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FEATURES 8 Teacher Appreciation Month:

Gift Ideas for Teachers by Teachers

14 Starting a Business 24 Soldier to Agriculture Program 30 Getting to Know Your Child’s


School Nurse

36 Step-Mother’s Day 38 SUMMER CAMP 42 10 Family Game Night Ideas for

a Fun (and Budget-Friendly) Time

58 Build Your Self-Trust 68 The Wonder of Tomatoes 76 The National Day of Prayer 92 Kenny Morphis

Local Business Owner Receives Double Lung Transplant

62 The Fancy Fork Sourdough Pizza

What If? Presents Building a First -Aid Kit

My Grace-Full Life My Faith-Full Life

Reflections of a Southern Yankee Lifesavers


Triad Moms on Main



A Mindful Mom: “Go Ahead Touch the Sand”

It’s a Grand Life Starting Over with a Puppy

A Father’s Perspective Advice for the Class of 2022

Dining Guide Little Richard’s BBQ Safely and Successfully Hosts its Second Meal-Packing Event for “Feed My Starving Children”


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Mother’s Day to all the wonderful women out there! Whether you are expecting your first child, knee deep in the terrible-twos or teens or navigating life as an empty-nester, we applaud you! It sounds so cliché, but it truly takes a village to raise children.

SENIOR STAFF WRITERS Meghan Corbett • Denise Heidel Carolyn Peterson

We’re settling into our reduced living space; it’s been a bit of a challenge, but we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Moving is hard, y’all! And, moving after 22 years in one place is really hard. Hate to admit it, but I guess I’m a bit of a hoarder. Hate to throw things away that I think may be useful later. And, I went a little overboard with saving my girls’ stuff from their childhood. We got many laughs and a few tears from looking back at some of their writings and artwork. Many thanks to American Moving for moving the majority of my stuff. They were extremely efficient and made the day much easier!

OTHER CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Robin Bralley • Karen Cooper Genevieve Condon • Angelia Cornatzer Damian Desmond • Lisa S. T. Doss Martie Emory • Shannon Heck • Amy Hill Taryn Jerez • Jean Marie Johnson Michael Johnson • Ellen Bryant Lloyd Carolyn S Peterson • Tabatha Renegar Susan B. B. Schabacker • Lauren Sephton Heather Spivey • Megan Taylor A. Keith Tilley • Susan Woodall

Our May cover features Karin Head of Head Realty Group. Her infectious smile and wonderful personality grab you from the start. I have no doubt you will be in good hands with her team if you’re in the market to buy or sell a home! Give them a call and let them know you saw them in Forsyth Family Magazine! May is also our final installment for our Summer Camp Showcase! Summer is almost upon us, and it’s not too late to plan a fun summer for your child! Congratulations to all the college grads! Wishing your family a safe and fun Memorial Day holiday as we remember all the veterans who lost their lives in service to our country! Love & Blessings!



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Teacher Appreciation Month:

Gift Ideas for Teachers by Teachers BY TARYN JEREZ

“ Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.” ~ Fred Rogers (“Mister Rogers”) Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2nd to May 6th, and in acknowledgement of all the amazing things that teachers do in our children’s lives, this is the perfect time to show how much they are truly appreciated! When it comes to showing appreciation, however, a lot of parents and students feel a little stuck on what to do, or how to show they care. Here are a few simple tips and direct insight from teachers themselves on what kinds of things mean the most!

Add a Personal Touch “ My favorite gifts have been personalized items. When the parent goes the extra mile to have something embroidered or personalized with my name on it, it really means a lot. I also really like gift cards to different places [stores, services, etc.]. It’s a safe choice for parents since it gives me a chance to pick out something that I truly enjoy or need.” ~ Amber, Kindergarten & Elementary School (12 years teaching), Forsyth County, NC


Make it Thoughtful “ I love it when I receive little presents throughout the year for no special reason. Our school collects a little list of each teacher’s favorite things and posts it: ‘favorite magazine,’ ‘favorite drink,’ ‘favorite dessert,’ etc. Parents can look at the list and surprise you with a coffee the way you like it or a little sweet treat. Those are my favorites!” ~ Madison, Elementary School (11 years teaching), Davie County, NC

Share Something Useful or Special “ My love language is gifts, so I love it all! I especially love useful things like stickers, fun pens, markers, etc. For things that don’t cost anything, just a quick note of appreciation or a picture from your child always brightens my day. It’s honestly just nice to know we were thought of and appreciated.” ~ Bethany, Elementary School (11 years teaching) Hernando County, FL

Notice the Little Things “ Items related to our subject areas are really nice. Students saw that I had a collection of globes in the classroom, so I occasionally got a globe or maps. It’s

actually not tacky at all to ask a teacher what they like. A thought to add might be to send a questionnaire to the teacher at the beginning of the year asking what they may or may not like.” ~ Chris, Middle School (8 years teaching) Hernando County, FL

Remember Specials and Extracurriculars “ Many of us will have your child from kindergarten through fifth grade, and even if it’s only once a week, we love getting to see your children grow. While we know many families do not have the means to purchase presents for every teacher; even a handwritten note, a picture drawn by your child, or a small memento just to say, ‘Thank you for what you do’ makes a special teacher feel truly appreciated!” ~ Brooke, Elementary School Music (15 years teaching) Marion County, FL While just one week is definitely not enough to celebrate everything the teachers in our lives do, this dedicated moment allows us to recognize the Indispensable work they do all year long! Whatever way you choose to show appreciation this month, I’m sure your child’s teacher will be so grateful.


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over 145 combined years of experience, the team of stylists at Paparazzi has been helping customers in the Triad feel beautiful for nearly nine years. Working as a team, Paparazzi’s 10 stylists are able to collaborate together to give you exactly what will work best for you. Hair texture, color, and style are important factors in determining your perfect look. They know how to make their clients happy, which is why you will have no trouble finding lots of excellent reviews of their business. Personalized service is a priority at Paparazzi. Co-owner Bobbie Skinner said, “We provide every client with a free consultation. This is so important, because we want to be able to talk to them and find out what they are thinking about style-wise, but also be able to take into consideration lots of other factors. Your lifestyle, the time and care necessary to maintain the style, skin tone, fashion style, and budget all help us determine what the best style will be.” You will feel confident that every aspect possible has been explored with you before you decide on your look.


Paparazzi is a full-service hair salon. Choose from a basic haircut to specialized color, keratin treatments, perms, deep conditioning, and some waxing services. They also provide a variety of specialty hair services. Their hair botox treatment can strengthen and revitalize damaged hair. It is a favorite of clients, as it instantly strengthens, adds shine, de-frizzes, plumps hair, helps it dry faster, and only takes ten minutes. Olaplex can be used to turn damaged, lifeless curly hair into bouncy, beautiful, shiny curls. There’s never been a better time to treat yourself by adding one of their glossing treatments to your service to give your hair extra shine and sleek, smooth look. There are lots of ways to personalize your care and color at Paparazzi Hair Salon.

Bobbie and Jason aren’t just managing a fabulous salon with a variety of services, they are also active members of the community. Paparazzi has participated in a fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s, which raises money and awareness to help conquer childhood cancer. They are also involved locally and have supported many great causes and sponsored programs and organizations, including West Forsyth High School, the Humane Society of Davie County, Forsyth Country Day School, Clemmons Food Pantry, Clemmons Rotary Club, Clemmons Middle School, and local people in need. They also give back by offering all school, police, firefighters, and medical employees a special discount with proof of employment.

Paparazzi Hair Salon is proud to offer the largest hair color line in the world as a Wella Elite Professionals’ Salon. The salon staff has been trained by some of the top Wella worldwide educators, including insalon training, to use the latest techniques to provide the perfect color for you. To maintain their status, they will continue to receive training in current trends and techniques. As their client, you will always have access to the newest, most exciting options available.

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Asking the Hard Questions Before You Need the Answers BY TARYN JEREZ


all know that aging is inevitable, yet it can be so difficult to realize our parents are approaching their later years. After starting to see friends deal with the grief of losing a parent or transforming their role from child to caregiver, you may quickly realize how important it is to have the tough conversations. When you take time to discuss future care and decision making with your parents or grandparents while they are still young enough to take part in the conversation, it gives everyone a sense of peace. Let’s talk about what you need to know to get started. How to Open the Conversation with Your Loved One The last thing any of us wants is to approach our parents in a way that they feel ambushed on such a sensitive topic. Aging is not an easy topic for many adults and when it comes to end-oflife decisions or elder care, there are a lot of different emotions there. Find a way to ease into these conversations by finding opportunities that feel a little more natural. For example, should one of you have a friend experience a loss or you see a movie together that shows one, it may give you a chance to say something like, “I was thinking about what happened and I realize we’ve never had a conversation about that.” If you are making your own arrangements for your life and medical care for your children, you could start the conversation by sharing some of the steps you are taking. This may open up the discussion to ask them about their own decisions and find out what has or has not been decided yet, so you can talk about it together.


The Types of Questions You Can Start Asking Now It’s okay to feel a little awkward as you approach these topics, but know that ultimately you are empowering both your parents and yourself in the process. Having the answers to these questions before you may need them can make all the difference. What are Your Medical Care, Long Term Living and End-of-Life Wishes? One of the biggest wishes aging parents have is to keep their independence. Discuss what their wants are when it comes to living arrangements to allow them to share their input. Before a new long-term living situation is needed you can review options, visit possibilities, and talk about what kinds of things would prompt that change of living for them. This can help prepare both of you well in advance. Medical care and decisions can feel heavy to share but try to talk openly about the choices that are important to them, such as if a ventilator or feeding tube would ever be needed, CPR, if a terminally ill diagnosis were given, and more. It can also be helpful to discuss End-of-life wishes like burial or cremation and memorial/funeral service options. Who Do You Want in Charge of Decisions if You can’t Make them Yourself? The fact is, there may come a time when our parents are unable to make decisions for themselves, so it’s important to know who they’ve designated in the event they need support. Ask if a durable power of attorney has been chosen, and discuss the options if it hasn’t yet. Senior citizens may have one person selected to handle health decisions and another appointed over financial decisions, or choose the same person for both. Do You Currently have Important and Legal Documents Completed? When it comes to preparing for this season of life, many people continue to put off the important things like paperwork, but it’s the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your wishes. Ask your parents what they have completed so far or still need to do, and offer to help them where you can. Here are a few examples of the kinds of documentation to consider completing or having ready as your parents reach their later years; power of attorney, living will, health care directive, medical records insurance policy paperwork, vehicle titles, property deeds, pension and 401k documents, etc. Where Can I Find Important Documents if I Ever Need them? Having a will, insurance information, power of attorney forms and more are all wonderful in preparation, but they won’t do you any good if you can’t find them when you need them. Make sure you and any other siblings who are involved know where these documents will be kept and if there is any kind of security measure like a safe or password that you have the information needed to access it. If a lawyer is involved, ask for and save their contact information. The answer to this question is crucial, but remember, it can also change over time, so make sure to re-ask every few years in the event the location changes.

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begins as an idea—the formation of a concept. Perhaps the words mold into selling a handmade product or providing a service. But, where? Will you connect with new customers at a store, e-commerce sites, or at a local public market? Today, most entrepreneurs rely on e-commerce and social media sites to increase their customer base, while selling at a store or market. There are many ways to get started, such as attending classes, reading books, and watching videos; yet, the most practical step is to jump in feet first and get started! THE FARMER’S MARKET Testing the waters for your products begins with owning at least two six-foot tables and a sturdy tent with weighted bags. Local farmer’s markets give any business platform the chance to sell products before entering a financial commitment of running multiple websites and applying for an LLC. Outdoor and indoor markets begin in April and extend through the fall. Don’t worry, you’re not too late! FACTORS TO CONSIDER: • How does the market advertise its vendors? Unfortunately, not all farmer’s markets update their website or list what is available weekly. As a result, poor advertising is why many leave one market for another. • Saturday markets are popular; but you can find a weekday market to increase sales. Reach out to the market organizer, he or she will supply details on what you will need to provide, cost, and hours of the market. Some are strict, detailing arrival and departure times, while other markets have a relaxed policy. • Talk to the vendors. Most will be happy to answer questions and extend their welcome. Attitude often explains


why some markets are small and lack growth. It’s wise to investigate before committing yourself to one particular venue. Socializing with experienced vendors will open the door to other markets and festivals occurring throughout the year! Take notes and register early! DO I NEED AN LLC? Most entrepreneurs eventually arrive at this question that wavers in uncertainty. A Limited Liability Corporation, LLC, is a simple business structure for sole or partnered small businesses. Many online platforms are not government regulated and do not require a federal license, unlike popular sites like Etsy, eBay, and Shopify. WHAT ARE THE LEGAL BENEFITS? • As a separate entity holding your business and its assets, including bank accounts, property, the capacity to sue and be sued, creditors cannot touch your personal property or financial assets.


Rather than paying higher fees, go directly to the Secretary of State website. Read the directions carefully to eliminate filing “articles of correction,” which may incur additional costs ranging from $10 to $50, depending on the error. INVENTORY AND BUSINESS WEBSITES The excitement in starting a business loses its spark when one is burdened with mundane tasks, such as counting inventory and bookkeeping; thus, once you begin buying products, materials, and packaging supplies, you’ll need a handy-dandy tool, such as an inventory website! Never fear, websites extend beyond 700 options. Consider a site that tracks expenses and taxes, reordering, and accounts for real-time inventory. Once products have pictures, descriptions, and possibly recipes to determine a fair price, it will be time to search for an experienced web designer who can assist any industry or niche. QUESTIONS TO ASK: • Can I see examples of your work?

• Once products go online, you will soon interact with customers outside your state and internationally, tempting you to raise your risk- management comfort level. The LLC protects the potential entanglement in a lawsuit or bankruptcy case.

• Do you offer services other than web design?

• All business owners are held liable for withholding and paying taxes, in addition to employee wages, not defaulting on a loan, and supporting medical injuries that occur on the business premises.

• What content management system will you use? Will it support business growth and allow me to make updates and additions?

• The term “corporation” is part of the tax structure. Small businesses with sole or partnered propriety often enter a structured S-corporation, which must report income, losses, credits, and deductions.

• Are there monthly or annual fees I should anticipate?

• Can you design a website that fits my budget? • Who will be my contact if I have questions?

• How long will it take to complete my website?

The business idea begins with a spark. But, you can take it to the next levels and see where it goes from there!

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reunions of military personnel, the sight of civilians striding purposefully toward a beloved family member to offer a tight embrace, always tugs at the heartstrings. We, as watchers, understand the agonizing separation, and the daily worry about safety until they arrive home. Most American children will never see their parents in uniform or experience separation for months to years through a deployment. Body language is one telling expression, allowing onlookers to know that each of those heaving sobs well defines the sacrifice of being a military child. As a family, whether Army, Marine, Air Force, or Navy, service is a top priority. The call to leave family and home to some needed destination can happen in a blink, any hour of the day. Bags are prepared in advance and ready to be deployed. Tens of thousands of children know the feelings and experiences all too well.


The word’s connotation sounds harsh, even cruel to outsiders; yet, [military] “brat,” according to a book published in 1921, represented an acronym for “British Regiment Attached Traveler.” The term was assigned to families, especially children, who traveled with a soldier, and was later adopted worldwide. The lifestyle of relocating from one military base yearly, every two or four years, describes a subculture which means growing up outside the civilian world. Most “brats” view it as an honorary term of sacrifice. Children aren’t outcasts; instead, the lifestyle of their subculture has a way of bringing the multi-racial community together as equals.

THE FORTRESS A military installation is more than just a base; it’s a small city, like a fortress; a shield of protection from the civilian world. It contains shopping centers, schools, housing units, hospitals, recreation centers, and guarded gates. Every morning at 5:00, the trumpet sounds Reveille, and 12 hours later, everyone stops and stands at attention for Retreat. Most children learn resiliency. When the military parent has deployed, families rely on each other on base. Within the fortress, kids depend on themselves, develop the ability to stay strong, and seek out other adults. Change is a constant cycle. Sometimes families depart for other international bases to live, or new personnel comes in, changing friendships, connections, and feelings of comfort.

APPRECIATION “War is something all of us know about, but military families are the ones who truly understand the consequence of it,” writes Hannah Abbott. “They’re the ones making the greatest sacrifices on both sides of the border and living the realities most of us only read about.

Having grown up with a military parent, I understand the military’s impact on a person all too well, and that impact can be, at times, complicated. We don’t walk by someone in uniform without thanking them. We respect and appreciate our military personnel, and we show them our gratitude every chance we get. I understand the sacrifice that military families make all too well. Some of my best friends grew up as children in the military and are now active armed forces members.”

DADDY’S DAUGHTER Not all military parents live on a base: many live apart from the support structure in outside communities. For example, my daughter was 14 months old when her daddy stepped forward in August 2011 to participate in a fourmonth deployment to Kuwait. String boards in three rooms of our home held his pictures. She carried one from room to room until it showed significant creases—fortunately, video conferencing also enables deployed members to see their families. A child who before deployment could only say a few words, grins when his father’s face appears on the screen, and shouts of “da-dee” receive a ready smile. Growing up military offers children a different skill set. They learn the art of being independent, acquire coping skills, and to understand transition is part of their life. Home isn’t necessarily permanent, but where the family is. Growing up on base often leads to stepping forward to dedicate their lives to service and country. “My dad was in the Air Force with 22 years of active-duty service,” writes Marine Corps Sgt. Ryan Haywood. “I joined the Marines one year before my dad retired. It meant a lot to me that I could be there in uniform for his retirement ceremony—as he was there in uniform for me at the beginning of mine.”

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An Interesting Journey to Being an Author Dayne Griffin, native of Greensboro, NC, worked for many years as an RN in High Point, NC, and then Cheraw and Greenville, South Carolina, changing locations as her husband’s engineering job relocated him. Dayne and her husband, Ev, added to their family with daughter, Gwen. A move to Beech Mountain for nine years brought Dayne to the decision to continue her education and become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Her children grew up and went out on their own.

Dayne Griffin Wife, Mom, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, and Now…Author! BY CAROLYN PETERSON


are few things better than sitting on your

grandmother’s lap and having her read a story to you. The love that is shown in the sharing of a book special to you can make the world drift away. For Dayne Griffin’s granddaughter, Lilly, her fun antics as a little girl have now become a book, written and published by her grandmother, Dayne, to be read to other grandchildren.

“My husband and I moved to Oak Valley subdivision, which was near our daughter’s family. I thoroughly enjoyed our three grandchildren, two girls and a boy, who are grown now, with one great-grandson. When I retired as an NP, I substituted in Davie County elementary schools, mainly Pre-K, first and second grades, for about seven years. It was during this time I read many books to children. I thought I had a fun story to tell which children would enjoy about my granddaughter. I took an online course in writing children’s books and composed my book, Silly Lilly, telling with a bit of embellishment the fun things my granddaughter, Lilly, did when she was young,” related Dayne. Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way! After finishing her book, Silly Lilly, Dayne submitted her manuscript to several publishers, but never heard back from them. Dayne took her book to Staples and had a few copies printed and tucked them away in a folder. “Years later, after writing the book, my husband and I relocated to Arbor Acres, a retirement community in Winston-Salem, NC. Our water exercise class was invited by our instructor to attend the Fall Festival at Bookmarks. I shared with him that I had written a children’s book years ago and I would really like someone to read it to see if it had merit. He suggested that I contact Linda Felker, who has written books herself and is an editor for other writers. Linda read it and to my surprise and delight, she loved it,” Dayne recalled. Linda Felker edited Dayne’s book and enlisted a talented college student, Anna McCulough, to illustrate it. The book is now printed and available on Amazon. Silly Lilly was written with the love of a grandmother, and I hope it will find its way into the hands of other grandparents and their grandchildren, bringing as much joy to them as it brought to me in writing it,” Dayne stated. Dayne is excited to read her book to children in our community. Please contact her at 336-909-5450 or daynegriffin39@gmail.com.


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has sprung, and what better way to celebrate than with an outdoor arts festival? The annual Tabor City Arts Fest—with its live performances, food trucks, children’s activities, and art gallery/shop—has become a community staple. And now, after a hiatus in 2020 and modification in 2021 due to the pandemic, the Arts Fest is back at full strength on Friday, May 6th, under the leadership of parent volunteers Andrea Brueske and Amanda Whalen. Organized by the Fine Arts Board of the Mount Tabor PTSA, the spring event first began as a way for arts students to showcase their talent for fellow Mount Tabor students and families, while also raising funds to support the program. The event has since grown into an annual opportunity for the award-winning program to enrich the whole community here in the City of Arts & Innovation. Each year, people come to the Tabor City Arts Fest because they enjoy live performances and local art displays—even if they don’t have a connection to the school. Families bring their children for a fun evening outdoors with food and activities, or even to check out the Mount Tabor arts program as they consider high- school options. And many in the area simply attend the Arts Fest because they love experiencing the energy and community that is felt at events like this. No matter what draws each person to the Arts Fest, there’s always something for everyone, with outdoor performances throughout the evening from Mount Tabor High School’s award-winning bands, vocal groups, dance team, and orchestra. And the festival kicks off and wraps up with a one-act theatre performance inside Tabor’s


newly upgraded auditorium. In between performances, the visual art gallery is always a popular destination, as well as the art shop, which is stocked with a variety of student and local art and pottery for sale. This year, the visual art display will also feature a Senior Showcase, including many award-winning pieces. But one of the great things about the Tabor City Arts Fest is that it’s not just about observing! Fun activities for kids abound, like creating spray art and learning a dance from members of the dance team, as well as face painting. And as attendees pick and choose what to experience throughout the evening, multiple local food trucks provide delicious fare! This year’s vendors include Marty’s BBQ and Que Viva! with Italian ice from Chilly Philly. In addition to the extensive raffle of prizes donated by local businesses, there will also be $5 “chance bags,” containing treats and gift cards to local businesses and eateries. All the revenue generated from the event goes back into the fine arts program at Mount Tabor High School. So, whether you’re purchasing admission, “art bucks” for activities, raffle tickets or something from the art shop, your participation in this fun event supports arts students and faculty as they grow in their craft. The Arts Board is grateful to all the individuals and local businesses that have supported this event, especially to Express Oil Change, the lead sponsor of this year’s Tabor City Arts Fest. Whether you’re a young family or an empty-nester (or anyone in between!) who loves the arts, come enjoy an evening of great food and entertainment, while also supporting the arts and young artists in the community! Go spARTans!

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fulfills the responsibility of providing for the family and supporting the community, while working in a peaceful environment. Elliott expresses, “Vets are ready-to-work types with a mindset to rise early every morning, and they have no choice but to work hard. If agriculture is North Carolina’s biggest industry, it needs more people, particularly veterans.” In registering for the Soldier to Agriculture program, military members can transition surrounded by the veteran farmer network; it is one avenue to offer a lifeline.

Soldier to Agriculture Program BY LISA S.T. DOSS Robert Elliott’s story is familiar. After 15 years serving in the Marines, he struggled to find employment in the civilian world amid a recession in 2011. Elliott writes, “I tried school. Actually, I tried everything, but nothing was working out. Then, I learned quickly why veterans commit suicide immediately after leaving the service, and I had to do something. Of all the things, farming seemed like my only answer.” Local news outlets and word of mouth spread the word of Elliot’s success as a military veteran who had found a meaningful career in agriculture. Seeking to help other veterans, he founded the Veteran’s Farm of North Carolina, Inc, VFNC, on his multi-century family farm and began training interested men and women. Elliott’s idea aided the launch of the Soldier to Agriculture program, a partnership between Ft. Bragg and N.C. State Agricultural Institute. Farming, an Ideal Match for Veterans Most veterans feel a disconnect returning to the civilian world. From their uniform to meals, days are structured. Elliott expresses, “The farm saved my life. Coming home, I no longer had a purpose and lacked the support needed to get me to the next step.” Farming is one field that


A Six-Week Program All active-duty service members with six months or less on their current enlistment, veterans, and military or veteran spouses can register for an Introduction into Agriculture course at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville. Online class lectures lead the way to practical handson learning opportunities. The curriculum includes: • CROP SCIENCE: A career opportunity for individuals seeking production, field research, or consulting on the production of food, feed, fuels, and fibers for a world population. • TURFGRASS MANAGEMENT: Applicable as a career path, turfgrass management studies a range of topographies, climate, and soils in North Carolina. • SMALL-SCALE FARMING: Emphasizing sustainability of crops and livestock while working on small acreage, without using advanced technology and equipment. • HORTICULTURE: Linking the science, technology, and business of annual and perennial species, from fruit trees

and berries to crops and medicinal herbs and flowers. Lessons extend beyond the sustainable production of greenhouse and soil-based plants, including hydroponics. • LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY MANAGEMENT: More than just animal husbandry, lessons range from housing principles, space requirements, hatching and brooding of chickens and ducks to managing sheep, goats, pigs, and cows. • PRECISION AGRICULTURE: The farming management concept offers a means to lower land usage, water, fertilizers, herbicides, and insecticides to optimize crop yields and profitability. • AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS: Modern farming consists of the farming, management, production, and marketing of livestock and crops. As technology has progressed, farmers need to solve high-tech needs and problems. The Next Chapter The Soldier to Agriculture program provides networking opportunities and resources beyond the six-week course. Participants can take advantage of a three-week experience to apply their knowledge alongside experts in the agricultural industry, or meet with recruiters, who provide careers in agriculture. As a result of training and continued support, vets in North Carolina are opening farmer’stable restaurants, participating in markets, partnering with certified kitchens, and forming food hubs. “We could not grow past mentorship opportunities and consultation for veterans without the community helping us in various ways,” Elliott explained. “Farm equipment donations, financial support, or even skilled tradesmen and women, from bulldozer operators to carpenters and drone pilots, are a big help to us, too.” If interested in the Soldier to Agriculture program, contact instructors through Facebook or N.C. State University’s Agricultural Institute website.


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Buying an Electric Motorcycle With the price of gas hovering above $4 a gallon, many people are considering electric vehicles. In 2021, sales of electric cars increased 89% to 487,460, according to Cox Automotive. And if there wasn’t a global microchip shortage, it’s safe to say that sales would have been even higher. The average electric car uses about 2,000 chips. But for many consumers, interest is also turning to electric motorcycles. Unfortunately, electric motorcycles are suffering from the same chip and supply-chain issues as cars and many other consumer products.

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If you are thinking of buying an electric motorcycle, your first stop needs to be a safety course with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), msf-usa.org or call 800.446.9227. The foundation offers a variety of courses throughout the nation. Some states require a MSF course before a rider can get a motorcycle license, and some insurance companies will give a discount for completing a course.

Cost per mile

Once you have developed the skills and knowledge to ride a motorcycle, then you can turn your attention to selecting and buying a bike. If you are willing to wait in line because of supply-chain problems, here are some buying tips for electric motorcycles:

Electric motorcycles can accommodate every type of budget. Some urban bikes can be bought for $2,500. And there are price points at $3,500, $10,000, $20,000, $30,000 and much more exotic models, like the Arc Vector, are over $100,000. The more you pay, the more you will get in terms of range, power, size and performance.

What is an electric motorcycle? An electric motorcycle has an electric motor instead of an internal combustion engine (ICE). The energy comes from a Lithium-ion battery instead of gas. Other than the engine, electric motorcycles are similar to their ICE counterparts.

Different styles for different needs The list of electric motorcycles is growing rapidly. There are designs for many types of needs: commuting, speed, different road surfaces, long-distance touring, etc. The first step is to determine what kind of riding you want to do. One of the big advantages of an electric motorcycle is that there are fewer moving parts and fewer individual components to wear out.

Batteries The life of an electric motorcycle largely depends on the life of its battery. While batteries diminish over time, they are much easier to replace than the motor on a gas bike. Most electric motorcycles have a range of 100 to 200 miles between charges, but there are electric bikes that hit 250 miles. The most efficient ICE bike can get 350 miles on a full tank, but many ICE bikes struggle to go beyond 200-250 miles on a tank.

Gears The gears on an ICE bike intimidate some prospective buyers, but they won’t have that issue with electric motorcycles. There aren’t any gears. Federally insured by NCUA.


The cost of most electric motorcycles is $0.04 a mile, but that also depends on the cost of electricity in individual states and whether the charging was done during on- or off-peak electricity hours. At $0.04 a mile, it is cheaper than operating an ICE bike.

A range of prices

Tax credit At this point, the tax credit for electric motorcycles is unclear. In 2021, the tax credit was 10%, up to a maximum of $2,500. It was set to expire at the end of 2021. In the Build Back Better bill, however, the tax credit was 30%. That bill stalled in the Senate and will not be passed in its current form.

Research is important Since the electric motorcycle is relatively new for the mass market, you won’t find quality bikes at every dealer. Your best bet is to survey reviews online and to visit several dealers in your area.

License and registration requirements Electric motorcycles carry the same licensing requirements as gasoline bikes and they also have the same registration requirements.

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My Favorite Title is BY GENEVIEVE CONDON


been called many things in my lifetime of almost 35 years, some of which I’m much more proud of than others. As we grow up and enter life at a larger scale, we covet titles and bigger paying jobs—striving to be the CEO, watching them speed away in their fancy cars, lavish vacations, and sparkly homes. I remember going to school for what seemed like forever, getting degree after degree, loving each title change, credentials being added to the end of my name, and pushing myself harder and harder to live a dream I had manufactured for myself. Problem was, each promotion, each degree, just wasn’t enough. Then something happened perspective. The long days and nights were spent striving for a title and better position, to ultimately just work more. Not to enjoy the fancy car and house or be able to take a vacation became a reality. Then my children came. I became a “Mama.” That title changed the trajectory of my life. I no longer wanted to push myself beyond reason. I wanted a good life, don’t get me wrong, but who knew that, after a decade of college, proving myself, and landing a job, which I thought was what I always wanted, that idea would become obsolete?


Life changed when I heard my children cry out for the first time. When they were laid in my arms, I looked at their little faces. My responsibilities, my degrees, my titles, none of them mattered. Being their “Mama” was the most important thing. My life doesn’t look like what I thought it would. It’s better. I have a wonderful job that allows me to work from home, take care of my children and make more than a decent living for us. A husband who loves me, a mother that helps so much, and every day reminds me that I am worthy of all the blessings in life. We are told that our titles matter. We wear them like a badge of honor, displaying them as if all we are, are our jobs and degrees. Truth is, when we are gone from this world, those titles won’t matter. What we have done in this world, our children, they are our legacy. My titles, my career progression, my cars, my house, they all don’t matter at the end of the day. My favorite title will always be “Mama.” For a “Mama” is the most important job in the world, and one I am thankful I am blessed to hold.

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Getting To Know Your Child’s


she also helped me to know when my children were really sick and when they might just need a little extra TLC. She had me on speed dial and every time she called, I dropped what I was doing to pick up, so she could give me the latest update on my kids. To a single mother, this school nurse was a God-send and I’ll never forget her.

Here’s a heartwarming story from one of my all-time favorite school nurses:

Parents play an important role in making a positive connection and being a good team player with their child’s school nurse. Here are some ways to make sure you’re always doing your part to ensure your children are well cared for at school...

• Nurse: The other day huh…and all that food still in your tummy?

• Make sure your contact information is updated in the school computer, and also in your child’s paper file.


important is your child’s school nurse? It may depend on the child. Some children need to see the school nurse every day, while others may only see her a few times during their entire K-12 experience. If you happen to be like me…your child’s school nurse is a trusted friend and ally and could even be a life-saver. School nurses do everything from taking temperatures and administering medication to dealing with lifethreatening emergencies. In my case, my children’s school nurse was like a second mom at school while I was away at work. Not only did our school nurse administer one of my children’s daily medicines and at the same time assess his well-being,


• Student comes in with “stomachache” • Nurse: Tell me what’s going on with your stomach. • Student: Well, it’s hurting because I ate too much food at my cousin’s house the other day.

• Student: No it’s empty. • Nurse: Is your stomach hurting or are you hungry? • Student: Well, I don’t go to lunch until 12:50. • Nurse: Let me work some magic, have a seat.

• Answer the phone when the nurse calls you! I cannot stress this enough! Have a plan for what to do if your child needs to go home, and have a back-up person available to pick him or her up, if you can’t. Make sure your back-up person is listed as an emergency contact.

• Student: Do you have magic like at the Doctor’s office?

• If age-appropriate, make sure your child knows your phone number and the phone numbers of all your emergency contacts.

• Student: This tastes really good, but if I eat it all I probably won’t eat my lunch; I do have gummies for my snack time.

• Share medical information with the school nurse. The more they know, the more they can help! If your child has a chronic illness, special need, takes medication or has allergies, make sure your school nurse is aware and that the information is documented in your child’s school records. If your child will be taking medication at school, make sure he or she has the proper forms signed and enough of the medication available. There are rules and guidelines in place that must be followed before the school nurse can administer medicines to your children. Make sure you are aware of the process. • Show your appreciation for all the things your school nurse does and recognize there is usually only one nurse responsible for hundreds of kids!

• Nurse: I don’t know what kind of magic they have, but you’re gonna like my magic (handing him a snack). • Student: Can you open it for me?

• Nurse: Well, you don’t want to be too full so you can’t enjoy your lunch. • Student: I think I’m gonna stop now (throwing the rest in the trash). • Nurse: Now when you’re eating lunch don’t stuff your tummy…stop when you get full, so you won’t get sick! • Student: Got it…what’s your name again? • Nurse: Nurse C • Student: ‘Bye, Nurse C & thanks for the snacks! Who doesn’t want their kids to be cared for this way? In honor of National Nurses Week from May 6th to May 12th, make sure you show your school nurses some love and appreciation!

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Getting A-Head of Real Estate:

Karin Head


Karin Head is a woman of purpose, determination, drive and gumption. She’s a fearless leader in the real estate industry and one whose commitment to excellence shines with every “SOLD!” that crosses her desk. THE EXP MODEL As the CEO and Broker of Head Realty Group, Karin isn’t just selling homes. She’s investing in her industry through her time and talent – investing in the next generation of realtors. “My agency is aligned with EXP. This is a publicly traded company that began in 2009. I was immediately hooked by the business model – the technology and opportunities they offer are second to none. When I saw the business model, I couldn’t unsee it. EXP is growing by 1,000 agents per month with representatives in 20 countries,” said Karin. “In North Carolina, there are more than 4,500 EXP agents. As mentioned, the technology is incredible, and as a self-described ‘super-nerd,’ this technology gets me really excited.”




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Additionally, as an enthusiastic learner – Karin loves EXP’s emphasis on professional development. “Since there is an almost 90% failure rate for real estate agents, this model puts agents in a better position for success. It’s a philosophy that resonates with me. I’ve committed to investing in my team’s ongoing professional development, but I’ve also coached Realtors across the country. Plus, EXP has given me the opportunity to speak internationally on my favorite topic – real estate! I cover everything from marketing and social media to sales and cryptocurrency! There are a lot of exciting things to talk about in real estate!” “Moreover, at EXP,” Karin explained, “Real estate professionals who teach and coach new agents can be gifted stock grants. In fact, it can be super-lucrative (EXP agents are all shareholders). It’s an easy way to add to our portfolio while helping others be successful. After all, we all need people to help us stay accountable and improve our industry. I decided to further grow my real estate business under the EXP brand because of the amazing collaboration and referrals that come from it,” Karin continued. “The bigger the company grows, the more everyone wins. In addition, the technology and education produce stronger communication. In our world, communication is key, and EXP offers a fluid business with tremendous growth opportunities; we were metaverse before it was even a word.”

HEAD REALTY GROUP The tagline on Head Realty Group’s logo says, “Residential. Luxury. Commercial.” So, the Head Realty Group is truly a one-stop-shop for all real estate buyers and sellers. Whether in the market for a personal home, a getaway home, investment property or commercial space for business – Karin is well-positioned to help anyone in the market for real estate. “My team members are true professionals,” said Karin. “Between the eight of us – we represent a tremendous amount of experience in our field. We know the ins and outs of real estate; plus, with our commitment to continuing education, we are always up to date on the trends and demands of the market. Besides home sales, we are also the number one seller of ‘barndos,’ also known as barndominums, a new concept of barns converted to homes. In addition to successful home sales, we strive to maintain excellent relationships with our clients. We want to take care of them after they are closed – in short, we want to be their realtor for life,” said Karin. “As a result, many of the clients continue to reach out to Head Realty Group for recommendations on plumbers, electricians and other home advice – even years after we close their home!” Karin shared, “This means the world to me. It means we’ve done our job well so that our clients trust us even after the fact. This is a very relational business, and we want our clients to love being with us – and we want them to trust us enough to recommend us to their friends.” KARIN’S BEST ADVICE “I’ve been in this industry for a long time,” said Karin. “I know there’s a lot of excitement when it comes to buying and selling a home, but it’s also stressful. Our goal is to make things as painless as possible – and, of course, we want to be the buyer/seller’s first choice! But, for those who are just starting…maybe they are making their first purchase, lost touch with their


hard. Play hard. Give big. Live large.’ You could say that’s my motto. I want my clients to see that lived out with every sale we make.”

previous agent or just want to try someone new – my best advice is to remember this: Interview the agent! Visit the office! Meet the team! At our firm, our clients meet the team. Each transaction has the same steps, and with our team approach, we make sure none of those steps are missed. So, while a client may work primarily with one agent in my firm, we’re all invested in the process. Plus, it’s my name on the business. And, whatever my name is on is going to be good.” Karin’s second piece of advice is to buy a house you can afford. “When bad times happen, make sure you can purchase for the future,” Karin sagely said. “We’ve been seeing this for the last two years. The demand has been tremendous, and though inventory is low, we still encourage our clients to seriously weigh their decision against the long-haul of the investment.” At the end of the day – Karin’s success is driven by her tenacity, but most of all, her faith. “I give all the credit to God for my success. And, to keep myself humble, we have a sign in our office that says, ‘Praise God. Work

Head Realty Group is located at 380 Knollwood Street, Suite M in Winston-Salem. Contact Karin at Karin@KarinHead.com, or call the office at 336.283.8687. Also, be sure to like Karin Head, EXP Realty on Facebook and follow her on Instagram (@karinheadexp).

“ Karin Head Realty sold my house in one day! Karin and her team are professional and hard-working individuals that always put our needs first! She worked with us for more than three years to get our house on the market during our time of transition, and her advice was invaluable.”

~ Susan B.

“ Karin is a professional that cares greatly for this community, its well-being and future generations! She puts even more care into ensuring it stays that way, so you can rest easy knowing your home selling or buying process is in great hands!”

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of us do not know that the Sunday following Mother’s Day is nationally recognized as Step-Mother’s Day. As of 2017, one in every three families was a blended family. We can assume that number is even higher in the current year. There was a study done by Brandon Gaille that concluded over half of Americans will be a part of a step-family in their lifetime and that each day there are 1,300 new step-families forming. With that being said, step-families are just as common as, if not more common than, the typical married motherand-father household. Personally, I have been blessed to have not two…but four amazing parents in my life! My mother and father both remarried and I grew up having four parents cheer me on. With a household of mom and step-/bonus dad and a household of dad and step-/bonus mom, holidays have always been eventful. Throughout life, all four of my parents have allowed and encouraged me to love and celebrate all parents involved. Therefore, I am a huge fan of Mother’s Day and StepMother’s Day! These amazing and separate days allow the mom, the step-mom, and the child to enjoy each moment instead of being stretched or stressed. As we approach these holidays that can be filled with pain, insecurity, or tension, let us take on new perspectives as we see how to embrace Mother’s Day and Step-Mother’s Day in their own unique ways.

To the “bio-” mom:

To the step-/bonus mom:

You will always be bio-mom! No situation can ever take that from you. Rest in that fact with confidence that your child will always be your child, and you will always be their mom! If your child is gaining or has gained a step-mother figure, look at this as an opportunity for them to have another adult who cares and will be there for them throughout life. You can never have too many blessings, and maybe your child is gaining a blessing through this new woman in their life. Step-mom is not replacing you in your child’s heart; she can partner with you in loving your child and wanting the best for them. Allow, create, or embrace times or space where your child can bond with this new person in their life! Jealousy and pain can be incredibly gut wrenching, but at the end of the day don’t forget how your child is being impacted. Your child will have the best situation if you are on the same page with step-mom or are trying to accept the step-mom in their life! Try to imagine what it would be like to be step- mom in these situations. Yearn for empathy, not competition.

You have such an important role! You get to love and care for this new step-child. As you create this family and enter the life of this child, keep in mind the child’s perspective. They are most likely trying to understand what is going on and how they should operate, now that they have a new family dynamic. Allow your bonding to be organic and intentional. Allow biomom to have time and space with the child. Look at being a step-/bonus mom as partnering with bio-mom in loving and raising this child, not ever as a competition or tool. Keep your focus on what is best and easiest for the child. Try to imagine what it would be like to be bio-mom in these situations! Yearn for empathy, not competition.


As Mother’s Day and Step-Mother’s Day are approaching, consider how your family can be proactive, creative, and positive on these special days. Create space for the child to have input in the way they would like to celebrate Mother’s Day and Step-Mother’s Day. Always think about the feelings of your child in each situation. Remember, these holidays that happen once a year do not define your relationship with your child or your worth as a step-mom or bio-mom. At the end of the day, it is one day and there are 364 more for you and your child! For step moms or those who know a step mom, you can find helpful and practical resources by visiting CoParentingInternational.com!

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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!


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there a time of year that kids look forward to more than summertime? Sure, Christmas or Halloween, or maybe even that first snow of the season come close, but summer is in a league of its own. Summer is full of long days outside in the sun, taking trips to places new and familiar, spending time with old friends, making new friendships, and plenty more. There’s so much to pack into just one season that it’s no surprise that our fondest memories tend to take us back to the summer months of our childhood. For decades, the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina has been the destination for those memories, for creating experiences with the great outdoors, and for being the place where youth from all backgrounds can come together and share these moments in safe, nurturing spaces. As we approach another summer season, the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina’s Summer Exploration Academies are gearing up to welcome campers into our Ys. And, staff at YMCA Camp Hanes in Stokes County are getting the 400-acre memory-maker ready for another season of overnight and day campers. If you’re looking for your camper to have an incredible summer experience close to home, then look no further than Summer Exploration Academy, or SEA. In this program, campers will spend the day at the Y, where they will experience


the outdoors, swimming, and playtime, but will also have exposure to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activities, arts and crafts, reading time, and more. Every week at SEA is a new experience! The Y has weekly themes that will direct a lot of the activities campers participate in daily, giving them the chance to learn about new ideas and applying them to their camp experience. SEA is open to campers ages 3 years-old up to rising 9th graders. “Summer Exploration Academy is a great program for our youth because it gives them a chance to get outside and stay active, as well as focus on their mental, emotional, and social wellbeing,” said Chris Chunn, Executive Director of Education and Swim at the YMCA of NWNC. “Our counselors consistently do great work every week of the summer to make sure these kids have an incredible time.” If you’re interested in the more “traditional” summer camp experience, then YMCA Camp Hanes is the place for you. For nearly a century, YMCA Camp Hanes—located in King at the base of Sauratown Mountain—has given campers a remarkable setting to grow closer to nature and discover talents and interests they never knew they had. Whether campers spend their week at YMCA Camp Hanes overnight in cabins, or just during the day, they get the full camp experience. Campers have a chance to try out archery, climbing, water ziplines, lake

slides, canoeing, and more. Plus, there are plenty of opportunities for swimming, sports, arts and crafts, and other activities. “Summer camp programs are more important than ever before,” said Jen de Ridder, Executive Director at YMCA Camp Hanes. “Camps can provide a safe, positive place to build relationships, achievement, and a sense of belonging. In this challenging time, supporting campers emotionally, physically, mentally, and socially is invaluable to their growth and development.” At the Y, we are strong believers in bringing people into our branches and into our programs, regardless of their financial situation. Thanks to incredibly generous donors and community partners, we offer financial scholarships to those who may not be able to afford sending their children to any kind of summer camp setting. The benefits of summer camp to a child are too important, and we are blessed to be able to open our doors to as many children as we can. If you are interested in the Summer Exploration Academy at the Y or YMCA Camp Hanes, please visit our website at ykidscamp.org.

If you are interested in donating to our Annual Impact Fund, so that more children can experience summer programs through the Y, please visit ymcanwnc.org/give.

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Camp Hanes

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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10 Family Game Night Ideas

for a Fun (and Budget- Friendly) BY TARYN JEREZ


you are looking to add consistent quality time as a family, create more connection and build fun memories, all while sticking to a budget, put a family game night on the calendar! Which family member can’t stop laughing during their turn? Who wore their competitive pants to the party? No matter how old your kids are or what kind of games everyone prefers, here is a list of ideas for you to choose from! Remember, you can always pick one to get started, and then choose from the list for all the future family game nights to come! #1 Family Trivia - See what interesting facts you may or may not know about each family member! Ask each player to write down a fact about themselves in the form of a question on index cards to be read out loud, as guesses are made identifying them. Example questions could be things like, whose favorite color is purple or who is afraid of spiders? #2 Paper Telephone - Most of your family may be familiar with the game of “telephone.” In this version, each player starts by writing down a simple phrase on a sheet of paper and passing it to their left. Then each player draws the phrase they receive using their artist skills and continues to pass it down until it reaches the original artist, who reveals what the phrase has evolved to! #3 Charades - This is a classic party game for a reason! It gets everyone out of their seats, laughing and using their brain! Pick a theme for each round to make it interesting and put ideas on tiny paper


scrap in a bowl for players to choose from. Want to take advantage of technology? Download the Heads Up or Charades app on someone’s phone to play. #4 Backyard Games - Think outside the dining room table for game night! As the spring weather warms up, get everyone in the backyard to play things like cornhole, badminton, or even get the nerf guns out and set up targets! Depending on the age of your kids, you can let them decide! #5 Murder Mystery - If you have older children or teens, plan for a really fun evening with a little flair! You can make up a mystery yourself, giving everyone character names and profiles, while secretly marking one as the killer. Looking for a simplified option? Grab a done-foryou murder mystery game online or try a board game version! #6 Scavenger Hunt - Perfect opportunity to get outside! Create your own list of things to find, or download a free scavenger hunt worksheet online for players. You can find themes such as the neighborhood, nature, colors, the seasons or holidays and more! Break into teams and set a time limit for everyone to complete their hunt and return. #7 Video Games - Who says game night has to be screen- free? A great way to bond with your kids is participating in things they love that you may typically feign interest in. Pick a team player game with simple rules and lots of competitive fun like Mario Kart or Mario Party! These are perfect for the whole family!


#8 Paper Airplane Content - Never underestimate the power of friendly competition!! Create an airplane building station at your table or on the living room floor with paper materials and markers or crayons. Once each player has constructed their plane, the fun really begins! Set up a fly zone and mark how far each one goes, crowning a winner at the end! This is great if you have elementary school kids or older! #9 Bingo - Loved by the youngest and the oldest of players, never discredit the game of “Bingo”! Grab a cheap set online, borrow from a friend or get creative and print your bingo cards online, and use pennies for chips! You can take it up a notch and pick out prizes from the dollar store or create “prize coupons,” to win things like getting to choose the movie or the dessert on Saturday night. #10 Board Games - Keep it simple and traditional by choosing a board game that’s suitable for all ages of play! You can grab Candy Land or Sorry for the little ones learning the basics or get the older kids laughing with a modern pick like Taboo or What Do You Meme? Bored with your overplayed favorites lying around the house? Head to the store as a family to pick something out for the evening! Remember, it’s less about what you’re playing and all about who you’re playing with! Pick something from the list as a family or take a vote from the ideas everyone has. Grab a family favorite snack and jump in!


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

City Lights

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


Register Online at CityLightsMinistry.org melanie@citylightsministry.org | 336.831.1003

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Discover, Create, and Get Very Messy at

May MESStival!

There is one thing most kids love — making a mess! That’s why Kaleideum, with the support of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem, is holding a May MESStival: a messy festival combining art, science, and the music of Big Bang Boom. Starting at Noon on Saturday, May 21, at Kaleideum North, families will immerse themselves in goo, gunk, and grit to create art and explore science. “The best part is parents and caregivers don’t have to clean up,” said Kaleideum Executive Director Elizabeth Dampier. “Kids can do all the fun things that they are not allowed to do at home!”

What: May Messtival

From mud painting and oobleck pools to confetti cannons and foot painting, there will be plenty of ooey, gooey, slimy messes to dive into. Local artists will also be on hand to help guests create collaborative works of art using various media and techniques.

Where: Kaleideum North, 400 W Hanes Mill Road

Artists participating in the May MESStival include:

Tickets: The May Messtival is included with regular admission or membership. Save $3 per person regular admission when you buy early online at Kaleideum.org. (Online $7; day of $10.)

• Stewart Knight of Red Dog Gallery • Cat Redmond of Cat Redmond Art • Victoria Vassar Bring a towel! Kaleideum will provide hoses to clean up outside. And we’ll finish up the day with a music! At 3 pm, Big Bang Boom will put on a concert in the Outdoor Science Park amphitheater. “Big Bang Boom has been playing at Kaleideum for years pre-pandemic,” Dampier said. “This is a high energy kindie rock band that calls kids up on stage to sing along and plays everything from covers with a twist to funky original rock music, and we are so excited to welcome them back to Kaleideum to be part of the MESS!”

Don’t Miss the Mess!


When: Saturday, May 21, Noon-5 pm

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


Kaleideum Downtown Kaleideum North 390 S Liberty Ave 400 W Hanes Mill Rd MAY 2022

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Life Skills 101 The 9 Skills Teenagers Should Know Before Leaving Home BY MEGAN TAYLOR


are many things a teenager needs to check off their to-do list before graduating from high school and heading off into their next adventure. There are certain classes to take, scholarships to apply for, and much more. It is hard to imagine adding more lessons to be learned to their list; however, not all lessons and skills are taught at school. Many start at home. These lessons could easily be called life skills, and include different tasks that adults do automatically. However, teenagers need to be taught, or at least should be aware of, what is included in various tasks, such as making a doctor’s appointment or checking your car’s oil. These skills are valuable and very important for helping teenagers become responsible and independent adults. So, while you are helping your teenager prepare for their next step after high school, consider teaching them the following life skills.



asic cooking skills - Eating at B restaurants and fast- food places can add up in cost and sometimes aren’t the healthiest. While there are dining options on every college campus, it is necessary to teach your child a few quick and simple recipes they can make anytime. Also, don’t forget the basics in cooking, such as boiling water, boiling an egg, etc. Keep in mind meals and food items that are budget- and health- friendly. Lastly, reading and understanding a recipe can make all the difference for some people. anaging a budget - Living within M a budget is a key skill to know, no matter how old you are, but it is helpful to gain practice and experience at a young age. Help your teenager understand how to live within their budget, balance a checkbook, about the pros and cons of credit, and what to do if they






overspend. In addition, teaching children how to save and start early with saving is important. ealthcare knowledge - There are H a few things a person should know when it comes to their personal healthcare. First, who are their doctors and how do you contact them to schedule an appointment and fill out any necessary forms. Second, how to self-diagnose simple illnesses, which over-thecounter medications to take for what symptoms, and what to do in an emergency. imple auto maintenance - When it S comes to their cars, teenagers will likely not be able to fix faulty brakes or the ignition, but there are a few common skills they need to know when it comes to auto maintenance. This list includes checking their oil, changing a flat tire, and jump-starting a car. Also, it is very important for them to understand when a problem needs attention by a professional. ssential home maintenance E Youtube videos can teach a person many things with respect to home maintenance. For example, how to fix a leaky faucet. However, it is always a good idea to demonstrate to your child these procedures in person. For essential home maintenance, doing laundry, cleaning on a routine basis, and fixing simple problems, such as clogged drains, are good places to start. Think about how you can teach a child to fix something, rather than spend money and replace it. anaging their time - We all have M done it—poorly managed our time. We have wasted too much on one activity, leaving us stressed and without enough time for more important tasks. Time management




can make a huge difference in a person’s daily schedule. Whether you go into great detail about how to handle their time or show them how to make a few tweaks here and there, your teenager will thank you later. illing out forms - In the healthcare F knowledge section, we have already mentioned filling out forms, but “forms” can apply to many different areas, such as school and car information. Comprehending basic paperwork and having some common information readily available will come in handy. You can also throw in a lesson on organizing and keeping valuable paperwork. ood social skills and manners G - Basic manners, such as saying “Please” and “Thank you,” help a person make a good first impression, but good social skills and manners go beyond that. It is knowing how to carry on a conversation, ask questions, and introduce themselves to new people, whether they be employers, instructors, etc. Also important is how to make a phone call, and how to follow up on a conversation. ow to read a map - GPS H technology may not always be available in certain locations. Understanding a map is a life skill that every person should know. In fact, it is actually a survival skill, as well.

These life skills are only nine that teenagers need to know. The good news is that other skills can still be taught after the teenager leaves home. Be sure to make the lessons personable and memorable. After all, the time spent teaching the lessons can also be a good time to make lasting lifetime memories with your loved ones.


July camps for all ages and levels.

New season begins August 8.

Triple Threat

336.794.3942 | www.3threatdance.com

Salem Gym



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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.

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School Teachers & Staff all campers! Unplug with Imprints Cares Summer


Camps where it’s great to be a kid. Imprints Cares is excited to offer camps at three convenient locations: Meadowlark Middle School, Union Cross Elementary School, and Imprints Cares Downtown for our campers with special needs.

Homework Assistance Social Development with Peers

Where else can your child try new things in an encouraging setting, explore nature, disconnect from devices, and engage in games that encourage imagination, play, and problem solving? Tyler Foster, Imprints Cares Enrichment Coordinator, explains, “Our summer camp team has been hard at work creating ageappropriate, themed activities since November. Our goal is to provide children with memorable experiences that promote teamwork and encourage creative play.” Given the wide variety of themes and activities, your children will enjoy themselves no matter what their interest are. This summer’s themes include “Pirates of the Carolinas,” “Heroes Assemble,” “The Wonders of Weather,” “Start Your Engines,” and the always popular “Survivor VIII.” Campers will go on many different field trips, which include Discovery Place, the North Carolina Zoo, Nascar Hall of Fame, and Durham Museum of Life and Science. Each themed week features 2-3 field trips, engaging activities, and exciting art projects.

Enrichment Activities Fun Fridays Field Trips

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Brooke Thompson, director of summer camp, said, “Our camps are designed to immerse children in new activities and experiences. We work to create opportunities for children to make memories and build friendships with other campers.” She continued, “Your child will be nurtured and encouraged by the same team of highly qualified teachers and staff who work in our before- and after-school programs during the school year.” Staff undergoes extensive training and is excited to implement this year’s interactive, theme-based weeks. Carolyn, an Imprints Cares parent, said, “My daughter so enjoys attending summer camp. She comes home every afternoon tired, but excited to tell me about what she did that day. It is such a relief to know that she is enjoying herself while I am at work.”

Our camps are open from 7:00 am. – 6:00 pm. daily, making them an ideal choice for working families. Families may also select their weeks and locations. Imprints Cares summer campers are divided into teams based upon their age. The Orange Team consists of rising kindergarteners through rising 2nd graders; rising 3rd graders through entering 6th graders make up the Blue Team. Teams alternate between base camp and field trip activities weekly. All camp supplies, field trips, and snacks are included in the affordable weekly rate. Your child will enjoy a summer filled with discovery, play, and fun! Register today! Imprints Cares SUMMER CAMPS—Where children make memories, build friendships, and connect with the world around them.


rockin' the stage! SUMMER CAMPS 2022

Little Theatre TEEN EDITION





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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)

Varies by age and camp location to include sports, games, arts and crafts, swimming, and more! APRIL 2022

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Child Safety Series

Water Safety


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.

Did You Know that May is National Water Safety Month? The national awareness campaign to help families and communities prioritize water safety is coordinated by the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance, with support from the American Red Cross, National Recreation and Park Association and World Waterpark Association. Their mission is to shine a light on water awareness and swim safety by making education and resources available to the public. Whether the children in your life are swimming, participating in aquatic activities, visiting a water park or any other water-related activity this month, we’re sharing some helpful tips to spread awareness and increase safety protocols for your loved ones. Understanding the Risks The National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) has stated, “According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths for children 1-4 years, the second leading


cause of unintentional injury deaths for children 1-14 years old and is the fifth-leading cause of unintentional injury deaths for all ages in the United States. Water-related injuries also affect a significant number of American children. An estimated twenty percent of drowning victims suffer severe, permanent, neurological disability.” While these statistics can be sobering, it’s important to remember that drowning and other water-related injuries are preventable. Layers of Protection for Water Safety Keeping children safe isn’t about just one protective measure, but partnering them in layers to make sure you have every opportunity possible to avoid an incident. Here are a few different layers of protection to establish in your own home and with your families. • Water Competency – Teach swimming skills for different stages and increase water smarts, helping kids know what to avoid outside of their swimming skills and what to do in case of a water-related emergency. The American Red Cross states that, “Children, inexperienced swimmers, and all boaters should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.” • #BeWaterAware – Engage children on topics about water safety to ensure the message is getting through to them, at all stages of childhood. (You can find a free printable coloring book and educational videos just for kids on the National Water Safety Month website!) • Adult Supervision – Having responsible, intentional eyes on your children at all times is key to ensuring their safety around water, especially those who cannot swim or are not yet proficient swimmers. Adults, parents,


caregivers should all be fully aware of potential water dangers at home, when visiting someone’s home, or traveling on vacation. • Physical Barriers – Invest in fences and gates around pools, hot tubs, and spas, as this is the first line of defense (outside of supervision). This preventive restricts accidental exposure to the water for children. Latches and doors are physical barriers that aid in the possibility of access, as well. Adding an alarm system to doors and pool access is a great additional barrier!

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• CPR Certification – Learn to recognize the signs that someone is in trouble in the water. The NDPA encourages adults to prioritize CPR, First-Aid, and rescue knowledge in the event that something goes wrong and these measures are needed to save a life. Taking Immediate Action if Injury or Accidents Occur According to the American Red Cross, should a child exhibit signs of a water emergency you should rescue and remove them from the water immediately, without putting yourself in danger. Immediately begin rescue breathing, and CPR, or find someone immediately nearby who can. If you are unsure about the severity of an incident or injury, don’t wait to have someone call 911 or Emergency Medical Services (EMS). If you are alone, provide at least two minutes of care, then call EMS.

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Always have a First-Aid kit easily accessible, as well as any important documents, such as lists of medications your child is currently taking and phone numbers for contact information for pediatricians and emergency contacts. Helpful Resources to Learn More • The National Water Safety Month website - nwsm.phta.org • The American Red Cross - www.redcross.org • Free SplashZone Coloring Book




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A Look into Space: 15 Facts about the Final Frontier BY MEGAN TAYLOR


the sun, moon, stars, and planets have always fascinated me. Coined the “final frontier,” this area is still unknown to many and includes numerous undiscovered elements. However, much has been explained and contributes to the great story of space. Information about the moon, stars, planets, comets, orbits, etc. is widely available for the general public. This past December, my class took a field trip to the Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill. While sitting through a planetarium show, my interest in this subject grew once again and I added more facts to my mental space library. No matter what your age, space can be an interesting place. Test your knowledge about space and the solar system with these facts below. Who knows? You may learn something you didn’t know or something to share with your children. 1. There is no sound in space. Due to space’s lack of atmosphere, sound has no way to travel or be heard. 2. Venus is the hottest planet in the solar system coming in at 450 degrees Celsius. While Mercury is the closest planet to the sun, Mercury has no atmosphere and regulates its own temperature. 3. 99.86% of the solar system is occupied by the sun. In fact, the sun is so large that about 1.3 million Earths could fit inside it. 4. Ever wonder how many stars are in the sky on a dark night? Fun fact: there are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on Earth. The Milky Way, a spiral-shaped galaxy, includes several hundred billion stars. The sun, and where we live, Earth, help scientists


estimate the number of stars in the universe. As for the sand, researchers from the University of Hawaii state that there are around seven quintillion, five hundred quadrillion grains of sand on Earth. 5. There are about three trillion trees on Earth, making a total of more trees on Earth than stars in the Milky Way. 6. According to NASA scientists, sunsets on Mars appear blue. Fine dust particles near the Sun make the red planet, Mars, appear blue to the human eye when the sun sets. 7. One day on Venus is approximately 243 Earth days. Venus’ slow axis rotation around the sun is 225 Earth days. 8. Ceres, the dwarf planet, is known as the largest asteroid, measuring to be about 965 kilometers, or almost 600 miles wide. The planet was discovered in 1801 by Italian astronomer, Giuseppe Piazzi. It is located between Mars and Jupiter in the asteroid belt. 9. There are tire tracks on the moon due to the Apollo landings. Moon has no atmosphere, wind, or weather, causing the tracks to stay in the same place as when they are created. 10. N ot just humans have ventured into space. On November 3, 1957, Russia sent a dog named Laika to space in its Sputnik 2. Sadly, Laika passed away in space as the satellite didn’t make it back to Earth. 11. The two ocean tides that occur daily can be attributed back to the moon. The moon’s gravitational pull and the

rotation of the Earth’s axis cause the ocean’s tides. Two types of tides, high tides and low tides, are based on the moon’s force. This theory can be traced back to Isaac Newton. 12. M eteoroid, meteorite, and meteor are all three different and unique things. Giant meteoroids become asteroids. When a meteoroid comes to the Earth’s atmosphere and lands on the surface, it becomes a meteorite. If the meteoroid burns when falling through the atmosphere, it is a meteor. 13. About 96% of the universe hasn’t been discovered yet. There is still much to be seen and known about the solar system and space. In addition, over 80% of the matter in the universe, known as dark matter, is unknown. Let’s just say space research will never quite be finished. 14. P lanets Neptune and Uranus cannot be seen by the human eye. To view, one would need a telescope to see them in the night sky. 15. A stronaut Neil Armstrong was the first person to walk on the moon’s surface. He and his crew landed on the moon in 1969. To this day, boot prints from his feet can still be seen on the ground. Space truly is the final frontier and we will probably never know what all it includes. Scientists, astronauts, and the general public will always be researching its unknown. In the meantime, we will continue to admire its beauty, uniqueness, and the wonderful qualities of space and the solar system.

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Out & About in Winston-Salem “Getting Back to Normal” BY HEATHER SPIVEY


a world striving for normalcy, I find myself trying to find something positive about our past two years of pandemic with all the negatives of Covid. The period of shutdowns did produce a time of togetherness that allowed many families to spend a whole lot more time together; time that might have been spent traveling to work, going to meetings or attending social events in the pre-Covid world. Instead, we found ourselves spending more quality time with families and our furry family members in an effort not to catch or spread the coronavirus. Right now, you have to wonder if we’ll ever return to what we used to consider normal. No one knows for certain how life will be going forward with new variants, strains and outbreaks, but I feel confident that we are in a better place now and will continue to improve. Hopefully, as we move back toward normalcy, we’ll be kinder and more patient with each other and appreciate the simple things in life like spending time with family, friends and our pets. Masks might be an ongoing accessory, and hand washing multiple times a day will probably carry over. Hopefully, we can embrace these minor inconveniences and work together as a community to make sure we don’t return to the health scares of the past two years. “Out and About” is beginning to happen more frequently. Proms finally took place in person. We’re going to ballgames. We’re meeting friends, attending fundraisers, going out to dinner! We’re flying and going on vacation again! Here are a few families, friends and furry friends in our community that are making the most of that quality time together as we work our way back toward what we consider normal.


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“The relationship with yourself is the foundation of all other relationships.” ~ Brene Brown


nephew was in the fourth grade when my sister received a call from her son’s teacher and immediately wondered, “Oh no, what did he do?” The teacher explained: “A fellow student was being quietly but relentlessly bullied in the back of the classroom. Your son observed what was happening, stood up, and shouted to the front of the room, ‘This isn’t right. They need to leave him alone!’, and I stepped in. I want you to know that your son demonstrated true leadership today. And it isn’t the first time I have seen him challenge something that didn’t seem right to him.” Fast forward a few decades and my nephew, a Certified Financial Planner, is the first to say that, for him, “integrity” is at the heart of being a good husband, father, and shepherd of other people’s money. It was there all along: a sense of self-trust he knows he can count on. About Self-Trust – Self-trust can be defined as “the firm reliance on the integrity of yourself.” Or, described more robustly, “the inner conviction that you are enough, your voice matters, your instincts are wise, and you are always worthy and deserving of self-love.” We notice people who trust themselves. They convey a quiet confidence and are clearly comfortable in their own skin. For them, there is the sense that whatever happens, they will be able to handle it. On the other hand, people with a low


level of self-trust often demonstrate the self-defeating habit of going against themselves. Build Your Self-Trust – Wherever you are on the self-trust continuum, you can, with intention and practice, boost your self-trust. Relationship Coach Jordan Gray explains: “Self-trust is reclaimed by rekindling our relationship to ourselves and treating ourselves as we would our most cherished friend or loved one.” Here‘s how you can get started: Create “Me Time” – Spend time writing down how you want to spend time with yourself. Make this super-intentional. Think in terms of what brings you a sense of peace, joy, or exhilaration. Consider small daily “me time” joys like 10 minutes of stretching in the morning, or a small square of the best chocolate you can find. But also consider “treats,” like a one-day-a-month solo jaunt to browse a brick-and-mortar store, or to take a drive out of town. This “me time” is just for you, reinforcing that you matter.

Lie down on your bed and just breathe for a while and see what comes up. Or… look inwards and ask yourself questions like, “How have I have been feeling lately?”, “Is there anything I need to do to honor myself more fully?”, or “What does my heart need more of?” Pay Attention to Your Reactions – Notice how you feel when you go against your intuition. Are your palms sweaty? Is your breathing more rapid and shallow? Maybe you get that sick feeling in your stomach. All signs that your body is saying, “You’re not listening!” The next time you are about to go against yourself, remind yourself of your body’s cues and the wisdom it holds. Then make a choice that supports your inner wisdom.

Keep your Promises – Now prove to yourself that you matter by doing the “me time” things you identified. If it helps, think in terms of treating yourself as your own best friend. The more you act on your “me time” list, the more your self-trust will build itself up.

Clean House – It can be difficult to move away from, or set new boundaries with, people in your life who subtly undermine your self-trust. They are the naysayers who, based on their own issues or agenda, aren’t cheering you on. As you grow in self-trust, you may begin to recognize these folks more readily. Also look inward by considering behaviors you engage in that aren’t in your best interest: mindless peoplepleasing, negative self-talk, and constantly measuring yourself against some external yardstick.

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You’re Doing All Right BY GENEVIEVE CONDON


remember when I was younger being told that effort was enough. That if you put your all into something and for some reason still didn’t succeed, that it was okay; you tried your best. As I navigate this part of life called motherhood, it can be difficult to feel that your best effort is enough. If you’re like me and scroll social media and see these parents with smiles and children dressed in their best clothes every day, eating well balanced homemade meals, and never raising their voices in a moment of weakness, it’s easy to feel inadequate—that your best just isn’t enough. Fact is, what we see on social media isn’t always reality. People spend hours perfecting their outfits, makeup, cleaning their homes, and bribing their children with candy to get them to sit still and pretend to like Brussels Sprouts (when in reality we know there are French fries and chicken nuggets waiting for them). It’s easy to compare ourselves to outsiders, wish that we could be like them, have their life, their bigger house, nicer car. But every day when you wake up, and your children crawl into bed with a smile and wrap their little arms around you, I hope you realize that you’re doing all right. No, you’re doing more than all right. You were put on this earth and made for these children. Are there going to be struggles and days where you feel like you’re failing? Absolutely. I wish I had a magic wand to make that doubt go away, but we are human. There is something about bringing life into this world, the responsibility, burden, and joy of having to care for these tiny humans, and ensure that they turn out okay, that adds an element of insecurity and doubt that we’ve never experienced. But it is okay if they don’t eat the vegetables or the stale French fries from the car seat that you forgot to clean out the last trip to the grocery store. It is okay if they still sleep next to you each night, and when you lose your temper, because we all do. You’re still doing all right! So, I ask that we all band together to normalize being human and being parents. That perfection isn’t reality, and sometimes just making it through the day is enough. Remember, you are enough and you’re doing just fine.


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The Triad Welcomes Back the Winston-Salem Greek Festival this May BY AMY HILL


the first time since May 2019, the Triad is excited to welcome back its annual Greek Festival on May 13th through May 15th. With eased COVID-19 restrictions, community members of Greek heritage will be sharing their culture with the community, complete with food, dancing, live music, and opportunities to support local vendors. Located at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church at 435 Keating Drive in Winston-Salem, one of the Triad’s most anticipated cultural events can be revisited on Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. The Triad is home to the second largest Greek population in North Carolina, with origins as early as the 1900s. With the majority of Greek immigrants in the area having originated in the mountainous region of mainland Greece, it’s likely that the similar climate and weather patterns of the Piedmont attracted such a large Greek population. Having had to navigate a vastly different culture and economy upon arrival, Greek families overcame multitudes of obstacles and cultural differences to succeed and become a staple in the Triad community. The Winston-Salem Greek Festival will sport Greek fare such as moussaka, spanakopita, souvlaki, and the beloved gyro, which will be available to all who attend the Greek Festival, along with desserts such as baklava and kokakia, which are decadent Greek cream puffs topped with a delicious chocolate glaze. Since Winston-Salem is home to Krispy Kreme lovers, visitors cannot afford to forgo ordering loukoumades, or balls of fried dough topped with honey, chocolate, or other sweet toppings. If you’ve never dipped your toes into the waters of Greek cuisine, the Greek Festival is the perfect opportunity to branch out of your comfort zone and try your hand at a new culinary experience. For those who aren’t fully comfortable enjoying the festival in-person, drive-thru options will still be available for individuals and families who prefer to order their food for take-away. In May 2021, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church hosted the Greek Fest Express over the span of four days. In order to keep attendees safe due to COVID-19, the festival was hosted in a drivethru format, allowing the community still to get their fix of Greek food without risking their health. This year, as restrictions have eased, visitors can expect to see a resurgence of normalcy with crowds, lines, live music and dancing. Months of preparation and hard work are put into making the Greek Festival a success each year. Dancers and musicians work in advance to perfect their performances, while bakers, chefs, and vendors must ensure that their products are up to par with what would best represent Greek culture to the community. With each year that passes, the Greek Festival helps leave a positive impression on more and more locals and out-of-town visitors, which only strengthens the Triad’s support of the Greek community. For more information on event hours and sponsors, visit the event’s website at www.WSGreekFestival.com, or call (336) 765-7145 for any questions or concerns. Follow the Winston-Salem Greek Festival on Facebook for the latest event updates, photos, and more. Check out the event’s page on Instagram at @wsgreekfestival, and plan to attend the event, rain or shine.


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Children, Home, and Family Business


Armstrong Artisan Farm

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 artisan-based, 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!” Greensboro Farmer’s Curb Market Established in 1874, the Saturday Farmer’s Market, located at 501 Yanceyville Street in Greensboro, features an indoor and outdoor walk-up opportunity to meet local vendors year-round. Between the hours of 7:30 AM to noon, you can meet co-owner of Armstrong Artisan Farm, Jessica Armstrong, who sells pastureraised beef, pork, lamb, and goat meat. Visitors will also find farm-fresh eggs and handmade wool products, such as yarn, felted wool soaps, dryer, and bird nesting-balls. Please, stop by their booth and say hello! An Artisan Farm The desire to visit the farm and store is a worthwhile investment of time. After passing tranquil, pastoral scenes going into Stokes County, most visitors may be pleasantly surprised when arriving at 1499 Brook Cove Road in Walnut Cove. You’ll see empty fields for future corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and sunflower fields. Pastures of cows and sheep. And, with excellent eyesight, pigs in the distance. The first unusual sight will be an eye-catching chicken coop, painted in artistic designs, with meandering hens roaming here and there! Visitors will soon discover Armstrong Artisan Farm is much more than anticipated!


“Our Farm is not only a business, but a place where we raise our family,” writes Jessica. “It had long been our dream to raise our children somewhere they would be able to learn to work hard, stay on task, and have fresh air whenever they pleased. What better place than a farm!” The oldest two siblings, ages eight and seven, assume responsibility for the pigs, newborn lambs, and other daily chores, such as collecting eggs, filling water buckets, and assisting with feeding before settling into homeschool lessons. Farm responsibility is never just a job; the Armstrong Family views it as a way of life. Jessica writes, “From rotating pastures, checking on newborn lambs in the middle of the night, to just sitting and watching the flocks graze, we are there every step of the way.” Summer and Fall Festivities Austin and Jessica Armstrong, between their university education and experience in sheep flock management, delved into the business of producing top-quality Artisan pastureraised lamb, beef, and pork products. On the other hand, the agricultural aspects of growing acres of corn and other crops never produced the anticipated outcome at harvest. The result led to an annual attraction! Jessica shares, “In 2017, we advertised a 15-acre corn maze and a small pumpkin patch. And, each year, we expanded. In 2020, businesses and festivals were closed or canceled; yet, unexpectedly, the people kept coming.” Visitors can enjoy any number of activities, such as corn mazes, “you-pick” or pre-picked pumpkin patches, a jumping pillow, several bounce houses, duck races, pony rides, two apple cannons, sheep herding demonstrations, local vendors, live music, and a petting zoo. Each year more people learn about the spectacular themed events, whether it’s a “Farm Fun Day,” the Carolina Harvest Festival, a Chicken Stew, or Fall Festival. This year, the farm hopes to see you! From items in the farm store to tickets for special events, including birthday parties, https://www.armstrongartisanfarm. com is the ideal location to spend the day or evening with family or good friends! Armstrong Artisan Farm will be open for its annual Corn Maze and Fall Festival on Fridays and Saturdays (10 AM to 6 PM), from September 9th through November 5th, 2022.

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I Let My 15-Year-Old Have a Boyfriend



can hear people gasping at the title, shaking their head vehemently at the thought of a 15-year-old having a boyfriend. Trust me, years ago, I was there, too, looking at my little girl and vowing that she’d NEVER have a boyfriend before the age of 32… preferably 40. As time went on and she got older, relationships for her became more challenging. I listened to struggles with friends and gave plenty of advice, but I realized that experience is the best teacher. She watched me go through a traumatic relationship with her father, and while I hoped that would teach her what not to look for in a partner, psychology has taught us it really just depends on the person. I worried that perhaps she would be drawn to men like her father. I didn’t want her to go through what I did, but how would I protect her from that? One of the biggest challenges I have experienced as a parent is watching her struggle and wanting to do nothing but protect her from every harmful experience or situation. Protecting her doesn’t always have the desired impact and can actually result in more harm than good. Freshman year started in August, and immediately she began talking about a boy. He seemed nice, but I felt myself becoming guarded the more she spoke about him. My momma radar was going off, and not because he didn’t seem like a nice kid, but I knew what was coming…a boyfriend. She asked for him to come over and I wrestled with what to do. If I told her “No,” I realized children will try to sneak around, do things behind your back and so on. I didn’t want that. I pride myself on my open relationship with my daughter and the policy that she can speak to me about anything (I have my freak-outs behind closed doors to my husband and mother).


I didn’t want to jeopardize this. I said “Yes,” and so it began. There are rules. Open doors, hands where I can see them, etc. but as time goes on and they are still dating, rules change, my trust in them grows and I begin to trust my daughter more and the person she is growing to become. I realize that being in a relationship is the best way for her to learn what is healthy and what isn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t let anything happen without being watchful to ensure her safety, but navigating relationships is such an important part of growing up. As we grow, the experiences allow us to know what we are willing to accept, what we deserve, how to say “No” and set boundaries—which are all super-important tools to have. Heartbreak will happen, so will disappointment, happiness and even love. I don’t feel that it’s fair to negate how my daughter feels since she’s only 15; in her mind, her relationship is real and worthy of care and validation. So, we invite him to events, over for dinner, to try to get to know him, to feel out how they are together. All I know is, he makes her smile, treats her well, and much to her credit, she doesn’t take any nonsense. I allow my 15-year-old to have a boyfriend, but there are rules, curfews, phone calls and exchanges with his parents to ensure we are all on the same page with rules and boundaries, as they navigate a relationship. As they grow, so will these rules, but for now, I am comfortable with my decision and letting my little girl figure out some things as she goes through life. Just know I am always right here, waiting for whatever she may need. Willing to listen and offer advice and guide her through this thing called “life.”

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The Wonder




tomato as a food item first originated among the Aztecs around 500 BC. Today, the plump, juicy tomato has advanced to include over 10,000 varieties. Beyond the red coloring, growers can expect to find pink, orange, yellow, white, black, and striped fruit. The great race is alive with anticipation as family members, friends, neighbors, and co-workers strive to produce the first red tomato, usually setting the date before July 1st. What does it take to grow such a tender, warmseason crop, rich in vitamins A and C? Varieties Most times, stating the growing season as between 60 to 100 days until harvest isn’t enough information; gardeners of the Piedmont Triad wouldn’t choose, for instance, a Celebrity tomato that requires 78 days until maturity; instead, consider one of the following tomato varieties: • 68 TO 69 DAYS: G arden Peach, Legend, and Mrs. Mawel Big Italian, • 70 DAYS: Black Krim, Chocolate Sprinkles, Container’s Choice, Green Pear, Momotaro, and Rebekah Allen TIP: If you have a southern-facing window, start seeds early, approximately six to eight weeks before planting between optimal months, April through June. TIP: Good starter plants with dark green leaves have sturdy stems (as thick as a pencil). If plants are kept in a greenhouse or indoors, consider keeping the seedlings in the shade, gradually moving towards full days of direct sunlight. Don’t forget to water! A Planting Technique Change your planting tactic to support the tomato’s willowy structure. FACT: Tomato plants do not favor wet leaves. Watering needs to occur just at the roots. TECHNIQUE: Create a five-to-sixinch mound of compost-enriched soil. After removing the bottom limbs from the trunk, create a 75% slate for the seedling; then, cover with soil, allowing the top leaves to show.



Place stakes and the cage immediately after planting to ensure the plant is not impacted or damaged by its support structure. EFFECT: Roots will grow directly from the stem and form strong taproots deep within the soil, encouraging a stable structure. If needed, place a marker at the location of the roots to help know exactly where to water. FERTILIZER: Annuals are often heavy feeders and rely on nutrients to reach their full potential. Many growers experience end-blossom rot, a brown rot developing at the bottom of the fruit from a lack of calcium. A solution is bone meal, which is high in phosphorus, moderate levels of calcium, and a small amount of nitrogen. Sprinkled directly into the soil at planting, the natural fertilizer releases slowly, offering the plant small doses across time. SPACING: For maximum growth potential, tomato plants need air ventilation and light; therefore, proper spacing is vital for large varieties. The ideal distance is between 24 to 36 inches and spaced in rows four feet apart. In addition, consider applying a layer of newspaper, straw, or two to four inches of mulch to control weeds. Pests and Planting Companions Simply looking at the plant isn’t enough. Pick up leaves and look underneath for aphids. Another particularly challenging pest is a green caterpillar called the tomato hornworm, which will consume leaves and fruit non-stop until removed. One way to help protect your plants is by attracting beneficial insects to consume your aphids and hornworms; therefore, add basil, dill, and marigold throughout your rows. Even if you don’t use the herb or flowers, be pleased that it may save your crop! Best Watering Times Most seeds or transplants require ample moisture to encourage a robust root system. Watering early in the morning, directly onto the roots at the soil level, helps plants make it through a hot day. After gaining height, tomato plants only need deep watering at least once weekly. Suckers To prune or not to prune? The age-old question! Tomato suckers are small side shoots that grow between a branch and the main stem. Without removing, the sucker will continue to produce additional leaves and fruit, weighing down the trunk and resulting in a bushy plant. The effect alters the airflow and sunlight to the fruit. While many gardeners forgo the task of suckering, consider the benefit—it reduces the risk of disease and produces larger, healthier tomatoes. Since our zone 7B offers a broad timeframe to plant tomatoes, consider taking a few suckers and placing them in a cup of water to develop roots. A late crop can offer the benefit of continuing the season, if you can batches of your favorite tomatobased recipes! * Lisa is an N.C. State Master Gardener volunteer with Stokes County and a state-certified beekeeper.

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Fancy Sourdough Pizza




For the crust: • 350 grams Water, (preferably lukewarm) • 110 grams Sourdough Starter, (active and bubbly) • 500 grams All Purpose or Bread Flour • 10 grams Salt

INSTRUCTIONS: DAY 1 1. In a large bowl, stir together the lukewarm water, sourdough starter, and salt.


2. Add in the flour; use your hand like a spatula to mix until the flour is completely incorporated. (There should not be any dry spots of flour left.) Cover with a kitchen towel or Saran Wrap, then set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes.

naturally fermented pizza crust isn’t just amazing in taste, especially when lightly dressed with a bright sauce and speckled with creamy cheese, but it also helps feed the “good” bacteria in your body!

3. After the first rest, it’s time for the first fold. Remove the cover, then gently pull up one side on the dough to then fold over into the center. Turn the bowl slightly and repeat. Repeat the pull & fold method a total of 8 times. Then, cover and rest for 30 minutes.

The fermentation process of sourdough helps to unlock B vitamins which help with energy metabolism, as well as numerous prebiotic and probiotic-like properties to improve gut health. And even though sourdough bread isn’t considered gluten-free, studies have found that regular sourdough consumption may help improve the digestion of gluten. This is another result of the fermentation process of sourdough which alters the enzymes in the wheat to potentially help counteract adverse reactions to gluten. Sourdough can also help keep blood sugars in a healthy range.

4. After the second rest, repeat the pull and fold method same as before, then let rest an additional 30 minutes. (You will have done the pull and fold method for a total of 3 times.) By the end, the dough should be smoother and elastic. If not, repeat one more time.


And when it comes to pizza toppings, the possibilities are endless! A few seasonal produce options include grilled asparagus, fresh avocado, cauliflower, leafy greens like arugula and kale, fresh herbs, sauteed leeks, and mushrooms.

5. Cover the dough with Saran Wrap, set out at room temperature for 4-16 hours (until doubled in volume). (I usually will do this so that I complete the last fold prior to bed, so that it rests overnight. The timing will also depend on the time of year, like summer or winter, and strength of your sourdough. For instance, you may be able to start this dough early morning during the hot summer months and have it ready by the evening). DAY 2 1. Gently transfer the dough to a clean and very lightly floured surface. (You want to be careful to pull from the edges and NOT punch down the dough, or you will lose the air pockets that were created during fermentation.) 2. Using a bench scraper or knife, carefully separate the dough into 4 equal portions.


Additional Toppings: • Marinara or Pizza Sauce • Fresh Mozzarella • Shredded Italian Cheese • Prosciutto • Pepperoni • Fresh Basil • Traditional Balsamic Vinegar • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Using the stickiness of the dough on the clean surface to your advantage, gently roll each portion into a tight ball. (Tip: Use your pinky finger to press the bottom of the dough inward as you shape it into a ball.) 3. Place the dough in either small separate containers or distribute on a baking pan, then transfer to the fridge for at least 4 hours (up to 8 hours). 4. When ready to be used, remove the dough to sit out at room temperature for at least 20 minutes while you prepare the toppings or heat up your oven/pizza oven. To Cook: • OVEN: Preheat oven to 500º F. Place a large baking pan or pizza stone into the oven as it preheats. • PIZZA OVEN: Heat up until temperature reaches at least 500º F (you can test this by using an infrared thermometer or allowing it to heat up for at least 15 minutes). – TIP: If using the oven, you will prepare the pizza on the hot baking pan or pizza stone. If using the pizza oven, you will want to prepare the pizza on a pizza peel that has been generously dusted with flour for easy removal. – Place one dough ball onto a lightly floured surface, then use your fingers to press into the dough to outline the crust. Either use your hands to gently stretch the dough from the center on the prepared peel or pan until your desired crust thickness. – Add your favorite toppings! • OVEN: Bake for 6-12 minutes, then (optional) broil 1-2 minutes, until desired crust. Enjoy! • PIZZA OVEN: Cook for 40-60 seconds, then pull out to twist 180 degrees and cook an additional 30-60 seconds, until desired crust. Enjoy!

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What If?

Presents Building a First-Aid Kit

“What-if?”, the worrisome words, arrive unannounced in the consciously spinning topics of our mind, 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! In 2020, many individuals arrived at the same conclusion: they weren’t prepared for store shelving to be emptied of essential items, including supplements like vitamins and first-aid supplies. We often cannot fathom an America without the plethora of options, including brands, a range of price levels, and convenience. While it’s easy to purchase a 200-item first-aid kit plus trauma supplies, the all-in-one may not include everything you need; instead, consider building your own.

Find a Suitable Bag Kits often come in a hard case, limiting your space to add additional items; instead, consider including a child’s backpack or large toiletry bag. Many items are bulky in size and shape. You’ll need a flexible bag with pockets and zippered pouches for ease to open, reach, and apply quickly. TIP: Always keep your supplies waterproof, in size-appropriate, or nonbreakable containers. TIP: Always check expirations dates TIP: Organize your bag by function to ensure accessibility.

Books Start by purchasing an illustrative first-aid manual. You’ll find ones for outdoorsmen, hikers, mountain climbers, and individuals studying to become emergency medical technicians. While you may think it may not suit your needs, the goal is to know how to use the supplies properly; therefore, find a text that describes various techniques from applying splints and dressings to using CPR and controlling bleeding through step-by-step instructions. An informative book will ensure your “doctoring” minimalizes shock or trauma until reaching a medical professional.

What is Essential?


TOPICALS: aloe vera gel, anti-fungal cream, hydrocortisone cream, analgesic cream, and zinc oxide (sunburn). BANDAGES AND MORE: Ace wrap, butterfly wound closure strips, “Quick-Clot,” triangular bandages, and various gauze pads (one-inch to four-inch,) adhesive bandages, and band-aids. Also, consider adding surgical tape, individually packaged alcohol pads, tweezers, and shears. OTHER: Keep a box of at least ten non-latex rubber gloves, irrigation syringe, small safety pins, a needle, white cotton thread, and razor blades. Consider adding a forehead thermometer, duct tape, Mylar space blanket, headlamp, and matches.

Improvised Medical Supplies Pressure is not the only solution to stop a bleed; tampons are highly absorbent. Honey and sugar contain enzymes and will form a clot to stop bleeding. Remember, the skin takes approximately 72 hours to seal after an injury. Rather than suture the skin together, another less painful sealant is Superglue or New-Skin Liquid Bandage. Also, try • DUCT TAPE: An essential impromptu material to brace or prevent injuries, hold broken bones in place, and use as a bandage, such as, to make butterfly strips. • CLING WRAP: Perfect for making waterproof bandages or keeping an icepack in place. • FLOSS: If string isn’t available, use floss! • MEAT TENDERIZER: With a few drops of water, a meat tenderizer can soothe the pain from a sting or a bite due to possessing the same enzymes found in bug venom.

First-aid kits usually contain small numbers of critical items, such as band-aids, gauze, sterile pads, tape, splints, disinfectant wipes, rubber gloves, ointments, and gels.

• Q-TIPS: Great for spreading creams and lotions on wounds.

Beyond the list, you can add the following:

• ZIPLOC BAGS: Applicable for a makeshift trash or biohazard bag.

LIQUIDS: 97% isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, eye drops, iodine, saline solution, tincture of iodine, hand sanitizer, and liquid bandage OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS: Acetaminophen (fever reducer), aspirin (treat chest pain, strokes, and prevent heart attacks), Benadryl (an antihistamine), Dramamine (motion-sickness), electrolyte tablets (dehydration), Epi-pen (allergic reactions), Ibuprofen (anti-inflammatory), Loperamide (an antidiarrheal), and Tums.


First-aid kits are never fully assembled; there’s always an additional item to improve it. What will you add to accommodate the members of your family, whether it’s a three-year-old or great-grandmother? The next task, of course, is to make a kit for your vehicle! NEXT MONTH: Responding to a Medical Emergency


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year continues with a new version of “My Grace-Full Life,” and this month – we’re talking about “My Faith-Full Life.” Faith is what drives it all – the belief in our God and our trust in His goodness. Three of my favorite passages from Scripture demonstrate the importance of faith. Amazing Faith: The Roman Centurion Matthew 8:5-13 tells us a story of a faith so big and bold, that it warranted Jesus’ amazement. A Roman Centurion went to Jesus to ask Him to heal his servant. When Jesus said He would go to the man’s home, the Centurion surprised Jesus and said “no.” He told Jesus, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.” At these words, the Bible tells us that Jesus marveled. In verse 10, Jesus said, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith.” The extraordinary faith of the Roman Centurion continues to amaze. This is the faith Jesus wants us to demonstrate. The amazing kind of faith that makes all things possible through Jesus Christ (Philippians 4:13). Help My Unbelief: A Desperate Father Mark 9:14-29 tells the story of a demon-possessed boy whose father had sought help from every possible source. Jesus was his last hope. The dialogue between the man and Jesus paints a picture of desperation, but it’s the words of the man in verse 24 that pull at my heartstrings. The verse says, “Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, ‘I believe; help my unbelief!’” As a parent, I’ve gone through my own share of anguish. So, it’s the unnamed father’s words, “I believe; help my unbelief!” that speaks so deeply to my heart. I relate to his desperate cry for help. I relate to his vulnerability. I relate to his cautious hope – that hope that desperately

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wants to believe, but is so guarded for fear of being disappointed yet again. All of us have our own, “I believe; help my unbelief!” set of circumstances. Whatever shape yours look like, we can let the words of this father become our own. We can confess our faith, but admit our weakness. Moreover, we can be vulnerable to the One who saves us. Jesus the Author of Faith The author of Hebrews 12:2 wrote, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” My writer heart loves that of all the ways Jesus can be described – He’s described as an author. He knows our hearts even better than we know them ourselves. He’s the one that turns hearts of stone to hearts of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26), and He is the very author of the faith that can be written on our hearts if we ask (Hebrews 12:2). Jesus is willing to help us in our moments of doubt, pain, sorrow, and even those times when we’re afraid to hope again, unsure if we can handle another disappointment. Lean on Him, knowing that even if He doesn’t answer as you expect, His plan is greater than our own. And, in that truth – we can have faith. Verse of the Month: Hebrews 12:2 Song of the Month: “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail),” performed by Taylor Mosby Recommended Reading: I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, by Frank Turek and Norman Geisler; I Still Believe, by Jeremy Camp; The Daniel Dilemma, by Chris Hodges; World Changers: How God Uses Ordinary People to Do Extraordinary Things, by Greg Laurie; Courageous Faith by Charles Stanley

MINUTE for your Minister COMPASSION FATIGUE Pastors are often called to come alongside families who are experiencing the worst day of their lives. They see tragedies, death, and horrendous accidents. Unlike doctors and medical personnel, they are not able to keep a professional distance. These hurting souls are people whom sometimes your pastor has known for years or maybe even since birth. At times, pastors need help to find ways to deal with the burden of carrying the hurts of their flock on their shoulders. This is why many pastors deal with discouragement and burnout. The call to be a pastor often stems from their God-given qualities of compassion and tenderness, which make them a great pastor, but also causes them to empathize and feel the hurts of others more keenly. This has recently come to be referred to as “Compassion Fatigue.”


HOPE DU JOUR MAY 3 Over 100 participating restaurants encourage you to eat out breakfast, lunch or dinner with 10% of the proceeds to benefit Crisis Control Ministry! hopedujour.org CLEMMONS COMMUNITY DAY MAY 7, 10AM – 2PM Location: Jerry Long Family YMCA (Clemmons) Vendors, Live Entertainment, Activities for the Kids, Food Trucks & more! Presented by the Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce 336.970.5100 YOUNG LIFE GOLF CLASSIC MAY 11, 1:00PM Location: Bermuda Run Country Club (Bermuda Run) Proceeds to benefit Young Life of Forsyth County 336.725.1750 GREEK FESTIVAL MAY 13-15 Location: Greek Orthodox Church (Winston-Salem) Live Music, Arts & Crafts, Marketplace & plenty of great food! 10% of the proceeds to benefit Brenner Children’s Hospital & Second Harvest Food Bank NWNC 336.765.7145

Please remember to pray for your pastors as they minister to those going through tragedies. Pray for them as they deal with how to balance their own hurting hearts, while at the same time trying to be the rock and source of strength for those they are ministering to.

ROCC 5K & FUN RUN MAY 14, 8AM Location: River Oaks Community Church (Clemmons) The event will be in-person as well as virtual Proceeds: City Lights Ministry 336.766.0033

Energize Ministries is here to help give pastors the opportunity to talk with someone who understands these burdens, or to provide a place for them to get away to decompress and care for themselves, so that the next time they get that call, they are ready and able to continue helping those who are hurting.

GOLF TOURNAMENT MAY 23, 8:00AM & 1:00PM Location: Meadowlands Golf Club (Winston-Salem) Proceeds: Energize Ministries Energize Ministries provides recreational and refreshing experiences for pastors and their families. energizeministries.com NORTH CAROLINA HOME EDUCATORS CONFERENCE May 26-28 Location: B enton Convention Center, Embassy Suites & Marriott Hotel (Winston-Salem) Workshops, Showcases, College & Book Fairs, Vendors & more! 336.727.2976 / nche.com * DISCLAIMER: EVENT DETAILS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. PLEASE CHECK EVENT WEBSITES & SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES FOR UPDATES AS THE DATES DRAW NEAR.* MAY 2022

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The National Day of Prayer BY ANGELIA CORNATZER


the 1950s, there has been a nationally recognized day of prayer! The National Day of Prayer is on May 5th this year. Take this opportunity to be an influence where you are. Maybe you work at an office and could talk to your boss about doing a 10-minute prayer break on May 5th with your coworkers. If you work from home, think about organizing a zoom call to participate in the National Day of Prayer. If you are a student, organize a prayer gathering before school! If you are a part of a church, communicate with them and look at the possibility of having a prayer gathering on May 5th. Brainstorm how you can gather with your friends, co-workers, or community on May 5th to commune with the Lord together, as thousands of others around the country are praying as well. Some of the suggested prayer topics that the National Day of Prayer’s website provides are: government, education, business, church, and family! Don’t let the National Day of Prayer be the only day that you intentionally spend time in prayer. As our lives continue to get faster and busier, we must not neglect communication with our Creator in the midst of it all. Get creative with your prayer time! Sometimes we think that time spent in prayer has to be a certain way or time, but God wants us to spend every moment in communication with Him. Let’s take a look at how we can incorporate prayer into our daily, routine, and mundane moments. When you wake up first thing in the morning and when you get into your bed at the end of the day are perfect moments that can be protected for prayer time. Typically, the first thing we all do is pick up our phone and scroll away. For one week, try spending 5-10 minutes in prayer as soon as you wake up, and as soon as you get in bed at the end of the day. I doubt you will regret this practice.


Sometimes we can be unsure of what or how to pray. Thankfully, Jesus showed us! Maybe your prayer time will be praying Scriptures, such as Psalm 23 or John 17. Think about writing out a prayer that you can memorize and continue to say each day. This prayer could be what you recite before and after your day. As we commune with God, we can get creative with how and when we do it! Did you know that we spend over 17,600 minutes driving in the car each year? Imagine if you spent even half of your drive time in prayer. That would be 8,800 minutes in prayer each year! Think about the quiet moments that you can include God in. Maybe for you that looks like praying as you drive to work each morning or as you wait in the pick-up line for your children. How powerful! We all have moments in our day that we can turn into prayer-filled times. When I was in college, a friend told me she would pray as she walked to each class. Think of the things that you do each day and pick places to put prayer! Do you have a lunch break? Do you drive to meetings? Do you brush your teeth or take a shower? All these moments can be spent in prayer with the Lord! Set an alarm on your phone for a certain time to pray each day. Look into getting an app, such as Prayminder, that will send you alerts for you to pray for certain things at certain times. If you are starting out trying to incorporate prayer, don’t be discouraged. Baby steps are big steps! In the middle of adopting this spiritual discipline, don’t lose focus that your prayer time is time with the Prince of Peace, the Creator of the Universe, the Wonderful Counselor, our Emmanuel. How beautiful is it that our God wants us to talk to Him without ceasing in each day and moment, and that He created a way for us to do so! ~1 Thessalonians 5:17, “Pray without ceasing.”

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Sabbath Incorporating Sabbath into the Rush of a Busy Life BY ANGELIA CORNATZER


the Bible we see time and time again themes and rhythms of life. We see patterns of the way God works. We see God’s character and God’s intentionality. We see the way God created us and intends for us to live. We also see the way we break that intentional design over and over. After that, we see God’s redemption, restoration, and faithfulness, no matter how much we mess it up. All these rhythms started back in the beginning in Genesis, when we see how God creates the world. Through the creation story, we see God at work in intentional design. On the seventh day, we can notice that God did something totally different from each of the other days. We see God rest. This was day seven. We can identify in the Bible that there are patterns, and the number seven is one of those patterns. In Hebrew, the number seven represents completeness.

“2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” ~ Genesis 2:2-3 The Bible Project said this when teaching about the Sabbath, “We find ourselves working endlessly, fighting back chaos with no real rest.” How much can we all relate to that? Some Hebrew words we can look at give us a better understanding of the Sabbath. The word Shabbat is Hebrew and means “to rest from work,” and the word Nuakh is Hebrew and means “to dwell.” These two words, when combined, lead us to a deep definition of the intended sabbath: to rest from work and to dwell with God. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” ~ Matthew 11:28-30 If you are anything like me, my planner is filled up weeks in advance. If there is a slot of time open in my day, I fill it with something. I can be so proactive about planning things for work, but why don’t I plan that much to dwell with God? I can be so productive, but where does my strength come from? One of the best things I have ever learned was from a friend in college who told me how they observed a sabbath in everyday life. This friend told me that each week they would schedule a day or half of a day, turn their phone off, and have a sabbath. Uninterrupted and intentional time with God. Taking intentional time to come to God, rest in God, dwell with God, and rest from work is such a rich, refreshing, and beautiful opportunity that we each have. We are so quick to fill up our lives with to-do’s and dinner parties, but where is our sabbath? We are created to step into this time of rest and dwelling with God; we can’t function well without it! I challenge us all to schedule a sabbath this week. Maybe it would look like a couple of hours of protected intentional and uninterrupted time with God on Saturday morning, Sunday afternoon, or Tuesday evening. This can be something you do on your own or with your whole family! Get creative with it. Maybe you spend time in awe of God’s creation in nature, praising God through songs of worship, reciting prayers to the Lord, or sitting in silence and listening for His voice. Our creator knows us best, because He created us. He wants us to spend time with Him, for that is where we find true rest.


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How N.C. Forestry Service Helps Homeowners, part 2 BY LISA S.T. DOSS


native tree adds ornamental beauty to the landscape and a vital environmental value to thousands of insects, animals, and creatures. At maturity, one tree can place approximately 20,000 gallons of water into the air daily, muffle noises, produce 260 pounds of oxygen, and remove tons of carbon dioxide gases annually. Unfortunately, according to the USDA Forest Service, the number of trees in North Carolina has lessened due to cutting, thinning, harvesting, and natural disturbances, such as fire and weather events. Advocates of reforestation, our North Carolina Forest Service, offers assistance to homeowners, ensuring trees receive the best chance to reach maturity. Here’s how N.C. Forestry Service can help you! Forest Development Program The unequivocal words, “We serve “The Forest Development program is a costshare program administered by N.C. Forest Service that assists North Carolina landowners with planting trees on cutover land or old field sites intended for timber production,” writes Stokes County Ranger Jonathan Young. “The program provides reimbursement funds to landowners who have received approval. It offsets the cost associated with site preparation, planting, seedling cost, as well as other practices designed to improve existing woodland areas.” For more information on the Forest Development Program, please click http:// ncforestservice.gov/Managing_your_forest/ fdp.htm. The cost-share program is one of several available to landowners. To learn more about what programs are available in your area, please contact your local N.C. Forest Service office at https://www.ncforestservice. gov/contacts/contacts_main.htm.


N.C. Tree Nursery Since 1924, foresters and rangers from one hundred counties in North Carolina collect seeds from our native trees, intended to be grown for the state’s landowners. While most would think about softwood evergreens, oak, and maple trees, the expansive list also names shrubs, native grass plugs, and other types of trees: • POLLINATOR VARIETIES: dogwoods, black cherry, the eastern redbud, Chickasaw plum, mulberry, persimmon, and Longleaf Savannah Mix grass, to name a few. • BENEFICIAL TO WILDLIFE ANIMALS: Sweetgum,11 varieties of oak trees, red maple, Pignut Hickory, and black walnut. • CONIFER TREES: Five varieties of fir, including the Frasier Fir, Carolina Hemlock, short and longleaf pines, red spruce, bald cypress, and Eastern Red Cedar. • GRASSES: Wiregrass, Indian grass, Little Bluestem, and Big Bluestem. It is the purpose of the native forest tree seedlings to offer a reliable supply of the best genetic selections at an affordable price. In addition, the effect of the Tree Improvement Program results in a better volume of growth, form, disease resistance, and straightness of each native variety. For more information on the Tree Seedling Catalog, please click https://www.ncforestservice.gov/nursery/pdf/ NCFS_Tree_Seedling_Catalog.pdf. N.C. Tree Nursery Services As a North Carolina resident, you can choose as few as ten seedlings or several thousand to meet an intended goal. The North Carolina Forest Service Tree Seeding Store, www.buynctrees.com, will open to all residents on July 1st, 2022, accepting order forms and payment, including credit card, check, or money order. Container-based seedlings, available for pickup beginning midSeptember, and bare-root seedlings, available from December 1st through mid-April, can be collected at your local forest service’s seedling distribution center or shipped directly to your home via UPS. Go to https://nc-forestry.stores. yahoo.net/info.html to find your Seedling Distribution Center pick-up location and additional information. Continued Forest Service Assistance One benefit of a Land Management Plan is the continued guidance from foresters, including site preparation, the mapping of areas planted in seedlings, and, if requested, finding planters. Intending to serve North Carolinians, the Forest Service desires the best environment for each tree; therefore, allow their knowledge to help establish a new forest on your property! For additional information, please go to www.NC.forestryservice.gov.

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of a Southern Yankee BY DAMIAN DESMOND


after my adoption, my paternal grandmother would regularly send me care packages from upstate New York to my new home in Virginia. As an adult, I’m much more aware now of the anguish she and my grandfather must have gone through knowing their own child (my father) had failed miserably at being a parent. But as a child, it never really occurred to me. I know now that those care packages were an outward sign of love from my grandparents to me. Fortunately, after my adoption, my new parents made sure that I kept in very close contact with them. I would talk to them on the phone regularly. In the summers, I would board a plane in my Cub Scout uniform and fly alone to spend a month with the two people who sacrificed in their old age to raise me until the age of six. Back to those care packages. I was always excited to see the pink slip in our post office box, knowing it was probably something from my grandmother. Excitedly opening the package at home, I would usually find packs of gum, cookies, Campbell soup labels (we collected them at school), rolls of Lifesavers, and various other goodies. Around Christmas, the mother of all care packages would arrive. Within that box was something I would get only one time a year. I can still picture in my mind the huge pack of Lifesavers that came in a box that opened up like a book. There were easily 10 to 12 rolls of Lifesavers within that book. (I’m wondering now if my grandmother secretly had stock in dental supplies or a toothpaste company.) The rolls of various colors and flavors would generally last me a couple months. But as much as I enjoyed those Lifesavers, I am much more appreciative now of the actual life savers who have played a major role in my existence.


I’ve never been told why I was sent as an infant to live with my grandparents. But their selfless decision to raise me was the first life-saving act that affected me. I was in a safe, loving environment with two people who really had no obligation to raise a young child in the twilight of their own lives. But they did it anyway, and I’m forever grateful for that. Upon moving to Virginia to live with my parents, my life became a nightmare. Physical and mental abuse were the norms. I attended school and pretended everything was fine. That’s when two more lifesavers entered the picture. Mr. Conners, my firstgrade teacher, discovered the abuse I was going through. Mr. Rexrode, my principal, set the wheels in motion to remove me from a horrible situation. I’m forever grateful to them as well. Very quickly, I met the next life-saver. My social worker, who I only remember as Jim, intervened and made sure I was safe. I was removed from the home and adopted by the next two life-savers, John and Vicki Desmond. These were two people who didn’t know me at all, and I had no idea who they were. They took me in as their own and changed my life forever. It’s the greatest gift I’ve ever been given—a new lease on life in a loving home. As I grew, I had more life-savers surround me with love—various social workers, new aunts and uncles, more grandparents, and new siblings. I was literally in the middle of that book of lifesavers and I learned what unconditional love is through it all. Forty-two years have passed since my adoption. Some of the people who embraced me are gone. Many of them are still here. But all of them will forever be my true life-savers.

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the possibility of spring beach trips on the horizon, I was reminded of a beach trip my family took several years ago and an important lesson I learned while there. One afternoon, while relaxing by the water, I noticed a young girl playing in the sand. She was adorable, with bright eyes and a broad smile. When I had crossed paths with her mother the day before, she had told me that her daughter had turned one a few weeks earlier and was all about exploring everything around her. The girl’s father walked over to her sandy play area and asked her if she wanted to take a walk on the beach with him. She enthusiastically jumped up and grabbed her father’s hand. Hand-in-hand, the two walked along the water’s edge. Their walk was sprinkled with giggles and squeals each time the water lapped at their feet. The girl’s face lit up with an expression of pure joy.

When the two returned to their beach chairs, the dad dropped his daughter’s hand and joined the rest of his family in conversation. I watched as the girl lowered her body to the ground so her hands could finally delve into the sand that she had so fervently tried to touch. Within seconds, she was squealing with delight and playing with the sand as though it was the most exciting experience she had ever had. She was finally able to touch the sand!

As they walked, I noticed the little girl kept reaching down to touch the sand. Each time she came close, her father, unaware of her intention, gently pulled her little body upright in an effort to continue their walk.

This poignant moment reminded me that a child’s perspective of the world is much different than that of an adult. Children readily recognize the beauty and delight of simple things. They are not deterred by hearing “No,” when they are drawn by their curiosity to explore or experience something new. They are naturally filled with joy and appreciation for the world around them. How quickly we, as adults, fail to realize this and pull them back into our “real world” and on to the next task or to continue along a path!

Determined, the girl continued to reach for the sand, only to be pulled upright so their walk would stay on track. It struck me that the girl, whose sweet smile remained constant, never stopped reaching for the sand. She was curious and really, really wanted to touch the sand. Her perseverant spirit never waned. Sadly, her dad never stopped to look down and see what she was reaching for.

I realized in this moment how much of a difference it would make if adults stepped away from their agenda and encouraged children to “touch the sand,” literally and figuratively, and not pull them away from it. If we did this, we would likely observe the pure joy they experience and, perhaps, it would bring more joy to our lives as well.

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Starting Over with A Puppy Many,

many moons ago when I was a child, I remember always having a pet. My sister and I had parakeets, goldfish, ducks, a rabbit – mind you, not all at the same time, but not your typical cat or dog. My parents were not fans of cats, even though my sister loved them, so we accepted there would not be a kitten in our future. That was fine with me as I always wanted a dog. It wasn’t until some good friends got a miniature poodle that they began to come around. I was beyond thrilled when one Christmas morning, I came downstairs to find my precious pup in my dad’s arms. From that point on, except for one very brief time, there has always been a dog in my life, and usually at least two. I like scruffy little pups that grow to be 25-35 pounds. They aren’t big enough to jump up and pull things off of counters, they don’t take up the entire sofa or bed, they are not too heavy to pick up, and they’re not so small that you trip over them. My husband and I are proponents of rescuing. There are so many adorable canines to be found at animal control centers or through rescue groups that need homes. I always feel like our rescues know they have been saved and are always very loving as a result. Two years ago, we lost one of our precious pups at the estimated age of 16½. Our other dog, who was almost 11 years old, seemed rather lost without her canine companion; but as the months rolled by, she grew to like being the one and only. It was several months later when my husband let me know that he would like our next pooch to be a golden retriever or a yellow lab…say what? We will soon be moving into our newly built home – why would I want a big dog running around, knocking things off of tables with a tail wag, and generally wreaking havoc? However, I thought I would appease him by looking into rescues and shelters assuming that finding either of those breeds would be nearly impossible. Unbelievably, a picture of the cutest puppies popped up that were coming up for adoption in a few weeks. I immediately contacted the rescue group and, after filling out forms, sending a video, and getting a positive response from our


veterinarian and friends, we were granted permission to adopt. You may be asking yourself, how am I going to tie this article to grandchildren? Well, I’m not exactly, but bear with me. We brought home this tiny half yellow lab, half golden retriever puppy. She was content with eating, sleeping, and short bursts of play – just like all babies. She appeared to grow inches overnight – just like when you haven’t seen your grandkids in a while. She had to be watched like a hawk when she wasn’t confined to make sure she wasn’t getting into something she shouldn’t have – just like when kids get mobile. Then there’s establishing sleep habits, potty training, exercising, manners, and boundaries – just like children. Our Sailor is now seven months old. We are still working on just about all of the above – except potty training – she caught on to that fairly fast. The only problem with that is she lets you know when she needs (or just wants) to go out. She also doesn’t care that you are asleep at 3am. Like children, she needs constant reminding of what is acceptable behavior and lots of praise and affirmation for listening to directions. And, like with your children and grandchildren, it was love at first sight – except for our pup, Matilda, who still wonders what Sailor is doing here.

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Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust grants funds to Family Services for community-wide advocacy awareness campaign to launch in fall 2019.

“If you’re born into poverty, and you’re in the third grade, you’re already two years behind. Science has proven that this can be turned around with early development, education, and school readiness. The work is complex. We have to roll up our sleeves and get in for the long haul.”

APRIL 2019 Pre-K Priority reports its findings and recommendations in “Building the Foundation for the Future of Forsyth County.” MAY 2019 Third annual Raising Every Child benefit luncheon and community conversation with Dr. Ken Dodge. SEPTEMBER 2019 Public awareness and advocacy campaign will launch on the community-wide, long term benefits for child, family and community. 2022 Will the promise be fulfilled?

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The View from My Section – A Father’s Perspective

Advice for the Class of 2022 BY A. KEITH TILLEY

Big day, yes, it is. Lots of questions, everyone wants to know what you’re going to do next. “Where are you going? What are you doing?”, they ask. You’ve just spent 13 years in secondary school and/or 4-5 years in college where you had a schedule to hold to, a regimen to follow every week, homework to finish, tests to study for, meetings to get to, and projects to complete. And finally… finally, you’ve finished, and all anyone wants to know from you is what are you going to do next. It’s stressful, I know. Not unlike what you will eventually face the rest of your life in the routine cocktail party question, “So, what do you do?” We’re a society defined by our jobs. Like it or not, that is who we are, or at least that’s how the world sees it. If you’re successful, you relish this question. You probably go on far too long in your description, to where they lose interest, and occasionally wish they hadn’t asked. If you’re not successful, you try to avoid this question with a very short generic description and quickly pivot to a question about them. This usually works, because most people are more interested in themselves than they are in others. Sad, but true, nonetheless. The answer to that question, however, really doesn’t matter in the end, because the concept of success is measured by two things—the amount of money you make, and the other party’s perception of whatever it is you do. Naturally, a large bank account in the modern world denotes success, that’s an easy one to see. The second, however, is a little more difficult to anticipate. How others perceive your work. You could make lots of money, but hate your position and have no job security in the industry. Or you could love your job but not make

much, or somewhere in between. The end result will be defined by whether the other party likes what you do, respects what you do and whom you work for, or is intrigued and interested in some aspect of what you do. Are you noticing a theme here? Perceptive ones will quickly pick up on how our true measure of success in this world is deemed by how others see it. Sounds crazy, huh? As

a graduate, I know I wouldn’t like to think, “You mean I did all this to get someone else’s approval?” As crazy as it sounds, it’s not that far from the truth. After all, if you’re a college graduate. you’re looking for an employer’s approval. If you’re a high school graduate, you could be looking for the same, or a college admission rep’s approval. So, yes, in a way, you did do all this for someone else’s approval, at least part of it. Don’t feel bad, it’s just part of the journey we all take. Our initiation into the world. We want to think it’s idealistic, but that’s not always how it turns out. But, in my experience,

there is some advice I can pass on to help you perhaps even achieve both: another’s approval, and your own job satisfaction at the same time. I’ve had lots of jobs over the years. Ones that loved me, ones that took advantage, some that saw the value of getting the work of two or three people out of one, and ones where you’re just another cog in the wheel. From this diversity of experience across industries and job titles, I’ve learned there’s one thing that will most certainly get their approval, at least initially. Whatever you decide to do—be really good at it. And what is the best way to do that? Determine what you’re good at, and then move your life in that direction. You may not even love it at first, but if you’re good at it, success will likely follow. This is what you’re after right now, initial success, beginning the next phase of life on the right path. Often our egos are inflated somewhat by our perception of what we’re good at. Don’t fear, the world will let you know. Sometimes, in strange ways. For example, on the downside, some will find your skills and talent threatening or as diminishing their appeal in some way. The results can often not be so good in those instances. It happens in the real world. However, don’t let this stop you. Forge ahead; if not initially working in your strength area, gradually move in that direction, be it where you are, or someplace new. Regardless, perfect your talent, polish the stone, and in the end, that’s what will get you the prize. Trust me on this! To the graduates of the Class of 2022, I wish you Good Luck and God Speed; and may your glass always be half-full.

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“After college, I answered an ad looking for help in teaching beginner-level gymnastics classes. As soon as I took that job, I knew I had found my passion and that my career of ‘flipping kids’ had begun,” recalled Kenny.

Kenny Morphis Local Business Owner Receives Double Lung Transplant BY CAROLYN S PETERSON


are so many things we do daily that we take for granted. You don’t usually think much about breathing, until it takes everything within you to get a deep breath. Kenny Morphis, owner and Head Coach at Salem Gymnastics & Swim, in Winston-Salem, NC, knows all too well the struggle to breathe and the exhaustion that comes with limited oxygen. In the end, the only option for Kenny in treating his COPD was a double lung transplant, but the journey to that life-changing decision was a long one. The Diagnosis You Never Want to Hear Kenny Morphis, born in eastern NC, spent his formative years with his family living in West Berlin, Germany, where his father was a Southern Baptist Missionary. Kenny eventually made Winston-Salem, NC, his home in 1984. Throughout his life, Kenny grew up playing sports, including baseball, football, and soccer in high school and was a member of the tennis team at Gardner Webb, where he majored in PE and minored in psychology. In 1981, he found his calling in life in a newspaper advertisement while visiting his sister in Winston-Salem.


For over four decades, Kenny and his wife of 33 years, Beth, have partnered at Salem Gymnastics, working with tens of thousands of children, helping them reach their individual best, whether that be learning a cartwheel, winning a state or national title, or receiving a college scholarship. Now, their son, Jon, has joined the family business and daughter, Alex, helps out as well. In the 42 years since the business began with original owners Frank and Barbara Minter, it has now added a 5,000 square-foot indoor heated swimming pool. During his days training, Kenny began having shortness of breath doing daily activities, which was treated with an inhaler which worked for a couple of years, until he had a sudden and severe respiratory reaction to gasoline fumes. In September 2018, Kenny was diagnosed with end-stage COPD and the resulting news would not be anything anyone would ever want to hear. “When we learned of the severity and the advanced stage of my illness, the prognosis was grim. I was placed on oxygen 24/7, given a Trilogy machine to aid my breathing while sleeping, and started on a regimen of pills and inhaled medicines that I would take multiple times each day. While meeting with a team of doctors, Beth blurted out, ‘What about a lung transplant?’ They told us it was not that easy, but Beth was insistent, ‘Why not? Somebody gets organs every day—why not Kenny?’ After cancer screenings and other tests, I was recommended to Duke for further evaluation. That December, Beth and I traveled to Durham for a week of extensive testing to determine if I would be a good match for their program. After 23 tests in five days, I was accepted into the transplant program,” said Kenny. Upon approval for the transplant, Kenny was told that it was best to wait until his lungs were not able to sufficiently function with day-to-day tasks. In the meantime, he stayed on his medicines and used oxygen at ever-increasing levels, alternating visits between Duke and Wake Forest Baptist Health, who worked in close partnership. Kenny continued to coach; however, the strain from the lack of oxygen kept him sitting at a table, sometimes having trouble speaking long sentences to his athletes. In the fall of 2021, the time for the transplant finally arrived. “Mid-September we moved to Durham to begin pre-surgery rehab; I was placed on the transplant list on October 1st. We received ‘the call’ four days later that a donor had been found and that I should come to the hospital! Beth and I barely had time to say our goodbyes before I was being prepped for surgery. Early on October 6th, I received a bilateral lung transplant in an 11-hour procedure. When I awoke, Beth told me I had new lungs! The next few days are foggy and included walking a few steps each day and eventually circling the halls with other transplant recipients, working up to a mile a day. My body went from having 19 tubes in it, post-surgery, to none, and the team kept a close watch on every aspect of my physiology. The doctor said the lungs are a really good set… he stitched them in, and they started breathing immediately. Amazing!” Kenny commented.

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The support Kenny received was overwhelming. “The camaraderie between patients was awesome and my Facebook friends were great. Beth wrote each of the virtual well-wishers on post-it notes and placed them all around my room. Salem’s gymnastics team made me an awesome “get-well” poster; knowing that I had so many people pulling for me was a great inspiration,” stated Kenny.

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Surprisingly, the pain through it all was minimal, with Kenny eventually needing just Tylenol. Kenny was released from Duke Hospital on October 28th. “After about a month of cardiopulmonary rehab at Duke, I was released to come home, just in time for Christmas,” Kenny said. Appreciate the Small Things and Take Nothing for Granted When you face a diagnosis like Kenny’s, you tend to look at life a bit differently. “I’ve learned to appreciate the small things that are easy to take for granted. The physical ability to work at the gym with my athletes and co-workers is something I don’t take lightly. I appreciate my family and how strong they were in this process, and I have great gratitude for doctors and nurses, all those who make a hospital run. My limitations of endurance are progressively getting better as I continue with rehab. At this point, life looks promising, and I know I will have challenges, but I plan to live my life to the fullest with my family,” commented Kenny. Beth said, “Since the transplant, Kenny is a new man. He is no longer on oxygen, his energy levels are good, his color is good, and he’s back to being his old self. He’s back to coaching, golfing, and is looking for a new motorcycle. We are so grateful to his donor and the entire medical staff. It is truly a miracle.” You’re never too old to register as an organ, eye, or tissue donor; there’s no age limit. Being an organ donor can make a big difference and save a life, as it did for Kenny. The Morphis family is so grateful for the selfless decision that was made to give Kenny a second chance at life.

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Safely and Successfully Hosts its Second Meal-Packing Event for “Feed My Starving Children” BY AMY HILL


a beloved staple for foodies and barbecue lovers throughout the Triad, Little Richard’s BBQ spread the love in the month of April to help feed children in need. Owner Stephen Karagiorgis recognizes the importance of giving back to the community and was moved to take action, after learning just how prevalent hunger and starvation is among children worldwide. “It’s never a child’s fault if he or she is born into destitution or food insecurity,” explains Stephen. “The Little Richard’s BBQ family has been blessed and decided it was time to share those blessings with the less fortunate.” After being introduced to a Christian nonprofit organization named “Feed My Starving Children (FSMC)” in 2018, Stephen began learning more about the horrors of hunger around the world. He was deeply moved after hearing stories about starvation, including stories about parents having to feed their children patties of packed mud, with no nutritional value, solely to help their children feel satiated. In October 2019, Stephen and the Little Richard’s team hosted its first mobile food-packing event at West Forsyth High School, enlisting the help of 275 volunteers, which consisted of family, friends, Little Richard’s employees, West Forsyth High School Key Club members, and local members of the Kiwanis Club. Throughout an 8-hour shift, volunteers packed 504 boxes, creating 108,864 meals to be delivered to starving children worldwide. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, gathering volunteers and safely hosting a food-packing event was nearly impossible, but it didn’t stop Stephen and his team from doing what they could to plan for their next event in the meantime. With the extra time to prepare, the team worked even harder to ensure that they met their goal of packing a total of 101,088 meals in April, which is enough to feed 279 children daily for a year. After a long hiatus, volunteers from the Little Richards community, West Forsyth Key Club members, family, and friends were ready to begin packing bright and early on Saturday, April 2nd. Volunteers staffed during the first session alone of the Feed My Starving Children event successfully packed 24,624 meals. During the second mealpacking session that day, 39,744 meals were packed. After a third session, the goal was met and the whopping 101,688 total packed meals were loaded onto pallets to prepare for their shipment to children in orphanages, schools,


and supply checkpoints worldwide. Additionally, a portion of meals from this year’s event will be aiding children impacted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as Ukrainian families’ lives have been upended by the tragedy that has ensued. Each meal packed costs only 24 cents and is loaded with nutrient-dense foods such as dehydrated vegetables, soy protein, vitamin powder, flakes that aid in muscle and brain development, and rice. Meals enjoyed at Little Richard’s on Mondays also help those in need, as part of Little Richard’s BBQ’s Meal for Meal Mondays program adopted at every Little Richard’s location. If you choose to dine at Little Richard’s BBQ on Mondays, each meal purchased is matched with a donated meal to hungry children by the Little Richards team. Stephen and his Little Richard’s BBQ family are elated by the turnout of this year’s Feed My Starving Children food- packing event, especially now that COVID restrictions have eased and the community has begun feeling it is safe to congregate once again. He and his team look forward to continuing the tradition of striving to end the suffering caused by starvation, and will be on the lookout for new ways to help in years to come. To learn more about Feed My Starving Children and its mission as a nonprofit organization, visit the website at www.FMSC.org. Dine-in or order takeout at one of the many Little Richards BBQ locations on Mondays to help those in need, and browse the Little Richard’s BBQ menu at www.littlerichardsbarbecue.com. To stay up-to-date on the latest events and news from Stephen and the team at Little Richard’s, check out the team’s Facebook page and follow @littlerichardsbbq on Instagram.


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NOW THROUGH JUNE 13 (WEDNESDAYS) RED BIRD WRITERS WORKSHOP: SPRING ‘22 CLASSES Times vary, Delurk Gallery, 207 West 6th Street. Two, seven-week workshops. Visit redbirdwriters. org for more details. In these seven-week classes, we’ll read and discuss each other’s work while receiving feedback, undertaking in-class writing activities and reading short assigned texts intended to highlight writing techniques and illuminate the writing process. This course will be tailored to the work of its participants and will explore strategies for brainstorming, writing and revising works in every genre. Cost: $225/person.

have free drop-ins for anyone who wants to come take a class! Share with your friends, and come workout with us! Members, book into your classes on Mindbody; non-members, show up to the class you want to attend. Space will be available on a first come, first serve basis. If you want a guaranteed drop-in spot, please book on eventbright: bit.ly/ F45WSNCFREEFRIENDFRIDAY.

ARTSFEST 2022 5-8:30pm, Mount Tabor High School. Live performances, food trucks, arts activities, visual art display and shop raffle. Admission is $7/person 5 and older (includes 2 art bucks). All proceeds benefit the Mount Tabor High School Fine Arts Department.




10am-2pm, Jerry Long Family YMCA, 1150 South Peace Haven Road in Clemmons. A fun-filled family day; rain or shine! Activities include bouncy house, face painting, DJ, Clemmons fire truck, sheriff’s car and exercise demos. Admission is free; please bring nonperishable or canned food donations for the Clemmons Food Pantry. No pets or alcoholic beverages allowed. Visit lewisville-clemmons.com for more information.

9:30am, Sunrise Yoga Studio, 6311-A Stadium Drive in Clemmons. In-studio and virtual. This workshop will be recorded and available for viewing for two weeks. Whether or not you are looking to treat or prevent osteoporosis, then you won’t want to miss this workshop! Join Valerie Kiser and Linda Arrigo and learn to execute postures that may be effective in halting progression and reversing osteoporosis symptoms. Cost: $35/person (members receive 10% discount). sunriseyoga.net

MAY 3 GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT 5pm-until…Six Hundred Live Fire Kitchen, 450 North Patterson Avenue, Suite 120 in Downtown WinstonSalem. Grab a friend, a neighbor, your sister, your mother, a co-worker and have a much-needed Girls’ Night Out! Enjoy appetizer specials including Chowder Fries and Hearth Charred Carrots as well as drink specials such as Duckhorn Greenwing Cabernet and the Six Hundred Spritzer. As always, each attendee receives four tickets for the fabulous prize board drawings!

MAY 5-7 35TH ANNUAL SHEPHERD’S CENTER USED BOOK SALE 9am-9pm (5th-6th), 8am-2pm (7th), Education Building, Winston-Salem Fairgrounds, Gate 5 from Deacon Boulevard. shepherdscenter.org

MAY 6 FREE FRIEND FRIDAY WITH F45 TRAINING WINSTON-SALEM Class times available every hour beginning at 5:30am through 8:30am and 5:30pm, F45 Training WinstonSalem. 486 North Patterson Avenue. All classes will


MAY 10 & 24 FREE ESTATE PLANNING WEBINAR Salem Law, 1645 Westbrook Plaza Drive in W-S. This workshop covers frequently asked questions and common misconceptions regarding: Wills & Trusts, Asset Protection, Nursing Home Issues, Medicaid Qualification and Estate Taxes. All workshops are free and open to the public. Attendees received a free consultation with Attorney Daniel J. Umlauf. salemestateplanning.com/workshops

MAY 11 KIDS’ MORNING OUT 10am-12pm; Jack Warren Park, 6510 Shallowford Rd, Lewisville. Join us for a morning of outdoor fun on their amazing playground and walking trail. We’ll have a fun craft for the kids under the pavilion along with prize board drawings for the adults. Feel free to bring a lunch to enjoy on the grounds. Learn more about Jack Warren Park at LewisvilleNC.net

MAY 13-15 WINSTON-SALEM GREEK FESTIVAL 2022 10am-10pm (13th-14th); 11am-8pm (15th), Greek Orthodox Church, 435 Keating Drive in WinstonSalem. The festival is returning to a full, in-person event! Who’s ready for the food, fun and dancing? WSGreekFestival.com

BEHIND THE SCENES OF A COUNTRY ESTATE 2-4pm, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road in W-S. Have you ever wondered what day-to-day life was like in the world’s largest bungalow? Bari Helms, director of library and archives, and Amber C. Albert, manager of community and academic learning, will provide a glimpse of the Reynolds family’s lifestyle and the estate workers who made it possible. Following the presentation, guests will tour spaces in the historic house that aren’t typically accessible to the public. Space is limited; advance registration is required. Cost: $20/person. reynolda.org/visit/calendar/behindthe-scenes-of-a-country-estate

MAY 17 THE LAZY GENIUS KITCHEN WITH KENDRA ADACHI (BOOK SIGNING) 7pm, Bookmarks, 634 West 4th Street #110 in W-S. Join us as we chat with The Lazy Genius, Kendra Adachi, about her new book. If you pre-order a copy of The Lazy Genius Kitchen, you will be entered into a fun giveaway! This is a free event at Bookmarks, and everyone is invited! Seating is limited; registration is required. eventbrite.com/e/the-lazy-genius-kitchen-at-bookmarksregistration-318919606127

MAY 20 REYNOLDA READ-ALOUD 10-10:30am, 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! reynolda.org/visit/calendar/reynolda-read-aloud

MAY 21 TOUR OF LEWISVILLE 2022 2ND ANNUAL BIKE EVENT 9am-3pm, Shallowford Square, 6555 Shallowford Road in Lewisville. Riders will enjoy three routes. T-shirts and swag bags are included. All proceeds benefit the Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce efforts to support small businesses. Riders are asked to bring nonperishable food items for the Lewisville Community Assistance Program Food Pantry.



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The Return of Clemmons Community Day ACTIVITIES

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In 2009, an idea was born: Clemmons Q104.1............................................................................ 91 Anna Bakes Cookies........................................................ 95 Community Day. For ten years, this celebrated Baked Just So.................................................................. event 95 was aREAL stapleESTATE in the & community… HOUSING Be Kind Coffee................................................................. 95 Something that businesses families Fairway Independentand Mortgage Corp............................. 29 looked forward to year after year… A rain or Head Realty Group.............................................................5 BEAUTY / STYLING shine event attended by 100+ vendors and Piedmont Advantage Credit Union.................................. 23 Lewisville Laser................................................................ 67 3500+55people, Day Lyndhurst Medical Spa.................................................... SusanClemmons Maier-Colon - Community Berkshire Hathaway....................... 63 is organized by the Lewisville-Clemmons Paparazzi Hair Salon........................................................ 11 Truliant Federal Credit Union............................. Back Cover Chamber of Commerce and volunteers. It CHILDCARE has been a wonderful opportunity to connect RESTAURANTS Imprints Cares................................................................. 49 with others. Unfortunately, as was the case Baked Just So.................................................................. 95 YMCA............................................................................... for so 41 manyBe other events, the COVID impact Kind Coffee................................................................. 95 has caused Black a two-year lapse in our annual Mountain Chocolate Bar........................................ 95 CHURCHES tradition, in 2022, Clemmons Community New Day Community Church.......................................... 77 but Hakkachow Asian Eats..................................................... 95 Day is making comeback! Littlea Richard’s Smokehouse BBQ.............................. 63, 95



Mossy’s............................................................................ 95 Kingery & Associates DDS................................................ 37Taylor Wendy of Keller Williams, and the 2022 Nothing Bundt Cakes...................................................... 95 Salem Smiles................................................................... 23 VP of Community Service for the LewisvilleVivid Dental..................................................................... 13 Chamber of Commerce shared, Clemmons


“This is a time-honored event and I’m thrilled Clemmons Bicycle........................................................... 81 that our Chamber will be bringing Clemmons Calvary Day School.......................................................... 25 Hip Chics Boutique.......................................................... 37 Community Day (CCD) back. For two years, Forsyth Country Day School....................................... 27, 39 businesses individuals have contacted our SERVICE Imprints Cares................................................................. 49 and Chamber office to ask about CCD. Everyone is City Lights Ministry. ......................................................... 43 YMCA............................................................................... 41 eager to seeCrossnore Clemmons Community Day............................. return Communities for Children. 31 FINANCIAL – it’s just putting one Sheriff’s step closer normal.” Forsythus County Office..to ....................................... 59


Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp............................. 29 Goin Postal...................................................................... 61 Marzano Capital Group.......................................................9 “This year’s event promises a return of what Hayworth-MillerDay Funeral Homes &for Crematory................ 59 Piedmont Advantage Credit Union.................................. 23 Community Clemmons is known –a Nu. . .................................................................................. 65 Truliant Federal Credit Union............................. Back Cover celebration of our community,” Wendy Second Food Bank.............................................. 15 Woodard & Company Asset Management Group.continued. ........... 21 “AfterHarvest all, Clemmons is a dynamic The Pregnancy Network................................................... 53 place to call home.” HEALTH & FITNESS The Resume Nerd............................................................ 61 YMCA............................................................................... 41 Wendy shared, “Visitors will have a chance to Zirrus..................................................................................3


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meet over 100 vendors, who are excited to

SUMMER CAMP and services to American Moving and Hauling....................................... 69 share about their businesses Ace Academy................................................................... 41 Carolina Shutter & Blinds................................................ 27 the community. We will also have all kinds of Campfor Dickenson. ............................................................. 43 Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp............................. 29games fun and families to enjoy, including Head Realty Group.............................................................5 Camp Hanes.................................................................... 41 inflatables, and train rides. Kitchen Tune-Up.............................................................. 21 Camp Kaleideum............................................................. 45 Piedmont Advantage Credit Union.................................. 23 of This return thisSummer annualEnrichment. tradition............................................. promises FCDS 39 Piedmont Sheet Metal..................................................... 55 it’s always been—a labor of love to to be what Imprints Cares................................................................. 49 S & K Cleaning................................................................. 93 what is so special about Clemmons. showcase Mission 2:10 – City Lights Summer Camp...................... 43 State Farm – Will Wilkins................................................. 63 Community Day is made possible Clemmons North Carolina Zoo.......................................................... 45 Stitches............................................................................ 81 by sponsors, volunteers, the YMCA, and civil Salem Gymnastics & Swim.............................................. 47 Stokes Insurance Group................................................... 59 servants who all work together to make it a Summer Arts Day Camps at UNCSA................................. 49 Susan Maier-Colon, Broker.............................................. special63day! Summer Camps at SECCA................................................ 47 Weedman........................................................................ 29 Zirrus..................................................................................3 Summer Exploration Academy – The YMCA..................... 41 While the event is free, visitors are encouraged The Little Theatre. ............................................................. 49 to bring a donation for the Clemmons Food MEDICAL Triple Threat Dancenter. . .................................................. 47 Pantry. Clemmons Food Pantry always accepts At rium Health Wake Forest Baptist – canned and boxed food, but they are also in Comprehensive Cancer Center........................................2 UPCOMING EVENTS need of Hillcrest Vision................................................................. 61 adult hygiene items. Call to Duty Mens’ Conference........................................ 19 Lewisville Laser................................................................ 67 Clemmons Community Day............................................ 99 To learn Lyndhurst......................................................................... 59 more about Clemmons Community Day, visit Lewisville-Clemmons.com or Family Services Raising Every Child................................ 88 No vant Health – Orthopedics & Sports call Executive Director, Denise Heidel, Forsyth Family Kids’ Morning Out................................... 85 Medicine Institute..........................................................7 at 336.970.5100. Tabor City ArtsFest............................................................ 97 Novant Health Vein Specialists........................................ 31 Winterlark........................................................................ 17 WomanCare..................................................................... 25


11th Annual

A fun-filled family day! Rain or shine! PHOTOS BY JOHN GOLDEN FRAMES & FOTOS

Presented by Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce

Saturday, May 7, 2022 • 10 am to 2 pm

Jerry Long Family YMCA, 1150 S. Peace Haven Road, Clemmons

FREE ADMISSION Please bring non-perishable or canned food donations for the Clemmons Food Pantry.

Clemmons Community Day


Bouncy House | Face Painting | DJ | Clemmons Fire Truck | Sheriff’s Car | Exercise Demos No pets or alcoholic beverages allowed.

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