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Teen Driving Solutions School recieves scholarship for Safe Teen Driver Course

Teen Driving Solutions School, a North Carolina-based nonprofit dedicated to reducing the number of teen deaths from automobile crashes, has received a generous donation to start a scholarship program for 10 Triad youth and their parents to attend its signature Safe Teen Driver Course. The course is a two-day family-oriented, intensive driving program that provides teens with a mix of behind-the-wheel and mental training to improve vehicle control in a structured and safe setting, and incorporates parents and guardians with a licensed relationship expert who teaches key communication skills on how to best help new teenage drivers.


The new scholarship is thanks to a $5,000 donation from a generous Triad family, which wishes to remain anonymous, and recognizes the potential to save teen lives and keep families safe through the avoidance and recovery training and techniques taught at the Safe Teen Driver Course. The class normally costs $595 to attend, including one teen and a guardian, and the scholarship will cover $495 of the class fees per selected family. Recipients will be asked to cover the remaining $100 to ensure dedication and personal accountability to the success of the course teachings.


Those interested in applying for the scholarship can complete a short application online to be considered. To qualify for the scholarship, families must have a household income below $75,000 and be residents of the Triad. Teenagers chosen to participate in the program must be at least 15 years of age with a valid North Carolina learner’s permit or license and a minimum of 20 hours supervised behind-the-wheel experience. Recipients will be selected from those who meet the criteria on a first-come, first-serve basis.


The Safe Teen Driver Course teaches students the perils of distracted driving, helps improve decision-making skills and includes various intensive behind-the-wheel training exercises to learn physical control of a car in potentially life-threatening situations.  The course focuses on avoidance first and recovery if necessary and includes training to prevent over correcting after dropping a tire off the pavement, skid prevention, braking exercises and more.


Interested teens and guardians can apply online at

Greensboro Farmer’s Curb Market launched Farmer Foodshare Donation Station

On Saturday, June 7, the Greensboro Farmer’s Curb Market launched a Farmer Foodshare Donation Station to connect local farms with agencies that serve people at risk of hunger or malnutrition.


Farmer Foodshare programs connect people who grow food with people who need food. A Donation Station works like a canned food drive, but with fresh, healthy food from local producers. Community members can buy extra items at the local farmers market to donate directly to organizations combatting food insecurity through the Donation Station. This supports local farms while ensuring that more community members in need have access to fresh and healthy food.


The Greensboro Farmers Curb Market Donation Station currently benefits Mary’s House and agencies affiliated with Share the Harvest. In the first two weeks the Donation Station facilitated a donation of over 250 pounds of local products.


“The Farmer Foodshare Donation Station is off to a great start”, noted Greensboro Farmers Curb Market Executive Director, Lee Mortensen. “On our first donation day, 135 pounds of fresh food was donated by market patrons and children from Mary’s House shopped the market with cash donations. It is incredibly gratifying to see the immediate impact that this project has in our community.”


Through Farmer Foodshare, Greensboro volunteers, farmers, and market shoppers can work together to create a community where everyone has access to healthy nutritious food and where farmers are supported in growing it – a system where everybody wins. “I volunteered with Farmer Foodshare in college and saw just how easy it could be to get high-quality produce out of the market stalls to families in need – all you need is a few volunteers!” Explained Melissa Tinling, a FoodCorps Service Member based in Guilford County. “I am glad that this program has finally arrived in Greensboro, one of the most food insecure cities in the nation, and I look forward to volunteering.”


Go to, or email for information or to volunteer.

Theatre Art Galleries of High Point announces call to artists

Theatre Art Galleries of High Point, NC announces a Call to Artists for a Juried Invitational Art Exhibit titled “THE BICYCLE:  Art Meets Form”. This is the second consecutive year for the exhibit and it will be held in conjunction with the High Point Cycling Classic. The exhibit opens September 5th and runs through October 3rd, 2014. Theatre Art Galleries is located in downtown High Point at 220 E. Commerce Ave., in High Point.


All media is will be accepted. Prizes will be awarded for First Place:  $1000, Second Place:  $500, and Third Place:  $250. Art must relate in some way to bicycles or cycling. Entry deadline is August 1, 2014. The National Championship bicycle races will draw thousands to downtown High Point and will feature both men’s and women’s criterium (short track, high speed) races. For more information about the High Point Cycling Classic visit


For more information about TAG or the Call to Artists, visit or call the TAG office at 336-887-2137. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 12:00-5:00 p.m.

The Corner Market now accepting SNAP/EBT benefits

The Corner Market, located at the corner of Walker and S. Elam Avenues in Greensboro, is now accepting SNAP/EBT benefits!


The Corner Market in Greensboro is a local farmers market providing regionally or locally grown fresh produce and other food products from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. each Saturday. Beginning Saturday, May 10, The Corner Market will accept SNAP/EBT benefits as well as cash/checks. SNAP/EBT benefits will only pay for eligible items, and The Corner Market will have a list of those items available. Come by and shop!


For more information, call The Corner Market at (336) 669-5083; visit their website at or their Facebook page

Novant Health recognized for diversity

Novant Health has been named one of the 2014 Top 10 Hospitals and Health Systems in the nation by DiversityInc, the country’s leading source for advancing and recognizing excellence in diversity management.  Novant Health debuts on this year’s list at No. 3, joining some of the country’s most prestigious healthcare systems including Cleveland Clinic (5th) and Mayo Clinic (8th).


A total of 1,215 companies participated in the 2014 survey in 12 categories. Each organization completed the 300-question survey, divided into four equally weighted areas:

  • Talent pipeline: workforce breakdown, recruitment, diameter of existing talent, structures
  • Equitable talent development: employee resource groups, mentoring, philanthropy, movement, fairness
  • CEO/leadership commitment: accountability for results, personal communications, visibility
  • Supplier diversity: amount spent with companies owned by people from underrepresented groups, accountability, support

The survey, now in its 15th year, leads to a detailed, empirically driven ranking.

Diversity initiatives at Novant Health are driven through the Executive Diversity Council chaired by Carl S. Armato, president and CEO, and a System Diversity Council chaired by Deborah P. Ashton, PhD, vice president and chief diversity officer. Armato meets regularly with seven business resource groups, which focus on community involvement, human resources and marketing. The groups address health disparities and support the health system’s concentration on community wellness to promote better patient outcomes.

The seven business resource groups, each comprised of employees and an executive sponsor, are African American, Hispanic, Women, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender, Asian, Generational and Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. Each group focuses on addressing the unique needs of their population segment in regard to patient care, attracting and retaining employees from that segment, community health and outreach, identification and use of businesses from that segment, and creating a welcoming environment that supports diversity and inclusion of people from various backgrounds.

The rankings are determined by an objective methodology as listed above. The empirical data for the rankings is provided by a 300-question survey filled out by personnel at the participating companies. Survey participation is free to any company with at least 1,000 U.S. workers.

To learn more about Novant’s diversity programs, visit

New Cooking Classes offered for ages 9-14

Kitchen Capers is a new series of cooking adventures for kids 9 to 14 (no experience needed). This hands-on program will not only raise important funds for the Arts Council, but will also help kids develop a passion for preparing local, healthy, sustainable and, most importantly, delicious food!


The series kicks off in early May with a Mother’s Day Brunch menu featuring Mini Frittata, Creamsicle Smoothie and Seasonal Berries with Creme Anglaise.


Future Kitchen Capers classes in the inaugural 2014 season include:


Father’s Day Surprise – May 30

Summertime Family Picnic – July 18

Back-to-School Lunchbox – August 22

Harvest-time Feast – September 26

Ghoulish Delights – October 17

Christmas Cookie Extravaganza – December 12



Each class will focus on a holiday or theme. Young chefs will go home with recipes, a shopping list and all the skills to prepare our creations on their own. In addition to technique,  kitchen safety, prep and cleanup will be emphasized.


Instructors are Susan & Chandler Holland–a mother-daughter duo that love food…the science, nutrition, ethics & presentatio … but most of all, preparing and eating delicious meals together.


For more information, call Susan Holland at (336) 693-9101.

New NOMAD Boutique opens in Greensboro

Gaia Conceptions, a handmade eco-chic apparel company founded by clothing designer, Andrea Crouse, has opened NOMAD Boutique, featuring organic clothing made with environmentally friendly dyes. NOMAD: Gaia Conceptions Eco-chic Boutique is located along the Spring Garden to Smith Street section of the proposed Greenway in the Westerwood neighborhood of Greensboro and is currently open Thurs-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m. NOMAD Boutique is adjacent to the Gaia Conceptions Studio where all the clothing is handmade by an artisanal team. Gaia Conceptions has planned a Grand Opening Festival on May 18, 2014 from 12-7 pm to celebrate the new NOMAD Boutique.


Gaia Conceptions invites the community to visit the NOMAD Boutique, shop, and learn about sustainable clothing. The Grand Opening Festival on May 18 is free admission, open to all, and will feature local artisans including jewelry makers, potters, organic plant farmers, leather makers, and fiber artists. Gaia Conceptions natural dye and herb garden will be open and will host natural dye demos for community members to participate, learn, and take home a plant-dyed Gaia Conceptions tote bag. Musical performances will run throughout the day featuring a UNCG Jazz Studies trio, local sitar and tabla musicians, and the renowned Greensboro-based female trio Amelias Mechanics. At 1:30 p.m. there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony with neighboring “Shops at Westerwood” Past Perfect Antiques & Interiors and Krohm Salon. Food will be available from local food trucks and drinks available at the Westerwood Tavern, located next door to Gaia Conceptions Studio & NOMAD Boutique.


For more information and the NOMAD Grand Opening Festival schedule, visit

GSC debuts new fossa in Animal Discovery Zoo

The Greensboro Science Center (GSC) is excited to announce the debut of a new animal in Animal Discovery Zoo, a fossa (pronounced FOO-sah), named Rano. The 2-year-old male came to the Center from Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo.


Rano is currently on exhibit part-time in the old Howler Monkey enclosure as keepers continue to enhance his new home. The exhibit space was chosen because of its proximity to the lemur exhibit.


Jessica Hoffman, Curator of Birds and Mammals, explains, “They’re the primary carnivore on the island of Madagascar. Their main diet is lemurs. Being exhibited next to lemurs shows the behaviors associated with a common predator/prey relationship.”   Even though these particular animals were all born in captivity, there is a certain amount of instinct which tells them to be wary of each other.


With a weasel-like body and cat-like face and tail, fossa are a unique-looking animal most closely related to members of the mongoose and civet families.  They prefer a solitary existence and will only briefly come into contact with other fossa during short breeding seasons.   They are currently classified as a vulnerable species by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and are most affected by habitat loss.  Fossa are also managed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) as part of a Species Survival Plan (SSP).


Fossa are cathemoral animals, meaning that instead of being nocturnal or diurnal, they are active at completely random times. When awake, Rano is a very active climber, spending much of his time performing acrobatic feats throughout his exhibit. Native to Madagascar, fossa are well-adapted to humid environments, so visitors coming to the Center in the next few months are likely to witness Rano in action.


For more information, visit

Winston-Salem 2014 Spring Parade of Homes

The Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem (HBAWS) presents the 2014 Spring Parade of Homes, two week-ends: April 26, 27 & May 3, 4, Saturdays and Sundays, 1 – 5 pm. The Spring Parade is one of the largest marketing events in the Triad for new home construction and has the added feature this year of Remodeled Spaces. Both developments and new home construction will be open for tours both weekends. The Remodeled Spaces Tour will take place the second weekend only (May 3, 4).


HBAWS is excited to announce that Piedmont Federal Savings Bank is sponsoring the Spring Parade of Homes again this year. Visit the #1 home on the tour to enter a drawing for a chance to win a beautiful handcrafted artisan birdhouse.  Entries can be submitted both weekends of the Parade at the #1 house on the tour, Builder: Alan Fletcher Construction Company, Inc., address: 4478 Timberfield Drive, Pfafftown.  Entries can also be submitted the second weekend only at the Lasater Estate, 7980 Valleyview Drive, Clemmons. Entry deadline: May 4, 5pm. Winners to be announced week of May 5 by Piedmont Federal Savings Bank.


Detailed information, photos, map/map key and links to builders / remodelers /developers will be on the Spring Parade of Homes website:, as well as, in the Spring Parade tabloid. Consumers can find the tabloid in the Friday editions of the Winston-Salem Journalon April 25 and May 2.

Burlington Aviation approved for funding

Burlington Aviation, a Cessna Pilot Center and FAA Part 141 flight school in Burlington, has been approved to receive both Veteran’s Administration Benefits from the GI Bill and funding from the N.C. National Guard Tuition Assistance Program.


Burlington Aviation will be the first flight school in the Triad to offer these programs to veterans, as well as people currently serving in the military and National Guard.


“We are honored to be able to offer education to current and former military personnel,” says Alan Ostroff, owner of Burlington Aviation. “Several of us here are ex-military, so we look forward to training anyone with a similar background.”


Approved training under the Post-9/11 GI Bill includes graduate and undergraduate degrees and vocational/technical training, as well as tutorial assistance and licensing and certification test reimbursement. The amount of support that an individual can qualify for depends upon city of residence and type of degree pursuing. At Burlington Aviation, Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits can be used toward instrument, commercial and multiengine training.


For more information, call (336) 227-1278 or visit