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Run With the Nation’s Finest – 4th Annual All-American Marathon March 26 in Fayetteville/Fort Bragg

 FAYETTEVILLE, NC – February 9, 2017 – Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, NC will host the fourth annual All-American Marathon and “Mike-to-Mike” Half Marathon, on March 26th, 2017. Alongside these two popular races, the All-American Family 5K will also be offered. Each course has been certified by the USA Track and Field Association and the marathon portion is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

On race day, members of the military, wounded warriors, and runners from around the United States will being their race near the Airborne Trooper Statue “Iron Mike” at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum. They will then pass through many scenic areas in the community before heading to Fort Bragg, where they run by the Iron Mike statue at the entrance to Fort Bragg.

Each run will be lined with flag-bearing spectators cheering on the runners. The Wear Blue Mile, which honors fallen service members, is noted as one of the most moving components of the race. The Wear Blue tributes will include “Faces of the Fallen” posters which will line the course as well as volunteers holding American Flags adorned with a streamer bearing the name of a fallen service member.

To register for the marathon, half-marathon, and 5K visit: www.AllAmericanMarathon.com. Additional photos of the All-American Marathon can be found here.

ABOUT THE FACVB

The FACVB is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com  or call 1-888-98-HEROES.

Published on February 9, 2017 by Melody Foote  
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The All-American Tattoo Convention Gives Back to Military

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – The Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (FACVB) welcomes The All American Tattoo Convention to the Crown Complex Friday, April 14 – Sunday, April 16, 2017. The goal of the convention is to give the brave servicemen and women of the armed forces the opportunity to be tattooed by some of the industry’s brightest stars as well as providing support to the military through donations to several organizations. Home of Fort Bragg, the largest military base in the country, Cumberland County is the ideal location to host one of the South’s most popular tattoo conventions.

Members of the armed forces and tattoos have a long history, which dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. For many service members tattoos can serve as artistic reminders of friends they’ve made and lost along the way, or a symbol of pride for their service to our country. These tattoos often tell the story that words fail to express for these veterans and servicemen.

It is estimated that over 75% of all active duty soldiers have at least one tattoo and the region around Fort Bragg has one of the largest tattoo shop per square mile ratios in the country. “This convention is another example of how Cumberland County celebrates its strong ties to the military,” explains John Meroski, FACVB President. “Tattoos offer these brave men and woman a unique form of expression that is American at its core.”

In addition to some of Cumberland County’s brightest tattoo stars, other notable artists are traveling across the country to participate in the convention. Talent includes veteran tattoo artists Peter Justice, Chris Saint Clark, Dave Clarke & Chris Blinston as well as some of the world’s most sought after tattoo artists, Kristel Oreto, Carl Grace, Pete Terranova & Marshall Bennett. Big Gus & Jasmine Rodriguez from Spike TV’s Tattoo Nightmares; Joey Tattoo from Spike TV’s Tattoo Rescue and James Vaughn, Madison Loftis and TJ Hal from Ink Master are just a few of the other tattoo artists coming to the area. Additional events and personalities include the Half Pint Brawlers, The New Olde City SideShow, Burlesque & Pin-Up show, Fayetteville Rouge Rollergirls and EmCee Dr. Carl Blasphemy.

The All American Tattoo Convention wants to recognize the sacrifices of the military by giving back to this courageous community. “The All American Tattoo Convention is currently working closely with Operation Tattooing Freedom, a non profit organization that helps veterans with PTSD.” says Ryan Harrell who is a native of Fayetteville NC. “Even though we are already working with nonprofits we are still looking for organizations to help. We want to help as many of our service members as possible. If you would like to submit your veteran or military service member non profit organization for donations please email your proposal to allamericantattooconvention@gmail.com.”

ABOUT THE FACVB: The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning the communities of Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual and group travel. For additional information about America’s First Military Sanctuary Community, visit www.visitfayettevillenc.com or call 1-800-255-8217

Published on February 7, 2017 by Melody Foote  
http://www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com


Cumberland County Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten Registration for 2017-2018 School Year

Parents can attend any one of the following registration sites from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on the designated dates:

Date                            Attendance Area                                          Location

Friday, Feb. 24            Douglas Byrd                                                   *ERC

Friday, March 3           Gray’s Creek/Jack Britt/South View           Gray’s Creek Recreation Center

Friday, March 10         Pine Forest/E.E. Smith                                  College Lakes Recreation Center

Friday, March 17         Seventy-First/Westover                                 Westover Recreation Center

Friday, March 24         Cape Fear                                                          Eastover Recreation Center

* ERC is CCS’ Educational Resource Center, located at 396 Elementary Drive/Fayetteville.

Applicants must be 4 years old on or before August 31, 2017, to register.
They must reside in Cumberland County.
Parents should bring the following information:
Certified birth certificate, shot record, current utility bill (gas, water, lights ONLY), proof of income, court-ordered custody papers or military special power of attorney & TDY/Deployment Orders (if applicable), and parent/guardian’s valid driver’s license/state ID.

For more information, call 910.483.7370.

Published on February 3, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
http://ccs.k12.nc.us/


Recognizing & Celebrating School Counselors

Fayetteville – National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from February 6–10, 2017, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

“The special week honoring school counselors provides recognition to those who implement comprehensive school counseling programs, which are a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st Century,” said Cumberland County Schools’ Counseling Coordinator Kristy Curran.

In a proclamation signed by the Cumberland County Board of Education Chair, Curran cited school counselors for (1) being actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests, and talents; (2) working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of rearing children in today’s world; (3) focusing on positive ways to enhance students’ social/personal, educational, and career development; and (4) working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic, and optimistic aspirations for themselves. Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master’s degree in guidance and counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

“School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options and personal/social skills,” said Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., the executive director of ASCA. “Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success.”

More than 100,000 school counselors nationwide will be participating in the week’s festivities. Many school counselors will be hosting special events and activities to call attention to the myriad benefits of a comprehensive school counseling program.

 

As part of its celebration for National School Counseling Week, the Cumberland County School system, as a whole, will be recognizing its school counselors with an appreciation breakfast, while individual schools will choose to recognize with different activities. Parents or community members with specific questions or concerns about school counseling programs should contact the school counselors at their local schools. Additional information can also be found on ASCA’s website, www.schoolcounselor.org.

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is a worldwide nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Va. Founded in 1952, ASCA supports school counselors’ efforts to help students focus on academic, career and social/emotional so they not only achieve success in school but are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. The association, which is the school counseling division of the American Counseling Association, provides professional development, publications and other resources, research, and advocacy to more school counselors around the globe.

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Published on January 30, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
http://ccs.k12.nc.us/


“It’s OK 2 Ask”

Fayetteville – According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, suicide is the third leading cause of death for North Carolinians between the ages of 10 to 24.  Unfortunately, stigma, myths and misinformation about suicide prevent both adults and young people from discussing this topic.  Recognizing the signs and symptoms of suicide and knowing who to call for help is one way to prevent suicide.

To raise awareness, Cumberland County Schools (CCS) is observing Suicide Awareness Week from February 5 – 11.  CCS’ staff, students, parents, and community members are invited to join our efforts. Show your support by (1) spreading the word; (2) knowing the signs; and
(3) knowing who to call!

Help spread the word.  The Cumberland County School system joins the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services in their campaign to ensure that our youth know that “It’s OK 2 Ask.” 

  1. Let others know that “It’s OK 2 Ask” by wearing the national suicide prevention colors, turquoise and purple, on February 8.
  2. Take a ‘selfie’ or ‘usie’ holding the sign, “It’s OK 2 Ask.”
  3. Send your photo to shirleycarter@ccs.k12.nc.us
  4. Look for the photo gallery on the CCS’ Website (www.ccs.k12.nc.us).

Know the Signs and Symptoms.  Some of the common signs and symptoms of suicide are as follows: threatening and talking about wanting to hurt or kill themselves; making preparations, e.g., trying to get firearms, pills or other ways of killing themselves; talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide, hopelessness; withdrawing from friends, family, or school; and experiencing difficulty sleeping or sleeping all the time. (Note: This is not an exhaustive or definitive list. These are merely potential warning signs and a signal to get help.)  View the video from the Mayo Clinic below for more information about teen suicide prevention.

Prevent Teen Suicidehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BByqa7bhto

Know who to call.  If you are concerned that someone is suicidal, help is only a telephone call away. Both local and national resources are available 24/7.

  • 911 Emergency Services
  • Contact Crisis Helpline
    • 485.4134
  • Alliance Behavioral Health Care – Health & Information Line
    • 510.9132
  • Cape Fear Valley Behavioral Health – Roxie Center
    • 615.3333
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    • 273.TALK (8255)
  • Veterans’ Suicide Hotline
    • 273.8255 Select # 1
  • Hearing Impaired TTY Users
    • 799.4TTY (4889)
  • En Espanol
    • 628.9454

A school counselor, school social worker, and a school psychologist are available in all of our schools. They are also available to link parents and students to community resources.

For more information, contact Natasha Scott, the executive director of CCS’ Student Services, at 910.678.2433 or natashascott@ccs.k12.nc.us.

 

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Published on January 30, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
http://ccs.k12.nc.us/


Black History Month exhibit features nationally acclaimed artists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mary Kinney, (910) 323-1776, ext. 239
Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County
maryk@theartscouncil.com
www.theartscouncil.com/reflections
Private collection reveals the culture and identity of African-American life in the 20th Century

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County is pleased to announce Reflections: African American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection, an exhibition which honors the lives, traditions and environments of African Americans in the 20th century.

Featuring more than 50 pieces from the collection of renowned costume designer and arts patron, Myrna Colley-Lee, Reflections tells a story of heritage, community, and place. Organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C. in collaboration with Myrna Colley-Lee, Reflections is on view at the Arts Council at 301 Hay Street from Feb. 4 through March 4. The exhibition is offered for free on Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.

Comprised of paintings, photographs, textile pieces and works on paper, the exhibition is thoughtfully curated to reflect the culture and experiences of African Americans, celebrating their unique style, and providing insight into their Southern roots and migratory history.

The imagery in Reflections focuses primarily on narrative works and landscapes of everyday life, past and present. With this diverse selection, figurative artworks lead viewers on a journey into memory and beyond. Each piece reveals a portion of the inspiring story of the African diaspora that the entire collection portrays so elegantly.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING

Friday, February 3, 7-9 p.m.
Exclusive opening premiere reception with Myrna Colley-Lee featuring a one-time showing of select costumes created by the collector, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and jazz music by Reggie Codrington. $50 per person ($45 for Arts Council members). Proceeds from this fundraiser help keep Arts Council exhibits free and open to the public. Very limited seating. (Payment due upon reservation.) Click here to purchase tickets now.

Saturday, February 4, 11 a.m. – Noon
Free meet and greet with Myrna Colley-Lee and exhibit tour. Galleries remain open until 4 p.m.

Friday, February 24, 7-9 p.m.
Carole Boston Weatherford shares the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, as told in her new book You Can Fly. No admission cost.

Saturday, March 4, 1-3 p.m. Youth Explosion performances of singing, dancing and more! Presented by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter, this is a free event offered to the public.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Leading this exploration are works on paper by prominent African-American artists including Elizabeth Catlett, Gwen Knight, Betye Saar, John Scott, and Hale Woodruff. Rural landscapes captured by Maude Schulyer Clay,Gerald DeLoach, Randy Hayes, and Tom Rankin are set in contrast with urban landscape paintings by Ernest Crichlow and Rod Ivey (“Window” by Crichlow pictured above). Studio portraits by celebrated photographerJames Van Der Zee, and the more candid photography of Roland Freeman,Milly Moorhead, and Eudora Welty, provide a glimpse into the African diaspora. Works by collage masters Romare Bearden and James Denmark, along with a haunting shadowbox construction by postmodernist Radcliffe Bailey, speak to the layered histories of a strong and spiritual people. A rare painting by famed artist Charles White concludes the transformative journey and conveys the quiet wisdom of Reflections.

The Reflections collection both represents a dialogue between the artists and the ever-evolving African-American identity, and reflects the attitude and eye of Colley-Lee — artist and cultural connoisseur with great respect and understanding for the African storytelling tradition.

ABOUT THE COLLECTOR

Myrna Colley-Lee, collector of the works featured in the exhibition, is a leading advocate for the arts, an arts patron, and a professional artist: a pioneer costume designer in the Black Theatre Movement. Born in North Carolina, Colley-Lee has been a world traveler since the age of 17, Colley-Lee collected art from small villages in African and traditional venues, supporting artists at every level. She champions the arts from her many roles of service including creating a foundation that promotes writers and their art.

Colley-Lee is the former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Arts Commission. She serves on the Acquisitions Committee of the Mississippi Museum of Art and on the Advisory Boards of both the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, and the College of Architecture, Art and Design at Mississippi State University.

Getting her start in the 1960s and continuing to design for regional theatres today, Colley-Lee is credited as one of the foremost costume designers in the Black Theatre Movement.  Her work was featured in the exhibition Songs of Social Significance at the Tobin Collection Gallery of the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, in 2012.  The exhibition showcased costumes, renderings and collages from plays and a study of her design process.

In 2006, following the success of several small regional shows, the Mississippi Museum of Art organized a major exhibition called GladRags: Sketches, Swatches, and Costume Designs by Myrna Colley-Lee.  It toured to more than a dozen venues.

Also in 2006, Colley-Lee established SonEdna, an organization that celebrates and promotes literary arts and writers of all genres and backgrounds in the greater Mississippi Delta community, and the world. In her role as Founder and President, Colley-Lee travels nationally as an advocate of the literary arts while advancing the cause of her foundation and establishing relationships with other organizations. Believing that people are empowered through the literary arts, her primary vision is to promote the essential value of literature by providing a quality artistic and intellectual environment for writers and the public. The SonEdna Organization delivers creative and transformative programming in order to develop new writers and readers.

Colley-Lee has received numerous awards, including Honored Artist from the National Museum of Women in the Arts; the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Lifetime Achievement Award; the Exemplary Arts Service Award from the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education; Outstanding Costume Design from the National Black Theatre Festival; the Wynona Lee Fletcher Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Designer from the Black Theatre Network; a Doctor of Creative Arts (honoris causa) from Mississippi State University; among others.

Colley-Lee is the recipient of a M.F.A. in Scenic and Costume Design from Temple University. She studied scene painting and properties at Brooklyn College and completed her B.F.A. in Art Education at the Women’s College of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

To request high-resolution images and/or interviews, contact Mary Kinney at maryk@theartscouncil.com. For more information about the exhibition, collector and related programming, visitwww.TheArtsCouncil.com/reflections.

THE EXHIBITION IS ADMISSION-FREE THANKS TO THESE SPONSORS:

Fayetteville State University’s Department of Performing & Fine Arts

Carolina Vascular Institute PA

Terminix

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter

SfL+a Architects

And generous individual community donors.

With support from: Macy’s

Media sponsors: The Fayetteville Observer, WRAL-TV and ESPN Radio

Funded in part by Cumberland County, the City of Fayetteville and NC Arts Council.

ABOUT IA&A

Reflections is organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC, in collaboration with Myrna Colley-Lee. IA&A is a non-profit arts service organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally through exhibitions, programs and services to artists, arts institutions and the public. Visit www.artsandartists.org.

ABOUT THE ARTS COUNCIL

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County was founded in 1973. As a link between artists, arts and cultural organizations and the community, the nonprofit agency administers programs in partnership with a variety of local agencies to stimulate community development through the arts. The Arts Council supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development and lifelong learning through the arts.

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The Arts Council’s grants, programs and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.



Spoken Word Ignites the Night during January Fourth Friday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mary Kinney, (910) 323-1776, ext. 239
Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County
maryk@theartscouncil.com
www.theartscouncil.com/reflections
Visual Art Inspires Spoken Word for January 4th Friday

What do people think when they see Ernest Crichlow’s painting Window? Better still, what do people SAY
about it? Local artists are invited to put their impressions about visual art into words and present their poetry for a chance to win $150 in prizes.

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County is pleased to partner with OUR P.L.A.C.E., a local cultural arts non-profit that holds monthly poetry events, for special programming at the Arts Council (301 Hay St.) during 4th Friday on Jan. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. The free event, Poetry and Reflections,will feature local artists performing poems inspired by the upcoming exhibition,Reflections: African American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection. The exhibition, which opens to the public on Feb. 4, honors the lives, traditions and environments of African Americans in the 20th century.

The poetry event will be divided into two performance segments: open mic followed by competition. During the open mic portion, people are invited to speak on the topics of their choosing (no registration required). Individuals participating in the competition portion must perform original poems inspired by artwork in the upcoming Reflections exhibition. There is no fee to participate, but  space is limited and registration is required for competing artists. To sign up, go to the event on OUR P.L.A.C.E.’s Facebook page or e-mailourplacenpo@gmail.com. The competition will be judged by randomly selected audience members. Winners will receive $150 in cash prizes.

REFLECTIONS SPECIAL PROGRAMMING

Friday, Feb. 3, 7-9 p.m.
Exclusive opening premiere reception with Myrna Colley-Lee featuring a one-time showing of select costumes created by the collector, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and jazz music by Reggie Codrington. $50 per person ($45 for Arts Council members). Proceeds from this fundraiser help keep Arts Council exhibits free and open to the public. Very limited seating. (Payment due upon reservation.) Click here to purchase tickets now.

Saturday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m. – Noon
Free meet and greet with Myrna Colley-Lee and exhibit tour. Galleries remain open until 4 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 24, 7-9 p.m.
Carole Boston Weatherford shares the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, as told in her new book You Can Fly. No admission cost.

Saturday, March 4, 1-3 p.m. Youth Explosion performances of singing, dancing and more! Presented by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter, this is a free event offered to the public.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Featuring more than 50 pieces from the collection of renowned costume designer and arts patron, Myrna Colley-Lee, Reflections tells a story of heritage, community, and place. Organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C. in collaboration with Myrna Colley-Lee, Reflections is on view at the Arts Council at 301 Hay Street from Feb. 4 through March 4. Theexhibition is offered for free on Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

Leading this exploration are works on paper by prominent African-American artists including Elizabeth Catlett, Gwen Knight, Betye Saar, John Scott, and Hale Woodruff. Rural landscapes captured by Maude Schulyer Clay,Gerald DeLoach, Randy Hayes, and Tom Rankin are set in contrast with urban landscape paintings by Ernest Crichlow and Rod Ivey (“Window” by Crichlow pictured above). Studio portraits by celebrated photographerJames Van Der Zee, and the more candid photography of Roland Freeman,Milly Moorhead, and Eudora Welty, provide a glimpse into the African diaspora. Works by collage masters Romare Bearden and James Denmark, along with a haunting shadowbox construction by postmodernist Radcliffe Bailey, speak to the layered histories of a strong and spiritual people. A rare painting by famed artist Charles White concludes the transformative journey and conveys the quiet wisdom of Reflections.

The Reflections collection both represents a dialogue between the artists and the ever-evolving African-American identity, and reflects the attitude and eye of Colley-Lee — artist and cultural connoisseur with great respect and understanding for the African storytelling tradition.

ABOUT THE COLLECTOR

Myrna Colley-Lee, collector of the works featured in the exhibition, is a leading advocate for the arts, an arts patron, and a professional artist: a pioneer costume designer in the Black Theatre Movement. Born in North Carolina, Colley-Lee has been a world traveler since the age of 17, Colley-Lee collected art from small villages in African and traditional venues, supporting artists at every level. She champions the arts from her many roles of service including creating a foundation that promotes writers and their art.

To request high-resolution images and/or interviews, contact Mary Kinney at maryk@theartscouncil.com. For more information about theexhibition, collector and related programming, visitwww.TheArtsCouncil.com/reflections.

THE EXHIBITION IS ADMISSION-FREE THANKS TO THESE SPONSORS:

Fayetteville State University’s Department of Performing & Fine Arts

Carolina Vascular Institute PA 

Terminix

Piedmont Natural Gas

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter

SfL+a Architects

And generous individual community donors.

With support from: Macy’s

Media sponsors: The Fayetteville Observer, WRAL-TV and ESPN Radio

Funded in part by Cumberland County, the City of Fayetteville and NC Arts Council.

ABOUT IA&A

Reflections is organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC, in collaboration with Myrna Colley-Lee. IA&A is a non-profit arts service organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally through exhibitions, programs and services to artists, arts institutions and the public. Visit www.artsandartists.org.

ABOUT THE ARTS COUNCIL

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County was founded in 1973. As a link between artists, arts and cultural organizations and the community, the nonprofit agency administers programs in partnership with a variety of local agencies to stimulate community development through the arts. The Arts Council supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development and lifelong learning through the arts.

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The Arts Council’s grants, programs and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.



Two Renowned Cultural Events Kick Off Black History Month in Fayetteville

Two Renowned Cultural Events Kick Off Black History Month in Fayetteville

Fayetteville, NC–  Fayetteville celebrates Black History Month with nine different activities across the community.

The Museum of the Cape Fear Historic Complex hosts “Dancing Stories with April C. Turner” on February 4 at 2 p.m.   The program explores African dance and stories that affirm the community-building concepts of working together, integrity and perseverance.

“The meanings and uses of the songs and dances are demonstrated in a fun, high-energy, inspiring journey,” says Turner, who also works as a film and TV actress. The audience will have fun when Wolof, a West African language, is introduced to them. “Dancing Stories explores African folklore and demonstrates ways that African stories can bring a community together.”

Turner explores the language of African dance symbols. At the end of the presentation, audience members are invited to participate in playing the instruments as a community. The event is free and open to the public.

Picture of Ms. Turner

More about April C. Turner: www.LifeAsArtProductions.com

More on the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex: MuseumoftheCapeFear.NCDCR.gov  or call 910-486-1330.

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County hosts Reflections: African American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection from February 4 through March 4.

The exhibit features more than 50 pieces from the collection of renowned costume designer and arts patron, Myrna Colley-Lee. It is comprised of paintings, photographs, textile pieces and works on paper. The exhibition is curated to reflect the culture and experiences of African Americans. The imagery in Reflections focuses primarily on narrative works and landscapes of everyday life, past and present.

Myrna Colley-Lee, collector of the works featured in the exhibition, is a leading advocate for the arts, an arts patron, a professional artist and a pioneer costume designer in Black Theatre.

Organized by the International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C., in collaboration with Myrna Colley-Lee, Reflections is on view at the Arts Council Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.

Pictures (w/required credit) to promote event

More on the exhibit, Myrna Colley-Lee and The Arts Council: www.theartscouncil.com/reflections

Tweet this:  #Reflections, an exhibit from Myrna Colley-Lee Collection & Dancing Stories from @AprilCTurner start #BlackHistory month in @VisitFayNC

Other Black History Month Events:

Ongoing/ The History of Fayetteville State University Exhibition at the Fayetteville Transportation and Local History Museum recognizes the 150th anniversary of Fayetteville State University (FSU).  FSU has the distinction of being the second state-supported school in North Carolina and the first state-sponsored institution for the education of African-American teachers in the south. (910) 433-1457

February 4/ All are welcome for a Meet & Greet with Myrna Colley Lee at The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.   www.TheArtsCouncil.com

February 6/ The African-American Heritage Bus Tour travels through Fayetteville’s downtown landscape, noting the distinct contributions of African-Americans to Cumberland County.  $3. Registration is required. Space is limited. (910) 433-1457

February 21/ Step Afrika!, one of the top 10 African-American dance companies in the United States,  offers a performance that blends percussive dance, African traditional dance and influences from a variety of other dance art forms.  Fayetteville State University hosts this performance at 7 p.m.  Admission is $10.  www.FSUArts.com

February 24/ The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County  hosts Carole Boston Weatherford. Weatherford shares the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, as told in her new book You Can Fly.  7 p.m.- 9 p.m. www.TheArtsCouncil.com

February 24 to April 7/ Rosenthal Gallery at Fayetteville State University offers An Invitational Exhibition of Women Artists. The works of Sonya Clark are featured, along with other acclaimed women artists of color from across the United States. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. www.FSUArts.com

Anytime/ Tour the African-American Heritage Trail – Cumberland County’s African-American Heritage Trail provides a historical glimpse into the lives of African-Americans who resided in Cumberland County from the Revolutionary War era through the early 20th century.  www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com/culturalheritagetrails.

About the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Fayetteville/Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.visitfayettevillenc.com or call 1-800-255-8217.

 

Published on January 19, 2017 by Melody Foote  
http://www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com


PWC Building Business Rally Scheduled April 6

The Fayetteville Public Works Commission invites local vendors to meet representatives of PWC departments and learn about their supply, equipment and service needs.  The April 6, 2017 event will be held from 4 pm to 7 pm at the PWC Operations Center, 955 Old Wilmington Rd in Fayetteville.   Admission is free  and open to local businesses.  PWC’s Procurement Department will be available to help with vendor registration.

Published on January 11, 2017 by Carolyn Justice-Hinson  
http://www.faypwc.com


Cumberland County Schools’ ‘Amazing Acts of Character’ for November & December 2016

Fayetteville – Each month through Cumberland County Schools’ Amazing Acts of Character recognition program, schools are asked to nominate students who display character above and beyond expected behavior.

Four students were recently selected from individual school nominations for displaying ‘amazing acts of character’ and will be recognized and honored during the Cumberland County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of CCS’ Central Services building.

The November 2016 honoree is as follows:

Hailey Blair, a sixth grader at Gray’s Creek Middle School (GCMS)According to Patricia Brewer, Hailey’s English/Language Arts teacher, the 11 year old is a “great person who is a good example for her peers.” Recently, Hailey received a graded paper from one of her teachers. Upon reviewing the graded paper, she noticed that her teacher had incorrectly scored it. The circled grade on the front of the paper was slightly higher than what it should have been. “Hailey respectfully brought this error to the attention of her teacher,” said Brewer. “Because of Hailey’s honesty and integrity in this situation, the teacher rewarded her by letting her keep those few extra points.”

The December 2016 honorees are as follows:

Margaret “Maggie” Kane, a third grader at Long Hill Elementary School – During Maggie’s recent participation in a St. Baldrick’s Foundation event, Mary Katherine Mouton, Maggie’s third-grade teacher, said the eight year old “demonstrated courage, compassion, and empathy that is remarkable for anyone, much less an eight year old.” According to Mouton, Maggie, who has a close relative that is a cancer survivor, decided two years ago to grow her hair and donate it to a child who has lost their hair because of cancer. Through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for childhood cancer research, Maggie and her family sponsored a fundraising event at a local pizza restaurant. More than $10,000 was raised through the effort and “true to her word,” Maggie had her head shaved and donated her hair to Wigs for Kids. “Maggie is an inspiration and model for all of us!” said Mouton. “Thank you, Maggie!”

 

Miranda Draughon, a fourth grader at Gray’s Creek Elementary School – According to Kelly Tucker, the media coordinator at Miranda’s school, the 10 year old is “a child with exceptional character.” During the Cumberland County Schools’ annual Reading Rocks! Walk-A-Thon for literacy effort, Miranda decided to take action by helping to buy books for the school media center. Tucker said she didn’t ask her parents for money or raid her piggy bank. Instead, Miranda enlisted the help of two friends from her church to help make bookmarks to sell at church. “As a result of her leadership, caring, and sense of responsibility, Miranda raised $28 for our library,” said Tucker.

Jayden Townsend, a fifth grader at Morganton Road Elementary School – Courtney Sides, the school counselor at Jayden’s school, said that the 10 year old demonstrated an incredible amount of bravery and caring when recently, she saved her brother who was being viciously attacked by a dog. According to Sides, in November, Jayden, her mother, and little brother were visiting the home of friends in South Carolina. Jayden went outside to check on her brother when she noticed a dog [Rottweiler] on top of her brother. “She ran over, picked up the dog, and threw him,” said Sides. “Jayden picked up her brother and tried to get him into the house, but the dog attacked again.” She put her brother down and told him to run into the house while she fended off the dog. According to Sides, Jayden’s brother was hospitalized, but has since returned to school. “She thought of her brother before herself,” said Sides. “She put herself in harm’s way to rescue him. It is not every day that you see someone help others, much less put themselves at risk. Through her heroic acts, she saved her little brother. We feel as though she should be recognized for her bravery and heroism.”

The Amazing Acts of Character Committee selects winners based on school nominations. The winners are then recognized at the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, where they are presented a special trophy and certificate.

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Published on January 9, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Foster Kids Treated To Pre-Screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Movie

Contact: Kirk Ferguson

The Federal Savings Bank

Phone:910-633-3337

Fax: 910-292-6008

Email: kferguson@thefederalsavingsbank.com

For Immediate Release

Foster Kids Get VIP Screening of Star Wars Rogue One

Free Movie Night An Early Christmas Gift

Fayetteville, NC, December 12, 2016:  More than 50 children from the Falcon Children’s Home will get to see the hottest movie of the year, before it opens to the general public! Two area business professionals wanted to give back to the community – so they’re hosting an exclusive premier of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and they invited the local foster kids to attend.

Brendan Rodden, financial advisor with Raymond James and Associates in Raleigh, and Kirk Ferguson, Fayetteville mortgage banker with The Federal Savings Bank, were putting together a VIP customer appreciation event for their clients, when they realized that they had some extra tickets.

Instead of leaving empty seats, they decided to cut their customer list short – and invite the kids from Falcon Children’s Home instead. 50 to 70 children are expected to attend. All attendees will be given a seat, a drink, and a bag of popcorn to fully enjoy the first new stand-alone Star Wars movie since the original in 1977.

Understanding the value of this occasion to a child, Rodden and Ferguson are thrilled to make Christmas a little brighter for some children who need it most.

The VIP pre-screening will take place this Thursday, December 15th at 6:45 pm, at Patriot 14 theatre, 4761 Lake Valley Drive, Fayetteville, NC, 28303. Two children from Falcon Children’s Home, and employees will be available for interviews. You may shoot video of the children entering the theatre, receiving their snacks and taking their seats. Please avoid recognizable images of children not authorized for interviews.

 

 

Kirk Ferguson, Mortgage Banker

           The Federal Savings Bank | 300 N. Elizabeth Street, Suite 3E, Chicago, IL 60607
           direct: (910) 292-6007
           fax: (910) 292-6008
           cell: (910) 633-3337
           email: kferguson@thefederalsavingsbank.com
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Published on December 14, 2016 by Christi Lowe  



Explore the Arts Spring ‘17 in Greater Fayetteville (NC)

Fayetteville, NC –  Lovers of arts don’t have to look further than the communities of Cumberland County (NC) to explore their passions. The community boasts 21 exhibits in the first six months of 2017.  A few of the exhibitions, which feature a range of mediums, are highlighted below. For all exhibits in Cumberland County, go to www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com.

On January 9th at 7 pm, Rosenthal Gallery at Fayetteville State University opens The Body as a Photographic Narrative: Works by Gray Lyons. The artist is a contemporary photographer that uses 19th century monochrome photographic process called cyanotype. As the name suggests, the process creates cyan-blue images.   www.FSUArts.com

On February 3, Reflections: African-American Life from the Myrna Collet-Lee collection opens at the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. Reflections is a celebration of African-American identity through paintings, collages, photographs, textile pieces and works on paper. The exhibit includes noted artists such as Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, Gwen Knight and James Van Der Zee. See this exhibition during regular gallery hours through March 4.  www.TheArtsCouncil.com

On February 9,  the David McCune International Art Gallery opens “Impressionism to Modernism: Masterworks of Early Photography.” The collection chronicles the progression of photography from the painterly  Impressionistic work to the modernist aesthetic that calls for photographs to represent the real world.  The 46-piece exhibition is organized around Alfred Stieglitz, famed American photographer and husband of Georgia O’Keefe. The exhibition closes April 8. www.DavidMccuneGallery.org

From February 24 to April 8, the Rosenthal Gallery at Fayetteville State University hosts An Invitational Exhibition of Women Artists featuring the work of Sonya Clark.  The exhibition features Clark along with acclaimed women artists of color from across the United States. www.FSUArts.com

From March 24 through April 25, Cape Fear Studios presents Cats, Dogs & Ewe Pet, an exhibition of guest artists’ work depicting their pets. This is an invitation-only exhibition. www.CapeFearStudios.com

From April 8 through May 27, Ellington-White Gallery hosts an exhibition of mixed media paintings by Savannah, GA based artist Randy Akers. Akers presents a collection of site specific and memory based paintings from locations in the Low Country. www.Ellington-White.com

On June 23, Cape Fear Studios opens the 2017 National 2-D Competition and Exhibit. In its ninth year, this exhibition draws artists from throughout the United States. www.CapeFearStudios.com

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About The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com  or call 1-888-98-HEROES. Cumberland County is the America’s first military sanctuary.

Published on December 13, 2016 by Melody Foote  
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Papermaking Workshops Offered Free for Adults and Children

Make a one-of-a-kind gift from recycled clothing during “Transformation” exhibition

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Photo courtesy of artist and educator Trish Brownlee

As the Arts Council’s recycled art exhibition “Transformation” comes to a close, members of the community are invited to create their own artwork — just in time for the gift-giving season.

Join local artist and educator Trish Brownlee for a free workshop in papermaking on Dec. 10 at the Arts Council (301 Hay St.). Participants will turn military uniforms, tattered t-shirts and threadbare blue jeans into handmade sheets of rag paper. In this 2-hour workshop, Brownlee teaches traditional papermaking methods to pulp, pull and create original artwork with this recycled paper.

Space is limited and registration is required for these workshops:

Transformational Paper: The Art of Papermaking from Recycled Clothing

Date: Saturday, Dec. 10

Student Workshop (6th-12th Grade): 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Adult Workshop: 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

The workshops are free, but registration is required. Space is limited. Call (910) 323-1776 or e-mail admin@theartscouncil.com

Each participant will be guided through all steps of the papermaking process, made from recycled rag such as t-shirts, blue jeans and military uniforms. They will leave with a completed artwork on a sheet of handmade paper.

The public is welcome to view the workshop and demos, as well as purchase Breaking Rag t-shirts and handmade paper works created by Brownlee. Much of the artwork in the Arts Council exhibition is also for sale.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Local artist and educator Trish Brownlee serves as the Arts Integration Facilitator, Arts Co-Chair at The Capital Encore Academy. Prior to becoming an art educator, Brownlee spent eight years serving the military and civil service as a photographer, while pursuing her education in the fine arts. Brownlee is a professional, exhibiting artist, a published photographer, and advocate in the local arts community. She works in mixed media, to include printmaking, papermaking, photography, painting and assemblage. She launched the Breaking Rag Project as a full mobile papermaking studio, complete with a rare portable Hollander Beater, in 2016 as a means of creating a space for collaborative creation and community art.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Transformation: Recycling Reclaimed Objects Into Art features artists who have a knack for repurposing objects to create fine art. The show is open through Dec. 10. Go on a whimsical journey as recycle artists think about discarded materials in a new way. The exhibit is sponsored by Pratt Industries, Waste Management, Waste Industries and OmniSource Southeast on behalf of the City of Fayetteville Environmental Services Department.

ABOUT THE ARTS COUNCIL

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County was founded in 1973. As a link between artists, arts and cultural organizations and the community, the nonprofit agency administers programs in partnership with a variety of local agencies to stimulate community development through the arts. The Arts Council supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development and lifelong learning through the arts.

 

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Public Art Finds a Home in Downtown Fayetteville

Temporary art installations are officially introduced to community

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“Colorful” by Jonathan Bowling

The installation of 11 temporary pieces of public art will receive their official welcome into the Fayetteville community. A ribbon-cutting event will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 11 a.m. in front of The Arts Council (301 Hay St.) for “A Work in Progress: An Exhibition of Temporary Public Art Installations.” In the case of inclement weather, the event will be held inside the Arts Council gallery.

Work in placing the outdoor sculptures began in November and concluded in early December. The art will remain until October 2017.

The artists and artwork are varied. Phil Hathcock’s piece “Windstone,” made with aluminum, copper and brass, echoes the sounds of clacking bamboo when a good breeze blows near the Fayetteville Area Transportation & Local History Museum. Additional locations of the temporary pieces include Festival Park, City Hall and the Arts Council.

Support for the temporary public art project has been provided by private donors with matching funding from the Arts Council.
ABOUT THE ARTS COUNCIL

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County was founded in 1973. As a link between artists, arts and cultural organizations and the community, the nonprofit agency administers programs in partnership with a variety of local agencies to stimulate community development through the arts. The Arts Council supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development and lifelong learning through the arts.

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Southern Regional AHEC Receives $505,000 Grant from The Duke Endowment for Psychiatric Advance Directives

Fayetteville – Southern Regional Area Health Education Center of Fayetteville has received a $505,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to fund the implementation and dissemination of mental health crisis planning through psychiatric advance directives. Psychiatric advance directives (PADS) are legal documents that permit individuals with mental illnesses to declare their preferences and instructions for future mental health treatment, or appoint a surrogate decision maker through a health care power of attorney, in advance of an incapacitating psychiatric crisis. The Endowment grant will be used to train community volunteers to facilitate the completion of PADS and educate providers and health systems on how to use them.

“Psychiatric patients in crisis often experience prolonged hospital emergency room stays due to a statewide shortage of psychiatric beds and alternative community services,” says Southern Regional AHEC board member Marvin S. Swartz, M.D., professor and head of the Division of Social and Community Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center, director of the Duke AHEC Program and director of the National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives. “Many of these patients face these long stays, in part, because they are too ill to give a good history or consent to treatment.”

He also said that most people need help in creating psychiatric advance directives as legal documents and, until now, there have been few resources to help complete them. “We are excited that this timely funding from The Duke Endowment will help to facilitate training that has been shown to prevent and manage these psychiatric crises by providing clinicians with well-designed crisis plans, advance consent to treatment and a legally appointed person to make decisions for the patient during a crisis.” Training from the grant will be implemented through a unique partnership with the NC Evidence-Based Practice Center at SR-AHEC, the National Alliance for Mental Illness-NC, the NC Division of Health and Human Services, the National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives at Duke, regional Medicaid Managed Behavioral Health Care organizations and clinicians across the state.

For more information on this grant program, contact SR-AHEC marketing director Karen Mantzouris at 910-678-7269 by telephone or by e-mail at karen.mantzouris@sr-ahec.org or visit our website at www.sr-ahec.org. Specific information on training will also be available on the NC EBP Center site at www.ncebp.org.
Based in Charlotte and established in 1924 by industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke, The Duke Endowment is a private foundation that strengthens communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits. Since its founding, it has distributed more than $3 billion in grants. The Endowment shares a name with Duke University and Duke Energy, but all are separate organizations.



It’s Christmas Every Day in Communities of Cumberland County

Greater Fayetteville, NC – With a holiday event every day until Christmas, it’s fair to say that Fayetteville and Cumberland County enjoy celebrating the season. From light displays to artistic presentations, from historic endeavors and events with small town charm, locals and visitors are bound to find something to delight. We’ve highlighted a few events here. For the complete list, go to www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com.

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Four light displays provide ample opportunity to revel in the sparkle of the season:

–  Denton Ridgein Linden hosts Christmas Lights at Denton Ridge each weekend until Christmas.Visitors take a tram to a quaint village adjoining the Lower Little River. Tickets are $10 per person.

–  At Christmas in Paradise, visitors walk through 12 acres of Christmas lights, experience a live nativity and much more. This free event, held at Paradise Acres, runs December 2-3, 9-10 and 16-23.

–  Visit Arnette Parkin Fayetteville to take a ½-mile stroll through a walking trail filled with sights and sounds of the Christmas season. Christmas in the Park also includes live entertainment, marshmallow roasting, holiday movies and a Christmas Express train. Admission is $10 per family vehicle. Christmas in the Park is open every night from December 7 through 21.

–  From December 9 through December 30 (excluding the 24 and 25), Cape Fear Botanical Gardenhosts the annual Holiday Lights in the Garden. The display is an illuminated mile-long pathway with a synchronized show of music and lights over the Cypress Pond. This year, LEGO® sculptures provide an added element of fun. Admission is $6 to $15 per person.

The community also offers plenty of artistic avenues to explore:

–  Sweet Tea Shakespearepresents Behold: A Folk Christmas Cantata at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church on December 8 and 9. The production is a musical take on the Christmas story. Admission is $5 to $10.

–  A local tradition, the Cape Fear Regional Theatrehosts The Best Christmas Pageant Ever weekends until Christmas. Tickets are $10 to $15.

–  On December 10, the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestraoffers Waltzing in a Winter Wonderland, a concert featuring traditional Christmas music. The concert is held at Methodist University. Tickets are $11 to $27.

–  The North Carolina Symphonypresents a Holiday Pops Concert on December 7 at Methodist University. Tickets are $20.

–  On December 14, the public is invited to the 82nd Airborne Division’s All American Bandand Chorus for the Sharing Holiday Traditions Concert. The free concert will be held at the 82nd Airborne Division Headquarters on Fort Bragg.

–  The Cumberland Oratorio Singerspresent the Messiah Sing concert at St. Ann Catholic Church on December 17. The concert is free.

Historical and small town Christmas fun:

–  On December 3, enjoy a small-town Christmas celebration during Christmas in Hope Mills. The day starts with breakfast with Santa, followed by a parade, festival of lights and lighting of the town’s Christmas tree.

–  The 1897 EA Poe House, part of theMuseum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, hosts Holiday Jubilee on December 4.  This free event encompasses Victorian Christmas traditions, to include period cooking on the 1902 stove. Throughout the month of December, the EA Poe House is decorated for a Victorian Christmas celebration.

–  The Town of Spring Lake holds its Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 5. Festivities include seasonal music, tree decorating, and a visit from Santa. The ceremony will be held at the tree adjacent to Town Hall.

–  On December 16 and 17, tour the Oak Grove Plantationduring its Open House for a traditional Christmas experience. The house, which was built circa 1793, was used as a hospital during the Civil War. Tickets are $5 to $12.

–  Explore artistic, original and cutting-edge loft designs during Downtown Fayetteville’sCandlelight Loft Tours. Tickets are $10 to $12 for this December 11 event.

About Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau:

Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.visitfayettevillenc.comor call 1-800-255-8217.

Published on December 1, 2016 by Melody Foote  
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Company with Diabetes Medical App to Collaborate With Southern Regional Area Health Education Center

Team leaders from Voluntis, Inc., a Paris-based medical technology company, are scheduled to visit Southern Regional Area Health Education Center, located at 1601 Owen Drive, on Tuesday, October 11th as part of an evidence-gathering mission. The company will collaborate with Southern Regional AHEC to optimize the way users in a family medicine setting interact with its digital diabetes products.

Pioneering therapeutic companion software, Voluntis innovates healthcare by embedding connectivity in therapeutics and medical intelligence in software. Dedicated to managing chronic conditions, Voluntis’ companion software aims to enable treatment personalization, to support team-care coordination and to improve real-world outcomes. Harnessing its proprietary technology, Voluntis has developed digital solutions for diabetes, respiratory diseases, cancer, anticoagulation treatments and hemophilia. Voluntis is headquartered in Paris, France, and has offices in Boston, USA.

 

Published on September 30, 2016 by Karen Mantzouris  
http://www.southernregionalahec.org


PWC Fleet Management Named 43rd Best in Americas

The Public Works Commission of the City of Fayetteville has been recognized for outstanding operations of its Fleet Management by the NAFA Fleet Management Association. PWC was named #43 Best Fleet operations in The Americas, at the Association’s conference in Austin, Texas earlier this spring.

 

Of over 38,000 public fleet departments in North America, PWC was one of 1,900 who were identified as being superior by their peers, other national recognitions, site visits by the judges, and best business practices.  PWC received an exceptional rating based on the 12 criteria of the contests performance measures to ultimately be named the 43rd best operations in the Americas.

 

Criteria for the award included: Use of technology, accountability, pricing, customer service, innovation, efficiency, and continuous improvements are all best business practices in the public sector.

 

PWC maintains over 1,800 vehicles and equipment for both PWC and the City of Fayetteville. They have also been recognized as an NC Smart Fleet Champion Award winner, presented by the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center and NC DOT.   Champion is the award’s highest designation and recognizes PWC’s efforts to reduce transportation-related emissions, and increase efficiency.

Published on June 17, 2016 by Carolyn Justice-Hinson  
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PWC’s Chad Ham Recieves J.W. Pate Award for Environmental Protection Contributions

Chad Ham, Water Resources Environmental Program Manager for the Fayetteville Public Works Commission,  has been named the 2016 Recipient of the J. W. Pate Award for his contributions to conservation and environmental protection.  The award is given annually by the Cape  Fear River Assembly to individuals who exhibit strong leadership on environmental issues, particularly related to water resource and quality matters.

This is the organization’s highest honor for environmental stewardship and was first given in 1984 in memory of J.W. Pate, a former Fayetteville City Council member.  Pate is remembered as an outstanding citizen and community member of Fayetteville with an unusual sensitivity for his time toward environmental issues and the Cape Fear River.

Since its inception,  award recipients have included North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt, N.C. Senators Tony Rand and Lura Tally, N.C. Representatives Alex Warner and Margaret Highsmith Dickson, Dr. Sid Gautam and Sol Rose.  Ham is the fourth person associated with PWC to receive the honor as former General Managers Ray Meunch, Tim Woods and Steve Blanchard are past recipients.

Ham serves on the Cape Fear River Assembly Board o f Directors as well as serving as the Middle Cape Fear River Basin Association Chairman.  He has also served as the President of the North Carolina Water Quality Association, Chairman of the   NCAWWA-WEA Water Resources Committee  and member of the NC League of Municipalities Regulatory Advisory Committee,  and  NCAWWA-WEA Governmental Affairs Committee.

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Published on June 17, 2016 by Carolyn Justice-Hinson  
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2016 Fayetteville Comic Con Expands to Full Weekend

fadfLegions of artists, special guests and fun events on agenda for October 15-16 at Crown Expo Center

Fayetteville, NC –  Due to the overwhelming popularity of the inaugural Fayetteville Comic Con (FCC),  planners expanded the 2016 con into a two-day special event that fills the entire Crown Expo Center.  “We were blown away by the response to the 2015 FCC,” says planner Michael Chaudhuri.  “To accommodate the demand, we expanded the both the days and the footprint for the event.”

The special guest line-up is impressive with more additions every day. A few featured guests include:

  • Deep Roy – from NeverEnding Story; Star Trek, Star Wars, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Scott Tepperman – from Ghost Hunters International
  • Steve Cardenas – One of the Original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
  • Walking Dead Reunion Part Two. Walking Dead alumni will be signing autographs and sitting on two separate panels.
  • Veronica Taylor – voiced Pokemon’s Ash Ketchum and Sailor Moon
  • Arthur Suydam – Cover artist/penciller, famous for Marvel Zombies, Deadpool and The Walking Dead
  • Michael Golden – Penciled Marvel’s long-running comics ‘Nam and Micronauts, created Rogue and drew some of The Hulk’s best covers

 

 

The 2016 FCC will feature two rooms of ongoing  panels.  Topics include  Meet the Stars, Cosplay 101, Fabric in Cosplay, Cosplay and Disabilities, Military Science Fiction, Nerdslam, SciFi Speed Dating and The Walking Dead Reunion.  “This year, and we’ve got panels scheduled throughout the two days of the con,” says Chaudhuri.  “Due to the popularity of The Walking Dead reunion panel last year, we’re planning two for this October.”

Artists  Alley will feature an array of artists, authors and crafters with their products for show and sale.  The FCC Gaming Alley,  expanded for 2016 will offer Magic the Gathering , Yu-Gi-Oh tournaments , Super Smash Brothers and Hero Clix tournaments.

Fans are welcome to come as themselves, but organizers are expecting thousands of attendees to dress as their favorite superhero, Star Wars or anime character.  All costumes are welcome as long as they are family friendly.  Two separate cosplay competitions will award prizes worth more than $2000.

Tickets in advance are $15 per day or $25 for a weekend pass.   Active duty military receive a $2 discount on all advance ticket purchases. . Children 10 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Tickets can be purchased in person without fees at the Crown Center Box Office, Fort Bragg Leisure Center, Dragons Lair on Yadkin Road, Cardz-N-things on Ireland Drive and Gamer’s Guide in Spring Lake.

For more information on Fayetteville ComicCon,  call the convention organizers at 910-316-7251 or go to www.fayettevillecomiccon.com.

Need a hotel room?  Looking for a great place to have dinner after the show?  www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com has information on hotels, restaurants and more.

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About the Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (FACVB) 

The FACVB  is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning  Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com  or call 1-888-98-HEROES. Fayetteville/Cumberland County is the America’s first military sanctuary.

 



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