Dianna Goodman’s daughter developed an eating disorder in the ninth grade, according to a 2011 article in VERVE magazine. Unfortunately, this occurred in the mid-1990s, when eating disorders were not well understood and help was hard to find. Through her struggles to find health providers or books to help treat her daughter, Goodman found a new passion: preventing other families from facing a similar struggle.
In 2004, Goodman founded T.H.E. (Treatment, Healing, and Education) Center for Disordered Eating, which organizes prevention efforts and gathers support and resources for people with eating disorders. Today, support groups make up the cornerstone of the center. Every week, a group gathers to discuss their steps in recovering from an eating disorder, forming a presence in the community where healing can occur and people can share tips. The center also maintains a local treatment directory for individuals and families affected by eating disorders and sponsors middle-school prevention programs in schools across the region. A free lending library provides information on disordered eating, nutrition, and body image with more than 90 books targeting people of all ages.
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The mixologists at ABC Bartending School divulge saloon secrets during certification-based and recreational bartending classes. During two-week certification courses, burgeoning bartenders mix classic and popular drinks while learning about alcohol laws, responsible liquor service, and stocking and inventory. Alternatively, an entertaining mixology course lets amateurs shake up drinks and take cover from projectile champagne corks behind an ornate bar with mirrors and gold trim. Once finished imparting their knowledge, the instructors set students up with ABC’s job-placement program, which puts certified graduates to work everywhere from restaurants and nightclubs to the zero-G sports bar where astronauts celebrate successful trips to the moon.
Singer-songwriter Kate Voegele's compulsion for crafting jaunty, elegant pop music rewards fans as she teams with alt rockers Parachute for the Parakate tour. Known for her mesmerizing voice and her role as Mia on the prison drama One Tree Hill, Kate’s addiction to music began at the age of 15. Now 24 and touring behind her third album, Gravity Happens, the multifaceted chanteuse unveils a collection of rock- and folk-tinged songs that strum the heartstrings and warm the ears like a snug pair of ear pants. Joining the Parakate tour, the five faces and 50 fingers of Virginia’s Parachute throttle in a show leaking with uninhibited energy. A musical hash of rock, soul, and pop, Parachute’s pouncing anthems and smoky ballads serve as the perfect soundtrack for uniting friends or untying acquaintances from railroad tracks.
Each of YMCA of Western North Carolina's five branches and 19 childcare sites remains true to its lasting mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages. Staff members uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, caring, responsibility, and respect as they invest in their community’s children and strengthen family bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. They pump up adult fitness regimens with aquatic fitness and boot-camp classes, basketball courts, and personal-training sessions. They’ve also filled their fitness centers with free weights, cardio equipment, and weight machines. When they’re not helping adults trim down waistlines during cardio-dance and aerobics classes, staff members are getting back in touch with their inner children. They stimulate imagination, mental development, and growth as they lead more than 200 programs, including children’s day camps, after-school programs, and dance classes.
The quadrilateral connoisseurs at the frugal framer perform all production in-house to ensure that posters, memorabilia, and artwork are encased in the finest shells. The skilled craftspeople specialize in custom framing, a process in which they design, size, and construct picture cocoons based on the dimensions, characteristics, and food allergies of the artwork. Customers have their choice of frames ($5+/ft.), mats, glazing, and moulding material. Box experts can forge a standard 8”x10” frame with matting for laundry folding certificates ($40 on average), or construct a 16”x20” edifice with a wooden frame, mat, backing, and regular glazing for prized post-it note ideas ($80 average). The frugal framer will also equip a 26”x34” piece of art, raised and floated on a rag mat with spacers ($300 average), or enshrine pieces in specialty casings such as shadow boxes with UV-blocking glass.
Outside The Mill Pizzeria & Pub stands a rustic sign that bears the eatery's name and a disc painted to resemble a giant pizza. The sign was clearly made by hand, perhaps to hint at the handcrafted menu of oven-baked pizzas and sandwiches sizzling just inside. Nearly all the ingredients the kitchen uses are either made by hand or delivered fresh, and each pizza and sub is prepared only once it's ordered, rather than being made ahead of time and being forced to hug each other to keep warm. A $1,000 prize is offered to any two people who complete their two-topping, 40-inch pizza eating challenge. The spartan dining room exudes a homey feel, inviting diners to pull up a chair at either the knotted burl counter or the simple wooden booth near the fireplace.
Printville's papyrus professionals provide an accommodating array of printing, copying, and mailing services with an expert emphasis on reliability and lightning-fast work. Patrons can personalize an aesthetically pleasing assortment of posters ($49 for 24''x36'' with foam mounting, $34 without mounting) and postcards (starting at $69 for 250) to alert community consumers to huge sales, upcoming art shows, and how Tony Blair used to look with a unibrow.