Colon Cancer Alliance “Get Your Rear In Gear” 5K Run brings fun, honor to Bailey Park

"Winston-Salem, NC—Bailey Park played host to the 6th annual Colon Cancer Alliance “Get Your Rear In Gear” 5K Run on Sat., April 23,  honoring the more than one million Americans living with a history of colorectal cancer. Event organizer Dr. Jaime Bohl, oncologist at Wake Forest Baptist Health, was onsite for the activities to raise awareness about the disease.  Other attendees included numerous colorectal cancer survivors and their support teams, making a celebration of the day.
A huge feature at the event was a 20-foot inflatable colon showing the different stages of advancing disease. The attention-grabbing giant colon was a hot spot for selfies. Winston-Salem is one of the many stops along the 2016 Big Colon Tour, a national educational program sponsored by Bayer.
In North Carolina, 68 percent of adults over 50 are being screened for colorectal cancer, but that leaves nearly one-third who are not being screened. For more information> or follow the conversation on Twitter with #BigColonTour."

- A Press Release

East Coast Wings & Grill on Country Club Rd. Hosts Yappy Hour Fundraiser Event

"On Tuesday April 19 at 4 p.m. East Coast Wings & Grill on Country Club Rd., in Winston-Salem held a Yappy Hour Fundraiser to raise money for the Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation.
From 4 to 6 p.m., customers were encouraged to bring their furry, well-behaved dog friends to enjoy a meal on the patio for a good cause. Suggested donations were $5 with proceeds going to AARF. With the donation, supporters received access to complimentary appetizers and delicious cocktail specials. Additionally, for every limited time gourmet hotdog purchased, East Coast Wings & Grill donated .25 of each hotdog.

About East Coast Wings & Grill
East Coast Wings & Grill is a fast-growing, casual, family dining franchise that puts the spotlight on buffalo wings. With more than 70 locations nationwide currently operating or in various stages of development, the burgeoning franchise recently secured itself a top spot for the second consecutive year on Restaurant Business Magazine’s “Future 50” list of the fastest-growing U.S. mid-size restaurant chains. Entrepreneur magazine also named East Coast Wings & Grill one of the nation’s top franchise investments, andFranchise Times magazine ranked the company No. 395 on its “Top 200+” list of top revenue-producing U.S. franchises. The concept has also been recognized by The Franchise Grade and Franchise Business Review for transparency during the franchise sales process, franchisee support and overall franchisee satisfaction. Based in North Carolina, East Coast Wings & Grill caters to chicken wing lovers by offering dozens of varying chicken wing flavors that can be paired with nine heat intensities—resulting in hundreds of delicious choices. The extensive menu also includes salads, wraps, sandwiches, burgers and more – all using fresh ingredients. For more information about East Coast Wings & Grill or its franchise opportunities, visit"

- A Press Release

Police Receive Reports of Indecent Exposure at School Bus Stops

"GREENSBORO, NC  (April 21, 2016) – Greensboro police have increased patrols around school bus stops looking for a man or men who have reportedly been exposing themselves to young girls as they wait for their buses to arrive.
            The most recent reports were received April 18 and April 19. Witnesses reported that a four door dark blue or bluish-green vehicle drove up to the bus stop at the intersection of Rayston Dr. and Woodmere Dr. at approximately 8:15 am both days. The witnesses told police that the vehicle pulled over next to the bus stop, the driver exposed himself to the students and began fondling himself. Witnesses state that the vehicle windows were open both times.
            The driver was described as a heavy-set dark-skinned black male with a partial beard. His head was shaved on both sides with hair on the top of his head.
            Police received an earlier report of a similar incident at a school bus stop at 17th St. and Holmes Rd the morning of March 3, 2016. Witnesses could not provide a vehicle description, but described the driver as middle to heavy-set dark-skinned black male with low cut hair and a beard and mustache.
            Due to the age of the witnesses, detectives are encouraging people to report any suspicious activity around school bus stops immediately by calling 911.
            Police recommend that parents talk with their children and explain that it is inappropriate and unlawful for an adult to willfully expose his or private parts in a public place and in the presence of any other person. Should children witness this act, they should run away, make noise to attract attention to themselves and the suspect, and tell a trusted adult immediately. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000 or text the tip to 274637 using the keyword badboyz. All calls to Crime Stoppers are completely anonymous, and may result in a reward up to $2,000."

- A Police Report


"HIGH POINT, N.C.,  – In honor of North Carolina Beer Month, the High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau (HPCVB) is hosting a special Last Tuesday event on April 26, from 5 to 7 p.m.  This free event will feature local brews for guests to sample. 

            Carolina Brewery, headquartered in Holly Springs, will be the featured brewery in attendance. They have been in business since 1995 and have several year-round beers, including a Carolina Pale Ale, Brown Ale, India Pale Ale and Hop Roar.  Their seasonal beers include Dark Crystal, Spring Bock, Summer Ale, Oktoberfest and Winter Porter. Guests must be 21 years of age to participate in the tasting.
            “Find your new favorite brew with us just as the weather heats up,” says Nancy Bowman, director of sales and marketing for the HPCVB. “Stop by next week to celebrate local breweries as they bring their very best samples to you.”            

            Support local businesses while sampling some great brews. For just $1.99, attendees can purchase a hot dog from Lazy Dog’s Hot Dogs to perfectly complement the beers available.

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About the High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau:

            The High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau (HPCVB) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and encourage economic development in High Point through travel and tourism. The HPCVB works closely with meeting planners to bring events to High Point and to enhance their experience here, providing white glove assistance with event planning tasks including registration, transportation, and coordination among various venues. These services ensure that every group event will be successful down to the last detail because we want each visitor to make yourself at home. Established by state legislation in 1984, the HPCVB is an independent 501(c) 6 nonprofit organization funded by a self-imposed three percent room occupancy tax on local hotels. No taxpayer funds – city, county or state – are used to fund the HPCVB. The Regional Visitors Center is located at 1634 N. Main St., Suite 102, High Point, N.C. For more information, visit"

- A Press Release

New campaign challenges the country: ‘Betcha Can’t Not Smile’ after drinking a Cheerwine®

Iconic soda brand discovers a legendary ‘smile’ effect after consumption, launches ‘Cheerwine Labs’ to ‘scientifically’ test it and other theorems

"SALISBURY, NC - After 99 years of delighting taste buds, Cheerwine is boldly seeking to understand why anyone who drinks this unique soft drink can’t not smile, through a series of fun experiments this year in “Cheerwine Labs.”

Starting April 4, Cheerwine will debut its “Betcha Can’t Not Smile” marketing campaign via digital video, radio, social-media and at smile-inducing events across the Southeast where attendees can participate in the challenge.

“Cheerwine Labs” is the centerpiece of the ad campaign, with spokes guy Bo Stevenson testing if everyone – from real people off the street to a tough biker dude and a DMV employee – can resist smiling after tasting the family-owned soft drink from Salisbury, N.C. 

Complete with lab coats and lots of “sciency” visuals and terminology, Bo (joined by his lab assistant, Stan) will be seen testing additional theorems in “Cheerwine Labs” throughout 2016 as new creative from the campaign rolls out. 

“We thought it would be fun to find out what it is about Cheerwine that makes people smile – whether they grew up with the brand or are trying it for the first time.  Perhaps it’s as simple as Cheerwine’s unique, legendary taste.  Or maybe it’s the emotional connection that Cheerwine has with fans,” says Joy Ritchie, Cheerwine’s head of marketing and 5th generation family member. 

Cheerwine is daring people across the country to take the “Betcha Can’t Not Smile” challenge on social media, and share their “scientific findings” using the hashtag, #CheerwineLabs.   

‘Betcha Can’t Not Smile’ Marketing Campaign
Cheerwine will roll out a series of new video ads on sites such as YouTube and other leading video-ad networks.   The new radio campaign will debut in all of Cheerwine’s existing markets, from its home in the Carolinas, up and down the East Coast and across the Southeast. 

To bring the “Betcha Can’t Not Smile” challenge directly to new “test subjects,” Cheerwine will conduct “controlled experiments” in lab settings, as well as “field experiments” in surprising and fun places throughout the summer.

Our new campaign truly captures what makes Cheerwine great, and that’s the combination of a unique one-of-a-kind taste and a cheerfulness that has always been a part of the experience,” says Cliff Ritchie, president and CEO. “The ‘Betcha Can’t Not Smile’ campaign is a fun, light-hearted challenge that encourages consumer participation and brings a little cheer to their day.”  

The “Betcha Can’t Not Smile” integrated-marketing campaign was created by The Padgett Smith Project in Charleston, S.C.

About Cheerwine

CHEERWINE: Born in the South. Raised in a Glass.

Launched in 1917 by L.D. Peeler, Cheerwine is a soft drink with a flavor that always surprises. It is an iconic brand from Salisbury, North Carolina. Owned by the Carolina Beverage Corporation, the 99-year-old company is still privately owned and managed by the same founding family, five generations of whom have worked there. Cliff Ritchie leads Cheerwine as president and CEO. Available in supermarkets, restaurants, mass merchandisers and convenience stores in select states nationwide and on the website at"

- A Press Release

HPCT’s “Mary Poppins” Flies Into High Point Theatre Later This Month

Photo by Kevin Klaver Photography:
Katie Muhlenkamp stars as Mary in
HPCT’s upcoming production of
“Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical”.
"Mary Poppins is set to fly over the rooftops of London and into High Point Theatre April 28-May 1! This family musical features the delightful songs from the cherished Disney film including “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Step in Time.” Winner of 44 major theatre awards from around the globe, Mary Poppins has captivated audiences for generations with its enchanting story, unforgettable songs and dazzling dance numbers.
Mary Poppins is the practically perfect nanny who helps us learn to take our medicine with a spoonful of sugar, find the silver lining in every situation, and realize that sometimes we should just use the winds of change to go fly a kite. Mary brings order to the Banks household, takes Jane and Michael out on magical adventures.
High Point Community Theatre (HPCT) president, Allison Seals, says that this production of Mary Poppins is the perfect way to close out HPCT’s successful 2015-16 season. “Ticket sales this season have exceeded our expectations,” said Seals. “Our Board of Directors set out to make our 40th season the best yet, and I think we have achieved that goal”.
 Mary Poppins is full of fantasy and magic, and yes, Mary will fly! There will be huge dance numbers along with talking statues and dancing toys throughout this musical adventure.
The score features your favorite Poppins tunes including "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," "Jolly Holiday," "Let's Go Fly a Kite," "Step in Time," and "Chim Chiminey." As well as some wonderful new additions that were composed for specifically for the stage production like, “Practically Perfect” and “Anything Can Happen”
The cast is made up of 50+ Triad area performers, with nearly a dozen creative and production team members.
“The creative team is made up of very strong artists,” said director Justin Bulla. “Dr. Casey Crabtree on choreography, Dr. Garrett Saake music directing, and Justin Hall costuming. It's a very strong team and we are working together to make this production outstanding.” 
The eight children's books by P.L. Travers, published from 1934 to 1988, first introduced us to the magical nanny who floated into the lives of the Bank's family at 17 Cherry Tree Lane. Mary Poppins' encounters with chimney sweeps and other characters were re-envisioned in the Walt Disney film in 1964 starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. The stage version was first presented in London's West End in 2004, then on Broadway in 2006 where it ran until March 2013.  
“This story can be told from so many viewpoints,” said Bulla. “Reading the books has helped shape a lot of the characterization, especially Mary.  There are a lot of things Mary does that are not really seen in the movie, but are in the book.  We are trying to incorporate those things from the book into the stage play.”
Performances are April 28, 29 & 30 at 7:30 PM. There will be matinee performances April 30 & May 1 at 2:00. Join Mary and Bert for a special Tea Party April 30 at 12:30 PM. Performance tickets are $18-$22 and Tea tickets are $10. All tickets can be purchased at or by calling the High Point Theatre Box Office at 336-887-3001.
High Point Community Theatre is 501c3 non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. This is HPCT’s 40th year of bringing quality live theatre to High Point and the surrounding areas. Season tickets will go on sale later this month for HPCT’s 41st season – Sweeney Todd, A Christmas Carol: The Musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast."

- A Press Release                         

SunTrust on Reynolda Rd robbed today

"At approximately 12:40 p.m. March 19, officers with the Winston-Salem Police Department responded to the SunTrust Bank located at 2801 Reynolda Road on a reported robbery.  Moments earlier, a white male entered the bank and presented a note to the teller demanding money.  The suspect is described as approximately 5’06” in height, medium build, and is believed to between thirty-five and forty-five years of age.  The suspect was last seen wearing a hat, eye glasses, a blue colored t-shirt and blue jeans. 

The suspect fled the business with an undisclosed amount of currency.  No employees or patrons of the bank were injured during this incident.  This investigation is in the very early stages and further information will be released as it develops.  

Anyone with information is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800. "

- A Press Release

The Greensboro Farmers Curb Market Hosts MADE 4 Market Spring Arts, Crafts, & Pottery Show Sunday May 1, 2016 11 am-4 pm

"Greensboro, NC - MADE 4 Market is scheduled for Sunday May 1st at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market, 501 Yanceyville St., 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

MADE 4 Market is an all local, NC made arts, crafts, & pottery show that showcases close to 100 artists every spring and fall.  The artists bring a variety of handcrafted jewelry, pottery, wood, fiber art, fine art, packaged artisan foods, and so much more!  It’s a perfect market for gifts - Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduation, wedding gifts, or birthday.

Customers will be able to choose from a wide variety of mediums that include edible gifts by Fudge A Little, gifts from Silo Knoll Pottery, hand crafted skin care products, and lawn art.  As well as garden plants and supplies including container gardens, hanging flower baskets, vegetable and herb starters, and fresh floral arrangements. There is something for everyone.

“The market offers a chance to discover emerging artisans and shop for fresh work from their favorite returning artist,” Lee Mortensen, Executive Director.

Porterhouse Food Truck and Zeko’s 2 Go will be on site for the event serving up lunch and dinner.  Patrons can enjoy picnic style seating while they enjoy this locally prepared food. 

Julien McCarthy, The Ol’ Folkie, will be performing live from 11 am – 2 pm.  Julien will take you back with the tunes originally performed by Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler, and Neil Young.

MADE 4 Market helps keep our dollars in our community and supports talented North Carolina artists.

The Market is an indoor facility with free admission, WiFi, and plenty of free parking as well as an ATM on site.

About the Market
Greensboro Farmers Market, Inc. (GFM) operates the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market on behalf of the City of Greensboro. GFM is a 501c3 nonprofit. GFM provides greater Greensboro with opportunities to purchase and learn about local food and setting. GFM encourages and supports the growth of local foods and artisan goods businesses to improve greater Greensboro’s economy, support better health through healthy eating and build social and community connections."

- A Press Release