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Estela McGregor: Coming to America
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I usually use this space to encourage readers to become active, fully-involved participants in our community and that is still the case. However, this month our writers are exploring the concept of living well and that might mean you’ll need to slow down and appreciate the unacknowledged gifts that come with every rising sun. Learn how blessed we are to live in the United States from Estela McGregor, a native of Uruguay. Her story is on page 3. Then answer the questions on the test that she will take to become an American citizen on page 3. Could you pass it? Lauren and Adam Jones want you to live well by exercising more and they will help you. See page 12. Annelle Williams’ life has slowed down enough to vacation in sunny Italy. Read about her discovery and cook a new pasta dish featured on page 21. Readers can always count on Linda Lemery to ﬁnd the humor in every situation—even as she struggles to declutter her house in Moving Toward Living Well on page 13. There is no debate that there is a distinction between living and living well. Discover a major difference in the story on page 19. Finally, for another insight, make time to read the book reviewed by Joann Verostko on page 22.
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Coming to America by Joyce Wilburn
hope everyone can leave the United States for a few weeks or a month,” says Estela McGregor. For someone who is preparing to become a U.S. citizen, that might sound strange, until the listener hears the reasons why. The Danville resident and native of Uruguay, South America, continues, “Then they will see how people in other countries live. They are having a hard, hard time.” In comparison, she notes, “Everybody here has a good life. Here you can travel anywhere you want and buy what you need.” Estela makes time in her busy day before going to work at Danville Regional Medical Center to tell her story: “In 2002, I came to the U.S. to visit my brother and friends in Danville. They said I should stay and look for work.” She obtained a visa and found employment cleaning machines at Dan River Mills. Her plan was to save the money for a college education back home. That agenda changed, however, when she met co-worker, Tim McGregor, who had been at DRM for 25 years. “He came over one day to talk to me and showed me pictures of his family. I looked at him and laughed because I didn’t know what he was saying,” she remembers. Tim and Estela used Spanish-English dictionaries to communicate and Estela recounts
that, “his heart told him I was a good person.” The feeling was mutual but the language was still a barrier. He proposed marriage, but she hesitated. “I missed my family and I didn’t understand the language,” she explains. Tim promised frequent visits to Uruguay and purchased English-Spanish for Dummies CDs. She could type in Spanish and he could read the English translation and vice versa. The computer became the glue that held them together and on December 18, 2004, they were married on her parents’ wedding anniversary.
A month later, Estela started the long process of becoming an American citizen: be a permanent resident for 10 years, complete an application form, obtain supporting documents, learn English, answer questions about her background and her application during an interview, pass English and civics tests and save money for a medical exam and for retaining an immigration lawyer. In a few years, when Estela’s English skills are a little better, she will pass the test and then take an oath of allegiance to the United States of America, where she will continue to live the good life as an American citizen.
Could you pass the U.S. Citizenship Exam? When someone wants to become a U.S. citizen, an interviewer will ask the applicant 10 history and civic questions taken from a list of 100. How well would you do? Answers are below. 1. Who is the governor of Virginia? 2. What kind of economic system do we have in the U.S.? 3. Name 5 U.S. territories. 4. What is the tallest mountain in the U.S.? 5. What are the longest rivers in the U.S.? 6. Why did the pilgrims come to America? 7. Name the 13 original states. 8. What makes Benjamin Franklin famous? 9. Name one of the writers of the Federalist Papers. 10. How many amendments does the Constitution have? 11. Name three rights of freedom guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. 12. Who are the U.S. Senators from Virginia? 13. How many times may a senator or representative be reelected? 14. For how long do we elect each senator? 15. Name the U.S. representative for Danville. Answers: 1. Bob McDonnell 2. capitalist economy 3. Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samos 4. Mt. McKinley (Denali) 5. Mississippi River & Missouri River 6. religious freedom 7. Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia 8. He was the oldest member of the Constitutional Convention, the ﬁrst postmaster general of the U.S., a U.S. diplomat, and the author of Poor Richard’s Almanac. 9. Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay 10. twenty-seven 11. freedom of speech, press, religion 12. Mark Warner & Jim Webb 13. There is no limit. 14. six years 15. Robert Hurt
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A contributing doctor on the Today show said that obesity was never a problem when women had “a baby on one hip and a vacuum cleaner in the other hand.” Don’t know how true that is, although our lives back in my day certainly had more built-in exercise. Before retirement, I was a secretary and remember doing lots of walking (and running) into my boss’ ofﬁce for shorthand, hand-delivering memos, etc. And clothes washing was always down many stairs into the basement and then out to hang on the line. I think we should turn back the clock!
To the Editor: Thanks so much for the nice article (Helping Others Communicate – June 2012). We have had many people to mention it so positively! Betty Marshall Executive Director Danville Speech & Hearing Center
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And speaking of keeping our weight under control, congratulations to Dena (She Said He Said Candy Man June 2012) for losing 20 pounds. No small accomplishment! Pat Hufford To the Editor: Just wanted to comment on Kim’s article (Second Thoughts-When You Wish Upon a Star June 2012). What a lovely tribute to her nephew, Phil. It is so nice to read about how someone took a negative life event and turned it around. Kudos to a loving aunt. By the way, I took a couple of courses with Phil at Patrick Henry. Kim is right. Phil is very much in his element anywhere in the kitchen and can make a meal into a special gourmet occasion. The pictures were great, too! Sue Graves
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Throw Out the Mess and Organize the Rest 11 Quick Easy Ways to Enjoy Your Vacation by Joyce Wilburn National Association of Professional Organizers Whether you are going on a domestic trip or traveling abroad (the Summer Olympic Games in London begin July 27), here are some ways to make it more enjoyable. 1. Plan a meal for the day you will return home—maybe a frozen quart of stew that was purchased during stew season or something simple like grilled cheese sandwiches and a bowl of canned soup. An immediate trip to the grocery store upon your return home isn’t fun. Set the table for a nice welcome-home gift to yourself. 2. Turn the water off. I learned that lesson a week before we left on an 11-day trip. A pipe burst in the basement and within 10 minutes, the basement was covered in water. If that had happened while we were gone, the consequences would have been devastating. Ask a friend to check inside your house every day if possible. 3. Don’t weed the garden the week before you leave. I did and the poison ivy itch became my traveling companion. 4. Don’t let the weather determine your mood. Decide to have fun in sunshine or in rain, in cold temperatures or hot. 5. If you can’t complete a planned activity, that’s a sign you must return to that location on another vacation some day. That attitude puts a positive spin on an otherwise disappointing moment. 6. Be aware that if you are traveling by plane, your suitcase might be drenched in rain before it arrives at the baggage carousel. I have
always been concerned about liquids inside my suitcase leaking onto other items. I never thought about the liquid coming from the outside. On a recent trip, my luggage traveled 6,000 miles and was in good condition until it was left unprotected while waiting to be transported inside at the Raleigh Durham Airport. The rain soaked through the luggage. The only things that remained dry were the items inside the Ziploc bags. Take a watch or clock, if you’re traveling outside the country. Your hotel room might not have a clock. I usually rely on my cell phone for the time, but sometimes it doesn’t work outside the U.S. Don’t expect ice machines in all European hotels. Enjoying a drink is a social occasion to be shared with friends and drinking in your hotel room isn’t the norm. Take a washcloth. Some European hotels don’t provide them, because they are considered too personal. Pack colorful washcloths that won’t be overlooked and left with the hotel’s white towels. Learn the process of shopping tax-free before you leave the U.S. Tax-free shopping is available in 40 countries but the procedures and restrictions vary. Unpack your suitcase near the washing machine, when you return home. Put soiled clothes directly into the machine and start washing immediately.
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Twins? From time to time I see photos of men with their pets. Many times the men and their pets look similar. You don’t look like our Standard Poodle, Sophie. She is lean and black and weighs about 50 pounds, while you weigh a few more pounds and are anything but lean. Because I don’t know the people in the photos, I cannot say whether their pets and their personalities are the same. However, I have noticed that Sophie and you have the same personalities. How she got to be like you, I will never know. You did go to Tennessee to pick her up, but you didn’t pay for her or train her; you don’t feed her or walk her, yet your lives run parallel.
I love Sophie because you love Sophie. If you had a pet frog and loved that pet frog, I would try to learn to love that croaker too. But you don’t have a pet frog. You have a pet poodle. I don’t want to become defensive, but if I were going to teach the dog tricks or if I thought your pet was smart enough to learn from me, not eating leftovers would be the last thing on my mind. I would teach Sophie how to bark softly and less often during the day. She barks every time she does not get her way, or we walk into the house, or a squirrel sets foot into our yard.
Your last pet, Camden, barked softly. She wasn’t affectionate like Sophie and she didn’t jump on me every time I got close to her. I also was never accused of giving her bad habits. She ate what you gave her, sat over in the corner until called and if she was pouting, I never knew it. Let me also say that you and Sophie seem to have more of a connection and you seem to know everything she is thinking, saying or doing. I don’t remember any of this with Camden.
You don’t eat leftovers; she won’t eat leftovers. She is picky about what she eats; you are picky about what you eat. I can come into her room anytime of the day or night and she is curled up on the couch with her head on a pillow. I can come into the living room or bedroom anytime and you are sound asleep, although you usually do have a book in your hand. When Sophie doesn’t get her way she always goes behind the couch and pouts for a little while. Well, of course, I don’t want to have to say this about you, but I think you get the picture. If she had thumbs, I am sure you and Sophie would get along quite splendidly. She could fetch your paper, turn the pages in your book, wash your hair and take you for a walk from time to time. I don’t know how to untrain a pet once they have learned bad habits, but I am sure one of your many books must explain it. Meanwhile, I would ask you to clean up your act, if not for yourself, at least to try and set a good example for Sophie. After all, she is the only child we have at home now.
I am going to give you this though. Sophie does seem to love you very much and she does give me a tremendous amount of kisses. For a man who has never wanted to be kissed by a dog, I ﬁnd myself letting her get away with it even though afterwards I smell like dog breath. She is lovable just like you and she does primp around and she does love a bath. I guess when we start looking for traits that our Sophie has gotten from us, she got all of her bad traits from me and all her good traits from you. This is sort of like how families talk about their children and their traits. I still don’t know where Sophie got the trait of wallowing around on the ground or getting her snout all dirty or coming in the house with mud all over her. I thought poodles were sort of snooty and uppity. Sophie is the ﬁrst redneck poodle I have ever met. She didn’t get that from me. Maybe it came from where she was born in Tennessee. Did your family come from Tennessee?
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A landscape’s alteration by winter snow is a common observation, but in walking past Ballou Park in May, I noted its change due to the recent Festival in the Park. Rides and vendors of foods and crafts gave new meaning to its Hot Park --Wi-Fi sign. In contrast to yearround invisible wiring, the park was visibly wired for three days. Usually, I am greeted only with birdsong at the park, but during the Festival, I was welcomed by ampliﬁed human song coming from the entertainment area. I looked around for the tree that is Danville’s ofﬁcial Christmas tree, only ﬁnding it with difﬁculty, because the Scooby-Doo ride and a funnel-cake stand were sandwiched around it. The tree could have used its bright strings of colored lights on that off-season weekend in May just to visibly verify that it still grew there. I also saw some vendors of worked wood, their polished products not far from a multitude of raw material similar to that used for their crafting, but fortunately, the stillrooted, raw material was under the protection of the City of Danville.
A cluster of civilian ﬁeld kitchens prepared gyros, Polish sausages, BBQ and other mouth-watering foods that people ate at tables nearby. During other times, I have seen the City’s public works employees eating their homeprepared lunches at those same tables. Due to those meals not being cooked on site, I can only guess their identity, since room temperature food doesn’t spread its aroma much beyond the table where it’s being eaten. On the day following the Festival’s end, I saw only a table-laden truck remaining in the park. Rides, concessions and crafts had all been packed and taken away. The only other evidence of the three-day event was a remnant of dropped funnel cake on the sidewalk, surrounded by glistening, white, confectioners’ powdered sugar. The next day, that piece of deepfried cake was gone also, probably scavenged by birds. The sugar, however, was still there, making that sweetened section of sidewalk all that remained of Danville’s 2012 Festival in the Park.
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Sometimes you can be so smart that you go around a circle and end up at stupid again. That’s what I’ve heard anyway. It wasn’t until I saw my husband in action that I believed it. Robert is the smartest man I know. He watches the Discovery Channel for fun, reads biographies on purpose and can name all of the cabinet members without hesitation. We are so different. I open the Sunday paper only to see who’s getting married or buried. He actually reads Section A and ﬁnishes the crossword puzzle. He understands investments and the importance of planning for the future. I can’t be bothered by any of that. My advanced planning is limited to leaving the house early enough to swing by the bank because I know the Kwik Stop’s ATM costs $2 to use. Robert is a chemist and fascinated by all things science. Once he came home and told me Pluto had been written off. I thought he meant Disney had made some cutbacks. He’s so fascinated by improvements in technology that he’s always ordering the latest toy. It’s so bad that I had to put the UPS man on our Christmas card list since he rings our doorbell so often. Even so, there is one mechanical device that continues to bafﬂe Robert. There’s something
about our combination convection/ microwave oven that he can’t master. To most, it’s an unassuming little appliance. If you push Micro, it behaves like a microwave. If you push Conv, it becomes a miniature oven on steroids. Just like with people, its response depends entirely on which buttons you push. The wisest course of action, therefore, is not to choose Conv, cover your plate with paper towels and leave to water the ﬂowers. Which is exactly what he did while I was grading papers in the adjoining dining room. We have a security system that includes ﬁre protection. When I saw ﬂames, however, the ﬁremen at the station could have heard me scream without it. Where there’s smoke, there’s ﬁre and where there’s a smoke alarm, there’s a ﬁre truck. Putting the ﬁre out was not the problem. Keeping the smoke detector from going off and unnecessarily bringing a truck with bells and whistles... was. Since the last thing I wanted was anyone to know what had happened, I leapt into action faster than an Olympic sprinter. I tossed our indoor cat in the bathroom for safekeeping. I ﬂung open the patio’s French doors wider than an escort service open for business at a Secret Service convention. I shoved the bedroom windows up so hard that roof shingles
came loose. I stood in front of the combo oven and fanned it with magazines like a maiden before pharaoh. Meanwhile, Robert stood on a stool holding an oscillating fan over his head to prevent fumes from entering the smoke detector. For the 20 minutes we did this, I marveled at how dumb we looked. I silently added how many years of college we had between us and how long we’d walked the earth supposedly as intelligent adults. There stood Robert balancing on his perch. Bits of charred paper circled his feet while the Honeywell blades blew his hair. My calculations barely evolved us beyond Cro-Magnons. I’m the ﬁrst to admit that I’m not the brightest crayon in the box, but even I found a teachable moment right then between Mr. Science and me. “Reheating 101,” I hollered down the hall, “microwave: paper-good. oven: paper-bad.” Mortiﬁed, Robert made me promise that night that I wouldn’t Facebook what he’d done. Of course, I wouldn’t, especially when a column invites a much wider audience. Besides, this isn’t only about embarrassing the most important person in my life. It’s more of a public service announcement, really. Which is this: Keep paper towels out of your hot oven and you won’t have a cause for alarm.
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hearing loss can be caused A: Inbychildhood a middle ear infection (usually medically
treatable) or, more rarely nowadays, mumps (permanent hearing loss). Meningitis, at any age, can cause hearing loss. For adults the more common diseases or health problems are usually those related to the blood flow problems. These include but are not limited to; high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, sickle cell disease, diabetes. Auto immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus also are linked to hearing loss. Individuals on hemodialysis have a higher rate of hearing loss than the general population. Thyroid problems can cause hearing loss. Studies show that people with tuberculosis have a higher rate of hearing loss. Whether this is caused by the disease or the medication is not proven. There is also the occurrence of sudden sensorineural hearing loss and vertigo caused by the virus that causes chicken pox (varicella zoster virus) affecting important nerves in the skull (VIIth and VIIIth cranial nerves). This is called Ramsey-Hunt syndrome. The sooner it is identified and treated the better the outcome. Meniere’s syndrome is a cause for one-sided hearing loss with extreme vertigo. This is, by no means, an exhaustive list. Please, never self-diagnose. If you have any concerns about your health please make an appointment with an MD.
ﬁction by Telisha Moore Leigg
think you bargain ﬁrst with grief. You say, “Anything, I’ll give you anything, please, take anything for the awful not to be true.” But grief is the only lover faithful and true. I remember that June evening at twilight, the spaghetti I was draining in the colander, the home phone ringing unanswered, Laurel, my daughter, my oldest, cutting salad into a white bowl. I looked out the kitchen window over the sink and saw two police ofﬁcers coming to the front door and ahead of them my sister, Regina, and Tim—my ex; all of them were coming up the walkway. I saw Regina’s arms already out to console. What could they say that my heart didn’t already declare? 139 days missing. I knew my little boy, my barely 16-year-old Matthew, was dead. You’ll sell all you own to keep grief from your door. You’ll think you’ll be better, but you won’t. You’ll do subterfuge. Anything to postpone. Because the pain is a wind full of razors and though you swear you won’t, you have to breathe. “Mama?” Laurel called, came to me at the window and I dropped the colander into the sink; water splashing my purple t-shirt looked like wild tears. My Laurel saw the people too, the precision of the ofﬁcers’ walks, their grimace with each step forward. Suddenly, I grabbed her and looked into her eyes for some hope, but Laurel’s eyes were wise and barren, like some angel with terrible knowledge and the ruthless kindness to hold me in. “Mama,” she said again in my arms. I pushed her away. I couldn’t move beyond that window. “Close the door, Laurel!” I remember saying. The doorbell rang. Then a knock.
“The door’s closed, Mama. Mama? You want me to tell them to go away?” Laurel whispered, the left side of her hair half braided; she wore Snoopy footies and I realized she was just a child, the only one I still had. “Mama? Someone’s at the door.” “Go to your room, Laurel” And she did it because she was my baby and her brother was a little brother, not the corpse they were going to tell me he was. Of course, you pray. You think you know what begging is, but you don’t. Suddenly you know begging isn’t on your knees, unless they are bleeding, and the prayer you need desperately— you don’t know the words, the language to say. Grief is a tongue you can’t articulate. But I knew I couldn’t make anything, couldn’t bring anything to offer that would get my son back. I walked to my front door already departed; I was going to my boy and I wasn’t coming back. I pulled the door toward me with a vengeance that dissipated as soon as I looked down at the ofﬁcers’ shoes. “Ma’am, Mrs. Knox, may we speak with you concerning...?” the ﬁrst ofﬁcer said. He had a ﬂat top, favored his left foot; I remember that before the buzzing began. “Catch her,” the second ofﬁcer said, young black guy, one of the ones who had checked in from time to time. Jarles was his last name. I don’t remember going into the kitchen again but I was there standing by the white bowl; I picked up the knife Laurel used for the lettuce. The ofﬁcers tensed. Tim looked at me and moved his lips to me, like he was saying wait or too late.“Clarisse, baby, Clarisse, honey, come on, baby,” Regina said. I remember screaming. I remember it was me saying, “Don’t say nothing to me about my baby! My baby?” Regina came closer.
You’ll tremble under the force of fate. You’ll see how small you are, be amazed by the complexity of just a miracle of heartbeats. I thought I could faint. I had practiced it in my heart, but I’m not a fainter. I’m a screamer, a rager, a you-give-memy-baby-back, you give me back my heart or I’ll tear you apart. And I had no audience in particular, no one I was asking. I felt the wind now. “Put the knife down,” Ofﬁcer Jarles said. The other ofﬁcer was talking into a walkietalkie. “Shhhhh,” Regina called to me. I moved the knife upward. And then Tim rushed me. I swiped at him before he threw me down on the kitchen ﬂoor and kicked the knife toward the dining room. And I was wrapped in his arms, spitting, screaming, bucking. And they hadn’t even told me yet. There was no distance far enough from this truth. I remember Tim rocking and restraining me, someone’s blood on my laminate ﬂoor, maybe Tim’s from when I struck out with the knife, too many hands on me. Regina put a blanket under my chin below my black and raging eyes. And when you realize there is nothing you have or will get, or could get to pay some debt you don’t remember making....
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“Shhh,” Regina says to me, then shouts backwards over her shoulder, “Stay in your room, Laurel.” “My God,” Tim hollered above my head, and was he praying as he rocked me, as I jerked still, screamed still? When you know you can’t bargain, whore, or hurt enough to make him go away, then you marry grief. You give up all resistance and you renounce yourself. You’re burnt whole like some offering.
Back in the mid-1990s, the George Washington High School sweethearts had no thoughts about running marathons or opening The Brick in downtown Danville. After graduating from high school, Lauren enrolled at Averett University and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in biology. Adam studied at National Business College and Danville Community College and received a degree in business and computer systems management. Adam’s ﬁrst job after college was at Saunders Building Supply, a business owned by Lauren’s grandmother, Elsie Slayton, followed by a stint as Human Resources Director for Kelly Rentals. Lauren was on a different track. “I had a full-time massage therapy business at Perfect Body for three years,” says the Danville native. A career-deﬁning moment came in 2006, when Lauren’s grandmother wanted to retire and needed a family member to take over the successful business. “I suggested to Adam that we run Saunders Building Supply together,” she recalls. They accepted that challenge and at the same time, the young couple looked for ways to remain healthy and relieve stress. That led to running and training for a marathon in 2009. “It’s the cheapest sport you can do,” Adam says. His physically-ﬁt spouse agrees with a smile on her face. “It’s also the cheapest form of therapy. Put on a good pair of running shoes and work it out,” she quips. Lauren competed in her ﬁrst half-marathon in February 2010. The one problem they had was ﬁnding suitable running shoes and accessories at a local store. “We had to go out-of-town to buy all the supplies we needed,” Lauren recounts. Adam picks up the story: “I had to leave work early one day to buy some shoes in Raleigh and was stuck in trafﬁc on the way home. It was ridiculous. I thought there were probably a lot of other people doing the same thing.” Several dinner discussions later and many
Photo by Michelle Dalton Photography.
It wouldn’t come as a shock to anyone who knows Lauren and Adam Jones that the owners of the newest running-shoe store in town took almost three years getting ready for its opening in April. “We did a lot of praying and preparation,” Lauren says, laughing at the memory and then admits, “We don’t believe in rushing into anything.” Friends would probably agree with that assessment, considering that the couple knew each other for 10 years before they married in 2005.
Lauren & Adam Jones
Running The Brick by Joyce Wilburn
scribbled notes on napkins eventually led to the opening of The Brick. “At Saunders, we had learned the need for a budget, a good business plan, good bookkeeping, market research and projected sales,” Lauren says. Although the two businesses are totally different, the business concepts are the same. Saunders Building Supply sells traditional building materials and
specializes in ﬁnding unique items for customers that can’t be found elsewhere. The Brick is also a specialty store focusing on shoes, apparel and accessories to help walkers, runners, and tri-athletes reach their peak performance. Customers at The Brick are also offered a free unique educational
tool-- a gait analysis treadmill that video records how a person walks and/or runs. “With our software technology, we can do a video gait analysis in three different ways to determine the correct shoe,” explains Adam. For example, the spot check analysis takes ﬁve minutes and helps determine if a buyer needs a shoe that is neutral or one made for stability or motion control. The video is played back in slow motion so Adam can examine the details of a person’s gait. “We’ll get the right ﬁt the ﬁrst time and try our best to help with injury prevention,” he says. The multi-shoe15-minute analysis compares a person’s gait while wearing their current shoes with being barefoot and with four different pairs of new shoes. The analysis pro is a 30-60 minute intensive video recording for the serious runner usually done when the store is closed. Adam summarizes, “We sell a service in addition to products. We give you the whole experience: education, injury prevention and the proper shoe at a quality price.” “I’m blessed that my hobby has evolved into a career,” Adam admits as he and Lauren quickly make a shopping list of ofﬁce supplies needed at both businesses. “I just wish there were more hours in the day,” comments Lauren as she tells Adam good bye and quickly walks out the door. Thoughtful, careful preparation remains a core value for Lauren and Adam, but once they start a project, they run at full speed-- both literally and ﬁguratively. • The name of the Brick Running & Tri Store, 410 A Main Street, refers to training on two or more disciplines during the same workout with minimal or no interruption between-- like participants in triathlons who swim, run and cycle. Just as stacking actual bricks builds a solid structure, brick workouts are essential for solid race preparation. • Upcoming races include the Patriot Challenge on July 4 on the Anglers Ridge Trail System (434.793.4636) and the VIR Duathlon sponsored by the DRMC on July 14 (434.203.7343). • Every Thursday evening at 6 p.m., runners meet at The Brick for a fun run around the area. The public is invited. • For more information, visit www.thebrickva.com or call 434.799.5957. The Brick is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.
July Calendar Ongoing
July 2 (thru 23)
Through July 4
July 2 (thru 24)
Guided Walking Tour – Millionaires’ Row, The Secrets Inside. www.danvillehistoricalsociety.org. 434.770.1974. See ad page 9. Schoolﬁeld Museum & Cultural Center Celebration. 7/4-Quilt drawing at noon with light refreshments served. 434.792.6763. Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Exhibit – New Views of the Universe. HST images and data provide spectacular views of planets, galaxies, black holes, and other cosmic entities. Danville Science Center (DSC) – 434.791.5160.
Thru July 7
Expressions Exhibit. Piedmont Arts Association (PAA), Martinsville – 276.632.3221.
Through July 31
Damsels, Dragons and Ladies Exhibit – Pictures of damselﬂies, dragonﬂies and ladybugs along the Riverwalk. M-S 9:30am– 5pm, Sun 1–5pm. DSC – 434.791.5160.
Thru August 20
7 Visions Art Exhibit – Featuring Danville artists Helen Clark, Nancy Compton, Inara Dodson, Norma Martin, Alla Parsons, Colleen Stadler, and Carol Van Deventer. TU-SAT 10am-5pm. The Art Space @ The Gourmet Frog, 312 Main Street, Danville 434.710.7479.
Thru August 23
American Masterpieces of Southern Craft & Traditional Art Exhibit. See story page 20.
Thru August 31
Summer Reading Program. 2-4pm. Danville Public Library (DPL) – 434.799.5195.
Through September 3
Wild Music Exhibit – Hunt for sounds of forest creatures, investigate the songs of whales, record a musical memory, lay down a beat and add tracks with animal sounds and recordings of your own voices. DSC – 434.791.5160.
Through October 13
Butterﬂy Station and Garden. M-S 9:30am–5pm, Sun 1–5pm. DSC – 434.791.5160.
Thru November 3
Rocks to Racing Exhibit – Life in the Ordovician. Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) – 276.634.4185
Cinderella. 3pm. The Prizery – 434.572.8339.
July 1 (thru 3)
Braves vs. Burlington. 7pm. Legion Field, DDMP – 434.797.3792. See ad page 5.
Faces of Our Children – Sickle Cell Anemia Community Education Program. 9am-12pm. DRMC Main Lobby – www.DanvilleRegional.com.
July 2 & 17
Bingo. Times/locations vary. 434.799.5216
Anime Club – Come watch anime, talk manga, and enjoy things Japanese. Snacks provided. Ages 12-19. 2-4pm. DPL – 434.799.5195. Art with Judie – Learn how to paint with oil or watercolor. M/TU - Times vary. Ballou Annex. 434.797.8848.
July 2 (thru 30)
Prime Time Fitness. M/TH 9:30-10:30am. Ballou Rec Center – 434.799.5216. Boogie Monday – Cha Cha. M 7-8:30 pm. Ballou Rec Center – 434.799.5216.
Andrew Sisters Tribute. See ad page 7. Fireworks at The Speedway. South Boston Speedway – 877.440.1540.
July 3 (thru 24)
Books to Movies – Movies, popcorn and lemonade. Read the books and answer trivia for prizes. Ages 13+. TU 2pm. DPL – 434.799.5195.
July 3 (thru 30)
Cardio Step Class – Up-tempo, highenergy class. TTH 8:45-9:45am or 121pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848.
July 3 (thru 31)
Karate Class. TU 6:45-7:30pm. Community Center, Chatham – 434.432.3115. Belly Dancing Class. TU 6-7pm. Community Center, Chatham – 434.432.3115. African Dance Ensemble – Learn the art of African dance. TU 6pm. Coates Rec Center. 434.797.8848.
Patriot Challenge. See ad page 7 and story page 12. July 4th at the Crossing – Design, build and launch water-bottle rockets to explore action and reaction. 12–5pm. DSC – 434.791.5160. Yack & Snack Book Club. 121pm. Danville Main Public Library. 434.799.5216 or 434.799.5195. Red, White & Bluegrass w/Fireworks. See ad page 7 and story page 20.
Stand Up Paddle Board. 6-8pm. Abreu/Grogan. 434.799.5215.
July 5 (thru 26)
Zumba Class. TH 5:30-6:30pm. Community Center, Chatham – 434.432.3115. Kuumba-West African Dance – Live drumming and energetic dancing. TH 6:30-8pm. City Armory. 434.797.8848.
July 5 & 6
Red, White & Blue Patriotic Concert. 7:30pm. The Prizery – 434.572.8339.
July 5 & 19
57 Express Bluegrass Concert. TH 7pm. Community Center, Chatham – 434.432.3115.
July 7 (thru Aug 2)
PJ Story time – Come in pjs to share stories and songs with a set theme. Ages 4-10. 6:30pm. DPL – 434.799.5195.
Seniors Singing at Ballou. 1-3:30pm. Ballou Rec Center – 434.799.5216. Fridays at the Crossing. See ad page 18. First Friday Art Walk – Visit the art studios, meet the artists, browse original works of art and participate in arts– related activities. 5-7pm. Studio 107, Martinsville – 276.638.2107. Memory Lane Car Club Cruz-In. 6:30pm. Roxboro Commons. 336.364.2760.
July 2011 S 1 8 15 22 29
M 2 9 16 23 30
T 3 10 17 24 31
W 4 11 18 25
T 5 12 19 26
F 6 13 20 27
S 7 14 21 28
applying knowledge to designing and building their own rockets to launch. Ages 8–13. 1–4pm. DSC – 434.791.5160. Voice Summer Camp. Ages 6-12. 2-3:30pm. The Kirby Theater – 336.597.1709. Outdoor Adventure Camp II. 3:30--5pm. Ballou Nature Center. 434.799.5215.
Trip to Fredericksburg. 7am. Ballou Park. 434.799.5215.
July 6 (thru 8)
July 10 (thru 31)
North American Road Racing Association Race – Featuring the USGTC.8am. VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) – 434.822.7700.
Rhythm of the Drums – Learn the history and signiﬁcance of drumming. Ages 7-17. TU 5:30-7pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848.
July 6 (thru 3)
July 10 (thru Aug. 16)
Early Birds & Sleepyheads Story Time. Ages up to 5. early birds 10am; sleepyheads 11am. DPL – 434.799.5195.
No Kids Allowed Adult Summer Camps –TU-TH 8:30am-4:30pm. 434.797.8848.
July 10 (thru 31)
Canoe & Kayak Tour. 9am-1pm. Mayo Lake, Roxboro. www.personcounty.net. DRBA’s First Saturday Outing – Talbott Reservoir.10am.540.570.3511 or 276.694.4449. www.danriver.org. Bob Ross Painting Class – Snowbound Cabin. 10:30am–3:30pm. Ballou Park. 434.797.8848.
Urban Line Dance Class. 6-7pm. Ballou Rec Center – 434.799.5216.
July 7 (thru 28)
Braves vs. Princeton. 7pm. Legion Field, DDMP – 434.797.3792. See ad page 5.
Hip Hop 101 – Lyrics, beats, performance, production and promotion are some of the topics covered. Ages 15-21. Sat. 11am1pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848. Virginia Grown Farmers’ Market – Great produce including fresh vegetables, fruit, honey, jams, meats, etc. 8am-12pm. Old Dominion Agricultural Complex. www.oldeagfoundation.org. Doggie Days of Summer – All canines will enjoy playing in the kiddie pools so bring their water wings and favorite toys. There will be lifeguards onsite. 10am-12pm. Coates Bark Park. 434.799.6564.
July 7 (thru Aug. 4)
Super Smash Brothers Brawl Tournament – Compete for fame, glory and prizes. 11am. DPL – 434.799.5195. LEGO Build-off –a fundraiser with a grand prize winner. Piedmont Mall. 434.334.8324.
July 9 (thru 13)
Artist Adventures Camp. 8:30-11:30am. The Artisan Center – 276.656.5461. Junior Ace of Cakes Camp. 8:30-11:30am. The Artisan Center – 276.656.5461. Basketball Sports Camp. Ages 6-12. 9-11:30am. YMCA – 434.792.0621. Water Journeys Summer Camp. Ages 9-11. 9-4pm. VMNH – 276.634.4185. Science in the Air Summer Camp – Learn ways humans and other animals use the invisible air. See how it takes up space in a balloon, makes things move with a blowing race, and makes a perfect home for birds and insects. Ages 3–5, 9:30 am-12pm; Ages 5-7, 1:30–4pm. DSC – 434.791.5160. Music 101 Summer Camp. Ages 3-5. 10:30am-12pm. The Kirby Theater – 336.597.1709. Rocket Science Camp – Spend the week learning how rockets work and
Storytelling with Fred Motley – Stories of dreams, adventure, and fun. 2pm. DPL – 434.799.5195.
July 11 (thru 13) July 12
Doggie Festival Encore. 10am. DPL – 434.799.5195. Deck Restoration Workshop. 5-6pm. Lowes. 434.799.5216.
July 13 & 14
Glass Fusing Workshop. 10am. PAA, Martinsville – 276.632.3221.
July 13 (thru 21)
Godspell. 7:30pm/3pm. The Prizery – 434.572.8339
July 13 & 20
Centra Summer Outdoor Movies. 9-11pm. Ballou Park. 434.799.5215.
DPL Book Sale – Huge selection of books, videos, audio books, and children’s books for sale. 7:30am-12pm. Community Market. 434.799.5195. Nature Hike. 9am. Mayo Lake, Roxboro. www.personcounty.net. From These Pages – Live music, storytelling and spoken-word poetry. 8-10pm. Union Street Theatre. 434.791.4747. Guns n’ Hoses Charity Softball Game. See story page 20. VIR Duathlon. 6:30-9pm. VIRginia International Raceway – 434.822.7700. See story page 12.
July 14 & 15
Second Broadway Showcase – Fundraiser for the Gretna Center for the Arts renovation. 7:30/2:30pm. Gretna Movie Theatre. 434.228.1778.
July 14 (thru 16)
Braves vs. Pulaski. 7pm/4pm. Legion Field, DDMP – 434.797.3792. See ad page 5.
July 14 & 21
July 21 (thru Sept. 1)
July 16 (thru 20)
Auto Racing. South Boston Speedway – 877.440.1540. Junior Top Chef Camp. 8:30-11:30am. The Artisan Center – 276.656.5461. Soccer Sports Camp. Ages 6-12. 9-11:30am. YMCA – 434.792.0621. Life Science Summer Camp. Ages 6-8 & 9-11. 9-4pm. VMNH – 276.634.4185. Science on the Ground Camp – Play in the dirt and learn about the different kinds of soil, collect rocks and examine the animals who make their homes on and under the ground. Ages 3–5, 9:30 am-12pm; Ages 5-7, 1:30–4pm. DSC – 434.791.5160.
July 16 (thru 27)
Summer Art Camp - Explore a range of media while learning the basics of art-making fun. Ages 5-8. 9:30am-12pm. PAA – 276.632.3221.
Fun with Beads. 5:30-7:30pm. Ballou Rec Center – 434.799.5216. Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting. 6pm. Emeritus at Danville – 434.791.3180.
July 17 (thru 19)
Doodle Bugs Summer Camp – Engineers: Build Your World. Ages 3-5. 9:30-11:30am. VMNH – 276.634.4185.
Anansi’s Big Dream Puppet Show – The story of Anansi the Spider who wants to become King of All Stories. 2pm. DPL – 434.799.5195.
Subtle – Jesi Pace-Berkeley Exhibit. PAA, Martinsville – 276.632.3221.
I love, I love, I love my Calendar Girl. Yeah, sweet Calendar Girl, each and every day of the year. (Neil Sedaka)
July 23 (thru 26)
June’s Calendar Girl, Viktoria Manon Kadar, is a 22-year-old sociology student at Hunter College.
July 23 (thru 27)
Cheerleading or Football Sports Camps. Ages 6-12. 9-11:30am. YMCA – 434.792.0621. Earth Science Summer Camp. Ages 68 & 9-11. 9-4pm. VMNH – 276.634.4185. Science in the Water Camp – Search for water and discuss the many uses of the liquid that so many creatures call home. Rivers, lakes, oceans, and more. Ages 3–5, 9:30 am-12pm; Ages 5-7, 1:30–4pm. DSC – 434.791.5160. Outdoor Adventure Camp III. 3:30--5pm. Ballou Nature Center. 434.799.5215. A Week to Win It Camp – Compete in all kinds of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) challenges designed to test both the mind and body. Ages 8-13. 1–4pm. DSC – 434.791.5160.
July 24 (thru Aug.)
Zumba Classes. Times & locations vary. 434.797.8848.
July 18 & 24
Consepts & Applications of Nanotechnology – See ad page 19.
Superhero Party – Games, movies, books, and food. Also a costume contest for best superhero outﬁt. 2pm. DPL – 434.799.5195. Songs with Millie and JC. 9am-12pm. Ballou Rec Center – 434.799.5216.
July 18 (thru 21)
Drama I Summer Camp. Ages 8-10. 9-11:30am. The Kirby Theater – 336.597.1709. Drama II Summer Camp. Ages 12-16. 1-3:30pm. The Kirby Theater – 336.597.1709.
Keeping Well in Body, Mind & Spirit. See story page 20. Alive after Five. 5:30-9:30pm. Merritt Commons, Roxboro. 336.599.0918. Enchanted Evenings in the Park – Bring chairs, blankets and relax and enjoy the mid-evening fun. 6:30-8:30pm. Ballou Park. 434.799.5216. Planning for Your Fall Garden. 6:30pm. DPL. 434.797.8848.
Just Everyday Women Walking by Faith. 11am-1pm. Mary’s Diner. Christmas in July. 12-2pm. Ballou Rec Center – 434.799.5216. Harvest Jubilee Concert Series – 38 Special & Night Ranger. See ad page 4. Braves vs. Burlington. 7pm. Legion Field, DDMP – 434.797.3792. See ad page 5.
July 20 & 21
Stained Glass Workshop. 10am. PAA, Martinsville – 276.632.3221
Canoe & Kayak Race. 10am-1pm. Mayo Lake, Roxboro. www.personcounty.net. Crab Feast – All you can eat Chesapeake Blue Crab, hot dogs, hamburgers & corn on the cob, live music. 4:30-8:30pm. Community Market. 434.792.0621. Cruise In. 5-8pm. Uptown Martinsville. 276.632.5688.
Kayak-Aquatic Biology. 10am-12pm. Abreu/Grogan. 434.799.5215. Play Day – White Rock Park 10am-1pm. 434.799.5215.
Virginia Cantaloupe Festival. 4-10pm. Halifax County Fairgrounds. www.gohalifaxva.com. Kids & Pros Youth Football Camps. Ages 7-13. 6-9pm. Dan Daniel Park. www.kidsandpros.org.
Faucet Installation Workshop. 5-6pm. Lowes. 434.799.5216.
July 26 (thru 28)
Braves vs. Johnson City. 7pm/4pm. Legion Field, DDMP – 434.797.3792. See ad page 5.
TGIF Concert Series – West Street Band. 7-10:30pm. Uptown Martinsville. 276.632.5688.
July 27 & 28
Mosaic Workshop. 10am. PAA, Martinsville – 276.632.3221.
Danville Area Humane Society Dog Wash. 9am–12pm. Danville Community Market. 434.799.0843.
July 29 (thru 31)
Braves vs. Pulaski. 7pm/4pm. Legion Field, DDMP – 434.797.3792. See ad page 5.
July 30 (thru Aug. 1)
Harry Potter Movie Marathon – Themed snacks, games, and prizes will accompany each ﬁlm. 2pm. DPL – 434.799.5195.
July 30 (thru Aug. 3)
All-Star Sports Camp. Ages 6-12. 9-11:30am. YMCA – 434.792.0621. Great Lunch Adventure Summer Camp. Ages 6-8. 9-4pm. VMNH – 276.634.4185.
July 31 (thru Aug. 2)
Kiddie Kraft Kamp. 9:30-11:30am. Coates Rec. 434.797.8848.
Upcoming Events August 1 (thru 3)
Braves vs. Bristol. 7pm/4pm. Legion Field, DDMP – 434.797.3792. See ad page 5.
If you’d like to be the next Calendar Girl, mail or hand-deliver a snapshot of yourself with contact info and a one-sentence caption to: Sally’s Photo Studio, 210 North Union Street, Danville, VA 24541, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Women of all ages over 18 are eligible (you’re all girls in spirit). Each month one winner will be chosen to receive a free glamour photo session
August 1 (thru 5)
Songs for a New World. Union Street Theatre. See story page 20. Fridays at the Crossing. 6pm. Carrington Pavilion. 434.793.4636. See ad page 18.
Doggie Days of Summer – All canines will enjoy playing in the kiddie pools so bring their water wings and favorite toys. There will be lifeguards onsite. 10am12pm. Coates Bark Park. 434.799.6564.
Blues & Brews. 6-10pm. Town of Halifax, Farmers Market. Museum Meets Margaritaville. See story page 20.
August 11 & 12
Chump Car World Series. 8am. VIR – 434.822.7700.
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Evince Magazine So there I was in my dining room, going through the umbrella stands. Including the two we keep in each car, I found that we had 22 umbrellas. Why 22 umbrellas for 2 people? I wondered. Surely we can get rid of some. So I went through them and found that seven were not perfect -- they had small holes in the silk, or broken spines, or defective handles. So I put the imperfect umbrellas in a growing pile of stuff to be thrown out or donated. Our son’s girlfriend was cheering in the background. She thought my yard sale habit was the sole reason for the clutter in our household and that I was ﬁnally getting rid of something. Then she looked behind me. She fell silent and her eyes widened. I turned around. There was my husband, rooting through the pile of discarded umbrellas, trying to save them for some future use. “Oh, my,” she said. Her tone held a note of epiphany. “It’s not just you. It’s both of you.” So what does this have to do with the theme of this month’s issue of Evince? It’s simple, really. If we’re spending signiﬁcant time
Reﬂecting Forward Moving Toward Living Well by Linda Lemery
This has been a hard realization for me. People who come from frugal backgrounds tend to have an imperative to do more with less. I enjoy secondhand stores and love acquiring seasoned belongings. Although my husband is not the yard sale maven that I am, he does love to repurpose junk. Combine the two of us with having raised two kids and having lived in the same middle-class house for the past 26 years and maybe you can see where I’m going with this: there’s too much clutter and we need to have several yard sales this summer and donate the rest.
get ready for yard sales, you have to organize your junk enough to know what you’re going to let go of and what you’re going to keep. This is dangerous because you have to go through all the stuff. We develop sentimental attachments to our stuff. Those sentimental attachments constitute part of the reason we keep stuff that we don’t use, but we begin to sink under the weight of all the unused stuff and rearranging it is just postponing the inevitable, like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. If we’re storing the stuff for more than a year without moving it or using it, unless there’s a compelling reason to keep it, maybe it needs to go out of the house to another family member, or failing that, to somewhere else.
You’re probably wondering exactly how this applies to living well. To
Another reason we keep stuff is because we might need it in the
rearranging our clutter, that’s not living well. That’s wasting our most precious commodity--time.
future. After all, it might rain when I’m leaving for work and I might need an umbrella. But do I need 22 of them? No. If I put two in each car, two at each of our workplaces and keep four tall and four short in the umbrella stands, that’s 12 umbrellas. Hence, I can get rid of 10 of them and still have plenty for the whole neighborhood. Now all I have to do is extend this reasoning to the rest of the house. It’ll probably take us at least a year, but when that year is over, we will be spending less time rearranging our stuff and more time living well. What does that mean? For me, it means doing more writing and other meaningful tasks, seeing new places, developing and maintaining new and better relationships and giving thanks. How can life get any better than that?
About the Author: When she’s not rearranging the deck chairs on her personal Titanic, Linda Lemery (email@example.com) works as Circulation Manager at Averett University’s Mary B. Blount Library in Danville. She welcomes your comments.
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Living or Living Well? by Joyce Wilburn
Look at this picture of tourists in front of a medieval castle. Can you hear country music artist, George Strait, singing, “Living and Living Well”? But wait just a minute. Don’t jump to conclusions and assume that castle dwellers are in the livingwell category and the rest of us are just living. These tour takers, standing in front of Ireland’s Kilkenny Castle, probably felt richer than the former residents of the 13th century building in the background, because they knew that the secret to living well doesn’t automatically come with accumulated wealth. An important part of a full life comes when experiences are shared with others. This group of Averett University alumni and friends who toured Ireland in June with the president of Danville’s hometown university, Dr. Tiffany Franks, came from Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C. By the end of the 11-day tour, new friendships had developed and old ones had been strengthened because of their shared experiences. To become a part of the 2013 AU Alumni and Friends tour and to receive more information as it becomes available, call
434.791.7252. You might soon be singing along with George: Living and Living Well lyrics by Tony Martin, Mark Nesler, Tim Shapiro
Had a nice little life, a little boat, a little beach a little routine I liked a blue ocean view free to go with the ﬂow anywhere that I wanted to but the moment you set foot on my shore that’s when I knew There’s a difference in living and living well you can’t have it all all by yourself something’s always missing ‘til you share it with someone else There’s a difference in living and living well ‘Til you smiled with me thought that I had it good as good as it could be from the back of my deck caught a ﬁsh caught a breeze and a thousand red sunsets but sitting here with you girl I just saw the best one yet My days are brighter My sky a deeper blue My nights are sweeter when I’m with you
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Sunday, July 1 – Thursday, August 23
American Masterpieces of Southern Craft & Traditional Art
View masterworks of traditional arts and contemporary crafts at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, 975 Main Street. The exhibit, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts and South Arts, includes works by 30 different artists from nine Southern states. Some demonstrate an ongoing tradition and mastery of the process and materials. Others use traditional materials, techniques, or processes as inspiration for innovation. Among the artists in the exhibit are six recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts’ National Heritage Fellowship, the country’s highest honor for traditional artists. Pottery, baskets, fabric arts, metalworking, woodcarvings, musical instruments, furniture, handmade books – all are enhanced by an audio guide that features artist interviews, stories and background information on the artists and their processes. The DMFAH is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and students. Residents of Danville, Pittsylvania County and Caswell Country are admitted free on the ﬁrst weekend of each month. For more information, call 434.793.5644 or visit www.danvillemuseum. org. (submitted by Patsi Compton)
Wednesday, July 4 Independence Day Celebration
This is a must-attend event for the whole family. Enjoy the Red, White and Bluegrass free entertainment featuring the Church Sisters, Johnathan Dillon Bluegrass Band and Leipers Fork Bluegrass Band, children’s crafts and games, community booths, free amusement rides, food concessions, fabulous ﬁreworks and more. Start the day with the 5K/10K Patriot Challenge on the Anglers Ridge Trail System. Registration is at 7:00 a.m. Kids’ Fun Run starts at 8:15 a.m. and the 5K/10K at 8:30 a.m. Awards will be given after the ice cream social. At 3:00 p.m., visit the Farmers’ Market at The Crossing at the Dan, 667 Craghead Street. At 4:00 p.m., join the family festivities at the Carrington Pavilion and watch the show. The grand ﬁreworks display starts at dark. For more information on all events, call 434.793.4636.
Saturday, July 14
Guns N’ Hoses Charity Softball Game & Danville Braves v. Pulaski Mariners
Enjoy an evening of softball and baseball at this fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Danville Area at Legion Field in Dan Daniel Memorial Park. One ticket, one price, two games! At 4: 30 p.m., the Danville Police Department (Guns) and the Danville Fire Department (Hoses) go head-
to-head in this fourth annual event. Admission is $5 and includes the Danville Braves game that follows. Tickets can be purchased at the City of Danville Employee Credit Union, Ben David Jewelers and Outback Steakhouse. For more information, call 434.792.3700.
Thursday, July 19
Keeping Well in Mind, Body & Spirit
This popular free series from the Cancer Resource Center of Southern Virginia in Danville and with the support of Danville’s Cancer Task Force continues with Types of Breast Cancer and How Treatment Choices Are Made. Surgeon Thomas Boro, Jr., MD, will present the program and answer questions from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 937 Main Street. Bring a lunch and a friend. Drinks and dessert will be provided. Call 434.766.6650 to make a reservation or email email@example.com. (submitted by Melanie Vaughan)
Upcoming Wednesday, August 1 Sunday, August 5 Songs for a New World
Union Street Theatre, 107 South Union Street, ends its 2012 Summer Main Stage Season with a showstopping collection of transformational stories by one of musical theater’s brightest composers. Songs for a New World was originally conceived as a theatrical cabaret to showcase the work of then-unknown Jason Robert Brown, who later won a Tony Award for Best Score for Parade in 1999 and Drama Desk Awards for Best Music and Best Lyrics for The Last Five Years in 2001. Soaring melodies and irresistible rhythms mark this collection of story-songs. The audience will be transported from moment to moment in the lives of an array of characters from a variety of eras, all looking and hoping for the realization of a new world. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 3 p.m. matinee on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $10-$15. For more information and times, call 434.791.4747 or visit www.unionstreettheatre.com. (submitted by Melissa Charles)
Saturday, August 11 Museum Meets Margaritaville
This fourth annual fundraiser for the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. will take place at the Community Market on Craghead Street. The Jimmy Buffett Beach Bash will feature a beach theme with dancing to Jimmy Buffett and beach music played by DJ Jay Rojas. Ma Possum’s will be grilling their fabulous cheeseburgers on site and serving a variety of side items. The cash bar will sell beer, wine, and margaritas. Participants are encouraged to wear shorts, tee shirts, ﬂip ﬂops, and parrotheads. Advanced tickets are $25 at the Museum, 975 Main Street, or $30 at the gate. During the event, non-members may join the Museum at a discount of $10. For more information, visit www.danvillemuseum.org or call 434.793.5644. (submitted by Jane Murray)
Living Well Wherever You Are by Annelle Williams
I recently spent a couple of weeks contemplating what living well means to me. My husband and I lived in the Chianti region of Tuscany for our vacation this year. The area is very similar to the mountains of southwest Virginia, dipping into the foothills at its southern boundary. As far as I could tell these people are living well. They enjoy life fully. This includes the butcher, the baker and the owners of the beautiful sprawling properties that have been lovingly restored. We didn’t lack for good dining and splurged on a couple of over-the-top meals, but the one I enjoyed most was one recommended by our hosts. It was the restaurant of Orazio, the town baker. There was no sign to mark it and it didn’t have a name. Our host told us it was one of the truly authentic Tuscan dining experiences where we would ﬁnd a mix of the people in the village having lunch. We ﬁnally found the door to the restaurant after passing it more than once. Inside, down a little hall, up a couple of steps and we walked into what could have been the dining room of a modest home. We had been told we would be greeted by a very stern look--and we were, but it turned into a beautiful smile. This was the daughter of Orazio. She brought carafes of water and wine and asked if we wanted pomodoro (tomato) or bolognese (meat). That was it--our only choice for the meal. I could see into the kitchen. She began to peel potatoes and pulled out different meats from the local butcher. The meal went on for three courses and then 90-year-old Orazio, the village baker dressed in a white baking coat, arrived. He reached into the bottom of a sideboard and pulled out an unlabeled bottle of Vin Santo, a very sweet dessert wine, and brought it to the table with a plate of cantuccini he had just baked. They were small biscotti for dipping into the Vin Santo. For other diners, a basket of fresh peaches was passed. The meal couldn’t have been fresher or more local and I think you can imagine the ﬂavor. Everyone had an air of contentment and happiness with their lives. As the diners ﬁnished their meals, they stepped into the kitchen to pay. No check, no cash register, just money on the counter and a grazie and ciao to the cook. They were content with their lives and so was I. Here was a lesson in living well. Ciao from Italy.
Pasta al Pomodoro 1 sweet onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 6-8 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped 1 T fresh parsley, chopped 1tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper 1 tsp. sugar pinch of red pepper ﬂakes
8 large basil leaves (or similar quantity) rolled together and cut into tiny strips 12 oz. of pasta, your choice, cooked according to package freshly grated Parmesan cheese extra virgin olive oil to cover the bottom of the pan (about 1/4 cup) olive oil to drizzle on pasta
Place skillet over medium heat and add olive oil. When oil is heated, add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions become translucent. Add garlic and cook another minute before adding tomatoes, parsley, salt, pepper, sugar and red pepper ﬂakes. Cook slowly for about 20 minutes until tomatoes lose their shape and sauce thickens. Drain cooked pasta. Add sauce and basil. Serve with grated Parmesan and a drizzle of olive oil. Find more recipes, on my blog: http://aroundannellestable.blogspot.com/
Facials by Catherine Adkins
If you hesitate going to a spa for a facial because you don’t know what to expect, what to wear or what to do, here are the answers to all your unasked questions.
room. Just listen to the music, relax, and wait for her return. When the treatment is ﬁnished, the esthetician will tell you that she is leaving and you are to follow after dressing.
Facials are good for women and men. They are the most popular spa treatment after massages. During a facial, your skin is cleansed, dead skin is removed and clogged pores are cleared. Your skin is moisturized and renewed in this relaxing treatment that takes from 30-60 minutes.
Tips: • Before making an appointment, ask if the person giving the facial is a licensed esthetician and certiﬁed in any special treatments like microdermabrasion and chemical peels. If the answer is no, do not make an appointment. Her license should be on display at the spa. Look for it. If you can’t ﬁnd it, ask to see it. • There is no need to wear makeup, because it will be removed. On the other hand, it’s all right to wear makeup because it will be removed during the double cleansing at the beginning of the facial. • Arrive 15 minutes before your appointment. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire about your skin. This is so your treatment can be customized to your skin type. • If a procedure is uncomfortable, notify the esthetician immediately. That is the only time you need to talk. • Your hair might look weird from being held off your face for an hour or more. You might want to schedule a facial when you can go home immediately afterward. • When you are paying, thank the esthetician and mention what you especially liked. If you have questions, ask now. • Schedule another appointment in about 6-8 weeks. • It is appropriate to tip 15% or more.
What to wear: Wear comfortable clothing. Women will receive a towel-like wrap to wear so the neck and neckline can also receive a treatment. Men will be asked to remove their shirts. What to expect: After being led to the facial room, women should remove their clothing from the armpits up and put on the provided wrap. Remove shoes, lie on the comfortable table and cover yourself with the sheet. The lights will be dim; music will be playing; a scented candle might be burning. Close your eyes and wait. The esthetician will quietly return after a few minutes. She will wrap a band around your head to keep your hair away from your face. You are expected to do nothing but relax. She will stand above your head and apply the lotions and creams that will work magic on your skin. Steam will ﬂow over your face. At some point, your eyes will be covered and a bright light will shine on your face so she can look at your pores through a magnifying glass and extract any clogs. At some point, she will apply a customized masque and leave the
Book Clubbing A book review by Joann Verostko
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain Summary: There are many ways to improve our lives, but a good place to start is captured in this ancient advice: Know thyself. Are you an Introvert? An Extrovert? Maybe a little bit of both? What does it mean to be either and how does society embrace or reject the qualities of these two personality types? Susan Cain’s book is a thoughtful exploration of what the words introvert and extrovert mean. She looks into the rise of the culture of personality and how it has shaped our ideas about leadership and social interaction. The book is carefully researched, with a copious and thoughtful Notes section. This is balanced by numerous interviews and anecdotes that make for an enjoyable read. Her research takes her from the extremely social Harvard School of Business to an annual gathering of “highly sensitive people” at the Walker Creek Ranch where mandatory group activities are not on the agenda. She looks into the latest medical research, visits boardrooms and college campuses and recounts many of her own experiences coming to terms with herself. Throughout the book she seeks better understanding and appreciation for both personality types. Review: I promise; I didn’t pick this book because I’m a librarian. I was drawn to it because I consider myself an Introvert. And, I confess, it made me feel better about myself. But it also opened my eyes to a bigger picture. As we come to a better understanding of how our minds work, we gain a deeper comprehension of the complexity and variety of people there are in this world and as a result we can have a better appreciation for what we all bring to the table. Understanding and appreciating each other and ourselves is a good start to living well. This book is available at the Danville Public Library in print form, audio-book and e-book. You can reach the DPL, 511 Patton Street, at 434.799.5195 or the Westover Branch, 94 Clifton Street, at 434.799.5152. Visit www.danvillelibrary.org for information about programs, online services and to access the catalog and the e-book collection. The Main Library’s hours are: Monday and Tuesday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Westover Branch Library is open Monday thru Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. • Post reviews of books in the DPL’s online catalog by following these directions: 1. Go to the catalog at www.danvillelibrary.org. 2. Search for the book you want to review. 3. Click the Reviews tab. 4. On the Reviews page, click the Add Review button to the right. 5. You’ll be prompted to log in. You do this with your library card number and PIN. The PIN is the last four digits of your card number. 6. A box will pop up allowing you to rate the book and write a review. Then click submit. If you need help, call 799.5195 ext 227. • Every ﬁrst Thursday of the month the Yack & Snack Book Club will meet at the Main Library. It’s is free and open to the public. Light refreshments are served. Send information about what you or your book club is reading to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, visit www.danvillelibrary.org to see more reviews of this book and others. Add your own review and start a virtual book club!
The true building blocks of our hospital are pictured below. We have great history and amazing technology, but it’s people that form our foundation. Jayme Wright Cardiopulmonary Health Services, Medical Outpatient Services, Wound Healing Center
Valerie Marshall Materials Management Legend of the Year
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Ella Faye Cameron Psychiatry June 2012
April Hairston Pharmacy May 2012
Tim Haraway PACU April 2012
David Rust Environmental Services March 2012
Carla Dewberry Customer Service October 2011
Fred Smith Critical Care September 2011
Sally Trent Payroll Coordinator August 2011
Cynthia Motley Clinical Coordinator,
Majida Zaher Suzanne Thompson Clinical Manager, 5A Radiology February 2012 January 2012
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Ruby Mclean Radiology December 2011
Patricia Fackler Pathology November 2011
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