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Angela Fowler

An Evening with Dinah Washington See Calendar Clips

Neal Meyer

Window on the World

Barbara Akins-Yancey

Giving Back to the Community

April 2011

Photo by Michelle Dalton

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Editor’s Note

Either you were born here or you moved here. It doesn’t matter how you arrived; you are now part of an increasingly diverse community. This came to mind while I was people-watching before a recent church service in Danville. On that Sunday morning, first-generation immigrants from at least nine different countries joined with local natives whose roots have grown in Danville soil through multiple generations. That small gathering was a reflection of our much larger community. Because of our different talents and skills, each member of our community has the ability to make contributions for the good of all. Evince celebrates the individuals who are leading the movement. Patti Schwemer is helping to create a healthier population (page 3) and Barbara Akins-Yancey is working to make sure scholarships are available for our youth (page 5). If you are working and don’t believe you have time to become involved, read Spotting Exceptional Customer Service on page 17 for inspiration. Maybe, after reading Arnold Hendrix’s story about organizing a community garden, you might want to try it in your neighborhood this weekend (page 7). The blossoming May flowers and trees remind us to bloom in the garden where we are planted. What are you going to do to make our community a better place? Sincerely,

April Contents


Editor’s Note


Patti Schwemer: Committed to Clinic & Community by Joyce Wilburn


She Said He Said / EGO-centric by Dena Hill & Larry Oldham


Barbara Akins-Yancey: Giving Back to the Community by Joyce Wilburn


How About Starting a Community Garden? by Arnold Hendrix


Neal Meyer’s Window on the World by Joyce Wilburn


Second Thoughts / Give Me Some Credit by Kim Clifton



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atti Schwemer spent more than two decades preparing for her new career as Executive Director of the Free Clinic of Danville, a position she accepted on February 7th. In the 1980s, Schwemer laid the groundwork for managing the day-to-day operation and fundraising for this vital community service by earning an Averett University degree in science with a concentration in social work. “After graduation, I started my career as a child protective service worker for Pittsylvania County Department of Social Services and worked for 8 years until the birth of my daughter,” she recounts. After a year’s maternity leave, Schwemer returned to the workforce as a counselor in mental health and substance abuse for the Danville Pittsylvania County Community Services Agency for five years. The 1990s saw another change in her career path when she began working at Danville Regional Medical Center. Over the next 15 years, she gained an understanding of community relations, marketing, case management, and physician development. “I have been very fortunate to gain a lot of experience working in the health care field and learn both the clinical and business sides,” says the Alabama native who moved with her family to a Pittsylvania County farm when she was a year

Patti Schwemer: Committed to Clinic & Community by Joyce Wilburn

Patti and nurse practitioner, Phyllis Scarce, look at the day’s work.

old. “I am thrilled to be working for a non-profit organization with a phenomenal mission,” she adds, referring to The Free Clinic’s undertaking of “providing holistic based comprehensive medical care, with a focus on education and wellness, to qualified uninsured individuals in the Danville regional area.” The Free Clinic is now at its fourth location on the corner of Ridge and Patton Streets since opening for the first time in a basement room at Episcopal Church of the Epiphany on the corner of Jefferson and Main Streets. “It was an all-volunteer effort and seven patients were seen at that first clinic in 1993,” she says and then adds, “now there are three full-time and three part-time

paid positions including a fulltime nurse practitioner and 900 patients were seen last year.” “Many of our patients are employed, but fall into the category of people whose employers don’t offer insurance and they can’t afford to pay for health care insurance,” notes Schwemer. “What the clinic offers is needed and very much appreciated,” she says, speaking for those who made a total of 3,183 visits last year. “We are a chronic disease clinic and see individuals who are diabetic, hypertensive, or those with cardiovascular disease or who have had a stroke,” she explains. The growth of the Free Clinic is fueled by the generosity of the local community: a volunteer

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board, physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians, and pharmacists freely donate their time; monetary donations come from individuals, churches, foundations, and corporations; various health-related institutions, local businesses, and individuals give in-kind donations. “It is so rewarding that because of the kindness of others, we are able to provide this service,” Schwemer says, listing additional services in dental, ophthalmology, gynecology, rheumatology, nephrology and mental health for patients who are already enrolled. Although Schwemer has been on the job a short time, her desire to serve the community has been evident for decades. As she escorts a visitor on a tour of the newly constructed small education center where patients will learn about making healthy choices, she states the obvious, “I am very committed to the Clinic’s mission and making this community healthier.” Before saying good-by and heading back to her office and a ringing phone, she issues a challenge and a subtle invitation, “Volunteers and monetary donations are always needed.” If you want to be part of this community service organization, call 434.799.1223. Patti Schwemer wants to hear from others who are like herself-committed to serving the Clinic and the community. For more information, visit Board members are: President Vince Kania; 1st Vice President Larry Oldham; 2nd Vice President Nancy Kaylor; Treasurer Brenda Gibson; Secretary Sherri Tuck; Stephanie Ferrugia; Dr. Bill Broach; Larry Campbell, Jr.; Dave Gluhareff; Linda Green; Carole Holland; Jayne Powers; Becky Bolton; Peggy Simpson; Steve Wilkinson.

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SHE SAID by Dena Hill

EGO-centric According to the dictionary, ego is defined as an exaggerated sense of self-importance, conceit. I seem to attract men who have more than their fair share. (Not you, of course, honey). I came along during a time when many females were taught to pump up the male ego in order to build his self-confidence and self-esteem. There were little tidbits of support that were intended to be subliminal and ultimately had a positive outcome. For example, if my significant other nonchalantly said to an acquaintance, “Let’s do lunch”, I made sure he followed up with a phone call. Otherwise, lunch would have been an empty invitation. Maybe the answer to protecting the fragile male ego is to keep quiet during a controversial conversation and then act responsibly to solve the issue even if it’s at a later date. Remember the phrase “behind every man stands a good woman”? Where is the good man who is standing behind the woman? Oh yes, now I’s Bill Clinton standing behind Hilary. But we all know why he has to support her. So here’s to your ego, darling. You are The Man! You have more charisma than any other male on the universe. You are a wonderful provider, a top notch fix-it man, master gardener, excellent chef, terrific household organizer and most of all, you are my very best friend.

think most of the world already knew about my finer qualities, but I don’t think that it hurts for you to remind them occasionally. I can truly say that this is one of those times when you and I are in complete agreement. You see, women do not have egos. Women are born with beauty, grace, understanding, patience, and charm (not you, of course, dear). Just kidding. I do agree that women of distinction are the backbone of many men. More than likely if the truth be known, most women are the major reason for men’s success. Not many men would admit it because we are vain. We think so highly of ourselves that we don’t always stop to think of the reason we reached the point where we stand. We don’t give you girls enough credit for helping us reach our highest goals. I am ready to give you all the credit for making me a great provider, a top notch fix-it man, a master gardener, an excellent chef and a terrific organizer. I would like to give you credit for making me cute, but I have to give that to my mother and father. I would like to give you credit for making me more spiritual, but I have to give that to my church. I would like to give you credit for making me smart, but I have to give that to myself for reading and teaching myself all that I have learned. I would like to give you credit for making me a good parent, but I have to give that to my parents by whom I was taught. I will give you all the credit for giving me such a high exaggerated sense of self-importance though because without you beside me, I would just be another drip in the droplets of life. Thank you for making me the man I am today.....your egocentric best friend.

She said He Said


by Larry Oldham Now I think that the whole wide world knows why I married you. I

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Barbara Akins-Yancey:

Giving Back to the Community by Joyce Wilburn Barbara Akins-Yancey sits across the table from me--a very confidant, articulate, goal-driven woman, who is on a mission to empower local teenage girls with those same qualities. When the North Carolina native speaks, her message resonates with decades of experience and wisdom. “I was the first black woman to work in the CEO’s office at North Carolina Power & Light Company in the late ‘80s ,” says the NC A&T State University graduate, adding, “Being in that position, I saw corporate sponsorship and fundraising on the national level.” Combining that experience with the knowledge of writing grant proposals gained at St. Augustine’s College and Shaw University in Raleigh and International Partnership for Service-Learn & Leadership at Regent’s Park College in England gave Barbara the perfect resources for reaching one of her life-long goals. “After I retired from corporate America, I wanted to teach, because I started in the business program in high school and I want to give back,” explains the teacher and advisor for the Future Business Leaders of America at George Washington High School and adjunct faculty member at Danville Community College and National College. “I work in career development and part of my job is preparing young people for college,” she says and then adds emphatically, “and our kids need scholarships.” To secure funds for scholarships, Barbara is working with fellow members of the Danville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, a 98-year-old national organization of college-educated women, to present the Distinguished

Men Cookin’ with the Deltas (focusing on healthy eating) and the Jabberwock. (The event is named for Jabberwocky, the mythical character in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, who called together the members of his kingdom once a year to put on a show.) Invitations to participate in Jabberwock were sent to area high schools girls last fall and those who accepted have been taking part in events focusing on health, education, politics, community service, and international awareness. Their culminating activity will be the equivalent of a debutante ball on May 14, where the Queen of Jabberwock 2011 will be crowned. The girl who raises the most money, which will be returned to the community in the form of scholarships, becomes the Queen. “When each girl becomes a senior, she is given special consideration for a scholarship, if she meets all the other requirements,” says Barbara, noting that this year’s competitors come from GW, Galileo, Tunstall, Dan River, Gretna, and Langston High Schools. At the end of Jabberwock 2011, ten girls will leave the festivities a little more confident, articulate, and goal-driven. Then Barbara can checkoff one more thing on the to-do list of giving back to the community. Jabberwock 2011 will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at Cherrystone Center, 5551 Tom Fork Rd., in Ringgold, VA. Tickets are $20 which includes dinner provided by Distinguished Men Cookin’ with the Deltas. For more information, call 434.685.2316 or visit;;

Jabberwocky, seen beside the rabbit, is the dodo-looking mythical character in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland

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How About Starting a Community Garden? by Arnold Hendrix Jacob McCann was aware of the growing popularity of community gardens in urban areas. As he says, “It was kind of trendy.” So, 13 months ago when he joined the City of Danville as Program Director of the Crossing at the Dan on Craghead Street, he immediately recognized the concept as “a perfect pairing with the Farmers’ Market. We have a vast amount of farming knowledge here (at the Crossing),” McCann says. That’s because the Farmers’ Market operates inside the Community Market at the Crossing. With the support of the Dan River Region Obesity Task Force and a $10,000 Make It Happen grant from the Danville Regional Foundation, the Crossing at the Dan Community Garden was born. Today, a fenced area adjacent to the building – big enough to contain (12) 4x8 foot plots, plus a storage shed for tools – awaits eager gardeners such as nearby residents of the Dan River Crossing Apartments and The Burton Condominiums on Bridge Street, the Lindsey Lofts on Craghead Street, the Lynn Street Lofts Apartments and students from Galileo High School on Ridge Street. “Our first preference was to give the plots to people within a mile or two,” McCann says. “We did that to keep the sense of community. Plus, it is easier to tend if you live or work down here.” For residents of the apartments and condominiums, the community garden offers the opportunity to tend a bigger garden than their window box will allow. For Galileo students, the community garden provides an opportunity for community service. “We are always looking for a variety of opportunities for community service,” says Kathy Shanks, coordinator of the school’s International Baccalaureate program. Taking part will be 40 students in Galileo’s Roots & Shoots Club, which Shanks explained is a worldwide organization of young people “who want to do good things for people and the environment.” Sherri Wright, who along with Shanks serves as sponsor for the club, called the garden a perfect fit. In addition to community service, the garden will teach students about nutrition and healthy foods. “They are researching the most nutritional things to plant,” says Wright, who is Galileo’s school nurse and coordinator of nurses for the school system. “The garden will be all organic, so the students are really happy about that.” McCann says citizens who signed up for a plot will be responsible for planting, weeding, and harvesting. “We are providing the plots, dirt, tools and water, so if someone has no knowledge of gardening, they can still participate,” McCann says. “We want 75% of the space to be planted in vegetables in keeping with the Farmers’ Market theme, but they also can plant flowers and shrubs.” To others interested in community gardening, McCann will offer advice on how to start and how to find sponsors. After all, as McCann says, community gardens are trendy. For more information, call 434.797.8961.

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Neal Meyer’s

Window on the World by Joyce Wilburn


eal Meyer’s office doesn’t have any windows. That’s because in 2007 when the building where it’s located was undergoing a transformation from a retail store into Photo by Mic helle D Carlisle School’s alton. Danville campus, no one thought to include a workspace for her. “This building was completely gutted. We worked all summer; had someone draw the plans, and we tweaked them,” she says, explaining that as Carlisle School’s Director of the Martinsville and Danville Lower Schools she diplomatically mentioned the need for an office. Subsequently, the proposed infirmary was renamed. Not including space for the Richmond native’s desk and chair was an understandable mistake-the energetic wife, mother of three, director of 200 students and 32 teachers in two different locations rarely sits for any length of time. Asked if she always wanted to be the leader of a school, the youthful administrator replies honestly, “I had no idea. My love is the classroom.” The gradual move from teacher to administrator began in 2002 when she taught pre-school at Carlisle’s first Danville location in the historic district, then became the preschool director and later the director of both the Danville Lower School on Piney Forest Road and the Martinsville Lower School in Axton. Surrounded by the joyful noise of children at play and at work, the Lenoir-Ryne College graduate admits, “This job is very exciting for me. Here is a program that I have had the opportunity to start in Danville. I had no idea that we would ever reach such heights,” she says, referring to the school’s growing enrollment and recent developments. Terry Spears, Primary Years Program (PYP) Coordinator, explains, “We hope to be one of the first schools on the East Coast to have the International Baccalaureate program in lower, middle, and upper schools by the fall of 2011. PYP is inquiry-based education, student –centered learning with teachers as guides. We use the best teacher practices

and assessment with emphasis on character development and a global way of learning.” Student-centered teaching with a global perspective is a cornerstone of a Carlisle education. “Simon Owen-Williams, the Head of School, is from Wales and he drives home the importance of the International Baccalaureate (IB),” Meyer says noting that IB is the recognized leader in the field of international education. Carlisle’s Lower School will be hosting a visiting team this spring as part of their acceptance into the IB Primary Years Program. When that happens, the pre-school through fifth grade students will be part of an IB World School. How ironic. Although Director Neal Meyer doesn’t have a window in her office, her students have a window on the world. • Carlisle is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. • Carlisle is an IB World School offering the IB Diploma for juniors and seniors. They are the first independent school in Virginia authorized to teach the IB Middle Years program for grades 6 to 10. • The Danville campus located at 179 Piney Forest Road is part of the Lower Division Program. There are 64 enrolled in 2-yearold preschool through second grade. Students transition to the Martinsville campus for third grade and beyond. • For more information, visit or call 434.799.1750.

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Second Thoughts by Kim Clifton ©2011

Give Me Some Credit My grandmother buried cash in jars and took it out only when she really needed to buy something. I’m beginning to think that wasn’t a bad idea. One day last month, while I was at work with my credit cards and ID secure in my desk drawer, someone pretending to be me was on a shopping spree in Kernersville and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Without actually having my VISA card in-hand, she was able to go to Wal-Mart and charge $500, and then to Staples where she ripped off $166 more. It wasn’t until she hit Lowe’s for another $500 that someone smelled a rat and shut her down. It makes no sense to me that even if she couldn’t swipe my card at the checkout, she could swipe a ton of merchandise and swipe my identity. Maybe it happened something like this: Check-out clerk: “Will that be debit or credit, ma’am?” The woman who wasn’t me: “Credit. Oooh, wait. You know what...I don’t have my card with me, but luckily I remembered to write the number down on the back of this envelope.” Check-out clerk: “Sure thing. Let me just punch that in for you, hon. Hmmm...I, ah, I can’t read this part right that a 1 or a 7?”

I want to see the surveillance footage from these transactions because I need to see what this woman looks like, although I’m sure the chances of that happening are as slim as I am. At least let me say this to the Kim Clifton imposter: Please tell me you represented me well. Please tell me you were so tall and attractive that the cashiers were mesmerized by your beauty. Please tell me your voice was sweet and seductive, so much so that it rendered those clerks as helpless as the sailors were to the Sirens call in Greek mythology. Please don’t let me find out you’re short and dumpy as well as stupid. It only adds insult to injury. Thankfully, I am not responsible for this debt, because the credit card company will cover it. Still, that doesn’t satisfy me. I want to know why this woman thought it was okay to pretend to be me. I want to know how this woman figured out a way to so effectively impersonate me when all she had was my name and a card number. More importantly, I want to know how she got the number in the first place. The two of us are so different. I barely have a right mind; this woman clearly has a criminal one. The irony is that I’ve worked with the Internet since it became commercial, so for more than 16 years, I’ve preached about

going only to safe web sites. I’m the kind of person who thanks cashiers for wanting to see my ID when I buy something. Now none of that matters. The unthinkable has happened to me. Someone appropriated my identity and used it to steal. Maybe I should stop charging. Maybe I should be like my grandmother and only shop in town with a fistful of cash. Or even better, maybe I should shop like my great-grandmother. She didn’t even fool with money. She bartered. The only problem with that plan is finding a Vera Bradley purse that would hold two pigs and a chicken while I hunt for new shoes. Maybe one day I’ll find out how this woman did it. Until she came along the last thing on my credit card bill was a Valentine’s gift for my husband, purchased from what I thought was the safest repository of online vendors. Who knows if the stolen credit card number and my last transaction were connected. It would be poetic justice if they were, since I bought the gift at Because when it comes to shopping online, it’s a jungle out there.

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CARING FOR YOUR HEART As the weather begins to get warmer we all begin to venture outside to tackle all those much needed outdoor projects. It is not uncommon during these times for the local health care facility to see an increase in the number of heart attack victims related to physical exertion from these outdoor activities in people with increased risk for heart disease. A heart attack is the result of a decrease in the amount of oxygen and blood that reaches the heart muscle. This can be due to a blockage in one or more of the vessels that carry blood and oxygen to the heart. If the blockage is not treated quickly, the heart muscle can begin to die.

Heart Attack: Know the Warning Signs Chest pain or discomfort such as heaviness, tightness or a squeezing sensation. Discomfort in the upper body such as back, neck or jaw pain that can radiate into the arms. Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort. If you experience the warning signs of a heart attack, don’t hesitate to call 911. A few minutes could be the difference between life and death.

DON’T WAIT! Fast treatment is the key to surviving a heart attack.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 1.1 million people in the U.S. will suffer from a heart attack each year. Of those, over half will die, many of them within the first hour of symptom onset. Many people ignore the initial signs because they may not be aware that what they are experiencing is in fact a heart attack. However, recognizing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and seeking immediate medical attention can lessen the damage done to the heart—and potentially save your life. That’s why it’s important to know the warning signs. These include: • Chest pain or discomfort. This can be described as a heaviness, tightness or squeezing sensation in the chest. Some people may even experience abdominal pain. The discomfort will last longer than a few minutes and may come and go. • Discomfort in the upper body, such as back, neck or jaw pain that can radiate into the arms. This pain can be associated with nausea, vomiting, and lightheadedness and the person can feel cold and sweaty at the same time. • Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort. Although the most common symptom of a heart attack in women is chest pain or discomfort, they are more likely than men to experience other symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting and back or jaw pain. If you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms, do not hesitate to seek medical attention immediately. Don’t wait; call 9-1-1! The American Heart Association recommends that people learn the warning signs of a heart attack so that they can act fast as minutes really do matter! Calling 911 is almost always the quickest way to get lifesaving treatment. In fact, many emergency medical personnel are trained to identify the symptoms and stabilize the victim before arriving in the Emergency Department. The American Heart Association further recommends that all hospitals have a strategy in place to quickly restore blood flow to the heart. In June 2009, Danville Regional Heart Center, in collaboration with Duke Medicine and our surrounding EMS agencies, implemented a process to improve the identification of life-threatening heart blockages and the process for ensuring quicker treatment. As part of this improvement initiative, Danville Regional Heart Center purchased computer software that allows the EMS agencies to send heart tracings directly to the hospital for review and diagnosis before patients with heart attack symptoms arrive. Rapid identification enables heart attack victims, upon arrival, to be taken directly to our cardiac treatment area, where physicians and specially trained staff deliver treatments that open blocked vessels to restore circulation to the heart muscle. Danville Regional Heart Center provides treatment options for heart attack patients that present to the hospital including ensuring clot dissolving medication delivery within 30 minutes or catheterization lab procedure within 90 minutes of arrival which are in accordance with the latest national guidelines. Danville Regional Heart Center is committed to quality by participating in national data registries for all of our heart attack patients so we can continue to improve our processes and maintain positive patient outcomes. With these new processes in place, Danville Regional Heart Center is providing high-quality heart care to our community. If you have any questions about the Danville Regional Heart Center or our process for the rapid identification and treatment for heart attacks, please contact Tracey Blevins, RN BSN MBA HCM, Cardiovascular Administrative Director, at 434.799.2155 or at And most importantly, don’t forget: “Don’t wait...activate 9-1-1” when experiencing heart attack symptoms.

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References: To learn more about heart disease and heart attack signs and symptoms, you may visit the links below. • • (American Heart Association)


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Judith, Can hearing Q: Dr. instruments wirelessly connect to Phones and TV?

hearing instruments can wirelessly A: Yes, connect to Cell Phone and TV. This gives the

hearing instrument wearer the advantage of being able to hear the phone conversation or the TV without interference from background noise. With TV use, the hearing instrument wearer will be able to listen to TV at the volume they need without bothering other people. Since the TV audio is delivered directly to the hearing instrument via a transmitter, the loudness is controlled by the hearing instrument system, not the TV volume. This feature solves a big problem that many families face. On average, a retired person watches approximately 6 hours of TV a day and this features makes TV so much more enjoyable. Hearing instruments can also wirelessly connect to phones- most often to cell phones. This allows the hearing instrument wearer to hear phone conversation through both ears. In addition they don’t have to hold the phone to their ear. This is perfect since most states, Virginia and North Carolina included, have hands-free cell phone laws. People can’t hold the phone to their ear while driving. That explains why so many people wear Bluetooth devices. With hearing instruments’ wireless connectivity, wearing a Bluetooth device is unnecessary because the hearing instrument connects to the phone via a Phone Clip. GN ReSound has the most advanced and easiest to use system. It is the Unite system and it is compatible with the Alera line of hearing instruments. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by technology but GN ReSound has designed their system to be very simple and not overwhelming. To make an appointment to schedule a hearing evaluation and to discuss hearing instruments please call (434) 792-0813. We accept most insurances to cover the hearing evaluation.

Series Synopsis fiction by Telisha Moore Leigg

Author’s Note: Some readers have requested a synopsis of the interconnected stories I have written for the past year for Evince, so I have provided them below.


n the first story, Moon, Clarisse Knox is coming to a sad understanding of her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease. No longer able to care for her mother, Clarisse –still reeling from her divorce from Timothy Knox because of his infidelity—takes her mother to live with her older, more “perfect” and established sister, Regina. In Threshold, Regina Thaxton brings her mother into the Thaxton home with her husband Mike and their daughter, Karen, who is home during a college break. Regina looks back over her life as Karen’s mother as she deals with the new challenge of caring for her ailing mother. In Mythology, Karen Thaxton, Regina and Mike’s only child, faces danger during another college break. Karen, with her parents’ grudging permission, is sheltering a domestic-abuse victim named Abbie, until Abbie’s estranged and violent husband finds the temporary shelter. Glorious is the first-person account of Ann, Regina and Clarisse’s mother, suffering from Alzheimer’s. Ann recounts memories of her younger brother who died of a severe cold after falling in a well and she worries about how her daughters will take her own passing away. In Her, we meet Clarisse again. Having run into her ex, Tim, in the grocery store, she begins shopping at a new supermarket. At this

new supermarket, Clarisse comes face- to-face for the first time with Tim’s lover—the woman who helped destroy Clarisse’s marriage. Clarisse also sees the lover’s children. Clarisse is overcome and her actions during and after this moment are both angry and poignant. In Claw, Tim Knox tries to say good bye to the lover who, helped end his marriage. He has quiet hopes that he will regain Clarisse’s love if he has no further contact with his mistress, Darla Wilston. He decides to give her one final gift, fixing the boards of her broken front porch while she and her children look on. What transpires is both savage and sad as he tries to say good bye. There is a rash of robberies that touches every character in this series. In Nimbus, Regina reads in the paper that a woman named Doris has lost everything in a recent robbery. Regina takes money to Doris’ home; she reflects on her seemingly shaky marriage to her longtime love, Mike, and on how her mother is slipping away day by day. In Edge, Mike Thaxton, husband to Regina and father of Karen, appears. Another robbery has taken place and Mike follows the news of it avidly. It makes him ponder the state of his marriage and his love for his wife, Regina, and also makes him remember his father. In this story we learn of Mike’s heart condition. In Salvage, readers meet Tim Knox again and are introduced to Darla’s son, Tyrion, a young man coming of age. Tyrion sees Tim as both a savior for the family and just another man to walk away. Tim sees

Tyrion as the young boy he once was. So when Tim meets Tyrion at the scrap yard trying to buy a part to fix his mother’s car with little expertise or means, Tim decides to take him home, which means he will again come into the life of Darla, something that will push Clarisse further away. In Last New Year, we again meet Ann, mother of Clarisse and Regina. We find out that Ann’s mother also had Alzheimer’s and how Ann is losing more and more of herself each day. Ann predicts that this will be her last New Year. Scraps showcases the complexity of Tyrion’s life. In this story, Tyrion meets Tim’s biological son, Matthew. They are both students at the same school, but will never be friends. Tyrion senses a true father/son relationship, while watching his French teacher and his son in the school parking lot. In Stones, Darla tries to divert a conflict between her son, Tyrion, and her lover, Tim Knox. Tyrion has been in a fight with Matthew, Tim’s son. Darla laments over her dilemma and her need for love. Quietly, she realizes that she will choose her lover over her son, if asked again. I hope these stories have brought you some happiness and entertainment. I thank Scott Brooks and Evince magazine for publishing them and I thank you again for reading them. I hope you look forward to reading more about Clarisse, Tim, Darla, Regina, Tyrion, Mike, Karen and the others from Sustain, Virginia. To read past issues of Evince, visit

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Throw Out the Mess and Organize the Rest

What’s in Your Medicine Cabinet? by Joyce Wilburn Organizing can be good for your health, especially if you are working with the medicine in your house. Although this task might not sound like a top priority on the spring cleaning list, it could save you from unwanted health risks. By arranging medicine in a systematic way, you will avoid the accidental use of expired medicine or unintentional use by children. You will also know what you need to purchase in preparation for the sudden onset of a cough, cold, headache, or other common ailment. Start your organizational project by collecting all the medicines, vitamins, ointments, sunscreens, and first-aid supplies from the various storage places in the house. Use a box or the laundry basket as you walk through each room. Look in drawers, kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets, closets, travel bags, purses, cars, desks. When you have finished collecting, you are ready for the next step: finding one permanent place for everything. The new location will be determined by the quantity of medicine and first-aid supplies and the age of the children in the household. Of course, if you have young children, medicine must be inaccessible to them. The traditional bathroom medicine chest is not recommended because the heat and humidity in that room can change the medicine. Locate a

room that is relatively cool and dry; choose a deep drawer (one that will hold tall bottles) or a shelf in a closet or cabinet. Put the current contents of the drawer or shelf into a box (we’ll worry about that tomorrow). The next two steps, sorting and purging, are the most important steps in this process. Sort your health supplies into categories: cough, headache, pain relievers, prescriptions, ointments, Band-Aids, etc. Small items in the same category can be gathered together and put into little containers. Before placing anything in its new location, check the expiration date. If it has expired, throw it away. Although most prescription drugs are good for a year from date of issue, the potency of drugs can either increase or decrease after its expiration date. Therefore, do not use expired medicines. If you aren’t sure about a product, call your pharmacist. The last thing you should do is post the number of your pharmacist and the Poison Control Center (1.800.222.1222) to the inside wall of the new space. Also include a copy of basic first-aid instructions. After making a shopping list of products that need to be replaced, you are finished for another six months. Don’t worry; it will be easier the next time. If the thought of organizing again gives you a headache, at least you’ll know where the medicine is.

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Bambi Ate My Rhododendrons:

The Growing Cost of an Ecological Imbalance by Nat Gillespie For much of the 19th century, wildlife managers worried there were too few white-tailed deer. They adopted game laws, outlawed market hunting, and enforced a disciplined public education program to protect does in order to revive this animal from near extinction. The tables have clearly turned. Deer populations have mushroomed across America. From a low estimated at 50,000, they now exceed 30 million. Deer adapted remarkably to the highly modified environment created by residential development. They thrived at the edges of woods and on nutritious landscaping. Now humans struggle to adapt to numerous conflicts with white-tails and the deer’s rattling comeback is underscored by the increasing public characterization of this resilient ungulate as “pest” rather than “Bambi.” Conflicts with humans will likely increase. Already, with the removal of wolves and mountain lions and the decreases in hunting, cars have risen in the ranks of predators. State Farm Insurance estimated that in just one year, deer/car collisions caused 200 human casualties and over $1.1 billion in damage. Aldo Leopold, considered the father of modern conservation, researched deer population dynamics and documented their prodigious capacity to multiply. In one study in Southeastern Michigan, Leopold reported that a group of 2 bucks and 4 does placed in an enclosed reserve proliferated to 160 animals in only 6 years. George Timko, an urban deer biologist whose position was created in response to increasing deer complaints in Maryland residential areas, noted, “Many of these local populations far exceed healthy ranges of deer numbers, often 10 times that density. In the most extreme example, densities of over 300 deer per square mile were documented, and (densities) often exceed 100.” Impacts are not limited to human property. When considering the massive changes to ecosystems generated by little creatures such as zebra mussels, it is not far-fetched that a species whose palate includes hundreds of native plants could transform the mid-Atlantic’s forests. In fact, at a density of 20 per square

mile, scientists have found that deer can quickly change a forest’s composition. A recent report by The Conservation Fund and the U. S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service found that by selectively feeding on certain plants, deer overbrowsing can change forest composition. Shifts in forest plant communities, in turn, affect wildlife species that depend on this vegetation for food and shelter. Continued overbrowsing could produce near monocultures of plants resistant to deer browse. In Pennsylvania, for example, more than 50 percent of all forests lack sufficient numbers of seedlings and saplings to replace the existing forest with a similar tree composition. Loss of forest understory also means more raindrops hit the forest floor, increasing water runoff and erosion, further degrading streams. Overabundant deer also frequently eat newly planted streamside buffers before they can take root. Effective deer management has no silver bullet, however, wildlife managers point to the bullet as the most effective tool. “The first challenge is to reduce the size of the herd,” said Timko, “and to do that, antlerless deer must be removed from the population. Managed hunts, sharpshooters, and bow hunting can be effective lethal methods but require sitespecific application.” At the household level, fencing can protect landscaping and trees, but most repellent techniques are ineffective. Timko remarks, “white-tailed deer have proven to be very adaptable creatures and have learned that people and even their dogs are largely benign. I know of deer setting up in someone’s backyard and chasing the dog back inside.” In the landscape we have created, these new cohabitants appear likely to stay. We had better realize that the boom in Bambis may ultimately bear far greater systemic costs than losing the patio’s rhododendrons.

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April Calendar Ongoing

Guided Walking Tour – Millionaires Row, The Secrets Inside. 434.770.1974. See pg 12.

Through April 17

Averett Student Art Show. Student Center. 434.791.5620.

Through April 29

Chair Yoga. F 8:30-10:30 am. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216.

Through April 30

Novelties – Realist painter and illustrator Ann Glover. Piedmont Arts (PAA), Martinsville – 276.632.3221.

Thru May 8

Art Exhibit Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History (DMFAH) - A Sense of Place. See story page 22.

Through September 5

Science Exhibits – Tech City & Sonic Sensation. M-S 9:30 am–5 pm, Sun 1–5 pm. Danville Science Center (DSC) – 434.791.5160.

April 1

First Friday Art Walk – Visit art studios, meet the artists. 5-7 pm. Studio 107, Martinsville – 276.638.2107. Spring Pole Day. 9 am. Martinsville Speedway – 1.877.722.3849. Fun with Stained Glass – Create art using colored glass and copper. Southern Virginia Artisan Center (SVAC) – 276.632.0066. First Fridays at the Rives – A concert series featuring folk soul revival. 8 pm. Rives Theatre, Martinsville. 276.632.3221. Tony Rice Unit Bluegrass Concert – Danville-born Tony Rice is one of the top bluegrass instrumentalists and singers in America with music that runs the gamut of acoustic music from bluegrass to jazz-influenced new acoustic music to songwriter-oriented folk. 7:30 pm. Pritchett Auditorium. 434.791.7112.

April 1 & 2

Hairspray. 7 pm/3 pm. GWHS Auditorium. 434.791.4091. An Evening with Dinah Washington. See story page 22.

April 1 (thru 14)

Art Waves Banner Contest Exhibit. See story page 22.

April 1 (thru 29)

Food, Friends & Fine Crafts – Students explore a new craft with handson learning and will complete a project. F 6-8:30 pm. SVAC – 276.632.0066.

April 1 (thru 30)

YWCA Programs & Fitness Classes – Programs: Bible Speaks, Domestic Violence Advocacy Program, Young Women’s Leadership Program, Project Literacy and labyrinth walk. Fitness: Better Health for Pre-Teens, Aikido, Belly Dancing, Zumba, and swimming lessons for children. Days/times vary. YWCA – 434.792.1522. Live Bands & DJ Music. Wed-Sat. Back to Bogies – 434.791.3444.

April 2

Goodyear Education 5K – Run and racewalk divisions. 9 am. Goodyear

Golf Course. 434.797.1909. Cowboy Hoedown – Ride horses across the open range for crafts and fun. Ages 3-5. 10-11:30 am. Coates Rec. 434.797.8848. Dan River Basin Association’s First Saturday Outing – Smith River float. 10 am. 336.337.8843. Nano Days Festival – Discover the molecules behind anti-bacterial socks, magic sand and mood rings with nano demonstrations and hands-on activities. 10:30 am–2:30 pm. DSC – 434.791.5160. Bob Ross Painting Class – Niagara Falls. 10:30 am–3:30 pm. Ballou Park. 434.797.8848. Shag Line Dance Workshop. 11 am– 2 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216. Kroger 250. 9 am. Martinsville Speedway – 1.877.722.3849. Main Street Cruise-In – Enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere of the downtown while cruising classic cars. 6-9 pm. Downtown Danville. 434.251.2237. Rugger Roast. See story page 22. Spring in Your Step Senior Dance - Music by the Small Town Orchestra. 7-10 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216. Doc Watson & David Holt Concert. 7:30 pm. Kirby Theatre, Roxboro 336.597.1709.

April 4 (thru May 2)

Middle Eastern Belly Dance Classes – Intermediate-5:30 pm; Beginning-6:45 pm. Pepsi Building. 434.797.8848.

April 5 & 19

Danville Toastmasters. 6-7 pm. The Learning Center. 434.793.1431.

April 5 (thru 26)

Jump into Books – A new story each week. Ages 2-5. Tu 10-10:45 am. Coates Rec. 434.797.8848. African Dance Ensemble – Learn African Dance. Tues 6:30 pm. Pepsi Building. 434.797.8848.

April 5 (thru 27)

Koates Kids Pre-School Program – Different themed activities introduced each week through various events, games, arts, and crafts. Ages 3-5. T/W 9:30 am–12 pm. Coates Rec. 434.797.8848.

April 5 (thru 28)

Card Club – Test skill in games of Spades, Bid Whist, Casino, Phase 10 or other card games. T/Th 12-2 pm & 6-7:30 pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848.

April 2 (thru 11)

April 5 (Thru May 8)

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April 6

Par 3 Golf Shoot-Out – Held at Caswell Pines, Goodyear, and Ringgold Golf Courses with a championship shoot-out at Mt. Hermon Driving Range. 434.792.5443. Auto Racing. 4/2 & 23-Late Model / Limited / Pure Stock / SV Modifieds; 4/16-NASCAR K&N Pro Series/NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. South Boston Speedway – 877.440.1540.

April 2 (thru 30)

Zumba Class. Tu 9 am; Sat 10 am. Community Center, Chatham – 434.432.3115. Special Saturdays – 4/2-Behind the Scenes & A Night under the Stars; 4/9-Who Lives Here?; 4/16-Energy Engineers & Mother Earth Mysteries; 4/23-Spring Art Creations; 4/30Museum Careers. Ages/times vary. Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) – 276.634.4185. Yoga Classes. W/Sat 4:30- 5:30 pm/910 am. YWCA. 434.792.1522.

April 3

Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500. 1 pm. Martinsville Speedway – 1.877.722.3849. Viver Brazil – Exhilarating AfroBrazilian traditional and contemporary movement, stunning costumes and pulsating percussion & voice. 7:30 pm. The Prizery – 434.572.8339.

April 4 (thru 18)

Infant Massage Class - Open to expectant mothers and new parents with infants age NB to 9 Mos. Community Center, Chatham – 434.432.3115. Boogie Monday – Cha Cha. M 7-8:30 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216.

April 4 (thru 27)

Step-Aerobics. MW 5:15 pm. Community Center, Chatham- 434.432.3115.

Scenes from Our City – Display of children’s paintings of prominent Danville downtown landmarks. M-S 9:30 am–5 pm, Sun 1–5 pm. DSC – 434.791.5160. Egg and Basket Decorating Contest. 12:30-1:30 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216.

April 6 & 21

Lunch & Learn Program. 4/6 - Managing Stress; 4/21- Smoking Cessation. 11:30 am-12: 30 pm. DRMC Health Referral Services – 434.799.WELL.

April 6 (thru 27)

RiverCity Toastmasters. Wed. 1-2 pm. National College. 434.793.6822.

April 6 (thru May 11)

Art with Flo – Wet-on-wet technique. Weds. Location/times vary. 434.797.8848.

April 7

Bob Ross Painting Class – Niagara Rainbow. 10 am–3:30 pm. PAA Martinsville – 276.632.3221. Dan River District Boy Scout Leaders Roundtable – Informational meeting about scouting. 7 pm. Saint Luke’s UMC. 434.710.4408.

April 7 (thru 21)

Stress Management - Learn basic techniques. TH 6-7:15 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216.

April 7 (thru 28)

Aquacize – Aerobic workout that is easy on knees, ankles and other joints. TH 8:15 am. YWCA. 434.797.8848. Curiosity Corner – Make crafts, play games. Ages 3-5. TH 9:30 am-12:30 pm. Coates Rec. 434.797.8848. Hoop Dancing - Good cardiovascular workout, builds stamina, and improves agility and strength. TH 5:30-6:30 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216.

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Cake Decorating – 6 pm. Ballou Center. 434.797.8848. Kuumba-West African Dance – Live drumming and energetic dancing. TH 6:30-8 pm. City Armory. 434.797.8848. 57 Express Bluegrass Concert. Thursdays 7 pm. Community Center, Chatham – 434.432.3115.

April 7 (thru June 25)

A Few of Nancy’s Friends Exhibit. See story page 22.

April 8

Try Your Hand at Pottery – Create a unique piece of pottery. SVAC – 276.632.0066.

April 8 (thru 10)

Civil War History on the Lawn. See story page 22. Equestrian Theatre – Around the World in 80 Days. See story page 22.

April 8 (thru 29)

Fundraiser Dinners. 4/8-pork loin; 4/22-prime rib; 4/29-spaghetti. 5:30 pm. American Legion Dan River Post 1097. 434.836.8101.

April 9

Rummage Sale – 7 am. Carlisle School - Danville, Woodlawn & Martinsville. 276.632.7288. Senior Saturday Shopping – Seniors 60+ who live in a senior housing facility. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216. Canoe Trip – Abreu/Grogan Park to islands. 5:45-7:45 pm. 434.799.5215. Tunstall Concert Ensemble Home Show. 7:30 pm. THS Gym. 434.710.4408. Beatlegras Concert – The music of the Fab Four shaken up with infusions of bluegrass and jazz and topped off with a classical twist. 7:30-9:30 pm. Martinsville HS Auditorium. PAA – 276.632.3221.

April 9 & 10

VDCA Wild Hare Run. 8 am-5:30 pm. VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) – 434.822.7700. Rugby Tournament. 10 am. Anglers Park. 434.793.4636. Magic In Me. 2 pm/4 pm. The Invitation Destination. 434.791.4091.

April 10 (thru June 5)

Art Exhibit – City Tulips. DMFAH See story page 22.

April 11 (thru May 3)

Art with Judie – Learn how to paint with oil or watercolor. Times/days vary. Ballou Annex. 434.797.8848.

April 12

Polliwogs & Science Stars – Celebrate the Earth; discover how plants are helpful and start a miniature greenhouse. Ages 3–4, 1–2 pm. Ages 5–7, 3:30–4:30 pm. DSC 434.791.5160. 5 Wishes Workshop – Learn the importance of a living will. 2-4 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216. Girl Scouts Disc Golf. 6-7:30 pm. Ballou Park Disc Golf Course. 434.799.5215. From Birth to Death: Biblical Israel – Talk on Israel’s place in history and the speaker’s archeological experience in fieldwork. 6:30 pm. DSC – 434.791.5160.

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April 12 & 19

Coffee and Crayons – Creative fun for your kids and networking with other parents. 9-10 am. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848.

April 12 (thru May 19)

Zumba Classes – Hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves. Times/locations vary. 434.797.8848.

April 13

Homeschool Wednesdays – Properties of the Earth. Ages 6-10 & 11-18. 10-11:15 am. VMNH – 276.634.4185.

April 14

WWII German POWs Traveling Exhibit – WWII POW stories are brought to life through the creation of the BUS-eum—a mobile museum. 10 am-4 pm. Chatham Railway Depot. 434.432.3271. Book Discussion – Deep Economy. See story page 22. Canoe Trip – Abreu/Grogan Park to islands. 5:45-7:45 pm. 434.799.5215. Vegetable Gardening – Tips and suggestion on how to plan and care for a vegetable garden. 6:30 pm. Coates Rec Center. 434.797.8848. THS Band Boosters Meeting. 6:30 pm. THS Band Room. 434.710.4408. Minds in Motion Performance – 300 dancers from local schools take the stage for an awe-inspiring performance. 7:30 pm. PAA – 276.632.3221.

April 14 (thru 16)

Meredith Gravely Dance Recital. 7 pm. GWHS Auditorium. 434.251.0371.

April 14 (thru 23)

Crowns – A young woman’s journey as she recovers from a family tragedy with spirituals, blues, rap, and hip hop music, and an exuberant gospel style. Times/ dates vary. The Prizery – 434.572.8339.

April 15

Just Everyday Women Walking by Faith. 11 am-1 pm. Mary’s Diner. Candle Making. 1-3 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216. Exploring the Soap Making Process – Use aromatic oils and bright colors to create soaps and bath products. SVAC – 276.632.0066. Jammy Jams – Spring into Spring. Enjoy fun crafts, games, and stories. Ages 3-5. 6-9 pm. VMNH – 276.634.4185. Racin’ & Tastin’. See ad page 7. Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Concert. 8 pm. Caswell County Civic Center - 336.694.4591. Bluegrass at the Rives – Featuring Yarn. 8 pm. Rives Theatre, Martinsville. 276.632.3221.

April 15 (thru May 1)

The Dixie Swim Club – Comedy of a women’s college swim team that meets for a week of reminiscing and recreation. 4/29,30 & 5/1 Benefit for the Danville Cancer Society. Times vary. Gretna Movie Theatre. 434.228.1778.

April 16

Attic Sale. 8 am-2 pm. DMFA&H, 975 Main Street – 434.793.5644. Checkers’ Mutt Strut and Bike Ride - 50-mile, 30-mile, or 12-mile road ride, 1-hour track ride, or 1-hour Mutt Strut. 8 am. Martinsville Speedway. SPCA - 276.638.7297. Amphibian/Reptile BioBlitz – Discover the wonders of nature by estimating relative abundance, species diversity and examining the health of each animal that you find. 9 am-1 pm. Anglers Park. 434.799.5215. Easter Bunny & Sneak Peek Of Summer Camp – Design Easter basket, take photo with the Easter Bunny, games, snacks, Easter egg hunt, prizes & sign up for summer camps. 9:30 am-12 pm. YMCA. 434.792.0621.

Peekaboo – Make cheerful chicks that peek out of decorated eggs. Ages 3-5. 10-11:30 am. Coates Rec. 434.797.8848. Danville Area Humane Society Easter Fundraiser – Selling Easter baskets for dogs and cats, chocolate Easter eggs, t-shirts, totes, and other items. 10 am-2 pm. Sam’s Club. 434.793.0441. Butterfly Hello & More! See ad page 4. DMR Acting Classes – Acting Up and Act I acting classes for kids ages 4+. DMR Adventures – 434.791.4091. Halifax Earth Day Extravaganza – Learn ways to become more earthfriendly; 5k Walk/Run; demonstrations; arts & crafts vendors; Farmers Market; food; music and workshops. 12 pm. Halifax Farmer’s Market. 434.222.9499 Rubber Duck Regatta – A day of food, fun, prizes, entertainment.12 pm. Eden, NC. 336.623.7789, x3021. Cruise In. 5-8 pm. Uptown Martinsville, Church St. 276.632.5688.

April 16 & 17

SCCA Oak Tree Double Nationals. 8 am-5:30 pm. VIR – 434.822.7700.

April 16 (thru 23)

Earth Week – Educational programs. VMNH – 276.634.4185.

April 17

Main Street Tour of Victorian Treasures in Chatham. See story page 22. One Tenor in Concert. See story page 22.

April 19

The Art of Being a Great Boss. 8:30-11:30 am. Institute for Advanced Learning & Research. DPC Chamber – 434.836.6990. Comedy Social – Laugh while enjoying some tasty treats. 6:30-8 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216. Girl Scouts Nature Hike – 6-7:30 pm. Anglers Park. 434.799.5215.

April 20

Art on Main Festival Application Deadline. See story page 22. Pre-Easter Celebration. 12:30-1:30 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216. JeopardBee – A mixture of Jeopardy and a spelling bee. 5:45 pm. YWCA. 434.792.1522.

April 21

Historic Garden Tour in Danville. See story page 22. Canoe Trip – Camilla Williams Park to Sandy River. 5:45-7:45 pm. 434.799.5215. Enchanted Evenings in The Park – Bring chairs, blankets. 6:30-8 pm. Ballou Park. 434.799.5216. Sky Watchers – Constellations Cancer & Gemini, Ursa Major. Learn to sight the North Star. Nightfall. DSC-434.791.5160.

April 21 (thru 23)

Bluegrass Music Festival – Willow Oak Park, Roxboro. 336.229.9055.

April 22

Hand Stamped Initial Sterling Silver Necklace – Create a keepsake initial necklace using metalsmithing techniques. SVAC – 276.632.0066.

April 23

Bridge to Bridge 5K Run/Walk – 9 am-12 pm. Community Market. 434.548.9862. Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt – Snacks, prizes, crafts and meet the Spring Bunny. Ages 3-10. 11 am-1 pm. Carrington Pavilion. 434.797.8848.

April 27

Doodle Bugs- Bubble Science. Ages 3-5. 10 am & 3 pm. VMNH – 276.634.4185.

April 28

Kayak Trip – Abreu/Grogan Park to islands. 5:45-7:45 pm. 434.799.5215.

April 29

Pittsylvania–Caswell Junior Livestock Show. 10 am. Danville/ Pittsylvania County Fairgrounds. 336.694.4158. Quilting Techniques – Learn the basics of machine sewing and quilting. SVAC – 276.632.0066. DHS Benefit Golf Tournament – 18hole, 4-person team, captain’s choice event. 1-4 pm. Goodyear Golf Course. 434.203.0170. TGIF Concert Series. 7-10:30 pm. Uptown Martinsville. 276.632.5688.

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April 30

Kayak Trip – Lake Burton. 9 am-2 pm. 434.799.5215. Danville Wine Festival. See ad page 22. Domestic Violence Awareness. See story page 23. Daddy and Daughter Date Night – music, games, food, fun and dancing. Ages 5-10. 6-8 pm. Ballou Center. 434.799.6469. Chatham Rotary Community Auction, Dinner Dance. See story page 23.

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April 30 & May 1

Military Extravaganza. 10 am-5 pm. Tank Museum. 434.836.5323.

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SCCA Al Fairer SARRC/MARRS Challenge. 8 am-5:30 pm. VIR.

May 7

Art on Main. 10:30 am-3:30 pm. Main Street, Danville. 434.792.6965.

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Book Clubbing Magnolia Muses Book Club, submitted by Kay Trakas Who & When: The Magnolia Muses meet once a month from September through June in the home of a member. Recently Read: The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa. He is a brilliant math professor with a peculiar problem. Since a traumatic head injury, he has lived with only 80 minutes of short-term memory. She is an astute young housekeeper with a 10- year-old son who is hired to care for him. Between the professor, the housekeeper, and her son a beautiful relationship blossoms. The professor’s mind is still alive with elegant equations from the past, and through him, the numbers, in all their articulate order, reveal a sheltering and poetic world to both the housekeeper and her son. This 180 page novel is an enchanting story about what it means to live in the present and about the curious equations that can create a family where one before did not exist. It was a unanimous favorite among the Muses. What’s next: Border Songs by Jim Lynch. Editor’s Note: Send info about what your book club is reading to

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To encourage exceptional customer service, the Dan River Hospitality and Travel Committee of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce and Evince will recognize those who give it. When you experience exceptional customer service, tell us about it in 300 words or less. Include your name and phone number. Email your story to or visit; click What’s New - Customer Service Award Nomination.

Spotting Exceptional Customer Service by Hunter Hutchinson

I would like to let the director and upper management of the Virginia Employment Commission know how great the service is at the Danville VEC/Workforce office. The staff is very nice, professional and helpful. They make every attempt to encourage the discouraged job seekers. The women who work the front desk, Delacy Crews, Connie Grimes, Amy Harper, Lillie Jeter, and Mitzi Reid, go out of their way to try to help the unemployed find positions online. I have found a position that was suggested to me by them. They were so very nice, caring and professional that it made my trips to the VEC stress-free and enjoyable. Congratulations to the Danville office. I’ve visited other VEC offices in my recent job searches and although they are all really good, the Danville office at 211 Nor Dan Drive stands above the others. Photo: Front Row-Delacy Crews, Connie Grimes Back Row- Veronica Fitzgerald, Mitzi Reid, Lillie Jeter, Elizabeth Watson. Not Pictured-Amy Harper

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Mrs. Gravely,

Her Nightgown, and Rachel’s Dance Shoes My daughter, Rachel, studied dance at Meredith Gravely’s School of Dance for 14 years, from age 4 through 18. Ms. Gravely was always known for her attention to detail, both in the steps of the dance and in stressing the students’ responsibility for keeping up with the exact whereabouts of each part of their costume. After the final dress rehearsal one year, Rachel’s dance shoes disappeared. While she waited patiently in the car, I returned to the dressing room and searched thoroughly, without result. I searched through all of the interior and exterior trashcans of George Washington High School, where dress rehearsals and performances were held. After having searched in vain, I drove with Rachel to Ms. Gravely’s home, where I was prepared to “throw myself upon the mercy of the court”, so to speak, and plead that perhaps if some other

student had an extra pair of dance shoes, maybe Rachel could borrow them, or if not, I was prepared to drive as far as need be to purchase a pair of the appropriate brand of which Ms. Gravely approved. I knocked on Ms. Gravely’s door; the porch light came on and Ms. Gravely suddenly

Meredith Gravely

Photo by Alan Dalton Photography.

by Mack Williams

appeared, holding Rachel’s dance shoes in her hand. Another student had found them and turned them in. What astounds me, even to this day, is that Ms. Gravely appeared at the door with Rachel’s dance shoes already in her hand! Did she, by chance, glance out of her window and see me there, or perhaps, did she realize that if a child misplaced an element of the dance costume, that the wellknown “Gravely Rules” would also inspire fear in the child’s parent, and that the parent’s arrival and subsequent knock at her door to plead the case for the child would be quickly forthcoming. Anyway, Ms. Gravely appeared in her nightgown, handed me the shoes, and bade me goodnight. After the final recital performance later that weekend, Ms. Gravely received a massive bouquet of flowers on stage and looked elegant in her formal evening wear. I reflected for just an instant and felt sure that I was the only male dance parent who had seen Ms. Gravely in another type of gown--her nightgown. The 2011 recital will be held April 14-16 at GWHS starting at 7 p.m. For more info and tickets, call 434.251.0371.

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Historic Downtown Danville Main Street Cruise-In Spring is here and its time for “The Main Street Cruise-In.” The Cruise-Ins will be held the first Saturday of each month beginning April 2, 2011 through October 1, 2011 from 6PM-9PM. The Time Machines Car Club, River City Mustang Club, The Downtown Association, and Blackwell Chrysler Jeep Dodge Kia help Downtown Danville become the roaring place of yesteryear. The City blocks off Main St from the Bridge to American National Bank and for the next three hours engines rumble, exhaust roars and paint sparkles in colors like Lemon Twist and Green with Envy. The only admission is canned food for God’s Store House! If you’ve never been to a cruise-in you might want to give it a try. It’s really a family event and my kids love looking at the classic cars and listening to the owners tell stories about each and every detail of their restorations. The business owners are out on the sidewalks and the cars line Main St. from Lou’s Antique Mall to American National Bank. Jessica Robinson will be on hand to interview the owners about their classic rides and showcase them on TV station WGSR- Star News. Vendors are back in the street, and most of the shops are open late. Norm at River Land might strum a tune or have live music while Main Street Coffee Emporium keeps everyone revved up with specialty food and drinks. Usually there is a kid’s play area set up in the parking lot at First Citizens Bank. Come on out to the Main St Cruise-In and take a stroll down memory lane!

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Spring Is the Time for Eggs

by Annelle Williams Pair eggs with asparagus, the queen of the spring garden, for a meal suitable for any vernal table. I avoided the frittata, an Italian dish very similar to a large omelet, until I owned a frittata pan. Now that I have the pan, I realize it’s totally unnecessary. Any non-stick skillet or well-seasoned iron skillet will work. If you use the oven to finish the dish, there is no need for flipping, which is the purpose of the frittata pan. There are so many ways to use a frittata: appetizer, side dish, or entrée. By adding different vegetables and cheeses, there are hundreds of combinations. Be adventurous and try your favorites. I recommend precooking any vegetables and draining well before adding to the egg mixture. The frittata cooking time really isn’t long enough to completely cook a vegetable. You can also add cooked bacon, sausage, ham, chicken, or salmon, to the egg mixture before cooking.

SPRING FRITTATA Find more recipes, on my blog:

2 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced, then cut in half 2 T extra virgin olive oil salt and freshly ground pepper 4 green onions, roughly chopped (save some of the greens for garnish) 6 slices of bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled 16 small asparagus spears, cut to about 5 inches 10 fresh eggs 1⁄2 cup heavy cream 2 T fresh thyme leaves, plus a little more for garnish 1⁄2 cup blue cheese crumbles

Preheat oven to 375°. Add the olive oil to a 10-inch non-stick skillet over medium heat. Place potato slices over the bottom of the pan; cook for a couple of minutes and turn before adding another layer of potatoes. Keep turning until all are lightly brown and tender, about 10 minutes total. Salt and pepper to taste. Add the green onions and crumbled cooked bacon. Stir to combine and cook for a couple of minutes. Meanwhile, bring salted water to a boil and blanch asparagus for a couple of minutes. Remove to paper towel and drain well. Beat eggs with heavy cream, thyme, salt and pepper. Pour egg mixture over the potatoes in the skillet and stir around to separate potatoes. Fan the asparagus on top of the egg mixture. Put pan in oven and bake for about 10 minutes. Add blue cheese to top and continue baking for another 10 minutes or until eggs are set. Slip frittata to serving dish; garnish with onion greens and thyme. Slice and serve.

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Calendar Clips Clip it. Post it. Do it.

Here are a few highlights of activities you don’t want to miss this month. Cut out the ones that interest you; post them on your refrigerator as a reminder; enjoy a new experience. For more activities, see the calendar on page 14-15.

Friday, April 1 – Saturday, April 2

An Evening with Dinah Washington

Local storyteller and director Fred Motley has written and directed a musical cabaret as a contribution towards keeping the musical legacy and life story of Miss Washington alive. The production recreates what a wonderful experience it must have been to attend one of Miss Washington’s nightclub performances. Rena Hicks plays Miss Washington’s mother; Tim Malone plays one of the lovers/ nightclub owners in her life; Angela Fowler portrays Dinah Washington. Musicians are Pete Hairston on piano, Roland Williams on bass and RJ Brown on drums. The production starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History, 975 Main Street, and it’s a fundraiser for the Storytelling Festival: Keeping the Oral History Alive. Admission is $10.00. For more information, call 434.793.5644. (submitted by Fred Motley)

Friday, April 1 – Thursday, April 14 Art Waves DMFAH Exhibit

Kindergarten through 12th grade students in Danville’s public and private schools created art work and competed for the honor of having their art reproduced on banners, which will fly from poles on Main Street in downtown Danville. See the original work and meet the young artists who won the city-wide competition at a reception on Sunday, April 10, from 3 5 p.m. at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History, 975 Main Street. Banners will fly from May through September. (submitted by Robert Brooks for Downtown Danville Design Committee)

Friday, April 1 – Sunday, May 8

A Sense of Place – Landscapes

Maryland artist David Grafton will feature his painterly landscapes and seascapes in the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History’s Jennings Gallery, 975 Main Street. Although he works in several mediums, including pastels, the majority of the work in this exhibit will be in high viscosity acrylic and alkyds. His contemporary art rendering of classical landscape subject matter creates images of universal appeal. Grafton has the insight to pull out the essence of the landscape so that it has its own sense of place. In addition to being accepted into 2008 and 2009 Plein Air Easton competitions, Grafton has work in private and corporate collections in over 25 states, England, Germany, Canada, and Norway. For more information, visit and or call 434.793.5644. (submitted by Lynne Bjarnesen)

Friday April 1

Emerge! Magazine’s Black Tie Gala

A red carpet premier unlike anything Danville has experienced. Aruba Tommy will emcee and music will be provided by The Small Town Orchestra. The Gala starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m. and will take place at the Community Market in Danville.

Saturday, April 2 Rugger Roast 2011

This fundraising event offers a BBQ dinner, open bar, and music by Worx, a popular Roanoke band, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Community Market on Craghead Street. Tickets are $30 in advance at Ashley Furniture, 143 Crown Drive, or $35 at the door. Proceeds from the Rugger Roast will benefit the Dan River Rugby Club and help support rugby at George Washington High School. For more information, call 434-489-3100. (submitted by Hershel Stone)

Thursday, April 7 – Saturday, June 25 A Few of Nancy’s Friends Exhibit

From 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on April 7, the public is invited to meet impersonators of T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), Charlie Chaplin, Edward VIII, and Alice Roosevelt Longworth; see a Chaplin silent film; and enjoy light refreshments at the opening reception of the latest exhibit at the Langhorne House, 117 Broad Street. The Langhorne House, birthplace of Nancy Langhorne Astor, is open on Saturdays 2 5 p.m. There is no admission charge. For more information call 434.791.2256. (submitted by Pat Maurakis)

Friday, April 8 – Sunday, April 10 Civil War History on the Lawn

Join Civil War reenactors as they set up camp on the grounds of the historic Sutherlin Mansion, 975 Main Street. Discover what the life of a soldier was really like – the food, the weapons, the uniforms, the drilling. Learn about the horrors of Civil War medical practices and hear about life on the home front – what women and children wore and what their lives were like while the men were away. For more information, call 434.793.5644. (submitted by Lynne Bjarnesen)

Friday, April 8 – Sunday, April 10 Equestrian Theatre Around the World in 80 Days

The Averett University Equestrian Department, joined by some of the leading riders on the East Coast, will take you on a trip around the world featuring music from film and stage. Horses and riders will perform interpretive rides to selections highlighting different countries and cultures. The show is at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Cost is $10 in advance; $15 at the door of the AU Equestrian Center in Providence, North Carolina. Seating is limited. Call 434.791.5638 for more information.

Sunday, April 10 – Sunday, June 5 City Tulips

The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, 975 Main Street, presents a series by photographer Sandra Gottlieb. The free opening reception is Sunday, April 10, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 434.793.5644. (submitted by Lynne Bjarnesen)

Thursday, April 14

Deep Economy Book Discussion

Author Bill McKibben argues that we should be concentrating on creating sustainable local economies rather than unsustainable worldwide economic expansion. Events such as the economic meltdown of recent years can provide an interesting backdrop for the thesis he expounds. The discussion starts at 4:00 p.m. at the Chatham Railway Depot on Whitehead Street, just off Depot Street (Highway 57) in Chatham. For more information, call Pittsylvania County Public Library System 434.432.3271. (submitted by Diane Adkins)

Sunday, April 17 Main Street Tour of Victorian Treasures in Chatham

From 1:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., the Chatham Garden Club presents four sites on tour as part of Historic Garden Club Week in Virginia: the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alistair Cook at 335 South Main Street featuring art and furnishings from Southern Africa; the home of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Jones at 220 South Main Street; and at 252 North Main Street, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Marling. It was originally built on 40 acres, now it is on a town plot and contains three floors of period furnishings and collections. The magnificently decorated Pittsylvania County Courthouse on Main Street will give visitors an opportunity to leisurely appreciate local history and national pride as depicted through significant keepsakes. Block tickets are $15 available at each site on the day of the tour. For more information, call 434.432.8749. (submitted by Mary Catherine Plaster)

Sunday, April 17 ONE TENOR in Concert

Award-winning tenor, who has played at Carnegie Hall and won ten Eugene O’Neil Awards, Gary Sullivan will present a program at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 66 North Main Street, in Chatham, starting at 3 p.m. The first half will be art songs by Schubert, Schumann, Bohm, Poulenc, Copeland and familiar Neapolitan songs. The second half of the program will be classic songs from Broadway musicals Phantom of the Opera, Camelot, Brigadoon, Mack & Mabel, and Man of La Mancha. He will be accompanied by Dr. Tim Montgomery. For ticket/information, call 434.836.2060.

Wednesday, April 20 Deadline for Art on Main Festival Applications

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On Saturday, May 7, the Danville Area Association for the Arts & Humanities will host its spring arts and cultural festival on Main Street. Visual and performing artists and non-artist vendors and organizations are encouraged to submit an application. For more information, call 434.792.6965 or visit www.DanvilleArtsAndHumanities. org or the A&H office at 411 Main Street. (submitted by Melissa Charles)

Evince Magazine Thursday, April 21 Historic Garden Tour in Danville

A bed-and-breakfast inn on Broad Street and four homes and a garden on Hawthorne Drive will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Hawthorne houses are: 183 – home of Delegate Danny Marshall and wife Kay; 206 – home of Mr. & Mrs. Martin Scott; 260-home of Dr. & Mrs. Jack Spainhour; 474-the garden of J.R. Atkinson. Also, the II Georges Inn at 124 Broad Street owned by Jake & Connie Eckman is on tour. The tour, sponsored by Gabriella Garden Club and the Danville Garden Club, includes a flower arranging demonstration and refreshments at 474 Hawthorne. Boxed lunches can be pre-ordered by April 11 for $13.50 by calling 434.792.2628. Tickets are $20 at The Gingerbread House and Garden Center, Karen’s Hallmark, Foxglove, and Rippe’s or at the sites on the day of the tour. For more information, visit (submitted by Tracey Smith)

Saturday, April 30 Domestic Violence Awareness

From 9 a.m. until noon there will be an indoor labyrinth walk co-sponsored by the Danville Pittsylvania Association of Medicine Alliance and the YWCA at 750 Main Street for all who want to end the cycle of abuse. An average of three women and one man are murdered by their intimate partners in the U.S. every day. YWCA offers a free and confidential Domestic Abuse Advocacy Program. Call 434.489-1339. (submitted by Carol Ann Lawson)

Saturday, April 30 The 6th Annual Chatham Rotary Community Auction, Dinner Dance

This fundraiser will be held at the Chatham Community Center beginning at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and include a buffet dinner, music, entertainment, dancing, and the opportunity to bid on items. To preview auction items and bid online, visit For more information and tickets, call 434-432-8600. (submitted by Ruth Barnard)

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Evince Magazine April 2011  

The April 2011 issue of Evince Magazine.

Evince Magazine April 2011  

The April 2011 issue of Evince Magazine.