Kids First Saturdays at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market on July 2nd

"Greensboro, NC – Kids First Saturdays returns to the Market on Saturday, July 2nd with Educator Rob Jacobs of the Guilford County Beekeepers Association. This Session will focus on the types of bees, beekeeping, products of a bee hive (wax, propolis, and honey), and the history of bees and beekeeping.

This free educational program for children ages 6-12 will be hosted at the Curb and will take place outside (weather permitting) or in the Market’s new Harvest Learning Café. The program will begin at 10:00 am during regular market hours and will be 30-45 minutes.  Kids First Saturdays program participation is available on a first come, first serve basis and pre-registration is required. For online registration go to or pick up printed copy at the manager’s table during Market hours.

In addition, children registered in the Guilford County Free/Reduced Lunch Program, are eligible for free Kids Coins up to $5.00, redeemable at any participating vendor’s table at the market. Proof of enrollment in program is required. Parents will be required to sign their children in and out and to stay on Market premises for the duration of the program.

The Kids First Saturdays program is made possible through partnerships with Terri Maultsby of Think, Eat, Grow; Katie Page of Wren’s Nest YogaThe Guilford County Beekeepers Association; the YMCACamp Weaver; and the generous support from The Future Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro."

- A Press Release

Forsyth Tech Team Takes First Place in NSF Competition with Energy-Efficient Solar Greenhouse Project

Students Apply Nanotechnology to Innovation

Forsyth Tech’s team of nanotech students placed first in the National Science Foundation’s 2016 Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC). Team members include (l to r) Jack Landgraf, Philip York, Shannon Coalson, Adam Afifi and nanotechnology instructor, Dr. Mehrdad Tajkarimi.

"(Winston-Salem, NC) – The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced late this afternoon that a panel of expert judges selected Forsyth Technical Community College’s team of nanotechnology students as first place winners in the 2016 Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC). The students’ innovative approach to applying nanotechnology to maximize the efficiency of greenhouses through solar energy elevated them to the national championship.
Normandale Community College in Minnesota and Virginia Western Community College in Virginia tied for second place.

Forsyth Tech’s team included Shannon Coalson, Adam Afifi, Jack Landgraf and Philip York. They were selected from among 10 finalist teams across the country that participated in a rigorous multi-month process requiring them to develop innovative, research-based solutions to challenges at the nexus of food, energy and water systems.
The 10 teams spent this week attending a four-day innovation “boot camp” in Arlington, VA during which they received feedback on their presentations and met with experts on subjects including team-based design, communicating the value of innovation and transitioning research to commercialization.
The boot camp included a visit to the U.S. Capitol yesterday where teams had the chance to present their projects to members of Congress and legislative staff.

 The Forsyth Tech team’s innovation addressed modernizing today’s greenhouses to fit individual customer needs by incorporating the use of renewable, cost-efficient energy sources through the use of nanotechnology.
“This national distinction places a tremendous shining star on our nanotech students’ résumés,” says Michael Ayers, dean of Math, Science, & Technologies. “It validates the type of innovative programming that Forsyth Tech offers, which few other colleges across the country can match.
“This experience places our students on the bleeding edge of science by encouraging research and innovation that is usually associated with four-year universities. We are so proud of them!”
“The national attention we have received from participation in this Innovation Challenge will open doors to our students and Forsyth Tech,” says Dr. Mehrdad Tajkarimi, the students’ nanotechnology instructor. “It will make it easier for our students to obtain jobs and for the college to gain partners who could potentially help bring this and other innovations to market.”
The NSF, in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), developed the CCIC competition as a way to foster development of crucial innovation skills among students in one of the nation’s most significant academic sectors. Community colleges play an important role in developing America’s technical workforce, in part by involving groups traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.
“The Community College Innovation Challenge presented these students with real-world questions that the scientific community is working to answer,” said Joan Ferrini-Mundy, NSF assistant director for Education and Human Resources. “It has been gratifying to see how enthusiastically all of this year’s participants have responded to that challenge. These winning teams are emblematic of the kinds of quality entries we received.”
Other winning teams and their projects included:
·       Normandale Community College, Minnesota: Wastewater Hydrokinetic Turbine
·       Virginia Western Community College, Virginia: Efficient Mechanical Collection Method of Recovering Waste Apples
·       Northeast Community College, Nebraska: CROP-IT Solution to Regulate Irrigation Equipment
·       Perimeter College at Georgia State University, Georgia: Autonomous Technology Lake Algae Skimmer
·       Tulsa Community College, Oklahoma: Automated Microfluidic Colorimetry Lab for Aquaponic Monitoring (AMCLAM)

·       Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Wisconsin: Junk Yard Generator
·       Henry Ford College, Michigan: Rescue Restaurant Food Waste to Address Hunger
·       Red Rocks Community College, Colorado: Cooling Tower Blow Down Water Conservation
·       Bucks County Community College, Pennsylvania: The Wind Catcher Max Wind Tower

Forsyth Tech provides students with flexible educational pathways to a competitive workforce for the community and global economy. The college offers associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in more than 200 programs of study, including programs that promote personal and professional development through non-credit courses and seminars, as well as customized training for business and industry.
Forsyth Tech is the fifth largest community college in North Carolina and serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty and staff."

- A Press Release

Preschoolers Learn Safety in Miniature City Named “Safety Town”

"GREENSBORO, NC (June 21, 2016) – By the middle of August, more than 500 five and six-year children will have been taught valuable safety skills in a miniature mock city called “Safety Town”.

“Safety Town” is more than just a community of scaled-down building and roadways. It’s an outdoor classroom for teaching children lessons about strangers, poison and drugs, as well as pedestrian, bicycle, traffic, bus, fire, water, and gun safety.

The program is a partnership between the Greensboro Police Department and the Nat Kiwanis Club that has endured approximately 40 years.
Two hours per day for two weeks, GPD School Resource Officers involve the children in learning valuable safety skills. Five sessions are held each summer. Each session can accommodate 115 children.

“This is a very popular program, and really has a lasting impression on the students,” said Lt. Darrin Davis, Executive Officer for the Operational Support Division. “We often have young teens who graduated from the course coming back to Safety Town to volunteer. Even some adults will tell us that they remember and enjoyed the program.”

The SROs, who normally work with middle and high school students, enjoy the opportunity to teach younger children. “The preschoolers are fun to teach and watch,” said Davis. “They have endless energy and are eager to learn. Even though they wear us out every day, we are glad for the opportunity to teach them very important safety skills that they will use the rest of their lives.”

Sessions 1 and 2 graduate on July 1 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. respectively. Sessions 3 and 4 are being held July 18 -29 with graduation July 29 at 9 a.m. for Session 3 and 1 p.m. for Session 4. Session 5 is August 1-12  with graduation August 12 at 9 a.m. All graduations are held at the Lewis Recreation Center 3110 Forest Lawn Drive."

- A Press Release

Downtown Summer Jazz Series 2016 continues this Friday with Matt Marshak

"Winston-Salem, N.C. – The Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership (DWSP) has united with Post Entertainment to present the 2016 Downtown Summer Jazz Series. The featured artist will be smooth jazz Guitarist Matt Marshak.

Matt Marshak infuses new energy into the golden era of contemporary jazz and R&B of the late 1970s and 1980s. Lifestyle, the guitarist’s strongest release, mixes the old school robust sounds of George Benson, Larry Carlton, James Brown, David Sanborn, Prince and BB King with Matt’s modern style.  And the result is a CD rooted in the grandest tradition of jazz and groove music.

“To me, the 70s and 80s were the golden era of instrumental music,” said Marshak. “These natural recordings remain timeless. The energy and soul they captured were something so special, and I hope is to revisit the formula used on a lot of those older records.

The opening act will be Titus Gant. The concert will be held on Fri., June 24 at Corpening Plaza.  Start time is 6:00pm.  This is a free event. The Triad is welcome to come out and enjoy this national smooth jazz act. For more information about the concert series go to or . "

- A Press Release


"GREENSBORO, N.C. (June 21, 2016) synerG and Action Greensboro seek emerging artist or artist teams to design, fabricate and install a signature public art piece in Greensboro. The objective of this RFP is to obtain an artist or artist team able to provide a creative, fun, funky and innovative public art piece to be installed in Greensboro by October 12, 2016.

synerG prides itself on being nimble and able to adapt to the ever changing needs of young people in Greensboro. This public art project is a result of the 2016 project survey asking synerG members what they would like to see the organization focus on in 2016, public art being at top priority. “Public art inspires a sense of wonder, of curiosity and activities your imagination.” says Spencer Conover, synerG public art committee co-chair. “I think young people have experienced art in other communities and it really leaves a lasting impression and lasting memory of a community and a place. That’s what we want to do in Greensboro.”

Through the synerG budget and fundraising efforts, synerG has put together a modest budget of $4,500 to help support an emerging artist(s) who currently resides or has lived in North Carolina. synerG public art committee members will determine which of the proposals is the best fit for young professionals in Greensboro and enhances the visual experience for all of its citizens.

Those interested can visit the synerG website at to download the RFP details or email the synerG Young Professionals Director, Hillary Meredith at for more information.

Request for proposals open June 21 and close Monday, July 25, 2016 at 12 noon."

- A Press Release

National HIV Testing Day, 2016: Could We Really End HIV/AIDS As We Know It?

"GREENSBORO, N.C. (June 21, 2016) - National HIV Testing Day will be marked on Monday, June 27th, with testing events and a public awareness campaign throughout Guilford County and nationwide. As Triad Health Project (THP) commemorates 30 years of service to people affected by HIV/AIDS, that organization highlights great potential for positive change in the coming few years. Advances in treatment and major new developments in prevention, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, put the ability within our grasp to reduce the number of new HIV infections to zero.

“We have understood for some time now that effective treatment of people with HIV greatly reduces the spread of the disease,” says Ken Keeton, THP’s interim executive director, “but one of most exciting, and largely unsung new developments is the discovery that one drug, Truvada, which for years has successfully been used to treat HIV infection, is also highly effective in preventing infection in HIV-negative people who are exposed to the virus. This needs to be a major new tool in our prevention toolbox.”

Recent clinical trials of Truvada have showed as high as 85 to 100% effectiveness in preventing HIV infection when taken daily as PrEP. “PrEP is an exciting new development that can make a major contribution to stopping the spread of HIV,” says Dr. David Wohl of NC AIDS Training and Education Center (NC-ATEC) at UNC Chapel Hill, an organization working to promote PrEP use in NC. “However, we are finding it to be seriously under-utilized and under-prescribed in our state. We encourage people who are interested in using PrEP to protect themselves against HIV infection, to learn more about this breakthrough treatment. We will also provide training and support to physicians who want to start providing Truvada as PrEP to their patients.”

“Make no mistake, HIV continues to affect our community, with some communities, such as African-American men who have sex with men, bearing a disproportionate share of the burden, and we are committed to bringing all resources to bear to end this epidemic,” says Keeton. “We are working toward a greater coordination with the medical community to expand the availability or PrEP and HIV testing, while deepening our long-standing partnerships with the Guilford County Health Department, Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency, and the Nia Community Action Center to reach deeply into our communities to provide HIV testing and education. We feel that by doing all this as a committed, compassionate community, we really can get to zero new infections.”

THP will be offering free, confidential testing for HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia on June 27th, from 1pm to 7pm at their offices at 801 Summit Ave. in Greensboro. They offer these free screenings weekly on Monday evenings from 5-7pm and Wednesday afternoons from 1-3pm.

For more information about PrEP, visit the North Carolina AIDS Training and Education Center website at For information about free HIV testing near you, go to or call Triad Health Project at 336-275-1654.

About Triad Health Project

Founded in 1986 by a group of friends who banded together in support of other friends who were newly diagnosed with HIV and lacking any system of support, Triad Health Project has evolved into Guilford County’s only HIV/AIDS service organization.  Triad Health Project works to fulfill its mission of providing practical and emotional support to individuals infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS, and educates those at risk and the community at large about HIV/AIDS.  THP currently provides direct care and support services to over 550 people in the community who are living with HIV/AIDS, and education and free and confidential testing for over 2,000 additional people every year."

- A Press Release

High Point Theatre Finalizes, Announces “Passport to Entertainment” Professional Artists Series for 2016-2017

Billy “Crash” Craddock
Community can expect world-renown musicians, popular
comics and unique, family-friendly artistic performances.

"High Point, North Carolina – Since 1975, the High Point Theatre has provided the Triad community with a diverse selection of world-renown artists and creative performances. The Theatre’s intimate atmosphere, continental seating and fine acoustics continue to make it one of the Triad’s best venues for live performance. Featuring a total of fourteen critically acclaimed musicians, side-splitting comedians, and imaginative artistic performances, the Theatre’s 2016-17 “Passport to Entertainment” lineup will provide the highest quality entertainment experience for every guest.
The new season kicks off Sat., July 16, as three highly gifted NC artists come together for a good ole’ southern-style, boot scootin’, country music throwdown! Greensboro native Billy “Crash” Craddock has experienced phenomenal world-wide success with nine #1 singles, countless top ten charted singles, and toured to sell-out crowds. Featuring The Malpass Brothers from Goldsboro and Michael Cosner from Greensboro, each brightly rising stars in the country music industry, you do not want to miss “Crash” Craddock’s Country Jam!
Building on his past successes as the “Hemi Guy,” his redheaded hillbilly character in the Dodge Ram commercials, and winner of season 5 of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” Hickory native Jon Reep’s stand-up routines are supersonic energy filled with non-stop characters and clever writing (PG13). Opening for Jon will be internet sensation, and Greensboro’s own “keep it real” girl, MollyAnn Wymer. Fri., Sept. 23.
Classical pianist Alina Kiryayeva has been praised for her powerful command of the instrument, unique interpretations and charismatic stage presence. The audience will be captivated as the Ukrainian-born, multi-award winning artist brings her brilliant talent to the Triad on Thurs., Oct. 6, as part of the High Point Community Concerts lineup.
Inspired by the seasons and topographies, George Winston’s concerts feature a variety of styles including melodic folk piano, New Orleans R&B, and stride piano. Performing songs from his seasonal favorites “Autumn,” “December,” “Winter Into Spring,” and “Summer,” as well as Peanuts pieces from his Vince Guaraldi tribute albums, the theatre presents an Evening With George Winston, Friday evening, November 11.
It’s become a holiday tradition for Triad families to attend a performance of the joyful, dream-inspired story of The Nutcracker. Swirling with heroic toy soldiers, sword-fighting mice, and the glittering Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, this classic is beautifully presented by the High Point Ballet through the choreography of award-winning Artistic Director Gary Taylor, award-winning set designer Howard Jones, lighting by Craig Stelzenmueller, and original costumes designed by Executive Director-Founder Rita Tayor. Performances are scheduled Dec. 21-23.
The Theatre kicks off the New Year on Sat., Jan. 14, with a one of a kind crossover experience sure to delight the senses, Artrageous! A unique visual journey packed with wild inspiration, creativity and fun, you will be amazed as a troupe of artists, musicians, singers and dancers pay tribute to a variety of art forms, pop icons and musical genres culminating in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings.
Sat., Jan. 21, brings folk icon Peter Yarrow back to High Point Theatre by popular demand! This legendary singer/songwriter was part of folk music’s most influential trios - Peter, Paul & Mary. The “up close and personal,” nostalgic feel of Peter’s concert will have you talking about the experience for years to come.
Closing out the month of January is renowned Steinway artist Robin Spielberg. Compelling melodies, sensitive and expressive piano techniques, and story-telling about the origins of the music combine to make the pieces come alive and transforms what could easily be an ordinary evening at the theatre into a very memorable concert experience  … coming on Sat., Jan. 23.
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Tues., Feb. 14, don’t miss Ken Lavigne: The Road to Carnegie Hall. Joined by a gifted four-piece musical ensemble, Levigne will use his exciting blend of classical tenor sound and modern style to take concert goers on a wonderfully riveting and enchanting journey, recalling his ultimate dream to sing at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops. An optional dinner package will also be available for the perfect romantic experience!
Two of the most acclaimed, award-winning vocal groups in pop music - The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 - combine forces for the first time, creating an unforgettable concert event sure to thrill audiences of all ages. With a remarkable 20 Grammy Awards between the two, and a range of styles from jazz to swing, gospel to R&B, each group will perform a set, culminating with a duet featuring innovative arrangements, funky grooves, and the tightest harmonies known in the music business! “The Summit” is coming up on Sat., Feb. 25.
Fri., Mar. 24, The Blackpack: All Laughs Matter, consisting of Vince Morris, BT, and Billy D. Washington, celebrates individualism rather than differences, one joke at a time. The ensemble’s spontaneous and hilarious reactions to questions received from the audience during the “Ask A Black Man” segment is sure to be a crowd favorite!  
Who would have ever believed that banjo, dobro, mandolin, bass, and guitar could bring the same energy and vision to “Tommy” as Peter Townsend and The Who did with a full rock band and orchestra? 45 years after its original release, this classic of classic rock has now been realized as a full length bluegrass tribute, conceived and produced by SXSW co-founder and longtime musician-producer Louis Jay Meyers. Featuring Springfield, Missouri’s, The HillBenders, it’s The Who’s Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry, on Fri., Mar. 31.
Sat., April 1, the theatre presents “The Prince of Sophisticated Soul” Will Downing, followed by the Three Redneck Tenors on Sat., April 29. Over the course of a 27 year career, Downing’s music has become a living example of the absolute best that smooth R&B and Soul has to offer. Then, prepare yourself for a sidesplitting ride as the mullet-haired trio of hillbilly bumpkins Billy Joe, Billy Bob and Billy Billee bring “down home laughs with big city music.” Matthew Lord, Blake Davidson, and Jonathan Frugé - classically trained veteran artists from world opera stages – will delight you with their vocal prowess.
Closing out the season on May 16, Dr. Elliot Engel will reveal the fascinating life of author-explorer-courtier Sir Walter Raleigh who deserves to be celebrated for far more than his muddy cape. “Beyond the Muddy Cloak: The Brilliance of Sir Walter Raleigh” is a lecture for lovers of all things related to literature, humor, history, and enlightening entertainment.
“I hope you enjoy our lineup of artists and performances scheduled for the theatre’s 2016-2017 Passport to Entertainment series,” says High Point Theatre Director David Briggs. “Now celebrating our 41st year of operations, our focus continues to be providing our supporters with an exceptional entertainment experience.” For tickets and information, please call the High Point theatre box office at (336) 887-3001 during regular business hours (Mon-Fri, 12 noon–5 PM) or visit our website at

About High Point Theatre
Owned and operated by the City of High Point, the High Point Theatre is conveniently located within
the International Home Furnishings Center at the corner of Commerce Avenue and Hamilton Street
in High Point. The Theatre features an elegant 965-seat auditorium with continental style seating,

three exhibition galleries for meetings, displays, and receptions, and free parking."

- A Press Release

Trending in the Triad - Alegria Shoe Shop

"Winston-Salem, NC -Alegria Shoe Shop is doing big things in Pavillons Shopping Center!  Runner up for Triad’s Best 2016 award, this family owned shoe store is a local favorite and a shop that out of towners MUST stop into when traveling in the Triad area.  Alegria Shoe Shop is a sister store to Scrubwagon, owned by Eric Johnson. 

Scrubwagon began selling Alegria Shoes in April 2009, but quickly learned these funky shoes were in high demand from nurses, hairdressers, teachers, retail associates, and pretty much anyone with problematic feet!  In the words of owner, Eric Johnson, “It’s time for a bigger boat.” 

Alegria Shoe Shop storefront was opened beside Scrubwagon, a large warehouse was purchased to house thousands of pairs of shoes, and was born.  Within a few months, Alegria Shoe Shop was the #1 distributor in the USA of THE hottest shoe brand in the country.  They made a commitment to having every single style, in every color, in every size.

Fast forward to 2016, Alegria Shoe Shop is still a trending item for nursing students, cosmetologists, teachers, and comes highly recommended by several local podiatrists.  This comfort brand offers a removable, memory foam footbed, mild rocker outsole to encourage proper posture, and buckles and/or hook and loop straps for maximum adjustability. 

In the market for new scrubs?  Check out sister sites,, and newest member of the Scrubwagon family  Scrubwagon and Alegria Shoe Shop are trending big and it’s only getting bigger folks!"

- A Press Release