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From The Publisher Information Is Power

Expert Outlook

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One Smile At A Time Charlotte Center For Cosmetic Dentistry

Get Acquainted — This Year’s Award Winners

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Tripping The Light DanceSport Carolina Inc.

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2007 Charlotte BusinessWoman Of The Year

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2008 NAWBO-Charlotte Award Winners

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UNCF’s 2008 Women Who Lead

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2007 Woman Of The Year — Times Two

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Girls Scout’s 2008 Women Of Distinction

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Driven To Serve Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge

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Beautifully Qualified The Hunstad Center For Cosmetic And Plastic Surgery

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Bracing For Excellence Bird Pediatric Dentistry And Orthodontics

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Beyond Dollars And Cents First Citizens Bank

Features 24

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The Right Touch Medical Massage Therapy Center

Podium Power Excellent Public Speaking Is Within Your Reach

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Building The Dream Team Rev Up Your Work Squad Through Teambuilding

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Casting Your Net Secrets From A Reluctant Networker

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Dressing For Success From Business To Business Casual

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Effective And Efficient Hiring Mission Impossible — Or Is It?

Working For You

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Talent For Tile Tile Collection Inc.

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School’s In

Quick Picks

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Business And Community Resources

Dore Academy’s Roberta Smith

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The Real Deal Valarie R. Brooks Team Of ReMax Executive Realty

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Working Space Larner’s Office Furniture Outlet LLC

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Get Access

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Community Resources

Healing Hearts Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region

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Historic Appointment YMCA Of Greater Charlotte’s Pamela Davies

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Dance Like A Star

Get To Know Them

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Female Lawmakers In The Carolinas

Queen City Ballroom

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Artful Aging Trinity Oaks Retirement Community

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Premier Pampering

Get Involved

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Calendar Of Fundraising Events

Varji & Varji Salon And Spa

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Passionate About People YMCA Of Greater Charlotte’s Cynthia Flynn

Get Linked

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Women’s Organizations

Get Political

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Government Access

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Today’s

Charlotte Woman Business/Lifestyle

Volume XII, Number 4 August 2008 PUBLISHER

Belva Greenage EDITOR

Michelle Young Hubacher ART DIRECTOR

Anita O’Hara BUSINESS ASSISTANT

Cliff McNamara ASSISTANT EDITOR

Karsen Price SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Carrie Boyd INTERN

Nikki Wilson ADVERTISING SALES DIRECTOR

Fern Howerin SALES EXECUTIVES

Cindy Dorman Barbara Herd Robin Hill-Emmons CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

Leigh Barrett CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Deena Bouknight Jennifer Bradford-Epstein Meaghan Clark Tracy Deliman Bill Henson Ellen Willson Hoover Michele Little Melinda Johnston Cara McLauchlan Shay Merritt Karsen Price Lee Rhodes Diane Silcox-Jarrett Corey Stewart CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Augusto Photography Markus Perry Scott Stiles 5200 Park Road Suite 111 Charlotte, NC 28209 704/521-6872 www.todayscharlottewoman.com Today’s Charlotte Woman is published by Today’s Woman Inc., and is distributed on a complimentary basis throughout the greater Charlotte area. Submissions of articles and photographs are welcome. Subscription rate is $18 per year for 10 issues plus the TCW Resource Guide. Copyright ©2008 by Today’s Woman, Inc. All rights reserved. Copying or reproduction,in part or in whole, is strictly prohibited.


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Information Is Power

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nformation is power. It’s an old adage and one you’ve heard often, because it rings true in every situation. Information is the currency of today’s world. (How many times have you used Google in the last week?) Organized information is powerful. Accurate information is critical. And up-to-date information is a gold mine. The Today’s Charlotte Woman 2008-09 Resource Guide is your ticket to the vast amount of information available to Charlotte-area residents, and it is the only reference guide in The Queen City designed to specifically address the needs of professional women! Our goal is to empower you, our readers, with organized, accurate and up-to-date information that will help you achieve your goals, whatever they might be. You may have a goal of putting your financial house in order, finding a nanny or locating an organization where you can meet people who share your interests. Or perhaps you'd like to alert your congresswoman to the issues that matter to you. The TCW Resource Guide will assist you in discovering connections to solutions for many of the challenges we face as busy, engaged, professional women. In this year’s Resource Guide, we start with a celebration of women who have been honored for their achievements in business and philanthropy. Many of them have been featured in prior issues of Today's Charlotte Woman, but their achievements are certainly worth a second look. Here, you can see them together in all their collective glory.

We also offer you informative articles about issues that are relevant and timely in your world as a career woman. You will find authoritative observations on making the best of public speaking, building an effective team, establishing a viable network, dressing professionally and fashionably, and tackling the often-prickly subject of hiring the right people. Pay particular attention to the businesses that have elected to participate in this issue. You will find not only their advertisements, but also their company profiles and experts’ views on a variety of topics. These are the firms that understand your role as decision maker in the household and value the economic clout that you wield as a woman. Support them with your patronage. The rest of this annual special edition of Today's Charlotte Woman is dedicated to providing you with the information you need to access the myriad area women’s organizations; business, consumer and community resources; and city, county and state lawmakers and government agencies. Information is indeed power, and here in your hands is a valuable tool to harness the resources available to each of you. Put it to work. More power to you,

Note: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in the TCW Resource Guide. Please email our office to report any errors or updates at info@todayscharlottewoman.com.

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What a Great Smile! Smile created by Dr. Ross W. Nash Photo by Deborah Triplett

Ross W. Nash, DDS General Dentist Providing Cosmetic Dentistry

9725 Caldwell Commons Circle • Cornelius, NC 28031 nashinstitute.com Appointments: 704-895-7660

Of the nearly 8000 American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry members worldwide, there are only 241 accredited member dentists. Of that elite group, only 40 have earned the exclusive level of Fellow. In Charlotte, only 1 dentist has achieved Accredited status, and in all of North and South Carolina, only 1 has earned the level of Fellow: Accredited Fellow Ross W. Nash, DDS.


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David G. Fisher, MD. Specializing in neonatology.

And homecomings. The first hours, days and weeks of a baby’s life are critical. That’s why, at Levine Children’s Hospital, we have 24/7, in-house neonatologists. It’s why we have the only ECMO heart-lung bypass and induced hypothermia therapy capabilities in the region. It’s why our Level IV newborn ICU cares for babies born throughout the region. At Levine Children’s Hospital, we have more than 30 pediatric specialties in all. Our world revolves around children – from the very beginning.

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Get Acquainted Meet The Area’s Award Winners: Charlotte BusinessWoman Of The Year National Association Of Women Business Owners Awards United Negro College Fund’s Women Who Lead Woman Of The Year — Times Two Girl Scouts’ Women Of Distinction


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he Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year award was established in 1986,by Queens University of Charlotte,to honor the achievements of locally based women entrepreneurs. Winners and finalists of the award must not only exhibit business acumen,but also make civic and cultural contributions to our community.This year,the award — which has been co-sponsored by Wachovia Corporation since 1992 — was presented to Lauri Wilks, a power player in the male-dominated world of NASCAR. In addi-

tion to Wilks, four finalists — Barbara Anderson,Anne Vulcano,Terri DeBoo and Melissa McGuire — have excelled in areas as diverse

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as international steel, commercial real estate, roofing and recruiting.

Marylaurel (Lauri) Wilks

Barbara Anderson

Anne Vulcano

Executive Vice President, Lowe’s Motor Speedway

President and Owner, AMS Specialty Steel

First Vice President, CB Richard Ellis Inc.

2007 BusinessWoman Of The Year Finalist

“When you are involved in commercial real estate,part of your job is to be aware of the growth and development plans of the region and to use that knowledge to assist your clients in making decisions.That process is exciting.”

2007 Charlotte BusinessWoman Of The Year “I am very comfortable making decisions not necessarily in line with conventional wisdom.” Racing is in Lauri Wilks’ blood. She grew up near

“I can usually see the big picture, and understand that it almost always takes hard work,long hours and self-sacrifice to reach any worthwhile goal.”

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school. From there, Wilks has climbed the NASCAR ranks at an astonishing pace to executive vice president of Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Wilks’ career milestones include being part of the team that created Speedway Motorsports Inc., which brought

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as a controller, and where Wilks herself interned during

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Michigan International Speedway, where her mother worked

together two of Bruton Smith’s major racetracks — then known as Charlotte and Atlanta Motor Speedways. Wilks is in charge of the financial operations, ticketing, logistics and legal sector of the Speedway, and she also handles the operations of the Speedway Club. In addition to her business endeavors, Wilks relies on a solid foundation of faith and family, which she says gives her an innate sense of independence and confidence that has helped her forge her own path. She calls Charlotte a “can-do city,” full of the spirit of “revolution, independence and progress.”

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Terri DeBoo

Melissa McGuire

Director Of Marketing, All American Roofing

Founding Partner, Sherpa LLC

2007 BusinessWoman Of The Year Finalist

2007 BusinessWoman Of The Year Finalist

“I love Charlotte. I love the way it moves, the way it looks and the way it has that ‘I can do it’ attitude. It is our duty, obligation and job to give back as much as we can to the community.”

“From my father I learned the importance of hard work and tenacity and the value of developing meaningful relationships with diverse individuals.”


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hen it comes to woman-owned businesses,The Queen City is at the top of the success ladder.There are currently 49,000 woman-owned businesses located in the Charlotte area. When these entrepreneurs want to build strategic alliances and promote economic development and wealth-creating capacity, they have to look only so far as the National Association of Woman Business Owners, which offers members a chance to network, build these alliances and transform public policy. Each year the organization selects three women to honor with awards that recognize success, potential and community service. Kudos to the three Charlotte women business owners who garnered the following awards from NAWBO: • The Woman Business Owner Of The Year: Given to a member who has demonstrated strong leadership skills in growing and managing a successful business that is more than five years old • Rising Star: Presented to a member who demonstrates entrepreneurial creativity and determination in successfully managing a business that is less than five years old

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• Community Service: Honors a member of the business community — not necessarily a NAWBO member — who has made outstanding achievements in support of women in business and women business owners

Roberta Borsella Farnum

Sara Garcés Roselli

Elizabeth Nisbet Miller

Home Instead Senior Care

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2008 Woman Business Owner Of The Year

2008 Rising Star

The National Women Business Owners Corporation

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“What makes us unique is that we offer our clients a blend of management consulting and advertising campaign components. We analyze a problem, offer strategies to address the issue and help execute the strategy.”

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2008 Community Service Award “Many professionals, even business owners, don’t find fulfillment in their day-to-day work.By working with nonprofits,they often will fill that need to participate in something they know is important.”


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hey say it is better to lead than follow, and the United Negro College Fund agrees. Each year, with the help of poet, activist and educator, Maya Angelou, the group honors Charlotte women who have brought positive recognition locally, statewide and nationally.The sixth annual Maya Angelou Women Who Lead luncheon honored four women — Carol Lilly,Barbara McKay, Vanessa Mitchell and Beatrice Thompson — for their contributions to the Charlotte community . In addition,Angelou, 80,

received the UNCF’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Maya Angelou

Carol Lilly

Barbara McKay

Poet, Activist, Educator, Producer/Director

President/CEO, Lil Associates II Inc.

Winner of UNCF’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Lil Associates II Inc. develops diversity programs on construction projects. In addition, Lilly volunteers with Right Moves for Youth, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army Shelter for Women with Children, and the YWCA.

Television personality and publisher, The Barbara McKay Magazine: Simply The Best McKay is the publisher of The Barbara McKay Magazine: Simply The Best. She is involved in Dress for Success, the Women’s Inter-Cultural Exchange and Presbyterian Hospital Matthews Foundation.

Vanessa Mitchell

Beatrice Thompson

Founder,The Ladies Leaving A Legacy luncheon

Anchor, The Front Page With Bea Thompson

Mitchell established The Ladies Leaving A Legacy luncheon in 2004, to offer an opportunity to give back to the community in support of education. The event is an extension of The Legacy Classic Foundation, founded by her husband, clothing designer Cary Mitchell.

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Thompson, public affairs director for WBAV, was Charlotte’s first African-American female anchor. She has served as the corporate spokeswoman for Duke Energy, specializing in environmental issues.


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eggy Culbertson and Joan Zimmerman share more than a birth year, the same number of wedding anniversaries, and marriages to men named Bob.These two women love Charlotte,and they demonstrate that love by devoting their time and energy to bettering The Queen City. Because they have been so influential in the community, Culbertson and Zimmerman were joint recipients of the 2007 Woman of the Year Award, which was bestowed on them at a City Club luncheon in March, 2008, to

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Peggy Culbertson: Charlotte Philanthropist And Activist

Joan Zimmerman: Founder Of Southern Shows Inc.

• She has served as a tutor in the public schools, and is an active

• In 1959, with her husband, she founded Southern Shows,

patron of the arts. • She has worked to promote and oversee the growth of the North Carolina Dance Theatre and the Children’s Theatre. • With her husband,she made possible the Peggy and Bob Culbertson Learning Center of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design. • In 1983, she founded the North Carolina Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. • She helped shape the look and feel of the city through work on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission. • She serves as a Johnson C. Smith University trustee. • At 60, she obtained a master’s to become a psychotherapist.

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which includes the Southern Women’s Show and the Southern Christmas Show. • She has worked with many organizations, including the Mayor’s Council for Travel and Tourism, the United Way, Presbyterian Hospital, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and the Arts & Science Council. • She has held leadership positions at Johnson C. Smith University, Queens University, Central Piedmont Community College, UNC Charlotte and Providence Day School. • She is involved in the Women’s Impact Fund, the Women’s Inter-Cultural Exchange and Dress For Success.


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onsider this: At the time the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. was founded in 1912, women did not enjoy the right to vote.A lot has changed since then, but the organization is still continuing to uphold its mission to provide girls an opportunity to develop leadership skills.

Here in The Queen City, the Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council, which boasts over 14,000

Girl Scouts, does its part by hosting the annual Women of Distinction Luncheon.The event honors women who have made strides that specifically relate to the program’s focus areas, which include Social Capital and Community Building; Sports, Health and Fitness; Environmental Leadership; and Science,Technology, Engineering and Math.This year, over 600 people attended the April 24 luncheon at The Charlotte Westin Hotel to honor Astrid Chirinos, Dana Rader, Deb Ryan, Jolanta Zwirek, Liz Hair and Lisa Ramirez.

• Astrid Chirinos Social Capital and Community Building Chirinos is founder of Diverso Global Strategies, which provides multicultural marketing and work force development.

• Dana Rader Sports, Health and Fitness Rader, an LPGA Tour competitor and award-winning golf instructor, operates a thriving golf instruction business.

• Deb Ryan Environmental Leadership Ryan is part-owner of Ryan-Harris, a landscape architecture and urban design consulting firm, and she is the 2007 UNC Charlotte nominee for the O. Max Gardner Award.

• Jolanta Zwirek Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Zwirek is senior vice president at Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated.

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n terms of activities women gladly undertake, public speaking ranks somewhere between cleaning out gutters and shopping for a swimsuit before shedding those 10 extra pounds. Yet public speaking is important and can be tremendously rewarding. Whether you are raising money for charity, running for office or pitching an idea to your boss,proper preparation will ensure that your presentation runs as smoothly as possible.

Look The Part

Attitude Is Everything

Surprisingly enough, studies have shown that the visual aspect of a speech is far more important to an audience than is the content. Making a good impression is easy if you follow some basic rules. To project the right image, you must believe that you have earned the right to be there, and reflect this through good posture and a firm handshake. Your appearance must be professional, as well. There’s a reason women who regularly speak in public wear sturdy shoes, reliable clothing, chunky jewelry and bright scarves. Stiletto heels are sexy, but exponentially increase the risk of falling on the way to the podium. A wraparound blouse is lovely, but do you really want to risk flashing the audience? Chunky jewelry and scarves, however, frame your face with color, drawing the audience’s eyes upward. They also photograph well. Before you speak, remove clutter such as nametags and badges. Leave keys, coins and PDAs in your handbag at your seat. If you are not being introduced, greet your audience and state your name before you begin.

Your feelings about your presence at the event are the first thing an audience will pick up on, and those feelings are instantly contagious. Are you apprehensive, harried, exhausted? Feign otherwise. No matter how you truly feel, you must appear to be glad you’re there. Convey your enthusiasm to the audience by thanking your hosts, and by stating your pleasure at being given the chance to speak, even if adding a presentation to your overloaded schedule didn’t initially make you dance with joy. Keep in mind that the beginning of your speech should engage your audience and identify common ground, whether you are all vested in seeing the same school succeed, eradicating the same disease or increasing the bottom line of the same company. At a school event, for instance, reflect briefly on what life was like when you and the audience were of school age. If you are raising funds for charity, mention what compels you to give your personal time and energy to that particular organization. In the office, acknowledge the teamwork that has made the presentation possible. Emphasizing what you share draws the audience into your speech. >

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Compel your audience to action through inspiration, motivation and education.

Strike A Chord The content of your presentation should be well organized and provide an easy answer to the question, “Why am I speaking?” Focus your speech on one main theme. Are you attempting to convince a group to get behind an idea or product? Do you want to inform your audience about a need or an issue? Are you honoring or thanking someone? All of these involve an emotional change on the part of the audience. At the end of a successful speech, your audience should be swayed, informed, energized and emotionally affected in some way. It is also important to remember that while emotion is powerful, anger is not. An angry and confrontational speaker’s effect on her audience is often exactly the opposite of her intent. No matter how contentious the topic of 26

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your speech, stridency is never appropriate in public speaking. Women are sometimes accused of sounding shrill when their emotional involvement in a subject is deep, so it is especially important to keep your cool and maintain a professional demeanor. Unless your objective is to incite a mob, which is still illegal in all 50 states, keep the inflammatory rhetoric for another day. Compel your audience to action through inspiration, motivation and education. Don’t leave the podium without asking the audience for a commitment, whether it’s to join you in your efforts, propose solutions to a problem or simply to consider what you’ve said. Once you have established common ground with the audience, conveyed information, evoked a response and asked for a commitment, stop. The best compliment a speaker can receive is to hear, “I wish we’d had more time.”

In considering the use of visual aids, remember that they should complement — not supplant — the text of your presentation. Assume that a technical glitch will prevent you from using your PowerPoint presentation, and ask yourself whether you can otherwise convey the same information effectively. If the answer is no, get back to work on your speech. In the event that everything does work perfectly, be sure to allow adequate time for the audience members to comprehend what they are seeing. Graphics should be large, bold, selfexplanatory and relevant. If you are speaking during a meal, it may be advisable to skip the visual aids. You will already be competing with clattering cutlery, food service and requests for sugar and salt. Whatever remaining attention is available should be focused on you. If you are using a microphone, you should speak into it from about six inches away. It is not necessary to blow into or rap on it to make sure it is working. A simple “Hello, can everyone hear me?” will suffice and allow you to transition smoothly into how glad you are to be there. A clip-on microphone should be worn on the lapel, where the pad of your palm hits your chest during the Pledge of Allegiance. Make sure that any jewelry you are wearing falls safely out of bounds of the microphone, and, perhaps most important, remove the microphone as soon as you are finished speaking — before you launch into a private conversation or head to the restroom. Finally, remember that even seasoned speakers still get nervous when speaking in public. And nerves can be a good thing. They wake you up, get your adrenaline going, and transmit enthusiasm to your audience. It’s your body’s way of telling you and your audience that you are invested in your performance. Just remind yourself that the audience is on your side and wants you to do well. Then take a deep breath, smile, and enjoy the experience.

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Use The Petal Approach For A Blooming Great Speech Before you hit the stage, consider the five keys to the petal approach: Practice, Eye contact, Tone, Audience and Language.

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Practice Practice out loud! Some words look good on paper, but don’t work when spoken.“Sects” is a good example.You should also speak in direct, declarative sentences when possible. Complex sentence structure will trip the tongue.

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Eye Contact Eye contact is crucial.You must look at the audience during your speech, and this takes practice. Use note cards, or print the text of your speech on the top one-third of the paper only, and place the numbered pages in a three-ring binder.You will be able to refer to the text easily and quickly, without having to bury your chin in your chest to look at the bottom of the page.

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Tone The tone of your voice should convey energy and enthusiasm. If your delivery sounds like a dial tone, underline the words you naturally emphasize as you read through the text. Remember that inflection alters meaning: My boss is wonderful! (as opposed to your boss, who is horrid). My boss is wonderful! (as opposed to my co-workers, who are dreadful). Audience Know your audience.How familiar are they with your topic? Do you need to include background information? Do their ages, beliefs and socioeconomic standings vary widely? Find out as much as you can before drafting your speech. Language Make sure your language is appropriate.Avoid slang, uncommon idioms and far-fetched metaphors. If you’re an MBA addressing the garden club, you will want to leave your paradigm shift and best-practice matrix at home.Avoid lingo that is specific to your field, unless your audience consists only of people in your industry. TCW

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Dream Team REV UP YOUR WORK SQUAD THROUGH RELATIONSHIP ENRICHMENT BY CARA MCLAUCHLAN

What is the secret to building a top-notch team? According to Marcia Jackson, president and owner of Training Resources, a Charlottebased training and management consulting business, teams that succeed are ones made up of people who know their colleagues beyond water-cooler talk.

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reat teams are all about the relationships,” Jackson explains, “and knowing each other on the business and the personal level. By knowing each other in an authentic way, we know what each person brings to the party, from both a strengths and weaknesses standpoint. “When it comes to how teams work together,” she continues, “I like to encourage leaders to move past what they know as the ‘Golden Rule’ of ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,’ to the ‘Platinum Rule’ of ‘Do unto others as they would have you do unto them.’ My encouragement is to go deeper and learn what the person wants and needs to succeed. This means treating them how they want to be treated.”

Getting Technical Creative uses of technology can be excellent tools for building up a

team whose members are scattered throughout different offices, states and even countries. For instance, Jackson speaks of one team member who annually compiled a book about the company’s colleagues. “The yearbook included a photo, a personal history and stats about each person’s children, pets and interests. This was a great tool to connect the team when it wasn’t physically together all the time.” Jackson emphasizes that something as simple as a conference call can be used to unite employees. She suggests conversations begin with good news and happy stories before the real work commences. “It’s important not to make it all about business,” she says.

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1. Break bread. Nothing brings people together better than food. Consider the cultures and preferences of employees for a regular team lunch date inside or outside the office. 2. Bring on the fun. Get out of the office and do something cool. Ideas include mini-golf, sandcastle building, family field days, drum lessons, video arcades, laser tag, go-carts and scavenger hunts. 3. Consider what is meaningful. What do your employees love? If you have an office full of sports fans, plan a group outing to the ballpark. Discover the passions of your people and build activities around them. 4. Celebrate everything. Don’t miss an opportunity to celebrate, including birthdays, employment anniversaries, project milestones, new babies, graduations or personal achievements. People love to be celebrated, whether with simple congratulatory e-mails or formal recognition during meetings. 5. Surprise them. Everyone loves surprises. Once in a while, delight your team members with something you know they will enjoy. Fresh flowers, a coffee run, a smoothie party, chocolates, afternoon ice cream or even a note of encouragement are great ways to build each other up. 6. Give back together. Doing good is an easy way to connect on a deeper level. Consider supporting a cause that is important to the team, such as a charity walk/run, a canned food drive collection or a local community project.

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strengthen team relationships, it is vital to have collaborative objectives that everyone understands. “An effective team, whether it’s an ad hoc group assembled for a specific purpose, or an intact work unit, needs clear, well-defined common goals,” she says. “Without a common goal to which all members are committed, individuals tend to throw their energies toward bettering themselves rather than the team.” Rumke notes that teams tend to work better together when led by someone who understands the dynamics of team behaviors, and whose personal satisfaction is derived from the team’s success rather than from her own individual achievement. Such a team leader, or captain, can help defuse touchy subjects and manage conflicting opinions, which Rumke encourages employers to view as a natural part of the creative process. “Conflict, in and of itself, is not a bad thing,” she says. “Too often leaders and members are fearful of conflict and just want to make it go away. Avoidance and suppression will not make it go away.” Effective team leaders, she adds, create opportunities to discuss the conflict and work it out, viewing

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Working And Playing Beyond connections and collaborative goals, teams that click find ways to weave fun into their day planners. Play can be a powerful tool to keep work a happy place, and the more spontaneous the activity, the better. In general, relaxed social settings help employees get to know each other better, which allows them to build stronger bonds. The end result of enhanced personal and business relationships can only be good for the company and everyone on the team. “I worked on a team that decided to spend one lunch hour a month bowling together,” Rumke says. “Instead of competing against one another or creating sub-teams, we identified a total point goal to achieve. That way, all of our efforts went toward reaching a common goal. The positive team behaviors were very evident: stronger players coaching weaker ones in methods and techniques; everyone rooting for everyone else to succeed; a true feeling of ‘We did it!’ when the


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goal was met — not to mention the exhilaration and enthusiasm carried back to the work environment.” For Sara Garcés Roselli, founder of RED F Marketing in Charlotte, a full-service advertising and marketing business, fun teambuilding activities held at the Charlotte Bobcats arena yielded surprising business results. “We shot some hoops, got some work done and were able to enjoy the camaraderie of watching the game together,” Garcés says. “From a business perspective, it created the opportunity for individuals to share their expertise across the company. Many times, people can get silo-ed into their own area.”

Balancing Act Building an environment that supports a dynamic team requires a skilled touch and a delicate balance. If the scales drop too far toward fun, quality can suffer. And yet, all work and no play tends to leave employees burned out, unhappy and less productive. “It takes a balance to passionately deliver products for customers and still have fun at work,” Garcés says. “We have developed >

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Off The Beaten Path RETREATS FOR THE TEAM Anne Springs Close Greenway: Located 20 minutes south of uptown Charlotte, in Fort Mill, S.C. Your team can take a group trail ride on horseback through some of the most beautiful country in the area.Visit www.leroysprings.com/Greenway.html, or call 803/548-7252. Art In The Dairy: Located at 7701 Tuckaseegee Road, Charlotte. Set up a studio date at the former Black’s Dairy to de-stress and dabble in the production of fine art glass and related arts with owner/artist Rose Hawley. Visit www.artinthedairy.com, or call 704/287-4572. U.S. Whitewater Center: Located at 820 Hawfield Road, Charlotte. Spend the day navigating the whitewater and scaling rock towers; experience the low-challenge course and a two-hour guided raft trip; or choose a land-based activity designed for those who don’t want to get wet. Visit www.usnwc.org, or call 704/391-3900, ext. 220.

Jewelology:Located at 1630-265 E.Woodlawn Road, Charlotte.Learn to create your own jewelry using the store’s extensive collection of precious stones,gold and silver.Visit www.myjewelology.com, or call 704/525-8272. Lowe’s Motor Speedway: Located 20 minutes northeast of uptown Charlotte, in Concord. Enjoy a unique dining experience in the Sprint Cup or Nationwide Series garage; or rev things up by giving employees the ride of a lifetime in an official pace car or real stock car.Visit www.lowesmotorspeedway.com, or call 704/455-3275. Xtreeme Challenge: Located 15 minutes southeast of the Charlotte city limits, near Hwy. 74 in Weddington. This high-and-low-ropes-course adventure includes The Walk of Faith bridge, a 60-foot-long, 30foot-high challenge. Also available are water activities, meeting space, on-site facilitation and a fully furnished log cabin.Visit www.xtreemechallenge.com, or call 800/701-0225.

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special teams to keep our company environment thriving. Our four teams — process, training, spirit and culture — are made up of company members who constantly assess these focus areas to be sure we continue to walk our talk.” At RED F, keeping employees passionate means being intentional about priorities that are vital to the team, including doing pro bono community work and giving to charities that all members of the team find meaningful. In addition, RED F pays its employees to volunteer up to 20 hours a year with charities of their choice.

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A focus on building up the team and growing its members for the future is critical to any team’s long-term success. According to Dr. Izzy Justice, CEO and founder of Charlotte-based online mentoring company EQ Mentor, approximately 39 percent of executives become dissatisfied in their work life due to a lack of personal growth. She notes that many leaders have successfully utilized mentoring to boost employees’ emotional intelligence quotient and create teams that have lasting impact. “By building up an employee’s emotional intelligence through mentoring, you are creating the bedrock for the rest of the professional core competencies,” Justice explains. “Emotional intelligence is the most vital skill for a team’s success. By mastering the ability to manage her emotions, a team member can then develop better solutions for the future. “When a team member is able to enhance her emotional intelligence and learn from a mentor who understands and appreciates her work situation, she is able to use all the tools in her toolbox,” Justice continues. “Meeting challenges, solving problems and creating solutions become so much easier because she is leveraging all of her assets.” TCW

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My nature leans toward sitting with a few close friends instead of glad-handing the crowd. Soon after college, however, I realized how tough it was to move ahead in my career if I wasn’t meeting more people. So I decided to force myself to network effectively. The result is that all of my career moves — from television producer, to Capitol Hill legislative aide, to lobbyist — have emerged from networking. A few of those jobs were even created with me in mind, which meant the roles were tailored to my skill set and I was reporting to work every day doing the things I loved and stretching myself in new capacities. In addition to the professional rewards, though, are the friends from coast to coast that I gathered along the way. These people have helped me conduct business and land jobs, but what satisfies me the most is how I have been able to help them and also help younger people entering the work force. Still, many people stop at the idea of networking before they even get started. The process sounds time consuming and difficult. Even the term networking is so opaque and impersonal that it can make the practice seem intimidating to some and unnecessary to others. But the truth is, anyone can network and everyone should. So, for you non-networkers out there, as well as for the players who need a tuneup, I’ll let you in on my greatest networking secrets, the things it took me years to learn on my own.

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Net Worthy PROVEN METHODS FOR CREATING AND KEEPING A BUSINESS NETWORK 1. Brush up on your industry knowledge.Whether you are a banker or a baker, trade journals and other publications contain valuable information on latest ideas and trends, as well as news of competitors and people on the move.Allocate time in your daily routine to give yourself a continuing education on the issues defining your industry. Not only will you remain on the cutting edge in your field, but the information is also a natural conversation starter when you are meeting new people in business circles. 2. Step out of your comfort zone. Your employer is probably affiliated with your local Chamber of Commerce or other business and philanthropic organizations. Express your interest in participating in events and committees associated with those groups. 3. It’s not all about you. The most common pitfall in the networking sphere is forgetting that reciprocal relationships are key. Networking is about listening to the people you meet, understanding their business needs and building relationships one person at a time. The most effective network member is one who looks for opportunities to be a problem solver — even if the result has no immediate benefit for her. Sheena Gatehouse, a partner in the Charlotte law firm of Rawls, Dickinson and Scheer, regularly refers clients to other firms that may better fit those clients’ needs. “I’ll give them the name of someone I know there,” she says.“In return I’m always receiving referrals from other firms. Now, I follow up with those lawyers and let them know how the case was settled. It’s a nice way to close the loop and let them know I appreciate the referral.” 4. Make your competitor your friend (or at least a polite acquaintance). There is a lot of room in the world for authentic camaraderie with a competitor. When I was a new lobbyist in the financial industry, a colleague informed me of her “enemies list,” composed of lobbyists for competitors who should be avoided. Instead, I extended my hand in genuine friendship to those people, offering to team with them on issues of mutual interest. The resulting projects not only raised the profile of my organization, but they eliminated the usual battles from those competitors when I needed legislation passed to help our industry.

5. Network inside the office. We often get so busy that we forget to talk with our colleagues, especially the ones we don’t know well.There are many good reasons to make an effort to get to know the people who work around you. A good rapport with co-workers makes the office more fun and helps business run smoothly. Positive vibes and open communication also means that less time is lost on misunderstandings and allows more opportunity for you and other employees to understand the function of the business. So, next time you’re getting coffee, take a moment and have a chat — that anonymous person you hurry past every day could turn into a friend and a valuable member of your network. 6.Write that note.Were you treated to lunch or given crucial information? There are moments when an e-mailed thank you or a phone call is just not enough. The hand-written note is still the most appropriate and appreciated gesture when thanking someone who has gone out of her way to help you. Particularly in our BlackBerry world, it demonstrates how much you value that person and the effort she made on your behalf. 7. Stay in touch, especially when you don’t need anything.The best time to nurture your network friendships is when you don’t have pressing business with those friends. Keep your calendar open for regular lunches, coffee breaks or phone calls with network pals so you can stay current with each other’s business interests. One of my friends who is in public relations makes a list of contacts to call just to say hello to, have lunch with or meet for a drink after work. She admits it sounds calculated, but she finds it’s actually an organized way to stay in touch with all the people she genuinely likes. Keeping regular, but not excessive, communication solidifies the relationship and sets a comfortable tone for the times when you do need each other’s help with business issues. 8. Keep your expectations in check. Your network friend may be in a position to help you, but don’t expect her to work miracles. There will be times that you are not the right candidate for the job, or your product is something your friend’s company doesn’t need. It’s still business, so don’t take it personally. Just be appreciative of any assistance she was able to give, and assume she did her best for you.After all, you would do the same for her, right? TCW

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Well Suited “If you’re investing in an expensive suit, you’re going to want something that doesn’t stand out,” says Glen Taylor, of Taylor, Richards and Conger. He notes that highlevel executive women often opt for suits in darker shades to convey authority, as opposed to light or bright colors, which can come across as less serious. However, color worn with taste and discretion can still find a place in the corporate world. Think of Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail this spring, wearing suits in bold shades of yellow or blue. Brightly colored accessories and blouses also work well with neutral suits in subtle grays and browns. Tracy Zampella, personal shopper and stylist for Belk, notes that, these days, suit dressing can be more flexible. “One trend I see is that we are shying away from two- and three-piece matching suits and choosing more creative mix-and-match options,” she says. “This is the way of the fashion future.” According to Molloy’s New Women’s Dress For Success, “The jacket has become the hallmark of the American businesswoman,” and is synonymous with “a serious career woman with power, authority or potential.” Zampella agrees that the most important item a woman can have in her wardrobe today is a stylish, great-fitting jacket, adding, “It’s the best way to finish an outfit.” It’s also the perfect way to get more mileage from a dark, neutral suit. She suggests experimenting with various combinations, perhaps pairing the skirt of a charcoal suit with a jacket in a brighter color, such as red (a hot shade this fall).

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The Dress Code, Decoded In the early ’90s, the rise of dot-coms created a more informal approach to career dressing. As casual Fridays became more popular, many corporations began to adopt a policy of “businesscasual” for everyday dress. While some managers felt the diminished appearance of authority afforded by suits and jackets caused a decrease in respect from employees, most professional women welcomed the trend. For those who are more comfortable dressing casually, not

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supports business-casual or requires a more classic, professional image, following fashion trends at the office can be tricky. When a woman dresses too modishly or wears something garish, it comes off as less than professional. Save your funkiest jewelry and short skirts for the weekend. “Many of the items for women that are ‘in style’ are not appropriate for the woman who wishes to succeed and be respected as a corporate entity,” says Gloria Starr, of Global Success Strategies Inc. “It is vital not to send a mixed message with our attire, our voices and our body language.” That said, it pays to keep your look current. If you’ve worn the same hairstyle for a decade, or you haven’t bought new shoes in five years, it’s going to show and may reflect negatively on you regardless of your performance. Keeping your appearance up to date shows superiors that you pay attention to detail, and that can give you an edge over the competition.

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Leaving employees to their own devices, however, can sometimes lead to frustration. If your company leans toward the conservative end of business-casual, you might be better off with tailored trousers and a sweater set, or a suit in a noncorporate color, rather than a sundress or ruffled skirt. One thing that is a must is dressing decorously. Select clothing that fits well and is flattering to your coloring and figure, with accessories that are simple and elegant. Showing cleavage or too much skin is never appropriate in a business environment, no matter what the dress code. “When in doubt, don’t wear it,” says Emily Haggart, owner of Avalilly’s designer clothing boutique in Cornelius. “It’s better to be less casual than too casual.” 40

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Regardless of the dress code, many highpowered corporate women continue to choose suits over business-casual outfits, simply because they want the respect for authority that a suited look commands. Other women dress for the positions they would like to have in the company; not just the ones they currently hold. Zampella offers a good rule of thumb, encouraging women to stand in front of their mirrors each morning and ask, “Can I represent the company with pride, and capture any new account that comes my way?” If the answer is yes, then you’ve dressed yourself wisely and well.

Update Your Look Whether your company’s dress code

While dress codes vary from corporation to corporation, and sometimes even from department to department, a few things hold fast. When building a corporate wardrobe, begin with neutral colors, and when buying suits, purchase the best you can afford. Remember, these are staple items that, if treated with care, will last for years. Make sure both skirted suits and pantsuits fit well, and invest in the proper undergarments so you can keep what’s private exactly that. Carry a structured bag; keep your hair clean and neat, and your makeup understated but current. Wear shoes that are flattering and in good repair. Overall, being well dressed and having a neat appearance can help you close a business deal or get the promotion you’ve been wanting. No matter what your position is within the company, looking professional and dressing for your role are key to success. TCW

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Hey, that could’ve been written today! (My second thought was, Good grief, where was the editor? That’s a lot of words.) The strength of the blouse remains in its versatility, and a professional woman is all about versatility when it comes to her wardrobe. We need to wear what works, looks great and can function on several levels — from client meetings to casual Friday to an evening dinner meeting — sometimes all in the same day. Adding a handful of blouses this year may be the way to do that. So glad they’re back.

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Even for an entry-level job, it is important that your potential hire has at least the general knowledge you would expect of a high school graduate. It would be nice if she also possesses common sense, street smarts, and an open-minded willingness to apply herself and learn. These traits can usually be fairly easily discerned in an interview. For a more technical position, evaluating a person’s knowledge requires a clear-cut, twofold approach, by using a written test to determine her capabilities, and then requiring her to participate in an interview with a resident expert. This method gives an employer more certainty of the potential

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hire’s knowledge and provides documentation in the event that the eventual hire is challenged. Not all companies follow this blueprint. For example, a reputable company recently failed to test a candidate’s technical knowhow for a cost accountant position. It was only after she had been hired that the company discovered she did not possess certain critical knowledge and abilities, and months of coursework would be required for her to acquire the necessary skill set. Because the company was experiencing a burst in growth, the employer did not have time to bring her up to speed, and she had to be terminated. Her dismissal was not only demor-

alizing for those who worked with her, but it was a costly and painful experience for everyone involved. It is in a company's best interest to hire appropriately — not only to find the ideal person for the job, but because turnover is expensive. While the cost of turnover for a worker on the low end of the pay scale is roughly half the position’s annual salary plus benefits, replacing a top executive may well cost up to five times the amount of that annual salary plus benefits. This formula encompasses lost productivity, the time and salaries of others who fill in or provide training during the interim, and the time and salaries of those who do the interviewing. In addition, there’s the cost of administrative time required to terminate one person and start another, plus the direct costs of advertising, recruiting and hiring.

Who Are You — Really? Although it is important to make sure a candidate is qualified for a particular position, it is even more important to hire someone

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Develop and use a structured interview format. An established set of standard questions that you ask all candidates ensures consistency. Create core questions that draw out specific character aspects. For example: “Have you ever been between a rock and a hard place at work, where whatever you said or did might upset someone? What did you do?”

Take notes during every interview, and debrief afterward. Taking notes helps interviewers remember which candidate is which, aids in recalling deciding factors about each and may also assist with legalities. Debriefing allows you to go into subsequent candidate interviews with a clear mind and a clean slate.

Devise and employ a rating system. Even a simple 1 to 5 scale can help give you an objective way of comparing candidates to one another. Interview with a small panel. Having several people conduct the interview provides differing impressions and perspectives of the candidate.Using two to five interviewers generally works best.More than five opinions can be intimidating to candidates and cumbersome to manage. Make job candidates feel comfortable. People will give you far more information about themselves when they are at ease. Be warm and sincere, but not overly solicitous. Never play the intimidator role.

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Contact references and do a background check. It has been said that “The job isn't finished until the paperwork is done.” Although the interview is over, you still have some follow-up work to handle before making an offer to your top candidate. You or someone in your company can and should check the candidate's references, although it is unlikely that someone would list a reference who might give a negative report. Perhaps more important is the background check, and it is worth every cent of what you would pay an outside firm to perform one. Professionals in this field know how to discover information that the average person wouldn’t be able to detect.


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who has a good character. If you know you can trust an employee, even if that person is lacking in some knowledge and skills, your chances of success are far greater. Knowledge and skills can be acquired. Character cannot. The fundamental aspect of character is integrity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which includes honesty, moral decency, the innate need to do what is right, and a sense of respect for self and others. The person with integrity is much more likely to be accountable, do what is appropriate for the company, and put forth a genuine, consistent effort to acquire and develop necessary skills for maximum productivity. Work ethic is another character trait worth examining. The person who has a strong, positive attitude toward work considers it as valuable and meaningful, and has the determination, energy and enthusiasm to make it a fulďŹ lling, natural way of life. An employee with a good work ethic not only completes her own job; she also lends a hand to others. For the most part, integrity and work ethic are instilled from an early age. Although they can be enhanced through life experiences and mentoring, the foundation must be there. Case in point: A foreman candidate in an industrial setting was outgoing, upbeat, smart and energetic, and he had experience. The hiring manager, convinced that the man would be an asset to the company, neglected to have someone else interview for character traits and made the candidate an offer on the spot. Less than six months later, the new > T O D A Y â&#x20AC;&#x2122; S

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with almost everything you need to know about a person’s character. Once you have determined which candidates' qualifications and character are right for the position, you can express interest to your top candidate. Don't, however, make an offer before you have contacted references and ordered a background check. Even a candidate who seems outstanding could have serious blemishes on her record, or omissions in her résumé. It's best to discover them before you decide to hire or not to hire. TCW

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ur smiles are front and center every day, and as more and more people seek ways to improve their smiles, they are discovering the art and science of smile design,” says Dr. Patrick J. Broome, of Charlotte Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. Along with his partner, Dr. Robert Lowe, Dr. Broome is brightening and correcting smiles around Charlotte every day. “Your smile is your best asset, and a rejuvenated smile can increase your self-esteem and thereby change your life,” says Dr. Lowe. Dr. Broome concurs. “Your smile is your ultimate accessory,” he says. “You wear it with everything, so you want it to look its very best.” Both agree that the popularity of television makeover shows has made the public more aware of what can be done and how transformational it can be. “We have had several patients who, after having their teeth cosmetically restored, have changed their hair, makeup and dress,” says Dr. Lowe. “A rejuvenated smile can take 10 years off almost anyone of any age or sex.”

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The Allure Of The Dance In addition to private lessons, Malvasia encourages students to participate in the group dancing lessons. “It’s extra practice,” he says. “You need to know how to dance with more than just one person. And taking group lessons is such a great way to meet people. There’s lots of mingling during the group lessons.

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“Guys come in to give it a try because of their wives or girlfriends, and they never quit!” Malvasia continues. “Before you know it, dancing has become a hobby, and the next thing you know, couples are asking what it takes to compete.” But DanceSport Carolina isn’t just for newcomers. Seasoned and competitive dancers find that DanceSport can increase their repertoire of dances and keep them in practice for competition. And the studio’s instructors are not merely teachers — they are professional dancers with active dancing careers. All DanceSport instructors provide professional-level, award-winning expertise to help dancers keep their skills on point. Instructor Elizabeth Augenstein, recently named Miss South Carolina International, agrees that DanceSport Carolina’s teachers are a cut above. “We have all trained for years to be professionals,” she says. “We teach you how to dance and become a dancer — not just how to memorize the steps to one dance.” “We want to be sure that all of our students get the instruction they need to be successful, so they can enjoy their dancing experience and hopefully discover a new passion,” Malvasia adds. It’s fun to dance; it’s great exercise; and looking good while doing it makes it all the more pleasurable. DanceSport Carolina will soon have you moving with poise and confidence as you waltz (or tango or cha-cha-cha) around the floor! TCW

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Woman Power Once a male-dominated business, the automobile industry is now seeing women represented in greater numbers than ever before. Salzman is happy to point out that a large number of women work at Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge in the sales, service and accounting departments, and in the body shop. “At the top would be my wife, Robin,” he says. “She owns 50 percent of the dealership!” Salzman and Smith moved to Lake Norman from Orlando. Salzman handles the operations of the business, and Smith handles the media and community outreach. Both Salzman and Smith are active in the community, averaging charitable contributions of over $100,000 annually. Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge recently participated in the Ride to Victory that benefited Kyle Petty’s Victory Junction Gang, a camp for children with chronic or serious illnesses. “We love the Lake Norman area,” Salzman says, “and look forward to many more years of doing business here.” TCW


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new camera on the market offers a softfocus feature so that photos show minimal wrinkles, stretch marks and aging spots. However, Joseph P. Hunstad, M.D., F.A.C.S., and his 15-member staff at The Hunstad Center and Medi-Spa believe people want to look their best in person — not just on paper. Dr. Hunstad, who has been practicing in Charlotte for over 20 years, says he gravitated toward the field of cosmetic surgery after doing a fellowship at Houston’s Texas Medical Center, where there was a strong emphasis on cosmetic procedures. After completing his residency in 1986, and his fellowship in 1987, he became certified with the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 1989. He says he loves his work because the cosmetic world is exciting and ever changing.

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Dr. Hunstad has, by invitation, lectured and performed live surgeries in Canada, Brazil, Denmark, England, France, Israel, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Saudi Arabia. He has published more than 40 plastic surgery peer-review articles in world literature, and his first textbook, The Atlas of Abdominoplasty is slated for publication this December.

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Certification Is Key For Dr. Hunstad, safety is a big issue. At his practice, he uses only full-time, board-certified anesthesiologists and does all he can to avoid complications. Still, he counsels patients that any medical procedure is not risk free. And, he warns, it is not enough to simply find a physician who is trained in plastic surgery. The No. 1 mistake he sees people make when it comes to scheduling cosmetic procedures is not ensuring that the physician is board certified. “The problem is that some people go to physicians who say they are trained to do plastic sur-

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gery,” he says. “What those people really need to do is seek out physicians who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. It is very rigorous — arduous, in fact — to become certified. But I’ve seen the problems that can occur with patients who go to doctors who are not board certified.” Two procedures Dr. Hunstad commonly performs are breast augmentation revision and abdominoplasty revision — corrective surgeries needed because the original procedures were done improperly. “We help patients make decisions about what they want,” he says. “If they don’t like something, we work to make it right.”

Always Learning The progressive nature of his field of study allows Dr. Hunstad to wear two hats — of both teacher and student. “I spend 10 to 12 weeks a year at national or international conferences lecturing, but I also learn,” he says. “I’m always learning things to help make my practice and my skills better and safer. My practice is so different today from when I started out. There are so many new and interesting procedures — especially in the areas of face lifting and body contouring.” In September, articles detailing two of Dr. Hunstad’s new procedures, bra-line back lift and purse-string gluteoplasty, will be published in a medical journal. The bra-line back lift is a procedure to correct folds that occur with aging and weight changes of the back and under the arms. The surgery smoothes the back area and leaves only a subtle line beneath the bra strap. Purse-string gluteoplasty refashions loose tissue due to extreme weight loss to create fullness in the buttocks. In addition to the high-tech procedures completed by Dr. Hunstad, medical aestheticians at the Center provide nonsurgical treatments such as deep-pore cleansing facials, microdermabrasion, Gentle Yag™ laser treatments, intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy, mineral makeup application, and endermologie to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Dr. Hunstad says his favorite surgeries to perform, because of their intricate nature and demand for precision, are facelifts. “The results in this area are consistently excellent and there is a high patient satisfaction,” he explains. “Patients achieve a really beautiful rejuvenation.” TCW


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than previous generations. Other trends include the use of digital X-rays, which produces immediate images. “It’s the lowest radiation you can get, and the quality is amazing,” Dr. Bird says. Children who have to wear braces can choose from numerous options. There are aesthetic ceramic braces, which offer merely a glimpse of wire in the mouth. Self-ligating brackets are also appealing, as they reduce friction and overall treatment time.

The Bird House Dual Specialty Specializing in both pediatric dentistry and orthodontics made sense to Dr. Bird. As a dual specialist, she is able to provide a one-stop-shop for her patients. “Parents can have all of their children’s dental needs taken care of at one time, in one location, by one dentist,” she says. Bird Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, her newly opened dental practice located in the Cedar Walk development in south Charlotte, has quickly become a place where children of all ages can feel comfortable receiving ordinary checkups, cavity repair, orthodontic appliances and every kind of dental treatment in between. “Ideally,” Dr. Bird explains, “the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that we start seeing kids around the age of 1, so we can make preventive recommendations and establish a ‘dental home’ for the child, especially in the event of dental trauma.” Every six months after a child’s first visit, Dr. Bird checks the

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In her practice, Dr. Bird has worked to create a kid-friendly atmosphere, with service that is highly personal. Part of that personalized attention is evident in the waiting room. Young children have their own clubhouse-inspired area, named “The Bird House,” while teens have a separate age-appropriate room equipped with a flat-screen television. Putting children at ease as soon as they walk through the door is a top priority for Dr. Bird, and that sense of comfort continues in the dental chair. She utilizes the “tell, show, do” model with patients, employing stuffed animals with teeth to demonstrate proper brushing techniques. “We really take our time with the youngest ones,” she says, noting that she lets children play with the chair and the lights. She even has televisions in the ceilings of her operatories. Dr. Bird and her staff strive to make every child’s visit a pleasant and educational experience. “Our goal,” she says, “is to guide your child to a lifetime of smiles.” TCW

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t’s a fact: Women today have greater financial responsibilities than ever before. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women make up 46 percent of the total U.S. labor force. As a result, the financial issues women face are wide and varied. Among them: • Preparing for retirement • Dealing with a death in the family or a change in marital status • Starting, managing or selling a business • Providing financial assistance to collegebound children or grandchildren • Supporting aging parents “Every woman has her own unique circumstances,” says Angela Broome, senior vice president and manager of retail area sales at First Citizens Bank. “At First Citizens, we realize women have their own personal challenges to overcome and opportunities to pursue. We can help them chart their financial courses and assist in preparing them for the future.”

The Personal Touch, Then And Now Instead of thinking of a bank as merely a place where individual transactions take place, it is important for women to recognize the benefits of taking a comprehensive approach to addressing all dimensions of their finances, from savings and investments to estate planning and running a business. First Citizens has been concentrating on long-term banking relationships for more than a century. The full-service bank was founded in Smithfield in 1898, and it now serves five states, with assets in excess of $16 billion. It has been 48 years since First Citizens entered the Charlotte market. Since then, 23 branches have opened in Mecklenburg County, in addition to a new office in Huntersville, and two branches in south Iredell County. “As one of the largest family-controlled financial institutions in the United States, First Citizens has the expertise and services you would expect of a major financial services firm,” says Broome. “But we offer more — the dedicated personal service of local professionals our customers know and trust.”

Banking On Excellence Successfully managing finances requires extraordinary care, a focused effort and the committed support and assistance from a local banker. Kim Allred, First Citizens senior vice president and manager of retail banking, points out that First Citizens builds relationships with its clients by taking a very proactive, individualized approach. “By listening to our customers, we can identify needs they might not be able to recognize themselves,” she says. “We can then pull in specialists from the branch or from other financial divisions, such as wealth management, to help them achieve their financial goals.”

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Allred advises women to make a list of their financial accounts, analyze their understanding and the effectiveness of the accounts, and create a list of mid-term and long-term goals and challenges. She recommends then sitting down with a banker and thoroughly reviewing those goals and challenges. “Identifying and managing key priorities and developing solutions that fit the needs of an individual or business is the most important part of our job,” she says. “Banking is more than basic checking or savings accounts,” Broome adds. “It’s about making the most of your money for every circumstance in your life: loans for your business, college savings plans, and even wealth management services to maximize your financial assets. Look for a bank that sees beyond your immediate needs and works to simplify your financial life and keep your money working for you well into the future. With determination, precise planning and assistance from a financial professional, women today can maximize their opportunities and overcome the unique challenges that lie ahead.” TCW


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ndrea Constand believes we all have gifts. Hers is the gift of touch. And she decided to use her gift to help heal those who are suffering from pain or cancer. Constand, a medical massage therapist, recently moved to Charlotte from Canada, where the use of medical massage has been widespread for years. “I came to Charlotte because I saw it as a place where doctors and patients would be open to medical massage and realize its benefits, especially when undergoing treatment for cancer and chronic diseases,” she explains.

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Medical massage is different from a spa-type massage, because it treats specific musculoskeletal disorders. Therapists who practice it have taken classes in health and medical sciences and have attended workshops required for medical massage therapy. Constand is a graduate of Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic in Toronto, and she is a registered massage therapist in Ontario. She has met the practice requirements of the North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork and is nationally certified in the United States. To prepare for working with cancer patients, she underwent hours of additional training in oncology massage at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Integrative Medicine in New York.

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effects of treatments they were experiencing, and also wanted to make sure that I was providing safe and effective care at the same time.” Chemotherapy patients who receive medical massage experience less pain and anxiety, sleep better, and have an increased range of motion at sites where they have undergone surgery. “These patients are going through so much, it benefits them both physically and mentally to have massage,” Constand says. “By releasing some of their pain and anxiety, massage helps them deal better with their cancer treatment.” When meeting a new patient, Constand takes a medical history and critically analyzes what the needs are. She then works closely with her patient’s physicians, usually making modifications throughout the process, based on the patient’s changing status. Each patient receives specialized treatment.

Different Strokes Constand does not work exclusively with cancer patients. She says the No. 1 killer in North America is stress, another area where her expertise can produce great benefits. “It is a known fact that massage reduces stress,” she says. Medical massage therapy not only relieves pain and stress, but corrects abnormal conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system. Daily wear and tear on the body and poor posture are the main reasons for joint pain, and incessant pain wreaks havoc on the nervous system. “If you are in constant pain, it will wear you down and you cannot function as well as you should,” Constand explains. “There is no need for someone to be in such pain. Anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants and steroids only mask the problem, whereas medical massage therapy treats it.” This is one reason massage therapy is the most requested alternative care at many hospitals and institutions across the United States. Constand’s desire to help people is evident in her voice. She truly cares for her patients and wants to bring them relief. “My clients teach me so much,” she says, “and I learn so much about life from them. They are as much a teaching tool as any of the classes or workshops I attend.” TCW


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All About Choice In 1992, while Creasser and her husband, Mark, were building their home in Charlotte, she realized that homeowners and builders in the area could use a wider range of tile selection presented in a design-conscious environment. She started Tile Collection with her son, Matthew, and hired talented designers to make sure customers would be taken care of from beginning to end. “We are total turnkey here,” she says. “We do everything from designing, demolition, installation and custom granite fabrication.”

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on products that best meet their design goals. Creasser guarantees that whatever customers decide to use, they will get back that value and more when they sell their homes. “Our selection is a cut above, and our designers think out of the box. It’s like a boutique,” she says.

Giving Back Creasser takes her success seriously and feels the need to give back to the community, including a focus on improving the environment. She became more aware of environmental issues while touring a “green” tile factory in Spain. “It was a real eyeopener to me,” she says. “Over there, people live at a slower pace and are not nearly so wasteful.” Coinciding with Creasser’s trip was last summer’s drought in North Carolina, which got her thinking about how Tile Collection could make a difference. Two months ago, she had a water recycling system installed. “We were using a very large amount of water — four-and-a-half million gallons a year — fabricating our granite,” she explains. “Water is constantly flowing through the blades. We are now able to save three-and-a-half million gallons a year!” In addition, the company’s environmentally conscious stance is reflected through the numerous “green” products it carries. Tile Collection also participates in the March of Dimes Show Home, a charity house that people pay to view before it goes up for sale. All proceeds from the home tours go to the March of Dimes. Creasser’s superior products, attention to customers and community involvement have not gone unnoticed. The company was voted “Charlotte’s Best” for tile showroom, installation and granite countertops, and received the People’s Choice Awards in several HomeArama show houses. Creasser has been named Outstanding Trade Member of the Year for the Interior Design Society, and she is a four-time finalist for the National Association of Women Business Owners (Charlotte Chapter) Woman of the Year. Creasser seldom speaks of all the accolades. Instead, her focus is on her customers and staff. “I have to say I am so blessed to have the best customers and staff any business owner could wish for,” she says with a smile. TCW


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alarie R. Brooks cherishes a particular memory of herself as a little girl. In it, she’s skipping alongside her father, her hand lightly clasping his, as he collects rent from his tenants. He was a man ahead of his time, working as a real estate investor before the role had cachet, and his hard work set his daughter on her own journey of drive and determination. Brooks purchased her first home at 19, and officially entered the real estate industry in 1996. Today, she is a passionate real estate professional who works in both residential and commercial real estate and runs the highly successful Valarie R. Brooks team of ReMax Executive Realty. “I’m a true believer in hard work, which is why I am ‘the hardest working woman in real estate,’” Brooks explains. “When clients call and voice their needs, they turn into my passion. When you like something, it’s easy to put forth huge efforts in getting results.”

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Brooks knows the city of Charlotte, as she says, “like the back of my hand.” She also has extensive knowledge of the real estate market and its fluctuations, which is key during these challenging times that Charlotte is experiencing. Negotiating is high on the list of Brooks’ favorite parts of being a broker. “My clients come first with me,” she says. “I strive for the goals that they are striving for, and when I represent a buyer or seller, whether it is a $150,000 home or a $2 million home, I work toward achieving a win-win situation for my client.” Brooks’ life outside of her career is no less busy and includes quality time with family and friends, travel opportunities and frequent engagements as a motivational speaker focusing on entrepreneurship and believing in yourself. “Life is a gift and offers you choices,” she says. “I make it a choice to be happy and at peace, and to work hard for my clients every day.” TCW

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Focus On Success Working Space Larner’s Office Furniture Outlet Provides Quality, Service BY MEAGHAN CLARK

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hen brothers Dan and Daryl Larner went into business together three years ago, they decided their focus would remain on offering quality service with a quality product. Since opening Larner’s Office Furniture Outlet, this credo has been the underpinning of their reputation as one of the best sources for used, reconditioned and new office furniture in the area. Dan says their individual strengths have played a significant role in their success. “We agree 100 percent on what makes a business work,” he says. “What each of us brings to the table is completely different, and those different strengths continually help us grow the business.” Dan’s expertise is in operations, business growth and development. “Daryl is the best at customer service and relationship building, and he focuses on bringing in new clients,” adds Dan. Larner’s caters to businesses of every size —

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from the small business owner shopping for one new desk, to the large company outfitting an entire corporate office. And, they say, they treat both types of customers with equal consideration — a goal they set from the start. Larner’s meets the needs of a wide range of customers by offering several lines of new, mid-market office furniture, like DMI, Indiana Desk, Rudnick and OfficeSource; as well as reconditioned high-end brands, like Steelcase, Kimball, Herman Miller and Knoll. Because the Larners do business with the Charlotte area’s top companies, including major financial institutions, Larner’s Office Furniture Outlet is well positioned to acquire high-quality furnishings for resale. The Larner brothers are planning to expand in the Charlotte metro area in late 2008. When asked what he feels is the key to their success, Daryl replies, “Keeping it simple, great customer service and commitment to quality.” TCW


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hen Christine Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father died of a heart attack, she was working as an international nurse recruiter. She had no idea that an organization known as Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region offered a grief care program that could help her through her loss. Since then, however, she has learned intimately the invaluable services offered by the organization and actually joined Hospice two years ago, as senior director of marketing and community awareness. Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region serves a nine-county area, with two locations in Charlotte, one in Lake Norman and one in Lincoln County. There are 380 professionals and 400 trained volunteers caring for over 1,000 patients every day. The not-for-proďŹ t organization relies on donations and health insurance reimbursements, in order to provide end-of-life hospice care to indi-

viduals of any age. Palliative Medicine Consultants addresses pain management. Kids PathÂŽ Pediatric Care provides individualized healthcare and support services for children. Additional resources include a grief camp for children who have lost siblings or friends. The Levine & Dickson Hospice House recently opened in Mecklenburg County as a 24hour, inpatient facility for patients whose care cannot be managed at home. The 29,000-square-foot facility includes 16 private patient rooms, with accommodations for family members as well. The house is also designed to serve as a resource for grief care and end-of-life education and planning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank goodness we have these resources,â&#x20AC;? says Brown, who currently has an aunt under hospice care. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People in the community need to know that whether end-of-life care is needed or someone needs support after a loved one has passed, we will provide it.â&#x20AC;? TCW

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r. Pamela Davies is no stranger to positions of leadership. She is, after all, president of Queens University of Charlotte. But her current role at the YMCAof Greater Charlotte is nothing short of historic. In the 132-year existence of Charlotte’s YMCA, a respected service organization that fosters growth in spirit, mind and body, Davies is the first woman to hold the position of board chair. “There is a long history of extraordinary community leaders serving in the role of chair, all of whom happen to have been males,” Davies says. Davies’ involvement with the YMCAextends back to her 2001 arrival in Charlotte, when she joined the Metro YMCA board and later served on the executive committee. “I was always very committed to the mission of the YMCA, particularly with regard to outreach,” she says. She references several community investments the YMCA is making, including the Pathways program, which

assists families who don’t have the financial capabilities to join the YMCA; and YCommunities, a partnership that assists YMCA branches that are challenged from a resource perspective. “The YMCA is dedicated to making services available for children, families and individuals, irrespective of economic means, and I think that’s really admirable,” Davies says. In early 2007, Davies spearheaded a YMCA effort to refocus on nutrition and activity, incorporating everything from community programming to snack options at after-school programs. Carolinas HealthCare System serves as a key partner, providing healthcare information on site at individual YMCA locations. “We are blessed to live in a society where it’s an expectation of community leaders to discover their passion and find opportunities to give back,” Davies says. “I serve on a number of boards, but the YMCA has a special place in my heart.” TCW

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Focus On Success Dance Like A Star Queen City Ballroom Creates Community BY MEAGHAN CLARK

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ana Glandon is an astute business owner who turned a hobby into a successful business, not once, but three times. As owner of Queen City Ballroom, her third ballroom dancing studio, Glandon has built a prosperous business, as well as a community for dancers, students, friends and partners. Her passion for dance and for people has proven to be a big part of what makes Queen City Ballroom one of the top dance studios in the country. Queen City Ballroom teaches the most popular dances in both American and International styles, offering classes for recreation as well as for competition. Many of the students and staff regularly compete in the most prestigious matches in the nation, and the trophy case at the front of the studio attests to numerous victories. “Our dancers have won many awards and it’s because of the hard work done here,” says Glandon. The 5,600-square-foot studio is the largest in the

city and comes equipped with floating wood floors, a state-of-the-art sound system, private classrooms and a theater with stage lighting. The full kitchen allows Queen City Ballroom to function as an event venue for parties and receptions, as well. Queen City Ballroom is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on weekends by appointment. Every first lesson is free. Social events, such as Friday night parties, allow for dancers of all levels to meet and dance together. The studio also offers couples private lessons so they can, as newlyweds, confidently display “first dance” techniques at their wedding reception! Many students who come to Queen City Ballroom looking for a sense of community develop strong friendships —and strong dance skills — along the way. “We’ve had many people go through complete transformations here,” Glandon says. And that, she adds, is the most rewarding part of her job. TCW

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Queen City Ballroom 10403-I Park Rd. Charlotte, NC 28210 704/541-5440 www.queencityballroom.com

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Focus On Success Artful Aging Trinity Oaks Offers A Haven As Home BY KARSEN PRICE

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Trinity Oaks Retirement Community 728 Klumac Road Salisbury, NC 28144 704/633-1002 www.trinityoaks.net

eople say that location is key, and the folks at Trinity Oaks — a continuing-care retirement community situated within the quaint, arts-rich city of Salisbury — tend to agree. Tucked neatly into 40 beautifully landscaped acres, Trinity Oaks is conveniently located near Interstate 85, between Charlotte and Greensboro. There are three colleges, a seminary, an award-winning library system, six golf courses and 10 National Register Historic Districts within easy access. What sets Trinity Oaks apart is its commitment to enriching residents’ lives by offering the same independent lifestyle they enjoyed prior to joining the community. “We maintain an active level of involvement in the community,” says Diane Hundley, director of marketing and sales. This includes opportunities to attend showings at the WaterWorks Visual Arts Center, each performance by the Piedmont Players, and all Salisbury Symphony concerts.

In addition to continuing their fulfilling lifestyles, residents appreciate the ease of restaurant or bistro-style dining, 24-hour security, an onsite beauty salon and barbershop, and a full-service bank. Trinity Oaks also offers an arts-and-crafts room, a woodworking shop, transportation services, a personal trainer and interdenominational spiritual programs. An affiliate of Lutheran Services for the Aging, Trinity Oaks accepts residents 60 years and older. Residents can choose from 42 cottages and 125 apartments. There are also 20 assisted-living apartments and 140 residential nursing units on site. Hundley notes that what people gain is the peace of mind of knowing they will be cared for as they “age in place.” And it isn’t only the residents who are impressed with their new living arrangements. “All of the adult children who visit here ask, ‘When can I move in?!’” Hundley says. “I tell them, ‘As soon as you turn 60 years old!’” TCW

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Focus On Success Premier Pampering Varji & Varji Salon Styles With World-Class Sensibilities BY KARSEN PRICE

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arji & Varji Salon and Spa is a decidedly elegant establishment designed to offer discerning Charlotteans world-class style. Founded in the mid-’90s by Max and Susan Varji, it is the culmination of a vision that the husband-and-wife team shared: pampering guests in a friendly, refined atmosphere while offering the latest in cutting-edge styling. “We travel and learn, to expand our experience and our minds,” says Max Varji, “and as a result, we see every guest as an opportunity to reveal another aspect of beauty in a unique way.” Varji & Varji entered the market in 1996, as a salon-only establishment on East Morehead Street. In 2006, they opened a second shop in the SouthPark area, adding spa options to their menu of services. Manager Heidi Cantrell says the salon continues to specialize in fabulous cuts and color services, and guests can now also indulge in manicures, pedicures, massages,

facials and makeovers. One of the salon’s newest offerings is facial hair threading, a technique that lifts unwanted hair from the root without removing a layer of skin. Another popular service is the salon’s original Japanese straightening treatment, which uses intense conditioning and compression to permanently straighten hair. The salon, which garnered a 2nd Runner Up, National Salon of the Year Award from Salon Today magazine, is not just good for your image — it’s good for the environment. Varji & Varji is an Aveda Concept Salon, meaning its owners are committed to using responsible business practices in order to protect our planet. “What sets Varji & Varji apart is our ability to provide spectacular services and still make the guests feel like they are part of our family,” Cantrell says. “We strive to go above and beyond to accommodate our guests!” TCW

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Focus On Success Passionate About People The YMCA’s Cynthia Flynn Helps Those In Need BY JENNIFER BRADFORD-EPSTEIN

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ynthia Flynn believes that all people have an opportunity to give back to the world, and she is committed to doing her part. The humanitarian is passionate about promoting understanding, equity and access to at-risk families, and she has made it her life’s work to help those most in need. As vice president of community development for the YMCA of Greater Charlotte since 2000, Flynn strives to align resources and create synergy among business communities, volunteers and government agencies to improve the quality of life for families and children in need. On a daily basis, Flynn is surrounded by issues of poverty, hunger, nonexistent healthcare and the need for education. When asked what keeps her motivated, she says, “I feel a deep connection to this truly meaningful work, and that gives me energy and conviction to enlist others in the cause.”

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Flynn sees her greatest challenge as garnering the resources to keep pace with growing need. One goal is ensuring that YMCACharlotte’s two sister YMCAs in West Africa have the support and resources to implement protocols for clean water, rural schools and sustainable farming. The program of which Flynn is most proud is the YMCA Starfish Academy. The philosophy of this literacy program is that in order for children to learn, they must not only be actively engaged, but healthy in spirit, mind and body. Partnering with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, YMCA Starfish Academy currently serves more than 400 area children between 6 and 8 years old who are reading below grade level, live at or below the poverty line, or reside in high-risk neighborhoods. The program combines literacy instruction with extracurricular activities, and Flynn reports that 85 percent of students will maintain or raise their reading level this summer. TCW

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Kannapolis Women’s Club President: Georgann Sapp ........jsappnc2@aol.com www.gfwcnc.org Pilot Club Of Kannapolis Contact: Delinda Rodgers................704/933-6776 ddrodgers@carolina.rr.com

Gaston County Gaston County Democratic Women’s Club Contact: Jean Eppley.......................704/867-2070 Gaston County Republican Women President: Pat C. Smith...................704/824-0346 patcsmith@bellsouth.net www.gastonrepublicanwomen.org

Altrusa International President: Roberta Rossi ................704/992-5567 www.altrusa.com Assistance League Of Charlotte President: Jane Rosinski .................704/841-2261 www.charlotte.assistanceleague.org

Junior League Of Gaston County Inc. President: Heather Adcock .............704/864-9644 President-Elect: Pam Dills...............704/853-8502 jlgc@bellsouth.net www.jlgaston.org Kings Mountain Woman’s Club President: Ann Gamble ..................704/739-3561 Vice President: Betty Benton ..........704/739-4928 Pilot Club Of Gastonia Contact: Leann Wheeler .................704/965-4105

Daughters Of Penelope President: Irene Politis....................704/552-9068

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Daughters Of The American Revolution Regent: Sarah McAulay ..................704/875-6872 Membership Chair: Miriam Smith ....704/391-0504 Mecklenburg Declaration Of Independence Chapter

Contact: Judy Wilson......................704/849-8268 Piedmont Patriots Chapter

Regent: Mary Joy ...........................704/334-6035 Flags Across The Nation President: Eileen Schwartz .............704/654-8529 eileen@flagsacrossthenation.org www.flagsacrossthenation.org Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council Executive Officer: Lori Hurd ...........704/731-6500 ceo@hngirlscouts.org www.hngirlscouts.org

Junior League Of Charlotte Inc. President: Antoinette Crawford Ellison ......................................................704/375-5993 www.jlcharlotte.org

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Good Friends Chair: Patty Norman........................704/523-1222 Executive Director: Janice Stevens.......704/523-1222 www.goodfriendscharlotte.us

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Woman’s Club Of Gastonia Contact: Carol Lewis ......................704/865-7039

Mooresville Women’s Club President: Martha Hill ....................704/664-2757

Lake Norman Junior Women’s Club President: Stefani Hasty ..................828/320-5810 lknirs@yahoo.com www.lknjrs.com

Beta Sigma Phi Contact: Suzanne Harter ................704/527-0769 President: Carolyn Waddell ............704/553-0701 Vice President: Joan Dempsy..........704/366-2839

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Girl Scouts Of The Pioneer Council CEO: Janice Booth..........................704/864-3245 www.girlscoutspc.org

Junior Woman’s Club Of Charlotte President: Rachel Moorefield..........704/567-6773 www.charlottejuniors.com

President: Estelle Coffey................ 704/843-3572 Mooresville Chapter

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Mint Hill Women’s Club President: Toni Rollins....................704/573-7038 president@minthillwc.com Vice President: Ann Austin .............704/545-0184 vicepresident@minthillwc.com www.minthillwc.com National Organization For Women .............................................................704/442-2915 charlottenow@hotmail.com North Carolina Council For Women (SW Region) .............................................................704/563-3700 North Carolina Council For Women .............................................................919/733-2455 North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club President: Denise Carter.................704/892-1041 Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary President: Barbara Knowles............704/364-2419 Contact: Jean Freeman...................704/365-5409 Today’s Charlotte Woman .........................................................................704/521-6872

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Professional American Association Of Medical Assistants Contact: Patricia Herring, CMA-C.........704/814-9265 pjh2ncaama@aol.com Contact: Melody Juarez, CMA melodyjuarez@hotmail.com www.aama-ntl.org American Association Of University Women President: Nancy Shoemaker ..........919/773-1340

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Young Women’s Christian Association/YWCA Executive Director: Jane McIntyre .....704/525-5770 www.ywcacentralcarolinas.org

Political Black Women’s Caucus President: Andrea Huff...................704/596-2420 andreab805@earthlink.net Charlotte-Mecklenburg Republican Women’s Club President: Vicki Lane......................704/553-9392 www.cmrwc.com

Charlotte Women’s Political Caucus President: Michele Miller Houck........704/987-9232 www.nwpc.org Democratic Women’s Club Of Mecklenburg County President: Pat Cotham ...................704/731-6102 mcdp@bellsouth.net

League Of Women Voters Of Charlotte-Mecklenburg President: Karen Bean....................704/596-4689 beank@bellsouth.net www.goleaguego.org Mecklenburg Evening Republican Women’s Club President: Tresa Cummins ..............704/737-3636 Vice President: Judy Steed..............704/846-4297

President: Denise Foulks ................704/953-6169 denise.foulks@wachovia.com Vice President: Rosanne Cureton-Jones ..................828/238-0551 www.abwacharlottecharter.org Hornets’ Nest Chapter

President: Jo Clark .........................704/786-5334 University Chapter President: Linda Thurman...............704/521-6872 abwauniv@abwauniversitychapter.org Vice President: Kirrene Donaldson..704/752-3855

Fellow, American College Ob/Gyn, Member, N. American Menopause Society

Replace the female hormones that your endocrine system used to produce when you were younger for: . relief from hot flashes and night sweats . reduced risk of osteoporosis . increased energy and vitality . enhanced libido . relief of depression . cognitive clarity Men also go through a “change of life” known as andropause, which may be due to low testosterone levels. DR. BROWN’S NEW BOOK THE YOUTH EFFECT

Association For Women In Architecture Chair: Nora Black...........................704/536-4988 Association For Women In Communications President: Louise Barden...president@awc-charlotte.org Secretary: Marilyn Sarow......secretary@awc-charlotte.org Hotline: 704/849-4777 www.awc-charlotte.org Association For Women In Electronics President: Betsy Bowen..................704/509-8244 betsybowen@solectron.com First Vice President: Gwen Clark ...704/945-4731 gclark0216@aol.com www.womeninelectronics.org

Barraged with the conflicting messages about the safety of hormone replacement therapy? In The Youth Effect, Dr. Brown cuts through the confusion and offers a clear, concise view of the heart of the matter.

Available at Park Road Books and Borders ®

423C South Sharon Amity Road Charlotte, NC 28211 www.carolinahealthspan.com

Business And Professional Women’s Club

National Organization For Women

Charlotte Chapter

Charlotte Chapter

President: Sandy Falls.....................704/537-5972 Vice President: Catherine Mullis ...704/552-0311 Contact: Betty Hooks......................704/545-4182

Coordinator: Cindy Thomson ..........704/442-2915 charlottenow@hotmail.com

Ronald L. Brown MD

For an appointment, call

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President: Elizabeth Kennedy .........704/374-8201 elizabeth.w.kennedy@marsh.com President-elect: Christy Williams ...704/543-1171 cwilliams@cccom.com Hotline: 1-866/851-9446

Managing Director: Lori Dvorak ........704/947-8476 loridvorak@eWomenNetwork.com Charlotte Chapter

Managing Director: Mel Miller..........704/650-5439 melmiller@eWomenNetwork.com Lake Norman Chapter

Carolina Association Of Black Women Entrepreneurs President: Sylvia Grier ....................704/333-1690 Contact: Trasha Black.....................704/333-1690 www.cabweinc.org Carolinas Professional Sales Women And Entrepreneurs President: Ann Hodges...................704/724-0326 Past President: Brinda Paone..........704/965-3939 www.cpsecharlotte.org Charlotte Association Of Insurance Women President: Geraldine Plott..................704/547-7119 geraldine.plott@allstate.com President-elect: Connie Hacker .........704/376-2436 chacker@martinandharrill.com www.caiwcharlotte.com Credit Professionals International Contact: Diane Radcliff ..................704/492-5611 CREW Charlotte Inc. Director: Kristen Pleasants .................704/593-7226 kristen.pleasants@wachovia.com President: Peggy Hey ...........................704/512-7269 peggy.hey@carolinashealthcare.org www.crewcharlotte.org Executive Women International Charlotte Chapter

President: Melissa Blalock. ............ 704/557-4281 melissa.blalock@ccbcc.com Executive Women’s Golf Association President: Elizabeth Moakler ..........704/945-7004 charlotte@ewga.com Vice President: Sara Harrison .........704/945-7004 www.ewgacharlotte.org eWomenNetwork Regional Executive Director: Jerilyn McDonald...............................1-877/343-2145 jerilynmcdonald@ewomennetwork.com www.ewomennetwork.com 74

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National Association Of Women In Construction President: Christina Fisher..............704/875-9620 Vice President: Dee Keziah.............704/537-6044 www.nawiccharlotte.com

Managing Director: Deborah Snider.....980/722-0997 dsnider@eWomenNetwork.com

National Council Of Negro Women Inc. President: Melvina Bethea..............704/372-9575 charlottencnw@earthlink.net

Friends Of Beverly Inc. President Beverly Grant...704/271-3777; 800/371-1939 beverly@friendsofbeverly.com www.friendsofbeverly.com

Pilot Club Of Charlotte Inc. President: Margaret Gilbert ........704/364-4435 President-elect: Tillie Duncan........704/588-6343

Institute Of Management Accountants President: Donna Goff......dlgaccounting@yahoo.com

Professional Association Of Healthcare Office Managers President: Sandy Glaspell ...............704/795-7010

International Association Of Administrative Professionals Charlotte Chapter

Contact: Leigh Ann Nafus...............704/243-4786 www.iaap-charlotte.org Metrolina Chapter

President: David M. Cannon...........704/528-5085 704/549-8800 ext. 501 Mecklenburg County Medical Society Women Physicians Section President: Docla Hickey, M.D. .........704/376-3688 President-Elect: Katherine J. Pierce, M.D. 704/376-3688 www.meckmed.org Metropolitan Business And Professional Women President: Elizabeth W. Kennedy .......704/374-8201 Hotline: 1-866/851-9446 www.mbpw.org National Association Of Negro Business And Professional Women’s Clubs Inc. President: Frances P. Hamlin ............704/392-9547 fphamlin@att.net National Association Of Women Business Owners Charlotte President: Celia Klein .....................704/895-0076 President-elect: Hilary Coman ........704/366-9060 Contact: Christine McConnaughey..704/367-3454 www.nawbocharlotte.org

Women Executives President: Selma Fox..........................704/338-1768 www.wecharlotte.org Women’s Initiative Network Executive Director: Pat Baldridge.....704/541-0277 pbaldridge@womensinet.com www.womensinet.com

York County Clover/Lake Wylie Republican Women’s Club President: Blanche Bryant...............803/831-7497 www.scfrw.org/unit.html Fort Mill Woman’s Club President: Crystal Williamson .........803/547-7344 Junior Woman’s Club Of Rock Hill President: Krista Howell Membership Chair: Libby Love .......803/230-1098 Rock Hill Woman’s Club Contact: Karen Kaylor ....................803/328-8888 Safe Passage Executive Director: Peggy Payne ....803/329-3336 Chair: Ameda Manetta...................803/329-3336 York County Republican Women’s Club President: Diane Carr.....................803/631-1049


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Accommodations/Social Events Charlotte Marriott SouthPark.................................704/364-8220 Marriott, Owner 2200 Rexford Road • Charlotte, NC 28211 www.charlottemarriottsouthpark.com This AAA, 4-diamond-rated boutique hotel offers European sophistication and Southern charm in the affluent SouthPark area. Enjoy the comfort and style that this Charlotte landmark has offered for over 20 years. Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark..........................704/501-2510 Marriott, Owner 5501 Carnegie Blvd. • Charlotte, NC 28209 www.renaissance-charlottesouthpark.com Discover unique and inviting surroundings, featuring guestrooms with plush renaissance bedding. Experience savvy service delivered with flair that soothes as it serves. Located in the heart of SouthPark.

Acupuncture AAHOM-Dr. Li Jie....................................................704/737-4412 Dr. Li Jie Chu McGimsey; John McGimsey 1168 S. Kings Drive • Charlotte, NC 28207 www.acupuncture-charlotte.com Acupuncture, acupressure, herbs and Oriental medicine. Licensed acupuncturist, Doctor of Oriental Medicine of Beijing, China, specializing in fertility, migraines, women’s disorders, back/sports injuries and stroke.

Physician Leaders In The Charlotte Region For More Than 30 Years Charlotte Gastroenterology is the ONLY group in the Charlotte region approved for office endoscopy by Aetna, Cigna, BCBS, MedCost, Multi Plan, United Healthcare & Wellpath. • Endoscopy in a private setting • In most cases, only an office copay applies

Charlotte • SouthPark • Ballantyne • Matthews Huntersville • Mooresville Patient Appointment Line (704) 377-0246 • www.charlottegastro.com AAAHC-Accredited Office Endoscopy

Dr. Thomas Werth, Dr. Sanjib Mohanty, Dr. Simon Prendiville

Adelle Anthony-Williams PLLC ...............................704/969-2440 Adelle Anthony-Williams, M.D. 8035 Providence Road • Suite 340 • Charlotte, NC 28277 Offers acupuncture, holistic counseling, medications and medical supplements to reduce pain, improve health and support wellness – all in a beautiful spa environment. Caring, board-certified physician-acupuncturist putting you first! Appointments available. Evergreen Acupuncture And Herbal Clinic ...........704/540-7471 Kevin Kim, L.Ac. 8001 Raintree Lane • Suite 102 • Charlotte, NC 28277 www.evergreenneedle.com Acupuncture, herbs, Tui Na, Cupping, Moxa. If you have an unresolved health problem, consider acupuncture, America’s fastest-growing healthcare method. Healing Hands Acupuncture And Herbal Clinic LLC ............................................704/571-8783 Adrienne Wei, L.Ac. and Andrea Perullo, L.Ac. 6207 Park South Drive • Suite 101 • Charlotte, NC 28210 www.thehealinghandsclinic.com At Healing Hands, we dedicate ourselves to helping restore and maintain your optimal health and wellness through the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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Addiction Recovery Pavillon........................................................................800/392-4808 241 Pavillon Place • Mill Spring, NC 28756 info@pavillon.org • www.pavillon.org Pavillon is a residential treatment center for adults suffering from alcohol and other drug addictions. Outpatient services are available. Call today for a free evaluation.

Advertising The Welcome Committee ........................................704/660-1155 Suzanne Meyer, President P.O. Box 4673 • Mooresville, NC 28117 www.thewelcomecommittee.net Personal greeting service for newcomers and new homebuyers. Welcome Committee Ambassadors introduce and recommend local businesses and professional services to newcomers who have no shopping loyalties in their new community. The free visit also includes maps, civic and community happenings.

Art Galleries Jerald Melberg Gallery............................................704/365-3000 Jerald Melberg, Owner 625 S. Sharon Amity Road • Charlotte, NC 28211 www.jeraldmelberg.com Paintings, sculpture and works on paper, both abstract and representational by artists from all regions of the United States, Argentina and Spain. Solo and group exhibitions, and consulting services for individuals, corporations and museums. Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment. RedSky Gallery..........................................................704/377-6400 Kellie Scott, Owner 1244 East Blvd. • Charlotte, NC 28203 www.redskygallery.com RedSky features over 6,000 feet of original works on paper and canvas, sculpture, ceramic, glass, studio furniture, lighting, wearable art, jewelry and more. Over 500 regional and national artists represented.

Arts & Culture Actor’s Theatre Of Charlotte .................................704/342-2251 Dan Shoemaker, Executive Director 650 E. Stonewall St. • Charlotte, NC 28202 www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org Actor’s Theatre is the region’s leading professional theatre company dedicated to programming exclusively for mature audiences. North Carolina Dance Theatre...............................704/372-0101 Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, President and Artistic Director 622 E. 28th St. • Suite 113 • Charlotte, NC 28205 www.ncdance.org North Carolina Dance Theatre, a professional dance company, is based on strong dancers, high energy and a versatile repertoire that ranges from classical ballet to bold contemporary works. T O D A Y ’ S

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Attractions/Museums Discovery Place .......................................................704/372-6261 301 N. Tryon St. • Charlotte, NC 28202 www.discoveryplace.org Discovery Place has invented the formula for family fun! Step into a world where science is brought to life, featuring more than 300 interactive exhibits and explosive experiments. Experience the past and visit the future through world-class traveling exhibitions, groundbreaking IMAX® Discovery Films and the latest release full-length feature films. The Mint Museum ..................................................704/337-2000 2730 Randolph Road • Charlotte, NC 28207 220 N. Tryon St. • Charlotte, NC 28202 www.mintmuseum.org The Mint Museum is one institution with two locations. The Mint Museum of Art, located on Randolph Road, and The Mint Museum of Craft + Design, in uptown Charlotte, provide unique gathering places for people to experience art.

Automotive Keith Hawthorne Hyundai ....................................704/551-0664 Keith Hawthorne, Owner 8525 South Blvd. • Charlotte, NC 28273 www.nohasslehyundai.com We offer automotive sales and service for both new and pre-owned vehicles. We specialize in a hassle-free buying experience. Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge........................704/896-3800 Jack and Robin Salzman, Owners I-77 and Exit 28 • Cornelius, NC 28031 www.lakenormanchrysler.com Our shop offers new and pre-owned auto sales, express service and a collision center that can handle all makes and models. Lake Norman Infiniti ................................................704/237-8000 20435 Chartwell Center Drive • Cornelius, NC 28031 www.lakenormaninfiniti.com Lake Norman Infiniti specializes in luxury auto dealer sales, service and parts.

Banking Bank Of America Kenneth D. Lewis, Chairman and CEO 100 N. Tryon St. • Charlotte, NC 28255 www.bankofamerica.com First Citizens Bank ......................................................704/338-4000 128 S. Tryon St. • Charlotte, NC 28202 www.firstcitizens.com At First Citizens Bank, we have exceptional service, a long-term perspective, strong products and experienced bankers. We don’t just promise to put our customers first … we deliver. 78

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Beauty TANOLOGIE ........................................................704/941-8773 Meredith Burns, Owner P.O. Box 30605 • Charlotte, NC 28203 www.tanologie.com TANOLOGIE provides convenient in-home airbrush tanning services. Our organic solution develops into a rich bronze color that won’t streak or look orange. Call us for a professional, consistent, natural-looking tan.

Business Networking eWomen Network, Charlotte Chapter..................704/650-5439 Mel Miller, CLTC – Executive Managing Director 9115 Harris Corners Pkwy. • Suite 250 • Charlotte, NC 28269 www.ewomennetwork.com • www.businesssorority.com Our purpose is to support, promote and showcase our members’ products and services and help them achieve their professional objectives. We believe in “giving first,” to each other and the community. UNFORGETTABLE MOMENTS

Care Services

Blakeney • 9830 Rea Road, Charlotte, NC 28277 Monday- Saturday 10 - 6 pm Sunday 1- 5 pm (Begins September 7th)

Charlotte Care Grandmothers................................704/335-0501 Jonnie Shelton, Owner 310 East Blvd. • Suite C7 • Charlotte, NC 28203 www.charlottecare-grandmothers.com In-home, non-medical care for children, adults and pets. Caring for others with compassion, understanding, honesty and dependability is the sole purpose of Charlotte Care Grandmothers.

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Classic Attic ..............................................................704/521-3750 Ede Graves, Owner 4301-C Park Road • Charlotte, NC 28209 Park Road Shopping Center www.classicattic.biz Consignment shop specializing in fine furniture, antiques, home accessories, crystal, china, lamps and chandeliers. We also sell fine art and previously owned custom draperies, pillows and bedding.

At Midtown, we recognize that your body and life are unique. Even as things change, your body will continue to inform you as to its needs. Please call Midtown Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates at 704-344-1000, press 2 and we will help you start understanding what your body is telling you.

Dance Instruction DanceSport Carolina Inc.........................................704/299-4003 Thomas Malvasia, Owner 2717 Old Monroe Road • Matthews, NC 28104 www.dancesportcarolina.com Offering the finest instruction in all ballroom, Latin and swing dance; fast and slow dances; wedding dances and more! Beginner through advanced; social dance or competitive dance.

Beverly Belle, MD • James Hardy, MD Gregory Parker, MD • Heather N. Robertson White, MD Stacey Wood, Jr., MD

Accepting new patients. Affiliated with many insurance plans.

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Bird Pediatric Dentistry And Orthodontics..............704/544-5000 Suzanne Bird, D.D.S., M.S. 16607 Riverstone Way â&#x20AC;˘ Suite 300 â&#x20AC;˘ Charlotte, NC 28277 www.birddentistry.com Dr. Bird is a board-certified pediatric dentist and orthodontist conveniently located in the Ballantyne/Blakeney area, and now accepting new patients! She specializes in all the dental needs of infants through teens. Charlotte Center For Cosmetic Dentistry.................704/364-4711 Patrick Broome, D.M.D.; Robert Lowe, D.D.S. 6849 Fairview Road â&#x20AC;˘ Suite 200 â&#x20AC;˘ Charlotte, NC 28210 www.destinationsmile.com Your smile is the ultimate accessory! We offer spa-like amenities in our state-of-the-art dental practice and world-class training center. We are the premier destination for a perfect smile. Drs. Davis, Anderson & Assoc...................................704/594-9250 Gwyn Davis, D.M.D.; Kim Anderson, D.D.S. 8420 University Executive Park â&#x20AC;˘ Suite 805 â&#x20AC;˘ Charlotte, NC 28262 www.daslingdentistry.com Our office is located near the University Hospital, and has over 20 years of experience. For two decades, we have been providing our community with gentle dental treatment, including Lumineers, Invisalign and one-hour whitening.

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Ross W. Nash, D.D.S. ..............................................704/895-7660 9725 Caldwell Commons Circle • Cornelius, NC 28031 www.nashinstitute.com Cosmetic and general dentistry by internationally recognized educator, author and consultant, Ross W. Nash, D.D.S. Accredited member and fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and a diplomate of the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry.

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Divorce Divorce Wisdom........................................................980/233-1321 Samantha Woods, Owner www.divorcewisdom.com Find wisdom to make decisions concerning divorce. Know what to do next. Find peace and healing to help those you love. Call for consultation. Download advice for immediate economical help.

Education Dore Academy...........................................................704/365-5490 Roberta Smith, Head of School 1727 Providence Road • Charlotte, NC 28207 www.doreacademy.org Dore Academy’s college preparatory curriculum follows an integrated, multisensory, hands-on approach to teaching children with learning disabilities and attention disorders in grades K-12. Mingle School Of Real Estate.................................704/372-2984 Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association, Owner 1201 Greenwood Cliff • Suite 200 • Charlotte, NC 28204 www.mingleschool.com The Mingle School of Real Estate is one of the oldest and most successful real estate schools in North Carolina. Offering real estate, appraisal, pre-licensing and continuing education classes. Pfeiffer University ..................................................704/521-9116 4701 Park Road • Charlotte, NC 28209 www.pfeiffer.edu/graduate Our caring faculty brings real-world experience to the classroom. Students enjoy a collaborative environment and a program designed for success. No faceless lecture halls or dry, dusty, by-the-numbers instruction. At Pfeiffer, you’re free to focus on your education because we focus on you.

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1314 West Front St. Statesville, NC 28687 704-872-7541

Festivals & Events 31st Annual Yiasou Greek Festival........................704/334-4771 600 E. Blvd. • Charlotte, NC 28203 www.yiasoufestival.org Experience the Greek culture September 4-7, including live Greek music and entertainment, delicious food and pastries (dine-in or carry-out), an abundance of shopping, church tours, activities for kids and much more!

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Southern Shows Inc. ................................................704/376-6594 Joan and Robert Zimmerman, Owners 810 Baxter St. • Charlotte, NC 28202 www.southernwomensshow.com The Southern Women’s Show, launched in 1983, is a lifestyle event that includes exhibits, interactive workshops, and features on health, travel, home, business, education, fashion and food.

Financial Services Dillingham & Taylor Wealth Management LLC ....704/552-4322 Tony C. Dillingham and David R. Taylor, Owners 4201 Congress St. • Suite 140 • Charlotte, NC 28209 www.dandtplanning.com Dillingham & Taylor Wealth Management LLC is an independent financial and business advisory firm focusing on fee-based planning and portfolio management. Our team of subject-matter professionals helps individuals, professionals, business owners and retirees plan for the future and meet their financial objectives by using an integrated financial-planning process that systematically defines challenges and goals, as well as solutions.

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Chris Vaught Studios Murals ~ Architectural Finishes ~ Fine Art Ceramic Tiles ~ Leaded Glass

Money Counts Inc. ......................................Office: 704/315-5623 Direct: 704/277-6995 Deborah Peterson, Personal Cash Flow Specialist 11121 Carmel Commons Blvd. • Suite 400 • Charlotte, NC 28226 www.moneycounts.biz What does success mean to you? Is it the freedom to live your dreams? Find out how simple and fun it can be to take charge of your personal cash flow. Call us today to sign up for four free consultations!

Florists The Blossom Shop Florist Debby Sacra and Ted Todd, Owners 2242 Park Road • Charlotte, NC 28203......................704/376-3526 617 Providence Road • Charlotte, NC 28207.............704/372-4447 100 N. Tryon St. • Charlotte, NC 28202.......................704/373-1090 www.blossomshopflorist.com We are known for our unique and creative floral designs in the tradition of Southern and European garden style; however, we also offer contemporary and tropical floral arrangements.

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Health & Wellness Isagenix ...................................................................704/771-1459 Robyn and David Moore, Owners 17002 Ashton Oaks Drive • Charlotte, NC 28278 rmlosefatnow@gmail.com • www.lose-fat-now.com Unlock the miracle of the human body with nutritional cleansing! Nutritional cleansing uses nutrients to help you enjoy incredible health. Experience unstoppable energy, clear mental focus, peak physical fitness, and reach and maintain healthy weight! Pilates With A Twist ...............................................704/366-3025 Karen Yoder, Owner 2953 Providence Road • Suite 206 • Charlotte, NC 28211 www.pilateswithatwist.net Pilates with a Twist combines Pilates and personal training to produce phenomenal results. You will get stronger from the inside out. Pilates with a Twist is the fountain of youth. Uptown Adventure Boot Camp.............................704/398-1182 Benji Lewis, Owner 631 N. Brevard St. • Charlotte, NC 28202 www.uptownadventurebootcamp.com A four-week outdoor fitness program that offers fitness instruction, nutritional counseling and motivational training — packed with fun, energizing activities designed to help you reach your fitness goals. YMCA Of Greater Charlotte...................................704/716-6200 Andy Calhoun, CEO 500 E. Morehead St. • Suite 300 • Charlotte, NC 28202 www.ymcacharlotte.org The YMCA mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

When You’re Trying To Conceive…

EXPERIENCE COUNTS

Healthcare Professionals/Weight Loss Dr. Marlowe’s Weight Loss Institute .....................704/348-4000 Thomas Marlowe, M.D. 400 Clarice Ave. • Suite 100 • Charlotte, NC 28204 www.marlowesweightloss.com Providing individualized attention and care from a physician and staff empathetic to the challenges of weight loss.

Healthcare Services Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region..........704/375-0100 1420 E. Seventh St. • Charlotte, NC 28204 www.hpccr.org We are a team of doctors, nurses, chaplains, grief counselors – and many dedicated volunteers – that provides hospice and palliative care to families in our communities. Call us. We can help.

Dr. Jutras is the only infertility physician in the Carolinas who is board certified in embryology and andrology, and he has over 20 years experience in treating infertility. Receive the attention you deserve in a state-of-the-art facility utilizing the world’s most advanced laboratory culture systems.

Call today to ask about our Refund IVF and Multicycle IVF options. 9800 West Kincey Avenue - Suite 160 • Huntersville, NC 28078

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The difference is our

Charlotte Museum Of History ...............................704/568-1774 Mary Davis Smart, President and CEO 3500 Shamrock Drive • Charlotte, NC 28215 www.charlottemuseum.org Experience the 1774 Hezekiah Alexander Homesite, a collections museum spanning three centuries of regional history, and living history interpretation, plus other programs.

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Historic Inns & Meeting Places The Duke Mansion ...........................................704/714-4400 400 Hermitage Road • Charlotte, NC 28207 www.dukemansion.com For business or pleasure, The Duke Mansion is the perfect place for a cozy getaway or a corporate meeting. We offer an unrivaled setting for your special event, and are AAA, 4-diamond rated.

Schools Of Adult and Graduate Studies

• Dedicated Faculty and Staff • Personal Approach to Learning • Focused on Your Success To learn more about regularly scheduled information sessions,

Home Business Opportunities

in the SouthPark and Lake Norman areas visit pfeiffer.edu/info. Every University is different. But at Pfeiffer, the difference is you.

UPCOMING INFORMATION SESSIONS • Charlotte SouthPark • 4701 Park Road Wednesday, July 9th at 6pm • Thursday, July 24th at 6pm • Tuesday, August 5th at 6pm

MATTHEWS

William J. Bicket, M.D., F.A.C.S

Double Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery FACE LIFT BREAST SURGERY • RECONSTRUCTION • REDUCTION • AUGMENTATION TUMMY TUCK LIPOSUCTION LASER RESURFACING NASAL SURGERY COLLAGEN SCULPTRA RESTYLANE RADIESSE FAT INJECTIONS BOTOX® SKIN CARE PROGRAMS VITALIZE PEEL™

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704-845-9800 Financing Available

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ScentAir Home .........................................................704/504-2320 14301-G South Lakes Drive • Charlotte, NC 28273 www.scentairhome.com ScentAir Home offers a monthly home fragrance membership, as well as the business opportunity to enjoy and sell the exclusive ScentWave scent delivery system used by top hotels and retailers.

Homebuilders Julie LaTerra Homes...................................................704/979-1188 8532 Pit Stop Court • Suite 10 • Concord, NC 28027 www.julielaterrahomes.com Julie LaTerra Homes, a made-from-scratch, woman-focused custom homebuilder with inspired, creative designs to fit every life stage. Dream big and build smart on your land or ours.

Home Décor & Furnishings BLACKLION Nita and Bob Emory, Co-Founders 10605 Park Road • Charlotte, NC 28210.................704/541-1148 Concord Mills • I-85, Exit 49 ....................................704/979-5466 Huntersville • I-77, Exit 25 .......................................704/895-9539 www.blacklion.com BLACKLION is Charlotte’s largest collection of gifts, home accents, florals, artwork, lamps, mirrors, custom draperies, furniture and more! Featuring hundreds of merchants with unique merchandise and ideas, all under one roof.


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Blue Rose Pottery ...................................................803/802-8966 Diane Missel, Owner 1683 Katy Lane • Fort Mill, SC 29708 www.bluerosepottery.com Features handmade Polish pottery in traditional and contemporary patterns. All safe for use in microwave, dishwasher and oven. Great for everyday use. Beautiful enough to be collectible! Chris Vaught Studios..............................................980/297-1336 Chris Vaught, Owner 3247 Windbluff Drive • Charlotte, NC 28277 www.chrisvaughtstudios.com Charlotte artist Chris Vaught offers unique murals, faux finishes, decorative painting, custom ceramic tiles and original leaded-glass designs to beautify any space. Color consultations are also available. Spenzac Interiors ....................................................704/333-0567 Kevin and Lynne Mann, Owners 1440 S. Tryon St. • Charlotte, NC 28203 • South End www.spenzac.com Charlotte’s premier contemporary furniture and home accessories design showroom. We specialize in bringing top-name, modern furniture collections to your home — with a strong reputation for design ideas and service!

Hospitals Carolinas HealthCare System Carolinas Medical Center 1000 Blythe Blvd. • Charlotte, NC 28203...............704/335-2000 CMC-Mercy 2001 Vail Ave. • Charlotte, NC 28207 ....................704/304-5000 CMC-Pineville 10628 Park Road • Charlotte, NC 28210 ...............704/667-1000 CMC-University 8800 N. Tryon St. • Charlotte, NC 28262 ...............704/863-6000 CMC-NorthEast 920 Church St. N. • Concord, NC 28025.................704/403-3000 CMC-Union 600 Hospital Drive • Monroe, NC 28211 ...............704/283-3100 Carolinas Medical Center brings together some of the country’s finest medical personnel to care for our community. To find a doctor’s office or hospital near you, visit www.carolinasmedicalcenter.org. Levine Children’s Hospital ...........................704/446-KIDS (5437) Carolinas HealthCare System 1000 Blythe Blvd. • Charlotte, NC 28203 www.levinechildrenshospital.org Levine Children’s Hospital is dedicated to caring for children. We offer more than 30 specialized pediatric services, including transplant, cardiac and cancer care, neurosurgery, rehabilitation and neonatal intensive care. T O D A Y ’ S

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Presbyterian Hospital 200 Hawthorne Lane • Charlotte, NC 28233.........704/384-4000 Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville 10030 Gilead Road • Huntersville, NC 28078 ........704/316-4000 Presbyterian Hospital Matthews 1500 Matthews Township Pkwy. Matthews, NC 28105 ................................................704/384-6500 www.presbyterian.org Presbyterian Healthcare is a not-for-profit healthcare system comprising five hospitals, including Hemby Children’s Hospital and Presbyterian Orthopaedic Hospital. Our full range of inpatient and outpatient services includes hightech diagnostic and treatment capabilities, emergency medicine, critical care, obstetrics, pediatrics, cancer treatment, cardiovascular care and more. We also offer a network of primary care and specialty physicians throughout the area. To find one of our physicians, call 704/384-CARE.

Interior Design Décor & You ................................................................704/719-7995 Regina Gathers, Owner 16041-G Johnston Road • Suite 138 • Charlotte, NC 28277 www.decorandyou.com/rgathers A full-service decorating firm specializing in residential and commercial décor including staging, redesigning, custom window treatments, color/wallpaper, bedding, home furnishings, art, area rugs, lighting, carpeting and more.

Jewelry

Where History Has A Home Beadlush......................................................................704/376-3331 Lydia Stern, Owner 1217 The Plaza • Charlotte, NC 28205 www.beadlush.com Full-service bead shop with friendly and helpful staff. Great selection of beads, findings and jewelry-making supplies. Custom design for any occasion. Also offers pre-made jewelry, classes, parties and repairs. Diamonds Direct Southpark .....................................704/532-9041 Itay Berger, Owner 4521 Sharon Road • Charlotte, NC 28211 www.diamondsdirectsouthpark.com Direct diamond importer specializing in loose diamonds, engagement rings, mountings, wedding bands, diamond pendants, diamond studs, diamond bracelets, colored gemstones, pearls and designer fashion jewelry.

Collections Museum • Living History Tours

1774 Hezekiah Alexander Homesite 3500 Shamrock Drive • Charlotte NC 28215 P 704.568.1774 • www.charlottemuseum.org

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Leah & Company........................................................704/845-5466 Kathy H. Rallis, Owner 5341 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. • Charlotte, NC 28277 leahandcompany@aol.com (on www.360charlotte.com) Customers tell us our jewelry boutique, located in the Promenade on Providence, is unique and different! Carrying pieces from national and international designers sets us apart. Take a peek at our Web site and see if you agree.


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Pandora Jewelry In Blakeney ...................................704/541-0030 Gina Stout, Owner 9830-B Rea Road • Charlotte, NC 28277 www.pandoracharlotte.com The complete Pandora jewelry collection under one roof. Trained staff will help you choose from sterling silver, 14kt gold, Murano glass, cultured pearls and precious stones to create your special piece.

Kitchen & Bath GranCreations Inc. ......................................704/332-ROCK(7625) Augusto Septimio, Owner 624 Anderson St. • Charlotte, NC 28205 www.grancreations.com GranCreations is a family-owned business that imports quality granite, and offers custom fabrication and installation. Customer satisfaction and quality are our first priority. See our Web site for additional products and services.

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Abdul K. Garuba, MD PRESIDENT

Board Certified in Internal Medicine Fellowship in Critical Care Medicine

• Accepting New Patients • All Major Insurance Plans, including Medicaid • Our staff speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Haitian Creole

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Granite Transformations.........................................704/598-1558 Ken Stroud, Owner 6735 Reames Road • Charlotte, NC 28216 www.granitetransformations.com Gorgeous, custom-made granite and post-consumer recycled glass countertops that never need sealing, and fabulous glass mosaics installed in one day without messy demolition. Lifetime warranty! Beautiful cabinet refacing and hardware.

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Tile Collection Inc. ....................................................704/541-8453 Elaine Creasser, Owner 11200 Carolina Place Pkwy. • Pineville, NC 28134 www.tilecollection.com Tile Collection specializes in innovative and creative tile and stone designs to meet your personal style. From beginning to end, we will work with you through selection, installation and granite fabrication.

Land Development Kel-Kar Developers/Pinnacle Ridge Estates ..........704/804-0392 Wayne Lyle, Partner 19706 One Norman Blvd. • Suite B300 • Cornelius, NC 28031 Kel-Kar Developers has created Pinnacle Ridge Estates, 50 exceptional lots located in East Lincoln County featuring rolling meadows, mature hardwoods and meandering streams. Thoughtful architectural and landscaping guidelines ensure the finest in custom design. Priced from the low $100s.

Massage Massage Envy .............................................800/944-ENVY(3689) Eight Charlotte-area locations: Arboretum; Lake Wylie; Ballantyne; SouthPark; Concord; University; Huntersville; and Waxhaw www.massageenvy.com Massage Envy is the leading provider of therapeutic massage in the nation. Our concept is straightforward and compelling: We offer high-quality massage services that are professional, convenient and affordable. T O D A Y ’ S

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Medical Massage Therapy Center .........................704/376-8831 Andrea Constand, Owner 316 E. Blvd. • Suite 203-A • Charlotte, NC 28203 www.medicalmassagecharlotte.com We offer medical and oncology massage therapy for patients and survivors of cancer at all stages. We also offer a state-of-the-art biofeedback body scanner, which takes just three minutes and gives immediate results.

Medical Spas Ageless Remedies....................................................704/364-3332 Elaine Greenberg, Owner Paul Greenberg, M.D., Medical Director Corner of Sharon and Colony • Morrocroft Village Charlotte, NC 28211 spa@agelessremediessouthpark.com www.agelessremediessouthpark.com Medical skincare and apothecary offering FDA-approved procedures such as anti-aging and skin-tightening laser treatments, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, laser hair removal, IPL and vein treatments, as well as Botox®, Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse and Cosmoderm. Evolution Aesthetics Med Spa................................704/841-2725 Dr. Gina Morrill; Manjusha Gupte, M.D. 5349 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. • Suite 800 • Charlotte, NC 28277 www.evolutionmedspa.com We offer laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, cellulite reduction, intense pulse light therapy, Botox®, Restylane and Juvederm — all performed by board-certified female physicians. Pure Wellness Medical Spa ..........................980/297-PURE(7873) Gisele J. Girault, M.D. 8035 Providence Road • Suite 340 • Charlotte, NC 28277 www.purewellnessspas.com Pure Wellness is a unique combination of beauty, science and service. We offer the latest in medical spa treatments including Botox®, dermal fillers, laser hair removal, laser rejuvenation, massage and acupuncture.

Residential & Commercial Interiors Independently Owned & Operated • Window Treatments • Color/Wallpaper • Bed Ensembles • Home Furnishings • Custom Framed Art • Accent Lighting • Wall-to-Wall Carpeting • Area Rugs

Fall In LoveWith The Space You’re In! Regina Gathers Certified Interior Decorator & Color Consultant

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Quality Of Life Center ............................................704/540-0241 Mary Ann Traxler, M.D. 6429 Bannington Drive • Suite B • Charlotte, NC 28226 www.qlc-traxlermd.com State-of-the-art treatments designed to create youthful, healthy skin without surgery. Providing Botox®, laser hair removal, spider vein treatment and skin rejuvenation, and Physician’s Choice® skin-care products.

Office Furniture Larner’s Office Furniture Outlet LLC ........................704/399-1948 Dan and Daryl Larner, Owners 3111 Freedom Drive • Charlotte, NC 28208 www.larnersoffice.com We promise to provide our customers with quality new and used office furniture and accessories at affordable prices. Additional services include space planning, move coordination, upholstery, refinishing, woodworking, rental and brokering.


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Pest Protection Mist-A-Pest Mosquito Control System ....................704/770-8215 1-336/420-1881 Brandon Helms and Brian Groat, Owners Charlotte and Greensboro bhelms@mistapest.com We customize a system that automatically sprays your yard two to four times per day, clearing the area of mosquitoes. We offer a 100 percent money back guarantee!

Pharmacies Stanley Apothecary...................................................704/370-6612 Douglas Yoch, Pharm.D. 3330 Monroe Road • Suite A • Charlotte, NC 28205 www.stanleyrx.com • www.stanleysupplements.com A compounding pharmacy specializing in customized prescription medications. Specialty areas include bio-identical hormones and saliva hormone testing, custom veterinary medications, and sterile preparations. Our wellness boutique has a premium selection of vitamins, nutritional supplements, anti-aging, skincare and pet wellness products.

Psychoanalysts Jungian Psychoanalysis..................704/523-4940; 802/345-2531 Dorothy Campbell, Owner Park Seneca Building • 1515 Mockingbird Lane • Suite 401 Charlotte, NC 28209 dmanerc@earthlink.net A psychoanalyst with 20 years of experience as an advanced-practice psychosocial RN, offering a psychoanalytic process of gathering together dreams, memories, imagination, feelings and thoughts to find new meanings that bring wholeness into your life experience.

Physicians & Surgeons ANTI-AGING AND REGENERATIVE MEDICINE Signature Wellness, P.A..........................................704/752-9346 Deborah Matthew, M.D. 15105 John J. Delaney Drive • Suite N • Charlotte, NC 28277 www.signaturewellness.org Signature Wellness strives to help people achieve optimal health so they may enjoy the best quality of life today, minimize disease risks, and preserve an excellent future quality of life. BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY Carolina HealthSpan Institute................................704/333-4817 Ronald L. Brown, M.D. 423C S. Sharon Amity Road • Charlotte, NC 28211 info@carolinahealthspan.com • www.carolinahealthspan.com Bio-identical hormone replacement for women and men for treatment of perimenopause, menopause and male menopause. Anti-aging, wellness and nutrition counseling. Call for monthly seminar schedule. T O D A Y ’ S

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When living alone is no longer an option—

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At Legacy Heights we understand how difficult it is for a loved one or friend to leave their home. Stop by and see for yourself how our supported senior lifestyles will make the transition easier for everyone. Assisted Living and Memory Care Call us today for a personal tour.

704-544-7220 11230 Ballantyne Trace Court Charlotte, NC 28277 www.LegacyHeightsSLC.com • HAL-060-086

Meticulous Planning ~ Astute Foresight

Meeting the demands of today's rapidly changing financial and economic landscape takes both planning and foresight. Dillingham & Taylor Wealth

CONCIERGE HEALTHCARE Signature Healthcare.............................................704/554-8787 Jordan Lipton, M.D.; Elizabeth Perry, M.D.; Bryan Woodward, M.D. 6115 Park South Drive • Suite 100 • Charlotte, NC 28210 www.signaturehealthcare.org Signature Healthcare, Charlotte’s premier concierge medical practice. Our doctors and staff are committed to providing patients with the best in medical care with exceptional personal care that is accessible, timely, convenient and comprehensive. COSMETIC SURGERY Genesis Anti-Aging & Cosmetic Surgery....................704/544-1300 Paul C. Drago, M.D.; Geoffrey D. Stiller, M.D., F.A.C.S. 14835 John J. Delaney Drive • Suite 210 • Charlotte, NC 28277 www.genesisnewbody.com Christian-based practice. Return to your pre-baby body with options such as a tummy tuck, SmartLipo™ or breast augmentation. Home of the Quick Recovery FaceliftSM and Thermage®. Free consultation. DERMATOLOGY Dermatology, Laser & Vein Specialists Of The Carolinas PLLC ...............................................704/375-6766 Girish S. Munavalli, M.D., M.H.S.; J. Blake Goslen, M.D. 1918 Randolph Road • Suite 550 • Charlotte, NC 28207 www.carolinaskin.com State-of-the-art, comprehensive medical practice dedicated to enhancing skin health through medical, cosmetic and surgical techniques, while providing patients with education about preventive care. University Dermatology Cosmetic And Surgery Center ...................................704/596-1787 Kerry Shafran, M.D.; Val Pierre Vallat, M.D.; Dana Dorenfield, PA-C; Jennifer McCarren, PA-C; Rachelle Cronin, PA-C 3006 Baucom Road • Suite 100 • Charlotte, NC 28269 www.universityderm.com Comprehensive expert care of the skin, with emphasis on skin health, cancer screening and treatment, and rejuvenation. Customized treatment plans may include such therapies as Botox®, Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, Sculptra, photofacials and Silkpeel.

Management guides you to the right decisions — not just for next week or next year, but for the rest of your life. With 30-plus years of combined experience in financial planning for individuals and corporations, our mission is to give our clients “the concierge level” service that provides peace of mind.

PHONE: 704.552.4322 FAX: 704.552.4204 4201 CONGRESS STREET, SUITE 140, CHARLOTTE, NC 28209

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GASTROENTEROLOGY Charlotte Gastroenterology & Hepatology PLLC ....................................................704/377-0246 2015 Randolph Road • Suite 208 • Charlotte, NC 28207 1450 Matthews Township Pkwy. • Suite 400 • Matthews, NC 28105 15830 John J. Delaney Drive • Suite 175 • Charlotte, NC 28277 16525 Holly Crest Lane • Suite 120 • Huntersville, NC 28078 150 Fairview Road • Suite 120 • Mooresville, NC 28117 6324 Fairview Road • Suite 204 • Charlotte, NC 28210 www.charlottegastro.com Leaders in the Charlotte region in patient care, GI research and endoscopic expertise. Providing compassionate private care. AAAHC-certified office endoscopy at Randolph, Ballantyne and Mooresville locations.


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INFERTILITY Advanced Reproductive Concepts ........................704/947-9000 Mark L. Jutras, M.D., H.C.L.D. 9800 Kincey Ave. • Suite 160 • Huntersville, NC 28078 www.affordable-ivf.com Advanced Reproductive Concepts is home to Dr. Mark Jutras, an infertility specialist with over 20 years of experience and outstanding delivery rates. INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE Center For Integrative Medicine & Wellness........704/264-1402 Shirley Houston, M.D. 7221 Pineville-Matthews Road • Suite 200 • Charlotte, NC 28226 www.medicineandwellness.com CIMAW recognizes every individual’s unique balance of mind, body and spirit by offering internal medicine, acupuncture, nutritional consultation, herbal medicine, vitamin therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, natural hormone therapy, stress reduction techniques and mind-body medicine. New Day Family Practice And Wellness Center......1-800/208-NEWU Kristin S. Black, M.D. 820 W. Meeting St. • Lancaster, SC 29720 www.newdayfamily.com A place of healing, learning and wellness providing comprehensive family healthcare. Offering innovative systems for bio-identical hormone replacement and hormone-supported weight loss for men and women. INTERNAL MEDICINE PolyClinic Medical Center Inc.....................704/844-8971 (Adult) 704/844-9386 (Pediatric) Abdul K. Garuba, M.D.; Josi Garuba, CFO; Rolande C. Romain, M.D. 3030 Senna Drive • Matthews, NC 28105 Healthcare with excellence, continuity and compassion. Dedicated to overall family well-being, from infancy to advanced aging. Outpatient adult and pediatric medicine. Multilingual staff. NEUROLOGY The Neurological Institute, PA ................................704/372-3714 T. Hemanth Rao, M.D. 2219 E. 7th St. • Charlotte, NC 28204 www.neuro-institute.com Specializing in the treatment of migraines, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, brain injury, seizures, sleep and neuromuscular disorders. Five Charlotte area locations to serve you. Online patient support at www.neuro-institute.com/forum. OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY Midtown Obstetrics & Gynecology........................704/344-1000 Beverly Belle, M.D.; James Hardy, M.D.; Gregory Parker, M.D.; Heather N. Robertson White, M.D.; Stacey Wood Jr., M.D. Presbyterian Medical Tower • 1718 E. Fourth St. • Suite 707 Charlotte, NC 28204 www.midtown-obgyn.com Our mission is to serve women through all stages of their lives with comprehensive obstetrical and gynecologic care in a private setting. We keep the practice small to provide personalized care, one patient at a time.

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Are You Searching For Your Own Heartfelt Path In Life? We’ll explore your dreams, memories, imagination, thoughts and feelings, within the context of everyday life, to find a new understanding and meaning in life.

DOROTHY CAMPBELL is a psychoanalyst with 20 years experience as an advanced practice psychosocial RN. PARK SENECA BUILDING 1515 Mockingbird Lane, Suite 401 Charlotte, NC 28209 704-523-4940 803-345-2531

Every Monday Night Jazz with Robert Fernandez Every Wednesday Night Wine Tasting

UPSCALE CASUAL DINING 704-541-6488 7800 A Rea Road Charlotte, NC 28277 Stonecrest Shopping Center

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The Women’s Care Center ......................................704/948-9554 Chinyere Anyaogu, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.O.G. 10235 Hickorywood Hill Ave. • Huntersville, NC 28078 www.thewomenscarecenterpc.com We provide a comprehensive healthcare program to take care of you in illness and guide you toward healthy living practices. “We take care of the whole you!”

PLASTIC SURGERY Ballantyne Plastic Surgery......................................704/295-0777 Thomas G. Liszka, M.D. 14135 Ballantyne Corporate Place • Suite 150 • Charlotte, NC 28277 www.bpssurgery.com Ballantyne Plastic Surgery is an intimate, professional cosmetic surgery practice committed to providing our patients the best comprehensive care to help them look and feel their best.

Only Faces ...............................................................704/543-1110 M. Sean Freeman, M.D. 11220 Elm Lane • Suite 101 • Charlotte, NC 28277 dbecton@onlyfaces.com • www.onlyfaces.com Dr. Sean Freeman is a double board-certified, fellowship-trained physician specializing in facial plastic surgery since 1988.

The Hunstad Center For Cosmetic Plastic Surgery ........................................704/549-0500 Joseph P. Hunstad, M.D., F.A.C.S. 8605 Cliff Cameron Drive • Suite 100 • Charlotte, NC 28269 www.hunstadcenter.com Internationally recognized, comprehensive cosmetic practice specializing in advanced body-contouring and body-lifting techniques, complete facial aesthetic surgery, breast surgery, and injectables. Offering MD anesthesia, overnight facilities and a full medi-spa.

Matthews Plastic Surgery ......................................704/845-9800 William J. Bicket, M.D. 1450 Matthews Township Pkwy. • Suite 270 • Matthews, NC 28105 www.matthewsplasticsurgery.com Providing excellence in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery since 1991. Facial, breast, liposuction, tummy tucks and laser surgery. Financing available. Double board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.

Metrolina Plastic Surgery, P.A.................................704/541-7654 Edward J. Bednar, M.D.; Broc Pratt, M.D. 10620 Park Road • Suite 102 • Charlotte, NC 28210 info@drbednar.com • www.metrolinaplastic.com Dr. Bednar and Dr. Pratt offer their patients 30 years of combined experience in skilled surgical techniques. Dr. Bednar is a board-certified plastic surgeon. 92

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RADIOLOGY Charlotte Radiology, P.A. .......................................704/334-7800 Breast Center Scheduling.......................................704/367-2232 Vein & Vascular Center...........................................704/333-3794 Mark Jenson, COO; A Van Moore, M.D., FACR, President www.charlotteradiology.com Charlotte Radiology is proud to offer the highest quality diagnostic radiology services in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. We comprise over 60 specialty-trained radiologists serving multiple hospitals, outpatient imaging services and breast centers. UROLOGY Lake Norman Urology PLLC ...................................704/660-3322 Michael R. Cram, M.D.; David B. Konstandt, M.D.; Stewart M. Polsky, M.D. 137 Professional Park Drive • Suite D • Mooresville, NC 28117 16525 Holly Crest Lane • Huntersville, NC 28078 www.lakenormanurology.com Medical practice specializing in urology.

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VASCULAR SURGERY Vascular Solutions, PC ...........................................704/544-7535 Ramesh M. Sharma, M.D., F.A.C.S. 7800 Providence Road • Suite 209 • Charlotte, NC 28226 vascularsolutions@gmail.com • www.veinscharlotte.com Vascular Solutions focuses on diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment of vascular disorders: varicose veins, leg pain, swelling, ulcers, DVT, arterial disorders and stroke. Dr. Ramesh Sharma is a board-certified cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon.

T. Hemanth Rao, MD Paul MacDonald, MD Ryan Conrad, MD Lee Campbell, PA-C Jan Harris, PA-C www.neuro-institute.com

Vein Center Of Charlotte .......................................704/341-1122 James Altizer, M.D., F.A.C.Ph., RVT, RPVI 10502 Park Road • Suite 120 • Charlotte, NC 28210 www.veincenterofcharlotte.com Since 1997, the Vein Center of Charlotte has offered the most experienced, up-to-date treatment of varicose and spider veins available anywhere. We’re confident you won’t get better results anywhere in the country.

Charlotte’s best equipped Pilates studio! With 5 Reformers, 5 Cadillacs, 6 Stability Chairs, 6 Spine Correctors, 6 Arc Barrels and 4 Ladder Barrels your semi-private sessions will never get stale!

WEIGHT LOSS Medi Weightloss Clinics .....................................1-888/8BE-THIN 2935 Providence Road • Suite 107 • Charlotte, NC 28211 9325 Center Lake Drive • Suite 120 • Charlotte, NC 28216 7940 Williams Pond Lane • Suite 150 • Charlotte, NC 28277 www.mediweightlossclinics.com Medi-Weightloss Clinics® is a medically supervised, three-phase weight loss program that works. Lose up to 5-10 pounds the first week, and up to 20 pounds the first month!

Radio Stations WLYT-FM (Lite 102.9) ..............................................704/714-9444 Clear Channel Radio, Owners 801 Woodridge Center Drive • Charlotte, NC 28217 www.wlyt.com Leading radio station in the market for women 25 to 54.

• Private 1-on-1 sessions • Duet 2-on-1 sessions • Semi-private sessions of 3 to 5 clients for Pilates or Personal Training.

704-366-3025 Open Monday thru Saturday by appointment only.

www.pilateswithatwist.net 2935 Providence Rd., Suite 206 • Charlotte NC 28211

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Valarie R. Brooks Team/ ReMax Executive Realty ........................................704/488-5458 Valarie R. Brooks, Owner 310 Arlington Ave. • Suite 304 • Charlotte, NC 28203 www.valarierbrooks.com We are a five-star, executive real estate team dedicated to the needs of our clients. Whether purchasing or selling a home, the “hardest working team in real estate” is driven to give top-notch service. We connect great people to great homes. Join the Valarie R. Brooks Team connection.

Thai Orchid..............................................................704/364-1134 4223-7 Providence Road • Charlotte, NC 28226 www.thaiorchidcharlotte.com Thai cuisine designed to offer a combination of flavors dependent on the use of special ingredients native to Southeast Asia.

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Peters & Associates Inc. ..........................................800/243-6670 Miriam Peters, Owner 132 Quaker Road • Mooresville, NC 28117 www.yourleaderinluxury.com Peters & Associates Inc. is led by Nicholas and Miriam Peters, recognized by leading authorities as two of the most productive real estate brokers in the country. Our firm is committed to providing outstanding client representation, detailed market knowledge, high-tech marketing solutions, and North Carolina’s largest luxury marketing campaign.

JoJo China Bistro ....................................................704/541-6488 7800-A Rea Road • Charlotte, NC 28277 www.jojochinabistro.net Delicious dishes from China’s three major regions. Unique entrées include braised pork shank Mandarin Style, sea bass Hong Kong-style, and salmon in ginger sauce.

• Cutera XEO Laser Latest treatments for: - Skin Rejuvenation, - Hair Removal - Spider Vein Removal, - Facial Redness & Veins • Juvéderm™ is the newest dermal filler by the maker of Botox® for those parenthesis lines around your mouth and nose.

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Homes With Cachet................................................704/236-7536 Julie Taché, Owner www.homeswithcachet.com Homes With Cachet is a real estate firm that focuses on you and your individual needs. We strive to develop and continue nurturing relationships with all of our buyers and sellers.

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Dr. Maryann Traxler, MD QLC Medical Spa The safest, most effective non-surgical, anti-aging medicine available.

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Ballantyne Village ..................................................704/369-5000 Robert B. Bruner, Owner 14825 John J. Delaney Drive • Charlotte, NC 28277 www.ballantynevillage.com Ballantyne Village has everything you need, including a variety of dining, boutique shopping, movies, home décor, fine jewelry, salon and spas, chocolates and ice cream, unique gifts and cigars, and much more. One village. So many choices.


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Concord Mills ..........................................................704/979-5000 Simon Property Group, Owner 8111 Concord Mills Blvd. • Concord, NC 28027 www.concordmills.com The No. 1 shopping destination of the Carolinas, and North Carolina’s most popular visitor attraction, Concord Mills features over 200 stores, including manufacturer and retail outlets, off-price retailers, and unique specialty stores.

Mary Jo’s Cloth Store ..............................................704/861-9100 Mary Jo Cloninger, Owner 401 Cox Road • Gastonia, NC 28054 www.maryjos.com Since 1951, Mary Jo’s Cloth Store has been bringing customers the finest fabrics at the lowest cost. In the store or online, you will find a selection of fabrics for quilting, home décor, clothes and costuming.

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For ‘Today’s Charlotte Woman,’ CONSIGNMENT SHOPPING is the smart way to buy. Retirement Communities Carmel Place 5512 Carmel Road • Charlotte, NC 28226 .............704/541-8012 www.carmelplace.net Crescent Heights 240 Branchview Drive • Concord, NC 28025 .........704/794-6248 www.crescentheightsretirement.com Willow Grove 10043 Idlewild Road • Matthews, NC 28105.........704/545-0009 www.willowgroveretirement.com Shads Landing 5101 Prosperity Church Road • Charlotte, NC 28269 ....704/510-0215 www.shadslanding.com Holiday Retirement, Owners With over 300 communities, Holiday Retirement is the leading provider of independent retirement living in North America. Since 1971, we have set the standard for retirement living, providing our residents with unparalleled service, chef-prepared meals from scratch, convenient local transportation, and two management teams living on site. And that’s just the beginning.

Classic Attic sells quality consigned furniture, home accessories and custom draperies at prices that will save you money.

Come see why we’re considered a hidden treasure! 704-521-3750 • www.classicattic.biz 4301-C Park Road • Charlotte, NC 28209 (Park Road Shopping Center Back Court) Hours: M-F 10am-6pm • Sat. 10am-4pm

Legacy Heights Senior Living Community............704/544-7220 Sunwest Management Inc., Owner 11230 Ballantyne Trace Court • Charlotte, NC 28277 www.legacyheightsslc.com Legacy Heights provides assisted living and memory-care services to seniors in need of a supported lifestyle. We offer comfortable apartment living with care programs designed for each individual resident. T O D A Y ’ S

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Trinity Oaks Retirement Community .....................704/633-1002 800/610-0783 Lutheran Services for the Aging, Owner 728 Klumac Road • Salisbury, NC 28144 www.trinityoaks.net Trinity Oaks offers those 60+ the peace of mind only a CCRC can — gracious, maintenance-free living in our cottages or apartments, and continuing care if you ever need it. Southminster.............................................................704/551-6800 Church-Founded, Not-For-Profit 8919 Park Road • Charlotte, NC 28210 www.southminster.org As a continuing care community, Southminster provides residents assisted living and nursing services as their health needs change. Founded with pride by two local churches in1987, Southminster is now undergoing a major expansion that includes large, stunning apartment homes, an indoor pool, new dining venue, and modern amenities. Pet friendly.

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PALESTRA Skin & Body Institute ............................704/342-4660 Sharon and Michel Thonissen; Hanneke and Jan van der Molen, Owners 210 S. Caswell Road • Suite C • Charlotte, NC 28204 www.gopalestra.com Achieve your optimal beauty and have a more youthful appearance by enjoying the finest European skincare and massage techniques offered to the region’s most discerning clientele for more than 12 years. Paul Beaune’ NY Salon............................................704/540-9188 Ann Marie Becker/Beaune’, Owner 7741 Colony Road • Suite A-7 • Charlotte, NC 28226 www.paulbeaunenysalon.com New York style in the heart of Charlotte. Come visit Ann Marie Becker and her team. European-trained by Vidal Sassoon, Toni & Guy, Frederic Fekkai NY, Bumble and bumble, Beth Minardi and Paul Mitchell. Sally Raker ................................................................704/367-1661 Sally Raker, Owner 6725-A Fairview Road • Charlotte, NC 28210 Specializes in European skincare and medical aesthetics. Varji & Varji Salon And Spa .....................................704/333-1957 Max and Susan Varji, Owners 720 Governor Morrison St. • Charlotte, NC 28211 www.varji.com Varji & Varji Salon and Spa brings world-class sensibilities to Charlotte in a salon and spa created to meet the expectations of discerning guests in an atmosphere of comfortable luxury.

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Senior Services Smooth Transitions Charlotte LLC..................................704/568-7575 BJ Vance and Tina Braun, Owners 6001 McNair Road • Charlotte, NC 28212 www.movingforseniors.com Helping older adults with the physical and emotional aspects of moving or downsizing — deciding what to take; sorting; packing; unpacking; coordinating the move; setting up a new home; managing dispersal of unwanted items.

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The Ivey ....................................................................704/909-2070 Lynn Ivey, Owner 6030 Park South Drive • Charlotte, NC 28210 www.theivey.com Affordable luxury adult day care in a club setting for the retired older adult, and a resource for family caregivers struggling with challenging issues associated with the aging process.

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Staffing CareerWise Inc. .......................................................704/377-9344 Melanie Moses Gregory and Wendy Moon Birchfield, Owners 521 E. Morehead St. • Suite 115 • Charlotte, NC 28202 CareerWise provides temporary and permanent staffing services for executive administrative support, accounting, human resources and marketing personnel. We partner with our clients to ensure that they find the right candidate match!

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Women’s Apparel FiFi’s Fine Resale Apparel.......................................704/892-7070 Julia Austin, Owner 8301-7 Magnolia Estates Drive • Cornelius, NC 28031 Magnolia Plaza www.fifislkn.com FiFi's is an upscale women’s consignment store that carries sizes PP to 3X, in addition to accessories and formal wear. Scarlett Plus Size Boutique ....................................704/552-7383 Todd Albaum, Owner 4732 Sharon Road • Suite P • Charlotte, NC 28210 Sharon Corners Shopping Center • Across from SouthPark Mall www.scarlettplus.com Scarlett Plus Size Boutique is your destination for style, sophistication and service in a relaxed boutique setting. Unlike department stores and chains, Scarlett offers a refreshing shopping experience. Find unique fashions, including sportswear, evening wear, career separates, resort wear, Spanx®, and accessories — only at Scarlett! T O D A Y ’ S

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Get Access Frequently Called Numbers Belmont/Gastonia Belmont Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/825-3792 Belmont Mayor & Town Hall . . . . . . . . . . . .704/825-5586 Gaston County Police, Fire, Ambulance . . . . .704/866-3300 Gaston County Sheriff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/869-6800 Gastonia City/County Tax Office . . . . . . . . . .704/866-3158 Gastonia Mayor & City Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/866-6720 Gastonia Police Department . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/866-6702 Charlotte Animal Control/License/Shelter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .311 AT&T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Business: 1-866/620-6000 Residential: 1-888/757-6500 Attic/Garage/Yard Sale Permits . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-6315 Birth/Death Certificates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2819 Building Permits . . . . . . . . . . . .Commercial: 704/336-2831 Residential: 704/336-3803 Business License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-6315 Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/378-1300 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools . . . . . . . . . .980/343-3000 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2211 City Council Agendas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .311 City/County Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .311 Crime Stoppers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/334-1600 Driver’s License . . . . . . . .8446 N. Tryon St.: 704/547-5786 6016 Brookshire Blvd.: 704/392-3266 6407 Idlewild Road: 704/531-5529 201 W. Arrowood Road: 704/527-2562 Duke Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/594-6200 Emergencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .911 Fire (non-emergency) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2441 Garbage/Trash Collection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .311 Historic District Commission . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2302 Historic Landmarks Commission . . . . . . . . . .704/376-9115 Humane Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/377-0534 Internal Revenue Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/829-1040 Marriage License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-6090 Mayor & City Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2241 Park & Ride/Rideshare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-RIDE Passport Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/333-1374 Piedmont Natural Gas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/364-3120 Planning Commission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2205 Poison Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/355-4000 1-800/222-1222 Police (non-emergency) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .311 Property Tax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Business: 704/336-6382 Personal: 704/336-6394 Register of Deeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2443 Sewer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .311 Shelter for Battered Women . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/332-2513 Sheriff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2543 Social Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/772-1213 Social Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-3150 Time Warner Cable Customer Service . . . . . . . . .704/377-9600

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Mayor & City Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/329-7011 Police Department . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/329-7200 York County Sheriff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/628-3059 Waxhaw Fire Department Station 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/843-4001 Police Department . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/843-0353 Town Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/843-2195 Weddington Town Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/846-2709

Adoption 24-Hour Birth Mother Hotline . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/453-1011 Spanish: 1-888/297-4108 Another Choice for Black Children . . . . . . . . . . .704/394-1124 1-800/774-3534 Bethany Christian Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/541-1833 Catholic Social Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/370-3228 Children’s Home Society of NC . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/632-1400 Christian Adoption Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/847-0038 Christian Family Services Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/548-6030 DATZ Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/829-5683 Department of Youth & Family Services . . . . . . . .704/336-2131 Florence Crittenton Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/372-4663 1-800/448-0024 Frank Adoption Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/597-9135 Lutheran Family Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .919/832-2620 Mecklenburg County Social Services . . . . . . . . . .704/336-3150

Adult Care Centers Elder Care Locator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/677-1116 Cabarrus Coltrane LIFE Center Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/788-1215 Gaston Adult Day Care Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/866-3677 Gaston County ADC - Belmont Center . . . . . . . .704/862-7667 Iredell Elder Center Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/873-0720 Mecklenburg Adult Care & Share Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/567-2700 Blessed Assurance Adult Day & Health Care . . . .704/845-1359 The Ivey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/909-2070 Loving Care Adult Day Care & Health . . . . . . . . .704/391-2776 Loving Touch Adult Day Health Care Center Inc. .704/331-0015 Luz Naciente . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/532-2258 Mt. Olive Adult Day Care/Day Health . . . . . . . . .704/527-7342 New Friends Adult Day Care Health Center . . . . .704/531-7663 Piedmont Adult Living Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/370-0093 Shining Stars Day Respite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/335-0253 University Adult Care Center Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/510-0030


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Union New Testament Adult Day Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/283-5606 Tracy’s Adult Day Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/843-1806 York First Calvary Baptist Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/327-9181 Park Avenue Day Care Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/327-7448 York Day Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/684-1361

Alcoholism/Drug Abuse Al-Anon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/523-1159 Alcohol Abuse 24 Hour Hotline . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/229-7708 Alcoholics Anonymous (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . .704/332-4387 Alcoholics Anonymous (Gastonia) . . . . . . . . . . . .704/865-1561 Alcoholics Anonymous (Rock Hill) . . . . . . . . . . . .803/328-3409 Carolina Region of Narcotics Anonymous . . . .1-866/419-9326 1-888/370-6262 Focus Healthcare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/274-2042 Hope Haven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/372-8809 Keystone Substance Abuse (Rock Hill) . . . . . . . . .803/324-1800 803/324-0404 McLeod Addictive Disease Center . . . . . . . . . . . .704/332-9001 Mental Health Abuse Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-3067 Narcotics Anonymous (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . .704/366 8980 Narcotics Anonymous (Gastonia) . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/272/6184 Pavillon International . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/392-4808 Serenity House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/786-8722 Substance Abuse Prevention Services . . . . . . . . .704/375-3784 Vice/Narcotics Tipline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-8423

Arts Organizations Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/342-2251 Allegro Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/412-5229 American Guild of Organists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/759-3479 Arts & Science Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/372-9667 Arts Council of York County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/328-2787 BareBones Theatre Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/332-5300 Belmont Community Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/825-6787 Cabarrus Art Guild . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/455-2020 Cabarrus Arts Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/920-2787 Carolina Actors Studio Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/455-8542 CarolinaTix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.carolinatix.org Carolina Voices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/374-1564 Carolinas Concert Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/527-6680 Carolinas Latin Dance Company . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/536-9934 Catawba Cultural Preservation Project . . . . . . . .803/328-2427 Charlotte Art League . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/376-2787 Charlotte Artists Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/847-2111 Charlotte Children’s Choir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/374-1892 Charlotte Chorale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .980/297-0391 Charlotte City Ballet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/708-4474 Charlotte Civic Orchestra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/344-0098 Charlotte Folk Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/372-FOLK Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra . . . . . . . . . . . .704/543-5551

Charlotte Symphony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/972-2003 Tickets: 704/972-2000 Charlotte Writers’ Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/602-9800 Charlotte Youth Ballet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .980/322-5522 Chickspeare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/258-3210 Children’s Theatre of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/973-2800 Collaborative Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/625-1288 Community School of the Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/377-4187 CPCC Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/330-6534 Dance Department/CPCC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/330-6882 Davidson Community Players . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/892-7953 Epic Arts Repertory Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/567-9964 Fort Mill Community Playhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/548-8102 Gaston Choral Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/864-8028 Gaston Concert Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/867-7166 Gaston County Arts Guild . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/853-2787 Gaston Dance Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/865-5943 Gold Standard Chorus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/846-2386 Grey Seal Puppets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/521-2878 Guild of Charlotte Artists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/442-5725 Innovative Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/493-2338 Iredell Arts Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/873-6100 Lake Norman Orchestra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/664-8220 Light Factory Contemporary Museum . . . . . . . . .704/333-9755 Little Theatre of Gastonia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/865-0160 Matthews Playhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/846-8343 McColl Center for Visual Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/332-5535 Mooresville Artists Guild . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/663-6661 Mooresville Community Theater . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/662-1025 NarroWay Productions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/802-2300 North Carolina Dance Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/372-0101 Omimeo Mime Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/553-0032 One Voice Chorus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/529-2951 Opera Carolina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/332-7177 Oratorio Singers of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/972-2003 Queen Charlotte Chorus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/556-0690 Queen City Brass Band . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/596-6790 Queen City Jazz Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/965-2342 Queen City Ringers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.queencityringers.org Rock Hill Community Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/324-2578 Theatre Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/376-3777 Box Office: 704/372-1000 Union County Community Arts Council . . . . . . . .704/283-2784 United Arts Council of Gaston County . . . . . . . . .704/853-2787 Yorkville Players . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/980-7412 1-866/334-0064

Business Assistance Ben Craig Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/548-9113 8701 Mallard Creek Road • Charlotte, NC 28262 www.bencraigcenter.com Better Business Bureau of Southern Piedmont . .704/927-8611 13860 Ballantyne Corporate Place • Suite 225 Charlotte, NC 28277 www.charlotte.bbb.org

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Get Access North Carolina Department of Commerce . . . . .919/733-4151 4301 Mail Service Center • Raleigh, NC 27699 www.nccommerce.com/finance

Lake Norman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/892-1922 19900 W. Catawba Ave. • Suite 100 • Cornelius, NC 28031 www.lakenormanchamber.org

North Carolina Department of Revenue . . . . . .1-877/252-3052 501 N. Wilmington St.• Raleigh, NC 27604 Income Tax Refund: P.O. Box R • Raleigh, NC 27634 www.dor.state.nc.us

Latin American . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/343-2525 1112 Charlottetown Ave. • Charlotte, NC 28204 www.lacccharlotte.com

North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center . . . . . . . . . . . . .919/715-7272 1-800/258-0862 5 W. Hargett St. • Suite 600 • Raleigh, NC 27601-1348 www.sbtdc.org SCORE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/344-6576 One Fairview Center 6302 Fairview Road • Suite 300 • Charlotte, NC 28210 www.charlottescore.org Self-Help Credit Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/409-5900 1-800/394-7428 926 Elizabeth Ave. • Suite 302 • Charlotte, NC 28204 www.self-help.org Small Business Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/344-6563 6302 Fairview Road • Suite 300 • Charlotte, NC 28210 www.sba.gov/nc Small Business & Technology Dev. Center . . . . . . . .704/548-1090 8701 Mallard Creek Road • Charlotte, NC 28262 www.sbtdc.org Social Security Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/772-1213 TTY: 1-800/325-0778 5701 Executive Center Drive • Charlotte, NC 28212

Chambers of Commerce Belmont . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/825-5307 32 N. Main St. • Belmont, NC 28012 www.belmontchamber.com Cabarrus Regional . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/782-4000 3003 Dale Earnhardt Blvd. • Kannapolis, NC 28083 www.cabarruschamber.org Carolinas Asian-American . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/588-4288 1-866/YES-ASIA 1339 Baxter St. • Suite 200 • Charlotte, NC 28204 www.caacc.com Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/378-1300 330 S. Tryon St. • P.O. Box 32785 • Charlotte, NC 28202 www.charlottechamber.org French-American . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/225-3910 www.faccnc.com Gaston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/864-2621 601 W. Franklin Blvd. • Gastonia, NC 28052 www.gastonchamber.com

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York County Regional . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/324-7500 116 E. Main St. • Rock Hill, SC 29730 www.yorkcountychamber.com

Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline . . . . . (Charlotte) 704/336-2273 (Gastonia) 704/862-7530 (Rock Hill) 803/328-6958 After Hours: 704/862-7555 National Child Abuse Hotline . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/422-4453 Parent Stress Line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/376-7244 Pat’s Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/335-2760

Child, Teen & Family Services A Child’s Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/343-3790 Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Coalition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .919/226-1880 Alexander Youth Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/366-8712 Alliance for Children & Youth (Gastonia) . . . . . . .704/867-3512 Assistance League . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/525-5228 Bethlehem Center Project Head Start . . . . . . . . .704/333-0203 Big Brothers/Big Sisters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/377-3963 Boy Scouts of America (Central NC) . . . . . . . . . .704/982-0141 Boy Scouts of America (Mecklenburg County) . .704/333-5471 Boy Scouts of America (Piedmont Council) . . . . .704/864-2694 Center for Children’s Defense . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/331-9474 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education . . . .980/343-3000 Child Care Resources Inc. Director’s Leadership Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/376-6697 Resource & Referral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/348-2181 Child Care Search . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/348-2181 Child Nutrition Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/375-3938 Communities in Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/335-0601 Council for Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/372-7961 Dolly Tate Teenage Parent Services . . . . . . . . . . .980/343-6011 Department of Social Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-3150 Early Childhood Intervention . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-7100 Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center . . . . . .704/892-1321 704/370-3248 Family Center Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/376-7180 Gaston Boys & Girls Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/864-5681 Gaston County Board of Education . . . . . . . . . . .704/866-6100 Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/731-6500 Girl Scouts of the Pioneer Council . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/864-3245 Junior Achievement of the Central Carolinas Inc. . .704/536-9668 Parent Information Line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/962-6817 Relatives Youth Crisis Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/377-0602

Right Moves For Youth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/377-4425 Safe Journey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/335-0601 Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club . . . . . . . . . . . .704/334-4731 Smart Start - Iredell County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/878-9980 Smart Start - Mecklenburg County . . . . . . . . . . .704/377-6588 Summit House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/717-2522 Teen Dating Violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-3210 Teen Education & Crisis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/367-7287 Teen Health Center (Rock Hill) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/366-9119 Teen Health Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/446-0924 Thompson Child Development Center . . . . . . . . .704/335-5382 United Family Services (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . .704/332-9034 United Family Services (Gastonia) . . . . . . . . . . . .704/864-7704 Urban League . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/373-2256 Youth & Family Services Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2926 Youth Homes Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/334-9955

Colleges & Universities Art Institute of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/357-8020 2110 Water Ridge Parkway • Charlotte, NC 28217 www.artinstitutes.edu/charlotte Belmont Abbey College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-888/222-0110 100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Road • Belmont, NC 28012 www.belmontabbeycollege.edu Brookstone College of Business . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/547-8600 10125 Berkeley Place Drive • Charlotte, NC 28262 www.brookstone.edu Cabarrus College of Health Sciences . . . . . . . . . .704/403-1555 401 Medical Park Drive • Concord, NC 28025 www.cabarruscollege.edu Carolinas College of Health Sciences School of Nursing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/355-5043 1200 Blythe Blvd. • Charlotte, NC 28203 www.carolinascollege.edu Central Piedmont Community College . . . . . . . .704/330-2722 Main Campus: 1201 Elizabeth Ave. • Charlotte, NC 28204 P.O. Box 35009 • Charlotte, NC 28235 www.cpcc.edu Clinton Junior College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/327-7402 1029 Crawford Road • Rock Hill, SC 29730 www.clintonjuniorcollege.edu Davidson College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/894-2000 102 N. Main St. • Davidson, NC 28035 www.davidson.edu ELS Language Centers/Berlitz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/337-2364 2324 Wellesley Ave. • Charlotte, NC 28207 www.els.com Gaston Community College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/922-6200 201 Hwy. 321 S. • Dallas, NC 28034 www.gaston.cc.nc.us


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Johnson & Wales University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .980/598-1000 801 West Trade St. • Charlotte, NC 28202 www.jwu.edu/charlotte

York Technical College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/327-8000 452 S. Anderson Road • Rock Hill, SC 29730 www.yorktech.com

Johnson C. Smith University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/378-1000 100 Beatties Ford Road • Charlotte, NC 28216 www.jcsu.edu

Culture & Entertainment Venues

King’s College . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/372-0266; 1-800/768-2255 322 Lamar Ave. • Charlotte, NC 28204 www.kingscollegecharlotte.edu Montreat College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/357-3390 5200 77 Center Drive • Suite 100• Charlotte, NC 28217 www.montreat.edu NASCAR Technical Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/658-1950 Branch Campus of UTI of Arizona Inc. 220 Byers Creek Road • Mooresville, NC 28117 www.uticorp.com Pfeiffer University at Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/521-9116 4701 Park Road • Charlotte, NC 28209 www.pfeiffer.edu Strayer University North Charlotte Campus . . . . .704/717-2380 8335 IBM Drive • Suite 150 • Charlotte, NC 28262 South Charlotte Campus: 704/587-5360 9101 Kings Parade Blvd. • Suite 200 • Charlotte, NC 28273 www.strayer.edu Queens University of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/337-2200 Executive MBA:704/337-2489 1900 Selwyn Ave. • Charlotte, NC 28274 www.queens.edu UNC Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/687-2000 9201 University City Blvd. • Charlotte, NC 28223 www.uncc.edu University of Phoenix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/504-5409 3800 Arco Corporate Drive • Suite 100 • Charlotte, NC 28273 www.phoenix.edu University of South Carolina at Lancaster . . . . . .803/313-7000 476 Hubbard Drive • Lancaster, SC 29720 usclancaster.sc.edu Wake Forest University, Babcock Graduate School of Management . . . . . . . . . . . .704/365-1717 6805 Morrison Blvd. • Suite 150 • Charlotte, NC 28211 www.mba.wfu.edu Wingate University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/755-5550 P.O. Box 159 • Wingate, NC 28174 www.wingate.edu Wingate University - Metro Campus . . . . . . . . . .704/849-2132 110 Matthews Station St. • Suite 2-D • Matthews, NC 28105 www.metro.wingate.edu Winthrop University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/323-2211 701 Oakland Ave. • Rock Hill, SC 29733 www.winthrop.edu

Bank of America Stadium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/358-7407 Tickets: 704/358-7800 800 S. Mint St. • Charlotte, NC 28202 www.panthers.com/stadium

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ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/973-2780 Tickets: 704/973-2828 300 E. Seventh St. • Charlotte, NC 28202 www.imaginon.org Knights Stadium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/357-8071 803/548-8050 Tickets: 36-HOMER 2280 Deerfield Drive • Fort Mill, SC 29715 www.charlotteknights.com

Belmont Abbey College Performing Arts Theatre .704/825-6787 Belmont Abbey College • Haid Building 100 Belmont-Mt.Holly Road • Belmont, NC 28012

Lowe’s Motor Speedway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704-455-3200 Tickets: 1-800/455-FANS 5555 Concord Parkway S. • Concord, NC 28027 www.lowesmotorspeedway.com

Carolina Actors Studio Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/455-8542 1118 Clement Ave. • Charlotte, NC 28205 www.nccast.com

McCelvey Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/684-3948 212 E. Jefferson St. • York, SC 29745 www.chmuseums.org

Carowinds Paladium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/588-2600 14523 Carowinds Blvd. • Charlotte, NC 28273 www.carowinds.com Charlotte Bobcats Arena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/688-9000 Tickets: 704/522-6500 333 E. Trade St. • Charlotte, NC 28202 www.charlottebobcatsarena.com Charlotte Convention Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/339-6000 501 S. College St. • Charlotte, NC 28202 www.charlotteconventionctr.com Charlotte Merchandise Mart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/333-7709 800 Briar Creek Road • Charlotte, NC 28205 www.carolinasmart.com Cricket Arena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/372-3600 Tickets: 704/335-3100 2700 E. Independence Blvd. • Charlotte, NC 28205 www.cricketarenacharlotte.com Dale F. Halton Theater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/330-6840 Central Piedmont Community College Tickets: 704/330-6534 1206 Elizabeth Ave. • Charlotte, NC 28204 www.halton.cpcc.edu Dana Auditorium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/337-2200 Queens University of Charlotte 1900 Selwyn Ave. • Charlotte, NC 28274 Fort Mill Community Playhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/548-8102 615 Banks St. • Fort Mill, SC 29716 www.fortmillplayhouse.org Founders Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/716-8649 100 N. Tryon St. • Charlotte, NC 28255 www.foundershall.com

McColl Center for Visual Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/332-5535 721 N. Tryon St. • Charlotte, NC 28202 www.mccollcenter.org Memorial Stadium/Grady Cole Center . . . . . . . . .704/336-2884 310 N. Kings Drive • Charlotte, NC 28204 NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center . . . . . . . .704/333-4686 Tickets: 704/372-1000 130 N. Tryon St. • Charlotte, NC 28237 www.blumenthalcenter.org Neighborhood Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/358-9298 511 E. 36th St. • Charlotte, NC 28205 www.neighborhoodtheatre.com Old Courthouse Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/788-2405 49 Spring St. SW • Concord, NC 28025 www.oldcourthousetheatre.org Ovens Auditorium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/372-3600 Tickets: 704/335-3100 2700 E. Independence Blvd. • Charlotte, NC 28205 www.ovensauditorium.com Pease Auditorium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/330-2722 Central Piedmont Community College 1201 Elizabeth Ave. • Charlotte, NC 28204 Rock Hill Community Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/324-2578 www.rhcommunitytheatre.org SouthEnd Performing Arts Center . . . . . . . . . . . .704/332-5300 201 Rampart St. • Charlotte, NC 28203 Spirit Square Center for Arts & Education . . . . . .704/333-4686 Tickets: 704/372-1000 130 N. Tryon St. • Charlotte, NC 28237 www.blumenthalcenter.org Sylvia Theater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/684-5590 27 N. Congress St.• York, SC 29745 www.sylviatheater.com

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Get Access Theatre Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/376-3777 Tickets: 704/372-1000 501 Queens Road • Charlotte, NC 28207 www.theatrecharlotte.com Ticketmaster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 704/522-6500 www.ticketmaster.com Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/549-5555 707 Pavilion Blvd. • Charlotte, NC 28262 www.vwatx.com Visulite Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/358-9200 1615 Elizabeth Ave. • Charlotte, NC 28204 www.visulite.com

Mecklenburg County Dept. of Social Services . . .704/336-3150 Mecklenburg County Women’s Commission . . .704/336-3210 National Domestic Violence Hotline . . . . . . . . .1-800/799-7233 Hearing Impaired: 1-800/787-3224 National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline . . . . . . . .1-866-331-9474 New Options for Violent Actions (NOVA) . . . . . . .704/336-4344 Parenting Skills Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-3414 Programa Confianza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/432-6970 Safe Passage Inc. (Rock Hill) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/329-2800 Hotline: 1-800/659-0977 Salvation Army Center of Hope Women’s Shelter704/348-2560 Samaritan House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/527-1130 Shelter for Battered Women . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/332-2513 Victim Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-4126 Youth & Family Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2131

Disability Services Emergency & Crisis Intervention

ARC of Gaston County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/861-1036 ARC of Mecklenburg County Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . .704/332-4535 Allegro Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/412-5229 Carolinas Rehabilitation: Driving School for the Disabled . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/634-2256 Developmental Disabilities Resources . . . . . . . .704/573-9777 Disability Rights-Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/537-0550 Exceptional Children’s Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . .704/892-1321 Goodwill Industries of the S. Piedmont . . . . . . . .704/372-3434 Holy Angels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/825-4161 Lifespan Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..704/944-5100 Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/432-1111 Metrolina Association for the Blind . . . . . . . . . . .704/372-3870 N.C. Division of Services for the Blind . . . . . . . . .704/563-4163 Residential Support Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/536-6661 Special Olympics (Mecklenburg County) . . . . . . .704/358-1935 Special Transportation Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-7433 Vocational Rehabilitation Services . . . . . . . . . . . .704/568-8804 York County Board of Disabled & Special Needs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/628-5999

American Red Cross . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/376-1661 American Red Cross (York County) . . . . . . . . . . .803/329-6575 Charlotte Emergency Housing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/335-5488 Community Link . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/943-9490 Crisis Assistance Ministry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/371-3000 Dangerous Dog Hotline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .311 Family Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/376-7180 Girls & Boys Town National Hotline . . . . . . . . .1-800/448-3000 Mecklenburg EMS Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/943-6000 National Center for Missing & Exploited Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/843-5678 Poison Control Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/355-4000 1-800/222-1222 Psychiatric ER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/358-2800 Relatives Youth Crisis Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/377-0602 Runaway Hotline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/RUNAWAY Safe Passage (Rock Hill) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/327-7558 Suicide Hotline (Gastonia) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/867-4357 United Way Hotline (Central Carolinas) . . . . . . . .704/372-7170 United Way Hotline (Gastonia) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/864-4554

Domestic Violence/ Survivor Assistance

Employment

Adult Abuse & Neglect . . . . . . . . .8 a.m.-5 p.m.: 704/336-3150 After Hours: 704/336-2273 CMPD Domestic Violence Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2948 704/336-8969 CMPD Family Services Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2771 Domestic Violence Advisory Board . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-3210 Domestic Violence Advocacy Council . . . . . . . . . .704/432-1568 Domestic Violence and Child Observers HERO Program . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-3210 Domestic Violence Counselor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-3147 Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline (Gaston County) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/852-6000 Domestic Violence Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/332-2513 Domestic Violence/Crisis Program . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-3210 Family Service Inc. (Gastonia) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/864-7704 Gaston County Dept. of Social Services . . . . . . .704/862-7500

BRIDGE Jobs Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/377-5371 City of Charlotte Job Listing Hotline . . . . . . . . . .704/336-3968 CPCC Career Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/330-6551 Employment Security Commission . . . . . . . . . . .704/565-6865 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission . .1-800/669-4000 Jacob’s Ladder Job Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/332-5822 JobLink . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 704/527-3195 Mecklenburg County Women’s Commission . . . .704/336-3210 New Beginnings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-4309

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Family Planning Catholic Social Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/370-6155 Crisis Pregnancy Center (Gastonia) . . . . . . . . . . .704/867-3706 Crisis Pregnancy Center (Rock Hill) . . . . . . . . . . . 803/329-2524 Florence Crittenton Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/372-4663 Gaston County Dept. of Social Services . . . . . . . .704/862-7500 LDS Family Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/535-2436 Mecklenburg Health Department . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-6500 Planned Parenthood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/536-7233 704/566-1979 Pregnancy Resource Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/372-5981 York County Health Department . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/909-7370

Food Resources Cabarrus Meals On Wheels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/788-3412 Crisis Assistance Ministry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/371-3000 Crisis Assistance Ministry (Gastonia) . . . . . . . . . .704/867-8901 Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen (Rock Hill) . . . . . . . . .803/366-4142 Fort Mill Care Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/547-7620 Friendship Trays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/333-9229 Gaston County Food Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/854-9221 Loaves and Fishes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/523-4333 Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina Community Food Rescue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/376-1785 Society of St. Andrew/The Gleaning Network . . .704/553-1730

Gardens/Nature Centers Cowans Ford Wildlife Refuge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/875-1391 2329 Neck Road • Huntersville, NC Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/825-4490 6500 S. New Hope Road • Belmont, NC 28012 www.dsbg.org Evergreen Nature Preserve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/598-8857 1300 Tarrington Ave. • Charlotte, NC 28205

Environmental Protection/ Recycling Services

Latta Plantation Nature Preserve . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/875-1391 5226 Sample Road • Huntersville, NC 28078

Bulky Item Collection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .311 Catawba Lands Conservancy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/342-3330

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McGill Rose Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/333-6497 940 N. Davidson St. • Charlotte, NC 28026 www.mcgillrosegarden.org Memorial Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/786-8009 50 Spring St. • Concord, NC 28026 www.memorialgarden.info

Union County Government Center . . . . . . . . . . .704/283-3810 Union County Social Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/772-1213 York Rock Hill Social Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/328-6271 York County Department of Social Services . . . . 803/684-2315

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/598-8857 2900 Rocky River Road • Charlotte, NC 28215

Health & Wellness

RibbonWalk Nature Preserve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/598-8857 4601 Nevin Road • Charlotte, NC 28269

Alzheimer’s Assoc.Western Carolina Chapter . . . . .704/532-7392 American Cancer Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/552-6147 1-800/227-2345 Hearing Impaired: 1-866/228-4327 American Heart & Stroke Association . . . . . . . . .704/374-0632 American Lung Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/LUNG-USA American Red Cross . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/376-1661 Arthritis Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/529-5166 Behavioral Health Call Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/444-2400 Buddy Kemp Caring House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/384-5223 Cancer Information Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/422-6237 Cancer Services of Gaston County Inc. . . . . . . . .704/864-1271 Carolina RAIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/372-7246 Carolina Wellness Coalition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/525-7352 Catherine’s House (Belmont) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/825-9599 Charlotte Dental Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/376-6555 Charlotte Medical Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/376-0847 Charlotte Speech & Hearing Center . . . . . . . . . .704/523-8027 Community Health Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/375-0172 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/321-7852 Down Syndrome Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/536-2163 Epilepsy Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/451-0694 Food & Drug Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/344-6116 Gaston County Health Dept. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/853-5000 Gaston County Medical Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/834-2990 Gaston Hospice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/861-8405 Heart Society of Gaston County . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/865-1214 Hospice & Palliative Care, Charlotte Region . . . .704/375-0100 Juvenile Diabetes Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/561-0828 LaLeche League of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/841-5491 Lupus Found. of America Piedmont Chapter . . . .704/849-8271 March of Dimes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/377-2009 Mecklenburg County Health Dept. . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-4700 Mecklenburg County Medical Society . . . . . . . . .704/376-3688 Mental Health Association of the Central Carolinas Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/365-3454 Metrolina AIDS Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/333-1435 Muscular Dystrophy Association . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/567-2912 National Breast Cancer Coalition . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/622-2838 National Cancer Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/4-CANCER National Kidney Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/552-1351 National Multiple Sclerosis Society . . . . . . . . . . .704/525-2955 N.C. Board of Chiropractic Examiners . . . . . . . . .704/793-1342 N.C. Board of Dental Examiners . . . . . . . . . . . . .919/678-8223 N.C. Board of Nursing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .919/782-3211 N.C. Hospital Assoc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .919/677-2400 N.C. Medical Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/253-9653 N.C. Medical Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/722-1350 NorthEast Medical Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/783-3000

UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens . . . . . . . . . . . .704/687-2364 McMillan Greenhouse 9201 University City Blvd. • Charlotte, NC 28223 gardens.uncc.edu Wing Haven Garden & Bird Sanctuary . . . . . . . .704/331-0664 248 Ridgewood Ave. • Charlotte, NC 28209 www.winghavengardens.com

Government Agencies Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/829-3676 Tax Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/829-1040 Pre-recorded Tax Information . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/829-4477 Office of Public Inquiries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/772-1213 U.S. Department of Health & Human Services . .1-202/619-0257 Medicare (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800 MEDICARE www.medicare.gov Social Security Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/772-1213 www.ssa.gov U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services . . . . . . .1-800/375-5283 www.uscis.gov Cabarrus Cabarrus County Department of Social Services . . 704/920-1400 Cabarrus County Government Center . . . . . . . . 704/920-2000 Cabarrus County Social Security Administration .704/788-3130 Gaston Gaston County Department of Social Services . . .704/862-7500 Gaston County Government Center . . . . . . . . . .704/866-3100 Gaston County Social Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 704/854-3972 Iredell Iredell County Department of Social Services . . . 704/873-5631 Iredell County Government Center . . . . . . . . . . .704/878-3000 Statesville Social Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/872-8120 Mecklenburg Mecklenburg County Government Center . . . . . .704/336-2472 Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-3150 Mecklenburg County Social Security . . . . . . . .1-800/772-1213 Union Union County Department of Social Services . . . 704/296-4300

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Regional HIV/AIDS Consortium . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/531-2467 S.C. Board of Medical Examiners . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/896-4500 S.C. Hospital Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/796-3080 S.C. Medical Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/798-6207 Sickle Cell Regional Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/332-4184 Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation . . . .704/347-8181 York County Health Department . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/909-7370

Hospitals Carolinas Medical Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/355-2000 CMC-Mercy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/304-5000 CMC-NorthEast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/403-3000 CMC-Pineville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/667-1000 CMC-Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/283-3100 CMC-University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/863-6000 Gaston Memorial Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/834-2000 Iredell Memorial Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/873-5661 Lake Norman Regional Medical Center . . . . . . . .704/660-4000 Piedmont Medical Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/329-1234 Presbyterian Hospital-Main . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/384-4000 Presbyterian Hospital-Huntersville . . . . . . . . . . . .704/892-3733 Presbyterian Hospital-Matthews . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/384-6500 Springs Memorial Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/286-1214

Hospitals (Specialty) Blumenthal Cancer Center at CMC . . . . . . . . . . .704/355-2884 Carolinas Rehabilitation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/355-4300 Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat . . . . . . . . . . . .704/295-3000 Hemby Children’s Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/384-4021 Levine Children’s Hospital . . . .www.levinechildrenshospital.org Presbyterian Cancer Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/384-4750 Presbyterian Orthopaedic Hospital . . . . . . . . . . .704/316-2000

Housing Charlotte Apartment Association . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/334-9511 Charlotte Housing Authority . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-5183 Applications: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-5184 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership . . .704/342-0933 Charlotte Neighborhood Development . . . . . . . .704/336-5559 Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association . . . . . . .704/940-3113 Department of Housing Concord . . . . . . . . . . . .704/788-1139 Fort Mill Housing Authority . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/547-6787 Gaston County Housing Authority . . . . . . . . . . . .704/864-6771 Grace & Mercy House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/933-3796 Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . .704/376-2054 Home Builders Association of Charlotte . . . . . . .704/376-8524 Hope House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/992-1902 Hospitality House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/384-6058 Housing Code Enforcement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .311 Monroe Housing Authority . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/289-2514 Mooresville Housing Authority . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/664-1659 Statesville Housing Authority . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/825-9376 Summit House. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/334-4423

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Get Access Legal Assistance

Union Union County Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/843-3131

American Arbitration Association . . . . . . . . . . . .704/347-0200 Children’s Law Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/331-9474 Child Support Enforcement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/342-6325 Guardian Ad Litem Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/347-7843 Legal Aid of NC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .see Consumer Protection Legal Service of S. Piedmont . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/376-1600 Mecklenburg County Women’s Commission . . .704/336-3210 North Carolina Lawyer Referral Service . . . . . .1-800/662-7660 Refugee Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/370-6930

York Fort Mill Public Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/547-4114 Lake Wylie Public Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/831-7774 York County Main Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/981-5858

Lesbian & Gay Services Coming Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/576-3635 Gay & Lesbian Switchboard of Charlotte . . . . . . .704/535-6277 Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays . . . . . .704/542-2019 Time Out Youth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/344-8335

Libraries Cabarrus Charles A. Cannon Memorial Library . . . . . . . . . .704/920-2050 Gaston Gaston County Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/868-2164 Iredell Mooresville Public Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/664-2927 Mecklenburg Beatties Ford Road Branch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2882 Belmont Center Branch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2470 Carmel Branch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/542-0401 CheckIt Outlet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/432-2400 Cornelius Branch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/655-9409 Davidson Branch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/892-8557 Freedom Regional . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2721 Hickory Grove Branch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/536-5110 ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center . . . . . .704/973-2780 Independence Regional . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/568-3151 Main Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2725 Matthews Regional . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/847-6691 Mint Hill Branch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/545-3932 Morrison Regional . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2109 Mountain Island Branch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/831-5700 Myers Park Branch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2011 North County Regional . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/895-4020 Plaza Midwood Branch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2982 Scaleybark Branch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/529-0632 South County Regional . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/341-5872 Steele Creek Branch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/588-4345 Sugar Creek Branch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2469 University City Regional . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/595-9828 West Boulevard Branch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-6802

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Mammography Services Breast Health Education (Health Dept.) . . . . . . . .704/336-8500 Charlotte Radiology Breast Screening . . . . . . . . .704/367-2232 CMC-Mercy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/379-5000 Gaston Radiology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/671-7730 Metrolina Women’s Breast Center . . . . . . . . . . . .704/365-8371 Presbyterian Breast Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/384-7140

Multicultural African Cultural Exchange . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/566-9542 Afro-American Cultural Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/374-1565 www.AACC-Charlotte.org Alemannia Society of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/823-0322 www.alemanniasociety.org Alliance Francaise de Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/907-3282 www.afcharlotte.org American Arab Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/375-1424 Armenian Cultural Association of the Carolinas . . 704/553-8083 www.telf.com/church Asian American Cultural Society of Charlotte . . .704/573-8813 Association Des Ressortissants Nigeriens . . . . . .704/714-5632 Austrian Cultural Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/567-2990 www.austrianculturesociety.org Bosnian Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/687-4887 British Club of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/641-1132 www.thebritishclubofcharlotte.org British Ladies Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/541-9670 Cambodian Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/334-8431 Carribean International Cultural Association Inc . . .704/573-1594 Catawba Valley Scottish Society . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/875-3113 Charlotte Folk Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/372-3655 Charlotte Sister Cities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/333-3399 Charlotte Taiwanese-American Association of NC . .704/609-7461 Chinese-American Association of Charlotte . . . .704/547-2312 www.charlottechinese.8m.net Christopher Columbus Italian Club of Charlotte . .704/814-6927 Conexion Latina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/532-8703 Diversity Council of the Carolinas . . . . . . . . . . . .704/338-1888 Echo Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/347-3844 Eritrean Community Organization . . . . . . . . . . . .704/563-9000 Ethiopian Community of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . .980/343/6629 Filipino-American Community of the Carolinas Inc. .704/583-9421 Forum on Congo’s Development . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/777-0704 Friends of Scandinavia - Piedmont Lodge . . . . . .704/552-6067 German-American Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/458-6396 http://cazoo.org/GAClubs.shtml#NC Ghana National Association of the Carolinas.......704/599-8111 Haitian-American Association of the Carolinas . .704/712-0319 www.haacfreeservers.com

Hmong Community of Charlotte Inc . . . . . . . . . .704/599-8500 India Association of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/594-4634 www.festivalindia.org International House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/333-8099 Irish Society of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/720-0963 www.irishsocietyofcharlotte.org Japan-American Society of Charlotte . . . . . . . . .704/547-2727 www.uncc.edu/medomoto Japanese Association in Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . .704/333-2775 Jewish Community Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/366-5007 Korean Association of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/839-1023 La Casa del Ecuatoriano . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/713-9662 www.lacasadelecuatoriano.com La Casa Latinoamericana de las Carolinas, Inc . .704/825-6812 www.belmontabbeycollege.edu Lao-American Association of North Carolina . . . .704/621-1945 Latin American Coalition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/531-3848 Latin American Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/602-2435 Latin American Women’s Association . . . . . . . . .704/552-1003 Liberian Association of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/537-6300 Mayor’s International Cabinet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2174 Metrolina Native American Association . . . . . . . .704/926-1524 Metrolina Phoenician Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/846-2269 Mi Casa Su Casa Resource Center . . . . . . . . . . .704/536-9845 National Society Daughters of the British Empire 704/540-8606 Nigerian Community of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . .704/566-1705 Polish-American Cultural Society . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/549-8555 Russian Women of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/663-4675 Suomi-Finland Club of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/552-6067 Swiss Society of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/827-1345 Turkish American Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/540-4987 Union des Français de l’Etranger . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/541-8350 UNISAL (Union Salvadorena) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/521-6166 United Somali Community Inc. in North Carolina . .704/370-6050 Urban League of the Central Carolinas . . . . . . . .704/373-2256 Vamos Mexico . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/344-9021 Vietnamese Association of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . .704/568-8744 Welsh Society of the Carolinas . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/655-0754 www.welshcarolina.org/ Women’s Inter-Cultural Exchange . . . . . . . . . . . .704/365-4452

Museums & Historic Sites Afro-American Cultural Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/374-1565 401 N. Myers St. • Charlotte, NC 28202 www.aacc-charlotte.org Alexandriana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/896-9808 9921 Old Statesville Road • Huntersville, NC 28269 Carolinas Aviation Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/359-8442 4108 Minuteman Way • Charlotte, NC 28208 www.carolinasaviation.org Carolina Raptor Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/875-6521 6000 Sample Road • Huntersville, NC 28078 www.carolinaraptorcenter.org Charlotte Museum of History & Hezekiah Alexander Homesite . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/568-1774 3500 Shamrock Drive • Charlotte, NC 28215 www.charlottemuseum.org


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Charlotte Nature Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/372-6261 1658 Sterling Road • Charlotte, NC 28209 www.discoveryplace.org

Mint Museum of Craft + Design . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/337-2000 220 N. Tryon St. • Charlotte, NC 28202 www.mintmuseum.org

Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center . . . . . . . . .704/336-3483

Charlotte Trolley Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/375-0850 2104 South Blvd. • Charlotte, NC 28203 www.charlottetrolley.org

Museum of the Waxhaws and Andrew Jackson Memorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/843-1832 8215 Waxhaw Highway • Waxhaw, NC 28173 www.perigee.net/~mwaxhaw

U.S. National Whitewater Center . . . . . . . . . . . .704/391-3900

Museum of York County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/329-2121 4621 Mount Gallant Road • Rock Hill, SC 29732 www.chmuseums.org

American Association of Retired Persons . . . .1-866/389-5650 American Parkinson’s Disease Association . . .1-800/223-2732 Arthritis Foundation (Answer Line) . . . . . . . . .1-800/283-7800 Centralina Area Agency on Aging . . . . . . . . . . .704/372-2416 Charlotte Care Grandmothers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/335-0501 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Council on Aging . . . . .704/391-5216 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Senior Centers . . . . . . .704/522-6222 Community Health Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/375-0172 Department of Social Services (Mecklenburg County) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-3150 Lifelong Learning for Seniors (CPCC) . . . . . . . . .704/330-4223 North Mecklenburg Senior Services . . . . . . . . . .704/345-7763 Senior Health Program at Bette Rae Thomas Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/393-7333 Senior Scholars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/376-4201 Shamrock Senior Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/531-6900 Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/365-1995 Tyvola Road Senior Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/522-6222 York County Council on Aging . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/327-6694

Children at Play . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/542-0877 10504 McMullen Creek Parkway • Charlotte, NC 28226 www.charlotteatplay.com Discovery Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/372-6261 301 N. Tryon St. • Charlotte, NC 28202 www.discoveryplace.org Dowd House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/398-2260 2216 Monument Ave. • Charlotte, NC 28208 Duke Energy’s Energy Explorium . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/875-5600 13339 Hagers Ferry Road • Huntersville, NC 28078 Energy Quest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/777-0006 4850 Concord Road • York, SC 29745 Fieldcrest Cannon Textile Museum . . . . . . . . . . .704/938-3200 200 West Ave. • Kannapolis, NC 28081 www.cannonvillage.com Gaston County Museum of Art & History . . . . . .704/922-7681 131 W. Main St. • Dallas, NC 28034 www.gastoncountymuseum.org Historic Brattonsville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/684-2327 1444 Brattonsville Road • McConnells, SC 29726 www.chmuseums.org

North Carolina Transportation Museum . . . . . . .704/636-2889 411 S. Salisbury Ave. • Spencer, NC 28159 www.nctrans.org Reed Gold Mine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/721-4653 9621 Reed Mine Road • Midland, NC 28107 www.reedmine.com Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve . . . . . . . .704/598-8857 2900 Rocky River Road • Charlotte, NC 28215 Rural Hill Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/875-3113 4431 Neck Road • Huntersville, NC 28078 www.ruralhillfarm.org Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/866-6900 1500 E. Garrison Blvd. • Gastonia, NC 28054 www.schielemuseum.org

Historic Latta Plantation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/875-2312 5225 Sample Road • Huntersville, NC 28078 www.lattaplantation.org

St. Mary’s Chapel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/333-1235 1129 E. Third St. • Charlotte, NC 28202 www.stmaryschapel.com

Historic Rosedale Plantation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/335-0325 3427 N. Tryon St. • Charlotte, NC 28206 www.historicrosedale.org

Neighborhood Improvement

Hugh Torance House and Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/875-6479 8231 Gilead Road • Huntersville, NC 28078 Independence Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2884 300 Hawthorne Lane • Charlotte, NC 28202 James K. Polk Memorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/889-7145 12031 Lancaster Highway • Pineville, NC 28134 Levine Museum of the New South . . . . . . . . . . .704/333-1887 200 E. Seventh St. • Charlotte, NC 28202 www.museumofthenewsouth.org McIntyre Historic Site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/875-1391 4125 McIntyre Ave. • Charlotte, NC 28216 Mint Hill Country Doctor Museum at the Carl J. McEwen Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/573-0726 4311 Hillside Drive • Mint Hill, NC 28227 www.minthillhistory.com Mint Museum of Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/337-2000 2730 Randolph Road • Charlotte, NC 28207 www.mintmuseum.org

Community Relations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2424 Crime Stoppers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/334-1600 Gang of One . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/432-4264 Neighborhood Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2646

Organ Donation Life Share of the Carolinas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/512-3303 1-800/932-4483 National Kidney Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/552-1351

Parks & Recreation Charlotte-Mecklenburg Park & Recreation . . . . .704/336-3854 Facility Reservations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .311 Gaston County Park & Recreation . . . . . . . . . . . .704/922-2160 Grady Cole Center/Memorial Stadium . . . . . . . . .704/336-3483 Iredell County Park & Recreation . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/878-3103

Ray’s Splash Planet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/432-4RAY The SC Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Tourism . . . . . .803/734-1700

Senior Services

Service Agencies Assistance League of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/525-5228 Charlotte Area Fund Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/372-3010 Salvation Army (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/334-4731 Salvation Army (Gastonia) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/867-6145 United Family Services (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . .704/332-9034 United Family Services (Gastonia) . . . . . . . . . . .704/864-7704 United Way (Cabarrus) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/786-4179 United Way (Central Carolinas) . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/372-7170 United Way (Gastonia) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/864-4554 United Way (Mooresville/Lake Norman) . . . . . . .704/664-2284 United Way (Rock Hill) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/324-2735

Sports Carolina Panthers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/358-7000 Charlotte 49ers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/687-4949 Charlotte Bobcats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/262-2287 704/357-0252 Charlotte Checkers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/342-4423 Charlotte Eagles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/841-8644 Charlotte Knights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/357-8071 803/548-8050 Charlotte Soccer Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/295-1750

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Veteran Services NC Veteran Affairs Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/563-2037 Veterans Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2102

YMCA/YWCA Support Groups Bosom Buddies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/384-5223 Carolina Breast Friends . . . . . . . .www.carolinabreastfriends.org Charlotte Mommies . . . . . . . . . . .www.charlottemommies.com Charlotte Mothers of Multiples . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/341-9979 Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous . . . . . . . . .704/348-1569 Job Loss Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/372-4701 KinderMourn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/376-2580 Mocha Moms Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.mochamoms.org Mothers Against Drunk Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/814-7294 Mothers & More . . . . . . . . . . . .www.lknmothersandmore.com Mothers of Murdered Offspring . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-3515 Sisters Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/384-5223 Women’s Cancer Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/384-5223

Transportation Amtrak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/872-7245 CATS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-RIDE 1-866/779-CATS Hearing Impaired: 704/336-5051 Charlotte/Douglas International Airport . . . . . . .704/359-4013 Charlotte Trolley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/375-0850 Concord Regional Airport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/920-5900 Gastonia Municipal Airport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/864-4363 Gastonia Transit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/866-6855 Greyhound Buses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/372-0456 1-800/229-9424

Tourism Cabarrus County Conv. & Visitors Bureau . . . . . .704/782-4340 1-800/848-3740 Charlotte Center City Partners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/332-2227 Charlotte Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visit Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/334-2282 Charlotte Sister Cities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/333-3399 Gaston County Travel & Tourism . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/825-4044 1-800/849-9994 Greater Charlotte Hospitality & Tourism Alliance .704/331-0079 NC Travel & Tourism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/VISIT-NC Passport Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/333-1374 Traveler’s Aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/943-9490 York County Convention & Visitors Bureau . . . . .803/329-5200

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Cabarrus Concord YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/795-9622 Kannapolis YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/939-9622 Gaston Belmont YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/822-9622 Central Branch Gastonia YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/865-8551 Cherryville YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/435-9620 South Gastonia Branch YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/865-2193 Stowe Family YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/822-9622 Iredell Iredell County YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/873-9622 Lowe’s YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/716-4000 Lincoln Lincoln County Family YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/748-9311 Mecklenburg Ballantyne Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/716-4600 Childress Klein (Uptown) YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/716-6400 Community Development Partnership . . . . . . . . .704/716-6200 Dowd YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/716-6100 Gateway Village YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/716-4700 Harris Branch YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/716-6800 Harris Express YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/716-6980 Johnston Branch YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/716-6300 Lake Norman Branch YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/716-4400 McCrorey Branch YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/716-6500 Morrison Family YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/716-4650 Simmons Branch YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/716-6600 Siskey Branch YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/716-4200 Steele Creek Branch YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/716-4900 Stratford Richardson YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/716-4800 University City Branch YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/716-6700 YMCA of Greater Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/716-6200 YWCA Health & Fitness Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/525-5770 Union Weddington YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/716-4225 York Baxter YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/548-8020 Clover Branch YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/222-9622 Fort Mill YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/548-8020 Gold Hill Branch (Fort Mill) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/548-9622 Rock Hill Aquatics Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/817-7665 Rock Hill YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/329-9622 Upper Palmetto YMCA (Rock Hill) . . . . . . . . . . . .803/324-9622 YMCA Wellness Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/366-9622 York YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/684-2247


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Sen. Elizabeth Dole

Rep. Sue Myrick

U.S. Senate (R) North Carolina

U.S. House, 9th District (R) North Carolina

Rep. Linda P. Johnson

Lieutenant Governor Beverly Perdue

Secretary Of State Elaine F. Marshall

(D) North Carolina

(D) North Carolina

Rep. Karen B. Ray

Rep. Tricia A. Cotham

Rep. Beverly M. Earle

North Carolina (R) District 83

North Carolina (R) District 95

North Carolina (D) District 100

North Carolina (D) District 101

Rep. Becky Carney

Rep. Ruth Samuelson

North Carolina (D) District 102

North Carolina (R) District 104

Rep. Martha B. Alexander

Rep. Bessie Moody-Lawrence

North Carolina (D) District 106

South Carolina (D) District 49

Not pictured: Rep. Debbie Clary, North Carolina (R) District 110; Sen. Linda H. Short, South Carolina (D) District 17

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Get Involved Aug. 14, 2008

Sept. 20, 2008

Sept. 27, 2008

Eighth Annual Laugh For The Cure

American Heart Association 2008 Start! Charlotte Heart Walk

Hit The Brixx 10K Run/5K Run-Walk For Kids Path®

This event, benefiting the Susan G. Komen Charlotte

The 2008 Start! Charlotte Heart Walk is a three-mile trek

Whether you have a love for helping kids or a love for

affiliate, includes hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auc-

through uptown Charlotte to raise funds for heart dis-

pizza, this event is for you. Hit The Brixx is a run-walk

tions, and a comedy show featuring David L and Billy

ease and stroke, the number one killer in the United

event to raise funds and awareness for Kids® Path, a

Gardell. McGlohon Theater, Spirit Square, 6 p.m. Call

States. The walk will start and finish at Founders Hall,

pediatric hospice care program for children and teens

Tammy Greyshock at 704/383-5294, or visit

100 N. Tryon St. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.,and

with life-threatening illnesses, and those who are griev-

www.laughforthecure.com.

the walk is 9 a.m. to noon. For information, call

ing the loss of a loved one. Registration begins at 6:45

704/374-0632 or visit www.americanheart.org.

a.m.; the 10K run starts at 8 a.m., and the 5K run-walk starts at 9 a.m. Cost is $17 to 27 per person. Race begins and ends at Brixx Pizza on East Sixth Street. Free

Sept. 22, 2008 Aug. 23, 2008 National Multiple Sclerosis Society The Great Gatsby Party The 20th annual Great Gatsby Party is a costume ball

Cadillac Invitational Golf Tournament To Benefit The March Of Dimes Players are encouraged to join the March of Dimes for a Captain’s Choice round of golf. The event features a round of golf, registration gift, lunch, on-course snack

taken straight from the roaring ‘20s. This gala features

and refreshments, and recognition dinner. Prizes will

food from 15 Charlotte restaurants, as well as a costume

be awarded to the top eight teams. First place quali-

contest, live and silent auctions, and a dance competi-

fies for invitation to the national Cadillac tournament

tion. Wachovia Atrium, 301 N. Tryon St., 8 p.m. to mid-

in January 2009. Pine Lake Country Club, $2,000 per

night. Individual tickets are $75 in advance, $100 at the

foursome. For reservations or information, contact the

door. Sponsorship from $250 to $1,200. Contact Matt

Greater Piedmont Chapter of the March of Dimes,

Honeycutt at matt.honeycutt@nmss.org or 704/525-

704/377-2009.

pizza and drinks follow the event. For information, contact Nancy Cole at colen@hpccr.org.

Sept. 27-28, 2008 National Multiple Sclerosis Society 2008 MS 150 Bike Tour The annual MS 150 Bike Tour gives riders a scenic view while pedaling for a cure. Cyclists have the option of taking the century ride, which starts just outside of Rock Hill, S.C., or a 35-mile or 75-mile route which starts in Greenville, S.C., Cyclists raise a minimum of $200. For more information, call 704/525-2955, or visit bikencp.nationalmssociety.org.

5906, or visit ncp@nmss.org.

Sept. 22, 2008

Oct. 4, 2008

Fourth Annual Queen City Celebrity Golf Tournament To Benefit The Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

Twelfth Annual Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure®

SheROX Charlotte Triathlon 2008

Players will line up and tee off for 18 holes to bene-

women of all ages, and last year’s event raised a record-

Lace up your sneakers and don’t forget your swimsuit

fit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.This charity golf

breaking $1.2 million for research.This year’s Race takes

as this event kicks off at Latta Plantation Park in Char-

event will be held at Cedarwood Country Club at 5000

place at Gateway Village.The non-competitive 5K race

lotte.The triathlon features a 750-meter swim, 17-mile

Pineville-Matthews Rd. Registration is at 8:30 a.m., the

starts at 8 a.m.; the one-mile run starts at 8:30 a.m.;

bike ride and 5K run. The race begins at 7 a.m., with

putting tournament is at 9 a.m., shotgun start is at 10

and awards are at 9 a.m.The 2007 event was the most

a celebration following from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Each

a.m., and an awards ceremony starts at 4 p.m. Cost

successful to date, with over 13,000 participants, and

participant who completes the courses will receive a

is $250 for individual players; team rates and spon-

the foundation is planning for another successful

unique piece of jewelry designed specifically for the

sorship available. Call Julie Player, 704/391-6000 ext.

event. For information, call 704/347-8181, or visit

triathlon. Visit www.sheroxtri.com/site3.aspx.

751, or visit www.komencharlotte.org.

www.komencharlotte.org.

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Oct. 5, 2008

Oct. 25-26, 2008

Nov. 22, 2008

Ramblin’ Rose Women Only Sprint Charlotte

Avon Walk For Breast Cancer The battle against breast cancer needs all the support

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Annual Hope Gala

Presented by Endurance Magazine, this women-only

it can get and you can help.The Avon Walk is a two-day

This black-tie event features dinner and entertainment

triathlon tour is designed to celebrate female empow-

event in which participants may walk 26.2 miles on Sat-

to raise funds to help treat and prevent diabetes. Silent

erment.The event features a 250-yard pool swim, nine-

urday, 13.1 miles on Sunday, or complete both days. Spe-

and live auctions begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner

mile bike ride and two-mile run. Held at the Huntersville

cific route information will not be released until days

and the night’s program at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $300 per

Family Aquatic Center, the triathlon begins at 8 a.m.

before the event. Funds from the event will go toward

individual ticket. Group rates and corporate sponsor-

Cost is $55-$75 per individual, $105-$135 per team.

reaching low-income, elderly and minority individuals

ships available. For information, contact Melissa Har-

Proceeds benefit Girls on the Run local chapter. Visit

with inadequate health insurance. For information, call

rison at 704/561-0828, or visit www.jdrf.org/charlotte.

www.endurancemag.com/ramblinrose.

800/510-WALK, or visit walk.avonfoundation.org.

Oct. 6, 2008 American Red Cross, Greater Carolinas Chapter Charity Golf Tournament The 12th annual golf tournament will take place at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation. Start time is 9:30 a.m. For information, contact John Luebke, 704/347-8352, or visit www.redcrosshelps.org.

Nov. 6, 2008 The March of Dimes Annual Signature Chefs Auction

Dec. 11, 2008 Good Friends Annual Holiday Luncheon Launched in 1987, Good Friends was established to aid

The Signature Chefs Auction is a black-tie-optional

less-fortunate members of the community. Good Friends

event that has made an appearance in Charlotte for

members and their guests may attend the luncheon, at

20 years. About two dozen chefs will be at the gala

which donations will be collected. Beginning at noon, at

offering tastings of their favorite and most popular

the Charlotte Convention Center. For reservations or to

dishes.An open bar will offer guests a variety of wines

join, call 704/523-1222, or visit goodfriendscharlotte.us.

and beers. Silent and live auctions will take place.

Oct. 12, 2008 Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk 2008 The 30th annual CROP Hunger Walk raises awareness and funds for international and local relief and development

Myers Park Country Club, 6 p.m. Cost is $175 per person; $1,500 for a table of eight. For reservations or the March of Dimes, 704/377-2009, or e-mail Karen Hughett, kwallace-hughett@marchofdimes.com.

Nov. 20, 2008

Refreshments and live music follow the event.For more information, visit www.cropwalk.com, or call 704/333-9255.

Arthritis Foundation Purses With Power Purses With Power is a signature event for the Arthritis Foundation. Handbags are auctioned off at this elegant

Oct. 13, 2008

American Heart Association 51st Annual Greater Charlotte Heart Ball The Greater Charlotte Heart Ball is the city’s largest and

against world hunger.The 6K walk starts at Memorial Stadium. Gates open at 1 p.m.; the walk begins at 2 p.m.

Feb. 7, 2009

information, contact the Greater Piedmont Chapter of

oldest black-tie event.The evening includes live and silent auctions, a cocktail reception, red carpet photos, a gourmet dinner, and a live band. Charlotte Convention Center, 6 p.m. to midnight. For information, contact Sara Selby at 704/940-4016, or e-mail sara.selby@heart.org.

social affair. The event has a new location for 2008, at Roof with a View, 800 W. Hill St. New cuisine will also

Apr. 22, 2009

National Kidney Foundation Golf Classic

be offered this year, as local restaurants will be donat-

Tee off to help the National Kidney Foundation.Teams will

pictures of the entrees is available online from

Thompson Child and Family Focus Annual Luncheon

compete to benefit kidney research and treatment. First-

www.arthritis.org/chapters/carolinas/.This year’s auction

Bring your appetite as Thompson Child and Family Focus

place winners qualify for the national game in Pebble Beach.

is expected to be a sellout. Cost is $30 for individual

holds its annual luncheon to raise money for children.

Game will be held at Pine Lake Country Club. Contact

ticket. Group rate also available. Contact Cathy at

Lunch will be held at noon at The Westin.For information,

Chelsey Owens at 704/749-3309.

704/529-5166, or cumberger@arthritis.org.

contact Kris Morefield at Kmorefield@thompsoncff.org.

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Get Political National

State Of North Carolina

President

Governor

George W. Bush (R) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .202/456-1414 Executive Office of the President The White House • 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20500 president@whitehouse.gov www.whitehouse.gov

Mike Easley (D) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/662-7952 Office of the Governor • 20301 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699 www.governor.state.nc.us

Vice President

Beverly Perdue (D) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .919/733-7350 20401 Mail Service Center • Raleigh, NC 27699 ltgovernor@ncmail.net

Dick Cheney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .202/224-2424 Office of the Vice President Executive Office Building • Washington, DC 20501 vice_president@whitehouse.gov www.whitehouse.gov

U.S. Senators/North Carolina Richard Burr (R) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .202/224-3154 217 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 www.burr.senate.gov Elizabeth Dole (R) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .202/224-6342 555 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 www.dole.senate.gov

U.S. Senators/South Carolina Jim DeMint (R) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .202/224-6121 340 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 www.demint.senate.gov Lindsey Graham (R) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .202/224-5972 290 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 www.lgraham.senate.gov

U.S. Representatives/North Carolina Robin Hayes (R-8th Dist.) . . . . . . . . . . . .202/225-3715 130 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Concord: 704/786-1612 137 Union Street South • Concord, NC 28025 www.house.gov/hayes Sue Myrick (R-9th Dist.) . . . . . . . . . . . . .202/225-1976 230 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Charlotte: 704/362-1060 197 West Main Ave. • Gastonia, NC 28052 www.house.gov/myrick Mel Watt (D-12th Dist.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .202/225-1510 2236 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Charlotte: 704/344-9950 1230 W. Morehead St. • Suite 306 Charlotte, NC 28208 www.house.gov/watt

U.S. Representatives/South Carolina John Spratt (D-5th Dist.) . . . . . . . . . . . . .202/225-5501 1401 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Rock Hill: 803/327-1114 201 E. Main St. • Suite 305 • Rock Hill, SC 29730

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Lieutenant Governor

Secretary Of State Elaine F. Marshall (D) . . . . . . . . . . . . .919/807-2005 P.O. Box 29622 • Raleigh, NC 27626 elaine@elainemarshall.com

Attorney General Roy Cooper (D) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .919/716-6400 9001 Mail Service Center • Raleigh, NC 27699 info@roycooper.com

Senators Austin M. Allran (R-Dist. 42) . . . . . . . .919/733-5876 300 N. Salisbury St. • Room 516 • Raleigh, NC 27603 Hickory: 828/322-1410 P.O. Box 2907 • Hickory, NC 28603 austina@ncleg.net

David W. Hoyle (D-Dist. 43) . . . . . . . . . . .919/733-5734 300 N. Salisbury St. • Room 300-A Raleigh, NC 27603 Gastonia: 704/867-0822 P.O. Box 2567 • Gastonia, NC 28053 davidh@ncleg.net Robert Pittenger (R-Dist. 39) . . . . . . . . . .919/733-5655 300 N. Salisbury St. • Room 521 Raleigh, NC 27603 Charlotte: 704/365-0065 4521 Sharon Road • Suite 370 • Charlotte, NC 28211 robertp@ncleg.net

House Of Representatives Martha B. Alexander (D-Dist. 106) . . . . .919/733-5807 16 W. Jones St. • Room 2208 • Raleigh, NC 27601 Charlotte: 704/558-4670 1096 Hollyheath Lane • Charlotte, NC 28209 marthaa@ncleg.net Jeff Barnhart (R-Dist. 82) . . . . . . . . . . . . .919/715-2009 300 N. Salisbury St. • Room 608 • Raleigh, NC 27603 Concord: 704/788-4801 P.O. Box 246 • Concord, NC 28026 jeffba@ncleg.net

Daniel C. Clodfelter (D-Dist. 37) . . . . . . .919/715-8331 300 N. Salisbury St., Room 408 • Raleigh, NC 27603 Charlotte: 704/331-1041 100 N. Tryon St. • Charlotte, NC 28202 danielc@ncleg.net

Curtis Blackwood (R-Dist. 68) . . . . . . . . .919/733-2406 16 W. Jones St. • Room 1317 • Raleigh, NC 27601 Matthews: 704/846-6019 4620 Homestead Place • Matthews, NC 28104 curtisb@ncleg.net

Charlie Smith Dannelly (D-Dist. 38) . . . . . .919/733-5955 16 W. Jones St. • Room 2010 • Raleigh, NC 27601 Charlotte: 704/392-1227 3167 Dawnshire Ave. • Charlotte, NC 28216 charlied@ncleg.net

Becky Carney (D-Dist. 102) . . . . . . . . . . .919/733-5827 16 W. Jones St.• Room 1221 • Raleigh, NC 27601 Charlotte: 704/332-1893 P.O. Box 32873 • Charlotte, NC 28232 beckyc@ncleg.net

James Forrester (R-Dist. 41) . . . . . . . .919/715-3050 16 W. Jones St. • Room 1129 • Raleigh, NC 27601 Stanley: 704/263-4716 510 Hwy. 27 South • Stanley, NC 28164 jamesf@ncleg.net

Debbie A. Clary (R-Dist. 110) . . . . . . . . . .919/715-2002 300 N. Salisbury St. • Room 303 • Raleigh, NC 27603 Cherryville: 704/480-1407 105 D-02 Northshore Court • Cherryville, NC 28021 debbiec@ncleg.net

W. Edward “Eddie” Goodall (R-Dist. 35)919/733-7659 16 W. Jones Street • Room 1414 • Raleigh, NC 27601 Weddington: 704/846-5098 2132 Greenbrook Parkway • Weddington, NC 28104 eddieg@ncleg.net

Tricia Ann Cotham (D-Dist. 100) . . . . . . .919/715-0706 16 W. Jones St. • Room 1307 • Raleigh, NC 27603 Charlotte: 704/634-9400 9104-C Nolley Court • Charlotte, NC 28270 triciac@ncleg.net

Malcolm Graham (D-Dist. 40) . . . . . . .919/733-5650 300 N. Salisbury St. • Room 620 • Raleigh, NC 27603 Charlotte: 704/547-1193 3404 Cresta Court • Charlotte, NC 28269 malcolmg@ncleg.net

William A. Current Sr. (D-Dist. 109) . . . .919/733-5809 300 N. Salisbury St. • Room 418A • Raleigh, NC 27603 Gastonia: 704/864-0337 224 S. New Hope Road • Gastonia, NC 28054 billcu@ncleg.net

Fletcher L. Hartsell Jr. (R-Dist. 36) . . . . . . .919/733-7223 300 N. Salisbury St. • Room 518 • Raleigh, NC 27603 Concord: 704/786-5161 P.O. Box 368 • Concord, NC 28026 fletcherh@ncleg.net

Beverly M. Earle (D-Dist. 101) . . . . . . . . .919/715-2530 300 N. Salisbury St. • Room 634 • Raleigh, NC 27603 Charlotte: 704/333-7180 312 S. Clarkson St. • Charlotte, NC 28202 beverlye@ncleg.net


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Jim Gulley (R-Dist. 103) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .919/733-5800 16 W. Jones St. • Room 1319 • Raleigh, NC 27601 Matthews: 704/847-9341 2009 Kimway Drive • Matthews, NC 28105 jimg@ncleg.net Linda P. Johnson (R-Dist. 83) . . . . . . . . . .919/733-5861 16 W. Jones St. • Room 1006 • Raleigh, NC 27601 Kannapolis: 704/932-1376 1205 Berkshire Drive • Kannapolis, NC 28081 lindajo@ncleg.net

Superior Court Judges W. Erwin Spainhour, Senior Resident . . .704/786-4137 Clarence E. Horton Jr., Special . . . . . . . . .704/786-4137

Board Of Education (Cabarrus County) Superintendent: Dr. Barry Shepherd . . .704/262-6123 4401 Old Airport Road • Concord, NC 28025 Shepherd@cabarrus.k12.nc.us Holly Blackwelder, Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/788-9254 heblackw@cabarrus.k12.nc.us

Ric Killian (R-Dist. 105) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .919/733-5886 16 W. Jones St. • Room 1010 • Raleigh, NC 27601 16703 Ansley Walk Lane • Charlotte, NC 28277 rick@ncleg.net

Carolyn Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/786-8656 ccarpent@cabarrus.k12.nc.us

Wil Neumann (R-Dist. 108) . . . . . . . . . . .919/733-5868 300 N. Salisbury St. • Room 510 • Raleigh, NC 27601 Belmont: 704/825-4077 3215 Grange Court • Belmont, NC 28012 wiln@ncleg.net

Andrea Palo, Vice Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/788-3498 apalo@cabarrus.k12.nc.us

Karen B. Ray (R-Dist. 95) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .919/733-5741 16 W. Jones St. • Room 1025 • Raleigh, NC 27601 Mooresville: 704/660-5961 119 Hickory Hills Road • Mooresville, NC 28117 karenr@ncleg.net Ruth Samuelson (R-Dist. 104) . . . . . . . . 919/715-3009 300 N. Salisbury St. • Room 418-B • Raleigh, NC 27601 Charlotte: 704/366-8748 1143 Andover Road • Charlotte, NC 28211 ruths@ncleg.net Drew Saunders (D-Dist. 99) . . . . . . . . . . 919/733-5606 16 W. Jones St. • Room 2217 • Raleigh, NC 27601 Huntersville: 704/875-2738 204 Sherwood Drive • Huntersville, NC 28078 drews@ncleg.net Thom Tillis (R-Dist. 98) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 919/733-5828 16 W. Jones St. • Room 1002 • Raleigh, NC 27601 Huntersville: 704/248-2980 16116 North Point Road • Huntersville, NC 28078 thomt@ncleg.net

Cabarrus County County Manager John Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/920-2895 jdday@cabarruscounty.us

Clerk Of Superior Court

Cindy Fertenbaugh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/788-1476 cindycab@aol.com

Liz Poole . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/782-4723 poole@ctc.net

Wayne Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/786-0893 wwilliam@cabarrus.k12.nc.us

County Commissioners Robert W. Carruth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/784-2250 rcarruth@carolina.rr.com Joni D. Juba, Vice Chair . . . . . . . . . . .704/436-2533 jdjuba@cabarruscounty.us Grace Mynatt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/788-1252 gmynatt@cabarruscounty.us

District 2: Jim Ramseur . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/788-3496 jeramseur@mindspring.com District 3: Elle Mae Small . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/786-5647 smalle@ci.concord.nc.us District 4: Alfred M. Brown Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/786-0335 browna@ci.concord.nc.us District 5: W. Lamar Barrier, Mayor Pro-Tem . . . . . .704/786-3168 barrier1@ci.concord.nc.us District 6: Hector H. Henry II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/791-1319 henryh@ci.concord.nc.us District 7: Randy Grimes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/792-9884 grimesr@ci.concord.nc.us

Kannapolis Mayor Bob Misenheimer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/932-2322 408 Walker St. • Kannapolis, NC 28081 rmisenheimer@vnet.net

City Manager Mike Legg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/920-4333 mlegg@ci.kannapolis.nc.us

City Council

H. Jay White Sr., Chair . . . . . . . . . . . .704/786-5161 jwhite@cabarruscounty.us

Randy E. Cauthen, Mayor Pro-Tem . .704/721-5353 rcauthen@ctc.net

Concord Mayor J. Scott Padgett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/920-5215 693 Union St. South • Concord, NC 28026 padgetts@ci.concord.nc.us

City Manager

District Attorney

City Council

D. Brad Riley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/920-3000

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Coy C. Privette . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/933-3734 coy1@vnet.net

W. Brian Hiatt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/866-6719 hiattb@ci.concord.nc.us

Sheriff

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Lynn Shue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/786-0480 lshue@cabarrus.k12.nc.us

Fred A. Biggers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/786-4137

Roxann Vaneekhoven . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/786-6171

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Richard Anderson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/932-3801

Kenneth B. Geathers Sr. . . . . . . . . . . .704/932-1610 geathersk@aol.com Roger Haas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/933-4502 motorsports@ctc.net M. Darrell Hinnant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/932-5888 mdhinnant@carolina.rr.com R. Gene McCombs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/938-4311 roycemccombs@aol.com

Gaston County County Manager Jan Winters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/866-3100 jwinters@co.gaston.nc.us

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Get Political Clerk Of Superior Court Larry Brown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/852-3356

District Attorney Locke Bell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/852-3113

Sheriff Alan Cloninger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/869-6880

Superior Court Judges Jesse B. Caldwell III . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/852-3335 Timothy Lee Patti . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/852-3335

Gastonia Township: Tom Keigher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/865-4854 tckcom@aol.com Gastonia Township: Jack Brown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/616-2944 Jbrown19@carolina.rr.com Riverbend Township: John A. Torbett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/263-9282 jtorbett@co.gaston.nc.us South Point Township: Mickey Price, Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/825-8280 mprice@co.gaston.nc.us

Board Of Education (Gaston County) Superintendent: Reeves McGlohon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/866-6111 943 Osceola St. • Gastonia, NC 28054 rmcglohon@gaston.k12.nc.us At-Large: Kemp Michael . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/827-2697 kempmichael@gaston.k12.nc.us At-Large: May G. Robinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/865-9225 mgr47@earthlink.net Cherryville Township: William Upchurch Sr. . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/435-4431 markupchurch@gaston.k12.nc.us Crowders Mountain Township: Kenneth R. Lutz Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/867-3352 kennylutzjr@gaston.k12.nc.us Dallas Township: Annette Carter, Vice Chair . . . . . . . .704/922-8169 annette.carter2@att.net Gastonia Township: Jessie Ruth Angel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/865-4254 ruthangel@gaston.k12.nc.us Gastonia Township: Jennifer Davis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/864-5931 jenniferdavis@gaston.k12.nc.us Riverbend Township: Kevin L. Collier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/827-4849 kevincollier@gaston.k12.nc.us Southpoint Township: David Phillips, Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/825-2989 davidphillips@gaston.k12.nc.us

County Commissioners Cherryville Township: Allen Fraley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/813-4830 afraley@carolina.rr.com Crowders Mountain Township: Joe Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/867-7716 kingspinnacle@aol.com Dallas Township: Pearl Burris Floyd, Vice Chair . . . . . .704/922-8371 pfloyd@co.gaston.nc.us

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Board Of Education (Iredell-Statesville Schools) Superintendent: Dr.Terry Holliday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/924-2029 549 N. Race St. • Statesville, NC 28677 www.issk12.nc.us/superintendent.htm District 1: Dr. Ken Wilson,Vice Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/876-4515 kenwilolin@yahoo.com District 2: Dr. David Cash, Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/876-6712 davidcash@iss.k12.nc.us District 3: John Rogers Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/873-7777 greyhoundgren65@aol.com

Mayor

District 4: Keith Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/878-6559 keithwilliams@iredellmemorial.org

Jennie Stultz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/866-6720 P.O. Box 1748 • Gastonia, NC 28053 mayor@cityofgastonia.com

District 5: Bill Brater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/528-3531 billbrater@bellsouth.net

City Manager

District 6: Charles Kelly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/873-7578 cskllll@bellsouth.net

James Palenick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/866-6719 cmo@cityofgastonia.com

City Council Ward I: Keith Tidwell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/866-6720 citycouncil@cityofgastonia.com Ward II: David Kirlin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/866-8700 citycouncil@cityofgastonia.com Ward III: R. Dale Burkett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/867-9872 citycouncil@cityofgastonia.com Ward IV: Walker E. Reid III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/865-4411 citycouncil@cityofgastonia.com Ward V: John B. Howren Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/868-9487 citycouncil@cityofgastonia.com Ward VI: James L. Watson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/864-6276 watsonjames7@gmail.com

Iredell County

District 7: Karen Watson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/696-0469 ktwatson@iss.k12.nc.us.

County Commissioners Stephen D. Johnson (R) . . . . . . . . . . .704/873-8509 johnsonspartssup@bellsouth.net Marvin Norman, Chair (R) . . . . . . . . .704/437-1103 norman_marvin652@hotmail.com Kenneth M. Robertson Jr. (R) . . . . . . .704/664-1369 ken.robertson@invista.com Sara Haire Tice, Vice Chair (R) . . . . . .704/896-0715 sara_h_tice@yahoo.com R. Godfrey Williams (R) . . . . . . . . . . .704/592-4815 wms1@yadtel.ne

Mooresville Mayor Bill Thunberg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/663-0426 413 N. Main St. • Mooresville, NC 28115 bthunberg@ci.mooresville.nc.us

Interim Town Manager N. Erskine Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/662-3188

County Manager

Board Of Commissioners

Joel Mashburn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/878-3050 jmashburn@co.iredell.nc.us

At Large: Miles Atkins . . . . . . . . . . . .704/663-3800 matkins@ci.mooresville.nc.us

Sheriff

At Large: Frank Rader . . . . . . . . . . . .704/664-5754 frankrader@ci.mooresville.nc.us

Phillip H. Redmond . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/878-3180 predmond@co.iredell.nc.us

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Ward 2: Thurman Houston . . . . . . . . .980/722-7992 thouston@ci.mooresville.nc.us

District 4: Tom Tate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tom.Tate@cms.k12.nc.us

Ward 3: Mac Herring . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/677-5641 mherring@ci.mooresville.nc.us

District 6: Ken Gjertsen . . . . . . . . .Ken.Gjertsen@cms.k12.nc.us

Ward 4: Chris Carney . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/677-5739 ccarney@ci.mooresville.nc.us jjustice@ci.mooresville.nc.us

County Commissioners

District 3: Warren Turner (D) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/713-0452 district3_turner@yahoo.com

At Large: Jennifer Roberts, Chair (D) . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2574 jennifer.roberts@mecklenburgcountync.gov

District 4: Michael Barnes (D) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2241 barnesdistrict4@aol.com

Mecklenburg County

At Large: Parks Helms, Vice Chair (D) . . . . . . . . . . .704/372-4884 phelms@helmshenderson.com

District 5: Nancy G. Carter (D) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-3431 71170.3036@compuserve.com

At Large: Dan Ramirez (R) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2641 dan@danramirez.com

District 6: Andy Dulin (R) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/442-0161 andy@votedulin.com

District 1: Karen Bentley (R) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/432-3997 karen.bentley@mecklenburgcountync.gov

District 7: Warren Cooksey (R) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/347-0420 warren@warrencooksey.com

District 2: Norman A. Mitchell Sr. (D) . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2088 normanam@aol.com

Cornelius

County Manager Harry Jones Sr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2472 joneshl@co.mecklenburg.nc.us

District Attorney Peter Gilchrist III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/347-7891 peter.gilchrist@mecklenburgcountync.gov

Clerk Of Superior Court Martha Curran . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704-686-0420

Sheriff Daniel Bailey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2543 julia.rush@mecklenburgcountync.gov

Superior Court Judges Court Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/686-0400 District 26-A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/686-0100 Yvonne Mims Evans Linwood O. Foust District 26-B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/686-0100 Richard D. Boner J. Gentry Caudill Robert P. Johnston District 26-C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/686-0100 W. Robert Bell David S. Cayer

Board Of Education (Charlotte-Mecklenburg)

District 3: Valerie Woodard (D) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/537-8958 2woodard@bellsouth.net District 4: Dumont Clarke (D) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/331-1051 dumontclarke@mvalaw.com

Board Of Commissioners

Charlotte

Dave Gilroy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/258-6653 gilroy@growthfinance.com

Mayor

Eddie McNeely . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/995-7335 wemcneely3@aol.com

Patrick L. (Pat) McCrory (R) . . . . . . . .704/336-2241 Office of the Mayor • 600 E. Fourth St. Charlotte, NC 28202 mayor@ci.charlotte.nc.us

City Council

At-Large: Molly Griffin,Vice-Chair . . . . . .Molly.Griffin@cms.k12.nc.us

Mayor Pro Tem: Susan Burgess (D) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/333-2874 sburg346@aol.com

District 2: Vilma Leake . . . . . . . . . . . . . .V.Leake@cms.k12.nc.us District 3: George Dunlap . . . . . .George.Dunlap@cms.k12.nc.us

Town Manager

District 6: Bill James (R) . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2573 wjames@carolina.rr.com

At-Large: Joe White, Chair . . . . .Coachjoewhite@cms.k12.nc.us

District 1: Larry Gauvreau . . . . .Larry.Gauvreau@cms.k12.nc.us

Jeff Tarte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/907-1421 17824 Statesville Road • Suite 122 • Cornelius, NC 28031 jtarte9156@aol.com

Anthony Roberts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/892-6031 x 103 aroberts@cornelius.org

City Manager

At-Large: Trent Merchant . . . . .Trent.Merchant@cms.k12.nc.us

Mayor

District 5: Dan Bishop (R) . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/716-1202 dan@votedanbishop.com

Superintendent: Dr. Peter Gorman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .980/343-3000 701 E. Second St. • Charlotte, NC 28202

At-Large: Kaye McGarry . . . . . . . .Kaye.Mcgarry@cms.k12.nc.us

District 2: James E. Mitchell Jr. (D) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/598-0147 JamesDistrict2@aol.com

Curt Walton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-2244 cwalton@ci.charlotte.nc.us

At-Large: Anthony Foxx (D) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/336-3184 FoxxCharlotte@aol.com

James R. Bensman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/905-1089 bensman@attglobal.net

Susan A. Medlin, Mayor Pro Tem . . . . . .704/513-1855 sam@vintagemarketing.com Thurman Ross Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/968-5876 ross_thurman@hotmail.com

Davidson Mayor John Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/868-6917 216 S. Main St. • Davidson, NC 28036 jwoods@ci.davidson.nc.us

Town Manager

At-Large: John Lassiter (R) . . . . . . . . .704/542-1426 Lassiter@bellsouth.net

Leamon Brice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/892-7591 lbrice@ci.davidson.nc.us

At-Large: Edwin Peacock (R) . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/347-1080 Ext. 13 edwin@edwinpeacock.com

Board Of Commissioners

District 1: Patsy B. Kinsey (D) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/376-5367 pbk2@mindspring.com

Brian Jenest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/896-8320 bjenest@ci.davidson.nc.us Bill Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/677-3357 bjohnson@ci.davidson.nc.us

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Get Political Evan Webster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/807-4367 ewebster@ci.davidson.nc.us Margo Williams, Mayor Pro-Tem . . . . . .704/892-3036 mwilliams@ci.davidson.nc.us Laurie Venzon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/975-1615 lvenzon@ci.davidson.nc.us

Town Manager Brian L. Welch . . . . . . . . . . . .704/545-9726 ext. 118 manager@minthill.com

Board Of Commissioners Lloyd Austin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/545-9726 lloydaustin@carolina.rr.com

Huntersville

Mickey Ellington, Mayor Pro Tem . . . . . .704/545-9726 minthillmickey@carolina.rr.com

Mayor

Brenda McRae . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/545-9726 bmcrae@minthill.com

Jill Swain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/948 0944 105 Nitsa Lane • Huntersville, NC 28078 jswain@huntersville.org

Katrina “Tina” Ross . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/545-6231 katrinar87@earthlink.net

Board Of Commissioners Charles Jeter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/992-6388 cjeter@huntersville.org Ron Julian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/875-8874 rjulian@huntersville.org Ken Lucas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/728-6252 klucas@huntersville.org Sarah McAulay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/875-6872 smcaulay@huntersville.org Brian Sisson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/895-8632 bsisson@firespire.com

Matthews Mayor

District 2: Carolyn Lowder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/233-4547 carolyn.lowder@ucps.k12.nc.us District 3: Dean Arp, Chair . . . . . . . . .704/282-0418 dean.arp@ucps.k12.nc.us District 4: Richard Weiner . . . . . . . . .704/882-9562 richard.weiner@ucps.k12.nc.us District 5: John Collins, Vice Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/846-1376 john.collins@ucps.k12.nc.us

Pineville

District 6: Kimberly Morrison-Hansley . . . . . . . . . . .704/764-9001 kim.morrison-hansley@ucps.k12.nc.us

Mayor

County Commissioners

George C. Fowler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/889-5500 gfowler@pinevilledsl.net

Allan Baucom, Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/753-4264 allanbaucom@co.union.nc.us

Town Hall

Roger Lane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/764-3019 rogerlane@co.union.nc.us

Town Manager Greg Ferguson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/875-6541 jferguson@huntersville.org

District 1: John Crowder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/283-8810 john.crowder@ucps.k12.nc.us

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/889-2291 118 College St. • Pineville, NC 28134

Town Manager Mike Rose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/889-4168

Town Council

Parker Mills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/283-6321 parkermills@co.union.nc.us Lanny Openshaw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/283-3810 lannyopenshaw@co.union.nc.us Kevin Pressley, Vice Chair . . . . . . . . .704/882-2571 kevinpressley@co.union.nc.us

Libby Boatwright, Mayor Pro Tem . . . . . .704/889-4357 Libby.Boatwright@carolinashealthcare.com Jim Eschert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/889-9952

Waxhaw

Les Gladden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/889-2443 lgladden@pinevilledsl.net

Mayor

David Phillips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/889-2094 dphillipscmpd@aol.com

Duane Gardner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/843-2195 317 North Broom St., P.O. Box 141 Waxhaw, NC 28173 mayor@waxhaw.com

Union County

Town Manager

County Manager

Mike McLaurin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/843-2195

Richard Black, Interim . . . . . . . . . . . .704/283-3810 500 N. Main St. • Monroe, NC 28112

Town Commissioners

Paul F. Bailey . . . . . . . . . . . .pbailey2@carolina.rr.com Bill Dixon . . . . . . . . . . . . . .bdixon@matthewsnc.com

Sheriff

Suzanne Gulley . . . . . . . . .sgulley@matthewsnc.com

Eddie Cathey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/283-3789

W. Kress Query, Mayor Pro Tem . . . . . . . . . . .wkquery@matthewsnc.com

Board Of Education

James Taylor . . . . . . . . . . . .jtaylor@matthewsnc.com George Young . . . . . . . . . .gyoung@matthewsnc.com

Superintendent: Dr. Ed Davis . . . . . .704/283-3733 500 N. Main St. • Monroe, NC 28112 www.usps.k12.nc.us

Mint Hill

At Large: Dr. Sharon Gallagher . . . . .704/243-2191 sharon.gallagher@ucps.k12.nc.us

R. Lee Myers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/847-4411 232 Matthews Station St. • Matthews, NC 28105 mayormyers@matthewsnc.com

Town Manager Hazen Blodgett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/847-4411 hblodgett@matthewsnc.com

Board Of Commissioners

Mayor Ted H. Biggers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/545-9727 x 119 P.O. Box 23457 • Mint Hill, NC 28227 mayor@minthill.com

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At Large: John Parker . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/290-2031 john.parker@ucps.k12.nc.us At Large: Kim Rogers . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/843-7949 kim.rogers@ucps.k12.nc.us

District 1: Brian Haug . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/843-2195 bhaug@waxhaw.com District 2: Sylvester McManus III,Mayor Pro-Tem . . . . .704/843-2195 smcmanus@waxhaw.com District 3: Martin Lane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/843-2195 mlane@waxhaw.com District 4: Joyce Blythe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/843-2195 joyceblythe@alltel.net District 5: Max Walker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/843-3721 mwalker@waxhaw.com


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Weddington Mayor Nancy Anderson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/846-3277 13624 Providence Road • Weddington, NC 28104 mayoranderson@townofweddington.com

Town Clerk Amy McCollum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/846-2709 amy@townofweddington.com

Town Council District 1: L.A. Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/516-1906 lsmith0420@aol.com District 2: Robert Gilmartin, Mayor Pro Tem . . . . .704/845-9082 rgilmartin@castconsultants.com District 3: Tommy Price . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/846-1560 tommy@priceandhill.com District 4: Jerry McKee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/846-1780 jsmcgoo@aol.com

State Of South Carolina Governor Marshall Clement Sanford (R) . . . . . .803/734-2100 P.O. Box 12267 • Columbia, SC 29211 www.scgovernor.com

Lieutenant Governor

County Commissioners District I: Paul Lindemann . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/493-2353 paul.lindemann@yorkcountygov.com

Carl L. Gullick (R-Dist. 48) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/734-3011 404-D Blatt Building • Columbia, SC 29211 Lake Wylie: 803/656-5000 73 Ridgeport Rd. • Lake Wylie, SC 29710 gullickc@schouse.org Herb Kirsh (D-Dist. 47) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/734-3071 532-A Blatt Building • Columbia, SC 29211 Clover: 803/222-3701 P.O. Box 31 • Clover, SC 29710 Bessie A. Moody-Lawrence (D-Dist. 49) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/734-3029 414-C Blatt Building • Columbia, SC 29211 Rock Hill: 803/581-2211 219 Bowser St. • Rock Hill, SC 29730 bam@schouse.org J. Michael Mulvaney (R-Dist. 45) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/734-2937 308-A Blatt Building • Columbia, SC 29211 Indian Land: 803/926-3240 518 Ralph Hood Road• Indian Land, SC 29715 mulvaneym@schouse.org J. Gary Simrill (R-Dist. 46) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/734-3040 420-C Blatt Building • Columbia, SC 29211 Rock Hill: 803/366-0445 1515 Alexander Road • Rock Hill, SC 29732 jgs@schouse.org

Secretary Of State

County Manager

Mark Hammond (R) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/734-2170 P.O. Box 11350 • Columbia, SC 29211

Jim Baker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/684-8511 county.manager@yorkcountygov.com

Attorney General

Clerk Of Court

Henry McMaster (R) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/734-3970 P.O. Box 11778 • Columbia, SC 29211 info@scattorneygeneral.org

David Hamilton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/628-3036 clerk.court@yorkcountygov.com

Senators

Bruce M. Bryant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/628-3057 info@yorkcountysheriff.com

Linda H. Short (D-Dist. 17) . . . . . . . . .803/212-6148 512 Gressette Building • Columbia, SC 29202 Chester: 803/377-3465 120 West End St. • Chester, SC 29706 lhs@scsenate.org

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F. Gregory Delleney Jr. (R-Dist. 43) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/734-3074 532-C Blatt Building • Columbia, SC 29211 Chester: 803/581-2211 P.O. Drawer 808 • Chester, SC 29706 fgd@schouse.org

York County

Robert W. Hayes Jr. (R-Dist. 15) . . . . .803/212-6410 205 Gressette Building • Columbia, SC 29202 Rock Hill: 803/324-2400 1486 Cureton Drive • Rock Hill, SC 29732 set@scsenate.org

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House Of Representatives

Andre Bauer (R) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/734-2080 P.O. Box 142 • Columbia, SC 29202 ltgov@scstatehouse.net

Chauncey K. Gregory (R-Dist. 16) . . . . . .803/212-6330 305 Gressette Building • Columbia, SC 29202 Lancaster: 803/283-8481 P.O. Box 700 • Lancaster, SC 29721 sfg@scsenate.org

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District 2: Tom Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/631-4116 tom.smith@yorkcountygov.com District 3: Joe Cox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/927-0728 joe.cox@yorkcountygov.com District 4: Roy Blake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/328-1591 roy.blake@yorkcountygov.com District 5: Curwood Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/324-1062 curwood.chappell@yorkcountygov.com District 6: Buddy Motz, Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/981-5272 buddy.motz@yorkcountygov.com District 7: Rick Lee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/325-1206 writer@rhtc.net

Fort Mill Mayor Danny Funderburk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/547-2116 112 Confederate St. • Fort Mill, SC 28715 dfunderburk1@comporium.net

Town Manager David E. Hudspeth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/547-2116 dhudspeth@fortmillsc.org

Board Of Education (Fort Mill School District 4) Superintendent: Dr. V. Keith Callicutt . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/548-2527 120 E. Elliott St. • Fort Mill, SC 29715 callicuttk@fmsd4.fort-mill.k12.sc.us Diane Dasher, Vice Chair . . . . . . . . . .803/548-2527 Lewis Graham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/548-2527 Wyndie R. Havnaer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/548-2527

Board Of Education (York School District 1)

R. Michael Johnson Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . .803/548-2527

Superintendent: Dr. Russell Booker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..803/684-9916 P.O. Box 770 • York, SC 29745 www.york.k12.sc.us

Jan Smiley, Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/548-2527

Chris Stephenson, Chair . . . . . . . . . . .803/684-2611

Town Council

Chris Revels, Vice Chair . . . . . . . . . . .803/925-2840

Ward 1: Kerry Mosher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/547-5314

Shirley Harris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/684-3733 Betty Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/684-5281 Peggy McSwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/684-6912 Mike Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/684-7284

Martha Kinard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/548-2527 Patrick White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/548-2527

Ward 2: Grady Ervin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/547-2744 Ward 3: Larry Huntley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/548-1171

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Get Political Ward 4: Tom Adams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/548-3898

Board Of Elections

Union County Board Of Elections

At-Large: Waddell Gibson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/547-4857

Cabarrus County Board Of Elections

John Whitley, Director . . . . . . . . . . . .704/283-3809 316-B Windsor St. East • Monroe, NC 28112 www.co.union.nc.us/gov

At-Large: Ken Starnes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/548-7511

Director: Linda Grist . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/920-2860 53 Corban Ave. Southeast • Concord, NC 28025 Christina Daniels, Assistant Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/920-2846 Lynn Farrell, Senior Elections Clerk . . . . . . . . . . . .704/920-2329

Rock Hill Doug Echols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/329-7011 155 Johnston St. • Rock Hill, SC 29731 dechols@ci.rock-hill.sc.us

City Manager Carey Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/329-7090

Board Of Education (Rock Hill School District 3) Superintendent: Dr. Lynn P. Moody . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/981-1000 660 N. Anderson Road Rock Hill, SC 29731 Walter Brown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/324-0101 wbrown@comporium.net Mildred Douglas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/328-9838 jdd18@comporium.net Bob Norwood, Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/329-5014 bnorwood@comporium.net Ann Reid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/329-2056 ewreid@comporium.net Mikki Rentschler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/324-4380 mikkirent@comporium.net Dr. Jason Silverman . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/366-4771 silvermanj@winthrop.edu Jim Vining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/366-2806 jvining@rock-hill.k12.sc.us

Tom Ward System Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/920-2823

Political Organizations

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board Of Elections

Democratic Party

Director: Michael Dickerson . . . . . . .704/336-2133 741 Kenilworth Ave. • Suite 202 • Charlotte, NC 28204 P.O. Box 31788 • Charlotte, NC 28231 michael.dickerson@mecklenburgcountync.gov www.meckboe.org Georgia Jacquez Lewis, Chair . . . . . .704/523-1113 Carol H. Williams, Secretary . . . . . . .704/336-2133 Michael A. Kolb, Member . . . . . . . . . .704/947-2346

Gaston County Board Of Elections Director: Frances Pinion . . . . . . . . . . .704/852-6005 410 W. Franklin Blvd. • Suite 50 • Gastonia, NC 28052 P.O. Box 1396 • Gastonia, NC 28053 Mozelle A. Cathcart, Chair . . . . . . . . .704/852-6005 Scott Roberts, Secretary . . . . . . . . . .704/852-6005 Conrad Pogorzelski, Member . . . . . .704/852-6005

Iredell County Board Of Elections Director of Elections Becky J. Galliher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/878-3140 203 Stockton St. • Statesville, NC 28677 www.co.iredell.nc.us/Departments/Elections/election.asp Alan G. Carpenter, Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

City Council

James A Dobson, Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Ward I: Susan B. Hinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/327-1645

Ed Lyons, Member . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Ward II: Kathy Pender, Mayor Pro Tem . . . . . .803/980-5512 Ward III: Kevin Sutton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/328-1428 Ward IV: John Gettys Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/980-2256 Ward V: Osbey Roddey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/328-6756 Ward VI: Jim Reno . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/366-4318

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Wanda Hemphill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/684-1242 E.C. Black Building • 13 S. Congress St. • York, SC 29745 www.yorkcountygov.com

Maureen Finkelstein, Elections Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . .704/920-2823

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N.C. Board Of Elections Executive Secretary/Director: Gary Bartlett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 919/733-7173 506 N. Harrington St. • Raleigh, NC 27603 P.O. Box 27255 • Raleigh, NC 27611 gary.bartlett@ncmail.net www.sboe.state.nc.us

Democratic National Committee . . . .202/863-8000 430 S. Capitol St. SE • Washington, DC 20003 www.democrats.org N.C. Democratic Party Headquarters . . . . . . . . . . . . . .919/821-2777 220 Hillsborough St. • Raleigh, NC 27603 www.ncdp.org S.C. Democratic Party Headquarters . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800/841-1817 803/799-7798 1529 Hampton St. • Suite 200 • Columbia, SC 29201 www.scdp.org Cabarrus County Democratic Headquarters . . . . . . . . .704/788-8383 166 Church St. North • Concord, NC 28025 Gaston County Democratic Party Headquarters . . . .704/867-9910 P.O. Box 1001 • Gastonia, NC 28053 www.gastondemocrats.org Iredell County Democratic Party . . . . .704/662-0822 233 E. Front St. • Statesville, NC 28677 www.iredelldemocrats.com Mecklenburg County Democratic Party Headquarters . . . .704/525-5843 P.O. Box 34383 • Charlotte, NC 28234 www.mecklenburgdemocrat.org Union County Democratic Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/225-9697 P.O. Box 385 • Monroe, NC 28111 www.unioncountynorthcarolinademocraticparty.org York County Democratic Party Headquarters . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/327-4222 1-888/330-3366 339 E. Main St. • Suite 102 • Rock Hill, SC 29730 www.yorkdems.com

S.C. Election Commission Director: Marci Andino . . . . . . . . . . . 803/734-9060 2221 Devine St. • Columbia, SC 29205 P.O. Box 5987 • Columbia, SC 29250 elections@elections.sc.gov www.sc.gov

Republican Party Cabarrus County Republican Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/793-4300 P.O. Box 2006 • Concord, NC 28026 www.cabarrusgop.org


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Gaston County Republican Party Headquarters . . . .704/868-3330 P.O. Box 550594 • Gastonia, NC 28055 www.gastongop.org

S.C. Republican Party Headquarters . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803/988-8440 P.O. Box 12373 • Columbia, SC 29211 www.scgop.com

South Carolina Libertarians . . . . . . . . . .803/788-2226 P.O. Box 291383 • Columbia, SC 29229 chairman@sclibertarians.org www.sclibertarians.org

Iredell County Republican Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704/761-4532 P.O. Box 292 • Troutman, NC 28166 charltonallen@msn.com www.iredellgop.com

Union County Republican Party Headquarters . . . .704/225-9454 info@ucncgop.com www.ucnsgop.org

Other Groups

Mecklenburg County Republican Party Headquarters . . . .704/334-9127 1515 Mockingbird Lane • Suite 213 • Charlotte, NC 28209 contact@meckgop.com www.meckgop.com

York County Republican Party Headquarters . . . .803/817-1702 yorkgop@yahoo.com www.yorkcountygop.com

Republican National Committee . . . .202/863-8500 310 First Street SE • Washington, DC 20003 info@gop.com www.rnc.org

Libertarian Party Libertarian National Committee . . . . . . . .1-800-Elect-Us 2600 Virginia Ave, N.W. • Suite 200 • Washington, D.C. 20037 www.lp.org

N.C. Republican Party Headquarters . . . . . . . . . . . . . .919/828-6423 1506 Hillsborough St. • Raleigh, NC 27605 email@ncgop.org www.ncgop.org

Libertarian Party of North Carolina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .877/843-5762 P.O. Box 28141 • Raleigh, NC 27611 info@lpnc.org www.lpnc.org

Black Political Caucus . . . . . . . . . . . .704/333-4241 421 Beatties Ford Road • Charlotte, NC 28216 www.bpccharlotte.com EMILY’S List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .202/326-1400 1120 Connecticut Ave. NW • Suite 1100 Washington, DC 20036 www.emilyslist.org League of Women Voters Of Charlotte-Mecklenburg . . . . . . . .704/556-4600 309 South Clarkson St. • Charlotte, NC 28202 goleaguego.org WISH List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800/756-WISH 333 N. Fairfax St. • Suite 302 • Alexandria, VA 22314 www.thewishlist.org

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Granite Transformations ...........................................4, 87

AAHOM-Dr. Li Jie ...................................................41, 76 Actor’s Theatre Of Charlotte...................................31, 77 Adelle Anthony-Williams PLLC ...............................31, 76 Advanced Dentistry Of Charlotte............................51, 80 Advanced Reproductive Concepts..........................83, 91 Ageless Remedies ..................................................88, 98

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B Ballantyne Plastic Surgery ........................................9, 92 Ballantyne Village.................................................94, 125 Beadlush................................................................86, 88 Bird Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics ..................53, 80 BLACKLION............................................................65, 84 Blossom Shop Florist, The.......................................65, 82 Blue Rose Pottery...................................................85, 97

C CareerWise Inc.............................................................97 Carolina HealthSpan Institute ................................73, 89 Center For Integrative Medicine & Wellness...........91, 95 Charlotte Care Grandmothers................................27, 79 Charlotte Center For Cosmetic Dentistry ..........48, 55, 80 Charlotte Gastroenterology & Hepatology PLLC ....76, 90 Charlotte Parent.........................................................123 Charlotte Radiology, P.A.........................................45, 93 Charlotte Marriott SouthPark .................................21, 76 Charlotte Museum Of History.................................84, 86 Chris Vaught Studios..............................................82, 85 Classic Attic............................................................79, 95 Compare Foods......................................................81, 82 Concord Mills.........................................................69, 95

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Healing Hands Acupuncture And Herbal Clinic LLC.........................................60, 76 Holiday Retirement ..............................................95, 127 Homes With Cachet ...............................................32, 94 Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region............65, 83 Hunstad Center For Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, The .....................52, 92, 128

I Isagenix..................................................................68, 83 Ivey, The .................................................................23, 97

J Jerald Melberg Gallery ...........................................27, 77 JoJo China Bistro....................................................91, 94 Julie LaTerra Homes ...............................................84, 97 Jungian Psychoanalysis ..........................................89, 91

K Keith Hawthorne Hyundai......................................78, 86 Kel-Kar Developers/Pinnacle Ridge Estates.............55, 87

L Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge ....................7, 50, 78 Lake Norman Infiniti...............................................78, 89 Lake Norman Urology PLLC ...................................65, 93 Larner’s Office Furniture Outlet LLC..................64, 88, 98 Leah & Company ...................................................39, 86 Legacy Heights Senior Living Community...............90, 95 Levine Children’s Hospital ......................................12, 85

DanceSport Carolina Inc.........................................49, 79 Décor & You ...........................................................86, 88 Dermatology, Laser & Vein Specialists Of The Carolinas PLLC........................................21, 90 Diamonds Direct Southpark .....................................2, 86 Dillingham & Taylor Wealth Management LLC ..............................................82, 90 Discovery Place ......................................................78, 85 Divorce Wisdom .....................................................41, 81 Dore Academy........................................................62, 81 Drs. Davis, Anderson & Assoc .................................63, 80 Dr. Marlowe’s Weight Loss Institute........................78, 83 Drs. Peleaux & Bailey..............................................21, 80 Duke Mansion, The.......................................................84

Mary Jo’s Cloth Store ...........................................95, 108 Massage Envy ..........................................................5, 87 Matthews Plastic Surgery.......................................84, 92 Medical Massage Therapy Center ..........................56, 88 Medi Weightloss Clinics ..........................................63, 93 Metrolina Plastic Surgery, P.A. ................................15, 92 Midtown Obstetrics & Gynecology.........................79, 91 Mingle School Of Realty.........................................81, 88 Mint Museum, The .................................................34, 78 Mist-A-Pest Mosquito Control System....................64, 89 Money Counts Inc..................................................82, 95

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Evergreen Acupuncture And Herbal Clinic..............76, 94 Evolution Aesthetics Med Spa................................46, 88 eWomen Network, Charlotte Chapter .................79, 123

North Carolina Dance Theatre..............................77, 114 New Day Family Practice And Wellness Center.......78, 91 Neurological Institute, PA, The................................91, 93

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FiFi’s Fine Resale Apparel .......................................87, 97 First Citizens Bank..................................................54, 78

Only Faces................................................................3, 92

G Genesis Anti-Aging & Cosmetic Surgery ....18, 19, 59, 90 GranCreations Inc ..................................................62, 87 124

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P PALESTRA Skin & Body Institute.............................34, 96 Pandora Jewelry In Blakeney ..................................79, 87 Paul Beaune’ NY Salon ..........................................82, 96

Pavillon ..................................................................27, 77 Peters & Associates Inc...........................................17, 94 Pfeiffer University ...................................................81, 84 Pilates With A Twist................................................83, 93 PolyClinic Medical Clinic Inc ...................................87, 91 Pure Wellness Medical Spa.....................................88. 91

Q Quality Of Life Center.............................................88, 94 Queen City Ballroom..............................................67, 80

R RedSky Gallery .......................................................41, 77 Ross W. Nash, D.D.S. ...................................................11, 81

S Sally Raker..............................................................66, 96 Scarlett Plus Size Boutique .....................................39, 97 ScentAir Home.......................................................76, 84 Signature Healthcare..............................................90, 92 Signature Wellness, P.A. .........................................80, 89 Smooth Transitions Charlotte LLC...........................66, 97 Southern Shows Inc ...............................................69, 82 Southminster..........................................................67, 96 Spenzac Interiors....................................................70, 85 Stanley Apothecary.................................................80, 89

T TANOLOGIE .................................................................79 Thai Orchid.............................................................66, 94 Tile Collection Inc ...................................................58, 87 Trinity Oaks Retirement Community.......................68, 96

U University Dermatology Cosmetic And Surgery Center.............................32, 90 United Way Of Central Carolinas..................................96 Uptown Adventure Boot Camp..............................38, 83

V Valarie R. Brooks Team/ ReMax Executive Realty .....................................63, 94 Varji & Varji Salon And Spa.....................................69, 96 Vascular Solutions,PC.............................................62, 93 Vein Center Of Charlotte........................................60, 93

W Welcome Committee, The ............................................77 WLYT-FM (Lite 102.9).............................................51, 93 Women’s Care Center, The .....................................92, 98

Y Yiasou Greek Festival, 31st Annual.........................81, 83 YMCA Of Greater Charlotte ......................66, 70, 77, 83


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