyone. Doing it together makes it more fun and no one is singled out. Positivity. Keep comments about your child’s appearance and food or activity choices positive. Notice what your child is doing rather than what he is not doing. Avoid shame or blame. Children that feel bad about their eating choices or body are more likely to overeat. Demystify the media. Help your child to understand that images seen in magazines and movies are not realistic or even truthful. Role Model. Model a positive self-image (even if you don’t feel like it). Let your child catch you saying something positive about yourself like “I like how I look in this color – it makes my eyes sparkle.” If you are concerned about your child’s weight, start by discussing your concerns with your child’s pediatrician. Brenner FIT, Brenner Children Hospital’s weight management program, and the Kohl’s Family Collaborative offer a variety of nutrition and parenting classes to support all families in making health habit changes. For more information about these Free Brenner FIT Kohl’s Family Collaborative classes, please email Sara Ebbers at saebbers@wakehealth.edu.


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FORSYTH WOMAN: 100 ISSUES STRONG! By Denise Heidel

absolutely love my job. As the Project Manager for Forsyth Magazines, I consider it both an honor and a privilege to work for Keela Johnson and Robin Bralley. Not only do I love and respect them both, I believe in the enterprise they have established. I have the best job in the world, working with a team of amazing people, doing something that is both rewarding and fulfilling. And now, it is my singular pleasure to announce that Forsyth Woman is getting ready to hit a huge milestone: the 100th issue.

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This is the magazine that started it all – and it was no small feat. Forsyth Woman was born in 2005 during a time when much print publication was falling to the wayside as digital media began to gain popularity and momentum. For the last eight years, across the country, print magazines and newspaper have struggled to survive. However, despite all challenges, Forsyth Woman has grown. You read this magazine each month because of the entrepreneurial spirit, drive, passion, and commitment of Keela Johnson. Today, the Forsyth Magazines umbrella encompasses three publications: monthly issues of Forsyth Woman and Forsyth Family and the biannual publication, Forsyth Woman Engaged!. We are truly blessed and we have much to celebrate. On January 9th, we plan to do just that. We will be celebrating 100 issues of Forsyth Woman as well as five years of Girls’ Night Out! Plans are underway to make sure this is a Girls’ Night Out like no

other! The party will be at WinMock at Kinderton and guests will be greeted with live music. The evening will also include food, wine, DJ, dancing, a photo booth, cake, and just a great night of fun and celebration. We hope you’ll make plans to join us for this extra special event. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased either: Online at www.TinyUrl.com/100ForsythWoman. By check. Checks can be made payable to Forsyth Woman at 6255 TownCenter Drive, Clemmons, NC 27012. If you send a check, please be sure to include your name, the number in your party, and a phone number and / or email address! Please note – registration will close on December 31, 2013. I know that I have been immeasurably blessed to find a job like this and it is truly an honor to be able to help celebrate Forsyth Woman this way. I know I speak for the whole Forsyth Magazines team when I say, we are so proud to be a part of these magazines! We cannot wait to celebrate with all of you! If you have any questions, please email Denise@ForsythMags.com.

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By Tami Rumfelt

AS-IS Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here! ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17 family and I recently looked at a house for sale which, according to the real estate listing, had “great potential.” It’s a big, old, beautiful house that I’ve loved since the moment I first saw it years ago. So, when I saw that it was on the market and for a very affordable price, I just had to go take a look.

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Sadly, the inside of the house needed tons of work. A builder friend looked at it with us and estimated we’d need to spend close to $100,000 to fully renovate the 100-year-old beauty. As I walked through the home’s many rooms, I imagined what they would look like once the wood floors were brought back to their original luster, and the walls were repaired and painted. It could have been stunning.

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Unfortunately, we had to walk away from the house because the repairs were just too much for us to take on. The cost would stretch us too far, and we just don’t have time for the amount of sweat equity we’d have to put into her restoration. We had to leave the home the way it was listed in the real estate ad, “as-is.” Isn’t it comforting to know that when Jesus looks at us; when he walks through the spaces of our hearts and souls, he sees the already restored, renovated person he has created us to be? While we tend to dwell on all the work we still need to do on ourselves, he beams with pride over His beautiful, spotless and perfect creation. He doesn’t see us as having great potential, he sees our potential fulfilled. Because of His blood, sweat and tears, we are no longer left “as-is.”

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A NEW ERA OF MINISTRY AT CLEMMONS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH By Denise Heidel

United Methodist Church is a building steeped with history and tradition in the Clemmons community. Planted in 1782 by Francis Asbury, the church has faithfully served generations and is a house of worship committed to sharing God’s love and His word with others. This summer, the church underwent a six-month renovation process, designed to continue the work that was started centuries ago.

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Church members wanted a sanctuary to reflect the tradition and values of the church, yet, they wanted to bring in technology that today’s community could relate to and value. Most of all, they wanted to stay committed to what they could afford, without going into debt for the renovation. It was a tall order. The church had not been renovated since it was built in 1979, and in the words of Clark Chilton of Student Ministries, “the sanctuary was well-loved and in much need of repairs.“ Funding for the project began three years ago with the Many Gifts Growing Spirit campaign. The church was able to raise enough funds to help with a variety of ministries, and the capstone of the project was the renovation of the sanctuary. The renovation was a $417,000 project that was paid in cash by funds donated by the parishioners of the church and the Many Gifts Growing Spirit campaign. Construction began on June 15th, and, in addition to the cosmetic improvements, the sanctuary now boasts some exciting new technology, including video projection, a new sound system, LED lighting and HD cameras for a project in the pipeline that will eventually include recording and live streaming of church services. The sanctuary accommodates as many as 400 people, and the dedication of the new sanctuary will take place on December 8th at 5pm with Bishop Larry Goodpaster in attendance. After six months of worshiping in the church’s fellowship hall, the members of Clemmons United Methodist Church are thrilled with the new sanctuary! It is a project they took much ownership in, and they are proud that while the space is new and improved, it is still grounded in their rich history. 62 • forsythfamilymagazine.com

Top Photo: The sanctuary before renovations. Bottom Photo: The sanctuary after renovations


Service times are every Sunday at 8:30am, 9:45am and 11am with the 9:45am service dedicated to a more contemporary style. Please visit a service, and make plans to attend the dedication service on December 8th! Learn more about Clemmons United Methodist Church at www.clemmonsumc.org.

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Musing About… By Tim Roberts - Pastor of Sunrise United Methodist Church in Lewisville

The Perfect Christmas

a pastor, I hear many stories about the fiascos that often happen when a church makes plans for their Christmas celebration. A few years ago, another pastor told me about their annual Christmas pageant, which had been directed by the same saint for forty-seven years. Perfection was her goal; nothing less. For years the church’s pageant ran like clockwork: perfect lines, perfect pacing, perfect everything. Then one year, something even better happened.

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This particular year, the Children's Ministry team noticed that many children were left out of the varied productions because their acting was less than perfect. Much to the director’s chagrin, the decision was made that any child who wished to participate would be allowed. This motion was more than the longtime director could handle. She resigned in anger and disgust. While the pageant was not its normal stellar production, it did not fall flat without the former director; but it was different. There must have been a dozen shepherds and at least twenty angels, and probably more than two dozen wandering sheep. The real climax of imprecision came when Mary and Joseph entered. Joseph walked solemnly beside Mary. The narrator was to read the Biblical story about Joseph going to Bethlehem “. . . to be taxed with Mary, his espoused wife, being great with child.” One mother realized that the children didn’t really understand the Elizabethan English of the King James Version about Mary being “great with child.” At the last minute, she switched to the Good News Translation. So, as Mary and Joseph entered, the narrator read, “Joseph went to register with Mary, who was promised in marriage to him. She was pregnant.” As the last word echoed through the sound system, little Joseph froze in his

tracks. This is not how he had heard it phrased in rehearsal. He gave Mary an incredulous look, then looked out at the congregation and screamed, “Pregnant? What do you mean, pregnant?!” The whole church erupted in uproarious laughter. A slight grin of arrogance began to creep across the face of the former director as she mused silently to herself, “I told you so.” The remainder of the pageant continued with the same goofs and gaffs that were expected. But at the end of the performance, the children received a standing ovation that lasted a full five minutes. Unintentionally, it was the best Christmas pageant ever. It was perfect. Yet, not in the way all of the previous pageants were. It was not precise and without flaw. It was perfect in the way God makes things perfecto—the way God accepts our fumbling attempts at love and fairness, and covers them with grace. This Christmas season, so many of us will try to achieve a level of perfection— buying and giving the perfect gift, cooking the perfect meal, hosting the perfect Christmas party; but most likely, we will not achieve that level of perfection. Yet, our failures and shortcomings will not negate our perfect God from once again whispering those whispers of love, accepting us for who we are and perfecting us with unimaginable grace. May your Christmas be filled with love, laughter and unplanned moments of perfection. Godspeed,

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Creating Meaningful Christmas Memories By Lisa S.T. Doss

is a transformational holiday that appears like magic overnight. It begins with a million volts of electricity that light up the city streets and extends to the “larger than life” inflatable symbols in parking lots and neighborhood yards. While the iconic symbols are present everywhere we look, the magic of Christmas comes from the spirit of its people, who know what happened one silent night in Bethlehem. Young children’s viewpoints are still impressionable, and they have many more Christmases to experience before their traditions are defined. While commercialism is ever-present in our lives, families can instill a meaningful Christmas by emphasizing traditions of togetherness and giving, learning about the season of Advent and creating homemade gifts.

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Children as young as three understand the celebratory aspects of a birthday. It is a natural way to connect to the relationship between Jesus’ birth and Christmas. Too often parents are asked, “Why do we not have a cake on Jesus’ birthday?” The Wilson family decided to address the question asked by their three-year-old son. “We started throwing a huge birthday party for Jesus on Christmas morning. We have streamers, party hats and, most importantly, a birthday cake,” shares Julie. “We sing happy birthday and make it a big deal. Then, we read the Christmas story. We also have a special Christmas breakfast together. Some people think it is cruel that we don’t let them tear right into their gifts, but we talk about Jesus being the greatest gift first. They know the gifts will be waiting for them.” Advent is a time of great preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. Children can participate in many aspects, from lighting the candles on the Advent wreath to understanding the Nativity, creating an advent calendar to listening to their favorite stories about the Christmas season. • The Advent wreath can foster the anticipation of Christmas. While many parents may celebrate the

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lighting of each week’s candles in their home, it would be a wonderful experience to guide children in making one together. It can be used as a ceremonial time prior to meals or before bedtime prayers. This symbolic wreath is created from a circle of evergreen boughs, which represents God’s everlasting love. Three purple candles and one pink are placed among the evergreens, while the fifth, a white candle, remains in the center. Actual candles can be replaced with paper for safety purposes. • Before setting up the Nativity in your home, use a small basket first to represent “hope.” Children can use the basket to write notes for members of their family, friends, and others who may be sick or in need of prayer. Once the Nativity is placed, it will be viewed as a special place for children to go. Parents can use conversation and stories to discuss the importance of each figurine. • Some Advent calendars are made from felt, while others can be handmade from paper. Thoughtful ideas can be written for each day leading up to, and including, December 25. From making a homemade ornament to creating a card for someone special, the calendar can teach children about the gifts of generosity towards others. • Picture books are beautiful representations that can assist children in learning about the Christmas story. Illustrations will be a helpful tool for young children, while older children will enjoy the descriptive presentation of words. In addition to reading favorite stories, try including new stories, like “The Crippled Lamb” by Max

Lucado; the “Christmas Tapestry” by Patricia Polacco; and “Why Christmas Trees Aren’t Perfect” by Dick Schneider. Children can learn the importance of giving through crafting homemade gifts, or the selfless act of giving gifts to a family in need. There is nothing more meaningful than receiving a gift from a creative child. Homemade cards or pictures can be made from household materials, like paper or fabric; buttons or string. Grandparents would be pleased to receive a homemade calendar; an original story with illustrations; or a hand painted T-shirt or bag. Similar gifts can be given to community members in need. Julie Wilson shares, “We adopt a family that we bless each Christmas. Sometimes, a family has experienced sickness, unemployment, or the loss of a loved one. For the past two years, each of us has adopted a child. The kids took an active role in picking out presents for them. We wanted our children to know how blessed they are to live in a home with both parents, to recognize the needs of others, and to give. Children can see the gift of giving firsthand.” The magic of Christmas surrounds each of us. While the hustle and bustle of our fast-paced lives tends to force us into overdrive, uniting the family together in moments of celebration and story, lighting symbolic candles and remembering others can direct the purpose of Christmas toward Jesus.


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Arnold Palmer Delivers Five Millionth Meals-on-Wheels Meal By Justin Cord Hayes Services of Winston-Salem has delivered a staggering five million meals as part of its Meals-on-Wheels program. But only one of those meals—the five millionth—has been delivered by golfing legend and Wake Forest alumnus, Arnold Palmer.

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On a recent Friday, 84-year-young Juanita McBride received pork loin, lima beans, mandarin oranges, sweet potato casserole, a dinner roll and milk, courtesy of The King. Palmer, also 84, arrived via golf cart, accompanied by Meals-on-Wheels volunteer (and fellow Wake Forest alum) Dan Kinney. Kinney is the face McBride normally sees when she receives her daily hot meal. But McBride was well aware volunteers. At present, 1,789 that that day’s meal was arriving via “special” delivery. “If it wasn’t for Meals-on-Wheels,” volunteers follow 67 hot-meal When contacted prior to the delivery, she was asked, she said, “I wouldn’t have anything and 22 frozen-meal routes “Ms. McBride, do you know what day today is?” “It’s throughout Forsyth County. to eat at all.” Arnold Palmer day!” she replied, with an obvious Last year, more than 250,000 repasts were served to 1,675 elderly men exclamation mark at the end of her statement. “I can’t believe a celebrity and women. took time out to see a little person like me.” The number of seniors who will be served by Meals-on-Wheels Meals-on-Wheels is a program that delivers much-needed food to will grow, which means the need for volunteers also will increase. homebound seniors like McBride. Senior Services, which administers The senior population of Forsyth County is projected to surge more than the program, offers three options to eligible seniors: hot meals, frozen 50 percent over the next ten years. Five million meals served is an meals and groceries. Hot meal recipients get a meal, such as that served impressive number, but if the rate of projected growth holds true, Senior to McBride, each weekday. Some seniors receive ten frozen meals every Services will reach its next “million” milestone in fewer than four years. two weeks. Finally, some seniors receive shelf-stable groceries. It took 51 years to deliver the first five million meals! But that’s not all that Meals-on-Wheels does. It provides emergency The recipient of that five-millionth meal is not likely to forget its delivery meals during inclement weather. It provides fall-prevention services, anytime soon. She got to spend about ten minutes visiting with the fourflowers, pet food and referrals to other community services. The program time Masters Tournament winner who was among the first to popularize allows seniors like McBride to remain relatively independent and to golf at the dawn of the Television Age. Maybe they discussed golf, or remain in their homes. In fact, Meals-on-Wheels allows McBride to perhaps they talked about the importance of programs like Meals-oncontinue to live in the home in which she grew up. “If it wasn’t for Wheels. As Palmer left McBride’s house, he called Meals-on-Wheels a Meals-on-Wheels,” she said, “I wouldn’t have anything to eat at all.” “godsend.” Forsyth County’s Meals-on-Wheels program has been in operation since “I hope we see a lot of future Meals-on-Wheels for everybody,” Palmer 1962. It is the longest-running program in the Southeast and the thirdsaid. When asked how he thought McBride felt about his visit, Palmer oldest in the country. responded, “That lady in there is happy today. I wish her many more happy days.” Senior Services of Winston-Salem could not have achieved the milestone of delivering five million meals without its hard-working

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Tales from a Boob By Katie Moosbrugger with Triad Moms on Main

it came to breastfeeding, I was a total boob. Some people say breastfeeding is extremely difficult, others say it’s natural, effortless and much simpler than bottle feeding. I experienced sentiments on both sides of the aisle and, as a result, I was never fully into the game, nor was I completely resigned.

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Breastfeeding is a huge task and a major lifestyle change, much like a nine-month pregnancy. And like pregnancies, every woman has different experiences.

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me—and to make matters worse—I could never get my baby to latch on correctly without battling the layers of clothing in between us. I was a mess.

The Need to Get my Body Back

I have to be honest and say I never thought of myself as a “breastfeeding type.” I don’t know if such a “type” exists, but all along—even up until right before giving birth—I was on the fence as to whether or not I was going to nurse.

Breastfeeding is a major lifestyle change, much like pregnancy. But with a pregnancy, the changes come on slowly and without much notice at first. Plus you know how long it’s going to last. With breastfeeding, it’s almost the opposite. The change comes on fast, but over time you stop noticing a difference, and you can make it last as long or as short a time you want.

In fact, the entire concept seemed foreign to me until my sister-in-law “introduced” the concept with her first-born. I think at first I was in awe—and frankly a little shocked—that she was actually going to do this. But she now has four kids, all of whom she breastfed for six consecutive months, and all the while making it seem so effortless. So when I became pregnant with my first, she convinced me to think about it. I did, but not without some squeamishness.

Of course, I wanted to give my children as much as I could for a healthy start to life, but after 13 months (pregnancy + nursing) of giving to my daughter, and 15 months of giving to my son, I was ready to own my own body again. Being pregnant for me was much easier and much more enjoyable than breastfeeding. Props to all the moms who can nurse for one year or more. That is either amazing dedication or the blessing of nursing comes naturally—or both.

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When my first was born, I was surrounded by nurses who all assumed, of course, I would breastfeed. They never thought to question me otherwise, and made it seem like there was no other option in the world. So I gave it a try. To my surprise, everything worked like a charm and it was easier than I thought.

I will say nursing my second was a lot easier than my first. And that’s thanks to a number of reasons: 1) I knew what to expect, 2) my body seemed more in tune, 3) I was confident my child was getting adequate nutrition, 3) I eased up somewhat on my modesty and public promenades…although not that much, and 4) I knew I didn’t have to nurse for anyone’s expectations other than my own.

Then I went home with my baby. And without my breastfeeding champions flocking by my bedside, I became panicked that I wasn’t doing it correctly. This panic lasted the entire three months I breastfed my daughter. Not only was I insecure about the job I was doing, but also how I was doing it. I was never the one who could throw a wrap around my shoulders and nurse my baby, no matter where I was in public. I was paranoid about anyone seeing

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The gathering of schools, community partners and families has evolved, and we are proud to host the 2nd annual IMPRINTS School Connections on Thursday, January 16, 2014 (10 a.m.–2 p.m.), at Old Salem Visitor Center. This opportunity brings forth resources for families to help on this journey, such as— • Discovering public/magnet schools and their unique curriculums (i.e., STEM & arts), as well as cutting through the red tape in understanding lottery bids, zones and transportation • Learning about private schools with their diverse offerings to 12th grade, and receiving news on voucher options

The Family Dilemma— What School Is The Best Choice? By Nikki Byers we gear up after the holidays, the race will be on for parents (and grandparents) of rising kindergartners and school-age children to begin asking—WHERE WILL MY CHILD GO TO SCHOOL NEXT FALL?

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And, in Forsyth County, families are overwhelmed as they evaluate the best school choice for their child/children, supporting their abilities and growth to graduation success. Fortunately for our county, that selection can be different for each child.

• Hearing more on the charter programs and their specialties for varying grade levels • Addressing developmentally appropriate education needs through The Centers for Exceptional Children (The Special Children’s School and The Children’s Center), as well as ABC of NC Child Development • Connecting to School Readiness & Expanding Learning Experts, such as Imprints Cares • School Readiness: Is My Child Ready (assessments), parenting strategies & activities to build early learning for a positive experience on their first day and forward • Expanded learning—Premium summer, before-, & after-school programs to enhance learning for school-age children, contributing to closing the achievement gap • Community sponsors supporting activities and tools for family learning, fitness and fun • Keynote speakers, such as Dr. Beverly Emory, Superintendent-WS/FCS, providing new insight The answer to the best choice is not as simple as it used to be—parents ultimately want to know will the school they pick do a good job for their child. And let’s face it, very few of us are experts and appreciate connecting with those that can support making a more informed decision. Register today! www.SchoolConnections.ws Join us. Like Us. Connect With Us. Facebook.com/ImprintsWS

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Ever since I first saw a Segway PT, I have wanted to try them out. I was not disappointed. Riding a Segway PT is tons of fun! Based on personal balance, riding a Segway PT is nothing like what I expected, but so much more! Lean forward, it accelerates. Lean back, and it slows down or rolls to a stop. Tilt a little to the right or left for turns. The user is truly in control!

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Motivating Middle School Readers By Lisa S.T. Doss 17th is a significant day for students. It concludes the second marking period and signifies the mid-year point. Congratulations to parents who are now getting into the groove and understanding how to guide your children in the right direction. Each year feels more like a leap than a step forward; however, the key for students to survive middle school combines strengthening reading skills and determining quality studying habits. Mathematics is no longer a subject of written calculations; it comprises fifty percent of reading. Too often students find themselves struggling, not because they are readers, but due to the nature of a question’s wording. Once a student has a broader understanding of reading strategies, he or she will be motivated to complete homework assignments, and understand textbook and novel chapters. Parents would be pleased to find their children less stressed and able to reach their full academic potential.

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Pre-teens and teenagers are readers, whether they realize it or not. They read emails and texts, the popular book among friends and selected titles on their ereaders. It is obvious why your child may avoid reading a chapter from a textbook. Viewing print in columns is intimidating. By incorporating a few prereading strategies, students can focus their full attention on the text. • To have clear understanding of the assignment, read the directions twice. • Before reading, paraphrase or record key words from the study questions. • Review key vocabulary or highlighted terms, especially in math. • Take time to study pictures and captions. • Reread notes or handouts. Information found in a textbook may help supplement a student’s understanding of key terms, events, or mathematical problems. Determining the most effective studying tools or strategies takes time and plenty of patience. Auditory learners have strong listening skills, but oftentimes need to lean on these gifts to effectively understand text; therefore, try having your child record or repeat information aloud. Peer tutoring, verbal memorization games and listening to audio recordings may benefit him or her as well. Visual learners require seeing material in order to understand. While lectures can become overwhelming, the visual learner needs to learn how to take quality notes. Learning the Cornell Note Method would be a great asset to a middle school student, especially in preparation for high school. Rewriting notes; highlighting information; using flash or note cards are helpful tools and

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strategies. Tactile learners would benefit from making learning more physical, such as by standing, walking, or bouncing a ball. Kinesthetic learners may need to use a combination of auditory and visual learning strategies, such as highlighting, reading whole-to-part, reading aloud and using a dry-erase board. Becoming a great student takes work! Students who adopt a few effective studying strategies will immediately see a difference in their overall performance. Reading a class novel can teach students more than identifying the elements of a story and literary devices. Students oftentimes benefit from listening to conversations derived from student-led discussion groups; yet, not all students can pick up a novel and begin reading for understanding. Technology has provided students of all levels the opportunity to build self-confidence while reading. Finding a specific audiobook may be difficult to locate as a download, or in CD form; however, e-readers can assist readers in defining an unknown word, or in highlighting and storing pertinent sentences for later use. Middle school students may become avid readers due to the ease of use and popularity of e-readers. Today’s pre-teens or teenagers have fewer excuses regarding their feelings towards reading. Technology has provided the auditory, visual and tactile learning tools to accommodate their reading styles. In addition, even the most selective readers can find something that is worth their time and effort. • Encourage your child to read, listen, or follow along in a variety of genres. • Read the first page out loud to ensure a student has an understanding of the story elements. • Reading a trilogy or series will encourage consistency in daily reading. • Partnership reading can offer open discussions and perhaps find solutions to real-world situations. • Use newspaper articles to discuss events occurring locally, nationally, or internationally. Guide pre-teens or teenagers to expand their ideas through open-ended questions. Teachers, librarians and book lists will inform parents of popular titles or favorite authors. Students can find a great book by reading summaries or book reviews online. Orson Scott Card, Cornelia Funke, Nancy Farmer and Jonathan Stroud are just a few authors that tend to appeal to most middleschool readers. If levels are too challenging, yet the content is appropriate, try to find the title in an audio book. Reading on a consistent basis could solve many difficulties that trouble students. It should be “cool” to think reading could increase reading speed, expand vocabulary, develop writing proficiencies and build stronger analytical thinking skills. In the meantime, students have plenty of time to finish the second quarter on a high note, and begin the new quarter with plenty of inspiration.


Got Holiday Stress? By Victoria Nnadi, MD

can happen to anyone. In fact, it happens to most of us at some

Stress point.

It can be positive or negative depending on how we react to stressful conditions. Oftentimes, anxiety and depression can result from stress if proactive steps are not taken. Some symptoms of stress include tension, depression, poor memory, anger, hostility, negative thinking, accidents, headaches, bowel disorders, distractibility, poor concentration and frequent mood swings. Even excessive smoking, drinking and eating can result from poor stress management. More extreme symptoms include poor digestion, cancer, sexual dysfunction, arthritis, skin disorders, emotional disorders, asthma attacks, high blood pressure, backache, immune disorders, ulcers, infections, and stroke.

best at work and also be the perfect wife and mother at home.

Obligate yourself to enjoyable activities. Avoid overextending your energy and time.

Other challenges women face include their inability to spend sufficient time caring for their own emotional and physical needs. Women tend to feel the need to please everyone and have trouble saying “no” to requests. All these factors can contribute to the stress that women feel.

Do something nice for yourself each day. Make an appointment to do something relaxing and place this on the calendar. Keep this appointment with yourself.

Here are some tips for coping with stress during the Holidays, or any time of year: • Carve out personal time for yourself • Prioritize tasks that need to be completed • Do not try to be “superwoman” • Take baths • Read

Because stress can affect all our body systems, as well as our emotional state, it is important to control stressful situations to the best of our abilities. The Holiday season can be especially challenging for those who attempt to manage their stress by overeating and over-drinking.

• Do breathing exercises

Although stress can affect anyone, some experts feel that women are especially susceptible to stress because women are historically caregivers of others. More women have a career outside the home and have to balance their work and personal life. More than 70% of married women with children under he age of 18 are employed outside the home. There is a constant pull for women to perform their

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• Meet with a friend • Listen to relaxing music • Dance • Walk • Perform stretching exercises • Seek counseling or support group therapy • Engage in relaxation training The bottom line is to try not to overload yourself during the Holidays. Set reasonable goals.

Stay Healthy by minimizing stress. Stress can weaken your immune system so it makes your body less likely to fight off infection. This can result in viral illnesses, worsening of allergy and asthma and other health conditions. During this Holiday season, attempt to eat healthy meals including 5 servings of vegetables and fruit on a daily basis. Also drinking plenty of water, and getting a good night’s sleep each night can help you stay fit through the Holidays and beyond. The goal is to get a healthy eating, exercise and stress management routine in place now, so you can incorporate it into your life long-term. Prevention is key to healthier living so let us keep ourselves healthy by coping with stress in a meaningful way that will have a positive impact on our lives not just for now but for a lifetime.


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Small Stories for a Big World By Kim Underwood other day, my brother and sister-in-law dropped by with four giant cupcakes that they didn’t want tempting them at their house. After they left, I retired to the kitchen to taste test one. I was a couple of bites away from polishing it off when Doobins called for me from the living room.

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“Give me a minute,” I said. “I’ve finished the first three cupcakes and I’m just about done with the last one.” I expected him to dismiss the comment as a feeble attempt at humor not worth his attention. Instead, he rushed into the kitchen only to find me still working on the first cupcake and the other three sitting untouched on the kitchen table. “I can’t believe I fell for that,” he said. He turned and headed back into the living room. Doobins likes to get me, too. When he wakes up in the morning, his usually heads to the couch in the living room where he quietly makes the transition to being fully awake. When I hear him stir, I will go in to check on him. From time to time, I find an empty couch. Oh, no! I begin my search. Often a shard of noise will give away his location. Sometimes, though, I truly can’t find him and he is able to jump out and startle me.

“What’s the category?” “Celestial bodies,” I said. “That’s no good,” she said. “Things you can touch,” I said. “You can’t touch a star,” Sparkle Girl said. “That’s stupid.” She smiled her smile. We were in new territory. As far as I could remember, it was the first time she had ever called one of my ideas stupid. At the same time, I liked seeing that she was comfortable enough to play at that level. When we got back home, she told Garnet all about my mental missteps. Garnet can be wildly funny. As a sideline, she makes up words. Faye doesn’t have a snout, she has a “snoober.” When I asked Garnet how she came up with that word, she said, “That’s what it is.” “Derbis” is another word she introduced to me. Dust bunnies and other scattered bits of this and that fall into the “derbis” category. Ever since I have known her, I presumed that it was a word she made up by rearranging the letters in “debris.” I just learned that her grandmother—who Garnet knew as Debo—used it. So making up words may be a gift that came to her through her grandmother.

Sparkle Girl and I have other games that we enjoy. When we walk around the block with Faye, we sometimes play word games. In one, one person picks a category and a word from that category. The other person has to come up with a word that begins with the letter that ends the first person’s word. With the category of “food,” for instance, “tomato” may lead to “orange.” We try to keep in mind that lots of words ending in “e” can soon make the game challenging, no matter what the category.

I like living a life filled with enjoyable made-up words and people comfortable enough with each other to play. Years ago, His Dogness and I were walking in Old Salem one day—we were heading up Church Street toward God’s Acre—when I realized that happiness comes not in packages that last for a week or a day, but in moments that may be gone in an instant, so you had best be alert enough to savor them when they arrive.

On a recent walk, Sparkle Girl asked me to start. Without thinking about a category, I said, “Star.”

I have the good fortune to come upon many such moments in my life. I hope that the holidays bring many to you, too.

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The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem brings together women who care about the economic and social well-being of women and girls in Forsyth County. Whether their passion is education, economic security, health and safety, or leadership, these women have come together to translate that passion into positive action through the power of collective giving. Over the past seven years, we have granted over $1,000,000 to organizations working to improve the lives of women and girls in Forsyth County. We are a community of passionate women creating social change.

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Holidays With the Family : Fun Events for Everyone to Enjoy December brings the sights and sounds of the holidays at every turn. The downtown lighted décor reminds you that the holiday spirit is in the air. Make the most of this jingle-filled month, with events the family can enjoy together. Your little elves will thank you for bundling up and going out to enjoy some of the Christmas cheer.

JINGLE ALL THE WAY WITH THE DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY PARADE & TREE LIGHTING Just around the corner from Old Salem, you will find the 23rd Annual Winston-Salem Jaycees Downtown Holiday Parade. The festivities will be held on Saturday, December 7th, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. in downtown Winston-Salem and will be followed by the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership‘s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. For more information, visit: http://www.wsparade.org/

THE LITTLE ELVES WILL LOVE THE HOLIDAY FUN AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

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HOLIDAYS FROM LONG AGO: ENJOYING THE TRADITIONS OF OLD SALEM For more information, visit http://www.oldsalem.org Old Salem Christmas by Candlelight Tours: Take a guided tour by candlelight through the Historic District, where you will take a part in reliving the traditions of a Salem Christmas long ago. The evening will include music, games, food and drink. Tour Dates: December 6, 7, 13, 19, 20, & 21 Saturdays with St. Nicholas: Meet St. Nicholas and have a souvenir photo with him, taken by a professional photographer (included in admission cost) December 7, 14, & 21, 2013, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Activities included (from www.oldsalem,org): - Meet St. Nicholas and have a souvenir photo taken with him - Watch an heirloom puppet show: “Herr Kater’s Christmas” at 10:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:00 p.m., & 2:45 p.m. - Storytelling of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” every half hour

Also located downtown is the Children’s museum, where you will find holiday activities the whole family can enjoy! For more information, visit: http://childrensmuseumofws.org/

- Enjoy holiday shopping and gift wrapping, including a special children’s shopping area, so children can select gifts for their family and friends

Breakfast with Santa: Saturday, December 7; 8–10 a.m.; $16/member, $18/nonmember

- Enjoy Victorian Carolers of Christmas Past from 12:00–1:00 on Dec.7 and 21

Supper with Santa: Friday, December 13; 5:30–7:30 p.m.; $16/member, $18/nonmember

$7 ticket (ages 2 and up) includes all activities listed above, a souvenir photo and a holiday snack. Children under 2 years of age enjoy free admission. Tickets are ONLY available for purchase at the Frank L. Horton Museum Center. Please call 336-721-7300 or email info@oldsalem.org for more information.

Elf Tea Party: Saturday, December 21; 10:30 a.m.–noon; $14/member-child (1 adult free), $20/nonmember-child (1 adult free), admission included. Drop-in Gingerbread Workshop: *registration not required Monday, December 23/Tuesday, December 24 , 10 a.m.–1 p.m. (*while supplies last), $6/house (admission required, but not included)

- Taste a holiday beverage and a treat from Winkler Bakery

Candle Tea 2013: Enjoy this time-honored tradition held at the Single Brothers House (600 South Main Street). Event includes singing Christmas carols and a look into how the beeswax candles are made that are used in the Christmas Eve candlelight love feasts. Top off the evening by enjoying a warm cup of Moravian coffee and a piece of sugar cake while listening to the Christmas story and viewing the lighted Nativity putz. December 5, 6, 12, & 13; 1:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. December 7 & 14; 11:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m. Admission: $5 adults / $1 children (12 & under)


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The holidays are approaching quickly, and along with them come parties, planning, and plenty of first-class meals… ortunately, Catered Affairs’ has launched a brand new concept with the same great food and service known from them for almost 50 years.

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Introducing the fine-dining restaurant: Catered Affairs’ has been a respected and successful catering company in the WinstonSalem area for some time, always boasting fresh food and impeccable service. Since 1964 Catered Affairs’ has accommodated the public in hosting intimate private gatherings to vast elegant weddings. Five years ago, the owner’s of Catered Affairs’ leapt onto the restaurant scene, opening the award-winning Deacon Tower Grille. Deacon Tower Grille was a huge success, presenting an enjoyable ambiance, and an extensive menu. According to the many patrons, everything from their grilled salmon, to their tender filet-mignon, to their signature bread pudding, was continuously beyond delectable. These same seasoned and thriving restaurateurs’ have since moved their business and renamed it Phoenix Grille. Phoenix Grille maintains a menu that is not only as fine as Deacon Tower Grille, but with time, has become even better. Phoenix Grille preserved all of its client’s favorite dishes, as well as further tasty items, such as the lump crab cakes, hot baked pizzas, and hearty shrimp and grits. The food at Phoenix Grille is always fresh and cooked to perfection; the staff is constantly friendly and ready to serve in every way; and the bar has a plethora of cold drinks 90 • forsythfamilymagazine.com

made to order. Phoenix Grille is the epitome of casual fine-dining. From the moment a guest walks in they are greeted with a smile, treated to a scrumptious meal, and left with a desire to come back soon! Phoenix Grille is located at 5790 University Parkway, inside the Holiday Inn Hotel and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Holiday Inn will soon be undergoing a multimillion dollar transformation process, and will be evolving into a Double Tree by Hilton. Included in these renovations will be the upgrade and remodeling of Phoenix Grille itself. Although, the restaurant will be open throughout the entire renovation process, when the construction is completed, the atmosphere will be comfortable, contemporary, and absolutely stunning. Due to the fact that this new location for Phoenix Grille is within a hotel, there are various perks available. Catered Affairs’ and Phoenix Grille are able to provide extensive space for large parties and gatherings. There is over 6,000 square feet of space: from two separate ballrooms, to multiple meeting rooms, to a private boardroom, all in addition to the vicinity available within the Phoenix Grille dining room and bar area. So, as the air grows crisp and the days creep closer to the holiday season, keep in mind everything that the new fine-dining establishment, Phoenix Grille , has to offer; a warm, agreeable atmosphere, unforgettable food, and room for all your festive parties.

Phoenix Grille is the perfect place for a quiet date night, as well as a great spot for big celebrations. Phoenix Grille is always accepting reservations for large and small groups. Simply give us a call at (336)896-8624 or visit our website at PhoenixGrille.us.com. No matter how you plan on contacting us, we can’t wait to see you soon at Phoenix Grille, the best new restaurant in Winston-Salem!


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juniors in high school, all students have to make one of the most important decisions of their career: namely, what path they want to take after graduating. I plan on attending college and using my junior year to help prioritize the schools to which I would like to apply. While some students may wait until their junior year to seriously consider college, other students may have been thinking about this since they were old enough to wear an NC State football jersey. I didn’t have that type of parental pressure, because my father didn’t go to college and my mother went to Texas Woman’s University, which is nowhere on my college radar. Because of this, I have basically had free rein to tour colleges that interested me and were in places that I would enjoy living in.

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When you tour a college campus with your parent(s), your experience may vary depending on the type of relationship you have with them. Most of the time, parents think about what type of surroundings they would like for their children to live in and what programs the school offers for them. Some parents like a strict schedule when touring and some are more relaxed and allow their children to decide if the college would be the perfect fit for what they want to do later in life. If you have a shy or introverted personality and will have difficulty talking to

unfamiliar people about the university, touring with your parent(s) is a good idea. They can ask the questions that are important to both of you, such as, cost, campus safety, the percentage of college graduates who get a job out of school and transportation. It will also take some of the college planning stress off of you and assist you in making a decision. I’ve actually been touring colleges informally for the past few years, so whenever my family would take a vacation we would stop by the local colleges that interested me. Ranging from the University of Texas at Austin to the Chicago Institute of Art, these schools have been narrowed down to the type of school I could see myself fitting into, not just because of the programs they offer, but because of the campus lifestyle as well. A university having a good sense of community is important to me, because finding your group of friends within 10,000 to 30,000 students can be difficult. It’s fun to make a trip out of college tour. Not only do you get to explore new places, but you also you get to see what the area around the college offers. If you enjoy going out on the weekends, a more urban campus might suit your interests better rather than a rural campus with just a college and a few restaurants. Whichever way you decide to approach college visits, remember that college is meant to be a fun experience where you find yourself, meet different types of people and get out of your comfort zone. Stressing too much about the future will spoil the present.


“Out and About” in Winston-Salem

Senior Services… And an Evening for Alzheimer’s Care By Heather Spivey Friday November 1st, Senior Services held the 13th annual Evening for Alzheimer’s Care event at their Shorefair Drive facility. It was an evening dedicated to helping adults in need of respite care services through the Elizabeth and Tab Williams Adult Day Center and Home Care programs of Senior Services.

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Over 400 guests enjoyed entertainment from keyboardist Kevin Douthit and a delicious buffet dinner and cocktails. Guests also had an opportunity to bid on an extensive array of items offered in a silent auction that were donated by local businesses, artists, universities and individuals all benefitting the programs at Senior Services. This year’s Honorary Chairs were John & Mary Louise Burress and Susan Mann was the Event Chair (The Elizabeth and Tab Williams Adult Center was named for her parents). The events presenting sponsors were the Emken Family and BB&T. This event is a wonderful annual occasion where you have a grand time visiting old friends and making new, all while raising money for such a worthy cause. The staff, volunteers and community join together to create a special evening for all in attendance. To attend next years “Evening for Alzheimer’s Care” or to learn more about the many programs Senior Services offers or to see how you can help or volunteer visit www.seniorservicesinc.org

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CHRISTMAS SNICKERDOODLES

Christmas Cooking with Kids By Kristi Marion & Emily Dodson

holidays are a time for family baking and memory-making! We’ve gathered some kid-friendly recipes for sweet treats and wonderful-smelling ornaments!

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Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons red decorating sugar crystals 1 Tablespoon cinnamon, divided 2 Tablespoons green decorating sugar crystals 1 ½ cup sugar ½ cup vegetable shortening

PEPPERMINT COOKIE TRUFFLES

CINNAMON ORNAMENTS

½ cup butter softened

Ingredients:

Ingredients:

2 eggs

1 package Trader Joe’s® Candy Cane Joe Joe’s (or substitute peppermint Oreos®, or plain Oreos® with 6 crushed peppermint candy canes)

1 ½ cups ground cinnamon

2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

1 cup applesauce

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

¼ cup kid-friendly glue

1 teaspoon baking soda

Directions:

¼ teaspoon salt

1. In a medium bowl, have kids mix all ingredients together to make a thick, cookie-like dough. Knead in bowl until smooth. Cover bowl with cling wrap and let rest for 40 minutes.

Directions:

1 8-oz. package cream cheese (softened) dark chocolate (or white chocolate) 4 peppermint candy canes, crushed Directions: 1. In a food processor, pulse the cookies until they are finely ground (about 1 minute). Add cream cheese and pulse until combined. 2. Place mixture in a bowl and let the kids roll into small balls. Place balls on wax or parchment paper.

2. Knead dough again and place dough between two sheets of wax paper. Roll with a rolling pin until dough is about ¼ inch thick. 3. Use Christmas cookie cutters to cut out ornament shapes, or shape them by hand.

3. Melt the dark (or white) chocolate according to package directions.

4. Make a hole in the top of each ornament with a straw.

4. Dip the balls into the melted chocolate.

5. Leave ornaments between two pieces of wax paper to dry. Turn them over every day to ensure thorough drying and to prevent the edges curling. Drying may take up to a week.

5. Before the truffles harden, let the kids sprinkle the crushed peppermint onto the truffles to garnish. 6. Refrigerate.

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6. Once the ornaments are completely dry, tie yarn or ribbon through the hole to hang.

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, mix red decorating sugar crystals and half of the tablespoon of cinnamon and set aside. In another small bowl, mix green decorating sugar crystals and the rest of the tablespoon of cinnamon and set aside. 2. In a large bowl, mix sugar, shortening, butter and eggs thoroughly. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. 3. Let the kids help shape the dough into small balls (about ¾ inch width) and roll in alternating red and green cinnamon mixture. 4. Place about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. 5. Bake for 8–10 minutes until centers are almost set, remove, cool and serve with milk (if desired!).


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Decmber Calendar of Family Events NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 8 “THINGS WONDROUS & HUMBLE” EXHIBITION

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9:30am-4:30pm, Reynolda House Museum of American Art. Explore both traditional and unexpected approaches to still life in this exhibition featuring some of the finest examples of still life from collections across the state. Cost: $14/adult; free/children 18 and under, students, Wake Forest employees and military personnel. 758.5150

NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 13 EXHIBIT: CHINESE CERAMICS FROM THE CHANGSHA KILNS 10am-4:30pm. MOA’s new permanent exhibit provides an overview of the ceramics produced by families at the Changsha Kilns during the Tang Dynasty more than one thousand years ago. The exhibit features more than 100 spectacular ceramic objects from the MOA’s Lam Collection. 758.5282.

DECORATE SCIWORKS’ HOLIDAY TREE 11am-2pm, SciWorks, 400 W Hanes Mill Road. Make your own ornament, and help decorate the holiday tree in the SciWorks Great Hall! 714.7109

NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 14 NANO MINI-EXHIBIT AT SCIWORKS 10am-4pm, SciWorks, 400 W Hanes Mill Road. Learn the basics of nanoscience, discover real world applications and explore the societal and ethical implications of this relatively new technology in this bilingual, interactive exhibit. 714.7109

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DECEMBER 1 & 8 LOVEFEAST AT WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY 8-9:30pm, Wait Chapel, WFU. The Lovefeast and candlelight service occurs on the first Sunday in December. Celebrates one of the unique traditions of the Moravian community in W-S. 758.5237

DECEMBER 3 MONKEY HOOPER FITNESS 11am, 390 South Liberty Street. Join us as we enjoy activities like dancing, games, parachute play, obstacle courses and more. Free with admission or membership. 723.9111

DECEMBER 4 KIDS’ MORNING OUT 10am-noon, Lowe’s Foods, 2501 Lewisville-Clemmons Road, Clemmons. Come see their new, completely remodeled store at their LOCAL SOCIAL created just for Forsyth Family KMO. Local Food Samples and demonstrations, cookie making fun with Mrs. Hanes,

activities for kids, door prizes, and a visit from Santa! As always, each adult receives four tickets for our fabulous prize board drawings! Bring an unwrapped toy and receive extra tickets for the prize board!

DECEMBER 5 HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT KIM TAYLOR & COMPANY 5-9pm, 153 South Stratford Road. Join us for a fun evening full of friends, cocktails, giveaways and lots of holiday cheer! Champagne tasting! Call 722.8503 for more information.

AUTISM AWARENESS NIGHT 6-8pm, 390 South Liberty Street. Learn more about local autism resources and service providers, play in the museum, enjoy free refreshments and meet the Wake Forest Demon Deacon. Any individual with an autism spectrum disorder and one parent/guardian admitted free. Additional family $5-$10. 723.9111 Join the North Carolina Autism Society Forsyth County Chapter for this special night!

HOLIDAY CHORAL CONCERT 7:30pm, Brendle Recital Hall. A fundraiser for the Concert Choir's Ireland Tour. Tickets at the door: $10/adults; $5/students; Wake Forest students free with WFU ID. 758.5026

LOVEFEAST 8-9:30pm, Wait Chapel. The Quad is lined with luminaries, the Chapel is adorned with Christmas decorations, the concert choir and Moravian band are featured, traditional Moravian coffee and buns are served and beeswax candles are provided to all who attend. 758.5121

DECEMBER 5-7 CANDLELIGHT TOURS 4:30-7pm (tours every half hour), Reynolda House Museum of American Art. Share Reynolda House with your friends and family this holiday season on a guided Candlelight Tour. Tickets include refreshments and live entertainment each night. Cost: $12/members & students; $18/non-members. 758.5150

DECEMBER 5-14 CANDLE TEA 1-8:30pm, Single Brothers' House, Salem Square, Old Salem. We invite you to experience the sights, sounds and smells of Advent and Christmas in early Salem as you tour the Single Brothers' House during this annual event. Enjoy Moravian sugar cake and coffee! View our putz and Nativity. Cost: $5/adults; $1/children 12 or younger. 723.8931

DECEMBER 6 GLASS DOOR SALON & SPA GRAND OPENING 6pm, Glass Door Salon & Spa, 460 N. Cherry St. Visit Glass Door Salon & Spa for their grand opening which includes dry styling bar, salon tours, demos, gift bags, give aways, food, and drinks. 727.4805

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DECEMBER 6-8 & 13-15 BLACK NATIVITY The Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive. The Christmas story told through dramatic choreography, vibrant costumes and inspirational music. Check NCBlackrep.org for performance times. Cost: $15-$24. 723.2266

DECEMBER 7 BREAKFAST WITH SANTA (APPLEBEE’S FLAPJACK FUNDRAISER) 7:30-10am, Applebee's, 6310 Allegacy Way in Clemmons. Annual event sponsored by Parker's Pals to help support a local child with autism. Meal includes flapjacks, sausage and a beverage. Santa will be present to visit with children of all ages. Cost: $7/person; $3/person aged 6 or younger. 998.9487

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA 8-10am, 390 South Liberty Street. Start off with a delicious catered breakfast, enjoy crafts, cookie decorating, story time and a visit from the man in red himself! Advance registration and program fee required – register at http://tinyurl.com/khsw6hc. 723.9111

CHRISTMAS TREASURES SALE 8am-12pm, Clemmons Moravian Church Fellowship Hall, 3560 Spangenburg Ave in Clemmons. All gently used holiday related items including ornaments, lights and many other decorations. Half of the proceeds will be donated to the Clemmons Food Pantry. Call 766-9739 to donate. ASTRONOMY OBSERVATION AT PILOT MOUNTAIN 6-8pm, Summit Parking Lot of Pilot Mountain State Park. Join Forsyth Astronomical Society and SciWorks staff for this popular, free event! Telescopes will be provided. 714.7109

DECEMBER 8 KERNERSVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE 2:30-4:30pm, Downtown Kernersville. Come and see the area’s largest Christmas parade. Cost: Free to watch; charge to participate. 993.4521

CANS AND CAROLS 6-9pm, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 1046 Miller Street. Musical groups will perform Christmas carols in their own styles ranging from soul to rock to country to hip hop. Nonperishable food items requested. Refreshments sold. 972.0703

DECEMBER 10 MARY TIME MUSIC 11am, 390 South Liberty Street. A bonding experience filled with joyful songs, percussion and parachute play, chants and lap rides. Free with admission or membership. 723.9111

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DECEMBER 13 HOLIDAY CHAMPAGNE BREAKFAST AT KIM TAYLOR & COMPANY 9-11:30am, 153 South Stratford Road. Start your weekend early by celebrating the season with us! Giveaways, champagne cocktails and breakfast goodies! Call 722.8503 for more information.

FESTIVE FAMILY FRIDAY AT SCIWORKS 4-8pm, SciWorks, 400 W. Hanes Mill Road. Be a part of this annual holiday tradition! For just $1/person, you can explore the museum, listen to live holiday music, enjoy light refreshments, make holiday crafts and visit with some very special guests…including Santa! Free for SciWorks members. 714.7109

SUPPER WITH SANTA 5:30-7:30pm, 390 South Liberty Street. Enjoy a pizza dinner, crafts, cookie decorating, story time and a visit from the man in red himself! Advance registration and program fee required – register at http://tinyurl.com/llau3c3. 723.9111

DECEMBER 13-15 “THE NUTCRACKER” IN LEXINGTON 7:30-10pm, Edward C. Smith Civic Center. High Point Ballet’s family favorite! Featuring an all-new cast, sets, lighting and choreography. Cost varies. 747.1414 or www.highpointballet.org.

DECEMBER 14-15 DRIVE-THRU LIVE NATIVITY 6:30-8:30pm, Mizpah Moravian Church, 3165 Mizpah Church Road in Rural Hall. People will see live animals and beautiful scenes of the Nativity story with live music provided by the Moravian band. www.mizpahmoravianchurch.org.

DECEMBER 15 PLAY: A CHRISTMAS MEMORY 3-5pm, Reynolda House Museum of American Art. Children and adults are sure to be warmed by Truman Capote's tale of his own humble childhood holiday traditions. Cost: $10/members & students; $15/non-members. 758.5150

DECEMBER 17 READEROBICS 11am, 390 South Liberty Street. Each program begins with fun action rhymes and story time. Then, as the music starts rockin’, we act out the story doing fun aerobic and dance moves! Free with admission or membership. 723.9111

DECEMBER 19 ANGEL BEAR YOGA: WINTER ADVENTURE 11am, 390 South Liberty Street. We will read the book One Snowy Night and imagine snow falling as we do our yoga poses. Learn the important character trait of giving! Free with admission or membership. 723.9111

5 pm…until! Jeffrey Adams on Fourth, 321 West Fourth Street in W-S. Grab a friend, neighbor, co-worker, mother, sister, SOMEBODY and have a much need Girls’ Night Out. Enjoy half priced wine and appetizers. Also, register for TONS of prizes and giveaways! Receive extra prize board tickets for every new, unwrapped toy you bring for Toys for Tots! Sponsored by Jeffrey Adams on Fourth, Forsyth Woman and Forsyth Woman Engaged! See you there!

1-6pm, Senior Services, 2895 Shorefair Drive. Be A Santa to a Senior is a great way to bring holiday cheer to those who are in need! Join us in wrapping more than 300 gifts for needing seniors in Forsyth County! 760.8001

DECEMBER 12 HOLIDAY POPS CONCERT: CAROLINA BRASS

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7:30-9pm, Reynolda House Museum of American Art. From the elegance and grace of classical pieces to the harddriving sound of the big band era, Carolina Brass takes audiences on a musical sleigh ride. Cost: $10/members & students; $15/non-members. 758.5150

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Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive. In this hilarious Christmas tale, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids - probably the most inventively awful kids in history. Cost: $10/adults; $5/children. Box office: 725.4001

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Advertiser Index Ballet & Performing Arts Centre..................17

Irvin Roberts Salon & Day Spa ...................17

Salem Smiles Orthodontics........................73

Bonefish Grill.............................................91

Kilwin’s .....................................................17

SciWorks ...................................................67

Braincore Therapy......................................49

Launch Media ............................................89

Second Harvest Food Bank ........................65

Brenner Fit.................................................57

Lewisville Laser & Aesthetics .....................36

Share the Love ...........................................19

Busy as a Bee Concierge............................44

Locke Chiropractic .....................................25

C3 Fitness .................................................49

Lyndhurst Gynecologic Associates .............79

Carenet Counseling....................................24

Mac & Nelli’s ............................................96

Carolina Laser & Cosmetic Center..............23

meg brown home furnishings.....................33

Carolina Urological Associates ..................55

Minglewood ..............................................61

Chamberlain Place Apartments ..................41

Mock Beroth Tire and Automotive..inside back

Chermak & Hanson Orthodontics ...............83 Chris’ Lawncare .........................................44 Christina’s Dessertery ..........................91, 97 Christmas Toy Drive .....................................7 Clemmons United Methodist Church..........63 Cloverdale Ace Hardware ...........................45 Cornerstone Health Care ..............................9 Cupcakes by Three.....................................91 Edward Jones ......................................26, 77 Financial Pathways.....................................47 Forsyth Woman 100 Party ..........................58

St. Johns Lutheran Church & School ..........61 Snowbird Farms.........................................27 Stitches .....................................................38 Studio Create.............................................79 Sunrise United Methodist Church...............64

Moonlight Designs ....................................87

Susan Maier Colon - Berkshire Hathaway Home Services ..........................................43

Moore Self Storage ....................................59 Ten Little Monkeys .......................................9 New Town Bistro ........................................91 Novant Health - Forsyth Medical

TJ’s Body Shop .........................................73

Imaging.........................................back cover

The Last Reosrt ..........................................91

NuExpressions ...........................................28

The Nutcracker..............................inside front

Old Salem .................................................13

The Women’s Fund ....................................85

Old Vineyard Behavioral Center ..................43

Thruway Center............................................3

Omega House Family Restaurant................91

Tina S. Merhoff & Associates ...............37, 75

One Shot Photography ...............................81 Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School ............65

Triad Baptist Church...................................69 Triad Eco Adventures..................................76

Phoenix Grille ............................................91 Trustient.....................................................35

Goin’ Postal ...............................................43

Piedmont Diaper Bank................................69

Greensboro Coliseum - Disney on Ice ........95

Pintxous Pour House ..................................91

Hawthorne Eye Center................................35

Postal Annex................................................9

Hillsdale Real Estate Group ........................39

ProDance Academy....................................19

Hip Chics Boutique....................................33

River Ridge Tap House ...............................91

Home Instead ..............................................8

Roger Marion Automotive...........................55

Winston-Salem Cleaning Service ...............39

Honda of Winston-Salem ...........................11

Rolly’s Baby Boutique................................15

Winston-Salem Dental Care .......................35

Honky Tonk Smokehouse ...........................91

Salem Academy.........................................59

WomanCare ...............................................49

Imprints.....................................................75

Salem Gymnastics.....................................73

YMCA of Northwest North Carolina.............55

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V’s Barbershop ..........................................21 WBFJ 89.3 ................................................67 Which Wich? .............................................91 Will Wilkins - State Farm Insurance............19


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