CAROLINA THEATRE OF GREENSBORO PRESENTS THE 8TH ANNUAL CAROLINA KIDS CLUB


SPONSORED BY THE LINCOLN FINANCIAL FOUNDATION AND BRICKS 4 KIDZ


"Greensboro, NCThe Carolina Theatre of Greensboro is pleased to announce the 8th Annual Carolina Kids Club, running for five Wednesday mornings this summer. Each G-rated, family-friendly, animated Disney movie will be preceded by exciting, kid-focused, live stage entertainment from Mad Science and lobby fun from Bricks 4 Kidz leading up to the show.


Wed, June 22 – CARS with Mad Science!
Lightning McQueen is an up-and-coming racecar, who finds himself in a three-way tie for the Piston Cup. The tiebreaking race is scheduled, and McQueen is anxious to get a head start on practicing, but after ending up stuck in the town of Radiator Springs, McQueen wins an even greater prize. 2006; 1 hour, 57 minutes.

Wed, June 29 – ALADDIN with Mad Science!
A young streetrat, Aladdin, and his monkey, Abu, find themselves coerced by the Sultan’s advisor, Jafar to retrieve a magical lamp from the Cave of Wonders. Aladdin accidentally releases a genie from the lamp and decides to use his three wishes to win the heart of the Sultan’s daughter, Jasmine. 1992; 1 hour, 30 minutes.

Wed, July 13 – TOY STORY with Mad Science!
Woody and his other toy friends love playing with their boy Andy. What Andy doesn’t know is that his toys come to life when he’s not around. When Andy’s new toy, Buzz Lightyear (who thinks he is a real hero) shows up, Buzz’s delusions land the toys in danger as Andy prepares to move to a new house. 1995; 1 hour, 21 minutes.

Wed, July 20 – MULAN with Mad Science!
Mulan lives in ancient China, and her greatest desire is to bring honor to her family. When she embarrasses herself in front of the town matchmaker, and then finds her elderly father has been called to war, she decides to bring honor to her family by disguising herself and taking his place.1998; 1 hour, 28 minutes.

Wed, July 27 – FINDING NEMO with Mad Science!
Marlin is a clownfish who is overprotective of his only son Nemo, who survived a barracuda attack. When Nemo is accidentally picked up by a scuba diver, Marlin sets out to find his son. Along the way, he meets Dory, a regal blue tang with short term memory loss, who promises to help him find Nemo. 2003; 1 hour, 40 minutes.

Carolina Kids Club doors open at 9:00am; stage games and live entertainment begin at 9:30am; movies begin between 10:15 and 10:30, with events ending by noon. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Daytime parking is available in the parking deck located at the corner of Washington and Greene Streets and in metered spaces around the Theatre.

Tickets are only $5.00 and include a kids’ snack pack! Five-packs of tickets are $20.
Contact the box office for tickets by phone at 336-333-2605, online, or in person Mon-Fri from noon-5pm. For group tickets, contact Box Office Manager Rachelle Walsh at 336-333-2600 x 5.


The Carolina Kids Club is supported by the Lincoln Financial Foundation, ArtsGreensboro, and Bricks 4 Kidz."

- A Press Release

End of Summer “Music Fest” Fundraiser

"Greensboro , N.C.  – The End of Summer Music Fest 2nd Annual Fundraiser will be held Saturday, Aug. 28, 2016 in Aggie Park from 3-8pm. This community event shines light on talented artist, small businesses, deserving college students and community leaders who are making a difference in to Triad.
Each year a charity is chosen to receive a portion of the proceeds.  This year, we are proud to announce “I Rock My Curves The Best” nonprofit as our charity of the year.  In addition, three $500 college scholarships will be awarded to deserving students.
Event is open to the public. Purchased tickets the day of at Aggie Park located on the corner of Gate City Blvd and Florida St..  
Our current partners:  Business Services Unlimited, The Queen of Hearts Project Inc., A Designer named Jeff and AA Exposure, Inc. (Add more as needed)
Featured Artist: Sybil, Versatyle, 3 Staxxx, Covacus, Johnny Hudson, Sweet Dreams, and Comedienne Simply Net.


For more information to do a live airing, to donate, become a sponsor or volunteer contact Ms. Barkley at Msnbarkley@yahoo.com or 336-327-0485."

- A Press Release

2015 UWGG Campaign Concludes : New United Way Community Impact Model Attracts Supporters Contributing $10.4 Million

"Greensboro, NC (April 29, 2016) – United Way of Greater Greensboro is proud to announce over 13,000 caring people contributed a total of $10,400,000 to advance United Way’s new approach for leading local solutions addressing poverty.

“Poverty can devastate a community not focused on local solutions. It not only impacts the poor and those in need, but also negatively impacts business development and growth, crime rates and our education and health systems. Our community cannot thrive if poverty rates continue to increase,” says Michelle Gethers-Clark, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Greensboro.

United Way solutions bring together dynamic and caring professionals who teach, coach, inspire and care about the 57,000 people in greater Greensboro struggling to obtain basic needs. Results from this new model are proving people are achieving financial independence, becoming part of the local workforce, families are healthier and children are in quality child development centers and learning in school.

“The message is clear, people want to solve complex issues like poverty with strategies that are local, logical and measurable. Our new model is attractive because it is both efficient and effective,” says Gethers-Clark.

For every dollar invested, United Way of Greater Greensboro generates $1.82 in value that empowers children, adults and families to overcome and avoid barriers.

Community contributions exceeded last year. United Way is continuing its focused effort on large strategic grants much like the $750,000 one time gift received in 2014, from the Phillips Foundation. While a strategic grant was not obtained during the 2015 campaign, overall giving was up in several areas including Tocqueville Society, Corporate employee giving and Leadership segments. 


“This year’s takeaway is that our community remains full of people who choose to support innovative and collaborative solutions, and that’s what United Way does best – we pull people together to create solutions that have the most sustainable impact,” says Jason Bohrer, 2015-16 Campaign Chair."

- A Press Release

synerG Young Professionals, downtown Greensboro Incorporated. & ArtsGreensboro Partner in First Friday Programming

"GREENSBORO, N.C. (May 4, 2016) The community has asked for it and synerG young professionals, Downtown Greensboro Incorporated and ArtsGreensboro have partnered to make it happen. May 6 will kick off a four event series of additional community programming to enhance the already stellar programming at First Fridays. Portions of downtown streets will be closed to traffic to make room for pop up music, interactive arts programming, food trucks, and beer and wine. 
May 6 First Friday’s event will close down South Elm St. from Friendly Ave. to Market St. and from Market St. to Washington Street. Pedestrians will have full access to the area to enjoy Open Streets and Bike Month programming coordinated by Bicycling in Greensboro including a bike safety rodeo, temporary bike lanes, bike limbo and skatepark demos. 

Other entertainment? We have plenty. The organizations are collaborating with the Carolina Blues Festival to bring in Allison King and The Bitter 3 to perform on the street at Market St. & Elm St at 6:30 - 7:30 pm and 8:00 – 9:00 pm. February One will be taken over by yogis with their mats for two yoga classes – 6:30 - 7:00 pm with Downtown Yoga and 7:30 - 8:00 pm with Free Spirits Yoga. The Center For Visual Artists and Urban Grinders are also partnering on an interactive art project in the street in front of Urban Grinders. And of course, many of the Downtown businesses will be open late during the event!

Did all this excitement work up an appetite?  In the pedestrian area, we will have brews served by Gibbs Hundred, Natty Greene’s and Preyer Brewing. Food trucks for the event include Zeko’s, Mystical Sunshine and Tony’s Italian Ice. You can also walk a block away to Center City Park and check out the Porter House Food Truck. You can also check out any of the great downtown restaurants, bars and breweries!

Want to volunteer to help make these events a success through helping set up, check ids, serve beer and help with programming? Email hmeredith@actiongreensboro.org

Next special First Friday events will include June 3, July 1 and August 5. 

Other May 6 First Friday Happenings:

Elm Street: Bicycling in Gso (BIG) demos
GreenHill: Dance Project performance
Cultural Center Atrium: Jay Squid’s The Box of Dreams
CVA: Material Fact opening
Urban Grinders: Color Me Bad opening
Southeastern Building: Pop-up Gallery & Tours
Blue Denim: Artist Denise Landi
Mack & Mack: Walker Family Band
Chakras Spa: Artist Morganne Radziewicz w/ Blue Sands
Triad Stage: Don Juan Love Booth
Fire Salon: Band Abe Reid & Blind Dog Gatewood
Natty Greene’s: NEW limited-release draft & PupUP Dog Park
CTG: Gypsy
ReAligned: Bring Your Own Vinyl!
HQ Greensboro: Tours
GPS @ The Forge: Artist Andrew Dunnill
Elsewhere: Garden Party
PB & Java: Electric violinist Marta Richardson & friends
Gibb’s Hundred: Merle Haggard tribute
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Media Inquiries Contact
Hillary Meredith, synerG Young Professionals Director
Action Greensboro
336-387-8350


About synerG
synerG, under the umbrella of Action Greensboro, is an active organization of young adults who lead initiatives with the mission to attract, engage and connect young professionals to Greensboro, North Carolina. Through our projects, synerG promotes social and professional networking, leadership opportunities and serves as a clearinghouse for information for young adults in the 21-39 year-old age demographic. synerG values the creation of opportunities and atmospheres that promote connectedness, diversity/inclusiveness and accessibility.

About Downtown GReensboro Incorporated
Downtown Greensboro Incorporated (DGI) is an economic development organization focused on stimulating investment and activity in the center city. DGI’s primary focus is to lead the development of Downtown Greensboro as a prosperous and vibrant urban center, memorable and meaningful for those who choose to live, work, play and invest here.

About ArtsGReensboro

With an annual budget of approximately $4 million, ArtsGreensboro is a catalyst for innovation to build recognition and support for the arts. Through its ArtsFund-supported grant programs, the 17DAYS Arts & Culture Festival, the Levitt AMP Greensboro Music Series, I HEART ARTS Month, and other opportunities including the National Folk Festival, ArtsGreensboro is driving the health and vitality of our community by supporting arts education, celebrating the diversity of Greensboro, and driving economic impact through excellence in arts programming. artsgreensboro.org"

- A Press Release

Grammy Award Winning Sweet Honey in the Rock Set to Perform at High Point Theatre


An Evening of Song, Enlightenment and Empowerment scheduled for Saturday, May 14

"High Point, North Carolina – Rooted in a deeply held commitment to create music out of the rich textures of African-American legacy and traditions, Sweet Honey in The Rock has diligently set out to educate, entertain, and empower its audience and community, now well into its fourth decade. On Saturday, May 14, the Grammy Award winning ensemble will share its stunning vocal prowess with Triad residents when it comes to the High Point Theatre for a single live performance. Concert will get underway at 8:00 pm.
Formed as a quartet in 1973 at a workshop at the D.C. Black Repertory Theatre Company in Washington, the founding members - Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, and Mie - drew their name from the first song they learned, “Sweet Honey in the Rock,” based on a Biblical psalm. “Sweet Honey speaks of a land that is so rich when you break the rocks open, honey flows. And we thought it was something like us African-American women . . . strong like a rock, but inside [there’s] honey – sweet,” explains Robinson.
With current members – Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Aisha Kahlil, Nitanju Bolade Casel, and Shirley Childress – Sweet Honey captures the complex sounds of blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, reggae, African chants, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation, often accompanied by hand percussion instruments, producing a sound filled with soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms. The group educates, entertains and empowers its audience and community through the dynamic vehicles of a cappella singing and American Sign Language interpretation, preserving and extending the traditions of African American vocal music while inspiring others to find and use their individual and collective voice to address the critical issues of our time.
The ever-growing list of Sweet Honey’s musical and activist achievements since its creation is stunning. The group has appeared at various festivals in the US and Canada, including the Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife at the National Mall in Washington. After the 1976 release of its first album, the group expanded its touring and, in of 2011, joined other muse musicians (Bonnie Raitt, Crosby, Stills & Nash, et al) in a benefit concert for disaster relief efforts in Japan. The ladies have performed in Nairobi and Beijing at the U.N. World Conference on Women, toured extensively at home and abroad, and been the subject of two PBS documentaries “Gotta Make This Journey” and “Sweet Honey In The Rock®: Raise Your Voice.” They have recorded film soundtracks, received Grammy nominations for several of their albums for children, shared a Grammy Award for their participation in a multi-artist tribute record to Woody Guthrie, appeared in a PBS special on the first national observance of Martin Luther King Day and performed at the unveiling ceremonies for the monument for Dr. King on the National Mall, provided the lyrics for composer William Banfield in their first orchestral collaboration, and co-wrote, co-recorded and released (on their own label) a thought-provoking single and video, Are We a Nation,” resulting in a Gold Songwriter Award from the 27th Mid-Atlantic Song Contest.
“It’s an honor to present this Grammy Award winning ensemble to our patrons this season,” says High Point Theatre Director David Briggs. “Sweet Honey delivers a fabulous entertainment experience with bonus educational factor!” Tickets are $35-$45, available at the box office by calling (336) 887-3001 and online at www.highpointtheatre.com."

- A Press Release


GSO presents nationally recognized OrKIDStra program for Head Start


KPMG volunteer Kim Cossaart reads aloud to Head Start students to
prepare them for upcoming OrKIDStra concerts

Performance puts spotlight on literacy
and musical enthusiasm for 4-year olds.

"GREENSBORO, NC—The Greensboro Symphony continues its nationally-recognized OrKIDStra program this May, delivering an exciting and interactive concert focused on literacy and artistic expression for over 600 4-year old Head Start students. This is the second year that the program is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and it continues to be one of the GSO’s flagship programs.

OrKIDStra works with Head Start students and their families to encourage literacy and artistic expression at an early age. Tying together literacy skills with classical music, the Symphony provides over 600 Head Start children with free books related to the concert theme—this year, the featured book is Pete Seeger’s popular storybook, Abiyoyo. The children are prepped by Head Start educators and see the book brought to life in an interactive concert featuring the Symphony’s Percussion Ensemble and local professional storyteller, Logie Meachum.

In addition to the private performances at UNCG for Head Start, families can also enjoy two public performances at the Greensboro Science Center and Greensboro Children’s Museum. Performances are FREE with admission to either museum and last approximately 25 minutes. See details below for more information on community performances."

Who:  4-year old students from Guilford Child Development Head Start
Greensboro Symphony Percussion Ensemble
            Logie Meachum, storyteller

What: OrKIDStra, a concert series for 3-5 year olds focused on building literacy skills and
enthusiasm for classical music

When: Tuesday, May 03                                Saturday, May 14                   Saturday, May 21
            Wednesday, May 04              10:00 & 11:00 a.m.                 11:00 a.m.
            10:00 a.m.
           
Where: UNCG Recital Hall               GSO Science Center               GSO Children’s Museum
              100 McIver Street                 4301 Lawndale Dr.                 220 N. Church St.
              Greensboro, NC 27412         Greensboro, NC 27455           Greensboro, NC 27401


- A Press Release

GREENSBORO, NC AUTHOR MAYCAY BEELER NAMED NATIONAL SILVER MEDALIST IN TRUE CRIME CATEGORY


"Independent publishing has always been a voice for deserving causes, and the medal-winning books in this year's Independent Publisher Book Awards highlight many of today's pressing issues, including the long struggle for women's equality. The 20th annual IPPY results, announced last week, are a testament to the weighty contributions women are making in literature today.

The role of women in book publishing has grown steadily over the decades, and this year the woman’s “roar” is heard loudly in the work of many female authors and publishers. As gold medalist Peter Freed writes in the preface of Prime: Reflections on Time and Beauty, his photo-essay book featuring portraits and words of 130 women, "Women are born storytellers gathering information and insights the way a bee gathers pollen, totally immersed and coated in their experiences." The experiences portrayed in the array of award-winning books are both diverse and nuanced, showing the range of these powerful storytellers.

"At our 10th anniversary celebration we honored 'Ten Outstanding Women of Independent Publishing,' but for this 20th anniversary we'd have to say '100 Women' or even a 1000," says Jim Barnes, Awards Director. "As always, our medalists reflect what's happening out there in our society and our politics."
Buccaneer- The Provocative Odyssey of Jack Reed- Adventurer, Drug Smuggler and Pilot Extraordinaire by Jack Carlton Reed and MayCay Beeler wins the national silver medal in the true crime category. Beeler, a Greensboro, NC professional pilot and TV personality, used her role as a pilot to coax federal prison inmate Reed into giving up his never-before-told true story about his role as a cocaine smuggling pilot for Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel. Beeler has been honored as his award-winning Biographer for their book, which was a collaborative work at the end of Reed’s life. This year’s award marks the third national/international book award for the coauthors in as many years. On behalf of her deceased coauthor Jack, Beeler expresses their deep gratitude for this latest literary award, stating, “We are humbled and honored.” 

The IPPY Awards were launched in 1996 and are conducted each year to honor the year's best independently published books, offering an alternative to "the big five" conglomerated media publishers.

The medal-winning books, including Buccaneer, will be celebrated on May 10th during the annual BookExpo America publishing convention in Chicago, with gold, silver and bronze IPPY medallions awarded in 80 national, 22 regional, and ten e-book categories. This year’s contest drew nearly 5,000 entries, with winning medalists in 42 U.S. states plus DC, six Canadian provinces, and nine countries overseas.

Congratulations to all the medalists for their independent spirit and dedication to excellence the always-changing world of publishing and bookselling!

See complete results for the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards: http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=2045

For more information about the awards, visit the website here: http://www.independentpublisher.com/ipland/.


- A Press Release

BENNETT STUDENTS TRAVEL ABROAD TO GAIN GLOBAL EXPERIENCES



Chelsea Moore is having fun at a stadium during
her stay in Nicosia, Cyprus, an island
in the Mediterranean.
"GREENSBORO, NC —  This semester Bennett College has five students that are studying abroad in countries such as Nicosia, Cyprus; London, England; and Zanzibar, Tanzania. These students say that they have been able to gain insight into their passion, develop a greater appreciation of other cultures and begin the effort to build an international network for future.

Olivia Leaven is in her junior year at Bennett and is paying for her study abroad expenses as a Robert Kantor Scholar.  She is enrolled in the School for International Training (SIT)  Study Abroad Program in Tanzania, conducting research with a focus on costal ecology, natural resource management, and sustainable development.

The biology major and international affairs minor, wants to help indigenous groups grow healthy crops that will ultimately result in reduced incidents of diabetes and high blood pressure.  She said she wants to create and manage a non-governmental organization that acts as an ombudsman between indigenous and underrepresented communities encouraging self-sufficiency. 

Leaven is passionate about making sure underrepresented communities have healthy foods.   As a student, she is currently working on establishing SanKofa Sprouts in Greensboro. Sankofa is a word in the Akan language of Ghana that translates as “reach back and get it.”

“SIT is like a beacon of light that directs me to my goals,” said Leaven.
Chelsea Moore is a junior, journalism and media studies major from Nashville, Tennessee who is studying in Nicosia, Cyprus, an island in the Mediterranean. Moore says, her experience thus far has been life changing. "I've grown in so many aspects and I can now say I'm able to adapt anywhere!" 
Students often wonder are they allowed to travel to other countries while studying abroad. 
"What I'm enjoying most about my time here in Europe is the ability to travel to various countries inexpensively."

Jaiza Wesley is a junior, psychology major- sociology minor from Olympia, Washington, who is studying in Nicosia, Cyprus, the largest city on the island of Cyprus, a part of the European Union. Her favorite course that she is taking at the University of Nicosia is “Culture and Psychology” where she is learning how important it is to take into consideration people’s culture, not only when counseling, but in everyday life.

Joy Angbo, a business major from Brooklyn, is shown
here in Nicosia, Cyprus.  She is there as part of a
Bennett College Study Abroad Program.
Wesley says, “I recommend studying abroad to all students, this experience has changed my perspective on how to view the world. I believe it is important to meet and interact with people of different cultures. Take advantage of the opportunity!”

Often times, students want to study abroad, but don’t know where to start. Every semester there is an Academic Cultural Enrichment Series (ACES) program available to all students at Bennett College where study abroad students share their travel experiences.

Ms. Lee Todhunter, Interim Director, for the Center for Global Studies, said, “The only restrictions for students wishing to study abroad is that they cannot be freshwoman or in their final semester of studies. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.5 is required, although some programs require higher, and students must be in good academic standing.”

The Center for Global Studies is created to help students who have inquiries about studying abroad, where to start and how to apply.

Todhunter said, “The center for Global Studies has also made an effort to partner with those who provide cost effective programs that match Bennett’s cost of attendance, including programs to countries such as Cyprus and Costa Rica and to help students identify a program that offers courses they can take for credit and one that they can also afford.”

Joy Angbo, a junior business administration major and management minor from Brooklyn, New York, is also studying at University of Nicosia. She is enjoying the course she is taking in Corporate Finance where she is learning how to make investments. This experience is an eye-opener for Angbo, since it is her first time being out of the country for an extended period of time.

“I can’t wait to be back at Bennett to share with my Bennett sisters my full story of this beautiful opportunity,” said Angbo.

Kiara Mills, junior journalism and media studies major from Willingboro, New Jersey, is currently studying at London South Bank University in London, England. The program has provided her with insight on how people in different parts of the world experience an education. She is taking Professional Writing; and Cultural Memory, and American Cinema courses."

- A Press Release