Sunday, December 30, 2012

Inspiration Through Art: Superheroes Sharing Their Story with the World

Inspiration Through Art is a non-profit organization that provides free photo sessions to children who suffer from serious illnesses or life-altering disabilities.  

Through the power of photography and the gift of art, these superheroes share their inspirational stories to the world.

Marci Bruno, a professional Piedmont Triad photographer, is an official photographer for Inspiration Through Art.  Marci works so well children and families, always capturing the true essence of their personality.  

"This is something that I hold dear to my own heart because I have my very own superhero, my daughter Seraphina, who was born in 2010 with Cerebral Palsy. I personally know how hard it is (financially & mentally) on a family when you have a child with special needs and I am thrilled to be able to offer something back to the community. Photos are something that a family will cherish forever. If you or someone that you know has a child with special needs in the Piedmont Triad Area , contact me and we can discuss the details of what these special sessions include. Spread the word!"
Marci Bruno

Marci can be contacted through her website,

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Free Women's Health, Beauty and Wellness Fair at Eclection in Kernersville

January 12, 2013 

Join Eclection in Kernersville for a day of learning how to look and feel better!  Take a yoga class, 
get a mini-massage, learn about meditation,
organic skin care and more!  
This is a free event!

Please call Eclection at 336-497-4822 to register for sessions and classes below,
 some have limited room.

"HA" Yoga
These effective exercises help release and alleviate tension in all its forms, allowing your vital energy to freely flow so that you can be in harmony with yourself and your environment. These free mini-treatments are done fully clothed.
12:00 noon
Mini - Polarity Therapy Sessions with Frances
Sign up now for your Sessions with Frances - done fully clothed polarity therapy can be as effective as a deep massage and the effects are longer lasting.
Please register for the one of the following 30 minute sessions:
10:00 am, 10:30 am, 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 3:30 pm

Meditation Snacks and Yoga with Sheila Taylor from Pure Wellness Center
Please register for the one of the following 30 minute sessions:

10:30 am, 1:30 pm
Balance Your Emotions and Heal Your Relationships with Alexander Tuttle from Pure Wellness Center  
at 11:30 am
Integrative Health Coaching Mini Sessions with Angela Savitri from Capri Health
10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30
Australian Bush Flower Essences Consultations with Mignon Zimmerman
What are Australian Bush Flower Essences, what they do for you and how to incorporate them into your daily schedule.
10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30
Organic Skincare based on Chinese Medicine with Angela Wilson from Pure Wellness Center
What Is Your Skin Telling you? 
1:00 pm
Why do people that workout don't lose weight with Allen Branch from Fitness One 
Putting Fitness and Exercise into Your Life with Allen Branch from Fitness One 
How to Find the Fragrance that Expresses Who You Are with Stephanie Terrell from Simply Caotic
What to Look for in Natural Lotions and Which is Best for You with Stephanie Terrell from Simply Caotic

Free Art Project in Asheboro, NC For All Ages

Coffee Xchange wants your art on a cup!
The fine folks at downtown Asheboro’s well known coffee shop and cafe are sponsoring a special project.
  On Saturday January 26th, 2013 from 10am -- 12noon
 anyone old enough to hold a paper cup is needed!

 Draw your creativity on unused paper cups at the Randolph Arts Guild.  All the wonderful newly decorated cups will be assembled later on for an awesome window display over at the Coffee Xchange. 

You’ll be able to show all your friends and family YOUR artwork on display in downtown Asheboro!  
And the best part -- it’s free!  
It’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning with your friends and loved ones.  

Electronics Recycling Event for Burlington, NC Residents

The City of Burlington is hosting a free electronics recycling event on Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 9am-2pm.  (Residents only.

What is accepted:
 home electronics, personal computers, personal electronics and other misc electronics.  (Batteries must be removed from electronics before being recycled)

What is not accepted:
 batteries, white goods, air conditioning units and other non-electronic items.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Kernersville Wedding Fair 2013

There will be a Wedding Fair at the beautiful 
in Kernersville on January 5, 2013 from 11am-3pm.  

Day Trip: Piedmont Triad Wine Trails

This post has been updated on our website here.  

Did you know that North Carolina is the tenth-largest wine producing state in the country, and is one of the top five most visited state destinations for wine and culinary tourism?  

The Piedmont Triad alone has nearly forty vineyards and wineries, and there are established wine trails for your visiting pleasure.  These seven wine trails will keep you within the Piedmont Triad region.  For a complete list of North Carolina wine trails, go here

Many of the vineyards and wineries in our region are only open for visitors Friday-Sunday.  Please check before heading out!  You'll find more information about each location and links to their websites here.

For driving directions, click "view larger map" below each map.  The directions will open in a new tab.

The Haw River Wine Trail includes the Grove Winery in Gibsonville, Glen Marie Vineyards & Winery in Burlington, Iron Gate Vineyards in Mebane, and Benjamin Vineyards & Winery in Saxapahaw.  This trail is less than fifty miles and driving time is about an hour and a half. 

The Lexington Loop Wine Trail includes the Childress Vineyards in Lexington, Weathervane Winery in Lexington, Junius Lindsay Winery in Lexington, and Raylen Vineyards in Mocksville.  This easy trail spans twenty-nine miles and is about fifty minutes drive-time.

The Piedmont Heritage Wine Trail includes Stonefield Cellars in Stokesdale, Grove Winery in Gibsonville, Chinqua Penn Vineyards in Reidsville and Autumn Creek Vineyards in Mayodan.  Spanning over seventy miles, this trail is just over two hours driving.

On the Shallowford Wine Trail you'll visit Allison Oaks Vineyards in Yadkinville, Brandon Hills Vineyard in Yadkinville, Hanover Park Vineyard in Yadkinville, Misty Creek Vinayards in Mocksville, Uptown Wine &  Gallery in Yadkinville.  Covering just over thirty miles, your drive will be just over an hour.

The Surry County Wine Trail includes Hutton Vineyards in Dobson, Shelton Vineyards in Dobson, Round Peak Vineyards in Mt. Airy, Old North State Winery in Mt. Airy.  This trail is about thirty-two miles with a drive-time of just over an hour.

The Swan Creek Wine Trail includes Laurel Gray Vineyard in Hamptonville, Raffaldini Vineyards in Ronda, Dobbins Creek Vineyards in Hamptonville, Buck Shoals Vineyard in Hamptonville, and Shadow Springs Vineyard in Hamptonville.  Less than twenty miles, you'll drive about forty minutes.

The Yadkin River Wine Trail includes Flint Hill Vineyard in East Bend, RagApple Lassie Vineyard in Boonville, Cellar 4201 in East Bend, Divine Llama Vineyards in East Bend, and Sander's Ridge Vineyard & Winery in Boonville.

If you love North Carolina wine, be sure to check out North Carolina Wine Gifts!  This online wine store is dedicated to the outstanding wines of North Carolina's boutique wineries.  Carefully selected and delivered to your door, this is the place to find it all!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Share the Health Fair: FREE Health Screenings in Winston-Salem on January 12, 2013

Saturday, January 12, 2013 marks the 14th Annual Share the Health Fair, with free health screenings, health education, and physician consults to the public.  The health fair is hosted every year by medical students from the Wake Forest School of Medicine, and last year served over 650 children, women and men.

Anyone and everyone of all ages are welcome to attend the health fair, regardless of health insurance coverage, income or immigration status.  The goal is for everyone to have  a yearly check-up, receive education about your health and catch potential health problems before they become serious health issues.

There is plenty of free, easy parking and you do not need to pre-register.  Just show up between 10am-3:30pm.  You do not need to find a baby sitter!  There are health screenings for children and adults, and there are lots of activities for the children, including an area to learn about and make healthy snacks and an arts and crafts area.  Free children's books will also be given.

The following screenings will be available for free at the health fair:

  • HIV & Syphilis
  • Height, Weight & Body Mass Index
  • Blood Pressure
  • Blood Sugar (diabetes)
  • Cholesterol
  • Vision
  • Glaucoma
  • Hearing
  • Asthma (lung function)
  • Bone Density (osteoporosis)
  • Skin
  • Physical Therapy and Mobility
  • Mental Health
  • Sleep Apnea (abnormal breathing when sleeping)
  • ... and more

The health fair will take place at 
The Downtown Health Plaza
1200 North Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27101.

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You can also find detailed directions (by car, bus and foot) and parking information here.


Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Christmas Eve from Piedmont Triad Living

As you hurry around today finishing up your Christmas list, remember that the memories your children bring away from tomorrow will have nothing to do with the stuff they get or exactly how everything looked and tasted.

It will have everything to do with the way they feel.

Create memories that will last a lifetime 
and don't worry about the details.

Merry Christmas from Piedmont Triad Living!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A Few North Carolina Themed Gift Ideas

We found some really cute North Carolina themed items! 
 Check them out!

North Carolina Nature Calendar

North Carolina Nature 2013 Wall Calendar

Vintage North Carolina State Football 2013 Wall Calendar

Vintage North Carolina State Football 2013 Wall Calendar

Vintage North Carolina Football 2013 Wall Calendar

Vintage North Carolina Football 2013 Wall Calendar

North Carolina Checkers
North Carolina Checkers
North Carolina State Magnetic Darts

North Carolina State Magnetic Darts

North Carolina State University Applique Regular Size Flag
North Carolina State University Applique Regular Size Flag

University of North Carolina , Large Scrnprint
University of North Carolina , Large Scrnprint

University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University House Divided Regular Size Flag

University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University House Divided Regular Size Flag

Forest Faces

North Carolina Tar Heels Forest Face North Carolina State Wolfpack Forest Face

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Natural Science Center OmniSphere: Laser Holidays Show

The Natural Science Center in Greensboro is having a Laser Holidays show this Saturday, December 22!  With shows at 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00pm, this must-see laser show combines holiday music and and an amazing laser light show that dances across the OmniSphere Theater's 40-food dome.  The run-time is 45 minutes. 

The Laser Holidays Light and Music show is only $5 per person, and is recommended for ages 7 and up.

The soundtrack includes 
  1. Sleigh Ride
  2. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
  3. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  4. Winter Wonderland
  5. Deck the Halls
  6. Jingle Bell Rock
  7. White Christmas
  8. Christmastime
  9. Oiche Chiun (Silent Night)
  10. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
  11. Frosty the Snowman
  12. Carol of the Bells
  13. The Christmas Song
  14. All I Want for Christmas Is You
  15. We Wish You a Merry Christmas

The Natural Science Center website says that seating is limited and recommends purchasing tickets ahead of time.  However, we just got off the phone with them and they've got plenty of seats left.  Just to be safe, they recommend calling by Friday to be sure you'll have a seat.  You can reach NatSci at 336-288-3769.

What is the OmniSphere Theater?  It's a renovated modern day planetarium that uses a cutting-edge Super MediaGlobe full-dome projection system to showcase full-dome digital, full-dome laser and large-format 3D capability.  Made possible through the support of Time Warner Cable, this theater is one of only two in the country that feature the Super MediaGlobe system.

To see the OmniSphere's full schedule go here.

Treasury: Christmas is Coming!

Christmas is one week from today, but it's not too late to shop locally with these local artists! 


'Piedmont Triad Living: Christmas is Coming'

Christmas is coming in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina! Each of these items is handcrafted by local artists. Find this and other Piedmont Triad treasuries at 

 We always support shopping locally. Shop local, stay loyal!

Santa Clause

Mrs. Claus Christmas Decorat...

Snowman miniature art doll f...

Aceo Original painting of Re...

Hand Painted Wooden Snowman ...

Red Ruffle Christmas Wreath

Peppermint Christmas Wreath

Black and Red Chevron Peasan...

Christmas Earrings, Holiday ...

Santa Head on Merry Christma...

Christmas Blanket - Santa Ba...

The Red & Green

Holly Berry Baby Hat

Fairy Ornaments

Folk Art Snowmen Tags

Crochet Newborn-Child Santa ...

Monday, December 17, 2012

Help Piedmont Triad Living Grow!

Do you love Piedmont Triad Living? 
There are a couple of ways you can help us grow! 

First, share Piedmont Triad Living as your favorite source for free events in the Piedmont Triad! 

Second, please consider funding our growth. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support! 
We love the Piedmont Triad!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sealy/FOX8 Holiday Concert: All-Time Record Set for Cans Collected, Benefiting Salvation Army

Saturday, December 15, 2012 marked the 
23rd Annual Sealy/FOX8 Holiday Concert 
at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, NC.

Bass Players from the Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Philharmonic are in the Christmas Spirit

Parking and admission were free with the donation of canned foods for the Salvation Army.  
This year, an all-time record was set for cans collected!  
806,111 cans were collected between the Greensboro concert (on Friday) and Winston-Salem's concert on Saturday.  

With those donations, the Salvation Armies of the Triad will be able to help thousands of our neighbors in need.

Pre-Concert music was provided by the 
Conducted by Margaret Rehder, the group performed many Christmas classics.  

Matthew Troy, Associate Conductor for the Winston-Salem Symphony and Music Director of the Youth Symphony, conducted the evening's Holiday Concert. 

The program was hosted by Neill McNeill and Cindy Farmer of WGHP/FOX8.  Both are well-known news anchors for the Triad.

The evening's Christmas selections included Christmas Festival Overture, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Christmas at the Movies, and Mother Ginger from the Nutcracker.  

Girls from Salem Gymnastics flew through the air to Mother Ginger, making the performance quite memorable.

Carol of the Bells, Excerpts from the Nutcracker Suite and Waltz of the Flowers followed.  
Waltz of the Flowers featured the Winston-Salem Festival Ballet.

Tenor Glenn Seibert accompanied the Symphony for O, Holy Night, and then the entire coliseum audience participated in a Christmas Sing-A-Long.  Next came the fun Caribbean Sleigh Ride, and Bugler's Holiday.  What Holiday Concert would be complete without Sleigh Ride?  That was performed next, then The Grinch Who Store Christmas Medley, The Christmas Song and Little Bolero Boy. 

If you live in the Piedmont Triad, this yearly Holiday Concert should be on your list of family traditions.  People travelled from as far as Virginia, and many counties were represented in last nights audience.  There are performances in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and Elon, and each one is different.  The Sealy/FOX8 Holiday Concert is a great way to help the Salvation Army, and is sure to make the season brighter.

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