Added by Elizabeth Shugg on June 30, 2009 at 11:00pm —
I am very fortunate—as part of my job as writer, I get to meet and interview people from all walks of life: restaurant owners, teachers, artists, mechanics and software engineers. What strikes me over and over again is that some people take a round-about route to get there, but when they find their calling, something clicks.
For most of us, we were not “discovered” and settled instantly into perfect jobs. No book publisher or magazine editor plucked my writing from obscurity at age 15 and… Continue
Added by Anne Woodman on June 30, 2009 at 3:37pm —
There was nothing better than going down to the creek with Grandmama and my sister and cousins on a hot summer Georgia day when I was a kid. We would trek down the "path" to the creek and spend hours in that freezing cold water that would take your breath away with one head dunk. We would actually be shriveled like a prune and shivering in that cold creek water even when it was nearing 100 degrees in the summertime South. It was in this natural air conditioner that I learned how to make frog… Continue
Added by Becky on June 29, 2009 at 11:40pm —
I have an unhealthy attachment to water to this day because of the long hours my friends and I spent at the pool when we were kids. Our neighborhood pool was a short walk through some backyards--we often arrived before it opened and stayed much of the day.
Time flew by, and I never remember being bored while we were there. We played sharks and minnows, made up quirky races, pretended we were dolphins and choreographed synchronized swimming routines. Hearing Huey Lewis and the News and “The… Continue
Added by Anne Woodman on June 29, 2009 at 4:41pm —
When my sister and I were kids, we played outside a great deal during the summers in Cary. We loved to "explore," blazing our own trails and learning about nature as if we were the first ones to see it. We walked or biked down to the little creeks and streams in the neighborhood. There, we would catch crayfish just to see if we could, then let them go. Tadpoles were always a treat to see! I loved the sound of the water flowing over rocks and sticks, the shade from tree leaves overhead, and the… Continue
Added by Lisa Christensen on June 29, 2009 at 1:32pm —
All Booked Up
, a home-like used book store in downtown Apex which was recently featured in Triangle T.R.A.C.K.S: All Booked Up in Apex
, now has a website.
You may visit them online at: http://www.allbookedupsalemstreet.com
There is information about the store, store photo's, upcoming events, news items,… Continue
Added by Aylin on June 29, 2009 at 12:51pm —
Many in our generation grew up listening to Michael Jackson albums blaring through our 1980s boom boxes. He was truly one of the most talented musicians our world has ever known. He will be missed. Through all of the controversy and Paparazzi-fueled propaganda, I believe his lyrics to
"Man in the Mirror" reveal who he truly was. Rest in… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on June 27, 2009 at 11:05pm —
This column by TRACKS regular Tom Poland is from his "Across The Savannah" series, which he writes for his hometown newspaper in Lincolnton, Ga. In this column, Tom focuses on those who work with their hands--and he isn't talking about typing on a keyboard. This column is important because many North Carolina educators and residents in the Triangle and beyond recognize a need for a dedicated public vocational school in this region. While most… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on June 27, 2009 at 10:30pm —
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Added by Elizabeth Shugg on June 26, 2009 at 11:53pm —
The previous release date was July 17. But, you'll have to wait 2 weeks--until July 29--to see it at IMAX, if that's your thing. Read more here
If you're interested in the release date of the final Harry Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II"--here it is: July 15, 2011. "Deathly Hallows: Part I" is set for a Nov. 19, 2010 release date. You can read… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on June 26, 2009 at 11:30am —
The N&O is reporting that beginning in 2010, sex ed classes for 7th-9th graders will include information about contraceptives and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Here are some excerpts from the article.
The state House on Thursday narrowly approved legislation that would have schools add information to the abstinence-based curriculum. Districts must begin offering the broader information in 2010, in lessons for students in seventh through ninth… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on June 26, 2009 at 10:30am —
If you think you may need some new books, but aren't sure which ones you want (you may need to browse, which is one of my favorite things to do amongst books) ... the Durham library book sale is the place for you!
The sale will be at the main branch, 300 Roxboro Street, Durham.
Friday June 26, 4-7 pm
Saturday June 27, 10-4 pm
Sunday June 28, 2-5 pm
Added by Aylin on June 26, 2009 at 8:37am —
When your child loses a tooth, it's official Tooth Fairy business! Why not ask the Tooth Fairy to place an official "Tooth Fairy Kit" under your child's pillow? Just visit the Office of the Tooth Fairy
online to set it up!
The description provided on the Tooth Fairy's website states the following: The Official Tooth Fairy Kit contains one letterpress Certificate of Record for filing with your local Tooth Fairy and… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on June 25, 2009 at 10:00pm —
Fancy Nancy Fans
… and those who want to get to know Fancy Nancy better! Quail Ridge Books (3522 Wade Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27607) is hosting an inspired Fancy Nancy Book reading of “FANCY NANCY: EXPLORER EXTRAORDINAIRE”. Learn about the great outdoors with Fancy Nancy's exclusive Explorers' Club. Your child will learn about wildflowers, trees, leaves, birds and butterflies. There will also be related games and activities.
Added by Aylin on June 24, 2009 at 7:32pm —
The N.C. Transportation Museum's latest newsletter offers information on two fall foliage excursions taking place Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Tickets go on sale today. Here are some of the details from the newsletter article:
The N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation and the Watauga Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society offer a chance to see beautiful fall foliage, experience a great destination and enjoy the romance of riding the rails this fall. The museum is again… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on June 24, 2009 at 10:00am —
Lots of education news today. Here is another story from WCPSS' Classroom Connection newsletter:
Board of Education Adjusts Bell Schedule at Seven Schools
The Board of Education recently made final adjustments to the bell schedule affecting seven schools.
The seven schools are:
Hodge Road Elementary, 8:20-3:00
Centennial Campus Middle, 7:35-2:30
Moore Square Middle, 7:35-2:30
Mt Vernon School, 7:50-2:00
River Oaks Middle, 7:50-2:00
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on June 23, 2009 at 10:12pm —
From WCPSS' latest Classroom Connection: Wake County high school seniors continue to garner praise, accolades and financial rewards as this year they earned a record amount of scholarship money. A record $66.38 million in scholarships were earned by students graduating from Wake County Public School System high schools this year.
There are more students and more high schools than in past years, but the sharp increase in scholarship dollars can also be attributed to the aggressive… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on June 23, 2009 at 10:06pm —
CARDS. Birthdays, holidays, special occasions or just to say “Thank You!” We are always buying cards.
Why not buy unique cards that help benefit pediatric patients at North Carolina Children’s Hospital? Some of the cards incorporate handprints and footprints of patients and others are creative works by the children themselves. Kids Cards come in boxes, with 10 cards per box , for $8.
Some of the programs funded by Kids Cards go towards camperships for burn victims,… Continue
Added by Aylin on June 23, 2009 at 10:00pm —
You may have thought that last year was an “election year,” but for local public school children, decisions made in the ballot box this year may have a profound impact on the next few years.
The redistricting plan of 2008-09, resulting community groups formed to respond and former Board member Rosa Gill’s recent move to the State House (http://www.newsobserver.com/news/education/story/1565981.html) may change the landscape of various long-standing Board policies.
Added by Anne Woodman on June 23, 2009 at 1:49pm —
Triangle TRACKS received this from a member of NAGC, the National Association for Gifted Children:
NAGC has started a new Listserve for Federal updates. If you'd like to join, click on this link
. They are urging parents now -- by end of June -- to contact national legislators for some key gifted funding under the Javits Act. You'll need to now your House Congressional number to sign up, and you can get it on this site:… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on June 23, 2009 at 7:00am —