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8 Take the Vacation! 12 Best Perennials for Sun and Shade

26 Succession Planning

Preparing the Family Farm

32 3 Easy DIY Home Decor Projects


Just For You

40 SUMMER CAMP 48 Peanut Butter Jelly Time

5 Simple & Delicious Variations on the Childhood Classic

56 All About Earth Day 66 The Benefits of Calendula 76 Lent. A Season of Reflection, Repentence and Preparation

78 Revelations from a Maundy Thursday Vigil

74 The Fancy Fork Lemon Poppy Seed Breakfast Muffins

What If? Presents Concealed Carry

My Grace-Full Life A New Direction

Reflections of a Southern Yankee


First-World Problem


Triad Moms on Main April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

It’s a Grand Life Let There Be Peace on Earth

A Father’s Perspective Life’s Temporary Moments

Dining Guide Anna Bakes Cooies A Delicious New Business


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the time this issue is published, we will have finally moved into our own “fixer upper!” We’ve been working on our new, little home since September, and it’s hard for me to believe the time has come to say “goodbye” to the house we have called home for the past 22 years. We moved in the spring of 2000 and held our youngest daughter’s 7th birthday party shortly thereafter in April. Since then, we have held countless birthday parties and family gatherings to celebrate Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. We’ve watched both our girls grow up, start driving, graduate from high school and college, and our oldest daughter get married in this house. We’ve also weathered the storms of my breast cancer journey, and the loss of a pet, grandparents and parents. I’m grateful for the refuge this house has provided all these years and can only hope that it’s new caretakers will make as many wonderful memories here as we have! April is our annual spring home issue filled with advertisers and articles to assist you with many needs regarding your home! Carolina Shutter & Blinds is our cover advertiser, and they would love for you to call them for any of your window covering needs. The April issue continues with our Summer Camp Showcase with many wonderful camp options to create a magical summer for your child! Spring 2022 brings the return of many beloved events including the annual Second Harvest Empty Bowls fundraiser on April 23rd. Forsyth Mags is honored to be a part of this year’s event with Brooke Eagle serving as chair and Keela and I serving as honorary chairs. See page 11 to get your tickets! Be sure to visit us at the Kids Zone tent from 1-4pm on April 23rd at the 17th Annual Earth Day Fair for this month’s Kids’ Afternoon Out! Love & Blessings!



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remember when I had my daughter, everyone told me that vacations and traveling would never happen for me. Being a young mother, I was told a lot of things would never come to fruition, that so much of my life was now going to be put on hold and change course. One of those things was traveling. “It’s not easy traveling with a child.” While I knew it would require a bit more planning, packing diapers and toys, something in me pushed against the advice and talk that traveling would be nearly impossible. I recall, when she was just four months old, packing up my infant and heading to Nantucket Island to visit family. Now at almost 16, she has more stamps on her passport than most adults. My two-year-old son has been on many trips already, visiting family and other family vacations for fun. The look in my children’s eyes experiencing the beach, the water park, mountains, and new scenery for the first time is worth all the extra packing, planning, and sometimes having to forego all plans for the day because #momlife. Your life doesn’t end when you have a child. If anything, it just begins. All the things you planned for


yourself, you now get to experience with a little person by your side, smiling, jumping, running, and seeing things for the first time. So, while there is truth in it not being easy to travel with a child, anything worth doing isn’t going to be easy. Next time you struggle with whether the vacation is worth it, take it. Pull out the suitcases and sunscreen, grab the passports, or pack up the car. Whatever it is, the memories, photos, and experiences will be with you forever. And your children? They’ll remember. Far more than you think. My daughter to this day may not remember specifics, but she continually mentions that we were always going somewhere new and that she looked forward to it so much. She remembers that the family countdowns to our next adventure hanging on the refrigerator were the highlight of her day, when she got to remove a number. And she remembers that I was rested and less stressed for just a few days. Kids remember. So, when in doubt—take the vacation!

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The participation in Empty Bowls by so many talented individuals those who provide food from Second Harvest’s Providence kitchen and those in our arts community who create bowls – has shown how generous and engaged our community can be.”

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Reflecting on the longstanding relationship with Second Harvest, Garner Riddle shared that TW Garner has donated through its benevolence program since the inception of the regional Second Harvest Food Bank organization. “We’ve also served on the board of directors. My brother, Reg, former Garner Foods President and Second Harvest Board Chair, helped the leadership get started and supported them as they organized the programs. I’ve been on the board of directors since 2010 and will assume the role of board chair in July 2022. I am looking forward to helping this team of leaders meet their goals and grow these important programs that help so many in the community.”

This year, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC commemorates its 40th year of service, and their team is celebrating the people and organizations that have made their mission possible. Many have storied histories and continue to support the Food Bank’s work to build a healthy, hunger-free community for everyone. TW Garner Food Company is one such organization. The histories of the respective organizations have been intertwined from Second Harvest’s early days and includes TW Garner’s annual presenting sponsorship of Second Harvest’s signature event – Empty Bowls. This year marks the 21st year for the event, which provides essential support for the Food Bank. Ann Garner Riddle, President and CEO of TW Garner Food Company, describes the partnership in this way: “We’re in the food business, and we understand the power good food has in helping people live better lives. Serving Second Harvest Food Bank is such a huge part of our identity, and this program is near and dear to our corporate and individual hearts.

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The Second Harvest team is hard at work preparing for the April 27th event, soliciting handcrafted bowls from artisans across its service area who, year after year, answer the call to contribute their talents to this community event. Second Harvest is especially grateful to the Sawtooth Center for Visual Art and their ceramics students for providing thousands of bowls through the years. This fall, the Second Harvest team will move to its new headquarters in Winston Salem’s Whitaker Park. When asked about this new space, Garner Riddle remarked, “This location will bring all of the Food Bank’s Winston-Salem-based operations under the same roof. It’s going to be a welcoming place that will do so much good for our neighbors.” Eric Aft, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank, echoed that sentiment, “From the outset, we expressed to the community that the move to the new headquarters would be much more than a new building. We will fulfill this commitment by enhancing our most effective strategies and implementing new approaches to impact hunger and its root causes in our region.” Since its inception in 2001, Empty Bowls has brought awareness to the magnitude of local food insecurity to the community and provided an opportunity for people to be part of the solution to persistent food insecurity. In the 18-county area served by Second Harvest, 1 in 6 people struggle with food insecurity. Children go to bed hungry and far too many seniors face difficult choices between buying food or paying for other basic needs. According to Aft, “TW Garner Food Company and Food Lion (co-presenting sponsors) are committed to creating communities where every child, every senior, and every person succeeds. They understand that food is the foundation of this success, so supporting Empty Bowls is a tremendous investment in this work while also inspiring others to make a difference.”

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Last year Second Harvest made the decision to pivot to a drive thru format for the event. The new approach proved to be a huge success, and the team will continue with this format for this year’s event. “We are thankful for our presenting sponsors and all who make this event possible,” said Reedy Mensh, Events Manager for Second Harvest. “It takes a lot of people coming together to bring this wellloved community event to life, and we value and appreciate each and every one.” Empty Bowls tickets can be purchased online (only) and are on sale now. Your ticket includes delicious soup, fresh-baked bread, and homemade cookies for two, delivered to you in the comfort of your car by the Empty Bowls drive thru volunteer team. Two beautifully handcrafted pottery bowls are included with each ticket purchase, and depending on the ticket level package, fabulous wines are an option too.


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This year’s Empty Bowls Chair is Brooke Eagle, Publisher of Forsyth Woman. Keela Johnson, Founder, Forsyth Magazines, and Robin Bralley, Publisher, Forsyth Family, are serving as honorary chairs. Brooke passionately stated, “I love the mission of Second Harvest Food Bank. I have attended Empty Bowls for many years, so it’s an honor to serve as chair!” Tickets sell fast to this highly anticipated annual event. Get yours by visiting EmptyBowlsNC.org. APRIL 2022

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Best Perennials for Sun and Shade BY LISA S.T. DOSS*

Choosing perennials for the ideal location in your garden can be a daunting task. While there is an immediate impulse to purchase many plant favorites and colors, start with the following questions. • Is the soil shallow or deep? • How does the soil appear after a rainstorm? Do puddles remain after an hour or does it drain quickly? • What are the total hours of full sunlight? Every flower has a need. Planting lavender next to a begonia will lead to one plant’s death. While one thrives in direct sunlight and drought conditions, the other loves frequent watering. Take the time to read seed or plant labels carefully, ensuring that you fulfill the essential requirements before planting. Soil Preparation All living things need a nurturing environment to grow; therefore, the key to success is adequate soil preparation. Whether you supplement the earth with a soil condition or fertilizer, each plant needs vitamins and minerals to ensure vitality. Before digging a depth and width of ten inches below and surrounding the plant with dirt, soak the plant in water. Never push down upon the crown; instead, gently fill around the stem base with soil and mulch. Sun-Loving Plants Like many medicinal herbs and flowers, yarrow, lavender, and black-eyed-Susan grow in the wild, attracting pollinators, and are drought-tolerant plants. Consider elevating the soil to promote run-off during seasons of torrential rains and flooding. At locations unreachable by a water hose, include blanket flowers, sedum, and tickseed to wildflowers; or, mix border gardens. You’ll also want to add the following: • DAY LILY: The Latin name Hemerocallis, which means “beautiful for a day,” is not fussy about its growing conditions. Fortunately, due to its vigorous growth and ground cover, it has the propensity to choke out most weeds. • BEARDED IRIS: Depending on the dwarf, intermediate, or giant varieties, most rhizomes can support a stem extending from eight to 36 inches tall. Mark your calendars; rhizomes require divisions every three years to maintain quality flowers. • PURPLE SAGE: The phrase “easy to grow” boosts sage to the category of “must try!” Many plants with a green foliage base and which produce narrow, tall flowers, such as speedwell (termed ”Veronica,”) catmint, and gayfeather, add beauty to any border.

Shade-Loving Plants Ever wonder why you had newly planted flowers that died within a month? It’s vital to check the health and growth of all new foliage. This year, insert tall stakes during planting and tie neon-colored flagging tape near the top. It will direct your attention on the latest arrivals. Take notice of any signs of stress, such as browning leaves or a lack of growth. Insert a finger into the soil to see if any moisture exists. Some plants may need immediate attention, and daily care! • BLANKET FLOWERS: Gaillardia is a slowspreading garden flower that blankets an area through reseeding from mid-summer through fall. Similar to a daisy in appearance, the paintbrush colors are yellow at the tips and gradually change from orange to red at the center. A mature plant will reach a height of 18 inches. • CONEFLOWERS: Similar in appearance to an inverted daisy, coneflowers have petals that may be purple, white, or tangerine-orange, leading to a dark-seeded center. Growing up to four feet in height, the coneflower, also known as the medicinal herb echinacea, enjoys full sun to part shade, and attracts butterflies and flowers all summer long. • PERENNIAL VERBENA: Verbena is a shrub; however, it also is a plant with small tubular flowers that grow in a cluster, reaching a maximum of one foot tall. While purple and red are standard colors, unique hybrids appear in white, pink, and a striking magenta. It thrives in a location of great warmth and direct sunlight. The Companion Perennial Selecting the best perennials for sun and shade may create a spectacular wildflower garden. Like companion plants for fruits and vegetables, flowers have a list, too! Pair knock-out roses with blue salvia, coneflowers with speedwell and black-eyed-Susan. Pest control is a vital aspect when thinking about gardening. Flowers bring beneficial pollinators while deterring harmful insects, like aphids, from attacking your crop; therefore, add a row of lavender, echinacea, zinnia, sage, and thyme next to your row of potatoes and leeks. Start researching the Companion Perennial to see what flowers grow well together. Flower power is always achievable with the proper location and lighting! * Lisa is an N.C State Master Gardener and a statecertified beekeeper


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In every issue of Forsyth Family, we celebrate families, and for many of us, home is our favorite place to gather with our family. It’s the place where we feel safe, loved, comfortable, and special. Our homes are more than just houses, apartments, or condos, they are spaces where families travel through life and make memories together. Because of the vital role “homes” play in family life, the April and October issues of Forsyth Family are our home editions. They are chock full of relevant topics to make your home an extraordinary place to be. Also, there are tips for making the most of your personal decor.

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hard-working family behind Weeks Hardwood Flooring knows firsthand the value of the place you call home, and exactly what makes a comfortable, stylish, and functional haven for those you love.

It’s a definite plus that hardwood floors are much easier to keep clean than carpet, or even tile flooring.

Through integrity, strong work ethics, and enormous pride in what they do, this family-owned business has thrived under the care of founder and president, James Weeks, who began laying hardwood part-time in 1979. Since then, he has nurtured every aspect of the business with the help of son Cameron—now Vice President, and son Luke, who serves as Operations Manager.

Weeks Hardwood has always been dedicated to utilizing only skilled, professionally trained, in-house work crews, and never working with anything other than the top-of-the-line sandpaper, stains, and polyurethanes. They also offer tile flooring, carpeting, laminate, and vinyl plank flooring—which are perfect for families with playrooms and sunrooms that need a little spring and summer freshening.

Since opening their first storefront location in 2005, the folks at Weeks Hardwood Flooring have also witnessed more than a few flooring trends. And as the seasons change, it’s always fun to see what’s most requested among their clients. So far in 2022, they are seeing an abundance of natural and washed tones for hardwood, interesting blends of herringbone and other patterns, and a playful splash of color and larger- format tiles. With spring officially on the calendar and the warm summer months not far behind, homeowners are eyeing long-awaited projects they may have put off, with sanding and refinishing of hardwood floors a typical focal point this time of year. “It’s the kind of project that requires time out of the house,” says Cameron, pointing out that spring break and summer vacation times are a perfect opportunity to have that type of work completed. Weeks Hardwood Flooring is known for impeccable work in both hardwood installation and refinishing, with free initial estimates always a good starting point. “Hardwood is a beautiful, natural flooring option,” explains Cameron. “It is very environmentally friendly and sustainable; it can be re-coated and re-finished for a lifetime!” Families know summer approaching means more time spent in the great outdoors, which also means more mud, dirt, and grass coming right back into the house.


The showroom is conveniently located just off I-40 in Greensboro, but Weeks has crews ready to travel to the surrounding counties of Forsyth, Alamance, Randolph, Davidson, Stokes, Rockingham, Caswell, and Chatham. While most of the company’s projects are residential homes, about 20% of the overall business is commercial— including recent work at Old Town Country Club and The 6th and Vine Wine Bar in Winston-Salem, The Lewis & Elm Wine Bar in Greensboro, and The Loft at Congdon Yards event space in High Point. Weeks Hardwood Flooring is located in Greensboro at 107 Guilford College Road, 336-856-0202. Showroom hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Visit them online at weekshardwoodflooring.com.


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happier at home BY KALI NEWLEN-BURDEN


Craving a change at home but don’t know where to begin? Wondering if it’s time to relocate or renovate? ICON Custom Builders is experienced with these questions many homeowners face. After fifteen years of transforming homes in the Triad, ICON is prepared to guide families toward feeling happier at home. ICON’s expert team offers valuable insight to help frame the conversation and determine if a renovation might be the next move. When evaluating a current home as well as homes on the market, consider commute time, proximity to grocery stores, schools and parks, or the convenience of a favorite nearby coffee shop. “The location of the home is the single biggest influencer in home purchasing and home remodeling,” says project manager Doug Johnson.

Working with a full-service general contractor – from plans to design to construction – helps clients to see their spaces in new ways and show what might be possible. “A lot of times, families have been in their homes for so long, they have a hard time seeing past what’s right in front of them and envisioning what the space could be,” Yeager shares. “The great thing is, that’s where we come in!” A reimagined floor plan, removing walls, or adding square footage can all bring a fresh perspective to a home. In addition to renovating a few key areas, Carter notes that updating paint colors and furniture in other spaces can make the home feel new. Requests to open up the kitchen to the surrounding living spaces are more popular than ever, according to Johnson. “I feel this design is desired by so many because it allows people to be connected while cooking and relaxing,” he says. “The best of both worlds!” “The response that we get from customers when they initially see two spaces become one is so rewarding,” Johnson continues. “It’s exciting to hear them say ‘I can’t believe how much bigger the space is now’ or ‘I wish we would have done this years ago!’”

Explore the emotional attachment to the current home. A familiar routine. Family memories. Friendly neighbors. “Winston-Salem is such a community-oriented city and people truly fall in love with their neighborhood and the people that A lot of times, families have live in it!” shares project and design been in their homes for coordinator Katherine Yeager. “It is hard to leave neighbors that have so long, they have a hard become like family.”

time seeing past what’s right in front of them and envisioning what the space could be. The great thing is, that’s where we come in!

Assess the current home’s most functional features and what would change if space and budget allowed. Project manager Craig Carter suggests that clients consider why they’re looking for a new home. “If they could make a change in the existing home, would they stay?” he asks. This opens the door for renovation possibilities. Owner and president Chuck Hicks identifies the primary reason why clients choose to renovate: they’re unable to find a home that meets all of their criteria, and the new home would require a renovation as well. “It makes sense to stay in the neighborhood they love and do the renovation on the existing home,” he says. A remodel ensures clients will get to enjoy their home exactly the way they want it until they are prepared to move. Hicks recommends staying in the renovated home at least five years – to fully take advantage of the new space and to maximize the home’s value. When it’s time to relocate, his team is available to discuss any potential updates to the new home.

“Chuck and I have walked through many homes with potential buyers to help them think through future projects and get an idea of what it may cost,” Yeager says. “It can be really helpful to have those conversations with a general contractor before you buy!”

Hicks has found that a kitchen renovation delivers the biggest impact in terms of added value to the home and improving clients’ daily lives. Many clients have described the result as “life-changing.” In addition to kitchen remodels, Yeager has noticed a trend in homeowners wanting “bonus spaces.” From a finished basement to a screened-in patio or a porch with a fireplace – families are craving extra spots to spend time together at home, both indoors and outdoors.

Before starting a renovation, architect David Meyer likes to know how long clients plan on staying in their homes. Whether five, fifteen or forty years, that timeframe will dictate the strategies and stages of the project. For each renovation, he partners with clients to phase the project in a way that minimizes the financial impact and disruptions to daily life. “Early conversations [with clients] help develop the scope, which drives the design, which is the guide for the renovation,” Meyer says. It is a collaborative design-build process where clients are not only involved, but given the flexibility to make minor adjustments along the way. During the renovation, simply trust and enjoy the process. The ICON team has found that clients often wonder how future homeowners will feel about their design decisions. Johnson’s advice? “Live in your home and enjoy what makes you happy – make it yours!” Ultimately, a home doesn’t have to be new to feel new. An update. A change. A refresh. Sometimes a renovation is the key to inviting a little more happiness into a home. From dreams to designs and possibilities to plans – ICON Custom Builders can transform what might be into reality. APRIL 2022

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How N.C. Forestry Service Helps Homeowners, part 1 BY LISA S.T. DOSS


men and women of North Carolina’s Forest Service are unseen heroes, shepherds caring for our state woodland areas. While society is well aware of the rangers’ affiliation with the state and national parks, they also exist to help landowners ensure our current and future forests and woodland areas thrive in a healthy, productive environment. In this twopart series, homeowners will learn about inexpensive, yet vital, services, programs, and resources offered by North Carolina’s Forest Service. N.C. Forest Service Mission The unequivocal words, “We serve you,” extend to the protection, management, and promotion of forest resources for the citizens of North Carolina. Each day, and when they volunteer to serve on weekends, our forest rangers engage in any number of civic responsibilities. •T hey prioritize first, and above all else, a wildfire response;

• Inspect logging operations by assessing all forestry-related or land-disturbing activities, protecting the waterways’ continued quality and flow; • Utilize and train individuals in the “Pick-Up Fire Fighter Program,” which aids rangers during high firedanger months; • Collect native seeds annually for the state’s nursery and sell at a minimum cost to state residents, an effort to increase woodland areas; • Educate children and teens in school systems and camps on the methods of forest ecosystem maintenance, identification of flora and fauna, forest management, the benefits of prescribed fire and wildfire control; • And, as stated above, they prioritize wildfire response!


OTHER DUTIES INCLUDE: House Calls Stokes County Ranger Jonathan Young shares, “We serve landowners, whether you have acres of land or one tree; we will come to your property and offer free advice. One program is the Urban Forestry Management Plan.” Our community forests are the trees and plants connected to an ecosystem in small towns or large cities. If the goal is to grow or replant trees suitable to a specific location, whether it’s for a homeowner, landowner, group, or business, the Forest Service can assist in sourcing the seedings through the state’s nursery program, and contract help to plant. Tree Diseases and Harmful Insects While keeping a vigilant watch on the growth and development of trees by identifying invasive species and diseases, each county’s rangers also look for destructive pests. “There are a wide variety of insects and diseases that can harm your trees,” writes Stokes Assistant County Ranger Bobby Jefferson. “If you see any signs of dieback in the limbs or any other concerning symptoms, please, give us a call. We will be happy to diagnose your tree and provide you with treatment options. In addition, our staff has recently confirmed the presence of Emerald Ash Borer in our county, which kills ash trees if left untreated.” Land Management Plan Homeowners of at least one acre are eligible to request a Land Management Plan. Representatives from the Forest Service will walk the property, assessing tree vitality and pointing out invasive species for the nominal cost of five dollars an acre. The Plan appears similar to a “road map,” which describes the physical conditions of the land, outlines needed management recommendations, and delivers an intended legacy for future generations. OTHER PLANS INCLUDE: • Woodland Stewardship Plans, extended to landowners with10-acre tracts, who desire the opportunity to grow native trees and improve wildlife habitats. • Under the forestry “Present-Use Valuation,” or PUV, program, owners of 20-acre plots or greater are offered the privilege of a tax deferment for written Woodland Management Plans. The Agricultural and Disaster Recovery program offers funding to offset the cost of plan preparation. Prescribed Fire The message of “Smokey Bear” has changed. While it’s essential to take notice of fire levels and not start intentional fires, fire is sometimes good. Without regular, low-intense “prescribed” wildfires, a crowded understory of piled leaf mold and dry fallen or standing timber would build up. “Believe it or not, fire is one of the most important tools we utilize in managing our forests,” writes Stokes Assistant County Ranger Bobby Jefferson. “Historically, fire has played a critical role in shaping our ecosystems in North Carolina. It helps reduce fuel loads, making our forest safer from wildfires, while benefiting wildlife and the diversity of our forests. We offer the service of prescribed burning to our private landowners to mitigate fuels and improve wildlife habitats.” Next Month Readers can gain further knowledge about the excellent programs, services, and resources offered by North Carolina’s Forest Service. Expect to learn about additional land management programs, tree planting assistance opportunities, and a means to purchase low-cost native trees through the N.C. Forest Service Nursery.

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Peter Mahoney is all about two things: quality and efficiency. In today’s world—those are two highly coveted and valued attributes. As a construction professional, Peter has an extensive catalog of experience, especially when it comes to kitchen renovations. Peter shared, “We know that there’s a host of emotions that go into a remodeling project. There’s a lot of excitement about the possibilities; apprehension about the cost; there is worry about the people coming in and out of one’s home. But I have spent decades building a trustworthy reputation in the construction industry. That’s why when it came to starting our business, my wife, Rebecca, and I wanted to find a business model that would reflect the core values we hold dear.


“ Kitchen Tune-Up was the perfect fit for us,” Peter continued. “It is in line with my construction experience, and it also brings efficiency and order to the project. We can alleviate our customer’s anxiousness about the cost, because we have cost-effective solutions. We can eliminate their worries, because our team is punctual, respectful, and gets the job done right without an excessive mess. Our goal is to leave our customers with the one emotion—excitement.” Because, believe it or not—it’s possible to transform your kitchen in five days! Peter explained, “Mess and the fear of inconvenience often cause homeowners to hesitate about a kitchen remodel. They dread the idea of weeks upon weeks of mess and disruption to their home. However, we can transform a kitchen in five days without sacrificing quality. While certain add-ons, like




flooring and light electrical work, may add another day or two, five days is our average. Furthermore, since our singular focus is on kitchens, we do what we do really well with amazing results.” In today’s market of delays and product shortages, a five-day renovation sounds a little too good to be true. However, Peter and his team make the most of what’s already available, minimizing costs and expediting results. “A kitchen tune-up is about giving an existing kitchen space a facelift,” Peter explained. “In many cases, we simply need to add some new doors with hardware and then either paint or reface the boxes to match. We also have base trim and crown molding options to match new doors. It’s less mess and less money! But if kitchen cabinets need to be replaced (usually the most expensive part of the job), we have our own high-quality line of cabinets, so we’re not waiting on third-party vendors to supply us with equipment.” The five-day turnaround is also attributed to the professionalism of the team. “My team understands kitchens. It’s what we specialize in, so they understand how kitchens are built. That knowledge of electrical, plumbing, counters, and cabinets helps expedite the turnaround, because while no two kitchens are exactly alike, the overall bones usually are.” Peter and his team are incredibly punctual, making the most of every minute. “When we say we’re going to arrive at 8 AM, we’re there and ready to work. My guys are well-trained, neat, clean, and they always clean things up at the end of the day. So, no matter

what stage of reconstruction, the kitchen is still workable at the end of the day. We know that homeowners are looking for as few disruptions as possible, so, yes—even mid-project, our customers can still enjoy a home-cooked meal.” Peter encourages his customers to utilize the Design Tool on the Kitchen Tune-Up website. “This is a powerful software tool that enables homeowners to select a kitchen floorplan that is similar to their own and then play with the design options. Everything from appliances, counters, sinks, floors, paint – from top to bottom, Design Tool is a great way to find the perfect look. And of course, I’m always able to chime in and give some advice based on the homeowner’s lifestyle, home-style, and preferences.

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“ Kitchens are what we do, but communication is how we get there,” said Peter. “We are big advocates of being transparent about the process and the progress. I’m proud of our team who work hard, produce great results, and are so personable and respectful, many of our customers say, ‘That was the best and most professional experience I have ever had with a contractor.’” At Kitchen Tune-Up, kitchen transformation is possible and affordable. “It’s amazing what we can do in five days,” said Peter.

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Succession Planning

Preparing the Family Farm BY LISA S.T. DOSS


Ransom’s story is familiar. She spent her adulthood living apart from the family business, visiting the farm several times a year. At the reading of the will, arrangements provided Jill five years to decide. Within two years and a series of unexpected events, Jill’s family farm became another statistic. Only 20% of family farms survive the transfer to the second generation, and far fewer arrive at the third. Few farmers know the steps or how to implement an exit strategy. Without a viable plan in place, heirs are forced into poor decisions. What is a Farm Succession Plan? The farm is a legacy of name, reputation, and goods. It’s more than a piece of land; it comprises a business with viable assets like a home, barns, equipment, valuable property, and quite possibly livestock. The memories, good times and bad, add to the sentimental value. The solution is to create well in advance a succession plan, which includes financial goals upon retirement, a pre-determined income, and a time frame for transition. Open communication helps resolve concerns and expectations with the people involved and prevents misunderstandings. Questions to ponder: • How much income is needed for retirement? • Do I want the farm to remain in the family? • Is there an individual or are there multiple people who can take over operations? Could they work as a team approach? • Do I remain involved in business decisions after the transition occurs? Taxes and Gifts A will is one security of a family business. The legal document aptly names conditions of the property and its contents to declared members of the testator. Fortunately, North Carolina residents are not penalized by an instate inheritance or estate tax, unless it exceeds $12.06 million. Additionally, if the recipient(s) decides to keep the farm, they benefit from reduced capital gains taxes. Other ways to transfer land: • GIFTS: More complicated than it initially sounds. Land can be gifted from the owner at any time or documented through


a will, termed a “bequest.” Among the four different types, the residuary clause identifies a recipient to receive the estate. Whether as a whole or divided, gifting assets can be a valuable tool to help beginning farmers acquire land, farm equipment, assets, or money. Keep in mind, as families plan for the future, it’s vital not to rely on current-year exemptions. Additionally, gifts may impact control over assets, Medicare eligibility, and estate taxes. • LIFE ESTATES: A popular option for farmers whose successor is willing to hold the property for their lifetime. The “life estate” applies to real property, such as land, buildings, and equipment. Through a deed, the property owner has full use of their property and is protected against the inclusion of a Medicaid recovery process. Upon death, the estate is automatically transferred to the beneficiary. • CREATING A TRUST: In addition to the will, a trust is a legal document outlining the terms of a property and the distribution of revenue to beneficiaries. Easily manageable by adding or removing assets, changing intentions, or, if needed, dissolving the trust. Upon death, the “irrevocable trust” bequeaths the legal ownership to a trustee, separating the trust’s assets from the estate. Selling, on the other hand, may be a restriction; it’s not indefinite. Initiating a trust is ideal for anyone who seeks to transfer the family farm without fear of estate taxes. Contacting the Experts The best source for answers is a local accountant who has specialized estate planning experience. Before scheduling a consultation, think about the most relevant information, such as defining the plan, a tentative date to transition, and identifying the successor. Ascertain your financial picture and tax situation, too. By having documents ready, you’ll be able to get started planning your future.


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Mindful of What Matters Most While

Debbie Stokes has worked in the insurance industry for 21 years, she is most proud of having successfully owned her own agency for the past 11 years. And with a convenient new location on Shallowford Road in Lewisville, the Stokes Insurance Group, an independent North Carolina insurance agency, is poised to keep growing! “ Now that we’re past the 10-year mark, and with the visibility of my new location, I’m excited to push my goals even more!” says Debbie. Lucky to represent the most reputable insurance carriers in the business, she knows the importance of having amazing support from her insurance carriers, who provide online and phone assistance when she needs it most. The Stokes Insurance Group offers products for families of all sizes in the home, auto, life, and specialty categories, as well as the commercial arena, including general liability, property, worker’s compensation, professional liability and more. Debbie is also especially proud to assist equine and farm owners with all their insurance needs. “ My passion is horses,” she explains. “So, I wanted to integrate another product into my agency to be easily accessible for local horse and farm owners.” She’s also blessed to have loyal commercial accounts whose owners—and employees—integrate their personal lines into her business for auto, home, motorcycle, boats, and ATVs, which was a real boost when she first started her business. She also loves her role as an independent agent and that she is a proven, trustworthy asset to clients. “ Being an independent agent helps me focus on my clients and work for them, while also being able to source out their insurance


BY MARTIE EMORY / PHOTO BY DAWN LINEBERRY needs, so they don’t have to do the “shopping” for what products work best for them,” she says. “I only contract with carriers who have a high financial rating and are ideal for my clients, but who also offer their full support to my agency.” One of Debbie’s earliest business philosophies was to be intent on sharing her knowledge about the products she offered with clients, and of course, how the coverage protects them, while not focusing entirely on the premium cost of a particular policy. “ One choice makes the world of difference!” she adds. “I try to really think through the policy a client has just purchased and not focus totally on price.” Something else that sets the Stokes Insurance Group apart—and that ongoing customer feedback has reflected—is that Debbie is accessible to her clients after hours, and on some weekends, to address any questions or concerns. “Most agencies close at 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and I’ve been available nights, and to answer calls on weekends,” she explains. “I started this earlier on in my career to try and compete with the huge agencies. I’ve been blessed to stay busy on a referral system based on my book of business from the past, as well as currently, so I try to be available when it makes sense. Other times, my insurance carriers are set up to assist as needed.” Debbie is also mindful of her clients’ valuable time, and can provide you with a relatively quick, no-obligation insurance quote. You can reach the Stokes Insurance Group at 336-946-6179, e-mail them at debbie@stokesinsurancegroup.com, or visit the new office at 6758 Shallowford Road in Lewisville, NC. Learn more about their services and carriers at stokesinsurancegroup.com.

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the BATHROOM A History of Designs and Customs


bathroom has come to have a high status in the home. For most of us, it’s not only a place of rest and rejuvenation, the bathroom is also a room we like to make beautiful with fixtures and countertops, charmingly tiled showers and floors, plush rugs, and anything else that makes us feel calm and surrounded by comfort. What was once called the “necessary” has gone through so many changes over time that it can be hard to believe how those before us took care of their most basic needs.


There is also historic evidence of the importance of ritualistic bathing in the Middle East, Israel, and Turkey, where the “Turkish baths” are well known for their beauty and admired to this day. In Japan, the steam baths have been in use for centuries, as well. It seems everyone loves a good bath. However, the popularity of cleanliness and bathing went through phases over the centuries. With the plague hitting England seven times in 200 years, the public opinion of bathing, hygiene, and cleanliness took a nosedive. In 1546, King Henry VIII shut down public bathhouses in England for good, blaming them for sickness. During the Renaissance, water was feared to be a carrier of disease…and it most definitely was a carrier at times, due to mixing clean water with sewage. For this reason, many people became fearful of bathing and water in general. Evolution of the modern bathroom The first toilet with the ability to flush was invented in England in 1596 by Sir John Harrington. His invention didn’t attract many followers in England or the rest of Europe, and it wasn’t until the 19th century that several inventors got a patent on a toilet system. The end of the 19th century was an elegant time for toilets, in terms of shape and decoration. They were so ornately decorated and beautiful, we can see where the love of the bathroom may have started.

Before the Bathroom While indoor plumbing wasn’t widely seen until the latter part of the 19th century, indoor and outdoor plumbing have both been around since ancient Roman times (and really, even long before…we just have more information about the Romans). You’ve probably heard of the public baths that provided a way for Romans to get clean, while also enjoying a social experience. Even though wealthier citizens had their own private baths, they still came to the public baths in order to see and be seen. It was the place to be! The baths offered hot and cold water and steam rooms, often coming from local hot springs. At that time, getting clean was completely separate from using the toilet. Public facilities were common in ancient Rome, where toilets were built over a running stream of water. There was even a separate stream of clean water for hand washing in some places. Although they may not have fully understood why, the people of that time seemed to recognize that it was important to keep the different water uses separate.


Thanks to the Industrial Revolution, bathrooms could be outfitted with the mechanics needed to make them functional. Hot water could be produced for use in the home and having a bath was much easier due to the development of gas water heaters. Personal bathing and indoor flush toilets became much more common. In America, the National Public Health Act of 1848 created a plumbing code for the country and many bigger city homes, especially those of the more affluent, began to feature toilets, bathtubs, and sinks. The standard bathroom as we know it had had arrived. In the beginning of the 20th century, inventions for the bathroom were on the rise and catalogues became available to advertise the latest and greatest features available. For the customers, it was highly desired to have a first-class modern bathroom, with all comforts, in their newly built houses. This trend has continued throughout the decades, through changing styles and fashions. The basic function of the room, however, has stayed the same as a place of comfort and respite. A place to wake up to, to put on our face for the day…or a place to come home to, knowing relaxation awaits us.



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Metallic Rope Throw Basket - This rope throw basket is the perfect accessory for your living room, family room, bedroom, or any space where you may need extra storage. MATERIALS: Round laundry basket 1 j ar metallic paint (color of your choosing) 50 feet of ½” jute rope 1 yard felt fleece or muslin Hot glue gun Utility knife Paintbrush DIRECTIONS: 1. U sing the utility knife, cut off the rim and handles of the laundry basket.

3 Easy DIY Home Decor Projects Just for You BY MEGAN TAYLOR


now and then, a change can be nice. It could be a change in scenery, color, or something else. When spring comes each year, it’s a time for renewal and fresh starts in your life. It can be the perfect time for a change. This can also be true for your home. Every so often, you may feel as if your home needs a sprucing up. A new color on your kitchen wall, new accessories in your living room, or a new headboard in your bedroom. Dollar signs may be flashing in your head while reading and thinking about these home improvement projects. You may also be thinking about the amount of work these activities might take. No need to worry, you don’t have to be a Chip or Joanna Gaines or have a show on HGTV to complete DIY projects in your home with a low budget and no outside help. Here are three easy DIY projects for your home that are quick and simple, and satisfy the yearning for a change in your home.


2. F lip the laundry basket upside down and, starting at the basket’s base, attach the felt up the sides of the basket using the hot glue gun. Leave the base alone. Fold and glue down pleats around the basket. Cut off any excess material around the sides of the basket. Make sure to glue the seam up to the top of the basket. Don’t cut off the felt at the top—this will come in handy later. Fold the excess material at the top into the basket, lining the inside of the basket. 3. B eginning at the base, glue the rope around the entire basket, stopping when the rope is at the top of the basket. 4. L astly, use metallic paint to cover the rope outside the basket. The rope may take a few coats to absorb the color. You can also create an ombre design or any design you wish to add more of a personalized touch to the basket. Rustic Shutter Bench - Extra seating is a quick fix with this movable antiquestyle bench. MATERIALS: Antique shutter Baseboard the same length as the shutter 6 wooden table legs 6 leg anchors Table saw Staple gun Any color of paint Paintbrushes DIRECTIONS: 1. M easure the dimensions of the shutter and then cut the baseboard a tad shorter than the shutter. For example, if the shutter measures 145/8” by 66¼”, cut

the baseboard to 12” by 66”. 2. Using the table saw, cut out a slot in the baseboard for the shutter pull to rest inside. Lay the shutter pull face down and cut a notch big enough for the shutter to sit flat against the baseboard. 3. Next, place two straight leg anchor plates at the bottom center and one leg at each of the four corners on the baseboard. Install using the proper fixtures, then put in the legs. 4. Paint the baseboard, now with the legs, and the shutter separately. 5. Once dry, place the shutter on top of the baseboard. Using the staple gun, secure the shutter in place. Farmhouse Shelves from Unfinished Wood - These shelves are simple to make and can be created for any size of space. Also, they can be made with a distressed look. MATERIALS: Un finished corbels (also known as shelf brackets) Wood finish stain Foam brush Petroleum jelly/Vaseline Chalk paint powder Any paint color Wax to seal Paint and wax brushes Sander DIRECTIONS:



1. With the foam brush, stain the unfinished corbels. Only stain the edges and corners to help with the distressed look. 2. Once dry, use your finger to rub some of the petroleum jelly on the unpainted spots. This creates a barrier to preserve the deep color from Step 3, below. 3. Mix together the chalk paint powder and your paint color. Cover all areas of the corbel including the areas with the petroleum jelly. 4. Power sand the edges of the corbel once the paint is dry to create a further distressed look. The power sander allows for the dark stain to show through the paint. 5. Lastly, apply the wax seal to the corbel for extra protection. There are many more easy DIY home decor projects available. A quick search on the Internet will provide a plethora of ideas. Don’t know where to begin? These three are a good start. Happy decorating!


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Pulling Back the Curtain on Carolina Shutters & Blinds BY DENISE HEIDEL PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEJ PHOTOS


matter how big or how small, and regardless of the commodity, all businesses have two things in common: 1) a starting point and 2) a dream of success. Carolina Shutter & Blinds is no exception, and for 30 years, the company has grown upon a foundation of commitment, excellence, and quality. A combination of these factors caught the attention of John Stackpole and Greg Bangs, veterans of the industry. John and Greg recognized the unique qualities of Carolina Shutter & Blinds; they believed in the value and reputation that was 30 years in the making, so they purchased the business in August 2020. John shared, “Greg and I came from a large window-covering company, and we wanted to continue in our field, but have more control over the culture of a business. In addition, we wanted to meet customer objectives while looking out for our employees. Carolina Shutter & Blinds was built on so much of what we value, and we knew it was the right business for us.” APRIL 2022

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THE CORE VALUES “ Carolina Shutter and Blinds are a fantastic company that you can rely on—they are honest, affordable, with exceptional service from start to finish.” ~ Sharon J. The result is a business founded on very strategically outlined core values. The first of which is, “Integrity in everything we do.” This is the operating principle that guides all decisions at Carolina Shutter & Blinds. Integrity is the heartbeat of the company. The second core value is, “Make sure we say what we mean and do what we say.” Such a simple motto and one that more [businesses] would do well to embrace! From the owners to the assembly line and everyone in between—nothing works without honesty, transparency, strong communication, and commitment to excellence. It’s a central component of the core values of Carolina Shutters & Blinds. The third and final core value is, “Be the best value option with American-made products.” John and Greg take pride in working with American-based companies that share their core values with products manufactured in America. These values drive how Carolina Shutters & Blinds treats their customers and how they treat their employees. Carolina Shutter & Blinds employees professionals who share the vision and are committed to growing in the same direction, promising consistency for the customer at every stage in the process. QUALITY PRODUCTS AND LOCAL PRODUCTION “ Carolina Shutter and Blinds is an amazing company from start to finish. Not only do they have a quality product, but they also deliver quality service. Everyone is polite and works hard to have a satisfied customer. This company is a class act.” ~ Pat S. Carolina Shutter & Blinds is committed to providing long-lasting products that work for any décor and budget. Part of meeting that goal meant a major move. After years headquartered in a 4,000 square-foot facility, Carolina Shutter & Blinds moved to Mocksville to a 17,000 square-foot facility, in order to expand production and meet the demands of the growing business. This additional manufacturing space ensures they can continue producing quality products and house inventory for stocked merchandise. While recent supply-chain issues have taken a toll on virtually every business, Carolina Shutter & Blinds remains committed to serving customers as quickly as possible. They are diligently working to get back to a three-week lead time for installation. Visitors are always welcome to take a tour of the manufacturing floor, but a showroom is in the making, too, and expected to open within six months. ONGOING SERVICE “ I had ordered plantation shutters from this company in the past and was satisfied. I called them again to put up blinds and honeycomb shades this time around. I didn’t have long to wait for my order to come in, the installation process was quick and efficient, and I am again, a satisfied customer. I highly recommend them for your blinds or shutters.” ~ Dauna S. Customers continue to come back to Carolina Shutter & Blinds for updated projects, knowing they are in great hands. Moreover, with the additional services of drapery, cornices, and window panels—Carolina Shutter & Blinds is a one-stop destination for all things window!


While the majority of the business is done directly with homeowners, Carolina Shutter & Blinds is trusted by industry professionals. They often work with designers and interior decorators on professional projects. And they are proud to be the exclusive shutter and blind professional used by Isenhour Homes. AFFORDABILITY & VALUE “ We have been renovating our home for the past year—we ordered shutters for 17 windows in our home and couldn’t be happier with how gorgeous they look!!!! The shutters are of fantastic quality for a price that is reasonable! They have exceeded all of our expectations!!!! This was an extremely pleasant, easy, and stress-free experience!” ~ Sharon J. Curb appeal is always a driving factor for homeowners—whether they have plans to sell or not. After all, everyone wants their house to look good! While new blinds and shades add a great deal of aesthetics, the power of shutters cannot be underestimated. Shutters are a classic and timeless addition to any home, frequently adding additional value to the re-sale price of a home. With a plethora of styles and options, Carolina Shutter & Blinds can offer solutions for any reasonable budget, with the investment being one to be enjoyed for years to come. INSTALLATION “ My husband and I are very pleased with the outcome of the installation and appearance of the shutters in our dining room and bedroom. Everyone was cordial, professional, helpful, and transparent. Throughout the entire process, they were genuinely

interested in making sure that we were 100% satisfied; therefore, we highly recommend Carolina Shutter and Blinds.” ~ Cynthia W. Carolina Shutter & Blinds, in their effort to ensure the highest quality of service, employs all those who work for them; they do not use sub-contractors. Knowing their employees are caring for their customers gives everyone peace of mind. Likewise, the professionals who attend to every detail, from the sale to service, to production, to installation—everyone is playing on the same team. And that’s always a guaranteed win. Carolina Shutter & Blinds is a prime example of a business done right. With guiding principles and a long-time reputation, this success story is still being written every day. Carolina Shutter & Blinds is located at 1105B Yadkinville Road in Mocksville. Call the Triad office at 336.774.7990. Satellite offices are also located in Charlotte and Raleigh, as well as Greenville, SC. Visit CarolinaShutterAndBlinds.com and be sure to like them on Facebook. Carolina Shutter & Blinds offers free consultations and estimates for homes and offices. They can also provide virtual consultations. Visit the website or call to request an appointment.

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Truliant Makes Mortgage Closing Easier Buying a home is the biggest purchase that most consumers make. The benefits – like building equity and giving homebuyers the power to customize their surroundings – make owning a home a transformational experience. When the search is over and it begins to look like the end is in sight – until it’s time to start moving in – the final steps in securing a mortgage don’t have to be long and involved. For many of its 280,000 members, Truliant Federal Credit Union is a trusted partner for this important financial process. In recent years, Truliant has added technological tools to its mortgage program. These tools have transformed and simplified the steps in obtaining a mortgage – and making the dream of homeownership a reality. “We have a passion for helping people achieve homeownership. It stabilizes families, neighborhoods and communities,” said Beth Eller, vice president of mortgage services at Truliant. “And it’s important to help people do it the right way, which means helping them know what resources are available.”

Mortgage eClosings The credit union has invested in an array of innovative mortgage eClosing1 tools. eClosings allow mortgages to be closed through a secure digital platform, where closing documents are accessed and executed electronically. The process adds speed, accuracy and security to homebuying transactions. In 2021, Truliant became the first North Carolina-based financial institution to complete a fully digital and fully remote eClosing. Truliant was the first to have a buyer, notary and attorney in different locations. In addition to saving time, eClosings reduce paper, legal fees, mailing and courier costs. And the process is done on a secure network where all documents are encrypted and stored in an electronic vault. “We know that consumers want easier ways to finish complex transactions like mortgages,” Eller said. “eClosings are one part of an evolving program that we’ve put in place to put more members in homes, and allow them to complete purchases on their schedule.”

In 2021, Truliant became the first North Carolina-based financial institution to complete a fully remote eClosing – the state’s first where the buyer, notary and attorney were each in different physical locations.

Helping More Homebuyers Truliant has built a strong team of dedicated mortgage loan originators at branch locations. These team members are mortgage specialists and they are available to answer any questions about obtaining a mortgage – both in person or on Zoom – and they can assist in filling out a mortgage application. Truliant created HomePath100, a proprietary mortgage program that helps members use low- to no-down-payment options. Additionally, Truliant’s expanded mortgage offerings include Federal Home Administration (FHA) and Veterans Administration (VA) loans. To help first-time homebuyers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Truliant began offering “Set Aside” funds assistance from the Federal Home Loan Savings Bank of Atlanta. The program offers forgivable grants to first-time homebuyers. The grant covers the costs of a down payment, closing costs and a reduction in principal costs for the purchase or rehabilitation of an existing home. “We recognize that there is a strong need for mortgage programs that support affordable housing and assist buyers in their journey toward owning a home,” said Truliant’s Eller. “We now offer more options to support first-time and low-tomoderate-income buyers.” With more than 30 local offices, Truliant plans to keep innovating to best meet the needs of its growing membership and to make home buying even more convenient.

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to the Summer Camp Showcase! From March to May, Forsyth Family is including a special series, with highlights of some of the best summer camp programs in the area. These special issues offer informative articles that can help you and your camper prepare for a wonderful summer. Summer camp is a wonderful, memorable, and exciting opportunity for your child. It’s a chance to experience new things, make new friends, and learn new skills. As you make plans for summer, be sure to let our advertising camp programs know you saw them in this issue of Forsyth Family!


Is Your Child Ready for an Exciting SUMMER?

Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Tennis, Lax, Field Hockey & Volleyball

Horse Crazy

Creative Baking

Ceramics & Fiber Arts

Service & Leadership

Science & STEM

Outdoor Adventures

Dodgeball & Nerf Wars

FCDS or WFU pre-college

Come play, learn, and discover at these FCDS Summer Sports and Enrichment programs - and many more! Rising K-12 - Before & After Care offered - All welcome!

Learn more and sign up at fcds.org/summer.


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Blending Faith, Fun, And Friendship! BY MARTIE EMORY


along the New River near Fries, VA, Camp Dickenson is beautifully nestled on over 500 acres of land that is both welcoming and nurturing to its many campers. Once a working farm, the camp’s mission follows the lifelong dream of owner Bill Dickenson, who donated what he lovingly referred to as his “old home place,” so its presence could inspire folks of all ages to come together in “Christian fellowship and good company.” With that came the ongoing, heartfelt focus of creating the finest summer camps for children and teens. What sets Camp Dickenson apart, says Camp Director Anthony Gomez, is a magical balance between the classic American summer camp experience, along with modern buildings and activities. With 60-80 people attending camp each week, the staff and campers truly get to know each other, and form what are often life-long bonds. “Many of our campers will start coming to camp in elementary school and continue on through high school, all because of the close bonds they form,” says Anthony. The Benefits of Summer Camp Can Be Life-Changing! • Developing new skills and building competency without pressure on performance. • Meeting children outside their schools and hometowns, creating new friendships. • Learning to think for themselves and make their own choices, while still supervised by caring adults. • Discovering their true, authentic selves while fostering confidence and healthy self-esteem. “At Camp Dickenson we also give children a chance to experience components of a life of discipleship— prayer, Bible study, and worship—in a way that makes sense to young


people,” says Anthony. “Participating in a Christian camp program gives people tools to walk their own faith journey, which happens over the course of a lifetime. At camp, everyone is simply part of a family of people seeking a relationship with God.” While their resident camps are the most popular opportunities, Camp Dickenson also offers half-week programs for rising second and third graders; week-long programs for rising fourth through twelfth graders; and K-2 students have the chance to experience the camp atmosphere with the fun of attending day camp! All of Camp Dickenson’s on-site programs feature the classic camp activities such as swimming, archery, crafts, sports, large group field games, a climbing wall, and a variety of activities centered on exploring nature, thanks to the camp’s wonderful, scenic location! “We continue to add new activities each year, including STEM activities, like model rocket building, and teamwork challenge activities,” says Anthony. He also describes the Adventure Camp program, which this year will take a small group of middle school students to Fairy Stone State Park for canoeing and hiking, and the Senior High group is headed to Carolina Beach for fun in the sand and surf (including a professional surf lesson!). In addition, one of the most important opportunities at Camp Dickenson –Celebration Camp—is a week for teens and adults with special needs or disabilities, where campers take part in activities designed to meet their unique individual needs. With a friendly reminder that all Camp Dickenson programs do have limited space, registrations close two weeks prior to the start of each camp, so reserve your camper’s spot early! Camp Dickenson is located at 801 Camp Dickenson Lane, Fries, VA. Reach the office at 276-744-7241 or, office@ campdickenson.com, and visit them online at campdickenson.com.


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Which Exciting Camp Will Your Child Love?


your child enjoys exploration, art, sports, or serving others, FCDS Summer Enrichment has plenty of activities to let him or her discover new passions, create masterpieces, make friends, and take learning to the next level.

5) Wilderness Survival Skills - grades 5-8 Led by FCDS’s Rachel Clark, campers will come away with many useful skills that include shelter building, edible and medicinal plant identification, fire skills, harvesting and using wild clays, pine needle basketry, and plant and animal illustration journals.

Our experienced instructors and excellent facilities will ensure a memorable summer experience for your child. FCDS Summer Enrichment offers more than 100 different camps as well as 13 academic programs through the Johnson Academic Center for grades K-12.

6) Ceramics - grades 6-12 Ever wanted to make your own mug, bowl, jar, vase, or teapot? Come join FCDS art teacher John Kildahl for a week of wheel throwing. No experience required. We will learn how to center our clay on the wheel, how to trim up our pieces to perfection, how to add handles and spouts, and how to glaze and decorate our bisque-fired work. It’ll be a messy and action-packed week of clay, and by the end, you’ll head home with some lovely handmade pottery.

Here’s a sample of 10 exciting camps your child may enjoy: 1) Outdoor Theater - grades 5-12 Come make a play as they did in Shakespeare’s day! This one-week theater intensive will cover essential theater skills like auditioning, improv, projection, theatrical movement, and stage combat. At the end of one week of workshops and rehearsals, we will mount an outdoor production of a shortened Shakespeare play for your family and friends to come to watch. All experience levels are welcome to join everyone will have a role! 2) Photography - grades 6-12 Join FCDS art teacher John Kildahl for a week of photography exploration. Learn the fundamentals of how a camera works by building our own pinhole cameras, make photograms in the darkroom to learn how to use the enlargers, and shoot, process, and print your own 35 mm film. We will learn how to take photographs with digital cameras, import them with Lightroom, and make edits using Photoshop. It will be a fun, jam-packed week of photography when you will get to make your own art as well as learn about the history of the medium! Campers may bring their own camera, but it is not required. 3) Serve and Be Served - grades 5-8 What better way to share your summer fun than serving others while being served in return? Each day we will learn about local organizations and complete service projects that will benefit and impact the lives of others in our community. After game time and lunch, we will head out for an afternoon of fun as we take various field trips around town and participate in different activities. 4) Basketball Camp - grades K-12 Athletes of all ages and skill levels are invited to learn more about the game in an encouraging environment. Campers will have the opportunity to learn from our Varsity Boys’ Basketball coaches and Varsity Boys’ Basketball players. Work on the fundamental skills of passing, dribbling, and shooting, while also learning team defensive and offensive concepts.


7) All Sports - grades 3-8 Get active with a week of awesome activities and sports with your friends. FCDS Summer Enrichment coaches and leaders will give campers the opportunity to engage in and play a variety of different sports each day of the week. Campers will enjoy activities indoors and outdoors. 8) Junior Enrichment: Forces in Motion - grades K-2 Enter the world of force and motion. Enjoy tons of hands-on learning and fun. Your child will not want to miss this week of awesome exploration as we learn the how and why behind all our fun experiments that relate to the science of force and motion. Books, videos, crafts, games, and more both in and out of the classroom will help us gain momentum. 9) Spanish STEM - grades K-3 ¿Hablas español? ¿Te gusta STEM? Join us as we build confidence and understanding of both STEM principles and the Spanish language as we learn and explore. Campers will engage in exciting hands-on STEM projects while stretching and expanding their Spanish vocabulary and conversation skills. This camp is a unique opportunity to experience an immersion environment while problem-solving and thinking critically. All Spanish proficiency levels are welcome! 10) Field Hockey - grades 2-6 Come join our week of field hockey fun! We will concentrate on skill work- specifically, ball-handling, passing fundamentals, and shootingall in an atmosphere of summer fun! Come meet some new friends and learn more about the great sport of field hockey. All skill levels are welcome! Players will be grouped by level so that everyone ends the week a better player! We hope your child will join us for FCDS Summer Enrichment! Before- and After-Care offered. All welcome! Learn more and register at fcds.org/summer today. Space is filling up quickly!

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June 13th-17th Middle School June 20th-24th High School Camps are Monday - Friday 8:00am-3:00pm $140 per week (breakfast and lunch included)

Forsyth Tech Aviation Lab

Register at www.shawacademy.com

FIND YOUR FUN. FIND YOUR Y. SUMMER EXPLORATION ACADEMY One week or the whole summer. Indoors and out. Archery to arts, cooking classes to character development, STEM games to swimming. At the YMCA, your child will have an exciting, engaging experience — all in a safe, inclusive environment. • Traditional Summer Camp: K-5 and Teen • Specialty Camps like Art and Legos • Overnight camp at YMCA Camp Hanes


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Summer Camp Builds a Family BY GENEVIEVE CONDON


was never a summer camp kid. I grew up in the era of playing outside, making mud pies, riding my bike to the corner store with loose change for candy and only needing to be home when the street lights turned on. The only requirement was to bring my grandmother back a Mr. Goodbar. I always did. Summers consisted of tank tops and ripped shorts, never being clean, and eating on the run because being outside was way more fun. Chasing the ice cream truck and drinking out of water hoses. I can still almost feel the sun against my skin and the laughter of other kids as we ran around the neighborhood. But then, summer camps became a thing. The laughter became more quiet. The ice cream trunk didn’t come quite as often. Friends and neighborhood kids started going to summer camp and slowly, fewer of them were available for making the best mud pie or counting change, hoping to be able to split a


candy bar. They were off making new friends, filled with structured activities and field trips to water parks and the movies. I listened to their stories with envy, because summer camp was too expensive for my family. Playing outside was free, and mudpies, well, those were free, too. Until one summer when I was old enough to start working, a summer camp that focused on acting for film was recommended by my drama teacher. At 16, summer camp seemed lame, but my mom suggested I go, picking up extra shifts to send me all the way to France, alone, at just 16. The summer before my senior year, summer camp became a reality for me. I remember the long plane ride, navigating a foreign country alone. To this day, I laugh and say, “When I do anything, I do it full force” (like attending my first summer camp abroad). But despite the fear that I felt, my envy of all the neighborhood kids who got to experience summers at camp and were having the time of their lives, I realized something the summer I was abroad— summer camp is amazing.

It’s an experience that builds relationships beyond friendships; they are lifelong, embedded in the best time of year for kids—summer. There’s no school, no responsibilities beyond having fun and sleeping in. Summer camp allows for connections with people you may not have crossed paths with, due to your different walks of life, or in my case, being from different regions of the world. To this day, almost 20 years later, I remain friends with those I met in Paris. We meet up occasionally, reminiscing about our summer together and how, back then, things were so much simpler. Summer camp, no matter how expensive, how much your children might dread it, instills something in them. In us. It builds a family that writes letters to keep in touch, shares photos and memories as the years go on. Mudpies, they are great. I will always cherish those summers. But those kids, they moved away, leaving behind leaky water hoses and a run-down corner store. Summer camp allowed me, once an introvert, to step out of my comfort zone and spread my wings. To build a family of my own.

Discover camps that educate, engage, and inspire young minds!

NC Zoo Virtual and on-site camp opportunities available!

Learn more at www.NCZoo.org www.NCZoo.org/education

Our education camps are evolving along with the global COVID-19 pandemic. For the most up-to-date camp and other operations changes at the Zoo, visit NCZoo.org.


Science | Art | Technology | Design | Music | Science | Art | Technology | Design | Music

Kaleideum Day camps offered throughout the year and week-long camps during the summer! Questions? Email scheduling@kaleideum.org. BECOME A MEMBER and save money on Camp Kaleideum! Learn more at


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Peanut Butter Jelly Time

5 Simple & Delicious Variations on the Childhood Classic


I say that the peanut butter and jelly sandwich has played an important role in my life, I’m not exaggerating. Some of my fondest memories growing up with my late father include making him a double decker PB&J when he got home from work, and we were sitting on the couch together watching baseball. He always told me I made the best one he’d ever had. The same sandwich would then go on to be mentioned in my husband’s wedding vows to me in front of our closest friends and family, as he swore that the day I made him his first PB&J is the same day he fell in love with me. Coincidence? I think not. In celebration of “National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day” on April 2nd, I’m putting this childhood classic in the spotlight where it belongs! Here are five different variations of the fan favorite sandwich that even the most basic of chefs can master, this month. THE TRADITIONALIST #1. Peanut Butter, Honey & Banana Sandwich INGREDIENTS: Peanut butter or nut butter of your choice Bananas, sliced medium to thick Honey (remember, local is best!) White or wheat bread, lightly toasted Spread your peanut butter across both sides of your bread, placing banana slices on top in single rows, overlapping each slightly. Drizzle your honey in any pattern you like on each side. A large glass of milk is all you need to dig in and maybe a napkin or two for the stickiness! THE SWEET TOOTH #2. PB&JFT: Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast INGREDIENTS: Eggs Milk Vanilla Bread Creamy peanut butter or nut butter of your choice Strawberry jam or preserves Powdered sugar Butter or nonstick cooking spray



Spread your peanut butter and jelly on your sliced bread, forming your sandwich. In a large bowl, whisk together your eggs, milk, and vanilla. Next, dip both sides of your sandwich in the mixture. On medium heat, melt your butter in a large skillet then place your sandwich for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Slice up your French toast diagonally, sprinkle with powdered sugar and brunch is served! THE FANCY FOODIE #3. P B&J with Red Pepper Jelly and Brie INGREDIENTS: Brie, sliced thin Red pepper jelly Crunchy Peanut butter or nut butter of your choice Sourdough bread Butter or nonstick cooking spray

Prepare your ground beef into burger patties, seasoning to your preference. Once your burger and bacon strips are fully cooked, put aside. Lightly toast the buns, spread jelly on the inside of the top bun and peanut butter on the bottom. Add your burger patty and bacon, sandwiching together between the hamburger bun and dig in! Warning: you may need to lie down after this meal! THE SPICY SEÑOR #5. Peanut Butter & Sriracha Sandwich Bites INGREDIENTS: Challah bread Peanut butter or nut butter of your choice Orange or apricot marmalade Sriracha Butter or oil


On medium heat, melt your butter or oil in a large skillet. Spread your peanut butter and marmalade onto opposite slices of bread, adding sriracha generously to the peanut butter side. Assemble your sandwich and place it carefully inside the heated skillet, grilling until golden brown on each side. When finished, place onto a cutting board and slice lengthwise into 3 even strips and each strip into 2 halves, creating small bites. Enjoy sharing with a friend or family member!

#4. PB&J Bacon Burger


INGREDIENTS: Ground beef, seasoned Hamburger bun Applewood smoked bacon Peanut butter or nut butter of choice Grape jelly

Take a page from The Food Network and make it a contest, with each family member making their own and vote on who’s the best! Try one of these recipes or create your own, with whatever favorite spreads and special ingredients you like! Sweet!!

Spread your peanut butter evenly on both sides of your bread, carefully layering your slices of brie on one slice of bread atop the peanut butter. Next, spread a glob of your jelly on the brie side, layering your other slice on top, making a sandwich. On medium heat, melt your butter in a large skillet, then place your sandwich for 2-3 minutes on each side until the brie begins to drip out slightly over the edges. Dig in!





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Camps for 1st - 12th graders Day and Overnight options

Camp Merriwood

(depending on age)

For Registration and more info:



With 11 sessions running June through August, SECCA’s Summer Camps give kids ages 9-14 the opportunity to work with local artists on everything from painting and printmaking to sculpting and large-scale art installations. SECCA Members receive a 10% discount on camp registration fees.

750 Marguerite Drive • Winston-Salem, NC 27106

“Helping campers find and pursue life in Jesus!”

July camps for all ages and levels.

New season begins August 8.

Triple Threat

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It’s not too late to advertise in the May issue!

rockin' the stage! SUMMER CAMPS 2022


SHOWCASE Contact Robin Bralley at robin@forsythmags.com for more information on advertising your Summer Camp.



Salem Gym




What are some things you will do at Camp?

City Lights Summer Camp 2022


• Evangelism Outreach • Worship Services • Late Night Games • Childrens & Homeless Ministry Opportunities • Service Projects

June 13th-17th FULL | June 20th-23rd Camp Cost: $250

Mission 2:10

Includes lodging, all meals and a t-shirt

Location: City Lights Outreach Center 910 Palmer Lane $50 deposit due by May 24th Ages: 12-18


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801 Camp Dickenson Lane, Fries, VA

June 12 August 5

Children completing grades 1-5

Day & Overnight


Crafts, sports, canoeing, games and much more!

Camp Hanes YMCA

1225 Camp Hanes Road, King

June 13 August 12

6 - 16 years

Day & Overnight

$300 - $1450

One of a kind climbing wall, archery, riflery, sports, arts & crafts, kayaking, newspaper, photography, drama, zip-lines, science, swimming, fishing, and more.

Camp Kaleideum

Downtown 390 S Liberty St. & North 400 W. Hanes Mill Rd. Winston-Salem

June 6 – August 26

Age 3 - Rising 8th Graders

Day Camp with Half-Day Options

depending on age, length of camp & member / non-member

Summer starts at Camp Kaleideum! Explore everything from bubbles and slime to coding and drones in these exciting week-long camps.

Dance Camps at Triple Threat

Winston-Salem & High Point, NC

3-12 years

Half day & Full Day

Half Day $195 Full Day $255

Dance, musical theatre, crafts, choreography, tumbling, acting and more...



Camp Dickenson

July 11-15 Winston-Salem;

July 18-22

$105 - $250,

High Point

Forsyth Country Day School - Summer Enrichment

5501 Shallowford Road, Lewisville

June 6 July 29

Rising K 12th Grade

Day Camp

$150 - $350

Sports, fitness, fine arts and crafts, baking, theater and lighting, field trips, science, fishing, thematic classes, service projects, culture and foreign language, games and group activities. STEAM activities and Red Cross Babysitting Certification, engineering, technology, maker camp, and photography.

Imprints Cares

3 locations: IC Downtown for children with special needs, Meadowlark Middle, and Union Cross Elementary

June 14 – August 13

Rising K-6th graders

Day Camp 7am-6pm

$165 per week

Weekly themes and adventures 2-3 field trips per week


NAME OF PROGRAM Jim Shaw’s ACE Academy Aviation Career Education Merriwood Christian Camp

Mission 2:10 North Carolina Zoo Summer Camps



Forsyth Tech Aviation lab

June 13-17 Middle School, June 20-24 High School

Clemmons, NC

June 13 August 13

(one week sessions, agespecific)

City Lights Outreach Center, 910 Palmer Lane

June 13th-17th June 20-23rd

4401 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro

Multiple days/ weeks from June 15th – August 6th




(breakfast & lunch included)

Rising 1st graders through graduating seniors

Day Camp AND Overnight weeks available, depending on grade

Day camps $265 Junior Weeks $415 Middle School Week $435 Teen Week $455

12-18 years



Evangelism outreach, worship services, late night games, service projects

Rising 1st – 6th Graders

Virtual Day Camps for kids with Sensory Issues Week-long camps have a wait list

Virtual $35

Filled with fun and exciting games, animal encounters, and other activities based on the weekly topic. Find out more at: www.nczoo.org/ education/camps/summer-camps. Camp T-shirt available for purchase.

(depending on session)

May 31 August 26

3-12 years

Summer Arts Day Camps at UNCSA

See website

See website

Day Camp & summer classes

KidZu Day Camp $65 Half day starting at $210; Full day starting at $347 DEEP discounts offered when you sign up for multiple camps

See website $270

for Members (10% off)

750 Marguerite Drive

June 13August 5

The Camp will explore the real world of aviation. Students will have the opportunity with an experienced pilot to fly in a helicopter and an airplane and to learn to pilot and land an airplane. Other aviation activities are also planned.

Day Camp

Half Day Camps; mix & match to create full day camps

Summer Camps at SECCA


Middle & High School

Salem Gym & Swim - Totally 4870 Country Club Rd, WinstonKids Summer Salem, NC Camps 1533 South Main Street


9-14 years

Day Camp

The Little Theatre of WinstonSalem

419 N. Spruce Street & Reynolds Place Theatre

See website for dates

Ages 5 - 17

Day Camp

Y Summer Exploration Academics & Camps

Various YMCA Locations

June 13 August 19

3 years - 9th grade

Day Camp with 2, 3 and 5 day/ week options


for Non-Members *Art-making materials, snacks, and drinks are provided. Lunch will not be provided.


(our big camp is 3 weeks this year)

$90 - $175

depending on age & member/nonmember rates

Climbing wall, paddle boats, canoes, archery, riflery, sling shots, swimming pool, BLOB, water trampoline, axe-throwing, high ropes course, sports, acting, crafts, outdoor cooking, outdoor survival, model rocketry, chapel times and much more! CampMerriwood.net

KidZu camps are geared toward rising 3rd-8th graders with high functioning autism.

30+ amazing camps to choose from! All camps include gymnastics fun plus theme related games, crafts, and educational elements as well! small sampling of themes include Gymnastics Stars and Flip and Fun SalemGym.com to register and more info.

Variety of music, acting and dance camps/ lessons offered. See UNCSA.edu/community for specific info

SECCA’s Summer Camps give kids the opportunity to work with local artists on everything from painting and printmaking to sculpting and large-scale art installations. SECCA.org/SummerCamps for session descriptions. June 27-July 17 Rock of Ages: Teen Edition (ages 10-17) July 11-15 & 18-22 Theatre Games (ages 5-9 & 10-13) July 18-22 & Aug. 8-12 Myths & Folktales (ages 5-9 & 10-13) July 25-29 & Aug. 1-5 Creative Movement (ages 5-9 & 10-13) July 25-29 Monologues (ages 10-15)

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Lounsbury is meticulous about organic gardening to the point where now all his watering needs are supplied by rain barrels, bypassing the harmful effects of chlorine found in city water.

Presents the

Philosopher’s Physic Garden

The open forum of a marketplace provides a refreshing getaway from shopping aisles. Each venue offers a unique setting that may include activities for children, live entertainment, and an array of foods. The curious shopper discovers she has direct access to fresh and locally grown fruits, herbs, flowers, and vegetables, dairy-based products, proteins, homemade goodies, and artisanbased, handmade crafts. In addition, the welcoming man, woman, or couple behind the table provides a small sampling of popular items. Whether you are a first-timer or a repeat customer, take the time to introduce yourself, ask questions, and inquire if owners receive visitors, offer a produce box, or have a farm store. The answer is likely “yes” or “it’s coming soon!” Here and There and Home Again Born and raised in Winston-Salem, Tracy Lounsbury began his adult years with study and adventure. Prestigious universities with notable names like Duke, Harvard, and Oxford prepared Lounsbury to become a philosopher. While studying at King’s College and The Warburg Institute in London, he became familiar with The Chelsea Physic Garden. “I would often visit, impressed by their systematic arrangement of plants associated with various healing properties.” Lounsbury views himself as a philosopher of physic, which implies a scientific understanding of medicinal plants and botany. After extensive traveling between the United States and Europe, Lounsbury returned home to Winston-Salem and delved into an instinctual passion—gardening. Keeper of the Physic Garden After retiring as a Professor of Philosophy, Lounsbury turned away from the metaphysical study to the physical aspect of nature. His backyard offered at least adequate space to pursue this study, despite tall mature trees promoting shade and not a tiny bit of existential angst. One hand-built greenhouse soon had an extension and higher-level shelving. Where does one stop? Today Lounsbury has nine greenhouses. Plant-lovers would understand the universal thrill of witnessing carefully planted seeds rise from the warm organic soil and mature into flourishing plants.


Selling to the Public Anyone who is botanically curious about a wide assortment of native, rare, and unique herbs, flowers, shrubs, trees, and fruitbearing plants would enjoy ordering from The Philosopher’s Physic Garden. Lounsbury shares, “I grow all my plants from my own seeds, divisions, or by cuttings, which ensures that all my plants are locally adapted to our area.” For the past 22 years, Lounsbury has amassed a considerable collection of various plants. “I have 50 varieties of figs, 75 varieties of hydrangea, 20 varieties of elderberry, for example. I also have an extensive collection of tomato seeds. For years, I sold over 300 varieties of heirloom tomatoes at the Farmers’ Market. Lately, I have been growing many of the blue tomatoes (first released to the public in 2011) and the so-called dwarf tomatoes—compact tomato plants with full-sized fruit which are ideal for container gardening.” Common to Unique Homeowners in need of beautifying their landscapes can shop from https://www.philosophersphysicgarden.com to find the following and more: • Herbs: Among the varieties of basil, oregano, mints, and parsley, shoppers can purchase medicinal herbs, such as ashwagandha, ashitaba, burdock, catnip, comfrey, feverfew, mugwort, yarrow, St. John’s wort, Siberian ginseng, and stinging nettle • Flowers: peonies, clematis, dahlia, salvia, hellebore, and Japanese anemone for beautification, or medical flowers like the coneflower, bee balm, hellebore, clary sage, and lavender. • Shrubs: gardenias, goji berry (red, black, and golden), chokeberries, elderberries, viburnums, ninebark, and hydrangeas. • Trees: Japanese lilac, Himalayan birch, and fruit trees. • The Unique: In addition to hard-to-find tomato varieties, consider the historically native but rare Franklin tree, schisandra, climbing hydrangea, flying dragon bitter orange, or even a monkey puzzle tree! Cobblestone Farmer’s Market Between the hours of 9:30 AM to noon, shoppers attending the Old Salem farmers’ market, Cobblestone, at 1007 South Marshall Street, can visit the booth and meet Tracy Lounsbury. Expect a wide selection of plants and jars of honey—extracted from his backyard hives! Most customers order from the website in advance and pick up during market hours. On Sunday afternoons, a secondary pick-up location is Acadia Foods at 228 W. Acadia Avenue in Winston-Salem. Next Month: Armstrong Artisan Farm

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April 22nd, 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated! Senator Nelson from Wisconsin had a passion for talking about the earth and helping people learn how to take better care of it. He planned the first Earth Day and over 20 million people participated in it. Over 50 years later, we are still finding ways to love the earth and learn about it every year on April 22nd. There are so many things you can do at home or around Forsyth County this year to love on our planet. Take some time to observe and learn about them. Also, find ways to take action to help! One of my favorite ways to learn about nature is to do a nature scavenger hunt. This is a great way to have some outside family time and learn about the earth at the same time. Do a nature scavenger hunt in your backyard and look up a free guide online! Get your family or friends together and take a walk to talk about the different kinds of trees there are around you. You can find information and photos by simply looking them up on the Internet! Go into your own backyard and gather leaves. Take time to look at how unique they each are, and maybe even research what kind of plants they came from.


Take time to talk about ways your family can reduce your waste. What are some things you can do more intentionally or do smarter to help reduce the amount of waste? Here are some ideas for your home. Make it a family activity to create a recycle space in your residence. Think about investing in a reusable cup for each member of the household. This will cut down on how much you are washing and how much you are wasting. To cut down on plastic bags, use reusable bags when you go shopping and invest in a lunch box. Go thrift shopping or to a secondhand shop to purchase and reuse items. Donate items to secondhand stores instead of throwing them away. Shop at bulk stores where you bring your own containers! When considering what to cook for dinner, let the expiration dates decide for you. Try to use the food first that is closest to expiring, so you won’t throw away unused items. Create a compost system at your home to reduce what you are throwing away. The earth will benefit from the nutrients in your veggie and fruit scraps! If you aren’t

able to use the foods before expiration, put them into the freezer to use later. Look up different ways that you can put the whole fruit or veggie to use. Use the seeds, the peels, or the cores for something creative. Planting a tree is a great way to make a positive lasting impact on the environment. Before doing anything on public property, make sure to get a permit and check out the specific regulations for Forsyth county. You can find information on that at library. municode.com/nc/winston-salem.There are different kinds of trees that are best to plant in Forsyth County. For example, large variety trees (35+ feet tall), medium variety trees (25-35 feet tall), and small variety trees (less than 25 feet tall). Some of the top recommended small variety trees for Forsyth County are Japanese Maple, Japanese Dogwood, or Flowering Dogwood. Check out the local events, such as the Piedmont Earth Day Fair on April 23rd; enjoy a stroll at Tanglewood; run an Earth Day 5k! Get creative this year. Make it a fun family day to celebrate the earth, learn about it, and take action to love it. Make every day Earth Day!

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Stop Holding On So Tight… Why It Sometimes May Be Best Just to

What does it mean to just “let it go”? Does it mean to forget, to forgive, not to dwell on something that hurt you? Whom does it benefit? These are all questions I’ve asked myself again and again, and I think I’ve discovered some healthy truths.

What letting go is not: Letting go is not saying things that hurt you don’t hurt. It’s also not saying something that happened is okay or even forgiven. Some things may be unforgivable or just take a very long time and a lot of healing in order to be forgiven. Letting go is not saying to the world that we are okay now. It’s not an admission of wrong-doing or a caving to a demand from another and it’s not an end point to pain.

What letting it go is: There’s something profoundly important and helpful about the idea of letting go of what no longer serves you. But again, what does that mean and how do you do it? Letting go can be breaking the habit of continually re-introducing thoughts and feelings that cause us pain. It can be the act of not allowing ourselves to go down the path of living out a scenario or multiple scenarios in our head, or creating new dialogue which might keep causing us trauma. It can be allowing the memory of something painful to come, to feel it, and then to let it melt away. There are measurable benefits to letting go of habits, memories, and people who no longer serve our best interests. Here are a few of them. Less Stress


Getting stressed out can be a reaction we have when things don’t go the way we want them to. Sometimes, through no fault of our own, things just do not lean in our favor. When this is the case, it’s important to recognize that we can’t control or fix every situation, make arrangements for things to go as we plan, but we can detach ourselves from the outcome, and embrace the reality of what is…because perpetuating a cycle of stress and resistance to any situation that’s not in our control will only cause more suffering. Better relationships with friends and family When the people closest to us don’t behave the way we want them to, it can often cause frustration or irritation. The primary reason for this has to do with control. Our lack of control over another’s behavior and over the situation in general leaves us feeling overwhelmed and annoyed. The solution to this is to allow others to have the freedom to react as they choose (within reason), and to be who they are without pushing our agenda onto them. Of course, we don’t have to tolerate lack of respect, but allowing those we love to have their own reactions while we detach from the outcome can do wonders for our relationships. Less Fear It’s likely that there are some fears in our lives limiting the way we behave in the world. These fears, at their core, have to do with our desire how we want things to be. It can be fear of losing control, fear of putting our trust in others, fear of showing vulnerability or fear of failure. All these fears have one solution… letting go. The idea of letting go seems so simple. However, anyone who has tried it knows it’s really not that easy! To let go, we must dig deep into ourselves and find our vulnerability. If we’re able to let go and begin anew, we will probably find that we are suffering less from stress, bothered less by struggles from the past, not overwhelmed by frustration with the people we love and not overcome with fear. By letting go of things that are holding us back, what we’re really doing is setting ourselves free.



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Music’s Inspirational and Influential Impact on Children BY SUSAN BB SCHABACKER

Music’s bountiful benefits and positive influence on people and animals has long been confirmed by research. Although music can offer profound benefits for those of all ages, studies have established the important interplay of soundwaves and brain waves that begins even in utero. Music influences the physical, social, cognitive, and emotional development of babies, toddlers, and kids. SURVIVE & THRIVE WITH SUCCESSFUL SOCIAL SKILLS Consider social implications of music. Music can enhance children’s self-esteem and assist them to overcome shyness. Since many students struggle academically and socially, and sometimes feel inferior to their peers, music can offer a satisfying sense of accomplishment and achievement. Students with learning disabilities often find that music can improve learning skills and offer inclusiveness and a sense of belonging. Practicing self-discipline and commitment while learning music teaches kids the essential skills of perseverance and patience, and encourages responsibility and reliability, important keys for maintaining long-term relationships and future success. BRAIN BOOSTING BENEFITS Neuroscience research suggests that music boosts the brain in ways that are beneficial to developmental learning and growth. While math, English, and science may be foundational subjects in a school setting, art and music are also instrumental (pun intended). Just two years of musical instruction have proven to be beneficial, according to two studies from the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California. Music training actually alters the structure of the brain’s white matter, carrying signals throughout the brain, and also affects gray matter, with the brain’s neurons active in information processing. Brain networks responsible for decision making, focusing attention and concentration, and inhibiting impulses are also activated. Music is integral to auditory brain development. It engages the left side of the brain associated with language processing and may contribute to the capability to learn languages. Elements of music such as pitch, tone, rhythm, and dynamics hone listening skills. Tuning an instrument (including warming up the vocal “instrument”), ear training, and harmonizing are important exercises to practice.


LEFT BRAIN LOGIC MEETS RIGHT BRAIN CREATIVITY Music is not just a form of art that involves right-brained creativity, but also involves left-brained logic and math. A study published by Christopher Johnson, Professor of Music Education and Music Therapy at the University of Kansas, revealed that standardized test scores of elementary school students who study music improved by 20% in math and 22% in English. Learning the basics of music theory, including structure, formulas, and the notation of notes and chords are key aspects of music. Understanding and calculating tempo, utilizing bars and measures, and transposing into different keys employs mathematics and exercises logic. CULTIVATING CREATIVIVE CAPABILITIES An audio artform, music allows us to utilize creativity, and cultivating creativity in the classroom offers additional benefits to a student’s growth and development. Creativity can benefit any area of life, not just art-related areas. Expanding thought processes to incorporate imagination, innovation, and ingenuity allows for unlimited growth and opportunity. Thinking and operating in creative ways can enable development of practical solutions to realworld issues. SOLACE FROM SCHOOL STRESSORS School can be stressful. From constant homework to test taking to bullying, kids are in constant need of R&R. Instead of turning to alcohol, drugs, or stimulants, which can be harmful and easily addictive, music is a healthy way to relieve stress, anxiety, and depression, energy-sapping and lifedepriving voids that can lead to unhealthy behavior and even suicide. Music—whether studied, practiced, or simply listened to—has the ability to embrace the ears, soothe the senses, ignite inspiration and imagination, uplift moods, and evoke joy beyond measure. Integrating music as a key part of your child’s education is ideal at any age and level of education. Schools are environments for our kids to develop, learn, and grow to be better equipped for long-term success in relationships and careers. Music does more than just boost brains. It opens and embraces ears, minds, and hearts, connecting and uniting us to become better people with brighter futures.


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Child Safety Series

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month this series will provide important facts and tips surrounding child safety in an effort to support parents and caregivers as they navigate reducing risks and creating the safest environment possible for the children in their lives.

Every April, “National Child Abuse Prevention (CAP)” recognizes the month as time to remind communities of the important role each of us plays collectively to strengthen families and protect children against abuse through education and other resources. “National Child Abuse Prevention Month” can bring up some difficult feelings, but it’s an incredibly important opportunity to face a very real issue that needs all of our attention and support. Keeping Children Safe Takes a Village Every child should grow up in a safe, stable, and nurturing environment. While parents and caregivers are key to making this a reality, it is the support and commitment from their community that brings about all the difference in making it a reality through preventive measures. This month, we hope you’ll take time to read through the tips below on how to identify, and protect against, child abuse and neglect.


Prioritizing Child and Family Well-Being Supporting all areas and seasons that make up the family unit is a widely important source of prevention when it comes to protecting children. This includes making healthy marriages and parents, grandparents, and children a priority through opportunities for support resources. This can include resources such as peer-to-peer groups, both virtually and in-person, free and low-cost mental health and counseling services, as well as public and private programs for prevention and rehabilitation. Allowing parents and families to know they are supported and cared for by their loved ones and communities in all seasons is at the core of prevention. This could be something as simple as a helping hand or a listening ear. Promoting Valuable and Educational Programs Some topics can often feel taboo and even awkward to discuss; however, something as serious as neglect and abuse deserves to be in the spotlight. When places like churches, schools, libraries, and other community centers create programming structured around prevention of abuse and family issues, this has proven to help keep children safe, decreasing the likelihood for abuse to take place. The Department of Children and Families says that after-school activities, parent education classes, mentoring programs, and respite care are some of the many ways programming can help. Education plays an important role in defining what constitutes abuse, how to prevent it, what to do if someone suspects it and more. These programs are beneficial not only to adults, but for children as well. Identifying Risk, Maltreatment and Abuse Teach children their rights and make sure from a young age they



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Nutritious and Delicious Smoothies for a Sippable Snack, Meal, or Dessert Drink BY SUSAN B B SCHABACKER


it’s a snack, dessert drink, or a meal replacement, sip and savor smoothies to complement your life and benefit your health. At home or on the go, a smoothie is an ideal nutrient-rich beverage that can help sustain your blood sugar throughout the day, maximize a workout, and become part of your daily routine. Sip and savor your smoothie to empower your life and embrace your health. BOUNTIFUL EFFECTS OF SMOOTHIES FOR HEALTH & BEAUTY: √ Increased fiber intake √ Increased consumption of fruits and veggies √ Keeping hydrated √ Boosting immune system and metabolism √ Enhanced cognition √ Increased focus and concentration √ Managing food cravings for weight loss and management √ Improved digestion √ Detoxifying body √ Amping up antioxidant intake √ Imparting beauty benefits to skin, hair, and nails Before you head out on another trip for groceries, research health benefits of ingredients on this list to determine what’s most important for your health. But, when you’re in the mood for a

smoothie and don’t have the right ingredients on hand, it’s important to be flexible and work with what you have. Learn to be creative in the art of substituting ingredients. When developing your own recipes, start out with a small amount—just enough for one small serving—and if it passes your taste test, write your recipe down for future reference. If it’s a “no go” and barely palatable, don’t stress, because you can always adapt it or add to it. An amazing diversity of nutrients, fresh fruits and veggies and other healthy ingredients can be packed into a simple smoothie. Figure out what you like and don’t like, and based on how it tastes, decide if it needs one or more of the following ingredients for flavor, texture, and temperature: FRUITS: banana, peach, pear, grapes, apricots, nectarines, and pomegranate • Berrylicious: blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, goji berries, and acai berries

LIQUIDS: water, teas, kombucha milk, fruit juices, such as apple, cranberry, grape, lemonade, orange, and plant-based nut milks (e.g., coconut, almond, cashew, hemp) THICKENERS: yogurt, kefir, cottage cheese, coconut flakes, rolled oats, tofu, lentils, and nut butters, such as peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, and pecan butter SPICES & POWERFUL POWDERS: turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, matcha, maca root, spirulina, moringa, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, protein powder, carob (for chocolate lovers), and cayenne pepper (for lovers of the spicy)

GORGEOUS GREEN GODDESS Handful each of kale and spinach, 1½ cup green tea, 1 stalk celery, 3 slices cucumber, ½ avocado, ¾ teaspoon matcha powder, 1 teaspoon spirulina, and1 teaspoon moringa powder

FLAVOR EXTRACTS: vanilla and almond


SWEETENERS: stevia, honey, maple syrup, blue agave, and pitted dates

• Melons: cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon



Handful of strawberries, 1½ Tablespoon peanut butter, ½-¾ cup coffee or 2-3 shots espresso, 3-4 Tablespoons milk of choice, and 2 Tablespoons carob or cocoa powder


• Citrus: orange, clementine, grapefruit, lime, and lemon

VEGGIES: Greens, such as spinach, kale, and swiss chard


HERBS: peppermint, spearmint, lemon balm, parsley, basil, and thyme

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• Tropical fruits: mango, pineapple, coconut, guava, passionfruit, and papaya

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RISE ‘N’ SUNSHINE 1 glass orange juice or 2 peeled oranges, ½ cup coconut or nut-milk, 1½ Tablespoon turmeric, 1

2 cups of berries of choice and 1 cup thickener of choice

4-5 mango slices, 1 banana, 3-4 pineapple slices, ½ cup coconut milk, and 2 Tablespoons coconut flakes MINTALICIOUS MEDLEY MIXTURE Handful fresh mint (peppermint/spearmint leaves), 1 cup mint/green tea, handful spinach, and 1 banana Depending on your specific health goals, simply sipping a smoothie with organic and natural ingredients can boost your overall health and make you feel like a superhuman! Happy blending!

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The Benefits of Calendula BY LISA S.T. DOSS*

Particular flowers capture our attention due to their size, uniqueness, and pigment. While the common marigold is recognizable at first sight, there is a similar flower, which looks like a daisy, yet it possesses an orange center and golden blooms, ranging on the yellow to red spectrum. The common name is “pot marigold,” yet, calendula (pronounced Ka-len-jewel-la) has been a valued flower since Renaissance Times. Today, the cheery edible flowers have a broader range of colors, including ivory, pink, and red shades. They are a worthwhile addition to any garden for beautification, cosmetic, medicinal, or culinary purposes.

to digestion, menstrual pain, promoting detoxification, and stimulating wound healing, are worthy of adding to your tea collection. In addition, it contains flavonoids and other antioxidants. Drinking a cup of calendula tea can prevent the damage of free radicals to the skin, reducing wrinkles, age spots, and blemishes.

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Children and adults get the occasional scrape, sore, and cut, which presents a possibility for infection. Most of our injuries require a cleaning agent, a healing salve, and a band-aid. If it is not touched, it takes time to see a scab recover; in fact, the timeline can last a month or longer. One of the best ways to promote quick healing is to keep the skin hydrated. Calendula oil, infused into a carrier oil, just as olive oil, sweet almond oil, or coconut oil, can result in a topical with anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and anti-bacterial properties. Whether its application form is a roll-on bottle or dropper, a mere drop will advance the healing process. Of course, you can apply the oil to soothe skin conditions as well, notably eczema, or to reduce red inflammations, like diaper rash and acne, among other possibilities. Don’t worry about purchasing a small bottle; a little goes a long way!

Plucking the blossom heads may sound horrifying to some gardeners. Yet, please know, calendula is a fast-growing plant, rising quickly from seed and producing an astounding number of new blooms. Undoubtedly, that’s the reason it’s one of the top herbs in orally consumed recipes, and included in more than 200 lotions, shampoos, salves, and other medicinalbased topical products. Whether the flower is listed as an ingredient for teas, toothpaste, tinctures, or applied topically, its effects offer a powerful antioxidant and antiviral herb to promote healing. Calendula Tea Like calendula, Chamomile is another medicinal flower. The solution for body pain, gut health, and relaxation, is a steeped cup of calendula or chamomile tea. Whether purchased as bags or in bulk, calendula tea, in particular, is a specialty item that you won’t find in a grocery store. Yet, the rewards, to name a few, such as boosting the immune system, easing fevers, disorders related


To make your own: Take a bundle of freshly cut flowers, tie with a rubber band, and hang. Remove the dried petals and store them in a sealable, glass container, or grind them into powder.

Calendula Oil Recipe Seeking to make your own homemade calendula-infused oil recipe? Then start now. You’ll need about five minutes to

prepare and four weeks until it’s ready to use. Directions: In a pint jar, add eight ounces of mashed calendula flowers, preferably organic; then, pour 16 ounces of a carrier oil. Shake. After an hour, determine if the flowers are fully saturated. Cap and place in a window with full-sun exposure. Shake daily! After a month, check the infusion. You should have a yellow oil that smells nutty. The last step is to strain, using a cheesecloth, and pour into a dark bottle, such as amber or blue. Storing in a cool, dark location will result in longevity; start with one year. Don’t forget to add a “use-by” date. Inflammation and Much More Calendula is a flowering magic, promoting cell repair and growth. The plant-based antioxidants are a potent remedy for all types of inflammations, especially skin conditions, like burns, dermatitis, chickenpox, cold sores, cuts, rashes, wounds, and much more. Making a Salve With only three ingredients—calendulainfused oil, beeswax, and a few drops of an essential oil—you can undoubtedly concoct your own topical. There are plenty of recipes online. Just remember, one cup of infused oil equals one ounce of beeswax. Once melted on mediumlow, add five to ten drops of essential oil, and pour into a small, sealable glass or tin container. You’ll love applying the yellow silky sunflower salve on your wounds and watching them disappear! Of course, the benefits of calendula far exceed the few items mentioned; so, this spring, be ready to plant seeds in enriched soil, and wait for health to appear in bright blossoms! * Lisa is an N.C State Master Gardener volunteer and state-certified beekeeper.

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BY @BRIGHTMOMENTCO / LAUREN SEPHTON Looking for a quick and easy breakfast recipe? These healthier Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins are made with Greek yogurt and olive oil for a fluffy, light, and perfect on-the-go breakfast!

Lemon Poppy Seed Breakfast Muffins

American-grown lemons are pretty much available year-round; however, the peak season for the Meyer Lemon runs from November to April. Meyer Lemons have a thin, soft skin that is entirely edible and can make a great addition to roasted vegetables and meats. They are naturally more sweet than sour, making wonderful homemade lemonades!


Did you know that most of the phytonutrient content from citrus fruits is stored in the white pith of the peel? So, before you toss out the peels, try zesting or grating them to use in salad dressings, baked goods, and marinades, to unlock the potent antioxidants. Plus, Meyer Lemons are an excellent source of Vitamin C, which helps to keep our immune systems in excellent shape, assists in the creation and breakdown of amino acids necessary for building proteins, aids in the breaking down of dietary fats, for storage and energy production, and much more!



1¾ cup All Purpose Flour ¼ cup Granulated Cane Sugar 1 tsp. Baking Powder ¾ tsp. Baking Soda ¼ tsp. Salt 2 Tbsp. Lemon Zest (about 2-3 lemons)

2 Tbsp. Poppy Seeds 1 cup Greek Yogurt 1 /3 cup Meyer Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed (about 2-3 lemons) 1 /3 cup Olive Oil, or melted butter 2 large Eggs 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

INSTRUCTIONS: 1. P reheat oven to 400º F. Line a muffin pan. 2. Mix all the dry ingredients together (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt). 3. Whisk together all the wet ingredients (Greek yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, eggs, vanilla). 4. Fold the poppy seeds and lemon zest into the Greek yogurt mixture. 5. Pour the dry ingredients into the Greek yogurt mixture and mix until combined. 6. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin, filling each ¾th of the way full. 7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 8. (OPTIONAL) Drizzle each with a lemon glaze (You can eye this recipe by using 1 cup powdered sugar, 1/3 tsp. lemon juice, and 1 tsp. lemon zest).


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What If?

Presents Concealed Carry

“What-if?”, the worrisome words, arrive in the mind’s consciously spinning topics, from safety and financial security to loved ones and pet health. Asking, “What can I do?” leads to a proactive decision to invest time in the ultimate insurance policy—valuable life skills comprising security, shelter, food, water, and medical care! In any emergency, from extreme weather to a personal disaster, you have the power to take charge of your fate by making plans and taking action! Here, there, and everywhere, a threat is lurking. Americans no longer reside in a place of open trust or unlocked doors. While police and security presence offer a feeling of comfort, one cannot entrust their safety in just hope and prayer alone. Deciding to pursue a concealed carry permit is not taken lightly. Some will say certification makes them more observant, avoid conflict, and less likely to act carelessly, rush, or break laws. Others may claim carrying is a right of personal protection against victimization. The decision to commit to the responsibilities of carrying a firearm could also potentially be a life-saving solution or end a threat. Before Certification The first question to ask yourself is “why?” Buying a handgun for the need to feel safer isn’t the solution, primarily if you have never held or shot a gun before. Before investing in the time and expense of a handgun, start with a pistol or firearms course. Participants will gain insight into holding a pistol correctly, clearing, loading, firing, and using appropriate storage measures in a safe environment; then, for added comfort, register for additional classes and visit the range with like-minded friends. Obtaining Certification If ready to pursue the next step, seek out businesses that offer marksmanship training and classes that have a schedule to register for a Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) class. It will deliver a full day of instruction from a booklet explaining state laws, basic firearm safety rules, proper shooting stances, parts of a pistol, and cleaning procedures. Instructors are receptive to questions and help explain class material and other educational ideas. Participants will need to bring a holster, a handgun, hearing protection, and eyewear, leaving ammunition behind. Expect to perform a live-fire test observed by the instructor. At the end of the class, depart with your test score and a paper certificate.



The Next Step As with a pair of shoes, buyers will want to hold the handgun before purchasing. Most ranges will rent pistols or recommend what women claim feels good in their hands. In filling out an application at your local sheriff’s office, including fingerprinting, a background and mental health check, applicants will need to register their concealed-carry handgun. The benefits of applying in person eliminate a convenience fee; however, there is a payment for the permit, background check, and notary’s signature. The next step is patience. When the permit is ready for pick-up, a representative from the Sheriff’s Office will call. Expect a Lifestyle Change Concealed-carry is not an easy responsibility. Dayto-day behaviors change, including clothing choices, the added weight on a hip, the inconvenience when going to the bathroom, the act of changing postures from seated to standing, and knowing the rules—not all businesses and states support Second Amendment rights or licensure. It’s rare, actually, to hear of the heroism of citizens in good standing who prevented a deadly attack, whether it’s at a church, business, public location, or home. The stories speak of citizens who received training, respect the weapon, and know the repercussions when pulling the trigger. Bad situations do happen. Permit holders do not become complacent. Constant vigilance, awareness, and practice ensure every permit holder can step forward in a dangerous situation by using their weapon only as a last resort. NEXT MONTH: Building a First-Aid Kit

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year continues with a new version of “My Grace-Full Life,” and this month—we’re talking about “My Joy-Full Life.” In God’s Word, He repeatedly tells us to rejoice and be joyful. But first—let’s clarify what joy is and what joy is not. To understand what true joy is—we have to go to the Bible. When the Bible speaks of joy, it’s a feeling of contentment and trust that is found only in Jesus Christ. The joy of the Bible is dependent on Whose we are, and it has nothing to do with our circumstances or situations. In fact, biblical joy is found despite our circumstances. Joy can be found in a grieving mother, because her faith is strong. Joy can be found in a struggling father, because he knows Who is faithful to equip him. Joy can be found in the overwhelmed student, who, because of Jesus—is strengthened to persevere. What joy is not: Joy is not happiness. Happiness is external—it’s motivated by people, places, or things. It is always temporary. When it comes to Biblical joy, we have a lot to learn from Paul and Barnabas. Acts 13:49-52 records their experience in building up the early church: “And the word of the Lord was being spread throughout all the region. But the Jews stirred up the devout and prominent women and the chief men of the city, raised up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region. But they shook off the dust from their feet against them and came to Iconium. And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.” I don’t know about you—but having a group of people rise up against me to persecute me and kick me out of the community doesn’t exactly spell J-O-Y. Nonetheless, Paul and Barnabas persevered. Their joy wasn’t rooted in their circumstances, because they were filled with the Holy Spirit. When we are doing what God’s called us to do, no matter how challenging…no matter the obstacles…no matter the seeming lack of progress…

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there is joy in obedience. There is joy in the work we do for the Lord. Perhaps you think this is unrelated to you. Few of us are called to be missionaries in the traditional sense of the word (as Paul and Barnabas were). But if we’ve accepted Jesus as our Savior, we ARE missionaries. Jesus says in Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit….” So, to whatever corner of the world—you are commanded to go and make disciples. It’s an amazing privilege! Paul and Barnabas’ example helps motivate us when we’re in a difficult work situation; things at home are tense; or other challenges arise. Colossians 3:23 says, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.” This verse is an instrumental verse for me. While it’s not my life verse, it is my professional verse. While I may not be a missionary, my work is a mission. It’s an opportunity to shine my light for Jesus to the world. And when I remember to do my work for the Lord—there is joy. Thankfully, I like my job on the whole, but even the more tedious tasks are joyful when they are done with the right attitude. How can you embrace joy in the Lord in your life? What challenges and circumstances are you in that you may face with greater strength, knowing that your joy is found in Christ?

Verse of the Month: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Song of the Month: “Joy,” by For King and Country Recommended Reading: Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner, by Wendy Blight; Defined, by Stephen and Alex Kendrick; The Spirit-Filled Life, by Charles Stanley; Paul: A Man of Grace and Grit, by Charles Swindoll


you tired of hearing about quarantines, variants, testing sites, and shortages? I think we can all agree that the last couple of years have been hard on all of us and have left scars on our lives. Your kids have them, your bank accounts, your careers, and maybe even your marriage. Have you stopped to consider how difficult these past two years have been on your pastor? Empty church buildings, funerals, heated mask debates, online services, depleted offerings, and churches with programs that will never look like the same. Our pastors know they face a spiritual battle with the devil every day, but many feel like they have been blindsided by this enemy called Covid. Your pastor may be weary and wounded after this extended battle, which is far from over. This battle, that no one saw coming or even had the chance to prepare for. What are you doing to be sure your pastor doesn’t feel discouraged and alone in this war? Be the one to come alongside of your pastor— to lift his arms as Aaron and Hur did for Moses when he had battle fatigue. Think of ways you can encourage and support your pastor in the days and months ahead. Be there to bind up the battle scars, so your pastor can feel refreshed and energized to continue forward in this God-given calling. The Battle is the Lord’s!


FREE VETERANS DENTAL CLINIC APRIL 1-3 Pinedale Christian Church (Winston-Salem) The dental clinic will include: cleaning, x-ray exams, and other treatments. For veterans, by appointment only and it is FREE Registration: https://footbridge.org/clinics 336.788.6700 DR. GARY CHAPMAN APRIL 2, 9:00AM Calvary Baptist Church (Winston-Salem) Dr. Chapman will teach from his best-selling book, “The 5 Love Languages.” Registration: calvarynow.com 336.765.5542 “THE BAREFOOT MILE” FUNDRAISER APRIL 2, 9:00AM Winston Square Park (Winston-Salem) Walk a mile in solidarity with trafficked and impoverished children to fight child trafficking. Proceeds: JOY International & Streetlight NC To register: thebarefootmile.org VINTAGE BIBLE COLLEGE APRIL 4, 6:30PM Vintage Bible College (Winston-Salem) Vintage Bible College is currently enrolling for the Spring Quarter; offering Associate through Doctorate Degree Programs in Biblical Studies, Theology, Ministry & Christian Education. Classes are held on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 336.759.0591 250TH EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE APRIL 17, 6:00AM Salem Square @ Home Moravian Church (Winston-Salem) The service will begin at Salem Square @ Home Moravian Church and proceed to God’s Acre accompanied by the Moravian band and liturgy. / 336.722.6504 JOYCE MEYER CONFERENCE APRIL 22-23 Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Winston-Salem) Joyce Meyer is an author, speaker, and

host of the daily radio program” Enjoying Everyday Life.” Worship: Matt Redman All seats are FREE / 336.758.2410 “EMPTY BOWLS” (DRIVE-THRU) FUNDRAISER APRIL 27, 11:00AM – 6:00PM Bridger Field House (Winston-Salem) Enjoy a delicious bowl of soup to-go provided by Providence! Proceeds: Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina & Providence Tickets: emptybowlsnc.org RYAN DUREK APRIL 28, 6:30PM Benton Convention Center (Winston-Salem) Ryan has an incredible testimony of overcoming his own addiction and homelessness as a client of Miracle Hill in 2003. Through God’s grace and healing, he has worked with Miracle Hill since 2008 in various capacities. Proceeds: Winston-Salem Rescue Mission The Winston-Salem Rescue Mission has been helping change lives for 54 years through biblically-based addiction recovery programs and providing basic necessities such as food, clothing and medical/dental care to individuals in the triad area. wsrescue.org/banquet JONATHAN & MELISSA HELSER APRIL 29-30, 7:30PM Awake Church (Winston-Salem) Tickets: $20.00 (per person, per night) 336.712.4008 “FEET FOR THE STREET” 5K & FUN RUN APRIL 30, 8:00AM Salem Lake Greenway (Winston-Salem) $30.00 (5k) / $20.00 (fun run) To register: wsstreetschool.org Presented by Fleet Feet & WBFJ-FM Proceeds: Winston-Salem Street School The W-S Street School is a private, non-profit alternative educational option for at-risk high school students in the Forsyth County area. 336.721.1160


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Reflecting on Our Humble, Selfless, and Unconditionally Loving King BY ANGELIA CORNATZER


the gospel of John in the New Testament of the Bible, we find the story of Palm Sunday. But before diving into Palm Sunday, let’s take a look at what Jesus was doing the few days beforehand. When we look in the verses around John, chapter 12, we see that, six days before Passover, Jesus is with Lazarus, Mary, and Martha. A few days before this, we see that Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead. Just take a second to visualize the timeline of what’s going on. Jesus had traveled to raise Lazarus from the dead; is now present with Lazarus, Mary, and Martha; will ride into Passover on a baby donkey; predict His own death; have people not believe Him, despite all the miracles He has shown them; and then wash His disciples’ feet—all on the way to giving His life for us all. What a humble, selfless, and unconditionally loving king!

Let’s talk about the donkey. We see Jesus become the “least of these” from the very beginning of Palm Sunday, as He makes His royal entrance into Jerusalem. This was a completion of a prophecy, showing that God is specific in, and faithful to, His promises.

Palm Sunday was the day that Jesus entered Jerusalem before He was arrested, crucified, and rose again. We remember Palm Sunday as part of the last week of Lent, and the beginning of Holy Week. It is the Sunday before Easter. We find an account in John 12:

April 1 - John 3

April 2 - John 4

April 3 - John 5

April 4 - John 6

April 5 - John 7

April 6 - John 8

April 7- John 9

April 8 - John 10

April 9 - John 11

April 10 (Palm Sunday) - John 12


“The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors 13 took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted, ‘Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hail to the King of Israel!’ 14 Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it, fulfilling the prophecy that said: 15 “Don’t be afraid, people of Jerusalem. Look, your King is coming, riding on a donkey’s colt.”


A typical king would not be seen on a donkey, let alone a baby donkey. They would enter on horseback in an extravagant way. We see our humble, selfless, and unconditionally loving king enter on the back of a baby donkey, showing us how different He is from worldly kings. Most kings would move in plain power, Jesus moved in pure peace. Let’s take the palm branches. The reason for the name Palm Sunday is because this was the day people placed palm branches in the path of Jesus. They waved them in the air as He entered Jerusalem. These branches were seen as symbols of victory in the culture and time period. The people uttered praises to Jesus and laid down symbolic palm branches showing that they trusted He was victorious. Here is a suggested reading plan for you to follow by reading a chapter of John each day up to Palm Sunday:

As we anticipate Palm Sunday, don’t let this season pass without taking time to reflect and respond. As we look at how Jesus lived His life in the weeks and days before He sacrificed His for ours, may we seek for ways amid the mundane moments of busy life to imitate His humility, selflessness, and unconditional love in our own lives. As we read about the crowd of people who welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem by laying down palm branches, representing victory, at his feet, think about what you can lay at Jesus’ feet this Palm Sunday, as you trust in His victory over death. God kept His promises and fulfilled prophecies back then, and He is still the same God now. He is faithful and specific. Take time this Palm Sunday season to follow through the Scriptures the journey of Jesus on His way to the cross!

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The Return of Clemmons Community Day BY DENISE HEIDEL

In 2009, an idea was born: Clemmons Community Day. For ten years, this celebrated event was a staple in the community… Something that businesses and families looked forward to year after year… A rain or shine event attended by 100+ vendors and 3500+ people, Clemmons Community Day is organized by the Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce and volunteers. It has been a wonderful opportunity to connect with others. Unfortunately, as was the case for so many other events, the COVID impact has caused a two-year lapse in our annual tradition, but in 2022, Clemmons Community Day is making a comeback!


A Season of Reflection, Repentance, and Preparation


do you prepare for things? Maybe you prepare by studying your talking points before giving a presentation at work, or maybe you start packing weeks before your family goes on vacation. The season of Lent is a journey of heart-preparation for one of the greatest celebrations in the Christian faith, Easter. Jesus sacrificed for us and rose from the grave to allow us hope, a relationship, and eternal life with Him! Starting on March 2nd, Ash Wednesday kicks off the 40 days of Lent until April 14th. (Sundays are not counted in the 40 days of Lent.) The season of Lent was not specifically observed in Scripture, but we do see different accounts of key people pursuing God in 40-day increments. In the 40-day period, we experience people praying and fasting as well. In Greek, “tessarakosti” means “the 40.” A period of 40 days was a significant pattern in the Bible. So, while the specific season of Lent is not commanded or lived out in Scripture, we can see a biblical pattern of man pursuing God. You won’t go wrong by intentionally pursuing Jesus for 40 days in preparation to celebrate what He did for us. Moses spent 40 days fasting on Mt. Saini, and Noah spent 40 days in the ark during the Flood. Most importantly, let’s look at the example of Jesus. Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the wilderness in preparation for His journey. He was


Wendy Taylor of Keller Williams, and the 2022 VP of Community Service for the LewisvilleClemmons Chamber of Commerce shared, BY ANGELIA CORNATZER “This is a time-honored event and I’m thrilled that our Chamber will be bringing Clemmons Communitytowards Day (CCD) back. For two years, tempted by the devil and responded someone. When we sit and and individuals have contacted to temptation every time by statingbusinesses spend time with Jesus, we willour look more Chamber office to askWhen aboutwe CCD. Everyone Scripture. What a great example for us! like Him. sit with Him, is He shows eager to see Community Day return Jesus’ comeback was always scriptural. usClemmons what areas we need to bring to Him. – it’s just putting us one step10 closer to normal.” In these 40 days of Lent, see how you Try scheduling minutes a day during can reject temptation of any kind by Lent to sit in silence and ask God to show “This year’s event promises a return of what intentionally responding with Scripture. you the areas in your life and heart that Clemmons Community Day is known for – a you need to repent of. Christian Youtuber Jon Jorgenson celebration of our community,” Wendy continued.1“After is a dynamic explained Lent as a season of reflection, Johnall, 1:9Clemmons - “If we confess our place to call home.” repentance, and preparation for our sins, he is faithful and just and will hearts to celebrate Easter and Christ’s forgive us our sins and purify us from Wendy shared, “Visitors will have a chance to resurrection. Reflection is defined as all unrighteousness.” meet over 100 vendors, who are excited to taking time to deliberately ponder, share aboutThere their businesses and services to battling are so many distractions mediate, and study something. There the community. We will also have kinds second. of for our attention everyallsingle In are many creative ways to reflect during fun and games for families to enjoy, including this season of Lent, allow your God and the Lent and Easter season. Maybe for inflatables,Creator and traintorides. take precedent over each you, reflection looks like coming up distraction. Spend intentional time in with a reading plan to work through This return of this annual tradition promises prayer. Think about something you can the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, to be what it’s always been—a labor of love to give up, in order to come closer to Jesus and John in the Bible, to reflect onshowcase the what is so special about Clemmons. in this season. Maybe it is a hobby, a times of Jesus. You could also reflect Clemmons Community Day is made possible commitment, an hour of sleep, a meal, by meditating on specific Scriptural by sponsors, volunteers, the YMCA, and civil or anything that allows Jesus to have passages multiple times a day. Another servants who all work together to make it a way to reflect would be to ponder special what day!more of your time, heart, and life. Jesus gave the Ultimate Sacrifice for each one Jesus has done in your life and write it in of us.isAs wevisitors prepare celebrate and a journal; or, read a Psalm each day. While the event free, areto encouraged honor that challenge to bring a donation for Sacrifice, the Clemmons Food yourself Psalm 119:105 - “Your word is a lamp for to sacrifice things for more time to focus Pantry. Clemmons Food Pantry always accepts my feet, a light on my path.” on Him. Pursue Jesus during canned and boxed food, but they are also Lent in as never before, so you can celebrate Him need of adult hygiene items. Repentance is the act of turning fully more deeply and mindfully than ever this towards God. During the Lenten season, Easter. What can you remove in your life To learn more about Clemmons Community we can take time to examine our lives to make room for Him?or Day, visit Lewisville-Clemmons.com and hearts. We can always find an call Executive Director, Denise Heidel, area that needs to be turned to God. Matthew 6:33 - “But seek first His at 336.970.5100. Maybe it is an area of unbelief in God, kingdom and His righteousness, and all an unrelenting sin habit, or an attitude these things will be given to you as well.”


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Revelations from a




“Can you stay with me for one hour?” Jesus requested of his apostles. The invitation is a calling, a walk to a peaceful location of grace. First, a stance, perhaps kneeling or sitting. Then, with eyes closed and an open heart, silent words rise to the heavens in prayer for loved ones, family, and friends, the strong and the weak, worries, and conclude in tumbling words of humbling gratitude. I readily admit to not sleeping well. My mind wandered in thought, anticipating the journey I had signed up to experience. Before the alarm sounded, set for 1:45 AM, I quietly rose from my bed, dressed in layers, and left the house. The car’s engine idled for minutes before I drove the miles down dark streets and empty highways until reaching my destination, the church parking lot. Holy Week, an eight-day journey, is a personal walk through the remembrance of the Paschal Mystery from Christ’s passion, resurrection, and ascension. Respective personal callings offer opportunities to take up the challenge and participate, in some way, big or small, in the final days of Jesus’ life. I chose to stand outside, facing the church doors, wrapped in a warm coat, and frequently peering up into the starry night sky. Curious of the hour, I glanced at the display on my phone, which offered the time, 2:52 AM. A parishioner unlocked the door, almost to the hour, smiled, and then departed, leaving me as the next witness. Scripture describes a scene when Jesus, at the end of supper, feels troubled; so, rather than walking to the Garden of Gethsemane for an hour’s reflection of solitude and prayer, he offers an invitation. And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here and watch.” (Mark 14:34) Lit candles were like a beacon, guiding my steps through the darkened vestibule to the place of my hour’s vigil. Potted plants, featuring the early risers and blossoms of the season, lay surrounded by a soothing, meticulous placement of pebbles and stones, patches of Irish moss, and handfuls of earth. A Holy Bible and literature rest on a pew. Yes. I feel transported, ready to open my heart in the Garden. As Jesus prayed, his disciples had yet to understand how their Messiah would free them from oppressors.


Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now, this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. (John 17:1-5) Prayer feels urgent. The timely worries are ever-present, holding tight to the promise of obedience; yet, tomorrow brings a question that constricts the heart, even as Christians know the meaning of Good Friday. Jesus, through Scripture, will endure betrayal and abandonment, trials, and punishments reserved only for criminals. And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour?” (Mark 14: 37) The vigil is not easy. Fear drives the desire to remain alert. Thoughts of the Apostles, their relevant fears, and disbelief in Jesus’ revelations correlate to the present day. Exhausted from sorrow, they had no choice but to close their heavy-lidded eyes, and escape for just a while. Did they ask for guidance? Strength? A different understanding? I wonder. “Maundy” is not a word we come across in any other context, except through the association with Holy Thursday. The term is derived from Latin, meaning “mandate.” Jesus, however, provided his disciples with a new commandment. The candles flicker; yet, the heart remains pure and the occupant vigilant. When checking my phone, I discover the hour is almost over. Standing up, I walk from the glow of light into the darkness. Turning the lock breaks the silence. And the cool morning air brings one pleasant surprise. I am greeted by a familiar face, a good friend who provides a well-needed warm embrace. A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another. (John: 13:34) Wherever you may be on Maundy Thursday, April 14th, whether there is an organized vigil or not, won’t you claim one hour to watch and pray?

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Fun for the Whole Family at the

Piedmont Earth Day Fair Saturday, April 23 from 10AM - 4PM at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Families are invited to a fun and educational community celebration - the annual Piedmont Earth Day Fair. The festival, hosted by local non-profit organization Piedmont Environmental Alliance (PEA), is packed with familyfriendly activities and demonstrations, great food and music, artwork, and interesting exhibits – all free to the public. “Earth Day is a great time for people of all ages to connect with our planet, build community, and take action locally to support the environment,” said Piedmont Environmental Alliance Executive Director Jamie Maier. “We look forward to another fun and informative day that supports all of PEA’s work to create a more just, resilient, and environmentally sustainable community.” Top Notch Children’s Activities The fair offers a range of activities for kids, including arts & crafts, live animals and insects, face-painting, and yoga. Don’t miss the Kids Zone Tents, which feature special activities hosted by Kaleideum, the Forsyth County Public Libraries, and other favorite organizations. Eco Art Contest with Prizes School-aged children are encouraged to participate in the Earth Day Fair Art Contest. Students sign up online to bring artwork to the fair that expresses their connection to Earth Day. Artwork will be displayed around the fair and seen by thousands of people. A panel of community judges will award prizes (by age group) in the afternoon. Demos, Free Shopping, Music, and More! Learn practical tips and information for living a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle - including how to start composting, backyard bee-keeping, and natural gardening. At the Swap Shop, attendees can trade gently used books, jewelry and clothing and receive new (to you) items for free. And, throughout the day, enjoy music from your favorite local musicians. Environmental Education for All Ages Fairgoers will experience Piedmont Environmental Alliance’s innovative education programs live at the fair. Ride the Energy Explorers bike to learn about energy use and conservation. Interact with the PEA Stream Table and learn why Every Drop Counts. Check out the Live Debate tent to hear high school students from across the Piedmont discuss the pros and cons of eating meat. “PEA’s education programs engage more than 3,500 students annually, teaching vital lessons in math and science, and nurturing the next generation of citizen environmentalists. We’re thrilled to feature these programs at the Earth Day Fair,” said Piedmont Environmental Alliance Program Coordinator Annie Fullwood. With more than 100 earth-friendly vendors and exhibitors, fun and interactive programs for kids and adults, live music, delicious food, local artwork, and the Piedmont Earth Day Fair has something for everyone. WHAT: Piedmont Earth Day Fair WHEN: Saturday, April 23 from 10AM - 4PM, rain or shine! WHERE: The Winston-Salem Fairgrounds COST: Free! Play at the Children’s Corner, learn environmental tips, trade gently used items at the Swap Shop, listen to music, enjoy local food, and more!





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of a Southern Yankee BY DAMIAN DESMOND

First-World Problem I opened the door to my dryer and reached inside for an article of clothing. My hand closed around a shirt—a shirt that was cold and wet like a dog’s nose. Ugh! Immediately, I knew the heating element in “Old Reliable” had finally died. I was disappointed in Whirlpool more than I usually would have been. I had just flown in at midnight the night before from a 10-day work trip in Phoenix and I had two large loads of laundry to do. The first load went just fine. The second load not so good. I was in a bit of a laundry quandary. Do I lug everything to a laundromat to get it dried? Nah. That’s too much of a pain. What to do…. Then, it hit me. I thought back to my childhood. I recalled how my adopted parents taught me one of the many ways to be frugal. In the winter, we would hang our wet laundry all around our kitchen where the wood stove produced the heat to warm our home, tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s not that we didn’t own a washer or dryer. We did. But why use the electricity when you had a perfectly good wood stove emanating the kind of heat that dried clothes just as well as a dryer? (So, what if it took a little longer?). As I think about it, I’m not really sure we ever used the dryer. During the warmer weather months, we would hang our laundry on the clothesline and let the sun’s energy and the gentle breezes do the work. My grandmother in upstate New York was the same way. For as long as I can remember, she would haul loads of freshly washed laundry up the cellar stairs to the only bathroom in the house. Weird, right? Not really. I’m assuming my grandfather had made sure that she had a convenient clothesline many years before I ever came into the picture. All my grandmother had to do was open the bathroom window that looked out into the neatly kept backyard. Then, using the pulley system attached to the house and a tree, she would hang all her laundry without even having to step outside. I can still hear the squeaky sound of the pulley in my mind as she pinned various articles of clothing, towels, or bed linens to the line.


I still fondly remember many a night falling asleep on sheets that had been hanging on a clothesline all day. I can tell you there really isn’t anything that compares to the fresh smell and feeling of sheets and pillowcases that have been kissed by the sun and the wind. With the wonderful memories of growing up in much simpler times, I began pulling my wet laundry from the dryer and hanging everything on the backs of my kitchen chairs, over the TV that I hardly ever watch, and any other place in my apartment that I could find. The only thing I was missing was the wood stove. But I knew that everything would eventually dry out, even without one. As I sit writing this, I’m surrounded by clothes hanging all around me. Who would have thought that a simple first- world problem like a bad element in a dryer would bring back so many memories of my childhood? But bring them back, it did. Thank you, Whirlpool.


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Child abuse awareness is very close to my heart, as I was a victim of child abuse. One of the things I promised myself as a child is that I would do my best to help abused children, as well as caring adults, recognize the signs children being abused might be displaying. I have had many conversations with adults who were upset because they didn’t see the signs. Sometimes family members are too familiar with the family or identify with the family’s circumstances too much to see the abuse. In that case friends, and the community at large, are the ones who may need to step in and be the safety net children need. “Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC)” is the only statewide organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Through investment in innovative programs proven to prevent child maltreatment before it occurs, PCANC helps North Carolina’s communities decrease factors that put children at risk for abuse and increase factors that encourage children to thrive. Through their offices in Raleigh, they serve every community in North Carolina. They are the North Carolina chapter of “Prevent Child Abuse America.” Prevent Child Abuse NC has free online training sessions to help us prevent child abuse and neglect. One such training offered is the “Recognizing & Responding to Suspicions of Child Maltreatment” course. This course can be accessed on their website at preventchildabusenc.org. Every year during the month of April, the “Prevent Child Abuse NC” organization raises awareness through special

advocacy involvement opportunities. For example, this month you can plant a pinwheel garden at your home, church, or local business. The pinwheel represents the joyful carefree childhood everyone should have. There is also a “Child Abuse Prevention Month” toolkit with all sorts of pamphlets and talking points that can be accessed at the website. On Friday April 1st, the organization is asking people to wear blue and share photos with #WEARBLUE on them. “Prevent Child Abuse” also has a fundraiser in which North Carolinians can purchase a “Kids First” license plate. A portion of the sales goes back to community programs across North Carolina. These license plates can be purchased at ncdot. Many other activities, educational events, and .gov fund raisers are planned throughout the month and can be found on preventchildabusenc.org. “Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina” will also present a program to your group, at your event, or simply answer questions. Their telephone number is 919-829-8009. All children should have the opportunity to thrive and live in safety. The success of our families and communities depends on our children. There are so many issues in the world that are out of our control, but child abuse is not one of them. We can eliminate child abuse, and “Prevent Child Abuse NC” can help. For more information, please visit preventchildabusenc.org.

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Let There Be Peace on Earth I will admit, this has been a tough article to write. The last couple of years, the world has been on a roller coaster with so many ups and downs, curves and straightaways, we wonder when the ride will end and what the end will be. What will this year bring – heck, what will this month bring? When I was a child growing up in northern Virginia with close proximity to our nation’s seat of government, along with fire drills, schools practiced bomb drills. Looking back, I am aware that hiding under our wooden desks or even crouching against the cinder block walls with our arms covering our heads was hardly protection, but it did briefly stop class which no one complained about. We were too young to really understand the reason we participated in such drills. After all, our parents never seemed concerned, but maybe they hid it from my sister and me, discussing the world’s situation after we were safely tucked in our beds. There was no internet or 24-hour news stations. There was local evening news and Walter Cronkite or Huntley and Brinkley. The morning Washington Post and the evening Washington Star newspapers were delivered daily, but, of course, held no interest for me other than the funny papers. Until the Bay of Pigs incident became front and center on TV, other countries were places you saw during the Olympics or in travelogues. The age of innocence was over. Fortunately, that incident only lasted a few days, and life seemingly went back to normal. As a young child, however, the idea that if something like that could happen, shouldn’t we be afraid something worse could also happen? I remember my parents soothing my fears, but I don’t remember their words. I do know that I felt safe. My next memory of being made aware of war was when a girl in my class told us her father, who was serving in the army, was being deployed to Vietnam. Most of us were unaware of the dangers he was facing as it concerned a faraway nation most had never heard of. Of course, we became much too familiar as that war raged on for nearly 20 years. When I thought about her, I wondered if her father returned safely. I never knew as the next year we attended different schools.


So now, with continuous coverage and film, how do we speak to our young children about what is happening in the world? In speaking to my daughter whose children are age-appropriate for this discussion, I wanted to know how they handled it. As with most, their family prays for a quick resolution and peace. Their 14- and 11-year-old have an understanding from all of the news reports. The 8-yearold has questions which they answer honestly, but without unnecessary details. The children’s main worry doesn’t center on themselves, but what they can do to help the citizens. It is my fervent wish as I write this that the fighting has ended and that our prayers will continue for the Ukrainians who have been forced to flee their homes; that they be comforted and aided by their fellow man; that countries come together to help them with their needs and in the rebuilding of their lives; and that the world will never experience such evil ever again. I realize the age of innocence is a thing of the past, but we owe it to our grandchildren to allow them to experience the joys of childhood. They shouldn’t be burdened with grownup worries – those will still come earlier than they should. May the recent strife make us more aware of how our lives have changed no matter how far away from the violence of war we are. We are terrified if our grandchildren slip out of sight for even a moment. We walk or drive them to a friend’s house. We are always vigilant. Are they aware of how protective we are? I doubt it as this has been the norm since the day they were born. I think of April as the month of renewal. May this month renew our faith in mankind that the world will finally and forever be at peace and our grandchildren’s children will never have to have these discussions. In the words of singer Edwin Starr – “War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing!”

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Easter Recipes from n io t c e ll o C ’s a m d n a r G BY KRISTI JOHNSON MARION

Spring is finally here! That means lots of opportunities for spring celebrations, Easter lunch or dinner with family, Easter egg hunts, classroom parties, and more. Visions of pastel eggs, bunnies, carrots, and more fill store aisles, menus, and tables across the globe. Clip these classic Easter recipes to make over and over each year for Easter and any time with your kids into adulthood. From deviled eggs to the crowd-pleasing creamy grape salad, and moist carrot cupcakes to dress up with toppings as you like, you can’t go wrong with these classics!

CLASSIC DEVILED EGGS INGREDIENTS: 12 large eggs 1 /3 cup mayonnaise 1 Tbsp. yellow mustard 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar Salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste Paprika DIRECTIONS: 1. In a large pot, (large enough to fit all 12 eggs in a single layer), bring the water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, gently add the eggs. 2. Bring back to a boil for 30 seconds, then set the heat to LOW and simmer for 14 minutes. 3. Remove from heat, drain the hot water and shock the eggs in an ice bath for 15 minutes. 4. Gently tap the egg to break the shell and peel. (Do not roll.) 5. Cut the peeled eggs in half lengthwise and place all the yolks in a small bowl. Smash the yolks with a fork. Stir in mustard, vinegar, and 1/3 cup of the mayo. Season with pepper, a little salt, and garlic powder to taste. Taste and add more mayo as desired. 6. Fill each egg with equal amounts of the yolk mixture. Sprinkle with paprika.


CREAMY GRAPE SALAD INGREDIENTS: 3 cups (about 1 lb.) green seedless grapes 3 cups (about 1 lb.) red seedless grapes 8 oz. cream cheese, softened 5 oz. vanilla Greek yogurt ¼ cup pecans, chopped ¼ cup granulated sugar 2 Tbsp. brown sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract DIRECTIONS: 1. Wash all grapes and set aside. 2. In a medium bowl, whisk softened cream cheese, yogurt, vanilla, and granulated sugar until smooth. 3. Stir in grapes. In layers, transfer about 2 cups of the grape mixture into a prettier bowl and sprinkle with some of the brown sugar and some pecans. Layer about 2 cups more of the grape mixture and sprinkle with some brown sugar and pecans; repeat a third time.

CARROT CUPCAKES WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING INGREDIENTS: 1¾ cups vegetable oil 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup light brown sugar, packed 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract 6 eggs 4 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. baking powder 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon 1 tsp. ground nutmeg 1¼ lbs. carrots, finely shredded (about 5 full-size carrots) CREAM CHEESE FROSTING: 1 ( 8 oz.) package of cream cheese, softened ½ cup butter, unsalted, softened 2 cups powdered sugar 2 tsp. vanilla extract Pe eps, Jelly beans or pastel M&Ms (optional) DIRECTIONS: 1. P reheat the oven to 350° F. Line the muffin pan with cupcake liners. 2. I n a large bowl, using a mixer, beat together the oil, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla on medium speed just until combined. Reduce mixer speed and add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each egg.

3. I n a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients with the mixer on low speed. Increase the mixer speed to medium-low, and mix well until incorporated. Add the finely shredded carrots and mix well until completely incorporated. 4. F ill the cupcake liners 2/3 full with cupcake batter.

5. Place on the middle rack of the oven and bake 14-16 minutes, or until the tops of the cupcakes spring back with touched. Cool completely. 6. In a medium mixing bowl, cream the cream cheese and butter together for 1-1½ minutes at medium-high speed. 7. Reduce speed to low and add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Once the powdered sugar is just incorporated, increase the speed to medium-high and continue mixing for 1 minute until the mixture is smooth. 8. Once the cupcakes are completely cooled, frost the cupcakes with a knife or piping bag. For a fun Easter treat, top with Peeps, jelly beans, or pastel M&Ms.

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The View from My Section – A Father’s Perspective

Life’s Temporary Moments BY A. KEITH TILLEY

I remember walking along in the park one sunny weekday afternoon, enjoying the peace and solitude, even though I wasn’t alone. The spray fountain in the middle of the lake that surrounds the walking path was flowing freely, with the gentle sound of splashing in the water. I noticed lots of teenagers running along the path as well, it appeared, they were part of the local high school cross-country team practicing. A young man was fishing, as his mother sat on a blanket close by observing. An elderly lady sat on a bench feeding the ducks by the waterside, while another family had a picnic among the shade trees.

step of the way moves quickly; infant; toddler; preschool; elementary; middle; then, high school. So little time exists between stages that you hardly have a moment to realize how swiftly it passes. I pride myself on being one who enjoys the individual moments, both big and small. My children practically grew up like a real-life Truman Burbank, as I had a camera on them

As we learn to grasp how temporary life’s moments really are, we remind ourselves to observe time from a different perspective. For instance, we measure time in seconds, minutes, hours, and days, but it’s much more than that. The more space we put between ourselves and time, the more we realize the traditional scales of measurement we use do not capture it completely. A pleasurable vacation may last seven days, but the memory is much longer. A loss may have only lasted a brief moment technically, and yet the pain can be felt many years later.

As I walked along the path by the water, I reflected on how I often used to do this with my two boys when they were young. They were always observing, making comments, doing things, picking up sticks, throwing food to the ducks, hiking in the wooded areas, and so on. I remember fondly how I watched them enjoying themselves, knowing full well how lucky I was to be witnessing this moment in their lives. As I walked this day, however, it was quieter. My boys are older now and they’re well into their own lives, doing their own things. The image is sharper, just how temporary life’s moments really are. As a new parent, you’ll often hear the advice, “Enjoy it while it lasts.” Of course, at the time, you’re dealing with an infant who doesn’t sleep through the night, occasionally has colic, and you’re struggling with the anxiety and perils of being a new family. As they grow, you’re dealing with new challenges; new decisions to be made; new alerts to be aware of and prepared for; teaching them; and caring for them; all while trying to maintain some semblance of your own individual life and identity. Each

reflect in hindsight, we tend not to remember all the exact details. For instance, as my children were playing and enjoying themselves, there were likely other important things also going on in my life at the time. I’m sure I was also thinking about concerns I had, plans I was making, chores that needed to be done, and so forth. Those distractions don’t stand out to me because they were unimportant in retrospect, or at least not worthy of a lasting memory.

all the time, it seemed. And yet, even still, with all that insight and living in each moment as it happened, the speed of life still ran over me full throttle. I realized on this warm, sunny afternoon, if it surpassed me this quickly, how others might feel that weren’t fortunate enough to be able to partake in, understand, or even realize these moments fully at the time. If you happen to be one of these people, don’t be dismayed. As we

The point is, whether you’re a new parent for the first time, a veteran with young children and teens, or a seasoned parent with children who’ve already left the nest, we all have but a brief moment, a temporary moment, to truly experience what it is that’s happening. After that, it passes quickly. As in the words of Kelseyleigh Reber from her fictional novel If I Resist, “Because if you blink, if you close your eyes or turn your head for even the briefest of moments, you might just miss it. And like most things in life, the transient, fleeting nature of the moment makes it all the more special.”

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CELEBRATION LUNCHEON WITH MARGOT SHAW, EDITOR-INCHIEF OF FLOWER MAGAZINE COUNCIL 11am, Forsyth Country Club, 3101 Country Club Road in W-S. Tickets are $100 and include lunch, speaker presentation and autographed copy of the book, Living Floral: Entertaining and Decorating with Flowers. Additional books will be available for purchase at the luncheon. Tickets must be purchased in advance. gardenclubcouncil.org


CHILDREN OF EDEN 7-9pm, SECCA, 750 Marguerite Drive. Children of Eden is a beautiful musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by John Caird. The musical is based on the Book of Genesis, with Act I telling the story of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, while Act II deals with Noah and the Flood. springtheatre.org

APRIL 2 SEEDS FOR THE SOUL: SEEDS OF THE WORD 8:30am-4pm, River Oaks Community Church, 1855 LewisvilleClemmons Road in Clemmons. Experience a day filled with praise & worship, fellowship, learning more about studying the Bible, and encouragement as our special guest speakers Cyndee Ownbey and Eva Kubasiak lead us in a time that also includes breakfast snacks, lunch, special music and “Bible-themed” discussions. This retreat is for women aged 16 years and older. Cost: $40/ person. riveroakscc.churchcenter. com/registrations/events/1178758

SUMMER VEGETABLE WORKSHOP Minglewood Farm and Nature Preserve, 238 Minglewood Road in Westfield. Get your summer vegetable garden started! In this workshop, our staff will guide you on advising on different plant varieties and getting your soil right, to weed management, proper watering and garden care. Summer plants will be available for sale for workshop attendees. Cost: $25/person.


GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT 5pm-until… Jeffrey Adams on Fourth, 321 West Fourth Street in W-S. Grab a friend, a neighbor, your sister, your mother, a co-worker and have a much-needed Girls’ Night Out! Specials include half


price wine and half price pot roast nachos. As always, each attendee receives four tickets for the fabulous prize board drawings!

APRIL 8 REYNOLDA READ-ALOUD 10am, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road in W-S. For pre-readers (ages 2-5) accompanied by an adult, this themed storytime series includes stories, songs or fingerplay, and suggested activities to do at home. Younger siblings are welcome! PARTY 4 PAWS 7pm, Millennium Center, 101 West 5th Street in W-S. Party 4 Paws is AARF’s annual fundraising gala featuring great food, beverages, live music and an exciting auction. We’re excited to be back in person for 2022. All proceeds from the event support veterinary care for homeless cats and dogs rescued by AARF. Tickets and more information are available at aarfws.org. Cost: $100/person.

APRIL 9 COMMUNITY DAY 9:30am-4:30pm, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road in W-S. Celebrate self-expression and empowerment with Reynolda during Community Day when museum admission is free for all. Performances and programming, including handson art activities, will be inspired by Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite. In the afternoon, the UNCSA Student Jazz Quintet will perform Brathwaite-era jazz. reynolda. org/visit/calendar/community-day 2022 UMAR ARTS FESTIVAL 1-4pm, Maple Springs United Methodist Church, 2569 Reynolda Road in W-S. Join us for a fun-filled afternoon featuring unique treasures from UMAR Art Centers, live entertainment, kid games, refreshments and more! Come shop the artist booths and help empower our residents and participants to LIVE, WORK and THRIVE! All purchases go directly to the UMAR artists and the programs that support them. General admission is FREE and all are welcome! umarinfo.com/2022-umar-arts-festival

APRIL 9-10 MINGLEWOOD FARM & NATURE PRESERVE – PLANT SALE 10am3pm, Minglewood Farm and Nature Preserve, 238 Minglewood Road in

Westfield. Vegetable, herb and flower plants for your summer garden! Place your order in advance, and your order will be ready to pick up. Or stop by and walk through the greenhouse or take a hike on one of our trails at the Preserve. Minglewood t-shirts will be for sale. minglewoodpreserve.org/ plant-sale

APRIL 10 YOGA FOR MENOPAUSE & PERIMENOPAUSE 9:30-11:30am, Sunrise Yoga Studio, 6311-A Stadium Drive in Clemmons. Join us and learn techniques to protect your heart, bones, mind and energy during this phase of life. Alleviate unwanted symptoms of hormonal imbalances through various yoga practices. Appropriate for beginners to experienced students. sunriseyoga. net/yoga-workshops

APRIL 16 CLEMMONS FARMERS MARKET EASTER POP-UP EVENT 8:3011:30am, Jerry Long Family YMCA, 1150 South Peace Haven Road. Join our 2022 vendors for a special outdoor market just in time to fill those Easter baskets and prepare that special meal! SHREDDING EVENT SPONSORED BY BERMUDA RUN GARDEN CLUB 9am-12pm, Bermuda Run Town Hall, 120 Kinderton Boulevard in Bermuda Run. $5 per bag or equivalent size box. Cash only. Rain or shine. Proceeds go to various Davie County community programs supported by the Garden Club. Contact Marie at 650.5518 with questions.

APRIL 22 TRIPLE CROWN CASINO NIGHT BENEFITING PRETTY IN PINK FOUNDATION 6pm, Legacy Stables & Events, 4151 Thomasville Road in W-S. Casino Night meets Kentucky Derby…did we get your attention? Join us for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a live auction and, of course…casino gaming! TCCN.givesmart.com CLEMMONS LIP SYNC BATTLE 7pm, Southwest Elementary School Auditorium, 1631 SW School Road. Enjoy a fantastic lineup of local notables competing for bragging rights for their round! We are thrilled to have WXII News 12 News Anchor/ Reporter Kenny Beck as MC for the event. In lieu of an admission fee, we will be collecting new kids clothes,

diapers, formula, school supplies and hygiene products for foster families in our area.

APRIL 23 SPRING PLANT SALE 8am-2pm, Front Lawn of Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road in W-S. Shop specialty and hard-to-find annuals, perennials, tropicals and other Reynolda staff favorites. This annual sale features plants that have been thoughtfully selected by Reynolda Gardens horticulturalists for their performance in Winston-Salem. reynolda.org/visit/ calendar/spring-plant-sale PIEDMONT EARTH DAY FAIR 10am, Winston-Salem Fairgrounds, 569 Fairgrounds Boulevard in W-S. Join Piedmont Environmental Alliance for a celebration of community and the planet – the 2022 Piedmont Earth Day Fair. Enjoy great food and music, activities for adults and kids, and wonderful earth-friendly exhibitors. This event is FREE, including free parking. peanc.org/EDF TOWN & COUNTRY POOL SPRING CARNIVAL 12-4pm, Town & Country Pool, 3330 Briarcliffe Road in W-S. Town & Country’s 1st Annual Spring Carnival Fundraiser benefiting our wonderful community pool and swim team, The Typhoons. We will be having a day filled with family fun, live entertainment, bounce castle, face painting, balloon artist, food/drinks and a raffle to raise funds. townandcountrypool.org KIDS’ MORNING OUT 1-4pm, 17th Annual Earth Day Fair, Kids Zone Tent, WinstonSalem Fairgrounds. Visit the Kids Zone Tent for a fun activity with Forsyth Family Magazine and an opportunity to win some wonderful prizes! And as always, each adult also receives four tickets for the fabulous prize board drawings. TRIAD LUNGE FORWARD 5K RUN, WALK & CELEBRATION Center City Park, 200 North Elm Street in Greensboro. Join us for the Triad LUNGE Forward 5K Run, Walk & Celebration! It will be a day of celebration and remembrance, as well as a day to take action and provide hope to those impacted by lung cancer. Your support will make an impact in the fight against lung cancer. lungcancerinitiativenc.org

APRIL 27 THE 21ST ANNUAL EMPTY BOWLS 11am-6pm, Drive-thru event, Wake Forest

Bridger Field House. Presented by Garner Foods and Food Lion Feeds; Event Chair Brooke Eagle, Publisher of Forsyth Woman Magazine, Honorary Chairs Keela Johnson, Founder of Forsyth Magazines and Robin Bralley, Publisher of Forsyth Family Magazine. The annual Empty Bowls will still include the most important things: that’s you (we hope!) and our purpose. And, there will still be beautiful pottery bowls. And soups, of course! Purchase your tickets in advance online and pick up your soup, bread and dessert from the comfort of your car. Visit emptybowlsnc.org for more information.

APRIL 27-30 USED BOOK SALE 10am-4:30pm, Lam Museum of Anthropology, Palmer Hall, Carroll Weathers Drive. Calling all book lovers! The Lam Museum has merged its library with the university’s collection and is now selling the duplicate books. Browse through hundreds of titles including everything from coffee table books to academic anthropological research. All proceeds will support the museum’s upcoming exhibits and programs. Lammuseum.wfu.edu

APRIL 29 OUTDOOR DISCOVERY LESSON 1011:30am, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road in W-S. To promote reading readiness and visual literacy, preschoolers (ages 3-5) and their caregivers will explore the 1917 estate through activities that encourage dramatic play, music, movement and art-making, taking a work of art or item from Reynolda’s collection as a starting point. Advance registration is required. Cost: $20/person. reynolda.org/visit/calendar/outdoordiscovery-lesson

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Call to Duty Mens’ Conference........................................ 79 Clemmons Community Day............................................ 77 Earth Day Fair................................................................... 81 Easter Egg Hunt Hayrides at Tanglewood Stables........... 85 Empty Bowls - Second Harvest........................................ 11 Forsyth Family Kids’ Morning Out................................... 93 Golf Tournament benefitting Pregnancy Network........... 63 Hope du Jour – Crisis Control Ministry............................ 67 Tabor City ArtsFest............................................................ 97 Triple Crown Casino Night............................................... 83 Winston-Salem Dash....................................................... 99

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