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Fred Motley

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Tommy Hudgins

Offering Opportunities to the Community Page 7

September 2013 Photo by Michelle Dalton Photography

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Editor’s Note

Achievement is relative. If I can make a good cup of coffee in the morning before I’ve had a cup of coffee, I consider that an achievement. Fortunately, my goals are set higher after that first sip. Our area is home to high achievers in many different venues. Captivating the attention of children on a hot August afternoon is no small feat, but Fred Motley, who is pictured on the cover, achieved that goal within minutes of beginning to tell a tall tale. Read on page 3 how his acting talent led him to perform at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. Tommy Hudgins, Carlisle School’s new headmaster, is proud of the 485 students who are enrolled in the school where their achievements are recognized on an international level. His story is on page 7. Be sure to read and save pages 16 and 19, the special edition of Calendar Clips, Let the Season Begin. This list of plays, concerts, lectures and exhibits is an entertainment guide for the next four months. (Congratulations to the Danville Symphony Orchestra on their 22nd season and the Little Theatre of Danville on their 65th season.) If you need a little help in becoming a person of achievement, read Linda Lemery’s self-improvement guide on page 23. Then read a new book (page 26), learn a new way to exercise (page 8) and try a new recipe (page 25). It’s time to start a new season of achievement.

September Contents


Editor’s Note


Fred Motley Telling Stories & Making History by Joyce Wilburn


She Said He Said / Off Facebook and On to School by Dena Hill & Larry Oldham


Tommy Hudgins Offering Opportunities to the Community by Joyce Wilburn


CEO / Publisher Andrew Scott Brooks President Larry Oldham (434.728.3713) Editor Joyce Wilburn (434.799.3160) Associate Editors Larry G. Aaron (434.792.8695) Jeanette Taylor

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In a Pickle about How to Exercise? Try Pickleball by Ciji Moore

10 Where Can I Find an Evince? 11 Second Thoughts / A Super Market by Kim Clifton

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12 Spotlight on Customer Service by Suzie Bohannon 15 Filament / Fiction by Telisha Moore Leigg

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16 Calendar Clips / Let the Season Begin! 20 Calendar 23 Reflecting Forward / The Many Voices of Achievement by Linda Lemery Performance Points by Kristina Barkhouser 24 Set to Scale / Building a Working Model Railroad Exhibit by Mack Williams 25 Around the Table / Something Old Something New by Annelle Williams 26 Book Clubbing Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead Diane Adkins 27 Photo Finish

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Photos of Fred Motley and Tommy Hudgins by Michelle Dalton Photography. See stories on page 3 and 7.

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hatever you do, don’t tell Danville resident, Fred Motley, he can’t do something. Also, if by some chance he must ask permission and it is given, watch out! What he does next might lead to a very special event in the nation’s capitol almost 50 years later. Here is his story:

Fred Motley

Telling Stories & Making History by Joyce Wilburn

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and Free Man of Color exhibition. “We had been gone from D.C. for 33 1⁄2 years and now we were back. It was like I had just walked from my apartment in Adams Morgan (D.C. neighborhood) and I was getting ready to do a program,” says Fred, awe struck at the idea that instead of attending a reading, he was one of the featured presenters. When asked how it felt, his first response is a wordless expression of joy and then he says, “It was a wonderful feeling-- but I can’t describe it.” And for an accomplished storyteller, actor and writer that doesn’t happen often, if ever.

In the mid-1960s at Southside High School in Blairs, Fred was an eighth-grader who pestered Principal William Turner on a daily basis to reinstate the drama club. When the Danville native was finally given the go-ahead, there was a caveat-- he had to find a teacher advisor. Fred recalls the day ******* like it was yesterday, • At the event in “I asked Miss Holland Washington, Fred to be the advisor, but presented dramatic she thought it would readings of Thomas be too much work. Day letters written I told her, ‘I will do to Day’s daughter. everything.’” She finally Thomas Day (c.1801– Carlisle students Harper Mitchell, Jayden Wilson, Chloe Taylor, Niva Patel, Andrew Parikh, MaKenzie agreed and he kept 1861) was a black Lovelace and Hunter Moser pose with storyteller Fred Motley. Photo by Michelle Dalton Photography. his end of the bargain. American furniture The teenager found designer and cabinetmaker in a play, Thunder on Sycamore for fun. In the 1960s there wasn’t while looking around a small area, Caswell County, North Carolina. Street, rounded up his friends to that much outward success of black “and we had Danville. I always Day’s furniture-making business be in the cast, directed the show, directors, writers, and actors,” he wanted to come back because this became one of the largest created the program, erected a explains, “and I knew a business is where I grew up. It was home— of its kind in North Carolina, bulletin board for advertisement, administration degree could open the real world.” employing at one point up to set the lights, and performed in the doors to other things.” The 12 workers and distributing the three-act play about prejudice 1973 college graduate landed jobs In 1987, Fred returned with his furniture to wealthier customers and judgment. “I played the that included freelance writing for family and worked with Gail Davis throughout the state. Much of white guy who opposed the black Atlanta’s Creative Loafing, being at Stonewall Recreation Center’s Day’s furniture was produced family moving in,” says the African a research assistant at Atlanta’s Special Populations. Later, he for prominent political leaders, American with a laugh, explaining Grady Hospital, and writing accepted a position as Danville the state government and the that the school was not integrated for community newspapers in Pittsylvania Community Services University of North Carolina. at that time, and therefore, there Washington, D.C. He remembers Board Prevention Specialist. “Nancy For more information, visit was no one in the student body developing his storytelling skills in Lynch and I organized a puppetry with the appropriate skin color both places when he joined other program, New Kids on the Block, for the character. The young writers and poets who would gather that went to the schools and • Fred will present Stories from audience accepted that. “That’s for readings. “It was the hip thing addressed social issues like divorce Here, There, Everywhere at the where I developed my philosophy to do—to go to a reading,” he and addiction,” he adds. In 2000, Wednesday Club on Main Street, that if the story is good, if it is remembers, reverting to a popular Fred’s career took another turn on Wednesday, November 6, told well and the acting is good, 1970’s term. when he left that position and began starting at 3:45 p.m. The public the audience will forgive you working full-time as a director and is invited. for not having elaborate sets In 1979, Fred married his college storyteller. or other trappings,” he says. sweetheart, Virginia, while living • The Annual Storytelling Festival, Fred’s work impressed the once in D.C. Their first child, Bo, was Those life experiences flashed which Fred has organized dubious principal who scheduled born in Germany where Virginia was through Fred’s mind this past since 2000, will be held at the an additional production for the stationed with the army. A few years July when he and Virginia were Danville Museum of Fine Arts public. “That’s when I knew I later, a daughter, Monica, was born standing on the plaza in front of the & History, 975 Main Street, on wanted to write, direct, act, and in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The Renwick Gallery, a branch of the Saturday, February 15, 2014. tell stories,” says the popular couple quickly realized that they Smithsonian American Art Museum • If you enjoy storytelling and storyteller and actor. needed to settle down. “We were in Washington, D.C. It had been can’t wait until the local trying to decide where to raise the almost 50 years since Fred’s first festival, the 41st National Theatre was not his major, children. We had a choice between performance in high school and Storytelling Festival in historic however, when he became a her hometown, Fair Bluff, North the well-known storyteller, actor, Jonesborough, Tennessee, will student at Barber-Scotia College Carolina, and Danville. Downtown director and writer had been invited be held October 4-6. Visit in Concord, North Carolina. Fair Bluff was about the size of this to give a dramatic reading at the “Theatre was something done room,” he says, his eyes smiling Thomas Day: Master Craftsman

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SHE SAID by Dena Hill

Off Facebook and On to School One of your most annoying traits is how I started writing this month’s column. Then I wondered if people really wanted to hear again about your belching, whining and begging for attention. So I decided to write about something different— Facebook.

any other important posts. Time to get back to my students; see you again next summer on Facebook.


by Larry Oldham You don’t know how precisely you hit the nail on the head this month. You did spend an exorbitant amount of time on your phone and your computer. I didn’t see many posts from you, but you did tell me several times about your concerns for the plight of others. We have so much to be thankful for, mainly our health. We are also blessed with having jobs and outstanding children and a dog that you adore.

I had time to spend on the computer this summer and a lot of it was spent on this social networking website. I learned many things about our fellow man. I think the most positive contribution Facebook Facebook is makes is many things to allowing us many people. to share our Some of its lives with good bright spots are friends and learning about acquaintances. the joy of new That sharing babies, making is often new friends and joyous, but reading stories unfortunately, about vacations it can be sad and exciting Photo by also. Facebook Michelle Dalton Photography. times so we can has made it live vicariously possible for us through to stay updated with people going others. Some of the jokes and all through a crisis and how we can help of the games I can do without. But in a timely manner. There is so much the music, sayings, memes and pain, hardship, trouble and sickness expressions of needs that are posted all around us that we should never are what people like. take our good health for granted. All of the Facebook games may be I know you have gone into that fun, I guess. I never play them. teacher mode and I know how But keeping up with our friends is important teaching young people is certainly nice. The recipes and the to you. The most important reminder knowledge I gain from others is worth you wrote about is being thankful the time spent on Facebook. for our health and how lucky we are to experience good things and I want to thank you for being a good happy times through our friends on Facebook friend and although I Facebook. We appreciate life more. fought it at first, I am happy that you We are drawn to the misgivings of introduced me to this social media. others that open our eyes to pray for Now that school is back in full swing them and we ask our friends to pray again, I won’t be monitoring your for them. Thanks for being a teacher. posts as often or keeping up with Thanks for guiding young lives in the your quotes and photos of weird right direction. Thanks most of all for people and things. I guess I am coming into my life and making me a asking you to keep me informed better person, teacher. See you next about your favorite recipes, the prayer summer on Facebook. requests that need our attention and

She said He Said

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Carlisle at a Glance

Photo by Michelle Dalton Photography

Tommy Hudgins

Offering Opportunities to the Community by Joyce Wilburn With almost four decades of experience as a teacher, coach and administrator, Carlisle School’s new Headmaster, Tommy Hudgins, can speak with authority on academic issues. With a little encouragement, he will also tell a funny story about how he met Janet, his wife of 26 years. “She was between jobs visiting her parents in Virginia Beach and a friend encouraged her to accept a waitress job down the street until she decided what to do next. That place down the street happened to be where all the single coaches at Norfolk Academy would stop on their way home in the afternoon,” says the former basketball-baseball-football coach. “My first words to her were, ‘Medium wings and a light beer, please,’” he says with obvious delight and a quick smile. Tommy’s memories are pleasant as he remembers the 22 years he taught at Norfolk Academy, Virginia’s oldest independent secondary school. “Norfolk was my hometown and there was no reason to leave,” he says, explaining that there were opportunities for advancement within the school while he was being trained for a leadership role. In 1998, a small independent collegepreparatory school in the out-ofthe-way place of Newnan, Georgia, beckoned and they answered the call. “Our children were just starting school at the time and it was a great place to raise a family,” he says referring to their two daughters— Kayleigh, a first-grader and Joanna, a kindergartener.

Nine years and two moves later, it was time for the teenage girls to enter secondary school. “I needed to make sure they had a good high school education. A colleague offered me a position as Assistant Head at the all-female Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It was a great move for the family,” he says and adds after a moment of reflection, “but now I’m back in Virginia to stay.” The 1976 Washington & Lee University graduate continues, “Going to school in Lexington I knew a little about this part of the state and now my wife and I have fallen in love with it. There are so many things we didn’t expect to find here like a thriving arts community (Piedmont Arts Board), the New College Institute, and the Martinsville Mustangs,” says the Martinsville resident, adding, “I’m a baseball guy and I’m looking forward to seeing the Danville Braves play.” Those community opportunities wouldn’t be very impressive, however, without visionaries in decision-making positions. “Fortunately, the right, hard-working people are in place and that makes this area quite remarkable,” says Carlisle’s eighth Headmaster. Being a modest person, Tommy Hudgins might not verbalize his inclusion in that elite group, but with his credentials and warm personality, it’s clear that Carlisle School also has the right person offering opportunities to the community—and he is sitting in the Headmaster’s chair.

• Carlisle has three campuses: Martinsville (PS-12), Danville (PS-2), and Chatham (PS-8) with a total student body of 485 students. • Carlisle offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum focusing on the International Baccalaureate program, along with a wide variety of opportunities to participate in the arts, athletics and community service. • There are international students at the Martinsville campus from: Australia, China, Columbia, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Sweden, Uganda and South Vietnam. • Two boarding houses with full amenities adjoin campus, offering housing for eight boys and eight girls or students may elect to be placed with a host family. • There is a 13:1 studentfaculty ratio. • Carlisle fields over 20 teams for its student-athletes in grades 6-12. • For more information, visit or call 276.632.7288.


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Ciji Moore, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Ann Williamson, Bobby Short, Donna Eades, Connie Watson, Cookie Sinclair and Vicki Johnston pause for a brief break before the next pickleball game. Photos by Von Wellington Photography.

In a Pickle about How to Exercise?

Try Pickleball! by Ciji Moore, Outreach Coordinator Get Fit Dan River Region Think about it. When was the last time you participated in a physical activity that was fun? No worries. I know of an action-packed activity that will have you laughing out loud, slapping high fives to your teammate and wondering where the time went. If you haven’t heard, pickleball is the newest popular sport that comes with a guarantee that you’ll have a great time playing it. It’s a racquet sport that can be compared to tennis in some ways, but has its own rules and style of play. What I like most about this physical activity is that it’s so easy for beginners to learn. No matter the age--young, old, or inbetween--you can play this sport. Why is pickleball a great physical activity? You’re moving your body. Anything that requires you to move your body is physical activity. On the pickleball court you are running and jumping for the ball, and swinging your arm back and forth to hit the ball with the paddle. So there is plenty of movement involved.

Where can I play? • Every Tuesday and Thursday a group plays from 7:30 a.m. until10:00 a.m. at Ballou Park’s pickleball courts (next to the tennis courts). They are very welcoming and open to having new players. They will teach the rules and how to play and will even loan a newcomer a paddle. • The Danville Family YMCA, 810 Main Street, has pickleball on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. • Coates Recreation Center, 1725 Westover Drive, will host pickleball on Tuesday, October 22, and Thursday, October 24, from 10:00 a.m. until noon. • There are other playing opportunities in the area. Attend one of the Tuesday or Thursday groups and they can fill you in on other places to play. For more information, email, visit Facebook and Twitter and follow us at Get Fit Dan River Region.

What is needed to play pickleball? • wood or composite pickleball paddle • perforated plastic ball (similar to a wiffle ball) • pickleball court • an opponent and a teammate, if you want to play doubles Vicki Johnston has fun while exercising.

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Evince Magazine to a car window. One that blew me away was a wedding chapel in Las Vegas. Couples placed their orders on one side of the building and then drove to the other to be officially pronounced man and wife. I guess that gives them something to do while the certificate prints. It’s also probably about as long as the marriage will last, too. Turns out most businesses bragging about drive-thru services are guilty of false advertising when you think about it. You don’t actually drive through. You drive around. Unless you’re the Cruz Thru store I visited in Burlington, North Carolina, that is.

wherever I am isn’t where I need to be. I stay on the road, so I regularly frequent our neighborhood Kwik Stop for a gallon of milk and a tank of gas. I’m in and out in seconds. Saving time has more value than saving a couple of bucks at Sam’s.

This store puts all convenience stores to shame. You literally ride through as you would a car wash. On the passenger side are refrigerated glass doors stocked with food and drinks. On the driver’s side are shelves of dry goods, toiletries, pharmaceuticals and even automotive supplies. You can buy anything from Pepsi to Pennzoil by just rolling down your window. While cars steadily rolled in behind us, I was amazed that one guy filled our order faster than a speeding bullet, hauled boxes with more power than a locomotive, and leapt back to our car in a single bound. While he did all the work, I cooled my heels inside an air-conditioned car. Talk about saving my feet. He saved my day, bless him. Now, that’s not a job for a super store. That’s a job for a super man.

Nowadays it’s not just the fast food joints, banks and pharmacies that have drive-thru services. I’ve seen everything from bakeries to liquor stores extend a retractable drawer

Editor’s Note: Want to experience this genuine drive-thru? Visit Cruz Thru at 1005 S Williamson Avenue in Burlington, North Carolina.

Second Thoughts by Kim Clifton ©2013

A Super Market Target missed the mark. If I want lettuce, I go to the grocery store. If I want slacks, I go to the clothing store. If I want tires, I go to the tire store. What I do not want is a store the size of a warehouse that sells everything. You might as well knock out dividers in the mall and throw in a produce section. For me, this onestop shopping is as useful as a screen door on a submarine. There are those who will disagree, I know, but unless you cater to caped crusaders, I haven’t seen many businesses worthy to be called super stores. Bigger does not mean better. If I walk in the front and cannot see the back, I leave. I have bad feet. Giant stores do not mean more choices. Giant stores mean more steps. More than once, I’ve left Wal-Mart knowing I still needed eggs, but my aching arches refused to backtrack. Thankfully, Dollar Generals and Family Dollars are popping up faster than dandelions on a freshly mowed lawn. I must not be the only person who prefers smaller buildings. I used to think these places just sold cheap junk. I was wrong. They’ve reinvented themselves by combining brand names with low prices to the point where you no longer need to explain why you go. It’s harder to explain why you don’t. I don’t want to get all Garrison Keillor on you, but I miss the neighborhood grocers we had as kids. The kind that were more like a second home than a store. You could go there to get something to cook...or you could go there to find out what’s cooking. Thank goodness there are a few still around. I hope I never see the day when Midtown Market has tiled floors and metal shelves. Watching the butcher expertly carve and then gently wrap my filet mignon in that thick beige paper makes my mouth water. I’d bet money that the chicken salad wouldn’t taste nearly as good if you didn’t hear the wooden boards creak as you moved forward in the check-out line. I like the intimacy of little stores, but I especially like the convenience. It seems that

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September 2013 To encourage exceptional customer service, the Business Development Committee of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce and Evince will recognize those who give it. When you experience exceptional customer service, tell us about it in 300 words or less. Include your name and phone number. Email your story to or visit; click What’s New - Customer Service Award Nomination.

Spotting Exceptional Customer Service by Suzie Bohannon

I have never run a block in my life let alone a mile, so I really did not anticipate ever making a purchase at The Brick, 410 Main Street. My experience with athletic shoes has always been a painful one, because I suffer with a condition called Morton’s Neuroma. When I walked through the door on a recent Saturday, I was greeted with a friendly smile from Phyllis Bickford, the mother of the owner, Adam Jones (pictured above). Adam was not there at the time but his friend and co-worker, Trey Belcher, offered to help me. Everyone was very knowledgeable about the products sold in the store. After asking questions and determining my needs, Trey offered two options in running shoes. The shoes that I had decided to purchase had to be ordered in my size but he assured me that they would have the shoes in a few days. The following Wednesday Trey called to tell me that my shoes had arrived. After work that day, I returned to The Brick. When I entered the store, Trey called me by name and Adam asked if I would like to try on my shoes. While trying them on I told Adam about the condition in my foot and he called it by name and knew exactly what I was talking about. I was apprehensive about my purchase because I have purchased numerous shoes in the past that I have later been unable to wear because of foot pain. I have been fully satisfied with my shoes from The Brick and am very grateful for the personal attention, suggestions, and great customer service by everyone I encountered. If you haven’t visited this locally owned business on Main Street in the River District, it is well worth the trip.

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Filament fiction by Telisha Moore Leigg


isitors stopped coming days ago when Big Mama didn’t die as soon as her doctors predicted she would. Defiant, Big Mama labored on, even as her friends and neighbors all watched for the wreath on the door. Some braver souls drove by at dusk in their beat- up cars to check, but they wouldn’t knock on Big Mama’s door, wouldn’t bring their covered dishes inside. Lacey Macs left her chicken casserole on the front porch in the metal chair, crossing herself even though that wasn’t her particular faith. Times were hard and both death and Big Mama herself made all folks leery; folks were scared what Big Mama had, though not really a disease, was nevertheless contagious, that her death talk could corrupt. And Big Mama’s granddaughter, Roxanne Lee, didn’t blame them. Roxanne Lee was afraid she had caught the fever herself. At 93, Big Mama had a body that was just a frail filament; her mind, even though still wise, was but a wandering water snake. That last Tuesday, those last hours, it was scary when Big Mama suddenly sat up in the old iron rust-flecked bed calling to the old gods and their like, calling them like children to her, like Big Mama’s going on into light and time without end was some summons divinity flew to answer. There was passion in Big Mama’s passing. Eyes wide, eyes open, eyes blind into the chipped sheetrock wall across the room from her, Big Mama suddenly turned and stared hard at Roxanne Lee as Roxanne Lee trembled and cradled a brown bowl of Save-Around brand oatmeal that was the only food Big Mama could still keep down. Sometimes Big Mama’s tongue was garbled and her words came out sideways

and wrong, but Roxanne Lee could mostly understand her, but she had always pretended not to. Even today, Roxanne Lee just pretended not to understand and settled that quilt, which was more patched than patchwork, around Big Mama’s sagging chest. “Shhh,” Roxanne Lee said, trying to spoon some of the thin oatmeal into her grandmother’s slack lips. Big Mama turned her head following like an arrow the sound of Roxanne Lee’s voice. She threw the quilt off howling, “Gurl, you chew yo’ joy wide open.” Folks thought Big Mama was crazy, and shamefully Roxanne Lee agreed with those neighbors, but lately Roxanne Lee wasn’t so sure. Because wasn’t it Big Mama who told Lacey Macs that she was having her third child before she herself knew and said it would be a boy with a big head? Big Mama told and it was so, although Lacey Macs would never let her see the boy. And Roxanne Lee wasn’t saying nothing about her Big Mama, except that she had a way of being right when it hurt to be right, and folks couldn’t forget that. Folks were glad she was passing. “Gurl, you chew yo’ joy wide open,” was the last thing Big Mama told Roxanne Lee. Big Mama who used to be a bootlegger and a factory seamstress, and when ends didn’t connect, sometimes a night-cleaning woman. There was the fact that Big Mama had children herself who never came to see her for the shame of her ragged teeth, for the shame of her crazy talk. Roxanne Lee wondered whose shame it was when they wouldn’t come even now to unfurl her gnarled fingers or smooth her brow on that last Tuesday. Instead they drove around the block looking for wreaths, left casseroles on front porches. Roxanne Lee parsed the bitterness on her tongue, but didn’t disturb Big Mama, because this was the same Big Mama who raised some unknown neighbor’s little girl, that little girl who was the one found in Quicklick Alley five streets over. Big Mama was the same woman who called that little girl Roxanne Lee after some pretty white girl Big Mama saw (on one of her few days off) starring in some B movie comedy. Roxanne Lee, felt the last of her grandmother’s touch, as Big Mama left not with a sigh, but with a quake—her whole body shuddering off the dust of this world like some beggar-king rises and shakes off humanity like rocks rattling in an old sardine can. The author welcomes your reactions at

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Calendar Clips Special Edition

Let the Seasons Begin! by Joyce Wilburn

September marks the beginning of new seasons for concerts, lectures, programs and other events in our community. Find out more about what’s coming between now and the end of the year in the list below. All events are open to the public. Read future issues of Evince for complete details. Support all that is good in our community. There is a lot to see and do.

Averett University

434.791.5600 • • September 1-September 25 Senior Art Show, Ashley Green This exhibit is in Jut’s Café in the AU Student Center, corner of Woodland Drive and Townes Street. • September 7, 7:30 p.m. Barefoot Movement. This concert will be held on the Student Center Lawn on Woodland Drive. If it rains, the concert will be held in the back dining hall. This free event is a melding of Americana with acoustic modern rock and jazz influences. Barefoot Movement has opened for Ricky Skaggs, Peter Rowan and Dale Ann Bradley. • September 17 U.S. National Security: The Big Players At 7:00 p.m. in the multipurpose room in the Student Center, corner of Woodland Drive and Townes Street, Dr. Simona Kragh will describe the main players in the American national security establishment, their actual capabilities and their limitations in ensuring the safety of our country. Kragh is an assistant professor in the AU History and Political Science Department. • September 19-20, 7:30 p.m.; September 21, 2:30 p.m. Theatre for Young People. Averett Theatre Department presents Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? in the Student Center multipurpose room on Woodland Drive. It is a fast-paced comedy that combines The Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood into one production — with the big bad wolf stuck in- between. Tickets at the door are $9 adults; $7 students/senior citizens or call 434.791.5712. • September 26 Emma Edmunds Mapping Local Knowledge Danville 1963: The Movement, The People, The Stories. Journalist Emma Edmunds will discuss her research in the Averett Blount Library, 344 West Main Street, beginning at 11:15 a.m. The exhibit by Edmunds and photographer Tom Cogill will remain on display through November 15. 434.791.5690 • September 26-27 Religious Lecture Series. Author Gabe Lyons will discuss his book The Next Christians: The Good News about the End of Christian America. He is the founder of Q, a learning community that mobilizes Christians to advance the common good in society. Location and time TBA. • September 27-October 25 Senior Art Show, Ariel Barrett This exhibit is in Jut’s Café in the AU Student Center. • October 1, 7 p.m. Leadership in a Global World. Michael Markovits is the former Vice President of Leadership at IBM, where he was responsible for identifying and developing the leadership pipeline and the placement of business and technical leaders at all levels to drive IBM’s growth, transformation and performance. His free presentation in Blount Chapel (under Frith Hall on Mountain View Avenue) will focus on the leadership characteristics required for success in an increasingly global world. Time TBA. • October 3-November 15 Senior Art Show, Kathleen Moore This free exhibit will be in the Mary B. Blount Library on West Main Street. • October 28-November 25 Senior Art Show, Jordan Bay This exhibit is in Jut’s Café in the AU Student Center. • November 14-16, 7:30 p.m.; November 17, 2:30 p.m. Musical Theatre Cabaret. Averett Theatre Department will present this event in the Student Center multipurpose room. Tickets are $9 adults, $7 students/senior citizens and are available at the door or call 434.791.5712. • December 3, 11:15 a.m. Master Thespian’s A Christmas Carol This free event outside the AU Student Center on Woodland Drive is a new twist on drive-in theatre as Virginia Theatre Machine brings this classic to life. • December 3, 7:30 p.m. Averett Celebrates Christmas Join the AU Singers and a community choir as they welcome the holidays with a service of lights, readings and carols for the Advent and Christmas season at West Main Baptist Church, 450 West Main Street. • December 10 Dr. Betty Heard Christmas Readings for Children Evince writer, Linda Lemery, will be the guest reader for this event at 7:00 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Readings are suitable for ages four through nine.

Caswell Performing Arts Series

Caswell County Civic Center • 336.694.4591 • Intersection of NC 62 and US 158 in Yanceyville, NC • Ticket prices vary. • October 10 Cirque Zuma Zuma. Combining the mysticism, magic, and music of the African continent with the excitement of a theatrical circus performance, ZUMA ZUMA has been described as an African-style Cirque du Soleil. Featuring the fantastic Zuma Zuma Acrobats, finalists on America’s Got Talent, along with colorfully costumed South African vocalists, gumboot dancers and contortionists, Zimbabwean percussionists, Egyptian limbo dancers, Gabonese tumblers, and amazing pole acts, this show will leave the whole family breathless. Show starts at 8:00 p.m.

• November 17 Ring of Fire. This hit Broadway musical about home and family, love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption begins at 3:00 p.m. Featuring more than two dozen of Johnny Cash’s classic hits performed by a multi-talented cast, the show paints a musical portrait of The Man in Black. • December 6 American Big Band Home for the Holidays. A show-stopping synthesis of big band and Broadway, American Big Band features a 12piece orchestra and eight singers and dancers in a holiday music and dance extravaganza starting at 8:00 p.m. (submitted by Lee Fowlkes)

Caswell Youth Series

• October 29 Jigsaw Jones: The Case of the Class Clown This production is based on the book by James Preller. Shows at 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. are suitable for grades K-5. • December 3 A Commedia Christmas Carol This play based on the Charles Dickens holiday classic is recommended for grades K-5. Shows at 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (submitted by Lee Fowlkes)

Chatham Concert Series

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 66 North Main Street, Chatham Admission is a donation at the door. • October 4 A Night at the Movies with the Rainier Trio. Concert starts at 7:00 p.m. with Kevin Matheson on violin, Bryan Matheson on viola and Brenda Wittwer on piano. • November 17 From Broadway to Opera. This Sunday concert begins at 3:00 p.m. and features: Director of Opera Roanoke, tenor Scott Williamson, acclaimed soprano Amy Cofield Williamson with the Classic Strings Duo and Judith Clark on piano. (submitted by Susan Paynter)

Danville Area Veterans’ Council

November 10 Veterans Parade. The parade will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the intersection of Broad and Main Streets and end at Galileo School on Ridge Street. For information about being in the parade, call 434.836.0745. (submitted by Janet Roberson, Commander)

Danville’s Cancer Task Force Speaker

Laura Pole, Nutrition for Life. Pole, founder and President of Eating for a Lifetime, will be presenting this dynamic, interactive program from 11:30 a.m. to1:00 p.m. at Stonewall Recreation Center, 119 Bradley Road, at the corner of North Main and Bradley. Laura is a health supportive gourmet chef, registered nurse, clinical nurse specialist, Nia Fitness Instructor and professional musician with over 25 years experience in health care, health education and entertaining people. She is also considered an authority in shaping the field of health supportive cooking for people with serious illnesses. This program is part of the popular free Keeping Well in Mind, Body & Spirit Series for those concerned with cancer prevention and survivorship and is open to the entire community. Bring a lunch and a friend. Boxed lunches are also available for $6.00. Drinks and dessert will be provided. Call 434.766.6650 for reservations. (submitted by Melanie Vaughan)

Danville Concert Association

GW High School Auditorium • 434.792.9242 • • October 13 North Carolina Symphony. This acclaimed symphony will fill the hall with the music of John Williams’ beloved film scores that have been moving audiences since the late 1950s. This program includes Williams’ scores from Harry Potter, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Fiddler on the Roof, and Superman. • November 16 Xak Bjerken & Miri Yampolsky, Pianists She made her orchestral debut as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 16. He has appeared with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Disney Hall, and is professor of music at Cornell University. Both of these Peabody graduates were students of the legendary Leon Fleisher.

Danville Historical Society

434.799.2323 • • September 15 DHS General Membership Meeting/Book Signing/Program This event will be held at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History, 975 Main Street, beginning at 3:00 p.m. After a brief business meeting, authors Gary Grant and Clara Fountain will give a short presentation and sign their new book, Images of America, Danville Revisited. • October 16 Hump Night Quiz Night. Test your knowledge of general and local history at Jake’s on Main, 215 Main Street. Seven teams of four will compete starting at 7:00 p.m. Form a team or come join one. • October (TBA) Speakeasy • December 14-15 41st Annual Holiday Tour Tour inside historic homes decorated for the holidays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. (submitted by Liz Russell)

Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History

975 Main Street • 434.793.5644 • Open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. • September 7 – November 3 David Dabbs: A Retrospective. This exhibit

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presents a popular Danville artist’s paintings and sculpture, some whimsical and some demure. September 22 – December 1 Paintings of Donald Smith & Alphonsa Clark. These two contemporary Danville artists will have works displayed in Gallery IV and Boatright Galleries. October 18 Chili & Jus’ Cauz. Plan to enjoy good food and bluegrass music. November 1 Secrets of the Mansion. There will be music and storytelling for the whole family from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the grounds of the mansion. Costumes welcomed. November 12 - January 3, 2014 Danville Art League Juried Show. Works by the region’s best artists will be on display in the Jennings & Schoolfield Galleries. December 7 Holiday House with the Sutherlins. From 10:00 a.m. until noon, a guide will lead children on a tour of the mansion.

Danville Parks & Recreation

434.793.4636 • September 14 The Grass Cats Gather at the Crossing at the Dan, 629 Craghead Street, to enjoy live music starting at 6:00 p.m. Children under 12 are free; $5 for others. • October 5 Imagine Children’s Festival. Free admission at the Carrington Pavilion, 629 Craghead Street, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. • November 9 Sixth Annual Bright Leaf Brew Fest Tickets on sale September 1 for this 21-and- older event. $22 in advance; $27 at the door. • December 14 Riverview Rotary Christmas Parade This year’s theme is Christmas Movies. Application deadline is November 27.

Danville Science Center

677 Craghead Street • 434.791.5160 • Prices vary or are free with membership. • September 28 - 29 Old 97 Rail Days. See story on page 24. • September 28 Blood Suckers and From Here to There exhibits. Discover the biological wonders of sanguinivores, creatures that eat blood, through encounters with live species and interactive exhibits. Then explore the science of how things move by land, sea and air as you lift, launch and levitate with hands-on exhibits that make gravity, friction and the laws of motion fun. • October 12 Butterfly Goodbye (for the season). It’s closing day of the Butterfly Station and Garden for the season from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Collect seeds of butterfly-friendly plants and make a seed wreath to plant in the spring for a backyard garden. • October 26 National Chemistry Week Celebration. From 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., explore the chemistry of energy. From sun to wind and water, sustainable energy is one key to our future. Break water molecules into atoms, find out how yeast can help you produce oxygen gas and discover if pencils can conduct electricity. (submitted by Sonya Wolen)

Danville Symphony Orchestra

G.W. High School Auditorium • Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Concert starts at 8:00 p.m. Free. • November 2 Fall Concert. The DSO will open its 22nd season with this concert joined by the Greensboro Philharmonia under the direction of Maestro Peter Perret. They will present Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings and Symphony No. 1 Titan by Gustov Mahler. The same program repeats in Greensboro on November 3. • December 14 Holiday Concert. The DSO will be joined by the Danville Area Choral Arts Society singers. Donations of food or cash for God’s Storehouse will be accepted. (submitted by Charles Ellis and Mary Franklin)

Gretna Little Theatre

434 656 3637 • • September 14 Second Greater Gretna Talent Show. This fun event will be held at the Gretna Movie Theatre, 107 North Main Street, starting at 7:30 p.m. Prizes will be offered. Audition is 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, at the Gretna Center for the Arts on Main Street. • October 4, 5, 6 Twigs. This play by George Furth is a family comedy and will be produced at the Gretna Movie Theatre, 107 North Main Street, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. • December 6, 7, 8 Holiday Show. This family holiday presentation with Broadway music is back by popular demand. It was first presented in 2008. Donations accepted for the Northern Pittsylvania Food Bank. (submitted by Janina Shoemaker)

Kirby Theater

213 North Main Street, Roxboro, NC • 336-597-1709• See ad on page 18. • September 6-7-8 Elvis Has Left the Building • September 28 Shana Tucker, cellist, singer, songwriter • October 17 Taylor 2 Dance • November 1-2-3 Little Shop of Horrors

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• November 15 Shakespeare on Trial • December 14 Zoso – a Led Zeppelin Experience

Langhorne House

117 Broad Street September 19 Tobacco Heritage Exhibit This new exhibit will focus on the tobacco auction and the auctioneer’s chant. The man who built the Langhorne House and the father of Lady Astor and the Gibson Girl was the legendary creator of this chant. Following the Civil War, C. D. (“Chillie”) Langhorne found himself with a growing family and no way to make a living. After trying his hand as a hotel night clerk, piano salesman, and livery stable manager, he turned to one of the very few commercial ventures still flourishing in Danville--tobacco. The system of selling tobacco in loose piles had already developed, and auctioneers were already selling tobacco from warehouses, but Chillie added something extra. He called it “the pitter patter and gobble gook” and he made the chant into an art form. A re-enactment of the auctioneer’s chant by Billy Yeargin, a North Carolina tobacco historian, will take place during the exhibit opening reception from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. (submitted by Robert Wooding)

Little Theatre of Danville • October 24-25, 27 Steel Magnolias. This play revolves around Truvy’s Beauty Parlor in modern-day Louisiana. It’s the story of a close-knit circle of friends. Directed by Douglas Adams, the play will be presented at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History, 975 Main Street. Location, times, ticket prices TBA. • December (TBA) Happy Hollandaise. This holiday-themed, fast-paced British farce will be directed by Danya Mehalko Zuniga and presented at the DMFAH, 975 Main Street. A gourmet chef is hired to cook the perfect Christmas dinner, but with the chef late, the guests early, and a burglar loose in the neighborhood, things quickly go awry. (submitted by Alan Holt)

North Theatre

629 North Main Street • 434.793.SHOW (7469) • • Saturday, September 14 Magic of the Masters-the World’s Most Famous Illusions. Celebrity magician and world champion illusionist Wayne Alan’s big stage show.


700 Bruce Street, South Boston, VA 434.572.8339 • • Ticket prices vary. • September 14 Robin & Linda Williams. This 7:30 p.m. concert will feature a robust blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country. • October 6 Twelfth Night. Aquila Theatre’s new production at 7:30 p.m. promises to thrill and enchant with a cast of superb performers and a remarkable original musical score. • December 12 -21 Forever Plaid Tidings. This new show that offers the best of Forever Plaid is filled with Christmas standards that have all been Plaid-erized. Times and prices vary.

River District Festival

434.251.2433 Friday, October 4 - Saturday, October 5 Free fun and entertainment for the whole family begins on Friday at 5:30 p.m. on Main Street and continues on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. along Bridge Street to the Carrington Pavilion. Party on Friday night with the Breakfast Club and local artists. Come back on Saturday night for incredible musical acts, including regional artists representing jazz, R&B, mambo and more. Cheer on your favorite act in the community-wide talent show on Saturday morning. Discover new depths during the river education program with Danville Science Center. Register for the family adventure race and kayaking along the Dan. Brave the trapeze at the Children’s Festival, which will also include face painting, storytelling, a scavenger hunt and festival rides. Support local adult and student artists at the regional art show. Adults, enjoy food and drink in the beer garden after noon. (submitted by Will Sanford)

Virginia International Raceway (VIR)

1245 Pine Tree Road, Alton • 434.822.7700 • • Saturday, September 21 – Sunday, September 22 CCS Fall CycleFest of Speed Motorcycle Roadracing. Visit for more info. • Friday, September 27 – Sunday, September 29 Heacock Classic Gold Cup. Enjoy historic races and a car show. Visit for coming announcements. • Saturday, October 5 American Le Mans Series. Visit Americanlemans. com for more info. • Saturday, October 26 SCCA Charge of the Headlight Brigade 13-hour Enduro. Visit for full event information. • Saturday, December 7 - Sunday, December 8 Optima Batteries ChumpCar World Series – Twin 7-hour Races. Visit for series and entry information.

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Guided Walking Tour – Millionaires Row & Holbrook Street. See ad page 14. BP and BMI Checks - Have your blood pressure and body mass index checked. Dates/locations vary. 434.799.5216. Tai-Chi Day Classes - Increase strength, balance, flexibility and progress at your own pace. M 11:15am-12:30pm. Ballou Rec. Center. 434.799.5216. Boogie Mondays - September is the Cha Cha. Learn new dances, make new friends and have loads of fun. 7-8:30pm. Ballou Center - 434.799.5216. Bingo - Challenge your mind and play bingo. MTUW. Times/location vary. 434.799.5216. Prime Time Fitness - Low-impact aerobics workout with a mix of various fun dance steps. MTH 9:30-11am or 5:30-7pm. Ballou Rec. Center. 434.797.8848. Get Moving with Chair Exercises – Low-impact class ideal for adults 50+. MTH 11:30am-12:30pm. Coates Rec. Center. 434.797.8848. Hand and Foot Social - Play, socialize and enjoy refreshments. TU 2-4:30pm. Ballou Rec. Center. 434.799.5216. Yoga Class - Increase flexibility and stamina, build strength, improve balance, concentration, circulation, and relaxation, with benefits for internal organs, glands and muscles. TW 5:30pm. Ballou Rec. Center - 434.797.8848. Cardio Step Class – Up-tempo, high energy class. TTH 8:15-9:15am. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848. Baby Boomer Style Work Out – Walking, cardio activity & weight training designed for older adults. TTH 9-10:30am. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848. Ladies, It’s Time to Work It Out. TTH 10am-12pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848. Zumba with Jennifer - Hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves create a one-of-a-kind interval training fitness program. TTH 7-8pm. Coates Rec. Center 434.797.8848. African Rhythms by Nguzo Saba – Learn West African dance technique to live drumming. W 6-7:30pm. Pepsi Building. 434.797.8848. Mommy & Me Fitness - Safe and effective workout for moms, babies, toddlers and preschoolers. TH 1pm-2pm. Coates Recreation Center - 434.797.8848. Tai-Chi - Increase strength, balance, flexibility and progress at your own pace. TH 6-7pm. Coates Rec. Center. 434.797.8848. Kuumba-West African Dance Co. – Live drumming and energetic dancing. Must pre-register. TH Kuumba Kids 6pm; Adults 6:30pm-7:45pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848. Farmers’ Market. Sat-7:30am-12pm. Wed. 3-6pm. Danville Community Market. 434.797.8961. Karate. 5:30-6:30pm. Chatham Cares, Community Center - 434.250.2311. Belly Dancing - Light exercise, good workout. 6:30-7:30pm. Chatham Cares Community Center - 434.713.9076.

Through September 21

PAA Exhibits – Truth in Animals and Beasties, Tales + Wanderings. Piedmont Arts Association (PAA) - 276.632.3221.

Through May 19

Skeletons Exhibit – Stories from Skeletons: Hard Evidence. Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) – 276.634.4141.

Through October 12

Butterfly Station & Garden. Danville Science Center (DSC) – 434.791.5160. See ad page 10.

September 1 (thru 25)

AU Senior Art Show – Works of Ashley Green. Averett University Jut’s Café. 434.791.5600. See page 16.

September 2 (thru 30)

Art Exhibit – Art Guild of Person County. Reception 9/6 6-8pm. Kirby Gallery, Roxboro. 336.597.1709. Aerobics - Mild to moderate exercise. Two nights a week. All ages. 5:30-6:30pm. Chatham Cares-Community Center 434.432.3115.

September 3

African Violet Club - Learn about garden tending, pest control and more at this meeting which includes a covered dish meal. 12-1:30pm. Ballou Rec. Center 434.799.5216. Cooking for One (or Two) - Enjoy familysized meals without fridge-sized leftovers. Learn how to shop, prepare and enjoy home-cooked meals on a healthier, smaller scale. Lunch included. 11am-12:30pm. Ballou Rec. Center - 434.797.8848. Ballou Choir Rehearsal. Ages 50+. 11:15am-12:30pm. Ballou Rec. Center 434.799.5216.

September 3 (thru Oct. 1)

Wheel Thrown Pottery - Entry level class on basic throwing technique, with a focus on centering, making cylinder, bowls, wheel trimming, adding handles, lids; perhaps make a teapot. TU 5:30-8:30pm. The Artisan Center - 276.656.5461. Nuts & Bolts of Your Digital Camera Learn how the menu and buttons affect camera and images and how to improve the quality of images. TU 5:30-8:30 pm. The Artisan Center - 276.656.5461.

September 4

Senior Bowling Tournament - Exercise, make new friends, have fun. Have BP and BMI checked while waiting to bowl. 10am12pm. Riverside Lanes - 434.791.2695.

September 4 (thru 25)

Art with Flo – Wet-on-wet technique. W. Times/location vary. 434.797.8848.

September 4 (thru Oct. 2)

Lighten Up for Life Healthy Cooking Edition - Learn easy to prepare, nutritional recipes and have fun. For ladies 50+. 9:30-11:00am. Stonewall Therapeutic Rec. Center. 434.799.5216.

September 4 (thru Oct. 23)

Youth Planting & Gardening Program Hands on instruction and education in planting and gardening where children will learn basic skills needed to grow and maintain a garden. 4-5:30pm. Stonewall Youth Center - 434.799.5150.

September 5 (thru Oct. 10)

A Taste of African Heritage - Fun and engaging cooking class that is a roadmap to living and eating well. TH 5:30-7:15pm. Ballou Rec. Center - 434.797.8848.

September 5 (thru Oct. 3)

Beginning Knitting - Learn the basics of knitting such as casting on, knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing, garter stitch, stockinette stitch, ribbing, casting off, seaming, gauge and reading patterns. TH 5:30-8:30 pm. The Artisan Center 276.656.5461. Intro to Stained Glass - Explores the history and techniques of stained glass and produce stained glass samples using traditional joining techniques. TH 5:30-8:30 pm. The Artisan Center - 276.656.5461. Intro to Fine Woodworking - Learn how to safely use the woodworking equipment with topics that include milling technique,

mortise and tenon joinery, surface prep and application of finishes to help complete a decorative box. TH 5:30-8:30pm. The Artisan Center - 276.656.5461.

September 5

Lighten Up for Life After-Hours Edition Ladies 50+ fitness, nutrition and fun. 5:307:30pm. Ballou Rec. Center - 434.799.5216.

September 5 (thru Nov. 21)

Ballou Jammers - Acoustic musical jamboree. Bring a stringed instrument or just listen. TH 3-5pm. Ballou Rec. Center. 434.799.5216.

September 6

First Friday Art Walk. 5-7pm. Studio 107, Martinsville. 276.638.2107. Back to School Bash - Begin the school year with dancing and fun with favorite songs played by DJ Rojas. Ages 5-12. 7-9pm. Coates Rec. Center - 434.799.5150. Singing at Ballou - Karaoke. Sing or listen and enjoy. 2-3:30pm. Ballou Rec. Center - 434.799.5216.

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Ballou Nature Center. 434.799.5215.

September 9 (thru 24)

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

September 9 (thru Oct. 7)

Fiber Art Bag - Design, paint and dye fabric and learn how to construct a hand bag or jewelry roll. M 5:30-8:30pm. The Artisan Center - 276.656.5461.

September 9 (thru Oct. 14)

Belly Dance Classes - Techniques and drills class for basic belly dance techniques. 5:30-6:30pm. Performance skills class for dancers of all levels that will include a student recital as well as professional dance troupe performances and community shows. M 7-8pm. Pepsi Building. 434.797.8848. Dancing in Heels - Learn fun and flirty dance steps combined with a touch of vaudeville to create a strong sense of self-confidence. M 8-9pm. Pepsi Building. 434.797.8848.

Elvis Has Left the Building – Elvis Presley is missing. Colonel Tom Parker doesn’t know where he is. 7:30pm; 3pm. Kirby Theatre, Roxboro. 336.597.1709. See pages 18 & 19.

September 10

September 6 (thru 27)

September 10 (thru Oct. 15)

Ballou Book Swap - Take a book or two to read and leave a book or two to share. F 9am-5pm. Ballou Rec. Center 434.799.5216. Friday Night Dances - Live music by the City Limits Band. F 7:30-10:30pm. Ballou Rec. Center - 434.799.5216.

September 7

Fun Fest - Live music, hotdogs, BBQ, ribbon fries, ice cold drinks, chips, inflatables, pony rides, corn maze and more. All proceeds will go to support God’s Pit Crew. 9am-7pm. Owen Farm. DRBA’s First Saturday Outing. 4-mile paddle on Farmers Lake. 10am. 336.935.5240. Bob Ross Painting Class - Complete a painting, Late and Lovely (Lake Scene), in one day. 10:30am–3:30pm. Ballou Annex. 434.797.8848. Grandparents Day Celebration Lunch and games for grandparents and grandchildren. 11am-1pm. Ballou Rec. Center - 434.799.5216. Ribs Rhythm & Blues Soul Festival – For jazz and rib connoisseurs with games, rides, prizes, thrill shows, vendors and live entertainment. 3-10pm. Carrington Pavilion. 434.793.4636 or 434.421.0034. Martinsville Culture Crawl - Live music and community theatre. 4-8pm. select venues, Uptown Martinsville. 276.632.3221. Barefoot Movement Concert - Bluegrass band. 7:30pm. Averett University Student Center Lawn. 434.791.5600. See page 16.

Natural Bridge Trip - Discover Virginia’s natural wonder above ground--the bridge and below ground -- the caverns. 7am-9pm. Ballou Rec. Center. 434.799.5216. Texturizing & Stamping Metal Jewelry Learn various techniques to texturize and customized metal and create earrings, charms, necklaces & more. TU 5:30-8:30pm. The Artisan Center - 276.656.5461.

September 11

Fall Bingo - Bring an exchangeable gift and enjoy an afternoon of Bingo with your friends. 1-3pm. Ballou Rec. Center 434.797.8994.

September 11 (thru Oct. 16)

Telling Your Story Workshop - Be guided through story telling sessions which leave you with a detailed history of your life to share or keep. W 2-4pm. Ballou Rec. Center. 434.799.5216.

September 12

Bob Ross Technique Workshop. 9am3:30pm. PAA – 276.632.3221. Brain Picnic - A lunch and learn program featuring information about preparing loved ones to receive home health care. 11:30am-1:30pm. Ballou Rec. Center 434.797.8848 or 434.799.5216.

September 13

Music Night – Swift Creek, True Life Travelers & The Hutchens. 5-9pm. Spencer-Penn Centre - 276.957.5757. Legacy on the Lawn. 6pm. Person County Museum of History. 336.597.2884. Night Golf. Fun, nine-hole captain’s choice tournament. 7pm. Goodyear Golf Course. 434.836.6990.

September 7 & 8

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September 7 (thru Nov. 7)

September 14

Auditions for Macbeth. Hosted by Danville Center Stage. 3-5pm. DEACC, Main Street. David Dabbs: A Retrospective Exhibit. Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History (DMFA&H). See page 16.

September 9 & 10

Boating Safety Education. 6-9:30pm.

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Blood Drive. 9/13 - Averett College, 11am4pm; 9/14 - County Line Baptist Church, 9am-1pm. 540.204.6585. Halifax County Cancer Association Walk for Hope - Music, fellowship, door prizes, food, cruise-in car show, kid’s activities and more. 9am-2pm. Halifax County Fairgrounds. 434.476.2714 or 434.470.3283.

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Evince Magazine Estate Planning – Presented by Certified Elder Law Attorney Robert W. Haley. 11am-12pm. Ferry Road Friends Church. 855.503.5337. River District Rhythms at the Market. The Crossing at the Dan. 434.793.4636. See pages 15 & 19. Robin & Linda Williams & Their Fine Group Concert. The Prizery. See pages 11 & 19. Greater Gretna Talent Show. See page 19. Magic of the Masters Magic Show – Starring celebrity magician and world champion Illusionist Wayne Alan. 8pm. North Theatre – 434.793.7469.

Corn Maze Opening. Owen Farm Tours. Craft & Collectable Fair - Food, fun, music, crafts & more along with the Spencer Community Fair. 10am-5pm. Spencer-Penn Centre - 276.957.5757. Golf Ball Drop - Proceeds support Riverview Rotary Projects. Participants can also enjoy a cookout with hotdots and pizza. 4:30-6:30pm. Anglers Park. Clean Comedian Marty Simpson Enjoy dessert and this family-friendly comedy show. 7-9pm. Ballou Rec. Center 434.799.5216.

September 15

September 21 & 22

Danville Historical Society Membership Meeting. Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History. See page 16. Classic Movies – Grease. 3pm. Kirby Theatre, Roxboro. 336.597.1709.

September 17

1859-Coffeehouse Lecture Series Dr. Simona Kragh presents U.S. National Security: The Big Players. 7pm. Averett University. See page 16. Natural Nutrition - Cooking class that introduces juicing, eating to heal, tastings, eating and preparing raw foods, and using fresh herbs and herbal teas to bolster health. 11am-12:30pm. Ballou Rec. Center. 434.797.8848.

September 17 & 24

Fall Lawn, Garden and Landscape Care Educational materials, hands on demonstrations, exchange of ideas. 5:30-7:30pm. Ballou Rec. Center. 434.799.5216.

September 19

Tobacco Heritage Exhibit. Langhorne House. See page 19. Senior Citizens Club Meeting - Monthly meeting and covered dish luncheon. Ages 50+. 12-1:30pm. Ballou Rec. Center. 434.799.5216. Fall Photography on the Riverwalk Learn how to photograph nature in varying light levels with different contrasts. 5:30-7pm. Location TBD. 434.799.5215. Right Plant Right Place - Information and answers about gardening topics and more. 6-7:30pm. Danville Public Library. 434.797.8848.

September 19 (thru 21)

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? AU Student Center. See page 16.

September 20

Just Everyday Women Walking by Faith Speaker Pastor Issac Jackson and music by Jennie Jefferson. 11am-1pm. Mary’s Diner. 434.793.1075.

September 20 & 21

RiverFest - Live music, soccer collies, arts area for children (scrap exchange), artisans & crafters, Carolina Raptor Center, models of RiverFest, Cold Blooded Encounters (Reptiles), water wars, 5K run/walk, food vendors, historical exhibits, antique engine exhibit, Kids Discovery Zone, DRBA exhibit & educational activities. F 5-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm. Historic Downtown Leaksville. 336.612.8049.

September 20 & 27

Zip Line – Experience the thrill of the 400-foot Zip Line. 5:30-7pm. Dan Daniel Memorial Park. 434.799.5215.

September 21

Walk to End Alzheimer’s - Raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research at this event for participants of all ages and abilities. 811am. Ballou Park. 540.845.8540. Danville Area Humane Society Dog Wash - All proceeds benefit the animals at the Humane Society Animal Shelter. Rain cancels. 9am-12pm. Danville Community Market. 434.799.0843. CCS Fall CycleFest Of Speed Motorcycle Roadracing. Virginia International Raceway (VIR). See page 19. Reptile Day – Over 200 snakes & reptiles, reptile-themed games & crafts, and special presentations. 9am-4pm. VMNH – 276.634.4141. Kayaking. Ages 12+. Pre-registration required. 9:30am-12pm. Abreu-Grogan Park. 434.799.5215.

Person County Farm Tour – See organically grown veggies and herbs, pasture-raised sheep and turkeys, a dairy farm, a buffalo farm, tobacco harvesting and niche firewood production among the 15 sites. 1-5pm. 336.599.1195 or 336.597.2884.

September 22 (thru Dec. 1)

Paintings of Donald Smith & Alphonsa Clark Exhibit. DMFA&H. See page 16.

September 23

Elliot Engel’s Brilliant & Bizarre Brontes – Using anecdotes, analysis, and large doses of humor, Engel gives new insights into the backgrounds, accomplishments, and lives of these great masters of English literature. Dinner 6:30pm. Lecture 7:30pm. PAA – 276.632.3221.

September 23 & 24

Hunter Safety Education – Prepare for the hunting season. This class qualifies for Concealed Weapons Permit. 6-9:30pm. Ballou Nature Center. 1.888.516.0844. September 23 (thru Oct. 28) You Can! Live Well VA! - Chronic Disease Self-Management Program to help adults or their family members with illnesses such as asthma, arthritis, diabetes and heart disease learn ways to manage their condition and take charge of their lives through knowledge and empowerment. M 11:30am2pm. DPL - 434.797.8848. Shag Dance Lessons - Learn the basic steps of Shag or the more complicated steps such as the mirror steps, female/male lead steps, and more. Beginner 7-8pm; Intermediate 8-9pm. Ballou Rec. Center 434.797.8848.

September 24

Quilt Meeting - Hands on program, show-n-tell, monthly business report. 7pm. St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. 434.334.4756.

September 24 (thru Oct.17)

Swimming Adventures for Beginners Learn strokes, water games & floating positions. Ages 6-12. TTH 3:30-4:15pm. YMCA. 434.799.5215.

September 25

Nutrition for Life - Speaker Laura Pole. See page 16.

September 26

Mapping Local Knowledge - Speaker Journalist Emma Edmunds. Averett University. See page 16. Hands-Only CPR Can Save Lives Learn how to perform Hands-Only CPR. This is NOT a CPR certification class. 6-9pm. Glenwood Community Center 434.797.8848. Danville Art League Meeting - Guest speaker Robert Marsh. 7pm. DMFAH 434.799.3160.

September 26 & 27

AARP Smart Drivers Class - This class refreshes driving skills and is designed for those over 50. 12-4pm. Ballou Rec. Center. 434.799.5216. Religious Lecture Series - Speaker Gabe Lyons. Averett University. See page 16.

September 27

Heacock Classic Gold Cup. VIR. See page 19. Ed Steffey Memorial Education Open Golf Tournament – Entry fees include lunch, refreshments, and lots of great prizes, including a set of Goodyear tires for each of the players on the winning team. 1pm. Goodyear Golf Course. 434.836.6990. TGIF Concert Series – Music by Shame

for Sydney. Food and beverages available. 7-10:30pm. Uptown Farmers’ Market, Martinsville - 276.632.5688.

September 27 (thru Oct. 25)

AU Senior Art Show – Works of art major Ariel Barrett. See page 16.

September 27 (thru 29)

Averett University Homecoming – For everyone in the community. The weekend is filled with athletic contests, parties, reunions, receptions and opportunities to wear blue and gold

September 28

South Boston Harvest Festival – Crafters, two stages of entertainment, clown, magician, face painting, sand art, pony rides, bounce houses, Barney of Mayberry, and a variety of foods. 9am-5pm. Downtown South Boston - 434.575.4208. Blood Suckers and From Here to There exhibits. DSC. See pages 10 & 19. Life Care Planning – Presented by Certified Elder Law Attorney Robert W. Haley. 11am-12pm. Ferry Road Friends Church. 855.503.5337. Fall River Clean Up - Help clean up the shores of the beautiful Dan River. 11am1pm. Location TBD. 434.799.5215. Danville PFLAG Meeting – Support for the LGBT community, their friends and family, community awareness, and promoting tolerance and equal civil rights. 11am. Danville Yoga & Meditation Center 434.429.1078. Shana Tucker Concert – Chamber Soul Cello and Songs. 7:30pm. Kirby Theatre, Roxboro. 336.597.1709. Dinner Theater - Go back to the time and be absorbed with the humor and intellect of Mark Twain with period decorations and servers in period attire. Dinner will be foods that he loved and missed the most when traveling all over the world. 6pm dinner, 7:30pm show. Spencer-Penn Centre - 276.957.5757.

September 28 & 29

Old 97 Rail Days. DSC. See pages 10 & 19.

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September 30

Free Clinic Golf Tournament – Prizes awarded in both men’s and women’s flights. 1pm. Danville Golf Club. 434.799.1223.

Upcoming Events October 2

American Le Mans Series. VIR. See page 19.

October 2 (thru 8)

Halifax County Fair – Live music, livestock, food, rides for all ages, fireworks, and lots of fun. Times vary. Halifax County Fairgrounds.

October 4

DCC Educational Foundation Golf Tournament – Exciting activities, promotions, and prizes. Danville Golf Club. 434-797-8495. Chatham Concert Series – A Night at the Movies with the Rainier Trio. See page 16.

October 4 & 5

River District Festival. See page 19.

October 4 (thru 6)

Twigs. Gretna Little Theatre. See page 19.

October 5

Imagine Children’s Festival. 10am-4pm. Carrington Pavilion. 434.793.4636. Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare Aquila Theatre. The Prizery. See pages 11 & 19.

October 11

Olde Dominion Farm Fresh Festival – Dinner of Certified Angus Beef prime rib or chicken, local freshwater prawns and sides. cash bar of beer or regional Virginia wines. 5-10pm. Olde Dominion Ag Complex - 434.432.8026 or

October 12

Medicaid Overview – Presented by Certified Elder Law Attorney Robert W. Haley. 11am-12pm. Ferry Road Friends Church. 855.503.5337.

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Reflecting Forward

The Many Voices of Achievement by Linda Lemery This month Evince is the Voice of Achievement. While we often think of achievement as academic, there are other qualities that we also need to develop in ourselves and our children. One overarching goal should be to raise future responsible citizens and leaders who contribute to making the area we live in a better place. Responsible behavior is built of many facets and often relates to achievement. Academic learning is important. Future solutions to world problems lie in the hands of our current student and preschool populations. Without a grasp of basic academic building blocks, our future leaders cannot successfully grapple with the pressing problems they will be called upon to solve. Academic achievement, completed degrees and academic excellence open doors, but they don’t constitute the whole picture. Achievement can also be measured in terms of overcoming a fear, of getting past a barrier of some sort. For example, my neighbor and I have talked about how we cared for our respective mothers as their health declined; that challenge required a daily out-pouring of energy, determination and love. In retrospect, the daily acts of caring and responsibility were achievements in themselves. There are many things that responsible adults do that I don’t have the space to elaborate on here. The items in this limited list are in no particular order. Qualities Responsible Adults Need: • Discipline to start/finish things* • Grit/persistence • Willingness to work hard Ability to: • Demonstrate financial responsibility.** • Manage money, budgets. • Save (automatically/systematically) for retirement, big purchases (house, car), future needs. • Avoid debt. • Calculate accurately. • Read easily.*** • Write clearly. • Make healthy choices. • Set/reach realistic goals. • Plan/cook balanced meals at home. • Clean up/reduce clutter. • Be comfortable in social situations. • Exercise regularly. • Honor obligations, relationships and responsibilities.

• Build/maintain positive relationships. • Walk away from bad relationships, bad jobs, bad roommates, timedraining social media. • Avoid procrastination. • Communicate. • Play responsibly. • Make music, art and other creations. • Contribute to the community. • Mentor youth. • Keep learning. *For example, prospective students thinking about attending college must consult college staff members to find out about majors, cost of attending, options for financial aid, how to enroll, how to improve their study habits, how to succeed. Attending college is a privilege. Students need to put education first, go to every class, do every assignment, and stay the course when the educational road gets bumpy, as does every road in life. A college student who is a few courses short of a degree and doesn’t finish the coursework is a college dropout, thereby missing out on many jobs that require a college degree for job entry. Students need to manage their time and say “no” to outside distractions (such as gaming, social media, social interaction) when they should be studying. ** Prove where money has gone. If adults don’t have a checkbook and can’t reconcile a checking account, how can they write checks? Waving a debit card is not enough. If they can’t manage their receipts, how are they ever going to cope with a family death, being named executor of an estate and having to match each expenditure to a descriptive receipt, because just pointing at an electronic screen entry on the on-line bank statement isn’t enough? ***Read. It doesn’t matter that the reading may be text-heavy and boring with no pictures. The world doesn’t revolve around people; rather, people need to have the skills to meet the conditions of the world. A critical survival skill is being able to read easily and understand content. Looking at that list of qualities adults need, I see a lot of room for self-improvement. It’s humbling to uncover my own glaring deficiencies when I write these columns. I’d better get moving. About the Author: When she’s not uncovering opportunities to improve herself, Linda Lemery, llemery@averett. edu, works as Circulation Manager at Averett University’s Mary B. Blount Library in Danville. She welcomes your comments.

What to expect when you’re NOT expecting! There’s a popular book series for expectant parents entitled “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”. I’d like to twist that around and address What we can expect when we’re NOT expecting. Specifically ... what we can expect from others when we haven’t clearly conveyed our expectations to them. Most of us live in the world of “Great Expectations” (another well-read book!); however, when we fail to clearly convey our expectations, those expectations can quickly turn into disappointments. Here are four quick tips for increasing your chances of having your expectations met: 1. Clarify the expectation for yourself - Can you articulate what you expect? I once had a boss who would never give an “exceeds expectations” rating on a performance review. When I asked “What does it take to exceed your expectations?”, her reply was “I’ll know it when I see it.” Expectations shouldn’t be so elusive that you can’t articulate them. I finally managed to hit her invisible target, but the journey was extremely frustrating. 2. Is it reasonable? - Sometimes others disappoint us because they consider our expectations outside the norm or unreasonable. Some expectations are reasonable for certain people but not for others. Think about your expectations from the other person’s perspective, not just your own.

3. Have a reason “why” - After clarifying an expectation in your own mind and determining that it’s reasonable and important, be sure you can explain its importance. 4. Clearly convey the expectation - The great Zig Zigler said, “You cannot hit a target you cannot see.” Expecting others to live up to your expectations is surely going to disappoint you if you haven’t followed the steps above and THEN also communicated the expectation clearly. This is where the phrase “Put it in writing!” really helps! Certainly in business, it’s important to have employee expectations clearly conveyed so that individuals know what you expect. The same can certainly apply to your personal life. So ... what do you get when you’re NOT expecting? Without clear expectations that are clearly conveyed, you’re likely to get DISAPPOINTMENT! Don’t blame others when disappointment results from your silent or unwritten expectations. Take the proactive steps above and clearly convey your “Great Expectations”!

Kristina R. Barkhouser, CPLP Direct: 434.797.6770 Mobile: 434.489.1309 Kristina R. Barkhouser is the founder and President of Excelen Performance, Inc. She has over 20 years of experience in technical and interpersonal skills development.

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September 2013 boxcars, but the joining together of the mountains and lower-lying places is giving Marc an N-scale experience of God’s geological work. For as long as I have been working at the DSC, members of the public have inquired as to the location of our railroad exhibit, at which time I point to the train station lobby’s wellcrafted, encased, N-scale model of the wreck of the Old 97 constructed by the Lynchburg, Richmond and North Raleigh model railroaders. During our DSC Rail Days, we will debut our permanent, working model railroad exhibit, which will feature what trains look like when they don’t wreck

Photo of Marc Parrish by Niko Akers.

Set to Scale

Building a Working Model Railroad Exhibit by Mack Williams

For the past several months, there has been a railroad shop at the Danville Science Center on Craghead Street. Everything about trains reminds me of my father including this. Before moving to Rowan County to become a clerk at Southern Railway’s Spencer, North Carolina yard office, he worked at Danville’s Sands and Company, the supply store for the railroad employees (sort of like the company store of Tennessee Ernie Ford fame). In the early 1960s, Southern Railway gave a barbecue dinner for its employees inside one of the old machine shop buildings in Spencer. It was a giant of a building in which steam engines, diesels, and boxcars were repaired. By then, Southern’s main shops had been moved to Atlanta and only a few giant undercarriages with their great wheels remained in the old Spencer building.

Just as I’m sure the old Spencer shops were filled with the noise of heavy metal (not Led Zeppelin), I’ve heard sounds of hammering, sanding and sawing from an area just past the taxidermied black bear, beaver and groundhog on the northern end of the Estelle Womack Natural History Collection/Amtrak train station. Whereas many men labored in the old Spencer shops, only one man is working in the DSC’s railroad shop of lesser scale. Marc Parrish, Exhibit Specialist at the Danville Science Center, is putting together an N-scale train layout graciously donated by Allen Taylor and adding some creative work of his own. A variety of diesels, boxcars and passenger cars are featured, along with a town, railroad yard and such topographical features as mountains complete with railroad tunnels. The men of the old Spencer shops worked only on engines and

• Danville’s Old 97 Rail Days will be held September 21and 22. See a miniature version of the Old 97 train wreck scene in the DSC train station lobby. Visit the Pepsi Building to watch N-scale models traveling through tiny towns and rural areas. All ages are welcome at 677 Craghead Street. On Saturday only, visit the fully restored Norfolk and Western caboose with a tour guide. • Saturday admission is $1 per person from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On Sunday, the N-scale display is open from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. • For information, call 434.791.5160 or visit

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Something Old Something New by Annelle Williams

A new recipe turned out to be a real winner and a good reason to do some research. Its name, Country Captain, drew my attention, but didn’t give a hint of what it was: soup, stew, meat, seafood or other? Adding to the mystery was the description, a Southern classic. A Southern classic that I’d never heard of? It seemed almost impossible. Any other geographical home and I wouldn’t be surprised at all, but Southern classics are my bread and butter. Wonder no more. It’s a chicken dish flavored with bacon, the epitome of Southern, and curry coming from sea captains who traded in spices from India in the early 1800s. They brought their culinary treasures to ports in Georgia along with a facsimile of this recipe which was very popular in India. When I began investigating, I found that many of my favorite chefs and recipe sources had their own versions. Maybe I’m the only one who had never heard of it. Nevertheless, I’m glad I found it. If you’re already a curry fan, you’ll like it, and if you’ve never tried a curry dish, it’s a good place to begin. The dish isn’t heavy at all with a thin, tasty broth using tomatoes, onions and peppers as the vegetables. You can make it with whole pieces of chicken, or shredded, as I did. The best thing about the recipe is its flavor. The second best thing is that it comes together quickly, and for such a busy time of year, everyone needs another quick recipe which works for weeknights, Sunday supper, or even a company dish. All you have to add is a salad.

Country Captain (adapted from The Digest Diet Cookbook) (4 servings) This recipe is a lower calorie, healthier version of the original recipe, but the flavors certainly hold their own.

Chicken 1 bay leaf 1 1⁄4 tsp. salt

4 skinless chicken breasts with bones

6 black peppercorns

Place chicken breasts bone side up into a pot just big enough to fit the chicken pieces side by side. Add bay leaf, salt and peppercorns. Add enough water to cover the chicken. Cover the pot and bring to a simmer. Continue to simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 12-15 minutes. Remove chicken from broth and cover until cooled. When cool, shred chicken and set aside. Strain broth and measure enough of the broth to make the rice. Save the remaining broth to add to the dish later.


1 cup instant brown rice (or your choice of rice cooked by package directions substituting broth for water) 1 3⁄4 cup reserved chicken broth Bring rice and broth to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes until done. Set aside and keep warm.

Chicken Mixture 4 tsp. extra virgin olive oil, separated 4 slices thin turkey bacon cut into pieces (or regular lean pork bacon) 1 sweet onion, chopped

1 large garlic clove, minced 2 tsp. curry powder 1/2 tsp. dried thyme 1 bell pepper, chopped

3-4 plum tomatoes, diced 1/4 tsp. black pepper 1/4 cup chopped golden raisins

Garnish 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

chopped parsley to garnish

Add 2 teaspoons olive oil to soup pot and heat to medium-high. Add bacon pieces and cook about one minute. Add remaining oil, onion, garlic, curry powder and thyme, cooking another 2-3 minutes until onions begin to soften. Then add chopped pepper, again cooking until slightly softened. Finally, add tomatoes, black pepper and reserved chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes covered. Add reserved chicken and raisins. Cover and simmer an additional 10 minutes. To serve, mound 1⁄2 cup rice into each of four large soup bowls. Ladle some of the juices from the pan over the rice. Scoop 1 1⁄4 cups of the chicken mixture and place alongside each portion of rice. Sprinkle the almonds over the chicken and chopped parsley over the rice. For more pictures and recipes, visit my blog:

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Book Clubbing A review by Diane Adkins Director of the Pittsylvania County Public Library System

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg is among the highest achieving professionals in the United States. The chief operating officer of Facebook, Sandberg graduated from Harvard Business School and was the Vice President of Global Operations at Google. Before that, she was chief of staff at the United States Treasury Department. That’s an enviable record for anyone, let alone someone who is only in her early 40s. Sandberg is concerned that women’s advances in the workplace have plateaued in recent years. Progress is not being made in the effort to have women in places of upper management, and she believes the main way to rectify this is to keep women in the workplace and engaged throughout their careers, for them to “lean in.” She has three strategies to help women continue to achieve and contribute at the highest levels. The first is to “sit at the table;” the second is to “make your partner a real partner;” and the third is “don’t leave before you leave.” She illustrates these with anecdotes from her own career in a highly readable and conversational tone. Sandberg believes that women systematically underestimate their own abilities. In fact, she suffered from imposter syndrome for many years--the phenomenon of capable people being plagued by self-doubt. Though men may experience it, Sandberg points out that women seem to be more limited by this syndrome. Women tend not to negotiate for higher salaries and more responsible positions, undercutting their own success. At the same time, this negotiation is often a minefield for women because success and likeability, as shown in several studies, are positively correlated for men, negatively so for women. Sandberg is certainly not the first to highlight these issues, as the footnotes demonstrate. It can be a depressing exercise to read the notes and discover how many decades this has been studied and discussed, and how little progress has been made. The chapter titled “It’s a Jungle Gym, Not a Ladder” offers a nice metaphor for re-imagining what a career can look like for women. Jungle gyms, after all, offer many ways to the top, the ability to forge different paths and, as Sandberg notes, “provide great views for many people, not just those at the top.” A world led equally by women and men would be a better world, and she hopes her daughter will be able to make a contribution and succeed in the workplace and at home and be liked for her accomplishments. This is a book that challenges many of our assumptions, and though the reader may not agree with all her conclusions, it’s clear that Sandberg has a thoughtful message for all women who have leadership gifts, or who want to make sure that their daughters and the significant young women in their lives develop the ability to “lean in” and achieve their dreams. Send information about what you or your book club is reading to

What’s Happening in the PCP Libraries?

• Library Card Sign-Up Month: Pittsylvania County Elementary are invited to compete for a $50 gift card by having students apply for a library card. There is also a separate drawing for residents who apply for a card during September. • Preschool early literacy classes resume the week of September 9 and are available at every branch. • Wednesdays for Wees begins September 11 at 10:00 a.m. at every branch. Children birth through age five and their caregivers are invited to experience story time with books, music, finger play and other activities that are the building blocks of literacy. • Crochet classes meet on Tuesdays at 10 the Brosville library. • Re-Use It Tuesdays craft workshops meet on Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Gretna library. • Wii night, September 5, open to all ages, Chatham library, 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. • Science Club at the Chatham library meets at 5:30 p.m. on September 10 and will feature experiments from the library’s recent NASA Camp. • The Second Thursday Discussion Group meets September 12 at 4:00 p.m. in the Chatham library to talk about The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. • Book Group meets September 13 at noon in the Brosville library • Halloween Mesh Wreath Making Workshop will be held on September 21 at the History Research Center and Library in Chatham from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. There is a materials fee. • Christmas lights workshop, September 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Chatham library. For information about any of these programs, email, call your local branch library, or visit

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Staci Collie of Caswell Home Health Care chats with Hillary Dodson of Caswell County Schools.

Caswell County Board of Commissioner Nate Hall and Paula Seamster, Clerk of the Board of Commissioners, enjoy good food and fellowship.

Evince photographer, Von Wellington, captured these happy faces during a Middle Border Forward* reception on August 6 at the Caswell Pines Golf Club in Yanceyville, North Carolina. On August 15, Von was on the Dan River with Get Fit Dan River Region, the Danville Parks & Recreation and 104.5 The Dan. Look for Von and his camera during the month of September and smile! You might be in the next Evince. Visit to see more of his work. Yanceyville attorney, Jake Daniel, talks with Danville business leaders, Melissa Herke from American National Bank, Varun Sadana of The Launch Place, and Brandon Atkins of American National Bank.

Sharing a good story are Connie Steadman, coowner of M Bros. Inc., and Vanessa Richmond-Graves, a member of the Thomas Day Foundation Board.

Enjoying the Middle Border Forward reception are Faith Stamps, Director of Community Impact and Operations at United Way, Bryan Price, Health and Wellness Coordinator at Danville Parks & Recreation, and Alexis Ehrhardt, Director of Academic Partnerships at Averett University. Shelly Stone, Piedmont Community College, and Catiia Greene, Danville Public Schools, share thoughts during the reception.

*In January 2013, Danville Regional Foundation launched Middle Border Forward. Fifty community leaders under the age of 50 meet regularly to address the challenges and opportunities that our region faces and establish a new vision for the region.

Diane Davis, Emily Doss, and Daniel Hayes pose with their friends and 104.5 the Dan DJs, Josh Marlowe and Justin Lloyd, before taking off down the river.

Ciji Moore, Education and Outreach Coordinate for Get Fit Dan River Region and Stephanie Ferrugia, program director, prepare for kayaking down the Dan River.

Diane Davis and Emily Doss are off on their adventure.

Khani Wellington, intern with Wellington Film Group, listens to instructions on how to use the paddle before heading out on the water.

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The September 2013 issue of Evince Magazine

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The September 2013 issue of Evince Magazine