Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Now that I have seen, I am responsible

Brooke Fraser is a singer/songwriter from New Zealand. She wrote this song after meeting a young girl from Rwanda named Albertine. Powerful!

Empty Shelves at The Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina needs your help.
Leaders say they're in a crisis situation because shelves at the food bank are nearly empty.
Second Harvest supplies food to 400 non-profit organizations in Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Caldwell, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Iredell, Randolph, Rockingham, Surry, Stokes, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin Counties.
During the past 12 months, the organizations have distributed food to 8.9 million people.
To find out how you can help, call the Food Bank at 336-784-5770.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Dollar Store Dos and Don'ts

I love shopping at the Dollar Store, but I realize that not everything there is a great bargain. Check out this fantastic article from the Greensboro News and Record about what to and what NOT to buy at these types of stores:

Here is the original article from Shop Smart magazine:

It's Tightwad Tuesday!

Here are the grocery deals that will run at the "Big Three" from 7/22-7/28/2009. Thanks to the Kernersville News for the "Early Edition".

Food Lion-
93% Lean Ground Beef-$2.49/lb (Value Pack)
Hamburger Helper-BOGO
Kelloggs F.Flakes, Fruit Loops or Rice Krispies-BOGO
Breyer's Ice Cream-BOGO
24-32 Loads Arm & Hammer Liquid Laundry Detergent-BOGO
Boneless Half Pork Loin 50% off
Hormel Cooked Deli Ham-BOGO
Crazy 8's Sale:
1 pt. Blueberries- $1.88/lb
Yellow and White Peaches- $0.88
Kiwi Fruit-2/$0.88
Mangoes $0.88
Zucchini or Yellow Squash-$0.88

Harris Teeter-
They're back! Super Double Coupons at Harris Teeter! This week only have your coupons doubled up to $1.98 value! Here is what else is on sale (I hope you have some good coupons to match up with these sales!)

Boneless Ribeyes-$5.99/lb
Seedless Red Grapes-$0.99/lb
Northern TP (9, 12 or 24 rolls) $5.99
12 Pack Pepsi Products-BOGO
Frozen Turkey Breast-$0.99
Kellogs Frosted Mini Wheats-BOGO
24 Pack Deer Park Water-BOGO
48 oz. Mayfield Ice Cream-BOGO
Yoplait Yogurt-10/$5
100 oz. Tide $11.99
Tilapia Fillets-$3.99/lb

Lowes Foods-
White Seedless Grapes-$0.99/lb
USDA Choice Boneless Ribeyes-$5.99/lb
85% Lean Ground Turkey-$0.99/lb
King Crab Legs-$6.99/lb
Boston Butt Southern Style Pork Ribs-$1.39/lb
Nature's Own Honey Wheat Bread (20 Oz.)- 2/$3.00
Croissant, Hot or Lean Pockets-$1.88
Ben & Jerry's or Starbucks Ice Cream-BOGO
Edy's Ice Cream-BOGO
Lowes is also having a canned food sale...check your sales fliers out for details.

Big Brothers Needed!!

Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Forsyth County Inc
107 Westdale Ave
Winston Salem, NC 27101
(336) 724-7993

Big Brothers Big Sisters one-to-one mentoring makes a huge difference for the youth it serves. Research consistently demonstrates that Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring helps at-risk youth overcome the many challenges they face. The most compelling evidence was found by Public/Private Ventures (P/PV),1 showing that Little Brothers and Little Sisters are:

46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs;
27% less likely to begin using alcohol;
52% less likely to skip school;
37% less likely to skip class;
More confident in their schoolwork performance;
Able to get along better with their families.

100 Men in 100 Days Campaign

Through the “100 Men in 100 Days” campaign, the Triad agencies: Big brothers Big Sisters Services Inc (Winston-Salem), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Greensboro (Greensboro) and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont (Greater High Point) are working to recruit 100 men (or more!) to become Big Brothers between the dates of July 23 – October 31.

If you are interested in becoming a Big Brother, or if your business/organziation is intersted in partnering with them to achieve this goal please give us a call at 336-724-7993 or email them by clicking here.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

See Spot Cheer!

First Annual FREE CheeReaders Summer Camp
• Saturday, August 22, 2009
• 9:00 a.m. – Noon
• Showcase for Parents – Noon – 1:00
• Gateway YWCA, 1300 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC
• Sponsored and staffed by Varsity/UCA

Activities include:

• Campers will learn chants, cheers, jumps and a dance.
• Campers will have reading time with a cheerleader volunteer.
• Campers will take home a free book of their choice and other
neat prizes.

For more information, visit:

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Guatemala Blog

For updates on the Carolines Promise 2009 Guatemala Mission Trip, visit:

Jackie Johnson Blood Drive

The 4th Annual Jackie Johnson Blood and Bone Marrow Typing Drive
Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem
(at the church gym)
9am to 8pm
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
To schedule an appointment for the blood drive call:
(336) 413-0337
Jackie is a cancer survivor that received donated blood and platelets from donors through the American Red Cross. Jackie is a communications major (Senior year) at Appalachian State University in Boone. Her parents (Brent and Robin Johnson) live in Clemmons.
Help us make our goal of 600 pints!
Last year, the Jackie Johnson Blood Drive,
one of the largest single day blood drives in North Carolina,
collected 562 pints of blood.

Who can give blood through the American Red Cross?
-You must be 17 years old or older
-You must weigh at least 110 lbs
-You can donate blood every 56 days
-Every two seconds someone in the US needs blood
but only 5% of the eligible population donates blood

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Fourth on the 2nd with the Dash!

By Kevin Terry
President, Winston-Salem Dash

Winston-Salem Dash Baseball is about family fun, affordable entertainment and enjoying a night at the ballpark as a community. Oh, and if you haven't heard, our team is in first place and playing great baseball! These attributes are on full display every night at the ballpark, but when our schedule was released, I circled July 2nd on my calendar as a special date.

I circled that date because the Winston-Salem Dash are at home and it gives us the opportunity to kick off the holiday weekend with a bang! Thousands of families have enjoyed the 4th of July at the ballpark the past few seasons, but unfortunately the team will be on the road this year. We wanted to do everything possible to inform the community of the date change and update you on our holiday festivities.

We figured why wait to start having fun! We'll kick off the Independence Day weekend celebration on Thursday, July 2nd, with a fantastic community fireworks show, presented by our fabulous partner, WilcoHess. Plus, we have made it very affordable for families to attend. We've reduced the price of all tickets ordered in advance to $5. This will allow a family of four a savings of $16 for our best seats, right behind home plate.

We've packed the night with as much fun as it can hold!

Pre-game on-field recognition of Dash first-half division title
Pre-game on-field recognition of Dash pitcher Levi Maxwell's recent no-hitter
Pre-game on-field recognition of local military personnel
Best in-game entertainment line-up of the season, including our popular mascot, Bolt!
Post-game Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza, presented by WilcoHess!

This is a night for the community and I hope your family has the opportunity to come celebrate our nation's independence at the ballpark on July 2nd. Take advantage of our special offer and purchase your tickets in advance by visiting us online at or by calling (336) 714-BATS (2287). We will see you at the ballpark!