If you’re like me, your jewelry-making skills don’t go beyond stringing colorful beads on a wire or a cord. I lack the creativity, patience and technique, but truly appreciate the work artists put into creating an original piece. There are many jewelry makers in Charlotte and surrounding areas using innovative, traditional and old-world methods and materials to design and hand-make earrings, necklaces and bracelets.
MHFA is a free training program to help all people - from first responders to the neighbor next door – learn about and understand seven of the most common mental health diagnoses, the signs and symptoms, the risk factors and steps to intervene.
William Peace University, an independent private school, was founded in Raleigh in 1857. It’s a coeducational school with a Presbyterian affiliation. The more than 20-acre campus in the heart of a major city provides a traditional school setting with access to city activities and amenities such as restaurants, nightlife, festivals and transportation.
There’s no reason to go incognito with your science websites or lower the volume when you’re listening to your favorite science podcast. Embrace what you love – nature, engineering, animals, ecology, environment, physics, math and chemistry. Science is cool!
Many non-profit organizations have adapted their fundraising methods to include extreme adventures such as hiking, climbing or biking. Participants sign up for challenging activities that require physical feats and sometimes a commitment to long-term training. Friends and family show their support to the cause with a contribution to the organization.
Handmade jewelry using semiprecious stones and metals such as sterling silver, 14k yellow and rose gold fill. Kathleen Levren grew up in Michigan in a family of artists and entrepreneurs. She started making jewelry after moving to North Carolina. “I saw a piece of jewelry in a magazine that I really wanted, but could not afford,” she said. “I decided to make it myself.”
North Carolina and South Carolina are home to dozens of state parks and recreational forests with trails through woodlands and pastures and views of waterfalls. If you have the option to hike during the week, you won’t have to fight those weekend crowds. Choose a hike that fits your needs – are you going with a group with varying levels of ability? Do you want distance or a more difficult terrain? Are you more interested in the nature, views and photography aspects of the hike?
Built in 1892, the McNinch House's gardens, inviting porch and Queen Anne-style architecture entice a passerby to stop and look. It may seem an impossible luxury to go inside and see the original woodwork and fireplaces, and listen to the stories about the house. But it's not. In 1989, Charlotte native Ellen Davis opened the house as the McNinch House Restaurant after 10 years of renovations.
"I always wanted a restaurant and I always wanted an old house," Davis said. "So here I am."
Most Saturdays, Tommy Hawkins sets up bird houses and feeders on Providence Road – one location is across from the KinderCare, close to Providence Road Sundries and the other is just south of Interstate 485, near the Verizon Wireless. He’s been selling his bird houses, now called Tommy’s Bird Villas, from the back of his truck for 16 years.
Orientation programs are planned by students, staff and faculty – and their goal is to make new students feel more comfortable with college life. There’s a lot that goes into orientation programs. Everything is intentional, even the ice breakers and team building games.
Brooke Thomas was diagnosed with stage-three melanoma when she was 26 years old and pregnant with her first daughter.
“I was in my first trimester of pregnancy and they basically told me I had to make a decision quickly,” Thomas said. “I could have chemotherapy and lose the baby, and that’s really what they pushed me to do, or I could cut the cancer out, but I’d have to do it immediately. They were afraid because melanoma spreads fast.”
Melissa Teeter has given birth four times – three of which were for strangers. Teeter, 35, is a surrogate or more accurately a gestational carrier (GC).
“I loved doing it for the other people,” she said. “I liked to see how happy and excited they are when they get their baby. I don’t feel the attachment to the baby. I don’t feel sad or heartbroken.”
Finding the right college for your son or daughter can be a daunting process. Even parents who have been through the experience on their own or with another child can still feel overwhelmed. Luckily, there are many resources available – even experts who specialize in the college search process.
Anna Davis has been guiding students and their families in the Carolinas for 11 years as a college consultant in Charlotte.
It wasn’t unusual for tools and even bicycles to go missing from our back porch in NoDa. For years, someone stole potted plants and outdoor furniture from front porches in NoDa and Plaza Midwood. It was a nuisance, and either neighbors kept the porch clear of items or bolted them down.
On December 1, 2017, when Jenna Wise walked into a meeting with her new supervisor, she wasn’t surprised to hear her department was being relocated to another state and her position was being eliminated. “I was not blind-sided by the news,” Wise said. “It’s still shocking even when you’re expecting something like that.”
Wise, 36, allowed herself to mourn her position as a communications specialist, but by the next week, she began developing a strategic plan for a job search.