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it’s hard to believe that summer is officially here! While i’m not a person who enjoys hot, humid  degree days, i love the concept of the “lazy days of summer”. school is out, the kids can play outside longer, dinner becomes lighter and healthier – it’s just too hot to cook or eat a big meal. this issue of Cary Living is sprinkled with suggestions for enhancing your summertime experience, from “cool & refreshing” ideas for beating the heat (p. 32) to the “culinary cool Down” (p. 22), where chef mario shares recipes for chilling out when dining at home. and don’t miss food writer susan Ely’s “the Fields are ripe for the Pickin” (p. ), a mountains-to-the-coast tour of the “u Pick” farms. one of the things i associate with the “lazy days of summer” is a good afternoon nap (not sure i remember the last time i got one). We take a look at creating a master bedroom that you will love in “retreat to retreat” (p. 2). this article will inspire you to create the perfect haven for yourself. and finally, thank you to our many readers for voting for our “Cary Living Diamond awards” (p. 1). We asked and you answered on everything from the best place for date night to the friendliest customer service. We hope you will visit some of our winners and congratulate them! We love hearing from you. Please keep the letters and emails coming, let us know what you think of this issue of Cary Living and share your story ideas with us!

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congratulations! The National Federation of Press Women’s annual competition is honoring our writer Christa Gala with a second place award in the Special Articles/ Food category for her article in Cary Living titled “The Edible Yard”. Christa has been writing for Cary Living since its inception in 2004.

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contents july | August 2010

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| Diamond Award Winners ARE!


| Retreat to your retreat


| Cool & refreshing


| The future looks bright


| Doing Your Homework


| Lost Arts

The Art of Couponing.

We asked - you answered! See the best that Western Wake has to offer!


No more excuses, it’s time to create a master bedroom that you’ll love.

Cool and Refreshing ideas for the long days of summer!

Local dad raises money through golf tourney for daughter’s future.

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Live in each season as it passes: breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit. – Henry David Thoreau



Some folkways are nearly forgotten, others are enjoying resurgence.

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Researching the Private Schools of Western Wake.

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From mountains to coast, agriculturally rich North Carolinians have their pick of “U Pick” farms.



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CUT the a cou rt of pon ing You’ve seen them in grocery chains – flipping through their 3-ring binders, shuffling through an accordion file, or sifting through an envelope for bits of paper that will save them cold hard cash. With a list in one hand and often a calculator in the other, these are the couponers, and they’re on a mission. You can learn a lot from these thrifty consumers; they know that to effectively save money, you must first learn to effectively spend it. By Kristy Stevenson

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A recent press release from Inmar, the nation’s leading promotion transaction settlement provider, states that annual coupon use is on the rise for the first time since 1992 and coupon distribution hit the highest level recorded since 1988. For the first time in 17 years, consumers used more coupons than they did the year before, with 3.3 billion consumer packaged goods coupons redeemed – that’s a whopping 27% increase over the previous year. This means that two-thirds of American shoppers are cutting coupons more frequently, seeking out low price over convenience, and emphasizing saving over spending. Did you know that you can cut your grocery bill in half simply by making the system work for you? (1) Buy what you need when it’s on sale, (2) Capitalize on techniques of doubling or even tripling coupons, and (3) Stockpile items so that you don’t have to make emergency runs when things are not on sale. This involves a little prep work on your part, but the biggest commodity involved is time. According to the The Wall Street Journal, an hour spent clipping coupons can yield $100 in savings. That’s a pretty decent return on a job you can do in your pajamas while watching TV. And although individual amounts may seem small, someone who saves just $25 per week will pocket that extra $100 per month, or $1200 per year. “Using coupons effectively requires you to be diligent, organized and methodical. But if you invest a little time, you can save a lot of money,” says Sue Stock, retail reporter for The News & Observer. Stock devotes part of every week to a blog (takingstock. newsobserver.com) she’s maintained since 2007 which answers questions about retail in the Triangle and also shares her savvy shopping expertise. Stock also teaches two N&O-sponsored couponing classes per year which cover equal parts couponing, rebates and meal planning. Ten years ago, Faye Prosser developed the Smart Spending System (www.smartspendingresources.com) when she left her job to become a stay-at-home mom. Cutting her family income in half meant learning how to save money and stretch remaining dollars as far as possible. Within six months, she had found her niche and was following her motto, “It’s your money – spend it wisely!” Today, Faye shops for a family of four and is teaching others how to live more comfortably within their means. She has become a successful author, instructor, and professional blogger as WRAL’s Smart Shopper (www.wral. com/5onyourside/smartshopper). Prosser does most of her shopping at Harris Teeter or Lowes Foods. This is surprising to some because their prices can be steeper. “Both stores are actually very competitive with their sale prices,” says Prosser. “But when you match a sale price with a coupon that is then doubled (or sometimes tripled), your savings become exponential. They cannot compare with your ‘low price leaders.’” To maximize on your trip to the supermarket, you must first understand how the process works and familiarize yourself with store coupon policies. For our purposes, we will focus on local grocers – although there are savings to be found in just about every retail market.

A typical Harris Teeter triples shop: $101.27 worth of food for $16.92.

Lowes Foods • Will double the face value of a manufacturer coupon up to 99¢ every day. • Will double up to 20 coupons per day; will double four multiples; store will occasionally triple coupons. • Will accept competitor’s coupons for $ off your total order; will not accept those for specific products nor internet printables for BOGOs. Harris Teeter • Will double the face value of a manufacturer coupon up to 99¢ every day. • Will double up to 20 coupons per day; will double three multiples; store will triple coupons approximately four times a year. • Will accept competitor’s coupons for $ off your total order; will not accept those for specific products nor internet printables for BOGOs. Kroger • Will double the face value of a manufacturer coupon up to 50¢ every day. • Number of coupons doubled varies by store. • Will accept internet printables (three per transaction), but not for BOGOs. Food Lion, Kmart, Target, Walmart • Do not double coupons. • Stores accept coupons at face value. • Food Lion will accept internet printables. • Walmart will not accept competitor’s coupons, but does price match. Their policy states that the use of 40+ coupons requires manager approval, and they also accept internet printables. Details may vary by location; visit store websites or customer service desks for more information.

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according to Stock, Food lion is currently installing coupon kiosks in their stores. Similar to the cvS kiosks, you scan your loyalty card and the machine will deliver coupons with product discounts or an offer for dollars off your total purchase. if you are looking for a warehouse membership, Prosser recommends BJ’s because they honor coupons. They accept their own store and manufacturer coupons on the same product – and if you buy a multi-pack of something where you can see (for example) three barcodes, they will take three coupons for that item.

Ginsburg plans trips in advance to get the best deals and finish without fuss.

dana Novice-Intermediate-Pro | Family of 2 Saves 75% on her grocery & drug store bills “I do not pay full price for anything,” says Dana Ginsburg of Holly Springs. “I started in my 20s, just trying to save a little money, and it escalated from there.” In addition to food and drug savings, Ginsburg is also a retail store and restaurant couponer. “We usually eat out for half price, and I don’t buy anything online without a coupon code,” she says.

KnoW the linGo Smart Source, red Plum and Proctor & gamble are the most common manufacturer coupon inserts you find in your weekly newspaper. Blinkies are in-store coupon dispensers with the red flashing lights. Peelable coupons on product packaging are called Peelies. and those coupon strips that get printed at checkout are called catalinas. ‘Triple coupons,’ offered occasionally in our market by Harris Teeter and lowes Foods, are a special window of opportunity where the store will triple the face value of a manufacturer coupon up to 99¢. ‘Super Doubles’ are when the store doubles the face value of a manufacturer coupon up to $1.98. couple these deals with an ongoing store sale, then layer a store coupon with a manufacturer coupon (which then either doubles or triples), and you’ve got some real savings. “Harris Teeter has been tripling or super doubling every single month since January 2009,” says Prosser. “By using triple coupon sales as a chance to stock up on nonperishable items, you can save yourself an extraordinary amount of money,” says Stock. She will buy things like rice, soup, peanut but-

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ter, mustard and the like during the triples window. “Often, I can get those items either totally free or for a very small percentage of what they would normally cost. This saves cash in the long-run and allows you to use your weekly shopping trips to pick up meat, veggies and just the really good bargains of the week.” Shoppers cannot live on triples alone, of course, as selection can often be depleted by other couponers. But every little bit helps. Getting Started So where do you find coupons? Your local Sunday paper, magazines (Gourmet, Cooking Light, Good Housekeeping, and Walmart’s All You are good choices), manufacturer and coupon websites, friends and family, product packaging (Peelies, or those sometimes printed on the inside of boxes), the internet, mailers, Blinkies, Catalinas, the back of receipts, in the phonebook, on shopping bags, via coupon swaps (through work, church, or savvydollar.org), in-store tear pads, or even by sending a complimentary email to your favorite product manufacturer. Manufacturer coupons can be used only once. Store coupons, or those printed on store flyers, are scanned at checkout and often returned to you so you can use them again before the expiration date. It is a common practice to layer store and manufacturer coupons for greater savings on the same item. As register coupons (or Catalinas) are both a store and manufacturer coupon, you cannot couple them with anything else. Brand loyalty can often get in the way of real savings, so be flexible. Store brands will save you 20 percent off the regular price of most national brands. Stay focused and resist impulse buying. The key to the system is buying what’s on sale in a given week. “Your goal – as a smart shopper – is to get in, get those loss leaders, and get out,” says Prosser. Stock up on the non-perishable deals stores run every single week to build your reserves (three to four of an item), thereby offsetting the cost of your healthy produce and high quality, high protein meats.

Scattergood reads store flyers each week and joins store loyalty programs.

KATE Novice-Intermediate-Pro | Family of 5 Saves 25%+ on her grocery bill “Using coupons makes me feel like I’m doing all I can to help our family budget,” says Cary’s Kate Scattergood. “It’s not an issue of ‘can I be the best couponer in the world,’ it’s about taking control, feeling good, and a little moment of accomplishment.”

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There are literally tons of online sites to help you save money on everything from diapers to travel expenses. You don’t have to frequent all of them – just pick the ones that are right for your family. Many also include blogs and social media connections to make them easier to follow. Here’s Cary Living’s best of the best for grocery deals: www.coupons.com www.hotcouponworld.com www.redplum.com www.forums.savvydollar.org www.smartsource.com www.thecouponclippers.com www.allrecipes.com www.5dollardinners.com

Getting Organized Ever get to the checkout and have the cashier say, “Do you have any coupons?” Of course you do, but they’re in your car, or on the kitchen table at home, or in your other purse. Wouldn’t it be nice to know where all those coupons were and have them handy? Whether it’s a binder or some other sort of filing method, find a system that works for you and stay on top of it by updating weekly and removing expired coupons once a month. Stock and Prosser both recommend creating a price notebook that allows you to know the best prices so you can effectively stock up when items go on sale. You can’t build a stockpile overnight, however. It will take some time, so start by making a list of your family’s top 10 favorite items (things you buy regularly), and then record the lowest price you paid for each. Include the date, store, item, brand, size, the price you paid, and unit price to ensure that you’re getting a fair comparison from store to store. To calculate the cost per unit, simply take the total cost of your item and divide by the number of units. In doing this, you become a more educated shopper – and you can figure out what some of the sales cycles are. Many items go on sale every four to six weeks in a regular, repeating cycle. If you know what the cycle is, you can buy enough when it’s cheap to last you between sales.

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To kick-start her efforts, Simon is installing a shopping app on her phone.

Meal Planning Now that you’re organized, make a shopping list based on what’s already in your house and what is on sale. Plan at least five dinners per week, and set a goal of $5 per dinner (for the entire meal based on a family of four). Not every meal will fall into that category, but that’s your goal. Batch-cook or use your crockpot and freeze one or two dinners for another week to add variety. Letting the Experts Work for You In our area, you don’t even have to deal shop as Stock and Prosser do the work for you and then post weekly lists on their blogs. For more on how to get started and what’s on sale, please visit them online. You will also find specifics on store promotions (including the Food Lion MVP Shopper’s Companion online coupons, Lowes Foods Fresh Rewards, Harris Teeter’s e-VIC weekly online deals, and Kroger digital and e-coupons) as well as reward and instant-rebate offers (like CVS Extra Care Bucks, Walgreens Easy Saver program and Rite Aid Rebates). And if you subscribe to the N&O and want extra copies of the coupon sections each Sunday (but don’t want to buy extra papers), call them and they will add extra coupon sections to your paper for $1 per set.

SARAH Novice-Intermediate-Pro | Family of 3 Not organized & needs help getting started In her life before children, Raleigh’s Sarah Simon was “pretty good” about clipping, organizing, and making a shopping list. Once in the store, however, keeping tabs on what you need, how many fat grams it contains, what its expiration date may be, and what its coupon restrictions are is tough with a toddler in tow.


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We Asked – You Answered! Welcome to our second annual Cary Living Diamond Awards – where YOU, the readers of Cary Living, share your favorite area places and things. We hope you’ll enjoy seeing what western Wake views as the best of the best – maybe you’ll even find a new place to dine or walk the dog!


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Maximillian’s Grill & Wine Bar A long-time Cary favorite, readers loved the romantic ambiance and California-Asian menu, featuring exquisite cuts of meat and fish. BEST OUTDOOR DINING

Tribeca Tavern New on the scene (occupying the old Chop House space in Stone Creek Village), Tribeca Tavern is receiving rave reviews for its one-ofa-kind Angus beef hamburgers topped with locally grown ingredients. BEST PLACE TO GET A CAFFEINE FIX

Java Jive Known for its delicious coffees and great service, readers gave kudos to the good music and friendly employees. BEST ICE CREAM

Goodberry’s Creamery Creamy custard with your favorite mix-in – the perfect side dish to a hot summer day. BEST PLACE TO SATISFY A SWEET TOOTH

Chocolate Smiles In 1984, Chocolate Smiles opened its doors with fresh ingredients and homemade chocolate. It’s been a winning combination ever since. BEST TAKEOUT

Daniel’s Pizza Pasta Café of Apex Pasta with savory sauces, pizza with crisp crust and gooey cheese – the best place to call when you just don’t feel like cooking. BEST WAIT STAFF

Rey’s Restaurant Readers loved the way they were treated at Rey’s on Buck Jones Road in Cary. How can you not like being waited on hand and foot? WINNING WINE LIST

Herons Restaurant Located at The Umstead Hotel and Spa, readers loved Herons’ ambitious wine cellar, stocked with a collection representing the world’s most renowned regions. BEST PLACE TO GRAB A BEER

Aviator Brewing Company Tap House It’s all about the beer. Consider trying the cleverly named HotRod Red the WartHog American Wheat at this Fuquay-Varina tap house.

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Anna’s Pizzeria There’s something for the whole family at Anna’s – whether New York style pizza or classic Italian pasta. Readers love the historic downtown Apex location, fast service and outdoor seating.


Apex Community Park Commonly known as the “Lake Pine” park, this 160-acre park in Apex (with entrances at both Lake Pine Road and Laura Duncan Road) was recently revamped. Runners and walkers have always loved the two-mile paved walking trail around the lake, and now the park includes a mile of natural trails (great for the kids!) and giant fishing dock as well as tennis, basketball, baseball, playground and restroom facilities. BEST PLACE TO GO IN YOUR RUNNING SHOES

The American Tobacco Trail Lace up those shoes and enjoy the solitude of 22-plus miles of gravel trails. Surrounded by majestic pines and hardwoods, this rails-to-trails greenway passes through Durham, Chatham and Wake counties. Note: Bring your own water. You’ll find restrooms, but water fountains are scarce. FAVORITE PEOPLE-WATCHING SPOT

Historic downtown Apex You’ll spot all kinds of things here – fire engines with sirens screaming, trains, and folks browsing in shops, eating pizza and ice cream or even taking painting lessons or dance lessons. BEST PLACE TO WALK THE DOG

Lochmere Lake Long known for its shaded walking trails, readers loved taking their pets on a stroll around the lake at Lochmere, one of Cary’s oldest planned communities. BEST PLACE TO DONATE YOUR TIME

Horse and Buddy A non-profit organization in Cary that uses horseback riding to help special needs kids develop balance, muscle tone, motor skills and self-esteem. Horse experience not required. BEST PLACE TO DROP 5 POUNDS

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Great Harvest Bread Co. Big smiles and a big dose of enthusiasm made this local bakery a reader fave. Not to mention the wonderful samples from their bread board. BEST PLACE TO FIND UNIQUE BRANDS OF CLOTHING

ADORE Designer Resale Boutique Where designer samples, overstocks and resale come together. Readers loved finding one-of-a-kind pieces at a good price.


Real: Stonehaven Jewelry Gallery Readers loved the artistry and craftsmanship of the pieces made on site.

Costume: Carolina Silver Company From sterling silver to Larimar stone from the Dominican Republic, readers loved the great variety and high quality. BEST PLACE TO BUY HIM/HER A GIFT

Swagger (Gifts with Attitude) From personalized cufflinks to notepads and dish towels with hilarious sayings, readers said Swagger offered something for even the toughest person on their lists. BEST PLACE TO BUY FLOWERS

Real: Land’s Florist and Gifts Award-winning designer and owner Tom Land started his business 20 years ago; since then readers have come to rely on him for fresh flowers and beautiful designs.

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The Paper Company The Paper Company in Holly Springs offers a great selection of fine writing papers, custom cards and gifts. BEST PLACE FOR A “LITTLE” SPLURGE

Blue Tiger Featuring finds from whimsical to elegant, readers loved browsing this shop in downtown Apex. BEST PLACE FOR A “BIG” SPLURGE

The Umstead Hotel & Spa Whether for dinner, a spa treatment or a luxurious weekend away, the luxury and quality of The Umstead are tough to beat. BEST PLACE FOR A NEW “DO”

Syeni Salon & Spa Syeni stylists were good listeners and up-to-date on the latest trends.


Koka Booth Amphitheatre Offering seats on both the lawn and the crescent deck, the Town of Cary attracts an impressive list of performers each year at its 14-acre outdoor amphitheatre. BEST SPOT FOR WI-FI

It’s a Grind Coffee House A fresh cup of coffee made from Arabica beans, a warm pastry and your laptop. BEST PLACE TO READ CARY LIVING

Scruffy Duck Full Service Car Wash & Everywhere Whether waiting to get the car washed or stranded in the carpool line at school, thanks for reading Cary Living. BEST PLACE TO GET A UNIQUE SPA TREATMENT

Eminence Day Spa Offering the latest technology in anti-aging skin and body care – from biological massage to the ultimate “painless” workout.

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Skin Sense – A Day Spa From the relaxation and steam room to the massage table or pedicure chair, readers loved taking a breather here. BEST FAMILY OUTING

Fred G. Bond Metro Park The 310-acre park offers something for everyone: ropes courses, boating, playgrounds, walking trails, athletic fields; the Cary Senior Center and Bond Park Community Center offer additional activities for the whole family. BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE BIG GAME

Ruckus Pizza, Pasta and Spirits Tons of TVs, great food and a lively atmosphere make this a great place to snag a seat before kickoff. BEST PLACE TO WIND DOWN

Carolina Ale House It’s easy to forget a tough day with 46 TVs, pool tables, video games, pinball, foosball – enjoyed with a cold drink and hot appetizers. BEST PLACE TO SWEAT

Cary Family YMCA & Kraft Family YMCA From league sports and swimming to classes and free weights, readers loved the equipment and programs but also the trained staff and childcare. BEST WAY TO ENTERTAIN THE KIDS ON A RAINY DAY

Monkey Joe’s A bounce house filled with colorful inflatables for all ages, a full snack bar and a comfortable work/rest area for adults. BEST PLACE TO GO OUTSIDE OF WESTERN WAKE ON A WEEKEND GETAWAY

Pinehurst Just a little more than an hour away, readers loved sneaking off for golf, shopping, pampering and great food. BEST 18TH HOLE

MacGregor Downs Country Club Designed by Willard Byrd, the golf course at MacGregor Downs has hosted great players since the early 70s, including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino and Phil Mickelson. BEST PLACE TO GET INSPIRED FOR YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE

Tobacco Road Outdoors Family owned and operated by a father-son duo, readers love the selection of outdoor apparel, gear and shoes – including The North Face, Columbia, Patagonia and Merrell.

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chef’s corner


COOL DOWN recipes chef mario copy darcy brennan-huante Photography april maness photography

How to chill out when dining in during the summer

It’s time to chill out! When it’s 100 degrees in the shade and we are all ‘glistening’ our collective rears off in the summer sun, hot spicy foods just don’t sound good. We’re more inclined to reach for iced coffee to get us going and chilled white wine over full-bodied reds. It makes sense when you think about it-during the winter we use hearty stews and hot beverages to help us keep warm, and this time of year it works in reverse. Your body is trying to tell you how to keep cool with foods that can actually reduce your body heat control your overall body temperature, even when the North Carolina summer is in full swing. Just like mama always told us, load up on your fruits and veggies, especially cucumbers, watermelon, citrus, grapes and bananas. Fruit juices, popsicles (snag a couple from the kiddos), salads and wraps are all in high demand, which will be great for your waistline as well as your temperature control during the all-important bathing suit season! Also, don’t forget that running after the ice cream truck counts as part of your cardio for the day!

Tomato, Basil and Creamy Goat Cheese Profiteroles with pistachio lime vinaigrette 6-8 servings 4-6 roma tomatoes, sliced 1 cup whole basil leaves, plucked 12 slices crisp cooked bacon (optional) For the Profiterole: (that’s the fancy name for cream puff dough) 1 cup water 1/2 cup butter, cut into chunks 1 tsp salt 1 cup flour (all purpose) 6 eggs 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese 1/2 tsp black pepper Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. In a sauce pan, add water, butter and salt. Bring to a boil until the butter melts. Add flour, stirring over heat until everything comes together, about 1 minute. Let sit for about 5-6 minutes to rest and cool. Using a wooden spoon, add the eggs one at a time to the flour mixture and mix well before adding your next egg. Stir in the Parmesan and pepper. Using a 1 1/2 - 2oz ice cream scoop, scoop and place dough on a pan about 2” apart. Bake profiteroles until golden brown and firm, about 35-45 minutes.

Cool completely. Chef Note: Can be done ahead of time and frozen until ready for use. For the Filling: 8 oz goat cheese, soft 6 oz cream cheese, soft 1/3 cup heavy cream Salt and pepper Place goat cheese and cream cheese in a mixing bowl and mix with the paddle attachment on medium high. Slowly add the cream, then salt and pepper. Whip until light and fluffy. For the Pistachio Lime Vinaigrette: 3 Tbsp lime juice 2 Tbsp honey 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup crushed pistachios Salt and pepper Whisk together lime juice, honey and mustard. Slowly whisk in oil and pistachios and season with salt and pepper. To Build: Slice profiterole in half, creating a top and bottom. Spoon the goat cheese mixture on the bottom half and place the sliced tomato, basil leaves and bacon on top. Serve the vinaigrette on the side.

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Chilled sTrawBerry soUP wiTh Grand marnier Serves 6-8 4 cups ripe strawberries, cleaned and sliced 1 cup orange juice 1 cup sour cream 1/2-1 cup sugar (amount depends on how sweet your berries are) 1 cup heavy cream 3 Tbsp sugar 1 tsp vanilla (you are making whipped cream from scratch) grand marnier Fresh mint for garnish in a blender, place strawberries, juice, sour cream and sugar. Blend to puree. For your homemade whipped cream: and in a chilled bowl, add heavy cream, sprinkle with sugar, add vanilla. Using a whisk, mix until whipped and at the proper consistency. Divide soup between serving bowls. give a dollop of whipped cream to each. Drizzle with grand marnier (use your discretion - just add enough to flavor the soup). Top with a sprig of fresh mint and serve! BlaCKened ChiCKen wiTh Cool CUCUmBer dill Serves 6-8

chef Note: if you’re bringing this to a friend’s house, mix dressings and salad together last minute and just transport them in plastic bags.

waTermelon, TomaTo and sTrawBerry salad wiTh lemon and feTa 8 servings 3 Tbsp lemon juice 1/3 cup olive oil 1/2 cup crumbled feta 2 Tbsp sugar Salt & pepper to taste 3 cups watermelon, bite sized chunks 3 cups juicy ripe tomatoes, large diced 2 cups sliced strawberries 1/2 cups blueberries Sprig of fresh mint in a bowl, add lemon juice, olive oil and feta. Stir to mix. add sugar and season with salt and pepper. mix. in a large bowl, add tomato chunks, strawberries, watermelon and gently stir to mix. add the lemon feta mixture and fold to mix. Sprinkle with blueberries and garnish with a mint sprig, serve immediately.

6 chicken breasts, about 6 oz per breast For Super Spice (or use your other favorite cajun spice) 2 Tbsp chili powder 2 Tbsp paprika 1 Tbsp garlic powder 1 Tbsp salt 2 tsp pepper 1/2 tsp cayenne 1 tsp crushed red pepper mix together and set aside. For cucumber Dill Sauce 1 cup sour cream 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1 cup cucumbers, small diced into little cubes 2 Tbsp lemon juice 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard 2 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped Salt and pepper, to taste cut each chicken breast in half. Place 2 or 3 pieces in a plastic bag and pound chicken breasts to equal thickness. lay chicken out on a foil-lined sheet pan. Sprinkle the chicken cutlets in a bit of olive oil until cooked through. combine sour cream, mayonnaisew, cucumber, lemon juice, Dijon, dill, salt and pepper - mix well. Serve chicken cutlets over greens and top with cucumber dill sauce or roll into a tortilla for a wrap! caryliving.com | 23

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Six Steps to Creating a Master Bedroom You’ll Love By iLLYSe Lane

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ah, the master bedroom. it’s where you lay your head at night. it’s where you wake up to face the day. it’s the room you spend the most time in. yet it’s often neglected, not serving as a haven away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of your home. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We caught up with a few local experts who shared their tips on how to create a master bedroom retreat that you’ll love to spend time in. Because if your home is a sanctuary, the bedroom is sacred. change Your thinKing often, the master bedroom is the last room in the house to be considered for any type of facelift, let alone remodel, as kitchens, bathrooms and space used for entertaining take precedence. Shanna middleton of Smart move realty group says this type of thinking is a mistake. “it’s unfortunate that many people neglect the master bedroom until it is time to sell their home,” says middleton. “The master bedroom should be a relaxing place to recharge after a long day, and you should enjoy it when you are living in your home.” it’s up to you to decide what it will take to enjoy spending time in your bedroom. For some, it may be as simple as new bedding and a fresh coat of paint. For others, it may be a more expansive remodel, including the addition of square footage and new furniture. Either way, significant changes can be accomplished. once you set your budget, you’ll know just how much you can do. Keep in mind that even if your budget is larger, today’s trend is to mix and match at all price points. it’s perfectly acceptable not to go high end for all elements of the room. “The biggest misconception people have is that you have to be ready to invest high dollar for everything,” says carol adcock of Defining Design. “Talk to your designer about where it may make sense to spend more and where it makes sense to spend less.” and remember the goal, which is to create a room where you can take a break and escape.

A simple, decorative facelift can transition your room from ordinary to awesome. (Courtesy of Shanna Middleton, Smart Move Realty).

remoDeL or refreSh if a remodel is in the cards, the options are endless. But before you begin, middleton stresses the importance of knowing the value of your home and your neighborhood so you don’t over-improve. “Understanding what your neighborhood supports in terms of resale is important when deciding how much of a remodel to take on,” she says. Emily Weidinger of Step by Step remodel has experience with all ends of the spectrum. creating a master suite by bumping out walls, renovating the master bath and updating the closets continues to be popular, as well as adding sitting areas and fireplaces. and while expanding is obviously attractive, there are creative, smaller scale ways to add value to your master bedroom. “Enhancements such as changing over to wood flooring creates such a warm, cozy, cottage-like feel,” says Weidinger. She has also seen a lot of interest in trey ceilings, which can create the illusion of more space, and decorative moldings, which add flair. you can also make your bedroom more inviting just by bringing your look up to date. “changing paint color, adding lamps and investing in good bedding with big, plumped up pillows can dramatically change the look of your master bedroom and make it a peaceful place,” says lisa grimes of Floral accents and interiors. Either path will produce fantastic results. and once you know what direction you’re heading in, the fun begins.

A long settee can be used to create the foundation for a sitting area. (Courtesy of Riverview Galleries)

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A brighter paint color combined with various accent colors make this bedroom and sitting area a refreshing getaway. (Courtesy of Floral Accents and Interiors)



Define Your Space To get started, it’s imperative that you determine how you want to use your space. “I recommend the rule of thumb, form follows function, which basically means that you should plan your room based on how you want to use the space,” says Adcock. This may seem obvious, but the truth is, we’re all a little different when it comes to defining what helps us unwind. Picturing yourself in your space is at the foundation of any good design project, because if it doesn’t flow for how you live, you won’t be happy with the end result. How you’ll use your space should be directly linked to what makes you happy. While some of us may want to create a spa-like atmosphere, others may want to make sure a treadmill is part of the plan, for a morning workout in the seclusion of the bedroom is the ideal way to start the day. Some of us may want to roll out of bed, fix a cup of coffee and watch the morning news without venturing to the kitchen. The key is to think of your room as your place for a getaway. “Design your room around what you love to do and then you will love your room,” says Adcock. If you’re planning on including a sitting area, think about how to make it a secondary focal point. “First define your space for the seating and then orient that space around a window, a fireplace or even a television,” says David Nelson of Riverview Galleries. And while televisions have gained acceptance as being part of a master bedroom, any item relating to work is a definite “don’t”. It’s hard to relax when the office is calling to you from the side of your bed, so no computers or desks allowed.



Paint the Foundation Once you figure out how you want your master retreat to function, it’s time to identify the components of the room that will reflect it. “A good place to start is with color. The color you choose will set the tone for the room,” says Grimes. While softer colors such as creams, buttery yellows, and minty blues are popular, Grimes recommends choosing a color based on your own tastes. Most experts suggest avoiding extremely bold colors, as they can cause anxiety. “This is especially true if you are considering selling your home,” says Middleton. “A soothing paint color can make a buyer fall in love.” And while paint is

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The Importance of Fabric A bedroom’s a bedroom for a reason. Your bed will be the primary focal point of any design scheme, so it’s time to play it up. Those sink-into-them pillows, comfy comforters and soft blankets shouldn’t be saved for a stay at a ritzy hotel. “Lots of wonderful pillows and fabrics of different textures can be combined to create a warm feeling,” says Grimes. She also reminds us that fabrics and patterns that are perfectly matched may actually have the reverse effect. Instead, be willing to mix and match components of the bedding and bring in an accent color. While fabric comes at all price points, it’s not necessary to break the bank. Depending on your budget or if you just want to manage your expenses, you can purchase a less expensive duvet cover, but then invest in some custom pillows and a bed skirt. This will give your room a more personal feel than purchasing the traditional, bed-in-a-bag. And remember, the importance of fabric is not just limited to the bedding. Custom window treatments and even upholstered headboards can bring both warmth and texture to your bedroom, making it feel luxurious. If you enjoy sleeping in, make sure to include blackout shades as part of your window treatments, adding that hotel feel to your bedroom retreat.


When it comes to color, softer shades of creams, blues and greens remain popular.

not permanent, it will be the foundation of your room, so changing it will impact your other color choices when it comes to bedding, window treatments, flooring, furniture and accessories. If you are having trouble narrowing it down to just one color, find a sentimental object. “Is there a lamp, a piece of fabric, artwork or furniture that you connect with?” says Adcock. This may be enough to get you started on the path to achieve the ambience you ultimately want.

Greens, reds and creams are used to create an inviting bedroom and sitting area. (Courtesy of Defining Design)

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The Importance of Lighting Good, balanced lighting is an essential component of a comfortable master bedroom, as bright light is needed for reading and dim lights are a requirement for relaxation. This black George Kovac “For this reason, using a combinalamp and this khaki Kichler tion of recessed lighting with dimlamp can not only serve mers and lamps will give you both a purpose, but also add to task and ambient lighting,” says Amie the ambiance and style Thomas of The Home Center. of your room. (Courtesy Thomas also recommends takof The Home Center) ing into account how the light bulbs affect the lighting. “Many people are using the energy efficient bulbs now but the light from these bulbs is much whiter and may be too intense for a bedroom lamp,” says Thomas. Putting a softer, three-way bulb in a lamp can allow you to find the right setting at the right time. When it comes to style, choose what makes you feel good. A romantic chandelier may signal “retreat”. But when it comes to lamps, the latest trend is a contemporary look, using lighter colors, light shades, chrome or clear glass. Thomas has also seen an increase in the number of lamps using natural products such as cork, linen burlap, cotton weave and silk shades. “Art Deco is another trend that is coming back; we’re seeing a lot of fixtures with an updated Tiffany glass,” she says.



To Match or Not To Match Furniture All of our experts agree that it’s perfectly acceptable, even preferred, for your bedroom furniture not to be from the same set. “Mixing styles enhances that bedroom environment. Being as eclectic as possible and still loving what you choose is the goal,” says Nelson. “Blending piece that you love will have more of an impact and add interest, bringing in your own character, “ says Adcock. This tip is es- Softer colors blend together to make this pecially useful if budget constraints bedroom an intimate retreat. (Courtesy of prevent you from buying all new Floral Accents and Interiors) pieces. If you can’t redo, rearrange. Look at chairs, lamps and tables from other rooms and figure out if they can work in your bedroom. And when it’s time to lay out your room, following Middleton’s simple checklist for furniture placement can help ensure your room looks top notch and flows: • Don’t push your bed into a corner; make sure you can get in from both sides • Don’t put furniture right in front of the doorway • Don’t put too much furniture in the room • Don’t overlap furniture • Don’t leave a big wide open space in the middle of the room

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Protecting Your Investment Let’s face it. Regardless of the season, that beautiful sunshine we so enjoy is damaging. Hence the reason we slather sunscreen all over our skin. Believe it or not, the sun’s rays can also harm your furniture, floors, artwork, fabric and even your clothes. But never fear, for there is a solution. Treating your windows is the surest way to guarantee the investment you’ve made in your master bedroom retreat continues to pay you back. “Tinting your windows cuts down on the damaging rays of the sun and helps prolong the life of your floors, furniture and other elements of your room,” says Randy Silver of Tint World. In addition, solar control window films manage the glare of the sun and will make your home more energy efficient by helping regulate its internal temperature. “Considering how hot our summer days can be, minimizing these heating and cooling imbalances is a tremendous benefit,” says Silver. And, of course, if adding a little bit of flair while preserving your new retreat is more your style, there are maintenance-free decorative films available.


Finishing Touches You have beautiful, soothing walls, luxurious linens on a bed that beckons to you and furniture carefully placed. But you’re not done yet. The finishing touches will make your room the retreat it should be. Weidinger suggest that if you’re remodeling, wire your bedroom for a music system. “Part of relaxing is what you hear and what you feel, not just what you see,” says Weidinger. This is also the time to accessorize. Pillows, artwork, mirrors and greenery offer a wonderful opportunity to introduce an accent color and add a “wow” factor while bringing all the elements of your room together. “Even in a limited space, a small


Using two chairs with a small table makes a functional nook. (Courtesy of Riverview Galleries)

chair with a throw or afghan and a basket of books can make a statement,” says Grimes. Smaller items such as decorative bowls and plates can make an impact as they do an actual job of serving as catch-all containers for clutter, and family photographs will also give your room a personal touch that reminds you that this is your space. “Whatever you choose, finish your room with what shows you as an individual,” says Adcock. And that’s just what you want. Your very own retreat.

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eggplant The eggplant is considered a vegetable but is botanically a fruit. Early varieties of eggplant were smaller and white, resembling eggs, hence the name.

DID YOU KNOW? Most eggplants can be eaten either with or without their skin. VARIETIES There are many different varieties which produce fruit of different sizes, shapes and colors, especially purple, green, or white. There are even some that are striped and are ping pong ball size. There are Italian, Indian, South East Asia, and Chinese varieties as well as the ever popular heirloom varieties. – Larry Ballas, Larry’s Heirloom Gardens, vendor, Western Wake Farmers’ Market How to Select and Store Choose eggplants that are firm and heavy for their size. Their skin should be smooth and shiny, and their color, whether it be purple, white or green, should be vivid. They should be free of discoloration, scars, and bruises, which usually indicate that the flesh beneath has become damaged and possibly decayed. – Clay Smith, Redbud Farm, vendor, Western Wake Farmers’ Market

Eggplant Bruschetta 1 medium eggplant, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese Place eggplant slices in a colander over a plate; sprinkle with salt and gently toss. Let stand for 30 minutes. Rinse and drain well. Coat both sides of each slice with nonstick cooking spray. Place on a broiler pan. Top eggplant with tomatoes, basil and cheeses. Broil 6 inches from the heat for 5-7 minutes or until eggplant is tender and cheese is melted.

Healthy, Local Produce and Foods Every Saturday at the Western Wake Farmers’ Market in Cary! Please check www.WesternWakeFarmersMarket.org for weekly guest educators and musicians. Cary Living is the exclusive print sponsor of the Western Wake Farmers’ Market.

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Dance the night away, getting fit and having fun. Cary Arthur Murray

cool refreshing

Keep the kids cool at this fun-filled inflatable play center! Wall-to-wall inflatable slides, jumps and obstacle courses. Monkee Joe’s


Summer is here, and so is the heat and humidity. It can seem like the days are endless-especially if you are cooped up inside. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Get ready to be Cool & Refreshed!

Lemonade Cold Stone Pedicure. Nirvelli Day Spa Citrus Lip Trio. Eminence Day Spa Vitamin C and Green Tea Anti-Aging Peel. Blue Water Spa Caribbean Cellulite & Contouring Wrap. Syeni Salon & Day Spa Soothing Sample Package. Miller-Motte

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Stay cool this summer in Lindsay Phillips Snap Shoes. Swagger

Monogrammed tumblers are great for keeping your favorite drink cool and refreshing! Cute Buttons

Blend the Wine-a-Rita with your favorite wine to create a fun and delicious frozen wine beverage. Blue Tiger

Bring the kids out for a 2-hour session full of fun and creativity at the Friday Summer Camp. Crazy Glaze

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Gianna Giambalvo, 14, strikes a pose with last year’s tourney trophies.

the future looks bright Like every dad, Lou Giambalvo wants his daughter, Gianna, to have options. He’s getting there, one putt at a time. By Christa Gala

TDSN Fifth Annual Golf Tournament When: Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 Where: Chapel Ridge Golf Course Time: Tee-off, 9am Cost: $120 Benefits: Triangle Down Syndrome Network Includes: Golf, golf cart, breakfast, snacks, beverages (alcoholic and nonalcoholic), gift bag and dinner catered by Bonefish Grill to register: www.triangledownsyndrome.org/ee/ To volunteer: Village@TriangleDownSyndrome.org

Every year Gianna Giambalvo stands bravely before 144 golfers and countless sponsors, a carefully prepared speech clutched in her hand or, sometimes, forgotten in her back pocket. It doesn’t matter because Gianna, who has Down Syndrome, always ditches the speech in favor of speaking from her heart about what the Triangle Down Syndrome Network annual golf tournament means to her. “Everything she says makes sense,” says dad and tournament founder Lou Giambalvo. “I think people look forward to hearing what she’s going to say and it always draws a tear.” Where to live? What started as a simple neighborhood golf tourney is now in its fifth year raising money for the Triangle Down Syndrome Network, with Gianna as its inspiration. In the last four years, nearly $77,000 has been raised – and earmarked – for a special cause close to Giambalvo’s heart: independent living for young adults with Down Syndrome.

Although Gianna, a student at Davis Drive Middle School, just graduated from seventh grade, Giambalvo knows how fast time passes. While she may not be able to live completely on her own as an adult, Giambalvo wants her to have options. “When she is a young adult, we’d like for her to know that she can go somewhere.” In June of last year, TDSN established a committee of folks to focus on the task. “Having completed a comparative study of independent living communities and group homes around the country, the committee is now researching the feasibility and level of community interest in pursuing a similar concept here in the Triangle, says Giambalvo. “A dream like this will require the passionate involvement of many people’s time and resources, as well as the support of local health care, academic and government leaders,” he continues. “The growing success of the TDSN Golf Tournament is encouraging evidence that the community has the desire to invest in the

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Thank you! • Modern Woodmen • Bonefish Grill • Under Armour • Starbucks • Farm Bureau • Biscuitville • Harris Teeter • Sunset Grille (Marty Nessley) • Pittsboro Ford • Traditional Golf Properties - Chapel Ridge Golf Course • Hendrick Cary Auto Mall • Mims Distributing

development of an independent living community where young adults with disabilities can realize their dreams.” A great deal Giambalvo is modest about the amount of hours and hard work he puts into the tournament each year. Through persistence, follow-up and copious thank yous, he is able to attract some amazing sponsors and donations. For $120, golfers get a full breakfast, golf, golf cart, gift bag valued from $60-$75, snacks, all beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), catered dinner by Bonefish Grill and two chances to win a brand-new car (if a hole-in-one is made on two specific holes). “The feedback I get every year is that even though it’s a charity event, players get so much,” says Giambalvo. “It’s just great that we have a following – that people are interested and are telling their friends.” Although the event always sells out, Giambalvo gets antsy waiting. “It never tends to sell out early enough for me,” he laughs. “If I had one wish it would be for people to register as early as possible if they know they want to play.” Persistence and awareness are key As soon as the tournament is over, Gianna starts working on her speech for next year. And Giambalvo starts calling his sponsors, reporting the results, thanking them and asking, “Will you put me on your calendar for next year?” He admits it takes a lot of time and work, but it’s worth it. “Knowing that you’re going to hopefully be helping someone’s future – their independence in the future – is what I really try to focus on.”

If you want to be a sponsor: $1000 – Titanium: Major tournament sponsor. Entitles the company/family to a golf foursome in the event, your company or family name/logo printed on our volunteer t-shirts, a tee box sign and our tournament website. $750 – Graphite: Twosome entry fees, name or logo printed on a tee box sign. $500 – Steel: One golfer entry fee, name or logo printed on a tee box sign. $250 – Wood: Name or logo printed on a tee box sign. $120 – Individual: Includes golf, cart, range, breakfast, beverages throughout the day, dinner and a player gift bag.

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7/1 – The Umstead’s Tastings on the Terrace. Every Thursday 5:307:30pm. Food Tastings, $12; Wine Flights, $15. 919-447-4200. www.theumstead.com.

7/1, 7/2 – American Wine Sale. Sip…a wine store. Check our website for more details. www.sipawinestore.com. 7/1, 7/6 – Family Night. Every Tuesday and Thursday 5:30pm-7:30pm. BounceU, 3419 Apex Peakway, Apex. 919-303-3368. www.bounceutriangle.com. 7/3 – The Art of Beer Homebrewing. 8am-12pm. Western Wake Farmers’ Market, 1225 Morrisville Carpenter Rd., Cary. Sample a variety of handcrafted beers and learn from American Brewmaster how to brew your own beer at home. www.WesternWakeFarmersMarket.org. 7/3 – Parent’s Night Out. Every Saturday 6-9pm. Ages 4 & up. Reservations required. BounceU, 3419 Apex Peakway, Apex. 919-303-3368. www.bounceutriangle.com. 7/3 – Apex Independence Day Celebration. 9am-1pm. Downtown Apex. There will be carnival games, cake walk, inflatables, climbing wall, giant slide, clowns, jugglers and karaoke by Skid Rowe. 7/3 – FUQUAy-Varina Independence Day Celebration. 6pm. South Park located at the Fuquay-Varina Community Center, 820 S. Main Street. Free kids rides, inflatables, concert and more.

7/4 – Cary Independence Day Celebration. 7:30pm. Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre. Triangle’s largest Fourth of July festivities, including the Town of Cary’s special fireworks display. www.ncsymphony.org.

7/5 – Holly Springs. 5-9pm. 1201 Grigsby Avenue. Bring a picnic basket and lawn chairs if you like. Enjoy live entertainment and activities for the family. 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25 – Support Group for Adult Children of Dependent Parents. 7pm. Jordan Oaks Independent Living, 10820 Penny Road, Cary. A support group for adult children who care for their dependent parents. 919-387-8250. 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25 – RALEIGH DRUM CIRCLE. 6:30-8:30pm. Hoop Jam. Pullen Park. www.raleighdrumcircle.org. 7/8, 7/22, 8/12, 8/26 – Summer Nights at Preston Walk. 6:30-8:30pm. Darrington Dr., Cary. Live Music, games and entertainment.

7/9 – Starlight Concert Series. 7:30pm. Jamrock. Page-Walker Arts & History Center Garden Stage, 119 Ambassador Loop. www.friendsofpagewalker.org. 7/10 – TASTE OF THE SEASON. 8am12pm. Western Wake Farmers’ Market, 1225 Morrisville Carpenter Rd., Cary. Sample a fresh, seasonal recipe prepared by Whole Foods Market of Cary that uses market ingredients. www.WesternWakeFarmersMarket.org. 7/10 – FARM TO TABLE CHEF SERIES/ ARTISAN DAY. 8am-12pm. Holly Springs Farmers’ Market. Downtown Holly Springs. Find unique treasures from local artisans. Chef Jenny from Cary Dinner Fairy will demonstrate/share samples of dishes using produce from the Market. www.HSFarmersMarket.com. 7/10 – ADVANCED CARD MAKING. 10am-12pm. The Nature of Art, 5229 Sunset Lake Rd., Holly Springs. $30, includes supplies. 919-387-9448. www.TheNatureOfArtFrameShop.com. 7/10 – SUMMERFEST SERIES. 8:30pm. Koka Booth Amphitheatre. The Wizard of Oz. www.ncsymphony.org.

7/8, 8/12 – Caregiver Support Group. 5-6:30pm. SarahCare Adult Day Care Center at Lake Boone Trail. 2245 Gateway Access Point, Raleigh. 919-746-7050. www.sarahcare.com/Raleigh.

7/15 – GREEN WINE CLASS. 7-9pm. Sip…a wine store. 1059 Darrington Dr., Cary. $25 per person. Call to register. 919-467-7880. www.sipawinestore.com.

7/9, 8/13 – ART AFTER DARK. 6-8pm. Holly Springs & Fuquay-Varina, various locations, free. Contact Ashley’s Art Gallery at 919-552-7533.

7/15 – DIVA NIGHT. 7-9pm. Crazy Glaze Ceramic Studio. $5 studio fee plus the cost of your bisque. Includes dinner. Registration required. 919-567-2778. www.crazyglaze.net. 7/15, 8/19 – MUSIC IN THE VILLAGE. 6pm-8pm. Stone Creek Village Shopping Center. High House and Davis Dr. 7/17 – WATERMELON FEST. 8am-12pm. Holly Springs Farmers’ Market. Downtown Holly Springs. Join in on the fun with an oldfashioned seed spitting contest and watermelon rolling contest. www.HSFarmersMarket.com. 7/17 – PLANT WALK & PROBLEM DIAGNOSIS. 11am. Up-close look at plants to add to your landscape, plus discuss plant problems with our Plant “Doc”. Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina.

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Free. Call 919-552-0590 to register for the walk. Drop in for plant diagnosis. www.NelsasGardenHut.com.

An opportunity for widowed individuals to socialize with others who share similar feelings and experiences. 919-387-8250.

ing its 5th annual Racquets for Research tennis tournament with celebrity guest Don Johnson. www.regonline.com/racquets.

7/17 – CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING. 1:15-3pm. The Nature of Art, 5229 Sunset Lake Rd., Holly Springs. $30. 919-387-9448. www.TheNatureOfArtFrameShop.com.

7/30 – PARENT’S NIGHT OUT. 6-10pm. Crazy Glaze Ceramic Studio. $35 per child includes dinner, movie, and painting a bisque piece. Registration required. 919-567-2778. www.crazyglaze.net.

8/14 – WATERCOLOR FOR BEGINNINERS. 1-3pm. The Nature of Art, 5229 Sunset Lake Rd., Holly Springs. Registration required. $45 includes supplies; bring a watercolor palette and a beach picture. 919-441-2166. www.TheNatureofArtFrameShop.com.

7/17 – SUMMERFEST SERIES. 8:30pm. Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre. Beethoven’s Emperor and Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony. www.ncsymphony.org. 7/19, 8/16 – RALEIGH DRUM CIRCLE. 6:30-8:30pm. Lake Johnson Jam. Lake Johnson, Raleigh. www.raleighdrumcircle.org. 7/21 – ART, WINE AND RECONNECTING WITH YOUR SOUL. 7-10pm. Sip…a wine store. 1059 Darrington Dr., Cary. www.sipawinestore. 7/22 – SLEEP APNEA SUPPORT GROUP. 5:30-7pm. Structure House, 3017 Pickett Rd., Durham. Call Active Healthcare at 919-8708600 ext. 260 or sleep@activehealthcare.com. 7/23 – Starlight Concert Series. 7:30pm. Lois Deloatch. Page-Walker Arts & History Center Garden Stage, 119 Ambassador Loop. www.friendsofpagewalker.org. 7/24 – 1st Annual Cary Scavenger Hunt. 9am. Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Celebrating 10 seasons of world-class entertainment at Koka Booth. 7/24 – FOUNDER’S DAY. 8am-12pm. Holly Springs Farmers’ Market. Downtown Holly Springs. Learn the history of Holly Springs, guided tours with the Holly Springs Historic Preservation Society, music provided by the Holly Springs Community Band. www.HSFarmersMarket.com.

7/31 – TOWN INFORMATION DAY. 8am-12pm. Holly Springs Farmers’ Market. Downtown Holly Springs. Meet staff from various Town Hall departments to learn about what’s happening around Town. ww.HSFarmersMarket.com. 8/7 – TASTE OF THE SEASON. 8am-12pm. Western Wake Farmers’ Market, 1225 Morrisville Carpenter Rd., Cary. Sample a fresh, seasonal recipe prepared by Whole Foods Market of Cary that uses market ingredients. www.WesternWakeFarmersMarket.org. 8/7 – ARTISAN DAY/NATIONAL FARMERS MARKET WEEK CELEBRATION. 8am-12pm. Holly Springs Farmers’ Market. Downtown Holly Springs. Find unique treasures from local artisans. Register to win prizes in the Customer Appreciation Drawings. www.HSFarmersMarket.com. 8/7-8/8 – 19th ANNUAL PREVENT BLINDNESS NORTH CAROLINA MIXED DOUBLES TENNIS CLASSIC. MacGregor Downs Country Club, 430 Saint Andrews Lane, Cary. 919-755-5044. www.preventblindness.org/nc.

8/21 – BACK TO SCHOOL BEACH PARTY. 8am-12pm. Holly Springs Farmers’ Market. Downtown Holly Springs. Celebrate the start of the 2010 school year with a beach party! Bring a school supply donation to be given to the schools in Holly Springs. Beach music. Learn how to prepare and plant a fall garden. www.HSFarmersMarket.com. 8/21 – HAMMERED SILVER JEWELRY. 1-4pm. Beginning and intermediate. The Nature of Art, 5229 Sunset Lake Rd., Holly Springs. $45 plus registration required. $10 supplies. 919-441-2166. www.TheNatureofArtFrameShop.com. 8/28 – FARM FRESH GOODNESS. 8am-12pm. Holly Springs Farmers’ Market. Downtown Holly Springs. Shop for local fresh-off-the-farm vegetables and herbs; locally raised beef; local honey; artisanal breads, pasta, cheeses and cookies; and lots more. www.HSFarmersMarket.com.

8/13 – Starlight Concert Series. 7:30pm. Cuervo Latin Rock Band. Page-Walker Arts & History Center Garden Stage, 119 Ambassador Loop. www.friendsofpagewalker.org.

7/25, 8/22 – RALEIGH DRUM CIRCLE. 3-4:30pm. Heartbeats Drum Circle! Gifts with a Heart, Swift Creek Shopping Center, 2867 Jones Franklin Road. 919-854-0040. www.raleighdrumcircle.org.

8/14 – FARM TO TABLE CHEF SERIES. 8am-12pm. Holly Springs Farmers’ Market. Downtown Holly Springs. Chef Jenny from Cary Dinner Fairy will demonstrate and share samples of dishes using produce from the Market. www.HSFarmersMarket.com.

7/28, 8/25 – Lift Luncheon for widows or widowers. 12pm. Jordan Oaks Independent Living, 10820 Penny Road, Cary.

8/14 – RACQUETS FOR RESEARCH. 8am. Raleigh Racquet Club, 5516 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh. The V Foundation is host-

Send us your events Community events you would like published in the calendar can be emailed to myra@caryliving.com.

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During the 2008-09 school year, Wake County was home to 63 private schools with an enrollment of 15,123 students. But in a 2009 poll, nearly one in four parents were rethinking the type of school their child should attend (from private to public or public to private) as a result of the economy. Does this sound like you? More than three in five parents believe the quality of education will suffer due to school cutbacks, and that is influencing their decision. Public reassignments and families split by different school calendars have also caused many to re-examine the big picture. As a Triangle parent, you have many options on the horizon concerning your child’s education. From base schools (with traditional, modified, and multitrack yearround calendars), to magnet, charter, and private instruction options – there’s a lot to assess. And to select the best fit, you’ll need to do a little homework of your own. So why send your child to a private school? Is there a way to compare apples to apples? Several recent large-scale studies have evaluated private, charter and regular public schools using the one common test taken by selected samples of students around the country – the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), otherwise known as the Nation’s Report Card. Administered by the U.S. Department of Education, the NAEP is given to students in grades 4, 8 and 12 in both private and public school settings. Researching schools is also key, along with gathering referrals and making visits to campuses of interest. From attending information sessions to monitoring deadlines and filling out applications, the process can be daunting – but it doesn’t have to be. Our area has a variety of private schools – from the traditional to the progressive. The best school for your child is a personal decision based on your family, your values and the special needs and interests of your child. Private schools traditionally offer smaller class sizes, meaning more personal attention and less chance for your child to get lost in the shuffle. They also maintain a competitive academic standing and selection of advanced placement (AP) options, and often a faith-based foundation. Educators are also highly qualified in that they usually have a first degree in their subject. Seventy to eighty percent will also

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carry a masters and/or terminal degree. Most private schools do not have to teach to a test – meaning that they can focus on teaching your child how to think, rather than what to think. And as school funding is not mandated by state budgets, private schools are often known for their superb facilities. Perhaps most important, however, is that in private schools being smart is cool. Too often on mainstream campuses the students who want to learn and who excel in a given field are ostracized. In a private setting, the smarter you are, the more the school will do to stretch your intellect to its limits. So if you’re in the market for private instruction, consider what these Western Wake schools bring to the table: GRACE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Kindergarten – 12th Grade | www.gracechristian.net Annual Tuition: $7,425-$8,410 | Number of Students: 516 GRACE (Greater Raleigh Area Christian Education) was founded in 1984 as Mount Olivet Christian School, serving the Raleigh area as an outreach of Mount Olivet Christian Church. The name signifies the school’s vision to reach beyond their immediate neighborhood, connecting children, families and educators together in a secure, nurturing environment. Over the years, the school has grown to include two campuses and added a science lab, computer labs, art studio, gymnasium and soccer field to meet the needs of its budding enrollment. With a non-denominational evangelical platform, GRACE Christian School recently attained full accreditation and became a member of The Carolina Christian Conference for athletics. “GRACE is first and foremost an academic institution that seeks to equip, challenge and inspire our students to love learning, to think critically, and to apply their knowledge and wisdom to affect their world for Christ,” says Donald E. Payne, Head of School. But ask any student what they like best and they are likely to comment on the sense of family that has developed at GRACE over the years. It is a place where

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GRACE teachers are mature Christian role models, and the school’s program partners with parents in the education and spiritual development of all attendees. “Your child will receive individual attention and support from our team of educators through an approach that fosters spiritual, academic, and personal growth,” says Payne. THE GROVE SCHOOL OF CARY Preschool (ages 2-5) | www.groveschool.com/cary Monthly Tuition: $514-$1,105 | Number of Students: Up to 140 The Grove School of Cary

student achievement – both on campus and off – is recognized and celebrated. “GRACE equips students for success in academics and in life. We guide your child to attain higher levels of comprehension, critical thinking and reason through diverse teaching methods, experiential learning and technology,” says Payne. In addition to growing athletic and fine arts programs, GRACE students are involved in clubs (cooking, outdoors, current events, photography, & beta), service projects, special events, and extracurricular activities. Electives are offered in grades 3-12 and have included chorus, band, student council, Irish dance, 3D animation, robotics, cross training, set design, events planning, and creative writing. Moreover, the school provides online library resources that can be accessed 24/7 via the internet.

New to Cary this year, The Grove School is a green, eco-friendly preschool focusing on a healthy mind, healthy body, and healthy planet. “We immerse children in extraordinary educational opportunities that prepare them for elementary school and beyond,” says Dr. Scott Andersen, Head of Schools. “Our research-based curriculum helps students reach key developmental milestones, and they spend this crucial time of life learning through play with highly qualified teachers.” With a mission of providing experiences young children need to prepare themselves for years of learning, performing and growing, The Grove School employs a team who embrace the early learning philosophy. Teachers are required to have degrees and credentials in early childhood or environmental education, bringing deep expertise into the classroom to make the first taste of subjects like math and solar energy both fun and memorable. And as connecting regularly with parents is part of their job, emails and tweets replace paper updates on each child’s progress and activities.


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Their philosophy is that children learn through experience and doing. That’s why kids at The Grove School sing, dance, count, write, paint, clang, dig, listen and whatever else moves and excites them. Core themes include literacy, math, science, social studies, music, art, theatrical play, healthy me and eco-friends. Each day, students move between structured group activities, one-on-one with teachers, and indoor and outdoor play. “The focus is on developing critical foundational skills and personal expression, while suggesting appropriate activities to keep children happy and engaged,” says Andersen. With a playground designed to appeal to the boundless curiosity of preschoolers, The Grove School further embraces their healthy outlook by offering a greenhouse and raised beds for growing flowers and vegetables. A balance of teacher-led instruction with plenty of free play is available through outdoor instruments like drums and marimbas, a stage for putting on plays, and sand and shallow water areas for digging and making sand castles. Andersen concludes, “Our choices – from curriculum to food, building to playground – reinforce our commitment to providing the best academic foundation and environmental sustainability.” CARY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Kindergarten – 12th Grade www.carychristianschool.org Annual Tuition: $4,500-$5,600 | Number of Students: 810 Since 1996, Cary Christian has made its mark as a classical Christian school with a three-part educational process called the “Trivium.” The stages of grammar, logic and rhetoric structure CCS learning

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according to the God-given stages of a child’s development. With the mission of providing an excellent classical education founded upon a biblical worldview, CCS seeks to individually challenge children at all levels and teach them how to learn through the proven centuries-old method. “We offer affordable Christian education that is both academically rigorous and really prepares young men and women to think clearly, reason persuasively, and articulate precisely – students who are able to evaluate their entire range of experience in the light of the scripture – this is what appeals to the parent population at CCS,” says Gene Liechty, Development Director. A classical education means introducing Latin by the third grade and one where penmanship is as important as keyboarding. Electives are offered in grades six through twelve and have


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featured advanced strength & conditioning, biblical femininity, debate, woodworking, creative writing, yearbook, painting, and AP-prep courses. CCS maintains fine arts and performing arts programs, as well as 34 competitive middle school, JV and varsity

sports teams. The school is the NCISAA 2-A State Champion in high school girls basketball and cross country; they’re also the state runner-up in high school girls soccer. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or above to participate in extracurricular activities. Students of Cary Christian School are also involved in service to their community. Their Interact Club provides the opportunity to participate in local efforts with Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics, and Ronald McDonald House. Students also began a tutoring program with underprivileged Spanish-speaking children. “We need to show we’re being grateful for everything we’ve been given and share our blessings with others,” says Liechty. As an accredited member of the Association of Classical & Christian Schools, CCS is pleased to provide personalized college advising to students beginning in the ninth grade. Typically, one-hundred percent of graduates advance to colleges and universities nationwide. Western Wake is fortunate to have a range of schooling options. Take advantage of all our area has to offer when shopping for an education. If a private school is on your family’s agenda, ask questions and learn all you can. Find out about their accreditation, course selection and activities; how long a school has been active in the community; whether their enrollment fluctuates; and what kind of financial aid they may offer. Referrals can also be helpful. Consider your child’s personality and which option he or she is most interested in before throwing your own expectations into the mix. And when you feel you’ve found a suitable blend of “fit” and opportunity, your homework is done.


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Lost Arts Some folkways are nearly forgotten, others are enjoying resurgence

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While it seems that everywhere you turn there’s someone clicking knitting needles together, other folk crafts and home arts are dwindling in popularity to the point they’re completely unfamiliar to younger generations. i’m in my early 40s and i wouldn’t know the first thing about canning food to preserve it, nor do i have the patience for sewing or quilting. yet my grandmother did all those things and more. my other grandmother, whose german ancestors settled in lancaster county, Pennsylvania, created beautiful works of art from such unlikely items as curled paper and painted hollowed eggs. it makes me a little sad to think that a lot of the unique arts and crafts practiced by people of my grandparents’ generation are beginning to slip into obscurity. While some were considered absolute necessities like sewing or food canning, others were purely decorative. But they were all special. my german grandmother was expert in the art of scherenschnitte, with intricate designs cut into ivory-colored paper. When framed against a dark background, the scherenschnitte image displayed a scene or a pattern in silhouette. another painstaking craft she enjoyed was called quilling. made with colored thin strips of paper, quilling involves curling the strips, arranging them and attaching them to form a picture. i have a quilled snowflake my grandmother made and we hang it on our christmas tree every year. While these folk arts may be all but relegated to museums and memory, others are enjoying a surge in popularity. Quilting and smocking are not only utilitarian but also decorative, and heirloom sewing produces family treasures that can be enjoyed

for many generations. Elegant Stitches co-owners Shelley Holmes and ruth Sparks have been helping sewers and quilters perfect their creations for nearly a quarter century. Their shop buzzes with activity and their classes are almost always full. long-time employee Brenda Eppele learned how to sew from her mother and her grandmother, and she has saved the needles, thread and buttons from the garments her grandmother made for her when she was little. “a lot of our customers come here with their old, vintage garments that may have little tears or splits, and they want to restore or repair them to their original state,” Eppele says. “and the customers who come here to get what they can’t find anywhere else are looking for imported fabrics, Swiss batiste, or French lace to make a garment that they know will last for a hundred years.” The opportunity to create a cherished handmade garment is merely one benefit of heirloom sewing. Holmes and Eppele have seen customers come to take a class and leave with a handful of new friends when the class is over. “There is definitely a social aspect to sewing and quilting,” Eppele says. “We’ll have customers who met while taking the last sewing class, and they come back together to take the next one.” These ladies clearly relish the link to the past that heirloom sewing, smocking and quilting provide. “i have quilts in my home that my greatgrandmother made,” Eppele says, “and i want that heritage and that legacy to be passed down. We even put our names and dates in the garments we make, so that our children and grandchildren can know who made them and it gives them a feeling of where they came from.” So while some folk arts are rarely practiced today, others enjoy unwavering popularity, among old and young alike. maybe someday i could learn how to sew a quilt that could be passed down to my great-grandchild. at the very least, i’m now inspired to take exquisite care of the ones that have been passed down to me.

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After camp, if a child puts forth effort to actively participate in her prog-

ress by volunteering in her community, she can be considered for camp the next summer as well. Over their three years, Scott-Free has witnessed amazing growth and progress in many of the returning campers. This summer, several will be attending their third straight camp with Scott-Free.

One great example of returning campers progressing with Scott-Free

is twin brothers Wyatt and Carter. For two summers, Scott-Free helped send the talented violinists to the Green Mountain Music Festival Camp in Vermont. Between summers, the twins performed regularly for volunteered community

Summer is here again! It’s an exciting time to be a kid. Many will soon travel

service as well as to help fund their camp programs. For their abilities, the boys

to exciting camp programs that allow them to experience a whole new world

were invited to attend the prestigious International Music Academy in Pilsen,

outside of their everyday lives. There’s nothing quite like the freedom, fun and

Czech Republic this July. Thanks to their amazing efforts and assistance from

camaraderie of summer camp. Without groups like The Scott-Free Scholar-

Scott-Free, the boys will benefit from some of the world’s finest instruction.

ship Foundation, many local at-risk kids would miss out. But now, for the third straight summer, Scott-Free scholarships are sending kids to camp and opening

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the door to new opportunities.

Scott-Free is excited to announce that this year’s annual fundraiser will be host-

ed by Raleigh Ensemble Players (REP) in their new home on Fayetteville Street

Along with over 20 camp partners from the North Carolina coast to the

mountains, Scott-Free is providing kids with all kinds of unique experiences.

in downtown Raleigh. REP is one of Raleigh’s oldest theatre companies. After

The camps specialize in sports, theatre, science, music, cooking, computer ani-

many years of performing in downtown’s Artspace, they have finally secured

mation, dance and more. Scott-Free works with both day camps and residential

their very own space in the heart of downtown Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street. The

camps. Partner camps help out financially with either discounted or donated

event is scheduled for September 11th, which is National Public Service Day, to

camp spots, but Scott-Free also pays the full fare for some camps in order to

celebrate the accomplishments of a community committed to being a friend to

ensure that children are paired with camps that match their unique interests and

at risk children. Save the date! If you would like to receive an invitation to the

abilities. To date, Scott-Free has sent 68 kids to camp, and expects to send over

upcoming event, check out www.scott-free.org for more information and add

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your email address under the “Contact Us” section.

After three years of growth, Scott-Free is sending more kids to traditional

sleep-away residential camps. A sleep-away camp can be an amazing new environment for these children, who often face constant struggles at home. Thanks to both new and existing camp partnerships,15 kids will attend 12 different residential camps this summer, Scott-Free!

Scott Free

ScottFree In loving memory of Scott Gruder

“A gift is most precious when given under no obligation and received without any expectation” “Journeys Urging Mammoth Possibilities” dba “Scott-Free” is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization P.O. Box 19681 Raleigh, NC 27619-9681

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TALK of the TOWN

SUMMERFEST SERIES www.ncsymphony.org On July 10th at 8:30pm The Wizard of Oz will be coming to Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre on the big screen with the North Carolina Symphony playing the soundtrack live on stage!

WAtermelon fest www.HSFarmersMarket.com Join in on the fun with an oldfashioned seed spitting and watermelon rolling contest at the Holly Springs Farmers’ Market on July 17th from 8am-12pm.

19th annual Prevent Blindness north carolina Mixed Doubles Tennis Classic www.preventblindness.org/nc MacGregor Downs Country Club at 430 Saint Andrews Lane in Cary will host the Prevent Blindness Tennis Classic August 5-8th.

TASTE OF THE SEASON www.WesternWakeFarmersMarket.org Come by the Western Wake Farmers’ Market in Cary to sample a fresh, seasonal recipe prepared using market ingredients on August 7th from 8am-12pm.

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Dr. Randy Woodson, Chancellor North Carolina State University My all-time favorite book is A Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I am a history buff and love reading about the people and events of our past. It appeals to me not only because of the history it holds, but also because it demonstrates the importance of building a successful team. In it, we learn about President Lincoln’s ability to pull together a group of unlikely team players into a cohesive and powerful group. The story has a lesson for all of us through the necessity of putting aside differences to work together and accomplish great things.

I’m a business book-aholic and read a ton of blogs. Therefore, I was really excited when I found out that the authors of a blog I read regularly about entrepreneurship, management and software had written a book called Rework. In the book the authors, Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, put together some thought-provoking ideas such as “meetings are toxic – avoid them” that make you rethink some of the things you take for granted in the workplace. I would highly recommend the book for anyone in the business world as a great way to shake things up a little and challenge the status quo.

Frances Scott, Anchor ABC 11 Eyewitness News My favorite political books are The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman and An Inconvenient Book by Glenn Beck. I think perspectives from both the political right and left are fascinating, because I love to understand why each side argues the way it does. The other books my husband and I are both reading are Rich Dad, Poor Dad and The Millionaire Next Door. My favorite fiction book is This Present Darkness. I read it years ago, as a freshman in college, and became much more interested, as a result, in the power of prayer and how God cares about our lives, even the small stuff.

Melissa Ross Matton, 2009-2010 President Junior League of Raleigh I am currently reading Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Played with Fire. I read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in May and found it a fascinating (but dark), well-structured, welltranslated mystery. I could not wait to start The Girl Who Played with Fire and have a copy of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest waiting on the shelf. My reading habits are eclectic. I love to read everything from wonderfully done American history books like Alexander Hamilton or Team of Rivals. And of course, summer would not be complete without a few chick lit books – I am waiting for Emily Giffin’s new book Heart of the Matter. My family is a family of readers. You can find us at the Cameron Village Library on Sunday afternoons hunting for books for the boys, Chris and me. We try to work reading into every day – and it seems to be working since my sons will take a break from play and read at the drop of a hat.


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north carolinians are blessed with a rich agricultural heritage, and a fertile and diverse terrain ranging from the coastal plains westward to the mountains. Just how big is farming in our state? We are among the top 10 states in the country for 13 different crops, and our overall agricultural production is the third most diverse in the country. it’s easy to take such abundance for granted when the closest most of us come to living off the land is harvesting a handful of basil leaves from the windowsill. When was the last time you tasted produce that was picked less than 24 hours ago? Have you ever walked a field and chomped on a fresh green bean right off the vine? Wanna’? around the state, the fields are ripe for picking – don’t you think it’s time to remind yourself what fresh really tastes like? Hop in the car and join Cary Living on a tour of north carolina U-Pick farms. We’ll tell you what’s in season and where to find it. U-Pick farms are part of the agritourism industry and as such, many of the farms have educational and recreational activities for kids. Some even have homemade peach ice cream. ready? let’s hit the road!



The search for a perfect peach can be elusive; as D.g. martin once said, “a perfectly delicious, fully ripe peach is right on the edge of disaster.” in other words, if you don’t have a tree in your own back yard, head for the Sandhills – the home of the perfect peach, if you know how and when to pick them. PiedmonT Auman Orchard 3140 nc Hwy 73 West End, nc 27376 910.673.4391

Bynum Farm & Nursery 123 gallimore rd. Ellerbe, nc 28338 919.652.2204

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U-Pickers – this is your month! All across the state you can pick tomatoes, green beans, butterbeans, cantaloupes, squash, okra – can you say abundance? Be on the lookout for farms that advertise “picking in halves,” meaning they give you two buckets to fill up – one for them, one for you! These websites will help you locate the appropriate farm: www.ncfarmfresh.com Includes a directory of U-Pick farms, by product, region or county. www.localharvest.org Local Harvest is America’s #1 organic and local food website. Includes lots of information on the farms. www.pickyourown.org Search by county or region, harvest schedules, listings of fruit and vegetable festivals, picking instructions and canning/freezing instructions and recipes.

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The night air is getting crisp and so are the apples! You’ll find them growing in the Haywood, Henderson, Mt. Mitchell, Northwest and South Mountain areas of the state. The four major varieties grown here are Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Rome and Stayman. Empire, Fuji, Gala, Ginger Gold, Jonagold and Mutzu are grown on a limited basis. Antique varieties such as Arkansas Black, Grimes, Limber Twig, Virginia Beauty and Wolf River can still be found as well. Is there anything more wholesome than picking apples with your kids? Western Coston Farm and Apple House 3748 Chimney Rock Rd. Hendersonville, NC 28792 828.685.8352 Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard 221 Stepp Orchard Dr. Hendersonville, NC 28792 828.685-9083

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Carve them, bake ‘em into pies or roast the seeds for a snack, but whatever you do, make sure you visit a pumpkin patch this month! Pumpkin pie isn’t a modern invention; early Americans sliced off the top, removed the seeds, filled it with milk, spices and syrup, and baked it for hours in hot ashes. Voila! Pumpkin pie. Coastal Mike’s Farm 1600 Haw Branch Rd. Beulaville, NC 28518 910.324.3422 1.888.820.FARM

Piedmont The Maze at Hector’s Creek 274 Old Mill Rd. Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526 919.552.0823

Western The Pumpkin Patch at Blue Mountain Farms 1038 Woodruff Rd. Glade Valley, NC 28627 336.909.0241

North Carolinians take pride in their collards. You don’t know what you’re missing if you’ve never eaten a “mess o’ greens”, or slurped on pot likker. Grandma would say you’re crazy to pick ‘em yourself if you don’t have to, and yet the hard work celebrates her efforts in a way nothing else can. If you ever see collard sandwiches listed on a menu (two crispy fried slices of cornbread filled with collards and a shot of pepper vinegar), order one. You won’t be sorry. Coastal White’s Farm & Greenhouses 52000 US 17 N Vanceboro, NC 28586 252.244.2106 Piedmont The Collard Patch 7012 Pulley Town Rd. Wake Forest, NC 27587 919.556.5135

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christmas tree

It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a homegrown North Carolina tree. We know you’re busy, but making the effort to choose and cut your own is an experience you and the kids will remember forever. Make a weekend of it and head to the mountains for a Fraser Fir, or stay local and pick a Red Cedar or White Pine. Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how lovely are thy branches! Piedmont Mountain Branch Farm 1660 Cornwallis Rd. Garner, NC 27529 919.553.2672 Western Sugar Plum Farm 1263 Isaacs Branch Rd. Plumtree, NC 28664 828.766.6272 www.SugarPlumFarm.com

Helms Christmas Tree Farm 6345 Christmas Tree Ln. Vale, NC 28168 704.276.1835 www.HelmsChristmas TreeFarm.com Cornett-Deal Christmas Tree Farm 142 Tannenbaum Ln. Vilas, NC 28692 828.964.6322 www.cdtreefarm.com

Whether you plan on doing some serious picking or just want to introduce your kids to life on a farm, we’ve come up with a list of suggestions to help you make the most out of your adventure. Remember to always call the farm or orchard before you go – weather, heavy picking and business conditions can affect their hours and crops! Find out whether the farm allows children, and if so, what ages. Ask about the farm rules and make sure everyone adheres to them, especially if there’s a sign that says ‘no sampling.’ Dress appropriately. Wear sturdy closed-toed shoes to protect your feet, and bring a wide-brimmed hat. Don’t forget sunscreen. Pack some snacks and plenty of water and fluids to keep you hydrated. Make sure you supervise your children at all times. Leave the field immediately if thunder is heard. Bring along your camera. Have fun!

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2006 MonTirius, “Le Cadet”, Vin de Pays de Vaucluse | $14.95 or 3 Liter box $40 France – Soft, full fruity nectar notes. Provencal herbs, spicy fruit and fertile earth flavors. The Cadet offers vitality, warmth and a charming informality.

2008 Domaine Ostertag, “Barriques”, Pinot Blanc | $24.50 Alsace, France – The palate is rich, like a Chardonnay, but has a bit of racy spice and subtle herbal toast note.

2008 Cantine Ceci, “La Luna”, Lambrusco | $15.99 Italy – The package might look retro, but the juice inside is anything but. Electric raspberry bubbles with aromas of black plum. There is a touch of fizz and earthy flavor on your tongue. 2008, Bonny Doon Vineyards, Ca’Del Solo, Albarino | $12.00 Monterey, California – Certified Biodynamic. Fragrant white peach, green apple and lime blossoms drift out of the glass. Crisp and dazzling with tangerine, pink grapefruit and mineral characteristics on the palate. 2008 Catherine & Pierre Breton, “Trinch”, Bourgueil | $22.99 France – Vibrant with pepper, smoke and ripe berry flavors. This French Cabernet Franc is best served slightly chilled in the summer. 2008 Felsina ‘Prepestino’, IGT, Toscana Bianca | $12.95 Italy – A great substitute for Pinot Grigio. Light and refreshing with fragrant dried hay, honey and floral notes. Crisp and clean on the palate with dried apple, soft herbal and citrus flavors. 2005 Sesti, Monteleccio, Tuscany | $24.00 Italy – It is rich with red fruit, dust and dried flower aromas. A delightful wine with a long and rich finish.


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Inspiring wines with something extra…a soul. Organic, organically grown, sustainable and carbon neutral are all pretty familiar terms, but say “biodynamic” and gets lots of questions. Biodynamic farming is the holistic approach to organic farming. Biodynamic, like organic farming, restricts the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides and pesticides. It was first developed in 1924 by Rudolf Steiner, the founder of the “spiritual science” anthroposophy. Steiner created biodynamic farming in response to the concerns of some central European farmers regarding their farms, in particular their soil. They noticed that with the use of synthetic and ammonia-based fertilizers, their soils were less healthy and their crops less nourishing. The changes that Steiner suggested worked and started to spread across Eastern Europe and to the U.S. Unfortunately, the Depression and second World War held back this movement. Jump forward to 1990 and less than 100 European and American vineyards were organic - and even fewer were biodynamic. Today, there are over 500 biodynamic wineries in the world. Biodynamic growers considers their vineyards part of a local ecosystem, working with the seasons, as well as changes in the moon, to determine the best time to plant, prune, dust for bugs, etc. Biodynamic wines impart the more unique flavors from their different soils and grape varieties.

2008 Kelleri Kaltern, “Solos”, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay | $17.50 Italy – A white wine fermented with its own natural yeast and matured in wooden casks. The resulting wine is aromatic and dry, with mineral component. Crisp, dry with a balanced acidity.

Educational tasting and discussion of eight different Biodynamic wineries at Sip…a wine store on Thursday, July 15th, from 7-9pm Call 919-467-7880 to reserve your spot.


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Revolutionary Results By DaVID DroscHak

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Almost everyone would love to lose an inch or two for an event or special occasion that is just around the corner. Imagine spending one hour receiving a painless treatment that leaves you one to three inches smaller. It is possible and now available in Western Wake. Eminence Day Spa is the only place in North Carolina to offer the Ion Magnum and Nano Perfector (anti-aging facial machine). While new to North Carolina, these machines have been used in Europe for over 15 years. “It is truly exciting to be the first spa in the Triangle to offer such ground-breaking treatments,” said Eminence Day Spa owner Sas Sukkasem. The machines provide staggering results. They both rejuvenate a client’s red blood cells, and produce a more refreshing, natural look as medical science has introduced a healthy alternative to anti-aging with this cutting-edge technology. Ion Magnum builds muscle, boosts stamina and core strength, and helps speed up your metabolism. And that’s exactly what it did for Maureen MacDonald, a North Raleigh mom. She got a recent call to audition in Atlanta – good news for an aspiring actress trying to break into the industry. “When, when?” asked an excited MacDonald, the former Mrs. America 2009. When MacDonald’s agent told her she had to be on a flight heading south on Saturday, there was instant panic. A mere 48 hours, she thought. There was no time for MacDonald to spend a week or two in the gym toning up for the read. She re-focused and recalled testing out an innovative inch-loss machine – the Ion Magnum. In one 50-minute session hooked up to the Ion Magnum, MacDonald was feeling toned, refreshed and brimming with confidence boarding her plane to Atlanta. Sukkasem says most everyone is a candidate for these revolutionary treatments. Some patients have lost more than three inches off their waistlines in one treatment hooked up to the Ion Magnum. Meanwhile, the currents of the Nano Perfector are designed to rejuvenate the three levels of tissue, resulting in a tighter, more refined appearance, and an anti-aging breakthrough. The Nano Perfector has also been successful in the treatment of acne and age spots. “I wish the Ion Magnum had been available to take my fitness to the next level during my reign as Mrs. North Carolina and while I was traveling the world as Mrs. America 2009,” MacDonald said. “Now that I’ve passed on the crown, I eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, and use the Ion Magnum to give me the extra edge I need in my acting and modeling career. Between filming commercials, making movies, modeling and raising two children, my schedule stays very busy. But now it’s easy to find time to fit in the Ion Magnum sessions so I can always look and feel my best and be ready for that next audition.”

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By PaTTY scoTTen | glenaire “I’m not ready yet.” This is the familiar mantra of an older adult who is beginning to face the uncertainties of aging, his or her future, and a possible move to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC). What determines the correct time? How do you know when the time is right? Perhaps you may make this decision like other decisions in your life – rationally. You might look at the benefits of a possible move and consider the impacts of moving sooner rather than later. Leaving your home can be an emotional issue. It may be difficult to leave familiar surroundings, a home filled with memories of your life, your marriage, and your family. But some factual and practical considerations should be a part of the decision-making process. Let’s begin by dealing with factual studies. Studies conducted by Winklevoss and Powell indicate that older adults who reside in continuing care retirement communities have life expectancies that are 20% longer than those in the general population. And, indications are that those extra years of life are healthier, more independent years. Other studies have indicated that the health and well-being of these residents is increased. What might account for these findings? What are a few of the benefits of moving into a continuing care retirement community? EASY ACCESS AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO BE INVOLVED IN FITNESS PROGRAMS. Most CCRCs offer wellness centers with aerobics rooms, stationary equipment rooms and indoor aquatic centers. The fitness programs of quality CCRCs include guidance and direction from

trained fitness instructors or physiologists. In essence, personal trainers help residents maintain their health at the optimum level. INCREASED SOCIALIZATION AMONG FRIENDS. Residents of CCRCs connect and share fellowship with others with similar experiences. Recreational and social opportunities, such as bridge, golf, committee work or other interesting activities, abound at all times of the day and evening. Such interactions promote feelings of well-being and increase cognitive stimulation. QUICK INTERVENTION AND RESPONSE TO HEALTH ISSUES. CCRCs have emergency response systems, and many are wireless with GPS capabilities. When you need help, assistance is readily available, even if you are out walking the trails of the community. These communities offer multiple levels of care that include rehabilitation so residents can maintain and improve upon their functional abilities. So, the question is, “Why wait?” The sooner you make this move, the sooner you will reap the benefits. Involvement in physical activity and fitness programs is essential to prolonging health and independence. Live life to its fullest and extend those years; enjoy (and extend) your independence as you plan for your future. Continuing care retirement communities in the area include: Glenaire in Cary, Springmoor and The Cypress of Raleigh in Raleigh, and Windsor Pointe in Fuquay-Varina. Proposed communities include SearStone in Cary and The Cardinal at North Hills in Raleigh.

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Understanding Your Child’s Brain

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By Dr. Rebecca Jackson | Brain Balance Achievement Centers As a parent, there is nothing more fascinating than watching your child grow and develop. The joy on his face mirrored in your own as you watch him discover something new; the ability to stand on his own, learning to pedal a tricycle, and eventually a bike, learning to write his name, and so much more. Another emotion we all experience as parents is worry; is this behavior “normal” – should he be doing or saying more by now, will he ever sit still, why is he so smart at math, but can’t

both hemispheres. Then the two hemispheres must work together in a coordinated fashion. Often, when a parent is noticing a large discrepancy in skills it can be related to a hemispheric or brain imbalance. For example, a child who learned to read at a very early age, but struggles with reading comprehension. Or the child excels at computer games, but is extremely clumsy and awkward socially. The issue of a brain imbalance has become a large focus of recent

understand the book we just read? The answer to this question and many more lies in the complexity of your child’s brain. In order for our children to reach their full potentials academically, socially and behaviorally, the brain needs to grow and develop in

studies which have shown that a hemispheric weakness can be a large source of problems, especially for our developing children. Addressing this “imbalance” can help children with ADHD, autism, dyslexia and other neurobehavioral disorders.

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Issues that may indicate a

Left Brain Deficiency

Issues that may indicate a

Right Brain Deficiency

• Often diagnosed as dyslexia, processing disorders, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, learning disability, language disorders, reading disorders

• Often diagnosed as ADHD, autism, aspergers, nonverbal developmental disorder, pervasive developmental disorder

• Sees the world in small pictures, details, but ignores the whole

• Often misses the gist of a story or joke

• Struggles with fine motor skills • May have more difficulty with speech • Problems reading and spelling • Struggles with basic math • Very good at nonverbal communication • Understands social rules • Poor self-esteem, especially when it comes to academics • Not good at following routines • Can’t follow multi-step directions • Jumps to conclusions • Difficult to motivate at times • Chronic infections, like colds or ear infections

• Thinks analytically all the time • Gets stuck in set behavior, can’t let it go • Lacks social tact, may be socially isolated • Disorganized • Problems paying attention • Hyperactive, impulsive • Obsessive thoughts or behaviors • Avoiding eye contact • Does not have a good sense of their own body • Awkward, clumsy, poor gross motor skills • Very picky eater • Impulsive, anxious

Recommended reading: To learn more about how a hemispheric imbalance could be affecting your child, read Disconnected Kids by Dr. Robert Melillo or go to www.Brainbalancecenters.com.

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second chance to

By Dr. PaUL c. kaZMer, DMD, Pa

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Western Wake has always been known to have a young population. As a bedroom community to Raleigh and RTP, many younger individuals have chosen to call the area home and the place to live and raise their families. When I ask our 60+ year-old dental patients what brought them to town they almost always say “family” or “grandkids”. The 60+ residents are the fastest growing segment of our population. These seniors are staying more active and leading longer, healthier, more productive lives. Part of a healthy lifestyle now includes a focus on good oral health. Numerous studies have clearly linked oral infections, such as periodontal disease, with poor general health. Poorly fitting dentures or painful teeth also have a significant negative impact on digestion and one’s health. According to Roberta Osborne, CHNC, AADP, a certified health and nutrition counselor in Cary, “As we age, the ability to consume a healthy diet becomes even more important, and good nutrition starts with the ability to chew well”. Dental implants may be the single biggest advancement in modern-day dentistry, offering numerous benefits over more conventional dental treatment. Dental implants have multiple uses. They can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. They can be used to stabilize a loose denture or replace a denture with a more natural, comfortable solution. Like a natural root, a dental implant provides the foundation. The loose dentures and bridges of the past have been replaced with the progressive dental implant. In addition, dental implants halt the natural process of progressive bone loss that occurs after teeth are removed. Today, tooth loss for young and old alike does not have to be a permanent problem. For many patients, the decision to have dental implants is about having a good quality of life. For most individuals, the preferred tooth replacement option these days is dental implants; numerous studies have shown a long-term success rate of 98%. The modern-day dental implant offers a very functional and esthetic outcome. Often times it’s hard to distinguish the real tooth from the dental implant.

For more information on dental implants visit www.kazmerperio.com.

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Fuquay-Vari na Downtown Cruise- In

On May 21st the Fuquay-Varina Revitalization and Fuquay Cruisers organized the Fuquay-Varina Downtown Cruise-In. The event takes place each year on the third Friday of each month from April through June in historic downtown Fuquay-Varina.

C a ry C h r i st i a n pa rtners w i t h Sto p H ung e r Now

Cary Christian School partnered with Stop Hunger Now, a Christian nonprofit organization, to package meals for people in Haiti and Zambia. On April 23rd the students packaged 125,000 meals in the gymnasium for the needy families.

Designer Accents R ibbon Cutting

Designer Accents held their ribbon cutting on May 7th. Owners Diane & Lee Blalock, welcomed guests as they toured the beautiful store. Refreshments and a guest appearance from Miss North Carolina were enjoyed by all.

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The annual Apex Peak Fest that celebrates the “Peak of Good Living” was held on May 1st. The festival draws hundreds of vendors and over 25,000 people to the streets of downtown Apex. Families enjoyed fun, food and entertainment as they walked down Salem Street.

April Schlanger, owner, held a wine tasting at the shop’s location in Cary at Preston Walk. The store offers a selection of affordable organic and eco-friendly wines.


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S mart M ove R e alt y G ran d openi ng

Smart Move Realty held their grand opening celebration on May 15th at their new location on Chatham Street in Cary. Guests enjoyed touring the beautiful office as they enjoyed refreshments and smoothies. Smart Move Realty has a professional staff of agents to help the process of buying and selling real estate easy for everyone.

L a Bou t i qu e fo r K ids at S ou t h e r n Wo m e n ’ s S how

On May 24th, La Boutique for Kids held an exciting fashion show at the Southern Women’s Show in Raleigh. The show featured various children’s clothing items such as dresses, party outfits and accessories.

FRESH , A C elebration of L ocal H arvest

On May 21st local foods were artfully prepared by Herons Chef Scott Crawford for FRESH, A Celebration of Local Harvest. The event was held at the Umstead Hotel & Spa on May 21st and benefitted the Western Wake Farmers’ Market and its educational and hunger prevention initiatives. Photo provided by Todd Houser.

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On May 1st and May 2nd, teams and volunteers gathered at Cary High School for the relay event. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life event gives participants a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.


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Mrs. Coppedge and Nelsa’s mom Barbara Cox enjoyed the annual Hosta Party that was held at the Garden Hut on May 10th.

Dr. K azmer Open H ouse

Dr. Paul C. Kazmer, Jr., DMD, MS, PA held a grand opening on May 6th at their new office location in Preston. Dr. Kazmer’s office is a specialty dental practice devoted to maintaining, restoring, replacing and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile.

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