Lauren Mathena Working on Community Projects Page 3
Lauren Moore: Creating Art, Jewelry and a Legacy Page 7
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The world is our stage and we all have roles in the play called Life. (Thank you, Shakespeare!) The playbill for this long-running production is Evince, which showcases bright stars like Lauren Mathena pictured on the cover. Her story on page 3 is a reminder of what one person can do to make a difference. Lauren Moore: Creating Art, Jewelry and a Legacy on page 7 is another inspirational story. She needs a few readers to play supporting roles and help her help others. Hope you will join Lauren Moore on Life’s stage. There is no such thing as a small role in Life. Even something as simple as choosing what food to eat has an effect on you and others. Read Annelle’s Williams thoughts about this on page 23. If you are looking for ideas about future parts you might want to play, read Linda Lemery’s Role Models for Life on page 19. In a world where it frequently seems there are more bad guys than good and their negative deeds overshadow the positive news, Evince gives evidence to the contrary. Thank you, writers, sponsors, staff and readers who daily afﬁrm Life and Evince. You deserve a standing ovation.
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Lauren Mathena / Working on Community Projects by Joyce Wilburn
She Said He Said / Santa’s Little Helper NOT! by Dena Hill & Larry Oldham
The Voice of Readers
Lauren Moore / Creating Art, Jewelry and a Legacy by Joyce Wilburn
Throw Out the Mess and Organize the Rest What TV & Board Games Taught Me about Organizing by Joyce Wilburn
Second Thoughts / Junk in the Trunk by Kim Clifton
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Lauren Mathena Working on Community Projects
here is no such thing as sitting still in Lauren Mathena’s life. “I just love getting things done—making connections and helping others to become more engaged. I’ve always got a project,” says the Danville native as she sits in her administrator’s ofﬁce at All Care Home Health on Nor-Dan Drive. That explains why a non-runner with no experience in organizing timed races would volunteer to coordinate a 5K race last spring to increase the local awareness of autism, a developmental disorder that affects more than one in 110 in the Danville area. The success of her venture is summarized in numbers: 450 walkers and runners participated; 24+ businesses were sponsors; $22,000 was raised; the Autism Education Fund was established through the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region. “It was a crazy, happy time for me,” Lauren says, “and the race has become my passion.” For the young woman who loves projects, the Dan River Autism Awareness 5K competes on her calendar with other community activities: secretary of the newly formed Danville After Hours
by Joyce Wilburn Rotary Club, manager of the 2012 Leadership Southside’s website, www.lovesouthside.com, student in pottery classes at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History and player on a local kickball team. “My team was the champion in 2011,” she says with humor in her voice while showing her shiny trophy. “I played in leagues in Richmond and Winston-Salem and talked to Danville Parks & Rec about starting one here,” she says. Because of Lauren’s prodding, there were eight teams in the league the ﬁrst year and six in 2012 involving 80-100 people. Lauren always thought that these special interests and a career in the health ﬁeld would be nurtured somewhere other than her childhood home. “I graduated from UVA with a degree in education and received a master’s degree in health administration from VCU. Even though I swore I’d never come back to Danville, I did in 2010,” she says with a chuckle and then explains why: “There’s a lot going on here—either it’s new or as a working adult, I’m just more aware of it and involved.” Lauren learned about some of the city’s positive attributes while earning a certiﬁcate in the 2011 UVA Darden School of Business
entrepreneurship program offered at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research. Elaborating on her new discoveries, she says, “I have become more connected. This isn’t the same place where I went to high school.” The 2003 GWHS graduate continues, “I feel Danville is moving forward and needs people who are willing to ﬁnd something they care about and make the community better. I seek ways to become involved and uncover things that otherwise
I might not know about.” When former classmates return for a visit, Lauren often tells them, “There’s more here than you remember.” That is true—and one reason is because Lauren is always working on a project. • For more information about the 2nd Annual Dan River Autism Awareness 5K on Saturday, April 27, 2013, visit www.danriverautism5K.org or Facebook.com/drautism5k. To join the planning team, contact Lauren at 434.836.5883. • For more information about the Autism Education Fund at the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region and how to apply for a grant or donate money, visit www.cfdrr.org or call 434.793.0884.
The puzzle pieces symbolize the need to unlock the mystery of autism spectrum disorders. Participants in the 2011 Dan River Autism Awareness 5K shared their reasons for running or walking by writing on paper shaped like puzzle pieces.
by Dena Hill
by Larry Oldham
Santa’s Little Helper- NOT! You worried me to death during October and November about putting up the Christmas tree and decorating the house. When my sisters came to visit in November, you thought the house should have been decorated for Christmas and it wasn’t even Thanksgiving. I appreciated the times you told me you like the way I celebrate Christmas and you want to show off, but I knew that you were just ﬂattering me, hoping I would decorate for your enjoyment.
Here is the problem as I see it. Your Christmas tree decorating is all about timing--bad timing for you and bad timing for me. On the days I asked you to put up the tree, I was free. On those days when you decided to put up the tree, I probably was busy searching frantically for the right Christmas present for you. If the truth be known, you probably picked that time to decorate so I would be out of your hair; plus by decorating while I was gone, I gave you this opportunity to complain that I didn’t help you.
She said He Said
From my perspective, here is how I remember it. You said on I complained Saturday, “I to you at am thinking Halloween about putting about the up the tree Christmas today.” That decorations didn’t happen. being in the On Sunday, department Monday and stores and I Tuesday, surely was not you said, going to be a “I’m putting part of rushing up the tree the season. today.” That My tradition didn’t happen is to decorate either. When the tree Wednesday immediately came, I asked after in a subtle Thanksgiving way, when and that is would we be what I did this decorating the Photo by year. This is tree and you Michelle Dalton Photography. the part where asked me to we get to you, go to the store my Santa’s and buy some Little Helper, as I like to call you. ribbon to put on the tree. I said, “No, After all the bellyaching, whining and I am too tired and besides I would nagging, the night I decorated the not be able to please you.” I knew I tree, you were nowhere to be found. would buy the wrong kind and would have to take it back. You said, “Fine,” Last year, you played Christmas and we all know what ﬁne means. You music, helped retrieve the said we could decorate the tree later. decorations from the basement, Two days later, you bought ribbon made hot cocoa, put up the tree, that didn’t work and I had to take strung the lights, unpacked all it back. I was smirking behind your the decorations and even helped back. The next day you bought ribbon decorate it. I also remember that you that did work and you put it on the put all the balls too close together tree and then went to bed. Two days and I had to go back and rearrange later, I remember your asking me to them once you returned to your help decorate the tree and I came out man cave, but I did not criticize or of the cave to help you. Our favorite tell you. This year, when I said I was song was playing and I asked you going to put up the tree, you pulled to dance. One thing led to another a vanishing act. I got everything out, and we didn’t decorate the tree that made my own cocoa, selected the night. So by the time you got around music, put up the tree and decorated to decorating the tree, I was tied up it. Next year I am going to wait, even at the mall buying you gifts. But I if it is January, to see if you will put will say this, the house was beautiful, up the tree. I am sure I’ll have to the tree was magniﬁcent. You were redecorate behind you but at least I gracious about my not helping, plus won’t have to listen to the whining. you are the most beautiful present Such nerve! Santa brought this year. Can I come out of the dog house now? He Said / She Said can be found in Showcase Magazine.
The Voice of Readers Sometimes, numbers don’t lie. Of the 142+ Danvillians and visitors from Northern Virginia and North Carolina who went on Danville Historical Society’s 40th Annual Holiday Tour, over half chose 862 Main Street as their ﬁrst of 12 tour stops. Known lovingly in Danville as the Penn-Wyatt House, this Virginia and National Historic Landmark has long been coveted by the tour planners. Loving Her New Danville Home (December 2012 Evince) introduced readers to Peggy Parrish, who proudly and generously opened her new home’s leaded glass doors on December 8th and 9th. The success of this year’s tour depended on its many sites-- homes, a house of worship and downtown businesses, all historic in character and shared with our community by their current protectors.
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To our corporate and personal sponsors, we owe a special debt of gratitude. Docents--you were the best. As in the past, the proceeds from the tour will go to the DHS’s Coy J. Garbett Preservation Fund to help preserve local architectural treasures. Mark your calendar for December 14-15, and plan to attend the 41st Annual DHS Holiday Tour. David Corp, 2012 Tour Committee
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Creating Art, Jewelry and a Legacy by Joyce Wilburn
Lauren Moore lives in a log home on the outskirts of Danville among pine trees that hug and protect it. A white, ﬂuffy, feline friend named Patience purrs a warm welcome to visitors even on the chilliest of winter days. Don’t be fooled, however, by the peaceful Norman-Rockwellish setting. The electrifying creative energy inside the eight-room residence never stops ﬂowing. “It took three years to build this house,” says the Maryland native explaining that her husband, Howard, modiﬁed existing plans to suit their tastes and then helped to construct it. During that time, Lauren decided to open a photography business, Lauren Moore Fine Art Images, when her sister and brotherin-law, Carol and Paul Melton of Melton Photography, retired. Lauren had worked in the 37-year-old Danville business since 1996. “They brought me in and taught me the art of photography. It changed my life,” exclaims the University of Maryland graduate. “I was ﬁnally able to use my degree
area that needed attention. With emotion in her voice, she tells the story. “Kolton Brim Karnes was one of the children I frequently photographed at Melton’s starting when he was four months old. He was my little buddy and I adored him,” she says remembering the young child who drowned in April 2010 at the age of ﬁve. “I think of him every time I cross the Dan River and my heart just breaks for the family. I want to do something for them and others in the same situation,” she continues. After talking to Debra Dodson, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region, Lauren decided to start a fund that would provide counseling for anyone who has suffered the devastating loss of a child.
Currently, there is $3,000 in the Kolton Brim Karnes Fund that was raised through the generosity of a few major donors and hundreds of in ﬁne arts,” small gifts she says while deposited laughing and in jars at remembering retail stores the youthful in the area. days of An additional working in $7,000 must a California be raised restaurant. before August 2013 for the Photo by Lauren Fund to become Lauren M oore-Mel ton Photo discovered graphy an endowed Kolton B another Field of Interest rim Karn es passion on a Fund. It will take 2008 visit to Lake Placid, New York. a lot of creative “There was a store full of beads energy to make that happen, and there and that was my downfall. It fortunately, Lauren Moore has an was like a candy store because my abundance of that. eyes got big and I started salivating over all the possibilities and all the • For more information about things those beads could make,” Lauren’s photography, she recalls, while looking at a visit www.laurenmoore cache of tools, wires, and multiﬁneartimages.com. For info colored beads that had its genesis about the jewelry, visit on that fateful day. It became the www.etsy.com and search for foundation for a jewelry making jewelry and sugartreecreek. business, Sugar Tree Creek • For more information about Jewelry. “It is named after the little the Kolton Brim Karnes Fund stream of water that runs behind at the Community Foundation the house,” she explains. of the Dan River Region or Although her time is ﬁlled with work, family and creative endeavors, Lauren saw another
to contribute to the fund, visit www.cfdrr.org, call 434.793.0884 or visit 541 Loyal Street.
Throw Out the Mess and Organize the Rest What TV & Board Games Taught Me about Organizing by Joyce Wilburn National Association of Professional Organizers Treat decluttering and organizing as a game show or a board game and you will be the winner of every round. Beat the Clock: On this 1950s1980s game show, contestants performed tasks within a certain amount of time, which was counted down on a large 60-second clock. If they ﬁnished before time ran out, they beat the clock. Otherwise, the clock won. Organizing Strategy: Select one drawer, cabinet, pile, or container that needs de-cluttering. Dump its contents on a ﬂat surface and guess how long it will take to sort it into three piles: throw away, give away or keep. Set a timer for 15 or 30 minutes. Before the bell rings, return the “keep” items to the original space or place in a new home and throw away the trash. You will be surprised at how much can be accomplished, if your attention is focused on one small job and the timer is ticking in the background. Using a timer that has an audible ticking sound makes each passing second more ominous. Park & Shop: This 1950s-60s board game featured a downtown based on Allentown, Pennsylvania. Players moved pieces shaped like cars and pedestrians around the board. The game’s object was to be the ﬁrst to drive a car from home to the nearest Park & Shop lot, then move the pedestrian to all the stops on the shopping list, return to the parking lot and move the car back to the starting point. Organizing Strategy: Before leaving home to do errands, make a list of where you are going and what you hope to accomplish. Visualize the route and re-write the list in the order that will take the least amount of time to drive or walk. Double check to make sure you have everything you need to complete the errands, for example, a grocery list if
you are shopping for food. As each errand is ﬁnished, mark it off. The Millionaire: This anthology series from the late 1950s explored the ways sudden and unexpected wealth changed life for better or for worse and became a ﬁve-season hit. After showing the beneﬁciary in a typical situation, the $1 million check was delivered. The rest of the show told how the gift affected the person. Organizing Strategy: In one episode, before receiving the surprise $1 million check, a woman remarked, “We might not be rich, but we can be clean.” That line stuck with me because my family would never come close to being millionaires, but I realized we could be clean. An organized, clutter-free house is a clean house. That philosophy stayed with me and I immediately started throwing out the mess and organizing the rest. Name That Tune: This 1950s-1980s TV show pitted two contestants against each other and tested their knowledge of music. The host read a clue to a song and the contestants alternated bidding as to how few notes they needed to identify the song. Each contestant stated their bid to their opponent in the infamous format, “I can name that tune in six notes.” Bidding ended when one contestant challenged the other to “Name That Tune.” Organizing Strategy: Some organizing and cleaning jobs are monotonous. For anything that doesn’t require focused attention (like washing windows), play music and Name That Tune. Listening to books on tape or CD also makes the task more enjoyable. For more organizing tips, visit the National Association for Professional Organizers at www.napo.net.
I panicked when I saw a truck coming down my street with Got Junk? written on the side. I was afraid I’d been busted by the painters who had spent a week in my house and knew I had plenty. Most women wouldn’t schedule major renovations two weeks before Christmas. Let’s face it. You’ve read these pieces long enough to know better. I’m not most women.
Second Thoughts by Kim Clifton ©2012
Junk in the Trunk shut at the same time to avoid an avalanche.
It wasn’t that I wanted to wreck the house during the holidays, a time when normal people are decorating theirs; it just worked out that way. Besides, the indoors had been neglected for so long that I was really faced with two options: have the place painted or have it condemned. It’s one thing to do home improvements yourself, but another to hire a crew. At ﬁrst glance, it seemed like a luxury to write a check and wave goodbye as I left the house every morning. Having strangers come into your house is not without its consequences, though. I’m not talking about the risk of theft or any other impropriety. It’s much worse than that. People can see how you really live.
Robert is so different. When we were pulling stuff out for the painters, all of his draped easily over a bar stool. Even after hauling four loads to Goodwill, I still needed two recliners and the dining room table, plus all six chairs to hold everything. Eventually, every ﬂat surface in the house was covered, to the point that I had to lower the toilet seat just to have a place to sit and tie my shoes. I owe my hoarding tendencies to the fact that ex-Girl Scouts are still always prepared. I have exact replicas of outﬁts ranging from prepubescent to menopausal. That way I will always have something that ﬁts, regardless of what I weigh at the time. The reality of my actually wearing most of it, however, is about as likely as Hillary Clinton voting Republican.
I don’t know what’s more revealing: realizing you’ve been walking around with your zipper down or having your closet doors opened. Personally, I’d choose the zipper. That’s why when the contractor ﬁrst came to give an estimate, I had to issue a warning when he reached for the door handle. “Open this now and you’ll leave here with a broken arm,” I said without really smiling. There are some things in life you can’t do and live to tell about it: Skate the Washington Beltway, hug a python or open Kim’s closet. It’s bad enough for these people to see all the scuff marks we had on the walls. I didn’t want them to discover I’m also a secret slob. My closets are so full that they have to be opened and
What actually ﬁts me stores easily in a travel garment bag. Not taking any chances on paint splatters, I stuffed my real clothes into one and then rolled the whole thing in an old sheet. I gingerly laid it on a shelf in the utility room for safekeeping. It looked like a ﬂoral body bag, as if a maﬁa wife had whacked a neighborhood snitch. Clothes weren’t the only thing I’d stashed. I had a couple of mystery trunks that’d been with me for years. One was marked personal, a word I hadn’t scribbled across anything since my pink Barbie diary in fourth grade. Inside were tons of old treasures like my ﬁrst driver’s license, a piggy bank, and news clippings about people I didn’t remember Best of all was a child’s jewelry box with a tiny ballerina
which used to twirl when I lifted the lid. Poor soul. Looks like her back went out on her, too. In another tub, I pawed through all kinds of keepsakes, including a collection of tiny lotion bottles I’d gotten from hotels. I’d tell
myself they were perfect for my purse but never used them. You’d think I was a kleptomaniac with dermatology issues. It’s hard to get rid of stuff, but harder to explain why I don’t, like torn movie ticket stubs or old letters and cards. Things I didn’t remember keeping and would never be able to ﬁnd again if I went looking. Thankfully, all this is over and everything is fresh and clean...and back where it belongs. I just hope that the painters will forget all they saw from behind clothes’ doors.
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’ll wait,” Marco said. On Saturday, at the Phoenix House for Victims of Violence Support Group on East River Street, Marco Lopez sat the red plastic basket full of wheat bread beside Clarisse Knox, leaned down directly to her right ear and said, “Maybe some joy can come for you, too?” Marco, 54, tall, slim, with dark serious eyes, and hair grey at the temples. He sat beside her on her left during the meeting, but Clarisse never once looked to the left. She watched the tall woman she had never met before begin the talk about food and clothing distribution. “
Sitting in the tan, enamel paintchipped metal chair, folding mostly baby clothes to give to the needy, Clarisse kept a perfunctory smile in place. Give to others, give to others, give to others; it was a chant in her head; the chant would help her— maybe the only thing. Giving away would block everything out, until it didn’t. The food and clothing distribution talk ended. People moved away. Still Marco sat there beside her, silent, like a chain unbroken. Still, inside Clarisse, she felt the burst of anger, a burgeoning and blooming ember and that anger surprised her because normally she felt nothing. She dropped the smile as she walked away from Marco, leaving the baby clothes. Long after she had gone home, the more she thought about what Marco said, the angrier she became. How dare he? She had known him since she had been at the center. She knew Marco knew grief. They had both lost a child to violence. His daughter by a boyfriend’s hand eight almost nine years ago. Her boy, shot, months ago, almost a year. Clarisse ate her dinner, an unheated cheese sandwich with a glass of water in the dark of her kitchen. She didn’t need the light, knew where everything was, didn’t need to see the reminders she couldn’t take down —an old baseball cap, the basketball trophy. Walls and windows closed in her lost love for her boy that couldn’t get through. Deep inside, Clarisse thought she wasn’t going to make it through. “Maybe some joy can come for you, too?” she remembered as she washed her face at 9 p.m. Clarisse set her teeth on edge. What right did he have? As she went to bed that night, put her nightgown over her head, she
ﬁction by Telisha Moore Leigg heard her daughter come inside from spending time visiting Clarisse’s ex, Tim, and his new woman, Darla, and Darla’s children. Clarisse didn’t feel anger. She had no anger for Darla, the mistress, no hurt-hate for Tim, the ex-husband. What need would there be in that? Unlike her boy, Clarisse consoled herself that Laurel, her daughter, was alive. And since her boy’s death, she had learned the exact meaning and measure of unbearable pain—Laurel’s visits to them she could take. So she wondered at the anger she still felt for Marco’s words. Clarisse hated Marco most of all for making her think that night; she couldn’t ﬁnd rest and couldn’t cry to sleep. Over and over she asked herself the big questions, questions she didn’t think she could stand the answers to. Why does evil happen to good people? What makes the world just seasons of sorrow? First, it was her marriage gone, then her mother’s passing, then her child’s death. It always came back to that child. Clarisse punched the pillow, looked out her bedroom window to the space where she thought the moon should have been. Then started the questions she was most shamed about, the pleadings her pillows couldn’t contain. Could she please have her son back? Please... She’d be better. Maybe if she had been a better mother...? Maybe some joy can come for you, too? That blasphemy she had never asked. In the morning she got up, tired, eyes red, went to work at the insurance ofﬁce. Next Saturday at Phoenix House, Clarisse went right to the kitchen and stayed there the whole work session chopping carrots and potatoes, stayed there even during the meeting portion where they shared. She had nothing to share, nothing more to give away. Once, she saw Marco across the hall, then didn’t look again. Marco was supposed to run deliveries to the homeless at 10 a.m. and Peter Glasson, a 72-year-old volunteer who owned a grocery store, who lost his wife and son to a drunk driver over 20 years ago, was trying to get Marco to move on. “Wait!” Marco
said a little louder than the normal hum of conversation. Even Peter Glasson stood a little aback at the tone. Clarisse looked up, saw Marco; he nodded to her, then he left with Peter.
When they came back, Peter Glasson was still fussing. “That’s the last of the pumpernickel, I tell you.” Peter Glasson’s accent always came out when he became angry. “We have no time to go back for the jelly sandwiches. No one wants pumpernickel sandwiches.” “No, I guess not,” was all Marco said. He looked toward Clarisse.
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Q: What are the parts of the ear? ear or more accurately the auditory A: The system, is composed of five parts. They
are the outer ear, the middle ear, the inner ear, the auditory nervous system and ultimately the brain. The outer ear is made up of the pinna (the ear “flap”) and the ear canal. The pinna is specifically shaped to pick up sounds that are important for speech understanding. The ear canal delivers the sound into the head. In the ear canal are glands that produce the ear wax. Ear wax is needed to keep the skin moist and maintain correct pH balance. The middle ear is an air filled space. It consists of the ear drum, the three bones of the middle ear and two very small muscles. The three bones of the middle ear are the hammer (maleus), anvil (incus) and stirrup (stapes). When a person has an ear infection it usually occurs at the middle ear. The inner ear holds the sensory cells. These cells pick up the sound information and send them to the brain through the auditory nervous system. Last but not least is the brain. There is an area on the left side of the brain that is responsible for processing and understanding sound and speech. All these parts have to work well together for us to hear, understand and enjoy the world around us.
Clarisse was putting on her coat to leave, when suddenly Marco was helping her into the sleeves. Clarisse didn’t consider herself beautiful and she didn’t consider herself stupid, but she suddenly knew she was being courted with bread and jelly sandwiches. But Marco gave off that feeling, that unlike her grief there could be somewhere private where if she could, Clarisse would open her chest and climb inside her own heart, and someone could rock the pain to sleep for just a day, just a few hours. “It’s sleeting, be careful,” another called out. “I can see you home,” Marco said. “I’m sure it’s out of your way,” Clarisse focused on buttoning the two buttons on her coat. “Yes, it is,” Marco said, but he didn’t move. Still waiting. Clarisse nodded. Marco Lopez didn’t try to talk to her on the way home. Maybe that was the beginning of something less than dead inside her. Inside his truck, all Clarisse noticed were the warmth and the patter of stinging sleet and rain tapping the roof and sides of the cab. Clarisse thought they were safe inside. They pulled into her drive. Clarisse looked out the passenger window through the precipitation. She noticed outside it wasn’t dark; the sky hadn’t lost all its light; rain was replacing the sleet. Clarisse thought about the rain to sleet, the day to night, how with time one thing was becoming another, like hope stealing forms. Marco sat in the car hands on the steering wheel while she searched for her keys in her purse. He looked straight ahead. “Thank you. I’m going inside now.” Now, he looked at her, calm, patient. “I’ll wait until you get inside.” The author welcomes your reactions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For more activities, see the calendar on page 16-17.
Saturday, January 5
Epiphany Feast Celebration
The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany will host this evening of food, drink, mirth and melody starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Stratford Courtyard Conference Center on Old Piney Forest Road. The featured entertainment will be internationally renowned singer and performer, Rozlyn Sorrell, who has appeared with Barbara Streisand, Whitney Houston, Al Jarreau and other top celebrities. Tickets are $50 and will beneﬁt The Free Clinic of Danville. They are available at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 115 Jefferson Avenue; The Ginger Bread House, 1799 Memorial Drive; and Vintages by the Dan, 312 Main Street. For more information, call 434.792.4321 or visit www.rozlynsorrell.com. (submitted by Don Webb)
Friday, January 11 Corks & Forks
The Danville Science Center will host this annual fundraiser from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Science Center, 677 Craghead Street. West Coast wines and specialty beers will be available for tasting along with heavy hors d’oeuvres. There will be an exciting silent auction. Attire is dressy casual and guests must be at least 18 years old. Tickets are $40 and are available at the DSC or from any active board member. For more information, call 434-791-5160 ext. 205 or visit www.dsc.smv.org. (submitted by Annette Roncaglione)
Friday January 11
Chatham Concert Series
Lighten the dark days of winter with Music for Flute, Harp and Strings: Celtic to French Impressionism. This intimate chamber music concert starting at 7:00 p.m. features Roanoke Symphony ﬂutist Julee Hickcox and Greensboro Symphony principal harpist Helen Rifas, along with the popular classic strings duo of Kevin and Brian Matheson on violin and viola. As always, there will be plenty of opportunity to mingle with friends, neighbors and musicians at Emmanuel Church, 66 North Main Street, Chatham. Admission is by donation. For more information, email email@example.com. (submitted by Susan Paynter)
Friday, January 11 – Sunday, March 10 Sketches of Prison Life: Danville in the Civil War
This exhibit at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History, 975 Main Street, features scanned and enlarged drawings from The Sketchbook of Henry Vander Weyde, a primary source document gifted to the Museum by Robert Mann of Plentywood, Montana, along with the original drawings. Major Henry Vander Weyde, a professional artist
and member of the New York Volunteers, was imprisoned from October 1864 until the end of the war in one of Danville’s prisoner of war camps. The sketches give an accurate portrayal of life within the prison, views of Danville seen from his prison windows and portraits of fellow prisoners and local men and women. The public is invited to the opening event on January 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 434.793.5644 or visit www.danvillemuseum.org. (submitted by Patsi Compton)
Friday, January 11 – Sunday, March 10 Virginia Vistas
Virginia Vistas: Oil Paintings and Watercolors by Ted Turner will be the featured exhibition in the Schoolﬁeld Gallery of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History, 975 Main Street. Turner, who taught art at the University of Virginia until his death in 2002, was inspired by scenes of Charlottesville, the lush Virginia countryside and the Virginia Beach area. This is part of Old Dominion/New Perspectives, a series of exhibitions and programs focusing on the American South supported by Philip Morris U.S.A. and the Council of VMFA. The 25 works are on loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The public is invited to the opening event from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on January 11. For more information, call 434.793.5644 or visit www.danvillemuseum.org. (submitted by Patsi Compton)
Thursday, January 17
Spring to Green Horticultural Symposium
The Danville Master Gardeners will host this third annual event at the Stratford Courtyard Conference Center, 149 Piney Forest Road, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Speakers include: Bryce Lane from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina-TV’s In the Yard with Bryce Lane; Karen Neill, Urban Horticultural Agent from Guilford County NCCE and regular panelist on UNC-TV’s Almanac Gardener and Fox 8 Morning Show; Dr. Holly Scoggins, Associate Professor of Horticulture and Director of the Hahn Garden at Virginia Tech. Experience a fun day of learning about many aspects of gardening. For more information, call 434.799.6558 or visit www.danvillemastergardeners.org. (submitted by Chris O’Boyle)
Saturday, January 19 Harlem Quartet
Bursting with star power— squared, the four virtuosi of the Harlem Quartet continue the Danville Concert Association’s 60th season gala at Averett’s Pritchett Auditorium on Mt. View Avenue. Possessing “enough energy to be harnessed as a new source of green power,” according to NPR Music, these veterans of Carnegie Hall and two dates at the White House, make up the resident ensemble of the New England Conservatory of Music’s Professional String Quartet Program. The New York Times praises their “panache” but, ﬁrst and foremost, Harlem makes sublimely-distilled music in the ﬁnest chamber quartet tradition. Echoing their pioneering parent, the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra, the Harlem Quartet fulﬁlls the mission of visionary founder, Aaron Dworkin, to give classical music a “facelift”—more diverse in performance, audience and repertoire, highlighting works of minority composers. Grounded in the European chamber canon, the Quartet also champions African-American and Latin composers such as Wynton Marsalis, Billie Strayhorn and Tania Leon. Sponsors for this evening of top-notch music-making are Danville Community College, with reception host First Citizens Bank at DCC, and the DCA 60th Season Angel, the Womack Foundation. (submitted by Gary Grant)
January Calendar Ongoing
Guided Walking Tour – Millionaires Row, The Secrets Inside. 434.770.1974. www.danvillehistoricalsociety.org.
cardio, 15 minutes of weight training and 15 minutes of cardio. A simple concept designed for maximum results. 5:30-6:30pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848.
Through January 12
PAA Exhibits – Works by Virginia Foothills Quilters Guild & The Art of the Quilt. Piedmont Arts Association (PAA), Martinsville – 276.632.3221.
Thru January 31
YMCA Membership Drive – Bring in 5 items from the suggested list (peanut butter, cereal, oatmeal, canned meat, canned fruit, or soup) and the $50 joiner’s fee is waived. YMCA – 434.792.0621.
Through January 27
Through the Eyes of the Eagle Exhibit – Inspired by the wisdom of traditional ways in tribal communities, these stories explore the beneﬁts of being physically active and eating healthy foods. Danville Science Center (DSC) – 434.791.5160.
Through February 26
Cardio Step Class – Up-tempo, high energy class. TTH 8:15-9:15am, 12-1pm or 4-5pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848.
Thru May 5
Playing with Time Exhibit – Use time-manipulating tools to explore nature from the growth and development of plants and animals to era-spanning geologic events. DSC – 434.791.5160.
Thru May 27
Nano Mini Exhibit – Interactive exhibit engages visitors in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. Hands-on elements present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introduce real world applications and explore societal and ethical implications of this technology. DSC – 434.791.5160.
January 1 (thru 29)
Karate Class. TU 5:30-6:30pm. Community Center, Chatham – 434.432.3115 or 434.250.2311. Belly Dancing Class. TU 7-8pm. Community Center, Chatham – 434.432.3115 or 434.713.9076.
January 1 (thru 31)
Baby Boomer Style Work Out – Incorporate walking, cardio activity and weight training into a ﬁtness routine. TTH 9-10:30am. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848. Ladies, It’s Time to Work It Out – Incorporate walking, cardio activity and weight training into ﬁtness routines designed for women. 10am-12pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848. Pure Core – Staff will instruct participants on exercises to isolate and work the upper, lower, transverse, and oblique abdominals as well as the lower back area. M-TH 10:30-11:30am. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848. 15/15/15 Fitness – 15 minutes of
Cartoon Crazy Celebration – Come in pjs to watch cartoons and eat cereal. 10am.(Danville Public Library) DPL – 434.799.5195. Senior Bowling Tournament. 10am12pm. Riverside Lanes. 434.791.2695.
January 2, 11 & 16
Homeschool Wednesdays – Earth Sciences. 1/2-Earth Materials and Processes; 1/11-Dino Day; 1/16-Water. Ages 6-9 & 10-15. 10-11:15am & 34pm. VMNH – 276.634.4185.
January 2 (thru 23)
Art with Flo – Wet-on-wet technique. Weds. Location/times vary. 434.797.8848.
January 2 (thru 30)
Wednesday Fellowship Program – Enjoy a fellowship hour, followed by a bag lunch and a special activity. 11am-2pm. Ballou Rec Center – 434.799.5216. Aerobics & Weight Training Class. MW 5:30-6:30pm. Community Center, Chatham – 434.432.3115. African Dance – Learn the art of African Dance. TU 6-7:30pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848.
January 2 (thru 31)
Art Exhibit – Amateur Photography Competition. Kirby Gallery, Roxboro. 336.597.1709.
Bob Ross Painting Class – Fantasy Lighthouse 9am-3:30pm. Piedmont Arts Association (PAA), Martinsville – 276.632.3221. Yack & Snack Book Club. 12-1pm. Main DPLibrary. 434.799.5216 or 434.799.5195. Senior Jammers – Stringed instrument played for an afternoon of down-home entertainment. 3pm. Ballou Rec Center – 434.799.5216. Bingo Madness – Bingo with different themes each month. 4pm. DPL – 434.799.5195.
January 3 (thru 31)
Kuumba-West African Dance – Live drumming and energetic dancing. TH Kids, 6-6:30pm; Adults, 6:30-7:45pm. City Armory. 434.797.8848. Bluegrass Concert – Featuring Down 2 Earth TH 7pm. Community Center, Chatham – 434.432.3115.
First Friday Art Walk. 5-7pm. Studio 107, Martinsville – 276.638.2107.
January 4 (thru 25)
Storytime – Share stories and songs with a set theme. Ages birth-5. 1111:45am. DPL 434.799.5195.
Concealed Carry Permit Class – Learn the laws in Virginia that regulate
handguns as well as basic design and safety mechanics of marksmanship. 9am-2pm. Glenwood Community Center. 434.799.5150. DRBA’s First Saturday Outing – Tanyard Creek, Rufﬁn, NC. 10am. 336.623.8681. www.danriver.org. Bob Ross Painting Class – Lighthouse. 10:30am–3:30pm. Ballou Park. 434.797.8848. Hogmanay Party – Scottish food, bagpipe, Scottish ﬁddle music and holiday songs at the Virginia-Carolina Scottish Society’s Scottish New Year’s Party. 6pm. Lawson-Overbey Inn. 434.793.7432. Epiphany Feast Celebration. 7pm. Stratford Courtyard Conference Center. See story page 14.
January 5, 12 & 19
Meditation for the Mind, Body and Soul – Innovative and calming meditation series featuring special breathing techniques, positive visualizations, meditative practices, and gentle yoga poses that cultivate a peaceful mind, a healthy sense of self, and a relaxed body. 10-11am. Pepsi Building. 434.797.8848.
January 5 (thru 26)
Mario Kart Tournament – Show your Mario Kart skills and win prizes and glory. All ages. 11am. DPL – 434.799.5195. Natural Nutrition – Intro to the world of juicing, tastings of different juices, eating and preparing raw foods and using fresh herbs and herbal teas to bolster health. 12-1pm. Pepsi Building. 434.797.8848.
Anime Club – Come watch anime, talk manga, and enjoy things Japanese. Ages 12+. 4-6pm. DPL– 434.799.5195. SPEC Nutrition Challenge. Southside Power & Endurance Co. 434.770.7461.
January 7-8, 15-16
Bingo. Times/locations vary. 434.799.5216.
January 7 & 17
Needle Social – Learn to knit or crochet and create mittens, hats, blankets and more. 6pm. South Boston Public Library – 434.575.4228.
January 7 (thru 29)
Art with Judie – Learn how to paint with oil or watercolor. M/TU - Times vary. Ballou Annex. 434.797.8848.
January 7 (thru Feb. 11)
Belly Dance Classes. Mondays. Belly Dance Technique & Drills, 5:30pm; Belly Dance Performance Skills, 6:45pm. Pepsi Building. 434.797.8848. Dancing in Heels – A touch of Vaudeville combined with dance moves. M 8-9pm. Pepsi Building. 434.797.8848.
January 8 (thru Feb. 14)
Zumba Classes. Tuesday or Thursdays. Times & locations vary. 434.797.8848.
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January 8 (thru Feb. 26)
Urban Line Dance Class. 630-8pm. Ballou Rec Center – 434.799.5216.
January 8 (thru Feb. 5)
Artisan Classes – Precious Metal Clay, Intro to Hand Building Pottery & Macro Photography. 5:30-8:30pm. The Artisan Center – 276.656.5461.
Polliwogs & Science Stars – Explore the differences between nutritious food and junk food; learn how food affects the body; check out the healthy living exhibit and invent healthy snacks. Ages 3–4, 1–2pm. Ages 5–7, 3:30–4:30pm. DSC - 434.791.5160.
January 9 (thru 30)
Averett Basketball. See ad page 11.
January 9 (thru Feb. 6)
Artisan Classes – Quilting 101 & Intermediate Stained Glass. 5:30-8:30pm. The Artisan Center – 276.656.5461.
January 9 (thru April 24)
Lighten Up for Life! – Meet weekly for fun ﬁtness, nutritional programs, guest speakers, prizes. Kickoff 1/9-9:30am. Ballou Rec – 434.799.5216.
Homeschooler Program – What Happened When? Discuss key points in a timeline of US History to local history. 10am. Person County Public Library. 336.597.7881. Teen Movie Night – Popcorn and lemonade will be served while watching the movie the Amazing Spider-Man. Ages 13+. 4pm. DPL – 434.799.5195.
January 10 (thru Feb. 7)
Woodturning Class. 5:30-8:30pm. The Artisan Center – 276.656.5461.
January 10 (thru Feb. 14)
Tai Chi Class. 6-7pm. Ballou Rec Center – 434.799.5216. Dog Tricks 101 – Learn trick training basics like shake, bow, roll over and target touching. 6-7pm. Glenwood Community Center. 434.797.8848. Dog Obedience – Reﬁne and strengthen basic obedience commands as well as address house manners, socialization, games to play, problem behaviors. 7:30-8:30pm. Glenwood Community Center. 434.797.8848.
Senior Movie Day – Eat Pray Love.11am. DPL – 434.799.5195. Corks & Forks. See story page 14. Chatham Concert Series. See story page 14.
January 11 (thru March 10)
DMFAH Exhibits. Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History (DMFA&H). See story page 14.
Hike: Winter Peaks – Seven-mile, round trip, hike to McAfee’s Knob is moderate with a steep, rocky ascent to a gorgeous overlook. Ballou Nature Center. 434.799.5215.
Evince Magazine Dino Day Festival – Fun, educational activities, informative presentations, book signings, a variety of dinosaur merchandise and delicious food. 10am-4pm. Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) – 276.634.4185. Southside Writers Meeting – Bring 5 copies of story/poem/chapter for review. 1pm. Averett Library. 434.251.1062. Magic of the Masters Close-Up Magic Show – Starring celebrity magician and World Champion Illusionist Wayne Alan. 8pm. North Theatre – 434.793.7469.
January 12 (thru Aug. 25)
Dinosaurs Exhibit – Life-size casts of dinosaurs dominate the exhibit, which includes a 40-foot long skeleton cast of an Acrocanthosaurus, a 12-foot long skeleton cast of a Deinonychus, a Tenontosaurus skeleton cast, a cast of a Triceratops skull, a Syntarsus with prey, a phytosaur, and more. VMNH – 276.634.4185.
January 14 & 15
Boating Safety Education. 6-9:30pm. Glenwood Community Center. 434.799.5215.
January 12 (thru Feb. 16)
Baseball/Softball - Preseason Conditioning – Conditioning drills and skill-related activities. Ages 7-17. 9:30-11am. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848.
January 14 (thru Feb. 25)
Dog Obedience – Basic skills such as leash walking, sit, stay, and come will all be covered. 7-8:30pm. Coates Rec Center. 434.797.8848.
January 14 (thru March 4) Tai Chi Class – Increase strength, balance, and ﬂexibility. M 11:15am-12:30pm. Ballou Rec Center – 434.799.5216.
Trip to Barn Dinner Theater, Greensboro, NC. 8am-5pm. Ballou Park. 434.799.5215.
January 15 (thru Feb. 7)
Beginning Swimming Adventures – Designed for children who have no prior swimming experience or who are just learning to swim. Classes feature water games, ﬂoating and basic swimming strokes. Ages 6-12. TU/TH 3:30-4:15pm. YMCA. 434.799.5215.
Chair-a-Size – Get the same intense workout in a chair as you would standing. 12:30-1:30pm. Ballou Rec Center – 434.799.5216.
January 16 (thru Feb. 6)
Facing Life’s Challenges, Overcoming Adversities – Using the climbing wall to teach participants positive and constructive ways to overcome challenges and adversities. Ages 8-12. 3:30-5pm. Ballou Park Nature Center. 434.799.5215.
Spring to Green Horticultural Symposium. See story page 14. Senior Bingo. 11am-12pm. DPL – 434.799.5195. Keeping Well in Mind, Body and Spirit – A program series for those concerned with cancer prevention & survivorship. 11:30am-1pm. First Presbyterian Church. 434.766.6650. Sky Watchers – Orion the Hunters Great Nebula, M42 and its red giant star Betelgeuse. Observe some lunar detail and view Jupiter and its four
largest moons. Nightfall. DSC – 434.791.5160.
Scarf & Muffs Making Class – Design and make a scarf and matching muffs. 10am-12pm. Ballou Rec Center – 434.799.5216. Just Everyday Women Walking by Faith - Guests include Rich Ruffalo, a dynamic motivator, author, educator, and internationally recognized athlete. He and Rev. Brian Edwards will be sharing their testimonies. 11am-1pm. Mary’s Diner. Bingo. 2-4pm. Ballou Rec Center – 434.799.5216. Winnie the Pooh Party – Have honey cake, play forest games and dress up as favorite Pooh character. Ages 10+. 4-5pm. DPL – 434.799.5195. All About Herbs - Thyme. 5:30-8:30pm. The Artisan Center – 276.656.5461.
Family Movie Matinee – Enjoy a movie, pop-corn and lemonade while watching Brave. 10:30am. DPL – 434.799.5195. Harlem Quartet. Danville Concert Association. See story page 14 and ad page 19.
What the Craft? Book Club – Yarn Crafts. Ages 10+. 4-5pm. DPL – 434.799.5195.
Senior Stone Soup Luncheon – Bring a can of vegetables to add to the Special Soup Pot and stir up a hot, healthy pot of goodness for lunch. 12:30-1:30pm. Ballou Rec Center – 434.799.5216.
Adult Book Bunch Meeting. 12-1pm. Person County Public Library. 336.597.7881. Gardening Basics – Landscape Planning. 6-7:30pm. DPL. 434.797.8848. Night Hike & Campﬁre – Look for nocturnal wildlife or a star-ﬁlled sky. Hotdogs and marshmallows will be ready for roasting at the shelter. 6-8pm. Anglers Park. 434.799.5215.
Parents Night Out – Parents enjoy a night out on the town, while the children enjoy an evening of activities and games, food and spending time with their friends. 6-10pm. Coates Rec Center. 434.797.8848. A Night At The Movies - Rainier Piano Trio – Enjoy an evening of movie music featuring music from Dr. Zhivago, Schindler’s List, Exodus, The Mission, The Legend of 1900 and much more. 7:30pm. The Prizery – 434.572.8339.
Snow Tubing Trip – Wintergreen Ski Resort. 8:30am-4:30pm. 434.799.5215. Cool Weather Waterfowl Tour. 9am. Mayo Park, Roxboro. 336.597.7806. Reading Between the Wine – A Project Literacy Fundraiser featuring Reader’s Theatre, wine tasting and catering by Cindy Castle. Tickets $20. Reserve tickets by 1/23. 7:30-9:30pm. Danvillian Gallery. Carol Ann Lawson – 434.710.9421. Manhattan Piano Trio – One of the most exciting and dynamic young classical ensembles in the US. 7:30pm. Kirby Theater, Roxboro. 336.597.1709.
Let’s Talk About It Mysteries – Book reviews. Person County Public Library. 336.597.7881. The Golden Triad Show Chorus – Barbershop four-part harmony music. 2:30pm. Little Theatre of Danville. Former Main Street UM Church. 434.792.5796. See ad page 7.
Catholic School Week – Visit classrooms in session. Sacred Heart School. 434.793.2656. See ad page 18.
1859 Coffeehouse Lecture Series Exploring the Present: Creating Theatre. 7pm. Averett, Multipurpose Room. 434.791.7189. See ad page 11.
Doodle Bugs – Earth Science-Water. Ages 3-5. 10am & 3pm. VMNH – 276.634.4185. Informative Session with the Danville Police Department – Learn the responsibilities and duties of a community police ofﬁcer. 12:30-1:30pm. Ballou Rec Center – 434.799.5216.
SHS Showcase Open House & Winter Fine Arts Program – Open House 6-6:45pm; Program 7pm. Sacred Heart School. 434.793.2656. See ad page 18.
Upcoming Events February 1
First Friday Art Walk. 5-7pm. Studio 107, Martinsville – 276.638.2107.
February 1 (thru 22)
Valentine Dance – Celebrate the month of love with music, dancing and light refreshments. Grades K-5, 7-9pm, 2/1- Coates, 2/8-Glenwood. Grades 6-8, 7-9:30pm, 2/15- Coates, 2/22Glenwood. 434.799.5150.
Concealed Carry Permit Class – Learn the laws in Virginia that regulate handguns as well as basic design and safety mechanics of marksmanship. 9am-2pm. Glenwood Community Center. 434.799.5150. Ice Bowl Disc Golf Tournament. 10am-2pm. Ballou Park Disc Golf Course. 434.799.5215. Ain’t I A Woman! – Chamber music theatre performance celebrating the lives and times of four signiﬁcant African American Women and performed by the Core Ensemble. 7:30pm. Pritchett Auditorium, Averett. 434.791.5620. See ad page 11.
February 2 (thru March 30)
PAA Exhibit –We Are The Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. Illustrations from the children’s book by award-winning artist and author Kadir Nelson. PAA, Martinsville – 276.632.3221.
February 4 & 21
Needle Social – Learn to knit or crochet and create mittens, hats, blankets and more. 6pm. South Boston Public Library – 434.575.4228.
Chatham Concert Series – The Camden Consort: Renaissance and Baroque songs, dances, and ballads. Admission is by donation. 7pm. Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 66 North Main Street, Chatham. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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February 8, 9 & 19
A Raisin in the Sun. Gretna Little Theatre. 434.656.3637.
Snow Tube, Ski or Ride Trip – Wintergreen Ski Resort. 8am-6pm. 434.799.5215.
February 10 & 24
Let’s Talk About It Mysteries – Book reviews. Person County Public Library. 336.597.7881.
Homeschooler Program – Let’s Map It Out. NC state topography and our changing landscapes. 10am. Person County Public Library. 336.597.7881. Love is the Sweetest Thing – Dinner and a show of romantic music with the area’s top vocalists and dancers. 6:30pm. Little Theatre of Danville. Stratford Conference Center. 434.792.5796. See ad page 7
February 14 & 16
Commemoration of the Crossing of the Dan. Times vary. South Boston. The Prizery. 434.572.8339.
The Marvelous Wonderettes – A cotton-candy colored, nonstop pop musical blast from the past. 7:30pm. Kirby Theater, Roxboro. 336.597.1709. Rhythm of the Dance. 8pm. Caswell County Civic Center. 336.694.4591. www.ccfta.org. See ad page 10.
February 15 (thru 23)
Elvis Has Left the Building – A comedy where Elvis is missing and his manager is in trouble. 7:30pm/3pm. The Prizery – 434.572.8339.
Reﬂecting Forward Role Models for Life by Linda Lemery This month Evince serves as the voice of role models. We all have them. People whose beliefs, actions, morals and ethics we try to emulate. For me, ushering in a new year seems like a perfect time to spotlight some of the people who have been such important personal role models. Readers will develop their own lists, of course; they will form as I go through mine. My stepmother, Gladys, came into our lives when I was 11 years old. I’d had a troubled childhood because my parents were unhappy together. Our home was a battleﬁeld. That does things to a child. Four years after my mother passed away, my stepmother became my mother. She turned our house into a home and created a stable family unit that was better than I’d ever seen--full of kindness, caring, simple values, connections between people and light. The effects on me were profound. I will be eternally grateful that Mom came into our lives. She passed away last year at age 100. I really miss her. Before my stepmother came but after my biological mother passed away, my dad, Chris, took me to a new school to see if I could achieve in a different educational setting. Mrs. Chesky was my third grade teacher there. She believed in a girl who didn’t believe in herself. She taught me about persistence and love and to stand up straight and be proud of who I was. From her, I learned conﬁdence, serenity and to love nature. “I want her to learn to love to learn,” Dad said when he brought me to that school. I learned and am still learning. I believe the essential curiosity that drives lifelong learning began to unfurl under Mrs. Chesky’s guidance. My dad was a funny, witty man. His humor colored his life and the lives of those around him in vibrant hues and connected us all. He had the best vocabulary of anyone I’ve ever known-all the more surprising because English was his second language. He read voraciously, always with a dictionary nearby. From Dad, I learned humor, frugal habits, middle-class values and to love and respect language. From my husband, Steve, I learned about rock-solid dependability, love and support. (He’s good at the grill, too.) A bright, inquisitive man who loves numbers and rational thinking, he models a respect for people, education and learning that is eminently reasonable and highly compelling. From him, I’ve also learned an enormous amount about courage under ﬁre.
Winter Storm by Emma Savering
High up in the mountains, From my friend and former colleague, Peggy Simpson, I learned about the extraordinary power of mentoring and offering professional service and opportunities to others. Peggy taught her faculty at least as much as she taught her students. In part because of her, I am committed to developing growth opportunities for my workstudy students with amazing results. I learned so much from her. From my friends, Betty Heard and Betty Steele, I have learned the power of consistent, spiritually informed kindness and support. These educators widely inspired students to grow toward who they would become. I’m so grateful for having these friends in my life. There are so many more role models I’ve known and who I cannot list here. They have helped or are helping me grow into the person I’d like to become-one who models positive traits and who can help others grow into the people they’re destined to become. Readers, of course you’re way ahead of me because you now have your own mental list of people who have helped shape who you’ve become. In this ﬁrst month of 2013, I urge you to tell the people on your list their importance in your life. With this sharing, there might be some very unexpected positive outcomes. What a great way to start the new year, by reﬂecting on the profound effects of other peoples’ leadership in our lives. Doing so inspires us to think about the importance of passing on-- and creative ways to pass on-- that leadership. In so many ways, the future of our world and especially our corner of it seems to depend on doing just that. About the Author: Linda Lemery email@example.com is Circulation Manager at Averett University’s Mary B. Blount Library in Danville. She welcomes your comments.
a winter storm howled, blanketing trees in soft, glistening snow layer upon layer, burying the trees by morning uprooting even the strongest ﬁr. The winter storm against the forest, even the strongest eventually fall when facing the winter storm. This poem won ﬁrst place among middle school students in the recent Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History writing contest. The young poet was inspired by Carson Davenport’s Up the Mountain. For more information, visit www.danvillemuseum.org or visit 975 Main Street.
1. Start some form of cardiovascular exercise (walking, biking, rowing, rollerblading, skating, swimming, jogging) a few times per week for at least 10-20 minutes or as much as you can safely handle. 2. Don’t eat junk food on weekdays (pastries, fried foods, sodas, candy, chips, cookies, processed and high-sodium foods). 3. Plan to have a few cheat meals/ snacks only on the weekends. 4. Eat moderate portions at all times. Do not eat until full, only satisﬁed. 5. Add 20-30 minutes of resistance training a few days a week (rubber bands, cables, isometrics), free weights (dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells), bodyweight exercises, (stability ball, medicine ball). 6. Stretch all of your muscles a few times per week. 7. Sleep at least 8 hours at night and nap for about 30 minutes each day. 8. De-Stress. Take time for yourself each day to focus on a healthy hobby like working on old cars, gardening, golﬁng, hunting.
physical energy when eating the right carbohydrates. Avoid Fad Diets Many fad diets make you feel hungry and tired all day. That lifestyle cannot be sustained for long. The rapid weight loss at the beginning is usually ﬂuid loss and not real body fat loss. That is deceptive. Once you stop the fad diet, you usually balloon up in weight and sometimes it can be to a weight higher than before the diet.
2013 Fitness Goals by Dave Gluhareff MFS,CFT-ISSA Eat Right and Avoid Obesity Growing-up I was not lazy; I was very active. The problem was I wasn’t eating enough food to keep my metabolism high and burn calories. My metabolism became too slow. When I ate at night, I loaded-up on calories and eventually stopped being active. I repeated this terrible
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Death or New Life for Tattered Tree? by Mack Williams Recently, I walked past an old friend in the foreground of Ballou Park, not someone exercising concurrently, but something very sedentary: the Ballou Park Christmas Tree. Even when it’s not December, it has a special aura, because one knows that it will again wear the decorative trappings of Christmas, lit with the throw of a switch or maybe the push of a plug. It’s kind of like those well-known men in each community who seasonally rewear the Red Suit. Earlier, I saw that some of the tree’s lower branches were brown, meaning autumn to other trees, but death to a pine. These branches were later cut away and placed in a small roadside pile, waiting for the City workers who deal with discarded leaves, limbs and pine needles. Later, when the Christmas lights were strung, but unswitched, they went into the tree’s vacant spaces and were lit by the sun’s late light, providing the tree with a prosthetic rounding-out. After its ofﬁcial lighting, nighttime passersby were ignorant as to its gaps.
I mentioned the tree’s seemingly precarious state to a passing Ballou Senior Center employee, asking if a horticulturalist could be consulted. She responded, “The poor thing’s been so windbattered that we’ll probably just get a new one next year.” If a new tree is planted, I hope that its senior is allowed to live, like a race horse put out to pasture or in this case, put out to Park. Its chopping would be, modernly speaking, very ungreen. For us, creatures of habit, the new one should be planted not far away, the senior tree still on hand advising the young whipper-snapper. The old tree may not be strung any more at Christmas time, but it will continue to be decorated, just as it was before in its past off-season. In addition to daytime birds with nests, a night walker’s passing perspective may seem to hang the moon’s crescent on a branch, accompany it with a scattering of stars and position an occasional planet or two.
Looks like ‘13 is Our Lucky Year. Let’s start by moving our accounts to Piedmont CU!
Book Clubbing A review by Larry Aaron
Pipe Dreams: A Story of Heartache and Hope by Ciby Emrie
Everyone has dreams of what a perfect life would be for them. So did divorcee, social worker and nun-reject Gloria Harris in Pipe Dreams, the debut novel by Chatham author Ciby Emrie.
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“As a little girl,” Gloria reminisces, “I’d play dressup in a discarded gown, with time-dulled sparklies, as I called them. I coupled it with a broad brimmed crimson hat, formal gloves pulled to my armpits and emerald satin, spike heels. Gazing at my mirrored reﬂection, I’d dream of being all grown up. I’d imagine how perfect my life would be--then.” Gloria’s idea of the ideal life forever fades with the passing of youth and her romantic notion of life is shattered: “[My]sparkly dreams dissolved with tears into dark reality, much like sugar crystals dissolving in bitter, too strong coffee.” But while heartache is an ever present part of life, Ciby Emrie reminds the reader in her novel Pipe Dreams that it doesn’t have to end there. The novel intertwines the lives of ﬁve remarkably different single mothers who have suffered the pain of bitter marriages. One reviewer describes it as, “A perfect example of courage after devastation, success after struggles, laughter after tears, triumph after tragedy and most of all...hope and strength through the sincerity and heartfelt caring of strangers who unite through a common goal.” This tome’s story revolves around a decision by Gloria to move to Baltimore where she meets four women in a displaced homemakers’ group: Maria, a socialite widow besieged by a mound of debt; Ruth, a minister’s wife, whose husband left her and the church after announcing his homosexuality; Sarah, a 40-something ex-hippy whose husband, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, leaves her for the Israeli army; and Katie, wife of a local dentist, traumatized by divorce while raising rebellious teenage sons. The lives of this eclectic group are sometimes harrowing and other times humorous as their separate struggles unite them in a quest for hope and happiness. They support one another against impossible odds as they attempt to deﬁne the perfect life. Author Ciby Emrie holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina and received her RDH degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. She served on the faculty of the University of Maryland and at various times appeared on Maryland Public Television and Maryland Public Radio. • Pipe Dreams can be purchased at Karen’s Hallmark in Piedmont Mall in Danville, Chathamooca, 33 North Main Street, in Chatham, and from Amazon.com • A portion of book sales will be donated to organizations assisting single women with children who have suffered domestic violence. • For more about Ciby Emrie, visit www.cibyemrie.com. Send information about what you or your book club is reading to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chief Cooks and Role Models by Annelle Williams
I love beginnings. The opportunity for a fresh start is exciting. Although any day can be the start of a different journey, January is usually the month chosen to put new ideas into action. My New Year’s Day resolutions usually involve diet, exercise and clutter. I always begin with a positive attitude, but the downside to these battles is they can be won or lost several times a day. After a few restarts, I generally give in to my weaknesses. This year I’m looking for something a little more long term. My new idea is to add healthy foods to my diet every day. I’m not going to focus on taking anything away, although secretly I can see that might happen down the road with healthy foods increasing and less-healthy foods decreasing. There has been a national focus on changing diets at an early age. If we feed healthier foods to children, they will have a better chance of continuing that lifestyle as adults. That should be a goal for all of us. As the chief cooks in our homes, we are the role models for our families. I’ve watched my daughter feed her ten-month old only freshly prepared fruits and vegetables. So far, peas, squash, green beans and sweet potatoes are on the vegetable menu and he loves them—smacking his little mouth wanting more. The natural ﬂavors seem to be suiting him just ﬁne. Add something healthy to your diet every day and be a healthy role model for your family.
Where Can I Find an Evince? Squash and Chard Cannelloni (adapted from Cuisine at Home) 1 box of no-boil lasagna noodles 2 1/2 cups peeled and diced butternut squash (about the size of the end of your thumb) 1 cup leeks sliced into thin rounds (wash leeks well to remove sand and drain) pinch of red pepper ﬂakes 2 T butter 1/4 cup chicken broth 2 tsp. sugar 2 cups sliced Swiss chard, kale (remove center stems), or spinach 1 T minced fresh sage
1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper 1 1/2 cups shredded Gruyere cheese, divided 1 cup ricotta, part skim 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan 1 egg 3 T butter 1/4 cup all purpose ﬂour 3 cups low-fat milk, warmed 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper 1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg 1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper
Preheat oven to 425°. Coat a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Boil lasagna noodles for about 4 minutes, just to make pliable. (tip: Remove noodles from boiling water and drape over the side of a large bowl or strainer to drain; spray them with a little cooking spray and they won’t stick together.) Sauté squash, leeks, and pepper ﬂakes in 2 T butter until leeks are soft, about 5 minutes. Add broth and sugar. Cover, simmering until liquid evaporates and squash is soft, about 7 minutes. Add chard and sage; cover and cook another 2 minutes, until chard wilts. Season with salt and pepper and set aside. Mix 1 cup of Gruyere, ricotta, Parmesan and egg in large bowl. Fold in squash mixture and set aside. Melt 3 T butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in ﬂour and cook one minute. Then whisk in warm milk. Bring to a simmer stirring constantly until thickened. Remove from heat. Add salt, pepper, nutmeg and cayenne. Add 1 cup of white sauce to bottom of baking dish. Trim each noodle to 8 inches in length; divide squash ﬁlling between noodles and roll from long edge forming cannelloni. Place cannelloni into baking dish; pour remaining white sauce evenly over noodles, spreading with a spatula. Sprinkle with remaining Gruyere cheese. Bake uncovered about 25 minutes, until cheese is golden and sauce is bubbly. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. For more pictures and recipes, visit my blog: http://aroundannellestable.blogspot.com.
Ten thousand copies of Evince are distributed each month at over 100 locations. Find your copy at:
Riverside Drive/Piedmont Drive/Marketplace Area:
Buffalo Wild Wings Checkered Pig Danview Restauran on Danview Drive El Vallarta on Westover Drive Goodwill on Westover Drive H. W. Brown Florist (they deliver an Evince with your order) Hibachi Grill on Executive Court Joe & Mimma’s Karen’s Hallmark @ Piedmont Mall Los Tres Magueyes Ruben’s Short Sugars Shorty’s Bakery @ Coleman Marketplace The Highlander Western Sizzlin
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American National Bank Comcast on Patton Street Danville Public Library on Patton Street Danville Regional Medical Center on South Main Street Danville Science Center on Craghead Street Main Street Coffee Emporium Midtown Market on Chambers Street YMCA
Memorial Drive Frank’s Pizza Gingerbread House
Piney Forest Road Area Commonwealth Pharmacy Mary’s Diner Piedmont Credit Union
Franklin Turnpike Area Ruben’s Too Village’s Pizza
Danville Welcome Center on River Park Drive URW Credit Union on Arnett Boulevard
In Chatham Area
Chatham Community Center Chatham Health Center Chathamooca Frank’s Pizza Pittsylvania County Public Library
In Yanceyville, NC
Caswell County Civic Center Gunn Memorial Public Library Steaks on the Square The Drug Store
In South Boston, VA
Berry Hill Resort Distinct Impressions Ernie’s Restaurant O Sol Mio on Bill Tuck Hwy. Prizery Southern Virginia Higher Education Toot’s Creek Antiques
Published on Jan 3, 2013