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Moving on in the year! Here it is February and have you given up yet on your New Year’s resolutions? Don’t be discouraged. You were in the minority to have even made resolutions. Statistics say that only 8% will succeed in keeping their resolutions. But one resolution we at Jan-Carol Publishing / Voice Magazine have made for 2013 is to keep the magazine fun and fresh for our advertisers, readers and fans. With celebrating nine years this month servicing the region and with our 2012 acquisition of Mountain Girl Press, Little Creek Books and Express Editions, we have made a strong commitment to our advertisers, readers and authors to show our support in the our community. It works for all. Thank you for your support to us and to the events and activities we sponsor and promote. One event in February that is important to the future of our youth is CASA’s Red Shoe Gala. As much fun, if not more than last year, this year’s Red Shoe Gala promises to be a ‘shoe’ tapping exciting fundraiser. See their ad and article on page 7. Also, Voice Magazine is proud to sponsor two other ‘appetizing’ fundraisers—The Make-A-Wish 2013 Chocolate Festival and the premier of A Taste of Italy Cooking Show & Expo, a fundraiser for the YWCA in Bristol, TN. See their ads on page 27 and 10. Don’t forget the Y’s Tribute to Women event that proudly gives tribute to deserving outstanding women in the region. Deadline for nominations is approaching, so be sure to call for details to enter your nominee. Join us in making these events successful! For more information regarding entry forms and the deadline, call the Y at 423-968-9444 or visit We want to shout with joy our appreciation to all of you—advertisers, readers, fans, media partners, those behind the scenes and everyone in between. Thanks for the encouragement and the contributions to the year after year growth of the magazine. Thank you for your loyalty and honesty. Our goal is to continue to provide uncompromising service and always have a local footprint. We ask for continued support by remaining with us on our journey into the next exciting chapter of Voice Magazine. We can’t do it without you! As we move forward into another chapter and another year, let us know that you care! Follow Voice Magazine and Jan-Carol Publishing on Facebook and tell a friend about us! We welcome comments and suggestions. ( Verse of the Month: “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” Matthew 17:20 KJV Thought of the month: “So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains—And we never even know we have the key.” Lyrics from Already Gone, performed by the Eagles for their 1974 ‘On the Border’ album

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Do you ever find yourself comparing the strength of your faith with someone else’ s and wonder why you come up on the short end of the stick? A while back, a friend and I were talking on the phone and found we were both encountering fairly similar life situations. Both of us were looking for a little encouragement and advice from the other. Now, I’m the “professional” minister – and my friend is the “regular” guy. My sage advice to my friend was your average, “Stick with it – it will all work out in the end.” On the other hand, my friend suggested I gather around myself some friends who would commit to praying for me regularly. Gulp. The comparison monster immediately reared his ugly head. Shouldn’t I have been first to suggest a more spiritual approach? What does that say about me? I immediately felt like a loser! It’s probably inevitable these comparisons come. The important issue is what we do with them. Realizations that we aren’t all we should be spiritually can result in dif ferent responses. They can either paralyze us or motivate change in our lives. Spiritual self-evaluation should be a positive experience. We need to maintain a realistic view of where we are in our spiritual journey. Knowing we fall short of God’s standard is actually a good thing. Jesus said in Matthew , Chapter 5, “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus is saying those who understand their state of spiritual poverty, and know they must rely on God for deliverance, are in a good spot. They receive the kingdom. Feeling bad after evaluation can produce good results when it drives us to Jesus for His grace and mercy. No Christ-follower is perfect. We are all in the process of spiritual development. We’re all on the journey together. The next time you hear your inner-voice saying, I don’ t measure up, admit the truth of the matter . The Apostle Paul (Romans 14:1, 4) reminds us, “Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on him . . . to his own master, he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.” This is the key: God is able to make you stand. Believe it!

• Research. Do you want to look as if you walked off that runway? Do you research on designers and high end names of clothiers? Sometimes in shopping at thrift stores or consignment shops, tags may have been removed. If you know how to look for quality, you may even know the designer without the tag. • Linings. No matter what type of fabric the linings in suits, blazer , and jackets are made of, the material should be dense and opaque. If the lining was properly sewn into the garment, it will not be tight. Instead, it will hang with a bit of give so it doesn't rip or tear.

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• Handbags? Fake or Real? And where did you get those shoes? Watch for Part 2 in our next issue of Voice Magazine for Women as we continue to feature consignment shopping!

Quality Designer Clothing

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Wherever I go on vacation, I visit every thrift store and consignment shop my vacation time will allow. I research the area to find what is offered, and put my GPS to use. On my last vacation to Delray Beach, Florida, which is a hop and skip from Palm Beach, I set out to find treasures. Located in the heart of Palm Beach, is Worth Avenue, much like the famous Rodeo Drive with only designer boutiques lining one block after another. A few blocks from Worth Avenue is a street that is lovingly called “consignment row.” These consignment shops (and a thrift store, too) display the same designer names as found on Worth Avenue with one real distinction–the retail price tag. One example of a true designer treasure find was a two piece Chanel suit, consisting of a jacket with all the exquisite details and large ‘C’ crested buttons over a basic shift dress. How much? This suit sold “new” for $25,000.00. It probably was worn only once and found itself in the consignment shop. It was priced at a deeply discounted price of only $12,500.00 and was of fered with an extra 20% of f. For some budgets, this was a real steal! A quick witted friend once told me, “You know you are on the other side of town when you can’t afford what’s in the consignment shop!” All budgets are not the same, but it does not cost to look, and you could stumble upon a must have designer steal! What happens to those items you see in the consignment shops if they do not sell? Usually they are donated to the local thrift stores at even deeper discounts. That is why I always include thrift stores in my shopping trips. In thrift stores it may require a bit more hunting for that bargain, but the hunt is half the fun!

Here are some basic tips for hunting for those designers’ bargains: • Shop the area that offers the biggest bang for your buck! High end areas have high end items. You will have more opportunities to find quality designer signature clothing. • Look for quality. Good fabric is an essential aspect of all high quality clothing. Better quality fabrics may be a little heavier, brighter and the weave tighter. Hand stitching, the cut, fabric flow and being sewn on the grain demonstrates the quality of the piece. • Seams. Couture clothing is also well known for its double-stitched seams and borders. Everything is finished with stitching and raw borders that are fraying are never left behind. • Design in the Details. Buttons–Detailed buttons are a big give away on quality. If a designer has their name on the button, the price tag has included the cost. Any buttons, hooks, et cetera, on the dress, skirt, suit, blouse, slacks, et cetera, should be sewn on securely. The button holes in a high-quality garment are often bound with thread for durability.

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Money-Saving Tips No matter your political position, your paycheck just got smaller in 2013. Don’t stop spending! It is important to our local economy to spend dollars and keep those dollars going ‘round and ‘round, but there are tips to cut back and stretch the dollars that are left in your paycheck. • At $3 or $4 for a latte, specialty coffee drinks are pricey. If you spend $4 a day for one latte, you are spending $28 a week. If you cut back to one a week, you are saving $24 a week, or $1,248 a year! Also, cut back on alcohol, beer and wine. Watch for discounts to save money. • Turn down the heat. You can save on the heating bill by lowering the thermostat to 55 to 60 degrees at night and whenever you are gone during the day. • Car pool. Travel sensibly. Car pool with colleagues. Walk or bike when you can. You'll stay fit, feel more energetic, and save on gas. • Shop around for a cellphone and/or landline. You may decide that you don't need both. If you pick the cellphone, stay within your plan’s minutes and limit your text messaging so you don't have to pay extra.

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• Do you really need all those TV channels? Negotiate with you provider and you will be surprised how this monthly bill can be reduced. • Get acquainted with thrift stores and consignment shops. Look for sales, off-season bargains, and overstock stores. One man’s trash is another’s treasure. • Consider cheaper entertainment. Lots of theaters, museums, and restaurants offer discounts on certain days or times. Go to the early movie and save some bucks. Eat at the restaurant offering specials. Instead of ordering big portions to overcome your cravings, go for smaller portions at smaller prices. • Throw a potluck party where every guest brings a food item from home. This practice is good for your wallet and taste buds too! Play board games, card games, or video games. It's free and fun! • Do you have any loans that can be refinanced into reduced monthly payments? Maybe your balance has dropped and your payments can also be reduced. • Break your currency notes. You tend to spend less when you break your currency notes into smaller denominations. • Pay bills in time to avoid late fees. • Sell your unwanted and unneeded items on ebay, etsy, or in local consignment stores. This can bring in extra bucks!

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Red Shoe Gala to benefit neglected children

Lift up a child’s voice. A child’s life. CASA for Kids, Inc. invites you to attend their 4thAnnual Red Shoe Gala at The MeadowView Conference Center in Kingsport on February 16th. You will have a fabulous time at this special event to raise funds to help more neglected children in Sullivan & Hawkins Counties. This special planned evening will begin with cello and piano performers playing during the cocktail hour where over 200 donated silent auction items can be viewed in one ballroom–superb gifts for your Valentine. Guests will be wowed when the adjacent ballroom doors open to reveal a breathtakingly decorated ballroom where guests will be dining on a specially prepared filet mignon and scallops dinner. The evening continues with Tennessee’s Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey & auctioneer ‘lifting up’ CASA’s work as he hawks enticing live auction items right after the ‘extraordinary’ dance entertainment band plays their first set. Back by popular demand, the 9 piece Extraordinaires Band plays music for dancing of all tastes and ages. You will especially want to watch out for their flamboyant and talented saxophone player. He may just jump right off the stage again before the night ends. Want to perform, too? Although wearing red shoes is not required, any guest with red shoes on can enter the highly acclaimed Red Shoe Contest. Whether donning red tennis shoes, 5 inch red stilettos or even red boots, you can entertain or be entertained as contestants vie to win ‘all in fun’ for CASA. Sullivan & Hawkins County judges, who preside over child neglect cases, will also be presiding over the infamous Red Shoe Contest. You may be thinking, why would they want to do that? As one of last year ’s judges pictured said, “CASA is indispensable for my administration of justice for neglected children. I would not miss this event for the world because I so need CASA to be on more of my neglect cases.” February 16, 2013 will be a night to remember. Guests will enjoy great fun while knowing they are also helping to make a livelong difference for neglected children in our community through CASA. Every child, no matter their birth or circumstances, needs a safe, permanent home to thrive and be all they can be. Caring concerned businesses and individuals already committed to support CASA’s work and the 2013 Red Shoe Gala are listed below . *More sponsors are welcome and needed as CASA for Kids strives to ensure more neglected children have their very own Court Appointed Special Advocate in 2013. Call 423-247-1161, Ext. 13 about becoming a Gala sponsor. Tickets to attend the Gala may be purchased online at *From National CASA- “Federal budget cuts are threatening our ability to ensure that abused and neglected children have a caring volunteer standing by their side, speaking up for their best interests and giving them hope for the future. Our approach works! When we can reach a child in need, his or her life changes—for the better.” CASA for Kids, Inc. is currently able to serve less than half of the dependent/neglected children coming to the attention of the 4 juvenile courts in Sullivan & Hawkins Counties.

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Décor Exchange Consignment Home Furnishings Check out our Décor and Home Furnishings in our NEW 11,000 sq. ft. showroom! 1001 N. Eastman Rd. Kingsport,TN 423-246-HOME (4663) • Layaway Available Open Mon. - Fri. 10am-7pm & Sat. 10am-5pm

Décor Exchange “Nearly New” Consignment Home Furnishings, is now in their new location adjacent to the Eastman Road post office in Kingsport, TN. “As in our other location,” stated owner Lesa Brooks, “I help individuals sell their high quality furniture, decor and collectible. And now I offer buyers an 11,500 square foot showroom full of wonderful merchandise to browse!” From the moment you work in the door you’ll be amazed to find that what you are looking at isn’ t new– but only new to you. “I have styles to fit every taste and budget. You may find antique, contemporary, retro, traditional, Asian, country and primitive. With select pieces and unique items that previous owners have collected from all over the world, I have something for everyone and every budget. Whether you want to redecorate your bathroom, replace the dining room furniture or just get new lamps and drapes for the living room, you owe it to your pocketbook to stop here first.” Décor Exchange is unlike any store you’ve ever seen! It’s a friendly inviting place with a feeling of home where casual conversation just seems to flow naturally, even among strangers. Husbands sit and chat while their wives browse. “With new merchandise arriving daily, you never know what you might find on any given day. Customers keep coming back because of our atmosphere, the af fordable prices and the thrill of the hunt.” The store’s owner, Lesa Brooks, has spent years exploring yard sales and bar gain hunting. “I realized that many people were downsizing or redecorating and trying to sell higher quality items without many options. I envisioned a centralized location to join buyers and sellers together.” In a short amount of time Lesa’s dream materialized with the first Décor Exchange location in downtown Kingsport in August 2004. The community welcomed the store with open arms and with open houses. Area Tri-Cities residents soon flowed through the doors to buy and sell their treasures. “It is a wonderful place for those who need to furnish a home on a budget or for anyone just freshening up their décor.” Décor Exchange has given the area a much needed service. Whether you want to rid your home of your excess furniture and décor or wanting to give a room a new look, visit Décor Exchange at their new location at 1001 N. Eastman Road, Kingsport, TN. Hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00am - 7:00pm and Saturday 10:00am - 5:00 pm. For more information on how to sell your “nearly new” merchandise, call 423-246-HOME(4663) or email Décor Exchange 1001 N. Eastman Rd. Kingsport, TN 423-246-HOME (4663)

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Kingsport Ballet is a classical ballet school and company with a Vaganova curriculum. The organization is directed by ballet mistress and artistic director Valeria Sinyavskaya and presents The Nutcracker the first weekend in December and a full-length ballet such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Coppelia each spring. Students also perform in a Spring Concert each May as well as in various education outreach and collaborative community performances. A yearly summer workshop is held in July, featuring master teachers from around the world. The organization is housed in a spacious, renovated facility with mini-theatre in downtown Kingsport., 423-378-3967


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Venture behind the Johnson City Mall and you will find a culinary surprise! Just off the beaten path is Canteen; a soup, salad and sandwich restaurant. It is definitely worth driving behind the mall to try this restaurant! Owner Mark Katras opened the restaurant in October 201 1. Located on 2020 Northpark in Johnson City, Canteen is locally owned. It has a light atmosphere; light food, light mood, and lots of windows for natural light. The atmosphere is perfect for reviewing their many different food choices. The menu consists of different sandwiches such as Italian with capicola,

A Taste of Italy Cooking Show & Expo Tuesday, February 12 Holiday Inn • Bristol, Virginia Shopping starts at 1 p.m. Booths will include antique furniture to vacation travel. Jewelry, makeovers, new health products and much more! Cooking tips • Food samples • Door prizes will be given throughout the show Special Bonus –A local winery to answer your ‘wine’ questions!

salami, pepperoni, and roasted red peppers and a roast beef sandwich with herbed mayonnaise, caramelized onions and blue cheese. Sandwich selections also include tuna salad, curried chicken salad, pimiento cheese, shrimp salad, pesto chicken and veggie. If you are hungry for a fresh salad, Canteen has different options from the black and blue salad with roast beef, blue cheese, almonds, and maple balsamic vinaigrette to a grilled chicken salad with fresh fruit, dried cranberries, almonds and goat cheese. There’s also an Italian chef salad with capicola, salami, pepperoni, goat cheese and roasted red peppers. My choice was the “pick two combo,” with half sandwich, chips and a side. I decided to sample the turkey sandwich, which is prepared with pepper jack cheese and sliced avocados. WOW–these ingredients give the sandwich an exceptional taste and it was quite appealing to my taste buds! For my side, I chose the fruit salad which was presented with fresh cut strawberries and bananas and blackberries topped with honey. It was wonderfully sweet, fresh and full of flavor. Let’s not forget dessert! Although it was a hard decision, I chose the New York style cheesecake, which was moist and soft with fruit and honey drizzled on top for extra sweetness. Other desserts include cupcakes, pies and tarts. The owner has a true passion to serve food that is fun, light and fresh. He uses as many organic and local foods as possible and even stated the restaurant doesn’t have a microwave. Canteen does cater, but what makes the Canteen so unique–they of fer their restaurant for rent for parties and showers! How cool! For those who rent Canteen, they have the option of food catered by Canteen or bringing their own food. What a wonderful idea! Canteen is opened Monday thru Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4ish. If you share the owner’s passion for satisfying your taste buds with something light, tasty and fresh, then enjoy yourself at Canteen for lunch and tell them Voice Magazine for Women sent you! Canteen 2020 Northpark Johnson City, TN (423) 232-5960

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Starting at 6 p.m. – The Italian Cooking Show! Chef Richard Erskine of the Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College will present a program of Italian cooking! In special celebration of Valentine’s Day: Desserts will follow. Tickets are $10 and are on sale now at the YWCA in Bristol, TN 423-968-9444. Tickets may be purchased at the door the day of the event. For more information about the show or booth information, please call Mike Groseclose at 423-612-1235 or Ron Koenig at 423-676-9953.

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Every Heart By Crystal Robertson, UT Extension Agent- Unicoi County

• Consider a chocolate fondue. Dip fresh fruit into melted chocolate. You can also cut some squares of angel food cake or graham crackers.

Valentine’s Day brings warm thoughts of our loved ones • Consider a fruit and yogurt parfait. Use vanilla Greek yogurt (no fat), when we begin to think about what that special gift will be layer it with All Bran Fiber Buds for crunch and mix in fruit or berries. this year. There are always the traditional options of roses, a box of chocolates, or dinner out on the town. No doubt a rosy, plump heart shape will take center stage somewhere Gift Ideas in a card, box or other object to accompany each gift. • Make a homemade valentine. Write a love Before you make a decision this year, consider another note or compose a poem. This gift is personal Crystal Robertson event that puts the heart at center stage this month. and has more permanence than sweet treats. February is also American Heart Month, designated by the American Heart • Spend time with each other. Get your heart Association, to educate people about the steps they can take to prevent heart pumping with activities such as ice skating, hiking, or gathering wood disease; the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. for a romantic fire. For the adventurous, go camping, or bike While some risks of heart attacks cannot be controlled, many other risks can somewhere new. Give the gift of a perfect day. be. Risks you can address include obesity, smoking, a sedentary lifestyle, stress, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. This year, be on the prowl • Relax. Go get a “his and hers” massage. This can relieve stress and for a healthier love potion and ensure your love lasts for many healthy years lower blood pressure. to come. Here are a few suggestions to keep your heart healthy this Valentine’s Day and every day. • Take a class together. The classes Serve up a romantic and healthy meal. Cooking at home is an excellent way out there are endless. Choose one to control the quality and amounts of what you eat. that has a little heat, like dance, wine tasting, or yoga. Whatever you Appetizer ideas decide, signing you and your loved one up for a class is a great way to show you enjoy spending time with • Shrimp cocktail. Shrimp are an aphrodisiac and them. the cocktail sauce adds a touch of red for the occasion. • Give to one another by giving back. Valentine's Day is a celebration of love, so consider branching out from romance into charity and • Mixed green salad. Add beautiful red fruits such friendship. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or send flowers to nursing home as strawberries and raspberries or dried residents. cranberries.

Dinner ideas • Broil, grill, or bake. Filet mignon (a lean cut of beef) is a good idea, but stick to no more than 4 ounces per person. Other choices: Rack of lamb, pork tenderloin, skinless chicken breast, or any seafood. Use cooking methods that add little or no fat, like stir-frying, roasting, grilling, or steaming. • Serve the meal with plenty of colorful vegetables. Try to use in-season vegetables such as butternut squash; sautéed kale or spinach; or steamed broccoli, cauliflower, or carrots.

Dessert ideas • Make chocolate pudding using low-fat or skim milk. Spoon it into a parfait or champagne glass and layer with berries.

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On the Wedding Day • Smile with your eyes - Connect and engage with the camera. It doesn't matter if you show your teeth or not. Think about the new memories you're making and even laugh just for the fun of it. It's your wedding day! • Make your eyes appear larger - Lean your chin and neck slightly toward the camera, look up to make your eyes appear larger and raise your eyebrows. • Try the classic red-carpet pose - Another model trick: Angle your body to the camera

• Practice smiling - We know it sounds a little funny, but practice makes perfect, even when it comes to your smile. • Whiten your teeth - A pretty smile will radiate with pearly whites. For best results, get a professional cleaning to remove plaque before beginning a whitening treatment. Use toothpaste for sensitive teeth two days prior to using the strips. • Get a manicure - That ring deserves to have its picture taken, and you want your fingers to look pretty! Celeb wedding photographer Jasmine Star reminds all of her clients to get a manicure before an engagement shoot. • Have a hair and makeup trial - Do a hair and makeup trial before the wedding day so that you make sure you like the look. Take photos to see how the look translates in pictures. Wear a makeup primer under your foundation to combat extra shine from the camera flash and to keep a matte complexion.

so that you're not getting shot straight on (it creates a slimmer profile); put your weight on your back foot and smile. Practice various versions for what works best for you; then make it your trademark. If you feel you have a "good side," use it! • Elongate your neck - Elongate your neck by lowering your shoulder toward the camera and lifting your chin. Don't press your arms against your body. Create a small separation between your body and your arms. This trick can make your arms look smaller, define your waistline AND make your torso appear slimmer. • Hold your bouquet at your hip - You don't want to look like you're hiding behind your bouquet, or blocking your wedding gown. Instead, keep your forearm at a 45-degree angle to make your body look long and lean.

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2. Who started the trend of wearing white wedding dresses? A. Queen Victoria B. Marie Antoinette C. Queen Elizabeth I D. Mary Todd Lincoln

5. Q: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, what is the average age of women getting married for the first time? A. 26.7 B. 25.3 C. 32.1 D. 21.3

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Hair Spray- You’ll need it for a finishing touch, a quick spritz between the ceremony and reception, or as a panty-hose saver. Don’t Forget- Remember your wedding gown and all of the accessories that will be associated with it. For example, you will want to have your veil on a hanger (so it does not wrinkle), garter belt, stockings, shoes and jewelry (earrings, necklace, bracelet and anklet). If you are following the tradition, don't forget to bring along something old, something new , something borrowed and something blue. AND the groom’s ring! If you will be doing your own hair , have a bag full of all the hair items you will need including, but not limited to, a curling iron, blow dryer, hair straightener, bobby pins, hair brush, hair gel and hairspray. However, if you are getting your hair done at a salon a few hours before the ceremony, you will want to take along a few emer gency hair items, just in case your hair starts to fall out of place. These include bobby pins, a hair brush and hairspray. Makeup Kit- If you are getting dressed at the church, or elsewhere rather than your home, have your makeup and makeup accessories prepared a week before. (And for just in case, throw in tampons.) Have your foundation, compact, blush, eye shadow, eyeliner and lipstick or lip gloss, cotton balls, makeup sponges, q-tips and makeup remover with pads.

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Voice Magazine! Are you a photographer? Or do you have a great photo of yourself in the great outdoors? Join us in celebrating the images of our region! We are looking for a photo taken in the Southwest Virginia and/or Northeast Tennessee Regions. Photo must follow the theme of Voice Magazine’s previous front covers capturing the essence of the region and the women who live here. We are looking for a photo/portrait of a woman to express the region’s outdoor beauty. Contest is open to professional and amateurs. Photo Contest Rules and Guidelines: • A photo/portrait of a woman to express the region’s outdoor beauty.

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Theatre Bristol announces exciting workshops

Theatre Bristol will be kicking off 2013 with an exciting line-up of workshops designed for students ages 8 to 15. Sessions are available monthly beginning in February and going through November. Each Saturday program begins at 9:00 in the morning. Students will participate in workshops and receive instruction throughout the day as they rehearse and prepare for their own performance. At 2:30, students will demonstrate their new skills on the ARTspace stage for parents and immediate family. Spaces are limited. Please e-mail for more information.


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Sweetheart Market

Theatre Bristol will be selling concessions and taking donations. Friday February 8th from 4-8pm Saturday February 9th 10-6pm 524 State Street, Bristol, TN Come out for all your Valentine needs whether for a loved one or just remembering yourself! 20 different vendors for you to enjoy including: 31, AVON, Scentsy, Rendi, Miche', Tupperware, Origami Owl, Tomboy Tools and many handmade items. They will even have a drawing for a grand prize and you do not have to be present to win! Donations go to Theatre Bristol.

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Even after just a few weeks into the New Year, many have already started falling off the resolution wagon. The YWCA fitness professionals understand it takes support and accountability to stay on track. For this reason, the YWomen’s Fitness Spa is launching an eight-week Weight Loss Challenge starting on February 18th. All women in our community are invited to visit the YWomen’s Fitness Spa on a complementary week pass to learn how to get involved. “This challenge is not just about losing weight, but empowering women to make lifestyle changes that improve their overall health,” says YWCA Director of Fitness Katelyn Carswell. At the beginning of the challenge, each participant’s weight, body mass index, and measurements will be taken to determine a baseline and then taken again at the end of the eight weeks to determine her results. Each participant will meet with a personal trainer for one-on-one sessions once per week, continually educating them on new techniques for the most ef fective cardio and strength training. “Challengers” will be asked to keep a daily exercise and food intake journal as accountability is a big key to the success of the program. The YW fitness staff will also conduct several educational workshops throughout the eight-week challenge to help raise awareness of overall health concerns. “I am excited to share that the YWCA Fitness Spa is fortunate to have Sara Guinn, certified Weight Management Consultant, to motivate others to reach personal weight loss goals. Guinn has reached her own personal goal of losing over 100 pounds. She is currently in the best shape of her life,” states Carswell. If you are interested in participating, please call the YWomen’s Fitness Spa at 423-968-9444 or visit for more information.

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Heart Health Month

The American Heart Association has a goal for improved health through educating the public on how best to live. These measures have one unique thing in common: any person can make these changes, the steps are not expensive to take and even modest improvements to your health will make a big difference. Start with one or two. This simple, seven step list has been developed to deliver on the hope we all have--to live a long, productive healthy life. The seven steps include: • Get Active • Eat Better • Lose Weight • Stop Smoking • Control Cholesterol • Manage Blood Pressure • Reduce Blood Sugar Share this list for a healthier lifestyle with a friend!

to keep your health and heart in check By Tara Fuller

1. Avoid portion distortion

Order a kid’s size portion. Avoid the words “double,” “extra” and “extra cheesy.” Try skipping the fries and soda. Instead, order a side salad, baked potato or apple slices.

2. Be sauce savvy

Dunking carrots in ranch dressing may seem like an innocent way to eat your veggies, but high-fat toppings and sauces can be almost as caloric and damaging to your heart as an oversized beef patty. The healthy alternatives to the creamy, fatty staples are avocado, mustard, salsa, jalapenos, or just extra lettuce, tomato and onion. Tomatoes are an easy way to add nutrition to your sandwich and contain lycopene, which is said to play a role in cancer and heart disease prevention.

3. Say no to “fried”

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February is Marijuana Awareness Month This smokin’ topic continues to get a lot of attention. Recently, a new coffee shop opened in Lafayette, Colorado. Perhaps its owners were taking a page (or maybe a leaf) out of Amsterdam's book, since The Front Tea & Art Shop is the first marijuana-friendly coffee shop in the state. Colorado's citizens voted to legalize cannabis in November. While the subject of medical marijuana use is still controversial, some clinical studies have shown positive medical results in the following diseases: Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, arthritis, cancer, HIV/AIDS and chemotherapy. Some say that the idea of legalizing a cheap, all-natural medicine that grows out of the dirt is a threat to the pharmaceutical industry's bottom line. The fact remains: Prescription drugs, while legal, are experimental, dangerous and often toxic. Prescription drugs continue to kill tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of Americans each year; meanwhile, medical marijuana has never been the direct contributor to a single death. No doubt this hot topic will continue to raise some smoke!

Let’s face it; fried foods simply taste good. But, unfortunately, they don’t have the same effect on your heart as they do on your taste buds. Many fast food restaurants now fry with trans-fat-free oils, however , not all do. Excessive consumption of fried foods also leads to clogged arteries and veins, which can result in a heart attack. Opt for baked, grilled or broiled options instead and stay away from other red flag terms like breaded, crunchy and creamy.

4. Sip smart

A soda may sound refreshing, but be aware of those sugar -heavy beverages; what’s more, even diet sodas can be dangerous! Some studies suggest that diet soda may have similar pitfalls to its sugar-sweetened cousin. Try sticking to water, no sugar iced tea, a small juice, or low-fat milk.

5. Go in prepared

Most fast food restaurants post nutrition information on their websites and mobile apps. So before you order , scan the nutrition facts, make a hearthealthy decision and order confidently. Tara Fuller is an NYC-based health and fitness writer. When not running for charity, training for races, or blogging about the latest nutrition news, she is writing.

February 1, 2013 marks the 10th Year of the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women® movement—10 years of fighting to save women's lives from heart disease. While the progress has been significant, there's a long way to go. Here's why: • Heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. • Heart disease kills more women than men, at an average rate of one death per minute. • Heart disease kills more women than all kinds of cancer combined National Wear Red Day® urges you to play your part and here's how: • Wear red on Friday, February 1. • Help raise funds through donations and fundraisers for lifesaving educational programs and the development of new treatments to fight heart disease. • Make your workplace, school or organization aware of heart disease, its deadly impact on women and how we can fight back. • Walk the talk by being physically active, eating a heart-healthy diet and learning about heart disease and its risk factors. • Invite others to get involved so we can advance further, faster.

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Janie Dempsey Watts will be appearing on Daytime Tri-Cities on WJHL-TV on Tuesday, February 12 talking about her novel, Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge. Avie Williams Cole has a mission: take a quick trip to Georgia to settle her father's estate. Too busy to go, her attorney husband, Michael, sends her off with their asthmatic son, Joseph, to keep her company. In tiny Taylor's Crossing, Avie settles in but is soon thrown off course by overbearing and meddling family members and her son’s fascination with a legendary Cherokee Silver mine. Read more at and make sure to watch this dynamic new author on Daytime Tri-Cities, too! Lee Sumpter will be hosting a workshop titled "Love Your Guides" at Atlantis Spiritual Center in Johnson City, TN on Sunday, February 17, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. The fee is $30 which will include a copy of We Are like a Brilliant Star and We Create Everything, published by Express Editions one year ago. Call Atlantis at 423-926-8884 to register or for more information. Linda Hudson Hoagland will be signing copies of Snooping Can Be Dangerous & The Best Darn Secret February 2, 2013, 9 AM to 2 PM, Perkins, Bristol, VA February 3 & 4, 2013, 8 AM to 4 PM All Season Indoor Market, Pounding Mill, VA February 9, 10, & 11, 2013, 8 AM to 4 PM All Season Indoor Market, Pounding Mill, VA February 16, 17, & 18, 2013, 8 AM to 4 PM All Season Indoor Market, Pounding Mill, VA February 23, 24, & 25, 2013, 8 AM to 4 PM All Season Indoor Market, Pounding Mill, VA Rose Klix will be signing copies of her new poetry collection God, My Greatest Love February 23, 2013 at 4:00 PM at Solitude on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, VA Janie Dempsey Watts will be signing copies of her novel, Moon Over Taylor's Ridge February 2, 2-4 p.m. at Jane's Place, Summerville, GA February 23, 2-4 p.m. Barnes and Noble, Hamilton Place, Chattanooga, TN



Enter your short story in Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc.’s writing contest and maybe your story will be published in the forthcoming Mountain Girl Press story collection,Whimsical Petals in the fall of 2013. Whether you are an experienced writer or a novice, we are currently soliciting short stories for entry into our new writing contest. Beginning January 1, 2013 and running through June 30, 2013 we will be posting your submitted short stories online at for our readers to read and rank. When the contest ends we will pick the top 10 stories to publish in a new short story collection from Mountain Girl Press titled Whimsical Petals. The new collection will be an addition to our other short story collections titled The Zinnia Tales, Self-Rising Flowers and Christmas Blooms. You may view those collections on our website

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1.) The story must be set in the Appalachian Mountains and must feature strong Appalachian women, either from the past or contemporary times. 2.) The theme of the story should reflect the Appalachian woman’s humor and grace through adversity. 3.) The length of the story must be no less than 1500 words and no more than 2500. 4.) All stories should include the name, address and daytime telephone number of the author. 5.) All stories may be submitted online at and should be accompanied by a $10.00 administrative fee mailed to Voice Magazine for Women, P.O. Box 701, Johnson City, TN, 37605. 6.) Contest will close June 30, 2013. Winners will be notified by a representative of Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc. 7.) Stories not fitting the guidelines will not be published online.

Celebrate "Children's Authors & Illustrators Week" By Rebecca Williams Spindler Celebrate "Children's Authors & Illustrators Week" from February 3rd through February 9th by sharing your love of books with a child. This is the perfect time to introduce, or reintroduce a child to your favorite children's book. I love revisiting the children's book series Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik. Being a children's author keeps me youthful, especially when I can share my stories with young people. As a member of the Society of Children's BookWriters and Illustrators, I am connected to other imaginative authors and illustrators who possess the passion of bringing characters and story to life for young readers. Rebecca Williams Spindler, co-author with Madelyn Spindler of "The Tale of Two Sisters" series: Sara Jane is a Pain, Life According to Liz and upcoming book: Moving Out and Moving On. Facebook @ Fans of Spindler Writing

February 9 is National Stop Bullying Day.

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February 2 – Take Your Child to the Library Day February 9 – National Read in the Bathtub Day February 14 – Library Lovers Day February 21 through 25 – Read Me Week

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God, My Greatest Love is the work of poet Rose Klix. In 2012 Rose Klix celebrated her fiftieth anniversary of writing poetry. In God, My Greatest Love Rose excerpts her poems which were religiously inspired. In this book Rose offers poems about all God's roles in her life: His interaction with nature, Rose's faith, angels, the Holy Spirit, Jesus, God's people of all ages, and survival. She finishes with a section of her prayers. Copies are available for order at Mary, a very wise herbalist, invites all the children in the city to visit her fabulous garden and to learn the names of the fantastic herbs. Carolina Major Diaz San Francisco’s The Fantastic Herbs is based on herbal medicine and community gardens in the city of Providence, Rhode Island. The author is currently preparing her research project on traditional medicine in Equatorial Guinea, West Africa. She has also published the novel Mi Madre Es Una Estrella. Copies are available for order online at and

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Join Us! Voice Magazine is looking to add to our current outside sales staff! This is a growth opportunity for a dynamic individual with a positive attitude. Apply your ‘sales experience’ to selling ads and servicing. Must have ‘do what it takes’ attitude, be tenacious and enjoy serving businesses. This position is part-time to full-time. Commission only. (Abingdon, VA area) Email your resume to: sales or fax your resume to 423-926-9983. In Home Care Services in Kingsport is now accepting applications for all shifts. Only experienced applicants need to apply. Call: 423-245-1065. Clerical Aide Position: Morrison School, a local non-profit school for children with learning disabilities, is looking for a full time Clerical Aide to assist the School Director and the Administrative Manager. Duties would include but are not limited to: • Answer incoming phone calls or emails and distribute to appropriate staff members • Greet visitors • Maintain and mail out general information packets to people inquiring about Morrison School • Key information into database • Prepare student enrollment packets • Maintain stock of office, kitchen and janitorial supplies • Track and maintain academic materials and student files • Develop computer generated spreadsheets • Assist staff with use of iPads, computers etc. Job Requirements: Preferably training and/or experience in general office work with substantial knowledge and skill relative to office equipment and technology. Morrison School in Bristol, Virginia is now accepting applications for teacher and teacher's aide positions. Call: 276-669-2823.

Abingdon, VA At the William King Museum, Ted Olson, Professor of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University will give a lecture and a musical performance on Thursday, March 7 at 5:30 p.m. The Blue Ridge Institute’s Roddy Moore will give a lecture on the exhibition on Thursday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the Price-Strongwell Gallery at William King Museum. The Arts Depot will host musical performances for every First Thursday event for the duration of the exhibition (January 3, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, and June 6). The performances will feature bands like State Street String Band, Thumb Strummers and more and will be from 7-9 p.m. Heartwood and ‘Round the Mountain will present a demonstration by Luthier Jeff Sebens from Carroll County on Friday, May 17 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Virginia Highlands Festival will include a special children’s instrument-making workshop on Tuesday, August 6 from 2-3:30 p.m. William King Museum will celebrate the opening of this exhibition on February 7 from 6-8 p.m. This reception will also include the reception for Fantastic Mechanics Sean Pace and Robert Sulkin and the Panoramic Gallery artist Alison Hall of Roanoke, Va. For more information about this exhibition and all of its related events, please visit us on the web at or reach us by phone at 276-628-5005.

Bristol, TN/VA Nothing says “Happy Valentine’s Day” like a delicious cupcake, and that cupcake tastes even sweeter when it helps uninsured workers access charitable health care. Healing Hands Health Center is accepting cupcake orders for its third annual Sweets for the Sweet fundraiser. Each cupcake helps underwrite the cost of patient care expenses including medications and medical supplies. Your donation of $50 will include a hand delivered cupcake surprising the person(s) of your choice on Thursday, February 14th, a personalized card with your special message and a note saying a gift has been made to Healing Hands Health Center in their honor. Cupcakes are specially designed and donated by Blackbird Bakery, Bristol, VA. Quantities are limited. For questions, please contact Helen Scott at (423) 652-2516 or The order deadline is Monday, February 11. Delivery available to Johnson City, Kingsport,

Bristol and Abingdon areas. To place your order online: visit Thank you for your support! Each year the community’s local heroes come together to enjoy a friendly but competitive game of basketball. Fire, Police and Medical personnel are involved from throughout the area. They are competing for bragging rights and a traveling trophy. The annual Heroes Ball Basketball game will be played this year on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm in Viking Hall Civic Center. The Bristol Virginia Police Department will play the Bristol Tennessee Police Department in the first game with the Bristol Tennessee Fire Department playing against the Kingsport Fire Association in the second game. This year the funds raised by gate donation will go to the Haven of Rest in Bristol Tennessee. The Haven of Rest is a rescue mission that provides a helping hand to those in need in the Tri-Cities area. The mission provides shelter, clothing, food, and counseling for men, women and children. The public is invited to attend. A $3 donation is suggested at the door. Come out and cheer-on your favorite hero while helping those in need. For more information contact Darlene Cole, Venues Manager for the city, at 423-764-4171 or e-mail Join us for A Taste of Italy Cooking Show & Expo at the Holiday Inn Exit 7, Bristol, Va. The event will be held on February 12th from noon to 7 p.m. Media sponsors are: Voice Magazine for Women, The Bristol Herald Courier and WCYB-TV. Symphony of the Mountains presents CATCH A RISING STAR on Saturday, Feb. 2nd at 7:30pm at the Paramount. The 2012 Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Concerto Competition winner, Julliard student and Abingdon native Zachary Hughes will perform with Symphony of the Mountains as the Symphony makes its much anticipated return to the Paramount Center for the Arts. Repertoire will include Gioacchino Rossini's"L'Italiana in Algeri: Overture," Mozart's "Piano Concert No. 27, K. 595, Bflat major" and Mendelssohn's "Symphony No. 3, The Scottish." Tickets are $30 and available at

Bristol Recovery Road for Women, Inc. would like to announce the purchase of a home for their recovery program. BRRW is a faith based residential program for women established to provide a safe and healthy facility for women referred to the program. BRRW seeks to give women a new beginning with the needed skills and support to break the cycle faced by women who face addiction or life controlling issues. When the women are employed and paying taxes, we now have a positive impact in our local economy. As the women start living a healthier lifestyle, their health care costs decrease and they are no longer as dependent on the free services provided by local clinics and hospitals. Addiction is generational. If we can stop the cycle of addiction, the children of these women have better health and better educational opportunities. Children learn from the environment where they live and if we can teach women to provide a safe, healthy, responsible home for their children, we can stop the cycle of behavior that is passed to the next generation. Our next fundraising event is our Spring Gala, scheduled for Monday, April 8 at 6:00. The semi-formal event is hosted by The Troutdale Kitchens at The Troutdale Dining Room on 6th Street in Bristol TN. Scotch and cigar tasting on the patio kick off this event with entertainment and food and fun. Some of the items in the live and silent auctions include art by local artists, jewelry and a bathroom granite countertop. A reverse auction with items needed at the new home will also be available for purchase and donation back to BRRW. If you are interested in volunteering at the home or providing transportation for the women to work or want to make a monetary donation, you can contact Marjorie Tester at or P.O. Box 743, Bristol, TN 37621. You can also email for more information about the program for someone you love.

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Johnson City, TN Upcoming Events at Atlantis Spiritual Center: Every Wednesday Yoga Classes 5:15pm-6:15pm Cost is $7 per class. Friday, February 1: 3 - 9 p.m. Saturday, February 2: noon - 6 p.m. Intuitive Readings with Happy Medium Jonna Rae $2/minute Please call (423) 926-8884 to reserve your session. Sunday, February 3: 1-5 p.m. Reiki 1 Class $75/Pre-registration required Please call (423) 926-8884 to reserve your space. Friday, February 8: 6-9 p.m. The Tree of Life: An Introduction to the Hermetic Qabalah Admission Free Facilitated by Alison Deadman Please call (423) 926-8884 to reserve your space. Sunday, February 17: 2-5 p.m. “Love Your Guides” Lee Sumpter's Workshop on How to Get to Know Your Dedicated Guides $30—which includes copy of Lee Sumpter's book "We are Like a Brilliant Star and We Create Everything" Please call (423) 926-8884 to reserve your space. Atlantis Spiritual Center, 240 E. Main St. Johnson City, TN 423-926-8884 “Like” us on Facebook!

Gray, TN Andrew and Abby's Closet Children's Consignment Sale will be held March 7-9 at the Appalachian Fairgrounds in Gray, TN. Hours will be Thursday and

March 7-9 Appalachian Fairgrounds Thu & Fri: 9am-7pm, Sat: 9am-12pm,*1pm-5pm (*1/2 off)

Kingsport, TN Please join us Thursday, February 7 from 5 to 8pm at CINDY SAADEH FINE ART GALLERY for your chance to get a great Valentine's gift! Enjoy live music by Michael Payne, wine, light hors d'oeuvres, including the ever-popular Bellafina Chocolates! Come in anytime between now and Feb 14th and fill out a wishlist for Valentine's Day. We will email it to your special person--they receive 10% off everything they purchase on your list! Bridal Registry Now Available! CINDY SAADEH FINE ART GALLERY 128 East Market St. Kingsport, TN 423-245-2800

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