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Compare the options and help prepare your youngsters for a day of learning. From band boosters to classroom donations, your child’s school needs you.

How much does your child need to be successful? Three local couples who work and live together take us behind the scenes and share their secrets for success. Tame your tresses with these seven simple tips for healthy summer hair. Let your inner goddess shine in any situation. Crystal’s guide to the art scene in Carteret, Craven and Onslow counties.

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them are living skin cells that can be damaged when ultraviolet light from the sun penetrates the living cells, eventually killing them. Once the body senses the dead cells, the immune system springs into action. White blood cells are sent to the area to repair damage, which involves increased blood flow. This blood flow makes the skin red and warm. Furthermore, the damaged skin cells send out chemical messengers that activate pain receptors. This is why sunburned skin is red, warm and painful. There are different remedies for alleviating the pain associated with sunburn. While there are some over-the-counter analgesics that will temporarily numb pain, some of the best treatments are simple and natural.

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Easing the ‘Ouch’ Sunblock – and its adequate reapplication – is one of the single most effective ways to prevent sunburn and a host of sun-related maladies. Despite the warnings of skin cancer and ailments related to the sun, people succumb to sunburn year after year. The results can be quite painful. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, getting sunburned even once can make a person more likely to get skin cancer. Though it can be that simple to increase risk for skin cancer, there’s actually quite a lot going on behind the scenes when a person gets a sunburn. The very outer layer of the epidermis, or the outside-most skin, is made up of dead skin cells. Directly below

• Some people say that white vinegar can reduce pain and inflammation when sprayed on the affected area or used in compresses. • Sunburned skin is often dry and chapped. A moisturizer, such as cocoa butter, can help minimize irritation. • It's important to remain hydrated because damaged skin may not be as effective in locking moisture inside. Plus, the body needs food and water to fuel the repair of sunburned skin. • The best remedy for sunburn, of course, is to avoid it at all costs. Wearing sunblock, a wide-brimmed hat, UV-protection, clothing, sunglasses and avoiding the sun during peak hours are ways to remain comfortable and healthy.

Carteret’s Business Woman of the Year Crystal – A Coastal Magazine for Women and the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce will once again honor the best and brightest woman in business. The 3rd annual Business Woman of the Year Award will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 18, at The History Place Morehead City, and nominations are being sought now via nccoast.com. The award recognizes female business leaders in Carteret County who are getting the job done – both professionally and in their contribution to the community. A panel of judges will determine the winner. Nominees do not need to be a member of the

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chamber or affiliated with any other businessrelated organization. Those considered must be the owner or in upper management within a business that operates with in Carteret County. Government agencies are not eligible. Winners will receive $500 to give to the charity of their choosing. Prior winners include Iva Fearing, owner of Tassels in Morehead City and Tammy Klingele, the former administrator at Crystal Bluffs Rehabilitation Hospital. Tell us about your nominee no later than Sept. 30. For additional information, or for a paper ballot, contact Jamie at 252-247-7442.


IsPopcorn the New Superfood?

Really? Could popcorn be the new superfood? Move over fruits and vegetables. Popcorn might have more antioxidants and be more capable of improving the immune system than many items in the produce aisle. Popcorn has been enjoyed as a snack for centuries. Although its inventor is unknown, popcorn ears have been found in Mexican caves dating back 5,600 years. Peruvian Indians in the 16th century were known to eat popcorn and also use it as a decoration on necklaces and head dresses. In North America, popcorn is largely associated with going to the movies. According to special collections at the National Agriculture Library, North Americans consume roughly 17.3 billion quarts of popped corn each year. People who enjoy popcorn as a snack may be happy to learn this crunchy food has many health benefits. According to recent information from researchers at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, popcorn contains more antioxidants than fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants are known to help fight and protect against cancer, heart disease and other ailments. Although it was previously

known that popcorn contained antioxidants known as polyphenols, the exact amounts of the phenols remained a mystery. Dr. Joe Vinson, who presented the popcorn findings at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society, found that there are twice as many phenols in popcorn per serving as there is in sweet corn or fruit. This is largely due to the high water content in fresh fruits and vegetables. Water content in foods can dilute polyphenols by as much as 90 percent, according to Vinson’s research. Popped corn is very low in water so it has a much higher concentration of polyphenols. For those who want to add extra nutrient power to popcorn, consider mixing in dried fruits, like raisins and dried cranberries. Along the same premise, the low water content of dried fruits ensures the dried fruits contain more antioxidants than their fresh, juicy counterparts. Another benefit is that popcorn is made from an entirely unprocessed whole grain. A serving of popcorn can offer more than 70 percent of the recommended daily value of whole grain in a diet. People may want to skip those enriched cereals and breads and choose low-fat popcorn instead. Although the findings about the nutritional value of popcorn are promising, this does not mean individuals should give up on fruits and vegetables. Those foods contain other vitamins and nutrients that popcorn does not, such as vitamin C. Also, dousing popcorn with salt and butter negates its nutritional benefits. The best way to enjoy popcorn is to pop it with air and eat it plain. Microwave popcorn can also be healthy, provided it’s a no-butter variety. Don’t skip the annoying kernels. It appears that the highest concentration of polyphenols is contained in those hard bits that have a tendency to get caught between the teeth. It has long been known that popcorn is a healthy snack. Now researchers have discovered just how much of an antioxidant powerhouse popcorn can be.

Pairing Wine with Dessert

Many people are novices when it comes to choosing the right wine to pair with food, and the same can be said when wine carries over into the dessert hour. Dessert is an expansive term for many different culinary creations, so finding the right wine to go with your dessert is not always easy. Here are some suggestions courtesy of The Nibble, a specialty food magazine. •

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ow that every female in the civilized world has read the tedious and underwhelming “Fifty Shades of Grey” (aka “a husband’s best friend” as a beaming gentleman commented one day in my shop) or if X-rated banality is not your aesthetic, here are a few spicy selections with genuine chemistry that will continue to heat up your summer. Let us start with “Trouble” by Kate Christensen (paperback, $15). Josie and Raquel are in their mid-forties and in Mexico City. Josie, recently separated from her inattentive husband, and broken hearted Raquel hiding out from scandal. Long liquid lunches, tequila soaked dinners, marijuana hazed art openings and bullfights are all part of the bacchanal, think of “Girls Gone Wild” for the peri-menopausal. But this “banquet of vicarious thrills” has its dark moments that punctuate the crisis in midlife crisis. Sweet, sentimental and sensual, “The School of Essential Ingredients” by Erica Bauermeister (paperback, $15) is the enticing story of food, friendship and romance. Eight students gather on Monday nights for cooking class. Each one with evocative histories, as the lessons progress each story unfolds. Their stories reveal more than just a hunger for food but for connection, healing and validation. Hold on tight to your bodice for this one, Gentle Readers, “Forever Amber” by Kathleen Winsor (paperback, $19.95) is a steamy, historical romantic classic that was banned in the United States in the 1940s. The story begins in 1644 in provincial England. Beautiful Amber St. Clare leaves the farm where she was raised and finds herself alone and penniless on the crowded streets of London. But Amber is no ordinary girl and she rises through the ranks of whores and courtesans to become the favorite mistress of King Charles, II, only her heart belongs to someone who she may never possess. Throw in a plague, some boisterous, boudoir frolics, a bombshell ending and “Forever Amber” is a bouquet of romantic clichés but you will love every minute of it. Let the ripping begin! Maggie Shipstead’s sophisticated summer romp, “Seating Arrangements” (hardback, $25.95) takes place at a wedding set over three days on a WASP-y island off the coast of New England. But before the rice flies there will be broken hearts, broken bones, falling bodies, exploding whales and consummations fervently wished and indecorously interrupted. 

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The author’s astute portrayal of these spoiled people will make you snicker but it is her insight into the tragicomic desperation of the middle aged man, the combination of stifled envy, aspiration and lust that mutates into irritated superiority that makes this novel so entertaining. Decades ahead of her time Anais Nin in “Delta of Venus” (paperback, $14) wrote rich, exotic short stories that explore the art of human sexuality. Her writing is lyrical and straightforward, not male centered or raunchy. Delta of Venus is touted as erotic literature but be wary, Gentle Readers, a few of the stories may be off-putting for some tastes. If none of these suffice there are always the “Diaries of Anais Nin.” Woo hoo saddle up Gentle Readers!! Kelli Creelman is the owner of the Rocking Chair Bookstore, the oldest, independent book store in Beaufort, where she resides.


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The Crystal Coast Business Woman of the Year award will be presented again this October with support from the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce, NCCOAST Business Journal and Crystal: A Coastal Magazine for Women. The ideal candidate should exemplify the following: • Notable examples of influence, creativity and success within her industry and community. • Involvement with charities, nonprofits and women’s organizations. • Evidence of growth and innovation in the face of economic downturn. • Efforts to nurture Carteret County’s economy through partnerships formed with local businesses and other women leaders.

We’re searching for the perfect pearl... The diamond in the rough. The one woman in Carteret County that’s getting the job done. And we need your help to find her.

Cast your vote at nccoast.com/award Held Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 the awards ceremony includes a luncheon and cash bar at The History Place in Morehead City. Reservations can be made through NCCOAST Communications With Jamie Bailey 252-241-9485

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A panel of judges will determine the winner based on nominations submitted through e-forms available at nccoast.com. Nominees do not need to be members of the chamber or affiliated with any other business-related organization, however, those considered must be the owner of a business or in an upper management position that operates within the limits of Carteret County. The business can be public, private, or nonprofit . Government agencies are not eligible. Nomination forms available at nccoast.com must be completed no later than Sept.18, 2012. www.nccoast.com




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e can’t always escape the sad events in our lives — but we still need to carry on. Obviously, for a married person, a divorce or the death of a spouse is a traumatic event. But if either event happens to you, you’ll need to make some financial moves to keep your life on track. One step you’ll need to take is to examine your income stream. Will you be able to collect alimony or life insurance proceeds? If so, you’ll want to factor these proceeds into your overall financial strategy. And if you’re employed, and you don’t have disability income insurance, you may want to consider it, because if you should become sick or injured and cannot work, you could face difficult times. Your employer may offer a short-term disability policy as an employee benefit, but it might not be sufficient, so you may need to consider adding additional disability coverage on your own. Of course, even as you consider your cash flow needs for the present, you’ll still have to plan for your future — including your retirement. When you were married, you may not have been contributing as much as you could afford to your 401(k), particularly if your spouse was fully funding his or her retirement plan. And if your spouse had an IRA, you might not have felt the need for one, too. But now that you’re solely in charge of your own financial destiny, you’ll need to consider putting as much as you can possibly afford into your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan, along with your IRA. Because a 401(k) and an IRA offer significant tax benefits, they are great vehicles in which to save for retirement, 12

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by Pat Rauhauser so you should consider taking full advantage of them. And speaking of your 401(k), IRA and other investment accounts, you may now need to change the beneficiary designations. These designations may even supersede the instructions on your will, so it’s important to keep them current. Apart from taking these steps, what else should you do to make sure you position yourself to meet your own goals? For one thing, you may need to review your overall investment mix, both inside and outside your retirement accounts. When you were married, you and your spouse may have established a portfolio based on a combination of your risk tolerances and time horizons. But now, you’ll need to determine if your existing asset allocation truly reflects your needs, preferences and aspirations. A professional financial advisor can help, so if you don’t already work with one, now might be a good time to start. One final suggestion: If you have children at home, make sure your life insurance coverage is sufficient. You’ll want to help make sure your children will be provided for, should anything happen to you. There’s no sugarcoating the pain and difficulties that can accompany the loss of a spouse through death or divorce. But by making the right financial moves, you can help make life a little easier for yourself and your loved ones. Pat Rauhauser has been a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments for 25 years. She serves on the board of the Carteret Community Foundation, is an active member of the American Business Women’s Association and has been recognized as one of Carteret County’s Distinguished Women. A native of Minnesota, she has lived in Morehead City for the past 12 years.


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HPV: Truth or Dare

uman Papillomavirus, HPV for short, is one of the most misunderstood and preventable infections affecting literally millions of people. Currently, 20 million Americans are infected with HPV and almost half are between the ages of 15 and 24. Even more alarming, most people positive for HPV don’t know it and unsuspectingly pass it on to their partners. So … arm yourself with the truth about HPV and then decide whether you dare to risk the consequences. HPV is a virus that is passed through sexual contact and affects human mucosal surfaces – think vaginal, rectal and oral. It can be transmitted by oral sex, intercourse, same-sex sex, straight sex and simply by genital to genital contact without sex. There are more than 40 types of genital HPV and some are more aggressive than others, causing cervical cancer or precancerous changes as well as genital warts. Infection is more likely with the risk factors of early onset of sexual activity, multiple sexual partners and partners with multiple partners. Because HPV is a virus, contact causing an infection may not be apparent for months to years as the virus may infect at the cellular level and then be suppressed or dormant. A healthy immune system can fight the virus completely or simply suppress it until a weakening of the immune system occurs and allows the virus to spread and affect other cells. At this point, genital warts or reproductive cancers are possible. Now on to some staggering statistics: 20 million current HPV infections in the US + 6 million new infections annually = 50 percent of sexually active US population will be infected at some point during their lifetime. Put another way, any new partners you have has a 50:50 chance of HPV infection. The only question is whether it was a past infection which has cleared, a present infection, or a future possibility. And there are no flashing neon tattoos on the forehead accompanying HPV that make it easy to spot! Add to this the common misconception among teenagers that oral sex is “safe sex” because it avoids pregnancy and you can begin to understand how HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection. When you consider North Carolina alone … the alarm factor increases. For the past decade, the state has consistently ranked in the top 10 states for STD rates, including gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis and others. Therefore, we are in a virtual hot bed for HPV! Attention grabber, isn’t it?! The obvious question is … what can you do to prevent HPV? And thank goodness there answer is really quite simple. First and foremost, educate yourself about the facts and completely understand them. What you don’t fully understand, you won’t be able to prevent. Ask questions and don’t worry about what other people think. Chances are those same people won’t be there to help you prevent it anyway. If you are sexually active, practice safe sex. That means condoms, condoms, condoms. And if a new partner balks at condoms, they likely aren’t worth the effort of evening opening the condom for. After all, there are condoms for him, condoms for her, thin condoms, ultra-thin condoms, latex-free condoms, and even “creatively advertised” condoms. You just have to use them. 14

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More importantly, there are now vaccines available to help in the prevention of HPV infection and related diseases. Two vaccines are FDA approved for prevention, Gardasil and Cervarix. Gardasil is a quadrivalent vaccine against HPV types 6, 11, 16 and 18 while Cervarix is bivalent against only types 16 and 18. The importance of types? Most cervical cancers are caused by types 16 and 18 while genital warts are linked to types 6 and 11. Gardasil was initially recommended for girls ages 9-26 and has since been approved by the FDA and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control for boys as well. It is usually covered by insurance as a preventive service and is administered as a three-dose series over six months, giving in the upper arm. If all three doses are received before one is sexually active, it reduced the risk of genital warts by 90 percent and cervical cancer by 70 percent. It can still be given after sexual activity has been initiated, but the risk reduction will not be as high due to potential for exposure. Think about that … there is no other cancer that can be prevented to this degree with a vaccine. Cervarix was later developed as an option for prevention of cervical cancer only. The CDC closely monitors vaccine safety data by using three separate monitoring systems designed to track potential side effects or adverse reactions. The most common side effects of Gardasil are a local reaction at the injection site, such as redness or swelling, and occasionally dizziness or fainting episodes can be common after any injection in preteens and teens. These findings are similar to what is seen with other vaccine safety reviews for vaccines recommended in ages 9-26. Post licensure monitoring from 2006 to date continue to show no new safety concerns with the Gardasil vaccine. When Gardasil was first available in 2006, many patients were reticent about it, specifically moms considering it for their daughters. There were debates about safety and not wanting to promote sexual activity or promiscuity, which are certainly valid arguments. However, since inception, the rate of abnormal pap smears in girls ages 15-24 has dropped by more than 40 percent. And that is by vaccinating only half of eligible girls either due to lack of education or by patients declining it. I repeat – 40 percent reduction by vaccinating 50 percent of those eligible. If we can eventually vaccinate 50 percent of boys, there is a potential for an 80 percent reduction in abnormal pap smears in young women. This means a decrease in cervical cancer, which currently kills 290,000 women each worldwide. And the really cool part … your daughter may one day ask “Mama, what is a pap smear?” The fight against HPV is making a difference. If you have not received the vaccine or have questions, talk with your physician. The vaccine is not mandatory, and should be considered individually. Respect your partner and yourself by practicing safe sex. Of course, abstinence is the absolute way to avoid HPV. In short, educate yourself with the TRUTH about HPV and I’ll bet you decide the DARE isn’t worth the consequences! Dr. Jennifer Orr is a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia and provides personalized care for women along the Crystal Coast through her practice Girls Talk & Gynecology. She resides in Cape Carteret with her husband, two sons and furry babies


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Each day, parents have the choice of either giving their children money to purchase a school lunch or providing them with a lunch to take to school. Certain things should be considered by parents when deciding on school or homemade lunches such as the nutrition values and prices. Schools are required to serve items from the various food groups along with a choice of one or two entrees. This may sound beneficial, but if a child makes poor food choices, there can be negative consequences. Children do not always choose the most nutritional options when other fried or sugary foods are offered. At the beginning of this year, the US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) revealed new standards regarding school lunches that aim at improving child nutrition and reducing childhood obesity. These new standards mark the first overhaul of school lunch programs in more than 15 years. These new regulations will be put into place throughout the next three years, starting this fall. According to the USDA, the new regulations will require schools to offer fruits and vegetables every day, increase whole-grain foods and reduce the sodium and fats in the lunches. The standards will also require schools to offer only fat-free or low-fat milk. By USDA standards, a healthful lunch is defined as a serving of milk, two servings of fruits or vegetables, one serving of grain and one serving of meat or protein. Shelia Garner, a nutritionist at Nutrition Works, Inc. in Newport, feels as though many children aren’t getting enough nutrition from school lunches or homemade lunches. “A brown bag could be healthier if done correctly,” said Garner. Parents have to make sure there is healthy nutritional value in every lunch they pack for a child. Also, parents can sit down with children and talk about food so the children learn how to maintain a proper diet. “Practicing a good diet starts at a young age so food choices are wise throughout a child’s life,” she said. It is obvious that a healthy, nutritious diet helps children perform better. They do better in the classroom, on the field or court, in school clubs and are more likely to stay healthy as they mature. “A child’s present nutrition most definitely has a continued impact on overall health,” said Garner. “They need to start being mindful of what they eat at a young age.” Parents can never be sure if their children are choosing the right foods from the school cafeteria or if the children are trading things from their homemade lunches for more desirable foods. Children might even be skipping lunch all together and using the money for things like soda and snacks, which are offered via vending machines in several schools. “The children have to be able to make their own healthy decisions when it comes to food,” said Garner. If a parent has a child who eats lunch at school, they can go over the school’s cafeteria menu at home and choose healthy foods together. This will help set the groundwork for healthy eating choices in the future. If a parent does send their child to school with a lunch from home, certain precautions should be taken in order to ensure they are getting the right nutrition.

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Here are some simple tips to keep in mind when packing a child’s lunch: • Provide food variety to children when you are sending lunches with them. Even if you believe the lunch you make for your child is healthy, do not make the same lunch every day. • Include fruits and vegetables in your child’s lunch on a daily basis. These are full of quality carbohydrates and antioxidants for your child’s health. • Use quality carbohydrates such as whole wheat bread on sandwiches • Watch portion control in your child’s lunches so they are provided with enough calories to get through the day without including too many healthy foods that might exceed the recommended caloric intake of a child’s lunch. • Include low-fat dairy products like low-fat yogurt, milk or cheese. Soy products are a good alternative for those with milk allergies. Empower your children to make healthy choices on their own by going over the school menus with them or discussing menu options for homemade lunches. A healthy child makes healthy choices, which leads them to become a healthy adult.


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There are several beneficial reasons for parents to involve themselves with their child’s school whether the kids are just starting kindergarten or entering the final year of high school. Getting involved through volunteer work, booster clubs, PTO/PTA meetings and other outlets can significantly improve your child’s education. School involvement and a home environment that encourages learning are some of the most important factors in how well a child does in the classroom. “There are several clubs out there, and they all need support,” said Jami Ansel, a history teacher at West Carteret High School. One club Ansel was adamant about in particular is an international organization targeted to stop bullying in school known as “Friends of Rachel.” After a moving presentation from group representatives, support for the program was strong, but has since diminished. “There seems to be a lot of support for the band and sports teams, but when it comes to clubs, support is lacking,” said Ansel. “We have to find ways to get parents more involved.” The parent advisory council at West Carteret meets regularly and advises on a number of issues dealing with the school. According to Ansel, some parents are turned off by these meetings or councils because they do not feel as though they are good enough to participate. “A lot of parents don’t know what they have to offer,” she said. “If not money, there are other things parents can do instead of donating. They can donate some time, even if it is brief. The parent advisory council actually gives parents of all levels options to come and get involved. “We need to have a system in place that allows parents to get involved in different places. The teachers really need to develop a relationship with the parents to achieve the best results for the children.” Although it is very important for parents to be involved in their young children’s education, this involvement is even more important to children in high school according to Ansel. “I think high school is the most important time for children to see these role models,” she said. Kids in high school are very impressionable and they need someone who will set an example they can follow. “You can open your door and make parents feel welcome, but you have to go a step beyond that and encourage parents to come and participate,” said Ansel. “Parents can do simple things like volunteer for tutoring, which is something we really need. They can take some time to come in and discuss something they are familiar with or talk about their careers. “They could chaperone a field trip or dance. There are so many options for parents to get involved. We just have to develop that relationship between teachers and parents.”

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As children get ready to go back to school, parents should make sure their children are getting a healthy amount of sleep each night. Healthy and regular sleep schedules assist in a child’s alertness, performance and memory. A child is also less prone to psychiatric issues like depression and moodiness if they maintain a healthy and fulfilling sleep schedule. These factors can affect how a child behaves and learns in the classroom, and also affect physical growth and development in younger children. A poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation showed that 60 percent of children under the age of 18 complained of being tired during the day. Furthermore, 15 percent admitted to falling asleep at school. Parents can help prepare their children for the start of school by making them go to sleep earlier and wake up earlier leading up to the first day of school. According to the National Sleep Foundation, school-age children (5-10 years) should get roughly 10-11 hours of sleep each night and teens (10-17 years) should be getting around 8-9 hours. The best way to help your children sleep well is to create a bedtime routine and adhere to this routine nightly, even on weekends. Some things that a usual nighttime routine could include a warm bath, a light snack, time to put on pajamas and brush their teeth and maybe even a

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Electronic stimulants like television can interfere with falling and staying asleep. Keep the bedroom free of most electronics as you want this to be a place where the kids come to sleep, not play or surf the internet. The room should be as calm and peaceful as possible without distractions • The room should be quiet, dark and cool for a good night’s rest. Exposure to light from electronic screens or street lights shining through the window will suppress the release of melatonin, a hormone made by a small gland in the brain. This hormone helps to control your sleep and wake cycles and is released when the brain registers darkness. • Watch out for caffeine in foods and drinks like chocolate and sodas or juice. Caffeine is a stimulant and is used by many people to stay awake and remain alert during the day. However, children should not drink any caffeinated beverages after noon, if at all. Caffeine can keep children from falling and staying asleep. Adolescents actively use caffeine throughout the day and have trouble sleeping at night, which becomes cyclical. • Watch the child and not the clock. The child’s actions will help let you know when they are sleeping well. If a child seems drowsy in the evening, they should be put to bed instead of allowing them to fight the feeling of sleepiness. If a child is sluggish, depressed or behaving differently during the day, they may require more sleep than they have been getting • Allow them to sleep by themselves so they get used to falling asleep on their own and going back to sleep after awakening from a nightmare. Many children are afraid of the dark and sleeping by themselves, but these fears can be quelled through parents’ use of different techniques. A nightlight can be used to dispel fears of the dark and a parent can assure the room is free of “monsters” by looking under the bed and in the closets with their children. When children sleep by themselves, the whole family sleeps better because they are not awoken constantly by a frightened or sleepless child. Children need a restful night of sleep every night, including weekends. Healthy sleeping habits lead to better health and provide children with the right tools to succeed in school. More restful sleep results in better memory, judgment, attention span, emotional stability and even a stronger immune system. All of these things are important to a child’s growth both physically and mentally.


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For many women, the chance to sit quietly in the office, far from the housework, the bills, the children, and yes, the significant other, can provide some of the most stress free moments of the day. But there are those among us who never quite have that opportunity. The couples below not only live, sleep and dine together – but each day they get up and go to work together as well, operating some of the region’s most successful businesses.

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Jack’s Waterfront Bar was born in the kitchen of owner Jeffrey McCann’s mother, Jolene. He and wife, Keri, were discussing the future of the building sitting over the water on the Morehead City waterfront when his mother suggested, “Why don’t we sling some beers out of there.” It wasn’t quite as easy as that, Keri said, but nothing worth doing ever is. The bar opened in September 2008, the weekend of the Crystal Coast Grand Prix, a collective effort of family, friends, local business owners, the town and a large collection of coolers to hold the cans of beer on ice, carrying on the name of Jeff’s father, Jack McCann. The couple planned to close after the Grand Prix and put the finishing touches on the bar – but it was so well received they kept right on serving beer out of coolers until they could afford the equipment, said Keri. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome and we are so lucky to have the staff that we have,” she said. Two staff members have been with them since the beginning, Mike and Janeen, and Keri said they’ve developed a “pretty cool extended family that has grown over the last few years. I’m not sure what I would do without them all. It’s very important to all of us that we keep the integrity of Jack’s and its future to a standard that everyone, including the town of Morehead City, can be proud of. And, of course, living up to the name and what it stands for.” Not only has Jack’s become an asset for downtown Morehead City’s ongoing revitalization, but the couple behind the scenes are champions for a variety of causes, from hosting and organizing the annual Grand Prix to fundraisers for the Hospice House, Locks for Love, the Carteret County Domestic Violence Program and many more.

How challenging is it to work together all day and share your home life as well? And what strategies do you employ to help make it work? KERI: In the beginning the challenge was getting together, to even have a simple conversation, like “how was your day?” We both worked other full time jobs. We weren’t sure what was going to happen and didn’t want to put all of our eggs in one basket. Jeffrey worked out of town a lot, so it was a little frustrating for the both of us, him because he wasn’t here and me, because he wasn’t here. You don’t realize how much the other does until they are away. Now the challenge is figuring out our specialty and letting each other take care of it, staying on the same page, joining forces and sticking to our decisions. So far, so good. We spend our days working on our own things related to the business. I’m the accountant and he is the Jack of all trades. JEFF: It’s not challenging at all. It’s the first time in my life I enjoy working with someone to build something together. I have always been a person who wants to do things my way, this the first time I’ve taken someone else’s feelings and opinions into consideration. I’ve really enjoyed it.  

Do you plan “alone time” or have separate hobbies to help keep things balanced? KERI: I plan alone “Keri” time and we plan alone time together – just the two of us. I don’t have hobbies but I have things I enjoy. Like if I need to unwind or relax, I will do a little yoga or go for a run or walk, or just sit on the sofa with Jakob and Olive, our two jack russells, and look through a magazine. We are very lucky to have trustworthy and responsible help so we can get out of town from time to time. JEFF: When schedules align we plan time for ourselves and we have our own hobbies. It’s seems to work out. 22

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Is there anything your spouse does that absolutely drives you crazy? KERI: Probably the same things that drive other married couples crazy … I have learned, over the last several years, how to work through it. It’s funny, as far as the bar goes ... the things that make me crazy do not bother him and the things that bother him, really don’t bother me. I’m thankful every day for what I have and the people that surround me.  It’s pretty awesome. We try not to let the little things get to us. And the big stuff … well it’s part of life. JEFF: If she drove me crazy, it would never work. It doesn’t drive me crazy but she makes me lists of things for me to do and it seems endless. On the flip side, I’m happy with her everyday involvement. I know she is trying to keep me focused.    

Which of your spouse’s traits do you respect the most?

KERI: My husband is so driven. Nothing is too big to take on. JEFF: My wife has some of the best organizational skills.

What is the best thing about working together? KERI: He is always around. I have someone I can count on. JEFF: I know she is there when I need her or if I have a problem. I respect her and her work ethic, and I know she will always be there for me and do the best thing for Jack’s.


How challenging is it to work together all day and share your home life as well? And what strategies do you employ to help make it work? WANDA: I have been married to my best friend for 29 years and we get along great. We work about 80 hours a week and as far as home life, we feel like we don’t have enough time together to do things outside of work. KELLY: It’s very easy to work with your wife if she is your best friend. We share everything together and have no secrets.

Do you plan “alone time” or have separate hobbies to help keep things balanced? WANDA: The alone time consists of riding 30 minutes to work in the same vehicle and not talking to each other. Not because we are mad, but we are each gathering our own thoughts about what we have to do that day. That’s our quiet time. KELLY: No we don’t have any alone time and we share the same interest – running the restaurant is our hobby.

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Kelly Murphrey has worked in the restaurant industry most of his life, always for someone else. Wife Wanda said the couple started buying used restaurant equipment in bulk, selling off the items they didn’t need, in hopes that sometime soon they’d be able to open their own restaurant. When the slot at 506 Arendell St. became available for lease, they took a look at it on a whim. The rent was reasonable, Wanda said, and the couple was more than ready to set up shop. They jumped in with two, well, four feet actually, deciding it was their time to make a mark on the Morehead City dining scene. Piccata’s opened in March 2007 and has since relocated to 909 Arendell St., providing the perfect setting for Kelly to open a more casual venue next door. While Piccata’s focuses on prime rib, pasta and an assortment of fresh local seafood, including its signature trigger piccata, Kelly’s could easily be dubbed a burger joint, offering quality food with a faster turnaround, including salads, sandwiches and gorgonzola macaroni and cheese that could weaken just about anyone’s knees.

Is there anything your spouse does that absolutely drives you crazy? WANDA: Yes! But it’s just those little things and I just bite my lip because it’s not worth the energy. I’ve learned to live with it over the past 29 years. KELLY: No, but I’m sure there are things that I do that drive her crazy.

Which of your spouse’s traits do you respect the most? WANDA: He’s the laid back one and tries to keep me calm. We talk about issues, not argue about them. He is honest, friendly and compassionate. KELLY: Her integrity.

What is the best thing about working together?

WANDA: We are our own boss. We have the same schedule. We know how our day goes and don’t have to go home and hear each other vent about their day at work. We love each other and like I said, he’s my best friend. KELLY: We both love what we do.

Bryan Verch opened Top Deck Sunwear in Beaufort in June 1985 as the TShirt Shop, but changed its name in 1986 and began offer a full slate of men’s and women’s clothing with a bit of a nautical feel. From sailing to sunning, beach wear is abundant at Top Deck. Grab a new pair of Rainbows, a hat for a day on the beach or a shirt for that next fishing trip to catch the big ones. The store expanded in 2000 to its current size, but with the help of wife, Lynell, it’s business as usual for this busy couple.

How challenging is it to work together all day and share your home life as well? And what strategies do you employ to help make it work? LYNELL: We just get along so well. It is amazing. BRYAN: Sharing the Lord together and knowing each other’s limits.

Do you plan “alone time” or have separate hobbies to help keep things balanced? LYNELL: We are members of a car club and enjoy our time at home when we get a chance to be there. BRYAN: I’m not much on being alone so we do things together and enjoy the same things.

Is there anything your spouse does that absolutely drives you crazy? LYNELL: He hates the computer. BRYAN: She is very analytical.

Which of your spouse’s traits do you respect the most? LYNELL: His selling ability that keeps us here.

BRYAN: She’s honest and very calming.

What is the best thing about working together?

LYNELL: He’s my boss and I’m his boss. BRYAN: She keeps me stepping and I keep dancing. www.nccoast.com

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Protect your hair: Just as people use sunblock on their skin, they should use it on their hair and scalp to prevent against sun damage. Use a hat to cover up when your head will be exposed to strong sunlight. When going swimming in a pool or at the beach, consider combing a conditioner through your hair prior to add a layer of protection against the salt or chlorine. Processing: Treatments that chemically alter your hair, such as coloring, perming and straightening, should be used sparingly, and rarely at the same time. Otherwise you can damage the hair. Consult with an experienced stylist as to what can be done with your hair and what should be avoided. Comb and brush with caution: It’s not necessary to comb or brush your hair to the point of tears. In fact, excessively tugging on the hair can cause it to weaken and break. Only brush dry hair. Use a wide-toothed comb on wet hair to detangle. And always handle the hair gently.

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Enhance Your Per sonal Beauty Many women are on an eternal quest to enhance their beauty, spending thousands of dollars each year on cosmetics or hair care products to emulate the pictures they see in leading beauty magazines. Studies going back to 1995 have determined that it can take only a few minutes of looking at a beauty magazine to cause most women to feel depressed, guilty and shameful. In the 1980s, models weighed about 8 percent less than the average woman. But today’s models weigh 25 percent less on average, establishing a standard that many women cannot meet without sacrificing their health. But models and celebrities have entire teams devoted to making them look attractive, sometimes spending hours receiving cosmetic applications from stylists and makeup artists. Women struggling to live up to unrealistic standards can look beyond many makeup and cosmetic fixes to bring out their beauty. There are many different strategies that have stood the test of time. •

Confidence: A woman who exudes confidence and security about how she looks may come off as more attractive. By comparison, women who hide behind layers of clothing or makeup may seem like they’re trying to disguise their true selves. Walking with your head held high into a room can certainly have all eyes pointing in your direction for the right reasons.

Good posture: Standing up straight can improve your health and your appearance. Stooping posture has long been associated with old age, symptoms of frailty and lack of energy. Simply standing tall can elongate the body, make it appear slender and help portray a younger appearance.

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1, 8, 15, 22: Atlantic Beach Outdoor Movie. Sunset. “WallE” (1st), “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (8th), “Journey 2: The Mystery Island” (15th), “Cars 2” (22nd). Details: www.atlanticbeach-nc.com. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Aquarium ABC’s. 8:30-9:30am. Preschoolers will enjoy learning about aquatic species and wildlife, with live animal encounters, crafts, storytelling and outdoor explorations. Ages 2-5, $10. Details: 252-247-4003. Wed. 1: NC Wildlife Artist Society Exhibition. 6pm. Attend the art exhibit opening at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center, featuring a group of artists with the goal of protecting and promoting wildlife through art and education. Details: 252-728-1500 ext. 26. 2, 9, 16: Beach Magic. 7pm. Bryan Sanders and Terry Morris amaze the audience with tricks, stunts and more at The Morehead Center. All ages welcome. Tickets are $10. Details: www.themoreheadcenter.com. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Breakfast with the Rays. 8-9am. Enjoy a continental breakfast and help feed these amazing animals before the aquarium opens. Age 5 and up, $15. Details: 252247-4003. Thur. 2: EmeraldFest. 6:30-8pm. Enjoy live music and a peaceful ocean breeze at the Western Ocean Regional Beach Access, Emerald Isle. Free. Details: 252-354-6350. Kayak/Yoga Trip to Jones Island. 1-4:30pm. April Clark, owner of Second Wind Ecotours, yoga instructor Cheryl LeClair and the NC Coastal Federation are teaming up to create a fun and relaxing afternoon on the White Oak River. The cost is $45 with kayak rental and $30 without. Details: 910-325-3600 or email info@secondwindecotours. com. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: Marsh Madness. 10am-noon. Put on your water shoes for an exciting morning wading though the marsh and calm waters of Bogue Sound, searching for all kinds of marine creatures with the NC Aquarium. Age 8 and up, $10. Details: 252-247-4003. Aquarist Apprentice. 1-4pm. Join the NC Aquarium staff on a behind-the-scenes tour, help prepare for feedings and find out more about the animals as you assist aquarists with their caretaking responsibilities. Age 14 and up, $25. Details: 252-247-4003. Fri. 3: Alive at Five. 5-8pm. Join the Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association for a free concert near the Morehead City waterfront. Details: www.downtownmoreheadcity.com or 252-808-0440. 4, 11, 18, 25: Kayak the Roosevelt Natural Area. 9-11am. Explore tidal flats, quiet backwaters and the intricate web of life thriving in this pristine natural environment. Age 12 and up, $25. Details: 252-247-4003. Concert in the Park. 7-8:30pm. Join the Morehead City Parks and Recreation Dept. for a free summer concert at Jaycee Park on the Morehead City waterfront. Lawn chairs and blankets are suggested. This month’s schedule includes, Day-Lee Dose (4th), Big Drink (11th), Infectious Blues (18th), Lipbone Redding (25th). Details: 252-726-5083.

Sat. 4: Sculpt for Wildlife. This annual Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter sand sculpting contest is held on the beach in front of the Atlantic Lodge in Pine Knoll Shores. Details: 252-2401200. Indoor Craft Fair. 9am-4pm. Admission is free for this popular History Place event. Expect hand painted wood art, birdhouses, fused glass, fabric dolls, pottery, aprons, nature photography, Native American crafts, baskets, lighthouses and more. Details: 252-247-7533. 5, 12, 19, 26: SwanFest. 6:30-8pm. Enjoy live music at Olde Town Square in downtown Swansboro. Free. This month’s performers include Dashboard Hula Boys (5th), Ruth Wyand (12th), Ginger Garner (19th) and Nortorious Clamslammers (26th). Behind the Scenes - Aquarium Close Encounters. 23:30pm. Visit labs and holding areas and feed the animals in this thorough behind-the-scenes adventure. Age 6 and up, $15. Details: 252-247-4003 or www.ncaquariums.com. 6, 13, 20, 27: Behind the Scenes – Otter Antics. 1-2pm. Go behind the scenes with the otter keepers. Age 12 and up, $25. Details: 252-247-4003 or www.ncaquariums.com. 7, 14, 21, 28: Dinner with Critters. 6-7:30pm. Enjoy pizza, learn about animal care and see what it’s like to feed the animals in the invertebrate touch pool. Age 5 and up, $20. Details: 252-247-4003. Kayak the Roosevelt Natural Area. 4-6pm. Explore tidal flats, quiet backwaters and the intricate web of life thriving in this pristine natural environment. Age 12 and up, $25. Details: 252-247-4003. Tue. 7: Pine Needle Basket Workshop. 10am. Learn the art and history of pine needle basketry with Sandi Malone at the Beaufort Historic Site. Cost is $45. Details: 252-728-5225 or www.beauforthistoricsite.org. Thur. 9: Depression Beads Workshop. 10am. Gigi Koehler will share the history and techniques of Depression beads during this program at the Beaufort Historic Site. The cost is $25 for materials. Details: 252-728-5225 or www. beauforthistoricsite.org. 10-11: Beaufort Pirate Invasion. With events at the Beaufort Historical Association and the Beaufort waterfront, this annual festival includes a reenactment of a pirate attack on Beaufort and the subsequent trials. Don’t forget your pirate costume! Details: 252-728-3988. Fri. 10: Friday Free Flicks. 7pm. At Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation on the second Friday of each month. Movies are family oriented. Call 252-354-6350 one week prior for movie title. Concert at Fort Macon. 7-8pm. The Friends of Fort Macon annually bring visitors to the site with its popular concert program. This final concert of the season features Conch Stew. Sat. 11: Morehead City Saturday Market. 9am-5pm. Find a little community fellowship, education and culture once a month at City Park in downtown Morehead City. Details: www.mhcsaturdaymarket.com. Fri. 17: Red Cross Blood Drive. 2-7pm. Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation. Details: 252-354-6350. Sat. 18: Scrapbook Workshop. 10am-1pm. A Creative Memories Scrapbooking Workshop will be held at Emerald Isle Parks Recreation. Use of tools and snack provided with $5 fee. Details: 910-326-6164. Chamber Reverse Drawing. The Carteret County Chamber of Commerce presents its 20th annual Reverse Drawing at the Crystal Coast Civic Center. Each $100 ticket admits two people and a chance to win $10,000. Doors open at 6pm. Details: Tracey, 252-726-6350 or tracey@ nccoastchamber.com. Fri. 31: Murder Mystery Dinner. 6pm. End your summer with a “bang,” with the NC Maritime Museum and its third annual dinner theater, “Mayhem at the Museum,” featuring the War of 1812. Cost is $30 per person. Details: 252-7287317.

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thriving in this pristine natural environment. Age 12 and up, $25. Details: 252-247-4003. 1-2: Arts & Crafts Coalition Fall Show. Held each year at the Beaufort Historic Site, this is a great chance to get a head start on holiday shopping. The juried show features local and regional artisans, both exhibiting and selling their wares. Details: 252-728-5225. Sat. 1: “Sounds of Summer.” The Morehead Center for Performing Arts brings a variety show of music, dance and comedy to the stage celebrating the fun sounds of summer. Details: 252-726-1501 or www.themoreheadcenter.com. Concert in the Park. 7-8:30pm. Join the Morehead City Parks and Recreation Dept. for a free summer concert, featuring South Harbour, at Jaycee Park on the Morehead City waterfront. Lawn chairs and blankets are suggested. Details: 252-726-5083. 2, 9, 16: SwanFest. 6:30-8pm. Enjoy live music at Olde Town Square in downtown Swansboro. Bring chairs, blankets, even dinner if you’d like. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Free. Mon. 3: Behind the Scenes – Otter Antics. 1-2pm. Go behind the scenes with the otter keepers. Age 12 and up, $25. Details: 252-247-4003 or www.ncaquariums.com. Tue. 4: Dinner with Critters. 6-7:30pm. Enjoy pizza, learn about animal care and see what it’s like to feed the animals in the invertebrate touch pool. Age 5 and up, $20. Details: 252-247-4003. Wed. 5: Aquarium ABC’s. 8:30-9:30am. Preschoolers will enjoy learning about aquatic species and wildlife, with live animal encounters, crafts, storytelling and outdoor explorations. Ages 2-5, $10. Details: 252-247-4003. Thur. 6: EmeraldFest. 6:30-8pm. Enjoy live music and a peaceful ocean breeze at the Western Ocean Regional Beach Access, Emerald Isle. Free. Details: 252-354-6350. Breakfast with the Rays. 8-9am. Enjoy a continental breakfast and help feed these amazing animals before the aquarium opens. Age 5 and up, $15. Details: 252-247-4003. Picnic Paddle. 10am-1pm. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a leisurely canoe trek to explore the mysteries of the salt marsh with the NC Aquarium. Details: 252-247-4003. Fri. 7: Alive at Five. 5-8pm. Join the Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association for a free concert near the Morehead City waterfront. This month the Central Park Band performs. Details: www.downtownmoreheadcity.com or 252-808-0440. Marsh Madness. 10am-noon. Put on your water shoes for an exciting morning wading though the marsh and calm waters of Bogue Sound, searching for all kinds of marine creatures with the NC Aquarium. Age 8 and up, $10. Details: 252-247-4003. Aquarist Apprentice. 1-4pm. Join the NC Aquarium staff on a behind-the-scenes tour. Age 14 and up, $25. Details: 252-247-4003. Sat. 8: Morehead City Saturday Market. 9am-5pm. Find a little community fellowship, education and culture once a month at City Park in downtown Morehead City. Details: www.mhcsaturdaymarket.com. 14-15: Newport Heritage Days. Crafters, vendors, a petting zoo, live entertainment and more will be offered in Town Park as Newport celebrates its 146th birthday. Details: 252241-1793. 14-16: 7th annual Crystal Coast Grand Prix. The P1 SuperStock boats return to the Crystal Coast for some highspeed action. To learn more, visit www.ccgrandprix.com. Fri. 14: Friday Free Flicks. 7pm. At Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation on the second Friday of each month. Movies are family oriented. Call 252-354-6350 one week prior for movie title. Sat. 15: Emerald Isle’s 7th Annual Day4Kids. 10am-2pm. Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Dept. bring adults and children of all ages together for activities, games, face painting, vendors and fun. Free. Details: 252-354-6350. Thur. 20: EmeraldFest. 6:30-8pm. Enjoy live music and a peaceful ocean breeze at the Western Ocean Regional Beach Access, Emerald Isle. Free. Details: 252-354-6350.

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There could easily be as many types of artists as there are types of art – the hobbyist, the professional, the teacher, the crafter – and each create and share their work in equally varied ways. One group of North Carolina artists, however, is using art to help raise awareness of the region’s diverse wildlife and the challenges it faces in the 21st century. The NC Wildlife Artist Society formed in March of 2009 bringing together wildlife artists, outdoorsmen, advocates and collectors with the hopes of both sharing their message and offering artists a variety of opportunities to showcase and present their work. Amongst them are painters, photographers, carvers, taxidermists and more, with a common thread that binds them all – the love of North Carolina’s wildlife. “There really isn’t anything similar out there,” said Kyle Dixon of Beaufort, president of the organization. “Out west, it’s huge – wildlife art is huge – but in this part of the county, and in North Carolina, there really wasn’t any type of organization. There are, however, a big group of wildlife artists in the state.” The idea surfaced several years ago, Dixon said, and he began talking to other artists to get their input. The reaction was positive from the beginning, both from fellow artists and other agencies. “It has given us an excellent way to work with conservation groups,” said Dixon. “We now have a chance to really show people what is happening with habitats and wildlife in North Carolina because of overdevelopment. Now we have a platform from which to say ‘this is what is happening – and this is what we can do.’ We’re losing habitat and we’re going to see more human/wildlife interaction. But what we need to remember is that they’re not intruding on us – we’re intruding on them. The more we develop, the more we’re going to see wildlife showing up in people’s yards and on highways. And our art gives us a natural opportunity to bring awareness to that.”

About 50 members strong, the group was recently asked to jury in a few artists from South Carolina, giving the notion that perhaps it is time to expand their boundaries a little bit. The byproduct of coming together, Dixon said, is that it provides a sense of community. The old adage is true – there is strength in numbers. It provides fellowship, helps develop ideas and provides a lot of opportunities to its members to show their work. “We’ve got a great group. We have the same interests and we enjoy interacting. We get ideas from each other and we learn about opportunities in other areas that we may not have known about or been able to participate in,” said Dixon. “Before, my market was Beaufort. Period. Now, through other members of the organization, my market has expanded. It’s a challenge for a working adult to show their work at the other end of the state, but by working together, we now have a chance to do that.” Currently, Dixon has work on display in Boone as well as the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, and the group is preparing for a show at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum, Harkers Island, which runs through November. Later exhibits are slated for Columbus County and Calabash. While members pickup and deliver art work from all areas of the state, they often take the time to provide workshops or give field trips

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while in the area. Bob Trevers, for example, brought some large pieces from Asheville for a show in Carteret County and while here he offered a workshop to area artists. “And that benefits the community,” said Dixon. “All of our workshops and field trips are open to the public, too, so everyone has the chance to benefit from our organization, even if it’s by attending a class.” And it is also getting the work of North Carolina artists outside of the state’s borders. In 2013, the group is planning for its first out-of-state show in Maryland. “A guy doing a book on fish recently needed an illustrator and he contacted us to see if anyone was interested – so it’s giving the group the ability to branch out in a variety of ways,” said Dixon. “Instead of one person trying to work and market themselves alone, as a group we can really spread out, we have more avenues. And we have more chances to talk about wildlife conservation, the one thing we all have in common.” To learn more about the NC Wildlife Artist Society, visit www.ncwas.com.

Craven Festival Celebrates the Arts It’s alive! Those accustomed to seeing art only hanging on walls awards are being accepted until Sept. 1; a nomination form is or resting on pedestals will be fascinated, delighted and eneravailable at www.cravenarts.org. gized from 10am-4pm on Saturday, Sept. 29 and noon-4pm on Workshops begin at 9am on Saturday and are planned for Sunday, Sept. 30. That’s when art comes alive at the New Bern throughout the day, as well as Sunday morning and afternoon. To Riverfront Convention Center as the Craven Arts Council presents learn what’s available this year, call Craven Arts Council at 252the Craven Arts Festival. Painters, sculptors, musicians, actors 638-2577 or visit www.cravenarts.org. and so much more will be on hand, and Craven Arts Council promises a fun art experience for the whole family. Visitors will watch artists at work, participate in workshops, take part in interactive art projects and become artists themselves. Six sculptors will create new pieces while other artists offer live demonstrations and workshops. Children can take part in clay and printmaking activities. Artist booths will include handmade jewelry, painting, drawing, mixed media, photography, sculpture, pottery, fiber arts and furniture, most of which will be available for purchase. On Saturday evening, there is a festive wine tasting along with other tastings of sweet (dessert) and savory (hors d’oeuvres) treats. Saturday evening also premieres Craven Arts Council’s Bernie Awards, recognizing outstanding contributions to the arts environment of Craven County. Awards will be presented to Outstanding Artist, Outstanding Arts Educator, and Outstanding Business or Potter Ben Watford showing young visitors how it’s done. Community Supporter of the Arts. Nominations for these www.nccoast.com

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AUGUST 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Drawing to Painting. 2-5pm. Area artist Lena Ennis leads this class at Arts & Things, Morehead City. Details: www.arts-things.com. Wed. 1: NC Wildlife Artist Society Exhibition. 6pm. This art exhibit opening at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center, Harkers Island, features a group of artists with the goal of protecting and promoting wildlife through art and education. Details: 252-728-1500 ext. 26. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Painting Class. 1-4pm. All levels are welcome to this painting class at Arts & Things, Morehead City. Class is led by owner Lou Wilson. Details: www.arts-things.com. 3-5, 9-12, 16-19: “Much Ado About Nothing.” Join the Carolinian Shakespeare Festival, directed by Mary McGinley, as it presents this spirited comedy. Performances begin at 8pm, Thursday through Saturday and at 2pm on Sunday. Tickets are $28, adults; $22, seniors; $20, members; and $14, students & active duty military. Details: 252-639-3524. Fri. 3: Gallery Opening – Georgia Mason. 5:307:30pm. The Mattie King Davis Art Gallery, Beaufort, welcomes the work of Georgia Mason with a reception. Details: 252-728-5225. 4, 22, 28, 25: Drawing to Painting. 9:30am12:30pm. Area artist Lena Ennis leads this class at Arts & Things, Morehead City. Details: www.artsthings.com. Sat. 4: Paint the New Bern Clock Tower. 6:30-9pm. Join Bear Hands Art Factory for a class to create your own masterpiece. The cost is $40 and all materials are included. Guests may bring a snack and beverage, including beer or wine. Details: www.bearhandsart. com or 252-514-2787. Mike Cross in Concert. 8pm. Playing guitar and fiddle, the musician entertains audiences with bottleneck blues, fiery Irish jigs and a wealth of his own music and stories, all told with a little backwoods humor. Tickets are $22-28 for the Morehead Center performance. Details: www.themoreheadcenter.com. Sun. 5: Little Feat Performs. 8pm. It’s no tribute band here. The real deal hits the stage at The Morehead Center. Tickets are $35-$45. Details: www. themoreheadcenter.com. First Friday Art Walk. 5-8pm. These downtown Morehead City events include music, wine, finger foods, demonstrations and more. 6, 13, 20, 27: Watercolor & Acrylic Class. 9:30am12:30pm. Join Linda Kramer at Arts & Things, Morehead City, for this all-level painting class. Details: www.arts-things.com. 10-11, 17-18: “Rent.” The New Bern Civic Theatre brings this contemporary musical to the stage with director John Van Dyke. Tickets are $15. Details: www. newberncivictheatre.org. Fri. 10: Concert at Fort Macon. 7-8pm. The Friends of Fort Macon annually bring visitors to the site with its popular concert program. The concerts are free and

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open to the public. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. This final concert of the season features Conch Stew. Sat. 18: Ronnie McDowell. 8pm. The artist performs at The Morehead Center. Tickets are $20-$30. Details: www. themoreheadcenter.com. 24-26, 31: “Doubt, A Parable.” 8pm. Doors open at 7pm. New Bern’s only full-time, resident professional theatre company opens its fourth season. Set in 1964 at a Catholic school in the Bronx, this intense drama unfolds around a possibly well-meaning priest being accused of immoral behavior by a suspicious and cynical nun. Tickets for adults are $25; members, $22; students, $10. Details: www. ratiotheatre.org, 252-626-0358. September 1-2: Arts & Crafts Coalition Fall Show. Held each year at the Beaufort Historic Site, this is a great chance to get a head start on holiday shopping. The juried show features local and regional artisans both exhibiting and selling their wares. Details: 252-728-5225. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Drawing to Painting. 9:30am-12:30pm. Area artist Lena Ennis leads this class at Arts & Things, Morehead City. Details: www.arts-things.com. 5, 12, 29, 26: Drawing to Painting. 2-5pm. Area artist Lena Ennis leads this class at Arts & Things, Morehead City. Details: www.arts-things.com. 6, 13, 20, 27: Painting Class. 1-4pm. All levels are welcome to this painting class at Arts & Things, Morehead City. Class is led by owner Lou Wilson. Details: www.arts-things.com. Fri. 7: First Friday Art Walk. 5-8pm. These downtown Morehead City events include music, wine, finger foods, demonstrations and more. Sat. 8: Bear City Opry. 7pm. Enjoy the Bear City Opry Country & Gospel Music Show at the Masonic Theatre in downtown New Bern for a night of good country and gospel music played the way it used to be played at the Grand Ole Opry. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Children under 12 are $2. Details: 252-670-7082 or bearcityopry.com. 10, 17, 24: Watercolor & Acrylic Class. 9:30am-12:30pm. Join Linda Kramer at Arts & Things, Morehead City, for this all-level painting class. Details: www.arts-things.com. 14-15: Vance Gilbert Performs. 8pm. The 20th season of the Down East Folk Arts Society’s concert series begins with folk artist Vance Gilbert at the Trent River Coffee Company in New Bern on Friday and Clawson’s Restaurant, Beaufort, on Saturday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for members and active-duty military and $8 for students. Doors open at 7pm. Details: www.downeastforlkarts.org. 29-30: Craven Arts Festival. Art comes to life from 10am4pm on Saturday and noon to 4pm on Sunday at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. Vendors, demonstrations, workshops, performances and more. Details: 252-6382577. Sat. 29: Steel Wheels Perform. 7:30pm. The Pamlico Musical Society brings the band to Oriental’s Old Theater. Tickets are $20. Details: 252-249-3670.


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Liner Notes Purely Pastels The Council for the Arts in Jacksonville will feature 11 pastel artists during the month of August. One of the most interesting aspects in pastel painting is seeing the various methods and techniques from different artists. The artists participating in the show all have different styles and will demonstrate what makes their work unique. The featured artists are: Linda Anderson, Connie Burke, Susan Cheatham, Norma Haden, Barbara LaValley, Eleanor McArver, BF Reed, Cindy Ridlon, Ann Valente, Ann Ward and Jean Wenner. The opening reception is planned from 2:30-4pm on Sunday, Aug. 5 at the Council for the Arts, 826 New Bridge St., Jacksonville. The artists will be on hand to meet the public and discuss their work.

There’s “Much Ado About Nothing” One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, “Much Ado About Nothing,” takes to the stage in New Bern Aug. 2-19 as the main presentation of the Carolinian Shakespeare Festival at the Cullman Performance Hall in the NC History Center at Tryon Palace. A starstudded cast of visiting guest artists has been announced for the production. “This is everyone’s favorite play. ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is high comedy and its word-play and banter are things of beauty. We’re so happy we’ve been invited back to perform this delightful comedy at Tryon Palace’s Cullman Hall. It’s going to be a great festival,” said Artistic Director Mary McGinley. “We’ve worked hard to put together the perfect cast for this comedy about two reluctant lovers who always try to get the last word. We’ve auditioned more than 200 actors in New Bern and New York City. I think we’ve come up with a terrific combination and I can’t wait to work with all of them.” The cast includes Anna Phyllis Smith as Beatrice, who has performed in the New York Shakespeare Fest, Manhattan Shakespeare Project and Olympic Shakespeare Productions. Playing opposite Anna as the clever Benedick is Scott Renzoni. “Renzo” comes to Eastern North Carolina fresh from appearing in “Amadeus” with the Theatre Company in Cambridge, NY. He is an actor with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass. Additional characters will be played by Sydney Angel, Phillip Burke, Jaike Foley-Schultz and Michael Deely. The cast will also be featured in the festival’s fringe events, including concert readings of “Henry IV, Part 2.” Tickets are on sale now by calling 252-639-3524. To learn more about the annual festival, visit www.csfest.net.

Mattie King Davis Gallery Features Mason Georgia Mason of Emerald Isle will be the featured artist at the Mattie King Davis Gallery in Beaufort during August and September. Her recent compositions pay homage to the life and beauty of the coast and its surroundings, providing a vision of place and pattern, of rhythm and reflection, imbued with the artist’s unique sensibility. An opening reception is planned for 5:30-7:30pm on Friday, Aug. 3. The public is welcome to attend. An accomplished traditional watercolorist, Mason has also employed a broad range of materials and techniques such as alcohol, salt, waxed paper, saran wrap, as well as the laying down of various materials to create texture. Using papers and paint, altering surfaces with transparent passages and opaque over-painting, Mason builds the painting with many layers, using other materials, such as crayons, fabric, threads, rice papers Georgia Mason and tissues to enhance and enliven her

style. Bold color choices and blends of textures characterize much of her recent work. Expressive and evocative, Mason’s paintings convey not only a delight in her environment but also a sense of personal exploration and discovery.

At the Hospital In August the Cassie Howe Algeo Gallery at Carteret General Hospital will feature the photography of three members of New Bernbased Coastal Photo Club, Rick Meyer, Mary O’Neill and Chuck Colucci. The hospital art gallery is in the hallway near the cafeteria, just off the Arendell Street entrance in Morehead City. As always, these Rick Meyer shows are free and open to the public at all times. Most of the works are for sale and purchase can be arranged through the hospital’s human resources department. The Coastal Photo Club has 50 members with various degrees of photography experience. With beginners and award-winning professionals among them, it meets once a month members to share knowledge and encourage each other to continue to pursue their passion. For more information about the Arts for the Hospital program, contact Mary Ann Harris at 252-504-0720 or maryann104@embarqmail.com.

The Steel Wheels Roll In When The Steel Wheels take the stage, fans of Americana music are in for a night of fresh acoustic fervor. From fire-in-the-belly spirit to fine-tuned story-telling, this fourmember band takes its audience on a musical ride they won’t soon forget. Pamlico Musical Society brings The Steel Wheels to Oriental’s Old Theater at 7:30pm on Saturday, Sept. 29. Lead vocals from Trent Wagler will be complemented by supporting vocals from mandolin player, Jay Lapp. Bass player Brian Dickel and fiddler Eric Brubaker join in to produce heart-rending harmonies. Steeped in the lyrical traditions of their native Shenandoah Valley, The Steel Wheels celebrate the past while putting a decidedly original spin on old-time Americana themes. Tickets to the concert are $20 and available online at www.pamlicomusic.org or at Nautical Wheelers in Oriental. Call 252-249-3670 for more information. The Steel Wheels

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