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New Chiropractor Joins Lucia Chiropractic Clinic

Lucia Chiropractic Clinic is proud to announce the addition of a new Chiropractor to their team. Dr. Dustin Houser began at Lucia Chiropractic Clinic September 2016. After covering for Dr. Lucia for some time, he is now partnering with Dr. Lucia to help more patients.

Dr. Houser is a North Carolina native, born and raised in the rolling hills of Morganton, NC, only 75 miles West of Winston Salem. He attended Appalachian State University where he graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, with a concentration in Pre-professional studies, and minors in Biology and Psychology. He went on to complete his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at National University of Health Sciences, attending both of their campuses in Florida and in Illinois. He is now happy to be back in his home state providing excellent chiropractic care to the residents and those visiting the Winston-Salem area.

“It is good to be back in North Carolina, after a 4 year absence. I am excited to offer a fresh perspective on chiropractic to my fellow North Carolinians in the Winston Salem and Triad area,” Dr. Houser states. “I am thankful for Dr. Lucia and his staff for this amazing opportunity, and I look forward to learning and growing with them, as we try to maximize our outreach and help as many people as possible.”

Along with safe and effective spinal adjustments, Dr. Houser also offers extremity adjustments, flexion/distraction, drop techniques, soft tissue manual therapies, instrument assisted adjusting and soft tissue manipulation, end-range loading exercises, and kinesiology taping. His professional interests are in sports medicine, rehab, radiology, diet, nutrition, and life-style counseling. His personal interests are music, sports, and outdoor activities with his girlfriend and his dog.

To learn more about Dr. Houser and Lucia Chiropractic Clinic, visit or call 336-768-8338.

Winston-Salem Photographer Creating Coffee-Table Book of Area’s Most Loved Dogs To Benefit Stepping Stones Canine Rescue

Think your pooch has what it takes to be a canine super model? Tanya Odom, owner of Oh, Goodness – Fine Portraits, is looking for the Triad’s most loved dogs to feature in a coffee-table book benefiting Stepping Stones Canine Rescue.  The project will be a unique fundraiser for the all-volunteer non-profit that is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year.

“We love new ideas that get people excited about rescue, and this photobook is different from any project we’ve done before,” said Erin Turner one of the co-founders of Stepping Stones Canine Rescue.  “Tanya captures the personalities of the pups perfectly, and the finished product will be something that the owners of each dog can cherish and display for years to come.”

The cost for the pet portrait session and copy of the hard-cover completed book is $150.  Sessions can be scheduled by visiting the Stepping Stones website,, and choosing the Dogs of Winston-Salem Photo Book tab.  

Owners are invited to bring props, pet clothes, and anything that showcase their pet’s special personality, style and talent.  Family members can be included in the portrait, and all dogs are photographed at the Oh, Goodness studios located at 433 West End Blvd in Winston-Salem.  Photography sessions must be scheduled by March 31.  

Odom has completed about 25 of the 130 pet portraits that will be included in the book.  One of her favorites so far is the portrait of Nash who was rescued through Stepping Stones.  Nash suffered from rickets, and was adopted by a family whose young daughter also had rickets.        

According to Turner, Stepping Stones will use the proceeds from the book fundraiser to help cover the costs of veterinary care, food and other supplies. Winston-Salem residents may be familiar with Stepping Stones through its Saturday adoption events at Pet Supermarket in the Thruway Shopping Center.  The non-profit relies solely on volunteers to provide rescue homes for the dogs before they are adopted.  Each dog receives updated vaccines, any needed medical care, and monthly heartworm treatment and flea & tick prevention.  Stepping Stones also financially supports the local Spay & Neuter Coalition to help low-income families pay to have their animals spayed and neutered.

Odom, who has operated Oh, Goodness – Fine Portraits for more than 10 years, is known for her community support.  She has provided pro-bono photography for a variety of local non-profits including Brenner Children’s Hospital, the Winston-Salem Symphony, ABC of North Carolina, SECU Family House and Children’s Law Center. 

“I love being able to capture special moments with our family portrait photography,” said Odom.  “We’ve included many dogs in family portraits, but focusing just on the dog gives us a wonderful opportunity to showcase the individual personality.  Each session is an adventure, and is filled with joy and amazement as the dog takes center stage.  

“Whether or not your dog was rescued, this project is a great way to support an organization whose volunteers work so hard to find loving families for dogs in need of a home.”

Questions about the Dogs of Winston-Salem Photo Book should be directed to Tanya Odom at

Winston-Salem Education Huddle to hold a Town Hall to discuss the future of education in our community

The Winston-Salem Education Huddle, a grassroots effort lead by local teacher Amanda Cook, and the citizens of Winston-Salem and the surrounding Triad area will hold a Town Hall Meeting on Sunday, February 26 at 3:00 p.m. at Konnoak Hills Moravian Church.

The Winston-Salem Education Huddle has identified education as a priority in our community and is taking action the week of February 20-24, 2017 to show appreciation and support for the teachers and staff at the area’s 11 Priority schools and 4 Focus schools. The Town Hall meeting will provide reflections on the experiences in the schools as well as next steps for taking action at the local level.

Confirmed attendees include North Carolina state Senator Paul Lowe Jr. Other invitees include Governor Roy Cooper, US Senators Richard Burr and Tom Tillis, US Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, state Representative Evelyn Terry, Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines, WS/FCS School Board Members, Superintendent Beverly Emory, and the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners. All Winston-Salem and Forsyth County elected officials, educators, students, advocates and citizens are invited to attend.

Who: Winston-Salem Education Huddle
What: Education in the Dash – A Town Hall for All
When: Sunday, February 26 starting at 3:00p.m.
Where: Konnoak Hills Moravian Church
3401 Konnoak Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27127
(location to change if capacity of 150 reached; in this event details will be forthcoming)

Contact: Amanda Cook
Local Teacher and Community Organizer
(336) 254-8338

Belk 2017 Spring Charity Sale Fundraiser Kick Off Meeting

Belk Hanes Mall will have their Charity Sale on Saturday, April 29th. Charity Sale is a private, ticketed, four-hour sale dedicated to supporting local non-profit organizations. Participating charities will have the opportunity to raise money for their organization while private sale customers receive 20% – 70% off Belk purchases store-wide, including special savings on rarely-discounted brands.

Attend the Community Meeting on Friday, February 24, at 8:00am in Belk’s Level 3 Community Room. You’ll receive information on fundraising details, ticket distribution, and in-store table sign-up. RSVP via e-mail requested.

Click here to view the flyer for more information.

If you have any quesitons, contact:
Martha White
Belk 17 Hanes Mall
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27103
T: 336.768.9200 ext. 319 F: 336.768.6054

Cricket Wireless Opens New Authorized Retail Store in Winston-Salem

Cricket Wireless recently celebrated the official opening of its new authorized retail store in Winston Salem.

The store is designed to enhance and simplify wireless consumers’ shopping experience by allowing them to easily navigate Cricket’s vast product offerings and affordable monthly plans.

The store is located at 480 E Hanes Mill Road, Winston Salem, N.C. 27105

When customers stop by, they can check out Cricket’s no-annual contract with plans starting at just $30/month with monthly taxes and fees included. Customers can bring their own device or take advantage of Cricket’s great deals on the latest smartphones from Samsung, HTC, Motorola, ZTE and more.

Store Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday Noon – 6 p.m.

You can find a Cricket Wireless retail location near you by visiting



Cricket is bringing consumers more value with a simple, friendly, and reliable nationwide wireless experience with no annual contract. The power of Cricket is our nationwide 4G LTE network that covers more than 319 million people;** easy and affordable plans prices that include monthly taxes and fees; and a great selection of phones customers love. Cricket, Something to Smile About. To check out the new Cricket or find a store near you, visit Learn more on the Cricket newsroom and blog. And connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Cricket is a subsidiary of AT&T Inc. Coverage not available everywhere. © 2016 Cricket Wireless LLC. All rights reserved. Cricket and the Cricket logo are trademarks under license to Cricket Wireless LLC.

**Based on overall coverage in U.S. Compatible device required. Coverage not available everywhere. 4G LTE coverage is not equivalent to overall network coverage

Reynolda House Museum of American Art Salute to Business Luncheon – Thursday, January 19, 2017

Reynolda House Museum of American Art is recognized as a Winston-Salem icon and a rare gem among the nation’s cultural institutions. The Museum preserves and interprets an exceptional collection of art by America’s most noted artists, on view in an incomparable setting: the 1917 American Country Place-era home of Katharine and Richard Joshua (R. J.) Reynolds. Spanning 250 years of painting, prints, sculpture, photography and video art, the collection includes important works of art by Albert Bierstadt, William Merritt Chase, Frederic Edwin Church, Chuck Close, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Georgia O’Keeffe and more. In addition to its collection of fine art, Reynolda House also holds decorative arts and Reynolda Estate archive collections, and mounts stunning exhibitions from all periods in the Charles and Mary Babcock Wing, which opened in 2005. The complete Reynolda experience includes Reynolda Gardens, composed of formal gardens, walking trails and natural wetlands, and Reynolda Village, now an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants in many of the estate’s original buildings.

Established in 1967 and now affiliated with Wake Forest University, Reynolda House will mark two anniversaries in 2017 — the 50th anniversary of its founding and the 100th anniversary of the completion of the Reynolda Estate. Summer 2017 will commence a yearlong celebration of both these milestones with landmark exhibitions, inspiring new visitor programs, and memorable special events for the local community and beyond. For more information, visit

Front Row (left to right):

Sarah Smith, Director of Marketing & Communications – Reynolda House Museum of American Art
Gayle Anderson, President & CEO – Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce
Allison Perkins, Executive Director – Reynolda House Museum of American Art
Stephan Dragisic, Director of Development – Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Second Row (left to right):

Terry Barber, Director of Catering and Event Planning – Twin City Quarter
Jill Atherton, Vice President, Economic & Community Development – Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce
Rodessa Mitchell, Vice President, Education & Workforce Development – Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce
Dan Joyner, President – Image360

Volunteer Opportunities Available with Hospice & Palliative CareCenter

Hospice & Palliative CareCenter currently has volunteer needs in the following counties: Wilkes, Surry, Stokes, Rockingham, Yadkin, Guilford, Iredell, Davie, Davidson, Rowan, Cabarrus, Stanly, and Forsyth. Click here for more information.

At Hospice & Palliative CareCenter, we believe that volunteers are the heart of Hospice, generously offering their time, talents and endless energy. The reasons people volunteer are endless. Some people volunteer because they want to give back to their community; others volunteer because they believe in the vision and mission of Hospice. And, then there are some who volunteer for Hospice because they have been personally impacted by the warmth of Hospice care at a difficult time in their loved one’s life. Regardless of their reason, most volunteers will modestly say that they receive much more than they give.

Hospice & Palliative CareCenter volunteers come from all walks of life and represent the cultural diversity of our community. Volunteers are students, homemakers, professionals, seniors and retirees who care enough to share their spare time either during the day, in the evening, or on weekends.

Whether it’s offering assistance in the office, making a weekly visit to a patient’s home, or helping with an annual fund-raising activity, volunteers are greatly appreciated and essential to the Hospice team.

Midtown Cafe & Dessertery Valentine’s Specials – Two Nights Only!

Valentine’s Specials served Saturday 2/11 & Tuesday 2/14 — After 4pm —


Champagne with Berries $6
Wines by the Glass $5
Sangrias $4
(drinks available all day)


Local Cheese Board $8


Shrimp & Scallop Piquante over Parmesan Grit Cakes $14


Dark Chocolate Custard $5

Click here to SAVE 50% OFF OF ANY APPETIZER!
Valid 2/14/17 after 4pm with purchase of Any Entree.

2017 City of Winston-Salem Business Plan Contest

There will be a kickoff meeting for the 2017 Business Plan Contest on Thursday, February 16, from 6pm to 7pm. The meeting will be held at 101 North Main Street in the City Hall Building Committee Room, Suite 239.

At this informational meeting, staff will go over the submission guidelines and projected timeline for this year’s contest and will be ready for any questions attendees might have.

For more information, contact Steven Harrison at or (336) 747-7474.