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Evince Magazine

Reflecting Forward by Linda Lemery

Barry Koplen

- Rescued at Abe Koplen's

John FortĂŠ - Personal and Communitty Change is Possible See Calendar Clips

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January 2011

January Contents

Photo by Larry Wilburn.

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Editor's Note

How many traditions did you observe to welcome 2011? Champagne and a kiss at midnight? Black-eyed peas for dinner? Football game? Traditions are fun and help us mark special occasions. Others, like the good food at Midtown Market (page 3) or the service at Abe Koplen’s Clothing (page 15), make our lives more pleasant. Some traditions might lead to less stress and better health like the traditional Chinese workout described by Paula Smith on page 17. The beginning of a new year is a great time to think about the traditions in your life. Maybe you will discover that your traditions are unique and valuable like Linda Lemery’s in A Different Spin on Family Traditions (page 8). Perhaps, you’ll throw out a few that don’t enrich your life and add some that do like Dena and Larry comically discuss in She Said, He Said (page 4). Evince has been a Danville tradition since 1996 always presenting the positive side to life. We thank our writers and advertisers who make it possible and our readers who support them. We will continue to work hard to make sure that reading Evince will always be one of your favorite traditions. It’s important to have good traditions. Remember what Tevye says in Fiddler on the Roof, “Without traditions, our lives would be as shaky as… as a fiddler on the roof.” Sincerely,

3 Midtown Market, Irene Grant, Jan Harris Staying the Same in an Ever-Changing Business by Joyce Wilburn 4 She Said He Said Great Traditions or Nostalgic Memories? by Dena Hill & Larry Oldham




Andrew Scott Brooks

Editor Joyce Wilburn (434.799.3160) Associate Editor Larry G. Aaron (434.792.8695)

5 Last New Year by Telisha Moore Leigg 7 Second Thoughts / A Very Moving Experience by Kim Clifton 8 Reflecting Forward - A Different Spin on Family Traditions by Linda Lemery 9 Spotting Exceptional Customer Service by Virginia Williams

Ve ince Contributing Writers

Diane Adkins, Kaye Bagby, Lynne Bjarnesen, Matt Charles, Kim Clifton, Arnold Hendrix, Dena Hill, Faye Kushner, Telisha Moore Leigg, Linda Lemery, Kevin Matheson, Cynthia Motley, Larry Oldham, Susan Regan, Gale Scott, Paula Smith, Don Webb, Joyce Wilburn, Annelle Williams, Mack Williams, Virginia Williams

Business Manager Paul Seiple (1.877.638.8685)

Why Open Your House to Strangers?

10 Calendar 12 Ready, Set? It’s GO Month / Time to Get Organized by Joyce Wilburn

Sales Manager Larry Oldham (434.728.3713)

13 Book Clubbing / The Loose Leaves Book Club by Gale Scott

Sales Associates Kim Demont (434.836.1247) Misty Cook (434.728.2905)

14 Graffiti Problem Solved with Graffiti by Arnold Hendrix

Art & Production Director Vaden & Associates (Dan Vaden)

14 Rescued at Abe Koplen’s by Mack Williams 17 Around the Table / Easy Evenings in Front of the Fire by Annelle Williams

Ancient Workout Brings New Benefits by Paula Smith

Graphic Designer Kim Demont


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eVince is a monthly news magazine covering the arts, entertainment, education, economic development, and lifestyle in Danville and the surrounding areas. We print and distribute eVince free of charge due entirely to the generosity of our advertisers. In our pages appear views from across the social spectrum. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher. We reserve the right to accept, reject, and edit all submissions and advertisements.

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rene Grant and Jan Grant Harris sit side-by-side in a closet-size office that is the headquarters for Danville’s Midtown Market on Chambers Street and reminisce about the popular store that has been a Grant family business since December 1952. Irene, the matriarch of the family, laughs as she recalls the on-thejob training daughter Jan received in the grocery business in the early 60s, “I worked here and brought Jan with me. At the age of two, she rang up groceries while standing on top of a milk crate.” As Jan grew, so did her responsibilities of stocking shelves, bagging groceries, and making deliveries with her father, B. C. Grant, Jr. When his health began to fail in the late 1980s, Jan stepped in and eventually became owner and president. “I love it. It’s in my blood,” says Jan, a Danville Community College business graduate, who has battled health problems. Almost six years ago, a tear in Jan’s carotid artery, the main blood vessel in the neck, caused a stroke that left her paralyzed and unable to talk, but it did not damage her positive attitude and commitment to family and business. “I’m getting well,” she says with a determination that leaves no doubt in the listener’s mind that a full recovery is not only possible but imminent. With the help of Mark, her husband of 27 years, Jan has relearned basic skills and works daily in the store that is like a second home. Midtown’s existence predates the Grant family’s involvement. In 1921, J. M. Church opened Church’s Grocery in the building constructed by Frank Cox. It retained that name when B. C. Grant, Jr. and his cousin, Ernest Jones, purchased the business from Harden Shumate in 1952. When Grant bought his cousin’s share of the business in 1966, the name was changed to Midtown Market. “It was mid-way between downtown and Schoolfield,” Irene explains. In the 1970s, Grant purchased the historic building. Customers were drawn to the quaint store on the narrow street between Grove and Main Streets because of the owner’s commitment to quality and customer service. Its reputation for having the best steaks in town and the family’s secret recipe for delicious chicken salad made it a natural choice for discriminating buyers. “We sell 300 pounds of chicken salad every day and more than 700 pounds during the holiday season,” says Irene crediting her late husband’s cousin with the original recipe that was perfected by her husband. The meat department in the back of the store, which opened in 1938,

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Midtown Market

Irene Grant, Jan Harris

Staying the Same in an Ever-Changing Business by Joyce Wilburn sells custom-cut meat, including Black Angus beef. A sign in an old black-and-white photo of the store says it all, “We tell the truth about our meats.” Looking around the store that hasn’t changed much since 1921, Irene quips, “We are living history,” and as if on cue, Jan points to a spot in the ceiling where the pipe from a pot-bellied stove once entered the ceiling. The feel of wooden floors underfoot, the fragrance of chicken being cooked, the sound of a small bell announcing the arrival of another customer, and Jan’s commitment to quality and service are proof that some things

should remain the same even in an ever-changing business. n Midtown Market, located off Main Street at 7 Chambers Street, is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. n In addition to traditional grocery items, custom-cut meat, and chicken salad, Midtown specializes in produce from local farmers, bottled milk and milk products from the Homestead Creamery, boxed lunches, fruit and vegetable trays, cooked hams and turkeys, and party trays. n For more information, call 434.793.8211.

hair follicles in the ear canal. It serves a very important purpose . It is designed to lubricate the skin and maintain the correct pH of the ear canal. Maintaining the correct pH prevents infections, mold growth and yeast infections in the ear canal. Ear wax is naturally extruded (pushed out of) the ear canal by the natural action of the dead skin sloughing off the ear canal. Inserting a cotton swab into the ear canal pushes the wax back into the canal, acting like a ramrod. This can cause the canal to become plugged (impacted) with ear wax. Cotton swabs inserted into canal also cause injury to the ear canal by scratching it, or to the ear drum by perforating it. Some people do have excess wax production and get impacted ear canals. It is then necessary to remove the ear wax. This is best done by someone with the proper education, training, and equipment. Serious problems can occur if wax is not removed correctly. The ear canal and ear drum can be damaged. If someone has a compromised immune system, is diabetic or on blood thinners they must have the wax removed by an MD, NP, or PA. If there is a recurrent problem with ear wax impactions starting a cerumen management regimen may be recommended. There are home remedies and over the counter products that can be used. Discussion with your MD is recommended before using these preparations to ensure there is no medical contraindication. Ear candling MUST be avoided. An ear candle is a wax covered cone that is placed into the ear canal and then lit on fire. Supposedly, the heat from the fire creates a vacuum that sucks out ear wax. No studies indicate that this process works. In fact, it has been shown that the wax from the ear candle can drip down into the ear canal! Burns, ear drum perforations and impacted wax can result from ear candling. Hearing Testing - Pediatric & Adult Hearing Aids & Aural Rehabilitation Assistive Listening Devices Custom-Made Swim Plugs Custom-Made Hearing Protection Race Car Driving Sets Payment Plan Available

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She Said by Dena Hill

Great Traditions or Nostalgic Memories? Isn't technology wonderful? I was thinking about how much these newfangled notions have changed our lives. For example, instead of typing and retyping research papers, computers have taken the stress out of deadlines, when all we have to do is delete and start again. The only day I missed in high school was when I had to type my term paper over and over again. Back then we used a typewriter and if we made mistakes, we couldn't use correct tape; we had to start over. The margins had to be exact or we had to start over. It's a wonder any of us ever graduated. What about cell phones? Our grandchildren will never know what it's like not to have them. We don't even need to wear watches, because cell phones display time. Of course, our grandchildren may not be able to tell time looking at the face of a clock either. I remember when I didn't have a microwave and all cooking had to be done on the stove. It took a lot longer. I also remember not having a dishwasher. My hands looked like prunes by the time I finished washing dishes. It didn't matter that I was allergic to the detergent; I had to wash dishes anyway. My children have never lived in a house with a clothes line in the backyard. I hung so many clothes on the line that when I got married, I opted for a clothes dryer rather than a stove. The quality of music has certainly come a long way when you think about records vs. cds. Who wants to listen to scratches and other background noise instead of clear, melodious music? One of the greatest inventions for me is the timer. I like walking into my house at night and the lights are on or during the Christmas season, the yard lights and the house lights come on simultaneously. Thanks to the remote, we never have to get off the couch to change a TV channel. Yes, technology has certainly made our lives easier and, my dear, I'm sure you've bought stock in the companies that have made it possible, just so you won't waste any energy moving about unnecessarily. I'll bet you'll call a screeching halt to any progressive movements that would condense three meals a day into swallowing a pill. Wait

a minute...I really like that idea. Think about all of the time we could save, if we didn't have to shop for groceries, cook, or clean up the kitchen. See you later...I'm going to research my idea of pills vs. meals.

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by Larry Oldham I agree with a lot of the ideas that you write about. I think our lives have been made much easier with the new inventions in our lifetime. I like the cds, cell phones, facebook and electric lights. The one thing we and our children give up though are the traditions that made our lives entertaining. Kids today go to their computers and computer games instead of riding their bikes or playing Kick-the-Can. We use to talk for hours on the land line phone and sometimes went to sleep talking to our friends --and all for one small price. With cell phones, we tell time, take pictures, video every event. Things seem to be too easy. On top of all of this, you want me to give up my joy of food for a pill. There goes Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, birthday cakes, Easter lunches, and family picnics. Who wants to go to the park, spread out a blanket and take a pill? Life is changing, that's for sure. I miss my typewriter; I miss my family and children gathering on the front porch drinking lemonade and eating pie, while chatting with the neighbors. In these modern times, I hardly know my neighbors; we never have spontaneous get-togethers, and as you are proposing, when we do meet with them, it will be at the pill buffet. Don't get me wrong I do not want to go back to the old days, but I would like to keep some traditions alive. I never want to give up the taste of banana pudding or lemon pie. If you are right, 50 years from now, people will be talking about food as a tradition and what color pill they will take that day. I just thank God I was born in the good old days. Call me traditional or nostalgic, but remember to call me for breakfast, lunch, and dinner while I can still taste the food.

She said He said

He Said / She Said can be seen in Showcase Magazine.

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his is the last New Year I will ever know, my life is going like a rowboat— rope-pulled to a dirt water port. I think everyone around me knows. Surely my night nurse, Magdalena, who chews gum a little too loudly knows. She walks around me gingerly, takes my pulse like a mouse snatches cheese from a trap. I’m her first job. She’s a young LPN, maybe 21, studying to be a RN at the community college. She’s too young to know that it’s not my Alzheimer’s she should avoid but loss and pain in general that she won’t be able to run from. Me, I’m not running. My granddaughter, Karen, doesn’t come to sit with me much anymore even during those college breaks and even then her eyes say I live, I live, I live. Her hugs are fleeting, quick butterfly wings of goodbye, and I’m sorry, and please don’t make me see that all effort in life is a quarter trying to buy a bucket of hope. She’s in love with a boy from her college named Baxter, 20, a junior, pre-med, says he going into the Marines when he graduates, go in as an officer, will fight for and save lives. When he calls, her breath hitches and I remember love-- slow, sweet, a rainbow moving in its own color. My Theodore, some days I am lucky enough to miss him. At almost 75, I could tell some things. Pain is a visitor that always surprises but never leaves. Nothing can disappoint as much as wasted love, but there is as much happiness and hope as you want if you wait for it, but you wouldn’t believe me. You would say that’s what you are supposed to say when you are dying. And I am. I don’t know how long I will be able to stay with my daughter Regina. I have never been as strong as she. But today I take the moment given, my family around me today, and in and around the fog I can be with them. The smell of turkey and ham in the oven, a Dutch apple pie on the counter, those really cloying gardenia-scented air fresheners Regina now puts in every room. Mike, her husband, reading the paper, Regina bustling and Clarisse calling out as they put away the last wrappings of Christmas. Magdalena folds my checkered throw, smiles both knowing and unsure at me. I am a case study somewhere, evidence of facts she has studied. She knows this is my last New Year too. At about 6 o’clock, Karen comes in from friends and they eat. I am fed. In the background, I hear a gospel radio station, the soft sounds of old spirituals. Mike hums His Yoke Is Easy, skipping the lines he can’t quite

fiction by Telisha Moore Leigg remember, which are many. He comes in with the chorus in a baritone off-key and soothing. Everyone is quiet, but for the radio and Mike. The room feels weighted and sweet. Magdalena gives me my nighttime medicine. The sun has gone now, moved down all notches, but I remember its leaving, blazing gold and purple out the front bay window. I know soon they will have to send me away. I want to hear Amazing Grace but it doesn’t come up. That’s not so amazing. My family thought it would be difficult to tell me about my Alzheimer’s. It was Regina who said it, eyes red-rimmed but stoic. But I knew; I knew I was leaving, two years ago before I was told, when I could not see myself in the mirror. I walked by and for a second it was as if another woman was in my place and she looking at me and me looking at her with surprised and solemn eyes. She was not a stranger, but I could not tell that she was me. I remembered my mama and her early end days and I knew. I went upstairs, packed two scrapbooks in boxes, that velveteen and satin blanket Regina loved, Clarisse’s baby picture, strangely a jar of peach preserves. I didn’t cry, but I slept in the attic that night, my things around me. I knew I was gone then, but kept that moment to myself like a plant hoards water in August. Later around two in the morning, just me in the house, just me tracing the mirror with my fingers and then moving away. When I broke that mirror a month and a half later by accident, when I bumped into it while moving a picture frame of wildflowers beside it, I didn’t mourn it. As I bent to pick up the shards, looking at the shiny and grey-backed pieces, I sat down on the bench by the hallway and

called Clarisse. She came over and helped me, her fingers shaking. She didn’t even know the truth and she was shaking as she swept glass into a dustpan. “Are you all right, Mama?” she said, her marriage dirt under her feet, her boy child acting out, word out that Tim, her ex, was still with that woman, she said like something being wrong with me was the last thing she could handle, no more her eyes said. So I kept me in pieces like old and poorer ladies kept soap slivers in a kitchen jar when I was young. I kept not knowing names, the rage of ragged memories, baby smiles forgotten, the lapses. More than for my Regina, I worry for my Clarisse. It is the night, I cannot bear. Tonight, I can hear the radio as I lie in bed. It’s playing Shirley Caesar’s version of Ave Maria, deep and trembling in Latin. Magdalena hears it too, pauses for a second as she pulls the covers up to my shoulders, her fingers touch my brow longer than a hand temperature check. She says goodnight, sits beside me in a rocker and pulls out her nursing books. Even though I don’t know the words, I want to sing the song too, but I can’t. The song is a different side of the same faith, a different tongue, and I cannot quite touch it. I feel then my life is now a melody I have heard many times before, but no notes come to me when I need them. It is hard to swallow through the tears, and I try not to cry out. Magdalena takes my hand. She sings in tune for me, low like she’s afraid she’ll get caught and then louder like it’s okay. And I sleep, sleep on the night of my last New Year.

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A Very Moving Experience Author’s Note: Because Evince is the Voice of Tradition this month, I want to talk to you about one tradition I never break on New Year’s Day--making a resolution to lose weight. With that in mind, I hope you enjoy a recap from a few years back of my desperate attempt to do just that. An ally is supposed to be your friend. When it comes to losing weight, I need all the allies I can get, which is why I was drawn to the pricey diet pill by the same name. allï™ (pronounced ally) is the only FDA approved weight loss product on the market. I knew it had been thoroughly researched because it came with six pocket-sized reference manuals. As if I needed literature to tell me that the only chips I’d be holding would be the poker kind. I knew this product was supposed to work. What I didn’t know was how. Until one night after dinner my

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stomach started gurgling like an angry Mt. St. Helens. Turns out I was only experiencing the prescribed “treatment effects.” Treatment effects take place when you do something dumb…like take the pills and eat a whole cheese pizza or some sausage gravy. Treatment effects prevent the fat from going on you by making the fat go through you. Treatment effects make you an accident waiting to happen. To keep track of your dosages, the kit comes with a small carrying case to hold three mealtime capsules. Considering the velocity with which the treatment effects are launched, it’s only fitting that this storage container is called a shuttle. Sensible people lose weight by simply

exercising and cutting back instead of becoming a walking time bomb. It’s one thing to pay big bucks to soothe an upset stomach. It’s another to pay big bucks to cause one. Had I actually read the allï™ manuals, I would have known this stuff works better than a healthy dose of castor oil. The literature plainly tells you to wear dark pants and carry a change of clothes…in case it all comes out in the end. I’ve had many allies who can make me laugh so hard that I have to watch my water intake when I’m with them. But I’ve never had any to hit me below the belt like this. Whether I like it or not, the product works. And If I use it correctly, I’ll lose weight. It’s just that with friends like allï™, who needs enemas.

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When I heard that January’s Evince would be the Voice of Tradition, it occurred to me that our family didn’t seem to have any unique traditions. I was appalled. Here I had struggled to raise this family and had no family traditions to show for it? Surely, I thought, we had to have some kind of traditions that we looked forward to yearly. Food, I thought. We must have some kind of food tradition. We did eat dinner at a table together every night, which our sons bitterly complained about while growing up. But, sitting down together meant we conversed. Those conversations consistently transformed into debate, eventually establishing a tradition of questioning everything (which admittedly could be aggravating when I was trying to finish a sentence). Moving on, I considered possible family traditions involving art and culture. The closest my husband and younger son have come to loving art was last summer when we visited the Forevertron behind Delaney’s salvage yard near North Freedom, Wisconsin. The owner/welder created art out of junk he picked up on his salvage rounds: fantastic, quirky, futuristic, visionary works that ranged in height from the size of a small blender to that of multiple storey buildings (see photo). While tracking down the Forevertron was well worth slashing a path to its door, I still can’t say that my husband and son want to tour art museums regularly. They’re more likely to tour math or science sites, such as Chicago’s American Science

Reflecting Forward A Different Spin on Family Traditions by Linda Lemery Surplus (science’s to-die-for version of a discount junk store), Argonne National Laboratory, or Fermilab. These last two are science research centers specializing in particle physics. Maybe for our family, art and culture were not the traditions to focus on here. Perhaps the tradition of searching for treasures off the beaten

path such as those described above was really a tradition of discovery and learning and pushing limits. What about sports and games? The guys enjoyed television and computer games, but I didn’t. Exercise? My husband and sons played golf twice a year, often enough to lose a lot of balls while not improving their

swings. All four of us played Frisbee golf, but I was once again the weak link in the chain, which I made up for by lap-swimming, an activity our sons hate and my husband barely tolerates. Perhaps the tradition here is respect for the fact that interest in an activity could and should vary from person to person. And what about reading? Well, this was a tradition in our family and a thing we did together. We marked new cities by the used bookstores we visited there. Our reading tastes? For me: novels, nonfiction, and journals. For the guys: science fiction, fantasy, and many, many web pages. For my husband: science fiction, math magazines, and Discover. We all fought over reading Make, a magazine for hackers who like to build things, most often out of used or discarded junk, which probably appeals to us because we try to fix things that break rather than rush out and buy new replacements. Perhaps tendency to reuse and recycle is another tradition in itself. So I suppose our family does have some traditions. Maybe this hidden commonality is true for other families, too: that we really do have traditions if we just know where to look. However, perhaps for us and others, tradition may be less about what we do and more about how we interact, what and how we question, how we live, and who we are. Certainly this is food for thought, and quite possibly, for debate ;-).

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

Spotting Exceptional Customer Service

by Virginia Williams

Recently, my granddaughter and I shopped at Home and Wall Decor at Coleman Marketplace. Owner Jeff Dalton was so nice; he took us around the store showing and explaining about the various products. He impressed me because of the attention given to us and his kind manner. Shortly after our shopping excursion, I received a letter from the store. It seems that after having trouble scanning what I had bought into the computer, Jeff did not give me the change from $30. Enclosed with the card were four one dollar bills with a small note attached. Employee Cindy Gould, who was also nice and helpful, wrote, “Jeff failed to give you your change.” I see good service so rarely that this was a refreshing experience. Thank you for considering this nomination for Spotting Exceptional Customer Service.

Why Open Your House to Strangers? Paul and Marjory Liepe were recognized last month in Spotting Exceptional Customer Service as being exceptional ambassadors of tourism because of the friendly welcome given to a couple of travelers from Bristol, Clyde and Susan Long. Here is the background story of why the Liepes welcome strangers into their home. The Liepes adopted Danville as their hometown in late 2003 after an extensive search in the Carolinas and Southern Virginia. They were impressed with Danville’s history and architecture – particularly the building that is now their home on Millionaires’ Row--and the city was a good fit for their aviation software business with its high speed Internet connections and the aviation programs at Averett University. But their decision to come here was based more on the kindness of the people they met while visiting. Several new-found friends invited the Liepes to see their historic restoration projects. The friendliness of one person in particular and that person’s promotion of the city as a great place to live and do business sealed the deal. So, once established, they decided to return the favor. Literally hundreds of people have been invited into their home and experienced their love of history and restoration. Several of those people have bought homes here. Others have sent their friends to visit, sometimes by the van load. The Liepes have also influenced other businesses to locate here. Marjory notes that heritage tourism is an excellent source of revenue. “People who visit Danville because of our museums and walking tours spend money for hotels, food, and souvenirs,” she says, adding, “We think we’re helping those businesses with what we do.” Paul points out that attracting small businesses like theirs is important for economic development. “The city’s efforts to bring big business is good,” he says, “but most people work at small businesses like ours. More entrepreneurs mean more jobs.” The Liepes recommend the Danville Historical Society’s, Secrets Inside Guided Walking Tour, to learn more about the historic buildings on Main Street’s Millionaires’ Row. If they’re home when you take the tour, you might have the opportunity to meet Danville’s Chief Ambassadors of Tourism and see where they live.

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January Calendar Ongoing

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

Through January 15

Jury Deadline – For those interested in exhibiting, bring 4-5 samples for judging. Southern Virginia Artisan Center (SVAC) – 276.632.0066.

Through March 31

Mill Safety and Life Lessons. Photo exhibit. M-S 9:30 am–5 pm, Sun 1–5 pm. Danville Science Center (DSC) – 434.791.5160.

January 1

DRBA's First Saturday Outing – 4.5-mile hike on Dick & Willie Passage rail-trail. 10 am. 276.340.5836. Superhero Temp Agency – Musical starring your favorite nursery rhyme characters. 3 pm & 7 pm. St. Luke's UMC. DMR Adventures - 434.791.4091.

January 1 (thru 29)

Live Bands & DJ Music. Wed-Sat. Back to Bogies – 434.791.3444.

January 1 (thru 31)

Fitness Classes – Yoga, Pilates, Spin, Aerobics, Zumba, Water Aerobics, Zumba Aqua. Days/times vary. YMCA – 434.792.0621.

January 2 & 30

January 4 (thru 25)

Tai Chi & Tae Kwon Do Fitness. Tuesdays. Community Center, Chatham – 434.432.3115. Creation Imagination – Start with the classic stories, then through art, crafts and songs, the little ones finish the story in his/her own way. Tues 1111:45 am. Pepsi Building. 434.797.8848. Kuumba-West African Dance – Live drumming and energetic dancing. Tues 4:30-6 pm. City Armory. 434.797.8848. African Dance Ensemble – Learn African dance. Tues 6:30 pm. Pepsi Building. 434.797.8848. Sewing w/ Kitty. Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm. Coates Center. 434.799.6564.

January 4 (thru 26)

Koates Kids Pre-School Program – Different themed activities each week. Ages 3-5. T/W 9:30 am–12 pm. Coates Rec. 434.797.8848.

January 4 (thru 27)

Chicks w/ Sticks – knitting & crocheting class. T/Th 11:30 am-1 pm. City Armory. 434.797.8848.

January 5

Senior Bowling Tournament. 10 am-12 pm. Riverside Lanes. 434.791.2695.

Stone Soup Luncheon. 12-1 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216. Speed Networking. 5 pm. VIR 434.836.6990.

January 5 & 19

The Tao of Harmony – Learn how to increase harmony in daily living. 5:30–6:30 pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848.

January 5 (thru 26)

Lighten Up for Life! – Lots of fun fitness, nutritional programs, guest speakers, prizes. W 9-11 am. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216. RiverCity Toastmasters. Wed. 1-2 pm. National College. 434.793.6822. Facing Life's Challenges, Overcoming Life's Adversities – Ages 8-12 will use the climbing wall to learn positive and constructive ways to overcome challenges and adversities. 3:30-5 pm. Ballou Nature Center – 434.799.5215.

January 5 (thru Feb. 9)

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

January 6

Bob Ross Painting Class – Flaming Iris. 10 am–3:30 pm. Piedmont Arts (PAA), Martinsville – 276.632.3221.

Bluegrass at the Kirby. 7:30 pm. Kirby Theatre, Roxboro – 336.599.4039.


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Budgeting to Live within Your Means class. 5:30 pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848.

January 6 (thru 27)

Curiosity Corner – Make crafts, play games. Ages 3-5. TH 9:30 am-12:30 pm. Coates Rec. 434.797.8848. Zumba® Night – fitness program Ruth-5:30 pm, Jennifer 6:30 pm. Institute For Advanced learning & Research. 434.797.8848. Holiday Cake Decorating 6:00 pm. Ballou Center. 434.797.8848. 57 Express Bluegrass Concert. Thursdays 7 pm. Community Center, Chatham – 434.432.3115.

January 6 (thru Feb. 10)

Aqua Zumba – Combine the high energy of the Latin rhythms created in Zumba with water and you have this exciting aqua program. Thursdays 5:30-6:30 pm. YWCA. 434.797.8848. Hoop Dancing – Exerciseoriented reincarnation of the 1950s Hula-Hoop craze. 5:30-6:30 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216.

January 6 (thru Feb. 24)

Adventures Begin with A – Children will focus on a couple of letters through games, songs and crafts. Ages 3-5. TH 11-11:45am. Pepsi Building. 434.797.8848.

January 7

Chatham Concert. See pg. 18. American Red Cross Blood Drive. 8:30 am-4 pm. Community Center, Chatham – 434.432.3115. First Friday Art Walk – Visit the art studios, meet the artists. 5-7 pm. Studio 107, Martinsville – 276.638.2107.

January 3

Getting You Home – Learn simple fixes as well as things to make your trip home easy when things go wrong. 6-7:30 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5215.

January 3 (thru 26)

January 7 & 8

Step-Aerobics. Mon & Wed 5:15 pm. Community Center, Chatham – 434.432.3115.

Twelfth Night Madrigal Feast - See story page 18

January 7 (thru February 11)

January 3 (thru 31)

Chair Yoga – Focus on your inner voice, relax, open energy channels, and learn simple yoga postures. 9:30-10:30 am. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216.

Intermediate MiddleEastern Belly Dance Class M 5:30 pm. Pepsi Building. 434.797.8848. Let's Dance—Mondays! – Learn new dances. M 7-8:30 pm. Ballou Rec Center – 434.799.5216.

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January 3 (thru Feb. 25)

Youth Indoor Soccer. 4-6 pm. YMCA – 434.792.0621.

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North Union Street, downtown Danville, circa 1903.

Hike-Eno River & Fresh Market Trip – Enjoy a day of hiking the Eno River Basin and surrounding bluffs. 9 am-6 pm. Ballou Nature Center – 434.799.5215.

Evince Magazine Bob Ross Painting Class – Flaming Iris. 10:30 am–3:30 pm. Ballou Park. 434.797.8848. Miss Danville Pittsylvania County Pageant. 7 pm. Mt. Hermon Courtyard. 434.724.4343.

January 8 (thru 29)

Zumba Class. Saturdays 10 am. Community Center, Chatham – 434.432.3115. Youth Swim Lessons. Sat. 10-10:45 am. YMCA – 434.792.0621.

January 9

Lecture – Maria Shevzov - A Lot of Superior Furniture: Cabinetmaker, Entrepreneur and Free Man of Color Thomas Day, 1801-1860. 2 pm. The Prizery. 434.753.2137.

January 10

How to Adjust Your Brakes – Solutions for disc, hydraulic, or V-brakes. 6-7:30 pm. Ballou Nature Center – 434.799.5215.

January 10 (thru 31)

Hand Sewn Quilts Class – M 6-8 pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848.

January 10 (thru Feb. 7)

Intro to Fine Woodworking – Milling technique, mortise and tenon joinery, surface preparations, and application of oil finishes. 5:30-8:30 pm. SVAC – 276.632.0066.

January 10 (thru Feb. 15)

Zumba Classes – M/TU/TH 5:30 or 6:30pm. 434.797.8848.

January 11

Averett Job Fair. 10 am-2 pm. Riverstone Industrial Park, South Boston. Polliwogs & Science Stars – Take a close look at germs. Ages 3–4, 1–2 pm. Ages 5–7, 3:30–4:30 pm. DSC 434.791.5160. GriefShare Ministry- a grief recovery support group at Mount Hermon Baptist Church for 13 weeks at 6:30 pm 434-724-7118. Comedy Social - Featuring Michelle Harrington. 6-8 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216. Native Trees, Wildlife and Future Threats – Learn about trees native to our area, how the trees are utilized by wildlife, and what threats may be headed to Virginia by way of invasive species. 6:30 pm. DSC– 434.791.5160.

January 11 & 25

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

January 11 (thru Feb. 8) Floor Loom Weaving –

Including warp preparation, dressing the loom, pattern drafting, and basic loomcontrolled and weaver-controlled weaves. 5:30-8:30 pm. SVAC – 276.632.0066.

January 12

Homeschool Wednesdays – Characteristics of Organisms. Ages 6-10 & 11-18. 10-11:15 am. Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) – 276.634.4185.

January 13

Making Sense of Nutritional Information. 1 pm. Danville Public Library. 434.797.8848. Book Discussion Pittsylvania County Public Library. See story page 18. Understanding Your Credit Report. 5:30 pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848.

January 13 (thru 27)

Aquacize – Aerobic workout that is easy on knees, ankles and other joints. Thursdays 8:15 am. YWCA. 434.797.8848.

January 13 (thru Feb. 10)

Intro to Hand-Building Pottery – 5:30-8:30 pm. SVAC – 276.632.0066.

January 14

Corks & Forks - Enjoy tasting a variety of wines and specialty beers, heavy hors d’oeuvres and silent auction. 6:30-9:30 pm. DSC - 434.791.5160.

January 14 & 28

Danville Shag Club Dance – 8-11 pm. The Dance Space. 1010 Piney Forest Road

January 15 & 29

Special Saturdays – 1/15 Animal Camo; 1/29 - Animal Secrets. Ages 6-8, 10 am. VMNH – 276.634.4185.

January 15 (thru 17)

Having Our Say. 7:30 pm. Kirby Theatre, Roxboro – 336.597.1709.

January 15 (thru Feb. 19)

Tumblin' Tots – Tumbling, stretching, flexibility and other basic movement skills. Ages 2-3. Sat 9:30-10:15 am. Coates Rec. 434.797.8848.


Pre-School Cheerleading – Basic skills of cheerleading in a fun environment. Ages 3-5. Sat 11:30 am-12:15 pm. Coates Rec. 434.797.8848.

January 15 (thru Feb. 26)

Finishing History Exhibit – Furniture and other works by A.T. Williams and Thomas Johnson. 1/14-Members Reception and Artist Talk, 5:30 pm. PAA, Martinsville – 276.632.3221.

January 16

Avant-Garde Writers. 2 pm. Averett University Library. 434.251.1062. Danville Junior String Quartet Concert. 7:30 pm. Moffett Memorial Baptist Church – 434.799.5402.

January 18

Danville Regional Foundation Speaker Series See story page 18 . Thomas Day Lecture. 6 pm. PAA, Martinsville – 276.632.3221. Arts @ Averett Series Measure for Measure. 7:30 pm. AU Pritchett Auditorium. 434.791.5600.

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January 21

New Year Bingo. 12-3 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216.

January 21 (thru March)

Danville Museum Exhibits See story page 18. DMFA&H – 434.793.5644.

January 22

DSC Exhibits – Tech City & Sonic Sensation. M-S 9:30 am–5 pm, Sun 1–5 pm. 434.791.5160. Outdoor Classroom-Using GPS – 1-4 pm. Ballou Nature Center – 434.799.5215. Chicago City Limits Comedy Troupe. 7:30 pm. The Prizery – 434.572.8339.

January 24

Focus on Fixed Income. 6:30 pm. Coates Rec. 434.797.8848.

January 24 (thru Feb. 2)

Kayak Roll Classes – Intro to the essentials needed to know before getting on the river. M & W 7:30-9 pm. YMCA. 434.799.5215.

January 25

January 19

Easy Soap Making Recipes. 6-8 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216.

January 20

Sign Language Class –. 6-7:30 pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848.

Cut the Fat for Better Health. 12:45-1:45 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216.

January 25 (thru Feb. 15)

Guide to Energy Efficiency Federal Tax Credits and Rebates. 5:30-6:30 pm. Coates Rec. 434.797.8848. How to Prepare to Buy a Home. 5:30 pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848. Intro to Hand Held GPS – Learn to operate and understand the functions of a GPS system. 6-7:30 pm. Ballou Nature Center – 434.799.5215. Sky Watchers – Canis Major, Gemini, follow the planet Jupiter and focus on the stars making up the Winter Triangle Nightfall. DSC – 434.791.5160.

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Doodle Bugs – Polar Destination. Ages 3-5. 10 am & 3 pm. VMNH – 276.634.4185. The Inside Story on Osteoporosis. 12:45-1:45 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216.

January 27

Energy Efficient Appliance Guide. 5:30-6:30 pm. Coates Rec. 434.797.8848.

January 28 & 29

VMNH Sleepover – Winter Skies. Ages 8-11. 6 pm-9 am. 276.634.4185.

January 29

Honey Dewdrops. 7:30 pm. The Prizery – 434.572.8339.

Upcoming Events February 4

Chinese Children's Philharmonic Orchestra See story page 18. Damaris Carbaugh Concert See story page 18.

February 5

Philharmonic of Poland See story on page 18 and ad on page 8.

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Did you scramble to make your house neater, cleaner, and more presentable for holiday guests? You are not alone. Professional organizers are always busy before the holidays helping clients create an environment that is organized and clutter-free. Now that the guests have returned home, ask yourself, “Why treat company better than I treat myself?” You need the same environment that you want for your visitors and that is why January has been declared GO Month—Get Organized. Why is being organized important? If you know what you have and where it is, you will: 1. Save time. You can find things faster when you know where to look. 2. Save money. You don’t duplicate purchases when you know what you already have. 3. Reduce stress. You will have fewer opportunities for tension because you know what you have and where it’s located. Here are three quick ways to become better organized: 1. Use the time when you are watching TV to clean out a drawer. Dump the contents of the drawer onto a newspaper or towel. Sort the contents into four piles: keep in the drawer; throw into the trash can; put somewhere else in the house; give away. Return items that belong in the drawer; put the drawer back into place and carry another one to the TV room. Continue for at least an hour. As you

work, two of your piles will disappear (into the trash can and the drawer). Put away items that belong elsewhere (the third pile) and then box or bag the items that are going to be given away (the fourth pile). You will be surprised how much can be done while watching/listening to TV. 2. Give each family member a pillowcase or bag ten minutes before bedtime and ask everyone to pick up his/ her own things and put them away. Anything that is left out, you have the authority to put in the “Weekend Box”. Nothing comes out of the Weekend Box until Saturday morning—even a favorite shirt or iPod. Put the Box in an inconvenient place like the garage, attic, or a shed, in case someone wants to look for it. An added benefit of the Weekend Box is that it might reduce your laundry load. Obviously, if dirty laundry isn’t in the appropriate place, it can’t be washed and it’s not your problem. 3. Anyone over the age of five can do his/her own laundry with a little supervision. Sorting by color, measuring, and pushing buttons is good for a child’s development—as is folding and putting away. You should feel less stress already and the house is starting to shape-up. Ready? Set? GO! For more information, visit the National Association of Professional Organizers at

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Book Clubbing The Loose Leaves Book Club, Submitted by Gale Scott Who & When: The Loose Leaves Book Club hopes to increase membership so more readers can enjoy lively discussion and fellowship. We ask that you bring a bagged lunch and beverage and be prepared for discussion. We meet on the third Thursday of the month from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at The Center, 108 West Main Street. Parking is in the rear of the building. Recently Read: Garth Stein's The Art Of Racing in the Rain. Professional race car driver, Denny Swift, thrives on challenge and speed. On the race track he has mastered the control necessary to be a world-wide competitor, most notably the very difficult art of racing in the rain, but can he transfer these mental skills and disciplines to his daily life, which is quickly swerving out of control? Told from the point of view of Denny’s long-time canine companion and friend, Enzo, this story becomes an entertaining and thought-provoking read. Enzo’s lack of opposing thumbs and a suitable tongue for articulation does not prevent him from being a humanlike narrator with gestures, noises, and unconditional love and devotion impacting both the theme and the plot of this best-selling novel. What’s next:Our January 20th selection is Shanghai Girls by Lisa Lee. February 17th's selection is Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan. Contact: and visit Editor’s Note: Please send info about your book club to

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January 2011


tanding before a board measuring eight feet tall and 40 feet wide at the Philip Wyatt Memorial Skate Park in Dan Daniel Park, Jeffrey Seiden and Ben Dahlan paint on a crisp fall day. For the two close friends from Staten Island, New York, it was like old times. “We grew up together and went to the same high school,” Seiden says. “We learned to paint together.” Seiden and Dahlan are graffiti artists, often referred to as writers. Seiden now lives in Danville; Dahlan, in Miami. Their medium is spray paint – a type specially designed in Spain for writers. “The colors are endless,” Seiden says. Seiden and Dahlan both began painting when they were 12 to 13 years old. “I passed by a wall in New York one day and it was white,” Seiden says. “I passed by it again the next day and it was finished. They had painted all night. Once I saw that, I just wanted to do it.” For Dahlan, his start was much the same. “I was born in Brooklyn and raised in Staten Island. I remember going on the subways with my father and seeing the huge productions done on the trains. It was like steel canvasses. It was amazing. I looked up to the older kids that did it.” Fast forward to today: Seiden arrived in Danville in January with his fiancée to visit her parents, Paul and Marjory Liepe.

Jeffrey Seiden and Ben Dahlen created this mural at the skate park in Dan Daniel Park.

Graffiti Problem Solved with Graffiti by Arnold Hendrix

He now plans to remain here, hoping to develop a commercial business as a graffiti artist for hire while staying busy with construction projects. When Seiden learned the skate park at Dan Daniel Memorial Park had been closed due to graffiti vandalism, he approached city parks, recreation and tourism officials and showed them sketches of his art. “They liked it,” Seiden says. He then placed a call to Dahlan, who joined him in early November for three days “of

painting and having fun,” working from sunrise to sunset, covering the graffiti vandalism with their youthful, colorful art. They donated their time. “It’s definitely a big job,” Dahlan says. “Usually you have three or four artists involved in a project this big.” Their writing memorialized Philip “Flip” Wyatt, an avid skateboarder who died in a single-car accident in October of 1999. They first met with the Wyatt family. “They showed us pictures and we watched videos of Philip skating,” Seiden says.

“We took a lot of the things we saw and incorporated them into the park.” Now, the plain concrete ramps have been converted into bright writings. They contain Seiden’s tag or personalized signature, which is “WM” short for wisdom. Dahlan’s tag is “SERES” short for series, which is Spanish and Portuguese for beings. The tag adorns one of the ramps. Most prominent in the park, however, is the eight-foot by 40-foot board that was installed to serve as a mural. It includes a portrait of Wyatt. “When you drive up, it stands out,” Seiden says. For the city, the work of Seiden and Dahlan is simply a creative solution to a recurring problem. Seiden believes the painting now in place will deter future vandalism. “In New York, in any city, it is like a code of respect (to not deface the writing of a graffiti artist),” Seiden says. “And why would they? It is beautiful and colorful. Before, kids wrote on it because it had no life.” Today it has life – that of Philip “Flip” Wyatt. The Phillip Wyatt Skate Park, located in Dan Daniel Memorial Park, 302 River Park Drive, is open from dawn to dusk. For more information, call 434.799.5215 and visit

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Lately I’ve had a rash of customers and friends that do so much research on the Internet that by the time they come to the dealership they are on information overload. How much time do you spend on the Internet before you purchase a car? Really now, let’s look at how much this research cost? Time spent away from family, projects, sports, travel, work, etc. Now to make you really sick take your W2 and figure out your hourly rate. How can you afford to spend so much time on a computer or smart phone? It's OK, I have the solution. Do business with someone that you know, like, and trust! As "the dealer for the people" I am a car locating expert. With access to dealeronly computer programs that show the availability of any model car or truck there is no need to waste countless hours on research when it is my job to do that for you. All that I'm asking is for an opportunity to research and locate the automobile of your dreams and save you time and money in the process. This year spend time with your family and leave the car locating up to the expert. Just give me a call 434-792-8854. I have also written several consumer guides about buying cars and these guides are free on my website Remember Stop Wasting Time and let The Dealer for the People find you the car of your dreams! Torrey Blackwell is a Christian businessman and consumer advocate. He has spent his life fighting the negative stigma that plagues car dealers around the world. He does this by fighting for the consumer as a car dealer who advises people and helps them buy the quality vehicle they want and deserve in a positive and safe environment.

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I moved to Danville in May of 2008 and missed most of Danville's spring and all of its previous winter. It could be argued that due to proximity, Danville's winter was not much different than that of Yanceyville's, where I had experienced 37 winters. Even though not too different in the particulars of barometer and thermometer, each place has its own uniqueness and the winter of 2008-09 was my first Danville winter. Towards the end of fall 2008, I remembered the old topcoat of my college days in Boone, North Carolina, which had become tattered and was gone. I felt that it would be best to have such a topcoat again. Although Danville is not as cold as Boone, the increased years in my age had a chilling effect on how I experienced cold weather. While living in Yanceyville, I had always heard of a store in Danville that sold the best in men's clothing and continued to look after its customer's even after the initial sale. That place was (and still is) Abe Koplen Clothing, run by Barry Koplen. I was always impressed in earlier years by the television commercials in which Barry's children played a part. Some children look stiff and behave deadpan in their father’s commercials, but Barry's children looked as if they were really having fun and enjoying it. Remembering those commercials and the word-ofmouth advertising, I went to the store one late autumn day and told Barry of my clothing needs. Barry gave me a special price on an assortment of clothing that would protect me from head-to(almost) toe. (I had my own socks and shoes although I noticed that he had those items for sale as well). Barry fixed me up with a cashmere topcoat, cashmerelined gloves, angora scarf, and a Russian-style fur hat resembling the kind sold in the 1960s when Doctor Zhivago and the Cold War spy movies were popular. I have been back there on a couple of occasions, when I lost a button from my coat and Barry would meticulously sew on a replacement. After the most recent button loss, I found a packaged replacement deep in one of the inner coat pockets. I showed it to Barry and he said that he would be right back. It seemed like he was gone for about 5 minutes before he returned with a supersized spool of thread the exact color of my topcoat. Before sewing on the button, he checked the other two which were still attached and said that he would reinforce one of them as well--all at no charge. While Barry was sewing, a gentleman entered the store with a large black dog. As the man was giving the dog orders to sit, I called the dog over so that I could pat it on the head, telling the owner that it was my fault, if the dog wasn't obeying him. Afterwards, the dog obeyed the orders and his owner said, "You've been good for 20 seconds, so go get another pat for your reward." I learned that the dog had been abandoned and the man had found him on the highway. He also told me that not knowing the date of the dog's birth, he gave the dog his birthday so they both could celebrate their birthdays together. I looked at Barry, busily sewing the button on my coat, then looked at the gentleman’s rescued dog happily sitting on the floor, and thought to myself that if the dog had understood English, I would have said to him, "Don't you feel as fortunate as I do, being around such people in such a place?" The dog was not articulate in English, but I think I detected affirmation in his eyes. • Abe Koplen Clothing, 214 North Union Street, was established in the 1880s. • For more information call 434.791.2237 or visit

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Why is it so hard to become or stay a healthy person? We have the brains and all the necessary human equipment to achieve great health so why is it so hard? Why are so many of us dying because of obesity, bad cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, etc.? I believe we are missing three important steps or if we have these they are out of order: Desire, Knowledge, and Persistence! If you have these three essentials in your life, in this order, the excuses are out the window. Desire (WEBSTER: To wish or long for: Crave.) - We all need the desire to want to be a healthy person spiritually, emotionally, psychologically, mentally and physically. We need a burning desire inside of us to want to be a whole person. Knowledge (WEBSTER: Familiarity, awareness, or comprehension acquired by experience or study.) - Attaining knowledge is key! We need to become as familiar and aware as possible of what is healthy. Also we need to know how to effectively implement healthy habits into our lives to make us successful. Persistence (WEBSTER: The act of persisting: To hold steadfastly and firmly to a purpose, state, or undertaking, despite obstacles, warnings, or setbacks.) - With desire and knowledge comes the task of persistence. We have to hold on with a strong grip to our purpose which is to develop and keep our healthy lifestyle. Great health needs to be our way of life! We need to eat, sleep, think, and breathe healthy. Now is the time to stop eating processed foods with trans-fatty fats, drinking colas, having excessive alcohol, late nights partying with little sleep, thinking and speaking negative, smoking cigarettes and/or doing drugs. Also we need to stop griping and blaming other people and things for causing us to be unhealthy. We are in control of our lives. We are our own managers. We need to have the Desire, Knowledge and Persistence to be successful at healthy living! For more information call 434.728.0952, email or visit


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Easy Evenings in Front of the Fire by Annelle Williams Winter is settling in and it's time to relax and enjoy some cozy, quiet time. At the end of the day, there’s nothing better than an easy dinner and a glass of wine in front of a warm fire. At our house we love breakfast for dinner. We almost never have eggs and bacon for breakfast, but dinner is a different story. Add cheese grits and a rustic bread toast and dinner is served. We're not the only ones who love breakfast food for dinner. In Italy, Pasta alla Carbonara is an old favorite, and at our house, it's a treat. There is also an Asian Fried Rice with eggs, pork (bacon) and onions. Serve salad greens and an appropriate dressing with either meal, and you can have a very satisfying, comforting winter meal.

Find more recipes, on my blog: 1 T canola oil 1 sweet onion, diced 10 oz. country ham trimmings (more lean than fat) 1 lb. trimmed winter collard greens (center stem removed, rolled and cut into strips) 1 tsp. Tabasco or more to taste 6 cups water salt to taste 1 tsp. black pepper pinch of sugar 2 cups cooked white rice 2 cups cooked black eyed pea chow chow* for garnish Add canola oil to large soup pot over medium heat. Sauté onions with ham until onions are soft and

Collard Greens and Country Ham Soup with Black Eyed Pea Chow Chow translucent. Add collards, stirring to coat and wilt down. Add Tabasco, water, salt, pepper and sugar. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to simmer, cover pot with lid slightly ajar, and cook for about 2 hours. Check seasoning; add cooked rice and serve with Black Eyed Pea Chowchow and cornbread. *Black Eyed Pea Chow Chow 1 tsp. canola oil 2 strips bacon, diced 1/2 sweet onion, diced 2 cups frozen black eyed peas 1 ½ cups water 1 tsp. salt ½ cup chow chow

Add canola oil to medium sized pot over medium heat. Add diced pieces of bacon and cook until beginning to brown, stirring occasionally. Add diced onion and continue to cook until onions are soft and translucent. Add the black eyed peas and stir to coat with bacon drippings, then add water and salt. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil, lower heat, cover with lid ajar to simmer and cook until peas are tender, about 40 minutes. Drain peas, onion and bacon. (Add the remaining cooking liquid to the Collard and Ham Soup.) Combine pea mixture with chow-chow and serve as a garnish to soup.

Ancient Workout Brings New Benefits by Paula M. Smith

Local woman finds better health and less stress I found what I need for holistic health at Danville Community College in a Tai Chi class taught by Paul Schwarz. His delivery of the academics of this ancient internal martial art form is so passionate, clear, all-encompassing, and engaging that “you get it.” His observation of and attendance to your physical form of “play” that is also an integral part of the course, is very hands-on, guiding,and much appreciated by this student. Tai Chi is a soft internal form of martial arts that incorporates all the desired aspects for better health and longevity into one complete system for management of your life’s force or vitality, known as chi. There is a preparation phase for reception of increased chi and then management and proper use of it to make you the best that you can be. The benefits that I have personally seen are increased leg strength, which had been a health issue previously; more calmness, when all about me are losing their heads and blaming it on me; better choices and consciousness of food intake; greater rest and rejuvenation; easier digestion; and more overall feelings of cumulative and constant increase in well-being. Also, there is heightened awareness and connectedness rather than living on auto pilot. Give this ancient art form a try with instructor Paul Schwarz, whom I would put against the best in the country. It’s a physical and mental refuge that you carry with you and it only gets better with time. To the young person, I say, "Treat yourself to health and longevity." To us older people, I say, “Better late than never.” The benefits are still there for your taking. This new found art for me is invaluable and instructor, Paul Schwarz, is icing on the cake. Paul Schwarz • Tai Chi, one of the most popular low-intensity workouts around the world, is being taught at DCC, 1008 South Main Street, on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning January 11 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. • For more information, call 434.797.2222 or visit

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January 2011

Calendar Clips Clip it. Post it. Do it.

Here are a few highlights of activities you don’t want to miss this month. Cut out the ones that interest you; post them on your refrigerator as a reminder; enjoy a new experience. For more activities, see the calendar on page 10.

Friday, January 7 Chatham Concert Series

Violinist Oleksandra Vydria and pianist Brenda Wittwer will open the third season of the Series starting at 7:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 66 North Main Street. Vydria is visiting from Ukraine and is a winner of the Competition of Young Violinists in Kiev and a graduate of the Tchaikovsky Ukrainian National Music Academy. For more information call 540-382-9624. (Submitted by Kevin Matheson)

Friday & Saturday, January 7 & 8 Twelfth Night Madrigal Feast

The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany’s parish hall will be decorated lavishly for a “night in the court of King Henry VIII” starting at 6 p.m. The costumes will be authentic and truly magnificent for this annual event complete with a Boar’s Head Procession and a “pinching” Court Jester. Twelfth Night was once a grand medieval festival marking both the close of the 12 days of the Christmas Season and preparation for the Feast of the Epiphany the following day. The boar’s head was an ancient symbol of the untamed pagan forest with the boar often a representation of the devil. Slaying the boar and presenting its head at the 12th Night Feast represented the triumph of order over chaos and Christ over evil. Danville Little Theatre’s Barry Haulsee is the director; music is under the direction of Lynn Gardner, Epiphany’s organist and choirmaster. It is a slight variation on last year’s performance, but still contains the humor, reverence, and light bawdiness that have made it so popular. Cindy Castle is preparing an excellent menu including mead, wine, and conventional beverages. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 a couple at the church office, 115 Jefferson Avenue. For more information call 434-792-4321. (Submitted by Don Webb)

Thursday, January 13 Pittsylvania County Public Library

The Known World by Edward Jones will be the focus of the discussion that starts at 4 p.m. at the Chatham Railway Depot on Whitehead Street, just off Depot Street (Highway 57) in Chatham. Set in fictional Manchester County, Virginia, the novel explores a neglected chapter in American history and looks at the moral complexities of its time. For more information, call 434-432-3271. (Submitted by Diane Atkins)

Monday, January 17, thru Friday, January 21 Oprah Show

Watch daily and see the Ultimate Australian adventures that local residents Kathryn and John St. Peter experienced after being chosen as Ultimate Viewers. Then read their story in the February Evince.

Tuesday, January 18 Danville Regional Foundation Speaker Series

Musical artist and producer, John Forté, rose to Grammy Award-winning stardom with hip-hop group, The Fugees, in the 1990s. After their break-up and the commercial shortcomings of his first solo project, Forté chose a path that led him to a 14-year sentence in a federal penitentiary. While incarcerated, Forté underwent a transformation of the mind and spirit. President George W. Bush commuted Forté’s sentence. Since his release, Forté has dedicated himself to helping others, bridging the gap between divergent schools of thought as a social activist and the rejuvenation of his creative process – both artistically and in business. Forté will speak and perform at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, 150 Slayton Avenue, at 6 p.m. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served prior to his presentation, Personal and Community Change Is Possible. Registrations accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 434.836.6990 or visit (Submitted by Matt Charles)

Friday, January 21 Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History

A reception from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. opens Please Be Seated an extensive collection of chairs, sofas, benches and ottomans that showcase “seating devices” from the most humble bench to ornate and upholstered symbols of wealth and power. Among the chairs (and sofa) included are a bench with carved griffins (19th c. Winsor Revival American), a circa 1600 intricately carved Flemish style chair, an ottoman with needlepoint, and a late 19th c. Italian gondolier’s chair. Also of interest are several Victorian pieces, rush-bottomed slat back chairs ….and chairs used by Danville City Council for its meetings. Many items are from the Kennedy-Revell Collection

associated with Danville’s Stratford College and Dean Mabel Kennedy and are being shared with the community for the first time. For more information, call 434.793.5644 or visit 975 Main Street. (Submitted by Lynne Bjarnesen)

Friday, January 21 – Sunday, March 27 The Life & Times of Harry Wooding

Who is that man on the pedestal in front of the Municipal Building on Patton Street? Find out more about Danville’s Harry Wooding who, until recently, held the record for having the longest continuous term as mayor in the United States (43 years) during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. But he was much more than that. From a young man yearning to join the fray of the Civil War to an endless promoter of Danville in the first decades of “modern times,” Wooding was a central figure in the growth of Danville. Share in a glimpse of Harry Wooding through the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History’s exhibition of its Wooding Collection, which contains photographs, letters, newspaper articles, memorabilia, and portraits. See everyday items such as his walking stick, pipe stand, Masonic Fez, sword, awards, and autobiographies written in his own hand. There are insights about his family and its dynamics, from portraits of family members to a scathing “Dear Cousin” letter written by a woman scorned. The opening reception is on January 21 from 5:30 p.m. until 7 the DMFAH, 975 Main Street. It is free to the public. All exhibits are sponsored in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Foundation for the Arts. The DMFAH is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. There is a small admission fee. For more information call 434.793.5644 or visit (Submitted by Lynne Bjarnesen)

Wednesday, February 2 The Wednesday Club

Charles Harris will speak on Change: Our History, Our Present, Our Future starting at 10:30 a.m. at 1002 Main Street. He will elaborate on how family, responsibility and legacy can lay a foundation for the present and a perspective for the future. Harris is Executive Vice President at Averett University and has a 30-year career as a manager, writer, speaker and consultant in college administration. The public is invited. (Submitted by Susan Regan)

Friday, February 4 Chinese Children’s Philharmonic Orchestra

The Music Academy of the Danville, Education, Arts and Cultural Center is bringing the Chinese Children’s Philharmonic Orchestra to the GW High School Auditorium, 701 Broad Street, for a free concert at 6:30 p.m. The Orchestra is comprised of 50 musicians, ages 8-18, who come from different regions of China and includes students from the Macao Youth Orchestra and Yao Jue Music Academy. Since its founding, the Orchestra has developed a broad repertoire ranging from Baroque and classical works to pieces written by contemporary Chinese and world-known composers. It tours throughout the world and also participates in various international musical festivals and competitions. DEACC programs include the Renaissance Music Academy and the upcoming Virginia Tech sponsored digital production media studio, a computer lab, and other after-school programs for at-risk children. If you would like to join in supporting DEACC activities at 769 Main Street, call 434.548.3053. (Submitted by Faye Kushner)

Friday, February 4 Damaris Carbaugh Concert

At 7:00 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 409 Arnett Boulevard, will present international recording artist Damaris Carbaugh in a free concert. Her success has been showcased on numerous albums and on the Day of Discovery. The New York native has traveled the globe touching the lives of others with a variety of musical styles. On Saturday, February 5, Damaris will lead a celebration of faith for women beginning at 9:00 a.m. Pre-registration is required by January 29th. Call 434-793-4196 and visit (Submitted by Kaye Bagby and Cynthia Motley)

Saturday, February 5 Philharmonic of Poland

This Danville Concert Association presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in the GW High School Auditorium, 701 Broad Street. Veterans of two recent performances at Vienna’s famed Golden Hall, this orchestra overflows with Polish polish and panache in its American debut. The Vienna News said, “Maestro Dawidow and the Polish Philharmonic offered great melodious lines, pathos and intense playing with great Slavic spirit. For more info, visit or call 434.792.9242.

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Welcome to a place where women of all ages can find support, inspiration and a commitment to care through all of life’s stages. Welcome to Danville Regional Medical Center. From our totally private and totally secure Birthing Center with its adjacent C-section suite, to our dedicated pediatric unit staffed by board certified pediatricians and expert nurses. From our digital mammography technology to ongoing health education, our caring staff truly understands the importance of treating you with trust and respect. Our goal is simply this: to care for you not only as a patient, but as a woman. For more information or a confidential physician referral, call our Health Referral Services line at 434-799-WELL.

Children’s Healthcare Center Cares for Your Children It’s that time of year when children everywhere start to have sore throats, stuffy noses and increased coughing. The local pediatricians’ office begins to fill and multiple appointments are made. It seems unavoidable, but there are ways to prevent your child from becoming sick. And if your child does come down with an illness, follow the advice in this article to help relieve the pain so you and your family can enjoy winter together. If you’re looking for answers for your child’s well-being, look no further than Children’s Healthcare Center. The manager of the center, Ruby Marshall, RN, BSN, and the Center’s team of pediatricians and nurses are here for families in the Dan River region. They are dedicated to providing excellent care and answering any questions you may have about health issues. When it comes to keeping your child healthy, Marshall and the center’s staff advise parents that sleep is important. “Getting a good night’s rest can greatly improve your immune system,” said Marshall. “Your body goes through several cycles of REM while you’re asleep, but builds the most immunestrengthening repair during the last and longest cycle of sleep occurring after seven hours of sleep.” “It’s also important to wash your hands regularly to protect from germs,” said Marshall. “Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds under hot soapy water for maximum results. Daily use of skin moisturizer is also helpful.”

FAST FACTS • More than 200,000 people in the United States are hospitalized from flu-related complications each year, including 20,000 children younger than five years of age. • Flu-associated deaths number in the thousands each year. Between 1976 and 2006, the estimated number of flu-related deaths every year ranged from about 3,000 to about 49,000.

If your child is feeling under the weather, Children’s Healthcare Center has health professionals that are ready to help. The center provides a full range of care for children, from well-baby visits and routine care to specialized services. “During this time of year we also treat many children with Respiratory Syncytial Virus or RSV,” said Marshall. “The virus occurs in infants and young children who have less severe versions of lung or heart disease or immune problems.” Marshall adds there is currently no vaccine available, but there are ways to treat the virus. Supplemental oxygen and upper respiratory suctioning are common ways to treat infants with RSV bronchiolitis, which is a lower airway tract disease. There is also antibody preparation for infants who fit the criteria. The influenza virus is more common and children usually have symptoms from low grade fevers and upper respiratory problems to high fevers, muscle aches and severe cough. The best way of treating these symptoms is to be proactive throughout the holiday season. “Drink a lot of fluids and keep a cautious eye of time spent outside,” advised Marshall. “Make sure to eat a balanced diet and limit exposure to those who are infected as well.” Eating properly can also increase you and your family’s chances of staying healthy during winter. Butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, grapefruit and oranges keep the immune system at high levels, as well as cabbage, turnip greens and sweet potatoes. The number one way to prevent the flu, however, is to get vaccinated against it, said Marshall. Typically, flu shots are administered during October and November, but getting the shot as late as January can prove to be effective. Children as young as six months are eligible for the flu vaccine.

*Data from Centers for Disease Control


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. However, young children, among others, are more likely to get flu complications and it is recommended to talk with your healthcare provider about whether your child may need to be examined if they get flu symptoms. It is recommended to seek medical care if your child has the any of these warning signs: • • • • •

Fast breathing or trouble breathing Bluish skin color Not drinking enough fluids Not interacting Fever with a rash

In addition to the warning signs above, get medical help immediately if your infant shows the following signs: • • • •

Being unable to eat Has trouble breathing Has no tears when crying Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal

“If you think your child is showing signs of the flu, call the Children’s Healthcare Center,” said Marshall. “Our staff is fully trained and capable of providing exceptional care to get your child to full strength again.” Children’s Healthcare Center is located across the street from Danville Regional Medical Center in the Danville Regional Professional Building and is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Center’s pediatricians are here to help you and our community: Kyla K. Berreth D.O., F.A.A.P.; Robert E. Broughton, Jr., M.D., F.A.A.P.; Noah F. Gibson IV, M.D., F.A.A.P.; Alise A. Magnuson, M.D., F.A.A.P.; Nada B. Owusu M.D., F.A.A.P. and Aubrey Mc Bryde, C.P.N.P.

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January 2011

A Great Education for Your Children or Grandchildren May Be the Soundest Investment You Can Make

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EES students have fun and serve their community too. This is the Christmas float EES students and parents built for Danville Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 11th. As part of our community outreach students brought food to donate to God’s Storehouse.


nly 28 months ago, in September 2008, Epiphany Episcopal School opened for the first time with only 9 students. Now, January 2011, more than 80 students come to EES making it the fastest growing independent school in Southside Virginia! EES teaches 10 different grades starting with Pre-Kindergarten (4-yr olds), then kindergarten and grades 1 through 8. Today EES is fully staffed and can accommodate up to 100 students without needing to hire an additional teacher. EES has a development plan to be able to grow to 250 students over the next 5 years. EES is led by two totally dedicated educators who founded the school… Father Sam Colley Toothaker, Rector of Epiphany Episcopal Church is Headmaster and Suzanne Miller, formally principal of Schoolfield School, is our Dean of the School.

In these very difficult economic times, how has EES been able to enjoy such rapidly increasing trust from parents…how has EES been able to grow from 7 to 80 students in only 2½ school years? The best people to answer that are the parents who send their children to EES. In surveys EES parents cite 5 major reasons they send their children to EES. 1. Highly Individualized Attention…We believe that a classroom should have no more than 10 students. With 10 grades and 80 students the mathematical average class size today is 8. In our 7th grade, we have 15…but 7th grade has several teachers. There is no question that maintaining a class-to-teacher ratio of 10-to-1 absolutely guarantees that each student’s needs are carefully attended to individually. Today many schools throughout the U. S. have 20-25 or more students in one class with one teacher. We will not attempt to educate our children in classes this large. 2. Highly Experienced Faculty…Suzanne Miller personally hires each and every faculty member. In most cases they are educators she has known well for years. Virtually all of these teachers have one or more advanced degrees in the subjects they teach. 3. A Faculty Who Want to Teach at EES and are not merely assigned to EES…because, as experienced educators they know they can deliver outstanding results with 10 or fewer students per class room. These teachers also know that EES delivers a curriculum that students need…not one that is dictated by governments. 4. An Outstanding Curriculum including 5 Foreign Languages…research shows that early and ongoing exposure to a variety of languages increases thinking and concept development skills. So EES students are introduced to Spanish and French as early as Pre-K, K grades 1&2. Latin begins in grade 3 because of Latin’s high correlation to learning English. Additionally EES teaches French, German, Spanish and Chinese.

Singapore Math…because students who are taught math using the Singapore approach consistently rank in the highest percentile for math proficiency. Leadership Skills, computer science, music, arts, physical education, social studies, and daily chapel round out our curriculum ensuring a truly classical education that prepares each student for entry into an excellent college preparatory high school. 5. A nurturing, safe, and motivating environment which leads to high student self-confidence and a love for learning…parents praise the EES culture which truly challenges each child to do their best and to realize the rapid progress they are making. Parents cite how their children now want to come to school because they not only feel safe and included but fascinated with the things they are learning.

If you intuitively suspect that your child could truly benefit from a much more complete education, then investing in their development now could certainly pay dividends for their entire lives. Does your child or grandchild needs an immediate change in schools? Call EES and visit us soon. We accept transfers all through the school year.

TWO INFORMATION SESSIONS for Prospective Students and Their Parents THURSDAY 6 pm February 3, 2011

THURSDAY 6 pm February 17, 2011

We’re accepting applications now for next school year, September 2011 through May 2012. Attend one of our open houses in February so you can assess how EES can help.

115 Jefferson Avenue • Danville, Virginia 434.792.4334 •

Evince Magazine January 2011  

The January 2011 edition of Evince Magazine featuring Midtown Market.